GeForce GTX 360 and 380 Benchmarks
Do not ask us how or where these benchmarks source/originate from as we do not know. For all we care (and think) they are fake. However, a user in our forums posted screenshots of benchmarks from what seems to be a NVIDIA Slide Deck presentation -- it's too good to miss out on so we wanted to post this. I can confirm that the layout and style is roughly what NVIDIA uses for it's presentations, but sure a couple of things like 'NVIDIA Confidential" and some other non-named items are missing from these screenshots (hence we think they are fake).
The slides supposedly reveal internal NVIDIA benchmarks of Far Cry 2, Resident Evil 5 and STALKER Clear Sky. Now this remains speculation, but if the numbers where to be right, then the future is looking bright and sunny for NVIDIA -- well if they get their pricing and TDP right that is. In all fairness -- this is roughly what everybody expects from NVIDIA 3D performance wise -- though personally I'd doubt that a single GPU GTX 380 could overtake a dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970.
Anyway judge for yourself, have a look and props go out to forum user "Memorian" for posting the screenshots in the GTX 300 series discussion thread.
Until further notice the validity obviously should be taken with a BIG grain of salt and well -- just wait until our review is out before making up your mind I'd say. What do you think ? Discuss here.
Atom D510 and D410 CPUs early benchmarks
German site CarTFT have apparently had early access to some Atom D510 and D410 chips (the nettop versions), and have run the inevitable comparison benchmarks [pdf link] with some of the current models in the mixture too. We
Foxconn presents Bamboo chassis
In an attempt to stay in base with their green product lineup Foxconn is releasing a new Desktop Chassis made out of Bamboo.
The TXM-355 at least hints at a green attempt. The Bamboo chassis may well be the favorite of the ones who prefer feeling a touch from Nature on technology. It's not my style but but at ￥368 ($54) it certainly is not expensive.
Radeon HD 4860 shows in e-tail
Interesting -- it seems that a rumoured SKU silently slipped into (e)retail. It's the Radeon HD 4860 -- obviously a cut down version positioning itself in-between the Radeon HD 4850 and 4870. The card comes with a RV790 core clocked at 700 MHz core and has merely 640 stream processors. You'll receive 1 GB of GDDR5 memory (256-bit) clocked at 750 MHz.
Now overall I'd prefer the 4850 with more shaders, then again .. the card is priced at 129 USD, and that's a real steal for what you are getting especially with the special custom cooling (Sapphire)..
ASUS withdrawing from mobo manufacturing
No before you start to stress -- it simply means that motherboard manufacturing would become outsourced rather then self (in-house) made. Anyway, xbitlabs is reporting that Asustek decided to completely spin off its mainboards and graphics cards manufacturing arm Pegatron Technologies, the company said this week.
The move will allow Asus to become more competitive in terms of branding, but will further withdraw the firm from the actual manufacturing. According to a statement posted with Taiwan Stock Exchange, Asustek company had convened a board meeting to resolve the spin-off of its ODM business. As a result of the meeting, Pegatron Holding, the company that made virtually all Asus-branded motherboards, will issue two billion new shares to a number of shareholders.
Asustek Computer and all shareholders of the company as consideration, among which it is expected that the company will receive 25% of the equity and all shareholders of the company will in total receive 75% of the equity in Pegatron Holding in proportion to their shareholdings in the company.
As a result of the move, Asus-branded mainboard are likely to be targeted not only on the highest possible quality market, but also onto performance mainstream segment. The question is what can a premium brand offer in the value segment?
AfterBurner Skin Competition - We need your help !
The MSI Skin competition for MSI's AfterBurner Overclock application has just expired.
We have received many entries for this really fantastic competition. The diversity of the entries is large. We have seen very simple skins, very complex ones, very graphic ones.
We would like to ask you to have a look at the skins submitted and vote for your favorite one. You guys get to decide who wins -- you guys are the jury.
Please go to this page and vote for the entries you like !
Cyber Snipa Silencer mouse on the loose
Interesting -- do you guys remember the Ozone SMOG review we posted like two weeks ago ? Well Cyber Snipa released the Silencer mouse which is nearly identical. So check out the review.
There are so many choices these days with new options from Logitech, Steelseries, Razer, and some companies I probably forgot. But Cyber Snipa has a new gaming mouse too and it looks worth your time.
The Silencer has just about everything we
Guru3D Rig of the Month - December 2009
Guru3D Rig of the Month - December 2009
Pablo Kim's PC is the the Rig of The Month December 2009. Meet the man at the age of 28, he has been a Guru3D aficionado for eight years (!) already digging through our articles, he shares our passion of building nice PCs.
His PC will be the Rig of the Month and he has built his PC with some interesting components. This rig is the showcase of a somewhat aesthetic design -- you can tell he's an aficionado alright thanks to component usage. The clean liquid cooling and tubing job makes his rig stand out from the crowd alright.
OCZ technology stepped up with Guru3D and starting in December 2009 the Rig of The month winners will receive a prize. Each monthly winner will get a Z Series 850W Modular (80plus Gold Certified) delivered for free at it's doorsteps as a nice incentive (!). That's not all. Starting during Christmas we'll also allow you guys to vote on the rig of the year -- all 12 entries of this year can be voted for by you guys -- that winner will receive a OCZ 120GB SSD worth 350 EUR for free.
Check out this months prize winner here.
Sharkoon Intros SATA HDD Ethernet Docking Station
Sharkoon is expanding their "SATA QuickPort" hard drive adapter series with a brand new model: the already available QuickPort Pro version, with an integrated USB hub and card reader, now also provides a LAN port so all users within a local network are accessible to the connected media.
The QuickPort series currently includes eight models, each with different features for different requirements. All Sharkoon QuickPorts allow direct and convenient access to SATA hard drives. The compact yet sturdy QuickPort table adapters are equipped with a series of slots for SATA drives in both the 2.5" and 3.5" formats. A clamping mechanism, with suitable space for smaller notebook drives, offer two types of secure grip. The disks are simply plugged into the QuickPort with the computer immediately recognizing the device as an authorized drive. After use, the drive can be easily removed by utilizing the eject button.
The PRO version has an integrated USB hub with two front USB 2.0 ports and a card reader for SD, SDHC, MMC, and MS formats. The USB hub and card reader are both connected via the USB to a computer or notebook with the hard drives being able to alternatively connect through the fast eSATA interface.
In addition, the latest Pro LAN model now offers a fast Ethernet interface to the associated SATA hard drives, memory cards and USB devices for integration into a local home or office network. Also, the QuickPort will link all involved computers with the installed server software to the network. Through the software menu, the individual user can connect the device to their own computer and access it as though it were connected to the local PC. Users can use this device to grasp another member who is blocked into the network. If necessary, the USB device can be easily restarted by utilizing the provided reset button.
The Sharkoon SATA QuickPort Pro LAN comes supplied with a Tool-CD including brief instructions, power supply, patch cable, USB cable, and a eSATA cable.
End customers will find the Sharkoon SATA QuickPort Pro LAN available immediately from authorized retailers for the suggested retail price of 49.99 euros.
VIA Launches Power-Efficient DirectX 10.1 Chipset
VIA released the new VIA VN1000 digital media chipset. According the company's claims, this chipset consumes a total of only 12 watts of power for both north and south bridges when paired with the new VIA VT8261 south bridge, and is compatible with all VIA Nano, VIA C7, VIA C7-M and VIA Eden processors. In addition, the chipset differentiates itself from other products through featuring DirectX 10.1-capable graphics.
"The VIA VN1000 leverages our optimized VIA Nano 3000 Series processors, creating the most balanced, power-efficient, multimedia-focused desktop platform on the market today," Richard Brown, VP International Marketing, VIA Technologies, said. "Supporting the latest system memory, graphics and entertainment standards, the VIA VN1000 takes the VIA processor platform to new heights of power-efficient visual sophistication."
The VIA VN1000 is capable of using its modest 12W of power to handle all of its resources, as many as they are. The chipset supports DDR3 memory clocks of 1066MHz, up to five PCI slots, an IDE controller and up to four SATA II drives. In addition, it has one x8 and four x1 lanes for PCI Express II expansion slots and can power an SD/MMS/MMC card reader, 12 USB 2.0 ports, PS/2, SPI, GPIO and LPC technologies and it even has the VIA Vinyl HD 8 channel audio codec.
Now comes the most noteworthy element of VIA's product, namely the VIA Chrome 520 IGP, which not only has DirectX 10.1 capabilities, but also supports Shader Model 4, OpenGL 3.0 and even OpenCL 1.0 for next-generation GPGPU applications. The chipset also integrates the ChromotionHD 2.0 video processor.
This processor makes use of the latest Display Port and HDMI display technologies and is even capable of hardware acceleration for the H.264, WM9 and VC1 codecs. These features make the VIA VN1000 perfectly capable of running even the latest MPEG-4/AVC, H.264, MPEG-2, VC-1, WMV-HD, and AVS Blu-ray media content.
Finally, the chipset also offers support for DVP, VGA and LVDS/TMDS, besides the already mentioned Display Port and HDMI. Through its perfect combination of low-power design and DirectX 10.1 graphics, the VIA VN1000 is a perfect choice for mini desktop PCs and all-in-one systems running Windows 7, especially configurations focused on multimedia and touch capabilities. Complete information on the chipset may be found on VIA's official website.
MSI 890FX-GD70 Motherboard Photos
Some photo's of MSI's upcoming motherboard the 890FX-GD70 show some of the technologies that will be featured in next year's high-end PCs, as well as some of AMD's technologies/products planned for release in the times after next year's first quarter.
The pictures posted by coolarer showed the MSI 890FX-GD70 from several angles, disclosing its integration of Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 channel audio and of a NEC controller chip, which handles eSATA and FireWire ports along with two USB 3.0 ports.
What is especially noticeable in the pictures is the motherboard's design, which includes an amazing set of six PCI Express x16 slots, more than perfect for ultimate CrossFireX setups. The motherboard also showed six SATA 6 Gbps ports and an extra SATA connector, colored blue, whose exact speed capabilities are not known.
The MSI 890FX-GD70 will be based on the Leo desktop platform, the successor to the Dragon platform launched at the Consumer Electronics Show 2009 back in January. The platform will be combined with the Thuban hexa-core processor and the RD890 series chipset. All three of these AMD products are set for launch during Q2 2010.
Based on the pictures and the noticeable performance capabilities that can be deduced, the motherboard will likely be aimed at the high-end market segment. Of course, the pictures are all the Internet has to show this time and no pricing and availability details have been given by either MSI or Advanced Micro Devices.
Check out the thumbnails.
OCZ Cryo-Z phase change cooler $379
It certainly took a long development time OCZ will soon start shipping a new Cryo-Z phase change cooling solution, the latest model features support for AM2, LGA775, LGA1366, and LGA1156 processors. It will be available at Frozen CPU for $379.
OCZ Technology's Cryo-Z is an advanced cooling solution for the extreme overclockers using phase-change technology to achieve sub-zero
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat release in February
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat takes PC gamers once again into the deadly area surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear reactor explosion of 1986. Cordoned off by the military, this highly contaminated "Zone" is scoured by treasure hunters known as s.t.a.l.k.e.r.s, who search the irradiated lands for unique artifacts. In the role of Agent Alexander Degtyarev, the
Using the time-tested X-Ray graphic engine developed by GSC Game World, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat skilfully combines first-person shooter
Scythe Setsugen High-End VGA Cooler
Scythe announced the second High-End VGA Cooler by the name "Setsugen" (English: Snow field). Setsugen VGA Cooler is equipped with a genuine Slip Stream 120 mm Slim fan which comes with a fan controller that can be mounted in a free PCI Slot. Fan speed can be individually adjusted between 800 (
Track Ball Mouse Numerical Keypad Hub
Samsung rugged memory cards are water, shock & magnet proof
It seems somewhat perverse
ATI Radeon HD 5350 and 5570
Leaked slides from HP reveal information about two upcoming low-end DX11 graphics cards from ATI. First up is the ATI Radeon HD 5350 (Evora Cedar), this model will be launched on January 7, 2010. It has 1GB memory and features HDMI, DVI and VGA ports. It will be featured in the HP Pavilion and Pavilion Elite systems.
On February 20, 2010 we can expect the arrival of the ATI Radeon HD 5570 (Jaguar), this card has 2GB memory and features HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort.