Anno 2070 gets a new expansion
Ubisoft announces Anno 2070 Deep Ocean, an add-on for Anno 2070, the real-time strategy sequel expected this autumn.
New Civilization Level - For the first time in the history of the Anno series, an add-on brings a new civilization level: the Tech faction is expanded by the Genius population class.
Deeper Game Experience - The new population class grants access to the new Tech Monument, new corresponding production chains and consumption goods. Furthermore, this new class features all-new vehicles and new items allowing players to develop industries, strengthen economies and exploit new resources.
Additional Content and Challenges - Players will also be able to:
- Acquire enemy territories without military force using the Hostile Takeover feature.
- Resolve energy problems by building the new underwater geothermal power plant.
- Optimize energy supply through Energy Transfer between islands.
- Face a new dangerous disaster: the Tsunami!
- Unlock new rewards for each faction's career ladder.
- Take advantage of new underwater trading routes.
- Experience over 150 new challenging quests.
- Unlock over 30 new achievements.
- Access player comparison via new leaderboards.
Gabe Newell talks about Half-Life 2: Episode 3
Half-Life fans, here is some bad news. In a recent interview with SevenDayCoolDown, Gabe revealed that Valve's silence is fairer to the Half Life fans. According to Gabe, Valve has not finalised the formula yet and they are still experimenting with Half Life 3's concept. As Gabe said:
The problem is, we think that the twists and turns that we're going through would probably drive people more crazy than just being silent about it, until we can be very crisp about what's happening next.
In addition, in an email exchange with a forum member at Valve Time, Valve's Gabe Newell revealed that Valve would not announce anything new in this year's E3. So there you have it guys :-P
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD710 USB 3.0 HDDs
ADATA presents the DashDrive Durable HD710, a new line of external HDDs with USB 3.0 support. They measure 132mm x 99mm x 21.5mm and weigh 220g.
AMD to limit Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 driver support
Last week news hit the wire that AMD would cut support for its older Radeon HD graphics cards but it turns out support will not be discontinued entirely. AMD send out a clarification to the press about the future of its Radeon HD 2000, 3000, and 4000 series graphics cards, while new cards will continue to receive monthly updates, the older cards will be put on a quarterly driver release schedule.
Unfortunately, this does not apply to Windows 8. Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 owners will be limited to the AMD graphics driver that ships with Windows 8 and will receive no further updates.
AMD will be moving the AMD Radeon
Gigabyte Z77X-D3H motherboard review
We review the Gigabyte Z77X-D3H motherboard. Gigabyte of course will offer a good variety of Z77 products as well and today we review the GA-Z77X-D3H in combination with Intel's new Core i7 3770K processor.
The GA-Z77X-D3H is intended for Intel's 22nm Ivy Bridge processors released moments ago based on Socket LGA1155 however the motherboard also supports Sandy bridge processors like the Core i7 2600K. You can read the review right here.
Galaxy GeForce GTX 680 OC Graphics Card
Galaxy is preparing to launch a new graphics namely the GeForce GTX 680 OC. Codenamed GF-PGTX680-OC/2GD5 DUAL-FAN, the card sports 1536 CUDA Cores, a 256-bit memory interface, a GPU clock of 1100MHz (1176MHz Boost Clock) and a 2GB of GDDR5 memory set @ 6008MHz.
Not to mention, the card is also equipped with a dual-fan cooling system and features DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs. The GF-PGTX680-OC/2GD5 DUAL-FAN will go on sale at the end of April for 63,800 Yen (about $789).
Acer Unveils Its First Ivy Bridge Desktop PCs
Acer has introduced its first Ivy Bridge desktop PCs namely the Predator AG3620-UR21P, Gateway DX4860-UR14P and Gateway FX6860. The Acer Predator AG3620-UR21P features a 3.4GHz Intel Core i7 3770 3rd generation Ivy Bridge processor with an nVidia GT630 graphics, a 16GB of RAM and a 2TB of storage space.
The Acer Gateway DX4860-UR14P is powered by a 3.1GHz Intel Core i5 3450 processor, an Intel HD graphics, a 6GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1TB hard disk drive. And finally, the Acer Gateway FX6860 also offers the 3rd generation Intel Core processor. The Acer Predator AG3620-UR21P and Gateway DX4860-UR14P retails for $1,199.99 and $699.99, respectively. Unfortunately, there is no info on pricing of the Acer Gateway FX6860.
G.SKILL Announces New TridentX DDR3 Memory For 3rd Ivy bridge
G.SKILL, the worldwide leading high performance memory designer, has announced the new TridentX DDR3 memory kit for 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors and Z77 platform.
The ultimate speed up to DDR3 2800 MHz 16 GB(4 GBx4) & DDR3 2666 MHz 32 GB(8 GBx4)
Designed for overclocking enthusiasts, the TridentX series includes a complete lineup of extreme performance DDR3 memory, starting from 2400 MHz 8 GB to 2800 MHz 16 GB. The following screens show the TridentX 2800 MHz 16 GB kit has successfully achieved DDR3 3320 MHz speed, while the 32 GB 2666 MHz kit has achieved DDR3 2933 MHz speed, both results are with 4 DIMMs fully installed under LN2.
Featuring with a removable top fin design, the new TridentX heat-spreader allows overclocking enthusiasts to have more flexible options of memory cooling systems, as well as to reduce the height to fit with large CPU coolers.
Inno3D GeForce GTX 680 iChill Ice Dragon
Inno3D preps an all custom version of the GTX 680 based on the iChill series which would feature an iChill
NAND flash pricing dropping due to oversupply
DigiTimes reports NAND flash memory pricing continued to decline in early April, due to low demand visibility and overproduction caused by faster-than-expected production ramp-ups at NAND suppliers. Pricing of NAND flash memory is expected to increase in the second half of the year, when demand for embedded storage in devices like smartphones, tablets, and SSDs will likely boom.
NAND flash prices have been decreasing since 2012 due to sluggish end-market demand, the sources indicated. Suppliers' faster-than-expected production ramp-ups are the other factor causing prices to edge down, the sources said.
Major chip producers have moved to build products using their newer 2Xnm and 19nm process technologies, which boost their output. Demand, however, has failed to catch up with supply.
With chip prices slipping below costs, suppliers are now looking for strategies to maintain price stability, such as to reduce price competition, the sources pointed out.
AMD Radeon HD 7970M to arrives today
AMD's mobile Radeon HD 7000 series will be revealed tomorrow. Pitcairn (HD 7800 on desktop) will become the Radeon HD 7900M series, Cape Verde (Radeon HD 7700) will be released as Radeon HD 7800M and the Trinity APU will occupy the Radeon HD 7600M and 7700M lines. The parts will debut on April 24, and will be a part of onslaught with NVIDIA Kepler GPUs to win as much notebook discrete design wins as possible. AMD has an advantage over NVIDIA with a record number of Trinity APU and Trinity APU+Lombok GPU design wins. However, NVIDIA won over a large number of Ivy Bridge+Kepler design wins, meaning that the battle will be as tough in 2012 as it was in 2011.
A lot of it relies on just how many discrete parts NVIDIA and AMD can swing to Apple, but according to our sources - this time around, it is advantage NVIDIA.
Batman: Arkham City GOTY Edition Trailer
Core i7 3770K & 3750 review with Z77 DZ77GA-70K mobo
We review the Core i7 3770K and 3750 Ivy bridge processors alongside Intel's Z77 DZ77GA-70K motherboard. Will Ivy Bridge be the processor series everything you expected? Performance wise the all new Ivy Bridge series is not going to stun and shock like the Sandy Bridge series did. In fact clock for clock it is all roughly the very same, with a +0.8% performance offset in favor of Ivy Bridge.
However -- with Ivy Bridge comes increased overclockability, the platform comes with native USB 3.0, we get PCIe Gen 3 for the fastest graphics cards and overall just a really fast processor series.
Read this extensive review here.
ASUS Sabertooth Z77 review
We review the ASUS Sabertooth Z77. Z77 is of course the Intel chipset predominantly released for Ivy Bridge based processors. The changes for Z77 primarily can be found in native USB 3.0 support as well as an upgrade towards PCie gen 3 PCIe x16 slots. This article is a full review of what you may expect from the TUF series Sabertooth Z77, have peek after which we'll dive right into the photo shoot.
Read the article here.
NVIDIA Sends Around Crowbars against Zombies
You know -- when companies start to send around crowbars ... you do need to wonder why and just pray they're not too angry ;)
Here's what we just received from NVIDIA. That's right, a crowbar with the inscription 'For use in case of zombies or ...' Now the speculation machine certainly starts working this way ! It seems something is coming alright. It may be indicating an upcoming GTX 660 / 670 or 690 release or heck another unspecified product.
Well ... I don't have a clue either but here's what was just delivered :)
Share your opinions here in this thread.
ASUS Transformer Pad TF300
It looks like ASUS's Transformer Pad TF300 Android tablet has finally decided exactly when to make its formal appearance, meaning that mainstream customers can now start gushing.
The Transformer Pad TF300 is what the company describes as a budget Android tablet, not that it is easy to assume this from the price alone. After all, the tag, in the United Kingdom, is of
RunCore InVincicle and XAPEAR offer data-self destruction
RunCore introduced the InVincicle, a new SSD with a physical self-destruction mechanism, and the XAPEAR, which allows for complete remote data deletion via your cell phone.
RunCore, leading supplier of high-performance solid-state drives, has just started giving a sneak preview of two soon to be globally available special-use SSDs, the RunCore InVincible with a physical self-destruction mechanism, and the RunCore XAPEAR, allowing for complete remote data elimination through your mobile phone.
The RunCore InVincible SSDs allow you to protect your data from third party access in two ways with a single click. One method is the intelligent elimination of all your data through overwriting the entire disk with. A less subtle method is the physical destruction of your SSD by applying an over-current to the NAND flash memory and thereby rendering these. The RunCore InVincible product series is catering to embedded computer systems requiring high-speed serial switched fabric interconnects for rugged design implementation and more flexible power ranges. Delivering optimized storage options particularly in mission-critical fields such aerospace, military and general industrial applications.
Antec Kühler H2O 920e CPU Cooler
Antec is launching a new closed-loop liquid cooler for CPUs called the K