Guru3D Hot Deals
We haven't done this little bit in a while. With all the crazy stuff going on in the graphics arena I figured now's a good time to check some of the best prices:
- Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 Video Card - $184.99 /
Run NV Medusa Demo on Radeon DX10 Hardware
If you have a DX10 class graphics adapter from ATI and just for the sake of it would like to run NVIDIA's latest Medusa technology demo, launched alongside their GeForce GTX 200 series parts, now you can, thanks to a little patch provided by ToMMTi Systems.
You'll need the 239MB Medusa demo executable itself, which can be found on NVIDIA's nZone site. Indeed, this demo is well worth a look for NVIDIA graphics board owners too.
You can then find the tiny update available to 'unlock' the demo on Radeon HD 2/3/4000 series hardware available for download. All of the instructions regarding how to patch and use the Medusa demo on AMD hardware is included within the archive.
ECS X48T-A mainboard review (Intel X48)
ECS X48T-A mainboard (Intel X48)
Typically an X48 chipset based mainboard will start at roughly 250 USD. The two chips the mainboard manufacturer has to purchase from Intel total up towards 90 USD alone. Pretty high-end gear for sure as Intel's X48 chipset brings support for the all new 1600 MHz FSB processors, two 16x PCI-E 2.0 slots, which you can use for ATI CrossFire, two ATI graphics cards and heaps of nice features.
I'll spill the beans already for today, you can pickup this product for 199 USD. And it even looks superb. But is it really any good ?
You can read the review here:
Radeon HD 4870 X2 Might Feature 2GB GDDR5 Instead of 1GB
We heard gossip that HD 4870 X2 (R700) might be released with 2GB of memory. Still, a trustworthy source confirmed that samples with 2GB of memory will reach manufacturers in mid-July.
Referring to graphics card manufacturers, the source claims that the "senior brother" of ATI Radeon HD 4850/4870 will be officially introduced late in July, when AMD starts shipping reference cards with 2GB GDDR5.
In mid-August, partners of AMD that plan on releasing custom products will start receiving 4870 X2 (RV770XT) GPUs.
As you know, Radeon HD 4870 features 8 x 512 Mbit GDDR5 chips produced by Qimonda. We've seen 16 chips on images of R700 - 8 per side. Thus, 2GB capacity can be reached only by using 1Gbit chips. According to the source, Qimonda launches shipments of such chips this month. Besides, Hynix also has similar offerings.
Optical disc with 400 GB capacity !
Pioneer has succeeded in developing a 16-layer read-only optical disc with a capacity of 400 gigabytes for the first time in the world.. Its per-layer capacity is 25 gigabytes, which is the same as that of a Blu-ray Disc (BD). This multilayer technology will also be applicable to multilayer recordable discs. The Pioneer 16-layer optical disc technology, capable of storing much more data than the conventional discs on one disc, will greatly reduce the number of discs to be used and therefore contribute to the conservation of resources.
Pioneer will present the details of this research at the International Symposium on Optical Memory and Optical Data Storage 2008 (ISOM/ODS2008) to be held in Hawaii from July 13.
Tokyo, July 7, 2008 - (JCN Newswire) - Pioneer Corporation has succeeded in developing a 16-layer read-only optical disc with a capacity of 400 gigabytes for the first time in the world*. Its per-layer capacity is 25 gigabytes, which is the same as that of a Blu-ray Disc (BD). This multilayer technology will also be applicable to multilayer recordable discs. This development has bolstered Pioneer's confidence in the feasibility of a large-capacity optical disc, which is expected to become necessary in the near future.
For multilayer optical discs, it has been difficult to obtain clear signals from each recording layer in a stable manner due to crosstalk from adjacent layers and transmission loss. Utilizing the optical disc production technology that it has developed in the DVD field, Pioneer solved these problems by, among other things, using a disc structure that can reduce crosstalk from adjacent layers, resulting in a 16-layer optical disc that can playback high-quality signals from every layer.
As for the read-out system, Pioneer achieved stability in the playback of recorded signals by employing a wide-range spherical aberration compensator and light-receiving element that can read out weak signals at a high signal-to-noise ratio in the optical pick-up mechanism. Since the optical specifications of the objective lens, such as NA (Numerical Aperture)**, are the same as those for the existing BD discs, it is possible to maintain compatibility between the new 16-layer optical disc and the BD discs.
Palit's GeForce 9800 GTX+ Spotted
You'd nearly forget but, this week is the week where we'll see GeForce 9800 GTX+ cards surface. Starting off with Palit, Equipped with the 55nm built G92b chip, Palit's 9800 GTX+ has its GPU, 128 Stream Processors and 512MB of memory set to 738, 1836 and 2200 MHz respectively. Tri-SLI support is also included, as are CUDA. The GTX+ is targeted against ATI's Radeon 4850 performance and price wise.
Is that a frog on the packaging ?
Vadim computers is no more
North London based High end PC builder Vadim seems to be in financial difficulties that are so big they went into voluntary liquidation. Though not know among you guys, Vadim made jaw-breaking custom PC's. Unfortunately that's a very slim market, combined with high prices.
It's a sad thing, hopefully temporary, ending for a company which over the past four years won quite a few awards for its exotic water cooled, custom-built gaming and multimedia rigs.
The part of the problem, according to Vadim, was that the company couldn't continue with the status quo: it was either expand the operation, or die out. Due to the current orchestrated credit crunch in the Western hemisphere, the potential investors bolted.
Vadim PC made for BFG shown at CeBIT 2007.
Trailer: Harry Potter Half-Blood Prince
Silicon-Power 8GB USB Flash Drive LuxMini 710
Silicon-Power LuxMini 710 series bundles with the advanced security software-the SmartKit. It helps users to compress the data effectively and in return to save more storage space on the remaining capacity. The SmartKit can be downloaded from Silicon Power website, www.silicon-power.com.
Thermaltake Bigwater 770 Middle Tower Liquid Cooling
Thermaltake is releasing the new Bigwater 770. Easy installation and space saving are the advantages of Bigwater 760i, Bigwater 770 also allows extremely easy installation process using the front 5.25
Linksys WRT610N dual-N band wireless router
I gotta admit really to like Linksys products. I just never have issues with them. Cisco unveiled a new Linksys wireless router, the WRT610N. This device will be available for around $200 and it offers simultaneous dual-N band that allows you to use the 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrum at the same time.
Building on the heritage of the award-winning WRT600N, the WRT610N is designed to achieve true Wireless-N performance in both the 5GHz and 2.4GHz spectrums. The WRT610N effectively provides consumers two networks to which they can connect devices. It is recommended that consumers connect entertainment-oriented devices, such as a Media Center Extenders, audio players or Personal Video Recorders, to the wider 5GHz band, while connecting other devices, like PCs, Print Servers, or Network Attached Storage to the more common 2.4GHz band.
Dual-N Band Wireless networking allows consumers to utilize both the 2.4GHz wireless spectrum and the wider, more available 5GHz wireless spectrum to address their networking needs. The 5GHz spectrum provides more than seven times the number of non-overlapping wireless channels, allowing for clearer transmissions, while the 2.4GHz spectrum allows older network devices like print servers or Wireless-G and Single-Band Wireless-N PCs to access the network. Where the WRT610N stands out is that it allows consumers to achieve full Wireless-N network speeds on both bands at the same time.
Lian-Li TR-5 fan controller launched
The innovative device takes up one 5.25 bay, and has a full frontal LCD, showing the various fan speeds and temperatures within your chassis environment. It comes in two flavors; one metallic silver, the other, matt black.
Allowing up to four different temperatures (0 to 99 degrees Celsius ~ +/-2 degrees Celsius) and fan speeds, ranging from (1) CPU, (2) VGA, and (3 & 4) system 1 & system 2 fans, the TR-5 is more than adequate for your cooling needs. In addition, the device has an Alarm / Date and Time function, with settings for either degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit temperature display modes, at the touch of a button.
The TR-5 works on 12V DC, with 0.45A maximum current 3 pin fans. At standard factory settings, the fan speed will be regulated according to pre-set temperature ranges. These can be adjusted. You may also force the device to maintain slow/medium or high speeds, or allow it to continue in automatic mode. There is a failsafe alarm option should any fan malfunction or if the temperature sensors detect overheating. When the alarm is activated, the backlit LCD displays a flashing red color.
Operation Flashpoint 2 Info
There's a feeling you get when playing Operation Flashpoint that no game since has managed to capture. Not even Oblivion. The feeling of being a real person, alone, in a dangerous place, and each step you take across the game's huge landscape could well be your last. You agree? Then be heartened by this.
The latest issue of PC Gamer runs a preview of Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon, which can be bust summed up by their calling it "the most mind-bogglingly vast and mercilessly realistic battlefield gaming has ever known". Vast, check, merciless, check, OK, that's enough to get me excited. OFP2 is also a cover feature in August edition of PC Gamer.
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download: AMD GPU Clock Tool v0.9.8
This is an overclocking and monitoring Tool from AMD and allows you to manage clocks frequencies of all their Radeon cards, this new update supports the new Radeon 4800 (RV770) series.
[0.9.2] Nov 30, 2007
- RS780 clock support
- external thermal controller support
[0.9.3] Dec 15, 2007
- added support for G781-1 thermal controller
- added UVD activity status and PCIE status report
[0.9.4] Feb 25, 2008
- fix crossfire slave clock change issues including R680 in newer drivers
- engine/memory clock to show what is currently used by hardware before new clock is applied
[0.9.5] Mar 3, 2008
- fix engine/memory setclock issues on RS780 with production driver installed
[0.9.6] Mar 14, 2008
- fix application stability issue on certain RV670 designs
[0.9.7] Apr 30, 2008
- add support for RV770 and RV730
[0.9.8] June 10, 2008
- fix RV770 TSS reporting in thermal sensor page
Download - click here
Guru3D's Rig of the month
Guru3D Rig of the month
We just adore hardware. And sometimes some you guys really make a PC that really stands out. In the past we had the readers rigs, yet we've decided to expand that a monthly Guru3D Rig of the Month.
We ask you to answer a few simple questions and send in photo's of your rig. Each month we'll have a look at the entries and perhaps pick you and post your PC with photo's and everything here at Guru3D.com
What do you need to do ? Simply answer a few question plus send in some photo's.
You can read all about it here:
Clocks and memory new Radeon cards leaked
AMD's ATI 'RV730' and 'RV710' are codenames of low- and mid-end Radeon HD 4000 products which are pending a launch. Some information on their specifications have been leaked onto the web. The acquired information tells us more about memory configurations of cards based on these GPUs. The new data partially confirms and specifies the previous information.
The RV710-based Radeon HD 4450 and 4470 cards will be available with GDDR3 memory operating at 800 MHz. The first will feature 512 MB by Hynix, the second - 1 GB by Samsung. GPU clock rates of HD 4450 and HD 4470 will differ as well. No 256 MB cards based on RV710 GPU will be released, the source claims.
The RV730 GPU will be featured in more graphics cards, with three different memory clock rates and two memory volumes:
- 700 MHz, 512 MB,
- 900 MHz, 512 MB by Hynix,
- 900 MHz, 1 GB MB by Samsung,
- 1,000 MHz, 512 MB by Hynix.
Supposedly, Radeon HD 4650 will have 700 MHz memory, while the remaining three will be modifications of Radeon HD 4670.
AMD Radeon HD 4870 X2 ready very shortly
As you guys know AMD is preparing a dual-chip version of its Radeon HD 4870 card yet it'll be released within a matter of weeks and not somewhere late August, say board designers.
The 4870 X2 would be a direct sequel to the 3870 X2 and would once again graft two high-end graphics processors on to one card with a similarly doubled amount of memory; the 4870 edition would be the first home card to carry 2GB of total memory. Past cards have also been underclocked slightly from the single-chip version to avoid overheating.
The company itself also plans a relatively quick turnaround and will ship a reference version of the 4870 X2 under its ATI label in late July, or just a month after the 4870's debut; third-party manufacturers like ASUS and Sapphire will have access to the design in mid-August. AMD is believed to be setting the official price at $499 and will likely market it directly against the GeForce GTX 280, which will cost $499 next week as well, and is likely to be outperformed by the X2 card.
Radeon 4870 X2 PCB
Folding @home team Guru3D Breaks 139th place
A little while ago the GeForce (CUDA) series Folding@Home client was released. We yield some good really results as a team in total. The new GPU folding clients runs in the background over your graphics card / GPU, you can use your PC completely normal and once a 3D application kicks in, the folding client jumps into the background.
The last time I checked we literally jumped from an average of 44.000 points per day towards 118.000 points. This now is an average of 160.000 points per day, unfortunately that is still not enough folks, we need more of you helping out.
So if you have a GeForce series 8 or newer graphics card and like to help fighting diseases, please join our team, we have ID number 69411.
CPU Clients (Processors):
- Windows 2000/XP/Vista Graphical client - download (recommended)
- Windows 98/ME Graphical client -download
- Windows 2000/XP/Vista (32 & 64 Bit supported) SMP client 5.91 beta6 console version - download
- Windows 2000/XP/Vista (Only 32Bit supported) 5.92 beta upgrade from 5.91 console version - download
- Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista "No-nonsense" text-only console (with built-in Windows-service-install option) - download
Both ATI and nVidia are supported on select cards (2xxx/3xxx ATI Video Card, and newer) (G80 and higher are generally supported, but must support CUDA. For the nVidia client)*
- Windows XP/Vista GPU2 client GUI** version - download
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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