Star Wars: Battlefront Beta Graphics card VGA performance benchmark review
We showcase the Star Wars: Battlefront Beta with a first iteration of our Graphics card VGA performance and benchmarks review. The game is to be released later this year, yet there starting at October 8th there was an Open beta. In this beta we have a first impression of the game, as well as the ability to have a quick peek at its performance.
You can read the article here.
Bioshock 2 Delayed
Take-Two announced today that BioShock 2 will be released within the first half of the 2010 calendar year. Three other major releases are planned within that timeframe: Mafia 2, Max Payne 3, and Red Dead Redemption.
Take-Two is reducing its fiscal 2009 guidance to reflect several factors, most significant of which is the movement of the launch of BioShock 2 from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 to fiscal 2010, in order to provide additional development time for the title. Additionally, Take-Two is updating third quarter and fourth quarter fiscal 2009 guidance to reflect reduced sales of catalog products and lower than anticipated initial retailer orders of new releases, due to a retail environment that is proving even more challenging than the Company's previous expectations
Inno3D GeForce GTX 295 Platinum review
Inno3D, known for their lovely products, recently launched the GeForce GTX 295 Platinum Edition, a product that is both classy and feature rich when it comes to the bundled items. This however is revision two of the GeForce GTX 295. The first model was based on two PCBs (two cards) inside one package. It was a very expensive product to make and with the current economy... well something needed to be done. NVIDIA went back to the drawing board and designed a single PCB capable of housing two GPUs.
Definitely worth a deeper look... well you are on Guru3D.com... we take it as deep as it can go. Check out the review right here.
Intel Lynnfield to debut in second week of September
It seems that desktop Lynnfield processors and the P55 chipset will be announced between September 8-11, while three Clarksfield processors will be launched by the end of September or October.
Intel's three Clarksfield CPUs
Nexus silent EDGE chassis
Nexus has introduced the EDGE, a new full-tower case with noise absorption foam. You can check out the full specifications over here.
The Nexus Edge case is a Full-tower big case that fits ATX/Flex ATX/Micro ATX and Full ATX motherboards.
Noise absorption wave foam
The side panels of the Edge case are fully covered with noise absorption wave foam to absorb noises and sounds from the inside of the case.
Stunning front panel
The front panel is from 3mm thick aluminum with three stunning finishes. The right hand side of the front panel has the recognizable aluminum hairline finish and the left hand size has a sand-spray mat finish. And at the edge, where these two different surface treatments come together, has been polished to a mirror finish line.....
Sure you need good cooling...but you do not want the noise...right? We fitted the Edge with 3 pieces of real silent 14cm (!) case fans. These fans run at 1000 RPM and move a massive amount of air....but all ultra quiet.
When you install the power supply of your choice in the Edge case you will notice that you lay the PSU on nice, soft rubber buffers. These buffers prevent resonance and vibration and make sure the PSU has enough room to 'breathe' so the fan speed of the PSU is not influenced by air obstruction.
At the air intake areas such as at the front 14cm case fan we have positioned some filter parts to keep the dust out of the case. Also at the ventilation and air-intake holes in the bottom of the case there are 2 dust filters.
And to keep things nice and simple... HDD's and opticals are fitted toolless.
MSI 760GTM-P33 released
MSI introduces their 760GTM-P33 professional mainboard. This mainboard is based on the 760G chipset with ATI HD3000 graphics supporting DirectX 10 and Hybrid CrossfireX.
Furthermore, the 760GTM-P33 is equipped with USB Safeguard for protection against ESD damage and TPM technology for safely storing confidential data. Also, MSI's exclusive APS power saving technology ensures this mainboard of power efficiency. Next to that, this mainboard is RoHS certified and Energy Star compliant.
MSI's full line mainboards, use USB Safeguard
AMD Adds New Six-Core AMD Opteron HE Processors
A sign of things to come towards the desktop platform folks. AMD today announced the immediate availability of three new members of the Six-Core AMD Opteron processor family that specifically address rising demand for balanced systems with increased performance yet greater power-efficiency for cloud computing and web serving environments.
The 55W ACP Six-Core AMD Opteron HE processors are currently shipping for 2-, 4- and 8-P systems and available today in new systems from HP, addressing the needs of dynamic, performance hungry and power constrained data centers. Systems from additional OEMs are expected to come to market throughout Q309.
These new processors meet the market demand for highly scalable, power-efficient systems that are especially well suited for Web serving and cloud computing workloads and they are available with the same AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) technology and AMD-P technology features and advanced I/O capabilities as the standard power Six-Core AMD Opteron
The new Six-Core AMD Opteron HE processor offers up to 18 percent lower platform-level power consumption over the standard wattage version. (AMD Opteron
processorModel 2425 [SPECpower_ssj 2008 1228 overall ssj_ops/watt, 419,277 ssj_ops, & 221W @ 100% target load] compared to AMD Opteron processor Model 2435 [SPECpower_ssj 2008 1228 overall ssj_ops/watt, 487,764 ssj_ops & 270W @ 100% target load]).
It also delivers up to 18 percent better performance-per-watt compared to the quad-core version. (Six-Core AMD Opteron processor Model 2425 HE [SPECpower_ssj 2008 1228 overall ssj_ops/watt, 419,277 ssj_ops, & 221W @ 100% target load] compared to Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor Model 2376 HE [SPECpower_ssj 2008 1044 overall ssj_ops/watt, 346,326 ssj_ops & 210W @ 100% target load]).
Processors with even greater energy efficiency are planned to be available later this year for the market segment where low power is the singular priority requirement.
For customers that require the ultimate performance for mission critical workloads such as database and CRM applications, AMD is also unveiling two new, full-featured Six-Core AMD Opteron SE processors at 2.8 GHz for 2-, 4- and 8-P systems.
Inno3D bundles Alone in the Dark with GeForce cards
Inno3D announced they're now bundling Alone in the Dark with all GeForce GTX and GTS 200 series graphics cards.
Inno3D are now gaming with popular survival horror sequel, Alone in the Dark with all Inno3D GeForce GTX & GTS 200 series. Players control Edward Carnby, the main character from the original Alone in the Dark, on a thrilling journey through a dark and terrifying re-creation of New York
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE to have 140W TDP?
AMD lately is fighting that 120W barrier and I guess, they just are letting it go. As such AMD is planning to release two new processors next month; the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition and the Athlon II X4 630.
Report on the web claim these Phenom II X4 965 BE processors as such may have a TDP of as high as 140W.
The AMD Athlon II X4 630 on the other hand is a quad-core chip with a 65W TDP. This model features a 2.8GHz clockspeed, 2MB L2 cache, no L3 cache, and dual-channel DDR2/DDR3 memory controller. It's said to be available on August 23rd, 2009.
Additionally, we can also expect new Athlon II X3 processors in September or October and some new Athlon II X4 models sometime this Fall.
ATI Catalyst 9.7 to get new UI
It is said on the German site ATI Forum that ATI's Catalyst 9.7 drivers for Windows Vista and Windows 7 will feature a new user interface, while the drivers for Windows XP and Linux will stick with the old one.
ATI Catalyst 9.7 will be released before the end of the month.
Keyboard for blonde girls ...
Oh it's so difficult not to generalise here, ladies sorry ! Guaranteed to make you type jolly happy, this fully functional Keyboard for Blondes is compatible with all desktops and laptops including MAC, PC and Linux. Requires USB port and good sense of humour.
Check out the keypad with dice symbols instead of numbers. Dude ... I want that on my keyboard! To tell you the truth, you'd really have to be a geek to really appreciate it but if you know a geek gal, your going to want to keep her. Probably nothing says more than I love than this keyboard as a gift ;)
Asus Launches Xtreme Design Series Motherboard - P6TD Deluxe
Xtreme Reliability for Extended Component Lifespan
Xtreme Design features innovative Stack Cool3+ to enhance motherboard component longevity. It is a feature that was re-engineered from the original copper cooling innovation of the ASUS P5E64 WS motherboard. With the perfect cooperation with Xtreme Design, Stack Cool3+ effectively cools motherboards with an enhanced PCB layer to provide a stable and low operating temperature for optimized data transmissions. By substantially improving heat dissipation, the new series offers users exceptional reliability. This innovation builds on ASUS' pioneering achievement as the first adopter of innovative cooling technology�
Crucial prepping fast SSD line
Crucial this afternoon said it should have a major update to its solid-state drive line later this month. The 2.5-inch M225 series will use more up to date multi-level cell (MLC) storage and a new memory controller that significantly improves speed. Estimates put the peak performance of the fastest, 256GB drive at 250MB per second for data reads and 200MB per second for writes.
Alongside this largest capacity SSD, a 128GB version will ship with slightly lower 190MB per second write speeds, while a 64GB entry version will scale down to 200MB per second reads and 150MB per second when writing. All three will use an ASATA II interface and should receive a more official release on July 20th.
Calvin Klein USB Drive Sunglasses
Fashionistas will look forward to this pair of Calvin Klein USB drive sunglasses, where the USB drive itself remains hidden within the arm of the sunglasses itself while offering decent protection against nasty UV rays simultaneously. These new shades can hold 4GB of storage space, and will retail for $199 when it hits the market this October.
Overpriced, as usual, and you'd look pretty weird taking off your sunnies just to access data within whenever you work.
Samsung HD Includes On-Board USB Interface
It may not be the first 1.8-inch hard disk we've seen pushing a 250GB capacity, but damn if Samsung doesn't know how to market its tech. See, these drives are small as Samsung skillfully demonstrates by photographing its new Spinpoint N3U disk in front of a credit card.
And by including a native PATA to USB controller on the circuit board, Samsung has helped manufacturers eliminate a bit bulk from future portable USB disk offerings. The 3,600rpm drive itself features 125GB per platter, 8MB of cache, and should be capable of withstanding drops from about 20-inches. At least it will when these begin shipping in mid-July for about $200.
Now, this particular drive (a 1.8″ drive designed for mobile hardware) doesn
Psychsoftpc debuts Psychlone Tesla Personal Supercomputer
A company named Psychsoftpc has introduced the Psychlone Tesla Personal Supercomputer, this is a new GPGPU computing system based on the NVIDIA Tesla cards. More details over here.
Psychsoftpc, a Quincy, Massachusetts computer manufacturer known for making Linux supercomputer clusters and high performance PCs and Workstations, announces the release of their new Psychlone Tesla Personal Supercomputer. In the tradition of their first product, the Psychlone Cluster Supercomputer, Psychsoftpc is now offering their own version of the Personal Supercomputer, the Psychlone Tesla Personal Supercomputer (they just had to call it "Psychlone", it's a tradition). The Psychlone Tesla Personal Supercomputer is built around Tesla Supercomputing Cards, or GPUs, from NVidia, which enable the manufacture of the Personal Supercomputer, or supercomputer in one box. This frees researchers from being totally dependent on cluster supercomputers. Researchers no longer have to wait for time on a cluster, but, instead, can tackle projects right away at their desk. Psychsoftpc is currently offering two versions of the product, one with SUSE Linux 64 bit Operating System and one with Windows Vista 64 bit Operating System, because they support freedom of choice in computing and have been supporting Linux since 1995. Psychsoftpc was one of the first PC manufacturers to pre-install Linux on their systems, and were supporting Linux, especially SUSE Linux from Novell, well before Dell and HP jumped on the Linux bandwagon. Here are more details about the Psychlone Tesla Personal Supercomputer and what it can be used it for.
First let's look at the Tesla Card itself, the NVidia Tesla C1060, the heart of the Psychlone Tesla Personal Supercomputer. The use of this card is what enables Psychsoftpc to put supercomputing power in a single box the size of a full tower PC that people probably have next to their desks right now, replacing those racks of PCs in a cluster configuration, taking up all that space and electricity. Each Tesla C1060 has a Massively-Parallel Many Core Architecture with 240 processor cores with 4 GB High-Speed Memory, Asynchronous transfer capability and IEEE 754 single & double precision floating point units. Specifically, each NVidia Tesla C1060 gives people 1.4 billion transistors, One Teraflop of processing power and 240 processing cores. This allows professionals to solve computationally intensive problems at their desk that traditionally required time on a large cluster installation.
With the Psychlone Tesla Personal Supercomputer, professionals can tackle some of the toughest computational challenges around including drug research, oil and gas exploration, prime number theory, computational fluid dynamics, Geographic Information Services (GIS), weather simulation and computational finance right at their desk with a supercomputer that takes up the same space as a regular PC, without waiting around for time on a cluster at their school or place of work. They could even use it to help pick out their fantasy baseball team. And there is plenty of software available that allows users to take advantage of the Parallel Processing power in the system.
Realtek HD Audio 2.28 Driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP and Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
History Driver Package R2.28:
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
- Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670
- Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670
- HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
- OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
- Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
- 6. Add/Fix
1.) Driver Customizations.
Download Realtek HD Audio 2.28 Driver for Windows XP, Vista Windows 7, click here.
OCZ also stops sales Elpida Hyper based DRAM
SHortly after Corsair made an announcement yesterday, OCZ also stops selling memory with Elpida Hyper chips(Hhugh end blade kits). OCZ claims not to have noticed any increase RMA's on this memory however is also pulling out the presumably affected memory modules and memory kits.
In regards to the potential issues relating to Elpida Hyper IC's, OCZ has not yet seen extended failures in the field, and the Elipda Hyper IC's we have used came from earlier batches so we do not yet know if this is the reason why we are not seeing field issues but as a proactive measure based on the latest information from media reviewers like AnandTech we have officially held the use of any Elpida Hyper IC's at this time.
Any customers that are seeing issues are encouraged to contact us and we will absolutely take care of all customers with a no questions asked refund or exchange for another OCZ product of equal value, whichever the customer prefers. We want to make sure that our customers have peace of mind and the confidence that we will take care of any and all issues related to modules that utilize Elpida Hyper chips.
Guru3D PC Buyers Guide Summer 2009
Guru3D offers you their annual PC Buyers Guide, this is the 2009 summer edition. This article brings you a set of recommendations of products we feel are great components to build yourself a nice gaming rig.
Guru3D's guide will only cover the box. Monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers are not included. We do this for brevity's sake, as the monitor alone would require its own guide, especially if I were to cover LCD monitors.
Since this site is called "Guru3D" this guide will target a system intended for gaming primarily while not spending heaps of money.
* link updated to correct one