AMD preps uber clockable Phenom II TWKR
Interesting, details on a Phenom II TWKR series processors surfaced yesterday. As it seems, AMD is preparing something 'special' for the overclocking community out there. This new release would be a new processor that is going to provide you guys with clock speeds higher than that of the Phenom II X4 955 BE model.
The special edition processor will be tagged under Phenom II Black Edition TWKR (READ tweaker). It already has been handed out to the folks from Maingear, a custom PC builder. AMD is yet to officially announce the product, which will apparently be available in a cool-looking black box, to distinguish itself from the other Phenom II Black Edition processors on the market. There's still some uncertainty regarding AMD's plans with said CPU, as to whether it will be released as a standalone part or sold with select computer systems.
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Contest 3 Winner announcement - A Decade Guru3D
So with three contests up and running, the first one closed yesterday. For the Benelux we have a full Dragon based PC ready and waiting for the winner. And that was the answer of the question in this contest as well, 'A Dragon platform'. Dragon is the PC's infrastructure combined with the following AMD components, AMD 790 chipset based motherboard, AMD Series 4000 graphics card and a AMD Phenom II based processor.
From well over a thousand correct entries we picked a (random) winner. As such we'd like to congratulate Martijn van Beursem who lives in Vaassen, the Netherlands.
Martijn is soon to be the proud owner of the following PC, congratulations!:
- Motherboard: MSI 790FX GD70
- CPU: AMD Phenom X4 955 3.2 GHz
- Scythe Mugen II CPU cooler
- Gpu: MSI R4890-T2D1G (880 core / 999 mem).
- Memory: Patriot 4GB DDR3 memory
- Samsung Spinpoint F1 640Gb HD
- 850 Watt Corsair PSU
- Gigabyte Poseidon 310 Chassis
- Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit registered (installed)
We still have two other contests open and active. These competitions are global and not regional bound. In these competitions we still have to give away many thousands of EURO's worth of prizes including graphics cards, soundcards, power supplies, custom Smooth Creations chassis, a GeForce GTX 285 sighed by the CEO of NVIDIA, DDR3 memory ... and so much more.
- Guru3D Contest 1 (open) - This is an awesome photoshoot contest, join now.
- Guru3D Contest 2 (open) - A logo hunt, spot and find a logo .. and perhaps win a great prize.
Go check them out and join in, especially in contest 1 we hope to see some more entries in, it's the coolest contest evah !
Random photo's sumbitted for Contest 1
Download: NVIDIA System Tools 6.05 released
NVIDIA released a new update of their wicked System Tools for nForce morthboards. Apparantly this revision also works with Windows 7 as reported in our forums.
The NVIDIA System Tools installation package includes:
1. NVIDIA Performance Group (v6.05.13.05) add-on to the NVIDIA Control Panel
- nForce MCPs
Daily deals June 12 2009
Time for another update on some hot deals. last week we already reported that prices for the latest ATI Radeon HD 4000 series card would be dropping in the near future. As it seems some sort of price drop already has taken effect. Therefore let's check out some of the better deals on Radeon HD graphics cards.
- HIS Radeon HD 4890 1024MB - What a top dog card this is. And it has dropped below 200 USD and is selling for $199.99 Awesome price !
- Radeon HD 4870 1024MB - check this out astounding value ! it's the 1024MB GDDR5 version and it sells at $149.99, that's half the price compared to when it was launched great deal (!)
- Radeon HD 4850 512MB - Hotter than hot is the price on the very nice 4850 .. get this we spotted it for $84.99 and at that price it is even cheaper than a Radeon HD 4770.
Get them while they are in stock.
Oh and for those of you that would like to go the multi-GPU way. The Radeon HD 4870 X2 with 2GB of graphics memory is selling now at $349.99
Intel to intro new Dual-Core CPUs to CULV line-up
Intel is going to add two processors to its popular CULV (Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage) range. These dual-core offerings will sit nicely in entry-level ultra-thin notebooks. The Celeron 740 and SU2300 run at 1.3GHz and 1.2GHz respectively, and each have 1MB of L2 cache, an 800MHz FSB and 10W TDP.
This news marks the further segmentation of the company
Microsoft Morro antivirus software on the way
Microsoft announced that they will be discontinuing Windows Live OneCare and releasing their own antivirus software very soon. Given the codename,
AC Ryan Playon!HD Full HD Network Mediaplayer
Play.Store.Stream Full HD 1080P - With the Playon!HD, you are able to watch your favorite media content at Full HD 1080P on your TV. Media can be stored on its built-in Harddisk or on external drive(s). You can also stream HD media from any computer or network drive using its network connection. The Playon!HD also streams Internet Radio and media from any UPnP (Universal Plug-n-Play) source.
The Playon!HD starts its first shipment from 11 June 2009 via exclusive tie-ups. In Europe the product will start shipping July for 149 EUR (without HD), 199 EUR (with 500GB HDD) and 249EUR (with 1TB HDD).
No Internet Explorer in Windows 7 version for Europe
According to a recent memo Microsoft is planning on shipping a version of Windows 7 to Europe that will not include Internet Explorer. This is according to a confidential memo that was sent to PC makers.
European regulators had said in January that the inclusion of a browser in Windows--something Microsoft has done for more than a decade--was a likely violation of European antitrust law. Microsoft disclosed in an SEC filing earlier this year that it believed the EU might seek to force Microsoft to distribute rival browsers or take other action.
Microsoft's decision to offer Windows 7 in Europe without IE appears to be an effort to head off such action as well as to ensure that it can ship Windows 7 in Europe at the same time it does so elsewhere. It comes at an interesting time, though, as Microsoft faces its strongest browser competition in years, with Mozilla, Apple and Google all gaining ground.
GeForce GTX 295 single PCB review
What does the new revised model bring to the table you might ask? Well, the card really has been completely overhauled and changed, but for you as an end-user there will be very little new under the sun. So, we'll answer that and much more in our in-depth review.
You can check out the full Guru3D review right here.
Gigabyte Nan-Ping Factory Tour - Creation of a motherboard
In this article we'll take you though the entire fabrication processes guided with dozens and dozens of photo's. If you have never seen this kind of article, it's easily one of the more impressive articles you'll read in a while. The Nan-Ping fabric employs over 1,200 people, the Nan-Ping facility has a capacity of making 250,000 motherboards per month. It can make 50,000 graphics cards a month and, on the server side of things, 5,000 parts.
We had an all-access pass and a photo-camera to shoot what you always wanted to see... the creation of a motherboard and graphics card.
Check out this Guru3D article right here.
Swiftech Launches Apogee GTZ Ci7 CPU Water Block
Is liquid cooling something for you, heck why not .. all our systems use it. Apogee introduced a new version of its Apogee GTZ waterblock for Intel's Core i7 processors. The waterblock features a highly polished copper base, a 225 micro pin matrix and Delrin plastic housing. A bolt-through retention mechanism is bundled. The block itself is near-identical in specifications to the original Apogee GTZ.
Introducing the Apogee
Intel Atom Pineview Pixelized
Yesterday we talked about the new Intel Atom Pineview processor (N450). We spotted a photo of it. This chip will be used in the Pineview-M netbook platform in Q4 2009, it's clocked at 1.66GHz and features 512KB L2 cache.
The platform is bundled with the NM10 Express chipset and this dual-chip solution is roughly 2.8x smaller than the Diamondville-M platform's 3-chip solution. The new platform supports DDR2-667 memory and will use the Intel GMA 500 integrated graphics. The TDP has been dropped from 16W to 7W, while the average power consumption has been halved to 2W.
All MSI X58 motherboards now SLI compatible
Excellent news from MSI today. All of the company's X58 based motherboards now support NVIDIA's SLI technology. Users of the MSI X58M, X58 Pro-E and X58 Platinum motherboards can get a free BIOS upgrade to add this feature.
Global mainboard and graphics card manufacturer MSI, today announces that its entire line up of MSI X58 mainboards will support NVIDIA SLI technology. The entire series of mainboards now supports both NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFireX, enabling the highest graphics performances. As a result of MSI
Nokia works on phone that draws power from radio waves
On the topic of interesting news we land at Nokia today. Their researchers are working on technology to harvest power from ambient electromagnetic radiation emitted from cell phone antennas, TV masts, WiFi transmitters, and other sources. The goal is to create cell phones that never needs recharging via the conventional power cord.
Ambient electromagnetic radiation--emitted from Wi-Fi transmitters, cell-phone antennas, TV masts, and other sources--could be converted into enough electrical current to keep a battery topped up, says Markku Rouvala, a researcher from the Nokia Research Centre, in Cambridge, U.K.
Rouvala says that his group is working towards a prototype that could harvest up to 50 milliwatts of power--enough to slowly recharge a phone that is switched off. He says current prototypes can harvest 3 to 5 milliwatts.
ASUS shows LS and MS series displays
ASUS introduced their LS241H and MS series displays. Boasting impressive super slim profiles, ASUS LS and MS Series monitors are elegant design pieces that deliver captivating visuals.
Their full high definition resolution, ultra-quick 2ms response time* and astounding contrast ratio of 50000:1* capture rapt audience attention with true-to-life and brilliant images. These avant-garde art pieces bear testament to ASUS' strength in industrial design, each equipped with an innovative ring-inspired stand that incorporates the Ergo-Fit Technology for easy angle adjustment with just a finger. In addition, both the LS and MS Series adopt Green Power Technology that uses a two-lamp LCD panel to achieve greater power savings.
The LS Series comprises the LS241H while the MS Series comprises the MS246, MS236, MS227, MS226 and MS202. Designed for simplicity, the LS241H includes an intuitive knob for easy access to menu settings and function controls.
Court Says Pirate Bay Trial Judge Not Biased
On April 17th, the Pirate Bay trial found the four defendants, Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Fredrik Neij, and Carl Lundstr
Intel Larrabee might be delayed to Summer 2011
You know, this again is a rumor and it surfaced at the premises of Tom's Hardware so we can't vouch for it. They speculate that the up and coming Intel Larrabee GPU would go to market summer 2011, and thus is delayed big-time. No apparent reason is given for this though.
Also we noticed that the Larrabee GPU would measure a whopping 971 square millimeters if the chip was to be produced at 45nm. To get you an idea, you guys know how big NVIDIA's GT200 series GPUs are right ? Well, this would make the chip about 65 percent bigger than NVIDIA's GT200 (GTX 260/275/285).
As such it might be the case that Larrabee is to be made on a 32nm process and that would shrink the chip's size to around 650mm
Get Everest Ultimate Edition V4.6 and a Free License
There's a promotion going on where there are free (legal) license keys handed out for Everest 4.60, which is just a fantastic hardware monitoring and benchmark tool. Though revision 4.60 not the newest version, it'll do just fine for all the basic stuff.
Check out the guru3d.com download mirror where you can download the binary. Also read the instruction there carefully on how you can get that free license key.