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Download - Sniper: Ghost Warrior Demo
We now offer the 1.4GB Sniper: Ghost Warrior Demo available for download. The game promises to be the most realistic sniper experience ever and runs off the Chrome 4 engine which you may know from Call of Juarez: Bound In Blood
Based on the covert, shadowy world of the military sniper, Sniper: Ghost Warrior throws players into the chaos of a military coup, as they aid the rebels in restoring the rightful government to the embattled country of Isla Trueno.
When the democratic government of Isla Trueno is overthrown, an aggressive and hostile military command rises to power. A highly trained special ops unit is sent in to help the rebels accomplish objectives that only a sniper can handle. In addition to intense sniper missions, players will also take part in a variety of assault scenarios where their prowess with weapons will be a huge help to the undermanned rebels.
Playable demo for the upcoming sniper game SNIPER Ghost Warrior.Game uses the Chrome Engine 4 first featured in Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood.If you have multiple monitors and the game hangs with a black screen, then change the shortcut to Disable desktop composition (in Compatibility).
Download the game demo here.
OCZ Technology 1.8 Inch Vertex 2 SSD
Engineered for maximum productivity, the OCZ 1.8" Vertex 2 delivers the same performance as the 2.5 inch edition, yet accommodates a wider range of mobile applications and devices. Driven by SandForce, 1.8" Vertex 2 SSDs excel in 4KB random writes up to 50,000 IOPS and features transfer rates up to 285MB/s read and 275MB/s write. Available in 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB, it offers high capacity options for unparalleled storage space.
OCZ 1.8" Onyx SSDs deliver the benefits of solid state storage at an aggressive price point for mainstream consumers looking to increase the performance and lifespan of their existing platforms. In 32GB and 64GB capacities, the Onyx makes use of a quality Indilinx controller to deliver speeds up to 145MB/s, 64MB of cache, and only one watt of power consumption even during intensive computing.
Both OCZ's 1.8" SSDs feature a durable yet lightweight alloy housing and no moving parts, making the drives more rugged and power efficient than traditional spinning hard drive discs. Available in a range of capacities to suit various needs, OCZ 1.8" SSDs are built with SATA 3Gb/s to easily integrate into today's mobile platforms and feature TRIM support for Windows 7 systems.
Acer H234H and H244H LCD monitors released
For those interested in performance numbers and the overall design, both H4 displays are widescreen LCDs with a native resolution of Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels. In addition, they come with a response time of 2ms and DVI and HDMI inputs. As for the panel itself, the brightness is of 300 cd/m2 and the dynamic contrast ratio is of 80,000:1.
For user convenience, Acer has implemented touch controls by means of which the monitor's image settings (color, shape, size, etc.) can be adjusted to suit each buyer's individual needs. The H4 monitors will start shipping by the end of the month.
Photo of the NVIDIA GF104 GPU Emerges
Expreview somehow managed to get a hold of a photo allegedly first published on a Chinese hardware enthusiasts forum known for leaking confidential data and pictures. What can immediately be seen from the photo is the aluminum heatspreader and the unusual, rectangular shape of the GPU (the GF100, as a comparison, is square). Unfortunately, the inscriptions on the chip are blurred out for the most part, leaving only the GF104-30x denomination and the A1 revision markings.
As it stands, it is impossible to determine when and where the picture was taken, though some assumptions can still be made based on it. Previous leaks and rumors suggested the possibility of the upcoming chip having a 192-bit memory bus and 336 stream processors, or a 256-bit interface and 384 stream processors. In the picture, there appear to be six or seven memory chips around the graphics processor itself, which, X-Bit Labs explains, may suggest that the memory bus is, in fact, of 224 bits, whereas the amount of stream processors is 360.
Granted, for this to be true, every graphics processing cluster (GPC) would need to have 24 stream processors and not 32 like the GF100. NVIDIA, of course, did not comment on unannounced products in any way, but considering that the launch date is supposedly slated for July 12, it shouldn't be long until official information starts to emerge.
It's not much to look at, but if it is a proper photo then the die-size is fairly small [via softpedia]
Xbox 360 Slim already modded (video)
18-06-2010 - Network Downtime due to Packet Loss
Over the past few days we noticed severe packet loss over international nodes making the Guru3D Network / Servers very difficult to reach for some of you. Together with our host we found out that there is a nasty issue with the Internet backbone provider.
Roughly 80% of the visitors access the site without issues whatsoever, but that other 20% has massive packetloss on one of the peers.
Currently EuroAccess is on site in the datacenter and have acknowledged the problem. Right now there is generic BGP reload which in phases will restart networks and later on the two core routers will either receive an update or get replaced.
This is massive work for the backbone provider. Currently I do not have an ETA as to when maintenance will be finished. With a bit of luck everything is solved today, it also might be a couple of days before all is solved.
Please have patience and out apologies to the ones that have such a hard time reaching the website !
Update - looks like the issue is solved, there hasn't been any pakcet-loss ever since the past 12 hours.
Zalman Z7 Plus review
Zalman Z7 Plus gets tested
We test and review the Zalman Z7 Plus ATX Mid Tower chassis. These cases will cost you roughly 55 EUR / 65 USD for the most expensive PLUS version, yet carry features like pleasing aesthetic design, LED front fan, dust filter protections at the meshes, side fan controller, front panel hidden by a door, rubber feet protecting resonation, CPU Cooler Back Plate Hole is provided for convenient CPU cooler installation.
Click here to read the review.
Samsung 512GB SSD
Samsung introduced the first solid state drive (SSD) utilizing high-performance toggle-mode DDR NAND. The new 512 gigabyte (GB) SSD provides electronic data processing application designers with advanced performance and reliability for notebooks with premium value.
The new 512GB SSD makes use of a 30 nanometer-class 32 gigabit chip that the company began producing last November. The toggle-mode DDR structure together with the SATA 3.0Gbps interface generates a maximum sequential read speed of 250 Megabyte per second (MBps) and a 220MBps sequential write speed, both of which provide three-fold the performance of a typical hard disk drive. At these speeds, two standard length (apprx. 4GB each) DVD movies can be stored in just a minute.
Samsung provides further gains in power efficiency by having developed a low-power controller specifically for toggle-mode DDR NAND. The resulting power throttling capability enables the drive's high-performance levels without any increase in power consumption over a 40nm-class 16Gb NAND-based 256GB SSD. The controller also analyzes frequency of use and preferences of the user to automatically activate a low-power mode that can extend a notebook's battery life for an hour or more.
The Samsung 512GB SSD makes use of reinforced 256-bit AES (advanced encryption standard) encryption to ensure higher security, protecting personal data against online hackers or undesired access when its host PC is misplaced and lost.
Samsung also provides streamlined boot time and application access with this new SSD, showing an approximately nine-fold improvement in random performance over HDDs. Also, an intelligent operation management function optimizes the SSD's background working environment. Coupled with the popular Windows 7 TRIM feature the operation management function secures the reliability of the drive in write mode.
Samsung plans to begin volume production of the 512GB SSD next month. The new capacity extends Samsung's range of SSD densities from 64GB to 512GB.
Enermax releases bling Apollish Vegas fans Case Fans
The Apollish series of case fans was first introduced about 11 months ago and has since shown up in a significant number of high-end enclosures. Essentially, they are spinners that, besides fulfilling their roles of heat dispersers, are equipped with colored LED lights. It was time for a refresh, which is why the Apollish Vegas collection is now released, which are just as effective at cooling as their predecessors, but much more efficient.
The Apollish Vegas fans come in 120mm and 140mm form factors and are each designed with 18 LEDs that enable seven distinct lighting themes. The 12cm (21.14 euro) models have rotary speeds of 800-2000 RPM, air flow of 56.51-143.72 m3/h, minimum sound output of 16dBA and blue, green, red and silver color options. As for the 140mm fans (
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 455, 460 and 490
NVIDIA may be working on up to three new GeForce GTX 400 series graphics card. On the middle-end this would include the GeForce GTX 460 that we've already heard and talked about it, but also a GTX (or GTS) 455 designed to take on the Radeon HD 5700 series. This card is expected to arrive in August for under $200, and may be followed by 450 or 445 cards. Additionally, there's also talk about a dual-GPU GTX 490 based on the GF104 GPU, this card is expected to end up with a 300W TDP and should arrive in August.
GF106 or GTS(X) 455, will take on the HD 5700 series. It is possible that the mysterious 240 SP part rumoured could be the GF106. 240 SP is right on cue with where Nvidia would like specs to be to outperform the HD 5770. There could be a further 450 or 445 cards, all under $200. Details on GF106 remain sparse at this moment. The 455 is set to release in August.
Finally, Nvidia will release a new dual-GPU flagship, the GTX 490. The better thermal characteristics of GF104 means a dual-GPU product is possible with a TDP of under 300W. However, considering the GTX 460 matches, or even slightly outperforms the GTX 465, a dual-GPU 460 will simply not be enough to take the performance crown away from the HD 5970. It will, however, close the massive gap between the GTX 480 and the HD 5970. The power consumption is described to be "extreme" and is likely to end up as 300W. It is also set to release in August.
A-DATA N005 USB 3.0 flash drive offers 85MB/s
A-DATA has presented the N005, a new flash drive that uses the USB 3.0 interface to deliver a data transfer speed of up to 85MB/s. The N005 should be available soon in capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. ADATA Technology, the world leader in DRAM modules and flash memory products today unveiled its supreme-generation N005. Adopting SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology to achieve ultra-speedy read/write performance, N005 is designed to complement the modern lifestyle and to make data access much more efficiently with its powerful USB 3.0 connectivity.
Leading the industry in innovation and design, ADATA completes its USB 3.0 solution lineup with the introduction of this new USB 3.0 flash drive. N005 is perfectly positioned to fulfill the growing need for faster data transfer in personal portable storage for every-day computing. It takes advantage of the enhanced bandwidth of USB 3.0 and delivers transfer speed up to 85 MB/s based on real-world tests, outperforming the conventional USB 2.0 by nearly 300%*.
Design-wise, N005 comes with a sleek aluminum body stylishly coated in sliver-gray, bringing out the quality and the elegance that best suit the young urban professionals nowadays. The snap-on cap design at the rear end of the drive is thoughtfully included to prevent lost cap. Available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, N005 is the smart choice of high-capacity personal portable storage ideal for accessing and sharing huge files on the go.
Users can also take full advantage of ADATA
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GeForce Forceware 258.49 WHQL 64-bit available for download
This set of new drivers is tagged as Quadro driver (for NVIDIA's professional series graphics cards) however we added extensive support for most common GeForce graphics cards including series 9, 200 and GTX 470 and 480.
New in Release 258.49:
- Adds support for CUDA 3.1 for improved performance in GPU Computing applications. See CUDA for more details.
- Adds support for OpenGL 3.3
- ECC State (appeared in later Release 197 versions)
New page for GPUs that support ECC (error correction code). The page lets you
o Change the Error Correction Code (ECC) state for GPUs.
o View GPU memory details.
- EDID Management
Accessible from the View System Topology page, this feature lets you -
o View the connector information
o Get an EDID from a connected display and save it to disk
o Force an EDID at a connector
o Remove a forced EDID from a connector
- The SDI Capture page is now available with Windows Vista and Windows 7 drivers.
- Workstation application compatibility fixes. Please read the release notes for more information on product support, feature limitations, driver fixes and known compatibility issues.
- Support for the Open Computing Language (OpenCL) 1.0 in Quadro FX Series x700 and newer as well as the FX4600 and FX5600.
- Supports NVIDIA SLI technology (two-way SLI) for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboard based system from select OEMs.
- Support for DDC-Ci/MCCS over the DisplayPort AUX channel.
- 10-bits per color (10bpc) DisplayPort support for full-screen applications on supported products.
We have an extensive discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
Corsair 16GB Flash Padlock 2
The Flash Padlock 2 employs two security technologies for robust data protection. The first of these is a user-defined PIN, or personal identification number. This PIN is entered directly on the Padlock using an integrated keypad, and can range from four to ten digits in length. The second security technology used is 256-bit AES encryption of the contents of the drive.
Since the PIN to unlock the Padlock is entered directly on the drive itself, the drive is completely platform independent. This independence allows you to access your protected data on any USB-compatible hardware, including Windows PCs, Macs, Linux computers, and even gaming consoles.
The 16GB Flash Padlock 2 is available immediately from Corsair's authorized distributors and resellers worldwide. Complete customer support via telephone, email, forum and Tech Support Xpress is also available.
Read our 8Gb review right here.
ATi Catalyst 10.6 Released
ATI released Catalyst 10.6 drivers. The new drivers have several enhancements, especially video playback related. We have a discussion thead open on these driver here.
Here is a breakdown of the new features available in the Catalyst 10.6 display driver release, snapped directly from the release notes:
GPU acceleration of H.264 video content using Adobe Flash Player 10.1
- AMD GPU acceleration of Adobe
FlashPlayer 10.1 delivers smooth high definition video playback and reduces system resource utilization
- Adobe Flash Player 10.1 can be accelerated on notebook and desktop platforms featuring AMD graphics including:
RadeonHD 5000 and ATI Radeon HD 4000 series
- ATI Mobility ATI Radeon HD 400 series (and higher)
- ATI Radeon HD 3000 series integrated graphics (and higher)
Video De-blocking support
- Reduces blocking artifacts seen in low-bit rate video during playback
- Supported on the ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series of products
Mosquito noise reduction
- Reduces mosquito noise seen in highly compressed progressive video, during playback
- Supported on the ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series of products
Official support for OpenGL 4.0 and OpenGL 3.3
- ATI Catalyst 10.6 delivers official support for OpenGL 4.0 on the ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series
- ATI Catalyst 10.6 delivers official support for OpenGL 3.3 on the ATI Radeon HD Series
We're sure many of you would like to know which gaming titles are improved with the Catalyst 10.6 drivers as well, so we've ripped that data from the release notes as well. According to AMD, the following performance gains are offered with the Catalyst 10.6 drivers:
- Overall scores improve up to 5% on a single ATI Radeon HD 5970
Batman: Arkham Asylum
- Performance improves up to 5% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
- Performance improves up to 10% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5970 configurations
Aliens vs. Predator DirectX 11 Benchmark
- Performance improves up to 4% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
- Performance improves up to 10% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5970 configurations
- Performance improves up to 3% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
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