Merry Christmas !
Hey everybody -- here at Guru3D.com we want to wish you all a very warm and merry Christmas this year. We hope you get all the cool gadgets and hardware you wish for under that Christmas tree. This year was a remarkable one, both with positives and negatives alright. Let's hope that in 2010 we can all leave the effects of the global crisis far behind us. It will be an interesting year alright.
Merry Christmas and be sure to check back on 1st Christmas day when we'll start a little competition with some nice prizes ;)
Zalman CNPS 10X Quiet and Extreme review
Zalman CNPS 10X Quiet and Extreme review
Zalman recently released a new series of CNPS (Computer Noise Prevention System ) heatpipe based coolers. The new 10X coolers include five nice big heatpipes being cooled by a grotesque120mm fan. The PWM Fan comes with RPM Control which allows you to fine tune the cooler to your specific cooling requirements. And all that in a nice design and not too huge (in dimension) sized cooler.
We will put two out of the three to the test namely the CNPS10X Extreme and CNPS10X Quiet. Both coolers impressed us a lot.
Read the Guru3D review right here.
InnoDisk intros 2TB PCIe SSD
Taiwan-based InnoDisk, which in-house develops and produces flash storage devices for industrial applications and embedded systems, has launched a PCI Express-based solid state drive (SSD) with transfer speeds up to 800MB/sec and up to 2TB capacity.
InnoDisk expressed optimism about the growing demand for future PCIe SSDs targeting enterprise servers, gaming PCs and military computing applications. The company estimated pre-tax profits at NT$5-6 (US$0.15-0.18) per share in 2009, attributing the year's profitability to its high-margin industrial storage solutions.
InnoDisk said its latest SSD delivers speeds of up to 800MB/s read and 600MB/s write, compared to today's SSD products with transfer speeds up to 230MB/s.
Samsung Electronics contributes 90% to InnoDisk's overall NAND flash demand, according to industry sources. InnoDisk sources Samsung chips through distributor Supreme Electronics, the sources added.
Founded in 2005, InnoDisk offers DRAM modules and flash storage for industrial applications, and consumer flash devices.
Specs NVIDIA Fermi-Based Tesla Cards Detailed
NVIDIA has recently revealed a spec sheet on its next-generation Tesla cards. Tesla is targated at professionals and business consumers.
According to the specifications made available by the company, the new Fermi based cards will have one cluster of shaders less than some of the hiogh-end consumer parts will have, for the GF100/Tesla T20 graphics processing unit (GPU) comes with 448 stream processors.
It was believed that Tesla C2000 graphics cards would come with 512 Stream processors. NVIDIA is planning to release two new cards, the Tesla C2050 and C2070, which will feature a single-chip design with 3GB and 6GB of GDDR5 memory, respectively. The memory comes with a 384-bit interface and will work at frequency levels of 1.8GHz and 2GHz, with NVIDIA claiming that its new cards will be capable of delivering double precision performance in the range of 520GFlops to 630GFlops.
The Tesla T20 graphics processing unit, the new cards will pair an 8-pin PCI-Express power connector with another 6-pin PCI Express connector, with a specified 225W TDP. By comparison, the company's current GeForce GTX 285, dual-GPU GTX 295 and Tesla C1050 have a maximum heat dissipation set at 204W, 289W and 187.8W, respectively.
Asus gets ahead of things sells H57 boards
If you live in Taipei then over at the Guanghua computer marketthey are selling H57 motherboards from Asus, which is way ahead of the official launch on the 7th of January next year.
All of the shops sell the same model, the Asus P7H57D-V EVO. This is a full size ATX motherboard with a fairly standard layout. As this board supports the integrated graphics found in the upcoming Core i5 and Core i3 processors from Intel, Asus has kitted it out with a DisplayPort, a DVI port and a D-sub connector. On top of this Asus has added its special design for SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 which includes a PLX PCI Express bridge chip.
AMD: 40nm yields have stablized
AMD's 40nm yields at TSMC have stabilized, and that supply of Radeon HD 5800 series should improve from here. The company now explains that 40-nm yields at TSMC have stabilized, and supply of 5800-series cards should ramp up from here.
TSMC, the Taiwanese foundry that produces GPUs for both AMD and Nvidia, has been the main cause of the shortages. The firm owned up to poor yields
Enermax expands Revolution85+ Warranty
With immediate effect, Enermax extends the manufacturer warranty for the PSU series Revolution85+ to five years
TRIM Available for OCZ Summit Series SSDs
According to the company, the new firmware helps restore performance on Summit drives back to
Intel has 600GB SSD on it's roadmap
A leaked Intel roadmap shows that the company is planning to launch the 2xnm MLC based SSDs with a larger capacity in Q4 next year.
The current 34nm MLC based X25-M and X18-M using 50nm process technology will be phased out in Q3 next year, and in the following quarter we can expect something called Postville Refresh
NZXT Hades chassis with build-in fan controller
NZXT introduced Hades, a new 9-bay black midtower case for gamers. The Hades supports up to five fans (four are included), it features a built-in dual fan 8W per channel controller and has enough room for graphics cards as large as 300mm. Other special features include holes in the motherboard tray for cable routing and easy removal of a CPU heatsink, a bracket for two solid state disks, pre-drilled watercooling holes, mounting holes for a dual radiator at the top, and a removable filter at the bottom PSU. Here's the full features list:
Expansion galore: Nine 5.25" bay setup or Five 5.25" and Four 3.5"
- Latest Hardware Support: VGA clearance room for 300mm cards like the ATI 5970
- Dual 200mm intake Large air system: 200mm front fan, dual top 140mm fan, Side 200mm fan, rear 120mm exhaust. NZXT includes the chassis with all fans except for one top 140mm fan
- Control the flow: Gaming, overclocking, or office work the dual 8W per channel fan control allows control over the dual 200mm fans that spin up to 150 CFM each
- Monitor your system: A three C/F temperature display at front panel allows the user to see temperatures inside the chassis even with the door closed. A slant on the door allows for easier viewing from above.
- Punched side panel: Besides aesthetics, the side mesh and extrusion allows for even greater and ease of wire management on the right side panel
- Meshed front: 5.25" meshed bays, meshed door, and meshed bottom panel allows for air to flow into the system with ease.
- Wire Routing: Motherboard punched holes allows for quick CPU bracket removable and optimal wire routing.
- NZXT Solid State bracket allows for two SSD drives to be installed
- Pre-drilled water cooling holes on the backplate
- Front mounted 2 USB, Audio, and E-SATA ports
- Mounting holes for dual radiator at the top
- Removable filter at the bottom PSU
The NZXT Hades will soon be available in retails tores for $89.99 (69.99EUR).
Cooler Master USP 100 ships with PSU
Cooler Master released the USP 100, a new case for gamers that ships with the Extreme Power Plus 550W power supply. The steel case features a flashy red front bezel and a black case body, it supports micro-ATX and ATX motherboards and features seven expansion slots, four 5.25" drive bays, a floppy bay and six 3.5" HDD bays. Cooling is provided by a 120mm red LED front fan, 80/90/120mm bottom, rear and side fans are all optional.
Special features include a cutout in the motherboard plate to make it easier to swap your CPU cooler, a top I/O panel, a red power-on LED indicator bar, Cooler Master logo as power-on button, PSU at the bottom for better cooling, tool-free design for the 5.25" and 3.5" devices and thumbscrews for add-on cards. The case measures 214mm x 483mm x 508mm (W x H x D) and weighs 7.2kg.
The included Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 550W features a 120mm fan and has two PCI-E 6+2-pin connectors. Unfortunately, the specifications reveal this power supply has a typical efficiency of only 70 percent. That's very poor performance considering we're now seeing the first power supplies with an efficiency of over 90 percent. The Cooler Master USP 100 will start shipping in Q1 2010 for $99.
Wide Body Design
USP 100 offers a no compromise interior including many popular innovations from Cooler Master high end chassis. The wide body design includes over 11 inches for VGA card length and over 6.5 inches in CPU cooler clearance height for class leading support of the mainstream CPU coolers and graphics cards. A chassis width of over 8.4 inches makes cable management easy, allowing system cables to be hidden in spacious .5 inch clearance behind the motherboard tray. USP 100 includes a CPU retention hole for easy CPU cooler installation, hassle free tool-free drive bays, and an easy to clean front filter air intake.
Powered by 550W Extreme Power Plus
Answering increasing requests for more value, USP 100 combines a spacious, high airflow chassis with a quality 550W power supply. The Extreme Power Plus 550W has been field tested for both durability and performance with major graphics cards and CPUs. The combination of a power supply and chassis provides a stable, all-in-one solution perfect for mainstream system building. The USP 100 is exclusively available as a complete chassis and power supply solution.
Air Cooling Aesthetics
Taking cues from enthusiasts, the USP 100 is factory painted in crimson. Using proven all mesh front panel design, the USP 100 provides enhanced airflow to keep internal temperatures minimal. Front air filters increase dust management while reducing system maintenance. A hidden power button, red themed LED front fan, and crimson LEDs add a bold and edgy flair to any system.
Auzentech X-Fi Home Theater HD 7.1 Soundcard review
Auzentech X-Fi Home Theater HD 7.1 Soundcard review
Auzentech has been developing an HDMI soundcard for quite a while and this new card is said to be loaded with features for any audio tasks. Today in the Guru3D audio lab, we have a brand spanking new Auzentech Home Theater HD 7.1. This ongoing one-upmanship between existing companies is what drives the soundcard market and ensures new products are higher quality and offers new and innovative features to the audio community. The HDMI standard is still considered new in the PC landscape, and while many GFX cards offer HDMI options for graphics the audio side of the standard has been ignored and is lacking.
We are going to run this card through our extensive testing and measuring regimen to let our readers know exactly what you will be getting for your hard earned audio dollars.
Read the Guru3D review right here.
ECS Environment-Friendly Atom Motherboard
Elitegroup Computer Systems is pleased to introduce a brand new small and powerful motherboard, ECS TIGT-I, embedded the latest Intel dual core Atom processor D510 integrated memory controller and Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150(GMA3150) to deliver up to 20% higher performance than ever for home users.
The ECS TIGT-I motherboard features fast Ethernet, high definition audio for various internet applications and leverages integrated GMA3150 graphics core supporting DirectX 9 for popular graphics requirements. In addition, the ultra low voltage and Mini-ITX(170x170mm) form factor, make the ECS TIGT-I motherboard become an ideal solution for fan-less systems, small form factor PCs or portable devices.
The ECS TIGT-I motherboard is based on Intel NM10 Express chipsets and integrated with Intel dual core Atom 45nm processor at 1.66 GHz. With the brand new 2-chip solution, the ECS TIGT-I saves 50% power but increases up to 20% performance than previous generation. Besides, ECS TIGT-1's fan-less design come with the low-power processor also targets at portable battery-operated applications like mobile internet devices and low-cost laptop PCs.
The ECS TIGT-I is well equipped to a complete system with Fast Ethernet port, high definition audio, 2 x SATA3.0 Gb/s, 1 x PATA, 4 x USB 2.0, 2 x DDR2 800, 1 x PCIe x1 expansion slot.
Hynix 2Gb GDDR5 Chip 40nm Process
Hynix has some new graphics memory prototype, 2Gb GDDR5 memory chip based on the 40nm manufacturing process.
The new memory chip from Hynix operates on 1.35V and can reach 7Gbps when used with a 32 bit I/O. This translates into an impressive memory clock of 7000 MHZ. Not only that but the actual power consumption of the chip is 20 percent lower than that of similar chips based on the 50nm manufacturing process.
The DRAM module is a prototype right now and mass production is not set to start before the second half of 2010.
PT Boats: Knights of the Sea Goes Gold
Corsair releases SSD firmware with TRIM support
Corsair has released firmware with TRIM support and a firmware update tool for its Performance Series P64, P128 and P256 solid-state drives.
The firmware (revisionVBM19C1Q) and update tool were both developed by Samsung, and have been rigorously qualified by both Samsung and Corsair using a large number of test platforms, in conjunction with a controlled end-user BETA test of the new firmware.
"This new firmware release for Corsair's Performance Series SSDs adds support for the TRIM performance-maintenance command in Microsoft Windows 7, further enhancing what are already some of the fastest and most respected SSDs on the market," said Jim Carlton, VP of Marketing for Corsair. "While other SSD manufacturers have rushed out bug-ridden firmware and update tools, sometimes with disastrous consequences for end-users, Corsair refused to jump on the bandwagon. We took the time to rigorously test and quality our tools, ensuring that our users will have the best experience possible."
The new firmware and firmware update tool are available immediately from Corsair's Product Forum. The new firmware has been specifically designed to add support for the TRIM command in Windows 7, which enables the operating system to progressively 'clean' previously deleted or 'invalid' data from the drive's memory cells, automatically maintaining optimal performance over time. In addition to the end-user firmware update tool for existing owners, all new Corsair Performance Series solid-state drives currently have firmware VBM19C1Q pre-loaded by default.
Intel launches updated Atom
The newest Intel Atom platform for netbooks consists of a new Intel Atom processor, the N450, and a new low-power Intel NM10 Express Chipset. For entry level desktop PCs, it consists of either the Intel Atom processor D410 or the dual core D510, also paired with the Intel NM10 Express Chipset. The Intel Atom processor was designed from the ground up for small devices and low power, and remains Intel's smallest chip, built on the company's 45nm high-k metal gate manufacturing process. The overall package, including chipset, just got smaller due to the increasing integration and 45nm manufacturing, which means smaller, more compact system designs, lower costs for OEMs and improved performance.
Broad Industry Momentum
Intel continues to see broad industry support for the Atom platform as netbooks in particular have been hot sellers during a recessionary year due to their affordability, function and small size (7-10.2" screens). Additionally, Intel is expecting to see broad channel adoption for Atom in a variety of small form factor entry-level desktop PCs at low price points, including ultra-small designs (less than 1-litre chassis), fanless designs, and low-cost all-in-one designs.
Since Intel announced the first Atom processors for netbooks and entry-level desktop PCs in June 2008, the market has expanded rapidly. Since introduction, Intel has shipped over 40 million Atom chips for netbooks to every major OEM around the world. In the same timeframe, netbooks ramped faster and sold more units than Apple's iPhone or the Nintendo Wii.* According to ABI Research, total Atom shipments for all segments are expected to continue to grow into the 100s of millions by 2011.* Intel is not letting up, offering the next-generation platform for OEMs to continue to innovate around.
Worldwide netbook shipments by telecommunications companies such as T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and others are also growing and expected to fuel another round of expansion. Intel has been working closely with mobile operators and modem vendors to advance 3G capabilities in netbooks in established and emerging markets. To-date approximately a dozen service providers offer netbooks in various markets, and the numbers are expected to grow with the newest platform.
Improved processor and graphics performance
One of the most significant features of the new platform is the integration of memory controller and graphics into the CPU, a first in the industry on x-86 chips. That means two chips (CPU+chipset) instead of the previous three (CPU, chipset, I/O controller hub), a lower TDP, and substantial reductions in cost, overall footprint and power. The netbook platform features a 20 percent improvement in average power and a smaller package size over the previous Atom platform. This translates into smaller and more compact system designs and longer battery life. Because of the integration, the total footprint for the netbook platform has decreased by approximately 60 percent. For entry level desktop PCs, it's a nearly 70 percent reduction in footprint and about 50 percent lower TDP than the previous generation.
About the platform
The N450 is a single core Atom processor with 512k of L2 cache and a 7 watt total kit TDP including chipset. The D410 for entry-level desktop PCs is a single-core Atom processor with 512k of L2 cache and a 12-watt total kit TDP including chipset, and the D510 for entry-level desktop PCs is a dual core Atom processor with 1meg L2 cache and a 15-watt total kit TDP including chipset. The new chips all run at 1.66GHz. Pricing and availability will be announced in January as systems become available from OEMs.
- Higher level of integration plus 45nm manufacturing enables significant power reduction, performance improvements and smaller package size
- Average power consumption down 20 percent over previous generation, enabling longer battery life in netbooks
- Over 80 netbook design wins from major OEMs including ASUS, Acer, Dell, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Samsung and MSI
- Next-generation Intel Atom systems available Jan. 4
WD and NEC Electronics Collaborate on USB 3.0
WD, the world's leader in external storage solutions, and NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions, today announced that the companies have collaborated to promote the new SuperSpeed Universal Serial Bus (USB) 3.0 standard, a next-generation interface to be used in a wide range of electronic devices including PCs, PC peripherals, and digital appliances.
USB 3.0 is capable of supporting data transfer rates of up to 5 gigabits per second (Gbps), which is 10 times faster than the previous high-speed USB 2.0 transfer speeds. With its higher speeds and enhanced power efficiency, external hard disk drives are the first SuperSpeed USB 3.0 devices to appear on the market.
As the first step toward WD's and NEC Electronics' goal to promote the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 standard, the companies plan to develop a USB Attached SCSI Protocol (UASP) driver to deliver hard drives with very high performance, mass-storage capacity. UASP is a new industry-standard, high-performance mass-storage protocol being developed for SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to overcome the performance boundaries of the Bulk Only Transfer (BOT) protocol, which has been used for traditional USB 2.0 speeds. The new UASP driver will be used with NEC Electronics' USB 3.0 xHCI (eXtensible Host Controller Interface) host controller (part number