StoneGiant BitSquid Engine DX11 tech demo
StoneGiant allows consumers to test the overall performance of their consumer-based GPUs. Based on the BitSquid Tech, StoneGiant has primarily been used to test the tools and technology in a real-world production environment with the talented artists of Fatshark. The public StoneGiant demo release is expectedin two weeks.
"With DX11 hardware becoming more readily available, we decided now would be a good time to highlight the advanced features of our engine, including DX11 and tessellation support", said Tobias Persson, Lead Engineer at BitSquid. "Tessellation adds an awful lot to the visual fidelity of the scene and is something that consumers can readily see for themselves. We are looking forward to seeing how games will take advantage of our engine."
BitSquid Tech is available for licensing soon for the PC, with PS3 and Xbox360 versions available by Q3 of 2010.
NVIDIA Forceware 197.25 Drivers Out
GeForce 200 series:
GTX 260, GTX 295, G210, 205, GTX 275, GTX 280, GTS 240, GT 220, GTS 250, GT 240, GT 230, 210, GTX 285
GeForce 100 series:
GT 130, G 100, GT 140, GT 120
GeForce 9 series:
9600 GT, 9400, 9300 GE, 9200, 9600 GSO, 9400 GT, 9800 GT, 9500 GT, 9300, 9800 GTX/GTX+, 9500 GS, 9800 GX2, 9600 GS, 9300 GS
GeForce 8 series:
8800 Ultra, 8800 GTS, 8400 GS, 8300, 8800 GTS 512, 8500 GT, 8300 GS, 8600 GT, 8800 GT, 8100 / nForce 720a, 8200, 8600 GTS, 8800 GTX, 8400 SE, 8400, 8800 GS, 8600 GS
GeForce 7 series:
7300 LE, 7950 GT, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7550 LE, 7950 GX2, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 610i, 7900 GS, 7500 LE, 7350 LE, 7900 GTX, 7800 SLI, 7600 GS, 7600 LE, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7800 GS, 7300 GS, 7900 GT/GTO, 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7300 GT, 7150 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7800 GTX, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 620i, 7100 GS, 7650 GS, 7600 GT, 7300 SE / 7200 GS
GeForce 6 series:
6600 VE, 6200SE TurboCache, 6500, 6100 nForce 420, 6600, 6800 XE, 6600 GT, 6800, 6100 nForce 405, 6800 Ultra, 6800 LE, 6150SE nForce 430, 6800 XT, 6150LE / Quadro NVS 210S, 6200 TurboCache, 6250, 6800 GT, 6200 A-LE, 6800 GS/XT, 6150 LE, 6200, 6600 LE, 6100, 6150, 6700 XL, 6610 XL, 6800 GS, 6200 LE, 6100 nForce 400
ION LE, ION
Hands on with Eyefinity6 - Preview Video
Currently we are testing ATI's Radeon 5870 Eyefinity6 - in CrossfireX actually. Early next week we'll have a nice article ready for you where we'll show you how to build such a setup, what is needed. And then obviously we'll have a chat about performance but most of all we like to show you little video showcases with a lot of games.
The new Catalyst 10.3 drivers now also come with Bezel management, greatly helping out in games. Have a little preview of what's to to come:
Battlefield Bad Company 2
What a great title this is. Check out the video. We have totally nice framerates and the game is very playable. Bezel correction is active here as you can see.
More next week ...
Command & Conquer 4
Although Command & Conquer 4 was released more than a week ago, I felt the need to post this news because of the importance of this game.
Although I do not like what this game has given (or taken) to the saga, maybe someone probably like it.
But before you go ahead and buy it, beware, there are some things you need to know about this one.
The basic differences of C&C4 against all of the rest are as follows:
- Permanent connectivity to the internet required, even playing Skirmishes and Single Player Missions.
- The LAN mode has being eliminated
- Base-Building is no more! (This one will be most shocking to fans of the saga)
- No more Tiberium Harvesting and resources in-fighting.
- Focus of Game is to control Domination Points ala-Battlefield.
- Graphics had been modified to fit the "Cartoonish-Style" of the latest Red Alert so the game looks less realistic than C&C3 and more Colorful and Kid-like.
This new one has a style similar to BattleField on RTS, you command troops to control Domination points, battle will not be what it used to be in the last one "Kane's Wrath", hell! game will not be anything similar to the previous one!
Although personally I do not like not even one feature (or taken feature) of the new one, someone probably will, still if you want to try it you can buy it from EA or your local store of choice, only for PC at the moment, you can check the official website here.
MSI R5870/R5850 Twin Frozr II launched
MSI, the world-leading manufacturer of mainboards and graphics cards, today launched the R5870/R5850 Twin Frozr II, the latest in the Twin Frozr series of graphics display adaptors designed for outstanding cooling performance that have won praise from the media. In addition to the latest technologies such as ATI Stream, Eyefinity and DX11, which are supported by the standard ATI Radeon HD5870 and HD5850 GPUs, the new models have also inherited MSI's technical excellence in thermal design.
Not only are R5870/R5850 Twin Frozr II equipped with military class components where it matters the most, the new models have also adopted a powerful cooling device designed for Twin Frozr II - dual 8-cm PWM fans and dual 8-mm SuperPipe technology for an even more outstanding thermal design, all the while maintaining low-noise performance during operation. These are products that should not be missed by consumers who value both performance and silence.
Super big 8-cm Dual Fans with PWM and Dual 8-mm SuperPipe Technology
Compared with ordinary single-fan designs, the all-new MSI R5870/R5850 Twin Frozr II has adopted the huge 8-cm PWM fans to double the airflow during operation. It can also remove the generated heat more quickly while reducing the operational noise with its auto-load speed detection capability. In addition, Twin Frozr II's special super-dense fin and dual 8-mm SuperPipe technology are able to accelerate heat dispersion and to maintain the stability of the system. Therefore in an actual full-speed test, they can lower the temperature by up to 12
Intel brings TRIM to SSDs in RAID
Nice move from Intel.
Upto this point RAID setups did not have support for the TRIM command features in the Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 and Linux 2.6.33+ operating systems.
This made solid state drives rather unsuited for long-term configuration in any RAID setup. Seeing this as a serious limitation, Intel wrote a driver that is able to activate this function even in RAID, obviously the drives themselves need to support it.
This technology provides support for the following features:
Gigabyte Sells 1 Million USB 3.0 Motherboards
Patriot Bolt USB drives with 128-bit AES
USB drives get more and more secure. Patriot will soon introduce Bolt, a new USB flash drive with 128-bit AES encryption support to keep your data safe. Intruders have only ten attempts to guess your password, afterwards the Bold automatically destroys all data.
The USB drive has an aluminium enclosure and offers read speeds of up to 27MB/s and write speeds of up to 13MB/s. It will be available in capacities from 6GB to 64GB, with prices ranging from 25.90EUR to 310EUR.
Google exits China, routes traffic to Hong Kong
A shame that this had to happen really, but clever solve. After weeks of negotiations with Chinese authorities, Google has stopped censoring results on its Chinese search engine. Starting today, visitors of the Internet giant's Chinese website are redirected to the Google's Hong Kong site, which offers Chinese-language service with uncensored results.
Google announced in January that it had traced a sophisticated cyber-attack to China, and as a result would no longer filter results in its Chinese search service. Google acknowledged that the move could result in having to withdraw from direct competition in China, where Internet search sites are required to censor politically sensitive topics.
Since then, Google has sought to engage with Chinese authorities over how it could operate in the country without filtering results. Theoretically, China-based users could continue to connect to sites such as google.com or google.com.hk following the company's shuttering of google.cn, though their access could become unreliable.
A Chinese government official in charge of the Internet bureau under the State Council Information Office responds to Google, accusing the search engine has "violated its written promise" and is "totally wrong" by stopping censoring its Chinese search results and blaming the Chinese government for alleged hacker attacks:
"Google has violated its written promise it made when entering the Chinese market by stopping filtering its searching service and blaming China in insinuation for alleged hacker attacks," said the official.
"This is totally wrong. We're uncompromisingly opposed to the politicization of commercial issues, and express our discontent and indignation to Google for its unreasonable accusations and conducts," the official said.
OCZ Technology Shut Down Hypersonic-PC
It's a fact that PC Power & Cooling PSUs from OCZ already pulled out of the EU, indicating that OCZ is repositioning alot of things, yesterday it was reported that OCZ will be closing down Hypersonic-PC.
The official Hypersonic-PC website has officially been replaced with a simple page that states: "At this time Hypersonic-PC is not accepting any orders. We are honoring all warranties and will continue to support existing customers. All customers that currently own a Hypersonic branded PC or Notebook can contact the following numbers for direct product support.".
OCZ's Executive VP and CMO Alex Mei, confirmed this, "We are focusing all our resources on SSD, PSU and Memory and our SI business really didn
EA To Charge For Game Demos
Well this will get them a lot of love. Gamasutra reports that Electronic Arts aims to monetize game demos. According to industry analyst Michael Patcher after an EA investor visit, the publisher will start selling 'premium downloadable content' prior to a game's release for $10-$15 that is essentially a longer-than-usual demo.
Patcher said, 'I think that the plan is to release PDLC at $15 that has 3-4 hours of gameplay, so [it has] a very high perceived value, then [EA will] take the feedback from the community (press and players) to tweak the follow-on full game that will be released at a normal packaged price point.' He also made reference to a comment from EA's CEO John Riccitiello that 'the line between packaged product sales and digital revenues would soon begin to blur.'
ASUS unleashes Rampage III Extreme
Serious overclockers have been clamoring for this kind of monster board for years, and ASUS listened. With Rampage III Extreme (R3E) the company puts forth a record-setting piece of hardware replete with highlights that meet the needs of dye in the wool tuners
Devolo dLAN 200 AVeasy powerline adapter review
Devolo dLAN 200 AVeasy powerline kit tested
In this article I wanted to take a look at Ethernet over your power line. This technology has been here for years and is as simple as it can be, you utilize the power sockets in your house to transport a data signal carrying a network signal. All you need are two or more homeplug adapters, also known as Powerline Ethernet adapters. Devolo is the one company that caught my attention. They offer 200 Mbit/sec adapters.
You plug them in, connect one to your PC and another one to say your internet router and you are good to go.
You can check out the review right here.
Scythe Yasya CPU Cooler
Scythe launched its new high-end CPU cooler, named
Intel 3.6GHz Dual-Core Core i5 CPU on the way ?
Chipzilla Intel is still working another Core i5 dual-core processor. The new model tagged as the Core i5-680 will have a core speed of 3.6GHz.
Despite the higher clocks the TDP will remain at 73W. Being a Clarkdale processor the processor will come with an IGP (integrated graphics core) at a frequency of 733MHz. The CPU will support dual channel DDR3 1333. Pricing wise it is going to be expensive though. Reports claim a 240 Euro price tag (nearly 300 USD). Personally I'd rather purchase a quad-core Core i7 930 or Core i5 750 for that money, but that's just silly old me of course.
AMD Six-Core 1090T BE gets a price tag
AMD's most high-end (and upcoming) six-core thuban based processor will sell for only 300 USD. AMD will launch an entire family of chips, including a pair of lower-clock versions, as well as a high-end model with frequencies to match the Gulftown. More recent rumors suggest that AMD's high-end offer, which will also have a great overclocking potential, will be the Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition.
Keyboard bacteria can identify you
Forensic researchers discovered that computer users' hands leave a distinct bacterial print on keyboards and mice, and that it is possible to identify a piece of hardware's primary user simply by swabbing the peripheral for bacteria. The technique isn't as accurate as fingerprints, but it may someday prove useful for fighting crime.
Our skin houses large bacterial ecosystems and, even after washing your hands, the bacterial community is restored within a matter of hours. Scientists have suspected for some time that we might leave "trails" of this skin bacteria on things we touch during the course of a day, and more importantly, that the bacteria might be traceable to individuals. It's not that each person has a unique bacterial species, but that their ecosystems contain different mixes of species, each present at different frequencies.
It wasn't obvious this would work, though. Scientists weren't sure if the range of bacteria we leave on surfaces would be complete enough representation of what's on the skin to narrow its source down to single individual. The bacteria might also change too much during the time they spend on the surface, obscuring their origins.
New PSU's in the Cougar line
A new PSU brand awakens. You'll be hearing more and more from them as their products now slowly are spreading and getting reach into Europe. Cougar is a new retail brand for Power Supplies originating from HEC/Compucase. Started in 1979 HEC/Compucase is one of the few real manufacturers and developer of power supplies.
Their latest PSUs are now available in the Benelux as well. Cougars power supplies are known for the high-quality inside but also for their unique design