GeForce 186.03 WHQL Driver for Notebooks Released
It is good to see NVIDIA release more and more notebook drivers lately. As such today they updated its driver package for notebooks to WHQL version 186.03. This is a reference driver that supports GeForce 8M, 9M, 100M, and 200M-series notebook GPUs. Please read below for the full list of bugs fixed and performance improvements version 186.03 has to offer.
- This driver supports GeForce 8M, 9M, 100M, and 200M-series notebook GPUs. Refer to the Products Supported tab for the list of supported GPUs and notebooks. Some notebooks are not supported by this release.
- Adds support for CUDA 2.2 for improved performance in GPU Computing applications. See nvidia.com/cuda for more details.
- Expands GPU hardware acceleration for the NVIDIA Video Encoding library to GPUs with less than 32 cores. Applications using this library include CyberLink PowerDirector 7, Nero Move it 1.5, Loilo SuperLoiloScope MARS, and CyberLink MediaShow Espresso.
- Adds support for Ambient Occlusion - the newest NVIDIA Control Panel feature to offer enhanced 3D gaming realism exclusively to GeForce GPUs.
- Accelerates performance in several 3D applications. The following are examples of improvements measured with Release 185 drivers vs. Release 179 drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
- Up to 25% performance increase in The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
- Up to 22% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with antialiasing enabled
- Up to 11% performance increase in Fallout 3 with antialiasing enabled
- Up to 14% performance increase in Far Cry 2
- Up to 45% performance increase in Mirror's Edge with antialiasing enabled
- Includes full support for OpenGL 3.0.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX hardware acceleration on GPUs with a minimum of 256 MB dedicated graphics memory (this driver package installs NVIDIA PhysX System
- Software v9.09.0203).
- Supports GeForce Plus Power Pack #3. Download these FREE PhysX and CUDA applications now!
- Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL.
- Supports NVIDIA SLI Multi-monitor support, giving you the ability to use two monitors with your GeForce graphics cards in SLI mode. Learn more here.
- Includes numerous bug fixes.
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100,000 websites destroyed by hackers
As many as 100,000 websites where destroyed by attackers who targeted a zero-day vulnerability in a widely-used virtualization application.
Technicians at UK-based Vaserv.com were still scrambling to recover data on Monday evening UK time, more than 24 hours after unknown hackers were able to gain root access to the company's system, Rus Foster, the company's director told The Register. He said the attackers were able to penetrate his servers by exploiting a critical vulnerability in HyperVM, a virtualization application made by a company called LXLabs.
"We were hit by a zero-day exploit" in version 2.0.7992 of the application, he said. "I've heard from other people they've been hit by the same thing."
Foster said he's been unable to reach anyone at LXLabs to discuss the suspected vulnerability. The Register has also received no response to inquiries sent to the company, which according to its website is located in Bangalore.
According to Foster, data for about half of the websites hosted on Vaserv was destroyed all at once sometime Sunday evening, shortly after administrators noticed "strangeness" on the system. The attackers had the ability to execute sensitive Unix commands on the system, including "rm -rf," which forces a recursive delete of all files.
Some 50 percent of Vaserv's customers signed up for unmanaged service, which doesn't include data backup, Foster said. It remains unclear of those website owners will ever be able to retrieve their lost data, he said. As a result, at least half the websites that were hosted on the site remain offline.
"Since last night, I've had probably 40 phone calls from clients saying 'Why is my website down,'" said Daniel Voyce, a web developer for Nu Order Webs who uses Vaserv to host customer sites. "It's making me look bad."
Voyce said the hackers, given the high level of server access they gained, were likely able to intercept a wealth of sensitive data stored on Vaserv's servers. Voyce said his customers are safe because all sensitive information was encrypted [via the register].
MSI GeForce N260GTX Lightning 1792 MB review Part 2
A couple of weeks ago we reviewed this literally hot new Black Edition product from MSI product already, yet our conclusion was somewhat spicy related to temperature and noise levels we had seen on the GTX260 Lightning graphics card.
MSI was absolutely convinced we had received a defective card and submitted a new one with the question if we wanted to have second go at it. So we did, and it certainly made a massive difference. Temperatures of this graphics card are now over 30 Degrees C lower and the noise levels fine.
So today we bring you a review in the MSI GeForce N260GTX Lightning 1792 MB, but then revised and revisited !
What is the GeForce N260GTX Lightning 1792 MB ? Well, it's a graphics card with twice the standard GeForce GTX 260 GDDR3 memory summing up to an incredible 1792 MB, it utilizes a Twin Frozr cooling with heatpipes, dual slot heatsink and two big fans. The card design is Phase PWM, with 8 phases are reserved for the GPU and 2 phases for the memory. Furthermore, this graphics card has important overclocking features like V-Check points to measure the voltage.
Check out the full review right here.
Alphacool HF 38 Niagara (i7) CPU water block review
One of them is the German based Alphacool. Recently they introduced a new CPU block called the Alphacool HF 38 Niagara.
This new water-block is designed for Socket 1366 processor, aka Nehalem aka Core i7. A high-end liquid cooling CPU block priced fairly. Let's check it out at the URL right here.
FutureMark updates - patches available
For those that do not like to download the full versions of the software mentioned below, please be aware thatw e have upload the upgrade patches onto our file-server now as well.
June 2009 updates are available for 3DMark03, 3DMark05, 3DMark06, 3DMark Vantage, PCMark05 and PCMark Vantage.
This updates the system information detection component to the latest version for each of these benchmark products. This fixes numerous issues related to hardware detection in the benchmarks.
Benchmark version numbers will remain the same and scoring will not be affected. Older versions of the installer and benchmark will continue to work as before.
PCMark05 v1.20 June 09 upgrade patch
PCMark Vantage v1.01 June 09 upgrade patch
3DMark03 v1.01 June 09 upgrade patch
3DMark05 v1.30 June 09 upgrade patch
3DMark06 v1.10 June 09 upgrade patch
3DMark Vantage v1.01 June 09 upgrade patch
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AMD to lower 4800 prices dramatically in Q3
It is said that AMD is to cut their prices of the Radeon HD 4890, 4870, 4850 up to as much as US$50.
This move is probably to lower the current inventory of their high end GPUs to make way for the RV870 series in September.
Price of HD 4890 card will be lowered from US$249 to US$199 while HD 4870 will be priced at US$149, down from US$199. Lastly, HD 4850 which we already saw the prices plummeting due to HD 4770 shortages will go below US$100 this time.
Of course these are MSRP prices, meaning in e-tail they'll be even lower.
NEC reveals new 24-inch LCDs for U.S. market
NEC let us know that they intrduced two new LCD displays available in the U.S. today. These models are to match the recent release of similar models in Japan. The LCD2490WUXi2 and the LCD2490W2 both sport 24-inch screens and feature some delicious IPS panels.
These displays have a much better image quality than TV or PVA screens and allows them to show 96.7% of the sRGB color space. Professional graphics editors could definitely make use of these.
Other features include auto-brightness, 12-bit color lookup tables, ambient light sensors a 320cd/m2 brightness, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, VGA and DVI inputs and more. a SpectraView color calibrator comes with the LCD2490W2 display as well.
You can get both models by the end of the month for $1,099 and $1,299, respectively.
Apple premieres iPhone 3GS
Presenting at the 2009 WWDC keynote, Apple has announced the iPhone 3GS. Said to use the same exterior design as the 3G, the interior is nevertheless described as "entirely new," able to load apps two to three times faster, and render websites as much as three times faster. OpenGL ES 2.0 rendering is present for games, and the phone's HSDPA reception is now rated at 7.2Mbps instead of 3.6Mbps.
A new three-megapixel camera with autofocus is present, which should also have better ISO sensitivity, as well as macro capabilities. Video capture has been confirmed, rated at 30fps in 640x480 resolution with audio. Videos can be shared via e-mail, MMS, MobileMe and YouTube.
A new voice-dialing function is enabled by holding the Home button, which pops up the voice control and enables "call" or "dial" commands. The control scheme can also be used to play iPod audio, by speaking an artist or playlist name, or saying "play more songs like this" to spawn a Genius playlist. Asking "what's playing now" will read out current track info.
Other features include a magnetometer with a compass app, and hardware support for Nike+, as well as data encryption including iTunes backups. Battery life has been raised to nine hours for Wi-Fi, 10 hours for video, 30 for music, 12 hours for GSM calling and 5 hours for 3G data.
A 16GB model will cost $199, while a 32GB phone will be $299. Black and white colors will be options for each; the iPhone 3G is expected to remain available in 8GB form for $99. The 3GS ships June 19th in regions including the US, Canada, France and Germany.
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Averatec intros 25.5-inch, 1080p all-in-one PC
TriGem's US label Averatec today introduced a new flagship all-in-one PC, the D1200. As the largest model, it's treated as a media center with a 25.5-inch, 1080p display and an internal ATSC TV tuner to pick up over-the-air HD signals. Combined with 802.11n Wi-Fi, the system is treated as a hybrid PC and TV combo that can be used either as a kitchen PC or a combination unit that can handle both roles in a very tight space.
The desktop strikes a relative balance between price and speed.
It has just a 2.5GHz Pentium dual-core for its processor but counterbalances this with 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. An internal DVD burner, 2-megapixel webcam and gigabit Ethernet fill out its feature set. Averatec should have the system available on Tuesday for $999.
But that looks great though.
Best selling PC games and May 2009
We have a threefold of Top tens for you today where you can check the best selling games of the last week of May.
NPD's Top Ten (5/24 - 5/30)
1. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis / $20
2. World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $39
3. Spore / EA Maxis / $40
4. World Of Warcraft Battle Chest / Blizzard / $40
5. World Of Warcraft / Blizzard / $20
6. Empire: Total War / Creative Assembly / $49
7. Reel Deal Slots Adventure / Phantom EFX / $20
8. Civilization IV: The Complete Edition / Firaxis / $40
9. The Sims 2 Apartment Life Exp. Pack / EA Maxis / $20
10. Left 4 Dead / Valve / $29
Direct2Drive's Top Ten (5/24 - 5/30)
1. BioShock / 2K Boston, 2K Australia
2. Civilization IV / Firaxis
3. X-Com Complete Bundle (UFO Defense, Terror from the Deep, Interceptor, Enforcer, Apocalypse) / Take-Two (Publisher)
4. The Sims 3 (Pre Order) / The Sims Studio
5. Delta Force: Xtreme 2 / NovaLogic
6. Sid Meier's Railroads / Firaxis
7. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis
8. Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword / Firaxis
9. Civilization IV: The Complete Edition / Firaxis
10. Sid Meier's Pirates / Firaxis
Steam Weekly Top Sellers (by revenue, as of 5/24 - 5/30):
1. Team Fortress 2 / Valve
2. Killing Floor / Tripwire
3. Left 4 Dead / Valve
4. Counter-Strike: Source / Valve
5. Plants vs. Zombies / PopCap
6. The Orange Box / Valve
7. Unreal Deal Pack (Unreal Gold, U2, Unreal Tournament, UT2004, UT3) / Epic
8. Unreal Tournament 3 Black / Epic
9. Assassin's Creed / Ubisoft Montreal
10. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare / Infinity Ward
USB Powered Microwave From Heinz
Sometimes we stumble over a gadget that just catches the eye and though not necessarily related to the main focus of Guru3D, a USB powered microwave deserves some attention. Especially, from geeks like us, don't you think?
Called Beanzawave and made by Heinz, it measures 7.4'' in height, 6.2'' in width and 5.9'' in depth. "Mr Andrews, the managing director of GAMA Microwave Technology, said it is possible to 'tune' the radio-frequencies to provide the best results with any small product. 'It is possible to heat a pie, a burger, a cup of soup or tea in quick time,' he said. 'There is the option of powering it with lithium ion batteries that would make it completely portable, which would be a help to fishermen, campers or sportsmen.' Mr Andrews said he created the oven after being approached for help by Heinz, who wanted a portable microwave that would work with its Snap Pots.
'The single serve microwavable Snap Pots allow people to quickly heat and eat. We are therefore delighted to be working with Gordon as the Beanzawave is the perfect partner to Heinz Snap Pots, allowing a nutritious snack to be whipped up anywhere in just 60 seconds.'
Heinz said that any decision on whether to support production will depend on the feedback it receives from the public."
First DX11 GPUs NVIDIA in 1st half 2010
With the pending release of Windows 7 and thus the highly anticipated DirectX 11 most of us expected NVIDIA to deliver at least one DX11 class graphics card roughly in the Windows 7 release time-frame. As it looks right now, that's not going to be the case. In fact it might not even be 2009 at all.
Earlier last week at Computex ATI already hinted about a DX11 class graphics card under codename EVERGREEN. That product will definitely be available in Q4 2009.
Though an unfounded rumor, it seems that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is reponsible for leaking information about the fact that NVIDIA is redesigning it's future GPUs. As a result they'll be launched probably in the first half of 2010. The reasoning behind a redesign is not known. Mind you that this is a rumor, not a fact. I can't stress that enough.
Either way, for AMD this means good news, as they'll be the first with a DX11 class adapter on the market.
Of course the success of DX11 will be highly dependant on actual DX11 class games. According to ATI ATI developers like Codemasters, Phenomic, Electronic Arts, Emergent and Rebellion will be amongst the first to release DirectX 11 class games.
ATI DirectX 11 slide deck presentation
Over at Computex in Taiwan last week ATI had a press-conference in which they took the moment and inform press that they are ready for the DirectX 11 onslaught released along with Windows 7.
During the presentation ATI showed off a DX11 demonstration from the Microsoft DX11 SDK. ATI's first DX11 ready graphics cards will hit the market later this year already, and ATI made the bold promise that at the very least they'll be earlier than 'their competition'.
What was interesting is that the demo showed the codename of the GPU, which is EVERGREEN. A name rather familiar in Taiwan and Asian countries.
We have highlighted a couple of slides from the ATI slide deck / presentation. If interested, have a browse.
Gigabyte GO OC 2009 winners
The Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC) 2009, the world
FutureMark updates all benchmarks
FutureMark released June 2009 updates for 3DMark03, 3DMark05, 3DMark06, 3DMark Vantage, PCMark05 and PCMark Vantage.
These patches update the system information detection component to the latest version for each of these benchmark products. This fixes numerous issues related to hardware detection in the benchmarks.
Advanced and Professional Users can also soon download the updated full install packages from the same download page (credentials supplied in the receipt email) they originally used to download the application.
NOTE: Benchmark scores are NOT affected by this update. All scores are comparable with previous results. Benchmark version numbers will remain the same.
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OCZ announces Agility SSD series
We already mentioned this last week. However I finally have gotten the photo's and full specs in plus some more info on the controller used. The new SSD is a budget series that will take over from Core and Solid, and comes with the Indilinx controller, yet with slightly cheaper NAND flash memory.
According to an OCZ employee it's has 70% the performance of the Vertex series yet is prices way better. So that makes it super fast and cost-effective, which is a hard balance to strike, yet somehow the company has managed to do just that.
The Agility series has a faster speed than the basic Solid series and is based on MLC or multi-level cell storage. In fact, the read speed can reach upwards of 235MB/sec and the write speed is about 135MB/sec. Not the fastest in the world, but pretty impressive nonetheless.
It can also withstand 80MB/sec for prolonged writing. This 2.5-inch SATA drive will work with just about any notebook or desktop computer. It
Schwarzenegger in Terminator Salvation TV Spot
Tuniq shows Tower 120 Extreme CPU cooler
For those that read out computex report, you already have seen this. But check that out, now I think that is a sick looking CPU cooler, very nice.
It's the new Tower 120 Extreme CPU cooler. I count no less than five U-shaped heatpipes. The cooler is proclaimed to be really quiet and even comes with an included fan controller.
That cooler is looking very promising, and often I wonder how a small company like this always manages to compete with the big guns in the industry. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge.