Let me paint a picture - you've read our Radeon HD 5970 video card overclocking article here and you can't help but feel excited about the potential power that you're able to achieve from it. So you start going around and hunting one down, wondering which is the best to buy. So you go over to Newegg and find this. The XFX HD 5970 Black Edition, not only does it sound fancy, but the price tag of $709.99 and the specification saying Core Clock 725 MHz (up to +30% with OverVolt Tool) and Memory Clock 4GHz (up to +20% with OverVolt Tool).
So with everything looking good, the video card arrives (probably after a month due to stock issues) and you throw it in your system and figure since you've just thrown together a nice X58 testbed with 6GB of memory, it's time to install Windows 7 64-bit and get into some serious gaming action over the holidays. So with everything installed, drivers done, thrown on some games, ran a 3DMark to make sure everything's where it should be and you say "Okay, I don't need any more power, but let's fire up the Special XFX Overvolt tool anyway and overclock this sucka..."
Opening up the XFX Overvolt program you find yourself denied! Hmm, this is weird you think, so you get in contact with XFX and the conversation goes a little like this: (note that his conversation involves Australian dollars and hasn't been edited)
[ 11/27/2009 7:11:49 AM] Registered my card, downloaded the overvolt tool, installed, .exe will only run under administrator, but it says "Sorry this tool does not support your video card" WTF $1200 video card and your software doesn't work?
[JEDY 11/27/2009 11:42:03 AM] Hi, thanks for your message,it is strange. could you tell us what bios version your card? thanks Jedy
[ 11/27/2009 11:46:25 AM] How can I tell that, would GPU-Z show that info? I have 2 more cards here from the same batch but they are for my customers, I hope they don't have the same grief that I have had.
[JEDY 11/27/2009 11:52:53 AM] Hi,Thanks for the update.you can find the bios information from CCC. thanks Jedy
[ 11/30/2009 8:50:33 AM] Sorry for not replying over the weekend, we had other machines on the test bench, Bios Version 012.013.000.002 Bios Part Number 113-HD58-970-102 Bios Date 2009/11/11
[ 12/2/2009 7:29:12 AM] Its been a few days since I replied, any update on this?
[JEDY 12/3/2009 9:17:09 AM] Hi,Thanks for the update. this software can't run under 64bit OS. thanks Jedy
[ 12/3/2009 10:11:32 AM] Why didnt you tell me this back in November, as if any power user would use 32bit OS these days. is the program from ATI written in 16bit, thats very old-school. Au$1200 Epic fail...
"Epic Fail"... I don't think I could put it better myself.
So if you're hunting down a Radeon HD 5970 and you want to do some real overclocking with the assistance of the Overvolt tool, the HD 5970 from XFX might be worth avoiding for the moment. Not only is it overly expensive at $709.99 USD, but technically you could go as far to say it's falsely advertised. Considering XFX consider themselves a bit of a performance company it's disappointing, or as our friend so delicately put it, an Epic Fail.
It's something worth noting as the last thing you want to do is get home and find that the software you need to really get full advantage of the model isn't going to work on your computer. Apart from the ATI branded HD 5970 we've tested a Sapphire model and a Gigabyte model and both worked with the readily available ATI branded Overvolt program.
With ATI set to launch the new Radeon HD 5500 and 5600 series at CES which starts on the 7th of January and the HD 5400 series later that month, the company is about to flood the market with a huge amount of low-end cards.
Word has come through that in the HD 5600 series alone ATIs partners will have the option to use as many of the six variances they want. Why we don't know 100% what the different variances include we've been told it's a combination of connectivity and memory. It's probably fairly safe to assume that we'll end up with an Eyefinity version along with 512MB and 1GB versions. Within the series we'll no doubt see two model names which should consist of the HD 5650 and HD 5670 simply by going off past trends.
As for the HD 5500 and HD 5400, we have been told that ATI will offer between two and three variances which means a total of six variances in those bottom two series and another six variances in the HD 5600 series bringing us to a grant total of 12 new video cards.
While I had planned to get stuck back into reviewing early January it is becoming extremely clear that the option to be a bit slack is quickly fading away.
We've just received word that ATI have just sent out the design kit to its ATI partners this week. So what does that mean? Well it means that come January we'll begin to see companies offer their own design of Radeon HD 5800 series video cards, this also means that ATI probably have confidence in their supply of chips come early next year as well.
This is good news for everyone, for starters the supply will mean that if you're looking for a HD 5800 series, you shouldn't run into any dramas. Secondly with the launch of the Fermi based boards from NVIDIA, ATI only partners like Sapphire and HIS can work at making a product that will compete with the green teams new model, which is no doubt going to beat a stock HD 5870 for the simple fact that it needs too.
While we can't confirm 100%, come January we should see models like the Atomic from Sapphire, TurboX from HIS and other pre overclocked models from partners producing ATI products.
With the official introduction this week of the hot ATI HD 5970 video card with dual GPUs, we all knew that NVIDIA would be forced to answer in the continuing war for the high-end graphics crown. I expected NVIDIA to unveil its own dual GPU card soon, but it seems that Big Green may instead be loosening up a bit and allowing its card partners to get jiggy with new designs.
Galaxy is hard at work in a new dual GPU video card that will reportedly cram two of the potent GTX 285 GPUs onto one PCB. The downside to the impressive sounding video card is that it will be in very limited quantities and the price is rumored to be at about $1000. You could almost buy two of those HD 5970 cards for that much loot.
At this point, the cards only exist as CAD drawings and it appears that the drawings show each GPU getting its own fan and cooler. The card is said to be hitting market before Christmas, which is only a month or so away now.
Today marked the official introduction of the very powerful ATI HD 5970 video card. As you might expect the unveiling of a new video card means we also have new desktop computers hitting today that feature the card inside.
Maingear has announced that it is cramming not one, but two of the new HD 5970 video cards into the Shift desktop. When equipped with the dual video cards the Shift has 10 teraflops of visual compute power according to Maingear.
The downside is that adding the dual HD 5970 video cards to the Shift tacks on over $1500 to the selling price of the machine. A fully equipped Shift with the dual cards will set you back over $6,000. As they say, you can have cheap or you can have fast, but not both.
Last week a fellow called David Cummings, Director of Marketing for Desktop GPU from AMD, flew into Taipei and gave local press here in Taiwan a solid presentation on the new ATI Radeon 5970 dual GPU video that is being released today around the world.
We headed on over to the AMD offices in Taipei and recorded the presentation for everyone to watch. It summarizes the new video card in AMD speak, but David does go into quite a bit of details, especially the "UNLOCKED" feature of the card that allows for some pretty insane overclocking.
At the end of the video we also get a bit of a hands-on look at ATI Eyefinity technology running DiRT 2, which is an upcoming DX11 rally car game.
For the actual performance numbers of the card, take a look at our review of the Sapphire Radeon HD 5970 video card right here.
MSI has unveiled the world's first N240GT video card that supports over voltage overclocking with Afterburner. Afterburner is MSI's overclocking application and the company claims that the GPU can be increased by up to 30%.
The app allows the user to adjust the voltage and overclocking configurations. The video card also supports DirectX 10.1 and has an HDMI output. The NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 GPU used in the video card is built on the 40nm process.
The smaller nanometer process architecture helps the card stay cool when overclocking. MSI also uses Hi-C Cap solid-state capacitors and chokes in the construction of the card to help it withstand stresses of overclocking. Pricing and availability are unknown.
Last week we visited the Albatron headquarters here in Taipei and got a good look at its new optical multi-touch technology with their 42-inch LCD HDTV and 22-inch LCD monitor products.
Robert from Albatron firstly provides us with an introduction to the product and then shows us a range of touch applications and games using the optical touch technology using Windows 7.
The good news is that these products are not prototypes and they are actually shipping right now.
I'll have a touch glass panel for my Sony HDTV, thanks guys! In fact, I'd like a glass panel for all of my displays.
YouTube is a fun distraction for many Internet users where you can go to watch music videos and see other geeks make a fool of themselves. The thing that is common to many videos on the service is poor quality, and let's face it anything less than HD res is poor quality today.
With the plethora of new, cheap 1080p capable camcorders on the market today YouTube is now set to start supporting the 1080p resolution. That means that you can make a fool out of yourself in 1080p HD glory and let everyone see how bad your complexion is.
YouTube also notes that users who uploaded their videos in 1080p before and had the video changed to 720p on upload will be getting encoded to 1080p for viewing. The 1080p videos will also be viewable full screen, if your TV or monitor supports that resolution.
Today we stopped by the IKONIK office in Taipei and got a look at its near final version of the Ra 2000 full tower case.
Ra 2000 has been a computer chassis in development by the folks at IKONIK for around 8 months or more and after many changes to perfect it; they are very close to shipping.
In fact, it is already for sale in Hong Kong and will go on sale shortly in New Zealand. Australia and North America need to wait till the end of the year. It should go on sale for around $150 USD.
Hit the play button below to see our video introduction.
What do you think of the case? Comment by clicking on the video and going to our YouTube site.
When it comes to ultraportables, GIGABYTE like to make sure they're offering something different to capture one's attention. Not unlike their Booktop M1022, the new 1305 also comes with a desktop docking station which gives the notebook a GeForce GT 220 GPU to play with and 1GB of DDR3 memory.
The netbook itself sports a 13.3-inch screen running a res of 1,366 x 768 and uses Intel's CULV processor. Up to 4GB of RAM can be added to the machine, a 500GB HDD and an optical drive. The full feature set is quite wholesome with a combo eSATA/USB port, two USB, HDMI, Gigabit ethernet, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and WiFi b/g/n, vGA out, multi-format card reader, 1.3 megapixel webcam and fingerprint reader.
As for the included docking station, that gets six USB 2.0 ports, VGA, HDMI and DVI video outputs, gigabit ethernet and audio in/out, along with that NVIDIA graphics card of course. The standard M1305 battery is a 6-cell 3,800mAh pack which Gigabyte claim is good for up to 6.5hrs of runtime; you can also swap out the optical drive for a secondary battery adding another 4hrs.
Pricing and availability is yet to be announced, we just know it's 'coming soon'.
The folks at NetbookNews managed to get some hands-on with the Booktop M1305 and have put together a video showing it off which you can watch here :-
In our most recent poll, we asked our readers who their favorite video card maker is and we have had a voter turnout of over 5,100 people currently.
Out in front, Sapphire is the most popular video card maker of TweakTown readers taking 18% of the votes.
Next up we saw that XFX coming in at a close second with 17% of the votes.
Third place goes to both ASUS and eVGA who have an even split at 15% and forth goes to GIGABYTE.
For the actual numbers, go here.
In our latest poll, we want to know what operating system you use to play games. Let us know! Please go here to vote! We will be using this information to determine what operating system(s) we use for our video card reviews and video card driver performance articles.
Last Friday Microsoft held its Taiwan Windows 7 launch at the grand Formosa Regency hotel in Taipei City and we just had to go along and check it out and see if there were any surprises in store for us on the hardware side.
Microsoft invited its vast amount of software and hardware partners to showcase their newest products running Redmond's new super doper operating system. There were all-in-one systems, small notebooks (netbooks) and normal notebooks on display for all to see, touch and use.
There was nothing terribly new or exciting on display, but one product that did catch our attention and one that has actually been on the market for sometime already, is the Dialogue FlyBook V5 notebook running Windows 7 Ultimate, of course. We haven't seen it before and haven't seen it covered much online before, so we thought we'd tape it.
It's a super interesting product in that it implements an adjustable hinge for the screen that allows for all sorts of angular adjustments which makes it perfect for the frequent techy air traveler for those long and annoying economy class flights.
Watch our video below - we also managed to throw in some booth babes to spice things up a bit.
Not bad, huh?
Codemasters all excited by the demonstration of its upcoming car racing game DiRT 2 during the recently finished Windows 7 launch event in NYC, sent us over a tech video off the game for us all to see.
The video shows firstly the difference in image quality between DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 and goes on to show some of the extra graphics processing ability of DX11 and Windows 7.
Also announced is that you'll be able to buy this game all around the world by around December 4th, depending on where you are located. Of course, right now, you'll need a DX11 video card from AMD to enable the fancy DX11 features.
Check out the video here which we uploaded:
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - Oct. 22, 2009 - Codemasters® today revealed the DirectX 11-powered Games for Windows Live edition of DiRT 2 at Microsoft Corp.'s New York Windows 7 Launch Event. Codemasters also announced that the Games for Windows Live version of the highly-anticipated racer will be shipping on December 1st in North America and releasing on December 3rd through EPAC territories with a December 4th street date in the UK.
Following the critical and commercial success of the console editions of DiRT 2, Codemasters Studios has integrated the wealth of new performance-enhancing features available in DirectX 11 in the Games for Windows Live edition. DiRT 2 will deliver the definitive off-road experience and its launch will herald a new generation of games powered by the superior DirectX 11 technologies. Gamers can preview DiRT 2 as powered by DirectX 11 in gameplay and tech videos now showing at http://www.dirt2game.com.
"The opportunity to enter into a strategic relationship with Microsoft to fuse key DirectX 11 technologies with Codemasters' EGO™ Engine and set the new standard in race gaming on home computers was irresistible," said Bryan Marshall, chief technical officer, Codemasters. "By taking advantage of the DirectX 11 feature set included in Windows 7, including hardware tessellation, multi-threading and Shader Model 5.0, we will deliver the most immersive and realistic off-road racing experience yet and set the technical benchmark in the genre."
Codemasters will take advantage of DirectX 11 features to add to the realism of the racing environment. Hardware tessellation will further improve the appearance of water and other surfaces as well as crowd animations. The performance of Shader Model 5.0 will aid in creating an even richer 3D experience, enhancing key image quality parameters such as depth of field, ambient occlusion and shadows. These DirectX 11 features, and many others, combine to deliver the most exciting and visceral racing experience yet.
"By working together with Codemasters to deliver early access to DirectX11 technologies for the Games for Windows Live edition of DiRT 2, we are able to demonstrate the new levels of immersive gameplay and visual performance gamers can experience in Windows 7," said Mike Ybarra, general manager of Windows Product Management at Microsoft. "Through our strategic relationship and the delivery of the DirectX 11 feature set, we are confident Codemasters will lead the way in the development of the next generation of PC games."
DiRT 2 Games for Windows Live edition supporting DirectX 11 technology is set to ship on December 1st in North America and releasing on December 3rd through EPAC territories with a December 4th street date in the UK. Editions for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Wii™, Nintendo DS™ and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system are in stores now. For the latest videos and information, accelerate over to http://www.dirt2game.com.
ASUS' Eee Keyboard is almost ready for the masses with word having come in recently that ASUS plan to launch it before the month is out. This is a pretty exciting piece of hardware, reminiscing of the days of Commodore whereby a whole PC is integrated into the keyboard.
The crew over at Netbooknews were invited into the ASUS Eee Home whereby a demonstration took place showing off the EeeKeyboard's very impressive capabilities; streaming 720p content over ultra wide band. Furthermore, it was noted that this model was a final production sample with resistive touch screen and integrated stylus.
If you have any remote interest in this very tidy unit from previous tidbits shared out, I highly recommend you Watch the 7 and a half minute demonstration below. I'm confident this baby will be a real hit.
We just got back from the Viewsonic press conference in Taipei city that concluded only a couple of hours ago.
At the event, Viewsonic launched a slew of new notebooks, but notably missing were any new netbooks or nettops. There was talk of an NVIDIA ION based netbook being launched today, but that wasn't to be either.
We managed to go hands-on with the brand new ViewBook Pro notebook. It is Viewsonic's CULV notebook that comes with an Intel Core 2 SU7300 processor and 2GB of RAM, with the option to upgrade to 4GB of DDR3 memory. Viewsonic claims 8 hours battery life, but that can be extended to a maximum of 12 hours by adding in a secondary battery in the optical drive bay area.
There are two models - a black and silver one. The silver model (Pro S) is supposed to come with a 8x DVD burner for $1099 USD and the black model (Pro B) is supposed to be cheaper at $999 USD since it lacks the optical drive. The standard ViewBook will go on sale around the world next week, but the ViewBook Pro will begin selling next month.
More in our video right here, watch:
We'll push Viewsonic to send us one for review soon!
Today AMD took the covers off its latest ATI video cards - the Radeon HD 5770 and 5750.
Both are mid-range cards designed to complement the high-end 5800 series, but manage to offer quite a punch in the performance stakes for the price. Both GPUs come with DirectX 11 and CrossfireX support.
So far we have reviewed the ATI Radeon HD 5770 in the form of the Sapphire model and later today we'll have our review posted of the 5750. Here are some other reviews to check out:
- Hardware Zone (5770)
- AnandTech (5770 and 5750)
- Elite Bastards (5770 and 5750)
- techPowerUp (5770)
- Hardware Canucks (5750)
- Hardware Canucks (5770)
- NeoSeeker (5770 and 5750)
- Phoronix (5770 and 5750)
- Hot Hardware (5770 and 5750)
- PC Per (5770 and 5750)
- Benchmark Reviews (5770)
- Tech Spot (5770)
- Motherboards.org (5770 and 5750 Roundup)
- PC Games and Hardware (5770)
- AMD Zone (5770 and 5750)
- Techgage (5770)
- Bjorn3D (5770)
- Modders-Inc (5750)
Happy reading and we'll add more as they come in!
Our Download of the Day today is Any Video Converter 2.78.
Any Video Converter is an All-in-One video converting tool with easy-to-use graphical interface, fast converting speed and excellent video quality. It allows you to effortlessly convert video files between every format! It can convert almost all video formats including DivX, XviD, MOV, rm, rmvb, MPEG, VOB, DVD, WMV, AVI to MPEG-4 movie format for iPod/PSP or other portable video device, MP4 player or smart phone. It also supports any user defined video file formats as the output. Any Video Converter makes it easy for anyone to enjoy the any format video with your iPod, PSP, mobile phone or MP4 player.
• User-friendly interface that is easy to use.
• Converts all video formats to Apple iPod Video, Sony PSP and more
• Batch convert any video formats including avi, wmv, asf, mpg, mp4, etc.
• Support DivX and Xvid avi format as importing and exporting video
• Support default video/audio settings or user customized parameters for video and audio.
• Has the option to preview the video in real-time before conversion .
• World's fastest video conversion speed with stunning video and audio quality.
• Supports adjust many video/audio options for MP4 files. For example, video/audio sample rate, bit rate, video size...
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 2.78
* Supports output profile for Zune HD.
* Supports F4V, TS as input video file formats.
* Updates the language files.
* Fixes bug concerning downloading problem because of YouTube account login error.
* Fixes bug concerning the audio playing back error for the amrnb/amrwb input file.
Yesterday we described to you what new technologies like Intel's Light Peak could mean in the future. But there was no real hard evidence to show just how powerful something like this could be.
Today we have a video take by the gang at Engadget that shows a small sampling of what Light Peak is capable of even at this early stage of development.
What you see is a "hackintosh" system based on an Intel CPU and chipset. They then run 1080p video and a large file transfer over the Light Peak connection at the same time. Pretty impressive stuff if you ask me.
Now the next steps will be a method of putting this into a smaller footprint and making it affordable for the consumer. Can you imagine being able to swap out a single cable instead of the mass of cables we currently use? I suppose the next step is sending power of this line, at that point we will have a single step setup of our computers.
Of course the minor news here is that it looks like Intel might be violating Apple's EULA by not using genuine Apple products. Then again this seems like something that Apple would be very interested in and working with Intel on as it can maintain the sterile and clean look they so desire.
Alright, it seems the content distribution market is becoming like the netbook market. Everyone has or wants something to offer for download.
The latest in the game of low priced content is YouTube, fo course this means Google in reality but hey who's checking
Youtube the spawning grounds of more Mind Numbing viedos that just about any other in the history of the internet is looking to ink a deal that would allow they to provide premium (pronounce that new release) video content at a pay per view pricing rate.
This is an interesting change and would put them into competition with people like Netflix. For starters the films will only be Standard Definition but maybe with Google's bank account they can entice the studios into allowing some streaming HD content soon
There are a lot of cool things about the new ZuneHD. One of the biggest is that it is going to use nVidia's Tegra under the hood. It should also have native support for Flash and a few other Codecs that are commonly used for media playback.
These differences have propelled it into the mantel of "iPod Killer" This is really quite a possibility as it certainly has the hardware and the Codec support to back up its bid for the throne. The problem is, how to beat Apple Marketing.
But all that aside one of the things that people are looking to see if can MS improve the interface on the Zune HD. Well someone has managed to get a sneaky little video of the new Zune HD in action. If nothing else we can see some of what we can expect from the new PMP from MS.