Max Payne 3 Ships 3 Million copies already
Publisher Take-Two has shipped three million copies of Max Payne 3 to retailers worldwide. CEO Strauss Zelnick said last night: "Fiscal 2013 kicked off with the successful launch of Max Payne 3, which received outstanding reviews and promises to be another hit for Rockstar Games."
The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions launched on May 15 in North America and three days later internationally. The release of the PC version was yesterday delayed by a few days due to "production and logistical" issues.
Blizzard details Diablo 3 hotfixes
Blizzard has updated the list of Diablo 3 hotfixes to address various gameplay and service issues affecting the game. Unlike a new patch, hotfixes are updates made on Blizzard's end without requiring players to download a new patch. As a result, some of the hotfixes will go live the moment they are implemented, while others may require the realm to be restarted before going into effect.
Spoiler Warning: If you have not yet completed Diablo III on Normal, some hotfixes described in this list may include spoilers.
Nvidia Quad Core Android tablets priced at $199
When Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said we might see $199 Tegra 3 tablets this summer, he wasn't speculating idly as the Verge reports: Nvidia has revealed that it's working on just such a tablet: Kai. At the company's annual meeting of investors last week, VP Rob Csonger revealed the idea, and explained Kai isn't just a piece of hardware, but a plan to democratize its quad-core Tegra 3 system-on-chip. Nvidia wants to offer tablets that are more powerful than the Kindle Fire at the same price point, he said:
Our strategy on Android is simply to enable quad-core tablets running Android Ice Cream Sandwich to be developed and brought out to market at the $199 price point, and the way we do that is a platform we've developed called Kai. So this uses a lot of the secret sauce that's inside Tegra 3 to allow you to develop a tablet at a much lower cost, by using a lot of innovation that we've developed to reduce the power that's used by the display and use lower cost components within the tablet.
Does that make Kai a reference design? Probably yes, but we wouldn't be surprised if it's also a consumer product. Nvidia and Asus teamed up at CES 2012 to introduce a quad-core tablet with a then-unheard-of $250 price point, the ME370T, and it's a dead ringer for the Kai in the picture above. We haven't heard a thing about the ME370T since CES, but perhaps it's on the way, and if we're lucky, it's the first of a whole new wave of affordable Tegra 3 slates. Maybe Google's Nexus tablet will be among them.
Point of View TGT GeForce GTX 680 UltraCharged
Point of View the leading European manufacturer of an exclusive range NVIDIA based 3D processor boards, advanced netbooks as well as fancy 7" and 10" Tegra tablet computers and additional enthusiast PC products, announces today that it is first to market with a GeForce GTX 680 3D processor board running at a boost clock of 1176 MHz. The POV/TGT GeForce GTX 680 UltraCharged features POV/TGT's award winning proprietary High-Performance/ Wide-Band-width hardware design, an advanced power management for Auto-Overclocking and triple fan cooling for utmost stability and cooling efficiency.
First independent reviews already published on the net confirm performance and cooling efficiency:
"TGT handpicked only the best chips with low leakage, which should result in top auto-overclocking results. Thermals are also important and GTX 680 Ultra Charged's cooler keeps GPU temperatures below 70
Corsair Vengeance C70 review
We review the Corsair Vengeance C70 chassis. Priced at $139 Corsair's Vengeance C70 case comes with built-in carry handles to make it easier to haul your system around. It also features a steel front pane, eight PCI-E slots, two USB 3.0 ports, six SSD-ready hard drive bays, and 10 fan mounts, all in a military design and look. Oh and it has the coolest reset button ever !
Read the article right here.
MARSHAL MAL-4535SBKU3 USB 3.0 Cloning Docking Station
MARSHAL is about to launch a new USB 3.0 cloning docking station namely the MAL-4535SBKU3. This standalone cloning docking station (no computer required) comes with a USB 3.0 connection interface and provides two SATA slots for 2.5-inch & 3.5-inch HDDs/SSDs (can be used simultaneously). The MAL-4535SBKU3 will hit the market from late June for 3,980 Yen (about $50). [Product Page]
VIA APC is a $49 Android PC
VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient computing platforms, today unveiled the $49 APC Android PC system.
Powered by a WonderMedia ARM processor, APC integrates memory, storage, and a full set of consumer I/O features in a small footprint Neo-ITX motherboard that can be connected to a TV or monitor. The system also features a custom build of Android that has been optimized for keyboard and mouse input, and comes with a browser and a selection of preinstalled apps.
"APC brings the familiarity and convenience of Android to the PC at a US$49 price point that will open up exciting new markets and applications," said Richard Brown, VP of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Like a bicycle for your mind, APC will enable more people than ever before to explore the vast online universe."
APC is based on the new Neo-ITX form factor measuring just 17 cm x 8.5 cm and can be housed in any standard Mini-ITX or microATX chassis, providing enthusiasts with unrivaled flexibility to create new mods and DIY projects as well as ensuring rapid time to market for system integrators and OEMs utilizing the platform.
APC consumes only 4 watts when operating at idle power and 13.5 watts at maximum load. This is ten times less than a standard PC system and ensures significant power savings in large scale deployments.
APC combines an optimized version of Android with a rich hardware package to deliver the best of the internet to users. With the inclusion of hardware acceleration for the most demanding video formats, the APC delivers stunning HD quality multimedia, either streamed from sites such as YouTube or stored locally and delivers a great gaming experience on a large screen monitor or TV.
- Optimized Android OS
- HD TV support
- Hardware acceleration of the most demanding video formats
- VGA and HDMI display ports
- Four USB 2.0 ports
- One microSD slot
- One 10/100 Ethernet port
- Audio-out/ Mic-in
- VIA WonderMedia ARM 11 SoC
- 2 GB NAND Flash
- 512 DDR3 SDRAM
- 15W power adaptor
For more information about APC please visit: http://apc.io/
Cooler Master Hyper 412 Slim HSF
Early June will mark the arrival of Cooler Master's Hyper 412 Slim, a new LGA2011 CPU cooler that will be sold for around 39.95EUR.
This new HSF offers four direct-touch 6mm diameter heatpipes, an aluminium fin array and two 120mm long life sleeve bearing PWM fans with an airflow of 17.4 - 58.4CFM and a noise level of 8 - 30dBA. The cooler measures 128mm x 70mm x 160mm (without fan) and weighs 538g.
Mounting brackets are included for Intel
AMD preps low-voltage processors for Windows 8 tablets
DigiTimes reports AMD is prepping Hondo, a 40nm Bobcat based processor with a TDP of 4-5W. This chip will arrive in Q4 2012 and intends to take on Intel's Clover Trail-W CPUs in the Windows 8 tablet market.
AMD is also set to release Tamesh processors to replace Hondo in 2013 with architecture upgraded from Bobcat to Jaguar. The new CPU's performance and power consumption are both expected to be further enhanced from Hondo.
After recently announcing its Trinity processors for notebooks, AMD is ready to announce models for desktops including A10-5800k, A10-5700, A8-5600k and A8-5500. The company will then release A6-5400K and A4-5300 in the fourth quarter. All the processors are manufactured by Globalfoundries with a 32nm process.
Intel aims to cut ultrabook pricing with new batteries
In order to help reduce costs of ultrabooks, Intel is aggressively pushing two new battery solutions for these systems; the 16650 cylindrical battery and a prismatic lithium-ion battery. Full details at DigiTimes. Acer has already started adopting the 16650 battery while Lenovo's IdePad 530 uses the prismatic li-ion, albeit in limited volumes.
However, only a limited supply of the 16650 cylindrical battery is available, so prismatic lithium-ion battery will have a higher chance to success, but due to issues such as capacity and certification, vendors will not have chance to adopt prismatic lithium-ion batteries for their products until 2013.
The 16650 cylindrical battery has a diameter of 16mm and is only available from Japan-based Sanyo and China-based BAK, but due to vendors being concerned that supply is fully controlled by only two players, and BAK is unlikely to pass most vendors' certification process, there are concerns about the solution.
Although prismatic lithium-ion battery is higher in cost compared to the 16650 cylindrical battery, but the solution's size of 60mmx80mm and thickness of 5-6mm is providing a strong advantage, while the battery also has more suppliers available in the market.
JPR: Q1 2012 GPU shipments down 3.38 percent year-over-year
Market research firm Jon Peddie Research reports first-quarter graphics chip shipments declined 3.38 percent year-over-year, and 0.8 percent versus the previous quarter. AMD's shipments increased by 0.3 percent, while Intel slipped 1.3 percent and NVIDIA tumbled 4.5 percent. Full details in the PR below:
Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced estimated graphics chip shipments and suppliers' market share for Q1'12.
The news was not good. AMD was able to grow shipments over last quarter by 0.3%, in a down quarter. Intel slipped 1.3% and Nvidia declined 4.5% from the last quarter.
Although this did not shape up to be a great quarter for the suppliers, it actually wasn't as bad as it could have been. We found that shipments during the first quarter of 2012 behaved according to past years with regard to seasonality, declining from the previous quarter; however, this quarter's decline (of 0.8%) was less than the ten-year average of 3.1%. If we use graphics as an indicator, the industry seems to be recovering from the floods in Thailand.
We have modified our forecast since the last report, and it is less aggressive on both desktops and notebooks - tablets have changed the nature of the PC market. Nonetheless, the CAGR for PC graphics 2011 to 2016 is 9.8%, and we expect the total shipments of graphics chips in 2016 to be 743 million units.
Our findings include discrete and integrated graphics (CPU and chipset) for Desktops, Notebooks (and Netbooks), and PC-based commercial (i.e., POS) and industrial/scientific and embedded. This report does not include handhelds (i.e., mobile phones), x86 Servers or ARM-based Tablets (i.e. iPad and Android-based Tablets), Smartbooks, or ARM-based Servers.
The quarter in general
- AMD had a gigantic increase in shipments of its desktop APUs of 84% and a modest 2.6% decline in notebook APUs.
- This quarter, Intel celebrated its ninth quarter of shipping its Embedded Processor Graphics CPU-EPG, a multi-function design that combines a graphics processor and an x86 CPU in the same package. These devices include the Core i series, and Atom processors in PCs. Intel's desktop EPG shipments had a very strong double digit growth of 18%, and Notebooks showed a more modest 2.1%. Combined with a decrease in overall IGP chipsets shipments, Intel came in for the quarter with a -1.3% drop from Q4.
- Nvidia shipments dropped 4.5% from last quarter, partially due to the phase out of IGPs. The company will no longer report IGP shipments.
- Year to year this quarter AMD shipments declined 1.2%, Intel shipped 4.67% more parts, Nvidia slipped -26.3% in the overall market as company withdraws from the integrated segments, and VIA saw their shipments increase by 51% over last year and 148% over last quarter.
- A little over 123 million graphics chips shipped, down from 124 million units last quarter, and down from 126 million units shipped this quarter a year ago.
- Discrete GPUs increased 2.7 % from the last quarter but were down 11% from last year for the same quarter.
- Ninety three percent of Intel's non server processors have graphics, and over 79% of AMD's non-server processors have integrated graphics
Graphics chips (GPUs) and chips with graphics (IGPs, APUs, and EPGs) are a leading indicator for the PC market. At least one and often two GPUs are present in every PC shipped. It can take the form of a discrete chip, a GPU integrated in the chipset, or embedded in the CPU. The average has grown from 123% in 2001 to almost 133% GPUs per PC.
Market shares shifted for the big three, and put pressure on the smaller two, and most showed a decrease in market share as indicated in Table 1.
AMD's overall graphics market share increased 0.3% from last quarter due mostly to APU shipments. The company had a 4% increase in shipments of discrete GPUs over last quarter, and an 8% gain in notebook discrete GPUs.
Intel continues to be the overall market share leader, elevated by Core i5 EPG CPUs, Sandy Bridge, and Pineview Atom sales for Netbooks. AMD gained market share quarter-to quarter Intel and Nvidia lost share.
Nvidia has exited the integrated graphics chipset segments and it is shifting its focus to discrete GPUs. The company suffered a desktop discrete market share loss (4.3% quarter-to-quarter), and had a 5% gain in notebook discrete GPUs. Nvidia credits strong connect with new Intel Sandy Bridge notebooks for its gains.
Year to year for the quarter the market decreased. Shipments decreased to 123 million units, down 3.3 million units from this quarter last year.
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier - Elite Mode Trailer
Nvidia GeForce 301.42 WHQL Driver download
This is the first WHQL-certified unified driver from the R300 family of drivers (versions 300.00 to 301.99).
GeForce R300 drivers are packed with new industry-leading, GeForce-exclusive features as well as some really nice performance increases in top games.
New in R300 Drivers:
New GPU Support:
GeForce GTX 690
GeForce GTX 680
GeForce GTX 670
GeForce GT 600-series GPUs
Leap 3D Gesture Control System
Leap Motion has proudly introduced its new Leap 3D gesture control system for hands free motion control. The company claims that the Leap 3D gesture control system is 200 times more accurate than the Microsoft Kinect motion controller.
The Leap 3D gesture control system is able to detect movements of a finger with hundredth of a millimeter accuracy. It is also more precise and responsive than a mouse or a touchscreen display. The company will release this new gesture control system in early 2013.
ASUS P8Z77-V PREMIUM Intel Thunderbolt Certified Motherboard
Next to MSI, ASUS as well released a Intel Thunderbolt certified motherboard, the P8Z77-V PREMIUM. Based on Intel Z77 chipset, this new ATX motherboard supports for LGA1155 processors and features four DDR3 DIMM memory slots (up to 32GB RAM), four PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 slots, two PCIe 2.0 x1 slot, WiFi and Bluetooth V4.0. Connectivity-wise, it has six SATA 6.0 Gbps, three SATA 3.0 Gbps, one mini-SATA 3.0 Gbps with onboard 32GB SSD, two Gigabit Ethernet, six USB 3.0, six USB 2.0, one Thunderbolt, one DisplayPort and one HDMI. Unfortunately, there
OCZ Vertex 3 Low Profile SSDs
OCZ has recently unveiled a new line of SSDs called the Vertex 3 Low Profile. Coming in 60GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities, these slim 2.5-inch SSDs (7mm thick) are equipped with MLC NAND Flash memory chips, a SATA 6.0 Gbps interface, TRIM support, a MTBF of 2 million hours and capable of delivering read/write speeds of up to 535/480 MB/s (60GB Model), 550/500 MB/s (120GB Model), 550/520 MB/s (240GB Model) and 530/450 MB/s (480GB Model), respectively. Pricing and release date are still unknown at the moment.
Koolance GeForce GTX 690 Water Block
Koolance has released a new block under SKU code VID-NX690, it is a water block that is compatible with NVIDIA's dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690.
This full cover block measures 25.40 x 12.70 x 1.91 cm, it weights 1.02 kg, and features G 1/4 BSP threading and a nickel-plated solid copper base boasting a high-performance microfin (0.5 mm) design. The VID-NX690 is currently in stock and costs $144.99.
Intel 1Gbps DOCSIS 3.0 gateway (cablemodem)
Intel sends out word that it previewed its first DOCSIS 3.0 cable gateway with 1Gbps throughput.
Intel Corporation today previewed its first DOCSIS* 3.0 cable gateway solution that is capable of 1 gigabit per second (Gbps). The Intel