NVIDIA on Kepler V-Sync Stuttering Issue
Users of NVIDIA GeForce Kepler-based graphics cards have been reporting intermittent stuttering in games, with v-sync enabled. Technically, the problem seems to be a driver issue that results in visual tearing and image stuttering on some hardware configurations.
Here's NVIDIA on it with a small statement:
We have received reports of an intermittent v-sync stuttering issue from some of our customers. We
Mad Scientist Creates Real Life Tesla Gun (video)
Inspired by the Tesla Gun in The Five Fists of Science graphic novel, this real life Tesla gun is a handheld spark gap Tesla coil powered by a drill battery. It's about the size of a small rifle and it is able to send out those crazy Tesla sparks at anything within about two feet of its business end. Naturally, it gets pretty hot and heavy pretty quickly, so all the components had to be up for the job.
There is definitely some MacGyver-ing going on with the 18V drill battery, plus the ferrite core of a flyback transformer that came by way of an old television set. The primary coil is made fom high voltage wire and high-density polyethylene insulation, while the secondary coil is made from 2.5-inch ABS pipe wrapped in 20-gauge enameled wire. You get the aluminum toroid out the business end.
Incoming trailer for Dishonored
Medal of Honor Warfighter World TV Premiere
Nvidia GeForce 302.59 Beta Driver Download
These are Beta drivers that are to be released. Unfortunately there is no description or changelog available as of yet. These drivers have been spotted at NVIDIAs developper website.
The driverset supports pretty much all modern GeForce graphics based graphics cards. So it is very unlikely that you'll need a modded .infWe have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
MSI Radeon HD 7870 TwinFrozr III OC review
MSI releases their Radeon HD 7870 TwinFrozer III OC series, a factory overclocked (50 MHz higher at 1050 MHz) Radeon HD 7870 solution with room for even higher tweaks. As its name implies the graphics card utilizes MSI
HP Compaq LA2405x LED-backlit Monitor
The HP Compaq LA2405x is a standard 24-inch LED-backlit monitor that features a 1,920 x 1,200 pixels resolution, a 1,000:1 typical contrast ratio, a 300cd/m2 brightness and a 5ms response time. The LED display provides several connectivity options such as VGA, DVI-D and DisplayPort. The HP Compaq LA2405x is currently available for $269 each.
Pioneer SE-MJ751 Fully-Enclosed Bass Head Headphones
The Pioneer SE-MJ751 fully-enclosed
Intel DZ77RE-75K with ThunderBolt Pictured
The DZ77RE-75K is near identical to the DZ77GA-70K, although we spotted at least one change beyond the Thunderbolt port. On top of that, it's also quite an expensive motherboard, more so than MSI's Z77A-GD80 as vrzone reports:
So the major difference between the DZ77RE-75K and it's more affordable sibling, the DZ77GA-70K is the inclusion of a mini DisplayPort connector which is also the standard interface for Thunderbolt and of course the Cactus Ridge Thunderbolt chip. Sadly Intel cheaped out on it first Thunderbolt motherboard and used the DSL3310
LaCie 2big NAS does 100MB/s
LaCie debuts the 2big NAS with 100MB/s:
Today LaCie announced a new 2-bay network-attached storage solution (NAS) that delivers the ideal combination of speed and security for small businesses
Grim Dawn - Pre-Alpha Soldier [Melee] Gameplay
Blizzard Apologizes for Diablo III Issues
Blizzard has issued an apology to the Diablo III community for the game's launch issues:
We'd like to extend a very sincere thank you to everyone who joined the global Diablo III launch celebrations this week, as well as to everyone who was ready to jump into Sanctuary the moment the game went live.
To that end, we'd also like to say that we've been humbled by your enthusiasm -- and we sincerely regret that your crusade to bring down the Lord of Terror was thwarted not by mobs of demons, but by mortal infrastructure. As many of you are aware, technical issues occurring within hours after the game's launch led to players experiencing error messages and difficulty logging in. These issues cropped up again last night for the Americas and Europe servers. Despite very aggressive projections, our preparations for the launch of the game did not go far enough.
We've been monitoring the game 24/7 and have applied several optimizations to help our systems better weather the global rush. As of late last night, specifically 11:50 PM PDT on May 15, all systems have been online and running relatively smoothly. We're continuing to monitor performance globally and will be taking further measures as needed to ensure a positive experience for everyone. This includes some maintenance to implement additional improvements for each region.
In order to make sure everything is continuing to run as it should, we've decided to move out our target launch for the real-money auction house beyond our original estimated date of May 22. We'll post further updates on that in the near future.
Aside from the tremendous number of players simultaneously logging in to the game, one of the launch-day service issues was linked to the achievement system. Some players began to notice early on that achievements were either not being earned properly, or not being saved between multiple logins. We're investigating this issue and will provide a specific update as soon as possible.
We greatly appreciate everyone's support, and we want to sincerely apologize for the difficulties many of you encountered on day one. Please visit the Battle.net Support site or Support forums for the latest service-related updates or for help in troubleshooting any technical issues you may be having downloading, installing, or while playing the game.
Thank you again for your patience while we reinforce the gates of Sanctuary and further strengthen it for your onslaught.
EVGA recalls a GeForce GTX 670 SC batch
EVGA is pulling back some GTX 670 products. Here is exactly what EVGA had to say:
EVGA has isolated this problem to an early batch of GTX 670 Superclock cards (P/N: 02G-P3-2672-KR) that were not properly screened during QA/QC procedure. We have already been working with our partners to retest this particular batch. In the meantime, our R&D has also done numerous tests, burn in and component quality verification to confirm that the EVGA GTX 670 Superclock is a well designed product.
If any of your users are experiencing issues with their EVGA GTX 670 Superclock boards, please ask them to email Jacob Freeman, and he will assist in getting them setup with an RMA cross shipment along with EVGA upgrading them to the GTX 670 FTW version (P/N: 02G-P3-2685-KR) for the inconvenience of this.
"EVGA has not recalled its 670 product line," as Joe Darwin with EVGA put it, but EVGA has identified some bad product in the field which it is bringing back in from etailers. EVGA was not forthcoming with what exactly "this problem" with its products is or how it is identified
Focal Spirit One Over-ear Headphones
If you are searching for a new high-quality over-ear headphones, then check out the Focal Spirit One. Designed to be used on-the-go, these headphones feature a pair of 40mm drivers with a passive sound isolation, an adjustable headband and a detachable cable.
There is also an in-line three-button remote and microphone, which is compatible with iOS devices. The Focal Spirit One over-ear headphones are priced at $279. Each purchase comes equipped with an airline adapter, a soft travel bag, a jack adapter cord and a hard storage case.
ASUS SBW-06C2X-U 3D Blu-ray Writer
ASUS has proudly introduced the new ASUS SBW-06C2X-U 3D Blu-ray writer. The Blu-ray burner supports BDXL, 6x Blu-ray writes, Blu-ray 3D playback, 5.1 channel Dolby EX, DTS-HD and 2D-to-3D conversions.
It has the ability to upscale a DVD quality video to a 1080p HD video. This 3D Blu-ray Writer is also compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems. Unfortunately, there is no info on pricing or availability so far.
ADATA DDR3-2133X 8 GB and 16 GB Dual Channel Kits to XPG Xtreme
ADATA Technology Co., Ltd announced a boost to its XPG Xtreme Series DDR3 lineup with the DDR3-2133X 8 GB and 16 GB dual channel kits. This new entry to XPG Xtreme Series satisfies enthusiasts' increasingly stringent demands for high capacity and performance DRAM modules.
The new ADATA XPG Xtreme Series DDR3-2133X runs at 2133 MHz and an operating voltage of 1.65V with latency settings of 10-11-11-30, allowing for predicted bandwidth up to 34.1 GB per second.
Each XPG memory chip is selected through a strict filtering process and complete with high performance 8-layer PCB (Printed Circuit Board). The chips are in direct contact with the heat spreaders for efficient heat dissipation and prolonged lifespan. The XPG Xtreme Series DDR3-2133X also supports the Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profiles) version 1.3, providing easy configuration for power users, and is compatible with the Intel P67 / X79 / Z68 / Z75 / Z77 platforms.
The new XPG Xtreme Series DDR3-2133X dual memory kits are already available in the USA and Canada.
- Runs at 2133 MHz
- Operates at 1.65V
- Predicted bandwidth up to 34.1 GB per second
- Supports Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profiles) version 1.3
- Two models: 8 GB and 4 GB
- Available in the USA and Canada NOW
- 8 GB dual (4 GBx2) = $89.99
- 16 GB dual (8 GBx2) = $189.99
RunCore InVincible SSD with Physical Self-Destruction
RunCore, leading supplier of high-performance solid-state drives, announces the global launch of its InVincible Solid State Disc drive. This SATA SSD solution provides for highest data security through a special button device that allows for total physical destruction with a single click.
The RunCore InVincible SSDs allow you to protect sensitive data from third party access in two ways with a single click. One method is the intelligent elimination of all your data through overwriting the entire disk with meaningless code. This overwrite-deletion method ensures that there is no way to potentially recover previous data stored to the device, effectively setting you SSD back to factory default.
A less subtle method is the physical destruction of your SSD by applying an over-current to the NAND flash memory and thereby physically destroying these. The RunCore InVincible product series is catering to embedded computer systems requiring high-speed serial switched fabric interconnects for rugged design implementation and more flexible power ranges. Delivering optimized storage options particularly in mission-critical fields such aerospace, military and general industrial applications.
With these devices your private data protection is entering an entirely new stage of security. This is especially important in an ever more mobile environment were sensitive data and information are frequently being carried along, making it a potential risk to being used by unauthorized 3rd parties. With the RunCore InVincible you now have a highly advanced data protection solution for most demanding professional usage which is also suited for the private sector where data security is becoming an ever more important concern.