Core i5 2500K & Core i7 2600K processor review
Sandy bridge is here, today we'll put the Intel Core i7-2600K and Intel Core i5-2500K processors to the test, we will pair the 2600K processor with the Intel Desktop Motherboard DP67BG and also run a test with the Intel Core i5-2500K processor on a Intel DH67BL motherboard.
And in advance let me already state, It's not often that I am as impressed with hardware as what we've just reviewed.
You can read this Guru3D review right here.
Happy New Year 2011 from Guru3D
Intel New X58 Extreme Series Desktop Boards
Intel's Desktop Board division is readying two new high-end socket LGA1366 motherboards under its Extreme Series line,as TechPowerup reported.
"The company's last high-end LGA1366 motherboard, the DX58SO "SmackOver", was released more than 25 months ago in November 2008, when the first Intel Core i7 processors came to be. The new motherboards are up to date in terms of features. They use the latest Rev. 13 X58 northbridge, all solid-state capacitors, support the latest LGA1366 processors out of the box, and feature USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s support. The two motherboards consist of DX58SO2 "SmackOver II", and its "lite" variant, the DX58OG.
The DX58SO2 uses digital PWM CPU power circuit, a sporty blue heatsink cluster over the northbridge, VRM area, and southbridge, with heat spread between the northbridge and VRM using a heat-pipe. It features six internal SATA 3 Gb/s, two internal SATA 6 Gb/s, and two eSATA 3 Gb/s ports, two USB 3.0 ports, 8-channel HD audio, and expansion slots that include three PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (x16/x16/NC or x16/x8/x8), two PCI-E x1, and one PCI.
The DX58OG uses the same exaxt PCB as the DX58SO, except that a lot of features are downscaled. The CPU VRM has fewer phases, although USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s ports are unaffected, there are no eSATA ports, and a 6-channel HD audio CODEC instead of 8-channel, and the third PCI-Express x16 slot is reduced to x1. Both boards feature certain new features that Intel is introducing with its latest Extreme Series boards, namely, BIOS Vault Technology that helps recover BIOS, a Back-to-BIOS button, and a more efficient inter-phase load balancing mechanism. Intel
Fractal Design Define Mini Micro-ATX chassis
Fractal Design announced the Define Mini, the little brother of the Define R2/R3 cases. This new Micro-ATX case focuses on low noise, it's pre-fitted with noise absorbing material and features a ModuVent design that enables the user to choose between silence or optimal airflow. The Define Mini has room for two 5.25" devices, up to six 3.5" HDDs and four expansion cards (which can be up to 400mm long when the upper HDD cage is removed). Cooling is provided by a 120mm front and 120mm exhaust fan, but extra cooling can be provided by up to four additional fans. The speed of up to three fans can be controlled via an included fan controller and the front panel has USB 3.0 support. The case measures 210mm x 395mm x 490mm and weighs 9.5kg.
As the name implies, Define Mini is the smaller sibling of the acclaimed and award winning Define R2/R3 case. Being a Micro ATX version of Define R2/R3, it offers a number of interesting functions with a very stylish appearance. It's a case focused on low noise level, without neglecting other important features such as cooling, expandability and ease of use. The Define Mini excels in including a lot of features in a small size!
* Stunning front panel design
* Patent pending ModuVent
PowerColor watercooled Radeon HD 6970
PowerColor announced its LCS HD6970, a Radeon HD 6970 graphics card with a preinstalled waterblock. The card offers a 925MHz core (stock: 880MHz) and 2GB GDDR5 clocked at 5700MHz (stock: 5500MHz).
TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, announces the world
ASUS TUF Sabertooth P67 enters the Guru3D lab
In preparation for what's coming on the Sandy bridge processor front we received a good number of P67 motherboards. The one that you guys look out for the most just entered the trenches of Guru3D.
Meet the TUF Sabertooth P67 ASUS as designed a plastic shroud for what they call aerodynamics. The shield will be called 'Tactical Jacket'. The first photo's we showed you where kind of crappy, so here's a couple of good quality photo's of this amazing looking motherboard, taken in our photo-studio.
Enjoy the sneak peek ...
Corsair Vengeance 12GB DDR3 Memory Kit review
Today we'll have a look at Corsair's Vengeance 12GB PC3-12800 1600Mhz DDR3 DIMM Memory Kit, it will be exceptionally hard to show you any performance difference in-between 6GB and 12GB, but any transcoding, photoshopping, productivity enthusiast with at little common sense will conclude with us, this kit is going to be one heck of a deal.
Go check out the Guru3D review right here.
Koolance Radeon HD 6900 VID-AR697 Water Block
Koolance outs their full-coverage water block for AMD Radeon HD 6970 and Radeon HD 6950 graphics cards. The product is called the VID-AR697 and measures 6.25" x 5.75" x 0.62" (15.9cm x 14.6cm x 1.6cm), weighing 1.5 pounds (680 g).
You'll notice the nickel-plated copper with acetal top. It uses a 0.5 mm micro-fin array over the GPU for better heat dissipation. The block uses standard G 1/4 BSP threading. The Koolance VID-AR697 is priced at US $114.99.
Foxconn Quantum Force P67 Motherboard
Foxconnis ready with its first high-end socket LGA1155 motherboard based on the Intel P67 Express chipset, supporting upcoming "Sandy Bridge" processors as TPU reports today.
"The LGA1155 socket is powered by a 14-phase digital PWM circuit using independent single-phase PWM inductors made by CPL, and memory using a 2-phase VRM. Expansion slots include two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x8/x8 with both populated), three PCI-E x1, and one PCI. Both ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI are sure to be supported. Storage connectivity includes two internal SATA 6 Gb/s, four internal SATA 3 Gb/s, two eSATA 3 Gb/s, and one ATA connector supporting up to two IDE devices.
External connectivity includes 8+2 channel HD audio with optical and coaxial SPDIF connectors, two USB 3.0 ports, a number of USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, and two gigabit Ethernet connections. The Quantum Force P67 is loaded with overclocker-friendly features. There is a set of onboard overclocking control buttons, diagnostic LED display, rear-panel CMOS reset button, redundant BIOS in separate EEPROM chips, and high-precision voltage control thanks to the Volterra PWM IC. Foxconn's Quantum Force P67 could be part of the first wave of motherboards that will be released along with Intel's socket LGA1155 CPUs in early 2011."
MSI Big Bang Marshal mobo Pictured
Engadget snagged a picture of MSI's Big Bang Marshal, a forthcoming XL-ATX motherboard that features eight PCI Express x16 slots, eight USB 3.0 ports and three BIOS chips! The motherboard is expected in Q1 2011 but the site notes the specifications are still subject to change, perhaps the final edition will have room for more DIMMs.
This XL-ATX board packs a total of eight PCI Express lanes (though it only has the bandwidth to simultaneously feed four x16s or eight x8s -- relevant if you're crazy enough to think about using more than four GPUs), three separate BIOS chips, extra 8-pin and 6-pin 12V power intakes, and a thoroughly excessive set of power regulation components. The less extremely minded among you will appreciate having a full array of eight USB 3.0 ports on the back, though we can't get over the measly four DIMM slots on offer.
Patriot Viper Xtreme, Division 2 and G2 Memory Kits
Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash, storage and enthusiast computer products, today announces two new memory series
MSI might include BigFoot NIC on mobo's
Well check out this press-release:
MSI Motherboards Blaze with Killer
MSI R6970 Lightning & N580GTX Lightning Graphics Cards Photo's
Thr R6970 is powered by two 8-pin PCIe connectors, the card uses a 16 phase PWM design, features GPU, Memory and PLL voltage adjustment via MSI
Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD review
The SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium HD. This card has many aspects in common with existing X-FI designs and a few new features and modifications to appeal to the newer crop of demanding soundcards enthusiasts.
Check out the full Guru3D review right here.
GPU-Z 0.5.0 Available
Michael over at TPU issued a new revision of GPU-Z. GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
- Added full support for Radeon HD 6950 and HD 6970
- Fixed TMU/Texture Fillrate rounding error on NVIDIA cards
- Improved voltage monitoring support for GTX 570
- Workaround for ATI OpenCL driver crashing GPU-Z on systems with NVIDIA cards
- Fixed crash when driver version could not be read
- Fixed crash when splash screen interrupted by message box
PowerColor ships custom Radeon HD 6970 and 6950
PowerColor outted their own design Radeon HD 6900 graphics cards.
TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, today announces its own design HD6900 series solution. Featuring all the latest technology, the PowerColor HD6900 series includes the HD6970 and HD6950. The HD6970 clocks at 880MHz core speed and 1375MHz memory speed, easily accelerating your PC with up to 2.7 teraFLOPs of computing power. The HD6950 clocks at 800MHz core speed and 1250MHz memory speed, enabling the demanding gamers to be flawlessly presented.
The PowerColor HD6900 series has equipped with unique dual fan cooling solution; built with two ultra big 9.2cm cooling fans and 8
KFA2 - Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 HOF
Expreview has been showing pictures of the Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 HOF (Hall of Fame) graphics card. This new model features digital power supply technology and has a white PCB. It uses a 6-pin + 8-pin power design and is equipped with a DisplayPort output. The cooling solution features four 6mm copper heatpipes, a copper base, a large aluminium fin array and a compact fan.
GeForce GTX 460 HOF packs GF104 core,features 336 stream processors,1GB GDDR5 memory,core/Shader/memory clock of 850/1700/1000MHZ(Date rate of 4000MHz) with memory interface of 256-bit.
The graphics card adopts tantalum capacitors and 6+2 phase power supply design with six phase for core while two phase for memory. As for core power supply solution,it is made up by VT1185M main controller chip,six VT1157SF subsidiary controller chips and Bussmann CPL power inductor.
Transform your Radeon 6950 into a 6970 with a new BIOS
Two days ago what we initially expected, it became apparent that the Radeon HD 6950 in fact is a 6970 with shader processor clusters disabled. You'll need to re-flash your card though.
You can perform the flashing process from within Windows and thanks to AMD's new Dual-BIOS feature if something would go wrong, you can switch back.
Unlock your Radeon HD 6950 towards a 6970, Merry Christmas:
Download package with flash software and BIOS:
We successfully tested an unlock on a HD 6950 cards. Other have tried one AMD engineering sample, one HIS media sample and one ASUS retail card. All of them unlocked perfectly and run at HD 6970 speeds now.