Review: MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X PLUS (11 Gbps GDDR5X )
We review the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X PLUS. An all custom, tweaked and cooled better product. Lets check out the new 8 GB model from MSI, with that PLUS for dandy 11000 MHz GDDR5X graphics memory.
Read the full review here.
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Beta Update
Crysis 3 Officially Announced
Electronic Arts and Crytek have officially announced Crysis 3:
The hunted becomes the hunter! Electronic Arts Inc. and award-winning developer Crytek GmbH, today announced Crysis 3, the premier sandbox shooter experience of 2013. Powered by Crytek's proprietary CryENGINE, Crysis 3 advances the state of the art with unparalleled visuals and dynamic shooter gameplay. Players take on the role of 'Prophet' as he returns to New York, only to discover that the city has been encased in a Nanodome created by the corrupt Cell Corporation. The New York City Liberty Dome is a veritable urban rainforest teeming with overgrown trees, dense swamplands and raging rivers. Within the Liberty Dome, seven distinct and treacherous environments become known as the Seven Wonders. This dangerous new world demands advanced weapons and tactics. Prophet will utilize a lethal composite bow, an enhanced Nanosuit and devastating alien tech to become the deadliest hunter on the planet.
"Crysis 3 is a thrilling mix of sandbox gameplay, advanced combat and hi-tech human and alien weaponry that shooter fans will love," said Cevat Yerli, Chief Executive Officer of Crytek. "Leveraging the latest CryENGINE technology, we're able to deliver seven unique themes that offer stunning and visually loaded gameplay experiences. We cannot wait until people get their hands on the game."
Set in 2047, Prophet is on a revenge mission after uncovering the truth behind Cell Corporation's motives for building the quarantined Nanodomes. The citizens were told that the giant citywide structures were resurrected to protect the population and to cleanse these metropolises of the remnants of Ceph forces. In reality, the Nanodomes are CELL's covert attempt at a land and technology grab in their quest for global domination. With Alien Ceph lurking around every corner and human enemies on the attack, nobody is safe in the path of vengeance. Everyone is a target in Prophet's quest for retribution.
Crytek also announced that players who are ready to start the hunt can pre-order the Crysis 3 Hunter Edition today. The Crysis 3 Hunter Edition gives players the tools to become the ultimate hunter in multiplayer with early access to the new signature bow and its attachments, plus the Hunter Nanosuit module which adds additional power and functionality to the super-suit. Gamers who pre-order now will also have a head start when playing online with a bonus XP boost up to level 5, a unique bow skin and three exclusive dog tags to hunt in style. The Crysis 3 Hunter Edition is available on Origin.com and other participating retailers for $59.99.
Patriot Memory Extreme Performance EP Flash
Patriot Memory announces the launch of their Extreme Performance SDHC/SDXC UHS-I flash storage. Featuring ultra-fast transfer rates and expanded storage capacities, the Patriot Memory EP Series SDHC/SDXC cards are perfect for stunning high resolution digital photography and increased high definition video recording times.
Designed to provide twice the transfer speeds of previous Class 10 solutions, when used with UHS-I compatible devices, the Patriot Memory EP Series SDHC/SDXC cards deliver the performance necessary for capturing and broadcasting in true real-time. With capacities of up to 128GB, these EP Series SDHC/SDXC cards offer a greatly improved maximum volume when compared to standard SDHC solutions. At the 128GB capacity, the Patriot Memory EP Series SDHC/SDXC card is capable of storing up to 2,560 minutes of 1080p video and well over 26,000 high definition photos.
ASUS VG23AH 3D IPS Monitor
ASUS today launches the VG23AH 3D IPS LED Monitor. Designed to be a well-rounded and customized display for entertainment and gaming, the VG23AH features the ASUS All-in 3D technology, providing users with the smart choice when it comes to the ultimate 2D and 3D multimedia.
The VG23AH immerses users in a cinematic 3D home theater experience with crisp, clear visuals accompanied by audio from its built-in 3 W stereo speakers. With a wide-view angle IPS display, 80,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio, and ASUS-exclusive Splendid Video Intelligence Technology, the VG23AH delivers a colorful visual experience in Full HD 1080p. It features a host of connectivity options that allows for greater compatibility with an array of media devices by way of dual HDMI 1.4 ports, single-link DVI, and D-sub input options. It has been ergonomically designed with the user in mind, with swivel, tilt and height adjustment capabilities; along with battery-free 3D glasses for a comfortable viewing experience.
Stereoscopic 3D immersion
The VG23AH features Film-type Patterned Retarder (FPR) 3D technology that transports users into an immersive 3D virtual world. The technology used in FPR 3D monitors separate the 3D images that are delivered to the left and right eye simultaneously to deliver flicker-free 3D visuals that are easy on viewers' eyes.
The VG23AH does away with complicated system setups thanks to ASUS All-in 3D technology, so even users lacking in the technical knowhow can easily access this 3D world via an exclusive hotkey, which allows users to convert any 2D to 3D content easily. Despite this, there is no compromise in performance; with the VG23AH providing crisp and smooth 2D and 3D visuals. This visual feast is complemented by built-in 3 W stereo speakers that provide an aural experience to savor.
Vivid color performance and visual experience
The VG23AH brings users into a spectacular colorful world in Full HD 1080p and its IPS panel provides a 178
Core i3 Ivy Bridge CPUs Detailed
This time, VR-Zone has provided info on the Core i3 chips that will be utilized in desktop computers later in the year.
And by later in the year we mean the third quarter of 2012, or the July-September three-month period. Five models have been mentioned so far, called Core i3-3220T, Core i3-3220, Core i3-3225, Core i3-3240T and Core i3-3240. That is essentially the bottom-up order, which means that the Core i3-3220T is the lowest-end and the Core i3-3240 the strongest.
The clock speeds aren't the only traits that earn them those spots though. After all, the clock speeds are of 2.8 GHz, 3.3 GHz, 3.3 GHz, 3 GHz and 3.4 GHz, not an exact decreasing trend.
Some may have assumed that the T models have something to do with this and, lo and behold, they are right.
The normal chips are the regular, desktop processors, while the T Core i3 CPUs are intended for all-in-one systems and have a lower power draw.
Thus, the Core i3-3240, Core i3-3225 and Core i3-3220 have a TDP (thermal design power) of 55W, while the Core i3-3240T and Core i3-3220T only need 35W.
Moving on, all CPUs will sport AES hardware-accelerated encryption, 3 MB shared L3 cache, two cores and hyper threading.
As for graphics, only the Core i3-3225 has the Intel GMA HD 4000, while the rest make do with GMA HD 2500. Too bad, really. We have only just seen how good the former is going to be.
The report did not have any pricing information, but the tags shouldn't be too different from those of the Sandy Bridge that will be replaced.
Cubitek Magic Cube AIO PC Case
Cubitek is back with its latest product namely the Magic Cube AIO. Measuring at just 9.61-inch x 19.36-inch x 18.78-inch, the Cubitek Magic Cube AIO is claimed as the world
Force Media Dual-Port USB Flash Drive
Here comes a new dual-port USB flash drive from Force Media, the JF-UFDP4S. Available in 4GB capacity, this USB flash drive comes with a robust aluminum body, a USB 2.0 connection interface and a micro-USB 2.0 connection interface. The JF-UFDP4S has a retail price of 1,980 Yen (about $24). [Force Media]
1.5-Inch Keychain Digital Photo Frame
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Tour the Titanic with Google Earth
GeForce 301.25 Beta Drivers
The driver is intended for:
- GeForce GTX 680
- GeForce GTX 670
DriverVer = 04/04/2012, 8.17.13.0125
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
Battlefield 5 on Google Glasses (the Marine revenge)
The Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition Launch Trailer
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition will be available in retail on the 17th of April.
For this occasion CD Projekt RED has released a launch trailer, showcasing the main features of the game. In the trailer we meet the protagonist -Geralt of Rivia, experience the spectacular and tactical combat and have a glance at the most lively and believable game world ever created in a video game.
CryENGINE 3 SDK 3.4 available
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature Edition
EVGA announces immediate availability of the EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature. This card offers higher base/boost clocks at 1084MHz Base and 1150MHz Boost. Additionally, the EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature is optimized for overclocking with a 5 Phase PWM Design and 8pin + 6pin power connectors.
The memory has further been tuned with a stock frequency of 6208MHz. Also available is a the SC Signature+ which offers a preinstalled custom backplate.
Palit GeForce GTX 680 4GB edition photo's
We have some photo's available of Palit's 4GB version of their JetSrream GeForce GTX 680.
This is the first customized GeForce GTX 680 with 4GB becoming available really soon. In fact we have this sample in house already so we can show you some decent photo's -- hence below some photo's of the Palit GeForce GTX 680 4GB JetStream edition.
The card comes with a custom made PCB that is armed with that big 3-slot cooler. The two power connectors consist out of a 6-pin and one 8-pin PCIe PEG connector giving the card a little extra breathing room for overclocking. Also on the backside you'll notice the much needed extra graphics memory in the form of Hynix ICs.
The card's base clock frequency is set at a reference 1006 MHz while the memory runs at 6008 MHz. A review will follow soon.
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Palit GeForce GTX 680 JetStream review
We review the Palit GeForce GTX 680 JetStream edition graphics card. The end result is an impressive looking beast, the customized GTX 680 has a big three fan cooler applied to it. The card's base clock frequency is set higher at default for you, at 1084 MHz with a dynamic turbo that clocks up-to 1150 MHz. And then the memory it runs stock at 6300 MHz meaning that both the GPU core and thus memory have been factory overclocked for you.
Read the article here.
ASUS ROG Xonar Phoebus Gaming Soundcard Set
Entry by the Republic of Gamers into the dedicated sound product arena brings PC enthusiasts ROG Xonar Phoebus, a high fidelity audio component that directly addresses the needs and concerns of contemporary gamers. The Xonar Phoebus features the exclusive ROG Command technology which reduces up to 50% of ambient noise thus providing authoritative voice quality during online multiplayer gaming sessions. And with its clear 118 dB SNR, and a powerful 600 ohm headphone amplifier, the Xonar Phoebus delivers precise positioning and lifelike immersion audio for a distinctly impactful gaming environment. Its dedicated control box extends convenience and puts more intuitive functions within easy reach for a more ergonomic desktop gaming environment.
Exclusive ROG Command technology for clean, seamless in-game communication
Gamers often face noisy conditions that drown out voices during online multiplayer gaming. This creates lack of clarity and confusion within squads, leading to lower win ratios. Exclusive ROG Command technology offers the world's first design to specifically bring noise cancellation to a gaming soundcard set, as designed by the Xonar team. Intelligent sound detection algorithms and array microphones (two on the dedicated control box) enable up to 50% ambient noise reduction, effectively turning loud locations such as LAN parties into something as quiet as a lab. The technology works equally well whether using an external microphone or the microphones embedded into the ROG Xonar Phoebus control box. Gamers benefit from being able to communicate and coordinate with team members clearly and with greater precision, adding to enjoyment and win ratios.
Finest components and design for superior sound
ROG Xonar Phoebus utilizes a stylish and effective EMI shield and ASUS exclusive Hyper Grounding technology to ensure reduced electromagnetic interference. Based on the experience of Xonar professionals, Hyper Grounding technology brings ASUS motherboard expertise to audio products with a multi-layer PCB that helps block noise from nearby components and the power supply to render more lifelike and extra clear sound. The PCM1796 digital-to-analog converter on ROG Xonar Phoebus delivers clear and crisp 118 dB SNR high fidelity audio. The new soundcard's SNR profile therefore outperforms competing gaming audio products by a factor of four, and onboard audio by an impressive 32 times. It excels in total harmonic distortion (THD) performance, with a miniscule 0.00039% of sound output experiencing distortion.
Power for headphone users
Since many gamers choose headphones to refrain from disturbing others while insisting on the best sound quality and privacy, ROG and Xonar teams integrated the top-flight TPA6120A2 headphone amplifier on ROG Xonar Phoebus, driving up to 600 ohm impedance for genuinely impactful headphone output.
Dedicated control box
Clad in the trademark ROG red and black color scheme, the ROG Xonar Phoebus control box offers gamers improved response and convenience. Connected to the card via the back I/O, the control box can be placed on the desk so it remains within easy reach. Gamers can then adjust volume and mute quickly without bringing up game or operating system menus, or having to hunt around for display remote controls. The control box further offers microphone and headphone connectors, making connections easier.
The latest audio technologies
ROG Xonar Phoebus includes one-click activation of Dolby Home Theater V4, helping enhance audio through complete compatibility with new sound processing technologies. The latest standard offers greatly improved surround, with smart sound enhancement and a more user-friendly approach to high end audio. The exclusive ASUS GX 3.0 game audio engine has also been integrated, offering EAX compatibility to ensure boosted game sound, a wider range of simultaneous sound effects, and overall clearer sonic performance in every PC game.
Product crossover benefits consumers
ROG Xonar Phoebus presents the first soundcard set from ROG, the ASUS division entirely devoted to gaming as a lifestyle and branch of pioneering technology. This launch coincides with ROG's fifth anniversary, and delivers the results of cooperation between ROG gaming philosophy and innovative Xonar PC audio experts. As such, ROG Xonar Phoebus offers gamers enhanced sound custom-tailored to improving in-game experiences.