Archive for Feburary 2009

Guru3D Rig of the Month - February 2009

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Each month here at we feature one of you guys, your PC, your DIY project. It is quite honestly amazing how much detail and dedication you put into an PC, and every now and then it really shows. Today something simple on the outside, yet scrumptious on the inside, all done by Benjamin Field, a school science teacher.

His PC is Guru3D's PC of the Month February 2009, not too complex .. yet very nice.

Click here to read all about his PC build.

Phenom II X3 Demand goes into stratosphere after Core-Unlock Mod

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Such irony this really is. Consumer demand for AMD triple-core Phenom II CPUs is seeing an upsurge following recent reports that the fourth core can be enabled by BIOS settings on certain motherboards, according to board makers.

Motherboard makers said the credibility of the reports is very high, but added that the method may only apply to certain batches of CPUs. AMD responded in saying that Phenom II X3 CPUs speak for themselves in terms of value, but said it cannot comment specifically on the unlocking claims.

The company has reporedly asked motherboard vendors to fix the "buggy BIOS". Ironically, in the wake of the DigiTimes report about upsurge in demand, AMD gave another statement, saying that the value Phenom II X3 processors offer speaks for itself.

For those interested, the Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz sells here for $149.99


Gigabyte opts Zalman Cooling for GTS 250 photo

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Gigabyte will release a GeForce GTS 250 based on Zalman cooling. The product under SKU codename GV-N250ZL-1GI

uses the company's own design. Certainly the GeForce GTS 250 is a re-spin product of the NVIDIA's 9800 GTX+ accelerator based on the same 55nm G92b core and similar specifications.

Gigabyte's first accelerator sports the Ultra Durable PCB construction. The PCB consists of 2 oz (56.6 g) copper layers that help spread heat and minimize ground electrical noise. It also consists of the all solid-capacitor, ferrite choke, low effective RDS on MOSFETs design.

The daunting feature of this card is its cooler: a Zalman VF1050. Heat is drawn from the GPU-contact block using four heatpipes that convey it to a dense array of copper fins, nucleated by a PWM-controlled fan. The clock speeds on this card remain close to the reference speeds: 740/1850/2000 MHz (core/shader/memory). We expect it to be in the stores around the 10th of MArch, and we'll probably review this unit.

Next week on the 3rd, starting at CeBIT. Geforce GTX 250 will be launched, we'll be sure to cook up a review for you guys, so you know what you can expect (or not).

Trendnet TEW-664UB 300Mbps dual band wireless N USB adapter

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I just adore small gadgets .. this one certainly applies. Wireless-N gimmicks, meet Trendnets dual band wireless N USB adapter. Trendnet has today announced an immediate release of its new USB TEW-664UB 300Mbps dual band wireless N adapter. The dual band N technology in the Trendnet supports selectable 2.4GHz for low bandwidth clients or uncongested 5GHz discrete high bandwidth wireless signals, which includes 802.11b, 802.11g or 802.11n standard networks. Additionally, the unit provides easy setup process, advanced MIMO technology antenna and encryption system to ensure a secure connection.

The 300Mbps Dual Band Wireless N USB Adapter supports MAC, Windows and Linux systems and will be available at the retail price of $59.99.


Windows 7 RC to natively support .mov files

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Windows 7 already has built in DivX support in the current beta. Hidden inside the various changes since beta for the RC is a change to Windows Media Player to natively support the .mov files. Yeah, the support for .mov files was mentioned deep in a long list of changes that are coming to the Windows 7 Release Candidate. While this may delight owners of cameras which output in the .mov format, it's also good news for anyone who enjoys watching movies on their PC, as movie trailers, particularly those on Apple Movie Trailers, come in .mov format, and so require QuickTime (or a freeware player such as VLC) to view.

Now, if WMP would have native support for GPU acceleration on all formats as well, I'd be such a happy puppy (cute too).

Download: AMD Overdrive 2.1.6

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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. Our target is to provide an all-in-one utility which can deliver all-around stellar operation.

Check out the latest release, which is version 2.1.6

Download here.

Guru3D Rig of the Month - February 2009

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Each month here at we feature one of you guys, your PC, your DIY project. It is quite honestly amazing how much detail and dedication you put into an PC, and every now and then it really shows. Today something simple on the outside, yet scrumptious on the inside, all done by Benjamin Field, a school science teacher. His PC is Guru3D's PC of the Month February 2009.

Patriot Warp v2 Series 128GB SSD review

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We test the Patriot Warp v.2 Series 128GB SSD. We like the SSD development for sure. Fast performance and no noise is just fantastic. If you are a gamer, you just might settle for a nice HDD as boot drive and install your games at a SSD device, you'll seriously increase level and game load times very much.

This is where we land at the premises of Patriot memory. Not too long ago they released an SSD series of drives. They branded it as the WARP series. It comes with an advertised read performance of 175 MB/sec and a 100 MB/sec write speed, how on this earth could we not like that ?

You can check out the full Guru3D review right here.

Dell hugs trees, released green LCD

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Dell has today unveiled its greenest monitor display with the launch of the G2410, a 24-inch white LED Full HD LCD with EPEAT Gold rating and many power saving promises to deliver great images at 60% less power consumption.

The display features 250 nits of brightness, 5ms panel response time and provides 1000:1 of contrast with ability to extend up to a whooping 1 million:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Panel is TN type with 16.7 million colors and 160/170 viewing angles rating. It

Zotac GeForce 9600 GT Green Edition pictured

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Man, this concept is going to flop so miserably.This is the GeForce 9600 GT Green Edition graphics card from Zotac, which will be released next month. This card uses 40 percent less power than a standard GeForce 9600 GT. The card has a 600MHz core and 512MB GDDR3 memory clocked at 1800MHz. There's no 6-pin power connector and it uses 2+1 phase power supply.

Zotac is going to ship its GeForce 9600GT Green Edition soon according to the latest information. With model of N9600GT-1GD3, Zotac 9600GT Green Edition features black-color PCB, fins and PWM cooler, which might impress you in another way as the looks are just great to be honest.

Intel shows what it takes to build a fab (video)

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Fun video. Earlier this month Intel published a video on YouTube that shows how Intel is moving from manufacturing microprocessors using 45 nanometer circuitry to even smaller 32 nanometer circuitry.

Check it out.

GTA Chinatown Wars Footage

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Rockstar Games have launched the official website for GTA: Chinatown Wars, which contains a new trailer, new screenshots, character information, downloads and more. Chinatown Wars is due out March 17 on Nintendo DS.

Anno 1404 = Dawn of Discovery

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I can't help but really liking the Anno series of games., this one however might be a little too cartoonish. Ubisoft sent out a press release announcing that Dawn of Discovery is the new North American title for Anno 1404, the next installment in the historical construction/RTS series from Related Designs. Dawn of Discovery is set for a summer release on Wii, Nintendo DS and PC.

Build and sustain your own expansive empire

  • Explore the beautifully detailed world and discover new places to create your civilization 
  • Set up trade posts in the spice mines of the Orient and explore new trade routes to keep your nation growing 
  • Learn from other nearby cultures to expand your horizons and master the challenges of establishing a prosperous society

Developed specifically for Wii, DS and PC audiences

  • Unique art style and clever integration of the Wii Remote and DS stylus makes building your empire more fun and interactive than ever before 
  • All new scalable 3-D engine ensures unmatched visuals, optimized for all PC's - from high-end to low-end desktops 
  • Seamless user interface delivers multiple gameplay modes and faster player rewards for both long or short play sessions
  • Exclusive multiplayer modes across platforms
  • Build your civilization and make history along with a friend in the 2-player co-op mode for Wii 
  • Integration with allows PC players to track achievements, climb leaderboards and challenge others online

Accessible for everyone from beginners to pros

  • Intelligent help system offers contextual hints for any situation 
  • In-game encyclopedia includes illustrated tutorial filled with tips and strategies for building your civilization

ECS Intros Cutting-edge M.I.B. II Tweaking in Black Series Motherboards

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If there's one thing that can be said about ECS, is that they really do listenen to comments made in reviews like we show you guys at

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS introduces the latest cutting-edge M.I.B. II (Motherboard Intelligent BIOS II) tweaking utility for new-born Black Series motherboards, providing solutions to meet the demands from the market without high price tag. Unleashing the full potential of hardware components that brings great benefits to users, ECS M.I.B. II incorporates plenty of detailed tweaking options especially in voltage control to enhance the overall system performance. In addition, gathering every tweaking option all in a single page is extremely convenient for users that spending precious time in searching merely a BIOS setting is never necessary. Just buy ECS

ASUS shows off with Marine Motherboard design

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That is a pretty sick design really. Our colleagues from Tech PowerUp report that ASUS will intro a new motherboard concept, the Marine Cool series.

The Marine Cool series design goes far ahead from current Republic of Gamers (R.O.G.) mainboard products. For starters, the new motherboard has a new back plate that utilizes "micro-porous ceramic" technology and spreads across the whole PCB. The heat-pipe system that cools the motherboard's main components is also different, compared to current shipping products. Although the cooling technology remains the same, the whole look of the system reminds of a robot armour.

The weirdest thing is this though, ASUS engineers have decided to use SO-DIMM modules to cope with current Core 2 processors (if I'm right that appears to be LGA775 socket). I know it sounds a bit crazy, but pictures don't lie. Have a look and write what you think.

The ASUS Marine Cool prototype will first appear during this year's CeBIT 2009 in Hannover, Germany.

Download: Rivatuner 2.24 released

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Rivatuner has been updated towards version 2.24 RivaTuner is a complete powerful tweaking environment, providing you everything you may need to tune NVIDIA GPU based display adapters.

The widest driver-level Direct3D / OpenGL and system tuning options, flexible profiling system allowing to make custom settings on per-application basis, both driver-level and low-level hardware access modes, unique diagnostic and real-time hardware monitoring features and exclusive power user oriented tools like built-in registry editor and patch script engine make RivaTuner's feature set absolutely unmatched. RivaTuner supports all NVIDIA display adapters starting from Riva TNT family up to the latest GeForce series and widest range of NVIDIA drivers starting from the oldest Detonator 2.08 up to the newest ForceWare drivers family. In addition to complete NVIDIA hardware support, RivaTuner also provides support for display adapters based upon newer ATI graphics processors. All RivaTuner's features besides driver-level tuning options are also available on supported ATI hardware. is Rivatuner's official homepage, click here to find version / build / changes and FAQ information.  Direct download, click here

LG 22-inch W2261VG LCD boasts 50k:1 contrast

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Dubs W2261VG, the new LG boasts a Full HD resolution TN panel LCD with 1000:1 contrast, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 160/170 viewing angles rating.

But like most monitor displays with dynamic contrast feature, with a flip of switch, the 2ms rated panel is capable of extending its 1000:1 base contrast rating of up to 50k:1; and revealing more details in dark areas scenes.

For connectivity, it packs HDMI, VGA and a HDCP compliant DVI-D digital port. The spec sheet is suggesting the LG is better suited for gaming and multimedia uses. It

NVIDIA Ion 2 to support Core 2, ship Q4 2009?

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If accurate, a new leak has NVIDIA releasing an updated version of its Ion platform with support for more than just netbook processors.

NVIDIA has acknowledged that it will launch a second-generation version that supports not only the Atom and VIA Nano but also regular Celeron, Pentium and Core 2 chips. The update would allow full-speed notebooks to use the smaller footprint.

The company sees Ion 2 shipping in the fall and partly positions the integrated graphics and system controller chip as an alternative to the upcoming Pineview generation of Atom processors, which will get integrated graphics and memory controllers. NVIDIA believes the new option "forces" netbook and nettop makers to use Intel's graphics despite relatively little improvement.

In defending Ion, the video hardware designer also refutes claims that Ion has "no advantages" over Intel graphics and higher power consumption, showing benchmarks which match the 10X graphics performance boost assertions and noting that a typical Atom-plus-Ion configuration only uses about a half-watt more of power versus the Intel reference version.

The first official customer for Ion is rumored to be Lenovo, with companies like Apple and veteran netbook producers also expressing interest.


Vista Activation Exploit detection begins today

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Spotted at

Last year around this time, I blogged about some changes for Windows Vista that were released with SP1. These changes included an update for Windows Vista users which helps detect the presence of activation exploits, then alerts the customer (if affected) and provides some guidance and a Web link to learn more about what can be done to fix it. I'm excited to announce that beginning this week, and over the next several weeks depending on where you are, we will be releasing an update to that particular technology to help Windows Vista Ultimate Edition based systems detect the presence of additional activation exploits, namely the activation exploit commonly referred to as the 'SoftMod hack'. We're releasing this update to Windows Vista Ultimate Edition only at this time and only to systems with English as their primary language. As I've said before, we continuously evaluate the risk each reported hack poses to our customers, our partners and the protection of Microsoft's intellectual property; then we plan our activities accordingly.

Below is a screenshot showing what a user would see on a system that has detected the SoftMod activation exploit.

GeForce GTS 250 Gets Closer to Launch

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Hey .. do you guys remember the GeForce 8800 GTS 512 MB ? I bet loads of you actually still have one. Check out the photo below then, this is the new design for the upcoming GeForce GTS 250.

More info is detailed around the web on the GTS 250 release next week of course. But it's pretty safe to say that the card will use the 55 nm G92b graphics core and is as rumored specs wise similar to the GeForce 9800 GTX+

There are some interesting features though ...  The GeForce GTS 250 will come in 512 MB and 1 GB configurations, partners will be free to use their own designs as well. Rumor has it that some partners even seem to be working on 2 GB models, which can be discussed of course. Since the card is based on 9800 GTX+ the card is equipped with 128 stream processors. The 9 inch long PCB and cooler visually bear a striking resemblance with the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB for sure. Also a change, a single 6-pin PCI-E power input is enough to feed the card. The GTS 250 graphics cards are NVIDIA's 'new' card series to address the 125-175 USD market.

NVIDIA will lift the embargo on this card on March 3, the cards will reach retail and etail by March 10.

Radeon HD 4750 40nm RV740 tested |review

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Exclusive: Radeon HD 4750 (RV740 - 40nm) preview today has a special and exclusive preview read for you guys. It's the worlds first article on a 40nm based graphics card, it embeds the RV740 ASIC and is due to be released in April. For the sake of it we'll name this product the Radeon HD 4750, it comes with a 40nm core, 640 shader processors and pack GDDR5 memory.

So here's the deal, performance wise the product is awfully close to the Radeon HD 4850, yet the trick is .. it'll be so much cheaper. Have a look at this article, you'll find only one review on this globe.

Click on the link to read this  Guru3D article.