Download: SiSoft Sandra updated to 15.124 SP3a
Mind you guys that SiSoft issued a new update of Sandra today, in order to fix various issues reported by SP3 users. We are now at build 15.99 SP3c.
SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. SANDRA will provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
So what's new in it for you?
1. Support for Windows 7 RTM, built and tested with the latest Windows 7 tools.
2. New OpenCL GPGPU benchmarks: complete set of OpenCL benchmarks in addition to the existing CUDA & STREAM versions:
- Computational performance: float (32-bit) and double (64-bit), native and emulated.
- Memory bandwidth performance: internal and transfer to/from card(s).
- Multi-GPU card support, including asymmetric load balancer (e.g. a faster/powerful card and a slow/little card) with different loads distributed to the cards depending on their power.
- For nVidia GPUs with 185.85 driver in XP 32/64 and Vista 32/64 but NOTHING ELSE. Don't try a newer driver, some things won't work and we cannot get them to work for you.
- DirectX 11 CS: this will have to wait until the necessary drivers come out.
- AMD STREAM 2.0 CPU: we do not have plans to implement this at this time.
- nVidia CUDA 2.3: this will have to wait until more drivers come out; at this time only 1 desktop driver supports this.
3. New OpenGL GFX benchmarks: complete set of OpenGL benchmarks with the same workload as the existing DirectX (9, 10, 10.1) benchmarks supporting OpenGL 2.0 and later. DirectX 11 SM5.0: this will have to wait until the necessary drivers come out.
4. Support for new instruction sets in benchmarks:
The new build is 15.124 SP3 and is mirrored here at Guru3D.com
Download: click here.
NVIDIA BIOS Editor (NiBiTor) Version 5.2
- GeForce 9600 GSO
- GeForce 9300M
- GeForce GTX 280M
Verbatim InSight HDD with status display
Verbatim have announced a new external hard-drive, though you
Xbox 360 Sees Some Staggering Failure Rates
Whether or not you
Microsoft intros 720p LifeCam Cinema
Microsoft has introduced what it calls the first true HD consumer web camera for PCs, with its LifeCam Cinema. Capable of taking 720p resolution video at 30 frames per second, the webcam sports a glass lens, autofocus, 4x digital zoom and an integrated noise-canceling microphone. The body of the camera is aluminum, while its stand can grip both desktops and notebooks. A Windows Live call button will fire up the cam for use with Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Movie Maker or Windows Live Photo Gallery.
The camera interfaces via USB 2.0, and will officially be compatible with Windows 7 in addition to Vista and XP. The LifeCam Cinema is expected to become available on September 9th, priced at about $80.
Cooler Master Sentinel Advance mouse for gamers
The status OLED can be used to show the DPI setting but you can also program it to display your clans' logo. Another special feature of the mouse is the Octoshade LED, the Cooler Master Sentinel Advance has two "headlights" and a LED in the middle with six different colors. This new gaming mouse will be released for 59 EUR.
Cevat Yerli (Crytek) talks about future of gaming graphics
Crytek co-founder Cevat Yerli talked about the future of gaming graphics in his keynote at GDC Europe, you can read about it over here.
Talking trends, Yerli observed that GPUs and CPUs are "on a collision course", as CPUs get more parallel and GPUs -- already highly parallel -- are moving towards more general-purpose computing. He recommended OpenCL as a good base for addressing the issue.
In general, Crytek is trying to make all of its engines very scalable, due to the uncertainty about when the next-gen consoles might arrive. Yerli suggested that Crytek is estimating 2012 to 2013 for the next generation of home console hardware. But thanks to the success of the relatively horsepower-light Wii, "there's a big debate about whether there will be a next generation at all", he admitted.
The Crytek co-founder also discussed the dangers of the Uncanny Valley in work that companies -- even Crytek -- are doing. So he suggested most games use artistic styles, physics and AI to differentiate themselves, at least up to 2012 when the next generations may arrive.
Early visual style development is key, even now, he said. Procedural content development is also a heavy research area for Crytek, with Yerli saying that his dream is to create a game made by just a few people that looks like it was created by many more.
He then focused on the actual technical innovations that he feels will make a difference in graphics. For example, tech like point-based rendering is potentially faster than triangle-based rendering at certain higher qualities, and works well with levels of detail.
On the other hand point-based rendering might define a certain super-high polygon look for game, Yerli said. However: "There's a lot of games today in the Top 10 which don't need that", he conceded, and content creation tools are almost exclusively based around triangles right now.
He also noted ray-tracing as a possible rendering method to move towards, and particularly recommended rasterization and sparse voxel octrees for rendering. Such principles will form "the core" of future technology for Crytek's next engine, Yerli said, and the goal is to "render the entire world" with the voxel data structure.
Concluding, Yerli suggested that, after 2013, there are opportunities with new APIs and hardware platforms to "mix and match" between multiple rendering models, with "a Renaissance of graphics programming", and visual fidelity on a par with movies such as Shrek and Ice Age rendered in real time.
Rivatuner 2.24B (MSI MOA 2009 edition)
We are releasing a small intermediate update to Rivatuner today. Initially we did not plan on releasing it, but why not.
The version we
OCZ Vertex TURBO SSD review
As if their top of the line high-end SSD storage units are not fast enough OCZ decided to upgrade their fastest Vertex series SSD disks .. with an even faster model. What OCZ did with the Vertex TURBO is what can be considered tweaking the product to squeeze some extra performance out of it. The Vertex Turbo Series has an increased host clock-speed and the SDR DRAM Cache clock frequency are now running steady and gentle at at 180MHz.
We are closing in very fast at the limitations of the SATA2 port. Yes, the end results is a Solid State Disk that now reaches ultra-fast 270/200 MBps read and write speed (!).
Check out the full fetched review right here.
ATI demonstrates DX11 class technology
Over at Quakecon AMD is showing a little private preview to some members of the press in a hotel. They are building some momentum for DirectX 11 class graphics cards under their family codename evergreen.
It seems that on the 10th of September some sort of announcement is to be made. Anyway, inside that hotel room AMD/ ATI team has a blinded (side panel covered) PC showing off some DX11 goodness and next to that technologies like Parallax Occlusion Mapping (nothing new), hardware tessellation (part of DX11) and High-Definition Ambient Occlusion mapping. Check out some of the photo's courtesy of Legitreview.
Check out the thumbnails.
NVIDIA MCP89 and MCP99 Ion-successors headed to Apple in Q1 2010?
NVIDIA and Apple may have kissed and made up after GPU issues haunted their business relationship. According to Digitimes
Logitech Wireless Desktop MK700 with integrated LCD dashboard
Logitech today announced the Logitech Wireless Desktop MK700. This low-profile keyboard features concave Logitech Incurve keys that position your fingers properly, and their softly rounded edges invite your fingertips to glide from key to key. And to make sure you won
BenQ intros V-series Eco LED displays
Electronics afficionado BenQ has recently introduced two new LED-backlit monitors, the 24-inch V2400 Eco and 21.5-inch V2200 Eco. The V2200 Eco is said to be the world's first widescreen LED monitor of its size. Either has a 1080p resolution, and BenQ claims zero light leakage for both, helping them to achieve a very high 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The Eco in the name comes from an eco mode that reduces power consumption by 30 percent by managing brightness, power and contrast settings as well as totally mercury-free LED-lit panels.
BenQ also stresses that their thinner and lighter design saves on packaging, which itself has been revised to include recycled paper rather than styrofoam. Soy ink is used on the carton, with a set-up guide printed right on the shipping carton rather than a separate page. The user's manual, meantime, can only be found online.
The two new displays will begin shipping in China in mid-August, though pricing has not been revealed.
Operation Flashpoint 2 Vehicles Trailer
Codemasters sends along a new 'Vehicles' video for Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising. The 'Vehicles' video showcases a selection of the exhilarating vehicles which feature in Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, including the Z10 Attack Helicopter which unleashes hell from the sky, the rapid response FAV Fast Attack Vehicle and Type-95 Self Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun.
Each vehicle is authentically recreated, complete with accurate weapon systems, and the extensive range of hardware demonstrates the diversity and devastating fire-power that contemporary fighting forces deploy into a combat zone. Developed and published by Codemasters, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is scheduled for an October 6 release on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
MSI launches N275GTX Lightning
MSI introduced the new N275GTX Lightning, this GeForce GTX 275 based graphics card features the very best components, 700 MHz core frequency, 1792MB GDDR3 at 2300MHz, 10-phase PWM, Twin Frozr II cooling solution and several overclocking enhancements. The reality is that this card will be faster than a standard GeForce GTX 285 cards (!) .. and than has room for more tweakage.
MSI N275GTX Lightning Product Highlights:
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275
- GPU Clock: 700MHz
- Memory Clock: 2300MHz
- Memory Size: 1792MB GDDR3 (0.8ns)
- Military Class (Hi-c CAP/SSC/Solid CAP) for the highest quality components
- 10 Phase PWM for stable power supply under overclocking
- APS dynamic phase adjustment for 93% power efficiency
- Twin Frozr II thermal design is 23
ATI releases ATI Catalyst 9.8 for Windows 7 | XP | Vista
Though these drivers are not yet available on the official download page, Over at Quakecon Ian
Order of War Game Demo
recently release is the Order of War Game Demo. Order of War is the brand new World War II real-time strategy game published by SQUARE ENIX and developed by Wargaming.net. Featuring stunning graphics and a historically accurate campaign storyline, the main pull of the game is its unprecedented large-scale battles played out in a completely unique and captivatingly stylized cinematic experience. Players take command of an entire army, including infantry, artillery, armored fighting vehicles, and close air support, as they execute all-out strategic assaults based on key missions and operations from 1944.
Batman - Arkham Asylum Game Demo
Our for a little while, now the Batman: Arkham Asylum game demo. This title brings the universe of DC Comics