First Look: MSI Big Bang X58 Xpower
Last week the one motherboard that i have been anticipating for a long time now arrived, it's the MSI Big Bang X58 XPower.This motherboard will be reviewed real soon, but I could not keep you away from showing you at least a couple of photo's of this dreamy piece of hardware.
This new motherboard uses Intel's X58 chipset and features six PCI Express x16 slots, six DDR3 memory slots, SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0.
Obviously this mean looking piece of hardware is designed for the true hardware enthusiasts, it features 16-phase DrMOS PWM, has two 8-pin power connectors, Hi-C capacitors, an extra 6-pin PCIe power input for the PCIe slots, OC Dashboard and V-Kit. Audio is provided by a Quantum Wave audio card with 7.1 channel audio, EAX 5.0 and THX TruStudio PC Suite.
MSI throws in six (!) PCI-Express x16 slots. While the ICH10R gives out six SATA 3 Gb/s ports, an additional controller gives two 6 Gb/s ports (colour-coded white). Audio is care of a bundled PCI-Express x1 audio card called the MSI QuantumWave that includes THX TruStudio PC Suite, and support for Creative EAX 5.0 HD. Connectivity includes dual gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports next to a number of USB 2.0 ports, power-eSATA, FireWire, and a connector for the OC Dashboard module.
Here's are some photo's we took here in the Guru3D lab:
HWMonitor 1.16 Released
One of the programs we use all the time is HWMonitor. HWMonitor is a hardware monitoring program that reads PC systems main health sensors : voltages, temperatures, fans speed.
In addition, it can read modern CPUs on-die core thermal sensors, as well has hard drives temperature via S.M.A.R.T, and video card GPU temperature. Special hardware monitors on power supplies serie are supported too. The program does not copy any file in any directory, neither writes in the registry.
News and corrections
- New sensor chips : Fintek F71862, F71869, F71889, F81865, CHIL CHL8266, ITE IT8721, Analog Device ADM1033.
- Intel QST 2.0.
- Asus ROG monitoring.
- Gigabyte DES monitoring.
Game Releases this month
Tomorrow is a very special day, since all of this games will be out and ready to buy, take a look at the game titles.
- Alan Wake--X360--Microsoft Game Studios
- Attack of the Movies 3D--WII, X360--Majesco Games
- Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow--DS--D3
- Dragon Age: Origins - Darkspawn Chronicles--X360, PS3, PC--Electronic Arts
- EVE Online: Tyrannis--PC--CCP
- Fantasy Earth Zero--PC--Square Enix
- Gundemonium Recollection--PS3--Rockin' Android
- Imagine: Animal Doctor Care Center--DS--Ubisoft
- Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands--PS3, X360, Wii, PSP, DS--Ubisoft
- Red Dead Redemption--X360, PS3--Rockstar Games
- Rocket Knight--PS3--Konami
- Runaway: A Twist of Fate--PC--Focus Home Interactive
- Shrek Forever After--PS3, X360, Wii, PC, DS--Activision
- Split/Second--X360, PS3, PC--Disney Interactive
- Trauma Team--WII--Atlus Co.
Medal of Honor Preview
Gamespot did a little article about the new Medal of Honor for the PC with interesting information, you can check it out here, it seems the game will be available for the PC October 12 of 2010.
Star Wars: The Old Republic
Let's not confuse this new upcoming game with the good old "Knights of the Old Republic", even when both games are from the same studio, Bioware. This new one is almost completely focused on massively multiplayer online and promise to be a wonderful new title for the Star Wars saga, take a look at the screenshot and go ahead and check the official website.
ASUS Matrix 5870 Platinum ROG edition review
ASUS Matrix 5870 Platinum ROG edition review
Many moons have passed and ATI gave their partners the thumbs up to create little werewolves. See, when it's a full moon the R5870 turns into something geeky, extraordinary, even a bit hairy. Yes the OC editions of the Radeon HD 5870 series were unleashed. As the ASUS ROG team started to design the ASUS Radeon 5870 Matrix Platinum.
In all its ways the 5870 Matrix Platinum card needs to be extreme, so we spot a custom PCB, some extraordinary cooling, we see a 2 GB memory size, we spot a standard overclock, but most of all... the card comes with overclocking software that allows voltage tweaking on three domains within the graphics card. What makes this product series so special is that it haves been designed with the ROG team (Republic of Gamers) a small group of enthusiasts within the ASUS campus. Little red colored minions that drink LN2 and taze each other just for fun. They live by one rule only, gain the maximum performance out of a product... and do things right.
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
HP Value Widescreen Monitors
HP released three new value widescreen monitors for home/office users, the 20-inch S2031, 21.5-inch S2231 and 23-inch S2331. While the S2031 has a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels, the S2231 and S2331 are full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) compliant.
All three models feature the same dynamic contrast ratio of 15,000:1, and response time of 5 ms, and display connectivity that includes DVI and D-Sub. The S2031 has a maximum brightness of 250 cd/m
Intel Huron River Platform Optimized for 3D Blu-ray
The next-generation series of Intel CPUs will be known as Sandy Bridge and should have both higher computing as well as graphics capabilities. These chips will be part of the Huron River platform, which the Santa Clara company intends to design as especially versatile.
All inbound technologies have a knack for not being completely detailed until very late in their development, but reports and leaks will always be sure to shed some light on them. Huron River is no different, and it appears that its maker is paying heed to significantly more than just raw performance.
Sandy Bridge chips will have better graphics than current Intel Core CPUs and should be able to handle certain games and most multimedia formats. There will also be built-in support for the latest HDMI specification. In fact, it seems that the CPU maker won't leave things half done and, according to Fudzilla, it will make sure that, besides
Google Can't Sell Their Own Phones, Shuttering Web Store
Google decided to stop selling the device through their online portal and instead focus on the typical retailer channels.
"We launched Nexus One in January with two goals in mind: to introduce a beacon of innovation among Android handsets, and to make it quick and easy for people to buy an Android phone. We're very happy with the adoption of Android in general, and the innovation delivered through Nexus One. Already, a lot of the innovation that went into creating Nexus One has found its way into numerous Android handsets, like the HTC Evo 4G from Sprint and the Verizon Droid Incredible by HTC.
But, as with every innovation, some parts worked better than others. While the global adoption of the Android platform has exceeded our expectations, the web store has not. It's remained a niche channel for early adopters, but it's clear that many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from.
So today we're announcing the following changes:
More retail availability. As we make Nexus One available in more countries we'll follow the same model we've adopted in Europe, where we're working with partners to offer Nexus One to consumers through existing retail channels. We'll shift to a similar model globally.
From retail to viewing. Once we have increased the availability of Nexus One devices in stores, we'll stop selling handsets via the web store, and will instead use it as an online store window to showcase a variety of Android phones available globally. "
NVIDIA prepping dual-GPU GF104 card
Rumors have surfaced that NVIDIA has cancelled its dual-GPU GF100 graphics card, instead the company will release a dual-GPU card based on the GF104. The card that some roadmaps new as D12U-50 is internally canceled due to its too high TDP. A Chinese roadmap claims that such a card should end up with whopping 375W TDP.
The new dual-chip card based on two GF104, second generation Fermi chips should be coming this year, most likely for back to school but we can only speculate on the launch date.
The GF104 will be first encountered in the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460. This card should come out during the coming months and will have a power draw of 150W, about a quarter less than the GTX 465. The latter uses a GF102 chip and consumes 200W. As such, the so-called dual-GF100 D12U-50 is now canned and its place will be taken by the dual-GF104 D12U-15. It is unknown how long it will be before the device debuts. While it is clear it will be sometime this year, no sort of time frame is available.
Dell to release attractive priced IPS screens
The Dell U2211H and U2311H have a height-adjustable screen that can tilt and swivel, as well as the ability to pivot to landscape or portrait orientations. The panel itself uses the IPS (in-Plane Switching) technology, has a maximum resolution of Full-HD 1920 x 1080 pixels at 60 Hz, 16.7 million colors and a response time of 8 ms. The products also feature a very wide viewing angle, of 178 degrees to be exact, both vertically and horizontally, as well as extensive I/O options, including VGA, DisplayPort, DVI-D with HDCP and USB 2.0 connectors.
It should be noted that both models are EPEAT Silver, ENERGY STAR 5.0 and TCO 5.0 certified, which means that they will significantly reduce energy costs. Finally, the Dell UltraSharp U2211H and U2311H have screen sizes of 21.5 inches and 23 inches, respectively, and prices of 279 Euro and 299 Euro. They are already selling in Japan, the US and Asia Pacific, with availability in Europe slated for May 19.
GeForce GTX 470 2 and 3-way SLI review
GeForce GTX 470 2 and 3-way SLI review
We'll have a look at SLI scaling of the GeForce GTX 470. We look at single card performance, dual-card performance but also triple (3-way) SLI performance to see how well these puppies will scale.
The article will first cover SLI performance among the new GTX 470's in several configurations and games, and then we'll check a little one on one with 2-way Multi-GPU gaming in a multi-GPU slaughter-fest article in the ATI versus NVIDIA kind of way to see who and what scales the best. Over the next few pages we'll tell you a bit about multi-GPU gaming, the challenges, the requirements and of course a nice tasty benchmark session.
You can read this Guru3D article right here.
First look: ASUS R5870 Matrix Platinum
First look: ASUS R5870 Matrix Platinum
ASUS submitted their all new ASUS R5870 Matrix Platinum for a review here at Guru3D. This series falls within their ROG (Republic of Gamers) edition and is catering a very enthusiast crowd. The card comes packed with cherry picked GPUs, 2 GB of gDDR5 memory and really extensive voltage regulation. You can control voltages of the GPU and memory. The acrd is overclocked at default to 900 Mhz, which actually is on the shy side considering what thus puppy can do.
The review will be online soon, but below you already can find some of the photo's on this product and suffice to say, we lifted it pretty easily over 1 GHz.
CoolIT ALC ECO review - Budget Liquid Cooling
CoolIT ALC ECO review
A short while ago CoolIT introduced their ALC ECO. The ALC series are single self contained water-cooling based unit, that are very easy to install. They looks nice and performs adequately as well. It almost sounds too good to be true at 75 USD right ?
Well, CoolIT certainly will make an impression with the ECO as this article will show you. We'll even take a Core i5 750 towards 4200 Mhz to proof that point.
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
Patriot SandForce-Driven Inferno Series SSDs
Patriot Memory announced the immediate availability of the Inferno series to its family of solid-state-drives (SSDs). The Inferno series of SSD offer blazing fast transfer speeds, improved system responsiveness, quicker boot times, and shorter application loading times over traditional hard disk drive storage solutions.
Patriot's Inferno series, available in 100GB and 200GB capacities, is designed around the highly acclaimed SF-1200 processor series. Paired with specially screened MLC NAND Flash the Inferno drives deliver class leading performance with sequential read and write speeds of 285MB/s and 275MB/s respectively. SandForce DuraClass technology provides enhanced endurance and reliability by an average of 20x over traditional SSD controllers through innovative write technology and Wear Leveling.
"The Inferno series of SSDs are the fastest and most exciting that Patriot has yet brought to market," states Les Henry, Vice President of Engineering at Patriot. "We have been pleased to work with SandForce to bring these enterprise level SSDs to the mainstream market at a fraction of the costs. We are very impressed with the performance numbers based on the SandForce SSD Processor. This solution fits well with our objective of offering the latest technology and best performance in our product lineup."
"Patriot is well known for delivering high-performance memory and solid state drive solutions to the enthusiast market. It was natural for SandForce to work closely with Patriot in developing a SSD solution which offers incredible performance and reliability," said Thad Omura, VP of Marketing at SandForce. "The SandForce SF-1222 SSD processor brings a level of performance sure to please the early adopters in the PC enthusiast crowd that Patriot caters to so well"
The Inferno family of SSDs are durable and reliable, with a unique aluminum housing to minimize typical wear and tear and with NAND memory at their core, there are no moving parts to fail, or be damaged from daily use in portable computing solutions. The Inferno family of SSDs provide incredible performance, reliability and a 5-year warranty. Each Inferno SSD ships with a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter simplifying installation into desktop PCs.
Lian Li PC-B25S mid-tower case
Lian Li presents the PC-B25S, a new aluminium mid-tower case with room for three 5.25" devices, six 3.5" HDDs and eight PCI cards. Cooling is provided by two 120mm intake fans, a 120mm rear fan, and a 140mm top fan, while noise levels are brought down by foam-padded top, front and side panels. Lots of parts of the case are tool-free, and there's a I/O panel with USB 3.0 support. The maximum video card size is 255mm, so those Radeon HD 5970 cards won't fit. You can expect to find this case in retail stores by the end of May for around $289.
Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd. launches the PC-B25S mid tower chassis. The hair-line brushed all-aluminum, black chassis is based on the original PC-B25
Unlockable AMD Phenom II X4 960T not canceled
The report suggested that the AMD Phenom II X4 960T central processor was never going to reach retail availability. Such a development would have been particularly disheartening for enthusiasts, because the chip had a very unique trait. To be more exact, the quad-core has two disabled cores, which essentially means that it can turn into a Phenom II X6 CPU if the motherboard it is paired with has a technology that can unlock them.
The reason behind AMD's decision to supposedly not release the CPU is because said processor has too high a chance of impacting negatively on actual Phenom II X6 sales. However, it appears that the CPU may not have been canceled after all, sources weren't able to give any specific details on the time frame, but they were
More GeForce GTX 465 leaks
An Asian site showed some details and benchmark results of what seems to be the GeForce GTX 465. This card is reportedly based on a cut-down GeForce GTX 470/480 (GF100) GPU.
According to the driver control panel screenshots, though, Nvidia has disabled quite a few bits and pieces: there are only 352 stream processors, 1GB of RAM, and a 256-bit memory interface. Clock speeds look to be 607MHz for the GPU, 1,215MHz for the shaders, and an effective 3,206MHz for the GDDR5 memory.
eNet says its benchmarks show the GTX 465 is slightly quicker than the Radeon HD 5870 in Far Cry 2, "significantly slower" than the Radeon HD 5830 in Crysis Warhead, and in between the Radeon HD 5850 and 5870 in Unigine's Heaven benchmark. That doesn't sound like a bad effort if the card ends up launching at around $300 as those European listings suggested.