Gigabyte Recalls X79 UD3, UD5, G1.Assassin 2 Motherboards
Now I do not have this confirmed just yet from Gigabyte themselves, but the following is reported:
Last week, a Taiwanese overclocker putting his OC workbench through an relatively laxed OC stress test saw its Gigabyte X79 UD3 motherboard go bust. Its CPU VRM couldn't cope with the stress, and blew a MOSFET. At the time, people responding to his video condoled him for his bad luck. It appears now that his wasn't a one-off case of "bad-egg". Gigabyte, in its latest press release on its Chinese website, noted the issue.
Apparently it received several such complaints from overclockers where even moderate voltage-assisted CPU OC fried its VRM. The issue was found to be widespread, among three of its main socket LGA2011 products, the GA-X79-UD3, GA-X79-UD5, and G1.Assassin 2.
Apparently, the issue is caused by a bad mix of firmware limitations to complement the board's PWM circuitry, which have an effect on the PWM components causing an overheat.
As an immediate remedy, Gigabyte issued a BIOS update for the affected products. This BIOS, however, will limit the board's overclocking abilities. The new BIOS will throttle CPU when subjected to extreme stress, to save the VRM. The BIOS remedy is only for those who opt to keep their boards, or don't subject the board to extreme tuning.
The other remedy, is to return the board to Gigabyte, for a free replacement when the "right" boards are available. Gigabyte also announced a general recall of the GA-X79-UD3, GA-X79-UD5, and G1.Assassin 2, from the market. A video of the "unlucky" (not anymore) overclocker's day going bad, can be watched here.
Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 850 Watt PSU review
Cooler Master launched the new Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid PSU series. The end result as such is enticing alright, a very nice power supply rates 80+ gold, that comes with a modular design and one big massive 12V rail, which we all like so very much. Carrying a 80+ Gold certification (90% efficiency at typical load) , being modular, with included fan controller and having good looks yeah the Silent Pro Hybrid promises to be an excellent product series.
Check the article right here.
Asus Will Continue Transformer Prime Despite Lawsuit
An Asus representative has revealed recently that the outfit has no plans to discontinue the production of tablets in the Transformer line, including the recently released Transformer Prime, despite the lawsuit started against the company by Hasbro.
After the trademark infringement lawsuit was filed by the US-based toy maker, Asus has conducted a series of internal assessments and found that no patents are infringed by its tablet line, said Chang Wei-Ming, an Asus spokesperson.
Chang continued by adding that the lawsuit is unlikely to affect production, reports the Focus Taiwan publication.
According to Hasbro, the Transformer Prime label might cause confusion among consumers, so the toy maker has decided to sue Asus for trademark infringement, unfair competition and trademark dilution.
Hasbro, also asked the Los Angeles court to stop the Taiwanese company from using the Transformer name in current and future products.
Officially announced in mid-November, the 10.1-inch Transformer Prime is powered by Nvidia
New Intel Server Board Holds 1 TB of RAM
There will also be a quad-CPU enabled Xeon E5 Socket 2011 version, a quarter later from now as vrzone reports.
How much memory can it take? How about a terabyte?
Two QPI links on Socket 2011 CPUs do enable connecting each processor to TWO other ones, if you accept lesser inter-processor bandwidth compared to just dual-link pairing of two CPUs alone. There will be a separate Xeon E5-4600 series covering that particular market segment, which sits between the high end dual-socket E5-2600 and the enterprise RAS-enhanced even higher end E7 series (those fancy 10-core 30 MB L3 cache Westmere-EX chips and their followons).
These are good for uber-rendering workstations with many threads, as well as SMP server jobs where high per-core performance is more important than RAS capability or huge interprocessor bandwidth - E7 series have, after all, four QPI links on each CPU for that purpose.
Now, since the maximum memory load on each Socket 2011 processor is three DIMMs per channel, or 12 in total, it would allow for 48 DIMMs altogether on a quad processor board, as you can see here on the 'Lizard Head Pass' S4600LH board expected from Intel. A truly lovely platform which, if good liquid cooling system was there, could actually fit into 1U platform! Else, it's 2U, still not bad at all.
Now, remember those fancy Samsung - and other vendors' - 32 GB LR-DIMMs at DDR3-1333 speeds and taking just like 5 watts? Well, put 48 of them into this 'little' mobo, and you got... umm... 1.5 TB RAM, yes. Now, inexpensive large memory data mining and analysis ops, not to mention simulations like, for instance, impact of MRT line failure on all the car and bus traffic in Singapore down to every person, vehicle and path - an increasingly more often required app here, it seems - become very real, especially when coupled with the current low memory pricing.
And, oh yes, there are 160 PCIe v3 lanes in total on such platform. Now, how about an extender box for an 8 x dual-GPU setup as an accelerator? A eight-set of liquid-cooled OC AMD HD7990 dual GPU cards could give you up to 15 TFLOPs of double precision power to assist those Xeons on board.
The Ender Scrolls V: Minerim Trailer
hehe Ender Scrolls ... A mash up of the two games that a guy loves to play. The trailer was made as a way to give some lovin' to these awesome games. Made in blender in a timespan of 2 months
Just watch it ..
Zalman F1-Series SSDs Spotted in Stores
Reported earlier are Zalman's newest line of solid state drives, the F1-series, they started selling in Japan.
These are based of the SandForce SF-2281 controller and obviously come with MLC NAND flash memory. The F1-series is available in three sizes, 60 GB, 120 GB, and 240 GB; priced at 11,980 JPY (US $153), 19,800 JPY ($254), and 39,980 JPY ($513), respectively. The drives take advantage of the SATA 6 Gb/s interface, and are built in the 2.5-inch form-factor.
The drives offer read speeds of up to 560 MB/s, and up to 530 MB/s writes. The 60 GB and 120 GB models offer 4K random write performance of 30,000 IOPS, while the 240 GB one offers 45,000 IOPS.
MSI MultiConnect Panel and Voice Genie
MSI announces today two new products, the MultiConnect Panel and Voice Genie.
With support for Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth 3.0 wireless transfer, MSI's MultiConnect Panel provides an OC Genie button for MSI mainboard users to instantly increase system performance with a simple push of a button! The MSI-exclusive Super Charger on the MultiConnect Panel also allows users to quickly charge their smart-phones, tablet PCs, wireless keyboards, and wireless mice via any MSI X79 mainboard.
MSI's groundbreaking Voice Genie is the world's first voice control technology with system startup support without the need for keyboard or mouse operation! Aside from turning on and off the system, users can even enable and disable OC Genie, open a web browser, wake up the system, and set the system to sleep mode all via voice command! Full compatibility with all MSI X79 Series mainboards helps bring added value to the MSI computing experience with MultiConnect Panel and Voice Genie.
Intel Medfield SoC Power and Performance leaks
Intel officially introduces its next-generation Atom processors for mobile devices, code named Medfield at CES, the first performance figures regarding this system-on-a-chip (SoC) device were leaked on the Web.
The system used for providing these numbers was actually an Intel-designed 10.1-inch tablet powered by an unnamed Medfield processor running at 1.6GHz.
The CPU was paired together with 1GB of LP-DDR2 memory, a WLAN/Bluetooth/FM Radio chip produced by an unnamed manufacturer, a 1280
Radeon HD 7950 Specifications Surface
- 1792 stream processors, 28 GCN compute units
- 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs (derived)
- 384-bit GDDR5 memory interface
- 3 GB memory, memory clock around 5.00 GHz
Intel shifts Atom development focus to embedded and server
Intel has adjusted its Atom development focus to embedded and server applications, due to low demand for netbook Atom CPUs. In Q2 2012 the company will introduce the 32nm "Centerton" Atom, which is expected to be followed by the 22nm "Silvermont" in 2013 and the 14nm "Airmont" in 2014.
Intel reportedly plans to launch new members of its Atom CPU-lineup for network-attached storage devices and entry-level servers in the second quarter of 2012, according to industry sources.
The new Atom CPU, codenamed Centerton, will be made with a 32nm process with SoC design in slim architecture and low power consumption, the sources indicated.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 Characters Trailer
Rig of the Year and Month December 2011
Guru3D Rig of the Month - December 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.
The Rig of the Month December 2011 carries the keywords dark, excellent but most of all detail. Bill Lindsay who transformed one PC into a very stylish and clean build -- we'll call it 'the Cube'.
You can check the article right here.
Please have a look at the entries below and vote for your favorites, you may enter multiple entries:
Be fair with casting your vote, vote once. Any fraudulous attempts will get the contestant disqualified.
Guru3D Christmas 2011 Competition
It's Christmas day and that traditionally means we startup a little contest here at Guru3D.com
Yes it's time for the traditional logo hunt ! To keep things cool we teamed up with MSI and G.Skill as we'll be handing some of the latest and greatest hardware we know you guys love so much ! The competition is worldwide, meaning that anybody from whatever part of the world can join.
Click here to check out the competition.
Merry Christmas 2011 from Guru3D !
In this festive moment, it is time to recollect all the good we've had this year and look in anticipation of that upcoming holiday joy.
On behalf of all the Guru3D.com staff-members, let us wish you a Merry Christmas and in advance a Happy New Year 2012! Thanks for being with us and thanks your support! Please, accept our sincere wishes of sound health, prosperity and a lot of gaming and hardware fun !
If you have a chance to do so, check back on Christmas morning 1st Christmas day, when we'll startup a Christmas competition in which some nice prizes are to be won. On the 2nd Christmas day we'll start of with the Rig of the Year votes, just to keep you all busy of course.
So keep the news in close vicinity, here's where we'll announce the competition.
AMD May Be Preparing Phenom II X8
BIOS updates for mainboards made by Elitegroup Computer Systems and Jetway reveal that Advanced Micro Devices may be preparing a new line of multi-core microprocessors called Phenom II X8. Based on alleged specifications of the products, the new central processing units (CPUs) will be aimed at cost-sensitive segment of the market as x-bitlabs reports:
Based on CPU support list of Jetway HA18 mainboard based on AMD 9-series chipset and AM3+ socket, AMD is preparing a series of new microprocessors based on Zambezi design (Bulldozer micro-architecture, 4, 6 or 8 cores) of different revisions with rather low clock-speeds and with 95W thermal design power. Jetway lists the new processors as "engineering samples", but a well-known Japanese observer/blogger Northwood.blog60.fc2.com points to an alleged ECS A890GXM-A2 CPU support list that calls the chips as AMD Phenom II X8.
The list of AMD Phenom II X8 microprocessors includes four models:
- AMD Phenom II X8 2420: 2.40GHz, 95W, ZD242046W8K43
- AMD Phenom II X8 3020: 3.00GHz, 125W, ZD302051W8K44
- AMD Phenom II X8 2520: 2.50GHz, 95W, ZD252046W6443
- AMD Phenom II X8 2820: 2.80GHz, 95W, ZD282046W8K43
Although AMD FX family does not play in the ultra high-performance segment of the market where microprocessors cost $400 or more, the Sunnyvale, California-based company clearly positions the chips as premium products. Therefore, the company is not interested in selling products with relatively low performance under the FX brand.
It is known that AMD does have a lot of Zambezi processors that have all cores functional, but which cannot work on high clock-speeds and therefore provide premium "FX-class" performance, but AMD is definitely interested in selling those chips. In a bid not to harm the appeal of the FX brand, the chip designer may sell low-frequency Zambezi processors with disabled Turbo Core dynamic clock-speed acceleration technology and/or cut-down L2/L3 cache under Phenom II X8 brand. AMD already sells some processors based on Llano APU design with disabled graphics engine under Athlon II and Sempron monikers, thus, a refresh of the Phenom II line should not be a complete surprise.
With low frequencies and without Turbo Core, the new eight-core Phenom II X8 will likely be considerably slower than the existing six-core Phenom II X8 processors based on Thuban design.
8-Core Sandy Bridge-E Performance Leaks
A recent series of leaked Intel slides have come to detail the performance of the Xeon E5 in comparison with Westmere-EP.
The new Xeon E5 chips are also known under the code name of Sandy Bridge-EP and feature a series of changes when compared with the desktop version of these CPUs.
These include support for up to eight processing cores, which can run a maximum of sixteen threads thanks to Intel
AMD Radeon HD 7990 to have 6GB GDDR5
AMD's Radeon HD 7990 dual-GPU card is expected to arrive in late Q1 2012. This model will feature a total of 4096 stream processors and a whopping 6GB of GDDR5 memory. The HD 7990 will arrive by the end of the first quarter of 2012, according to a slide published by Donanim Haber, and will most probably be built using two Tahiti XT graphics cores which will be linked together via CrossFireX.
If AMD will indeed go for the Tahiti XT, this could mean that the card will include 62 Compute Units for a total of 4096 stream processors, 256 texture units and 64 ROP units.
Each one of the two GPUs will also feature a 384-bit wide memory bus that will be connected to 3GB of GDDR5 video buffer, delivering a whopping 6GB of VRAM on a single graphics card.
The clocks that the memory chips or the two GPUs will run at are unknown, but most probably AMD will have to go lower than the 925MHz/1.375GHz (5.5GHz effective) frequencies used for the HD 7970 in order to decrease the power consumption and the heat output of this dual-GPU monster.
OCZ Christmas tree has SSD ornaments
Looks like OCZ had some spare SSDs in their office... (click on the thumbnail).
An OCZ tree would not be complete without SSD ornaments! Wishing everyone a safe and happy holidays