Archive for March 2008

ATI FireGL V7700 workstation card has DisplayPort

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AMD today announced their new ATI FireGL V7700 is the first workstation graphics card with DisplayPort support.
The ATI FireGL V7700 professional graphics accelerator provides superior rendering speed, 3D performance and color fidelity for Computer Aided Design (CAD), Digital Content Creation (DCC) and Medical Imaging professionals. ATI FireGL V7700 delivers the top-quality image quality needed to create photorealistic visualizations of real-world objects and environments

GeForce 9800 GTX SLI review (BFG)

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With the launch of the nicely priced GeForce 9800 GTX comes the possibility to run it in SLI mode, which is what we'll do in this article specifically. Next to Point of View, the guys from BFG Technology have also submitted a GeForce 9800 GTX and we'll pair them to see if we can double up that performance.

GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB review (POV)

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So over the next few pages we'll dive into the technology behind the GeForce 9800 GTX, we'll strip it nekked, take photo's and obviously will take an in-depth look at it's performance and then overclock it a little to see if we can make it sweat. And I can tell you this though, the GeForce 9800 GTX does look good.

Thermaltake BigTyp VP Multi-directional

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Thermaltake BigTyp VP is a new upgraded value pack of the famous classical air cooler Thermaltake BigTyp 120 VX. BigTyp VP not only maintained the same excellent thermal structure of the original BigTyp but added on one extra 120mm satellite fan, and thus enabled the simultaneous cooling of CPU surrounding chipsets. The satellite fan (120x120x25mm) further utilizes system air flow and cools wherever you placed it.  The 2-direction-installation option of this additional fan is for extra cooling of RAM or VGA, and this multi-positioning design also allows add-ons of additional 12cm-fan, 9cm-fan, 8cm-fan, 6cm-fan, 5cm-fan, or 4cm-fan. Rotatable fan holder enables fan installation adjustment from 0 to 45 degrees to best fit your system structure.

The proprietary soldering process enables the Thermaltake BigTyp VP to be one of the best coolers on the market. With the adjustable fan speed from 1300 to 2500rpm, and lowest sound output of 16dBA, the flexible fan operation status can be easily controlled to best fit the users

Gears of War Movie

Games 1603 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0 got a chance to talk to Twilight producer Wyck Godfrey about the status of the proposed Gears of War video game adaptation. "We've got our script on and a director we're about to attach. We'll hopefully make that early next year for the summer of 2010," said Godfrey.

It was announced in March of 2007 that New Line Cinema (now a unit of Warner Bros.) had acquired the feature film rights to Epic Games' award-winning video game. Stuart Beattie was attached to adapt the project and Temple Hill Entertainment set to produce.

Since its debut in November 2006, "Gears of War" has broken sales records on the Microsoft Xbox 360, selling more than 4.5 million copies worldwide (it sold 3 million copies in the first 10 weeks after launch).

The game thrusts players into humankind's epic battle for survival against the Locust Horde, a nightmarish race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet. The story unfolds as a ragtag group of soldiers use every last ounce of strength to survive the onslaught from the forces of evil, which begins on the historic Emergence Day.

Cliff Bleszinski, the lead game designer for "Gears of Wars," worked in conjunction with Beattie to define a treatment for the film.

Bleszinski announced in February at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco that a sequel to the "Gears of War" video games is in the works and is slated for a November 2008 launch.

E3 - 2006 - Copyright 2006

Guru3D Behind the scenes - the servers 2008

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Guru3D Behind the scenes - the servers 2008

Earlier last week Guru3D drove to the datacenter to install our newest server "Corleone", a new front-end server that is to be used for our rapidly growing forums. We'll show you the specs and some insider info on that server later on. But also let's have a look at where the Guru3D website is hosted, the racks, the gear and the network we are broadcasting over ...

A quick peek behind the scenes of Guru3D, the 2008 edition.

NVIDIA BIOS Editor v4.0 (Nibitor) download

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NiBiTor allows graphics card enthusiasts, or the hardcore overclockers to have full control over some advanced features and functionality found on firmware of supporting cards. Doing so users gain some extra performance, enable certain hidden features, tweak memory latencies, provide extensive information, adapt boot up settings, change fan speed options and/or get extra stability on the NVIDIA based graphics accelerators.

Changes in this release:

  • Added Support for GeForce 9800 GTX
  • Added Support for GeForce 9500 GT
  • Added Support for GeForce 8800M GTX
  • Added Support for GeForce 8600M GT
  • Fixed Bug with Fan Speed IC Settings

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CPU-Z 1.44.2 download relased

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CPU-Z is a diagnostic tool that provides information on your CPU, including: processor name and vendor, core stepping and process, processor package, internal and external clocks, clock multiplier, partial overclock detection, processor features, supported instructions sets, L1 and L2 cache information, location, size, speed, and technology.

CPU-Z is a freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system.


* Windows and DirectX version.

Changes in version 1.44.2:

  • NVIDIA 650i, 680i, 750a/780a, 750i, 780i, 790i chipsets
  • Intel G35 chipset
  • Updated support for VIA chipsets

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Guru3D Behind the scenes - the servers 2008

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Earlier this week we again drove to the datacenter to install our newest server "Corleone", a new front-end server that is soon going to be used for our rapidly growing forums. We'll show you the specs and some insider info on that server later on. but first let's have a look at where we are hosted, the racks, the gear and the network we are broadcasting over.

Creative Labs Slams Door on User-Modded Vista Drivers

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Let's face the truth here, personally I haven't had to experience the problems Creative Labs users have been having on Windows Vista. However, the sound cards, which work fine on Windows XP, yet lose some functionality on the new Vista operating system. Forum member Daniel_K made some modifications to the code used to run the sound cards, and released drivers of his own that allowed Creative Labs users to take full advantage of their sound cards on Vista.

Daniel Kawakami has been modding Windows Vista drivers for Creative Labs products. While Creative Labs insisted that features such as Decoding of Dolby Digital and DTS signals and DVD-Audio which worked fine in WinXP, would not work on Vista.

Daniel_K was recently able to "fix" many drivers, enabling the "incompatible" features as well as fixing some bugs. He made a few mistakes, however, as in asking for donations. Making a profit off his modded drivers was asking for trouble. Now Daniel_K probably shouldn

64-Core Desktop Processors to Emerge in 2012

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So we just pourchased a new server, 4 cores .. pretty spiffy right ? Yet Forrester Research analysts believe server processors will get 64 cores next year and that the same number of cores is expected in desktop processors by 2012. However, to fully take advantage of so many cores software makers will need to get ready:

While the era of multi-core computing is here, application development teams must embrace new programming approaches to reap the full performance and economic benefits of the new hardware. The new

Intel DX48BT2 motherboard Photo

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Chipzilla Intel published information on its website about the new Desktop Board DX48BT2 motherboard which uses the all new X48 chipset.

Pulse-pounding gaming and high powered multimedia experiences require the ultimate in performance from your processor and motherboard. Intel

Creative cripples drivers?

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read the whole thread, the have crippled previous gen cards drivers for vista on purpose to sell more X-Fi cards. They also shut down the only guy who made them work but also fixed their broken Vista drivers for their X-Fi.

Message to Daniel_K


We are aware that you have been assisting owners of our Creative sound cards for some time now, by providing unofficial driver packages for Vista that deliver more of the original functionality that was found in the equivalent XP packages for those sound cards. In principle we don't have a problem with you helping users in this way, so long as they understand that any driver packages you supply are not supported by Creative. Where we do have a problem is when technology and IP owned by Creative or other companies that Creative has licensed from, are made to run on other products for which they are not intended. We took action to remove your thread because, like you, Creative and its technology partners think it is only fair to be compensated for goods and services. The difference in this case is that we own the rights to the materials that you are distributing. By enabling our technology and IP to run on sound cards for which it was not originally offered or intended, you are in effect, stealing our goods. When you solicit donations for providing packages like this, you are profiting from something that you do not own. If we choose to develop and provide host-based processing features with certain sound cards and not others, that is a business decision that only we have the right to make.

Although you say you have discontinued your practice of distributing unauthorized software packages for Creative sound cards we have seen evidence of them elsewhere along with donation requests from you. We also note in a recent post of yours on these forums, that you appear to be contemplating the release of further packages. To be clear, we are asking you to respect our legal rights in this matter and cease all further unauthorized distribution of our technology and IP. In addition we request that you observe our forum rules and respect our right to enforce those rules. If you are in any doubt as to what we would consider unacceptable then please request clarification through one of our forum moderators before posting.

Phil O'Shaughnessy
VP Corporate Communications
Creative Labs Inc.

Forum Moderator
Creative Labs


Cybernet All-in-One PC keyboard

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Cybernet (?) Cybernet released a computer that's housed inside a keyboard. A pretty spiffy one as well. it's An All-in-One PC in a keyboard that not only takes up far less desktop space, but also puts an Intel Core

Transformers 2 Already Filming?

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Okay it's a slow day for hardware news, something that tickles the mind then .. we all adored the movie Transformers right ? These shots, snapped in a drive-by of a trailer in the movie-making capital of Culver City, Calif. are two Saleen Mustangs outfitted with that familiar paint scheme that marks a very special 'stang. This can only mean filming of Michael Bay's next masterpiece is underway or getting pretty damn close. We can already hear Wert's robogasms from here.

The latest word is the script is still in development with filming to start in June, and really, why worry about something as silly as a script when there's giant freakin' robots to blow stuff up. Bay is pretty excited about the sequel, so we wouldn't be surprised if things were already starting to get underway.

Now the questions start to fly: why would there be two Barricades? One would think that multiples would be needed for the filming process, but the little kid in us believes Barricade multiplies and fights as twins, or, you know, Ford's bringing out their new Barricade special edition Saleen 'stang. Nah.

Bumblebee's ass is grass man ...

GPU-Z 0.1.8 available for download

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GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.

Changes in version 0.1.8:

    • Fixed SLI detection for Vista32 and Vista64
    • Added automatic refresh of clocks and multi GPU status
    • Added support for NVIDIA Quadro FX Go1400, Quadro NVS 440, GeForce 7350 KE, 7300 GT, 8400 SE, 9800 GX2, 9800 GTX, 9500 GT, 8400, Quadro NVS 140M, 135M, FX 360M, 9300M G, 9500M GS, 8600M GT, 8700M GT, FX 3600M
    • Added support for G96
    • Added support for ATI FireGL V8600, some RV635 and RV620 variants
    • Fixed fan speed monitoring for RV6xx
    • Fixed fillrate for 8800 GTS 512
    • Fixed some subvendor names
    • Fixed shader calculation for M68
    • Process size, Die size, DirectX Support will now show "Unknown"
    • Fixed crash when no sensors detected
    • Fixed NV44 ROP and shader calculation
    • Fixed crash when NVIDIA BIOS couldn't be read
    • Added Splash screen

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ForceWare 174.75 3D Stereo Driver

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glasses.jpg (8136 Byte)Stereo drivers are intended to enable the NVIDIA stereo Control Panel for the support of 3D Glasses. This is a beta driver so there might be a bit of stability issues for you. Then again it has been a long time since NVIDIA released such a driver so it'll make loads of you quite happy.

Two files are required to use your 3D glasses with any GeForce card. The first is the ForceWare video card drivers (I suggest Forceware 174.74), and the other is the NVIDIA Stereo drivers you can download from this download section.

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