A Decade Guru3D Contest 3 - The Dragon Challenge
The prize we are giving away with this contest is awesome, a complete AMD/ATI system. This prize is sponsored by AMD and tones.be, you will need to have a shipping addres in the Netherlands or Belgium in order to be able to participate.
That entails a complete gamers desktop system that includes: Phenom II X4 955, 790 series chipset motherboard, loaded up with 4GB DDR3 memory and Radeon HD 4890. A prize worth roughly 1250 EUR (!).
- Motherboard: MSI 790FX GD70
- CPU: AMD Phenom X4 955 3.2 GHz
- Scythe Mugen II CPU cooler
- Gpu: MSI R4890-T2D1G (880 core / 999 mem).
- Memory: Patriot 4GB DDR3 memory
- Samsung Spinpoint F1 640Gb HD
- 850 Watt Corsair PSU
- Gigabyte Poseidon 310 Chassis
- Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit registered (installed)
Find out what you need to do and what the rules and regulations are right here.
ASUS working on Dual GeForce GTX 285 with 4GB
Our colleagues over at techpowerup got the skinny on a new Dual-GTX 285 4 GB Graphics Card from ASUS! Though not very charming, i'll do a blunt copy/paste here, as this is a lot to cover, courtesy of Techpowerup !
ASUS has just designed a new monster graphics card that breaks the mold for reference design GeForce GTX 295, called the ASUS MARS 295 Limited Edition. The card, although retains the name "GeForce GTX 295", same device ID, and is compatible with existing NVIDIA drivers, has two huge innovations put in by ASUS, which go far beyond being yet another overclocked GeForce GTX 295: the company used two G200-350-B3 graphics processors, the same ones that make the GeForce GTX 285. The GPUs have all the 240 shader processors enabled, and also have the complete 512-bit GDDR3 memory interface enabled. This dual-PCB monstrosity holds 32 memory chips, and 4 GB of total memory (each GPU accesses 2 GB of it). Apart from these, each GPU system uses the same exact clock speeds as the GeForce GTX 285: 648/1476/2400 MHz (core/shader/memory).
Each PCB holds 16 memory chips, a 6-phase digital PWM power circuit, drawing auxiliary power from an 8-pin PCI-E power connector, the GeForce GTX 285-class GPU, and its companion NVIO2 processor. The PCB holding the PCI-Express bus interface, also holds the bridge chip. ASUS broke away with using the nForce 200 chip, and instead is using a yet to be disclosed third-party bridge chip. Currently, PLX and IDT are two likely sources for such a chip. The memory consists of high-density 0.77 ns memory chips made by Hynix.
The electrical-management on each PCB is care of a Volterra VRM controller, which supports the I2C interface, which means that the card supports software voltage control, perhaps a big plus for ASUS' Voltage Tweak feature that is gaining in popularity. Fused power circuit provides Over Current Protection while also facilitating extreme overclocking.
The cooler internally has the same basic construction as the reference cooler, it uses a single leaf-blower. The card spans across two expansion slots and is slightly higher than the reference design card. ASUS also used slightly longer internal bridges that make more room for third-party coolers, and the likes. Our source from ASUS EMEA conducted a quick 3DMark Vantage test proving the card's seamless compatibility with existing drivers, while also providing a significant boost in performance over existing GTX 295 cards. Being Quad-SLI capable, this card finally makes GeForce GTX 285 (effective) quad-SLI possible, and makes for the most powerful desktop multi-GPU setup ever conceived. ASUS designed this card despite pressure from NVIDIA enforcing its rigid policy of restricting its partners from custom-designing GeForce GTX 295. If everything goes smooth throughout the development process, the card might make it for a gala launch at Computex.
PowerColor launches AMD's ATI Radeon HD 4730
The card will land in stores on June 8th with a price tag of $79.99 whihc is not bad as the card lookes like a slower clocked Radeon HD 4770. The card's core will be clocked at 700MHz - down 50MHz from the Radeon HD 4770 - but its 512MB of GDDR5 memory will run quicker.
PowerColor claims an effective memory speed of 3,600MHz, 400MHz more than the Radeon HD 4770's 3,200MHz - and the number of stream processors remains unchanged at 640. Positioning wise, the Radeon HD 4730 looks a mid-range solution competing and replacing the Radeon HD 4830.
Single-PCB GeForce GTX 295 intricate Photos
New photo's of the GeForce GTX 295 single PCB have arrived. As it seems, there is not going to be a luanch for this product at all. NVIDIA is going to quietly replace the dual-PCB model with this new single PCB version. We'll review it once it is available of course.
The single-PCB GTX 295 features exactly the similar specs as the dual-PCB model - 2x448bit memory interface, 480 Processing Cores and 1792MB of GDDR3 memory, and GPU/shader/memory clocks of 576/1242/1998 MHz respectively. Expect no performance difference. Though it would be interesting to see what the price, thermals and power consumption will be like.
For now, and handfull of detailed photo's up-close and very personal:
NVIDIA To Host GPU Technology Conference
announced that its inaugural GPU Technology Conference will take place September 30 to October 2, 2009. The event will focus on how developers, engineers, and researchers are using the GPU to solve the world's most important computing challenges.
The conference will encompass three simultaneous events -- the Emerging Companies Summit, the GPU Developer Summit, and the NVIDIA Research Summit. Attendees will learn about the shifts occurring in computing, preview disruptive technologies, obtain tools and techniques that could impact mission-critical projects now, and network with experts and peers from across a broad range of fields.
"The GPU has quickly become one of the world's most important processors," stated Bill Dally, chief scientist at NVIDIA. "This event will bring together some of the brightest minds who will share the tools and techniques they used to leverage the enormous parallel processing power of the GPU."
The event will be held at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California. Its three events include:
Emerging Companies Summit
A unique event that provides start-ups that are basing their business around GPU computing with the opportunity to present their company to entrepreneurs and venture capitalists involved in the GPU computing ecosystem.
GPU Developer Summit
A 3-day series of technical presentations, tutorials and panels aimed at developers of consumer, professional and high performance computing applications looking to exploit more of the GPU's parallel processing power using industry-standard languages such as C/C++ and Fortran as well as APIs such as Direct3D, DirectX Compute, OpenCL and OpenGL.
NVIDIA Research Summit
A summit designed by researchers and academics for researchers and academics. Sessions are aimed at those using GPUs in science and engineering research who are keen to learn how GPU computing can increase computational power and reduce time-to-discovery.
Further detailed conference information, including keynotes, sessions, tutorials, roundtables, and call for submissions can be found here.
Serial ATA Organization makes SATA 3.0 Revision Official
The Serial ATA International Organization today, made the third-generation SATA interface official. The new interface provides a 6 Gbps high-speed serial data connection between the system and most of today's data storage devices such as hard drives, solid-state drives, optical drives, and enterprise tape drives. The interface also provides connectivity to external storage devices in its eSATA port variant. It is 100% backwards compatible with devices that support the SATA 150 MB/s and SATA II 300 MB/s standards.
The organization listed some of the standard's key enhancements, as follows:
- A new Native Command Queuing (NCQ) streaming command to enable isochronous data transfers for bandwidth-hungry audio and video applications
- An NCQ Management feature that helps optimize performance by enabling host processing and management of outstanding NCQ commands
- Improved power management capabilities.
- A small Low Insertion Force (LIF) connector for more compact 1.8-inch storage devices
- A connector designed to accommodate 7mm optical disk drives for thinner and lighter notebooks
- Alignment with the INCITS ATA8-ACS standard
Hardware manufacturers have already implemented draft versions of the standard in some of their newest storage controllers. As the year progresses, it is hoped that the standard finds its way to storage controller cards and motherboards.
Razer Launches Sphex Mousing Surface
Razer, the world's leading manufacturer of high-end precision gaming and lifestyle peripherals, today announced the release of the Razer Sphex, the first Gaming Grade Desktop Skin with a distinctive ultrathin form factor.
- Adhesive bottom to stick to any surface
- Midsized mouse mat suited for most gaming environments at 320mm by 230mm
- Extra thin to avoid any restrictions to your gaming experience
- Excellent tracking quality for both Laser and Optical mice
- COST: US: $14.99, Europe
ECS P55H-A for Core i5 pixelated
Alien Babel Tech also spotted the ECS P55H-A, an upcoming P55 motherboard for the Intel Core i5 processors.
The ECS P55H-A features dual x16 PCIe 2.0 supporting
Zalman ZM500-RS 500W PSU with 87% efficiency unveiled
A hot thing to sell these days are PSU's. One wonders what the amrgins are on these puppies. Anyway, Cooling specialist Zalman presented a new 500W power supply with an efficiency of up to 87 percent - the ZM500-RS. The unit has two +12V rails with a max output of 22A, it's cooled by a 120mm fan and should be available soon for around 92EUR.
The PSU has two 12V rails peaking at 22A, has everything from Over-Voltage to Over-Current, Short-Circuit, Under-Voltage, and Over-Temperature protection, and is equipped with a 120mm Hydro Bearing fan. The Zalman ZM500-RS has already started to appear in stores with a price tag of about 92 Euro.
Gelid debuts GC-2 thermal compound
Gelid has released a new thermal compound named GC-2, it replaces the company's GC-1 and will soon be available for 4.99EUR ($6.99).
Optimal heat conductivity and low thermal resistance make the
New Pirates of the Caribbean RPG Unveiled
Propaganda Games (the developers behind the recent Turok title) are teaming up with Disney to create Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned Unveiled, a new open world action-RPG based on the Pirates of the Caribbean license. The story takes place before the Pirates of the Caribbean movies with an original plot where players step into the shoes of a new pirate beset with all manner of nasty enemies.
Moral choices, character building, and a supernatural world await. Combat will be an actiony affair, while RPG mechanics will see the player leveling up over the course of the game. The ship-to-ship combat is said to be "vastly different than any other game," and economic systems are being considered. The game is in development for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. No release date yet [via ggmania].
Guru3D going green - Solar Power
Guru3D is ten years of age, and we felt we had to give back a little to the community. Next to all crazy contests we have organized we also wanted to do something in return, but in this case for the environment. As such last year we started a project called Guru3D going Green.
The project entailed us installing an array of solar PV panels, compensating and reducing most of the CO2 created by the Guru3D.com servers.
Definitely a nice little read to check out ...
You can find the article right here.
Gainward moving back to NVIDIA
It was merely a year ago when Gainward announced to jump ship from NVIDIA's exclusive ship and sell ATI cards as well. Rumors now state that Gainward soon will announce they'll go back to NVIDIA only, which is a interesting and peculiar move to say the least.
While Gainward released multiple cards like the Radeon 400 series it already was a little weird to see them not release a Radeon HD 4890 or 4770 card. It seems that several distributors already have been informed of this move and the company will announce it soon.
Patriot announces Corza NAS unit
Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash and computer technology, today announced the release of Corza, their network storage server for the home.
The Corza is a network attached storage device that gives the consumer the ability to turn their home computers into their own network. The Corza features the latest networking technology which allows users to stream digital media files, their favorite music and videos, pictures or important data; accessible from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
Corza's dual hot-swap design accommodates 2x2TB hard drives or up to 4TB total network storage with built in RAID 0, 1, and JBOD controller. Supporting 10/100/1000 gigabit Ethernet, consumers can stream up to 3HD quality movies simultaneously with perfect video and sound. The FTP support feature allows users to remotely share files with family and friends from anywhere there is an internet connection.
"Storage network devices, like the Corza, will be the next mainstream consumer product," says Saeed Arash Far, Patriot's Engineering Manager. "Much like the home computer or VCRs revolutionized the 1980's and 1990's, home networks are continuing to grow and expand. The typical home has multiple systems and users, Corza allows you to connect all those computers to one network. No longer will you have to use portable devices; such as, USBs or SD cards to transfer data from computer to computer. Store it all on your home network and access it from any computer on the internet."
MS Zune HD Announced Today
Microsoft announced the Zune HD today. The device is meant to compete with Apple
Intel previews Nehalem-EX Octal-Core Processor Architecture
Intel is on a marketing spree today as they held a press conference in which the company spoke about its next-generation server processor, currently code-named Nehalem-EX. As its name suggests, the Nehalem-EX is based on the Nehalem microarchitecture which debuted with Xeon 5500 and Core i7 series processors.
The Nehalem-EX series however, will be decidedly more high-end in terms of specifications and performance. Whereas current Xeon 5500 series processors feature four execution cores per CPU with support for up to eight threads through Intel
A-DATA shows off new XPG memory modules at Computex
As the success of presenting the leading XPG Xtreme series DDR3-2133X v2.0 DRAM module in the industry at CeBIT 2009, A-DATA presenting its XPG Plus Series v2.0 and Gaming Series v2.0 DRAM module with superior thermal conductive technology and characteristics heat sink design at Computex 2009.
Adopting new dual cooper heat pipe design, the XPG Plus Series v2.0 DRAM module offers offload heat with extreme efficiency to ensure superior stability and performance. Each memory chip is direct contact with a thermo-conductive copper heat pipe to perform heat away from the memory components, and dissipates it through the aluminum fin array. The XPG Gaming Series v2.0 DRAM module adopts additional surface area of heat sink to provide effective heat dissipation via effective heat sink design.
Moreover, both XPG Plus Series v2.0 and XPG Gaming Series v2.0 DRAM module come with doubling amount of copper of PCB (printed circuit board) to delivering low temperature and better power efficiency from critical areas of the DRAM module [via tpu].
The Best Selling PC Games
We have a new NPD chart for you, with the best sellling PC games in the USA for the week ending May 16th.
NPD's Top Ten (5/10 - 5/16)
1. World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $39
2. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis / $20
3. Empire: Total War / Creative Assembly / $33
4. World Of Warcraft Battle Chest / Blizzard / $35
5. Left 4 Dead / Valve / $29
6. Spore / EA Maxis / $40
7. World Of Warcraft / Blizzard / $20
8. Fallout Trilogy (Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics) / Interplay / $20
9. Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $42
10. The Sims 2 Apartment Life Exp. Pack / EA Maxis / $20
Direct2Drive's Top Ten (5/10 - 5/16)
1. Mount & Blade / TaleWorlds
2. Sacred 2: Fallen Angel / cdv Software Entertainment USA
3. Battlestations: Pacific - Eidos Interactive
4. Civilization IV: The Complete Edition / Firaxis Games
5. Civilization IV / Firaxis Games
6. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe - Electronic Arts
7. Mass Effect / BioWare
8. Neverwinter Nights 2: Mysteries of Westgate / Ossian Studios
9. Fallout 3 / Bethesda
10. Elven Legacy / Paradox Interactive