Star Wars Battlefront Beta Early Access Competition with AMD and Guru3D
AMD has joined forces with Guru3D to bring you early access to the Star Wars Battlefront beta before its public release on October 8th. These codes will grant you instant access allowing you to hone your blasters and prep your AT-ATs for domination on Hoth. This competition runs in our forums.
You can join and leave your entry here. Below a little recording I made a few hours ago of the Single player Tatooine mission. Ultra image quality on a Radeon R9 380 2GB - even at a monitor resolution of 2560x1440 (WHQD) this game still runs 40 FPS on the R9 380.
Point of View launches OC line of products
In the past Point of View already had their EXO line of overclocked products. Back from the dead and molded into a new form Point of View is to release a TGT Series are hand selected high end models of individually overclocked Graphics Cards.
There will be 2 different models of POV/TGT TUNED graphics cards to start with.
The POV/TGT CHARGED version
The CHARGED version is the version that is clocked faster then the standard out of the box graphics card. This version is using clock speeds that are already pretty amazing.
The POV/TGT ULTRA CHARGED version
The ULTRA CHARGED version are carefully selected graphics cards that can reach top speeds and still using the standard cooler. This top model can reach incredible high performance speeds right out of the box. All carefully tested by the TGT team to make sure you will be fascinated.
The POV / TGT water cooled editon
The dream of every gamer is of course a water cooled edition. The POV/TGT team is of course also developing a watercooled edition. We will keep you informed as soon as we are ready to release these versions as well.
- TGT-460-A2-768-C GTX460-768MB Charged Core 780Mhz / Memory 3800Mhz
- TGT-460-A2-768-UC GTX460-768MB Ultra Charged Core 820Mhz / Memory 4000Mhz
- TGT-460-A2-1024-C GTX460-1024MB Charged Core 780Mhz / Memory 3800Mhz
- TGT-460-A2-1024-UC GTX460-1024MB Ultra Charged Core 820Mhz / Memory 4000Mhz
- TGT-470-A1-1280-C GTX470-1280MB Charged Core 650Mhz / Memory 3500Mhz
- TGT-470-A1-1280-UC GTX470-1280MB Ultra Charged Core 680Mhz / Memory 3500Mhz
- TGT-480-A1-1536-C GTX480-1536MB Charged Core 730Mhz / Memory 3800Mhz
- TGT-480-A1-1536-UC GTX480-1536MB Ultra Charged Core 760Mhz / Memory 3800Mhz
Intel drops prices on several Processors
Next to the introduction of a couple of new processors Intel also dropped prices on several products.
The new Core i7 970 is positioned at 885 USD, unfortunately that's higher then we all expected. Then if we take the Core i7 870, that processor will see a huge price drop, really 48% it drops as it will now cost 294 USD coming from 562 USD. Added will be a more energy efficient model, the 870S priced at 351 USD (82W TDP).
In the lower spectrum things do not change that much but the 2.8 GHz Core i5 760 obviously was introduced, it's price will be 205 USD.
Two Pentium processors E6600 and E5500 will each drop roughly 105 in price to 75 and 64 USD respectively.
Last but not least, good news for server admins and overclockers, the 2.93 GHz Xeon X3470 at a 95W TDP will drop a staggering 44% in price from 589 USD towards 328 USD.
Intel to settle FTC lawsuit in NVIDIA's favor
There's this long and on-going mud fight inbetween Intel and NVIDIA, the result of that is the lack of new nForce motherboards that support the latest Intel processors really as Intel is blocking NVIDIA in any way possible. There are some new developments though, as Electronista reported yesterday.
Intel may settle the FTC antitrust lawsuit in a way that favors NVIDIA, sources said Monday. The strategy would follow some of the elements of the truce with AMD extend these to graphics chipsets. These could include preventing Intel from intimidating companies into avoiding NVIDIA graphics or knowingly designing code or hardware to perform poorly.
The remedy would also address an NVIDIA-specific complaint regarding unfair bundling, Reuters said. It could address accusations of Intel hampering Ion sales by forcing the CPU designer to offer fair pricing when its processors and graphics are bundled together. Intel allegedly dropped pricing on the combination of an Atom chip and the matching chipset so low that it became impractical to use Ion for all but high-end systems where cost wasn't a factor.
Unlike AMD's deal, Intel would avoid a payment to settle the case.
Neither Intel nor FTC volunteered to comment. The settlement could partially address the countering Intel and NVIDIA lawsuits over graphics licensing. Intel has claimed that NVIDIA's license for chipsets doesn't allow it to produce chipsets for processors with integrated graphics, such as the Core iX series, but NVIDIA has insisted that Intel is intentionally dishonoring its license to bar NVIDIA from fairly competing with faster, more advanced graphics.
Intel's effect on NVIDIA is believed to have forced many of the design decisions behind Apple's recent lineup. The Mac producer has a long-term deal with NVIDIA but can't use more recent Intel chips in its smaller computers; the choice led to the 13-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro models, as well as the Mac mini, using upgraded Core 2 Duos for the sake of the much faster NVIDIA components.
ASUS outs 3D LCD monitor
With the release of their VG236H Monitor ASUS now jumps in the 3D segment as well. This is 23" monitor that will be selling at arather steep 589 USD, but the good news is that it includes a 3D Vision kit at that price.
LCD display has a refresh rate of 120 Hz allowing a smoot 60Hz per eye, and does so at a nice 1920 x 1080 resolution. We can't complain about the response time either, 2ms. As for connectivity to video output devices, the ASUS implemented DVI and HDMI inputs.
AMD's profit might drop in Q3 due to competition
For the third quarter, Nvidia has recently launched its GeForce GTX 460 GPU and is set to launch GeForce GTS 455 and 450 GPUs in August and an entry-level GF100-based GPU in September, according to previous reports.
Although AMD is already preparing next-generation DirectX 11 products, since details are unlikely to be fully planned out until October, and AMD currently does not have plans for new product launches in the third quarter, the company is likely to offer price cuts to compete against Nvidia's new products, which should reduce its profits, the sources noted.
ADATA JMicron JMF616-based S596 Turbo SSD
ADATA released the S596 Turbo. This SSD comes with the new JMicron JMF616 controller which packs 128MB DDR2 cache. The results should be a stutter free SSD with read speeds of up to 260MB/s and write speeds of up to 210MB/s.
ADATA Technology Co., Ltd., the worldwide leader in DRAM memory and Flash application products, today introduced S596 Turbo, the first Solid State Drive (SSD) using JMicron JMF616 controller on earth. Not only has the speed of S596 promoted, the stability has also strengthened. The ADATA S596 Turbo leads the SSD industry into a whole new era.
Flexible Dual Interface
In terms of the interface, the ADATA S596 Turbo equips SATA II and mini-USB dual interface, providing greater convenience and flexibility. The SSD can be used either as an external portable storage, or as an installed disk in laptop. Furthermore, with a 3.5" converter, the S596 Turbo can be installed in desktop PC. The brushed aluminum chassis of the S596 Turbo is designed for fast heat dissipation, while bringing impressive elegant demeanor.
JMicron JMF616, the Next-generation Controller Chip
In addition to the DDR2 128M cache buffer, the S596 Turbo utilizes next-generation controller, providing read speed up to 260MB per second, while write speed up to 210MB/S, which is 20 % higher than its former model S596. The firmware supports Windows 7 TRIM command, which significantly shortens the boot-up time. In addition, because of the new controller, the stability of S596 Turbo is largely raised, ridding users of sudden standstill during data transmission. The S596 Turbo supports Static wear-leveling technology, which extends the SSD's life. The S596 Turbo satisfies different needs with 32G / 64G / 128G / 256G storage capacity.
Users of ADATA SSDs are able to download Norton Internet Security 2010 (60-day trial) for free and experience enhanced mobility and security with just few mouse clicks away. All ADATA SDDs are backed by 3-year product warranty.
GeForce Forceware 258.96 WHQL released
This is a WHQL-certified release from the Release 256 family of drivers (versions 256.xx to 259.xx). This driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, and 400-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs. Learn more about Release 256 drivers here .
New in Release 258.96
- Adds support for GeForce GTX 460.
- Adds support for NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround technology. Learn more about this technology including the hardware and software requirements here.
- Adds additional performance increases for GeForce GTX 400 Series GPUs in several PC games (these improvements are in addition to the previously reported Release 256 improvements). The following are examples of some of the most significant improvements measured with GeForce GTX 480. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:
- Up to 11% in Aliens vs. Predator (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF
MSI GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone OC 1024MB review
MSI GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone OC 1024MB tested
We test and review the MSI GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone OC with 1024MB graphics memory. The Cyclone GTX 460 OC model flexes the GPU muscle all the way up towards 725MHz, the shaders to 1500 MHz and the GDDR5 to 3600 MHz (effective).
Built with military class components to last you a long time, meanwhile they slapped the Cyclone edition cooler on top of this board. Let's have a peek at what MSI offers with the N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5/OC
Check out the full review right here.
AMD Tapes Out First "Bulldozer" Microprocessors
The colleagues over at xbitlabs report that upcoming Bulldozer processors have been taped out. AMD hopes to begin sampling of the chips with customers shortly and initiate mass production sometimes in 2011.
The architecture will be used in chips manufactured using the 32-nm process. The company scheduled a 16-core chip code-named Interlagos for release in 2011. Bulldozer is AMD's first properly new processor architecture since the Athlon 64 of 2003. Every AMD chip since then has been a variation on that theme. A tweak here, an added core or floating point unit there, perhaps. But basically the same design.
The "tape out" means that the artwork for the photomask of a circuit is sent to manufacturing.
Based on the information provided by AMD it will feature eight x86 processing engines with multithreading technology, two 128-bit FMAC floating point units, shared L2 cache, shared L3 cache as well as integrated memory controller. AMD also states that the new CPU will feature
Core i5-760 CPU is out for sale
The Core i5 750 processor is probably the best Core based quad-core processor from Intel available on the market in terms of value. As it seems Intel just outted the Core i5 760.
The Lynnfield based processors can be seated onto a socket LGA 1156 motherboard and though precisely the same as its little brother, it is now clocked at 2.80 GHz, which is an okay improvement over the 2.66 GHz of the Core i5-750.
the chip comes with 8 MB of L3 cache and, of course, the integrated dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. Other specifications include a QPI of 4.8 GT/s and a TDP (thermal design power) of 95 W.
The product is priced at $209.99 whereas the 750 costs 195 USD.
Steam is releasing Alien Swarm for free
Today Steam is releasing Alien Swarm, which will cost you nothing.
Two years ago, Valve hired a group of modders behind the popular Unreal Tournament 2004 co-op mod called Alien Swarm as ggmania reports. The team has since contributed to popular games such as the Left 4 Dead Series and Portal 2, but on the side, they were hard at work on a Source version of Alien Swarm, and the fruits of their labor will be released on Monday
Statement Palit regarding GTX 460 Sonic Platinum
In this entire ordeal we nearly broke our relations with Palit to be honest, as we can not accept to review 'vanilla' picked samples while the final-product differs in the stores. Last week, as you guys have been able to follow here in the news, we have had contact with Palit on several occasions to get some important questions answered. In the end, the review sample according to Palit, differed from the end product as it was an engineering sample, rushed out to us and other reviewers to make the launch in time.
Based on our comments a lot of things happened, a new BIOS series has been released to compensate the noise levels on the retail samples of the Palit GTX 460 series, if you have a GTX 460 from Palit, please download the new BIOS here:
This file (includes BIOS) is for all of our GTX 460 models to update a new BIOS. It will automatically update the BIOS if it needs to.
First reports have shown that the noise levels indeed went down as the RPM level was brought back from 80 to 60 RPM, with the GPU running at 75 degrees C. So that is looking much better.
Secondly, we'll be receiving the final sample from Palit hopefully this week, and are going to clean out all results of the engineering sample from our original review and replace them with the results of the final SKU. I'll keep you guys posted on that.
Last but not least, in a phone conversation with Palit on Friday I have requested some sort of statement for the end-users, this arrived this morning:
To who it may concern,
That review sample is the very first model we made, after finalizing the BIOS, there was no need to add a VRM heatsink.
GTX 460 1GB "Sonic Platinum" without a MOSFET heatsink (the samples for review had the heat sink)
- It is no need to add a heat sink for those components (MOSFET power circuit).
We had passed the thermal qualification testing for the the specification. The NV reference board does also not add it too.
- 100% burning tests for the GTX460 1GB "Sonic Platinum" (We have tested and done burning test for each "Sonic Platinum" board before shipped out to our customers. The "Burning test" - with at least 2 hours under 45 Degree C inside the chamber
- The temperature on the GPU, memory chips and VRM components of the GTX460 1GB "Sonic Platinum" is not over NV specification under 45 Degree chamber. (We run 3Dmark2006 "GT2" that was suggested by NV for the Thermal testing.
Please be confident with our serious testing process, which you do not need to be worries about an damage possibilities.
Quality is always out priority. Thank you.
If there are any further questions regarding this issue, you are welcome to email Palit support line; email@example.com We will be more than welcome to assist you.
Norman Lian - Palit Microystems Ltd
It is with this last news-item that we'll leave this matter to rest now. Once we have the final board in, as stated, we are going to update and replace the results in our GTX 460 shootout article. We recommend all Palit GTX 460 Sonic and Sonic Platinum owners to update their BIOS, as the updated firmware seems to make a good difference preventing extreme noise levels.
Logitech Next-Generation of Surround Sound Speakers
Logitech unveiled the next-generation surround Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z506. Logitech
Meet ASUS MARS II in the nude ...
The guys over at Hexus posted what seem to be photo's of the PCB for a dual GeForce GTX 480 GPUs, yikes imaging the power and heat. Two GeForce GTX 480 GPUs (GF100-375-A3) are connected via a high-speed NF200 bridging chip, the what appears to be MARS II would absolyutely dominate and swallow everything in it's path.
Each GPU's six 64-bit memory controllers are serviced by, we imagine, double-density, double-width GDDR5. Three eight-pin PCIe connectors provide enough juice - to the tune of 450W-plus, it is reasonable to assume - and we're guessing that the sheer size of the proposed cooling would make the ARES' blush. Indeed, it wouldn't be surprising if this was a watercooling-only product.
Should this product come to bear before the next round of GPU updates, the MARS II would be the baddest - and undoubtedly most expensive - graphics card in the world - Hexus
Check the thumbails to see the beast a little bigger. Oh and to ASUS .. we'd so much like to recommend liquid-cooling (!)
Agenda Circling Forth GPU particle demo
This demo won 1st place at the Breakpoint 2010 party. This demo is simply mind blowing! This group did a demo consisting completely of particles. Not a single polygon is in this just particles and millions of them.
Just a warning this thing will could rape your GPU, he I had to run it at 1280x800 on a GTX260 to keep the framerate around ~20-25fps. It kept my GPU at 99% the entire time, its very GPU limited as far as performance.
Agenda Circling Forth
by CNCDvsFairlight art house productions inc
Requires Directx 9.0c, GeForce 260 / Radeon 4850 or better. Must be PS 3.0 card
Matrox Enhances resolution for TripleHead2Go
Matrox Graphicsannounced enhanced resolution compatibility for Matrox DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXMs) when using Intel HD Graphics and Intel 4 Series Express Chipset with Intel Graphics Media Accelerator. Maximum DualHead2Go resolutions have increased from 2x1280x1024 to support 2x1920x1080, and supported TripleHead2Go resolutions have expanded from 3x800x600 to 3x1280x1024 (standard) or 3x1360x768 (widescreen).
This enlarged display real estate was previously only available to Matrox DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go customers using graphics solutions from other manufacturers. Now Intel mobile and desktop graphics customers can benefit from higher resolution multi-display support via Matrox DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go Digital or DisplayPort Editions.
"Intel HD Graphics provides everyday visual computing to millions of PC users, whether they are watching HD movies, playing 3D games, or videoconferencing at the office," said Steve Santamaria, Director of Visual Computing Developer Relations, Intel Corporation. "We are happy to be working with Matrox to enable their DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go products to enhance the visual experience of our common customers."
"This close collaboration between Matrox and Intel ensures that we are providing the best multi-display platform possible for both the Intel 4 Series Chipset with graphics and the new Core 2010 processors with Intel HD Graphics built in," comments Ron Berty, Business Development Manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. "Whether you are deploying enterprise-wide triple-monitor desktop installations, or are a notebook user seeking dual-monitor workstation-like performance, the newest Intel graphics drivers guarantee an unprecedented level of stability and resolution support across Matrox GXM-enabled displays."
Matrox Graphics eXpansion Modules are multi-display upgrades that are easy to set up for notebooks, desktop computers, and workstations. The DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go modules work in conjunction with your system's existing GPU and enable the addition of two or three displays. These external solutions are perfect for platforms previously limited to a single display, such as systems with integrated graphics, systems with no available expansion slots, or systems that are already closed and validated.
PowerColor PCS+ HD5770 Vortex Edition
PowerColor or TUL if you will, today announced their PowerColor PCS+ HD5770 Vortex Edition graphics card. The Vortex Edition is, essentially makes use of a new cooler called .. tadaa .. Vortex.
Intel Six-Core i7-970 CPU shipping
This processor was in the pipeline for a while now, yet I am surprised to see it launched so soon. Intel is about to release this product, yet a UK etailer jumped the gun.
The Core i7 970 will be clocked a tiny bit slower than the 980X at 3.2 GHz . Obviously you'll be stripped away from the unlocked multiplier as well. But still; pricing should in the end be a notch better at roughly 900 EUR.
The 6-core processor is based on socket LGA 1366 motherboards and has 12MB of L3 cache. The product also hyper-threads to 12 threads, as well as the lovely integrated triple-channel DDR3 memory controller.
The etailer lists it at