AMD Phenom II X4 920 and 940 review [Guru3D]
AMD today unleashes their Dragon, and though that might sound like a pun it's actually an AMD marketing phrase for the infrastructure that carries Phenom II, an AMD 790 chipset based motherboard, Radeon graphics cards and a Phenom II processor.
Today of course we will focus on that new processor being launched. Is it a tick or a tock product ? You have learned to know it under the Deneb codename. Smaller die size, more performance, larges caches, more tweaking potential .. yes finally the Phenom II processors have arrived. The Phenom II processors we are reviewing are:
- AMD Phenom II X4 920 (2.8 GHz)
- AMD Phenom II X4 940 (3.0 GHz)
AMD made a considerable step forward with the release of Phenom II and we wanted to make sure to show you exactly that with a large amount of benchmarks, but obviously also performance tests with games as this processor might be a really good sweet spot for high-end graphics cards. Have a look at this Guru3D article a this hotlink.
Lian Li launches striking PC-888 Full Tower Chassis
Oh dear ... well, you'll either like or hate it. Well, at the very least Lian-Li is original which is more than you can say from the B-brand chassis designers. Based of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, this is one of their new creations.
There's nothing in the middle isn't there ? Lian-Li launched the PC-888 full tower chassis. The elegant curved design of the PC-888 is made completely from Aluminum and incorporates a feature rich extravaganza of customized creativity. The traditional brushed aluminum look has been re-sculptured to represent a sail in the winds of success. The sleek style and quality of Lian Li shine through admirably in anodized blue.
Hosting an array of convenient features such as the SATA Hot swappable HDD bay which supports six (6) HDD
Tomorrow on Guru3D
Guys, I like to remind everyone to be sure to check back in tomorrow (Thursday 8th) as we'll have some disclosed articles that will be launched. Among them AMD's Phenom II processors being reviewed, and obviously GeForce GTX 295 the final review (with an actual BFG Tech retail card).
Next to that we are also finishing up a Quad GPU: GeForce GTX 295 Quad SLI / Radeon HD 4870 X2 CrossfireX article.
So that will be an interesting day, next to all the CES goodies being announced tomorrow :)
Lian Li PC-B70 and PC-B71 Tower Chassis
Lian Li is shaking thing up in PC armor department as it unveiled two high end PC tower chassis, PC-B70 and PC-B71 for end users who are looking for stylish design, and acoustics damping as a part of their computer system with tool-less accessible parts and oversize fans.
Both systems are tailored with the usual Li-Lian separated compartments we
Imation intros Wireless Projection Link, SSD ranges
The Wireless Projection Link uses Wireless USB to transfer the images on a user's notebook or desktop PC to a compatible digital projector for a maximum range of 30 feet, with speeds at that range restricted to about 110Mbps. At about 10 feet, transfer speeds are much quicker, at up to 480Mbps. No software is necessary, as plugging in the USB dongle makes the system work, allowing users to keep swapping the dongle between computers as necessary. Users can extend their desktops or have enhanced video support when they install the included driver. The Imation Wireless Projection Link is currently available and priced at $250.
Imation also introduced two new families of Solid State Drives (SSD) along with an SSD upgrade kit that lets users upgrade their hard disks to SSDs. The new M-Class SSD drives are designed to fit 2.5-inch drive bays, while the S-Class SSD drives sport a 3.5-inch form factor. Capacities range from 32GB to 128GB. In addition, Imation provides M-Class and S-Class Upgrade Kits that include everything users need to transfer over their files and operating system from a hard disk drive onto the new SSDs. The Upgrade Kit includes an Imation M-Class or S-Class SSD, a USB-to-SATA or SATA connector cable, power cable, Acronis True Image HD software and instructions.
S-Class drives feature enterprise-class performance and energy efficiency, with faster write speeds than the M-Class SSDs, at 120MBps versus 90MBps, and much faster Input Output Per Second (IOPS) performance, specifically when sequentially writing data to the drive.
The Imation M-Class SSD products will begin shipping in February, with prices starting at $180 for a 2.5-inch, 32GB drive with a SATA interface. Both the S-Class SSDs and the Upgrade Kit for either drive will ship in March, with pricing yet to be announced.
NEC MultiSync LCD3090WQXi 30-inch LCD display unveiled
Iomega 1TB Home Media Network HDD
With EMC's acclaimed LifeLine(TM) software, in three simple steps users can configure up to one terabyte* of network storage for backing up all of their files as well as streaming music, photos, video and other multimedia files between computers, networked televisions, popular game consoles and other under-utilized digital home entertainment devices.
Iomega will be showing the new Home Media Network Hard Drive at the MacWorld tradeshow in San Francisco, January 6-9, 2009, and at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 8-11, 2009.
Starting at just $159.99, the Home Media Network Hard Drive is available as a 500GB or a 1TB single-drive device. Consumers with multiple computers can use the Home Media Network Hard Drive to centralize their computer storage as well as access files on everything from a laptop to a big screen TV to a Microsoft Xbox 360 or a Sony PlayStation 3. Sharing and streaming multimedia files to a home entertainment system creates lots of enjoyment for the whole family, and the 1TB Home Media Network Hard Drive can store plenty of entertainment - more than 4 million photos, 18,500 hours of music, or 1500 hours of video.**
"Iomega's new Home Media Network Hard Drive is a powerful network storage device that's so straightforward that even a novice can be backing up multiple computers and streaming media around their home in less than five minutes," said Jonathan Huberman, president of Iomega and the Consumer and Small Business Products Division of EMC. "The Home Media Network Drive does the serious work of backing up and protecting digital files, but it also does the fun things like streaming photos and videos to game consoles, digital picture frames and networked TVs, as well as automatically feeding music into iTunes(R) for easy playback - all for little more than the cost of a USB direct-attached desktop hard drive with comparable storage capacity."
BFG Tech Launches first full system called Phobos
While the Phobos PCs can be custom-configured, the company is also offering pre-built PCs that start at $3,000. In addition to features such as an 8 inch LCD touch-screen that offers up stats and performance numbers about your system, BFG is also offering what they are calling a complientary Concierge Service that includes in-home installation and a maintainence follow-up visit six months after the PC is purchased. Of course you can expect high-end hardware to be available inside including two upcoming BFG Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 graphics cards and a separate GeForce GTX 285 card just for PhysX hardware support.BFG Technologies, known as a leading supplier of premium power supplies and 3D graphics cards, is excited to announce its first line of complete gaming and multimedia PCs, called Phobos. These sleek hand-built, high performance machines were designed with the
Godfather USB Flash drives
I have GOT TO GET me one of these (we have this Godfather / Mafia thing going on with the entire Guru3D staff). Inspired by the epic film "The Godfather", these USB Flash drives from Super Talent are designed to capture the spirit of "The Godfather" in a small mobile storage device that is ideal for carrying data, digital images, presentations and music.
The Super Talent Godfather USB Flash drives are fully compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1. As an added bonus, these drives come loaded with still images and quotes from the film. The drives are available only in USA.
LaCie external optical drive, dual-drive RAID
LaCie has unveiled its latest external devices, the d2 DVD burner and a dual-drive RAID system. The DVD burner is driven by Windows XP Embedded and touts a maximum write speed of 22x. Users can choose from a USB 2.0 connection or FireWire, and write to DVD-R, DVD-RW, Dual Layer, CD-R or CD-RW media. The drive also features LightScribe technology for burning custom labels directly onto the discs.
The Hard Disk MAX dual-drive external storage device provides 2TB of capacity, configurable to RAID 0 for the fastest transfer rates or RAID 1 to protect against data loss if one drive fails. A LED stripe changes from blue to red to warn of conditions that could lead to malfunction. The company claims 60MB per second transfer rates using a USB 2.0 connection. Software is included for Windows and Mac platforms.
The d2 external DVD burner works across Windows, Linux and Mac platforms and can be purchased for $120. The Hard Disk MAX storage system carries a price of $270 and includes management software for Windows and Mac.
Crucial Ballistix triple channel DDR3 kits released
Lexar Media has introduced Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1333MHz and 1600MHz triple channel DDR3 memory modules for the Intel Core i7. Oddly enough, the full specifications aren't available just yet.
The Ballistix name is synonymous with high-octane gaming; these new three channel products are designed with the latest Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP) for pre-defined memory optimization. Intel's QuickPath architecture, which connects the memory directly to the processor as opposed to communicating through a separate chipset, enables faster memory throughput and performance. Enthusiasts can continue to count on Ballistix memory for some of the fastest, most responsive performance available.
"Ballistix memory is known for its extreme performance and our new three channel kits are an excellent fit for the new Core i7 platforms. By utilizing Intel's latest XMP specifications, we are delivering a product that will allow consumers to easily configure their memory for excellent performance," said Jeremy Mortenson, senior product marketing manager at Lexar Media. "Like all Ballistix memory, the new three channel Ballistix kits incorporate specially selected components that are 100% tested at the component and module level and are a desirable memory solution for achieving outstanding throughput and speed gains. Additionally, they carry a limited lifetime warranty and feature world-class service and support."
AMD to unveil six 45nm business CPUs in Q3 2009
Following AMD's recent update to it 45nm consumer desktop CPU schedule, sources at motherboard makers have revealed the company also plans to launch six 45nm processors for its business class lineup in the third quarter of 2009.
The planned CPUs are the dual-core Athlon X2 B23 (2.9GHz/2MB) and B21 (2.7GHz/2MB), triple-core Phenom II X3 B73 (2.8GHz/7.5MB) and B71 (2.6GHz/7.5MB), and quad-core Phenom II X4 B93 (2.8GHz/8MB) and B91 (2.6GHz/8MB), the sources indicated.
In the fourth quarter of 2009, the company is also expected to issue last order notices for the Phenom II X4 9850B, 9750B, 9600B and Phenom II X3 8850B, 8750B, 8600B as well as Athlon X2 5600B, 5400B, 5200B, 5000B, 4850B, 4450B and Athlon 1640B, added the sources.
AMD declined the opportunity to respond to this report saying it cannot comment on unannounced products.
Seagate ships two-platter 1TB Barracuda
Unlike three-platter 1TB hard drives from Hitachi, Samsung, and Western Digital, Seagate's new 3.5" Barracuda 7200.12 spreads 1TB of capacity across just two platters, and Seagate says it's shipping these HDDs right now. The new 'cuda's platters have areal densities of 329Gb/in
Nvidia's 40nm GT212 to have 384 SPs GDDR5
New rumors appeared on the web on NVIDIA follow-up flagship product to be released later this year. The website Hardware-Infos came up with a bucket load of technical specs on NVIDIA's upcoming flagship. It's the GT212 architecture based on 40nm
GT212 is the follow-up to 55nm GT200b (GeForce GTX 285) which is currently rolling into production. It entails a die shrink to a smaller fabrication process and interestingly enough, a decrease in memory interface width. But more on that in a minute.
See, the memory interface of GT212 will decrease from 512-bit on GT200 to 256-bit, however, Nvidia will plant Hynix 7Gbps GDDR5 on the GT212. One of the most interesting facts is a healthy increase in the Shader domain of the GPU. The shader processor count of GT212 will go from 240 in GT200 to 384, and the number of texture mapping units will increase from 80 to 96.
Due to all the changes the number of transistors could jump towards 1.8 billion. Interesting stuff.
Thanks Cowie, for submitting this one.
Download GPU-Z 0.3.1
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU. new update on GPU-Z is out and it supports the latest catalyst & latest forceware drivers.
Here is the list of changes :
* Fixed crash on systems without NVAPI (Win 2K, old NV drivers)
* Optimized RV770 BIOS reading code for speed (faster application startup)
* Improved voltage reading code for recent ATI cards
* Added support for fan speed monitoring on ForceWare 180.xx and up
* Added voltage monitoring for NVIDIA (GT200)
* Changed reading method for RV770 sensors, fixes race conditions with other software and on-board fan control
* NVIDIA 9800 GTX+ listed as 55nm now
* Added support for Intel Q43/Q45
* Added support for NVIDIA Quadro FX 4700 X2, GTX 295, GTX 285
* Added preliminary support for NVIDIA GT212, GT214, GT215, GT216, GT218
Download - Click here.
HIS Radeon 4870 ICEQ4+ TURBO 1024MB review
If there was one graphics card spectacular in 2008, it was the Radeon HD 4870 series. Yet this year a good number of games were released that actually make good use of a frame buffer larger than 512 MB.
Specifically at higher resolutions with a decent amount of Anti-aliasing and in DX10 games. Suffice to say we'll look at a 1 GB graphics card today. It's based on the Radeon HD 4870 and comes from HIS technology. The all new ICEQ4+ cooling based model. A spectacular looking graphics card ..
You can find this Guru3d review at this URL.
NVIDIA 40nm mobile GPU lineup
New info on the web outlines NVIDIA's plans for the mobile graphics market. In the first half of this year NVIDIA will introduce a mix of 55nm and 65nm notebook GPUs. The enthusiast market will get the G92b and G94b, while the G96b will be targeted at the performance market. For the mainstream notebook market NVIDIA will introduce new G98 and G98b cards.
In the second half of 2009 NVIDIA will transition its mobile GPUs to the 40nm process. The enthusiast market will get the GT212 and GT215, performance market will get the GT216 and the mainstream market will receive GT218 chips.
Nvidia is going to class their mobile GPUs as N10x this year and the confusing part is that it could be G9x based or GT21x based. However, the process technology will show which GPU architecture they belong to. Nvidia will transit all the G9x based mobile GPUs from 65nm to 55nm by quarter and it will be denoted by the suffix "1" behind their codename except for N10M GE1 which is still 65nm based. As for their marketing names, Nvidia is going to call them GeForce GTX 180M/170M, GTS 160M, GT 130M/120M, G 110M/105M.
THQ Air Combat Game Cancelled
An unannounced air combat game titled "Stormbirds," in development by Juice Games, was recently cancelled by THQ, according to former Juice artist Greg Calvert. Stormbirds was set for release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC--before THQ apparently got cold feet.
As a result, the team of over 30 developers was laid off by Juiced owner THQ [via ggmania].