AMD Catalyst receives Windows 8 certification
AMD announced its Catalyst driver is now Windows 8 certified, you can read all the details over here.
Today, we are proud to announce that AMD has received Windows Hardware Certification (WHC) for an AMD Catalyst
Android ICS 4.0 installbase still very small
Android 4.0 hasn\'t captured a lot of marketshare since it was launched six months ago reports neowin. Just 7.1 percent of all Android devices run the latest versions of the platform, while roughly 70 percent of Android smartphones and tablets still run Android 2.3.x. :
According to information on the Android Developers page, Android 4.0 is installed in just 7.1 percent of all Android devices that have the Google Play download store installed. That compares to a whopping 70 percent of smartphones and tablets that have some version of Android 2.3 (also known as Gingerbread) inside. Even the older Android 2.2 (Froyo) still holds on to a 19.1 percent market share of all Android devices.
To be fair, Android 4.0 is doing better than the tablet-only Android 3.0, which is only installed in 2.7 percent of all Android devices. Also, Android 4.0\'s percentage has doubled since April as more and more older devices get upgrades.
Intel preps 165W high-performance CPUs
Word out on the street is that that Intel plans to trade TDP for performance. Over the Ivy Bridge and Haswell generations, the chip giant is anticipated to roll out high-end workstation parts with a TDP of 150W and possibly even as high as 180W, reports vr-zone:
So, the sources pointed out to us that, over the Ivy Bridge and Haswell generations, there will be the high end CPU TDP increase across the board to 150W and then 165W - and here we're talking also about generic high end MP servers with 4 sockets or more, including the 'E7 v2 (Ivy Bridge-EX)' and 'E7 v3 (Haswell-EX)' generations. This is a noticeable jump over 135 watts allowed up to now, and could signal even more TDP for the workstation-specific 'W' parts.
For instance, the general expectations - at the same TDP level - is that Intel would provide roughly 40% performance increase when going from Sandy Bridge EP to Ivy Bridge EP Xeon E5 series. The first 25% of that would obviously come by jumping from 8 to 10 cores with the associated cache increase to 25 MB L3. The next 10% on top of that 25% (i.e. extra 12% from the base line) would come from the frequency increase - for instance, the successor to the 2.9 GHz Xeon E5-2690 would be a 3.2 GHz 10-core part in the same 135W TDP bracket. The remaining few % is, of course, minor CPU enhancements and DDR3-1866 server memory support.
Hawken Live Action Trailer
The folks at Adhesive Games and Meteor Entertainment have released an all new Live Action Trailer for Hawken, the upcoming free to play Mech Combat Game, with a beta scheduled soon.
Hawken is a multiplayer mech combat game. The focus is on creating an intense and enjoyable battle experience that captures the feeling of piloting a heavy war machine while keeping the action fast-paced and strategic.
Blizzard Offices Raided Over Diablo III
In the catagory weird news Blizzard can add the Korean Fair Trade Commission to the list of people who were less than pleased about the way it handled the Diablo 3 launch. The FTC raided the game company's Seoul office on Monday following reports that it denied refunds to eligible gamers, reports the Korea Times.
Blizzard apparently refused dissatisfied Korean gamers refunds based on sales contract agreements, and the FTC is looking into whether or not those contracts are unfairly keeping gamers from getting their money back after they discover problems with the game.
Korea is a massive market for Blizzard, so this could be a big deal if the FTC uncovers wrongdoing on Blizzard's behalf. It's an interesting move, and could have implications for the way companies are forced to handle consumer complaints in the future. After Diablo 3 got up and running, it became accepted wisdom that Blizzard was going to come out of the debacle a little embarrassed but otherwise strong. Legal action, however, could make this an entirely different matter.
U Transfer USB Stick
U Transfer USB stick eliminates the need for using a computer as a medium to transfer information from one stick to another. It is equipped with a display that is hopefully a touchscreen, and has a slot at one end to hook up another stick. File transfers promise to be easy, and I can imagine myself using this stick at live blogging events.
It is a cool concept that will hopefully hit the light of production. Click the pics.
MSI Big Bang ZPower mainboard Surfaces
MSI can't wait to showcase its upcoming Big Bang ZPower (retail name could be different) motherboard at Computex, a new Z77 Express based board for Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors. Here's the skinny from TPU:
The pictures reveal the ZPower to be a bustling metropolis with a swanky heatsink design that keeps up with the theme of MSI's Lightning series graphics cards. The motherboard will be designed for 3-way multi-GPU setups, although a PLX-made bridge chip won't be used. Instead it will use Pericom PCIe lane switches to split the x16 link from the processor into x8/x8/NC or x8/x4/x4. The focus of this board will be towards overclocking, a lot of overclocker-friendly features, options (in the UEFI BIOS setup program), and a strong VRM will be added to the mix. MSI is likely to exhibit the new motherboard at the upcoming Computex event. Pics courtesy of TPU.
Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3 with 3GHz clockspeed
Corsair will soon ship Dominator Platinum DDR3 modules with a frequency of 3000MHz as Huxus reports today:
Soon to be available in an array of dual- and quad-channel kits at speeds of up to 3,000MHz, this premium range will target overclocking aficionados looking to make a statement.
If you're prepared to pony up the cash - and we suspect you'll need plenty of it - you'll be getting hand-screened ICs just dying to be pushed to the limit, Corsair's patented DHX heat spreader (with fins), a custom PCB with copper thermal pads, stainless steel bodywork and a 'polished aluminium light bar' that illuminates over the top to provide that extra bit of bling.
There's also built-in support for Corsair Link connectivity - allowing you to keep a close eye on temperature - and we're told the Dominator Platinum kits will launch in 'limited quantities,' so you may want to start saving the pennies to ensure you're first in line.
ECS GeForce GTX 680 Black Series
The new GTX680 Black Series graphics card from Elitegroup (ECS) combines graphics power, rock solid reliability, low noise and tweakability in one unbeatable package. Screaming fast graphics performance and innovative thermal design means it won't even break a sweat running the lastest games, and it's ready for the next generation, too. GTX680 harnesses the raw power of the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 GPU, backed by the stability of ECS Nonstop Certification. Combine the GTX680 with an ECS Black Series motherboard for the ultimate gaming platform.
The GTX680's ECS Nonstop Certification delivers a hassle-free computing experience by solving common PC hardware problems before they can even occur, protecting gamers from crashes, instability and poor performance. This graphics card can be relied on for stability and reliability far into the future, thanks to a military-level assault course of tests that checks and stresses critical components for 72 hours straight and at temperatures up to 50
ECS A85F2-A Deluxe mobo
ECS has introduced the A85F2-A Deluxe, a new motherboard for AMD's latest Socket FM2 processors.
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has announced the A85F2-A Deluxe, a new motherboard built around the AMD A85X chipset with support for the latest socket FM2 CPUs.
The A85F2-A Deluxe is one of the most powerful and reliable motherboards currently available. In the ATX format, this ECS motherboard features two 2nd generation PCIe x16 slots for graphics card upgrades and CrossFireX support, as well as three 2nd generation PCIe x1 and 2 PCI slots for other cards. Up to 64 GB of dual channel DDR3 memory can be installed in 4 sockets, with a maximum speed of 1866, or up to 2300 for overclockers. There are seven 6 Gb/s SATA sockets, with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, & 10.
Expansion and connectivity options in the A85F2-A Deluxe include up to 6 USB 3.0 ports, 8 USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit LAN, and a 6Gb/s eSATA connectors for fast external storage. Separate HDMI, DVI, and D-Sub VGA ports provide graphics output, and there's 8-Ch HD Audio. The motherboard features the new user-friendly graphical uEFI BIOS with ECS MIB X, and a multi-language interface.
For the ultimate in stability and reliability, the A85F2-A Deluxe is Nonstop Certified by ECS. Motherboards with ECS Nonstop Certification deliver a hassle-free computing experience by solving common PC hardware problems before they can even occur. Hardware enhancements and a strict series of specially-designed tests combine together to protect PCs and ensure that all ECS Nonstop Certified motherboards can be relied on for stability and reliability far into the future, long after competing products have failed. Nonstop features include enhanced gold plating on critical contacts, and all solid capacitors and Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) protection for VGA, USB, LAN and HDMI ports.
The A85F2-A Deluxe is bundled with Norton AntiVirus software, Muzee, Cyberlink Media Suite, and the ECS iEZ utility, which includes the eBLU BIOS Live Update Utility, the eDLU Drivers Live Update Utility and the eSF Smart Fan Utility.
In addition to the A85F2-A Deluxe, four other models will released with the socket FM2: A75F2-A2, A75F2-M2, A55F2-A2, A55F2-M3. The newest ECS Socket FM2 motherboards build on the already strong performance of FM1 motherboards by adding a host of powerful new features and technology upgrades in the Trinity technology platform.
New features in this generation include support for up to 4 displays and AMD Eyefinity Multi-display Technology, and HDMI Deep Color to accurately display billions of colors, bringing a new level of realism and color accuracy. AMD Turbo Core 3 extends the Turbo Core performance boost to the GPU, and CrossFireX gives access to ultra-high performance graphics with add on cards. There are 3 dedicated display outputs. Support for industry standards is also upgraded, with Open GL 4.2, DisplayPort Version 1.2, and Open CL 1.1 or later. Enhanced features are standard: like AMD Universal Video Decoder (UVD) and Video Codec Engine (VCE) for ultra-fast video encoding and decoding.
The new A85F2-A Deluxe and the other ECS socket FM2 series motherboards offer the latest technology for faster, more stable performance and extreme graphics realism.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Debut Trailer
The follow up to Mercurysteam's 2010 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow has been announced at last night's Konami press conference,it looks good. Whips crack and war rages as a familiar stranger enters the battlefield in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.
See for yourself in this brand-new E3 2012 debut trailer.
Max Payne 3 PC Launch Trailer
Gelid GELID ICY Vision-A VGA Cooler
GELID Solutions expands its "ICY VISION" VGA Cooler on the latest graphic cards of AMD (reference board of HD 7950 & HD 7970). This new product is dedicated exclusively to AMD VGA cards.
The "ICY VISION-A" cooler contains 5 power heatpipes in a unique heatpipe constellation. The heatpipes are interlaced into 85 optimized high--quality Aluminium fins. Together with a flat stack fin soldered Copper base, they enable the most efficient heat transmission and dissipation from GPU core in its class.
Besides the heatsink, two 92 mm U V-reactive fans with 11 blades in S-shape generate 20% more air flow than traditional fans. The fan contains a high-quality ball bearing to ensure a longer lifetime in high temperature environments. The "ICY VISION-A" is CrossFire compatible on a number of cards. More RAM and Voltage Regulator Module (VRM) heatsinks are included to cool down the components around the GPU. The high performance GC-2 thermal compound is also included inn the package.
The "ICY VISION-A" VGA cooler is available now and has a MSRP of USD 55 or Euro 46. This cooler is RoHS, WEEE conform and carries a 5 year warranty.
EVGA GeForce GTX 690 review
We review the EVGA GeForce GTX 690. The GTX 690, in a nutshell, NVIDIA took two of their best (Kepler GK104) GPUs, placed them onto one card, topped it off with a very nice and dandy cooler and called this symbiosis of components a single solution graphics card. Internally on that card a small PLX chip functions as a PCI Express bridge in-between the two GPUs and sure, that means SLI is in full effect.
Read the review here.
ROCCAT Kone XTD Gaming Mouse
ROCCAT Studios will release a successor to the world famous Kone[+]. Dubbed as the ROCCAT Kone XTD, this high-end gaming mouse features a 32-bit Turbo Core V2 72MHz ARM MCU processor, the latest 8200 DPI Pro Aim R3 laser sensor, an ultra-precise scroll wheel and the world
ASUS MeMO 370T Tablet
The FCC approved the ASUS MeMO 370T, which means this tablet will be available in the U.S. market very soon as well.
For your info, the ASUS MeMO 370T features a 7-inch touchscreen display with a 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, an nVidia Tegra 3 quad core processor, a 1GB of internal storage space, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and the Google Android 4.0 ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
Thjis could actually be close to what is supposed to be Google Nexus Tablet, as soon as we get some more information we will let you guys know.
Cougar to show new chassis at Computex
Cougar will be showing a strong presence at the Computex 2012 Tech Fair in Taipei, Taiwan. At booth J0409a, Floor 1 in the Nangang Exhibition Hall from June 5 through June 9, COUGAR will be challenging serious gamers with their latest high-end PC equipment line-up. Prominently on the floor ground will be the long-awaited Challenger ultimate gaming case, the most power efficient 80 Plus Platinum certified PC power supply Platinum PTX, as well as the patented and award-winning Vortex series of PC case fans.
Windows 8 Release Preview Available
Microsoft has uploaded the Windows 8 Release Preview, you can download it here.
Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of the Windows 8 Release Preview, the next milestone of the highly anticipated Windows 8 operating system. Available for download today in 14 languages at http://preview.windows.com, the Windows 8 Release Preview delivers a fast and fluid experience, along with a new user interface that responds equally well to touch as it does to keyboard and mouse. Since the February release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which was downloaded more than 1 million times in the first 24 hours, Windows 8 has become the most tested Microsoft operating system of all time, and with today's release, it enters its final phase of development before it releases to manufacturing.
"We're thrilled to be at this milestone with the Windows 8 Release Preview," said Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft.
New Apps Provide an Even Richer Experience
Windows 8 Release Preview delivers new apps from Microsoft and partners. Highlights include Bing Travel, News and Sports apps, as well as Gaming and Music Xbox apps that integrate with your Zune pass. The Windows 8 Release Preview also features notable improvements to the Mail, Photos and People apps that initially debuted with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. In addition, Microsoft has worked closely with its partners to deliver apps from around the world through the Windows Store.
Beyond the new apps from Microsoft and partners, customers testing the Windows 8 Release Preview will also experience tens of thousands of refinements across the product, such as increased personalization options for the Start screen, improved multimonitor support, refinements to the way people find and download apps through the Windows Store, and new Family Safety features. The new Internet Explorer 10 redefines browsing, particularly for touch-enabled devices. The Web is as fast and fluid as any app, and with new capabilities in the Windows 8 Release Preview such as "flip ahead," it is just as intuitive. A touch-friendly and power-optimized Adobe Flash Player is now integrated into Internet Explorer 10, and it is also the first browser to feature Do Not Track "on" by default, giving customers more choice and control over their privacy.
The Path to Windows 8
Beginning June 2, 2012, Microsoft will roll out the Windows Upgrade Offer in 131 markets, including the U.S. and Canada. Consumers who buy eligible Windows 7-based PCs through Jan. 31, 2013, can purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of $14.99 (U.S.) during the time of the promotion. More information about the Windows Upgrade Offer will be available June 1. In addition to the Windows Upgrade Offer designed for consumers buying new Windows 7-based PCs, Microsoft will also announce other offers in the coming months that will help consumers with existing Windows 7-based PCs upgrade to Windows 8 when it is generally available.
In the next month, Microsoft will further detail the value Windows 8 brings to businesses at TechEd North America. More information about Windows 8 and how to download the Windows 8 Release Preview is available at http://preview.windows.com.