EA explains Steam store absences
GameSpot has published a news article with a few choice quotes from a statement made by EA's head of global e-commerce, David DeMartini, on why some of their titles are not available on Steam anymore:
DeMartini stressed that EA will allow its titles to appear on any downloadable storefront, but there is a catch. The executive said, "We take direct responsibility for providing patches, updates, additional content, and other services to our players," and so insist on being allowed to "establish an ongoing relationship" with customers and contact them to inform them of new patches and available content.
"Unfortunately, if we're not allowed to manage this experience directly and establish a relationship with you, it disrupts our ability to provide the support you expect and deserve," DeMartini said. "At present, there is only one download service that will not allow this relationship. This is not our choice, and unfortunately it is their customer base that is most impacted by this decision. We are working diligently to find a mutually agreeable solution."
KFA2 Contest Win Wicked Prizes
KFA2 is organizing an original contest with some pretty kicks'ass prizes. You need to make a little video holding a KFA2 Skull mask and theme it based on your GeForce life .... The small video's are themed themed the GeForce Culture -- what's that you ask ? Well, here's KFA2 on that:
Geforce Culture is inherent in each and every one of us as an extension of society. The day to day use of technology helps us interact, communicate and express our views, which have contributed to what is now known as the 'age of freedom of information'. - the freedom to express.
The GeForce Culture competition is based on digital expression through the GPU. Create a Max 45 sec video clip of your digital culture, submissions can incorporate music, speech, visual mixing, animation, film, digital manipulation, gaming etc... the list is endless - we want you to tell us YOUR story, YOUR view and YOUR statement of your digital day to day life.
So what can you win ?
- KFA2 GTX 580 Anarchy Graphics card
HD GOPRO HD Camera
KFA2 Limited Hoodie
KFA2 Limited edition watch
- KFA2 GTX 580 Anarchy Graphics card
HD GOPRO HD Camera
KFA2 Limited Hoodie
- KFA2 GTX 570 Graphics card
KFA2 Limited Hoodie
More info and contest rules can be found here at geforceculture.com
But watch the video first ...
eVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Pics Surface
Check it out, this is the eVGA GeForce GTX 580 classified edition., Very little is know about it but it's a product along the lines of the MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme ASUS GTX 580 Platinum. The tall printed circuit board was required for installing the beefed-up power delivery circuit used for the GeForce GTX 580 Classified, which uses high-quality components and a couple of Nec/Tokkin proadlizer film capacitors for added voltage stability.
Other overclocking friendly features include three power monitoring pin headers and a series of status LEDs for the card's main voltages.
It comes with an advanced VRM circuitry alright, spot the two 8-pin and one single6-pin PCI PEG connector.
Sitecom 300N X4 WLR-4000 Wireless router review
Sitecom introduces a series of standard routers but with a twist. They tagged their mainstream range from X1, X2, X3 and a more enthusiast range from X4, X5 and X6. They are all Gigabit models, but obviously the higher the number the better the feature set. all models now come with cloud security, and that's the new feature we'll discuss later on. We test the X4 WLR-4000 model.
You can read the article right here.
AMD Catalyst 11.6b Hotfix driver released
AMD Catalyst driver 11.6b Hotfix Feature:
Intel 710 Series Lyndonville SSDs Get Priced
Expected for a release early next quarter already are the Intel's 710 Series
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 2 Z68 motherboard photo's
Gigabyte revealed some photos of its upcoming Z68 based G1.Sniper 2 motherboard, thanks VR Zone:
Pictures of the final board appeared on Gigabyte's motherboard divisions facebook page literally minutes ago and although these pictures might not be super-high resolution, they're still good enough for us to get a good idea of what's coming. One minor change we noticed was the addition of a copper shield around the audio capacitors, something that wasn't present on boards shown at Computex.
Gigabyte has also made what appear to be some minor cosmetic changes, like removing the writing on the chipset heatsink, which by the way had the wrong model name on it anyhow. The rear I/O has changed slightly with the eSATA port being turned into an eSATAp (powered eSATA/USB combo) port.
ADATA DDR3L 1333G 8GB XPG Gaming Series
ADATA introduced the single DDR3L 1333G 8GB XPG Gaming Series memory. In an industry first, the company has launched the single 8GB XPG
XFX WarPad mousepad offers edgeless support system
XFX reveals WarPad, a new gaming surface that clamps onto any desk edge up to 2" thick. The mousepad measures 16.97" x 13.98" and offers double padding and an edgeless support system that angles and cushions your wrist and forearm. It's sold on XFX's website for a silly $54.99.
The XFX WarPad
Windows Vista SP1 support being retired on July 12
Vista's Service Pack 1 will exit all support on July 12, this month's Patch Tuesday. According to Computer World, that will be last time security updates will be issued for the operating system.
Microsoft supports its business products for 10 years, the first five in what it calls "mainstream support," and the second five in "extended support." In extended support, only companies with special contracts get non-security fixes. Microsoft does continue (in most cases) to provide security fixes for all persons and companies during the total ten year period. This situation is different from Office XP, which is now officially being retired. Vista SP1 users can upgrade to Vista SP2 and receive further support. Microsoft released SP2 for Vista in May of 2009
Club3D Radeon HD 6870 X2 arrives at Guru3D
- GPU Chipset: Barts XT
- GPU Clock: 900MHz
- Stream Processors: 1120
- Multi-GPU: CrossFireX
- Memory Size: 2048 MB
- Memory Type: GDDR5
- Memory Clock: 4200MHz
The Club 3D Radeon HD 6870 X2 features the CoolStream thermal solution and is bundled with the latest DirectX 11 Dirt 3.We are starting up the review as we speak, have a peek at some photo's we took, click the thumbnails.
HTC buys S3 graphics
VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the signing of definitive agreement to sell all of its shareholding in S3 Graphics Co., Ltd. (
OCZ VCA 2.0 announced
Lian Li PC-V600F High-End Mini Tower Case
Lian Li announces a new edition to their V series of PC cases with the release of their Mini Tower PC-V600F. Available in Black, Silver, and Red, as well as All Black (internal and external), this high-quality, all-aluminum computer case sports a grated front-panel design, three cooling fans (two with LED lighting), lots of build space with hot swappable capabilities, multiple USB 3.0 ports, and all the anti-vibration and tool-less features enthusiasts know are the markings of a Lian Li design. In short, another solid PC chassis from the Taiwan-based company.
Two, great looking, 120mm LED lit fans on the front-panel pull cool air into the case while one 120mm top-panel fan expels heated air at the back of the case. Directly below the PSU mount on the bottom of the case, a vent helps to bring in cool air and is protected by a washable air filter. Venting in the PCI brackets on the back-panel further aids thermal flow.
Two HDD cages, using thumb-screws with rubber suspension for tool-less installations, hold up to five 3.5
Intel 22nm Ivy Bridge benchmarks surface
Some benchmark results of Intel's 22nm Ivy Bridge processor with 1155-pin socket have surfaced on the web, you can check it out at Asian tech site Coolaler. The results were published by overclocker Coolaler, they show the performance of a 1.80GHz engineering sample.
Coolaler's BIOS and CPU-Z screenshots reveal that the CPU has two cores, four threads, 512KB of L2 cache, and 4MB of L3 cache. The images also confirm the 1.8GHz speed, which is presumably a ways below what we'll see on the finished product. We are, after all, talking about one of the first CPUs based on Intel's brand-new 22-nm fab process
ASUS WX Lamborghini wireless mouse
ASUS has released the WX Lamborghini wireless mouse which is now available in Europe for around 38EUR. It's available in black or white.
Apparantly there's also a limited edition yellow unit in the pipeline. The mouse measures 106.5 x 68 x 36 mm and features a design inspired by the Lamborghini Concept S, 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity with a range up to 10 meters.
The mouse has a 2500 dpi laser sensor with four buttons, a scroll wheel resembling the rims of the Diablo sports car, and leather-like side grips. Check it out.
Gigabyte ECO500 wireless mouse with 12 month battery life
Gigabyte shows off the ECO500, a new wireless laser mouse that promises a battery life of up to 12 months.
Serious gamers spend more time on PC than consoles
During March and May, research firm Newzoo surveyed over 20,000 gamers from a range of countries. Based on the data (#1, #2, #3), Newzoo estimates that US consumers will spend $21.6 billion on games in 2011. Most of that ($8 billion) will go to console titles, but the PC isn't far behind.
Combining categories for retail-boxed and downloaded games pegs the PC gaming market at $4.3 billion. MMOs, which are primarily played on the PC (WoW madness), are good for another $2.6 billion, bringing the total to $6.9 billion. Mobile, casual, and social-networking games are expected to rake in slightly less: $6.7 billion combined.
Of the populations aged 10-65, with internet access, Germany has the highest proportion of gamers, where 66% of the population are active players. Next is Mexico with 57%, Russia with 53%, UK with 52%, Brazil with 47% and USA with 42%.