Star Wars: Battlefront Beta Graphics card VGA performance benchmark review
We showcase the Star Wars: Battlefront Beta with a graphics card VGA performance and benchmarks review. The game is to be released later this year, yet there starting at with an open beta. In this beta we have a first impression of the game, as well as the ability to have a quick peek at its performance. (article update October 9th: GTX 980 SLI results/FCAT added). You can read the article here.
Intel 510 SSD review
Today's product doubles the sequential read speeds, and at up to 315MB/s, more than triples the sequential write speeds of Intel
WD 6 TB External HDD
Western Digital introduced its My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage system with a massive 6 terabytes (TB) of storage to meet the capacity needs of today's creative pros and Mac enthusiasts who create, store, edit and archive large HD video and photo files. The new capacity provides users 33 percent more storage than the previous capacity, while maintaining the same footprint.
Combining its extended 6 TB storage capacity and compatibility with Apple Time Machine, the new My Book Studio Edition II drive becomes an instant storage solution for a variety of professions including art and design, photography, legal and medical, and a host of other small businesses.
The system offers a quad interface providing maximum performance and flexibility including eSATA and FireWire 800 when maximum performance is essential, and FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 when system flexibility is most important.
"Thanks to advancements in HD video devices including digital SLR cameras and HD video cameras, the quality and quantity of video content being produced by professionals and enthusiasts alike has grown at an astounding pace," said Dale Pistilli, vice president of marketing for WD's branded products group. "The My Book Studio Edition II drive now available with 6 TB of storage provides creative individuals with the expanded storage and bandwidth they need to effectively shoot, edit, and safely store their video productions without the need to compress their videos or reduce the overall quality of them for the sake of available space."
Extra-fast Performance and RAID Supported Configurations
Fast eSATA or FireWire 800 interfaces, combined with RAID-supported configurations, will yield the speed and responsiveness users need for a variety of tasks including fast, smooth video editing; rendering complex 3D objects or special effects, and saving/transferring enormous blocks of data in a fraction of the time it once took.
Formatted for Mac computers, these new storage systems feature:
- Massive 6 TB capacity;
- Extra-fast performance with four interfaces (FireWire 800/400, eSATA, USB 2.0);
- Cool, eco-friendly operation with WD's drives with WD GreenPower Technology that consume approximately one-third less power than standard dual-drive external storage systems and efficient convection cooling architecture and power-saving mode and designed without a fan to run quietly;
- Automatic and continuous backup software;
- User serviceability, enabling the user to open the enclosure and replace the drive inside;
- Capacity gauge to see at a glance how much space is available on the system; and,
- 5-year limited warranty.
Pricing and Availability
My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage systems are available now at WD's online store (www.wdstore.com). MSRP for the My Book Studio Edition II 6 TB drive is $549.99 USD.
Foxconn does 1080p in a small box
Foxconn announced the arrival of the Nettop NT-535, finally bringing true high definition (HD) quality playback to Intel Atom based systems without the use of third party graphics.
With a volume of only 0.6 of a litre, the NT-535 is a significant step forward from its predecessor with an upgrade to DDR3 memory and the inclusion of two specific chips to enable true Blu-ray standard of HD streaming and playback.
The BCM70015 single-chip Crystal HD advanced media processor is a low cost, low power, highly integrated solution for HD video playback applications. It is perfect for PC/X86 applications such as playback of streaming video content, Blu-ray Disc playback, file-based content, broadcast and other TV sources. It is optimized for use in netbooks, notebooks, and Small Form Factor and slim desktops.
The CH7036 is specifically designed for computers that require HD content video playback on the external displays. This IC implements an advanced LVDS receiver, a powerful video encoder, a flexible scaling engine and easy-to-configure audio interfaces which can seamlessly convert the LVDS signal source into HDMI /DVI formats as well as the analog RGB legacy display.
Stephen Ling, Managing Director for Foxconn, Western Europe, said,
AMD FX-Series Processors unleashed June 11
AMD's next-generation high-end desktop processor line, the AMD FX-series is looking at a June 11 launch date, according to DonanimHaber. That is one week after the Computex tradeshow in Taiwan.
Zambezi is based on AMD's newest Bulldozer architecture that improves instruction per clock-cycle (IPC), and packs the latest industry standard instruction sets. AMD's FX-series will include 8-core, 6-core, and 4-core models, and will optimally run on a new socket currently referred to as "AM3+".
Samsung SyncMaster with Ultra Wide Band Wireless Technology
The SyncMaster C27A750 from Samsung is a 27-inch full-HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) monitor with 300 cd/m
Dragon Age II patch
If you play Dragon Age II on Steam the game will be updated automatically, otherwise you can download the manual installer directly from BioWare.
Dragon Age II patch 1.01
- Fixed save game issues on single core machines
- Fixed game asking for non-existent drives
- Fixed release control issues where some players were unable to unlock correctly
- Fixed a Steam-specific issue related to VO not playing after switching languages
AMD Llano launch lineup surfaces
Over at X-bit Labs details about AMD's first five Llano processors surfaced.
The first family of its performance-mainstream accelerated processing units (APUs) for desktops that Advanced Micro Devices will introduce in July will include will include five A-series models with 65W or 100W thermal design power (TDP). Later in the year AMD will broaden the lineup of chips previously known under Llano code-name.
As reported previously, AMD A-series desktop APUs will have either four K10.5+/Husky x86 cores as well as Radeon HD 6000-class "BeaverCreek" (320 or 400 stream processors) graphics core or two x86 cores and "WinterPark" (160 stream processors) integrated graphics engine.
The chips will support dual-channel DDR3 memory controllers, up to 4MB of cache, select processors may also feature AMD Turbo Core dynamic acceleration technology as well as a special multi-GPU graphics support.
|AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units Due in 2011|
|Model||A8- 3560P||A8- 3550P||A8- 3560||A8- 3550||A6- 3460P||A6- 3450P||A6- 3460||A6- 3450||A4- 3360||A4- 3350||E2- 3250|
|Stream Core Count||400||400||400||400||320||320||320||320||160||160||160|
|GPU Clock-Speed||TBD||594 MHz||TBD||594 MHz||TBD||443 MHz||TBD||443||TBD||594 MHz||443 MHz|
|Radeon Brand||HD 6550||HD 6550||HD 6550||HD 6550||HD 6530||HD 6530||HD 6530||HD 6530||HD 6410||HD 6410||HD 6370|
|Memory||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1600 MHz|
|Launch||Q4 2011||Q3 2011||Q4 2011||Q3 2011||Q4 2011||Q3 2011||Q4 2011||Q3 2011||Q4 2011||Q3 2011||Q3 2011|
SilverStone Grandia GD06 HTPC chassis
SilverStone launches their GD06, a HTPC case with aluminium front door and a 0.8mm steel body. The case supports Mini-ITX, Mini-DTX and Micro-ATX motherboards, and offers room for up to three 120mm fans and graphics cards of up to 11". It's expected to be available this Friday and the suggested retail price is around 120EUR.
The new chassis measures 440 (W) x 150 (H) x 340 (D) mm, weights 5.6kg and features a front aluminum door, a black coating, front-placed USB 3.0 (x 2) and audio ports, one exposed 5.25-inch bay, and enough internal space to hold one 2.5-inch plus four 3.5-inch or two 2.5-inch and three 3.5-inch drives.
Harman AKG GHS-1 gaming headset
Harman announced the launch of the new AKG
Battlefield 3: Faultline Episode 2
Follow our squad of U.S. Marines as they move to the rooftops to eliminate an enemy sniper in an abandoned hotel. This in-game footage from Battlefield 3 shows off the ANT animation technology in all its glory, with a climactic ending that speaks volumes of how the new Frostbite 2 engine handles destruction. Stay tuned for Episode III on March 30. Brand new gameplay footage from EA and DICE's upcoming First Person Shooter Battlefield 3. Follow our squad of U.S. Marines as they move to the rooftops to eliminate an enemy sniper in an abandoned hotel. This in-game footage from Battlefield 3 shows off the ANT animation technology from EA Tech in all its glory, with a climactic ending that speaks volumes of how the Frostbite 2 engine handles destruction.
AMD Catalyst Application Profile 11.2 v4
New Catalyst Application Profile for 6 titles, incl. Crysis 2
AMD Catalyst Application Profile 11.2 #4 is here! This week's new Catalyst Application Profile includes updates for six titles:
- Crysis 2 - Improves CrossFire performance
FAH Support for ATI & AMD GPUs
Yesterday we were informed about the progress of the Here are the highlights:
1) FahCore_11 will be supported until 1st September 2011 (maybe longer).
2) HD 3000 Series will not be able to to run the OpenCL Core (FahCore_16).
3) HD 4000 Series doesn't have sufficient OpenCL support for effective FAH calculations.
4) FahCore_16 is being tested right now and will be released to public when the V7 Client is available.
For further details, please refer to Dr. Vijay's Blog.
AMD FX Zambezi Processors Compatible AM3 Motherboards
Good news on the AMD processor compatibility front. TPU reports (via SweClockers) that upcoming FX series "Zambezi" desktop processors based on the "Bulldozer architecture are expected to be compatible motherboards with socket AM3
AMD, on a number of occassions stated that the chips will require a new socket (referred to as AM3+) and compatible chipset, and that the chips will be incompatible with existing AM3 socket and existing chipset.
According to a source, motherboard major ASUS is planning to provide support to AM3+ processors to some of its existing AM3 motherboards using mere BIOS updates. That's right, Zambezi will indeed be backwards compatible with AM3 and existing chipset, only what remains to be seen is if the processors will perform to their full potential and overclock well on existing platform. Amongst ASUS' Schindler's list are top of the line AM3 models, such as ROG Crosshair IV Formula and Extreme, M4A89TD PRO/USB3, and even AMD 890GX-based motherboards such as M4A89GTD PRO. The list also shows certain AM3+ motherboards that use dated chipsets such as 760G, probably the entry-level of ASUS' M5A series of motherboards.
NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit becomes cheaper
NVIDIA managed to shave off 50 USD of their 3D Vision wireless glasses kit as it has received an update. The new model is available for $149, a $50 price cut, and offers 60 hours of battery life, compared with 40 hours before.
"Today we are happy to announce an updated version of our 3D Vision wireless glasses kit for a new low price of $149 (US), $50 less than the original price. Plus, the glasses provide 50 percent longer battery life from a single charge, 60 hours compared with 40 hours before, giving you even more time of uninterrupted 3D entertainment.
With over 1,000 products in the 3D Vision ecosystem, including notebook and desktop PCs, displays, TVs, projectors, GPUs, video applications, cameras and games, 3D Vision lets you experience the best quality 3D in many different ways on your PC. In addition, we
AMD announces Fusion APU design wins
AMD reports leading ODMs are working on systems with the company's Fusion APUs.
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that leading original design manufacturers (ODMs) are choosing AMD
AeroCool Vs-4 mid-tower case
It can be found in Germany for just over 38 EUR and it seems to offer quite a lot of value, the pictures reveal an all-black design, a side window, four tool-free 5.25" bays, two removable HDD cage, a cut-out for easy CPU cooler swapping, cut-outs for cable management, pre-drilled holes for watercooling tubes, and a front I/O panel with USB 2.0 and audio ports.
One 120mm exhaust fan is included but there's room for four optional fans; a 140mm front fan, a 120mm bottom intake and two 120mm fans in the side panel.
The front side does not have the best looks but for its price level this is a quite impressive case, 38 EUR incl VAT.
Banned iPad 2 Promo Outtakes
Oh just have a peek ...
Call of Duty: Black Ops, best-selling game ever
The game already made headlines back in November when it generated revenues of