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GeForce 285.27 beta drivers out for grabs
The new GeForce 285.27 beta drivers are now available to download. Filled with performance improvements, fixes, and new and updated 3D Vision profiles, the drivers are an essential upgrade for those seeking the absolute best from their games.
Of most interest will be the aforementioned performance improvements. On the GeForce GTX 580, SLI users can expect to receive frame rate boosts of up to 13% in Metro 2033, 8% in STALKER: Call of Pripyat, 7% in Civilization V, 7% in F1 2010, 5% in Crysis 2 with the DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade enabled, 5% in Lost Planet 2, and 5% in Mafia 2. Single-GPU users will receive improvements of up to 5% in Call Of Duty: Black Ops, and 5% in StarCraft II.
On the GeForce GTX 560, SLI users will receive frame rate boosts of up to 11% in STALKER: Call of Pripyat, 7% in Dragon Age II, 7% in F1 2010, 7% in Metro 2033, 5% in Battlefield: Bad Company 2, 5% in Crysis 2 with the DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade enabled, 5% in Just Cause 2, 5% in Lost Planet 2, and 4% in Mafia 2. Single-GPU users will receive performance improvements of up to 7% in StarCraft II, 6% in Call Of Duty: Black Ops, and 4% in Bulletstorm.
For a complete summary of all the noteworthy changes, updates and fixes in the 285.27 beta drivers keep on reading:
GeForce GTX 580 Performance Improvements
- Up to 5% in Call Of Duty: Black Ops
- Up to 7% in Civilization V with SLI
- Up to 5% in Crysis 2 DX11 with SLI
- Up to 7% in F1 2010 with SLI
- Up to 5% in Lost Planet 2 with SLI
- Up to 5% in Mafia 2 with SLI
- Up to 13% in Metro 2033 with SLI
- Up to 8% in STALKER: Call of Pripyat with SLI
- Up to 5% in StarCraft II (Check out the finals of the GeForce StarCraft II Pro/Am Tournament)
GeForce GTX 560 Performance Improvements
- Up to 4% in Bulletstorm
- Up to 5% in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 with SLI
- Up to 6% in Call Of Duty: Black Ops
- Up to 5% in Crysis 2 DX11 with SLI
- Up to 7% in Dragon Age II with SLI
- Up to 7% in F1 2010 with SLI
- Up to 5% in Just Cause 2 with SLI
- Up to 5% in Lost Planet 2 with SLI
- Up to 4% in Mafia 2 with SLI
- Up to 7% in Metro 2033 with SLI
- Up to 11% in STALKER: Call of Pripyat with SLI
- Up to 7% in StarCraft II
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NVIDIA preps Kal-El+ for Windows 8 notebooks
German tech site ComputerBase noticed that NVIDIA showed off a Tegra roadmap at the Citi Technology Conference. One slide reveals Kal-El+, an upcoming SoC designed for notebooks with the ARM edition of Windows 8.
The Wayne chip is now planned for late 2012 or early 2013, and in 2013 we'll also see Grey, a chip designed for the smartphone market. Grey offers 3G/4G communication and the site claims NVIDIA is also working on its own smartphone operating system.
Additionally, NVIDIA confirmed Kepler is still planned for Q1 2012, the Quadro editions will follow in Q2 2012 and the Tesla variants in Q3 2012.
Foxconn Quantum Force X79 photo
Check out a photo of the latest edition of Foxconn's upcoming Quantum Force X79 motherboard.
Having first made waves at this year's Computex, it's time for Foxconn's premium socket LGA2011 motherboard, the Quantum Force X79, to get down to business. The channel brand of the OEM giant is gearing up for a Q4 2011 launch, and seems to have made some notable changes to the design we saw in June, on its latest engineering sample. These changes include rearrangement of expansion slots, a finalized design for the heatsink over the X79 chipset, and a slight rearrangement of the front-panel header area. While this is still an engineering sample, there is some progress - for better or worse - as the final release revision takes shape.
Intel SSD 520 to succeed SSD 510
Intel's SSD 510 will be succeeded by the SSD 520 "Cherryville". The new variant will offer higher capacities and faster performance, expected availability is Q4 2011 as vr-zone reports.
Codenamed "Cherryville", Intel's new high-end client SSD series is called SSD 520. Its main design goals look to be to spread the series in capacities both higher and lower than what the SSD 510 series could address. While SSD 510 is available only in 120 GB and 250 GB variants, the new SSD 520 will add a higher capacity variant, 480 GB, and a lower capacity one, 60 GB. A new 160 GB variant is added in the middle, and 250 GB is replaced by 240 GB.
With client SSDs and client environment in general, sequential transfer speeds are the king, Intel gave out just one set of sequential transfer rates for the SSD 520 series, 530 MB/s reads and 490 MB/s writes; and just one set of random access throughput, up to 40,000 IOPS read and 45,000 IOPS write. These figures are known to vary between the different variants, and so we'll have to wait for the final specifications that are specific to variants.
VIA Labs second-gen USB 3.0 controller released
VIA Labs's second-generation VL811 4-port USB 3.0 controller has arrived:
VIA Labs, Inc., a leading supplier of SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) integrated chip controllers, today unveiled the VIA Labs VL811 4-port SuperSpeed Hub Controller. The VL811 is VIA Labs' second-generation USB 3.0 Hub product, and adds support for USB Battery Charging Spec. 1.2. Beyond transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, the VL811 features improved performance for new and existing devices with host controllers, and adds rapid-charging capabilities.
"VIA Labs VL811 builds on the success of the VL810, the world
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AMD FX-Series CPUs pre-order spotted
According to Xbit laboratories, consumer Bulldozer chips were also delayed until the fourth quarter. Guru3D knows for sure it's half October.
The FX series lineup was expanded with several new models. In addition to FX-4100, FX-6100, FX-8100 and FX-8150 SKUs, AMD is going to launch quad-core FX-4170, and 95 Watt and 125 Watt versions of eight-core FX-8120. At least three microprocessors from original FX launch line-up surfaced today in a price list of Bottom Line Telecommunications online store:
AMD FX-8120 and FX-8150 CPUs are 8-core models with 8 MB L2 and 8 MB L3 cache. The processors operate at 3.1 and 3.6 GHz, and listed at $222 and $266 respectively. These prices should drop by $10 - $20 once the chips are released. Considering that AMD official prices in 1K quantities are usually $10 - $15 lower than the prices of production chips in this store, we can expect that official prices will be $185 - $200 for FX-8120, and $230 - $245 for FX-8150.
AMD FX-6100 has only 6 CPU cores, or 3 Bulldozer modules. As such, it has only 6 MB of L2 cache. The processor is clocked at 3.3 GHz, and up to 3.9 GHz when Turbo Core feature is active. Like eight-core CPUs, this model has 8 MB L3 cache. The FX-6100 is listed at $188, and its expected official price is $155 - $170, or close to current official price of Phenom II X6 1055T.
The table below contains a summary of FX-6100, FX-8120 and FX-8150 details:
|Model||Cores||Threads||Frequency||Turbo Frequency||L2 cache||L3 cache||TDP||Price|
|FX-Series FX-6100||6||6||3.3 GHz||3.9 GHz||6 MB||8 MB||95 Watt||$188.32|
|FX-Series FX-8120||8||8||3.1 GHz||4 GHz||8 MB||8 MB||125 Watt||$221.73|
|FX-Series FX-8150||8||8||3.6 GHz||4.2 GHz||8 MB||8 MB||125 Watt||$266.28|
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AMD Catalyst 11.9 RC Out for Grabs
Props to asder00 for this find. A new release candidate Catalyst 11.9 driver has been found. We mirrored the drivers onto our file-servers.
These leaked drivers are modified to work with all cards. There are no release notes. The driver package contacts the 32- and 64-bit binaries for XP, Vista and Windows 7.
Have a peek in this thread for more info.
TSMC Raises Prices on AMD and Nvidia GPUs, Apple Partially to Blame
TSMC has reportedly increased the prices of wafers manufactured using the 28nm fabrication process says sofpedia, a decision which could increase the production costs of next-generation GPUs developed by AMD and Nvidia as both companies rely on the advanced 28nm node for their chips:
According to unnamed sources, TSMC has taken this decision since they see a lot of demand for their 28nm process.
Most of the demand for the 28nm node reportedly comes from Apple, which has reached an agreement with the Taiwanese foundry to manufacture the system-on-a-chip (SoC for short) devices used inside the iPhone and iPad.
In addition to the high 28nm chips volumes required by Apple, TSMC is having troubles with achieving high yields on this manufacturing process, an issue which also leads to increased production prices for such devices.
Both Nvidia and AMD are relying on TSMC's 28nm fabrication process to develop their next-generation graphics cores, which are known under the code names of Kepler and Southern Islands, respectively.
Furthermore, reports suggest that Nvidia has also started to build a new series of refreshed notebook parts based on this advanced fabrication node.
At the end of July, TSMC representatives admitted the company is having troubles with the ramp up of 28nm parts, but noted that these aren't caused by quality issues, but rather by the weak economy and low demand for such products.
AMD is expected to launch its first Radeon HD 7000 graphics cards built using the 28nm node by the end of this year, while more parts will arrive in the first quarter of 2012.
As far as Nvidia is concerned, its first next-generation GPUs, based on the Kepler architecture, are expected to arrive at the beginning of next year.
MSI shows LGA 2011 Motherboards at IDF 2011
As they did on computex, MSI will show a series of MSI LGA 2011 motherboards based on the Intel X79 chipset.
The X79 features a PCH (platform controller hub) design as most of the tasks that were handled by the X58 chipset previously, such as PCI Express connectivity, were integrated inside the Sandy Bridge-E CPUs.
The X79 packs an impressive array of features compared with its predecessors as it now supports no less than 10 SATA 6Gbps, while the PCH is linked to the CPU via a DMI 2.0 interface as well as through an additional PCI-Express 2.0 x4 link.
In addition, the X79 PCH also features an Intel Rapid Storage enterprise controller that enables RAID 0/1/5/10 support and eight of the available SATA interfaces can be configured as SAS ports by motherboard manufacturers.
The rest of the specs list includes an 8-lane PCI-Express 2.0 hub, which can be used to drive the x1 and x4 slots, as well as 14 USB 2.0 ports.
Unfurtunately the PCH doesn't feature native USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt support, which is an important omission considering its target market.
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