MSI GeForce GTX 680 photo
Marketing slides of MSI's GeForce GTX 680 appeared. The card is based on the reference design, it offers 2GB GDDR5, 256-bit memory bus, quad-display outputs, support for driving four monitors simultaneously, and PCI Express 3.0 support.
MSI's GeForce GTX 680 will also be fully supported by the company's Afterburner utility that's set to provide 'GPU/Memory Clock Offset and Power Limit Control'. Expect an official unveiling of the MSI GeForce GTX 680 this Thursday, March 22nd.
SimCity - Insider's Look: GlassBox Game Engine #1
Insider's Look at the new Glassbox engine powering the next SimCity game. SimCity Gameplay Lead Dan Moskowitz describes the concepts of Resources, Units, Maps, and Agents and how they affect the complex simulation behind SimCity.
Mind you this is concept stuff, not final renderings graphics wise :)
AMD Catalyst 12.x 8.950.5 February 24
MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 15 Download
Guru3D and MSI have been working hard on AfterBurner, today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities.
Today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities. We're happy to see MSI Afterburner is leading the overclock applications. MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 15 is ready
Changes list includes:
- Added NVIDIA Kepler graphics processors family support
- Added GPU power consumption monitoring for NVIDIA Kepler series graphics cards
- Added, core clock offset, memory clock offset and voltage offset support for dynamic overclocking on NVIDIA Kepler series graphic cards
- Fixed issue preventing applying new settings from control shared memory
- Fixed issue with video capture timer display, causing hours to be incremented erroneously after each 6 minutes of videorecording
- Skin format reference guide has been updated to v1.5 to document new indicator types support
- Added new "Force fan speed update on each period" option to the "Fan" tab. New option may improve compatibility of software automatic fan speed control mode with some bugged display drivers, overriding manually programmed fan speed under certain conditions
AMD Launches Opteron 320 Processors
Five months after the introduction of the Opteron 6200 and Opteron 4200 processors, AMD is expanding its lineup of server chips based on the Bulldozer architecture with the launch of the single-socket Opteron 3200 series CPUs.
Right now, the Opteron 3200 processor range consists of three SKUs, namely the Opteron 3250, 3260, and 3280.
The first two of these feature dual Bulldozer modules for a total of four processing cores and their clock speeds are set at 2.4GHz and 2.7GHz (2.7GHz and 3GHz maximum Turbo), respectively.
The third chip introduced by AMD today packs eight computing cores with a base clock speed of 2.5GHz and 2.8GHz maximum Turbo. Its TDP is rated at 65 Watts, while the quad-core Opteron 3200 series CPUs fit inside a 45W power envelope.
Compared to their desktop counterparts, these three Opteron processors are validated for being used inside servers and come with an improved memory controller that supports up to 32GB of dual-channel ECC RAM running at speeds of up to 1866MHz.
The Opteron 3200 series targets the dense, power efficient 1P Web hosting/Web server market.
"In today's economic environment, dedicated hosting providers need their data centers to become profit centers faster than ever," said Patrick Patla, corporate vice president and general manager, commercial business, AMD.
"With the new AMD Opteron 3000 Series platform, Web and Cloud customers no longer have to compromise with desktop-class platforms in order to hit certain price points.
AMD FX-8120 WOX-Series Liquid Cooler CPU
AMD is preparing the release of a liquid cooled version of the FX-8120, which has recently been made available for pre-order by an online store in the US.
This bundle was dubbed the FX-8120 WOX by the chip maker, the WOX suffix at the end of its name pointing out that the processor is shipped together with an AMD-branded water cooler.
Besides the new bundle, the CPU sports the same specs as the regular FX-8120 according to CPU-World, meaning that it includes four Bulldozer modules to deliver a total of eight cores.
These are paired with 8MB of shared Level 3 cache memory and are clocked at 3.1 GHz, but thanks to the addition of the Turbo Core technology the CPU can reach speeds as high as 4GHz when not all cores are active.
The regular version of the FX-8120 comes bundled with an air-cooled fan/heatsink combo and has an MSRP of $205 (about 156 EUR).
In comparison, the new WOX edition FX-8120 CPU retails for $310 US (roughly 236 EUR), which makes it $105 more expensive than its air cooled version. Sadly, the availability date of the FX-8120 WOX is not yet known.Both processors are bundled with the same AMD liquid cooling solution that was developed by Asetek and sports a 120mm radiator and two fans, the latter configured to work in a push-pull mode.
The FX-8150 WOX liquid cooling bundle has an MSRP of $375 (roughly 285 EUR) and is available from various retailers, including Amazon.
GPU-Z 0.6.0 Download released
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
- Added optional GPU-Z installer which launches when GPU-Z is started for the first time, or can be started manually via the GPU-Z system menu
- Added support for AMD Radeon HD 7870, HD 7850, HD 7670M, FireStream 9370, FirePro V3900
- Added support for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680, GT 640M, GTX 560 SE, GT 550M, GeForce 510, NVS 2100M
- Fixed clocks not showing correctly on some systems with Catalyst 12.2
- Fixed board id reading on pre-Fermi cards
- Fixed OpenCL detection for ATI Fusion (Sumo & Ontario)
- Fixed GPU-Z window getting cut off at certain DPI settings
Mozilla to integrate H.264
Mozilla is about to start supporting the H.264 video codec into FireFox.
The CODEC allows online videos utilizing H.264 format to run. Mozilla has been avoiding H.264 support since it is proprietary, riddled with patents, and requires Mozilla to purchase a license for millions of Dollars from MPEG-LA.
Mozilla has been trying to push for standards alternative to H.264, such as WebM, and the VP8 format. It had originally planned its push for an H.264-free web at a time when it was a much stronger player in the web-browser market, which now sees a strong presence of Google Chrome, which already features H.264.
The organisation suggested that it had been pushed into adopting the standard, which it said is patent laden, and assured its users and developers that it would never charge for its software as a result.
"Mozilla is on the cusp of changing our policy about our use of video codecs and making use of a format known as 'H.264.' We have tried to avoid this for a number of years, as H.264 is encumbered by patents," wrote Mitchell Baker, chair of the Mozilla Foundation in a blog post.
"The state of video on the Web today and in mobile devices in particular is pushing us to change our policy."
Baker said that the firm resisted the move because it wants to build products that people 'love', and added that using standards that are encumbered by patents does not support this.
"We've declined to adopt a technology that improves user experience in the hopes this will bring greater user sovereignty. Not many would try this strategy, but we did," she added.
"It's time to shift our weighting. It's time to focus on shipping products people can love now, and to work on developing a new tactic for bringing unencumbered technology to the world of audio and video codecs."
Lian Li PC-Q15 Mini-ITX Chassis
Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, the award-winning aluminum computer chassis manufacturer, today announces the automobile-esque PC-Q15. With its space-saving design, the PC-Q15 is an ideal data storage center for the numerous hi-tech mobile devices of the modern mobile consumer.
Supporting mini-ITX motherboards, the PC-Q15 with its the rectangular shape and wheel-like stubs resembles a miniature SUV. Not only does this chassis stand out in any environment, but the compact dimensions of (W x H x D) 210 mm x 216 mm x 330 mm (8.27" x 8.50" x 12.99") allows the PC-Q15 to serve as the home central hub for the modern mobile user in any nook or cranny.
With optical drive support and multiple HDD/SSD drive bays, the PC-Q15 gives users numerous options for data storage. The forward facing 5.25" drive bay is at the top on the chassis with the 3.5" and 2.5" drive bays hanging below it. The hot-swappable 3.5" HDD is aided by perfectly sized rubber strips that are effortlessly attach to the side of your 3.5" drive, allowing you to easily take your HDD in and out. Hanging below the 3.5" drive, the 2.5" drive bay holds three 2.5" HDDs/SSDs and can be adjusted to face the front or side.
Adding to the PC-Q15's unique design, the motherboard plate lays flat against the bottom of the chassis. A prerouted cable simplifies connections between the motherboard and the the two USB 3.0 ports on the front panel. Keeping your system at optimum running temperatures, the included 120 mm fan with Lian Li's signature removable washable filter blows cool air directly across the motherboard and 2.5" SSDs.
Making the most out of every available space, the compact PC-Q15 supports VGA cards up to 250 mm (9.84") in length and CPU coolers with a height of up to 90 mm (3.54"). The included 300 W power supply with 80-Plus efficiency sits at the top rear of the chassis providing power to your components.
Wheel-like stubs with rubber strips not only keep the this chassis elevated, but also reduces vibrations to a minimum. As to be expected from Lian Li, the PC-Q15 is completely constructed from aluminum, and features pop-off panels for easy access to your system.
The Lian Li PC-Q15 is available in silver and back for the suggested retail price of US$179 /
Radeon HD 7990 Clock Speeds and Chip Configuration
As you guys know AMD will unveil its Radeon HD 7990 graphics card in April, possibly.
Asian website INPAI now reports the clock-speed and chip-configuration of the upcoming dual-GPU monstrosity. The Radeon HD 7990 packs two 28 nm "Tahiti" GPUs as a "Crossfire on a stick" solution. The Tahiti chips will be clocked at 850 MHz (core), and 1250 MHz (5.00 GHz effective) memory.
The chip-configuration of each of the two Tahiti chips will be the same as that on the Radeon HD 7970, with 2048 Graphics CoreNext stream processors, 128 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 3 GB of memory, each.
The total memory on the card would be a whopping 6 GB. Well, we'll just have to wait and see if that's right, of course.
Seagate achieves storage density of 1 terabit per square inch
Seagate announced the creation of a hard disk platter with a storage density of 1 terabit per square inch. The achievement was made using heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), the next-generation recording technology for HDDs. The company says the first generation of HAMR drives will likely offer more than double the capacity of today's HDDs, this means up to 6TB for 3.5" HDDs and 2TB for 2.5" models. In the near future, HAMR promises to deliver 3.5" HDDs with a storage capacity of 30TB to 60TB, and 2.5" HDDs with 10TB to 20TB of storage space.
Seagate (NASDAQ:STX) has become the first hard drive maker to achieve the milestone storage density of 1 terabit (1 trillion bits) per square inch, producing a demonstration of the technology that promises to double the storage capacity of today
Intel Haswell architecture to introduce L4 cache?
Intel's 2013 Haswell architecture may includea L4 cache that can be shared between the CPU and the GPU. The primary reason for the new cache layer would be to significantly improve graphics performance.
While as-yet unannounced by Intel itself, the claim comes from VR-Zone which claims to have spotted evidence that the Haswell launch line-up will include desktop chips featuring integrated graphics some two or three times faster than the best Ivy Bridge has to offer.
The biggest change, however, comes in the form of a new layer of cache memory. In addition to the usual L1, L2 and L3 cache layers, VR-Zone claims Haswell is to ship with a chunk of L4 cache. Traditionally, such a feature is limited to expensive chips aimed at the high-performance computing (HPC) market.
The Walking Dead: The Game - Teaser Trailer
Much like Game of Thrones, the highly anticipated Walking Dead game is being developed as we speak! Check out this teaser trailer as you take the on the lead role in trying to survive the onslaught of zombies and fight for your life!
Release Date: TBA
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 photo
Here's one happy puppy, Overclock forum member "ironman86" is showing off his new GeForce GTX 680 graphics card from GIGABYTE.
The product model GV-N680D5-2GD-B seems to be a 1005 reference design card aside from a sticker on the cooler and fan. How the guy got the card is unoknwn, perhaps a pre-order goof-up ? Anyway here are the photo's courtesy of ironman86:
AMD Graphics Triple Play: 3 GPUs in 3 Months
AMD today reached a major milestone in the graphics industry with worldwide availability of its full line of next generation AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series GPUs in less than three months. Starting in December, AMD launched the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series, followed in February by the AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series and completed today with availability of the AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series graphics cards.
Skyrim 1.5 patch is available for download
New cinematic kill cameras for projectile weapons and spells New kill moves and animations for melee weapons Shadows on grass available (PC) Smithing skill increases now factor in the created item value Improved visual transition when going underwater Improved distance LOD transition for snowy landscapes
General crash fixes and memory optimizations Fixed issue with Deflect Arrows perk not calculating properly In "A Cornered Rat," the death of certain NPCs no longer blocks progression Fixed issue where Farkas would not give Companion's quests properly Fixed crash when loading saves that rely on data that is no longer being loaded Followers sneak properly when player is sneaking Fixed issue with weapon racks not working properly in Proudspire Manor Arrows and other projectiles that were stuck in objects in the world now clean up properly Fixed issue where "Rescue Mission" was preventing "Taking Care of Business" from starting properly Fixed issue where certain NPCs would fail to become Thieves Guild fences Fixed issue in "Diplomatic Immunity" where killing all the guards in the Thalmor Embassy before starting the quest would break progress In "Hard Answers," picking up the dwarven museum key after completing the quest, no longer restarts the quest Killing Viola before or after "Blood on the Ice" no longer blocks progression Fixed issue where Calixto would fail to die properly in "Blood on the Ice" In "Waking Nightmare" fixed occasional issue where Erandur would stop pathing properly Fixed issue where letters and notes with random encounters would appear blank Fixed rare issue where dialogue and shouts would improperly play Lydia will now offer marriage option after player purchases Breezehome in Whiterun Fixed issue where if player manually mined ore in Cidhna Mine, jail time would not be served Fixed rare issue with skills not increasing properly Fixed issue where the Headsman's Axe did not gain proper buff from Barbarian perk In "A Night to Remember" it is no longer possible to kill Ysolda, Ennis or Senna before starting the quest Fixed issue with the ebony dagger having a weapon speed that was too slow Fixed issue with "The Wolf Queen Awakened" where backing out of a conversation with Styrr too soon would block progress The third level of the Limbsplitter perk now properly improves all battle axes Fixed a rare issue where Sanguine Rose would not work properly In "Tending the Flames" King Olaf's Verse will no longer disappear from explosions
AMD Trinity is 29 percent faster than Llano
Several websources confirm that AMD's upcoming Trinity APU will be 29 percent faster than Llano in productivity applications, and up to 56 percent faster in terms of graphics. Interestingly, AMD will offer ultra-low-voltage editions of Trinity with a TDP of 17W, these chips are claimed to offer identical performance to current 35W Llano offers.
Like-for-like, the new 'Piledriver'-based Trinity CPU is to be 29 per cent faster than its Llano counterparts, with the chip witnessing an even greater improvement in graphics performance, with a 56 per cent increase, all manufactured on TSMC's 32nm node, with figures originating from PCMark Vantage and 3DMark Vantage respectively. It has been suggested that Turbo Boost 3.0 could offer up to a 900MHz over-clock, bringing some APUs comfortably over the 4GHz mark.
Whilst still based on the VLIW4 instruction-set from AMD's Radeon HD 6900-series of graphics cores, aside from a clear boost in core-count and/or clock speed, AMD has enhanced Trinty's graphics offering further with the inclusion of VCE, the video codec engine found in the new 7000-series of GPUs, AMD's answer to Intel's Quick Synch, enabling low-power hardware encoding of H.264, along with several enhancements to accelerated video playback.
These cores will go by the name of Piledriver and will support a series of new instruction sets introduced with the Bulldozer architecture, such as AVX and AES-NI, as well as DDR3-2133 memory. On the graphics side, AMD has added a series of new HD media accelerator technologies to its chips, such as a Video Compression Engine, and support for its multi-monitor EyeFinity configurations.
Notebooks configured with the mobile version of the Trinity APUs should be capable of reaching
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 OC review
We review the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 OC. The GV-R787OC-2GD as we test today, makes use of a long Ultra Durable VGA+ PCB by GIGABYTE and comes with a WindForce 3X cooler, The card also has a 10% stock overclock with the graphics processor running at a cool 1100 MHz.
Read the article right here.