Radeon HD 7950 Specs Reportedly Unveiled
With the Radeon HD 7970 now official, enthusiast
Intel Xeon E5-2690 Sandy Bridge-EP Performance
This one comes traight from TPU, they sourced a presentation, allegedly by Intel, detailing its Sandy Bridge-EP platform, and giving out early performance figures. After successful and trouble-free launches of its Sandy Bridge architecture across all PC form-factors, including the recently-launched Core i7 "Sandy Bridge-E" HEDT (high-end desktop), Intel is taking the architecture to its ultimate market, enterprise, where processors derived from it will make up new lines of Intel Xeon processor families. Intel has two branches of enterprise variations the architecture, Sandy Bridge-EN, designed for high-density, low-power servers, and Sandy Bridge-EP, designed for high-performance servers and workstations. Sandy Bridge-EP is multi-socket capable.
Sandy Bridge-EP uses essentially the same piece of silicon as Sandy Bridge-E, but enabled with several of its features otherwise off limits to the Core processor family. These include twoQuickPath Interconnect (QPI) links, which facilitate high-bandwidth inter-socket communication in multi-socket systems, up to eight cores, sixteen threads enabled by HyperThreading, and up to 20 MB of L3 cache memory. Like its Core family cousins, Xeon Sandy Bridge-EP packs a quad-channel DDR3 integrated memory controller, and PC3-12800 (DDR3-1600 MHz) is its optimal memory standard, but unlike it, supporting up to 768 GB of memory (by two sockets, eight DDR3 channels in all, LRDIMMs). Other key features are listed in the first slide below.
Elecom M-TG01DL Series Designer Wireless Mice
Japanese company Elecom unveiled its latest M-TG01DL series designer wireless mice. Available in color options of black, silver, and cherry-red, these right hand-oriented wireless mice use dark-field microscopic optical sensors that let you use it even on transparent glass surfaces with nothing underneath them (such as glass tables).
The sensor itself has a resolution of 1200 dpi, which is just fine for most non-gaming tasks.
The mice have five buttons apart from the scroll-wheel. The main unit communicates with a USB micro-receiver over 2.4 GHz radio band, and is powered by a single AAA-size battery which can provide up to 106 days of continuous uptime before needing a replacement. The mouse measures 51.0 x 77.0 x 32 mm (WxDxH), weighing 55 grams (without its battery). The M-TG01DL series will be available in the Japanese market in mid-January, its pricing is not known.
Intel cuts Sandy Bridge pricing
DigiTimes heard Intel notified its partners that it will reduce the pricing of its Sandy Bridge processors. Some Core i3 and i5 chips will see drops of 10-15 percent.
Since Intel is set to announce its next-generation Ivy Bridge-based processor in April of 2012, the company is hoping the price reduction could stimulate the market demand with several notebook vendors such as Lenovo, Asustek Computer and Acer have already dropped their Core i5-2430 equipped notebook model to below NT$20,000 (US$659) and Core i3-equipped models to below NT$13,000.
The sources also expect the vendors to drop the prices of their first-generation Core i5-based ultrabooks to US$799-899 in January of 2012 to clear up inventory and to avoid these machines from biting off demand from their next-generation ultrabook models.
Battlefield 3 - Final TV Spot
Hasbro sues ASUS for trademark Transformer breach
ASRock Readies New Fatal1ty Motherboard Intel X79 Chipset
ASRock is developing a new Fatal1ty-series board for Intel
All-Bamboo Wireless Keyboard Mouse Combo
It's a new wireless keyboard-mouse combo made it to online stores, that's fabricated almost completely of bamboo wood. Practically every part otherwise made of ABS plastic uses bamboo. The keyboard has a warm wooden feel to it; its frame, and all its keys are made of bamboo. The keys have their symbols/functions etched into them, instead of being printed or embossed upon them. It has a standard 108-key US-QWERTY layout, which also includes a few shortcut keys. Underneath is a common membrane switching mechanism. The keyboard connects to a USB micro receiver over 2.4 GHz wireless band.
The mouse, too, is fabricated almost entirely of bamboo. This includes its top side, its two main buttons, and its underside. The scroll-wheel is made of rubber. The mouse uses a common optical sensor that's fit for everyday tasks. Like the keyboard, the mouse talks to the receiver over 2.4 GHz wireless. The keyboard weighs 1020 g, with the mouse 69 g. The keyboard measures about 465 x 160 x 25 mm, and the mouse 57 x 94 x 35 mm. The combo is priced at US $89.
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LG shows 27-inch 3D Monitor with IPS Panel
LG Electronics has today shown in South Korea a sexy new (passive) 3D monitor, the 27-inch Cinema 3D DM92 series. While most details about this display will be supplied at CES 2012 in January, LG couldn't refrain from teasing and mentioned that the DM92 has a slim (1 mm) bezel and makes use of an e-IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel with 178/178 degree viewing angles.
The DM92 also boasts an LED backlight and hopefully it comes with a native resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels. Hopefully.
BF3 Free Physical Warfare Pack
Today, you can access the Physical Warfare Pack for Battlefield 3 on Xbox 360 and PC (PlayStation 3 players received this previously). As promised earlier, this pack is now available at no extra charge for all players.
Physical Warfare Pack grants you instant access to the powerful DAO-12 shotgun, if you haven't unlocked it already. It also features custom flechette ammo for the DAO-12, a flash suppressor for the SKS sniper rifle, plus the Type 88 Light Machine Gun.
This pack was previously only available as an exclusive pre-order item. Now we are making this available to all Battlefield 3 players at no extra charge.
On Xbox 360, you can find Physical Warfare Pack at no extra charge in the in-game store. On PC, the content should be automatically available in play and visible in Battlelog.
Now go grab your new hardware and take them to the battlefield!
Akella launching Postal 3 on Steam
Running With Scissor's Postal 3, was supposed to come out on Steam sometime yesterday afternoon, however the unlock countdown got shifted out an hour, then removed entirely with a 'December 2011' release window put up in its place. Not all is lost though, some users have found a way to snag a copy elsewhere, reportedly through Gamefly's PC game download service. Here's a short clip of a Youtuber playing through the first twelve minutes.
AMD Radeon HD 7970 review
We review the Radeon HD 7970. Injected in the 499 EUR / 549 USD price tag bracket the product will have to compete directly with the equally expensive GeForce GTX 580, it will actually be a decent notch better then that IMHO.
The results that you'll witness today will not dishearten. Where it matters (the latest and newer games) the Radeon HD 7970 will be a good 20%, 30% sometimes even 40% faster then the competition, and in the world of enthusiast graphics performance that's what we call, a product with a little extra booty.
Read the 25 page reference review right here.
- You can check out our R7970 vs CPU scaling article here.
- You can read our R7970 Overclock Guide article right here.
Crucial M4 128GB SSD review
We finally test the Crucial M4 128GB SSD and will check out the performance of this very popular SSD. Obviously the M4 series is nothing other then a success story, and with a lot of people not trusting SandForce anymore we'll have a peek, after which we'll dive into the technology behind it and obviously we'll present you a nice phat performance overview.
You can read the full review right here.
Intel Shows Off Android 4.0 Tablet with Medfield SoC
Archos 70b Honeycomb tablet for 199EUR
Archos introduces the 70b, a new Android 3.2 "Honeycomb" tablet that will be available by mid-January 2012 for 199EUR (including VAT).
ARCHOS, an award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, announced today the upcoming availability of the first Android* 3.2
YouTube hits 1 trillion playbacks
Besides the awe inspiring size of 1 trillion, YouTube is more popular than ever and it allows for content discovery like no other platform on the Internet. The site also allows for ridiculous videos to go viral giving the average citizen a chance at Internet fame which entices many to submit, sometimes odd, videos to the platform.
3D Stacking to be applied to DDR4
The idea behind 3DS is to use specially designed and manufactured master-and-slave DRAM die, with only the master die interfacing with the external memory controller. 3DS technology uses optimized DRAM die, single DLL per stack, reduced active logic, single shared external I/O, improved timing, and reduced load to the external world. This combination of features can improve timing, bus speeds, and signal integrity while lowering both power consumption and system overhead for next-generation modules, according to Micron.
In its video demo, Micron shows a timing limitation when reading from one rank and then from another. Due to the system limitation, there is a one-cycle gap on the data bus, which impacts overall system bandwidth. Micron
GOG.com Holiday Sale
Last week, we told you about GOG's upcoming Holiday Sale, forcing you to inhabit a dream of the future when you can buy old games cheaply. Now you can escape that reverie and feel the joy of $3 Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition in the real world, as the Holiday Sale has begun!
You'll find games like The Witcher, Beyond Good & Evil, Psychonauts, and the Incredible Machine Mega Pack for $5 each; Freespace 2, Master of Orion 1 + 2, and Fallout for $3 each; or, if you feel like playing something from this year, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings for $23.99.
When you're browsing the deals page, be sure to hit the "show more deals" button at the bottom because, you see, there are so many more deals. In fact, almost everything in the catalog is half off until January 2. Activision games go back to regular price on December 26, and Codemasters and Piranha Bytes are skipping the sale.