Monthly Archives February 2014


I’ve had a reference addition/ECS GTX 580 for a few months now. I’ve had a good chance to really stress everything this card can do. Honestly, old cards still do their job quite well. The shroud was held from the back with 16 star shaped screws to hold it in place. and keeping the heat in place to allow it to only exhaust at the back of the card. I didn’t think much of the reference cooler at first, but I realized the planning and thought behind it once opening the card up. It’s extremely efficient, even under the extreme overclocking I had in place.

Under the shroud. you have a single fan and a massive block-style heat sink on the GPU, screwed down with the traditional 4 bolts on the back. I had no luck on reducing the temps any further with 4 different types of Thermal Paste. But it still stays under 70 degrees Celsius which is more than enough to satisfy me in terms of thermal control.


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Overall, solid card, even after it’s time. Especially with a vintage ECS graphic on the top.

Nvidia releases new official drivers : 334.89 WHQL drivers dated 2/19/14

Change Info:
New in GeForce 334.89 WHQL drivers

Performance Boost – Increases performance by up to 19% for GeForce 400/500/600/700 series GPUs in several PC games vs. the previous WHQL-certified drivers (332.21). Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration. Here are some examples of measured gains:

GeForce GTX 770/780/TITAN/780Ti:

Up to 19% in F1 2013
Up to 18% in Sleeping Dogs
Up to 16% in Hitman Absolution
Up to 15% in Company of Heroes 2
Up to 10% in Assassin’s Creed 3
Up to 7% in BioShock Infinite
Up to 6% in Sniper Elite V2
Up to 5% in Total War: Rome 2
SLI Technology
Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD – created profile
Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry – created profile
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut – created profile
The Crew – created profile
Gaming Technology
Supports GeForce ShadowPlay™ technology
Supports GeForce ShadowPlay™ Twitch Streaming
Supports NVIDIA GameStream™ technology
3D Vision
Shadow Warrior – rating now “Excellent”
The Stanley Parable – rated “Excellent”
Walking Dead 2 – rated “Good”
World Rally Championship 4 – rated “Good”
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – rated “Good”
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon – rated “Fair”
Supported Products
GeForce 700 Series
GeForce GTX TITAN Black, GeForce GTX TITAN, GeForce GTX 780 Ti, GeForce GTX 780, GeForce GTX 770,GeForce GTX 760, GeForce GTX 760 Ti (OEM), GeForce GTX 750 Ti, GeForce GTX 750
GeForce 600 Series
GeForce GTX 690, GeForce GTX 680, GeForce GTX 670, GeForce GTX 660 Ti, GeForce GTX 660, GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST, GeForce GTX 650 Ti, GeForce GTX 650, GeForce GT 645, GeForce GT 640, GeForce GT 630, GeForce GT 620, GeForce GT 610, GeForce 605
GeForce 500 Series
GeForce GTX 590, GeForce GTX 580, GeForce GTX 570, GeForce GTX 560 Ti, GeForce GTX 560 SE, GeForce GTX 560, GeForce GTX 555, GeForce GTX 550 Ti, GeForce GT 545, GeForce GT 530, GeForce GT 520, GeForce 510
GeForce 400 Series
GeForce GTX 480, GeForce GTX 470, GeForce GTX 465, GeForce GTX 460 SE v2, GeForce GTX 460 SE,GeForce GTX 460, GeForce GTS 450, GeForce GT 440, GeForce GT 430, GeForce GT 420, GeForce 405
GeForce 300 Series
GeForce GT 340, GeForce GT 330, GeForce GT 320, GeForce 315, GeForce 310
GeForce 200 Series
GeForce GTX 295, GeForce GTX 285, GeForce GTX 280, GeForce GTX 275, GeForce GTX 260, GeForce GTS 250, GeForce GTS 240, GeForce GT 230, GeForce GT 240, GeForce GT 220, GeForce G210, GeForce 210, GeForce 205
GeForce 100 Series
GeForce GT 140, GeForce GT 130, GeForce GT 120, GeForce G100
GeForce 9 Series
GeForce 9800 GX2, GeForce 9800 GTX/GTX , GeForce 9800 GT, GeForce 9600 GT, GeForce 9600 GSO, GeForce 9600 GSO 512, GeForce 9600 GS, GeForce 9500 GT, GeForce 9500 GS, GeForce 9400 GT, GeForce 9400, GeForce 9300 GS, GeForce 9300 GE, GeForce 9300 SE, GeForce 9300, GeForce 9200, GeForce 9100
GeForce 8 Series
GeForce 8800 Ultra, GeForce 8800 GTX, GeForce 8800 GTS 512, GeForce 8800 GTS, GeForce 8800 GT, GeForce 8800 GS, GeForce 8600 GTS, GeForce 8600 GT, GeForce 8600 GS, GeForce 8500 GT, GeForce 8400 GS, GeForce 8400 SE, GeForce 8400, GeForce 8300 GS, GeForce 8300, GeForce 8200, GeForce 8200 /nForce 730a, GeForce 8100 /nForce 720a
ION (Desktops)
ION LE (Desktops)

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Nvidia Titan Black


Often the announcement of a brand new flagship desktop graphics card is a chance for Nvidia to brag about having the “fastest card ever, ” but things are a little different with the new GeForce GTX Titan Black. While it should indeed be a superior performer to the original Titan, launched last year, the company hasn’t even pumped out a pr release extolling its virtues (though it does devote a webpage to the Titan Black on its GeForce website).

A quick look at the specs provides some explanation as to Nvidia’s “silent launch” of the Titan Black. That’s because there’s perhaps not a whole lot different about the Titan sequel, though clock speeds are a tick higher (from 837MHz to 889MHz core clock, 876MHz to 980MHz boost clock, and 6GHz to 7GHz video memory clock) and there are a few more stream processors (2880, up from 2688) and texture units (240 instead of 224).

The major upgrade is the amount of GDDR5 video RAM, with the Titan Black offering two times as much (6GB) as the original Titan (or the more gamer-friendly GeForce GTX 780 Ti). All told, AnandTech estimates a performance improvement of roughly 15 per cent over the Titan Black’s predecessor.

The good news is that the extra graphics memory and faster performance is available for the same price as the original Titan. The bad news is, well, the price — $999. That’s probably still another reason Nvidia is choosing to tout its new GeForce GTX 750 and 750 Ti budget cards today instead of the Titan Black.

Nvidia’s stealthy launch hasn’t deterred boutique PC builders from embracing the new card, with several racing to announce that their desktops are available with the Titan Black. For instance, Origin PC is providing it in three different systems, while Digital Storm is making the Titan Black available in four desktop lines. AVADirect and Velocity Micro are also making it an alternative for their high-performance PCs.

Bitcoin is coming to ATM machines!

Bitcoin, the emerging if still somewhat mysterious digital currency, may be coming soon to a high-tech ATM near you.
Kiosks that allow people to choose the virtual coins, or exchange them for cash, is going to be installed within the next month roughly in Seattle and Austin, Texas, according to Robocoin, the Las Vegas-based company which makes the machines.
They will be the initial such ATMs in the United States. Robocoin has installed machines in Vancouver, British Columbia, with an increase of in Canada, Hong Kong, Europe and Asia in the works.
The emergence of public ATMs, the business says, is a step toward making Bitcoin, a currency that’s not backed by a government or bank and has no physical assets to prop up its value, a far more comfortable buy for main-stream users outside the Webcentric circles where it currently thrives.
Here’s how Bitcoin works Can Bitcoin go main-stream?
“We think it’s a huge breakthrough when it comes to bringing option of the consumers, ” Robocoin CEO Jordan Kelley said.
Since its inception in ’09, Bitcoin has fluctuated wildly in value. Currently, an individual Bitcoin is worth about $636. That value was as high as $1, 000 in December as investors began leaping into the currency.
Some traditional businesses, including on line retailer Overstock. com, some Subway sandwich shops and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, have begun accepting Bitcoin.
But the anonymous nature of the currency also has linked it with less reputable outlets. Bitcoin and other digital “cryptocurrencies” have been the de facto payment system on underground websites that deal in drugs, weapons along with other illegal merchandise.
Last week, the anonymous owners of black-market website Silk Road announced that hackers had stolen $2. 7 million worth of Bitcoin. In split up incidents, a few online Bitcoin exchanges have been taken down by code hackers who exploited a flaw to create fake transactions.
Kelley wants his company’s machines to help the currency shed its shadier associations, even though that means alienating some supporters who like the mostly anonymous nature of Bitcoin exchanges.
“We’re trying to move Bitcoin, put it in the main-stream, bring it to the masses, ” he said. “To do that, some things have to go by the wayside, and one of them is anonymity. ”
To create a Robocoin account, an user enters their mobile phone number at among the kiosks. The machine sends a code to that phone and, after the user enters the code, they are asked to scan the palm of these hand.
“Your phone can be your user ID and your palm is your password, ” Kelly said.
The user is then asked to insert a driver’s license or other government-issued ID, further personalizing their account as well as providing Robocoin an opportunity to verify the user’s name against government watch lists for terrorists or others who may maybe not legally conduct business in the machine’s home country.
Then, the user requires a photo at the kiosk, which must be verified as a match with the picture on their ID card.
Once their account is verified, a process Kelley said takes two to 5 minutes, they are free to buy Bitcoins at the kiosk. customers may either transfer them to an account, using a private code the machine dispenses, or use a smartphone app to store them on their phone.
Robocoin sells the machines for $20, 000. Owners make money by charging a little transaction fee to use them, Kelley said.

Centrylink to offer 1gbs aka 1000Mbs service to Las Vegas

Almost two months after announcing that they’d be offering 1 Gbps service to a select few development residents in Nevada, CenturyLink has announced that they have started lighting up their first ultra-high-speed customers. The business’s announcement goes out of its way to avoid specifics of any kind, only stating that 1 Gbps connections are increasingly being offered to “select northwest Las Vegas communities” in the Northwest section of the city.

The company has run a similar, limited deployment of 1 Gbps service in Omaha, where they were in a position to piggyback on older TV infrastructure installed previously by Qwest. In Omaha, the 1 Gbps speed runs users $150 standalone, or $80 when bundled with existing television and phone services.

“The 1 Gbps service is being offered first to residents in the city’s northwest area, but is going to be available to additional communities and small businesses in 2014 as CenturyLink expands its fiber network, ” the business says of their Nevada deployment.

As with other deployments of this type, CenturyLink’s 1 Gbps offering is what I affectionately make reference to as “fiber to the press release, ” or a relatively small fibre to the house deployment that primarily delivers oodles of positive press, even though the vast, the greater part of CenturyLink clients are on slow, aging DSL lines (not to mention heavily usage-capped) that will not be upgraded anytime soon.

CenturyLink launched its first 1 Gbps fiber network in Omaha, Neb. in May possibly 2013. The company expects to truly have the targeted homes and business in Omaha connected with its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology by the end of October. The company will also use FTTP technology to supply some of the fastest Internet speeds available in the usa to select domiciles and small organizations in Vegas. With this highly-advanced service, customers will be able to down load a high-definition movie in seconds and stream it from multiple devices, gain instant access to cloud services and applications on demand, and down load or upload large multimedia files-all at the same time.

“CenturyLink is pleased to announce that Las Vegas will be the next city to receive ultra-fast broadband speeds up to at least one Gbps, ” said Matt Beal, CenturyLink chief technology officer. “We know our clients will embrace this new technology that will allow them to simultaneously use multiple devices in their domiciles and businesses with no burden of bandwidth constraints. ”

CenturyLink’s 1 Gbps service is equivalent to 1, 000 Mbps-an Internet speed that is 100 times faster than average broadband speeds-and may have a direct connection to their recently upgraded 100 Gbps world wide network, designed to accommodate today’s bandwidth demands. This next generation fibre technology also enables CenturyLink to provide a symmetrical service, meaning customers can down load and upload information at identical speeds of up to 1 Gbps.

“This is wonderful news for Vegas, ” said U. S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada. “Advances like these will ensure that Vegas continues to cement its reputation as a high-tech hub. I support these efforts by CenturyLink, and welcome more investments in our local economy. I enjoy even more access to high-speed technology in Vegas and through the duration of Nevada. ”

“An part of my efforts as Governor has been fostering the growth of Nevada’s technology industry through the duration of the state, ” said Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. “Las Vegas happens to be one of America’s most connected cities and is quickly being a premier destination for launching tech-focused organizations. CenturyLink’s high-speed 1 Gbps fiber network pilot in Vegas adds another amount of vital infrastructure to guide our continued growth as a technology-driven city. ”

“1 Gbps symmetrical speed provides a tremendous economic advantage for small enterprises because it allows them to purchase their IT infrastructure through the cloud while substantially lowering operating costs, ” said Jeff Oberschelp, CenturyLink vice president and general manager – Vegas. “This capability is vital to growing a vibrant startup and tech community in Las Vegas. ”

CenturyLink will make its 1 Gbps service available to residents in its first Vegas community this fall and intends to launch the service in additional communities into 2014. Business customers in select locations will also be entitled to 1 Gbps service in early 2014. For information detailing the benefits of CenturyLink’s 1 Gbps fiber service in Las Vegas, visit