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MS Flight for Free in Spring
Today, Microsoft Studios premiered Microsoft Flight, a PC game that lets players jump into the challenge, fun, and freedom of flight. Microsoft Flight will be available as a free download this spring, giving players the freedom to fly the skies over the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii, complete a variety of exciting missions, test their skills in flying challenges, or find hidden aerocaches on the island.
In Microsoft Flight, players view the world from above in a visually stunning and realistic representation of the earth, complete with region-specific weather patterns, foliage, terrain and landmarks. Players can choose to take the helm using highly rendered, accurate cockpits and authentic piloting procedures, or simply use their mouse and keyboard to control the plane in an exterior view. More experienced players can tailor the flight controls to match their skill level, making Microsoft Flight easy for beginners while still challenging for the most accomplished PC pilots.
�Many people dream of flying, but few have the chance to experience the fun of exploring the world from above. Microsoft Flight provides players the opportunity to explore that curiosity and interest,� said Joshua Howard, executive producer of Microsoft Flight. �Aviation can be incredibly technical, but we�ve taken great care to build an experience that makes taking to the skies thrilling and accessible for everyone.�
AMD HD7970 Quadfire scores 32728 Points in 3DM 11
Over at kingpin cooling they are having some fun with four Radeon HD 7970 cards and a lot of liquid nitrogen. The scores are off the chart, very little is shared on voltages and clock frequencies though, but pictures do say it all ;)
They used a LN2 cooled Core it 3960 clocked at 5643 MHz and then in quad-Fire they LN2 cooled the R7970 cards as well, resulting in an overclock of 1610 MHz on the graphics core with the memory at a blistering 1930 MHz (x4).
The clock frequencies vary per benchmark title though, the 3Dmark P score was run at 1530 MHz on the GPU core.
But that 3DMark Vantage P score of 83761 ... pffrrrt.
Intel EOLs over 25 processors
Intel has issued a notice to suspend the supply of Core i5-661/660, Core i3-530, Pentium E5700 and Celeron E3500 and will cease the production of those models in the second quarter of 2012, the sources indicated.
Intel is also set to crease production of Core i7-960/950/930/870, Core i5-2300/680/670, and Pentium G960 in the second quarter of 2012, added the sources.
Intel will also terminate the production of Core i7-875K/860S, Core i5-760/750S/655K and Celeron 450/430 in the first quarter, as well as Core i7-880S/870S, Core Duo E7500/E7600, Pentium E6600/E550 and Celeron E3300 in the second quarter, revealed the sources.
Arctic Accelero Xtreme 7970 VGA Cooler
Arctic will soon release the Arctic Accelero Xtreme 7970 VGA Cooler. The three slot monster measures 288 (L) x 104 (W) x 54 (H) mm, weights 653 grams, and features 84 aluminum fins, five 6 mm copper heatpipes, a copper base, and three 92 mm PWM fans that work at 900 to 2000 RPM.
Arctic's cooler comes with pre-applied MX-4 thermal compound, is CrossFireX compatible, and is backed by a six-year warranty.
The cool will cost $97.95 /
OCZ Deneva 2 mSATA SSDs for Intel's 2012 Ultrabook
OCZ announced that the OCZ Deneva2 30GB and 60GB mSATA SSDs, part numbers D2CSTEMS1A10-0030 and D2CSTEMS1A10-0060 have been tested with Intel Smart Response Technology and have passed the performance benchmarks for the 'While Using' portion of the responsiveness requirements in the 2012 Ultrabook Definition.
"We are pleased with the results that Intel has achieved with our Deneva 2 mSATA products," said Tobias Brinkmann, VP Partner Relations at OCZ Technology Group. "The Deneva 2 SSDs have a very small footprint making them ideal for the slim and stylish Ultrabook designs, and also deliver exceptionally fast bootup and data transfer speeds for a superior instant-on and overall more responsive computing experience."
Intel Ultrabooks combine best-in-class performance, responsiveness, and security in thin and light elegant form factors, and make use of only certified SSDs to provide a faster, more energy-efficient option than mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs). OCZ Deneva 2 mSATA solutions are significantly slimmer than traditional 2.5-inch storage devices, enabling the Ultrabook to support low-profile dimensions less than 21mm thick without compromising on storage capacity, speed, or battery life. Additionally, Deneva 2 mSATA SSDs offer industry-leading performance and endurance for this mobile powerhouse.
The Ultrabook Series and Intel's ultra-low voltage second generation Intel Core processors provide a platform for SSDs to shine and enable maximum productivity and multimedia enjoyment. Deneva's ability to provide a custom-tailored solution ensures superior cost efficiency, functionality, and compatibility that other SSD lines cannot deliver.
Disclaimer: Intel Smart Response Technology requires a select Intel processor, enabled chipset, Intel Rapid Storage Technology software, and a properly configured storage solution (HDD + small SSD). Depending on system configuration, your results may vary. Contact your system manufacturer for more information.
In Win XFrame Limited Edition Open-Frame Chassis
In-Win Development Inc. has today announced its new limited edition, open-frame chassis - the XFrame. Now professional PC builders, PC modders and overclockers can truly test, benchmark and tweak, anyway they want to, anytime they need thanks to the easy, open design that allows fast, on-the-fly changes.
In-Win's innovative X design shape provides both strength and rigidity, while also allowing the frame to stand vertically or sit horizontally on its non-slip rubberized feet. Compared to standard open-frame chassis that can only sit horizontally, this gives XFrame users an additional degree of freedom.
The aluminium construction makes the XFrame exceptionally light, yet strong, while the 329 x 518 x 408mm (13 x 20.4 x 16.1inch) size means it's also exceptionally portable compared to other 8-PCI slot , ATX PC chassis.
The dual-layer design has dedicated space for up to six 3.5" drives and two 5.25" drives in total, as well as up to E-ATX motherboards, full-length (12") graphics cards and ATX power supplies, while the removeable handles and front ports offer a variety of customizations depending on users needs, giving it ample upgradeability for a huge variety of PC builds.
Never miss out on using the convenient motherboard pin-outs either, as the XFrame includes two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 and HD audio front panel connectors.
Asus on Transformer Primes Locked Bootloader, Battery & GPS Issues
After some availability issues faced by the Transformer Prime in North America, the tablet has now received a series of new complaints regarding battery life, GPS problems and the locked bootloader which were recently addressed in a statement made by Asus officials, softpedia reports:
The first complaints about battery life made their appearance a short while ago, when reviewers have found out that in some tests the Transformer Prime lags behind the original Transformer tablet in this regard.
Soon after this discovery was made, it was also uncovered that the built-in GPS had a series of difficulties when it came to finding and maintaining the connection with navigation satellites.
The Verge actually conducted a test in this regard in which in compared the Transformer Prime with a Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone, both with data connectivity turned off.
RaidSonic Dual-Drive Docking and Cloning Station
Codenamed IB-120CL-U3, RaidSonic's 2-in-1 dock/clone station can hold two 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA drives, has Hot Plug & Play and Hot Swap functionality, and features an USB 3.0 interface. The device can be found for 39.95 Euro.
Gelid Launches DarkForce Gaming PC Case
Yikes, the CM 690 II certainly comes to mind here. Thermal Solutions specialist GELID Solutions reveals its first tower case of its GAMER product line. This completely black painted 0.7mm steel ATX / Micro-ATX tower case is designed for gamers and includes a long list of features.
As thermal specialist GELID Solutions certainly offers solid cooling options for this case and provides locations for up to 8 fans. Two silent 120mm fans (rear and front) come preinstalled with the case. The case even enables to mount a 80mm or 120mm fan with a max. 15mm thickness onto the side panel. The DarkForce supports a 120mm or 240mm radiator at the bottom of the case and offers 8+1 slots for extra connection of peripheral devices.
Next to the USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 and an eSATA port a top I/O with bay for a hotswap 3.5" or 2.5" hard disk or SSD is built in at the top of the case for easier connecting or cloning of hard drives. A 5.25" to 3.5" drive bay converter for any optional 3.5
AMD denies hidden cores in Radeon HD 7970
A leaked Sapphire document revealed a Tahiti GPU with 2304 cores. AMD however confirms that there are no hidden cores. The chip has 2048 shaders, so the 2304 number from Sapphire is likely a mistake, or part of a test by AMD to find out which partners leak specifications to members of the press.
This info has been confirmed by Mr. Hook, Senior PR exec from AMD.
VIA VB7009 Mini-ITX motherboard launched
They are still very alive and active, VIA releases their VB7009, a new embedded Mini-ITX motherboard that measures only 170mm x 170mm. It's aimed at POS and kiosk applications.
VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA VB7009 embedded Mini-ITX board. Measuring only 17cm x 17cm, the VIA VB7009 Mini-ITX is an extremely flexible embedded board with top class functionality and performance for POS and kiosks.
The VIA VB7009 is a cost effective solution offering a broad range of power efficient VIA CPU choices, including the dual core VIA NanoTM X2 processor, providing superior flexibility to match customers
BitFenix ships 35-in-1 card reader with USB 3.0
BitFenix has launched a new 35-in-1 memory card reader with USB 3.0 support. The card reader fits in a 3.5" bay but it seems a 5.25" adapter isn't included, which may cause some troubles because high-end cases increasingly lack external 3.5" bays. The product is sold over at Caseking for 23.90 EUR.
Pictured below the reader fits into a 3.5-inch bay, has a brushed aluminum bezel, offers support for no less than 35 types of memory cards (from Memory Stick to MMC, SD, CF, and all their variations), and includes one USB 3.0 port that connects to a motherboard's internal header.
EK Waterblocks Radeon HD 7970 waterblock
EK Waterblocks teases the EK-FC7970, the company's upcoming waterblock for AMD's Radeon HD 7970 graphics card. The photo was published over at the company's Facebook page, pricing and availability is still unknown.
The picture reveals the block to use copper as its primary material, with an acetal top. It appears to have standard G1/4" threading. As a full-coverage block, it covers all the heat-producing components on the obverse side of the card's PCB, including the GPU, the twelve memory chips, and VRM.
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MSI X79 Big Bang XPower II review
MSI today launches their Big Bang XPower II motherboard, we review and test it. A military themed motherboard for which they took the Intel Sandy Bridge-E chipset called X79, then they started designing a motherboard that will knock you of your feet once you place your first glimpse on it.
The board is marketed as the perfect solution for extreme overclockers and gamers. Powered by Intel's X79 chipset, the XPower II obviously is intended for Sandy Bridge-E processors and features a 22-phase PWM design with Hybrid Digital Power for an output of up to 770 W, Military Class III components (Hi-c CAP, SFC, Solid CAP, DrMOS II), dual 8-pin CPU power connectors, and a good seven PCI-Express x16 (four being PCIe 3.0) slots enabling 4-way SLI or Quad CrossFireX GPU setups.
Read our full review right here.
LG to launch 55" OLED TV - And it's nice !
ASUS N45J Mystic Edition laptop
ASUS is about to release a new special edition N Series N45J laptop, the second collaboration between ASUS and best-selling singer-songwriter Jay Chou.
The previous outing was a limited edition N43 lappy, while this time we get the upgraded N45J Mystic Edition. Why Mystic, you inquire? Because it