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."
RIAA will no longer sue individual pirates
RIAA announced this week it will no longer take legal action against individual people who stole music over the Internet. Instead, RIAA will try a new approach that relies on the cooperation of ISPs to cut off pirates.
Instead, the Recording Industry Association of America said it plans to try an approach that relies on the cooperation of Internet-service providers. The trade group said it has hashed out preliminary agreements with major ISPs under which it will send an email to the provider when it finds a provider's customers making music available online for others to take.
Depending on the agreement, the ISP will either forward the note to customers, or alert customers that they appear to be uploading music illegally, and ask them to stop. If the customers continue the file-sharing, they will get one or two more emails, perhaps accompanied by slower service from the provider. Finally, the ISP may cut off their access altogether.
The RIAA said it has agreements in principle with some ISPs, but declined to say which ones. But ISPs, which are increasingly cutting content deals of their own with entertainment companies, may have more incentive to work with the music labels now than in previous years.
Download: Realtek HD Audio 2.11 Driver
The new Realtek HD Audio 2.11 driver is available for download. The binaries support Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 x64, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP, Windows XP x64.
Due to the UBER slow servers from Realtek we made a package containg both the XP and Vista drivers.
1.Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
2.Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
3.HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4.OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista x86/x64
5.Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
2.Add DisplayVersion registry key in INF files.
Download from Guru3D (XP/Vista package @ 24MB), click here.
Download Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Driver 2.18.0008
This download is a driver providing Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows XP support for Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi series of audio devices.
This download is a driver providing Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows
EVGA X58 SLI motherboard review [Guru3D]
Today we'll test the fifth X58 motherboard in a row, this time from the folks at eVGA. They recently released their eVGA X58 SLI motherboard loaded with features. Tagged with a 299 USD sales price this motherboard seem to be very impressive. But since it's eVGA, they decided that this motherboard should be all about overclocking, and nothing else.
So hypothetically, if you were planning to purchase this product, pop in a Core i7 processor and leave things as they are .. well, you'd be wasting money really. In this article we'll show you why that is. We'll cover the motherboard from A to Z, and to spice it up a little I'll slap on some water-cooling and overclock our processor towards 4.2 GHz, stable.
You can read the review here.