Additional delay for USB 3.0 technology
Extra delay for the USB 3.0 technology is holding up its launch into the massive market due to many compatibility issues. First of all, Taiwanese motherboard manufacturers claim that companies have not yet passed the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) certification, thus original release timetables are off the plan for 2010. Secondly, the major problem seems to be the Windows 7 operating system, that doesn
GeForce GTS 450 Specs leaked on the web
I was a little in doubt wether or not to post these with the ongoing NDAs, but this information spread out over the the web so broadly that there's no point to not post what you can see below. Yesterday Chinese website IT168 leaked slides from a presentation on the GeForce GTS 450.
The slides show the what seem to be final specifications and features of the soon to be released GeForce GTS 450.
The card as rumored indeed comes with 192 shader processors, 1 GB of GDDR5 on a 128-bit wide memory interface, and clock speeds which include 783/1566/900 MHz (core/shader/memory). Some other notables are a TMU count of 32, four Polymorph engines, 16 ROPsand a TDP, maximum power draw of 106W. Have a peek at the slides if interested.
eVGA SR-2 LN2 Overclock video
Yesterday we posted our review on the eVGA SR-2 motherboard where we kick out a new world record in benchmarking. In that review we pop on four GeForce GTX 480 graphics cards and use two six-core 3.3 GHz Xeon processors. We then take the GPU's over 1050 MHz and the processors over 5.5 GHz.
Overall that was certainly an exciting experience alright, should you now heave read the article then you can do so right here. Also we have a video demonstrating the LN2 overclock process (managed by Bodar), have a look if you missed out on this awesome video.
Again the full article can be found here.
ASUS TUF SaberTooth X58 enters the lab ...
One of the motherboards out there with a really intersting design and layout is the TUF Series SaberTooth X58. The board comes with high-quality chokes, solid state capacitors and MOSFETs and a CeraM!X Heatsink Coating on the more critical surfaces and components to enhance heat resistance and dissipation.
Six DDR3 memory slots are present, as well as six SATA 3.0 Gbps connectors, a pair of SATA 6.0 Gbps ports and three PCI Express x16 slots that are more than apt for multi-GPU SLI or CrossFireX setups. Finally, the Sabertooth features an 8+2 phase power design, Gigabit Ethernet, two eSATA ports, 7.1 channel audio and FireWire. The SaberTooth X58 also includes Gigabit Ethernet, two eSATA and two USB 3.0 ports, 7.1 channel audio and FireWire.
ASUS is going to sell these motherboards for 199 USD. We are already working on the full review, meanwhile here are a couple of photo's to chew on. Obviously, click on the thumbnails if interested.
Fractal Design Define XL chassis has focus on low noise
Fractal Design launches its Define XL, this chassis focuses on low noise level. This is a chassis with support for motherboards with form factors as large as E-ATX, and you can fit up to ten HDDs (the HDD cage in the main chamber can be removed/rotated), four 5.25" devices and seven PCI cards. Three additional fans can be added and the motherboard features cutouts for cable management as well as a door that enables you to access the back of the motherboard to swap your CPU cooler.
- Stylish design
- Pre-fitted with noise absorbing material
- Configurable thermal chamber design
- Great cooling possibilities, 3x fans included (2x 140mm, 1x 180mm)
- 10x HDD slots
- Unique ModuVent
AMD Radeon HD 6300 also caught on photo
Next to the photo of the Cayman XT one posts down ChipHell now also posted one of the first photos of Caicos, an entry-level Radeon based graphics card that will reportedly be released as the AMD Radeon HD 6300 series.
This engineering sample is a passively cooled low-profile card with a relatively small heatsink. We know that the card will have a 64-bit memory bus, 1GB DDR3 memory and will be clocked at 800MHz on that memory and gets 650MHz core clockspeed. Again, click on the thumbnail.
AMD Cayman XT Radeon 6870 caught on camera
Website ChipHell published a photo of what they claim to be is the Cayman XT graphcis card in the works, the upcoming Radeon HD 6870 (or will it be Radeon HD 6970) from ATI eeeuurhm, AMD.
The engineering card has a dual-slot cooler and is equipped with two DVI, one HDMI and two mini-DisplayPort outputs. other then that there's very little to say. Click the thumbnail for a bigger photo.
GeForce GTS 450 surfaces in stores
The GeForce GTS 450 is spotted in etail one week earlier than expected; therefore, Radeon HD 5770 has a new opponent to challenge with. As it turns out, the graphics card is already available in Europe, found at a German store, about
ATI might rename Radeon 5570 to 6770
According to the German ATI Forum the upcoming dual-GPU Radeon HD 6970 has reportedly been rebranded to Radeon HD 6990, so the Radeon HD 6870 (Cayman XT) can take the Radeon HD 6970 name. Moreover, the new Radeon HD 6870 will the Radeon HD 6770 (Barts XT), which seems in-line with AMD's plans to beef up the performance of mid-range graphics cards to make them more attractive over APUs.
|HD 6970 (Antilles)||HD6990|
|HD 6870 (Cayman XT)||HD6970|
|HD 6770 (Barts XT)||HD6870|
|HD 5770 (Juniper XT)||HD6770|
Well, we'll see ...
eVGA Classified SR-2 review with Quad SLI GTX 480 on LN2
eVGA Classified SR-2 review with Quad SLI GTX 480 on LN2
We test and review the eVGA Classified SR-2 motherboard. The SR-2 is a dual-socket Intel 5520 chipset based server motherboard dressed up for hardware enthusiasts and pro-overclockers. We'll smack two six-core Xeon X5680 processors on there, four GeForce GTX 480 cards, we'll cool them all with Liquid Nitrogen, overclock it... and see if we can break some records.
We'll first cover a technical overview of the board and then hand it out to Beaux aka 'BODAR' Loy, we'll test a setup in three stages:
- Air cooling
- Liquid cooling
- Liquid Nitrogen
In the end the processors are going to be cooled with liquid nitrogen, and for the sake of it we will pop in four GeForce GTX 480 graphics cards as well, these will also be cooled with liquid nitrogen. That's six Liquid Nitrogen pots on one motherboard... consuming 40 to 50 liters of liquid nitrogen with each hour of testing.
An awesome article with some high-def video footage as well, go check it out right here.
CoolerMaster releases HAF 912
Cooler Master today launches the HAF 912, we've had a sample on hand fgor a week already, yet have not ahd the time to test it just yet but expect a review soon. Cooler Master
Samsung Galaxy Tab should cost below $300 with US carriers
Samsung in an update on the Galaxy Tab said the tablet's price would be below Apple's iPad when attached to a carrier. Although the full price may be significantly more expensive than the iPad -- $900or more -- executive Hankil Yoon told the WSJ that the price would be no higher than $300 but likely above $200. Discussions are underway with US carriers, but Yoon wouldn't say which and expected the price to vary.
Previously, Germany was slated to be first with the Galaxy Tab with a launch in the middle of this month. Italy is part of the next wave, and many of Vodafone's European branches will have the Android hardware in October. Leaks have had a Verizon model coming, and one as yet unconfirmed rumor has a Sprint model with 4G coming in November.
The emphasis on carrier discounts is likely to be a calculated but risky strategy for Samsung. While it would superficially lower the cost of the Galaxy Tab to half that of a 3G iPad, which costs $629, the discount would likely require a contract locking users into two years of data whether they needed or not. On Verizon, a plan with a small 250MB per month would cost $40 per month, or $960 over two years. iPad owners pay more initially but only have to use service for a month at a time and can pay as little as $15.
Samsung is counting primarily on the more portable form factor, as well as front and back cameras, to sell shoppers on its tablet. Apple's feature set is more stripped down, but launched months earlier and is better for video and the web with a larger screen.
Dungeon Siege III Trailer
nVIDIA unveils mobile GeForce 400M Series
The nVIDIA mobile and Fermi based family goes bigger and bigger. Latest news maintain the fact that the well-known company - nVIDIA is planning to unleash their GeForce 400M series babies to conquer and dominate over your mobile 3D graphics lapt-world. So now without any further ado, let me introduce you to them: GTX 470M, GTX 460M, GT 445M, GT 425M, GT 420M and finally GT 415M
nVIDIA outs low-end GeForce GT420
NVIDIA GeForce GT 420 GPU is the new low-end solution for internet and office users who choose to live a tranquil life without the disturbing noises of the fans. This pretty much means that you have to say
Scythe Ninja 3 review
Scythe Ninja 3 CPU cooler review
Guru3D tests and reviews the Scythe Ninja 3 CPU cooler. The new organization of the aluminum fins allows, in cooperation with the eight U-shaped copper heatpipes marketed as M.A.P.S. (Multiple Airflow pass-through structure) guarantees high performance. This will get more clear in the photo-shoot though. According to Scythe is that translates into 7 per cent more heat removal compared to a cooler like the previous Ninja. The cooler is equipped with a 120mm-ventilator that can be regulated with the help of an included fan-controller in RPM from 470 to 1900 RPM with noise levels varying from 7 to 37dBA depending on your preference.
You can find out all about it right here at this URL.
GlobalFoundries Shows AMD Llano and Orochi 8-Core
GlobalFoundries offers a little preview at one of the upcoming Fusion processors from AMD, the Orochi based on the Bulldozer architecture as Softpedia reports.
Bobcat's firstborn will be the 40nmOntario mobile chip and comes with embedded DirectX 11 graphics. is intended for desktops and servers with Orochi being one of the flagship chips.
No real information was provided on this 8-core product besides that it will be the second 32nm-based product and will be built immediately after the Llano. The Orochi will feature a set of 4 Bulldozer modules, which provide 8 cores and 8 threads, and will probably have an AM3+ package with an integrated DDR3 memory controller.
On the other hand, the individual L2 caches will be of 1MB and will support dual-channel DDR3 and will, of course, have its own built-in graphics with support for DirectX 11.The APU should also feature an integrated northbridge, integrated PCI Express root complex, a HyperTransport interface to the chipset and an integrated SIMD array with 480 stream processors.
The Llano will have to compete with the Sandy Bridge processors from Intel, which also have integrated graphics and will feature better performance than the current Core series [via Softpedia / PCPer].
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AMD Radeon HD 6800 series might launch in 2011?
A Polish tech site PCLab claims an AMD employee leaked information about the launch dates of upcoming Radeon HD 6000 series graphics cards. The site claims the Radeon HD 6000 series will be more than a minor refresh, and that the card will be more power efficient and be faster clock-for-clock than the current generation.
AMD will reportedly first release entry-level and mainstream Radeon HD 6000 graphics cards sometime in the fourth quarter of this year, but where it gets a little bit weird is that the dual-GPU Radeon HD 6970 will allegedly arrive first by Christmas 2010, with the Radeon HD 6800 cards to follow in early 2011.
Widespread rumours suggest that the first release is indeed a mainstream card - the Radeon HD 6700 series - on October 13th 2010. However, the schedules of the other HD 6800 and HD 6970 come as a surprise, especially the dual-GPU HD 6970 releasing before the HD 6800 series. Of course, the HD 6970 being a dual-GPU HD 6770 is also a possibility. The other cards in the family - HD 6500/6600/etc., are not mentioned explicitly, though it is implied they might release before the HD 6800 series.