Stop Being Embarassed and Just Play
Damnlag has posted a column that really reflects my inner feelings of having to struggle with people not understanding my desire to just play games, the author describes how putting the opinions of others in front of your own feelings of just wanting to play can really limit our capacity to enjoy games for what they are, a fun experience! This short article does really get some points straight as to how we as people tend to not do what we just want because of what other people is thinking about what we should do!
This column reminded me about a chat with some guy last week when he saw my lab and told me: "awesome material!" and when their eyes were fascinated at my machines I asked "do you play?" and he told me "ohh no... I'm too old for that thing" (of course, with his wife at his side).
Nice reading and some things to ponder about all this subject of prejudice against enjoyment, I am myself 35 years old and I enjoy playing even if people I know think I'm immature.
Athlon II C3 Stepping Emerges
The new Athlon II with C3 stepping is coming...
Athlon II X2 family will be updated with three new dual-Core CPUs - ADX245OCK23GM, ADX250OCK23GM and ADX255OCK23GM, that correspond to models 245, 250 and 255 respectively
Three new triple-core processors will be Athlon II X3 405e AD405EHDK32GM, 435 ADX435WFK32GM and 440 ADX440WFK32GM.
In Athlon II X4 family there will be a new version of low-power 605e CPU (part number AD605EHDK42GM), and new standard-power versions of 630 and 635 models (parts ADX630WFK42GM and ADX635WFK42GM
You can read all about it here.
Adobe Flash 10.1 Release Candidate
Adobe Flash 10.1 with Hardware Acceleration for HD Videos is almost finished, Adobe has just launched it's Release Candidate
for Windows, Macintosh and Linux Platforms.
Flash 10.1 includes not only Acceleration for H264 Videos but also support for AMD's UVD2 and NVIDIA's VP2 Engine to offload processing to the GPU.
Firefox to get Direct2D Acceleration
Is not really surprising that now Firefox jumps on the bandwagon of the Direct2D acceleration that will offload processing to the GPU.
Last month IE9 was announced with Direct2D/3D acceleration. It seems that, Web Browsing will be forever changed once GPU is incorporated into the task and Firefox does not want to be left behind.
Mozilla is not the only one focused on getting better hardware acceleration, Chrome developers have already begun working on a project ANGLE, to create a Direct3D-based implementation of WebGL, an upcoming web 3D graphics standard to be used with HTML5. The WebGL technology is already proving impressive, helping Googlers run a Quake 2 port inside a browser.
You can read more about Firefox Goals here.
Corsair to offer 16GB and 24GB Memory Kits
High-performance 24GB Dominator kit for Core i5/i7 systems. 1600MHz, 9-9-9-24, 1.65v
- Maximize your system memory capacity for the maximum performance
- Guaranteed to work on all dual-channel Core i5/i7 platforms
- Matching Intel Blue Heat Sinks with patented DHX technology
The 4GB memory modules are tested at 1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 latency and Dominator Airflow Fan with 60mm fans. The introduction of these new kits expands Corsair
AMD Phenom II X6 retail processors spotted
Nono not a photo this time. But it seems that some retailers / e-tailers already have received the all new six-core AMD Phenom II X6 processors, ready for distribution. Guru3D's own FULMTL who works at a hardware store posted this:
" Just got some in and the price is frickin amazing. I forgot the model number but its 2.8Ghz, 9MB cache, 6 core Phenom for $204. No word on the release date, but Fry's has them. **model number is 1055T. And then he updates with :In short the 1055T is roughly a i7 920/930 for $200. "
Upcoming AMD Phenom II X6 processors:
- Phenom II X6 1090T: 3.2GHz / 3.6GHz / 125w
- Phenom II X6 1075T: 3.0GHz / 3.5GHz / 125w
- Phenom II X6 1055T: 2.8GHz / 3.3GHz / 125w, 95w
- Phenom II X6 1035T: 2.6GHz / 3.1GHz / 95w
What FullMTL also added was that the processor box is colored purple, meaning regular stock and thus a non Black Edition version (no unlocked multiplier). The AMD Phenom II X6 1055T was already hinted as regular 6-core processor, based on the new Thuban architecture. It adopts a 45nm process and socket AM3 packaging, while featuring six 512KB L2 cache, 6MB L3 cache, and a core frequency of 2.8GHz.
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NVIDIA's Tegra 2 Tablets Delayed
More delays for NVIDIA ? Alleged issues with the Tegra 2 mobile platform may delay the launch of tablets under development at Compal, ICD and Notion Ink. Reports have emerged suggesting that a combination of hardware and software technical problems might have this very result.
SlashGear reports that, according to what they call a trusted source, the Tegra 2 mobile chipset isn't coming along as quickly as intended. The chipset is based on the ARM architecture and is supposedly poised to become one, if not the next big player on the market of mobile electronics.
Already, there is a noticeable number of companies that have adopted the technology, such as Compal, which was supposed to be the first supplier of Tegra slates. It will reportedly delay the launch until the middle of September. Also, ICD's two tablets, namely the 15-inch Vega and the 7-inch Ultra, aren't expected to arrive before October 2010.
End-users that are up to date with developments surrounding these tablets will know that these models were supposed to come out in June through the third quarter. These month-long delays seem to suggest that the problems are quite serious. The actual issue, according to SlashGear's source, is
ATI Radeon HD 5800 might drop in price
More and more rumours pop up on the web that ATI might be lowering it's prices on the Radeon HD 5800 series. Though NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 400 launch was shaky to say at the best ATI still faces the issue that a lot of people are going to buy it anyway. ATI seems to be willing to lower it's prices, but is looking sharp at NVIDIA in terms of how many cards they actually have available.
ATI's prices have been too high. The Radeon HD 5870 was in fact launched at 399 USD, but quickly rose (artificially) to 470 USE because there was no competition. Currently you can purchase a Radeon HD 5870 for $414.99 (cheapest one we found). The more common price is $439.99.
AIBs will be the ones lowering their prices .. we don't expect it will be dropped a lot though.
Duke Nukem Forever gameplay footage leaked
George Broussard, the president of 3D Realms, has set up his Formspring account to let fans grill him on any number of topics. There are also a number of questions concerning the Duke Nukem franchise although when ask if we will ever get to see Duke Nukem Forever, Broussard states, 'Magic 8-Ball says: Concentrate and ask again.' He also addresses this trailer, saying: 'That second trailer is not official and is a low quality fan made trailer created out of some leaked footage a 'fan' grabbed from a level designer portfolio site. They music and voice was all added by the video creator'
Apple iPad jailbreak after one hour
That was quick. Only hours on sale, and already Apple
Blu-ray BDXL format coming -- 128GB
The Blu-ray Disc Association has announced the new BDXL format, which will provide customers with discs with a capacity of up to 128GB (write-once) or 100GB (rewriteable). The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced two new media specifications that use Blu-ray Disc technology to provide targeted functionality for commercial and consumer applications. The specifications for BDXL
Galaxy's custom GeForce GTX 470 gets pictured
Though I am not sure what is supposed to be custom about it besides the sticker, Expreview is showing a couple of photos of Galaxy's upcoming GeForce GTX 480 and a custom-design GeForce GTX 470:
Arctic Sound E352 review
Arctic Sound E352 in-ear buds tested
Hey ya'll, we hope everybody is enjoying a really nice Easter. To kill off some time we are posting a light read today. We test the Arctic Cooling Arctic Sound E352 Earbuds.
The E352 in-ear buds tested today are advertised to offer sound quality, noise isolation and bass advantages over other offerings from the competition. As such they promise a higher quality than what is provided by your typical pair of earbuds. Let's have a look at the product and lend it an ear or two.
Read the Guru3D review right here.
700,000 iPads bought on day one
Apple did not provide details of opening-day sales. But Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who had predicted as many as 300,000 iPads would be sold this weekend, dramatically revised his numbers upward Saturday to between 600,000 and 700,000 units purchased just on the first day.
That contrasts with 270,000 iPhones sold during its initial launch. Apple plans to offer six variants of the iPad, starting with the three Wi-Fi models available now: a 16GB model ($499), a 32GB model ($599), and 64GB model ($699). In late April, Apple will ship three additional models that tack on 3G capability, for an extra $130 each. The 3G models will also have a GPS chip inside.
Transcend aXeRam DDR3-2000 Memory Kit
Transcend announced that its aXeRam DDR3-2000 memory kits have been officially certified under the Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) validation program. Fully compatible with Intel Core i7 processors, the XMP-certified DDR3 kits are designed to operate at a blazing-fast clock frequency of 2000 MHz with an exceptionally low voltage of just 1.6V.
Intel XMP is a performance-packed expansion of the standard DDR3 memory specification. Featuring memory bandwidth up to an incredible 32GB/s, Transcend`s aXeRam DDR3-2000 dual-channel memory kit is rated at 2000MHz with timings of 9-9-9-24, allowing performance enthusiasts and gamers to take their Intel Core i7 platform to the next level of memory overclocking performance. The aXeRam DDR3-2000 memory modules have been certified for use on Intel P55-based motherboards, including Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3, MSI P55-GD80 and Asus P7P55D Deluxe.
To ensure extra stability and signal integrity at high clock speeds, all aXeRam modules are comprised of 128Mx8 high-quality DDR3 FBGA chips and use robust eight-layer PCBs that fully comply with rigorous JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) standards. With premium DRAM chips and high thermal efficiency aluminum heat sinks, the aXeRam DDR3 memory modules deliver amazing overclocking performance while maintaining cool temperatures. The certification report is posted here.
Thermaltake Launch Low-Profile CPU Cooler
Thermaltake launch their low profile CPU especially targeting Home Theater PC users, the Thermaltake SlimX3. Since for Home Theater PCs usually small and mini size cases are used, the CPU cooler performance is of utmost importance, it has to come with a very small footprint in order to fit into the case, but at the same time offer sufficient cooling capacity in a silent environment.
The SlimX3 adopts two
NEC unveils new green AS231WM PC display
NEC has been tossing more and more LCDs for computer users onto the market packed with green features to save power. The latest such offering from NEC is called the AccuSync AS231WM (PDF). The display has the EPEAT Silver Rating, Energy Star 5.0, and TCO 5.0 compliance marking its energy sipping ways.
The screen is 23-inches and has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080. It uses a 16:9 aspect ratio and has a contrast ratio of 1000:1 with a brightness rating of 250 cd/m2. When in power saving mode and power off mode the screen only needs 0.4W of power.
Connectivity includes VGA and DVI-D with HDCP. The screen has a tilting stand and touch-integration capabilities. NEC also equips the screen with downward firing multimedia speakers and a headphone jack. The AS231WM will ship in May for $269.