DiRT 2 PC delayed to December gets DX11
According to the press release, this move will allow the PC port to support the new graphical features of DirectX11 such as 'hardware tessellation, multi-threading and Shader Model 5.0.' AMD will be supporting Codemasters by providing their input on 'software engineering expertise in DirectX 11 technologies such as tessellation and shader modelling.'
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky Patch v1.5.10
Following the release of the Russian version of the patch last week, the international version is now available for both retail and digitally distributed versions of the game. The patch fixes some critical bug renders, Alt + Tab problem with no other Windows applications running, bug with different CD-keys registered and improves anti-cheating system.
This patch is backward compatible with all updates between versions 1.5.04 and 1.5.09. This means you will be able to play all of your saved games with patch 1.5.10.
Powercolor Radeon HD 4890 PCS+ review
Today we test a graphics card from the chaps of PowerColor, they launched their Radeon HD 4890 PCS+ , a card with custom cooling, a lot of copper .. and it comes pre-overclocked at 950 MHz with a 4200 MHz memory frequency.
This very product can be spotted at roughly 239~249 USD, and for the EU you can expect something in the 210~225 EUR price range. That definitely is a little higher than the 'regular' model of the card, but remember what you receive in return for that; a custom cooler and more performance. That sounds definitely sexy doesn't it ?
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
NVIDIA ForceWare 186.24 driver XP,Vista and Win 7
There's a new NVIDIA GeForce driver out on the loose and it's in fact 186.24. The driver is available for Windows Vista and Windows 7 64-bit.
Very little is known about this driver but it does support most GeForce graphcis cards and also entail a new set of 3D Stereo drivers.
These drivers are to be considered very beta and thus treated as such. You install them at your own risk, don't complain to us or NVIDIA if they do not work out for you. We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
NZXT M59 case gets pixelized
Photos of the upcoming NZXT M59 surfaced on the web, this is a rather unique looking steel case with a full black interior. There's enough room for four 5.25" devices, two 3.5" bays and a HDD cage that supports five HDDs. One of the special features is that the HDD frame can now hold 2.5" HDDs or SSDs as well, and enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that there's a cutout in the area of the CPU socket so you can swap CPU coolers without having to remove the motherboard.
The NZXT M59 is expected to be available by the end of this month for around 60 EUR.
The M59 is shipped with two 120 millimeter fans in the rear and in the side panel. The latter one also offers a window, which isn't completely clear but is made of plexiglass with a slightly black tinting. The rear fan does not offer lighting effects, but the side fan is equipped with blue LEDs. Additional fans can be installed in the lid (2x 140 mm) and the front.
The NZXT M59 is expected to be available by the end of this month for around 60 EUR.
Inno3D iChill GeForce GTS 250 1 GB
Inno3D has their iChiull line for enthusiasts and gamers who want top-notch performance and quieter cooling options. One of the ways the company does this is by incorporating aftermarket coolers from the likes of Arctic Cooling, Zalman and Zerotherm. Such is the case with the iChill GeForce GTS 250 that uses an Arctic Cooling Twin Turbo Pro cooler to provide excellent cooling at reduced sound levels.
The new iChill card has a G92 GPU clocked at 738 MHz, and 1 GB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 2300 MHz.
It comes with twin 92mm low-noise fans on the four-heatpipe cooler which offers over 80 percent greater cooling surface area when compared to the stock cooler. The advanced cooling solution on the iChill Accelero brings down temperatures 23C and reduces noise levels from 3.4 Sone to 0.4 Sone.
The reduced temperatures also results in more stable performance and give you more headroom when overclocking the card.
A decade Guru3D photo contest winners
The primary photo contest from a Decade Guru3D.com celebration finished just over a week ago. In total we received roughly 250 Guru3D themed photo's. And boy, did we have a hard time sifting through them and actually picking winners.
From the 135 photo's you guys have been able to see here, we made a cut to 15 photo's we figured could end up as finalist. The 15 photo's have been submitted through a panel of judges and today we are showing the top 15 selection of photo's with the five prize winners.
Go check them out, they are awesome. Click here.
A-DATA C903 swivel USB flash drive
A-DATA introduced the C903, a new USB drive with a swiveling metallic casing. Little details are available though, the capacity is up to 32GB but transfer speeds are unknown.
Unlike conventional swivel-designed USB flash drives, the unique asymmetric outer casing of C903 protects the USB connector and serves as a lock mechanism to prevent the connector from sticking out due to constant turning and wearing. The same design also enables users to turn and store the USB connector properly in place with much of an ease.
The glossy, metallic casing gives C903 an elegant look, making it an eye-catching fashion accessory when strapped to cellphones, bags or key chains. With capacity up to 32GB and two vivid colors to choose from, A-DATA C903 USB Flash Drive provides an ideal solution for carrying and transferring a large amount of data in style.
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Intel quad-core Sandy Bridge taped out
The folks from Canard PC have published some new information about Intel's upcoming 32nm Sandy Bridge architecture. This new CPU is expected in Q1 2011 and according to the site the A0 stepping was taped out in the 23rd week of this year. The site reveals the mainstream quad-core Sandy Bridge chip will have four cores with 256KB L2 cache and initial estimates for clock speeds range from 2.8GHz to 3.4GHz, with a Turbo mode that should take one core to clock speeds of 3.8GHz to 4GHz. Sandy Bridge will have a 32nm integrated graphics core (1.0GHz to 1.4GHz) that is connected to the L3 cache, integrated dual-channel DDR3-1600 memory controller and the Sandy Bridge System Agent (Northbridge) that offers PCIe 2.0, DMI and PCU. It also features HyperTreading, AVX Ext instruction set, 256-bit vectors, 4 operands, AEX instructions, unrestricted VMX, shared 8MB L3 cache.
According to the site, the new integrated graphics core of Intel's Sandy Bridge should be able to compete with 2011 entry-level graphics cards from ATI and NVIDIA, although that seems quite optimistic. The quad-core Sandy Bridge has a 85W TDP and measures around 225mm
McAfee Attacking Core System Files with Latest Update
McAfee users are blowing up about an apparent glitch in McAfee's most recent virus signature update. This glitch causes McAfee to attack core system files, sometimes causing BSODs. Based on anecdotes, the glitch appears to be caused when older VirusScan engines install DAT 5664, which McAfee seems to have pushed out in the past 24 hours.
Affected systems then begin identifying a wide variety of legitimate - and frequently crucial - system files as malware. Files belonging to Microsoft Internet Explorer, drivers for Compaq computers, and even the McAfee-associated McScript.exe were being identified as a trojan called PWS!hv.aq, according to the posts and interviews.
This is an extremely stressful program that will put even the most powerful X86/X64 CPU in the world at its knees. Load temp under Linpack will be up to 22*C higher than the competing software Prime95.
A program that simplifies the usage of Intel(R) Linpack. Linpack by Intel(R) is an extremely stressful program that will put even the most powerful X86/X64 CPU in the world at its knees. Load temp under Linpack will be up to 22*C higher than the competing software Prime95. This program will make usage of Linpack easier and more practical.
Deals of the Day - July 5th 2009
It certainly is a slow weekend with 4th of July and all. Why not focus on some good deals I say. For this round I'd like to place a focus on large storage HDD's. I picked out a few good ones. I skipped the 2TB drives, as they are still too pricy, but check out the 1,5 TBs, have a look:
- 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 Hard Drive at $125.99
- 1TB WD Caviar Black Hard Drive - $94.83
- 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F1 Hard Drive - $84.99
Deal of the day:
- Hitachi Deskstar 1TB Hard Drive - This has to be the deal of the day, real value here at only $75.99 for a Terabyte of storage.
DangerDen GTX 295 V2 Water Block
We reported about this cooler ierlier on, but with the new Single PCB GeForce GTX 295 the liquid cooling manufacturers had to once again design a new block. Danger Den has readied theirs and it's called the Danger Den GTX295 V2 (DD-GTX295V2) .
Looking at the block, it is one big chunk of copper. Inside its chamber, heat-dissipation channels are built on top of the portions directly over the GPUs, the chamber is topped off with hard Lucite.
Fitting options are High Flow G 1/4 - 1/2", 3/8" and 1/4". With a sales price if 135.95 USD, the Danger Den GTX295 V2 water block is priced lower than its the offering from Koolance. Available soon at Danger Den.
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Silicon Power debuts new DDR3 modules
With the budget consumer in mind and armed with a lifetime warranty Silicon Power has released new dual-channel DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1066 memory kits:
Section 8 Beta
Brrr, what a slow weekend. Vacation time really is upon us. If you want a taste of the Tribes-like first person shooter Section 8 you can head over to Fileplanet and download the multiplayer beta for the game.
The beta is now available to all US and Canadian players with a free Fileplanet account. Word is: "This event is a staggered beta with keys distributed first come, first served with limited access. Beta keys will be distributed on a regular schedule."
Sapphire prepares Radeon HD 4890 Vapor-X 2GB
Sapphire is planning to debut a new Radeon HD 4890 Vapor-X series graphics card with 2GB GDDR5 memory. The card is available for preorder in Europe for around 225EUR.
Next to the added memory, the ew card does not seem at all different from the regular model which comes with Vapor-X cooling solution, 800 Stream Processors, and factory overclocked frequencies - 870 MHz for the GPU and 4200 MHz for the GDDR5 memory, and sure .. the blue colored PCB.
StarCraft: First Contact Video
Windows 7 set to RTM on July 13th is Confirmed
Windows 7 was set to RTM (release to manufacturing) on July 13. Yesterday sources close to the Microsoft, who wish to remain anonymous, have confirmed to Neowin that Windows 7 is indeed set to RTM on July 13.
Don't confuse RTM and GA (General Availability), as these are two totally different phases. RTM in a nutshell is typically the final build that we will see when Windows 7 hits GA later this year (Unless, of course, there's a show-stopper bug found), but is released to manufacturers so they can work out any bugs the software may encounter with hardware devices. General availability is scheduled to launch on October 22, which will give the tech savvy world time to save up money.
So with that said TechNet, MSDN, and a few other partner connections will also be getting the RTM build on July 13. So let the countdown begin.