Cooler Master Storm Trooper on September 27
Cooler Master's Storm Trooper full-tower case will hit the market on September 27th, apparantly many of you are wondering. This case has already been shown off at a number of trade shows, so not sure why they aren't showing images of the Storm Trooper! Here is a shot of the case at Gamescom 2011 over in Europe from last month.
Personally, myself I am wondering more about the new Cosmos chassis ;)
Intel SSD 710 Lyndonville enterprise SSD detailed
We've seen multiple stories on this tech already but newly leaked details about Intel's SSD 710 Lyndonville enterprise solid state disk have surfaced.
Intel's latest generation of solid state drives has come full circle with new enterprise-grade SSDs in the 2.5-inch SATA form-factor. Called the Intel SSD 710 series, and codenamed "Lyndonville", the new series succeeds previous-generation X25-E series in a similar way SSD 320 series does to the last X25-M drives. It makes use of NAND flash memory built on the 25 nanometer fabrication process, steps up capacities, lowers price per gigabyte, and adds new features that improve throughput and endurance, which are key in datacenters. We scored some information that gives you a fair idea of what to expect from the new drives, and especially why you shouldn't be neophobic with the new Intel SSD 710.
Intel's SSD 710 takes a new approach to addressing the 'problem' of not being able to achieve good price per gigabyte ratios with single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory. SLC NAND flash has been preferred in the enterprise computing industry, due to its high cell endurance to rewrites, and throughput. With the new SSD 710 series, Intel will introduce the new High Endurance Technology Multi-Level Cell (HET-MLC) NAND flash. These new chips are claimed by its makers to offer endurance comparable to SLC, while giving users the capacity advantage that MLC offers.
Intel's SSD 710 drives come in three capacities - 100 GB, 200 GB and 300 GB - and the endurance rating varies between the three. With 4 KB write endurance, while the 100 GB model is rated to offer 500 TB (900 TB with 20 GB overprovisioned, leaving 80 GB unformatted capacity), and the 200 GB model offers 1 PB or 1000 TB (1.5 PB with 40 GB overprovisioned, leaving 160 GB), the 300 GB model tops the charts with 1.1 PB endurance (3.0 PB with 60 GB overprovisioned, leaving 240 GB). The SSD 710 300 GB gets very close to X25-E 64 GB with 4K write endurance and 4K random write performance in IOPS. The figures paint SSD 710 to have most durable MLC NAND flash ever made, and should build confidence in server builders.
The SSD 710 series uses SATA 3 Gbps interface, its random read/write throughput is comparable to most SATA 3 Gbps MLC SSDs, and varies between the three models (capacities). With 4K random read, all three models offer 38,500 IOPS. 8K random read is 26,000 IOPS for the 100 GB model, and 27,000 IOPS for both 200 GB and 300 GB ones.
4KB random write performance varies a bit differently. For the 100 GB model, it's 2,300 IOPS; 2,700 IOPS for the 200 one, and 2,000 IOPS for 300 GB. With 8K random writes, the 100 GB model offers 1,900 IOPS, 1,300 IOPS on the 200 GB model, and 1,700 IOPS on the 300 GB one. Overprovisioning of 20% capacity (rendering 100 GB to 80 GB, 200 GB to 160 GB, and 300 GB to 240 GB) dramatically increases random write performance with both 4K and 8K. With 4K, the overprovisioned 100 GB model offers 4,000 IOPS, overprovisioned 200 GB offers 3,300 IOPS, and overprovisioned 300 GB offers 2,400 IOPS. With 8K, it's 6,000 IOPS for overprovisioned 100 GB, and 2,500 IOPS for the 200 and 300 GB drives.
In terms of sustained sequential speeds, all three models offer up to 270 MB/s read speeds. The 100 GB model can sequentially write at up to 170 MB/s, while the 200 GB and 300 GB drives can sequentially write at up to 210 MB/s. In terms of latencies, all three drives have typical latencies of 75
MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 7 released
Today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities. We're happy to see MSI Afterburner is leading the overclock applications. MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 7 is ready.
Changes list includes:
- MSI Afterburner is no longer using native AMD ADL SDK GPU indices. Now it always sorts GPUs by PCI location to ensure that GPU indices stay the same in the system regardless of operating system, display driver version and GPU display outputs connection
- Added driver-level fan tachometer monitoring fallback for AMD graphics cards via AMD ADL SDK
- Added unofficial overclocking support for AMD graphics cards unattached to Windows desktop
- Improved Catalyst version detection for AMD graphics cards unattached to Windows desktop
- Improved GPU type definition format in hardware database to fix ambiguous GPU type selection on some custom design MSI graphics cards (e.g. MSI R5870 Lightning series)
- Now MSI Afterburner's startup daemon routine precaches graphics card state at the first Windows startup. Precached state is being used to improve default clocks detection and clock sliders calibration in some cases when display driver provides no trustworthy defaults detection mechanism (e.g. on AMD graphics cards in unofficial overclocking mode)
- Added unified vendor independent videomemory usage monitoring layer for graphics cards, having no generic videomemory monitoring interfaces implementation in display drivers. Unified videomemory usage monitoring layer is based upon RivaTuner's VidMem plugin technology under Windows XP and original concepts of accessing Direct3D kernel mode thunk statistics under Windows Vista and Windows 7, introduced by Mark Russinovich in ProcessExplorer 15. By default unified videomemory usage monitoring path is enabled as primary ath on AMD graphics cards and as a fallback path on NVIDIA graphics cards when generic NVAPI videomemory usage monitoring is not available (e.g. on NVIDIA graphics cards unattcached to Windows desktop, such as dedicated PhysX or other GPGPU graphics cards). Power users may redefine unified and generic videomemory monitoring paths usage behaviors for both AMD and NVIDIA hardware abstraction layers via the configuration file.
- MSI On-Screen Display Server has been upgraded to v4.2.3. New version fixes vertex buffer overflow issue causing improper On-Screen Display rendering or crashing in Direct3D10 / Direct3D11 applications when too many items are selected to be displayed in On-Screen Display
- Added multilanguage installer
Radeon HD 7000 Series Specs Leaked
We are taking this information with a big grain of salt, nothing is confirmed whatsoever and we have no idea where these specs where obtained from. Wccftech reports the following, and I'll do a shameless blunt CC here:
Specifications and Details of AMD?fs Upcoming HD7000 Series Graphic cards have been leaked. The Upcoming Next Generation Graphic chips from AMD Codenamed ?gSouthern Islands will be based on a 28nm TSMC Process and would release in Q4 2011. The codenames of these chips were already revealed.
Following is the Complete list of GPU?fs included in AMD?fs Southern Islands Lineup:
- New Zealand GCN HD 7990
AMD would once again release a flahship dual chip card codenamed HD7990 (New Zealand). This GPU would be based on two Tahiti XT/Pro Cores which are mentioned below. Max Stream Processors count would be somewhere around 4000 ALU?fs and the card would feature a TDP of >300W.
Following are the Tahiti, Thames and Lombok based GPU details:
- HD 7970: 256bit/1000MHz/32CUs/2048ALUs/128TMUs/64ROPs/XDR2 8.0Gbps 256GB/S /190W TDP/ 2GB Memory
- HD 7950: 256bit/900MHz/30CUs/1920ALUs/120TMUs/64ROPs/XDR2 7.2Gbps 230GB/S /150W TDP/ 2GB Memory
The HD7970 (Tahiti XT) will replace the current HD6970 (Cayman XT) Card, It would feature 2048 Stream Processors running at 1000Mhz with a max 190W TDP and 2GB GDDR5 256bit wide Memory interface compared to the 1536 Stream Processors @ 880Mhz of the HD6970 GPU.
The HD7950 (Tahiti Pro) would be the replacement for HD6950 (Cayman Pro) featuring 1920 Steam Processors clocked at 900Mhz with a 2GB memory buffer and rated TDP of 150W, While the older 6950 featured 1408 Stream Processors clocked at 800Mhz and 160GB/s memory bandwidth compared to 7950?
Enermax MaxRevo 1350W PSU review
The MaxRevo is 1350 Watt .. with peak power available up-to 1620 Watt, yummie. Interestingly enough this is a nice small sized power supply, you'll hardly hear it, has plenty of modular options, well read is all modular and is 80 PLUS Gold certified. That makes the modular cables based MaxRevo PSU series 88-94% efficient @ 20-100% load.
Check out the review right here where we fire off 5 GPUs at the little fracker.
Samsung SE-208BW Smart Media Hub
Samsung is releaseing a new media hub called the SE-208BW, essentially a merger of an external optical disk drive (ODD) and wireless parts.
It is described as a smart media hub and can both playback/read data, as well as write it on CDs and DVDs. Also, connectivity to smartphones, tablets and PCs can easily be established and maintained through the company's own APP.
In fact, the app can stream and play CDs and DVDs on any smart devices, so that they may enjoy whatever movies and music they choose.
What's more, the product can back up data, like videos, pictures, contacts, from smartphones and tablets without having to turn on the PC and direct the media hub's actions.
Another asset is the Dynamic DNS, which extends this ability of the product to work independently in such a way that it can fill the attributes of a server.
The only condition for this to work is that a hard disk drive or USB flash drive of some sort to be linked to it, after which the LAN cable can be added to the equation, completing the Cloud Server transformation.
Prospective buyers needn't worry about compatibility either, since the Samsung SE-208BW works with all major operating system, like Windows 7, Mac OS, ets. Early 2012 is when sales should start, according to Samsung's own announcement.
Phanteks Introduces PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler
Phanteks coolers are designed with patented Cold Plasma Spraying Coating Technology (C.P.S.C), a brand new technologic forming deposit that displaces heat onto corresponding metals at a quicker rate. With this technology, Phanteks coolers enhances thermal conductivity on the soldered surfaces of the heatpipes through the copper deposits.
Call of Duty Elite Yearly Subscription Price Set
We already know all of the stuff that Elite provides players for free. As for the premium side, Elite can be subscribed to one year at a time for $49.99.
The most important feature is access to all of that year's downloadable content. Not only will subscribers get access, they'll own the content so it doesn't disappear should the subscription come to an end. Given that four DLC releases over the course of a year would normally cost $60, this is immediately a good deal for any frequent DLC buyers.
That DLC will consist of more than just multiplayer maps -- there will be new modes and Spec Ops missions, too, with "20 pieces of content" in all. This will all be coming more often than the four-times-a-year schedule that Black Ops used; Elite subscribers will get new content on a monthly basis over the course of a "nine month DLC season." Specific numbers for how many maps, modes, and so on weren't shared.
Besides all the DLC business, Elite subscribers get eight times as much storage for replay videos as free users, the ability to level up their clans by competing in tournaments, daily tournaments where they can win real-world and virtual prizes (badges, trophies, iPads, and Jeeps are all possible prizes), and access to Elite TV (premium episodic content being made specifically for Elite members).
The daily tournaments will be managed and refereed by real humans on a 24/7 basis so as to ensure there is no cheating. You won't have to be an expert player to compete, either, as there will be tournaments for players of different skill levels -- definitely good news for those who don't have enough time to devote to becoming an expert, high-level player.
As for Elite TV, Hirshberg mentioned two programs in the works. Noob Tube comes from Jason Bateman and Will Arnett's production company DumbDumb, which we had previously heard about, will see fan-made videos get a smack-talk commentary track added by Bateman and Arnett. The other new program is Friday Night Fights from Ridley and Tony Scott. It'll begin filming this fall in Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer and sees two opposites -- Red Sox fans and Yankees fans, Democrats and Republicans, etc. -- compete against each other.
AMD Bulldozer Pre-launch FAQ
With all the leaks and release speculation regarding AMD Bulldozer FX processors sometimes an employee can get a little agitated. Check out what AMD rep John Fruehe wrote in a FAQ on several forums to ease the mind from a lot of you guys. I'll let the FAQ speak for itself:
Oh and what do you think, discuss here.
OK, let me begin by saying "I'm gonna post this once."
Everyone, please just point people back to this post when the 1,957,837,842 questions show up that are all the same. This will be easier than me posting it up over and over.
Admin, please lock this thread ASAP, I am not going to answer questions here.
Q. I saw a benchmark on xyz website. Is that how bulldozer will perform?
A. No. Nothing posted before launch will be representative of actual performance. To get actual performance, you need:
Final production silicon
Final processor microcode
Final system BIOS
Final OS optimizaitons
An app compiled with the latest flags
A person who understands the app and configures the test properly
Without these things (and there are probably more), you cannot get an accurate benchmark. Any extrapolation of a crappy benchmark gives you a crappy estimate of actual performance. Period.
Oh, and many of the benchmarks that you see were probably not run, those are just charts made in excel. It's really easy to make a chart in excel - what do you want, bulldozer faster by 3716%? Intel faster by 293%? Sure, I can do either one in 10 seconds. Why are you arguing about benchmarks that probably aren't real?
Q. When are you launching? Why don't you release the date?
A. When we launch, we launch. I will not comment on dates, I will not comment on schedules. We do not release dates prior to launch, at most we give quarter granularity. Giving the date out will stall demand. We have a business to run. While you might think that it will make your life easier to not have to guess, the reality is that we have a business to run and the minute you let the date out, sales stall. For everything. The cost impact of announcing the launch date is always bigger and drives these decisions.
Q. What are the prices?
A. Look at the above question and you have your answer.
Q. Why don't you release benchmarks before launch? You could steal so much business away from the other guy?
A. Again, releasing benchmarks before launch will simply stall sales. Believe me, if the competition thinks they are out of position, will they just sit back and say "oh well" or will they react? Handing them benchmarks is simply giving them time to form a strategy. I am not in the business of helping them, they are on their own on this one.
Q. Will bulldozer be faster than....?
A. I don't need to finish the question, please read above.
Q. I read on xyz site that you were launching on xxxxx?
A. Yeah, and I read on another site that elvis was still alive. The reason I don't comment on date rumors is that there are a limited number of days in the quarter. Once you say no to some, and suddenly say "no comment" or don't answer that one, immediately everyone thinks that is the date. So, no matter how crazy it sounds, you can't answer any of them.
Q. I saw someone selling bulldozer parts online, that must mean the launch is happening, right?
A. No. First off, many of the people that are advertising parts for sale ahead of time do not have parts in hand. Buyer beware. If they are selling engineering samples, we will take care of that. Occasionally parts are loaded into disti databases, and if the flag is set wrong, it can flow through EDI to a partner's database and show up online. That does not mean parts are available. Oh, and sometimes distis use planned pricing and part numbers as placeholders, so don't believe what you see. Nobody is allowed to advertise parts ahead of launch.
Q. I know someone who knows someone who has a cousin who lives next to...?
A. Ask yourself this. Would you take investment advice from someone like that? If not, put a big grain of salt into those conversations.
Q. Why haven't you guys launched?
A. The key to a successful product is lauching it once you are ready. When you are trying to put hundreds of millions of transistors onto a piece of sand about the size of your thumbnail, there is a lot going on. It's a pretty complicated busines.
Q. Why don't you comment on client stuff? Why don't you get a client guy to post on here?
A. I am in the server world, I comment on my products. I will not comment on their products, because I don't want them commenting on mine. The few times I have ventured into the client world, I have caught flack for my comments. It is not worth the trouble. Based on the filth that seeps into my inbox from a very small segment of the enthusiast world, I can understand why the client people might not want to make their names known. When you are attacked in a vicious way for no reason, and you are doing this on your own time, you start to ask "why bother"?
Q. I see you have
Q. Why aren't you doing an unlocked Opteron so I can do 2P overclock?
A. First the market for 2P client systems is tiny, and getting smaller every day. While you would like to buy one, there just aren't enough people to do that. Second, I want to focus my time on servers, client overclocking will not be supported because it takes efforts away from making virtualization and cloud computing better.
Q. If AMD does beat intel in xyz it is the end of the road
A. OK, this is not a question, but enough people make statements like this. AMD is a 40 year old company, not likely.
Q. Is IPC higher on bulldozer? All I care about is IPC.
A. IPC is simply a measurement. What if IPC was 2X what it is today, but clock speed was 500MHz. Is that what you want? You are getting double IPC, right? IPC is only one measure. The people that are telling you IPC is the only thing that matters have an agenda. Taking only one measurement, out of context, is like trying to say that a person's weight is all that matters. I weigh 195. Does that make me fat? Does that make me skinny? It is impossible to say unless you know my height. IPC is like weight - it tells you something in context to other factors, but is meaningless on its own.
Q. What about single threaded performance?
A. See above. Also, if all you care about is single threaded performance, might I recommend a lovely, inexpensive single core processor for your system?
While I work for AMD, my posts are my own opinions.
Realtek HD Audio 2.65 audio driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP, Vista, it runs under Windows 7 as well of course. The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download from our servers.
This download hosted at Guru3D.com offers all the Windows XP, Vista and 7 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 Driver Package R2.65:
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec.
1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC887, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC899, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC670, ALC680 ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC275, ALC276
2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC887, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC899, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC670, ALC680 ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC275, ALC276
3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
Creative Tiny ZEN X-Fi Media Player
Creative announced the ZEN X-Fi, a portable media player, this item actually is smaller than the majority of consumer electronics out there.
It has a 2-inch LCD and support many file formats, not just audio (like FLAX, AAC, MP3, WMA, Audible, etc.) but also video ( MPEG-4, WMV9, DivX), which can be kept on its 8 GB or 16 GB of built-in storage.
"With Creative, you will always get best value performance when it comes to portable media players,
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Intro Trailer
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - MP Trailer
Battlefield 3 - Physical Warfare Pack Trailer
Watch the deadly items in the Physical Warfare Pack in action in this Battlefield 3 gameplay trailer. Physical Warfare Pack contains the DAO-12 semi-automatic shotgun, Type 88 Light Machine Gun, flechette ammo for the DAO-12, and a flash suppressor for the SKS sniper rifle.
This pack is available as a pre-order bonus at select retailers and at Origin for the PC digital download version of Battlefield 3: Limited Edition. At a later date, we will unlock all of these items to all players of Battlefield 3 at no extra charge. You can pre-order the PC digital download version at http://www.origin.com
Firestone Audio Bravo DP and Spitfire MKII DAC review
According to Firestone Audio, their Bravo Digital Processor can convert USB to S/Pdif and also cleans and reclocks the S/PDIF signal producing a superior signal for your analog to digital converter. We have been working with many different S/Pdif based products in the Guru3D Audio Lab for quite awhile now so we are excited to have a look at the Bravo and use it for some testing. FSA also just released the second version of their popular Spitfire Digital to Analog Converter, known as the
GPU-Z 0.5.5 released
Michael over at TPU released version 0.5.5 of GPU-Z. GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
- On multi-GPU systems, GPU-Z will remember the selected card from the selection dropdown
- Added full support for AMD A-Series Fusion processors
- Added detection for ASUS MARS II
- Fixed shader count detection for Blackcomb (mobile AMD Cayman)
- Improved BIOS version reading on NVIDIA
- Added support for NVIDIA GeForce GT 560 Ti OEM, GT 545, GT 530, GeForce GTX 580M, GT 555M, GeForce 520MX, GT 520M, 410M, 305M, Quadro 5000, Quadro 4000M, Quadro 400
- Added support for AMD HD 6290, Radeon E6760 & E4690, FirePro V8800, FirePro V3700, FirePro 2460 (FireMV)
Sandy Bridge delay by a quarter saves Intel money
DigiTimes heard rumors that Intel has decided to halt its plans to upgrade to a 22nm process at Fab 24 and delayed the launch of the Ivy Bridge chips by one quarter to save costs. The article claims the measures are the result of a weaker-than-expected PC market.
Intel has recently decided to delay its Ivy Bridge platform launch from the end of 2011 to March 2012, while notebook models with the new platform will start appearing in the channel in April to allow a smooth transition between the existing Sandy Bridge platform and the new platform.
Since Intel internally has evaluated that PC demand for the upcoming year may not be as strong as before, the company has recently adjusted its investment schedule for semiconductor equipment.
AMD FX-series gets very detailed thanks to Gigabyte
Gigabyte leaked the specifications of AMD's upcoming FX processor series.
The final shipping stepping is indeed B2. The top part, FX-8150, is clocked at 3.6 GHz, with a TDP of 125W. Next in line is the FX-8120, clocked at 3.1 GHz. There are two versions - 125W and 95W. This suggests that the FX-8120 was initially targeted for 95W but may ship with a 125W TDP to begin with. The final 8-core CPU is the FX-8100, clocked at 2.8 GHz.
The sole 6-core CPU will be FX-6100 at 3.3 GHz while the 4-core CPU will be FX-4100 clocked at 3.6 GHz. Both feature 95W TDP, and will likely compete up against the Core i5 series. All CPUs feature 8MB L3 cache. This suggests that FX-6100 and FX-4100 are likely to be Zambezi with 1 module and 2 modules disabled, respectively, rather than native 3-module / 2-module dies.