Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor GeForce GTX 970 VRAM stress test
It has been an interesting week with all the hype on the GeForce GTX 970 with what now is know as a crippled memory sub-system. Three weeks ago here on Guru3D.com users in our forums started to report oddities with their GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, card ran out of memory at 3.5 GB, not utilizing anything higher or reports of stutters in high graphics memory usage.Read more
Does the GeForce GTX 970 have a memory allocation bug ? (update 3)
For a week or two now in our forums there have been allegations that users of the GeForce GTX 970 have a darn hard time addressing and filling the last 10% of their graphics memory. The 4 GB card seems to run into issues addressing the last 400 to 600 MB of memory, which is significant.Read more
Gigabyte ODIN 600 & 700W Plus PSUs announced
Gigabyte has introduced two new Odin Plus power supplies, a 600W model that delivers up to 45A on its three +12V rails and a 700W model capable of delivering up to 52A on its four +12V rails. Both models are 80Plus Bronze certified and feature a 120mm blue LED PWM fan. The Gigabyte Odin Plus 600W and Odin Plus 700W should be available soon for around 115EUR and 130EUR, respectively.
It's strange to see the announcement sp late as in October we already reviewed the &00 watt model, check our review here.
HIS Radeon HD 5750 IceQ+ edition Pixelized
HIS is working on a new HIS Radeon HD 5750 IceQ+ graphics card. This model has a blue PCB design, custom cooling, and the standard clockspeeds of 700MHz for the core and 4600MHz for the memory. It will be available in retail stores with and without DiRT2 coupon, pricing is to be announced.
Latest Windows patch may cause black screen for some users
The latest Microsoft Windows patches in November have been known to cause some black screens on users screens according to ComputerWorld, without a remedy to fix the problem.
The problem affects Microsoft products including Windows 7, Vista and XP operating systems, said Mel Morris , the CEO and CTO for the U.K. security company Prevx. Prevx was alerted to the problem by users of its security software last week, Morris said. Microsoft apparently made changes to the Access Control List (ACL), a list of permissions for a logged-on user. The ACL interacts with registry keys, creating visible desktop features such as a sidebar. However, the latest patches appear to make some changes to those registry keys. The effect is that some installed applications aren't aware of the changes and don't run properly, causing a black screen, Morris said.
DiRT 2 PC Demo Today
We will be releasing the Official DiRT 2 Demo Tomorrow (1st Dec) at 2pm GMT
Br> Over the weekend a leaked early version of the DiRT 2 demo has appeared on the net on various download sites. I would advise people not to download this unsupported version of the demo as it is not the final version and will not give you the best experience of the game.
Br> As I mentioned previously this is a work in progress version of the demo which was not intended for release.
Br> Once again I would advise people not to download the leaked version of the Demo and hold out until tomorrow and experience DiRT 2 the way we wanted you to.
Open Discussion: OC competition using AMD/ATI chip set?
Gigabyte would like to learn the following -- Beat Me If You Dare graphic OC competition using AMD/ATI chip set?
Hey, guys! Thanks for all your valuable suggestions for the first two rounds of Beat Me If You Dare. Are you interested in attending this kind of graphic OC competition using AMD/ATI chip set? If you are, which graphic card you would recommend? Why?
GIGABYTE welcomes all overclockers
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 260 SO -- Super Overclock
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 260 SO -- Super Overclock
One of the things that is receiving a lot of attention these days are overclocking, overclock competitions and products based on that theme -- as such Gigabyte technology is releasing their SO series of graphics cards, short for Super Overclocked.
Today we'll test their all new GeForce GTX 260 (SP216) SO -- it comes with an Ultra durable design (long-lasting components) and as the title already suggests .. a pretty nice overclock -- making this product faster than say a GeForce GTX 275.
Check out the review here.
Eye-Fi Card drop to $40
So handy .. we certainly are fans of Eye-Fi cards, and rightly so: these SD cards include a wireless antenna that automatically sends pictures you take to your computer and to any number of photo sharing sites over your wireless network.
Our biggest quibble with the Eye-Fi cards is that they
R.U.S.E VIP Beta - How to Play R.U.S.E
Hard Drive Dock Doubles As Drive Cloning Tool
Making a clone of a hard drive isn
Intel Roadmap has info new Core i3, i5 and i7 models
A new roadmap leak provides not only information on the specifications of Intel's Core i5 750 and i7 860 low-power version Lynnfield chips (
ExpressCard USB 3.0 for laptops
You can find it over here for $39.
Aliens vs. Predator - Multiplayer Trailer - Clip
Sandra 2010 Final 16.10 Released
SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility.
SANDRA will provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, ODBC Connections, USB2, 1394/Firewire, etc.
SiSoftware Sandra 2010, the latest version of the award-winning utility, includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks.
At SiSoftware from version to version we focus four key areas of software development to make sure we give our users the best software experience. Quite simply our four drivers are:
- Inclusion of new technologies that ensure our tools remain current.
- Increased hardware and software support for existing modules.
- Improving the user interface to make it a richer easier user experience.
- Filling gaps in the product line in response to our customers' needs.
G.Skill Releases High Performance 8 GB Memory Kits
G.Skill International Co. Ltd., manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid-state storage with solid quality, has today released its series of very high capacity DDR3 memory: 8GB (2GBx4) and 12GB (2GBx6) memory kits.
G.Skill understands that families, business users, PC enthusiasts and gamers are often heavy multi-taskers too. Opening tens of applications to retain a workflow or several hundred photos after a family day out can put serious demands on the memory capacity, so installing 8-12GB becomes an investment in being able to do as much as you want, when you want.
G.Skill 8GB and 12GB DDR3 computer memory kits are specifically produced to provide top performance and quality, across a range of popular motherboards.
Combined with the ability to run at extreme high frequency and low latency, without extra dram voltage, the kits offer unparalleled performance while remaining cool running thanks to our range of Ripjaws, Trident, NQ and Pi memory heatsinks and ultra low voltage ECO series. G.Skill offers high capacity DDR3 solutions from 8GB DDR3 1600MHz CL7 to new ultra low voltage ECO series 8GB 1600MHz CL7 1.35V, right up to the latest Pi series 8GB 2200MHz CL7 1.65V 8GB.
Thermaltake Launches V3 Black Edition Mid-Tower Chassis
Thermaltake launches the newest mid-tower PC case in their V-Series for value-conscious users. The Thermaltake V3 Black Edition comes in an entirely black coating from the inside to the outside, lending it stylish looks and a degree of individuality. A transparent window at the back end of the left side panel allows for a look inside the case. This way the brilliant blue beams of the preinstalled 120 mm rear exhaust-fan can emanate in a black-bluish array. A perforated black mesh front panel offers optimized airflow and a sleek design.
As characteristic for all Thermaltake chassis, the V3 Black Edition is also optimized for most effective airflow with the option for 3 additional case fans: the front panel allows to add a 120 mm intake fan, the top panel offers the possibility to install a 120 mm exhaust fan and on the bottom is room for yet one more intake fan. The standard ATX PSII PSU can conveniently placed at the bottom of the case where you find an intake exhaust hole to immediately blow cold outside air into the PSU. An extra dust filter is attached to this fan hole in order to keep dust and dirt out of the case and the PSU, effectively prolonging you power supply's life time.
With dimensions of 430 (H) x 190 (W) x 473 (D) mm the V3 Black Edition is a conveniently sized mid-tower that still offers more than enough room for system upgrades and expandability. There are four 5.25" and one 3.5" bays accessible from the front, and further four 3.5" and one 2.5" bays are accessible from the inside. Peripheral connectivity is given through the implementation of two USB 2.0 and HD audio connectors for MIC and speaker at the front panel. All of this making for a stellar setup.
The V3 Black Edition mid-tower chassis will be available at a suggested retail price of US$ 39.
Guru3D Rig of the Month - November 2009
Jonathan's PC is the the Rig of The Month November 2009. Meet the man at the age of 22, he has been a Guru3D aficionado for a while already digging through our articles, he shares our passion of building nice PCs. His PC will be the Rig of the Month and he has built his PC with some interesting components.
This rig is the showcase of a somewhat very stylish single tone color design -- you can tell he's an aficionado alright thanks to component usage. The clean wiring job makes his rig outstanding.
Let's check it out.
Sparkle Low profile GeForce GTS 250
SPARKLE introduced the SPARKLE GeForce GTS250 Low Profile Graphics Card, the world's first low profile graphics card based on GeForce GTS250 graphics chip, providing 3D performance and home theater experience to HTPC enthusiasts.
- 1024MB/512MB Large-Capacity GDDR3 Memory
- Single 6pin Power Supply
- Native HDMI Support
- All Solid Capacitors
- Cooling System
- 2nd Generation Pure Video HD
- Full Microsoft DirectX 10 Support
- NVIDIA PhysX
- NVIDIA CUDA Technology
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Graphics Processing Unit
1024MB GDDR3/512MB GDDR3
|Stream Processors Clock||1500MHz|
Consummately designed low profile, the PCB height of the SPARKLE GeForce GTS250 Low Profile Graphics Card is 6 cm,only half the height of ordinary Graphics Card with full profile design, which makes the SPARKLE GeForce GTS250 Low Profile Graphics Card to be the best partners for HTPC. HTPC enthusiasts don't need to worry about the inconvenience caused by narrow space HTPC chassis and full profile designed graphics cards. With low profile design, the SPARKLE GeForce GTS250 Low Profile Graphics Card not only can easily meet the HD video playback and DX10 gaming demand from HTPC users, but also can easily satisfy the requirements from SSF, mini-chassis and industry PCs which demand compact and practical graphics card.
Republic of Gamers Motherboard Overclockable by Bluetooth
Overclocking is very much supported and actually well marekted these days by manufacturers. ASUS will raise the bar again and now takes it to an new level.
The Taiwanese company's motherboard that will demonstrate this overclocking via the Bluetooth ability is the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Maximus III Extreme, a cutting-edge product based on the P55 chipset. Wireless overclocking will be possible via the combined resources of ASUS's proprietary ROG Connect overclocking platform and its extension, the RC Bluetooth. This latest addition will allow ROG users to tweak their system statuses from a Bluetooth-capable PDA phone.
The Maximus III Extreme is a very powerful addition to the famous ROG Maximus III motherboard series and, like all ROG boards, it was especially designed for top gaming capabilities and maximum overclocking possibilities. ROG Connect (which was first introduced with the Maximus III Formula and Maximus III GENE) could already allow users to employ notebooks and netbooks to manage their main systems via USB, but the latest variation makes improvements to the BIOS, giving it update and recovery functions along with the possibility for on-the-fly voltage and frequency adjustments, all at hardware level.
The ability to restore a corrupted BIOS via a notebook will be especially useful for hard-core overclockers, since BIOS corruption is quite likely when forcefully modifying the chipset's functions.
These possibilities will be supplemented by the aforementioned overclocking via Bluetooth possibilities. The RC Bluetooth will, however, also be equipped with all the regular Bluetooth functions, such as stereo music playback. All that is required to switch between overclocking mode and normal mode is the press of a small button built into the device's rear I/O panel.
The wireless overclocking capabilities of the ROG Maximus III Extreme will be demonstrated from November 26 through 29 at the world's largest LAN/eSports event, DreamHack Winter.