Meet ASUS MARS II in the nude ...
The guys over at Hexus posted what seem to be photo's of the PCB for a dual GeForce GTX 480 GPUs, yikes imaging the power and heat. Two GeForce GTX 480 GPUs (GF100-375-A3) are connected via a high-speed NF200 bridging chip, the what appears to be MARS II would absolyutely dominate and swallow everything in it's path.
Each GPU's six 64-bit memory controllers are serviced by, we imagine, double-density, double-width GDDR5. Three eight-pin PCIe connectors provide enough juice - to the tune of 450W-plus, it is reasonable to assume - and we're guessing that the sheer size of the proposed cooling would make the ARES' blush. Indeed, it wouldn't be surprising if this was a watercooling-only product.
Should this product come to bear before the next round of GPU updates, the MARS II would be the baddest - and undoubtedly most expensive - graphics card in the world - Hexus
Check the thumbails to see the beast a little bigger. Oh and to ASUS .. we'd so much like to recommend liquid-cooling (!)
Agenda Circling Forth GPU particle demo
This demo won 1st place at the Breakpoint 2010 party. This demo is simply mind blowing! This group did a demo consisting completely of particles. Not a single polygon is in this just particles and millions of them.
Just a warning this thing will could rape your GPU, he I had to run it at 1280x800 on a GTX260 to keep the framerate around ~20-25fps. It kept my GPU at 99% the entire time, its very GPU limited as far as performance.
Agenda Circling Forth
by CNCDvsFairlight art house productions inc
Requires Directx 9.0c, GeForce 260 / Radeon 4850 or better. Must be PS 3.0 card
Matrox Enhances resolution for TripleHead2Go
Matrox Graphicsannounced enhanced resolution compatibility for Matrox DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXMs) when using Intel HD Graphics and Intel 4 Series Express Chipset with Intel Graphics Media Accelerator. Maximum DualHead2Go resolutions have increased from 2x1280x1024 to support 2x1920x1080, and supported TripleHead2Go resolutions have expanded from 3x800x600 to 3x1280x1024 (standard) or 3x1360x768 (widescreen).
This enlarged display real estate was previously only available to Matrox DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go customers using graphics solutions from other manufacturers. Now Intel mobile and desktop graphics customers can benefit from higher resolution multi-display support via Matrox DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go Digital or DisplayPort Editions.
"Intel HD Graphics provides everyday visual computing to millions of PC users, whether they are watching HD movies, playing 3D games, or videoconferencing at the office," said Steve Santamaria, Director of Visual Computing Developer Relations, Intel Corporation. "We are happy to be working with Matrox to enable their DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go products to enhance the visual experience of our common customers."
"This close collaboration between Matrox and Intel ensures that we are providing the best multi-display platform possible for both the Intel 4 Series Chipset with graphics and the new Core 2010 processors with Intel HD Graphics built in," comments Ron Berty, Business Development Manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. "Whether you are deploying enterprise-wide triple-monitor desktop installations, or are a notebook user seeking dual-monitor workstation-like performance, the newest Intel graphics drivers guarantee an unprecedented level of stability and resolution support across Matrox GXM-enabled displays."
Matrox Graphics eXpansion Modules are multi-display upgrades that are easy to set up for notebooks, desktop computers, and workstations. The DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go modules work in conjunction with your system's existing GPU and enable the addition of two or three displays. These external solutions are perfect for platforms previously limited to a single display, such as systems with integrated graphics, systems with no available expansion slots, or systems that are already closed and validated.
PowerColor PCS+ HD5770 Vortex Edition
PowerColor or TUL if you will, today announced their PowerColor PCS+ HD5770 Vortex Edition graphics card. The Vortex Edition is, essentially makes use of a new cooler called .. tadaa .. Vortex.
Intel Six-Core i7-970 CPU shipping
This processor was in the pipeline for a while now, yet I am surprised to see it launched so soon. Intel is about to release this product, yet a UK etailer jumped the gun.
The Core i7 970 will be clocked a tiny bit slower than the 980X at 3.2 GHz . Obviously you'll be stripped away from the unlocked multiplier as well. But still; pricing should in the end be a notch better at roughly 900 EUR.
The 6-core processor is based on socket LGA 1366 motherboards and has 12MB of L3 cache. The product also hyper-threads to 12 threads, as well as the lovely integrated triple-channel DDR3 memory controller.
The etailer lists it at
ASUS adding frontpanel USB 3.0 to P55 motherboards
Much like many other main board manufacturers ASUS is prepping a P55 motherboard but this time arround with USB 3.0 ports for the frontpane as welll. This motherboard though would be the first P55 with USB 3.0 connectors based on two NEC chips, though many will follow shortly though.
Even though Asus has different motherboards with USB 3.0 connectors on the market including the P7P55 series. Never before, however, the company introduced a motherboard on the market with USB 3.0 headers according to Intel's standard. P7P55/USB3-mobo in ATX format.
The motherboard contains the P55 chipset, two PCI-Express x16 slots (one x16 and one x4 times electric) and two PCI slots. Four slots and six SATA-300 ports are also placed on the motherboard. Besides the USB 3.0 ports in the I / O panel also made six regular USB ports and the board is equipped with USB 2.0 headers. A Gigabit Ethernet jack and eight-channel audio rounds off the features. No SATA-600 / 6G, that's surprizing though. The motherboard would cost around 150 U.S. dollars or euros for that matter.
ASUS Xonar Essence ST DeLuxe review
ASUS Xonar Essence ST DeLuxe gets tested
We test and review the Xonar Essence ST Deluxe 7.1 soundcard. Yes, you read it right, the full deluxe model! ASUS has been relentless with its R&D and soundcard releases, putting out one high end card after another. The Essence models are considered the current undisputed kings of the Xonar series of soundcards. We are quite excited to see what the Essence ST offers over the STX and in general. So, let
AMD second quarter revenue up 40 percent
Though AMD still makes a loss things are looking a little better each quarter. The fabless chip maker saw its revenue rise by 40 percent to $1.65 billion. The company lost $43 million in the second quarter, compared with a loss of $330 million the year before. For the current quarter, AMD expects revenue to be up seasonally by about 5 to 10 percent. AMD's shares are up 2.56 percent in after-hours trading as the results beat Wall Street's consensus.
The company reported a loss of $43 million, or 6 cents a share, compared with a loss of $330 million, or 49 cents a share, for the year-earlier period. Revenue was $1.65 billion, up from $1.18 billion.
The company reported an adjusted income was 11 cents a share. Analysts had expected the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based chip company to report a profit of 6 cents a share, on revenue of $1.55 billion.
Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic could have issues !
Your Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic could have issues
The reviews on the Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic Platinum edition have been extremely positive in most reviews, including ours in the GTX 460 shootout. Great performance, good cooling and an extremely silent noise level. However earlier on Wednesday we noticed some reports in our forums that an batch of the Palit GeForce GTX 460 seems to be missing the VRM heatsink.
As a result the cards temperature could heat up massively and the cooling will try to compensate by spinning way harder (RPM) and this it makes the product loud. Is yuor VRM/MOSFET area exposed like that ? Here's how you can identify this:
To the left a photo of our review sample, clearly visible is the black heatsink located to the back of the PCB. To your right you can see the same product, yet missing is obviously that heatsink.
If you purchased a Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic Platinum edition graphics card, please check if that black heatsink is missing.
So apparantly it is common for Palit to submit better samples to the press opposed to what they sell in the stores: Here's an answer from Palit which makes clear as to this apparantly was done on purpose:
This is Norman from Palit Taipei office.
Just let you know that all our GTX 460 1GB
Gigabyte Radeon HD 5770 SOC gets tested
Gigabyte Radeon HD 5770 SOC gets tested
We test and review the Gigabyte Radeon HD 5770 SOC - with SOC short for Super OverClocked. The end result is an improved Radeon HD 5770, a decent looking product, that we overclocked quite easily to 1000 MHz... yeah, we just got your attention didn't we? Yes, today we'll have a peek at the latest and greatest from Gigabyte. This new SKU comes with custom PCB, custom components, custom cooler and custom voltage regulation management.
Oh and it's pre-overclocked at default for you as well. You can find this Guru3D article right here.
Mid-range graphics cards shift in price (a little)
As expected, the launch of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 460 cards is putting serious competition to the table for ATI. It seems that prices right now are dropping. The GTX 460 is positioned in the 200 USD market with the 768MB SKU. It competes directly with the R5830 and outclassed thr R5770 by far.
Let's have a peek at some shops, the Radeon HD 5830 for example at NewEgg can be spotted at surprize ... $199.99
The R5770 now can be found for prices as low as $149.99, but is no competition for the GTX 460.
We do expect the R5850 to drop a little in price as well, as the fastest GTX 460 SKUs can compete with it at 250 USD. However that product still hovers at the $309.99 level.
Sandy Bridge might arrive earlier
Intel CEO Paul Otellini told investors that the company's upcoming 32nm Sandy Bridge processors will start shipping faster than anticipated due to rave reviews by customers. Otellini didn't reveal an exact launch date, but he did mention that Intel will ship Sandy Bridge for revenue by the end of this year.
The world's largest chip maker even plans to spend more money on new factory equipment to speed up the rollout of the chips.
"I am more excited by Sandy Bridge than I have been in any product that the company has launched in a number of years," said Paul Otellini, Intel's president and CEO, during the company's second quarter conference call. "Due to the very strong reception of Sandy Bridge, we have accelerated our 32-nanometer factory ramp and have raised our capex guidance to enable us to meet the anticipated demand."
The company raised its capital expenditures guidance to US$5.2 billion [B] from $4.8 billion previously.
mySN offers you extreme affordable gaming
The german manufacturer mySN announced their G
Thermaltake Armor A60 Mid-Tower Chassis
Thermaltake is launching the world's first SideClick EasySwap HDD docking mid-tower with integrated USB 3.0 Superspeed connector on the front side of the case. With the ARMOR A60 chassis Thermaltake is adding yet another member to the highly successful ARMOR series of chassis, which are set themselves apart from the crowd by virtue of their design approach. The entirely black "bulletproof" armor design with metal mesh elements lend the ARMOR series an extremely stylish and powerful appearance that attracts gamers and enthusiasts alike, while the top and front blue LED-fans enhance the overall combat ambiance. A special lock mechanism for your mouse and keyboard ensures that you'll always stay in arms.
With Thermaltake's exclusive SideClick EassySwap design in the left side panel of the ARMOR A60, it's now easier than ever to access removable hot-swap capable 3.5" hard drives. You simply place your HDD (SATA, SATA 2, SATA 3) in the drive tray, slide it into the SlideClick slot till a tiny "click" let's you feel that the drive is connected. Without any further installation your drive will automatically be detected by your Windows operating system.
Optimized multimedia connectivity is provided for by one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port in the front panel of the case. An additional eSATA connector on the top makes it most convenient to connect your mobile storage device, while the HD microphone and headset connectors in the front offer you quick and short access.
As characteristic for Thermaltake chassis, special attention had been paid to optimized ventilation and airflow. Therefore one 20 cm blue exhaust LED-fan on top and one 12 cm intake blue LED-fan in the front have already been pre-installed and increase the combat spirit with light-effects. One more 12 cm exhaust turbo fan on the backside top further increases air circulation. For power-users there are still four more options to install additional fans. And the geometric window right next to it let your graphics card shine and allows for a look at your hardware so you can quickly check if everything is in order.
The feet elevate the ARMOR A60 high enough as to allow for improved ventilation of the bottom based ATX PSII power supply. To avoid outside dust to find its way into your power supply a removable dust filter is positioned underneath, providing users with an easy way to keep it clean.
For more informatiion about the Thermaltake ARMOR A60 chassis go to this page.
NZXT got hacked - Not going out of business
True story or marketing ploy ? you tell me ...
Beyond Black Mesa - Fan-Made Movie Trailer
Realtek HD Audio 2.50 available for download
With Realteks amazingly slow download servers we know you guys are always happy to download from the Guru3D.com server which have 5 MB/sec per download links available from the European mirrors.
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
- Changes in R2.50:
- Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec.
- Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
- Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
- HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
- OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
- Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
o Driver :
Silverstone low-profile 1156 cooler
SilverStone puts away their cases studies and shows off their new HTPC cooler. Little, small & stock