Razer's Naga Hex - RPG Mouse
nVIDIA Inspector Version 126.96.36.199 download
The nVIDIA Inspector Tool is basically an nVIDIA only GPU-Z utility but with a decent OverClocking feature and you can set your clocks and fan speeds. Orbmu2k has released this program, which seems to NVIDIA graphics cards and offers information on tools for GPU and memory clock speed, GPU operating voltage and fan speed increase.
This is a quite simple user interface with an application that will rely entirely NVIDIA drivers, so there is reason to be downloaded from NVIDIA's website WHQL-certified driver. The program offers roughly the same information as the GPU-Z program, but with a few extra spice box.
New Version 188.8.131.52: (Hotfix)
- fixed function 'ChangeWindowMessageFilter' not available on XP
- fixed frame rate limiter is already included since 280.26+ drivers
- improved profile combo handling to fix searching while dropdown is open will not change selected profile
- added image upload feature to driver profile settings toolbar
- holding CTRL while launch Monitoring from mainapp will start Monitoring standalone
[you can close inspector in this case without closing monitoring but they wont share sensor readings anymore]
- for profile settings you can drop a shortcut to the game EXE now and it will open the assigned profile
VIA Demos USB 3.0 Active Optical Cable
VIA officially announced the VIA Labs VO510 5Gb Optical Transceiver, a USB 3.0 Active Optical Cable (AOC) solutions. t can send multimedia, and other bandwidth-intensive content, over distances of 100 meters from an USB 3.0 connector.
This is possible while staying within the bounds of the SuperSpeed USB electrical specifications.
Now, USB 3.0 ports can be used for surveillance, zero client applications and even digital signage, among other things. We are very grateful to our partners, who worked closely with VIA Labs to bring the USB 3.0 AOC from concept to reality,
Thrustmaster Replica A-10 C Stick
They are still arround and kicking it well, Thrustmaster had its latest joystick for consumer flight-simulators on display at CES.
The design is a replica of the flight stick A-10 C Thunderbolt II ground-attack aircraft, an iconic plane for many military aviation enthusiasts. While games like Battlefield 3 don't give you playable a A-10 C, its playable fighters are equipped with chain guns that let you perform some ground-attack maneuvers. Apparently Thustmaster got all its design rights in order, as it bears the coveted "Hotas Warthog" and USAF badges. It is accompanied by a replica throttle unit - via TPU.
Check out the pics.
Kepler GPU hard launch now expected in April
Sources on the web guestimate that NVIDIA plans to launch its Kepler GPU in late March or April. It will be a hard launch with enough units for the "first wave" of consumers.
The company originally scheduled GeForce Kepler for the launch in the first quarter (i.e. fiscal fourth quarter 2012), Quadro Kepler was scheduled for the second quarter (i.e. fiscal first quarter 2013) and Tesla Kepler was scheduled for the third quarter (second fiscal quarter 2013).
However, the new plan calls for launching the GeForce Kepler when the company is able to insure hard availability and have all of its partners covered.
Cooler Master TPC 812 vapour chamber CPU cooler
Cooler Master has a vapour chamber CPU cooler on display at CES 2012. The TPC 812 has a copper base, six U-shaped copper heatpipes, a vapour chamber block in the middle, an aluminium fin array and a 120PWM fan.
The HSF uses the same fan bracket as the V6 and newer Hyper coolers, and supports Intel's new LGA2011 socket.
According to Cooler Master, the TPC 812 can handle over 240W of heat and performs close to or better than entry-evel single-radiator watercooling kits. Pricing is said to be around the $100 mark though, which seems quite excessive.
Samsung CES 2012 Press Conference video
Why Guru3D probably never will review Ubisoft titles anymore - Anno 2070
So it's Thursday in the 2nd week of January 2012. I Figure, hmm, it's time for a nice new VGA / graphics performance article on a game title. One of my favorite series is Anno, I still play Anno 1404 which in fact is included in our graphics card benchmark suite.
A few weeks ago the latest version of the game was released, Anno 2070. I've been playing it for a while now, and do like it despite the time it eats away ! :) Next to that, it's a good looking game as well with an updated graphics engine.
So yesterday I started working on a performance review. We know (well at least we figured we knew), that the game key can be used on three systems. That's fair, the first activation is used on my personal game rig. The second we installed on the AMD Radeon graphics test PC and the 3rd on our NVIDIA graphics test PC.
On the AMD Radeon PC we initially test the Radeon HD 7970, then to match the timedemo sequence we install the NVIDIA system, which has a GeForce GTX 580. So far it's all good, we have created a timedemo sequence, defined our image quality settings, took screenshots and the numbers for the first two cards.
For the NVIDIA setup I take out the GTX 580, and insert a GTX 590. When I now startup the game 'BAM', again an activation is required. Once again I fill out the key and now Ubisoft is thanking me with the message that I ran out of activations.
Here's what Ubisofts DRM is doing these days, they don't just verify the number of PCs you work on, nope .. they monitor hardware changes. So once we inserted that GeForce GTX 590 the hardware id # hash changed rendering our activation invalid.
What a bunch of rubbish ....
This means that if we'd like to make a VGA performance review on Anno 2070 we'd need to purchase the game seven times. Ubisoft claims that you can send an email towards their support so that the activations are reset, we did so .. yet are still awaiting reaction.
When contacting Ubisoft marketing here in the Netherlands, their reply goes like this: 'Sorry to disappoint you - the game is indeed restricted to 3 hardware changes and there simply is no way to bypass that. We also do not have 7 copies of the game for you'.
I'm sorry, but I am not about to purchase the title seven times to make a review that by default benefits Ubisoft sales.
Welcome to PC gaming Anno 2012.
Please find the results of our massive VGA performance review below on the one chart. With one hand in the air I wave to Ubisoft, more puzzled about this then anything. What do you think ?
Update monday Jan 16 - 2012:
We have been contacted by bluebyte over the weekend, the company that developed the Anno series. Our key has been pretty much unlocked allowing us to properly work on this article. To be continued ....
Above results are taken in High Quality mode AA enabled 16xAF and all settings at its highest.
Silverstone Temjin TJ04B-E
Introduced in 2004, the TJ04 has been a main stable of SilverStone
AXIOM EP125 V3 8 125 Watt Subwoofer Review
Recently, we reviewed the Axiom M3 v2 bookshelf speakers and found them to be great speaker for the price point but bookshelf speakers are only capable of reproducing the higher areas of the sonic spectrum.
Bookshelf speaker based audio systems require a subwoofer to produce the lower frequency ranges that the bookshelf speakers cannot accurate reproduce. Axiom produces a subwoofer which is said to be an excellent match sonically for the M3 speakers.
Check the review right here.
NVIDIA wanted to show kepler at CES but didn't
PowerColor show custom design 7970
All board partners release a reference Radeon HD 7970 design, PowerColor however has developed a custom version of AMD
EVGA SR-X Dual-Socket LGA 2011 Spotted
We mentioned this little puppy once or twice before, but it's been spotted and caught on camera at CES, yep the SR-X dual-socket motherboard.
With its ultra lrage form factor it offers support for not one but two LGA 2011 Intel processors Sandy Bridge-E for single-CPU setups, Sandy Bridge-EP for dual-CPU.
looking at the board you will spot 12 DDR3 memory slots allowing for up to 96 GB of RAM, two (one 8-pin and one 6-pin) power connector per CPU, six SATA and four SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) ports, seven PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots for SLI or CrossFireX configurations, PCIe disable switches.
Next to that more geeky'ness in the form of voltage read points, a debug LED, dual Gigabit Ethernet, two eSATA ports, 7.1 channel audio, Bluetooth, EVBot support, plus six USB 3.0 connectors.
The SR-X still hasn't been priced (which is prolly for the better). Neither is there an ETA for launch. But that would be alongside compatibel LGA 2011 Xeon MP processors.
85-inch 8K HD TV from Sharp
We talked about it before, but that was a 4K screen, this one is 7680 x 4320 pixels ! So that's 16x more pixels then Full HD :)
Sharp delivers an image from the future at CES 2012 by showing off a prototype of a 8K Super Hi-Vision 85" TV! With a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels this screen offers 16x more pixels than Full HD, but Sharp says it won't be available until sometime between 2020 and 2025.
With the resolution coming in at an astounding 7680 x 4320 pixels (10 bits per pixel), an uncompressed 30-minute broadcast would require about 6TB of data. The aspect ratio remains the same as with HDTV (16:9), but the framerate is set at a 60p format, while HDTV uses 24p, 30p or 60i. Out with the standard 7.1 surround sound as well. The UHDTV format supports up to a completely immersive 22.2 multichannel sound system, which was developed by NHK.
Interestingly, a 30-minute broadcast in uncompressed 8K would require about 6TB of data. Oh we so need viber Internet ...
Smaller Cooler Master Haf X spotted, the HAF XM
The chaps from TweakTown spotted the Cooler Master HAF XM at CES 2012, this is a new mid-tower version of the HAF X. More details and photos can be found over here.
The HAF XM will ship with a trio of 200mm fans, one in the front and two in the top. The top two can be removed to allow for a slim triple 120mm radiator, but does offer more room in the top cover for those who don't mind a little modding for the fittings to pass through the top of this chassis if a thicker radiator is a must. You also will find removable hard drive bays which can hold an addition six storage drives, and the back, under the 120mm exhaust fan, offers eight expansion slots for those Quad-Fire or Quad-SLI users.
ThermalTake and BMW Designworks reveal Level 10 M mouse
The design of the mouse is pretty unconventional, and I assume the price tag will be pretty high too. The immediate standout feature of the Level 10 M mouse is that it features a hollowed-out design that allows for height and angle adjustment of the mouse body. By turning a screw on the top side of the mouse, users can adjust the size and shape of the mouse, changing how it fits under the palm.
The Level 10 M mouse also features a perforated palm surface to help alleviate some of those sweaty gaming sessions with passive airflow. Click the thumbnail.
Zotac shows Mini-ITX Z77 motherboard
Zotac showed off a new Intel Z77 based Mini-ITX motherboard that is aimed at small form factor overclockers. This LGA1155 board draws power from 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors, it comes with 8-phase VRM, with a feature-rich controller, Pulse-made inductors, driverMOSFETs (DrMOS), and High-C capacitors. Ivy Bridge is supported out of the box, and the LGA1155 socket is powder-coated to prevent shrinking when subjected to subzero cooling.
The single expansion slot is a PCI-Express 3.0 x16. Storage connectivity includes two SATA 6 Gb/s, two SATA 3 Gb/s, and an mSATA slot (likely 3 Gb/s). Display connectivity only includes DVI and HDMI. General connectivity includes 8-channel HD audio, gigabit Ethernet, wireless b/g/n, and USB 3.0.