3DMark 11 1.0.2 Download and Patch released
Futuremark released version 1.0.2 of 3DMark 11. The update affects mostly compatibility issues, so scores will be
fully comparable with older versions.
3DMark 11 version 1.0.2 release notes
- Bullet physics library updated to 2.78 to improve compatibility with future CPUs and GPUs
- Display scaling mode setting is now available in the Basic Edition
- SystemInfo component updated to version 4.0 for improved compatibility with current and future hardware
- Improved user messages when the benchmark run is interrupted
- Fixed wireframe mode for the Combined test with NVIDIA hardware
- Load/Save result dialog remembers the last used folder
- Correct watermark is always displayed when benchmark is launched from command line
- Command line loop switch with single test now loops without reloading
HWiNFO64 download released
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SteelSeries Diablo III Peripherals
SteelSeries, a leading manufacturer of professional gaming peripherals today announced a co-branding partnership with Blizzard Entertainment on the SteelSeries Diablo III family of products. The Diablo III Mouse, Diablo III Headset, and two Diablo III QcK mousepads - Witch Doctor and Barbarian Editions, were co-designed with technology, hardware, and illumination features that support the look and feel of the third installment of Blizzard Entertainment
Scientists trap antimatter for nearly 17 minutes
Okay I'm going all Star Trek on you guys now. CERN researchers have managed to trap antihydrogen atoms for 16 minutes and 40 seconds at world's largest physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. That's roughly 16 minutes and 40 seconds longer than the first attempt in 2010, which lasted for only 172 milliseconds.
How'd they pull it off for over 16 minutes? Physicists working on the ALPHA experiment at the world's largest particle physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland "loaded" the trap by producing "anti-atoms" (sounds so Ed Wood, no?). Those anti-atoms were created in a process that involved "merging cold plasmas." Okay, so antimatter is kind of like lightning
Microsoft reveals 128-bit AES encryption based wireless keyboard
Mircosoft announced the Wireless Desktop 2000, a new wireless keyboard that protects your keystrokes with AES 128-bit encryption. The unit will be available within about a month for roughly $40. The encryption is designed to foil any attempt to intercept and decipher keystrokes coming from a wireless keyboard, giving users the option to use a wireless keyboard for convenience even when dealing with sensitive information such as passwords or credit card numbers. Although the keyboard is compatible with Macs, it offers Taskbar Favorites for Windows 7 users, allowing them to easily switch between applications.
Both the keyboard and mouse also sport features aimed at user comfort. The keyboard includes a pillow-textured palm rest, while the mouse offers an ambidextrous design. The mouse is paired to the keyboard using BlueTrack technology, which the company says ensures smooth tracking on almost any surface (apart from clear glass or mirrored surfaces).
Kingston shows its first SandForce-based SSD
Kingston just announced its first SandForce-based solid state disks, they feature a SATA 6Gbps interface and use 25nm NAND flash memory from Intel. And check out the new user configurable over provisioning option.
The specifications promise sequential read speeds of up to 525MB/s and write speeds as high as 480MB/s. Sustained random 4K read/write performance is 20,000 / 60,000 IOPS for the 120GB unit and 40,000 / 60,000 IOPS for the 240GB model, while max random 4K read/write performance is 95,000 / 70,000 IOPS and 95,000 / 60,000 IOPS, respectively.
Shipping in 120GB and 240GB capacities, the HyperX SSD is based on SandForce SF-2281 controllers featuring SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s). It allows for incredible sequential read/write throughputs of 525/480MB/s, IOPS of 40,000/60,000 (240GB), and SandForce DuraClass
Apple announces iOS 5.0
At the annual WWDC event, Steve Jobs took the stage to announce the new flagship of software suites for Mac and iDevices. Apple started off the new feature list with notifications.
Apple has removed the old notification popup system for a more inline notification system, making it less annoying when you're watching a video or playing a game. The 'notification center' will act similar to Android, where your menu swipes down, revealing alerts for all of your phone, messages, emails and more.
The notification center is even on your lock screen too. The lock screen has received a major update, allowing for notifications from apps, messages, and even listening to voice mail without having to slide to unlock the phone. iOS 5.0 also comes with 'Newsstand', a new subscription-based application that has a ton of newspaper and magazine companies on board, including New York Times, SF Chronicle, Daily Telegraph, and more. Apple introduced a new Twitter integration for iOS 5.0, making it easier for users to post photos, maps, articles from Safari and attachments with a new 'Tweet' option [via TechAmok].
E3 - Mass Effect 3: Fall of Earth Trailer
E3 - Battlefield 3 launches Oct. 25
EA has announced the release date for Battlefield 3: October 25, 2011. Utilizing DICE's proprietary 'Frostbite 2' engine, Battlefield 3 is launching on the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.The Battlefield 3 multi-platform beta is scheduled to kick-start in September. Beta passes had been given away with new game sales of last year's Medal of Honor.
Battlefield 3 captures the intense reality of modern warfare across the globe. DICE is working closely with highly decorated ex-SAS operator and acclaimed author, Andy McNab, to ensure the authenticity and grittiness of today's war is captured in both the single player and multiplayer campaigns. In the single player chapters being highlighted at E3, two new playable characters are introduced. Dmitri "Dima" Mayakovsky, a Russian undercover agent, must fight his way from the Paris Stock Exchange through the crowded city streets in a desperate attempt to stop PLR operatives from detonating a dirty bomb in the heart of Paris. Jonathan "Jono" Miller, a Marine Corporal from America's heartland, is deployed to the barren dustbowl of the Tehran desert to engage PLR forces. This chapter showcases a classic Battlefield vehicle warfare experience as players embark on a large scale tank attack to neutralize the PLR base. The popular Battlefield multiplayer mode
Wii 2 Possible Leaked Specifications
If this true, it gonna be a great machine that will trump current Gen. yet to me its a stop gap for Nintendo. Meaning it will be the top of the heap for awhile, yet short lived as it will be trumped when MS and Sony bring out there new machines.
Here's what's being developped under 'Project Cafe'.
Custom AMD RV770 Chip
G.Skill Sniper 8GB CL7 DDR3 memory review
G.Skill designed another 8GB low voltage DDR3 kit (2x 4GB) that can be set at 1600 MHz yet still run a CAS latency of 7. And that is truly interesting because the denser the ICs get, the higher latency typically gets.
The end results will be very interesting, our test suite software will be run of the mill, we'll simply take all standard PC configurations and processors and compare this memory seated on a Core i7 2600K / Z68 chipset setup and evaluate it to the baseline performance of other chipsets/processors and their respective reference baseline performance. Read our review right here.
AMD BullDozer delay is Strategic decision
Well that's what AMD says, and of course any decision could be labeled as strategic but the Bulldozer processors (Zambezi FX series) have been delayed alright. guru3D was able to confirm that it will take 60 to 90 days from this week before the new processors will see the light of day. Meanwhile there of course will be Llano.
Guido Lohmann, AMD PR Manager Northern Europe, "The very gratifying success of the C-and E-series APUs has led to the decision to go ahead first in the desktop area with an APU, and then to follow with the Bulldozer processors,
Intel Launches Its Fastest Sandy Bridge CPU
Aside from the increased clock speed, the CPU features the same specifications as the rest of the Xeon E3 chips, including 8MB of shared Level 3 cache, HyperThreading support, a 5GT/s DMI link and an integrated dual-channel controller which supports up to 32GB of DDR3-1333MHz memory. TDP is rated at 95W, the Intel HD integrated graphics unit is disabled.
Intel's Xeon E3 processor lineup includes 11 other models.
some pack four processing cores, feature support for Intel's Turbo Boost and HyperThreading technologies and 6MB or 8MB of L3 cache memory. The one exception is the low power Xeon E3-1220L which comes equipped with only two processing cores and 3MB of L3 cache, but has a TDP of just 20W.
Nvidia-Microsoft Pact might be 11 Years old
The weirdest announcement was posted yesterday, Microsoft is taking an interest in NVIDIA as they purchased 30% of their shares. Then later on it appears that this agreement is already ten years old, dating from 2001.
Either way this might prevent future buyouts if a company would takeover NVIDIA OR if NVIDIA would like to takeover another company.
Nvidia gives the Redmond-based company the exclusive right to equal any offers by third-parties for 30 percent or more of Nvidia
McDonald's Pick n Play
Computex 2011 - HQ Photo gallery and closing
Computex 2011 in Taiwan has come to an end and we're back in Europe. This years Computex was a success but unfortunately not a lot of new tech was announced. We stumbled into some pretty interesting things as you've been able to notice.
A small message to Taitra, the internet quality in the press-rooms the first three days was pure horror, pretty much press could not do anything. And if that's the case next year again, press will drop off. Hopefully they'll take note of all the comments press made, as there was that MASSIVE capacity issue.
Due to that capacity issue we also used a lower quality of photo's as it uploads faster (3-4 hours for 8MB ! that's how bad it was). Being back in the office we finalized the gallery and updated all photo's at a higher quality.
We have 28 sub-section is the photo-gallery covering over 500 photo's. Have a look at the entire (updated) gallery right here.
We hope you enjoyed our coverage, this year made possible by ECS. On that note, later this week I'll show you guys an article on our visit to the ECS HQ, we penetrated their R&D department and I have some photo's and High-def video footage for you guys to see what is going on in that 90 meters high building of theirs.
Anyway if you did not do so, here' the entire gallery.
Building "Windows 8" - Video #1 from Microsoft
XCOM E3 2011 Trailer
2K Games announces XCOM, is due on Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on March 6, 2012 in North America and the upcoming first-person action game based on the classic sci-fi strategy series is due internationally on March 9th.
Featuring a bold new origin story told from a first-person perspective, XCOM pits Special Agent William Carter and his veteran team against the threat of human extinction. But every enemy is an opportunity