Sandy Bridge chipset design flaw, Intel issues recalls
Yikes -- not good -- this is just in from several web sources and now Intel confirmed it. It seems that Intel is applying a "silicon fix" in their chipset segment. The bad news is that it is the new Intel 6 Series chipset, Cougar Point (H67/P67) which has been found to have a flaw which has something to do with the SATA controller.
Intel is indicating that the ports can "degrade over time," leading to poor i/o performance down the road. All shipments have been stopped and a fix has been implemented for new deliveries, but it sounds like recalls will be starting soon for those with this ticking time bomb silicon within. It isn't a problem right now, though, so if you own a Sandy Bridge Core i5 or Core i7 system keep computing with confidence while looking for a recall notice.
What's going on ?
Here's the thing we can confirm, the problem is to be found solely in the SATA 300 controller, the SATA 600 controllers are unaffected as well as any other added controllers on your motherboard.
On the up-to four SATA2 (SATA 300) ports in a timeframe measured over years, your performance failure rate 5% to 15% based on standard usage. The controller simply will produce more errors and as that result the controller performance thus will go down as it tries to correct it. Worst case scenario is that the overhead would get so big that your HDD/SSD would not be recognized in Windows any longer. These predictions are all based on statistical numbers though.
This is not something that can be fixed with a BIOS update, a new revision fix of the silicon is the only alternative.
Who is effected
But yeah, this likely means the replacement of all Sandy-Bridge-based motherboards, laptops, and pre-built PCs currently on store shelves or already in running in your home.
Intel said a design error in one of its chips will reduce sales and profit margins as it spends $700 million to repair and replace affected products. Currently 8 million chipsets have been distributed. Next to that Intel expects to miss $300 million in sales due to this. So that's a Billion dollar right writeoff there.
Intel on the matter
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2011 - As part of ongoing quality assurance, Intel Corporation has discovered a design issue in a recently released support chip, the Intel
Afterburner 2.1.0 Beta 7
Guru3D and MSI have been working hard on AfterBurner, today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities.
We're happy to see MSI Afterburner is leading the overclock applications, but where satisfied with what we have now, we plan to go one step beyond everybody!
MSI Afterburner 2.1.0 Beta 7 is ready, changes list includes:
- the official support of GTX 560 Ti / GT 440.
- Now Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 runtime libraries are included in distributive
- Hardware database is now configured to force fan duty cycle monitoring to be performed via slower AMD ADL SDK path on AMD RADEON 4870 X2 and 5790 series cards
- Changed way of unlocking unofficial overclocking on AMD graphics cards to make overclocking newbies think harder before enabling this functionality blindly and coming to support forums with fake bugreports
- Added alternate unofficial overclocking path allowing keeping PowerPlay active on some modern ASIC families during overclocking
- Fan control settings are now being forcibly reapplied after changing the clocks via unofficial overclocking path to bypass bug in AMD driver causin the fan control settings to be reset to defaults after programming PowerPlay table
To enable unofficial overclocking in this version it is necessary to:
- Set UnofficialOverclockingEULA field to the following text: I confirm that I am aware of unofficial overclocking limitations and fully understand that MSI will not provide me any support on it
- Set UnofficialOverclockingMode to 1 to keep PowerPlay active (may not work on old ASICs), 2 to traditionally disable PowerPlay or to 0 to temporary disable unofficial overclocking path
Radeon HD 6950 1GB vs GeForce GTX 560 Ti review
When the GeForce GTX 560 Ti was released shortly ago, one things was clear - the price versus performance ratio would be great. Especially with the extensive factory overclocked models in mind these cards perform really well. So a couple of weeks ago AMD decided to sort of 'Ambush' NVIDIA, by releasing a 1 GB version of the Radeon HD 6950, a product with the very same features and specifications as it's big brother the 2 GB version has yet priced way below we all expected it to be.
We'll address power consumption, heat and noise levels and then put both cards to the test. Check out the full article here.
ADATA XPG Gaming V2.0 DDR3 2133G and DDR3 1866G 8GB DDR3
ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today announced an expansion of its XPG Gaming Series V2.0 product line with high capacity DDR3 memory modules, DDR3 1866MHz and 2133 MHz
In this latest release, ADATA not only presents performance-focused memory kits, but also demonstrates a continued dedication to high capacity memory kits for the market. Both new XPG 2133G and 1866G modules run at CL 9-11-9-27 timing with 1.65 Voltage, featuring 2oz double-copper PCB (Printed Circuit Board) and aluminum heat spreaders with Thermal Conductive Technology (TCT). Each memory chip is directly in contact with heat spreaders to achieve immediate heat dissipation.
The entrance of ADATA
Thunderbolt Plus and Thunderbolt 80 Plus Gold Modular PSUs
THORTECH announces the launch of the all new Thunderbolt & Thunderbolt PLUS Series high efficiency gaming performance power supply. The Thunderbolt PLUS Series is equipped with the patented innovative iPower Meter interactive PSU control panel which allows the user to monitor the actual efficiency, wattage, temperature and control the fan speed mode of the PSU, just to name a few. Thunderbolt & Thunderbolt PLUS Series are 80 Plus Gold and NVIDIA SLI certified, as well as compliance with the latest Intel and AMD CPU.
Key features of Thunderbolt Plus with iPower Meter - 800W, 1000W, and 1200W
- Efficiency performance of up to > 90% with 80Plus Gold certification
- Single +12V rail design providing up to 65A (800W), 80A(1000W), 100A (1200W)
- iPower Meter, industry
ECS P67H2-A Black freaky motherboard commercial
You probably read our review on the ECS P67H2-A motherboard, read that here. ECS has made a virtal video for it, and you might think you ended up in an erotic video ... but, ah well, have a look yourself.
Microsoft Warns on New Windows Zero-Day Vunerability
Microsoft released a security advisory on Friday warning users to watch out for a newly disclosed vulnerability in all versions of Windows, one that takes advantage of a common method of transferring media types in email messages. The hole, called the MHTML protocol handler, is located in a part of all supported versions of Windows, including XP Service Pack 3.
By luring a user to visit a malicious site and click on a booby-trapped link, an attack program could send the handler a poisoned script. While the result of a successful attack on a user would only be to enable "unintended information disclosure" -- rather than compromise the entire system -- the fact that proof-of-concept code and discussions of the hole have already been posted on the Internet raises the urgency level for Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) to warn security professionals pronto. The advisory provides a client-side workaround. Additionally, the company said it is working on a patch.
New RAGE trailer
Realtek HD Audio 2.57 audio driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP, Vista, it runs under Windows 7 as well of course. The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download from our servers.
This download offers all the Windows XP, Vista and 7 binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Driver Package R2.57
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC886, ALC887, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC899, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC670, ALC680 ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC275
2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC886, ALC887, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC899, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC670, ALC680 ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC275
3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4. OS Supporting: Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
2.) Package :
1. Realtek Setup program will update audio driver automatically in update Realtek audio driver case under Vista/Windows 7.
Realtek setup program will un-install the previous version Realatek audio driver on the system first.
And it will re-install Realtek audio driver automatically after system re-boot.
GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU card to arrive late February?
If the rumors are true then we can expect a dual-GPU series 500 graphics card from NVIDIA be the end of next month just bfore CeBIT 2011. Nordic hardware claims they where able to verify NVIDIA's plans to release the GeForce GTX 590 next month, a new dual-GPU graphics card with two GF110 GPUs, 1024 CUDA cores and 3GB GDDR5 memory. Power consumption is unknown, but given that a GeForce GTX 580 already has a TDP of 244W it won't be pretty.
" The new graphics card obviously comes with two GF110 GPUs and NVIDIA has chosen to go all in with the shaders. It goes with the top model of GF110 with 512 CUDA cores, which results in 1024 CUDA cores in total and 2 x 384-bit memory bus.
The reason NVIDIA has chosen to use the maximal number of CUDA cores is that this becomes a more efficient solution than turning of shader blocks and increasing frequencies. GeForce GTX 590 will instead get considerably lower clock frequencies and voltages than GeForce GTX 580 that use a single GF110 GPU. This is a pretty obvious sacrifice considering that GTX 580 is rated 244 watt TDP, with just one GPU."
If you like to learn what the performance will roughly be like, well just click here.
HIS adds R6900 Turbo fan series
Hightech Information System Limited launches its HIS 6970 & 6950 Fan Turbo 2GB GDDR5 graphics card. Offering the latest and greatest features like AMD Eyefinity technology,
AMD HD3D technology and DirectX 11 support, the new 6900 Turbo Series provides flawless image quality and unbelievable performance to the gamers at every advantages. The HIS 6950 Turbo has over-clocked its core clock speed to 840MHz and memory clock at 5,120MHz, delivering serious high-definition gaming frame rates.
The HIS 6970 Turbo supplies the same 2GB GDDR5 but at a maximum core clock speed of 900MHz and memory clock of 5,600MHz. The utmost speed will let you enjoy the high resolution and fast frame rates which directly translate into superior performance and ultra-high bandwidth.
Pre-overclocked graphics card with the balance of the best performance and cooling effect.
HD3D Stereoscopic Technology
HD3D technology transmits two separate images to each of your eyes at the same time at a resolution beyond 1080p. Supported with HD3D glasses,
this technological innovation comes with Stereo 3D gaming, Blu-ray 3D, 3rd Party Stereo 3D middleware software and 6900 Series GPU support.
The Three Pillars
- Get immersed with AMD Eyefinity technology
- Get amazing EyeDefinition graphics with DirectX 11 technology
- Speed up applications and enjoy brilliant video with AMD EyeSpeed technology
The HIS 6970 Turbo will be available on February 7th.
MSI the Big Bang Marshal intro and photo's
Though the samples are not yet in, MSI introduces the Big Bang Marshal, a new Intel P67 based motherboard with eight PCIe 2.0 x16 slots and Creative X-Fi MB2 sound.
Gamers and extreme users have been waiting for a mainboard that can provide them all the tools they need to get the most out of their new Sandy Bridge CPUs, and it has finally arrived. World-renowned mainboard manufacturer Micro-Star Int'l Co., Ltd. (MSI) has unleashed the Big Bang-Marshal. Defining total quality standards, the Big Bang Marshal wields the second generation Military Class components for the best build quality and reliability. A major highlight of the board is an industry leading eight (8) sets of PCI-E 2.0 x 16 slots for a staggering combination of GPUs. Combined with Creative's top-class X-Fi MB2 sound technology, it can simultaneously take care of the three major elements that gamers care about the most: stability, performance and sound effects.
The Big Bang-Marshal is also equipped with a 24-phase DrMOS power design, and has excellent performance on over-clocking and stability for the enthusiast user. Utilizing a dual 8-pin CPU power supply, plus a set of 6-pin VGA power supply design, users can steadily provide power when overclocking the CPU and mainboard -- achieving ultimate performance on the Sandy Bridge platform.
8 PCI-E 2.0 x16
NewerTech eSATA to USB 3.0 adapter
NewerTech announced it will present an eSATA to USB 3.0 adapter. The converter is available on the company's site for $29.95 and convieniently allows you to use the eSATA port as a USB 3.0 interface (of course you could also pick up a USB 3.0 PCIe controller for the same ammount of money).
Newer Technology announced today the NewerTech eSATA to USB 3.0 Adapter for using an eSATA interfaced equipped external hard drive with computers offering the
PowerColor PCS+ HD 6970 OC card launches
PowerColor releases their PCS+ of the Radeon HD 6970, a overclocked card with a custom dual-fan cooling solution.
The card clocks in at a 940MHz core (stock: 880MHz) and 2GB GDDR5 clocked at 5700MHz (stock: 5500MHz).
TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphic cards, today expands its award-winning PCS+ series into the HD6970 series with the PowerColor PCS+ HD6970. Featuring all the latest technology, the PowerColor PCS+ HD6970 clocks in at 940MHz core speed and 1425MHz memory speed, easily accelerating gaming machines with nearly 2.9 teraFLOPs of computing power and delivering amazing gaming performance.
The PowerColor PCS+ HD6970 is equipped with a unique dual fan cooling solution; built with two large 92mm cooling fans, heat is easily dissipated from the 3x 8
OCZ Z-Drive R3 PCIe SSD that chunks out speeds up to 1000MB/s
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ),a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, announces the latest Z-Drive R3 PCI-Express SSD solution for enterprise and OEM clients. Showcased for the first time at CES 2011, the Z-Drive R3 updates the existing lineup with greater performance, reliability, and design flexibility with a new compact footprint for server applications, and is the first SSD to officially deploy OCZ
POV TGT GeForce GTX 560Ti TFC Series
Woaah, 3-slot coolers for mid-range products. There's something interesting. Point of View announces today that it is first to market with a high performance NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 TFC Series (TFC stands for triple fan cooling).
The POV/TGT GeForce GTX 560Ti TFC series consisting of the three performance levels: Charged, UltraCharged and
KFA2 GeForce GTX 560 White edition and Anarchy review
KFA2 submitted two cards, one focused at pure silence is the Galaxy GTX 560 Ti GC / KFA2 GeForce GTX 560 EX OC ANARCHY. The second card tested today is the GeForce GTX 560 White Edition aka KFA2 GeForce GTX 560 LTD OC White edition.
The KFA2 GeForce GTX 560 EX OC ANARCHYcomes with a
Intel hardware-based anti-virus feature
An interesting comment originates from Intel CTO Justin Rattner who claims that a new hardware-based security technology under development by Intel researchers will stop zero-day attacks in their tracks. Rattner said the technology will be ready to be released later this year, it will not be signature-based but other than that he didn't share a lot of information about this new security technology.
The technology won't be signature-based, like so much security is today. Signature-based malware detection is based on searching for known patterns within malicious code. The problem, though, is that zero-day, or brand-new, malware attacks are often successful because they have no known signatures to guard against.
Intel is working around this problem by not depending on signatures. And the technology will be hardware based, though it's still unclear if it will have a software component. "Right now, anti-malware depends on signatures, so if you haven't seen the attack before, it goes right past you unnoticed," said Rattner, who called the technology "radically different".
"We've found a new approach that stops the most virulent attacks. It will stop zero-day scenarios. Even if we've never seen it, we can stop it dead in its tracks," he said.