MSI 990FXA-GD80 review
MSI 990FXA-GD80 review Today we are reviewing the 990FXA-GD80 from MSI, they recently pimped out the 990FX chipset with additional features and plastered it all onto a nice black/blue styled motherboard and are going in for the kill. The GD80 really is a truly terrific piece of machinery, with SLI support things just got more interesting, as the motherboard gains value, features and could be real fast once AMD's Bulldozer processors are launched, yeah that's where things get really interesting -- we hope.
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Intel Sandy Bridge-E Processor Names Unveiled
It's messy when it comes to Intel Sandy Bridge-E and trustworthy news about it, Intel is keeping their mouth shut though. But we did find some interesting new as the names of these CPUs have been recently unveiled by a table detailing all of Intel's Sandy Bridge desktop processors.
Starting things off, the most powerful of the three processors to be released is called the Core i7-3960X, the X at the end of its designation informing us that it belongs in the company's Extreme Edition line.
This Intel CPU packs six processing cores with HyperThreading support that have a base frequency of 3.30GHz and a maximum clock speed of 3.9GHz, which are backed by 15MB of Level 3 cache memory.
Next up, is the Core i7-3930K, which also includes six processing cores with Hyper-Threading support, but has a base operating clock of 3.2GHz, while the maximum frequency in Turbo mode is set at 3.80GHz.
Unlike its older brother, the Intel Core i7-3930K sports only 12MB of Level 3 cache memory.
Finally, the last chip to be released is the Core i7-3820, with 4 cores, 8 threads, 10 MB of L3 cache, a nominal clock speed of 3.60 GHz and a maximum Turbo speed of 3.90 GHz. This is the only Sandy bridge-E processors to come with a locked multiplier.
All the processors sport a quad-channel DDR3 memory controller that can officially support memory speeds up to 1333MHz.
The release date of these Sandy Bridge-E processors is unknown at this time, some reports suggesting that these will be out in Q1 2012. However, the latest rumors to reach the Web state that a 2011 launch could still be possible, but the CPUs will include a limited feature set that lacks PCI Express 3.0 support.
MSI to Release Six LGA 1155 Mobos with PCI Express 3.0
MSI announced that it plans to release no less than six LGA 1155 motherboards this quarter that will be compliant with the PCI Express 3.0 standard. All these motherboards will have the
NVIDIA Project Denver to offer 8-core ARM and 256 CUDA cores?
Some more information about NVIDIA's Project Denver chip surfaced by way of BSN:
The information we have at hand is that Project Denver CPU core is looking to be very much aligned with T40, i.e. "Tegra 4" i.e. Wayne. According to internal schedule, Wayne silicon is going to be taped out in the next couple of weeks, with developers getting their hands on prototype silicon in December 2011.Wayne silicon is consisted out of four ARM cores (NVIDIA is not disclosing the core type, teasing that it might be either A15 or PD) and up to 64 GPU cores.
During the same month (December 2011), NVIDIA plans to tape out the first silicon based on Project Denver, which combines up to 8-core custom NVIDIA-ARM 64-bit CPU with a GeForce 600-class GPU. The company had a lot of issues in development of a CPU and the general consensus is that NVIDIA is take a conservative approach with a single 28nm PD CPU design and the 28nm Fermi-based design, i.e. the rumored Fermi-refresh in the form of notebook and lower-end desktop GeForce 600 Series cards (remember "GeForce 300"?). The interesting bit that we heard is that Project Denver is geared towards "full PhysX support", whatever that might be.
AMD: Next Xbox to offer Avatar-like graphics
AMD director of ISV relationships Neal Robison claims Microsoft's next Xbox console will be capable of graphics seen in the movie Avatar.
Additionally, Robison also promises big improvements in artificial intelligence and physics.
Technology company AMD, who supplied the graphics hardware for the Xbox 360, claims that the next Xbox will be capable of the level of graphical detail seen in James Cameron's movie Avatar. Even on PC, that kind of technology just isn't here yet, but AMD claims the Xbox 720 will launch with it.
Robison also mentioned that the A.I. and physics capabilities of the next-gen hardware will allow for every pedestrian in a game such as Grand Theft Auto or Saints Row to have a totally individual mentality, meaning when you shoot a gun or run someone over they don't all just do the same thing. There will be no more mob mentality, where everyone just screams and runs away; every NPC will actually be an individual character.
GeIL Enhance Corsa and Evo Corsa DDR3 lines revealed
GeIL introduced new Enhance Corsa and Evo Corsa DDR3 memory kits, Corsa is geard for overclockers, consisting of DDR3-1866 MHz and DDR3-2133 MHz kits. The modules are put through rigorous testing to make them tolerant to high DRAM voltages and extended operation under high voltages, making them perfect for high 24x7 overclock scenarios.
All kits in this series are packed with memory timings of 9-10-9-28, and DRAM voltage of 1.5V. Like with Enhance Corsa, this series consists of 2x 2GB, 2x 4GB, 4x 2GB, and 4x 4GB kits. GeIL did not give out pricing and availability information.
MS to publish Orcs Must Die for Xbox 360 and PC
Developer Robot Entertainment announced that Microsoft will publish Orcs Must Die sometime later this summer for Xbox Live Arcade and PC download. Microsoft will publish the game under its Microsoft Studios brand (formerly known as Microsoft Game Studios).
Robot Entertainment announced today that Orcs Must Die!
VLC Media Player 1.1.11 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
- Fix buffer overflows in the RealMedia demuxer (CVE-2011-2587) and the AVI one (CVE-2011-2588).
- Fullscreen mode is fixed on Win32
- Very simple fullscreen controller is visible on Win32
- Better support for cover art embedded in mp4, wma
- Fix AVI muxer so the generated files are readable on other players
- Multiple fixes for crashes and malfunctionning issues
- Fix opening of VIDEO_TS folders through the open disc dialog on Windows
- Update of codecs, fixing the mpeg-2 decoder crash
Radeon HD 7000 Series PCI-Express 3.0 Compliant
Soon you will see a new wave of motherboards getting PCIE 3.0 support but well, there's nothing out there utilizing all that extra bandwith and power spec. Well, good news, AMD's next generation of graphics processors (HD 7000 series) reportedly will be PCI-Express Generation 3 compliant. The desktop discrete graphics cards will feature PCI-Express 3.0 x16 bus interfaces, and will be fully backwards-compatible with older versions of the bus, including Gen 1 and Gen 2.
PCIE 3.0 doubles the bandwidth over PCI-E 2.0, with 1 GB/s of bandwidth per lane, per direction. PCI-Express 3.0 x16 would have 32 GB/s (256 Gbps) of bandwidth at its disposal, 16 GB/s per direction.
ENERMAX ETS-T40 Series CPU Coolers
ENERMAX is proud to announce the release of all new CPU Cooler line, ETS-T40 series. It has world leading thermal resistance value down to an incredible 0.09
PlayStation 4 Concept Design, Edgy and Eco-Friendly
Recent reports suggest that Sony
Intel to launch X79 chipset end this year with reduced functionalities
Judging by the information we've seen, Intel is having several issues with the new platform, ranging from storage, to PCI Express and apparently even CPU revisions. It's pretty much bad news all around. But let's take a step back and look at things with a view from Intel's Xeon roadmap. The picture below is from a partner presentation and although it's been seen before, we're going to leave that partner un-named as we don't want to get them in any trouble. As you can see, it details four different chipset SKUs for Patsburg,- A, -B, -D and -T. The X79 chipset is known as Patsburg-X and was meant to be similar in terms of features to the Patsburg-D SKU.
As you can see, there are a few feature differences between the various SKUs with Patsburg-A only featuring four additional SATA 6Gbps ports via the SCU and Patsburg-B gains SAS 6Gbps support. However, where things get interesting is Patsburg-D, the performance option, as this gains not only an additional four SATA/SAS 6Gbps via the SCU, but also a PCI Express 3.0 uplink to the CPU. Patsburg-T just gains an extra RAID level, but is otherwise identical to Patsburg-D.
So why are we mentioning all of this? Well, because as we mentioned, Patsburg-X or X79 if you like, was meant to come with the same features as Patsburg-D, more or less, albeit with some additional consumer tweaks. However, due to whatever issues Intel is having, the company has now decided to downgrade the feature set and we're now looking at a chipset that is similar to Patsburg-B instead. This means no PCI Express 3.0 storage uplink to the CPU and the loss of four SATA/SAS 6Gbps ports. Even for the most performance demanding users this isn't likely to be a huge issue though, but it's still disappointing, especially after having seen so many boards on display at Computex with 14 SATA ports on them.
On a more positive note, Intel is apparently looking into some kind of solution that will add the storage uplink and the missing SATA/SAS 6Gbps ports after launch, but it's not likely that this is a feature that can be added via a software/BIOS patch simply because the PCI Express 3.0 interface wouldn't be present on the motherboard. Presumably it'd mean a second revision of the X79 chipset, but this is purely speculation on our side.
Sandy Bridge-E was also meant to be Intel's first native PCI Express 3.0 enabled CPU, but alas once again Intel has run into a snag. Due to lack of hardware to test PCI Express 3.0 compliance with, Intel has decided not to include PCI Express 3.0 at launch and once again we're looking at some kind of solution to add this after the platform has launched. Once again this is an issue that is unlikely to have any impact whatsoever; simply because there are no PCI Express 3.0 add-on cards available. That said, the LGA-2011 platform is meant to last until at least the second half of 2013, so this is a feature that will future proof it.
On top of all the chipset issues, Intel also seems to have run into a snag with the CPUs, as the C-0 stepping is meant to start shipping to its partners for qualification testing within the next two to four weeks. Intel is apparently waiting for revision C-1 until it feels confident with Sandy Bridge-E. The good news is that despite all of this, Intel's board design guidelines have proven to be reliable enough so that Intel's board partners won't have to do any board re-designs despite all of the changes that have taken place. Well, that is of course not taking into account things like empty space for missing SATA/SAS ports.
We're not out of the woods yet, but we might actually get to see a Sandy Bridge-E launch this time of Christmas, although it really depends on how quickly Intel can solve all of the issues. Then again, it might be better to hold off and wait and see what Intel will do with regards to the missing feature than take the plunge early on and miss out on the full platform.
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Steam Download System Upgraded
Valve announced it has implemented a new content system for Steam that should enable you to 'download better, stronger, faster.'
Over the years, Steam has delivered a lot of bits to a lot of people. Delivering content is really at the core of Steam, and we have been working on improving that core. As of today, you can download some of the content on Steam using all-new server and client code to get the job done.
The new content system is designed to do two things: deliver better download rates in more places around the world, and also to simply streamline the publishing process on Steam, ultimately making it possible to ship more games than we would have been able to with the old system.
The maximum aggregate bandwidth of the system will be greater than the current system; this will help us satisfy spikes in demand when there
Prototype 2 'The Power of Tendrils' Teaser
Guru3D Rig of the Month - July 2011
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. This months entry oozes in style, money spent and flamboyance. For 2011 we upped the prize that you can win a little.
The rig of the Month July 2011 is absurd. A Dutch guy pretty much transformed one room and a desk into a big PC. Everything you are about to see us customized, he built a table, he places radiators under the housing of the floor and has gotten everything liquid cooled with only the best gear. And then when you look at the finished product .. all you can say is WOW -- that's a guarantee.
A good chunk of money was spend on this setup, luckily he got sponsored a little as otherwise this project would have been unaffordable. Guys, meet Peter Brands from The Netherlands and his
Intel 7-Series Ivy Bridge Motherboard Chipsets to Arrive in Q2 2012
AMD Bulldozer FX-Series Processor Lineup Detailed
According to the latest rumors Bulldozer FX series processors are now being launched in October, a new processor lineup map has just surfaced on what to expect though. There seems to be a good seven processors launched.
Of them you'll see three eight-core chip models and two six-core and two quad-core processors with TDP's ranging from 95W to 125W.
The fastest of these upcoming chips is called the FX-8150 and it sports a base frequency of 3.6GHz, a maximum Turbo frequency of 4.2GHz, 8MB of Level 2 cache memory, and a TDP of 125W.
Right bellow this chip stands the FX-8120 that also packs eight processing cores and other similar features, but comes clocked at 3.1GHz (4GHz in Turbo mode). The FX-8120 will also be the only AMD FX-Series processor to be available in two different versions, one featuring a 125W TDP while the other is a 95W part.
From this point onwards, all the FX-Series CPUs to be detailed in this article will sport a 95W TDP.
This includes the only remaining eight-core chip, the FX-8100, which has a base frequency of 2.8GHz and a Maximum Turbo frequency of 3.7GHz. Moving to AMD's six-core parts, the FX-8120 and FX-8100, we find that only the latter CPU was detailed. According to the leaked document this operates at 3.3GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) and includes just 6MB of L2 cache.
The amount of Level 2 cache memory is yet again reduced when we get to the quad-core FX-Series parts, the FX-4120 and the FX-4100. The second one of these is clocked at 3.6GHz and can reach 3.8GHz when Turbo Core is active.
All the processors that were detailed are based on AMD's Zambezi 32nm core, carry 8MB of shared L3 cache, an integrated DDR3 1866MHz dual-channel memory controller, sport an unlocked multiplier and are compatible with AM3+ motherboards.
Ivy Bridge with Radeon HD 6990 and GeForce GTX 580
The processor benchmarked is the same one that was used in a previous comparison against Sandy Bridge (link here) and it has a stock clock of 1.8GHz, 4MB of Level 3 cache and it supports Intel's Hyper-Threading technology.
Judging by the results obtained in the benchmark, the Ivy Bridge chip seems to be a bottleneck for both of the graphics cards, but being an engineering sample these kinds of results are to be expected.
The final version of Ivy Bridge will most definitely receive a series of tweaks and performance improvements before it reaches retail in March or April of 2012.
Ivy Bridge is the code name used for the 22nm die shrink of the current Sandy Bridge architecture and features basically the same design, but with a few minor tweaks and improvements.