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
Lian Li to launch PC-Q06 test bench
Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd Ltd, today announces its launch of the all-new Mini-Q Series. More than just a PC case, the compact PC-Q06 supports mini-ITX motherboards on the top while protecting components in the case body. Designed for IT professionals, overclockers and the serious power users, the PC-Q06 allows easy and quick access to the motherboards and VGA cards. Lian Li once again leads the industry by offering the ultimate quality and user-friendly design on its mini tower products.
Lian Li PC-Q06 features:
- Supports Mini-ITX motherboards
- Supports ATX / Mini-ATX motherboard tray (optional)
- Standard 5.25" optical drive
- Standard 3.5
ASUS ROG Crosshair IV Formula launches
ASUS has released the scrumptious ASUS ROG Crosshair IV Formula, which now supports Dual Channel DDR3 2000MHz
on AMD Platforms as well. Here's the PR skinny:
Core principles behind the conception of the Crosshair IV Formula include meticulous attention to detail and listening to community feedback. Under the eye-catching design, the Crosshair IV Formula boasts ROG Connect for instant tweaking and monitoring of gaming rigs, user-friendly overclocking interface Turbo Key II and proprietary ASUS technologies Core Unlocker and GameFirst. All these guarantee tremendous success with top-line gaming PCs, as the new board offers exhilarating foundations to build upon.
Those bent on ruling the game have just found the new motherboard to beat
ASUS to rival with own AMD Turbo Core and Intel Turbo Boost
Quite an interesting development, though I'm not sure whatever good it will except creating a lot of confusion. TPU reports that ASUS designed its own Turbo technology comparable with AMD's Turbo Core, the ASUS Turbo Unlocker.
The technology would be more advanced than Turbo Core, since it sends every core into Boost state, rather than a limited number of cores designated as turbo cores.
What's very intersting though is that it supports several other Phenom II Black Edition series processors other than those based on the six-core Thuban or the quad-core Zosma. With single-threaded loads, the active core is given the maximum boost in clock speeds, while as multi-threaded load increases, even more number of cores enter a boost state. Boost state speeds decrease with increase in number of active cores. The technology is available on ASUS' entire range of motherboards based on the AMD 8-series chipsets. Details follow in a presentation by ASUS. It would be interesting to see if ASUS goes a step further and works out Turbo Unlocker for Intel Core i3 processors [via TPU]
Rainbow Fit-U Mouse Does Just That
Most mice are designed to fit a wide variety of hand sizes, but the results aren
Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7 motherboard spotted
Donanim Haber received some slides with lots of details about the upcoming Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7 motherboard, you can check out the pics by clocking the links:
Samsung 20nm NAND flash memory chips
Samsung send out a press release that it's the first firm to manufacture 20nm NAND chips for use in SD memory cards and embedded memory solutions.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced semiconductor technology solutions, today announced the industry's first production of 20 nanometer (nm) class NAND chips for use in Secure Digital (SD) memory cards and embedded memory solutions. Based on this cutting-edge technology, the introduction of 32 gigabit (Gb) MLC NAND will expand the company's memory card solutions for smart phones, high-end IT applications and high-performance memory cards.
Mr. Soo-In Cho, president, Memory Division, Samsung Electronics, said "In just one year after initiating 30nm-class NAND production, Samsung has made available the next generation node 20nm-class NAND, which exceeds most customers requirements for high-performance, high-density NAND-based solutions." He added, "The new 20nm-class NAND is not only a significant step forward in process design, but we have incorporated advanced technologies into it to enable substantial performance innovation."
Samsung's 20nm-class MLC NAND has a 50 percent higher productivity level than 30nm-class MLC NAND. The write performance of a 20nm-class-based, eight gigabyte (GB) and higher density, SD card is 30 percent faster than the 30nm-class NAND and it delivers a speed-class rating of 10 (read speed of 20MB/s, write speed of 10MB/s). By applying cutting-edge process, design and controller technology, Samsung also has secured reliability levels comparable to 30nm-class NAND.
Samsung Electronics first began producing 32Gb NAND with 30nm-class process technology in March 2009. Now it is shipping SD card samples to customers that are built with 20nm-class 32Gb NAND and will expand production later this year.
Memory cards based in the 20nm-class will be available from 4GB through 64GB densities
Intel Intros Core i5 680 and Pentium E5500
Intel silently introduced two new dual-core processors, the high-end Core i5 680, and the value-segment Pentium Dual-Core E5500. The first is an LGA1156 chip that runs on Intel P55, H55, H57, Q55, Q57 chipsets, while the last is an LGA775 chip that works on most recent LGA775 motherboards.
The first of the processors is the Intel Pentium E5500. As the weaker of the duo, it has a front-side bus of 800MHz, 2MB of L2 cache memory, a clock speed of 2.80Ghz and two threads. This CPU is compatible with socket LGA 775 motherboards and will be aimed at the mainstream and users from the entry-level market, as they are unlikely to afford the higher price points of Intel Core CPUs, even though the extra power usually offsets the extra costs.
Speaking of Core Series central processors, the second newcomer to Intel's desktop-aimed collection can be seen as the strongest dual core hailing from Santa Clara to date. Predictably designed for the LGA 1156 socket, it has 4 threads, 4MB L3 cache memory, integrated graphics and a thermal design power of 73W. Obviously, the clock is what makes this chip stand out, at 3.6GHz, which is higher than even that of the Core i5-670 (3.46GHz).
The Pentium E5500 is based on the 45nm manufacturing process, whereas the new Core i5 is constructed on the more advanced and energy efficient 32nm technology. They can be found with price tags of $75 and $294, respectively, and, the Core i5-680 at least, should also show up as an option on high-end desktop systems soon.
Afterburner 1.6.0 Beta 5 + Kombustor 1.07 available
As promised Afterburner 1.6.0 Beta 5 + Kombustor 1.07 is now available.
In this release we add GeForce GTX 470 over-voltage function. Adjustment range of 470 is 0.825~1.087V, and the range of 480 is extended to 0.825V~1.138V.
Also clock adjustment upper limit of 470/480 is extended to 150% instead of previous 130% Happy GF100 overclocking!!
Zalman VF3000N VGA cooler review
Zalman VF3000N VGA cooler
It's no secret that hardware runs hot these days. And that created a gap in the graphics card market as the ODMs always will try and put an affective yet cheap cooler on top of your graphics card. A couple of names out there have perfectly interesting solution, Artic Cooling for example makes some really good VGA coolers. But then there's always Zalman, they recently released their VF3000 series graphics card coolers for both (VF3000A) ATI's latest 4000/5000 series graphics cards and the VF3000N cooler for the GeForce GTX 260,275,280 and 285.
Over the next few pages we'll startup a large photo-session where we'll guide you through the product, its installation and then of course temperature and sound-pressure measurements. Have a peek at the prepped and finished card which just had a majestic makeover as it is mounted with a Zalman VF3000N cooler.
You can read this Guru3D article right here.
iPhone HD photo's after someone lost it
The next time you
AMD Samples Fusion Llano Chips, Readies Ontario
Advanced Micro Devices has been working on its own CPUs with integrated graphics circuits, called APUs (accelerated processing units), as part of its Fusion technology, and plans to release the first line of products based on it by next year. These parts will take on the existing Intel Core chips and the upcoming Sandy Bridge processors, which should come out around the same time.
The Llano APU will be part of the Sabine platform, will be constructed using the 32nm manufacturing process technology and will boast four x86 cores with speeds of over 3.0GHz and power consumption of 2.5W to 25W. High-end dual-core variations will have thermal design powers (TDPs) between 35W and 59W in total, whereas mainstream versions will stay at 30W. Also, like the Thuban six-core chips, the Llano APUs will be able to dynamically scale their clocks and voltages, as allowed by the TDP, when not all cores are being utilized. As for the actual graphics processor, it will be something equivalent to the company's HD 5000 series, which means that the Fusion chips will support DirectX 11.
The other major family of Fusion-based processors is known as Ontario and is based on the bobcat architecture. Also, according to the Sunnyvale, California-based company, they will be single-threaded with out-of-order execution and will consume even as little as under 1W. Ontario processors will supposedly feature 90% the performance of current mainstream solutions and be half as large.
Icy Dock MB561US-4S-1 Quad Bay SATA enclosure
Icy Dock reveals the MB561US-4S-1, a new quad-bay SATA enclosure with USB 2.0 and eSATA support.
Introducing the MB561US-4S-1 Quad Bay SATA External Enclosure featuring USB and eSATA Port Multiplier, and newly added, User Defined Fan Settings with Smart Cooling Technology.
We have taken our tried and true multi bay, the MB561US-4S, and added new features to further enhance your complete storage experience. Using all the features that you know and love, we have upgraded the 80mm cooling fan to allow the user to choose the speed of the fan, or to select
Infected XP owners left unpatched
Overclocking GeForce GTX 470 with extra GPU voltage
Overclocking GeForce GTX 470 with extra GPU voltage
Of course there's another card, the GeForce GTX 470. Last Friday we finished up an internal build of MSI's AfterBurner 1.6.0 beta 5 and here we where able to successfully implement voltage adjustment for the GTX 470 cards as well. With an additional voltage we where able to push the GPU close to 775 MHz on the core and roughly 1548 MHz on the shader processor domain.
Check out this Guru3D article right here.
Phenom II X4 960T could be unlocked into a Phenom II X6
It is reported that the new AMD Phenom II X4 "T" series processors are these quad-core chips, here's the thing .. they can be unlocked into six-core chips if you're lucky.
According to various sources, the new Phenom II X4
Cooler Master debuts HAF 922 Red Limited Edition
Ohhoohhoo .. heck no ... Cooler Master has introduced the HAF 922 Red Limited Edition case, this special edition of the HAF 922 has a red exterior, red/black interior and a side window. The company says the case will only be available in very limited quantity for $149.99.
Cooler Master unleashes an Special Limited Edition of the critically acclaimed HAF 922 which transforms your machine into beast. The HAF 922 Special Limited Edition adds racing red to the exterior and is coated with all Black interior. The acrylic see-through side panel, representing great power and toughness to compliment the revolutionary High Air Flow structure to enhance and protect any hardware.
To PreOrder -
Send your Name, Shipping Address, Email Address and Phone number to email@example.com
SandForce SF-1200 controller to get capped firmware
Interestingly, end-users with firmware version 3.0.5 will not get the same performance as seen in reviews, because the 3.0.1 release candidate firmware used on the review samples did not have this performance cap in place. SandForce reportedly introduced the performance cap to fix a known reliability issue that could result in a dead disk.
Not all SandForce SF-1200 based SSDs will be equal though, OCZ has a closer relationship with SandForce than other firms, they've committed a lot of resource to the company, and therefore they will get access to a faster revision of the SF-1200 firmware.
Corsair is currently shipping SSDs with the 3.0.1 firmware, but the company claims it has circumvented the reliability issue by disabling the power saving feature that caused it. AnandTech has investigated this claim and testing seems to back this up as the power consumption of Corsair's Force 100GB is 1.25W during a sequential write test, while the OCZ Vertex LE 100GB uses only 0.95W.
Corsair could keep shipping the faster 3.0.1 firmware, but if users ever have to upgrade they will lose performance.
Now we get to the other problem. The performance of 3.0.1 is the same as OCZ
Overclocking GeForce GTX 480 with extra GPU voltage
Overclocking GeForce GTX 480 with extra GPU voltage
Yesterday we released an update of AfterBurner, we implemented and thus added voltage control for the 470/480 cards in MSI AfterBurner revision 1.6.0 beta 4 and upwards. Now as you guys probably know the default clock frequency for the GeForce GTX 480 is 700 MHz on the core, 1400 MHz on the shader domain and 3700 MHz on the memory.
With an additional voltage we where able to push close to 850 MHz on the core. The first group of people that will really benefit from what we'll show you today are the people that opt a liquid cooled GeForce GTX 470 or 480. Well read the next couple of pages with a step-by-step guide and then we'll show some results based on our overclock experience.
Check out this Guru3D article right here.