Enermax DreamBass AP001 improves laptop audio output
Well, ehm Enermax is releasing the DreamBass AP001, a new USB device that seeks to improve the audio capabilities of your laptop. It's only for headphones and microphones though, it won't do anything for your internal speakers.
It's based on a VIA VT1620A USB 2.0 2-channel HD audio CODEC for stereo output with 24-bit resolution and 96 kHz sample-rate. It has a signal-noise ratio of 80~90 dBA, which is not much of a departure from most laptops' HDA CODECs, if it isn't for the MOSFET-based amplifier circuit packed into the DreamBass AP001, that's capable of 80Hz/+6dB Bass.
It has a 3.5 mm stereo jack and mic input. Enermax also has a variant called the AP001E, which includes earphones that have 10 mm drivers, 95 dBA SNR, and 32 ohm impedance. The DreamBass AP001 is priced at 3,280 JPY (US $43); the AP001E goes for 3,980 ($52.2).
ThermalTake Level 10 GT Call of Duty edition
ThermalTake demonstrated several upcoming products at the Taipei Game Show 2012. It includes new mice and new cases, with one of the most extraordinary products being the Level 10 GT Call of Duty Version. This case goes over the top with a military styling that includes a rocket launcher as a handle and a six barrel machine gun that can rotate once power is attached.
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Jagged Alliance: Back in Action Demo
Kalypso Media and bitComposer Games have released a playable demo for Jagged Alliance: Back in Action, the latest installment in the series developed exclusively for PC. The demo includes one tutorial mission, the Orta Laboratory level which takes place about 2/3 of the way through the game and challenges players to demonstrate their advanced tactical planning skills through the 'Plan & Go' system.
The demo also offers a pre-assembled team of veteran mercenaries, armed to the teeth and ready for action. Jagged Alliance: Back in Action will be launched on February 10th, 2012.
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MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 12 released
Guru3D and MSI have been working hard on AfterBurner, today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities.
Today we released an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities. We're happy to see MSI Afterburner is leading the overclock applications. MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 12 is ready
Changes list includes:
- Memory clock limit has been extended to 180% on AMD RADEON 79x0 graphics cards in unofficial overclocking mode
- Added low-level clock frequencies monitoring for AMD RADEON 79x0 graphics cards
- Added PowerTune adjustment slider for AMD HD 6xxx and 7xxx series graphics cards
- Improved overclocking profiles format provides compatibility with future graphics cards. Please take a note that existing overclocking profiles (startup overclocking profile and profile slots) will be ignored and must be recreated in new version
- MSI On-Screen Display server has been upgraded to v4.3.2. New version gives the following improvements:
- Added gamma corrected video capture support
- Framerate limit ratio for video capture in no longer controlled via the server's profiles. Now it can be adjusted directly into MSI Afterburner's video capture properties
- Added Direct3D9Ex support (DOTA 2 and Darkness 2 demo)
- Improved desktop windows notification mechanism eliminates unwanted beeps occurring on some systems during the server startup / shutdown
- Output video dimensions are now cropped to be multiple of 16 to improve compatibility with some third party MJPG decoders
- Improved OpenGL On-Screen Display coordinates calculation for framebuffer coordinate space mode
- Now "Enable compatibility with modified Direct3D runtime libraries" option is compatible with Direct3D9 game engines using double FPU precision (MassEffect series)
Jetway Mini-ITX Motherboards Atom CPUs
Mini-ITX motherboards are still getting built. Jetway launched the NF9C-2600 and NF9D-2700 mini-ITX motherboards. Both of them feature the NM10 Express chipset and use of the members of the N2000 Atom series.
To be more specific, the NF9D-2700, as the stronger of the duo, features an Atom D2700 chip, a dual-core unit with 4 threads, 1 MB L3 cache and a clock speed of 2.13 GHz.
Meanwhile, the NF9C-2600 lets buyers choose between an Atom N2600 (1.6 GHz) and an N2800 (1.83 GHz).
The former chip is a dual-core model with 4 threads and L2 cache memory of 1 MB, while the latter is similarly endowed, only with a frequency of 1.83 GHz. Both motherboards have PCI slots (one each) and mini PCI Express (again, one each), plus a pair of DDR3 SO-DIMMM memory slots.
Furthermore, NF9C-2600 integrates a pair of SATA 6.0 Gbps ports, one SATA 3.0 Gbps port, Gigabit Ethernet and a Realtek ALC662 audio codec, plus three USB 2.0 ports and HDMI.
As for the NF9D-2700, it has two SATA 3.0 Gbps ports instead of just one, two SATA 6.0 Gbps connectors, dual Gigabit Ethernet, four USB 2.0 ports, D-sub and HDMI and a 5.1 channel VIA VT1705 HD Audio Codec.
Only the price of the NF9C-2600 bearing the N2600 is known: $150 which is roughly 113.67 Euro.
Mozilla Firefox 10.0 Available for Download
Mozilla released 10.0 version of the Firefox browser for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. This release includes several fixes, brings a hidden forward button (which appears when the user navigates back), Full Screen APIs, and features support for WebGL Anti-Aliasing, CSS3 3D-Transforms, and for the < bdi > element for bi-directional text isolation.
To download Firefox 10.0 (for any of three platforms mentioned above) visit this page.
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MSI leaks Radeon HD 7000 series roadmap
CPU world reports that MSI published a Radeon HD 7900 series info kit that includes launch dates of the other Radeon HD 7000 series cards. If AMD doesn't change its launch dates, the Radeon HD 7700 cards should arrive on February 15th while the Radeon HD 7800 cards are slated for March.
The launch date of the 7990 is still unknown. According to the roadmap, HD7750 and HD7770 will be available on February 15. Both cards will have 1 GB of GDDR5 memory, and from previous reports we also know that the boards will have 900 MHz core frequency, 896 and 832 stream processors, and 56 and 52 texture units. The HD 7770 will be priced at $149, and HD 7750 will be $10 cheaper.
In March AMD will release HD 7850 and HD 7870 GPUs, both featuring 2 GB of RAM. The 78x0 series will have core and memory frequencies, comparable to 77x0 series, however they will pack from 1280 (HD 7850) to 1408 (HD 7870) stream processors, and from 80 to 88 texture units. HD7870 will retail for $299, and HD7850 will be $249.
The roadmap doesn't have launch date for HD 7990 card. Based on older reports, this dual-GPU card could launch in March 2012, and it will cost $849.
Flying People in New York City
Haha, remote controlled aircraft built in the shape of a human being were flown over the New York City area recently to the surprise of many onlookers. Just goes to prove that you can still catch New Yorkers off guard with a new and innovative idea, even if it is just for advertising.
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ARCTIC releases Accelero Xtreme 7970
ARCTIC is proud to release its new VGA cooler - the Accelero Xtreme 7970, which is compatible with the world
GeForce Forceware 295.51 Download Available
This is the first beta release from the R295 GeForce family of drivers is available for download. This driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs.
New in 295.51
Adds SLI profiles for :
- Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
- Oil Rush
- Red Faction: Armageddon
Adds support for 3D Vision windowed mode on DLP HDTVs and on Optimized for GeForce passive 3D monitors
Adds or updates 3D Vision profiles for:
- The Adventures of Tintin
MSI Launches Radeon HD 7950
MSI officially announces the R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC graphics card built on the latest AMD 28nm Radeon HD7950 GPU with PCI Express Gen 3 support. MSI's exclusive Twin Frozr III thermal design features dual 8cm Propeller Blade fans to achieve up to 10?
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 WindForce 3
Carrying the model number GV-R795WF3-3GD Gigabyter introduced the R7950 WindFDorce 3 model. The card comes with a Gigabyte's custom-design WindForce 3 cooling solution.
The heatsink is ventilated by three 80 mm fans. The card is factory overclocked out of the box, the GV-R795WF3-3GD comes with clock speeds of 900 MHz core and 1250 MHz (5.00 GHz effective) memory. It is priced at US $489.99
Swiftech Komodo Radeon HD 7970 waterblock
The colleagues at TPU found pictures of Swiftech's upcoming Komodo full-coverage waterblock for AMD's Radeon HD 7970 graphics card. Pricing and availability is unknown:
Called the Komodo HD 7970, the block confines itself to the size of one expansion slot with an included single-slot bracket. The monolithic black design adds a lot to the aesthetics of the card, including its fittings area. The primary material of the block is nickel-plated copper. The portion of the block over the GPU has a 0.25x0.25 Micro Pin matrix, which maximizes heat dissipation to the coolant. Unlike other full-coverage blocks where a portion of the block that doesn't have flowing coolant makes contact with the VRM, the Komodo HD 7970 has "active" VRM cooling, where the area over the VRM has its own coolant chamber, and is part of the coolant's primary flow.
Intel ships 32nm Sandy Bridge CPUs without GPU
Reported a couple of times altready, Intel now has ofiically added three new IGP-less Core i5 processors to its official price list.
The chips come with their GPUs disabled and can be identified by the model numbers 2550K, 2450P, and 2380P. That first CPU features a fully unlocked upper multiplier, so it's the one you'll want.
Versus the existing Core i5-2500K, the 2550K offers 100MHz increases in base and Turbo frequencies, bringing the chip up to 3.4GHz with a 3.8GHz Turbo peak. Those speeds match the Core i7-2600K, which offers additional cache and Hyper-Threading support missing from the i5 series. Intel is selling the 2550K at $225
Big Android Malware Infection - Symantec
Calling it the largest Android malware infection ever, Security software vendor Symantec has discovered 13 apps from three developers (iApps7, Ogre Games and redmicapps) which are carrying the Android.
Counterclank spyware which is technically a trojan and is a minor modification of Android.Tonclank. Some of these apps have been available on Android Market for at least a month. The malware is capable of receiving remote commands without your knowledge and can steal information from your device. According to Symantec, it has infected between 1 million and 5 million Android devices so far.