Dual-GPU Radeon HD 5950 and HD5970 coming in November

Multiple sources are suggesting that R800, the card codenamed Hemlock, is going to come out in late November.

Samples are already out in the wild and, as expected, the TDP is definitely exceeding 300W. Once it launches, this card will finally take over the performance crown from Nvidia's Geforce GTX 295, but there is a big chance that ATI's performance leadership might only last a few weeks, since Nvidia is still planning to launch its Fermi card in 2009.

HD5950 and HD5970 cards will certainly assure the top spot for ATI.

USB 3.0 adoption will be slow

A couple of days back we wrote about a new Gigabyte motherboard with SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0. You might look at it as a sign of things to come, as other vendors are quietly developing boards along similar lines.

However, don't hold your breath when it comes to USB 3.0 support, as Intel isn't exactly in a rush to put its weight behind the new standard. According to EE Times, Intel won't support USB 3.0 in its chipsets until some point in 2011, and vendors who opt to add it to their motherboards will have to turn to costly third party controllers.

First DirectX 11 benchmark shows up

While Futuremark is busy with its Shattered Horizon game, Unigine has come forward and released the first ever DirectX 11 benchmark, dubbed Heaven.

In addition to DirectX 11 support, the Unigine engine also supports DirectX 9, DirectX 10, OpenGL as well as ATI's Eyefinity multi-monitor feature. In order to fully utilize ATI's HD 5000 series, the new Unigine benchmark uses tessellation technology, advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion), dynamic sky with light scattering, volumetric clouds that are rendered by a physically accurate algorithm and interactive experience with fly/walk-through mode as well as the benchmark mode.

Cheapest Arrandale ULV to cost $241

Core i5 520UM that is the cheapest of all Arrandale 32nm dual-core CPUs with four threads will end up at a not-so-cheap $241. The scheduled launch is Q1 2010 and this CPU runs at 1.06GHz and supports Turbo that can help it get all the way to pretty impressive 1.86GHz.

The CPU has 3MB of cache, supports DDR3 800 memory and its total TDP is at a very acceptable 18W. The graphics is still stuck at 45nm and will run at 166MHz, but with a "little bit" of Turbo it will be able to get all the way to 500MHz.

DirectX 11 to get faster adoption

We have some good news for you. DirectX 11 games should start appearing sooner and in much bigger numbers than DirectX 10 games back when DX10 was introduced.

Let us remind you, when Microsoft went to DirectX 10 it insisted on an upgrade to Vista and since this operating system was not really popular, not many people rushed to make this upgrade. The second weak point of Vista was that it didn't run on legacy and still kicking Windows XP and last but certainly not least was the fact that DirectX 10 games didn't look much different than DirectX 9 games. This was also boosted by the fact that Crisys ended up being quite slow on DirectX 10 and Vista.

AMD calls Fermi a "Paper Dragon"

AMD has showed a presentation in which it compares its HD 5800 generation with Nvidia's upcoming Fermi, or as AMD likes to call it a "Paper Dragon".

The PR wars (Or FUD wars.sub.ed) between AMD and Nvidia have started once again as we draw closer to Nvidia's launch of Fermi. Nvidia still believes that Fermi beats the HD 5870, but on the other hand, AMD is selling more and more HD 5800 series cards, and Fermi is no where to be seen yet.

Net addiction makes teens crazy

Mental health epidemic predicted. A Sydney shrink claims that the world wide web could create a mental-health epidemic, with up to 10 per cent of adolescents at risk of addiction.

Lawrence Lam, a behavioural epidemiologist at the University of Sydney and the Children's Hospital at Westmead cited studies in Greece and the US which showed that eight per cent of adolescents could be classified as computer addicts. Lam conducted research in China where the problem was close to 14 per cent.

Ultra shows its new X4 PSUs

Modular and powerful. Ultra Products has unveiled its newest line of power supply units, the X4. The lineup includes a total of seven units ranging from 500W to 1600W.

All units are modular and feature 80Plus certification, a single +12V rail design and a 135mm fan to keep the temps at bay. The full lineup includes 500, 600, 750, 850, 1050, 1200 and the top end 1600W models. All of these models come with included thumb screws, zip ties, velcro straps and silicone chassis bracket that ensure simple installation and reduced noise.

Danger Den shows its HD 5870 waterblock

Up to 30°C lower temperatures. Denger Den has announced that its Radeon HD 5870 waterblock is ready and should be available in next few days.

It uses a pure copper 110 base, High Flow design and comes with a smoked acrylic cover. The waterblock doesn't cover the Crossfire connectors and thus its Crossfire compatible and certified.

The company states that the new HD 5870 waterblock should lower the temperature by up to 30 degrees Celsius. Of course, it solely depends on the rest of the water cooling setup, but it's nice to know what the waterblock itself is capable of doing.

HD 5900 shows up in AMD Open CL driver

Not sure what to make of it. AMD's recently released Open CL drives has given us something to think about. Among the new cards listed in the support sheet, including the fresh HD 5800 and HD 5700 series, the driver also mentions two HD5900 parts.

Frankly, we are not sure what to make of this. It is quite possible that AMD will brand the dual-GPU incarnations of HD 5850 and HD 5870 cards as HD 5900 series, dropping the previous X2 suffix, but this is merely speculation.

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