FAH Support for ATI & AMD GPUs
Yesterday we were informed about the progress of the Here are the highlights:
1) FahCore_11 will be supported until 1st September 2011 (maybe longer).
2) HD 3000 Series will not be able to to run the OpenCL Core (FahCore_16).
3) HD 4000 Series doesn't have sufficient OpenCL support for effective FAH calculations.
4) FahCore_16 is being tested right now and will be released to public when the V7 Client is available.
For further details, please refer to Dr. Vijay's Blog.
AMD FX Zambezi Processors Compatible AM3 Motherboards
Good news on the AMD processor compatibility front. TPU reports (via SweClockers) that upcoming FX series "Zambezi" desktop processors based on the "Bulldozer architecture are expected to be compatible motherboards with socket AM3
AMD, on a number of occassions stated that the chips will require a new socket (referred to as AM3+) and compatible chipset, and that the chips will be incompatible with existing AM3 socket and existing chipset.
According to a source, motherboard major ASUS is planning to provide support to AM3+ processors to some of its existing AM3 motherboards using mere BIOS updates. That's right, Zambezi will indeed be backwards compatible with AM3 and existing chipset, only what remains to be seen is if the processors will perform to their full potential and overclock well on existing platform. Amongst ASUS' Schindler's list are top of the line AM3 models, such as ROG Crosshair IV Formula and Extreme, M4A89TD PRO/USB3, and even AMD 890GX-based motherboards such as M4A89GTD PRO. The list also shows certain AM3+ motherboards that use dated chipsets such as 760G, probably the entry-level of ASUS' M5A series of motherboards.
NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit becomes cheaper
NVIDIA managed to shave off 50 USD of their 3D Vision wireless glasses kit as it has received an update. The new model is available for $149, a $50 price cut, and offers 60 hours of battery life, compared with 40 hours before.
"Today we are happy to announce an updated version of our 3D Vision wireless glasses kit for a new low price of $149 (US), $50 less than the original price. Plus, the glasses provide 50 percent longer battery life from a single charge, 60 hours compared with 40 hours before, giving you even more time of uninterrupted 3D entertainment.
With over 1,000 products in the 3D Vision ecosystem, including notebook and desktop PCs, displays, TVs, projectors, GPUs, video applications, cameras and games, 3D Vision lets you experience the best quality 3D in many different ways on your PC. In addition, we
AMD announces Fusion APU design wins
AMD reports leading ODMs are working on systems with the company's Fusion APUs.
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that leading original design manufacturers (ODMs) are choosing AMD
AeroCool Vs-4 mid-tower case
It can be found in Germany for just over 38 EUR and it seems to offer quite a lot of value, the pictures reveal an all-black design, a side window, four tool-free 5.25" bays, two removable HDD cage, a cut-out for easy CPU cooler swapping, cut-outs for cable management, pre-drilled holes for watercooling tubes, and a front I/O panel with USB 2.0 and audio ports.
One 120mm exhaust fan is included but there's room for four optional fans; a 140mm front fan, a 120mm bottom intake and two 120mm fans in the side panel.
The front side does not have the best looks but for its price level this is a quite impressive case, 38 EUR incl VAT.
Banned iPad 2 Promo Outtakes
Oh just have a peek ...
Call of Duty: Black Ops, best-selling game ever
The game already made headlines back in November when it generated revenues of
GeForce GTX 550 Ti review MSI Cyclone II OC
Today we'll be putting the N550GTX-Ti from MSI to the test, armed with the new Cyclone II cooler we expect no noise and excellent cooling. The full SKU name is N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II OC, as the card comes factory overclocked as well. We'll have a deeper look in the product gallery of course. As stated this card comes factory overclocked, from 900 towards 950 MHz. Extremely high frequencies .. but get this, we'll bring this card towards a whopping 1100 MHz today. So yeah, let's have a peek at what the GeForce GTX 550 Ti has in store for us.
Read the full review here.
KFA2 Galaxy GTX 550 Ti LTD OC WHITE review
KFA2 Galaxy GTX 550 Ti LTD OC WHITE review
In this review we'll have a peek at the warmongers from KFA2 (Galaxy), they unleash this cute little beastly looking GTX 550 Ti LTD OC White edition graphics card. And to make it even more special, they slapped all components on a sexy white PCB again. Armed with that atypical looking cooler you'll learn that this product makes no compromises, you will not hear it, it will not run hot and it even comes factory clocked at a full GHz, quite amazing as GPUs seem to slowly pass that weird 1 GHz threshold.
Read the full review here.
Intel ships a 4.4GHz Xeon X5698
CPUOver at World's keen eyes spotted that Intel has quietly been shipping a Xeon X5698 with a frequency of 4.4GHz:
In the middle of last year, when Intel produced pre-production parts for the next refresh of Xeon 5600-series, they also made several quite interesting Xeon samples. The most distinguishing feature of these chips was very high clock frequency. Even the slowest Xeon microprocessor from that group was clocked at 4 GHz, and the fastest one reached 4.66 GHz. One of these samples made into production, and started shipping earlier this year. The processor was released as Xeon X5698, and, at 4.4 GHz, it's the fastest Intel production CPU ever.
Intel Xeon X5698 is built on Westemere microarchitecture, and, with a couple of notable differences, shares many features with other Xeon 5600 chips. One of the differences, extremely high core frequency, we already mentioned above. This model has only two active CPU cores, and we believe that 4 other cores on the die are disabled. The processor comes with 12 MB L3 cache, HyperThreading, and works in socket 1366 motherboards. Intel X5698 has OEM part number AT80614007314AA, and S-spec number SLC32. We suspect that this SKU will be shipped only in OEM systems.
For the sake of history, we included information on all "special" Xeon samples, produced in 2010, in the table below:
OEM part number
Specifications of four AMD FX processors surface
X-bit Labs reports specifications of AMD's first four Bulldozer desktop processors. These FX-series chips will be available in eight, six and four core editions with TDPs ranging from 95W to 125W.
The primary family of AMD FX-series central processing units (CPUs) will feature two eight-core models, one six-core flavour as well as a quad-core version. The chips will support dual-channel DDR3 1866MHz memory, will support Turbo Core dynamic acceleration technology and will come in AM3+ form-factor and will have 125W and 95W TDP. The second "wave" of Bulldozer chips will also include four microprocessors and will improve performance of the initial breed of CPUs.
The intrigue remains about exact clock-speed of Bulldozer chips. Based on estimations, frequencies of such chips may be as high as 3.50GHz. What should be noted is that modern CPUs can include units that work at different clock-speeds and the highest one will hardly determine actual performance.
Japan crisis not expected to have major impact on wafer market
DigiTimes reports foundries don't expect the Japanese earthquake disaster will cause significant disruption for the silicon wafer market because alternatives are available if necessary.
With the impact of Japan's massive earthquake disrupting production at silicon wafer supplier Shin-Etsu Handotai (SEH), major pure-play foundry chipmakers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) have both said that they are capable of activating alternatives if necessary.
SEH's parent company Shin-Etsu Chemical has revealed that operations at several production sites, including SEH's Shirakawa plant in Nishigo Village, Fukushima Preference, remain closed due to the quake's impact which has shutdown electric power supply in the area. A restart of operations can only begin after a safety inspection of equipment and the facilities, Shin-Etsu said, without disclosing any timeframe.
Operation Flashpoint: Red River Bio Trailer
Game releases for the coming week March 14 March 21
Also of note this week is the new first person shooter Homefront for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. The story for Homefront was written by the screenwriter behind Apocalypse Now and takes place in a near-future USA after an invasion by a United Korea under the rule of North Korea.
- Total War: Shogun 2 Limited Edition
ENERMAX SpineRex chassis
ENERMAX is pleased to announce the launch of SpineRex, a new flagship gaming tower for enthusiasts: Full-drive bay design, front-accessible hard disk cages, quick-release bay covers; handy tool-less rails offer flexibility, scalability, and pleasant system building experiences. User may also find its spacious interior that makes installation of high-end graphic card and massive hard disk storage possible.
- Full drive bay design and modular HDD cages for utmost flexibility and scalability
- Top slide cover functions either as air flow adjustment or dust shield
- Independent light controls for front and side color-changeable fans
- Bottom mounted PSU slot with rubber stands and dust filter supports two orientations
- Dust filters for side monster fan, and meshed bay covers
- 4 openings with rubber grommets for water cooling system
- Easy installation:
- Flip-open design for quick system maintenance
- Quick release bay covers
- Rails for both ODD and HDD installation
- Cutouts on M/B tray for quick CPU cooler maintenance and neat cable management
- Thumbscrews for add-on cards installation
- Supreme cooling performance:
- Front 2x12cm Blue/Red combo-LED VEGAS fans
- Side 1x25cm Blue/Red combo-LED fan with LED & speed control
- Top 2x14/12cm exhaust fan (optional)
- Rear 1x12cm exhaust fan (optional)
SpineRex brings more fun and functions to cooling. Made of oversized mesh, SpineRex provides outstanding cooling performance to keep most hardcore components cooled. Pre-installed filter behind mesh can effectively prevent dust from accumulating. A slide cover on top plays either dust shield or airflow adjustment. Speed control for side 250mm monster fan allows users to cope with dynamic cooling requirements. The pre-installed two 120mm combo-LED Vegas fans with ENERMAX
OCZ acquires Indilinx
It's no secret that OCZ likes SSD technology and places all focus on that. Big news -- they just announced that they will purchase Indilinx, known from their great SSD controllers. The company faded away a little after SandForce really kicked in. This will allow OCZ to make theor own proprietary SSD controllers if they choose to do so. Here's the PR:
OCZ announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Indilinx Co., Ltd, a privately held fabless provider of flash controller silicon and software for SSDs.
Indilinx is headquartered in South Korea and currently sells its line of flash controllers to SSD manufacturers and Tier One OEMs for use in a broad array of products addressing multiple markets, including embedded and industrial as well as laptops and PCs. Indilinx controllers have been deployed within OCZ's SSD products since December 2008, and are currently featured in the Z-Drive series of PCIe-based SSDs. Indilinx's technology is expected to enable OCZ to expand its presence into the embedded, hybrid storage, and industrial markets.
OCZ will gain substantial intellectual property from Indilinx including approximately 20 patents and patent applications related exclusively to the business as part of the transaction. For example, the acquisition is expected to extend OCZ's capabilities with advanced controller technology including Tinkerbell
New update for 3DMark Vantage v1.1.0
FutureMark released an update to 3DMark Vantage to fix problems and add a couple of requested features. One interesting fact is that the Basic edition is now free to use and the trial has been removed.
Release Notes for 3DMark Vantage v. 1.1.0
- Trial Edition has been removed
- Basic Edition is now free
- Added display scaling to improve display compatibility
- PPU acceleration of the CPU tests is now disabled by default
- Re-compiled with Visual Studio 2010
- Updated the SystemInfo component to version 4.0
Advanced and Profession Edition only
- Added option for manual GPU Count selection to the Advanced tab.
- Added Scaling Mode selection to the Advanced tab, choose from centered or stretched.
- Results tab now shows the individual scores for each of the six tests.
Professional Edition only
- Demo audio now works when running from the command line.
- Image Quality tool now handles unexpected parameters correctly.
- Image Quality tool now works correctly with the reference rasterizer option.
We are hosting both the updated full version, and a smaller to download Patch which you can use to upgrade your currentinstallation with.DOWNLOAD
GeForce GTX 590 features Surface
Over at the xtremesystems forums apparently a slide on the GeForce GTX 590 found its way to the web. It looks like a board-partner presentation slide showing some information (though limited) on the upcoming flagship product from NVIDIA.
The slide does confirm some of the rumors like full shader processor count, dual-slot design and 3 GB of graphics memory. The slide also notes a 12 layer PCB (which is a lot really) combined with a 10-phase power design. Typically that would be 8+2 for memory.
Anyway, the slide does not reveal much other then the semi-confirmed rumors out there, but I assume everybody likes pretty pictures.