Release roundup: CyberLink updates and server gear

The pickings are a little slimmer this week, but we still had a couple of interesting announcements sitting in our inbox. The first is from CyberLink, and the second is from Tyan.

  • Tyan launches quad-socket G34 server for 6100-series Opterons. We’re actually looking at two new Tyan products today: the S8812WGM3NR motherboard and the B8821F48W8R barebones system. The mobo features AMD’s SR5690 chipset, support for as many as four 12- or 8-core Opteron 6100-series CPUs, and room for up to 512GB of registered DDR3 RAM. (Memory voltages as low as 1.35V are supported.) The barebones box can also accommodate four of the same CPUs, purportedly making it “the most powerful High-Performance Computing (HPC) platform TYAN has offered to date.”

That Tyan announcement is likely related to the recent release of five new 6100-series Opterons, which bring higher performance within the same power envelopes as previous 8- and 12-core Opterons. Check out our full coverage for more details.

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    • phileasfogg
    • 9 years ago

    So the Tyan board supports up to 128GB per CPU socket (128 * 4 = 512GB). That’s half a terabyte. Good thing the pricing on DDR3 is down from where it was 1 year ago; else the memory would cost nearly as much as the 4x Opteron CPUs 😉

    with 8 slots per CPU, they’d need a 16GB registered-DIMM in each slot to reach 128GB per CPU socket. I didn’t know there are 16GB RDIMMs already available in production.

      • internetsandman
      • 9 years ago

      If it was filled with 8GB DIMMSs it’d equal the capacity of my SSD. Comparing that machine to mine is like comparing mine to one from decades ago, what capacities we currently use for RAM was once used for high-capacity hard drives. I know I’m stating the obvious but it’s still a considerable thought

        • phileasfogg
        • 9 years ago

        Yes, it is a pretty staggering thing to have that much main memory at one’s disposal 😉
        And today, I read about a Dell announcement of an Opteron based server that can support 8 12-core CPU sockets, for a total of 96 CPU cores. That machine can support up to 1TB of memory, with all RDIMM slots populated. They use Samsung DDR3L DIMMs running at 1.35V to cut power consumption (JEDEC standard DDR3 DIMMs use 1.50V). And they say this machine will accept the new Interlagos chips when they are available (socket compatible with current Opterons). If things keep going at this rate, we’ll have machines with 128 cores and then 160 cores (AMD Terramar) for less than 50 grand in a year or so. Intel has a fight on its hands, eh?

        • UberGerbil
        • 9 years ago

        The first hard drive I saw for a personal computer (ie, not counting the [url=http://wwwhomes.doc.ic.ac.uk/~rb/operating-systems/third-gen/disk-pack.jpg<]dishwasher-sized disk packs[/url<] they were running up at the university) was the Sider for the Apple ][ (Apple Sider, get it?) It was available in two sizes: 5MB and 10MB. That's less than what you find in [i<]L3 cache[/i<] on many CPUs these days. Here's [url=http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2108/2373941595_834cc7169d_b.jpg<]an ad from 1986[/url<] for 10MB and 20MB PC hard drives (for $699 and $1088 -- how's that for $/GB? -- but hey, they include the controller card!)

          • bthylafh
          • 9 years ago

          I saw a 5MB hard drive down in a missile-silo control room at Whiteman AFB years back. The thing was the size of a side-by-side refrigerator. Not sure when it dated from, but I’m thinking the ’60s or ’70s.

    • hubick
    • 9 years ago

    About once a year I bring home a DVD which PowerDVD on my HTPC refused to play until I paid $$ to upgrade to their latest version.

    I have spent hundreds of dollars on their stupid bug-fix upgrades over the years.

    Not to mention it’s inability to switch the HTPC to 24p output for Blu-Ray discs, which I had to setup manual ATI hotkeys for doing whenever I wanted to watch a movie, bleh!

    I finally got tired of it all and just bought a dedicated hardware player.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 9 years ago

      Cyberlink’s been giving me free upgrades for years. Didn’t you register?

        • potatochobit
        • 9 years ago

        I have powerDVD8 which came with my bluray player I bought last year and winDVD9 retail box

        if you click on the link above you will see that the last update for powerDVD8 was in april of last year
        I am not sure where you got this idea that they give free upgrades but they never have. they support their products for about 9 months, after that you must pay to upgrade to the newest version which they will then provide support for again. I hate both of these companies. The new update in this post above is only good for powerDVD10.
        I can understand new versions of software coming out should carry a full price. But these are not exactly revisions and are pretty much the same exact player. When a company supports their product for less than 12 months before announcing no more updates and a new version required, it really makes them nothing other than blatant thieves.

          • Palek
          • 9 years ago

          If there is a serious bug in the software that affects performance, usability or security then a software vendor should either provide updates to fix the issue or, if the affected version is no longer supported, a free upgrade. If, however, there is nothing wrong with the software then continued updates are not really required, wouldn’t you agree?

          Software companies are free to release new versions of their software as often as they see fit. If the new version offers significant new features then why should any company be bound by some vague idea of fairness and provide free upgrades? Is the current version of your software somehow less functional because a newer version is available? Did your version stop working because of the new one? You’re not forced to upgrade, are you?

          I personally have one minor issue with Cyberlink: they completely abandoned HD-DVD support. A serious flaw in PowerDVD 7.3 that causes HD-DVD playback to gradually lose sync between audio and video will never be fixed. Apparently Cyberlink offers free upgrades to version 8 – of course version 8 only supports Blu-ray. I cannot really blame them for dropping support for a dead format, though. (If only I could find someone who will take my 4 HD-DVDs off me for a bit more than the laughable $0.5 per disc I was offered at a used DVD store…)

            • Farting Bob
            • 9 years ago

            As Hubrick said originally, every now and then a blu ray or DVD comes out which requires the latest version of cyberlink to play thanks to the never ending layers of DRM they try and use, so yes his software becomes less functional when they release a new DRM, which usually means a new cyberlink version is around the corner.
            Youve got no way of knowing if any particular disc will play with any version, if your not on the latest version its just put it in and hope it plays.

            • stdRaichu
            • 9 years ago

            Last time I looked, AnyDVD was cheaper than cyberlink. At least as far as “lifetime expenditure” goes.

            Personally I’ve not found anything that media player classic + ffdshow couldn’t handle, as well as them having the advantage of GUI’s that don’t look they were puked up by an Andy Warhol.

            • Palek
            • 9 years ago

            I’m on PowerDVD 7.3 and have yet to come across a Blu-ray or DVD that won’t work. Sometimes upon insertion of a new Blu-ray disc I will get a pop-up that tells me I need to update a component to allow playback. I click “Yes”, PowerDVD downloads a patch, and then it starts playing without even having to restart the program.

            Maybe I just haven’t played enough Blu-rays? Can you actually remember any titles that you couldn’t play with a certain version of PowerDVD? I’d be curious to try.

            • potatochobit
            • 9 years ago

            every time I launch winDVD I get an error AACS key expired
            that is the bluray protection
            I click update, and I get an unkown error
            I contacted winDVD and they told me they no longer support winDVD9, keep in mind they still sold this version throughout 2010 and they still sell it on amazon.com

            to get around the issue you have to click cancel twice before playing a bluray, EVERY single time you want to watch a bluray
            I havnt had a video that refused to launch though but I dont have any new hollywood films either

            • Palek
            • 9 years ago

            I only used WinDVD for a brief time ages ago, long before Blu-ray came along, and remember that even back then it was inferior to Cyberlink’s software.

            Do you have any problems with [b<]PowerDVD[/b<] and Blu-ray playback?

      • Xylker
      • 9 years ago

      Me too. Mine is called PS3.

      I bought it mostly for Blu-ray, but I also like the older version’s support for SACD. Oppo has a new player out, I am considering getting one of those as well since it is equally “universal” WRT discs you can play with it.

    • Meadows
    • 9 years ago

    RFITS TOPS

    “I love this movie because the fight scenes look very real…”?
    God help me. Seriously?

      • Farting Bob
      • 9 years ago

      Hey, the fight scenes in 300 showed exactly what its like to cut down 100,000 Persians. 300 is basically a documentary of how slow fighting could be back in the day.

        • Meadows
        • 9 years ago

        A documentary with fake slow-motion and a goddamn fake blood splatter effect [b<]every single time anything happens to anyone[/b<]. Why didn't I think of that.

      • thermistor
      • 9 years ago

      They look incredibly real when compared to 1980’s video games…just gotta pick your reference point. Speaking of which, when was ‘splatter’ introduced into FPS’s? I’d like to know…

        • bthylafh
        • 9 years ago

        You could reduce weaker enemies to gibs in Doom, if they took enough damage. Usually this was with a rocket or the BFG 9000.

      • Darkmage
      • 9 years ago

      I never understood the appeal of being able to comment on a movie with other people. I barely tolerate other posters on TR as it is, and y’all are a couple SD above the general population.

      Have you ever looked at the comments section at a newspaper website? Why the hell would I want to know what people like that think about a movie?

        • Palek
        • 9 years ago

        Haven’t you heard? “Social” is the new thing. Everything has to be “social.” EVERYTHING!

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