The Razer Hydra vs Game Support
Razer together with Sixense Entertainment, the leader in precision motion technology, announce fully integrated motion gaming support for Valve's game titles including Left 4 Dead 2, Half-Life 2, and Team Fortress 2 using the Razer Hydra motion sensing controller. Future Valve titles Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will also support full motion play with the Razer Hydra.
Additionally, Sixense and Valve have now integrated Sixense MotionCreator 2.0 software with Valve's Steam gaming platform, enabling backward compatibility for motion gaming with the Razer Hydra for over 250 of the most popular titles on Steam. Now, Steam users will receive automatic motion control updates for current and future game titles, and a new in-game overlay allows gamers to view control maps for the Razer Hydra as they play.
The Razer Hydra is the world's first PC gaming-grade motion-sensing peripheral to use an electromagnetic field to track your hand movements as you hold two ultra-precise motion sensing controllers. Because the Razer Hydra tracks the position of your hands down to a millimeter and degree, saving the world in Half-Life 2, cutting down zombies in Left 4 Dead 2, and pushing the cart in Team Fortress 2 will be a highly intuitive and immersive affair.
In response to significant demand from developers, Sixense has created Mac OS and Linux versions of the Sixense SDK (Software Development Kit) for the Razer Hydra. The Mac, Linux and Windows versions are now available for download from Steam. The Sixense SDK allows developers to quickly and easily create immersive gaming experiences that take advantage of the Razer Hydra
Halo 4 Details From The Microsoft Spring Showcase
ASUS ROG Maximus V Teased
The photo really can't be any more lame:
The website maximu tech on it's end however found some more information on the Maximux V GENE mode:
To begin with, it has an LGA1155 socket with what it seems to be an 8+3 phase Extreme Engine DIGI+ II power design, which takes power from an 8-pin connector. Next to the socket are the four DDR3 DIMM slots which support up to 32 GB of DDR3 (2600 MHz +) memory in dual channel mode. For expansion slots, we have two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots and one PCI-Express 2.0 x4 slot. It comes with a little expansion card called MPCIE Combo, this provides an extra mini-PCIe x1 slot for expansion without using those precious full PCIe slots. It supports both NVIDIA SLi and AMD Crossfire.
For storage connectivity options, we have four SATA III 6Gbps ports and two SATA II 3Gbps ports. In terms of on-board USB options, Maximus V GENE comes with two USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports for front panel. Back panel I/O has a clear-CMOS switch, mPCIe combo card, ROG connect button, four USB 2.0 ports (one for ROG connect), one SATA II 3Gbps eSATA port, four USB 3.0, one S/PDIF optical out, Intel Gigabit ethernet and 7.1 channel HD audio backed by dedicated SupremeFX III circuitry. It comes with a software called ROG Gamefirst, which prioritizes your network traffic for seamless online gaming experience. It comes with an HDMI and a DisplayPort for display connectivity.
Oh and hey, look at these screenshots (courtesy maximumtech.net):
Assassin's Creed 3 Debut Trailer
Assassin's Creed III will star Ratohnhake'ton, an Assassin with Native American and British blood. Ratohnhake'ton adopts the name Connor and takes the fight to the Templars from "the vibrant, untamed frontier to bustling colonial towns [to] the intense, chaotic battlefields" of the Revolutionary War. Gamers expecting another yearly addition to the Assassin�s Creed canon will be in for a surprise as Ubisoft confirmed that Assassin's Creed III will be powered by a brand new engine. Dubbed Ubisoft AnvilNext, the engine is said to include "breakthroughs in visual quality, character models and artificial intelligence." That'll surely come in handy when Assassin's Creed III launches for the Wii U as well, which Ubisoft also confirmed today.
Radeon HD 7870 Overclock Guide
This is a Radeon HD 7870 Overclock Guide. We'll overclock based on a mild voltage tweak. By doing so we drive the R7870 into R7900 series performance. All you need is some free software and a little time to precisely determine and pinpoint your maximum yet stable overclock. Check out the full article right here.
Asrock Z77 Extreme9 and Fatal1ty X79 Champion
The Asrock Z77 Extreme9 is a very powerful, future-proofed, highly overclockable machine and has the most overclockable configurations. It supports the Next Gen Intel Core Processor and also 4 DIMM DDR3 memory up to 2800+(OC) MHz. Digi Power provides CPU Vcore voltage more efficiently and smoothly. Advanced 8 + 4 power phase design features sturdy components and completely smooth power delivery to the CPU. The most singing specification would be the onboard PLX PEX 8747 bridge. With this, ASRock Z77 Extreme9 is able to run dual VGA cards (2-Way SLI / CrossFireX) at PCIe Gen3 x16 / x16 mode or four VGA cards (4-Way SLI / CrossFireX) at PCIe Gen3 x8 / x8 / x8 / x8 mode.
The board even provides a remarkable mini-PCIe slot that is able to work with the bundled WiFi + BT module. Users can take advantage of WiFi 802.11n and Bluetooth v3.0 with ASRock Z77 Extreme9. In addition, ASRock has a pretty good idea which is to bundle a Wi-SB box with this board. Wi-SB box combines the 2 antennas for WiFi + BT and two front USB 3.0 ports. Coupled with WiFi + BT module and ASRock Wi-SB Box, users are assured to enjoy WiFi, BT and USB 3.0 function with this overclocking genius mainboard effortlessly.
Fatal1ty X79 Champion
High-performance PC is required to fight with the game. ASRock introduces a top gaming machine
Patriot Wildfire SE and Wildfire Pro SDDS
More news from Patriot today as they launched its new Wildfire Pro and Wildfire SE. Driven by the SandForce
Patriot Supersonic Boost XT USB 3.0 Drive
Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash, storage, and enthusiast computer products today launches its new Supersonic Boost XT USB 3.0 drive. Designed and built for even the most rugged applications, the Supersonic Boost XT will feature an ultra-durable rubberized housing for extreme protection. Offering transfer speeds of up to 90 MB/s, the Patriot Memory Supersonic Boost XT will deliver excellent transfer speeds, perfect for those who rely on having fast access to their data and media while trying to manage a busy lifestyle.
Measuring in at just over 6 centimeters long and 2 centimeters wide, the Supersonic Boost XT also features a small and light form factor for superior portability. Continuing on with Patriot Memory's award winning customer service, the Supersonic Boost XT will come with a 5-year warranty.
"The Supersonic Boost XT builds on two very established Patriot Memory brands", says Meng Jay Choo, Patriot Memory's Product Manager. "Merging the ruggedness of our Xporter line with the speed of our Supersonic line, then shrinking the form factor, positions the Supersonic Boost XT to be the best choice for ultra-demanding users looking for excellent portability."
- Hi speed USB 3.0 compatible (backwards compatible to USB 2.0)
- High transfer speed, up to 90 MB/sec
- Easy plug and play functionality
- Rubberized housing for durability
- Compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac OS9, X and later
Valve May be Working on Secret Steam Box Console
Over the weekend this rumors already appeared in our forums but the Verge has the story that they're not only working on such hardware, but they plan to make Steam 'the center of an open gaming universe that mirrors what Google has done with Android.'
Valve head Gabe Newell recently told Penny Arcade 'Well, if we have to sell hardware we will' and followed that up with 'We'd rather hardware people that are good at manufacturing and distributing hardware do [hardware]. We think it's important enough that if that's what we end up having to do, then that's what we end up having to do.' Meaning they might have someone else build the box for them, but the system would run Steam, and if this all turns out to be true, it could change the entire industry.
"Apparently meetings were held during CES to demo a hand-built version of the device to potential partners. We're told that the basic specs of the Steam Box include a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GPU. The devices will be able to run any standard PC titles, and will also allow for rival gaming services (like EA's Origin) to be loaded up.
Part of the goal of establishing a baseline for hardware, we're told, is that it will give developers a clear lifecycle for their products, with changes possibly coming every three to four years. Additionally, there won't be a required devkit, and there will be no licensing fees to create software for the platform.
We're hearing that a wide variety of USB peripherals will be compatible with the boxes, though it will likely ship with a proprietary controller. It's possible that the controller will even allow for swappable components, meaning that it can be reconfigured depending on the type of game you're playing. Think that sounds odd? Well Valve filed a patent for such a device last year. "
AMD Tenerife GPU Will Succeed Tahiti
Apparently, the successor to the Tahiti graphics processing unit will be something called Tenerife, after the largest of the Canary Islands in the Spanish offshore territory. It will be designed on the "Enhanced Graphics CoreNext" architecture, which could be a boosted version of the GCN used in the HD 7000 series.
The specs of the graphics cards based on it are 2,304 stream processors, a memory bus of 384 bits and 3GB of GDDR5 VRAM working at 6 GHz. The thermal design power is 250W, quite a bit lower than the 300W which NVIDIA's allegedly unbeatable Kepler is rumored to sport.
The stream processor count is quite relevant, since it more or less fits with the
HIS R7800 has Three IceQ X Models
HIS as well releases its Radeon HD 7800 series with a trio in their IceQ family.
These products are the HIS HD 7850 IceQ X, the HIS HD 7870 IceQ X, and HIS HD 7870 IceQ iTurbo. The first two use IceQ X cooling solutions as we have learned to like, finally a different cooler color though, black and silver.
The HD 7850 IceQ X comes with a clock speed of 860 MHz core and 1200 MHz (4.80 GHz effective) memory, which is reference. The HD 7870 IceQ X comes with a 1000 MHz core and 1200 MHz (4.80 GHz effective) memory also AMD reference.
There is one model that breaks from the standard ICEQ design and that would be the HIS HD 7870 IceQ iTurbo, check out the new cooler on that one, an aluminum 'channel' heatsinktied to four 8mm thick copper heat pipes. From what we learned is that this version as well will be clocked at reference clocks, whichw e find surprizing. Have a peek at the photo's.
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Windows 8 PC Comes in six flavors
Following the release of Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview on Wednesday which was super quick to see over a million downloads within the first 24 hours, through some deeper investigation via the system registry it's been discovered that there will likely be no less than nine variations of the operating system when it hits shelves later this year.
Hiding (obviously not all that well) within the registry are references to nine Windows 8 SKUs. Looking closer, there appears to be two new Enterprise editions, one of which is purely for evalulation purposes. From there we can see there's the return of a Starter edition, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional (and Professional Plus), then of course Ultimate sitting atop the pack.
Can you guess the ninth? Indeed it's ARM.
Club3D unveils four Radeon HD 7800 cards
Club3D introduced four new cards based on AMD's Radeon HD 7800 series:
In total Club 3D starts with 4 different versions on the 2 chipset variants 7850 and 7870:
- CGAX-7876 Club 3D Radeon HD 7870 with reference cooling
- CGAX-7876F Club 3D Radeon HD 7870 with own design and CoolStream Cooling
- CGAX-7856 Club 3D Radeon HD 7850 with reference cooling
- CGAX-7856F Club 3D Radeon HD 7850 with own design and Coolstream Cooling
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MSI Z77A GD65 motherboard preview
In this MSI Z77A GD65 motherboard preview we look at the hardware that will empower future Ivy bridge processors. Obviously we can't share any in-depth details on the chipset or upcoming generation processor, but have a look at the pretty pictures. So here's a quickie overview of what's up and coming.
Check out the preview here.
MSI R7800 Twin Frozr-family graphics cards
MSI announced two Radeon HD 7800 series graphics cards, both based on a TwinFrozr III cooling solution.
The two models are based on new 28 nm silicon by AMD, codenamed
GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7800 WindForce
GIGABYTE releases Radeon HD 7800 series with both a Radeon HD 7870 model and an HD 7850 one. GBT will implement WindForce cooling solutions.
The GV-R787OC-2GD, makes use of a long Ultra Durable VGA+ PCB by GIGABYTE and comes with a WindForce 3X cooler, The card is also said to feature a 5-10% stick overclock.
The HD 7850 card, the GV-R785OC-2GD, features a shorter PCB, and features a more compact twin-fan WindForce Anti-Turbulence cooler. This model features a 5% OC, too.
PowerColor PCS+ HD7870
Taipei, Taiwan Mar. 5th,, 2012 -- TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphic cards, today introduces the HD7800 series graphics solution and an overclocking edition, PCS+ HD7870, available at the same time. Equipped with new 28nm GCN architecture, PowerColor HD7800 series delivers cutting-edge efficiency and extraordinary performance with the support for vivid DirectX