BFG announced 100 day trade up program
We already heard the rumor, which is now confirmed. Intensly sucky howevere is that the trade-up program only applies in Northern America.
BFG Technologies announced today the BFG Trade Up program. The program is designed to give customers a one time opportunity to exchange their current BFG graphics card within 100 days of the original date of purchase for a better model and only pay the difference in price, plus applicable taxes.
Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Ships
Ubisoft sent out a press release announcing that Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2, the sixth iteration of the multimillion-selling Rainbow Six tactical shooter franchise, has shipped to retail stores, for PS3 and Xbox 360. The PC version will be available on April 15th.
- More Multiplayer - The highly acclaimed multiplayer mode in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas has been upgraded to include 13 new maps with more intense face-offs, two new adversarial modes, more rewards and easier access to matches using the improved and intuitive matchmaking system.
- Unprecedented Customizable Experience - Create your own identity that persists through both the single player and multiplayer modes and progresses along with you online and offline. Reap the benefits of your single player rewards in multiplayer, and vice versa.
- Vastly Improved Co-op Mode - Turn single player mode into co-op mode at any time seamlessly with join in progress. Now a friend can jump your story campaign and assist without any change to the story. The single player maps and storyline were created with co-op in mind, with every map having multiple entry points
- Challenging AI - The AI is more challenging than ever. Now, the terrorists are equipped with thermal vision, night vision and shields - not to mention a multitude of varying tactics - all of which are guaranteed to give you a new playing experience every time you go into battle. As you progress within the game, you'll be able to outsmart your enemies by taking advantage of intelligence opportunities, such as using thermal scan.
- New Weapons and Armor - Take down the terrorists more effectively using 11 new weapons. New camouflage, clothing and gear allow for the ultimate customizations.
- More Vegas - Sin City is back and bigger than before. Explore all-new Vegas hot spots and gritty back streets, creating a visual experience that is as challenging as it is breathtaking.
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 1024MB review
NVIDIA today launches it's worst kept secret of all times, the GeForce 9800 GX2. Basically the highest performing graphics card to date, though with a twist .. as pretty much NVIDIA merged two cards together and is selling that symbiosis as one.
Guru3D will put the NVIDIA reference card and a retail sample from BFG towards the test. Guru3D will discuss everything from Architecture towards gaming performance. You can find the article at the direct URL below:
NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI review
Next to the release of NVIDIA's GeForce 9800 GX2, NVIDIA also is launching their nForce series 790 mainboards. Guru3D will peek at the highest performance model available, the eVGA nForce 790i Ultra SLI. They slap DDR3 memory on it, a 9800 GX2 and started overclocking a Q6600 Core to quad processor towards pretty nice heights and observe overall performance, with a gaming perspective.
Next to that Guru3D has build an entire new water-cooled platform based on ESA components. Just to check how well that bi-directional component communication is actually working out. A pretty interesting read for sure. Check out the full article here:
CoolIT NVIDIA VGA MTEC Coldplate Released
CoolIT Systems announces its new NVIDIA VGA MTEC Coldplate. This newest addition to CoolIT
Inno3D i-Chill ZeroTherm Hurricane GeForce 9600 GT announced
I'm a little late by posting this. But Inno3D released a new GeForce 9600 GT graphics card with the i-Chill ZeroTherm Hurricane cooler. The card is clocked at 750MHz with 1625MHz shaders and 1940MHz 512MB memory. Not bad.
The i-Chill HC92 cooler is made out of copper and features several large heatpipes. Inno3D says the cooler can be transformed into 3 cooling solutions: passive, standard and overclocking.
Apparantly this is a DIY card, meaning you have to install the cooler yourself (which saves you money).
OCCT (OverClock Checking Tool) 2.0.0a (download)
OCCT (stands for "OverClock Checking Tool) is a CPU stability testing program, version 2.0a has just been released.
Its features :
- 3 different test types
- CPU = no RAM tested, alot of heat generated on the CPU, errors are usually CPU-centered
- RAM = Maximum error detection, tests the whole chain CPU-Chipset-Memory
- Mix = CPU and RAM alternated
- 3 tests modes
- Auto = 1h long Mix test
- Custom (Infinite) = Infinite loop of the test type of your choice
- Custom (fixed) = A test of the type of your choice, and of a duration of your choice
- Integrated monitoring and System information thanks to CPU-Z and HWmonitor engine
- External Monitoring Program support through plugins (Everest, Speedfan, and many more)
- Graph output showing temperatures and voltages of your computer
Download - click here (1,8 MB)
Vista SP1 Rolls out Today
Microsoft's long-awaited service pack for Windows Vista is reported to be heading to consumers today. The RTM version of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) was first released to testers in early February after a lengthy trial period.
Microsoft ended up postponing the public launch because of problems with some device drivers that failed to properly reinstall after the upgrade. The company cited "mid-March" as its release time frame, and since today is this month's "patch Tuesday" (the second Tuesday of the month, during which Microsoft traditionally rolls out security patches) ComputerWorld says many are banking on SP1's release.
Adding weight to that prediction, Amazon currently pins a March 18 release date on its retail-boxed copies of Windows Vista with SP1 pre-installed. If all goes as predicted, users will be able to grab the service pack from Windows Update on Tuesday. However, those expecting it to show up through Vista's Automatic Updates system will be disappointed. ComputerWorld says Microsoft doesn't plan to push out SP1 through Automatic Updates until some time in April. Not all users will be eligible, either: those with device drivers known to cause problems won't be offered the update at all.
New Call of Duty 4 Maps Coming
Intel talks about Nehalem, Larrabee, Dunnington
In a conference call from intel yesterday details where revealed on Intels up-coimg Dunnington, the company's upcoming six-core server part; Nehalem, the next-generation architecture that will supplant Core 2 processors later this year; and Larrabee, Intel's forthcoming discrete graphics processor.
Dunnington feature six cores, 16MB of L3 cache, and a staggering 1.9 billion transistors. Dunnington's six cores will all be Core 2-based, and the processor will slip into the same Caneland platform as today's Socket 604, Xeon 7300-series CPUs. Dunnington appears to be a single-die product, unlike Intel's four-core offerings that are just two dual-core dies tacked together on the same package. Shipments are due some time in the second half of the year.
Then Intel chatted about Nehalem which boasts the Core microarchitecture that's at the heart of most Intel CPUs today, and we've known for a while that it will bring several major enhancements, like the addition of an integrated memory controller and the QuickPath point-to-point interconnect (the answer to AMD's HyperTransport). it'll feature a three-channel DDR3 memory controller with support for DDR3 speeds as high as 1333MHz. The triple-channel controller will appear on both desktop and server/workstation offerings, and it will support three memory modules per channel. Using current 2GB DDR3-1333 modules, that means you'd be able to cram 18GB of RAM into a single desktop PC and yield a theoretical maximum of 31.99GB/s of bandwidth
Epic Games now on Steam: 10% off until March 24
Epic's initial offerings constitute five titles: Unreal Gold, Unreal II: The Awakening, Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition, Unreal Tournament 2004: Editor's Choice Edition, and Unreal Tournament 3.
Each title will be sold for 10% off until March 24. An Unreal Deal Pack is also available, containing the five titles for $59.95--a savings of over $46. The discount applies to the Unreal Deal pack as well, making it $53.95 until March 24.
"Epic is a leading developer of game engine technology and has produced some of my favorite games of all time," said Valve president Gabe Newell. "It's an honor to be working with them and offering their current and classic titles to the millions of Steam gamers around the world."