Sapphire took part of eVGAs mobo design team
Two days ago we reported that there was a rumor that EVGA had "dismissed its entire Taiwan motherboard team," and this would signal "no more motherboards coming from EVGA." Talking to Joe Darwin on this topic he laughed it off and told that EVGA had not dismissed its motherboard team.
More facts have now gathered an we now know for a fact that three employees within eVGA's motherboard R&D team have left eVGA. Now the spicy thing here is that Sapphire hired these guys. Not at all classy. Sapphire will be utilizing the new employees to design motherboards for AMD's upcoming Fusion APU.
We have no idea how big eVGA's internal design team really is, that it is a big blow to their head is obvious though. Peter Tan, otherwise known as Shamino (hardcore overclocker) still is with eVGA and continues to lead the design team. Hopefully eVGA can pick up where they left odd real soon, as they absolutely make brilliant motherboards for the enthusiast crowd.
NVIDIA BIOS Editor 5.6 (NiBiTor)
NiBiTor (short for NVIDIA BIOS Editor) received its latest update. Version 5.5 of the program includes support for new GPUs and limited experimental support for new unknown GPUs. Apart from supporting new GPUs, the new version also includes its usual load of minor bug fixes that improve stability and usability.
Changes in this Version:
- Added GeForce GTX 480
- Added GeForce GTX 470
ASUS GeForce GTX 480 Voltage Tweak edition review
ASUS GeForce GTX 480 Voltage Tweak edition review
To compensate the deficits that NVIDIA enforced on the GTX 400 series, the ODM and AIBs had to be creative, they need to be on the lookout for some new features that make this product more interesting, we call that creating incentive.
ASUS though, stuck to the reference design. They figured .. let's heat it up a little more. And as such they have released their ENGGTX480 series GeForce GTX 480 cards, with GPU voltage control. And the end result is quite interesting with 850 MHz on the core. Interesting ? Read all about it in this article.
Read the full Guru3D review right here.
Some seriously cool stuff - eVGA SR2 Quad SLI
Guru3D afficionado, David from the USA is one of these true Guru's who's spending a lot of time, effort, blood, sweat and dough on his hardware. Yesterday I received an email from him showing the intense kit he bought this time arround.
Check this out, he was able to secure a SR2 board from eVGA, popped two Xeon 5680 processor on there, got himself a little bit of high frequency memory and then added four GeForce GTX 480 cards which he equipped with Koolance LCS blocks.
Really, the only thing you can say here is .. holy bejeezzzus, (click on thumbnail please).
Later on yesterday he contacted us again, his CPU's where already purring steadily at 4 GHz and he made thius little video which I wanted to show you guys.You have NEVER seens Cinebench render that fast with 24 threads, Amazingf stuff David! Check out the video.
Computex - ECS shows P67 and then some more
- Support 32nm LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge processor
- support DDR3-2600 memory
- provide quite a few overclocking features
- USB 3.0 ports
- two SATA 6.0 Gbps
- four SATA 3.0 Gbps connectors
- Gigabit Ethernet
- 7.1 channel audio
- debug LED
We also spotted the recently introduced H55H-I actually already introduced here at Guru3D.com, a great mobo with excellent features at a very fair price. Mini-ATX, this little motherboard has it, it's packed and loaded with features. Pop on a Clarkdale based processor like the Core i3 or Core i5 series and you can use it's HDMI, DVI of DSUB graphics connector. Audio ? No worries the embedded Realtek ACL 8982 eight channel audio codec will happily output to analog or coaxial or optical TOSLINK S/PDIF connectors, need USB ? Well, the rear panel has six of them, need SATA2 ? Here we spot four ports and one eSATA, dual channel memory ? Yep supported, up-to 1600 MHz and in the end if you do not want to use the embedded graphics from the processor, then you can even pop in a full x16 PCIe graphics card and make a wicked gaming rig out of this incredibly handy H55H-I motherboard.
This very cute lady here is holding a P55H-AK motherboard from the Black Series. A new model board part of the P55 family that supports Intel Socket LGA-1156 processors with thanks to the Intel P55 Express chipset. The P55H-AK will be ECS' top gaming board with lots of bells and whistles to boost performance.
It supports full speed SLI and Crossfire by way of the included NVIDIA NF200 chipset that provides additional PCI Express lanes. Adding to the gaming side, ECS also uses the Realtek ALC899 chip for what they call excellent audio and they have also worked with Creative to add in Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 support.
ECS added not one, but two NEC USB 3.0 controllers providing four USB 3.0 ports
Company of Heroes Online - Trailer
Computex - Gigabyte Plans Faster GeForce GTX 470 SOC
Word is that Gigabyte is workign hard on a new faster clocked GeForce GTX 470 in their SOC series. A picture of what the upcoming GeForce GTX 470 Super Overclock will look like was spotted at Computex, as well as part of the basic specification sheet. As the name suggests, it should have a wider set of clock tweaking and voltage modifying options, though the extent to which modifications will be possible remains unclear.
The engineering board pictured has, of course, a blue printed circuit board (PCB). A 12-phase power design is implemented, which means that current should circulate more smoothly and in higher quantities. The memory interface and number of CUDA cores will remain the same as those on the reference card, at 320 bits and 448 cores respectively. This also goes for the video output options, represented by dual-DVI ports and a mini HDMI connector.
Computex - ADATA shows SATA 6G SSD
S501 is A-Data's first solid state drive with SATA 6.0Gbps connection. The MLC based S501 boasts a cache memory of 128MB. The Marvell controller is able to utilize these resources to push read and write speeds to 350MB/s and 200MB/s, respectively. It seems though that this product isn't exactly meant for the consumer segment, being better suited for the enterprise market, in applications such as data centers and servers.
Regardless of the market segments it will be meant for, end-users will have to wait a while before getting a chance to buy A-Data's new storage unit, though exact pricing and availability details have not been disclosed. When shipments do start, however, variety, at the very least, won't be an issue, as there will be 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and even 512GB versions on shelves.
iNeo I-NA312N1 NAS review
iNeo I-NA312N1 NAS review
We test the iNeo I-NA312N1 NAS enclosure. This NAS unit is relatively cheap to purchase yet does offer all the standard features and requirements you can expect from a decent NAS unit. Full user and group based control, FTP, file sharing all the basics for secure file management.
The unit we review today is the I-NA312N1. Plain and simple it holds two HDDs and can be connected within a network with a 1 Gigabit (or slower) network link.
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
Geforce GTX 460 specs surface
With the GeForce GTX 465 just released, we all knew that a GTX 460 was on the way as well. This graphics card will make used a a new GPU coded GF104. The GTX 460 will be aimed at the competing mid-range spectrum of ATIs graphics cards, the Radeon HD 5770 in specific.
The specifications as rumored thuis far show that the GPU will make use of all the components available on the GF104, which include 240 CUDA cores, and will feature 768 MB of GDDR5 memory across a 192-bit wide memory interface.
Apart from basic specs, the board's TDP too will be 180W. It is expected to see launch in mid-July, just in time for summer.
Indilinx Jet Stream SATA 6Gbps controller delayed
The 16-channel Indilinx's Jet Stream IC should have been the first to arrive on the market Q2 2010, yet now faces a significant delay. The product has been pushed back to 2011, possibly even late 2011. Instead, the company will release the 8-channel Barefoot 2 controller by the end of this year. Barefoot 2 will be an 8 channel controller with a maximum capacity of .
The move to push Jet Stream back seems to have a lot to do with Intel's lack of support for native ICH SATA 6G . With Intel out of the 6Gbps game now Indilinx doesn
Computex - Arctic Cooling is no More
No no, it's not as dramatic as the topic hints, but Artic Cooling is no more. With the recent product line Artic Cooling will halt it's current brandname and start a new under ... "Arctic".
" The company ARCTIC COOLING has grown steadily in recent years and has expanded its product portfolio across the range of cooling article also in new fields. To accommodate the change, ARCTIC COOLING will change its name to ARCTIC from today on. All products of the ARCTIC family have the high quality at an affordable price in common. The creativity and love to the detail of ARCTIC engineering team is inserted in each individual product. The basic idea behind the entire products can is expressed in three words, which are also at the same time the new slogan of the company: the spirit of innocation".
With a new name comes a new logo ...
Computex - EVGA EU30 USB 3.0 PCI-E Host Card
Key features introduced on the EVGA EU30 USB 3.0 Host Card:
- Supports up to 5Gbps of Data Transfer
- Low Profile Design
- Backwards Compatible for all USB Devices
EVGA EU30 USB 3.0 host card will be available through EVGA's network of leading Etailers, Retailers, System Integrators, OEM System Manufacturers and Distributors soon.
Sanctum Demo Available
Sanctum is an Hybrid of FPS with Twer defense that was pointed out by the top chaps at Rock, Paper, Shotgun. A demo of the game is now available, developed by Coffee Stain Studios and with plans to eventually create a full version of Sanctum based originally on the Unreal Tournament 3 and currently switched to the new Epic\'s free standalone Unreal Development Kit.
Computex - AMD demos Fusion (video)
Fusion is a single, power-efficient chip that combines both the CPU and GPU into a single die - the APU.
Alien Breed Impact Preview
For all of you gaming freaks, I prepared a short preview of Alien Breed Impact, a fantastic game in third person perspective about abandoned spaceships and aliens. The game looks wonderful and plays very smoth and will be out on Steam for download tomorrow (June 3). Review is in spanish, just check this link for an english translation.
Test Drive Unlimited 2 Beta
For those of you who likes Test Drive saga and want to try the new Beta, be sure to check this link to sign-up for the Beta participation program, surely will be a limited quantity of users so, go ahead and sign up, also, be sure to help the programmers make a better game.
ASRock X58 Extreme3 gets reviewed!
ASRock X58 Extreme3 gets tested !
If you want an X58 based platform and want to enjoy USB 3.0 and SATA3 6G, there really are no affordable alternatives on the market, until now that is. ASRock has released a new X58 motherboard. It's loaded with extra features yet comes with SATA3 and USB 3.0. It is up-to date, has some nice extras, and get this... will cost only 165 EUR or roughly 189 USD.
That price alone sparked my interest for sure as this board would need to really blow if it's not worth that money. So today we'll have a look at the more budget conscious ASRock X58 Extreme3 motherboard, and dude .. it's pretty darn good really.
Check out the ful Guru3D review right here.