Intel to launch 40 new server processors in 1H12
Intel is set to launch 40 new processors including those for its upcoming Romley platform, in the first half of 2012 with the company to release 20 models each quarter, according to sources from server players.
In the first quarter, Intel will release two six-core processors Xeon E5-1660 and 1650 and a quad-core processor priced at US$1,080, US$583 and US$294, respectively and will launch seven eight-core processors including Xeon E5-2690, four six-core processors including E5-2640, three quad-core processors including E5-2609 and dual-core processor E5-2637.
In the second quarter of 2012, Intel will release 11 Ivy Bridge-H2 series CPUs including Xeon E3-1290v2, priced between US$189-884 and seven more processors including Xeon E5-2470, priced between US$192-1,440.
As for its low-power consumption platform, Intel will release eight-core Xeon E5-2650L, six-core E5-2630L, priced at US$1,106 and US$662 in the first quarter, and will launch Xeon E5-2450L and six-core E5-2430L priced at US$1,106 and US$662.
Wibtek Hacker Z77 motherboard Caught on photo
Yeah, I have not heard of them either .. but Chinese motherboard and PC maker Wibtek is the first to reveal a motherboard based on Intel's Z77 "Panter Point" chipset. The Hacker Z77 board is targeted at overclockers, but it's unknown if it will be available in the West.
The Z77 based motherboard is designed for next-generation Core processors based on the 22 nm "Ivy Bridge" silicon out of the box, while retaining support for existing Sandy Bridge processors in the LGA1155 package. The CPU is powered by a 16-phase VRM, it is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting dual-channel DDR3 memory. Expansion slots include two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (electrical x8/x8 when both are populated), two PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and two legacy PCI.
Storage connectivity includes a total of six SATA 6 Gb/s ports, and four SATA 3 Gb/s internal ports. Display outputs include one each of DVI, HDMI, and D-Sub. All USB ports on the rear panel are USB 3.0, some of which are wired to the Z77 PCH, some from additional controllers. Apart from the six USB 3.0 ports on the rear panel, there are four USB 3.0 ports available via front-panel headers.
Modern Warfare 3 - The Vet & The n00b
Atari 2600 Turned Into a Rockin Rave Machine
So you have an old Atari 2600 and you're tired of playing the same old 8-bit titles over and over. Why not turn it into a rockin' electronic guitar that will be a huge hit at the next rave? As seen in the video below, the 'guitar' uses an EQ pedal, a flanger pedal, and another pedal for whammy, holding notes and more. The joystick is used to switch tracks already programmed onto a custom EPROM-mounted daughter board thats jammed into the cartridge slot.
Hey is that an Amiga 500 in the background ?
Cooler Master Cosmos II review
We review the new Cooler Master Cosmos II. It is an Ultra tower, this chassis is 70cm in height -- almost 28". It has space for even the big XL-ATX motherboards, it comes with brushed aluminum side panels; unlock and swing them open like doors instead of panels. Yep, that Ultra vibe is already kicking in isn't it?
Check out the article here.
AMD Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire review
We test the Radeon HD 7970 in Crossfire, one of the board partners where the first to send a 2nd retail sample towards us, it's clocked standard, has a reference design and aside from a sticker it is just 100% the reference product really, with all the same top notch features, performance and technology.
With the reference card in-house, we figured well, we can replicate the entire reference review again with the frame rates showing an offset of 1% here and there, or we just take it to the next level -- multi-GPU gaming in Crossfire mode.
Read all about it right here.
Sapphire 7970 Atomic 1335mhz + possible 2304SP 7980?
Sure it's Chiphell again but its a list from Sapphire and they look rather official. Of course take it with caution, a grain of salt and everything else as nothing is confirmed just this.
Sapphire plans no less than six non-reference Radeon HD 7970 models apart from the vanilla AMD reference design card. Among these, the top-of-the-line cards are codenamed "Atomic RX" and "Atomic WC". One can guess that the "RX" is an air-cooled card, and the "WC" a water-cooled one. It packs blistering clock speeds of 1335 MHz core, with 5735 MHz (1433 MHz actual) memory.
The other card that caught our eyes is codenamed "FLEX 6G". The Flex variant typically features a flexible display output configuration. This card is said to have six mini-DP connectors.
While this card sticks to AMD reference clock speeds, it packs a whopping 6144 MB of video memory, all wired to a single GPU. Then there are other milder factory overclocked cards apart from the Atomic; there's Toxic 3G, and VaporX 3G.
But look on the top of the list, there's a 2304SP model scratched through, typo .... maybe
Custom Gigabyte 7970 spotted
These are the first pictures of a non-reference design Radeon HD 7970 graphics card. The product comes from Gigabyte, the GV-R797OC-3GD is a factory-overclocked graphics card, which makes use of a custom Ultra Durable VGA+ PCB by the company, and a triple-fan WindForce cooler. The Ultra Durable VGA+ PCB uses 2 oz copper layer for better electrical stability and heat distribution, ferrite-core chokes, low RDS (on) MOSFETs, hand-picked high-performance GDDR5 memory chips, etc.
There's no info just yet on the pricing, clock speeds and availibility.
EKWB Radeon HD 7970 Water Block
EK Water Blocks (EKWB shows its full-coverage water block for AMD's Radeon HD 7970 graphics card, the EK-FC7970. Unlike Aqua Computer's AquagrATIx 7900, the EK-FC7970 isn't launched, the company isn't taking orders yet, but it posted a teaser picture on its Facebook page. The picture reveals the block to use copper as its primary material, with an acetal top.
It appears to have standard G1/4" threading. As a full-coverage block, it covers all the heat-producing components on the obverse side of the card's PCB, including the GPU, the twelve memory chips, and VRM. EKWB did not give out other specifications, price, or availability.
Radeon HD 7970 Overclocked to 1.70 GHz Core, 8.00 GHz mem
An overclocker for the MyDrivers community with voltage modding altering and liquid nitrogen colling a speed as high as 1700 MHz core of the Radeon 7970, and 2000 MHz or 8.00 GHz (effective datarate ) GDDR5 memory speed.
That's 384 GB/s graphics memory bandwith really. The setup was able to run 3DMark 11 and 3DMark Vantage. The scores are pictured below.
Happy New Year 2012 and Contest Winners
On behalf of the Guru3D.com team we wish you all a very happy new year ! May it bring health happiness and prosperity for everybody.
With the year coming to an end our holiday season contests are ending as well. As such In this email I'd like to announce the contest winners.
For our Christmas Competition the prize winners are:
- MSI Z68A GD80 G3 Motherboard - Wouter van der Westhuizen from Bloemfontein in South Africa (Lovely village, I've traveled there once :)
- G.Skill RipJawsX 16GB DDR3-2133 memory kit - Aaron Thomas from the USA
The correct answer was The GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Core review at page 23. We noticed that these two winners are guru3d forum regulars, so it's good to see the Guru3D crowd get some prizes :)
Then the Rig of the Year goes to the Netherlands, with the most votes from the Guru3D audience it should be no surprise that July 2012 is the winner, and that's the
AMD Radeon HD 7950 delayed to February Week 1
We just got notified by AMD that the launch of the Radeon HD 7980 has been delayed by at least three weeks. During the recent launch of the AMD Radeon HD 7970, a number of media outlets expressed varying levels of concern regarding the separation of the launch and market availability.
To avoid similar concerns relative to the AMD Radeon HD 7950, AMD have decided to move the launch of the AMD Radeon HD 7950 to early February. This will ensure the launch aligns with availability of AMD Radeon HD 7950 cards in the channel.
Availability of the AMD Radeon HD 7970 has not changed. It will be available on January 9th.
Radeon HD 7970 2-way Crossfire performance
Currently I am working on a Radeon HD 7970 performance review and since that review won't be live until week 1 of next year (which is such a HUGE time from now ;) I wanted to share some of the results already before calling it a day and start spending New Years Eve.
Overall scaling is looking really good with two R7970 card, not flawless as some applications do need better driver support but 8 out of the 10 titles scale properly in our benchmark suite.
Have an early peek at some of the results by clocking on the thumbnails. All examples are at 1920x1200 with the best image quality settings and 4 or 8x AA as usual. More next year though, to each and everyone of you have a great New Years celebration and be careful with the fireworks ok ?
More AMD Radeon HD 7000 Product Family Specifications
More details on the entire Radeon 7000 series have surfaced on a website called lenzfire. As many of you surely know, the first solution from the HD 7900 series to arrive will be the HD 7970 and HD 7950, which will both become available on January 9.
We are not going to get into too many details as far as these GPUs are concerned as we already covered them in previous reports, but it
Gigabyte Motherboard Sets CPU Overclocking Record
A Gigabyte X79 model has set a new overclocking record. Ironically, this is precisely what happened, as this submission on HWbot proves.
The exact motherboard is X79-UD3, while the central processing unit was an Intel Core i7-3930K chip.
Faulty firmware was found to have been responsible for the failure of some Gigabyte X79 mainboards (GA-X79-UD3, GA-X79-UD5, and G1.Assassin 2). The company quickly released a new BIOS for the boards that had not yet failed in such a manner but were in similar danger.
Thus, while unfortunate customers have to replace their burnt platforms, the rest of the populace can download BIOS version F7, which can be found here. Unfortunately, this BIOS cripples overclocking by throttling the CPU clock speed when extreme workloads are detected, or so people feared.
Overclocker HiCookie, who also happens to be part of Gigabyte's PR team, took it upon himself to prove that the new BIOS doesn't hinder overclocking at all. Thus, he put a dual-core Core i7-3930K on an X79-UD3 and pushed the processor all the way to 5,543.2 MHz.
The overclocker also made sure no one could say this was just a fluke by running the Super Pi M, Super Pi 32M and PiFast benchmarks. The base clock of the chip was set at 99 MHz, the multiplier at 57.0x and the voltage at 1.584V.
To assist with the experiment, HiCookie equipped the motherboard with 8GB Kingston HyperX Genesis DDR3 RAM (random access memory) and an AX1200W PSU (power supply unit) from Corsair. Needless to say, much liquid nitrogen was poured over the CPU during the experiment (a home-made cooling array was required). At this point, it is safe to say that the F7 BIOS does not, in fact, eliminate the overclocking potential of Gigabyte motherboards.
Aquacomputer Radeon HD 7900 waterblock
Aquacomputer is the first to unveil a waterblock for AMD's Radeon HD 7900 series. Availability is expected in about three weeks.
University of Technology Sydney LiquidKeyboard
Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney have created a new kind of keyboard technology for touchscreens. LiquidKeyboard breaks down the keyboard to chunks of keys that a finger is most likely to hit.
This technology ensures faster typing, particularly in touchscreen devices such as tablets. By now you may have guessed that LiquidKeyboard is in fact a virtual-keyboard application, but the concept itself opens up many possibilities. Think of keyboards that are entirely made of touchscreen, coupled with Senseg's revolutionary haptic touchscreen technology.
Have a peek at the video ...
AMD A8-3870K Overclocked to 5.87 GHz
A Japan based overclocker was able to get a 96% CPU clock speed increase and 121% GPU clock speed increase during a "suicide-run" using a retail AMD A8-3870K Black Edition processor.
Then end result of 5,875 MHz is pretty amazing, done with a base clock speed of 125 MHz versus a 47.0x multiplier.
The CPU Voltage required, get this ... 1.872V :)
The integrated IGP was overclocked to 1,327 MHz from its default 600 MHz.As impressive as the clock frequencies are, the system was too unstable to run benchmarks whatsoever. The motherboard used was a ASUS F1A75-V Pro motherboard, G.Skill RipjawsZ memory and a lot of Liquid Nitrogen.