eVGA SR2 Motherboard in da House !
The SR2 is a dual-socket Intel 5520 chipset based server motherboard dressed up for hardware enthusiasts, it supports 4-way SLI, has 8-phase PWM, support for up to 48GB DDR3 memory, USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps. The motherboard uses the new, huge HPTX form factor that measures 15" x 13.6". EVGA warns the motherboard will only fit in wide ATX cases with 9 or more expansion slots, and that it is possible that mods may be required for a correct fit in the chassis. You can check out the full specifications over here. When combined with compatible Intel 6 Core CPU
GeForce GTX 485 - GF100 PCB spotted
New Photo's surfaced of a new NVIDIA GF100 board, it looks similar to that of the GeForce GTX 480, but features a stronger VRM, better high-C surface-mount capacitors and two 8-pin PCIe power connectors.
It looks like a previous rumor is confirmed, all streaming multiprocessors (SMs) physically present on the GF100 will be enabled. meaning 512 shader processors, and ROP count to 64. The most likely name for this SKU is GeForce GTX 485. Apart from a higher CUDA core and ROP count than that of the GTX 480, slightly higher clock-speeds for the GPU are also on the cards. The memory subsystem remains untouched, at 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 924 MHz (effective 3.7 GHz), over a 384-bit wide memory interface.
Well memory wise that's what the rumor says, we thing another 256MB of memory will (must) be added for the extra SM cluster, which would mean 1792MB of memory.
We do not expect this SKU to launch this summer, yet likely late Q3 2010.
Deepcool Ice Warrior CPU cooler
Deepcool presents Ice Warrior, a new cooler for Intel's LGA775/1156/1366 and AMD's Socket AM2/AM2+/AM3 processors. The heatsink features six heatpipes, a polished copper base and 48 aluminium fins to dissipate the heat. Airflow is provided by a 120mm PWM fan with a blue/black design, it delivers up to 66.3CFM at a noise level of up to 27.6dBA and one of the special things about the fan is that the shell features a rubber coating to minimize vibrational noise. The Ice Warrior measures 136mm x 84mm x 156mm and weighs 1172g.
- Equipped with multiple clips to support Intel LGA1366/1156/775 and AMD AM3/AM2+/AM2.
- 6 sintered powder heatpipes conduct heat from the processor quickly to protect it from overheating.
- Mirror polished copper base gives perfect contact with the CPU surface.
- 120x120x25mm PWM fan offers a perfect balance between airflow and noise.
- Uniquely designed fan made of special material, modding looking.
- 48 pieces of aluminum fins with big surface dissipate heat efficiently.
- De-vibration rubber fan cover absorb operating noise maximally.
- Intelligent side flow design further utilizes system airflow to improve computer case ventilation.
- Tool free installation.
- 150W solution, a perfect choice for overclockers.
Google Chrome 6 has built-in PDF support
Google recently revealed the latest Chrome developer build for Windows and Linux features an integrated PDF viewer, which can be enabled by visiting chrome://plugins.
Today, we are making available an integrated PDF viewing experience in the Chrome developer channel for Windows and Mac, which can be enabled by visiting chrome://plugins. Linux support is on the way, and we will be enabling the integration by default in the developer channel in the coming weeks.
With this effort, we will accomplish the following:
- PDF files will render as seamlessly as HTML web pages, and basic interactions will be no different than the same interactions with web pages (for example, zooming and searching will work as users expect). PDF rendering quality is still a work in progress, and we will improve it substantially before releasing it to the beta and stable channels.
- To further protect users, PDF functionality will be contained within the security
ViewSonic VG28 LCD display series launched
ViewSonic introduced the VG28 series, a new line of 20", 22", 24" and 27" LCD displays with Energy Star 5.0 and EPEAT certifications.
ViewSonic announced the launch of the VG28 series, its latest family of ergonomic widescreen LCD monitors with Energy Star 5.0 and EPEAT certifications. Offering innovative space-saving and ergonomic design features as well as an ECO mode, saving up to 30% of average power consumption, the VG28 series is making its debut with 20
Pending Price Cut for Intel Core i7-950
Intel MIGHT drop the pricing scheme for one of its most powerful central processing units according to hkepc. If we can believe the source then part's price will plummet by almost half of what it currently costs. If true, then the chip immediately under it may also drop in price, in order to maintain their appeal on their respective target consumer bases. This will come to pass just around the same time as the upcoming Core i3-560, with a frequency of 3.33GHz, is slated to make it into stores.
The CPU whose price will drop from the current $562 to under $300 is the Core i5-950. It is a quad-core model, with eight threads and an L3 cache memory of 8MB. Furthermore, the CPU has a thermal design power (TDP) of 130W and should be able to go as low as $294 when being put up for order, around the end of August to be exact. As such, the tag of Core i7-930 is bound to drop to $284.
The report even goes as far as mentioning the exact day when the Santa Clara, California-based maker of central processors intends to set these plans into motion: August 29.
Rumors though -- this news should be taken with a big grain of salt.
Intel going for 10 processor cores - 20 threaded
Intel's next-generation processor code-named Westmere-EX may include more cores than the company's current server chips, according to the title of a paper about the chip announced on Sunday. Intel will present a paper, called "Westmere-EX: A 20 Thread Server CPU," at the Hot Chips 22 conference , which will be held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California between August 22 and 24.
That tops the previous high of 16 threads in a CPU achieved by some Nehalem-EX CPUs with eight cores. Westmere-EX processors will succeed Nehalem-EX, which are able to run two threads simultaneously per physical core. Intel already offers chips based on the Westmere architecture for laptops, desktop and servers that can simultaneously run two threads per core. That ability to run 20 threads points to Westmere-EX CPUs possibly including up to 10 physical cores.
The company in the past has said that Westmere-EX chips would include more cores and operate at faster speeds than Nehalem-EX, though it has not provided further details.
Intel has said that Westmere-EX will be targeted at servers with four sockets and higher. The chips will be made using the 32-nanometer manufacturing process and are due for release next year.
Companies talking about the latest server chips at the conference also include IBM and Advanced Micro Devices. IBM will be talking about the next-generation "System z microprocessor," according to the advance agenda. AMD will be talking about the next-generation high-end desktop and server architecture code-named Bulldozer and the Bobcat microarchitecture for thin-and-light laptops and other low-power device [via PC-World].
eVGA GeForce GTX 465 SC review
eVGA GeForce GTX 465 SC tested
eVGA will be putting a lot of GeForce GTX 465 SKUs on the market based in several gradations. We'll have a look in particular at the GeForce GTX 465 SC model, with SC short for Super Clocked. NVIDIA managed to put a product out on the market, that does not run very hot and is not at all noisy. A Fermi product that should be more affordable yet has less active shader processors at it's disposal and the memory configuration is now brought down towards 1024 MB (gDDR5/256-bit). This all means that several other shader clusters inside that GPU have been disabled, on a card that looks like the Siamese twin of the GeForce GTX 470.
Let's go check it out. You can find the review right here.
Cooler Master Centurion 5 II
The Cooler Master Centurion II mid-tower is headed to the EU real soon.
The chassis makes a point of providing all the necessary features while still throwing in a 140mm blue LED fan at the front, for that bit of personality that consumers have come to expect from their machines. As for the specs themselves, the all-black or all-silver steel-wrought casing boasts four exposed 5.25-inch bays, five 3.5-inch bays and an adapter that can fit two 2.5-inch or 1.8-inch drives into one 3.5-inch holder. Additionally, there is an I/O panel with USB 2.0 ports, eSATA connectivity, FireWire and, of course, audio connectors.
The Cooler Master Centurion 5 II measures 202 (W) x 440 (H) x 485 (D) mm and, though it was showcased as far back as January, has only just made its way to European stores. It can be seen in detail on the company's official website and is listed by online retailers with a price of 59.9 Euro.
BP Oil fiasco rendered using Unreal Engine
Download - Sniper: Ghost Warrior Demo
We now offer the 1.4GB Sniper: Ghost Warrior Demo available for download. The game promises to be the most realistic sniper experience ever and runs off the Chrome 4 engine which you may know from Call of Juarez: Bound In Blood
Based on the covert, shadowy world of the military sniper, Sniper: Ghost Warrior throws players into the chaos of a military coup, as they aid the rebels in restoring the rightful government to the embattled country of Isla Trueno.
When the democratic government of Isla Trueno is overthrown, an aggressive and hostile military command rises to power. A highly trained special ops unit is sent in to help the rebels accomplish objectives that only a sniper can handle. In addition to intense sniper missions, players will also take part in a variety of assault scenarios where their prowess with weapons will be a huge help to the undermanned rebels.
Playable demo for the upcoming sniper game SNIPER Ghost Warrior.Game uses the Chrome Engine 4 first featured in Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood.If you have multiple monitors and the game hangs with a black screen, then change the shortcut to Disable desktop composition (in Compatibility).
Download the game demo here.
OCZ Technology 1.8 Inch Vertex 2 SSD
Engineered for maximum productivity, the OCZ 1.8" Vertex 2 delivers the same performance as the 2.5 inch edition, yet accommodates a wider range of mobile applications and devices. Driven by SandForce, 1.8" Vertex 2 SSDs excel in 4KB random writes up to 50,000 IOPS and features transfer rates up to 285MB/s read and 275MB/s write. Available in 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB, it offers high capacity options for unparalleled storage space.
OCZ 1.8" Onyx SSDs deliver the benefits of solid state storage at an aggressive price point for mainstream consumers looking to increase the performance and lifespan of their existing platforms. In 32GB and 64GB capacities, the Onyx makes use of a quality Indilinx controller to deliver speeds up to 145MB/s, 64MB of cache, and only one watt of power consumption even during intensive computing.
Both OCZ's 1.8" SSDs feature a durable yet lightweight alloy housing and no moving parts, making the drives more rugged and power efficient than traditional spinning hard drive discs. Available in a range of capacities to suit various needs, OCZ 1.8" SSDs are built with SATA 3Gb/s to easily integrate into today's mobile platforms and feature TRIM support for Windows 7 systems.
Acer H234H and H244H LCD monitors released
For those interested in performance numbers and the overall design, both H4 displays are widescreen LCDs with a native resolution of Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels. In addition, they come with a response time of 2ms and DVI and HDMI inputs. As for the panel itself, the brightness is of 300 cd/m2 and the dynamic contrast ratio is of 80,000:1.
For user convenience, Acer has implemented touch controls by means of which the monitor's image settings (color, shape, size, etc.) can be adjusted to suit each buyer's individual needs. The H4 monitors will start shipping by the end of the month.
Photo of the NVIDIA GF104 GPU Emerges
Expreview somehow managed to get a hold of a photo allegedly first published on a Chinese hardware enthusiasts forum known for leaking confidential data and pictures. What can immediately be seen from the photo is the aluminum heatspreader and the unusual, rectangular shape of the GPU (the GF100, as a comparison, is square). Unfortunately, the inscriptions on the chip are blurred out for the most part, leaving only the GF104-30x denomination and the A1 revision markings.
As it stands, it is impossible to determine when and where the picture was taken, though some assumptions can still be made based on it. Previous leaks and rumors suggested the possibility of the upcoming chip having a 192-bit memory bus and 336 stream processors, or a 256-bit interface and 384 stream processors. In the picture, there appear to be six or seven memory chips around the graphics processor itself, which, X-Bit Labs explains, may suggest that the memory bus is, in fact, of 224 bits, whereas the amount of stream processors is 360.
Granted, for this to be true, every graphics processing cluster (GPC) would need to have 24 stream processors and not 32 like the GF100. NVIDIA, of course, did not comment on unannounced products in any way, but considering that the launch date is supposedly slated for July 12, it shouldn't be long until official information starts to emerge.
It's not much to look at, but if it is a proper photo then the die-size is fairly small [via softpedia]
Xbox 360 Slim already modded (video)
18-06-2010 - Network Downtime due to Packet Loss
Over the past few days we noticed severe packet loss over international nodes making the Guru3D Network / Servers very difficult to reach for some of you. Together with our host we found out that there is a nasty issue with the Internet backbone provider.
Roughly 80% of the visitors access the site without issues whatsoever, but that other 20% has massive packetloss on one of the peers.
Currently EuroAccess is on site in the datacenter and have acknowledged the problem. Right now there is generic BGP reload which in phases will restart networks and later on the two core routers will either receive an update or get replaced.
This is massive work for the backbone provider. Currently I do not have an ETA as to when maintenance will be finished. With a bit of luck everything is solved today, it also might be a couple of days before all is solved.
Please have patience and out apologies to the ones that have such a hard time reaching the website !
Update - looks like the issue is solved, there hasn't been any pakcet-loss ever since the past 12 hours.
Zalman Z7 Plus review
Zalman Z7 Plus gets tested
We test and review the Zalman Z7 Plus ATX Mid Tower chassis. These cases will cost you roughly 55 EUR / 65 USD for the most expensive PLUS version, yet carry features like pleasing aesthetic design, LED front fan, dust filter protections at the meshes, side fan controller, front panel hidden by a door, rubber feet protecting resonation, CPU Cooler Back Plate Hole is provided for convenient CPU cooler installation.
Click here to read the review.
Samsung 512GB SSD
Samsung introduced the first solid state drive (SSD) utilizing high-performance toggle-mode DDR NAND. The new 512 gigabyte (GB) SSD provides electronic data processing application designers with advanced performance and reliability for notebooks with premium value.
The new 512GB SSD makes use of a 30 nanometer-class 32 gigabit chip that the company began producing last November. The toggle-mode DDR structure together with the SATA 3.0Gbps interface generates a maximum sequential read speed of 250 Megabyte per second (MBps) and a 220MBps sequential write speed, both of which provide three-fold the performance of a typical hard disk drive. At these speeds, two standard length (apprx. 4GB each) DVD movies can be stored in just a minute.
Samsung provides further gains in power efficiency by having developed a low-power controller specifically for toggle-mode DDR NAND. The resulting power throttling capability enables the drive's high-performance levels without any increase in power consumption over a 40nm-class 16Gb NAND-based 256GB SSD. The controller also analyzes frequency of use and preferences of the user to automatically activate a low-power mode that can extend a notebook's battery life for an hour or more.
The Samsung 512GB SSD makes use of reinforced 256-bit AES (advanced encryption standard) encryption to ensure higher security, protecting personal data against online hackers or undesired access when its host PC is misplaced and lost.
Samsung also provides streamlined boot time and application access with this new SSD, showing an approximately nine-fold improvement in random performance over HDDs. Also, an intelligent operation management function optimizes the SSD's background working environment. Coupled with the popular Windows 7 TRIM feature the operation management function secures the reliability of the drive in write mode.
Samsung plans to begin volume production of the 512GB SSD next month. The new capacity extends Samsung's range of SSD densities from 64GB to 512GB.