Man sells Steam account for $1,000 on eBay
Here's a new idea to make some money by selling your Steam games. Destructoid reports that eBay user dave311freak sold his Steam account for $1,000, which contained 139 games (which includes Grand Theft Auto IV, Modern Warfare 1 and 2, and Borderlands) and was estimated at a value of $2,700:
139 games were up for grabs, and somebody actually bit, stumping up $1,000 for the "Buy It Now" price. It seems that the seller, "dave311freak," has inspired some other hopeful Steam merchants, as two more Steam accounts have popped up for sale, albeit with significantly less to offer. Dave, for his part, said he wanted to sell the account to spend more time with his family and less time playing games. For $1,000, you can take your family somewhere pretty cool.
PowerColor Radeon HD 5970 with Liquid Cooling
The folks over at TUL slash PowerColor are releasing a new version of the Radeon HD 5970, this time around they slapped a Liquid Cooling block on it so you can add it to your existing liquid-cooling setup.
The water-block cools the GPU, memories and VRMs and makes a remarkably close resemblance to the EK-FC5970. For optimal compatibility Tul will deliver the card with 3/8" and 1/2" fittings. Apparently the cooler can keep the product a good 30 Degrees C lower than the reference cooler which should get you a little more headroom for overclocking and tweaking. The card comes 'pre' overclocked to 750 Mhz (from 725) and the memory at 4200 MHZ (from 4000). Starting January the 21st the product can be found in e-tail. prices have not been announced, but we expect that 800 USD / 600 EUR is plausible.
Lexicon Stuffs $500 Oppo Blu-Ray Player Inside New Case, Adds $3000 To Price
Okay - a copy paste from oh-gizmo, but too hilarious really. Check it out:
What do you get when you take a pretty decent Oppo $500 Blu-Ray player, strip off the black metal case, and then drop the entire thing (chassis and all) into a slightly fancier silver metal case with a different logo on it? Lexicon, apparently, thinks that you get a $3500 Blu-Ray player. After noticing some similarities between the front and back layouts of the Oppo BDP-83 and the Lexicon BD-30, Audioholics tore them both open to check and see what was going on inside:
As far as we could determine, Lexicon didn
Google Nexus Two spotted in shape of QWERTY Motorola Shadow?
According to the latest rumors out of China, you
Aliens vs. Predator Kill Moves Clip
IE 0-Day Exploit Allows Remote Code Execution
A new Internet Explorer exploit in the wild that will allow a malicious website to run malware on your computer. The IE vulnerability stems from an invalid pointer reference that when exploited allows an attacker to execute malicious shell code on underlying machines. The malware caused exploited machines to download further malicious scripts that installed a backdoor.
Microsoft remains committed to taking the appropriate action to help protect our customers. We released Security Advisory 979352 to provide customers with actionable guidance and tools to help with protections against exploit of this vulnerability. Microsoft has not seen widespread customer impact, rather only targeted and limited attacks exploiting IE 6 at this time. Our teams are currently working to develop an update and we will take appropriate action to protect customers when the update has met the quality bar for broad distribution. That may include releasing the update out of band.
It is important to note that complex attacks targeting specific corporate networks are becoming more prevalent in the threat landscape, therefore organizations should follow defense-in-depth best practices, and deploy multiple layers of protection to improve their security posture. In addition, Protected Mode in IE 7 on Windows Vista and later significantly reduces the ability of an attacker to impact data on a user's machine. Customers should also enable Data Execution Prevention (DEP) which helps mitigate online attacks. DEP is enabled by default in IE 8 but must be manually enabled in prior versions.
Customers can also set Internet and Local intranet security zone settings to "High" to prompt before running ActiveX Controls and Active Scripting in these zones or configure Internet Explorer to prompt before running Active Scripting or to disable Active Scripting in the Internet and Local intranet security zone. You can find details on implementing these settings in the advisory.
Laser TVs may use up to 75 percent less energy
A new Laser Phosphor-based Display (LPD) technology from Prysm that promises 75 percent less power consumption than conventional displays, while offering superior image quality as well. The technology will initially be geared toward commercial use (stadium scoreboards, signage, etc.), but it may eventually arrive for HDTVs as well.
The LPD technology is powered by a combination of laser diodes (similar to the ones in your DVD and CD drives), mirrors, and a phosphor screen. The diodes send a laser signal to the mirrors where it is then projected onto the phosphor screen, exciting the necessary RGB imaging sequence. It works essentially like a laser printer, except--needless to say--the image is being refreshed at a much higher rate.
Prysm claims that LPD screens will use up to 75% less energy than conventional displays. This impressive ratio is possible because of the lasers that light up only what is necessary. The technology is very similar to the local dimming capabilities of current LED-backlit LCDs. This capability allows the LPD screen to produce deep contrast ratios (dark, inky blacks) while maintaing low power consumption - pcworld
Guru3D Folding at Home Top 20 January 2010
Time for a new update on Folding@home from Team Guru3D.
We are moving up again ! The team is folding really steadily at an average of quarter million points per 24 hours. We are at position 77 and competition certainly is getting fierce. Unfortunately we have been overtaken by our friends from legion hardware but We have overtaken FutureMark.com's folding team, MSI's folding team and we tackled Tom's Hardware as well.
Here's an overview of the top 20 Guru3D crunching heroes, and guys .. we'd just love it if you could joins us.
|Top 20 Producers|
Would you like to help out ? 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.
You can download the latest GPU or CPU clients here. Should you need help / want info check out our Folding support forums here where anyone will help you with any questions you might have. Team 69411 -- join the club. Thanks to all who are participating in this project, and a special thank you to our top 20 contributors.
NVIDIA GF100 (Fermi) Technology preview
NVIDIA GF100 (Fermi) Technology preview
Last week we arrived at Sin City not only to cover CES but there was something else going on as well. In Las Vegas, NVIDIA had organized a briefing for a select group of the press. From Europe perhaps ten to fifteen people where invited for this somewhat privileged preview -- the topic, a technical overview of project Fermi.
Fermi is of course the family name of the latest generation of GPUs from NVIDIA. The first chipset deriving from Fermi will be called the GF100 GPU which will likely be used on what we think will be called products like GeForce 360 and GeForce 380. Join us in a nice technology preview.
Creative launches SoundBlaster Titanium HD
- RCA Line Out for audio playback up to 122dB, 24-bit/96kHz Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC)
- RCA Line Input for recording up to 118dB, 24-bit 96kHZ Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADC)
- 0.001% Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise (THD+N)
- Headphone output for audio listening up to 115dB 33 Ohms, and 117dB, 330 Ohms, at 24bit/96kHz
- Replaceable Op-amps
- Hardware-accelerated 3D positional audio and EAX
Enermax Desktop PSU II Series
ENERMAX is proud to announce an update of their running desktop PSU series
Auzentech X-Fi Bravura Released
X-Fi Bravura 7.1 Sound Card Released
Auzen X-Fi Bravuara 7.1, a full-height, custom designed PCI Express sound card for audiophiles and HomeTheater PC enthusiasts, available now.
Auzentechannounced the immediate release of the Auzen X-Fi Bravura 7.1 sound card, a full-height, custom designed PCI Express
ATI Catalyst 10.1 Beta download
This is a beta version of Catalyst 10.1 as released on MSI. We have no extensive release notes, should you want to try out this driver then please be sure to check out the discussion thread we have going on it right here.
- CrossFire X profiles per application will now be in a separate XML file that it will be possible to update independently of the driver itself
- ATI CrossFire X with PowerPlay for the Radeon 5
Gigabyte to offer overclocked Radeon HD 5670
Gigabyte introduced its Radeon HD 5670 graphics cards, this includes an overclocked model with 785MHz core, a paltry 10MHz more than the reference model.
Gigabyte today is pleased to announce their latest GV-R5600 series graphics cards. GIGABYTE
ASUS shows EeeTop ET2010PNT with ION2
Asus released some specifications on a new EeeTop all-in-one computer called the ET2010PNT and it looks pretty nice.
The machine sports a 20-inch screen with a resolution of 1600 x 1200 and it runs Windows 7. The machine uses an Atom D510 dual-core processor and has graphics via NVIDIA Ion 2. That makes this the first machine I have seen that uses the new Ion 2 platform.
ION in fact seems to be a GeForce G310 GPU which on its end is identical to the G210, which definitely is better than the 9400M series. The G310 has 16 shader cores clocked at 625MHz with a 14W TDP. The screen supports multi-touch and while it
Scythe Grand Kama Cross CPU cooler
Scythe releases its Grand Kama Cross, a new CPU cooler with an X-shaped design. The cooler has four heatpipes and two aluminum heatsink units, along with a large 140mm fan. It is compatible with all recent Intel and AMD processors, full specifications can be found over here. The Grand Kama Cross will be available in retail stors for $45 (29.50EUR, excl. VAT).
Grand Kama Cross TOP-Flow CPU Cooler is based on the x-structure which allows easy mounting and additional cooling of surrounding components. New Slip Stream 140 mm PWM fan is supplied with PWM feature which supports flexible fan controlling by the motherboard. Thanks to Multiplatform Socket Mounting Clips, compatibility to all current sockets is complied.
JVC Everio GZ-HM550 HD Camera with built-in Bluetooth Wireless
The new JVC Everio GZ-HM550 HD camera
Mushkin Blackline DDR3 for LGA1156 and LGA1366
The number of high-end memory for LGA1156 and LGA1366 motherboards certainly is on the rise. Now Mushkin has launched three memory kits with considerable overclocking abilities as part of the Blackline series.
"These new memory products we are introducing give our customers superior flexibility with their systems. Whether they are looking for a high density 8GB or 12GB kit with fast DDR3-1600 CL7 performance, or a lower density kit that allows them to overclock their machines to levels they never dreamed possible, Mushkin Enhanced has their needs covered," Brian Flood, director of product development, said.
The company's new kits are are made up of memory modules of 2GB or 4GB, all of which operate on 1.65V. The products boost performance to very high levels through their combined memory densities of either 8GB or even 12GB. The 996801 CL9 is set to become a strong presence on the DDR3-2000 2x2GB performance segment.
"The 996801 kit will be of unrivaled value in the DDR3-2000 2x2GB performance segment. Adding to the value of this high performance memory kit are its considerable overclocking abilities, allowing enthusiasts to increase their clock speeds without dropping the memory ratio and thereby sacrificing performance," the press release noted.
The other two kits, the CL7 996798 and 998798 are, respectively, made up of two 4GB modules and three 4GB modules. They "provide free slots for future memory expansion while boosting memory performance to exceptional levels."
The 996801, 996798 and 998798 DDR3 memory kits are designed with Frostbyte heatspreaders and come with a lifetime warranty. Prices have not been mentioned, but they will become available sometime during the following weeks.