Razer Battlefield 3 BlackShark Gaming Headset
Razer announced the addition of a custom headset to its Collector
Swiftech Apogee Drive II CPU Water-Block w/Integrated Pump
Swiftech announced the release of the Apogee Drive II, a CPU waterblock featuring an integrated pump. "Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, the Apogee Drive II returns to take its place at the helm of Swiftech's CPU waterblock product line and it includes all the latest and greatest technological advancements that we have to offer today" said Gabriel Rouchon Swiftech's Chairman and CTA.
Derived in general concept from the company's Apogee Drive initially released in 2007, the Apogee Drive II much differs from the original in terms of its execution. The original was conceived as a moderate cost unit, using plastic injection molding for its body, the entry-level MCP350 pump and it came with bare essentials. In contrast, the Apogee Drive II is conceived as a luxury vessel: its uses the PWM controlled MCP35X, Swiftech's most powerful pump to date, a precision CNC machined water-block body that lends itself to easy upgrades for future socket form factors, adjustable inlet and outlet ports, a heatsink to further cool the pump, LED illuminated logo in a choice of 3 colors, braided cables, and the company's now famous retention system. The only concession to cost and waste-cutting measure the company made was to not bundle all the retention systems into one SKU, and to make 3 separate product versions.
According to the Company's own benchmarks, the Apogee Drive II edged the current Apogee HD in thermal performance, which is no small feat considering that the HD is currently hovering at the top of the world's performance charts. Given the considerable headroom afforded by the pump, uses for this type of device span across the entire spectrum of the high-end liquid cooling arena, but will particularly please system builders with space-constrained applications. The initial SKU being released is compatible with Intel CPUs using socket LGA 775, 1155 and 1366. Two more versions are expected to be released in June: a version compatible with Intel socket LGA 2011, and one compatible with all current AMD processor sockets.
- 1155/1366 version: $144.95
- 2011 version: $135.95
- AMD version: $138.95
Lian Li to Shows Moving Chassis at Computex
Lian-Li Industrial Co., Ltd. will be attending Computex Taipei 2012 from June 5 to June 9, 2012 in Taipei, Taiwan. Lian Li invites and welcomes all distributors, system integrators, media, and technology enthusiasts to visit their booth (#J1009a at Nangang Exhibition Hall 1F) and get a hands-on preview of the new line before they enter the market later this year.
This year at Computex Lian Li will be showcasing two moving cases. The eye-catching CK-101 resembles a traditional steam engine train and will be moving up and down the tracks at the Lian Li booth. While the CK-101 even has smoke coming out of the exhaust, it is not just a model. The CK-101 supports 3.5
Tt eSPORTS KNUCKER Pro-Gaming Keyboard
The design concept came from Team Tt Apollos' Hermes and his specific demands in easing the key-press strength during the competition. KNUCKER was co-created and went through phases of testing and evaluation by the members of Team Tt Apollos, and the KNUCKER demonstrated the obvious differences when Hermes delivered an All-Star performance in game Kart Rider since the beginning of 2012.
KNUCKER pro-gaming keyboard is installed with the plunger-switch that simulates mechanical switch feedback, but with extra elasticity and comfort.
The KNUCKER is also designed with the S4Key-Function to accelerate gamer's need in rotating the command repeat rate in 4 modes: 1x, 2x, 4x, and 8x. This feature derives from the common gaming behavior also known as the Repeat-Rate Rotating Movement, or R3M in short. This behavior motivates the initial creation of KNUCKER, and to apply in gaming environment, the keyboard acts as a gaming solution to allow gamers such as Team Tt Apollos' Hermes to switch the mode rapidly.
Each key cap of KNUCKER is meticulously designed by Tt eSPORTS' Industial Painting Workshop crews to select the most durable yet visually vibrant Electric Cyan silk-print technique, applying on the KNUCKER and the silk-printed keys immediately attracts attention.
8 replaceable red caps are provided for gamers' visual convenience, spotting the most-used keys: W, A, S, D, and the direction keys. Battle Dragon logo has been well-recognized as a representation of Tt eSPORTS by the e-Sports community. KNUCKER gaming keyboard designs F12 key as the Battle Dragon key, locating at the center of keyboard's palm rest, seemingly floating between you and KNUCKER.
GeForce GTX 690 passes P20000 in 3DMark 11
The GeForce GTX 690 might be expensive, but it certainly is sexy. In Taiwan there is this pro-overclocker called TIN and he applied some tender love adn care (TLC) to the card, with the result of setting a new 3DMark 11 record -- P20962 points using a single GeForce GTX 690 graphics card (well okay 2 GPUs).
TIN achived this by tweaking an EVGA GeForce GTX 690 to clock speeds of 1509 MHz on the baseclock and 1639 MHz on the GPU Boost. The memory was clocked at an effecitve datarate of 7336 MHz. To be able to do that you will need subzero cooling and as such ... liquid nitrogen was used.
Processor wise there was nothing extreme going on, an Intel Core i7-3960X processor was overclocked towards 4.50 GHz. The setup used 16 GB quad-channel DDR3-2133 MHz memory and EVGA's X79 Classified motherboard.
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Revolutionary soft-body physics in CryEngine3
Check that out, very interesting. It's soft-body physics that you might know from Rigs of Rods, now even better in CryEngine3.
Anything can be built in the Beam physics system - cars, trucks, planes, boats, trains, cranes, tanks, helicopters, and even destructible map objects and crash test dummies. It's all real physics. Anything is possible.
This is still an early work in progress - don't mind the shading and collision issues, they're working on it. Thanks Outrance for posting.
ASUS GeForce GTX 680
ASUS released their latest graphics card the GeForce GTX 680 with DirectCU II cooling. Codenamed GTX680-DC2T-2GD5, the card is equipped with 1536 CUDA Cores, a 256-bit memory interface, a core clock of 1058MHz (1201MHz Boost Clock) and a 2GB of GDDR5 memory set @ 6008MHz.
The card comes with a dual-fan DirectCU II-based cooling system and features 1x DVI-I, 1x DVI-D, 1x HDMI and 1x DisplayPort outputs. Currently in Asia the GTX680-DC2T-2GD5 sells for around 64,000 Yen (about $805).
PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 X2 Devil13 Graphics Card
Last week we already made mention of the fact that AMD's partners are developping X2 versions of the radeon 7900 series, thus Dual-GPU products.
Donim haber leaked photo's of the Radeon HD 7970 X2 Devil13. It is a dual GPU based solution thar comes with PowerColor's Vortex III cooling solution.
Again, the card is a custom-design dual-GPU graphics card and thus has two 28 nm Tahiti GPUs setup internally in CrossFire configuration. There's no info available on the number of shder processors and clock frequencies. The two GPUs however would hold 6 GB of GDDR5 memory / 384-bit memory bus. The card takes power from a whopping three 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors, and has a rated TDP of 525W.
Here are some photo's - click on the thumbnails:
AMD FX 8150 processor at 8.80 GHz
The AMD processors can run high clock frequencies, this one it even beyond that, 8805.64 MHz, to be precise.
A Thai overclocker under the name "ksin" took dibs and was to able to run the chip using a base clock speed of 303.29 MHz, and multiplier of 29.0x. A scorching 1.86V core voltage was used.
On the motherboards side of things an ASUS Crosshair V Formula was used with 4 GB (2x 2 GB) of ADATA memory (1417 MHz). No details such as cooling has been shared, but you can betcha it was sub-zero.
TP-Link N750 dual-band router
TP-Link releases the new TL-WDR4300 N750 router dual-band router. The TL-WDR4300 we're is a router capable of delivering up to 450Mbps in the 5GHz band and 300Mbps in the 2.4GHz band and unlike TP-Link's older TL-WR2543ND, the TL-WDR4300 is a simultaneous dual-band router.
There are also four Gigabit Ethernet port for the LAN side and one for the WAN side and TP-Link claims NAT throughput speeds of 800Mbps or more. The router also sports a pair of USB 2.0 ports to which printers and storage devices can be connected and in the latter case there's support for FTP and media streaming over UPnP. The TL-WDR4300 is expected to rail for only US$90.
Battlefield 4 to require 64-Bit OS
Here is the interesting update on upcoming games to be developed on Frostbite Engine including Battlefield 4 or Battlefield 2143. Johan Andersson, Rendering Architect at DICE working on Frostbite and future DICE/EA games, tweeted:
We'll have Frostbite-powered games in 2013 that will _require_ a 64-bit OS. If you are on 32-bit, great opportunity to upgrade to Windows 8
Whilst I doubt DICE is all too interested in fighting viruses with the NX-bit of an x64 system, with increasing texture sizes and level complexities, I can understand DICE's wish to address more memory, especially for its historically demanding Battlefield game series. 64-bit will also allow the team to reduce its codebase and engine complexity with the knowledge that it won't have to support 32-bit instructions or variables, as, even current-gen consoles are also natively 64-bit.
Media Player Classic Home Cinema v220.127.116.1102
Download Media Player Classic Home Cinema v18.104.22.16802 This open Source Media Player allows you to enhance, decode and accelerate a broad span of movie formats like x.264 with GPU assisted acceleration and image quality enhancing.
Modern graphics card offer the possibility to decode partially or completely a video stream using DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA), in order to reduce CPU usage dramatically. MPC-HC includes an embedded video decoder that uses this technology, to decode x.264, H.264 and VC-1 with hardly any CPU time required.
This project is based on the original "Media Player Classic" and was created after Gabest, the original author, stopped.
The download has both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions in the 7ZIP self extractable
- MatroskaSplitter?: Support for QT video formats in Matroska v1 and MPEG-1
- Added .tak extension
- Added a new Zoom option "Auto Fit (large only)"
- Ticket #1792, Show an OSD message and a status message when a favorite is created via the keyboard shortcut
- Ticket #1866, Added suppport for MLP audio in MpaDecFilter? and DTSAC3Source
- Ticket #2134, Added an auto-update feature to periodically check for new update. This feature can be enabled on first launch or via the Miscellaneous options page. The delay between the checks is also customizable.
- Ticket #2193, Add PNG support for custom toolbars
- Added Basque translation
- Include unrar.dll in the installer; rar'ed subtitles should be supported out of the box
ADATA SX900 256GB SSD review
We review the ADATA SX900 256GB SSD. ADATA's SX900 series comes with the 2281 series SandForce controller. According to ADATA that will increase sequential read and write performance to 550MB/s which makes the SX900 the fastest SSDs they have ever produced. However, we stated it already, the market is fierce and competitive, the 2281 controllers have been widely adopted by many players.
Read the review here.
Sandy Bridge Prices likely to drop in June/July
When Ivy Bridge launched we all expected CPU prices to drop a little, instead .... Ivy bridge was introduced a little more expensive keeping the rest in pace.
Digitimes sources however now seem to indicate that Intel will most likely lower prices of Sandy Bridge processors in June-July and it will be very helpful in increasing demand for PCs in emerging markets. Intel has so far declined to comment on its pricing strategy between the old gen and new gen platforms. We'll report more when we get new information.
PTFBYF-23W 23-Inch Full HD Monitor
Here\'s another Full HD monitor in the works. This one is from Princeton, the PTFBYF-23W. This new 23-inch LED-backlight monitor provides 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 5ms response time and 170/160 degree viewing angles.
The monitor also is equippwed with two built-in 2W stereo speakers and features DVI-D, mini D-Sub and HDMI connectors. The PTFBYF-23W will hit the market from June 8th for roughly $219 US, that seems too pricy though.
Avengers USB Flash Drives
Haha, okay well .. they are just cool and funny I guess, worthy enough for a newspost. If you dugg Marvel
ThermalTake Toughpower XT 1275W Platinum Snow Edition
ThermalTake has launched its Toughpower XT 1275W Platinum Snow Edition power supply.
Thermaltake, an award winning state of art PC power supplies, the leader and pioneer in PC thermal solutions, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, with
ECS launches Nonstop Technology
ECS announved a new technologyTechnology, designed to "deliver a hassle free computing experience by solving common PC hardware problems before they can even occur."
ECS Black Series motherboard equips with ECS exclusive Nonstop Technology adopting best-quality components and passing series of harsh tests to avoid every possible malfunction users may encounter during long-time usage. Through these heat-resistant, durable features which accomplish ECS Black Series motherboard, end-user can enjoy not only extreme performance but also stability and safety.