FurMark v1.7.0 released
The rendering algorithm is highly multipass (100 passes) and each pass (or layer) uses a GLSL (OpenGL Shading Language) vertex / pixel shader to make the hairs finer and finer. To increase the fur realism, two dynamic lights are used for self shadowing. The benchmark offers several options allowing the user to tweak the rendering: fullscreen / windowed mode, MSAA selection, window size, duration. The benchmark also includes a GPU Burner mode (stability test).
This benchmark requires an OpenGL 2.0 compliant graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce 5/6/7/8 (and higher), AMD/ATI Radeon 9600 (and higher) or a S3 Graphics Chrome 400 series with the latest graphics drivers.
The startup interface allows you to tweak the benchmark features such as:
- Benchmark mode or stability test mode (for overclockers)
- Fullscreen or windowed for each type of run mode
- Window size selection (standard or custom)
- MSAA samples selection
- Benchmarking parameters: time based or frames based
- Contest Mode
- New: FurMark is now able to get detailed data from GPU-Z (if GPU-Z is running). In both Stability Test mode,
GPU-Z is used to display additional information (GPU core clock, memory clock, GPU temperature and power consumption).
In Benchmarking mode, GPU-Z is used to retrieve GPU core clock, memory clock, VDDC and VDDC current. Some data (like
VDDC and VDDC current) is only available on some graphics cards (like the GeForce GTX 280).
- New: In Benchmarking mode, you can now send your score to your Twitter account (this gadget is experimental).
- New: the main GUI is now always available so you can fire up several tests without the need to start again the application.
- New: main GUI (graphical user interface) settings are now saved and are re-used.
- New: in Stability Test mode, each GPU has now its own temperature graph.
- New: in Stability Test mode, you can enable/disable the display of information the I key.
- New: in Stability Test mode, you can enable/disable the fur rendering with the SPACE key.
- New: added new standard resolutions: 800
Motoart retro fighter-jet desk chair - kinda cool
Reclaimed from authentic, Vietnam-era fighter jets and bombers, the ejector seats are freshly padded, newly upholstered and given aluminum bases with double-wheel casters.
The fighter jet seat, above, comes from an F-4, while there
Thermaltake PW880i liquid cooling solution for the CPU
Okay forgive me the phat marketing lingo, this is a copy paste from the press release:
The Thermaltake PW880i is a powerful liquid cooling solution for the core of your PC- the CPU. With a 24cm radiator equipped with two 14cm fans, Thermaltake PW880i is the ideal device for efficient heat dissipation. The solid CPU water block is made of pure copper with delicate brazing technology. Supporting most mainstream CPU sockets such as Intel LGA1366 and AMD AM3, the PW880i sports excellent cooling performance for demanding users and overclockers alike. As the tank and pump can be placed outside the chassis it offers two practical advantages: you gain more space within the case itself and maintenance is made easier and more convenient.
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Jammie Thomas plans to appeal $2m RIAA ruling
Jammie Thomas-Rasset plans to appeal the recent court decision ordering her to pay $1.92 million in a case involving the RIAA. The legal battle has followed several twists, with the initial filing only leading to damages totaling $222,000 before the decision was thrown out. The federal jury present for the retrial, however, tacked on another $1.7 million.
"She's not interested in settling," lawyer Joe Sibley told CNET News. "That's one of the main arguments--that the damages are disproportionate to any actual harm."
Thomas-Rasset publicly refused to pay the sizable damages, as each of the 24 copyright infringements carries a price of approximately $80,000. In a separate suit, lead lawyer Kiwi Camara is going after the RIAA for allegedly violating anti-racketeering laws by intimidating defendants into accepting settlements, rather than face legal costs of a lengthy court process.
The RIAA allegedly offered to settle the first case for $25,000, although it is unclear how much the association is seeking for the retrial. Thomas-Rasset's lawyers indicated she would be unwilling to accept the terms of any settlement that required admitting guilt or paying money.
"The defendant can, of course, exercise her legal rights," said RIAA spokesman Jonathan Lamy. "But what's increasingly clear, now more than ever, is that she is the one responsible for needlessly prolonging this case and refusing to accept any responsibility for the illegal activity that two juries decisively found her liable for."
The attorneys must first file a notice of appeal before proceeding to the next step.
Apple warns of summer overheating for iPhone 3G & 3GS owners
Apple has issued a warning to iPhone customers regarding iPhone 3G and 3GS devices overheating. Sporadic reports have hit internet blogs and gadget sites this week regarding overheating issues with new iPhone 3GS models. Reports from The Telegraph suggest that dozens of users have reported overheating issues. According to some owners the device becomes so hot that it's too hot to pick up and the casing on white 3GS models has turned pink for some.
Apple hasn't officially responded to the overheating claims but earlier this week the company posted a support article warning users if the interior temperature of the device exceeds normal operating temperatures, you may experience the following as it attempts to regulate its temperature:
- The device stops charging
- Display dims
- Weak cellular signal
- Temperature warning screen appears with the message "iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it" (see image below)
Apple claims leaving the device in a car on a hot day or using it in direct sunlight for long periods of time can cause the temperature warning. According to the company using battery heavy applications such as GPS and listening to music in direct sunlight will trigger the warning.
DiRT 2 Screenshots
DiRT 2 illustrating the various off-road tracks, including Battersea, Croatia, Morocco and Utah. Look for DiRT 2 to hit PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS and PSP.
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Arctic Cooling MX-3 thermal compound
Arctic Cooling has introduced the Arctic MX-3 thermal compound, it's a carbon microparticles compound that ships in 4g tubes. The cooling company claims this new thermal paste performs up to 2.5
EVGA X58 SLI Micro motherboard launched
We showed it to you in our Computex report already, but it's now official. eVGA launched their X58 SLI Micro, a new Micro-ATX motherboard for high-performance LAN party or HTPC systems. It's available on EVGA's website for $199.99.
PR - Now you can get the power, performance and stability of the EVGA X58 motherboards, in a compact size with the EVGA X58 Micro motherboard! This motherboard is based on the same award winning formula of the EVGA X58 motherboard lineup, but now in a mATX form factor. Perfect for any home theater or Lan Party rig!
In addition to the overclocking features that make EVGA boards unique; the EVGA X58 Micro also offers full support for 2-way SLI, 6 DDR3 memory slots and an onboard temperature monitor meaning you can get the full features and performance of a high end gaming rig, in a small space!
Power: The Intel
Sapphire Toxic HD 4890 Vapor-X review
We test the Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 Toxic Vapor-X edition graphics card. Armed with a nice vapor chamber heatpipe based cooler and with it's clock frequency locked at a steady 960 MHz, this little beast is ready for some serious gaming action.
And it doesn't stop there though, even the nice phat 1 GB graphics memory is clocked higher at 4200 MHz.
This is seriously one of the best Radeon HD 4890 cards we ever tested.
Check out our review right here.
New Smooth Creations Creation
The bro's at Smooth Creations wanted to create a new 'CPU ranking' PC so they went all wild on building a new system. Now before we continue let me also mention that we have a new Smooth Creations review lined up real soon.
But this rig .. well check it out ... Danger Den blocks and liquid cooling, BFG graphics cards, ASUS Rampage II motherboard, WDC drives in RAID, Core i7 975 at 4.3 GHz. The last thing I heard from the CEO was ' It does 35.500 points in Vantage !!'. Anyway, as always, let the photo's tell the story as we snagged some for you.
Check out the thumbnails you guys, and be amazed. That is a fairly sick build.
Learn more about Smooth Creations here.
MSI MSI 760GTM-P33 launched
MSI introduces the 760GTM-P33 professional mainboard. This mainboard is based on the 760G chipset with ATI HD3000 graphics supporting DirectX 10 and Hybrid CrossfireX. Furthermore, the 760GTM-P33 is equipped with USB Safeguard for protection against ESD damage and TPM technology for safely storing confidential data. Also, MSI's exclusive APS power saving technology ensures this mainboard of power efficiency.
The MSI 760GTM-P33 targets the professional market. Not only is this mainboard Windows 7 Ready, it is also WHQL certified. Additionally, for data security, MSI
Alienware OptX AW2210 1080p LCD display
Alienware launched a new display today that
Einstein Sound Master Photon Ball iPod Dock
Philips prices 56-inch Cinema 21:9 HDTV
Philips has priced its 56-inch, 21:9 aspect ratio Cinema 21:9 HDTV it first introduced just after CES in January. While release dates are still unknown, the TV will cost the equivalent of about $7,400 in Europe. The unique aspect ratio results in a complete absence of horizontal black bars without distorting the image found in movies that are shot in the widescreen format.
While images are not stretched, the TV uses Philips' smart pixel technology to manipulate everything else to fit the screen. The set also has a record number of pixels, at 8.3 million. To get the full benefit of the set, however, users need to play movies recorded on Blu-ray discs.
There is still no indication of exactly when Philips will ship the set in the UK, but as the company announced it is leaving the North American market, the TV will not be sold in the US nor Canada.
Mushkin back into the Graphics Card Market
Mushkin has announced its entry in the graphics card market with the launch of a complete series of GT200-based graphics cards. This new line will be part of the company's ultimateFX family of graphics processing units, which will apparently be comprised of GeForce-based solutions.
As part of the new series, Mushkin has debuted a couple of new products, namely the ultimateFX GeForce GTX260, GTX260 (1792MB), GTX260 OC, GTX260 OC2, GTX275, GTX275 OC, GTX275 OC2, GTX285 and GTX285 (2048MB). As you can see, there are a number of new models waiting to make themselves useful in your high-end desktop PC.
The new cards will be delivered in special little wooden boxes that the company has trademarked as the
Gigabyte P55 motherboard preview (P55-UD4P)
So this sneak preview is merely a quickie session with photo's about Gigabyte's P55 offering.
Meet and greet the Gigabyte P55 UD4P motherboard.
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Koolance GeForce GTX 295 Single PCB Water Block
Koolance released their liquid cooling water block for the Single PCB based GeForce GTX 295.
The product can be found under product code (SKU) VID-NX295S. The cooler offers full-durface cooling for the GPU and most important contact points. The package bundles a full-coverage cooling plate also for the the rear-side of the card, where 14 out of 28 of the card's memory chips are located.
Judging from the photo, this block uses nickel-plated copper, topped with an acrylic jacket.
The block is sized at 24.2 cm x 12.3 cm x 1.8 cm, and it weighs art a whopping 1 kg (roughly). It uses a standard G 1/4" nozzle threading. The VID-NX295S priced at US $159.99, and is available from the Koolance store.
Inno3D unveils iChill mini-ITX ION motherboard
Inno3D announced a new mini-ITX motherboard based on NVIDIA's ION platform, the iChill motherboard makes use of the reference design and will likely ship with the single-core Intel Atom N270 and the dual-core Atom 330.
We've yet to hear of confirmation of models or pricing, but we'd expect the board to ship in two flavours - one featuring an integrated single-core Atom N270 processor, and another sporting an integrated dual-core Atom 330.
NVIDIA's ION chipset brings with it a GeForce 9400m IGP, with a GPU clocked at 450MHz and 16 stream processors clocked a 1,100MHz. The board provides two DDR2 DIMM slots, supporting up to 8GB of 667MHz/800MHz RAM, and is bundled with a 90W external power supply.
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