MSI Overclock and Skin Contests -- Win many prizes !
Hello everybody, MSI is launching two competitions at Guru3D.com today. And man -- we'll be giving away many prizes ! The two competitions are both related to MSI's new AfterBurner graphics cards Overclock software. The competitions:
- MSI Overclocking Competition
- MSI AfterBurner Skin Competition
Of course along with competitions come some great prizes, here's what we'll be giving away (twelve prizes) to the winners. Some of the prizes: MSI Radeon HD 5870 (R5870-PM2D1G), MSI Big Bang Fuzion P55 motherboard, MSI N275GTX Lightning graphics card, MSI N9600 GT Diamond graphics card (x6), MSI P55-GD80 motherboard, MSI R4890 Cyclone OC graphics card, MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OC graphics card.
For more info, requirements, rules and regulations please visit the MSI contest landing page located here:
Contest entries can be submitted here:
- MSI Overclocking Competition entries - click here
- MSI AfterBurner Skin Competition entries - click here
The contest period will run for a couple of weeks, again please finds all information in the respective landing pages and dedicated forum threads. Enjoy -- and most of all good luck of course.
NVIDIA GeForce Forceware 195.55 drivers out
NVIDIA released a new driver today -- revision 195.55 This is a WHQL-candidate driver for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, and 200-series desktop GPUs and ION desktop GPUs.
New in Version 195.55
- Adds GPU-acceleration for smoother online HD videos with the new Adobe Flash 10.1 beta. Learn more here.
- Adds support for GeForce GT 240.
- Adds support for OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language) for all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Adds support for CUDA Toolkit 3.0 features and performance enhancements. See CUDA Zone for more details.
- Adds SLI and multi-GPU support for many top new gaming titles including Borderlands, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, FIFA Soccer 10, and more.
- Includes numerous bug fixes including improved performance for Need for Speed: Shift. Refer to the release notes on the documentation tab for information about the key bug fixes in this release.
MSI GeForce GT 240 review
GeForce GT240 is designed for a the lower segment of the mainstream market and comes with support for DX10.1 GeForce GT240 comes packed with 96 shader cores and features GDDR3 memory, however if you throw in an extra tenner -- you can get a 128-bit gDDR5 memory version as well -- giving the card some more breathing space in terms of memory bandwidth and in the end overall performance.
Check out our review right here.
Radeon HD 5970 Single card and Crossfire review
It's time to unleash the beast, welcome to a nice feature length review on the latest dual-GPU offering from ATI. What ATI did with the Radeon HD 5970 is to place two RV870 chips onto one PCB. Bridge them, Crossfire them and all of the sudden you'll have 4.3 Billion transistors at your disposal with a whopping 4.6 TFLOPs of raw performance.
Guru3D will be testing the retail version from HIS Graphics cards, but since we received a reference also, we might as well insert some CrossfireX results as well. Next to all the regular stuff we'll be overvolting and overclocking the card as well.
Yes the fastest graphics card in the world is unleashed, let's test it for cryin' out loud !
Tomorrow 18th of November 2009
Flash Player 10.1 Gets GPU Hardware Acceleration
California-based Advanced Micro Devices has just revealed that the recently-announced Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta will be supported by platforms powered by Vision Technology from AMD. The latest installment of Adobe's Flash Player takes advantage of the benefits and features that are enabled through AMD's ATI Stream technology, providing an improved video playback, reduced CPU utilization and longer battery life through the combination of using the resources available from both the CPU and the GPU.
More NVIDIA Tegra 2-Based Nintendo DS Rumors
Rumors of an NVIDIA Tegra-powered Nintendo DS have made their way on the market, since back in mid-October, when an article on the Bright Side of News claimed that NVIDIA was collaborating with Nintendo for the upcoming DS gaming console. It now appears that, following the said rumor, the fellows over at Digital Foundry have landed some details from
NVIDIA Fermi for supercomputers unveiled
NVIDIA introduced new Fermi based solutions for supercomputing at SC09 in Portland, Oregon. It's only an announcement though, the real hardware won't be available until Q2 2010. Additionally, the GPU maker also confirms that GeForce products based on Fermi will be available in Q1 2010.
The new Tesla 20-series GPUs promise to reduce the cost of supercomputing by a factor of 10. They feature support for the next generation IEEE 754-2008 double precision floating point standard, ECC, multi-level cache hierarchy with L1 and L2 cache, support for C++ programming language, up to 1 terabyte of memory, concurrent kernel execution, fast context switching, 10x faster atomic instructions, 64-bit virtual address space, system calls and recursive functions. Designed from the ground-up for parallel computing, the NVIDIA
Russia recalls Modern Warfare 2
Command & Conquer 4 gameplay clip
AC updates Accelero TWIN TURBO Pro
ATI Radeon HD 5870, 4890, 4870, 4850, 4830, 3870, 3850, 2600, 2400, X1950, X1900, X1800, X1650, X1600, X1550, X1300 series
nVIDIA GeForce GT240, GTS250, 9800GTX+, 9800GTX, 9800GT, 9600GT, 8800GTS(G92), 8800GT, 8600, 8500, 8400, 7950GT, 7900, 7800, 7600, 7300, 6800, 6600 series
As an upgraded version of the renowned Accelero TWINTURBO, this multi-compatible cooler is equipped with dual 92mm PWM fans and 4 heatpipes to reinforce its cooling performance. In addition, its excellent acoustic design minimises noise production, offering a powerful yet quiet operation for gamers with different high-eng VGA cards.
- Unmatched cooling performance - 120 Watts
- Dual ultra quiet 92mm PWM fans with low noise impeller
- Excellent heat dissipation via 4 heatpipes
- RAM and voltage regulator cooling
- Pre-applied MX-2
- Multi-compatible with high-end VGA cards
Cooled by precise engineering
This superior cooler is the upgraded version of the reputable Accelero TWIN TURBO. Instead of using 80mm fans, the Accelero TWIN TURBO PRO features two 92mm PWM fans for more advanced heat dissipation. The unconventional 4-heatpipe architecture together with 35 fins achieve up to 120 watts cooling capacity. Also with a layer of the ARCTIC MX-2 thermal compound on the base, the Accelero TWIN TURBO PRO guarantees instant and efficient cooling at all time.
Using bigger fans does not mean the noise level will increase. The new fan blades of the Accelero TWIN TURBO PRO are designed for improving the laminar airflow. This new architecture reduces noise level to minimal, achieving a nearly inaudible operation
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 VGA performance review
Last week the long awaited sequel to Call of Duty Modern Warfare was released -- COD Modern Warfare 2 probably has been one of the biggest anticipated PC game titles this year. This is Guru3D.com we have a fetish for graphics cards and games, as such we took no less than twenty-three graphics configurations and put performance to the test.
Over the next few pages a word or two about the game, some image quality comparisons and obviously a nice lengthy VGA chart ranging from monitor resolution 1280x1024 up-to 2560x1600 measured with and with out AA.
Read the article here.
PowerColor Launches a Radeon PLAY! HD 5770
TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, today announces a new flavor to HD5700 series: PLAY! HD5770. PLAY! HD5770 features full digital output solution with Display Port / HDMI/ DVI onboard design; delivers an incredible visual performance at all resolutions. And with the support of ATI Eyefinity technology, PLAY! HD5770 can run up to three displays from one single card and give all gamers a surreal gaming experience.
PowerColor PLAY! HD5770 clocks at 850MHz core speed and 1200MHz of memory speed; with an ultra 92mm cooling fan, PLAY! HD5770 is able to increase air flow in low fan speed, yet still dissipates heat easily from the cooper base, which covers the GPU entirely. This cooler also reduces fan noise and enhances cooling ability to deliver the ultimate gaming performance in a low-noisy, and cool operating environment.
"PLAY! HD5770 supports all the latest technology including ATI Eyefinity, ATI stream and DirectX
Smallest 16GB USB Drive on the Planet
Active Media Products, manufacturer of SSDs and innovative USB drives, today announced the new Wink USB drive measuring merely 1.2 x 0.5 x 0.1 inches and tipping the scales at only 1/20 of an ounce. The Wink drive is available now in capacities from 2GB to 16GB.
Waterproof Wink Drive Measures only 1.2 inches Long and Weighs Less Than 1/20 Oz. Although its size is small, the Wink drive's storage capacity is great. The 16GB model holds up to 5,000 MP3 songs. The Wink drive is also quite rugged. The delicate electronics are encapsulated in a waterproof COB unit, which is in turn protected by a high-impact polymer outer shell. The outer case features an embossed wink face and an eye hole for an included keychain. According to Active Media Products VP of Sales, Jerry Thomson, "We designed the Wink drive to be extremely small, yet rugged and reliable." These new drives are Windows 7 and OS X compatible. All four capacities are available today through Amazon at prices starting at $7.95 to $38 USD for the 16 GB version.
NVIDIA ION Cube PC Mod
Bill Owens has a rather nice way of showing his support for NVIDIA, in the form of the award-winning NVIDIA ION Cube PC case mod, which as its name implies, is based on NVIDIA
AMD Phenom II surpasses 7GHz
The wonder processor that achieved this speed was the AMD Phenom II microprocessor. The IT enterprise made a video where it demonstrated its ability to rise as high as the aforementioned 7GHz. The wonder didn't stop at that, though, as overcloskers put all their effort, knowledge and skill into conquering the 7.1 GHz record by using the Phenom II X4 955 Black edition.
According to the CPU-Z validation database, the highest clock speed ever attained by that AMD Phenom II X4 is of 7.127GHz. Of course, the achievement wasn't possible through 'reasonable' means and, naturally, there is no way to achieve such a clock speed on a regular platform. The overclockers had to seriously modify the hardware and use extra resources, such as liquid nitrogen, and all the skills they could muster.
In the end, the overclockers were successful in their attempt to more than double the normal clock speed of the AMD Phenom II X4 955 chip (3.20GHz). The video was made earlier this year during the QuakeCon trade-show, an overclocking event held by Advanced Micro Devices in Austin.
There is a certain fact that could lead to further developments in this area. The processor in question was based on the C2 revision of the core. Since then, however, AMD introduced the C3 revision of the Deneb chip, which, allegedly, consumes less energy and has higher possibilities for overclocking. Considering the ingenuity of the record setters, we can easily assume that they wouldn't shrink from putting together yet another 'unorthodox' contraption that would again break the clock-spreed record.
Dude designs Pentium shoes
Oh yea .. talking about walking high end ;) Gabriel Dishaw created some shoes that are at the very leasty remarkable:
"This sculpture is part of a shoes series I'm currently working where I revisit some of my favorite classic sneakers silhouettes. With this piece I again tried to create a complete piece with both box and shoe notice some of the details, shoes lock down inside of box for easy portability, I also tied this piece around a theme,"Pentium", the name of Intel's chips. You will notice this repeated through out the shoes, and box"
Let's ask him if he has size Core i7 975 as well .. ;)
Dirt 2 DirectX11 PC version specs
Recommended Specifications: Enhanced for DirectX 11:
OS: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
Processor: Intel Core i7 or AMD Phenom II
HD Space: 10GB
Video Card: ATi Radeon HD 5700 Series
OS: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3.0Ghz or AMD Athlon 64 3400+
Memory: 1GB (2Gb for Windows Vista)
HD Space: 10GB
Video Card: ATI Radeon X1500 or NVIDIA GeForce 6800