Metro 2033 ships
A game that I have been looking forward to very much is Metro. The guys behind it are programmers from the STALKER team, who left the software house and started this new project all by themselves. And the end result at least graphics wise is really good. THQ sent out a press release announcing the North American release of Metro 2033, the post-apocalyptic shooter developed by 4A
Based on a novel by the Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky, Metro 2033 combines classic first-person-shooter action with elements of survival horror and intelligent plot and character development not seen before in gaming, to create a true genre original. Metro 2033 is now available to purchase at retail stores around the world for both the Xbox 360
Intel launches six-core Xeon 5600
Intel has formally launched their six-core workstation and server processors. The Xeon 5600 has been made on the same 32 nanometer process as the Core i7-980X and give more performance without consuming more power as a result. Performance gains range from 10 percent in single tasks that don't use the extra two cores to as much as 60 percent for heavily threaded apps, but even the flagship, 3.33GHz X5680 consumes the same 130W as its predecessor.
The X5680 and other 32nm Xeons launched today are considered more secure and support both hardware AES encryption as well as Trusted Execution to prevent rogue code or privacy breaches without draining away performance. Like most other 32nm chips, they support Turbo Boost to overclock to as much as 3.6GHz (again on the X5680) and Hyperthreading that lets a single six-core chip behave like a 12-core part under optimized conditions.
Apart from the 3.33GHz model, lower-clocked 2.66GHz, 2.8GHz and 2.93GHz chips also carry six cores and consume a lower-still 95W of power. A low-voltage 2.26GHz six-core Xeon uses just 60W of energy, while quad-core chips have been given a wide spread and range from 1.86GHz at 40W to 3.46GHz at 130W.
Systems based on the new Xeons should be available within the next 45 days, with availability depending on the computer builder; Dell, HP and others have been named. Although the initial lineup is primarily tailored to servers, Intel has confirmed that workstation versions should be available soon, including a Xeon 3600 series that tops out at the same 3.33GHz, six cores and 130W whose limitation to single-processor systems will keep its price down to $999 in bulk.
For a review on the six-core Core i7 980X click here.
nVIDIA PhysX System Software 9.10.0222
- Includes the latest PhysX runtime builds to support all released PhysX content Metro and others.
- New runtimes for the PhysX SDK 2.8.3.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series, 100-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory and 32 CUDA cores. Note: Some applications may have higher minimum requirements.
- Experience GPU PhysX acceleration in many games and demos, some of which are highlighted in PowerPack downloads here.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on GeForce via CUDA 2.0 for SDK versions 2.7.3, 2.7.2, 2.7.5, 2.8.0, 2.8.1 and 2.8.3 (requires graphics driver v177.81 or later).
- Supports control of your GPU PhysX configuration from the NVIDIA display driver control panel. (requires graphics driver v180.00 or later).
GeForce 200-series, 100-series, 9-series, and 8-series GPUs (with minimum of 32 cores and a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory)
AGEIA PhysX Processors (All).
NVIDIA 3DTV Play - 3D Games on 3D TVs
3D is up and coming, something ignited last year and the industry is excited. A lot of movies are being shot in 3D and and of course games as well.
NVIDIA is now expanding its portfolio with a software solution, dubbed NVIDIA 3DTV Play, that will allow GeForce-powered PCs to connect to 3D TVs, enabling big screen 3D gaming.
By help of software over HDMI or DVI connectors you can output to bigger 3D TVs. The software has full support for HDMI 1.4-compatible 3D TVs and can playback 3D in 1,080p24, 720p60 and 720p50 formats. The content thus rendered can be enjoyed through use of both active-stutter and passive polarized glasses. This means all games that are converted in 3D, though use of NVIDIA 3D Vision, can become even more immersive when played on screens of larger form factors.
NVIDIA 3DTV Play can also play Full HD 3D content, handle streaming 3D movies and display 3D photographs. The software will be available later this spring, at a MSRP of $39.99 or for free for NVIDIA 3D Vision customers. The company has also teamed up with Panasonic on its coast-to-coast 2010 "Panasonic Touch the Future Tour," where customers can have a go at playing 3D games on the recently launched Panasonic VIERA Full HD 3D TVs.
Nvidia Fermi GTX480 Die Shots A3 Stepping
Intel X25-V 40GB SSD debuts at $125
Competition for OCS latest Onyx SSD. If you want an affordable SSD just for primary and fast OS reasons, this might be something for you. Intel announced the X25-V Value SATA SSD with a capacity of 40GB, this new entry-level disk will retail for around $125. Admitedly, the write performance does dissapoint though.
- Sustained Sequential Read: up to 170 MB/s
- Sustained Sequential Write: up to 35 MB/s
The Intel X25-V features 40GB of 34nm NAND flash memory. This non-volatile memory retains data, even when the power is turned off, and is used in applications such as smartphones, personal music players, memory cards or SSDs for fast and reliable storage of data. SSD benefits over a traditional HDD include higher performance, battery saving and ruggedness. "Adding the Intel X25-V to our existing family of high-performance SSDs gives our resellers a full range of high-performing, quality SSDs for notebook upgrades, dual-drive desktop set ups or embedded applications," said Pete Hazen, director of marketing for the Intel NAND Solutions Group. "SSD adoption continues to be one of the more exciting trends in personal computing, and this entry-level product enables users to enjoy the productivity and performance benefits of Intel SSDs at a new price point."
The 40GB Intel X25-V complements Intel's higher performance Intel
Kingston 2400MHz HyperX DDR3 is Intel certified
Kingston reportedly developed a new Intel-certified dual-channel DDR3 memory kit. The KHX2400C9D3T1K2/4GX runs at a blazing 2400MHz at 9-11-9-27-2 timings at 1.65V, this is an announcement only as the memory will be available in Q2 2010.
The 2400MHz kit runs at 9-11-9-27-2 timings at 1.65 volts and was developed for enthusiasts, gamers, and benchmarkers looking to scale new memory heights. As with all Kingston memory, the 2400MHz kit was created with the highest design-engineering principles and subjected to OEM-quality production and testing standards to gain Intel XMP certification. The memory was tested to great success on several P55-based systems including the GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P motherboard. The 2400MHz kits will be available in Q2. Kingston HyperX memory is backed by a lifetime warranty and free 24/7 technical support.
Motherboard components shortage
First-tier motherboard makers Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology, Micro-Star International (MSI) and Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) are all aggressively placing orders to avoid the shortages causing any impact on their motherboard shipments.
Currently, motherboard MLCCs are mainly supplied by Walsin Technology Corporation (WTC) and Yageo, while solid capacitors are supplied by Sanyo Electric and Chemi-con. LAN connectors are supplied by Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), the sources noted.
Since the labor shortages are expected to improve significantly after April, while the motherboard market will have entered the slow season by then, the tight supply of components should improve, the sources noted. However, component makers are concerned that their performance will be affected in the second quarter as the first-tier motherboard makers may stop orders suddenly to prevent inventory buildups.
Dell releases very energy friendly 24" monitor
This monitor definitely is impressive. The Dell G2410H 24"W 1920x1080 Monitor comes with WLED and ensures 60% less typical average power consumption than that of comparable Dell widescreen monitors. That means this screen is using less than 20W.
- Ambient Light Sensor adjusts brightness to help minimize power use, and increase user comfort.
- Dynamic Dimming is designed to automatically decrease brightness when an image contains a high proportion of bright areas.
- 3 Energy Modes for a perfect blend of energy efficiency, display brightness and viewing comfort.
- PowerNap can dim the monitor to minimum brightness level, or put it into Sleep mode, depending on user preference.
- All of the above features can be turned on or off through the available Dell Client ManagerTM .
- Less than 0.15W standby power when in sleep mode.
It's green all the way as:
- External chassis uses more than 25% post-consumer recycled materials
- Arsenic-free glass and mercury-free LED backlight
- No expanded polystyrene foam in packaging, instead utilizing highly recyclable corrugated cardboard
The screen has a 16:9 ratio and full HD 1920x1080 resolution, DVI-D Digital connector and Up to 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. So yeah this might be the most green screen i've ever seen. Available for 339 USD on the Dell website.
NVIDIA Nforce 15.53 WHQL for Windows 7 released
Windows 7 64-bit Driver Versions:
- Ethernet Driver (v73.20) WHQL
- Network Management Tools (v73.16)
- SATAIDE Driver (v220.127.116.11) WHQL
- SATARAID Driver (v18.104.22.168) WHQL
- RAIDTOOL Application (v22.214.171.124)
- SMBUS Driver (v4.74) WHQL
- SMU Driver (v1.71) WHQL
- Installer (v7.57)
nForce 7 series:
790i SLI, 790i Ultra SLI, 780i SLI
nForce 6 series:
680i SLI, 680i LT SLI, 680a SLI
nForce 5 series:
550, 570 Ultra AMD, 590 SLI AMD, 570 SLI AMD
Realtek HD Audio 2.44 Driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista 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 R2.44
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
Black Prophecy BETA sign up
Gamigo, the developer of Black Prophecy, one of the most beauifully rendered Space Games I ever saw, is opening up it's BETA participation. You can sign in and Test-Play the Game for Free and help them improve it.
"Black Prophecy is the first Sci-Fi Space MMOG that dares the step towards action-oriented gameplay from a third-person and first person perspective. Register for the upcoming Closed Beta and be one of the few that get a first glimpse of Black Prophecy and help us improve the game's quality."
Go to Black Prophecy and sign up, just taking a look at the pictures you will know how good this game can be.
Deus Ex 3 GDC2010 Trailer
GDC was THE place to go if you're ever interested in Gaming matters and this year a very OLD game (by my standards) is going to get it's third part, Deus Ex, that's right, that innovative game, combining different styles into one unique is back.
Deus Ex 3 is comming, to XBOX360, PC and PS3, the team behind it is Square Enix at the hand of EIDOS Montreal, this third part is called "Human Revolution", the Trailer does not show actual in-game footage but, for a fan of the series, this should be more than enough for the time being.
Eye-Fi Pro X2 is finally shipping
Canon DSLRs hacked to use Nintendo DS as control
A group of photographers at HDRLabs have created their own. Called the Open Camera Controller (OCC), it's based on an older Nintendo DS portable gaming console that controls the functions of Canon DSLR cameras, as well as Olympus and Sigma shooters. Along with some coding and a new hardware interface, the HDRLabs staffe claim they can make the connected DSLRs do things their manufacturers never intended.
This includes the ability to capture timelapse shots with a built-in alarm and triggering the shutter by clapping your hands instead of pressing the button.
The HDRLabs team came up with the idea after having to shoot HDR images for film production using Canon cameras. Canon only allowed them to a three-shot method for bracketing shots, when the users preferred to have as many as 11 stops to bracket their metered exposure.
While HDRLabs does not sell the OCC, it does provide comprehensive instructions on how other people can build their own. HDRLabs does offer five open-source apps to download for free once users have the interface created and ready to go. This includes the aforementioned Sound Trigger, Bracket, Intervalometer for timelapse as well as Astro Script for creating advanced shooting programs for astral photography and eManuals for quick referencing in the field.
The OCC was tested with the Canon 30D, 40D, 50D, 5D and 5D Mark II, with Sigma DSLRs, the Casio EX-FX1, and the Olympus E-P1 also working, albeit with some issues and limitations.
Medal of Honor Trailer
MSI R5870 Lightning review
MSI R5870 Lightning test
We test the MSI R5870 Lightning. The MSI R5870 Lightning is from ground up a custom board design. I mean literally; the only thing original on that graphics card is the GPU from ATI and even on the GPU MSI tries to tweak a little. Custom PCB, specific component usage, a bucket load of VRM phases (15 phases) and Twin Frozr II cooler. This Mc Daddy of graphics cards should be ready for some good overclocks. What will also be of interest are V-Check points that allow you to check GPU and memory voltage, and a series of twelve LEDs on the rear of the card showing active vGPU power phases.
Read the full Guru3D review right here.
Brink Cinematic Video
Bethesda released a new Brink trailer for your weekend video fun. The game is scheduled for a PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 release this fall. Brink is the new, futuristic first-person shooter from Quake Wars studio Splash Damage, which has gone to great lengths to inject some personality into this sometimes-predictable genre.