AMD changes CPU schedules
AMD has updated schedule to phase out several Phenom II X4 900 series CPUs, while launch a new model in 2010, according to sources at motherboard makersaccording to digitimes.
AMD has already stopped taking orders for Phenom II X4 910 (2.6GHz/95W) and 945 (3.0GHz/125W) CPU in fourth-quarter 2009 and will completely stop shipments in the second quarter of 2010.
The company will stop order placements for Phenom II X4 965 (3.4GHz/140W) and 925 (2.8GHz/95W) CPUs in the first quarter of 2010, while orders for the Phenom II X4 955 (3.2GHz/125W) are scheduled to end in the second quarter. In the second quarter of 2010, AMD will launch a 95W Phenom II X4 955 processor.
In addition to the Phenom II X4 900 series, AMD will also stop taking orders for several Phenom II X4 800, X3 700, X2 500, Athlon II X4 600, X3 400 series CPUs next year, leaving the Phenom II X4 820, Phenom II X3 740 and Phenom II X2 550 in its lineup. AMD will launch the 80W Phenom II X2 555 later in fourth-quarter 2009, and the 95W Athlon II X4 640 and 95W Athlon II X2 445 in the second quarter of 2010.
In additional news, AMD will also bring forward the launch of its six-core desktop CPU codenamed Thuban to the second quarter of 2010. Thuban adopts a 45nm process and socket AM3 packaging, while featuring six 512KB L2 cache, 6MB L3 cache, and a core frequency of 2.8GHz.
AMD reduced prices of several Phenom II and Athlon II CPUs: Phenom II X4 965 dropped from US$245 to US$195, Phenom II X4 955 from US$245 to US$175, Athlon II X2 250 from US$87 to US$69 and Athlon II X2 245 from US$66 to US$64, according to the company.
Enermax Revolution 85+ 850W review
It certainly has been a while since we reviewed Enermax products, if memory serves me right the last Enermax PSU that we had in queue was the Galaxy Kilowatt DXX power supply. At the time (and still) considered a top notch product. We where exhilarated by it and I know for sure that our review cascaded an effect -- as a lot of our forum visitors actually purchased that Galaxy series of power supplies, which they still use and are happy with.
Times change and there is always room for improvement, Enermax started rolling our the Revolution series of power supplies. A highly stylish, highly efficient and modular power supply that is quiet as well.
TSMC's 40nm Yield Problems Affect ATI and NVIDIA
NVIDIA and AMD, are expected to face GPU shipment delays due to new 40nm yield issues by the TSMC. It is expected that these issues are solved within the quarter, the two chip makers, which have either launched their latest GPUs or are about to announce their new 40nm-based products, could be affected by the reported problems.
Digitimes recently reported that TSMC's chairman and CEO Morris Chang has announced that the reported issues with the 40nm process technology are expected to be solved by the end of this quarter. The problems, which have led to a 40% drop in yield rates for the 40nm node, are related to certain chamber matching issues. TSMC's main customers for said manufacturing technology are GPU vendors NVIDIA and AMD. While the latter's new generation of 40nm-based graphics cards have already been launched on the market, the Santa Clara, California-based NVIDIA is yet to formerly introduce the much-anticipated 40nm-based GT300 chips, according to previous rumors.
There were a number of reports regarding TSMC's 40nm yield issues over the course of the past months, although, back in July 2009, at an investors conference, Chang said that the yield rates for said process had improved to 60%, compared to the 20-30% in the second quarter of 2009. This has affected AMD, which launched its first 40nm card with the introduction of the Radeon HD 4770, the world's first graphics card with a 40nm GPU.
NVIDIA preps GeForce GT 240 for Nov 17th release
NVIDIA is about to launch the Geforce GT240 -- on November 17th actually. Geforce GT240 is designed for mainstream market with support for DX10.1.The new cards mission is to replace Geforce 9600GSO / GT cards. Geforce GT240 has 96 cores and features GDDR3 memory working at 900MHz.Geforce GT240 is expected to be available at the price range of Geforce 9600GSO / GT.
Built on the GT215 core, the upcoming GeForce GT 240 graphics card will be based on a 40nm GPU, manufactured at TSMC, will boast support for DirectX 10.1 and will be featured with 96 Stream processors. Although details about its clock speeds are yet to be announced.
Intel Gulftown six-core CPU gets Pixelized again
Some new photo's f a sample of Intel's upcoming six-core Core i7 "Gulftown" processor surfaced on the web over the weekend through bittech). This chip is expected to be released in Q1 2010. Of course we already have seen leaked photo's before.
Make your own VR goggles
Recombu created a simple pair of virtual reality oggles using an HTC Magic and Google Street View. Interesting concept, but it's not exactly something you want people to see you wearing.
Using an HTC Magic and Google Street View we've made a simple pair of virtual reality goggles that let you immerse yourself in distant locations. You can also use these goggles with augmented reality apps -- although you probably don't want to walk around with them all day long.
Yeah .. it's not rather sexy and prolly will scare the girls away from you !
AMD Roadmap Leaked from Japan Surfaces
New slides from a Japanese website are AMD's roadmap for all platforms (CPU, GPU, IGP, Chipset) up to 2011. The biggest surprise is the 2010 GPU with a die shrink towards 32nm. The rumoured codenames were Park, Madison and Broadway. Click thumbnails.
AMD's soon to be launched Netbook platform, Congo, is now renamed to simply "2nd Gen UT". With 2010, we have the Danube platform, with AMD's first notebook quad-core CPU. In terms of GPU, 2009 is listed as ATI M9x, which is Mobility HD 4000 series. Once again, it is listed as 40nm, though the only 40nm GPU is RV740
These happen to be famous avenues in Manhattan, so the Manhattan family codename fits in well. However, notice the fab process - 32nm! Manhattan was widely rumoured to be straight derivates of desktop 40nm Evergreen GPUs. Even more surprising is that it appears the DX10.1 from M9x carries on into Manhattan. Barring typos and confusing slide designs, these are both major surprises. It would appear Manhattan is not a 40nm Evergreen based GPU, but rather a 32nm M9x shrink, something that seems very unlikely. We will look out for clarification on this information.
Moving on to 2011, and Fusion hits notebooks. Sabine platform is based around the same Llano APU found in desktops. Brazos is the low-voltage platform, which seems to be manufactured at 40nm - for the complete APU.
GPU for notebooks remains next-gen Northern Islands at 32nm. The 2011 platforms increases battery life (battery life being a constant criticism for AMD's notebook platforms) by a significant amount [via vrzone].
Enable DirectX 10 for Borderlands in Windows 7
Hidden away .. I wonder why. If you're running Borderlands on a Windows 7 platform, chances are you aren't actually running the game in DirectX 10. Why? The bro's over at ShackNews posted a very easy fix that will switch to the DirectX 10 render path and a few tweaks that will give you more visual eye candy to look at.
1. Go to the directory --> C:\Users\[Your user Name]\Documents\My Games\Borderlands\WillowGame\Config a. Find the file WillowEngine.ini (make a copy and rename it as a backup)
2. Find the section [SystemSettings]
Change the following settings to True, you will see if you are currently in DX9 as well.
- AllowD3D10=True (this is the key one to enable the DX10 render engine)
Also change the following
eVGA releases GTX 275 Co-OP PhysX
As expected and rumoured earlier last week, eVGA now officially announced their GeForce GTX 275 Co-OP PhysX. This card takes a GTX 275 dedicated for graphics and then adds a GTS 250 dedicated for PhysX and combines them on one single card.
Recap: next to being being/having a GTX 275 the card thus has a GTS 250 embedded tied to 128MB of it's own memory.
press-release: the EVGA GTX 275 GPU with CUDA technology delivers astonishing gaming performance with dazzling gaming effects along with incredible GPU computing performance for everything from video transcoding to video and photo editing. Pair that with the raw PhysX power of the GTS 250 PPU and you have a card ready to take on any of the latest games with full power.
- NVIDIA GTX 275+GTS 250
- 633+738 MHz GPU
- 240+128 Processing Cores
- 400 MHz RAMDAC
- 1280 MB, 448+192 bit DDR3
- 2268+2200 MHz (effective)
- 127.0+52.8 GB/s Memory Bandwidth
NVIDIA PhysX technology adds an element of realism never before seen in gaming. With an EVGA GPU and PPU in your PC, experience dynamic PhysX effects like blazing explosions, reactive debris, realistic water, and lifelike characters.
This card gives you the ability to run SLI + PhysX, or 3-way SLI + PhysX on any motherboard that supports it.
More info here
So as much as I like the idea, effort and innovation .. why not just get a more high-end card and flick on PhysX ? Current math shows that it only takes 10%~20% of your shader capacity anyway with a (GT200 series GPU). It seems as a very complicated design to something that doesn't need to be at all as it already works fine embedded in Single-GPU solutions.
Same with video transcoding .. why do it over that GTS 250 when you have the power of GTX 275 at hand ? It just doesn't make a whole lotta sense to me personally.
Guru3D Rig of the Month - October 2009
Each month here at Guru3D.com we feature one of you guys, your PC, your DIY project. It is quite honestly amazing how much detail and dedication you put into an PC, and every now and then it really shows.
Tom Michiels's PC is the the Rig of The Month October 2009. Meet Tom at the age of 34, Tom has been a Guru3D aficionado for a while already digging through our articles, he shares our passion of building nice PCs.
His PC will be the Rig of the Month October 2009, and he has built his PC with some interesting components. This rig is the showcase of a somewhat more simple design yet you can tell he's an aficionado alright thanks to component usage.
Check out his rig here.
OCZ Agility EX SSD 60GB review
The OCZ Agility EX offers top notch performance and reliability, we honestly believe in the theory that the SSD could probably outlive you.
Not cheap, but this is the most affordable and fast SLC SSD out there, go check out the review -- good stuff.
GeForce Fermi GF100 GPU Launches Early December
And so it begins ... well, the rumor mill that is. According to reports on the web the next-gen DX11 class based GF100 chip (known under the Fermi family name) graphics cards based on the GPU will be available in early December.
It is also said that the company is now taking pre-orders for the GF100 GPU, without any guarantees on the final shipping date for and to it's partners. Designed on the 40nm fab process, the NVIDIA GF100 graphics processing unit is expected to end-up faster than AMD's Radeon HD 5870 flagship card, although we have yet to receive specific numbers, features and information.
The company will target the workstation and HPC markets first, as the Fermi architecture is expected to deliver a number of features and performance enhancements in those segments.
AMD's on it's end is preparing for Fermi with their upcoming Radeon HD 5970 product (X2) currently popping up on the web, there are also questions of how the single-GPU GF100 graphics card will perform against a dual-GPU solution from AMD. AMD's Hemlock graphics cards (5970) might be released within the next 2-3 weeks already.
Considering the source, we should take all of this with a grain of salt, as it's better to wait on the actual debut of the much anticipated card.
PowerColor Liquid Cooled Radeon LCS HD 5870
PowerColor has announced a new version of their HD 5870 graphics card, featuring the proprietary Liquid Cooling Solution (LCS), consequently enabling better support for overclocking enthusiasts, as well as a choice for a more quiet working environment.
The new card has been featured with a factory-overclocked 40nm GPU that works at 875MHz, compared to the stock frequency of 850MHz. The 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 memory has also been upped to 1250MHz, consequently providing users with a slight boost in performance, when compared to reference models.
Internet is 40 years old today
Well it's official .. National Geographic reports the Internet is 40 years old today. Funnily enough, the first message ever to travel between two computers connected via the ARPANET crashed the system :)
Everyone surfing for last-minute Halloween costumes and pictures of black Lolcats today
Google Maps Navigation Beta
Borderlands Launch Clip
Forceware 195.39 Windows 7 and Vista available
You can now download NVIDIA GeForce Forceware 195.39 driver for Windows 7 and Vista (32/64-bit).
- Supports DirectCompute with Windows 7 and GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports OpenGL 3.2 for GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports NVIDIA 3D Vision Discover, a complete, low cost solution to start your immersive stereoscopic 3D experience. NOTE: If you are using NVIDIA 3D Vision active shutter glasses, you must download the separate 3D Vision driver which includes the driver for the 3D Vision IR emitter.
- Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on a dedicated GeForce graphics card. Use one card for graphics and dedicate a different card for PhysX processing for game-changing physical effects. This driver installs PhysX System Software version 9.09.0814. Learn more here.
- Download these FREE PhysX and CUDA applications now!
- Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
- Release Notes (v195.39)
- Control Panel User's Guide
GeForce 200 series:
GTX 260, GT 220, GTX 295, GTS 250, 210, GTX 280, GTS 240, GTX 285, GTX 275, G210
GeForce 100 series:
GT 130, GT 120, GT 140, G 100
GeForce 9 series:
9800 GT, 9600 GT, 9500 GT, 9400 GT, 9500 GS, 9600 GS, 9800 GTX/GTX+, 9400, 9300 GS, 9300, 9200, 9300 GE, 9600 GSO, 9800 GX2
GeForce 8 series:
8200, 8600 GS, 8600 GT, 8500 GT, 8400 SE, 8400, 8100 / nForce 720a, 8300, 8800 GTX, 8400 GS, 8800 GS, 8800 GTS 512, 8800 GTS, 8600 GTS, 8300 GS, 8800 Ultra, 8800 GT
GeForce 7 series:
7050 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 610i, 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7950 GX2, 7600 GS, 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7650 GS, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7550 LE, 7800 GS, 7800 GTX, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 620i, 7900 GTX, 7300 SE / 7200 GS, 7900 GT/GTO, 7100 GS, 7300 GT, 7900 GS, 7600 GT, 7600 LE, 7500 LE, 7150 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7800 SLI, 7350 LE, 7300 GS, 7950 GT, 7300 LE
GeForce 6 series:
6800, 6800 XT, 6800 GT, 6100 nForce 405, 6600 VE, 6600 GT, 6610 XL, 6200 A-LE, 6150SE nForce 430, 6800 GS, 6600, 6100, 6800 LE, 6100 nForce 400, 6200SE TurboCache, 6200 LE, 6250, 6800 Ultra, 6150LE / Quadro NVS 210S, 6150 LE, 6600 LE, 6100 nForce 420, 6150, 6700 XL, 6200 TurboCache, 6800 GS/XT, 6200, 6800 XE, 6500
ION, ION LE
Update: Windows XP drivers have been added as well.
HWiNFO32 version 3.25 Download
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.
The new version of the HWiNFO32 hardware information and diagnostic tool and it features:
Changes in HWiNFO32
- Enhanced support of ATI R8xx (Evergreen) family (clock, properties).
- Added support of Fintek F71808E sensor.
- Fixed some issues while accessing certain SMBus devices on certain motherboards.
- Improved reporting of ATI R7xx family clocks.
- Improved sensor support of Intel DP55 boards.
- Added reporting of additional Lynnfield/Clarksfield capabilities.
- Added ATI FirePro M7750.
- Added reporting of Intel Extreme Tuning (XTU) capable BIOS settings.
- Enhanced sensor support of ASUS Maximus III Formula / Gene.
- Added reporting of DMI bus capabilities for CPUs with Internal QPI and External DMI (*field, *dale).
- Fixed rare problems with Intel CPU detection under specific conditions.
- Added nVidia GeForce GTS 250M, 260M and GTX 285M.
- Fixed handling of non-linear CPU core APIC IDs.
- Improved detection of memory modules on Supermicro X8DTN, H8DI3/H8DII/H8DIL, H8DM8-2/H8DME-2.