Guru3D Rig of the Month September 2008
Each month we here at Guru3D.com we choose a rig of the month.
September 2008 are 'Flatline & Coma PCs' from 'Flatline aka Dave. Pretty normal PCs (for Guru3D standards) nice pimping jobs on them. But obviously the semi-control room he created is pretty interesting to see by any standard.
Windows 7 - No e-mail and media editing apps
Microsoft will make many of its previously standard bundled apps optional with the launch of Windows 7, the company said late Monday. While Vista came with copies of Windows Mail, Movie Maker and Photo Gallery regardless of the edition, the sequel operating system will now remove those entirely and make available only downloadable versions that can tap into Windows Live. The company argues that the move will ensure a quicker turnaround for the launch of the next Windows version and that it lets Microsoft work with firms in the future to customize the experience.
No explanation is given for how this would work, though Microsoft in the aftermath of antitrust rulings has had to agree to deals which saw different web browsers and other apps replace its own in PC bundles.
The update also saves Microsoft the challenge of supporting two distinct but functionally equivalent apps in some cases.
Microsoft's acknowledgment of speed as an issue supports some as-yet tentative claims that the company is attempting to hurry the Windows 7 release for late 2009 or earlier as well as to avoid the years-long delay for Windows Vista. The company has officially penned in an early 2010 launch for the update but is also facing a hostile reaction to Vista from home and business users, both of whom have encountered early compatibility and performance issues that are believed to be hurting Microsoft's public image.
The company recently started a $300 million ad campaign that includes Jerry Seinfeld and other celebrities in a bid to drive Vista sales before Windows 7 arrives. Microsoft's most recent ad launches a minor attack on Apple's "Get a Mac" ads by claiming that they present an unfair stereotype of Windows users and their experience.
By contrast, Apple has typically had a relatively short release cycle of between one to two years for major operating system updates by splitting its iLife creative suite away from Mac OS X. The move lets the software developer ship updates to either program independently of one another, although Apple to date has made no plans to drop its e-mail application. [Via Macnn]
Download: GPU-Z 0.2.8 released
Here is the list of changes :
Added logging of sensor data to file
- Added option to disable polling for individual sensors
- Added support for AMD RV730
- Added clock reading support for Catalyst 8.9 on RV770 and RV730
- Added support for NVIDIA 9400 GT, 9500 GT, 9600 GS, 9800M GS, 9600M GS, 9300M GS, 9200M GE
- Added support for AMD R580 Stream Processor, RV730 and one M88 variant
- Fixed PCI subvendor ID 1787 to be ATI AIB
- Fixed readings and added monitoring support for ATI M88
- Fixed fan speed readings on ADT7473 sensor
- Added support for ADT7473 sensor chip on ATI
- Added release dates for several NVIDIA mobile GPUs
Download - click here.
Intel Core i7 965 XE and stock cooler pictured
On the web photo's of a Intel Core i7 965 XE engineering sample and its stock cooler. The stock cooler is composed of the same fins projecting radially, just that they are much thinner, and more in number (to boost surface area of dissipation). The cooler uses 50% of fins made of copper and the rest 50% made of aluminum.
The large CPU contact base is made of copper and pre-applied TIM. The box pictured is the "white-box" part, expect the retail box to be of that exact size.
T-Mobile, Google $179 Android phone
The device itself may not look as sexy as the iPhone, but the software is where T-Mobile and Google will likely focus the brunt of their joint marketing effort. Google's Android platform not only includes an open-source, Linux-based operating system and a neat user interface, but also a full-featured suite of apps. You'll find a WebKit-based browser, Google Talk, Gmail, Amazon MP3 software that lets you buy songs with the device, a built-in version of Google Maps with a "compass" feature that follows your movements in the Street View mode, and a music player that lets you search for related videos on YouTube.
If the built-in apps don't satisfy you, you'll be able to hop into the Android Market and download third-party software. Google points out that developers don't have to jump through hoops to get started writing Android apps (indeed, the SDK is freely downloadable here), so G1 owners should eventually have access to a healthy software library. Google co-founder Sergey Brin even mentioned writing an app that, if you throw the G1 in the air, calculates how long it spends flying before falling back in your hand (or the floor). A T-Mobile executive also discussed an app that lets you scan product bar codes and look up prices online.
T-Mobile says you'll be able to pre-order the G1 starting today for $179-about 20 bucks cheaper than the iPhone. The device will officially become available on October 22 in the U.S., some time in November in the United Kingdom, and in the first quarter of 2009 for the rest of Europe. The G1 may not replace Blackberry and iPhone devices in corporate users' pockets just yet, though: there's currently no Microsoft Exchange e-mail support, and T-Mobile suggested it may leave that up to third-party developers.
Trailer: Far Cry 2 Multiplayer Shots | movie
The good folks from Ubisoft has released batch of screenshots from Far Cry 2, providing a glimpse of the title's various multiplayer modes running on the PC. In addition, the first "patch" for Far Cry 2, when it's released, may introduce a number of predatory animals into the mix. Out of the box, Far Cry 2 only features a handful of herbivores.
Far Cry 2 will be released late in October.
Download: Crysis WARHEAD Benchmark Tool BETA
One of the Guru3D users created this small utility to assist on benchmarking Crysis Warhead, much like Crysis Benchmarking tool.
Requirements: Windows XP/Vista - Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 - Crysis WARHEAD (not included)
The benchmark tool contains 3 timedemos named framebuffer.tmd that will be saved on folders Game\Levels\ambush, Game\Levels\avalanche and Game\Levels\frost.
Note: None of your Crysis Warhead files will be changed or removed, just the 3 timedemos will be saved on the folders above.
0.17 - 23/09/2008
0.16 - 23/09/2008
Added support for STEAM. Thanks to HaljordanGL2814 from adrenaline forum for testing and feedback.
Added experimental system information and results submission to ranked server (not working yet on this build)
Added option to save text results after benchmarking
0.15 - 22/09/2008
Added support to WH internal flythrough timedemos
Download - click here.
ATI Radeon HD 4830 To Arrive in October ?
Apparantly it won't be long before we'll see yet another series 4800 Radeon graphics card, the Radeon HD 4830. The new card is equipped with the RV770 chip that we know from the 4850/4870 cards and comes with a 256-bit memory interface and should compete with the GeForce 9800 GT.
An interesting rumor though is that the new graphics card will actually be made by AIBs themselves, which means that we're going to witness the launch of differently clocked boards and probably also differently featured.
The RV770LE graphics card will come with 512MB of memory and will have 480 stream processors. Sources say that the card will differ from the Radeon HD 4850 solution on the pipeline numbers, as the graphics card manufacturer plans to lower the pipeline count on it. There are no specific details on the amount of branches that will be cut, yet the card will end up with less pipes than Radeon 4850 and 4870.
When it comes to pricing, the card should fit just well on a position below Radeon HD 4850 and above HD 4670, but the company hasn't come up with a specific price just yet. We should also note the fact that Radeon HD 4830 is expected to fight the NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT and GeForce 9600GT cards, and the 9800GT's are placed a little over
HP might shut down VoodooPC
There's a credible rumor on the web that HP is going to shut down the VoodooPC operation, citing both an internal e-mail discussing layoffs, and the fact that the company returned over 300 power supplies to Topower, a hardware partner.
It would be strange for HP to be shutting down its boutique hardware shop, given the fact that it is just now ramping up promotion of its newest, totally cool Envy and Omen systems, but stranger things have happened in corporate America, and these are strange times indeed. Say it ain't so, Rahul.
Update: Voodoo founder Rahul Sood answer:
HP is working on a plan to better leverage its existing resources to bring Voodoo products to market faster and make them more accessible to consumers. I can assure you that Voodoo employees and champions of the brand will continue to work on the conceptualization, design and development of Voodoo products.
We can infer from this that the Voodoo brand will continue, and the Voodoo team will stay more or less intact, but that Voodoo may move into a more designy role here, and do less of the nuts-and-bolts assembly that it was doing before. That's my interpretation. As was the case a month ago when we inquired as to the health of Voodoo, Rahul directed us to his blog for further info. Thanks Rahul!
Gigabyte Going for more Copper
EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked review [Guru3D]
This time around we test and review the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked from EVGA. The all new GTX 260 model has 24 more shader processors and was overclocked at default to squeeze more performance out of it. Overall we where very happy with the price versus performance ratio giving you a really good gaming experience. Be sure to check out this review.
Click here to read this Guru3D article.
Photoshop CS4 adds 3D painting and GPU computing
Adobe today unveiled Creative Suite 4, bringing with it Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended, the latest versions to the photo editing application, optimized to take advantage of GPUs, along with many more features. Photoshop CS4 also simplifies many tasks, with content-aware scaling, auto-align and auto-blend modes on 360 degree panoramas.
Photoshop CS4's new GPU-aware nature allows it to share intensive tasks with the graphics card, speeding up operations significantly. Photoshop will offload panning, zooming, canvas rotation and several other operations to the GPU, allowing users to also experience a more free-flowing workspace.
In addition to the above-mentioned features, Photoshop CS4 Extended allows users to paint directly on 3D objects, as well as texturing them with 2D images. Users can also animate 3D objects, and the software includes a new ray-tracer to create more realistic renderings. Parameters, such as lighting, can also be edited, and can compile DICOM image stacks into three-dimensional models for medical personnel.
AMD to change processor names
According to sources, AMD will begin to change their naming scheme for their 45nm CPU: they will keep the Phenom X4/X3 branding , but the numbers will get five digits.
Sources mentioned that the name of two 45nm CPU this year will be Phenom X4 20550 and Phenom X4 20350, with their AM2+ and DDR2 support, these two 45nm Deneb CPU are only available for a short period (last order at 09Q2), for AM2+ mobo users to update AMD
Thermaltake Xpressar PC Case to use Actual Fridge
We already showed you this technology a couple of times in our Computex and CeBIT reports, but it looks like Thermaltake is taking it serious (that or this is a very good marketing gimmick).
The crazed coolant doctors at Thermaltake are now shipping what they're claiming is the first case to feature a DC-inverter micro refrigeration system onboard, which goes beyond conventional liquid-cooled setups by using the same type of compressor/condenser/coolant system found in a refrigerator or air conditioner into your PC case. Thermaltake claims the Xpressar gains an additional drop of 20
Solar panels 500X improvement invented by 12 year old
Solar technology is improving all the time, but one 12-year-old boy may have the key to making solar panels that can harness 500 times the light of a traditional solar cell. William Yuan is a seventh grader in Oregon whose project, titled "A Highly-Efficient 3-Dimensional Nanotube Solar Cell for Visible and UV Light," may change the energy industry and make solar energy far easier to harness and distribute.
At the heart of Yuan's project is a special solar cell that can harness both visible and ultraviolet light. Most solar cells in use today are either photovoltaic, meaning they harness only visible light, or thermal. While visible, infrared, and ultraviolet light are all heavily scattered or absorbed by the Earth's atmosphere, ultraviolet light comes in at shorter wavelengths and with higher energy than both visible and infrared light. Ultraviolet light can provide more energy to a collector than other, longer-wavelength members of the electromagnetic spectrum. Yuan's solar cells are not just innovative for their collection of UV light, but also because they're engineered to stand freely in three dimensions (which allows them to collect more light) and make use of carbon nanotubes, which allow the cell to distribute the energy it collects without dissipating as much as traditional cells do.
Yuan is looking for a manufacturer to invest in building his new solar cell, and likely won't have a problem finding a partner. Yuan's solar cells have earned him a $25,000 scholarship to fund his education and research, a fellowship at the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, and a host of other awards in science and engineering. Yuan isn't the only young inventor making a difference, more and more young innovators are changing the face of clean technology.
New NVIDIA GT200(b) and GT300 GPUs sighted
Ah speculation time again. Well, we all love it so it appears that Australian e-tailer Austin Computers has already begun listing two future NVIDIA stock keeping units (SKUs) - which obviously - are yet to arrive.
The first listing is that of a GeForce GTX 280+, which preliminary specifications show could be a 55nm variant of the same GeForce GTX 280. Looking at how NVIDIA dealt with the 9800 GTX+, it could be assumed that the new GTX 280+ could feature higher clock speeds in order to make it more competitive.
Second to be listed, which looks rather surprising, is that of a GeForce GTX 350, based on the GT300 graphics processor. Again, whatever little specifications listed, show that the card is based on the 55nm silicon fab. process and holds 2 GB of GDDR5 memory across a 512-bit wide memory bus. It is mentioned that the product could be available any time in Q4 2008. Is NVIDIA gearing up for X'mas? [via Techpowerup]
Sacred 2 Fallen Angel Goes Gold
Ascaron has announced that Sacred 2: Fallen Angel has been approved for manufacturing and will hit the store shelves on October 2, 2008. ASCARON and Deep Silver, the games label of Koch Media, announced today that SACRED 2
A bike with a Happy Face LED accessory
If you like to ride your bike at night or are just a generally happy person, this LED accessory is certain to brighten up your riding experience. Or at least attract some funny looks.
This LED accessory just clicks onto the wheel of your bike. Pretty simple stuff. In fact, each wheel only has one LED on it. But by means of a microchip, each LED flashes in a strobe-like fashion according to how fast you