AMD overclocks new Phenom II X4 to 7 GHz
Yesterday we reviewed this processesor, but AMD said it had run as fast as 7 GHz in extreme overclocking tests. Out of the box, the new X4 955 Black Edition, which is aimed at gamers and hobbyists, runs at 3.2 GHz, giving it similar performance to Intel's fastest desktop chips at lower cost, AMD says.
However, AMD was able to more than double the CPU's speed during its tests, said Brent Barry, an AMD product manager.
So we got it to 3.8 GHz on air cooling, AMD used liquid Nitrogen though ;)
NVIDIA GT300 GPU to get 512 shader processors
We are always a little reluctant to post gossip like this, yet there seems to be some sort of foundation for this rumor. It appears that more information on GT300, the new GeForce/Quadro/Tesla flagship graphics card chip is on the loose. First of all, the GPU will have 512 Shader processors, and that's a big step up from the current 240 Shader processors.
Next to that, NVIDIA supposedly is moving from SIMD to MIMD architecture. Long story short: SIMD always has the advantage in raw peak operations per second. After all, it mainly consists of as many adders, floating-point units, shaders.
SIMD (Single Instruction, Multiple Data) refers to a parallel computer that runs the exact same program, that
Eizo LCD monitor with motion detection sensor
Clever .. the Eizo Nanao FlexScan monitors motion sensor saves energy by activating the screen only when a user is present.
Eizo Nanao today introduced two monitors, the 23-inch FlexScan EV2303W and the 20-inch FlexScan EV2023W. The monitors are among the world
Enermax Phoenix Neo case
Hmm, not bad .. not bad at all really. Enermax released their Phoenix Neo ATX mid tower case, the successor to the Phoenix will soon be available for $84.99.
Main obvious to the PHOENIX is a revised front with the aluminum wings more aggressively curved & edged and an improved 25cm monster fan with in/out/off airflow and LED on/off switches (+ the known VR for speed control).
Full specifications can be found at the Enermax's website.
The original PHOENIX set the benchmark of aluminum treatment by featuring the most massively curved aluminum wings ever combined with diamond-cutting and the first directly front-removable dustfilter.
PHOENIX Neo heightens these records. 3.0 mm aluminum wings with a more brute design to focus the gaming and enthusiast market as by integrating a V into the mesh front air vent.
But it has not only the looks: eSATA & USB are becoming more important every day. Most external devices require them already, but the latest push came by Windows Vista. It features
Inno3D offers GeForce GTX 275 with 1792MB
The fine folks from Inno3D have unleashed a new GeForce GTX 275 graphics card that features not 896MB yet 1792MB GDDR3 memory. Now I'm not quite sure if the extra money is worth all the extra framebuffer as the difference will be hard to measure ... but still, that's a nice card alright. If it's as good as the Overclock edition we recently tested, bring it on I say.
Here's the PR scoop; Inno3D are excited to announce the Inno3D GeForce GTX 275 now built with double the memory of 1792MB gaming performance.
With full GPU-acceleration for NVIDIA PhysX technology, Inno3D GeForce GTX 275 with 1792MB offers an extreme HD gaming experience by bringing dynamic forces of nature and massively destructible environments to all the latest games.
Download AMD Overdrive 3.01
The AMD OverDrive application was designed to be a utility the provides the ability to maximize the capability, flexibility, and adjustability of the AMD chipset products. It allows user to tune parameters to ensure system stability, optimize performance, and control cooling/acoustic characteristics. Our target is to provide an all-in-one utility which can deliver all-around stellar operation.
All Gigabyte X58 board now SLI compatible
I know we mentioned this earlier on already. Some of Gigabyte's X58 motherboards did not carry SLI support. Gigabyte (as far as we know) made that call for some boards a while ago as for each SLI X58 motherboard a 5 USD license fee needs to be paid to NVIDIA.
Gigbyte now officially announced that if you can pick up a BIOS and get that fixed.
Taipei, Taiwan, April, 2009
Quadro FX 4800 Available for Mac Pro
About three weeks after its release for the PC, Nvidia announced the availability of the Quadro FX 4800 for the Mac Pro. Its specifications are:
- GPU Specs: 192 CUDA parallel processor cores
- GPU Memory Specs: 1.5 GB total memory size, 384-bit memory interface, 76.8 GB/sec memory bandwidth
- Display Support: 2 stereo dual-link DVI slots
- Maximum Power Consumption: 150W
"The Quadro FX 4800 ultra-high-end solution is now available for the Mac Pro, giving architects, digital artists, medical scientists, and other professionals the right set of tools to deliver results that push the realms of visualization. With Boot Camp, users can experience the full features and accelerated performance of native Quadro 3D graphics when running professional Windows applications. Designed, tested, and built by NVIDIA for the Mac Pro, Quadro FX 4800 gives professionals the visual supercomputing power that they deserve from their desktops."
OCZ's Z-Drive Available in Three Different Flavors
About one month ago, we spotted OCZ's Z-Drive at the CeBIT in Hanover, Germany. The exciting detail about the Z-Drive is that it is a PCI-Express x8 connection storage device on a 245 mm x 124mm x 22 mm board that boasts up to four 256 GB (MLC-equipped) solid-state drives in a RAID 0 setup.
Well, it seems like the French e-tailer Materiel already offers them for sale on its web site. Not one, not two, but three different models are currently being sold:
- The 1 TB version, Z-Drive 1 To PCI-Express 8x, features up to 500 MB/s read speed and up to 470 MB/s write speed. These incredible speeds come budled with a hefty price tag, though: 3,399.99 Euro. 256 MB on-board cache and four MLC SSDs with 250 GB per SSD are the ingredients that can be found under the hood of this version.
- Next is the Z-Drive 500 Go PCI-Express 8x, with 500 GB of storage space and up to 510 MB/s read speed and up to 480 MB/s write speed. This means that it is actually a tad faster than the 1 TB version. This model will set you back 2,199.99 Euro.
- Last, but certainly not least, is the Z-Drive 250 Go PCI-Express 8x, with 250 GB of storage space and still up to 450 MB/s read speed and up to 300 MB/s write speed. This version currently costs 1,399.99 Euro.
Whether these prices are the final MSRPs or if they are slightly inflated, remains to be seen, when these amazing drives start to appear at other shops, as well.
EVGA releases X58 SLI Hydro Copper waterblock
For thoser of you who puchased an X58 motherboard from eVGA, they haev a water-block available now so you can cool down the motherboard chipset.
EVGA X58 SLI. The X58 Hydro Copper Waterblock (200-CU-HC58-B1) features a modern look and is fully compatible with all three part numbers of the X58 SLI motherboard. EVGA is calling the engineering work behind this block an E-Flow design, which it claims capable of dropping CPU operating temperature down by as much as half.
In testing, the block was able to keep the IOH around 26C. More specifically, the block features a high flow path design and will cover both the IOH and southbridge. Included in the package are both 1/2" and 3/8" fittings as well as some Artic Silver Ceramique thermal compound material.
The new Hydro Copper waterblock is not cheap though, and currently available directly from EVGA for $129.99.
AMD plans 16-core Opteron for 2011
It won't be very long anymore before AMD's six-core Istanbul server processors will become available in high volume, and you know what ? That's the start of a new multi-core race. AMD unveiled it aims to release a 12-core part in 2010 already, and a model with 16 cores in 2011.
The 6000 series processors will see the 45nm 8-core to 12-core Magny-Cours next year, while the 32nm 12- to 16-core Interlagos will arrive one year later. The 4000 series platform on the other hand will see the 45nm 4- to 6-core Lisbon in 2010, and the 32nm 6- to 8-core Valencia in 2011.
Fun fact, the new DCA 2.0 architecture will allow quad-channel memory configurations as is has a four channel integrated controller.
Intel Core i5 can do 3.6 GHz
According to a report of hkpc Intel seems to have optimized the core and the Turbo Mode. Previous Core i7 models increase the multiplier by two steps at a TDP of 130 watt, while the new Core i5 reach five steps at 95 watt TDP (depending on the model to 3,200, 3,460 and 3,600 MHz).
Rumors of course.
Download: SpeedFan 4.38
SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info and show hard disk temperatures. SpeedFan supports SCSI disks too. SpeedFan can even change the FSB on some hardware (but this should be considered a bonus feature). SpeedFan can access digital temperature sensors and can change fan speeds accordingly, thus reducing noise. SpeedFan can find almost any hardware monitor chip connected to the 2-wire SMBus (System Management Bus (trademark belonging to SMIF, Inc.), a subset of the I2C protocol) and works fine with Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, 2003, XP and Windows Vista. It works with Windows 64 bit too.
This is a very interesting release. It adds full support for a lot of new hardware. AMCC/3WARE users will be happy to see SMART data for all of their EIDE/SATA hard disks. Full Intel QST support has been added too (you need to RUN AS ADMIN on some OS). Support for new SMBuses (like nVidia MCP79 and SiS968) is there. New chips (like the ADT7470 and the ADT7462) have been added and support has been improved for some others. ITE IT8720 identification has been greatly improved. DELL support is now tested on more chipsets. Windows 7 32 and 64 bit has been added and verified. Both the installer and the executable are now digitally signed. A lot of refinements, improvements and bug fixes were applied.
Download: click here
Download: SiSoftware Sandra 2009 SP3 15.96
SANDRA will provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, ODBC Connections, USB2, 1394/Firewire, etc.
1/100 ms accuracy for disk benchmarks (Physical Disks, File System, Optical Drives), which should be useful when testing SSD, flash or DRAM-based drives.
GPGPU asymmetric load balancer: If you have different GPGPUs in your system, Sandra will now balance the load between them with significant performance increase. In the past if you had, say, a 9600GT + 9400 you would get ~ 2x 9400 performance; now you get ~ 90% (9600 + 9400) performance as you'd expect.
AMD STREAM 1.4* support through Catalyst 9.2 and later.
nVidia CUDA 2.1 support through ForceWare 182.xx and later. CUDA 2.2 to be supported when WHQL driver will be released.
Note: CrossFire no longer needs to be disabled for multi-GPGPU support; however we have found some memory performance issues w/GPGPU mode ATI is investigating if you leave it enabled. So if you want best GPGPU performance disable CrossFire when testing GPGPU, naturally enable it for DirectX/OpenGL.
GPGPU multi-card performance with Hyper-Threading: threads for each GPGPU card are now scheduled on physical processors first, then cores, etc. Thus if you have a 2 card setup on a 2x SMP system, each card will use a physical processor, rather than being on the same processor/core.
Download: click here.
AMD Phenom X4 945 and 955BE processor review
Today AMD is releasing two processors in the Phenom II line-up, the Phenom II 955BE and the Phenom II X4 945 processor. Both processors can be considered and positioned in AMDs high-end segment, yet will be priced friendly. Yields are good, clock frequencies go up, performance goes up. And that's nice as the Phenom II series processors offer great performance for the money you have to lay down on the table. AMD Phenom series processors are slowly ripening, and are aging like fine wine (they get even better over time).
Guru3D brings you an in-depth performance review and architectural overview on both these processors. Oh yea .. and we'll overclock the living daylights out of it as well.
Check out the Guru3D review here.
Daily deals April 22 2009 - Storage
Time for a new update on some good deals. For today I wanted to focus on HDD storage. It's amazing how much volume versus price you can pourchase these days. I come from an era where I purchased a 100MB HDD for 600 USD. And yeah .. that's MB not GB ;)
Here's a HDD overview with good pricing:
- Seagate Barracuda 1500 GB Hard Drive - 1500 GB for 199 USD. Dang, times certainly changed. 7200 RPM. Go check it out $119.99
- Samsung Spinpoint F1 1000GB Hard Drive - A TB drive for under 100 bucks, we actually spotted this one for $88.99
- WD Caviar Blue 500GB Hard Drive - 16MB cache on this one with a 500 GB capacity. Just spotted for $54.99
For the more high performance freaks among us:
- Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB Hard Drive - It's hard to beat WD Raptor drives really. It's also hard to swallow the price $99.99
- VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS Internal 150GB - HDD wise, this is my personal favorite. $168.00
- WD VelociRaptor 300GB Hard Drive - Pure sweetness really - $228.00
Oh and of course I should mention at the very least my most favorite SSD series:
Gigabyte launches Ultra durable GTX 275
Gigabyte today announced latest GIGABYTE in-house design GV-N275UD-896H with GIGABYTE unique technology Ultra Durable VGA. Built with NVIDIA's latest processors-GTX 275, GIGABYTE GV-N275UD-896H features 896 MB GDDR3 memory and 240 stream processors. In addition, GV-N275UD-896H is equipped with the latest NVIDIA SLI
Complete T-Mobile Cellphone Network Failure in Germany
Around 4 p.m. this afternoon, Germany experienced the biggest cellphone network failure to date. T-Mobile, current market leader in Germany, experienced a complete network failure and left 39.1 million people without a cellphone connection for about four hours. Between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. this evening, first parts of the network came back online and accessible again.
In a press release, published on their web site, Guenther Ottendorfer, technical CEO of T-Mobile Germany said that the cause for the problem has been identified in form of a software problem in the Home Location Register (HLR). The HLR is responsible to establish a connection between the cellphone and cellphone radio stations.
Certain parts of the network are still experiencing system overloads and congestions, but those problems are currently being addressed and more than likely fixed within the next few hours.