Star Wars: Battlefront Beta Graphics card VGA performance benchmark review
We showcase the Star Wars: Battlefront Beta with a graphics card VGA performance and benchmarks review. The game is to be released later this year, yet there starting at with 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. (article update October 9th: GTX 980 SLI results/FCAT added). You can read the article here.
Intel previews Nehalem-EX Octal-Core Processor Architecture
Intel is on a marketing spree today as they held a press conference in which the company spoke about its next-generation server processor, currently code-named Nehalem-EX. As its name suggests, the Nehalem-EX is based on the Nehalem microarchitecture which debuted with Xeon 5500 and Core i7 series processors.
The Nehalem-EX series however, will be decidedly more high-end in terms of specifications and performance. Whereas current Xeon 5500 series processors feature four execution cores per CPU with support for up to eight threads through Intel
A-DATA shows off new XPG memory modules at Computex
As the success of presenting the leading XPG Xtreme series DDR3-2133X v2.0 DRAM module in the industry at CeBIT 2009, A-DATA presenting its XPG Plus Series v2.0 and Gaming Series v2.0 DRAM module with superior thermal conductive technology and characteristics heat sink design at Computex 2009.
Adopting new dual cooper heat pipe design, the XPG Plus Series v2.0 DRAM module offers offload heat with extreme efficiency to ensure superior stability and performance. Each memory chip is direct contact with a thermo-conductive copper heat pipe to perform heat away from the memory components, and dissipates it through the aluminum fin array. The XPG Gaming Series v2.0 DRAM module adopts additional surface area of heat sink to provide effective heat dissipation via effective heat sink design.
Moreover, both XPG Plus Series v2.0 and XPG Gaming Series v2.0 DRAM module come with doubling amount of copper of PCB (printed circuit board) to delivering low temperature and better power efficiency from critical areas of the DRAM module [via tpu].
The Best Selling PC Games
We have a new NPD chart for you, with the best sellling PC games in the USA for the week ending May 16th.
NPD's Top Ten (5/10 - 5/16)
1. World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $39
2. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis / $20
3. Empire: Total War / Creative Assembly / $33
4. World Of Warcraft Battle Chest / Blizzard / $35
5. Left 4 Dead / Valve / $29
6. Spore / EA Maxis / $40
7. World Of Warcraft / Blizzard / $20
8. Fallout Trilogy (Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics) / Interplay / $20
9. Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $42
10. The Sims 2 Apartment Life Exp. Pack / EA Maxis / $20
Direct2Drive's Top Ten (5/10 - 5/16)
1. Mount & Blade / TaleWorlds
2. Sacred 2: Fallen Angel / cdv Software Entertainment USA
3. Battlestations: Pacific - Eidos Interactive
4. Civilization IV: The Complete Edition / Firaxis Games
5. Civilization IV / Firaxis Games
6. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe - Electronic Arts
7. Mass Effect / BioWare
8. Neverwinter Nights 2: Mysteries of Westgate / Ossian Studios
9. Fallout 3 / Bethesda
10. Elven Legacy / Paradox Interactive
Mafia II delayed
Ahw ! I am looking so much forward to this game. Anyways, Reuters reports that Mafia II is delayed until the first half of 2K Games' 2010 fiscal year, which concludes April 30, 2010, and console western shooter Red Dead Redemption is delayed until that point as well.
The company said it will delay "Red Dead Redemption" and "Mafia II" from the fourth quarter into the first half of fiscal 2010, and will continue to look a various ways to cut costs.
Smooth Creations Far Cry 2 - Guru3D case mod
Smooth Creations is a company that is always raising the bar and pushing forward to the next level, custom made PCs that are totally pimped up. Be prepared to be amazed. The intricate details and sheer amount of shock and awe is big in this one.
Oh and the fun part is also .. we're giving it away.
Click here to read the article.
A Decade of Guru3D - Contest #2
The second competition is our traditional logo hunt. We have hidden a picture somewhere in one out of fifteen articles. Find it, submit the correct answer and you might be able to pick up one of the many prize packages.
And since this is a decade of Guru3D competition .. the prizes absolutely do not suck.
- Custom Far Cry 2 / Guru3D theme spray painted Smooth Creations CoolerMaster chassis worth 800 USD, one of a kind and totally unique.
- HIS Radeon HD 4890 TURBO X , this card has not even been announced yet!
- Point of View GeForce GTX 275 EXO editon !
- Zalman GS1000SE chassis
- Zalman CNPS9900 CPU cooler
- HIS Radeon 4850 TURBO X
- Corsair TX650W PSU
- HIS Multi-view
- HIS VT Book
Click here to read the details fro this competition. Not entering would be silly !
Windows Server 2008 SP 2 and Windows Vista SP 2 Released
So, the long waiting is finally over. Microsoft released the standalone installer for the Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista for the following languages, today: English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish.
The new service pack delivers many anticipated features, along with numerous tweaks and bug fixes which should strengthen the Vista experience. Among the hottest additions in the new pack is the ability to record in Blu-Ray format for the first time in Windows. Other key additions include Bluetooth v2.1 connectivity, Windows Connect Now (WCN) Wi-Fi Configuration wireless functionality, faster Wi-Fi resume times after hibernation, Windows Search 4.0, and the ability to configure the maximum number of TCP connections.
"SP2 is an update to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista that incorporates improvements discovered through automated feedback, as well as updates that have been delivered since SP1. By providing these fixes integrated into a single service pack for both client and server, Microsoft provides a single high-quality update that minimizes deployment and testing complexity for customers.
Service Pack 1 is a prerequisite for installing Service Pack 2. Please make sure that your system is running Service Pack 1 before you install Service Pack 2."
You can download the Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista here:
EVEREST Ultimate Edition 5.02 released
One of Guru3D's favourite hardware diagnostic tools, Everest, has been upgraded to version 5.00
Everest offers accurate hardware information and diagnostics capabilities, including online features, memory benchmarks, hardware monitoring, and low-level hardware information. EVEREST Home Edition is optimized for Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems, and it fully supports the Vista / XP look & feel.
Changes in Everest version 5.02:
- Temperature, voltage, fan speed, current and power consumption monitoring for the Gigabyte Odin GT series power supply units.
- nVIDIA SLI information under Windows Vista and Windows 7.
- Full support for Logitech G19 keyboard with QVGA color LCD (Ultimate Edition only).
- GPU information for nVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Green Edition, GeForce G 103M and GeForce GTX 275 video chips.
- CPU clock measurement and benchmarks for Intel Core i7 "Bloomfield" and Xeon "Nehalem-EP" processors under Windows 7.
- Logical drive free space monitoring and alerting (Corporate Edition only).
- Temperature measurement for Fujitsu hard disk drives.
- Anti-virus software details for AntiVir Personal, AntiVir Premium, PC Tools AntiVirus and PC Tools Internet Security.
- Improved temperature monitoring on Apple iMac, MacBook and Mac Pro systems.
Download: click here.
AMD Overdrive 3.02
The AMD OverDrive application was designed to be a utility the provides the ability to maximize the capability, flexibility, and adjustability of the AMD chipset products. It allows user to tune parameters to ensure system stability, optimize performance, and control cooling/acoustic characteristics.
Download: click here
Intel delays launch of Core i5
Intel once again has delayed the introduction of Core i5, the new mainstream desktop PC platform, Lynnfield processors (tentatively Core i5) and 5-series chipsets, from July as originally scheduled, to early September 2009, according to sources at motherboard makers.
However, Core i5 processors will be available early for retail sale in late August, while P55-based motherboards will appear even sooner in mid-August, the sources noted.
Due to the global economic downturn driving down market demand, Intel expects the launch will allow more time for 4-series inventory to deplete.
Intel plans to launch three Core i5 CPUs with frequencies of 2.93GHz, 2.8GHz and 2.66GHz and priced at US$562, US$284 and US$196 in thousand-unit tray quantities. All of them will feature a TDP of 95W. The P55 chipset will be priced at US$40.
The entry-level Havendale processor is scheduled to launch in January next year, while P57, H57 and H55 chipsets will launch in the first quarter next year.
Iiyama Launches ProLite E2407HDSV-1
King of cheap LCD monitors Ilyama launched their ProLite E2407HDSV LCD Monitor. It features 16:9 High Definition 1920 x 1080 native resolution, complimented with a 2 msec response rate and a 30,000:1 Advance Contrast Ratio. The E2407HDSV is targeted at gamers and those using multimedia applications.
The ProLite E2407HDSV features 'true' 16:9 High Definition 1920 x 1080 native resolution. Complimented with a blistering 2msec response rate and a 30,000:1 Advance Contrast Ratio. The E2407HDSV guarantees great performance for Gamers and Multimedia Applications. Finished in a stylish Piano Black design, the E2407HDSV is sure to stand out amongst the crowd!
The new LCD also has two 3W speakers, D-Sub, DVI and HDMI connectors, and is backed by a 3-year warranty. The recommended price tag for the ProLite E2407HDS / E2407HDS-B is around $313.
Gold-plated Wii is gift to Queen Elizabeth
Gigabyte goes bling with gold plated mouse
GIGABYTE announces the luxury leather wireless mouse made with Swarovski elements. It goes without saying that this fine works enables you to demonstrate your unique stylish and taste.
GM-M7800S is another GIGABYTE commitment to bring fashion, style and exquisiteness to PC life. It
Gigabyte launches special edition GTX 260
It'asa a little late to the market, but if priced eright, this card might be very interesting. Gigabyte today unleashes a new GeForce GTX 260. It has a custom PCB, comes with their Ultra Durable VGA technology, os pre-overclocked at 650 MHz and comes with native gold palated HDMO connector. Oh and it's the SP216 version too.Unfortunately I have no info just yet on the shader clock, but the memory runs at 2000 MHz.
The History of Guru3D.com Part II - VGA cards
Ten years Guru3D.com is not only a celebration, it's also a lot of history. In part one we told you about technology, hosting and kinds of things we encountered over the years. In the second article I would like to take you back on a trip in memory lane.
We'll check out roughly 30 random graphics cards starting at the 1997 era and move our way up towards 2009, showing lot's and lot's graphics cards from the past, almost all photo's have been re-photographed with modern equipment, so even the Voodoo Graphics card we start with .. looks shiny and new ;)
Check out the full article here.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus review
Today another new cooler sees the light, Well new ... it's actually the Hyper 212 cooler we reviewed a long time ago that is being updated, overhauled one could say. The updated Hyper 212 is now called the Hyper 212 Plus and it will be Cooler Master
Core i5 test leaked, Lynnfield performance revealed
As you guys know Intel will be releasing Core i5 processors somewhere in the future, based on the 45nm Lynnfield architecture. These processors will have four cores.
Initially there will be three models released at launch, all are quad-core processors and based on the Lynnfield core, using 45nm fabrication process.
Some key features:
- Four x86 processing cores with support for HyperThreading technology
- Dual-channel DDR3 memory controller specified to run DDR3-1066 and DDR3-1333 modules
- 8 MB of L3 cache, and support for TurboBoost technology.
The three processors will have clock frequencies of 2.66 GHz, 2.80 GHz, and 2.93 GHz and priced respectively $196, $284, and $562 USD, which does seem rather expensive judging from the performance you can see below.
Benchmarks through an Asian site (xfastest) have leaked now showing the 2.66GHz model clocked processor.Not only pictures of a Core i5 processor and one of Intel's reference motherboard has been posted, but also some quickly managed benchmarks.
The processor operates at 2.66GHz and among the benchmarks we find some pure processor tests in the form of Cinebench 10 and Everest, where we can do a quick comparison with some of our own tests with AMD's and Intel's latest processors.
Core i5/Lynnfield 2.66GHz
Core i7 920 2.66GHz
Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHz
Cinebench 10 - 4x
What is surprising is that Core i5 doesn't seem to be able to keep up with Intel's Core i7 920 processor operating at the same clock frequency. The processor however it is pretty much on par with AMD's flagship Phenom II X4 955. Yet the Core i5 2.66 Ghz model would cost 284 USD at start while you can purchase Phenom II X4 for $245.00 (see here) already.
This is going to be an interesting launch alright.
Enermax Libtery Eco 80Plus PSUs
Enermax intro's the Liberty Eco power supply series, it features 350W, 400W, 500W and 620W power supplies with an efficiency of at least 80 percent.
ENERMAX already reigns the realms of silence with its patented and technically unbeatable fan control SpeedGuard, but ECO 80+ combines it with another patented innovation from ENERMAX TWISTER MAGNETIC BEARING Technology, which lowers the noise profile compared to MODU82+ or PRO82+ by 1-2dbA in idle load! This is achieved by the magnetic bearing technology, which causes no friction or traction related noise like ordinary ball or sleeve bearings, thus reducing audible noise. The as well patented AirGuard inlet eliminates air turbulences which reduces additional acoustic noise. ECO80+