Zalman ZM-SF3 fans with Shark Fin Blade design
Zalman outs a new fan, the the ZM-SF3 with "Shark's Fin Blade" design to reduce noise and increase airflow. The fan measures 120 x 120 x 26.4 mm, weighing 118 g.Other noise-reducing features include the "Everlasting Quiet" (ELQ) bearing that has a lifespan of over 150,000 hours, silicon blocks at the corners of the fan to dampen vibration, as well as silicon pins instead of screws to further reduce vibrational noise.
Apparantly the fan's frame uses tiny segments of silicone to dampen vibration, and silicone pins are provided instead of metal screws that bring down vibration transfer to the chassis even further. This results in a rated noise level of under 25 dBA.
Fan RPM is 900 ~1,500 rpm.
Intel Sandy Bridge roadmap leaked?
The Germany based tech site Computer Base seems to have their hands on a Intel's 32nm Sandy Bridge roadmap for the desktop and notebook market.
It seems Intel plans to launch Sandy Bridge as the Core i7 2000 series. Several processors will have a suffix to identify special features of the processor, such as the "K" for unlocked chips, "S" for energy-efficient versions, "T" for dual-core 35W TDP models, "M" for laptop processors, "QM" for quad-core laptop CPUs and "XM" for the fastest laptop chips.
Mafia II Demo PhysX fix - PhysX System Software 9.10.0513
As you are certainly aware, a playable demo version of the upcoming game Mafia2, featuring NVIDIA PhysX, was released yesterday. Because of unexpected issues with the installer of the PhysX System Software (v 9.10.0512), GPU accelerated PhysX was not working on some systems, resulting in PhysX only running on the CPU at lower framerates. NVIDIA have now posted an updated PhysX System Software which fixes these problems.
2K is also working on an auto-update patch for the demo, which comes via Steam and which should be available shortly too.
- Includes the latest PhysX runtime builds to support all released PhysX content.
- Changes & fixed issues in this release
- Fixes a bug that prevented PhysX from being accelerated on Optimus PCs.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series, 100-series, 200-series, 300-series and 400-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory and 32 CUDA cores. Note: Some applications may have higher minimum requirements.
- Experience GPU PhysX acceleration in many games and demos, some of which are highlighted in PowerPack downloads here.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on GeForce via CUDA 3.0 for SDK versions 2.7.1, 2.7.3, 2.7.4, 2.7.5, 2.7.6, 2.8.0, 2.8.1 and 2.8.3 (requires graphics driver v196.21 or later).
- Supports control of your GPU PhysX configuration from the NVIDIA display driver control panel. (Requires graphics driver v196.21 or later).
- AGEIA PhysX processors users should use and install older PhysX system software such as version 8.09.04. Note
I-O Data releases a 27-inches gaming monitor
Do you need a 27-inches monitor? Well, the Japanese manufacturer I-O Data apparently thinks you surely do. As such, a brand new model in black color called LCD-MF271XBR is going to hit the market during this month. It
Spire outs Slimod 282 high-end GPU Cooler
Introducing the Slimod 282 high-end DT Heat-pipe VGA graphics array cooler. The Slimod 282 is a powerful cooler for the latest hot 130W Nvidia and ATI graphics chipset.Equipped with four (4) all copper 6mm Direct Touch heat-pipes for efficient and quick heat transport to the aluminum stamped heat-sink fins which transfer the heat to ambient area. The four heat-pipes utilized and high performance sintered powder heat-pipes which guarantee best thermal results. The Slimod 282 is equipped with two (2) 90mm DC fans which generate strong air pressure and over 24CFM airflow.
The Slimod 282 VGA Cooler is supplied with full PCB mounting clips and fittings, S420 thermal interface material and RAM: memory heat-sinks. You can easily install this VGA cooler onto your Gforce and Radeon chipset based graphic cards. Powered by innovation and performance the Slimod 282 is the professional solution for pc enthusiasts and gamers alike offered to you by Spire.
Regarding the price of this new GPU cooler, it costs around EUR46,9 /$49,99 and it comes with thermal compound either pre-applied onto the cooler or in an injection tube.
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 motherboard review
M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 motherboard gets tested
We test and review the M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 motherboard. The ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 is loaded with all the regular features like the fast chipset, grand connectivity, decent audio subsystem, integrated graphics, cool design, tweakable and then stuff like SATA 6G, USB 3.0, automated overclock options and even two (physical) PCIe x16 slots and even core unlock functionality from within the BIOS are features to be found at this 100 EUR motherboard.
The 890G chipset oozes with value, features and performance as at any level it will not disappoint, the six-core Phenom II X6 processor was overclocked towards 4.1 GHz on a just cheapo CPU air-cooler on this mobo.
You can read this Guru3D review right here.
EVGA Precision v1.9.6 Download
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.
This program allows you to fine tune your EVGA 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 graphics cards.
- Independent or Synchronous control for fan and clock settings in a multi-GPU system
- 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
- Information button shows device, driver, memory size, BIOS Revision and SLI mode
- Ability to choose different skins, and make your own!
- Now you can save screenshots from your favorite games!
Zalman VF3000N is available now
This model is capable to support GTX260,270,280 and 285 graphic cards with superb cooling performance in silent operation.
- Model Name: VF3000N
- Key Features:
- Powerful Cooling Performance with IHD Technology
- Ultra Quiet Design with Switching Noise Eliminated
- Excellent Peripheral Component Cooling
- EBR Bearing Fan with Dust Proof Structure & Minimal Noise
- High Performance Super Thermal Grease(STG2M) Provided
- Adjustable Fan Speed Controller( Fan Mate 2) Included
MSRP : $69.90
We reviewed this product backl in April already when we slapped it onto a GeForce GTX 285 , have a peek here.
EVGA releases SR-2 Classified PSU
There is no need to introduce you EVGA, a high-profile manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and consumer electronics dedicated to enthusiasts and overclockers. Today, EVGA extends their territory over power supply units by releasing a monster of wattage power, called Classified SR-2. I used the word
ECS Black Series P55H-AK Motherboard
Spotted and covered by us at Computex this year, and soon to be reviewed by Guru3D ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems) is to launch the ECS Black Series P55H-AK.
ECS is finally going really enthisiast with a motherboard as it is equipped with a whole lotta stuff like USB 3.0, six SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, two eSATA connectors, dual Gigabit Ethernet and 7.1 channel audio, as well as a pair of SATA 6.0 Gbps ports and even two Super Speed USB 3.0 connectors.
As for what makes this LGA 1156-ready board unique, it has a dark color theme, 15
AMD shipping three new processors
The chaps over at Fudzilla noticed that AMD released three new processors, or well .. refreshed ones. The products are going to re- and etail as we speak:
- Sempron 145 single-core processor 2.8GHz has a price tag of around
Google offices raided by Korean police
A police statement said they suspected Google has been collecting and storing data on "unspecified internet users from wi-fi networks". The firm recently admitted that its Street View cars had been collecting information over unencrypted wi-fi networks, calling it "a mistake". Google is currently under investigation in a number of countries to see if it broke data protection or privacy laws.
"[We] have been investigating Google Korea on suspicion of unauthorised collection and storage of data on unspecified Internet users from wi-fi networks," the Korean National Police Agency (KNPA) said in a statement. Korean media reported that 19 KNPA agents raided the office, seizing hard drives and related documents.
Authorities said they plan to summon Google officials for investigation once analysis on the confiscated items is complete. A spokesperson for Google told BBC News that the raid was part of the KNPA's "investigation on data collection on Street View Cars".
"We will co-operate with the investigation and answer any questions the police may have," the spokesperson added.
Google gathered wi-fi data in more than 30 nations The problem first came to light in May 2010, when German authorities asked to audit the data the company's Street View cars gathered as they took photos viewed on Google maps.
It emerged that the firm had wrongly collected information people sent over unencrypted wi-fi networks.
The news prompted an investigation in almost every country Street View cars had been operating, as well as an American multi-state investigation into Google's collection of wi-fi data, headed up by Connecticut's Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.
While many of the investigations are still ongoing, the UK's Information Commissioner Office cleared Google of wi-fi snooping, saying it did not grab "significant" personal details when collecting the data.
The news comes as the firm announced that it will introduce Street View for 20 of Germany's largest cities, including Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg, before the end of the year.
GeForce Forceware 259.31 Beta out for grabs
The NVIDIA developer site shows a new driver today. Please consider this driver BETA. Windows driver version 259.31 and Linux drivers version 256.38.03 provide full support for OpenGL 4.1 and GLSL 4.10 on capable hardware.
This driver also supports several new OpenGL extensions for both 4.1-capable GPUs and older GPUs. Judging from the setup files, pretty much any geForce graphics cards starting at series 6 and younger is supported. Please share your experiences on this driver in this forum thread.
Grab the drivers here:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 470 SOC edition enters the lab
Gigabyte is releasing a more powerful addition to its Super Overclock Series: GTX 470 SOC (GV-N470SO-13I). The GV-N470SO-13I also features WINDFORCE 3X, a 14 phase PWM design, OC Guru graphic card smart tuner and voltage read points.
The card comes at default with a 700 MHz core clock, a Shader Clock 1400 MHz and a Memory Clock of 3348 MHz (effective).
The card just arrived here in the lab, and thigns definiately are looking good. The card is 100% silent despite having three fans. Here are some exclusive photo's:
Guru3D Folding @Home team shatters records
It is with much pride that I can announce that over the weekend team Guru3D Folding @Home increased in rank and we have now taken over spor number 70, which is a pretty big deal. Another Team record we broke was this weekend as ever sicne the weekend we pass 400.000 points in per day. Great work you guys !
The next team to overtake will be in five days entering the top 60, which for the team would be a victory alright. To do so we of course need your help ! But here's an overview of the top 20 Guru3D crunching soldiers.
Now if you have a recent ATI Radeon series 3000 or newer or GeForce series 8 or newer graphics card and like to help fighting diseases, please join our team, we have Team ID number 69411.
You can download the latest GPU or CPU clients here. Should you need help / want info check out our Folding support forums here where anyone will help you with any questions you might have. Come on people, team 69411 -- join the club. Thanks to all who are participating in this project, and a special thank you to our top 20 contributors.
Google Denies Testing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Street View
Google may be working with Verizon to make sure that the Internet remains open, that
NVIDIA gets $25 million from DARPA to research exascale supercomputers
A team led by NVIDIA has been awarded a research grant of $25 million by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Defense Department's research and development arm, to address what the agency calls a "crisis in computing."
The four-year research contract, awarded under DARPA's Ubiquitous High Performance Computing (UHPC ) program, covers work to develop GPU technologies required to build the new class of exascale supercomputers which will be 1,000-times more powerful than today's fastest supercomputers.
The team -- which also includes Cray Inc., Oak Ridge National Laboratory and six top U.S. universities -- is being funded by DARPA to address the challenge that conventional computing architectures are reaching the practical limits of energy usage and will not meet the challenges of exascale computing. The research team plans to develop new software and hardware technology to dramatically increase computing performance, programmability and reliability.
"This recognizes NVIDIA's substantial investments in the field of parallel processing and highlights GPU Computing's position as one of the most promising paths to exascale computing," said Bill Dally, NVIDIA's chief scientist and senior vice president of research, and the team's principal investigator. "We look forward to collaborating to develop programmable, scalable systems that operate in tight power budgets and deliver increases in performances that are many orders of magnitude above today's systems."
"The DARPA UHPC program is attacking technical issues that are key to the future of high performance computing, from the embedded terascale to the exascale," said Steve Scott, Cray's senior vice president and CTO, and the Cray principal investigator on the team. "We are excited to be working with this team, and we believe the directions we are pursuing will lead to radical improvements to the state-of-the-art in the coming decade."
In addition to the NVIDIA-led team, DARPA awarded contracts to three other teams to study UHPC systems. Prototype systems are expected to be completed by 2018.
The names of those universities on the NVIDIA team will be available once details with them have been finalized. For more information on the DARPA UHPC program, please go here.