The Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition Launch Trailer
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition will be available in retail on the 17th of April.
For this occasion CD Projekt RED has released a launch trailer, showcasing the main features of the game. In the trailer we meet the protagonist -Geralt of Rivia, experience the spectacular and tactical combat and have a glance at the most lively and believable game world ever created in a video game.
CryENGINE 3 SDK 3.4 available
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature Edition
EVGA announces immediate availability of the EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature. This card offers higher base/boost clocks at 1084MHz Base and 1150MHz Boost. Additionally, the EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature is optimized for overclocking with a 5 Phase PWM Design and 8pin + 6pin power connectors.
The memory has further been tuned with a stock frequency of 6208MHz. Also available is a the SC Signature+ which offers a preinstalled custom backplate.
Palit GeForce GTX 680 4GB edition photo's
We have some photo's available of Palit's 4GB version of their JetSrream GeForce GTX 680.
This is the first customized GeForce GTX 680 with 4GB becoming available really soon. In fact we have this sample in house already so we can show you some decent photo's -- hence below some photo's of the Palit GeForce GTX 680 4GB JetStream edition.
The card comes with a custom made PCB that is armed with that big 3-slot cooler. The two power connectors consist out of a 6-pin and one 8-pin PCIe PEG connector giving the card a little extra breathing room for overclocking. Also on the backside you'll notice the much needed extra graphics memory in the form of Hynix ICs.
The card's base clock frequency is set at a reference 1006 MHz while the memory runs at 6008 MHz. A review will follow soon.
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Palit GeForce GTX 680 JetStream review
We review the Palit GeForce GTX 680 JetStream edition graphics card. The end result is an impressive looking beast, the customized GTX 680 has a big three fan cooler applied to it. The card's base clock frequency is set higher at default for you, at 1084 MHz with a dynamic turbo that clocks up-to 1150 MHz. And then the memory it runs stock at 6300 MHz meaning that both the GPU core and thus memory have been factory overclocked for you.
Read the article here.
ASUS ROG Xonar Phoebus Gaming Soundcard Set
Entry by the Republic of Gamers into the dedicated sound product arena brings PC enthusiasts ROG Xonar Phoebus, a high fidelity audio component that directly addresses the needs and concerns of contemporary gamers. The Xonar Phoebus features the exclusive ROG Command technology which reduces up to 50% of ambient noise thus providing authoritative voice quality during online multiplayer gaming sessions. And with its clear 118 dB SNR, and a powerful 600 ohm headphone amplifier, the Xonar Phoebus delivers precise positioning and lifelike immersion audio for a distinctly impactful gaming environment. Its dedicated control box extends convenience and puts more intuitive functions within easy reach for a more ergonomic desktop gaming environment.
Exclusive ROG Command technology for clean, seamless in-game communication
Gamers often face noisy conditions that drown out voices during online multiplayer gaming. This creates lack of clarity and confusion within squads, leading to lower win ratios. Exclusive ROG Command technology offers the world's first design to specifically bring noise cancellation to a gaming soundcard set, as designed by the Xonar team. Intelligent sound detection algorithms and array microphones (two on the dedicated control box) enable up to 50% ambient noise reduction, effectively turning loud locations such as LAN parties into something as quiet as a lab. The technology works equally well whether using an external microphone or the microphones embedded into the ROG Xonar Phoebus control box. Gamers benefit from being able to communicate and coordinate with team members clearly and with greater precision, adding to enjoyment and win ratios.
Finest components and design for superior sound
ROG Xonar Phoebus utilizes a stylish and effective EMI shield and ASUS exclusive Hyper Grounding technology to ensure reduced electromagnetic interference. Based on the experience of Xonar professionals, Hyper Grounding technology brings ASUS motherboard expertise to audio products with a multi-layer PCB that helps block noise from nearby components and the power supply to render more lifelike and extra clear sound. The PCM1796 digital-to-analog converter on ROG Xonar Phoebus delivers clear and crisp 118 dB SNR high fidelity audio. The new soundcard's SNR profile therefore outperforms competing gaming audio products by a factor of four, and onboard audio by an impressive 32 times. It excels in total harmonic distortion (THD) performance, with a miniscule 0.00039% of sound output experiencing distortion.
Power for headphone users
Since many gamers choose headphones to refrain from disturbing others while insisting on the best sound quality and privacy, ROG and Xonar teams integrated the top-flight TPA6120A2 headphone amplifier on ROG Xonar Phoebus, driving up to 600 ohm impedance for genuinely impactful headphone output.
Dedicated control box
Clad in the trademark ROG red and black color scheme, the ROG Xonar Phoebus control box offers gamers improved response and convenience. Connected to the card via the back I/O, the control box can be placed on the desk so it remains within easy reach. Gamers can then adjust volume and mute quickly without bringing up game or operating system menus, or having to hunt around for display remote controls. The control box further offers microphone and headphone connectors, making connections easier.
The latest audio technologies
ROG Xonar Phoebus includes one-click activation of Dolby Home Theater V4, helping enhance audio through complete compatibility with new sound processing technologies. The latest standard offers greatly improved surround, with smart sound enhancement and a more user-friendly approach to high end audio. The exclusive ASUS GX 3.0 game audio engine has also been integrated, offering EAX compatibility to ensure boosted game sound, a wider range of simultaneous sound effects, and overall clearer sonic performance in every PC game.
Product crossover benefits consumers
ROG Xonar Phoebus presents the first soundcard set from ROG, the ASUS division entirely devoted to gaming as a lifestyle and branch of pioneering technology. This launch coincides with ROG's fifth anniversary, and delivers the results of cooperation between ROG gaming philosophy and innovative Xonar PC audio experts. As such, ROG Xonar Phoebus offers gamers enhanced sound custom-tailored to improving in-game experiences.
Breakthrough in Quantum Communication
Don't underestimate the importance of this discovery if implemented it will make a HUGE breakthrough in the computer processor development (over time). If this is validated and developped it means a completely new computer processor revolution in say 15 years time, similar to what current technology has done for us.
Binary would never be the same with 0 and 1, but with quantum bits it can do both:
A team of scientists at the MPQ realizes a first elementary quantum network based on interfaces between single atoms and photons. Whether it comes to phoning a friend or to using the internet
GIGAZONE G1SGS Gaming PC Chassis
GIGAZONE, a brand owned by GIGABYTE, introduced its GZ-G1SGS gaming PC chassis. The ATX mid-tower chassis is designed to maintain positive air pressure, and cool multi-GPU gaming PC hardware inside. It features all-black interiors. Drive bays include two 5.25" (with one having an aesthetic optical drive lid), and seven 3.5" bays. The motherboard tray supports ATX, micro-ATX, and mini-ITX boards, with a cutout that makes handling CPU coolers with backplates easy.
Ventilation includes two 120 mm front intake fans, one 120 mm top exhaust fan, provision for one rear 120 mm fan, and two 120 mm fans on the side-panel. The front utility panel includes HD audio front-panel jacks, two USB 3.0 ports (standard header), and two USB 2.0/1.1 ports. Measuring 190 x 490 x 465 mm (WxDxH), the case is largely made of SECC-steel and ABS plastic. Backed by a 1 year warranty, the GIGAZONE GZ-G1SGS is priced at 6,980 JPY (US $86); it will be available from April 14.
WD Launches Scorpio Blue Internal HDDs
Available in both 320GB and 500GB capacities, the WD Scorpio Blue is Western Digital
Century CRAS2U3CP USB 3.0 Cloning Dock
PC market no longer shrinking
The worldwide PC market saw a slight increase in volume during the first quarter of 2012 (1Q12) compared to the same quarter in 2011, with shipments rising 2.3%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. The results are slightly above IDC's February projections of a 0.9% year-on-year decline due to hard disk drive (HDD) supply constraints in addition to weak economic conditions, competition from other devices, and uncertainty about Windows 8.
HDD supply remained a key constraint through most of the first quarter, although PC makers generally had better access to drives than customers in the retail and distribution channels. As a result, large PC vendors were able to maintain shipments by managing inventory or absorbing price increases, while the impact to shipments from smaller PC makers was in line with expectations.
"PC market growth remained limited in the first quarter as HDD supply and other factors limited demand," said Loren Loverde, IDC vice president of Worldwide Consumer Device Trackers. "Nevertheless, history has shown that periods of slower growth are followed by recovery as improving technologies make replacements as well as new purchases increasingly compelling. As a result, we expect PC shipments to pick up significantly by the fourth quarter and beyond as HDD supply and pricing are normalized, Windows 8 is launched, and replacements pick up.
"Slow growth in the U.S. shows that despite interesting and new form factors like all-in-one (AIO) desktop PCs and Ultrabook
Medal of Honor Warfighter Gameplay Trailer
Max Payne 3 - Bullet Time Video
Bullet Time, Max's key to evening up the odds and surviving, is at the heart of Max Payne 3's gameplay. Check out the latest video in the Design and Technology Series that shows how enhancements to this signature mechanic add a new level of drama and detail to the third person shooter.
Bullet Time, Max's key to evening up the odds and surviving, is at the heart of Max Payne 3's gameplay. Check out the latest video in the Design and Technology Series that shows how enhancements to this signature mechanic add a new level of drama and detail to the third person shooter
MSI GeForce GTX 680 TwinFrozr III OC
MSI is going to release their MSI GeForce GTX 680 TwinFrozr III OC today. Looking at the board from first impressions, the PCB seems to be 100% reference. The card is equipped with 2 GB of graphics memory. The TwinFrozr III cooler has five thick 8mm heatpipes which should give some good cooling performance.
Clocks wise the reference products have a 1004 Mhz clock frequency whereas the MSI GeForce GTX 680 TwinFrozr III OC is clocked at 1058 MHz. The memory is clocked at 6008 MHz (datarate). The card comes with a HDMI, DP and two Dual-lin DVI connectors.
The card just arrived and is scheduled for a review soon. I know earlier on some photo's already leaked, but I already wanted to show you a couple of photo's on the product we shot ourselves.
Enermax KW001 Briskie Keyboard mouse combo review
Keyboard kits come in all sizes, shapes and forms .. and that's next to a gazillion of manufacturers that offers them. Surprisingly enough a few weeks ago Enermax, the guys behind the best power supplies and the brightest fans also launched a keyboard/mouse combo. Briskie is all about value and as such for 25 USD/EUR you get a mouse and what we think is a very decent wireless RF keyboard.
Click here to read the review.
Point of View Android 4.0 Tablet: ProTab 2 IPS
Point of View launches today their newest Android 4.0 Tablet: ProTab 2 IPS.
One of the most important features
Crucial Releases "000F" Firmware Update for M4 SSD
Crucial released their newest firmware update for the Crucial M4 series SSDs, "000F", introduces the following changes:
- Improved compatibility with certain SAS expanders and peripheral RAID cards.
- Improved throughput stability under extremely heavy workloads.
- Improved data protection in the event of unexpected, asynchronous power loss.
1024 x 768 monitor resolution finally overtaken
It certainly took a while but 1366 x 768 pixels overtook 1024 x 768 as the most popular screen resolution worldwide, for computers, according to the latest statistics by StatCount.
This new dominant screen resolution is a particularly important statistic for web-developers, as they can now make their designs more optimized for at least 1366 pixels-wide screens.
Believe it or not but 1920 x 1080 and 1680 x 1050 hold less than 5% of the market-share each. The growth of 1366 x 768 could have been propelled by dominance in the notebook market (across almost all market-segments), and entry-level PC monitor market.