Guru3D inside the Gigabyte Nan-ping Factory
Earlier today Guru3D visited the Nan-Ping factor from Gigabyte in Taiwan. We received the full tour from PCB design, SMD soldiering of components, assembly up to the end ... packaging. This is one of these places where yours truly as press typically never has a chance to report about. Normally taking photo's in a factory of this magnitude is forbidden as well. Massive props to Gigabyte for opening up their shop for us and allowing us in here, and most of all ... allowing us to photograph everything we wanted.
Somewhere in June we'll post a full article on this incredible visit to the factory. It's amazing to see how the components we test and review on a daily, basis and you guys purchase are actually made. We did an awesome high-quality photo-shoot.
For now I'd already like to share a few photo's with you guys.
Here we are already in the later stages of a finished PCB, as you can see the PCIe, DIMM and for that manner any separate component on the PCB is hand fitted by employees.
Here we are at a second production line, the VGA card line, I can assure you, Gigabyte makes the cards themselves :)
In the complete article we'll zoom in a little, but these are GeForce 9800 GT / GTS 250 cards in production, with 1 GB of memory. Yeah I quickly bent over the product line and sneaked some photo's close-up in here for the photo-shoot.
And sure .. the previous photo showed one card, but this line poops out roughly a card every 4-5 seconds. It's fascinating to see.
So as you guys know, ATI has problems getting high volume of the Radeon 4770 ASIC due to yield issues on the 40nm node. However, a production line had just finished .. we know for sure that Gigabyte apparently had a nice large batch to slap on their PCB, here are some residuals of that, which I consider to be stone cold proof ;)
Anyway, we took roughly a hundred photo's in the Gigabyte factory. Later on in the month we'll post an article on the full production line, which I can say already, is very impressive. As such we like to thank Gigabyte for this invite.
AMD 785 chipset spotted at Computex
If you have read the latest Computex report here on Guru3D, you'd already seen it. But AMD released their new 785 chipset. Computex is a good place where you can run into some examples.
Basically what I'm seeing here's is the AMD 880 chipset yet renamed to 785G. The only real new difference is that a new graphics core now is used in the 785 series. The new IGP is dubbed Radeon HD4200, while the 780G's IGP was named Radeon HD3200. You should start seeing 785-equipped motherboards quite soon.
It is a pure AM3 board that supports dual channel DDR3 memory. It has integrated DX10.1 video support. The motherboard also comes with D-SUB/DVI/HDMI connector, 6 USB 2.0, on board 1394, GbE, 8 channel audio, 2 eSATA ports.
Metal Gear Solid: Rising Coming to PC
Well, who doesn't know or hasn't heard of the Metal Gear Solid series? I don't think that this game title needs any further introduction, but that the latest upcoming installment called "Metal Gear Solid: Rising" is heading for PC and the Xbox 360, besides the PS3, is quite interesting and great news for all PC gamers out there.
Hideo Kojima, Japanese video game designer and father of the Metal Gear Solid series, confirmed assumptions that "Metal Gear Solid: Rising" is going to be released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and PC in 2010. Furthermore, he mentioned that "the new game is about Raiden and is not being developed by the core Kojima-led team."
OCZ Introduces OCZ Colossus a 1TB SSD
The Computex 2009 is the current Mecca for all hardware enthusiasts, as it is one of the largest computer and technology fairs in the world. This means we are getting to see the latest and greatest in the hardware market.
Hence, OCZ decided to present its new OCZ Colossus SSD with a storage capacity of up to 1 TB. In about eight weeks you should be able to buy the new series with 500GB and 1TB capacity, featuring the standard 3.5'' from factor for SSDs. Dual Indilinx controllers and a JMicron RAID controller for a RAID 0 array are making this capacity possible. The rumored price for the 1TB version is supposed to be around 2500 Euros or roughly 3500 USD.
Further features are:
- Form Factor: standard 3.5''
- Power requirements: 5V, 1.6A
- Interface: SATA2
- Capacity: 0.5 TB, 1.0 TB
- Estimated Wt: 400gm
- Seek Time: <0.2ms
- Operating Temp: 0-70 deg C
- Operating Performance:
- Read: Up to 265 MB/s
- Write: Up to 265 MB/s
Aliens vs Predator E3 Trailer
As you are probably already aware of, the currently ongoing E3 Expo 2009 (Electronic Entertainment Expo 2009) at the L.A. Convention Center is releasing gaming news on a pretty large scale. One of the titles I am definitely looking very much forward to is the upcoming Aliens vs Predator:
"Aliens vs Predator is an entirely new title for PC and high-definition consoles from acclaimed British developer Rebellion, the team behind the 1999 original PC gaming classic. Bringing the most intense war between two of science-fiction
GeForce ForceWare 186.08 XP, Vista and 7
NVIDIA issued a new driver today.
GeForce/ION Driver Release 186 BETA
Release Date: May 06, 2009
Operating System: XP, Windows 7 or Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
Language: U.S. English
File Size: 111 MB
This is a beta driver for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, and 200-series desktop GPUs and ION GPUs.
This driver supports all of the new GPU-accelerated DirectX APIs in Windows 7: DirectX Compute, Direct2D, DirectWrite, and DXVA-HD.
New in Release 186.08
- Numerous bug fixes. More information can be found in the release documentation.
- Installs the new PhysX System Software version 9.09.0428.
- Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.
New in Release 185/186 drivers:
- Adds support for Ambient Occlusion
Computex Day 3 - The big One Oh One
It's the 3rd day at Computex 2009 for Guru3D. Today we meet greet and photographs all the latest from companies like OCZ Technology, Corsair, eVGA, ECS, Gigabyte, ADATA, Cooler Master and Artic Cooling. Some pretty amazing stuff is to be seen in this day-3 report live from Computex 2009.
Check out this article right here.
- Computex 2009 landing page
- Computex 2009 Day 0 - Before it all begins
- Computex 2009 Day 1 - Hello Nangang
- Computex 2009 Day 2 - More Nangang
- Computex 2009 Day 3 - The Big One Oh One
Gigabyte shows PSU with built in UPS at Computex
More Gigabyte kit is spotted at Computex, I spotted this PSU. Please understand that it still is a prototype that hopefully will make it into final design stages and thus the market. But this PSU has a built in UPS. So if there's a power failure, there's enough battery life to keep the PC alive for 2 minutes. In these two minutes the PSU can enforce a power-down Within Windows, this way no data is lost or corrupted during a power grid failure.
I think that's a brilliant idea really the trick though is to get the Wattage higher as this prototype I think was 400 Watt only. But really I love the idea here.
eVGA shows off P55 motherboards at Computex
P55 was the word at eVGA today. With striking similarities to the Classified design here we see eVGA P55 chipset motherboard. Naming as I understand has not yet been finalized. P55 boards are pending a release in September this year, everybody is of course waiting on Lynfield aka Core i5 processors. This would be the EVGA codename 655 SLI FTW Edition (132-LF-E655) motherboard. As stated it will use 45nm socket LGA 1156 Lynnfield processors.
Considering Lynfield will be mainstream processors, this board is really high-end board with three PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots. It also features a PCI-E x1 slot positioned at the very top and two standard PCI slots.
Similar to the X58 SLI Classified, this board also features the red glowing
Gigabyte shows off P55 motherboards at Computex
Gigabyte had rented half the floor in the Taipei 101, their GOOC finals where held here. but also they had a wide variety off products on display.
This is the GA-EP55-UD4. Another P55 based Lynfield ready motherboard. Gigabyte had several models on display actually. P55 definitely is going to compete with X58 overclocking wise. Now we'll just have to wait and see how the processors like that fact.
eVGA shows mATX X58 motherboard at Computex
Over at Computex eVGA was showing an mATX design X58 motherboard as well.
The product is labeled EVGA X58 SLI Micro with SKU 141-BL-E756. The board is pretty spiffy and comes wwith two PCI-Express x16 2.0 slots that allow for dual-slot SLI cards.
This X58 SLI Micro will have a 6-phase analog PWM design with a single EPS 12v connector. As expected, the board comes with six triple-channel DDR3 1600MHz slots, six SATA II 3.0Gb/s slots, an onboard LED for POST codes and temperature monitoring.
ASUS Gene .. say hi to eVGA ...
Cooler Master Power Supply with LAN capability at Computex
So this is a totally new concept that Cooler Master is working on. They want to create a PSU series with integrated LAN over your power lines. Cooler Master places Ethernet network into power supplies with the Power LAN 700W by incorporating PLC (Programmable Logic Controller).
Now Power LAN is not something new, and always has been plagued by a lot of packet loss due to the many devices connected to the grid in your house. But claims are that this kit is capable of 200 MBit/s.
Though this is a mockup and prototype only, the idea is of course very interesting. We'll tell you more when we know more.
Corsair demos H50 liquid cooling at Computex
In collaboration with Asetek Corsair developed the new H50. it is a new self-contained CPU liquid cooling product called the H50. Though it is quite obviously based on an Asetek unit, Corsair claims that this is the best performing unit Asetek has ever developed and that Corsair has exclusive rights to sell it.
From what we have seen here at Computex, it performs well. But we'll likely check that out in a review with hands on experience rather than seeing preconfigured systems running Prime95.
More on this product in our next Computex update.
Computex 2009 Day 2 - The Nangang Resurrection
Today we continue where we left off yesterday at Computex... the Nangang facility. There's just so much to do and see here that we have to finish off this facility first, and then we'll head on over to the Grand Hyatt Hotel, where dozens of suites are rented by companies... and where products are displayed as much as on the exhibition grounds.
In this editorial we look at some of the latest products from Patriot, G.Skill, ASUS and Silverstone. In the following article, likely in the next 12 hours, we'll post some additionaal stuff from Cooler Master, Arctic Cooling, and then head on over to the Hyatt to see what OCZ, Corsair and others are presenting.
But let's have a peek at Day 2 first shall we?
Click here to read the article.
- Computex 2009 landing page
- Computex 2009 Day 0 - Before it all begins
- Computex 2009 Day 1 - Hello Nangang
- Computex 2009 Day 2 - More Nangang
ASUS Mars series Dual GPU based GTX 285 - 4GB memory.
Microsoft Offers Free 3 Month TechNet Plus Subscription
Our colleagues over at Ars Technica reported a very special offer from Microsoft, today. Usually costing $349 (download-only) or $599 (download and DVD shipments), Microsoft currently offers a full Microsoft TechNet Plus subscription for three months, completely free of charge:
"A Microsoft TechNet Plus subscription is aimed at IT Professionals who want full-version Microsoft software, beta software, professional support incidents, managed newsgroup support, a technical information library, Microsoft eLearning courses, online concierge chat, the TechNet Magazine, and many other resources for evaluating, deploying, and maintaining Microsoft software.
After clicking on the special link, hit the Buy button. Fill out all the necessary information: First Name, Last Name, Street Address, City / Town, State, Postal Code, E-mail, and Contact Phone. If you need the DVD media for the software you will be testing, you'll need a valid address in Canada, the US, or the UK. Otherwise, give an appropriate address of your choice, and enjoy the download access to tons of free Microsoft software. Once you're done all that, you will get to a thank you page with all your information that you can print for your records. However, you're not done yet. There are three more steps:
- Sign In: Visit the TechNet Subscriptions Benefits Portal (you may be prompted to re-sign in using your Windows Live ID).
- Register: You will be required to enter your first name, last name, e-mail address (exactly as they appear in your "Ship to" information) and Benefit Access Number: XXXXXXXXXX and accept the license terms.
- Access Benefits: Once you have completed the registration, you will be able to access your online benefits, including Subscriber Downloads from the TechNet Subscriptions Management page. Each time you visit you will sign in using your Windows Live ID."
Xbox 360 Motion Camera Revealed
Yesterday, Microsoft revealed their rumored answer to the Nintendo Wii. Project Natal was the code name for a motion camera used to play and control your Xbox 360 - hands free. Presented at the currently ongoing E3 Expo 2009 (Electronic Entertainment Expo 2009) at the L.A. Convention Center.
Just like the Wii's sensor bar, the Xbox 360 "controller bar", including a camera, a microphone and sensors, sits either on top or below the TV and tracks your movement and translates it into digital signals:
"Compatible with any Xbox 360 system, the "Project Natal" sensor is the world's first to combine an RGB camera, depth sensor, multi-array microphone and custom processor running proprietary software all in one device. Unlike 2-D cameras and controllers, "Project Natal" tracks your full body movement in 3-D, while responding to commands, directions and even a shift of emotion in your voice.
In addition, unlike other devices, the "Project Natal" sensor is not light-dependent. It can recognize you just by looking at your face, and it doesn't just react to key words but understands what you're saying. Call a play in a football game, and players will actually respond."
Windows 7 Available in Stores October 22nd
So the rumors were actually true. Microsoft announced today that their upcoming operating system, Windows 7, is going to be available in stores: October 22, 2009.
"We feel confident that we will deliver Windows 7 with our partners on Oct. 22," Bill Veghte, senior vice president for Microsoft's Windows business, said.
"While the date confirms Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft will be able to get the latest version of its most important product onto retailer's shelves and into manufacturer's computers by the all-important holiday season, it also means the company will miss some opportunity to get the product into the hands of school children and students going back to school in the fall."
Tales of Monkey Island Announced
In case you like graphical adventure games, Tales of Monkey Island, developed by Telltale Games and LucasArts, might be exactly your cup of tea. Fans of the old Monkey Island series probably still remember Guybrush Threepwood, the protagonist whom you will continue to be playing as in five monthly episodes. The first episode is going to be published on July 7, 2009 on PC and Wii. Apparently, "many series veterans, including designers Dave Grossman and Mike Stemmle, composer Michael Land and voice of Guybrush Dominic Armato" are participating in the creation of this new installment of Monkey Island.
One last tidbit ofr the fans of the series: "A revamp of The Secret of Monkey Island was also unveiled, updating the series's first title with fully redrawn graphics, re-mastered score and full voiceover. Developed internally at LucasArts, Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition modernises the title with fully redrawn scenes and graphics, and the control bar replaced by a popup menu offering all the original SCUMM options. Armato will also voice Guybrush here. Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition will be released on PC and Xbox Live Arcade later in the summer."