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
Blizzcon 2010 Coverage
BlizzCon first started in October 2005, held annually at the Anaheim Convention Center. It features announcements of new content for Blizzard's franchises, previews of content for upcoming games, developer Q&A sessions, PvP competitions and more. This was Blizzard's 5th annual Blizzcon, held October 22-23 in sunny Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center. For those of you who may not know, Blizzard is responsible for the wildly popular Starcraft, Diablo and Warcraft franchises. Blizzard is so big they hold their own separate convention packed across 4 halls.
We'll cover the games and hardware shown at BlizzCon 2010 in this 10 page article. You can read it right here.
Apple: 15 dead pixels are normal on large LCD displays
Whaaat ? Boy Genius Report received a leaked screenshot of Apple's recently updated dead pixel policy that is used by Apple Authorized Service Providers to identify whether screens have to be repaired or replaced. The leaked information reveals dead pixels are not acceptable on devices with small screens like the iPhone or iPod lineup, but if you happen to have one of Apple's expensive Cinema displays up to 15 pixel anomalies are regarded as acceptable.
For example, iPhones and iPods with just one pixel anomaly should be repaired or replaced. MacBook Air models, however, can have up to three light pixels, up to five dark pixels or up to seven combined anomalies before they should be repaired or replaced. The table also outlines the allowable numbers of pixel anomalies for Apple
MSI Radeon HD 6850 Cyclone OC Power Edition Graphics Card
The mages of information providers are mystic at times. Here are some photo's of the Cyclone edition of the Radeon HD 6850 that MSI is working on. A complete PCB overhaul is spotted with impressive hardware components being used on this card which will be called MSI Radeon HD 6850 Cyclone OC Power Edition.
We spot the standard Cyclone heatpipe based cooler, two DV and a HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2.
As you can see this card was able to achieve 1000 Mhz on the core and 4x1200 MHz on the memory, based on a core voltage tweak at 1.2V. We expect availibility of this graphics card real fast. Click the thumbsnails for full photo's.
MSIs Intel 6 series chipset motherboards, P67A-GD65
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 SOC review
Gigabyte has released a handful of GeForce GTX 460 cards, based on the reference design with a slight overclock, yet also an SOC series graphics card which is a factory overclocked model with the new WindForce 2X based cooler sitting on top of that GPU.
Now we've already seen a couple of models based on this cooling solution, but the Gigabyte card really is something special as it is the fastest factory clocked 1024MB SKU out on the market.
Check out our full review right here.
ADATA XPG Gaming Series V2.0 2400G 4GB Dual Channel
Gigabyte P67 and H67 lineup gets pixerlizored
Some photos of 12 upcoming Gigabyte motherboards based on the Intel P67 and H67 chipsets, have been published on the web. We've already shown you a handful last week. New are a number of models including: P67A-UD4, P67A-UD3P, H67A-UD3H, H67MA-D2H, and H67M-D2.
Here are some more, click the thumbnail. BTW it is good to see that for the high-end board Gigabyte finally stepped away from that abby bluer color schema.
Zalman reveals Z9 budget case series
Zalman presents the Z9 and Z9 Plus, a new line of budget mid-tower cases that will be sold for 41.30EUR and 45.00EUR (excl. VAT), respectively.
* Front and top steel mesh design for excellent ventilation.
* Tool-free installation design for convenient HDD installation and removal
* Cable management hole for tidy cable management and CPU cooler holes for convenient CPU cooler installation
* Bottom-mounted PSU design
* Spacious interior supports VGA cards up to 290mm in length
* Supports up to 7 fans
* Convenient front modular I/O port
* Supports four front USB2.0 connections
* Rugged black coated interior
* One temperature sensor with display and 2 channel fan controller built-in (Z9 Plus Only)
* Side acrylic tuning (Z9 Plus Only)
Medal of Honor patch R7 + DLC
In addition, Electronic Arts has now released the Hot Zone DLC patch for its first person shooter Medal of Honor. The Hot Zone DLC package costs $9.99 and can be purchased at EA's online store. As previously reported the DLC adds two new maps (Hindukush Pass and Korengal Outpost) along with two redesigned maps for the new Hot Zone multiplayer mode which is basically a "King of the Hill" mode for the game. The DLC also unlocks all of the multiplayer weapons and mods for the game. Via ggmania.
GeForce GTX 460 SE in the works
It seems that a slower version of the current GTX 460 is in the works, a slide presented by Heise.de shows a cut down version of the card with 288 Shader processors. The interesting part is that the card does come with a full GB of graphics memory which uses one more memory controller, and thus accumulated to 256-bit memory (opposed to 192-bit).
The card's clocks will be fairly similar, 20 MHz slower at 650 MHz and the memory 50 (x4) MHz slower wich is effectively 3.4 GBPs.
The card has the same TDP at 150W and will be introduced on the 15th of November. Slide is courtesy of heise.de
Afterburner 2.1.0 Beta 3
Guru3D and MSI have been working hard on AfterBurner, today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities.
We just released the public beta of Afterburner 2.1.0 Beta 3. This new beta opens up voltage tweaking for both Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 graphics cards.
Some pleasant info for 6800 owners: MSI agreed to increase core voltage limits to 1300mV for these cards in the next build. The next build will also contain some compatibility fixes for upcoming GTX 580 series.
Cyborg R.A.T.9 wireless gaming mouse
Mad Catz announced it has begun shipping the Cyborg R.A.T.9 wireless gaming mouse for $149.99. The mouse has a highly customizable design and makes use of 2.4GHz wireless technology.
The Cyborg R.A.T.9 Wireless Gaming Mouse joins the already available Cyborg R.A.T7, 5 and 3 gaming mice and boasts high performance 2.4GHz wireless technology which delivers an estimated latency of less than 1 millisecond.
Powered via a unique rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack which provides up to 9 hours of game play, the R.A.T.9 comes complete with a stylish desktop charging unit that not only charges the battery pack but also houses up to 42 grams of removable weights, which allows gamers to set the desired weight for individual preference. Two