NVIDIA 'A new Dawn' technology demo download
NVIDIA released the 'A new Dawn' technology demo. We have it available for download.
You can discuss this DX11 technology demo right here.
In A New Dawn, the demo starts not with the main character, but with a sweeping overview of a lush rainforest. Ferns gently sway in the moonlight, vines sprawl across an ancient tree, and budding flowers cast a gentle glow on the surrounding bark. As our character comes into view, we find her swinging on a vine in her new tree home. The tree is rendered to the finest level of detail using DirectX 11 tessellation. At its peak, over four million triangles are used to showcase Dawn's environment.
Fast forward ten years, and NVIDIA has brought back Dawn once again, in a demo simply titled "A New Dawn". The original Dawn demo had many merits, but due to the limitations of hardware at the time, it also took many short cuts. One of the most obvious was the fact that Dawn didn't really have a home. Fairies, as we all know, live in the depth of mysterious forests, but for Dawn, her home was a giant glowing cube map
Wallpaper halts Wi-Fi stealing
Researchers at France's Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble have worked with the Centre Technique du Papier to develop Wi-Fi-blocking wallpaper. The product, also known as metapaper, claims to selectively filter, reduce or reflect electromagnetic waves.
Metapaper not only protects against intruders stealing Wi-Fi from buildings, but also ensures that signals inside a building are more secure and stronger, the group says. Benefits include data security for companies or people that need dependable Wi-Fi. The wallpaper can also be used to create quieter spaces for places like hospitals and movie theaters.
The high-tech paper does, however, allow FM radio waves and emergency frequencies to pass through. The paper, which has a snowflake pattern on it but can be covered up by traditional wallpaper, is made from renewable resources and is recyclable, according to the Centre Technique du Papier.
Conductive silver ink and metallic patterns on the wallpaper filter around 99% of waves coming from outside, according to the French newspaper Le Monde, which published a story on the topic earlier this year. However, a room cannot be completely safeguarded by the paper - unless you use it to seal off floor, ceilings and windows, of course.
The metapaper also advertises itself as a healthy alternative, since it claims to reduce a person's exposure to electromagnetic waves. Scientists behind the product point to studies that say the overuse of wireless technology could cause harmful heath effects.
The Finnish firm Ahlstrom acquired the rights to the metapaper. Exact cost estimates have not been released. According to the Centre Technique du Papier, the paper is not yet commercially available because it is still in the industrialization phase [via channel3000]
OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W PSU review
We review the OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W PSU. The power supply is on the market for a little while now already and it one of the more popular models. It offers gold efficiency, a single 12V rail. The PSU itself is modular has good looks and something you can appreciate for those of you with a side panel window in their chassis. Being 1000W and with all the aforementioned features the PSU is priced in the 190 EUR range here in the Netherlands. To top it off, OCZ even gives this PSU a 5 year carry in warranty.
Check out the review right here.
LG Electronics Releases IPS7 Series Monitors
LG Electronics has announced the availability of its premium IPS7 series monitors (first in Asia). The monitor features the company
Century Simple NAS BOX PLUS 2BAY External HDD Case
This is a new external HDD case from Century Japan, the Simple NAS BOX PLUS 2BAY. This aluminum case is equipped with a USB 3.0 connection interface, two LAN ports, two built-in 40mm cooling fans and can house a total of two 3.5-inch SATA HDDs. The Simple NAS BOX PLUS 2BAY will go on sale from early August for around 12,800 Yen (about $163). [Century]
Gigabyte HD 7970 GHz Edition Graphics Card
Check out the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. Codenamed GV-R797TO-3GD, the card features a 384-bit memory interface, a core clock of 1100MHz and a 3GB of GDDR5 memory set @ 6000MHz. Not to mention, the card is also equipped with the company
BIOSTAR Intel Z77 Based Hi-Fi Motherboard
BIOSTAR, major manufacturer of motherboards, VGA cards, industrial computer systems and other peripherals, officially launches their latest edition to their high-end motherboard lineup, the Hi-Fi Z77X.
This newest ATX form factor motherboard supports all Socket 1155 CPUs and offers native support for SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and dual-channel memory up to DDR3-2600 in overclocking mode. But what sets the BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z77X really apart from all the rest of the competition is exactly the integrated BIOSTAR Hi-Fi technology called "Puro Hi-Fi Technology", targeting audiophiles, HTPC enthusiasts and high-end gamers alike, Puro Hi-Fi sports an integrated independent audio power design with a built-in amplifier.
The Puro Hi-Fi technology utilizes audio components with an independent power design for a significant reduction in electronic noise and superb sound quality. The unique noise-blocking multi-layer PCB layout is ideal for exceptional clarity and high fidelity sound. With sampling rate of 192 kHz/24-bit which delivers a high quality audio through an analog connection to your home theater system, multi-channel speakers and high-end headphone. You can enjoy real Blu-ray grade high-definition sound that you've never experienced before in true 7.1-channel surround sounds.
High quality 'Non-Polarized Electrolysis Electric audio capacitors' for each individual audio channel circuit deliver low noise, low distortion, and wide bandwidth to achieve the highest sound resolution and sound expansion to ensure the most realistic sound effects. Furthermore, the Hi-Fi Resistors are made of metal-oxide film resistors with metal oxides such as tin oxide. The electric characteristics are greater stability and reliability than regular metal film resistors when operating in an extremely broad working temperature range. This special component is used in applications with high endurance audio demands.
With BIOSTAR's four unique technologies, Puro Hi-Fi, THX, Lucid MVP and SmartSpeedLAN, the brand new Hi-Fi series of motherboards increases sound, network and graphics performance dramatically. For a unique gaming masterpiece even with a limited budget, this new Hi-Fi series is surely the best choice and will become a favorite among gamers.
High-performance monolithic graphene transistors
Researchers at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany have developed the first high-performance monolithic graphene transistors using a simple lithographic etching process. The discovery could pave the way to post-silicon electronics, but don't expect it anytime soon as the transistors created by the researchers were around 100 micrometers across, or 100,000nm.
As you probably know by now, graphene has a long and wonderful list of desirable properties, including being the most conductive material yet discovered. In theory, according to early demos from the likes of IBM and UCLA, graphene transistors should be capable of switching at speeds between 100GHz and a few terahertz. The problem is, graphene doesn
Borderlands 2 is complete
Today, we have some exciting new to share about Borderlands 2 -- the game is headed to certification!
This means that the game's on-disc content has been locked down and will be thoroughly tested to ensure it is ready for release -� in other words, the game is finished and we cannot make any further changes to the game. As such, the team is now shifting their focus towards post-launch efforts, including the Mechromancer: the new character class that will be released as FREE downloadable content to members of the Borderlands 2 Premiere Club roughly 60 to 90 days after launch.
The Mechromancer is just one of the many bonuses for members of the Premiere Club, which can be joined by pre-ordering Borderlands 2 from a participating retailer in advance of its release on September 18 in North America and September 21 Internationally. For a list of those participating retailers and more details about Premiere Club benefits, please visit our Borderlands 2 FAQ and borderlands2.com/preorder
On behalf of everyone involved in the development of Borderlands 2, thank you for your love and support -- your passion for what we create is what fuels our effort!
LD Cooling PC-V7 EATX Watercooling Alu Chassis
LD Cooling, the European company behind renowned LD PC-V8 HPTX watercooling chassis, has prepared a smaller watercooling chassis. The new LD PC-V7 is an EATX chassis with 100% aluminium construction and a sophisticated design. The main attractions of this case are its watercooling and cable management features. Its 620mm long, 220mm wide and 530mm high. It can contain up to a 480mm rad in the front and top. There are 11 front 5.25?? bays which are totally customizable according to one?fs needs. You can either have a radiator in front or some 5.25?? devices or dual bay reservoirs or multiple 120mm fans. LD Cooling also gives the option of a 5.25?? bay cover with front panel audio connectors and two USB 3.0 ports. Top of the case is exactly like front 5.25?? bay area; its fully customizable with several different options.
The LD PC-V7 weighs 7.95 KG including the plexi glass side panel. It terms of cable management options, it comes with a roomy interior and more than enough cable routing holes. This little monster can take all motherboards starting from mATX form factor all the way up to EATX boards. For storage options, it has space for eight 3.5?? drives and four 2.5?? drives.
LD Cooling will be offering the LD PC-V7 in black, black/red, black/white and white color options. It expected to be available soon with a hefty price tag of 310-330 Euro (without VAT). Another version of case will also be available which will have inverted motherboard tray like SilverStone TJ07 or LD Cooling?fs very own PC-V8.
Patriot Memory Gauntlet Node WiFi-Enabled External HDD Enclosure
Here we have a new WiFi-enabled external HDD enclosure from Patriot Memory, the Gauntlet Node. Powered by a built-in lithium-ion polymer battery (to operate without external power supply), the enclosure is equipped with a USB 3.0 connection interface, built-in WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity and can house a single 2.5-inch SATA HDD/SSD. The Gauntlet Node has an MSRP of $99.99. [Patriot Memory]
ECS Adds AMD Memory Profile Support
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) today announces that it is the first hardware manufacturer to support the latest AMD Memory Profile (AMP) on its innovative platform: A85F2-A Deluxe motherboard. It has been ready to take full advantage of the performance, high end gaming, multi-tasking and energy efficiency with the most anticipating technology ?gAMP?h, allowing users to fully satisfy their growing demand with its unique operating designed.
With striving on Research and Development and also closely cooperation with AMD, ECS is honored to become the first AMD Memory Profile (AMP) certified motherboard vendor in the world. The upcoming AMD Memory Profile (AMP) not only breaks through the traditional design, it also enables the performance tuning of DDR3 memory modules beyond standard JEDEC (Joint Electron Devices Engineering Council) specification.
AMP features a wide range of enhancements, reliability and perfectly performance, which are certified DDR3 Plug & Play memory modules. The latest AMD Memory Profile (AMP) provides a new experience to users in order to unleash the maximum memory performance.
A innovation leading company ?| ECS, is the first company announce to import AMD Memory Profile (AMP) into product. ECS not only provides integrated solution for supporting, but also considers customers?f needs as the core consideration for the products design, and the customer-oriented design concept has been the power for its self-progression. Making a unique and glory prominent product is the only purpose for ECS.
ThermalTake Muse 5G HDD enclosures
ThermalTake presents two new Muse 5G series HDD enclosures; a 2.5" model and a 3.5" version. Thermaltake, being the industry pioneer brand with expertise in PC chassis, power supply and thermal solution, introduces the Muse 5G series, the next-generation external hard drive enclosure for authors, scientists and artists in the 21st century to unite their power and soul by collecting and protecting all precious inspiration.
Fractal Design Define R4 Chassis
Fractal Design presents the Define R4, a new case that focuses on minimalistic design and maximum sound reduction, configurability and functionality. It's available in Black Pearl, Titanium Grey and Arctic White color variants. The MSRP is $109.99.
The Fractal Design Define R4 is the latest in the Define Series of computer cases offering minimalistic and stunning Scandinavian design fused with maximum sound reduction, configurability and functionality.
The Define R4 side and front door panels are fitted with dense, sound-absorbing material making it a benchmark for noise reduction. Moreover, the Define R4 accommodates up to 8 HDDs, all modern graphics card sizes, and multiple ventilation options - including two standard Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans - to keep internal components at optimal temperatures.
For ultimate functionality, the Define R4 features a front interface with USB 3.0 and an integrated three-speed fan controller behind the front panel door.
- High density noise-reducing material for an optimal silent case - To achieve a high level of noise reduction, material with mass should be incorporated which is what we strive to achieve with the dense bitumen used on the side panels
- Patent pending ModuVent
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ASUS Maximus V Extreme review
We review the ASUS Maximus V Extreme. There is a kind of people that feel enough is not enough, they want moar' and for exactly that kind of enthusiast end user ASUS creates ROG EXTREME products. This is a ROG (Republic of Gamers) motherboard, and that means extra enthusiast features alright, as for overclockers, here's where things start to get serious, the board is designed with a 12-phase Digi+ VRM, Subzero Sense, has voltage-measurement points and the ROG Connect technology (overclock the board via Bluetooth from their phone).
And yes there's still more, ASUS throws in the OC Key as well, which creates an overlay on the active DVI monitor to adjust overclock settings in real-time without using additional software or hardware (it connects to the graphics card DVI port). The ASUS Maximus V Extreme just breathes overclock potential.
Read the article right here.
EVGA Teases A Mini-ITX Z77 Motherboard
EVGA just posted a teaser picture of their upcoming Intel Z77 based mini-ITX motherboard. Back in May, EVGA