Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor GeForce GTX 970 VRAM stress test
It has been an interesting week with all the hype on the GeForce GTX 970 with what now is know as a crippled memory sub-system. Three weeks ago here on Guru3D.com users in our forums started to report oddities with their GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, the card ran out of memory at 3.5 GB, not utilizing anything higher or reports of stutters in high graphics memory usage.Read more
Does the GeForce GTX 970 have a memory allocation bug ? (update 3)
For a week or two now in our forums there have been allegations that users of the GeForce GTX 970 have a darn hard time addressing and filling the last 10% of their graphics memory. The 4 GB card seems to run into issues addressing the last 400 to 600 MB of memory, which is significant.Read more
Intel Atom Pineview Pixelized
Yesterday we talked about the new Intel Atom Pineview processor (N450). We spotted a photo of it. This chip will be used in the Pineview-M netbook platform in Q4 2009, it's clocked at 1.66GHz and features 512KB L2 cache.
The platform is bundled with the NM10 Express chipset and this dual-chip solution is roughly 2.8x smaller than the Diamondville-M platform's 3-chip solution. The new platform supports DDR2-667 memory and will use the Intel GMA 500 integrated graphics. The TDP has been dropped from 16W to 7W, while the average power consumption has been halved to 2W.
All MSI X58 motherboards now SLI compatible
Excellent news from MSI today. All of the company's X58 based motherboards now support NVIDIA's SLI technology. Users of the MSI X58M, X58 Pro-E and X58 Platinum motherboards can get a free BIOS upgrade to add this feature.
Global mainboard and graphics card manufacturer MSI, today announces that its entire line up of MSI X58 mainboards will support NVIDIA SLI technology. The entire series of mainboards now supports both NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFireX, enabling the highest graphics performances. As a result of MSI
Nokia works on phone that draws power from radio waves
On the topic of interesting news we land at Nokia today. Their researchers are working on technology to harvest power from ambient electromagnetic radiation emitted from cell phone antennas, TV masts, WiFi transmitters, and other sources. The goal is to create cell phones that never needs recharging via the conventional power cord.
Ambient electromagnetic radiation--emitted from Wi-Fi transmitters, cell-phone antennas, TV masts, and other sources--could be converted into enough electrical current to keep a battery topped up, says Markku Rouvala, a researcher from the Nokia Research Centre, in Cambridge, U.K.
Rouvala says that his group is working towards a prototype that could harvest up to 50 milliwatts of power--enough to slowly recharge a phone that is switched off. He says current prototypes can harvest 3 to 5 milliwatts.
ASUS shows LS and MS series displays
ASUS introduced their LS241H and MS series displays. Boasting impressive super slim profiles, ASUS LS and MS Series monitors are elegant design pieces that deliver captivating visuals.
Their full high definition resolution, ultra-quick 2ms response time* and astounding contrast ratio of 50000:1* capture rapt audience attention with true-to-life and brilliant images. These avant-garde art pieces bear testament to ASUS' strength in industrial design, each equipped with an innovative ring-inspired stand that incorporates the Ergo-Fit Technology for easy angle adjustment with just a finger. In addition, both the LS and MS Series adopt Green Power Technology that uses a two-lamp LCD panel to achieve greater power savings.
The LS Series comprises the LS241H while the MS Series comprises the MS246, MS236, MS227, MS226 and MS202. Designed for simplicity, the LS241H includes an intuitive knob for easy access to menu settings and function controls.
Court Says Pirate Bay Trial Judge Not Biased
On April 17th, the Pirate Bay trial found the four defendants, Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Fredrik Neij, and Carl Lundstr
Intel Larrabee might be delayed to Summer 2011
You know, this again is a rumor and it surfaced at the premises of Tom's Hardware so we can't vouch for it. They speculate that the up and coming Intel Larrabee GPU would go to market summer 2011, and thus is delayed big-time. No apparent reason is given for this though.
Also we noticed that the Larrabee GPU would measure a whopping 971 square millimeters if the chip was to be produced at 45nm. To get you an idea, you guys know how big NVIDIA's GT200 series GPUs are right ? Well, this would make the chip about 65 percent bigger than NVIDIA's GT200 (GTX 260/275/285).
As such it might be the case that Larrabee is to be made on a 32nm process and that would shrink the chip's size to around 650mm
Get Everest Ultimate Edition V4.6 and a Free License
There's a promotion going on where there are free (legal) license keys handed out for Everest 4.60, which is just a fantastic hardware monitoring and benchmark tool. Though revision 4.60 not the newest version, it'll do just fine for all the basic stuff.
Check out the guru3d.com download mirror where you can download the binary. Also read the instruction there carefully on how you can get that free license key.
BFG single-PCB GeForce GTX 295 liquid cooled pixelized
In cool graphics card news today we have something to report as well. As you guys know there's a new model GeForce GTX 295 to be launched somewhere at the end of this month. This new revision will have one PCB, instead of two. As such BFG apparently is working on some snazzy liquid cooling for this product.
It makes sense that this will be a BFG H2OC series product. We snagged two photo's for you guys.
Click on the thumbnails to enlarge them.
Intel Atom N450 on track for October
Intel is scheduled to phase out its Atom N270 CPU by launching its successor
Intel to debut six-core Nehalem this year
In the server segment there already is 6-core up and running under codename Dunnington, however it seems that Intel will release a six core consumer processor based on the Nehalem (Core i7) processor architecture later this year. This Socket LGA1366 processor would arrive in roughly the same timeframe as the Lynnfield (Core i5) and Intel P55 chipset based motherboard releases.
From what we heard, after a BIOS update all X58 motherboards currently available are going to support this new processor. Though the product is Nehalem based .. the word is not yet final if it'll be tagged under the Core i7 family name.
Good times, it is nice to finally see some activity on processor development again.
Guru3D Contest 3 Reminder
Hey Benelux folks !
Here's a gentle reminder that our Dragon contest (win a high-end AMD PC) is ending this friday ! If you reside in the Benelux then be sure to jump onto this competition. And if you win, you'll meet the Guru himself as I will be personally delivering this PC at your doorsteps !
Here is the prize:
- 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)
WD Unveils 4 TB External Hard Drive
WD introduced its new 4 terabyte capacity My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage systems provide an ideal blend of high performance and power conservation. The new My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage systems are available now at select retailers and the WD online store.
The new 4 TB My Book Studio Edition II external storage system's dual-drive RAID 0 configuration and high-speed interfaces deliver high performance for creative professionals, workgroups, small offices and anyone looking for fast data transfer. The system offers four interfaces: eSATA and FireWire 800 for maximum performance as well as FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 for maximum flexibility. The eco-friendly system uses WD's hard drives with WD GreenPower Technology for power savings and cool and quiet operation.
- Massive 4 terabyte capacity;
- Extra-fast performance with four interfaces (FireWire 400/800, eSATA, USB 2.0);
- Cool, eco-friendly operation with WD's drives with WD GreenPower Technology that consume approximately one-third less power than standard dual-drive external storage systems and efficient convection cooling architecture and power-saving mode and designed without a fan to run quietly;
- Quad interface with connections for ultra-fast eSATA and FireWire 800 and for flexibility and convenience FireWire 400 and USB 2.0;
- Automatic and continuous backup software;
- User serviceability, enabling owner to open the enclosure and replace the drive inside;
- Capacity gauge to see at a glance how much space is available on the system; and,
- 5-year limited warranty.
MSRP for My Book Studio Edition II with 4 TB is $649.99 USD.
EVGA Releases GeForce GTX 285 Mac Edition
Very silently eVGA introduced a GeForce GTX 285 Mac Edition graphics card, which is its fastest offering to Mac users. The card uses a standard PCI-Express interface available with Intel x86 based Mac Pro workstations, and provides all the features of NVIDIA's fastest GPU.
The card is obviously similar in all it's ways to its PC counterpart, using a reference design for the PCB and cooler, reference clock speeds of 648/1476/2484 MHz (core/shader/memory), and 1 GB of GDDR3 memory across a 512-bit interface. It bundles the necessary power dongles, and packs system software for Mac. Two dual-link DVI connectors support two Apple Cinema displays with resolutions of 2560 x 1600 each. The OpenGL 3.0 acceleration backs the advanced drawing features of Adobe CS4 applications.
EVGA is pricing this at US $449.99, slightly higher than the GTX 285 2 GB FTW graaphics card for PC.
GeForce 186.03 WHQL Driver for Notebooks Released
It is good to see NVIDIA release more and more notebook drivers lately. As such today they updated its driver package for notebooks to WHQL version 186.03. This is a reference driver that supports GeForce 8M, 9M, 100M, and 200M-series notebook GPUs. Please read below for the full list of bugs fixed and performance improvements version 186.03 has to offer.
- This driver supports GeForce 8M, 9M, 100M, and 200M-series notebook GPUs. Refer to the Products Supported tab for the list of supported GPUs and notebooks. Some notebooks are not supported by this release.
- Adds support for CUDA 2.2 for improved performance in GPU Computing applications. See nvidia.com/cuda for more details.
- Expands GPU hardware acceleration for the NVIDIA Video Encoding library to GPUs with less than 32 cores. Applications using this library include CyberLink PowerDirector 7, Nero Move it 1.5, Loilo SuperLoiloScope MARS, and CyberLink MediaShow Espresso.
- Adds support for Ambient Occlusion - the newest NVIDIA Control Panel feature to offer enhanced 3D gaming realism exclusively to GeForce GPUs.
- Accelerates performance in several 3D applications. The following are examples of improvements measured with Release 185 drivers vs. Release 179 drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
- Up to 25% performance increase in The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
- Up to 22% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with antialiasing enabled
- Up to 11% performance increase in Fallout 3 with antialiasing enabled
- Up to 14% performance increase in Far Cry 2
- Up to 45% performance increase in Mirror's Edge with antialiasing enabled
- Includes full support for OpenGL 3.0.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX hardware acceleration on GPUs with a minimum of 256 MB dedicated graphics memory (this driver package installs NVIDIA PhysX System
- Software v9.09.0203).
- Supports GeForce Plus Power Pack #3. Download these FREE PhysX and CUDA applications now!
- Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL.
- Supports NVIDIA SLI Multi-monitor support, giving you the ability to use two monitors with your GeForce graphics cards in SLI mode. Learn more here.
- Includes numerous bug fixes.
DOWNLOAD GeForce Release 186.03 for Notebooks for:
100,000 websites destroyed by hackers
As many as 100,000 websites where destroyed by attackers who targeted a zero-day vulnerability in a widely-used virtualization application.
Technicians at UK-based Vaserv.com were still scrambling to recover data on Monday evening UK time, more than 24 hours after unknown hackers were able to gain root access to the company's system, Rus Foster, the company's director told The Register. He said the attackers were able to penetrate his servers by exploiting a critical vulnerability in HyperVM, a virtualization application made by a company called LXLabs.
"We were hit by a zero-day exploit" in version 2.0.7992 of the application, he said. "I've heard from other people they've been hit by the same thing."
Foster said he's been unable to reach anyone at LXLabs to discuss the suspected vulnerability. The Register has also received no response to inquiries sent to the company, which according to its website is located in Bangalore.
According to Foster, data for about half of the websites hosted on Vaserv was destroyed all at once sometime Sunday evening, shortly after administrators noticed "strangeness" on the system. The attackers had the ability to execute sensitive Unix commands on the system, including "rm -rf," which forces a recursive delete of all files.
Some 50 percent of Vaserv's customers signed up for unmanaged service, which doesn't include data backup, Foster said. It remains unclear of those website owners will ever be able to retrieve their lost data, he said. As a result, at least half the websites that were hosted on the site remain offline.
"Since last night, I've had probably 40 phone calls from clients saying 'Why is my website down,'" said Daniel Voyce, a web developer for Nu Order Webs who uses Vaserv to host customer sites. "It's making me look bad."
Voyce said the hackers, given the high level of server access they gained, were likely able to intercept a wealth of sensitive data stored on Vaserv's servers. Voyce said his customers are safe because all sensitive information was encrypted [via the register].
MSI GeForce N260GTX Lightning 1792 MB review Part 2
A couple of weeks ago we reviewed this literally hot new Black Edition product from MSI product already, yet our conclusion was somewhat spicy related to temperature and noise levels we had seen on the GTX260 Lightning graphics card.
MSI was absolutely convinced we had received a defective card and submitted a new one with the question if we wanted to have second go at it. So we did, and it certainly made a massive difference. Temperatures of this graphics card are now over 30 Degrees C lower and the noise levels fine.
So today we bring you a review in the MSI GeForce N260GTX Lightning 1792 MB, but then revised and revisited !
What is the GeForce N260GTX Lightning 1792 MB ? Well, it's a graphics card with twice the standard GeForce GTX 260 GDDR3 memory summing up to an incredible 1792 MB, it utilizes a Twin Frozr cooling with heatpipes, dual slot heatsink and two big fans. The card design is Phase PWM, with 8 phases are reserved for the GPU and 2 phases for the memory. Furthermore, this graphics card has important overclocking features like V-Check points to measure the voltage.
Check out the full review right here.
Alphacool HF 38 Niagara (i7) CPU water block review
One of them is the German based Alphacool. Recently they introduced a new CPU block called the Alphacool HF 38 Niagara.
This new water-block is designed for Socket 1366 processor, aka Nehalem aka Core i7. A high-end liquid cooling CPU block priced fairly. Let's check it out at the URL right here.
FutureMark updates - patches available
For those that do not like to download the full versions of the software mentioned below, please be aware thatw e have upload the upgrade patches onto our file-server now as well.
June 2009 updates are available for 3DMark03, 3DMark05, 3DMark06, 3DMark Vantage, PCMark05 and PCMark Vantage.
This updates the system information detection component to the latest version for each of these benchmark products. This fixes numerous issues related to hardware detection in the benchmarks.
Benchmark version numbers will remain the same and scoring will not be affected. Older versions of the installer and benchmark will continue to work as before.
PCMark05 v1.20 June 09 upgrade patch
PCMark Vantage v1.01 June 09 upgrade patch
3DMark03 v1.01 June 09 upgrade patch
3DMark05 v1.30 June 09 upgrade patch
3DMark06 v1.10 June 09 upgrade patch
3DMark Vantage v1.01 June 09 upgrade patch
If you like to download the full versions, click here.
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