NVIDIA Optimus can hot-swap graphics cards
Optimus technology, we discussed it earlier on. One of the things we didn't know yet is that Optimus enables you to pull discrete graphics cards out of a running notebook, and put them back in later when you need some more power for a graphics-intensive application. This works because Optimus electrically shuts off components in your notebook:
The benefit of electrically shutting off components in your notebook, including the GPU, is that it extends battery life. Compared to a standard notebook with a discrete GPU Optimus can extend battery life up to 2x*. The benefit of immediately turning it on again is, of course, that you get all the graphics and processing capabilities of the GPU at a moment
Team Guru3D shatters 3DMark 06 World Record 39k points!
Our in-house overclocker Bodar finally did it, he was able to crush the 3DMark 06 world record for team guru3d! We have some photos of before and after. Bodar managed an amazing score of 39349 points, which in fact is a new world-record as measured on hwbot.
Bodar also managed a P score of 44015 points(!) in 3DMark Vantage. And to top it off, he crushed some 3DMark03 numbers while he was at it -- That score ended up being 182,000 points. And apparently that was without really overclocking the graphics cards at all.
To be able to achieve all is he cooled down the processor with LN2 and started some serious overclocking. The processor used was a Intel Xeon W3680 (six-core) clocked towards roughly 5400 MHz on 1.8 Volts. Motherboard used was the Gigabyte X58A-UD7. Here are some validation links on his earlier 40k attempts.
On the graphics card side Bodar used a Radeon HD 5970 card in combo with two Radeon 5870 cards all clocked at 850 MHz with 4800 MHz on the v-memory. Very nice. Later on we'll have a video available of the LN2 overclocking process. For now here are some photo's and screenshots.
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CEBIT 2010 - MSI brings HYDRA to mainstream
In an attempt to further explore the possibilities of Lucid's HYDRA MSI is going to release AMD 870 based motherboards with this extra chip. If you have no idea about what HYDRA is and does, please read our Fuzion motherboard review.
Due to the large amount of driver issues we are surprised to see MSI push through with this technology. At CEBIT MSI is showing a 870A-GD60 Hydra motherboard which apparently will not be much more expensive than the regular 870 motherboard.
The AM3 socket is powered by a 10-phase DrMOS based VRM. The CPU connects to four DDR3 DIMM slots for dual-channel memory. It connects to the AMD 870 northbridge over the HyperTransport 3.0 interface. Its lone PCI-E 2.0 x16 port is taken up by the Hydra Engine chip located between the two PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots. Other expansion slots include three PCI-E x1, and one PCI
The board also supports USB 3.0 and SATA 6G. It is not yet known when this motherboard will retail. Again a photo courtesy of Tweakers.net, later this week we'll snag some photo's ourselves over at CeBIT.
CEBIT 2010 - GeForce GTX 480 PCB photo
More and more photo's on GeForce GTX 470/480 surface on the web. Today we spot a GeForce GTX 480 all nekked to the bare bone PCB, which reveals quite a lot of information really.
When we look at the GPU, the GF100 (GTX 480) uses the same package as the GT200 and G80. We spot 12 memory chips which are on a 384-bit wide memory interface. The GPU is powered by a 6-phase vGPU circuit then we spot a 2-phase Memory circuit. Power is drawn from an 8-pin and a 6-pin power connector. Monitor connectivity shows two DVI-D, and a mini HDMI connector. The PCB is roughly as long as reference GeForce GTX 280 cards. For the GTX 470 we know that the reference design board is expected to have 1536 MB (1.5 GB) of memory. Photo's are courtesy of tweakers.net
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SteelSeries 6Gv2 gaming keyboard
SteelSeries introduced the 6Gv2, a new gaming keyboard with mechanical switches. It promises quicker reaction times, more actions per minute and much higher durability than standard keyboard. The keyboard will soon start shipping a rather steep $99.99.
SteelSeries, the leading manufacturer of gaming peripherals and accessories, today, during CeBIT in Hanover, Germany, introduced the SteelSeries 6Gv2 keyboard. Designed with 18-karat gold-plated mechanical switches, the keyboard offers quicker reaction times and advanced key combinations for more Actions Per Minute and a lifetime more than 10 times that of conventional keyboards.
Like the SteelSeries 7G, the new keyboard utilizes a powerful buffer-system created specifically for gaming, supporting as many simultaneous key presses as there are keys on the keyboard. The
Micron gears up for sub-25nm NAND
Micron is prepping itself to advance its NAND flash process technology to sub-25nm nodes in 2011. Micron Technology is set to advance its NAND flash process technology to sub-25nm nodes in 2011, and is gearing up the development of NAND memory supporting ONFI's soon-to-be available specification called EZ-NAND, according to Kevin Kilbuck, director of NAND market development for Micron.
According to Micron's NAND flash process roadmap, the company expects to enter the sub-25nm technology era in 2011 about one year after mass production of 25nm-made products in mid-2010. The memory maker also looks to develop its charge trap flash (CTF) technology, a replacement option for the current mainstream floating-gate NAND technology.
In terms of applications, Micron has offered managed NAND portfolio that supports the eMMC standard for handset and GPS navigator applications, Kilbuck said. eMMC solutions, seen as an alternative to NOR flash, provide a standard interface specification that minimizes the need for host software to accommodate process node migrations and different chipmakers' NAND flash devices.
Micron is also vying for a piece of the market for portable and consumer electronics applications. Kilbuck revealed the company's plan to introduce new NAND solutions that will feature the EZ-NAND specification. The new chips will operate more like storage media, with an 8Gb device capable of storing 2,000 songs or 7,000 photos like a DVD storage.
ONFI recently announced it has begun work on the new technology specification, which is expected to be completed in the mid-2010 timeframe. EZ-NAND is to build ECC (error checking and correction) into the NAND die rather than the system, which will remove the burden of the host controller to keep pace with the fast-changing ECC requirements of NAND technology.
Activision confirms Infinity Ward departures
In addition, this press release confirms that Infinity Ward is developing two downloadable expansions Modern Warfare 2 that will be released later this year. An all new Call of Duty game from developer Treyarch will be released in the fall of 2010 but no setting was announced. In 2011 another new Call of Duty game will be released but no developer for that game was revealed. The publisher also confirmed that yet another Call of Duty game is in the works at the newly formed Sledgehammer Games developer, formed by the former leaders of EA's Visceral Games. Sledgehammer's Call of Duty game will be an action-adventure title rather than a first person shooter but no release date was announced. In addition, Activision is chatting with a number of unnamed partners to bring a Call of Duty game to Asian countries, presumably as an online-only game [via ggmania].
CEBIT 2010 - Logitech Harmony 600 and 650 remotes
Logitech introduced two new remotes at CeBIT, the $79.99 Harmony 600 and the $99.99 Harmony 650. Both models should be available in retail storeslater this month.
Nearly all of the entertainment devices in today
Xigmatek Asgard II budget cases
Xigmatek released the Asgard II, a new all-black budget case with four 5.25" drive bays, one external 3.5" bay and six internal 3.5" bays.
There's support for up to four 120mm fans and all the expansion slots and drive bays feature tool-free installation. There are three different versions of the case, you can get it with black, silver or flashy orange accents. The Xigmatek Asgard II should be available in retail stores for around 33 EUR / 40 USD.
CEBIT 2010 - GeForce GTX 470 card spotted at CeBIT
Well there you go guys, spotted at CeBIT. The card itself. This is supposed to be a GeForce GTX 470. Click on the thumbnail to see the full photo courtesy of computerbase.
NVIDIA Forceware 196.75 Released
NVIDIA released a new WHQL driver, this Forceware 196.75.
New in Version 196.75
- Adds support for Next Generation ION.
- Adds support for GeForce GT 320, GeForce GT 330, and GeForce GT 340.
- Upgrades PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0129.
- Upgrades HD Audio driver to version 188.8.131.52 (for supported GPUs).
- Increases performance in several PC games from v196.21 WHQL. The following are examples of measured improvements. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:
- Up to 13% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with a single GPU
- Up to 30% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with SLI technology
- Up to 13% performance increase in H.A.W.X with single GPU
- Up to 15% performance increase in H.A.W.X with SLI technology
- Up to 30% performance increase in Left 4 Dead with single GPU
- Up to 28% performance increase in Left 4 Dead with SLI technology
- Adds SLI and multi-GPU support for top new gaming titles including Assassin Creed II, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Command and Conquer 4: Tiberium Twilight, Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes from Liberty City, Mass Effect 2, Napoleon: Total War, and Zombie Driver.
- Enhanced SLI support for World of Warcraft and Unigine.
- Adds override anti-aliasing support for Mass Effect 2.
- Includes numerous bug fixes.
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
NVIDIA ION2 officially launched
NVIDIA officially introduced its next-generation ION graphics processor, promising high graphics performance and high battery life for netbooks.
NVIDIA introduced the Next-generation NVIDIA(R) ION(TM) graphics processor today, which will supercharge netbooks with 10 times the graphics performance of standard netbooks(1) and enable up to 10 hours of battery life(2) thanks to NVIDIA(R) Optimus(TM) technology.
The new ION graphics processing unit (GPU) vastly outperforms basic netbook graphics by delivering rich HD media in games, movies, and Internet-based video. Unlike netbooks with Intel integrated graphics, ION netbooks have the power to play amazing HD video smoothly from sites like YouTube and support popular PC games like World of Warcraft.
The new ION netbooks also feature NVIDIA's highly acclaimed Optimus technology, which automatically selects the best graphics processor for running any given application -- seamlessly routing the workload to either an NVIDIA discrete GPU or Intel integrated graphics. The result is great battery life and superior performance when you need it.
More than 30 products featuring the new ION GPU are expected to launch by this summer including netbooks, small form factor desktops, "barebones" systems, motherboards, and discrete add-in cards. The Acer Aspire One 532G (10-inch) and ASUS 1201PN (12-inch) are expected to be the first new ION netbooks to be introduced. New all-in-one PCs powered by next-generation ION will include the ASUS EeeTop 2010PNT and Lenovo C200. Channel partners including AOpen, AsRock, Asus, Foxconn, Giada, J&W, Jetway, Pegatron, POV, Shuttle, and Zotac also plan to introduce new ION-based products soon.
Infinity Ward president leaves for unknown reasons
Netgear HD Home Theater Adapter & Ethernet Gaming WiFi-N
Netgear have outed two new wireless home networking products at CeBIT 2010 today, the High-Performance Wireless-N HD Home Theater Adapter (WNHDB3004) shown here, and the Ethernet to Wireless Adapter (WNCE2001) for easily bridging wired devices to a wireless network. The Home Theater Adapter is apparently capable of supporting multiple simultaneous Full HD 1080p streams, and comes with pre-configured security settings so that, after a single button push, the two towers are linked.
As for the frequencies it uses, there
CEBIT 2010 - Enterprise SSD range from OCZ
The company will be demonstrating the benefits that its SSD solutions can bring to the enterprise segment, with their higher speeds and compact form factor, compared with HDDs. Among the products that will be showcased are devices from the Agility 2, Vertex 2 and vertex LE series, which try to merge both productivity and low power consumption.
In addition, the company will also display the results of its ongoing efforts towards answering the need for even faster and larger drives. As such, OCZ will demonstrate, among other things, the fourth-generation design of the Z-Drive series aimed at server arrays and small business applications.
Of course, the storage solution developer will not overlook what it names
CEBIT 2010 - Corsair enters heatpipe CPU cooling market
CEBIT 2010 - EVGA W555 motherboard details
Remeber the dual-socket LGA 1366 motherbaord from eVGA ? Well two things, one there are more specs on them, and two .. we'll actually be reviewing hopefully this month. Actually we'll be sending it off to one of team Guru3D overclockers to haev some fun with the motherboard, a couple of Xeon 5500 series processors and sure .. Liquid Nitrogen. Anyway -- the upcoming EVGA W555 motherboard is obviously a new dual QPI Xeon mainboard with 4-way SLI and CrossFire support.
It has some interesting features, such as the capability to run different processor models together. You can even mix quad-core and hexa-core chips as it now seems, but they must be from the same architecture family, it's not possible to mix and match Westmere plus Nehalem processors.
* "Power Consumption Tests:
- 2.8GHz x 2 @ 1.20v w 24 threads Full Load + 12GB Rams + 1x GTX285 Classified Full Load = 535w from AC socket
2.8GHz x 2 @ 1.20v w 24 threads Full Load + 12GB Rams + 4x GTX285 Classified Full Load = 991w from AC socket
- 4.0GHz x 2 @ 1.30v w 24 threads Full Load + 12GB Rams + 1x GTX285 Classified Full Load = 766w from AC socket
- 4.0GHz x 2 @ 1.30v w 24 threads Full Load + 12GB Rams + 4x GTX285 Classified Full Load = 1,243w from AC socket
- 4.2GHz x 2 @ 1.40v w 24 threads Full Load + 12GB Rams + 1x GTX285 Classified Full Load = 913w from AC socket
- 4.2GHz x 2 @ 1.40v w 24 threads Full Load + 12GB Rams + 4x GTX285 Classified Full Load = 1,390w from AC socket"
Check out soem photo's we took earlier, you'll spot the two LGA-1366 sockets, each powered by an 8-phase digital PWM circuit. Each socket is wired to six DDR3 DIMM slots supporting triple-channel memory for that socket. The board has 7 PCIe slots and to feed them the motherboard is equipped with two NF200 (NVIDIA) bridge chips to add additional PCIe lanes. We took a couple of photo's at CES earlier this year.
Don't Use Your PS3 until they fix PSN bug
Nasty .. just nasty. If you happen to own a PS3 older than one of the slim versions Sony is actually recommending that you don't use it until they have fixed a date issue
As you may be aware, some customers have been unable to connect to the PlayStation Network today. This problem affects the models other than the new slim PS3. We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system.
- The date of the PS3 system may be re-set to Jan 1, 2000.
- When the user tries to sign in to the PlayStation Network, the following message appears on the screen;