MSI Big bang X58 XPower motherboard review
MSI Big bang X58 XPower motherboard review
We test and review the XPower from MSI. Last month Intel added a new processor in the line-up, the ever so strong Core i7 980 Extreme six-core processor. Seriously breathtaking, and to date the fastest consumer processor on the globe with very decent overclock potential as well. That was reason enough for most ODM to make new updates and revisions of the X58 chipset based motherboards, as next top the new processor we also have seen the gradual adoption of features like USB 3.0 and SATA3 6G.
MSI is on of the ODMs releasing something really special, today we'll review the Big Bang X58 XPower motherboard. It is chucked full with the latest gadgets and features, it is equipped to make sure you get the very best overclock out of it and heck, even if you can't overclock, flick a button and the motherboard will do the work for you, completely automated.
Let's arm it with a Core i7 980X and go where no-one has gone before ... you can read the full article right here.
Zotac GeForce GTX 480 and 470 AMP! Edition cards
Armed with a Zalman VF3000N cooler that eats up three (!) PCIe slots Zotac presents the GeForce GTX 480 AMP! Edition along with the GeForce GTX 470 AMP! Edition. These graphics card feature a cooling solution with two 92mm fans and according to Zotac they're world's fastest air-cooled GeForce GTX 400 series cards. The GeForce GTX 480 AMP! Edition features a 756MHz GPU, 1512MHz shaders and 1536MB GDDR5 clocked at 3800MHz, while the GeForce GTX 470 AMP! Edition has a 656MHz core, 1312MHz shaders and 1280MB GDDR5 clocked at 3402MHz.
Enhancements to the ZOTAC GeForce
MSI Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 465 released soon
The company is now planning to release GeForce GTX 480, 470 and 465 cards with the Twin Frozr II cooler.
During its pre-Computex press event held in Holland, among other things, MSI has practically confirmed Nvidia's upcoming GTX 465 card. MSI apparantly didn't show any pictures the slide stated that there is a plan for Fermi N480/N470/N465 Twin Frozr II cards. The cards/coolers should be formally added during Computex and will mostly be faced with the Radeon HD 5830.
MSI has taken the final step and, whether willingly or not, confirmed this card
Intel Larrabee GPU isn't gonny fly
Intel's Director of Product and Technology posted a blog today revealing the company will not be bringing Larabee as a discreet graphics product to market, we already knew this but Intel always stated it was puches back to a later time-frame:
In a nutshell, Intel has three visual computing efforts. The first is the aforementioned processor graphics. Since we began integrating graphics inside our chipsets back in 1999 (and now integrate graphics inside our processor products), the majority of PC users are now using integrated solutions. Second, for our smaller Intel� Atom� processor and System on Chip efforts, and third, a many-core, programmable Intel architecture and first product both of which we referred to as Larrabee for graphics and other workloads. Here's the latest:
1. Our top priority continues to be around delivering an outstanding processor that addresses every day, general purpose computer needs and provides leadership visual computing experiences via processor graphics. We are further boosting funding and employee expertise here, and continue to champion the rapid shift to mobile wireless computing and HD video - we are laser-focused on these areas.
2. We are also executing on a business opportunity derived from the Larrabee program and Intel research in many-core chips. This server product line expansion is optimized for a broader range of highly parallel workloads in segments such as high performance computing. Intel VP Kirk Skaugen will provide an update on this next week at ISC 2010 in Germany.
3. We will not bring a discrete graphics product to market, at least in the short-term. As we said in December, we missed some key product milestones. Upon further assessment, and as mentioned above, we are focused on processor graphics, and we believe media/HD video and mobile computing are the most important areas to focus on moving forward.
4. We will also continue with ongoing Intel architecture-based graphics and HPC-related R&D and proof of concepts.
HWiNFO32 version 3.51 released
Retrieved information's are presented in a logical and easily understandable form and can be exported into various types of reports.
- Comprehensive hardware information
- System health monitoring
- Basic benchmarks
- Text, CSV and XML report formats
- Periodical updates
- For Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/Server 2003; Windows 9X/Me (limited)
The new version of the HWiNFO32 hardware information and diagnostic tool and it features:
- Fixed possible crash after having graphs opened for longer time.
- Updated reporting of IDA capability.
- Added reporting of VIA P4M800 memory timings.
- Reduced ATI I2C sensor scan time.
- Added support of Atmel DIMM Temperature sensor.
- Improved sensor monitoring for MSI NF980-G65 (MS-7612).
- Improved reporting of GPU memory clock for AMD Evergreen family.
- Added nVidia GeForce GTX 465.
- Improved sensor monitoring for ASRock 890GX Extreme3 and 890FXDeluxe3.
- Improved sensor monitoring for ASUS NCCH-DL and NCT-D(A).
- Improved monitoring of CPU/PCH (Ibex Peak) power consumption.
- Improved monitoring of nVidia GPU diode temperature.
- Added monitoring of nVidia GPU Fan duty cycle.
Samsung transparent 19-inch AMOLED
So I am not quite sure how prartical it is to have no proper black level, but surely it does look nice. Engadget spotted that Samsung has demonstrated a 19" transparent AMOLED panel.
This time we're looking at a 19-inch transparent AMOLED display, taking the technology up from the 14-inch model we saw live at CES in January. The company has now achieved a 30 percent transparency on its designs, and its ideas for how they may be used are fittingly futuristic. Samsung envisions storefront advertising,
Beresford TC-7520 DAC amplifier review
Beresford TC-7520 DAC amplifier tested
There is an entire market of high end external components that can be used with a PC, devices such as external speaker amps, headphone amps, DAC
Fresco Logic 2-port USB 3.0 Controller Chip
Fresco Logic, a global fabless semiconductor company that develops and markets USB 3.0 connectivity solutions unveils its FL1009 two-port USB 3.0 Host Controller with PCI Express Gen II interface. Like its predecessor FL1000 controller, FL1009 is based on Fresco Logic's Patented GoXtream xHCI Accelerator Engine, which is capable of delivering unprecedented performance and is also optimized for low-power operation, while minimizing total system cost and design cycle time. Fresco Logic's SuperSpeed USB Logo Certified GoXtream xHCI Host accelerator allows each USB port to sustain full bandwidth of USB 3.0 throughput and provides headroom to support next generation true 1080p high-definition video-streaming applications and UASP-enabled storage devices.
"The total worldwide market for SuperSpeed USB 3.0 is expected to reach over 1 billion units in 2013, the availability of USB 3.0 Host is essential to the successful deployment and broad market adoption of SuperSpeed USB" Said Brian O'Rourke, Principal Analyst at In-Stat "Fresco logic is at the forefront of USB 3.0, the introduction of Fresco Logic' FL1000 last year and FL1009 now, makes them well positioned to help satisfy market demand."
OCZ says no need for high-speed dual channel memory
An interesting choice from OCZ here, OCZ believes it makes little sense to ship high-speed dual-channel memory kits, claiming higher density is more important than clock speed.
OCZ Technology 400GB and 480GB Capacities for SSD Lineup
OCZ introduced new high-capacity Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drives. The award-winning lines now include 400GB and 480GB models, making the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 an excellent SSD option for clients who don't want to be constrained by storage limitations.
"Solid State Drives have long delivered on exceptional performance and reliability but capacity has been a barrier to adoption for some clients," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group. "Building on our popular Agility 2 and Vertex 2 SSD lines our new high capacity models give customers up to 480GB of storage space allowing them to enjoy all the benefits of SSDs with plenty of room for even the largest applications and files, making this the ideal solution for customers that place a premium on speed, reliability and capacity."
With double the storage of the existing models, the 400GB and 480GB editions facilitate a more responsive PC experience while providing ample room for a multitude of applications and files. The new higher capacity Vertex 2 and Agility 2 not only deliver the faster boot up and shut downs, but offer extensive space for the latest operating systems, game titles, and programs for shorter load times and snappier performance compared to mechanical hard drives.
Both Vertex 2 and Agility 2 400GB editions feature 250MB/s read and 240MB/s write speeds, with higher 4k random writes up to 22,500 IOPS on the Vertex 2 Series. Built with SATA 3Gb/s, the drives easily integrate into today's desktop and mobile platforms and feature TRIM support for Windows 7 systems. Vertex 2 and Agility 2 Series will now ship with these latest capacities, and come backed by a 3-year warranty for additional peace of mind.
COMPUTEX Gigabyte Introduces Aivia Series
Gigabyte will participate in this year
Unigine Heaven DirectX 11 benchmark 2.1 released
Unigine Corp updated their first DirectX 11 benchmark "Heaven" that is based on its proprietary Unigine engine. The company has already made a name among the overclockers and gaming enthusiasts for uncovering the realm of true GPU capabilities with previously released "Sanctuary" and "Tropics" demos. Their benchmarking capabilities are coupled with striking visual integrity of the refined graphic art.
Heaven benchmark excels at providing the following key features:
- Native support of OpenGL, DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and DirectX 11
- Comprehensive use of tessellation technology
- Advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion)
- Volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm
- Dynamic simulation of changing environment with high physical fidelity
- Interactive experience with fly/walk-through modes
- ATI Eyefinity support
- Support of OpenGL 4.0, including hardware tessellation
- Added stereo 3D support in several modes
- Separate images
- 3D Vision
- Several minor optimizations
For those of you who missed the release date of this game, it will be June 1 2010, the game is comming to PC, X360 and PS3 and it's been published by SEGA. The game strong point is that you can play missions all over the world, take a look in this "Small World Trailer".
Hot News - 3DMark 11 Exclusive Content
We just received a nice press-kit from FutureMark regarding the up and coming 3DMark 11, to be released in Q3 this year. We have some exclusive screenshots and a video ready for you guys on the DeepSea scene. First some screenshots:
Deep Sea is a demonstration of DirectX 11 technologies created using an early development build of the 3DMark 11 engine. The Deep Sea build of 3DMark11 does not represent the final scope of the benchmark and does not produce a 3DMark score. There are no plans to release the Deep Sea tech demo to the public. The Deep Sea video trailer was rendered by the 3DMark 11 engine using readily available DirectX 11 hardware, captured at high resolution and then compressed into video formats suitable for the Internet. The trailer features submersibles exploring the sea floor. Volumetric lighting illuminates the seabed with tessellation used to add rich detail to the rock, coral and manmade structures. Post processing is used to create depth of field and other lens effects. The music is an original composition.
Key features of the Deep Sea scene will be the usual DX11 gimmicks:
- Depth of field
- Volumetric Lighting
We also have a High Definition movie on this 3DMark 11 scene, have a peek. What do you think -- hot or not ?
GeForce ForceWare 257.15 ready for download
NVIDIA has released the first series 257 drivers, this is revision 257.15 BETA which carries support for a large amount of GeForce graphics cards.
The 257.15 beta driver includes the PhysX 9.10.0222 system software, the HD audio 184.108.40.206 driver, and has support for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300 and 400 (GTX 465 too) series desktop cards, and the ION GPUs.
- Adds support for Blu-ray 3D with NVIDIA 3D Vision technology.
- Increases performance for GeForce GTX 400 Series GPUs in several PC games. 4 example:
- Up to 14% in Aliens vs. Predator (1920x1200 noAA/AF
EVGA X58 FTW3 Motherboard
The 132-GT-E768-KR is a standard ATX motherboard. The CPU is powered by an 8-phase standard VRM, it is wired to six DDR3 slots for triple-channel memory support. The X58 chipset is cooled by a larger than usual heatsink, which slants towards the socket to give clearance to large CPU coolers.
The X58 and ICH10R stick to the specifications, with no additional bridge chip. Expansion slots include three PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (x16, x8, x8 when all three are populated, x16, x16, NC when the first two are), supporting 3-way SLI, 2-way SLI, and ATI CrossFireX. Connectivity includes two SATA 6 Gb/s and six 3 Gb/s ports, two gigabit Ethernet controllers, 8 channel audio, two USB 3.0 and 8 USB 2.0 ports, and support for the EVBot OC module.
EVGA should officially introduce this board soon liky at Computex, we'll try an snag some photo during Guru3Ds visit to them [via TPU].
A-Data XPG Gaming Series DDR3-2000G
As the demand has increased for PC components for gaming market, including high speed and reliable DRAM module, A-DATA Technology today introduces its new XPG Gaming Series DDR3-2000G and XPG Gaming Series DDR3-2000G v2.0 DRAM module. Designed for favorite gaming and daily computing groups on Intel X58, P55, and H55 platform, the new XPG Gaming Series DDR3-2000G DRAM module is promised to deliver CL9-9-9-24 timing with 1.65V voltage.
"A-DATA is the leader in the reliable and high performance DRAM module," said Richard Shen, manager of A-DATA product management department. "Demand for fast speed combined with high stability DRAM module continues to increase and A-DATA is the leader in this field. Gaming enthusiast can rely on the new XPG Gaming Series DDR3-2000G DRAM module to achieve high speed and stability under the critical environment, while continue to enjoy the ultimate gaming experiences."
Features and specifications of XPG Gaming Series DDR3-2000G DRAM Module:
- All DRAM IC are verified by high standard criteria.
- High quality 8 layers PCB (Printed Circuit Board).
- Equipped aluminum heat spreaders to perform heat away from DRAM module.
- Backward compatible with DDR3-1600, DDR3-1333, and DDR3-1066.
- Packaging: 2GBx2 dual channel kit and 2GBx3 triple channel kit
- Optimized for 64-bit OS (operating system).
- Test at latency settings 9-9-9-24 at 1.55V-1.75V.
- SPD (Serial Presence Detect) programmed at JEDEC standard DDR3-1333 with latency settings at 9-9-9-24 for basic system booting.
Seagate Momentus XT SSHDD
Seagate today announced channel and OEM shipments of the Momentus XT drive, the world