Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor GeForce GTX 970 VRAM stress test
It has been an interesting week with all the hype on the GeForce GTX 970 with what now is know as a crippled memory sub-system. Three weeks ago here on Guru3D.com users in our forums started to report oddities with their GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, the card ran out of memory at 3.5 GB, not utilizing anything higher or reports of stutters in high graphics memory usage.Read more
Does the GeForce GTX 970 have a memory allocation bug ? (update 3)
For a week or two now in our forums there have been allegations that users of the GeForce GTX 970 have a darn hard time addressing and filling the last 10% of their graphics memory. The 4 GB card seems to run into issues addressing the last 400 to 600 MB of memory, which is significant.Read more
Fujitsu Zero-Watt Standby Monitor
The world's first monitors to feature power supplies that automatically switch off completely in power-save mode start shipping today.Developed by Fujitsu Siemens Computers, the leading European IT provider, the revolutionary new power-saving technology goes on sale in the SCENICVIEW Premium Line ECO range.
Patent-pending zero-watt power save technology means the new SCENICVIEW ECO monitors draw no power when not in use - as the DC power converter shuts down completely. This is a world first, because monitors in standby mode normally continue to draw between one and six watts of power. The Eco mode is enabled by default.
The display includes a switching element in the power supply, controlled by the PC. When the monitor powers down, it triggers the power supply to totally disconnect from the mains. When the PC next sends output to the monitor, a small electrical pulse restores display power. This function works with analogue and digital monitor outputs.
Across Europe, reducing power consumption through the adoption of electrical goods that use zero watts in standby mode would save an estimated 35 Terawatt hours per year, according to the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Bundesanstalt fur Materialforschung)*. The EU Stand-by Initiative reports estimates that stand-by power accounts for about 10 percent of the electricity use in homes and offices of the EU Member States. The ECO monitors also introduce DisplayView AutoBright functionality, an automatic brightness control that adapts monitor brightness in harmony with ambient light, offering power savings during operations of up to an additional 30 percent as well as reducing eye strain. When maximum brightness is needed, the new units reach an impressive 300 cd/m2.
With graphics capabilities of up to 1680 x 1050 pixels, the new ECO monitors do not scrimp on display sizes, either - while a 5 millisecond response time ensures crisp, sharp graphics and no screen artefacts. Thanks to HDMI interface support, the screens are also ideal for working with high-definition graphics.
In September, two more models will join the zero-watt monitor line-up: the 24-inch and 26-inch models.
Intel Turbo Memory - We're gonna speed up Vista
Interesting. Intel plans to speed up applications with their Intel Turbo Memory.
Intel Turbo Memory (codenamed Robson, also known as a Robson cache) is a technology introduced by semi-conductor company Intel to utilize NAND flash memory modules, reducing the time it takes for a computer to power up, access programs, and write data to the hard drive.
The technology was publicly introduced on October 17, 2005 already at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Taiwan when it gave a demonstration using a laptop that booted up almost immediately. The technology attempts to decrease hard drive usage by moving frequently accessed data over to the flash memory. Flash memory reacts faster than hard drives and requires less power, allowing notebooks to be faster and more power efficient. The Robson cache connects via a mini-PCIe card with on-board NAND flash memory modules, supporting new features available in Microsoft Windows Vista, namely ReadyBoost (a hard-drive caching solution via USB flash drives) and ReadyDrive (a hard-drive caching solution via hybrid drives), allowing both read caching and write caching of data.
At the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, Calif., Intel will be demonstrating its latest version of Turbo Memory based on flash memory to accelerate application performance in Windows.
Intel is offering a "dashboard" for Windows that allows the user to choose and control which applications or files are loaded into the Intel Turbo Memory cache (based on flash memory chips) for performance acceleration. Intel calls this "User pinning."
Intel is trying to address a longstanding shortcoming of Windows: its inability to take full advantage of flash storage devices. "There are issues related to taking full advantage of the speed of a (flash drive)," said Troy Winslow, marketing manager for the NAND Products Group at Intel, in an interview at the Flash Memory Summit.
In related news, Intel announced a new Z-P230 PATA (Parallel ATA) SSD drive that comes in 4 gigabyte (GB) and 8GB capacities, with a 16GB version following in September. Pricing is $25 for the 4GB version for 1,000 unit quantities and $45 for 1,000 unit quantities for the 8GB version.
Photos and Specs Radeon HD 4670 Surface
Of course we all know it's on it's way, yet some info and photo's of the lower mainstream targeted Radeon HD 4670 popped up on the web. This videocard is based on the all new RV730 GPU , produced on 55nm and reportedly has 320 stream processors. What would pretty much boil down to the Radeon 3870 actually.
It is expected that this video card class will retail with 512 MB GDDR3 video memory. There's no info on clock speeds just yet.
US judge decrees open source licenses valid
Openistas are celebrating a major court victory over a legal spat involving model railroad hobbyists that will have big implications for the Creative Commons license.
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington ruled that just because a software programmer freely gave his work away, it didn
Fallacy of the anonymous Internet vanishing
The Internet is a very powerful tool and this has not escaped the notice of people who wish to subvert the law. Some countries around the world have very strict controls, with massive Internet firewalls to ensure the public only sees what the government wants them to see. There is a common feeling that the UK is moving to a surveillance society, and with laws coming that will require communications providers to retain telephone and internet records and allow local councils and public bodies access to these the parallels with the old East Germany will be obvious to many.
A consultation period is running on the final phase of the Transposition of Directive 2006/24/EC which ends on 31st October 2008. The consultation period covers the areas of internet access, internet telephone service, and internet mail. At some 300 plus pages, the document is not easy going, but it is keen to point out that while the law would require retention of the fact an email went from Fred to John on 14th August 2008, the content of the email would not be recorded.
The report confirms that a number of communications providers already retain the necessary records as part of their normal business or under previous voluntary schemes. The concern of many will centre around areas like how RIPA has been used by local councils. The family in Dorset that was under surveillance for three weeks could with the new law expect the council to be trawling their email records for any communication with a school outside their catchment area.
The consultation paper talks about retention of internet connection info, e.g. where and when, internet telephony and e-mail, but does not mention other areas such as instant messaging. It is possible that due to the voice and video aspect of most instant messaging applications these will count as internet telephony. The successes under current retention policies are highlighted in the paper, but there is little talk of how false positives will be handled, and what abuse safe guards are in place. The aim of the regulations are "to ensure that this data is available for a minimum of 12 months to assist in the investigation, detection and prosecution of serious crime".
There will be concerns about those with access to these powers abusing them. One could see a local councillor perhaps abusing the powers to spy on political opponents. Most people will accept that investigations into serious crimes such as child abuse and kidnaps will benefit from the obligation to retain internet communications data but public confidence in such measures for local authorities is unlikely to be strong.
Intel Atom sells much better than expected
Intel's Atom processors have been off to a great start, beating initial expectations. According to Chief Financial Officer Stacy Smith in an interview posted on InformationWeek, the processors are used in small electronic gadgets or small PC's. The success of the processor is welcomed news for a company that has been affected by the slowing market of personal computers. "It's the perfect recession product to have in the marketplace" Smith said Tuesday.
Atom processors are designed for low-cost devices Intel calls "Mobile Internet Devices." Consumers' tendency to tighten budgets recently may factor in the strong sales for lower cost computing devices. Many companies are releasing mini-notebooks this year, some of them fitted with Atom processors. Manufacturers have pushed these devices with new marketing campaigns, anticipating the possibility of strong sales.
The success of Intel's target segment remains to be seen, many of these products being new and the market itself just emerging. Intel is aware of the uncertainty, Smith adding "we'll know kind of in six months how much of this demand (for Atom) is real and how much is customers thinking they're going to win in the market place and double-ordering."
Smith claimed they can produce roughly 2500 Atom chips from a single silicon wafer. Atom chips will not be as profitable as their Core or Xeon chip, but they claim the profit is still healthy. Smith does not anticipate the Atom chips cannibalizing the market for their other chips except for a part of their low-cost Celeron processor market. Intel has not changed their third quarter revenue forecast from the original estimate of 10.0 billion to 10.6 billion. Smith indicated confidence that Intel has positioned itself well for the current economic situation, adding "Even in the downturn, we're seeing investments in technology continue."
Have you ever heard a pig sound this good?
The iPig's eyes are actually speakers, while its ears act as touch-sensitive volume controls. The iPig's mouth lights up whenever the iPig is powered on, and will confirm instructions sent from the remote control with a flash. An amplifier is built into the iPig, as is a dynamic airflow design to cool the device.
The iPig is available now in yellow, pink or white on Speakal's website, priced at nearly $140.
Cooler Masterchassis HAF 932 with High Air Flow structure
The new Cooler Master full-tower chassis HAF 932 presents its sturdy sentinel housing and revolutionary High Air Flow structure to enhance and protect any hardware component that is worthy of the highest performance. Cooler Master HAF 932 can be modified to fit an internal radiator while the pre-drilled retaining holes by the rear makes for easy routing of any liquid cooling kit of choice.
To boost and sustain all around system performance, Cooler Master included steel meshed vents vertically stretched over the whole front panel, and then further strengthened the flow of heat dissipation by including three massive 230mm fans on the top, the side and the front of the chassis.
Microsoft Security Updates for August 2008
Microsoft has issued a hefty 11 bulletins addressing 26 vulnerabilities in its August security release. The monthly security update includes six bulletins that address issues rated 'critical', the highest of Microsoft's security alert levels. Four of the critical bulletins addressed vulnerabilities in Office. Those patches included fixes for an ActiveX control in Office 2003 and older, flaws in Office filters, Powerpoint and Excel.
All four could be used by an attacker to remotely execute code. The company also fixed remote code vulnerabilities in the Image Color Management software for Windows 2000, XP and Server 2003. The remaining critical bulletin was an update to a previous patch for Internet Explorer 6 and 7. The five remaining vulnerabilities were all rated 'important'. Those included fixes for remote code flaws in Word and information disclosure risks in Outlook and Windows Messenger. Also fixed was an information disclosure flaw in the IPSec software for Windows Vista and Server, as well as a remote code execution vulnerability in the Windows Event System component for all versions of the operating system.
DRAM module makers start dumping inventory
With DRAM contract prices bidding farewell to a upward pricing trend that had been maintained since April, DRAM module makers have started dumping their inventory, which they have been building from the second quarter, according to industry sources.
According to InSpectrum, DRAM contract prices enjoyed a steady rise from April to the second half of May. Prices later remained flat through July. But in the first half of August, price of the benchmark 1Gb DDR2-800 posted a drop for the first time since the second half of March at a decline of 0.9%.
The research firm projected that DRAM contract prices should weaken in the first half of August because PC OEMs still house relatively high inventory levels and weak demand has discouraged their re-stocking incentive. The industry sources remarked that the inventory issue is spreading to DRAM module houses as well.
Some DRAM module houses started piling up their inventory late in the second quarter under an anticipation that an upward-trend in contract prices would help spur spot prices to trend upward later. Yet, given that the upward DRAM contract price has started weakening, worries of an aggravated price trend has thus surfaced and stimulated the inventory dump, the sources explained.
Forum login issues - Please read
Yesterday we had a small problem with the forum user accounts. After being logged off people where not able to login despite the fact that their password was correct. This issue was dealt with within the hour. We noticed however a lot of user reports by email.
Guys you have not been banned :) This was an issue on our end. Please login again and all should be fine. Should you still have an issue then please use this form and contact us with your forum username + email.
Intel finally released USB 3.0 controller spec
After a lot of criticism from the industry Intel today released a draft version of the controller interface spec for USB 3.0, the next generation of its peripheral format. The information provides a guide for hardware makers to relay information from the USB controller hardware to the software that manages it and helps settle a dispute triggered by AMD and NVIDIA, which accused Intel of knowingly withholding information about the interface to give systems based on Intel hardware an advantage over those using rival copmonents.
The specification is under license but doesn't include a royalty, allowing AMD and other companies wanting to promote USB 3.0 to use the technology without having to pay Intel a recurring fee for support. AMD mentions in the announcement that it supports the publication as part of an open standard.
Publishing the information lets computer part builders start sooner on integrating USB 3.0 into finished hardware, which is most likely to appear sometime in 2009. The connection standard is also known as SuperSpeed USB and is planned to deliver over ten times more bandwidth than USB 2.0, peaking at up to 5Gbps and potentially eclipsing the rival FireWire 3200 spec in practical output.
Bionic Commando video game to use GPU-accelerated NVIDIA PhysX
Capcom, GRIN Entertainment, and NVIDIA jointly announced that Capcom
NVIDIA - Team green goes in the Red
NVIDIA, team green went into the red this quarter. In the three month period ending on July 27 Nvidia has seen its revenue reach $892.7 million, some 5% lower than the $935.3 million of Q2 of FY 2008 with the worst thing reported being the net loss of $120.9 million or $0.22 per share.
In Q2 of FY 2009 Nvidia not only faced a stronger opposition in the GPU market, but it also had to deal with a $196 million write-off to fix and handle the problems brought on by an issue with its G84 and G86-powered mobile chips.
"Our Q2 financial performance was disappointing. The desktop PC market around the world weakened during the quarter. And our miscalculation of competitive price position further pressured our desktop GPU business. We have a great product line-up and, having taken the necessary pricing actions, we are strongly positioned again. Our focus now is to drive cost improvements and to further enhance our competitiveness through the many exciting initiatives we have planned for the rest of the year," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. "In contrast, the rest of our businesses did not exhibit the same dynamics as our desktop business. The notebook GPU, MCP, and Professional Solutions groups grew a combined 27 percent year-over year."
AMD cuts prices of Three Phenom Processors
AMD dropped in to say they announced a couple of price cuts, to make its processor lineup more competitive.
These are the new prices, which are slightly above the cost to distribution and are ex VAT to represent the cost to retailers and system builders:
- X4 9850 BE - was $205 - now $194 - down 5.4 percent
- X4 9550 - was $175 - now $154 - down 12 percent
- X3 8450 - was $125 - now $104 - down 16.8 percent
AMD preparing to split in two - only weeks away?
It is speculated that AMD might split into a chip development firm led by new CEO Dirk Meyer and a manufacturing arm were Hector Ruiz might find a new job as CEO.
"Officially, there is virtually no clear information on the announcement and the direction of Asset Light/Smart provided by AMD. In the company
Download: GPU-Z 0.2.7 released
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
GPU-Z 0.2.7 is out and it supports catalyst 8.7 beta & latest forceware drivers.
Here is the list of changes :
- Added display for GPU release date.
- Added display for transistor count
- Added mouseover readings for sensors graph
- Correctly named the three on-die sensors of RV770 and RV730
- Added support for voltage regulator monitoring on HD 4870 and HD 4870 X2
- RV770 GPU on HD 4870 X2 now called R700
- Added support for reading HD 4870 X2 3D clocks
- Added display of CrossFire Sideport status on HD 4870 X2
- Added more RV730 device IDs
- Added support for GeForce 9800 GT, 9800M GT, 9600M GT, 9700M GS/GT, 9500M G
- Added detection for RS780D
- Fixed incorrectly read ATI OD5 clocks
- Fix for memory clock reading on RV730
- Fixed ROM reading on RV730
- Fixed crash when no supported card detected
- Sensor graph width adjusted when scrollbars visible
Download - click here.
Meet the new Lara Croft - And Observe
It will not be long now befire the new Tomb Raider game is to be released. And as a tradition, what's new ? .. well at the very least a new Lara Croft model. The new model will take over the humble job of well .. posting sexy from Karima Adebibe and her name is .. drumroll .. Alison Carroll. At the perky age of 23 she is a professional gymnast from Croydon. Eidos traditionally seeks a new model for each major Tomb Raider, with the exception of Chronicles and Anniversary as it seems.
Previous models where Nell McAndrew and Rhona Mitra. Now then, let's talk meat. Personally I like the new model much better. What do you think ? To the left the all new Alison Carroll and the the right Karima Adebibe. oh that's definitely Cup D ... ehm. Yeah hum. Serious journalism -- coughs.