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
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 :-)
Patriot's New Viper II memory kits bundled with 3DMark Vantage
Sony readies Memory Stick XC
Sony's Memory stick is keeping up with its SD counterpart by finalizing its Memory Stick XC format that can reach a massive 2TB in capacity, just like the SDXC cards.
In the meantime, don't pay attention to theoretical performance numbers like 480Mbps - in the real world, they don't mean much, and we'll have to look at independent benchmarks. What's important for Sony users is that there is a path to 2TB. The new format uses the same physical design .
Creative Inspire 2.1, 5.1 speakers receive overhaul
Creative Labs have announced two new speakers this week that are intended for use with your computer set up. They include the T6160 and the T3130, both of which offer multiple features and top-notch sound quality.
First up is the T6160, which sports 5.1 channels, 30W and a 20W subwoofer. It also has a phase cap, making it easier to parse out the mid-range audio. The other model is the T3130, which offers a 2.1 channel set up with 10W and a 15W subwoofer.
Each of these speaker models come with a wired remote and will be available in the UK and Singapore first. Pricing is the equivalent of about $60 and $100, respectively. A U.S. release is likely, though a date is unknown.
Radeon HD4750 to start shipping soon
Right next to the Radeon HD 4860 release, ATI is also working on another 40nm product. The budget graphics card is the Radeon HD 4750, based on the RV740 core and yes .. is the little brother of HD 4770.
ATI prepares a small volume of HD4750 likely for the OEM market. The card uses GDDR5 memory and it is reported that the HD4750 will have clock frequency of roughly 730 with 3200MHz on the memory. Product price, roughly $80.
Crytek Threatens To Leave Germany
English version of Cevat Yerli's statement: A ban on action games in Germany is concerning us because it is essentially like banning the German artists that create them. If the German creative community can't effectively participate in one of the most important cultural mediums of our future, we will be forced to relocate to other countries.
The current political discussion will deprive German talent of its place on the global game development stage, and deprive German consumers of entertainment that is considered safe and fun around the world.
OCZ Agility SSD 120GB review
The OCZ Agility series SSD is an accumulation of all the latest breakthroughs in SSD technology, including controller design, spiffy read/write speeds, and 64MB of onboard cache, yet with this series, it is available at a somewhat better price. See, by doing so OCZ shaves another 20 to 25% off the sales price.
We certainly were impressed by OCZ's Agility for sure, blazing speeds, stunning access times and a nice cache making the SSD very suitable for any operating system.
Check out the full Guru3D review right here.
Gigabyte launches AMD 785 motherboards
- DDR2 models: GA-MA785GT-UD3H, GA-MA785GPMT-UD2H, GA-MA785GMT-UD2H, GA-MA785GMT-US2H
- DSR3 models: GA-MA785G-UD3H, GA-MA785GPM-UD2H, GA-MA785GM-UD2H, GA-MA785GM-US2H
Press release -- Based on the newly released AMD 785G chipset with enhanced onboard ATI Radeon
MSI launches five 785G Series motherboards
MSI launches its MSI 785G mainboard series based on AMDs 785 chipset, with the best price/performance ratio. To enhance the high definition audio and video quality, these mainboards support DirectX 10.1 and UVD 2.0. With multiple I/O ports (including HDMI and DVI), a power-efficient design (thanks to APS) and convenient overclocking tools (Easy OC Switch and M-Flash), a new generation of entertainment mainboards is now available.
The following MSI 785G models are available from the end of August:
DDR3 (ATX amd M-ATX)
- MSI 785G-E53
- MSI 785GM-E65
- MSI 785GM-E51
DDR2 (ATX and M-ATX)
- MSI 785GT-E63
- MSI 785GTM-E45
HDMI & DVI digital video output support
MSI 785G mainboards have an ATI Radeon HD4200 GPU and can easily be connected to various audio and video devices. Besides a DVI video output, MSI 785G series are also equipped with an HDMI output to fulfil satisfy next generation
CoreTemp 0.99.5.26 released
Intel and AMD published detailed, public information about the "DTS" (Digital Thermal Sensor), which provides much higher accuracy and more relevant temperature reading than the standard thermal diode sensors do. (How it works).
This feature is supported on all Intel Core and Core 2 based processors as well as the whole AMD's Athlon64 line of CPUs. For a full list of supported CPUs see the CPU Support List.
Core Temp also has a logging feature, allowing a user to easily record the temperature of his processor(s) over any period of time, then the data can be easily transferred into an excel datasheet for easy graphing.
Core Temp works on Windows 2000, XP and 2003 (both 32bit and 64bit versions). Windows Vista 32bit is fully supported.
- Completely new code for processor speed detection.
- A comprehensive processor information window (F3 or Tools --> System information).
- Thermal protection mechanism. (Look at Options menu, changed from 0.99.5.20 beta)
- Support for the latest AMD and Intel CPUs.
- Mini mode for GUI. (Double click anywhere to switch between modes)
- Per core temperature offset adjustment. (Look at Options menu)
- Screenshots are now taken in the lossless but very compact PNG format.
- User defined text colors for main Window. (Options --> Settings)
- Show high/low temperatures. (Press F6 or the Tools menu to reset values)
- On/Off switch for G15 applet in Tools menu.
- Running several instances of Core Temp is now possible (enable in Settings).
- Temp turns Orange when temperature is over TControl, and Red when CPU is thottling/critical.
- Reorganized menu.
- TjMax for mobile Atom processors changed to 90C.
- "Lion" codename for AMD Turion was changed to "Griffin".
- Completely dropped support for older Windows NT OS, Windows XP or up is required. (Windows 2000 needs GDIPlus.dll)
Download - click here
Lian Li launches PC-A70F | A71F Full Tower Chassis
Lian-Li has launched the PC-A70F/71F Full Tower chassis for power users and server systems. The hair-line brushed all black aluminum chassis features two fans on the front (2x 140mm@1000RPM), and 2x rear 120mm fans @1500RPM. The 7x PCI expansion slots enable CrossFire and SLI graphic card setups. The chassis front face has either a door assembly which can open from either side as needed (PC-A71F) or a front panel which clips off conveniently as needed (PC-A70F). The inlet fans have filters that are washable. The entire chassis is designed for tool-less implementation, so installing your hardware and getting your system up and running is extremely easy. The dimensions stand at 220mm x 590mm x 615mm ( W, H, D) for the PC-A71F, and 220mm x 590mm x 585mm ( W, H, D) for the PC-A70F.
Complete Tool-Less Design
The Lian Li patented unique Power Supply Bracket which allows the PSU to be secured using only the tool-less clasp is very useful to hold the PSU securely without the need for securing screws. The 10x internal HDD 3.5
Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000
Microsoft have announced their new keyboard and mouse set, the Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000, which bundles a
EVGA debuts GTX 295 CO-OP Superclocked and FTW
EVGA introduced Superclocked and FTW editions of its GeForce GTX 295 CO-OP graphics cards.
With the introduction of the EVGA GTX 295 SC and FTW models, EVGA has taken the performance beyond extreme with the EVGA GTX 295 CO-OP! This card combines two GPUs onto a single PCB (printed circuit board), a clear indication on why this card is called CO-OP! Want even more performance? Pair up two of these for Quad SLI, or pair up with the standard GTX 295.
- GeForce GTX 295 CO-OP Edition: 576MHz core, 1242MHz shaders, 1792MB GDDR3 at 2016MHz, $509.99
- GeForce GTX 295 CO-OP Superclocked: 602MHz core, 1296MHz shaders, 1792MB GDDR3 at 2052MHz, $519.99
- GeForce GTX 295 CO-OP FTW: 684MHz core, 1476MHz shaders, 1792MB GDDR3 at 2160MHz, $559.99
Kingston releases 2133MHz HyperX DDR3 kit for Lynnfield
The lads at Kingston introduced a new dual-channel HyperX DDR3 memory kit with a frequency of 2133MHz and CL8 timings at a voltage of 1.65V. This dual-channel kit is targeted at upcoming Core i5 motherboards.
Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is preparing production quantities of HyperX DDR3 dual-channel 1.65-volt memory kits, and has successfully achieved 2133MHz speed at CL8 latencies. In September, Kingston
NVIDIA silently inserts ION LE
Nvidia has introduced its second ION product named ION LE, targeted at entry-level market. The main difference is that this product is DX9 class based and will probably a little cheaper.
"ION LE is SKU of the ION GPU that is identical to
Radeon HD 4860 confirmed shipping soon
ATI's new Radeon HD 4860, based on the RV790 core will feature GDDR5 memory, comes with 640 stream processors and is clocked at 700MHz for GPU and 750MHz of memory.
This 'new' graphics card will come with 6 pin auxiliary power supply interface design.
At the heart of it is the RV790 GPU in a different configuration codenamed RV790GT. Compared to the 4850 this one has 640 stream processors instead of 800 on the HD 4850, but it uses a 256-bit GDDR5 memory interface, and effectively higher clock speeds. We now have a semi-confirmation that is will be shippping around the 18th August.
The price of the product should be pretty darn good for what you are getting .. $120,-
NZXT Beta EVO Steel Mid Tower Chassis
NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to announce the Beta EVO, a sleek, all black value packed mid tower case at a budget price. Beta EVO features advanced cooling performance with support for up to 6 120 mm fans with an option of a 140mm fan at the top. Beta EVO also provides external dual radiator support along with a meshed front panel allowing for enhanced cooling potential.
Full of options for expansion, the case fits high performance 10.5
BFG launches GeForce GTX 285 H2O+ and GeForce GTX 295 H2OC
Interesting (!) You have to admire the creativity BFG always has with their different approach towards their products in the high-end segment. Read carefully, as you'll notice that the GTX 295 apparently now is allowed to be sold pre-overclocked. Which is a first from NVIDIA in the GTX 295 range.
BFG teamed up with the fellas of CoolIT, the kings of cooling. As such they announce the BFG GeForce GTX 285 H2O+ and GeForce GTX 295 H2OC graphics cards with ThermoIntelligence Advanced Cooling Solutions