AMD to release two six-core processors
We all know that AMD is preparing hexa-core consumer processors for the April~June timeframe in 2010. According to rumors on the web AMD will release not one but two of them.
Thge processors are obviously based on the Thuban architecture (Istanbul chips for servers) are compatible with socket AM3 and will have integrated dual-channel PC3-10600 (DDR3 1333MHz) memory controllers. We believe that Thuban processors will keep the AMD Phenom II brand name but like will be tagged as Phenom II X6 processors. The processors would feature 3MB L2 cache (512KB per core) and 6MB of L3 cache. The chips will be made using 45nm SOI fabrication process and though unconfirmed we expect them to run at roughly 3 GHz as the current server hexacore chips operate at 2.80 GHz already.
SMall guru note: Thuban is actually a star in the constellation of Draco. It also means
Nokia claims virtually all Apple devices violate its patents
A new mudfight is coming up inbetween two giants in mobile land. Nokia filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC) saying almost all of the company's products violate its patents not just the Apple iPhone. According to Reuters, Nokia believes Apple's iPhone, iPods and computers all violate its intellectual property rights.
Nokia filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Tuesday alleging that Apple infringes Nokia patents in "virtually all of its mobile phones, portable music players, and computers" sold. The seven patents at issue relate to Nokia technology being used by Apple to create features in user interface, camera, antenna and power management technologies, it said in a statement.
A Nokia spokesman said the firm expected the ITC to decide whether to pursue the case in around 30 days. Any possible injunction against the sale of Apple products with regard to the alleged patent infringement would not happen until early 2011.
Intel price cuts in January 2010?
According to a recent roadmap along with the introduction of some new Intel processors the overall prices might go down as well. Intel will roll out Core i5-670/661/660/650 on January 3rd priced at $284, $196/$196 and $176 respectively.
Also on January 3rd Core i3-540 and 530 chips will be launched priced at $133 and $113. The site says Intel will also introduce a LGA-1156 Pentium G9650 on the 3rd priced at $87. On Jan 17th, Intel will then introduce a new Core 2 Quad Q9500 clocked at 2.83GHz with 6MB of L2 cache. On that same day Intel will also roll out the 3.06GHz Pentium E6600 at $84, while the E6500 will see its price reduced to $74. The Pentium E5400 will also get a price cut, going from $74 to $64 on the 17th.
ATI teases with new GPU video clip
ATI uploaded a new video on their Youtube channel which reveals nothing other than the fact that ATI has a new GPU coming in January 2010. We expect to see the light of the 5500 series being released in that timeframe though. Check it out:
VidaBox Premium Wireless Keyboard review
VidaBox Premium Wireless Keyboard review
Today we review a product called the VidaBox Premium Wireless Keyboard with Laser Trackball. This is an all-round HTPC keyboard with a very wide RF range and embedded trackball. Very handy stuff to use in your home theatre environment
Check out the Guru3D review right here.
Realtek HD Audio 2.39 Driver Released
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 R2.39
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275
2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275
3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
Lenovo Releases Keyboard/Mouse Combo For htpc
NVIDIA Fermi possibly delayed to march 2010
Sony PS4 might use multi-core CPU not Cell
Radeon HD 5500 series GPUs by February 2010
Though yields of TSMC's 40nm process have reportedly improved, but capacity is still too low to fully service both ATI and NVIDIA. In related news, although Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC's) 40nm process yields have already improved, capacity is still not sufficient to supply the two GPU giants fully which may have an impact the launch schedules, the sources added.
Rivatuner GPU Monitor Sidebar Gadget 2.2
This application is a Vista Sidebar Gadget that uses Rivatuner's low level hardware monitor for stats. I've finally released it on Microsoft's site. If your Rivatuner install is reporting back values that you would like to see in the sidebar, then install this gadget and have it easily accessible.
Values will vary depending on the model card you have and its capabilities.
Values capable of being displayed include, but are not limited to:
- GPU Usage
- GPU Temperature
- Core and Memory Clock Speed
- Fan Speed
- Frames per Second
- AND MORE
** Add CPU, RAM, HDD and additional data with RivaTuner plugins
- This update includes:
- Windows SideShow support
- monitor headers
- optional title border
- new monitor display style (19 in total now)
- several new monitor icons
Sojourner keyboard from Datamancer
Check this out. Datamancer's Sojourner keyboard might be a candidate for an unusual keyboard, especially if the recipient is well known to have great love for all steampunk products.
The keyboard itself comes crafted in polished brass and is artificially tarnished to make it look much older than it is. All keys look slightly weathered keys and are electroplated in brass to complement the aged leather faceplate and parchment key inserts.
Check the thumbs and be amazed ...
NVIDIA is savvy with Fermi performance
NVIDIA's Fermi architecture aka GF100 (NV60, G300, GT300, etc) graphics processing units (GPU) are getting closer, expect Q1 for a release. According to a representative at Nvidia, the company is happy about performance of the GPU.
RFID Zapping EMP Gun
Frickin funny -- say hello to the rfiddler. A cool looking, rfid destroying emp-pulse scifi gun with flashlight to annoy humans. Imagine the fun you could have with this electromagnetic pulse RFID zapper!
Divinity 2 - Lands of Rivellon Trailer
This is a new trailer from Divinity II: Ego Draconi, the setting of Larian Studios' upcoming (US) RPG sequel. This 1.5 minute trailer for Divinity 2 shows some gameplay footage of various areas in 'The Lands of Rivellon.' Already released in Europe, Divinity II hits North America on January 5, 2010.
Modern Warfare 2 Patch Fixes Hacks
Guru3D Christmas Competition - Keep Christmas Cool !
Jaaaaaahh competition time ! It's time for the traditional logo hunt. To keep things cool we teamed up with Noctua and Coolink as we'll be handing out no less than twelve cooling kits including some of the most sexy CPU and VGA coolers we know you guys love so much !
Head on over to the link below to check out the prizes and obviously ... what you need to do to be eligible to win one cooling kit.
Click here and beam to the contest page
Oh, and merry Christmas of course ;)
MSI Afterburner overclocking competition Winners
In Collaboration with MSI, Guru3D earlier on organized a skin and overclocking competition. We've seen some fantastic overclocks and the skins released where absolutely diverse and nice.
The MSI Afterburner overclocking competition ended on Dec 18th. The player who uses the most high-end graphics card was not the winner this time, instead, the winner only used a mainstream card that almost every computer shop sells. For example, the first place player used a GeForce 9500 GT and the second place player used a Radeon 4350 only. We noticed stunning overclocking percentage over 100%
It however now is time to formally announce the prize winners of both competitions !
Winner list of Afterburner overclocking competition. Place Player Overclocking percentage GPU clock VGA Model:
- First Place Nei (MSI Radeon HD 5870)with a 145.00% overclock at 1351 MHz with his MSI N9500GT
- Second Place JMax_OC (Big Bang Fuzion P55 motherboard) with a stunning 140.90% OC at 1325 MHz on a MSI N9400GT
- Third Place is for Mamulos (MSI N275GTX Lightning graphics card) with a 125.16% OC at 1350 MHz with merely a Radeon 4350
We have three runner ups all receiving MSI GeForce 9600 GT in the overclocking competition: MM10x, Siamezu and Jordan199. You can check out some of the entries here in this thread.
Of course there was a second competition, the AfterBurner Skin Competition. The results especially the top three, are really great. Here are the top three winners:
- First Place Buzz44 (MSI P55-GD80 motherboard)
- Second Place CrowTrobot (MSI R4890 Cyclone OC graphics card)
- Third Place CrowTrobot (MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OC graphics card)
Here we also have three runner up prizes that we give away and the lucky draw winners of the Afterburner skin competition receiving a MSI GeForce 9600 GT are Giguli, Godzylla and Freeman3D.
If you have not done so, feel free to have a browse at the Skin competition entries right here.
We like to congratulate all prize winners and you'll be contacted shortly requesting shipping information.
Merry Christmas !