Acer demos 120Hz LCD
" We recently got a chance to check out NVIDIA's 3D Blu-ray ecosystem, and while we're sure we'll be all 3D Blu-ray'd out by the time CES is over, it was our first chance to see the new tech in action, and it seems pretty raring to go. Specifically we got to check out a movie film (we can't say which for legal reasons) on a fancy new upcoming Acer LCD (the 24-inch G245, pictured above) that does 120Hz and can be synced with NVIDIA's 3D shutter-based glasses. The 3D looked just fine, on par with other movies we've seen from NVIDIA in the past, and close to what we've seen in theaters, with the exception being that this is being delivered on a backwards-compatible, consumer-friendly Blu-ray disc. 3D Blu-ray is encoded in a new MVC-AVC format, which passes through a regular 1080p video for incompatible hardware, but provides a 3D image for the software and decode hardware capable of sussing it out. Right now NVIDIA's 3D Blu-ray capable on existing GeForce GT 220 and GT 240 GPUs, along with its upcoming Fermi cards due next year. Software is even more plentiful, with Arcsoft, Core, Cyberlink and Sonic all promising to by ready for 3D Blu-ray titles when they start shipping next year. Once the 3D Blu-ray spec is formally announced we're sure the floodgate will open even wider, but for now it seems NVIDIA has a nice jump on the tech, and we're sure they wouldn't mind pocketing a few of your gaming dollars in the meantime ".
Guru3D Rig of the Year 2009 Poll - Please Vote
Guru3D Rig of the Year 2009 Poll
Hey everybody, we'd like to ask you to vote this Christmas week for the Rig of the year. As you guys know we have a segment here on Guru3D.com called Rig of the Month. This year due to circumstances we only where able to publish ten Rig of the Month entries, but from these ten we like to pick the Rig of the Year.
The winner of the Rig of the Year (as voted by you guys) will walk away with spanking new shiny 120GB OCZ Solid State Disk shipped to the winners home address for free.
The OCZ Vertex Series delivers the performance and reliability of SSDs at a lower price per gigabyte than other high speed offerings currently on the market. The OCZ Vertex Series is the result of all the latest breakthroughs in SSD technology, including the first model on the market to use the Indilinx Barefoot controller, blazing read/write speeds, and 64MB of onboard cache.
This years entries are:
We'd like to ask you, the reader, to have a browse of 2009's Rigs and vote for your favorite.
ATI Catalyst 9.12 Hotfix Driver Released
ATI Catalyst 9.12 hotfix Driver
Right along with the WHQL release ATI decided to also launch a hotfix driver that addresses certain specific issues -- and there are truly some significant changes in this one.
Should you be interested, we have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
Fixes for the following issues:
- Resident Evil 5
DX11 only a short term advantage says NVIDIA
Lately pretty much anything relevant in news and articles that involves graphics products are linked somehow with ATI. as it's the only only developer right now offering DirectX 11-capable graphics cards.
Though they have yet to announce their own Fermi family products, NVIDIA reportedly doesn't see AMD's 60-day head start as something noteworthy in the grand scheme of things.
"To us, being out of sync with the API for a couple of months isn't as important as what we're trying to do in the big scheme of things for the next four or five years. We're just around the corner from preparing our next GeForce and the experience of what you'll see in 3D, what you'll feel in physics, and the improvements you get in graphics will be obvious to the market," said Michael Hara, senior vice president of investor relations and communications of NVIDIA.
According to NVIDIA, the short-term advantage that AMD has been enjoying so far will be overshadowed by the transition from purely graphics-oriented GPUs to units capable of parallel computing tasks. Granted, the advanced visual features of DirectX are not overlooked by the GPU maker, but the company is fully confident that Fermi will reclaim the market.
"This 60-day lag between these events of when our competition has DX11 and when we're coming to market will absolutely seem insignificant in the big picture," Hara stated. "We're almost there. In Q1, the world will get to see what we've done with Fermi."
Among the advanced capabilities offered by DirectX 11 (which was released along with Windows 7) are support for multi-core processors and DirectCompute that enable developers to fully utilize the parallel processing capabilities for graphics processors for operations such as video editing. DirectX 11 also supports tessallation allowing for the rendering of smoother curved surfaces.
"We go through revolutionary changes every three of four years, and that's exactly where we're at today. The next big evolution in the API world has come with DirectX 11 (DX11), but we believe that's a part of the experience," Hara added.
EVGA EVBot overclocking device
EVGA introduced the EVBot, an overclocking and monitoring device that enables on-the-fly adjusting of voltages, frequencies and other settings of your processor, memory and graphics card.
The EVGA EVBot is a useful tool for tweakers and overclockers to maximize their system and have fun tweaking their EVGA products. With the ability to adjust on the fly voltages, clock frequencies and much more, the EVGA EVBot unleashes the full potential of your select EVGA motherboards or graphics cards! Optimistic Booster allows EVBot to take over and increase CPU frequency for a short amount of time. (ex. up 4MHz ever 4 seconds, down 3MHz every 3 seconds) This allows you to obtain the highest performance possible for a benchmark run.
Simple and straight forward to use, and best of all, no drivers needed! Just plug and play.
- On the fly voltage adjustment
- On the fly clock frequency adjustment
- No software required, no CPU overhead
- Opt Booster max
Splinter Cell Conviction Coop Trailer
ATI Catalyst 9.12 WHQL Radeon drivers released
ATI released the last Catalyst driver for 2009, version 9.12 for Windows XP 7 and Vista. Highlights of the ATI Catalyst
Enermax Aurora Micro Wireless HTPC keyboard review
Enermax Aurora Micro Wireless HTPC keyboard review
When you search this product you'll be able to spot it for roughly 75 USD/EUR, and that is a fair price considering the build-quality, functionality and materials used. It is not a flimsy plastic HTPC keyboard in your living room, no -- it's a stylish peripheral.
For HTPC aficionado's it's of course a very handy keyboard. Also for more generic usage on that 1920x1080P screen the keyboard offers you a little more functionality. You can easily browse the web with it, startup programs, select files, insert a weblink etc. These are the advantages of a HTPC keyboard.
Check out Guru3D's review here.
NVIDIA Tegra 2 at CES
Various mouth-watering rumors about NVIDIA
Gigabyte GA-H57-USB3 motherboards photo
Expansion slots include PCI-Express 2.0 x16, PCI-E x16 (x4), and two PCI slots. Five out of six SATA 3 Gbps ports from the PCH are assigned as internal ports, while an additional Gigabyte GSATA2 controller provides two SATA 3 Gbps ports and an IDE connector. An additional NEC controller provides two USB 3.0 ports. The rear-panel consists of 8-channel audio with optical SPDIF (supporting Dolby Home Theater), gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports (color-coded blue), four USB 2.0, FireWire, eSATA, keyboard/mouse combo port, and display connectivity which includes DVI, D-Sub, DisplayPort, and HDMI. Click on the thumbnail.
MSI custom-cooled Radeon HD 5770
MSI introduced a new Radeon HD 5770 graphics card. The R5770-PMD1G graphics card comes with over voltage function of GPU after introducing hot selling R5770 series graphics cards. MSI R5770-PMD1G adopts 40nm manufacturing process Radeon HD 5770 GPU, 800 units of stream processors, and high speed GDDR5 1GB memory. Also, it supports DirectX11 and ATI Eyefinity three-screen output technology, so that users can enjoy the latest DX11 games and use multi monitors to enlarge the view in games. MSI R5770-PMD1G is bundled with MSI overclocking utility "Afterburner" which supports over voltage function of GPU and tuning the fan speed based on different temperature triggers, becoming one of the most attractive HD 5770 cards in the market.
Supports over voltage function of GPU
MSI R5770-PMD1G supports the over voltage function of GPU by MSI exclusive overclocking utility "afterburner", and the maximum overclocking voltage will be up to 1.300V. The overclocking limitation will be higher, increasing additional performance. If you are looking for a HD 5770 that can easily improve the performance by overclocking, the best choice is MSI R5770-PMD1G for sure.
Adopts 8cm engine fan, and users can change its fan speed based on different temperature triggers
MSI R5770-PMD1G uses 8cm engine fan with PWM fan control function. Use MSI overclocking utility "afterburner" to change its fan speed based on different temperature triggers up to 8 points. Users can change the fan settings according to their preference, no matter if they like cool or silent working environment in idle.
Supports DirectX 11 to enjoy the stunning visual effects by the latest DX11 games
In addition, MSI R5770-PMD1G supports the new DirectX 11 / Shader 5.0 and OpenGL 3.2 standards. Users can experience the newest DirectX 11 game title
AMD 12-core Magny-Cours expected in March 2010
Enermax PRO87+ and MODU87+ power supplies launched
Enermax announced the PRO87+ with fixed cables and the MODU87+ with modular cables. Both power supplies are the first power supplies to feature Enermax's Dynamic Hybrid Transformer (DHT) design with dynamic transformer, dynamic AC and dynamic frequency.These new units will ship within the next couple of weeks, they feature an efficiency of up to 92 percent and will be available in 500W, 600W, 700W and 800W versions.
ENERMAX is stepping up to the need of energy and money-saving products with these two desktop PSU series with models in 500, 600, 700 and 800W. PRO87+ is the native cable series, while MODU87+ is modular. Both will complement ENERMAX
Google Chrome takes third place
According to Computerworld, the release of the Mac and Linux betas for the software helped push it into third place, past Apple's Safari browser. The week of December 6-12 saw Chrome hitting 4.4% market share, an increase of 0.4%, beating out Safari, which held 4.37%; to show how important the browser hitting beta on Mac OS X was, before the release, Chrome held 0.32% of the share on the OS during November, which shot up to 1.3% afterwards. It was said that the split between people switching to Chrome was evenly divided between Safari and Firefox.
Well -- it's definitely faster than IE8 and Firefox.
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight Trailer
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:
- Fixed reporting of some AMD Family 10h CPU models.
- Updated several sensor values. Improved monitoring on several motherboards.
- Changed the way to rename sensor labels (right-click).
- Improved sensor monitoring for ASUS series: P5L, P5W, P5E, P5K, P5P43, P5AD2, P5Q, P7P55D, P5N32, M4N68T, M4A79.
- Improved sensor monitoring for ASUS series: Blitz Formula/Extreme, Striker Extreme, Striker II Extreme/Formula/NSE.
- Improved sensor monitoring for ASUS series: Maximus Formula/Extreme, Rampage Formula/Extreme, Maximus II Formula/Gene, Rampage II, Maximus III.
- Improved sensor monitoring for ASUS series: A8N, M2N, M2A, M3A, M3A78, M2N32, M3N78.
- Improved sensor monitoring for EVGA series: P55.
- Improved sensor monitoring for Abit series: AT7, KD7, KR7, KV7, KX7, SA7, SD7.
- Improved sensor monitoring for Giga-Byte series: P35, G33, X38, P45, P43, X48, P55, EX58.
- Improved sensor monitoring for Supermicro series: X7DB3, X7DB8, X7DBE.
- Improved sensor monitoring for ASUS series: Commando, Crosshair, Crosshair II Formula, Crosshair III Formula.
- Fixed a possible crash on systems running Hyper-V.
- Added preliminary support of AMD Family 12h.
- Improved sensor monitoring for ASUS series: P6T, M3A78-T, M2A74, P7P55, P7P55D, P7H55, P7H57, Sabertooth 55i.
- Added Cougar Point support.
- Improved Ibex Peak PCH thermal/power monitoring.
- Fixed ASUS ROG sensor readings.
- Added branding of several new AMD CPU models.
- Several other minor updates and bugfixes.
Reinventing The Keyboard
Intel launches 13 six-core Xeon CPUs on March 16 2010
Intel is planning to release 13 dual-socket, 32nm Xeon processors with six cores on March 16th, 2010. The flagship is a six-core, 12-thread Xeon X5680 processor. The chip has a frequency of 3.33GHz, 12MB cache, Intel Turbo Boost, Hyperthreading and a 130W TDP.
In addition to the Xeon X5680, the March 16 release list includes five more six-core chips, all with 12 threads and 12MB of cache -- the Xeon X5670 (2.93GHz, 95W), X5660 (2.80GHz, 95W), X5650 (2.66GHz, 95W), L5640 (2.26GHz, 60W) and W3680 (3.33GHz, 130W).
Seven 32nm, quad-core processors are also listed, all with 12MB of cache -- the Xeon X5677 (3.46GHz, 130W), X5667 (3.06GHz, 95W), E5640 (2.66GHz, 80W), E5630 (2.53Hz, 80W), E5620 (2.40GHz, 80W), L5630 (2.13GHz, 40W), L5609 (1.86GHz, 40W). All of those chips, with the exception of the Xeon L5609, have eight threads, Hyperthreading and Turbo Boost. Three additional 45nm processors are also scheduled for release on the same date, this includes the quad-core Xeon E5507 (2.26GHz, 80W, 4MB cache), dual-core E5503 (2.00GHz, 80W, 4MB cache) and quad-core, eight-thread W3530 (2.80GHz, 130W, 8MB cache).