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ASUS GeForce EN9600GT Matrix Graphics Card

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Just when we thought we would no longer receive any more 9600 GTs because we figured we’d reviewed just about every single one on the market, ASUS has decided to run around and release a new one. … Go To Full Article

Thermalright Ultra-120A Modded With Copper Coating

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Remember ThermalRight showcased its copper platted U120E in Computex 2008? We got to know that they’re just exhibition models. Sometimes manufacturers just show attractive products to you and after that will be a long waiting R&D period. So there are… Go To Full Article

New fans from Gelid Solutions hit Legal roadblock in Germany

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The Leipzig District Court (Landgericht) issued a preliminary injunction today against Gelid Solutions Limited, Hong Kong, and Caseking GmbH, Berlin. The Court ordered the defendants under penalty of contempt to refrain from advertising, importing, exporting, offering for sale or otherwise… Go To Full Article

MSI's X58 Nehalem Motherboard Is Called "Eclipse" Pics Inside!

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MSI's X58 Nehalem Motherboard Is Called "Eclipse" Pics Inside! Taipei, Taiwan – MSI, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, announced its latest high-end motherboard “Eclipse” which is based by Intel® X58 Express chipsets. MSI has developed… Go To Full Article

Geforce GTX 260 to get upgraded specs next month

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The graphic card battle is getting more fierce right now. Our source just inform us that NVIDIA will upgrade GTX 260 in mid September, offering one more TPC inside the G200 GPU. The original GTX 260 have… Go To Full Article

ATI Catalyst 8.8 vs 8.7 Performance Comparison

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It seems mainly that the latest driver release was all about bug fixes, though, as the list for fixes in both XP and Vista are actually quite extensive. It also seems clear that AMD have adjusted their focus to the… Go To Full Article

Intel: Overclocking Nehalem “almost as good as having a second graphics card”

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Since many games are single threaded, the turbo mode will actually give perhaps a 10% increase in potential frames per second. Of course there’s a big difference between potential and actual frame rates and Piednoel said we can expect “single… Go To Full Article

ATI Catalyst 8.8 Officially Released

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ATI Catalyst 8.8 Officialy Released The Catalyst™ software suite 8.8 contains the following: * Radeon™ display driver 8.522 * Multimedia… Component Video page * Adobe After Effects: Exiting the application no longer results in the Windows Vista (64 bit version) operating system intermittently failing to respond * Call of Duty 4: Corruption is no longer noticed when having Quad CrossFire™ enable and an HDMI 1080p display device connected. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35112 * Devil May Cry 4: Anti-Aliasing no longer fails to function when playing the game with CrossFire™ enabled * Dirt: Playing the German Crossover track (Rally World Event) no longer results in the grand stands and chain link fences not being display correctly when CrossFire™ is enabled and MSAA is disabled * Hellgate London: Setting the display resolution to 2560x1600 no longer results in the game failing to respond * Linage II: Switching between the game and the Windows desktop no longer results in the desktop appearing brighter than its original setting. Exiting the game and restarting the operating system may also result in the desktop brightness failing to be restored to its original setting. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35108 * Lost Planet (DX9): Enabling CrossFire™, AA to 4x, AF to 8x, and having all of the in-game options set to high no longer results in the game failing to respond when running the performance test * Mahjongg Artifacts: Flickering is no longer noticed when playing the game on pre-configured name brand systems * Mass Effect: Playing the game with CrossFire™ enabled no longer results in corruption being noticed on the AA menu * NASCAR demo: Setting all the in-game options to the highest levels no longer results in corruption being noticed on systems containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 series of product and running Windows Vista * Quake 4: Corruption is no longer noticed when starting a new game on systems running either Windows XP or Vista and containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 48x0 series of product * Second Life: Playing the game on a CrossFire™ configured system (ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 and above) no longer results in corruption and slow performance being noticed * Unreal Tournament 3: The game no longer intermittently fails to launch when a map has texture detail set to maximum. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31189 * World In Conflict: Setting the video quality to high no longer results in corruption being noticed * Installing a newer version of the Catalyst™ Control Center without removing the older version no longer results in a windows error message appearing when attempting to launch the Catalyst™ Control Center * The Reduce DVI frequency on high-resolution displays is no longer missing in the Catalyst™ Control Center->Digital Panel (DVI) page when hot un-plugging and then hot-plugging a display device using the HDMI port on systems containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 3100/3200 series of product * The Display Management options are no longer missing or corrupted when switching between profiles in the Catalyst™ Control Center * Clicking Start->All Program->Catalyst™ Control Center->Restart runtime twice no longer results in the two ATI Restart icons appearing on the Windows taskbar * Setting the DPI to 120 or 144 no longer results in cropped text being noticed throughout various pages of the Catalyst™ Control Center * Making changes to the default values in the Avivo color page and closing the Catalyst™ Control Center without applying the changes no longer results in the default values failing to be restored * Cropped text is no longer noticed in the VPU Recover message when the DPI is set to 144 * Checking the Use application settings in Avivo Video->Basic Color no longer results in the preview failing to be updated with the default color settings * Corruption is no longer noticed when entering the Catalyst™ Control Center->Basic Quality page on systems containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 product * Setting the language option to German and the Catalyst™ Control Center skin to ATI_Crimson no longer results in text appearing cropped within the Catalyst™ Control Center * Catalyst™ Control Center: Enabling the option for Always on Top no longer results in dialog boxes failing to appear on top of the Catalyst™ Control Center * Running through a custom install of the graphics driver and installing the driver to a directory of choice no longer results in a C++ error message when right clicking on the Windows desktop * The pulldown menu options found within various pages of the Catalyst™ Control Center are no longer mis-aligned * Setting the language option to Russian no longer results in cropped text being noticed within the Catalyst™ Control Center * Using the Catalyst™ Control Center Setup Assistant no longer results in the Catalyst™ Control Center Advanced View text is appearing greyed out * A restricted number of HDTV custom modes no longer occurs after deleting all of the custom modes that were previously added * Catalyst™ Control Center: The online help links for Color->Full Screen3D are no longer missing * Catalyst™ Control Center->Help->CrossFire™: The help file no longer states that CrossFire™ is enabled by default under the Windows XP operating system * Incorrect help hardware configurations are no longer described for CrossFire™ in the Catalyst™ Control Center->Help contents * Setting the language option to any of the supported languages now results in the translated language web pages being displayed (if in existence) when clicking on the Welcome link * Corruption is no longer noticed in the lower portion of the HDMI display when using certain display modes * Disabling the graphics driver while clone mode is enable no longer results in corruption being noticed on the display devices * Connecting an HDMI display device and entering an S3 state no longer results in the operating system failing to respond or VPU Recover to activate * Connecting an HDMI display device to the DVI port using an HDMI to DVI dongle no longer results in the display mode of 720x480 failing to be in the display mode list after hot-unplugging the HDMI display device and hot-plugging a DVI display device. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35105 * Screen flashing no longer occurs when connecting a display device that has incorrect Extended Display Identification Data information (EDID) * An error message indicating that the display driver stopped responding and has recovered is no longer displayed when playing a DVD title using the Windows Media Player on systems containing an ATI Radeon™ 3100/3200 series of product * Connecting a dual link display device to a system containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 36x0 series of product no longer results in the display device failing to display an image when enabling the option to reduce DVI and setting the display resolution to 1280x1024 60Hz 32bpp * Connecting an HDMI display device and setting the display resolution to 1600x1024 or higher with a refresh rate higher than 60Hz. no longer result in the display device failing to display an image * Logging off one user and logging on as another no longer results in CrossFire™ failing to be enabled or disabled when logging back on as the original user * A CCCPrev.exe has stopped working error message no longer appears when selecting any 3D settings in the Catalyst™ Control Center when extended desktop mode is enabled * Connecting a CRT as the primary and a DFP as a secondary display device followed by enabling extended desktop mode no longer results in clone mode becoming active when hot-unplugging the DFT and the hot-plugging it back on * Connecting a TV as a secondary display device and attempting to enabled extended desktop mode no longer results in the TV format failing to change * Connecting a secondary display device and enabling it as the primary display no longer results in the resolution being set to it maximum display resolution when enabling CrossFire™ * Clicking on the seek slider when playing a DVD title using the PowerDVD player no longer results in corruption being noticed on the playback window * Switching from h.264 to MPEG2 video titles no longer results in the operating system intermittently failing to respond * Playing VC1 video clips no longer results in green corruption being noticed in the player window * Seeking or fast-forwarding in a media player application no longer results in corruption being noticed on systems containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 3600 series of product and running Windows Vista (32 bit version) * Enabling BOB de-interlacing no longer results in a green line being noticed on the bottom of the playback window when playing a 1080i clip * Playing a standard definition DVD using the Windows Media Player no longer results in the player window flashing when closed captioning is enabled * Playing a DVD title using the PowerDVD player no longer results in the PowerDVD player failing to respond when DXVA is disabled, closed captioning is enabled and the user is fast forwarding the DVD title anywhere from 4x to 32x [/INDENT] [B]Resolved Issues for the Windows XP Operating System[/B] This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™ Software Suite for Windows XP. These include: [INDENT] * 3 Kingdom OL: Playing the Asian game with CrossFire™ enabled on a system running Windows XP no longer results in texture corruption being noticed during the fight preparation menu * Assassin's Creed: Setting all in-game options to 3 and the display resolution to 1024x768 no longer results in flashing being noticed around the character * City of Heroes: Character stretching and double character reflection is no longer noticed when the in-game resolution is set to 2560x1600. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35757 * Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts: Enabling CrossFire™ no longer results in the displays flashing corruption when setting the in game graphics options to off or their lowest settings. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35118 * Enemy Territory Quake Wars: Intermittent corruption is no longer noticed when playing the game on a system containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 48x0 series of product * Fear Perseus Mandate Demo: Launching the game on a system running Windows XP and containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 series of product no longer results in the system failing to respond * Just Cause: Setting the in-game display resolution to 1280x1024 and all of the other game options to their maximum levels no longer results in corruption being noticed in the lower portion of the display * Lost Planet: Task switching between the game and the Windows XP desktop no longer results in texture corruption being noticed when switching back to the game. This issue was known to occur on systems containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 36x0 series of product * Witcher: Enabling AA and setting the in-game options to their maximum levels no longer results in background colors being missing and the game play back being choppy. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35898 * Witcher: Game corruption is no longer noticed when setting all of the in-game options to their maximum values and having CrossFire™ enabled along with AA set to 16x and AF set to 8x * Witcher: Enabling CrossFire™ on a system containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 48x0 series of product no longer results in game failing to respond * Using the WinDVD player (versions 14.x, 11.10x, or 9.xx) to play VC1 video content no longer results in corruption being noticed when hardware acceleration is enabled. This issue may also be experienced under the Windows Vista operating system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35293 * Installing the HDMI audio driver and the VIA audio chipset driver no longer results in a compatibility issue being noticed and a yellow exclamation mark showing up in the Sound, Video and Game Controllers. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35119 * Connecting a display device to the display port no longer results in the Catalyst™ Control Center->Advanced View detecting the display device as a Digital Panel (DVI) * Hot-plugging an HDMI display device to a system that has a CRT connected to it no longer results in the CRT becoming disabled after the system reboots * Choppy DVD playback is no longer noticed when enabling the option cinema enhancement and closed captioning within the WinDVD player * Corruption is no longer noticed in the lower third of the WinDVD player window when cinema enhancement is enabled * Hot-plugging a display device while the system is in standby state no longer results in the display device failing to be detected * Hot-plugging a display device no longer results in the display device failing to display an image * ATI icon corruption is no longer noticed on systems running Windows XP and containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 48x0 series of product * Resuming from a standby state and right clicking on the Windows desktop no longer results in menu items appearing corrupt when moving the mouse pointer over the drop down menu * Playing a Blu-ray DVD title using the WinDVD player no longer results in only audio being heard * Playing a DVD title and selecting the option to use basic color setting to default in the Catalyst™ Control Center now results in the option being applied. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35803 * A green tint is no longer noticed around the closed captioning when playing a standard definition DVD using the Cyberlink player[/INDENT] [B]Known Issues Under the Windows Vista Operating System[/B] This section provides information on known issues that may be experienced under the Windows Vista operating system with the latest version of Catalyst™. These include: [INDENT] * Call of Duty 4 or Crysis: Color corruption may be noticed when running the games in full screen mode with Quad CrossFire™ enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35115 * Company of Heroes: Setting the in-game options to maximum levels may result in the game exiting to the desktop after the game has completed loading. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32600 * Crysis: Playing the game at a display resolution lower than the native display resolution of a connected 30" display device may result in corruption being noticed when CrossFire™ is enabled and having the Catalyst™ Control Center scaling the image to full screen. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35111 * Hellgate London: Pressing Alt-Tab to return to the Windows Vista (32 bit version) desktop while playing the game may intermittently result in a translucent image of the game appearing on the Windows desktop. This issue may be experienced on systems containing either an ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 X2 or ATI Radeon™ 4800 product * Lost Planet (DX10 version): Some of the in-game display resolutions may fail to be available when using a CRT display device. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35872 * Quake 4: Corruption may intermittently be noticed during the new game introduction * The secondary HDMI Display may turn off when resuming from an S1 hibernation with an HDMI display connected. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31146 * Setting the desktop resolution to 1600x1200 or greater may result in green pixel corruption being noticed when playing certain games. This issue maybe noticed when using a system running Windows Vista and containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 or HD 2400 series of product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31150 * Attempting to play the HD-DVD title Harsh Times, School for Scoundrels using the Cyberlink player may result in block corruption being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31155 * An error message may appear when installing the display driver package through setup.exe. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31577 * Installing an ATI Radeon™ X1600 series of product into a system containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 series of product with the display driver already installed may result in the operating system entering a continuous reboot. This issue may be averted by removing the ATI graphics driver prior to the installation of the ATI Radeon™ X1600 series of product. This issue may also be experienced with the ATI Radeon™ X1300 and 1550 series of products. Further information may be found in topic number 737-33471 * Enabling clone mode followed by switching to extended desktop mode may result in the Windows Vista (64 bit version) failing to respond. Further details can be found in topic number 737-34125 * Performing an express install of the Catalyst™ Control Center may result in an error message being displayed when rebooting the system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29532 * Enabling extended desktop mode and setting the color depth below 16bpp may result in the secondary display device failing to redraw properly. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35114 * A green or black screen may be displayed when configuring MCE to ATSC mode. Further information may be found in topic number 737-27622 * Enabling BOB de-interlacing may result in a green line being noticed on the bottom of the playback window when playing a 1080i clip. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35895 * Playing a Blu-ray DVD title may result in corruption being noticed when using certain display resolutions such as 1360x768, 1360x1024, or 1600x1200. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35896 * Enabling clone mode followed by switching to extended desktop mode may result in the Windows Vista (64 bit version) failing to respond. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35766 * Restoring the factory defaults for the Catalyst™ Control Center may result in the Catalyst™ Control Center title bar intermittently failing to be redrawn when dragging the interface around the Windows Vista (64 bit version) desktop * Video playback may occasionally appear shaky or jerky when playing a recorded video file using a Webcam to record and Quickplay to playback the file * Playing a Blu-ray DVD title may result in corruption being intermittently noticed when using certain display resolutions such as 1360x768, 1360x1024, or 1600x1200 * Enabling extended desktop mode and setting the color depth below 16bpp may occasionally result in the secondary display device failing to redraw properly * Playing certain Blu-Ray DVD titles using the Cyberlink player may intermittently result in color corruption being noticed. This issue may be experienced under the Windows Vista (32 bit version) operating system when using an ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 X2 product [/INDENT] [B]Known Issues Under the Windows XP Operating System[/B] The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows XP operating system in the latest version of Catalyst™. These include: [INDENT] * Lord of the Rings: Return of the King: Flickering may intermittently be noticed when changing chapters * Stranglehold: Setting the in-game options to 1024x768, and Decals off may occasionally result in the game failing to respond after a short period of game play * Connecting a CRT display device as the secondary display and playing a Blu-ray DVD using a Cyberlink player may result in no video playback if extended desktop mode is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30587 * Connecting a Dual Link Panel to the on-board DVI port, followed by hot plugging a DVI display to the add-on DVI card may result in clone mode becoming disabled when rebooting the machine and the secondary display device remaining blank. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31166 * Setting the display resolution to 1440x900 or lower may result in corruption being noticed when playing a DVD title. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31168 * The display may be come corrupted with 4 bit color depth after hot unplugging the rotated primary HDMI/DFP display. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35116 * Connecting a Dual Link Panel to the on-board DVI port, followed by hot plugging a DVI display to the add-on DVI card may result clone mode becoming disabled when rebooting the machine and the secondary display device remaining blank. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35117 * Catalyst™ Control Center: Configuring a system with multi-adapters may result in an error message being displayed when running the Test Custom Clocks 737-29953 * Enabling pull down detection in the Catalyst™ Control Center may result in flickering being noticed when playing a video clip using the Cyberlink PowerDVD player. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35121 * Connecting a CRT display device as the secondary display and playing a Blu-ray DVD using a Cyberlink player may result in no video playback if extended desktop mode is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35122 * Setting the display mode to 1080p50 and rebooting the system may intermittently result in the display mode failing to be retained * Avivo Video color settings may occasionally fail to be applied in the video when played using PowerDVD * Enabling pull down detection in the Catalyst™ Control Center may intermittently result in flickering being noticed when playing a video clip using the Cyberlink PowerDVD player. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35121 [/INDENT] [B]Known Issues Under the Windows XP Professional x64 Edition[/B] The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows XP Professional x64 Edition operating system in the latest version of Catalyst™. These include: [INDENT] * Running an OpenGL application and attempting to rotate the desktop may result in corruption being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29556 * Momentary screen flicker may intermittently be noticed when launching or exiting a D3D or OpenGL application. This issue may be experienced on systems running the Windows XP Professional x64 Edition operating system and containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 X2 product [/INDENT][/I" target="_blank">Go To Full Article

Intel’s upcoming “Kill Pill” stops laptop thieves and ninjas

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Laptop theft is a for nightmare businesses and individuals alike and it’s often said that the most valuable part of a laptop isn’t the drive or the screen, but your data. Yesterday, Intel’s executive vice president and general manager of… Go To Full Article

Hynix demonstrates DDR3 R-DIMM using MetaRAM technology

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At the ongoing Intel Developer Forum (IDF) (August 19-21) in San Francisco, Hynix Semiconductor announced that it is using MetaRAM's new DDR3 technology in its next generation R-DIMMs, including the world's first 16GB 2-rank DIMM (HMT32GR7AER4C-GD. The new 16 GB… Go To Full Article

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