AMD Catalyst Application Profile - 11.12 CAP3
Grab the new AMD Catalyst Application Profile - 11.12 CAP3 January 18 release.
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 :
- Star Wars: The old republic : Improves CrossFire performance
- Need for Speed: The Run
Intel Overclocking Warranty for K & X-Series CPUs
Intel announced the introduction of new program called the Performance Tuning Protection Plan (PTPP) which allows K- and X-series processors owners to purchase an additional warranty for their CPU, enabling them to get a replacement in case the old one is killed thorough overclocking.
This new plan is an addition to the standard 3 year warranty covering all Intel processors, which means that it will go into effect only if the CPU is damaged when running beyond its reference specs, otherwise the standard warranty applies.
The only catch right now is that the so called PTPP program will be launched as a test that will last six months, and afterwards Intel will decide if it will continue with its new plan.
Cooler Master X6 and X6 Elite CPU Coolers
Cooler Master, an industry leading enclosure, thermal solution, peripheral, and accessory manufacturer, showcases a tribute to their effort to continually innovate. The X6 CPU Cooler has arrived and is a daring new take on high performance cooling and design.
Designed for overclockers and gamers, X6 is adorned in a satin black finish with crimson red fan blades and accents. The heatsink employs a unique honeycomb fin structure to maximize surface area for cooling. This is used in conjunction with an angled base that acts as a means to increase overall airflow throughout the chassis. Clever air duct deployment on the outer shell directs airflow to pass over critical cooling areas. X6 also comes equipped with a high performance PWM controlled fan that can be adjusted via BIOS or OS-based motherboard tuning applications.
Ease of use is often applied to mounting systems or other system components, but fan attachment can wind up being neglected. X6 breathes new life into this lost path by coming with time-saving quick-snap fan brackets that make installation and removal a simple affair. These quick-snap brackets means that fan maintenance times will become significantly shorter. Simply release a few tabs and the fan is free to be cleaned. Reattach everything in a few seconds and go back to enjoying the immense cooling power of the X6.
X6 Elite, the answer to building the best looking and performing gaming system on a budget. Much like Cooler Master Elite Series cases represent the best value for dollar in DIY system building, X6 Elite joins the fray to do the same for CPU Cooling in the U.S. and Canada. It focuses less on aesthetic flair and incorporates minor changes to performance to achieve a well balanced setup. Whichever the choice may be, X6 and X6 Elite represent excellent choices for users of every level.
Dracula GPU Heatsink for Radeon HD 7970
Aeolus Gamer Storm designed a variant of its Dracula GPU heatsink for AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics card as TPU reported today:
The heatsink is designed to handle thermal loads of up to 250W, when outfitted with fans. The heatsink design consists of a nickel-plated copper base (this particular variant has a circular bump where the GPU die makes contact), with the appropriate mount-hole spacing for HD 7970. Through this base, six 6 mm-thick nickel-plated copper heat-pipes pass, the opposite ends of these heat pipes pass through two aluminum fin stacks. Tests show that when fitted with two 80 mm fans spinning at 1,800 RPM, the Dracula keeps load temperatures of the HD 7970 about 35 degrees Celsius cooler than AMD reference fan-heatsink.
Yeston Radeon HD 7970 PCB with massive cooler
Alright, some Asian guy is seriously compensating for something ! Yeston has created a new Radeon HD 7970 design that incorporates a massive dual-fan cooler. Exact details aren't available, but it looks like the company is using 120mm impeller-style fans with 18 blades, and that the bundle takes up four expansion slots.
PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 PCS Photo
Check out PowerColor's upcoming Radeon HD 7950 PCS. Custom PCB, and updated PCS (professional cooling system) cooler design, which uses a slightly larger aluminum fin-stack heatsink than the one found on previous generation PCS coolers.
Heat is drawn from the GPU and conveyed to this fin-stack a number of nickel-plated copper heat-pipes (we count four). The heatsink is ventilated by two 80 mm fans. The card appears to stick within the confines of two expansion slots.
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Windows 8 tablet hardware requirement listed
Engadget compiled a list of things they learned about Windows 8's tablet hardware requirements:
- Controversially, ARM-based tablet users won't be able to deactivate secure booting and (therefore) install another operating system. Clearly that's not gone down well with people -- and a straw poll of our editors agreed
- Ctrl + Alt + Del for tablets without physical keyboards will be supplanted by Windows Key + Power.
There's a mandatory five points of touch -- which we already knew thanks to our hands on with Synaptics at CES.
- If your gear has NFC, physical "touch marks" will be visible on the hardware so people know where to plonk their devices.
- All tablets must have Power, Rotation Lock, Windows Key, Volume Up and Volume Down buttons.
- After all operating system updates, there must be 10GB free space, all machines must run UFEI Firmware.
- All hardware must include one USB 2.0 port, a magnetometer, speakers, Bluetooth 4.0, WLAN, gyroscope and accelerometer.
- Any camera must have a minimum resolution of 720p.
- The minimum display for any tablet is 1366 x 768.
- You'll be able to update your graphics drivers without rebooting.
There you have it, many of the new changes are welcome and demonstrate Redmond's commitment to avoid fragmentation between PCs, Laptops and Slates. However, ensuring ease for the general consumer might come at too high a price if it alienates those who value the freedom of a PC.
Max Payne 3: Targeting and Weapons
HWiNFO32 and HWINFO64 version 3.92 available
HWiNFO32 v3.92 and HWiNFO64 v3.92 available. HWiNFO is a professional hardware information and diagnostic tools supporting latest components, industry technologies and standards. Both tools are targeted to recognize and extract the most possible amount of information about computer's hardware which makes them suitable for users searching for driver updates, computer manufactures, system integrators and technical experts too.
- Added recognition of Intel Knights Corner.
- Added support of SMSC SCH5327 sensor monitoring.
- General sensor monitoring improvement (performance, reliability).
- Added preserving of graph positions.
- Improved IPMI support.
- Added reporting of Firmware Version Information (BIOS, OROM, Reference Code) under SMBIOS/DMI if supported by BIOS.
- Enhanced support of AMD Southern Islands and London series (clock, config, sensors).
- Added button to reset min/max values in sensors.
- Added support of Nuvoton NCT6779D LPC/HW monitor.
AMD A8 3870K APU review
Now the performance and overclocks will by far not be as grand as say the Phenom II / FX processors show, but every bit helps of course. And for just a few EUR more we could see an increase in performance of up-to a third.
Read the article right here.
ECS enables SAS ports on X79
ECS decided to give its X79 motherboards support for four SAS (serial-attached SCSI) ports wired to the PCH. Of course, it would be more appropriate to say that ECS simply enabled the four SAS channels that the Intel X79 chipset already had but wasn't supposed to use.
When Intel envisioned the X79, it planned to give it these four SAS channels. Unfortunately, due to what was described as
Dell intros Alienware X51
What if your gaming PC comfortably fits alongside those game consoles? That's what it sounds like Dell's banking on with the Alienware X51, launching today starting at $699. At 13.5 inches high, 12.5 inches deep and 3.7 inches wide, it's not much bigger than an original Xbox 360, and yet the company's calling it a PC gaming machine. We don't know which particular processors are on tap yet, but you're looking at a dual-core Intel Core i3 processor, backed up by a Nvidia GeForce GT 545 graphics card, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, a dual-layer DVD burner, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and loads of ports to start, and upgrades include Core i5 and Core i7 processors, a GeForce GTX 555 GPU, and a slot-loading Blu-ray drive. It seems to be upgradable, but we're not sure how by how much: the system comes with a 240W power supply, with a 330W option.
The X51 starts with a 3.3GHz Core i3-2120, if Google Shopping listings are correct, gains a 3.0GHz Core i5-2320 at the $899 mark, and ranges up to a Core i7-2600, according to reports.
Scythe Kaze Master II Fan Controller
Japanese cooling expert Scythe announcing the availability of the successor of popular Kaze Master 5,25 fan controller. Over the time collected customer and media feedback was used to develop Kaze Master II. Second version now combines new technology and improvements to provide an even more intelligent fan controller.
Kaze Master II fan controller fits common 5.25 inch PC case bays and allows users to control up to 4 fans individually as well as monitoring of up to 4 temperature sensors. Fan speed is being adjusted using potentiometer knobs in the front panel. It is furthermore possible to slide-in the knobs to hide them after fan speed has been adjusted. Hence allows a very flat front-panel design, making Kaze Master II very suitable for pc chassis with front doors.
Wide voltage regulation range from 3.7 to 12 volts has been adopted from the earlier model, allowing more room for fan speed and airflow optimizations inside the PC Chassis. In addition difficulties with not spinning up fans have been solved. Kaze Master II supplies all fans with a stable 12 Volts Spin Up Voltage at the startup. After a short spin up period, previously set voltage will be applied.
Actual fan speed and temperature values of the 4 channels are displayed on the VF-Display (Vacuum Fluorescent Display). Temperature values can be displayed both in degrees Celsius or degrees Fahrenheit. Supported temperature range is specified between 0 and 100
Mushkin preps PCIe and mSATA SandForce SF-2281 SSDs
Mushkin is set to release PCIe and mSATA solid state disks based on the SandForce SF-2281 controller, you can learn more about these disks over here. Based on the ever-popular SF-2281 controller, the Chronos Go use a 1.8in form factor, compared to the 2.5in seen on most shipping SSDs. Fitting into the new breed of thinner and lighter notebooks, Mushkin says that performance hasn't been compromised. Available in capacities up to 480GB and in Toggle-mode and regular MLC NAND flavours, representing Deluxe and Standard models, both drives share a common 565MB/s sequential read and 525MB/s sequential write speeds and 90K IOPS.
Shrinking the form factor down to mSATA brings us to the Atlas SSDs. These incy-wincy drives are designed to fit into the burgeoning Ultrabooks touted by Intel's cohort of notebook partners. Specifications remain impressive, topping out at 565MB/s sequential read and 535MB/s sequential write, and just like the Chronos duo, are available in Toggle-mode and standard NAND. The premium Toggle-mode NAND performs better when dealing with compressed files, often the Achilles' Heel of SandForce drives, and Mushkin is bringing in the very latest 24nm stuff here.
Max Payne 3 Release Date
Rockstar Games sends along a Press Release containing the Max Payne 3 release date, May 15, 2012.
Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., is proud to announce that Max Payne 3 is expected to launch on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system on May 15, 2012 in North America and May 18, 2012 internationally; and for the PC on May 29, 2012 in North America and June 1, 2012 internationally.
'Max Payne 3 brings powerful storytelling back to the action-shooter genre,' said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. 'Rockstar Studios are delivering a game that's both incredibly cinematic and very, very intense to play.'
Based on incredibly precise and fluid gunplay and maintaining the series famed dark and cinematic approach, Max Payne 3 follows the famed former New York detective onto the streets of So Paulo, Brazil. Max Payne now works in executive protection for the wealthy Rodrigo Branco in the hopes of escaping the memories of his troubled past. When a street gang kidnaps Rodrigo's wife, Max is pulled into a conspiracy of shadowy, warring factions threading every aspect of So Paulo society in a deadly web that threatens to engulf everyone and everything around him.
In another first for the series, Max Payne 3's multiplayer offering brings the games cinematic feel, fluid gunplay and kinetic sense of movement into the realm of online multiplayer. Building on the fiction and signature gameplay elements of the Max Payne universe, Max Payne 3 features a wide range of new and traditional multiplayer modes that play on the themes of paranoia, betrayal and heroism, all delivered with the same epic visual style of the single-player game. For more information, log onto www.rockstargames.com/maxpayne3.
MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 11
We've have been working hard on AfterBurner, today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities.
Today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities. We're happy to see MSI Afterburner is leading the overclock applications. MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 11 is ready
Changes list includes:
- Added memory voltage control for reference design AMD RADEON 7970 graphics cards with CHL8228 voltage regulators
- Now MSI Afterburner displays target VID instead of real voltage sensor reading on "GPU voltage" graph on graphics cards equipped with CHL8228 voltage regulators. These changes are implemented to avoid confusing the beginners and prevent the hysteria about voltage drop on AMD RADEON 7970 series graphic cards spreading across different discussion forums. Experienced users, understanding the difference between target and real voltages, may still unlock the previous real voltage monitoring mode via editing the hardware profiles
- Core and memory clock limits have been extended to 180% on AMD RADEON 7970 graphics cards in unofficial overclocking mode
- Now MSI Afterburner's startup daemon routine precaches VRM I2C registers state at the first Windows startup. Precached VRM state is being used to detect default voltage instead of hardcoding default voltages into the database. Please take a note that you may forcibly perform precaching later with command line switch or disable the precaching at all via configuration file if necessary and force MSI Afterburner to use the previous hardcoded database based default voltage detection
- MSI On-Screen Display server has been upgraded to version 4.3.1. New version gives you the following improvements:
o Added workaround for AMD OpenGL driver context switching issues causing abnormally low framerate in ID Software Rage when OSD is enabled
o Added workaround for AMD OpenGL driver PBO issues causing the driver to crash or perform abnormally slow during videocapture
NVIDIA to launch GeForce GTX 680 in February ?
More and more rumors appear are surrounding NVIDIA with a poending graphics card release.
As you guys all know, the new GPU, Kepler, is launching very late for unknown reasons. The flagship part might even be released end of year.
However, the latest rumor was that the new mid-range segment cards would be launching (delayed to) April this year. According to an (their own acclaimed) reliable source at ChipHell they learned that NVIDIA's GeForce "GTX 680" part could be launched some time in February.
The source says that this part would be competitive with the HD 7970, though not exactly NVIDIA's fastest next-generation GPU in the works. Which seems to confirm that a high-end part is nowhere near release.
The small bits of information are oozing out in a rather steady flow and slowly build the idea that some sort of launch late February (right before Cebit) might be a plausible.
The 28nm GPU based graphics cards based on this part would be equipped with 2 GB of memory, and its core clock speed is supposed to be 780 MHz.
NZXT the Switch 810 Full Tower PC Chassis
NZXT announces the Switch 810 hybrid chassis. Built for the hardcore PC enthusiast, Switch 810 is the most versatile and highly adaptable full tower chassis to date. It enables you to easily modify cooling performance from extreme liquid cooling, to superb airflow, or whisper-quiet silence.
Switch 810 aggressively eliminates heat, boasting support for 280 mm radiators, up to ten 140/120 mm fans. One of the most noteworthy features is an industry-first, unique hybrid fins that you can close to minimize noise and dust accumulation or open to expose passageways for maximum airflow.
NZXT ensures maximum expandability with two removable HDD cages with a potential of up to 7 HDDs equipped with two pivoting 120/140 mm fans that direct airflow at 15⁰ to the VGA and CPU. There are 9 expansion slots for installing EATX motherboards with Quad SLI, or Triple crossfire. Multimedia access is optimized with high speed dual USB 3.0, a hard drive dock, and an SD card reader.
Switch 810 offers stress-free installation with immaculate wire management and tool-less 5.25" and 3.5"/2.5" SSD hard drive installation for easy accessibility. Additional features that solidify Switch 810 as the PC enthusiast's dream chassis include a rear white LED light added visibility in dark environments and an acrylic window lets you peer in at your masterful build.
"Switch 810 is truly the pinnacle of high performance computing" said Johnny Hou, Founder of NZXT. "It offers enthusiasts an array of advanced features intuitively implemented into one of the most unique designs we've ever created."
The Switch 810 is available for $169.99.