OCZ Vertex 2 Pro (SandForce SF1500) SSD preview
OCZ Vertex 2 Pro (SandForce SF1500) SSD preview
OCZ has been on a winning streak with their SSD drives ever since that started selling Indilinx controller based products. Armed with that controller and a nice phat cache these SSDs show brilliant performance.
Therefore it came as a total shock to all of the sudden see OCZ announce a new series SSDs with SandForce controllers. Apparently it's not needed with the SandForce controllers and that's where the true power of this product is to be found. Fantastic performing SSD drives without the need for a data-cache, saving on money while gaining performance. Too good to be true ? Let's find out in a nice preview.
Check out this Guru3D article here.
ECS USB 3.0 / SATA 6 Gbps Solutions
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), a leading motherboard, graphics card, barebone system and notebook manufacturer, today announced the launch of the ECS U3N2 and S6M2 expansion cards as the most flexible solution for many upcoming USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps external devices.
The ECS U3N2 USB 3.0 expansion card which is powered by NEC USB 3.0 controller chip delivers a brand new standard SuperSpeed USB 3.0 performance up to 5Gbps data-transfer rate which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0 and at least 900mA current output for each port to easily access SuperSpeed external devices, also, the ECS U3N2 USB 3.0 expansion card provides a great flexibility with its backward compatibility to USB 2.0 and earlier devices.
Coolink Launches Corator DS CPU Cooler Based on GDT
Built for a maximum heat conductivity and with a hydro-dynamic bearing fan, the latest CPU cooler from Coolink aims to balance both excellent cooling with a low noise output. Known as the Corator DS, the cooling module is based on the company's exclusive GDC technology. This technology uses an all-copper, gapless contact area, for a superior heat transfer, and spreads the thermal compound for even better cooling when used with high-end processors or in overclocked setups.
The cooling mechanism employs a fan from the SWiF2 series. This fan uses the high-performance hydro-dynamic bearing and an 11-blade impeller design. The excellent airflow is coupled with the over 7500cm
Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H Motherboard Photo's
Over at CES we already showed you several motherboards based on the AMD 890 chipset. A new one was spotted, this is the upcoming Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H, this motherboard features the AMD 890GX + SB800 chipset and supports Socket AM3 Athlon II and Phenom II processors, including the company's soon-to-be-released six-core chips.
According to TPU the CPU is powered by a 5-phase VRM, it is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots to support dual-channel memory with speeds of over DDR3-1866 MHz by overclocking. The AMD 890GX northbridge embeds a faster DirectX 10.1 compliant integrated graphics with display connectivity including DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI (with 7.1 audio pass).
Expansion slots include two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x8/x8 when both are populated), three PCI-E x1, and two PCI. The new SB800 southbridge gives out six SATA 6 Gb/s ports. An additional Gigabyte GSATA2 controller gives out two SATA 3 Gb/s ports and an IDE connector. An NEC-made USB 3.0 controller further provides two external USB 3.0 ports (color-coded blue), next to a number of USB 2.0 ports. 8-channel audio with Dolby Home Theater support, and gigabit LAN make for the rest of it.
Galaxy dual-GPU GeForce GTS 250 card
Galaxy always designs a dual-GPU board every now and then. Then they a press-release and a board for review to one or two media sites .. and then these dual-GPU cards are never to be heard from again. Marketing blizz folks -- brand recognition.
Anyways, Galaxy developed a dual-GPU graphics card with two GeForce GTS 250 GPUs. Basically, this model seems to be a spicy single-PCB version of the GeForce 9800 GX2 with lower power consumption. The two GPUs are placed on a single PCB, and the Low Power edition G92-426 GPUs are expected to bring down the power draw. The graphics board also features one BR04 bridge chip and 16 pieces of 0.8ns DRAM chips. Each GPU is served by 1GB of memory and a 256-bit of memory interface.
The card features 6-phase power supply design and employs Bussmann choke which boasts up to 2MHz frequency. Check out the thumbnails.
Samsung unleashes two high contrast LCD displays
Samsung has introduced two professional 23" LCD displays with high contrast ratio in South-Korea. The F2370H will debut for 397,000 won (640EUR) and the F2380MX for 417,000 won (675EUR).
The Samsung Sync Master 70 Series F2370H designed for a more professional usage with its simple design and the Sync Master 80 Series F2380MX targeting a more casual user with its elegant design, are both 23
Zotac to debut ION 2 barebone for $249
That's not bad, especially for a NetPC or minor HTPC usage .. Zotac is going to unveil a NVIDIA ION 2 based barebone in March, prices of the MAG HD-ND01 are expected to start at $249. The system will feature the Intel Atom D410 or D510, a motherboard with the NM10 chipset, and the NVIDIA GT218 GPU.
This is a barebone and as such it will ship without DRAM and a storage device, explaining the price tag of this unit.
Supreme Commander 2 clip
Experience brutal battles on a massive scale! In SUPREME COMMANDER 2,
Set 25 years after the end of the Infinite War, SUPREME COMMANDER 2 starts with the galaxy reeling from the recent assassination of the newly elected president of the fragile Colonial Defense Coalition. The members of the Coalition
Mailinglist (Guru3D newsletter) Issue Solved
A while ago we made some changes and updates to our news-letter software. Unfortunately a bug slipped in and for a shameful period of several months the results has been that new subscribers have not been able to confirm their registration through the email link that was send to them.
It was only last week that someone reported this issue. We peeked into the issue it and of course it was the simplest thing on our end we forgot to activate. Our apologies ! All users that tried to subscribe do not need to do anything, starting today you've been flagged for distribution of the mailing.
To the rest of you, would you like to receive an email alert once we have a new article published, be sure to subscribe here .. it's properly working now ;)
NVIDIA BIOS Editor (NiBiTor) Version 5.4
Changes in this Version
- Added GeForce 9800 GT
- Added GeForce 9600 GS
- Added GeForce 9400 GT
- Partial GeForce GT 240
- Partial GeForce GT 230
- Partial GeForce GT 220
- Partial GeForce 210
- Partial GeForce GTS 250M
This new version is build upon the logic of the previous version, with some minor fixes and a redesign to support as well unknown devices in some limited way. As always for extra features, settings and support please provide us your original BIOS, so that we can use it as reference to analyze the changes and to code the approriate support of the new video card or new features accordingly.Download: NiBiTor v5.4
TSMC 40nm yield are finally good
The colleagues over at Digitimes are reporting that TSMC has improved yield rates on its 40nm manufacturing process, with the quality now being about the same level as its 65nm node process, according Mark Liu, Senior VP of Operations at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
The 40nm yields have been haunting the Radeon series 5000 graphics cards in terms of availability. Also NVIDIA"s upcoming Fermi based graphics cards (GF100) are based on the very same fabrication process at TSMC.
During a company event yesterday, Liu stated that the chamber matching problems that had impacted yield rates for the company's 40nm node have been resolved. Liu did not elaborate any further.
This news will stabilize the market and good volume of DX11 class graphics cards should be on the horizon, along with it better prices as high volume will allow the prices to drop.
3DMark Vantage record shattered now at P47002
Our good buddy Sampsa and his companion Stummerwinter came, saw and conquered. The set a new world record for 3DMark vantage (performance mode) which is now set at P47002 !
In order to do so they of course had vanilla picked samples of everything including a Intel Core i7 975 Extreme Edition, four ASUS ATI Radeon HD 5870 in CrossFireX mode, 6 GB of Corsair Dominator GTX2, and the unreleased ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard.
Then they started overclocking with the help of liquid nitrogen, the Core i7 975 XE processor got to 5508.9 MHz (27 x 204 MHz @ 1.664V, HTT on), and the memory at 2040 MHz DDR (7-8-7-21).
To get the best scores, check this out -- four ASUS Radeon HD 5870 cards were hand-picked from a batch of 18 pieces. Core/memory speeds of 1325 MHz / 1300 MHz, were set.
They achieved a 3DMark Vantage score of P47002, with a GPU score of 53,911 points, and CPU score of 33,949.
Meanwhile Guru3D has shipped out a processor to Dutch overclocker "Old Scarface" to set a new world record with some LN2 (more on that next month!).
Of course in our forums you guys should follow Guru3D's own Beaux Loy aka Bodar who's on a mission as well. He has his score up-to 38572 in the P score already and hopefully soon we can supply him some new kit to improve that score even further. Oh and mind you that Bodar is using regular retail kit, nothing hand-picked and is doing it all without support from vendors at home with his stash of LN2.
Check out the thumbnails / photo's.
Gigtube DSLR Remote Viewfinder
With an LCD display just 2.5 inches in size, don
Sony Bravia EX700 series released
Sony of Japan just rolled out its latest Bravia EX700 series of Full HD LCD TVs with LED backlight, where it will come in 52", 46", 40" and 32" screen sizes while featuring MotionFlow 120Hz technology. Inside, the Bravia Engine 3 helps net you the sharpest image possible, alongside other improvements like an advanced contrast enhancer, 24p True Cinema, Bravia Link and a human sensor which will turn the TV on/off depending on whether there is a person in the room or not to help you save energy whenever you're too lazy to turn of the box once you're done with your shows.
So .. just how often do you guys upgrade your TV ?
Intel adds three CPUs (silently) to lineup
Apparently Intel has added three LGA775 processors to its lineup.
- Priced at $183 you will spot the Q9500, a quad-core processor with its clock frequency at 2.83 GHz - 6MB L2 cache, and a 1333 MHz FSB.
- Then we enter the good old Pentium range, shifted from Core 2 towards Pentium is now the E6600 dual-core costs with a price tag of $84. The processor is clocked at 3.06 GHz has 2MB L2 cache and comes with a 1066 MHz FSB
- The last new entry is in fact a Celeron, the E3400 (dual-core) comes clocked at 2.60 GHz has a 1MB L2 cache, the good old-fashioned 800 MHz FSB and a price tag of $53.
Next to the new processors Intel lowered prices on the E6500 to $74 (was $84), the E5400 to $64 (was $74) and E3300 to $43 (was $53). Well, you are up-to-date again ;)
A-DATA CH94 portable HDDs
A-DATA introduced the CH94, a new series of portable hard drives with capacities ranging from 250GB to 640GB.
A-DATA Technology Co., Ltd., the worldwide leader in DRAM memory and Flash application products, introduced its latest Portable HDD, the CH94. Resembling the shape of a notebook, the ergonomic streamlined enclosure of CH94 gives a smooth touch as if an actual diary is held in hand. With the thickness just less than 20mm and the built-in wrap-around USB cable, CH94 is neatly designed to fit right in your pocket. Providing both convenience and easy portability, CH94 is the perfect companion for users who need be constantly on the go.
Personalize, Accessorize, Make It Mine
Besides its compact design, CH94 is also an ideal external storage device for those who are keen to express their unique individuality. Users are free to personalize their own CH94 with the self-adhesive letter stickers that come with the package. This unique DIY feature makes CH94 a fun hard drive to play with. The smooth surface of CH94 enclosure allows users to decorate the drive freely with their own original creativity.
CH94 is offered in four colors of black, white, pink and aqua blue, along with a full range of capacity from 250GB to 640GB. It supports all the latest operating systems via the simple plug-and-play, high-speed USB 2.0 interface. Users of A-DATA portable HDDs can also download value-add software HDDtoGO, OStoGO (no registration required), Norton Internet Security 2010 (60-day trial) for free and enjoy enhanced mobility and security with just few mouse clicks away. All A-DATA portable HDDs are backed by 3-year product warranty.
ECS H55H-M motherboard review
ECS H55H-M motherboard review
If you can live just fine with just one Gigabit Ethernet connector, six SATA2 ports and analog 5.1 audio you can safe yourself a lot of buckaroonies alright. Yes you'd have a fairly high performance 'regular' PC which certainly doesn't have to be expensive.
Today we look at such a product, it's the all new H55 chipset based ECS H55H-M motherboard priced at roughly 55 EUR / 79 USD. It comes in that all too familiar green PCB color, all the features you need to run a very decent PC, it's mATX based allowing much flexibility and even has a x16 PCIe slot should you want to seat a dedicated graphics card on it. And sure, being H55 -- if you pair it with a series 600 Core i5 processor or the Core i3 series (Clarkdale) processor you can make use of the embedded GPU inside that processor as well.
Check out the review right here.
NVIDIA GeForce ForceWare 196.21 WHQL download released!
New in Version 196.21
- Adds SLI and multi-GPU support for many top new gaming titles including Avatar Demo, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, City Bus Simulator, Dirt 2, Ferrari Virtual Race, GREED: Black Border, Mass Effect 2, Mortal Online, Ninja Blade, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Demo, Planet 51, RUSE, Serious Sam HD, and Wings of Prey.
- Upgrades PhysX System Software to version 9.09.1112.
- Includes numerous bug fixes. Refer to the release notes on the documentation tab for information about the key bug fixes in this release.
- Supports GPU-acceleration for smoother online HD videos with the new Adobe Flash 10.1 beta. Learn more here.
- Supports DirectCompute with Windows 7 and GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language) for all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports OpenGL 3.2 for GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports CUDA Toolkit 3.0 features and performance enhancements. See CUDA Zone for more details.
- Supports NVIDIA 3D Vision Discover, a complete, low cost solution to start your immersive stereoscopic 3D experience. NOTE: If you are using NVIDIA 3D Vision active shutter glasses, you must download the separate 3D Vision driver which includes the driver for the 3D Vision IR emitter.
- Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on a dedicated GeForce graphics card. Use one card for graphics and dedicate a different card for PhysX processing for game-changing physical effects. This driver installs PhysX System Software version 9.09.1112. Learn more here.
- Download these FREE PhysX and CUDA applications now!
- Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
- Release Notes (v196.21)
- Control Panel User's Guide
GeForce 200 series:
GTX 285, 205, GT 240, GT 230, GTX 280, GTS 250, G210, GTX 275, GTX 295, 210, GT 220, GTX 260, GTS 240
GeForce 100 series:
GT 130, G 100, GT 120, GT 140
GeForce 9 series:
9500 GS, 9600 GT, 9200, 9800 GX2, 9500 GT, 9600 GS, 9300, 9800 GT, 9400 GT, 9300 GS, 9400, 9600 GSO, 9300 GE, 9800 GTX/GTX+
GeForce 8 series:
8400, 8800 GT, 8100 / nForce 720a, 8300 GS, 8600 GT, 8800 Ultra, 8800 GTS 512, 8800 GS, 8500 GT, 8600 GS, 8800 GTS, 8800 GTX, 8200, 8400 GS, 8300, 8600 GTS, 8400 SE
GeForce 7 series:
7900 GS, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7900 GTX, 7800 GTX, 7600 LE, 7900 GT/GTO, 7300 GT, 7950 GT, 7300 SE / 7200 GS, 7300 GS, 7350 LE, 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7300 LE, 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7500 LE, 7650 GS, 7100 GS, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 610i, 7800 SLI, 7150 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7950 GX2, 7800 GS, 7600 GT, 7600 GS, 7550 LE, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 620i
GeForce 6 series:
6800 GT, 6610 XL, 6800 XT, 6800 XE, 6700 XL, 6150 LE, 6150LE / Quadro NVS 210S, 6800 GS, 6150, 6800 GS/XT, 6100 nForce 400, 6800, 6600 LE, 6200SE TurboCache, 6800 LE, 6100, 6600, 6800 Ultra, 6200 LE, 6100 nForce 420, 6200 TurboCache, 6200 A-LE, 6200, 6150SE nForce 430, 6250, 6100 nForce 405, 6600 GT, 6500, 6600 VE
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We have a discussion thread open on these new NVIDIA drivers right here.