Guru3D Rig of the Month - November 2008
Each month here at Guru3D.com we feature one of you guys, your PC, your DIY project. It is quite honestly amazing how much detail and dedication you put into an PC, and every now and then it really shows. Today Mike's PC. Mike is a long time Guru3D visitor. He has build several PC's over the years, but I think this one tops them all ... suffice to say, 100% Guru3D Rig of the Month material. Take a look at his project as he talks you through this DIY build.
Smoothcreations P90X SFF gaming system unveiled
PC builder extraordinaire Smoothcreations unveiled a small form factor gaming system, the Portable 90 Xtreme (P90X) series. These systems are designed for LAN parties, they weigh less than 15lbs and have a custom painted "Boneyard" design.
The P90x models feature Intel QX9770 processors, water cooled Radeon HD 4870, 4870X2 H20 Special Edition graphics or you can choose some ass kicking BFG Geforce 280 GTX AX or HOC Edition. The system also features 4GB Corsair Dominator memory, a WD HDD, Lite On DVD burner and a motherboard from DFI.
It's available now at Smoothcreations, prices start at $1,995.
Intel to Phasing out Core 2 Quad Q6600 in Q1/2009
Intel will issue a product discontinuance notice for the Q6600 in the first quarter next year, and call end-of-lifecycle in the second quarter.
Acer has reduced pricing for its Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600-based desktops to below NT$13,900 (US$418) for the IT Month consumer show in the Taiwan market, and other vendors are expected to follow suit.
AMD lowers prices December 1st
AMD is to lower prices on it's processors starting December 1st, here's an overview.
|Processor||Old Price USD||New Price USD|
|Phenom X4 9950 BE||186||175|
|Phenom X4 9850 BE||180||165|
|Phenom X4 9750||170||154|
|Phenom X3 8750||134||124|
|Phenom X3 8650||123||104|
|Athlon X2 6400+||102||87|
|Athlon X2 6000+||95||77|
|Athlon X2 5600+||88||70|
|Athlon X2 5400+||78||66|
|Athlon 64 LE-1640||~40||36,50|
|Phenom X4 9750B||224||165|
|Phenom X3 8600B||-||110|
|Athlon X2 5400B||-||71|
ATI NVIDIA Buy TSMCs 40nm Process Foundry Service
TSMC announced last month that it would begin offering commercialized 40-nm process, with many fabless houses having since come to TSMC for the leading-edge process in spite of the business downturn.
The world`s No.1 silicon-foundry supplier announced in March it had unveiled the process by using immersion lithography technology. Chip-making equipment suppliers pointed out that TSMC had completed validation of the process with customers last month before announcing to offer such commercialized process.
In spite of anemic chip markets and the forecast that TSMC`s capacity utilization ratio will likely drop to only 75% by the end of the current quarter, customers have accelerated plans to upgrade to higher-end process by making most of the rising idle capacity at TSMC in hope of paring down costs.
Nvidia plans to have its high-end GT216 chips made using 40-nm process next quarter, as does AMD-ATI, which is working on its high-performance RV870 chip designed on 40-nm rule.
Telecom-chip designers including Altera, Broadcom, Marvell, Netlogic and LSI are planning to use 40-nm process to make chips in the second quarter next year. Suppliers of the chips used in Microsoft XBox360 game consoles, and Sun Microsystems are reportedly considering to contract TSMC by the middle of next year [via cens].
GlacialTech UFO V51 cooler launched - has Core i7 support
GlacialTech rolled out the UFO V51 Silent and UFO 51 PWM processor coolers, these new models support all the latest processors from Intel and AMD, including the new Core i7. The UFO V51 is pretty big, it has four heatpipes with 6mm and 8mm diameter, a highly polished copper bottom and two 92mm fans.
The cooler measures 130 x 157 x 138mm (L x W x H) and weighs 780g.
Dual silent fans offering speeds of 800rpm to 2500rpm, four heat pipes and a state-of-art aluminum heat sink maintain excellent air-flow management, keeping the CPU and surrounding components like Memory, VRM and chipsets cool. The light weight design, high performance thermal compound, high quality polish bottom, UFO battleship design and pure copper base are some of the latest innovations incorporated by GlacialTech in this latest CPU cooler product line.
The Silent version has two 92mm fans that spin at 1600RPM, with an airflow of 29.56CFM and noise level of 19dBA. The PWM version has two 92mm fans with 800-2500RPM, airflow of max. 46.18CFM and noise level of up to 32dBA.
- Dual silent fan
- Light weight design
- Battleship design concept
- Good air-flow design
- High quality polish bottom
- High performance thermal compound
- Multi-solution for Intel and AMD
- The cool air could cool the surrounding components (Memory, VRM, chipsets and etc.)
- Pure copper base
It's time to look up a couple of other deals, let's put a focus on two graphics cards and two processors today. Click on the price for info/shop.
- First of, value for money is what the GeForce 9800 GTX cards offer. We spotted them for $179.99
- And then Radeon HD 4850, the card that surpized us all .. it can now be found as low as $149.99 which is great value for money.
- Let's do an AMD and INtel processor, first off it's still hard to beat the price/performance ratio of the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor, you can spot it for $179.99 and then overclock the living daylights out of it :)
- AMD's top of the line Phenom X4 9950 Quad-Core Processor however offers a truckload of value at $169.99
Direct3D WARP10 - play DX10 Crysis using sw renderer
Long Zheng reports that Windows 7 is supporting Direct3D 10 in software. For example, Crysis may be a Direct3D 10 game, but if you only have a Direct3D 9-level graphics card, it might only make your jaws open instead of hitting the floor. But that's all going to change comes Windows 7.
Simply put, in Windows 7, you will experience the same graphics fidelity and detail whether you have a Direct3D 9-level graphics card or even no graphics card. The magic fairy dust which makes this possible is called Direct3D 10Level9 and Direct3D WARP10 respectively. Direct3D 10Level9 is exactly what the name describes, it allows you to run Direct3D 10 applications on Direct3D 9 hardware with the same visual output but at the cost of performance penalties compared to running on native Direct3D 10 hardware. On the other hand, if your graphics functionality or partially or wholly non-existent either by design or due to anomalies (graphics driver), that's where WARP10 comes into play.
WARP which stands for Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform is a complete implementation of Direct3D 10 in software form - that is using only the CPU. It's even capable of anti-aliasing up to 8xMSAA and anisotropic filtering. What's amazing is that it is parity with the output of a native Direct3D 10 device. The MSDN article describes 'the majority of the images appear almost identical between hardware and WARP10, where small differences sometimes occur we find they are within the tolerances defined by the Direct3D 10 specification.'
Ubisoft: 'working hard' on Assassin's Creed 2
During its first-half fiscal 2008-09 conference call today, Ubisoft parried a question regarding the Assassin's Creed sequel.
While an Ubisoft executive would not confirm the game's release for fiscal 2010 (more specifically, holiday 2009), le exec did concede that "we are working hard on the product" -- the first real confirmation of its assumed development. Well, we knew it was coming thanks to some wacked out text and a very open ending in the first game, but it's nice to see the confirmation... now hopefully they remove much of the repetitive nature.
Gigabyte GeForce 9800 GTX+ 1GB Zalman
Gigabyte today launched a new GeForce 9800 GTX+ graphics card. Now that by itself is not so special, but what does make it special is that it comes with 1 GB of memory .. and custom Zalman cooling. And that's a pretty nice combination for sure.
Looks like the card is clocked at 740/1800 and is available for $218.30 -- NewEgg even ahs a 30 USD rebate.
I snagged a photo for this product release here ya go:
Cooler Master Black COSMOS Photos
Earlier last week we already mentioned that Cooler Master has planned a special treat for the holiday season; a limited Black edition of its popular COSMOS chassis which will see just 500 units. You'll see and hear more about it at the official site come December 11.
We we snagged a couple of actual photo's for you:
OCZ releases three Fatal1ty PSUs
OCZ Technology today revealed the first power supply models under the Fatal1ty series, offering gamers stable and efficient power for their mainstream or high-end rigs. OCZ is dedicated to delivering premium power solutions, and the Fatal1ty series options are the first step to creating an exceptional gaming system for the unique power and cabling requirements of today
BFG launches LS class PSUs
BFG Technologies a North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG LS Series and MX Series modular power supplies.
The BFG LS and MX Series offer performance class features and benefits as well as typical efficiency of up to 85%, so more power is converted to DC than many other power supplies on the market. The MX Series is identical to the acclaimed BFG LS Series with the addition of modular cable management, allowing customers to use only the cables they need, providing better aesthetics and airflow.
OCZ PC3-12800 Gold 6GB Triple Channel memory kit review
A 6GB kit, memory that is capable of 1600MHz DDR3 CL 8-8-8-24 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS) and comes with a lifetime warranty. Doesn't sound too bad eh ? Well it surely isn't. An all new 6 GB kit which we'll test on an 64-bit Windows Vista environment. Razer sharp an fast stuff for sure .. let's check it out.
You can read the review right here.
HP intros mini-Q nettop with dual-core Atom CPU
HP recently used an event in Taiwan to unveil its first-ever nettop PC, the mini-Q 2030, that is powered by Intel's 1.6GHz dual-core Atom 330 processor and 2GB of DDR2 RAM. Other hardware includes a 160GB 7,200rpm SATA hard-drive with Windows Vista preloaded and a dual-layer DVD burner. It also has four USB 2.0 ports, two PS/2 ports, an Ethernet port, a VGA jack for connecting to monitors and an audio and microphone jack.
The mini-Q weighs in a maximum of just 4.4lbs and does not include a monitor or any peripherals. Along with the mini-Q 2030, HP also showed the mini-Q 2020 which sports the single-core Atom 230 rated at the same 1.6GHz, half the RAM at 1GB and the older Windows XP OS.
The HP mini-Q 2030 will be available in Taiwan for the equivalent of around $386 while the HP mini-Q 2020, will cost about $296. There is no official information on if or when the nettops will be available in North America.
Download: FurMark 1.5.0 Graphics Card Stability Test
FurMark, the popular graphics card stability test and OpenGL graphics benchmark, is available in version 1.5.0. This new version fixes a bug that occurs with ForceWare 180 series. On the new things side, FurMark adds a GPU temperature logger, a more intensive GPU stability test, and the avaibility of the startup interface in several languages. More information in FurMark
ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution workstation motherboard
ASUS officially released the ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution motherboard for workstations, full specifications can be found over here.
The ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution is the ideal foundation for a powerful workstation for Small Office usage, SOHOs and mainstream workstation users; with its unparalleled performance. Through ASUS
Seagate offers fix for 1.5TB Barracuda freezes
Some Seagate Barracuda 8200.11 1.5TB hard drives may show uncharacteristic operation when used with Mac and Linux operating systems in multi-drive configurations. Users may experiences pauses in video streaming applications or a dropped drive from RAID arrays. Customers seeing these symptoms should contact Seagate Technical Support for a firmware upgrade. In order to assure the proper application of the new firmware, please email a description of the issues you're seeing to Seagate (email@example.com) Please include the following disk drive information: model number, serial number and current firmware revision. Also, please describe your system, operating system and the application in use when the issue arose, and you will receive a prompt response with appropriate instructions. As an alternative to the contact email address above please access http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/about/contact_us/.Perhaps that's not the end of this story, though. One of the Seagate support forum members who initially complained dropped us a line saying the new firmware negatively impacts performance. According to Nick, average read performance for his 1.5TB 'cuda was 105.8MB/s. With the new firmware, however, he claims read performance dipped to 86MB/s. Disabling write caching allegedly brought that figure back up to 101MB/s.