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16  Hardware / Graphics Cards / Re: [HardOCP]: NF200 3-way SLI Results on: January 12, 2009, 01:40:34 PM
At this point, the NF200 chipset is simply a marketing ploy.  No real-world performance gains as of yet.
17  Welcome to Fudzilla Forum / Suggestion / Re: About Us on: January 12, 2009, 01:37:37 PM
May i suggest an "about us" page maybe together with your visions, goals and etc. You might have one, but i wasn't able to find it Cheesy.

Also congrats on making it on to diggs front page! http://digg.com/apple/Blogger_Mistakes_Onion_Parody_for_Real_Macbook_Wheel_PIC


LOL don't even mention the mistake that Nedim made.  I'm sure he's realized it by now. Wink


Also, I will definitely tell Fudo to consider an About Us page.  Thanks for the tip.
18  Hardware / Processors - CPU / Re: pls help my gaming rig on: January 05, 2009, 10:17:44 PM
my questions are will my rig with 4 more gbs of ram and the new graphics card run sc2 on 4x aa high settings and 1920 x 1200 24 inch

will my CPU be able to make maximum performance for those graphics cards?

can some one link where i can download 3DMark Vantage score tester thx very much

First off, welcome to the forums!

Futuremark's 3DMark Vantage can be downloaded here:

http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/3dmarkvantage/download/


The Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 1GB is currently going on Newegg for $161.99, which means the cost for CrossFire would be pretty reasonable I assume.  Since the card has a 256-bit memory interface but 1GB of GDDR3, yes, it should provide adequate performance for a 1920x1200 display in CrossFire

On the other hand, EVGA's GeForce 9800GTX+ is going for $154.99 after rebates at the moment ($174.99 up front).  Performance is supposed to be slightly better.  Just a thought. Wink
19  Hardware / Graphics Cards / XFX Radeons to be Available January 5th - yeah, that soon. on: January 02, 2009, 04:13:10 PM
It wasn't less than 3 weeks ago that XFX announced that it would become an AIB Partner for ATi, and now they are already preparing to release their first Radeon HD 4000 series cards.

http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11197&Itemid=1




Product lineup:

XFX HD 4350 PCI-E 512MB DDR2
P/N: HD-435X-YAH2

XFX HD 4650 PCI-E 512MB DDR2
P/N: HD-465X-YAF2

XFX HD 4650 PCI-E 1GB DDR2
P/N: HD-465X-ZDF2

XFX HD 4830 PCI-E 512B DDR5
P/N: HD-483X-YDFC

XFX HD 4850 PCI-E 512B DDR5
P/N: HD-485X-YDFC

XFX HD 4870 PCI-E 512MB DDR5
P/N: HD-487A-YDFC

XFX HD 4870 PCI-E 1GB DDR5
P/N: HD-487A-ZDFC


Also confirmed by XFX rep on OCN:



http://www.overclock.net/hardware-news/435584-fud-xfx-radeons-available-january-5th-2.html#post5227603


However...Sad



http://www.overclock.net/hardware-news/435584-fud-xfx-radeons-available-january-5th-4.html#post5227839
20  Welcome to Fudzilla Forum / General Discussion / Predictions for 2009? on: January 02, 2009, 02:44:18 PM
Predictions for 2009?

http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/01/predictions-for-2009/




So, that happened. Twenty-o-eight was a wild one, full of adventure, heartbreak and technology, and now that we're staring down another year of magical phones and netbooks, rumors and half-truths, it's time for the collective wisdom of Engadgetdamus (you and us) to lay down some predictions for 2009 and down a bit of two-week-old eggnog -- not necessarily in that order.

See also: predictions for 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Tim: The economic downturn boosts bargain-hunting HD DVD adoption rates so high that Toshiba resurrects the format.
Chris: A3000 fever sweeps the globe, leaving Motorola with a commanding 37 percent market share.
Darren: ASUS expands Eee line to the ultraportable and traditional notebook market, calls them Eeee and Eeeee, respectively.
Joe: slotMusic will single handedly save the music industry.
Paul: Microsoft will make up for Zune's continued lack of Xbox integration with totally ingenious new methods of locking up the player.
Don: Activision releases Guitar Hero: Air Guitar, Harmonix spends millions trying to play catch-up.
Laura: Tiny iPhone, giant iPod.
Ross: Asimo becomes self-aware, sets off on magical journey to find his true calling
Josh: Steve Jobs lives.

What's your take?
21  Hardware / Processors - CPU / Intel to Launch Energy Efficient Core 2 Quads on January 18th on: January 02, 2009, 02:39:16 PM
Looks like Intel is planning to launch 65w TDP energy-saving quad cores under the Core 2 Quad Qxxxxs series:


http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11192&Itemid=1




I can see this being particularly useful for large server racks of course.
22  Hardware / Graphics Cards / Gigabyte GeForce GTX 285 Now On Sale in Hong Kong on: January 02, 2009, 02:36:09 PM
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 285 GV-N285-1GH-B Now On Sale

in Hong Kong



http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11191&Itemid=1

23  Hardware / Graphics Cards / GeForce 185.20 Released - Now With Ambient Occlusion on: January 01, 2009, 03:02:26 PM
http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11190&Itemid=1


XFastest are the first to release the new GeForce 185.20 drivers, including a new version of Folding@home for NVIDIA GPUs.

http://www.xfastest.com/viewthread.php?tid=17608&extra=page%3D1

Links are now up:


Folding@home_GPU_v620nv


ForceWare 185.20 XP (32-bit)


ForceWare 185.20 XP (64-bit )


ForceWare 185.20 Vista (32-bit )

[COLOR="Red"]^ These drivers are confirmed working for Windows 7 Ultimate build 7000 as well.[/COLOR]


ForceWare 185.20 Vista (64-bit )



Interestingly enough, these new drivers contain a new Ambient Occlusion setting in the Nvidia Control Panel:




[COLOR="Red"]Don't forget to read the description of Ambient Occlusion at the bottom ^.[/COLOR]


The effect of  Ambient Occlusion is particularly emphasized in titles such as Crysis:


Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
GeForce 185.20
Nvidia PhysX 8.11.18
Crysis: WARHEAD
DirectX 10

2048 x 1152 (16:9)

Core i7 965 Extreme @ 3.74GHz
GeForce GTX 280 @ 685/2240

AO OFF  (19fps)



AO LOW  (17.8fps)



AO MEDIUM  (16.6fps)



AO HIGH  (13.1fps)




3DMark Vantage results:

Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP1



Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit build 7000




Hardware-Infos.com has its own review up of the drivers now.  Please check it out:

http://www.hardware-infos.com/tests.php?test=52

24  Hardware / Memory / Corsair's Dominator GT tri-channel kit does nearly 35GB/s at DDR3 2000MHz CAS 7 on: December 25, 2008, 12:45:46 PM
Corsair's Dominator GT tri-channel kit does nearly 35GB/s at DDR3 2000MHz 7-8-7-20

Written by Fudzilla staff
Thursday, 25 December 2008 10:27



DDR3 2000MHz 7-8-7-20

While the industry is sailing off into 2009 after a smooth Nehalem platform launch, many DRAM manufacturers have already begun the process of refining their current triple channel kits.  From improvements in heat spreader designs to lower latency optimizations, one thing is for certain with this new platform - the need for continual enthusiast satisfaction is always a top priority.

A Corsair engineer who goes by the name bachus_anonym on the XtremeSystems Forums has given all of us hardcore bandwidth addicts a sneak preview of what is shortly to come from the company's Dominator series lineup.  The new ultra high-end enthusiast kit is appropriately named Dominator GT TR3X6G2000C7GT and will run DDR3 2000MHz at 1.65v with timings as low as 7-8-7-20.  Additionally, the preview depicts these sticks running just short of an incredible 35GB/s bandwidth speed.  Pricing remains unknown at this point, but they are set to release very shortly.

At the heart of this groundbreaking kit lies a new development of Elpida DDR3 SDRAM technology that have been in R&D for quite some time.  These new chips are based on the 50nm process and can deliver data transfer rates of up to 2500Mbps while operating at 1.2v, 1.35v and 1.5v voltages.

In the world of blazing fast memory speeds, the linear increase in need for more performance is unquenchable to say the least.  However, as bachus puts it, this kit will be "the one to rule them all."

The full preview can be seen here.


25  Welcome to Fudzilla Forum / General Discussion / Re: Gaming/Multimedia Rig - best performance/value at the moment? on: December 25, 2008, 12:40:57 PM
this is a very nice post. i think this is the ideal specs for building a very powerful computer. thanks for sharing


these specs are actually quite noobish now since the time of your post, December 2008.  The Core i7 / X58 platform is finally here - that's where the real deal is!

p.s. check my sig.  Wink
26  Hardware / Graphics Cards / *55nm* EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 Now In Stock at EVGA.com on: December 23, 2008, 12:46:12 AM
EVGA has just released their 55nm GTX 260 212SP stock speed and SuperClocked variants.  You can pick one up directly at EVGA.com.  Widespread availability is expected to hit tomorrow morning.


http://www.evga.com/products/moreInfo.asp?pn=896-P3-1255-AR&family=GeForce%20GTX%20200%20Series%20Family




http://www.evga.com/products/moreInfo.asp?pn=896-P3-1257-AR&family=GeForce%20GTX%20200%20Series%20Family





In addition, Step-Up from a 65nm GTX 260 to the 55nm vanilla model is confirmed:




To anyone looking to purchase or Step-Up to one of these, here are my two cents. You might wanna wait a few weeks so NVIDIA can fine-tune its production of 55nm G200-103-B2 (GTX 260) chips and possibly leave you with a better binned card that has better overclocking potential? I don't know if this is true, but it's worth a shot.

Besides, NVIDIA is still trying to capitalize on the 65nm fabrication on all those consumers who don't care or know the difference.  That can only mean that 55nm production will get better over time. Wink

P.S. The B3 revision is the final revision for the GT206 chips.
27  Hardware / Motherboard / Re: ** EVGA X58 SLI Unboxing and Nehalem Rig Setup ** on: November 25, 2008, 05:04:29 PM
Core i7 965 Extreme was $999 at Micro Center

Patriot memory was $270 at Micro Center.

EVGA X58 SLI was $339 at EVGA.com

EVGA GTX 280 was $649 on June 17th launch day.. Sad  At least the box is signed by k|ngp|n. Smiley




*update 1*

WOW NO WAY!

I didn't even have to reformat, and I'm in RAID0! :wowzers


I am already thoroughly impressed with this motherboard. Cheesy


But I'm going to reformat it anyways...just need to pull a few files off the drives first.


This is where I was:



It's weird how the Core i7 CPUs have to be inserted backwards:



This is where I am now.  I'm using stock cooling for the next week or so until my Thermalright TRUE Copper arrives. Wink








Next up (if all goes well) - Benchmarks and Crysis performance. Cheesy
28  Software / Games / GotGame Launches Rogue, The First In-Game Web Browser on: November 21, 2008, 10:16:20 PM
GotGame Launches Rogue, The First In-Game Web Browser
November 21, 2008, 9:00 AM

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- GotGame, the company that enables gamers to access the in-game content they desire, today launched Rogue, its highly anticipated web browser.

Gamers spend a quarter of their time in game waiting for teammates to log in or games to load. They want something to do during this downtime, but exiting or minimizing the game means missing critical action.

Rogue eliminates this waiting game, enabling PC gamers to surf the web via a fully functional web browser without ever leaving their favorite games. Players can navigate to Wowhead to obtain information about items in World of Warcraft, or pull up Hulu to watch movie clips between Counter-Strike rounds; these are just two of the countless options available.

In order to use Rogue, gamers simply visit rogue.gotgame.com and download the free application. By hitting a hotkey, users can overlay the application in their favorite games; the browser will appear as though it were a part of the game itself, without disrupting any in-game functionality.

You can see a video of Rogue in action on YouTube or GotGame Videos.

The application is optimized to impact the gaming experience as little as possible. Gamers can set the browser's transparency setting so the entire game screen is still visible, even if the browser is open. This means that they can, for instance, watch online videos overlaying their game at 50% transparency, while at the same time "grinding" for experience in Age of Conan.


Rogue's Notable Features:
-- Game overlay for Windows XP & Vista
-- Full CSS, Javascript, and Flash support
-- Hot key to open/hide browser when in game
-- Configurable transparency settings
-- Optimization toggle for faster/slower computers



About GotGame

GotGame enables gamers to access the content and community they crave through a variety of in-game applications and Internet content portals. Through the LIVE and Rogue downloadable applications, GotGame offers gamers advanced communication, browser, and content delivery tools they can use inside of the most popular PC games. GotGame also operates the GotGame Network, which includes one of the most exciting gaming video-sharing sites (videos.gotgame.com), a widely-read gaming news site (news.gotgame.com), and the largest syndicated radio show about gaming in the world (radio.gotgame.com).


http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/11-21-2008/0004930576&EDATE=
29  Hardware / Processors - CPU / Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 CPU Cooler Now Available - LIMITED QUANTITIES! on: November 20, 2008, 06:18:00 PM
Just wanted to let all the Core i7 owners know that Moddersmart has the Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 in stock and available for shipping on Friday, November 21st.  This heatsink is in very limited quantities as of now, so get them while they're available!

http://www.moddersmart.com/en/noctua-nh-u12p-se1366.html



30  Hardware / Motherboard / ** EVGA X58 SLI Unboxing and Nehalem Rig Setup ** on: November 19, 2008, 02:04:51 AM
Well..you can guess what just arrived in the mail today. Cheesy

I got the Core i7 965 Extreme and Patriot memory on November 16th, a day before launch.  Now that the board is here, it's time to put it all together. Wink

*Thread will be updated as I make progress.  Specs in sig.  Enjoy.


(pics taken with iPhone 3G)


By the way, the GTX 280 box was signed by k|ngp|n at NVISION 08. Wink







Here's the included Visual Guide if anyone's interested:





6GB of Patriot Extreme Performance Viper Series DDR3 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 in triple-channel config on the EVGA X58 SLI Wink



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