AMD Radeon HD 6970 Photo's Surface
As always, an Asian website released some unofficial photo's of a card that seems to be the AMD Radeon HD 6970, the card with the GPU known as Cayman.
The card is quite big as it seems, likely 11" from what I can estimate, and it has to be the 6970, not 69900 because the backside shows just one GPU mounted. Interestingly enough when you look at the power connectors you'll spot an 8-pin and 6pin PEG PCie power connector.
Anyway, very little else can be said here really, click the thumbnails to see the full photo's, courtesy of zol.com.cn
Blizzcon 2010 Coverage
BlizzCon first started in October 2005, held annually at the Anaheim Convention Center. It features announcements of new content for Blizzard's franchises, previews of content for upcoming games, developer Q&A sessions, PvP competitions and more. This was Blizzard's 5th annual Blizzcon, held October 22-23 in sunny Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center. For those of you who may not know, Blizzard is responsible for the wildly popular Starcraft, Diablo and Warcraft franchises. Blizzard is so big they hold their own separate convention packed across 4 halls.
We'll cover the games and hardware shown at BlizzCon 2010 in this 10 page article. You can read it right here.
Apple: 15 dead pixels are normal on large LCD displays
Whaaat ? Boy Genius Report received a leaked screenshot of Apple's recently updated dead pixel policy that is used by Apple Authorized Service Providers to identify whether screens have to be repaired or replaced. The leaked information reveals dead pixels are not acceptable on devices with small screens like the iPhone or iPod lineup, but if you happen to have one of Apple's expensive Cinema displays up to 15 pixel anomalies are regarded as acceptable.
For example, iPhones and iPods with just one pixel anomaly should be repaired or replaced. MacBook Air models, however, can have up to three light pixels, up to five dark pixels or up to seven combined anomalies before they should be repaired or replaced. The table also outlines the allowable numbers of pixel anomalies for Apple
MSI Radeon HD 6850 Cyclone OC Power Edition Graphics Card
The mages of information providers are mystic at times. Here are some photo's of the Cyclone edition of the Radeon HD 6850 that MSI is working on. A complete PCB overhaul is spotted with impressive hardware components being used on this card which will be called MSI Radeon HD 6850 Cyclone OC Power Edition.
We spot the standard Cyclone heatpipe based cooler, two DV and a HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2.
As you can see this card was able to achieve 1000 Mhz on the core and 4x1200 MHz on the memory, based on a core voltage tweak at 1.2V. We expect availibility of this graphics card real fast. Click the thumbsnails for full photo's.
MSIs Intel 6 series chipset motherboards, P67A-GD65
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 SOC review
Gigabyte has released a handful of GeForce GTX 460 cards, based on the reference design with a slight overclock, yet also an SOC series graphics card which is a factory overclocked model with the new WindForce 2X based cooler sitting on top of that GPU.
Now we've already seen a couple of models based on this cooling solution, but the Gigabyte card really is something special as it is the fastest factory clocked 1024MB SKU out on the market.
Check out our full review right here.
ADATA XPG Gaming Series V2.0 2400G 4GB Dual Channel
Gigabyte P67 and H67 lineup gets pixerlizored
Some photos of 12 upcoming Gigabyte motherboards based on the Intel P67 and H67 chipsets, have been published on the web. We've already shown you a handful last week. New are a number of models including: P67A-UD4, P67A-UD3P, H67A-UD3H, H67MA-D2H, and H67M-D2.
Here are some more, click the thumbnail. BTW it is good to see that for the high-end board Gigabyte finally stepped away from that abby bluer color schema.
Zalman reveals Z9 budget case series
Zalman presents the Z9 and Z9 Plus, a new line of budget mid-tower cases that will be sold for 41.30EUR and 45.00EUR (excl. VAT), respectively.
* Front and top steel mesh design for excellent ventilation.
* Tool-free installation design for convenient HDD installation and removal
* Cable management hole for tidy cable management and CPU cooler holes for convenient CPU cooler installation
* Bottom-mounted PSU design
* Spacious interior supports VGA cards up to 290mm in length
* Supports up to 7 fans
* Convenient front modular I/O port
* Supports four front USB2.0 connections
* Rugged black coated interior
* One temperature sensor with display and 2 channel fan controller built-in (Z9 Plus Only)
* Side acrylic tuning (Z9 Plus Only)
Medal of Honor patch R7 + DLC
In addition, Electronic Arts has now released the Hot Zone DLC patch for its first person shooter Medal of Honor. The Hot Zone DLC package costs $9.99 and can be purchased at EA's online store. As previously reported the DLC adds two new maps (Hindukush Pass and Korengal Outpost) along with two redesigned maps for the new Hot Zone multiplayer mode which is basically a "King of the Hill" mode for the game. The DLC also unlocks all of the multiplayer weapons and mods for the game. Via ggmania.
GeForce GTX 460 SE in the works
It seems that a slower version of the current GTX 460 is in the works, a slide presented by Heise.de shows a cut down version of the card with 288 Shader processors. The interesting part is that the card does come with a full GB of graphics memory which uses one more memory controller, and thus accumulated to 256-bit memory (opposed to 192-bit).
The card's clocks will be fairly similar, 20 MHz slower at 650 MHz and the memory 50 (x4) MHz slower wich is effectively 3.4 GBPs.
The card has the same TDP at 150W and will be introduced on the 15th of November. Slide is courtesy of heise.de
Afterburner 2.1.0 Beta 3
Guru3D and MSI have been working hard on AfterBurner, today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities.
We just released the public beta of Afterburner 2.1.0 Beta 3. This new beta opens up voltage tweaking for both Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 graphics cards.
Some pleasant info for 6800 owners: MSI agreed to increase core voltage limits to 1300mV for these cards in the next build. The next build will also contain some compatibility fixes for upcoming GTX 580 series.
Cyborg R.A.T.9 wireless gaming mouse
Mad Catz announced it has begun shipping the Cyborg R.A.T.9 wireless gaming mouse for $149.99. The mouse has a highly customizable design and makes use of 2.4GHz wireless technology.
The Cyborg R.A.T.9 Wireless Gaming Mouse joins the already available Cyborg R.A.T7, 5 and 3 gaming mice and boasts high performance 2.4GHz wireless technology which delivers an estimated latency of less than 1 millisecond.
Powered via a unique rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack which provides up to 9 hours of game play, the R.A.T.9 comes complete with a stylish desktop charging unit that not only charges the battery pack but also houses up to 42 grams of removable weights, which allows gamers to set the desired weight for individual preference. Two
Logitech Releases A Sun Powered Keyboard
Great idea ! When was the last time that you changed the battery in a calculator? There
3D Hologram Technology a Step Closer to Real-Time
Nasser Peyghambarian of the University of Arizona and his cool gang of colleagues reported today that their new holographic tech can project nearly 360 degree images from one location to another, that image updating every 2 seconds. It
Bullet shaped USB Flash Drives
Active Media Products, a leading manufacturer of SSDs and USB drives, today launched a new USB 2.0 flash drive in the shape of a 50-caliber bullet. This gold bullet drive features a rugged aluminum case with an air-tight rubber seal, making the drive waterproof when closed. Measuring about 3.0 inches in length and 0.6 inches in diameter, the bullet drive is offered in 4GB and 8GB capacities. "Our goal is to constantly reinvent the USB drive, making a unique combination of style and functionality." commented Active Media Products VP of Sales, Jerry Thomson.
The bullet includes a strong steel keychain and clip for attaching the drive to a backpack or keyring. This new bullet drive is available now through Amazon, at approximately $12 for the 4GB model and $21 for the 8GB drive.
Gigabyte Entry-Level GZ-P5 Case
Gigabyte expanded its value case lineup with the GZ-P5. This ATX mid-tower is minimalist, and entry-level. Measuring 180 x 420 x 350 mm, it weighs 3.5 kg, and makes use of SECC steel and plastic. It doesn't ship with any fans, but has slots for 80 mm fans on the front (intake), rear (exhaust), and upper side-panel. There's also room for a 120 mm spinner at the lower side-panel. It is listed on a Filipino online store, for around $30 [via tpu]
Zalman goes for SF and JMicron SSD
Zalman comes back in storage field, and this time their engineers have been focused on solid state drives. The company is going to release two different versions of Zalman SSD. One pair for SandForce controller (called S Series), and another one based on JMicron (called N Series).
Zalman's SandForce based SSD is advertised to go up to 280/210 mb/s speed while JMicrons rock on 280/270 MB/s speed. The SSDs are manufactured at 2.5-ich form, they both support SATA 3 and have native TRIM support.
As for the pricing, the S