Guru3D PC Buyers Guide Summer 2009
Guru3D offers you their annual PC Buyers Guide, this is the 2009 summer edition. This article brings you a set of recommendations of products we feel are great components to build yourself a nice gaming rig.
Guru3D's guide will only cover the box. Monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers are not included. We do this for brevity's sake, as the monitor alone would require its own guide, especially if I were to cover LCD monitors.
Since this site is called "Guru3D" this guide will target a system intended for gaming primarily while not spending heaps of money.
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MSI P55-GD65 has overclocking buttons
Hmm, what do ya know ... MSI's upcoming P55-GD65 motherboard seems to have three buttons to overclock your system. The plus and minus buttons will let you adjust your system's base clock, while the OC Genie button promises to automatically overclock your processor to its maximum.
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ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO 785G motherboard pixelized
ASUS listed a new AMD Socket AM3 motherboard on its website, the M4A785TD-M EVO. This microATX model uses the upcoming AMD 785G chipset, SB710 southbridge, and ATI Radeon HD 4200 integrated graphics with DirectX 10.1 support. It has support for 1800MHz DDR3 memory and uses conductive polymer caps. You can check out the full specs at ASUS.
This motherboard supports AMD Socket AM3 multi-core processors with unique L3 cache and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power consumption. It features dual-channel DDR3 1333 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5200MT/s via HyperTransport
Windows 7 family pack; Anytime Upgrade prices leaked
That's not all though. Expercom also listed prices for Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade. Upgrading from Windows 7 Starter to Home Premium will cost $81.95, while Expercom listed an upgrade price of $90.95 to switch from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional. Finally, the Windows 7 Home Premium to Ultimate upgrade was listed for $137.95.
MechWarrior 5 2009 Debut Gameplay Trailer
Command & Conquer 4 is acknowledged
EALA sent out a press release officially announcing Command & Conquer 4, saying the PC-exclusive RTS sequel will ship next year:
Guildford, UK., July 9, 2009 - behold disciples of Nod, the end is soon upon us. Electronic arts inc. (nasdaq: Erts) today announced that, after almost 15 years and 30 million games sold, eala is bringing the award-winning tiberium series to an epic conclusion with Command & Conquer 4. Shipping in 2010, Command & Conquer 4 will introduce a multitude of innovations to the classic fast and fluid command & conquer gameplay while retaining the core compulsions that fans have come to love over the series
Torqx SSD warranty 10 years update
Yesterday we mentioned that the new Patriot Torqx M28 would get ten years warranty. What was a bit unclear if that warranty was supposably only for that product or the entire Patriot Torqx line.
BTW read our Patriot Torqx 128GB review right here.
We just got word back and it's really good news, all models now carry 10 years warranty even if you already purchased one a while ago:
Just sending a quick note to make sure that we recently announced that all our Torqx SSD warranty has been extended from 2 year to 10 years.
This is retroactive and valid for everyone who has bought our Torqx!
Product Marketing Specialist
Biostar and MSI Intro New G41-Based Motherboards
Biostar Microtech International, the company has just announced the introduction of a new series of motherboards based on the aforementioned G41 chipset from Intel. The new lineup includes several motherboards, all of which are designed to support Intel processors and enable users with the performance of the integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500 GPU. Part of the new Biostar series, we should mention the new T41 HD, G41D3G, G41 DVI and G41-M7 models. Being among the leading vendors of motherboards, MSI has also put Intel's G41 chipset to good use, launching a series of new products based on said platform. Part of the new series, MSI has made available no less than 7 boards, including the G41M-FIDP, G41M-FD, P41T-C33, P41T-C31, G41M-F and the flagship G41TM-E43, as well as the G41TM-E63. Designed using solid capacitors, the new models have been featured with embedded D-Sub, DVI and HDMI ports. In addition, MSI has included the Easy OC Switch technology, which will enable users to easily overclock their PCs through the BIOS-located
40nm GeForce G210 and GeForce GT 220 released
In an awefully silent web-update NVIDIA today apprantly released two 40nm parts. It's introduced with such stealth that they didn't even inform technical press about it. Which makes us wonder why really ...
The two new parts are the rumored GeForce GT 220 and GeForce G210 and are to be considered the lowest of low-end, aka OEM and budget parts. The G210 will support analog VGA, DisplayPort and DVI outputs while the GT 220 has VGA, HDMI and DVI.
The GeForce G210 has 16 processor cores and a 589 MHz CPU clock speed; that's paired with 512 MB of DDR2 memory with a 64-bit interface and 500 MHz clock speed. Its shaders run at 1402 MHz. The NVIDIA GeForce GT 220, it has 48 shader processor cores and a 615 MHz clock speed, paired with 1 GB of GDDR3 memory with a 790 MHz clock and a 128-bit interface. It has a slightly slower shaders clock speed of 1335 MHz. Neither of the two cards is expected to be available directly to consumers, both offerings are marked as OEM products and meant to be entry-level options in pre-built PCs.
According to the available specifications, the new cards should provide a low-level of performance, comparable to the company's current GeForce 9400 and 9500 GPUs. Both cards will be based on a PCI-Express 2.0 interface and will also provide users with some of NVIDIA's own technology, including the support for PhysX and CUDA applications.
The cards are designed using TSMC's 40nm chips and will only be available to OEMs, mainly due to TSMC's issues with supplying the new 40nm chips.
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Patriot Doubles Cache for SSDs and adds 10 Year Warranty
Patriot Memory today announced the release of their Torqx M28 Series with capacities in 128 GB and 256 GB. The new SSD units are now backed by a new industry leading 10 year warranty for all Torqx SSD products.
The Torqx M28 SSD has been specifically designed with cutting-edge technology by increasing the DRAM cache from 64 MB to 128 MB of cache in conjunction with its current NAND flash technology. The ultimate result is an SSD that allows faster transfer rates between the controller and the host device. Compared to today
Auzentech Launches X-Raider and X-Studio Sound Cards
Auzentech announced the immediately availability of the Auzen X-Raider 7.1 and X-Studio 5.1 sound cards. These sound cards provide an affordable upgrade from the onboard audio built into desktop PCs, and are ideal for improving audio from games, music, and movies. The Auzen X-Raider 7.1 is a PCI sound card with swappable OPAMPs for all channels, SPDIF(Optical) In/Out, internal digital output via two-pin connector, support for HD front panel audio, Magic Voice, Microphone Echo, key-shifting, Xear3D, EAX 1.0/2.0, A3D and DirectSound.
The X-Studio 5.1 is a low profile PCI Sound Card with a swappable front-left and front-right channel OPAMP, internal digital output via a two-pin connector, support for QSound Labs 3D Surround Engine driver, and HD front panel audio. Both sound cards are compatible with Intel and AMD processors and Windows XP or Vista.
Super talent Pico Mini USB drives
Super Talent today introduced their new line of colorful and trendy Pico Mini USB drives in capacities from 2GB to 16GB. The Pico drives, Pico Mini drives are built using COB technology which enables squeezing impressive Flash capacities into extremely small packages.Super Talent Pico Mini drives are water resistant, and support up to 200X transfer speeds.
The drives are offered in four bold colors that are color coded to four capacities, as show below. Each drive includes a springy matching keycord. At 32 x 15 x 3 mm (1.3 x 0.6 x 0.1 inches), Pico Mini drives are surprisingly tiny. Even more impressive, they tip the scales at merely 1.5 grams.
Arctic Cooling debuts F Pro TC fans
Arctic Cooling has introduced a new lineup of F Pro TC fans, this series includes 80mm, 92mm and 120mm models.
Unlike other generic temperature controlled case fans, the ARCTIC F Pro TC fan provides cooling according to not only the temperature, but also the overall necessity for cooling.
The revolutionary programmed temperature controller plays a key role. As shown in the chart, when case ambient air temperature is at safe level 0
Google announces Chrome based Operating System
I'm a little late posting this (yesterday's news really) but Google has officially announced that they plan to release a Chrome based OS. Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Google plans to open-source its code later this year and offer Google powered netbooks in 2010. Company officials confirmed that Google Chrome OS will run on both x86 as well as ARM chips. Google is currently working with multiple OEMs to bring a number of netbooks to market next year bundled with the new Chrome OS.
Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we're already talking to partners about the project, and we'll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.
Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.
Google Chrome OS will run on both x86 as well as ARM chips and we are working with multiple OEMs to bring a number of netbooks to market next year. The software architecture is simple
Patriot Torqx 128 GB SSD review
Armed with a very sexy multi-channel Indilinx SSD controller and a nice fat 64MB cache we'll be looking at the Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD. A drive that has the latest revision firmware installed and when we bring it onto automotive terms .. an SSD with a lot of torque.
Check out this review right here.
NVIDIA SLI Profile Patch 1.0
NVIDIA today released a SLI profile patch, which is meant to accelerate a number of games when ran on systems with multiple NVIDIA video cards.
This version of the NVIDIA SLI profile patch should be used with v186.18 display driver.
It adds support for the following PC games:
- Anno 1404 (Dawn of Discovery)
- ARMA II All NVIDIA SLI PCs
This patch applies to all NVIDIA SLI PCs with Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, both 32-bit and 64-bit.
Thermalright Preps T-Rad 2 GTX VGA Cooler
Thermalright is working on an improved version of T-Rad 2, under the name T-Rad 2 GTX.
Dimensions are L228 x W140 x H25 mm and its weight is just over 360 gram, there are six nickel-plated heatpipes and a cooling surface that gives the option to install two 92 mm fans or a big 120 mm fan.
- Light and Slim designed heatsink; 25mm in total height with large cooling surface area.
- Options to install two 92mm fans or one 120mm quiet fan.
- Supports multiple nVidia and ATI video cards in SLI and Cross Fire mode.
- Six nickel-plated heatpipes to reduce oxidation effect, maintaining top performance for long term usage.
- Features an all copper base and soldering technology that has each heatsink fin soldered to the heatpipes for a definite contact in producing high efficiency rate of heat transfer.
- Dimension:L228 x W140 x H25 mm
- Recommended Fan:All 92 x 92 x 25 fans / All 120 x 120 x 25 fans
- Heat pipes:Six heat pipes / Nickel Plated
- Base material:Copper Base
The T-Rad 2 GTX is compatible with NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS (G92), 8800 GT, 9800 GTX, GTS 250, GTX 280, and AMD Radeon HD 2600, HD 2900, HD 3870, HD 4850, HD 4890 cards. The cooler's pricing is not yet finalized, but is likely to be priced at roughly 40 EUR.
BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2OC and GTX 285 OCFU announced
BFG Technologies announced today the launch of two new additions to BFG