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.
Update : Contest has ended winners are Extraordinary, Cave, Waverider, DesGaizu, Deathchild, marcoloves360, Raynora, Singleton99, WareTernal, ressergio and signex.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 260 SO -- Super Overclock
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 260 SO -- Super Overclock
One of the things that is receiving a lot of attention these days are overclocking, overclock competitions and products based on that theme -- as such Gigabyte technology is releasing their SO series of graphics cards, short for Super Overclocked.
Today we'll test their all new GeForce GTX 260 (SP216) SO -- it comes with an Ultra durable design (long-lasting components) and as the title already suggests .. a pretty nice overclock -- making this product faster than say a GeForce GTX 275.
Check out the review here.
Eye-Fi Card drop to $40
So handy .. we certainly are fans of Eye-Fi cards, and rightly so: these SD cards include a wireless antenna that automatically sends pictures you take to your computer and to any number of photo sharing sites over your wireless network.
Our biggest quibble with the Eye-Fi cards is that they
R.U.S.E VIP Beta - How to Play R.U.S.E
Hard Drive Dock Doubles As Drive Cloning Tool
Making a clone of a hard drive isn
Intel Roadmap has info new Core i3, i5 and i7 models
A new roadmap leak provides not only information on the specifications of Intel's Core i5 750 and i7 860 low-power version Lynnfield chips (
ExpressCard USB 3.0 for laptops
You can find it over here for $39.
Aliens vs. Predator - Multiplayer Trailer - Clip
Sandra 2010 Final 16.10 Released
SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility.
SANDRA will provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, ODBC Connections, USB2, 1394/Firewire, etc.
SiSoftware Sandra 2010, the latest version of the award-winning utility, includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks.
At SiSoftware from version to version we focus four key areas of software development to make sure we give our users the best software experience. Quite simply our four drivers are:
- Inclusion of new technologies that ensure our tools remain current.
- Increased hardware and software support for existing modules.
- Improving the user interface to make it a richer easier user experience.
- Filling gaps in the product line in response to our customers' needs.
G.Skill Releases High Performance 8 GB Memory Kits
G.Skill International Co. Ltd., manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid-state storage with solid quality, has today released its series of very high capacity DDR3 memory: 8GB (2GBx4) and 12GB (2GBx6) memory kits.
G.Skill understands that families, business users, PC enthusiasts and gamers are often heavy multi-taskers too. Opening tens of applications to retain a workflow or several hundred photos after a family day out can put serious demands on the memory capacity, so installing 8-12GB becomes an investment in being able to do as much as you want, when you want.
G.Skill 8GB and 12GB DDR3 computer memory kits are specifically produced to provide top performance and quality, across a range of popular motherboards.
Combined with the ability to run at extreme high frequency and low latency, without extra dram voltage, the kits offer unparalleled performance while remaining cool running thanks to our range of Ripjaws, Trident, NQ and Pi memory heatsinks and ultra low voltage ECO series. G.Skill offers high capacity DDR3 solutions from 8GB DDR3 1600MHz CL7 to new ultra low voltage ECO series 8GB 1600MHz CL7 1.35V, right up to the latest Pi series 8GB 2200MHz CL7 1.65V 8GB.
Thermaltake Launches V3 Black Edition Mid-Tower Chassis
Thermaltake launches the newest mid-tower PC case in their V-Series for value-conscious users. The Thermaltake V3 Black Edition comes in an entirely black coating from the inside to the outside, lending it stylish looks and a degree of individuality. A transparent window at the back end of the left side panel allows for a look inside the case. This way the brilliant blue beams of the preinstalled 120 mm rear exhaust-fan can emanate in a black-bluish array. A perforated black mesh front panel offers optimized airflow and a sleek design.
As characteristic for all Thermaltake chassis, the V3 Black Edition is also optimized for most effective airflow with the option for 3 additional case fans: the front panel allows to add a 120 mm intake fan, the top panel offers the possibility to install a 120 mm exhaust fan and on the bottom is room for yet one more intake fan. The standard ATX PSII PSU can conveniently placed at the bottom of the case where you find an intake exhaust hole to immediately blow cold outside air into the PSU. An extra dust filter is attached to this fan hole in order to keep dust and dirt out of the case and the PSU, effectively prolonging you power supply's life time.
With dimensions of 430 (H) x 190 (W) x 473 (D) mm the V3 Black Edition is a conveniently sized mid-tower that still offers more than enough room for system upgrades and expandability. There are four 5.25" and one 3.5" bays accessible from the front, and further four 3.5" and one 2.5" bays are accessible from the inside. Peripheral connectivity is given through the implementation of two USB 2.0 and HD audio connectors for MIC and speaker at the front panel. All of this making for a stellar setup.
The V3 Black Edition mid-tower chassis will be available at a suggested retail price of US$ 39.
Guru3D Rig of the Month - November 2009
Jonathan's PC is the the Rig of The Month November 2009. Meet the man at the age of 22, he has been a Guru3D aficionado for a while already digging through our articles, he shares our passion of building nice PCs. His PC will be the Rig of the Month and he has built his PC with some interesting components.
This rig is the showcase of a somewhat very stylish single tone color design -- you can tell he's an aficionado alright thanks to component usage. The clean wiring job makes his rig outstanding.
Let's check it out.
Sparkle Low profile GeForce GTS 250
SPARKLE introduced the SPARKLE GeForce GTS250 Low Profile Graphics Card, the world's first low profile graphics card based on GeForce GTS250 graphics chip, providing 3D performance and home theater experience to HTPC enthusiasts.
- 1024MB/512MB Large-Capacity GDDR3 Memory
- Single 6pin Power Supply
- Native HDMI Support
- All Solid Capacitors
- Cooling System
- 2nd Generation Pure Video HD
- Full Microsoft DirectX 10 Support
- NVIDIA PhysX
- NVIDIA CUDA Technology
SXS2501024D3L-NM & SXS250512D3L-NM
Graphics Processing Unit
1024MB GDDR3/512MB GDDR3
|Stream Processors Clock||1500MHz|
Consummately designed low profile, the PCB height of the SPARKLE GeForce GTS250 Low Profile Graphics Card is 6 cm,only half the height of ordinary Graphics Card with full profile design, which makes the SPARKLE GeForce GTS250 Low Profile Graphics Card to be the best partners for HTPC. HTPC enthusiasts don't need to worry about the inconvenience caused by narrow space HTPC chassis and full profile designed graphics cards. With low profile design, the SPARKLE GeForce GTS250 Low Profile Graphics Card not only can easily meet the HD video playback and DX10 gaming demand from HTPC users, but also can easily satisfy the requirements from SSF, mini-chassis and industry PCs which demand compact and practical graphics card.
Republic of Gamers Motherboard Overclockable by Bluetooth
Overclocking is very much supported and actually well marekted these days by manufacturers. ASUS will raise the bar again and now takes it to an new level.
The Taiwanese company's motherboard that will demonstrate this overclocking via the Bluetooth ability is the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Maximus III Extreme, a cutting-edge product based on the P55 chipset. Wireless overclocking will be possible via the combined resources of ASUS's proprietary ROG Connect overclocking platform and its extension, the RC Bluetooth. This latest addition will allow ROG users to tweak their system statuses from a Bluetooth-capable PDA phone.
The Maximus III Extreme is a very powerful addition to the famous ROG Maximus III motherboard series and, like all ROG boards, it was especially designed for top gaming capabilities and maximum overclocking possibilities. ROG Connect (which was first introduced with the Maximus III Formula and Maximus III GENE) could already allow users to employ notebooks and netbooks to manage their main systems via USB, but the latest variation makes improvements to the BIOS, giving it update and recovery functions along with the possibility for on-the-fly voltage and frequency adjustments, all at hardware level.
The ability to restore a corrupted BIOS via a notebook will be especially useful for hard-core overclockers, since BIOS corruption is quite likely when forcefully modifying the chipset's functions.
These possibilities will be supplemented by the aforementioned overclocking via Bluetooth possibilities. The RC Bluetooth will, however, also be equipped with all the regular Bluetooth functions, such as stereo music playback. All that is required to switch between overclocking mode and normal mode is the press of a small button built into the device's rear I/O panel.
The wireless overclocking capabilities of the ROG Maximus III Extreme will be demonstrated from November 26 through 29 at the world's largest LAN/eSports event, DreamHack Winter.
ASRock teases about upcoming H55 motherboards
ASRock released some photos of the upcoming ASRock H55M, ASRock H55M Pro and ASRock H55DE3 motherboards. The latter one is an ATX motherboard, while the other two use the mATX form factor. Specs and feature wise this board the H55 chipset based boards will need to compete with AMD's 785 chipset.
Next to pairing the chipset up with the upcoming Core i3 and i5 processors the more prominent feature of the H55 chipset based motherboards is the support for embedded Intel graphics core on Clarksdale processors, the motherboards will offer HDMI, DVI-D and other interfaces. The new H55 chipset display performance is increased quite significantly and according to Intel close to ATI's / AMD's HD 4200 IGP chipset. We ex[pect pricing at rough 100~125 USD for a motherboard like this.
Intel's H55 series chipset is under embargo until 7th January 2010.
NVIDIA quietly adds first GeForce 300 series chip
In a low-key move during Thanksgiving, NVIDIA has added the first graphics chipset to its GeForce 300 series. The GeForce 310 is a direct replacement for the earlier 210 and (andf thus a rename), like its predecessor, is meant as a basic GPU to upgrade the performance of systems that are limited to slower integrated graphics. It has just a 64-bit memory bus and just 16 processing cores but can still fully accelerate 1080p video in hardware and provide general-purpose computing tasks, whether it's NVIDIA's own CUDA and PhysX or more universal standards like DirectCompute and OpenCL.
In spite of its GeForce 300 series name, the card is believed to be based on current architecture rather than the Fermi design, which will add DirectX 11-level graphics and much stronger general computing performance.
The part normally runs with a 589MHz main clock and carries 512MB of DDR2 memory that runs at 500MHz. Despite its budget focus, a reference board carries DisplayPort, DVI and VGA connectors and will work with HDMI through an adapter for either the DisplayPort or DVI links. NVIDIA hasn't said when it expects cards to be out on the market or detailed full operating system support, though the GeForce 310 like the 210 before it is likely destined for pre-built computers more than as a stand-alone upgrade.
Driver Sweeper 2.1.0 released
Driver Sweeper is a fast tool to remove driver leftovers from your system. It's very important to remove your drivers on a proper way, because driver leftovers can cause problems like stability and startup problems. You can use it if you want to update/remove drivers from your system.
Most important change in this version that it fixes the problems found with 2.0.5 with Desktop Icon. This unfortunately means that previous saved icon data isn't compatible with 2.1.0.
More info and revision history can be found here:
- Official Guru3D - Driver Sweeper homepage click here.
- Official Guru3D - Driver Sweeper forums click here.
Changelog (2.1.0) - 26-11-09
- Added Brazilian Portuguese translation.
Thanks to Thiago Lara.
- Added Turkish translation.
Thanks to Oguz Ari.
- Parameters for Desktop Icon Restoration.
-icon:last Uses the last known backup.
-icon:first Uses the first known backup.
-icon:<datetime> Uses the backup known from date and time as can be found in the item list.
- Changed clean parameters to -clean:"NVIDIA - Display".
- Exception while trying to restore desktop icons.
- Desktop Icon not working properly on Windows 7.
A big thanks to Thorsten Blauhut for his Desktop Icon program which helped me address this issue.
A-DATA Releases Industry Fastest CF633X Memory Card
A-DATA released today its new compact Flash card CF633X, the ultimate memory card fast enough to keep up with your digital SLR cameras. Performing at the industry\'s fastest read/write speed up to 93/92 MB/s, the new A-DATA CF633X adopts the turboMLC technology and delivers the performance of SLC at the cost of MLC.
With an ECC automatic error-checking program in place, the CF633X consumes less power and extends the use of a DSLR. Capacity available in 16GB and 32GB, the CF633X is the perfect storage device for users to store more high resolution images and high definition video clips.
Lower power consumption and RoHS compliant, the CF633X extends the average lifespan of a CF card by utilizing interleaves technology. With which, bad blocks in the flash are pre-labeled and closed for data entry to prevent data-loss.
UDMA 6 enabled, the new A-DATA CF633X supports quad channel and performs up to 93 MB/s in read and 92MB/s in write. Backed by rigorous stress-testing procedures and a product life time warranty, this is indeed a perfect match for your advanced DSLR.
ForceWare 195.62 now WHQL
Yesterday NVIDIA released a ForceWare 195.62 Beta driver for Windows Vista | XP | 7. The drivers now have been WHQL certified.