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
Toshiba Stainless Steel LCD HDTV for the kitchen
It's kinda cool, not just even for the kitchen. Toshiba announced a brand new LCD HDTV today called the 19LV612U, which is a part of their new Stainless Steel series, which is a new line meant to stand up to the tough conditions a kitchen environment can impose.
This new model measures in at 18.5-inches and sports a 720p resolution with a built-in DVD player. Also included is a TV tuner that supports ATSC, NTSC and QAM. Likewise, the DVD player supports numerous formats including MP3, WMA and DiVX.
Inputs include VGA and HDMI. Other specs are a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, a 5ms response time, a 170-degree horizontal and 160-degree vertical viewing angle and 300cd/m2 brightness. You can get the 19LV612U starting in September for about $350.
European Windows 7 to include rival browsers
Microsoft hopes to settle the European Commission's antitrust case over unfair web browser bundling by promising to give users a choice of web browsers when Windows 7 ships in October. The proposal mimics the EC's solution and would provide a "ballot" that lets first-time users choose from one of multiple browsers, all of which would be pre-loaded in Windows. As before, users could also download other browsers and set them as the default.
Which browsers would be included weren't divulged, but Internet Explorer will be one of the options and major competitors like Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari are unofficially the most likely candidates.
Commission officials said the potential settlement was the result of discussions with Microsoft and that the negotiations also involved talk of improving interoperability between third-party apps and Windows in a separate case.
The proposal is an abrupt turnaround for Microsoft from its initial solution to accusations of abusing its monopoly to shut out rival web browsers. It had initially said it would leave out all browsers but was quickly shot down. European regulators claimed the idea didn't go far enough and would give those buying Windows detached from a PC little choice but to look for a physical copy or a more difficult way of downloading their choices of browsers.
In its news of the proposal, the EC didn't say whether it was content with the solution but said it would review the suggestion to see whether it will be effective.
Realtek HD Audio 2.29 Driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP and Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
GeForce ForceWare 190.40 Win 7 | Vista | XP
There's a new NVIDIA GeForce driver out on the loose. The driver is available for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 32/64-bit.
Very little is known about this driver but it does support most GeForce graphics cards and also entail a new set of 3D Stereo drivers.
These drivers are to be considered beta and thus treated as such. You install them at your own risk, don't complain to us or NVIDIA if they do not work out for you. We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
Command & Conquer 4 Debut Trailer
On August 31, 1995 Westwood Studios released the first installment of Command & Conquer - Tiberian Dawn. Now, 14 years later it seems as if EA, current developer of the series, is bringing the Tiberium saga to an end with the release of Command & Conquer 4 in 2010.
Today, a first trailer was released:
RV870 Delayed to November
Well at least that's the rumor right now. AMDs 40nm fabrication based RV870 DX11 class flagship ASIC developped under familiyname Evergreen (proper codename is actually Cypress = R870) was to hit retail in October, but rumors are now surfacing that the launch will be delayed to November.
Much like the Radeon HD 4770 TSMC
NVIDIAs GT230 Debuts in December
Earlier this month NVIDIA announced the GeForce GT220/G210 OEM edition graphics cards which are entry-level segment judging by the specs (GT220 with 24 stream processors clocked at 1425MHz, while the graphics core operates at 600MHz) and (GT220 ships with 48 shader processors clocked at 1373MHz and 625MHz graphics core clock).
Information however learns that NVIDIA is now working on a product called GT230 based on 40nm fabrocation technology. The ASIC name indicates a mainstream product, GT230 is said to feature GDDR5/GDDR3 memory, and the number of stream processors is yet unknown..
Intel 32nm Clarkdale shopws good overclocking perf
It seems that Intel designed the sample in question to run at 3.07GHz with its two cores, four threads, 256KB of L2 cache per core, and 4MB of shared L3 cache.
Coolaler's reached an okay 4GHz with 0.832V of juice. Presumably, the processor's Turbo-Boost functionality could push individual cores even higher in certain applications, too.
The CPU is supposed to have the same LGA1156 package as upcoming 45nm Lynnfields, but the layout of the bottom capacitors looks consistent with the dual-chip design Intel showed a while back
Sony offers three new Blu-ray players
It can also hold DVDs and CDs, if you
iBuyPower Harmony Sound Reduction System
It works by lining the walls of the case with acoustic dampening material. This prevents sound from escaping and reduces case rattle and vibration. You can add the H-SRS tech to any iBUYPOWER system from now on for $49 or $89 with White Lightning LED-lit fans.
Seriously, what a rip-off.
Razer notebook gaming mouse and mousepad
Razer introduced two new products today, the Orochi notebook gaming mouse and the Kabuto gaming mousepad. The Razer Orochi is a 4000DPI 3G laser sensor mouse with Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity. It has an ambidextrous design with a detachable three foot braided cord, 7 fully programmable buttons, and Razer Synapse onboard memory. It's powered by two AA batteries, which should resulst in a battery life of 1-3 months under normal usage. It will be available worldwide in late September for $79.99 (79.99EUR).
The Razer Orochi is the world
Canon 5D Mark II HD video footage
AMD Quietly Intros 95W Phenom II X4 945
Hah .. nobody hardly noticed this. AMD really quietly released another processor.
The name might sound familiar, but the TDP if this Phenom II X4 945 quad-core processor is much lower. The processor SKU code is "HDX945WFK4DGI" and this Phenom II X4 945 comes with a 95W TDP (peak wattage), the normal version is 125W.
The processor is of course based on the 45 nm Deneb core, in the AM3 package, the Phenom II X4 945 has an operating frequency of 3.00 GHz, 3.6 GT/s HyperTransport 3.0 system interface, 512 KB L2 cache per core, and a 6 MB shared L3 cache. It supports DDR2 and DDR3 memory standards.
This however is not a BE edition, and has the bus multiplier locked at a maximum of 15.0x. Andf yes, that will hinder overclocking. The suggested retail price is US $225.
AMD inserts two processors Athlon II X2 245 and 240
AMD inserted another two budget (less than $67) USD processors today, the Athlon II X2 245 and 240. These products are positioned below the AMD Athlon II X2 250 processor that was launched earlier last month, and continue to add great performance at a solid price with AMD
Corsair H50 CPU cooler review
The collaboration of Asetek and Corsair resulted in a product called the Hydro Series H50, a liquid CPU cooler. A simple to install all-in-one kit that has good looks, decent performance, is not noisy... and remains affordable.
This kit is 100% enclosed, doing away with the need for refilling or messy coolants being a danger to your computer's internal parts. And overall the price versus performance, is just really good.
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
ATI Catalyst 9.7 download for Windows Vista and 7 available
ATI released a new driver for Windows 7 and Vista today, available in 32- adn 64-bit flavors.
Crysis performance at very high quality preset increases by up to 8% on Radeon HD 4800 series
Lost Planet Colonies - performance increases by 7-11% when 8x Anti-Aliasing is used on the HD 4800 series products
Introduces support for the ATI Video converter under Windows 7 32-bit and Windows 7 64-bit
A newly designed Desktops & Displays Manager
Added support for new OpenGL extensions: EXT_provoking_vertex and EXT_vertex_array_bgra
LG shows THX-certified LH90 TV with LED backlighting
LG on Wednesday introduced the LH90 series of 1080p LCD HDTVs featuring LED backlighting and THX Display Certification. Each TV supports contrast rations up to 2,000,000:1, while TruMotion technology converts the refresh rate to 240Hz. The integrated THX Movie Mode is designed to optimize the color, black levels and signal processing.
LG claims the LH90 series meets Energy Star 3.0 specifications, while a light sensor can automatically adjust the backlight settings to fit the ambient light levels in a room. A picture wizard enables further calibration, with on-screen reference points for elements such as black level, color, tint and sharpness.
The LH90 series includes a 42-inch screen for $1,900, a 47-inch variant for $2,400 and a 55-inch model for $3,200.
Microsoft releases Windows 7 RTM to developers
Microsoft on Wednesday announced the availability of release to manufacturing (RTM) versions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The operating system has completed all of the initial development steps, while the RTM will give the company a chance to run validation checks, including languages, before it is provided to the public.
The Windows 7 RTM will also be provided to partners, enabling creation of third-party software to be launched alongside the OS launch. Additional information for developers is available directly from the company.
The software is scheduled to ship to the public on October 22nd. Microsoft earlier this week confirmed the existence of a family pack that includes three licenses for the Home Premium edition.
BTW the familiy pack is only available in some selected countries, here in the Netherlands for example .. we won't get that option, rediculous.