Star Wars Battlefront Beta Early Access Competition with AMD and Guru3D
AMD has joined forces with Guru3D to bring you early access to the Star Wars Battlefront beta before its public release on October 8th. These codes will grant you instant access allowing you to hone your blasters and prep your AT-ATs for domination on Hoth. This competition runs in our forums.
You can join and leave your entry here. Below a little recording I made a few hours ago of the Single player Tatooine mission. Ultra image quality on a Radeon R9 380 2GB - even at a monitor resolution of 2560x1440 (WHQD) this game still runs 40 FPS on the R9 380.
A decade Guru3D photo contest winners
The primary photo contest from a Decade Guru3D.com celebration finished just over a week ago. In total we received roughly 250 Guru3D themed photo's. And boy, did we have a hard time sifting through them and actually picking winners.
From the 135 photo's you guys have been able to see here, we made a cut to 15 photo's we figured could end up as finalist. The 15 photo's have been submitted through a panel of judges and today we are showing the top 15 selection of photo's with the five prize winners.
Go check them out, they are awesome. Click here.
A-DATA C903 swivel USB flash drive
A-DATA introduced the C903, a new USB drive with a swiveling metallic casing. Little details are available though, the capacity is up to 32GB but transfer speeds are unknown.
Unlike conventional swivel-designed USB flash drives, the unique asymmetric outer casing of C903 protects the USB connector and serves as a lock mechanism to prevent the connector from sticking out due to constant turning and wearing. The same design also enables users to turn and store the USB connector properly in place with much of an ease.
The glossy, metallic casing gives C903 an elegant look, making it an eye-catching fashion accessory when strapped to cellphones, bags or key chains. With capacity up to 32GB and two vivid colors to choose from, A-DATA C903 USB Flash Drive provides an ideal solution for carrying and transferring a large amount of data in style.
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Intel quad-core Sandy Bridge taped out
The folks from Canard PC have published some new information about Intel's upcoming 32nm Sandy Bridge architecture. This new CPU is expected in Q1 2011 and according to the site the A0 stepping was taped out in the 23rd week of this year. The site reveals the mainstream quad-core Sandy Bridge chip will have four cores with 256KB L2 cache and initial estimates for clock speeds range from 2.8GHz to 3.4GHz, with a Turbo mode that should take one core to clock speeds of 3.8GHz to 4GHz. Sandy Bridge will have a 32nm integrated graphics core (1.0GHz to 1.4GHz) that is connected to the L3 cache, integrated dual-channel DDR3-1600 memory controller and the Sandy Bridge System Agent (Northbridge) that offers PCIe 2.0, DMI and PCU. It also features HyperTreading, AVX Ext instruction set, 256-bit vectors, 4 operands, AEX instructions, unrestricted VMX, shared 8MB L3 cache.
According to the site, the new integrated graphics core of Intel's Sandy Bridge should be able to compete with 2011 entry-level graphics cards from ATI and NVIDIA, although that seems quite optimistic. The quad-core Sandy Bridge has a 85W TDP and measures around 225mm
McAfee Attacking Core System Files with Latest Update
McAfee users are blowing up about an apparent glitch in McAfee's most recent virus signature update. This glitch causes McAfee to attack core system files, sometimes causing BSODs. Based on anecdotes, the glitch appears to be caused when older VirusScan engines install DAT 5664, which McAfee seems to have pushed out in the past 24 hours.
Affected systems then begin identifying a wide variety of legitimate - and frequently crucial - system files as malware. Files belonging to Microsoft Internet Explorer, drivers for Compaq computers, and even the McAfee-associated McScript.exe were being identified as a trojan called PWS!hv.aq, according to the posts and interviews.
This is an extremely stressful program that will put even the most powerful X86/X64 CPU in the world at its knees. Load temp under Linpack will be up to 22*C higher than the competing software Prime95.
A program that simplifies the usage of Intel(R) Linpack. Linpack by Intel(R) is an extremely stressful program that will put even the most powerful X86/X64 CPU in the world at its knees. Load temp under Linpack will be up to 22*C higher than the competing software Prime95. This program will make usage of Linpack easier and more practical.
Deals of the Day - July 5th 2009
It certainly is a slow weekend with 4th of July and all. Why not focus on some good deals I say. For this round I'd like to place a focus on large storage HDD's. I picked out a few good ones. I skipped the 2TB drives, as they are still too pricy, but check out the 1,5 TBs, have a look:
- 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 Hard Drive at $125.99
- 1TB WD Caviar Black Hard Drive - $94.83
- 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F1 Hard Drive - $84.99
Deal of the day:
- Hitachi Deskstar 1TB Hard Drive - This has to be the deal of the day, real value here at only $75.99 for a Terabyte of storage.
DangerDen GTX 295 V2 Water Block
We reported about this cooler ierlier on, but with the new Single PCB GeForce GTX 295 the liquid cooling manufacturers had to once again design a new block. Danger Den has readied theirs and it's called the Danger Den GTX295 V2 (DD-GTX295V2) .
Looking at the block, it is one big chunk of copper. Inside its chamber, heat-dissipation channels are built on top of the portions directly over the GPUs, the chamber is topped off with hard Lucite.
Fitting options are High Flow G 1/4 - 1/2", 3/8" and 1/4". With a sales price if 135.95 USD, the Danger Den GTX295 V2 water block is priced lower than its the offering from Koolance. Available soon at Danger Den.
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Silicon Power debuts new DDR3 modules
With the budget consumer in mind and armed with a lifetime warranty Silicon Power has released new dual-channel DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1066 memory kits:
Section 8 Beta
Brrr, what a slow weekend. Vacation time really is upon us. If you want a taste of the Tribes-like first person shooter Section 8 you can head over to Fileplanet and download the multiplayer beta for the game.
The beta is now available to all US and Canadian players with a free Fileplanet account. Word is: "This event is a staggered beta with keys distributed first come, first served with limited access. Beta keys will be distributed on a regular schedule."
Sapphire prepares Radeon HD 4890 Vapor-X 2GB
Sapphire is planning to debut a new Radeon HD 4890 Vapor-X series graphics card with 2GB GDDR5 memory. The card is available for preorder in Europe for around 225EUR.
Next to the added memory, the ew card does not seem at all different from the regular model which comes with Vapor-X cooling solution, 800 Stream Processors, and factory overclocked frequencies - 870 MHz for the GPU and 4200 MHz for the GDDR5 memory, and sure .. the blue colored PCB.
StarCraft: First Contact Video
Windows 7 set to RTM on July 13th is Confirmed
Windows 7 was set to RTM (release to manufacturing) on July 13. Yesterday sources close to the Microsoft, who wish to remain anonymous, have confirmed to Neowin that Windows 7 is indeed set to RTM on July 13.
Don't confuse RTM and GA (General Availability), as these are two totally different phases. RTM in a nutshell is typically the final build that we will see when Windows 7 hits GA later this year (Unless, of course, there's a show-stopper bug found), but is released to manufacturers so they can work out any bugs the software may encounter with hardware devices. General availability is scheduled to launch on October 22, which will give the tech savvy world time to save up money.
So with that said TechNet, MSDN, and a few other partner connections will also be getting the RTM build on July 13. So let the countdown begin.
ThermalTake ISGC-V320 VGA cooler
ThermalTake has introduced a new dual 120mm fan VGA cooler for NVIDIA and ATI graphics cards, including the latest GeForce GTX 200 and Radeon HD 4800 models. The ThermalTake ISGC-V320 features five copper heatpipes and a large aluminum heatsink to dissipate large amounts of heat. According to the specifications, the 120mm fans deliver an airflow of 58.3CFM at a noise level of only 16dBA.
The ISGC-V320 is a true masterpiece of Thermaltake
FurMark v1.7.0 released
The rendering algorithm is highly multipass (100 passes) and each pass (or layer) uses a GLSL (OpenGL Shading Language) vertex / pixel shader to make the hairs finer and finer. To increase the fur realism, two dynamic lights are used for self shadowing. The benchmark offers several options allowing the user to tweak the rendering: fullscreen / windowed mode, MSAA selection, window size, duration. The benchmark also includes a GPU Burner mode (stability test).
This benchmark requires an OpenGL 2.0 compliant graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce 5/6/7/8 (and higher), AMD/ATI Radeon 9600 (and higher) or a S3 Graphics Chrome 400 series with the latest graphics drivers.
The startup interface allows you to tweak the benchmark features such as:
- Benchmark mode or stability test mode (for overclockers)
- Fullscreen or windowed for each type of run mode
- Window size selection (standard or custom)
- MSAA samples selection
- Benchmarking parameters: time based or frames based
- Contest Mode
- New: FurMark is now able to get detailed data from GPU-Z (if GPU-Z is running). In both Stability Test mode,
GPU-Z is used to display additional information (GPU core clock, memory clock, GPU temperature and power consumption).
In Benchmarking mode, GPU-Z is used to retrieve GPU core clock, memory clock, VDDC and VDDC current. Some data (like
VDDC and VDDC current) is only available on some graphics cards (like the GeForce GTX 280).
- New: In Benchmarking mode, you can now send your score to your Twitter account (this gadget is experimental).
- New: the main GUI is now always available so you can fire up several tests without the need to start again the application.
- New: main GUI (graphical user interface) settings are now saved and are re-used.
- New: in Stability Test mode, each GPU has now its own temperature graph.
- New: in Stability Test mode, you can enable/disable the display of information the I key.
- New: in Stability Test mode, you can enable/disable the fur rendering with the SPACE key.
- New: added new standard resolutions: 800
Motoart retro fighter-jet desk chair - kinda cool
Reclaimed from authentic, Vietnam-era fighter jets and bombers, the ejector seats are freshly padded, newly upholstered and given aluminum bases with double-wheel casters.
The fighter jet seat, above, comes from an F-4, while there
Thermaltake PW880i liquid cooling solution for the CPU
Okay forgive me the phat marketing lingo, this is a copy paste from the press release:
The Thermaltake PW880i is a powerful liquid cooling solution for the core of your PC- the CPU. With a 24cm radiator equipped with two 14cm fans, Thermaltake PW880i is the ideal device for efficient heat dissipation. The solid CPU water block is made of pure copper with delicate brazing technology. Supporting most mainstream CPU sockets such as Intel LGA1366 and AMD AM3, the PW880i sports excellent cooling performance for demanding users and overclockers alike. As the tank and pump can be placed outside the chassis it offers two practical advantages: you gain more space within the case itself and maintenance is made easier and more convenient.
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Jammie Thomas plans to appeal $2m RIAA ruling
Jammie Thomas-Rasset plans to appeal the recent court decision ordering her to pay $1.92 million in a case involving the RIAA. The legal battle has followed several twists, with the initial filing only leading to damages totaling $222,000 before the decision was thrown out. The federal jury present for the retrial, however, tacked on another $1.7 million.
"She's not interested in settling," lawyer Joe Sibley told CNET News. "That's one of the main arguments--that the damages are disproportionate to any actual harm."
Thomas-Rasset publicly refused to pay the sizable damages, as each of the 24 copyright infringements carries a price of approximately $80,000. In a separate suit, lead lawyer Kiwi Camara is going after the RIAA for allegedly violating anti-racketeering laws by intimidating defendants into accepting settlements, rather than face legal costs of a lengthy court process.
The RIAA allegedly offered to settle the first case for $25,000, although it is unclear how much the association is seeking for the retrial. Thomas-Rasset's lawyers indicated she would be unwilling to accept the terms of any settlement that required admitting guilt or paying money.
"The defendant can, of course, exercise her legal rights," said RIAA spokesman Jonathan Lamy. "But what's increasingly clear, now more than ever, is that she is the one responsible for needlessly prolonging this case and refusing to accept any responsibility for the illegal activity that two juries decisively found her liable for."
The attorneys must first file a notice of appeal before proceeding to the next step.
Apple warns of summer overheating for iPhone 3G & 3GS owners
Apple has issued a warning to iPhone customers regarding iPhone 3G and 3GS devices overheating. Sporadic reports have hit internet blogs and gadget sites this week regarding overheating issues with new iPhone 3GS models. Reports from The Telegraph suggest that dozens of users have reported overheating issues. According to some owners the device becomes so hot that it's too hot to pick up and the casing on white 3GS models has turned pink for some.
Apple hasn't officially responded to the overheating claims but earlier this week the company posted a support article warning users if the interior temperature of the device exceeds normal operating temperatures, you may experience the following as it attempts to regulate its temperature:
- The device stops charging
- Display dims
- Weak cellular signal
- Temperature warning screen appears with the message "iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it" (see image below)
Apple claims leaving the device in a car on a hot day or using it in direct sunlight for long periods of time can cause the temperature warning. According to the company using battery heavy applications such as GPS and listening to music in direct sunlight will trigger the warning.