Acer Introduces AspireRevo

With a great price at $299, here is a small form factor PC that can hold all your HDTV decoding and PC gaming needs. The AspireRevo is based on the Nvidia ION graphics chip platform and the Intel ATOM 230/330 processor. Nvidia’s ION platform is based upon the GeForce series 9400M G graphics chipset — a low-cost, low-power GPU capable of HD video decoding and DirectX 10-compatible PC gaming graphics power.

NVidia’s ION enables the AspireRevo play 1080p HD movies, play DirectX 10 games, and run Windows Vista Premium with all 3D capabilities. It’s small, sleek, space-saving, and can be used as a fully functional home office PC or as a living room PC for casual gaming on your television.

Besides being equipped with the Intel Atom 230 processor and NVIDIA ION GPU, the AspireRevo comes with a choice of a Serial ATA Hard Drive or Solid State Drive and up to 4GB of DDR2 memory. A Mini PCI Express slot offers the possibility of expanding memory capacity to make space for continuously growing multimedia files.

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Nvidia Announces Quadro Graphics Card

Nvidia has announced their latest graphic card solution, obviously aimed at the high influx of 3D. They are quite expensive and are sure to be aiming the businesses like Dreamworks and Pixar as far as better solutions for 3D graphics rendering. Let it be known though that this new Nvidia Quadro graphics card is not really meant for gaming. It is purely for business!

Whether designing the next aircraft or delivering seven-day weather forecasts, today’s professionals seek a reliable, robust visualization platform designed to address their unique challenges and needs. Highlighting a decade of innovation that match the exact needs of professionals, NVIDIA today introduced its most powerful and advanced top-to-bottom line of Quadro professional GPU solutions available to date.

Based on the company’s revolutionary CUDA parallel computing architecture, this new series provides high-performance visualization and new capabilities to solve highly complex challenges such as: real-time ray tracing, video encoding and interactive volume rendering. These new solutions also contain added graphics memory, double precision support and advanced display capabilities, giving professionals the right features to move beyond visualization barriers, reducing time-to-insight.

NVIDIA Quadro solutions are widely available through leading system manufacturers such as Dell, Fujistu-Siemens, HP and Lenovo; leading workstation system integrators; and NVIDIA channel partners PNY Technologies (US and EMEA), Leadtek (APAC) and Elsa (Japan).


Nvidia Quadro NVS 420 Graphics Card

Here is another of the many graphic cards being released in the market. The Quadro NVS 420 Graphics Card is said to be able to support up to four monitors with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 pixels each.

The Quadro NVS 420 is designed for smaller desktop systems that require multidisplay support. The graphic card has a total of 16 processor cores on two GPUs and a total of 512 MB of memory with a bandwidth of 11.2 GB per second per processor.

What makes this new graphics card from Nvidia is that it only consumes 40 watts of power. The card supports either Intel’s or Advanced Micro Devices’ microarchitectures as well as Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems. The NVS 420 is expected to be available next month with a suggested retail price of $499.

Nvidia has customarily been strong in the high end of the graphics market but has recently announced plans to release products in the middle of the year that would fit in low-cost mini-laptops, a fast-growing segment of the PC market.

That bit of news is surely something many PC geeks are sure to love.


Nvidia Unveils GeForce 3D Vision System

3D is the new battle cry for most game enthusiasts and with the new wave of graphical requirements today, Nvidia is not about to be the last one to come up with graphics card to accommodate that growing specifications as far as gaming is concerned. And to enhance the 3D gaming experience, PC users who purchase this new video card from Nvidia get a pair of glasses as well.

Nvidia’s GeForce 3D Vision system ($199) consists of software and special glasses that connect wirelessly to your PC. This approach is called stereoscopic because the computer sends separate images to each eye. Objects in the two images are slightly offset from each other—a gap the brain interprets as depth, resulting in a compelling 3D illusion.

This development was expected. As games become more sophisticated with their vast improvement as far as graphics of in-game play is concerned, it is apparent that video card manufacturers have to adhere such a need.

The price for this latest installment by Nvidia graphics card may be a bit hefty for the hardcore gamer but basing it on experience, such a price is practically a non-issue. PC enthusiasts and gamers will go at nothing to spend for their gaming requirements and at a set price of $199, it is practically nothing as long as they get the fulfilling game experience.


NVIDIA ION aims to Boost Atom-based PCs

Here is something that most graphics aficionados are bound to love. We all know that PCs are being dragged towards providing better graphics resolution and while some PC types like Atom-based PCs seem to be having issues with some gaming solutions, the NVIDIA Ion seems to have this area covered as well.

It promises to boost up to 10x the speed for graphics and video transcoding in netbook and All-in-one PCs with Atom CPUs and integrated video. With the advanced development of programs and latest improvements to graphics rendering software for pictures and videos, it looks like most PC users will not take long to check out this new technology offered by NVIDIA, a known brand name in the world of graphic cards and quality rendition.

Just check out the new NVIDIA Ion features:

The new Ion features:

• Full support for Windows Vista Premium as well as Windows 7, Premium DirectX 10 graphics with advanced digital display connectivity
• CUDA technology unlocks the processing power of the GPU to accelerate video transcoding and run the most compute-intensive applications
• Premium 1080p HD video with true-fidelity 7.1 audio

So for the millions of PC users that have this Atom-based PCs, here is a good solution to your computer graphic woes. It is bound to provide you with better visualization and PC performance, particularly the ones who have to make do with the current technology that they have as far as graphics rendering is concerned.


Area-51 750i Gaming Desktop Unraveled

For the gamers in search of powerful desktops, chances are this is the gaming desktop you are looking for. Alienware has joined forces with Nvidia in bringing you perhaps one of the sophisticated setups that a hardcore gamer can think of.

We all know how touchy the requirements have been as far as new gaming desktops are concerned and apparently this new desktop named Area-51 750i Gaming Desktop from Alienware and Nvidia aims to satisfy the growing hardware and power requirements that has become evident for the growing number of gamers today.

“The Area-51 750i desktop is one of the most robust computers we’ve ever developed. There is something here for everyone, from the entry-level system to the high-end maxed out configuration, the Area-51 750i promises an experience that will fit your gaming needs and your budget.”

You can just check out the initial specs and see if it does indeed satisfy most of the premium requirements that gamers are being asked to be ready with:

1. Intel Core 2 Extreme CPU
2. 8GB of DDR2 Memory
3. 64-Bit OS
4. NVIDIA SLI or ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU

Price starts at $1,049.00 for the Area-51 750i gaming desktops.


HP Desktops with Defective Nvidia Chips

Among the known desktops in the market that you may consider purchasing are the branded and new ones coming from Hewlett Packard. While we all know that branded computers are the way to go, they are not spared from potential problems such as defects. Apparently, HP has a current problem as it has announced that some of its desktops have defective Nvidia chips and while it was quietly set aside and limited to only a small number of 38 models of HP Pavillion Slimline desktops with the integrated graphics display.

Now don’t let this news be a means of degrading the level of quality that HP has had through the years. For one thing, it is Nvidia which has openly announced that there is indeed a problem with their specified product integrated with the HP Slimline, a hot commodity since many people today are looking into the new desktop designs offered by branded computer names like HP.

Defective chipsets are only natural and HP should be commended on making it public that such a defect exists. Besides, these are bound to be under warranty and while there may be inconveniences, the important thing is that they are aware and responsible enough to inform customers ahead of time rather than keeping mum on the issue rather than correct it.


Overheating Video Cards can Crash your PC

If you happen to be wondering why your computer would suddenly give you a blue screen, check out the message first. If it has something to do with your video card, chances it is overheating for some reason.

Normally, you will notice that these video cards have built-in auxiliary fans. The purpose for this is to maintain a certain temperature level for their use. Some make use of wider heat-sink fans but if you are the type who spends a lot of time on the computer, this may not be practical.

Going back, once you get that blue screen, try and check our video card hardware. Observe if the fan is still functioning and how fast it is going. If it is not the normal speed to which ventilation is being circulated, chances are your video card is indeed overheating.

Normally, this will be a real problem for you. While you can try and use your computer over and over again, chances are it will keep on crashing and giving that blue screen. Worst, if you are not careful, the next time around your computer may not load anymore.

Such big problems from one computer peripheral can really be frustrating but it is something you just have to face. Video cards such as Nvidia or Palit Daytona normally have these small fans to help mediate the temperature level for their use. In case this happens, you have two options; either buy a new video card or replace the fan. The fans can be replaced at a much cheaper rate and all you have to is bring it to a technician so that it can be replaced.