Mona Lisa Created from Motherboard scrap
OCZ: SSD and HDD prices same within five years
OCZ CEO Ryan Petersen says that he expects that in five years from now the price per gigabyte of solid state disks will almost match the price per gigabyte of hard disk drives.
At present SSDs are used in conjunction with hard drives in order to reduce boot-up time and accelerate performance of frequently used programs. However, that is going to change in the future as the price of flash will get closer to that of hard drives in terms of per gigabyte cost.
Command & Conquer expected in March 2010
EA Los Angeles spreads word that that its story-concluding PC real-time strategy Commander & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight will be released for PC on March 16, 2010.
The pre-order bonuses of early beta access, a copy of the orchestral soundtrack, and an exclusive bonus prequel campaign mission were also unveiled.
Modern Warfare 2 Sells 4.7M in 24 Hours
Activision Blizzard sent out a press release announcing it sold 4.7 million copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, or $310 million of sales, on its first day, setting a new record for the video game industry.
The shooting game went on sale on Tuesday in the most highly anticipated debut of the year. Fans had lined up for hours outside retail stores like GameStop in advance of the midnight release. Analysts projected unit sales of 11 million to 13 million by the end of 2009, saying "Call of Duty" would defy the weak economy because it appeals to hard-core gamers willing to shell out $60 for the title. Estimates for launch-day sales ranged from $300 million to $340 million.
Intel Settles -- Pays $1.25 Billion to AMD
The settlement announced Thursday between Intel and AMD
AfterBurner 1.4.0 Released !
Hoem grown here in the trenches of Guru3D.com AfterBurner revision 1.4.0 is here !
Afterburner is powered by our own Rivatuner engine, but this software comes with a few extra's. AfterBurner will support both ATI and NVIDIA graphics cards, Voltage regulation on the GPU, overclocking on core, shader and memory domains, GPU load levels (ATI), fan speed adjustment, device information .. and a really wicked graphical (configurable) monitor.
So with combined forces MSI will bring you their new AfterBurner overclock software. AfterBurner, as in giving that airplane an extra boost of power. The end-result (we feel) is a great looking user-friendly overclocking experience, with on-the-fly advanced user options .. including something I know many of you will like, VRM voltage control.
- Up to 85% overclocking capability
- Over voltage function to significantly increase overclocking potential
- Core/Shader/Memory clock adjustment
- Core/Shader clock Link/Unlink capability
- Clock/Voltage/Temperature/Fan Speed/Frame rate real-time monitor
- Maximum/Minimum value for easy record of system condition
- Real-time On-Screen-Display information in games
- Real-time information in Windows Tray Icon
- Detach mode for hardcore monitor style
- 5 Profile to easy save/load user customized setting
- Profile hot-key for easy and quick switch in games
- 2D/3D automatic profile switching for difference scenario
- Special Function:
- Advanced fan speed control for different speed under different temperature trigger points
- Mutil-GPU independent or synchronous control for clock/voltage/fan speed
- Information button for graphics card driver version, BIOS version, identification, OSD status and update link
- User Customized skin function
- Apply overclocking setting at system startup
Afterburner v.1.4.0 (2009-11-11)
- Added initial AMD RADEON HD 5970 series graphics cards support
- Added voltage control for cost down reference design AMD RADEON HD 4870 series graphics cards with L6788A voltage regulator
- Added voltage control for custom design MSI R4770 Cyclone graphics cards series with uP6204 voltage regulators
- Ineffective and slow temperature, clock, GPU usage and fan speed monitoring implementation provided by native AMD's ADL SDK has been replaced with own more effective low-level codepath. Due to new codepath hardware monitoring related CPU performance hit has been reduced drastically on the systems with AMD graphics cards and drivers.
- On-Screen Display and Logitech LCD monitoring modules no longer explicitly read displayed data from hardware and retrieve cached data from monitoring graphs instead. Due to this change CPU performance hit is reduced when OSD or LCD monitoring features are enabled.
- Fan speed slider position and numeric fan speed input field are now being refreshed in automatic fan speed mode only when MSI Afterburner window is active.
- Added configuration file switch allowing power users to unlock unofficial overclocking codepath in AMD display drivers (similar to AMDGPUClockTool, ATITool and RivaTuner overclocking implementation on AMD graphics cards).
Unlike AMD's official ADL SDK overclocking ways, unofficial ones are not limited with CCC clock limit but have some alternate disadvantages (e.g. PowerPlay support limitation).
Please take a note that unofficial overclocking methods are not supported either by AMD or by MSI, so unlock and use it at your own risk.
- Now it is possible to toggle performance profiler status info visibility in hardware monitor window via [Show status] option in the context menu.
- Fixed L6788A database entry for AMD RADEON HD 4770 series graphics cards
- GPU voltage monitoring feature is now locked and not available by default.
Unfortunately some inexperienced users don't understand the risk of running multiple tools accessing voltage regulator at the same time and tend to use helper voltage monitoring features in everyday hardware monitoring sessions in conjunction with third party VRM monitoring tools, intensively writing data to VRM and periodically causing it to enter wrong state due to write collision. Unfortunately such issues are wrongly treated by certain users as instability of our product. To prevent such rumors, since this version voltage monitoring feature is no longer available to beginners by default.
Experienced users understanding these specifics and accepting these risks may unlock voltage monitoring features via new safety option in [General]tab
- AMD RV8xx I2C microcontroller is now being forcibly reset prior to starting new I2C transaction to minimize the risk of I2C collisions with third party tool without I2C synchronization protocol support (e.g. AMDGPUClockTool)
- Added safety option allowing users to disable voltage control feature if it is not needed
- Now Afterburner forcibly changes memory clock for all performance levels at once on AMD graphics cards with equal default memory clocks defined for all performance levels to bypass flickering issue caused by incorrect PowerPlay dynamic memory clock changing implementation on some cards
- Added Catalyst driver family version detection for AMD graphics cards
- Added option to display system time in the On-Screen Display
- Added red and blue editions of default skin
- Various minor user interface and skin tweaks
- Added configuration file switches allowing power users to tweak Afterburner startup process and define startup delay or force the startup to be handled by Windows Vista / Windows 7 Task Scheduler to bypass UAC evaluation window (additional Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 runtime libraries installation is required for task scheduler based startup way)
- MSI On-Screen Display server has been upgraded to version 3.6.0. New server provides improved desktop windows notification mechanism and also features optional power user oriented task scheduler based startup way
- Added skin format reference documentation. Now third party skin designers may use this local offline documentation to create their own skins for MSI Afterburner. Official MSI Afterburner skin creation contest is approaching!
Do you feel that you can design nice skins for MSI Afterburner? Stay tuned and don't miss your chance to win the prize!
Please bare in mind that this software works with MSI graphics cards and a handful of reference based cards, you could be lucky though ;)
- Article on AfterBurner (Guide)
- AfterBurner Website (MSI)
- AfterBurner Support Forums
- Download AfterBurner 1.4.0
Radeon HD 5970 spotted in German pricewatch
The Radeon HD 5870 X2 AKA Radeon HD 5970 has listed in a German pricewatch engine. At Geizhals.at a listing of AMD's soon to be launched Hemlock graphics card 5970 was spotted.
It's not exactly a surprise that the brand listed is once again -- Sapphire. They have a bit of a tendency with launched to leak a thing or two. As it now appears the dual GPU based 5970 will not exactly be two 5870 cards as the specs indeed are a little slower. Well noting we can't tweak out of it eh Guru's ? We again see specifications like two 40nm GPUs running at 725MHz, dual 256-bit memory buses with 1GHz GDDR5 (effective 4GHz data rate).
The card will get a dual DVI-I, HDMI, and as the list shows, a mini DisplayPort. Launch prices seem to be close to the 499 EUR market, which makes sense and is as expected.
G.Skill releases DDR3 2200 at CL7
G.Skill today released DRAM modules rated at a whopping DDR3 2200 CL7-10-10-28 1.65V 4GB (2GBx2), and specially tuned for Intel Lynnfield Core i7 870, 860 processors.
Furnished with the brand new design PI series heatspreader, these modules once again represent G.Skill
Intel preps P55 Chipset B3 Stepping Update
Intel's apparantly is preparing a hardware update for its P55 Express chipset, currently the only motherboard chipset for socket LGA-1156 processors. The new B3 stepping of the P55 PCH will bring:
- New MM number and S-spec numbers for the converted products;
- Firmware and minor BIOS updates are required with the conversion;
- Processor MRC/microcode update required to enable future processors;
- Recommended storage driver upgrade from Intel MSM 8.9 to Intel RST 9.5.
Although it is listed that the MRC update enables 'future processors', Intel, in a statement issued to X-bit labs assured that the current B2 stepping of the chipset (found on current socket LGA-1156 motherboards) does not leave out support for any of Intel's new LGA-1156 processors that are slated for release in the very near future.
Dual-core "Clarkale" 32 nm processors will be supported by both B2 and B3 steppings of the chipset.
P55 B3 stepping is pin-identical to P55 B2, and hence motherboard vendors will not have to come up with new designs. Sampling of the new stepping began as early as on October 02, 2009, and it is scheduled for shipment to manufacturers by the 7th of December, 2009. P55 is the performance core-logic for the LGA-1156 platform. It supports Core i5 and Core i7 "Lynnfield" processors with discrete graphics [via tpu].
OS Calculators -- Very Confusing !
Sometimes, for chronic computer users like myself, it
Samsung unveils SyncMaster P2770HD monitor with TV tuner
Samsung has unveiled a new monitor in Korea that is packed with features and can be used as a HDTV as well. the monitor is the Samsung P2370HD and it has 27-inches of screen space. Being that the thing is called a monitor, we can assume it is aimed at computer users who also want to be able to watch TV in one device.
The screen has a TV tuner and HDMI input. It has a full 1080p HD resolution and a response time of 5ms. The contrast ratio is 50,000:1 and is dynamic. Sound is provided via a pair of 3-watt speakers that promise simulated 5.1 surround sound.
The set also features picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture modes that will allow you to combine your PC desktop with live TV on the screen at once if you want. The set is priced at about $473 and should be set to ship globally soon.
Radeon HD 5970 'Hemlock' Specifications Surface
AMD's next-generation, dual-GPU graphics card the Radeon HD 5970 which you all know under codenamed Hemlock, is just around the corner. While we still aren't certain when the new card becomes available, there are rumors pointing to an official release before the end of this month.
According to a recent news article, coming from a gossip website, the Radeon HD 5970 with a core speed of 725Mhz. In addition, 'Hemlock', which packs two RV870 GPUs, will be featured with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, clocked at 1000MHz (4000 effecitive), and with two 256-bit memory busses.
Doubling up double the Stream processors and texture units boils down to a massive 3200 Stream processors and 160 texture units. As always all of this should be taken with a grain of salt, as the card is not yet official and frequency details and specifications could change when AMD officially debuts its new flagship.
With NVIDIA's Fermi-based cards nowhere to be seen, the new dual-GPU Radeon card will make AMD the graphics card the performance and technolofy leader for a while.
More soon ;)
Gskill launches Falcon II Solid State Disk
G.Skill International today released its Falcon II SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD).
Featuring the new Indilinx ECO controller, the Falcon II SSD can be perfectly matched with the latest 34nm NAND flash memory, which has a greater data density for a positive impact on affordability for the customer. Along with a large 64MB DRAM cache and specialized controller design, the Falcon II SSD provides the ideal, stutter free stability and long life through advanced wear leveling algorithms.
The performance of the 64GB SSD is rated at 220/110MB/Sec (Read/Write), while the 128GB and 256GB SSDs are rated at an impressive 220/150MB/sec. In addition, the Falcon II will feature the latest Indilinx 1819 version firmware which offers improved support for the Windows 7 TRIM command.
The Falcon II provides Windows 7 users an ideal SSD solution with high performance and stability.All G.Skill Falcon series SSD solutions come with two years warranty and G.Skill's FAE team is always ready to provide consumers complete technical support via online forums, telephone and email.
ASUS EAH5770 (Radeon HD 5770) Voltage Tweak review
More and more vendors these days allow the end user to play around with GPU voltages in order to achieve higher stable overclocks. Our sample for example ships at reference (standard) 850MHz core clock frequency and 4,800MHz on the memory much like as any other Radeon HD 5770 1,024MB, but with the help of Voltage Tweaking we achieved 1,000MHz on the core clock and 5,620MHz on the memory fairly quickly.
So in this review a little recap on the Radeon HD 5770 1024MB and then of course coverage of the overclock throughout our benchmark session with the help of some extra juice.
Check out the review here.
MSI preps 770-G45 MSI Motherboard
The AM3 Phenom II and Athlon II series-supporting motherboard 770-G45 is released. This is the third such motherboard developed by the company and also the most rich in features after the 770T-C45 and the 770-C35.
Among those features are the four DDR3-1600 slots, two PCI-Express x16 that enable CrossFireX setups, six SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, an integrated Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 channel and an Easy OC Switch that allows configurations to be easily accomplished without the need to access the system BIOS.
The CPU will receive power through a simple 6 phase VRM circuit, which supports the Active Phase Switching. Seeing how the board will be able to use the Phenom II and Athlon II CPUs, it is likely that systems with the 770-G45 as a base will be able to achieve high performances. Not only that, but the OC Switch will allow the full use of the AMD OverDrive Advanced Clock Calibration feature, which provides overclocking possibilities. The 770-G45 also has several built-in USB 2.0 ports PCI-Express x4.
The previous two chipsets released in this series were the 770T-C45 and 770-C35. These two also supported overclocking, but only had at most one PCI-Express 2.0 x16. Another unsupported feature by 770T-C45 was DDR3.
The board will be sold at a 67 EUR.
Corsair Flash Survivor GT series now in 32GB and 64GB
Corsair has introduced 32GB and 64GB Flash Survivor GT USB flash drives, these models feature an ultra-durable metal housing. Performance details, pricing and availability are unknown.
Razer Abyssus Mouse
Razer releases the new Abyssus mouse. With the Abyssus the company focuses on providing a gaming mouse without too many bells and whistles, it's an ambidextrous model with a 3.5G 3500 DPI infrared sensor, two buttons and a scrollwheel. The Razer Abyssus will be available worldwide by late December 2009 for $49.99 (39.99EUR).
The Razer Abyssus mouse is designed for gamers that demand reliability and functionality under the fiercest gameplay conditions. The Razer Abyssus is armed with two large non-slip buttons tuned for maximum tactile feedback and features Razer
Matrox M9188 drives up to eight displays
Matrox has introduced two new multi-head PCI Express x16 graphics cards today, the M9128 and M9188. The M9128 is a new dual-head graphics card with DisplayPort and DVI support, while the M9188 is a beast capable of supporting eight DisplayPort or DVI outputs. And if this isn't enough, you can add a second M9188 to drive up to 16 displays, all from a single workstation!
Both graphics cards will start shipping this quarter, the Matrox M9128 LP PCIe x 16 will retail for $259 while the Matrox M9188 PCIe x16 will be priced at a whopping $1,995.
"The M9188 is designed specifically for professional monitoring environments that require visualization of large amounts of data at once to enhance mission-critical decision making," says Ron Berty, Business Development Manager, Matrox Graphics. "The expansive multi-monitor configuration allows system operators to accurately manage energy grids or train dispatch applications, while ensuring maximum performance across all displays."
Matrox M9128 and M9188 Key Features
Native PCIe x16 performance
Single-slot graphics cards
1 GB (M9128) and 2 GB (M9188) of memory
Drive two (M9128) or eight (M9188) DisplayPort monitors at 2560x1600 per display or DVI Single-Link monitors at 1920x1200 per display
Can be combined with other M-Series products (multi-card support)
Support for stretched or independent desktop modes across all monitors
Easy deployment and wide enterprise flexibility with unified driver package
Support for Windows 7 (32/64bit), Windows Vista