Phanteks Introduces PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler
Phanteks coolers are designed with patented Cold Plasma Spraying Coating Technology (C.P.S.C), a brand new technologic forming deposit that displaces heat onto corresponding metals at a quicker rate. With this technology, Phanteks coolers enhances thermal conductivity on the soldered surfaces of the heatpipes through the copper deposits.
Call of Duty Elite Yearly Subscription Price Set
We already know all of the stuff that Elite provides players for free. As for the premium side, Elite can be subscribed to one year at a time for $49.99.
The most important feature is access to all of that year's downloadable content. Not only will subscribers get access, they'll own the content so it doesn't disappear should the subscription come to an end. Given that four DLC releases over the course of a year would normally cost $60, this is immediately a good deal for any frequent DLC buyers.
That DLC will consist of more than just multiplayer maps -- there will be new modes and Spec Ops missions, too, with "20 pieces of content" in all. This will all be coming more often than the four-times-a-year schedule that Black Ops used; Elite subscribers will get new content on a monthly basis over the course of a "nine month DLC season." Specific numbers for how many maps, modes, and so on weren't shared.
Besides all the DLC business, Elite subscribers get eight times as much storage for replay videos as free users, the ability to level up their clans by competing in tournaments, daily tournaments where they can win real-world and virtual prizes (badges, trophies, iPads, and Jeeps are all possible prizes), and access to Elite TV (premium episodic content being made specifically for Elite members).
The daily tournaments will be managed and refereed by real humans on a 24/7 basis so as to ensure there is no cheating. You won't have to be an expert player to compete, either, as there will be tournaments for players of different skill levels -- definitely good news for those who don't have enough time to devote to becoming an expert, high-level player.
As for Elite TV, Hirshberg mentioned two programs in the works. Noob Tube comes from Jason Bateman and Will Arnett's production company DumbDumb, which we had previously heard about, will see fan-made videos get a smack-talk commentary track added by Bateman and Arnett. The other new program is Friday Night Fights from Ridley and Tony Scott. It'll begin filming this fall in Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer and sees two opposites -- Red Sox fans and Yankees fans, Democrats and Republicans, etc. -- compete against each other.
AMD Bulldozer Pre-launch FAQ
With all the leaks and release speculation regarding AMD Bulldozer FX processors sometimes an employee can get a little agitated. Check out what AMD rep John Fruehe wrote in a FAQ on several forums to ease the mind from a lot of you guys. I'll let the FAQ speak for itself:
Oh and what do you think, discuss here.
OK, let me begin by saying "I'm gonna post this once."
Everyone, please just point people back to this post when the 1,957,837,842 questions show up that are all the same. This will be easier than me posting it up over and over.
Admin, please lock this thread ASAP, I am not going to answer questions here.
Q. I saw a benchmark on xyz website. Is that how bulldozer will perform?
A. No. Nothing posted before launch will be representative of actual performance. To get actual performance, you need:
Final production silicon
Final processor microcode
Final system BIOS
Final OS optimizaitons
An app compiled with the latest flags
A person who understands the app and configures the test properly
Without these things (and there are probably more), you cannot get an accurate benchmark. Any extrapolation of a crappy benchmark gives you a crappy estimate of actual performance. Period.
Oh, and many of the benchmarks that you see were probably not run, those are just charts made in excel. It's really easy to make a chart in excel - what do you want, bulldozer faster by 3716%? Intel faster by 293%? Sure, I can do either one in 10 seconds. Why are you arguing about benchmarks that probably aren't real?
Q. When are you launching? Why don't you release the date?
A. When we launch, we launch. I will not comment on dates, I will not comment on schedules. We do not release dates prior to launch, at most we give quarter granularity. Giving the date out will stall demand. We have a business to run. While you might think that it will make your life easier to not have to guess, the reality is that we have a business to run and the minute you let the date out, sales stall. For everything. The cost impact of announcing the launch date is always bigger and drives these decisions.
Q. What are the prices?
A. Look at the above question and you have your answer.
Q. Why don't you release benchmarks before launch? You could steal so much business away from the other guy?
A. Again, releasing benchmarks before launch will simply stall sales. Believe me, if the competition thinks they are out of position, will they just sit back and say "oh well" or will they react? Handing them benchmarks is simply giving them time to form a strategy. I am not in the business of helping them, they are on their own on this one.
Q. Will bulldozer be faster than....?
A. I don't need to finish the question, please read above.
Q. I read on xyz site that you were launching on xxxxx?
A. Yeah, and I read on another site that elvis was still alive. The reason I don't comment on date rumors is that there are a limited number of days in the quarter. Once you say no to some, and suddenly say "no comment" or don't answer that one, immediately everyone thinks that is the date. So, no matter how crazy it sounds, you can't answer any of them.
Q. I saw someone selling bulldozer parts online, that must mean the launch is happening, right?
A. No. First off, many of the people that are advertising parts for sale ahead of time do not have parts in hand. Buyer beware. If they are selling engineering samples, we will take care of that. Occasionally parts are loaded into disti databases, and if the flag is set wrong, it can flow through EDI to a partner's database and show up online. That does not mean parts are available. Oh, and sometimes distis use planned pricing and part numbers as placeholders, so don't believe what you see. Nobody is allowed to advertise parts ahead of launch.
Q. I know someone who knows someone who has a cousin who lives next to...?
A. Ask yourself this. Would you take investment advice from someone like that? If not, put a big grain of salt into those conversations.
Q. Why haven't you guys launched?
A. The key to a successful product is lauching it once you are ready. When you are trying to put hundreds of millions of transistors onto a piece of sand about the size of your thumbnail, there is a lot going on. It's a pretty complicated busines.
Q. Why don't you comment on client stuff? Why don't you get a client guy to post on here?
A. I am in the server world, I comment on my products. I will not comment on their products, because I don't want them commenting on mine. The few times I have ventured into the client world, I have caught flack for my comments. It is not worth the trouble. Based on the filth that seeps into my inbox from a very small segment of the enthusiast world, I can understand why the client people might not want to make their names known. When you are attacked in a vicious way for no reason, and you are doing this on your own time, you start to ask "why bother"?
Q. I see you have
Q. Why aren't you doing an unlocked Opteron so I can do 2P overclock?
A. First the market for 2P client systems is tiny, and getting smaller every day. While you would like to buy one, there just aren't enough people to do that. Second, I want to focus my time on servers, client overclocking will not be supported because it takes efforts away from making virtualization and cloud computing better.
Q. If AMD does beat intel in xyz it is the end of the road
A. OK, this is not a question, but enough people make statements like this. AMD is a 40 year old company, not likely.
Q. Is IPC higher on bulldozer? All I care about is IPC.
A. IPC is simply a measurement. What if IPC was 2X what it is today, but clock speed was 500MHz. Is that what you want? You are getting double IPC, right? IPC is only one measure. The people that are telling you IPC is the only thing that matters have an agenda. Taking only one measurement, out of context, is like trying to say that a person's weight is all that matters. I weigh 195. Does that make me fat? Does that make me skinny? It is impossible to say unless you know my height. IPC is like weight - it tells you something in context to other factors, but is meaningless on its own.
Q. What about single threaded performance?
A. See above. Also, if all you care about is single threaded performance, might I recommend a lovely, inexpensive single core processor for your system?
While I work for AMD, my posts are my own opinions.
Realtek HD Audio 2.65 audio driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP, Vista, it runs under Windows 7 as well of course. The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download from our servers.
This download hosted at Guru3D.com offers all the Windows XP, Vista and 7 binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Changes in Driver Package R2.65:
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec.
1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC887, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC899, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC670, ALC680 ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC275, ALC276
2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC887, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC899, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC670, ALC680 ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC275, ALC276
3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
Creative Tiny ZEN X-Fi Media Player
Creative announced the ZEN X-Fi, a portable media player, this item actually is smaller than the majority of consumer electronics out there.
It has a 2-inch LCD and support many file formats, not just audio (like FLAX, AAC, MP3, WMA, Audible, etc.) but also video ( MPEG-4, WMV9, DivX), which can be kept on its 8 GB or 16 GB of built-in storage.
"With Creative, you will always get best value performance when it comes to portable media players,
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Intro Trailer
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - MP Trailer
Battlefield 3 - Physical Warfare Pack Trailer
Watch the deadly items in the Physical Warfare Pack in action in this Battlefield 3 gameplay trailer. Physical Warfare Pack contains the DAO-12 semi-automatic shotgun, Type 88 Light Machine Gun, flechette ammo for the DAO-12, and a flash suppressor for the SKS sniper rifle.
This pack is available as a pre-order bonus at select retailers and at Origin for the PC digital download version of Battlefield 3: Limited Edition. At a later date, we will unlock all of these items to all players of Battlefield 3 at no extra charge. You can pre-order the PC digital download version at http://www.origin.com
Firestone Audio Bravo DP and Spitfire MKII DAC review
According to Firestone Audio, their Bravo Digital Processor can convert USB to S/Pdif and also cleans and reclocks the S/PDIF signal producing a superior signal for your analog to digital converter. We have been working with many different S/Pdif based products in the Guru3D Audio Lab for quite awhile now so we are excited to have a look at the Bravo and use it for some testing. FSA also just released the second version of their popular Spitfire Digital to Analog Converter, known as the
GPU-Z 0.5.5 released
Michael over at TPU released version 0.5.5 of GPU-Z. GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
- On multi-GPU systems, GPU-Z will remember the selected card from the selection dropdown
- Added full support for AMD A-Series Fusion processors
- Added detection for ASUS MARS II
- Fixed shader count detection for Blackcomb (mobile AMD Cayman)
- Improved BIOS version reading on NVIDIA
- Added support for NVIDIA GeForce GT 560 Ti OEM, GT 545, GT 530, GeForce GTX 580M, GT 555M, GeForce 520MX, GT 520M, 410M, 305M, Quadro 5000, Quadro 4000M, Quadro 400
- Added support for AMD HD 6290, Radeon E6760 & E4690, FirePro V8800, FirePro V3700, FirePro 2460 (FireMV)
Sandy Bridge delay by a quarter saves Intel money
DigiTimes heard rumors that Intel has decided to halt its plans to upgrade to a 22nm process at Fab 24 and delayed the launch of the Ivy Bridge chips by one quarter to save costs. The article claims the measures are the result of a weaker-than-expected PC market.
Intel has recently decided to delay its Ivy Bridge platform launch from the end of 2011 to March 2012, while notebook models with the new platform will start appearing in the channel in April to allow a smooth transition between the existing Sandy Bridge platform and the new platform.
Since Intel internally has evaluated that PC demand for the upcoming year may not be as strong as before, the company has recently adjusted its investment schedule for semiconductor equipment.
AMD FX-series gets very detailed thanks to Gigabyte
Gigabyte leaked the specifications of AMD's upcoming FX processor series.
The final shipping stepping is indeed B2. The top part, FX-8150, is clocked at 3.6 GHz, with a TDP of 125W. Next in line is the FX-8120, clocked at 3.1 GHz. There are two versions - 125W and 95W. This suggests that the FX-8120 was initially targeted for 95W but may ship with a 125W TDP to begin with. The final 8-core CPU is the FX-8100, clocked at 2.8 GHz.
The sole 6-core CPU will be FX-6100 at 3.3 GHz while the 4-core CPU will be FX-4100 clocked at 3.6 GHz. Both feature 95W TDP, and will likely compete up against the Core i5 series. All CPUs feature 8MB L3 cache. This suggests that FX-6100 and FX-4100 are likely to be Zambezi with 1 module and 2 modules disabled, respectively, rather than native 3-module / 2-module dies.
NVIDIA game streaming technology
NVIDIA is experimenting with game streaming technology that would allow users to stream games from PCs to other devices around their homes as the chaps over at bittech found out:
'Imagine you're playing Crysis 2 on your PC and you're able to stream it around your home to a tablet device, which you could then plug into your TV if you wanted,' said the Nvidia representative.
When it comes to new technologies like OnLive, people will have the choice to 'pay to stream it over the internet, or do it themselves.'
Is Nvidia ready to announce a new product soon, we asked?
'I didn't say announce,' we were told. 'We're experimenting and that's all I can say.'
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has Super AMOLED Plus display
This is a nice upgrade over the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab that I reviewed earlier this year, going well beyond the extra 0.7-inches of screen real estate. The Super AMOLED Plus-ness is great, but you'll also find a beefed up 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 3MP rear and 2MP front cameras, LTE and HSPA+ 21Mbps support, and 1080p full HD video playback. Not surprisingly, they've also moved up from Froyo on the original Tab to Honeycomb 3.2 on the Galaxy Tab 7.7.
Samsung has indicated that the microSD slot-touting Galaxy Tab 7.7 will ship in your choice of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities.
The device is powered by the TI OMAP 4430 1.2GHz processor, offers up to 64GB storage capacity, microSD support, a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, 5MP rear and 2MP front cam, and a battery life of up to eight hours. Pricing is unknown and availability is expected sometime by the end of the year.
Dead Island Release Trailer
Sniper Ghost Warrior 2 Video
Creative announces quad core sound cards
The Sound Core3D handles the processing for Creative's new CrystalVoice feature, THX TruStudio Pro and all other kinds of audio processing beyond that. The glaring omission in the press release is that there's no single mention of X-Fi technology which suggests that Creative has moved on and decided to drop the X-Fi moniker for its new soundcards. EAX Advanced HD 5.0 is still part of the package though, so gamers need not to worry.
As for the new features, CrystalVoice adds acoustic echo cancellation, support for beam-forming which in this case is a kind of noise cancellation technology which requires additional microphones, general noise reduction, automatic loudness adjustment for the microphone and various voice effects and equalizer features. THX TruStudio Pro gets the Crystalizer treatment, a throwback to the X-Fi days, surround sound support, a smart volume feature, something called dialog plus which enhances the voices in games and movies and finally a bass enhancer.
As for the new sound cards, first up we have the Core3D PCI Express which is seemingly sharing its basic design with Creative's first PCI Express card, although the PCB looks extremely void of components for a sound card. We're not sure if the chunk of metal in the centre of the card has any kind of function, as there's a small Creative branded chip further down on the PCB which we suspect is the Sound Core3D rather than something hidder under the purported heatsink. As to the pin-headers, your guess is as good as ours as to what they're for.
Next up we have the shrouded Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional which comes with the beam-forming microphone and a nice piece of metal wrapped around the PCB with a small window in it. This brings us to the Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion of which we have as yet to see a picture. This should be the same card as the Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional, but with an I/O drive that sports headset jacks, volume control and various other audio jacks.
The fourth and final product, the Recon3D USB which is quite different from the PCI Express cards, as although this is a USB audio device it packs connectivity for a headset, line in/out and an S/PDIF input. The S/PDIF input allows for Dolby Digital decoding for use with headphones for surround sound. On the right hand side you'll find a three step microphone booster and on the right hand side is a feature that might make the Recon3D USB popular, a switch that lets you select between PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
However, the features don't stop here, as the Recon3D USB can be upgraded with wireless connectivity and it can be connected to Creative's Tactic3D Omega headset and Creative will offer a bundle of the two later this year. The Recon3D USB is expected to hit retail in October for a price of US$129.99 (S$157).
As for the PCI Express cards, Creative didn't mention any actual launch date, although the press release stated that the Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion won't be available until Q1 next year. As a side note, apparently both Gigabyte and MSI has singed up as OEM partners for the Sound Core3D, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of onboard audio solutions the two companies can come up with in the future.
ASUS ET2410 All-in-One PC with improved audio
ASUS releases the ET2410, a new 23.6" All-in-One PC that promises exceptional audio.
Designed to offer intuitive multimedia enjoyment to PC users, ASUS has released the 23.6