Sparkle GeForce GTX 580 and Calibre
Sparkle announced a GeForce GTX 580 card based on the reference model. This card has a 772MHz core, 1544MHz shaders and 4008MHz memory.
SPARKLE Computer Co., Ltd., the professional VGA card manufacturer and supplier, today announced the SPARKLE GeForce GTX 580 Graphics Card, the fastest Graphics Card on the planet which give users game a adrenaline shot.
Additionally, the firm also introduced the Calibre X580. This card has a cooling solution from Arctic Cooling and features a 810MHz core, 1620MHz shaders and 4032MHz memory.
"Using the Accelero Xtreme cooling solution from Arctic Cooling, the Calibre X580 Graphics Card provides ultimate cooling weapon for hardcore gamers. The Accelero Xtreme features 5 heatpipes, 107 fins and 3 PWM fans. The radical optimized air flow design is targeting to cool effectively up to 240 Watt heat dissipation. The Accelero Xtreme can dramatically cool the temperature of the GTX 580 GPU at least 15
ASUS GeForce GTX 580 launches
ASUS introduced its GeForce GTX 580. This card is based on the reference model, it has the standard frequencies of 772MHz for the core, 1544MHz for the shaders and 1.5GB GDDR5 clocked at 4008MHz.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 580 Launches
KFA2, the European premium brand of Galaxy, introduced its GeForce GTX 580. KFA2, the new European premium brand of Galaxy, announced today its launch of the next generation NVIDIA
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Trailer
Crysis 2 MP Beta video
GeForce GTX 580 (SLI) review
Today NVIDIA launches the GeForce GTX 580, Guru3D.com has two articles prepared for you:
We review the GeForce GTX 580, which should be a good chunk faster than a GTX 480. The end result is the product you've all been hearing about for weeks now, the GeForce GTX 580. A product that is more silent then the GTX 280/285/480 you guys are so familiar with, a product that keeps temperatures under control slightly better and noise levels that overall are really silent. All that still based on the 40nm fabrication node, while offering over 20% more performance compared to the reference GeForce GTX 480.
NVIDIA GeForce Forceware 262.99 WHQL drivers
- Installs HD Audio driver to version 22.214.171.124.
- Includes PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0514.
- Supports DirectCompute with Windows 7 and GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language) for all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports OpenGL 4.1 for GeForce 400 series and later GPUs.
- Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
- GeForce Forceware 262.99 Win 7| Vista (64-bit)
- GeForce Forceware 262.99 Win 7| Vista (32-bit)
- GeForce Forceware 262.99 Windows XP (32-bit)We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
Kinect Has Been Hacked to Work on Windows 7
Kinect, Microsoft's motion gaming accessory has been hacked--mere days after its release. Adafruit detailed that the group or individual that created an open-source driver for the new accessory would be granted the prize money. With the money on the table, hackers got to work, much to Microsoft's dismay, and in no time at all a hack surfaced. The video below shows off the work of NUI Group forum user AlexP. In the video we can see his Windows 7 PC tracking the movement of the Kinect--it's a relatively basic application, but it's a good start. Interestingly, this comes just days after open-source developer Adafruit offered a cool $2000 to the first person to bust through Kinect's locks.
Microsoft has responded accordingly, stating: "Microsoft does not condone the modification of its products. With Kinect, Microsoft built in numerous hardware and software safeguards designed to reduce the chances of product tampering. Microsoft will continue to make advances in these types of safeguards and work closely with law enforcement and product safety groups to keep Kinect tamper-resistant."
Call of Duty Black Ops PC pre-load starts on Steam
W00T - it's gonna be a busy weekend alright. Call of Duty Black Ops PC gamers who have pre-orders the upcoming shooter via Steam can now go ahead and start pre-loading the game onto their hard drives. However, the game won't go live until around 10am EST on Tuesday, November 9.
The Treyarch-developed game is the second PC game in the Call of Duty series that uses Steam and the Steamworks tools for things like online matchmaking, automatic updates, achievements and Steam Cloud save game features - via ggmania
GPU-Z 0.4.8 download released
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
Changes in version 0.4.8
- Added support for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 and future GF104 variants
- Updated TMU/Texture rate calculation method. Please report any errors in the forums
- Fixed memory clock monitoring on HD 6850, HD 6870
- Fixed label corruption on cards without any shaders
- Fixed rare CrossFire detection bug on ancient ATI drivers
- Added voltage monitoring fallback for ATI cards with unsupported voltage controller
- Updated PCI vendor ID for PowerColor
AMD Cayman might be delayed due to yield issues
There are currently a lot of rumors floating on the web regarding the fact that the Radeon 6900 series might be delayed. Anonymous sources from Taiwan told website TechEye that AMD will not be able to launch its Radeon HD 6900 (Cayman) series in the week of November 22nd due to yield problems at TSMC. The site claims chances of hitting a Q4 2010 production/ship are slim as yields for Cayman are still in the single digits:
Toshiba 256GB Blade X-Gale SSDs
Toshiba unleashes its Blade X-Gale, the same kind of solid state disk module that's used in Apple's MacBook Air. The SSD is available in 64/128/256GB capacities and delivers sequential read speeds of up to 220MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 180MB/s. The 256GB model measures just 24mm x 3.7mm x 108.9mm (W x H x D), while the 64GB and 128GB editions are even smaller with a height of only 2.2mm. Pricing and availability is unknown.
Toshiba Corp. (Toshiba) and Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)* today announced the Blade X-gale
Asus Xonar Xense 7.1 Soundcard review
The Xonar sound machine has been gaining traction in the audio world with the highly popular Essence series. Asus recently announced that they have teamed up with Sennheiser, a proverbial powerhouse in the audiophile headphone market to bring audio lovers the Xonar Xense 7.1 soundcard bundle.
Today in the Guru3D Audio Lab we have a brand new Xonar Xense 7.1 bundle to put through its paces, so without further delay, let
HIS 6870 TURBO Released
Press-release: Today HIS is proud to launch HIS 6870 Turbo, 1GB GDDR5, PCI-E graphics card. The HIS 6870 Turbo has been factory overclocked to 920MHz, at which speed it delivers high-definition gaming frame rates. Supplied with 1GB of GDDR5 memory running at a peak of 4.48Gbps, you will enjoy the high resolution and fast frame rates which translate directly into good performance and ultra-high bandwidth.
With 1,120 stream processors, HIS 6870 Turbo has the brute strength to tackle the latest HD3D games. Gamers can take advantage of the powerful DirectX
AMD Bulldozer enters production in April
Good news from AMD's side, xbitlabs has a very interesting writeup on Bulldozer production status of April, yet also on Llano. I'll do a blunt copy/paste here, courtesy of Xbitlabs of course:
Advanced Micro Devices will start production of its code-named Zambezi central processing unit (CPU) based on the highly-anticipated Bulldozer micro-architecture in April, 2011. Initially AMD plans to release 8-core microprocessors for desktops, but later in the second quarter of next year the firm intends to launch six-core and quad-core chips based on Bulldozer micro-architecture.
The first engineering samples of Zambezi chips that will be available for AMD's partners for testing will be released already in December, 2010, about a month from now, sources familiar with AMD plans told X-bit labs. Production candidates should be ready by February and the initial production of the company's first desktop microprocessors powered by the long-awaited Bulldozer micro-architecture is scheduled to start in April next year. Probably, the launch of the chip will occur around the same timeframe.
The first Zambezi microprocessors to be launched are expected to be eight-core products with 95W and 125W thermal design power as well as 8MB L3 cache. Later in the second quarter of 2011 AMD, according to sources with knowledge of the company's roadmap, will release six-core chips with 8MB L3 cache and four-core products with 4MB cache. All of the processors will feature TurboCore 2.0 technology, dual-channel DDR3 memory controller with up to 1866MHz memory support and will be compatible with AM3+ mainboards.
Eight-core Zambezi/Orochi features four dual-core Bulldozer modules, each of which is believed to have 2MB of shared level-two cache, that will share 8MB L3 cache. In total, the whole chip will pack in whopping 16MB of SRAM, a 77% increase from the current six-core microprocessors that have 9MB of cache in total.
It is noteworthy that AMD's Zambezi microprocessors made using 32nm silicon-on-insulator process technology by Globalfoundries will be available earlier than the company's code-named Llano chips that combine current-generation x86 cores with current-generation DirectX 11 graphics engine on the same piece of silicon.
AMD Orochi design is the company's next-generation processor for high-end desktop (Zambezi) and server (Valencia) markets. The chip will feature eight processing engines, but since it is based on Bulldozer micro-architecture, those cores will be packed into four modules. Every module which will have two independent integer cores (that will share fetch, decode and L2 functionality) with dedicated schedulers, one "Flex FP" floating point unit with two 128-bit FMAC pipes with one FP scheduler. The chip will have shared L3 cache, new dual-channel DDR3 memory controller and will use HyperTransport 3.1 bus. The Zambezi chips will use new AM3+ form-factor and will require brand new platforms.
The Sunnyvale, California-based chip designer plans to introduce AMD 900-series chipsets compatible with Zambezi processors in Q2 2011. The Bulldozer processors, Radeon HD 6000 "Northern Islands" discrete graphics cards and AMD 900-series core-logic sets will power AMD's next-generation enthusiast-class platform code-named Scorpius.
AMD Catalyst 10.10d Hotfix
Two days ago yet another hotfix was reelased by AMD for their Radeon cards. It's gettin' a little silly really, the hotfixes that is ... AMD has published the new Catalyst 10.10d Hotfix for all you ATI graphics card owners out there. The date on the download page is the same as the 10.10c hotfix (10/28/2010) but I assure you this is indeed the right page for the 10.10d hotfix.
Grab it if you need it.
- Fixed cases where oMrphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA) was not being correctly applied to games (very intermittently)
- OpenGL 4.1 beta support
- Support for the new Morphological Anti-Aliasing feature
- Dead Rising 2 - Crossfire profile (Resolves negative scaling)
- Crossfire Performance Improvement for:
* Metro 2033
* F1 2011 - (Direct X9 version)
* Fallout New Vegas
- Performance optimizations for systems with an AMD Radeon
Bad Company 2 Vietnam - Flamethrower Trailer
This is one of the 15 new weapons being added to Battlefield Bad Company 2 with the upcoming expansion, along with six new vehicles and fours new maps.
Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam will be available Winter 2010 for $15/
AMD Radeon HD 6970 Photo's Surface
As always, an Asian website released some unofficial photo's of a card that seems to be the AMD Radeon HD 6970, the card with the GPU known as Cayman.
The card is quite big as it seems, likely 11" from what I can estimate, and it has to be the 6970, not 69900 because the backside shows just one GPU mounted. Interestingly enough when you look at the power connectors you'll spot an 8-pin and 6pin PEG PCie power connector.
Anyway, very little else can be said here really, click the thumbnails to see the full photo's, courtesy of zol.com.cn