Colin McRae Dirt 2 (PC) VGA Graphics performance review
Colin McRae Dirt 2 (PC) VGA Graphics performance review
Last week Codemasters released a two level playable demo allowing you to play the game on both DX9 and DX11 (if you have a Radeon HD series 5000 card that is). Also integrated is a benchmark mode, very handy. Now we'll not be using the standard benchmark yet our own scripted test run in the Ensenada Port circuit set in Baja California level where we can drive through sand, mud and water to measure the most prominent DX11 features like DX11 Hardware tessellation, Geometry instancing and displacement mapping -- plus obviously more complex shader usage.
Let's go check out both the DX9 and DX11 image quality and performance.
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Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced Case
The folks at Cooler Master are prepping a new chassis labeled as the CM 690 II Advanced Case. Pretty much it will be a makeover of the CM 690. The new design looks a little more sturdy and comes in an all black design, whichd efinitely is a trend these days.
Cooler Master will detail this case further during its unveiling at the upcoming CES in las Vegas. We also spotted a teaser site, but it doesn't show much more than a countdown.
Acer preparing NVIDIA Ion 2 nettops ?
The more intricate details on NVIDIA
Intel Clarkdale goes GPGPU
General-purpose processing of graphics processing units (GPGPU) is not a capability held by all current central processors. The GPGPU defines the process through which the CPU's tasks are offloaded onto the GPU, allowing the graphics processing unit to perform computations in applications that would normally be handled by the CPU. This operation is useful in that it allows software developers to stream non-graphics data by adding programmable stages and higher precision arithmetic to the rendering pipelines. Intel recently announced that its next-generation graphics circuits, which will be part of the Clarkdale CPU, would include support for GPGPU on video transcoding.
Intel's dual-core CPUs Arrandale and Clarkdale will likely be introduced on the same date, namely January 7. The Clarkdale is a strong processor with integrated graphics circuits that has 4MB of cache memory, dual-channel DDR3 memory controllers and support for the Hyper-Threading technology.
Arrandale is essentially the same CPU aimed at mobile platforms. Both chips have a dual-core 32nm-based processor and 45nm node-based graphics and other system logic. Obviously, the central processing units have more than enough versatility of their own, so adding GPGPU support doesn't seem like a very noteworthy development.
Nevertheless, Intel announced that the Clarkdale would be capable of video encoding through a driver update that would allow it to distribute the computing tasks among ten graphics processing engines. This added feature increases the appeal of the upcoming platform and the fact that Intel finally acknowledged the importance of video transcoding through GPGPU might stir the end-users' confidence in the company's future products.
With this feature added to the already performance-packed CPU, one could speculate that general-consumer interest may have become more focused on Intel's upcoming chips. All that remains is to wait for the 2010 Computer Electronics Show in January and keep an eye out for further developments in the meantime [via soft -pedia]
Google rolls out Dictionary Site
The search giant has quietly rolled out Google Dictionary, which presents definitions and synonyms. Exactly what you'd expect from a dictionary. According to the LA Times, this new dictionary service pulls descriptions of words from a number of places, and even provides definitions from Wikipedia.
This adds to Google's own database of word definitions, which is perfectly capable just by itself. As Mashable notes, the service has 28 different languages listed, which include English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Czech, and even Dutch, just to name a portion of them. This new site will be bad news for Answers.com, as previously, words defined by Google linked to the appropriate page on that site. Now, those links have been removed, and Google's service is now in its place.
Gelid Tranquillo review CPU cooler
Gelid Tranquillo review
Time for a new CPU cooler review, this time the turn goes to Gelid. Gelid is a company that made a nice impression last year introducing themselves by releasing their first aftermarket CPU cooler, the 'Silent Spirit' cooler.
Time changes, progress is made and anno Q4 2009 it's time for Gelid Solutions to release their second mid-range consumer level CPU cooler. Their latest creation comes in the form of a tower cooler called Tranquillo -- as in tranquilizer we suspect.
Today we'll test a Intel Core i5 750 processor in both a default and overclocked state with this cooler.
You can read the review here.
Canon working on touchscreen dSLR camera's
Photography Bay spotted a new Canon patent for a dSLR camera with a touchscreen.
If you think the above examples of departure from a pure SLR camera are annoying, you may very well consider the addition of a touchscreen on a DSLR to be heresy. Chris posed the question of whether photographers want a DSLR with a touchscreen (among other features) back in July. The handful of well-reasoned comments brought up issues regarding interaction with the camera and accessibility to its features. One commenter noted,
Just Cause 2 - Vehicular Stunts Developer Diary
The game ships on March 23 and will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation, 3 and PC.
MSI R5870-PM2D1G 3DMark Vantage P-Score 24416
The world record for the highest graphics processing unit clock/memory speed was broken by a renowned overclocker using a system configuration that employed the MSI R5870-PM2D1G for graphics. Calling himself
Gigabyte Top 3 Winners for Round 2 Beat Me If You Dare
Gigabyte is pleased to announce Beat Me If You Dare round two has come to an end on November 30th. GIGABYTE would like to extend our congratulations to top 3 winners, who whose prizes will be doubled since they were successful in beating the top scores benchmarked by the GIGABYTE in-house OC team.
Thanks for all the supports from respectable overclockers, GIGABYTE did a huge progress on holding a whole new graphics OC competition which welcomes challenges from different graphics cards without brand limitation. In the meantime, GIGABYTE would like to congratulate Mr. Michael Graf from U.S.A. won a first prize, using a GIGABYTE GTX 275 Super Overclock Edition, successfully conquered the bottleneck and pushed a new 3DMark Vantage world record with an overall score of P19199 and an incredible GPU score of 18180.
The NVIDIA GTX 275 has proven time and time again to be an amazing overclocking GPU, continually allowing users to break and set higher and higher new world records. Thanks in part to the Beat Me If You Dare competition and all the overclockers
Intel cancels Larrabee 1st consumer graphics chip
ThermalRight Spitfire VGA cooler
ThermalRight presents Spitfire, a new VGA cooling solution with a nickel-plated copper base, six heatpipes, and a 160mm x 150mm cooling fin area that can be equipped with a 120mm or 140mm fan. The cooler weighs 550g and is shipped with three types of RAM heatsinks and a tube of Chill Factor Thermal Paste.
The ThermalRight Spitfire is compatible with all Radeon HD 4800 and 5800 series graphics cards, but doesn't support any of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 200 series graphics cards. You can check out the full compatibility list over here.
- 6 x Sintered Nickel Plated Heat-pipes, provides the GPU with the best cooling technology while capable of withstanding many years of operation .
- 160 x 150mm of dissipating area. Can be used in conjunction with case with side-panel fans (Passive cooling), or can also be actively cooled with 14 or 12cm fans (fan clips included, additional fans sold separately) .
- Double-sided copper base. Which allows two methods of installing your Spitfire to best suit your system.
- Unique High-riser patented fins, allowing for unparallel cooling and near silent operation.
- Support Pillar Hardware included, the Spitfire VGA cooler includes additional support hardware to prevent VGA card droop.
- Soldered Heat-pipes, Fins and Copper Base, ensure all components maintain the highest of Thermal Efficiency.
PowerColor green edition Radeon HD 5750
PowerColor introduced a power efficient edition of the Radeon HD 5750 graphics card that requires no external power. Being green is as much a corporate responsibility as much as it is up to individuals. That
Spire TherMax Eclipse Tower CPU Cooler
Spire launched its new TherMax Eclipse towering CPU Cooler. Following up to the success of the original TherMax we're proudly intruducing the TherMax Eclipse. Powered by Innovation and with awesome looks this CPU Cooler is one supreme performer. The TherMax Eclipse is ready to best cool the 130W and upcoming extreme hot 130W Micro-processors.
Universally compatible with the Intel 1156/1366/775 platforms in combination with the AMD AM3/AM2/940/939 platforms giving professionals and gamers a huge scope to utilize this impressive diablo. Another welcome new feature are the possibility of mounting two fans simultaneously for even better cooling results. Simply installed with the included Anti-vibe rubber fan mount s installation is made easy. This towering cooler is build to deliver the best thermal performance.
- Five (5) 8mm all copper U-shaped direct touch heat-pipes
- Straight lined heat-pipes allowing air to easily pass through
- 46 stamped Aluminum wide fins for best surface rate
- Black coated heat-sink to preserve killer looks from oxidation
- Two (2) 120mm BlackStar 9 blade fan design
- High Quality, Long MTBF Japanese Ball bearing
- Anti-Vibe universal rubber fan mounting plugs
- Supports 775/1156 & 1366 incl. Intel Core i7 Extreme 130W
TherMax Eclipse heat-sink, Two (2) BlackStar 120mm DC Fans, 8 Anti-Vibe rubber fan mounts, BlueFrost thermal interface compound, Intel universal mounting set, AMD universal mounting set, Mainboard back-plate, User installation manual, Warranty registration card.
The TherMax Eclipse CPU Cooler is compatible with the latest Intel and AMD Micro-processors based on sockets 775/1156/1366 for Intel and AM2/AM3/940/939 for AMD. Best fitted in ATX Full and Mid Tower cases, as well as Micro ATX Tower cases.
Towering heat-sink, U-shaped copper heat-pipes, Direct Touch Heat-pipe base, Stacked Micro-Fins.
The TherMax Eclipse is now available from our factory in Shenzhen, China. Distribution through Spire branch offices locations will commence late December 2009. MSRP USD 48.95 / EURO 32.95
JBL Creature III speakers are Apple exclusive (but work with PCs too)
Way back in the day I had a set of JBL Creature II speakers. The things always reminded me of the ghosts from the Pac Man cartoon my brother and I watched as kids. The newest version of the speakers is the JBL Creature III and they have a very similar design to those Creature II speakers.
The new speakers are available in black or white colors and have a 3.5mm input for connecting to Mac or PCs. The drivers in the satellites are 40mm units and the subwoofer is a 3-inch unit. The dimensions of the satellite speakers are 3″ x 3″ x 2-3/4″ and the sub measures 9″ x 9″ x 9″.
The speakers still look a lot like the Pac Man ghosts to me. JBL uses its latest Odyssey transducer technology in the speakers and the Creature II speakers are available exclusively at the Apple Store and on Apple.com. The MSRP for the speakers is $129.99.
Enermax Acrylux Wireless Keyboard Debuts
Enermax is releasing it's Acrylux keyboard series. The Acrylux keyboard continues Enermax's long history of releasing peripherals both feature-rich and stylish. Although not exactly paying any heed to the green computing trend that has had quite a say in the latest hardware releases, the keyboard is, nevertheless, attractive. It is completely made, except for the circuitry of course, of acryl and plastic and measures 460 (L) x 160 (W) x 9.2 (H). The keyboard is slim, likely designed for it to easily be placed and aesthetically fit into any home or office environment.
The Acrylux keyboard is designed with flat key caps in order to allow for an increased typing speed and, also to that end, they are placed at a zero-degree angle. The peripheral also makes use of the 'scissors' technology, which allows for an increased comfort and usage while typing. By putting together this design with its small weight, namely 817 grams, and the lack of multimedia keys, one could draw the conclusion that the Acrylux will best serve office workers and writers.
As an extra feature, the Enermax Acrylux keyboard is equipped with the wireless connectivity capable of running at 2.4GHz. The device runs on two AAA batteries and, for those who are not interested in wireless setups, it also has two USB 2.0 connectors, one on each side. Available soon, Enermax's new wireless keyboard has an estimated price tag of 66.90 Euro. The product comes in black and white and features red or blue backlights for clear and easy typing in low lighting conditions.
Corsair's New DDR3, the Dominator GTX 2250MHz (!)
Corsairlaunched its new Dominator GTX ultra-high performance DDR3 memory modules for Intel and AMD platforms, designed specifically for performance enthusiasts, gamers and extreme overclockers.
The individual GTX modules have been individually tested on high-performance Intel X58 and P55 chipset platforms, thus ensuring that they are able to operate at a latency of 8-8-8-24 at 1.65V while running at the 2250MHz frequency. As mentioned, they are specifically aimed at power users, especially overclockers who want to see what their CPUs can do but don't have a memory capable of carrying that processor to greater heights.
The Dominator GTX modules are not restricted only to the Intel platforms. The DIMM modules have been found to run at 1800MHz CL6 in high-performance Socket AM3 motherboards for AMD Phenom II processors, thus being a good overclocking means even for AMD-based systems.
The individual DDR3 modules are built with the DHX+ heatsink in order to prevent failure because of overheating. Corsair's Dominator GTX DIMM module will be available exclusively through Corsair's Online Store and will have a very limited availability. It will be launched on December 8 and sold to whoever places the orders first.
Monitor prices might increase in December
In the LCD monitor displays market there's weak demand compared to large inventories yielded unsatisfactory sales, even despite the price cuts that were made in the hope of increasing the monthly amount of shipments.
This situation arose at least in part as a result of the fact that notebooks and netbooks were the product lines, which saw the highest popularity during the past year, with the latter seeing an especially rapid popularity growth. This led to low amounts of LCD panel purchases, eventually causing monitor prices to drop below their actual manufacturing cost. Currently, LCD makers are trying to reduce their supply to the monitor market segment in order to prevent further losses. This means that there will be fewer cases of overstocked suppliers, leading to price increase for LCD monitors during December.
Price growth will not be monumental but, at least, prices will stabilize, giving a slightly higher sense of financial security to those suppliers that currently have more LCD monitors in stock than they have orders. The only market, which still shows a high demand for 16:10 19-inch and 22-inch LCD monitors is the Chinese segment, even despite the growing popularity of the 16:9 aspect ratio.
Retail channels have started to replenish their inventories, according to Digitimes, and vendors will focus more on notebook and netbook LCD screens in order to avoid being overstocked with desktop panels. If panel makers manage to somehow limit their overall production rate, panel prices will most likely not see any major fluctuations and will probably stabilize by January 2010 [via soft pedia]