GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 | BFG OCX MaxCORE review [Guru3D]
BFG GeForce GTX 260 OCX MaxCORE test -- NVIDIA was seeking for some more performance in the GTX 260 series, they need to give it a little more bite. And though I'm sure that yet another SKU will drive board-partners crazy, I say bring it on.
NVIDIA today is introducing the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216, this new chip has one additional shader cluster which brings the accumulated number of shader processors towards 216. And it does make a slight difference, yet we'll test the BFG OCX MaxCORE version of it, and boy it does have a lot more bite.
You can read the review right here.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video-review
Seagate FreeAgent External Hard Drives
Seagate announced the Fall 2008 lineup of the company
Intel launched its first 6-core processor
Intel launched the Xeon 7400 today. The processor once nicknamed "Dunnington" is the first x86 architecture design to hold six cores and is targeted at very high-end computing where sheer parallelism is more important than clock rate; it's particularly useful for virtual machines and databases, Intel suggests. The chipmaker estimates a speed boost of as much as 50 percent and helps this in part by a similar increase in Level 2 cache to 16MB as well as dedicated virtualization features on the cores themselves.
The processor line tops out at a lower clock speed than quad- or dual-core Xeons and sees the top model reach 2.66GHz with the same 130W of peak power as higher-clocked quad core systems. A 2.4GHz model carries most of the performance but at 90W, while a 2.13GHz entry runs at 65W and is suited to rack servers or other thin servers and workstations. Four quad-core models are also available; the top 2.4GHz version carries the same 16MB of cache as six-core systems and uses 90W of power. The remaining three clock in at 2.13GHz but use cache and power use to determine their speed, with a regular 90W version loading up 12MB of cache, a budget version stripping down to 8MB of cache, and a low-voltage model carrying 12MB but using just 50W of energy.
Intel expects several large-scale PC companies to build systems on the chips, which range in cost from $856 to $2,729 in batches of 1,000. The new Xeons are the last before the transition to the new Core i7 architecture but should result in some of the techniques involved in their design rolled into other processors.
HP updates TouchSmart to 26 inches, Blu-ray
HP updated its TouchSmart all-in-one PCs to push them into high-end home theater territory not covered by earlier models or rivals such as the iMac. The IQ800 series carries a 25.5-inch, 1920x1200 display that converts the touchscreen PC into a near home theater; accordingly, the system comes with a Blu-ray combo drive in one model while all of them have 1080p-capable video and ATSC/NTSC TV tuners. To match the HTPC focus, either system also has new ambient lighting on their chins that either illuminates the wireless keyboard on a desktop or just sets the mood.
The PC builder's custom touchscreen interface is the same as before and streamlines lightweight photo management and editing, music playback, and widgets for weather or other info.
Two models start off the IQ800 line. The IQ804 is built for average use with a 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, a DVD burner and a GeForce 9300M GS for video. An IQ816 model adds the Blu-ray combo drive along with a Penryn-era 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo, a larger 750GB hard disk and GeForce 9600M GS video. Wi-Fi over 802.11n provides local networking for every model while either also has a Pocket Media Drive bay to add extra internal storage.
HP starts the IQ800 series at $1,899 and estimates a launch for September 21st. The premium IQ816 boosts the price to $2,099 for an October 21st release.
Guru3D Folding at Home team breaks Top 100 !
It takes a lot of people to do a lot of work, and we surely did that recently as Team Guru3D has entered top 100 in the Folding@home rankings !
It was close to a year ago when team Guru3D joined the folding@Home project for the good cause. At first we had a lot of people donating thei IDLE CPU cycles to the project and recently all the hottie new GPUs from ATI and NVIDIA can be used to compute as well. back then we advanced roughly 40.000 points per day. Wonderful yet currently we average at 170.000-180.000 points per day, amazing. Due to your help we now have entered the Top 100 which is a fantastic achievement.
Guys thank you all so much for helping out in this project !
Now if you have an 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 ! Thanks to all who are participating in this project, and a special thank you to our top 20 donators:
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Stalker: Clear Sky -- Graphics Card | VGA performance roundup
Sun rays burst through cracks in wooden roofs. Lightning lights up the night sky as well as dark interiors. It looks terrific and atmospheric, which is what S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is all about really. But how does it perform ?
Guru3D.com takes 13 graphics cards and has a peek at performance.
Grand Theft Auto 4 PC recommended specs
Just in case you where wondering. The Games for Windows website has released the recommended system specs for the upcoming PC port of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV.
The PC version of GTA IV will include an expanded multiplayer component, improved graphics, and a gameplay clip editing suite when it hits the PC on November 18.
Operating System: Windows XP SP2
Processor: Dual core processor (Intel Pentium D or better)
Hard Drive: 18GB free hard disk space
Video Card: 512MB Direct3D 10 compatible video card or Direct3D 9 card compatible with Shader
Drive: DVD-ROM dual-layer drive
DRM makes Spore most pirated game ever
Spore was without doubt the most anticipated game of the year. The game itself has blown away the people who have played it, but the DRM encouraged thousands to get their copy illegally. Already Spore has been downloaded more than 500,000 times on BitTorrent, and this number is increasing rapidly accrding to TorrentFreak.
Most critics agree that Spore is a great game. However, the users aren
[QUOTE]Following in the footsteps of Deutsche Gramophon, a service called Passionato is launching today, which will feature very high quality DRM-free downloads of classical... er... classics. It could prove popular - as previously reported, one in three classical music lovers owns an MP3 player, and download music, as well as ripping their classical CDs to MP3. One in five legally download tracks.
Let's talk about audio quality first. Passionato will offer tracks in both 320kbps MP3 and in lossless FLAC format. Both feature incredibly high audio quality - something demanded by many classical music fans. Many modern pop songs feature large amounts of compression that aren't so easily battered by MP3 processing, and sound fine at lower qualities. Classical tracks, on the other hand, are a little more fragile, and sound awful when compressed, losing all the nuances of the sound. It's great that Passionato understand this.
Secondly, the lack of DRM is important. It means that fans will be able to use their music however they want - on almost any brand of digital music player - and will be able to burn tracks to CD, should they want to. The death of DRM has been one of the biggest victories for consumers in digital music in recent years.
Lastly, Passionato also has a bunch of Web 2.0 style community features, much like Dilettante. Users can post their favourite albums and tracks to the biggest social networks, and integration with social bookmarking service del.icio.us is also built in. There's also a forum, and a recommendations engine.
Passionato looks good (though is it slightly off-centre of the page? Or is that just me?) and doesn't seem too expensive either, offering a couple of albums on the front page for
Creative to launch new X-fi product next week
Creative is preparing itself for a new X-Fi product launch next week, on September 17th.
Little has surfaced in recent weeks of devices that would match the description. The X-Fi name is already on the X-Fi Go! sound card and is already in use for handhelds through the ZEN X-Fi. A recent patent filing has also recently alluded to the development of a tablet like device that may represent a new ZEN Vision with a camera, though Creative isn't required to launch new hardware based on patents and may give any finished product a different name. Notably, Creative has generally left the Vision untouched since the Vision:M and Vision:W were introduced in 2006 while most of its X-Fi products have been released in 2007 and 2008.
Trailer: The Sims 3 behind the Scenes
EA unveiled a "behind the scenes" trailer of The Sims 3. This behind the scenes trailer might just be of interest to you then! Some of the masterminds behind the game are featured in the trailer, proudly explaining and demonstrating some of the new customisation options and best new features.
Second Installment Seinfeld Microsoft ad
Well something is working with these ads, the fact that we post it as a news-item is proof of that for sure. But man they are weird.
Microsoft has released the second ad in its Seinfeld Windows campaign. It's... making fun of your average scalloped potato-eating, leather giraffe from Cabo-buying, grumpy Grandma-having Suburban family. The incredibly rich duo try to connect on a
Trailer: F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
Download: nForce 15.23 XP and Vista WHQL released by NVIDIA
Download the new nForce 15.23 WHQL driver for XP or Vista both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available. this set is WHQL certified (Microsoft approved) and we've been hearing a lot of good stuff about them !
- Ethernet Driver (v67.89) WHQL
- Network Management Tools (v67.91) "Sedona"
- SATAIDE Driver (v10.3.0.42) WHQL
- SATARAID Driver (v10.3.0.42) WHQL
- RAIDTOOL Application (v10.3.0.42)
- SMU Driver (v1.61) WHQL
- SMBus Driver (v4.69) WHQL
- Away Mode Driver (v6.0.6000.107) WHQL
- Installer (v6.14)
We also have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
OCZ Technology Gladiator and Gladiator Max CPU Coolers
Palit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition review [Guru3D]
Well, the 1st thing you'll notice is a turbo switch, which allows you to select a second BIOS in an overclocked product state, we actually spot a display-port connector and next to that .. the USS enterprise actually was mounted on-top of the GPU as this product my friends, has one big cooler mounted on top of it. But that's not all though ....
Check out this Guru3D.com review right here: