Star Wars: Battlefront Beta Graphics card VGA performance benchmark review
We showcase the Star Wars: Battlefront Beta with a graphics card VGA performance and benchmarks review. The game is to be released later this year, yet there starting at with an open beta. In this beta we have a first impression of the game, as well as the ability to have a quick peek at its performance. (article update October 9th: GTX 980 SLI results/FCAT added). You can read the article here.
Samsung rugged memory cards are water, shock & magnet proof
It seems somewhat perverse
ATI Radeon HD 5350 and 5570
Leaked slides from HP reveal information about two upcoming low-end DX11 graphics cards from ATI. First up is the ATI Radeon HD 5350 (Evora Cedar), this model will be launched on January 7, 2010. It has 1GB memory and features HDMI, DVI and VGA ports. It will be featured in the HP Pavilion and Pavilion Elite systems.
On February 20, 2010 we can expect the arrival of the ATI Radeon HD 5570 (Jaguar), this card has 2GB memory and features HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort.
AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz in next Quarter
EVGA P55 V mATX motherboard launches
EVGA introduced the P55 V, a new micro-ATX motherboard for the Intel P55 platform. The motherboard has a black PCB design and features four DDR3 memory slots, two PCI Express x8 slots, up to 14 USB 2.0 ports, six SATA II ports (one eSATA), Gigabit Ethernet, and 7.1 audio. The motherboard will be launched for $119.99, you can find the full specifications over here.
The EVGA P55V motherboard features the latest Intel P55 Express chipset supporting Socket 1156 based processors. With support of up to eight threads of computing power, dual-channel DDR3 memory at frequencies of 1333MHz.
A-DATA XPG SX95 and S592 SSDs with TRIM support
A-DATA introduced two new solid state disks with support for the TRIM in Windows 7.
A-DATA Technology Co., Ltd., the worldwide leading manufacturer in high-performance DRAM modules and flash application products, today announced that it has commenced volume shipments of its XPG
MSI AfterBurner Skin Contest reminder
We like to remind everybody that tomorrow (Friday) is the last day you can submit your Skin design in the MSI AfterBurner Skin contest. Friday night the contest will close.
With the help of a poll the Guru3D audience (you guys) will decide which Skins will one of these fantastic prizes:
- First prize - MSI P55-GD80 motherboard
- Second place -- MSI R4890 Cyclone OC graphics card
- MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OC graphics card
- Three runner-ups : MSI N9600GT Diamond graphics card
More info here:
We already have seen some very interesting entries.
Of course, we also have a MSI AfterBurner Overclocking competition running with grand prizes as well. Check that out here. That contest is running until next week (!)
Inno3D GeForce GT 210 and 220 review
Inno3D GeForce GT 210 and 220 review
In this review we'll peek at Inno3D's latest two budget graphics cards. First the budget oriented GeForce GT 210, which will ship with 16 stream processors clocked at 1402 MHz, while the graphics core operates at 590 MHz. It's armed with 512MB of DDR2 running at 790MHz. The GT210 cards will sell incredibly cheap at prices of $35 and replace today's GeForce 9400 in NVIDIA's line-up.
We will also test a GeForce GT 220 from Inno3D. And within this extreme budget range, it actually does pack some power. Next to an upgrade to being DX 10.1 compatible the shader cores have been increased to 48.
Check out the review here.
Noctua intros NH-C12P special edition
Noctua today officially introduced its new NH-C12P SE14 premium cooler. Building on the proven basis of the successful NH-C12P, the NH-C12P SE14 now comes with Noctua's new, already award winning NF-P14 140mm fan for further improved quiet cooling performance and adds support for LGA1156 as well as LGA1366 via the latest SecuFirm2
Realtek HD Audio 2.38 Driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP and Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Driver Package R2.38
- Support graphic EQ feature.
nVIDIA PhysX System Software 9.09.1112
NVIDIA reelased nVIDIA PhysX System Software 9.09.1112.
- Includes the latest PhysX runtime builds to support all released PhysX content including Batman Arkham Asylum and others.
- This release also resolves issues with Arabic language installations and occasional simulation interruption on some machines and titles.
- New runtimes for the PhysX SDK 2.8.3.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series, 100-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory and 32 CUDA cores. Note: Some applications may have higher minimum requirements.
- Experience GPU PhysX acceleration in many games and demos, some of which are highlighted in PowerPack downloads here.
- Runtime upgrade ONLY for AGEIA PhysX processors users. (New AGEIA PhysX processors installations should install an older PhysX system software such as version 8.09.04
PowerColor adds slightly overclocked Radeon HD 5770 PCS+
TUL Corporation aka PowerColor, introduced an upgraded addition into the HD5700 series: the PCS+ HD5770. Part of the award-winning PCS series, the PCS+ HD5770 features outstanding factory overclocked ability with core and memory clocks at 875 MHz and 1225MHz respectively and GDDR5 onboard memory. Memory data transmission rates are enhanced up to 4.9Gbps, easily boosting gaming performance.
The PCS+ HD5770 also features an ultra quite 92mm cooling fan which is made of a low-noise impeller, easily dissipating heat from the copper base that fully covers the GPU at lower fan speed and efficiently cools down the temperature up to 10
PC industry predicted to grow 40%
The global economy is still not back to where it was a few years ago after the global recession. Things are starting to look better though with signs of increased consumer spending. The CPU market grew last quarter and the sale of computers is finally starting to increase again.
Accord to research firm Research and Markets the computer industry is set to grow over the next five years. The research firm does say the growth rate will be slower than previously seen in the market though. Growth in the PC market is expected to be 40% from 231 million units shipped in 2006 to 335 million predicted to ship in 2012.
That growth represents a 6.3% compound annual growth rate. The number of PCs in use in 2011 globally is expected to pass 3 billion units. PC market revenues will continue to grow at a slower pace thanks to price declines reflected in users buying lower cost systems. Revenues are predicted to reach $380 billion in 2013 for a compound annual growth rate of 2%.
ASUS Eee Box EB1501 up for $479 preorder
BIOSTAR TH55 XE MicroATX Motherboard
BIOSTAR released its so-called
Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B CPU cooler supports LGA1156
Scythe introduced the Mugen 2 Rev. B processor cooler, this update features a new backplate to simplify mounting and adds support for LGA1156 processors.
Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B CPU Cooler is the consistent further development of the award-winning Mugen CPU cooler. Several features make this cooler the perfect solution for silent users and overclockers! New Rev. B is equipped with advanced back-plate to simplify mounting as well as providing socket LGA 1556 compatibility. Mugen 2 is on the latest state of technology and was produced using highest Japanese quality standards.
GeForce GTX 380 SLI Photo
It seems like NVIDIA has started to build up some momentum pending the NV100 (Fermi) GPU release. A photo "leaked" on the web where NVIDIA's Technical Marketing Director Tom Petersen is showing off a PC apparently equipped with two cards setup in SLI -- yes the cards are NV100 based - the Fermi family. The cards should either be either GeForce GTX 360 or (we assume) GeForce GTX 380. If rumors are correct then the chips empowering these graphics card will have no less than 3 billion transistors, 512 shader processors and horrendously fast quad data rate memory.
We'll refrain from the loose specs and gossip on that part though.
Here's the leaked photo - click to enlarge.
Guru3D Rig of The Month now Sponsored with Prizes
One interesting section at Guru3D which we started last year is the rig of the month -- here a user can showcase that PC which they are proud of, have modded -- PCs builds that are special.
OCZ technology stepped up with Guru3D and starting in December 2009 the Rig of The month winners will receive a prize. Each monthly winner will get a Z Series 850W Modular (80plus Gold Certified) delivered for free at it's doorsteps as a nice incentive (!).
That's not all. Starting during Christmas we'll also allow you guys to vote on the rig of the year -- all 12 entries of this year can be voted for by you guys -- that winner will receive a OCZ 120GB SSD worth 350 EUR for free.
So if you still want to make a chance on winning that PSU and perhaps even the SSD -- join now.
Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 Vapor-X
Sapphire is now shipping a HD 5770 Vapor-X, delivering the same value for money performance as the standard model, whilst working at lower operating temperatures and significantly more quietly.
The SAPPHIRE HD 5770 Vapor-X is based on the latest graphics architecture from the ATI division of AMD, the second generation of GPU to be built in its 40nm process. It supports the advanced graphical features of DirectX 11, and delivers spectacular video clarity, speed and visual effects, including over multiple monitors using ATI Eyefinity.
With 800 Stream processors and 1GB of the latest DDR5 memory, together with enhanced clock speeds of 860MHz core and 1200MHz (4.8GHz effective) for the memory, the SAPPHIRE HD 5770 Vapor-X model is the fastest card in its class. SAPPHIRE