Radeon HD 5870 CrossfireX Performance Review
As the dust settles from yesterdays Radeon series 5800 graphics cards release today we'll look into Radeon HD 5870 CrossfireX performance and scaling in a dedicated article covering a large benchmark test suite.
The fun thing about this article will be the fact that it will almost EXACTLY tell us the performance of the upcoming Radeon HD 5870 X2 as well, which is one of the most anticipated cards by Guru3D aficionado's, oh dude come on admit it. Let's head on over to the article where we'll tell a little about Multi-GPU gaming, and then directly without any technical stuff dive into performance.
You can find this article right here.
GPU-Z 0.3.5 released
Our colleagues from TPU released a new versuin of GPU-Z. GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
A new update on GPU-Z is out and it supports the latest catalyst & latest forceware drivers. Here is the list of changes :
- ATI Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress) fully supported (includes voltage monitoring)
- Added or improved support for
NVIDIAFX5500, 9400 GT, G73, GTS 240, GT 140, FX 1800, GT 120 (Apple), FX 380, FX 350, GTX 295 Single PCB, Quadro CX, FX 5800, FX 4800, FX 3800, GTX 180M, GTX 260M, FX 2700M, G 110M, GT 120M, GT 220M, FX 1700M, G 105M, MCP79MX
- Added or improved support for ATI HD 4730, HD 4650 AGP, M92, M96, M98
- Added clock reading for Intel i910, i915, i945, 946
- Added support for DDR3 detection on G9x
- Added monitoring support for RV7xx based mobile chips
- Voltage controller "slaves" are now called "phases"
- Added Intel Havendale detection
- Fixed BIOS parsing on some newer HD 4870 cards
- Added voltage monitoring support for MSI N275GTX Lightning
Download : click here
HiS Radeon HD 5850 and 5870
Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 Vapor-X
Sapphire is prepping a Sapphire HD 5870 Vapor-X graphics cards. This picture shows the cooler fitted on the AMD reference PCB. Looks cool, and we just love Vapor-X coolers, we hope its real good.
Intel Larrabee Larrabee demo Surfaces
Running an actual pre-production Larrabee graphics card Sean Maloney treated press on a single demo - a motionless camera looking over a shipwrecked boat with pretty water effects and the odd helicopter flying overhead.
This video is from IDF 2009 demonstrating real-time ray tracing on the Larrabee. Let's hope intel has a little more to show next year than just this.
Batman: Arkham Asylum PhysX Patch
AMD GPU Clock Tool v0.9.26.0 For HD 5870
For this interested until we can safely release Rivatuner 2.25, here is the Overclocking and Monitoring Tool from AMD lets you overclock the HD 5870, also you can change the voltages and monitor sensors.
[0.9.25.1] July 17, 2009
- test build - disable device ID check on VBIOS images obtained via ATRM method
[0.9.25.2] July 21, 2009
- test build - Cypress/Juniper thermal sensors
[0.9.26] July 23, 2009
- release build with Cypress/Juniper support
NVIDIA Forceware 191.00 WHQL released
You can now download NVIDIA ForceWare 191.00 for Windows XP, 7 and Vista :
New in Release 191.00:
- Adds support for OpenGL 3.1
- Adds support for CUDA 2.3 for improved performance in GPU Computing applications. See CUDA for more details.
- Includes several new control panel features. Accelerates performance in workstation applications.
- Workstation application compatibility fixes. Please read the release notes for more information on product support, feature limitations, driver fixes and known compatibility issues.
- Supports NVIDAI SLI technology (two-way SLI) for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboard based system from select OEMs.
- Includes full support for OpenGL 3.1.
- Added support for DDC-Ci/MCCS over the DisplayPort AUX channel.
- Added 10-bits per color (10bpc) DisplayPort support for full-screen applications on supported products.
Intel shows 22nm wafer at IDF
Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini displayed a silicon wafer containing the worlds first working chips built on 22nm process technology at IDF, San Francisco yesterday. The 22nm test circuits include both SRAM memory as well as logic circuits to be used in future Intel microprocessors.
"At Intel, Moores Law is alive and thriving," said Otellini. "Weve begun production of the worlds first 32nm microprocessor, which is also the first high-performance processor to integrate graphics with the CPU. At the same time, were already moving ahead with development of our 22nm manufacturing technology and have built working chips that will pave the way for production of still more powerful and more capable processors."
The 22nm wafer displayed by Otellini is made up of individual die containing 364 million bits of SRAM memory and has more than 2.9 billion transistors packed into an area the size of a fingernail. The chips contain the smallest SRAM cell used in working circuits ever reported at .092 square microns. The devices rely on a third-generation high-k metal gate transistor technology for improved performance and lower leakage power.
By continuing to lead in manufacturing technology Intel is able to innovate and integrate new features and functions into its processors. Intels 32nm process is now certified and Westmere processor wafers are moving through the factory in support of planned fourth quarter revenue production. Following the move to 32nm Intel will subsequently introduce Sandy Bridge, Intels next new microarchitecture. Sandy Bridge will feature a sixth generation graphics core on the same die as the processor core and includes AVX instructions for floating point, media, and processor intensive software.
By continuing to drive the pace of innovation Intel is addressing the needs of entirely new market segments including netbooks, handhelds, consumer electronics and embedded applications. "Intel Core and Atom-based processors have generated unprecedented excitement and opportunities in our key growth areas," Otellini said. "To build on this momentum, were working on ways to create a seamless Internet experience for people across all their computing devices. Today were announcing a program to encourage development of software applications that can be written once, but run on Windows and Moblin devices ?expanding their reach to more devices and consumers."
The Intel Atom Developer Program provides a framework for independent software vendors (ISVs) and software developers to create and sell applications for netbooks and other Intel
Zalman debuts ZM-RC1000 memory cooler
I think we already showcased these at Computex when they where in development, but Zalman has introduced the ZM-RC1000, the company's first memory cooler. Two colors are available, titanium and blue. The cooler dimentions are 66 (L) x 155 (W) x 70 (H) mm.
You'll spot 60mm ball bearing @ 2700 RPM with a low noise output of around 25dBA. These little memory coolers are delivered in a tool-free design for easy installation.
The cooler already seems to be shipping in Europe for around 16 EUR.
ASUS HP-100U Dolby home theater headphone
ASUS introduced the HP-100U, a new headphone set that aims to deliver a personal Dolby home theater experience to PC and Mac systems. ASUS, the leader in computer-based Hi-Fi solutions and acclaimed producer of CES award-winning Xonar audio products, today launched its innovative HP-100U personal Dolby home theater set. Comprising a gorgeous, lab-tuned pair of headphones, a Xonar U1 external audio device and a high quality array microphone, the HP-100U is the total audio solution for discerning listeners who brook no compromise when it comes to PC or Mac audio.
Outstanding Home Theater Sound
The HP-100U comes with the lauded Xonar U1, a uniquely-styled external audio device that harnesses the power of four major Dolby technologies to deliver high fidelity, interference-free PC audio. Furthermore, it supports DirectSound, EAX 2.0 and Open AL acceleration for the best audio experience in Windows Vista
AMD confirms six-core desktop CPU
We already mentioned in our Phenom II X4 965 that the next logical step for AMD is to intro six-core processors. It is now confirmed that the company will indeed release six-core desktop processors next year, the processor will be backwards compatible with existing AM3 and AM2+ motherboards.
AMD's chip is codenamed Thuban and will feature all six cores on single 45nm die. Thuban will feature an integrated DDR3 controller. The company didn't confirm branding but the chip is expected to be labeled as the Phenom II X6. The chip is derivative of the six-core Opteron chip which made its earlier this summer.
Extrapolating from the hexa-core Opteron, Thuban is likely to be a 346mm2 chip and have a massive 904 million transistors. As a comparison, Intel's Core i7-975 Extreme Editions have 731 million transistors on a 262mm2 die, the Core i5-750 has 774 million transistors with 296mm2 die and the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 758 million transistors on a 258mm2 die.
The chip is expected to have 3MB of L2 and 6MB of L3 cache. The company did not specific initial clock speeds but they are not expected to be as high as the quad-core parts. That's likely due to added thermal output from the two additional cores.
Thuban is not due until sometime next year and is unlikely to beat Intel's Gulftown to stores shelves. Intel's Gulftown, likely to be called Core i9, when it is released, will slip into existing LGA1366 boards and will offer 12-threads to the OS with six of those coming from cores, and the other six from HyperThreading.
nVIDIA PhysX System Software 9.09.0914
NVIDIA issued a new batch of PhysX drivers. It contains updated .dlls for SDK 2.8.1 and runtimes for new SDK 2.8.3. Another feature
ATI Radeon HD 5870 review
Hey everybody, that's right .. it's time for the article you've all been waiting on. Today ATI will launch their series 5800 graphics cards, the Radeon HD 5850 and 5870. Our twenty-seven page article today will cover all the ins and outs of this new DirectX 11 class graphics card series.
In the upcoming weeks we'll show you CrossfireX performance, a dedicated Eyefinity article, a dedicated Radeon HD 5850 article, but today we start off with a nice overview in technology, architecture and we'll dive deep into the Radeon HD 5870 1024MB.
Ladies and gents, meet the Radeon HD 5870, the fastest single-GPU based graphics card in the world. You can read our full article right here.
FCC Proposes Net Neutrality Rules
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski officially proposed a set of net neutrality rules, saying: "I am convinced that there are few goals more essential in the communications landscape than preserving and maintaining an open and robust Internet. I also know that achieving this goal will take an approach that is smart about technology, smart about markets, smart about law and policy, and smart about the lessons of history."
While some Internet service providers in the USA started filtering the traffic that went through their network by deliberately slowing certain content or applications down, Genachowski proposed "that the FCC adopt the existing principles as Commission rules, along with two additional principles that reflect the evolution of the Internet and that are essential to ensuring its continued openness."
Those two additional principles are:
"The fifth principle is one of non-discrimination -- stating that broadband providers cannot discriminate against particular Internet content or applications."
"The sixth principle is a transparency principle -- stating that providers of broadband Internet access must be transparent about their network management practices."
Rambus and Kingston Collaborate for Threaded Memory Module
Kingston and Rambus announced in a press release that they built a partnership in order to work on a "threaded module prototype using DDR3 DRAM technology."
Initial benchmark results "show an improvement in data throughput of up to 50 percent, while reducing power consumption by 20 percent compared to conventional modules."
"As multi-core computing becomes pervasive, DRAM memory subsystems will be severely challenged to deliver the data throughput required," said Craig Hampel, Rambus Fellow. "Our innovative module threading technology employs parallelism to deliver the higher memory bandwidth needed for multi-core systems while reducing overall power consumption."
"Threaded memory module technology is implemented utilizing industry-standard DDR3 devices and a conventional module infrastructure. It is capable of providing greater power efficiency for computing systems by partitioning modules into multiple independent channels that share a common command/address port. Threaded modules can support 64-byte memory transfers at full bus utilization, resulting in efficiency gains of up to 50 percent when compared to current DDR3 memory modules. In addition, DRAMs in threaded modules are activated half as often as in conventional modules, resulting in a 20 percent reduction in overall module power."
Rambus is going to showcase this prototype at the Intel Developer Forum, September 22
First USB 3.0 Product Gets Certified
NEC's xHCI host controller officially made it to the market as the first USB 3.0 certified product, as was reported by engadget.
Certainly not the most exciting product, I agree, but nevertheless an interesting sign as this means others are likely to follow soon now. Maybe even before this year's holiday shopping season.
"Jeff Ravencraft, president and chairman of the USB-IF, noted that a smattering of companies would be showcasing USB 3.0 gear at upcoming trade shows, with a Buffalo external hard drive, an ExpressCard-to-USB 3.0 adapter and even a full-on laptop with a functioning USB 3.0 port making a stop at IDF later this week."
Interestingly enough, he also mentioned that "USB 3.0 cables will be physically different inside. In other words, a USB 2.0 cable cannot carry data at USB 3.0 speeds, end of story. To enjoy USB 3.0, you'll need a USB 3.0 receptor port, a USB 3.0 cable and a USB 3.0 product; if you swap any of those pieces with USB 2.0, everything slows to USB 2.0 rates."
Silicon Power M10 External SSD review
A little while ago Silicon power released the so called M10 series SSD drive, which in fact is an SSD series that can be used externally, thus outside your PC as it comes with a Mini USB connector and special design casing.
As such Silicon power submitted the 64GB model for review, and though the product is not targeted at a high-end market performance but leans more towards a portable mobile market .. this little drive could definitely be interesting for a lot of you guys, but let's check out its performance first shall we ?
Check out the review right here.