Seagate first to debut HDD with 1TB platters
Seagate today unveiled the world
Razer improved Goliathus mousepads
Razer announces that the Razer Goliathus has been redesigned and reinforced to ensure your soft mouse mat swiping experience is more hardcore than ever before.
Maintaining the same well-loved, speed-enhancing and control-precise features, the redesigned Razer Goliathus mouse mat delivers maximum performance to propel you to gaming stardom. Now imbued with a dense, anti-fraying and long-lasting stitched frame, your mouse mat stays sharp for consistent tournament ownage.
NVIDIA GPU marketshare keeps shrinking
The latest GPU marketshare data from Jon Peddie Research reveals NVIDIA once again lost ground to both AMD and Intel in the graphics market.
The biggest winner was Intel, but AMD didn't do too bad. In fact, JPR says AMD saw a greater increase in raw shipments than Intel (15.4% vs. 9.7%) between the first quarters of 2010 and 2011. Nvidia wasn't so lucky, purportedly suffering a 28.4% decline over the same time period. Good thing Nvidia's Tegra 2 chips are showing up in so many new tablets, because apparently, folks are giving GeForces the cold shoulder.
AMD June launch schedule revealed
Details on AMD's plans for June seem to have finalized. It starts on June 1 with the introduction of the Llano APU, the Sabine notebook platform, the 900 series chipsets and the VISION 2011 line at Computex.
Next is the E3 show on June 7, at this event AMD will reveal the AM3+ platform as well as the new FX brand and logo. On June 13 the company will talk about the Fusion ecosystem at the company's Fusion Developer Summit, and on June 14 it will present the Sabine/Lynx platforms at its Client Launch Event in Seattle, WA.
Tc-mag reports: The whole AMD-flavored madness will begin on June 1st at Computex where the company will reveal its Sabine notebook platform (powered by the Llano A-Series APUs), the 900 Series chipsets (there will be FM1 parts for Llano and AM3+ parts for Zambezi/FX Series CPUs), and the VISION 2011 line (basically includes all desktop/notebook/netbook platforms for this year).
Moving forward to June 7th, this is the day on which AMD will officially unveil the FX Series processors (Zambezi) and the AM3+ platform. The 6/8-core Zambezi chips will have their debut at E3 in Los Angeles.
Have a peek at the leaked slide.
Ubisoft Launching Movie Studio
Ubisoft is launching a brand-new division called Ubisoft Motion Pictures, dedicated to adapting its game properties to film and television. UbiMovie hasn't done anything yet but it does have an impressive variety of properties at its disposal that should translate nicely to the big screen, including the obviously sequelizable Prince of Persia franchise, Assassin's Creed, Call of Juarez and the many Tom Clancy franchises. That's no guarantee of success, but it's not a bad place to start.
Ubisoft's Paris-based film division is headed by Jean-Julien Baronnet, former CEO of Luc Besson's EuropaCorp. Gallic producer Didier Lupfer ("Gainsbourg") is in charge of production and development, while Jean de Rivieres, former topper of distribution at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures France, handles marketing and international sales.
Some of Ubisoft's hot proprieties include "Assassin's Creed" and "Splinter Cell." Ubisoft's "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" was brought to the bigscreen by Jerry Bruckheimer, with Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead. The 2010 pic grossed about $335 million worldwide.
Fallout: New Vegas DLC Packs Detailed
The Bethesda Blog now offers details on three upcoming DLC packs for Fallout: New Vegas, Obsidian's action/RPG sequel, saying all three will receive simultaneous releases for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 for $9.99 USD (or 800 space bux) each.
Available on May 17, Honest Hearts takes you on an expedition to the unspoiled wilderness of Utah
Intel HD Graphics 220.127.116.111 drivers
These are HD drivers for Intel integrated processor chipsets like in Core i3/i5/i7 Sandy bridge processors and Intel Core i3/i5 series 500/600 Dual-Core processors based on the Clarkdale core.
- Intel Wireless Display 2.1 with Blu-Ray playback enabled
- Enjoy all of your personal and online content on a big screen with a simple wireless connection. With a laptop featuring Intel Wireless Display and powered by a visibly smart 2nd generation Intel Core processor, you can sit back and experience your favorite movies, videos, photos, online shows and more on your TV with great image clarity and sound. More info.
- Intel Wireless Display features include: 1080p, HDCP 2.0 output protection, and <250ms Display latency for improved user interactivity.
- Intel WiDi now supports playback of protected content using Blu-ray Players and Intel Insider. More info.
- Intel InTru3D Stereoscopic 3D video playback over HDMI1.4 enabled. (Requires stereo 3D capable hardware and video playback software.)
- Left 4 Dead 2: Game now plays with correct brightness. Also fixes issue on multiple Source Engine titles (Alien Swarm, Counter-Strike, Half-Life 2, Portal)
- Mafia II: Game demo no longer crashing
- Dead Space: Artifacts appearing on certain scenes eliminated
- Prince of Persia: Eliminated artifacts exhibited when 4x anti-aliasing enabled
- Unigine: Heaven Benchmark 2.1 application now runs in OpenGL mode
- Dirt 2: Corrected textures and eliminated reflection artifacts seen during game play with DirectX 9 MSAA enabled
- Fallout: New Vegas: Fixed minor artifacts and pixel flickering
- Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts: Fixed minor terrain artifacts
- Split Second: Fixed artifacts and incorrect textures
- Fixed power management issues in 16-bit color depth mode.
- Fixed movie area shake when the overscan set
- Resolution now correctly reported as 1920x1080 when connected to a HDMI TV
- System now maintains correct display scaling after reboot.
- GOM Player: Video runs correctly in full screen mode.
- MPEG2: Fixed the occasional system hang while playing MPEG2 video.
- Corel VideoStudio Pro X4: Fixed occasional application crashes
- Display: Occasional notebook display flickering when running in battery mode corrected
- Display: Display now enumerates after resuming from Hibernate state (S4)
Download Intel HD Graphics 18.104.22.1681 drivers
Download - Daum PotPlayer 1.5.28025 Updated
Supports almost every available video formats out there. PotPlayer contains internal codecs and there is no need to install codecs manually. Other key features include WebCam/Analog/Digital TV devices support, gapless video Playback, DXVA, live broadcasting. It's been described on the Internet as The KMPlayer redux, and it pretty much is. Distinctive features of the player is a high quality playback, support for all modern video and audio formats and a built DXVA video codecs. A comprehensive video and audio player, that also supports TV channels, subtitles and skins.
Key features of Daum PotPlayer:
- Support for most audio/video formats and DVD.
- Internal DXVA video codecs (H.264/AVC, VC-1, MPEG2) and EVR (Windows 7 only).
- Hi Quality playback and low resources usage.
- Support all types of subtitling.
- Skins, logos, color themes.
- Digital TV devices support. Live broadcasting.
- and much, much more...
LucidLogix Virtu on ASUS Z68 Motherboards
LucidLogix today announced that its
Gigabyte GB-AEBN All-In-One PC
GIGABYTE introduces a fully modulated AIO PC model to answer any requirements in the most time and cost efficient way. Whether you want a turnkey, a highly customized or only a barebone product, the GB-AEBN solution can answer your needs, as the entire system is broken down into integrated and standardized modules that can be easily and quickly upgraded or replaced. With this modulated concept, the specifications of the GB-AEBN can be calibrated towards the needs of any kind of end user, and therefore it can be suitable for your targets.
Thanks to its modulated concept, we are able to adapt most of the GB-AEBN parts to deliver any kind of end-user advantage, and you can easily modify them afterwards. The GB-AEBN solution supports components from any supplier complying to our product
Game releases for the coming week May 2 May 9
Of interest to history buffs this week will be the release of The History Channel
AMD Llano has Radeon HD 6550 graphics
AMD's pending Llano processors will get a very nice embedded GPU, for the integrated market segment that is.
Llano's embedded GPU carries the AMD Radeon SKU of HD 6550 as TechPowerUp reports: It will feature on AMD's Fusion A8-3550 and A8-3550P APUs, is DirectX 11 compliant, has 400 stream processors, and a core clock speed of 594 MHz.
It uses memory shared from the main memory, but in all likelihood, AMD might work on SidePort-based memory support. Further, the Radeon HD 6550 can work in tandem with discrete AMD Radeon HD 6570 and HD 6670 "Turks" based graphics cards in the same way as AMD's IGPs have been known to work with entry-level Radeon GPUs using Hybrid CrossFireX. When the HD 6550 iGPU is working in tandem with HD 6670 or HD 6570, the graphics hardware will be recognized as "Radeon HD 6690".
Intel Cedar Trail Atom details surface
AnandTech published details about Intel's upcoming "Cedar Trail" Atom processors, you can check it out over here. The core architecture remains unchanged, so CPU performance should be the same as previous Atom processors, only with higher clock speeds. We won
Phenom II X4 980 BE processor review
AMDs current Deneb core over the past year and a half has been optimized and fine-tuned in many ways. As such, and honestly completely unneeded, AMD did decide to make their fastest Phenom II X4 processor even a slight bit faster, yes today they release their Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition processor, which clocks in at chill 3.7 GHz at default.
Check out the review right here.
PCMark 7 launch date delayed
The new estimated launch time is either late this week or early next week. Guru3D will be an official mirror, so we'll keep the file-servers warmed up for speedy delivery ;)
AC Ryan PlayOn!HD 1TB and Mini review
With an all new updated firmware these products are fully fetched media streamers, they can sniff your network for photo's, music, but most of all these little kits are specialized high-definition content playback up-to 1080P, and that's where stuff gets interesting.
Along with the new firmware comes output quality, features and menu structure, that are just as good as any niche Home Theater PC build. With the most simple device costing less than 80 EUR, products like the ones shown today are just incredibly cheap whilst offering heaps of functionality and quality playback.
Check out the review right here.
AMD 900-Series Bulldozer Chipsets at Computex 2011
More news for Computex, it can be expected to see AMD 900 series motherboards as motherboard makers will introduce their first AM3+ Bulldozer solutions based on the 900-series chipset logic developed by AMD.
The 900-series will include three new motherboard chipsets, dubbed 990FX, 990X, and 970 and all of these support AM3+ processors as well as Nvidia's SLI technology. These motherboards are intended for the Bulldozer processors from AMD.
The major difference between the three chipsets is the amount of PCI Express lanes available as the 990FX features 40 such lanes that can be routed to run two PCI Express x16 slots or four PCIe x8 slots, while the 990X packs two PCIe x8 slots. The 990FX is compatible with two-way (2 x16) and three-way (3 x8) SLI setups.
All of the 900-series motherboard chipsets feature SATA 6Gbps with TRIM support, RAID 0/1/10/5, IOMMU I/O virtualization, as well as USB 3.0 support (via third party controllers). The 900-series motherboards are also compatible with older AM3 processors.
All the reports that have been arriving until now stated that Bulldozer is scheduled for an early June release
Portal 2 DLC coming this Summer; free of charge
In a press release today Valve gave us a glimspe into their first upcoming DLC for Portal 2. Doug Lombardi already let it slip in an interview that the first DLC was en route for a Summer release. But the best news of all is that Valve will be charging you exactly $0.00.
The DLC will feature new test chambers, leaderboards, challenge mode for single and multiplayer modes; and will be free across the board whether downloaded on PC, Mac, Xbox 360, or PS3.
Valve also made it known that Portal 2 is their fastest-selling game since the seminal Half-Life 2 back in 2004. The sequel to 2007?