AMD DDR3 memory now official
We made mention of this months ago already, but AMD outted their Radeon branded memory line in a press-release.
AMD today announced North American retail availability of the first AMD Memory branded desktop system memory modules, debuting with partners Patriot Memory LLC and VisionTek Products, LLC. AMD Memory branded products will help take the guesswork out of DRAM selection, providing an easy and straightforward experience when looking for the ideal match for gaming or multimedia PC needs.
As part of AMD
Intel Ivy Bridge Desktop Processor Charted
Most clock speeds are similar to today's Sandy Bridge LGA1155 processor models, some have Turbo Boost speeds as high as 3.90 GHz. Since Ivy Bridge silicon is an optical shrink of Sandy Bridge LGA1155, from 32 nm to 22 nm, and since Intel is using a more energy-efficient transistor design, there are significant improvements in TDP ratings. Have a peek, click the thumbnail:
NZXT releases Hale82 Modular PSU
NZXT presents the Hale82, a new series of modular power supplies with 80Plus Bronze certification.
Case specialist NZXT presents their newest line of modular power supplies with the Hale82 units. Consisting of three different versions with 650, 750 and 850 Watts along with 80Plus Bronze certification, these offer a great value with uncompromising performance. With their black housing and cables, the Hale82 goes perfectly with the many black cases out there.
With the first power supply series - the Hale Power 90+, NZXT answered to the demand of the users by offering an extremely stable and high-efficient power supply with the coveted 80Plus Gold certification. On top of that, being modular ensures a clean case interior, as the user may only use the cables needed. This reduced cable clutter also improves the internal cooling, as nothing obstructs the air flow.
The new Hale82 units also offer a similar cable management, including the use of the special, flat cables for easy routing within the confines of a chassis. The line-up consists of a 650, a 750 and an 850W variant to meet the different needs of the consumer. As the name suggests, the Hale82 series offers an 80Plus Bronze certification with 82% efficiency at 20 percent or full load, and 85% efficiency at 50 percent load.
Even so, the units include only the highest quality components. All capacitors within the Hale82 units are made in Japan, which ensure that the power supplies deliver a stable stream of power to the internal components. This, in combination with the long list of well engineered protection implementations allow for up to 70 Amps to be delivered within the 850 Watt variant for example. In addition, a 120 mm ball bearing fan has been included, which is not only extremely quiet, but also keep the Hale82 units cool.
In terms of cable management, the new Hale82 offers the utmost flexibility, as only the necessary leads, the 20+4 pin ATX12V, 4+4 pin EPS12V & up to four 6+2 PCIe, are firmly attached to the unit. All other cables can easily be attached to the separate connectors present on the power supply itself.
In addition to the firmly attached ones, the PSUs ship with the following modular cables: one additional 8-pin EPS12V, one 6+2-Pin PCIe, two SATA power cables with four connectors each, along with a pair of cables with three Molex connectors a piece. Thus, NZXT offers an excellent choice for all who want a high quality power supply at an affordable price point and an impressive 5 year warranty.
The modular NZXT Hale82 series will be available at the end of December starting at 109,90 Euro.
Samsung halts netbook production
Reports say that Samsung will discontinue its netbook products in 2012, instead the company will offer more powerful 11.6" and 12" ultraportable laptops as well as ultrabooks later in 2012.
Samsung, presumably earlier this week, sent an email to one of its partners notifying that already in the first quarter of next year it would discontinue its 10.1" netbook range and instead will offer more powerful 11.6" and 12" ultraportable laptops as well as ultrabooks later in 2012. While the move does not directly claim that Samsung shuts down its ultra low-cost personal computer (ULCPC) business, it is clear that the devices with 10.1" screens should be tablets.
"Following the introduction of our new strategy in 2012, we stop the production of the 10.1" range (netbooks) in Q1 2012 in favour of ultraportable products (11.6" and 12") and ultrabooks to be launched in 2012," the alleged Samsung e-mail, which was published by Blogeee web-site, reads.
Battlefield 3 Gulf of Oman Video Trailer
Skyrim 1.2 Patch released soon
- Improved occasional performance issues resulting from long term play (PlayStation 3)
- Fixed issue where textures would not properly upgrade when installed to drive (Xbox 360)
- Fixed crash on startup when audio is set to sample rate other than 44100Hz (PC)
- Fixed issue where projectiles did not properly fade away
- Fixed occasional issue where a guest would arrive to the player
Half-Life: Origins (Live Action) video
NVIDIA GeForce 290.36 download available
This is the first beta release from the Release 290 family of drivers. This driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs.
New in R290 Drivers
- Updates PhysX System Software to version 9.11.11.07 for the best PhysX experience in Batman: Arkham City.
- Added or updated SLI profiles for Crysis 2, Heroes and Generals, Inversion, Stronghold 3, and Syndicate.
- Updates HD Audio driver to version 220.127.116.11.
Some Key Bug Fixes
- Fixes random flickering as Windows boot logo is loading or fading away.
- Fixes corruption in Crysis 2 with SLI and lower quality shadow settings.
- Fixes corruption seen in Settlers 7 with 275.33 drivers.
- Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology* on DirectX 9 and OpenGL.
*Note: The following SLI features are only supported on Windows Vista and Windows 7: Quad SLI technology, 3-way SLI technology, Hybrid SLI, and SLI multi-monitor support.
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
Guru3D Rig of the Month November 2011
Each month here at Guru3D.com we feature one of you guys, your PC, your DIY project. It is quite honestly amazing how much detail and dedication you put into an PC, and every now and then it really shows.
The Rig of the Month November 2011 carries the keywords dark, excellent, simple yet downright nicely done. Caolan Cullum who transformed one PC into a very quality build.
You can check the article right here.
Unofficial 28nm NVIDIA GPU Roadmap
Here's an unofficial NVIDIA 28nm manufacturing process roadmap for Kepler in 2012.
The high-end chip will have a smaller die than the massive Fermi and will bear the name GK104. With 384-bit memory support, it can churn out 2 TFLOPS (30% more than GTX 580) and will be ready by the middle of next year.
Unfortunately, the prowess comes at the price of a high power consumption, 250W, which makes one wonder how much energy the GK110, a dual GX104, will need (will appear soon after).
Much sooner than GK104 will arrive the GK107, the first model as it were, which is a notebook part, with a memory interface of 128 bits and PCI Express 2 support (other GK chips have PCI Express Generation 3 support).
The GK106 will come second, a mid-range GPU, featuring 256-bit memory. Along with the GX107, it will show up at some point during the second quarter of 2012.
So far, the Santa Clara company seems to have similar designs as AMD, but the similarities end at the end of 2012 / early 2013, when NVIDIA will again launch a GPU with a massive die: GX112, with 512-bit memory.
So far, things sound optimistic, but there is always a catch and, in this case, it is TSMC that might cause disruptions to this plan, as well as AMD's own.
Many fear that the nightmare behind the 40nm low chip yields, which hit both companies very hard last year, will repeat with 28nm.
The first signs are already showing in fact, as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is already experiencing a high demand while producing only 20,000 units per month.
Intel 8-Core Sandy Bridge-EP Benchmarks
Now that Intel has launched its first desktop processors based on the high-performance Sandy Bridge-E architecture, the chip maker is racing to get out the Xeon version of these CPUs and the first benchmarks showing the performance of such an 8-core SKU have recently made their way to the Web as softpedia reported today:
The chip is question is actually an engineering sample processor based on the Sandy Bridge-EP core and its performance was put to the test in both 3DMark 11 and CineBench R11.5.
In both of these benchmarks, the Intel eight-core CPU managed to outperform its desktop counterpart by quite a large margin, as the graphs put together by HardwareLuxx go to show.
From what we can tell, the ES processor used for these tests has a base frequency of 3.11GHz and Hyper-Threading seems to be working, but we don
SteelSeries Limited Edition Fnatic Headset and Mouse
SteelSeries and one of the most recognized and accomplish gaming teams, Team Fnatic, introduce the SteelSeries 7H Fnatic Limited Edition headset and SteelSeries Sensei Fnatic Limited Edition mouse. Available now on SteelSeries Web Shop, the Limited Edition 7H headset features 50mm dynamic driver units with new, sound isolating SNDBlock ear cushions; while the Limited Edition Sensei features award-winning technology like its 32 bit ARM processor that powers SteelSeries
Microsoft preps two Xbox 720 consoles
Over at Kotaku they heard Microsoft is working on two Xbox 720 consoles. One model will focus on being as cheap as possible, it will be positioned more along the lines of a set-top box and may be targeted as a Kinect-themed gaming portal, while a more fully-featured Xbox 720 is expected to deliver an optical drive, a HDD and backward compatibility with the 360.
"It's...believed that Microsoft will continue its successful two SKU strategy", the story claimed, "and indeed take it much further with its new platform: a pared down machine is to be released as cheaply as possible, and positioned more along the lines of a set-top box (the use of 360 as a Netflix viewing platform in the US is colossal) and perhaps as a Kinect-themed gaming portal, while a more fully-featured machine with optical drive, hard disk and backward compatibility aimed at the hardcore would be released at a higher price-point."
Dell using improper GPU comparison
That's being caught with your pants down really, Dell used a pretty deceptive method to urge customers to upgrade to a high-end graphics card:
At left is a desktop with a normal graphics card, juxtaposed with an identical machine packing Dell's "high-end" GPU. Both are displaying a Windows desktop at the same resolution, but the render on the left looks noticeably blurry. As many Reddit users soon pointed out, even the most prosaic of graphics cards would be able to transmit a blur-free Windows desktop, implying that the PC manufacturer may have taken some unfounded liberties with its imagery. PC Pro notified Dell of the discrepancy, and the graphic has since been removed. The company also issued the following apology, claiming that it had no intention of bending the truth:
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Dell endeavours to help customers to make the best decisions regarding their purchases. It was never our intention to mislead customers, and we apologise for any confusion caused. We have now removed the image from our Global sites. Dell remains committed to delivering the best possible experience to all our customers.
Now drumroll -- here's how Dell shows the difference inbetween a 'regular' and a 'highend' graphics card.
Assassin's Creed Revelations Trailer
Gabe Newell - Piracy Isn't About Price
Valve CEO Gabe Newell explains to IGN why piracy is a result of bad service rather than high price, and how Valve expanded Steam into Russia without rampant piracy resulting and grew it into their biggest region in Europe:
"We think there is a fundamental misconception about piracy," Newell said. "Piracy is almost always a service problem and not a pricing problem. For example, if a pirate offers a product anywhere in the world, 24/7, purchasable from the convenience of your personal computer, and the legal provider says the product is region-locked, will come to your country three months after the U.S. release and can only be purchased at a brick and mortar store, then the pirate's service is more valuable.
"Most DRM solutions diminish the value of the product by either directly restricting a customer's use or by creating uncertainty."
He adds, "Our goal is to create greater service value than pirates, and this has been successful enough for us that piracy is basically a non-issue for our company. For example, prior to entering the Russian market, we were told that Russia was a waste of time because everyone would pirate our products. Russia is now about to become our largest market in Europe.
"Our success comes from making sure that both customers and partners feel like they get a lot of value from those services. They can trust us not to take advantage of the relationship that we have with them."
Project D Trailer (CryEngine 3)
AMD Catalyst 11.11b "Performance Driver" released
New in Catalyst 11.11b:
Delivers AMD CrossfireX performance scaling for (Elder Scrolls Skyrim and Assassin