Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor GeForce GTX 970 VRAM stress test
It has been an interesting week with all the hype on the GeForce GTX 970 with what now is know as a crippled memory sub-system. Three weeks ago here on Guru3D.com users in our forums started to report oddities with their GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, the card ran out of memory at 3.5 GB, not utilizing anything higher or reports of stutters in high graphics memory usage.Read more
Does the GeForce GTX 970 have a memory allocation bug ? (update 3)
For a week or two now in our forums there have been allegations that users of the GeForce GTX 970 have a darn hard time addressing and filling the last 10% of their graphics memory. The 4 GB card seems to run into issues addressing the last 400 to 600 MB of memory, which is significant.Read more
Cooler Master Centurion 5 II cases
Cooler Master introduced the Centurion II case series, this new model offers more airflow, more drive bays, and new easy-to-install features. The chassis is released without a side-panel for a change and comes in black or black/silver. The Centurion 5 II chassis has a ridgid steel body, and measures 202 (W) x 440 (H) x 485 (D) mm.
Storage wise you'll spot four exposed 5.25-inch bays, an I/O panel with USB 2.0, eSATA, audio and optional FireWire ports, five 3.5-inch bays and a nice adapter for installing two 2.5-inch or 1.8-inch drives into one 3.5-inch holder.
It comes equipped with two fans (140mm spinner 1200 RPM/ 19 dBA) plus 120mm fan rated 1200 RPM / 17 dBA at the back.
Judge rules NVIDIA violates three Rambus patents
Some bad and likely very expensive news for NVIDIA. The International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled today that NVIDIA is violating three patents owned by Rambus. The patents relate to memory controller technology that is used in the company's GeForce, Quadro, nForce, Tesla and Tegra products.
A judge with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington said today that Nvidia is violating three patents owned by Rambus. Two other patents are invalid, said Judge Theodore Essex. His decision, which is subject to review by the full commission, may result in a ban on imports of Nvidia chips and products that use them, including some computers made by Hewlett-Packard Co.
Rambus, based in Los Altos, California, has been in litigation for a decade against companies that refused to license its patents. On Jan. 19, Samsung Electronics Co. said it would pay $900 million to end its legal dispute with Rambus and reach a new licensing deal over computer-memory technology.
MSI Kombustor 0.7.0 Beta
MSI Kombustor 0.7.0 Beta
For the MSI AfterBurner we are creating a new function, a stress test which will be called Kombustor. This is standalone benchmark/stability test tool based on FurMark, but now with big and furry MSI logo. You can either run in separately, or link with Afterburner to read more detailed information during stress test.
After installing Kombustor, you can simply press the "K" button on Afterburner 1.5.0 and instantly launch 3D stability test. Just that simple! You can also click the Kombustor icon on the desktop to launch GUI to customize your testing preference.
This is first public beta, please try it and feedback to us.
Features of MSI Kombustor
- Based on FurMark technology
- Latest OpenGL 3.2 rendering path
- Benchmark and stability test mode
- Link with Afterburner 1.5.0+
- GPU temperature monitoring
- Fullscreen or windowed for each type of run mode
- Window size selection (standard or custom)
- MSAA samples selection
- Benchmarking parameters: time based or frames based
- Xtreme Burning Mode for Xtreme tester
EVGA Precision v1.9.1
eVGA's overclock tool Precision has been updated to revision 1.9.1 - it contains a small fix for the latest ForceWare drivers:
EVGA Precision v1.9.1 (01-21-2010)
- Added workaround for overclocking bug of ForceWare 196.21. Please take a note that the workaround is applied only to 196.00 - 196.21 driver versions range in order to ensure compatibility with future fixed NVIDIA drivers.
Guru3D Discovers who Top Gear's "The Stig" really is !
Guru3D Discovers who Top Gear's "The Stig" really is !
(well sort off).
Yesterday Guru3D attended a press-conference from Intel. The press conference was about the latest desktop and mobile Core i3/i5 series products with their respective features. You guys have been able to read all about the latest processors here are Guru3D.com when they launched on January the 3rd. You can read our Core i5 650 - 660 and 661 processor review right here.
The press conference was held at the RAI in Amsterdam where the Top Gear live show also is held for three days (great show btw - should it be held in your country and you like Top gear ? Then definitely go). The Intel press conference was therefore named and styled after the popular automotive show and the presentation labeled at "Top Core". There was a surprising moment when no-one else other than the Stig actually arrived on scene holding a nice 32nm Clarkdale wafer. We have some footage of that which we'd like to show you, have a look and sorry for the low quality video and lag - something in the video transcoding process seems to have an issue and causing some small hiccups:
So there you have it guys, the Stig unveiled. No-one knew that he would be Jan Schouten - RCO at Intel Benelux. We could have known though, some say he eats Pentium 4 cores in the morning just to have a good breakfast.
After the prank and during the presentation obviously the entire new line of processors was introduced which include the Core i3 530 and 540 models, as well as the Core i5 650, 660, 661, and 670, which will be featured with Hyper-Threading, 4MB of L3 cache and support for dual-channel DDR3-1333 memory next to the mobile line-up that is.
As stated we have already published an in-depth review on Core i5 650 - 660 and 661 and with a bit of luck we'll add Core i3 results next week as well. Let's check the next video clip:
In the presentation a representative from CodeMasters was attending and talking about the importance of multi-threaded support in the Core series processors but also briefly touching the subject 3D gaming which apparently caught Intel's interest as well. This is a very low-level generic interview, interesting none the less.
Again, more on Intel and Core i3 next week along with a couple of pending H55/57 motherboards reviews soon. And on that bombshell .. good night, and have a good weekend !
MSI Radeon HD 5870 Lightning PCB photo's
The weirdest emails sometimes arrive at Guru3D. We received a series of photo's anonymous thorugh email, these photo's are showing the R5870 Lightning from MSI all stripped down nekked. In the past we already tested MSI's GeForce GTX 265 and 275 and where impressed. MSI is making a move towards the Radeon series now as well.
Two 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors for maximum power delivery. Voltage measuring points for the GPU voltages - little LEDs for showing active rails, quality caps and chokes .. very nice. Check it out.
No specs available, just some photo's ... (click thumbnails)
Viking modular solutions enters SSD storage market
The SSD market is one that is growing today. SSDs were too expensive for most consumers when they first debuted, but the prices are coming down to the point now where some consumers are willing to purchase. As more companies enter the SSD market prices will be driven down by competition as well.
Viking Modular Solutions announced today that it is entering into the SSD storage marker and that it will be using SandForce processors in its SSD products. The company will be making SSDs with SCSI 6Gb/s interface for enterprise use and SSDs that use the standard 3Gb/s SATA interface for consumer and other applications.
Both of the SSD types will be 2.5-inch form factor drives. The company will also be offering smaller 1.8-inch SSDs for small and rugged applications. The SSDs will be configured using MLC and SLC NAND chips depending on the application. Viking is sampling the drives to OEMs today.
AMD Posts Profits for Q4 2009
AMD issued its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2009 and the report shows what is the first quarterly profit of the company after 13 consecutive quarters. Advanced Micro Devices not only performed well during 2009, from a marketing standpoint, but it also benefited from the royalty-bearing antitrust settlement with Intel. Having received $1.25 billion from the Santa Clara chip maker, the CPU and GPU manufacturer posted record year-on-year quarterly profits.
According to an official company statement, AMD's revenue rose to $1.65 billion, which implies an increase of 42 percent. Net income attributable to common stockholders was reported to be of $1.178 billion, or $1.52 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2009. This means that the favorable impact was of $1.57 per share, which corresponds to a net favorable impact of $1.238 billion.
Unlike the fourth quarter, the third one of 2009 saw a common stockholder net loss of $128 million, whereas the operating loss was of $77 million. The fourth quarter of 2008, however, was the most dismal, with an operating loss of $1.274 billion and a net loss of $1.436 billion, and revenues only amounted to $1.162 billion. While AMD did have a good marketing performance during 2009, it was the $1.25 billion received from Intel that ultimately enabled the
Corsair Dominator GTX DDR3 takes it to 2333MHz
Corsair introduced new Dominator GTX1 DDR3 memory modules that run at 2333MHz, the company claims these are the fastest modules with Intel XMP-Ready certification; Intel's engineers awarded the XMP-Ready certification to 2 x 2GB Corsair CMGTX1 modules running at the incredible frequency of 2333MHz using low timings of 9-11-9-27 at a voltage of just 1.65V. The test platform was a Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P motherboard. The successful XMP certification is a testament to the performance capabilities as well as the stability of both the memory and the target platform.
"Building the fastest memory for extreme overclockers and enthusiasts requires considerable engineering expertise, combined with a unique understanding of the complexities of overclocking," said Kevin Conley, VP of Engineering at Corsair. "Intel is one of the most meticulous and sophisticated technology companies in the world, and so achieving XMP-Ready certification at the astonishing frequency of 2333MHz once again clearly demonstrates Corsair's performance leadership."
Corsair Dominator GTX1 modules are individually screened and tested on multiple high-performance Intel P55 chipset platforms. In addition to the XMP-Ready certification at a frequency of 2333MHz, they are guaranteed by Corsair to operate at up to 2400MHz at timings of 9-11-9-27 at 1.65V.
Corsair Dominator GTX modules are available exclusively from Corsair's Online Store. They utilize Corsair's patented DHX+ heatsink and are supplied with extra-tall cooling fins to maximize heat dissipation. They are sold as a single module, allowing enthusiasts to simply buy the number of modules they require. Corsair recommends using the GT Airflow fan with tall mounting brackets, also available from the Corsair Online Store (part number CMXAF2 GTL).
As Corsair Dominator GTX1 modules are screened by hand, in multiple passes, at Corsair's lab in Fremont, California, availability is extremely limited and is on a first come, first served basis only.
23 percent of Steam customers run Windows 7 already
The success of DirectX 11 has been tied into the Windows 7 OS, but DX11 can also be installed on computers running Windows Vista. Over 50% of Steam users are capable of supporting DX11 on the software side through Windows 7 or Vista, but unfortunately Steam isn't keeping track of DX11 video cards yet.
Mass Effect 2 Launch Video
OCZ Vertex 2 Pro (SandForce SF1500) SSD preview
OCZ Vertex 2 Pro (SandForce SF1500) SSD preview
OCZ has been on a winning streak with their SSD drives ever since that started selling Indilinx controller based products. Armed with that controller and a nice phat cache these SSDs show brilliant performance.
Therefore it came as a total shock to all of the sudden see OCZ announce a new series SSDs with SandForce controllers. Apparently it's not needed with the SandForce controllers and that's where the true power of this product is to be found. Fantastic performing SSD drives without the need for a data-cache, saving on money while gaining performance. Too good to be true ? Let's find out in a nice preview.
Check out this Guru3D article here.
ECS USB 3.0 / SATA 6 Gbps Solutions
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), a leading motherboard, graphics card, barebone system and notebook manufacturer, today announced the launch of the ECS U3N2 and S6M2 expansion cards as the most flexible solution for many upcoming USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps external devices.
The ECS U3N2 USB 3.0 expansion card which is powered by NEC USB 3.0 controller chip delivers a brand new standard SuperSpeed USB 3.0 performance up to 5Gbps data-transfer rate which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0 and at least 900mA current output for each port to easily access SuperSpeed external devices, also, the ECS U3N2 USB 3.0 expansion card provides a great flexibility with its backward compatibility to USB 2.0 and earlier devices.
Coolink Launches Corator DS CPU Cooler Based on GDT
Built for a maximum heat conductivity and with a hydro-dynamic bearing fan, the latest CPU cooler from Coolink aims to balance both excellent cooling with a low noise output. Known as the Corator DS, the cooling module is based on the company's exclusive GDC technology. This technology uses an all-copper, gapless contact area, for a superior heat transfer, and spreads the thermal compound for even better cooling when used with high-end processors or in overclocked setups.
The cooling mechanism employs a fan from the SWiF2 series. This fan uses the high-performance hydro-dynamic bearing and an 11-blade impeller design. The excellent airflow is coupled with the over 7500cm
Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H Motherboard Photo's
Over at CES we already showed you several motherboards based on the AMD 890 chipset. A new one was spotted, this is the upcoming Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H, this motherboard features the AMD 890GX + SB800 chipset and supports Socket AM3 Athlon II and Phenom II processors, including the company's soon-to-be-released six-core chips.
According to TPU the CPU is powered by a 5-phase VRM, it is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots to support dual-channel memory with speeds of over DDR3-1866 MHz by overclocking. The AMD 890GX northbridge embeds a faster DirectX 10.1 compliant integrated graphics with display connectivity including DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI (with 7.1 audio pass).
Expansion slots include two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x8/x8 when both are populated), three PCI-E x1, and two PCI. The new SB800 southbridge gives out six SATA 6 Gb/s ports. An additional Gigabyte GSATA2 controller gives out two SATA 3 Gb/s ports and an IDE connector. An NEC-made USB 3.0 controller further provides two external USB 3.0 ports (color-coded blue), next to a number of USB 2.0 ports. 8-channel audio with Dolby Home Theater support, and gigabit LAN make for the rest of it.
Galaxy dual-GPU GeForce GTS 250 card
Galaxy always designs a dual-GPU board every now and then. Then they a press-release and a board for review to one or two media sites .. and then these dual-GPU cards are never to be heard from again. Marketing blizz folks -- brand recognition.
Anyways, Galaxy developed a dual-GPU graphics card with two GeForce GTS 250 GPUs. Basically, this model seems to be a spicy single-PCB version of the GeForce 9800 GX2 with lower power consumption. The two GPUs are placed on a single PCB, and the Low Power edition G92-426 GPUs are expected to bring down the power draw. The graphics board also features one BR04 bridge chip and 16 pieces of 0.8ns DRAM chips. Each GPU is served by 1GB of memory and a 256-bit of memory interface.
The card features 6-phase power supply design and employs Bussmann choke which boasts up to 2MHz frequency. Check out the thumbnails.
Samsung unleashes two high contrast LCD displays
Samsung has introduced two professional 23" LCD displays with high contrast ratio in South-Korea. The F2370H will debut for 397,000 won (640EUR) and the F2380MX for 417,000 won (675EUR).
The Samsung Sync Master 70 Series F2370H designed for a more professional usage with its simple design and the Sync Master 80 Series F2380MX targeting a more casual user with its elegant design, are both 23
Zotac to debut ION 2 barebone for $249
That's not bad, especially for a NetPC or minor HTPC usage .. Zotac is going to unveil a NVIDIA ION 2 based barebone in March, prices of the MAG HD-ND01 are expected to start at $249. The system will feature the Intel Atom D410 or D510, a motherboard with the NM10 chipset, and the NVIDIA GT218 GPU.
This is a barebone and as such it will ship without DRAM and a storage device, explaining the price tag of this unit.