Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor GeForce GTX 970 VRAM stress test
It has been an interesting week with all the hype on the GeForce GTX 970 with what now is know as a crippled memory sub-system. Three weeks ago here on Guru3D.com users in our forums started to report oddities with their GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, the card ran out of memory at 3.5 GB, not utilizing anything higher or reports of stutters in high graphics memory usage.Read more
Does the GeForce GTX 970 have a memory allocation bug ? (update 3)
For a week or two now in our forums there have been allegations that users of the GeForce GTX 970 have a darn hard time addressing and filling the last 10% of their graphics memory. The 4 GB card seems to run into issues addressing the last 400 to 600 MB of memory, which is significant.Read more
OnLive Launches in June costs $14.95/month
Oh sjeeesh, games streaming service OnLive will launch in the US on June 17th backed by Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, THQ and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The serivce launches on PC and Mac, and costs $14.95 a month.
After almost 8 years of development and millions of lines of code, OnLive, the gaming equivalent of cloud-computing technology is set to take the gaming world by storm on June 17th, coming to both PCs and Macs in the contiguous 48 states.
That price "provides access to an ever-increasing library of high-end, new release game content and a host of exclusive community feature such as Brag Clips and massive spectating," said COO Mike McGarvey
"Individual titles will be available for purchase or rental on an a la carte basis. Specific game pricing, including rentals,purchases and loyalty programs, will be announced prior to the consumer launch event at E3. We
Unreal Engine 3, Now With Valve's free Steamworks tools
Epic Games and Valve Software announced they have inked a deal that will see the Valve's free Steamworks tools more easily available to all Unreal Engine 3 licensees. Epic has made good use of Steam itself, allowing all owners of its shooter Unreal Tournament 3 to activate their copy on Steam and running three 'free weekends' that opened the full game to everyone through Valve's digital distribution platform.Epic also announces NVIDIA 3D Vision support for the Unreal Engine 3, saying the stereoscopic 3D support will be available to all licensees of their game engine, and also to users of the free Unreal
Facts about NVIDIA 3D Vision and Unreal Engine 3:
- Epic Games and NVIDIA have
workedtogether to integrate
Inno3D teasing with GTX 470 and 480 box shots
Aah, don't you just love cryptic messages in your inbox in the morning ? Inno3D send out a mail with the title" ... Inno3D GTX470 / 480 ready for shipment ???"
If you look at the box you'll notice that the GTX 480 will indeed have 384-Bit memory indicating six 64-bit controllers. Also the box denotes 1536MB of gDDR5 memory for the GeForce 480.
Well obviously they are ... check out the photo's. I'll take a crate of these please !
HWiNFO32 version 3.43-634 Beta
HWiNFO32 is a professional hardware information and diagnostic tools supporting latest components, industry technologies and standards. Both tools are targeted to recognize and extract the most possible amount of information about computer's hardware which makes them suitable for users searching for driver updates, computer manufactures, system integrators and technical experts too.
Retrieved information's are presented in a logical and easily understandable form and can be exported into various types of reports.
- Comprehensive hardware information
- System health monitoring
- Basic benchmarks
- Text, CSV and XML report formats
- Periodical updates
- For Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/Server 2003; Windows 9X/Me (limited)
The new version of the HWiNFO32 hardware information and diagnostic tool and it features:
Changes in HWiNFO32
- Enhanced support of Sandy Bridge family.
- Added IT87xx fan divisors setup if not configured properly by default.
- Added nVidia GeForce GTX 470 and GeForce GTX 480 (GF100 / Fermi).
OCZ Onyx - a 32GB Consumer SSD
If you want an affordable SSD just for primary and fast OS reasons. OCZ might have an answer for you.
OCZ now is offering a mainstream SSD, with the Onyx. The new flash-based storage unit uses the 2.5-inch form factor and operates on the SATA II interface. It is based on multi-level cell (MLC) NAND Flash memory chips and, as users know very well, it is faster and more durable than hard drives.
Among the various advantages of the new device are a lightweight (77g) but durable casing that measures 99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3mm, faster read and write speeds, similarly faster boot-up times and an energy efficiency that, when used in notebooks, enables a longer battery life. The SSD also lacks moving parts, which makes it run without producing any noise.
"As new technologies become available, OCZ continues to expand both our enterprise and consumer SSD lines, and one of our goals is to make SSDs more affordable to end-users. Our new Onyx series SSD does exactly that and is a perfect solution for netbooks, laptops, or home desktop PCs," Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group, commented.
"Designed to offer the best of both worlds, the new OCZ Onyx SSD delivers the speed and reliability of solid state storage to mainstream consumers at an aggressive price point that makes the technology more accessible to customers who want to take advantage of all the benefits of the SSDs without incurring the high cost normally associated with the solution."
The Onyx has "HDD-dominating access times" and read/write speeds of 125MB/s and 70MB/s, respectively. It also boasts 64MB of onboard cache memory, an MTBF of 1.5 million hours and, most importantly, a price of under $100. In fact, the only thing that the SSD has that is inferior to what HDDs can offer is the storage space of only 32GB.
Set to become available in the coming weeks, the Onyx will be priced at $99 and will be accompanied by a three-year warranty.
Galaxy dual-core GTS250 photos
The colleagues over at Expreview published some photos of the retail version of Galaxy's dual-GPU GeForce GTS 250 graphics card. This custom-design card has a performance level between the GeForce GTX 260 and GeForce GTX 285, but it's unknown for how much it will be sold and if people are actually interested with DX11 class products arround the corner.
ASUS reveals compact five-channel speaker
ASUS introduced the Cine5, a new compact speaker that provides 5-channel sound.
ASUS today announced the launch of the ASUS Cine5 PC speaker which provides accurate 5-channel surround sound in personalized spaces such as study rooms. With its all-in-one design, the Cine5 delivers realistic and dynamic surround sound to satisfy consummate gamers and personal entertainment users. To deliver exceptionally full sound from a compact form factor, ASUS drew on its expertise in high-performance audio cards during the development.
Leading Surround Technology for True Cinematic Enjoyment
The Cine5 is the first PC speaker in the world to offer leading surround sound presence with the new "EmbracingSound Theatre HD" technology. This patented technology leverages on a discrete 5-channel output to deliver full audio surround, which users can experience whenever they are directly in front of the speaker. In a First Player Shooter game, the Cine5 provides precise sound location that improves shooting accuracy and heightens gaming thrills. The Cine5 also revives 5-channel audio from any down-mixed 2-channel source
F1 2010 Announced
Okay, this will be one of the games I'll be on the lookout for. Codemasters announced that F1 2010 will hit Xbox 360, PC, and PS3 this September.
A new generation of FORMULA ONE games will come to high definition consoles and PC later this year as Codemasters
Intel Core i7 980X review
Intel Core i7 980X (6-core) gets tested
Intel today releases it's first ever six-core consumer processor. We test the Gulftown based Core i7 980X. Intel launches the Core i7 980X processor today priced at US$ 999 in thousand-unit tray quantities.
It's scrumptious, it's delicious. Really it overclocks brilliantly as well; it's dark demonic matter my man. Head on over to the review where we'll start up a technical overview and then head onwards to an extensive benchmark session, and sure... we'll throw in an overclocking session as well. We've got a lot of ground to cover.
You can read this Guru3D article right here.
Tomorrow - 11 March 2010 on Guru3D
Tomorrow a review on the following ... yeah it's still under NDA so I can't really say what it is man.
USB 3.0 performance explored
USB 3.0 performance explored
The final production sample of MSI's Star USB controller just arrived though, and that certainly makes the difference. Therefore we test USB 3.0 with the USB 3.0 ready N002 SSD, this device is able to deliver up to very fast 200 MB/s and 170 MB/s sequential read/write performance.
Will it perform good enough over USB 3.0 ?
Check it out right here.
Sceptre Reveals 24-inch Chrome HD LCD TVs
Creative HS-930i and Aurvana In-Ear 2 Earbuds
Creative has announced a couple of pairs of new earbuds - the HS-930i and the Aurvana In-Ear 2s. The former is designed for the iPhone and features an in-line microphone, and the latter are an update of the original Aurvana In-Ears.
Looking first at the Aurvana earbuds, Creative says that the new version "sports bolder aesthetics and more refined acoustic tuning". You won't see much of those aesthetics when they're stuck in your ears, but we applaud the principle nonetheless. On the acoustic tuning side, there's now a grille on the back of the buds that should offer a little more detail in the sonic presentation. They're bassy - offering a frequency response of 15Hz to 16kHz, and have an impedance of 42 ohms and a sensitivity of 110 dB/mW.
The Aurvana In-Ear 2s are made of metal, and come with an oxygen-free copper cable, gold-plated plug and a slider that can adjust the length of that cable to minimize impact noise. They also come with a travel case that includes a cleaning tool, airplane adapter and various different sized earbuds.
Over to the HS-930i, which we reckon looks rather more stylish than the Aurvana. There is a metal housing that can rotate to allow you to loop the cables back over your ears, and there's also an in-line microphone with a button that'll allow you to answer and hang up phone calls without taking your phone out of your pocket.
If you'd rather use them with your computer, they come with a PC adapter to convert the 4-pole jack into both a headphone jack and a microphone jack. On the specs side, they contain a 6mm Neodymium driver that pumps out a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz with an impedance of 16 ohms and a sensitivity of 105dB/mW.
Both sets of earbuds cost $149.00, and they're available now from Creative's online store.
Sony 3D TVs launch in June already
Reuters reports that Sony will start whipping its 3D TVs in June. The electronics giant is hoping that it can make 3D TVs count for 10% of the 25 million LCD sets it hopes to sell in its next financial year. Sony and many other TV makers are hoping that 3D TVs will help them to increase sales during the down economy that has seen TV sales decline.
We already know that Sony plans to offer a new firmware for the PS3 that will enable 3D gaming and movies and it would be safe to assume that the update will land for the PS3 in June alongside the availability of its TVs. Rival Samsung plans to launch its 3D TVs in the US this month.
Blu-ray Drive Prices slowly fall to $70
Blu-ray still won't take off won't it. Likelt because the emdia's are still way more expensive than a DVD and the players, well they start at 100 USD. Well good news on that side.
Sources report that Blu-ray disk drives are now priced between $70 and $80, which is still significantly higher than the $20 price point of DVD drives. Nevertheless, the general impression is that it is only a matter of time before the industry moves on, especially considering that the Blu-ray format is supported by companies such as Broadcom, NEC and MediaTek.
There are two main reasons why DVDs are still more popular than BRs. One is, as already mentioned, price. Blu-ray burners have definitely gotten less expensive, to the point where there is no longer a high-enough price gap to dissuade end-users from purchasing one.
Unfortunately, Blu-ray disks themselves are still considerably more expensive than DVDs. The second reason is the actual multimedia capabilities themselves. The fact that Blu-ray quality is significantly superior to that of DVDs is undisputed, but the difference is not exactly relevant for regular home TVs. Full HF video formats make more sense on wall-sized TVs or such display solutions.
NVIDIA CEO looks forward to court date with Intel
It has been a long fight, pretty much Intel is denying NVIDIA to make chipsets for Intel processors and this led to such a fight that the court now has to rule whether or not Intel has the right to make such a decision. However NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is looking forward to meet Intel in court, and added that he sees no reason to settle as his company has the bank account to go the distance in its legal dispute with the chip giant.
The CEO has taken a recent interview with Fortune magazine as an opportunity to eloquently lay out his side's case in the epic cross-licensing dispute between NVIDIA and Intel, and to let us all know that he sees "no reason" to settle with the Atom-making giant. Describing Intel's argumentation as "completely nonsense," NVIDIA's fearless leader tell us that he's eagerly anticipating the court clash scheduled for later this year.
Spire TherMax Eclipse II CPU Cooler
Universally compatible with the Intel 1156/1366/775 platforms in combination with the AMD AM3/AM2/940/939 platforms giving professionals and gamers a huge scope to utilize this impressive Diablo. Another welcome new feature are the possibility of mounting two fans simultaneously for even better cooling results. Simply installed with the included Anti-vibe rubber fan mounts installation is made tool-free and easy. This towering cooler is build to deliver the best thermal performance - guaranteed.
- Five 8mm all copper U-shaped direct touch heat-pipes
- Straight lined fins and heat-pipes allowing air to easily pass through
- 46 stamped aluminum wide fins for best surface rate
- Dimpled surface fin for increased heat transfer rate
- Black-Nickel coated heat-sink to preserve killer looks
- Two (2) 120mm BlackStar 9 blade fan design
- PCI Fan speed control unit included
- High Quality, Long MTBF Japanese No.1 Ball bearing
- Anti-Vibe universal rubber fan mountings (crews)
- Supports AM2/AM3939/940 and 775/1156/1366
- High performance up to Intel Core i7 Extreme 150W
The TherMax Eclipse II CPU Cooler is compatible with the latest ATX boards based on the Intel and AMD Micro-processors sockets 775/1156/1366 for Intel and AM2/AM3/940/939 for AMD.
TherMax Eclipse II heat-sink, Two (2) BlackStar 120mm DC Fans, 8 Anti-Vibe rubber fan mounts, PCI Fan speed control unit, BlueFrost thermal interface compound, Intel universal mounting set, AMD universal mounting set, Motherboard back-plate, User installation manual, Warranty registration card.
The TherMax Eclipse II is now available from our factory in Shenzhen, China. Distribution through Spire branch offices locations will commence half March 2010. MSRP USD 52.99 / EURO 38.95
Newegg Responds on Fake Core i7-920 CPUs
Yesterday the tech industry followed the irony and soap of one of the best online merchants taking a huge punch in the stomach: alleged sales of fake products.
As a quick recap, Newegg