Intel Wants PCI Express 3.0 Inside Thunderbolt
Intel's Thunderbolt interconnect interface may not be mainstream just yet, but Intel is determined to push it forward making use of the latest PCI Express 3.0 standard.
Right now, Thunderbolt does not even come close to its full potential, mostly because it uses copper wires instead of optical cables.
Had it been made with fiber optics from the start, it would have easily attained its apex of 50 Gbps, but the current iteration only hovers around 10 Gbps. Still, not only does the standard relay data, but it integrates the DisplayPort connection as well, for displays.
Furthermore, data streams are sent in both directions over a single cable and relay packetized traffic for both protocols. Now, Intel intends to combine the technology with the PCI Express 3.0 interface, though it is unclear if copper will keep being used.
At any rate, if we were to put things in perspective, Thunderbolt, as it is today, is a sort of PCI Express 2.0 x4 delivered through cables instead of motherboard slots.
Using PCI Express 3.0 would push the bandwidth from 10 Gbps to 20 Gbps.
"We are working on integrating PCI Express 3.0 support into a future version of Thunderbolt, but are not prepared to get into more detail at this time," said Dave Salvator, a spokesman for Intel, according to X-bit Labs.
The Santa Clara, California-based company has yet to disclose implementation or availability dates, but that is unsurprising.
It is still possible to surmise when PCI Express 3.0 Thunderbolt appears, however: since PTB, or post-Thunderbolt (the one with fiber optics and silicon photonics components) will emerge in 2015, the PCI Express 3.0 version should appear in 2014 or even 2013. Finally, the 3.0 will add some extra features to the TB's already considerable list of capabilities.
Microsoft sets 1ms as goal for touchscreen latency
Microsoft seems to understand the importance of low-latency touch interfaces, too. Its Applied Sciences Group has posted a video illustrating the lag associated with current touchscreen technology, which is purportedly around 100 ms, and compares it to examples with 50, 10, and only 1 ms of latency.
The demo uses a projection-based display to simulate the lower latencies, and the difference is palpable at each step along the way. I'm even surprised at how much lag I can see in the 10-ms setup, although it doesn't look like the delay would bother me while dragging around elements of a tablet UI.
Diablo III Won't Have PvP Features at Launch
Blizzard has just announced two news for Diablo III fans - one good and one bad. The bad news first: Blizzard has announced that the much anticipated player-vs-player features in Diablo 3 will not be making the initial release schedule. The good news is the player-vs-player features will be added at a future date through a patch later in the year.
As we're counting down the days until we're ready to announce a release date for Diablo III, we've come to realize that the PvP game and systems aren't yet living up to our standards. Today, we wanted to let you know that we've made the difficult decision to hold back the PvP Arena system and release it in a patch following the game's launch. After a lot of consideration and discussion, we ultimately felt that delaying the whole game purely for PvP would just be punishing to everyone who's waiting to enjoy the campaign and core solo/co-op content, all of which is just about complete.
While we work on making sure PvP lives up to its full potential, we hope you'll find some consolation in the fact that soon, you'll be having a blast leveling characters, finding items, learning the classes, and perfecting builds'and that when the Arenas do arrive, you'll be all the better prepared for battle.
When the PvP patch is ultimately ready, it will add multiple Arena maps with themed locations and layouts, PvP-centric achievements, and a matchmaking system that will help you and your team get into fairly matched games quickly and easily. We'll also be adding a personal progression system that will reward you for successfully bashing in the other team's skulls.
We know a lot of you are looking forward to PvP, and we'll be focusing our post-launch efforts on making sure the Arenas are as brutal, bloody, fast-paced, and awesome as we know they can be. In the meantime, we're in the process of putting the finishing touches on what we think is a truly epic campaign and co-op experience for launch.
We'll have a lot more info to share on the PvP system in the future, and we look forward to the moment we can get the game into your hands.
GPU Caps Viewer 1.15.1
GPU Caps Viewer is a graphics card information utility focused on the OpenGL, OpenCL and CUDA API level support of the main (primary) graphics card.
Even if you have several graphics cards in your system, only one is considered as the main OpenGL or Direct3D device. For OpenCL and CUDA, GPU Caps Viewer details the API support of each capable device available in the system. GPU Caps Viewer offers also a simple GPU monitoring facility (clock speed, temperature, GPU usage, fan speed) for NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon based graphics cards.
GPU Caps Viewer 1.15.1 changelog
- New: support of Radeon HD 7770, HD 7750, HD 7870 and HD 7850.
- Bugfix: typo error in GLSL shader validation utility (Pixel shader in place of Geometry shader).
- Update: ZoomGPU 1.7.0 (GPU monitoring lib).
Single Slot Radeon HD 7850
AFOX out of Hong Kong showed off a custom made Radeon HD 7850 card at CeBIT as vrzone reported. The card is the first single slot Radeon HD 7850 card we've seen so far and despite this, AFOX has managed to squeeze in four display connectors.
The AF7850-1024D5S1 as the card is awkwardly called also differs in terms of its overall specification compared to AMD's reference cards. For one, the GPU is clocked at 900MHz rather than 860MHz, a fairly modest overclock, but still a peculiar move considering the single slot the design. As the model name gives away, AFOX halved the graphics memory to 1GB and underclocked it by 75MHz (300MHz effectively) for an effective clock speed of 4.5GHz compared to 4.8GHz.
AFOX has managed to squeeze in a dual-link DVI port, an HDMI port, a DisplayPort and a mini DisplayPory connector. We're not entirely sold on the cooling design, as we have a feeling that the fairly modest fan is going to be quite noisy, but either which way, the card is an impressive attempt at doing something different.
EVGA shows Z77 FTW
EVGA decided to give us a peek on their high-end LGA 1155 board EVGA Z77 board (development still in progress).
The photo shown is what we THINk is the Z77 FTW as there has not been a name given just yet. You'll spot a Ivy-bridge ready LGA 1155 socket, four DDR3 memory slots, 10-phase power, two 8-pin power connectors to 'feed' the processor plus two 6-pin PCIe plugs catering to graphics cards, a PCIe bridge chip and five PCI-Express x16 slots.
The board also includes PCIe disable switches, a debug LED, an angled 24-pin ATX power connector, four SATA 6.0 Gbps and four SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, Gigabit Ethernet, an undetermined number of USB 3.0 ports, Power, Reset and Clear CMOS buttons, 7.1 channel audio, and also seems to eb a Thunderbolt port.
Have a peek at the photo:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 up to 4GB GDDR5
Many reports on the web indicate that NVIDIA's GK104 will launch later this month as the GeForce GTX 680. The card reportedly offers 1536 CUDA cores and a 256-bit memory controller, the standard models will get 2GB GDDR5 memory but there will also be a variant with 4GB GDDR5.
For the first time since the introduction of GDDR5, NVIDIA's GPU will be able to drive GDDR5 memory higher than AMD, which created the memory standard.
Dynamic Clock Adjustment is very similar to former
CD Projekt Red drops DRM
Hear hear, let's start buying their games ! Game developer CD Projekt Red will never use any DRM again, because the company now realizes that DRM offers no benefits:
CD Projekt Red, the part of CD Projekt that does the game development, is leaving DRM behind for good. CEO Marchin Lwinski said at GDC presentation "Every subsequent game we will never use any DRM anymore, it
Valve: Steam console not coming anytime soon
Valve marketing director Doug Lombardi confirmed that the company is experimenting with Steam boxes for a Big Picture Mode user interface, but he added that Valve is a long way from shipping any sort of hardware.
"We're prepping the Steam Big Picture Mode UI and getting ready to ship that, so we're building boxes to test that on," Valve marketing director Doug Lombardi said, referring to a new Steam interface that will make the online gaming service easily useable for people who want to play Steam games on a PC that's connected to their TV. "We're also doing a bunch of different experiments with biometric feedback and stuff like that, which we've talked about a fair amount.
"All of that is stuff that we're working on, but it's a long way from Valve shipping any sort of hardware."
Next Xbox to drop optical disc drive?
DailyMail claims Microsoft's next-gen Xbox will no longer have a disc drive. The console, said to be slated for a 2013 launch date, will focus on digital distribution but will offer compatibility with some sort of interchangeable solid-state card storage.
The follow-up to the Xbox 360 is due out next year - and the machine will no longer have a disc drive, according to a source within Microsoft. Instead, games will download to the hi-tech new console - or gamers can carry them on a memory card.
Gaming industry trade magazine MCV reported the leak from an unnamed source, who claimed the information was covered by a strict non-disclosure agreement. 'Although the console will not include a disc drive, it will offer compatibility with some sort of interchangeable solid-state card storage, although it is not known whether this will be proprietary or a more standard format such as SD,' said MCV's Ben Parfitt.
More details are expected at the E3 show in Los Angeles in May.
Spire SkyMax VGA cooler
Spire debuts its SkyMax graphics card cooler. Introducing the SkyMax high-end DT Heat-pipe VGA graphics array cooler. This triple-fan VGA cooler utilizes five (5) copper heat-pipes that quickly transfer the heat away from the GPU heat source. The SkyMax offers powerful cooling solution for the latest Nvidia and ATI Graphic processors up to 180 W TDP.
The five heat-pipes utilized are high performance sintered powder heat-pipes which guarantee swift heat transfer. The SkyMax is equipped with three (3) DC fans, one (1) 90 mm centre fan and two (2) 80 mm fans which generate a huge air pressure of 36.5 CFM. This VGA Cooler is supplied with a complete set of mounting accessories such as clips, screws, S420 thermal interface material, MOS and RAM heat-sinks. Due to the open heatsink design the air can easily cool the entire Graphic Card. You can easily install this VGA cooler onto your Gforce and Radeon chipset based graphic cards. Powered by innovation and performance guaranteed the SkyMax is the professional solution for pc enthusiasts and gamers alike - offered to you by Spire.
- Superior performance up to 180 Watts capacity
- Efficient cooling enabled by 5 heat-pipes
- Designed for mid to high-end VGA cards
- Three DC fans, silent at 19~41.5 dBA Max.
- Sufficient GPU cooling as well as other surround components
- Keeps video card cooler and at maximum performance
- Versatile for NVIDIA Geforce and ATI Radeon graphic chip-sets
- Extends the life of your video card
- 3 years limited manufacturer warranty
The SkyMax is compatible with most NVIDIA and ATI based graphic cards on the market today. For exact Chip / Card compatibility please review the listed VGA Chip models that are applicable for the SkyMax VGA cooler on the product specification page ID145 (url down below).
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Core i7 3820 processor review
We review the Core i7 3820 processor. The chip features four computing cores with Hyper-Threading support working at 3.6GHz (3.8 GHz max Turbo), 10MB of Level 3 cache memory, a quad-channel memory controller, and a built-in 40-lane PCI Express 3.0 controller.
Still, the Core i7-3820 might not have its MP's unlocked, but that doesn't mean it cant overclock on the baseclock + it has a multiplier still capable of 43. Today we'll test the Core i7-3820 and will see how it performs in its baseline configuration and obviously also try to overclock it a little.
Read the article here.
GeForce GK104 Graphics Card Photo ?
A photo emerged on RedQuasar BBS and then on TPU, this could very well be a GeForce Kepler 104-based graphics card aka GeForce 670 or 680:
On the top-right corner you can spot a deep cutout, for the unusual piggy-backed 6+6 pin PCIe power connectors. The only feature that clouds the plausibility of this picture is "GeForce GTX 670 Ti" being etched onto the cooler's shroud. We're hearing more voices refer to the top GK104 part as "GeForce GTX 680" than "GTX 670 Ti". We're also hearing that NVIDIA will adopt a new GeForce logo, so that glaring "GEFORCE" badge on the top of the card looks plausible.
Medal of Honor: Warfighter in October
Medal of Honor: Warfighter is the studio's second stab at the rebooted FPS franchise from EA. Whereas the previous game was all about the fight in Afghanistan, Warfighter promises a "global fight," one comprised of real-world events that happen all around the globe. At a Game Developers Conference event in San Francisco last night, Electronic Arts showed off a hands-off demonstration of Warfighter's new direction. The demo level took place in the Philippines, where you were in an assault against Abu Sayyaf in an effort to rescue hostages. This mission isn't inspired by fiction. It happened in real life. "Getting inside this kind of real world event is at the heart of Medal of Honor," executive producer Greg Goodrich told the audience.
ECS Z77H2-AX and Z77H2-A2X black and gold colors
Meet the the ECS Z77H2-AX and Z77H2-A2X, new LGA1155 motherboards for Intel's Ivy Bridge. Unlike previously published photos of these two boards, the retail editions will feature a new black and golod color scheme. All metallic parts of the motherboards, be it the sheaths around the conductive polymer capacitors, the sheaths around the chokes, the PCH and VRM heatsinks, the CPU socket frame, and even the rear-panel port clusters, will have golden-colored finish that lends the motherboard a pimped out appearance. The PCB is jet-black, and so are all the expansion and DRAM slots, the gray and white colored slots are replaced. Most other plastic parts, such as SATA ports, ATX/EPS power connectors, are colored black.
We should receive some samples soon so we can show you them a little more in detail. Click on the thumbnails:
Lenovo recalls 50,500 PCs due to fire hazard
Chinese PC maker Lenovo issued a recall of about 50,500 ThinkCentre desktop computers due to fire hazard:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Lenovo ThinkCentre M70z and M90z computers
Units: About 50,500
Hazard: A defect in an internal component in the power supply can overheat and pose a fire hazard.
Manufacturer/Importer: Lenovo, of Morrisville, N.C.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm received reports of one fire incident and one smoke incident in the U.S. No injuries have been reported. Description: The recalled all-in-one desktop computers, or PCs, are flat-panel monitors with the PC integrated into the monitor housing itself. The power supplies are also inside the monitor or PC housing. The computer chassis has a matte black finish with the brand name "ThinkCentre" in the lower left hand corner of the monitor front. The recalled desktop model numbers are M90z and M70z along with the serial number and manufacturing date code can be found on a label on the underside of the unit.
M70z and M90z
1001 to 1012
1101 to 1112
001 to 012
101 to 112
Only certain of the M70z and M90z computers built in this time frame are affected. Consumers will need to check the serial number on their computer with Lenovo to determine if it is subject to this recall.
Sold at: Online at Lenovo's websites, by telephone and direct sales through Lenovo authorized distributors nationwide from May 2011 through January 2012 for about $500 for the M70z model and $800 for the M90z model.
Manufactured in: Mexico
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the computers, unplug the power supply and contact the firm to determine if your computer is included in the recall and to schedule an appointment for a free replacement of the power supply.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Lenovo toll-free at (855)248-2194 anytime, or visit the firm's website at www.lenovo.com/aiopsurecall .