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Crucial Adrenaline Cache SSDs released
Crucial announced the immediate availability of the Crucial Adrenaline Solid State Cache Solution for enhancing Windows 7-based PC performance. A simple upgrade that allows users to keep their existing hard drive, Crucial Adrenaline enables PCs to boot up to twice as fast and increases data access speeds by up to eight times*. Crucial Adrenaline provides users with the best of both worlds: SSD-like performance with the high capacity of a traditional hard drive, all at an affordable cost.
Comprising a 50GB Crucial m4 SSD, 3.5
Unigine Heaven DX11 Benchmark 3.0
Heaven Benchmark is a DirectX 11 GPU benchmark based on advanced Unigine engine from Unigine Corp. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies.
UNIGINE Corp. released today an improved version (3.0) of its renown Heaven DX11 Benchmark based on its proprietary UNIGINE engine. Great looking as ever and containing many technical improvements, it now runs on Mac and supports for variety of new hardware, including extended support for multi-monitor configurations.
"It's very inspiring that more and more hardware testing professionals as well as tech enthusiasts find Heaven Benchmark useful. Our technology platform is constantly growing and we can bring Heaven Benchmark to new platforms and new hardware", said Denis Shergin, CEO of UNIGINE Corp.
- Support of DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL
- Comprehensive use of tessellation technology
- Advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion)
- Volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm
- Simulation of changing light conditions
- Dynamic sky with light scattering
- Interactive experience with fly/walk-through modes
- Hardware Tessellation
The distinguishing feature of the benchmark is hardware tessellation, a scalable technology aimed for automatic subdivision of polygons into smaller and finer pieces, so that games gain drastically detailed and more elaborated look almost free of charge in terms of performance.
There are three tessellation modes available in this version of the benchmark:
This mode is targeted to provide reasonable performance on a wide range of DX11 hardware.
Default mode available in the benchmark shows optimal quality-to-performance ratio. That's the way to achieve prominent visual difference with hardware tessellation technology.
It is designed to meet the perspectives of the next series of DX11-capable hardware pushing up the tessellation level to the extreme in the next 1-2 years.
Graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 2xxx and higher or NVIDIA GeForce 7xxx and higher.
Tessellation feature REQUIRES both video card with DirectX 11 support and MS Windows Vista / 7!
AMD Catalyst 12.2 Download Released
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Intel Core i7-3770 Preview
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PC Gaming On The Rise
The PC gaming market has never been healthier, according to a report from the not-for-profit consortium PC Gaming Alliance (PCGA). The report claims that in 2011, the industry reached a global record $18.6 billion, a growth of 15 percent over the prior year. The report cites burgeoning foreign markets and social games as large factors in the findings. The results of the PCGA's third annual "Horizons" research report found that China is growing at almost twice the rate of the global market, bringing in $6 billion for a total growth of 27 percent. The US, UK, Korea, Japan, and Germany saw increased revenue of 11%, by comparison. Asian companies, in general, are noted for spurring on sales in their markets.
The report also cites Zynga and Nexon (of MapleStory fame) as frontrunners in the PC space. Zynga in particular doubled its revenue to roughly $1.1 billion, putting it on-par with Nexon. Zynga and the German company Bigpoint were noted for pushing the free-to-play model, already popular in Asian territories, into North America and Europe.
The report also notes the movers and shakers of big-budget PC games from the western market, like Star Wars: The Old Republic and Rift, along with multiplatform titles like Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Looking forward, the report speculates that the industry will grow to $25.5 billion (37 percent increase) by 2015, thanks to increased broadband penetration and digital delivery. The report is from a PC gaming coalition with a vested interest in trumpeting the industry's health, but even so, the rumors of PC's death have greatly exaggerated.
Enermax Launches DreamBass Genie
The perfect bass with wide-scale high definition audio output is always a dream for the audiophiles. Yet the conventional PC or NB is usually depressed by its dull, vague, compressed, and noisy sound output due to low cost audio-chip, entry-level audio remix software or limited PCB layout. ENERMAX DreamBass USB audio & amplifier is the remedy for music fanatics. With the latest VIA VT1620A chips, plus ENERMAX audio expert
PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 Vortex II shows itself
PowerColor's Radeon HD 7970 Vortex II has been spotted at CeBIT. This card will have a 1100MHz core (175MHz overclock) and an overclocked memory clockspeed. The cooling solution features four 8mm heatpipes, a large heatsink and two fans. Check out the photo courtesy of Computerbase.
Cooler Master Eisberg watercooling lineup shown
Cooler Master has two new watercooling products on display at CeBIT; the Eisberg 240 and the Eisberg 120. As the product names suggest, these watercooling kits offer radiators with a size of 240mm and 120mm, respectively.
Both models offer a copper radiator that is designed to be used with two fans in push-pull configuration. Included in the kit is a waterpump from German manufacturer Eheim with ceramic bearings, it has a nominal operation speed of 1500rpm and a maximum speed of 3000rpm. The cooling fluid can be refilled and the kit uses standardized fittings so you can connect third-party components. Cooler Master says the included pump is powerful enough to simultaneously serve four CPU and four GPU cooling blocks.
The Eisberg 120 is expected to cost about 130EUR while the 240 edition should have a MSRP of around 140EUR. Availability is slated for late April, and Cooler Master added that a 360mm edition should follow afterwards.
We'll have to wait for some reviews to see how it performs, but it looks like a good kit that uses quality components and offers expandability. The photo's are courtesy of tweakers.net
iPad 3/HD big new feature may be touch-feedback display
As anticipated, Apple introduced its next-generation iPad at a launch event in San Francisco. The 9.7" tablet has a faster A5X processor, 4G LTE, 5MP digicam, and a Retina screen with 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution. Interestingly, the name of the new tablet isn't "iPad 3" but "the new iPad".
Its E-Sense system creates the impression that a touchscreen has real texture, through so-called 'tixels' using electric fields via elements embedded around the edge of the screen. These tixels can make specific areas of the display feel rough or ridged, for example, in response to the image being displayed on screen. As TNW points out, perhaps the most significant element of this technology, at least as far as the new iPad is concerned, is that E-Sense 'requires no modification of the screen's surface, nor does it use moving parts', meaning that it could conceivably be integrated into Apple's new tablet without requiring substantial re-engineering of the display.
SimCity 2013 announcement trailer
Oh hell yeah -- bring it on ! Maxis presents SimCity, you can expect the game's launch in 2013.
Helicopter crashes during Top Gear shoot
I Am Alive Launch Trailer
ASUS ROG Maximus V Formula introduced at CeBIT
ASUS shows off the ROG Maximus V Formula at CeBIT, a new Intel Z77 based motherboard with 12-phase Digi+ VRM. The VRM area of the Maximus V Formula featured a heatsink with an embedded liquid-cooling channel that can be plugged into your water-cooling loop.
The board has four DDR3-DIMM slots supporting up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR3-2600+ (by OC).
You will spot two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (x8/x8 when both are populated), one PCI-Express 2.0 x4 , one PCI-Express 2.0 x16 and three PCI-Express 2.0 x1. The board embeds a PLX PCIe 2.0 bridge chip to create more PCIe lanes for onboard devices.
On the audio front we see xomething new as well, ThunderFX audio which is a high-grade DAC and AMP circuitry that's ground-isolated from the rest of the motherboard so gain you the best audio quality. You'll get one gigabit Ethernet and a dual-band WiFi module as well.
Check and click the photo.
EVGA announces Classified SR-X motherboard
EVGA introduces the Classified SR-X, a new high-end motherboard that will reportedly be sold for $648.99.
This motherboard sets a new standard for what is considered an enthusiast motherboard with dual CPU support, 4-way SLI support, SATA III 6 GB/s, SAS, USB 3.0 and more. Whether you are an extreme power user, workstation, server admin, folder/cruncher; this is the ultimate board for you. This board was designed from the ground up to support the latest and greatest in technology, and be able to complete any task you throw at it faster than you ever thought possible.
New and Key features introduced on the EVGA Classified SR-X motherboard:
- Dual 6 Phase PWM
- 100% POSCAP Capacitors
- EVGA EZ Voltage Read Points
- Onboard Clear CMOS, Power and Reset Buttons
- NVIDIA 4-Way SLI Support
- PCI-E/DIMM Disable Switches
- More Gold Content in CPU Pins
- EVGA EVbot Support
Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 1000W PSU review
The Silent Pro M2 line of power supplies come with modular cabling, a 135mm hydraulic dynamic bearing fan, copper-aluminium heatsink, single +12V rail and dual-layer EMI filter. Today we focus on the kilowatt model priced 169.90 EUR.
A very nice power supply rates 80+ silver, that comes with a modular design and one big massive whopping 12V rail, which we all like so very much. In fact that translates to 80A / 12V on our 1000W model. Part of the new spec is RoHS and ERP 2010 Certification for a more eco-friendly design and power efficiency. The 135mm fan has been improved by making use of a durable Hydraulic Dynamic Bearing.
Read the review right here.
G.SKILL DDR3 2133MHz 32GB (4x8GB) for Z77
G.SKILL is showing extreme dual channel memory kits, DDR3 2133MHz 32GB (4x8GB), compatible with the latest Z77 motherboards at CeBIT 2012.
Working closely with leading motherboard manufacturers, G.Skill is ready to provide PC enthusiasts the best dual channel memory for the upcoming Z77 motherboards. On the MSI Z77A-GD65 and ASRock Z77 Extreme6 motherboards, G.Skill has demonstrated the 32GB super size memory kits at DDR3 2133MHz ultra high speed with Intel Core i7 2600K processors.