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Core i5 750 - Core i7 860 and 870 processor review
Today Intel is introducing the P55 motherboard chipset and no less than three new Nehalem based Lynnfield processors, with many more to follow in the upcoming months. Today's product releases are targeted at the higher segment of the mainstream market; what you read about today can hardly be called cheap or 'very' affordable, with one exception. Two out of the three Lynnfield processors introduced today are actually positioned and classified in the Core i7 range of processors, and just one processor is an actual Core i5 series processor.
Ladies and gents, let's meet the Core i5 750, Core i7 860 and Core i7 870 in an in-depth review.
You can read this article here.
Intel P55 chipset review -- The MSI P55-GD80 tested
In this article we'll introduce you to the p55 chipset and present to you a very nice overclocking experience. MSI's P55-GD80 motherboard will be the flagship P55 motherboard, it oozes with features and performance and stands out alright. Next to the six standard SATA II ports an additional JMicron controller provides two internal and one external SATA ports, and one IDE connector. Two gigabit Ethernet connections, 8-channel audio, Firewire, and 14 USB ports make for the rest of the package.
Other specs include support for 4 x DDR3-2133 memory allowing up-to 16GB to be installed, 3 PCIe x16 slots for SLI and CrossfireX (limited to an 8/8/4 setup though), 8 SATA ports, 1 eSATA port, 14 USB 2.0 ports, Dual Gbit/s LAN, 8-channel audio.
You know what, that's really just the regular stuff.
Check out the review here.
AMD Athlon II X2 255 and Phenom II X2 555
Yesterday some info surfaced on the fact that AMD launched the Athlon II X2 255 processor, a new dual-core Socket AM3 chip based on the 45nm Regor.
The AMD Athlon II X2 255 is clocked at 3.1GHz (15.5 x 200MHz), each core has 1MB L2 cache (2MB total cache) and it has a 65W TDP. The chip supports DDR2 and DDR3 memory, and may replace the Athlon II X2 250.
Also a dual-core Phenom II X2 555 is pending a release, with it's clocks at 3.2GHz and 7MB of cache.It is expected to launch in Q4 this year. Each core has 512KB of L2 cache and 6MB of L3 cache and a 80 Watt TDP.
Innovatek Universal VGA Cooler
Cooling expert Innovatek introduced the Universal VGA Cooler, a new copper watercooling block that can be bought at their webshop for 39.90EUR. Full specifications can be found over here. It is priced at around 40 EUR.
This new cooling product supports the following GPUs:
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250, 6200, 7300, 8400 ATI Radeon HD 4870, 4850, 4830, 3xxx, 4xxx
Call of Duty 4: Galactic Warfare Trailer (mod)
Tomorrow ... 8 September 2009
Can I advise you al strongly to check in tomorrow if are interested in new processors and chipsets ? ...
OCers clock GTX 275 Lightning to 1150 MHz on MSI MOA 2009
MSI sponsored the MOA 2009 overclocking event last week, 10 teams used MSI N275GTX Lightning graphics card and Eclipse mainboard to achieve higher 3DMark Vantage P score than current P16923 world record of the flagship GeForce GTX 285.
George Pavlidis and Stelaras from Greece even achieved an outstanding P18763 score.
The contestants where able to run all the N275GTX Lightning at a stable -100
AMD to launch five 800 series chipsets in Q2 of 2010
More motherboard news today. You guys know that AMD is working on the series 800 motherboard chipset. It seems it due in Q2 2010 and form the basis of the desktop Leo and mainstream Dorado platforms including nex-gen CPU, DirectX 11 graphics and 8 series chipset.
AMD 890FX/GX + SB850 actually is expected to launch shortly aftyer CeBIT in April. As part of the "Leo" platform for enthusiasts it is going to replace the current dragon platform. Followed by AMD 880G + SB810 part of the "Dorado" mainstream platform which will surface in May 2010 in replacing current AMD 785G + SB710 chipset.
AMD latest chipset all offer SATA III 6 Gb/s and USB 3.0 support with integrated MAC and clock generator.
|Chipset||Model||EVT Samples||DVT Samples||Init
|NorthBridge||AMD 890G||Aug||Oct||jan-10||apr-10||May 2010|
|SouthBridge||SB 810||Aug||Oct||jan-10||apr-10||May 2010|
Foxconn Cinema series 785G motherboards photos
Hmm, looks pretty good really. Anyway, Foxxcon is launching an AMD 875chipset based motherboard labeled Cinema HD. Marketed as a lifestyle motherboard armed with the new 785 AMD chipset update allowing for pretty good high-definition acceleration and enhancing.
Two models will be released, the Cinema Deluxe and Cinema Premium, the last one comes with a huge MOSFET cooler.
Both motherboards use the AMD 785G+SB710 chipset and come with Socket AM2.They feature 128MB DDR3 1333 memory and offers VGA+DVI+HDMI outputs, 8 channel audio and Gigabyte Ethernet,PCI Express x16
BioShock 2 Multiplayer Trailer
NVIDIA GeForce 300 series surface in new drivers
If you read up on the previous post you might already have noticed it. Microsoft released an new WHQL driver and for whatever reason it hold all kind of entries on the new GT300 based DX11 GPUs from NVIDIA.
Here's what you'll spot in the driver .inf files within the new 300 series:
NVIDIA_DEV.0A29.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M"
NVIDIA_DEV.0A2B.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M "
NVIDIA_DEV.0A66.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 310"
NVIDIA_DEV.0A6E.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 305M"
NVIDIA_DEV.0A75.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 310M"
NVIDIA_DEV.0CAF.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M"
NVIDIA_DEV.0CB0.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce GTS 350M"
NVIDIA_DEV.0CB1.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M"
M are of course the mobile parts, and the GeForce 310 a low-end part. But yeah, looks like NVIDIA's DX11 technology is closer than we all think it is.
In other related news, a GeForce GT240 is pending a release as well, this card has 96 stream processors and was previously slated to be launched as the GeForce GT230. NVIDIA has decided to name the GPU as GeForce GT240 instead of GT230, and the chip is based on a GT215.
ForceWare 186.91 WHQL Windows 7 and Vista released
Ten days following the release of versions 186.81 and 186.82, version 186.91 for Windows Vista and Windows 7. They originate from Microsoft Update and are compatible with just about every GPU from the GeForce 6 generation onwards due to the NV_WHQL.inf file in the packages, regardless of OEM. Obviously, these drivers are WHQL Certified.
This driver does NOT come with PhysX and 3D Vision installers.
Realtek HD Audio 2.32 Driver released
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP and Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista 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.
Download: click here
ASUS MARS (Dual GTX 285 4096MB) review
If you have been living under a rock and don't know what the ASUS GeForc GTX 295 Mars is .. let me give you an easy breakdown. You take two GeForce GTX 285 graphics cards, stick 4 GB of memory on there (2GB per GPU), sandwich them, SLI them up, market it as MARS, slap a limited edition label on there and make only a 1000 units.
That in a nutshell is the product we'll be testing today. So without making a long and boring introduction, let's pop one of these little frackers into our finest test system and see where it ends up performance wise .. will this really be the fastest graphics card in the world anno September 2009 ?
Read all about it in our review, which you can find right here.
It surely does look tasty ... Mars
Review will be up this weekend ... here's a tasty photo.
NVIDIA SLI Profile update revision 2.0
This version of the NVIDIA profile update should be used with v190.62 WHQL display driver.
It adds support for the following PC games:
- Biohazard 5 (Resident Evil 5)
- Call of Juarez: Blood in Bound Demo
- Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim
- Need for Speed: Shift
It also increases performance for the following PC game:
- Batman: Arkham Asylum
Download: click here
OCZ Z-Drive PCI-E SSD Being Redesigned
A while ago you guys leanred about the OCZ Z drive. Shortly after release it was pulled from the market for likely due to technical issues.
OCZ went back to the drawing board and is now preparing a revised OCZ Z-Drive PCI-Express solid state drive (SSD). The Z-Drive connects to the system using a PCI-Express x4 interface, and operates on SSD MLC NAND flash. It comes in capacities of 250 GB, 500 GB, and 1 TB, with a 256 MB buffer, and offers read/write speeds of up to 878 MB/s (read) 781 MB/s (write).
A 4-pin Molex connector is needed to power the drive. The device is rated MTBF of 900,000 hours and comes with 2 year warranty.
Philips intros four new Blu-ray players
At the IFA 2009 show on Thursday, Philips has introduced four new Blu-ray players, including the flagship BDP9500. It has a number of video processing technologies Philips collectively calls Qdeo, which reduce noise, enhance color, and improve contrast, fine detail and depth. It also allows users to manually move where their subtitles appear on screen, and is DiVX Ultra and BD-Live compatible.
It further adds gold-plated A/V connections and support for 7.1-channel audio and has Burr-Brown DACs. A USB port lets users play video and music from connected thumb drives or external hard drives.
The BDP9100 supports the same extra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio as Philips' Cinema TVs and eliminates black spaces on those sets. It also has the same subtitle shifting as the BDP9500 and shares other features, including its 7.1-channel audio support, DiVX Ultra compatibility, BD-Live 2.0 and USB port.
The BDP7500 can be had in silver or black aluminum, and very similar features to the BDP9100, but adds touch-sensitive controls instead of traditional push buttons and a less exotic exterior.
Finally, the BDP3000 is the entry-level offering, foregoing the subtitles shift, USB connection and 21:9 aspect ratio support. It can still upconvert standard-definition DVDs and play back DiVX files.
Philips has not released prices or ship dates for any of the new Blu-ray players.