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
Google Apps finally out of beta
Google on Tuesday announced that its widely used applications and services are now out of the Beta phase, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk in both enterprise and consumer guises. The software giant does defend its decision to keep the beta versions of its apps around for so long, saying it differs from the traditional definition of beta as its Google Apps have service level agreements, 24/7 support and standards that meet or exceed non-beta software. Software tagged beta traditionally represents an unfinished product that is still being tested for bugs.
Gmail has carried its beta tag for over five years, but remained virtually trouble-free during this period. Google points out more than 1.75 million companies, itself included, use Google Apps to run their operations.
Even though the beta logos will be removed today, Google claims it will continue to develop the applications. Users will still have the option in Gmail's Labs tab in Settings to place the beta label and general look back into the Gmail interface.
At the same time, Google announced new Google Apps feature for large enterprises that include mail delegation, mail retention and enhancements to Apps reliability.
Seagate SSDs slated for later this year
Rumors surfaced from Seagate that their enterprise solid state disks have not been delayed until 2011, as a Investment Bank Pacific Crest Securities analyst claimed last week. The HDD firm says their first SSDs will arrive later this year:
Seagate was quick to respond with the following statement.
Sega Toys debuts improved fake cat
Sega Toys will release the Dream Cat Venus by the end of the month in Japan, this is a toy cat with sensors in its body so that it can react when petted. Pricing in Japan is about the equivalent of $110.
Dream Cat Venus -- as this one's been dubbed -- has sensors in its forehead, and touch sensors in its body so that it can react when petted. Apparently more lifelike than previous version Smile, Venus also purrs when certain words are spoken. Sega Toys says this is the right choice for those who just don't have the time for a real pet.
Seriously, just get a fricking real cat ! Saves the kids from having nightmares as well.
Trailer - Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
Chrome Engine 4 demonstration movie (graphics engine)
Guys, definitely download this movie I posted in the download section. Techland send us the the first part of the demonstration movie for their 3D game engine - Chrome Engine 4 called
Wi-Fi Baseball Cap
Own a netbook and want to look like a complete dork ? Well, with Wi-Fi hotspots being so popular these days, you might want to pick up this $21 Wi-Fi Detecting Baseball Cap which comes with a green glowing signal strength indicator that will dynamically display the current Wi-Fi signal strength. Powered by two CR2032 batteries, you might as well pair this up with a Wi-Fi detecting t-shirt alongside a Wi-Fi enabled cellphone to make sure you've got all your bases covered.
Okay okay I admit .. it's a little cool.
Synology DS409 slim 4-Bay NAS
Synology launched the new 2.5" 4-bay Disk Station DS409slim, a highly anticipated addition to the 09 series product line that brings lower power consumption, virtually quiet operations and an extremely small footprint both physically and financially while providing the same reliable data sharing and backup solution that Synology is well known for.
The DS409slim is equipped with a 1.2 GHz CPU, 128MB DDRII RAM, one Gigabit LAN port, two USB2.0 ports and one eSATA port. The snap-in disk tray requires minimal effort to install and replace disks. Supporting up to 2 TB with the combination of four 2.5" SATA or SSD hard drives of 500GB which is the largest capacity on the market, it remains stylish and compact (120 x 105 x 142 mm).
The adoption of 2.5" hard drives helps to increase shock tolerance and MTBF and reduce power consumption. The DS409slim consumes only 19 watts under normal operation with four hard drives installed. The smart fan design keeps the DS409slim's fan off under normal operations and brings quiet operation.
"The DS409slim fulfills of the desire to be eco-friendly while enjoying a quiet and reliable NAS server with rich business and multimedia applications," said by Edward Lin, marketing director of Synology. The Disk Station Manager 2.1 firmware supports Windows ADS integration, cross platform data sharing, RAID data protection and several backup alternatives. As for multimedia applications, Download Station 2 functions as a 24x7 BitTorrent, FTP, HTTP, eMule and NZB download center. Audio Station supports music, Internet radio stations, and iPod playback with connected USB speakers. UPnP support allows users to stream multimedia files with an UPnP DMA on a stereo system or a TV-set. Sony PS3 and Microsoft Xbox360 are also supported.
Synology will release the beta version of Disk Station Manager 2.2 in July 2009 and the official version in September 2009, further catering users' desire for hassle-free digital content sharing and storage. The new DLNA compliant Media Server ensures interoperability between DS409slim and various DLNA certified CE, PC and mobile devices. The iPhone support allows users to upload photos to DS409slim or to browse photos stored on DS049slim with iPhone/iPod Touch. Streaming music stored on DS409slim with iPhone/iPod Touch is also supported. The DSM 2.2 firmware, with many more to discover, will be free for download on Synology's official website. The DS409slim is now shipping.
ASUS ROG Crosshair III Formula motherboard for Phenom II CPUs
It's been announced finally. We mentioned this motherboard a couple of times already, buit here we go:
The ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) Crosshair III Formula uses the AMD AM3 socket platform, together with CPU Level Up real-time overclocking and bundling a SupremeFX X-Fi sound card.
The Crosshair III Formula also includes ASUS
Intel Lynnfield (i5) and Clarksfield launch lineup revealed
More details about Intel's Lynnfield and Clarksfield launch lineup surfaced. There are claims the first three Core i7/i5 Lynnfield desktop processors will feature clockspeeds of 2.66GHz, 2.8GHz and 2.93GHz, with Turbo Boost modes of 3.2GHz, 3.46GHz and 3.6GHz, respectively. These quad-core LGA1156 chips will have a TDP of 95W, the launch is slated for the second week of September.
The mobile quad-core Clarksfield processor is expected by the end of September or late October, if I correctly interpreted the Chinese text. There will be two Core i7 branded processors and one Core i7 Extreme Edition model. The latter one has a 2GHz clockspeed with 3.2GHz Turbo Boost mode, while the other chips are clocked at 1.6GHz and 2.8GHz, with 2.8GHz and 3.06GHz Turbo Boost modes. All three chips have 8MB L3 cache but the TDP is on the high side. The Core i7 models have a TDP of 45W while the Core i7 Extreme Edition is a 55W hot powerhouse.
DiRT 2 PC delayed to December gets DX11
According to the press release, this move will allow the PC port to support the new graphical features of DirectX11 such as 'hardware tessellation, multi-threading and Shader Model 5.0.' AMD will be supporting Codemasters by providing their input on 'software engineering expertise in DirectX 11 technologies such as tessellation and shader modelling.'
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky Patch v1.5.10
Following the release of the Russian version of the patch last week, the international version is now available for both retail and digitally distributed versions of the game. The patch fixes some critical bug renders, Alt + Tab problem with no other Windows applications running, bug with different CD-keys registered and improves anti-cheating system.
This patch is backward compatible with all updates between versions 1.5.04 and 1.5.09. This means you will be able to play all of your saved games with patch 1.5.10.
Powercolor Radeon HD 4890 PCS+ review
Today we test a graphics card from the chaps of PowerColor, they launched their Radeon HD 4890 PCS+ , a card with custom cooling, a lot of copper .. and it comes pre-overclocked at 950 MHz with a 4200 MHz memory frequency.
This very product can be spotted at roughly 239~249 USD, and for the EU you can expect something in the 210~225 EUR price range. That definitely is a little higher than the 'regular' model of the card, but remember what you receive in return for that; a custom cooler and more performance. That sounds definitely sexy doesn't it ?
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
NVIDIA ForceWare 186.24 driver XP,Vista and Win 7
There's a new NVIDIA GeForce driver out on the loose and it's in fact 186.24. The driver is available for Windows Vista and Windows 7 64-bit.
Very little is known about this driver but it does support most GeForce graphcis cards and also entail a new set of 3D Stereo drivers.
These drivers are to be considered very 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.
NZXT M59 case gets pixelized
Photos of the upcoming NZXT M59 surfaced on the web, this is a rather unique looking steel case with a full black interior. There's enough room for four 5.25" devices, two 3.5" bays and a HDD cage that supports five HDDs. One of the special features is that the HDD frame can now hold 2.5" HDDs or SSDs as well, and enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that there's a cutout in the area of the CPU socket so you can swap CPU coolers without having to remove the motherboard.
The NZXT M59 is expected to be available by the end of this month for around 60 EUR.
The M59 is shipped with two 120 millimeter fans in the rear and in the side panel. The latter one also offers a window, which isn't completely clear but is made of plexiglass with a slightly black tinting. The rear fan does not offer lighting effects, but the side fan is equipped with blue LEDs. Additional fans can be installed in the lid (2x 140 mm) and the front.
The NZXT M59 is expected to be available by the end of this month for around 60 EUR.
Inno3D iChill GeForce GTS 250 1 GB
Inno3D has their iChiull line for enthusiasts and gamers who want top-notch performance and quieter cooling options. One of the ways the company does this is by incorporating aftermarket coolers from the likes of Arctic Cooling, Zalman and Zerotherm. Such is the case with the iChill GeForce GTS 250 that uses an Arctic Cooling Twin Turbo Pro cooler to provide excellent cooling at reduced sound levels.
The new iChill card has a G92 GPU clocked at 738 MHz, and 1 GB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 2300 MHz.
It comes with twin 92mm low-noise fans on the four-heatpipe cooler which offers over 80 percent greater cooling surface area when compared to the stock cooler. The advanced cooling solution on the iChill Accelero brings down temperatures 23C and reduces noise levels from 3.4 Sone to 0.4 Sone.
The reduced temperatures also results in more stable performance and give you more headroom when overclocking the card.
A decade Guru3D photo contest winners
The primary photo contest from a Decade Guru3D.com celebration finished just over a week ago. In total we received roughly 250 Guru3D themed photo's. And boy, did we have a hard time sifting through them and actually picking winners.
From the 135 photo's you guys have been able to see here, we made a cut to 15 photo's we figured could end up as finalist. The 15 photo's have been submitted through a panel of judges and today we are showing the top 15 selection of photo's with the five prize winners.
Go check them out, they are awesome. Click here.
A-DATA C903 swivel USB flash drive
A-DATA introduced the C903, a new USB drive with a swiveling metallic casing. Little details are available though, the capacity is up to 32GB but transfer speeds are unknown.
Unlike conventional swivel-designed USB flash drives, the unique asymmetric outer casing of C903 protects the USB connector and serves as a lock mechanism to prevent the connector from sticking out due to constant turning and wearing. The same design also enables users to turn and store the USB connector properly in place with much of an ease.
The glossy, metallic casing gives C903 an elegant look, making it an eye-catching fashion accessory when strapped to cellphones, bags or key chains. With capacity up to 32GB and two vivid colors to choose from, A-DATA C903 USB Flash Drive provides an ideal solution for carrying and transferring a large amount of data in style.
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Intel quad-core Sandy Bridge taped out
The folks from Canard PC have published some new information about Intel's upcoming 32nm Sandy Bridge architecture. This new CPU is expected in Q1 2011 and according to the site the A0 stepping was taped out in the 23rd week of this year. The site reveals the mainstream quad-core Sandy Bridge chip will have four cores with 256KB L2 cache and initial estimates for clock speeds range from 2.8GHz to 3.4GHz, with a Turbo mode that should take one core to clock speeds of 3.8GHz to 4GHz. Sandy Bridge will have a 32nm integrated graphics core (1.0GHz to 1.4GHz) that is connected to the L3 cache, integrated dual-channel DDR3-1600 memory controller and the Sandy Bridge System Agent (Northbridge) that offers PCIe 2.0, DMI and PCU. It also features HyperTreading, AVX Ext instruction set, 256-bit vectors, 4 operands, AEX instructions, unrestricted VMX, shared 8MB L3 cache.
According to the site, the new integrated graphics core of Intel's Sandy Bridge should be able to compete with 2011 entry-level graphics cards from ATI and NVIDIA, although that seems quite optimistic. The quad-core Sandy Bridge has a 85W TDP and measures around 225mm