Subject: Motherboards | May 30, 2011 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: am3+, 990fx, amd
Hi Tech Legion has published their review of the ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX, the new AM3+ chipset from AMD. While it is intended for the upcoming Bulldozer chips it is compatible with AM3 chips like the Phenom II X6 1090T they used to test. It has three PCIe 2.0 x16 slots and two PCIe slots, one a x4 slot and one a 1x and even a legacy PCI slot. The SB950 South Bridge supports six SATA 6Gb/s ports with RAID 0,1,5,10 and AMD's Asmedia USB 3.0 controller offers six USB 3.0 ports. Audio is handled by the upremeFX X-Fi 2 and there are a host of other features available which you can read about in the full review.
Also keep an eye out on our front page, as Josh is finishing up his review as well.
"The ASUS Crosshair V Formula is an AM3+ motherboard from the Republic of Gamers lineup. The Crosshair V Formula is designed for hardcore gamers and overclockers who want the best and latest AM3+ motherboard. The ASUS Crosshair V Formula ROG motherboard is equipped with the 990FX/SB950 chipset, featuring native SATA 6Gb/s support and full compatibility with upcoming Bulldozer based 32nm AMD processors. For additional high-speed connectivity, the ASUS Crosshair V Formula is also equipped with an Asmedia USB 3.0 controller, boasting superior performance over the NEC USB 3.0 controller prevalent among the latest motherboards in the market. As with all the recent ROG-series boards, the ASUS Crosshair V Formula is powered by the Extreme Engine DIGI+ design, providing highly efficient and superior power delivery on the AM3+ platform."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- ASUS RoG Crosshair V Formula (990FX) and MSI 990FXA-GD80 - AMD 990FX Launch Review @ HardwareHeaven
- ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX Motherboard Review @ OCC
- Biostar TA880GB+ Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- Asus Crosshair IV Formula @ hardCOREware
- BIOS Option Of The Week - SDRAM Bank-to-Bank Delay @ Tech ARP
- Intel Rapid Storage Technology 10.5.0.1027 with SRT Support @ NGOHQ
- Intel Smart Response Technology w/ ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Review @Hi Tech Legion
- GIGABYTE Z68X-UD7-B3 @ Tweaktown
- Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- The Virtu Question: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 @ PCSTATS
- Foxconn P67 Rattler @ OC3D
- GIGABYTE Z68X-UD3H-B3 @ TweakTown
- ASRock Z68 Extreme4 @ Overclockers.com
- Intel P67 Roundup: ASUS, GIGABYTE, Intel & MSI @ Techgage
- GIGABYTE P67A-UD7-B3 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2011 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: vision, leak, fusion, amd
AMD's plans for 2011 are making the rounds as geeks love to share things that they shouldn't have access to yet. A set of slides from a presentation has hit the net, covering the positioning AMD sees for its upcoming products in the current market. AMD Vision is back in a big way with four separate logos running from HD Internet to Ultimate and even stickers denoting how many cores and GPUs are within a machine.
Several new software enhancements are also mentioned such as AMD Steady Video which is intended to remove any shakes or wiggles from video posted to the net by someone with an unsteady hand. AMD AllDay Power demonstrates the power saving features that are unique to AMD ... at least in AMDs mind ... and they tout over 10hrs usage with their upcoming products.
On the hardware side is a new name, Desna, which is AMD's answer to the tablet wars. This will be a DX11 APU which will compete to power the next generation of tablets. Hardware Accelerated Flash support certainly makes it stand out, as does enhancements to productivity software such as Office and the list of support for Win7 features. Check out the full deck of slides at NGOHQ.
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Skype issues a fix for Windows, Mac fix to arrive today @ The Inquirer
- My desk IS my computer case @ Hack a Day
- Microsoft shareholder calls for Ballmer's head @ The Register
- The death march: the problem of crunch time in game development @ Ars Technica
- How iOS 4 Encryption was Cracked, and How to Protect Your iPhone @ ExtremeTech
- Giving Away Unigine's New Real Time Strategy Game @ Phoronix
Subject: Editorial, General Tech | May 26, 2011 - 02:04 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: R6970, podcast, nvidia, Intel, firepro, amd, 990x, 990fx
PC Perspective Podcast #156- 5/26/2011
This week we talk about the AMD FirePro V7900 and V5900, MSI R6970 Lightning, Intel i7-990x,Viewer questions and more!
The URL for the podcast is: http://pcper.com/podcast - Share with your friends!
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Hosts: Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath and Allyn Malventano
This Podcast is brought to you by MSI
- 0:00:45 Introduction
- 1-888-38-PCPER or firstname.lastname@example.org
- http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
- 0:01:45 AMD FirePro V7900 and V5900 Professional Graphics Review
- 0:05:25 MSI R6970 Lightning Review: A Supercharged AMD Radeon HD 6970
- 0:16:35 This Podcast is brought to you by MSI
, and their all new Sandy Bridge Motherboards!
- 0:17:20 Intel Core i7-990X Gulftown Processor and DX58SO2 Motherboard Review
- 0:22:30 NVIDIA GTX 560 Review Coming soon
- 0:24:36 Cray Announces AMD Bulldozer CPU and NVIDIA Tesla GPU Supercomputer Capable of 50 Petaflops
- 0:27:38 Sneak Peak at the MSI 990FXA-GD65
- 0:30:13 ASUS Sabertooth Motherboard Supporting 990FX Chipset Pictured
- 0:32:33 Email from Jeff about Bulldozer leaks
- 0:36:00 Revisiting quad-gpus and the Law of Diminishing Returns
- 0:39:58 Leaking Llano and Bulldozer prices
- 0:43:57 Corsair Hydro H80 and H100 Water Coolers On The Horizon
- 0:46:30 Email from Bernie about desktop standby mode
- 0:51:05 Email from Jesse about overclocking temps
- 0:53:40 Hardware / Software Pick of the Week
- Ryan: Lucid Virtu - its working
- Jeremy: Remember Action Quake? How 'bout a little Action Half Life 2, still less buggy than your average commercial release and better supported.
- Josh: DiRT 3: Love it.
- 0:59:30 THIS JUST IN: Asus ROG Matrix GeForce GTX 580 Graphics Card Details Leaked
- http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
- 1:02:00 Closing
Subject: Memory | May 26, 2011 - 12:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ddr3, patriot, amd
This particular RAM kit is not branded SLI or EMS or Intel or any of the other theoretically targeted kits we have seen in the past, these ones are marked for use with AMD and overclockers as they use the familiar Black Edition phrase in their name. They are Patriot's G Series AMD Black Edition DDR3-1333 4GB @ 9-9-9-24 and Think Computer wanted a way to test them that would show off their abilities with an AMD system. To that end they added the AMD OverDrive Benchmark to the usual list of tests and the DIMMs performed well enough for ThinkComputers to forgive the minor packaging error they spotted.
"We’ve all seen different branded kits of memory, from memory that has the strangest heatsink design to SLI-ready memory. But what a lot of people haven’t really encountered before is AMD Ready memory. Today we’ll be looking at one of the few AMD Black Edition Ready Memory Kits, which work great with an AMD based system. Read on further to find out what unique AMD only software we used to help us along with the review.”
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- Patriot Division2 Viper Xtreme 4GB DDR3 @ TechwareLabs
- G.Skill RipjawsX F3-17000 CL9D 2133MHz Memory Kit Review @ eTeknix
- Crucial ballistix sport DDR3 1600 8GB @ TechwareLabs
- G.Skill Ripjaws X 2133MHz 8GB @ OC3D
- G.Skill Ripjaws-X Series PC3-17000 16GB @ Tweaktown
- Understanding RAM Timings @ Hardware Secrets
The FirePro Products get Cayman
(Thanks to Steve Grever for providing insight on the product placement and attending the Professional Graphics Editor's Day in Austin, TX for us!)
On May 11, AMD invited a handful of technology journalists and hardware reviewers to Northern Islands FirePro Tech Day to unveil a pair of new professional graphics cards – the V5900 and V7900. We were under an NDA to discuss the new GPUs at that time, but now that the gag order has been lifted, we can finally give our readers an in-depth look at these mid-range and high-end graphics card offerings sporting custom features like Eyefinity, Geometry Boost and Power Tune technologies.
Sandeep Gupte, AMD’s product management director, introduced the new graphics cards during the one-day event and stated they will “deliver productivity and performance to professionals regardless of where they are working.” This is an interesting statement, but AMD is committed to providing graphics solutions beyond professional workstations to include mobile workstations, tablets and thin clients to increase productivity and performance across various form factors and operating systems.
Last year’s FirePro lineup helped AMD increase their unit share by six points in the professional graphics market. This share increase puts them at about 16 percent overall, which was also supported by sales with Tier 1 OEMs like HP and Dell. This percentage of market share has improved over the single-digit shares AMD experienced in this market back in 2007.
Hit that "Read More" link below for the full story!
Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2011 - 05:20 PM | Josh Walrath
Tagged: sb950, msi, amd, am3+, 990fx
AMD’s 900 series chipsets are coming. Not exactly news here. What is news it that we will be seeing them very soon. Details are scarce, but from what all we can gather the 900 series will not be all that different from the 800 series. The SB950 looks to be a tweaked SB850, but with no real new features over the older part. The Northbridge portions should remain relatively unchanged, but again we could see a few tweaks and fixes applied throughout. So in other words, no PCI-E 3.0 here or a significant die shrink.
We have on hand a few “spy shots” for the upcoming MSI 990FXA-GD65. For those who pay attention, this sounds very familiar to the 890FXA-GD65. When we take a look at the snapshots, we will see that the resemblance is more than just the name.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 24, 2011 - 03:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: quad sli, quad crossfire, sli, crossfire, nvidia, amd
With SLI and CrossFire we all hoped to see direct scaling so that a quad GPU setup would be somewhere in the neighbourhood of 4x better than a single GPU. That has proven to be incorrect, not only is the scaling nowhere near that it has been discovered that in some cases going beyond 2 GPUs can actually reduce performance.
As the hardware and drivers evolve, it is worth revisiting the scaling performance of both AMD and NVIDIA which is why [H]ard|OCP grabbed two GeForce GTX 590s and two AMD Radeon HD 6990s, both dual GPU cards. In three of the five games tested they ran into at least one issue, a strike right off the bat. Read on to see how they rate the value of the two manufacturers based on the performance they saw once they'd resolved the problems.
"How does NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 590 SLI Quad-GPU compare to AMD's Radeon HD 6990 CrossFireX Quad-GPU? We will find out if these "if-money-didn't-matter dream video card setups" will deliver the gameplay experience we all expect."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Asus ENGTX460 GTX 460 Voltage Tweak Review @ Tweaknews
- MSI GeForce GTX 580 Lightning @ OCAU
- Gigabyte GTX 560 (GV-N56GOC-1GI) @ Pro-Clockers
- ASUS GeForce GTX 560 1GB DirectCU II TOP @ TweakTown
- MSI N560GTX Ti Hawk Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
- Zotac Geforce GTX 550 TI @ Rbmods
- MSI GeForce GTX 560 Twin Frozr II Review @ Techgage
- NVIDIA Chips Comparison Table @ Hardware Secrets
- Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ Tech ARP
- AMD FirePro V7900 @ Phoronix
- AMD FirePro V5900 @ Phoronix
- ASUS Radeon HD 6870 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
- MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition OC @ Benchmark Reviews
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 1GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 1GB Vapor-X @ TweakTown
- VTX3D Radeon HD 6790 1GB @ OCAU
- HIS Radeon HD 6790 IceQ X Turbo 1 GB @ techPowerUp
- PowerColor PCS+ AX6950 Vortex II @ Benchmark Reviews
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | May 24, 2011 - 02:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: xfx, sapphire, powercolor, msi, his, free, dirt 3, amd
If you haven't heard of DiRT 3 by now, you've been missing one of the more technically innovative games developed recently. Racing fans will go overboard for the choice of cars, spanning 50 years of racing history, which you can compete with in races across all terrain types and the more artistic will like the freestyle gymkhana events.
The techies will be impressed by the depth of support for DX11 features and we're not just talking about tessellation added on as an afterthought. The game was designed from the ground up to take advantage of the best graphics cards and to move the way light and shadows interact beyond DX10 HDR and the features other new games have been using.
Whichever you are, picking up a new Radeon card from Sapphire, Powercolor, MSI, HIS or XFX nets you a free copy of the game! How can you go wrong with that?
Being a Gaming Evolved title, we worked with Codemasters very closely on this one - DiRT 3 makes advances in graphics technologies, taking full advantage of the DirectX™ 11 API, first supported by AMD Radeon graphics. Here’s a glimpse of what DiRT 3 is truly capable of doing – giving players the ultimate visual experience:
- Shader Model 5.0 Contact Hardening Shadows
- DirectCompute Accelerated High Definition Ambient Occlusion
- Optimized Hardware Tessellation
We believe DiRT 3 is such a great game, that we’ve been working with our AIB partners to make this game widely accessible to everyone who buys an AMD Radeon graphics card from our select AIBs, FOR FREE – please visit www.amd.com/dirt3 for more details.
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | May 24, 2011 - 02:18 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: firepro, amd
There exists a breed of video card users who want power, but not in games. They will pay thousands for the best hardware and not measure success in frames per second, but seconds per frame. There exists: professionals. AMD, NVIDIA, Matrox, and others cater to this market’s desire for top performance, features, and reliability in content production, scientific simulation, and engineering applications. AMD just recently updated their professional line with the V5900 and V7900 cards and are lauding some advantages to going red.
Professionals have standards: Be efficient. That is all.
There are four main points that AMD boasts for their latest entries into the professional market.
- Geometry Boost: doubles the amount of geometry that can be processed per clock by the card which should make using large models a smoother experience.
- EQAA: a new method of antialiasing which allows graphics cards to raise the level of antialiasing, but only for part of the process, and provide quality close to the higher level with a performance hit only slightly larger than the lower level. NVIDIA had CSAA, which is almost identical, for a while though.
- PowerTune: a method of raising and lowering the clock rate of various components of the card to compensate for the differing load across the card at different times.
- Single-card triple-monitor: the ability to connect more than two monitors to a single single-slot card allows professionals to have three (or four for the V7900) displays saving money, heat, and space. This is possibly the most compelling feature of the entire line, especially for the professional market.
Recently, AMD launched two new AMD Embedded G-Series APUs (Accelerated Processing Units). The two new chips have a TDP rating of 5.5 and 6.4 watts, which represent a 39% improvement in power savings over the previous iterations. The 361mm² chip package is capable of being used in embedded systems without the need for a fan to cool it. The embedded chips include one or two low power x86 Bobcat processors and a discrete class DirectX 11 GPU on a single die.
AMD currently has three systems utilizing the new APUs, including a Pico-ITX form factor computer, a Qseven form factor computer, and a digital sign system. Buddy Broeker, the Director of Embedded Solutions for AMD stated that "today we take the ground-breaking AMD Fusion APU well below 7W TDP and shatter the accepted traditional threshold for across-the-board fanless enablement."
The two new chips are named the T40R and the T40E. The chips both run at 1.00GHz; however, the 6.4 watt TDP T40E is a dual core chip and the 5.5 watt TDP T40R is a single core variant. Both chips include an AMD Radeon 6250 GPU, a 64KB L1 cache, and a 512KB L2 cache per each CPU core. Further, the chips feature an integrated DDR3 memory controller that can support up to 667MHz solder-down SODIMMs or two DIMM slots. More details on the series as a whole can be found here.
Mobile and embedded processors continue to get smaller and faster. Have you seen any AMD powered embedded technology in your town?
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