Crysis 3 Single Player Interactive Demo
Guild Wars 2 - Get Ready Trailer
Eizo ColorEdge CG246 24.1-Inch LCD Monitor
Eizo has introduced another one of its upcoming LCD monitor, the ColorEdge CG246. Designed for professionals in digital photography, graphic design, video editing and post-production, this new 24.1-inch IPS monitor provides 1920 x 1200 native resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 7.7ms response time and 178/178 degree viewing angles.
The monitor also comes with a built-in calibration sensor, which corresponds to the auto-calibration in accordance with the schedule, and features a DVI-I port, an HDMI port, a DisplayPort and a 2-port USB hub. The ColorEdge CG246 will go on sale from September 11th for 159,800 Yen (about $2,045). [Eizo]
VIA VAB-800 Pico-ITX Board
VIA is back with its latest product in the form of the VAB-800 Pico-ITX board. Measuring 10 cm x 7.2 cm, the VIA VAB-800 is actually the first VIA Pico-ITX board to feature an embedded ARM processor. The VIA VAB-800 features a choice of an 800MHz or a 1GHz Freescale ARM Cortex-A8 processor, two integrated GPUs for independent dual display, 3D/2D graphics acceleration to provide full HD playback support for resolutions up to 1080p, two USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, VGA and mini HDMI. Sadly, there is no info on pricing so far. [VIA]
Radeon HD 7990 Further Delayed
While the card was never 'announced' officially for a release in the the first place, the release of this dual-GPU card was expected in late July. Sources now indicate that there will be no AMD consumer product releases in August at all.
Known under the codename "New Zealand", Radeon HD 7990 represents AMD's highest-end part from the Southern Islands architecture. Consisting out of two Tahiti XT GPUs and 6GB GDDR5 memory (special edition 7990s could reach 12GB), Radeon HD 7990 goes head to head against the GeForce GTX 690.
By default, AMD has the advantage in terms of 50% more video memory (GTX 690 has 4GB), significantly higher memory bandwidth and the new Turbo mode, technology similar to the Turbo mode used on NVIDIA Kepler-based cards with a few major differences.
We'll have to wait and see ..
HIS Radeon HD 7750 iCooler Graphics Card
The 7700 series are great graphics cards to build great light PCs or a HTPC with, HIS just announced the Radeon HD 7750 iCooler low-profile graphics card.
The card is designed to provide mid-range DirectX 11 performance to slim form-factor (SFF) PCs, and HTPCs. The card is designed with a half-height PCB, but its active air cooler spans across two expansion slots in your system. To keep its temperatures in check, HIS opted for the older AMD reference GPU clock speed of 800 MHz. AMD recently updated that to 900 MHz. The memory is clocked at 1125 MHz (4.50 GHz GDDR5-effective).
The cooler uses a monolithic aluminum heatsink which cools the GPU, VRM, and memory chips on the obverse side of the PCB. The heatsink is ventilated by two 40 mm fans. HIS claims that the cooling solution has its noise output under 28 dBA. Display connectors include dual-link DVI, HDMI 1.4a, and D-Sub. HIS includes low-profile brackets with the card.
TP-LINK pocket-sized 150Mbps Wireless Nano Router
TP-LINK introduces the TL-WR702N, a pocket-sized 150Mbps Wireless Nano Pocket Router. TP-LINK, a global provider of networking products, thinks getting high-speed Internet access on the go should not be a hassle. With the new pocket-sized 150Mbps Wireless Nano Pocket Router (TL-WR702N) anyone can have fast Internet access anywhere.
Smaller than a credit card, the 150Mbps Wireless N Nano Router provides portability and convenience with its size and flexible power supply. With a MSRP of $39.99 the TP-LINK Nano can fit the budget of any traveler or student. It's ideal for connecting tablet computers, smart phones, portable gaming consoles, and other mobile electronic devices while on-the-go.
WRC 3 - New Gameplay Footage
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 Demo
Intel Chipset Software Installation 220.127.116.111 Download
The Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility installs the Windows* INF files. The INF files inform the operating system how to properly configure the chipset for specific functionality, such as USB and core PCI.
This download is intended for use with Intel Desktop Boards.
1. Implemented workaround for a Bluetooth pairing issue
2. Implemented /v
Corsair Force GS 240GB SSD review
We review the Corsair Force GS 240GB SSD. Corsair introduces the Force GS series, and they are equipped with the 2281 series SandForce controller. Paired with SanDisk Toggle Toggle NAND flash ICs that will increase read and write performance to 555MB/s and 525 MB/s respectively which makes the Force GS the fastest SSDs they have ever brought to market.
With 4K random write performance estimated at 90,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second) the product is definitely in the right performance bracket we like to see Corsair in. But have a peek at the review.
Patriot Supersonic Rage XT USB 3.0 Drive
If you are looking for a new ultra-portable USB 3.0 flash drive, then check out the Patriot Memory Supersonic Rage XT. Available in 32GB and 64GB of storage capacities, the Supersonic Rage XT offers read and write speeds of up to 180MB/s and 50MB/s, respectively. The storage device features a custom retractable USB housing and a high quality NAND/IC controller. The Patriot Supersonic Rage XT USB 3.0 drive also provides plug-and-play compatibility with Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems.
PLX widens PCI Express Gen3 Portfolio
PLX Technology, Inc., a leading global supplier of high-speed connectivity solutions enabling emerging data center architectures, today announced a new trio of ultra-high lane count PCI Express (PCIe) Gen3 switches developed for cutting-edge markets like storage systems, high-end graphics, and communications platforms. The high-performance ExpressLane PCIe Gen3 switches include the PEX8796 (96 lanes, 24 ports), PEX8780 (80 lanes, 20 ports) and PEX8764 (64 lanes, 16 ports), which expand the PLX portfolio to 14 PCIe Gen3 devices. Designers choosing the PEX8796 switch -- touting bandwidth of 8 Gigatransfers per second, per lane, in full duplex mode -- are rewarded with amazing throughput of 1,536 gigabits per second (192 gigabytes/s), delivering performance that challenges all other interconnect technologies.
Individual racks making up the core of data centers now have a new choice when considering fabrics for external box-to-box rack connectivity. By implementing a PCIe-based ExpressFabric, architects can take advantage of native PCIe-based systems to increase performance and lower overall cost.
Other markets experiencing growth via PCIe include oil and gas exploration, Wall Street trade routing, test and measurement, communications, and general-purpose computation on graphics processing units (GPGPU) used to accelerate a wide range of applications like embedded systems, mobile appliances, computers, and gaming graphics.
PLX Product Features
An enhanced PLX multi-host architecture allows users to configure each device in legacy single-host mode or multi-host mode, which enables designers to build PCIe-based systems supporting high-availability, failover, redundant, and clustered systems. In multi-host mode, a virtual switch is created for each host port and its associated downstream ports inside the device. The traffic between the ports of such a virtual switch is completely isolated from the traffic in other virtual switches. The devices also employ a multi-clock domain, which allows the user to terminate spread spectrum clock (SSC)-enabled domains (supported on all ports), thus removing the need to pass a common clock across a backplane.
The PLX performancePAK architecture supports packet cut-through with a maximum latency of 150ns (in a x16-to-x16 configuration). This low latency, combined with large packet memory, support for a packet payload size of up to 2048 bytes, flexible common buffer/credit pool, and a non-blocking internal switch architecture, enables a full-line rate on all ports in performance-hungry applications.
PLX's unique visionPAK software provides diagnostic support, including per-port performance monitoring, capturing SerDes eye width and height, a PCIe packet generator tool, and support for error injection and loopback tests. The complementary software toolkit reduces cost by getting designs to market faster and reduces test equipment overhead.
"PCIe 3.0 adoption is proliferating, with workstation and desktop computing motherboards shipping since late 2011, followed by support from major server vendors and the emergence of PCIe 3.0-capable networking and storage I/O adapters this year," said Abhi Dugar, research manager, wired communications semiconductor research at IDC and author of Worldwide Enterprise Networks, Security Appliances, Telecommunications, and Wireless Infrastructure Semiconductor 2012-2016 Forecast. "With its broad portfolio of PCI Express-compliant switches, PLX is well positioned to take advantage of this transition to the next generation of interconnect technology."
Pricing and Availability
PEX8796, PEX8780 and PEX8764 samples are expected in Q4 2012 with full production planned for Q1 2013. Volume pricing ranges from $150.00 to $250.00. All other PLX Gen3 switches are already sampling or in full production today, with many more Gen3 devices in development.
Netgear ships new WiFi Booster
Netgear presents the WN1000RP WiFi Booster, this device will ship for $39.99. NETGEAR, Inc., a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced the WiFi Booster for Mobile (WN1000RP). The compact, WiFi Booster for Mobile amplifies WiFi coverage for mobile devices in the home by extending and strengthening an existing WiFi signal, giving consumers the ability to enjoy an improved wireless experience on tablets, smartphones and e-readers.
Consumers are leveraging WiFi connectivity at home more than ever before to browse the web, stream movies and play online games on their devices. The NETGEAR WiFi Booster for Mobile improves an existing WiFi signal throughout the home and even outside on the deck or patio, enabling users to move freely around the house while streaming content on everything from tablets and e-readers to smartphones.
In addition, the NETGEAR WiFi Booster for Mobile helps consumers reduce the risk of unforeseen mobile data plan charges by easily accessing their home WiFi networks instead of the carrier's mobile networks. In a March 2012 report by Chetan Sharma, researchers found that 90% of tablet owners prefer to use WiFi, not mobile data plans, to get online at home. The NETGEAR WiFi Booster for Mobile enables users to surf the Internet and stream content using WiFi, unconstrained by mobile data plan usage limits.
NETGEAR's WiFi Booster for Mobile repeats a 2.4 GHz WiFi signal from existing routers and gateways to boost range and WiFi performance. It has a small form factor and is simple to install with a mobile-friendly browser-based setup and real-time LED indicators helping to determine optimal placement to ensure the best WiFi coverage. With the small wall-plug design and NETGEAR's Push 'n' Connect (WPS) feature, the WiFi Booster for Mobile connects quickly and easily once plugged into a power outlet and provides an instant and secure connection to any existing WiFi network.
"Consumers today want the best connected experience, complete with the ability to enjoy online entertainment on their WiFi connected mobile devices throughout the home," said Damir Skripic, product line manager for connected entertainment at NETGEAR. "The NETGEAR WiFi Booster for Mobile enables this experience by significantly increasing WiFi coverage in the home, which is ideal for roaming iPads, iPhones, Android tablets, Kindle e-readers, smartphones or any other mobile WiFi devices."
- Boost existing WiFi coverage
- Improve WiFi strength for smartphones, iPads
Club3D Radeon HD 7970 RoyalAce cards
Club3D presents the Radeon HD 7970 royalAce:
Club 3D takes a giant leap and destroys the competition with the release of the most quiet, cool and brutally fast Club 3D Radeon HD 7970 royalAce graphic card, the latest addition to the PokerSeries family.
Get the best of the best with Club 3D's PokerSeries, the Radeon HD 7970 royalAce offers great performance by breaking the GHz barrier on the GPU, clocking at 1050MHz, making it amazingly fast, up to 7% faster in games when compared to the reference HD 7970 GHz Edition. The Radeon HD 7970 royalAce is a quiet card, achieving 31.5 dB on idle, 38 dB at load, making it the ideal choice for gaming and multimedia. By utilizing a custom cooler design with a dual fan and four high performance heatpipes it ensures the card to remain cool at 71 ⁰C on average when gaming. A Dual BIOS toggle switch offers overclocking potential for the most demanding gamer and overclocking enthusiast.
The Club 3D Radeon HD 7970 royalAce embodies the maturity of the 28nm process, and the scalability of the Graphics Core Next architecture. This card also features an extension to AMD Powertune technology called "Boost", which allows the GPU to dynamically adjust both voltage and clockspeed above the reference clock of 1050MHz+.
Sharkoon Tactix Gaming Keyboard
Sharkoon presents the budget-friendly Tactix Gaming Keyboard. Sharkoon Tactix Gaming Keyboard: compact gaming keyboard with detachable wrist rest, 18-key rollover, interchangeable gaming keys and programmable keys | MSRP 12.99 euros
Sharkoon expands their assortment for PC gamers with another gaming keyboard: The Sharkoon Tactix Gaming Keyboard comes with an 18-key rollover, interchangeable WASD and Arrow keys.
The black keyboard eliminates the need for multimedia keys and offers compact dimensions of 431 x 136 x 24 mm for a space saving design. Delivery also includes a handy, detachable wrist rest. The Sharkoon Tactix supports N-key rollover for up to 18 keys, now several key commands can simultaneously be performed quickly and precisely during action-packed gaming situations. Important for gamers is that the WASD and Arrow keys are highlighted in a nonslip rubber blue coating. For users who prefer a more discreet design, keys are in the default layout together with replacement tool.
Also included is a software CD for setting up user profiles. The 107 function keys can be optionally assigned, for example, with Macro, Mouse, Internet, Office, Media or other program functions. Overall, a total of ten different profiles each with three sub-levels can be created for different applications and environments.
End customers will find the Sharkoon Tactix Gaming Keyboard available for the suggested retail price of 12.99 euros in authorized retailers.
AMD loses two high-profile executives
Bob Feldstein, AMD's VP of Strategic Development, has left the company to become NVIDIA's new VP of Technology Licensing. Feldstein was responsible for getting AMD's GPUs into the Wii and Xbox 360 consoles, as well as the next-gen PlayStation, although Sony's plans could still change.
When reached by the Journal, Feldstein confirmed that he left AMD on "amicable terms" on July 13 and started work at Nvidia on July 16. His LinkedIn profile still hasn't been updated, however. It lists him as an 18-year ATI and AMD veteran, who started out as VP of Engineering at ATI in 1994 before joining AMD as part of the 2006 AMD-ATI merger. The Journal says Feldstein led AMD's Boston Design Center, as well. His new title at Nvidia is VP of Technology Licensing.
Another executive to leave AMD is Ben Williams, the company's Corporate VP and General Manager of the Asia Pacific business. This AMD Corporate Fellow is now VP of North America Sales for Calxeda, an Austin-based start-up that makes ARM-based CPUs for servers. Williams was one of the original Opteron guys, who joined AMD from Cyrix.
Diablo III -Immortal Wizard Exploit Hotfix Released
Yesterday we reported about it, today Blizzard has released a hotfix for the Immortal Wizard Exploit that was unveiled yesterday. All players had to do was Select Teleport - Fracture (rune), Select Archon - Arcane Destruction (rune), Hover their mouse over their character and Press Teleport and quickly after press Archon. That combination triggered the exploit and the Wizard characters could not be killed, regardless of the game's difficulty. So there you have it everyone, no more immortal Wizards for you :-P
We are currently rolling out a hotfix for a recent bug regarding invulnerable Wizards. We will continue to carefully monitor this issue and welcome anyone with information about bugs or hacks to submit a detailed report to our Hacks Team by emailing email@example.com, or by completing the Hacks Report web form. In your correspondence, please include any steps necessary to replicate the issue as well as any additional details you are able to provide.