DDR3 memory prices keep falling
Contract prices for 1Gb DDR3 chips, which had declined 13.35% in the second half of November, plunged by another 10.66% in the first half of December 2010, according to latest data posted by DRAMeXchange. Prices for early December averaged US$1.09, the lowest level for 2010.
Average prices for 2GB DDR3 modules slid to US$20 in the first part of December, down 9.09% sequentially, DRAMeXchange data showed.
However, prices for 1Gb DDR2 remained flat from the second half of November. The chips continued to be quoted at US$1.16-1.28, keeping the price of 2GB DDR2 modules at US$22 on average, according to DRAMeXchange.
In addition, prices for other niche memory products also remained unchanged in the first half of December. Average quotes for 128Mb SDRAM and 256Mb DDR were US$0.65 and US$0.86, respectively, during the period, according to DRAMeXchange.
DRAMeXchange earlier predicted that prices for mainstream 1Gb DDR3 chips would drop by about 40% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2010, as demand cannot keep up with chipmakers' output growth. Prices are likely to continue falling through the first half of 2011, DRAMeXchange said.
AMD Catalyst 10.12 drivers released
AMD just released AMD Catalyst 10.12 . Including the new PREVIEW AMD Catalyst 10.12 with an all new CCC graphics user interface .Unfortunately at this very moment the release notes are not yet available, we'll add these later on.
The new user interface will be finalized in 2011 and are work in progress. You can try them out already though, here at Guru3D.com we have the binary online for you to download, straight from the source itself, AMD/ATI.
This one file holds both 32 and 64-bit drivers.
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ASUS HD6870 DirectCU gets official
Based on the new Barts GPU technology from AMD, the ASUS HD6870 DirectCU graphics card (EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5) ships with new and exclusive ASUS Super Alloy Power technology, which blends various metals and elements using an exclusive ASUS formula, resulting in a 15% performance increase*, 2.5 times longer product lifespan* and 35
Point of View GTX 570 TGT Ultra Charged review
Today's review offering is the GeForce GTX 570, we nicked it out of the Eindhoven warehouse from the good people at Point of View. See, their TGT team is chunking out several new SKUs based on the GTX 570. Today we'll have a peek at their Ultra Charged model. The UC version is a guaranteed stable factory overclocked product that is overclocked towards a pretty impressive value.
See, the default core clock frequency of the GTX 570 is 732 MHz, the TC version is clocked at a blistering 810 MHz, which is a pretty decent overclock. Memory wise spot an increased clock frequency on that 1.2 GB GDDR5 memory as well, taken from 3800 towards 3960 MHz.
Check out the full Guru3D review right here.
AMD Fusion II to power next-generation Xbox ?
More and more rumors pop up that Microsoft
Lego reproduction of Greek Antikythera Mechanism
This dude named Andrew Carol has just built what might be the most epic Lego creation ever. Carol is an software engineer at Apple and the dude is a Lego savant.
Carol tool 1,500 different Lego Technic pieces and used them to make a recreation of an ancient Greek computing device that was used to predict celestial events like eclipses with supreme accuracy. The actual device was discovered in a shipwreck in 1901 and it took 100 years for us to figure out what it did.
Carol took those Lego pieces and reconstructed the Greek device known as the Antikythera Mechanism with incredible accuracy and the thing actually works for tracking the lunar eclipse cycle. Check out the video below to see just how complex this creation is.
Mass Effect 3 Announced Video
Deus Ex Human Revolution Extended Trailer
Guru3D PC Buyers Guide Winter 2010
Guru3D offers you their annual PC Buyers Guide, this is the 2010 Winter edition. This article brings you a set of recommendations of products we feel are great components to build yourself a nice gaming rig.
Since this site is called "Guru3D" this guide will target a system intended for gaming primarily while not spending heaps of money. So what sort of criteria do I take into account when deciding what parts to recommend?
We'll split up the article in low-end, mid-range and high-end systems.
Check out the article right here.
Following the release of the N580GTX-M2D15D5, the fastest single GPU graphics card in history, world-renowned mainboard and graphics card maker MSI today unveiled the second member of the GeForce 500 series, the N570GTX-M2D12D5 graphics card. Using NVIDIA's latest 40nm process, the MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5 features a 480 CUDA core GeForce GTX 570 GPU, support for DirectX 11, and NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround technology. In addition, it also features high-speed 1280MB GDDR5 graphics memory, which puts t on the same level of performance as the champion of the previous generation, the GTX 480.
GPU overvoltage is supported via MSI
MSI P67 Big Bang Marshall spotted
A Turkish tech site published a photo of MSI's upcoming P67-based Big Bang Marshall motherboard.
The Big Bang Marshall is a XL-ATX motherboard that makes use of a strong 18-phase CPU VRM that makes use of DrMOS, solid-state chokes, and POSCAP capacitors. The four DDR3 DIMM slots support dual-channel DDR3-2000 MHz memory. The Big Bang Marshall features four SATA 6 Gb/s and four SATA 3 Gb/s ports, two USB 3.0 ports, dual gigabit Ethernet, 8-channel HD audio
Seems MSI is giving LucidLogix another chance as this is another motherboard with the Lucid Hydra multi-GPU technology. Most eye-catching are of cours the eight (!) PICe x16 slots.
Most tiny smallest 300Mbps wireless router
AirLive, one of the most advanced worldwide brands for networking and communication equipment has just released its latest innovation in the wireless networking mini router N.MINI. At the size that can fit into palm of your hand, it packs 300Mbps speed with the same coverage as your regular router. Yet, it consumes only 25% of the power comparing to the regular AP. It is a technology marvel that that opens whole new possibilities for consumer applications.For home environment it is used as wireless router, for business travelers it can help build wireless network for notebook in hotel rooms where is only wired network or weak signal from hotel hotspot. Also you can connect your game console, media player or IP TV wirelessly at 300Mbps speed.
Measuring at 7.5cm by 5.4cm, the AirLive N.MINI is the world's smallest Access Point that runs at 300Mbps speed. Despite of its smallest size, it features 2T2R MIMO 11b/g/n Radio with the same coverage as a full size MIMO access point. Its tiny size makes it ideal to build wireless network without intrusion to your home decoration.
The AirLive N.MINI can switch between AP Client, and Router modes using the hardware selection switch in the back. By using the WPS push button, you can establish secured wireless network instantly between 2 AirLive N.MINI. There is no need to use software configuration, it requires no networking knowledge to setup the connection.
The AirLive N.MINIs zero configuration and 300mbps speed makes it the ideal device to connect your home appliances to Internet. If your IPTV, game console, or Media player are far away from the network connections; the AirLive N.MINI is the device of choice to link them to the Internet wirelessly.
One of the advantages is that the AirLive N.MINI is a Green AP that consume up to 80% less electricity comparing to normal routers, it is unbelievably bellow 1 Wat. Even under prolong usage, the AirLive N.MINI stays cool to the touch. The AP also comes with wireless scheduling function to turn on the wireless connection only at certain time. This function is also welcome by parents to control the Internet access for their children.
Dungeons Gameplay Trailer
A new trailer shows off gameplay and cinematics from Dungeons, Kalypso's upcoming strategy game that mixes elements of strategy, simulation and tower-defense. This new trailer takes viewers into the labyrinthine world of Dungeons, where players, in the role of a recently deposed Dungeon Lord, craft insidious dungeons in an effort to entice hapless adventurers, only to harvest their precious soul energy once captured! The game should be available in February 2011 for PC.
Dungeons follows the misadventures of the foremost of all Dungeon Lords, who spends his time luring heroes into his labyrinthine creations with the promise of treasure and a good fight - only to be trapped by his ingenious devices.
In Dungeons, our protagonist falls victim to a devious plot hatched by his vile, nasty and thoroughly vicious ex-girlfriend and finds himself at the bottom of the underworld hierarchy and the top of the dungeon pile. In his world, that is about as bad as it can get. Our lord must have his revenge, and make his way back down the dungeon levels to his rightful place - but first he must deal with his new bosses, the three despicable Dungeon Lords who stand in his way.
At his disposal are his dim-witted goblin minions who dig tunnels and build rooms to lay out his lair and trap ever stronger and braver heroes who dare to enter, not forgetting to plot his revenge against his ex-girlfriend and his new bosses who think it
Afterburner 2.1.0 Beta 5
Guru3D and MSI have been working hard on AfterBurner, today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities.
Afterburner 2.1 Betas started to support voltage adjustment on HD 6850 series cards. And video capture function is now working better and faster on Core 2 Duo CPU to capture 1680x1050 high resolution video.
This beta basically added the support to GTX 570 and GTX 460 SE. It also fixed some typos in the database such as GT 430.
PowerColor Radeon 6870 PCS+ review
PowerColor decided to release an all new pre-overclocked model of the Radeon HD 6870. This is the PCS+ version where PowerColor pre-overclocks the card to 940 MHz (900 reference) and clock the memory at 4400 MHz coming from 4200 MHz. This should give the card a nifty nice boost.
With Cayman luring just around the corner, let's have a quick peek at the PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 PCS+ and then head onwards into the review, where we'll cover the features, architecture, photo-shoot, power consumption and heat levels and benchmarks.
You can check out this Guru3D article right here.
Intel and AMD to phase out VGA by 2015
AMD, Dell, Intel Corporation, Lenovo, Samsung Electronics LCD Business and LG Display today announced intentions to accelerate adoption of scalable and lower power digital interfaces such as DisplayPort and High-Definition Multimedia Interface
Cubitek Tattoo Chassis
Cubitek, a new name in the case business is entering the market with the Tattoo series, which comes in three variants called Beta, Pro and Fire. These enclosures have a tattoo printed unto the side panel, further differentiating themselves from the competition. Many practical features like a Mini-USB cable to charge your mobile phone or access your card reader or MP3 player also set the case apart from others.
Cubitek was founded in 2002 but has been focusing on the OEM market until now and with the Tattoo series, Cubitek is entering the retail market. The staff of Cubitek look back on years of experience in the case segment which has been implemented into their enclosures resulting in a unique feature set. Cubitek is starting out with the mid-tower series named Tattoo, which encompasses three models: Beta, Pro and Fire.
Cubitek has designed the Tattoo series with a mix of understated looks along with flashy optical accents. While the front of the chassis has been created using metal mesh as a primary material, the top of the chassis has been formed using straight lines giving it a sporty feel. The I/O panel has been placed in the front of the top cover and includes two USB 2.0, one eSATA, a pair of audio connectivity along with the unique pre-attached Micro-USB cable. This allows you to charge your mobile phone, connect an external hard drive or card reader.
The interior differs in each of the three Tattoo models. In the Beta - the most affordable of the three, the interior has not been painted black and the ceiling fan is optional. The Pro features an all black, powder coated paint job while the Fire edition sports an all red interior color, which are in stark contrast to the all black tool-less system. Due to the unique interior, both the Pro and Fire cases are equipped with windowed side panels so that it can be viewed easily from the outside.
A single 140 mm front fan along with a 120 mm unit in the front can be found in the most affordable Tattoo Beta chassis, while the Pro and Fire have an additional 140 mm cooling unit in the ceiling of the chassis. In addition, the top and front fans come equipped with red LEDs which may be turned on or off with a separate switch in the I/O panel. With a maximum clearance of 290 mm, even large graphic cards easily fit into the Tattoo series of cases.
Additional features like the dust filters in the front and flooring of the chassis, which are easily removable for cleaning, along with the large opening under the CPU area of the mainboard tray, which allow you to easily and quickly change high-end CPU coolers without taking out the mainboard round up the complete set of features within the Tattoo. With all the tool-less systems in place, installing the optical drives and 3.5 inch hard drives is a breeze, but you may also place 2.5 inch drives into the chassis with the included adapters.
The Cubitek Tattoo series is available immediately at www.caseking.de, with the Beta carrying a price tag of 59.90 Euro, while the Pro costs 64.90 Euro and the Fire goes for 74.90 Euro.
RunCore 1TB SandForce-based 3.5-inch SSD
RunCore announced it has developed a new SATA 6Gbps 3.5" SSD with a storage capacity of 1TB. The disk uses a SandForce controller and can achieve data rates of over 500MB/s. Pricing is TBA..
For several years of development, the commercial level of SSD has begun to take shape in the market. More and more people take SSD into consideration for their laptop computers, but the capacity of 2.5-inch SSD cannot meet their daily needs. RunCore has recently released a 3.5-inch SSD with its maximum capacity of 1TB. This SSD is not only with a large capacity, but also supports SATA III 6 GB with a fancy performance of more than 500MB/s.
In the current SSD market, the maximum physical size of SSD is 2.5 inch due to limited number of Flash memory chips, which also limite SSD's maximum capacity. Therefore, some SSD users had to prepare an extra large capacity HDD in order to store large amount of files. The new product of RunCore is a good solution to such occasion. The performance of this 3.5 inch SSD almost reached the limit of SATA III 6 GB, plus specially designed to increase the function of different mode selection, which is, switching the button can select correspondingly high-performance mode or data backup mode.
If you open the casing of the SSD, you could see that the "content" of the SSD is quite "substantial". Large size of PCB, both sides covered with flash chips, and symmetrically divided into two groups. Each flash group has a Sandforce controller, which is equivalent of two Sandforce 1200 single drive. The read and write performance of each drive can be respectively reach 285MB and 275MB. These two groups of flash chips are connected to co-work by a RAID chip which is located in between.