Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor GeForce GTX 970 VRAM stress test
It has been an interesting week with all the hype on the GeForce GTX 970 with what now is know as a crippled memory sub-system. Three weeks ago here on Guru3D.com users in our forums started to report oddities with their GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, the card ran out of memory at 3.5 GB, not utilizing anything higher or reports of stutters in high graphics memory usage.Read more
Does the GeForce GTX 970 have a memory allocation bug ? (update 3)
For a week or two now in our forums there have been allegations that users of the GeForce GTX 970 have a darn hard time addressing and filling the last 10% of their graphics memory. The 4 GB card seems to run into issues addressing the last 400 to 600 MB of memory, which is significant.Read more
Keyboard bacteria can identify you
Forensic researchers discovered that computer users' hands leave a distinct bacterial print on keyboards and mice, and that it is possible to identify a piece of hardware's primary user simply by swabbing the peripheral for bacteria. The technique isn't as accurate as fingerprints, but it may someday prove useful for fighting crime.
Our skin houses large bacterial ecosystems and, even after washing your hands, the bacterial community is restored within a matter of hours. Scientists have suspected for some time that we might leave "trails" of this skin bacteria on things we touch during the course of a day, and more importantly, that the bacteria might be traceable to individuals. It's not that each person has a unique bacterial species, but that their ecosystems contain different mixes of species, each present at different frequencies.
It wasn't obvious this would work, though. Scientists weren't sure if the range of bacteria we leave on surfaces would be complete enough representation of what's on the skin to narrow its source down to single individual. The bacteria might also change too much during the time they spend on the surface, obscuring their origins.
New PSU's in the Cougar line
A new PSU brand awakens. You'll be hearing more and more from them as their products now slowly are spreading and getting reach into Europe. Cougar is a new retail brand for Power Supplies originating from HEC/Compucase. Started in 1979 HEC/Compucase is one of the few real manufacturers and developer of power supplies.
Their latest PSUs are now available in the Benelux as well. Cougars power supplies are known for the high-quality inside but also for their unique design
Need for Speed World BETA
The guys over EA will never stop releasing games for the Need for Speed Franchise, this time around, they will launch a new one, that will focus on Online Gaming, a "Massive Online Racing Game" called Need for Speed World.
Here is what they have to say about the game:
Exclusive to PC, Need for Speed World is the first massively-multiplayer racing game in the Need for Speed series. Race with your friends online or compete against them and thousands of other racers in the enormous NFS universe, built specifically for World.It seems they will need to change the abreviation, because "Massive Multiplayer Online Racing Game" could lead to some confusion this time, if you know what I mean.
Go ahead and take a look at their site, because they are offering a Closed BETA and you can apply for it, so go ahead and register as soon as you can if you want to be one of the few to try it for free.
ATI CrossFireX Profile Application 1.0
This is the first Catalyst external profile update. This is fresh off the press and below is a list of what will improve when a user installs the profile.
NVIDIA Forceware 197.15 With OpenGL 3.3 support
NVIDIA's developer site is serving new drivers. The main feature is that it is supplying support for openGL 3.3 , within a week of the opengl 3.3 announcement. This set seems to work great as regular driver and does not have fan issues as the previous version had.
The new features in OpenGL 3 require G80, or newer hardware. Thus OpenGL 3.0/3.1/3.2/3.3 is not supported on NV3x, NV4x nor G7x hardware. This means you need one of the following NVIDIA graphics accelerators to use OpenGL 3:
- Quadro FX 370, 570, 1700, 3700, 4600, 4700x2, 4800, 5600, 5800, Quadro VX200, Quadro CX
- GeForce 8000 series or higher; Geforce G100, GT120, 130, 220, GTS 150, GTS 250, GT310, 320, 330, 340, GeForce GTX 260 and higher, any ION based products.
- Quadro FX 360M, 370M, 570M, 770M, 1600M, 1700M, 2700M, 2800M, 3600M, 3700M, 3800M
- GeForce 8000 series or higher
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
Order of War Demo is Out!
The guys at Square-Enix , reponsables for the Final Fantasy Saga really are hitting all the good spots with their last couple of games, the new one in their lists is "Order of War", a massive RTS-Like game in which you manage hundreads of troops, tanks, airplanes in a massive WWII scenery, check out the Screenshots and try the Demo that was recently released in Single Player and MultiPlayer formats, just what I like.
XBOX360 Full Laptop MOD
A guy over the benheck forums created a Total Conversion MOD for an XBOX360, the MOD is so beyond anything that I've ever saw for a XBOX360! where he managed to create a Laptop from it, even more so, the conversion is so clean that you really have to behold this for yourself, take a look at the pictures and materials he used for building an ultimate Laptop from a XBOX360, he even managed to put inside a WebCam, totally out of this world job!.
New Guru3D Staff Member
Hey everybody, allow me to introduce myselft, I'm Alex Vojacek alias "EagleDM", I live in Argentina and I'm FAN of Guru3D since the Voodoo Days, I will be joining Guru 3D Staff as a News Publisher. I do hope I can bring more news to you guys and assist Hillbert in any way I can, I hope to have a pleasant stay here at this wonderful website and get to know you guys, I will be joining the forums also. My special skills are Hardware related and Software (also Linux) so If I can help in any way, please let me know.
Thank you Hillbert for trusting in me and I really hope to not let you down.
Geforce GTX480: More Pictures!
It seems NVIDIA is headlines all around the world right now up until the end of March
So, enjoy the pictures for the time being.
PowerDVD 10 release with 3DVision support
CyberLink released CyberLink PowerDVD 10, PowerDVD 10 now has integrated 2D-3D conversion and will support the playback of the upcoming Blu-ray 3D movies. As such they can now support their player with NVIDIA 3D-Vision glasses.
New is Enabling Full HD and 3D Blu-ray playback, CyberLink PowerDVD 10 features TrueTheater 3D technology, upgrading the movie experience with 3D movie playback for DVD discs and video files. Meanwhile, the improved version of TrueTheater HD, optimized for the latest CPU/GPU acceleration technologies, enables the upscaling of both DVD movies and video files to HD. With the initial release of PowerDVD 10, consumers will enjoy Full HD Blu-ray movies, plus the new media-enhancing features of CyberLink
MSI Afterburner v1.5.1
Afterburner is powered by our own Rivatuner engine, but this software comes with a few extra's. AfterBurner will support both ATI and NVIDIA graphics cards, Voltage regulation on the GPU, overclocking on core, shader and memory domains, GPU load levels (ATI), fan speed adjustment, device information .. and a really wicked graphical (configurable) monitor.
Afterburner v1.5.1 (2010-03-18)
Added voltage control of MSI R5830 Twin Frozr II series.
Added voltage control of MSI R5670-PD1G series.
Fixed voltage control of MSI R5870 Lightning and R5870/R5850 Twin Frozr II
Fixed description of R5670 1GB series
HIS 5870 V iCooler Turbo review
HIS 5870 V iCooler Turbo review
We test the HIS 5870 V iCooler Turbo. The HIS Radeon HD 5870 iCooler V Turbo edition features a custom-designed cooler that's improved from the iCooler IV HIS, you perhaps can remember they used on some graphics (last generation Radeon HD 4890). The card itself then, while the non-Turbo variants use reference AMD clock speeds of 850 MHz core and 1200 MHz memory, the Turbo model we test today up that number to 875 MHz and 1225 MHz, respectively bring a little more kapoooow to the product.
The HIS R5870 V iCooler Turbo features 1 GB of GDDR5 memory, and great monitor connectivity. You will have two DVI-D, and one HDMI and DisplayPort connector at your disposal. As added bonus HIS released a special SKU that comes with a full copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as well.
Check out our review
1,500MB/s PCI Express SSD is now sampling
Woaah -- behold the future. LSI has been working on a PCI Express interface SSD. This device has a bandwidth of 1,500MB/s sustained sequential I/O and 1,200MB/s sustained random I/O, regardless of the read/write mix. The company apparantly is sampling this unit to OEMs as we speak.
The product will be tagged onder SKU LSISSS6200 PCIe SSS (solid state storage) solution and is meant for enterprise servers, where fast data access is crucial. It has a low latency and uses few CPU resources, even while delivering up to 200,000 4K sequential I/Os per second (IOPS), as well as 150,000 4K random IOPS.
"Future customer requirements related to price, performance, power consumption and reliability align well with the benefits of solid-state storage," Jeff Janukowicz, research manager, Hard Disk Drive Components and Solid State Drives at IDC, said. "PCIe-based SSS solutions, such as the LSISSS6200, can reliably meet next-generation data center needs with an improved price-to-performance ratio compared to traditional storage solutions."
"The new LSISSS6200 card utilizes the industry's most widely deployed software stack to deliver an enterprise-capable, drop-in storage solution," Steve Fingerhut, senior director of marketing, Storage Components Division, LSI, explained. "Providing customers with a new tier of storage between system memory and low-cost disk drives, without sacrificing reliability or simplicity, PCIe-based SSS solutions represent the next evolution in storage architectures for market segments requiring extreme performance."
There is no word on when the device will actually be released on the market and what it's horrendous price will be. None the less this is killer stuff, great to see it developped.
ASUS Rampage III Extreme Poses in the nude
The new pictures also reveal the implementation of SATA 6.0Gbps and USB 3.0, which means that performance enthusiasts will have all bases covered if they decide to buy this mainboard. The device even includes overclocking features, as well as the now-infamous capability of being overclocked via Bluetooth.
Other specifications of the upcoming monster board include Gigabit LAN, eSATA and Firewire connectivity, USB 2.0 ports and 7.1 channel audio. The rest of the details should become available soon enough, since official pictures usually mean that the formal introduction of a product is not too far off.
Check out some official photo's. I really like the new passive cooling design btw.
MSI shows list of six-core compatible motherboards
MSI released a list of its motherboards that fully support the six-core Intel Core i7-980X "Gulftown" processor.
Model List and BIOS Version Supported
- Eclipse Plus: A7566IMS.110
- Eclipse SLI: A7520IMS.1C0
- X58 Platinum SLI: A7522IMS.370
- X58 Platinum: A7522IMS.370
- X58 Pro: A7522IMS.8A0
- X58 Pro-E: A7522IMS.8A0
- X58M: A7593IMS.350
To provide consumers more comprehensive upgrade services, MSI, the world-leading mainboard and graphic card manufacturer, announced today that all MSI Intel X58-based mainboards will support the latest Intel Core i7-980X Extreme, the 32nm B1 stepping native 6-core CPU. So in the beginning of product design, MSI's total consideration about upgradability is shown, and also the greater scalability to consumers is brought.
On the market, the Intel Core i7-980X Extreme processor, which adopts the cutting-edge 32nm process and B1 stepping, is the first native 6-core CPU for home and office use, and the multi-tasking performance provide by the CPUs will bring users the most impressive experience of performance. The MSI X58 mainboards have been a heat on the market and earned innumerable awards from worldwide media since they were launched for their outstanding specifications and performance. Another heat is expected from them for their full support and compatibility with the Intel Coire-i7 980X Extreme CPUs. As reasons above, MSI X58 mainboards will undoubtedly the first choice for the overclockers thirst for the extreme performance!
In Win Ironclad Full-Tower case
In Win introduced the Ironclad, a new full ATX steel with five 5.25" bays, support for up to six 3.5" HDDs, a 2.5" bay for SSDs, and eight PCI expansion slots The motherboard tray features holes for cable management and a hole at the CPU area to make it easier to swap coolers. The case ships with three 120mm fans and one 220mm fan, and features pre-drilled holes for watercooling tubes.
There are 8 expansion slots, with the 8th one making installing double-slot graphics cards on the last expansion slot easy. Each slot cover has a vent with dust-filters. Dust filters also make it to other areas such as the PSU air intake and the front grill.
The case has vents on almost every side. Fans include one 120 mm front, a rear 120 mm, a top 120 mm fan (while the top has slot for two 120 mm fans), a large 220 mm fan on the side-panel, which also has holders for four 120 mm fans instead of the 220 mm fan. Some panels also come with noise-dampening foam padding. Right below the expansion slots and above the PSU, there are four holes for water-cooling tubings, for two independent loops. The front-panel is located on the top, and has FP audio, two USB ports, two eSATA, and an IEEE-1394a [via tpu].
GeForce GTX 480, GTX 470 Details Leaked
Website VR-Zone claims to have received what are supposedly the final specifications for the upcoming Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 GPUs. The site lists the following information:
- GeForce GTX 480 : 480 SP, 384-bit, 250W TDP, US$499
- GeForce GTX 470 : 448 SP, 320-bit, 225W TDP, US$349
There's also a leaked photo of the GTX 480 on the web but let me say, just stay tuned for the official release of the GeForce GTX 400 which is only seven days away.
Disney Interactive goes for it and creates a Need for Speed facsimile with new additions in this new Split/Second Street Racing Game. The features that separate this new game with the NFS saga is the massive destruction/events that you can taste in-game
Along this new features:
- The City is Your Weapon - Alter the dynamics of the race within a made-for-TV city rigged to blow
- Every Lap is Different -Devastating events that change the track, create new routes and new obstacles
- Action Arcade Racing -Fast paced, intense racing action
You can check out the Video Preview of the Game (is not out yet) here. It will be available for PC and XBOX360.