Steam Sale On Now
If you are on the lookout for some cheapo priced games for Christmas, check Steam's annual Holiday Sale, is has many deep discounts on a variety of games. There are new deals posted every day through January 1st, such as 75 percent off Metro 2033 ($4.99) and 11 other titles, as well as various package deals.
"The Steam Holiday Sale is on now through Sunday, January 1, 2012. In addition to huge savings throughout the store, the 2011 sale features two special promotions that allow you to win like never before.
The Great Gift Pile challenges gamers to complete up to six objectives each day. Completion of each objective grants the chance to win a free game or discount coupons for select games available on Steam. If you don't win, no worries, you'll be given a piece of coal. But hold onto that coal!
Coal is the ticket to enter the Epic Holiday Giveaway. It's called Epic because the top prize is every game on Steam. The more coal you have, the better your chance of winning. Players may alternatively choose to magically mix their coal into something shiny and new by 'crafting' seven pieces into a gift from the Great Gift Pile. So this year receiving coal is a good thing."
Prices of Ivy Bridge desktop CPUs
Ivy Bridge micro-architecture, planned for the second quarter 2012, will bring a number of enhancements to CPU and graphics portions of the chip. CPU-world just compiled (courtesy to them) a lits of details and prices, check it out:
The CPU cores will feature up to 15%, sometimes even higher performance due to micro-architecture improvements and 100 MHz - 300 MHz higher Turbo Boost frequencies. HD 4000 and HD 2500 graphics will add support for DirectX 11, and it will be considerably faster than current HD 3000 and HD 2000 on-chip graphics. What's more important, better performing Ivy Bridge CPUs will come with 20% lower Thermal Design Power. It's great that upcoming CPUs will run cooler and faster, but at what price? Based on pricing information, that we've seen, desktop Ivy Bridge SKUs will have prices, in most cases identical to Sandy Bridge predecessors.
The fastest and the most expensive processor from Core i7 series will be Intel i7-3770K CPU with unlocked clock multiplier. This 3.5 GHz quad-core chip will come with 8 MB L3 cache, Hyper-Threading, and up to 3.9 GHz Turbo Boost. The CPU will replace Core i7-2700K, and it will be priced the same, at $332.
Three remaining SKUs from Core i7 family, i7-3770, i7-3770S and i7-3770T, will cost $294 in 1K quantities. It's good to see that Intel continues to offer energy-efficient "S" and "T" models at the same price level as mainstream microprocessors.
Similar to current Sandy Bridge products, Ivy Bridge Core i5s will feature 4 CPU cores with 6 MB of last level cache. The only exception to this is a dual-core i5-3470T with 3 MB L3 cache. The fastest i5 chip will be i5-3570K, a successor to Core i5-2500K. This CPU will come with $225 price sticker. Other i5-35xx series products, namely Core i5-3550, i5-3550S and i5-3570T, will cost $205, or $20 cheaper than the i5-3570K. i5-34xx processors will be the most affordable from i5 family. There will be three of them available in Q2 2012 at $184: Core i5-3450, i5-3450S and i5-3470T.
Table below contains a summary of features of soon to be released Ivy Bridge processors. Dual-core Core i5-3470T will be available in May. Remaining 10 i5 and i7 models will launch in April. Prices of future IB processors are presented in the "Price"column. The last column in the table shows Sandy Bridge model, that will be replaced, or closely matches, upcoming IB CPU:
CPU / price
|Core i5-3450||4||4||3.1 GHz||3.5 GHz||6 MB||77 Watt||$184||i5-2400 / $184|
|Core i5-3450S||4||4||2.8 GHz||3.5 GHz||6 MB||65 Watt||$184||i5-2400S / $184|
|Core i5-3470T||2||4||2.9 GHz||3.6 GHz||3 MB||35 Watt||$184||i5-2390T / $184|
|Core i5-3550||4||4||3.3 GHz||3.7 GHz||6 MB||77 Watt||$205||i5-2500 / $205|
|Core i5-3550S||4||4||3 GHz||3.7 GHz||6 MB||65 Watt||$205||i5-2500S / $205|
|Core i5-3570K||4||4||3.4 GHz||3.8 GHz||6 MB||77 Watt||$225||i5-2500K / $216|
|Core i5-3570T||4||4||2.3 GHz||3.3 GHz||6 MB||45 Watt||$205||i5-2500T / $205|
|Core i7-3770||4||8||3.4 GHz||3.9 GHz||8 MB||77 Watt||$294||i7-2600 / $294|
|Core i7-3770K||4||8||3.5 GHz||3.9 GHz||8 MB||77 Watt||$332||i7-2700K / $332|
|Core i7-3770S||4||8||3.1 GHz||3.9 GHz||8 MB||65 Watt||$294||i7-2600S / $294|
|Core i7-3770T||4||8||2.5 GHz||3.7 GHz||8 MB||45 Watt||$294||N/A|
HIS Unveils the Radeon HD 6930 IceQ X
The Radeon HD 6930 packs 1280 Stream Processors and should sell for under $200. No word yet on availability. Click the photo's for fullsize ones.
PC Power & Cooling Mk III 600W PSU review
We review the new Mk III . It was with much surprise a couple of weeks ago when I noticed availability of a new model PC Power & Cooling power supply, their Silencer Mk III Modular PSU series had launched.
Carrying a 80+ Bronze certification (85% efficiency at typical load) , being modular, having good looks yeah the Mk III certainly promises to be a good product series.
Read the article right here.
"Leaked" slide suggest nVidia skip 600 series going for 700
I was a little in doubt wether or not to post this as news, as the slides look like a bunch of BS to me. If we may believe the slide NVIDIA the GTX 680 or 780 is way ahead of uss, thus the slides do not make any sense.
Then again, always when the competition launches, mysteriously some slides surface as an effect in the traditional mudfight inbetween AMD and NVIDIA. So here's a slide showing a 580 compared with the 780 suggesting that "Kepler" performance increase to be almost double? Does the renaming justify the performance it provides or is this to match up with AMD's upcoming 7k series again these are rumors so you be the judge.
Leaked/Confidential/NDA... All these slides I would take with a grain of salt until they're confirmed and most of the time its all hype/marketing so don't base any opinions yet on the actual performance. Remember the AMD "NDA" pic [here] yeah same rules apply , though it would spell trouble for AMD if these were true. Thanks AZ7 for submitting this one in the forums news section.
Anyway, we feel the slide is fake but you never know, so take it with a huge grain of salt please.
Radeon HD 7770 pictures leaked ?
I can't confirm the validity of these two pictures of AMD's (what's claimed to be) mainstream HD 7770.
This card is the first major upgrade to the HD 5770 in two years, since the HD 6770 was just a rebrand. It features the Cape Verde GPU, which replaces the Juniper GPU used in the HD 5770/HD 6770. The card looks somewhat different, with a large fan sitting on top of the GPU, blowing directly onto it and the card's length is the same as the HD 5770, at around 8.25 inches.
Intel Core i7-3820 LGA2011 Processor Gets Listed as well
Intel Sandy Bridge-E may be a duo this time, having only two processors (the Core i7-3960X and i7-3930K hexa-cores) to choose from, but early next year it will turn into a trio through the release of the Core i7-3820.
This new model is the cheapest in the Sandy Bridge-E family and has begun to become available for pre-order around the world.
Built using 32nm process technology, the i7-3820 features four cores clocked at 3.6 GHz (3.9 GHz Turbo), eight threads, 10 MB of L3 cache, a quad-channel memory controller, and a TDP of 130W. The Core i7-3820 can be found listed in the US at $311.54 and in Europe at 276 Euro.
European Retailer is listing Radeon HD 7970
Dutch online retailer Comcom.nl listed the upcoming Radeon HD 7970 on its site. Listed, was an ASUS-branded card (with no pictures, of course), so it could be a paper listing for pre-orders.
Comcom is asking
Skyrim UI mod v1.0
SkyUI is mod that aims to improve Skyrim's User Interface by making it easier to use with mouse and keyboard, less wasteful of available screen space and nicer to look at.
We do all that while keeping true to the style of the original UI, so new and old components are integrated seamlessly.
It is not our goal to re-create the complete interface from scratch. Instead we try to identify and change areas that need improvement, while leaving the things that are already good alone.
Further general objectives and design concepts are:
Finding a good balance between 'dumbed down' and 'information overkill'.
Easy installation and setup by providing a user-friendly installer with the Nexus Mod Manager.
Great customization support by using a separate configuration file.
Blending features in as good as possible - players shouldn't feel reminded that they're using a mod.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 580 MDT X4 Graphics Card
KFA2, the European premium NVIDIA brand, announced today the GTX 580 MDT X4 EX OC, the latest in the line of MDT series multi-display performance gaming graphics cards. The KFA2 GeForce GTX 580 MDT X4 is designed to be the flagship product within our MDT range, offering unparalleled performance in the latest DirectX 11 games in full 1080p.
Whilst the KFA2 GeForce 580 MDT X4 supports up to 4 monitors for multi-display, its main feature includes
Seagate Cuts Warranties on HDDs
Seagate is reducing the warranties of some of its hard disk drives. The company actually did this to more product collections that Western Digital did.
WD changed the plans for Scorpio Blue, Caviar Blue and Caviar Green, from 3-year to 2-year warranties, or will do so starting January 2012. Seagate's move consisted of the some Desktop and Notebook Bare Drives going from five to one year, Nearline units switching from 5 to 3 years and Barracuda XT and momentus XT drive changing from 5 to 2 years.
Taiwanese firms pessimistic about Intel Medfield
DigiTimes reports Taiwanese smartphone and tablet PC makers are not going bonkers for Intel's 32nm "Medfield" Atom processor.
Because Intel did not establish close partnerships with first-tier smartphone vendors, while notebook vendors, which have smartphone product lines, are conservative about the new platform because of the negative experience with Intel's mobile Internet devices (MID), these factors are expected to pose strong difficulties for Intel to enter the smartphone market.
Intel has been working on improving its Atom SoC for smartphones and tablet PCs, and expects the new chip's power consumption will drop below 10W with related manufacturing process to also advance to 32nm Saltwell and then 22nm Silvermont, followed by 14nm Airmont within the next three years.
Microsoft pulls incomplete Bulldozer performance hotfix
The hotfix for AMD's Bulldozer processors we wrote about yesterday is no longer available on Microsoft's website. The Bulldozer hotfix improves thread scheduling and should result in nice performance gains, but it turns out the patch that was released yesterday is only part one of two updates that are needed to optimize Windows XP, Vista and 7 for Bulldozer.
The final hotfix is expected sometime in Q1 2012, so Bulldozer owners will have to wait a bit longer until they can unlock the true potential of their chip.
AMD was surprised that Microsoft decided to post the patch in its current form, because:
"there are actually two updates needed for AMD Bulldozer CPU architecture. Microsoft posted just the first patch and we do not believe users would benefit in any way from it. The patch was originally scheduled for the first quarter 2012 and then the users will see tangible performance benefits when using Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems."
Anno 2070 Patch v1.02
Ubisoft has released a new patch for Anno 2070, upgrading this strategy game to version 1.02. This update adds first Ornamental Buildings for Ecos and Tycoons, increases unit limit, improves AI behaviour, and more.
- First Ornamental Buildings for Ecos and Tycoons implemented.
- Stability and performance improved for several system specs.
- Unit limit increased.
- Fixed an issue in the winning screen of several campaign missons.
- Fixed a severe graphical issue that occurred on Windows XP with graphics -ards of the ATI-Radeon-HD 2000 and 3000 series.
- Fixed several small text issues, such as typos and overlappings.
- AI behaviour improved.
- Fixed an exploit that allowed the player to sink Keto as well as Trenchcoat using the EMP.
- Fixed performance issues related to toll items.
- Fixed an issue with the Start button.
- Fixed Achievements: "Floating Clearance ", "The Latest Technology", "The Entire Tech Tree", "Back to Nature", "Too Good to Throw Away".
- Fixed smaller issues in several quests
- Fixed smaller issues with the interface.
Prototype 2 - Hunt. Kill. Become. Trailer
The team at Radical Entertainment dives into the functionality and details behind PROTOTYPE 2's new hunting gameplay mechanic.
In PROTOTYPE 2, Sgt. James Heller can hunt down key Blackwatch and Gentek (the scientific arm of Blackwatch) personnel, consume them, obtain their memories, and drive the game's side mission content forward. PROTOTYPE 2 releases worldwide on April 24, 2012.
Realtek HD Audio 2.67 audio driver download
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP, Vista, it runs under Windows 7 as well of course. The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download from our servers.
This download hosted at Guru3D.com offers all the Windows XP, Vista and 7 binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Driver Package R2.67
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting:
ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC886, ALC887, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC899, ALC861VD, ALC660,
ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC670, ALC671, ALC672, ALC676, ALC680, ALC221, ALC231, ALC260, ALC262,
ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC275, ALC276, ALC280, ALC290
2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting:
ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC886, ALC887, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC899, ALC861VC,
ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC670, ALC671, ALC672, ALC676, ALC680, ALC221, ALC231,
ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC275, ALC276, ALC280, ALC290
3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4. OS Supporting: Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013) For Windows 2000 SP4, XP SP1, XP SP2, Server 2003 SP1.
1.) Driver :
2. Add ALC280.
Patriot Pyro SE 240GB SSD review
Patriot wanted to release another SSD, something a little over the top and as such that meant releasing the Pyro SE SSD. While based on the SandForce 2281 controller Patriot did apply some tweaks to make the product even faster. To keep it up to snuff it comes with synchronous NAND flash memory.
According to Patriot that will increase its sequential read and write performance to 550MB/s and 520MB/s, let's find out if that is the case. Check out the article right here.
AMD Catalyst Application Profile - 11.12 CAP1
These are the Catalyst profiles for multi-GPU support.
This release of ATI Catalyst delivers support for the latest ATI CrossFireX profiles in a separate executable file ensuring users have access to the absolute latest set of profiles installed on their PC.
Latest profiles added :
- Anno 2070: Improves CrossFire scaling and fixes image quality issues seen in water, shadows, etc.
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Improves CrossFire performance
- Saints Row 3 (DirectX 9 version): Improves CrossFire performance
- Serious Sam 3: Improves CrossFire performance
- Java Control Panel: Fixes black screen corruption seen on single and multi GPU configurations when Anti-Aliasing is forced on through the Catalyst Control Center