Regnum Online Launches new Patch
Regnum Online, a F2P (Free2Play) MMO made in my own country (Argentina) from the NGD studios has just put on their website their last patch, version 1.6 which improves the game's main characters as well as general graphics.
Regnum was a game launched almost 4 years ago and is obvious that, from today standpoint should not look good on new hardware, but with the recent Patches that improved and gave the game support for DirectX10, enhanced shadows, improved textures, increased polygon count, water effects and this latest patch that improved polygon count, texture and quality of it's characters, Regnum now looks as one of the most graphical beautiful Free to Play MMO's to date. Regnum is one unique game that even with the passing of time, receives incremental patches that improved the game as much as receiving an 3D Engine major overhaul and major character overhaul, taking into account this is a Free2Play game from 4 years ago, this is impressive in itself, imagine receiving a patch for an old Command & Conquer that improves the 3D Engine of the game?, will never happen, right?, maybe NGD Studios could teach Ubisoft and EA a lesson or two on how a game should be done and supported. (talking about taking into consideration the user game experience).
Regnum Online now is translated to many languages including German, French, English and of course, Spanish and is widely known and played.
Here's the summary of Regnum Online for anyone who may want to try it.
Regnum Online is a FREE TO PLAY (F2P) MMORPG inviting you to play with no level or time restrictions. All that is required is that you fight for your realm.
- Regnum offers 3 realms to choose from.
- 9 fully customizable player characters.
- An ever expanding number of quests.
- The ability to capture forts and castles.
- Expansive lands to explore.
- Glorious graphical environments in DirectX and OpenGL.
- Support for Windows and Linux platforms.
- Premium content is available for enhanced game play.
The game is also compatible with OpenGL and can run even on Linux, what more can you ask for a free game, give it a try, you can download the complete game with the included patch all in one single download from their site, they even provide .torrent downloading.
Yields have met expectations says NVIDIA
Nvidia has held the Nvidia Game Festival (NGF) in Shanghai, China to promote the launch of its GeForce GTX 480 and 470 (Fermi) graphics cards and has invited several first-tier graphics card makers, PC vendors and games developers to host several game tournaments for celebration.
Commenting on recent market rumors the Nvidia's GTX 480 and 470 GPU yields are only about 20%, Drew Henry, Nvidia general manager of MCP business, refuted the rumors saying yields have met company expectations.
Unfortunately Drew Henry does not say what their yield expectations actually are. Nvidia will host the GPU Technology Conference 2010 from September 20-23 in the US [via digitimes]
AMD Phenom II X6 PIB photo's
Here are some box-shots of the upcoming AMD six-core processors, the Phenom II X6, indicating that a release is just really close.
The Phenom II X6 is based on the 45 nm "Thuban" core, and comes in the socket AM3 package. The processor is said to be backwards-compatible with socket AM2+ on motherboards with a BIOS update. Expreview sourced pictures of three Phenom II X6 processor-in-box (PIB) units, of model 1055T.
AMD's Phenom II X6 series is going to have a Turbo feature much like Intel's Core i5/7 series have.
The new feature will be called turbo core and some details on it are now on the loose. Turbo Core will be able to increase the operational frequencies of three active cores by up to 500MHz if an application can't use all six. All monitoring and clock/voltage management is exclusively handled by the CPU (with no need for special drivers or software), and is triggered not by temperature, but based on operating conditions and load demand. When power consumption is below the CPU's TDP, the technology puts the three used cores in a boost-enabled P-state.
This means that, should the application demand it, those cores will be able to increase their clocks by an amount dependent on the processing workload. This approach has more than one advantage. Since cores don't need to operate at the same frequency, each will only be pushed higher if the application warrants it. This means that no power will be spent on unnecessary overclocking. Secondly, when turbo Core is in effect, the clocks of the three unused cores is reduced to 800MHz and the power they normally use is diverted to the others. This allows dynamic overclocking to be achieved without exceeding the rated thermal design power (TDP). Finally, it should be noted that the Cool
OCZ Colossus LT SSDs
it took a while but OCZ finally outted the OCZ Colossus LT SSDs. This little puppy has up-to 1 TB storage, have the newer 32nm NAND flash modules and have 2x64MB cache.
The new model, named Colossus LT, manage to pack up to 1TB in their lightweight, aluminum casing measuring 146 (L) x 101.6 (W) x 25.4mm (H). The Colossus LT Series SSDs are built out of MLC (multi-level cell) NAND Flash chips, based on the 34nm manufacturing process technology, and (unfortunately) operate on the SATA 3.0Gbps interface. In addition, they have a cache memory of no less than 128MB, boast internal RAID and reach data-transfer rates of 260MB/s both when reading and when writing.
OCZ implemented two two Indilinx controllers, indicating that two SSDs simple are setup in RAID0 stripe.
Already available for pre-order, the 120GB, 250GB, 500GB and 1TB OCZ Colossus LT SSDs have prices of $399, $799, $1,549 and 2,875 Euro, respectively, and are backed by a three-year warranty.
ECS H57H-MUS motherboard review
ECS H57H-MUS motherboard tested
A more interesting feature on the H57H-MUS we'll be testing today is that it's packaged with two extra add-on controllers, one offers USB 3.0 through an onboard NEC uPD720200 host controller and the other is a SATA 6G add-on controller, adding some greater compatibility and extra power for USB / SATA6G devices. Follow us through the mystic images of the PCB, and of course a nice performance overview in our ECS H57H-MUS motherboard review.
Check out the Guru3D review here.
Moore's Law shows no sign of slowing down
Intel veteran Mark T. Borh concludes Moore's Law and transistor scaling are not showing any sign of slowing down, but are showing signs of changing. You can read his take on this over here.
Ubisoft: Our DRM will 'evolve and improve'
Ubisoft's online platform requires PC gamers to be connected to the internet while they play. But problems arise when authentication servers are unavailable or unresponsive.
This was felt first with Assassin's Creed II and Silent Hunter V and then more recently with Settlers 7. Despite it, Ubisoft's told Eurogamer that its 'online services platform' for PC games will 'evolve and improve' and is most certainly here to stay. In other news, Gaming scene group The Skid Rowdies managed to release a crack for the DRM present in Silent Hunter 5 and proudly posted a NFO file with the release outlining the ease with which downloaders can circumvent Ubisoft's latest attempt to stop 'piracy'.
AMD to book $325 million gain from GlobalFoundries spinoff
ASRock 870 Extreme3 motherboard
ASRock send over some details of its upcoming 870 Extreme3, it's based on the AMD 870 chipset and supports the upcoming Phenom II X6 six-core processors.
The 870 Extreme3 is built with the AMD 870 northbridge chipset and the SB850 southbridge. It supports AM3 CPUs with a maximum thermal design power (TDP) of 140W, has four DDR3-1800 memory slots (for up to a total of 16GB), a 5-phase power, two PCI Express x16 slots (with CoressFireX capabilities) and an eSATA connector, for use with fast external storage units. In addition, as it is the case with many of the company's boards, the 870 Extreme3 comes with the UCC (Unlock CPU Core) technology, which activates disabled cores on AMD dual-core and triple-core CPUs.
As most end-users probably know, the 8 Series of chipsets from AMD has native support for the next-generation storage interface known as SATA 6.0Gbps. Unfortunately, the Sunnyvale, California-based company can't say the same for USB 3.0.
Fortunately, however, ASRock, like some of its rivals, took matters into its own hands and, through the use of an NEC MPD720200 controller, was able to implement a couple of USB 3.0 ports for use with the various flash drives, hard drives and SSDs designed for the new standard. Other specifications of the device include 7.1 channel audio, Gigabit Ethernet, a debug LED, a FireWire Port and Power, Reset and Clear CMOS buttons.
Microsoft to plug 11 vulnerabilities on Patch Tuesday
Microsoft announced this month's Patch Tuesday will feature 11 security bulletins addressing 25 vulnerabilities in Windows and Office. For Windows there are five critical updates, three important updates and one moderate update, while Office will get two important updates.
Most of the updates are for older operating systems, Windows 7 is only affected by three out of the nine vulnerabilities that will be fixed next week.
New York destroyed by throngs of 8-bit creatures!
Hehe ... absolutely great video .. check it out :) This is Patrick Jean's new project feat. Naove New Beaters "L.A. trumpets". The video's been produced at OneMoreProd and Patrick's represented for commercial projects by DIVISION.
Mmmkay - puzzle for the oldsters,
This was all inspired (I think so) by Commodore 64 games -- the commodore logo even pops up in the video.
- Space Invaders
- Pac Man
- Donkey Kong
- Boulder Dash
Panic Attack Video
If you didn't see this video then you MUST. I put this on capital letters because this video should be rewarded as one of the most impressive FX home-made video I've ever saw in my life. It's not new, it's been published not so long ago but it just hit almost a 6 million views mark!
The guy is from Uruguay, a country close to mine (Argentina) he speaks spanish, he is Federico Alvarez and he alone directed and animated this short video, after the 3 million views mark, Sam Reimi (the one in charge of Spiderman saga) contacted Alvarez to do a full movie with a budget of 30 million. This should teach hollywood a lesson about doing cheap special effects (this guy just spend 300 dollars on transportation, provided he used his own PC) and friends.
Everything in this video is just perfect, the timing, how all start, the middle, the resolution, take a look and decide for yourself.
Geforce GTX460 in June
It seems expreview has managed to get a picture and release date of the new Geforce GTX460
This card is set to compete directly against Radeon HD5850.
It will be a Fermi design but using the default PCB of the Geforce GTX275, clock speeds, shader count and memory clocks are still unknown, take a look at the picture and some more details of this over their site.
GeForce GTX 470/480 Forceware 197.41 Released
This is NVIDIA Forceware 197.41 Win 7 | Vista (64-bit) WHQL for GeForce GTX 470 and GTX 480. This is a WHQL-certified driver update only for GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470.
- Installs PhysX system software version 9.10.0129.
- Installs HD Audio driver version 188.8.131.52.
Technology and API Support:
- Supports CUDA Toolkit 3.0. See CUDA Zone for more details.
- Supports OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language).
- Supports OpenGL 3.2.
- Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology* on DirectX 9 and OpenGL.
*Note: 3-way SLI technology and SLI multi-monitor support are only supported on Windows Vista and Windows 7.
- Release Notes (v197.13)
Control Panel User's Guide
GeForce 400 series:
GTX 470, GTX 480
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
OCZ outs the Vertex 2 and Agility 2
OCZ unveiled the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) Series. These are new enthusiast-class SSDs designed for consumers who are seeking unprecedented speed and reliability with the goal of enhancing both their daily computing experience and long-term productivity.
Pointillist Style Rendering
It seems that a new Rendering Technique has been discovered involving Pointillist Style as the Newscientist describes in their article:
AS THE artist Georges Seurat knew, a beautiful image can be created from a series of dots. Now an Australian firm hopes to use this trick to revolutionise computer graphics and make it possible to create stunning virtual worlds on relatively modest machines.
Instead of polygons, Unlimited Detail's system uses dots - billions of them - to create a "point cloud" representation of a virtual world. By selecting one point for every pixel on the display screen, it's possible to create an exquisitely detailed 3D snapshot in much the same way as a Seurat pointillist painting. Change the selection several times per second and you can move smoothly through the virtual world.
As always, the DemoScene was the first one to bring this new rendering technique to life, go ahead and take a look at this new demo called "Agenda Circling Forth"
A case for Google: Cloud and Beyond
will either fail or succeed.
The ChromeOS Site has an interesting article/debate over ChromeOS and how Cloud will change the way we look at computers, an interesting read.
Zalman 10X Performa review
Zalman 10X Performa CPU cooler tested
Zalman took note of the global crisis and is very aware of the fact that not everybody can spend 80 EUR on a CPU cooler these days.
With that in mind the went back to the drawing board, trying to uphold the quality standards their other cooler have, then came up with a new design, stripped away the more flashy and gimmicky items and bingo, a new child was born, a more budget-minded version of the say CNPS 10X Extreme, the Performa. But is it any good ?
Check out this review right here.