Guru3D Rig of the Month - August 2009
Each month here at Guru3D.com we feature one of you guys, your PC, your DIY project. It is quite honestly amazing how much detail and dedication you put into an PC, and every now and then it really shows.
David Bardy's PC is the the Rig of The Month July 2009. Meet Margo at the age of 18, David has been a Guru3D aficionado for a while already digging through our articles, he shares our passion of building nice PCs. David is a Carpenter.
His PC will be the Rig of the Month August 2009, and he has built his PC with some interesting components. This rig is made with a more simple design and black finish, but that definitely boils down to a stylish and very worthy PC, something really cool.
AMD: our 12-core server-chips use as much power current 6-core
An interesting read on computerworld states that AMD's 12-core server ship might be released as early as next year already. The twelve cores will have reduced clock speeds but will not draw more power than the current 6-core versions.
Even though the clock frequencies will fall, Magny-Cours chips will pack more performance compared to existing Opteron chips, Conway said. The larger cache and increased cores will make servers faster, Conway said.
The company's upcoming 12-core server chips, code-named Magny-Cours, put two six-core chips in one package. The same silicon is used in its six-core chips, code-named Istanbul, which are part of the Opteron line of server processors.
The chips are aimed at servers and are due out in the first quarter of 2010.
Conway also talked about finer details in the Magny-Cours chip. Two six-core chips are connected by four hyperthreaded interconnects and are targeted at two- and four-socket servers, Conway said. It includes a total of 12MB of L3 cache, with each core supporting 512KB of L2 cache. The chips will be manufactured by AMD's spinoff, GlobalFoundries, using existing 45-nanometer technology.
AMD is also working on a new x86 chip architecture code-named Bulldozer. The architecture will be used in chips manufactured using the 32-nm process in 2011. The company has scheduled a 16-core chip code-named Interlagos for release in 2011 [via computerworld].
BTW - small pun from my side: Magny Cours = Many Cores ;)
DIY Cameraphone Macro Lens From A DVD Player
Since most cameraphones are just barely capable of producing decent photos anyways, it
OCZ intros Lynnfield DDR3 kits
Six new memory modules have been launched by OCZ, these are all 1.65V dual-channel 4GB DDR3 memory kits for Intel's upcoming LGA1156 processors.
Developed for cost-conscious enthusiasts and gamers, these new OCZ modules were engineered with the same affordability and performance standards as the new Lynnfield platform. By using sophisticated IC screening methods and qualifying on a variety of motherboards, OCZ low-voltage kits are the perfect complement for the P55 Chipset and choice CPU to deliver the maximum stability. Together, P55 and OCZ memory are the premium option for the midrange desktops.
Cooler Master Elite RC-310
Oh dear gawd .. eeuuwh .. my eyes my eyes ! Cooler Master has released to new models of the CM Elite RC-310 mid-tower ATX chassis.
The pair is dressed up in white with a dash of either blue or pink, with a glossy-white front bezel. Made of SECC/Steel and ABS plastic, the RC-310 measures (W) 191 x (H) 437 x (D) 468 mm, and weighs 5.8 kg.
The chassis has basic casing with essential ventilation consisting of front, rear and side 120 mm fans. The price hasn't shifted along with the colors, the white Elite RC-310 cases sells for 34,90
Download: Realtek HD Audio 2.31 Driver released
We're not sure wether it's good or bad how many driver updated Realtek releases for each and every cosmetic update. But there's a new one (again).
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP and Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Driver Package R2.31 - Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
- Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275
- Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275
- HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
- OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
- Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
2. Fix DTM KS position testing fail issue when turn on Microphone effect under Win7.
1. Reboot message in log file. ( WILL_REBOOT )
2. Copy all of AP files to system.
Download: click here.
Corsair 256GB Extreme SSD launched
Corsair today announced the 256GB Extreme Series SSD, this new model features Samsung MLC NAND flash memory and the Indilinx Barefoot SSD controller with 64MB cache memory. The Corsair X256 promises read speeds of up to 240MB/s and write speeds of up to 170MB/s.
Built using the renowned Indilinx Barefoot controller and Samsung MLC NAND flash memory, the new Corsair Extreme Series X256 SSD combines high-performance with a massive 256GB of storage space, for enthusiasts who don't want to compromise on speed or capacity. The new Corsair Extreme Series X256 joins the existing models, the X32, X64 and X128, and offers read speeds of up to 240MB/s and write speeds of up to 170MB/s. It also features 64MB of cache memory, ensuring stutter-free performance.
All Extreme Series SSDs feature end-user upgradable firmware to allow for new features to be added, such as the upcoming TRIM command for Windows 7 and other operating systems, which maintains optimal performance over time.
You guys can expect a review on the128GB version thus Thursday here at Guru3D.com
HIS HD 4890 iCooler x4 1GB introduced
HIS today unveils its HD 4890 iCooler x4 1GB (256bit) GDDR5 PCIe, the best performance 4890 GPU combined with the high performance dual slot iCooler x4. It delivers great in-game performance on a single GPU HIS graphics accelerator.
iCooler x4 features a high performance dual slot cooler. It comes with four 6mm copper heatpipes that transfer heat effectively from the GPU to the internal fins around
Unfortunately the clock frequencies where left alone as the card is clocked at 850 MHz on the core and has a memory clock 3.9Gbps / MHz. Pricing remains TBA.
Prolimatech Mega Shadow Deluxe Edition HSF pixelized
A handful of photo's of the upcoming Prolimatech Mega Shadow processor cooler surfaced on the web.
This unit is a black edition of the Megahalems, with a more shiny surface and the same dual tower design with six large 6mm heatpipes. Measuring 130 x 74 x 158.7 mm (LxWxD), and equipped with six heatpipes that run through the entire length of the cooler. No fan is included, and the Mega Shadow is compatible with the Intel LGA775/1156/1366 processors. The cooler is expected to ship next month for around $80.
John Carmack says no to PhysX
Radeon HD 5870 to be priced aggresive
Rumors are all over the web regarding the pending release of ATI's Radeon 5800 series DX11 class graphics cards. We 'think' that the first released card will be the Radeon HD 5870 which is developed under codename Cypress.
From what we heard is that this card will be lined up directly against the GeForce GTX 285 pricing wise, the rumor is that this high-end DX11 class graphics card will get a pricetag of 299 USD.
Though I personally doubt it a little given the issues with the 40nm node, there is a a rumor that this graphics card would be based on a 40nm fabrication process.
Once thing is certain, we look very much forward top this new product release, whatever and how fast it may be, it looks like the shader processor count might be doubled up by the way.
Bring it on we say !
Thermaltake WingRS 301 mid-tower chassis
Built for ATX and MicroATX motherboards the new Thermaltake WingRS 301 mid-tower chassis offers sufficient room for high-end graphics cards and provides 9 tool-free drive bays for maximum expandability with four 5 1/4
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat Trailer
MSI N275GTX Lightning review
Yeah, MSI designed it. Check out some of the N275GTX Lightning features: Custom design PCB, high-quality chokes and capacitors, Twin Frozr II cooling solution, voltage monitoring points, 10 power phase design, doubled up memory at 1792MB , and yes .. even more. Be sure to read this review.
You can read this article right here.
Download: Rivatuner GPU Monitor Utility 2.1 released
PU Monitor displays the hardware status for your graphics card. It is great for gamers, overclockers, and power users. The values for the gadget are provided by RivaTuner. Therefore it must be installed for this gadget to function properly.
Update 2.1 includes multiple gadget support, a hardware acceleration bar, 8 additional display options including graphs (18 in total now) and several other minor improvements.
Values capable of being displayed include, but are not limited to:
- GPU Usage
- GPU Temperature
- Core and Memory Clock Speed
- Fan Speed
- Frames per Second
- AND MORE
** Easily add CPU, RAM, HDD and additional data with RivaTuner plugins
- 8 new display styles including graphs (18 in total now)
- multiple gadget support
- a new hardware acceleration bar for displaying the state of DD/D3D8/D3D9/D3D10/OGL
- added a few more monitor icons, and all monitor icons are now selectabe for the title icon
- fixed reorder and refresh freeze bugs
Download: click here
Microsoft to offer Windows 7 upgrade version in EU
Due to the decision to include a ballot screen in Windows 7, Microsoft decided to cancel the special European editions, instead Europeans will receive the same version of Windows 7 as the rest of the world. Therefore, upgrade versions of Windows 7 will also be offered in Europe, but unfortunately this also means that the pricing of Windows 7 will have to be readjusted as Microsoft previously planned to offer the full editions of Windows 7 at upgrade prices in Europe.
As well as allowing for a Family Pack offer, it means that we are now able to have an upgrade version of Windows 7 available in Europe at launch. Windows 7 retail boxes will be available in both Full and Upgrade versions via pre-orders through Microsoft online stores where available and our retail partners starting September 1st and at General Availability on October 22. We will, however, continue to make Windows 7 N versions available that does not include Windows Media Player.
For customers who have already pre-ordered the full version of Windows 7 E in the EU
ATI DX11 Cypress launched as Radeon HD 5800 series
Drumroll --- ATI Cypress DirectX 11 GPUs will be launched as the Radeon HD 5800 series. Well .. duh.
It seems Cypress XT is the Radeon HD 5870 model, while Cypress Pro will be the Radeon HD 5850. The launch is said to take place in September, with broad availability slated for October around the same time as the Windows 7 launch, which is October 22nd.
- 1GB GDDR5 memory
- ATI Eyefinity technology with support for up to three displays
- ATI Stream technology,
- Designed for DirectCompute 5.0 and OpenCL
- Accelerated Video Transcoding (AVT)
- Compliant with DirectX
SilverStone Raven RV02 tower hits Europe
Silverstone would like to intro their new chassis, the SilverStone Raven RV02.
The Raven RV02 midi tower improves the revolutionary stack effect cooling,debuted by the RAVEN RV01, with the use of three 180mm intake fans in an array. This effectively offers the most powerful but also most silent way to a "dust-free", positive air pressure case available on the market.
Overview of the features:
- The motherboard is positioned 90