Computex - PowerColor adds NIC and Hydra to GFX cards
The first curiousity goes by the name of HD5770 Sniper, a Juniper RV840 based card that sports not only a GPU but also an onboard Ethernet connector, the likes of the ones we see from Bigfoot Networks, that is, Killer Xeno Pro. NPUs give users a slight edge in gaming as they prioritise gaming network packets to reduce possible latency.
We say .. the most latency is to be found inbetween your chair and the keyboard.
The second item is even more curious. Powercolor has mounted a Hydra chip onto its HD5770 design making it possible to do multi-vendor multi-GPU without, what seems to be, the need for a brand new motherboard.
Lucidlogix, the maker of the Hydra chips, had laid out this plan way back in late 2008. The original idea was to get the chip running in one of two configurations, the first being integrated into the motherboard as an add-on chip, and the second as an add-in card. Of course, an add-in card for such a small chip would've cost too much and sold too little. The option is then made to strap it onto the graphics card. Thus is born the HD5770 Evolution.
According to Powercolor,this will allow Tri-GPU configurations with SLI and CrossfireX combinations. Personally we tested Hydra .. and aren't to fond of it at all.
Mionix unveils ergonomic gaming mouse
Mionix released a new mouse today, this gaming mouse is named after the star Naos, a blue super giant and one of the brightest stars in our galaxy. Naos means
GeForce GTX 470 will not be cancelled
I'm, not even gonna name the site anymore. NVIDIA officially denied a rumor that stated the firm would kill its GeForce GTX 470 graphics card.
The rumor mill doesn't always hit the mark. A story that said Nvidia had stopped taking orders for its GeForce GTX 470 graphics card, presumably to make way for a rumored GTX 465 product. We've now just gotten off the phone with Nvidia, and the firm strongly ruled out any such action:
The GTX 470 is really important for us from a product perspective. It's basically our best price-performance product in the enthusiast line, so we have absolutely no plans of discontinuing that. Actually we are enhancing that part of the product line over the next month or so.
Mafia II PhysX Trailer
In addition to a copy of the highly anticipated Mafia II game, the Mafia II Collector's Edition will contain the following content:
- Collectible SteelBookTM Casing: Brushed metallic SteelBook hard case with debossed logo containing two pieces of art featuring Vito and Joe, the stars of Mafia II.
Made Man Pack:
Free access to in-game downloadable pack that lets players get behind the wheel of two different luxury automobiles modeled after cars from the period. In addition, Vito will look the part with two new "made man" suits, including a vintage tux.
- Hardcover Art Book:
Mafia II Orchestral Soundtrack:
Immerse yourself in Empire Bay's symphonic masterpiece with the Mafia II score recorded by the Prague FILMHarmonic Orchestra on CD.
- Map of Empire Bay:
Next to all that, check out the video which shows off NVIDIA's PhysX embedded into the game.
Particularly, the Windows PC version of Mafia II will feature a thorough integration of NVIDIA PhysX and 3D Vision technology into 2K Czech's Illusion Engine. The integration of PhysX and NVIDIA APEX technology, including the APEX Clothing and Particle modules, enable the city and personalities of Empire Bay to truly come alive on Windows PC. With the implementation of NVIDIA APEX Particles, players are engulfed in lifelike explosions that are bigger and brighter, including weapon fragments, in-game debris and destructible environments that are amplified in both quantity and realism through the integration of APEX Particles.
Kane and Lynch 2 Dog Days-Cops and Robbers trailer
Aliens vs. Predator DirectX 11 Benchmark Tool
Rebellion, SEGA and Twentieth Century FOX have released the Aliens vs. Predator DirectX 11 Benchmark to the public.
As with many of the already released DirectX 11 benchmarks, the Aliens vs. Predator DirectX 11 benchmark leverages your DirectX 11 hardware to provide an immersive game play experience through the use of DirectX 11 Tessellation and DirectX 11 Advanced Shadow features.
In Aliens vs. Predator, DirectX 11 Geometry Tessellation is applied in an effective manner to enhance and more accurately depict HR Giger
ATI Catalyst 10.5 WHQL Radeon drivers released
ATI just released Catalyst 10.5 drivers for Windows XP, 7 and Vista.
New Windows Features
Support for 120 Hz displays for ATI Radeon
Folding@Home GPU3 Core Supports GeForce 400 Series
To all Team Guru3D folders hail ! Now if you are in luck have a GeForce GTX series 400 card and want to fold for our team .. I heard that the computation power of the GPU is doing miracles for Folding.
The latest Folding@Home GPU client core released by Pande Group adds support for NVIDIA's latest GeForce 400 Series GPUs, using the NVIDIA CUDA GPU compute technology. Dubbed GPU3 core, this beta release of the Folding@Home client core packs several optimizations to harness the new GPUs. Apart from GeForce 400 Series, the core supports the full range of GPUs.
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The developers don't recommend using it with ATI GPUs at this moment, as the software doesn't offer any advantage and could be buggy. They are, however, working on improving the software for ATI GPUs. The graphical and console clients using this core can be downloaded from here.
Mean while I'd like to point out that we recently moved into spot 74 (!) and we are averaging a 250k points a day. That certainly can be more you guys, hope ya'll can join us. Here is the current top 20 Guru3D.com folders, great job you guys !
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Cooler Master HAF X Launches
The much anticipated HAF X debuts as the most powerful HAF (High Air Flow) chassis yet. Designed for performance systems, this chassis is able to house today's latest and hottest CPUs, motherboards, graphics cards and is even compatible with USB 3.0 devices. With specialized support and cooling for graphic cards, massive airflow with the help of up to four gigantic fans and easy access to installed components, this is as close as it gets to a system builder's 'dream case'.
Extreme Airflow: Simply Cooler
HAF X provides powerful airflow with the help of massive-sized fans: dual 200mm top fans, front 230mm red LED on/off fan provide outstanding system cooling and extreme airflow for the entire system. An additional 200mm fan with dedicated air duct has also been added for unsurpassed VGA cooling.
Steel + Plastic
Main unit: 230 x 550 x 599mm
Net: 14.35kg; Gross:16.08kg
M-ATX, ATX, E-ATX
5.25" Drive Bay
3.5" Drive Bay
SATA HDD Drive Bay / 2.5
By Panagiotis Georgiadis on: 05/27/2010 04:21 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
Blur game is out, finally, and Gamespot did a complete review and granted the game a score of 8.0 which is great for Gamespot standards. Even when the review talks about the X360 version, it's still valid since PC version is out also and they are all very similar, granted the PC version will have the option to improve graphics even more as we all know.
MSI Big bang X58 XPower motherboard review
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 05/26/2010 10:44 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
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
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 05/26/2010 10:36 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
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
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 05/26/2010 10:33 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
MSI has been working on an updte of its high-end coolers.
The company is now planning to release GeForce GTX 480, 470 and 465 cards with the Twin Frozr II cooler.
MSI has taken the final step and, whether willingly or not, confirmed this card
Intel Larrabee GPU isn't gonny fly
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 05/26/2010 10:22 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
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.
HWiNFO32 version 3.51 released
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 05/26/2010 03:01 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
HWiNFO32 is a professional hardware information and diagnostic tools supporting latest components, industry technologies and standards. Both tools are targeted to recognize and extract the most possible amount of information about computer's hardware which makes them suitable for users searching for driver updates, computer manufactures, system integrators and technical experts too.
Retrieved information's are presented in a logical and easily understandable form and can be exported into various types of reports.
The new version of the HWiNFO32 hardware information and diagnostic tool and it features:
Samsung transparent 19-inch AMOLED
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 05/25/2010 12:16 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
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
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 05/25/2010 11:01 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
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
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 05/25/2010 10:38 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
Looks like there finally is some competition for NEC, and that my friends will drive prices down.
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."
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