Enthusiast gaming hardware is $9.5 billion market
Our good friend Jon Peddie issued a paper that claims 46 percent of dollars spent in 2009 on gaming PC hardware were directed to toward the Enthusiast class. JPR reports expenditures on enthusiast-class gaming hardware were $9.5 billion last year, and expects this will grow to almost $12.5 billion in 2013. This includes all kinds of top-of-the line stuff, including boutique PCs, high-end processors and graphics cards, solid state disks, gaming mice/keyboards, watercooling, speakers, displays, etc.
While total expenditure will continue to increase, JPR estimates the enthusiast class will lose market share to the performance and mainstream classes from 46 percent to 35 percent of dollars spent. One of the reasons for this is that a lot of games are cross-platform, consoles are less powerful than current gaming hardware and cutting-edge is only necessary for the most demanding games.
Ted Pollak, Video Game Industry Analyst for JPR, cites a number of influences for this phenomenon. "PC hardware has caught up to most of the software and people are able to play computationally intensive games on Performance level systems. Performance systems now even support high resolution for all but the most demanding simulations and FPS's. The frequency of Direct X updates is also driving some people toward mid-range GPU's. Some gamers are buying Performance GPUs at a higher refresh rate to engage the latest Direct X version, instead of a longer term investment for Enthusiast GPU's."
Despite this phenomenon, the high end will always be a good market. There is a style element to the Enthusiast class as well as what we call a "muscle car element". Enthusiast level hardware purchasers will spend hundreds, sometimes thousands more, to maximize gaming performance, and have the cutting edge of engineering and technolgy such as S3D (stereovision) and HD 120 Hz monitors.
Jon Peddie, President of JPR, noted that for all levels of hardware "gamers are ordering, building, and modding their rigs with components that just a few years ago were simply not available with any economy of scale. SSD's, water cooling, gaming mice and keyboards and other components have come to the Performance class and gamers are starting to snap them up. "
The company also released a report about Do-It-Yourself (DIY) PC builds and PC upgrades, they estimate this market is worth about $10.4 billion in sales annually:
In addition to the PC Gaming Hardware Market Report, JPR has just released a Global Market Analysis for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) PC builds and PC upgrades. The market is significant with approximately $10.4 billion in sales annually. This total addressable market estimate goes beyond video games and includes all purchasing motivation, including business applications.
The analysis includes estimates of refresh rates for System Integrated PCs, Gamer System Integrated PCs, DIY builds, and Gamer DIY builds. The DIY/Upgrade Market Analysis also estimates the number of DIYers, the number of PC's upgraded annually, the System Integrated/DIY ratio, and a component ASP analysis for Mainstream, Performance, and Enthusiast DIY builds.
AMD Catalyst 10.3 is Out!
CatalystMaker, the man behind the Catalyst Development has just announced a couple of minutes ago that the new
Catalyst 10.3 Final drivers are out!
It seems AMD/ATI anticipated the release of the new Fermi based NVIDIA cards.
So here it is, the long awaited 10.3 with massive improvements on Crossfire Scaling and General Performance is out.
(on a personal note, even on my Tri-Crossfire 4870x2 I am experiencing HUGE improvements, more than 10 FPS improvement on framerate and much less micro-stuttering).
The download Links are as follows:
Unigine Heaven v2.0 released
- Heavier tessellation load
- Several major optimizations of the engine
- Added new elaborated objects in the world
- Physics-driven flags
- More dynamic lights
- Enhancements of some old assets
- Introduced "moderate" and "extreme" tessellation modes
Realtek HD Audio 2.45 Driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Driver Package R2.45
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
Download CPU-Z 1.54
CPU-Z is a diagnostic tool that provides information on your CPU, including: processor name and vendor, core stepping and process, processor package, internal and external clocks, clock multiplier, partial overclock detection, processor features, supported instructions sets, L1 and L2 cache information, location, size, speed, and technology.
CPU-Z is a freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system.
* Name and number.
* Core stepping and process.
* Core voltage.
* Internal and external clocks, clock multiplier.
* Supported instructions sets.
* Cache information.
* Vendor, model and revision.
* BIOS model and date.
* Chipset (northbridge and southbridge) and sensor.
* Graphic interface.
* Frequency and timings.
* Module(s) specification using SPD (Serial Presence Detect) : vendor, serial number, timings table.
* Windows and DirectX version.
- Intel Core i7-880, Core i5-680, Core i3-550 processors.
- Intel Xeon 5600 line (32nm) processors.
- AMD Phenom II X6, Sempron II, Turion II, Turion II Ultra and Athlon II Mobile "Caspian" processors.
- NVIDIA GeForce 320M chipset.
- AMD 870/880G/890GX + SB800/SB850 chipset.
- Introduction of validation rooms.
Just Cause 2
Just Cause 2 has just being released again by Square-Enix team, this pretty game pretends to do what others do not.
Exagerate things! This is a game dedicated to all of those that believe to be "cool" to jump from high distances to an Helicopter in movement, explode things in the air, totally unrealistic and Hollywood-like, but, at the same time, give you a fun time with it.
The game is out for XBOX360, PC and PS3, you can also download the Demo from here for all platforms.
The basic plot of the game is as follows...
The orders are simple: hunt down and execute a rogue agent that has stolen top-secret intelligence and millions in Agency cash. For agent Rico Rodriguez, the mission is anything but routine. The target is Tom Sheldon, Rico
Cogage Arrow CPU Cooler review
Cogage Arrow CPU Cooler review
Next to that we see a clever mounting system and heaps and heaps of space to use any kind of fan on there, including 140mm fans, if you desire to do so of course. And before you get confused, Cogage is a daughter brand of Thermalright. Let's find out how well it performs.
Check out the article right here.
More Phenom II X6 Specs revealed
Inno3D plans watercooled Fermi
The chaps at Expreview report Inno3D has developed a watercooling solution for the NVIDIA Fermi. The waterblock is smaller than the company's GeForce GTX 295 waterblock, it measures 164mm x 104mm x 19.6mm and weighs 912g.
The block base is made of C1100 copper with nickel-plating, while the top cover is made of POM (Polyoxymethylene plastic). The model uses G1/4" thread and includes SLI adapters/fittings.
StoneGiant BitSquid Engine DX11 tech demo
StoneGiant allows consumers to test the overall performance of their consumer-based GPUs. Based on the BitSquid Tech, StoneGiant has primarily been used to test the tools and technology in a real-world production environment with the talented artists of Fatshark. The public StoneGiant demo release is expectedin two weeks.
"With DX11 hardware becoming more readily available, we decided now would be a good time to highlight the advanced features of our engine, including DX11 and tessellation support", said Tobias Persson, Lead Engineer at BitSquid. "Tessellation adds an awful lot to the visual fidelity of the scene and is something that consumers can readily see for themselves. We are looking forward to seeing how games will take advantage of our engine."
BitSquid Tech is available for licensing soon for the PC, with PS3 and Xbox360 versions available by Q3 of 2010.
NVIDIA Forceware 197.25 Drivers Out
GeForce 200 series:
GTX 260, GTX 295, G210, 205, GTX 275, GTX 280, GTS 240, GT 220, GTS 250, GT 240, GT 230, 210, GTX 285
GeForce 100 series:
GT 130, G 100, GT 140, GT 120
GeForce 9 series:
9600 GT, 9400, 9300 GE, 9200, 9600 GSO, 9400 GT, 9800 GT, 9500 GT, 9300, 9800 GTX/GTX+, 9500 GS, 9800 GX2, 9600 GS, 9300 GS
GeForce 8 series:
8800 Ultra, 8800 GTS, 8400 GS, 8300, 8800 GTS 512, 8500 GT, 8300 GS, 8600 GT, 8800 GT, 8100 / nForce 720a, 8200, 8600 GTS, 8800 GTX, 8400 SE, 8400, 8800 GS, 8600 GS
GeForce 7 series:
7300 LE, 7950 GT, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7550 LE, 7950 GX2, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 610i, 7900 GS, 7500 LE, 7350 LE, 7900 GTX, 7800 SLI, 7600 GS, 7600 LE, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7800 GS, 7300 GS, 7900 GT/GTO, 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7300 GT, 7150 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7800 GTX, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 620i, 7100 GS, 7650 GS, 7600 GT, 7300 SE / 7200 GS
GeForce 6 series:
6600 VE, 6200SE TurboCache, 6500, 6100 nForce 420, 6600, 6800 XE, 6600 GT, 6800, 6100 nForce 405, 6800 Ultra, 6800 LE, 6150SE nForce 430, 6800 XT, 6150LE / Quadro NVS 210S, 6200 TurboCache, 6250, 6800 GT, 6200 A-LE, 6800 GS/XT, 6150 LE, 6200, 6600 LE, 6100, 6150, 6700 XL, 6610 XL, 6800 GS, 6200 LE, 6100 nForce 400
ION LE, ION
Hands on with Eyefinity6 - Preview Video
Currently we are testing ATI's Radeon 5870 Eyefinity6 - in CrossfireX actually. Early next week we'll have a nice article ready for you where we'll show you how to build such a setup, what is needed. And then obviously we'll have a chat about performance but most of all we like to show you little video showcases with a lot of games.
The new Catalyst 10.3 drivers now also come with Bezel management, greatly helping out in games. Have a little preview of what's to to come:
Battlefield Bad Company 2
What a great title this is. Check out the video. We have totally nice framerates and the game is very playable. Bezel correction is active here as you can see.
More next week ...
Command & Conquer 4
Although Command & Conquer 4 was released more than a week ago, I felt the need to post this news because of the importance of this game.
Although I do not like what this game has given (or taken) to the saga, maybe someone probably like it.
But before you go ahead and buy it, beware, there are some things you need to know about this one.
The basic differences of C&C4 against all of the rest are as follows:
- Permanent connectivity to the internet required, even playing Skirmishes and Single Player Missions.
- The LAN mode has being eliminated
- Base-Building is no more! (This one will be most shocking to fans of the saga)
- No more Tiberium Harvesting and resources in-fighting.
- Focus of Game is to control Domination Points ala-Battlefield.
- Graphics had been modified to fit the "Cartoonish-Style" of the latest Red Alert so the game looks less realistic than C&C3 and more Colorful and Kid-like.
This new one has a style similar to BattleField on RTS, you command troops to control Domination points, battle will not be what it used to be in the last one "Kane's Wrath", hell! game will not be anything similar to the previous one!
Although personally I do not like not even one feature (or taken feature) of the new one, someone probably will, still if you want to try it you can buy it from EA or your local store of choice, only for PC at the moment, you can check the official website here.
MSI R5870/R5850 Twin Frozr II launched
MSI, the world-leading manufacturer of mainboards and graphics cards, today launched the R5870/R5850 Twin Frozr II, the latest in the Twin Frozr series of graphics display adaptors designed for outstanding cooling performance that have won praise from the media. In addition to the latest technologies such as ATI Stream, Eyefinity and DX11, which are supported by the standard ATI Radeon HD5870 and HD5850 GPUs, the new models have also inherited MSI's technical excellence in thermal design.
Not only are R5870/R5850 Twin Frozr II equipped with military class components where it matters the most, the new models have also adopted a powerful cooling device designed for Twin Frozr II - dual 8-cm PWM fans and dual 8-mm SuperPipe technology for an even more outstanding thermal design, all the while maintaining low-noise performance during operation. These are products that should not be missed by consumers who value both performance and silence.
Super big 8-cm Dual Fans with PWM and Dual 8-mm SuperPipe Technology
Compared with ordinary single-fan designs, the all-new MSI R5870/R5850 Twin Frozr II has adopted the huge 8-cm PWM fans to double the airflow during operation. It can also remove the generated heat more quickly while reducing the operational noise with its auto-load speed detection capability. In addition, Twin Frozr II's special super-dense fin and dual 8-mm SuperPipe technology are able to accelerate heat dispersion and to maintain the stability of the system. Therefore in an actual full-speed test, they can lower the temperature by up to 12
Intel brings TRIM to SSDs in RAID
Nice move from Intel.
Upto this point RAID setups did not have support for the TRIM command features in the Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 and Linux 2.6.33+ operating systems.
This made solid state drives rather unsuited for long-term configuration in any RAID setup. Seeing this as a serious limitation, Intel wrote a driver that is able to activate this function even in RAID, obviously the drives themselves need to support it.
This technology provides support for the following features:
Gigabyte Sells 1 Million USB 3.0 Motherboards
Patriot Bolt USB drives with 128-bit AES
USB drives get more and more secure. Patriot will soon introduce Bolt, a new USB flash drive with 128-bit AES encryption support to keep your data safe. Intruders have only ten attempts to guess your password, afterwards the Bold automatically destroys all data.
The USB drive has an aluminium enclosure and offers read speeds of up to 27MB/s and write speeds of up to 13MB/s. It will be available in capacities from 6GB to 64GB, with prices ranging from 25.90EUR to 310EUR.
Google exits China, routes traffic to Hong Kong
A shame that this had to happen really, but clever solve. After weeks of negotiations with Chinese authorities, Google has stopped censoring results on its Chinese search engine. Starting today, visitors of the Internet giant's Chinese website are redirected to the Google's Hong Kong site, which offers Chinese-language service with uncensored results.
Google announced in January that it had traced a sophisticated cyber-attack to China, and as a result would no longer filter results in its Chinese search service. Google acknowledged that the move could result in having to withdraw from direct competition in China, where Internet search sites are required to censor politically sensitive topics.
Since then, Google has sought to engage with Chinese authorities over how it could operate in the country without filtering results. Theoretically, China-based users could continue to connect to sites such as google.com or google.com.hk following the company's shuttering of google.cn, though their access could become unreliable.
A Chinese government official in charge of the Internet bureau under the State Council Information Office responds to Google, accusing the search engine has "violated its written promise" and is "totally wrong" by stopping censoring its Chinese search results and blaming the Chinese government for alleged hacker attacks:
"Google has violated its written promise it made when entering the Chinese market by stopping filtering its searching service and blaming China in insinuation for alleged hacker attacks," said the official.
"This is totally wrong. We're uncompromisingly opposed to the politicization of commercial issues, and express our discontent and indignation to Google for its unreasonable accusations and conducts," the official said.