MSI XPower X58 Retail photo's
MSI plans to unveil its third Big Bang motherboard, the XPower. This new motherboard uses Intel's X58 chipset and features six PCI Express x16 slots, six DDR3 memory slots, SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0.
The motherboard is designed for hardware enthusiasts, it features 16-phase DrMOS PWM, two 8-pin power connectors, Hi-C capacitors, an extra 6-pin PCIe power input for the PCIe slots, OC Dashboard and V-Kit. Audio is provided by a Quantum Wave audio card with 7.1 channel audio, EAX 5.0 and THX TruStudio PC Suite.
MSI thropws in six (!) PCI-Express x16 slots. While the ICH10R gives out six SATA 3 Gb/s ports, an additional controller gives two 6 Gb/s ports (colour-coded white). Audio is care of a bundled PCI-Express x1 audio card called the MSI QuantumWave that includes THX TruStudio PC Suite, and support for Creative EAX 5.0 HD. Connectivity includes dual gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports next to a number of USB 2.0 ports, power-eSATA, FireWire, and a connector for the OC Dashboard module.
It looks like MSI is using a generous splattering of them on the new Big Bang XPower. Q1 in 2010, and it already looks like we're supposed to spell "promising" with the "I" before the "M." The motherboard looks a bit naked but that's because the photos don't show the cooling solution that will be shipped with the retail models.
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ASUS: our USB 3.0 is almost 75% faster than rivals
In a mine is bigger than yours attempt is throwing in some fighting words along with its USB 3.0 implementation. The company has basically said that not all USB 3.0 implementations are created equal (which is true), suggesting their motherboard chip can make data transmission almost 75-percent faster than rivals can manage (which is a little exaggerated).
The component in question is a PLX high-speed transmission chip (which we've been telling you about), which ASUS say is responsible for boosting USB 3.0 speed by 74.38-percent over competing motherboards. While the company doesn
AMD Announces First to Support for OpenGL 4.0
AMD has announced today that they are happy to be the first to fully support the recently released OpenGL 4.0.
AMD is supporting the 3D interface with its ATI Catalyst OpenGL 4.0 preview driver, which enables all OpenGL 4.0 functionality. The driver will be supported by the ATI Radeon HD 5000 series graphics cards, including the HD 5400, HD 5500, HD 5600, and HD 5700. All of the new features, are supported right out of the gate on these graphics cards, which is made possible by the OpenGL software team.
Some of the new features in the 4.0 release include OpenGL Shading Language revision 4.00 and shader subroutines that allow for significantly increased programming flexibility. The new version is meant to make it increasingly easier for developers, software programmers, and anyone else involved with OpenGL to use the platform. Which, we
Three new Pioneer 7.1 receivers with iPhone control
Pioneer introduced its second AV receiver update this month with three new 7.1-channel models. The VSX-920-K, VSX-1020-K and VSX-1120-K all have special features for iPhones and iPods depending on the model. All have at least a compatible USB port that can play and charge Apple devices; the 1020-K and 1120-K have support for the iControlAV app (free, App Store) to steer the receivers, including multiple audio or video zones, balance tuning and input selection.
All of the receivers have an iPhone Control button to give control back to the touchscreen rather than let the receiver take over. An optional $99 Bluetooth receiver will take stereo Bluetooth from A2DP devices like the iPhone, second- or third-generation iPod touch players and most recent phones.
In their traditional roles, the Pioneer receivers carry 3D-capable HDMI 1.4 inputs and support Dolby Pro Logic IIz for virtual surround as well as real surround up to and including Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio. At the base, the $399 920-K can handle 110W per channel, four HDMI inputs and an Anchor Bay image processor. Upgrading to the $549 1020-K adds a display with support for album art as well as two extra HDMI connectors, correction for compressed audio, two-channel audio signal sync and two-zone audio. The range-leading 1120-K at $749 adds an extra 10W per channel as well as a Marvell image processor, multi-channel sync and support for home automation through an RS-232 port.
Pioneer ships the first two models in May and delivers the top model a month later.
NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference 2010 (September 20-23
NVIDIA announced its GPU Technology Conference 2010 (GTC 2010) will take place on September 20-23 at the San Jose Convention Center:
NVIDIA today announced that the GPU Technology Conference 2010 (GTC 2010) will take place on Monday, Sept. 20 to Thursday, Sept. 23 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.
Building on the successful format of last year's inaugural conference, GTC 2010 will offer an even broader and deeper selection of technical sessions, interactive tutorials, technology previews, and industry and academic presentations.
"Last year's GPU Technology Conference was very exciting, with many top researchers and developers demonstrating how they are using the GPU to solve some of the world's most difficult challenges, from medical diagnostics to energy exploration," said Bill Dally, NVIDIA Chief Scientist. "I am eagerly looking forward to seeing the new advances that will be unveiled this year."
"I consider the GPU Technology Conference to be the single best place to see firsthand the amazing work enabled by the GPU," said Professor Hanspeter Pfister, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Harvard University and GTC 2009 keynote speaker. "It's a great venue for meeting researchers, developers, scientists, and entrepreneurs from around the world and I'm looking forward to GTC 2010."
The conference will once again encompass three concurrent GPU-focused summits in one location:
* Emerging Companies Summit A showcase for innovative startups to demonstrate their products and network with venture capitalists, GTC attendees, and other investors.
* GPU Developers Summit A wide selection of content-rich sessions, tutorials, and presentations for developers, engineers, and scientists.
* NVIDIA(R) Research Summit A unique opportunity for students, professors, and researchers to present their findings and collaborate.
For More Information:
* To stay up to date on GTC 2010, visit the GTC 2010 website and join the GTC 2010 mailing list.
* To submit proposals for tutorials, sessions, and posters, see GTC Call for Submissions.
* To learn about being a sponsor or exhibitor, see GTC Sponsors/Exhibitors.
* To watch the GTC 2010 video, see the nTersect blog.
New Photoshop CS5 is impressive (video)
Photoshop CS5 is up and coming and will combine the very best features in graphics, video and Web design for professionals, for a horrendous price. Just recently, they released a sneak-peak video of some of the experiments they
Ubisoft Apologizes for Server Outage With Free Game
Ubisoft is generating some goodwill as earlier this month some players of Assassin's Creed 2 and Silent Hunter 5 were unable to play their games due to outside attacks on Ubisoft's DRM servers. Now it seems players of both games have received emails from Ubisoft offering compensation for the downtime. According to the message boards for both games, players have gotten emails apologizing for the downtime and also offering a way to get a free downloadable Ubisoft game from a pre-selected list. Some owners of Assassin's Creed 2 have gotten offers to download extra content for that game for free.
For his trouble, Igor now gets to choose between four games - Prince of Persia, Heroes Over Europe, Endwar and H.A.W.X., downloading them directly to his PC without having to bother with the draconian DRM scheme of Ubi's newer titles.
Tomorrow - On Friday the 26th 2010
Friday USA time NVIDIA will introduce two new graphics cards, we invite you clear your agenda for the following for in-depth Guru3D.com coverage ... on cards we can not show just yet -- oh alright, a little bit.
Why don't you discuss this here.
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
The Prince of Persia saga has gotten a new member, since the Movie had been produced, Ubisoft couldn't stay there and do nothing, so they just created a new one called "The Forgotten Sands" this new game in the saga has the same character as in the Movie, featuring a whole new level of graphics and with the promise of following the plot of the Movie.
Let's hear what Ubisoft has to say about this new game:
"This new game marks the return to the Prince of Persia
NVIDIA Forceware 197.13 WHQL
There is not AMD/ATI without NVIDIA and so it is, after the Launch of the new Catalyst 10.3
- Adds support for Next Generation ION.
- Adds support for GeForce GT 320, GeForce GT 330, and GeForce GT 340.
- Upgrades PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0129.
- Upgrades HD Audio driver to version 184.108.40.206 (for supported GPUs)
- Increases performance in several PC games from v196.21 WHQL. The following are examples of measured improvements. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration
- Adds SLI and multi-GPU support for top new gaming titles including Assassin Creed II, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Command and Conquer 4: Tiberium Twilight, Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes from Liberty City, Mass Effect 2, Napoleon: Total War, and Zombie Driver.
- Enhanced SLI support for Metro 2033, Supreme Commander 2, Unigine, and World of Warcraft.
- Adds Ambient Occlusion support for Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, Need for Speed: Shift, Resident Evil 5, RUSE, and Street Fighter IV.
- Adds override anti-aliasing support for Mass Effect 2.
- Includes numerous bug fixes. Refer to the release notes on the documentation tab for information about the key bug fixes in this release.
You can download the new drivers from the official NVIDIA site here.
NVIDIA Forceware 197.13 WHQL out for grabs
This is a WHQL driver for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, and 300-series desktop GPUs and ION desktop GPUs.
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
This driver resolves fan speed issues reported with version 196.75 drivers. NVIDIA asks that you remove 196.75 drivers and update to either 196.21 WHQL drivers or to this 197.13 WHQL-candidate driver.
If you currently have 196.75 installed, please first uninstall it before installing 197.13.
New in Version 197.13
This is a WHQL driver for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, and 300-series desktop GPUs and ION desktop GPUs.
This driver resolves fan speed issues reported with version 196.75 drivers. NVIDIA asks that you remove 196.75 drivers and update to this 197.13 WHQL driver.
New in Version 197.13
* Adds support for Next Generation ION.
* Adds support for GeForce GT 320, GeForce GT 330, and GeForce GT 340.
* Upgrades PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0129.
* Upgrades HD Audio driver to version 220.127.116.11 (for supported GPUs).
* Increases performance in several PC games from v196.21 WHQL. The following are examples of measured improvements. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:
o Up to 13% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with a single GPU
o Up to 30% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with SLI technology
o Up to 13% performance increase in H.A.W.X with single GPU
o Up to 15% performance increase in H.A.W.X with SLI technology
o Up to 30% performance increase in Left 4 Dead with single GPU
o Up to 28% performance increase in Left 4 Dead with SLI technology
* Adds SLI and multi-GPU support for top new gaming titles including Assassin Creed II, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Command and Conquer 4: Tiberium Twilight, Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes from Liberty City, Mass Effect 2, Napoleon: Total War, and Zombie Driver.
* Enhanced SLI support for Metro 2033, Supreme Commander 2, Unigine, and World of Warcraft
* Adds Ambient Occlusion support for Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, Need for Speed: Shift, Resident Evil 5, RUSE, and Street Fighter IV.
* Adds override anti-aliasing support for Mass Effect 2.
* Includes numerous bug fixes. Refer to the release notes on the documentation tab for information about the key bug fixes in this release.
* Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.
* Supports GPU-acceleration for smoother online HD videos with the new Adobe Flash 10.1 beta. Learn more here.
* Supports DirectCompute with Windows 7 and GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
* Supports OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language) for all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
* Supports OpenGL 3.2 for GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
* Supports CUDA Toolkit 3.0 features and performance enhancements. See CUDA Zone for more details.
* Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards.
* Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on a dedicated GeForce graphics card. Use one card for graphics and dedicate a different card for PhysX processing for game-changing physical effects. Learn more here.
* Download these FREE PhysX and CUDA applications now!
* Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
Phenom II X6 Six-core Product Line-up
Okay one more news post, as it seems all details are now finalized. AMD's pending six-core process next to being clocked very nicely also are going to be downright affordable and comes with a nice phat 9MB L3 cache.
AMD's most high-end (and upcoming) six-core Thuban based processor will sell roughly 300 USD. AMD will launch an entire family of chips, including a pair of lower-clock versions, as well as a high-end model with frequencies to match the Gulftown. More recent rumors suggest that AMD's high-end offer, which will also have a great overclocking potential, will be the Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition.
This specific model will get a core clock of 3.2GHz and a Thermal Design Power (TDP) of 125W. Lastly, the chip's cache memory will be of 9MB in total, 3MB L2 cache and the remaining 6MB making up the L3 cache memory.
Sicne AMD wants the good media coverage they have pushed forward the 1090T and pushed back the 1075T to Q3 this tear. We compiled all data in a nice and easy to understand table go check it out:
|Phenom II X6 1035T||95W||2,6GHz||3,1GHz||2nd||$<199|
|Phenom II X6 1055T||95W||2,8GHz||3,3GHz||2nd||$199|
|Phenom II X6 1055T||125W||2,8GHz||3,3GHz||2nd||$199|
|Phenom II X6 1075T||125W||3,0GHz||3,5GHz||3rd||$199-295|
|Phenom II X6 1090T||125W||3,2GHz||3,6GHz||2nd||$295|
MSI Shows off N480GTX Graphics Card
A lot of photo's 'accidentally' leak from a lot of press-desks as it seems. This is MSI's GeForce GTX 480, the MSI N480GTX.
MSI is offering speaks of "Military-class" components, though it's likely that NVIDIA's own choice of components fit MSI's definition of military-class, and the MSI Afterburner software. The software is advertised to work with the card to provide voltage control, advertising up to 15% of performance gains using it. Usual features include DirectX 11 support, support for PhysX, CUDA, 3D Vision Surround, 480 CUDA cores, 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory across a 384-bit memory interface, and connectivity which includes two DVI-D and a mini HDMI.
AMD 12-core server chip pricing
Information leaked onto the web regarding AMD's upcoming 12-core Opteron processors at the website of an online shop.
The Opteron X12 6164 runs at 1.7GHz and has 16MB of cache and it costs $797, while the 6136 is clocked at 2.4GHz, packs 18MB of cache and costs $808. The slower version runs on just 65W of power, while the 2.4GHz model consumes 105W, which sounds quite impressive.
The X12 6176 is clocked at 2.3GHz and it has 18MB of cache, but at $1,491 it's the priciest of the lot. The 2.2GHz 6174 costs $1,250, while the 2.1GHz 6172 is priced at $1,060.
The twelve cores will have reduced clock speeds but will not draw more power than 6-core versions. Even though the clock frequencies will fall, Magny-Cours chips will pack more performance compared to existing Opteron chips, Conway said. The larger cache and increased cores will make servers faster. The company's upcoming 12-core server chips, code-named Magny-Cours, put two six-core chips in one package. The same silicon is used in its six-core chips, code-named Istanbul, which are part of the Opteron line of server processors.
Finer details in the Magny-Cours chip. Two six-core chips are connected by four hyperthreaded interconnects and are targeted at two- and four-socket servers, Conway said. It includes a total of 12MB of L3 cache, with each core supporting 512KB of L2 cache. The chips will be manufactured by AMD's spinoff, GlobalFoundries, using existing 45-nanometer technology.
AMD is also working on a new x86 chip architecture code-named Bulldozer. The architecture will be used in chips manufactured using the 32-nm process in 2011. The company has scheduled a 16-core chip code-named Interlagos for release in 2011 [via computerworld].
Magny Cours = Many Cores :)
Corsair 32GB Flash Voyager Mini
Corsair has introduced a new Flash Voyager Mini with a storage capacity of 32GB. These compact USB drives feature a cap-less retractable connector plug, and are available in capacities ranging of 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB.
"USB flash drive users love the convenience and ruggedness of the Flash Voyager Mini form factor," stated John Beekley, VP of Technical Marketing at Corsair. "The increase in density to 32GB allows users to carry their digital world with them at all times on this compact drive."
The Flash Voyager Mini utilizes a cap-less retractable USB connector, which easily opens with the flick of the thumb, and its diminutive size makes it easy to carry virtually anywhere. The rubberized housing is also durable, making it an ideal flash drive for users with busy and active lifestyles.
The 32GB Flash Voyager Mini is available immediately from Corsair's authorized distributors and resellers worldwide. Complete customer support via telephone, email, forum and Tech Support Xpress is also available.
Enthusiast gaming hardware is $9.5 billion market
Our good friend Jon Peddie issued a paper that claims 46 percent of dollars spent in 2009 on gaming PC hardware were directed to toward the Enthusiast class. JPR reports expenditures on enthusiast-class gaming hardware were $9.5 billion last year, and expects this will grow to almost $12.5 billion in 2013. This includes all kinds of top-of-the line stuff, including boutique PCs, high-end processors and graphics cards, solid state disks, gaming mice/keyboards, watercooling, speakers, displays, etc.
While total expenditure will continue to increase, JPR estimates the enthusiast class will lose market share to the performance and mainstream classes from 46 percent to 35 percent of dollars spent. One of the reasons for this is that a lot of games are cross-platform, consoles are less powerful than current gaming hardware and cutting-edge is only necessary for the most demanding games.
Ted Pollak, Video Game Industry Analyst for JPR, cites a number of influences for this phenomenon. "PC hardware has caught up to most of the software and people are able to play computationally intensive games on Performance level systems. Performance systems now even support high resolution for all but the most demanding simulations and FPS's. The frequency of Direct X updates is also driving some people toward mid-range GPU's. Some gamers are buying Performance GPUs at a higher refresh rate to engage the latest Direct X version, instead of a longer term investment for Enthusiast GPU's."
Despite this phenomenon, the high end will always be a good market. There is a style element to the Enthusiast class as well as what we call a "muscle car element". Enthusiast level hardware purchasers will spend hundreds, sometimes thousands more, to maximize gaming performance, and have the cutting edge of engineering and technolgy such as S3D (stereovision) and HD 120 Hz monitors.
Jon Peddie, President of JPR, noted that for all levels of hardware "gamers are ordering, building, and modding their rigs with components that just a few years ago were simply not available with any economy of scale. SSD's, water cooling, gaming mice and keyboards and other components have come to the Performance class and gamers are starting to snap them up. "
The company also released a report about Do-It-Yourself (DIY) PC builds and PC upgrades, they estimate this market is worth about $10.4 billion in sales annually:
In addition to the PC Gaming Hardware Market Report, JPR has just released a Global Market Analysis for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) PC builds and PC upgrades. The market is significant with approximately $10.4 billion in sales annually. This total addressable market estimate goes beyond video games and includes all purchasing motivation, including business applications.
The analysis includes estimates of refresh rates for System Integrated PCs, Gamer System Integrated PCs, DIY builds, and Gamer DIY builds. The DIY/Upgrade Market Analysis also estimates the number of DIYers, the number of PC's upgraded annually, the System Integrated/DIY ratio, and a component ASP analysis for Mainstream, Performance, and Enthusiast DIY builds.
AMD Catalyst 10.3 is Out!
CatalystMaker, the man behind the Catalyst Development has just announced a couple of minutes ago that the new
Catalyst 10.3 Final drivers are out!
It seems AMD/ATI anticipated the release of the new Fermi based NVIDIA cards.
So here it is, the long awaited 10.3 with massive improvements on Crossfire Scaling and General Performance is out.
(on a personal note, even on my Tri-Crossfire 4870x2 I am experiencing HUGE improvements, more than 10 FPS improvement on framerate and much less micro-stuttering).
The download Links are as follows:
Unigine Heaven v2.0 released
- Heavier tessellation load
- Several major optimizations of the engine
- Added new elaborated objects in the world
- Physics-driven flags
- More dynamic lights
- Enhancements of some old assets
- Introduced "moderate" and "extreme" tessellation modes