Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor GeForce GTX 970 VRAM stress test
It has been an interesting week with all the hype on the GeForce GTX 970 with what now is know as a crippled memory sub-system. Three weeks ago here on Guru3D.com users in our forums started to report oddities with their GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, the card ran out of memory at 3.5 GB, not utilizing anything higher or reports of stutters in high graphics memory usage.Read more
Does the GeForce GTX 970 have a memory allocation bug ? (update 3)
For a week or two now in our forums there have been allegations that users of the GeForce GTX 970 have a darn hard time addressing and filling the last 10% of their graphics memory. The 4 GB card seems to run into issues addressing the last 400 to 600 MB of memory, which is significant.Read more
NVIDIA ION review | preview
One of the most popular and trendy gadgets of 2008 and 2009 are netbooks. Small, easy to carry around laptops powered by an Intel Atom processor. While an Atom based netbook is decent enough for browsing the web, listening to your favorite tunes and a little spreadsheet action, it obviously lacks that 'next level' laptop experience we've gotten accustomed to.
This is where NVIDIA today will jump in, officially announcing their ION platform. ION is NVIDIA's idea of what a netbook, HTPC or mini-PC should be like. They take the Atom processor series, and planted it onto their GF9400M chipset with embedded graphics processor.
The result are pretty baffling, as all of the sudden we can decode Blu-ray movies and high-definition content. We can transcode content over the embedded GPU, and thanks to the much faster and versatile infrastructure the GF9400G chipset offers, the overall experience is better and faster.
Guru3D has a hands on experience with NVIDIA's ION prototype mini-PC. It'll do all as described above, based on a Single Core Intel Atom 230 processor, we'll even do so on Windows Vista. Interesting technology for netbooks, mini-PCs and even HTPCs.
Let's have a look at this petite device, sized not bigger than two pears. You can read this Guru3D.com article right here.
Seagate announces 2TB hard drive
Two weeks ago Western Digital, now the turn goes to Seagate. Seagate launched its first 2TB enterprise-class disk drive as part of a new family of near-line SAS and SATA drives.
The new Constellation 2.5-in. and Constellation ES 3.5-in. drives come in Serial Attached SCSI 6Gbit/sec. or Serial ATA 3Gbit/sec. models and include a feature that allows them to shut down when not in use to save power. Seagate plans to ship Constellation ES variants with 500GB and 1TB capacities in Q3, as well. Like the 2TB flavor, these models will have 3.5" form factors, 7,200-RPM spindle speeds, and a choice of 300MB/s Serial ATA or 600MB/s serial-attached SCSI (SAS) interfaces. Seagate is also cooking up 2.5" Constellation hard drives, which will ship later this quarter with 160GB and 500GB capacities and SATA or SATA connectivity.
Point of View launches generation of Mobii mini notebook
The system is based on Intels Atom N270 CPU which combines great performance with a very high energy efficiency. In combination with a 6-cell battery of 4400mAh, the Mobii mini-notebook can be used up to 4 hours.
The crystal-clear 10.2 LED LCD screen works on a 1024x600 resolution and with a 160GB hard disk and the option to use SD, MS and MMC memory cards you
7 Intel CPUs Including Q6600 Phase Out By Q2 2009
Intel has announced which processors in the upcoming months will be phased out. Surprizingly enough, the Core 2 Quad Q6600 is in there as well.
For the month of February Core 2 Quad Q6700 and Core 2 Duo E4700 will be removed. At the time of writing, Core 2 Quad Q9450, Core 2 Duo E8200, E8190, E6850, E6750, E6550, E6540, E4600 processors already have been phased out.
In Q2 2009, we will see 7 processors to be phased out including the good old Q6600. The rest of the processors are, Core 2 Extreme QX9770 and QX9650, Core 2 Quad Q6600, Core 2 Duo E8300, Pentium E2200 and E2180, as well as Celeron E1200. Lastly, Core 2 Duo E7200 and Pentium E2200 will be phased out by Q3 this year [via vr-zone].
Koreans to Have 1Gbps Broadband by 2012
That's it, I'm immigrating to Korea ;)
In Korea the entire country will have 1 Gbps service by 2012. Currently, Koreans can get speeds up to 100 Mbps, which is still nearly double the speed of Charter's new 60 Mbps service.
The Korea Communications Commission finalized plans for Internet services at an average speed of 1 Gbps through fixed lines and 10 Mbps through wireless. One Gbps allows users to download a 120-minute film in just 12 seconds. The aim is to give users seamless access to large-capacity, high-quality convergence services such as IPTV.
The new plan by the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) will cost 34.1 trillion ($24.6 billion USD) over the next five years. The central government will put up 1.3 trillion won, with the remainder coming from private telecom operators. The project is also expected to create more than 120,000 jobs - a win for the Korean economy.
This plan will bring innovation to the public's digital lives" a spokesperson for KCC said in a press release. When will the U.S. Government ever devise such a plan for Americans? For now, most of us are stuck with 3-10Mbps service for those of us who are able to get it. For the rest, many are still stuck on dialup and some are happy to stay with it.
I think all US and European countries could learn a thing or two here, consistently restricting and slowing down integration of what is the future of the internet [via techfragments].
Hacker war drives San Francisco cloning RFID passports
Dang, would you just look at this. The guy in the video using minimal equipment, drove around San Francisco sniffing out RFID tags from drivers licenses and passports. In just 20 minutes, he found and cloned the passports of two very unaware US citizens. Watch the video, quite uncomfortable really.
C&C: Red Alert 3 Uprising trailer
Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 UPRISING from EA is a standalone expansion featuring extended gameplay, new challenges, and the new Commander's Challenge mode.
This trailer gives gamers a look at what to expect in the game
The Best Selling PC Games January
It's time for another look at the best sold games in January according to the NPD charts. Guess who's back on top ?
- The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis / $19
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $39
- Spore / EA Maxis / $46
- The Sims 2 Apartment Life Exp. Pack / EA Maxis / $20
- Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $48
- World Of Warcraft Battle Chest / Blizzard / $39
- World Of Warcraft / Blizzard / $20
- Left 4 Dead / Valve / $48
- Civilization IV / Firaxis / $24
- Call Of Duty: World At War / Treyarch / $48
Transcend 192GB High-Speed 2.5" SATA II SSD
Transcend is proud to release its all-new 192GB high speed 2.5-inch Solid State Drive (SSD). This SSD is made of reliable NAND flash memory that contains no moving parts, and therefore is not susceptible to mechanical failure resulting from vibration, shock or heat. Featuring a powerful new controller, Transcend
Oceans in Google Earth
The newest version of Google Earth will detail Oceans. Didn't Google Earth always have an ocean? Technically, yes, well, sort of. They have always had a big blue expanse and some low-resolution shading to suggest depth. But starting today they have a much more detailed bathymetric map (the ocean floor), so you can actually drop below the surface and explore the nooks and crannies of the seafloor in 3D. While you're there you can explore thousands of data points including videos and images of ocean life, details on the best surf spots, logs of real ocean expeditions, and much more.
Members of the Google Earth team will be publishing in-depth posts about all of the new features in Google Earth 5.0 on the Lat Long blog all week, so be sure to check back there often. And check out the video tour below.
Google Earth 5.0 is out now.
Alphacool NexXxoS XP Core i7 water block review Guru3D
In this article we test the Alphacool NexXxoS XP HIGHFLOW Core i7 CPU water block. We will apply a nearly passive water-cooling kit to it and observe installation and temperatures. Since we could take a Core i7 965 processor up towards an overclock of 4 GHz we'd say this is a very successful product from the guys over at Alphacool.
The water-block we find to be highly efficient and obviously has dazzling looks.
Check out the full Guru3D article right here.
Intel SSD Roadmap Leaked
The guys at VR-Zone have mastered the art of leaking information. This time they got their grubby little paws on the roadmap for Intel's SSD products.
It looks like Intel will be moving to a smaller fabrication process from 50 nm to 34 nm by Q4 2009 with capacities available up to 320 GB for their SSDs. The successor to Intel Turbo Memory has also been detailed, known as Braidwood and set for release in Q1 2010, it is said to, "provide SSD-like performance on second generation Ibex Peak chipsets like Q57, P57 and H57."
To use Braidwood you will need, "Firmware support, Intel Rapid Storage Technology as well as the Braidwood module." These come in smaller capacities ranging from 4 GB to 16 GB, and will also be based on Intel's new 34 nm fabrication process. There is no official word on pricing as yet, but .. that's probably for the best ;)
Danger Den Intros GeForce GTX 295 Water Block
The Danger Den block (model: GPU-6850) is much like the EK version, huge and is installed in a way that makes it sandwiched between the two PCBs. Contact-points on either sides of the block convey heat from the GPUs, memory chips, VRM, NVIO2 processors and the BR-03 chip. The block is available from Danger Den with a variety of options with regard to the fittings.
SLI fittings that relay fluid between accelerators in an SLI system are optional. The block weighs 4 lbs (1.81 kg). It is priced at US $189.95.
Intel preps new Stepping Core i7 920
- New S-spec (from SLBCH to SLBEJ) and Material Master numbers for the converting products.
- CPUID will change from 0x000106A4 to 0x000106A5.
- The electrical, mechanical and thermal specifications remain within the current specifications. Intel anticipates no changes to customer platforms designed to previous Intel guidelines.
- Readable serial number will be removed from the package ink swatch to fully mitigate the potential risk of the IHS cosmetically overlapping a marked serial number. There is no change to the ULT matrix content which continues to contain the serial number.
It's said that the motherboard BIOS update will be required to identify the new stepping CPUs properly.
|Model||Core||Old stepping||New stepping||Price|
|Xeon X5482||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||1279 dollar|
|Xeon X5460||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||1172 dollar|
|Xeon X5450||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||851 dollar|
|Xeon X5472||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||958 dollar|
|Xeon E5450||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||915 dollar|
|Xeon E5472||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||1022 dollar|
|Xeon E5440||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||690 dollar|
|Xeon E5462||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||797 dollar|
|Xeon E5430||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||455 dollar|
|Xeon E5420||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||316 dollar|
|Xeon E5410||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||256 dollar|
|Xeon E5405||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||209 dollar|
|Xeon L5420||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||380 dollar|
|Xeon L5410||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||320 dollar|
|Xeon X5272||Wolfdale dualcore||C0||E0||1172 dollar|
|Xeon X5260||Wolfdale dualcore||C0||E0||851 dollar|
|Xeon E5205||Wolfdale dualcore||C0||E0||177 dollar|
|Xeon L5240||Wolfdale dualcore||C0||E0||669 dollar|
|Core i7 920||Core i7||C0||D0||284 dollar|
Download: NVIDIA BIOS Editor 4.8 released (nibitor)
The newest release, version 4.8, broadens support base, providing support for NVIDIA's newest 55nm G200b-based graphics cards.
The support-list now includes several NVIDIA mobile GPUs such as the GeForce 9600M GS, 9650M GT, 9700M GT, 9800M GS and 9800M GT. The desktop GeForce 9500 GS and the anticipated GeForce 9800 GTX+ support are also brought about with the release. Other changes include minor fixes and features that limited support for unknown devices.
Download - Click here.
Koolance GeForce GTX 295, 285 Water Blocks
The GTX 295 block (model: VID-NX295) measures 20cm x 12cm x 3cm and weighs around 1 kg (2.25 lbs). As with other blocks in its class, the block remains sandwiched between the business-ends of the two PCBs holding a GPU system each. The block for the GTX 285 (model: VID-NX285) measures 15.9cm x 14.6cm x 1.6cm and weighs 680g (around 1.5 lbs). Both blocks come with standard fittings, with fittings for SLI systems being optional and compatible.
The Koolance VID-NX295 has started selling for US $159.99 a piece, with the VID-NX285 being priced at $99.99 at the Koolance store.
EK Readies WaterBlocks for GeForce GTX 295
EK WaterBlocks is ready with its offering for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 dual-GPU graphics accelerator. As with any water-block made for the GeForce 9800 GX2 and GeForce GTX 295, this block consists of two cooling surfaces for each of the two PCBs.
EK WaterBlocks' latest unit (model: EK-FC295 GTX SLI) is a huge full-coverage block made of copper and acrylic glass. Each of the cooling surfaces has contact points for the various components of the accelerator. The block is available with a whole range of options with its fittings. It is SLI-capable, meaning that its fittings allow its fluid to be relayed to the next accelerator.
The water-block weighs 1.35 kg (around 3 lbs). It will be available from EK WaterBlocks' store starting tomorrow, priced at 125
Download PhysX 9.09.0121 WHQL drivers
This driver Supports all AGEIA PhysX Processors and GeForce PhysX. This driver will allow you to select and dedicate a GPU to PhysX as well.
The Nvidia PhysX v9.09.0121 system software has support for GeForce 8, 9, and GTX 200 series graphics cards with at least 256MB of memory, Ageia PhysX cards.
- Bug Fix update based on PhysX system software 9.09.0010 to resolve installation issues on non-English operating systems.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory.
- Experience GPU PhysX acceleration in many games and demos, some of which are highlighted in PowerPack downloads,
- Resolves PhysX SDK runtime issues with multi-GPU configurations in Hybrid environments.
- Improves performance of some PhysX enabled games on GeForce GTX 285 and GTX 295 products.
- Resolves occasional system crashes when PhysX is enabled on some systems when running on EA