Win a Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan Black WindForce Edition
We just reviewed the Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan Black with that magnificent WindForce cooler. And we are giving it away for free in a contest. To participate, you need to do is "Follow" our Facebook page (if you haven't already) and answer a simple question on ther corresponding Facebook item. Good Luck!
Reminder - the contest ends later today - Enter here
GTA 4 PC quick solves and hints VGA issues
If you are one of the many running into problems with GTA 4. Here are a couple of solves you can try out:
Issue 1 - Fatal Error MMA10 on saving the game.
Possible Solution 1 - Sign out of the Rockstar Social Club, on starting the game skip the login . This allows the game to start. If you are connected to the internet, you will be prompted to login to Game For Windows Live (GFWL). If you login to this the game will save with out issues.
However if you are not connected to the internet, GFWL has an offline mode. If you try to save at your safe house, it will advise you to login. From here choose YES and the game will appear to freeze for a second, hold down the Alt and press Tab to go back to your desktop. You will see the option to sign into GFWL Offline mode, do this and then ALT + Tab back into the game. This should allow you to save, although it may take you to the beginning of the game.
Possible Solution 2 - Install .net Framework 3.5 may need to be installed first.
Issue 2 - Graphical distortion using an NVIDIA 7900 video card
Solution - Install and use the latest beta driver for the 7 series video cards. As usual we need to offer a disclaimer on using beta drivers.
- Windows XP (32 bit) - 180.70
- Windows XP (64 bit) - 180.60
- Windows Vista (32bit) - 180.60
- Windows Vista (64 bit) - 180.60
Issue 3 - General crashes/freezes
Solution - Install all the latest updates for Windows. including service packs (SP3 for XP and SP1 for Vista). Close background applications.
Cooler Master black Cosmos Limited Edition has black Z600 HSF
It's a funky looking cooler, it's just a shame that you have to buy the Cosmos case to get your hands on it, as it won't be available on its own. Hopefully Cooler Master will make an updated version of the normal Z600 with the same features.
Grand Theft Auto 4 PC Release Hunted by Bugs
If you recently bought the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV and are experiencing any minor to major difficulties, you're not alone. This is a PC release of a GTA game with the single most problems ever. The bugs have been well documented on the Steam forums, with one user compiling a list of potential fixes.
The game-loading RMN40 error can apparently be fixed in Windows XP by updating to Service Pack 3. If you are running Windows Vista, then download and install the Microsoft .NET 3.5 Framework and a reboot. A separate MMA10 error requires users to log out of the Rockstar Social Club multiplayer utility in order to play. While the missing texture problems have been attributed to corrupt graphics drivers, many users have been unable to fix the issue after a driver reinstall. The game is also restricting some users from changing their graphical settings.
Rockstar has sent out a general e-mail to fan sites to spread the word that the company is working on sorting out all the PC issues, be it audio, graphical, performance or network related. They advise anyone that is encountering difficulties to contact their local technical support helpline for advice and recommendations. These telephone numbers can be found in the game's manual. You can also refer to Rockstar's support site, which provides regularly updated technical information and solutions to common problems, including a complete list of error codes, and some advice on how to use the graphics settings.
Heroes Over Europe trailer defends the skies
AMD preps Catslyst 8.12 drivers
AMD is working hard on ATI Catalyst 8.12 drivers. Here's a little sneak preview of what the new drivers will offer. ATI Catalyst 8.12 Windows driver release include:
ATI Stream support:
With the release of ATI Catalyst 8.12 users can unlock the potential of accelerated applications enabling ATI Stream technology for millions of ATI Radeon
Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 native PCI express Low Profile
Auzentech unveiled its X-Fi Forte PCI-Express sound card. The Forte 7.1 is the first Low Profile native PCI express audio card that Auzentech has designed especially for gamers and audiophiles. Compared to the X-Fi chipset reference design, the Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 has improved circuitry and components.
"A large percentage of our customers are both gamers and audiophiles," said Stephane Bae, president of Auzentech, Inc. "Increasingly, they are requesting a low-profile sound card with 'mind-blowing' audio playback for music, movies, and games. We created the Auzen X-Fi Forte with these customers in mind."
The Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 marks the first time the Creative X-Fi Native PCI Express chipset has been available in a low-profile board, as well as the first time it has been available in a a third-party soundcard.
The Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 soundcard is scheduled for release before the end of December of 2008. The MSRP is planned at $149.99.
Download: GPU-Z 0.2.9 released
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU. GPU-Z 0.2.8 is out and it supports catalyst 8.11 & latest forceware drivers.
Here is the list of changes :
- added support for NVIDIA 9800 GT, 9600 GS/GSO, 9300 GS, Quadro FX Go1400, 9800M GTX, 9600M GT, 9650M GT, Quadro FX 770M, 9200M GS, 9300M GS, Quadro NVS 160M, G71 0x2e5
- Added support for ATI HD 4350, HD 4550, HD 4650, HD 4830, HD 4850 X2, RV670 0x9504
- Added support for Intel GM45 variant 0x2a43
- Added support for shader count reading on HD 48xx
- Changed ATI driver function call method. This should result in more accurate readings on X2 cards and non-desktop ATI devices
- Improved VGA BIOS Upload dialog. Drop down lists appropriate for your card will now be fetched from our servers to facilitate the upload process
- Corrected RV610 transistor count
Download - click here.
NVIDIA releases PhysX pack #2
NVIDIA just released PhysX pack #2 the followup to pack one with some new PhysX goodies for you to play around with. The new toys included are Warmonger, Crazy Machines 2, Dark Basic Fluids Demo, Dark Basic PhysX Soft Body Demo, TMPGENC XPRESS 126.96.36.1996 Trial and Badaboom Media Converter 1.0.
I had to look real hard to find this pack @ NVIDIA but in this release:
- Two new levels for Warmonger
Guru3D PC Buyer's Guide Christmas 2008 edition
Today Guru3D offers you their annual PC Buyers Guide, the 2008 Christmas edition was just launched. This article brings you a set of recommendations of products we feel are great components to build yourself a nice gaming rig.
Mind you that I deliberately said Gaming PC there as it is our focus, that and being budget aware.
We break down this article in three segments, low-budget, mid-range and high-end. Guru3D's guide will only cover the box. Monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers are not included.
The article is located at this link. Or you can just click on the girl ;)
NZXTs Zero 2 is Full Tower Steel Chassis
A PC enthusiast would appreciate a great designed case with tool-less construction, good cooling capabilities while capable to operate in whisper quiet mode at load. NZXT has released the follow-up on highly appraised Zero series with such features. The new Zero 2 is a full tower PC case with extremely durable and sturdy chassis constructed from a 1mm steel. Like its presuccessor, the sequel features silent and massive cooling system that can be customized for up to total of 10 fans.
The NZXT Zero 2 measures 210.5 x 532 x 536mm and weighs 22.44 pounds. It features five 5.25″ drive bays, two 3.5″ drive bays and six HDD bays: a total of 13 bays with tool-less design for raid-fanatics. The unit ships with 3x 120mm fans and has room for optional 4
dual-GPU 55nm GT200 card named GeForce GTX 295?
An Asian hardware site claims the "GeForce GTX 260 GX2" dual-GPU card will be launched (as rumored) in January as the GeForce GTX 295.
If true, the card may give NVIDIA the performance crown again.
Windows worm creating massive botnet
Ivan Macalintal, a senior research engineer with Trend Micro Inc., said that the worm, which his company has dubbed "Downad.a" -- it's called "Conficker.a" by Microsoft and "Downadup" by Symantec Corp. -- is a key component in a new botnet that criminals are creating.
"We think 500,000 is a ball park figure," said Macalintal when asked the size of the new botnet. "That's not as large as some, such as [the] Kraken [botnet], or Storm earlier, but it's still starting to grow."
Last week, Microsoft warned that the worm was behind a spike in exploits of a bug in the Windows Server service, which is used by the operating system to connect to network file and print servers. Microsoft patched the service with an emergency fix it issued Oct. 23, shortly after it discovered a small number of infected PCs in Southeast Asia.
The Best Selling PC Games (week ending Nov 22)
Time for a new update from NPD, here are the top 10 selling PC games in the USA for the week ending November 22.
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $40
- Left 4 Dead / Valve / $46
- Call Of Duty: World At War / Treyarch / $50
- The Sims 2 Mansion & Garden Stuff / EA Maxis / $18
- EverQuest II: The Shadow Odyssey / Sony Online Ent. / $50
- Spore / EA Maxis / $49
- Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $50
- The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis / $20
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Collectors Ed / Blizzard / $69
- The Sims 2 Apartment Life / EA Maxis / $20
Core i7s have a Phenom-like TLB issue? No, says Intel
This is simply a pointer to a previous document written in April 2007. This document is an application note (advises on programming techniques) that programmers have had since April of 2007. This item in the Nehalem spec sheet is a web pointer, under the heading "spec clarification". The reporter who wrote this did not contact us and we will try to clarify this with him.
In other words, Intel shareholders probably shouldn't be losing any sleep over this.
For reference, the AMD TLB erratum caused data corruption and system hangs in periods of high CPU utilization, and AMD halted shipments of quad-core Opterons for months because of it. On the desktop, the company released a BIOS fix that crippled the performance of early quad-core Phenoms in many apps. All Phenoms with model numbers ending in "50" and all shipping quad-core Opterons lack the erratum, though [via tech report].
Download: Realtek High Definition Audio for XP and Vista 2.10
The new Realtek HD Audio 2.10 driver is available for download. The binaries support Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 x64, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP, Windows XP x64.
Located on out speedy servers, download here.
NVIDIA likely to launch dual GPU videocard January
More rumors on the web appeared today claiming that NVIDIA is going to release a dual GT200 based graphics card early January 2009. Probably in the CES timeframe. It's even rumored that NVIDIA is so far ahead with production that the first samples could be shipped towards board partners late December already.
The entire purpose of the release would obviously to kick ATI of their performance crown with the Radeon HD 4870 X2 and as our GTX 260 SLI results have shown, that can be done quite well.
Just like the Radeon 4870 X2 and 9800 GX2 the card will have two GPUs likely one PCB. The question obviously remains what chips will be used exactly.
It would make sense to see the GeForce GTX 260 core 216 chips on there. Also expected is a fabrication processes shrunk toward 55nm.
Grand Theft Auto IV for PC gets DRM
A lot of gamers are going to be unhappy about this. It seems Grand Theft Auto IV for the PC will be outfitted with DRM, specifically SecuROM, which recently made news just a bit ago when it was discovered it was included in the Spore title.
While companies have a right to protect their property from piracy, oftentimes these DRM measures cut into a buyer
Vista SP2 released in April 2009 ?
Microsoft's new update to Windows Vista is arriving by mid-spring. Vista Service Pack 2 should be sufficiently complete to reach release candidate status by February and to be finished by April, when it would be sent to manufacturing for DVD versions and prepared as a download for existing users.
As with SP1, the actual launch would be staggered based on languages; English and other European languages as well as Japanese would be available first, while Chinese and other key languages would receive the update later.
SP2 will represent a switch in strategy for Vista for Microsoft, which released SP1 early this year chiefly as a fix for performance and stability problems that are widely believed to have hurt early Vista sales. The newer update instead focuses on feature support and will add native Blu-ray burning, Bluetooth 2.1, the previously optional Windows Search 4.0 app and a new Wi-Fi configuration utility to set up more complex wireless networking.
An April gold date leaves SP2 arriving just a few months before Windows 7, which is being moved up to 2009 from its previously projected early 2010 launch window. XP SP2 was nonetheless partly considered an emergency update to address security issues where the Vista patch focuses more on the user experience.