Star Wars: Battlefront Beta Graphics card VGA performance benchmark review
We showcase the Star Wars: Battlefront Beta with a graphics card VGA performance and benchmarks review. The game is to be released later this year, yet there starting at with an open beta. In this beta we have a first impression of the game, as well as the ability to have a quick peek at its performance. (article update October 9th: GTX 980 SLI results/FCAT added). You can read the article here.
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POV GeForce GTX 480 Ultra Charged released
How far can you push a GeForce GTX 480 pefore you run into limitations ? It's a processess that the TGT team from Point of View certainly is pushing the enveloppe on. They released the Ultra Charged TFC GeForce GTX 480 based on an Arctic Cooling solution.
This card does not come with the referenc clocks of 700 MHz for the GPU, 1,401 for the shaders and 3,700 for the memory but instead runs at 763 MHz, the 480 shader cores operate at 1,526 MHz and, finally, the 1536MB of GDDR5 VRAM at 3800 MHz.
The product itself really is the reference board with updated firmware and a massive three-slot (maybe even four from the looks of it) Arctic cooler with three fans.
We checked pricing and this board will carry a 529 EUR pricetag. Check the thumbnail ...
Thermalright 14cm VGA cooler with 8 heatpipes
Thermalright have recently launched a new VGA cooler under code name " SHAMAN". It's the world's first 14cm cooler with 8 heatpipes. TR will bundle SHAMAN with their latest TY-140 silent fan. The Shaman is aimed for extreme overclocks and at the same time quiet operation. Shaman will be released before end of September. Please see the link below for our official overview video.
I'm curious how many PCI slots you have to offer for this though ... that just does not look good.
Internet Explorer 9 Beta out for grabs
Microsoft has released the beta for the newest version 9.0 of their ever-so-popular Internet Explorer browser. The beta has all the features that will be seen come release, but does not however have the updated version 9 UI. You can download the beta here. Version 9 has some important new things about it. For starters, there is support for HTML 5 and CSS 3, and a new java script engine. IE9 also has an "Acid Test" feature that will let you test the compatibility and compliance of a website with IE9. Additionally, this new browser is programmed to use your GPU much better: IE9 uses your computer's GPU to enhance hardware scalable vector graphics (SVG), java script performance, and HTML5 performance.
IE9 packs a lot of enhancements and features such as HTML5 support, hardware acceleration graphics rendering using Direct2D, hardware accelerated text rendering using DirectWrite, hardware accelerated video rendering using Media Foundation, new streamlined and simplified address and navigation bar, faster java script , better CSS3 compliant support, SVG1.1 standards support, embedded ICC v2 or v4 color profiles support via Windows Color System, and more.
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ATI Catalyst 10.9 Win XP | 7 | Vista released
AMD Barts specifications leaked?
Asian tech site ChipHell published a leaked slide with the details of AMD's upcoming Barts PRO and Barts XT GPUs. These chips will replace the Radeon HD 5700 series, the most logical name would be Radeon HD 6750 and 6770 but there's also a rumor that the Barts GPUs may be launched as the Radeon HD 6800 series, as DVHardware just reported.
The slide claims Barts is based on the Cypress dual engine architecture and features full Cypress AA and pixel render performance. The Barts XT will feature 12 SIMDs, 48 texture units, 960 shaders, 32 ROPs, and 256-bit memory bus. The chip has a 850MHz core, 1GB GDDR5 clocked at 4200MHz and a TDP of over 150W. The Barts PRO is a cut-down version with 10 SIMDs, 40 texture units, 800 shaders, 32 ROPs and 256-bit memory bus. Core frequency is expected to be 700 to 725MHz, with 1GB GDDR5 clocked at 4000MHz and a TDP of under 150W.
The Barts PRO and Barts XT will take on NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 460 768MB and GeForce GTX 460 1GB, respectively, and promise to offer better performance per Watt. The Barts GPUs are expected to be introduced in October. Check the thumbnail:
Logitech Wireless Trackball M570
Ever sicne Microsoft released them, I personally have been using the Trackball explorer, and still love them dearly. Logitech just the trackball gun again also, as it just introduced the Wireless Trackball M570. The device has a shiny blue trackball, it supports the company's 2.4GHz wireless technology with a small USB Unifying receiver, and promises a battery life of up to 18 months from a single AA battery! The Logitech Wireless Trackball M570 should be available soon for around $59.99.
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AMD to release Catalyst drivers through Steam
AMD that future releases of the Catalyst driver wil also become available through Steam. Gamers with Radeon HD cards will receive automatic notifications in Steam when new drivers are available for their graphics card.
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its collaboration with Valve to deliver ATI Catalyst
Microsoft LifeCam Studio HD webcam
Microsoft has all sorts of peripherals to its name with lots of mice, keyboards, and webcams to choose from. The company has unveiled its latest webcam called the LifeCam Studio that offers up to 1080p resolution and lots more. Microsoft says the camera is the next best thing to being there when you want to video chat with someone.
The camera has a sensor that is twice as large as the sensor on 720p webcams and can adapt to changing light conditions for optimum performance. The camera is also fully compatible with video chat for Windows Live Messenger 11. The camera has a swivel mount that lets it pan 360-degrees for optimum placement and an elongated hood.
Other features include TrueColor technology to make colors accurate and lifelike in different lighting conditions. Microsoft also uses ClearFrame technology that helps provide smooth video in low light. The LifeCam Studio will sell for $99.99
Kingston AnnouncesUSB 3.0 Flash Drives
Kingston announced it is shipping its first USB 3.0 Flash drive. The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Flash drive takes advantage of the faster USB 3.0 specification that has up to ten times the data transfer rates of the current USB 2.0 specification.
The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 has a read speed of 80 MB/sec. and a write speed of 60MB/sec. It is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities. The combination of speed and size makes it ideal for data backup or fast transferring of large files including music, photos and videos. To ensure backwards compatibility, Kingston is also including a Y cable as some USB 2.0 ports require it to initialize USB 3.0 drives.
PowerColor adds power supplies
PowerColor widens up their product lineup with power supplies. The lineup includes modular 850W and 1000W units with 80Plus Bronze certification and also 500W and 600W fixed-wire models with 80Plus certification.
OCZ new ultra-low and extreme-low voltage DDR3 kits
OCZ issued some new ultra-low and extreme-low voltage DDR3 memory kits.
OCZ unveils new Ultra-Low Voltage (ULV) and Extreme-Low Voltage (ELV) high-speed DDR3 desktop memory, providing the optimal balance of performance and power efficiency in one solution. Committed to staying ahead of the curve, OCZ is offering enthusiast-grade memory that complies with the latest JEDEC "DDR3L" low-voltage standards which ensures that system RAM runs cooler and more efficiently during intensive multi-tasking, gaming, and productivity applications.
"We are pleased to announce a complete range of low-voltage memory offerings designed for the latest crop of energy efficient platforms," said Eugene Chang, Vice President of Product Management. "In the past, lower voltage meant lower performance, but now with our extreme-low voltage optimized memory, consumers don't have to sacrifice high performance to also achieve energy savings."
Developed for next generation platforms, OCZ Platinum ELV solutions run at only 1.35 volts and are the choice counterparts for leading-edge performance and reliability, meeting the demand for high-speed memory to function farther below the upper voltage threshold of Intel
Corsair offers new PSU line
Corsair announced its GS (Gaming Series) power supply lineup. These PSUs have a single +12V rail and feature a shiny LED fan. The Corsair Gaming Series Power Supplies are a good price-performance solution for building or upgrading a gaming PC.
The Gaming Series PSUs feature a single +12V rail, providing up to 65A of reliable, continuous power for multi-core gaming PCs with single or multiple graphics cards. The ultra-quiet, dual ball-bearing fan automatically adjusts its speed according to temperature, so it will never intrude on your music and games. Tri-color LEDs illuminate the transparent fan blades with blue, red, or white at your command; they can be turned off at the press of a button. (The GS600 features only blue LEDs). The entire family is 80 PLUS certified to deliver 80% efficiency or higher at normal load conditions, generating a minimal amount of excess heat.
Treyarch to charge for Black Ops dedicated servers
Treyarch has announced that it will charge users to create dedicated servers in the upcoming Call of Duty game, Black Ops. Servers are already available for pre-order. According to the GameServers pre-order page, players wishing to purchase a dedicated server will be required to shell out $14.95 a month for an 18 maximum player limit on ranked servers. Unranked servers will cost $0.99 a month per player up to maximum of 24 players.
There are fees for teamspeak support, and discounts for 3, 6 or 12 month prepays. User-rented servers will give their owner the ability to kick, ban, and configure at will, according to Treyarch community manager Josh Olin. Ranked servers, however, will have fewer options as these matches have criteria that can't be fiddled with by users. Call of Duty: Black Ops is set to hit store shelves on November 9 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and PC [via ggmania]
Adobe Flash-Player is hacked!
A critical vulnerability is released in the wild, infecting and exploiting all kind of platforms, from Windows and Linux to Mac OSX and Android smartphones. The vulnerability known as CVE-2010-2884 exists in Adobe Flash Player 10.1.82.76 and affects all previous versions, including Acrobat Reader. The malicious attacker can buffer overflow your system, causing a common crash, while he can take control of your computer
DisplayLink USB 3.0 takes major step toward any device
DisplayLink Corp., the market share leader with more than three million USB graphics users worldwide, today provided a glimpse at its new SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) chip platform for next generation displays, docking stations and other integrated devices to be showcased next week at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, California, in booth #948.
The new DisplayLink single-chip family, DL-3000 and DL-1000 series, includes integrated display and networking connectivity, high performance audio and HD video support, as well as third generation DisplayLink adaptive real-time compression technology that dynamically manages bandwidth, taking full advantage bi-directional throughput of SuperSpeed USB. This means multiple full HD videos, high resolution graphics and networking data can be processed simultaneously, while also substantially increasing today's HighSpeed USB (USB 2.0) graphics performance and enabling graphics delivery over gigabit Ethernet.