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
Blizzcon 2009 - Guru3D Editorial
This was Blizzard's 4th annual Blizzcon, held August 21-22 in sunny Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center. For those of you who may not know, Blizzard is responsible for the wildly popular Starcraft, Diablo and Warcraft franchises. Blizzard is so big they hold their own separate convention and this year it was packed with over 26,000 fans, press and exhibitors. The tickets are highly coveted and sold out almost immediately this year.
The place is packed across 4 halls and here you see a mob waiting to try out the latest class for Diablo III, the Monk. Some of the latest hardware was on display; Oh and this year of course there was Ozzy.
Head on to the article here to see what Blizzcon 2009 held in store for fans.
Next-gen Xbox concept
Designer Tai Chiem has created an interesting concept for the Xbox 720 or whatever Microsoft wants to call its next console. The curvy shape makes it looks like an Alien small fighter ship more than a game console, but the modeling and rendering are well done enough to entertain.
Now, there's little chance that the actual next-gen Xbox looks anything like this, but if we're going towards an all digital distribution and get rid of the optical disk, console designers might have a little more freedom.
Noctua NH-U12P SE2 HSF supports Lynnfield processors
Cooler vendor Noctua launched the NH-U12P SE2 CPU cooler for Intel's upcoming LGA1156 based Core i5 and Core i7 "Lynnfield" processors. However, that doesn't mean that other sockets aren't supported as well. The Noctua NH-U12P SE2 offers support for Intel's LGA1366/1156/775 and AMD's Socket AM2/AM2+/AM3.
This new processor cooler features a large tower heatsink with copper base, aluminum fins and three heatpipes. Active cooling is provided by the Noctua NF-P12, a 120mm fan which delivers an airflow of up to 92.3m
ASUS TUF Series Sabertooth i55 photo's
Over at a seminar in London last week Asus was showing off their new ASUS' TUF series motherboards have been seen as parallel to its Republic of Gamers (ROG) series. TUF series motherboard feature unparalleled durability and next-generation motherboard components, including "breakthrough innovations in materials--ceramic and metal--for exceptional Cooling". The Sabertooth i55, the latest of the TUF series motherboard, brings all this, in an all-new P55 motherboard design.
- CPU is powered by a 12+2 phase VRM
- Four DDR3 DIMM slots rely on a 2-phase VRM
- SATA ports, supporting ASUS DriveXpert technology
- Two PCI-E 2.0 x16 (arrange as x8, x8 in SLI and CrossFireX), two PCI-E x1, and two PCI
- Metal heatsinks with ceramic coating that boosts surface area by 50% for better heat dissipation
- Durable "TUF-branded" MOSFETs, and capacitors
I snagged a couple of photo's, check em out:
ASUS to offer optional SATA III Addon Cards
Last week on london ASUS held a seminar displaying some of their upcoming motherboards. Among the new P7P55D Premium series you will spot a 2-port SATA III controller.
The lower Deluxe model will not have this feature, however ASUS will offer an optional addon board. The card uses the same SATA III controller to provide 2 internal SATA III ports and is based off a PLX PEX8613 bridge chip combined with a Marvell 88SE9123 2-port SATA III controller to make that happen. We took some photo's of it. Check out the thumbnail.
AMD launches Six-core energy efficient Opteron
AMD today announced the immediate availability of the new Six-Core AMD Opteron EE processor at 40W ACP.
BTW note that AMD mystically diverted from TDP (peak wattage) tiwards ACP which is Average CPU power (!).
Delivering up to 31 percent higher performance-per-watt over standard Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors, the Six-Core AMD Opteron EE processor is tailored to meet the demands of customers who need strong performance, but must trim out every watt possible in a server system and reduce the datacenter
8 Lines Of Code + 1 CD-ROM = Auto Baby Rocker
AMD to launch Phenom II X3 740
After reviewing the 720 one thing became clear, as far as I am concerned this is still the best value multi-core processor series to date, and it looks like a new triple core Phenom II X3 740 processor will be released soon.
It's reported that AMD will launch new tri-core processor based on Heka architecture at 45nm. This new CPU has one disabled core (perhaps with a bit of luck you can activate it). The aforementioned Phenom II X3 720 runs at 2.8GHz with a price of around
Asus intros Glaciator+-cooled GeForce GTX 260
Naah, they didn't lend that title from Gladiator ;) GefOrce GTX 260 cards are dropping a price, I might have to review one again soon as these could be the new mainstream hotty. Anyway, ASUS released the ENGTX260 GL+/HTDI/896MD3. A GHTX 260 that features a black PCB and a dual-slot Glaciator+ fansink..
The card obviously comes with 448-bit memory interface and has 216 processing core with 3-way SLI support. In terms of conectivity options,it offers two 6-pin PCIe power connectors and two DVI outputs. ENGTX260 GL+ is clocked default with 576 MHz/ 1242 MHz for the GPU/shaders, 1998 MHz for the 896MB of GDDR3 memory.
It is on pre-order at $213.
Tropico 3 Release, Demo Dates Announced
Shaky Cam Modern Warfare 2 Video
Fraps 2.9.9 released
Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with all games using DirectX or OpenGL technology to record movies in-game or measure it's framerate.
2.9.9 - 29th Aug 2009
- Fixed missing audio in Adobe Premiere and Sony Vegas
- Fixed benchmarks not being written to benchmark folder
- Fixed loading crash when attempting to start Fraps
- Fixed stalling/stuttering after first 4 gig AVI segment
- Fixed mouse cursor image/transparency corruption
- Fixed mouse cursor offset in some applications
- Fixed crash when recording above 1920x1200 for some users
- Fixed crash after stopping video capture in Windows 2000
- Fixed crash in some DirectX10 applications
- Fixed random windows crashes with fraps.dll
- Fixed missing systray icon if explorer restarts
- Fixed frapsvid.dll and frapsv64.dll crashes when importing/playing video
- Fixed Run Fraps when Windows starts option
- Fixed Starcraft stalling during video capture
- Fixed limited CPU affinity of main Fraps process
- Fixed yellow corruption displayed in Plants vs Zombies
- Fixed capture speed of many older DDRAW games
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Corsair High Density DDR3 Memory With New American Racing Blue DHX+ Fins
Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced a new set of high density products for Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors. These DIMMs are available in dual and triple channel configurations and are specifically tuned for Intel CPUs.
The 8GB and 12GB module kits feature Corsair
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Gigabyte debuts Super Overclock graphics cards
Gigabyte intro's their Super Overclock graphics card brand, the company claims cards in this series feature cherry-picked GPUs that can achieve higher frequencies and voltages than the average GPU. The first card in the series is the GV-N26SO-896I, a GeForce GTX 260 graphics card with a 680MHz core, 1466MHz shaders and 896MB GDDR3 clocked at 2350MHz.
Rr: GIGABYTE, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, announces a powerful new addition to its product lineup: the Super Overclock Series. All of the GPUs in this new range of high-end graphics cards have been cherry-picked for top performance, efficiency and reliability. Utilizing GIGABYTE
gScreen Dual-Screen Laptop
Although gScreen's Spacebook, the first true dual screen laptop, was announced quite a while ago already, Gizmodo was one of the first to take a few photos of a working model, now. According to their web site, the Spacebook's specs are going to be:
- 2 LED backlit display screens (15.4 inch, 16-inch or 17-inch)
- Windows 7/ Windows VISTA/ WIN XP PRO (optional)
- Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26-GHz
- 4 GB of RAM (2GB DDR2 SO-DIMM x 2)
- 320GB 7200-rpm HD
Need for Speed SHIFT Opening Video Revealed
With Need for Speed SHIFT getting released September 17th in Europe and 15th in North America, Electronic Arts already revealed the opening video for the next title in the Need for Speed series which is going to feature 18 tracks, including real-world locations and fictional circuits (Alpental, Autopolis International Racing Course, Ambush Canyon, Brands Hatch, Dakota, Ebisu Circuit, Glendale, Hazyview, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, London, Miytomi, Nordschleife, Road America, Rustle Creek, Silverstone, Circuit de Spa Francorchamps, Tokyo, Willow Springs):
Nvidia GT300 Demonstrations As Early As September?
It seems that the rumors about Nvidia's first DirectX 11 GPU, the GT300, leaving the engineering labs already in September are becoming more and more solidified.
These early demonstrations to partners are most likely targeted to divert at least some of the attention from ATI's release of their next generation graphic cards in September.
Apparently, driver development is one of the main reasons we haven't seen one of Nvidia's new babies in action already. Who knows? We might even get to see an earlier release to market than currently expected. This is highly speculative of course, though.