|NEWS ARCHIVE of 2008|
Native Specialist 1.2 has been released! During the last week we have been working hardly on the support for AMD Phenom II processor. Now the latest version brings support for a huge number of the newest AMD processors! And we are very proud of that, because we have got a really powerful edition of Native Specialist 1.2! So, we have added full recognition of the following AMD processors:
Thaiphoon Burner 188.8.131.52 update has been released. It features the new Intel’s SMBus devices list and includes two new bridges of Intel Ibex Peak and Intel EP80579. Additionally, preliminary support for SiS630 SMBus protocol has been added. Enjoy!
Native Specialist 1.3 has been released! Added full recognition of the following third-generation quad-core AMD Opteron 23xx and 83xx series processors: OS2376WAL4DGI, OS2378WAL4DGI, OS2380WAL4DGI, OS2382WAL4DGI, OS2384WAL4DGI, OS8378WAL4DGI, OS8380WAL4DGI, OS8382WAL4DGI, OS8384WAL4DGI. Native Specialist 1.3 now fully identifies some AMD Family 10h processors missed in the recent releases of 1.2 and 1.1. So, the newest version removes this lack and fully supports the following 6 parts: AMD Phenom X3 8450e, 8550, 8750B processors, AMD Phenom X4 9450e, 9600B, 9750B processors. Now Native Specialist has a native recognition of AM2r2 quad-core AMD Opteron 13xx series processors: OS1352WBJ4BGH, OS1354WBJ4BGH, OS1356WBJ4BGH. Additionally, we have improved the thread affinity assignment routine that helps to measure CPU core specific parameters properly in a separate thread. Enjoy!
NextSensor 2.76 has been released! This small update is now capable of temperature measuring for ATI Graphics Processors. ATI IGPs are not supported as they do not provide temperature information.
Today Showshock Softnology proudly presents the final version of Thaiphoon Burner 6.0 SuperBlaster Edition! Now it is an absolute market leader in SPD EEPROM programming software due to the full support for DDR2 FB-DIMM JEDECT standard! This standard is the fifth supported by the software after DDR3 SDRAM. The final version brings support for Intel 5100 MCH, Intel 5400A and 5400B MCH Chipsets. Additionally, SPD Report Browser is now capable of reporting a module width and number of ranks of the module while searching for SPD report. Read more on the official website of Thaiphoon Burner. Enjoy!
Thaiphoon Burner 6.0 Prerelease is ready! This new version brings a long-awaited support for DDR2 FB-DIMM standard! It is the fifth memory standard supported by Thaiphoon Burner after DDR3 SDRAM. As usual, Thaiphoon Burner can boast of the new SPD data decoder created for FB-DIMM. It is the highly efficient decoder that fully complies with JEDEC FB-DIMM SPD standard. In order to search FB-DIMM SPD images and view reports the SPD Report Browser has been improved as well. Thaiphoon Burner 6.0 Prerelease has been successfully tested with the Intel 5000V Chipset MCH. This means the Intel 5000Z/P/X Chipset MCHs are also supported although the second FB-DIMM branch scanning is temporary disabled for the Intel 5000P/X Chipset MCHs. This limitation spreads on the Intel 7300 Chipset MCH too. Besides, Thaiphoon Burner 6.0 prerelease features a lot of minor improvements to simplify usage of the software. Enjoy!
Thaiphoon Burner 5.1 RC1 has been released! The new version features EPP data decoder that is used for creating complete reports on EPP 1.0 specific for DDR2 SDRAM DIMMs. If Enhanced Performance Profiles have been found Thaiphoon Burner generates reports with EPP-decoded information. The EPP data decoder supports both Full and Abbreviated profile types. Also, there is an option to measure EPP parameters in memory clocks or nanoseconds. Additionally, we have created an official website for Thaiphoon Burner to support our customers! Enjoy!
Native Specialist 1.1 has been released! This new version brings full support for seven latest AMD Family 11h mobile processors: AMD Turion X2 Ultra ZM-84, AMD Turion X2 RM-72 and RM-74, AMD Athlon X2 QL-62 and QL-64, AMD Sempron SI-42, Dual Core AMD Sempron X2 NI-52 (SMNI52DAM21GG). Besides, Native Specialist 1.1 fully identifies the latest mobile AMD Athlon TF-36 (AMSTF36HAX3DN) 25W processor and AMD Athlon TF-38 (AMDTF38HAX3DN) 35W processor. Enjoy!
Thaiphoon Burner 5.1 beta 1 has been released! New version features absolutely new SPD Report Browser. Now it allows you to view reports without accessing on-line database! Our SPD database is the largest in the Web! It counts 558 SPD images! Also, it is possible to import any file into Hex Editor! This option is very useful when you would like to work with SPD images created by third-party tools. Additionally, the Quick Search option has been added. It performs a quick search for SPD image in the database by part number. Enjoy!
Today we are officially announcing the final release of our Native Specialist 1.0 utility! This is the powerful and unique software created to identify any AMD64 processor! We are proud of the efforts we have made to confirm our utility is the number one software for AMD processor recognition! And our rivals have nothing to resist against Native Specialist, because we have been working with AMD for five years! We have almost everything to save the leading position of Native Specialist which is evident! So, what is new in the final release? First, we would like confirm the native support of two new embedded AMD Sempron processors for Socket ASB1 formerly known as Socket EBGA. They are the AMD Sempron 200U and AMD Sempron 210U processors with TDP of 8W and 15W respectively. As you probably know, both processors are designed to compete with intel’s ‘Neutrino’ processor (or something like that…). Native Specialist 1.0 now reports everything about those two new processors, including an OPN numbers and default clock frequencies. In addition, we have supported a new mobile AMD Athlon TF processor family which is designed for Socket S1g1 and have three power classes of 15W, 25W and 35W. The first fully identified model of TF processor family is the AMD Athlon TF-20 processor, an OPN is AMGTF20HAX4DN. Also, we have supported the next unreleased Socket S1g1 dual-core CPU. It is the AMD Athlon TK-42 processor with 20W power class! It has an OPN number of AMETK42HAX5DM. We bet all well-known CPU identification tools lose to Native Specialist 1.0 as to recognition of all these mobile processors! Finally, a few words on the main feature of Native Specialist 1.0 Final Release. Now, there is an ability to adjust voltage of some power rails for Biostar motherboards. We are expecting it to be a good addition for overcolockers! It is possible to adjust VDDCPU, VDDNB, VDDHTT and VDDMEM for 11 modern Biostar boards depending on model. Of course, it is not a limit for our abilities. We are opened to support other Biostar motherboards! Enjoy!
Yesterday’s release of Native Specialist RC3 has attracted a great interest to our project from masses. We have received a notification about annoying bug that might occur on the latest AMD Athlon X2 6500+ processor. Because of that bug Native Specialist was unable to recognize the processor. So, we are hurrying up to report about a fixed RC3 version of Native Specialist. Enjoy!
Native Specialist RC3 has been released! This is our response to the recent software releases of our rival teams! So, this new version brings support for the NEO-family of AMD Athlon processors! Currently, Native Specialist perfectly recognizes the AMD Athlon Neo MV and AMD Athlon Neo X2 Dual-Core processor series! The first one is related to 15W power class CPUs and the second one is represented with 22W and 35W TDP processors. We are very glad to see that our rivals don’t know anything about them! This fact is confirmed by the recent release of their piece of ... software. And as to other AMD64 processors, we have added full support for two new embedded processors. These are AMD Athlon X2 3250e processor and S1g1 AMD Athlon 64 2200+ processor. Both are related to 22W and 9W power class respectively. The newest AMD Athlon X2 5050e processor has been fully supported too. Since Native Specialist RC3 it is possible to determine a TDP parameter for any AMD NPT family processor! The TDP encoding table is now complete! Finally, we would like to report about another cool feature of Native Specialist RC3, but while preparing this news we decided to hide the feature in the last minute, because it is not fully completed yet. It will be the greatest surprise for overclockers soon! Please wait for a while!
To this day we prepared a new RC2 version of Native Specialist which is expected to be more native for the next generation mobile AMD Family 11h processors! The benefit of the latest version is a full support for recently announced ‘Griffin’ code-named processors. Among them there are AMD Turion X2 ZM-80, ZM-82, ZM-86 and RM-70, AMD Athlon X2 QL-60 and AMD Sempron SI-40. Native Specialist is ready to provide all information for those processors, including an OPN number, default clock frequency and a variant of ‘LG’ silicon revision! Native Specialist recognizes 6 new silicon revisions of AMD Family 11h processors and 5 new silicon revisions of AMD Family 10h processors, such as ‘BL-XX’, ‘DS-XX’ and ‘HY-XX’. Another benefit is a support for the first generation AMD Opteron processors with 85W power class. The utility recognizes ten 200 and 800-series processor models related to that family, such as OST885FAA6CC, OST870FKQ6BS, OST285FAA6CB, OST275FAA6CB and others. Native Specialist RC2 can boast about an ability to recognize the rare Socket-754 mobile AMD Athlon 64 1500+ processor with 9W CPU power class! Additionally, we have added full recognition for the three AMD Sempron processors based on ‘Venice’ core that were missed in our database, they are SDA3500DIO3BW, SDA3700DIO3BW and SDA3800DIO3BW. Enjoy!
Since July we have been working on the new Native Specialist project similar to our famous Central Brain Identifier BE. As to functionally and reliability the new tool is based on CBId’s source code, but features a significantly improved GUI and two new tabs. It is designed to be the first system information utility for the AMD64 platform and new generation AMD processors! We would like to see all cool features being useful of the classic CBId in the Native Specialist! Therefore, we returned back the P-Rating field which is now suitable for AMD Phenom processors too. The first version of the Native Specialist identifies all AMD64 processors including the latest Family 11h processors: AMD Turion 64 X2 ZM and RM series processors, AMD Athlon X2 QL and AMD Sempron SI processors! Besides, the latest AMD Sempron P and AMD Athlon MV NPT family processors are identified as well! We confirm that the Native Specialist is the first tool that is capable to identify the latest EBGA AMD64 processor! Enjoy!
Before video playback AMD RS690/RS780 IGP driver changes the current processor power policy to the maximum disabling any P-State transitions. And it does not matter what video player you use. At this condition CPU operates at the highest clock frequency all the time despite a CPU usage. After video playback the driver does not restore processor power policy to the original state of the current power scheme. This means the processor continues to operate at highest clock frequency. This situation is extremely critical for UMPC and notebooks based on AMD chipsets with onboard ATI graphics. Even the latest Catalyst 8.7 (8.512) display driver does not resolve the issue. We have created a patch to fix the issues described above. Every second the patch reads the current processor power policy and checks whether P-State transitions have been disabled. If it so, it enables P-State transitions for the current processor power policy. Here is the link to download the patch.
It seems the time has come to share the next CBId BE beta 6, right? So, what are the changes we have made compared to previous release? Well, now it’s possible to change FID and VID codes for both AMD NPT family processors and earlier AMD64 processors. Note, that Barcelonas are still not supported. CBId BE now properly reports DCT frequency under the Northbridge. Have fun!
An update to NextSensor 2.75 has been released. It brings full support for the Biostar TA780G M2+ motherboard. The ITE IT87xxF profile has been changed.
NextSensor 2.75 has been released! This new version significantly improves support for ITE Super I/O chips! Previous versions incorrectly reported voltages and temperatures if the ITE HW monitor had been configured to use an I/O base address different from standard 290h. Also, all four CPUSENSOR checkboxes are free to use for AMD64 processors. This helps to find proper sensors manually. The new version of NextSensor now is capable of reading the second GPU temperature of NVIDIA products. The ASRock 780FullDiaplayPort profile has been added.
The new beta version of Central Brain Identifier BE has been released! For the moment, CBId BE seems to be the only tool that can identify the latest single-core and dual-core AMD Family 10h processors. We have added support for single-core AMD Athlon LE and AMD Sempron LE series processors related to that family. Now using the latest CBId BE it is possible to identify dual-core AMD Athlon and quad-core AMD Phonom FX Family 10h processors! The major improvement is an ability to check DRAM timings in ganged and unganged modes! Enjoy!
NextSensor 2.74 has been released! The latest version provides an ability to read CPU die temperature of AMD64 processor using its two independent on-die thermal diodes! For dual-core AMD64 processors NextSensor probes all four thermal diodes! Cool, right? Note, there is no tool that is capable of doing that so far! Also, new NextSensor can be used to read CPU die temperature from the digital thermal sensor implemented in the next generation Intel processors. It is possible to watch the temperature of quad-core Intel processors. TjMax parameter is adjustable! Enjoy!
An updated version of Thaiphoon Burner 5.0 Final has been released! Recently we found out the blaster could not read SPD data if the SIS968 southbridge is used. The lack has been eliminated and Thaiphoon Burner has been successfully tested with our ASUS X50F laptop which is worked under control of Windows Vista 32-bit operating system. Although the kernel driver is not signed yet, Thaiphoon Burner is fully compatible with Vista. Also, we have added an experimental support for the Intel ICH10 hub that is not clearly confirmed yet.
The next beta version of Central Brain Identifier BE has been released. Comparing to the previous third beta version a lot of significant improvements have been added. Now CBId features a new Mobility tab available for both new Family 10h and previous generations of AMD64 processors. Although, this tab is not finished yet, it provide rather full information as to thermal power specification for the maximum and minimum P-states of the processor, current values of FID, VID and DID. It is also possible to determine the current Halt and Stop Grant state clock divisors! The Northbridge tab now reports information about HyperTransport bus specific for the Family 10h processors. New CBId BE is capable of measuring a current value of thermal power of any AMD64 processor older than NPT Family. This feature is available when the Cool’n Quiet BIOS option is enabled. The most significant improvement is a new high precision clock frequency measurement routine. It is based on independent system timer and is used for any AMD64 processor on Windows x64 Edition only or if the Family 10h processor has been detected. The routine measures a real clock frequency of the Family 10h processor, not an invariant frequency as other system tools! Also, BGA parts of AMD Sempron processors of NPT Family have been supported! Next time CBId BE will be capable of identifying the latest single and dual core Family 10h processors, such as Athlon and Sempron processors. Phenom FX will be supported as well. Keep using CBId! Don’t use old bad-looking third-party software! CBId BE is the most perspective project as it is sponsored by AMD itself!
Today the next Beta 3 of Central Brain identifier Black Edition version 1.0 is ready to be presented! During this week we have been working hard on the new Northbridge tab. It is the third tab used in CBId BE. For the moment this tab is finished for the AMD64 processors except Family 10h processors. Quad-core and triple-core AMD processors will be supported by this tab in the nearest feature. The Northbridge tab is as powerful as the Controller tab of previews old versions of CBId 8.36. It gives you a great opportunity to over clock your processor from within Windows! You can set DRAM timings, DRAM frequency and HT frequency of the fly! Besides, we have added an ability to apply new settings even at startup! How to perform this trick please refer to the thread at XS forum. The newest AMD Opteron of the second generation with 512K L2 size has been supported. More info in the Russian Blog.
An updated release of CBId BE beta 2 has been uploaded to our download section again! CBId BE is now capable of supporting the latest AMD Phenom quad-core processors, such as HD9550WCJ4BGH, HD9650WCJ4BGH, HD9750XAJ4BGH, HD9850XAJ4BGH and HD985ZXAJ4BGH. All OPNs are related to the new DR-B3 silicon revision. An identification of AMD Phenom third-core processors with B2 and B3 revision has been improved as well. Now you can fully identify the following third-core CPU models: HD8400WCJ3BGD, HD8600WCJ3BGD, HD8450WCJ3BGH, HD8650WCJ3BGH, HD8750WCJ3BGH. Both HD960ZWCJ4BGD and HD9100OBJ4BGD are also identified! And as to bug fixes, new CBId now correctly measures a clock frequency of the third core of the AMD Phenom processor.
A good news is CBId is alive! In March we started the Central Brain Identifier project again. As our funs remember, our works at the project were officially terminated last year. We devoted almost 5 long years for it! We could not optimize CBId’s GUI to be compatible with AMD Phenom processors. Therefore the project was closed. Now we are working at absolutely new CBId of Black Edition. It will be based on the powerful source code of previous CBId version, but it will feature a new GUI design that was worked out for the AMD64 processor architecture. CBId Black Edition is designed to support AMD64 processors only and previous processor families are not planned to support. For the moment CBId Black Edition is capable of supporting the latest AMD dual-core and quad-core processors. It can indicate a support of the latest multimedia instructions by the processor, such as SSSE3, SSE4A, SSE4.1 and SSE5! Check out the latest version!
The updated version of our flagship product knows as Thaiphoon Burner 5.0 Final has been released! First, we would like to inform our customers that we have removed an ability to connect to OCZ server through the SPD Firmware Net Browser. It seems OCZ does not interested in our competition, therefore the company deleted its SPD repository from its website. Secondly, we have fixed a couple of minor errors in our software. For instance, now it is possible to set CAS# to 6T in the Timing Table Editor for DDR2 RAM type. A new NVidia MCP7 system logic has been supported.
Yesterday, OCZ company restricted an access to the repository with SPD firmware for SPD-Z utility. You already know that using a gap in SPD-Z Technology Thaiphoon Burner 5.0 Final could connect to the OCZ web server and read a content of each subdirectory of the OCZflash folder searching for SPD firmware. Now an unauthorized access is closed and you cannot download original OCZ firmware. “This access is for OCZ customers and using SPD-z...not for Thaiphoon customers to do with as they please” claimed OCZ Memory Guru RyderOCZ. That is true. Nonetheless, will continue to improve our service making it better and more powerful.
Today we are very proud to present the final release of our best software product know as Thaiphoon Burner. For the moment Thaiphoon Burner 5.0 is a undisputed leader in its occupation! The fifth version is fully based on our SuperBlaster initiative which makes Thaiphoon Burner our serious intellectual weapon against rivals. It combines a lot of new powerful features such as SPD quick information panel, ultimate SPD data decoder and report creator, SMBase Address Prober, EEPROM text dump import function and SPD Database Net Browser. The last is an extremely powerful feature of the fifth version which provides access to our on-line huge firmware database. Using the Net Browser you can find and request any firmware from 413 our SPD images! Besides, it can connect to OCZ server and download any SPD image you need for free! Widely advertised OCZ’s SPD-Z Technology is a bluff and can be crashed by anyone less than a minute! Another powerful feature of Thaiphoon Burner is an ability to import EEPROM text dumps of system reports created by third party diagnostic tools such as cpu-z, everest, speedfan, etc. For instance, it helped us to import about 300 SPD images in two days! So, Thaiphoon Burner brings a new fashion! This the best solution for engineers, technicians and enthusiasts who works with RAM sticks every day! Get more news in the Russian Blog