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As you all know, AMD recently announced FreeSync - read our article on it right here. To celebrate this new tech AMD and Guru3D.com are holding a simple contest in which you can win a BenQ XL2730Z 27" FREESYNC 144Hz Gaming monitor ! The BenQ XL2730Z is a 27″ monitor that’s running a resolution of 2560×1440.
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BFG to release passively cooled 9800 GT
BFG is working on passively cooled GeForce 9800 GT under its ThermoIntelligence Passive cooling label.
The video card operates at the frequency 600 MHz, and it is equipped with 512 MB GDDR3 video memory , clocked at a frequency 1800 MHz. The 9800 GT comes with 112 stream processors (used to be 128 if I'm not mistaken), which are clocked at a 1500 MHz frequency. We think the product will be based on a 55nm die-shrink, g92b.
The price of BFG Geforce 9800GT is expected to be $160,-
Gigabyte launches GA-MA790GP-UD4H
Gigabyte intro's their Phenom II ready GA-MA790GP-UD4H motherboard. Though Socket AM3 ready, this motherboard is in fact Socket AM2+ and thus still based on DDR2 memory. Some specs:
- Supports next generation of 45nm AMD Socket AM3 processors
- EC AOD-ACC Support
- AMD OverDrive Support
- Built-in 128MB DDR3 SidePort Memory
- AMD 790GX Graphics Performance Upgraded- up to 3DMark 2006 2800 marks!!
- ATI CrossFireX
BFG GeForce GTX 295 H20 review (liquid cooling)
BFG is the first to bring a liquid-cooled GeForce GTX 295 to the market. As extravagant liquid cooling a GeForce GTX 295 really is, the end results in cooling performance, gaming performance and the incredible aesthetics a product like this offers is extraordinary. The guys of Danger Den provided a massive copper block to sit in-between the two GPUs and chill them down to very nice temperatures.
So in this article we'll chat a little about the GTX 295 technology, then have a look at BFG's bundle, a really extensive photo-shoot, look at performance with the hottest games available, overclock it until it nearly dies... and then sum it all up in our verdict.
Fantastic stuff for the eyes as well. You can read the full review right here.
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Galaxy GeForce GTX260+
We haev a shot of the GeForce GTX260+ graphics card from Galaxy. This overclocked card features the Twin Turbo VGA cooler from Arctic Cooling, which uses four heatpipes and two fans to keep the card cool.
The overclocked model should be about 7 percent faster than a standard GeForce GTX 260, and it also features the Xtreme Tuner overclocking software.
Sharing the same PCB design with reference GTX 260, Galaxy GTX 260+ is based on 55nm processing technology. Equipped with Samsung GDDR3 memories, Galaxy 55nm GeForce GTX260 is coming with 896MB/448bit and default clock of 625/1350/2100MHz, up from 576/1242/1998MHz on reference card. The overall performance of overclocked Galaxy GTX260+ is claimed to outperform default GTX260 by 7%.
GeForce GTS 250 picture
XFX decided to create a little marketing spin again by leaking a photo of their upcoming GeForce GTS. Mentioned many times already, NVIDIA is going to rename some of their products during CeBIT in two weeks. The GTX 250 is in fact a GeForce 9800 GTX+
The GeForce GTS 250 series from XFX will have a custom cooling design. As it is a 9800 GTX+ it features a 55 nm G92b graphics processor. Its clock-speeds are expected to be 738/1836/1100 MHz (core/shader/memory) roughly on par with reference speeds. The card will have the same 512 MB of GDDR3 memory and 256-bit memory bus.
And yes, the GTS 240 is in fact the 9800 GT (which was the 8800 GT).
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Dutch Company reinvents the Joystick: Hydraulic force feedback - Interview
Joysticks are available a dozen a dime, however when a new technology is applied to it, we get interested. Being Dutch myself, when a Dutch company is behind it .. I find it very interesting.
A Dutch based company called Paccus Interfaces is designing a new joystick which they think will be the icing on top of the cake when it comes to joysticks. Current Force Feedback joysticks are very imprecise according to Joseph Melskens from Paccus.
Paccus developed a totally new kind of joystick. One which is real 3D, is as precise and fast as a game mouse, it will have extra programmable keys, but most important has a unique (patented) fluid head based force feedback, that can pull you out of your seat! This is not a toy, it is made from metal.
This new joystick will embed new hydraulic technology, ensuring extreme precision and a very precise and new gaming experience. According to Paccus It took them four years with funding from the European Union and help of the Technical University's of Delft and Eindhoven. The reason why they developed this is simple. All other sticks suck ?
Guru3D had an interview with Joseph Melskens from Paccus, we also have some examples of the prototype. And prototype, really mean PROTOTYPE as in not even close to a final design. The final product will be called Hawk and will be demonstrated at the Gamescom in K
NVIDIA Tegra 600 $99 HD Mobile Internet Device
Nvidia today introduced a new platform, based on the NVIDIA Tegra 600 Series computer-on-a-chip that enables a $99, always-on, always-connected HD mobile internet device (MID) that can go days between battery charges. Nvidia Tegra MID delivers- 720p and 1080p video playback, days of use between charges and full Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. Nvidia Tegra platform will enable OEMs to quickly build and bring to market devices that carriers can offer for as low as $99
Pirate Bay P2P Trial Begins in Sweden
The Pirate Bay's copyright infringement trial is now under way in Sweden, becoming one of the most watched P2P trials. The site is accused of helping users illegally downloaded movies, music, computer games, and more from its web site. If the site owners are convicted, they could spend two years in prison and a fine around $150,000. In addition, many of the leading companies in the motion picture industries are wanting an additional $14.3 million.
The Pirate Bay is the world's largest source for BitTorrent trackers, while they do not host illegal content they do provide a means of finding such content. In May 2006 the company was raided by Swedish police who seized their servers and in January of last year the owners were charged with the copyright infringement.
Download Driver Sweeper beta 2.0.0
Driver Sweeper 2.0.0 Beta 2 is now available for download. Driver Sweeper is very easy to use. You only have to select the drivers you want to clean. The best way to clean drivers is to first uninstall the drivers using the official uninstallers, reboot in Safe Mode and run
Driver Sweeper. However, rebooting and not going into Safe Mode also works, but can cause some files not to be cleaned.
The current supported drivers are NVIDIA (Display and Chipset), ATI (Display), Creative (Sound), Ageia (PhysX), MMouse and Realtek (Sound).
All the settings are saved in an ini file. Nothing is created in the registry, so it's possible to use it as a portable program. Log files can be saved to the harddisk and viewed as well. You can find the logs under the Tools menu.
This is a beta release, any comments ? Please visit the Driver Sweeper support forums.
Changelog 2.0.0 - Beta 2:
- Added select/deselect in clean screen.
- Added Bulgarian translation.
- Many translations.
- Improved startup time.
- Some translations not working and missing.
- Made some buttons larger for translations.
- Error at desktop icons.
- Reboot not working on all systems.
- Update check not working properly.
- Drag and Drop in main menu.
Changelog 2.0.0 - Beta 1:
- Driver Sweeper is completely rewritten from scratch. This version requires at least .NET 3.5 installed.
- Experimental Windows 7 support.
- UAC message requiring administrator access on Windows Vista and Windows 7 on startup if UAC is enabled.
- Improved ATi - Display cleaning.
- Improved NVIDIA - Display cleaning.
- Improved NVIDIA - PhysX cleaning.
- Renamed AGEIA - PhysX to NVIDIA - PhysX.
- Registry not working properly on Windows x64 versions
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Eurocom working on G200M SLI in Upcoming Notebook
Looking at Nvidia's current roadmap, we can safely say that the G2xx line-up will only be out in the later half of this year, most likely co-inciding with the back-to-school season. All G2xx mobile GPUs from Nvidia are 40nm, so we can expect better efficiency (performance/watt) than the current line-up. Eurocom does not mention which class of the GPUs will be used in the notebook, but most likely will be employing GT215 which the performance part set to replace the ever-green G92. (GT215 is also the highest performing GT2xx part to have taped out on 40nm yet)
The M980U Emperor is based on the MCP79xi SLI Chipset and paired with an Intel Quad-core Mobile processor. The display is listed as Full HD (1920
Samsung unveils solar-powered phone
Samsung unveils solar-powered 'Blue Earth' phone billed as the world's first solar-powered touchscreen phone. For starters, the back side of the Blue Earth has been outfitted with a large solar panel. They say that this panel will be able to generate enough electricity to make a phone call any time that you want. Presumably, you'll need to holster the phone to the outside of your pants to do that, because not too many of the sun's rays will be able to penetrate your backpack or pocket.
The phone can be set in "Eco Mode" too to lower the screen brightness, reduce the backlight duration, and shut off the Bluetooth. Like the Motorola's green 'Renew' phone, the Blue Earth's shell is molded out of plastic derived from recycled water bottles, and its 'small and light' packaging is made out of recycled paper, according to Samsung (which also notes that both the handset and charger are beryllium-, phthalate-, and brominated flame retardant-free). Look for the Samsung Blue Earth to hit the UK in the second half of this year.
Download - Rivatuner 2.23 released
RivaTuner is a complete powerful tweaking environment, providing you everything you may need to tune NVIDIA GPU based display adapters. The widest driver-level Direct3D / OpenGL and system tuning options, flexible profiling system allowing to make custom settings on per-application basis, both driver-level and low-level hardware access modes, unique diagnostic and real-time hardware monitoring features and exclusive power user oriented tools like built-in registry editor and patch script engine.
For novice users, we have a guide to help you through Rivatuner and setup fan speeds and overclocks on your graphics card. This guide will hopefully help you understand how to use the features that Rivatuner provides.
Download click here.
Galaxy GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB review
I sometimes wonder why a small company consistently can push out striking products like that and the bigger AIBs mainly focus on the reference design. An absolutely interesting graphics card at many levels.
Check out this Guru3D review right here at this URL.
Rivatuner GPU Monitor Vista Sidebar Gadget
A fellah called stangowner created a Vista Sidebar Gadget that uses Rivatuner's low level hardware monitor for stats. I've finally released it on Microsoft's site. If your Rivatuner install is reporting back values that you would like to see in the sidebar, then install this gadget and have it easily accessible.
Values will vary depending on the model card you have and its capabilities. Values could include:
- various core clock speeds - memory clock speed
- GPU temp (as well as other misc temps)
- fan duty and speed
- GPU usage
Read the help tab in the gadget config for explicit instructions and configuration information. We have a thread open on this tool (visited by programmer) right here.
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QNAP Core 2 Duo based TS-809 Pro Turbo NAS
Yummie ... recently we reported about the QNAP's 4-bay TS-439 Pro Turbo NAS, which was perfectly fine for the average home-based storage junkie, small businesses need something with a bit more potential.
Meet the TS-809 Pro Turbo, an 8-bay behemoth capable of housing 8 SATA hard drives (up to 16TB, or .98 million copies of Friday the 13th, when 2TB HDDs are widely available). The unit gets powered by a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, which definitely means that your next NAS may posses more processing power than the antiquated PC it's connected to.
Additionally, there's 2GB of DDR2 RAM, read / write rates of 126MB/s and 111Mb/s (respectively), and support for a litany of business-related advanced features.
Equipped with eight 640GB HDDs the unit would consume roughly 81W. No word on pricing, I think it's safe to say it won't be cheap.
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT Green Edition, preps GTS 200 Series
We mentioned this numerous times already yet NVIDIA is moving forward with the launch schedule of the GeForce GTS 200 series, which really are relabeled current-generation G92 GPU based products.
The GeForce GTS 240 and GTS 250 will be re-branded 9800 GT and 9800 GTX+ cards. It is believed that the product name changes will commence during CeBIT. One can expect NVIDIA partners to come up with cheaper SKUs that fit into the US $ 130 range, lower than the current $150 range 9800 GTX+ and ATI Radeon HD 4850 compete in.
The GTS 240 on the other hand, will be introduced soon with a newer price-range of around $100, lower than the $120 mark the 9800 GT revolves around. This should make it more competitive against the Radeon HD 4830, which is currently winning in the price/performance figure.
Also, the company is preparing a GeForce 9800 GT Green Edition, which carries forward the design methodology of the 9600 GT Green Edition: lowering the GPU voltage and slightly reducing the clock speeds. It is expected to carry clock speeds of 550/1375/900 MHz (core/shader/memory) against the reference 9800 GT specifications of 600/1500/900 MHz. The new SKU might be priced at a premium over the GTS 240, at around $ 120 [via vr-zone].