GeForce GTS 450 on September 13 and specs
Multiple rumors indicate thab the launch of GeForce GTS 450 is pending, and real soon as well.
From what we've heard in the channel September 13th (on a Monday) this new mid-range product will be released. Though unconfirmed the GF106 GPU empowering this product will have 192 shader processors and as such will be competing with the ATI Radeon HD 5700 series, the Radeon HD 5770 in specific.
Reported clock frequencies seem to be nicely high at 783 MHz on the core, 1577 MHz on the shader processors and 1804 (3600 effective) MHz on the memory, the 1GB DDR5 will run a 128-bit memory bus with a bandwidth of 57.8 MB/s,
If you guys think along with me a little, the original GTX 260 had 192 shader processors but nearly half more bandwidth. It seems though that the high clocks on the GTX 450 will compensate for a lot of performance, indicating roughly GTX 260 performance, yet now with DX11 compatibility, more memory and a FAR better price tag.
The latest rumors (and these really are rumors) suggest that the entry level the GTS 450 cards will retail at only $129, though we find that to be on the very low side. Exciting stuff though.
OCZ halts value Memory module line
It has been quiet surrounding OCZ memory for the past year alright and initial hints now confirm that OCZ will be retreating from the value memory module market. Read carefully, value. See, OCZ's biggest market are now SSD drives, it took them over by surprize as 50% of their sales now is in some way SSD related.
XBitlabs reports that OCZ Technology Group, of the leading suppliers of premium memory modules, said Wednesday that it would drop its memory business partly so that to concentrate on SSD products that now target various market segments, including high-margin enterprise-oriented solutions. The company, however, will continue to sell advanced memory modules for enthusiasts.
"The Value DRAM segments basically were not providing any profit to the company. Given our SSD growth trajectory - SSDs are more than 50% of our business on a go forward basis - and that fact that we dominate all segments of the SSD market in terms of performance, it just did not make sense to keep selling Value memory at 3% margins," said Ryan Petersen, chief executive officer of OCZ Technology.
OCZ has four major dynamic random access memory (DRAM) product lines: Enthusiasts, Gamers, Special Edition and Value. The latter product line accounted for over two thirds of OCZ's sales in 2009. As a result, with 50% of revenue already commanded by SSDs, it makes more sense for the manufacturer to assign more resources onto further development of solid-state drives as well as advanced memory modules.
"We have not specified exactly which exact lines are going away, but the emphasis will be on not just maintaining, but growing the high-end memory offering. This is the area we are traditionally strong in and customers can expect to see new premium memory products launching as we scale back our lower end lines. The distinct lines of what will be cut is an ongoing process as we optimize the product offering moving forward," said Alex Mei, chief marketing officer of OCZ.
Catalyst 10.8 drivers reveal 6000 series codenames
An interesting detail of yesterdays released Catalyst 10.8 drivers is that they entail entries in the binary files for the upcoming Radeon 'Northern islands' HD 6000 series. A total of 35 new product names are being listed in the atiicdxx.da_ file.
Ready, here we go: Barts, Cayman, Blackomb, Antilles and Whistler.
223,CAYMAN GL XT (6700),NI CAYMAN
224,CAYMAN GL XT (6701),NI CAYMAN
225,CAYMAN GL XT (6702),NI CAYMAN
226,CAYMAN GL XT (6703),NI CAYMAN
227,CAYMAN GL PRO (6704),NI CAYMAN
228,CAYMAN GL PRO (6705),NI CAYMAN
229,CAYMAN GL (6706),NI CAYMAN
230,CAYMAN GL LE (6707),NI CAYMAN
231,CAYMAN GL (6708),NI CAYMAN
232,CAYMAN GL (6709),NI CAYMAN
233,CAYMAN XT (6718),NI CAYMAN
234,CAYMAN PRO (6719),NI CAYMAN
235,ANTILLES PRO (671C),NI CAYMAN
236,ANTILLES XT (671D),NI CAYMAN
237,BLACKCOMB XT/PRO (6720),NI BLACKCOMB
238,BLACKCOMB LP (6721),NI BLACKCOMB
239,BLACKCOMB XT/PRO Gemini (6724),NI BLACKCOMB
240,BLACKCOMB LP Gemini (6725),NI BLACKCOMB
241,BARTS GL XT (6728),NI BARTS
242,BARTS GL PRO (6729),NI BARTS
243,BARTS XT (6738),NI BARTS
244,BARTS PRO (6739),NI BARTS
245,WHISTLER XT (6740),NI WHISTLER
246,WHISTLER PRO/LP (6741),NI WHISTLER
247,WHISTLER XT/PRO Gemini (6744),NI WHISTLER
248,WHISTLER LP Gemini (6745),NI WHISTLER
249,ONEGA (6750),NI TURKS
250,TURKS XT (6758),NI TURKS
251,TURKS PRO (6759),NI TURKS
252,SEYMOUR XT/PRO (6760),NI SEYMOUR
253,SEYMOUR LP (6761),NI SEYMOUR
254,SEYMOUR XT/PRO Gemini (6764),NI SEYMOUR
255,SEYMOUR LP Gemini (6765),NI SEYMOUR
256,CAICOS GL PRO (6768),NI CAICOS
257,CASPIAN PRO (6770),NI CAICOS
258,CAICOS PRO (6779),NI CAICOS
Afterburner 2.0.0 Beta 7 out
Guru3D and MSI have been working hard on AfterBurner, today we release the 2.0.0 Beta 7 revision of Afterburner, this application is almost one year old, during these year we successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities, and start to find out our competitors try to keep up with us on over-voltage function.
Afterburner 2.0.0 Beta 7 is out, in this beta Unwinder add a data filtering option to reject misreading spike caused by resource conflict when using another utility at the same time with Afterburner. But we still recommend you use Afterburner alone, and close Afterburner before run other monitor utility.
Powercolor debuts Eyefinity DisplayPort to DVI adapter
Powercolor releases an Active DisplayPort to Single-Link DVI-D adaptor that enables gamers to connect a DVI display to their Eyefinity setup.
TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, today announces an adaptor to make utilizing Eyefinity technology even easier. The PowerColor Active DisplayPort to Single-Link DVI-D adaptor, enables the multi-display ability through 3 DVI monitors.
The PowerColor Active DisplayPort to Single-Link DVI-D adaptor supports resolutions up to 1920x1200 (WUXGA) and 1080p HDTV, fully compliant to both DPCP and HDCP to ensure the full compatibility and successful transmission of video content. Furthermore, the adaptor supports up to 32-bit color depths which delivers the flexibility to meet the needs of most display applications.
iTunes Hacked, PayPal Accounts Drained?
I'll do the blunt copy/paste here from techCrunch: Reports are appearing this morning about a major security hole in iTunes accounts linked to PayPal. At least one group of scammers has found a way to charge thousands of dollars to iTunes accounts through PayPal. One targeted customer told us,
R.U.S.E. Demo on Steam
Steam now offers a single-player demo for R.U.S.E., Ubisoft's World War II real-time strategy game. Word is: "Play through a full single-player mission designed exclusively for the R.U.S.E. demo. Command Allied forces from the Head Quarters and lead your army to a nuclear conflict and combine deceptive strategies to conquer the battleground."
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit On Tour Chicago Trailer
ATI Catalyst 10.8 drivers out for grabs
Cooler Master V6 GT CPU cooler review
Cooler Master V6 GT CPU cooler review
We test and review the Cooler Master V6 GT CPU cooler. This all new model comes with two fans and an advanced heatpipe design. Next to that, Cooler Master implemented a V-shaped heatpipe array and asymmetrical aluminum fins (which are densely stacked for optimal cooling). The V6 GT design provides 200W of cooling power, which should be enough for even the most enthusiastic PC lovahs, and definitely interesting to the Guru3D crowd.
Branded with a V6 name, you can smell the automotive theme and design already. And somehow when you look at the cooler that definitely shows. To give it a little more of a niche feeling, the fans are covered by hoods, clip-on plastic covers. And when you press the Cooler Master logo slash button on top, you get nice LED lighting with three colors of your preference to choose from.
Check out the full Guru3D.com review right here.
AMD details new Bobcat and Bulldozer core designs
AMD has announced details of two of its upcoming core designs dubbed Bobcat and Bulldozer.
Highlights of the new cores were detailed today. Bulldozer will offer a new and innovative approach to multithreaded compute performance with a balance of dedicated and shared resources. The design also has a high core count that is scalable. Bulldozer will also offer new x86 instruction support for SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, and XOP including 4-operand FMAC. Other features include 32nm process technology and advanced power management features.
AMD is also working on a multi-threading technology of its own to rival Intel's HyperThreading, that exploits Bulldozer's branched integer processing backed by shared floating point design, which AMD believes to be so efficient, that each SMT worker thread can be deemed a core in its own merit, and further be backed by competing threads per "core".
AMDs answer to a lot of Intel's processors in the low-power category, be it the Core i3/i5 "Clarkdale", Core CULV, or even the Atom, seems to have finally taken shape with "Bobcat".
Bobcat will offer less than one-watt capable operation and out-of-order instruction execution for higher performance. AMD estimates that Bobcat will be able to provide 90% of today
ADATA N004 SSD with SATA II and USB 3.0
ADATA presents the N004, a new solid state disk with SATA 3Gbps and USB 3.0.
ADATA Technology, the world leader in DRAM modules and flash memory products, proudly launched the N004 2.5-inch flash drive, equipped with both USB 3.0 and SATA II interfaces. The N004 is truly an outstanding work of art that differs from conventional portable storage devices.
Revolution in Portable Flash Drives
Re-defining the perception of advanced portable drives, the N004 adopts a 2.5-inch plush aluminum case, and the super-size storage capacity runs to 256GB. Moreover, the USB 3.0 and SATA II dual interface supports both SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and SATA standards. Adoption of 8-channel technology allows the N004 to outperform normal flash drives in delivering blazing transfer rates, up to 200MB/s and 170 MB/s in sequential read/write performance respectively.
Expanding your Transfer Experience
In addition to its innovative dual interface design, the N004 features a brushed aluminum shell in dazzling sapphire blue, creating a new vision for portable flash drives. Under its polished surface, the N004 has a delicate diamond-cut lined finish, with a distinctive flare effect. Moreover, the N004 offers users multiple usage options- functioning as either an external portable device, or installed as a hard drive on a desktop or laptop. In order to ensure maximum usability in a wide range of situations, the N004 is fully functional as both an internal and external drive on nearly any computer.
Users can also take full advantage of ADATA
Gigabyte preps $800 tablet notebook with Atom N550
Gigabyte is getting ready to launch the GA-T1005M, a new 10.1" multi-touch tablet with Intel's new dual-core Atom N550 processor, Windows 7 Home Premium and a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. Other features include 2GB DDR3 memory, integrated GMA 3150 graphics, 320GB HDD, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Ethernet, 3.5G HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.1, 1.3MP webcam, some USB 2.0 ports, an ExpressCard slot, and a 4-in-1 memory card reader. The device has a 6-cell battery and is expected to hit retail shelves for around $800 [via TPU]
Portal 2 Wheatley Trailer
Mushkin releases a new entry level 40GB SSD
Mushkin Enhanced unveiled an upcoming new solid state drive for starters, called Callisto Deluxe 40 GB. This SSD offers you a great value for money, because it combines fast read/write speeds, 40GB capacity enough, impressive performance on RAID configuration and
HWiNFO32 version 3.58 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:
Changes in HWiNFO32 v3.58 - Released on: Aug-24-2010:
- Added monitoring of Alienware M11x EC sensors.
- Added monitoring of Alienware M15x and M17x EC sensors.
- Added support of Fintek F71808A, F71869A and F71889A LPC + HW monitor.
- Added monitoring of HP 8740W EC.
- Updated sensor monitoring for ASUS SABERTOOTH X58.
- Added preliminary support of AMD/ATI Northern Islands and Fusion series.
- Fixed fan speed reporting for certain mainboards with IT8720 and IT8721.
- Improved fan speed reading on Winbond W83667HG, Nuvoton NCT6771F.
- Fixed GPU sensor reading in conjuction with Summary on certain PCH systems.
- Added preserving of Sensors window position and size.
Intel Core i7 990X (3.46GHz) in Q1 2011
On the Xeon side of things there already is a counterpart, but for the consumer market it seems that Intel is slowly but steadily prepping a 32nm six-core Gulftown-based Core i7 990X processor which would be released in Q1 2011 according to FudZilla. This chip will be clocked at 3.46GHz and will feature a 3.73GHz Turbo Mode.
The TDP of this chip is 130W. Of course you can also flick the multiplier up with a Core i7 980X, but still, nice stuff.
ASUS sub-$50 Xonar DG 5.1 sound card
ASUS rolls out the Xonar DG 5.1, a new basic sound card for gamers on a small budget. The low-profile card features the C-Media CMI8786 Oxygen HD chipset, it offers 5.1 channel sound and supports HD (24-bit/96kHz) output with HDCP compliance. Pricing in the UK is under