Intel says no to Atom based NVIDIA ION
Ay, a bit of a mud-fight just started. Last week NVIDIA announced their ION platform. The formula WAS simple: Combine the highly rated GeForce 9400 GPU found in new desktop and notebook PCs with the Intel Atom CPU. Nvidia's push for the Ion platform, which combines its GeForce 9400 mGPU with the Intel Atom CPU, is heavily reliant on Intel being willing to abandon its current Atom pricing system. Under the existing scheme, Intel will only sell Atom CPUs and corresponding chipsets in a bundle, but if hardware vendors are unable to buy just the Atom CPU, the Ion platform becomes too expensive for most applications.
Nvidia executives recently visited local PC makers, in an attempt to drum up support for allowing its MCP7A and MCP79 chipsets into the Atom ecosystem. However according to digitimes, Intel is refusing to acknowledge it's gonna happen. In an internal statement distributed to hardware makers recently, Intel reiterated that Atom CPUs for netbooks and nettops are only available bundled with its 945GSE and 945GC chipsets, the makers said.
When asked to comment, Intel indicated that it has no plans to validate the Nvidia MCP79 chipset on Atom-based nettop or netbook platforms. Intel also has no plans to form a partnership with Nvidia to support nettop or netbook platforms based on the Intel Atom CPU, the company added.
To be continued, for sure. Oh and to NVIDIA here's a hint, VIA's Nano. Politics politics ...
Update: Intel now denies this completely and states that anyone can buy the Atom 330 Chip and or Chipset.
Asus Triton 88 CPU cooler
ASUS releases it's triton 88 cooler. The exterior of the fierce-looking Asus Triton 88 CPU cooler comprises of an exclusive twin-pillared heatsink design, a 120mm inner-fan with a Diamond blue LED, and 6 copper heat pipes. With this ensemble of thermal features, Asus Triton 88 CPU Cooler is able to deliver ultimate cooling performances for up to 180W and can support multiple applications
Phenom II overclocked to 5925MHz
PC Games Hardware reports German overclockers got their hands on three Phenom II samples and managed to overclock one of the chips to 5925MHz with LN2 cooling and the chip running at a voltage of 1.9V.
Thanks to extreme cooling they could even run benchmarks like the 3DMark 06 with more than 5 GHz. By their own account they achieved a "respectable result
GeForce GTX 285 is 10 percent faster than GTX 280
We get closer to the actual release of the GeForce GTX 285, early january. A GeForce GTX 285 marketing slide claims the refresh product of the upcoming 55nm GeForce GTX 285 graphics card will be about 10 percent faster than the GeForce GTX 280 purely based on a smaller 55nm fabrication node.
The new GeForce GTX 285 will feature 240 shader processors and 1GB GDDR3 memory. The TDP is 183W - which is 53W less than the 65nm GeForce GTX 280.
GeForce GTX 295 SLI setup scores 32,000 3DMark Vantage
Aaah, we'll be hearing so much more in the first week of January one the product actually gets released (read our preview btw). One GTX 295 already is a beast of course. But some GTX 295 SLI tests already have leaked onto the web.
XFastest was able to test two GTX 295 cards on a nice Core i7 965 EE-based system. So that's a Quad SLI setup (each GTX 295 has two GPUs), and what would that return in 3DMark Vantage ? Well, overclocked the two GTX 295 cards at 705 core 1400 shaders 2500 MHz memory and the Core i7 quad-core at 4190 MHz their performance score for Vantage was a whopping 32573 points.
Here at Guru3D we're so trying that as well very soon :)
ECS launches first Socket AM3 motherboard
ECS today releases their A790GXM-AD3 motherboard, which is Socket AM3 ready, and thus 45nm Phenom II + DDR3 memory ready.
ECS today releases the A790GXM-AD3 Black Series motherboard disclosing the extraordinary gaming performance of AMD
Download: EVGA Precision 1.4.0
This program allows you to fine tune your GeForce graphics card for the maximum performance possible, with Core/Shader/Memory clock tuning, real time monitoring support including in-game, Logitech Keyboard LCD Display support, and compatibility with almost all EVGA (and other) graphics cards.
- Allows up to 10 profiles, and ability to assign hotkeys to these profiles to allow in-game
- Ability to view temperatures in the system tray
- Core/Shader Clock Link/Unlink capability
- Fan Speed manual or auto adjustment
- Real-Time on-screen display support for ingame temp, framerate, and clock monitoring
- Logitech Keyboard LCD Display support
- In-app temp/clockspeed monitoring of GPU's (up to 4 supported)
- Information button shows device, driver, memory size, BIOS Revision and SLI mode
- Ability to choose different skins, with more coming soon
The new 1.4.0 version includes:
- EVGA On-Screen Display Server has been updated to version 3.0.0. New server supports skinned user interface (more skins coming soon!) and provides more quick and easy beginner friendly access to On-Screen Display customization features. The server's On-Screen Display profiles are upgradable now and no longer lost after installing new version of Precision.
- New version of skin engine improves compatibility with third party skins and gives more freedom to skin creators, allowing creating animated buttons.
- Now the first graph is automatically selected when opening monitoring tab in advanced Precision settings to make On-Screen Display, G15 LCD and tray icon monitoring settings more simple for beginners.
Download - click here.
G.Skill SSD Solid State Disk 64 GB review [Guru3D]
Welcome to the holiday season ! Christmas or not we'll still have a couple of things to show you this week. 1st Christmas day a competition with some very nice prizes. This week as well a new Rig of the month but we'll start off with a review:
G.Skill SSD Solid State Disk 64 GB review
This new SSD is MLC-based and measures in at just 2.5-inches, easily placed in a desktop PC, and obviously a perfect fit for your laptop. With a SATA II interface type and a built-in EDC/ECC protection, this G.SKILL drive is ready to handle your data for sure. The drive deliver an incredible 155 MB/s read and 90 MB/s write speeds.
The G.SKILL FM-25S2S will be in two sizes, the 64GB model and the 128GB model. So in this review we'll look at the G.Skill 64GB SSD which you can find under part number FM-25S2S-64GB at a sales price of roughly $159 (USD).
The SSD is small, compact, but knows how to deliver a punch. Let's check her out.
You can read the review at this URL:
You can read the review right here.
Moto Multi Navigation System is based off one slick compass
EA lays of 1000 employees
Game publisher Electronic Arts announced it will lay off 10 percent of its workforce, or 1,000 people, which is double the amount of lay offs the firm announced in October.
Electronic Arts Inc. announced it will lay off 10% of its work force in a restructuring plan that includes a consolidation of facilities operated by EA. The majority of the restructuring will be completed by March 31, 2009. This announcement is a four percent increase from the six percent work force reduction EA announced on October 30, 2008.
EA expects the restructuring plan will result in annual cost savings of approximately $120 million and will bear a restructuring charge of $55-65 million over the next several quarters.
The restructuring will result in the closure of at least nine studio and publishing locations. The Black Box Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia will be shut down and The Black Box development teams and associated game franchises will be moved to the nearby EA studio location in Burnaby, British Columbia [via dailytech].
Valve to fix Euro recalculation
If you were unaware, a recent update to the Valve Store allowed users to display pricing in a localized currency. However, something was lost in translation as 1 euro equaled $1 (USD). Due to the differences in exchange rates and the value of the USD compared to the value of the Euro, it means that Europeans are now paying exceptionally inflated prices for their Steam purchases. There's a rather large Steampowered thread detailing the issue far better than I ever could.
Valve stated that they are aware of the pricing issue with the new Euro currencies in use in the Valve Store: "Yes, we agree that some of the prices for third party products are higher then what you can find locally but we are working to fix that."
As noted though, Valve is aware of the issue and is working on a fix for it.
Top 10 Selling PC games Dec 13
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $39
- Spore / EA Maxis / $47
- Call Of Duty: World At War / Treyarch / $46
- Left 4 Dead / Valve / $43
- Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $43
- The Sims 2 Deluxe / EA Maxis / $20
- The Sims 2 Apartment Life Exp. Pack / EA Maxis / $17
- Bejewled Twist / PopCap / $17
- World Of Warcraft Battle Chest / Blizzard / $34
- The Sims 2 Mansion & Garden Stuff Exp. / EA Maxis / $18
55nm GeForce GTX 260 - 216s spotted
In Asia some 55nm GeForce GTX 260 versions have been spotted in the stores already. And it seems that this product refresh will happen silently. eVGA on the other hand is making a little fuzz about it. They are launching three 55nm parts based on that GTX 260 and core 216 version, namely the reference clocked, Super Clocked and Super Super Clocked cards.
What everybody would like to know is of course, will the smaller fabbed products show any performance gains ? Well, it doesn't look like there's much change whatsoever other then the die-shrink from 65nm towards 55nm. In Austria the product already popped up in some stores, : e-GeForce GTX 260 Core216 55nm Superclocked, Retail, 896MB lists at ditech.at for
NVIDIA ION platform
Posting a little late as it slipped through the mazes here. But NVIDIA is poised to energize the PC market by transforming Atom PCs into a premium experience found today in higher priced laptops and desktops. NVIDIA will supercharge the fastest-growing segments of the PC market
CyberPower high-end Video HD workstation PCs
CyberPower announced it is launching a new Power Video series of PCs that includes the XE, XT and XI models. Meant to appeal to students, editors and professionals who work with HD video, the PCs offer NVIDIA or AMD graphics cards and onboard RAM capacities of 4GB, 8GB or 16GB. Each PC in the series can then be further customized with a range of SATA II hard drives or hard drive arrays as well as Blu-ray disc burners. All include a FireWire port, USB ports, a multi-card reader and dual-layer DVD burners in order to read or distribute media files. CyberPower saw it fit to equip each workstation with a liquid CPU cooling system from Asetek as well.
The standard specification of the Power Video XE includes a quad-core 2.4GHz Core 2 Quad set into an NVIDIA 750i SLI mainboard, 4GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT graphics card with 512MB of memory, 500GB hard disk drive along with an integrated 5.1-channel sound card. A Wi-Fi card is also included, while the operating system is Windows Vista Home Premium.
The mid-range Power Video XT has the four-core, 2.83GHz Intel CPU set into the P45 mainboard that brings with it a FireWire port and support for 7.1-channel audio. Buyers will get 8GB of RAM along with an ATI Radeon HD 4850 video card with a dedicated 512MB of dedicated memory. The 1TB SATAII hard drive is preloaded with Vista Home Premium, and an LG Blu-ray burner is included, along with a Sony Blu-ray player.
The flagship of the Power Video series is the XI variant, which includes a 2.93GHz Core i7 with 12GB of RAM. Both are set on Intel's X58 mainboard with SLI/CrossFireX support. Video graphics are handled by ATI's Radeon HD 4870 card with 512MB of dedicated memory. For storage, there are two 1TB SATA II hard drives and a compact 2.5-inch 64GB solid state disk for faster local file access. Optical drives include an LG 6X Blu-ray disc burner and Sony 2X Blu-ray player. An Ethernet port and Wi-Fi PCI card serve as Internet connection options. The same Windows Vista Home Premium OS is included with the XI.
All three Power Video PCs are currently available, with the XE prices starting at $985, the XT at $1,675 and the top-rung XI priced from $2,719.
Severed Cables in Mediterranean Disrupt Internet
Internet and telephone communications between the Middle East and Europe were disrupted after three undersea cables connecting Italy and Egypt in the Mediterranean Sea were damaged.
The failures cut the flow of
EF-Bike Motorcycle Simulator
ATI Catalyst 8.12 Hotfix
AMD/ATI has released a small hotfix for their latest version of the Catalyst driver set, 8.12. This patch fixes the black screen issue affecting 4850 cards in CrossfireX mode only.
The issue does not occur if you have a single 4850 card. Here is the exact symptom this hotfix addresses:" After installing ATI Catalyst driver release 8.12 for two or more ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics cards in a system with ATI CrossFireX technology, the system restarts and halts on a black screen. The black screen occurs prior to the loading of the desktop for the Windows Vista 64-bit or Windows Vista 32-bit operating systems."