E3 - Renegade Ops Gameplay
ASUS ROG MATRIX GTX 580 Photo's from Guru3D LAB
That's right, it is in the building. We just received that big'ass Republic of Gamers (ROG) MATRIX GTX 580 graphics card from ASUS.
Below you can see the Republic of Gamers (ROG) MATRIX GTX 580 graphics card. The card is powered by a large 19-phase VRM that draws power from two 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors.
This beast is based on a triple slot cooling design. The card will come pre-overclocked (we may assume very high) and will allow to be voltage tweaked all the way. The card will come with 2 BIOSes, so should you mess one up you have a failsafe by pressing a button. Something interesting is on-the-fly fan RPM control, check the photo's for that.
- Overclocking hardware tools like TweakIt and ProbeIt are directly embedded onto the ground-up redesigned PCB, while a Safe Mode button offers an easy reset option for worry-free overclocking.
- GPU Tweak utility provides real-time software overclocking control. The tool not only guarantees superior control over such things as clock frequency, voltage and fan speed, but also provides several handy features like in-game video recording and live firmware and drivers update
- 19-phase Super Alloy Power components provide more headroom for overclocking with a 15% performance boost, reduced running temperatures by 35
HIS Radeon 6970 ICEQ Turbo review
HIS took a blue colored PCB, plastered the R6970 GPU and two Gigs of memory on there along with a new model of the ICEQ cooler. The end result is a product that .. well how do I put it, it's not the best looking graphics card on the market alright, but with advertised cooling performance versus a silent product, a lot of people might be interested in just that.
Read the review right here.
Scythe Kaze Q12 and Kaze Q8 Fan Controllers
Scythe is announcing two new Kaze Q Series fan controller. Modern PC Chassis are getting equipped with more fans and allow mounting of additional fans in various sizes, but not every fan is adjusted to low fan speed to assure silent operation. This is where users usually wish to get their hands on to adjust each fan individually to optimum operation volume and speeds. Scythe Kaze Q8 and Kaze Q12 are aiming for exactly these purposes where the core function of controlling fans is the main focus.
Kaze Q8 is designed more compact for restricted space limitations inside a PC Case and can be therefore mounted into a common 3.5" bay. Despite the compact size up to 8 fans can be connected and controlled individually. For PC Cases with an vacant 5.25" Bay, Kaze Q12 is the perfect choice with its total of 12 fan channels for maximum utilization. Fan speed is adjusted for both models using voltage regulations for each channel separately with a control range between 5 and 12 volts. As soon as voltage is flowing over one of the channels, the corresponding channel's LED is visualizing this by illuminating in blue color. It's furthermore possible to completely turn of each fan channel if required.
Both Kaze Q8 and Kaze Q12 Fan Controllers were design to blend into every PC Chassis front panel. Hence high quality aluminum was used for the Kaze Q front panel which was brushed as well. Users have the choice between a version with silver pr black front panel to match their PC Chassis.
Kaze Q8 Fan Controller is available as of today for 16.75 EUR (excl. VAT/TAX) and Kaze Q12 Fan Controller for 23.95 EUR (excl. VAT/TAX). For more information, visit the product pages of Kaze Q12 and Kaze Q8.
Duke Nukem released - now on Steam
Lian Li HTPC PC-C60 and mid-tower PC-6 revealed
Lian Li has two new cases; the mid-tower PC-6 and the HTPC PC-C60. They will ship by the end of the month for $149 and $229 (excl. VAT), respectively.
Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd., maker of high-end, all-aluminum computer chassis since 1983, today releases two new PC cases: the HTPC/Desktop PC-C60, and the simple and elegant mid-tower PC-6. A new edition to their Domus series of HTPC chassis, Lian Li's PC-C60 is slim, sleek, all-aluminum, and available in black or silver with an open and easy-to-upgrade internal layout. The black, all-aluminum, mid-tower PC-6 embodies Lian Li's distinctive designing characteristics and fits perfectly into their Essence series of PC chassis with a timeless and quietly artistic design. With tool-less installations, anti-vibration features, excellent air-flow, and impressive build capabilities, the PC-C60 and PC-6 once again prove the quality of products that Lian Li is known for.
Mounting ATX, Micro-ATX, or Mini-ITX motherboards, this HTPC chassis has seven ventilated PCI slots and has enough room for video cards 270mm long. Externally, there are two 5.25
E3 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Gameplay Demo
E3 - Mass Effect 3 - Live Action E3 Trailer
Razer Mamba and Imperator with 4G dual sensor technology
Razer announced it will equip its Mamba and Imperator mice with a new proprietary 4G dual sensor system. The new technology uses both an optical and a laser sensor to deliver enhanced tracking accuracy.
CoolIT OMNI N590 cooler for GeForce GTX 590
CoolIT Systems released the OMNI N590, a liquid cooling solution for the GeForce GTX 590.
Average Gamer is 37 Years Old
The Entertainment Software Association states that the average gamer is 37yrs old. The group also says that gamers play games with their kids and make sure that they are being kept away from violent or sexually explicit content.
Those statistics are quite important to the ESA and the industry as a whole. Over the last several years, the gaming business has been targeted by critics and lawmakers who say that mature-rated titles, like the Grand Theft Auto franchise, among many others, are too easy for children to buy.
However, in April, the Federal Trade Commission released the results of an "undercover shopper survey" that found just 13 percent of underage teenagers were able to buy mature-rated games that are designated as only suitable for those 17 and older. When children attempted to buy R-rated DVDs, on the other hand, 38 percent of them were successful.
To add to that and further make its case that the majority of kids are being kept away from violent or sexually explicit games, the ESA revealed today that parents are involved in the purchase or rental of games in 91 percent of cases. In addition, 90 percent of parents said that they are aware of the content in the games their children are playing.
The Entertainment Software Rating Board, which assigns ratings to video games based on their content, was also highly touted by parents. The ESA said that 86 percent of parents are aware of game ratings, and out of that group, 98 percent believe they are accurate.
Even so, that hasn't stopped critics from taking aim at the industry and its ratings system. In September, James Steyer, the CEO and founder of Common Sense Media, an organization that touts legislating the gaming industry, pointed to his own firm's study that found 72 percent of parents would support a law that bans the sale of "ultraviolent or sexually violent" video games.
Tattoo your 152 Facebook Friends on your arm
Well, I got no words for it alright ... that's a hot tattoo artists though !
"Finishing my social tattoo with 152 pictures of my Facebook Friends!
Of course I gave it a lot of thought. These are not all my friends. Just the people I care most about. I got their permission and they were very proud to be on it. To me it represents who I am right now and the time we live in. And of course I love the looks of it.
The Tattoo is designed by Pretty Social and the tattoo artist is Tattoo Dex."
Update: apparantly this video was a fake viral video as 3news reports:
A YouTube video showing a Netherlands woman having 152 profile images of her Facebook friends tattooed on her arm has turned out to be a publicity stunt. The marketing stunt was apparently done on behalf of Pretty Social, a Dutch firm that sells Facebook-themed gifts. This week the tattoo artist, Dex Moelker, told Dutch-language Telegraaf that the tattoo was actually temporary and could wash off in two days. It took a few hours to apply and not the 30 as described in the video. Viewers were sceptical when commenting on the video
E3 - LotR: War in the North Official Trailer
E3 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Trailer
Lead producer on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Craig Lafferty has told CVG that the Skyrim will have 70 different actors voicing all of the parts in the game, compared to just 14 for Oblivion. The variable quality of the voice acting and constantly repeated dialogue was one of the main bugbears for Oblivion players, who will be glad to hear that Skyrim
E3 - Assassin's Creed Revelations Trailer
AMD OverDrive 4.0.4 Download Available
AMD OverDrive gives you complete control of your system. Personalize your experience in real time with easy-to-use screens designed for novice to expert users. AMD OverDrive allows user to tune parameters to help system stability, optimize performance, and control cooling/acoustic characteristics
AMD released the latest revision of their popular OverDrive overclock and monitoring software. Release Notes : This version of AMD OverDrive
ECS Headquarters - behind the scenes of R&D
During our stay in Taiwan we had the unique opportunity to visit the ECS headquarters located in the Taipei Neihu Technology Park. We'll show awesome building photo's but then quickly move onwards towards the Research and Development department where the good stuff is designed from PCB CAD design stages, the BIOS team and actually research and development.
We have prepared some high-definition video footage as well, showing you SMT soldering, the cubicles, some test gear on the R&D floor like temperature probing and signal processing monitoring.
Check out the full article right here.
ASUS ROG MATRIX GTX 580 Graphics Card announced
Redesigned From the Ground Up for Incredible Performance
The ROG MATRIX GTX 580 series is clocked at 816MHz and features a massive 1.5GB of 4.8GHz GDDR5 memory. It comes preloaded with a variety of hardware-based tools, including TweakIt and ProbeIt for instant overclocking adjustment and measurement, plus a Safe Mode button for the instant restoration of stable settings at any time.
The ROG MATRIX GTX 580 Series has been created to deliver the ultimate in overclocking performance with its ground-up PCB redesign and exclusive 19-phase Super Alloy Power technology. This guarantees much greater overclocking headroom, with a 15% performance boost, 2.5 times longer lifespan and 35