Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor GeForce GTX 970 VRAM stress test
It has been an interesting week with all the hype on the GeForce GTX 970 with what now is know as a crippled memory sub-system. Three weeks ago here on Guru3D.com users in our forums started to report oddities with their GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, the card ran out of memory at 3.5 GB, not utilizing anything higher or reports of stutters in high graphics memory usage.Read more
Does the GeForce GTX 970 have a memory allocation bug ? (update 3)
For a week or two now in our forums there have been allegations that users of the GeForce GTX 970 have a darn hard time addressing and filling the last 10% of their graphics memory. The 4 GB card seems to run into issues addressing the last 400 to 600 MB of memory, which is significant.Read more
Intel shows 22nm wafer at IDF
Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini displayed a silicon wafer containing the worlds first working chips built on 22nm process technology at IDF, San Francisco yesterday. The 22nm test circuits include both SRAM memory as well as logic circuits to be used in future Intel microprocessors.
"At Intel, Moores Law is alive and thriving," said Otellini. "Weve begun production of the worlds first 32nm microprocessor, which is also the first high-performance processor to integrate graphics with the CPU. At the same time, were already moving ahead with development of our 22nm manufacturing technology and have built working chips that will pave the way for production of still more powerful and more capable processors."
The 22nm wafer displayed by Otellini is made up of individual die containing 364 million bits of SRAM memory and has more than 2.9 billion transistors packed into an area the size of a fingernail. The chips contain the smallest SRAM cell used in working circuits ever reported at .092 square microns. The devices rely on a third-generation high-k metal gate transistor technology for improved performance and lower leakage power.
By continuing to lead in manufacturing technology Intel is able to innovate and integrate new features and functions into its processors. Intels 32nm process is now certified and Westmere processor wafers are moving through the factory in support of planned fourth quarter revenue production. Following the move to 32nm Intel will subsequently introduce Sandy Bridge, Intels next new microarchitecture. Sandy Bridge will feature a sixth generation graphics core on the same die as the processor core and includes AVX instructions for floating point, media, and processor intensive software.
By continuing to drive the pace of innovation Intel is addressing the needs of entirely new market segments including netbooks, handhelds, consumer electronics and embedded applications. "Intel Core and Atom-based processors have generated unprecedented excitement and opportunities in our key growth areas," Otellini said. "To build on this momentum, were working on ways to create a seamless Internet experience for people across all their computing devices. Today were announcing a program to encourage development of software applications that can be written once, but run on Windows and Moblin devices ?expanding their reach to more devices and consumers."
The Intel Atom Developer Program provides a framework for independent software vendors (ISVs) and software developers to create and sell applications for netbooks and other Intel
Zalman debuts ZM-RC1000 memory cooler
I think we already showcased these at Computex when they where in development, but Zalman has introduced the ZM-RC1000, the company's first memory cooler. Two colors are available, titanium and blue. The cooler dimentions are 66 (L) x 155 (W) x 70 (H) mm.
You'll spot 60mm ball bearing @ 2700 RPM with a low noise output of around 25dBA. These little memory coolers are delivered in a tool-free design for easy installation.
The cooler already seems to be shipping in Europe for around 16 EUR.
ASUS HP-100U Dolby home theater headphone
ASUS introduced the HP-100U, a new headphone set that aims to deliver a personal Dolby home theater experience to PC and Mac systems. ASUS, the leader in computer-based Hi-Fi solutions and acclaimed producer of CES award-winning Xonar audio products, today launched its innovative HP-100U personal Dolby home theater set. Comprising a gorgeous, lab-tuned pair of headphones, a Xonar U1 external audio device and a high quality array microphone, the HP-100U is the total audio solution for discerning listeners who brook no compromise when it comes to PC or Mac audio.
Outstanding Home Theater Sound
The HP-100U comes with the lauded Xonar U1, a uniquely-styled external audio device that harnesses the power of four major Dolby technologies to deliver high fidelity, interference-free PC audio. Furthermore, it supports DirectSound, EAX 2.0 and Open AL acceleration for the best audio experience in Windows Vista
AMD confirms six-core desktop CPU
We already mentioned in our Phenom II X4 965 that the next logical step for AMD is to intro six-core processors. It is now confirmed that the company will indeed release six-core desktop processors next year, the processor will be backwards compatible with existing AM3 and AM2+ motherboards.
AMD's chip is codenamed Thuban and will feature all six cores on single 45nm die. Thuban will feature an integrated DDR3 controller. The company didn't confirm branding but the chip is expected to be labeled as the Phenom II X6. The chip is derivative of the six-core Opteron chip which made its earlier this summer.
Extrapolating from the hexa-core Opteron, Thuban is likely to be a 346mm2 chip and have a massive 904 million transistors. As a comparison, Intel's Core i7-975 Extreme Editions have 731 million transistors on a 262mm2 die, the Core i5-750 has 774 million transistors with 296mm2 die and the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 758 million transistors on a 258mm2 die.
The chip is expected to have 3MB of L2 and 6MB of L3 cache. The company did not specific initial clock speeds but they are not expected to be as high as the quad-core parts. That's likely due to added thermal output from the two additional cores.
Thuban is not due until sometime next year and is unlikely to beat Intel's Gulftown to stores shelves. Intel's Gulftown, likely to be called Core i9, when it is released, will slip into existing LGA1366 boards and will offer 12-threads to the OS with six of those coming from cores, and the other six from HyperThreading.
nVIDIA PhysX System Software 9.09.0914
NVIDIA issued a new batch of PhysX drivers. It contains updated .dlls for SDK 2.8.1 and runtimes for new SDK 2.8.3. Another feature
ATI Radeon HD 5870 review
Hey everybody, that's right .. it's time for the article you've all been waiting on. Today ATI will launch their series 5800 graphics cards, the Radeon HD 5850 and 5870. Our twenty-seven page article today will cover all the ins and outs of this new DirectX 11 class graphics card series.
In the upcoming weeks we'll show you CrossfireX performance, a dedicated Eyefinity article, a dedicated Radeon HD 5850 article, but today we start off with a nice overview in technology, architecture and we'll dive deep into the Radeon HD 5870 1024MB.
Ladies and gents, meet the Radeon HD 5870, the fastest single-GPU based graphics card in the world. You can read our full article right here.
FCC Proposes Net Neutrality Rules
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski officially proposed a set of net neutrality rules, saying: "I am convinced that there are few goals more essential in the communications landscape than preserving and maintaining an open and robust Internet. I also know that achieving this goal will take an approach that is smart about technology, smart about markets, smart about law and policy, and smart about the lessons of history."
While some Internet service providers in the USA started filtering the traffic that went through their network by deliberately slowing certain content or applications down, Genachowski proposed "that the FCC adopt the existing principles as Commission rules, along with two additional principles that reflect the evolution of the Internet and that are essential to ensuring its continued openness."
Those two additional principles are:
"The fifth principle is one of non-discrimination -- stating that broadband providers cannot discriminate against particular Internet content or applications."
"The sixth principle is a transparency principle -- stating that providers of broadband Internet access must be transparent about their network management practices."
Rambus and Kingston Collaborate for Threaded Memory Module
Kingston and Rambus announced in a press release that they built a partnership in order to work on a "threaded module prototype using DDR3 DRAM technology."
Initial benchmark results "show an improvement in data throughput of up to 50 percent, while reducing power consumption by 20 percent compared to conventional modules."
"As multi-core computing becomes pervasive, DRAM memory subsystems will be severely challenged to deliver the data throughput required," said Craig Hampel, Rambus Fellow. "Our innovative module threading technology employs parallelism to deliver the higher memory bandwidth needed for multi-core systems while reducing overall power consumption."
"Threaded memory module technology is implemented utilizing industry-standard DDR3 devices and a conventional module infrastructure. It is capable of providing greater power efficiency for computing systems by partitioning modules into multiple independent channels that share a common command/address port. Threaded modules can support 64-byte memory transfers at full bus utilization, resulting in efficiency gains of up to 50 percent when compared to current DDR3 memory modules. In addition, DRAMs in threaded modules are activated half as often as in conventional modules, resulting in a 20 percent reduction in overall module power."
Rambus is going to showcase this prototype at the Intel Developer Forum, September 22
First USB 3.0 Product Gets Certified
NEC's xHCI host controller officially made it to the market as the first USB 3.0 certified product, as was reported by engadget.
Certainly not the most exciting product, I agree, but nevertheless an interesting sign as this means others are likely to follow soon now. Maybe even before this year's holiday shopping season.
"Jeff Ravencraft, president and chairman of the USB-IF, noted that a smattering of companies would be showcasing USB 3.0 gear at upcoming trade shows, with a Buffalo external hard drive, an ExpressCard-to-USB 3.0 adapter and even a full-on laptop with a functioning USB 3.0 port making a stop at IDF later this week."
Interestingly enough, he also mentioned that "USB 3.0 cables will be physically different inside. In other words, a USB 2.0 cable cannot carry data at USB 3.0 speeds, end of story. To enjoy USB 3.0, you'll need a USB 3.0 receptor port, a USB 3.0 cable and a USB 3.0 product; if you swap any of those pieces with USB 2.0, everything slows to USB 2.0 rates."
Silicon Power M10 External SSD review
A little while ago Silicon power released the so called M10 series SSD drive, which in fact is an SSD series that can be used externally, thus outside your PC as it comes with a Mini USB connector and special design casing.
As such Silicon power submitted the 64GB model for review, and though the product is not targeted at a high-end market performance but leans more towards a portable mobile market .. this little drive could definitely be interesting for a lot of you guys, but let's check out its performance first shall we ?
Check out the review right here.
Tomorrow the 23rd of September 2009 ...
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MSI N260GTX-T2D896 Batman: Arkham Asylum Edition
MSI today releases N260GTX-T2D896 Batman: Arkham Asylum Edition Harley Quinn graphics card which adopts the high-end NVIDIA GeForce GTX260 GPU and 896 MB 448-bit GDDR3 high-performance memory. With Military Class Concept Components such as SSC (Solid State Chokes) and all solid CAPs, MSI N260GTX-T2D896 Batman ensures extreme stability and outstanding performance.
N260GTX-T2D896 Batman will be limited to 1600 pieces and only be available in Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Australia and some of the SEA countries. MSI is exclusively-licensed on selling each graphics card with a Harley Quinn image on the card and a full-version game bundle "Batman: Arkham Asylum." Any customer who purchases it can download the game from nZone for free, and enjoy the brand new experience brought by NVIDIA PhysX technology.
With a full-version game bundle to experience the amazing NVIDIA PhysX technology
MSI N260GTX-T2D896 Batman's exclusive Game bundle "Batman: Arkham Asylum" is developed by well-known Rocksteady Studios. Its story continues from the movie "Batman: The Dark Knight." After the Joker is defeated by Batman, he has been sent to the Arkham Asylum. Therefore, with Harley Quinn's help, the Joker controls the asylum and releases those caged prisons. Batman must find the way to beat all evil challengers.
It is worth mentioning that the game supports NVIDIA PhysX technology. Through the physical effects processed by GPU, users can experience the swinging clothes, flying flags, breaking-down and crazing things in a much more realistic way. So gamers can enjoy a brand new gaming experience.
Military Class Concept Components - SSC (Solid State Choke) and All Solid CAPs
MSI N260GTX-T2D896 Batman adopts form-in-one SSC (solid state choke) and All Solid CAPs (solid capacitors). The former effectively reduces buzz noise under heavy loading and can increase the maximum current value up to 30% compared to traditional chock. Therefore, SSC can provide more stable current when under extreme overclocking operation. The Solid CAP has a longer lifespan than a liquid one. Under the high frequency and high temperature operating environment, Solid CAP provides even more stable power supply. To ensure the best quality, MSI N260GTX-T2D896 Batman adopts SSC and all Solid CAPs.
Monkey Island 2 in 3D using Cryengine
Gigabyte Launches GTX 275 SO
Gigabyte announced the latest addition to its new Super Overclock Series. Built with an NVIDIA GTX 275 GPU, the GIGABYTE GV-N275SO-18I features 1792 MB GDDR3 memory and 448-bit memory interface. The core clock is 725 MHz, the shader processors at 1550 MHz and the memory is clocked at 2520 MHz.
That's pretty darn nice really :)
Each GPU is cherry-picked for top performance, power efficiency and reliability using something that Gigabyte calls GPU Gantlet Sorting Process. Using advanced technical selection with combined with Ultra Durable VGA boards these boards should be top notch.
*GPU Gauntlet Sorting*
First, GIGABYTE's database analysis system evaluates the GPU core engine, shader engine and memory. If a processor doesn¡¦t meet the pre-defined standard, it will not qualify for the Super Overclock Series.
In addition, GIGABYTE's proprietary testing toolkit allows engineers to inspect and select the GPUs with the highest frequency. This program operates for 30 minutes and provides important data on the maximum overclocking ability when compared to a stock GPU. Once the Super Overclock point has been determined, engineers will boost the frequency to offer the highest factory default clock setting in the market.
Next, each Super Overclock Series GPU faces the Graphics benchmarks, FurMark and 3Dmark Vantage, to measure performance and stability under an intense graphics load. A GPU that passes this stage will perform at a lower temperature and fan speed compared to a standard GPU. By choosing the cream of the crop, GIGABYTE ensures rich rendering of intricate 3D scenes and realistic physical effects such as water, gas, steam, fire, etc for a lifelike gaming adventure.
Last but not least, engineers test the power switching and stability. The GPUs with the best power efficiency and lowest power consumption qualify for the Super Overclock Series. And GIGABYTE understands that premium graphics cards should not sound like a cement truck rolling down the freeway, so a large cooling fan provides for a quiet computing environment.
Thanks to Ultra Durable VGA 5 quality components, 2 oz copper PCB, first tier memory, Japanese solid capacitors, ferrite core cokes and low RDS on MOSFET, the Super Overclock Series provides for top performance in graphics benchmarking. These high-quality components promise consumers 5%~10% lower GPU temperatures, 10-30% higher overclocking capability, and switching power loss that is reduced by 10-30%.
For more details of GIGABYTE GV-N275SO-18I, please visit the GIGABYTE VGA website.
Netgear Stora NAS launched
Netgear released their latest home storage device, the Stora, which the company is positioning not only as a NAS backup but as a media-sharing hub. The Netgear Stora takes two 3.5-inch SATA drives and connects via gigabit ethernet; there are also two USB 2.0 ports for sharing printers or plugging in external drives. What makes it special, though, is its social network and device integration.
The Stora can be set to automatically upload images and video to Facebook and Flickr, as well as beaming them around the house courtesy of DLNA streaming. That means content shows up on PCs and Macs, together with consoles and PMPs. Netgear have also apparently made remote streaming more straightforward, so you can access media while outside of the home network.
Seagate ships 6Gbps, 2TB hard drive
Seagate today updated the Barracuda line to include the industry's first drive to use an 6Gbps SATA interface. The 2TB Barracuda XT has twice as much theoretical bandwidth as existing SATA II drives and gives the disk up to 600MBps in burst transfers. In actual speed, the drive is still fast with a 140MBps sustained transfer rate and is helped by Seagate's first use of 64MB of onboard cache for a mainstream drive.
The Barracuda XT will still support SATA II as well as original (1.5Gbps) SATA systems and should still achieve its sustained speed on those models. Seagate should ship the drive by later this week for $299.
Mobile Core i7 could be faster than Core 2 Extreme
Very soon Intel's Core i7 four-core parts for notebooks tagged under codename Clarksfield could should be much faster (clock-for clock) compared to their existing Core 2 Quad counterparts based on tests published today.
Electronista reports that although normally clocked at just 1.73GHz, the mid-range Core i7-820QM is seen in PCPro benchmarks often coming close to, matching or outperforming the 2.53GHz Core 2 Extreme that costs significantly more than the expected $750 for the newer chip.
The edge comes despite extra handicaps on the test system versus the Dell M6400 Covet used for comparison, as the Core i7 system had just half the RAM (4GB), a slower-spinning 5,400RPM hard drive and a more mainstream GeForce GT 240M graphics chip versus the workstation-grade Quadro FX 3700M in the older PC.
At the same time, the 1.73GHz processor is also much more efficient and consumes roughly half of the power of the slower-still 2GHz Core 2 Quad with a full workload. The draw is still too high for thin-and-light notebooks but, at 74W, would make it more suitable for notebooks smaller than the 17-inch Dell model.
Most of the speed jump is attributed to Turbo Boost, a feature present in all Core i3, i5 and i7 parts that improves the performance of certain tasks by dynamically shutting down unused cores and increasing the clock speed of the remaining cores. The i7-820QM runs as quickly as 3.06GHz in this mode. Hyperthreading also provides a benefit by supporting two tasks on each core, potentially supporting eight tasks at once on a quad-core chip.
Intel could launch mobile Core i7 as early as next week with 1.6GHz and 2GHz versions joining the newly tested model. Arrandale, the dual-core variant most likely to reach much thinner and less expensive notebooks, may not arrive until late this year or early in 2010.
Intel six-core Core i9 photo's
Thoughy incredibly dull to look at, as they all look the same, the first photo's of a six-core Core i9 processor surfaced over the weekend, this is the Gulftown SKU based on 32nm Intel Some of its features are:
- Twelve threads
- Socket 1366 like 45nm Bloomfield