ASUS Ships P7F7-E WS Supercomputer Motherboard
Designed with support for Intel LGA 1156 CPUs, this mainboard merges most of the new technological standards, in order to open up new performance heights.
The P7F7-E WS Supercomputer uses a hybrid 16+3 phase VRM design and is based on the Ibex Peak 3450 chipset, which can support Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 and Xeon 3400 Series processors. Also, it comes with no less than six DDR3-2000 memory slots and, thanks to the NVIDIA NF200 bridge chips, it is equipped with four PCI Express x16 slots, capable of 2-way or 3-way SLI and CrossFireX multi-GPU configurations.
It should, however, be noted that the potential of the motherboard is unleashed when combined with the massive computing power of up to four NVIDIA Tesla cards and their CUDA Parallel Technology.
Other specifications of the platform include six SATA 3.0Gbps ports, a pair of SATA 6.0Gbps connectors, dual Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 channel audio, FireWire, DVI output and, last but definitely not least, two USB 3.0 ports. There are also a diagnostics LED, 12 USB 2.0 ports and a number of ASUS unique features such as the ASUS Xtreme Design, ASUS GPU Boost, an EPU that lowers energy consumption and even the Express Gate, an instant-on OS usable for basic tasks and web browsing.
End-users interested in analyzing this motherboard in detail will find all the information they need on the official product page. As for pricing and availability, the ASUS P7F7-E WS Supercomputer workstation motherboard is already shipping and carries a (overpriced) price tag of 330 Euro.
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PowerColor Radeon HD 5970 with 12 DisplayPort outputs
Sweet bejeezus .. I can only dream of the driver complications here. BSN reports about an upcoming custom-design Radeon HD 5970 4GB graphics card from PowerColor that features 12 mini-DisplayPort connectors.
Engineers at TUL Corporation showed a real ingenuity by taking full usage of six display pipelines inside each Cypress chip [i.e. "Hemlock"]. Their custom HD 5970 comes with 4GB GDDR5 memory of yet unspecified clocks, but the backplate reveals PowerColor linked each and every Display pipeline with mini-Display Port connectors.
As a result, we have no less than 12 mini-DP connectors on a triple-slot graphics card with a custom cooler that enables PowerColor to significantly overclock the two Cypress GPUs and the associated 4GB of GDDR5 memory.
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EK has eight waterblocks for GeForce GTX 470 and 480
EK Waterblocks has introduced eight new waterblocks, four for the GeForce GTX 480 and another four for the GeForce GTX 470. The design of each of the four models for each card is pretty much the same, there's an all-copper base model, a version with an acetal top, a nickel-plated version and also a unit with nickel-plating and acetal top.
More info at EK Waterblocks.
Fermi yields are fine, 512-core version TBA
DigiTimes had a chat with NVIDIA general manager of MCP business Drew Henry. When speaking about Fermi, Henry said rumors about yields being lower than 20 percent are completely untrue. He claims they currently have everything under control, and says they have a chance to launch a 512-core Fermi in the future.
Q: What are your comments on the rumors that Nvidia has blocked some graphics cores with problems on their GeForce 480/470 chips causing these chips to have less than 512 cores due to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC's) low yields?
A: Nvidia does not comment on unannounced products; however, we have a chance to launch a graphics chip with 512 cores in the future.
TSMC's yields for its 40nm process has met our expectations and market rumors about the yields being lower than 20% are completely untrue. We currently have everything under control.
Steve Jobs: 'Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone!'
When questioned about Apple's role as moral police in the App Store, Jobs responds that 'we do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.' Better, is what he said next: 'Folks who want porn can buy and [sic] Android phone.'
Looks like we are all buying an Android phone guys !
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula (AMD 890FX) review
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula (AMD 890FX) review
We test the Crosshair IV Formula, the Mc Daddy of AMD 890FX motherboards. the alpha dog motherboards loaded with features like aforementioned, but also USB 3.0, automated overclock switches .. and get this four PCIe x16 slots and even core unlock functionality by pressing a button. The Crosshair IV Formula oozes with features and performance, the six-core Phenom II X6 processor review which you probably just read was overclocked towards 4.1 GHz on a cheapo CPU air-cooler .. based on this motherboard. Head on over to the next page, where we'll head deeply into the AMD 890 FX chipset and the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula motherboard that has the 890FX chipset embedded.
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
Gigabyte AMD 800 series motherboards
Gigabyte today unveiled an exciting range of motherboards based on the highly anticipated AMD 890FX, 880G and 870 chipsets. The new models are the GA-890FXA-UD7, GA-880GMA-UD2H and GA-870A-UD3, all of which support the AMD Phenom
Palit non-reference GeForce GTX 470 w/ custom cooling
Palit announces the first custom design Palit GTX 470, featuring Dual Fans and 4 Video outputs which support HDMI, DisplayPort, and two Dual-Link DVI display outputs.
The first custom design Palit GeForce GTX470 furnishes with a cooler & quieter innovated thermal solution. This will give your games an adrenaline shot of lighting speed performances and stunning futuristic visuals. Equipped with Dual Fans, Palit GTX 470 will provide much cooler gaming condition and emit heat from GPU more efficiently and effectively. Geared with Palit GTX 470 series, you will experience heart-pounding and cinematic-like visuals on your favorite games with the combined power of DirectX 11, CUDA, and PhysX technologies. Also, expand your visual real estate across three HD displays in jaw-dropping stereoscopic 3D for the ultimate immersive gaming.
The Palit cooler & quieter thermal solution is designed with more fans and fins in order to optimize the revolutionary Fermi architecture performances. Geared with Palit cooler & quieter thermal solution, the temperature on GPU is up to 12 ?KC degree lower and the noise level is 4 dB lower when in peak functioning mode. The cooler consists of a PWM fan with optimized heatsink, giving it excellent thermal performance while making it an ideal cooling solution.
The Palit GeForce GTX 470 is also built for future DirectX11 games. It provides an outstanding performance at DX11 benchmark by adopting the latest Fermi architecture and advanced DirectX11 hardware features, including tessellation and DirectCompute. Palit GTX 470 series is designed specifically to support the next generation gaming effect such as ray tracing and also enhance the 3D effect from NVIDIA existing 3D Vision to 3D Vision Surround technology. These specifications will give you a whole new perspective in gaming experience.
GPU sales show growth
According to the Jon Peddie Research, shipments of PC graphics for the first quarter of 2010 increased by 44.3% over the last year. The GPU market share of AMD and NVIDIA have both increased, especially the latter one which showed 96.3% improvements, while that of Intel decreased slightly. However Intel remained the overall winer in unit shipments, thanks to the sales of Clarksdale and Atom.
The quarter also saw the first shipments of integrated processor graphics (IPG), that is to say CPUs with integrated or embedded graphics. JPR predicts we
Intel Plans New Cooler for 'K' CPUs
Indilinx and SandForce 6Gbps SSD in Q4 2010
Bit Tech heard new SSD controllers with SATA 6Gbps support from Indilinx and SandForce won't be ready until the fourth quarter of this year, at the earliest. ADATA claims it will also ship a Micron chipset-based SATA 6Gbps SSD in Q3 of this year, with a sample slated for public demonstration at Computex in June. ADATA commented that AMD's current SB850 southbridges are the preferential partner for these drives and future SATA 6Gbps SSDs as no current 3rd party chipset (which Intel motherboards are reliant on) provides the same sort of throughput performance. This is something our own test results have shown, too.
As for cheaper SSDs, ADATA claims the latest JMicron 612 firmware update for its S596 improves performance above most Indilinx drives, for a competitive or cheaper price, although everything is still ultimately decided by the whim of NAND.
F1 2010 'Handling' Developer's Diary -Video
Monday 26th April/... The car handling in F1 2010, the forthcoming official game of the 2010 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Infinity Ward Employee Group Sues Activision
According to documents obtained by G4tv.com, the suit is being collectively filed by the 'Infinity Ward Employee Group,' comprising 38 developers. They allege that Activision violated California labor codes and deliberately withheld deserved payments related to the success of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 'in an attempt to keep the employees hostage so that Activision could reap the benefit of the completion of Modern Warfare 3.'
I've obtained a copy of a lawsuit filed this morning in the Los Angeles Superior Court by 38 plaintiffs, calling themselves the "Infinity Ward Employee Group," against Activision. The Infinity Ward Employee Group (whom I'll refer to as IWEG throughout the rest of this story) alleges breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, violation of California labor code and more. The group is after a large amount of unpaid royalties.
"Activision owes my clients approximately $75 million to $125 million dollars," said Bruce Issacs, one of the IWEG's attorneys at Wyman & Issacs LLP, over the phone this afternoon. "Activision has withheld most of the money to force many of my people to stay, some against their will, so that they would finish the delivery of Modern Warfare 3. That is not what they wanted to do. Many of them. My clients' entitled to their money. Activision has no right to withhold their money -- our money."
The IWEG contains "a significant portion of the members of the creative team" who "designed, developed and delivered" Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to Activision. According to the lawsuit, $28 million has been delivered to Infinity Ward employees for bonuses related to Modern Warfare 2, but the suit alleges at least $54 million is still due from 2009 profits alone.
They want more than $54 million, however. The IWEG is looking "to recover between $75 million and $125 million, if not more, in compensatory damages." That number's derived from:
* Unpaid bonuses from 2009 and 2010 sales generated by Modern Warfare 2 -- fourth quarter 2009 and first quarter 2010, specifically.
* Bonuses "due and owing to them" past first quarter 2010.
* "Bonus/royalty/profit participation" related to "technology/engine" royalties, "other special performance bonuses," "other studio bonuses" or "any other bonus/royalty/profit participation."'
* Lost value on "restricted stock units" that Activision "promised" would vest (read: own it in your own name and purchase it from Activision) when Modern Warfare 2 sales eclipsed Modern Warfare 1, which "has long ago occurred."
* Money owed as it relates to Modern Warfare 2 "sister games, including but not limited to" the oft-mentioned Modern Warfare 3, "if Modern Warfare 3 is ultimately delivered and marketed."
* Interest rates related to the above sums of money.
The lawsuit focuses on royalties generated for Modern Warfare 2 following release and the agreement between Infinity Ward employees and Activision for receiving the subsequent bonuses. The IWEG contends the only condition for becoming eligible for said bonuses was delivering Modern Warfare 2 in time for the game's intended November 10, 2009 launch. Modern Warfare 2 did launch as scheduled on November 10 last year, generating $1.1 billion in 2009.
UPDATE: Activision has issued a brief response to the lawsuit:
"Activision believes the action is without merit," said a company spokesperson over e-mail just moments ago. "Activision retains the discretion to determine the amount and the schedule of bonus payments for MW2 and has acted consistent with its rights and the law at all times. We look forward to getting judicial confirmation that our position is right.
StarCraft 2 Beta
If you want to find out how this new game will perform, this is your oportunity, Tom's Hardware has made a complete article showing the differences in performance between varios resolutions and settings on this Beta version of the already much awaited StarCraft II.
Monkey Island 2 Special Edition
The guys over Gamespot has published an QA article about the upcoming PC, XBOX360 and PS3 title called "Monkey Island 2 Special Edition". At this point I will assume everyone here at least knows what this glorious game was all about and the remake really looks like a cartoon straight from the TV.
This is what the article has to say about it:
The band is back together. The upcoming release of Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge for the PC, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade features a special commentary mode where the creators--Ron Gilbert, Tim Schafer, and Dave Grossman--of the original game share their memories and behind-the-scenes information as you progress through the game
CoreTemp 0.99.6 released
Core Temp is a compact, no fuss, small footprint program to monitor CPU temperature.
- Support for new and upcoming Intel and AMD processors.
- Better recognition of AMD dual/tri core unlocked CPUs.
- Optional 24 hour display on G15 LCD.
- Platform field blank for newer AMD CPUs.
- Some K8 CPUs were unknown or recognized incorrectly.
- Overheat protection "Activate at specified temperature" problems were fixed.
- Overheat detection does not show a Balloon Tip when user specified temperature value is set.
- Temperature displays a negative value when core temperature reaches over TjMax (Intel).
- Intel W3500 series Xeons recognized with Core i7 model numbers (ie W3520 shown as Xeon 920)
- In certain cases Core 2 Duo T5500 was recognized as a T5450.
- G15 LCD display is no longer always-on-top after coming out of sleep or hibernation.
- G15 won't display 0.0000v in case VID readings are not supported by the CPU.
- In some cases, at Windows startup systemtray icons would not appear.
- Windows XP SP2 or higher is now required.
- Completely new processor frequency detection algorithm. (for Core 2 generation and newer only)
- Remove "APICID" from main window as it has very little use.
HWiNFO32 version 3.50 released
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.
- 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:
- Added support of Fintek F81865 LPC/Sensor.
- Added Patsburg PCH support.
- Added support of PCI Express 3.0 (8.0 GT/s) capabilities.
- Added monitoring of sensor values in graph.
- Fixed recognition of Intel Xeon W35xx CPUs.
- Improved sensor monitoring for ASUS Crosshair IV Formula.
- Added reporting of GPU clocks and memory size for GF100.
- Improved sensor monitoring for several ASRock boards.
- Added nVidia D12U, T20, Tesla C2050/C2070/M2050/M2070/S2050/S2070, Quadro Q11U-3, MCP83 and some other models.
- Fixed reading of AMD K10 temperature sensor.
- Improved reporting of CPU dynamic clock for AMD Family 10h and later.
- Improved support of Sandy Bridge family.
- Improved sensor monitoring for Giga-Byte EP43/EP45/X38/X48 series.
- Added GPU Diode temperature reporting for nVidia G92 and G94.
NVIDIA to merge Notebook and Desktop drivers
NVIDIA has been working hard on its 'Verde' drivers. Moving forward, the GPU maker will reportedly take things one step further, in a way unifying desktop and notebook drivers. This is to say that, starting with the 256 Series of drivers, both the desktop and notebook versions will be out on the same day.
In the case of laptops whose hardware did not go through significant changes at the hands of OEMs, the drivers should be compatible and, thus, will allow the discrete GPUs to work at their full potential. Of course, there is still the possibility of the drivers not working for everyone, but many users should benefit in the end. If this project evolves as it should, the graphics-solution developer's hardware for laptops may recover some of the appeal it lost in the wake of DirectX 11 mobile graphics from ATI (and AMD's one-per-month driver updates). All that remains is for mobile Fermi GPUs to show up, in which case the competition should reach a whole-new level [via soft-pedia]