Call of Duty: Black Ops to be Activision's biggest launch to date
IGN reports Activision is preparing a massive launch campaign for Call of Duty: Black Ops. Activision CEO Bobby Kotick claims it will be the biggest launch in the company's history, and he hinted that Black Ops will not only be for hardcore gamers.
During Activision's Q2 fiscal earnings call this afternoon, the publisher continuously emphasized how much bigger the marketing budget for this year's title will be compared to last, and highlighted the fact pre-sales continue to outpace Modern Warfare 2 from last year.
"This year's Black Ops will release on more platforms than ever before, and continues to pace ahead of last year's record setting Modern Warfare 2 in terms of per-sales and consumer awareness metrics," said Activision COO Thomas Tippl.
ASUS SaberTooth X58 unveiled
ASUS officially introduced the TUF Series SaberTooth X58, a new motherboard that focuses on delivering the best stability, reliability, endurance, and value. SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 are included in the features list, but pricing and availability is unknown.
The board has high-quality chokes, solid state capacitors and MOSFETs and a CeraM!X Heatsink Coating on the more critical surfaces and components to enhance heat resistance and dissipation. As for actual specification, six DDR3 memory slots are present, as well as six SATA 3.0 Gbps connectors, a pair of SATA 6.0 Gbps ports and three PCI Express x16 slots that are more than apt for multi-GPU SLI or CrossFireX setups. Finally, the Sabertooth features an 8+2 phase power design, Gigabit Ethernet, two eSATA ports, 7.1 channel audio and FireWire.
The SaberTooth X58 also includes Gigabit Ethernet, two eSATA and two USB 3.0 ports, 7.1 channel audio and FireWire.
VLC Media Player 1.1.2 out for grabs
- Avformat fps displaying fix
- TS, fix an issue where some programs would get dropped (fixes DVB issues too)
- fix timestamps handling on some filters that provoked issues when playback of mono streams, especially on Windows
- fix a bug in direct3d video output with old nVidia drivers that broke video playback with overlay (YUV->RGB)
- fix console output encoding
Interface and extensions:
- Youtube and other scripts updates
- Misc fixes in Qt4 (especially VLM and EPG dialogs) and MacOS interface
- MPEG (ES,PS,TS,PVA,MP3)
- AVI - MPEG-1/2, DIVX (1/2/3), MPEG-4 ASP, DivX 4/5/6, XviD, 3ivX D4
- ASF / WMV / WMA - WMV 3 / WMV-9 / VC-1 1, 2 1 1, 2 1 1 WMV 1/2
- MP4 / MOV / 3GP - Sorenson 1/3 (Quicktime)
- OGG / OGM / Annodex
- Matroska (MKV) - H.261 H.263 / H.263i H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
- Real - Real Video 1/2
- WAV (incuding DTS)
- Raw Audio: DTS, AAC, AC3/A52
- Raw DV
- FLV (Flash)
- Standard MIDI / SMF
Axle GeForce GTX 460 768MB review
Axle GeForce GTX 460 768MB gets tested
What will be interesting to see if a pure 100% reference model can overclock to 'Super Overclocked' models just as well. As that might easily save you 50 USD -- all with a manual tweak. For that this card would need to go beyond say a 800 MHz core clock and 4000 MHz without voltage tweaking. But what if the card can achieve such results, wouldn't you have an absolute hot deal ?
Check out the full Guru3D.com review right here.
eVGA releases GTX 460 BIOS update - calls it Free Performance Boost
If you bought a regular clocked GeForce GTX 460 from eVGA then good news, they decided to increase the clock frequencies to be a little more competitive. eVGA slapped it all arround a marketing program called Free Performance Boost.
This program simply entails a BIOS update applying higher clocks on the GTX 460 SKUs. Here it is, the EVGA 460 FPB Update, changelist as follows:
- Core/Processor clock increased to 720/1440 (Part numbers 768-P3-1360-XX and 01G-P3-1371-XX Only)
- Fanspeed unlocked to allow up to 100%
- Download the correct .zip file below for your graphics card:
768-P3-1360-XX - EVGA GeForce GTX 460
768-P3-1362-XX - EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SuperClocked
01G-P3-1371-XX - EVGA GeForce GTX 460 1024MB EE (External Exhaust)
01G-P3-1373-XX - EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SuperClocked 1024MB EE (External Exhaust)
- Extract the files to a location on disk.
- Make sure no programs are running in the background, and double click update.exe.
- Press "Y" to begin the update.
- DO NOT TURN OFF POWER OR RESET DURING THE FLASH PROCESS!
- After update, restart PC.
- Reinstall the latest NVIDIA graphics drivers after bootup.
Logitech Gaming Keyboard G510 with custom-color backlighting
Next to a new mouse, Logitech is announcing the G510 Gaming Keyboard, this model offers custom-color character backlighting, a built-in LCD display, 18 programmable keys with three mode states, support for pressing five keys at the same time, and integrated USB audio.
The Gaming Keyboard G510 delivers the tools you need to win. The keyboard features 18 programmable G-keys with three mode states, giving you up to 54 possible macro settings per game. You can pre-define macros for your favorite games, or you can create new ones on the fly for easy customization.
The Logitech-exclusive GamePanel LCD gives you real-time game stats and PC performance data. Customizable RGB backlighting makes it easy to keep keyboard controls in plain sight
Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700 offers 13 buttons
Logitech launched the Wireless Gaming Mouse G700, a new gaming peripheral with 13 buttons with macro capability. Interestingly, the mouse includes a charging cable so you can even it it when your batteries are dead.
Optimized for MMO while still offering the precision needed for FPS, the Wireless Gaming Mouse G700 keeps you comfortable, in control and deep in your game. Its 13 precisely placed controls can be programmed to perform single actions or complex macros with a single click, but are out of the way when you don
Mafia 2 Developer Diary Talks Technology
Gigabyte launches GeForce GTX 470 SOC edition
Gigabyte introduces a more powerful addition to its Super Overclock Series: GTX 470 SOC (GV-N470SO-13I). The GV-N470SO-13I also features WINDFORCE 3X, a 14 phase PWM design, OC Guru graphic card smart tuner and voltage read point.
The card comes at default with a 700 MHz core clock, a Shader Clock 1400 MHz and a Memory Clock of 3348 MHz (effective).
WINDFORCE 3X features 3 ultra quiet PWM fans. The special inclined triple-fan design effectively minimizes the flow of turbulence between three fans. With a unique vapor chamber, WINDFORCE 3X is able to transfer heat from the hot spot to the cool spot as thermal energy becomes evaporated to the surrounding air. By capillary action, the condensed liquid droplets circulate back to the base of chamber. The cycles of evaporation and condensation enhance heat dissipation for greater cooling efficiency. Moreover, WINDFORCE 3X is equipped with three copper heat pipes to strengthen the speed of heat dissipation.
GV-N470SO-13I has incredibly pure power. It is compatible with ATX standard length PCB. 14 phase PWM design includes 12 for GPU, 2 for memory. Standard GTX 470 graphics card has five power phases whereas GIGABYTE
Dell to release U3011 -- 30-inch IPS monitor
Early pictures of the monitor emerged on the net earlier this week without any further details. However, we now know that the monitor will feature a color precise calibrated 10-bit H-IPS panel from LG.Display.
The panel has a massive 2560x1600 resolution in 16:10 format, and 1000:1 contrast ratio (10000:1 dynamic), 7 ms (g2g) response time, and 270 cd/m2 brightness. The IPS panel has a color depth of 1.07 billion colors. Dell U3011 also comes pre-calibrated from the factory just like U2410H and U2711H.
Dell U3011 has analogue D-SUB (VGA), 2x DVI, component, 2x HDMI and Displayport. The design is similar to the U2410H and U2711 which also means that you can expect tilt, height, swivel and pivot adjustment. Dell U3011 - or U3011H
MSI GeForce GTX 460 HAWK gets uncovered - reaches 1 GHz !
MSI GeForce GTX 460 HAWK gets pixelized
Oh dear, a little birdie just flew in with some information and photo's. Looks like the MSI GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone release was just a prologue. As you guys know the GeForce GTX 460 is a big success in terms of value for money. On launch date we have seen a couple of customized boards already.
The originally clocked 675MHz product overclocks well, Roughly 800 MHz is very normal and with a little voltage tweaking 900 MHz is manageable. I just received a screenshot and PCB photo though of the MSI GeForce GTX 460 HAWK edition.
This product will come with a custom PCB, from the looks of it follows the Military class component selection with the supa-dupa chokes and quality capacitors. The card comes with a single SLI connector thus allowing 2-way SLI and has two 6-pin power connectors to obtain its running juice from.
If you look at the tiny connectors to the right, these are voltage monitor points where you can tap voltage lines like GPU and memory. Though unconfirmed I can already say that the cooler will come with the TwinFrzr II cooler.
notice that this card has eight chips thus is the slightly more difficult to overclock 32 ROPs 1024MB version.
The second screenshot shows that this product is reaching a 1000 MHz core frequency and 2000 MHz shader clock frequency already, that's a pretty gnarly overclock alright. We can't wait to have this product in the lab once it will be released. Latest rumors indicate late August / early September.
Click on the thumbnails to see it all in detail ...
NZXT HALE90 Power Supplies
NZXT intros the HALE90 Power Supply line consisting of wattages including 550W, 650W, 750W, 850W, and 1000W. The lineup was built from the ground up specifically customized for gamers and enthusiasts and offers incredibly efficient operation that will meet the needs of even the most power hungry enthusiasts.
Corsair Hydro H70 officially launched
Mentioned a couple of days ago already, but now officialy released, the Hydro H70 watercooling kit, it's compatible with the latest CPUs from both Intel and AMD.
PR - The Hydro Series H70 CPU cooler is an evolution of the award-winning Hydro Series H50, with several significant upgrades that enable it to deliver even greater cooling performance. These upgrades include a double-thickness (50mm) radiator with higher heat-exchanging capacity and a pump/cold plate unit with increased efficiency. The H70 also features two 120mm speed-switchable cooling fans in a push-pull configuration to provide increased airflow at low noise levels.
"Thanks to the H70, you no longer need a fin array the size of a small shoebox to cool aggressively overclocked CPUs," stated John Beekley, VP of Technical Marketing at Corsair. "The H70 stands toe-to-toe with any CPU cooler on the market, and does it with less noise, easier installation, and support of nearly every ATX-compatible case."
Like the wildly popular H50, the Hydro Series H70 provides the benefits of water cooling in a sealed and pre-filled unit, with no maintenance required. The low profile cold plate is extremely space efficient, and is very low in mass compared to heat pipe based solutions, putting less stress on the system's motherboard. The H70 includes mounting hardware for most common AMD and Intel CPUs, and, unlike some competitive CPU coolers, includes all necessary fans for high performance operation.
The Corsair Hydro Series H70 CPU Cooler is available immediately from Corsair's worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers. It is supplied with a two year warranty, and is backed by Corsair's legendary customer service and technical support.
Prices have not been mentioned, but expect a pricetag of roughly 100 UER.
Cooler Master CM Storm Inferno mouse released
Cooler Master introduces the CM Storm Inferno, a new 4000 dpi twin-laser sensor mouse designed for MMO gamers. The gaming peripheral features a total of 11 buttons, nine of which are programmable, 128kb onboard memory, a Rapid Fire Tactical key and a Storm Tactics Multiplier key that gives access to 32 extra button outputs for macros, scripts and other unique commands. The Cooler Master CM Storm Inferno will start shipping after mid-August for 49.95EUR.
A little bit sooner than expected we are proud to announce the CM Storm Inferno. CM Storm is set to take the gaming world by storm, giving you the edge over the competition. The Inferno, armed with a 4000 DPI twin laser sensor, 128kb of onboard Sentinel-X memory and the brand new Storm Tactics Multiplayer key will evoke your killer instinct.
Accuracy in movement is just as important in an MMO as it is in a FPS game and that
Mafia II: 'A Kick in the Head' Trailer
One of the games this year I'm looking forward to myself very much is Mafia II. 2K Games have released another new promotional video for Mafia, once again with the obligatory big band soundtrack. This time around, it's a classic Dean Martin number: 'Ain't that a Kick in the Head'.
Important to note is that all the animated action in this clip is in-engine and shows off many of the PC version's enhanced PhysX effects, in fact this will be a very PhysX bound title, and thus a good showcase for NVIDIA.
Mafia II is due for release on August 26th for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Fable 3 Cinematic Opening trailer
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 (GF106) die photographed
Over at the Asian tech site Expreview a photo of the actual GeForce GTS 450 chip popped up.
The GF106 GPU certainly has a small die, around 15.2mm and 15.7mm and the chip is marked as GF106-250-KA-A1. According to the site, two other lower-end models will be also based on GF106 , the GTS 445 and GTS 440.
The performance of the GTS 450 is expected to be similar to the GeForce GTX 260, making the card serious competition to AMD's Radeon HD 5770.
512SP GeForce GTX 480 rears its head
One more photo was spotted at expreview, a new GeForce GTX 480 model that features the full 512 shaders processors. The card has the same frequencies on core, shaders and memory as the reference GeForce GTX 480.
As the screenshot shows, the yellow tantalum capacitors cover the PCB , the card uses a 8 phase power design, as well as a 8pin+8pin power adapter; the card carries 12 GDDR5 chips going for 1536MB of memory size teamed over a 384bit memory bus;
The updated model packs dual DVI+mini-HDMI connectors. We think this model moght end up as a GeForce GTX 485.