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
2TB Western Digital 7200RPM drive spotted
The 2 TB drives are kickass volume wise for a nice movie and music collection, yet a little slow as they most of them are 5400 RPM versions. Hitachi already has a 7200 RPM model out, but WD is prepping to release a 2TB drive at 7200 RPM now as well, in fact apparently it's already spotted in some German shops.
The product will be tagged as RE3 (Raid Edition) model and comes as a RAID edition SATA II drive with 32MB of cache and an 8.7ms seek time. Its official SKU code will be WD2002FBYS. The price will be roughly
NVIDIA SLI now also licensed for Intel P55
NVIDIA spreads word that Intel and leading motherboard makers, including ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI, have all licensed NVIDIA SLI technology for inclusion on their Intel P55 chipset based motherboards for Intel's Core i7 and Core i5 processors using the LGA1156 socket.
"NVIDIA SLI technology is a perfect complement to the processing prowess of our new Core i7 and Intel DP55KG desktop board," said Clem Russo, VP and General Manager of Intel Client Board Division at Intel Corporation. "NVIDIA and Intel share a combined passion for furthering the PC as the definitive platform for gaming, and this combination will surely be attractive to anyone building or purchasing a brand new PC this fall."
As a result of today's announcement, NVIDIA SLI technology is now available for all consumer PC platforms, including the Intel Core i7, Core i5, Core 2 Quad and Core 2 Duo processors, as well as those based on the AMD Phenom II CPU. In addition to raw graphics performance, NVIDIA GeForce GPUs also provide gamers with additional capabilities not found on any other discrete graphics solutions, including NVIDIA PhysX technology for deeper gaming immersion, and stereoscopic 3D gaming with NVIDIA 3D Vision(TM) technology.
"Only the best-designed motherboards are capable of tapping into--and reaping maximum benefits from--the powerful synergy between SLI technology and the P55 platform," said Joe Hsieh, General Manager of ASUS' Motherboard Business Unit. "ASUS has honed the art and science of motherboard design with the ASUS P7P55 Deluxe and ROG Maximus III Series motherboards, which deliver unparalleled performance and stability."
ASUS P7P55D Deluxe Lynnfield Mobo preview
The motherboard we'll preview today is the ASUS P7P55D Deluxe, and it promises to be a red rose of a motherboard based on that p55 chipset. The motherboard featuring a 16 + 3 phase design rather than 12-phase. It offers four DDR3-2133 (!) memory slots. This board also has a lot of overclocker-friendly features, such as on-board DIP switches to control voltages.
You'll notice in the photo shoot that is comes with 3x 16x PCIe slots 2.0 two of which are split off from the main PCI-E bus coming directly from the CPU. he board features eight SATA II 3.0Gbps ports as well as dual gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 Realtek HD audio and the Express Gate instant-on OS feature. The board also comes bundled with a TurboV overclocking remote and corresponding software, Turbo Key, Xtreme Phase, Anti-EMI, and StackCool 3+ The board comes with what is called their 'Hybrid' TurboV EVO processor, it makes overclocking easier. It works together with ASUS
Dell quietly introduces trio of LCD monitors
Dell recently introduced three new LCD monitors without much fanfare, where they are the Dell ST2310 ($229) as seen above, the E2210H ($199) and E2010H ($139) which will be available in 23", 22" and 20" sizes, respectively. All three of them will cater to movie buffs, featuring extra wide 16:9 aspect ratios.
The ST2310 and E2210H will come with native 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution support, while the E2010H falls short with a resolution of just 1600 x 900 pixels. If you're out monitor hunting, would you give any of these three a chance? They aren't really expensive, you know.
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MSI preps nForce 980a SLI AM3 Motherboard
Over at SAV computers they stumbled into another new motherboard for AMD Phenom processors, based on NVIDIA's nForce 980a SLI chipset.
Specifications look very much the same as for the older nForce 780a SLI, with one notable exception: Socket AM3 with DDR3 memory support and thus 3-way SLI.
The all new MSI NF980-G65 will bring a long awaited wish to AMD platforms, 3-way SLI. The NF980-G65 supports all Athlon II and Phenom II socket AM3 processors, including a new processor to be launched next week, check Guru3D.com for a review btw ;)
Other than that you'll see DDR3-2133 MHz memory capability. When looking at the motherboard we spot three PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots, two PCI-E x1, and two PCI slots. You'll spot DVI and HDMI connectors as nForce 980a SLI has an embedded GeForce 8300 IGP. Otyher than that we see six SATA II ports. Realtek ALC889 CODEC for 8 channel audio, Gigabit Ethernet, and the rest of the standard connectors.
Tiny Drive Holds 16GB And Reads MicroSD Cards
Unbelievable ... This tiny little USB device will read your MicroSD cards, and hold a whopping 16GB at the same time.
Flash drives were awesome when they first came out, because it was a storage drive about the size of a keychain. Inevitably those have shrank until they
2.5TB HDD drive in early 2010
Developments in TDK's hard drive technology could lead to another boost in the capacity of hard drives within a few months, a roadmap presented this week shows. The storage firm is currently going through qualification tests of 640GB drive platters that would fit into a typical 3.5-inch drive and so would allow significantly more storage than existing 2TB drives from Hitachi, Seagate and Western Digital. A premium but commonplace four-platter drive could hold just over 2.5TB of data.
Mass production of the drives would start slowly in November, according to an eyewitness to the presentation from the Register, and ramp up to full speed by January, most likely leading to 2.5TB drives from one or more companies shortly afterwards.
Additionally, TDK is poised to produce 320GB platters destined for 2.5-inch drives and as a consequence make producing thin 640GB notebook hard disks more feasible. These are already starting production and should reach full production by December, hinting that they may ship either at the end of 2009 or in very early 2010. Seagate already has a 640GB external drive using early technology but still hasn't set a definitive launch date.
If the manufacturer can squeeze in an extra platter then it hits 3TB from a single HDD.
Intel Gulftown has 130W TDP
A turkish website has some details about Intel's Gulftown processor, this is a 32nm chip that should arrive within less than a year. It has six-cores, 12 threads and is compatible with X58 chipset based motherboards.The Gulftown supports 1066MHz DDR3 memory and has a TDP of 130W.
this 32nm six-core LGA1366 part is expected to be launched in the first half of 2010 under the Core i9 brand. The sample operated at a frequency of 2.4GHz (18x133MHz) and features a massive 12MB L3 cache.
Gulftown will be socket 1366 compatible and work with all X58 motherboards after a BIOS upgrade. I can tell you I am looking very forward to this processor.
The Windows 7 Upgrade Chart
This is supposedly the official Windows 7 upgrade chart from Microsoft. It looks like all Vista installs except Starter can do a 32-bit to 32-bit upgrade and keep all your files, same with 64-bit to 64-bit. Windows XP owners will have to do a clean install after backing up your files.
Most Vista users will be able to upgrade in place to the corresponding 32- or 64-bit version of 7. That should cover the vast majority of people running Vista, but if you're still on XP or you're trying to do anything out of the ordinary you'd better get ready for some pain: all those ominous blue boxes require you to back up, wipe your drive, and reinstall a totally clean copy of 7. You heard that right -- the Windows 7 installer won't even try to retain your data and programs if you're not updating from the corresponding version of Vista.
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Dell UltraSharp U2410 LCD sports IPS panel
Hmm, nice. Dell announced their very first 1920x1200 display based on IPS or in-plane-switching technology today. It
Logitech outs G500 game mouse and G330 headset
Logitech on Thursday addressed its gamer audience with both a high-speed mouse and a headset. Replacing the long-serving G5, the G500 has a significantly faster laser and now tracks at up to 5,700DPI. On Windows PCs, drivers let users change the sensitivity on the spot in 100-unit increments to as little as 200DPI for slow but precise movements. It can further aid players by saving game input settings in memory and using removable weights to add as much as 27g of mass for those that like a heavier feel.
The G500 should work on at least a core level with all USB-supporting computers and will arrive in September for $70.
Both Macs and Windows PCs fully support the G330 headset. It's claimed to be ready for longer game sessions as the first headset to use a behind-the-head band instead of on top, reducing the amount of pressure. A silicone lining also keeps any contact points soft. The microphone itself has active noise canceling and swivels out of the way when it's not needed.
The design is notebook-friendly and connects either through typical 3.5mm input and output jacks or a single USB port depending on preference. Logitech ships the G330 first and will have it in shops later this month for $50.
Core i5 750 Retail Package Spotted
It's pretty obvious that Intel will release three Lynnfield processors, among them are the Core i5 750, i7 860 and i7 870. As the release date is approaching more and more news about them has popped up including a lot of p55 motherboards previews.
Over in China apparantly some folks already have retail samples in their hands. This is the the packaging of Core i5 750 and its stock cooler. It is priced at $196.
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Hitachi lauches their first 2TB 7200 RPM desktop HDD
Hitachi announced that it is now shipping the worlds first, two terabyte (2TB), 7200 RPM hard disk drive (HDD). The new, colossal, 2TB Deskstar 7K2000 blends high performance and high capacity with low power and other eco-friendly features designed to enable Energy-Star rated computers and other high performance desktop systems.
The new Deskstar 7K2000 is now in its fourth-generation using the companys unique five-platter design with relaxed bit density and proven perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology. Couple this with an ultra-quiet operation, a 32MB cache and a 3Gb/s SATA interface, and the new Deskstar 7K2000 is the ideal desktop drive for power users, gamers or anyone looking for a big, fast hard drive.
In addition to the new 2TB Deskstar 7K2000, Hitachi GST is also refreshing its high-volume desktop hard drive family. The new 7200 RPM Deskstar 7K1000.C family will deliver up to 500GB per platter, and will come in capacities of 160GB to 1TB, hitting the capacity and performance sweet spots for mainstream desktop applications. Like previous generations, both the 7K2000 and 7K1000.C Hitachi Deskstar drives feature industry-standard 512-byte sector formatting, a patented ramp load/unload design to increase shock protection, and Thermal Fly-height Control (TFC) to maintain a consistent fly-height during the read/write process for added data reliability. Volume production and worldwide availability of the new Deskstar 7K1000.C will begin in the current quarter.
Leveraging the companys eighth-generation power management technology, including power-saving innovations like the Hitachi Voltage Efficiency Regulator (HiVERT
Check this -- a $1,000,000 speaker
No jokes my man; one million dollar speaker for ONE speaker? Yes, it is true!!
Again, the $1,000,000 buys one speaker, so you'll need to shell out $2,000,000 for stereo, and at least five million for your Ultimate home theater.
The Ultimate is a rather large speaker--each one consists of six, seven-foot tall panels. Each Ultimate houses a total of forty 15-inch subwoofers, twenty-four 8-inch woofers, and massive arrays of 2-inch wide and 1-inch wide ribbon tweeters. All of this is for a single channel/speaker, double those numbers for stereo! A pair of Ultimates are nearly forty feet wide.
Each Ultimate speaker comes with its own power amplifiers, with an output of 31,000 watts, and the manufacturer claims the Ultimate can generate up to 146dB SPL, that's a lot louder than a jet plane taking off.
Read all about it here.
Enermax releases entry level ECO80+ PSUs
In view demand Enermax decided to broaden the wattage range of the recently launched PSU series ECO80+. The silent and stable entry-level PSU series is available from now on in four versions with 350, 400, 500 and 620W.
Hamburg, 6th August 2009. Two month ago Enermax introduced the new PSU ECO80+ 350W into the market
i-Chill GTX 295 Black Edition in SLI mode Sneak Peak
We received some additional photo's from our contact over at Inno3D regarding the i-Chill GTX 295 Black Edition, this time in SLI mode. The iChill 295 BE will have it's final clocks set on 600 MHz on the graphics core and 2160 Mhz on the memory. No word just yet on the shaders though.
The GTX 295 packs 480 Processing Cores and 1792MB of GDDR3 memory, Quad SLI and DirectX 10 support, and two DVI outputs. The release date will be arround the 28th of August. Click on the thumbnails ...
G.skill launches Ripjaws Gaming Memory
G.Skill today unveiled the Gaming Series -- Ripjaws, performance DDR3 Dual-channel 1.65 volts memory solution with speeds ranging from 1333 to 1866MHz. G.SKILL also preparing production DDR3 dual-channel memory kits speeds range from 2000MHz CL9 to 2200MHz CL8 for upcoming Intel platform.
Press-release: G.Skill Ripjaw Gaming Series Memory are designed to combine a performance DDR3 dual-channel memory solution with speeds ranging from 1,333 to 1,866MHz at just 1.65 Volts. At these speeds, G.Skill has optimized the high performance DIMMs for reliability so gamers get amazing FPS, while maintaining a solid overclock so your PC will not fail from memory errors mid-game.
G.Skill Ripjaws Gaming Series Memory feature the latest heat spreader design for the ultimate in extreme aesthetics and sleek aluminum cooling. G.Skill Ripjaw Gaming Series Memory and as usual features the industry leading limited lifetime warranty and G.Skill ever ready technical backup.
And um ... don't ask me how it's different from 'non' gaming memory please :-)