"For more than 14 years, our 3DMark series has lead the way in advanced real-time rendering. The new 3DMark continues that tradition with a new test called Fire Strike, which uses techniques that are extremely demanding on today's hardware, but which are likely to become commonplace in PC games in two to three years time.
Fire Strike is our new showcase DirectX 11 benchmark designed for high-performance gaming PCs. It is our most ambitious and technical benchmark ever, featuring real-time graphics rendered with detail and complexity far beyond what you can find in other benchmarks and games today.
The 3DMark Fire Strike trailer shows a short segment taken from the Fire Strike demo using the Extreme preset and rendered natively at 2560x1440 resolution.
Some of the techniques used include tessellation, dynamic particle illumination and shadowing, smoke simulation using grid-based fluid dynamics, volume ray casting with shadows and a wide variety of post processing effects including depth of field, blooms, distortions and various lens effects."
Expect the NEW 3DMark 2013 to drop before the end of the year!
The i3DSpeed informs you about performance of popular graphics cards and the best price/performance deals in the market. This time we upgraded the testbed, added new benchmarks and the test results of the overclocked GeForce GTX 570 and GTX 560 Ti."
JULY 20, 2012 - Futuremark® has announced its fourth annual Lords of Overclocking competition in partnership with MSI, Intel, Kingston and IN WIN. One of the year's most anticipated contests, Lords of Overclocking 2012 will bring together the top overclocking talent from around the world to compete for the final three "money-can't buy" places at the prestigious MSI Master Overclocking Arena (MOA) event in Taipei, Taiwan later this year. Lords of Overclocking 2012 starts July 27, runs until August 23, and is open to everyone with MSI brand mainboards and graphics cards. Prizes, rules and full details can be found on the contest page: http://www.3dmark.com/competitions/MSI-LOC-2012/
With regional qualifying for Master Overclocking Arena now complete, Futuremark's Lords of Overclocking contest is the last chance for overclockers to earn their place in the MOA grand final. With three places up for grabs, contestants will be competing in three separate categories using 3DMark 11, the world's most popular gaming benchmark for DirectX 11 PCs. 3DMark 11 can be downloaded for free from http://www.3dmark.com/3dmark11/
Winner 1: Highest 3DMark 11 overall score using the Performance preset. Contestants must use a single MSI graphics card and an MSI mainboard.
Winner 2: Highest 3DMark 11 Physics score, a test of pure CPU performance using simulated rigid body physics. Contestants must use an MSI mainboard and graphics card.
Winner 3: Highest 3DMark 11 Graphics score using the Performance preset, a measure of GPU performance. Contestants must use an MSI mainboard and MSI brand graphics cards only. There is no limit to number of GPUs in this category.
Prizes for the top scores entered during each week of the four week long contest include the new "OC Certified" MSI Z77 MPOWER motherboard and the HD 7870 Hawk video card equipped with Military Class III components certified to MIL-STD-810G military standards in seven different categories. Additional prizes from Kingston include HyperX 3K SSDs 90GB and HyperX T1 DDR3-2400 4GBx2 Dual Channel Memory modules, and from IN WIN, a pair of GR one Grey Full Tower and H-Frame ATX PC cases.
While competition for the top scores is sure to be fierce, everyone who submits a qualifying entry score has a chance to win a weekly lucky draw prize chosen from an MSI ZH77A-G43 mainboard, MSI HD 7770 Power Edition 1GD5/OC graphics card, In Win Commander III 800W 80Plus Gold power supply or a Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0 USB drive 32GB. There are no limits to the number of times you can enter the contest.
Lord of Overclocking 2012 overclocking contest - July 27 - Aug 23
The ocinside.de overclocking software page got an extensive update with dozens of tools to tune, benchmark and test the PC hardware. If you like to overclock, benchmark, backup, or monitor your PC or if you just like to check your components, this is the right place for you. There are useful older Shareware and Freeware tools, as well as the latest tweaking tools to change the CPU multiplier or increase the FSB and to overclock current nVidia or AMD/ATI video cards in Windows 7, Windows Vista, XP, Linux, Mac OS X and so on. Most of the latest programs like e.g. the SiSoftware Sandra Software, Futuremark 3DMark and PCMark benchmark programs are hosted in the most current version on the ocinside.de Servers. The overview contains direct downloads, links to the developers, a small description and the size of the respective software.
This is the improved version of the x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 benchmark which had become a standard CPU benchmark for Tech ARP as well as many other hardware enthusiasts. We have completely revamped the benchmark by using a new 1080p video sample, as well as added both 64-bit and 32-bit tests using the latest r2200 x264 encoder. There have been other major changes under the hood as well, to make it a better stress test for newer multi-core processors. All these changes make the x264 HD Benchmark 5.0 the new best tool for testing the full capabilities of modern multi-core, multi-threaded processors."
This is the improved version of the x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 benchmark
which had become a standard CPU benchmark for Tech ARP as well as many
other hardware enthusiasts.
We have completely revamped the benchmark by using a new 1080p video
sample, as well as added both 64-bit and 32-bit tests using the latest
r2200 x264 encoder. There have been other major changes under the hood
as well, to make it a better stress test for newer multi-core
processors. All these changes make the x264 HD Benchmark 5.0 the new
best tool for testing the full capabilities of modern multi-core,
Today we weren`t able to bring our Intel Core i7 3770K `Ivy Bridge` processor beyond 4.7GHz with complete stability. This is a little disappointing, but not the end of the world. We have to keep in mind that processor frequency isn`t quite as important as it once was. Where the problem seems to reside, is in the temperatures..."
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software. Sandra is a (girl) name of Greek origin that means `defender`, `helper of mankind`."
Futuremark is well known in the gaming community, but not for its games. Better known for its benchmarks such as 3D Mark, it`s proving itself capable of more than just synthetic tests. Shattered Horizons was its first foray into making games back in 2009. Keeping the space theme but moving back in time, we have at our digital hands, Unstoppable Gorg!"
Only 5 more days left before we close the doors of our last contest of 2011 through which we are giving away 3 awesome prizes by RaidSonic and so we sincerely hope you can all join us once again.,,,,,,,,"
The i3DSpeed informs you about performance of popular graphics cards and the best price/performance deals in the market. This time we retested all graphics cards with NVIDIA Drivers 290.36 and AMD CATALYST 11.12; added test results of AMD Radeon HD 7970."
Futuremark 3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world`s most popular benchmark for measuring the graphics performance of gaming PCs. Designed for testing DirectX 11 hardware running on Windows 7 and Windows Vista the benchmark includes six all new benchmark tests. The Basic Edition is free to use and allows an unlimited number of benchmark runs without registration or expiry. * Bullet physics library updated to 2.79 in order to improve compatibility with current and future CPUs and GPUs. * Manual GPU Selection option now available on the Help-tab. * Updated SystemInfo module to version 4.6 with improved compatibility with current and future hardware. * Improved error handling and messages. * A new More tab with information about new Futuremark benchmarks. * Professional Edition activation now requires online key verification. Download"
PCMark 7 is a new Futuremark benchmark offering complete PC performance testing for Windows 7, is now available to download and purchase. PCMark 7 is available in 3 editions: the free Basic Edition offering unlimited runs of the PCMark test suite without registration or expiry, the Advanced Edition which includes all 7 benchmark tests and the Professional Edition which unlocks all features and is the only edition licensed for commercial use. PCMark 7 is the latest benchmark from developer Futuremark and joins existing Windows PC tests PCMark05 for Windows XP and PCMark Vantage for Windows Vista. PCMark 7 provides a set of 7 PC tests for measuring different aspects of PC performance with a high degree of accuracy. Overall system performance is measured by the PCMark test. The Lightweight test measures the capabilities of entry level systems and mobility platforms unable to run the full PCMark test. Common use performance is measured by the Entertainment, Creativity and Productivity tests. Component performance is measured by the Computation and Storage hardware tests. The Storage test is ideal for testing SSDs and external hard drives in addition to the system drive. Download"
Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen Oct 02 | Beginners Guides Rating:
A broken or cracked LCD screen makes a laptop utterly useless, good thing
PCSTATS can show you how to replace that busted laptop screen with a minimum of fuss and for less money than a service center charges. PCSTATS will be fixing a cracked LCD screen on a Lenovo T530 ThinkPad notebook, the general procedures outlined here work for any notebook though.