Review: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2
We check out the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2 iCX 8G, and heck yeah this is not your regular one. Meet the all custom, cooled and tweaked EVGA "For-The-Win2" Edition. This SKU is a more premium version that comes with some new features, e.g. read sensors everywhere!
Read the full review here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
TrackMania 2 Canyon Platform DLC trailer
MSI GTX 680 Lightning and Voltage Tweaking
In this quick article I wanted to give a quick update on the MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning versus Software Voltage control overclocking.
For a while now lots of people have been eagerly awaiting an update of MSI AfterBurner in which software voltage control is unlocked. With this article I wanted to digg a little deeper and talk you though the challenges and difficulties of opening up this function.
Read the content here.
MSI Afterburner 2.2.3 download
MSI announced today that its Afterburner V2.2.3 overclocking utility and its Kombustor testing utility is now available for all gamers to download worldwide.
Changes list includes:
- Revised I2C access API for NVIDIA 301.xx and newer display drivers
- Added core, memory and auxiliary PEXVDD voltage control for custom design MSI N680GTX Lightning series graphics cards with CHL8318+uP6262 voltage regulators
- Added memory and VRM temperature monitoring for custom design MSI N680GTX Lightning series graphics cards with NCT7718W thermal sensors
- Added core, memory and auxiliary PEXVDD voltage control for custom design MSI N670GTX Power Edition series graphics cards with uP6262 voltage regulators
Turtle Beach Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Gaming Headset
The Turtle Beach Call of Duty: Black Ops II Ear Force Tango gaming headset supports the Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound technology, which enables you to locate the direction of every gunshot and footstep in the video game. This limited edition headset can be programmed with up to 9 different presets for game and chat/mic audio paths. Other specs include a 2.4/5GHz Dual-Band Wi-Fi, a rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery, dual-pairing Bluetooth and wireless chat for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 consoles. The Turtle Beach COD: Black Ops 2 gaming headset will be launched in October 2012 for around $299. [Turtle Beach]
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-D3 ATX Motherboard
Gigabyte has also showed off another one of its upcoming ATX motherboard, the GA-990FXA-D3. Based on AMD 990FX + SB950 chipset, the board supports for AM3+ processors and features four DDR3 memory slots (up to 32GB RAM), two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots, two PCI-Express 2.0 x4 slots, two PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slots and one PCI slot. In terms of connectivity ports, it has six SATA 6.0 Gbps, two USB 3.0, fourteen USB 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet. The GA-990FXA-D3 will start shipping from late July for around 10,000 Yen (about $128). [Gigabyte]
Mushkin Catalyst Cache SSD
Add SSD performance to an existing hard drive at an economical price with the new Mushkin Catalyst Cache SSD. This simple upgrade combines the capacity of an existing hard drive with the speed of a Solid State Drive. The addition of a Mushkin Catalyst Cache SSD will accelerate boot times, application launches, and general system performance
Dataplex Cache software makes the innovative combination of a hard drive and an SSD possible. Frequently accessed data and applications are cached to the SSD automatically. Less frequently used data stays on the hard drive. Further boosting performance - Mushkin's caching policy includes both reads and writes. Supercharged performance is the result.
The Mushkin Catalyst Cache SSD is available in 50 GB and 100 GB capacities and works with any SATA interface. A SATA 6 Gb/s system can yield up to 550 MB/s read/ 515 MB/s write - blazing speed at a fraction of the cost of a traditional SSD.
"The Catalyst Cache SSD really is the best of both worlds. Users will experience amazing speed while maintaining large amounts of data on their computer. The best part, it's an upgrade that wont break the bank." - Brian Flood, Mushkin director of product development.
The Mushkin Catalyst SSD is available now from authorized Mushkin resellers and distributors.
MSI Reflex SSD Appears
Specifications of MSI's upcoming Reflex solid state disk lineup appeared on the web. This 2.5" SATA 6Gbps SSD series is based on the SandForce SF-2281 controller.
MSI Reflex drives will be available in 60GB, 120GB and 240GB capacities at a 2.5-inch form factor with bundled 3.5-inch mounting bracket. Speeds differ according to storage volume which is similar to any brand as more NAND means more usable channels: the RX-60 comes at a 525MB/s read and 495MB/s write speed with 85,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS); the RX-120 ups the performance to 550MB/s read and 515MB/s write with 90,000 IOPS; the RX-240 tops the range at 560MB/s read, 525MB/s write and again 90,000 IOPS.
The MSI SSDs will be sold in selective markets at customer request. We will not sell any MSI SSD
Thunderbolt going for 20Gbps
The speediest Thunderbolt controller code-named Falcon Ridge will support speeds up to 20Gb/s as well as DisplayPort v1.1a and DisplayPort v1.2 Redriver. The latter technologies will also be supported by the Redwood Ridge controllers due in 2013, reports DigiTimes web-site. Given the fact that now Intel reportedly charges $20 per TB controller, the new ones should be more affordable.
The new - Falcon Ridge - Thunderbolt chip clearly improves speed by implementing PCI Express 3.0 technology outside the PC. From what has been told, it is obvious that it will continue to use copper cables.
Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme expected in Q4 2012
Intel's Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition processor will arrive in the final quarter of this year. This chip will feature a 3.50GHz clockspeed, a 4GHz Turbo, and 15MB L3 cache.
The six-core chip is based on the all too familiar 32 nm "Sandy Bridge-E" silicon, and built in the LGA2011 package. Its feature-set is consistent with that of the Core i7-3960X, with 15 MB shared L3 cache, HyperThreading, and unlocked base-clock multiplier.
Crysis 3 Screenshots Spotted -- Looking really good
Crytek's Lighting Artist, Pierre-Yves Donzallaz, has revealed four new screenshots for Crysis 3. These new images showcase gorgeous lighting effects and we can safely say that Crysis 3 will feature better textures than Crysis 2. The game is currently slated for a Spring 2013 release on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
Skyrim Update 1.7 Beta Available On Steam
Bethesda has revealed the changelog of Skyrim's upcoming 1.7 update. The beta version of this update is now available on Steam and can be downloaded. Players will have to log into Steam, click on Steam in the upper menu, select Settings, go to the Beta Participation section (that is under the Account tab) and select Change, select Skyrim Beta from the drop down menu and select OK.
* General memory and stability optimizations
* Fixed crash related to new water shaders
* Fixed rare crash related to dragon landings
* Fixed logic error with loading screens from add-ons (Xbox 360)
* Using vampiric grip and swimming no longer prevents swimming animation from playing afterwards
* Improved recognition with Kinect voice commands (Xbox 360)
* Kinect-enabled dragon language shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish work properly (Xbox 360)
* Fixed issue with Dawnguard Kinect-enabled dragon shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish (Xbox 360)
* Fixed issue with Dawnguard Kinect-enabled dragon shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish (Xbox 360)
Diablo III Exploit Found
1 Select Teleport - Fracture (rune)
2 Select Archon - Arcane Destruction (rune)
3 Hover your mouse over your character
4 Press Teleport and quickly after press Archon
Result: Character becomes Invulerable. No health loss at all, some effects like frozen don't work anymore.
Works in Softcore and in Hardcore. Needs a couple of tries to get it working, but once you have the timing it can easily be reproduced. This is pretty much gamebreaking, I hope to see a hotfix soon.
NVIDIA 'A new Dawn' technology demo download
NVIDIA released the 'A new Dawn' technology demo. We have it available for download.
You can discuss this DX11 technology demo right here.
In A New Dawn, the demo starts not with the main character, but with a sweeping overview of a lush rainforest. Ferns gently sway in the moonlight, vines sprawl across an ancient tree, and budding flowers cast a gentle glow on the surrounding bark. As our character comes into view, we find her swinging on a vine in her new tree home. The tree is rendered to the finest level of detail using DirectX 11 tessellation. At its peak, over four million triangles are used to showcase Dawn's environment.
Fast forward ten years, and NVIDIA has brought back Dawn once again, in a demo simply titled "A New Dawn". The original Dawn demo had many merits, but due to the limitations of hardware at the time, it also took many short cuts. One of the most obvious was the fact that Dawn didn't really have a home. Fairies, as we all know, live in the depth of mysterious forests, but for Dawn, her home was a giant glowing cube map
Wallpaper halts Wi-Fi stealing
Researchers at France's Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble have worked with the Centre Technique du Papier to develop Wi-Fi-blocking wallpaper. The product, also known as metapaper, claims to selectively filter, reduce or reflect electromagnetic waves.
Metapaper not only protects against intruders stealing Wi-Fi from buildings, but also ensures that signals inside a building are more secure and stronger, the group says. Benefits include data security for companies or people that need dependable Wi-Fi. The wallpaper can also be used to create quieter spaces for places like hospitals and movie theaters.
The high-tech paper does, however, allow FM radio waves and emergency frequencies to pass through. The paper, which has a snowflake pattern on it but can be covered up by traditional wallpaper, is made from renewable resources and is recyclable, according to the Centre Technique du Papier.
Conductive silver ink and metallic patterns on the wallpaper filter around 99% of waves coming from outside, according to the French newspaper Le Monde, which published a story on the topic earlier this year. However, a room cannot be completely safeguarded by the paper - unless you use it to seal off floor, ceilings and windows, of course.
The metapaper also advertises itself as a healthy alternative, since it claims to reduce a person's exposure to electromagnetic waves. Scientists behind the product point to studies that say the overuse of wireless technology could cause harmful heath effects.
The Finnish firm Ahlstrom acquired the rights to the metapaper. Exact cost estimates have not been released. According to the Centre Technique du Papier, the paper is not yet commercially available because it is still in the industrialization phase [via channel3000]