GeForce GTX 680 review
We review the GeForce GTX 680 as expected and highly anticipated. Today the GeForce 680 sees the light and has been born, a product that has had many discussions and has seen many rumors. It's time to put an end to that and replace it with facts. The GeForce GTX 680 2GB is now a fact and selling in the stores as we speak.
Today the first in a series of reviews, meet the GeForce GTX 680 right here.
Commodore USA releases Amiga
Commodore USA, LLC announced today the historic re-unification of the legendary Commodore and AMIGA brands with the launch of the new Commodore AMIGA mini, as well as other new models such as the new C64x Supreme, the new VIC mini and a more powerful VIC-Slim keyboard computer (now with HDMI output). These new products are now in production and available for purchase at www.commodoreusa.net.
The new Commodore AMIGA mini is a trail blazing power-house featuring Intel's i7-2700k 3.5 GHz Quad-Core (3.9 GHz Turboboost) processor, 16 Gb RAM DDR3 1333 MHz and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 GPU with 1 GB DDR3. This machine is fully loaded with a 1 TB SATA drive (optional 300 GB or 600 GB SSD), two WiFi antennae and bluetooth. The new Commodore AMIGA mini case is ultra small and features a solid, all aluminum seamless housing,micro-sandblasted with an anodic oxidation finish. It also includes a slot load Blu-Ray drive and internal space for two 2.5" hard drives. It measures 7.5 inches square with a height of only 3 inches. The AMIGA mini's appearance is enhanced with the inclusion of the classic embedded AMIGA logo engraved in the front.
The C64x, highly regarded by Commodore fans for its retro styling, now features Intel's new D2700 dual core 2.13 GHz CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 (512 Mb) graphics for enhanced gaming capability over previous models. It also features 4 Gb Memory (DDR3 1066), a 1 or 3 GB SATA drive (300 or 600 Gb SSD optional), a mechanical keyboard, a built in multi-card reader, WiFI, Bluetooth, VGA, DVI and HDMI output, 7.1 channel high definition sound, 2 USB 3.0 and 4 USB 2.0 ports for exceptional external data access, a slot loading Blu-ray drive that can also write DVDs and 2 WiFi antennae for outstanding signal reception.
The VIC mini has specifications identical to the C64x Supreme, wrapped in the elegant aluminum enclosure of the AMIGA mini.
The VIC-Slim is an upgraded unit replacing the previous 1.8 GHz dual core Atom with the new Intel 2.13 GHz Dual Core D2700 processor and includes 2 Gb RAM (DDR3 1066 MHz), a 1 Tb SATA Hard Disk Drive and HDMI output.
Mr. Barry Altman, CEO, states "This is an historic day. The team here has been working around the clock to fulfill the vision of a reunited Commodore and AMIGA branded computer with the launch of our new Commodore AMIGA mini."
Barry Altman adds, "Leo and I and the entire team, started on this journey to prove that we could take these historic computer brands and produce products that are relevant to both the historical consumer base and new customers. These computers are breathtaking in appearance, incredibly powerful and exciting to use."
Gigabyte Releases AIRE M77 Mouse
When it comes to a wireless mouse with an in-style design and reasonable price, previously, there had been very few products in the market to choose from. GIGABYTE is excited to introduce a new option for consumers looking for a stylish mouse at a great price, the AIRE M77 Must-Have Wireless Mouse, which satisfies all your basic needs and much more!
Just like the latest "It Bag" in the fashion industry, the AIRE M77 is your "It Mouse" that achieves exactly what you want and suits almost every condition. Plus, its ergonomic design and practical function setting will help you enjoy this mouse even more!
GIGABYTE introduced the "AIRE" series to stress not only the necessity of great comfort, but also the importance of a fashionable design. For those who work in the office and need to use a mouse for more than 6 hours a day, the AIRE M77 Must-Have Wireless Mouse is definitely the best choice. This model is designed specifically for right-handed users as its ergonomic shape can prevent your palm from feeling tired after long hours of use. The 4th and 5th keys located near the thumb conveniently facilitate web-surfing, or you can choose to personalize the function. DPI switch on the mouse makes it easy to switch on-the-fly from 800 to 1600 DPI respectively, and the low-power indicator reminds you when to change batteries!
The AIRE M77 Must-Have Wireless Mouse is equipped with a precise optical tracking engine, so that it's absolutely smooth to use. Additionally, the fine quality of a 2.4 GHz receiver assures an operation range within 6-8 meters, making it ideal for both laptops and desktop computers. The great comfort, superior quality, and high C/P rate of the AIRE M77 Must-Have Wireless Mouse will expand your horizons for using a wireless mouse!
- Classic "Must-Have" style - Gives you all the basics and much more
- Ergonomic design and comfortable grip - No tired feeling after long hours of use
- High precision optical tracking engine
- On-the-fly 800/ 1600 adjustable DPI
- Ideal for right-handed users
EVGA to debut improved global warranty
EVGA will be updating a new global warranty policy, which will be announced in early April 2012.
More details of EVGA
StatCounter: Chrome most popular browser for a day
Web stats firm StatCounter claims Google Chrome was world's number one browser on Sunday 18 March 2012:
Google's Chrome narrowly became the world's top internet browser for the first time on Sunday 18 March 2012, according to StatCounter, the independent website analytics company. The firm's research arm StatCounter Global Stats reports that Chrome topped the polls in India, Russia and Brazil, all of which contributed to it becoming the number one browser for that day on a global basis.
"While it is only one day, this is a milestone," commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. He added that Chrome still faces a battle to unseat its main rivals including IE and Firefox in many regions. Chrome remains in 2nd or 3rd place in China, United States and Germany, for example.
"Whether Chrome can take the lead in the browser wars in the long term remains to be seen, however the trend towards Chrome usage at weekends is undeniable. At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to IE," added Aodhan Cullen, commenting on the weekend surges in Chrome usage.
StatCounter data is based on over 15 billion page views per month (4 billion from the US) to the StatCounter network of more than three million websites*.
BTS with Quantic Dream's KARA tech demo
Okay console game, but still very interesting to see. Get a peek behind the scenes of the new PS3 tech demo from Quantic Dream, the creators of PS3 classic Heavy Rain.
Quantic Dream has released a behind-the-scenes video which shows the motion capture process for the firm's KARA tech demo. In order to capture as much movement and emotional responses from the actors, the studio invested in 65 motion capture cameras:
Yesterday Launch Trailer
This video immerses players at the heart of an original and dark thriller. Yesterday will take players around the world, as they try to unveil the incredible mystery surrounding the amnesiac John Yesterday, discovering connections among the strange mark which scars his hand, a dangerous and murderous cult, and a philanthropic young billionaire. Discover the big cast of colorful and shady characters, the dark ambiance and the twisting, turning story - players will not emerge unscathed!
Far Cry 3 - Gameplay Trailer
HWiNFO32 v3.94 and HWiNFO64 v3.94 download
- Enhanced sensor monitoring on MSI MS-7585 P55-GD85, MS-7582 and Z77 series.
- Added preliminary support of Coleto Creek PCH.
- Added reporting of OEM Memory Information (DIMM map) under SMBIOS/DMI if supported by platform.
- Enhanced sensor monitoring on ASUS P8H67-I.
- Split Intel DTS temperature reporting per CPU package, added actual Core Max value.
- Added recognition of nVidia Kepler: GeForce GT 640M, GT 650M, GTX 660M.
- Added patch for clock measuring under Windows 8.
- Added reporting of more Intel CPU features.
- Added support of nVidia GeForce GTX 680 (GK104).
AMD Trinity A10-5800K Performance Tested
AMD's next-gen APUs based on the Trinity architecture isn't to be released until the second quarter of this year, a Chinese website has recently posted online a series of benchmarks comparing the performance of the upcoming A10-5800K with that of the current A8-3850 processor.
When it will see the light of day, the A10-5800K will become AMD
Futuremark: don't expect better browser perf on new Ipad
Futuremark, the world leader in performance benchmarking software, today released the first benchmark results for the new iPad using Peacekeeper, its free to use browser speed test. While web pages may look sharper on the new iPad
AMD FX-4130 and FX-6130 in the works
Donanim Haber delivers news that AMD will release two new budget FX series processors in Q2 2012, likely in April.
This includes the quad-core FX-4130 and the six-core FX-6130. The latter one offers a 3.6GHz clockspeed, 3.9GHz Turbo, 6MB L2 and 8MB L3 cache. The FX-4130 is clocked at 3.8GHz, with a 3.9GHz Turbo, 4MB L2 but only 4MB L3 cache. Both chips have a 125W TD.
Pricing is TBA.
Asetek watercooling for laptops and all-in-one PCs
Asetek announced the creation of a slim-form factor liquid cooling system that PC makers can integrate into workstation-grade laptops (or high-end gaming laptops) and All-in-One PCs.
Asetek Inc., the world leading supplier of liquid cooling for the computer industry announced today a new and groundbreaking slim form factor liquid cooling technology for extreme performance and workstation grade laptops and All-In-One PCs. Slim form factor liquid cooling enables laptop and AIO PC manufacturers to deliver mobility and sleek industrial designs without sacrificing performance.
MSI GeForce GTX 680 photo
Marketing slides of MSI's GeForce GTX 680 appeared. The card is based on the reference design, it offers 2GB GDDR5, 256-bit memory bus, quad-display outputs, support for driving four monitors simultaneously, and PCI Express 3.0 support.
MSI's GeForce GTX 680 will also be fully supported by the company's Afterburner utility that's set to provide 'GPU/Memory Clock Offset and Power Limit Control'. Expect an official unveiling of the MSI GeForce GTX 680 this Thursday, March 22nd.
SimCity - Insider's Look: GlassBox Game Engine #1
Insider's Look at the new Glassbox engine powering the next SimCity game. SimCity Gameplay Lead Dan Moskowitz describes the concepts of Resources, Units, Maps, and Agents and how they affect the complex simulation behind SimCity.
Mind you this is concept stuff, not final renderings graphics wise :)
AMD Catalyst 12.x 8.950.5 February 24
MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 15 Download
Guru3D and MSI have been working hard on AfterBurner, today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities.
Today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities. We're happy to see MSI Afterburner is leading the overclock applications. MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 15 is ready
Changes list includes:
- Added NVIDIA Kepler graphics processors family support
- Added GPU power consumption monitoring for NVIDIA Kepler series graphics cards
- Added, core clock offset, memory clock offset and voltage offset support for dynamic overclocking on NVIDIA Kepler series graphic cards
- Fixed issue preventing applying new settings from control shared memory
- Fixed issue with video capture timer display, causing hours to be incremented erroneously after each 6 minutes of videorecording
- Skin format reference guide has been updated to v1.5 to document new indicator types support
- Added new "Force fan speed update on each period" option to the "Fan" tab. New option may improve compatibility of software automatic fan speed control mode with some bugged display drivers, overriding manually programmed fan speed under certain conditions
AMD Launches Opteron 320 Processors
Five months after the introduction of the Opteron 6200 and Opteron 4200 processors, AMD is expanding its lineup of server chips based on the Bulldozer architecture with the launch of the single-socket Opteron 3200 series CPUs.
Right now, the Opteron 3200 processor range consists of three SKUs, namely the Opteron 3250, 3260, and 3280.
The first two of these feature dual Bulldozer modules for a total of four processing cores and their clock speeds are set at 2.4GHz and 2.7GHz (2.7GHz and 3GHz maximum Turbo), respectively.
The third chip introduced by AMD today packs eight computing cores with a base clock speed of 2.5GHz and 2.8GHz maximum Turbo. Its TDP is rated at 65 Watts, while the quad-core Opteron 3200 series CPUs fit inside a 45W power envelope.
Compared to their desktop counterparts, these three Opteron processors are validated for being used inside servers and come with an improved memory controller that supports up to 32GB of dual-channel ECC RAM running at speeds of up to 1866MHz.
The Opteron 3200 series targets the dense, power efficient 1P Web hosting/Web server market.
"In today's economic environment, dedicated hosting providers need their data centers to become profit centers faster than ever," said Patrick Patla, corporate vice president and general manager, commercial business, AMD.
"With the new AMD Opteron 3000 Series platform, Web and Cloud customers no longer have to compromise with desktop-class platforms in order to hit certain price points.