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Catalyst 6.10 is now available

ATI?have just released Catalyst 6.10, you can grab the XP driver here?and the linux driver here.

Vista’s PatchGuard allegedly cracked

You may or may not have heard of Microsoft Patch Guard. It’s been designed?top stop unauthorized software from modifying the Windows Kernel. Using Patch Guard, kernel mode drivers cannot write and replace items, and the technology will altogether stop third party software from extending and changing the Kernel. However, security firm Authentium is claiming that they have cracked it! Microsoft’s PatchGuard technology, scheduled for inclusion in the 64-bit version of Windows Vista, has caused a furor from certain antivirus vendors, who charged that Microsoft was gaining an "unfair advantage" by not allowing them unfettered access to the kernel. Now, security firm Authentium is claiming that they have cracked PatchGuard, and will use the technique to disable the protection, install the kernel patches that come with their own software, and then restore PatchGuard once the installation is complete. Authentium’s claims have not yet been independently confirmed at this time.

ati.com is no more

The AMD ATI merger oficially went through today, and probably the only change apparent at this stage is that is you visit www.ati.com you’ll find yourself at http://ati.amd.com along with a new website. On October 25, 2006, AMD and ATI joined forces in a transaction that combines AMD?s technology leadership in microprocessors with ATI?s strengths in graphics, chipsets and consumer electronics. The result is a processing powerhouse: a new competitor, better equipped to drive growth, innovation and choice for its customers in commercial and mobile computing segments and in rapidly-growing consumer electronics segments.

More NVIDIA nForce 6 Details

Rumours of an nForce 6 series chipset flooded the net a few months back followed by some harder details a few week back, but until now the information doing the rounds didn’t really address the issues?surrounding the original Intel 590 SLI and its limited FSB issue. But finally we have some chunky details on the nForce 6 series. The 680i (590 SLI replacement) will oficially support a 1333 MHz FSB. NVIDIA has remedied this situation and the nForce 680i SLI will officially support a 1333 MHz front-side bus. Whether or not this will support Intel?s upcoming Conroe 1333 MHz front-side bus refresh is unknown. Nevertheless, the supported 1333 MHz front-side bus will allow overclockers greater headroom with current overclocking friendly Core 2 Duo processors. NVIDIA has improved the dual-channel memory controller as well. The nForce 680i SLI?s memory controller now has memory dividers capable of support DDR2-1200 memory. Also supported is NVIDIA?s SLI-Ready memory with Enhanced Performance Profiles. Graphics expansion will be a key point of nForce 680i SLI motherboards. In addition to the two full-speed PCI Express x16 slots, nForce 680i SLI motherboards will have a third PCI Express slot for NVIDIA?s unannounced three-GPU applications. This will most likely be a form of HavokFX SLI physics processing to counter ATI?s upcoming triple-play physics processing. The third slot will electrically have eight lanes routed to it.

Hexus declares war on Sharikou, ‘Ph. D’

I came across this small article on Hexus venting out frustration towards a blog i truly cannot be bothered to link to. The blog predicts that Intel will be bankrupt by…well tommorow quite frankly! It’s all quite entertaining stuff, the blog in question is well known for fanboyism,?and hexus declares war! So why the aggro and WTH does it have to do with Intel and bankruptcy? It’s those preachers, folks. They’re trying to convince people that absolute bull is the truth. E.g. the journal of pervasive 64-bit computing, which, ironically, is nothing to do with pervasive 64-bit computing, but rather is a platform for one person’s pure fanboyism. It pains me to dignify the page with a link, but I feel I must. Give it a read, notice the one-sidedness, and laugh at the insanity of it all.

Hardware Review Roundup: 23/10/2006

Full / Barebones Systems MSI mPC 945 Barebone SFF @ Viper Lair Motherboards nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Round-Up: Gigabyte, Asus, MSI @ HotHardware Foxconn 975X7AB Motherboard @ LostCircuits Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Motherboard @ Sharky Extreme Video / Displays Sapphire X1950 Pro @ TrustedReviews Leadtek Winfast PX7950 GT TDH Extreme @ Bjorn3D EVGA e-GeForce 7600GTS Video Card @ motherboards.org Powercolor X1650 Pro @ techPowerUp! ASUS EN7950GT VGA  @ Gamepyre Sapphire Radeon X1950 Pro 256MB @ Hexus Sanyo CE-32LDY1 32in LCD TV @ TrustedReviews Enclosures & Cooling Thermaltake Armor LCS (Liquid Cooling System) @ Hexus Cooler Master Hyper TX Socket 775 CPU Cooler @ Bigbruin Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX @ Virtual-Hideout ASUS Silent Square CPU Cooler @ X-bit Labs KuFormula VF1 Plus VGA Cooler @ Bjorn3D Vantec Iceberq6 VGA Cooler @ Pro-Clockers Cooler Master NotePal P1 @ TrustedReviews Apack Zerotherm GX710 Copper Videocard VGA Cooler @ Tweaknews Monsoon II Active TEC CPU Cooling System @ Legit Reviews Power Supplies Zalman ZM600-HP 600W Power Supply @ Tech ARP Storage Seagate Barracuda 750GB ES @ Bootdaily Peripherals Samsung ML-2571N Laser Printer @ XYZ Computing HP Color LaserJet CM1017MFP @ TrustedReviews Plantronics Discovery 655 Bluetooth Headset @ BlueTomorrow Highpoint 1740 SATA-II Controller @ TweakTown Misc X-Micro X-VDO MP4 F610 Multimedia Player @ ThinkComputers

New Conroe’s for 2007

There are a few new Core 2 Duo's coming in 2007 around the same time as the bearlake chipset from Intel.


20-inch WS, Dell 2007WFP vs Samsung SM205BW

The 20 inch WS market is heating up. We have two such models to test from Dell and Samsung.

Radeon X1950 Pro AGP almost here

Gecube have an AGP X1950 Pro listed at OCUK?for pre-order. It should be available end of November. It has the same specification as the PCI-e version, but just to refresh your memory: – ATI Radeon X1950 PRO – 575MHz (RV570 80nm) – 256MB GDDR3 memory – 1.38GHz – 36 Pixel shader processor – Ultra-threaded SM 3.0 Engine – 512-bit Ring-bus – HDCP Ready– Low power consumption (Consumes 60W less than equivalent X1900 XT) There is nothing on AGP to match this sort of power other than Gainwards 7800+ (which is really?a 7900 GT in disguise with slightly lower clocks). This X1950 Pro AGP card should make a lot of AGP owners seriously happy, i’m sure. You can find the card here

Hardware Review Roundup: 19/10/06

Deals Corsair 2GB PC3200 DDR DIMM Memory Kit @ £162.56 inc del Full Systems Sony Vaio VGX-XL202 Media Center PC with Blu-ray Drive @ TrustedReviews Processors Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 @ Digit-Life Motherboards Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H @ Overclockers Online ASUS M2R32 MVP Crossfire Motherboard @ Motherboards.org Video / Displays Asus EN7600GT SILENT/2DHT/256M Video Card @ Viper Lair Inno3D 7900 GS @ TrustedReviews Sapphire Radeon X1950 Pro @ Tweak PC (ger) Enclosures & Cooling Battlefield 2142 mod @ bit-tech SilverStone TJ08 mATX Case Review @ ThinkComputers Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro CPU Cooler @ Futurelooks Scythe Kama Connect USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE Adapter @ Virtual-Hideout Storage Toshiba 200GB 2.5" Hard Drive @ Techgage Power Supplies Raidmax Volcano 630W Power Supply @ 3DGameMan

China attacks free speech

In southwest China it is now an offence to post defamatory comments or remarks, launch personal attacks or seek to damage reputations online by penalty of death…no hold on! …or you may face fines of up to 5,000 yuan ($630) and possible detention. The report comes after a Chinese court jailed dissident writer Guo Qizhen for four years on Tuesday for inciting subversion over anti-government essays he posted online. The regulations also follow a crackdown on amateur online films that mock officially approved culture.

Intel Quad-core ‘Kentsfield’ Prices revealed

According to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers who are familiar with Intel’s latest roadmap, the Core 2 Extreme QX6700, Intel?s first quad-core processor, will sell for US$999 in 1000 unit quantities. As prices for both the QX6700 and Q6600 are too high, it will prevent the quad-core CPUs from gaining popularity, stated the sources. According to Intel’s roadmap, quad-core processors will only account for 3% of the company’s total desktop CPU shipments within one year following the launch, the sources indicated.

Intel Bearlake details: P965 and 975X replacements

Dailytech (who else?) has details on Intel upcoming Bearlake chipsets. These will replace Intels the P965 and 975X boards and have support for PCI-e 2.0, DDR3 and on the 975X replacements, two full speed PCI-e x16 slots. Expect these Q3 2007. Intel?s upcoming X38 Express chipset is expected to replace the current Intel 975X Express chipset. The X38 Express brings new features such as PCI Express 2.0 compatibility as well as two full speed PCI Express x16 slots. DDR3 1333 will be the memory standard of choice. On the premium and mainstream side of things is Intel?s G33, G35 and P35 Express chipsets. Intel?s upcoming G33 Express chipset will feature a graphics core that features Intel Clear Video Technology. Memory support on G33 Express will be limited to DDR3-1066 or DDR2-800. Front-side bus speeds of 1333 MHz are supported with the mainstream G33 Express. Stepping up a notch is the G35 Express which features a DirectX 10 compatible graphics core. G35 Express will fully support high definition content playback with HDCP protection. DDR3-1066, DDR2-800 and a 1333 MHz front-side bus are also supported. Intel?s P35 Express will be similar to G35 Express except with the integrated graphics core removed. Intel?s X38, G33, G35 and P35 will be paired with upcoming ICH9, ICH9R and ICH9DH south bridges.

DX10 for XP a cruel joke

Just?a day after The Inquirer announced DX10 compatibility for Windows XP ?we find (thanks Ciro)?a new story from Faud?stating they got it wrong, and that this new DX9.0L API is in fact?for Windows Vista to allow for optimal backwards compatibility with DX9.0 games. No DirectX 10 for WIndows XP I’m afraid. DX9.0L is a special version of DirectX 9 for Vista only that allows DX9 games to run with Vista’s new driver model. It’s not possible to run D3D10 on XP without running in pure software emulation. The D3D10 API was designed around the new driver model in Vista. In addition, Aero Glass runs on DX9.0L. Aero Glass is one of the main reasons DX9.0L exists on Vista. Our sources also confirmed that L in DirectX 9.0 L stands for Longhorn. So we are back at the beginning – you need to buy a new graphic card and a new OS to have the hardware DirectX 10 acceleration on an API that supports it. Way to go The Inquirer!

DirectX 10 for Windows XP too

According the the Inq, DirectX 10 will be available for Windows XP in one form or another, but it will be named DirectX 9.0 L. The question is, will it contain an identical feature set or just a compatible feature set, or to put it another way, will DX10 games on XP with DX9L look the same as on Vista with DX10? DirectX 9.0 L is simply a renamed and refurbished DirectX 10 for Windows XP. It will make DirectX 10 games to work on Windows XP. And games such as the upcoming Crysis won’t work on the existing DirectX 9.0 c. they need a DirectX 9.0 L One of the biggest issues is the fact that Nvidia or ATI won’t have any mainstream or entry-level cards until at least mid- to end of Q1 2007. This suggests that if Vista tips up around the beginning of the year, gamers will be turned off by it.

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