Gigabyte denies MSI allegations
Earlier this month MSI's marketing department send out evidence that Gigabyte's motherboards don't truly support PCI Express 3.0(check here), but now Gigabyte defends itself with a presentation of its own.
In its short presentation with no more than 5 slides, Gigabyte tried to provide an explanation to its claim that most of its new motherboards are Gen 3-ready. The presentation begins with a diplomatic-sounding message on what is the agenda of the presentation, followed by a disclaimer that three of its recently-launched boards, Z68X-UD7-B3 & P67A-UD7/P67A-UD7-B3, lack Gen 3 readiness. This could be because those boards make use of a Gen 2 NVIDIA nForce 200 bridge chip, even the first PCI-E x16 slot is wired to that chip.
NCIS The Video Game - Reveal Trailer
Battlefield 3 Open Beta starts Sep 29th
DICE and EA have announced that the Battlefield 3 multiplayer beta will be open all players from around the world on September 29, 2011.
Running until October 10th, the Battlefield 3 Open Beta is your chance to play the game early, try out our free social platform Battlelog, and help us make the game even better by sending us your valuable feedback.
If you pre-order Battlefield 3 (PC digital download version) on Origin before September 25th, or if you have registered your first-hand copy (by activating its Online Pass) of Medal of Honor: Limited Edition/Tier 1 Edition, you will get 48 hours early access to the Beta, meaning you can start playing Tuesday, September 27th. The full details on how you will be granted early acess is available on our new Beta section.
For Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, the Open Beta will be visible on the consoles' digital marketplaces under Battlefield 3. For PC, you need to install Origin and download the Open Beta from within the Origin application.
ColorFire Xstorm HD 6850 X2 4GB card
Check out a product from a company called ColorFire, their upcoming dual-GPU Xstorm HD 6850 X2 4GB graphics card. Special features include silver plating on most of the PCB's contacts and DIP-switched based voltage control.
With this card, the designers are trying out what they call "Silver-Plated Technology". All of the PCB's contacts (the metal-exposed parts onto which components are soldered), apart from the PCIe and CFBE interfaces, are plated with silver. Silver is one of the best conductors. ColorFire argues that the use of silver contacts reduces resistance, and also helps with cooling.
The next interesting feature is the use of DIP-switched based voltage control, which is an old-school yet direct and effective way of tuning voltages. Voltage measurement points are consolidated to a convenient location (next to the power connectors), and are angled for easy access. Lastly, a pair of jumpers near the display output connectors, allows you to switch between two sets of EEPROMs, each having a different clock and voltage profile via TPU.
Intel Ivy Bridge GPU supports 4K HD displays
The GPU housing inside of Intel's Ivy Bridge CPU will support displays with 4K HD resolution, which means a resolution of up to 4096 x 4096 pixels.
It's the vastly improved display capability, and associated ultra high resolution video processing, of the new chip - in fact, so high it stands on an equal footing with the fastest high end discrete GPUs in this particular measurement: the 4K display resolution. Take a look at their Multi Format Codec or MFX engine, capable of playing multiple 4K videos at the same time, even a wall of them, as Intel says.
Not only can the MFX engine display up to 4096 x 4096 pixels on a single monitor, but it can also handle video processing for 4K QuadHD video as well. Remember when, two years ago, Jen Hsun Huang at Nvidia for the first time encouraged 4K resolution - at that time 3840x2400 or as he called it XHD2, for ultra realistic gaming too, to use the extra pixels to justify the high end card need? Now, what a fate, Intel is making it real on the - integrated graphics platform, of all. Now, can we have back those 16:10 3840x2400 or, better, 4096x2560 monitors?
ThermalTake Overseer RX-I case
ThermalTake presents the Overseer RX-I, a new full-tower steel case with an all-black design.
Thermaltake, the leader and pioneer in PC thermal solutions, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, with
Around the globe in 60 seconds (ISS video)
This must-see video condenses the International Space Station's night flight over Earth into 60 seconds, courtesy of science educator James Drake. He downloaded a series of 600 pictures from the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth
RePro 3D lets you touch virtual pixels
Silent Hill: Downpour - TGS 2011 Trailer
Blacklight: Retribution - Dev Diary #1
Intel HD Graphics 184.108.40.2069 Driver out
These are HD drivers for Intel integrated processor chipsets like in Core i3/i5/i7 Sandy bridge processors and Intel Core i3/i5 series 500/600 Dual-Core processors based on the Clarkdale core
- This driver release was designed to increase 3D gaming performance on mobile platforms across a variety of titles.
- Resolved intermittent crashing when an HDMI monitor is connected
- WebGL rendering anomaly in Google Chrome* and Mozilla Firefox* browsers resolved.
- Eliminated minor rendering artifacts that were present in a few particular scenes in the following games:
- Assassin's Creed
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- Empire: Total War
- F1 2010
- King of Kings 3
- Mass Effect 2
- Medal of Honor
- StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
- Sudden Attack
- Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X
- Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution*
- Fixed corruption issue in the Battlefield: Bad Company 2* game (DirectX* 9 version)
- Fixed corruption in James Cameron
Compro IP70 security camera review
Security is a hot topic on many levels these days. We want eyes and ears everywhere. So whether you need your building secured, your office monitored for theft or need some camera protecting at home with in the far end of the scope ... monitor your baby remotely to see if the person taking care of him/her is doing the job adequately, there are solutions out there. One of the company's jumping onto that trend is Compro, in the past their focus was TV/Media capture products yet as the market shifted, so did their product offering. They are trying to get a foothold in the security camera industry, however for a part target consumers.
Recently they release a the IP70, it's a security camera that really looks like a big webcam. The difference is that this is a Megapixel camera that offers much better quality then what you are use to. It's also an IP camera, meaning that you simply hook it into your network, lookup the IP of the camera access it and voilla, you'll have a fully functional camera in your browser.
Check the review here.
Intel Core i7-2700K 3.5GHz Clock Frequency Confirmed
Intel is expected to bring the first update to it high-end Sandy Bridge processor lineup with the introduction of the Core i7-2700K CPU, which was just confirmed to have a base operating frequency of 3.5GHz.
The upcoming Intel chip was recently listed by motherboard maker Biostar in the CPU support list for one of its LGA 1155 motherboards.
Besides the improved clock speed, the most important feature brought by the Core i7-2700K is its unlocked multiplier design, as this means overclockers will be able to push the operating frequencies of the processor further than Intel's specifications.
When it designed the Sandy Bridge architecture, Intel decided to take a different route as far as overclocking is concerned and it locked the BCLK of the CPUs.
Pricing and the release date is as of yet unknown.
First PCI Express 4.0 Devices to Arrive in 2015 or 2016
The fourth iteration of PCIe will arrive in about four years from now.
The statement was made by no other than the PCI SIG's chairman, Al Yanes. PCI SIG announced at the end of June that it formed an exploratory group for the Gen 4 of the PCI Express standard, comprising members from companies such as AMD, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Intel.
These are conducting various simulations using chip, channel, packet and socket data and have determined that a throughput of at least 16 GT/s is feasible for PCIe Gen 4. The experts are expected to deliver a final report until the end of this year.
Right now, it seems that in order to achieve the high transfer speeds that are required by the fourth iteration of PCI Express, scientists will have to focus more on the board-level channels through which the signal passes and less on developing specialized chips.
As a result, PCI Express Gen 4 may be limited to distances about eight to 12 inches in length, compared to the maximum 20 inches that can be covered by PCIe Gen 3.
In addition to increasing the transfer speeds of the standard, scientist will also look into reducing the latencies of PCIe Gen 4 as well as into other aspects of the standards such as forward error correction, deeper pipelining and error reporting and control.
The PCI Express 3.0 specifications were released in November of last year, but the standard has yet to be used in any expansion cards.
Razer Arcade Stick for The XBOX 360
Razerjust announced a program to co-develop the ultimate arcade stick for the Xbox 360 together with the arcade stick community. The arcade stick, developed with pro-gamer feedback, is currently at the prototype stage. For the finishing touches, up to 200+ specially selected top-seed Street Fighter IV pro-gamers, influential modders, and members of the arcade enthusiast community will each be given a Razer arcade stick to test and provide feedback to further improve it to perfection, whereupon the final design will then proceed to production.
Since the company
NZXT Unveils Tempest 210 Chassis
NZXT launches the Tempest 210. Unique to this airflow-maximizing case is a strategically implemented, massive mesh design that brings in a constant stream of fresh air for improved cooling. NZXT includes one 120mm and one 140mm fan with an overall cooling potential of up to 8 fans, along with an adjustable 120mm side fan. Installation is a breeze with screw-less 5.5
Gigabyte unveils X79-UD7 with UEFI
Gigabyte finally is jumpin onto the uEFI BIOS as well, with their upcoming X79 motherboard. The photo is actually a UEFI DualBIOS from a X79-UD7 system that was being shown off at the IDF in San Francisco.
Google Chrome 14
Google patched 32 vulnerabilities in Chrome, paying more than $14,000 in bug bounties as it also upgraded the stable edition of the browser to version 14.
The company called out a pair of developer-oriented additions to Chrome 14 and noted new support for Mac OS X 10.7, aka Lion, including full-screen mode and vanishing scrollbars.