Orcs Must Die! 2
Orcs Must Die! 2 begins days after the ending of the original game. With the rifts closed and the magical Order dead, the War Mage finds himself suddenly thrust into a new battle against the mindless orc mob. He has a powerful, if questionable, new companion in the Sorceress, an ex-War Mage responsible for the destruction of the Order.
Orcs Must Die! 2 Features:
- New Campaign - Orcs Must Die! 2 features a full campaign that you can play in single-player or with a friend in co-op. Choose to play the campaign as the War Mage, a headstrong hero who charges into danger, or play as the more nuanced Sorceress, a new hero who keeps enemies at bay with mind-control and magic.
- More Enemies - An army of vile new creatures is set to pour through the rifts, and they've brought all of your favorite trap-fodder from the original Orcs Must Die! along with them!
- More Defenses - Orcs Must Die! 2 has an enormous armory of new and classic defenses, including an all new assortment of magical trinkets. Use your new spellbook to buy defenses and upgrades the way you choose to, building up your arsenal based on how you play the game.
- New Upgrade System - The skull system has been completely redesigned. You will always earn skulls for replaying levels, and the skulls can be spent on multiple persistent upgrades for each of your defenses.
Players wishing to add to the current 3.4 billion dead orc count can download the original Orcs Must Die! on Steam and other PC Platforms. As a special bonus, players who own the original Orcs Must Die! on PC will unlock exclusive content in the sequel.
XBox 720: Blu-ray Inside, 2 GPUs, Internet Required
VG247 has learned that Microsoft has now detailed Xbox 720 to certain partners and has internally confirmed the machine for a Christmas 2013 release.
The next generation Xbox will have a Blu-ray drive, contrary to a recent report. Multiple sources have confirmed this morning that the machine will have two GPUs. One said: It's like two PCs taped together.
We're waiting for final confirmation of specs, but the graphics cards are thought to be equivalent to AMD's 7000 series GPUs, but "not CrossFire or SLI". The GPUs aren't structured as they are in a normal dual PC set-up, in which the two chips take it in turns to draw lines of the same object: Xbox 720's graphics units will be able to work independently, drawing separate items simultaneously.
There will be "four or six" cores to the Xbox 720 CPU, one of which will be reserved for Kinect and one for the OS. Xbox 720 will require an always-on internet connection as an anti-piracy measure. We've also been told that the next generation of Kinect will be built into the device as standard.
LG 55-inch OLED TV to ship in May for $8,000
Oooh goody goody, OLED is finally penetrating the HDTV market. Now initiall it will be expensive, but once it hits mainstream Hmmmmm yummie ! DigitalTrends reports that LG plans to release a 55-inch OLED TV in May with a price tag around the $8,000 mark! These new screens promise better image quality in a razor-thin, ultra light package with none of the limitations of LCD nor plasma.
Sony PlayStation 4 to go x86?
At launch, both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 offered amazing theoretical CPU performance that was significantly higher than that of contemporary PC processors plus GPU performance that went toe-to-toe with discrete graphics cards costing as much as the consoles themselves. If the rumor mill is right, the next generation of consoles will be a lot more modest, and incapable of taking on even today's high-end PCs.
While bad news for NVIDIA, it's probably worse news still for another demographic: current PlayStation 3 owners. The radical shift in architecture, from Cell with NVIDIA graphics to x86 with AMD graphics, means that the next generation PlayStation is unlikely to offer backwards compatibility with existing titles (rumors are already pointing towards Sony removing this feature, in fact). Emulating Cell on the CPU will be impossible, as the CPU simply won't be fast enough.
Console gamers of all kinds may also be disappointed the new machines won't be as tremendous a leap over current systems as past systems have been. Consoles have already been eclipsed by PCs
Gigabyte Z77X-D3H motherboard preview
We preview the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H which is intended for Intels 22nm processors that will be coming out later this year based on Socket LGA1155 however the motherboard also supports Sandy bridge processors like the Core i7 2600K.
While we are not allowed to publish any testing results whatsoever related to Ivy Bridge on this GA-Z77X-D3H, we are able to give you a closer look at the motherboard itself. Have a peek at what is about to launch soon.
Eken A90 an Affordable Android Tablet
If you are searching for a new affordable Android tablet, then check out the Eken A90. Priced at just $157.99 each, the tablet comes jam packed with a 1.2GHz Allwinner A10 processor, a 1GB of RAM, an 8GB of internal storage, a large 9.7-inch (1024 x 768) display and the Google Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 OS.
Measuring at just 11mm thick, the Eken A90 provides a pair of micro USB ports, a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, a 3.5mm earphone jack and a microSD card slot for storage expansion. Additionally, this gadget also supports HD video playback via an HDMI port. [Product Page]
ASMedia Preps Controllers for Thunderbolt Devices
ASUS-subsidiary ASMedia made its mark as a vendor of high cost/performance 2-port USB 3.0 SuperSpeed host controllers, 2-port SATA 6 Gb/s controllers, and PCIe-PCI bridge chips, with good adoption by PC motherboard vendors. The company now eyes the emerging Thunderbolt-IO market. Thunderbolt will begin seeing adoption by the PC market starting this year, and the adoption of the interconnect by data storage device manufacturers, particularly of fast external storage, for use in the content-creation industry.
Thunderbolt host controllers are yet to receive widespread adoption due to three factors:
- Cost of the controller. Intel is yet to bring its Thunderbolt host controllers down to an a reasonable price.
- Deficiency of alternative controller providers, high scope for price-reductions the moment there are alternative providers
- A looming transition from Thunderbolt copper-electric to fiber-optic medium, which could make current 10 Gb/s-over-copper standard obsolete
ASMedia could address at least two factors here, it could provide an alternative to Intel-made controllers, and could offer a competitive price (or at least price-performance ratio). ASMedia president Lin Che-Wei told DigiTimes that his company will be ready with Thunderbolt-compatible SATA 6 Gb/s controllers, by the second half of 2012.
Addonics CipherUSB pass-through adapter for hardware encryption
Addonics presents the CiperUSB, a pass-through adapter that encrypts data stored on flash drives, flash media, USB hard drives, as well as Blu-ray, DVD and CD media. Addonics Technologies announced the Addonics CipherUSB, a USB pass-through adapter that provides a simple, inexpensive way to encrypt data stored on flash drives, flash media, USB hard drives as well as Blu-ray, DVD or CD media.
The CipherUSB is the size of a typical flash drive. Just plug the USB drive, flash drive or optical drive to the device end of the CipherUSB, and then plug the CipherUSB into your computer
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Ivy bridge appears on e-Bay
Some unreleased Ivy Bridge processors are up on eBay. Not only that, but some Chinese sites still have some listings up.
This goes to show that someone somehow got some engineering samples and leaked them so that the world may experiment with them before the formal announcement.
The Santa Clara, California-based company won't formally introduce the delayed collection until a month or so from now.
Nevertheless, a third-generation Core IB chip is listed on Chinese site Taobao, for a price of 1550 RMB, or $246 / 184.50 Euro.
Additionally, a Core i7-2770K is priced at $440 - $475 (330 to 356.25 Euro) and some Xeon E3-1200v2 series can be found at around $220 / 165 Euro.
To give one example, the Xeon E3-1230v2 can be found at $225 here (168.65 Euro). Nevertheless, the listings that concern us the most are the ones on eBay, since Chinese websites aren't that easy to navigate for people who don't know the language, even with Google Translate.
Not that it is impossible to deal with Taobao and the others. After all, English-speaking Taobao agents can handle all negotiations with sellers and reship the CPUs, although this will mean a 10% or higher extra fee.
EVGA Announces GeForce GTX 680 Hydro Copper
EVGA announces immediate availability of the EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Hydro Copper. This card offers a preinstalled Hydro Copper Waterblock, and reduces the GPU operating temperature by as much as 50%. Additionally, the EVGA GeForce GTX 680 is optimized for overclocking with a 5 Phase PWM Design and 8pin + 6pin power connectors.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Hydro Copper ships with increased clockspeeds of 1215MHz (boost clock) and 1150MHz (base clock). The memory has further been tuned with a stock frequency of 6300MHz.
KURO-DACHI/CLONE/U3 USB 3.0 Cloning Docking Station
Handy and affordable, I like it. Expert-oriented is set to launch a new USB 3.0 cloning docking station, the KURO-DACHI/CLONE/U3. 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 KURO-DACHI/CLONE/U3 will start shipping from early April for 4,000 Yen (about $49).
Phanteks PH-TC14CS Series C-Type Premier CPU Cooler
Phanteks introduces the PH-TC14CS C-Type CPU Cooler. The PH-TC14CS measures 160 x 151 x 140.5 mm ( with dual fans), it weighs 900 grams, has five nickel-plated 8mm copper heat-pipes, and supports the latest LGA 2011/ 1155/ 1156/ 1366/ 775 and AMD FM1/ AM3+/ AM3/ AM2/ 2+/ AM3 micro-processors.
Featuring Phanteks patented Physical Antioxidant Thermal Shield ( P.A.T.S) and Cold Plasma Spraying Coating Technology (C.P.S.C), PH-TC14CS provides a perfect cooling solution for low profile setups. Enthusiasts with HTPC
GeForce GT 640, GTX 650 and GTX 660 on the way
Well, not unsurprizing, but details of NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GT 640, GeForce GTX 650 and GeForce GTX 660 graphics cards appeared on the web.
It looks like the cheaper Kepler cards are going to start appearing in May. NVIDIA will release two GK107-based cards, one with GDDR5 memory (GTX 650) and the other GDDR3 (GT 640) and will likely replace the GTX 550 Ti. The GK107 GPU will have 384 CUDA cores, but other specs are not yet known. Prices should be around 90-110 Euro or so.
There's a GTX 660 coming in the summer for around 200 Euro which will be based on the GK106 GPU. This will have 768 CUDA cores, 64 texture units and 24 ROPs. The memory bus will be 192-bits wide and bolted to 2GB GDDR5 memory.
MediaTek brings WiFi 802.11ac plus Bluetooth 4.0 combo chip
MediaTek releases the MT7650, the first chip to offer 802.11ac plus Bluetooth 4.0+HS in a single package:
MediaTek Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions, today announced availability of its MT7650, the world