Far Cry 3 - The Road to E3
AMD Catalyst Application Profile - 12.4 CAP2
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 :
- Alan Wake American Nightmare : Improves CrossFire performance
- Windows Media Center
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 launches soon ?
More graphics card 'gossip' today. It seems that the GeForce GTX 660 is
scheduled to arrive this summer. i've heard gossip about Computex already, but
that seems a little too soon to be honest. SweClockers got some info claiming
that the card would become available for 2500 Swedish kronors, which is around
$350 (including high VAT). Earlier leaks said that it will cost between $299 and
For Kepler it is suggested to be using the GK106 GPU and it would four shader clusters (SMX), considering that the Kepler architecture has 192 shaders per SMX, this card would get 768 shader aka cuda cores, stream processors. It is likely to be paired with 2Gb GDDR5 graphics memory but the discussion on whether that is 128 or 256-bit remains open. We think it'll have to be 256-bit for the product to make real sense.
To recap a GTX 660 could be inbound in-between June and August at roughly 299
USD ex VAT. Now a hint to the board partners, somebody just HAS to do a GeForce GTX 666
AMD board partners working on 7970 X2 ?
Interesting news from TPU today, they noticed via Donim haber that dual-GPU based Radeon HD 7970 X2 cards from board parters might be in the works. That means that the board partners are working on their own dual-GPU solutions based on Tahiti GPUs.
AMD is expected to release a RadeoN HD 7990, but that one seems to be delayed.Initially we expected that one to be released during Computex 2012, but so far nothing substantial has surfaced. DonanimHaber now reports that manufacturers are tired of waiting for actual Radeon HD 7990 model from AMD, so they will come up with something new.
The specs on these things can go all directions, it would make sense though for two 28 nm "Tahiti" GPUs to be used with even higher clock frequencies to they'll be able to take on the GeForce GTX 690.
As stated, it's all unconfirmed, but yeah .. that would be an interesting development.
MSI Radeon HD 7850 Power Edition OC review
BenQ GW Series Monitors With Full HD Resolution
BenQ has unveiled five new Full HD monitors from its BenQ GW series. Known as the 22-inch BenQ GW2250M, 22-inch BenQ GW2250HM, 24-inch BenQ GW2450M, 24-inch BenQ GW2450HM and 27-inch BenQ GW2750HM, these Full HD monitors provide a 1920
BitFenix Prodigy mini-ITX chassis
BitFenix is proud to launch its latest creation - Prodigy. The first mini-ITX chassis designed with enthusiasts in mind, Prodigy is set to turn the mini-ITX chassis market on its head. With support for long graphics cards, tower coolers, and even watercooling radiators, Prodigy offers unparalleled flexibility in a compact Mini-ITX form factor.
"The wave of enthusiast class mini-ITX motherboards is upon us, and with Prodigy, users finally have a case to match," says BitFenix Product Manager David Jarlestedt. "No longer will users have to choose between compact size and blazing performance. With Prodigy, mini-ITX users can finally have it all."
Prodigy - Small Case, Big Ideas
Designed by BitFenix from the ground up, Prodigy embodies everything BitFenix - robust functionality, revolutionary new materials, and timeless design. The subtle curves and clean lines on the outside speak the same BitFenix design language that has catapulted BitFenix into the hearts of enthusiasts everywhere. The chassis is suspended by two handles on the top and bottom that are crafted with BitFenix FyberFlex Composite - a revolutionary new material that is very flexible yet offers incredible strength. These handles, coated in our SofTouch Surface Treatment, are not only a convenient way to carry Prodigy, but are also an extra level of shock protection during transport. Two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports are provided on the outside for fast file transfers, while the brushed aluminum BitFenix logo on the front ties the entire design together. Available in Midnight Black or Arctic White, Prodigy is not just a PC case, but a work of art.
Sliding off the side panel reveals the Prodigy's true talents. The modular BitFenix FlexCage houses up to five 3.5" HDDs or 2.5" SSDs, making Prodigy an ideal candidate for a home server, HTPC or NAS. Remove the middle portion of the FlexCage, and Prodigy can accommodate long graphics cards up to 320 mm in length, making it ideal for a pint-sized gaming powerhouse. Need even more power? Remove FlexCage and the ODD bay all together to make room for a thick 240 mm water cooling radiator. Prodigy accommodates standard ATX power supplies, and a specially designed side SSD mounting bracket that enables users to install up to five SSDs, even with the FlexCage completely removed! Featuring multiple installation options, Prodigy is the most flexible mini-ITX chassis on the market, bar none.
Of course, no one wants to spend time wrestling with their system, which is why Prodigy comes with a bunch of DIY-friendly features. The uniquely positioned motherboard tray makes it possible to install tall CPU coolers, and filtered fan intakes keep the insides looking as good as the outside. Tool-free drive locking mechanisms make installation a breeze, while rolled-edge cable pass-throughs help protect your cables from damage.
Pricing and Availability
BitFenix Prodigy carries an MSRP of 69
AMD Trinity transistor count revised to 1.3 billion
Awkward ... Last year AMD revealed that its Bulldozer processor has 1.2 billion transistors instead of 2 billion, and this week Bright Side of News discovered that the transistor count of the Trinity APU also differs from the number that AMD originally supplied at launch; it's 1.3 billion and not 1.45 billion:
While writing our article about Trinity APU we took the transistor count originally supplied at its launch last year. That number was confirmed in the Llano post-mortem presentation at the Hot Chips 2011 conference, and widely cited in various Llano reviews, including the AnandTech one. Back then the quad-core version of Llano counted no less than 1.45B transistors. Now, if you look at Trinity launch articles at various sites, you will find a different number, such as 1.178B transistors on AnandTech. You will also find sites such as Tom's Hardware and Tech Report state Llano as 1.45 billion transistors, while Trinity packs 1.30 billion. What remains unchanged is the die size, which has remained at the same 228mm
IE10 in Windows 8 to bundle Flash
Interesting, it looks like it that Microsoft, despite earlier claims, will keep Flash in IE10. Internet Explorer 10 browser in Windows 8 will include an integrated version of the Adobe Flash plugin. Interestingly, the software giant will allow the use of Flash in Metro, but only for whitelisted websites.
In Windows 8, Microsoft's browser will come in two guises. There will be the traditional desktop browser, with its full support of plug-ins and extensions, and there will be the new Metro-style browser that will be plug-in free. But that's not quite the whole story. The browser will include an integrated and embedded version of Adobe Flash, and because this will be built-in, it won't be treated as a plug-in.
The result? Even the Metro-style browser will be able to use Flash.
Microsoft isn't opening the floodgates entirely. Use of Flash in the Metro-style browser will be limited to those sites included on a whitelist. The list is comprised of a mix of domains: video sites such as Hulu, YouTube, and Vimeo, news sites including CNN, the BBC, and Wired, and a number of entertainment and gaming sites, including Facebook and Zynga. Flash-based interactive content on these sites will work in the Metro-style browser. Flash content on other sites will require the use of the desktop browser.
Biostar TZ77B motherboards
BIOSTAR, a world famous manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, industrial computing systems and peripherals, starts sales of the next-generation BIOSTAR TZ77B boards based on the latest Intel Z77 chipset and meant for powerful desktop systems with an excellent price/performance.
The boards are designed for the latest third-gen Intel Core CPUs (Ivy Bridge) manufactured using the 22nm fab process based on the 3D transistors and retain the full backward compatibility with the second-gen Intel Core CPUs (Sandy Bridge). They support all Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 chips for the LGA 1155 socket with the TDP up to 95W including Intel K-Series chips with the unlocked multiplier.
The TZ77B models have four DDR3 DIMM slots and support up to 32GB of dual-channel DDR3 1600/1333/1066Mhz memory and overclocking DDR3 2600/2400/2133/1866Mhz modules. They also support two SATA 3.0 drives with the performance up to 6Gbit/s and four SATA2 drives which can be arranged in RAID 0,1,5 or 10 arrays. Besides, the boards feature the Intel Smart Response Technology (SRT) for fast SSD caching in hardware.
The new-comers support up to 6 USB 2.0 and 3 USB 3.0 ports. The high-speed network connection is provided by the GbE LAN interface based on the Realtek RTL8111E chip. High-quality sound comes from the 8-channel HD Audio codec based on the Realtek ALC892 chip and the Clean Tone 2 Technology which delivers the SNR of 98dB in the Windows 7 systems.
The Intel Core integrated graphics core supports the DirectX 11 and HDMI 3D Visual interface for output of stereo 3D formats. Additional discrete graphics can be connected to the PCI Express 3.0 x16 port which is backward compatible with the PCI-E 2.0 and which supports multi-core accelerators from NVIDIA and AMD. Additional peripherals can be connected to 1 x PCI-E x16 2.0 Slot (x4), 2 x PCI-E x1 2.0 Slots and 2 x PCI Slots.
The TZ77B boards support the new BIOS with the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI BIOS) which delivers flexibility and simplicity of tuning thanks to a clear graphics interface.
The new boards use reliable solid capacitors and a 6-phase regulating system which is critical for stable long-term operation and reliability in experimental system with overclocked components.
The supplied T-overclocker Windows utility, popular among overclockers, combines powerful tools for fine system tuning, tuning of CPU performance, memory subsystem, CPU fan speeds etc. The BIOSTAR G.P.U (Green Power Utility) lowers power consumption at a light CPU load. The boards support the BIO-Remote2 technology for remote control of PC
DiRT Showdown launch trailer
ArmA III - Lighting Showcase Video
Skyrim PC Beta Update 1.6 Released
Bethesda has released a new beta update for the PC version of their acclaimed RPG, Skyrim. This new update comes with the introduction of mounted combat, general stability and memory optimizations, as well as optimizations and crash fixes for data leaks, and improved ranged kill cams.
- Mounted Combat - Skyrim now allows you to do melee and ranged combat while riding a horse
- General stability and memory optimizations
- General AI pathfinding optimizations and bug fixes
- Optimizations and crash fixes for data leaks
- Fixed rare crash with lighting
- Fixed crashes related to loading and saving games
- Fixed crash with summoned creatures/NPCs
- Fixed rare issue where saves would be corrupted
- Improved logic for when ranged kill cams are played
- Fixed issue with ranged kill cams while killing a dragon
- Fixed rare issue with certain ranged kill cams not playing properly
- Fixed issue with nirnroot lighting not properly cleaning up
- Fixed issue where bow damage was being calculated incorrectly
- Fixed rare problem with werewolf kill moves would not finish animating properly
- In �The Break of Dawn� fixed rare issue where Meridia�s Beacon would disappear from player�s inventory
- Fixed occasional issue where followers would disappear after player pays off a county after committing a crime
- Fixed issue where certain creatures and NPCs would fail to respawn properly
- Fixed rare issue with dialogue subtitles not displaying properly
- Fixed issue with water appearing blurry when loading a saved game after creating a save underwater
- Fixed issue where map cursor would occasionally disappear after closing a message box with Kinect enabled (Xbox 360)
- Fixed rare issue with shouts only performing the first level and not other unlocked levels with Kinect enabled (Xbox 360)
- Fixed issue where the shout buttons would stop working properly if users mashed LB and RB during cooldown with Kinect enabled (Xbox 360)
Silicon Power T10 SATA II SSDs
Well, why not, there's nothing wrong with SATA II speeds if prices right of course. Here comes a new line of SATA II SSDs from Silicon Power, the T10. Available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB sizes, these 2.5-inch SSDs feature a brushed aluminum metal body, built-in DDR2 DRAM Cache memory, TRIM support, built-in S.M.A.R.T and ECC error correction functions and can deliver a maximum data transfer rate of 278MB/s. Pricing info is still unknown at the moment. [Silicon Power]
Samsung S27B970 27-Inch QHD Monitor
Samsung Electronics debuts a brand new, high-grade consumer monitor, the Premium Smart Monitor 970 aka the S27B970.
The 27-inch display features a PLS (Plane to Line Switching) panel with 178/178 degree viewing angles, a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, a 5 ms response time, 300 cd/m2 maximum brightness, DVI, HDMI (with MHL support) and DisplayPort connectors, a 2-port USB hub, plus built-in speakers. The S27B970 comes with a three-year warranty and costs about $1,177 (in South Korea).
HDD prices continue slow decline
An updated chart reflects the evolution of the pricing of hard disk drives since the Thai floods in October. Prices have fallen slightly since the previous chart that was published in early-April, but it appears they're stabilizing at a "new normal".
Prices have fallen slightly since our early-April update. The Deskstar 7K1000.D 1TB has enjoyed the most dramatic drop, and it can now be had for an even hundred bucks. Our favorite mechanical drive, Samsung's Spinpoint F3 1TB, was briefly down to $80 before returning to $110. (If you enter the promo code EMCYTZT1637 before tomorrow, you can nab the drive for $80.) Both of those terabyte drives cost less than WD's Caviar Black, which has at least been discounted by $10 over the past month and a half.
The other drives we've been following are low-RPM "green" models from Samsung and WD. These higher-capacity drives have dropped in price slightly since the beginning of April, but the cuts only amount to $10 per drive. We're still a long way from pre-flooding levels. [via techreport]
Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 mid-tower
Nanoxia reveals the Deep Silence 1, a new mid-tower with some pretty nice features.
Years ago, with the launch of the legendary Nano-Bearing fans, we dedicated ourselves to the development of innovative, high-quality must-have products. With the launch of the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 PC Case this development now finds its logical evolution.
In accordance with current requirements, this innovative tower - as the foundation for a whole new line of future products - offers the perfect symbiosis of ideal system cooling and sensationally low noise levels
Far Cry 3 Insane Edition Announced
This 'Insane Edition' includes:
- A 12cm Vaas Wahine with bobble head!
- Monkey Business - Discover Hurk, a new memorable character and quest giver, and his four unique missions (1 hour additional gameplay)
- The Lost Expeditions -Two suspenseful action packed missions totaling over 40
minutes of additional gameplay and an exclusive weapon (The Japanese gun) - The Hunter Pack � The M700 hunting rifle and its three collector�s skins.
- The Warrior Pack - A handcrafted dagger and two exclusive tribal tattoos.
- The Predator Pack - Four exclusive rare predators and a multiplayer bow.
- An 'Insanity Guide' containing hints and tips to help you survive the island