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
EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Ultra graphics cards
EVGA's latest offerings feature 512 CUDA Cores, a 384-bit memory interface, 3 GB of GDDR5 memory, 4-way SLI and EVBot support, a custom PCB, a 14+3 phase power design, one NEC Proadlizer, Super Low ESR SP-Cap capacitors, and high frequency 3MHz shielded inductors.
The air-cooled GeForce GTX 580 Classified Ultra costs $619.99 while the water-cooled GeForce GTX 580 Classified Ultra Hydro Copper has a price tag of $749.99. Neither card is shipping just yet.
AMD Radeon HD 7970 Specifications Leak onto the web
Apparantly it is incredibly difficult for companies these days to keep their NDA information below the radar.
Yesterday the first presentation slides on the Radeon HD 7900 series started to leak, shortly followed by complete presentations on Turkish website Donim haber.
The first slide was published on the OBR-Hardware website. According to these specs, AMD
AMD A8-3870K and A6-3670K Specs and Pricing Dec 26
We mentioned AMD
ROCCAT Studios Big and Black Mouse Pads
ROCCAT made some new mouse pads could be taking things a tad bit too far. After all, these aren't so many new models as they are revisions of the ROCCAT Taito Shiny Black Gaming Mousepad.
There are three sizes and two thicknesses, so as to meet the needs of all gamers, whether they have big or small hands.
More specifically, Mini-Size, Mid-Size and King-Sized ROCCAT Taito Shiny Black gaming Mousepads are or will be available, in 3mm and 5mm thickness.
The 3mm models should already be shipping, for prices of 9.99 Euro ($13), 14.99 ($19.51) and 19.99 Euro ($26.02), respectively. The 5mm ones will only begin to sell around the end of this month (December, 2011), for, in the same order as above, 12.99 Euro ($16.91), 17.99 Euro ($23.42) and 22.99 Euro ($29.93).
Corsair Availability Vengeance Gaming Keyboards Mice
Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced immediate retail availability of their new line of Vengeance PC gaming peripherals.
Corsair's new PC gaming peripherals line includes four new HID products: The Vengeance K60 and Vengeance K90 gaming keyboards and the Vengeance M60 and Vengeance M90 laser gaming mice. A key feature of all four of these new Vengeance Series products is the use of an aluminum structure to provide strength and durability, as well as a stunning industrial design.
"We're hardcore gamers ourselves, and with the new Corsair Vengeance line, we've developed precisely the products we always wanted." said Ruben Mookerjee, VP and General Manager of the Components Business Unit at Corsair. "They're carefully designed to give you the competitive edge you need to win."
Vengeance K60 and M60: Designed For First-Person Shooters
The Vengeance K60 gaming keyboard and the Vengeance M60 laser gaming mouse are designed for PC Gamers who specialize in First-Person Shooters (FPS). The Vengeance K60 keyboard features the predictable linear response and light touch of Cherry MX Red mechanical key switches for more agile movement and faster multi-taps. The contoured left-wrist rest plus shaped and textured WASD key caps increase comfort, even during extended gaming sessions. The K60 uses an advanced key matrix design that delivers complete anti-ghosting so no keystrokes are missed. Unlike other USB gaming keyboards that are limited to the USB-standard 6-key rollover, the K60 features a 20-key rollover and a blazing fast 1ms reporting rate (1000 reports per second).
The Vengeance M60 mouse features an enthusiast-grade 5700 DPI Avago Technologies LaserStream gaming sensor with on-the-fly resolution switching, an aluminum unibody design with adjustable center of gravity, programmable lift detection, a high-mass scroll wheel, and PTFE glide pads. A key innovation of the M60 mouse is the Sniper button, allowing an instant toggle from fast movement, high DPI-resolution mode down to a high-precision mode for more accurate aiming.
Vengeance K90 and Vengeance M90: Designed For MMO and RTS Gaming
The Vengeance K90 gaming keyboard and M90 laser gaming mouse are optimized to meet the unique needs of MMO and RTS gaming. The Vengeance K90 keyboard also features Cherry MX Red key switches, full anti-ghosting, 20-key rollover, 1ms reporting rate, and each key is individually backlit with a cool blue LED that can be adjusted to three different levels of intensity. The K90 also includes 18 dedicated macro keys that can be programmed either through software or on the fly, and with three user-selectable banks of macros you have a total of 54 independent macros available at any time. Your macros are stored in flash memory on the keyboard so you
AMD Bulldozer hotfix from Microsoft
Microsoft has rolled out a hotfix to optimize the performance of AMD's Bulldozer processors on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 based systems. The hotfix enables Bulldozer to use Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT).
This article introduces an update that optimizes the performance of AMD Bulldozer CPUs that are used by Windows 7-based or Windows Server 2008 R2-based computers. Currently, the performance of AMD Bulldozer CPUs is slower than expected. This behavior occurs because the threading logic in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2 is not optimized to use the Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT) scheduling feature. This feature was introduced in the Bulldozer family of AMD CPUs.
Note This issue may occur when you use applications that run in multiple threads.
Update: the Dutch colleagues from tweakers.net have tested the patch and the differences are less then impressive:
Zalman CNPS20LQ watercooler revealed
Zalman takes new steps in the watercooling market with the CNPS20LQ, a self-contained liquid cooler with a 120mm radiator that features a built-in reservoir. The product is designed and made by Asetek, it has a MSRP of 69.90EUR.
CNPS20LQ comes with liquid sealed water cooling solution with no further extra maintenance cost and all-in-one type with a built-in pump inside a slim water block. CNPS20LQ provides extreme cooling performance and easy installation, apart from its basic durability.
Please see the below for more detailed information.
- - Easy Installation & maintenance-free
- - Built-In pump inside the water block
- - Durable and long-lasting tubes
- - Slim water block design
- - Micro fins
- - Versatile compatibility
UPC / EAN Code: 823884202878 / 8809213763090
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier - Ghost Minute #1
CD Project vs. File-Sharers Follow-up
CD Projekt has not denied sending letters to German gamers demanding nearly 1000 euros for allegedly pirating role-playing game The Witcher 2. The company told Eurogamer: 'As you know, we aren't huge fans of any sort of DRM here at CD Projekt RED. DRM itself is a pain for legal gamers - the same group of honest people who decided that our game was worth its price, and went and bought it. We don't want to make their lives more difficult by introducing annoying copy protection systems.'
'Moreover, we always try to offer high value with our product - for example, enhancing the game with additional collectors' items such as soundtracks, making-of DVDs, books, walkthroughs, etc. We could introduce advanced copy protection systems which, unfortunately, punish legal customers as well. Instead, we decided to give gamers some additional content with each game release, to make their experience complete.'
'However,' CD Projekt added, 'that shouldn't be confused with us giving a green light to piracy. We will never approve of it, since it doesn't only affect us but has a negative impact on the whole game industry.
"We've seen some of the concern online about our efforts to thwart piracy, and we can assure you that we only take legal actions against users who we are 100 per cent sure have downloaded our game illegally.'