NVIDIA GT300 in far stages, taped out
Personally I have to admit that I was a little reluctant to post news two days ago already as the source is Theo Valich (= ex-inquirer). However, what the heck ...
As you guys know NVIDIA's upcoming next-generation graphics processor will carry codenamed GT300 (GeForc Tesla) and is on a stampede course to be released later this year. (GT200 is GTX 200 series BTW).
Accoring to good old Theo, NVIDIA has already taped out some of the first engineering samples of the GPU, tagged under revision A1. This means, NVIDIA is likely already receiving it's first batches of the chip for a while.
It's pretty big news if it is the case as NVIDIA is then delaying the release of this product in order to go really big with it's launch. It will be the first GPU on the 40 nm silicon process for NVIDIA.
The GT300 comes in three line-ups, a consumer graphics, GeForce series, a high-performance computing product for Tesla, and G200GL for professional/enterprise graphics, Quadro series.
Also the rumor that the GPU will have 512 Shader processors, and that's a big step up from the current 240 Shader processors, is substanciated.
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.
The new GPU will have 16 clusters of 32 shaders. Though it is unknown how fast they will be clocked, rumors state that if they can be clocked at 2 GHz, we'd be nearing a cool 3 teraflops of compute performance (right now we are hovering around one teraflop) per GPU. GT300 would give direct hardware access [HAL] for CUDA 3.0, DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.1 and OpenCL.
Also it is now rumored that the GPUs will get a 512-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface to spew out around 256 GB/s of memory bandwidth.
There is no actual release date on GT300 but we do know it'll be somewhere this year, likely closer to Christmas and the Windows 7 release.
Windows 7 Boosts Hyper-Threading Support
It is incredible how big the Windows 7 marketing spin doctors are at work lately. Every couple of days you see a new 'positive' effect if Windows 7 being leaked and all websites are posting about it.
Microsoft has clearly setup a very big spin-doctor campaign. So the latest one would be this InformationWeek has an interesting article on Hyper-Threading enhancements in Windows 7. Here's a bit:
"The work that we've done in Windows 7 in the scheduler and the core of the system to take full advantage of those capabilities, ultimately we think we can deliver a great and better experience for you," said Veghte, speaking earlier this week at Microsoft's TechEd conference in Los Angeles.
Windows 7's improved hyper-threading support could be good news for users of processor-intensive applications, such as 3-D games and graphics programs. The catch is that the applications themselves must be written in such a way as to take advantage of hyper-threading. To date, only a small percentage of apps include that capability.
Damnation Villain Trailer
Hmm, check out this new trailer of focuses on Damnation Villain, especially the evil characters in the game - the PSI. Check it out for some really cool character design.
Damnation will be released for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 late this month if memory serves me right.
Download: SiSoft Sandra updated to 15.99 SP3a
Mind you guys that SiSoft issued a new update of Sandra today, in order to fix various issues reported by SP3 users. We are now at build 15.99 SP3c.
SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. SANDRA will provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
The new build is 15.99 SP3c and mirrored here at Guru3D.com
Download: click here.
CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 CPU cooler review
We test the new CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 CPU cooler. Though the cooler will not be high-end performance wise, it can still manage the latest Core 2 Duo and Quad processors really well, and sure, overclocked as well. This new TX3 also supports the upcoming Core i5 processors from Intel based on Socket LGA 1156.
Typically this would not be a massively interesting release of course, however... with a sales price of only 14.95 EUR/USD let's face it... the dynamic certainly changes for the better.
Check out this Guru3D review here.
Windows Mobile 6.5 Finished
Using the popular free social networking and micro-blogging web site Twitter, the Microsoft Developer Experience Team announced the completion of Windows Mobile 6.5: "For the record, Windows Mobile 6.5 is DONE... complete... looks really good IOHO and every bit functional."
Formally introduced to the world at the Mobile World Congress in February by Steve Ballmer, an official release date for the new OS was not mentioned so far, though. Emerging details seem to confirm that Windows Mobile 6.5 is optimized for touch screens, offers "a richer browsing experience", and introduces new features like "Windows Marketplace for Mobile, a new marketplace that will provide direct-to-phone mobile applications and can be accessed from both the phone and the Web."
IntelBurnTest v2.0 released
IntelBurnTest is an extremely stressful program that will put even the most powerful X86/X64 CPU in the world at its knees. Load temp under Linpack will be up to 22*C higher than the competing software Prime95.
A program that simplifies the usage of Intel(R) Linpack. Linpack by Intel(R) is an extremely stressful program that will put even the most pow- -erful X86/X64 CPU in the world at its knees. Load temp under Linpack will be up to 22*C higher than the competing software Prime95. This program will make usage of Linpack easier and more practical.
Keep in mind, use this program at your own risk. By using this program, you agree that neither I nor Intel shall be responsible for including, but not limited to: burned up CPU, fried motherboard, spontaneous room temperature increase, hair loss, or mental stress.
Download: click here.
DFI Blood Iron P45-T2(R)S Elite
DFI is showing their most 'affordable' overclocking motherboard, the BI P45-T2(R)S Elite family is the first wave of the
Sony A230, A330, A380 details leak
Sony's upcoming entry DSLR camera Alphas have received full details through a product leak that briefly appeared on Sony's German page. The trio appears to be a minor optimization of the A200, A300 and A350. The 14-megapixel A380 headlines the efforts and promises a quicker autofocus in the live view on the swiveling LCD, dynamic range optimization to prevent lost detail in highlights or shadows and HDMI video output.
It also has an anti-dust system, 9-point autofocus, built-in image stabilization and an optical viewfinder with 95 percent coverage. It should sell for 750 Euros ($1,018) and will likely ship for $999 in the US. The A330 at 600 Euros ($814) appears to have all the features of the A380 but with a 10-megapixel sensor.
At the low end, the A230 would bring dynamic range optimization but otherwise has the same 10-megapixel camera and fixed, non-live LCD as the A200. It would trim the price to 550 Euros ($746) through these changes.
All three cameras are reportedly tipped for a May 19th unveiling [via Photo Rumors].
Core 2 Duo E8700 arrives fashionably late
We talked about it a while ago already yet finally, the Core 2 Duo E8700 arrives fashionably late in the shops. Well at least one Asian e-tailer is apparently selling this processor. The E8700 will of course be the fastest clocked dual-core processor to date from Intel.
With a multiplier of 10,5 and an FSB at 1333 MHz the chip achieves a clock frequency of 3.5 GHz. The processor has 6MB L2-cache on board with a TDP of 65W. The E8700 is for sell here at this Chinese website for 1750 Yuan, roughly 199 USD.
That sales price however does not seem to be realistic with the E8600 selling for $269.99 USD, but we'll see.
ATI Catalyst 9.5 XP|Vista and 7 WHQL drivers out for download
Though these drivers are not yet added to the AMD/ATI download pages, they are serving from their servers already. This catalyst 9.5 driver is WHQL and for the sake of it we label beta until the final release.
However, make no mistake .. this is the final release due on Monday. Go ahead and give them a try already we say :)
We setup a discussion thread over here where you can share your experiences on these drivers.
As such we mirrored these drivers onto our file-servers, you can download them here:
Daily deals May 15 2009 - Full HD LCD monitors
The weekend is near, time for an update of daily deals. Today I wanted to show you some good deals on LCD monitors. Prices of monitors have dropped recently and for little money you can get yourself a very beefy screen already.
Let's walk through some of the deals I spotted, and since you are a guru3d reader, I really wanted to stick at 1900x1080 and roughly 22 to 24" alright ?
- Samsung T240HD Black 24" Widescreen LCD - Samsungs screens are hard to beat. And though this is not the cheapest one, it it the newest one and the most popular one. The T240HD is a 24" screen has a 1920x1080 native resolution for incredibly detailed pictures. The panel has a 300cd/m2 brightness rating and an impressive 10000:1 dynamic contrast ratio it can be purchased for $329.99
- Samsung 2433BW Black 24" Widescreen LCD - Of course the monitor above is the more high-end range, Samsung has a 24" monitor that is wahaaay cheaper. Check out this one, 1920x1200 at the lovely price of $269.99
- Asus VH242H Black 23.6" Widescreen LCD - Now if you want to go a little cheaper, here's a the next best thing. ASUS offer this LCD at 1920 x 1080 and a 20.000:1 contrast ratio. It's just a really good monitor, practically 24" and it costs only $199.99
- Acer X233H Black 23" Widescreen LCD - You can even go cheaper though. Get this 23" at 1920x1080. It's the cheapest price I found for a monitor in this category. It still comes with DVI-D connector and is HDCP compatible. The price is $189.99
And since not everybody requires a 24" screen at 1920x1080, we just wanted to add a nice budget monitor as well:
- Dell S2009W Black 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor - Check it out, 1600 x 900 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio and the price ... only $129.00
ASUS Introduces Xonar DS 7.1 Channel Sound Card
ASUS today launched the Xonar DS 7.1 channel audio card which is equipped with design features found only on high-end audio equipment, fully catering to audiophiles seeking to enjoy high fidelity audio on their PCs
Corsair readies 16GB DDR2 memory kit
If you really want to get your freak on with this, check your motherboard for compatibility first. It seems Corsair is going to be launching a 16GB DDR2 800 MHz memory kit.
The Kit will have four 4GB modules and is tagged under SKU code QUAD2X16GB-6400 already. You might want to save up some hard core cash though, according to kokatu the price is going to be 83.000 Yen ... roughly 850 USD.
Well, it is high density 16 GB of memory of course.
HDMI 1.4 to include Ethernet, two-way audio
The technology also brings a reverse-direction path for sound known as the Audio Return Channel (ARC) that can handle compressed surround sound through an intermediary device, such as a home theater receiver, without requiring a separate optical audio cable. Future video support is also built in with the ability to handle resolutions up to 4K (4096x2160), 3D and the same color spaces as digital still cameras.
A recently proposed micro HDMI connector will be part of the 1.4 format and allow up to 1080p video from very small devices, including portable media players and compact cameras.
The combined technology is expected to significantly overhaul the approach to home media serving, particularly for networked media devices, and may also help future computers that could use the extra networking and audio features. Samples of HDMI 1.4-equipped chipsets ship before the end of the spring and should result in finished products sometime within 2010.
Intel Larrabee to have 32-cores, ships in 2010
Intel at the opening of Saarland University's Visual Computing Institute on Wednesday gave clues as to its plans for its many-core Larrabee graphics processor. In a presentation to guests, the semiconductor firm showed that the design uses 32 processor cores and mates each of these with its own vector math unit, allowing each core to process very specialized tasks very efficiently. They also have a pool of cache memory and a memory interface on their edges.
Larrabee will combine a large array of Intel Architecture (i.e. x86) cores with a brand-new cache architecture, a new vector instruction set, and a new vector processing unit. Gelsinger specified that Larrabee's programmable architecture will allow it to accelerate anything from high-definition video and audio processing to physics, artificial intelligence, and global illumination. it's confirmed that Larrabee will be compatible with DirectX and OpenGL application programming interfaces, so Larrabee should be able to run existing games.
Additionally, Intel's Joseph Schultz mentioned at the event that it has moved back the launch of Larrabee from its original late-2009 target to the first half of 2010. The reasons for the delay weren't mentioned.
Larrabee is Intel's first relatively high-performance graphics design and is intended to overcome the flexibility problems of dedicated video chipsets. By using many x86-based cores, the company hopes to give developers a heavily programmable architecture that lets them handle custom visual effects as well as running many tasks at once.
Creative Labs charges maintenance fee for rebate
Creative Labs has found a great new way to minimize the risk that a customer will actually benefit from a rebate offer. In Rick's case, they sent him the rebate in the form of a $10 debit card that was supposed to be good until July 2009, but when he went to a Best Buy to use it last month, it was denied. The reason? He'd been charged a $3 "maintenance fee" every month since January.
He writes, "Come on, why print on the card that it expires in July 2009 when it couldn't possibly last beyond April 2009? I guess I'm lucky, at least I haven't gotten a bill for ongoing card maintenance. Anyway, that's the last item I ever buy from Creative Labs, I hope the rebate tactic was worth losing a customer."
If you take advantage of a Creative Labs rebate, use it immediately. Or better yet, don't take the bait the next time Creative dangles a rebate offer in front of you. They're not kidding about it being a "Creative rebate." [via consumerist].
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