Unlocks And Awards in Battlefield 3
The Battlefield Blog has a new article talking about the persistence system in Battlefield 3. Battlefield games have always had a huge amount of awards and Battlefield 3 will have more than 10 times the amount found in Bad Company 2.
Service Stars challenge the hardcore
Even getting your first Service Star would be a major achievement. But keep playing, and you will be eligible for even further promotion by getting Service Stars added to your weapon skill badge, your vehicle, your kit, and your overall rank. Anytime your kill card is displayed, everyone will see exactly how experienced you are with your current equipment. The ultimate bragging right would be for a player to be awarded the rank of Colonel with 100 Service Stars attached, and to have 100 stars in all weapons, kits, and vehicles. Getting there will be a massive task
NVIDIA Kepler release is not 2011 -- Uh-Oh !
NVIDIA dismissed rumors that its Kepler GPU would launch before the end of the year. The company told press that it expects to receive early silicon later this year, but the actual product launch is planned for next year.
"Although we will have early silicon this year, Kepler-based products are actually scheduled to go into production in 2012. We wanted to clarify this so people wouldn
Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.0.5 beta 3
Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven't intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been "hijacked" (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware. Even if you don't see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.
To see a list of threats Spybot-S&D can remove, in the navigation bar at the left click on Support --> Threats. For an introduction to Spybot-S&D, please read the tutorial. If you fear incompatibility with other software you are now using, although we can assure you that there is no danger you can review our compatibility overview which lists some software whose compatibility has been analyzed. Spybot-S&D can also clean usage tracks, an interesting function if you share your computer with other users and don't want them to see what you have been working on. And for professional users, Spybot-S&D allows you to fix some registry inconsistencies and extended reports.
Some highlights of this release are:
- Improved Live Protection allowing you to block and remove detected malware.
- Global system file whitelisting for Windows XP and Windows 7.
- The personal whitelisting component has been updated.
- Improved scanning speed.
- Updated browser detection and immunization.
- Updated settings for background services.
- Added URL whitelisting and cookie protection to Google Chrome extension.
- Enhanced error reporting.
- Fixes for known memory leaks and update issues.
A list of all the application's features is also available.
Spybot-Search & Destroy 2.0.5 Beta 3 beta has a modern appearance but it isn't just the design that has changed. Discover the fast performance, enjoy the completely automated updates and new command center that will suit both new and advanced users. Our team has tested this complete new version thoroughly but there will be some bugs.
MSI Z68A GD80 G3 PCIe Gen 3.0 motherboard review
A little while ago we tested the MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3) motherboard, a product with an absolutely gorgeous design. Merely weeks later another SKU based of this model has been released, the MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3).
The G3 hints to something we have been hearing about for a while now, yes this is the debut of a PCI Express 3.0 compatible motherboard. A sincerely cool looking motherboard that is equipped with the latest gadgets, features and obviously that Z68 chipset.
Read the full review here.
Mach Xtreme Urban DDR3 DIMMs
Mach Xtreme revealed the fancy colored Urban dual-channel DDR3 kits.
Mach Xtreme Technology Inc., a worldwide leader in top performance, high reliability and user-friendly designed PC components, today unveiled Urban
G1 Sniper 2 (Z68) Photo's show up.
GIGABYTE is adding full Ivy Bridge support with PCI-E 3.0 as well as BIOS that supports the 22nm shrink of Sandy Bridge, I guess we can call this board a third generation Sandy Bridge motherboard. This board is loaded with Creative 20K2 audio with high quality Nichicon capacitors with audio amplifiers as well as Bigfoot Killer E2100 Gaming NIC. 12 Phase VRM (8+2+2)
PCI-E 3.0 slots in this order: 1x,16x,1x,8x and the board has 5 x SATA 3GB/s and 4 x SATA 6GB/s
Triple slot pacing and two PCI slots.
- 7.1 Audio Out
- 2 x USB 3.0
- 7 x USB 2.0
- 1 x eSATA/USB 2.0 port
- PS/2 Keyboard or Mouse
- OC button
- HDMI Port for QuickSync
The board's features as a whole are pretty similar to previous gen, except they have moved the layout to better suit the board. For instance I had an issue with my X58 Assassin, when I wanted to do SLI with two cards the second card would sit right on top of the front panel OC button connector, thanks sinhardware.
Here are some photo's, click the thumbnails
AMD could ship 8 million Llano APUs this year
AMD is doing well with Llano alright, Sources at motherboard makers told DigiTimes that AMD shipped about 1 million Llano APUs in June and 1.3-1.5 million units in July. Total shipments for 2011 are expected to reach 7.5-8 million units. Additionally, the site also reveals some details about AMD's upcoming chips:
The sources pointed out that AMD is pushing its 40nm-based C series (Ontario) and E series (Zacate) APUs for the entry-level market, while it is pushing 32nm-based Llano-based APUs for the mid-range to performance and mainstream markets, and is pushing 32nm AM3+ FX series (Zambezi) processors for the high-end market in the fourth quarter.
In 2012, AMD will launch a new APU series codenamed Krishna using a 28nm process from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), targeting mini PCs, and all-in-one PCs with an APU series codenamed Trinity to replace Llano for the mainstream market, adopting a 32nm process from Globalfoundries. For the high-end market, AMD will launch an APU series codenamed Komodo.
Intel grows in Q2 2011 GPU market
Jon Peddie Research published its report about the GPU market in Q2 2011. The firm says GPU shipments were up 6.3 percent sequentially while PC sales grew just 2.4 percent, and that Intel made big gains in marketshare at the expense of both AMD and NVIDIA.
Between the first and second quarters, Intel purportedly enjoyed a 19.6% surge in shipments of graphics-enabled products, while AMD and Nvidia saw respective declines of 7.3% and 5.3%. Interestingly, JPR also says that Nvidia's slice of the discrete graphics market got 30% larger in the second quarter, reportedly because of design wins in many Sandy Bridge notebooks.
The research firm also sprinkles in a bit of news about the overall graphics market, saying shipments were up 6.3% sequentially amid slower 2.4% growth in the PC market at large last quarter. JPR notes that the higher-than-expected graphics growth raises "concerns about an inventory buildup" in the latter part of the year.
Introducing The Google Hire Me Guy (video)
There are no words to describe this...just watch it :P
AMD's Bulldozer Opteron Arriving Sept. 26
Bulldozer-based Opterons will emerge on September 26. The Opteron 4200 series will feature processors with either six or eight Bulldozer coresor going by the modular design of those chips, either three or four two-core modules. Interlagos, then, becomes the new powerhouse in AMD's server lineup.
The upcoming Opteron 6200 series will have chips with 12 and 16 Bulldozer cores. Valencia is the next stage in AMD's Opteron 4000 series aimed at single-socket and dual-socket, cost-optimized, energy efficient servers. It will be succeeded in 2012 by a CPU codenamed Sepang that has up to ten Bulldozer cores.
At AMD's analyst day last November, the company described its next-generation Bulldozer core as the biggest change in x86 servers in a decade. The new processor cores offer up to 50 percent more throughput as AMD's current 12-core Opterons while sitting in the same power envelope, according to AMD, while a redesigned memory controller serves up a 30 percent boost to memory performance and a flexible 256-bit floating point unit.
AMD's 32-nanometer Bulldozer two-core modules share some components across the two cores, namely fetch and decode units, L2 memory cache, and a floating point scheduler, but each core in a module has its own L1 cache and integer unit scheduler. Each core has just one thread but by sharing some resources with another core, those threads come less expensively than they would if each Bulldozer core was an entirely stand-alone unit.
Rambo game coming next year
UK publisher Reef Entertainment has snatched up the rights to Rambo from film company StudioCanal, and plans to release a game starring the character next year for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
DRIVER San Francisco - Don't Blink and Drive!
eBay goes SSD and cuts storage power consumption by 78 percent
eBay switched 100TB of HDD-based storage to SSD and saw impressive gains in performance and power efficiency:
EBay ended up replacing 100TB of HDD-based storage in a single year with the SSD-based storage and saw some impressive gains and improvements from the swap. The reduction in storage rack space between the old solution and the new SSD solution was 50%. The reduction on power use was 78% and in a large data center, the reduction in power use can mean huge savings on electric bills.
While a reduction in the number of storage racks and a big reduction in power consumption are both great things, the performance is what eBay was after. The time to roll out a new VM is now five minutes compared to 45 minutes on the old system according to eBay.
The storage that eBay went to was Nimbus S-class SSD systems with HALO storage operating system. Michael Craft is manager of QA systems at eBay. Craft said, "One rack [of SSD storage] is equal to eight or nine racks of something else."
Right now, the QA division at eBay has 4,000 VMware ESX virtual servers spread across about 200 computers with half of the physical servers attached to the new SSD gear for primary storage. EBay is expecting to boost the use of the SSD storage tech down the road. The Nimbus gear replaced NetApp and HP 3PAR storage systems that used 15,000rpm HDDs. The new SSD storage systems cost about $1,000 per usable terabyte of storage.
NVIDIA: Kepler GPUs to ship before year-end
NVIDIA's Kepler GPU (GeForce 600 series) will arrive by the end of the year according to xbitlabs. Nvidia Corp. said at a recent event that it would start shipping its next-generation graphics processing units (GPU) code-named Kepler by the end of the year. The company did not say that the new chips will actually become available, but it is highly likely that they will at least be formally introduced and the company starts to ship the new chips for revenue.
"Between the Fermi generation and Kepler, which we should start shipping by the end of the year, there is about 3x improvement in [double precision] performance per watt. [...] We are about to introduce [our next-generation GPUs]," said Chris Malachowsky, senior vice president of research and co-founder of Nvidia, at the company's GTC Workshop Japan event.
Kepler is Nvidia's next-generation graphics processor architecture that is projected to bring considerable performance improvements and will likely make the GPU more flexible in terms of programmability, which will speed up development of applications that take advantage of GPGPU (general purpose processing on GPU) technologies. Some of the technologies that Nvidia promised to introduce in Kepler and Maxwell (the architecture that will succeed Kepler) include virtual memory space (which will allow CPUs and GPUs to use the "unified" virtual memory), pre-emption, enhance the ability of GPU to autonomously process the data without the help of CPU and so on.
The new chip is projected to be made using 28nm process technology, even though Nvidia has not publicly confirmed this. Many believe that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, which makes chips for Nvidia, will not be able to supply the Santa Clara, California-based designer of GPUs enough 28nm products this calendar years.
Dungeons: The Dark Lord - Gameplay Trailer
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine - MP Trailer
GeForce GTX 580 Infinity Edition and ZOTAC Omni
ZOTAC unveils two new water-cooling solutions
Corsair White Vengeance LP DDR3 Memory
The Special Edition Arctic White Vengeance LP memory operates at a 1.35V and is ideal for ultra-quiet systems and other low-voltage applications. It consists of two rigorously-screened 4GB DDR3 DRAM modules, guaranteed to operate at 1600MHz with a tested latency of 9-9-9-24. The Vengeance low-profile heat spreader has a reduced height of 1.03