PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 Vortex II more Details
PowerColor is servingn new pictures of its Radeon HD 7970 Vortex II Edition graphics card. Besides providing photos, PowerColor has also confirmed that this new Tahiti-powered card will have its GPU set to 1100 MHz (up from the stock 925 MHz) and the 3 GB of on-board GDDR5 memory clocked at 5700 MHz (5500 MHz stock).
In addition to higher clocks, the HD7970 Vortex II features a dual-slot cooler with two fans (allowing for a little airflow adjustment) and three heatpipes, a backplate to speed up heat dissipation, 2048 Stream Processors, a 384-bit memory interface, a PCI Express 3.0 x16 bus interface, CrossFireX and Eyefinity support, and five display outputs (DVI x 2, HDMI x 1, mini DisplayPort x 2). The HD7970 Vortex II Edition is expected to become available next month. Its price tag is still unknown.
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Superclocked
EVGA announces immediate availability of the EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Superclocked. This card improves upon the standard GeForce GTX 680 with a new boost clock of 1113MHz, and a base clock of 1058MHz. The memory has further been tuned with a stock frequency of 6208MHz.
The GeForce GTX 680 SC also packs 1536 CUDA Cores, a 256-bit memory interface, 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, a PCI-Express 3.0 bus interface, 3D Vision Surround and SLI support, and dual-DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs.
The standard GTX 680 SuperClocked costs $519.99 while its backplate-equipped sibling goes for $529.99. Both should become available very soon.
Also available is the EVGA GTX 680 Superclocked+, this version includes the enhanced performance offered on the Superclocked card, plus a custom EVGA backplate.
Arctic Accelero Xtreme III VGA cooler released
Arctic Cooling presents the Accelero Xtreme III, a new high-end VGA cooler with five 6mm heatpipes, 84 aluminium fins and three ultra-quiet 92mm PWM fans. Capable of dissipating up to 300W, this new cooling solution promises to keep a GeForce GTX 680 at 47.6
NZXT Phantom 410 mid-tower
NZXT presents new Phantom 410 color configurations; Black/Orange, White/Blue, Black/White, and Gunmetal. The first three color options will cost 99.90EUR while the Gunmetal edition costs 109.90EUR. They will ship within just over four weeks.
The original NZXT Phantom has been a huge success, spawning multiple versions in many different colours. NZXT is now doing the same with the Phantom 410, extending the range with new variants in four different colour combinations. Gamers may now choose from black/white, black/orange, white/blue or the special gunmetal edition. The case features the same stylish and modern looks as its bigger brother, but at a much smaller overall size. Thus, the chassis is intended for an ATX mainboard while adding a windowed side panel to the mix.
NZXT revolutionized the case industry with the Phantom Big-Tower, which offered a daring new look - noticeably different to anything else on the market. With the unique design and a long list of features, the Phantom Big-Tower quickly became one of the most popular cases for those looking for a stylish and modern chassis. With the Phantom 410, NZXT now offers the same beautiful design in a smaller form factor in new, incredible colours.
The obvious difference between the Phantom 410 and the original Phantom Big-Tower is the size, as it is intended for ATX, mATX and Mini-ITX motherboards. With a width of 21.5 cm, a height of 52 cm and a depth of 53.2 cm, the Phantom 410 is not only a bit smaller but also a full 9 cm shorter than the larger Phantom.
Hidden behind the door of the Phantom 410 are three 5.25 inch slots. In comparison, the Phantom offers 5 such bays. Nonetheless, most users will find that the Phantom 410 still offers more than enough bays. On top of that the 410 variant houses six screw-less internal 3.5 inch bays providing you with the ability to install 2.5 inch SSDs in each.
Each drive rests on separate trays which are to be pulled out from the motherboard side of the chassis. With the connectors facing away from the windowed side, the interior has a clean look. The upper hard drive cage, consisting of four bays, may be pulled out, allowing for graphic cards of up to 40 cm length to be installed. With this bay inside the chassis, there is still enough space for units with up to 30.5 cm.
A unique factor of the Phantom 410 is the ability to install a 120 mm fan on the side of the hard drive cage in the interior of the chassis. This does not only improve the air flow across the installed storage devices, but also moves much needed cool air across the graphic cards and motherboard. The fan may be tilted up to 20
Assassin's Creed 3 - Connor Video
Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution in the late 18th century, Assassin's Creed III introduces a new hero, Ratohnhak�:ton, of Native American and English heritage. Adopting the name Connor, he becomes the new voice for justice in the ancient war between the Assassins and Templars. Players become an Assassin in the war for liberty against ruthless tyranny in the most stylized and fluid combat experiences in the franchise to date. Assassin's Creed III spans the Revolutionary War, taking gamers from the vibrant, untamed frontier to bustling colonial towns and the intense, chaotic battlefields where George Washington's Continental Army clashed with the imposing British Army.If you are a gaming fanatic then you will undoubtedly pick up the special edition of gaming titles that you are most excited about. So here's a tough decision for you! Ubisoft has announced that there will be more than one special edition for their next iteration of the Assassins Creed franchise. The details of the collectors edition are as follows:
Elemental: Fallen Enchantress Trailer
The trailer gives players a look at what dangers the land of Elemental hides. Who are the channelers? Where have the mighty sovereigns disappeared to? What has woken the cataclysm?
Age of Empires Online - Overview Trailer
MSI Radeon 7970 Lightning Quicky preview
Due to some shipping issues our sample of the MSI Radeon HD 7970 Lightning had been delayed. The card finally arrived though and I wanted to share some photo's with you beforehand. It is a gorgeous card to see and use alright.
The Tahiti-based R7970 Lightning graphics card uses a big PCB, 17-phase digital power, a Twin Frozr IV dual-fan heatsink, and something new called a GPU Reactor. We'll explain that in our full review of course.
The Reactor Core in short is an add-on that has several tantalum capacitors. Next to the capacitors, there are blue LEDs and a round window that seems to lit up. It should help with overclocking. The card is clocked at a default to 1,070mhz on the core for you.
Anyhow, here are some photo's, click the thumbnail. A full and deep review will follow shortly.
Lian Li PC-Q12 and PC-Q18
Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, the award-winning aluminum computer chassis manufacturer, today announces two new additions to the Q Series - PC-Q12 and PC-Q18. With the release of these two compact chassis, Lian Li gives even more options to PC builders who need elegant-looking space-saving cases with high data storage capabilities.
Designed to be central data center for the numerous hi-tech devices such as smart phones and tablets of the modern mobile consumer, the PC-Q12 and PC-Q18 both support mini-ITX motherboards. Not only do these cases have a compact design, but they also have the features that are to be expected from Lian Li, including: elegant brushed anodized aluminum frames, easy-to-remove snap-off panels, and USB 3.0 connectivity on the front panel.
PC-Q12 - Slim Data Storage Chassis for the Modern Minimalist
Able to be placed horizontally or vertically, the PC-Q12 packs in a lot of storage capabilities with four 2.5" HDD drive bays considering its ultra small dimensions of (W x H x D) 88 mm x 365 mm x 208 mm (3.46" x 14.37" x 8.19").
Designed to be a chassis for home server usage and light computing, the PC-Q12 does not support VGA cards or internal optical drives in order to keep its small footprint while still having vast storage potential. For users who want their system to be able to read CD/DVDs, an optional slim optical drive can be clipped to the back on the chassis.
A 300 W power supply with 80-Plus efficiency is included with the PC-Q12, and an 80 mm fan on the top panel blows cool air directly over the motherboard.
The PC-Q12 will be available in two colors (Black or Silver) in selected countries and various vendors for the suggested retail price of $159.
PC-Q18 - Small Footprint with Massive Storage
A slimmer upgrade of the PC-Q08, the PC-Q18 with four hotswappable 3.5" HDD bays and a bottom tray capable of holding two 3.5" HDDs or three 2.5" HDDs/SSDs allows you to store a vast amount of information from all your mobile devices.
This compact chassis with dimensions of (W x H x D) 199 mm x 290 mm x 365 mm (7.83" x 11.42" x 14.37") supports a full load of hardware. There is space for a 5.25" optical drive at the top front of the chassis. The PC-Q18 can hold VGA cards with a length of 340 mm (13.39"), and a CPU cooler up to 160 mm (6.30") in height. Furthermore, current and future expandability is ensured thanks to the two expansion slots.
Two 140 mm fans offer exceptional cooling for such a small case. The front 140 mm fan blows air directly on the HDD bays, while the top 140 mm fan blows out excess heat.
The PC-Q18 will be available in two colors (Black or Silver) in selected countries and various vendors for the suggested retail price of $159.
Product Highlights of PC-Q12
- Horizontal or vertical placement
- Ultra compact footprint
- Supports mini-ITX motherboards
- 300 W 80-Plus power supply included
- Four 2.5" HDD bays
- Two USB 3.0 ports on the front panel
- Slim optical drive option
- MSRP: $159 (VAT not included)
- Available in the United States and Canada by various vendors at the end of April.
Product Highlights of PC-Q18
- Compact cube-like design
- Supports mini-ITX motherboards
- Four 3.5" HDD (Hotswap)
- Two 3.5" or three 2.5" on bottom tray
- 5.25" optical drive bay
- Two 140 mm fans
- Two USB 3.0 ports on the front panel
- MSRP: $159 (VAT not included)
- Available in the United States and Canada by various vendors at the end of April.
Logitech UE Air Speaker released
Logitech introduced the Logitech UE Air Speaker with Apple's AirPlay. Now you can stream uncompressed music from iTunes or an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch connected to your home's Wi-Fi network to a Logitech UE speaker that delivers high-quality audio with a big sound stage boosted by dual tweeters and woofers.
"There's a new breed of music fans whose iPad and iPhone devices are at the center of their listening activities," said Rory Dooley, senior vice president of music at Logitech. "We created the Logitech UE Air Speaker to give those people a great audio experience that combines effortless streaming with fantastic sound. With its stylish, modern design, easy setup and excellent sound, the Logitech UE Air Speaker looks and sounds phenomenal in any room in the house."
With Logitech UE, it's about delivering pure, undiluted music wherever you want to listen. Combining Logitech's experience in home audio with the Ultimate Ears heritage of delivering great quality sound directly into music lovers' ears, the new Logitech UE Air Speaker offers superior functionality in a stylish design. The Logitech UE Air Speaker's subtle curves and handsome piano-black finish look great in any room, while its custom-tuned acoustics deliver a big soundstage with impressively detailed stereo sound.
Setup is easy: just dock your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, follow the on-screen instructions to download the Logitech UE Air app, enter your Wi-Fi network password and you're ready to go. After that one time setup process, any iPhone 4s, iPhone4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (2nd, 3rd or 4th generation), iPad, iPad 2, or iPad (3rd generation) with iOS 4.2 or later, or any Mac or PC on your network with iTunes 10.1 or later is instantly connected. Plus with the Apple Dock Connector, you can charge your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch while you play music.
The Logitech UE Air Speaker has been named an International CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree in the Wireless Handset Accessories product category.
Rovio Acquires Futuremark Games Studio
Futuremark Games Studio has been acquired by rapidly expanding Finnish developer Rovio Entertainment, creator of Angry Birds. The Shattered Horizon, Hungribles and Unstoppable Gorg IPs will remain with Futuremark.
At Futuremark they will renew their focus on creating great benchmarks and performance measurement software for gamers, home users, small businesses and the IT industry. This year will see a new version of 3DMark that, for the first time, will allow a direct comparison of gaming performance across operating systems and form factors, as well as a new version of PCMark for Windows 8.
Futuremark Game Studio I would like to thank everyone who played one of our games and those of you in the press who helped bring our games to a wider audience. I am proud of the games we released and delighted that the potential of our talented games team has been recognised by our friends at Rovio. I am sure they will go on to make great games together.
Edimax 802.11ac Router, USB Dongle
Edimax is generally known as a company that is offering budget routers with fairly antiquated UI's, but the company is working on new 802.11ac hardware that is looking like a big step up from its current hardware. Edimax has teamed up with Broadcom for the hardware and its initial products will feature simultaneous dual band support.
So far no model names have been decided upon, but we're looking at some pretty serious hardware here. The router processor is a 600MHz Intensi-fi chip from Broadcom based on MIPS32 architecture and it sports Gigabit Ethernet support, has dual PCI Express interfaces, a built in USB 2.0 host controller and DDR2 memory support. The 2.4GHz 802.11n module appears to be the BCM4331 which supports speeds of up to 450MHz as per the little sign next to the router. The only downside here is that the 802.11n module gets stuck with PCB antennas which isn't fantastic, but an acceptable trade-off on a product like this.
On the 802.11ac side of things we presume that we're looking the BCM4360 which is a three stream 802.11ac chip rated at speeds of up to 1.3Gbps, although Edimax sign states 1.35Gbps. The BCM4360 uses 80MHz wide channels and 256-QAM modulation as well as beamforming on both the transmit and receive end to manage these kind of speeds. It has a PCI Express interface and if you look at the PCB you'll see that the 802.11ac module is connected to the main PCB via a mini PCI Express slot.
The router doesn't appear to be a final product though and we're solely basing this on the fact that there are empty spaces for what appears to be a second mini PCI Express card, USB ports and various other components. Hopefully Edimax will at least go with a similar design for the final product.
ARM-based Xbox lite coming in 2013
Microsoft had intended to unveil its next-generation Xbox console during the annual E3 conference this year according to a BGR source, but it now looks as though that won
Zalman Radeon HD 7950 Graphics Card
Zalman is prepping a Radeon HD 7950 graphics card (model: ZALMAN HD7950-Z) with their VF3000 VGA cooler. The VF3000 is a large aluminum fin heatsink to which heat is fed by copper heat pipes, ventilated by two large red LED-lit fans.
The cooler occupies three expansion slots, and is said to offer temperatures as low as 20
Intel Valley View 22nm Atom chip in 2013
A newly leaked core logic roadmap from Intel confirms that the 22nm "Valley View" Atom chip will arrive in 2013. The slides suggest Valley View will offer a Turbo Mode, which will be different from Ivy Bridge and Haswell, and support for up to four cores, 8GB DDR3 and USB 3.0.
VWV is part of a platform named Balboa Pier, which the slides indicate is a direct successor to CedarView, one of Intel's current mobile platforms. The chip will apparently ditch the third party PowerVR graphics from Imagination Technologies plc (LON:IMG) and instead use Intel's own in-house integrated GPU, found in Ivy Bridge. The Ivy Bridge GPU is estimated to be 20 to 50 percent faster than the GPU in Sandy Bridge, which in turn is more powerful than the old PowerVR chip.
In other words, this will be a big bump graphics-wise -- a clear effort to keep up with Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.'s (AMD) graphics-centric approach to systems-on-a-chip. Overall graphics perfromance is expected to see a 4x bump. Intel engineer Jesse Barnes explains to a public mailing list (whoops!), "ValleyView is a CedarView-like chip but with an Ivybridge graphics core."
NASA - Aurorae from Space
Lately, the International Space Station has been flying through geomagnetic storms, giving astronauts an close-up view of the aurora borealis just outside their windows. These videos were taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station:
Kinect Star Wars Launch Trailer
XBMC Media Center 11 Download
XBMC is a software media player and entertainment hub for digital media. While XBMC functions very well as a standard media player application for your computer, it has been designed to be the perfect companion for your HTPC. Supporting an almost endless range of remote controls, and combined with its beautiful interface and powerful skinning engine, XBMC feels very natural to use from the couch and is the ideal solution for your home theater.Currently XBMC can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around. It was designed for network playback, so you can stream your multimedia from anywhere in the house or directly from the internet using practically any protocol available.
Addons Framework, API, and Manager
- Added ability for all addons to provide their own web interface (and handling of multiple web interfaces)
- Added support for addons to save their setting values to their own settings.xml file before quitting
- Added support for multi-file selections in the (python) file browser dialog
- Extended Addons API to support adding extension points for Service Addons (xbmc.service)
- Added support for Addon Rollbacks, enabling users to choose previously installed addons over more recent revisions
- Added the ability to search Addons in the Addons-Manager
- Improve XBMC's GUI Engine / Skinning Framework making it even more flexible and powerful
- Added option for auto login of a specific selected user profile (good for kiosk mode)
- Added commands for xbmc.Player().getAvailableAudioStreams() and xbmc.Player().setAudioStream()
- Added support to identify DTS-HD (DTS-HD MA and DTS-HD HRA) profiles in audio stream list
- Add ability for skinners to show buffering progress for streamed/cached files (similar to YouTube)
- Improved mouse support, add better control for dragging of seek / slide / scroll bars, and click handling
- Improve touch interface API and gesture support for XBMC's GUI Engine for all platforms
- Added Dirty Region support to reduce CPU usage
- Added a custom JPEG decoder, at least 2x faster than the previous implementation (cximage)
- Added UDF 2.5 filesystem reading support to XBMC's VFS (Virtual File System)
- Added support for direct playback of ISO image files for Blu-ray Disc as well as video library integration
- Added an option for vertical shift of video image with slider setting
- Added support for color and font styles tag in MPL2 (MicroDVD) subtitles
- Added support for SSA/ASS subtitle tags; italics, bold, and color for SubRip (.srt) subtitles
- Added support for MP4 embedded subtitles
- Added support delay tag in vobsub subtitles
- Gave external subtitles preference over internal subtitles
- Added support for a new extended version of MPlayer's EDL (Edit Decision List) format
- Added PlayerControl built in function to allow jumping to a percentage offset from a key mapping
- Added support for Slingbox
- Upgrade FFmpeg (libavformat and libavcodec) audio/video codec and demux library
- Improved Blu-ray Disc and harddrive playback support of unencrypted bdmv and mpls files without menus
- Removed subtitle caching (as it was only needed on Xbox because of the severe memory restrictions)
- Removed all dependencies of libmms libraries from XBMC's code in favour of FFmpeg native MMS support
- Remove all dependencies of liba52, libdts, and faac libraries from XBMC's code in favour of FFmpeg native
- Added support for NFS virtual file server (vfs) (all platforms)
- Added support for AFP (vfs) (all platforms aside from Windows)
- Added Airplay support for Videos/Pictures (all platforms)
- Added Airplay support for Music (all platforms aside from Windows)
- Added Audio/L16 support for better DLNA UPnP client compliance
- Improved UPnP Renderer
- Added a slider for volume amplification and dynamic range compression during video playback
- Added an option to pause video playback during refreshrate changes
- Extended PathSubstitution from playlists to all files for users of shared MySQL Databases
- Added the ability to adjust the display's refresh rate to match the video's frame rate in OSX (Feature already available in Windows and Linux)
- Improvements made to the adjust refresh rate feature to pick the "best" rate, rather than the closest multiple
- Added DXVA Deinterlacing support
- Combined Files and Library mode for videos
- Add asynchronous threaded background loading of metadata to XBMC's VFS (Virtual File System)
- Added support for cleaning the music library via CleanLibrary(music) command
- Added a "Play from here" context menu button for TV Shows Episodes in the video library
- Added the option to specify the default select (Play, Resume, Show information, Choose) action on videos
- Changed "Set Content" to "Edit Content Settings" after being set
- Added disc stub support for cataloging DVDs, BluRays, etc.
- Added support for scraping Movie Collections, along with the ability to toggle collections on and off
- Improve TheMovieDB.org movie scraper by adding themoviedb.org posters scraping
- Added movie set scraping'
- Improve TheTVDB.com (Multi-Lingual) TV Shows and Episode scraper
- Improve Freebase (English) music scraper
- Confluence: Home screen switched to horizontal layout
- Confluence: Greatly simplified the way FanArt works throughout the skin and the settings for it
- Confluence: Added ability for users to easily add / remove Add-ons as items on the home screen menu
- Confluence: Added codec flagging images for DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
- Added ability to handle and allow access to multiple web interfaces at once
- Added option setting to play videos within picture slideshows
- Added dimming setting to the built-in picture slideshow screensaver
- Added support for sorting depending on current locale
- Added advancedsettings.xml option to disable the display of startup splash image (enabled by default)
- Added support for batch requests to the JSON-RPC API
- Added support for requests by notification to the JSON-RPC API
- Make JSON-RPC API compliant with JSON-RPC 2.0 specification ( details)
- Cleanup and improve JSON-RPC API
- Added advancedsettings.xml option to configure the TCP port used by JSON-RPC (default is 9090)
- Improve the features of the default web interface
- Removed Weather from XBMC core and switched to Weather Underground as the default weather provider addon
- Added weather lookup by IP
- Added support for NV12, UVYV, UYVY, and YUV2 rendering (software and ps)
- Added dynamic runtime detection of CPU features (MMX, SSE, 3DNow, etc.) implementation for Windows
- Added DXVA video rendering option
- Improve XBMC's build system to make compiling XBMC much
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