Overclock3D's Weekly Review Roundup - 22/06/08

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Overclock3D's Weekly Review Roundup - 22/06/08
 
Every week Overclock3D's news mailbox is spammed full of content from partner sites around the globe. Even with a dedicated team of 50 news posters we just cant keep up! So here's a round-up of the best bits we've received over the past week:
 
The guys down at IBuyPower Australia can’t get rid of me these days. I’m surprised they haven’t started asking me to pay rent. The other day the ASUS P5E64 WS Evolution board arrived, and this thing just absolutely won me over as far as looks and features went. However, the feature that we really care about today is the fact it has four PCI Express x16 slots. While ASUS use a x16/x16/x4/x4 configuration, it’s really one of the best on the market. So, with four HD 4850s in hand and hopefully a driver that was going to work, it was time to take four of these single slot bad boys to town. - TweakTown
 
This game proves that taking a PC online shooter and porting it to the consoles is not an easy task.TTGamer
 
The Xigmatek Achilles S1284 heatsink has many improvements over the famous HDT-S1283 cooler. There are now four U-shaped heatpipes, and they are nickel-plated. The fan design is new and unique as well, with its white LEDs that light up the fan's smoke frame and orange blades. - techPowerUp
  
Today we are looking at the Logitech Driving Force GT racing wheel specifically designed to be used with the PS3 game Gran Tursimo 5 Prologue. The wheel has force feedback effects and controls to allow real-time adjustment of car performance. The force feedback effects are good with the Driving Force GT, but simply not in the same league as the G25. That said the price of the Driving Force GT is not in the same league as the G25 either. You can pick up the Driving Force GT for $149.99 and the G25 will set you back $299. For the vast majority of users the Driving Force GT will be ideal for driving games like GT5. - I4U
  
I love this game, maybe not the story, but the game is solid. Finally a future game that has future toys, and stealth gameplay that will be par for the course for all games to come. And short, not so complicated levels are quickly becoming the norm in games, and this game shines in that area. And it's not like I hate the cutscenes or the nonsense story, it's just the two steps forward, one step back (maybe step for step). I mean, take half of the dialogue and maybe it all sounds better. - [OC]ModShop
 
We are proud to present our second review for nVIDIA's GT200 series. Today we are presenting our review for GTX 260 (the first available worldwide in spanish language). We tested it against GTX 280 and GTX 9800. - MADBOXPC
 
AMD has moved the launch date of the HD 4850 forward, launching it today. The cards are positioned in the $200 range and offer several new features and performance improvements. According to our benchmark results AMD has found a winner with this card that offers excellent price/performance and energy efficiency. - techPowerUp
 
Although Intel's Core Duo and Quad processors have pretty much taken taken over the top performance rung from rival manufacturer AMD, fans of the underdog company have reason to rejoice... Phenom is here. With a new 9x50 numbering scheme to represent the latest stepping, and no longer plagued by the TLB errata, AMD re-released the Phenom X4 chips to retail suppliers with 2.2, 2.4 and 2.5 Ghz operating frequencies. So if you're finally thinking about taking the K10 plunge, or you are looking to get a little more out of your Phenom processor, this guide was written with you in mind. - OCIA.net
  
MVKTech has just released a new version of NVIDIA BIOS Editor (NiBiTor) software. NiBiTor is the original and defenitive BIOS tweaker that supports the latest NVIDIA graphics cards. NiBiTor allows graphics card enthusiasts to have full control over advanced features and functionality found on firmware on supporting cards. This to gain some extra performance, enable hidden features and extra stability on the NVIDIA graphics cards.MVKTech
 
A-DATA is one of the few companies, which offer 32 GB Compact Flash cards. We take a look at the unit and also give it a go as a hard drive, as it certainly has the size for such a scenario. - techPowerUp
 
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18-06-2008, 15:27:21

Toxcity
Well more voltage = more current. So that is logical.
I just did a test by setting everything back to stock and the squeal is still there so it must be the GPU as Kemp said.

I have now decided after getting a serious head ache(Ow ow ow) and realizing I have to change in and out of SLI mode to run the client that it isn't worth it for the time being. :)

Although, when the client was running stable(for 3mins) it sure does fly.

18-06-2008, 16:38:23

gotmaxpower
My 8800GT did that earlier today when I put it to 702/2016/1728.

I wondered what it was, I was moving further and further back to avoid explosion damage. :D

18-06-2008, 16:45:12

BloomerzUK
My computer makes a hissing sound when I move my mouse or when my PC is under load.

It's been like it for months, so it's okay. *Knock Wood*

18-06-2008, 16:49:04

Toxcity
After a little more research into it I can safely say that it is harmless and is down to the sheer speed of modern hardware. High Frequencies = High pitched squeal.

But if this noise is coming from the PSU be cautious.

19-06-2008, 05:14:32

Rastalovich

After a little more research into it I can safely say that it is harmless and is down to the sheer speed of modern hardware. High Frequencies = High pitched squeal.



That`s a dangerous assumption.

I`d be more inclined to say High pitched squeal = shorter life span of circuit.

Sound is generated by a vibration. One assumption I would make is the higher "pitch" the sound, the faster the vibration, or frequency. If something is designed to vibration under a frequency, then you would have to also assume that this is within the design specifications, or boundries of operation.

If the card manufacture could assure me that the circuit is designed with a capacity to emit a squeal, and would not effect the card beyond it`s normal warranty - I`d be ok with that.

Otherwize I`d be counting the days tbh.

31-12-2003, 19:04:11

Toxcity
Surely, if three of us in this thread have the same noise it must be considered normal?

31-12-2003, 20:00:59

Jaster
Only time Ive ever heard a gpu squeek is when u forget to put the pci-e power cable in...could it be related...

the ammount of customers ive had on the end of the phone saying the graphics card we sent them is faulty and is squealing happens at least 3 times a week...some people cant read install guides...

it is a bit weird though, they were using special sounds to move undesirable teenagers from specific locations, good job i'm past it really then, just turn your volume up and drown it out :D

31-12-2003, 21:04:30

PV5150
I agree. A high pitched squeal may need looking at mate, not to mention the annoyance factor. Have you been able to isolate the squeal at all (capacitors etc)?

31-12-2003, 21:44:24

Luigi

After a little more research into it I can safely say that it is harmless and is down to the sheer speed of modern hardware. High Frequencies = High pitched squeal.

But if this noise is coming from the PSU be cautious.



What? Thats not right. I had the squeel for 6 months or so, got a new psu and it went :)
It was from the graphics card, so im not sure why, but it does go

31-12-2003, 23:32:32

Toxcity

I agree. A high pitched squeal may need looking at mate, not to mention the annoyance factor. Have you been able to isolate the squeal at all (capacitors etc)?



Hard to get at the 9800GX2 as it is incased with metal. Power is plugged in firmly. Not really sure what it is if you guys are thinking something is wrong.. :)
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