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
Windows 7 Beta Goes Public + download links
Here are a couple of very fast direct links for you for Windows 7 beta 32-bit and Windows 7 beta 64-bit.
These are straight from Microsoft and the transfer rate right now on my download is 900Kb/sec. These are straight from Microsoft. This is a DVD ISO, which you'll need to burn on a DVD. Download the ISO, burn a DVD and start living the ultra-fantastic lifestyle of a Windows 7 user. The Beta expires August 1, 2009.
The new version has been well received by testers and certainly it looks good in demos. Gadgets can now be anywhere in the desktop rather stuck in a bar at the side but the biggest difference is in the revamped task bar.
However, I will have to wait for Microsoft to get things straightened out before I can get a working key. Here is a short video demonstrating some of the new features in Windows 7.
AMD Reveals Cloud Supercomputer, Video Games Server-side Rendering
AMD and OTOY unveiled plans for a new supercomputer they believe will revolutionize entertainment. By calculating all relevant data sever-side and then streaming the results to online devices, AMD claims the platform can bring video games and other "graphically-intensive applications" to "virtually any type of mobile device with a web browser without making the device rapidly deplete battery life or struggle to process the content."
"Imagine playing the most visually intensive first person shooter game at the highest image quality settings on your cell phone without ever having to download and install the software, or use up valuable storage space or battery life with compute-intensive tasks," teased AMD digital media and entertainment director Charlie Boswell. In the announcement, video game publisher Electronic Arts expressed its optimism, saying that it looks "forward to the new customers we can reach and the new interactive expressions that emerge from revolutionary technology like the AMD Fusion Render Cloud," and was joined on-stage by Lucasfilm, Dell and HP.
Boswell detailed another possible use, suggesting that users could watch a movie on their cell phone, then "seamlessly" continue the movie on their HDTV in full resolution when they get home. The supercomputer is also said to provide "remote real-time rendering of film and visual effects graphics." Dubbed the "AMD Fusion Render Cloud," the supercomputer will be powered by AMD Phenom II processors, AMD 790 chipsets and ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics processors. OTOY noted plans for the system to be ready by the second half of 2009, but it was unclear if OTOY was referencing its software or the supercomputer itself.
Inno3D GeForce GTX 295 & 285
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Palit announces GTX295
Palit Microsystems, leading graphics card manufacturer, introduces the dual graphics processor: Palit GeForce GTX295. The Palit GeForce GTX295 has the power of two GTX200 GPUs in a single graphics solution that will exceed the expectations of gamers across the world as the fastest graphics card on the planet!
Point of View announced GTX 295 and GTX 285
These newest flagship products are the ultimate performance boosting cards available on the market. In case of the GeForce GTX 295, 480 Shader processors (divided over two GPUs) are used to maximize performance in Shader model 4.0 and/or PhysX accelerated games, OpenGL applications, high definition video decoding and other hardware accelerated software such as the Badaboom (video conversion software: trial included on the driver CD) and Photoshop CS4.
The Shader cores operate on 1242 MHz whilst the main GPU has a speed of 576 MHz. A solid 896-bit memory bus is being fuelled by an insane 1792 MB DDR3 memory running on 1998 MHz. If all this brute force still isn
Kleer Audio DigiFi Opera S1+ wireless earphones
Very handy. Kleer Audio products are compatible with standard wireless transmission of high-class music and plays. The transmitter of Kleer Audio DigiFi Opera S1+ wireless earphone weighs 12 grams and the earphones 20 grams only.
The new model consumes less power. Once charged it can be used for 10 continuous play back. You can charge both the earphones and transmitter at the same time. The Kleer wireless signal can be picked up by as many as four headsets in its 10m range. Kleer Audio DigiFi Opera S1+ wireless earphones are available in white and black color options.
Pioneer launches receivers, Blu-ray players
Pioneer is showing off a number of new products for the home theater crowd. Made up of four new A/V receivers and three new Blu-ray players, the products bring new features at a lower price level than before. Among the new Blu-ray players is the flagship DBP-09FD with DVD upscaling to 1080p resolutions and 24fps. It is BD Live ready and support Bonus View. Apart from 48-bit deep color support, there are dual HDMI 1.3a outputs and a Pioneer 16-bit video processor.
The BDP-23FD joins the company
Download GeForce ForceWare 181.20 WHQL driver for XP and Vista
NVIDIA just issued their all new WHQL GeForce driver.
Exciting New Features:
- Added support for GeForce GTX 295 and GeForce GTX 285
- Enables NVIDIA SLI technology on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards with all SLI-certified GPUs
- Enables NVIDIA SLI Multi-monitor support, giving you the ability to use two monitors with your GeForce graphics cards in SLI mode. Now you can easily switch between multi-monitor desktop mode and full screen 3D gaming mode. Learn more here.
- Enables NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on a dedicated GeForce graphics card. Use one card for graphics and dedicate a different card for PhysX processing for game-changing physical effects. Learn more here. (Note: GPU PhysX is supported on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory. This driver package automatically installs PhysX System Software version 8.10.13).
- Supports GeForce Plus Power Pack #2. Download these free PhysX and CUDA applications now!
- Added support for the new NVIDIA CUDA Video Encoder with H.264 optimization
Blazing Fast Performance:
Boosts performance in numerous 3D applications. The following are some examples of improvements measured with Release 181 WHQL drivers vs. Release 178 WHQL drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
- Up to 10% performance increase in 3DMark Vantage (performance preset)
- Up to 13% performance increase in Assassin's Creed
- Up to 13% performance increase in BioShock
- Up to 15% performance increase in Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
- Up to 10% performance increase in Crysis Warhead
- Up to 25% performance increase in Devil May Cry 4
- Up to 38% performance increase in Far Cry 2
- Up to 18% performance increase in Race Driver: GRID
- Up to 80% performance increase in Lost Planet: Colonies
- Up to 18% performance increase in World of Conflict
BFG GeForce GTX 295 review and test [Guru3D]
Everything we could not talk about in our preview will be covered and obviously, some additional benchmarks are now included, making this a new review on the GeForce GTX 295 final product. We'll compare it to competing products, we'll show you a nice photo-shoot, we'll overclock it, yet the one thing it's all about is of course game performance. And therefore we'll test out the card with a variety of games like Fallout 3, Far Cry 2, Call of Duty: World at War and of course many many more.
Check out thus full Guru3D review at this link.
GeForce GTX 295 Quad SLI gaming test [Guru3D]
That's right, both cards are setup in SLI or CrossfireX, meaning a 4-way GPU setup. Are you interested in learning how well such configurations perform ? We'll guide you through what you need to think about when you are buying Quad SLI or CrossfireX components, then I'll tell you a little tale about the installation, followed by a couple tests we ran in that all mighty experience of high a resolution gaming rig. Of course in a variety of games and resolutions.
You can check out this Guru3D article right here.
G.Skill releases fast TITAN SATA II SSD 128-256GB
G.Skill today unveiled the G.SKILL Titan SATA II 2.5
Creative Zii Mystery Unraveling
Creative has invested many years and more than US$1b into the development of the Zii, which will form the core of many future Creative products. Zii stands for ZEN II or Zen 2nd Generation and it is not just a chip but a platform comprises of Processor, Board, SDK, Middleware, Optimized OS etc. Creative's buyover of 3DLabs back in 2002 when Creative bought over 3DLabs, the intention is to get hold of their next generation graphics architecture that said to be highly scalable and programmable.
Everything seems quiet only till the recent years, we saw the first chip from 3DLabs, the DMS-02 application processor which is ARM based and fully programmable too.
Today, Creative is going to announce the formation of Zii Labs, comprised of former 3DLabs personnel and some from Creative Labs Personal Digital Entertainment group and their first chip, the ZMS-05 SoC.Each ZMS-05 SoC has dual ARM-926 cores with 48 programmable processor elements (PE) churning out 10GFlops of processing power. The chip is able to re-program itself in real-time to suit the needs of the application being executed, so there's probably a software stack on top controlling the PEs.
In addition, the Zii chip has the ability to shut down unused PEs and wake them up when necessary, thus saving power. For instance, more PEs will be activated when performing intensive tasks such as playing 3D games or playing back HD videos.
The advantage of this design is unlimited scalability. Creative is claiming a Teraflop computer with the footprint of an A4 sheet, and a Petaflop super computer with 147456 ZMS chips in 576 blade servers. Using ARM based chips, Creative is certainly not positioning itself against Intel or AMD in the x86 space but probably Nvidia with their Tegra chips and Texas Instrument DSP chips.
The Zii looks to have various potential markets, including some of the most lucrative such as mobile phones, handhelds, set top boxes, media players etc. It's plausible that the Zii might spark off a turnaround for Creative, which has been seeing falling margins for some time now.
Creative is going to make the SDKs available to developers today, and is also working with many OEM partners worldwide to bring out products based on the ZMS. One familiar name is MSI, which will be working closely with ZiiLABS for their future low cost, high performance Internet-ready devices. Surely, Creative will be the first to make use of the Zii platform for their future products and the first product based on Zii is an iPhone-like device [via VRZOne]
Samsung Luxia LED TV - it's slim alright
Samsung has announced the slimmest LED-backlit HDTVs to date, in their new Luxia LED TV range.
This series will be available in sizes from 40 to 55-inch, the HDTVs all have a unified UI across all of Samsung
NVIDIAs GeForce 3D Vision out soon
AMD Ultrathin notebooks
AMD announced the availability of the AMD platform for ultrathin notebooks, enabling exceedingly thin and light OEM designs with rich entertainment capabilities at an affordable price. Previously codenamed
Windows 7 BETA avaiable to public Jan 9th
Interesting news, Engadget reports that Steve Ballmer has announced the availability of Windows 7 Beta and Windows Live here at his CES keynote.
The official word is this: "The beta version of Windows 7, Microsoft's next-generation PC operating system, can be downloaded today by MSDN, TechBeta and TechNet customers. Consumers who want to test-drive the beta will be able to download it beginning January 9 at http://www.microsoft.com/windows7" Moreover, Windows Live -- described as "a free suite of communications and sharing applications that make it easy for people to communicate, share and keep their online lives in sync and in one place with one login -- is now globally available.
That would be tomorrow folks.
AMD Phenom II X4 920 and 940 review [Guru3D]
AMD today unleashes their Dragon, and though that might sound like a pun it's actually an AMD marketing phrase for the infrastructure that carries Phenom II, an AMD 790 chipset based motherboard, Radeon graphics cards and a Phenom II processor.
Today of course we will focus on that new processor being launched. Is it a tick or a tock product ? You have learned to know it under the Deneb codename. Smaller die size, more performance, larges caches, more tweaking potential .. yes finally the Phenom II processors have arrived. The Phenom II processors we are reviewing are:
- AMD Phenom II X4 920 (2.8 GHz)
- AMD Phenom II X4 940 (3.0 GHz)
AMD made a considerable step forward with the release of Phenom II and we wanted to make sure to show you exactly that with a large amount of benchmarks, but obviously also performance tests with games as this processor might be a really good sweet spot for high-end graphics cards. Have a look at this Guru3D article a this hotlink.
Lian Li launches striking PC-888 Full Tower Chassis
Oh dear ... well, you'll either like or hate it. Well, at the very least Lian-Li is original which is more than you can say from the B-brand chassis designers. Based of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, this is one of their new creations.
There's nothing in the middle isn't there ? Lian-Li launched the PC-888 full tower chassis. The elegant curved design of the PC-888 is made completely from Aluminum and incorporates a feature rich extravaganza of customized creativity. The traditional brushed aluminum look has been re-sculptured to represent a sail in the winds of success. The sleek style and quality of Lian Li shine through admirably in anodized blue.
Hosting an array of convenient features such as the SATA Hot swappable HDD bay which supports six (6) HDD