Items tagged with FTW

NVIDIA is launching a new mainstream graphics card today, the GeForce GTX 950, based on the company’s GM206 GPU. If you remember, the GM206 debuted on the GeForce GTX 960, which launched a few months back. As the new card’s name suggests though, the GM206 used on the GeForce GTX 950 isn’t quite as powerful as the one used on the GTX 960.We’ll have more details on the GPU itself below (hint: it’s got a couple of SMs disabled) and will show off and benchmark a couple of retail-ready cards from EVGA and ASUS on the pages ahead. Before we move on though, we should talk about NVIDIA’s positioning of the GTX 950. The company is targeting this card at MOBA (massive online battle arena) players, who... Read more...
More Z97 motherboards are emerging, and EVGA is the latest to announce its lineup. The company has just three boards built for Intel’s Z97 platform, but they include multiple form factors to satisfy a variety of enthusiasts. EVGA’s Z97 boards are focused on a new look for the BIOS, more efficient VRM, and a solid array of features and ports. The EVGA Z97 Classified is an EATX board sporting a chilled-out black, gray, and brownish look that features 4-way SLI support, an mSATA /mPCIe slot, and new overclocking software. This year’s ATX board, the EVGA Z97 FTW, has the same overclocking software as the Classified, and it supports 2-way SLI. Instead of an mSATA slot, the FTW has... Read more...
And the hits keep coming from EVGA; a few weeks after we got the details on the company’s GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature (with and without backplate), EVGA has announced all the information about the GeForce GTX 680 FTW. Wrapped in what is essentially the same body as the SC Signature, the FTW card sports a base clock of 1110MHz and a boost clock of 1176MHZ, both a slight bump up from the SC Signature’s 1084MHz/1150MHz. The memory clock is the same--6208MHz (effective)--and they both have 2GB of 256-bit GDDR5 memory and memory bandwidth of 198.66GB/s. The FTW has a slightly higher texture fill rate (142GT/s as opposed to 138.8GT/s). While the SC Signature has a 5-phase PWM design, the... Read more...
EVGA’s latest EATX enthusiast board is the Z77 FTW, which is built to let users push its overclocking limits. The board supports Intel 3rd-generation processors and has five PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots and one PCI-E 3.0 x1 slot that taken together can handle up to four-way SLI support with graphics cards at x8-x16-x8-x8. You can slap in up to 32GB of DDR3-2133 (x4 DIMM slots) for serious memory horsepower. Other features include dual Gigabit LAN, four SATA 6Gbps ports, four SATA 3Gbps ports, two eSATA ports, six total USB 3.0 and ten USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, and a mini DisplayPort. One of the new Precision X skins The solid gold capacitors and E-LEET Tuning Utility will certainly help overclockers,... Read more...
The EVGA GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2 is made for a specific type of enthusiast. It comes with a custom, pre-installed water block that eliminates two of the biggest concerns associated with high end graphics cards: heat and noise. When interconnected to a liquid cooling loop, the HC2 makes no sound and operates at relatively frigid temperatures. The lower-temp operating conditions inherently lead to increased overclocking ability and the performance edge that goes along with it... EVGA GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2 Review... Read more...
Once you've been bit by the enthusiast bug, a funny thing happens. Graphics cards are never fast enough. Processors will never be too powerful. And motherboards will never have too many features. Manufacturers continue to push the envelope and make enthusiast level products because of demand. Along with the goal of being the best in their respective markets, many hardware companies continue to improve their product line up to stay competitive, while also offering consumers options at different price points and performance levels. Located in Brea, California, EVGA has a solid reputation in the industry. Their customer service support is top notch with an exclusive Step-up Program and... Read more...
The EVGA Hydro Copper FTW GTX 480 looks to eliminate two of the biggest concerns regarding NVIDIA's GF100, heat and noise. Once the custom waterblock from Swiftech affixed to the EVGA Hydro Copper FTW GTX 480 is added to an existing liquid cooling loop, this videocard runs dead silent and operates at much lower temperatures than its air cooled counterparts. As an added bonus, it comes overclocked right out of the box too, and with further tweaking we expect it to hit even higher levels of performance. Read on as we add this baby to our watercooling loop to see how well it performs in stock form and how far we can push it past its rated speeds... EVGA GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW Review... Read more...
When it comes to high end graphics cards, too much is never enough. As gamers, our insatiable thirst for more pixel pushing power leads to a never ending cycle of exotic, enthusiast level videocards, including dual GPU models that take up two or three expansion slots on our motherboard. Add In Board (AIB) partner companies like EVGA regularly take supplementary measures to accommodate consumers who desire products that perform faster, run cooler, and operate with less noise than reference design models. For the most part, these steps may consist of more aggressively binning GPUs in order to provide factory overclocked options, redesigning the PCB and heatsink to support more voltage for... Read more...
By now, you know NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 480 is the fastest single GPU videocard money can currently buy. But you may also know of the heat and noise complaints that many journalists have levied on NVIDIA's new flagship product. As expected, it didn't take long for one of NVIDIA's largest AIB partners, EVGA, to offer a solution to those problems and provide water-cooling enthusiasts an enticing option that's sure to shake things up. We just got our hands on one of EVGA's GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW cards and will soon post a must read, comprehensive review. Until then, here's a taste of what's to come.  The GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW replaces the reference design heatsink fan... Read more...
How do you improve what's already the fastest GPU on the planet? By slapping the "world's best waterblock" on it and tossing the whole thing into your water cooling loop, of course! That's exactly what EVGA has done with their GTX 480 & 470 Hydro Copper FTW videocards.Swiftech gets an assist for designing the waterblock, which sports a 0.6x0.6mm thin pin matrix. The base plate is made of chrome plated electrolytic C110 copper and includes high flow fittings in both 1/2" and 3/8" sizes. To ensure the whole package stays cool, a heatpipe runs along the bottom and connects to a power mosfet heatsink.According to Nvidia, you can expect temps as low as 50C on the GTX 480 and just over 30C on the... Read more...
Here at the HotHardware labs, we like to make use of SiSoftware's Sandra benchmarks for quick and dirty measurements on relative performance of a product versus another in its class.  While the benchmark suite is virtually all synthetic testing, we've found that results and measurements generally scale pretty well with real-world performance in many cases.  Regardless, this release nearly sneaked past us yesterday but it appears SiSoftware has launched Sandra 2009 and this time, they've stepped up to 3D graphics and GPGPU benchmarking as well. London, UK, September 1st 2008 - We are pleased to launch SiSoftware Sandra 2009, the latest version... Read more...
In any discussion of the vulnerability of your computer to malware, the discussion is often centered around the cutting edge of the battles between new threats and new versions of browsers and software to combat them. But the dirty little secret we don't discuss much is: Most software is older than dirt. Does software need a fresh sale date? Security researchers are beginning to think so.In a newly published paper, Stefan Frei and Martin May of the Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory at ETH Zurich, Thomas Dubendorfer of Google Switzerland, and Gunter Ollmann of IBM (NYSE: IBM) Internet Security Systems make this recommendation because they found that 637 million (45.2%) out of 1.4 billion... Read more...
Our biggest complaint with our DirecTiVo before it died: speed, or rather lack thereof.  It's a common complaint.TiVo software version 9.3 will significantly speed up nearly all of the common tasks that customers do with a TiVo. No longer will the DVR pause for nearly a minute while it reorders Season Pass priorities or stall for half a minute when a Season Pass is created. Users will see between 10 and 30 second speed improvements in these areas.In addition, the interface will feel crisper, with TiVo Central (the default dashboard that pops up after you press the TiVo button on the remote) loading 1 second faster. Scrolling through the Now Playing list of recordings and changing the channel... Read more...
Yes, it's that same Sony BMG that was so protective of its music content that it began installing rootkit-like DRM software on consumers' PCs. That same Sony BMG has been accused of software piracy.Small French software developer PointDev is suing Sony BMG saying it uses pirated copies of PointDev's Ideal Migration software.The application manages Windows domain consolidations and provides migration tools to move networks to Windows 2000 and 2003. Sony is being accused of using this software without a license.Its offices were raided in January after PointDev obtained a search warrant from the courts.In those raids, at least four servers were found with unlicensed copies of Ideal Migration on... Read more...
When Amazon.com opened its software download service in early January, it seemed curious that they would create a downloader app if they didn't have something larger in mind. A job posting on Gamasutra suggests Amazon will soon start a PC game download store to compliment Unbox, its video-on-demand service, and the site's MP3 download store. The job posting asks programmer/engineers to apply to become a part of the Software and Video Games Digital Technology Team at Amazon, which is "responsible for digital distribution of software and video game products from the Amazon website, including the newly launched Amazon Software Download store."This is precisely what we have anticipated, though not... Read more...
If you're a software engineer fresh out of college, most people would think you'd be interested in going to work for the biggest, most stable company you could find, and pay off those student loans. It's not necessarily the case. The fight over the best talent in the industry is being won by small, cutting edge startups that promise more intimate work environments -- and a much bigger potential payoff if your little company turns into a big success. Ben Newman, 23, who expects to graduate from Stanford in June with a master's degree in computer science, is among those young pedigreed engineers who prefer the intimacy and excitement of a smaller company over the security Relevant Products/Services... Read more...
This is interesting.  Free software, but you potentially give up your privacy for it.Microsoft pulled the free software offer from its Web site Tuesday, which made free copies of Vista and Office among other applications available in exchange for feedback.Users will be required to install a piece of software on their computers for three months in order to receive the software for free. However at the same time the offer may have been tantalizing for some, for others it may have raised privacy concerns.For example, some of the information collected included Windows settings and usage, details on your hardware, file and folder structure, programs the user runs, and application crash data.Would... Read more...
Intel Upgrades Software Tools to Support Mac OS X Leopard SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 28, 2007 – Intel Corporation today announced an upgrade of its popular software tools suite for Mac OS X Leopard, the sixth major version of Apple's advanced operating system. The latest 10.1 version of the Intel C++ Compiler and Intel Fortran Compiler, as well as the Intel® Threading Building Blocks, Intel Math Kernel Libraries and Intel Performance Primitives, have been optimized for Apple's Leopard and Xcode 3.0 development environment launched last month. The combination of Intel's compilers, Leopard and Xcode 3.0 provides unprecedented support for Mac developers to take full advantage of Intel multicore processors.... Read more...
Despite the fact Hannah Montana isn't a real person, her tickets are hot, hot, hot.  Hot enough to even be mentioned on TV shows like Without a Trace, and hot enough to sell out, with some programmatic assistance.Amid an uproar over the huge demand for seats to pop idol Hannah Montana’s tour, a U.S. federal judge on Monday barred the use of automated software to make mass ticket purchases from the leading box-office service Ticketmaster.U.S. District Court Judge Audrey Collins issued a preliminary injunction against Pittsburgh-based software maker RMG Technologies, whose computer programs, Ticketmaster says, have enabled scalpers to gain rapid, repeated access to its online retail system.Scalpers'... Read more...
The words "game software" in a subject always catches our attention.  In this case researchers are trying to teach guards how to randomize their search routes, to better patrol airports.Guards are usually told to patrol in a random fashion but, being human, they tend to form habits that patient criminals can exploit. To help make their rounds less predictable, Paruchuri and colleagues created software based on game theory that simulates various random paths that a guard could take around Los Angeles International airport (LAX), and also how criminals might react. Potential rewards, such as catching more criminals, and costs, such as a terrorist explosion, are evaluated for each path.... Read more...
Today, October 8, at 8:00AM Pacific Time, Intel launched a new Web 2.0-inspired Web site. Similar to Digg, it offers a forum where people can submit and vote for their favorite software company or product.You can go to the site, register, set up an account and start submitting stories, sites, etc. They are most interested in software companies, but they are also interested in technologies in general. The site has the following categories: Digital Home, Mobility, Enterprise, and Healthcare which are, of course, the same as the various “platforms” Intel supports. There’s also an Other category, naturally. Much like Digg, you can vote up a story, or “bury” it.This site has been used internally at... Read more...
MediaDefender, on the of major players in the anti-piracy software industry, apparently had their source code heisted and BitTorrented to the far corners of the planet.  Who would do such a thing?Was it clever hackers using some super-secret back-door hack into MD's server(s)?   Perhaps some sort of virus disguised as an e-mail selling discount medication?   Maybe, but it seems more likely that this was an inside job:“It appears that this leak was not collected from the e-mails. The MD-Defenders themselves claim that a MD employee handed over the files to them, but this hasn’t be verified by other sources at this point.This leak contains a wealth of information and seriously harm MediaDefender’s... Read more...
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