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?
Mobo makers to display Intel X79 Boards at COMPUTEX 2011
The Computex tradeshow in Taiwan starts in roughly four weeks, Guru3D will be there during the show. First announcements and rumors are already popping up. Motherboard companies are already warming up the attention to the X79 chipset. Motherboards based on this chip will be presented at Computex on May 31 - June 4, 2011.
Since Intel Z68 Express chipset is coming out in two weeks, motherboard makers have turned their attention to the X79 Express chipset and planned to showcase the boards during COMPUTEX Taipei 2011. If you are lucky enough, you can catch some running demos somewhere. Intel X79 boards will be ready as early as August and Sandy Bridge-E processor about a month after. Let's take a closer look at what this high end desktop chipset and Sandy Bridge-E processor have to offer.
PSN Gaming Services to Return This Week
Sony held a press conference in Tokyo today to provide more details about the PlayStation Network outage and their plans moving forward. There
Alpenföhn Peter high-end VGA cooler
Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon Official Trailer
In this movie, the Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the U.S. and Russia, and once again human Sam Witwicky must help his robot friends defeat enemies like Shockwave.
Paramount is bringing Transformers 3 to theaters everywhere in 3D starting July 1st. Bring on summer!
D-Link DWA-121 Mini USB receiver manages up to 150Mbps
Handy .. D-Link presents the RangeBooster N 150 Micro-USB-adapter (DWA-121), a tiny USB receiver that promises wireless tranfer speeds of up to 150Mbps.
HIGH-SPEED WIRELESS NETWORKING
Connect to a high-speed wireless network with the D-Link Wireless N 150 Micro USB Adapter. The DWA-121 uses Wireless N 150 technology which provides increased speed and range over the 802.11g/b standard, giving you a faster, more reliable wireless connection. Wireless N 150 is an excellent solution for everyday activities such as transferring files, browsing the Internet, and downloading multimedia.
COMPACT AND CONVENIENT
The tiny DWA-121 easily connects your desktop or notebook PC to a wireless network for Internet access and file sharing. The Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) feature enables devices to quickly establish a secure connection to an access point or wireless router, eliminating the need for complex encryption codes.
CONNECT SECURELY TO YOUR WIRELESS NETWORK
To protect your data and privacy, the Wireless N 150 Micro USB Adapter supports WEP, WPA, and WPA2 encryption for connecting to a secure wireless network, keeping your network traffic secure.
The Wireless N 150 Micro USB Adapter provides a high-speed connection to other Wireless N 150 or 802.11n devices and is backward compatible with 802.11g/b, ensuring interoperability with a wide range of wireless routers and existing networks.
It will hit the market in May for around 31.95EUR (incl. VAT).
Guru3D VGA Charts for Spring 2011
Guru3D.com is brings you the "Guru3D VGA Charts". In the VGA chart you can see all the reference cards we have tested recently in an orderly and easy to comprehend manner. It's then end of April and most DX11 graphics cards from both AMD and NVIDIA have been released.
Some charts have up-to sixty graphics cards slash combinations embedded. All these cards have been tested on the very same PC with the very same OS. Here in the lab we have an evil twin, e.g. we have two PCs build exactly the same.
Click here here to check out the VGA Charts Spring 2011
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 SO review
Gigabyte peeked at the NVIDIA reference GeForce GTX 580, then took the GeForce GTX 580 GPU, and threw the rest away. They designed a new PCB loaded with features and overclock potential, slapped some really cool memory on the card and topped off that GPU with the all new WindForce 3X cooler.
The cooler design is Gigabytes first generation triple-fan solution. It features 3 quiet PWM fans, three copper heat pipes and a vapor chamber to strengthen the speed of heat dissipation.
Check out the review right here.
Patriot Memory Torqx 2 Solid State Drive
Patriot Memory announces the new high-performance Torqx 2
OCZ Announces VeloDrive PCI-Express SSD
Intended for for SMBs, Enterprise Clients and Integrators OCZ Technology unveiled the VeloDrive PCI-Express SSD. Designed to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), enterprise clients and system integrators, the VeloDrive optimizes high-performance computing and storage applications, providing unparalleled versatility and simplified integration.
ASRock shows three Z68 motherboards
ASRock announced three Intel Z68 based motherboards; the Z68 Extreme4, Z68 Pro3, and Z68 Pro3-M. They will start shipping in June.
Tick-tock, tick-tock, one generation, the next generation! The much-anticipated Intel Z68 platform will join the party in late Q2 2011; the new generation brings all major advances over the previous platforms. In the past, if users were looking for extreme overclocking, it
Zotac FUSION-ITX WiFi A-series motherboard
ZOTAC International introduces the new FUSION-ITX WiFi A-series
MSI 3TB+ Infinity removes HDD limitations
MSI announced 3TB+ Infinity, a technology that will give users of select motherboards the option of using HDDs larger than 3TB. A list of supported motherboards can be found over here.
MSI, the world-renowned motherboards and graphics cards manufacturer, has officially launched the unique technology to support hard drives larger than 3TB
Intel prepares 720, 710 and 520 SSD series
Engadget got its hands on details of Intel's SSD plans.. They managed to obtain this leaked roadmap listing the potential additions, and we're afraid to ask how much the new kings of the hill might cost -- the "Ramsdale" SSD 720 Series uses up to 400GB of SLC NAND in a PCI Express card form factor, and the "Lyndonville" SSD 710 series with a similar quantity of enterprise-grade MLC flash. There's also a direct successor to the current top-of-the-line in the "Cherryville" SSD 520 Series, which will stretch all the way up to 480GB and down to 64GB in Q4 of this year, as well as Paint Creek, which seems destined for boot drives with only 80GB and 40GB capacities to choose from.
Check out the thumbnail.
Intel not working on hardware-based antivirus
Weird, despite earlier claims McAfee CEO David DeWalt denied his company is embedding antivirus technology:
When Intel Corp. acquired antivirus software company McAfee many believed that the world's largest maker of chips will embed certain exclusive security algorithms directly into its chips, something that will boost competitive qualities of Intel's processors and reduce other software and semiconductor companies' abilities to compete. Even though McAfee does not deny that there will be unique security technologies, there will be no hardware-based antiviral programs.
"We are not embedding anything into the silicon. What we are doing is utilizing features that exist today with the technologies McAfee has to secure the stack in a way that has never been done before. [...] What people do not realize is Intel has already innovated security capabilities into the hardware. That
SLI Support Returning To AMD Motherboards
Due to the increasing abundance of affordable, high performance kit across all aspects of the industry, and continued calls for the reintroduction of SLI support for AMD motherboards, NVIDIA figured that now is a great time to do it.
Due to demand, NV are pleased to announce that SLI is being licensed by the world
Sandra 2011 SP2 v17.50 out for grabs
Here you can download SiSoftware Sandra which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers and networks.
SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility.
- Fix: Incorrect CPU frequency displayed on Sandy Bridge in Turbo Mode; benchmark scores are not affected. The displayed speed was updated twice.
- Fix: Incorrect CPU frequency displayed on Phenom II/Fusion in Turbo Mode*; IMC and Memory speed were also affected: benchmark scores are not affected. The displayed speed was not updated at all.*
- Improvement: Multi-threaded Memory Bandwidth on Fusion*; score has doubled (~3.3GB/s) though short of what AMD "suggests". No better solution has been found yet.
- Update: Large memory pages support re-added to the Memory Bandwidth, Cache & Memory Bandwidth and Multi-Core Efficiency benchmarks: please use Options to disable "Use Large Memory Pages" to use native memory pages.
- Update: GUI reference list colour-matched to the graphs which finally allows you to identify which result corresponds to which value in the graph.
- External Fix: GPGPU Crypto benchmarks work with the latest 266.xx nVidia drivers even in older Sandra versions.
- Fix: Minor various fixes for Windows 7/2008 R2 SP1 RTM. Again SP1 is *required* for AVX support, and no still no idea whether Vista or XP will also be updated.
SANDRA will provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
MSI Radeon HD 6700 Series with Free Video Capture Feature
MSI releases three new graphics cards based on the AMD Radeon HD6000 architecture: The R6770-MD1GD5, R6750-MD1GD5 and R6750-MD512D5. All of the new MSI R6700 series graphics cards support the latest version of MSI's exclusive Afterburner overclocking software with the Predator video capture function.
Gamers can enhance their usage experiences by capturing in-game videos and sharing them with friends over the web! MSI's latest R6700 graphics cards are equipped with 8cm PWM fan to offer better heat dissipation, and Military Class II concept components for extreme stability and durability2. MSI R6700 series adopt HDMI 1.4a connectivity for the latest in 3D video support, and 7.1 channel lossless high-quality TrueHD and DTS-HD sound.
In addition, the MSI R6700 series cards support Blu-ray 3D hardware decode and AMD's exclusive HD3D technology. The new AMD HD6700 graphics cards released by MSI provide the most fun and excitement, qualifying it as the best choice on the market.
MSI Exclusive Video Capture Feature for Free
MSI's professional overclocking utility, Afterburner V.2.1.0, comes with the proprietary Predator video capture feature. Users can now capture in-game video directly to their hard drive in their preferred video format, audio encoding, and video quality. Anyone can become a director by editing their own movies and uploading them to websites such as YouTube to share their 'gaming show' with the entire world. Bundled free with MSI graphics cards, the Afterburner overclocking utility, as well as the newly added Predator video capture function, provides gamers with an offer they can't afford to miss out on.
8cm PWM Fan & Military Class II Components
MSI's R6700 graphics cards are equipped with 8cm PWM cooling fan to provide larger airflow for better heat dissipation. Users can change its fan-speed via MSI's exclusive overclocking utility Afterburner based on GPU temperature, allowing total control over graphics card utility. MSI R6770-MD1GD5 comes with Super Ferrite Choke (SFC) for a 30% increase in GPU current flow, and solid capacitors for longer lifespan. The R6750 series even adopts Hi-c CAP to offer 8 times lifetime compared to traditional capacitors. By using the highest quality components available, these cards provide customers with absolute peace of mind.
HDMI 1.4a Output and Blu-ray 3D hardware decode
The new HDMI 1.4a connectivity offered supports 3D video and can also carry 7.1 channels of audio in lossless high-quality TrueHD and DTS-HD audio formats, providing consumers with the most complete audio visual experience. Supporting AMD's exclusive HD3D technology and Blu-ray 3D hardware decode, users can playback latest 3D Blu-ray movies easily with the MSI R6700 series graphics cards. These all-new MSI graphics cards feature the latest DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1 next-generation graphics standards for the best in video and audio fidelity, delivering everything on an enthusiast's wish list.