Win a Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan Black WindForce Edition
We just reviewed the Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan Black with that magnificent WindForce cooler. And we are giving it away for free in a contest. To participate, you need to do is "Follow" our Facebook page (if you haven't already) and answer a simple question on ther corresponding Facebook item. Good Luck!
Reminder - the contest ends later today - Enter here
New development in Holographic storage 500GB disc
Holographic disc technology is capable of dwarfing traditional optical media due to its density. The discs make use of microscopic holograms encoded with light information, which are then accessed by a laser.
While several tech companies have been developing holographic discs for years, GE's successful demonstration is significant because its technology uses smaller, less complex holograms
GE expects its holographic disc could make it to mass production in 2011 or 2012, and cost less than 10 cents per gigabyte.
Grand Theft Auto IV PC Fix
The fine people from ggmania report that on Tuesday 21st April Microsoft released an Update to it's Games For Windows Live interface. The update was mandatory and many users went ahead and updated. It wasn't long before major problems were highlighted these range from: Massive drop in frame rates, periodic stuttering, Main Menu refusing to load. It should be noted that OTHER Games for windows live titles were affected too so this wasn't just GTA 4.
Now Microsoft have released a new update for Games For Windows LIVE to address the stuttering issues. Word is: "Thanks for your patience, a new update is available that addresses the stuttering issue with GTA IV. Just log in and apply the new update."
OCZ launches PC Power & cooling Silencer 910 PSU
OCZ today released their new Silencer 910 power supply from PC Power & Cooling. The Silencer line has proven itself as one of the most trusted PSU series on the market over the past twenty years. The PSUs now range from 370W to the new 910W (1KW peak). Featuring an 80+ Silver Certification, the Silencer 910 offers one of the higher efficiencies on the market
- 910W Continuous @ 40C (1000W Peak)
- NVIDIA SLI Certified (Multiple GPUs)
- 80+ Silver Certified (88% Efficiency); .99 Active PF
- Up to 90% (10dB) Less Noise per Watt
- +12VDC @ 74A (Powerful Single Rail)
- Rock-Solid, Super-Clean DC Output
- Quad PCI-E and complete array of connectors
- Automatic Fan Speed Control Circuit
- 5-Year Warranty and Tech Support
AMD Athlon X2 7850 BE review
Budget is one of the keywords that AMD likes to address. It's a huge market and really, what's not to like about it ? Today AMD is adding another budget processor to their line-up, in specific the AMD Athlon X2 7850 BE 2.8 GHz (Black Edition) and here at Guru3D.com we will take a look at it.
A 2.8GHz clocked dual-core processor with 3MB of total cache, 512KB of the L2 variety per core and 2MB of shared L3 cache per chip developed under ASIC codename KUMA, and that means it really is a 1st generation Phenom processor.
To top it off, this processor will also be a Black Edition chip which overclockers should like very much. To top it off, the product costs merely 79 USD. Not bad .. or is it ?
Check out this full Guru3D review right here.
ATI Radeon HD 4770 review
Today we have another bang for buck product, a product that I like very much. As what ATI is doing today is pretty remarkable. They are releasing the Radeon HD 4770, a mainstream product at a budget price.
So without further ado, let's review the final product this time, the Radeon HD 4770... mainstream performance, at a budget price. But trust me when I say that after reading this review, you will be impressed.
You can read the entire Guru3D review, right here at his URL.
Point of View releases 2GB GeForce GTX 285
Most of NVIDIA's board partners this week will announce a 2Gb version of the GeForce GTX 285. Point of View just submitted their press-release on it.
POINT OF VIEW, well known for its range of NVIDIA based Graphics cards, is launching today the updated version of one of the fastest among single GPU graphics cards; the GeForce GTX285.
With displays becoming bigger and sharper, games becoming more advanced in both objects and texture details, memory is one of the key elements in maintaining a high and fluid gameplay. The GeForce GTX285 2 GB is the perfect combination of a hardcore performing GPU with the optimal amount of ultra fast memory. This model is dedicated to bring games on their knees.
Built on 55nm, this enthusiast product is guaranteed to run on better clockspeeds and have higher overclocking possibilities. The 240 parallel GPU cores take care of the 3-dimensional object rendering, physics and lighting effects and all other calculations like nothing before.
The GPU itself runs on 648 MHz and has a Shader clock of 1476 MHz. Furthermore there is 2048MB of DDR3 on board with is running through a 512 bit memory bus at a massive speed of 2322 MHz. Also this one supports SLI with up to three graphics cards, which will offer even more performance.
Double dual Link DVI port let you connect up to two screens with resolutions up to 2560x1600. Also there
Core i5 to Feature Lower QPI MP yet high frequency
Looks like there are more changes inbetween Core i7 and the mainstream (to be relased) Core i5 processors. It seems that Intel is shaving off more and more of the mainstream Core i7 processors in order to cut costs. Right now word out on the street is that Intel decided to increase it's QPI base frequency towards 250 MHz yet will be lowering the multipliers.
Say that we take a current Core i7 uses with a 20+ multiplier with a base frequency of 133 MHz. This frequency could be scaled up to 166 MHz at 24x multiplier due to the theoretical speed-limit of QPI at 8.00 GT/s.
With the Core i5, Intel will set lower limited QPI multiplier values (around 16X), while upping the base frequency to around 250 MHz. The need for a 250MHz base frequency suggests way less transistors opposed to Core i7 to maintain decent performance [via expreview].
Content update / prize winners ATI contest
Hey guys, just a quick update.
First off, be sure to check back tomorrow (Tuesday) when we'll launch a review on a new AMD processor and we'll also have a full review on ATI's newest graphics card. So be sure to check in tomorrow okay.
Secondly, I have been asked (a lot!) when we'll announce the ATI contest winners. We'll do this on Wednesday. Right now I'm dealing with the logistics, the names and addresses of the winners have been submitted to AMD today.
There were roughly two thousand correct answers submitted making this contest quite a success.
From the 2000 correct answers six prize winners have been picked random. And from what I have seen, roughly half of the winners are forum regulars. It will be fun to see their reaction.
So then, tomorrow some great new content, and Wednesday the prize winners announcement. And that's all next to our regular news articles and updated of course ...
Etymotic and ACS pair up for hf2 headphones
Headphone buffs hear me out (what a great pun)! Etymotic is teaming up with Advanced Communications Solutions (ACS) to create some new high-tech earbuds that offer a custom-fit for each individual wearer called the hf2 headphones.
The earbuds are custom-molded from silicon. ACS uses a fast-setting compound to take an impression of the inside of your ear. Then, this mold is used to create earbuds sculpted specifically for your ears
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood Trailer
Download: Intel Chipset Software Installation 18.104.22.1684 WHQL
I updated the download mirrow with a new updtae of the Intel Chipset Software Installation utility. This revision has build 22.214.171.1244 and is WHQL certified.
The software updates INF files inform the operating system how to properly configure the chipset for specific functionality, such as AGP, USB, Core PCI, and ISAPNP services.
Download: click here.
Cooler Master Hyper N520 CPU cooler review
Though the new Hyper N520 CPU Cooler is in all respects in the basis a heatpipe cooler like many others, it is unique. You'll spot a lot of aluminum convection fins mounted to no less than 5 6mm copper heatpipes. To top that off Cooler Master engineered the product with not one but two 92mm cooling fans in mind.
This way they could keep the CPU cooler design a little smaller, yet create a lot of airflow. The end result is pretty interesting looking and performing end product, though not the most silent model it cools quite well and is tagged with a very decent price.
You can read the article right here.
Download: nHancer 2.5.1 released
There's a new final out of nHancer, which apparently addresses some important Forceware 185.xx issues.
But it's such a powerful and handy tool, even for the average guy. So another aspect of nHancer is to improve the handling of those profiles by adding many features that the normal control panel doesn't offer at all and improving the ones that it does offer.
New features in version 2.5.1
- Compatible with GeForce 182 and 185 drivers
- Fully compatible with Windows 7
- Added Ambient Occlusion settings (needs 185 drivers)
- Added new SLI Anti-Aliasing modes
- Reworked card detection to use the official API provided by nVidia (NVAPI)
- Completely new "Show GPU info" output
- "Compatibility" settings tab splitted into separate Direct3D and OpenGL sections
- Other user interface tweaks
- Switched to .NET 3.5
- Removed support for older drivers (pre 182) and older cards (pre GeForce 8000)
Download: click here.
Photorealistic Crysis With Real Lifesis Mod
About one and a half years ago, Crytek shocked the PC gaming world with its first-person shooter Crysis - not only with its beautiful and impressive graphics, but also with hardware requirements which were both out of this world. Today, it is still a very popular game, partially because of its expansion Crysis Warhead, and more than likely since hardware is finally catching up to the insane amounts of polygons this game is able to draw on your screen, too. Besides that or maybe because of that, there exists a very active modding community for it, creating configuration files to squeeze additional fps out of it, building custom maps, or other mods to change the look and feel of the game.
Today, I am presenting you one of these mods, called: Real Lifesis, developed by Hawkeye|Puppy over at Crytek's official modding portal, Crymod. What's so special about this, you ask? Well, this is not your standard configuration file that tweaks a few settings (although there comes one included with this mod, too), but it is a so-called "ToD modification". ToD stands for "Time of Day" and by using a custom one, Real Lifesis basically alters the whole atmospheric lighting to make Crysis look much more realistic. Therefore, Hawkeye|Puppy had set himself this main goal: "I have set the task of creating a Full-Day Time of Day file, that brings Crysis as close to photorealism that you can get..." Have a look and decide for yourself, whether he was able to succeed or not:
In order to get Crysis to look as nice as that on your PC as well, just follow these step-by-step instructions:
1) Install Crysis (the location/directory does not matter).
2) Download the installer for Real Lifesis, here.
3) Start the installer by double-clicking it.
4) Click on "Accept" and then "browse", in order to select the folder in which you installed Crysis. ("D:\Crysis" for example)
5) After the installer is finished and exits, browse to your game folder.
6) Open your Crysis folder and browse to the subfolder "\Game\Levels".
7) You should see the following list of files in there: RealLifesis_Blink1.exe, RealLifesis_Blink2.exe, RealLifesis_FG1.exe, RealLifesis_FG2.exe, RealLifesis_ToD1.exe, RealLifesis_ToD2.exe
8) Choose one of these files to install the ToD modification Real Lifesis. Under Vista install it by selecting "Run as Administrator" (right-click). (I, personally, recommend RealLifesis_ToD2.exe.)
9) Done. Start Crysis and enjoy it.
Download: click here.
Having played with these different versions of Real Lifesis for a while already myself, I can recommend you one particular console command that might make your life a lot easier, in case you don't like the heavy blur effect this modification uses: "r_depthoffield". The default value, when you install Real Lifesis, is set to 2. Try "r_depthoffield 1" or "r_depthoffield 0" in the in-game console, accessible by using the "~" key, to reduce the blur effect or to turn it off completely. Of course, you can just add this command to the autoexec.cfg, which this game creates in the Crysis folder, and don't worry about it anymore, the next time you start the game.
(This modification was created by Hawkeye|Puppy, the config and Cvar files by Helder Pinto [HP], and last but certainly not least, the installer by zeropoo. It was only designed for Crysis and does not work properly with Crysis Warhead.)
Athlon X2 7750 - Enable and unlock four cores
A while ago we already reported that on some AMD Phenom II 720BE processors the 4th core could be enabled. It seems that the very popular Dual Core AMD Athlon X2 7750BE has four cores as well as it is Phenom based, though with two of them disabled.
Yet all can be enabled :)
This new' phenomenon' works exactly the same as back then with the Phenom II 720BE processors. In some older BIOSes you can enable Advanced Clock Calibration on your AMD 790 motherboard and after a reboot ... you might end up lucky with four active CPU cores.
Yeah it's really that simple, your processors will come back as AMD Phenom FX-7750 Quad-Core. Mind you that the two active cores 'might' be damaged and that it only works with some AMD 790 motherboards from ASROCK and BIOSTAR.
It's a bit of a luck of the draw really, can't hurt to try though. If it doesn't work, clear CMOS and yu are back to normal.
The biggest challenge however will be finding a 7750 BE to purchase. Currently I can't find it anywhere in the price lists.
Intel download update
I updated the download section with Intel's most common tools as there have been some updates lately and our binaries got outdated, here you go:
Leaked Windows 7 RC Reveals Windows XP Mode
Yesterday afternoon, what seems to be the final and genuine release candidate of Windows 7 was leaked to various P2P networks. This RC version carries the build string 7100.0.090421-1700 and weighs in at 2.36 GB for the 32-bit version and at 3.05 GB for the 64-bit version. The official release of the RC is still going to be the 5th of May, however.
Besides that, the Window 7 RC features a bunch of interesting new "details". One of the most exciting is a Windows XP Mode (XPM) which is a Virtual PC-based virtual environment that runs on a fully licensed copy of Windows XP with Service Pack 3. Buyers of a Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate edition are going to be able to download it as a free update from Microsoft. A noteworthy aspect of XPM is that it "does not require you to run the virtual environment as a separate Windows desktop. Instead, as you install applications inside the virtual XP environment, they are published to the host (Windows 7) OS as well. (With shortcuts placed in the Start Menu.) That way, users can run Windows XP-based applications (like IE 6) alongside Windows 7 applications under a single desktop."
This provides Microsoft with the unique opportunity to market Windows 7 as nearly 100% compatible with both Windows Vista and Windows XP.
Daily Deals April 25 2009
Okay guys, time for the weekend update in of daily deals. I like to address some of the newer graphics cards in this bulletin, but can not leave out two processors that are might interesting to purchase. After Phenom II 955BE was introduced, check out what happened here:
- AMD Phenom II X4 940 Quad core processor
Guys this is massive bang for buck ! You can pick up this Phenom II 3.0 GHz Quad-core processor for $189.99 which is oozing performance for that kind of money. Pick up a 125 USD AMD 790FXC based motherboard and you just upgraded to high-end performance and a whole bunch of overclockability. Fantastic price and this is the Black (unlocked) edition.
- AMD Phenom II X3 720 Triple Core Processor
I seriously love this processor. It can be overclocked really high as it is the BE edition as well. Read out reviews on this and previous mentioned processors please. The 720 is selling at $134.99
- eVGA GeForce GTX260 896 MB Video Card
Nothing needs to be said about the GTX 260 really. This is the regular edition priced at $179.99
- eVGA GeForce GTX 275 Video Card
Probably the best deal today ! We spotted this great card for only $229.99
- ASUS Radeon HD 4870 512MB
Well, this might be an even better deal ! This is the 512MB GDDR5 version, at a breathtaking price of $134.99
Chaps have a fantastic weekend !