NSA's new Spy Center
NSA is buiding a new Data center in Utah and below is an extract of its purpose:
Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world
New GTX 680 Benchmarks surface
tHere is a set of benchmarks run released by HKEPC there a GeForce GTX 680 is compared against a Radeon HD 7970, and a previous-generation GeForce GTX 580.
The setup was based on a Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition processor (running at stock frequency), ASUS Rampage IV Extreme motherboard, 8 GB (4x 2 GB) GeIL EVO 2 DDR3-2200 MHz quad-channel memory, Corsair AX1200W PSU, and Windows 7 x64.
Benchmarks included 3DMark 11 (performance preset), Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Lost Planet 2, and Unigine Heaven. All tests were run at a constant resolution of 1920x1080.
There are some more pics and tests shown in our forum thread here.
GeForce GTX 680 Listed for Pre-Order
For a good 500 EUR the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 is listed on Dutch online-store ComCom.nl
The store is accepting orders, stating that it will begin shipping in 2-5 weeks. The ComCom listing doesn't show much information about the card, except its clock speeds of 1006 MHz (core), 6008 MHz (memory effective), 2 GB memory amount, and display connectivity that includes two DVI, and one each of HDMI and DisplayPort.
Updated Intel desktop CPU roadmap leaked
German tech site ComputerBase got its hands on a new desktop platform roadmap from Intel, click on the thumbnail:
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MSI R7970 Lightning Graphics Card Announced
Of course already shown during CeBIT last week, MSI is pleased to announce the release of the MSI R7970 Lightning, the new heir to the throne of Lightning graphics cards. Equipped with AMD's new 28 nm Radeon HD 7970 GPU, the MSI R7970 Lightning features an all-new Unlocked Digital Power Architecture that incorporates an Unlocked BIOS, Digital PWM Controller, and Enhanced Power Design to boost overclocking potential to new heights and make overclocking easier than ever. In an industry first, the proprietary "GPU Reactor" power supply module reduces power supply noise and also boosts overclocking stability as well. To keep cool this beast, the MSI R7970 Lightning utilizes MSI
ADATA S107 Superior USB flash drive review
It's time for another stick drive review here at Guru3D.com, well a USB 3.0 stick that is. The storage unit is all USB 2.0 and 3.0 compatible and it's called the S107 from ADATA's 'SUPERIOR' series of products. We test an easy to carry around 16GB version of this model. This flash drive will get you read performance of roughly 100MB/sec peaks while writing just under 25 MB/sec.
Check out the article right here.
Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 budget CPU cooler
Deepcool launched the GAMMAXX 400, a budget processor cooler with a MSRP of 28.99EUR. The heatsink features four direct-touch copper heatpipes, 50 aluminium fins, and a 120mm hydro bearing fan with a rotational speed of 900 to 1500RPM, and a respective noise level of 21.4 to 32.1dBA.
It measures 135mm x 76mm x 159mm and weighs 638g. The GAMMAXX 400 supports Intel's LGA1366/LGA1155/LGA1156/LGA775 and AMD's Socket FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2/940/939/754 processors.
Intel Ivy Bridge late April, Haswell in March 2013
Although somewhat semi confirmed DigiTimes mentions that Intel plans to introduce its first 22nm Ivy Bridge processors by the end of April. The launch lineup will include the Core i7-3770K, Core i7-3770, Core i7-3770S, Core i7-3770T and Core i5-3550, while the Core i5-3470, Core i5-3470S, Core i5-3475S, Core i5-3570 and Core i5-3570S will be released in early June.
Motherboards based on the 7-series chipsets should appear by early April, and the Ivy Bridge based Core i3 and Pentium processors are anticipated in August.
Additionally, the site also received word that Intel's next-generation, the Haswell processor and Lynx Point chipset, are expected by March 2013.
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Diablo III Ships May 15
Starting that day, gamers with a thirst for fast-paced action and adventure will be able to purchase Diablo III at retailers throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. In addition, gamers in the regions above as well as in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil will be able to buy Diablo III digitally via Blizzard's Battle.net website.
Players in the listed Latin American countries and in Russia will be able to purchase Diablo III at local retail locations starting June 7. Digital availability for the Russian version of the game will also begin June 7. In addition to the English version, Diablo III will be fully localized into Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean, and Traditional Chinese.
Blizzard also kicked off global digital presales for Diablo III today. Would-be wizards, witch doctors, demon hunters, barbarians, and monks throughout the world should head to http://www.blizzard.com/games/d3/ now to reserve their digital copies.
"After many years of hard work by our development team and months of beta testing by hundreds of thousands of dedicated players around the world, we're now in the homestretch," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We look forward to putting the final polish on Diablo III over the next two months and delivering the ultimate action-RPG experience to gamers worldwide starting on May 15."
Diablo III will be available for Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7 and Macintosh at a suggested price of $59.99 USD for both the retail DVD-ROM version and the digital version sold directly from Blizzard. A special alabaster-white Collector's Edition, sold exclusively in retail stores at a suggested retail price of $99.99 USD, will include the full game on DVD-ROM, a behind-the-scenes Blu-ray/DVD two-disc set, the Diablo III soundtrack CD, a 208-page Art of Diablo III book, and a 4 GB USB soulstone (including full versions of Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction) and corresponding Diablo skull base, as well as exclusive in-game content for Diablo III, World of Warcraft, and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. Diablo III has received a Mature rating from the ESRB.
World of Warcraft players interested in getting Diablo III free are encouraged to join the more than 1 million players who have already signed up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass. Through this promotion, with a 1-year commitment to World of Warcraft, players will receive a free digital copy of Diablo III -- which they'll be able to start playing immediately on May 15 -- as well as an exclusive World of Warcraft in-game mount and access to the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria beta test. This offer will no longer be available as of 12:01 a.m. PDT on May 1. Learn more at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/annualpass.
In Diablo III, players take on the role of one of five heroic characters -- barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, or demon hunter -- and engage in pulse-pounding combat with endless legions of evil. As they undertake an epic quest to rid Sanctuary from the corrupting forces of the Burning Hells, players will explore diverse and perilous settings, grow in experience and ability, acquire artifacts of incredible power, and meet key characters who'll join them in battle or aid them in other ways.
Diablo III was built from the ground up to leverage the full functionality of the Battle.net platform, which delivers powerful matchmaking and communication tools, allowing adventurers to seamlessly join forces for exciting cooperative play. Battle.net also provides a secure infrastructure for the Diablo III auction house, a feature-rich marketplace that Sanctuary's heroes can use to trade their hard-earned treasures. Players will be able to buy and sell weapons, armor, and other valuable items in the auction house in exchange for in-game gold. Players will also have the option to receive real-world currency for auction house sales, which they can apply to their Battle.net Balance for the purchase of a variety of digital products through Battle.net, including Diablo III auction house items, or cash out through a third-party payment service such as PayPal in most regions. Further details related to the auction house will be announced in the coming weeks.
PowerColor PCS+ HD7700 GHz Edition
TUL Corporation announces a new flavor into HD7700 series: the PCS+ HD7770GHz Edition. Packed with factory overclocked setting, the PCS+ HD7770 delivers the out-of-box gaming performance with core speed at 1150 MHz and memory speed at 5.0 Gbps; based on the advanced 28nm GCN architecture and PCI Express 3.0, the PCS+ HD7770 enables the best efficiency and extraordinary performance by doubling the bandwidth between GPU and CPU.
PowerColor PCS+ HD7770 has equipped with solid cooling design; by utilizing heat pipe direct touch technology, it can be cooled down efficiently through heat pipe which fully covers GPU, easily carrying away excessive heat from large extrusion heat sink and cooling fan on top. Moreover, with smart fan control technology, this edition enables the best user experience through automatically fan speed controlled.
Support with the industry-leading technology, PowerColor PCS+ HD7770 features AMD Eyefinity 2.0 technology and AMD HD3D Technology, enabling multi-display stereoscopic 3Dcontent and delivering an immersive
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Raidmax Agusta case offers easy storage access
RAIDMAX, a computer chassis provider, is pleased to announce a Gundam themed chassis with an unique HDD storage design. Designed for ATX and m-ATX motherboards, the AGUSTA is ideal for gamers seeking an aesthetically striking chassis with numerous tool-less features and impressive cooling.
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AMD Radeon HD 7990 launch in April ?
It could very well be that AMD is to introduce its new high-performance dual-GPU video card next month. A specific launch date isn
HIS 6670 iSilence 5 1 GB
Hightech Information System (HIS) today announced the launch of the HIS 6670 iSilence 5 1 GB, the ideal graphics card for multi-media and home entertainment enthusiasts looking for a completely silent yet powerful GPU. The card creates zero noise and is ideal for those building a bespoke super silent media centre PC.
The range also features low power consumption and does not require external power, perfect for upgrading your system without having to upgrade your PSU.
The HIS 6670 iSilence 5 1 GB has an SRP (excl. VAT) of