Archive for Feburary 2010

Thermalright Venomous-X review

Cooling 191 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

We review the Thermalright Venomous-X CPU cooler. A cooler with great looks, excellent performance and some very clever innovations. A cooler that is compatible with Intel LGA sockets 775, 1156, and 1366. The cooler is ready for the upcoming Nehalem Gulftown based processors (six-core) and also comes with something new, called the 'Pressure Vault Bracket', allowing you to decide how much pressure the cooler should have on top of that expensive processor of yours.

CryENGINE 3 Demonstration Video

Games 1603 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

The Crytek website offers a new CryENGINE 3 demonstration video.

This I3D 2010 paper is a result of collaborative research with Carsten Dachsbacher. The LPV technique was extended to support secondary occlusion and multiple bounces. The propagation scheme is improved and compared to similar Discrete Ordinate Methods. Also this paper describes many additional application and implementation details.


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Corsair debuts mainstream SSDs with new JMicron controller

Storage 785 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

Breaking away from the initial limitations. Corsair officially introduced its Reactor SSDs, these disks feature the new JMicron JMF612 controller and are available in 60GB and 120GB capacities. The specifications reveal read speeds of up to 250MB/s for both models and write speeds of up to 110MB/s for the 60GB model and up to 170MB/s for the 120GB version.

JMicron has a bit name in the SSD market because its controllers suffered from stutter issues, but Corsair points out that the new JMF612 incorporates 128MB of DDR2 cache for stuffer-free performance. The 60GB and 120GB Reactor are listed online for $185 and $350, respectively.

Additionally, Corsair also introduced the Nova series. The Nova Series SSDs are created with the Indilinx BarefooT controller, which provides the storage units with a cache memory of 64MB. The line is, at least for now, composed of two models, namely one with 64GB of storage and one with 128GB. These two devices both have a maximum read speed of 270MB/s. This transfer rate is significantly superior to that of not just hard drives, but also certain other existing SSDs. As for writing, the maximum speed is, predictably, lower for the drive with smaller capacity. As such, the 64GB Nova SSD can reach 130MB/s, whereas the 128GB version can achieve 190MB/s.

Both the Reactor and Nova series have support for TRIM in Windows 7 and are backed by a two-year warranty.

 


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ATI Catalyst 10.2 hotfix mouse cursor issues

Generic News 1994 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

Guru3D.com ImageForgot to post this earlier this week AMD released a Catalyst 10.2 hotfix for its Radeon HD 4700, 4800 and 5000 series graphics cards. This update fixes the mouse cursor enlargement issue in Windows 7 and resolves a freezing bug in Aliens vs. Predator. 

Changelog:

  • Resolves the issue when the game hangs/freezes after applying DX11 from within the game when using: ATI Radeon

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GPU shortage will drives prices up

Generic News 1994 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

DigiTimes reports graphics card makers including Asus, MSI Gigabyte, and Tul are planning to increase graphics card prices by 5-10 percent to maintain gross margins.

Although TSMC recently said the defect density of its 40nm technology has already dropped from 0.3-0.4 per square inch to 0.1-0.3, the sources pointed out that the improvement in overall yield still needs more time before catching up with market demand.

To maintain gross margins from the increased cost created by the GPU shortages and rising DRAM quotes, graphics card makers including Asustek Computer, Micro-Star International (MSI), Gigabyte Technology and Tul are planning to increase prices of their products by 5-10%, according to market sources.


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Realtek HD Audio 2.43 Driver

Generic News 1994 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

Yet again a new update, Realtek HD Audio 2.43 Driver for Windows XP, Vista Windows 7 has been released.

The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.

The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.

History:
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Driver Package R2.43
    Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
    1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
    2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
    3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
    4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
    5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
    6. Add/Fix
        1.) Driver :
            1. Customizations.

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Guru3D Rig of the Month February 2010

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Guru3D Rig of the Month February 2010

Each month here at Guru3D.com 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. We had a LOT of entries coming in in the past 5 weeks, thank you very much for that. Out of the fifteen most original we in the end randomly picked one.

Leenux (Edwin)  PC is the the Rig of The Month February 2010. Meet the man at the age of 33, he has been a Guru3D aficionado for four years (!) already digging through our articles, he shares our passion of building nice PCs.

Check out the man's rig right here.


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Team Guru3D overclocker pours LN2 on hexacore processor gets to 5700 MHz

Processor 721 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

Our in-house mad scientist and 'Stig' like personality (without the helmet) under codename Bodar recently picked up a Hexa-core / 6-core Xeon based processor. With Intel's Gulftown in close vicinity we therefore asked Bodar to show us some performance numbers and then poor a few liters if Liquid Nitrogen on the processor to see how deep it will go.

Bodar will take you through some low-level game benchmarks to show performance differences in-between 2, 4 and 6 CPU cores. Then use liquid nitrogen on the setup and will take this hexa-core processor towards 5800 MHz with Hyper Threading enabled. He ended at 5724 MHz for table PI scores and for the Futuremark benchmark sessions roughly got pure 5400 MHz love on all six cores.

Here's a hint, he got a 41277 3DMark Vantage score.

Don't get scared with what you are about to see ..  Latest famous words from this extraordinary dude:

" I broke so many 5870's so I couldn't finish all my LN2 stuff but I'll be back! I haven't posted this in the forum yet cause I wanted you to check it out. here you go. I think 38,810 is number 4 overall in 3dmark 06.. Could have done a lot better if I had a chance to overclock the cards but unfortunately so many died."

Great work Bodar ! Keep em coming man. Should you like give props to Bodar, please do so in this thread.


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HIS 5830 iCooler V Turbo and Standard

Graphics Cards 1673 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

HIS introduced a standard and overclocked version of the Radeon HD 5830. The standard card has a 800MHz GPU and 1GB GDDR5 clocked at 4000MHz, while the overclocked model features a 840MHz GPU and 4400MHz memory. Both models are bundled with a Modern Warfare 2 coupon, which will also be bundled with the company's other 5800 iCooler V series graphics cards.
Today HIS unleashed the revolutionary new HIS RadeonTM HD 5830 iCooler V 1GB GDDR5 Turbo and Standard version. Combined with the high performance dual slot iCooler V and stellar overclocking performance, it delivers most affordable high performance graphics with ATI Eyefinity technology supported. Prepare to plug in for a ridiculously immersive HD gaming experience unlike anything you've ever seen!

iCooler V features a high performance dual slot cooler. It comes with excellent cooling setup, which transfer heat effectively from the GPU to the internal fins around the central fan. Thanks to the elegant design and smoothness of iCooler fan shroud, massive amount of cool air is drawn from the central cooler to cool down the internal fins directly.

Heat from the 5830 GPU can rapidly transfer through specially designer fansink to fins that extend beyond the cooler. The optimized iCooler V fan shroud design allows airflow to pass in and out and removes heat effectively.

Powered by the top-of-the-line 5830 GPU, HIS RadeonTM HD 5830 1GB GDDR5 accelerates PC gaming with nearly 1.79 TFLOPS computing power! Running at 840MHz core clock speed and 4.4Gbps memory clock speed (800/4Gbps for Standard), the HIS RadeonTM HD 5830 Turbo ensure extreme game play at high resolutions and maximum settings, and deliver full support for Microsoft DirectX


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Few GeForce GTX 470/480 cards at launch

Graphics Cards 1673 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

Guru3D.com ImageThe colleagues over at DigiTimes reports thats second-tier graphics card makers are unlikely to start shipping large volumes of NVIDIA Fermi based graphics cards until April, which matches to what we have been sayin.

XFX and PNY are apparently already confirmed to be among the first wave of GeForce GTX 470/480 card manufacturers, with prices expected to be around $499.99 and $679.99 respectively.

Second-tier graphics card makers are unlikely to start mass shipments of their Nvidia GeForce GTX 480/470-based (Fermi) graphics cards until April despite that Nvidia plans to announce the GPU on March 26 since most of the them have not yet received complete reference board designs, according to sources from graphics card makers.

The sources expect Nvidia will give supply priority to first-tier makers or makers that only produce Nvidia cards. Makers including XFX and PNY are already offering pre-orders for these upcoming cards with GTX 480 priced at around US$679.99 and GTX 470 at about US$499.99.

Some market watchers originally expected AMD to drop its graphics card price to counter the launch of Nvidia's new cards, but since the prices of Nvidia cards are higher than AMD's existing cards, watchers now believe any price war between the two chip makers is unlikely to start until after May.


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