Guru3D Rig of the Month May 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.
Soft on the outside, but hard on the inside sums up Tony's PC really well, making it the Rig of The Month May 2009. Meet Tony Joos at the age of 29. Tony has been a Guru3D aficionado for a while already and he shares our passion of building nice PCs.
Tony's PC will be the Rig of the Month March 2009 for reasons that I do not even need to explain really, though you do need to like to color red. Go have a read and then check out the sparkling water-cooling job he managed to pull off.
Check out his rig right here:
SilverStone Readying 1500 W Monster PSU
SilverStone is releasing 1500W grade PC power supply. The Strider Series 1500W (model: SST-ST1500) comes with 80 Plus Silver efficiency rating.
The PSU delivers an astounding 1500W of continuous, and 1600W of peak power. Now if you ever need that, you need a slap in the face really.
The PSU comes with a 100% modular cable design, meaning that even the 24-pin ATX and EPS cables are modular unlike in most modular PSUs. It sizes up at 150 x 86 x 220 mm (WxHxD). With power comes ditribution rails, in this case eight +12V rails up to 120A of current.
Okay .. let me just say this: FAIL, I mean really come on now.
ASUS Announces ROG Crosshair III Formula
We reported it last weel already, yet the release is now official. ASUS today put world record-breaking power into the hands of AMD Phenom II users with the launch of the ROG (Republic of Gamers) Crosshair III Formula. Based on the AMD Socket AM3 platform, the Crosshair III Formula harnesses its full complement of ROG-exclusive features and technologies to unleash the full overclocking potential of Phenom II processors
AMD readying Tigris notebook platform for Computex 09?
AMD is allegedly preparing a new notebook platform, codenamed "Tigris", for a formal launch at the Computex 2009 conference, according to a Commercial Times report. The system will integrate a 45nm dual-core Caspian processor, 55nm or 40nm M9x GPUs and the company's RS880M chipsets. The specs appear to match a leaked roadmap, which suggests the platform will support DDR2 800MHz memory and HD video decoding, along with DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connections.
The chip-maker may also be set to announce its "Danube" platform that is expected to arrive sometime in 2010. The devices will feature 45nm Champlain CPUs with up to four cores, paired with faster DDR3 1,066MHz RAM. Graphics acceleration will be provided by an updated Manhattan-series GPU, while the SBxxM-series chipset is said to support USB 3.0.
The report claims the company will utilize its Yukon and Congo platforms for notebooks with display sizes of 13-inches or smaller. Tigris, however, is geared for 14-inch or larger devices.
Computex 2009 is held in Taipei and scheduled to begin June 2nd.
Intel Lynnfield clocks starts at 2.66GHz
FUD Zilla wrote the slowest Intel Lynnfield processor will have a frequency of 2.66GHz, it has 8MB of cache but unlike the faster models it will have only have four instead of eight thread support.
It looks like Intel wants to deliberately slow this CPU down as it should be replacing 2.67GHz Clocked Core 2 Quad 9400. With eight threads we can bet that 2.66GHz Lynnfield makes Core i7 920 clocked at the same speed run for its money and Intel doesn
Single-PCB GTX 295 launches late May
Last week images leaked from Inno3D showing off a single-PCB based GeForce GTX 295. We gathered some details and this product is not launched at Computex in two weeks. It's likely it will be shown there though.
The launch date looks to be the end of June and NVIDIA actually could make this a silent launch, simply replacing the current GTX 295 line-up with this updated model.
The card will have two 55nm GT200 chips, 1792MB (896*2) GDDR3 memory, 896-bit (448*2) memory interface, 289W TDP, 1.4 billion*2 transistors, 240*2 stream processors, 80*2 Texture Map Units, 28*2 ROPs, and core/shader/memory clock of 576/1242/1998MHz. This new single-PCB GTX295 keeps the same specs as before.
Mass Effect 2 Prelude to E3 '09 Trailer
BioWare has released a new teaser trailer for Mass Effect 2, their upcoming action-RPG. In it, you see developers and designers talking about the game, including some cool info indicating that if you made some choices in the first the killed NPCs off, those guys won't be returning in Mass Effect 2.
The second in a planned trilogy, Mass Effect 2 is slated to hit PC and Xbox 360 in early 2010. A playable demo of the game will be shown at E3, which runs from June 2-4.
Cooler Master Unveils Computex lineup
Cooler Master announced its partners and fans that it would be showcasing a number of new products during this year's Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan. The company also mentioned that it would be demonstrating a series of current and new products too, including the recently released HAF 922 mid-tower chassis. Moreover, Cooler Master further announced the expansion of its line of CPU cooling solutions with the introduction of the new Hyper TX series, coming with support for the latest computer processors from both Intel and AMD.
According to a recent press release from Cooler Master, the company is planning to showcase its latest HAF 922 mid-tower chassis during Computex 2009. The high-performance case will be used to show off the high thermal superiority of Cooler Master's design, with the help of a high-end quad graphics card system. In addition, the company will also showcase the Power LAN 700W (a solution that combines an Ethernet network solution with a power supply), the SNA 95 (the company's first notebook power adapter) and the Hyper TX3 and Hyper 212 CPU coolers, with support for LGA1156 and 1366 Intel processors. One of the main features of the new TX3 CPU cooler is the direct contact heat-pipe design, which is said to deliver a superior cooling factor.
Computex 2009 will also be the place of debut for Cooler Master's new CM Storm gaming mouse, dubbed Sentinel. Like many high-performance gaming mice, the Sentinel will provide its users with the means to adjust the sensitivity range and configure the weight of the mouse, as well as manage the various profiles that will be stored in the internal memory. In addition to the CM Storm Sentinel gaming mouse, Cooler Master will also showcase the new Choiix Air Through Stash, designed as an alternative to today's notebook coolers, and the Choiix accu-mouse.
EVGA GeForce GTX 285 2GB FTW launched
EVGA has launched a new GeForce GTX 285 FTW Edition graphics card that features 2GB GDDR3 memory.
EVGA's GeForce GTX 285 2GB FTW Edition is equipped 2GB of GDDR3 memory, working at 2448MHz, up from 1GB of 512-bit GDDR3 memory on the reference card. In addition, EVGA has also done some tweaking to the card's high-end GPU, providing the end-user with a clock increase of 54MHz, from 648MHz (stock) to 702MHz (EVGA card). The Shader frequency has also been raised to 1584MHz from 1476, while the memory has been set to work at 2484MHz. As with other NVIDIA-based cards, the new GTX 285 from EVGA will also provide support for the chip maker's technologies, including CUDA, SLI and PhysX.
Although the card is not yet available in stock, EVGA has listed it at US$439.99
Gigabyte Radeon HD 4650 AGP Version
You still have an older motherboard which supports AGP graphic cards and don't feel like upgrading your platform just yet? Well, maybe Gigabyte has an interesting solution for you in store, in form of the Radeon HD 4650 AGP edition (GV-R465D2-1GI).
One of the more interesting features is the CrossFire support which will be next to impossible to make any use of.
Other features include:
- Powered by Radeon HD 4650 GPU
- Supports AGP 8X
- Microsoft DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 2.1 support
- Integrated with the industry's best 1GB GDDR2 memory and 128-bit memory interface
- Supports CrossFireX
Splinter Cell-Conviction Trailer Web Site Launched
Three years after "Splinter Cell - Essentials" saw the light of day, Ubisoft launched a new web site for "Splinter Cell - Conviction" and made a first official trailer available on another additional web site just for its trailers. At least two more can be expected on 05.20.09 and 05.28.09. Have a look at the first trailer:
NVIDIA GT300 in far stages, taped out
Personally I have to admit that I was a little reluctant to post news two days ago already as the source is Theo Valich (= ex-inquirer). However, what the heck ...
As you guys know NVIDIA's upcoming next-generation graphics processor will carry codenamed GT300 (GeForc Tesla) and is on a stampede course to be released later this year. (GT200 is GTX 200 series BTW).
Accoring to good old Theo, NVIDIA has already taped out some of the first engineering samples of the GPU, tagged under revision A1. This means, NVIDIA is likely already receiving it's first batches of the chip for a while.
It's pretty big news if it is the case as NVIDIA is then delaying the release of this product in order to go really big with it's launch. It will be the first GPU on the 40 nm silicon process for NVIDIA.
The GT300 comes in three line-ups, a consumer graphics, GeForce series, a high-performance computing product for Tesla, and G200GL for professional/enterprise graphics, Quadro series.
Also the rumor that the GPU will have 512 Shader processors, and that's a big step up from the current 240 Shader processors, is substanciated.
Next to that, NVIDIA supposedly is moving from SIMD to MIMD architecture. Long story short: SIMD always has the advantage in raw peak operations per second. After all, it mainly consists of as many adders, floating-point units, shaders.
The new GPU will have 16 clusters of 32 shaders. Though it is unknown how fast they will be clocked, rumors state that if they can be clocked at 2 GHz, we'd be nearing a cool 3 teraflops of compute performance (right now we are hovering around one teraflop) per GPU. GT300 would give direct hardware access [HAL] for CUDA 3.0, DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.1 and OpenCL.
Also it is now rumored that the GPUs will get a 512-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface to spew out around 256 GB/s of memory bandwidth.
There is no actual release date on GT300 but we do know it'll be somewhere this year, likely closer to Christmas and the Windows 7 release.
Windows 7 Boosts Hyper-Threading Support
It is incredible how big the Windows 7 marketing spin doctors are at work lately. Every couple of days you see a new 'positive' effect if Windows 7 being leaked and all websites are posting about it.
Microsoft has clearly setup a very big spin-doctor campaign. So the latest one would be this InformationWeek has an interesting article on Hyper-Threading enhancements in Windows 7. Here's a bit:
"The work that we've done in Windows 7 in the scheduler and the core of the system to take full advantage of those capabilities, ultimately we think we can deliver a great and better experience for you," said Veghte, speaking earlier this week at Microsoft's TechEd conference in Los Angeles.
Windows 7's improved hyper-threading support could be good news for users of processor-intensive applications, such as 3-D games and graphics programs. The catch is that the applications themselves must be written in such a way as to take advantage of hyper-threading. To date, only a small percentage of apps include that capability.
Damnation Villain Trailer
Hmm, check out this new trailer of focuses on Damnation Villain, especially the evil characters in the game - the PSI. Check it out for some really cool character design.
Damnation will be released for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 late this month if memory serves me right.
Download: SiSoft Sandra updated to 15.99 SP3a
Mind you guys that SiSoft issued a new update of Sandra today, in order to fix various issues reported by SP3 users. We are now at build 15.99 SP3c.
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.
The new build is 15.99 SP3c and mirrored here at Guru3D.com
Download: click here.
CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 CPU cooler review
We test the new CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 CPU cooler. Though the cooler will not be high-end performance wise, it can still manage the latest Core 2 Duo and Quad processors really well, and sure, overclocked as well. This new TX3 also supports the upcoming Core i5 processors from Intel based on Socket LGA 1156.
Typically this would not be a massively interesting release of course, however... with a sales price of only 14.95 EUR/USD let's face it... the dynamic certainly changes for the better.
Check out this Guru3D review here.
Windows Mobile 6.5 Finished
Using the popular free social networking and micro-blogging web site Twitter, the Microsoft Developer Experience Team announced the completion of Windows Mobile 6.5: "For the record, Windows Mobile 6.5 is DONE... complete... looks really good IOHO and every bit functional."
Formally introduced to the world at the Mobile World Congress in February by Steve Ballmer, an official release date for the new OS was not mentioned so far, though. Emerging details seem to confirm that Windows Mobile 6.5 is optimized for touch screens, offers "a richer browsing experience", and introduces new features like "Windows Marketplace for Mobile, a new marketplace that will provide direct-to-phone mobile applications and can be accessed from both the phone and the Web."
IntelBurnTest v2.0 released
IntelBurnTest is an extremely stressful program that will put even the most powerful X86/X64 CPU in the world at its knees. Load temp under Linpack will be up to 22*C higher than the competing software Prime95.
A program that simplifies the usage of Intel(R) Linpack. Linpack by Intel(R) is an extremely stressful program that will put even the most pow- -erful X86/X64 CPU in the world at its knees. Load temp under Linpack will be up to 22*C higher than the competing software Prime95. This program will make usage of Linpack easier and more practical.
Keep in mind, use this program at your own risk. By using this program, you agree that neither I nor Intel shall be responsible for including, but not limited to: burned up CPU, fried motherboard, spontaneous room temperature increase, hair loss, or mental stress.
Download: click here.