MSI AfterBurner Skin Contest reminder
We like to remind everybody that tomorrow (Friday) is the last day you can submit your Skin design in the MSI AfterBurner Skin contest. Friday night the contest will close.
With the help of a poll the Guru3D audience (you guys) will decide which Skins will one of these fantastic prizes:
- First prize - MSI P55-GD80 motherboard
- Second place -- MSI R4890 Cyclone OC graphics card
- MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OC graphics card
- Three runner-ups : MSI N9600GT Diamond graphics card
More info here:
We already have seen some very interesting entries.
Of course, we also have a MSI AfterBurner Overclocking competition running with grand prizes as well. Check that out here. That contest is running until next week (!)
Inno3D GeForce GT 210 and 220 review
Inno3D GeForce GT 210 and 220 review
In this review we'll peek at Inno3D's latest two budget graphics cards. First the budget oriented GeForce GT 210, which will ship with 16 stream processors clocked at 1402 MHz, while the graphics core operates at 590 MHz. It's armed with 512MB of DDR2 running at 790MHz. The GT210 cards will sell incredibly cheap at prices of $35 and replace today's GeForce 9400 in NVIDIA's line-up.
We will also test a GeForce GT 220 from Inno3D. And within this extreme budget range, it actually does pack some power. Next to an upgrade to being DX 10.1 compatible the shader cores have been increased to 48.
Check out the review here.
Noctua intros NH-C12P special edition
Noctua today officially introduced its new NH-C12P SE14 premium cooler. Building on the proven basis of the successful NH-C12P, the NH-C12P SE14 now comes with Noctua's new, already award winning NF-P14 140mm fan for further improved quiet cooling performance and adds support for LGA1156 as well as LGA1366 via the latest SecuFirm2
Realtek HD Audio 2.38 Driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP and Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Driver Package R2.38
- Support graphic EQ feature.
nVIDIA PhysX System Software 9.09.1112
NVIDIA reelased nVIDIA PhysX System Software 9.09.1112.
- Includes the latest PhysX runtime builds to support all released PhysX content including Batman Arkham Asylum and others.
- This release also resolves issues with Arabic language installations and occasional simulation interruption on some machines and titles.
- New runtimes for the PhysX SDK 2.8.3.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series, 100-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory and 32 CUDA cores. Note: Some applications may have higher minimum requirements.
- Experience GPU PhysX acceleration in many games and demos, some of which are highlighted in PowerPack downloads here.
- Runtime upgrade ONLY for AGEIA PhysX processors users. (New AGEIA PhysX processors installations should install an older PhysX system software such as version 8.09.04
PowerColor adds slightly overclocked Radeon HD 5770 PCS+
TUL Corporation aka PowerColor, introduced an upgraded addition into the HD5700 series: the PCS+ HD5770. Part of the award-winning PCS series, the PCS+ HD5770 features outstanding factory overclocked ability with core and memory clocks at 875 MHz and 1225MHz respectively and GDDR5 onboard memory. Memory data transmission rates are enhanced up to 4.9Gbps, easily boosting gaming performance.
The PCS+ HD5770 also features an ultra quite 92mm cooling fan which is made of a low-noise impeller, easily dissipating heat from the copper base that fully covers the GPU at lower fan speed and efficiently cools down the temperature up to 10
PC industry predicted to grow 40%
The global economy is still not back to where it was a few years ago after the global recession. Things are starting to look better though with signs of increased consumer spending. The CPU market grew last quarter and the sale of computers is finally starting to increase again.
Accord to research firm Research and Markets the computer industry is set to grow over the next five years. The research firm does say the growth rate will be slower than previously seen in the market though. Growth in the PC market is expected to be 40% from 231 million units shipped in 2006 to 335 million predicted to ship in 2012.
That growth represents a 6.3% compound annual growth rate. The number of PCs in use in 2011 globally is expected to pass 3 billion units. PC market revenues will continue to grow at a slower pace thanks to price declines reflected in users buying lower cost systems. Revenues are predicted to reach $380 billion in 2013 for a compound annual growth rate of 2%.
ASUS Eee Box EB1501 up for $479 preorder
BIOSTAR TH55 XE MicroATX Motherboard
BIOSTAR released its so-called
Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B CPU cooler supports LGA1156
Scythe introduced the Mugen 2 Rev. B processor cooler, this update features a new backplate to simplify mounting and adds support for LGA1156 processors.
Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B CPU Cooler is the consistent further development of the award-winning Mugen CPU cooler. Several features make this cooler the perfect solution for silent users and overclockers! New Rev. B is equipped with advanced back-plate to simplify mounting as well as providing socket LGA 1556 compatibility. Mugen 2 is on the latest state of technology and was produced using highest Japanese quality standards.
GeForce GTX 380 SLI Photo
It seems like NVIDIA has started to build up some momentum pending the NV100 (Fermi) GPU release. A photo "leaked" on the web where NVIDIA's Technical Marketing Director Tom Petersen is showing off a PC apparently equipped with two cards setup in SLI -- yes the cards are NV100 based - the Fermi family. The cards should either be either GeForce GTX 360 or (we assume) GeForce GTX 380. If rumors are correct then the chips empowering these graphics card will have no less than 3 billion transistors, 512 shader processors and horrendously fast quad data rate memory.
We'll refrain from the loose specs and gossip on that part though.
Here's the leaked photo - click to enlarge.
Guru3D Rig of The Month now Sponsored with Prizes
One interesting section at Guru3D which we started last year is the rig of the month -- here a user can showcase that PC which they are proud of, have modded -- PCs builds that are special.
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.
So if you still want to make a chance on winning that PSU and perhaps even the SSD -- join now.
Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 Vapor-X
Sapphire is now shipping a HD 5770 Vapor-X, delivering the same value for money performance as the standard model, whilst working at lower operating temperatures and significantly more quietly.
The SAPPHIRE HD 5770 Vapor-X is based on the latest graphics architecture from the ATI division of AMD, the second generation of GPU to be built in its 40nm process. It supports the advanced graphical features of DirectX 11, and delivers spectacular video clarity, speed and visual effects, including over multiple monitors using ATI Eyefinity.
With 800 Stream processors and 1GB of the latest DDR5 memory, together with enhanced clock speeds of 860MHz core and 1200MHz (4.8GHz effective) for the memory, the SAPPHIRE HD 5770 Vapor-X model is the fastest card in its class. SAPPHIRE
AMD - Intel Larrabee Delay is due to Design Philosophy
AMD - a good GPU can't be designed based on x86 cores
As a response to a query set by Tom's Hardware, Advanced Micro Devices gave its take on the recent developments and compared its own research efforts with Intel's Larrabee. Apparently, AMD seemed to give off the impression that it saw logic in Intel's attempts to integrate graphics into its CPUs, as this was somewhat similar to what Fusion did, but that the Santa Clara-based chip maker was going about it all wrong.
"It really comes down to design philosophy," Dave Erskine, graphics public relations of AMD, said."GPUs are hard to design and you can
Danamics LMX Liquid Metal CPU cooler arrives for 159 EUR
Completely pointless -- Danish cooling firm Danamics introduced the LMX, the company's second-generation liquid metal cooler. This new processor cooler will be available for 159EUR (excl. VAT), that's still quite high but it's a bit more affordable than the company's first try. The Danamics LM10 made its entry last year, it retailed for around 280EUR but failed to impress as it wasn't capable of outperforming high-end air cooling. The specifications of the LMX can be found over here.
By utilizing the unique benefits of liquid metal, Danamics LMX delivers the performance needed for serious overclocking. Danamics LMX is a true all-in-one solution with a hefty bundle. As standard the Danamics LMX features two specially designed 120mm LED fans by SilenX, high-grade thermal compound, full mounting kits for both Intel (socket 775, 1156 and 1366) and AMD (socket AM2/AM2+/AM3).
In order to celebrate that the Danamics LMX is now entering the market, we are adding more to the bundle. For a limited time only we have added two extra 120mm LED low noise fans by SilenX. This offer will last for four weeks after the launch or as long as we have these packages in stock.
For more information please visit our Danamics micro-site at www.danamics.com/lmx
Mass Effect 2: Engineer Preview
Prolimatech shows MK-13 high-end vga cooler
Prolimatech has shown its first ever high-end VGA cooler. The Prolimatech MK-13 has a special mounting system allowing any recent high-end (but also future) graphics cards to be compatible.
Word is that GeForce series 6000 and upwards are compatible and for ATI that's series x1000 and upwards. The cooler has a nickel plated base with six copper heat pipes. The dimensions are 205x99,87x43,5mm for the heatsink and the bigger weighs in at 555 gram. On the heatsink itself one can mount two 120mm fans. The package includes small heatsinks for memory and Voltage regulators as well. Price is set at 50 EUR.
Colin McRae Dirt 2 (PC) VGA Graphics performance review
Colin McRae Dirt 2 (PC) VGA Graphics performance review
Last week Codemasters released a two level playable demo allowing you to play the game on both DX9 and DX11 (if you have a Radeon HD series 5000 card that is). Also integrated is a benchmark mode, very handy. Now we'll not be using the standard benchmark yet our own scripted test run in the Ensenada Port circuit set in Baja California level where we can drive through sand, mud and water to measure the most prominent DX11 features like DX11 Hardware tessellation, Geometry instancing and displacement mapping -- plus obviously more complex shader usage.
Let's go check out both the DX9 and DX11 image quality and performance.
Go check out the article.