Benchmarks were leaking all over the place leading up to the launches of the new AMD and Nvidia GPUs; Intel, apparently, runs a tight ship with a tight-lipped crew. Even though several signs point to an Ivy Bridge launch in less than a week, we've still heard next to nothing about how the new CPUs performs in the real world. Today, however, a review of an Ivy Bridge-sporting HP EliteBook 8470p laptop popped up online.
Few acts manifest the Maximum PC ethos as much as overclocking. Overclockers with something to prove have long been able to post their various benchmarking scores on HWBot to determine the king of the processor-pushing hill; now, that drive for MOAR can earn more than just bragging rights. Gigabyte just announced it has teamed up with HWBot for the "Gigabyte Spring Extreme Competition." Tinkerers with Gigabyte mobos and AMD processors are invited to try to push their systems to the (almost) breaking point, and the three people with the most prolific overclocking prowess will earn brand-spankin'-new Bulldozer-friendly mobos.
While most of us were sitting around watching football and ringing in the New Year over the holiday weekend, our friends over at VR-Zone were getting their geek on by modding and benchmarking AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards. They started with a single HD 7970 board, of which they quickly modded with a special BIOS that allowed them to bump up the core voltage from 1.15V to 1.25V.
The man in charge of processor development at Intel’s Mobile and Communications unit, Mike Bell recently termed the chipmaker’s upcoming Medfield SoC its “first real foray” into the mobile space in an interview with Reuters. As you’d expect, he is confident of the chip being “very competitive in the time frame that it ships against anything in the market.” But does Intel have anything to back up its claim?
Ever since Intel laid to rest it's Netburst architecture, AMD has only been able to look back and reminisce about a time when the Sunnyvale chip maker held the performance crown the way a washed up athlete remembers his days as an all-star on the high school football team. We're not saying AMD is washed up by any means, it just hasn't been able to dominate the benchmarks chart. The company's upcoming Bulldozer could change all that, especially if leaked benchmarks turn out to be legit.
Bragging about a 3DMark06 score is like, well, bragging about a 3DMark06 score. But hey, Eurocom didn't just score high on the dated benchmark suite, it set a new record for mobile performance with its new Panther 2.0 notebook, the company said.
According to Eurocom's internal testing, the Panther 2.0 scored 22,669 points, the first notebook ever to do so courtesy of two AMD Radeon Mobility HD 6970M GPUs in a CrossFireX configuration. It also scored P22,667 in the more modern (and much more relevant) 3DMark Vantage benchmark, and P5,689 in the newly released 3DMark11 suite.
The Panther 2.0 configuration used for Eurocom's benchmark runs packed some powerful components, including an Intel Core i7 980X processor, 12GB of DDR3-1333, and a 500GB 7200RPM Solid Hybrid drive from Seagate.
If you're wondering which is the faster videocard, Nvidia's GeForce GTX 580 or AMD's Radeon HD 6970, don't take this as the end-all-be-all. But for what it's worth, Nvidia's crown jewel came out ahead of AMD's upcoming Cayman part in the newly released 3DMark 11 benchmark during Fudzilla's limited round of tests.
Fudzilla said the HD 6970 scored lower than 8,000 at entry settings while the GTX 580 posted 8700 in the same test. The GTX 570 scored just above 8,000.
At the performance level, AMD's Cayman card posted a score around 5,300, while the GTX 580 scored a little below 6,000 and the GTX 570 managed 5,250. Things leveled out a little bit at the Extreme settings, with the HD 6970 posting 1,800, while the GTX 580 scored 1,950.
We reported on this once before, but now it's official -- a company called FinalWire has officially taken the reigns of Everest, discontinued the popular benchmarking suite, and replaced it with AIDA64.
"Today is a significant step forward in our progress to deliver a class-leading diagnostics and benchmarking solution," said Tamas Miklos, managing director of FinalWire. "The addition of Lavalys' customers and technologies will enable us to accelerate investments, meet a wider set of customer needs through a richer solution set, increase efficiencies, and significantly expand our opportunities for growth."
Existing Everest owners need only verify their previous purchase by providing their name, email address, and product key in order to migrate to AIDA64 free of charge. Those with an expired license can purchase an upgrade license for 30 percent off.
AIDA64 is essentially the same program as Everest, built by the same developers, only actively updated to support modern hardware.
Futuremark, the Finland-based maker of several popular benchmarking tools, today announced that 3DMark 11 will be released on November 30, 2010, with pre-orders beginning today.
The free version includes the Performance PC benchmark preset, an audio/visual demo fixed at 720p, the ability to browser, search, and compare results online, and store one result online.
For $20, the Advanced Edition ups the ante with Entry-level and Extreme PC benchmark presets, custom benchmark settings, custom resolutions for the audio/visual demo, benchmark looping to test stability, unlimited online results storage, hide results from public view, advert-free online service, and offline result management.
3DMark is largely a graphics card benchmarking utility with the upcoming release putting a heavy focus on DirectX 11, including tessellation and volumetric lighting created with DX11.
Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 580 is what the original should have been: quieter, full-featured, faster and more efficient.
When Nvidia launched the GTX 480 -- code-named the GF100 -- early this year, the new GPU proved to be something of a mixed bag. It was undeniably fast, but also crippled – every GTX 480 GPU shipped with a full functional unit disabled. Whether that was because of yield or power issues wasn’t clear. Power clearly was a problem – Nvidia’s flagship ran hot and loud.
Given the competition, Nvidia had to get Fermi out the door. Even before the original Fermi left the building, Nvidia’s engineers were heads-down, respinning and reengineering the GF100. The result is the GF110. The new GPU is, as Emperor Palpatine might put it, “fully operational”, with all functional units now enabled.
Hit the jump for a detailed analysis of the GTX 580.