Afterburner 1.6.0 Beta 2
We're happy to announce that we started MSI's Afterburner 1.6.2 Beta process, in this version we have early support of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470/480 along with other many exciting features.
A few important notes on initial GTX 400 series support.
- Manually selected screenshot folder path is saved properly now
- Screen capture and On-Screen Display hotkey events are now being processed via direct connection to the On-Screen Display server instead of command line. Due to this change Screen capture and On-Screen Display visibility control hotkeys are being processed faster now
- Updated OSD server 3.7.0 beta 8 includes the following changes:
- Removed stealth mode auto disabling feature
- Fixed resource allocation issue causing abnormal performance drop in D11 OSD codepath
- DirectX screen capture engine is no longer using DirectX runtimes to capture and compress screenshots. Screen capture and compression to PNG/JPG formats in DirectX applications is now handled by own more effective LIBPNG/JPEGLIB based library
- PNG and JPG screen capture support for desktop and OpenGL applications
- Improved race condition protection system for multithreaded 3D engines (e.g. Age of dragons : Origins)
- Updated Ukrainian localization
GPU-Z 0.4.2 released
New Revision updates:
- Fixed an issue on all NVIDIA cards that would sometimes cause them to lose fan control when GPU-Z is running. Please don't run pre-0.4.1 and 0.4.1 at the same time, this might result in incorrect readings in the 0.4.1 window.
- Fixed system crash on MSI HD 5830 TwinFrozr II
- Validation upload now uses Unicode for entered name
- Reverted memory bandwidth calculation introduced in last version. It introduces too much confusion, we will go with what all companies use in their marketing material, even though we believe it is not correct. Using power of 10 again now, 1 GB/s = 1,000,000,000 Bytes per Second
ADATA S599 100GB SSD review
ADATA S599 100GB SSD (Sandforce SF1200) gets tested
e test the ADATA S599 100GB SSD. ADATA release their S500 series of Solid State Disks which are armed with that all new SandForce SF1200 IC. Hungry for some media coverage they submitted their 100GB model, the S599 for a review. A product that promised read speeds of up-to 280 MB/sec and write speeds of up-to 270 MB/sec, sustained of course. And that's quite a performance level they are claiming.
Shocking performance you guys .. overwhelming even. Check out the Guru3D review right here.
WD VelociRaptor 600GB 6Gb/s 10,000rpm HDD
Zalman VF3000A coolers for Radeon HD 5800
Zalman launched the VF3000A, a new VGA cooler designed for reference ATI Radeon HD 5850 and HD 5870 graphics cards. The new cooler is equipped with a copper base, five copper heatpipes, and lots of aluminum fins that are cooled by two 92mm fans.
Little heatsinks for the RAM memory are included, and a FAN MATE 2 controller is bundled to regulate the fan's speed from 1300RPM to 2500RPM. This model will be available soon, and a VF3000N model for high-end NVIDIA GeForce GTX 200 will follow later.
AMD 3.2GHz Athlon II X3 450
Only days after we have reported that AMD plans to launch the 3.1GHz Athlon II X3 445 with a 95W TDP, the company is getting ready to launch yet faster version of this CPU.
Three-core obviously has a future at AMD and the latest CPU from this list is Athlon II X3 450 that will work at 3.2GHz. The planned release is scheduled for Q3 2010. This CPU has 3x512KB L2 cache and it doesn
AMD 880G motherboards in the works
Looks like it that ASUS is working on the ASUS M4A88TD-EVO / USB3. This is a new AMD 880G chipset based motherboard, it's expected to be available for less than $150 and will be available optionally with or without USB 3.0 support.
TPU reports that this model comes in two variants, with or without USB 3.0 support, designated with the -USB3 suffix in the model name. It is a socket AM3 motherboard, supporting the upcoming line of Phenom II X6 and Phenom II X4 T series processors. The CPU socket is powered by a 10-phase VRM, it is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots for dual-channel memory. Even as ATI CrossFire is not part of the 880G's feature-set since it won't support an external PCI-Express lane switch like the 890GX, ASUS found a way around and provided a second PCI-Express x16 slot, only that this one is electrical PCI-Express 1.1 x4, wired to the SB800 southbridge chip.
ICD Tegra 2 based Gemini tablet in the works
The Apple iPad may get a lot of attention, but several other companies are working on tablets with a lot more features than Apple's device. One of them is the ICD Gemini, a 11.2" tablet based on the NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz processor.
The device has a 1366 x 768 pixel multi-touch resistive or capacitive LCD display and is capable of outputting 1080p HD video. It runs Android (with support for Flash) and features a 3G connection (with support for cellular voice calls, SMS, and MMS), a user-replaceable 40Wh battery, SD memory card reader, FM radio, GPS, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, microUSB connectivity, stereo speakers, 5MP digicam, and 2MP webcam. A list of the specifications with comparison to the iPad and JooJoo can be found at Engadget. The only things we still don't know are the price, launch date, and expected battery life.
Stop Being Embarassed and Just Play
Damnlag has posted a column that really reflects my inner feelings of having to struggle with people not understanding my desire to just play games, the author describes how putting the opinions of others in front of your own feelings of just wanting to play can really limit our capacity to enjoy games for what they are, a fun experience! This short article does really get some points straight as to how we as people tend to not do what we just want because of what other people is thinking about what we should do!
This column reminded me about a chat with some guy last week when he saw my lab and told me: "awesome material!" and when their eyes were fascinated at my machines I asked "do you play?" and he told me "ohh no... I'm too old for that thing" (of course, with his wife at his side).
Nice reading and some things to ponder about all this subject of prejudice against enjoyment, I am myself 35 years old and I enjoy playing even if people I know think I'm immature.
Athlon II C3 Stepping Emerges
The new Athlon II with C3 stepping is coming...
Athlon II X2 family will be updated with three new dual-Core CPUs - ADX245OCK23GM, ADX250OCK23GM and ADX255OCK23GM, that correspond to models 245, 250 and 255 respectively
Three new triple-core processors will be Athlon II X3 405e AD405EHDK32GM, 435 ADX435WFK32GM and 440 ADX440WFK32GM.
In Athlon II X4 family there will be a new version of low-power 605e CPU (part number AD605EHDK42GM), and new standard-power versions of 630 and 635 models (parts ADX630WFK42GM and ADX635WFK42GM
You can read all about it here.
Adobe Flash 10.1 Release Candidate
Adobe Flash 10.1 with Hardware Acceleration for HD Videos is almost finished, Adobe has just launched it's Release Candidate
for Windows, Macintosh and Linux Platforms.
Flash 10.1 includes not only Acceleration for H264 Videos but also support for AMD's UVD2 and NVIDIA's VP2 Engine to offload processing to the GPU.
Firefox to get Direct2D Acceleration
Is not really surprising that now Firefox jumps on the bandwagon of the Direct2D acceleration that will offload processing to the GPU.
Last month IE9 was announced with Direct2D/3D acceleration. It seems that, Web Browsing will be forever changed once GPU is incorporated into the task and Firefox does not want to be left behind.
Mozilla is not the only one focused on getting better hardware acceleration, Chrome developers have already begun working on a project ANGLE, to create a Direct3D-based implementation of WebGL, an upcoming web 3D graphics standard to be used with HTML5. The WebGL technology is already proving impressive, helping Googlers run a Quake 2 port inside a browser.
You can read more about Firefox Goals here.
Corsair to offer 16GB and 24GB Memory Kits
High-performance 24GB Dominator kit for Core i5/i7 systems. 1600MHz, 9-9-9-24, 1.65v
- Maximize your system memory capacity for the maximum performance
- Guaranteed to work on all dual-channel Core i5/i7 platforms
- Matching Intel Blue Heat Sinks with patented DHX technology
The 4GB memory modules are tested at 1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 latency and Dominator Airflow Fan with 60mm fans. The introduction of these new kits expands Corsair
AMD Phenom II X6 retail processors spotted
Nono not a photo this time. But it seems that some retailers / e-tailers already have received the all new six-core AMD Phenom II X6 processors, ready for distribution. Guru3D's own FULMTL who works at a hardware store posted this:
" Just got some in and the price is frickin amazing. I forgot the model number but its 2.8Ghz, 9MB cache, 6 core Phenom for $204. No word on the release date, but Fry's has them. **model number is 1055T. And then he updates with :In short the 1055T is roughly a i7 920/930 for $200. "
Upcoming AMD Phenom II X6 processors:
- Phenom II X6 1090T: 3.2GHz / 3.6GHz / 125w
- Phenom II X6 1075T: 3.0GHz / 3.5GHz / 125w
- Phenom II X6 1055T: 2.8GHz / 3.3GHz / 125w, 95w
- Phenom II X6 1035T: 2.6GHz / 3.1GHz / 95w
What FullMTL also added was that the processor box is colored purple, meaning regular stock and thus a non Black Edition version (no unlocked multiplier). The AMD Phenom II X6 1055T was already hinted as regular 6-core processor, based on the new Thuban architecture. It adopts a 45nm process and socket AM3 packaging, while featuring six 512KB L2 cache, 6MB L3 cache, and a core frequency of 2.8GHz.
CineVERSUM BlackWing Four MK 2010 1080p projector
NVIDIA's Tegra 2 Tablets Delayed
More delays for NVIDIA ? Alleged issues with the Tegra 2 mobile platform may delay the launch of tablets under development at Compal, ICD and Notion Ink. Reports have emerged suggesting that a combination of hardware and software technical problems might have this very result.
SlashGear reports that, according to what they call a trusted source, the Tegra 2 mobile chipset isn't coming along as quickly as intended. The chipset is based on the ARM architecture and is supposedly poised to become one, if not the next big player on the market of mobile electronics.
Already, there is a noticeable number of companies that have adopted the technology, such as Compal, which was supposed to be the first supplier of Tegra slates. It will reportedly delay the launch until the middle of September. Also, ICD's two tablets, namely the 15-inch Vega and the 7-inch Ultra, aren't expected to arrive before October 2010.
End-users that are up to date with developments surrounding these tablets will know that these models were supposed to come out in June through the third quarter. These month-long delays seem to suggest that the problems are quite serious. The actual issue, according to SlashGear's source, is
ATI Radeon HD 5800 might drop in price
More and more rumours pop up on the web that ATI might be lowering it's prices on the Radeon HD 5800 series. Though NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 400 launch was shaky to say at the best ATI still faces the issue that a lot of people are going to buy it anyway. ATI seems to be willing to lower it's prices, but is looking sharp at NVIDIA in terms of how many cards they actually have available.
ATI's prices have been too high. The Radeon HD 5870 was in fact launched at 399 USD, but quickly rose (artificially) to 470 USE because there was no competition. Currently you can purchase a Radeon HD 5870 for $414.99 (cheapest one we found). The more common price is $439.99.
AIBs will be the ones lowering their prices .. we don't expect it will be dropped a lot though.
Duke Nukem Forever gameplay footage leaked
George Broussard, the president of 3D Realms, has set up his Formspring account to let fans grill him on any number of topics. There are also a number of questions concerning the Duke Nukem franchise although when ask if we will ever get to see Duke Nukem Forever, Broussard states, 'Magic 8-Ball says: Concentrate and ask again.' He also addresses this trailer, saying: 'That second trailer is not official and is a low quality fan made trailer created out of some leaked footage a 'fan' grabbed from a level designer portfolio site. They music and voice was all added by the video creator'