NEWS ARCHIVE of 2006
12/25/2006
Thaiphoon Burner 3.20 RC2 has been updated to version 3.2.0.4! Preliminary support has been added for the following list of the system logic: SIS964, SIS965, SIS966, SIS968, ATI IXP200, IXP300, IXP400 and SB600. The ULi 1563, ULi 1573 and ULi 1575 are supported as well. Please note the latest version has not been tested enough with that chips! This means Thaiphoon may not be able to read the SPD.

12/24/2006
Thaiphoon Burner 3.20 RC2 is ready! The data decoding of the EPP section of the SPD with Full Profiles is now executed after validation of each data byte, even the EPP has an identifier string. This helps to get a number of the timing-frequency tables for the DIMM module correctly.

12/16/2006
Thaiphoon Burner 3.20 RC1 has been released! The new version features a lot of minor improvements mainly specific for the EPP data interpretation by the utility. NVidia MCP61 and MCP65 I/O hub controllers have been supported! As to NVidia MCP51/MCP55 hubs, they should be recognized correctly now.

12/09/2006
Your friend is going to buy new EPP-compliant memory sticks for his computer? Please tell him he is a geek! Because our latest Thaiphoon Burner 3.20 beta 1 allows to transform an ordinary DDR2-SDRAM memory into EPP-compliant for free during 15-day trial period! Thaiphoon Burner is the first utility combining this crazy feature! Now you can create your own firmware with modern Enhanced Performance Profiles and edit them in minutes! Two types of the EPP are supported – Full type and Abbreviated type. Have fun!

12/03/2006
Thaiphoon Burner version 3.10 RC1 has been announced! The Timing Profile Editor features a lot of improvements and brings support to the DDR2 SDRAM memory specification! Now the Timing Profile Editor is a powerful tool that allows disassembling, editing and reprogramming of DRAM timings of DDR SDRAM and DDR2 SDRAM memory modules such as tCL, tRCD, tRAS, tRP, tRC, tRRD and tWR, tWTR, tRTP! Besides, the new version eliminates several mistakes concerning timing parameters interpretation specific for DDR2 SDRAM only. Have fun!

11/28/2006
Thaiphoon Burner version 3.10 beta 1 has been released! The main lack of all previous versions was an unavailability to easily edit the SPD EEPROM as to memory timings. Even experts who have enough knowledge in this field encountered a difficulty concerning DRAM timing editing. The latest version of Thaiphoon Burner features the Timing Profile Editor that solves the problem absolutely! Now, even a newbie can edit the SPD! No need to use the SPD technical specification, the Timing Profile Editor is all you need to edit DRAM timings in no more than one minute! Currently, you can use the Timing Profile Editor with the DDR SDRAM SPD specification only! Have fun!

11/23/2006
The final version of Thaiphoon Burner 3.0 has been updated to build 1123! Now it supports the Intel 6300ESB and 631x/632xESB I/O Controllers.

11/12/2006
The Central Brain Identifier 8.20 R8 has been released! Added recognition of the following mobile/low-power AMD64 processors revision E6/F2: TMSMT40BQX4LD, TMSMT37BQX4LD, TMDML44BKX5LD, TMDML42BKX4LD, TMDML40BKX5LD, TMDML37BKX5LD, SMN3000BKX2BX, SMN3300BKX2BX, SMN3600BKX2BX, SMN3100BKX3BX, SMN3400BKX3BX, SDD3200IAA2CN, SDD3500IAA2CN, SDD3000IAA3CN, SDD3400IAA3CN, ADD3800IAT5CU, ADO3600IAA4CU, etc.

11/05/2006
Released the Central Brain Identifier 8.20 version R7! Now the program reports the processor’s third level cache characteristics, including cache size, cache associativity, cache lines per way, number of cache lines. This new feature is available only for the AMD processors with Revision G and higher.

09/23/2006
Released the NextSensor 2.52 RC3. We have added 3 new profiles for the following ASUS boards: A8N5X, A8N-E and A8V-VM. Besides, the Remote Monitor implementation has been enhanced with the remote system shutdown function. Please, download our quick NextSensor Guideline to meet with the function!

09/08/2006
The Central Brain Identifier 8.20 RC5 has been officially announced! Added complete identification of the following AMD64 processors: AMN4000BKX5BU, AMN3800IAT5CU, AMN4200IAT5CU, TMDMK36HAX4CM and ADA5200IAA5CS. The AMD Opteron database has been enhanced with 6 new profiles for the 1-way dual-core AMD Opteron Processors Socket AM2. Used a new additional ‘DRAM Interface Speed vs. CPU Core Clock Multiplier’ table specific for the AMD64 Processors Revision G with half-step multipliers. It provides a correct RAM frequency measurement for revision G and later revisions. Beside, improved the common DRAM specific parameters determination scheme in order be compatible with the latest AMD64 Processors Revision G.

09/05/2006
NextSensor 2.52 RC2 has been released! The negative –12V input voltage is now expressed by the new correct equation. AVCC analog input voltage monitoring has been added. These two additions are specific for the Winbond W83627EHF chip only. Added two new complete profiles for the Intel Server Board SE7505VB2 and Epox EP-9GF6100-M main board to the Auto Settings group. An updated version of the Remote Web Report HTML engine has been included. There are some minor GUI improvements. Finally, the main benefit of the current version is a capability of measuring a core temperature of the AMD64 processor Revision G with a high precision through the on-die thermal diode. Now NextSensor reports the core temperature with a 0.25 step of precision. Have fun with NextSensor!

08/17/2006
The Central Brain Identifier has been updated to version 8.2.0.3! This means the program supports the latest dual core AMD Opteron Socket F processors completely. It includes the new 16 OPN numbers related to the recently announced Opteron series processors. Additionally, for these processors CBId reports a nominal frequency and a model number under the Series field. Some significant improvements for the NPT Family F processors.

08/11/2006
Central Brain Identifier 8.2.0.1 has been released! Now, CBId features a fundamentally new methodology of AMD NPT processors identification based on BrandID processor specific numbers. It uses a similar method for previous generation of the AMD64 processors, but a new one is more flexible and universal! More about key additions in the latest version see the support thread at AMDClub.ru forum.

08/08/2006
The updated version of NextSensor 2.5 has been released! The latest update eliminates a potential error that could generate an exception message with code 217 when utility starts. This occurrence cased NextSensor to hang up. So, we apologize for the inconvenience and suggest you to use the latest version. Besides, for supported ITE I/O chips NextSensor 2.5.1 provides an option to select a type of the temperature sensor for TCPU, TAUX and TNB inputs. This option has been realized for Winbond chips in previous version.

08/01/2006
Due to great popularity around the latest NextSensor 2.5 we decide to remove an advertisement banner from this version. Enjoy!


07/30/2006
The final version of NextSensor 2.5 has been released! It’s completely based on previous stabile version 2.4 RC1, besides it offers set of advantages! Now NextSensor performs an independent monitoring of the temperature of each core of the dual core AMD64 processors. Also, there is an option to select a type of the temperature sensor for TCPU, TNB and TAUX inputs. This means you have an ability to correct a sensor type for proper temperature measurements if your motherboard features one of Winbond chips supported by NextSensor. You can define a thermal diode, bipolar transistor or thermistor for the current temperature sensor. Minor bug fixes and GUI improvements. Enjoy!

07/06/2006
The first Release Candidate of NextSensor 2.4 has been announced! We have fixed a bug that caused the program to freeze while lunching in some instances. The bug was specific only for the AMD64 processors with a maximum core voltage higher than 1.450V. Also, we have added an ability to measure a temperature of the second hard disk drive. The temperature is shown both under the main Status tab and in the System Area in a separate icon. And when the temperature has reached 50 degrees a background color of the icon is red! Now a hint of the hard disk temperature icon reports a family and a model number of the hard disk drive. We have added an identification of many popular hard drive models. Among them are Seagate Barracuda series, Western Digital, Hitachi and IBM hard disk drives. Also, NextSensor shows a balloon tip with a current settings, Thermal Alarm and Remote Monitor status at startup and after minimization. The list of supported motherboards has been enhanced. Besides, NextSensor now restores icons in the System Area when explorer.exe process crashes. A support thread has been located here.

06/22/2006
Released an updated beta version of NextSensor 2.4! The current version logs all steps of its initialization into Nxlog.txt file. This option will be removed in the second beta version. So, if NextSensor doesn’t run you may e-mail us that file in order we could find a solution and fix a possible issue. We also meet any personal need to support your onboard HW sensors! So, if you would like to see NextSensor as a favorite desktop tool with specific optimizations for your mainboard feel free to draft us some words. Also we are going to make an ability to measure a temperature of the second hard disk drive. This will be done in the next versions.

06/18/2006
Released the first beta of NextSensor 2.4! So, as you probably know, now it features a new function called Thermal Alarm designed to prevent the processor from overheating. The Thermal Alarm consists of the two sub functions – automatic CPU Clock Throttling that can be activated for any processor and automatic FID/VID transition specific for the AMD64 processors only. The first sub function slows down processor’s clock frequency by forcing periodical Stop Grant cycle and the second one changes processor’s clock frequency and voltage to the selected values. There are two methods to select the FID/VID combination – automatic and manual. The first one is based on processor specific performance states and the second one enables to select a combination manually. Both sub functions may be activated simultaneously. When the CPU temperature has been reduced to its normal value NextSensor disables clock throttling and restores the clock frequency and voltage of the processor to the nominal. Also, we have added the fourth sensor number for the TCPU field in order to report a temperature measuring with the on-die K8 thermal diode in the Tray Bar. The last news is NextSensor now has an annoying advertisement banner, unfortunately. But we think it is much better to use a freeware with a banner than an unregistered trial product. Right? Besides, it will stimulate our further work on NextSensor developing. So, enjoy!

06/11/2006
NextSensor 2.4 beta 1 is almost complete! We suspect it will be released this week! Currently, NextSensor already monitors a critical threshold of the CPU temperature and can provide automatic FID and VID transition for the AMD64 processors. Besides, it also slows down the CPU clock frequency by modulating a Stop Grant cycle known as throttling! Keep waiting for the first beta!


06/06/2006
Announced the Final Release of the Central Brain Identifier 8.0! Our independent experiments on HyperTransport link change method have been successfully accomplished! So, we would like to proudly declare CBId is the first tool that is capable to freely manipulate with the frequency and width of the HyperTransport link despite the hardware configuration and Windows OS version! Besides, CBId involves two additional spare methods for this purpose. Also, we have realized an ability to change the memory frequency for the AMD64 platform including the latest Revision F processors. Now, there are seven divisors to change RAM Clock! Besides, CBId properly reports the memory frequency after FID transition. AMD Turion 64 X2 processor family recognition has been added. Minor fixes in calculation of QuantiSpeed rating for the AMD Sempron 64-bit processors.

06/03/2006
Currently we are working on the next version of our NextSensor 2.4! It will feature a new Thermal Alarm function to prevent processor from overheat using automatic CPU clock throttling and FID/VID transition! As of Central Brain Identifier, its final version will be released on June 6.


05/28/2006
Thaiphoon Burner 3.0 Final is ready! Basically, program’s GUI has been significantly redesigned to simplify programming process. Now, you can flash your SPD dumps without SPD rescanning. There is an option to update the data in the HEX editor in order to analyze the result of the finished process. An additional toolbar simplifies and accelerates navigation in the program. Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services has been supported. Minor bug fixes.

05/27/2006
The 7th Release of the Central Brain Identifier 8.0 has been updated with build 0527! The following AMD Sempron processors of Revision F2 have been supported in the latest version: SDA2800IAA2CN, SDA3000IAA3CN, SDA3200IAA2CN, SDA3400IAA3CN, SDA3500IAA2CN, SDA3600IAA3CN, SMS3200HAX4CM, SMS3400HAX3CM, SMS3500HAX4CM. Additionally, we have realized an ability to change a HyperTransport frequency transparently in Windows x64 and Vista! This means CBId changes the HT frequency and bus width without a need to support the hardware! Now, it doesn’t matter what chipset your motherboard is based on! Enjoy!

05/18/2006
The sixth release of Central Brain Identifier 8.0 is ready! We have enhanced the memory address range to the maximum to search the P-State tables of the processor. The Mobility tab has a new field to report the minimum core voltage of the AMD64 processor with AMD PowerNow! Technology support. And now, CBId identifies the newest AMD64 processors with revision F2, including OPN numbers. The following OPN list shows supported processors: ADA3500IAA4CN, ADA3800IAA4CN, ADA4000IAA6CS, ADA4200IAA5CU, ADA4400IAA6CS, ADA4600IAA5CU, ADA4800IAA6CS, ADA5000IAA5CU, ADAFX62IAA6CS.

05/09/2006
The fifth Release of Central Brain Identifier 8.0 has been announced! The current version incorporates a long awaited function to change a HyperTransport clock frequency. Now, if your system board is based on VIA, nVidia or AMD chipset you can change the HT frequency on the fly without any system restart! Available steps are 100MHz, 200MHz, 400MHz, 600MHz, 800MHz and 1000MHz! CBId doesn't use any tricks, it conforms to the HyperTransport Specification only. In addition, you can change a HyperTransport width too. Enjoy!

05/03/2006
The final version of NextSensor 2.3 has been released! It incorporates a new unique feature that provides sensing the temperature of any AMD64 processor using its on-die thermal diode! Besides, there is an ability to monitor voltage, temperature and fan speed parameters via NextSensor Remote Monitor function in conjunction with any web browser! Now administrators can effectively control their systems in LAN or via Internet. Enjoy!

05/02/2006
A new version of Central Brain Identifier 8.0 has been released! As you probably know, AMD will officially release its newest AM2 platform soon. Unfortunately, software developers are still not ready to support it because of the company keeps silence, as usual. Nonetheless, our faithful contact in AMD has supported our project with the latest technical documentation. So, the new version of CBId 8.0 now determines memory settings for both processor revision Fx and earlier revisions! You can change any memory timing you want! Besides, the Controller tab has been slightly redesigned in order to report the memory timings in a classic manner. Enjoy!

04/28/2006
NextSensor 2.2 has been updated to RC2 version! There have been minor bug fixes in plug-in search and minor improvements for Fintek I/O chips. Besides, today we have released the second GUI native NextSenor plug-in designed for the VIA V-Link peripheral bus tuning called V-MAP Turbin! It is the second known application after CBId to get info on the current settings of the VIA V-Link bus and to change some of its speed parameters like Rate, Bus width, Bus Disconnection and Stream Priority. V-MAP Turbin supports a lot of popular VIA North Bridges like KM266, CN400, K8M800 and many others. Enjoy!

04/20/2006
Fired up a new version of NextSensor! There has been an improvement for FAN dynamic monitoring via ITE I/O chips. Added preliminary support for Fintek F71805F and F71872F super I/O chips.

04/10/2006
The new version of NextSensor, which was in talk since long time now is released today! Many our friends have already tested NextSensor 2.0 and were pleased with its functionality. So, the new version makes support for many popular and well-known ITE I/O chips: IT8705, IT8707, IT8708, IT8712, IT8716, IT8722. Besides, we have successfully tested many new system boards with NextSensor 2.0 for automatic sensor configuration. Nonetheless, if feel that NextSensor needs special settings for your system board just draft us some words! We will be glad to support you as much as possible! Enjoy!


04/08/2006
Wake up! Thaiphoon Burner 2.0 version has been released! Now the application is compatible with Windows 64-bit Edition! Thaiphoon Burner is the first known software that provides the easiest way to edit and flash SPD of RAM from within Windows without using any additional hardware components! The second version supports 8 new Intel ICH7 series peripheral controllers, nVidia nForce 3 250GB and MCP55 controllers. In addition, Thaiphoon features an enhanced HEX Editor that enables to move the cursor by arrow keypad. Enjoy and stay cool with Thaiphoon!


04/06/2006
Released Central Brain Identifier 8.0 R2 version! Due to our faithful contact in AMD we have got the most recent information on the latest AMD64 processors! So, a new version of CBId now freely determines the latest Socket AM2, S1 and L1 platforms! It recognizes the latest xH-F1 and xH-F2 Revisions and even the feature xH-G0 revision related to the 0.065-micron process technology! The CPUID database of CBId has been enhanced with new 27 CPUID signatures of the AMD64 processors!

04/02/2006
Today is the seventh anniversary of BenchmarkHQ.ru advanced software catalog and news web site! Due to this reason we would luck to present a special edition of Central Brain Identifier for our best partner! It's a big honor for us to have business with BenchmarkHQ.ru during the last five years! It is the first web site that made our software well known and popular all over the world. We kindly appreciate Eliyah Mareev for his sincere help and for BenchmarkHQ.ru existence. Congratulations!


03/26/2006
The Showshock Softonology is proud to present the next version of AuthScanner 2.1 release! We hope you will enjoy using it as much as we were enjoyed working on it! In this release we have focused on a technical specification of the whole family of the AMD64 processors. Now, using the Details form you can get the most significant technical information on any processor profile registered in the database. Enjoy!

02/25/2006
The final version of NextSensor 1.1 has been released! Now the program is compatible with Microsoft Windows x64 Family. As a small addition, we have added an ability to choose a temperature sensor line for a hard disk drive. Besides, we have updated VT-Trigger up to version 1.2.25.6 that is also works under Windows x64 operation systems. Enjoy!

02/18/2006
A new version of AuthScanner 2.0 has been released! Now the program fully identifies the AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 processor and the latest two models of AMD Opteron 256 and 856 3.0GHz processors! The OPN database has been enhanced up to 258 unique records! Enjoy!

02/14/2006
Updated version of VT-Trigger has been successfully tested on compatibility with the VIA VT8235 and VT8237A South Bridges! And now a LED indicator of the CPU clock frequency responds much faster while changing the duty cycle parameter. Enjoy!

02/11/2006
VT-Trigger 1.0 plug-in for NextSensor has been released! This plug-in can be effectively used for lowering the clock frequency of any processor by the clock throttling mechanism realized in the VIA VT 8237 South Bridge. See the small instruction included in the zip package. Enjoy!

02/08/2006
Hello, guys! Sorry for the delay with VT-Trigger releasing. One hour ago, we have finished our intensive work under the kernel driver for the plug-in. In result, we have got a very tiny (only 2KB in size) and fast driver that works without any DLL library! It will accelerate a communication between VT-Trigger and I/O ports. We suppose VT-Trigger will be released this week! Keep waiting for the first news at BENCHMARKHQ.RU! Thanks in advanced!

02/05/2006
A new build of Central Brain Identifier 7.70 has been released! The latest version includes some minor advantages based on NextSensor source code. So, if you have a motherboard equipped with a Winbond super I/O chip, CBId can detect a negative processor temperature. Besides, for Winbond chips the third temperature sensor line probing has been added. Improved determination of the Winbond Super I/O chip model. Added full recognition of two Sempron 64 processors based on Winchester core, they are SDA3000DIO2BI and SDA3200DIO3BI. Enjoy! And the last good news is the work under the first NextSensor plug-in is almost complete! Those, who have a motherboard with the VIA VT8237 South Bridge can use this plug-in to effectively manage the power of the processor! Here is a screenshot of VTT plug-in.


02/03/2006
It's time to present you a new version of NextSensor 1.0 RC2! The main feature of the latest NextSensor is an ability to use external plug-ins that could be quickly created using our simplest plug-in interface! Just download a source code of demo plug-in and begin creating! The plug-in is good to enhance NextSensor's functionality without its any interface redesign or increasing its file size. As for us, we promise you to create absolutely unique plug-in for NxS that could be used to highly efficient temperature decreasing of the AMD processor using a CPU clock throttling method. Enjoy!

01/24/2006
The work at NextSensor is almost complete! We are ready to present you a new version of our small and handy hardware monitoring tool! Now, an updated version has an activated FAN speed monitoring function and is capable to get the temperature of the master ATA/SATA hard disk drive. Unfortunately the last function works under Windows NT-based platforms. A lot of fixes and GUI improvements! Enjoy!

01/16/2006
As we promised before, we are ready to proudly present you the next our original software called NextSensor! Frankly speaking, it's just the first beta version, but nonetheless, it has enough functionality in order to be announced! The program is designed to monitor all system temperatures and voltages. Currently, the FAN Speed monitoring function is not finished yet and has been disabled but will be ready soon. NextSensor supports the following Winbond Super I/O LPC chips: W83697HF, W83627HF, W83627THF and W83627EHF. Besides, it's a great monitoring tool for the ASUS K8V-MX motherboard! Enjoy!

01/13/2006
The Central Brain Identifier 7.70 has been updated up to build 0114! There is only one significant improvement that fixes an incorrect determination of the model number of the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor family. The previous version of CBId may detect the 57th model like 25th or 60th model like 28th and so on.