Message from Steam
Valve has posted an update on the Steam security breach that happened last November:
Dear Steam Users and Steam Forum Users:
We continue our investigation of last year's intrusion with the help of outside security experts. In my last note about this, I described how intruders had accessed our Steam database but we found no evidence that the intruders took information from that database. That is still the case.
Recently we learned that it is probable that the intruders obtained a copy of a backup file with information about Steam transactions between 2004 and 2008. This backup file contained user names, email addresses, encrypted billing addresses and encrypted credit card information. It did not include Steam passwords.
We do not have any evidence that the encrypted credit card numbers or billing addresses have been compromised. However as I said in November it's a good idea to watch your credit card activity and statements. And of course keeping Steam Guard on is a good idea as well.
We are still investigating and working with law enforcement authorities. Some state laws require a more formal notice of this incident so some of you will get that notice, but we wanted to update everyone with this new information now.
Diablo III -- You Will Die. We Promise!
AMD Radeon HD 7750 and 7770 Specs Surface
German based 3dcenter decided to post all specifications they could find on two pending graphics cards from AMD. Cape Verde, the entry level cards in the 7000 series. This information is now wide spread on the web.
The chip, built on the 28nm manufacturing process, is the cheapest of the GCN units in the Southern Islands family, even though it works at a clock speed of as much as 1 GHz. According to 3dcenter.de the Radeon HD 7750 adapter comes with 512 stream processors, plus clock speeds of 800 MHz for the GPU and 4.5 GHz for the memory.
Speaking of the memory, there is 1 GB of GDDR5 VRAM available, leading to a bandwidth of 72 GB/s (the interface is of 128 bits). Furthermore, the theoretical maximum SP throughput is of 819 Gflops (75% of the HD 7770). The Radeon HD 7770 board has the full 1 GHz GPU clock speed and 10 active CUs, albeit the same memory specification as above.
Meanwhile AMD is subscribing Verdetrol pills ...
Advanced Micro Devices has decided to use a rather unusual marketing tactic in order to raise awareness about its upcoming Cape Verde GPU and the Radeon HD 77xx video cards.
As this special website will be all too eager to show, the Sunnyvale, California-based company has begun sending pills to Internet websites.
They are not just any pills, though, but
Intel Chipset Software Installation 126.96.36.1999 download
The Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility revision 188.8.131.529 has been out a couple of weeks already actually, but most of us definitely missed out on it.
The Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility installs the Windows* INF files. The INF files inform the operating system how to properly configure the chipset for specific functionality, such as USB and core PCI.
LOTR-style epic battle in Skyrim video
With the help of some mods and console commands, Tyrannicon created The Great Battle of Skyrim. This epic battle features 500 Draugr, 200 skeletons, 500 Dwemer Warriors and a dragon. Hopefully, someone will turn this idea into a mod.
Cooler Master GeminII SF524 CPU Cooler
Cooler Master announced the GeminII SF524 CPU cooler. This model features the same specs as the GeminII S524 released in August except it comes equipped with a different fan, one that operates at 1300 RPM or 900 RPM when using the silent mode adapter (the S524 has a PWM fan going at 800 to 1800 RPM).
The GeminII SF524 measures 144 x 144 x 105 mm, it weights 592 grams, has five 6 mm copper heatpipes, and offers support for Intel LGA 1366 / 1156 / 1155 / 775 and AMD FM1 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2 processors. The cooler can be found selling for 37 Euro.
Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced Black and White review
The new updated Advanced model has a few other tweaks as well, as next to the seductive black/white interior, additional capacity, superb cooling system and user-friendly design there is a new front panel as well, this time around with USB 3.0, of course. Check out the full review right here.
AMD Catalyst Application Profile - 12.1 CAP2
These are the Catalyst profiles for multi-GPU support.
This release of ATI Catalyst delivers support for the latest ATI CrossFireX profiles in a separate executable file ensuring users have access to the absolute latest set of profiles installed on their PC.
Latest profiles added :
- Star Wars: The old republic : Improves CrossFire performance and resolves flickering seen on Map
- Unigine Tropics
ASUS O!Play TV Pro Smart TV Set Top Box
The ASUS O!Play TV Pro upgrades living room TV viewing to a completely digital HD and live experience, enabling easy content consumption and distribution. Features open up playback and recording of digital programs, as well as almost any multimedia file currently available with over 50 formats supported, including 3D. Exclusive O!Easy technology adds specific one-click functions that cover file streaming, sharing, and replay, while an always-on design affords direct access to many major online entertainment and content services, all from a single user-friendly device.
Playback and recording of digital TV
The O!Play TV Pro comes with a built in DVB-T digital tuner for immediate access to free-to-air high quality digital TV programming. Consumers can readily plan ahead with the Electronic Program Guide (EPG), which offers location-sensitive scheduling for up to a week in advance. Plus, content can be recorded onto an internal 3.5" hard drive using the included Personal Video Recorder (PVR). ASUS has integrated TimeShift into the device, which can pause and resume digital broadcasts in real time should consumers need to get away from the screen, but wish to avoid missing out on their favorite shows.
Support for over 50 formats - including 3D media
Compatibility remains critical for media players, and so the O!Play TV Pro offers seamless use of over 50 major multimedia standards for a worry-free user experience. These include ISO, MKV, RM/RMBV, MVA, AVI, MPEG1/2/4, and MP4. Adding 3D support, the set top box uses H.264 MV (TS, M2TS, and BD-ISO), extending compatibility to cover the most current 3D formatting on the market.
Exclusive ASUS O!Easy technology renders more enjoyable HD multimedia
Playing, streaming, and sharing HD content have been made much easier thanks to the inclusion of O!Easy technology, which connects the O!Play TV Pro to other devices and home networks intuitively. The suite includes multiple one-click functions:
- O!Capture: media and TV program sharing on Facebook
- O!Replay: replay a program
Intel DX79SI BIOS brings PCI Express 3.0 support
Intel released a BIOS update for its DX79SI "Siler" motherboard that activates PCI Express 3.0 support. You can download the BIOS update over here.
Intel just sent us word that they have released BIOS Version 0424 (SIX7910J.86A.0424.2012.0127.1620) for their DX79SI motherboard! This BIOS update includes 20 fixes, updates or new features! We've been asking Intel why their flagship Sandy Bridge-E motherboard doesn't support PCI Express 3.0 for weeks and it appears that with this BIOS update the board now supports the PCI Express 3.0 specification. This is good news for AMD Radeon HD 7900 video card owners as they can run their card at its full potential. Sure, the gains of PCI Express 3.0 are hardly noticeable, but at least the board now supports it!
Prolimatech shows two new LGA2011 cooler designs
Prolimatech is teasing with two new cooling designs for Intel's LGA2011 platform. Revealed below is a slimmer version of the Prolimatech Genesis that stacks both heatsinks parallel to the plane rather than perpendicular. The company also shared CGI-renderings of a new design in which the heatpipe takes three sharp U-turns, with an aluminium fin stack in each of these U-turns.
The second cooler (last two images above), has a slightly more exotic shape, in which the heat pipe take three sharp U-turns, in the long-arms of each of these U-turns is an aluminum fin stack, and the CPU base is in the center. Unlike the other cooler design, this cooler has a side-flow ventilation. The aluminum fin stacks don't propagate all the way down, to make room for the memory areas below. As for the ventilation, a single 120 mm fan can be attached in the central portion, more fans can be attached to the aluminum fin stacks at convenient locations. There is no word on when (or if) this design will materialize.
Intel Haswell top launch in March-April 2013
A leaked Intel roadmap reveals Intel's Haswell architecture is slated for March-April 2013:
According to the conventional idea of Intel's tick-tock CPU development strategy, it will be built on the 22 nm fab process, which will have gained some maturity by then.
Intel follows a "tick-tock" product development model. Every year, Intel's product lineup sees either of the two. A "tock" brings in a new x86 architecture, a "tick" miniaturizes it to a newer silicon fabrication process. Earlier reports indicated that Haswell Core processors will be based on a newer socket, the LGA1150, and hence it will not be compatible with LGA1155 platforms.
Diablo III Might get Delayed Again
Blizzard Entertainment had pegged Diablo III for early 2012, but as fans had started to suspect, the studio might not actually hit that timeframe.
Turns out that's true, based on news during the company's fiscal call today. Blizzard's Michael Morhaime said that the company is now targeting an April-June release window for the game. It will be accompanied by at least one other game--likely Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm or World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria.
In other news, Activision Blizzard confirmed that a new installment in the Call of Duty franchise will be released in 2012. The company also said that it is working on Elite 2.0, with details coming in the next few months.
BTW Here's a video showing Diablo 3 with a darker color scheme. It works as a direct3d post processing filter, making the game look sharper, have less saturation, add a slight bit of a (silver) sepia tone, slightly lowered exposure, slightly raised gamma.
Mass Effect 3 - Integrated Co-Op Multiplayer Video
PowerColor Custom-Cooled Radeon HD 7970 Card
PowerColor is set to release a Radeon HD 7970 GPU that is all customized. It seems to resemble last year
Enermax upgrades MaxRevo and NAXN Series
Enermax offers a wide range of power supplies for various applications and target groups, starting with the entry-level series NAXN right through to the flagship series MaxRevo and Platimax. Following the demands of partners and end users, the premium manufacturer now adds two new models to its offer: While the MaxRevo 1200W (EMR1200EWT) is designed to meet highest performance and efficiency standards of hardware enthusiasts, the 80 PLUS
Intel Ivy Bridge Motherboards in Mass Production
Ubisoft DRM server downtime locks players out
Recently it was mentioned that many Ubisoft games would be unplayable this week because some server shuffling at Ubi HQ. The downtime has started, locking players out of Might and Magic: Heroes VI, The Settlers 7 and Tom Clancy