Continued growth expected for PC gaming hardware market
Jon Peddie Research announced it expects PC gaming hardware will grow at a rate of 11 percent through 2014 to $27 billion:
In 2011, over 250 million game capable home and personal use PCs will ship. To get a sense of perspective, only 220 million PS3, the Wii, and Xbox 360 consoles have shipped since the era of the modern console began in 2005.
PC gaming hardware will grow at a rate of 11% through 2014. However, the ongoing economic recession is having its effect on even the gaming market. Taking the reality into consideration, JPR has reduced its 2011 global PC Gaming hardware market estimate to US$19 billion from US$22 billion.
Nevertheless PC gaming activity (as opposed to sales) has increased in 2011 as evidenced by ongoing game sales and online activity. JPR has raised estimates of the number of people playing PC games from their previous forecast by 3% for 2011. With a base of about a half billion people who regularly engage in PC gaming, gaming is an attractive market for hardware manufacturers, many of whom consider gamers in their product design and marketing.
AMD Brazos 2.0 to arrive in Q1 2012
AMD is planning to refresh its Brazos lineup in Q1 2012 with Brazos 2.0. This new platform will feature a new chipset and higher clocked Zacate APUs. The new A68M chipset is a more energy efficient chip that cuts some features that were unnecessary for sub-notebooks, while adding RAID 0/1, native DisplayPort support, APU fan control and SD controller.
Codenamed Brazos 2.0, the platform will feature updated Zacate APUs. (Ontario/C-Series refresh is not mentioned) The E-450 will be replaced by E2-1800. Fundamentally the same chip, E2-1800 features a slight boost to 1.7 GHz, while the GPU is rebranded as HD 7340 and is clocked higher at 523 MHz and 680 MHz with Turbo. Computerbase also mentions in the possibility of a CPU turbo which will help E2-1800 differentiate itself from E-450. CPU turbo is already available on C-60 which is based on the same chip.
E-300 will be replaced by E1-1200, clocked at 1.4 GHz, up 0.1 GHz from E-300. The HD 6310 GPU will give way to HD 7310 which features an insignificant 12 MHz overclock.
Q1 2012 will also see the launch of the Brazos-T platform for tablets. This platform will feature a cut-down, optimized A55T chipset and a power optimized Hondo APU. Later in the year Brazos 2.0 will be replaced by the 28nm Wichita and Krishna APUs.
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Gigabyte shows all its X79 motherboards
Last week Gigabyte already gave you all a sneak preview of their forthcoming G1. Assassin 2 board on our facebook page, today they issued some more X79 series motherboard images.
Click on the thumbnails for nice size photo's ...
G1.Assasin X79-UD7 X79-UD5 X79-UD3
KFA2 GTX 570 MDT Photo's Leak
KFA2 are working on a new revision of the GeForce GTX 570 to spice up the Christmas season a little I guess. This is their MDT card which will launch next month. MDT stands for Multi Display Technology meaning you can game on multiple monitors with just one card.
The card will support quad 1080p displays with surround gaming up to three displays up-to 1920x1080p.
As you can see the card has DVI-D x3, Dual-link DVI x1, Mini-HDMI. We do know that the card will come overclocked straight out of the box.
Admittedly, that's a cool looking card with that custom Aluminum cooler and Black PCB. Anyway, check out the photo's we have been able to snag:
LeadTek WinFast GTX 560 Ti Hurricane Graphics Card
Leadtek Research Inc., known globally for its extreme visual graphics technology, added the new WinFast GTX 560 Ti Hurricane graphics card to the Fermi II generation family for enthusiasts. It features dual 90 mm fans, two 8 mm cooper heat-pipes, a large copper base and many fan fins equipped behind the GeForce Fermi 114 chipset, which can reduce temperature more effectively than the standard version containing only two 6 mm cooper heat-pipes from the chipset manufacture. This not only means improvements in the thermal solution but also in noise emission. Only 21 dB is measured during idle time, and even during peak time, it is just 43 dB. Leadtek will release more dual fan design graphics cards, naming them
Nexus New Prominent R Case
The Nexus Prominent R case is about to be released as a silent chassis. It's toolless installation features make it a breeze to install your components or change your set-up. The sleek professional look and materials make the case fit in anywhere.
The Prominent R have a black painted interior which is great looking. Preinstalled are two 120mm Real Silent Nexus Fan. There is noise absorption material on the side panels and isolating padding where the PSU is placed to prevent resonance, ventilation holes (and room for a fan) in the bottom of the case for air-intake and high feet (with rubber pads) keep the case elevated from the floor to make a smooth airflow possible and eliminate resonance. There is cable and fan management and on top we have an external SATA Dock, USB3.0, USB2.0, eSATA and audio connectors.
The Nexus Prominent R will be available around October 25th. BTW is it just me or does this chassis look a lot like a CM 690 II ?
ThermalTake Frio Advanced revealed for LGA2011
ThermalTake shows off the Frio Advanced, a new CPU cooler that supports all of AMD's and Intel's contemporary platforms, including the upcoming LGA2011. The cooler features five 6mm direct-touch heatpipes, an aluminium fin array, and two 130mm PWM fans with a noise level of 21 to 44dBA.
The cooler measures 130.6mm x 122mm x 159.2mm (L x W x H) and weighs 954g. Pricing and availability is unknown.
Thermaltake, the leader and pioneer in PC thermal solutions, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, with
Tt eSPORTS Saphira gaming mouse and White-Ra mousepad
Tt eSPORTS, the leader of gaming and a sub-division brand of Thermaltake, is exciting to announce SAPHIRA, world
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NVIDIA GeForce 285.62 WHQL Drivers out
The new GeForce 285.62 WHQL drivers are now available to download. Recommended for Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City and Rage, these drivers bundle together all the enhancements and updates contained within the 285.27 and 285.38 beta releases, in addition to new SLI and 3D Vision profiles for many of today
ECS X79R-AX photo surfaces
We've shown it at computex already, click here yet ECS is showing their ECS X79R-AX motherboard. The Platform is obviously intended for Socket LGA 2011 Sandy Bridge-E processors.
Have a peek, click on the thumbnail. BTW ECS is sooo totally pimping it :)
Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin light LE review
After the initial launch reference reviews NVIDIA's partners released more customized solutions onto the market for the GeForce GTX 560 Ti series. The Twin Light Turbo Edition we test today comes with a custom PCB and a new heatpipe cooler that will hopefully bring good temperatures versus low noise levels. That new cooler is the shiznit though as honestly, it's an innovative and just really good looking cooler.
The GeForce GTX 560 Twin Light Turbo Edition tested today indeed comes all customized and is also factory overclocked, albeit very little. The GPU is clocked at 830 MHz and its memory at 4100 MHz, thus both are a slice faster than the reference baseline clocked products.
Read the review here.
Intel Ivy Bridge Arrives March of 2012
The initial processor lineup will be comprised of both dual and quad-core parts for various markets, including desktop and notebooks computers.
Ivy Bridge is the code name used for the 22nm die shrink of the current Sandy Bridge chips and features basically the same architecture, but with a few minor tweaks and improvements.
This includes a new on-die GPU that will come with full DirectX 11 support as well as with 30% more EUs than Sandy Bridge, in order to offer up to 60% faster performance that current Core CPUs according to Intel.
In addition, the processor cores have also received some minor tweaks as their AVX performance was slightly increased and Intel has updated the integrated PCI Express controller to the 3.0 standard.
In the mobile version of Ivy Bridge, all these improvements are paired with a configurable TDP design, which enables the CPU to greatly surpass its maximum thermal design power when additional cooling is provided (like when placed on a notebook cooling stand).
Together with the Ivy Bridge processors, Intel will also release the Z77, Z75, and H77 consumer PCH controllers, but the CPUs will also be compatible with the current LGA 1155 chipsets used for Sandy Bridge.
Intel Launches Core i7-2700K Processor
Apart from these, it packs a dual-channel DDR3 integrated memory controller, PCI-Express root complex, and Intel HD 3000 series integrated graphics. The TDP remains consistent with many other Core i5 and Core i7 "Sandy Bridge" chips, at 95W. An interesting development here is that the pricing of Core i7-2700K didn't turn out to be what Amazon and MWave were charging for their pre-orders (around US $380), the retail price of this chip is merely $15 higher than that of the Core i7-2600K, at $332.