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Very important notice!! Rollback your 196.75 driver
If you haven't heard already, some users are experiencing issues with the NVIDIA 196.75 drivers involving fan speed issues. NVIDIA is aware of the reported problems and has responded by pulling the drivers from its site and is urging customers who have already installed the drivers to revert back to a previous version until they can resolve the issue.
According to NVIDIA:
We are aware that some customers have reported fan speed issues with the latest 196.75 WHQL drivers on NVIDIA.com. Until we can verify and root cause this issue, we recommend that customers do not download this driver. Instead, please stay with, or return to 196.21 WHQL drivers. Release 196.75 drivers have been temporarily removed from our website and we also are asking our partners and others to remove temporarily this 196.75 WHQL driver as well. Here’s a link for instructions on how to roll back your driver.
We'd like to hear from our readers if you have experienced any issues with the 196.75 drivers especially with graphics cards overheating due to to fan speed control issues.
The 196.75 driver has been available for download on NVIDIA`s site for about five days now. If you have updated your driver in the last week, we highly, highly recommend that you uninstall the driver and roll back to an older one.
Six heatpipe, dual radiator design outperforms predecessor
The Noctua NH-U12P CPU cooler has been around for quite some time and garnered a lot of press attention and awards from review sites as a low-noise heatsink with good cooling abilities. Over the years the cooler has gotten updates in the form of additional mounting brackets to keep up with motherboard socket changes and has also gone from a single fan to a dual fan configuration.
So what do you do to further improve on an already successful design? Noctua went back to the drawing board and came up with the NH-D14 premium CPU cooler that uses a six heatpipe dual radiator design to improve both cooling performance and noise levels. Interestingly Noctua has eschewed the direct touch heatpipe design so common these days for a more traditional approach.
What isn't so traditional though is the dual radiator asymmetrical design that gives more clearance over the RAM slots while more surface area and greater heat distribution. The fins are cooled by supplied NF-P14 (140mm) and NF-P12 (120mm) fans rated at 19.6 and 19.8 dB(A) respectively.
"Our NH-U12P coolers are widely regarded as one of the best solutions on the market, so it makes us especially proud that we can offer a further substantial improvement in quiet cooling performance with the new NH-D14", explains Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "The NH-D14 in Ultra-Low-Noise mode actually outperforms the NH-U12P at full fan speed, so we're confident that this cooler will appeal to overclockers and silent enthusiasts alike."
The NH-D14 comes with the SecuFirm2 mounting system for use on LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA775, AM2, AM2+ and AM3 boards and should be available mid-November at a MSRP of EUR 74.90 / USD 84.90.
Supports 3-way or 2-way multi-GPUs in either SLI or CrossFireX
Along with its P7P55D Series boards, ASUS has also released a version of it WS SuperComputer board based on the P55 chipset; features the new LGA1156 socket for next-generation Intel Core i5 processors and dual-channel DDR3 memory at speeds up to 2133MHz (overclocked).
The motherboard supports both 3-way and 2-way graphics card configurations based on SLI or CrossFireX technology to enable multiple-GPU rendering. Users can install up to three SLI-capable GeForce graphics cards at x16, x8, and x8 connection speeds, or two graphics cards at true x16 connection speeds; those wanting to go with ATI graphic cards can use CrossFireX for a multi-GPU setup.
The SuperComputer in the product's name is just a marketing term though, as the ASUS P7P55 WS SuperComputer provides the foundation for users to build a cost-effective personal supercomputer by leveraging the power of NVIDIA's CUDA parallel computing architecture; there's room for three NVIDIA Tesla cards and one NVIDIA Quadro card that combine to generate four teraflops of computing power which ASUS claims is 250 times that of a standard PC.
Like it's mainstream P55 counterparts, the P7P55 WS SuperComputer comes with ASUS TurboV EVO, an easy to use hardware utility that allows users to boost CPU speeds by up to 22.2% and memory access rates by up to 14.8% by simply pressing a button. Also featured is ASUS Hybrid Power with 16+3 phase power design and T.Probe technology for active cooling and Hybrid OS for rapid online access. There are plenty of connections including dual Gigabit LAN, 6 SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports, 14 USB 2.0 and 2 x 1394a ports.
These boards are currently available online in the $225-$250US range.
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Adds direct upload capability to Facebook, DivX and MJPEG AVI formats
If you shoot home videos sometimes your results are less than stellar and you find yourself wishing for a way to improves the quality. Motion DSP has such a product with its vReveal software that is designed to make it extremely easy to improve the quality of flawed videos. vReveal is an amazingly easy, one-click application for quickly fixing dark, shaky, noisy, pixilated, or blurry video clips. While vReveal can run on any GPU, it was especially written to take advantage of the power of CUDA-enabled Nvidia processors.
The latest release of the software, version 1.1, offers several new features:
- NVIDIA "G80" models now supported for GPU acceleration (GeForce 8800 Ultra, 8800 GTX, 8800 GTS 640, 8800 GTS 320; Quadro 4600 and 5600)
- Even more powerful video stabilization, plus auto-cropping of black bars from around stabilized videos
- New output formats including DivX and MJPEG AVI. (Joins the previous output options of WMV and uncompressed AVI)
- Japanese localization. (Full set is now English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese)
- Integrated Facebook video uploader -- the first of its kind in a desktop application
The software retails for $49.99 and you can try it out by downloading a 30-day free trial from the company's web site.
Supports LGA 1156 socket for Intel Core i7/Core i5 processors
Asus launched its P7P55D Series motherboards yesterday in conjunction with the official release of the Intel Core i5/i7 processors. Based on the Intel P55 Express chipset, the six new motherboards in the P7P55D Series support the latest LGA 1156 socket processors with some innovative new features.
The P7P55D Premium is the flagship model in the series and is the first to offer native support for SATA 6Gbps data transfer bandwidth through the use of an expansion bridge; the new interface nearly doubles the throughput on the latest SATA devices, enabling 50% faster reading and writing of disk data. Other models in the series can achieve the same results through the use of the PCIE GEN2 SATA6G expansion card available as an option.
Dual-channel DDR3 memory is supported at speeds of up to 2000MHz (2133MHZ overclocked on some models). All but the lowest model come equipped with Hybrid Phase Technology Which combines ASUS Xtreme Phase with ASUS T.Probe — the world’s first active cooling technology that detects and balances power phase loadings and temperatures in real time. Both novice and advanced overclockers can easily boost system performance with TurboV EVO’s intuitive interface and three easy-to-use tools; auto tuning automatically overclocks and self-tests the system to an extreme yet stable state and the P7P55D Premium and Deluxe models come with ASUS TurboV Remote that allows users to adjust performance settings from a convenient controller.
Depending on model, there are 6-9 SATA ports, 12-14 USB 2.0 ports and 1-2 eSata connections. Prices ranges from $279 for the Premium motherboard to as little as $139 for the P7P55D LE on the low end although you can currently find these online for less.
Six new models support Intel LGA1156 socket Core i5/i7 processors
Gigabyte has launched its series of P55 chipset motherboards in conjunction with the official release of Intel's Core i7 and Core i5 Lynnfield processors (check out our review here.) The P55 chipset boards use the new LGA1156 socket required for the new Intel processors, support dual-channel DDR3 memory up to 2200MHz and are all built using Gigabyte's Ultra Durable 3 technology.
The Ultra Durable 3 motherboards use 2 ounces of copper for both the power and ground layers which allows for greater heat dissipation while also offering improved energy efficiency and enhanced stability for overclocking; they also feature Japanese solid capacitors boasting 50,000 hours of operation, ferrite core chokes with higher energy efficiency compared to the commonly used iron core chokes and Lower RDS(on) MOSFETs that features a lower resistance, resulting in reduced power consumption and heat generation.
The new P55 motherboards offer a host of other features including the introduction of the world’s first 24 phase power VRM design on the GA-P55-UD6 model that has been designed and engineered to deliver fast transient response times through quick and seamless power delivery during extensive CPU loading variations; this results in a cooler and more stable platform as heat from the VRM is effectively reduced by spreading the load between all 24 power phases.
The P55 series boards also come with GIGABYTE Smart 6, six software utilities that provide an easier and smarter way for managing your system; the utilities include functions for faster boot times, easy overclocking, dual BIOS, rollback features and more.
The are six models in the P55 series at launch and you can find out more by checking out the web site here.
Aluminum mid-tower chassis with full system tool-less design
Lian Li has added to its stable of traditional clean cut style aluminum cases with the addition of the PC-7FN and PC-60FN. These siblings are fraternal twins in that they differ only in the front panel design; the PC-7FN has smooth rounded vent holes, while the PC-60FN has a more open bezel front face. Other than the minor cosmetic differences, both cases are designed to provide superior airflow using a low front intake and a high rear exhaust. Incoming cool air is drawn in by the front 140mm fan which is protected by a washable nylon air filter; exhaust duties are handled by the rear 120mm fan mounted at the top rear of the case to extract hot air from the CPU region.
Removable front, side and top panels provide for easy access to the interior of the case where you'll find traditional Lian Li attention to detail with rolled elements to eliminate sharp edges and a totally tool-less design. You'll also find four 3.5" drive bays with aniti-vibration rubber grommets, and eight PCI expansion slots to allow for for three-way SLI/CrossFireX configurations.
The removable motherboard tray supports ATX and mATX form factors and provides cutouts for access to the rear of the CPU bracket for easy CPU cooler change outs as well as cable routing for good wire management; the case also has provisions for water cooling with holes for water tubes which are secured by rubber stoppers. With the rear exhaust mounted high up, Lian Li has moved the PSU to the bottom rear of the case where it is mounted using a tool-less securing clasp with special insulation to prevent vibration; the PSU draws its cool air from a vent on the bottom of the case which is also protected by an air filter.
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DDR2 kits in 8GB and 16GB sizes, DDR3 kits offered for P55 motherbards
GeIL has announced the release of eight new high capacity DDR2 modules as part of its Black Dragon and B.D. EVO ONE series of high performance memory products along with six new DDR3 memory models designed for Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors running on the upcoming P55 chipset motherboards.
The new DDR2 kits come in 8GB (2 x 4GB) and 16GB (4 x 4GB) capacities running at PC2-5400 667MHz and PC2-6400 800MHz speeds; all come with CL 6-6-6-18 timings and are rated at 1.8V. GeIL has developed its own DBT (Die-hard Burn-in Technology) where each module is stressed, or burned-in, at elevated temperatures for as long as 24 hours to eliminate early-failure modules and ultimately provides the highest quality products to users.
The Black Dragon series features a eight-layer PCB with red LEDs incorporated in the dragon logo on the face of the modules. The B.D. EVO ONE series uses an enhanced heat spreader that GeIL calls MTCD technology which incorporates a heatpipe into the spreaders which transfers heat to an array of copper fins located in the center of the heat pipe.
The new DDR3 models are specifically designed for Intel "Lynnfield" Core i5/i7 processors and are being offered under the Ultra and Gaming EVO ONE series. The Ultra series gets updated with a pair of 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 modules clocked at 2000MHz and 2133MHz and come equipped with aluminum heat spreaders. The Gaming EVO ONE models are rated at the same 2000MHz and 2133MHz speeds but come in 4GB (2 x 2GB) and 8GB (4 x 2GB) kits; as with its DDR2 EVO ONE brethren the modules use the MTCD heat sink technology. Each DDR3 kit comes in CL 9-9-9-28 latencies and all are rated at 1.65V as per the DDR3 specs.
GeIL did not release any further information regarding pricing or when the kits would become available.
Enhanced airflow design using 120mm and 140mm fans
NZXT has just announced its Lexa S gaming chassis, a mid-tower case designed for enhanced airflow with five fan capability including 120mm fans on the front, side, and exhaust with a 140 mm fan on top (four fans are included with the case); the fans are rated at 43CFM, 23dB(A) and can be managed via the included fan controller that allows the intake and exhaust fans to be controlled independently.
From an aesthetics standpoint, the Lexa S features a black-on-black look with a smoked side window and all black interior with a stealthed 5.25" front bay. Inside, the case has a turned hard drive cage along with a mounting bracket for a pair of solid state drives; NZXT has kept an eye out for cable management with punched holes in the motherboard tray which also serve to allow quick CPU bracket removal. For those wanting to go with a water cooling setup, the Lexa S pre-drilled holes on the backplate and mounting holes for a dual radiator at the top of the case.
All of this is being offered at a suggested price of $69.99 with scheduled availability sometime in September.
Designed to extract heat from inside laptop
Laptops can become heat traps especially with today's more powerful processors and discrete graphics adapters. There are a number of cooling devices on the market designed to help lower notebook temperatures but most use some sort of active or passive pad that goes under the notebook and are designed to cool the external case; while these units have varying degrees of success in lowering temperatures, none address the problem of heat buildup inside the case itself and can be bulky and a chore to carry around.
Evercool takes a different approach with its FIT notebook cooler that is designed to extract heat from inside the case via the exhaust port found on the side of most laptop cases.
There's no installation involved as you simply place the small device next to the exhaust and plug in the included USB power cable. The FIT has a set of feet that slide under the notebook with a unique multi-angle adjustment design that makes it compatible with most 9"-18" laptops. The unit is very compact, measuring only 55 X 85.3 X 25mm and weighing around 60.5 grams; it comes with its own soft carrying pouch to hold the unit and the separate USB power cable. The fan runs at around 3500RPM yet is rated at less than 25dBA, so noise shouldn't be an issue with this unit.
Evercool has posted the unit on its Web site but hasn't yet released any information on pricing or availability.
Low power 40 watt ACP processor for dense computing environments
AMD has announced the immediate availability of its new 40 watt ACP six-core Opteron EE processor designed for high density data centers, such as those found in cloud computing data centers. AMD has long touted performance per watt as one of the benefits of its Opteron family of CPUs and with this latest offering, it is claiming a 31% higher performance-per-watt rating over standard quad-core Opterons.
With server densities increasing in data centers devoted to Web services and cloud computing, heat and power usage are primary concerns; utilizing the new 40 watt ACP in place of the original six-core 75 watt Opterons would enable a 40% greater density in a single rack while still remaining within the same power budget.
AMD has said the new processors will be available from system builders but didn't disclose pricing or availability on individual chips.
PowerColor is holding a design contest to kick off the next generation of videocards with DirectX 11 support. The contest involves creating artwork divided into three categories - wallpapers, screen savers and IM icons. Contestants can submit up to three entries in each category and must incorporate different design elements which include the text www.powercolor.com along with a figure, the PowerColor logo and an ATI Radeon graphic. Entries in each category will be voted on by the public and the winner from each category will receive a high end DirectX 11 next generation PowerColor graphics card.
The design elements can be downloaded from the contest site which also provides additional rules and conditions. Submissions will be accepted starting today, September 1, with September 20 being the last day you can enter. Voting will run September 21-30 with the winners in each category announced on October 5.
For those without uber design skills, you can still get a chance at winning one of 20 Go! Green HD4670 graphics cards simply by voting for you favorite design in each category. With less than three weeks to get your submissions in, be sure to head over to the PowerColor event site and check out the details.
One GTX275 graphics card given away each week
Gigabyte has announced the Chance to Win lottery where it will be giving away a GeForce GTX graphics card each week until September 7th. We got the news a little late but you still have a chance by going to the event page and clicking the Win Now button.
There are a couple of simple steps to follow:
- Post an honest review of your GIGABYTE graphics card at www.newegg.com
- Send a link to the review to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your username and you will be entered into the weekly drawing for a free GIGABYTE NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275
As with any contest, you must also meet a few requirements:
- Contestants must have purchased a GIGABYTE graphics card from newegg.com, with an invoice dated on or after June 1st 2009.
- Only reviews submitted for GIGABYTE graphics cards are eligible for the drawing.
- Reviews posted after August 10th, 2009 are eligible for entry.
- Only valid for GIGABYTE graphics card.
- Only one winner per household.
- GIGABYTE will announce 1 weekly winner at www.gigabyte.us
- Contest ends on 7th of September, 2009
So if you want a chance at winning a new GeForce GTX card and you meet the eligibility requirements, head on over to the site and get your entry in by September 7, 2009.
Now supports Intel LGA1156 Core i5/Core i7 "Lynnfield" CPUs
Noctua has launched an updated version of its NH-U12P CPU cooler that includes support of Intel's soon to be released Core i5/i7 Lynnfield processors. Dubbed the NH-U12P SE2, the new heatsink adds support for the Intel LGA1156 socket while maintaining compatibility with LGA1366, LGA775 and AM3 processors. Users wishing to use their existing NH-U12P cooler on LGA1156 socket motherboards can upgrade with a free mounting kit from Noctua.
Like the predecessor SE1366 model, the NH-U12P SE2 comes packaged with Noctua's NT-H1 thermal compound and two NF-P12 120mm fans. The cooler utilizes Noctua's SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system that now supports a full range of existing AMD and Intel processors and continues the tradition of the NH-U12P cooler that has received more than 150 awards and recommendations from publications and web sites that began with the LGA 775 version.
The NH-U12P SE2 will be available in stores in mid September at a recommended retail price of EUR 56.90 / USD 64.90.
All aluminum cooling pad with dual 7cm fans
Titan offers a wide range of cooling products designed to keep keep your not only your CPU cool but other components including notebooks as well; the company has just launched the newest member of the notebook cooler family with the announcement of the the Titan TTC-G12TZ.
The G12T features all-aluminum construction and is designed to raise your notebook off the surface at an angle while providing active cooling through its dual 70mm fans. The aluminum body is not only rugged, it also acts as a heatsink to aid in heat dissipation.
The unit's fans provide 25CFM airflow while running virtually silent with a rated noise level of 16.9Dba; the fans' air intake and exhaust are adjustable to fit individual needs and the built in on/off switch makes it easy to power off the fans when not needed.
Designed to accommodate notebooks from 12-17", the G12T is small enough to allow it to be added to any road warrior's bag.
Titan did not provide any information on pricing or availability.
Cherry-picked GPUs run through the gauntlet
Gigabyte has announced its new Super Overclock series of graphics cards that will consist of solely of GPUs that have been cherry-picked for top performance, efficiency and reliability.
In order to assure only the best GPUs are used in the new series of cards, Gigabyte has developed a proprietary GPU Gauntlet sorting process that consists of a testing toolkit that allows it to inspect and select the GPUs with the highest frequency; the program runs for 30 minutes and provides important data on the maximum overclocking ability compared to a stock GPU. Once the Super OC point has been determined, the company's engineers will boost the frequency to offer the highest factory default clock setting in the market.
Each GPU is also tested under extreme graphics load and as well as for power switching and stability with only the GPUs with the best power efficiency and lowest power consumption qualifing for the Super Overclock Series.
The first card in the series with be the GV-N26SO-896I, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 GPU, with a core clock of 680MHz compared to the standard 576MHz reference design; the shader clock is upped to 1466MHz (standard 1242MHz) with a memory clock speed of 2350MHz (standard 1998MHz). Gigabyte claims the Super Overclock version offers 25% better performance than the a GTX 260 and 3% better performance than a generic GTX 275 card.
Full specifications can be found on the GV-N26SO-896I product page; the card should launch in early September but there is no pricing information available yet.
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8GB and 12GB kits optimized for P55 and X58 motherboards
Corsair recently announced a pair of new memory kits designed specifically for Core i5 and Core i7 processors. These DIMMs are available in both dual and triple channel configurations and are specifically tuned for Intel CPUs.
Additionally, with the new Intel Core i5/i7 LGA1156 socket Lynnfield processors due out soon, they have launched a new dual channel DDR3 memory kit (part number CMD8GX3M4A1600C8) that consists of four matched 2GB modules and is optimized for P55 motherboards. In addition, Corsair is launching a new 12GB triple channel DDR3 kit (part number CMD12GX3M6A1600C8) for Core i7 processors running on X58 chipset motherboards that consists of 6 x 2GB modules.
“Windows 7 early adopters and other power users have recently been demanding 8GB and 12GB performance memory solutions to optimize their computing experience,” stated John Beekley, Vice President of Technical Marketing at Corsair. “These 8GB and 12GB configurations will allow these advanced users to get the most out of their high performance rigs, particularly if they often switch between demanding tasks like gaming and video production.”
Both modules come with Intel XMP profiles set at 1600MHz and CAS latency settings of 8-8-8-24. As with its previous sets of Dominator memory, the kits feature Corsair's DHX+ (Dual-path Heat eXchange Plus) technology with removable cooling fins and an Airflow fan. However, these new memory modules come in American Racing Blue fins and highlights instead of the red fins offered previously.
Corsair didn't disclose pricing or availability of the new memory products although some online sites have the dual-channel 8GB modules listed for $250-$260US.
Upgraded with AMD Athlon X2 dual core processor and 20-inch widescreen
MSI upgraded its all-in-one desktop lineup with today's launch of the Wind Top AE2010, an upgraded version of the AE1900 based on the Intel Atom 330 processor. The new AE2010 features an AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core 3250e processor clocked at 1.5GHz and a 20-inch touch screen monitor. Based on the AMD RS780G and SB710 chipset, the system also boasts improved graphics performance through the onboard ATI Radeon HD 3200 core with 128MB DDR3 Side Port memory. Along with the larger screen and more powerful graphics, MSI has boosted the memory to 4GB, up from 1GB in the previous model.
The MSI Wind Top AE2010 features touch-enabled applications, wireless connectivity, built-in webcam and microphone, 320 GB hard drive, 6 USB ports, and a 4-1 card reader. That all adds up to a pretty potent combination for an all-in-one system and should enable users to do more than just browse the Internet.
The AE2010 is going to be offered at a starting price of $649.99 with availability yet to be announced.
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Affordable single-level cell NAND-based drive
Adoption of solid state drives, at least at the end-user level, has been stymied to a degree by the cost of the drives when compared to traditional hard drives. To overcome this, at least partially, manufacturers have turned to multi-level cell NAND flash memory chips which are cheaper to produce and allow them to keep prices in check. Single-level cell technology holds a couple of benefits over MLC but is more expensive; two of those benefits are performance and longevity due to greater write/erase cycle endurance. However, due to costs issues, most SLC-based SSDs have been found in the enterprise market where performance is paramount and costs are not as much of an issue.
OCZ today announced a new series of SSDs called Agility EX that make use of SLC NAND based memory at a more affordable price point. Equipped with an Indilinx controller, the Agility EX offers greater performance compared to MLC flash drives, especially when you take the greater life span and total cost of ownership into account. The drives feature 64MB of onboard cache and up to 255MB/s read and 195MB/s write speeds. The OCZ drives also come with upgradable firmware and unique performance optimization to keep the drives at peak performance.
Initially offered in a 64GB model, OCZ didn't disclose when the drives would become available but did make known a suggested retail price of $399US.
'Capcom Action Pack' bundles PC version with select memory
Patriot Memory has announced an exclusive licensing agreement with Capcom that allows them to offer 'Capcom Action Packs', the latest of which bundles Street Fighter IV for the PC with Patriot memory products.
Currently Patriot is offering a downloadable copy of the PC game with its 128GB Xporter Magnum, the 32GB Xporter Boost, its complete Torqx SSD series, and three of its top gaming modules for both DDR2 and DDR3. All told there are eight new part numbers involved, so if you're in the market for some new DDR3 memory, or maybe a solid state drive or two, here's a chance to score a copy of a pretty cool PC game for free.
Patriot didn't reveal pricing or availability on the new bundles.