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
SilverStone PS01-E has a dark theme
SilverStone is about to launch a new chassis. The PS01-E is an upgrade from the previous Precision series PS01 chassis. The new model has a black interior and weighs a bit less than its predecessor. As you can see the new design comes with a rather unusual front and all black ex and interior. The mid-tower case has dimensions of 200 (W) x 456 (H) x 500 (D) mm and comes with nine visible 5.25-inch bays.
Very popular and started by Cooler Master is the motherboard tray cut-out which allows easier installation of CPU cooler back plates. The chassis has two 120mm fans installed of which one comes with a blue LED in front (1200 RPM fans btw). Pricing is expected to be around 65-70 EUR.
VLC Media Player 1.1.1 available for download
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework, that plays most multimedias files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.
- GPU and DSP decoding, depending on the platform
- Faster and more stable
- New codecs and HD codecs enhancements
- MKV, mp4 and avi improvements
- Important code cleanup and rewrite
- Interface and playlist reworked
- Completely Free
MediaPortal 1.1.0 final available for download
Do you have a HTPC or need the functionality ? Personally i use this software on my own HTPC as it's just really good. MediaPortal is an Open Source application ideal for turning your PC in a very advanced Multi-Media Center / HTPC. MediaPortal allows you to listen to your favorite music & radio, watch your video's and DVD's, view, schedule and record live TV and much more.
MediaPortal turns your PC and TV into a very advanced home media center. Our software allows you to listen to your favorite music and radio stations; watch and store your videos and DVDs; view, schedule and record live TV as a digital video recorder; and much, much more. MediaPortal is open source software. This means you can help develop MediaPortal or tweak it for your own needs with lots of innovative plugins from our great community.
Arctic releases Silentium T11 chassis
Choosing a well-made chassis for computer core components is an initial and critical decision for computer builders. A chassis nowadays is more than just a skeleton to provide structure for the components, it should also be a framework that allows good and silent cooling, and have a stylish appearance at the same time. The new chassis, ARCTIC Silentium T11, contains all the superior qualities that any computer users may look for. This series is affordable, yet offering exceptional durability, expandability and accessibility to users.
- Advanced ventilation with two temperature controlled 120mm fans for superior airflow and maximum cooling performance at a minimum noise level
- Supports up to 14
Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 2G Preview
Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 2G Exclusive Preview
We have an exclusive sneak preview of the Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 2G soundcard. This card also marks a move back to the highly popular 8788 based chipset (at least for this model) that has been seen on some of the best sounding cards built to date. This card has many of the original ideas that made the XM 7.1 so popular but also has some changes that will appeal to different user types. The card is also aimed at a lower price point with a MSRP of $159.99 which appeals to a larger audience.
Wanna learn what is looks like and what the specifications are ? Well, have a look here at this Guru3D.com exclusive.
RAZER TRON gaming gear
Razerannounced with Disney, the TRON:Legacy -themed TRON Gaming Keyboard Designed by Razer, TRON Gaming Mouse Designed by Razer, and the exclusive bundle with TRON Gaming Mouse and Mouse Mat Designed by Razer all incorporating the distinctive blue glow and custom features inspired by the upcoming Disney film TRON: Legacy, releasing Dec. 17, 2010 in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D, and compatible with TRON: Evolution the video game. Together with Disney, Razer is offering gamers and TRON fans alike a set of definitive gaming peripherals to get the true TRON experience.
Each TRON: Legacy product Designed by Razer features a luminescent blue glow that is reminiscent of the film aesthetic. Whether it's the keyboard with a detachable modular keypad or the illuminated mouse, gamers will feel as if they've been enveloped by the TRON universe and pulled into a digital world.
About The TRON Gaming Keyboard Designed by Razer:
Prepare to lay programs and fellow users to waste with the precision of a Light Cycle carving a jetwall. From the Rez and De-Rez lighting effects during start-up and shutdown to the smooth black finish of the Hyperesponse keys, the TRON Gaming Keyboard is exactly what you need to dominate the game Grid. A detachable modular keypad, lighting effects triggered by in-game actions, and fully programmable keys with macro capabilities make this a must for any TRON fan.
COST: US $149.99 ; AVAILABILITY: Q4 2010
- Illuminated Keyboard with Rez & De-Rez Effects at Start-up and Shutdown
- Detachable Modular Keypad (Attachable on the Right or Left)
- TRON Lighting Alerts Triggered by in-game Actions
- Fully Programmable Chiclet Keys with macro capabilities
- Media Jacks (Audio out, Microphone in)
About The TRON Gaming Mouse Designed by Razer:
The TRON Gaming Mouse comes in an ambidextrous design with a luminescent blue glow protruding from sleek edges and lines. Designed for the upcoming TRON: Evolution game and inspired by the Light Cycle featured in the film, the mouse creates light alerts based on your in-game actions, thrusting you into the TRON universe. The unique effects upon start-up and shutdown complete the immersive TRON feel. With a 5600dpi 3.5g laser sensor, the TRON Gaming Mouse gives gamers tournament grade precision while they defeat characters in the TRON: Evolution game. Gamers can now enjoy a mouse that goes beyond appealing looks and design, and gives them functionality.
COST: US $99.99 ; AVAILABILITY: Q4 2010
- Illuminated Mouse with Rez & De-Rez Effects at Start-up and Shutdown
- TRON Lighting Alerts Triggered by in-game Actions
- Ambidextrous Design
- 5600dpi 3.5g Laser Sensor
- 7 Hyperesponse Buttons
- Braided 7 Foot USB Cable
About The TRON Bundle: Gaming Mouse and Mat Designed by Razer:
Besides enjoying light alerts triggered by in-game actions on an interactive gaming mouse, gamers can now add the gaming mouse mat that features a bio-luminescent tracking glow trail as they swipe their mouse across the smooth, hard surface. The TRON gaming mouse mat and mouse bundle is the definitive suite for gamers who want the TRON edge. The gaming mouse mat is the perfect peripheral to complement the gaming mouse, as it's made for high sensitivity gaming mice and offers the utmost tracking precision.
COST: US $129.99 ; AVAILABILITY: Q4 2010
- TRON: Legacy Inspired Theme
- High Precision Tracking Surface
- Mouse Mat with Bioluminescent Tracking Glow Trail
Mobo manufacturers expect good July sales
Taiwan-based motherboard makers are turning optimistic about their July sales and expect shipments to grow 20% on month with third-quarter shipments to grow 15-20% sequentially, according to sources from motherboard makers.
Most of the motherboard makers were originally conservative about shipments performance in July and August due to weaker-than-expected demand in Europe and China in the second quarter, but as demand from the two market channels started picking up in early July, the makers have recently started adjusting their shipments forecasts for the third quarter.
However, shipment volumes in the third quarter are still unlikely to bounce back to the same level as in the first quarter, the sources noted.
As for the fourth quarter, the sources believe that strong shipment growth will persist in October, but will start turning weak in November and December, therefore the makers are expected to focus on promoting their products in the third quarter to boost shipment volumes, meaning a price war is likely to occur in August and September with the China market to see the fiercest competition.
Asustek shipped about 10.3 million own-brand motherboards in the first half, Gigabyte Technology shipped 8.4 million units, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) shipped 4.4 million units, Micro-Star International (MSI) shipped 3.8 million units and ASRock shipped 3.9 million units - via DigiTimes.
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 PCB picture leaked?
The guys over at EXPreview spotted a photo of what seems to be a PCB of the Geforce GTX 450. Now, there's nothing more boring than to look at a dull clean stripped PCB but I betcha that at least a few of you guys find it interesting !
" The new card will be based on GF106, boasting 1GB of GDDR5 memory paired up with 128-bit memory interface. The PCinlife forum has just unleashed a mysterious PCB design drawing. It
StarCraft II - Ghosts of the Past Trailer
Blizzard will be hosting special Midnight Launches in Netherlands, London, Berlin, Paris, Stockholm, Moscow, and a Fry's Electronics in Fountain Valley, CA complete with members of the development team signing copies of games and other events and prizes. Several retailers across the United States will be also be hosting regular events such as Best Buy, GameStop and Wal-Mart. Arrive in plenty of time on the evening of Monday, July 26 for the July 27 midnight release - via ggmania
CoolIT ALC Vantage released (video)
Currently we are already reviewing this product hence the snazzy video below. CoolIT has unleashed its ALC Vantage. This CPU cooler is the successor of the ALC ECO, a self-contained liquid cooler which at 50~60 USD it just tremendous value.
This new cooler is for 80% the same, yet a funnel has been added and the most wicked LCD screen embedded into the CPU block increasing sheer coolnesss and functionality. At just over 100 USD the lovely thing is, it is completely configurable in several performance modes, colors and other preferences. Have a peek at the video and you can expect our full review somewhere next week.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 460 1024MB GC and SOC review
KFA2 GeForce GTX 460 1024MB GC and SOC get tested
We test and review the KFA2 GeForce GTX 460 1024MB GC and SOC models. The 'default' GeForce GTX 460 GC editions have the GPU running at 700 MHz instead of just 675 MHz, as well as shader and memory clocks of 1,400 MHz (stock is 1350 MHz) and 3696 MHz, respectively.
The GTX 460 Super OC models, on the other hand, flexes its GPU muscle all the way up toward a blazing 810 MHz, with the shaders at 1,620 MHz and the GDDR5 at 4,000 MHz (effective).
Armed with a 2-year limited warranty, KFA2 are trying real hard to not only bring a nice custom board to the market, but also want to be the fastest of all.
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
GeForce GTS 450 comes with GPU and 128-bit Interface
I'm betting that each and everyone of you certainly read at least one of our GeForce GTX 460 articles, well .. there's more to be released though. A lot has been said and written on NVIDIAs GeForce GTS 450 already, thins are solidifying a little as it seems. As you guys know the GTX 460 is armed with a GT104 GPU and though many expected that GPU to be seated at the unreleased lower specced models as well, it seem that the what we assume will be called GTS 450 gets a GF106 graphics processor as Donim Habor reported.
We heard that these cards will come with large framebuffer partitions, as in 1GB of GDDR5 however that memory will be 128 bits, the good thing here is that it is gDDR5 memory, taking back half of that lost memory bandwidth (quad data rate). Currently there are no finalized numbers on stuff like clock frequency, memory frequency and shader processor cores
NVIDIA will give its board partners full control over this GPU though, as such they are allowed to design their own PCB, coolers and coolers and even put a cherry on top if they wish. We expect a 150 USD pricing level and a release end of August.
Maxis Reveals Darkspore - Online Sci-Fi RPG
Darkspore will feature dynamic, fast-paced action as players battle across alien worlds to save the galaxy from the mutated forces of Darkspore in a four-player co-operative and full single-player campaign, as well as intense multiplayer battles. In order to defeat the malicious Darkspore, players will need to collect an arsenal of living weapons - genetic heroes with different combat abilities - and upgrade them with tens of thousands of collectible body parts and armor.
Darkspore will feature three unique classes of five different genetic hero types, with a limitless number of upgrades and customizations available through the parts players collect on each planet level. As players progress, Darkspore builds in intensity, with new planets and enemy forces requiring players to strategically select the right squad and ability combinations to succeed in their missions [via ggmania]
Corsair adds new Force series SSDs
Corsair added three new capacities in its Force Series solid-state-drives, adding 40GB, 80GB, and 160GB models to the current lineup of 60GB, 120GB and 240GB SSDs.
Corsair Force Series solid-state drives are based on the SandForce SF-1200 SSD Processor, and includes their DuraWrite technology for great read and write speeds. Unlike most other current generation solid-state drives, the unique architecture of the SF-1200 SSD Processor allows lower capacity drives to perform with nearly the same performance as larger capacity SSDs. All three Force Series models support the TRIM command, so write performance is maintained over time.
Sequential Read Max
Sequential Write Max
The three new additions to the Force Series SSDs from Corsair have a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price in the United States of $129.99 for the 40GB, $229.99 for the 80GB, and $449.99 for the 160GB version. The new models are expected to begin shipping worldwide in August.
All Corsair SSDs are backed by a three-year warranty. Check out Guru3D's Force 120 review right here.
Guru3D's EVGA SR-2 article
Let me give you guys a little progress update on our eVGA SR-2 article. Beaux is working hard on compiling data and testing. This dual socket motherboard will be tested at three stages, air, liquid-cooling and liquid nitrogen.
Currently we are at stage two, liquid cooling. And with a bit of luck stage three Liquid Nitrogen tests will be completed this week. Beaux had to wait on the H2O blocks + some extra pots where needed for the LN2 tests as the man, the legend himself, will use seven! LN2 pots, two for the CPUs, one for the chipset and four for the four GeForce GTX 480 graphics cards ;)
The results this far and the photo's we took are short from amazing. Even on air or for that matter liquid cooling this setup is pulling numbers that are ridiculous.
Take Sandra for example, the CPUs at 4.6 GHZ produce awesome numbers
- A Phenom II X6 1090T would produce 70k Gips
- A core i7 975 would produce 88k Gips
- A Core i7 980X would produce 126k Gips
- Beaux smoking rig at this moment produces 395k Gips (!)
For this setup we now use two Xeon X5680 processors, each with 6 cores and this 12 threads. Giving this system 12 physical cores and 24 hyperthreaded. A lot of software, including the most benchmarks can't even deal with that many cores.
Here's a couple of photo's for your viewing pleasure. Click on the thumbnails to have a peek.
Thermalright VRM G2 for GeForce GTX 480
Thermalright has added the VRM G2 heatsink for the GeForce GTX 480 to its website. The cooler features:
- Proprietary through holes on fins for efficient ventilation Soldered fins to copper base (nickel plated) to make effective contact
- Options to install 80 x 25mm or 80 x 15mm fans.
- Supports nvidia GTX 480 only
- Two nickel-plated heatpipes to reduce oxidation effect, maintaining top performance for long term usage.
- Features an all copper base and soldering technology that has each heatsink fin soldered to the heatpipes for a definite contact in producing high efficiency rate of heat transfer.
The cooler fits nVidia GeForce GTX 480 Only.
Scythe Chouriki 2 power supplies
The Japanese cooling specialist Scythe starts officially the sales of the new Chouriki 2 Power Supply Series. These power supplies are characterized by their high efficiency of up to 90% and comply to the 80Plus Silver certification. Chouriki 2 series is available with 650, 750, 850 and 1,000 watts. The customers have also the choice between a plug-in version with cable management for more comfort and a standard version with soldered cable strands.
As usual for Scythe, all components meet Japanese standards and are designed for long life. This is supported by a variety of build-in protection circuits (OCP: Overcurrent Protection, OVP: Overvoltage Protection, OPP: Overpower (Overload) Protection, SCP: Short Circuit Protection, UVP: Undervoltage Protection, OTP: Overtemperature Protection). Scythe also grants a five-year warranty on all Chouriki 2 PSUs. The attractive brushed steel surface makes a fine impression which makes this PSU to be visually attractive and blend into your PC case without any disturbance.
For cooling, a controlled 135 mm fan from the proven Scythe Kama Flex series is used. The high-quality S-FDB (Sony Fluid Dynamic Bearing) bearing can guarantee for a long life time of up to 120,000 hours MTBF, as well as very low noise. An integrated fan control ensures that the fan speed is adjusted individually according to the load and the temperature of the power supply. At the back of the power supply, a special honeycomb structure ensures the optimum air flow.
The Scythe Chouriki power supply series is now available in stores at the suggested retail prices below.
Chouriki 2 650W - 91,50 EUR / 121.00 USD (excl. VAT)
Chouriki 2 750W - 100,00 EUR / 131.00 USD (excl. VAT)
Chouriki 2 850W - 116,00 EUR / 163.00 USD (excl. VAT)
Chouriki 2 1000W - 129,00 EUR / 175.00 USD (excl. VAT)
Chouriki 2 650W Plug-In - 99,00 EUR / 132.00 USD (excl. VAT)
Chouriki 2 750W Plug-In - 108,00 EUR / 144.00 USD(excl. VAT)
Chouriki 2 850W Plug-In - 125,00 EUR / 176.00 USD (excl. VAT)
Chouriki 2 1000W Plug-In - 135,00 EUR / 185.00 USD (excl. VAT)
Alice: Madness Returns Announced
EA and Spicy Horse Games announced Alice: Madness Returns, a sequel to American McGee's Alice. The game follows Alice on a journey through a wildly corrupted and shattered Wonderland to uncover the truth behind her haunted past and tortured psyche. In this journey, players will romp through highly-detailed elaborate worlds, encounter a cast of off-beat characters and engage in epic battles with deadly weapons and sinister villains. Alice: Madness Returns will be available in 2011 for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Alice: Madness Returns takes place 10 years after the conclusion of the original game, with Alice struggling to recover from the emotional trauma of losing her entire family in a fatal fire. After spending a decade institutionalized in an insane asylum, she is finally released to the care of a psychiatrist who just may be able to help her conquer the nightmarish hallucinations that still haunt her. Alice embarks on a mission to root out the true cause of her family