Dragon Age II PC Demo
The Dragon Age website offers downloads of the promised playable demo for Dragon Age II, BioWare's RPG sequel. In the demo, players will venture through the game's prologue, choosing from three different character classes.
They'll also learn more about Hawke and hone their skills and abilities that will make them the ultimate hero. After finishing the prologue, players will enter a key new location in the world of Dragon Age, Kirkwall, befriending Isabela, a romantic interest in the game who is also a deadly smuggler.
Upon completion of the demo, players will unlock a special weapon, Hayder's Razor, an ancient dwarven blade which increases health, mana, and combat abilities, in the full release of Dragon Age 2. If the PC, PlayStation and Xbox 360 demos reach a total of 1 million downloads, BioWare will also unlock two other items in the full game. The items are two books, The Far Cliffs of Kirkwall, which gives money when read, and Lothering's Lament, which gives an XP boost when read. All you need to do in order to ensure you get these unlocks is log into your EA account when playing the demo for the game. The full game ships on March 8, 2011 in the U.S. and March 11, 2011 in Europe. The demo is 1.98GB
Gigabyte to release X58-OC overclockers mobo
Gigabyte is working on a new X58 motherboard totally pimped up and designed for overclocking, as their blog reported. The new color schema is quite wicked alright, anyway the mobo will be called the X58-OC and will come with four PCIe x16 slots and one PCI slot.
With the help of two SATA (?) power connectors you can direct extra voltage to the graphics cards and the mobo has two 8-pin ATX power headers as well.
The board comes with dual-BIOS and handy power/reset/cmos buttons. Hiding under the heatsink are new 50A rated driver MOS chips used to deliver up to 600A(1200W) load via 12 phases. Dual power design is still in place providing redundant phase power and great phase control.
For the non-overclockers, the board also comes with two USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, six SATA 300 and two SATA 600 ports.
Expect this product to be released in March right after CeBIT.
Mushkin says no to 25nm SSDs
Here's a bold move, which I can appreciate for sure. Mushkin announced it will not switch its solid state disks from 34nm to 25nm NAND flash due to the reduced lifespan of the smaller NAND flash memory. The company says it will continue to stick with 34nm NAND flash memory until it's convinced of the effectiveness of 25nm NAND flash memory:
The Solid State Drive (SSD) market is one of the most exciting and fastest-growing segments in computer components today, and for good reason. SSDs offer a host of advantages over traditional platter-based Hard Disk Drives, with many of these advantages already known to seasoned computer enthusiasts.
Mushkin, Inc. has been very eager to release SSDs with the best specifications and quality control standards that exist. Our
Exceleram reveals 2GB DDR3 EP-series
Memory manufacturer Exceleram introduced a new 2GB DDR3 memory module that runs at 1333MHz with 9-9-9-24 timings and a voltage of 1.5V. You can get it in single, dual, and triple-channel bundles.
Landau, 21st February 2011: Exceleram - the High-end Memory Blacksmith in Landau / Germany announces the availability of 3 new parts of the EP-Series, and expanded its product range.
Intel Poulson Itanium to get eight cores
Intel's Itanium series will soon get an update with an eight-core part called Poulson (codename). This 32nm CPU will be the world's largest general-purpose processor designed to date, it packs 3.1 billion transistors on a 588mm
Super Talent shows CoreStore PCIe SSDs
Super Talent has two new storage products; the CoreStore MVMini PCIe SSD and the CoreStore MP PCIe SSD. Both products are available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB, in SLC (only 16GB to 64GB) and MLC NAND flash memory variants. The MLC-based editions offer a read speed of up to 350MB/s and write speeds of up to 80MB/s, while the SLC-based disks have the same read speed but a write speed of as high as 220MB/s.
Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced their CoreStore line of SSD solutions designed to bring a new level of performance to the SSD market.
By combining the very latest Marvel controller (88NV9143), new DDR ONFi 2 flash and plugging directly to the PCIe bus, Super Talent is now able to create two solutions that deliver unforeseen performance.
Available in two standard formats, mini-PCIe and PCIe Card, Super Talent has a drive to fit many popular applications. The mini-PCIe card (30mm x 50.95mm) is perfect for embedded applications, Industrial PCs, All-in-One PCs, Netbook PCs, Notebooks. Don't have a mini-PCIe slot, Super Talent also offers a version of this product that will plug directly into a standard PCIe card slot; perfect for any Desktop PC. Note: Gen 2 PCI slot required for top speeds.
"By utilizing our relationships with both first tier controller manufactures and DDR flash manufactures, we are able to create innovate solutions such as the CoreStore SSD and offer them to our customers before anyone else"., CH Lee COO of SuperTalent.
Windows 7 SP1 released Today
Microsoft has announced that the first service pack for Windows 7 operating system would be available for public download from February 22 onwards.
For users, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 doesn't pack any new feature but is a cumulative bunch of security updates and hot fixes. From today, Microsoft Developer Network subscribers, TechNet subscribers and Volume License customers would be able to download the Windows 7 SP1. Windows 7 SP1 would be available as a direct download from Microsoft Download Center or through Windows Update. Before you start updating:
- Ensure the laptop is plugged in to an electrical outlet (AC) while installing Windows 7 SP1
- Save work and take back up of important files before you start the installation since it requires a reboot and implements number of changes
- Installing Windows 7 SP1 requires a bit more hard drive space. Use Disk Cleanup tool to assist in freeing up hard drive space.
For those who may want to free up hard drive space, it is possible to remove the service pack installation specific files after installing Windows 7 SP1. After installing Windows 7 SP1, you can remove the service pack installation files by running Disk Cleanup and clicking on the 'Clean up system files' button and checking 'Service Pack Backup Files' to free up space.
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Game releases for Feb 21 Feb 28
This week sees the first DLC for Fallout: New Vegas released on the 22nd as well as the major releases Bulletstorm and Killzone 3. Also of note for old school gamers is the Dreamcast Collection, available on PC and Xbox 360 from the 22nd.
Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic review
Palit submitted their GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic, a product that comes with a nice factory overclock and a rather silent cooler. It comes factory clocked at 900 MHz on the primary GPU core and 4200 MHz on the memory at default. All factors combined deliver a product onto the market that is quite interesting performance and features wise, a product that is noiseless and has a power consumption level we can all life with.
But hey now, have a quick peek at the Palit model and then let's head onwards into the review.
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Corsair Gives 25nm SSDs A Suffix
Corsair shared more info its plans for the upcoming transition from 34nm to 25nm NAND flash memory on its solid state disks.
The 25nm NAND flash memory is cheaper to manufacture but the downside is that it's less durable and somewhat slower than the previous generation. The company says more over-provisioning will be needed to ensure reliability, and reports tests show a roughly 3-4 percent drop in performance. All of Corsair's new Force SSDs with 25nm NAND will get an "-A" suffix to make it easy to determine the difference with the 34nm disks.
Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced its plans for the upcoming transition from 34 nanometer to 25 nanometer flash chips used on its solid-state drives.
Google Chrome 10 beta shows big boost in JS performance
Google has made Chrome 10 beta public, you can grab it over here. This new release promises a 66 percent enhancement in java script performance and offers GPU-accelerated video support, which should decrease CPU usage by up to 80 percent. Other new features include password synchronization and two new settings features that make it easier to customize Chrome to your liking.
In our new beta release, java script is as quick as a bunny. With a new speed boost that we previewed in December, Chrome
Jurassic Park - The Game Trailer
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Intel 510 SATA III - 6G SSD soon
Obviously the product is aimed at PC Enthusiasts, gamers and workstation users. The 2.5" 9.5mm drive is available in two capacities: 120GB and 250GB.
The 510 series features :
- Up to 470MB/s Read; 315MB/s Write (128K Seq, 8GB span, QD=32)
- Up to 20,000 4K Rand Read; 5,000 4K Rand Write (8GB span, QD=32)
- Compatible with Intel 6 Series Express Chipsets
- Intel 34nm NAND MLC
The 120GB version will cost about $280 while the 250GB version will cost about $580.
Auzen X-Meridian 7.1 2g soundcard review
With a name like X-Meridian 2G, the guys at Auzentech have a tough act to follow, is the design up to the task? Today in the Guru3D Audio Lab we have a brand new Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 2G, so let's get to it and see if Auzentech can release a new version of a legendary audio card.
The original X-Meridian marked a dramatic shift in the market and peoples understanding of these devices. Since the XM was focused on sound and component quality, new users started taking notice of what was actually on their cards instead of just what features they offered.Check out the Guru3D review right here.
Sparkle Calibre X570 Graphics Card
Sparkle introduced the Calibre X570 graphics card , delivering cooling performance and the broadest set of features for gamers who demand the best. With the excellent cooling solution from Accelero Xtreme, the Calibre X570 Graphics Card brings ultimate DX11 performance with OC function.
This offers opportunities for enthusiasts and anyone intent on more hardcore applications to tap their full, powerful potential. Compared to reference GeForce GTX 570 graphics cards on market, the the Calibre X570 Graphics Card is overclocked out of box, it boosts the core, shader and memory clocks significantly to 772MHz, 1544MHz and 4212MHz, bringing better performance in the latest DX11 games.
Accelero Xtreme Cooling Solution
Using the Accelero Xtreme cooling solution from Arctic Cooling, the Calibre X570 Graphics Card provides ultimate cooling weapon for hardcore gamers. The Accelero Xtreme features 5 heatpipes, 107 fins and 3 PWM fans. The radical optimized air flow design is targeting to cool effectively up to 225 Watt heat dissipation. The Accelero Xtreme can dramatically cool the temperature of the GTX 570 GPU at least 15