Changes in version 3.0.2:
- Fixed inability to put machine to sleep with Fraps running
- Fixed bug preventing people from updating the benchmark timeout value
- Fixed problem restoring Fraps window to previous position upon startup
- Fixed AUDIODG.EXE consuming large amounts of CPU for some users
Patriot Launches more affordable SSD line
Patriot Memory announced the release of their new PS-100 Series SSDs.
|PS256GS25SSDR||Patriot PS-100 256GB SATA 2.5" SSD||0879699009447|
|PS128GS25SSDR||Patriot PS-100 128GB SATA 2.5" SSD||0879699009430|
|PS64GS25SSDR||Patriot PS-100 64GB SATA 2.5" SSD||0879699009423|
|PS32GS25SSDR||Patriot PS-100 32GB SATA 2.5" SSD||0879699009416|
The PS-100 is the latest in Patriot's "cache" based SSD drives and has been targeted for cost-conscious consumers pursuing performance and reliability without having to empty their bank account. The 2.5" SSD makes use of a 64GB cache, power consumption of 5.3W when operating, and .5W when in standby mode; an option that is sure to attract notebook and laptop users alike. The PS-100 boosts sequential read speeds of up to 210MB/s, with sequential write speeds up to 150MB/s, another feature that will be attractive to end users. The low power consumption of the PS-100 drives extends battery life on notebooks and netbooks while the performance reduces system boot times and application load times improving overall system responsiveness.
"Our PS-100 is a great option for consumers that want all the reliability and performance of an SSD, but are looking for aggressive pricing," say Eric Ackerson, Patriot's Director of Marketing. "We are excited about getting this product into the market just in time for the holiday season, and with capacities from 32GB to 256GB, the PS-100 family brings improved system performance and longevity with a broad range of capacities and price points."
Patriot curious enough did not include any prices.
Radeon HD 5970 press-releases
Here's an overview of Radeon HD 5970 press-releases:
HIS Announces HD 5970 2GB Graphics Accelerator - HIS
Today HIS unleashed the revolutionary new HIS Radeon HD 5970 2GB GDDR5. Building on the success of HIS 5800 series, HIS 5970 offer the power of two 5800 GPUs and 3200 stream processors on a single board. It delivers groundbreaking graphics performance along with the most advanced feature set in the graphics industry.
Powered by the top-of-the-line 5970 GPU, HIS Radeon HD 5970 2GB GDDR5 accelerates PC gaming with more than 4 teraFLOPS computing power! Running at 725MHz core clock speed and 4Gbps memory clock speed, the, HIS Radeon HD 5970 ensure extreme game play at high resolutions and maximum settings. It delivers full support for Microsoft DirectX 11 graphics and compute functionality. Besides, it features an architecture tailored to excel with DirectCompute 11 (Shader Model 5.0) and OpenCL, taking ATI Stream functionality to next level.
MSI Unveils its Top-of-the-line R5970-P2D2G - MSI
World renowned graphics card and mainboard brand and manufacturer, MSI, captured the hearts of powerful performance enthusiasts after unveiling its all-new R5800, R5700 series of graphics cards. Today, MSI unveils its top model, the R5970-P2D2G graphics card, which not only equips two advanced 40nm GPUs, but also utilizes 3200 stream processors (SPs)*, and 2 GB 512 bit** GDDR5 graphics memory, making it the best performing card on the planet today!
Additionally, MSI's R5970-P2D2G graphics card features ATI Eyefinity triple-display output technology, allowing gamers to get fully immersed in the latest DirectX 11 environments. The card also offers PowerPlay power-saving functionality that shows remarkable power-saving when the machine is in stand-by. Equally noteworthy is MSI's own "Afterburner" overclocking software that allows the user to adjust both the voltage and overclocking settings for better performance. With CrossFire X enabled, the dual GPUs offer outstanding, stable performance that redefines fast. Without a doubt, this card will be the first choice of performance enthusiasts.
PowerColor Announces its ATI Radeon HD 5970 2GB - TUL
TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, today introduces the fastest graphics card on the planet: the PowerColor HD5970. As the most powerful card in the world, this stunning graphics solution clocks at 725 MHz core speed and 1000 MHz effective memory speed. Memory data transmission rates up to 4.0 Gb/s, delivering unprecedented performance.
The PowerColor HD5970 is built with 3200 stream processing units, ready to tackle all the most demanding HD titles; with almost 5 teraFLOPs of compute power, it puts the power of graphics "supercomputing" in the hands of extreme gamers. Furthermore, the PowerColor HD5970 has massive headroom for overclocking capabilities giving all gamers the control and flexibility to tune their custom rig for maximum performance.
Sapphire Announces its Radeon HD 5970 and HD 5970 OC - Sapphire
World leading graphics supplier, SAPPHIRE Technology, now introduces the world's fastest graphics card, the SAPPHIRE HD 5970 OC Edition. With twice the computing power of the highly acclaimed SAPPHIRE HD 5870, the new HD 5970 model shares all the exciting features of this family - including support for the DirectCompute 11 instruction set of Microsoft DirectX 11, hardware tessellation and multi threaded communication with the system CPU. It also supports the acceleration of applications supported by ATI Stream, and the ability to display across three monitors simultaneously with ATI Eyefinity.
The SAPPHIRE HD 5970 OC Edition ships with enhanced clock speeds of 735MHz core and 1010MHz (4.04GHz effective) - faster than the standard model, making the SAPPHIRE HD 5970 OC the fastest card in its class, and the fastest in the world*. Enthusiasts will also be able to tune performance of these SAPPHIRE cards using the SAPPHIRE Redline voltage tweaker tool** to enable higher levels of overclocking.
XFX Announces its Radeon HD 5970 Graphics Card - XFX
XFX takes technology for a trip down the fast lane with the debut of The XFX ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics card. The fastest dual GPU-on-a-PCB card on the planet, in addition to the base powerhouse, this card also comes in an "I've-never-seen-that-kind-of-performance-before" Black Edition with an exclusive performance enhancing Overvolt Tool.
Created for the true performance enthusiast, this card offers the ultimate in speed, with the XFX ATI Radeon HD 5970 scoring in excess of X10000 in 3DMarkVantage v. 101, the highest single graphics card score achieved to date. It also features all of the latest, state-of-the-art technologies that hardcore gamers want, including ATI Eyefinity technology, ATI Stream technology and full DirectX 11 support.
We have posted a 28 page article on the Radeon HD 5970 right here, including CrossfireX results.
Building The Worlds Fastest Supercomputer
Oak Ridge National Labs
AMD no longer pays for x86 license
Looks like AMD certainly got a good deal with Intel. Last week we already reported that the AMD and Intel settled -- Intel will pay AMD $1.25 billion to squash a legal battle over Intel's sales tactics.
As it now seems there's more to the deal than we know. Both Intel and AMD agreed to a cross-license platfrom that is now royalty free. AMD doesn't have to pay anymore for the x86 license / patents owned by Intel and vice versa this is likely the same -- Intel doesn't have to cough up dough for the 64-bit patents owned by AMD.
It's good news for AMD as it severely cuts down overhead cost and it is allowed to continue to make x86 compatible processors.
Ahw -- perhaps they're best buds for life now ;)
DRAM prices to drop next month very likely
Some DRAM module makers in Taiwan are forecasting a price correction to reflect seasonal demand in December, and have expressed caution about the near-term chip pricing.
The makers have also speculated that Korea-based chipmakers who have already turned profitability are likely to take advantage of their cost competitiveness and slash prices to boost shipments.
Seasonal effects are showing in the DRAM sector, which has seen weak spot prices. But Korea suppliers now see no need to intervene in DRAM prices, since the Taiwan government is likely to fail in establishing Taiwan Innovation Memory Company (TIMC, previously Taiwan Memory Company), the module makers said. The chip vendors would allow DRAM prices to follow market mechanisms, they added.
Previous reports cited market observers as indicating that major DRAM producers intended to push chip prices upward in order to minimize the possibility of the Taiwan government going ahead with the TIMC project, which aims to revamp the island\'s capacity-driven DRAM industry.
Average spot prices for branded and effectively tested (eTT) 1Gb DDR2 chips trended down 0.76% and 1.60% in one day to close at US$2.60 and US$2.45, respectively, on November 17, according to data from DRAMeXchange. Quotes for 1Gb DDR3 also slid 0.68% during the day to US$2.89 on average [digitimes].
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Pripyat Benchmark Download
Would you like to check out the nifty new S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat benchmark tool? If so, you'll want to head over to our download section, where you can find the file for download.
This benchmark is based on one of the ingame locations
ASUS shows new Republic of Gamers P55 mobo
ASUS will be releasing a new ASUS Maximus III Extreme -- built for overclocking and satisfy enthusiasts with loads of interesting features as Nordic HW reports. Intel's P55 chipset supports the latest LGA1156 processors.
ASUS has designed a whole new power circuitry for the board, no less than 11 digital PWM phases. According to the manufacturer, this solution combines the best from both worlds, the digital and the analog. ASUS has taken ROG Connect to the next level by enabling overclocking via Bluetooth, which means now all you need to overclock is a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone.
The motherboard also has a unique function with its LN2 Mode Header jumper that, when activated, optimize the performance of the board when cooled by liquid nitrogen. The jumper is said to trick the internal temperature diode of the CPU and reduce coldbug issues. All the neat CPU features aside, Maximus III Extreme sports five PCI Express x16 slots, which means Quad SLI with x8 bandwidth with each card, or just SLI with full x16 bandwidth. The same of course applies to CrossFireX.
Other features are SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.0 and 10 channel HD audio processor.
ASUS Maximus III Extreme will top of the line, but the price remains clouded. More information should surface in two weeks at the official launch.
Working Fermi based DX11 GeForce 380 Spotted
The folks at bsn have found a picture showing the desktop version of a Fermi based graphics card / NV100, in action on the company
Modern Warfare 2 makes $550 million in first five days
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the fastest selling video game, and the biggest entertainment launch ever, as the game is estimated to have generated $550 million in the first five days since it was launched.
- Activision Blizzard proudly announced Modern Warfare 2 broke all previous first-and-five-day records:
Modern Warfare 2's launch beat all previous first-and five-day entertainment industry box office, book and video game sell-through records*:
- The largest reported five-day opening worldwide box office gross figures, held by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($394 million)
- The largest reported five-day opening domestic box office gross figures, held by The Dark Knight ($203.8 million)
- The largest reported five-day worldwide video game sales record, previously held by Grand Theft Auto IV (6 million units, $500 million)
- The largest reported opening first-day domestic box office gross figures, held by The Dark Knight ($66.4 million)
- The largest reported first-day book sales in dollars, held by Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows ($220 million)
- The largest reported first-day worldwide video game sales record, previously held by Grand Theft Auto IV (3.6 million units, $310 million)
GeForce GT 240 press-releases
Here's an overview of GeForce GT 240 press-releases as announced yesterday:
MSI Announces N240GT with Over-Voltage by Afterburner Software - MSI
World renowned graphics card and mainboard manufacturer, MSI, today formally releases the world's first graphics card to support over voltage function - the N240GT series. Including the N240GT-MD512-OC/D5 and N240GT-MD1G, this series allows the user to adjust both the voltage and the overclocking configurations via the Afterburner overclocking software to increase GPU clock up to 30%. Additionally, this series utilizes an advanced 40nm GPU, supports the DirectX 10.1 gaming standard, and offers an native HDMI output for awesome 3D support and high-definition entertainment. The N240GT-MD512-OC/D5 uses extremely fast 512 MB GDDR5 graphic memory, and implements military class components to offer an incredible cost-performance value to customers.
MSI's all new N240GT series of graphics cards supports over voltage function of GPU and overclocking configuration adjusting functionality. Accessible through MSI's Afterburner overclocking software, the user can quickly adjust the GPU's voltage to improve overclocking potential, and the GPU clock can be up to 30%. Without a doubt, this new graphics card series offers users an impressive overclocking experience.
EVGA Announces GeForce GT 240 Series - eVGA
EVGA announced the EVGA GT 240 series. Upgrade today to the EVGA GT 240 and experience picture-perfect photos, vibrant videos and great games like Borderlands, WoW, Sims 3 and Darkest of Days. GPU Accelerated Flash means flawless HD videos on websites like YouTube and Hulu with the new GPU-accelerated Adobe Flash 10.1, and of course crystal-clear BluRay in 1080p with True-Fidelity 7.1 Surround Sound are 100% supported.
Experience NVIDIA PhysX technology on Batman: Arkham Asylum, Darkest of Days, and other GPU PhysX titles with speeds 2x faster than the competition. Enjoy 40% faster HD gaming on other popular titles like Borderlands and Darkest of Days. Leverage 96 processor cores to run the latest GPU-accelerated applications like MotionDSP vReveal, Cyberlink MediaShow with Face tagging, and many more at speeds up to 50% faster than prior generation.
Point of View Announces GeForce GT 240 Accelerators - Point of View
POINT OF VIEW, premier NVIDIA partner for GeForce Graphics cards, is launching today the first GDDR5 GeForce graphics card, the GeForce GT240. Built from the ground up, the latest GeForce 200 series graphics card is a big step forward. Built on 40nm the GPU will consume less energy and have less heat production. This allows better clock speeds, a higher overclocking potential and lower temperatures. The smaller die-size together with the support for DirectX 10.1 and Shader model 4.1 really adds a future proof coating to the GT240.
Another major improvement is the support of GDDR5 which literally multiplies the possible memory clock by two! The new PCB design also has integrated HDMI audio so no additional SPDIF cable is required for rerouting the sound to the HDMI cable.
ECS Announces its GeForce GT 240 Series Graphics Cards - ECS
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the world's leading motherboard, graphics card, barebone system, and notebook manufacturer is pleased to announce latest GT 240 series graphics card with GDDR5 solution. Catering to users who want their graphics card capable of delivering astounding graphical performances, ECS GeForce GT 240 series graphics card are built with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 graphics processing units (GPU) come with 96 processor cores, 128-bit GDDR5 512MB/1024MB at 1700MHz memory clock to deliver outstanding visual experience.
With an unified architecture to provide fully unified shader core, dynamically allocates processing power to geometry, vertex, physics, or pixel shading operations, delivering better gaming performance of prior generation GPUs. ECS GeForce GT 240 series graphics card are embedded with HDMI connector which can transfer video & audio signals via a single cable making top performance and power efficiency. It uses NVIDIA CUDA technology to unlock the power of the GPU's processor cores to accelerate the most demanding system tasks - such as video transcoding in order to deliver incredible performance improvements over traditional GPUs. ECS GeForce GT 240 series contain NVIDIA PhysX technology enabling a totally new class of physical gaming interaction for a more dynamic and realistic experience with GeForce. It supports Microsoft DirectX 10.1 & Shader Model 4.1 to meet users' requirement of those latest gaming titles. If you want to save your money and enjoy mainstream gaming experience, ECS GeForce GT 240 series graphics card is the best choice.
Inno3D Announces GeForce GT 240 Graphics Card - Inno3D
Inno3D are excited to announce the Inno3D GeForce GT 240 graphics card. The GeForce GT 240 opens up visually tantalising possibilities by providing the graphics processing power to manipulate the dullest of photos or home videos and transform them into your very own masterful creations. It also allows the viewing of flawless Adobe Flash 10.1 video in full screen HD and plays the latest games with fast frame rates and NVIDIA PhysX effects. Energise your multimedia with GeForce GT 240 graphics and equip your PC for the digital world.
The sheer power of the new Inno3D GeForce GT 240 is illustrated in the Vantage Performance chart above, towering over the performance of the 9600GT with great significance. This surely is a reflection of Nvidia's technological advancement from 9600GT to GT 240 whilst boasting an array of additional features raising the bar of the performance card.
NZXT launches NZXT Tempest EVO
- The King reborn: Dual 120mm intake, Dual 140mm Exhaust with an additional side 120mm fan and rear 120mm fan makes NZXT Tempest one of top cases in cooling, maximizing air circulation in all areas. The new Tempest EVO has upgraded nine blade design fans that deliver more air at low noise levels
- Maximize Expandability: E-ATX support allows more compatibility with high end components including large graphics cards,high end power supplies. and server boards
- Enhanced accessibility & cable management: Cable routing is pre-drilled on the motherboard so users can hide cables behind the motherboard tray, allowing more a cleaning look and better airflow. Power, E-SATA, USB and Reset buttons are mounted at the top to give better accessibility. The Tempest EVO has increased space behind the motherboard panel from a punched side panel design and a CPU punchout for heatsink removal
- Bottom mounted PSU: PSU mounting at the bottom allows for more security and separation of heat from the CPU
- Server-like HDD space: Dual 120mm fans cool cages that hold up to 8 HDDs allowing for large capacity systems while maintaining cool temperatures
- Overclocking and water cooling friendly: The Tempest is predrilled for watercooling tube access and supports a dual 120mm radiator at the top panel.
- Black on Black: All new black interior, smoked side panel gives the Tempest an all new sleek look.
The Tempest Evo will be available for $99 from NZXT from today.
OCZ launches Colossus 3.5 SSD
We've heard about this product a couple of times already but today OCZ officially launched it. The Colossus 3.5
ATI Catalyst 9.11 released
Radeon HD 5970 Single card and Crossfire review
It's time to unleash the beast, welcome to a nice feature length review on the latest dual-GPU offering from ATI. What ATI did with the Radeon HD 5970 is to place two RV870 chips onto one PCB. Bridge them, Crossfire them and all of the sudden you'll have 4.3 Billion transistors at your disposal with a whopping 4.6 TFLOPs of raw performance.
Guru3D will be testing the retail version from HIS Graphics cards, but since we received a reference also, we might as well insert some CrossfireX results as well. Next to all the regular stuff we'll be overvolting and overclocking the card as well.
Yes the fastest graphics card in the world is unleashed, let's test it for cryin' out loud !
Go check it out right here.
MSI Overclock and Skin Contests -- Win many prizes !
Hello everybody, MSI is launching two competitions at Guru3D.com today. And man -- we'll be giving away many prizes ! The two competitions are both related to MSI's new AfterBurner graphics cards Overclock software. The competitions:
- MSI Overclocking Competition
- MSI AfterBurner Skin Competition
Of course along with competitions come some great prizes, here's what we'll be giving away (twelve prizes) to the winners. Some of the prizes: MSI Radeon HD 5870 (R5870-PM2D1G), MSI Big Bang Fuzion P55 motherboard, MSI N275GTX Lightning graphics card, MSI N9600 GT Diamond graphics card (x6), MSI P55-GD80 motherboard, MSI R4890 Cyclone OC graphics card, MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OC graphics card.
For more info, requirements, rules and regulations please visit the MSI contest landing page located here:
Contest entries can be submitted here:
- MSI Overclocking Competition entries - click here
- MSI AfterBurner Skin Competition entries - click here
The contest period will run for a couple of weeks, again please finds all information in the respective landing pages and dedicated forum threads. Enjoy -- and most of all good luck of course.
NVIDIA GeForce Forceware 195.55 drivers out
NVIDIA released a new driver today -- revision 195.55 This is a WHQL-candidate driver for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, and 200-series desktop GPUs and ION desktop GPUs.
New in Version 195.55
- Adds GPU-acceleration for smoother online HD videos with the new Adobe Flash 10.1 beta. Learn more here.
- Adds support for GeForce GT 240.
- Adds support for OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language) for all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Adds support for CUDA Toolkit 3.0 features and performance enhancements. See CUDA Zone for more details.
- Adds SLI and multi-GPU support for many top new gaming titles including Borderlands, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, FIFA Soccer 10, and more.
- Includes numerous bug fixes including improved performance for Need for Speed: Shift. Refer to the release notes on the documentation tab for information about the key bug fixes in this release.
MSI GeForce GT 240 review
GeForce GT240 is designed for a the lower segment of the mainstream market and comes with support for DX10.1 GeForce GT240 comes packed with 96 shader cores and features GDDR3 memory, however if you throw in an extra tenner -- you can get a 128-bit gDDR5 memory version as well -- giving the card some more breathing space in terms of memory bandwidth and in the end overall performance.
Check out our review right here.