Colin McRae: DiRT 2 DirectX 11 Trailers
Codemasters announces the unveiling of the DirectX 11 edition of Colin McRae: DiRT 2 at a Windows 7 launch event. Codemasters will take advantage of DirectX 11 features to add to the realism of the racing environment.
Hardware tessellation will further improve the appearance of water and other surfaces as well as crowd animations. The performance of Shader Model 5.0 will aid in creating an even richer 3D experience, enhancing key image quality parameters such as depth of field, ambient occlusion and shadows. These DirectX 11 features, and many others, combine to deliver the most exciting and visceral racing experience yet.
DiRT 2's North American release date has now been confirmed to be December 1.
We have two video's for you today - a Gameplay demo and a DX 11 technology demo -- enjoy !
ATI Catalyst 9.10 Released
There's a new ATI Catalyst driver out. This is revision 9.10
Official ATI Catalyst WHQL release supporting ATI Radeon HD 5800 series GPUs
- ATI Catalyst 9.10 now includes full GPU support for the award winning ATI HD Radeon 5800 series GPUS!
Super Sample Anti-Aliasing for the ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series
- ATI Catalyst 9.10 provides support for a new Anti-Aliasing method on the ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series. Users can now experience the high level of anti-aliasing image quality using Super Sampling anti-aliasing while maintaining good performance levels.
Highlights of resolved issues
- Ghostbusters video game no longer flickers between desktop and game play when anti-aliasing is set to 8X and game resolution set to 2560
Raderon HD 5870 X2 Liquid cooling block spotted
That's right -- ATI 5870X2 aka Hemlock (!) The card is not even released yet but the guys over at Danger Den are already prepping the copper cooling blocks for liquid cooling. Hot off the machines you are looking at the first 5870X2 copper base.
DD are just waiting for the retail card version to arrive to do the final test fit. Well guess what DD, joing the waiting line ;)
Burger King Japan sells Windows 7 burgers
An rather unusual Windows 7 launch campaign can be found in Japan with Burger King's launch of a Windows 7 Whopper.
Fitting in with the software theme, the burger stacks seven patties in an otherwise normal Whopper and measures 5.1 inches tall. It also has an appropriate 777 yen ($8.53) price.
The stunt isn't unique for Microsoft's Windows 7 launch, which in the run-up to Thursday's introduction has repeated the "seven" theme in multiple publicity events; it launched a giveaway of the new OS for every resident of the Dutch village of Zevenhuizen ("Seven Houses") and decorated parts of the Spanish village Sietes ("Sevens") in Windows-themed colors.
The campaign contrasts sharply against the more traditional ads of Vista and earlier Windows releases, highlighting Microsoft's desire to turn around its public image.
In North America, most of the developer's less conventional advertising has centered around promoting Windows 7 house parties and its first retail stores.
Samsung invest millions into Fusion-io SSD specialists
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Core i5 650 ''Clarkdale'' Reaches 4.70 GHz on Air
And that's air-cooling of course. Intel is set to reelase dual0-core Core i5 processors early next year and as it seems, overclock potential certtainly does not suck. Tech powerup reported that Romanian tech community Lab501. Lab501 community leader "Monstru" tested the overclocking headroom of a Core i5 650 LGA-1156 dual-core processor (engineering sample) with air-cooling.
The test setup consisted out of a
- Gigabyte P55 motherboard
- Core i5 650 processor
- Noctua NH-U12P cooler onto which a Coolink SWIF 2 120P fan was strapped.
The chaps reached a nice clock speed of 4.70 GHz (25 x 188 MHz) which is roughly double the original clock frequency. A core voltage of 1.424V was used.
A point here to note however, is that the retail Core i5 650 will come with an upwards-locked bus frequency multiplier of 24 (24 x 133 MHz = 3.20 GHz). The processor at 4.70 GHz, was Prime95-stable for over 30 minutes. With an ambient temperature of 24
PS3 slams into Bravia TV at 50mph
Nvidia plans new PhysX-themed graphics card
We already spotted this in our forums yesterday but it looks like Nvidia is apparently prepping some kind of new graphics card product for a launch this fall.
This week Nvidia sent out invites for people to come to their Santa Clara, California offices on October 30 for a Halloween-themed launch event that will introduce "a rocking new graphics card designed by NVIDIA and EVGA to take PhysX to the next level."
According to a rumor the card makes use of two GPUs - a GT200b and a G92b, and is a combination between a GeForce GTX 275 (graphics) and a GeForce GTS 250 (PhysX).
That's all we know at this point but if you happen to be in the area on that date there may still be time to send in your RSVP. You can obviously also save yourself the fuel for the trip and pop in a cheapo 9600 GT -- works PhysX like a charm as well if you wanted to go for dedicated PhysX. Well that or just get a more high-end card and let one GPU do both rendering and PhysX, works even better and saves on power consumption.
Active Media Predator SSD with Jmicron JMF612 Controller
Active Media will release their Predator SSD with all new Jmicron JMF612 Controller. The new Jmicron JMF612 delivers what it's predecessor could not, and that is to have compatibility for large data caches.
As such, that problem now is solved and this will hopefully bring another shift in SSD pricing. The Predator X7 SSDs will be offered in capacities from 32GB to 256GB. At the heart of these SSDs is the JMF612 controller, which boasts numerous advances in features and performance. The 8-channel flash controller combined with 128MB of DRAM cache achieves sequential read speeds up to 230MB/sec and sequential write speeds up to 180MB/sec.
|Part Number||Description||Expected |
|S32G-25PX7||32GB 2.5-inch SATA-II JM612 SSD||$149|
|S64G-25PX7||64GB 2.5-inch SATA-II JM612 SSD||$219|
|S128G-25PX7||128GB 2.5-inch SATA-II JM612 SSD||$349|
|S256G-25PX7||256GB 2.5-inch SATA-II JM612 SSD||$699|
Radeon HD 5750 review (Single and CrossfireX)
For the money this is a great performer with some really lovely features as well. We will test the Radeon HD 5750 in single and a CrossfireX (Multi-GPU) setup. It's a product that performance wise positions itself close to the Radeon HD 4850 and GeForce GTS 250 yet now with superior features at an attractive price.
Let's check out what this 109~129 USD DX 11 class card brings to the table.
Check out the full review here.
Intel preps to release 3.06GHz Pentium E6600
Intel is set to release a new model Core 2 Duo E6600 processor. I remember buying one years ago when it was clock at I think it was 2.4 GHz. The new E6600 will now be tagged under the Pentium processor label and is based on a 45nm Core 2 Duo core.
It is said this new Pentium E6600 runs at 3.06GHz and features 2MB cache and 1066FSB.It still remains LGA 775 socket.It is expected to be available on January 17th with a price tag of $84. At that time the 2.93GHz Pentium E6500 will have a price cut from $84 to $74.
AMD calls NVIDIA Fermi a Paper dragon
AMD has showed a presentation in which it compares its HD 5800 generation with Nvidia's upcoming Fermi, or as AMD likes to call it a "Paper Dragon".
The PR wars between AMD and Nvidia have started once again as we draw closer to Nvidia's launch of Fermi. Nvidia still believes that Fermi beats the HD 5870, but on the other hand, AMD is selling more and more HD 5800 series cards, and Fermi is no where to be seen yet.
AMD's Fermi performance estimates are speculative, and until we see some real world performance numbers, we can't be certain of anything. AMD seems to be either scared by Fermi, or just wants to keep the Fermi rumors at bay and convince those that are waiting for Fermi to go for HD 5800 series now.
Nvidia's Fermi also sound great on paper, and we are sure that Nvidia has already internally pushed it against HD 5870, and that's where Nvidia has a slight advantage, as it already knows how fast the HD 5870 actually is. We doubt that Nvidia would even mention those bold claims unless they are pretty sure that Fermi is at least a bit faster than HD 5870.
On the other hand AMD is already working on Hemlock and selling its HD 5800 series DirectX 11 capable cards. The only thing left for Nvidia to do is work hard and get Fermi out as soon as it can, as currently AMD is tightly grasping the graphics card market [via fudzilla].
We started a forum thread on this topic; discuss here please.
Click on the thumbnails to check the most important slides.
Canon debuts EOS-1D Mark IV dSLR
Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is proud to introduce the next evolution in the EOS 1D series of cameras: the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera. The EOS-1D Mark IV is a high-speed multimedia performance monster with a 16-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging Processors, and 14-bit A/D data conversion, all at 10 frames-per-second (fps), with the widest ISO range Canon has produced to date. This new camera also features 1080p Full High-Definition video capture at selectable frame rates packaged in Canon's most rugged and durable professional camera body.
The crowning achievement of Canon's 1D Mark IV Digital SLR is its new autofocus system that starts with 45 AF points including 39 high-precision cross-type focusing points capable of tracking fast moving athletes or wildlife accurately at speeds up to 10 frames per second. With greater subject detection capability than ever before plus a newly redesigned AI Servo II AF predictive focusing algorithm, the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV camera sets new standards for autofocus performance among professional digital SLRs. Whether shooting for the six o'clock news or the front page, the EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR is the quintessential camera to freeze fast-moving action with high-speed stills or capture stunning HD video with dynamic color and image quality. To accompany the new EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera, Canon is also announcing a new accessory, the WFT-E2 II A wireless file transmitter providing photographers with a wide range of professional digital connectivity options.
"Canon works hard to be the imaging leader in all our business endeavors. This goal has fueled our innovation and R&D efforts to engineer the most advanced autofocus system Canon has ever produced. We are proud to announce the camera that will deliver the ultimate in imaging quality to professionals working in all areas of multimedia imaging, whether it's action photography, photojournalism or HD video and cinematography," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.
The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV camera will intrigue professional photographers in virtually every category from photojournalism and sports through nature, wedding, portrait and fashion to commercial, industrial and law enforcement. What makes the EOS-1D Mark IV camera different from its predecessors, in addition to numerous focusing system and image quality improvements, is its exceptional Full HD video capture capability. With this new level of functionality, the 1D Mark IV Digital SLR is destined to appeal not only to professional still photographers but also to a diverse market of professional videographers and filmmakers who are looking for exceptional Full HD video quality, amazing low-light performance, outstanding portability and a level of durability unheard of in most HD video cameras in this price range.
A pretty very ncie demo clip shot at ISO 6400 by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet can be found over here.
Infinity Ward Responds To MW 2 PC Petition
fourzerotwo: Definitely made a big wave, and the response will not be ignored. I'll ensure everyone at IW sees the petitions and responses to it.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 hits PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 10. Expect to hear more on the game and its integrated Steam functionality before then.
Nexus launches LOW-7000 R2 CPU cooler
Dutch absed Nexus introduced a new version of the LOW-7000 R2, this is a low-profile CPU cooler with four direct-touch heatpipes and a 120mm fan. The cooler is just 70mm high and weighs 475g, it is compatible with all the latest CPUs from Intel and AMD. The Nexus LOW-7000 cooler combines some of the most advanced technologies in the market used for CPU coolers. Heat pipes, HOC- Technology, SkiveTek and ultra-thin fins combined with a real silent 12cm PWM controlled fan delivers ultimate performance which has never been this quiet before.
LOW coolers are crafted out of the purest aluminum and copper materials. The heat sink covering the heat pipes and the copper base is made using SkiveTek technology. We have managed to apply the best technologies at the best position on the cooler.
The 120mm fan is PWM controlled and the speed can vary between 500 and 2000 RPM creating a noise-output of an inaudible 15 dB(A) up till a still truly quiet 24 dB(A)
The LOW-7000 is an ideal cooler for your HTPC the ultra low, only 7cm high, cpu cooler with a silent 120mm fan. Now also compatible with AMD AM3/2 and Intel Core i5.
Intel Core i7 960 sneaks in and surfaces
Earlier this year there have been rumors about an upcoming Intel Core i7 960 -- well it's here already.
The processor has a clock frequency of 3.2 GHz and is replacing the recently introduced 3.06 GHz Core i7 950. The all new 960 will cost 562 USD. The Core i7 960 has four physical CPU cores hyper-threaded towards eight, 8MB L3-cache, a 4.8 GT/s QPI link with a 130W TDP.
Nehalem Bloomfield lineup:
Contrary to the Core i7 965 Extreme (which is also clocked at 3.2 GHz / 6.4 GT/s QPI ) this 960 does not have it's multipliers unlocked hindering overclockers somewhat.
Guru3D Folding at Home closes in on Top 70 !
It takes a lot of people to do a lot of work, and we surely did that recently as Team Guru3D has entered top 80 in the Folding@home rankings -- currently we are going steady at the 81st place !
Roughly a year ago we advanced roughly 40.000 points per day. Wonderful yet currently we average at 230.000 points per day, amazing. Due to your help we now have entered the Top 80 which is a fantastic achievement.
Now if you have an ATI Radeon series 3000 or newer or GeForce series 8 or newer graphics card and like to help fighting diseases, please join our team, we have Team ID number 69411.
Come on people, team 69411 -- join the club. Thanks to all who are participating in this project, and a special thank you to our top 20 contributors.
Coolermaster launches low-end Hyper 101 cooler
Read, really low-end ! Following the launch of Hyper Z200 / TX3 designed for low-end market,Coolermaster expands its line with the introduction of Hyper 101 cooler. Two heatpipes only.