GeForce GTX 470/480 Forceware 197.41 Released
This is NVIDIA Forceware 197.41 Win 7 | Vista (64-bit) WHQL for GeForce GTX 470 and GTX 480. This is a WHQL-certified driver update only for GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470.
- Installs PhysX system software version 9.10.0129.
- Installs HD Audio driver version 18.104.22.168.
Technology and API Support:
- Supports CUDA Toolkit 3.0. See CUDA Zone for more details.
- Supports OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language).
- Supports OpenGL 3.2.
- Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology* on DirectX 9 and OpenGL.
*Note: 3-way SLI technology and SLI multi-monitor support are only supported on Windows Vista and Windows 7.
- Release Notes (v197.13)
Control Panel User's Guide
GeForce 400 series:
GTX 470, GTX 480
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
OCZ outs the Vertex 2 and Agility 2
OCZ unveiled the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) Series. These are new enthusiast-class SSDs designed for consumers who are seeking unprecedented speed and reliability with the goal of enhancing both their daily computing experience and long-term productivity.
Pointillist Style Rendering
It seems that a new Rendering Technique has been discovered involving Pointillist Style as the Newscientist describes in their article:
AS THE artist Georges Seurat knew, a beautiful image can be created from a series of dots. Now an Australian firm hopes to use this trick to revolutionise computer graphics and make it possible to create stunning virtual worlds on relatively modest machines.
Instead of polygons, Unlimited Detail's system uses dots - billions of them - to create a "point cloud" representation of a virtual world. By selecting one point for every pixel on the display screen, it's possible to create an exquisitely detailed 3D snapshot in much the same way as a Seurat pointillist painting. Change the selection several times per second and you can move smoothly through the virtual world.
As always, the DemoScene was the first one to bring this new rendering technique to life, go ahead and take a look at this new demo called "Agenda Circling Forth"
A case for Google: Cloud and Beyond
will either fail or succeed.
The ChromeOS Site has an interesting article/debate over ChromeOS and how Cloud will change the way we look at computers, an interesting read.
Zalman 10X Performa review
Zalman 10X Performa CPU cooler tested
Zalman took note of the global crisis and is very aware of the fact that not everybody can spend 80 EUR on a CPU cooler these days.
With that in mind the went back to the drawing board, trying to uphold the quality standards their other cooler have, then came up with a new design, stripped away the more flashy and gimmicky items and bingo, a new child was born, a more budget-minded version of the say CNPS 10X Extreme, the Performa. But is it any good ?
Check out this review right here.
AMD Phenom II X6 Turbo Core Technology Detailed
AMD's Phenom II X6 series is going to have a Turbo feature much like Intel's Core i5/7 series have.
The new feature will be called turbo core and some details on it are now on the loose. Turbo Core will be able to increase the operational frequencies of three active cores by up to 500MHz if an application can't use all six. All monitoring and clock/voltage management is exclusively handled by the CPU (with no need for special drivers or software), and is triggered not by temperature, but based on operating conditions and load demand. When power consumption is below the CPU's TDP, the technology puts the three used cores in a boost-enabled P-state.
This means that, should the application demand it, those cores will be able to increase their clocks by an amount dependent on the processing workload. This approach has more than one advantage. Since cores don't need to operate at the same frequency, each will only be pushed higher if the application warrants it. This means that no power will be spent on unnecessary overclocking. Secondly, when turbo Core is in effect, the clocks of the three unused cores is reduced to 800MHz and the power they normally use is diverted to the others. This allows dynamic overclocking to be achieved without exceeding the rated thermal design power (TDP). Finally, it should be noted that the Cool
Koolance's GTX 400 LED Waterblock released
With the GeForce GTX 400 series being a hot product, liquid cooling manufacturers are jum;ping the gun and release their liquid cooled solution for the new cards.
We have the H20 version from eVGA inmbound for review, we'll also review the danger-den blocks and then koolance is also releasing blocks whihc look pretty darn nice.
Koolance has listed its specially designed VID-NX470 and VID-NX480. The VID-NX470, as its name implies, is meant for the GTX 470 and covers all the heat-generating regions of the adapter, including even the voltage regulators. It is built mainly out of copper, but it uses nickel plating and a microfin design (0.5mm fins). Furthermore, the acrylic lid is covered with a stainless-steel plate. The entire product weighs 680 grams, measures 5.9 x 14.6 x 1.6 cm, comes with G1/4-inch fittings and can be used in both single-GPU as well as multi-GPU SLI setups.
The second waterblock, the VID-NX480, is obviously intended for the more powerful GeForce GTX 480. Its shape is somewhat different from that of its sibling, but the item's overall construction is still similar, being made out of the same nickel-plated copper. Unlike the VID-NX470, however, this model also boasts a blue LED, to add style to the card.
G.Skill 2,500MHz DDR3 for Enthusiasts
You seriously have no idea how hard it is to reach 2500 MHz on DDR3 in a PC .. so your memory might be able to pull it off, but getting there ? Nearly impossible. None the less, faster is better.
Being part of G.Skills Trident series, a 4GB DDR3 dual-channel kit with a stock frequency of no less than 2,500MH was released. The kit was built in collaboration with ASUS, is meant for desktops based on Intel P55 motherboards and will work best when paired with the Intel Core-i7 860 and 870 central processing units.
The DDR3 kit was subjected to a high number of strict tests on the ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe and P7P55D-E EVO motherboards. The end-result is, according to the hardware maker,
Intel to deliver 48-core processors this summer
Intel announced it will ship a limited quantity of 48-core processors to research institutes by the end of this quarter. These chips are part of the company's terascale research project and will not be sold commercially.
Development of the processor is part of Intel's terascale computing research program. A focus area of the program is to put more cores in a single processor to enable faster computing in devices ranging from mobiles to servers.
The 48-core chip operates at about the clock speed of Atom-based chips, said Christopher Anderson, an engineer with Intel Labs. Intel's latest Atom chips are power-efficient, are targeted at netbooks and small desktops, and run at clock speeds between 1.66GHz and 1.83GHz. The 48-core processor, built on a mesh architecture, could lead to a massive performance boost when all the chips communicate with each other, Anderson said.
If you like to see what an 48 core die looks like, click the thumbnail.
New York Times: BC2 is a better game than MW2
With Bad Company 2, the Battlefield series has now matched or exceeded the Call of Duty series in each of these areas.
First, modernity. Each franchise is actually quite similar in its fictional setting. In both series you play a Western soldier confronting a menace originating from the former Soviet Union.
But Bad Company 2 allows players to use a much broader range of modern military materiel, including tanks, helicopters, Humvees and other vehicles. More important, the virtual environments in Bad Company 2 are much larger and more diverse than those in Modern Warfare 2. Multiplayer battles in Modern Warfare 2 feel like chaotic arenas with people running all over the place looking out for themselves. In Bad Company 2, teamwork and voice communication are essential; the combat environments are more interesting and feel more akin to what I imagine a modern war zone to be.
Yet the biggest leap in Bad Company 2 is in its single-player campaign. It is only six or eight hours long
Point of View ships GTX 470 and 480
Currently all NVIDIA board partners are or have been stocked with the GeForce GTX 470 and 480. Netherlands based Point of View is among the first to have these puppies shipped out to their customers.
Much like Inno3D posted a photo, it seems that their warehouse has been nicely stocked and stuffed so starting tomorrow or on Monday you can definitely expect a whole lot of GTX 470 and GTX 480 cards available on the market. Rumours are that tens of thousands boards worldwide are available.
If you had a pre-order for a Point of View card, chances are good you'll be playing with one this weekend !
EVGA teases with GTX 480 4 Way SLI
It doesn't hurt for eVGA to have all the right equipment in the lab. So they took four GeForce GTX 480 cards, popped them on their latest motherboard and sure .. probably used a very BEEFY power supply.
Quad SLI my man. NVIDIA will officially support 4-Way SLI designs coming from EVGA and ASUS.
As you can see the setup is up and running, but no benchmarks are shared just yet. It certainly will be very interesting to see how well the scores scale. The motherboard used was a eVGA 4-Way SLI classified motherboard. Anyway have a look at some photo's.
Click on the thumbnails.
Everest version 5.50 Is Available
One of Guru3D's favourite hardware diagnostic tools, Everest, has been upgraded. Everest offers accurate hardware information and diagnostics capabilities, including online features, memory benchmarks, hardware monitoring, and low-level hardware information. EVEREST Home Edition is optimized for Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems, and it fully supports the Vista / XP look & feel.
Changes in Everest
This is a special one for us because it marks the first stable release of EVEREST since the engine that operates under the hood has reached complete support for more than a 100,000 unique hardware devices. Be sure to give it a try today and here's to another 100,000!
Support for the latest processors including Intel's Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7
Detailed information on CPU features support and clock speed monitoring for the latest processors from AMD, Intel and VIA. Fully optimized cache, CPU and FPU benchmarks with HyperThreading and Turbo Boost support. Utilization of the hardware accelerated AES data encryption features on capable Intel and VIA processors.
Preliminary support for the upcoming Hexa-Core Intel Core i7 980X
Multi-threaded benchmarks to utilize 6 cores and 6 additional virtual cores of the upcoming Intel Core i7 980X "Gulftown" and Intel Xeon "Westmere" processors. CPU AES benchmark with hardware supported acceleration to deliver blazing data encryption performance.
BIOS settings listing on capable Asus and Intel motherboards
Detection of various BIOS settings under Windows without the need to reboot into BIOS Setup. Available BIOS values include FSB, BCLK and memory clock settings, CPU ratio, voltage adjustments as well as data drive strength detection.
GPU information for the latest ATI Radeon HD 5000 graphics accelerators
Video adapter properties detection on the latest DirectX 11 capable ATI graphics accelerators including clock measurement, shader processor count, OpenGL details. Information on all available GPGPU devices using Stream, CUDA, Direct3D Compute Shader, and OpenCL interfaces.
Optimized hardware monitoring support for Logitech G19 LCD keyboard
Full support for the 320x240 true-colour LCD display of the Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard to display temperatures, voltage values and cooling fan speeds. Flexible adjustments to individually configure all items displayed on the LCD. Now with custom bitmap placement and optimized communication protocol to use less system resources while monitoring.
GeForce GTX460 lined up against Radeon 5850
There's new information surfacing on the web that NVIDIA is going to introduce a GeForce GTX 460 in June, likely during Computex 2010 in Taiwan. The card is likely to be positioned directly against ATI's Radeon HD 5850 and will be based on a P1025 PCB design, which is similar to the GTX 470.
AIBs/AICs and ODMs will be free to design/redesign the card for customized versions. The card will get a 256-bit memory interface indicating 1GB of graphics memory (gDDR5). Information regarding shaders, clocks and TDP are not yet known. It seems that the card will receive the GF100 GPU and not the GF104 (mid-range), meaning that this card will be based on a fully fetched GF100 with some clusters disabled just like the GTX 470 has.
Of course prices are unknown, but it is suffice to say that NVIDIA will need to kick back hard in order to be able to compete with the mighty ATI series 5000 product line, and as such we expect low prices, thus definitely below the R5850.
AMDs Six core Phenom II X6 1090T processor starts listing
A couple of days ago we already learned that Phenom II X6 1090T processors arrived at fry's in the USA. The product however now start to list at online e-tailers.
The Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition processor is the one you'll be after. With an unlocked multiplier these babies guarantee your overclock. The Phenom II X6 1090T Blk Ed is listed under SKU code HDT90ZFBGRBOX and carries a price tag of roughly 300 USD as expected. In fact the non BE edition is listed at 299 USD and the BE edition at 309 USD.
The listing confirms all specifications we have been telling you about in the past few weeks: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Six Core Processor - Socket: AM3; 9MB Cache, 3200MHz, 125 Watts, Retail, Processor with Fan.
We expect this six-core AMD processor to launch at the end of this month, and for the encodres, afficionado's and professional users out there it's going to deliver a whole lotta bang for buck.
Gigabyte 5870 Super OC edition
Though we mentioned it a couple of times before already .. Gigabyte adds a powerful addition to its Super Overclock Series, the Radeon HD 5870 SOC. The product is tagged under SKU GV-R587SO-1GD and comes with a phat 950 MHz core frequency and its memory clocked at 5000 MHz.
And now for the marketing:
To qualify for Super Overclock Series, a GPU must go through GIGABYTE
Smooth Creations Firestorm Custom PC review
Smooth Creations Firestorm Game PC
Smooth Creation's Firestorm takes the LAN party computer to its lightest and most diminutive form. The Firestorm we got ended up being prone to overheating, so the i7 965 config we had was not ideal for this small of a case. However, offering several flexible configurations from AMD or Intel, the Firestorm is a very affordable machine utilizing top components, top speed, and built to SmoothCreation's unusually high standards.
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PowerColor PCS++ HD5770
PowerColor released the PCS++ HD5770, a new Radeon HD 5770 card with custom cooler, 875MHz GPU and 1GB GDDR5 clocked at 5000MHz.
TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, announces its ultra overclocked solution to the HD5700 series: the PowerColor PCS++ HD5770. As an upgrade version of the PCS+ HD5770, the PCS++ HD5770 features not only additional factory overclocking with core and memory clocks at 875 MHz and 1250 MHz respectively, but also raises the cards overclocking ability. The limits increased to more than 950Mhz, pushes its potential for hardware enthusiasts.
The PCS++ HD5770 also features an ultra quite 92mm cooling fan, dissipating heat from the copper base that fully covers the GPU at lower fan speed and efficiently cools down the temperature up to 10