GTA IV iCEnhancer 1.2.5 BETA
The iCEnhancer mod is one for the graphics enthusiasts. The full engine mod adds several beautiful effects and higher resolution textures to the PC version of GTA IV.
The latest version is 1.2.5 BETA, and if you watch the preview video above you can clearly see how much better this makes the game look. Do ignore the stuttering in the video though, that
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti HAWK review
In this article we'll take the MSI GTX560 Ti HAWK edition for a test spin. In the reference review you guys learned that NVIDIA has nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to the baseline performance of the GTX 560 Ti, the overclocking potential however was also really impressive.
The MSI GTX560 Ti HAWK tested today indeed comes all customized and factory overclocked, armed with some military grade components and a robust build the dark PCB will carry a GPU clocked at 950 MHz and its memory at 4200 MHz, both thus a decent chunk faster than the reference clock products.
Check out the full article here.
Shuttle H3 6700P SFF computer
Shuttle has been around for years and years with some really cool small form factor computers that allow users to save space on their desktop and still use the normal monitor they already have. The latest computer in the SFF series from Shuttle is called the H3 6700P and this machine is aimed at professional users.
The H3 6700P uses the Intel H67 Express Chipset and second-generation Core i7 or i5 processors. The machine supports up to 16GB of RAM and offers HD audio as well. The little board inside the computer has 7.1 channel HD audio and gigabit Ethernet to round out the main features of the computer. The machine supports up to 500GB of storage in drive bay one and has an additional drive bay supporting another 500GB HDD if needed. The machine also has space for a single optical drive.
Graphics for the computer are AMD FirePro or optional NVIDIA GeForce graphics. The SFF rig has eSATA, USB 3.0, mic in, headphone in, and various buttons on the front panel. It has a single PCI x1 v2.0 slot inside along with a PCI-E slot for graphics cards and a mini PCI-E x1 slot for an optional WiFi card. Pricing for the computer is unknown.
Sony PS4 to enter production before year-end?
DigiTimes reports Sony is planning to start production of its PlayStation 4 console at the end of this year. The site reveals little details, except that the console will feature body movement-based control like Microsoft's Kinect technology. The expected launch of Sony's next-gen console is 2012 if the information is correct.
Sony will have Taiwan-based partners begin production of PlayStation 4 (PS4) featuring body movement-based control like Kinect at the end of 2011 for launch in 2012, according to Taiwan-based component makers.
Foxconn and Pegatron Technology, assemblers of PS3, will undertake assembly of PS4 as well, the sources pointed out. The planned shipment volume of PS4 in 2012 is at least 20 million units, the sources indicated.
AMD prepping Brazos-T platform for Windows 8 tablets
AMD is working on Brazos-T, a new platform designed for Windows 8 based tablets. Expected to enter production in Q2 2012, Brazos-T will consist of the Hondo APU and the Hudson M2T chipset.
Hondo will be made on 40nm process technology and will share a lot with today's Desna APU - two x86 Bobcat cores clocked at 1 GHz and Radeon HD 6250 (DirectX 11) graphics, but, according the leaked slides below, it's going to consume less power (2W compared to 4W) and have a lower TDP (4.5W versus 5.9W on the Z-01) than its predecessor. In terms of computing power Hondo doesn't seem to bring anything new but it's obvious power draw will be lower and thus better suited for tablets. The Hudson M2T chip comes with a TDP of about 1W and is also 'power-optimized'.
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Gears of War 3 game leaked onto torrent sites
An unfinished but near full-featured 7.5GB sized version of Gears of War 3 has leaked onto the Internet over the weekend. According to a poster on the website NeoGAF, the leaked build of Gears of War 3 includes the full single-player campaign and all the multiplayer options. The game will only be playable on a modified 'JTAG' version of the Xbox 360. It is also said to be very buggy at the moment. The game isn't due out until September 20 and is considered perhaps the biggest exclusive for the Xbox 360 this year. Naturally, Epic is working hard to try and contain the leak, or at least punish those that are responsible for it, claiming it is working closely with their security teams and law enforcement to address the situation. The company was also quick to assure that the leak does not represent the experience players will have with the real thing.
Update:Epic told GameSpot that the footage released by those with the development build of the game is not from the current game build, and is also not accurate to what the current build offers. Their wording was as follows:
"We have seen the reports of Gears of War 3 content being propped on the web and [we are] working closely with our security teams and law enforcement to address the situation. This content is not from a final build and is not representative of what fans will enjoy when the game launches worldwide on September 20, 2011".
SW:The Old Republic - Bounty Hunter Trailer
MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 5
Today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities. We're happy to see MSI Afterburner is leading the overclock applications. MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 5 is ready,
Changes list includes:
- Improved active monitoring graphs list control in "Monitoring" tab reduces list flickering when hovering mouse cursor over it
- ReadMe file is now provided in RTF format instead of plain text format
- Now beta versions display notification messages informing you that it is about to expire soon in one week or less before the end of trial period
- Added update checking system
- Added RivaTuner-styled command line interface providing direct GPU and I2C device registers access. Logical AND, OR and XOR operations are supported in addition to regular read and write operations. Now MSI Afterburner can be used by vendors for pre-production custom VRM testing and calibration
- Added German localization
- Updated OSD Server:
- Added screencapture and videocapture support for Direct3D10 and Direct3D11 applications using BGR framebuffers (e.g. F.3.A.R.)
- Fixed Crysis 2 DX11 intro movies rendering issue when OSD is being displayed in raster 3D mode
- Updated profiles list
ASUS ProArt Series PA238Q Monitor released
Created to meet the needs of graphic designers and other professionals, the IPS-paneled ASUS PA238Q joins the ProArt Series of displays as a 23
AMD FX Bulldozer CPU Against Intel Core i7-990X
A Czech publication has published the first benchmark scores which compare AMD's upcoming high-performance Bulldozer FX CPUs with Intel's current flagship, the six-core Core i7-990X reports Soft-pedia today.
" The comparative benchmarks are included in a review of the AMD 990FX chipset which was published recently by the PCTuning website.
Both processors included in the test were overclocked to 4GHz and were paired with two Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 graphics cards operating in SLI in order to asses their gaming performance. Judging by results the two systems seem to perform pretty similarly, except for a few cases in which the Intel platform takes the lead. However, this happens in just a few games, namely DiRT 2, H.A.W.X. 2 and Resident Evil 5, and the results are pretty close to one another.
When taking a look at these benchmarks, one also has to keep in mind the fact that the Bulldozer CPU used isn't based on the final silicon version, which means that retail units may feature an important boost in performance.
There is also the question of drivers, as the AMD platform was tested with the Nvidia 275.36 beta version since the GPU maker hasn't released a final SLI-enabled driver for AMD 900-series chipsets.
Unlike AMD's previous designs, Bulldozer will use a new approach that relies on a modular architecture. Each module includes two processing cores, as well as other components, and these can be paired together to form CPUs with up to eight computing cores.
The first chips built on this architecture were expected to arrive in June and targeted the desktop market, but at this year's Computex AMD announced that the first Zambezi FX CPUs won't arrive until August or September of 2011.
The big problem with these tests is that they are VERY graphics card dependant in 2560x1600 with 8xAA etc etc The tests should have been at lower resolutions so you create CPU dependancy to objectively see how powerfull the processor actually is.
But ah well, time will tell.
Nvidia Tegra 4 to Feature Up to 8 Processing Cores
NVIDIA has already finalized some of the specs of the fourth generation Tegra SoC, which will be released under the
ThermalTake Commander MS-I budget chassis
ThermalTake reveals the Commander MS-I, a new budget case for gamers.
Thermaltake, a leading brand in DIY computer chassis, is introducing their entry level mid-tower chassis. This new product comes with added features such as extra-long VGA support and cable-management. Users can wire their computer cables underneath the mainboard for enhanced ventilation; this chassis also holds premium VGA card, such as nVidia GTX590 and AMD Radeon HD6990, with ease. Two USB 2.0 connectors as well as HD audio microphone and earphone jacks are on the front bezel, integrating all major multimedia connectors within your hand
TRENDnet TEW-656BRG 3G mobile wireless N router
TRENDnet announced its TEW-656BRG ultra portable 3G mobile wireless N router is now available, it should retail for around $99.99.
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the availability of the ultra portable 3G Mobile Wireless N Router, model TEW-656BRG, which shares a single Internet connection from a compatible Sprint , AT&T , Verizon, or other USB 3G / 3.75G modem, with multiple users.
The TEW-656BRG is one of the lightest and smallest 3G routers available; so small that it can slip into any laptop bag unnoticed. It has no battery, and can be powered directly from a laptop's USB port, eliminating the often frustrating search for an electrical outlet while on the go (it also comes with an electrical adapter). The device also features a built in hanging hook, allowing users to neatly hang the TEW-656BRG on the back of a laptop screen while working.
Designed for people on the go, this compact router connects to the Internet from any 3G / 3.75G cellular phone signal. No installation is required when the modem is auto-recognized; simply plug the 3G / 3.75G modem into the router to share an Internet connection with multiple users.
Now users can share a single 3G Internet connection while in between flights at the airport, at a job site, car pooling to work, or even on vacation with the family. Consumers need only an active Internet plan with their respective third party 3G / 3.75G Internet service provider. Connecting to the router is easy with Wi-Fi Protected Setup or WPS, which connects computers to the router at the touch of a button. The latest in wireless encryption protects your valuable data and it comes with a handy carrying case.
The 3G Mobile Wireless N Router, model TEW-656BRG, is currently shipping to online and retail partners.
Batman: Arkham City - Gameplay Video
Deus Ex: Human Revolution - 2027 World Trailer
U.S. Navy Bought 59000 Fake Chinese Microchips
If left undiscovered the result could have rendered useless U.S. missiles and killed the signal from aircraft that tells everyone whether it's friend or foe. Apparently foreign chip makers are often better at making cheap microchips and U.S. defense contractors are loathe to pass up the better deal.
The problem remains with these "trojan-horse" circuits that can be built into the chip and are almost impossible to detect -- especially without the original plans to compare them to. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) is now looking for ways to check the chips to make sure they haven't been hacked in the production process.
Intel to discontinue X25-E SSDs
Over at VR Zone they report that Intel is discontinuing its X25-E solid state disks to make way for the new 710 series.
Intel has informed their customers that their good old X25-E SSDs will be discontinued from 11th of July 2011 citing reasons such as short supply of 50nm SLC NAND flash and even greater demand for them. Of course, the main reason is that the X25-E has to make way for the arrival of Intel 710 series (Lyndonville, 25nm MLC HEDT) in mid August.
MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) PCI Express 3.0
We've showed it at Computex already but MSI announced the Z68A-GD80 (G3), claiming it's world's first motherboard with PCI Express 3.0. This marketing claim is false though, ASRock introduced its PCI Express 3.0 motherboard a couple of days earlier, but it remains to be seen which of the two will hit retail stores first. One thing is for sure though, the MSI mainboard is definitely the first motherboard with three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots because the ASRock model offers just two. Availability is slated for later this month.
Three PCI-Express x16 slots (PCIe x16 3.0 deliver a bandwidth of 32GB/s) for SLI or CrossFireX setups (Virtu technology is also supported for some on-the-fly graphics switching), Military Class II components (Hi-c CAP, Super Ferrite Choke and Solid caps), four DDR3- memory slots, and ten SATA ports (probably four SATA 6.0 Gbps and four 3.0 Gbps).
MSI's PCIe Gen 3-enables solution also boasts the OC Genie II overclocking function, voltage read points, dual Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 channel audio, DVI and HDMI outputs (apparently), two USB 3.0 ports on the backplate (plus two via a header), and also FireWire and eSATA connectivity.