StarCraft II Demo
The Starcraft 2 demo is finally available for PC and Mac. The sample includes the first three campaign missions from the full version It also has a few skirmish maps that will let you play as the Terran faction against Terran AI opponents. The demo doesn't require a Battle.net account (so no online, sorry). It's perfect if you're still debating relinquishing all of your free time to the game.
Have a looksie here.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Sells $1 Billion
In its first five days alone, the game sold more than $650 million worldwide, outpacing theatrical box office, book and video game sales records for five-day worldwide sell through in dollars, according to internal Activision estimates and boxofficemojo.com. The game exceeded Activision's previous five-day worldwide record of $550 million set by last year's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Guru3D Rig of the Month - December 2010
Guru3D Rig of the Month - December 2010
This months winner comes from Brazil and is Ricardo Lazarotti, at the age of 35 he works in the pharmaceutical industry, hey as you can see we have a large and wide audience alright. The end result is a stunning looking PC built with style in Guru3D's house color, black and blue.
Check out the final entry of this year at Guru3D.com at this URL.
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TRENDnet 450Mbps Wireless Access Point
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the launch of the first to market 450Mbps Wireless N Access Point, model TEW-690AP, which supports Access Point, Wireless Distribution System (WDS), and Repeater mode functionality.
Advanced Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology with three spatial streams per antenna, generates a maximum theoretical wireless throughput of 450 Mbps and exceptional wireless coverage.
A Gigabit Ethernet port maintains high performance wired connections. Advanced features include 4 SSIDs per wireless band, unique encryption for each SSID, WMM Quality of Service (QoS) data prioritization, WPA2-RADIUS encryption, and a convenient on/off power switch.
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) integrates other WPS supported wireless adapters at the touch of a button. Gone are the days of entering complicated encryption codes; simply press the WPS button on the TEW-690AP, and then press the WPS button on a compatible wireless adapter-the devices automatically exchange information and connect.
"TRENDnet will be the first brand to bring a full portfolio of 450Mbps solutions to market," stated Zak Wood, Director of Global Marketing for TRENDnet. "Expect more first to market announcements in the coming New Year at CES."
The 450Mbps Wireless N Access Point, model TEW-690AP, comes with a three year limited warranty and is currently shipping to TRENDnet's online and retail partners.
The MSRP for the TEW-690AP is U.S. $ 199.99.
ADATA SATA 6Gbps SSD
A-DATA has launched its S501, a new 2.5" solid state disk with the SATA 6Gbps interface. The disk uses a Marvell SSD controller and is equipped with Toshiba MLC NAND flash memory, it's available in capacities of 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. The S501 uses 128MB DDR3 cache and promises read speeds of up to 480MB/s and write speeds of up to 310MB/s.
A-Data takes full advantage of the increase in data transfer capabilities offered by the SATA 6Gb/sec interface, pushing the Toshiba MLC NAND chips to their limit via the Marvell-based controller and offering speeds of 480MB/sec read and 310MB/sec write - although the company warns that these figures will suffer if the drive is connected to a SATA 3Gb/sec controller.
European pricing is set at
Zotac GeForce GTX 570 AMP! Edition
Zotac outs their GeForce GTX 570 AMP! Edition. This new card has a 780MHz core, 1560MHz shaders and 1280MB GDDR5 clocked at 4000MHz.
Gainward GeForce GTX 570 Phantom gets photographed
The bro's over at TechPowerUp found some photos of Gainward's GeForce GTX 570 Phantom. This new graphics card features a custom cooling solution with six heatpipes and a large, black aluminium fin array. Clockspeeds are 750MHz for the core, 1500MHz for the shaders and the 1280MB GDDR5 is clocked at 3900MHz. Display outputs include dual-DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.
Instead of fans on its obverse side blowing air onto the PCB, there are three fans on its reverse side, drawing air from the aluminum fin array, and onto the PCB. The PCB also seems to be a non-reference design. The Gainward GTX 570 Phantom uses overclocked speeds of 750 MHz core, 1500 MHz CUDA cores, and 3900 MHz (GDDR5 effective) memory. Like every other GTX 570, it's based on the new 40 nm GF110 silicon, features 480 CUDA cores, and connects to 1280 MB of memory over a 320-bit GDDR5 memory interface.
Alienware M17x suffering from GPU-related power issues
The folks at Engadget report Alienware M17x laptop users are facing power issues. A previous DPC latency issue has just been fixed but now users are suffering from GPUs that draw more power than the laptop can provide.
As it turns out, the symptoms are similar to the stuttering caused by the DPC latency issue (hence the confusion), but the new problems are being blamed on power issues -- namely, that the GPU is drawing more power than the laptop can provide. Worse still is that it seems like those with the highest-end configuration are the most likely to experience the problem, as they're effectively maxing out an already maxed-out system. For its part, Dell has apparently fixed the issue in the most recent revision of the laptop, but users on the Notebook Review forums are reporting that the company hasn't exactly been eager to dish out replacements for everyone affected (which seems to be the only surefire "fix" available).
Hunted: The Demon's Forge Trailer
3DMark 11 gets an update to v1.01
Mereley two weeks after the initial release FutureMark released an update to 3DMark 11 to fix problems and add a couple of requested features. Note, until NVIDIA release new drivers SLI will continue to be unavailable in 3DMark 11.
3DMark 11 version 1.01 release notes
- Fixed an issue with SystemInfo that prevented the Physics and Combined tests from running.
- Fixed an issue that could cause a crash if the DirectX 11 API or .NET was not available.
- Fixed an issue that could cause a crash if the number of system GPUs was unknown.
- Letterboxing and scaling now works with wide displays.
- The benchmark UI is now minimized during the benchmark run.
- Improved result security when submitting to 3dmark.com.
- Added automatic update notification.
- Updated SystemInfo component to version 22.214.171.124.
Advanced and Profession Edition only
- Added option for manual GPU Count selection to the Advanced tab.
- Added Scaling Mode selection to the Advanced tab, choose from centered or stretched.
- Results tab now shows the individual scores for each of the six tests.
Professional Edition only
- Demo audio now works when running from the command line.
- Image Quality tool now handles unexpected parameters correctly.
- Image Quality tool now works correctly with the reference rasterizer option.
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AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50
Wire Ltd. released AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 1.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises.
The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and nVIDIA graphics processors.
New features & improvements
- Support for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge desktop and mobile processors
- AVX-optimized 64-bit fractal and security benchmarks
- AVX-optimized System Stability Test module
- 64-bit multi-threaded VP8 video encoding benchmark
- Revamped ZLib data compression benchmark
- GPU details for AMD Radeon HD 69xx and nVIDIA GeForce GTX 570
- Enhanced support for nVIDIA RAID controllers
- Estonian localization
OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB review
We test the OCZ Revodrive X2, a concept that is close to that IBIS product, but also is not. Will this RAID based SSD solution be faster, slower or equal in performance relative to that IBIS ? Fact remains, today we'll pass 700 MB/sec of storage performance from something slapped onto a PCIe 4x slots and that is just frightening to test, that fast.
Now sure, it will not be a cheap solution, but never ever was a NAND flash storage unit more compelling and attractive than the X2.
Read our article right here.
Minicute budget gaming mouse
You sometimes wonder how much money a company like Razer makles on their gaming mouses. A company called Minicute send us an e-mail to present Scorpion, a new 2400DPI 6-button gaming mouse. The peripheral is equipped with fancy LEDs and has a weight adjustment system. The company claims the mouse will be available for just $7 (without packing).
Check the thumbnail, at 7 bucks .. not bad man.
UK Plans to Block All Internet Porn
Internet cencorship is getting pretty darn dangerous. THE UK Government is to combat the early sexualization of children by blocking internet pornography unless parents request it, it was revealed today. The move is intended to ensure that children are not exposed to sex as a routine by-product of the internet.
It follows warnings about the hidden damage being done to children by sex sites. The biggest broadband providers, including BT, Virgin Media and TalkTalk, are being called to a meeting next month by Ed Vaizey, the communications minister, and will be asked to change how pornography gets into homes. Instead of using parental controls to stop access to pornography - so-called "opting out" - the tap will be turned off at source. Adults will then have to "opt in."
Crysis 2 Singleplayer Trailer - Be The Weapon!
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - Vietnam now on Steam
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam, is now available on Steam for $14.99.
- 5 Brand New Maps: From the rice fields of the Phu Bai Valley to the napalm scorched earth of Hill 137, five distinct Vietnam-based maps each bring a fresh visual and gameplay experience.
- 6 Immortalized Vehicles: Skim the treetops in the iconic American helicopter. Drive the sturdy Russian T54 tank and the nimble US PBR "Pibber" patrol boat, plus three more vehicles immortalized in the Vietnam war.
- 15 Characteristic Weapons: Charge into battle with 15 new weapons modeled on their real life counter-parts, including the rare Navy SEAL XM22 machinegun and the characteristic M79 "Blooper" Grenade Launcher.
- Rocking 60's Soundtrack: Listen to 8 radio channels in-game, featuring 2 hours of time typical tracks, including "Ride of the Valkyries" and "Fortunate Son" by CCR.
True War Dialogue: All-new voiceovers for both American and Vietnamese forces, based on authentic communication from the Vietnam War.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam is also available at the EA Store. Other digital distribution portals, like Direct2Drive, have it listed for release on December 21st. Here's the launch trailer.
eVGA P67 Classified motherboard spotted
Earlier on we received a photo from eVGA on their upcoming Sandy Bridge based P67 Classified motherboard. Check it out, six mechanical PCie x16 slots, proper positioned 8-pin power headers and check out the angled ATX motherboard connector, finally somebody who's doing that.
Overall a good and familiar looking motherboard, we assume there's an NF200 IC on their due to the many logical x8 PCIe slots.looks good, check out the thumbnail.