Win a Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan Black WindForce Edition
We just reviewed the Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan Black with that magnificent WindForce cooler. And we are giving it away for free in a contest. To participate, you need to do is "Follow" our Facebook page (if you haven't already) and answer a simple question on ther corresponding Facebook item. Good Luck!
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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'HD TV gas' 17,000 times worse for planet than CO2
Michael Prather of the University of California at Irvine has completed a study which claims that atmospheric quantities of the gas Nitrogen Trifluoride (NF3) are booming. He reports his findings in the latest issue of the journal Geophysical Research Letters.
NF3 is 17,200 times better at trapping heat in the atmosphere over a hundred-year period than is carbon dioxide, the best known greenhouse gas. NF3 has a characteristic mouldy smell and is thought to be highly harmful to the liver and kidneys.
The chemical is used in the production of flat-panel displays which, in turn, are used to make today's TV screens. Prather believes that exploding demand for HD TVs around the world has created a huge need for NF3, and that's sending emission levels sky high.
The problem is, NF3 emission levels aren't being measured by the worldwide greenhouse-gas monitoring programme put in place by the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.
When the agreement was signed by 181 countries in 1997, NF3 wasn't included on the list of gases that should be tracked because at that time the compound's manufacture was miniscule.
But, says Prather, thanks to NF3's use in flat-panel display production, that's no longer the case. NF3's global-warming potential is second only to sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), the nastiest greenhouse has on the Kyoto list.
Most TV manufacturers already sell sets by pushing their eco-credentials. But while vendors tout their sets energy efficiency, NF3 is rarely mentioned.
GeForce GTX 200 prices indeed falling
Yesterday we reported that NVIDIA would very likely drop it's prices for the GeForce GTX 260 and 280 to bee able to compete with AMD's offering better. As it seems, that price drop is already in effect.
Newegg shows an offering on a GeForce GTX 280 graphics card for $459.99 after a $40 mail-in-rebate and cards from other brands like Asus and Palit are also available for around $499. It seems NVIDIA is cutting the price extremely hard. A couple of days ago you had to shelve out $649 for a GTX 280 but now you can get it for almost $200 less.
Furthermore, the GeForce GTX 260 is now available for $299.99 and ZipZoomfly even has one with a $40 mail-in-rebate so the card costs only $259.
We'll keep an eye on the new price developments closely. The fun thing here is, if you pick up such a card at that price, you'll just have to say thanks to AMD for it.
Hitachi - we'll have 5TB HDD drives by 2010
Solid-state disks may be eating into the territory of traditional hard drives, particularly in laptops, but that doesn't mean spinning platters are on their last legs
Trailer: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky 'Atmosphere'
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky introduces a new video trailer showing a side by side look at how real the surroundings and people look in the game.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, is the stand-alone prequel for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, a first-person shooter computer game by Ukrainian developer GSC Game World. During E3, it was reported that the game will consist of a 50/50 mix of old remade/altered levels and totally new areas to explore. It will be released August 29, 2008. Also the game engine is being updated to v1.5 and will include DirectX 10 support. The AI is to receive an overhaul to accommodate the new "faction wars" feature; which will give players the opportunity to lead one of the eight factions to become rich and dominant.
The current tagline appears to be, as of writing, "What awaits you, S.T.A.L.K.E.R, in the Zone that changed?" On Thursday, March 27, 2008, GSC Game World announced the release date is currently set for August 29, 2008.
Judge orders YouTube to give user histories to Viacom
Viacom wants the data to prove that infringing material is more popular than user-created videos, which could be used to increase Google's liability if it is found guilty of contributory infringement.
Viacom filed suit against Google in March 2007, seeking more than $1 billion in damages for allowing users to upload clips of Viacom's copyright material. Google argues that the law provides a safe harbor for online services so long as they comply with copyright takedown requests. Although Google argued that turning over the data would invade its users' privacy, the judge's ruling (.pdf) described that argument as "speculative" and ordered Google to turn over the logs on a set of four tera-byte hard drives.
The judge also turned Google's own defense of its data retention policies -- that IP addresses of computers aren't personally revealing in and of themselves, against it to justify the log dump. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has already reacted, calling the order a violation of the Video Privacy Protection act that "threatens to expose deeply private information."
The order also requires Google to turn over copies of all videos that it has taken down for any reason.
Viacom also requested YouTube's source code, the code for identifying repeat copyright infringement uploads, copies of all videos marked private, and Google's advertising database schema.
Those requests were denied in whole, except that Google will have to turn over data about how often each private video has been watched and by how many persons.