Building a new Guru3D Test PC ... Project X
So with Intel's Core i7 platform taking over PC land by storm, we figured .. it would be a nice idea to design a completely new test-system for graphics cards. X58 as you guys know can support both SLI and Crossfire, allowing one PC to test both. We figured, let's make a new system and go a little crazy.
So the guys over at Smooth Creations decided to help us out by handling a custom paintjob. I wanted, blue Guru3D colored flames with our logo stamped in there, with a black coating. And so they made that happen on this new Silverstone chassis. This week the chassis came back from the USA (towards Europe) and I have started building the new PC yesterday. It's so good that I didn't want you guys to wait on a completely article we'll do covering the design stages and paintjob over at Smooth Creations.
- Chassis - Silverstone Temjin TJ-10 aluminum
- Motherboard - ASUS X59 Rampage II Extreme ROG
- Intel Core i7 965 @ 3750 MHz
- Memory - OCZ DDR3 6 GB 1600 MHz
- PSU - 1200 Watt
- 2x HDD
- 1x Optical drive
Now this is the chassis in early stages. We still are seeking a proper water-cooling block for Core i7 as this system screams H20 really. Likely next week I'll have a nice full article covering all ins and outs of this new rig as at this moment, I'm still building it. After that we'll need to stability test it, then tweak and then write down every system BIOS setting to preserve consistency during the timeframe we'll use the rig as test-platform.
So what do you guys think about this chassis ?
World of Warcraft Keyboard makes playing easier
If you play World of Warcraft, you
Alienware intros $1K Area-51 750i
Alienware on Thursday veered away from its normal high-end audience to unveil the Area-51 750i. The system is the company's least expensive gaming tower but comes with the same lightable casing, wiring and stronger power supplies as more expensive Area-51 models; only the individual components dictate its price, and the system can be scaled upwards to include some of the better features from Alienware's catalog, such as liquid cooling and noise damping.
The base model is a relatively inexpensive $1,049 and carries a 3GHz Core 2 Duo, a 750W power supply, a GeForce 9800 GT for video, 2GB of memory and a 250GB hard drive. Systems can scale up to a quad-core 3GHz Core 2 Extreme, a 1,200W power supply, two Radeon HD 4870 X2s, 3TB of hard drives, Blu-ray and 8GB of memory. Alienware is promising a relatively quick turnaround for its PC and should ship pre-orders in late November.
Hercules unveils XPS 2.1 50 multimedia speakers
Hercules has unveiled the XPS 2.150, the latest addition to its line of multimedia speakers. The system features two eight-watt compact satellite speakers and a 16-watt wooden subwoofer. The magnetically-shielded satellites feature a gloss black finish with orange driver cones and a back-lit control knob. Users can adjust the ported subwoofer separately, with bass controls and an on/off switch.
Key Features Include:
- Compact 2.1 speaker system (Satellite: 7.8
Tyan S4992 4-way Shanghai motherboard pictured
The guys over at vr-zone published an exclusive photo of the upcoming 4-way Tyan S4992 motherboard for the AMD Shanghai server processor. This motherboard will arrive in Q1 2009.
TYAN offers 23 current and 1 new platforms that will support the enhanced Quad-Core
Left 4 Dead Gone Gold
Valve just announced that Left 4 Dead has officially gone GOLD! This means that the game is on track for its release next week. Additionally, the game can now be pre-loaded. Yes, pre-load now and then proceed to count down the hours until its release. Go on, I won't stop you :P As the press release mentions, there is still the pre-load period going on. 10% off of the full price between now and the release on the 18th.
Left 4 Dead is the new survival action game for the PC and Xbox 360 that blends the social entertainment experience of multiplayer games such as Counter-Strike and Team Fortress with the dramatic, narrative experience made popular in single player action game classics such as the Half-Life series of games.
Those who pre-order the game via Steam save 10% off the regular price and may pre-load the game so they are able to play at 12:01 am EST on November 18, 2008 when the game is made available. The pre-order discount is also available for both the PC and 360 versions at participating retail outlets.
Playable in single player, co-operative, and multiplayer modes, Left 4 Dead is one of the most anticipated releases of 2008 and winner of numerous pre-launch awards, including Best of E3 from multiple outlets. The official demo for the game is available now through November 17 for the PC and Xbox 360.
ATI releases Catalyst 8.11 drivers
ECS X58B-A motherboard review (Intel X58 chipset) [Guru3D]
Guru3D Motherboard test - ECS released a drop-dead gorgeous looking X58 motherboard. It's feature rich has a few hidden Easter eggs and get this .. it's less than 249 USD. Now this motherboard is a Black Edition. Meaning black PCB, a solid color schema connector wise, extra hidden features like micro switches for power/reset and even CMOS CLEAR, optical audio TOSLINK outputs, copper heatpipe passive cooling, dual GigE Ethernet and heck it's even SLI certified for two way SLI.
Now it might not be able to compete with 350-400 USD counterparts .. but it's certainly able to be just as fast and very likely the most affordable X58 motherboard you'll find on the market today.
Check it out, read the review here.
AMD debuts 45nm 4-core Shanghai Opteron
AMD says improved design methods, such as 45nm immersion lithography technology, led to higher clock speeds ranging from 2.3 to 2.7GHz. Other new features include support for DDR2-800Mhz memory, and a larger 6MB Level 3 cache. The company says its streamlined manufacturing process has laid the foundation for further improvements due early next year, including enhanced Direct Connect Architecture with coherent HyperTransport 3.0, providing up to 17.6GB per second of bandwidth for processor-to-processor communication.
Shangai includes new energy-saving features "Smart Fetch" which temporarily shuts down cores during idle time with what the company claims is "zero impact on application performance or data already in the cache." AMD's CoolCore technology -- which shuts down unused sections within each core -- has been extended to the Level 3 cache, so that parts of the cache can be turned off independently to save power.
The company says virtual machine users will notice significantly faster "world switch" time and improved hardware-based virtual memory management. Since Shanghai uses the same "F" socket as its predecessor, AMD says the cost of upgrading is reduced. The next generation "Istanbul" processors will also use the Socket 1207 architecture
AMD says the 75-watt quad-core Shanghai models are now available, with the 55-watt Opteron HE, and 105-watt SE models available in the first quarter of 2009. The company also provided hints about similar upgrade to its desktop line. Due early next year, the 45nm "Dragon" platform will replace the current "Spider" line released earlier this year.
Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 for Core i7
At Core i7 launch Noctua informed us already they're giving free LGA1366 mounting kits to all their customers and today the firm released a new LGA1366 cooler for Intel's Core i7 processor. The NH-U12P SE1366 is build around the NH-U12P heatsink, it ships with two fans and features Noctua's SecuFirm2 mounting system for the LGA1366 socket.
"Intel's new Core i7 CPUs mark an exciting advance in processing power, but they definitely require a high quality heatsink if you want to cool them without the expense of excessive noise", explains Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "We strive to provide an easy entry into the world of premium quality quiet cooling with the new NH-U12P SE1366, offering a premium value package that gives you everything you need to cool Core i7 CPUs quietly!"
Built around the top quality NH-U12P heatsink, which has received more than 100 awards and recommendations from leading international websites and magazines, the NH-U12P SE1366 ships with Noctua's SecuFirm2
ASUS Xonar Essence STX unveiled
Aimed as the culmination of searching for the very essence of sound, the new ASUS Xonar Essence STX range of audio cards delivers the purest, cleanest audio to offer users the ultimate audio experience ever from a sound card. Equipped with carefully-selected components, and ASUS
Dell XPS 430 Desktop PC unleashed
Dell rolled out the XPS 430 desktop PC, seems like they dropped the SideShow display from the XPS 420 and made the hardware a bit beefier. Prices start at $1,099 for a rig with a Intel Core 2 Q8200 processor, ATI Radeon HD 3450, 6GB 1067MHz DDR3 memory, 640GB HDD, DVD burner, 425W PSU and Windows Vista Home Premium.
For $300 more you get an upgrade to a Q9300 processor, 22" Dell SP2208WFP display and 750GB HDD. Check it out over here.
Shuttle SG45H7 media center mini-PC
Shuttle presents the XPC Barebone SG45H7 - a new mini PC designed for multimedia.
Shuttle Inc., the market leader in the Mini-PC segment and manufacturer of Multi-Form-Factor solutions today announces its brand-new XPC Barebone with Intel G45 Express chipset. The Shuttle XPC Barebone SG45H7 is ideally suited to deliver high-resolution 1080p picture quality. Furthermore, heat dissipation and noise level have been further improved in this model. As a unique feature amongst Mini-PCs, up to 16GB of DDR2 memory can be installed in four memory banks.
"The integrated Intel GMA X4500HD graphics engine with Intel Clear-Video technology ensures effortless and brilliant HD-playback", explained Tom Seiffert, Head of Marketing & PR at Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH.
The Best Selling PC Games (week ending Nov 1)
1. Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $49
2. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 / EA LA / $46
3. Fallout 3 Collector's Edition / Bethesda / $69
4. Spore / EA Maxis / $50
5. Far Cry 2 / Ubisoft Montreal / $50
6. The Sims 2 Apartment Life Expansion Pack / EA Maxis / $20
7. Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy / Her Interactive / $16
8. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis / $20
9. Fallout 3 Survival Edition (Amazon.com Exclusive) / Bethesda / $120
10. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Premier Edition / EA LA /
Gelid Silent Spirit review CPU cooler
Recently Gelid silently introduced their thermal paste and silent design fan, a couple of weeks ago they however launched their Gelid Silent Spirit, as you can guess a heatpipe based cooling solution which we'll put to the test.
Today we'll test a Intel Core Extreme QX9770 processor in both a default and overclocked state with this cooler and check out what we get returned temperature wise. But first let's have a peek.
You can read the review here.
Thermaltake liquid cooling Bigwater 780 530cc big water tank
Let me just copy and paste the press release so you can decide for yourself to burst into laughter or not. The new Thermaltake 3U drive bay liquid cooling Bigwater 780 is an all-in-one device that has every little detailed parts carefully designed. You can monitor the coolant circulations from the front panel of your chassis. Bigwater 780 has a 530c.c. big water tank that keeps you carefree of coolant fulfilling troubles for a very long time.
The coolant controlling works is also very simple with the transparent design and easy fulfilling structure. Thermaltake Bigwater 780 comes with the P500 pump reaches maximum circulation capacity to 500L/hr. This allows the integrated cooling process of CPU, GPU, Memory, HDD and even chipsets, satisfying the future upgrading demands of liquid cooling players. The double racing car level radiators provide maximum cooling surface for the high end users.
Thermaltake Bigwater 780 satisfies the five core elements of cooling performance, space saving, easy installation and upgradability that you look for when selecting liquid cooling system at the same time. Thermaltake
Seagate responds to freezing 1.5TB HDDs
Tom's Hardware received a response from Seagate regarding an issue with Barracuda 1.5TB HDDs that randomly pause or hang for up to several seconds during certain write operations:
AVG anti-virus mistakenly tags user32.dll
Oohhhoow man, a recent definition update for the popular AVG Free 7.5 and 8.0 anti-virus apps mistakenly tagged a Windows system file and told users to delete it: "An update for the AVG virus scanner released yesterday contained an incorrect virus signature, which led it to think user32.dll contained the Trojan Horses PSW.Banker4.APSA or Generic9TBN.
AVG then recommended deleting this file; this causes the affected systems to either stop booting or go into a continuous reboot cycle. So far, the problem only appears to affect Windows XP, but there is no guarantee that other versions of Windows don't have the same issue." According to this post on the official forums, AVG has acknowledged the problem and "immediately" posted a new definition update without the false positive.
If it's already too late for you, the post suggests either booting in safe mode or using the Windows XP installation CD's recovery console to copy user32.dll from C:\Windows\System32\dllcache to C:\Windows\System32.