Gabe Newell - Piracy Isn't About Price
Valve CEO Gabe Newell explains to IGN why piracy is a result of bad service rather than high price, and how Valve expanded Steam into Russia without rampant piracy resulting and grew it into their biggest region in Europe:
"We think there is a fundamental misconception about piracy," Newell said. "Piracy is almost always a service problem and not a pricing problem. For example, if a pirate offers a product anywhere in the world, 24/7, purchasable from the convenience of your personal computer, and the legal provider says the product is region-locked, will come to your country three months after the U.S. release and can only be purchased at a brick and mortar store, then the pirate's service is more valuable.
"Most DRM solutions diminish the value of the product by either directly restricting a customer's use or by creating uncertainty."
He adds, "Our goal is to create greater service value than pirates, and this has been successful enough for us that piracy is basically a non-issue for our company. For example, prior to entering the Russian market, we were told that Russia was a waste of time because everyone would pirate our products. Russia is now about to become our largest market in Europe.
"Our success comes from making sure that both customers and partners feel like they get a lot of value from those services. They can trust us not to take advantage of the relationship that we have with them."
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AMD Catalyst 11.11b "Performance Driver" released
New in Catalyst 11.11b:
Delivers AMD CrossfireX performance scaling for (Elder Scrolls Skyrim and Assassin
Intel Ivy Bridge Launch Schedule
Previously, all we knew about the launch date of Ivy Bridge processors was that Intel wanted to go for the March/April timeframe, with some recent rumors claiming March is a more likely release date.
However, according to CPU-World, Intel will actually hold the launch event for these processors in April of 2012.
The initial release will cover the third-generation Core i5 and Core i7 desktop products, and Core i7 mobile chips, while the next CPU wave will include the Core i3s and Core i5 mobile microprocessors. This launch will also take place in the second quarter of 2012, while desktop Pentium processors will follow in Q3 2012.
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.
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.
Galaxy GeForce GTX 550 Ti Display4 Graphics Card Spotted
Well, you woin't be using it for gaming alright, Galaxy has shown a new GeForce GTX 550 Ti with an MDT4 solution (output to four monitors).
The card uses an IDT VMM 1403 display output logic chip that lets it effectively make use of the total resolution the GPU supports. The redesigned display logic supports a total resolution of 5760 x 1080. Spread across four displays, you get 1440 x 1080 per display, or spread it across three displays to get 1920 x 1080 per display. Apart from four DVI connectors, its output logic makes room for a mini-HDMI connector.
The GeForce GTX 550 Ti is assisted by 1 GB of GDDR5 memory across a 192-bit wide memory interface. It is powered by a 3+1 phase VRM controlled by Galaxy's in-house G-Engine chip. The GTX 550 Ti packs 192 CUDA cores, and clock speeds of 950 MHz core, 1900 MHz CUDA cores, and 1025 MHz (4.10 GHz effective) GDDR5 memory.
Galaxy also used its in-house "Glaciator" cooler, which makes use of a heat-pipe fed heatsink ventilated by a large central fan. This can can be partially detached to help clean it, and the portion of the heatsink directly underneath it. Galaxy's GTX 550 Ti Display4 is priced at RMB 999 (converts to US $157), thanks TPU for the spot.
Gigabyte LUXO X10 Gaming Chassis
Gigabyte just launched the Luxo X10: The LUXO X10 is a gaming model, bringing along luxury, convenience and flexibility.
At the first glimpse of the case, people cannot help but notice its minimalism modern appearance. The classical combination of black and red emits an air of sophistication and delicate passion. A feeling of freshness is shining through the side panel blazing LED lights. Nevertheless, this new model is more than just good looks.
With the key features of LUXO X10--right side installation, adjusting the place of 5.25
Intel Ivy Bridge 2GHz sample surfaces
Results of an Intel Ivy Bridge 2GHz quad-core engineering sample were published at the Coolaler forums. The CPU-Z 1.58 screenshot reveals this chip runs at a voltage of 1.056V, it has 6MB L3 and a 65W TDP rating.
CPU-z reports the processor at 2407.1MHz in turbo mode on a Gigabyte Z68X-UD7 motherboard with BIOS F9 and also on a Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 motherboard with BIOS F5e. Coolaler also shows the systems dual channel memory running at 2133MHz with impressive CL6 timings! The AIDA64 benchmark results on the memory was 16GB/s read and 13GB/s write. This is great news for all the Intel LGA1155 motherboard owners as this confirms that Ivy Bridge 22nm CPUs will work on existing motherboards. This is also the first time that we have seen a B3 revision Ivy Bridge processor, so we must be getting closer to the launch.
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ECS X79R-AX Extreme review
Today we take a look at the new motherboard from ECS, the X79R-AX Extreme. We'll throw in a decent photo-shoot and a benchmark suite at the product and get an indication what performance is like with the Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E).
Admittedly I was a little shocked when the motherboard arrived, as it is probably the most feature rich X79 motherboard we've had in our labs.
Read the full review here.
Team Group X101 USB 3.0 drive
Team Group introduced the X101, a new USB 3.0 flash drive with a max read speed of 120MB/s and max write speed of 70MB/s. It's available in 32GB and 64GB capacities.
Team Group Inc. introduces the Team X101 USB 3.0 flash drive disk at 2011. The X101 is the world's first aluminum ally flash drive disk that uses gradient coating with color rendering to specify the extreme speed of 100MB/sec transfer rate. The subtle and simplified high quality metal appearance perfectly interprets the high speed performance of USB 3.0, adding another new force to Team Group's high-end products.
Combining both high technology and chic design, the Team X101 comes in a reserved color of stress its neat and trim business style with a solid quality that compliments the elegant taste of modern metro-sexual. The high performance helps save every valuable second for busy executives and businessmen so that they can work more efficiently. Adopting the new generation USB 3.0 ultra speed interface with a bandwidth that reaches as high as 5Gbps, which is 10 times faster than the current mainstream USB 2.0?xs 480Mbps. With USB 3.0, it takes only 70 seconds to transfer a 25GB blu-ray video. In addition to the high-speed transfer rate, the X101 comes in large capacities of 32GB or 64GB, making it the best choice for satisfying the mobile storage needs of elite professionals.
Featuring high speed, high capacity and shock-resistant, the Team X101 supports plug and play and is downwards compatible with the USB 2.0 interface. It entirely complies with the European Union's RoHS green environment specifications and supports power-saving mode, which is an effort of Team Group Inc. to protect the earth.
QPAD MK-85 and MK-50 mechanical gaming keyboards
QPAD introduced two new gaming keyboards with Cherry MX Red mechanical switches. Full details in the press release, the main difference between the MK-85 and MK-50 is that the latter one is a stripped down version, without backlight, programmable keys nor audio/USB connectors.
QPAD widens their product range with two brand new keyboards: the QPAD MK-85 and MK-50. Although sharing some common features, the boards still differ greatly. One offers world's first groundbreaking technology with no expenses spared, and the other attempts a break at the so sought after
Batman: Arkham City PC DirectX 11 Issues
Rocksteady is currently telling players that Batman: Arkham City should be temporarily run using DX 9 rather than DX 11. Apparently DX 11 is causing performance issues:
We have received reports of performance issues from players of Batman: Arkham City on PC. After researching the matter, we found that running the game with DX 11 is causing the performance issues. We
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MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 9
Today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities. We're happy to see MSI Afterburner is leading the overclock applications. MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 9 is ready,
Changes list includes:
- Added core voltage control for reference design NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti *** cores series graphics cards
- Added core, memory and auxiliary PEXVDD voltage control for custom design MSI N560GTX-*** Twin Frozr III Power Edition series graphics cards with uP6218+uP6262 voltage regulators
- MSI On-Screen Display server has been upgraded to version 4.2.4. New version gives you the following improvements:
o Now MSI Afterburner displays captured video file time, size, per-frame compression ratio and time in the On-Screen Display next to the video capture progress indicator only when "Show own statistics" option is enabled in the server's properties
o Added power user oriented application profile setting allowing MSI On-Screen Display Server to detect runtime function offsets dynamically on each 3D application startup. This provides On-Screen Display functionality support in applications using modified Direct3D runtime libraries (e.g. FXAA injection Direct3D runtimes)
o Updated profiles list
- Added new compatibility option allowing using protected kernel mode low-level access to hardware instead of user mode one. This option can also be used to bypass Punkbuster related stability issues
- Now MSI Afterburner restores default hardware automatic fan control mode when logging off from Windows
- Now power users may enable optional single tray icon mode via the configuration file. When single tray icon mode is enabled, the primary application tray icon is being replaced with hardware monitoring tray icon(s) if monitoring in system tray is enabled and MSI On-Screen Display server's icon is not being displayed in tray when the server is loaded. Please take a note that MSI On-Screen Display server's properties are still accessible via "More" button in "OSD" tab
- Now shared control memory reinitialization is initiated by delayed fan speed readback mechanism
- Now MSI Afterburner can restart itself automatically instead of displaying restart requirement notification after changing some global compatibility options, e.g. unlocking voltage control or disabling low-level hardware access interface
- Now DirectX web setup is integrated into the installer
- Fixed critical typos in Polish language pack
Corsair Sets New Overclocking Record
Corsair announced that it has set a new world record with a memory frequency of 1733.8MHz (DDR3-3467) using Corsair Dominator GT CMGTX6 extreme-performance DDR3 memory.
World champion overclocker and Corsair employee Jake "Planet" Crimmins set the new record at Corsair's laboratory with a custom-designed, liquid nitrogen cooled PC based on an AMD FX-8150 processor and equipped with 1GB of Dominator GT extreme-performance DDR3 memory. The system was powered by a Corsair Professional Series Gold AX1200 fully modular power supply.
"Breaking overclocking world records requires skill, ingenuity, and the right equipment," said Jake Crimmins. "I've broken several records using Dominator GT memory. It's reliable, it has amazing headroom, and it's never let me down." Validation can be found here, and details of the record here.
VIA ARTiGO A1150 tiny PC
VIA released the ARTiGO A1150, a DIY PC kit with an enclosure that measures just 14.6 cm x 9.9 cm x 5.2 cm. Packed inside is a VIA Eden X2 1GHz dual-core processor.
VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the launch of the VIA ARTiGO A1150 a sub-liter dual core DIY PC kit for enthusiasts who want to taste the next generation of ultra-compact desktop computing.
The VIA ARTiGO A1150 is one of the smallest full featured DIY PC kits available today, squeezing an impressive range of features that include a 1.0GHz dual core VIA Eden
Antec Eleven Hundred Chassis
Antec debuts the Eleven Hundred case, the newest member of the award-winning Gaming Series.
The Eleven Hundred marks a new chapter in the Gaming Series with an all-new attractive design and a revamped lineup of expandability, cooling and convenience features.
Gamers seeking the highest level of performance will want to take advantage of the Eleven Hundred's support for XL-ATX sized motherboards and four-way GPU configurations -- the most expandability of any Antec chassis.
The Eleven Hundred features default 200 mm top and 120 mm rear fans and mounts for up to seven more fans for advanced GPU and hard drive cooling -- including one 120 mm intake fan behind the motherboard tray to cool the CPU. Users can also utilize the included fan power hub to connect up to four 3-pin fans to a single Molex for improved cable management.
Emphasizing ease-of-use in a gaming enclosure, Antec introduces tool-less 5.25" and 3.5" drive bays for hassle-free installation. Up to 36 mm of cable routing space and grommet-lined cable routing holes help users organize their builds while allowing for easy installation of future components. For convenient maintenance, the PSU intake & front air filters can be removed without taking off the side panel or tipping the case.
"The Eleven Hundred offers a set of features that will appeal to gamers and mainstream users alike at a very reasonable price point," said Mafalda Cogliani, Global Marketing Director at Antec. "The Gaming Series has always defined our advancement in the industry, and this case will continue that momentum."
The Eleven Hundred reaches store shelves and online retail outlets in late November in North America and early December in Europe with a MSRP of $129.95 and EUR 129, respectively.