January 9 for AMD Radeon HD 7900 launches
If you are on track for a graphics card upgrade, January 09, 2012 might be a date to remembe as it seems that it will be the day AMD will launch its next generation high-performance graphics cards in the Radeon HD 7900 series.
According to reliable market sources DonanimHaber spoke with that is. On the 9th, AMD is expected to unveil at least two new SKUs in the HD 7900 series, most likely, HD 7970 and HD 7950. These will be based on the new 28 nm "Tahiti" silicon that will use completely redesigned number-crunching machinery, and a very wide memory bus.
Intel Core i7-3960X and 3930K to get C2 stepping in January
Intel's hexa-core Core i7-3960X (3.3 GHz) and Core i7-3930K (3.2 GHz) will be getting a C2 revision in January to fix Intel VT-d support.
As reported earlier, Intel's first wave of Sandy Bridge-E processors have VT-d (Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O) disabled due to an errata in the C1 stepping. That issue couldn't be resolved in time for the launch but it's getting fixed with the C2 stepping which is set to start rolling out to customers on January 20th, 2012 (samples have already been delivered).
Modern Warfare 3 Hits $1 Billion Mark in 16 Days
Activision has announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has set a new entertainment release record, reaching the $1 billion sales milestone in 16 days, one day faster than the film Avatar.
Santa Monica, CA- December 12, 2011 - Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), announced today that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 crossed the $1 billion mark in sales since its launch on November 8, 2011, according to Charttrack and retail customer sell-through information. Highlighting the trend of interactive entertainment gaining a greater hold of audiences worldwide, the game achieved this milestone in just 16 days, eclipsing the record set in 2009 by the feature film "Avatar," which reached the $1 billion milestone in 17 days.
While 2011 box office revenue is on the decline - down 4 percent this year at $9.4 billion, compared with $9.8 billion in 2010 -- the number of people purchasing and participating in gaming is on the rise, with no sign of slowing. With more than 30 million gamers, the Call of Duty community now exceeds the combined populations of the cities of New York, London, Tokyo, Paris and Madrid.
Mechwarrior Online Details
Piranha Games has published its first developer's blog for MechWarrior Online:
Players will be able to pledge allegiance to a particular faction, join a mercenary company, or remain neutral. This choice alters the effects of loyalty points (earned through dutiful service, winning matches, and generally destroying of enemy Mechs). Faction members gain ranks and privileges (skins, xp, membership in elite units) with their loyalty points. At the highest ranks, faction members will have a say in grand strategy, helping to determine which planets their faction targets. Mercenary companies work differently, with ranks divvied out by the mercenary leader. Loyalty points gained by mercenaries are shared by their company and collectively determine the type of contracts they may bid on. Loyalty points earned by lone wolves have no positive or negative effects.
As mentioned previously, there are planets to conquer. Here is a rundown of the types of worlds in the game.
- Core Worlds - Are managed by the dev team. These are worlds that necessary for future planning and part of major historical events.
- Faction Worlds - Are fought over by Faction players. These planets buffer core and border worlds, and do not play a significant role in major historical events. Rewards for controlling these planets are directly linked to global bonuses and abilities associated with a player's Faction.
- Border Worlds - Are fought over via a contract bidding system by player run Mercenary Corporations. These planets change hands on a regular basis, and have no impact on historical events. Rewards for controlling a boarder world are significant and go directly to the occupying Merc Corp.
Intel Core i7-3770 Benchmarked
Interesting, it seems that more and more people have their hands on a Intel Ivy Bridge engineering sample. A couple of these users made some banchmarks and posted them, the screenshots are courtesy of chiphell.
An Intel Core i7-3770 sample was the test candidate for stuff like 3DMark, Fritz Chess, and Cinebench test results.
This chip has all components and features available to Ivy Bridge LGA1155 enabled, including HyperThreading, a faster uncore, and the full 8 MB L3 cache. The chip was put through 3DMark 06 (to test its CPU and iGPU performance), Cinebench 11.5 (both single-thread and multi-threaded), and Fritz Chess Benchmark (again, both single and multiple threads).
CineBench scored 7.52 which is slightly faster then a Core i7 2600 at 6.51
Barein mind that this was tested using Alpha drivers and there's four months or so to go until launch. I wouldn't take these early benchmarks as more than that, a very early performance preview
Hitachi 4TB Deskstar 5K4000 HDD now announced
Thecus N4100EVO 4-bay NAS
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KFA2 GeForce GTX 570 MDT X4 review
More importantly, KFA2 takes that GTX 570 to the next level though, custom PCB, custom cooling and then a finger licking default overclock at 800 MHz on the graphics core.
Check out the full review right here.
EVGA SR-X Dual Socket LGA 2011 Motherboard Photo Preview
Microsoft Rolls Out 14 Patches this Tuesday
Tuesday aka December 13th Microsoft will unleash no less than 14 updates which are supposed to resolve 20 vulnerabilities affecting products like Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Publisher, and Windows Media Player.
Three out of the 14 patches are rated 'Critical' and target bugs that could lead to remote code execution, while the other 11 are rated 'Important' and are set to plug in holes that can result in remote code execution and (unwanted) privilege elevation. As always, Microsoft isn't giving out specifics on the vulnerabilities that will be patched so we'll have to wait for tomorrow to get the full scoop. And to update of course.
Impact of Thailand Flooding to Affect HDD Supply Into 2013
You sometimes raise your eyebrowse to the validity of things like these, wouldn't manufacturers try and keep prices inflated as high as possible for a ling timeframe ? Anyway, the recent severe flooding in Thailand has raised havoc with the hard disk drive supply chain with manufacturer Western Digital being the hardest hit.
The situation was so dire that last month analysts were predicting the situation would last well into 2012. Now, analysts at research firm IDC are pushing that out into 2013. While the worst of the situation is expected to ease up after February 2012, things are now predicted to return to normal sometime in 2013. Lenovo is now informing its corporate customers it is out of 7,200-rpm drives and will be forced to begin substituting alternative models such as 5,400-rpm drives.
It is estimated that Western Digital lost an estimated 75% of its production capacity due to the flooding. Some of the flooded production facilities have been drained and are starting to come back online with others, mostly in the south of Thailand, are still underwater.
Half-Life 2 Mod Trailer - City 17: Episode 1
Command & Conquer: Generals 2 Announced
EA revealed at last night's VGAs the new Command & Conquer Generals 2, and the rebranded BioWare Victory (formerly EA Victory) has been named the developer.
Sentiments about the original Generals game were mixed, thanks to gameplay tweaks that set it apart from the core series. The new C&C Generals, due out some time in 2013, will utilize the Frostbite 2 engine, which recent EA titles like Battlefield 3 and NFS The Run also took advantage of.
Darksiders 2 - Death Teaser Trailer
Awakened by the End of Days, Death, the most feared of the legendary Four Horsemen, embarks upon a quest to restore mankind, and redeem his brothers name. Along the way, the Horseman discovers that there are far worse things than an earthly Apocalypse, and that an ancient grudge may threaten all of Creation Can DEATH really become mankinds savior? Darksiders II follows the exploits of DEATH, one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, in a weaving tale that runs parallel to the events in the original Darksiders game. This epic journey propels DEATH through various light and dark realms as he tries to redeem his brother WAR, the horseman who was blamed for prematurely starting the Apocalypse in Darksiders.
Cooler Master Cosmos II Launches in January
Cooler Master teases its Cosmos II. The successor to the distinctive Cosmos case will be released within roughly 23 days, just before CES 2012.
Now this chassis is going to be the bomb, and I'll be happy to report that our sample arrives next week already (for the review of course). Below some photo's of a Cooler Master Cosmos II prototype Yellow Paint- Dream Machine with Custom Paint.
OCZ Petrol Indilinx SATA 6.0 Gbps Solid State Drives
OCZ is working real hard on a new lineup next to their SandForce based products, the Indilinx based Octane already was showing promising numbers.
But here's a new model coming into town real soon, it's called the Petrol and is the 2nd line of Indilinx based products from OCZ, a product with asynchronous MLC memory making the product slightly slower, yet likely way more affordable then the previous one.
The Petrol drives feature a 2.5-inch form factor, a SATA 6.0 Gbps interface, and make use of the NDurance technology technology which increases the life span of NAND flash memory by as much as 2 times.
The Petrol models also have 25nm asynchronous MLC (multi-level cell) NAND Flash memory (the Octane line uses synchronous MLC NAND), a MTBF of 1.25 million hours, TRIM support, and are backed by a three-year warranty. The Fastest Petrol will have a read speed of 370 MB/sec with 250 MB/writes. The 128GB model though will be severely slower in write performance at 135MB/sec.
Have a peek at the spec sheet.
AMD Catalyst Application Profiles 11.11 CAP3 (December 7)
These are the latest Catalyst profiles for multi-GPU support.
This release of ATI Catalyst delivers support for the latest ATI CrossFireX profiles in a separate executable file ensuring users have access to the absolute latest set of profiles installed on their PC.
Latest profiles added :
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Improves CrossFire performance
- Saints Row 3 (DirectX 9 version): Improves CrossFire performance
- Serious Sam 3: Improves CrossFire performance
- Java Control Panel: Fixes black screen corruption seen on single and multi GPU configurations when Anti-Aliasing is forced on through the Catalyst Control Center
Radeon HD 7800 Pitcairn February, 2012
Codenamed Pitcairn, the Radeon HD 7800 series board, or boards since there are two of them, will show up in February next year (2012). More precisely, Pitcairn will likely be released during the week of February 20, right after the Chinese New Year. The two cards are probably going to bear the names of Radeon HD 7850 and Radeon HD 7870.
NVIDIA will be doing something similar, so there is bound to be just as much, if not more, competition next year. After Pitcairn, AMD may launch a new dual-GPU flagship to replace the Radeon DH 6990, during CeBIT, in March.
Logic suggests the name of HD 7990, but that is still unconfirmed, just like the rest of this report of course.