Patriot to launch DDR3-2500 MHz Kits and SandForce-powered SSDs
I've got a distinct feeling that we'll be seeing a lot of 2500 MHz DDR memory kits at computex this year. Patriot is also jumping the bandwagon as they planned planning two product highlights for its Computex 2010 booth among a number of new products the company will release around that time. Jumping into the DDR3-2500 MHz bandwagon, Patriot will introduce Viper II Series Sector 5 Edition 2500MHz memory kits that come in dual-channel 4 GB and triple-channel 6 GB variants. The modules will be able to operate at 2500 MHz with relatively tight timings of 9-11-9-27T, and voltage ranging between 1.65 to 1.7V. On the solid-state drive (SSD) front, Patriot will introduce new SSDs that make use of the popular SandForce-made SSD controllers.
OCZ Agility 2 SandForce SSD
It won't be long until OCZ will start schipping their better prices Agility series under the Agility label, the Agility 2 will be equipped with a Sandforce controller.
The speed of these drives is thanks to trick as the controller itself uses part of the total storage space as a so-called spare area. As such the Agility 2 has 28 percent of its total size allocated. Reducing that area would, naturally, mean a higher available storage space, but this would also come at the cost of performance.
OCZ should soon start selling the Agility 2 Extended SSDs. These drives should be, hardware-wise, almost, if not, completely identical to the Agility 2 Series, but they will have a more recent firmware that will reduce said spare area. As such, they will only be slightly slower than their predecessors, but will store more at the same price.
To be more exact, the storage capacities of the Agility 2 Extended units will be of 60GB, 120GB and 240GB, which is 10GB, 20GB and 40GB more than those of existing devices. Of course, OCZ may decide to make some changes to the hardware itself, but this doesn't seem to be the case, at least for now.
ATI rebrands mobile DX10.1 GPUs to Radeon HD 500v series
You may mistake cards like the Mobility Radeon HD 545v for the Mobility Radeon HD 5450, but this is not the case as these new GPUs with a "v" suffix are rebrands of the Mobility Radeon HD 4000 series, they are made on a 55nm process and lack DirectX 11 support.
- Mobility Radeon HD 560v series = Mobility Radeon HD 4600 series
- Mobility Radeon HD 540v series = Mobility Radeon HD 4500 series
- Mobility Radeon HD 530v series = Mobility Radeon HD 4300 series
Gamer earns $1 million for playing perfect MLB 2K10 game
GamePro tells the story of Wade McGillberry, a casual gamer who entered 2K Sports' Major League Baseball 2K10 Perfect Game contest and won 1 million dollars after only 90 minutes of playing MLB 2K10.
Wade McGilberry isn't a professional video gamer. He isn't much of a sports gamer either. If you ask him what he's been playing lately he'll probably tell you it's Halo. But on May 2, the 24-year-old tax accountant from Semmes, Alabama won 40 times more what a professional Halo player would get for winning Major League Gaming's national championship
25 million units USB 3.0 ship sales this year
DigiTimes heard shipments of USB 3.0 driver chip shipments are expected to reach 25 million units worldwide. USB 3.0 driver chip shipments are expected to reach 25 million units worldwide, with 20 million units used in motherboards and others in notebook products, according to industry sources.
Currently, ASMedia, a subsidiary of Asustek Computer, is offering prices of US$2-3 for its USB 3.0 solution, a lot lower than NEC's solution which costs US$6-8, according to previous reports.
10GHz Processors By 2011
Intel is predicting that its microprocessors will hit 10GHz by the year 2011. In addition, it is currently working on a system bus that is 10 times faster than its upcoming 400 MHz (4*100MHz) Pentium 4 system bus, working at effective speeds of around 4 GHz.
What will we do with all that processor power? Intel is working hard to bring high-end applications to your desktop featuring much more video, speech interaction, and more complex and functional user interfaces [geek.com]
Medal of Honor Teaser Trailer
A new Medal of Honor teaser Trailer is out, the game should be finished soon and meanwhile we can only hope to see it soon, let's take a look at this teaser called "Leave a Message".
Project Offset in development!
Remember that awesome video where an archer was trying to defeat a troll, the images were beautiful and the concept was really great, at that time, it was only 1 guy doing all the work! and searching for a publisher and money to develop his project. Time has passed and aparently the guy got a team and the game is fully in-development, no signs of a publisher still, but, I assume it will be when the game is close to it's finish goal, you can see more pictures here.
Quad SLI on ASUS Rampage III Extreme is not possible
Recently we published our 3-way SLI article. The results on that test where quite flabbergasting, SLI scaling is really good for the NVIDIA GF100 based chips and under the right circumstances 3-way SLI can benefit greatly as well.
With that in mind we figured, heck why not rebuild a new system and go for Quad SLI, use that all new quad SLI driver and set ourselves a new 3DMark vantage record. Since we ran into all kinds of CPU bottlenecks we figured let's get the best of the best in house. The choice of components was as follows:
- Four GeForce GTX 480 cards
- Rampage III Extreme (has four physical x16 PCIe slots)
- Core i7 980X (six core processor)
- 6GB triple Channel OCZ Blade memory rated 2000 MHz CAS7
- Two 1200 Watt BFG power supplies
The idea for this article was to push everything to the maximum. To bypass CPU bottlenecks we'd overclock the processor on this very capable motherboard. Once we started building this rig, after unboxing we realized .. for quad-SLI with four graphics card we'd need a 4-way SLI bridge. ASUS does not deliver that bridge with their motherboards, which should have been our first hint.
We contacted some AIBs for that bridge to no avail, we contacted NVIDIA to no avail as they actually discouraged this article as quad SLI with four cards really was only intended for the hardcore overclocking scene versus 3DMark Vantage scores) which luckily we are after and thus pushed forward), then eVGA Europe was kind enough to send out the 4-way SLI bridge. Meanwhile eVGA USA got back with a curiosity, they sincerely doubted that 4-way SLI would even work with the ASUS R3E as it has no additional NF200 switch ICs embedded on the motherboard, according to eVGA the motherboard would need 2x NF200 to support 4-way.
So with 3500 EUR worth of components in our hands, we at the very least had to verify that story. And eVGA was right .. 4-way SLI is not supported on the Rampage III Extreme. We verified with Windows 7 64-bit and the dedicated GTX 480 Quad SLI driver (197.55) and also with 197.75.
What happens is that with four cards installed the driver will only assign two cards for SLI and this this will setup 2-way SLI des[pite having four cards installed. Four way SLI will simply not kick in with the R3E. So there goes our dream to shatter the 3DMark Vantage score for now (hey its a sport, forgive me for trying to reach the g-factor ;)
Now for a motherboard targeted at the uber enthusiast hardcore overclockers I have to say, this is a bit of a disappointment really.
eVGA will try and get a proper 4-way SLI X58 send out our way, so later on we do hope to bring you a nice quad-SLI article, but for now this project has halted.
Here are some photo's of the setup we had built for this article. Waddayathink ? Discuss here.
Kubuntu 10.04 with KDE
I already shown what Ubuntu can do with it's Gnome desktop and Compiz 3D effects, now is the time of Kubuntu, this is a variant of Ubuntu using the new KDE4.4 with Plasma and KWin, for KDE, the "Composite" part of the Desktop (the 3D part) is handled through KWin Desktop Effects, and since it's part of the same KDE, it's build from the scratch to work with KDE, the 3D desktop is more solid and less fancy, but KDE performance is really impressive with newest hardware. Before you see the video, I have to mention the music, which is impressive and is part of the demo "Lifeforce" from ASD and it's called "Memento Mori", aMUSiC and Leviathan really excel themselves with this track, thank you guys!.
DIY 16TB NAS Unit
Fun stuff, Modder Black Dwarf presents his latest projects, a homemade 16TB RAID 5 NAS with the Intel Atom N270 1.66GHz processor. The storage system is housed in a custom aluminium/steel enclosure, and is capable of hitting read speeds of up to 266MB/s and write speeds of 88MB/s.
You can check out the worklog over here, it is a fun read.
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Trailer
Split/Second release date
Split/Second is ready to launch, it's release date in stores is 18/5/2010 (almost here) and you can preorder the game and check out the details here.
AMD goes to Cannes Film Festival
Aparently AMD has decided to enter the movie bussiness with a short movie that they will present in the Cannes Film Festival, this short movie is done with AMD Vision technology, take a look at the trailer.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
The new game in the saga of Assassin's Creed is confirmed, it will be called "Brotherhood" and it will be available later this year, IGN has managed to get the cover of the game and ubisoft aparently confirmed it's validity saying they will reveal more details in the coming week, you can check the article here.
Inno3D GeForce GTX 470 HAWK
Inno3D is releasing a slightly customized GeForce GTX 470 HAWK edition. Pretty much this is the reference PCB with an Arctic coolign XTREME cooler mounted on top of it.
It certainly is not the most sexy looking product alright, covering three slots with three fans but performance should be really good based on uor previous results with these coolers. We know one thing, they will be cool and silent.
Gigabyte OC Guru is you competition winners
Gigabyte announced their top 3 winners in the OC Guru is you contest and you know what, Guru3D's BODAR got 3rd place in one of the competitions. It must have been a tough battle as the man is good ;)
Gigabyte is pleased to announce first round of OC Guru is You has come to an end on April 30th. Winners from OC Guru is You, a global graphics card overclocking competition, will receive great prizes shortly.
Coinciding with GIGABYTE
Gigabyte Radeon 5870 SOC edition review
Gigabyte Radeon 5870 SOC edition review
Gigabyte's Radeon HD 5870 SOC is not 'just' a pre-overclocked card, they are really serious about it. At default this card comes clocked at a 950 MHz core and the memory is purring steady at 5000 MHz, so that's another 100 MHz on that core and another 200 MHz on the memory. We have seen faster clocked models from HIS, MSI, PowerColor, ASUS and now Gigabyte is releasing an overclocked Radeon HD 5870 as well.
Gigabyte did it properly I can already state, they overhauled the PCB, used first rate components, changed the cooling solution and badabing badaboom... there it is. The Radeon HD 5870 SOC edition graphics card.
Check out the Guru3D review right here.