AMD Catalyst 10.11 Drivers Ready for Download
ATI released Catalyst 10.11 drivers. The Catalyst 10.11 driver features support for the Radeon HD 2000, HD 3000, HD 4000, and HD 5000 series graphics cards and the Radeon HD 3000 and HD 4000 series IGPs.
- Battleforge: Performance increases up to 3% on Radeon HD 5800 Series single and CrossFire configurations with anti-aliasing disabled.
PowerColor Radeon 6850 PCS+ review
PowerColor is as always never late to arrive at the party, they submitted a Radeon HD 6850 for a test here at Guru3D.com and as such we'd be more than happy to bring you a full review on one of their newest products today, the PCS+ version of the Radeon HD 6850 that comes pre-overclocked.
PowerColor clocks it at towards 820 MHz for you, and if you feel a little brave then apply some tweaks yourself as that will get you over 900 MHz quite easily. The memory as well, standard you'll need to work with a 4000 MHz (effective data rate) memory clock frequency PowerColor takes that to 4400 MHz on this product. And sure, there as well is some room left to fool around with tweaking wise.
Check out our full review here.
WarpDrive SSD Card Launched by LSI for $11,500
This is the new LSI SLP-300 acceleration card, intended for a different set of purchasers that me and
SSD prices drop while HDD prices are on the rise
DigiTimes writes prices of solid state disks have dropped 10-15 percent since early in the second half of 2010 while hard disk drive prices have seen their prices increase by up to 4-5 percent on some models in the fourth quarter. The price difference between both storage technologies is still very high though, the average SSD still costs ten times as much as traditional HDDs.
Solid State Drive (SSD) makers including Intel and Adata Technology have been gradually dropping their SSD price since early in the second half of 2010 by about 10-15% in the hopes of increasing the market penetration rate. However, hard drive makers on the other hand, have seen their prices increase in the fourth quarter.
NAND flash prices continues to drop and players including Micron, Intel, Samsung Electronics, Toshiba and Hynix are advancing into developing 20nm processes, and the related price drops of SSDs should stimulate demand for the year-end holidays.
Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed Announced
EA announced that a sequel to the popular racing sim, Need for Speed: Shift is on the way. It will be called Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed, and it'll be out in spring 2011.
The new game will retain Need for Speed Shift's serious, simulation heavy approach to racing, but will receive a graphical overhaul courtesy of a brand new engine. Need for Speed Shift 2 will also include an updated version of Autolog, the multiplayer matchmaking service used in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. The system lets players form friends lists and keep track of each other's times on different tracks.
OCZ Launches Vertex Plus & Colossus Plus SSDs
OCZ Technology announces a refresh of the renowned first generation Vertex and Colossus SSD Series. Called the Vertex Plus and Colossus Plus, the new SATA II solutions continue to implement the proven Indilinx technology while delivering significantly improved performance at their distinctively affordable price points.
OCZ continues to work diligently with the latest technology providers in flash storage with the goal of maintaining affordability for consumers that demand a faster, more responsive PC experience. Pricing and availability of the Vertex Plus and Colossus Plus series will be announced in the coming weeks.
ASUS Maximus IV boards for Sandy Bridge
Yesterday we already showed you the new TUF SaberTooth motherboard ASUS has been working on, there's more though.
Meet the Maximus IV Extreme with Intel's P67-series chipsets. The board also has sensors throughout to deliver accurate temperature readings. Called ASUS Thermal Radar, it will automatically adjust CPU and fan speeds to compensate.
The overclock- and gamer-friendly Maximus IV Extreme has ROG Connect, along with ROG iDirect for iPhone and iPad support. It gets GPU TweakIt, for fine tuning both CPU and GPU performance from the same UI. Both have Bluetooth and USB 3.0 onboard, along with a gigabit Ethernet connection. The mainboards are expected to show up in ASUS systems at the same time as Intel's Sandy Bridge processors early next year.
Intel confirms Sandy bridge launches at CES
Intel sent out an invitation confirming that it would launch its Sandy Bridge processors at its CES keynote on January 5. PC Client Group general manager Mooly Eden will show the chips, now badged "second generation Intel Core processors." One of these will be the "world's fastest processor," the invite said.
The company didn't provide details, but the architecture will include optimizations, new AVX media instructions and focus heavily on a new integrated graphics core merged directly into the chip die. Pre-release benchmarks have put its performance higher than dedicated (low end) graphics for the first time and may help slow down competition from AMD and NVIDIA. OpenCL has been rumored and could be important to any future Apple adoption, but it hasn't been confirmed.
Desktop chips will range from dual 2.5GHz Core i3s to quad 3.4GHz Core i7s. Regular notebooks will get dual 2.5GHz to 2.7GHz Core i5 and i7 chips in the first batch of processors, and desktop replacements will get quad 2.2GHz through to 2.5GHz Core i7s. Low voltage editions have been leaked but may not necessarily arrive at the same time.
Intel has already promised a handful of other technologies in early 2011 that could be ready, including the Oak Trail platform for the tablet-bound Atom Z600, Light Peak interconnects, MeeGo devices and early prototypes of future designs like Chief River and Ivy Bridge.
Halos Master Chief Helmet is Wearable, Made of LEGOs
Despite the fact that we
A-DATA 8GB XPG-Gaming DDR3-2000 Dual-Channel
A-DATA launched its new XPG-Gaming Series V2.0 8GB dual-channel DDR3 memory kit with a frequency of 2000MHz and timings of 9-11-9-27T. Pricing and availability is unknown. The modules are capable of DDR3-2000 MHz speeds with DRAM timings of 9-11-9-27T and module voltage of 1.55~1.75V.
They make use of 2 oz. copper PCBs and aluminum heat-speaders making use of Thermal Conductive Technology (TCT). A-Data's new kit comes with a lifetime warranty, which is always good of course.
Hitachi adds two new 3TB HDDs
Nice, Hitachi added two new 3TB HDDs to its lineup; the 7200rpm Deskstar 7K3000 and 5400rpm Deskstar 5K3000. 1TB and 2TB editions are also available.
Available in the 3.5-inch form factor, these drives use the SATA 6 Gb/s interface, but are backwards compatible with SATA 3 Gb/s and 1.5 Gb/s. The 7K3000 uses a 64 MB cache, while the 5K3000 makes do with 32 MB. Both drives have default sector sizes of 512 bytes. The company is yet to reveal pricing.
ASUS TUF Sabertooth P67 with Tactical Jacket
A couple of weeks ago ASUS held a seminar in Germany where they were showing some new P67 based motherboards.
The most debated motherboard was the TUF Sabertooth P67 ASUS as designed a plastic shroud for what they call aerodynamics. The shield will be called 'Tactical Jacket'.
A bit of a discussion developed on the seminar about the new shield as we feel that it's there for marketing purposes only, the sheer looks, thus easthetics. We think that once the plastic shield is used it will actually trap heat and not at all create better airflow. The design is extremely dependant on the cooling from the CPU cooler oin order to get some airflow under that shield. Meaning only reference design coolers would create airflow. Liquid cooling, heatpipe cooling .. none of this works with the Tactical jacket.
ASUS will now actually deliver an active fan for this solution. So while all p67 will be passive, ASUS now used a shield and all of the sudden a fan is needed. Hmmmz ...
Granted, it looks great though. Sorry for the lousy photo's, only had a crappy point and shoot cam with me and the lighting was just horrible.
OCZ Technology Acquires IP from Solid Data
OCZ acquired the Solid Data assets for a total consideration of approximately $950,000, consisting of restricted common stock and cash. As a result of the acquisition, OCZ will gain access to DRAM-based and Fibre-Channel ("FC")-based SSD controller technology for implementation in future OCZ solutions. In combination with OCZ's existing SSD technologies, the acquired Solid Data IP enables OCZ to offer a wider range of enterprise-grade SSD products to OEMs, including proprietary FC-based SSDs and low-latency DRAM/Flash hybrid solutions.
"The Solid Data assets facilitate a unique opportunity for OCZ to transform IT infrastructures with the unprecedented speeds, reduced overhead, and increased endurance of new storage solutions, " said Ryan Petersen, President and Chief Executive Officer of OCZ Technology Group, Inc. Mr. Petersen added, "These assets accelerate our technology development enabling us to deliver an expanded range of next generation products and solutions to our Enterprise and OEM clients."
MSI N460GTX SE Cyclone Series Graphics Card
MSI, the globally-renown graphics card and mainboard manufacturer, is proud to announce today the N460GTX-SE Cyclone series graphics cards. Equipped with the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 SE GPU and top Military Class components, up to 30% overclocking potential can be reached on the N460GTX-SE Cyclone series via MSI Afterburner's over voltage function for GPU. In addition, by using the MSI-exclusive Cyclone thermal design with 9cm PWM fan, dual heat pipes and nickel-plated copper base, the N460GTX-SE Cyclone effectively dissipates heat and generates 15.7% lower noise than the reference cooler under full load to create a quiet gaming environment for users.
Exclusive Cyclone Thermal Design: Extra Airflow , Minimal Noise
GeForce GTX 460 SE silently inserted into retail
- GeForce GTX 460 SE graphics card
- NVIDIA Fermi architecture
OCZ IBIS SSD review
OCZ introduced a new product line that is set to move and shake the ground a little more. The OCZ IBIS is a 3.5" Solid State Disk that is available in several volume sizes: 100, 160, 240, 360, 480, 720 and even a 960GB are available.
But what is so special about it you might ask? Well several things really. If we take the product we test today as example, the 240GB IBIS then OCZ placed four SSD partitions tied to several multi-channel SandForce controllers inside the SSD casing. OCZ then applies RAID 0 to the four SSD partitions thanks to a Silicon Image RAID controller.
The OCZ IBIS as tested today will pass 700 MB/sec in both read and write performance. It is so fast that it is nearly sickening.
You can read the full Guru3D article right here.
How to disable GTX 580 Power Throttling
As you guys know and have been explained in our article, NVIDIA added programmable ICs on their latest GTX 580 cards to detect software like FurMark and OCCT. When the driver detects that software, it will clock down the GPU and jump into some sort of failsafe mode.
Good news, Michael from GPU-Z has a solve with the usage of merely his application. Use the command-line argument for GPU-Z "/GTX580OCP".
Start the GPU-Z executable (within Windows, using Command Prompt or shortcut), using that argument, and it will disable the clock speed throttling mechanism. For example, "X:gpuz.exe /GTX580OCP" It will stay disabled for the remainder of the session, you can close GPU-Z. It will be enabled again on the next boot.
Fastest Chinese SuperComputer is spicy alright
China has built the world's fastest supercomputer, the Tianhe-1A, which is capable of 2.57 quadrillion computing operations per second, pulling ahead of the United States in the global supercomputing race. The former No. 1 system, the U.S.-made Cray XT5 Jaguar performs at 1.75 quadrillion per second, 92 percent slower than Tianhe-1A, running Linpack, the benchmark used to officially determine the speed of supercomputers. Tianhe-1A, is estimated to have cost 600 million yuan ($90.4 million) and was developed by the Changsha-based National University of Defense Technology. It employs 14,336 Intel Xeon X5670 CPUs and 7,168 NVidia Tesla M2050 GPUs, as well as 2,048 home-grown Feiteng 8-core CPUs.
Besides Tianhe-1A, another China-made supercomputer, Nebulae, which is a 1.27 petaflop-per second system, holds the third place on the TOP500 list. Among the world's most powerful 100, China holds five seats while the United States takes up 42 percent. Out of the 500 list, China-made systems occupy at least 40 slots.