Quake Live Public Beta
Within a few hours, the public beta version of Quake Live (formerly known as Quake Zero) is going to be made available today. Completely financed by in-game advertising, Quake Live is a free first-person shooter game, based on the popular Quake III Arena from id Software - playable through your browser. It is targeting mainly multiplayers, while the underlying game engine is id Tech 3. Expect the download to be about roughly 200 MB in size.
Microsoft Reveals Work On New Browser Called Gazelle
A few days ago, Microsoft Research revealed a PDF outlining a new browser called Gazelle, which is supposed to make surfing the Internet a lot safer. The research paper introduces a new approach towards browser security by implementing a different kind of kernel. Using this new kernel, the browser is constructed to work just like an OS - differentiating it greatly from other currently available products. Besides researchers from Microsoft, the universities of Illinois, and Washington are both participating in the current project as well. The core idea behind Gazelle is that every opened web site resembles a new instance, running completely independent of all other instances. A prototype was already built for Windows Vista and seems to be working with most web sites, although, there are currently no plans for releasing this browser.
Palit GeForce GTX 260 SP216 Sonic review
We test the Palit GeForce GTX 260 Sonic SP216 edition, a card that probably can't get much better. Why ? Get this, custom board design, 896MB GDDR3 memory, 216 Shader processor version, custom dual-fan cooler, custom higher clock frequencies and due to that cooler, immense overclocking capabilities. Yeah, that is a lot to mention in one small little paragraph.
Yea, we just caught your attention didn't we? You can click on the link to read this 21 page Guru3D review, right here.
RV790 Built on 55 nm not 40nm
So that makes the new 4870 card an 'update' rather than new technology. AMD's next high-end graphics card is as you guys all heard, built on ASIC RV790. It's however still based on a 55 nm manufacturing process.
Sources tell German website Hardware-Infos that the new GPU perform better and run at higher clock-speeds than RV770 (4870). The ASIC is absed of an improved 55 nm manufacturing process.
RV790 engineering-samples undergoing testing are known to be coming in two flavours according to the source: a base model and an overclocked model. The base model comes with the same exact clock speeds as the RV770XT: 750/900 MHz (core/memory), while the overclocked model is known to come with clock speeds of 850/975 MHz (core/memory). To achieve that 100 MHz increment in core frequency, the voltage is known to be stepped-up from 1.24 to 1.30 V.
Products based on this GPU are known to surface by April [via TPU and Hardware-Infos]
Creative Puts X-Fi in Your Car
JC Hyun Systems, a premier leader in car infotainment systems announced the RUNZ CI-7100 Car Infotainment System, the world's first car infotainment system which is developed exclusively using Creative's award-winning Xtreme Fidelity (X-Fi) technology to enhance the overall in-car audio experience of motorists. The audio experience of watching movies or listening to music in cars with X-Fi technology will be truly amazing.
Main Features of RUNZ CI-7100
The RUNZ CI-7100 Car Infotainment System is built using a powerful Intel dual-core (360/300MHz) processor. It features the MMSP2 MPEG video hardware engine, SiRF III GPS chipset and Creative Technology's revolutionary X-Fi Audio Processor. The RUNZ CI-7100 features an intuitive 7-inch digital LCD touch screen capable of displaying 800 x 480 high-resolution images and videos. Audio quality is digitally restored and improved using both Creative X-Fi Crystalizer and Creative X-Fi CMSS-3D. Additional features of the RUNZ CI-7100 include two AV in/out ports, USB 2.0 and SD memory card interfaces and Bluetooth 2.0 Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) support.
"I believe all motorists seek to enjoy music and videos of the highest quality when travelling in their cars. They expect the same high standards of entertainment experience they enjoy at home, something which most car audio or car infotainment systems in the market have been unable to match so far. By integrating the state-of-the-art Creative X-Fi audio technology to the RUNZ CI-7100, I am confident that we can propel car infotainment enjoyment to the next level and set the standard for next generation systems to come in the near future." said JH Lee, Senior Sales Director of JC Hyun Systems.
"We are thrilled to bring the world-renowned X-Fi technology to motorists and their passengers who will now be able to experience compelling audio quality when listening to music or watching movies," said Low Long Chye, Senior Product Manager of Audio at Creative Technology. "The X-Fi technology is fully optimized so audio and visual entertainment in the car can be enjoyed in amazing high-definition audio clarity and detail".
Features of X-Fi Technology (X-Fi Crystalizer and X-Fi CMSS-3D)
The RUNZ CI-7100 Car Infotainment System supports Creative X-Fi Crystalizer and Creative X-Fi CMSS-3D. Creative X-Fi Crystalizer technology restores fine details and vibrance lost in compressed music and movies. All the highs and lows are also intelligently enhanced to ensure that users hear everything in ultra-realistic audio quality. Creative X-Fi CMSS-3D technology expands stereo MP3s and digital movies into surround sound over multi-channel speakers within the car. The 3D positional audio function allows voices to be centered to the front of users and ambient sounds to encapsulate the audience.
Pricing and Availability
The RUNZ CI-7100 Car Infotainment System is now available in Singapore through its authorised dealer, Navigator Systems Pte Ltd at a suggested retail price of S$1,999.00. The RUNZ CI-7100 Car Infotainment System is also equipped with the latest Tele-Atlas Maps from Sygic.
Inno3D GeForce GTX 260 with FreezerX2
Inno3D certainly has a tatse for different cooled products. Meet the latest one with Freezer X2 cooler. Inno3D are excited to launch the Inno3D GeForce GTX 260 with FreezerX2 cooler that offers double the cooling performance and better value for your buck.
The new pictures show Inno3D's new Freezer X2 cooler with Direct Heatpipe Touch, or simply DHT technology.
This card should use Nvidia's new P897 PCB, and feature a 6-phase power design. Inno3D will show this card at CeBIT but the exact clocks are still unknown, although we suspect that it will be overclocked due to the use of DHT Freezer X2 cooler.
The cooler is based on three heatpipes that are in direct contact with the GPU and a rather large heatsink which is cooled by the two fans. The large heatsink makes this card a dual slot solution and we have no doubt that this kind of cooling can cope with GTX 260's temperatures.
* Dual 8 cm ball bearing PWM fan, cooling power x 2
* DHT Technology, cooling efficiency x 2
* 2 mm fin distance, airflow x 2
* Smooth sanded base, contact area x 2
* Triple heatpipe cooling performance
* 55 nm Manufacturing Process
* Less power consumption with 175 W
Windows 7 already at RC by April 10th?
Microsoft's near-final Release Candidate version of Windows 7 could be due in less than two months, says a source within Microsoft. The company is reportedly making progress according to its exact schedule and will purportedly launch the RC build for both testers and the public on April 10th. The update would come just three months after the public beta build and would give Microsoft a full eight months to produce the fully finished version that represents the last milestone.
The company has long promised a shortened development schedule for Windows 7 but has publicly insisted that it doesn't anticipate a release before early 2010, or three years after Vista's release. The quickened RC process, if not struck with delays, hints that the company fully intends an accelerated launch that would have the software released by the end of 2009. Multiple leaks and other clues have suggested that a production version will be ready by July to ensure that PCs are ready with the major upgrade before the holidays.
While considered stable, the sped-up OS release is believed prompted by a continued hostile perception of Vista that sees multiple PC makers selling XP downgrades several months after the 2001 software was to have left the market. Business reception has also been cold with just a fraction of companies having installed Vista two years since its release.
Trailer: Mass Effect 2 teaser
One of the games I liked very much last year was Mass Effect. The RPG sequel is expected to hit between January and March of next year.
The game will hit multiple platforms, but no specifics have been announced as of yet. BioWare has confirmed that players will be able to continue Mass Effect 2 using their saved games from the first title, carrying over their characters.
Killzone 2 Trailer Remake Level for Crysis.
Shown below is the embedded low quality version of the video, that displays the various features and environments that will be featured in the level. To see it in high quality visit the YouTube page here. Also shown are a selection of images provided by atsest that display the quality of the level further.
Rivatuner sets milestone passes 10 million downloads + contest
Rivatuner breaks a milestone and passes 10 million downloads.
To commemorate this event we give away a Point of View GeForce GTX 285 graphics card.
Today is a monolithic day in the history of Guru3D.com, ever since 2002 when we started counting our downloads there where few utilities so extremely popular as Rivatuner.
Today we mark a milestone as Guru3D served over 10 million downloads of Rivatuner ever since that moment. It shows how remarkable this application is and how much dedication comes from project. Rivatuner has grown to become the number one tweak utility for Radeon and graphics cards. What some of you don't realize is that products like D3DOverrider and EVGA's Precision are based off Rivatuner. This project grew intensely big and wild.
Both Alexey (programmer) and yours truly would like to thank you guys for the continuous support. The project requires tremendous input , our energy and resources, but we get a lot of that back from you guys with simple things as just writing a thank you note every now and then.
Rivatuner Contest - Win a GeForce GTX 285 from Point of View
To celebrate this milestone, one of Rivatuner's sponsors, Point of View in collaborations with Guru3D.com figured we just had to give-away a graphics card to commemorate this moment. Please head on over to this page for the details on how to join a little competition and perhaps win a nice prize.
Again thank you guys for your support, and onwards to 20 million !
SP2 for Vista and Server 2008 Goes RC
The release candidate version of the Service Pack 2 for Vista and Server 2008 was sent to Microsoft Connect testers, a couple of days ago. The internal version number of this RC is 6002.16670.090130 and, besides the currently 691 included hotfixes, a few highlights of this SP2 are going to be:
- Support for recording data to Blu-ray media
- Windows Search 4.0
- Bluetooth 2.1 support
- VIA 64-bit CPU support
- Improved performance for Wi-Fi connections after resuming from sleep mode
An interesting detail is that apparently even the final build requires you to have the first SP installed in order to use the SP2. The main reason for this seems to be the sheer size such a cumulative update consisting out of SP1 and SP2 would have ...
Philips 21:9 52-inch LCD gets priced and dated
Philips has priced out the unprecedented 21:9 Cinema LCD and announced a June release in UK. The 52-inch ultra wide Cinema display will cost you
Google Earth finds Atlantis?
From what it sounds like, a British aeronautical engineer was playing around with the new Google Earth 5.0, which includes undersea data, and noticed something funny off the coast of Africa, about 600 miles west of the Canary Islands, that resembled a pattern of a street grid. According to the United Kingdom's Press Association, the pattern of streets equated to an area the size of Wales. In case you've had more important things to read about for the past few thousand years, Atlantis was a legendary island city first mentioned by Plato, allegedly a hard-core naval power located somewhere near North Africa that disappeared when it sank into the ocean. Guess global warming was a problem back then, too.
Anyway, most people think that Plato made it up, kind of like how those guys in Georgia made up the story about shooting Bigfoot, but others just won't stop believin'. So this guy is trawling the ocean floor with Google Earth--ah, if only we had that kind of free time on our hands--and was quick to announce his discovery. It looks like The Telegraph reported the story first, adding that the exact coordinates are 31 15'15.53N, 24 15'30.53W.
Download: ATI Catalyst 9.2 for XP|Vista (32|64-bit)
AMD has just released ATI Catalyst version 9.2, as always these drivers have been mirrored Guru3D.com
AMD Demonstrates Six-Core Opteron
We all know Intel's Nehalem-based Xeons are targeting server and workstation computers, but today AMD lifted some secrets of it's upcoming products, and thus future, with its six-core Opteron processor code-named "Istanbul".
"Istanbul is a fairly straightforward upgrade over current 'Shanghai' Opterons: a 45nm processor with 6MB of L3 cache that fits into a Socket F-style motherboards, only with six cores rather than four. As a result, the upcoming Istanbul-based Opterons will serve as drop-in upgrades for existing Socket F systems. The chips will take advantage of the same 2P, 4P, and 8P infrastructure as today's Opterons, with HyperTransport and two channels of DDR2 memory per socket.
AMD has previously stated that Istanbul processors will become available in the second half of this year, and the firm hasn't yet provided any more specific guidance about when to expect Istanbul-based systems. However, the presence of working silicon would seem to indicate that Istanbul Opterons could be introduced much earlier in that broad "second half" time-frame than originally anticipated. (...)" [via Tech Report].
Valve: Are Games Too Expensive?
Games may be too expensive according to Valve's Software President Gabe Newell, he revealed sales data from Steam that suggests games are too expensive. Something we all have been saying for years now.
The reason why few have arrived at this conclusion is because you cannot easily experiment with pricing at retail, says Newell. But you can with Steam, Valve's burgeoning digital distribution platform.
On the PC-only Steam service, a wide range of prices are attached to games, and attractive weekend deals throw more pricing variability into the mix. Although Valve was initially afraid that volatility or variability in pricing would confuse or anger its customers--or even cannibalize retail sales--Newell says that was not all the case.
In fact, it dramatically increased sales. Illustrating his point, Newell showed the results of a Left 4 Dead promotion Valve ran last weekend, which cut the price of the game in half to $25. The discount (and promise of new content for the game) rocketed sales of the game on Steam by 3,000 percent.
"We sold more in revenue this last weekend than we did when we launched the product," says Newell. "We were driving a huge uptick in revenue and attracting new customers." And while people believe that we're "screwing" retail, Newell showed that brick-and-mortar sales were unaffected by the online discount.
This phenomenon is not limited to Valve games. Over the holidays, Steam discounted third-party titles. Sales increased 300 percent and units-sold increased by 600 percent.
Still skeptical? Newell said that a weekend sale of one third-party title drove that game's sales up by 18,000 percent and units-sold increased 36,000 percent. It energized the user base, says Newell. When the sale ended, baseline sales were double what they were prior to the weekend discount.
Discounting games does not only increase unit sales--it increases actual revenues. During the 16-day sale window over the holidays, third-parties were given a choice as to how severely they would discount their games. Those that discounted their games by 10 percent saw a 35% uptick in sales--that's dollars, not units. A 25 percent discount meant a 245 percent increase in sales. Dropping the price by 50 percent meant a sales increase of 320 percent. And a 75 percent decrease in the price point generated a 1,470 percent increase in sales.
The conclusion: The games industry is not pricing its products correctly. It's only through the experimentation that such services as Steam allows will the industry be able to find the golden ratio of price and sales. As Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences President Joseph Olin concluded Wednesday night, this is going to generate a lot of controversy about pricing [via edge-on-line]
Download: RealTemp v3.06 plugin for RivaTuner
Unclewebb (RealTemp developer) updated his RealTemp plugin for RivaTuner.
It works with Intel CPU's which has a digital thermal sensor (DTS). Works with Nehalem, Quad's, Core2Duo's and it's a big step forward from "old" Core2Duo plugin. Unzip and copy the attached files into your RivaTuner/PlugIns/Monitoring directory and the rest should be easy. This plug-in includes Distance to TJMax for each core for those that like to keep an eye on that number.
We have a discussion thread + some screenshots active here in this forums thread.
Download - click here
Daily hardware deals (Feb 20 2009)
It's time for an update on some good deals. Today I'd like to have a look at some great deals on procesessors from both AMD and Intel:
- AMD Phenom X4 9950 Quad-Core Processor at $159.99, a stunning price really.
- AMD Phenom II X4 920 Quad-Core Processor is spotted for $199.50
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Black Edition Dual-Core proecessor, a little gem for just $66.99
A great motherboards to go with these processors are is MSI AMD 790GX DKA790GX, it sells at only $124.99.
- Intel Core i7 I7-920 Quad Core Processor, the best selling Core i7 goes for $299.88
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor, still the top selling entry quad core at $194.99
- Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor at $164.99
As far as Core i7 motherboards go, we noticed that the GigaByte X58 GAEX58UD3R motherboard dropped under 200 USD and is selling at $184.99. That's a grand price for sure.