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
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 !
Join us, Team Guru3D has number 69411.
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."
OCZ says no need for high-speed dual channel memory
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 05/25/2010 10:35 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
An interesting choice from OCZ here, OCZ believes it makes little sense to ship high-speed dual-channel memory kits, claiming higher density is more important than clock speed.
OCZ Technology 400GB and 480GB Capacities for SSD Lineup
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 05/25/2010 10:29 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
OCZ introduced new high-capacity Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drives. The award-winning lines now include 400GB and 480GB models, making the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 an excellent SSD option for clients who don't want to be constrained by storage limitations.
"Solid State Drives have long delivered on exceptional performance and reliability but capacity has been a barrier to adoption for some clients," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group. "Building on our popular Agility 2 and Vertex 2 SSD lines our new high capacity models give customers up to 480GB of storage space allowing them to enjoy all the benefits of SSDs with plenty of room for even the largest applications and files, making this the ideal solution for customers that place a premium on speed, reliability and capacity."
With double the storage of the existing models, the 400GB and 480GB editions facilitate a more responsive PC experience while providing ample room for a multitude of applications and files. The new higher capacity Vertex 2 and Agility 2 not only deliver the faster boot up and shut downs, but offer extensive space for the latest operating systems, game titles, and programs for shorter load times and snappier performance compared to mechanical hard drives.
Both Vertex 2 and Agility 2 400GB editions feature 250MB/s read and 240MB/s write speeds, with higher 4k random writes up to 22,500 IOPS on the Vertex 2 Series. Built with SATA 3Gb/s, the drives easily integrate into today's desktop and mobile platforms and feature TRIM support for Windows 7 systems. Vertex 2 and Agility 2 Series will now ship with these latest capacities, and come backed by a 3-year warranty for additional peace of mind.
COMPUTEX Gigabyte Introduces Aivia Series
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 05/25/2010 10:27 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
Gigabyte will participate in this year
Unigine Heaven DirectX 11 benchmark 2.1 released
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 05/25/2010 09:57 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
Unigine Corp updated their first DirectX 11 benchmark "Heaven" that is based on its proprietary Unigine engine. The company has already made a name among the overclockers and gaming enthusiasts for uncovering the realm of true GPU capabilities with previously released "Sanctuary" and "Tropics" demos. Their benchmarking capabilities are coupled with striking visual integrity of the refined graphic art.
Heaven benchmark excels at providing the following key features:
By Panagiotis Georgiadis on: 05/25/2010 07:40 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
For those of you who missed the release date of this game, it will be June 1 2010, the game is comming to PC, X360 and PS3 and it's been published by SEGA. The game strong point is that you can play missions all over the world, take a look in this "Small World Trailer".
Hot News - 3DMark 11 Exclusive Content
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 05/25/2010 07:32 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
We just received a nice press-kit from FutureMark regarding the up and coming 3DMark 11, to be released in Q3 this year. We have some exclusive screenshots and a video ready for you guys on the DeepSea scene. First some screenshots:
Deep Sea is a demonstration of DirectX 11 technologies created using an early development build of the 3DMark 11 engine. The Deep Sea build of 3DMark11 does not represent the final scope of the benchmark and does not produce a 3DMark score. There are no plans to release the Deep Sea tech demo to the public. The Deep Sea video trailer was rendered by the 3DMark 11 engine using readily available DirectX 11 hardware, captured at high resolution and then compressed into video formats suitable for the Internet. The trailer features submersibles exploring the sea floor. Volumetric lighting illuminates the seabed with tessellation used to add rich detail to the rock, coral and manmade structures. Post processing is used to create depth of field and other lens effects. The music is an original composition.
Key features of the Deep Sea scene will be the usual DX11 gimmicks:
We also have a High Definition movie on this 3DMark 11 scene, have a peek. What do you think -- hot or not ?
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