AMD Tapes Out First "Bulldozer" Microprocessors
The colleagues over at xbitlabs report that upcoming Bulldozer processors have been taped out. AMD hopes to begin sampling of the chips with customers shortly and initiate mass production sometimes in 2011.
The architecture will be used in chips manufactured using the 32-nm process. The company scheduled a 16-core chip code-named Interlagos for release in 2011. Bulldozer is AMD's first properly new processor architecture since the Athlon 64 of 2003. Every AMD chip since then has been a variation on that theme. A tweak here, an added core or floating point unit there, perhaps. But basically the same design.
The "tape out" means that the artwork for the photomask of a circuit is sent to manufacturing.
Based on the information provided by AMD it will feature eight x86 processing engines with multithreading technology, two 128-bit FMAC floating point units, shared L2 cache, shared L3 cache as well as integrated memory controller. AMD also states that the new CPU will feature
Core i5-760 CPU is out for sale
The Core i5 750 processor is probably the best Core based quad-core processor from Intel available on the market in terms of value. As it seems Intel just outted the Core i5 760.
The Lynnfield based processors can be seated onto a socket LGA 1156 motherboard and though precisely the same as its little brother, it is now clocked at 2.80 GHz, which is an okay improvement over the 2.66 GHz of the Core i5-750.
the chip comes with 8 MB of L3 cache and, of course, the integrated dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. Other specifications include a QPI of 4.8 GT/s and a TDP (thermal design power) of 95 W.
The product is priced at $209.99 whereas the 750 costs 195 USD.
Steam is releasing Alien Swarm for free
Today Steam is releasing Alien Swarm, which will cost you nothing.
Two years ago, Valve hired a group of modders behind the popular Unreal Tournament 2004 co-op mod called Alien Swarm as ggmania reports. The team has since contributed to popular games such as the Left 4 Dead Series and Portal 2, but on the side, they were hard at work on a Source version of Alien Swarm, and the fruits of their labor will be released on Monday
Statement Palit regarding GTX 460 Sonic Platinum
In this entire ordeal we nearly broke our relations with Palit to be honest, as we can not accept to review 'vanilla' picked samples while the final-product differs in the stores. Last week, as you guys have been able to follow here in the news, we have had contact with Palit on several occasions to get some important questions answered. In the end, the review sample according to Palit, differed from the end product as it was an engineering sample, rushed out to us and other reviewers to make the launch in time.
Based on our comments a lot of things happened, a new BIOS series has been released to compensate the noise levels on the retail samples of the Palit GTX 460 series, if you have a GTX 460 from Palit, please download the new BIOS here:
This file (includes BIOS) is for all of our GTX 460 models to update a new BIOS. It will automatically update the BIOS if it needs to.
First reports have shown that the noise levels indeed went down as the RPM level was brought back from 80 to 60 RPM, with the GPU running at 75 degrees C. So that is looking much better.
Secondly, we'll be receiving the final sample from Palit hopefully this week, and are going to clean out all results of the engineering sample from our original review and replace them with the results of the final SKU. I'll keep you guys posted on that.
Last but not least, in a phone conversation with Palit on Friday I have requested some sort of statement for the end-users, this arrived this morning:
To who it may concern,
That review sample is the very first model we made, after finalizing the BIOS, there was no need to add a VRM heatsink.
GTX 460 1GB "Sonic Platinum" without a MOSFET heatsink (the samples for review had the heat sink)
- It is no need to add a heat sink for those components (MOSFET power circuit).
We had passed the thermal qualification testing for the the specification. The NV reference board does also not add it too.
- 100% burning tests for the GTX460 1GB "Sonic Platinum" (We have tested and done burning test for each "Sonic Platinum" board before shipped out to our customers. The "Burning test" - with at least 2 hours under 45 Degree C inside the chamber
- The temperature on the GPU, memory chips and VRM components of the GTX460 1GB "Sonic Platinum" is not over NV specification under 45 Degree chamber. (We run 3Dmark2006 "GT2" that was suggested by NV for the Thermal testing.
Please be confident with our serious testing process, which you do not need to be worries about an damage possibilities.
Quality is always out priority. Thank you.
If there are any further questions regarding this issue, you are welcome to email Palit support line; firstname.lastname@example.org We will be more than welcome to assist you.
Norman Lian - Palit Microystems Ltd
It is with this last news-item that we'll leave this matter to rest now. Once we have the final board in, as stated, we are going to update and replace the results in our GTX 460 shootout article. We recommend all Palit GTX 460 Sonic and Sonic Platinum owners to update their BIOS, as the updated firmware seems to make a good difference preventing extreme noise levels.
Logitech Next-Generation of Surround Sound Speakers
Logitech unveiled the next-generation surround Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z506. Logitech
Meet ASUS MARS II in the nude ...
The guys over at Hexus posted what seem to be photo's of the PCB for a dual GeForce GTX 480 GPUs, yikes imaging the power and heat. Two GeForce GTX 480 GPUs (GF100-375-A3) are connected via a high-speed NF200 bridging chip, the what appears to be MARS II would absolyutely dominate and swallow everything in it's path.
Each GPU's six 64-bit memory controllers are serviced by, we imagine, double-density, double-width GDDR5. Three eight-pin PCIe connectors provide enough juice - to the tune of 450W-plus, it is reasonable to assume - and we're guessing that the sheer size of the proposed cooling would make the ARES' blush. Indeed, it wouldn't be surprising if this was a watercooling-only product.
Should this product come to bear before the next round of GPU updates, the MARS II would be the baddest - and undoubtedly most expensive - graphics card in the world - Hexus
Check the thumbails to see the beast a little bigger. Oh and to ASUS .. we'd so much like to recommend liquid-cooling (!)
Agenda Circling Forth GPU particle demo
This demo won 1st place at the Breakpoint 2010 party. This demo is simply mind blowing! This group did a demo consisting completely of particles. Not a single polygon is in this just particles and millions of them.
Just a warning this thing will could rape your GPU, he I had to run it at 1280x800 on a GTX260 to keep the framerate around ~20-25fps. It kept my GPU at 99% the entire time, its very GPU limited as far as performance.
Agenda Circling Forth
by CNCDvsFairlight art house productions inc
Requires Directx 9.0c, GeForce 260 / Radeon 4850 or better. Must be PS 3.0 card
Matrox Enhances resolution for TripleHead2Go
Matrox Graphicsannounced enhanced resolution compatibility for Matrox DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXMs) when using Intel HD Graphics and Intel 4 Series Express Chipset with Intel Graphics Media Accelerator. Maximum DualHead2Go resolutions have increased from 2x1280x1024 to support 2x1920x1080, and supported TripleHead2Go resolutions have expanded from 3x800x600 to 3x1280x1024 (standard) or 3x1360x768 (widescreen).
This enlarged display real estate was previously only available to Matrox DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go customers using graphics solutions from other manufacturers. Now Intel mobile and desktop graphics customers can benefit from higher resolution multi-display support via Matrox DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go Digital or DisplayPort Editions.
"Intel HD Graphics provides everyday visual computing to millions of PC users, whether they are watching HD movies, playing 3D games, or videoconferencing at the office," said Steve Santamaria, Director of Visual Computing Developer Relations, Intel Corporation. "We are happy to be working with Matrox to enable their DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go products to enhance the visual experience of our common customers."
"This close collaboration between Matrox and Intel ensures that we are providing the best multi-display platform possible for both the Intel 4 Series Chipset with graphics and the new Core 2010 processors with Intel HD Graphics built in," comments Ron Berty, Business Development Manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. "Whether you are deploying enterprise-wide triple-monitor desktop installations, or are a notebook user seeking dual-monitor workstation-like performance, the newest Intel graphics drivers guarantee an unprecedented level of stability and resolution support across Matrox GXM-enabled displays."
Matrox Graphics eXpansion Modules are multi-display upgrades that are easy to set up for notebooks, desktop computers, and workstations. The DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go modules work in conjunction with your system's existing GPU and enable the addition of two or three displays. These external solutions are perfect for platforms previously limited to a single display, such as systems with integrated graphics, systems with no available expansion slots, or systems that are already closed and validated.
PowerColor PCS+ HD5770 Vortex Edition
PowerColor or TUL if you will, today announced their PowerColor PCS+ HD5770 Vortex Edition graphics card. The Vortex Edition is, essentially makes use of a new cooler called .. tadaa .. Vortex.
Intel Six-Core i7-970 CPU shipping
This processor was in the pipeline for a while now, yet I am surprised to see it launched so soon. Intel is about to release this product, yet a UK etailer jumped the gun.
The Core i7 970 will be clocked a tiny bit slower than the 980X at 3.2 GHz . Obviously you'll be stripped away from the unlocked multiplier as well. But still; pricing should in the end be a notch better at roughly 900 EUR.
The 6-core processor is based on socket LGA 1366 motherboards and has 12MB of L3 cache. The product also hyper-threads to 12 threads, as well as the lovely integrated triple-channel DDR3 memory controller.
The etailer lists it at
ASUS adding frontpanel USB 3.0 to P55 motherboards
Much like many other main board manufacturers ASUS is prepping a P55 motherboard but this time arround with USB 3.0 ports for the frontpane as welll. This motherboard though would be the first P55 with USB 3.0 connectors based on two NEC chips, though many will follow shortly though.
Even though Asus has different motherboards with USB 3.0 connectors on the market including the P7P55 series. Never before, however, the company introduced a motherboard on the market with USB 3.0 headers according to Intel's standard. P7P55/USB3-mobo in ATX format.
The motherboard contains the P55 chipset, two PCI-Express x16 slots (one x16 and one x4 times electric) and two PCI slots. Four slots and six SATA-300 ports are also placed on the motherboard. Besides the USB 3.0 ports in the I / O panel also made six regular USB ports and the board is equipped with USB 2.0 headers. A Gigabit Ethernet jack and eight-channel audio rounds off the features. No SATA-600 / 6G, that's surprizing though. The motherboard would cost around 150 U.S. dollars or euros for that matter.
ASUS Xonar Essence ST DeLuxe review
ASUS Xonar Essence ST DeLuxe gets tested
We test and review the Xonar Essence ST Deluxe 7.1 soundcard. Yes, you read it right, the full deluxe model! ASUS has been relentless with its R&D and soundcard releases, putting out one high end card after another. The Essence models are considered the current undisputed kings of the Xonar series of soundcards. We are quite excited to see what the Essence ST offers over the STX and in general. So, let
AMD second quarter revenue up 40 percent
Though AMD still makes a loss things are looking a little better each quarter. The fabless chip maker saw its revenue rise by 40 percent to $1.65 billion. The company lost $43 million in the second quarter, compared with a loss of $330 million the year before. For the current quarter, AMD expects revenue to be up seasonally by about 5 to 10 percent. AMD's shares are up 2.56 percent in after-hours trading as the results beat Wall Street's consensus.
The company reported a loss of $43 million, or 6 cents a share, compared with a loss of $330 million, or 49 cents a share, for the year-earlier period. Revenue was $1.65 billion, up from $1.18 billion.
The company reported an adjusted income was 11 cents a share. Analysts had expected the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based chip company to report a profit of 6 cents a share, on revenue of $1.55 billion.
Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic could have issues !
Your Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic could have issues
The reviews on the Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic Platinum edition have been extremely positive in most reviews, including ours in the GTX 460 shootout. Great performance, good cooling and an extremely silent noise level. However earlier on Wednesday we noticed some reports in our forums that an batch of the Palit GeForce GTX 460 seems to be missing the VRM heatsink.
As a result the cards temperature could heat up massively and the cooling will try to compensate by spinning way harder (RPM) and this it makes the product loud. Is yuor VRM/MOSFET area exposed like that ? Here's how you can identify this:
To the left a photo of our review sample, clearly visible is the black heatsink located to the back of the PCB. To your right you can see the same product, yet missing is obviously that heatsink.
If you purchased a Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic Platinum edition graphics card, please check if that black heatsink is missing.
So apparantly it is common for Palit to submit better samples to the press opposed to what they sell in the stores: Here's an answer from Palit which makes clear as to this apparantly was done on purpose:
This is Norman from Palit Taipei office.
Just let you know that all our GTX 460 1GB
Gigabyte Radeon HD 5770 SOC gets tested
Gigabyte Radeon HD 5770 SOC gets tested
We test and review the Gigabyte Radeon HD 5770 SOC - with SOC short for Super OverClocked. The end result is an improved Radeon HD 5770, a decent looking product, that we overclocked quite easily to 1000 MHz... yeah, we just got your attention didn't we? Yes, today we'll have a peek at the latest and greatest from Gigabyte. This new SKU comes with custom PCB, custom components, custom cooler and custom voltage regulation management.
Oh and it's pre-overclocked at default for you as well. You can find this Guru3D article right here.
Mid-range graphics cards shift in price (a little)
As expected, the launch of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 460 cards is putting serious competition to the table for ATI. It seems that prices right now are dropping. The GTX 460 is positioned in the 200 USD market with the 768MB SKU. It competes directly with the R5830 and outclassed thr R5770 by far.
Let's have a peek at some shops, the Radeon HD 5830 for example at NewEgg can be spotted at surprize ... $199.99
The R5770 now can be found for prices as low as $149.99, but is no competition for the GTX 460.
We do expect the R5850 to drop a little in price as well, as the fastest GTX 460 SKUs can compete with it at 250 USD. However that product still hovers at the $309.99 level.
Sandy Bridge might arrive earlier
Intel CEO Paul Otellini told investors that the company's upcoming 32nm Sandy Bridge processors will start shipping faster than anticipated due to rave reviews by customers. Otellini didn't reveal an exact launch date, but he did mention that Intel will ship Sandy Bridge for revenue by the end of this year.
The world's largest chip maker even plans to spend more money on new factory equipment to speed up the rollout of the chips.
"I am more excited by Sandy Bridge than I have been in any product that the company has launched in a number of years," said Paul Otellini, Intel's president and CEO, during the company's second quarter conference call. "Due to the very strong reception of Sandy Bridge, we have accelerated our 32-nanometer factory ramp and have raised our capex guidance to enable us to meet the anticipated demand."
The company raised its capital expenditures guidance to US$5.2 billion [B] from $4.8 billion previously.
mySN offers you extreme affordable gaming
The german manufacturer mySN announced their G