Star Wars Battlefront Beta Early Access Competition with AMD and Guru3D
AMD has joined forces with Guru3D to bring you early access to the Star Wars Battlefront beta before its public release on October 8th. These codes will grant you instant access allowing you to hone your blasters and prep your AT-ATs for domination on Hoth. This competition runs in our forums.
You can join and leave your entry here. Below a little recording I made a few hours ago of the Single player Tatooine mission. Ultra image quality on a Radeon R9 380 2GB - even at a monitor resolution of 2560x1440 (WHQD) this game still runs 40 FPS on the R9 380.
Reinventing The Keyboard
Intel launches 13 six-core Xeon CPUs on March 16 2010
Intel is planning to release 13 dual-socket, 32nm Xeon processors with six cores on March 16th, 2010. The flagship is a six-core, 12-thread Xeon X5680 processor. The chip has a frequency of 3.33GHz, 12MB cache, Intel Turbo Boost, Hyperthreading and a 130W TDP.
In addition to the Xeon X5680, the March 16 release list includes five more six-core chips, all with 12 threads and 12MB of cache -- the Xeon X5670 (2.93GHz, 95W), X5660 (2.80GHz, 95W), X5650 (2.66GHz, 95W), L5640 (2.26GHz, 60W) and W3680 (3.33GHz, 130W).
Seven 32nm, quad-core processors are also listed, all with 12MB of cache -- the Xeon X5677 (3.46GHz, 130W), X5667 (3.06GHz, 95W), E5640 (2.66GHz, 80W), E5630 (2.53Hz, 80W), E5620 (2.40GHz, 80W), L5630 (2.13GHz, 40W), L5609 (1.86GHz, 40W). All of those chips, with the exception of the Xeon L5609, have eight threads, Hyperthreading and Turbo Boost. Three additional 45nm processors are also scheduled for release on the same date, this includes the quad-core Xeon E5507 (2.26GHz, 80W, 4MB cache), dual-core E5503 (2.00GHz, 80W, 4MB cache) and quad-core, eight-thread W3530 (2.80GHz, 130W, 8MB cache).
Corsair 24GB Dominator DDR3 kit
*caughs* now that's a spicy memory setup. Corsair introduced a 24GB triple-channel Dominator DDR3 memory kit, it features six 4GB modules that run at 1333MHz with 9-9-9-27 latencies at 1.65V.
Corsair's 24GB Dominator DDR3 memory kit has been rigorously tested in high-performance platforms based on the Intel
Enermax thin Acrylux keyboard
Enermax introduced Acrylux, a new keyboard with an ultra-thin profile. It's build with reinforced acryl, it features scissors key switch technology and two USB 2.0 port hub. The Acrylux will be available in a wired and wireless version.
Slimness is the eternal demand on any peripheral for most users. ENERMAX industrial engineers have achieved a new level of slimness
A-DATA teams up with SandForce to work on SSD solutions
Very similar to OCZ who announced the same thing recently A-DATA announced a collaboration with SandForce to work on solid state disk solutions.
A-DATA Technology Co., Ltd., the worldwide leader in DRAM modules and Flash application products, today announced a collaboration with SandForce Inc. on A-DATA
MSI 785GM-E65 motherboard review
MSI 785GM-E65 motherboard review
Recently AMD released the AMD 785 chipset - offering full support for the latest Athlon and Phenom II processors, DDR3 memory and a bucket load of features. Next to that the chipset we have tucked away on the motherboard tested today has an embedded Radeon HD 4200 IGP as it is the 785G chipset. It's actually the latest embedded update offering really good and nice Home Theater PC functionality as it's fully capable of accelerating and post-processing high-definition content.
Here we will test the with MSI 785GM-E65 motherboard, this piece of kit is stuffed and loaded with features, looks nice and remain very affordable. Let's have a peek at the chipset, and then obviously the MSI motherboard, followed by an in-depth performance review to see if the chipset can keep up with that sexy AMD 790 series.
Read this Guru3D review here.
ForceWare 195.81 Win XP/Vista/7 32|64-bit
This is a beta driver for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, and 200-series desktop GPUs and ION desktop GPUs.
This driver is identical to the 195.62 WHQL drivers except for the following:
- Several bug fixes to support the new Adobe Flash 10.1 Beta 2 release.
- Adds new SLI and multi-GPU profiles for Avatar Demo, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Demo, and Wings of Prey.
- Fixes 3D Vision display detection for CRT and DLP displays.
GeForce 200 series:
GTX 260, GT 230, GTX 275, G210, GT 240, 205, GTX 285, GTX 280, 210, GTS 250, GTS 240, GTX 295, GT 220
GeForce 100 series:
GT 130, GT 120, GT 140, G 100
GeForce 9 series:
9600 GT, 9500 GT, 9800 GT, 9500 GS, 9300 GE, 9400 GT, 9800 GTX/GTX+, 9200, 9400, 9600 GSO, 9600 GS, 9800 GX2, 9300 GS, 9300
GeForce 8 series:
8600 GTS, 8100 / nForce 720a, 8200, 8300 GS, 8800 GTS, 8800 GTS 512, 8600 GT, 8800 Ultra, 8500 GT, 8600 GS, 8400, 8300, 8800 GS, 8400 GS, 8800 GTX, 8400 SE, 8800 GT
GeForce 7 series:
7300 LE, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7300 GS, 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7900 GT/GTO, 7300 GT, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 620i, 7500 LE, 7800 GS, 7650 GS, 7600 LE, 7300 SE / 7200 GS, 7550 LE, 7800 GTX, 7950 GT, 7100 GS, 7350 LE, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 610i, 7900 GTX, 7600 GS, 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7600 GT, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7900 GS, 7150 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7950 GX2, 7800 SLI
GeForce 6 series:
6100 nForce 420, 6800 LE, 6500, 6700 XL, 6100, 6800 GS, 6150SE nForce 430, 6600 LE, 6100 nForce 400, 6600, 6800, 6600 GT, 6150, 6800 GT, 6800 XT, 6600 VE, 6200 TurboCache, 6800 Ultra, 6150LE / Quadro NVS 210S, 6150 LE, 6200, 6200SE TurboCache, 6800 GS/XT, 6800 XE, 6200 A-LE, 6200 LE, 6100 nForce 405, 6250, 6610 XL
ION, ION LE
AMD has over 800.000 DX11 class GPUs shipped
The company said that so far it has shipped over 500 thousand ATI Radeon HD 5700-series graphics processing units code-named Juniper and over 300 thousand graphics chips known as Cypress that power ATI Radeon HD 5800-/5900-series graphics adapters. Thanks to partly resolved supply issues with 40nm chips, AMD
Guru3D Folding at Home Top 20
Time for a new update on Folding@home from Team Guru3D.
The team is folding really steadily at an average of quarter million points per 24 hours. We are still at position 79 and competition certainly is getting fierce. As this rate it will take roughly 3 weeks before we can overtake FutureMark.com's folding team, and after that we need to tackle Tom's hardware. To do so we of course need your help !
Here's an overview of the top 20 Guru3D crunching heroes.
|Top 20 Producers|
Would you like to help out ? If you have an 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. Team 69411 -- join the club. Thanks to all who are participating in this project, and a special thank you to our top 20 contributors.
Intel Core i7 980X hexacore pricing revealed
I know a lot of you guys have been wondering about this. The upcoming 6-core / hexacore Intel Core i7 980X (known under codename Gulftown) popped up in yet another slidedeck. Many expected the product to cost like 1200 USD.
Well, it's still very expensive, but not as bad as you think. The six core / twelve threads encounting processor is going to cost 999 USD which would boil down to roughly 800 EUR with VAT included. The new roadmap also revealed something else. Initially we expected the processor to run at 3 GHz, but as it now seems, this little monster might get a base frequency of 3.33 GHz.
NVIDIA helps unravelling Universe Mysteries
The group will be the first research team to employ a GPU-based cluster in large-scale simulations of lattice QCD with an exact chiral symmetry. Still, what is most convenient about this cluster is the fact that it is capable of delivering 15 teraflops of computing power at only 1% of the total cost and only 10% of the power consumption of an equivalent (computationally wise) processor-based supercomputer.
Intel Core i7 930 in February 2010
A roadmap from Intel reveals a new processor labeled as Core i7 930 which apparantly is due for a release on February 28th, 2010. The processor will boast four processing cores and eight threads. The processor is clocked at 2.80 GHz and will work on socket LGA 1366 motherboards. The total L3 cache memory of the unit is of 8MB and the chip will boast an integrated triple channel DDR3 memory controller.
The price tag will be $284. The total thermal design power of the Core i7 930 CPU is of 130W.
Another new CPU in Intel's pipeline is the 45nm Core 2 Q9500, this may be one of the last LGA775 processors. This $183 chip will be released on January 17th, 2010, it features a 2.83GHz frequency and 6MB cache.
Meet the WarMouse with 18 (!) buttons
Hah -- hell no (!) WarMouse has given the OpenOfficeMouse a new name and a more attractive design. This new rodent features a 5600 DPI laser sensor and a whopping 18 buttons. It will start shipping in Q1 2010 for $74.99.
WarMouse today announced that its revolutionary 18-button joystick mouse, rechristened the Meta, will ship with a high-resolution laser sensor instead of an optical sensor. With a patented design featuring 18 buttons, an analog joystick, and a 5600-cpi laser sensor, the Meta provides a radically efficient user interface that has been shown to increase mouse input speeds by an average of 30 percent in comparison with conventional two-button mice utilizing toolbar icons and pull-down menus. Formerly known as the OpenOfficeMouse, the WarMouse Meta will be black with dark gray buttons.
The Meta is one of the first computer mice to incorporate an analog joystick and is the first mouse to permit the use of the joystick as a digital keyboard interface. In the three digital joystick modes, the user can assign up to sixteen different keys or macros to the joystick, which provides faster user input regardless of whether the user is flying through the cells of a large spreadsheet in Calc or on the back of an epic flying mount in World of Warcraft. In analog joystick mode, the player can select between having up to seven joystick buttons available or using all 18 buttons as keyboard and mouse commands instead.
The features of the WarMouse Meta include:
* 18 programmable mouse buttons with double-click functionality
* High-resolution laser sensor with adjustable resolution from 100 to 5,600 DPI/CPI.
* Five assignable button modes: Key, Keypress, Macro, Mouse, and Mouse-Key Combo
* Analog Xbox 360-style joystick with five analog and digital modes
* Clickable scroll wheel
* 512k of flash memory
* 63 on-mouse application modes with hardware, software, and autoswitching capability
* 1024-character macro support.
* Meta Modeware for creating, managing, and customizing game and application modes
* Import and export of custom modes in XML format
* Taskbar notification of active application mode
* Optional audio notification of mode switching with customizable wave files
* PDF export of application mode button assignments
* Graphical pop-up map of application mode button assignments
* 25 default modes for popular games and applications, including Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, OpenOffice.org Writer, Calc, and Impress, 3D Studio Max, Autodesk AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, the Gnu Image Manipulation Program, World of Warcraft, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator.
Chris Park, the lead designer of the popular independent strategy game AI War: Fleet Command, remarked: "I've been using a 5-button mouse for many years now, and there was once a time when I thought I\'d never need more than two buttons -- I shudder at the thought, now. So I\'m interested to see how the Meta handles in practice when I actually get my hands on one. The thing that most interests me is the analog stick on the side of it. For AI War, I imagine that this would make panning much simpler, and it could be really handy for panning in other applications, as well. It is a feature that seems to fit tidily on the side of the mouse and which I could see eventually becoming as indispensable as the fourth and fifth buttons on my current mouse."
The Meta has been alternately described as "the most insane mouse ever", "a Photoshop gag", and "too much of a good thing".The Meta is compatible with Windows, Linux, and Macintosh operating systems and will retail for $74.99 in the first quarter of 2010.
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool released again
Microsoft has rereleased the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool this time under a GNU General Public License v2.
"The Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool allows you to create a copy of your Windows 7 ISO file on a USB flash drive or a DVD. To create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive, download the ISO file and then run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool. Once this is done, you can install Windows 7 directly from the USB flash drive or DVD.
The ISO file contains all the Windows 7 installation files combined into a single uncompressed file. When you download the ISO file, you need to copy it to some medium in order to install Windows 7. This tool allows you to create a copy of the ISO file to a USB flash drive or a DVD. To install Windows 7 from your USB flash drive or DVD, all you need to do is insert the USB flash drive into your USB port or insert your DVD into your DVD drive and run Setup.exe from the root folder on the drive.
Note: You cannot install Windows 7 from the ISO file until you copy it to a USB flash drive or DVD with the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool and install from there.
The copy of the ISO file that the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool creates is bootable. Bootable media allows you to install Windows 7 without having to first run an existing operating system on your machine. If you change the boot order of drives in your computer's BIOS, you can run the Windows 7 installation directly from your USB flash drive or DVD when you turn on your computer. Please see the documentation for your computer for information on how to change the BIOS boot order of drives. "
Spec Ops: The Line Announced
MSI Overclock Competition Reminder
MSI Overclock Competition Reminder
Running up-to the 18th of December MSI and Guru3D organized a competition with some great high-end prizes. Here's what we are giving away !
- First place - MSI Radeon HD 5870 (R5870-PM2D1G)
- Second place: Big Bang Fuzion P55 motherboard
- Third prize: MSI N275GTX Lightning graphics card
- Three runner-ups : MSI N9600 GT Diamond graphics card
We like to remind everybody that Friday is the last day you can submit your entry. Friday night the contest will close. We already have seen some very interesting entries. For more info, requirements, rules and regulations please visit the MSI contest landing page located here, contest entries can be found here.
Core i7 980X is hexacore
Intel is all set to release a processor with Six cores as early as March 2010 already, yes that might be during CeBIT then. And yes you heard me right...six cores and thus 12 threads.
What we originally expected to be named a Core i9 processor is going to be called a Core i7 980X with the X for Extreme (and thus unlocked). The six core or hexacore processor goes by the codename "Gulftown". The Core i7 980X will be compatible with X58 chipset based motherboards which will require only a BIOS update. Gulftown supports 1066MHz DDR3 memory and has a TDP of 130W.
The processor operates at a frequency of 3.06 GHz (according to the latest rumor) and features a massive 12MB L3 cache. Again, Gulftown will be socket 1366 compatible and work with all X58 motherboards after a BIOS upgrade.
ASUS Radeon HD 5770 Cucore
ASUS is releasing it's own version of the Radeon HD 5770 labeled with Cucore. The Cucore is equipped with a self designed cooler and custom PCB.
ASUS apparently used a lot more copper in the PCB and cooler base plate with the result of 11& better cooling. Unfortunately the clock frequencies remain the same at 850 MHz for the core and 4800 MHz on the GDDR5 memory. Connectivity wise you will spot a HDMI, DVI and D-Sub connector.
ASUS delivers the product with smart Docter software which allows a little voltage tweaking as well:
- Exclusive Voltage Tweak Technology to increase extra performance!
- Exclusive 5.8oz Copper Rod (CuCore) Cooler