ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 motherboard review
M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 motherboard gets tested
We test and review the M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 motherboard. The ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 is loaded with all the regular features like the fast chipset, grand connectivity, decent audio subsystem, integrated graphics, cool design, tweakable and then stuff like SATA 6G, USB 3.0, automated overclock options and even two (physical) PCIe x16 slots and even core unlock functionality from within the BIOS are features to be found at this 100 EUR motherboard.
The 890G chipset oozes with value, features and performance as at any level it will not disappoint, the six-core Phenom II X6 processor was overclocked towards 4.1 GHz on a just cheapo CPU air-cooler on this mobo.
You can read this Guru3D review right here.
EVGA Precision v1.9.6 Download
This program allows you to fine tune your GeForce graphics card for the maximum performance possible, with Core/Shader/Memory clock tuning, real time monitoring support including in-game, Logitech Keyboard LCD Display support, and compatibility with almost all EVGA (and other) graphics cards.
This program allows you to fine tune your EVGA graphics card for the maximum performance possible, with Core/Shader/Memory clock tuning, real time monitoring support including in-game, Logitech Keyboard LCD Display support, and compatibility with almost all EVGA graphics cards.
- Independent or Synchronous control for fan and clock settings in a multi-GPU system
- Allows up to 10 profiles, and ability to assign hotkeys to these profiles to allow in-game
- Ability to view temperatures in the system tray
- Core/Shader Clock Link/Unlink capability
- Fan Speed manual or auto adjustment
- Real-Time on-screen display support for ingame temp, framerate, and clock monitoring
- Logitech Keyboard LCD Display support
- In-app temp/clockspeed monitoring of GPU's
- Information button shows device, driver, memory size, BIOS Revision and SLI mode
- Ability to choose different skins, and make your own!
- Now you can save screenshots from your favorite games!
Zalman VF3000N is available now
This model is capable to support GTX260,270,280 and 285 graphic cards with superb cooling performance in silent operation.
- Model Name: VF3000N
- Key Features:
- Powerful Cooling Performance with IHD Technology
- Ultra Quiet Design with Switching Noise Eliminated
- Excellent Peripheral Component Cooling
- EBR Bearing Fan with Dust Proof Structure & Minimal Noise
- High Performance Super Thermal Grease(STG2M) Provided
- Adjustable Fan Speed Controller( Fan Mate 2) Included
MSRP : $69.90
We reviewed this product backl in April already when we slapped it onto a GeForce GTX 285 , have a peek here.
EVGA releases SR-2 Classified PSU
There is no need to introduce you EVGA, a high-profile manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and consumer electronics dedicated to enthusiasts and overclockers. Today, EVGA extends their territory over power supply units by releasing a monster of wattage power, called Classified SR-2. I used the word
ECS Black Series P55H-AK Motherboard
Spotted and covered by us at Computex this year, and soon to be reviewed by Guru3D ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems) is to launch the ECS Black Series P55H-AK.
ECS is finally going really enthisiast with a motherboard as it is equipped with a whole lotta stuff like USB 3.0, six SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, two eSATA connectors, dual Gigabit Ethernet and 7.1 channel audio, as well as a pair of SATA 6.0 Gbps ports and even two Super Speed USB 3.0 connectors.
As for what makes this LGA 1156-ready board unique, it has a dark color theme, 15
AMD shipping three new processors
The chaps over at Fudzilla noticed that AMD released three new processors, or well .. refreshed ones. The products are going to re- and etail as we speak:
- Sempron 145 single-core processor 2.8GHz has a price tag of around
Google offices raided by Korean police
A police statement said they suspected Google has been collecting and storing data on "unspecified internet users from wi-fi networks". The firm recently admitted that its Street View cars had been collecting information over unencrypted wi-fi networks, calling it "a mistake". Google is currently under investigation in a number of countries to see if it broke data protection or privacy laws.
"[We] have been investigating Google Korea on suspicion of unauthorised collection and storage of data on unspecified Internet users from wi-fi networks," the Korean National Police Agency (KNPA) said in a statement. Korean media reported that 19 KNPA agents raided the office, seizing hard drives and related documents.
Authorities said they plan to summon Google officials for investigation once analysis on the confiscated items is complete. A spokesperson for Google told BBC News that the raid was part of the KNPA's "investigation on data collection on Street View Cars".
"We will co-operate with the investigation and answer any questions the police may have," the spokesperson added.
Google gathered wi-fi data in more than 30 nations The problem first came to light in May 2010, when German authorities asked to audit the data the company's Street View cars gathered as they took photos viewed on Google maps.
It emerged that the firm had wrongly collected information people sent over unencrypted wi-fi networks.
The news prompted an investigation in almost every country Street View cars had been operating, as well as an American multi-state investigation into Google's collection of wi-fi data, headed up by Connecticut's Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.
While many of the investigations are still ongoing, the UK's Information Commissioner Office cleared Google of wi-fi snooping, saying it did not grab "significant" personal details when collecting the data.
The news comes as the firm announced that it will introduce Street View for 20 of Germany's largest cities, including Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg, before the end of the year.
GeForce Forceware 259.31 Beta out for grabs
The NVIDIA developer site shows a new driver today. Please consider this driver BETA. Windows driver version 259.31 and Linux drivers version 256.38.03 provide full support for OpenGL 4.1 and GLSL 4.10 on capable hardware.
This driver also supports several new OpenGL extensions for both 4.1-capable GPUs and older GPUs. Judging from the setup files, pretty much any geForce graphics cards starting at series 6 and younger is supported. Please share your experiences on this driver in this forum thread.
Grab the drivers here:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 470 SOC edition enters the lab
Gigabyte is releasing a more powerful addition to its Super Overclock Series: GTX 470 SOC (GV-N470SO-13I). The GV-N470SO-13I also features WINDFORCE 3X, a 14 phase PWM design, OC Guru graphic card smart tuner and voltage read points.
The card comes at default with a 700 MHz core clock, a Shader Clock 1400 MHz and a Memory Clock of 3348 MHz (effective).
The card just arrived here in the lab, and thigns definiately are looking good. The card is 100% silent despite having three fans. Here are some exclusive photo's:
Guru3D Folding @Home team shatters records
It is with much pride that I can announce that over the weekend team Guru3D Folding @Home increased in rank and we have now taken over spor number 70, which is a pretty big deal. Another Team record we broke was this weekend as ever sicne the weekend we pass 400.000 points in per day. Great work you guys !
The next team to overtake will be in five days entering the top 60, which for the team would be a victory alright. To do so we of course need your help ! But here's an overview of the top 20 Guru3D crunching soldiers.
Now if you have a recent ATI Radeon series 3000 or newer or GeForce series 8 or newer graphics card and like to help fighting diseases, please join our team, we have Team ID number 69411.
You can download the latest GPU or CPU clients here. Should you need help / want info check out our Folding support forums here where anyone will help you with any questions you might have. Come on people, team 69411 -- join the club. Thanks to all who are participating in this project, and a special thank you to our top 20 contributors.
Google Denies Testing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Street View
Google may be working with Verizon to make sure that the Internet remains open, that
NVIDIA gets $25 million from DARPA to research exascale supercomputers
A team led by NVIDIA has been awarded a research grant of $25 million by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Defense Department's research and development arm, to address what the agency calls a "crisis in computing."
The four-year research contract, awarded under DARPA's Ubiquitous High Performance Computing (UHPC ) program, covers work to develop GPU technologies required to build the new class of exascale supercomputers which will be 1,000-times more powerful than today's fastest supercomputers.
The team -- which also includes Cray Inc., Oak Ridge National Laboratory and six top U.S. universities -- is being funded by DARPA to address the challenge that conventional computing architectures are reaching the practical limits of energy usage and will not meet the challenges of exascale computing. The research team plans to develop new software and hardware technology to dramatically increase computing performance, programmability and reliability.
"This recognizes NVIDIA's substantial investments in the field of parallel processing and highlights GPU Computing's position as one of the most promising paths to exascale computing," said Bill Dally, NVIDIA's chief scientist and senior vice president of research, and the team's principal investigator. "We look forward to collaborating to develop programmable, scalable systems that operate in tight power budgets and deliver increases in performances that are many orders of magnitude above today's systems."
"The DARPA UHPC program is attacking technical issues that are key to the future of high performance computing, from the embedded terascale to the exascale," said Steve Scott, Cray's senior vice president and CTO, and the Cray principal investigator on the team. "We are excited to be working with this team, and we believe the directions we are pursuing will lead to radical improvements to the state-of-the-art in the coming decade."
In addition to the NVIDIA-led team, DARPA awarded contracts to three other teams to study UHPC systems. Prototype systems are expected to be completed by 2018.
The names of those universities on the NVIDIA team will be available once details with them have been finalized. For more information on the DARPA UHPC program, please go here.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer Teaser
ATI ad that mocks NVIDIA Fermi spotted on YouTube
Well, here's an interesting little commercial from AMD -- mocking NVIDIA on Fermi's power consumption as it seems. What do you think ? Comments in this thread please.
G.Skill Flare DDR3 2000 MHZ C7 AMD kit review
G.Skill Flare DDR3 2000 MHZ C7 AMD kit gets tested
We test and review the G.Skill Flare DDR3 2000 MHZ C7 AMD kit. These kits are optimized for AMD platforms preferably with the new six-core X6 processors, and in specific some ASUS motherboards. The kit we'll be testing today obviously comes from that series and is a 2,000MHz CL7-9-7-24 1.65V 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3 kit with its latest Flare heatsinks.
You can read all about it in this Guru3D review right here.
Shutdown Timer 3.0 released
A small utlility that Guru3D supports and helps out with is Shutdown Timer, it has reached revision 3.0
Shutdown Timer can Shutdown, Restart, Logoff, Lock, Hibernate and Standby your system based on certain options, such as Date/Time; CPU & Memory Usage; CPU Temperature and Network Usage. It is a feature full program which can also run in a portable manner, just simply download the portable version and run it from a USB stick. It also includes an updater so you can always get the latest version without constantly checking the website.
What are the main features of Shutdown Timer?
- Monitor Standby
- Based on Date & Time
- CPU/Memory Utilisation
- CPU Temperature
- Networking Usage
- Ability to save your settings for furture use
- Completely Portable, You can take it on a USB if you want to!
NVIDIA BIOS Editor (NiBiTor) Version 5.7 Released
NiBiTor (short for NVIDIA BIOS Editor) received its latest update. Version 5.7 of the program includes support for new GPUs and limited experimental support for new unknown GPUs. Apart from supporting new GPUs, the new version also includes its usual load of minor bug fixes that improve stability and usability.
GPUs supported from this version on, include:
Changes in this version:
- Added GeForce GTX 465
- Added GeForce GT 130M
- Added GeForce 9650M
- Added Quadro FX1700
- Added Quadro FX380
SP512 GeForce GTX 480 gets tested
Last week some photo's already showed up on NVIDIAs GeForce GTX 480 with the full 512 Shader processors / 64 Texture memory units. You guys know that at the initial; launch one SM shader cluster was diabled on this product to get better yield rates.
Expreview did a few tests on the 512 core graphics card, and compared it to the 480 core model that's out in the market. NVIDIA GeForce 258.96 drivers were used.
In 3DMark Vantage Extreme mode:
- The 512SP core card get's a score of 10,072 points
- The regular 480SP version get's a score of 9,521
The additional TMUs showed an evident impact on the texture fillrate, 41.55 GTexel/s for the 512 core card against 38.82 GTexel/s for the 480 core card. It remains a bit of a mystery if this model will actually make retail and if the anme will remain GTX 480, GTX 485 would be more suitable we feel.