Star Wars: Force Unleashed II Preview
The next Star Wars Force Unleashed game is in development and Gamespot made an interesting preview of it. Our hero gains some personality issues and a dual lightsaber for free, would this time LucasArts learn the lesson and make the PC version as well?. Only time will tell.
Gigabyte KM7600 keyboard mouse review
Gigabyte KM7600 keyboard mouse review
Meet the KM7600, 2.4GHz Wireless Deluxe Combo with Keyboard and mouse. A combo that Logitech can learn a thing or two about especially when it comes to pricing. The keyboard has many hot keys for access to multimedia and Internet browsing controls, comes in an ergonomic industrial design. Users can control individual working station easier and faster with powerful multimedia designed keyboard and DPI adjustable mouse.
Keeping it all connected is a 2.4GHz Wireless Nano Receiver, with Nano referring to small we assume. The KM7600 supports 10-meter transmission with using life time up to four months.
Check out the review right here.
Scythe Kama Bay AMP 2000 PC Audio Amplifier
Japanese cooling specialist Scythe extends its audio accessory portfolio by a brand-new Class D amplifier. New Kama Bay AMP 2000 is equipped with new features and functions which are fitted into a compact chassis to allow it to be mounted into a 5.25" bay inside a PC.
Thanks to the classy design, new Kama Bay AMP 2000 can be used individually and fits perfectly into almost every environment. Users have the choice of either silver or black version as a color. In order to allow high connectivity, Kama Bay AMP 2000 is equipped with 3 RCA inputs on the rear side as well as one 3.5 mm Stereo Jack input and one USB connector in the front. Therefore, it is possible to use mp3 player, computer, game consoles as well as audio and video equipment as the input source. USB connector located in the front gives the possibility to charge mp3 players. Knobs in the front allow switching among the 4 sources as well as individual adjustment of bass and treble separately. Overall design is completed by the two analog meters which are illuminated in blue backlight [via TPU].
Albatron launches GTX 470
Albatron finally launched a press-release announcing their GeForce GTX 470.
Albatron, Taipei 2010/05/23
Puget Systems stuffs Echo III SFF PC into Lian Li chassis
Puget Systems makes several small form factor computers that are in the Echo series including the Echo I, II and the new Echo III. The Echo III is packed inside a small Lian Li PC-Q08 black aluminum chassis and has Intel Core i5 and i7 options.
It?fs great to see a small computer get powerful CPU options. The mainboard inside the machine is a Zotac H55ITX-A-E unit with a mini-ITX form factor and the Intel H55 chipset. The board has a single PCI-E x16 slot and supports up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM.
The overall dimensions of the computer are 13.1?? x 11?? x 16??. WiFi is optional on the machine and it features HDMI out, ten USB 2.0 ports, optical audio out, and a single RJ45 port. The base Echo III system starts at right under $1500 with a Core i5 2.66GHz quad core CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a GeForce 250 video card and 500GB HDD.
EVGA GTX 470 SuperClocked+
EVGA has already started selling the water-cooled versions of the 470, as well as a similarly clothed GTX 480. There is also a 'normal' GTX 470 SC. The SC+ now seeks to address the needs of those who want higher clocks and less degrees, but don't want water inside their systems.
As such, EVGA left most of the reference cooling mechanism intact, but added a backplate and a high-flow bracket, with more openings than the ones NVIDIA provided. All in all, this design pushes heat seven degrees lower than the SC version, even in spite of the fact that the GPU and memory run at the same frequencies (higher than NVIDIA's original settings).
The GTX 470 SuperClocked+ has 448 CUDA cores, a 320-bit memory interface, 1280MB of GDDR5 VRAM and can communicate with video output devices by means of the dual-DVI and HDMI outputs. As for speeds, the graphics processing unit is set at 625MHz (instead of the stock 607MHz), whereas the VRAM operates at 3402MHz (3348MHz in stock).
The card should demand the same $379.99 as the SC device.
AMD to embed USB 3.0 in its chipsets
Good news from AMDs side, the company has decided to promote the new standard by installing the Renesas/NEC
MSI shows off external graphics card @ Computex
I'm not at all sure if there's market for this, but MSI will show off its Graphics Upgrade Solution at Computex, it's an external graphics card that connects to your laptop via an ExpressCard device. The Game Upgrade Solution will be sold in a bundle with the Radeon HD 5670 for between $169 - $229, but you'll also be able to buy the Game Upgrade Solution on its own for just $99 - $109.
You won't be able to use a faster card though, you're not only limited by the ExpressCard interface but also by the power adapter which delivers a max of 84W. Future versions will use a USB 3.0 interface, but given all the limitations I think this will remain a pretty small niche market. All data being pumped through an ExpressCard slot that has the equivalent to PCI-Express 2.0 1x bandwidth, arguably anything faster would be entirely wasted anyway. This ExpressCard interface was always the limitation on previous incarnations of the external graphics concept, and MSI claims to have worked to make the most of what bandwidth there is. For starters, it uses a thicker, shielded copper cable and with the "improved" associated electronics inside it means that the connection can use "over 70 per cent" of the theoretical bandwidth, unlike ~50 per cent or less from other ExpressCard devices. Future generations will use a simpler USB 3 interface, MSI claims.
Australian Customs search laptops and phones for porn
It seems that the Australian government has reached a new depth in terms of privacy. There is so much going on in that country that is just weird, take for example the internet filter they shoved through every Australian's throat. The latest topic of a heated debate is that Australian Customs officials have been granted the right to search incoming travellers' cell phones, laptops, thumb drives and other electronic devices for pornography.
A new question has appeared on the country's Incoming Passenger Cards asking if travelers are carrying any pornography. And a senior customs official, Richard Janeczko, has been quoted as saying that materials 'stored on electronic media devices such as laptops, thumb drives and iPhones' are on their target list.
"If you and your partner have filmed or photographed yourselves making love in an exotic destination or even taking a bath, you will have to answer 'Yes' to the question or you will be breaking the law," warns president Fiona Patten.
eVGA Precision v1.9.4 released
This program allows you to fine tune your GeForce graphics card for the maximum performance possible, with Core/Shader/Memory clock tuning, real time monitoring support including in-game, Logitech Keyboard LCD Display support, and compatibility with almost all EVGA (and other) graphics cards.
This program allows you to fine tune your EVGA graphics card for the maximum performance possible, with Core/Shader/Memory clock tuning, real time monitoring support including in-game, Logitech Keyboard LCD Display support, and compatibility with almost all EVGA graphics cards.
- Independent or Synchronous control for fan and clock settings in a multi-GPU system
- Allows up to 10 profiles, and ability to assign hotkeys to these profiles to allow in-game
- Ability to view temperatures in the system tray
- Core/Shader Clock Link/Unlink capability
- Fan Speed manual or auto adjustment
- Real-Time on-screen display support for ingame temp, framerate, and clock monitoring
- Logitech Keyboard LCD Display support
- In-app temp/clockspeed monitoring of GPU's
- Information button shows device, driver, memory size, BIOS Revision and SLI mode
- Ability to choose different skins, and make your own!
- Now you can save screenshots from your favorite games!
GPU-Z 0.4.3 released
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
New in 0.4.3
- Added full voltage controller monitoring for GeForce GTX 480
- Added real-time clock monitoring for GF100
- Added detection for vendor GALAXY
- Complete revamp of voltage controller architecture. Adds voltage monitoring for many ATI & NVIDIA cards and generic monitoring method for NVIDIA cards via driver.
- Added support for >4 GB memory on NVIDIA
- Fixed memory clock reading on some HD 5670 cards
- Fixed thermal sensor count on some ATI Evergreen models
- Fixed incorrect default clock reading on some ATI Evergreen models
- Added detection for NVIDIA GTX 465, GT 320M GT 335M, ION variant, GT 340, Tesla C2050, Tesla M2050, GTX 285M, GT 325M, Quadro FX 880M, Quadro FX 1800M
- Added detection for ATI HD 5570, Mobility 4550, Mobility 5870, HD 4250, HD 4290, FirePro V7750
- Added detection for Intel GMA 3150
- Added fix for ADT7473 coldbug (GTX 480) via commandline parameter /fixcoldbug
- Added OCP adjustment for CHL8266 (GTX 480). Use it via command line parameter /chl8266ocp without parameter to query, with numeric value seperated by space to set. This is a permanent change that will not be reverted by powering down the system.
- Added languages Hungarian and Spanish
- Updated languages French, Italian, Russian
Gigabyte GO OC 2010
Gigabyte announced today the start of qualification for GO OC 2010. Overclockers have the chance to send their results till 10th of June 2010. The benchmarks have to run on a GIGABYTE motherboard with Intel
Zotac GeForce GTX 480 review
Zotac GeForce GTX 480 tested
The release of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 series graphics cards certainly has not been a rather smooth one. Though the performance and features are there two things backfired at NVIDIA, heat and noise levels.
Today we start off with Zotac, a company that has been quite active in the USA, EU and recently in Australia as well. We start off the review with the standard skinny on technology, we'll get you up-to-date on all the reference and official specifications and features of the new cards.
Read the full review right here.
Inno3D i-ChiLL Black Series GTX 470
Inno3D is excited to launch the i-ChiLL GeForce GTX 470 Black Series equipped with liquid cooling technology. The "full cover" water-block cools the GPU, Voltage Regulators, I/O chip, memory modules, and other critical components allowing for longer care-free gaming knowing your GPU is well looked after. This is definitely the ultimate cooling solution for enthusiast gamers.
In the i-ChiLL Black Series system, the water block first takes up the heat and passes it to the water flowing into it. Through the hose system, the water carries the heat to the radiator. Once it arrives in the radiator, the water passes the heat to the air via the ribs. The thinner the ribs and the larger the radiator's surface is as a result, the more powerful the cooling system. The "cooled" water flows from the outlet side of the radiator back into the CPU water block. The air flow within the water block is also important in ensuring adequate cooling. That is because the more thermal discharge the water can absorb from the surrounding material in the block, the better the cooling performance.
Corsair 60GB, 120GB and 240GB Force SSDs
Corsair presents three new Force series solid state disks, with a capacity of 60GB, 120GB and 240GB. These disks promise read speeds of up to 285MB/s, write speeds of up to 275MB/s and random 4K write performance of up to 15,000 IOPS (for the F60 and F120).
3DMark 11 details leaked
I already knew for a fact that some ODMs will show 3DMark 11 over at Computex to demo good stuff. TPU found some more info as well that leaked thourgh Plaza.fl:
Futuremark is readying the next generation of its popular 3D graphics benchmark, the 3DMark. The new version will be called 3DMark 11 (probably named after the year 2011 or DirectX 11), and will strive to be every present-generation GPU's worst nightmare (stress test). With NVIDIA's entry into the DirectX 11 generation of graphics following ATI making the new GPUs "current", 3DMark 11 will focus on the GPUs' DirectX 11 capabilities, probably exploiting new texturing and hardware tessellation features.
The benchmark will be able to push present and future GPUs to their maximum capabilities. At least one of its game tests have been known to be called "Undersea Submarine". There is no mention of NVIDIA PhysX, so it's safe to assume that the benchmark will use industry standard features which are available to all DirectX 11 generation GPUs. However, similar to a marketing deal with Sapphire for 3DMark Vantage (where a certain game test showed a futuristic vehicle with Sapphire logo on it), this version will market MSI. What's more, it will be bundled with MSI graphics cards when the software releases.
Futuremark's new 3Dmark will be released some time in Q3, 2010.
ASUS ROG Xpander enables 4-way SLI on Rampage III Extreme
If you read our quad-SLI adventure you'd have noticed we ran into a massive curiousity about the fact that Quad SLI was not supported on this board. ASUS is realing a bit of a weird -- well let me call this 'patch' in the form of the ASUS ROG Xpander. The daughter board enables 4-way SLI on Rampage III Extreme and hole shitzu man ... that looks like ... WELL you fill in the blanks.
ASUS seriously take this suggestion, next time do it right the first time. Anyway, here's the skinn as provided byt the colleagues of Nordic Hardware:
ASUS ROG Xpander is simply a PCI-Express daughter card for the ASUS Rampage III Extreme. The circuit board comes with four PCI Express x16 slots and two Nvidia NF200 PCI-Express bridges. These circuits take the 32 available PCIe 2.0 lanes of the Intel X58 chipset and expand them to 64 lanes, divided across the four PCI Express x16 slots on the daughter board. In the end this enables you to connect four graphics cards with maximal PCIe x16 bandwidth.
ASUS ROG Xpander only has one real use, to enable 4-way SLI on ASUS Rampage III Extreme. Quad-SLI with dual GTX 295 or the coming NVIDIA D12U-15 works without ROG Expander. They already have an integrated NF200 chip (also known as BR04).
The reason ASUS has designed a separate daughter board for Rampage III Extreme is that Nvidia demands that motherboards supporting 4-way SLI has to use two NF200 bridge chips, and an official 4-way license key. According to our sources this adds about $100 to an already expensive motherboard.
With Nvidia's flagship GeForce GTX 480 we have seen the ways of 4-way SLI and how it can break records like no other in the right hands. This is the reason ASUS developed ROG Xpander. The number of consumers that are interested in 4-way SLI isn't big enough to justify the added cost, but the extreme users should not have turn any other way but just upgrade to get 4-way SLI support with their ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard.
Have a look at the photo's (click thumbnbails) and watch the judge for yourself:
Judging from the information we have the reason for Rampage III Extreme not getting 4-way SLI from the start wasn't just the cost. The two bridge chips does enable higher bandwidth, but also higher latencies that most non-4-way SLI systems would be crippled by. Second generation PCIe x8 offers enough bandwidth to keep most users happy.
One of few Intel X58 motherboards that support 4-way SLI from factory is Gigabyte GA-X58-UD9 and if you compare the price with ASUS Rampage III Extreme you see the extra costs we're talking about. Gigabyte's motherboard is listed for $700 at Newegg.com, while Rampage III Extreme is listed at $380.
At the same time the Nvidia NF200 bridge chips adds 12W power consumption, each, which is actually more than some low-end graphics cards consume. On a positive note, no power will be taken from the motherboard, but all power comes through three 4-pins molex power connectors and one 6-pin PCIe connector.
Even if ASUS didn't see the point of supporting 4-way SLI from factory with Rampage III Extreme it is aware of the customers that do want 4-way SLI, and that is why ROG Xpander is expected to appear in stores in the near future.
Considering just the chips and license cost near $100 it won't be cheap, but if you can afford four GeForce GTX 480 graphics cards it's a minor problem. Courtesy to Nordic Hardware.