Guru3D Rig of the Month - October 2010
Guru3D Rig of the Month - October 2010
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. This months was particular difficult as we have received many entries, and the build quality was so very fine that we had a tremendous task of picking one winner.
This months winner is Josh Sniffen, at the age of 24 he is an artist who designed a Rig for Sapphire. The end result is a stunning looking PC.
Check out this months winner right here.
Xigmatek Asgard and Asgard II Cases Updated
The popular Xigmatek Asgard and Asgard II enclosures, with their classic , discreet design and exquisitely understated looks, along with a long list of useful features which have proven themselves in the market, are now available with windowed side panels. Each of the successful Asgard and Asgard II versions are now available with the x-shaped windows pre-installed.
Both the Asgard and the entire Asgard II range of enclosures continue to be very popular. The combination of useful features, elegant looks and attractive price remain unattained in the case market. Xigmatek has responded the steady demand of these enclosures and will now be offering the Asgard and all three versions of the Asgard II with a modified side panel featuring their signature x-shaped window. For those who want to upgrade their normal Asgard or Asgard II, this side panel will be available for purchase separately.
The Xigmatek Asgard with the side window is available immediately for 39.90 Euros , while the Asgard II with the pre-installed side window are also in stock with immediately availability for 41.90 Euros. The separate, windowed side panel can be purchased for 12.90 Euros.
Axle Radeon HD 6870 Graphics Card
Firefox 4 delayed till 2011
Galaxy to launch 1000 MHz GeForce GTS 450
Galaxy announced today the Galaxy GeForce GTS 450 Hall of Fame graphics card, the fastest GTS 450 graphics card on the market.
OCZ RevoDrive X2 PCIe SSD at 740MB/s
OCZ announced the RevoDrive X2 PCIe SSD, a blazing-fast storage device that uses the PCIe x4 interface to deliver transfer speeds of well over 700MB/s and random 4K write performance of 120,000 IOPS. The disk is available in 480GB to 960GB capacities and can be used as primary boot drive. OCZ provides a 3-year warranty and the specifications list a MTBF of 2 million hours.
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, announces the launch of The RevoDrive X2 PCI-Express SSD, a follow-up to the successful launch of the first RevoDrive, with increased performance and capacity to serve high-performance computing consumers. The RevoDrive X2 upgrades the original architecture to deliver unprecedented speed up to 740MB/s and up to 120,000 IOPS, nearly triple the throughput of other high-end SATA-based solutions with a substantial reduction in the total cost of ownership (TCO) to the consumer. The product is available now through OCZ's global channel.
"The original OCZ RevoDrive SSD was designed to be the first high-performance, bootable PCIe SSD solution and has become a popular choice for demanding computing applications that require faster, more reliable storage," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. "Building on the success of the original design, we are excited to introduce the RevoDrive X2, which delivers both increased performance and capacity, making the RevoDrive X2 a viable option for a wide spectrum of applications that include professional graphic design, multimedia rendering, and workstations. With our recently announced new state-of-the-art SSD manufacturing facility in Taiwan, OCZ will continue to be at the forefront of developing and deploying game-changing solid state storage solutions."
The RevoDrive family gets its edge by eliminating the SATA II (3Gbps) bottleneck and leveraging a PCIe x4 interface to exploit the full potential of current flash technology. Like the original RevoDrive, the X2 uses an onboard RAID 0 design, but it also employs four SandForce-1200 controllers versus two in the original to maximize data access and bandwidth. In addition to promoting a faster, more responsive PC experience, the RevoDrive X2 is bootable, unlike competing PCIe solutions, to ensure quicker start-ups and load times compared to mechanical hard drives, a major plus for workstation PCs. The RevoDrive X2 thrives in a wide range of computing environments including demanding database and server applications as well as multi-media creation and management. Available in 100GB to 960GB capacities, the OCZ RevoDrive X2 provides ample room for data warehousing, applications, multimedia files, and operating systems. Additionally, the X2 provides the superior durability, energy efficiency, and reliability of SSDs.
GeForce GTX 580 rears its head
Photo's appeared of what could be the GeForce GTX 580. The GTX 580 is unleashed next month to compete with the upcoming Raderon HD 6970 (Cayman). According to rumors the GTX 580 would be 20% faster then the GTX 480. The product would be based on the GF110 silicon which has 512 active shader processors. Furthermore you can expect a 512-bit memory bus.
Anyway, once we know more we'll be sure to inform you, have a peek at the two photo's.
GeForce ForceWare 261.00 drivers
Over in the NVIDIA developper section a new driver was spotted. As such consider this a beta driver please. We have a discussion thread open here.
New and Improved CUDA Libraries
CUSPARSE, a new library of GPU-accelerated sparse matrix routines for sparse/sparse and dense/sparse operations
CURAND, a new library of GPU-accelerated random number generation (RNG) routines, supporting Sobol quasi-random and XORWOW pseudo-random routines for in both host and device code
CUFFT performance tuned for radix-3, -5, and -7 transform sizes on Fermi architecture GPUs
CUBLAS performance improved 50% to 300% on Fermi architecture GPUs, for matrix multiplication of all datatypes and transpose variations
H.264 encode/decode libraries that were previously available in the GPU Computing SDK are now part of the CUDA Toolkit
CUDA Driver & CUDA C Runtime
Support for new 6GB Quadro and Tesla products
Support for debugging GPUs with more than 4GB device memory.
Integrated Tesla Compute Cluster (TCC) support in standard Windows driver packages
Multi-GPU debugging support for both cuda-gdb and Parallel Nsight
Added cuda-memcheck support for Fermi architecture GPUs
NVCC support for Intel C Compiler (ICC) v11.1 on 64-bit Linux distros
Support for malloc() and free() in CUDA C compute kernels
NVIDIA System Management Interface (nvidia-smi) support for reporting % GPU busy, and several GPU performance counters
New GPU Computing SDK Code Samples
Several code samples demonstrating how to use the new CURAND library, including MonteCarloCURAND, EstimatePiInlineP, EstimatePiInlineQ, EstimatePiP, EstimatePiQ, and SingleAsianOptionP
Conjugate Gradient Solver, demonstrating the use of CUBLAS and CUSPARSE together
Function Pointers, a sample that shows how to use function pointers to implement the Sobel Edge Detection filter for 8-bit monochrome images
Interval Computing, demonstrating the use of interval arithmetic operators using C++ templates and recursion
Simple Printf, demonstrating best practices for using both printf and cuprintf in compute kernels
Bilateral Filter, an edge-preserving non-linear smoothing filter for image recovery and denoising that is implemented in CUDA C with OpenGL rendering
SLI with Direct3D Texture, a simple example demonstrating the use of SLI and Direct3D interoperability with CUDA C
Windows developers should be sure to check out the new debugging and profiling features in Parallel Nsight for Visual Studio at www.nvidia.com/ParallelNsight.
Please refer to the Release Notes and Getting Started Guides for more information.
In CUDA Toolkit 3.2 and the accompanying release of the CUDA driver, some important changes have been made to the CUDA Driver API to support large memory access for device code and to enable further system calls such as malloc and free. Please refer to the CUDA Toolkit 3.2 Readiness Tech Brief for a summary of these changes.
825Mbps Superfast DSL Broadband Technology
Nokia Siemens Networks has become the latest to prove that existing copper phone line infrastructure is far from dead. It has demonstrated a DSL technology that can deliver "super-fast" broadband download speeds of up to a staggering 825Mbps (Megabits per second) over a distance of 400 metres, or 750Mbps over 500 metres.
The feat bests Chinese firm, Huawei, which last month used its SuperMIMO technology and "four twisted pairs" (i.e. technically four phone lines bonded together) to boost the maximum speed of DSL to 700Mbps (Megabits per second) over 400 meters (here).
Prior to that Alcatel-Lucent's research arm, Bell Labs, achieved a broadband DSL download speed of 300Mbps (here) via DSL Phantom Mode at identical distances of up to 400 meters (or 100Mbps at 1km). However this method only bonded two telephone lines together (i.e. 150Mbps each).
By contrast Nokia's solution also uses a similar Phantom DSL method, which creates a virtual (phantom) channel to supplement the two physical wires that are the standard configuration for many copper transmission lines. In theory this might make it more adaptable to UK networks, although BT already has a big contract with Huawei that might give their tech precedence.
Nokia's Head of its Broadband Access Business Line, Eduard Scheiterer, said:
"Laying down new optical fiber to the home remains costly, though it is capable of delivering very high speeds and is a definite solution for long-term bandwidth requirements. However, the innovative use of technologies such as phantom circuits helps operators provide an efficient last mile connectivity with existing copper wires."
It's certainly quite a leap above BT's current UK best of 40Mbps via Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC). FTTC delivers a fast fibre optic cable to BT's street level cabinets, while the remaining connection (between cabinets and homes) is done using VDSL2 (similar to current ADSL broadband but faster over short distances) via existing copper cable. BT FTTC speeds are expected to be boosted to reach 'up to' 60Mbps in the not too distant future.
As a result Nokia claims that its new solution (hiX 562x/3x DSLAM) promises a bandwidth increase of 50-75% over existing bonded copper lines, which could prolong the life of copper networks and delay the need for full fibre optic rollout's (i.e. protecting the operator
AMD rolls out Catalyst 10.10c hotfix
Pfffrrrrt, yet another Catalyst hotfix was reelased by AMD. The new update is named Catalyst 10.10c Hotfix and it's a bit more exciting than the usual hotfixes as this edition adds OpenGL 4.1 beta support and a new Morphological Anti-Aliasing feature. Additionally, the update also offers a couple of performance improvements for the Radeon HD 6800 series, a new CrossFire profile and CrossFire performance improvements for some games.
AMD Catalyst 10.10c Hotfix Features:
- OpenGL 4.1 beta support
- Support for the new Morphological Anti-Aliasing feature
- Dead Rising 2
PlayStation Phone rears its head
The folks of Engadget published a couple of photos of a prototype of Sony Ericsson's elusive PlayStation Phone. The device is likely based on Android 3.0 "Gingerbread" and features a custom Sony Marketplace that enables you to purchase and download games.
The device snapped up top (and in our gallery below) is sporting a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 (a chip similar to the one found in the G2, but 200MHz faster), 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and the screen is in the range of 3.7 to 4.1 inches. Looking almost identical to the mockup we hit you with this summer, the handset does indeed have a long touchpad in the center which is apparently multitouch, and you can see in the photos that it's still bearing those familiar PlayStation shoulder buttons. For Sony buffs, you'll be interested to know that there's no Memory Stick slot here, but there is support for microSD cards.
Check the thumbnail.
Sennheiser releases four new headsets
For the audiophiles amongst us, Sennheiser has rolled out four new headsets for gamers (with some money to spare).
Audio specialist Sennheiser Communications introduces a new line of headsets designed for hardcore gamers. Heading up the line is the PC 360-the new flagship headset for pro gamers featuring Sennheiser's acclaimed Open-Aire
Point of View 7 and 10 inch Tegra Tablets
Point of View today has released two Mobii internet tablets based on Google Android.
The popularity of Google Android based devices is off the charts. An ultimate user customizability and wide availability of free downloadable software have skyrocketed Android into the number one position of Mobile operating systems
Through Point of View
Gigabyte Radeon HD 6870 review
Gigabyte Radeon HD 6870 gets tested
Gigabyte submitted their Radeon HD 6870, and as much as Gigabyte would have liked to customize it, AMD is not yet allowing custom model of this unit. So the product they shipped is except for the sticker, very much similar to the reference Radeon HD 6870.
That doesn't mean we don't want to check it out of course ... the R6870 is an impressive piece of hardware for the money you need to put down on the table.
You can read ther entire article right here.
Oakley 3D Tron: Legacy Gascan Glasses Drop in November
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Razer Anansi MMO gaming keyboard
Razer intro's the Anansi, an MMO gaming keyboard to feature seven ergonomic modifier thumb keys. The keyboard will start shipping in December for 99.99EUR.
ADATA debuts HM power supply lineup
ADATA presents the HM power supply series, a new lineup with 80Plus Bronze certification and wattages ranging from 550W to 1200W. These units are equipped with a tri-color LED fan and feature modular cabling. Pricing and availability is unknown.
A-Data Technology is ready with an efficiency of 82%, a PF (Power Factor) of 0.9, Nvidia SLI certification, and ATX 12V v2.3 standard compliance.
The HM power supplies make use of 100% Japanese capacitors and come with a three-year warranty, it will be available in 550W, 650W, 750W, 850W (single 12V rail) and 1200W (two 12V rails) versions.
AMD GPU marketshare declining again
The latest GPU marketshare report from Jon Peddie Research indicates Intel and NVIDIA gained marketshare in Q3 2010 at the expense of AMD. Compared to the quarter before, Intel gained 2.2 percent to 55.6 percent and NVIDIA's marketshare rose 0.5 percent to 21.2 percent, while AMD's marketshare declined 2.7 percent to 22.3 percent.
The report also mentions that GPU sales were down 1 percent sequentially due to reduced notebook sales, which could be blamed on Apple's iPad, as the company sold 8 million of them. However, compared to the same period the year before, Q3 2010 GPU shipments are up 10 percent.
JPR says AMD has attributed its market share decline to "weakened demand and OEMs letting their GPU inventory run down to avoid being stuck with leftover processors." Some of AMD's customers switched to Nvidia products "due to real and perceived shortages in supply," the research firm adds.
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And then a Marcury reports the following, we received the following from AMD:
Mercury Research has made Q3 2010 graphics market share information available, and for the second consecutive quarter AMD is the market share leader in discrete graphics. In addition, we made further inroads in notebook discrete, capturing an additional 5.6 share points and surpassing 60% share in notebook discrete. This is a tremendous undertaking and demonstrates the strength of the DirectX 11 notebook discrete graphics product stack, enabling AMD to outpace our competitor yet again in this key market