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Lian Li Launches Silent Force PSU Series
Lian Li launched new Silent Force PSUs that meet the 80 Plus standard (>80% efficiency) as well as the Intel ATX 12V V2.3 and EPS 12V standards. The series includes 650W, 750W and 850W models with active PFC.
The new power supplies utilize 135mm 2500rpm fans and feature heatsinks designed for maximum heat dissipation. Also, thanks to Japanese capacitors, the MTBF has been increased to 100,000 hours.
Modular cable management allows to use fewer enclosure cables -- only those you need -- and place them to keep airflow unaffected. Besides, the PCI-E connector is EM-shielded with a ferrite ring to provide cleaner output. Finally, cables have special sleeves to improve enclosure airflow.
The universal input supports voltages from 100 V to 240 V. According to Lian Li, the 650W, 750W and 850W Silent Force power supplies are already shipping and have recommended price tags of $159, $195 and $210 respectively (prices without VAT).
Enemy Territory - Quake Wars Benchmark
The alien race known as the Strogg is invading Earth in this yet to be released First-Person Shooter by id Software and Splash Damage. Unlike the original Enemy Territory game, which began life as a mod to Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Quake Wars is a standalone game being produced by id and Splash Damage on a budget more in line with any other top tier game. Enemy Territory is a full-fledge game that promises great things.
Totally unique technology: MegaTexture refers to a texture allocation technique facilitating the use of an extremely large terrain texture instead of repeating multiple smaller textures. It is featured in Splash Damage's game, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars and was developed by id Software technical director John Carmack. MegaTexture employs a single large texture for static terrain. The texture is stored on the hard disk and streamed as needed, allowing large amounts of detail and variation over a large area with comparatively little RAM usage. The upcoming game Rage powered by the id Tech 5 engine uses textures that measure up to 128000
Download HOC Crysis Benchmark v1.4
From the makers of Far Cry, Crysis offers FPS fans the best-looking, most highly-evolving gameplay, requiring the player to use adaptive tactics and total customization of weapons and armor to survive in dynamic, hostile environments including Zero-G.
The HardwareOC Crysis Benchmark is a very hard opponent against the synthetic benchmark. Many usefull options, many tweaks, many lost FPS...
- 32/64 bit Windows XP / VISTA
- The latest drivers for your graphics card
- The v1.2 or 1.2.1 patch
- Change the resolution from 800
Far Cry 2 - PAX 08 Trailer
Experience yourself physically immersed in the game. From the beginning the Far Cry series has been all about suspending belief via high-end graphics and gameplay, and it looks like as far as that's concerned the upcoming Far Cry 2 will not disappoint.
The trailer below released this weekend at PAX in Seattle goes into some nice detail about how the FC2 will seek to push the envelope further by immersing players in the game world through its open world play, dynamic weather system, weapons functionality, vehicles and navigational tools. The game releases on the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms on October 21.
Harman Kardon speaker systems - nice !
Another new audio is the all-in one MS 100 system, which does not rely on a computer for its source material, as there is a built-in CD player, FM radio tuner and iPod dock as well as a clock radio. The two-way speaker system features 5-inch drivers and dome tweeters, all powered by a built-in amplifier. Connections are fairly generous, and include an S-video and composite video outputs in addition to a USB port. For audio, there is an optical output and three auxiliary inputs.
The GLA-55 system will cost about $915 when it launches in Apple and other stores in the UK later this year. The MS 100 system is expected to carry a similar MSRP when it launches in the UK in October.
Thermaltake V9 case launched
The release of V9 Chassis from Thermaltake today is certainly one interesting news for the PC gamers. The stylish all black color pleasing our eyes at the first sight, a tremendous 23cm top fan with a series of strategically designed ventilation system ..
Not just the stylish all black color pleasing our eyes at the first sight, but the tremendous 23cm top fan with a series of strategically designed ventilation system are also tickling our gamer desires!
V9 was definitely created for proud gamers at Lan Parties! To boost up the system performance for extreme gaming warriors, the air flow within V9 has been independently designed to focus on the four different heating sources in the chassis, CPU, VGA, HDD and PSU. The 23cm top fan that is impossible to ignore, works perfectly with the metal meshed front panel and rear fan. CPU cooling is further enhanced with one side fan and another optional fan installation on the motherboard tray. The second fan installed on the side panel is then strategically positioned to increase the air intake for VGA heating areas. Together with the bottom placed power supply unit and the 12cm red LED fan at the front for HDD cooling; the ventilation design excellence of V9 is equally stimulating as its stylish appearance!
It is also pretty easy to discover the extra careful touches for users on V9, like the dust filter included with the metal meshed front panel, the top tray for your installation tools or small hi-tech gadgets and the basic tool free mechanisms. Considering the ventilation, style, convenience, and future upgrading flexibility of a Gaming Chassis, Thermaltake V9 is definitely one marvelous new innovation!
Mythbusters at NVISION: CPU vs GPU
Jamie and Adam from Discovery Channel's Mythbusters show were at NVIDIA's NVISION event to show the difference between a CPU and GPU, in their own creative ways.
We had to leave back to Europe before this show started, yet fortunately someone filmed it and uploaded it to YouTube:
Bloomberg mistakenly publishes Steve Jobs obituary
The summary of Jobs' accomplishments, per the obituary, is that he "helped make personal computers as easy to use as telephones, changed the way animated films are made, persuaded consumers to tune into digital music, and refashioned the mobile phone."
It's not out of the ordinary at all that Bloomberg would have this written; all major news outlets have notable persons' obituaries prepared in advance so that only minor changes need be made at the actual time of death. That way, the news can be reported almost immediately and can be updated with further detail.
But a Jobs obituary, however premature, is more chilling than, say, a Bill Gates obituary. The Apple CEO successfully battled pancreatic cancer earlier this decade, and a magazine profile indicated that he had kept it secret for nine months while researching alternative treatments--a questionable move for any chief executive of a publicly traded company, but especially one as crucial to the runnings of the business as Jobs is.
When Jobs appeared onstage at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2008, his thin appearance led some bloggers and company critics to speculate that he was ill again, and some of them pushed the bounds of decency in demanding that Apple reveal the state of the executive's health to shareholders.
So given a CEO whose health has been discussed so speculatively in the echo chamber of the blogosphere, and whose company's stock has been shown to be far from immune to the influence of the rumor mill, the appearance--however brief--of a Jobs obituary online must certainly have been disquieting for those who stumbled upon it.
Bloomberg released a retraction later on Wednesday that made only the vaguest of reference to the content of the gaffe. "An incomplete story referencing Apple Inc. was inadvertently published by Bloomberg News at 4:27 p.m. New York time today," the retraction read. "The item was never meant for publication and has been retracted."
Would Pirates Have Bought Crysis?
Edge Online has some quotes from Harald Seeley taken from an upcoming interview with the Engine Business Manager at Crytek about controversial remarks by Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli about the dire impact of PC piracy on sales of Crysis. While some argue that piracy can increase game sales by letting players take a 'try before you buy' approach, Crytek business manager Harald Seeley isn't one of them. Based on downloads of the last Crysis patch, he argues, there were 'a lot more active [Crysis] players than there were unit sales.' And since those pirates are still playing the game months after release, Seeley reasons that "then they were a sale that didn't happen but probably would have had it not been possible to obtain the game illegally." He also makes observations about DRM, saying: "For example, the consoles themselves are, in one sense, simply very good DRM technologies that consumers welcome and pay for, in order to receive the benefits that come with them..."
Crytek, the studio that created the hardware intensive Far Cry and Crysis games exclusively for PC, has repeatedly stated that the upcoming Crysis Warhead will be its last PC-only game due to the abundant piracy of PC games. But just because Crytek is no longer developing PC exclusives, that doesn't mean the company will abandon the platform. "We want to continue to provide our fans in the PC world a rich and engaging experience," Seeley explained to EDGE Online.
The studio will soon release Crysis Warhead, a spin-off of the original, which will be PC-exclusive (the title was in development prior to the studio's commitment to multiplatform development).
We have a discussion thread open on this topic in our forums, check it here.
BFG GeForce GTX 280 OCX review [Guru3D]
OCX is short for 'Overclocking eXtreme' and it literally boils down to the fact that this is BFG's most high-end specced product in whatever the product range might be. Today we take the fastest NVIDIA single GPU graphics card available on the planet. The GeForce GTX 280. A 1400 million transistor counting piece of merchandise that raises the bar of single-GPU graphics processing. But first a quick peek at the demonic product we are reviewing today in our test-environment. And I say demonic as the core domain frequency of this product is clocked at the number of the beast himself -- 666.
Nvidia To Bring Native SLI to Intel X58 mainboards
In the tradition of Murphy's law of course the most interesting news releases are released once you actually have physically left a trade-show -- that's what I call a Phys-X factor ;)
You return home from an 11 hour flight, and bam .. a PDF file in the email from NVIDIA that makes you wanna bitch-slap some people over at NVIDIA. So it should be no secret that Nvidia earlier on already announced plans to bring its SLI multi-GPU technology to the upcoming Bloomfield platform from Intel, based upon the Nehalem CPU, this was announced already in June/July.
Now here's the schocking fact .. there's giving support without the nForce 200 chip which for example is used on Skulltrail. That literally means native 2 and 3-way SLI support on upcoming high-end Intel X58 based motherboards.
One dowside for the mainboard manufacturers. The mainboard manufacturer will have to submit the mainboard to NVIDIA for certification (done by them) and then provides a BIOS allowing SLI in which the graphcis card driver can properly detect the corresponding device ID.
What's so interesting about this ? Well, it fianlly means we'll see mainboards that both support NVIDIA SLI and ATI's Crossfire. It will be possible to get X58/SLI going with either two or three cards. 3-way SLI + 1 card PhysX acceleration is supported as well.
NVISION 08 Overview of articles
NVISION Overview of articles
It's time to clean up our frontpage a little. In this post you can find all links towards the content we posted on the NVISION conference that took place in San Jose this year. NVISION is a conference organized by NVIDIA and is all about the visual computing experience.
- NVISION 08 Day 1 - The Fun begins
- NVISION 08 Day 1 - Part 2 Keynotes, Case Modding and Tricia Helfer
- NVISION 08 Day 2 - It's Buzz Aldrin dude
- NVISION 08 Day 2 - Let's see some hardware
- NVISION 08 Day 2 - Video games Live Concert
- NVISION 08 - Day 4 - NVSCENE 2008 60 MB demo downloads online
- NVISION 08 - Day 3 - Mythbusters at NVISION: CPU vs GPU (Video)
- NVISION 08 - Day 0 - San Jose Going is going NVIDIA Green
- NVISION 08 - Day 0 - Electronic Sports World Cup Grand Finals Starts today
- NVISION 08 - What's it all about ?
Click on the links to check the content.
NVISION 08 Day 2 - Video Games Live Concert
San Jose Getting sounded loud with VGL concert
We have one more item from NVISION to show you guys. Though not 100% related to NVISION I figured this would be fun to show you. In San Jose there was a concert given. Now typically we gamers are not your average classical concert attendees, but the guys from video Games Live setup their gear in the San Jose concert hall and we figured it would be a nice opportunity to attend it and at thee very least show you some photo's on what is actually happening as such a concert.
BTW - It rocked! If interested, click on the link.
Coming soon: Facebook - The Movie!
Be afraid, be very afraid - Sony has asked West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin to write a movie about how internet superphenomenon Facebook was spawned, and by way of research he's waded straight in with a group page down at the social networking website.
Sorkin admits the page was actually created by his researcher "because my grandmother has more Internet savvy than I do and she's been dead for 33 years", and further confesses: "I honestly don't know how this works."
While he's getting his head round how the thing functions, the writer is inviting netizens to submit any Facebook stories they may have - presumably in the hope that someone can recount how the site prevented an unholy alliance of al-Qaeda assassins and Colombian drug barons from detonating a nuclear weapon at the Democratic Party convention.Failing that, Sorkin faces the not inconsiderable challenge of wresting entertainment from the tale of how Mark Zuckerberg and a couple of chums knocked together Facebook and then, er, had a lot of users and, er... yeah
Download CPU-Z 1.47
CPU-Z is a diagnostic tool that provides information on your CPU, including: processor name and vendor, core stepping and process, processor package, internal and external clocks, clock multiplier, partial overclock detection, processor features, supported instructions sets, L1 and L2 cache information, location, size, speed, and technology.
CPU-Z is a freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system.
* Name and number.
* Core stepping and process.
* Core voltage.
* Internal and external clocks, clock multiplier.
* Supported instructions sets.
* Cache information.
* Vendor, model and revision.
* BIOS model and date.
* Chipset (northbridge and southbridge) and sensor.
* Graphic interface.
* Frequency and timings.
* Module(s) specification using SPD (Serial Presence Detect) : vendor, serial number, timings table.
* Windows and DirectX version.
News and corrections
- Intel Core i7 processor.
- Intel Core 2 Duo S Mobile processors.
- NVIDIA MCP79/7A chipset.
- AMD 790GX / SB750 chipset.
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WD adds 750GB and 1TB drives to its RE3 HDD series
Western Digital today announced the extension of its enterprise offering through the introduction of two new models in its RE3 drive family.
Intended for server and storage application environments, WD's RE3 750 GB and 1 TB high-capacity enterprise SATA hard drives combine 32 MB cache, enhanced vibration and shock tolerance, and deploy new electronics to increase performance by approximately 20% and by as much as 60% in high-vibration environments. WD RE3 enterprise hard drives also include improved reliability features that help protect the drive and the data stored on it, and run cooler and quieter than previous generation enterprise drives.
WD RE3 drives feature 1.2 million hours mean time between failures (MTBF), native command queuing (NCQ), time limited error recovery (TLER), and an extensive and enhanced testing process to ensure long-term reliability for demanding enterprise applications.
WD RE3 features:
- StableTrac - The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking during read and write operations.
- Dual processor - Twice the processing power that results in a 20 percent performance improvement over the previous generation.
- RAFF technology - Resulting in up to 60 percent performance improvement over previous generation drives, WD's fourth-generation RAFF technology includes sophisticated electronics to monitor the drive and correct both linear and rotational vibration simultaneously in real time for maximum performance in high vibration environments.
- IntelliSeek technology - Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise, and vibration in active seek modes without degrading performance.
- Multi-axis shock sensor - An additional third sensor has been added to RE3 models to detect automatically the subtlest shock events and to compensate to protect the data.
- RAID-specific, Time-Limited Error Recovery (TLER) - Prevents drive fallout caused by the extended hard drive error-recovery processes common to desktop drives.
- Third-generation dynamic fly height - With this next generation dynamic fly height technology, each read-write head's fly height is adjusted in real time for optimum reliability.
- Thermal extended burn-in test - Extended burn-in testing with thermal cycling added to ensure only the most robust drives are produced as RAID Edition.
- NoTouch ramp load technology - The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.
WD RE3 1 TB (model WD1002FBYS) and the 750 GB (model WD57502ABYS) hard drives are available now through select distributors and resellers. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD RE3 1 TB is $249 USD and the 750 GB is $199 USD. WD RE3 drives are covered by a five-year limited warranty.
Bring em on I say.
NVISION 08 Day 2 (#2) - Let's see some hardware
In this last segment of our NVISION coverage we look at Stereo 3D gaming, Automotive and the exhibitors grounds to check some cool hardware from Palit, eVGA, ECS and others