Ubisoft: Our DRM will 'evolve and improve'
Ubisoft's online platform requires PC gamers to be connected to the internet while they play. But problems arise when authentication servers are unavailable or unresponsive.
This was felt first with Assassin's Creed II and Silent Hunter V and then more recently with Settlers 7. Despite it, Ubisoft's told Eurogamer that its 'online services platform' for PC games will 'evolve and improve' and is most certainly here to stay. In other news, Gaming scene group The Skid Rowdies managed to release a crack for the DRM present in Silent Hunter 5 and proudly posted a NFO file with the release outlining the ease with which downloaders can circumvent Ubisoft's latest attempt to stop 'piracy'.
AMD to book $325 million gain from GlobalFoundries spinoff
ASRock 870 Extreme3 motherboard
ASRock send over some details of its upcoming 870 Extreme3, it's based on the AMD 870 chipset and supports the upcoming Phenom II X6 six-core processors.
The 870 Extreme3 is built with the AMD 870 northbridge chipset and the SB850 southbridge. It supports AM3 CPUs with a maximum thermal design power (TDP) of 140W, has four DDR3-1800 memory slots (for up to a total of 16GB), a 5-phase power, two PCI Express x16 slots (with CoressFireX capabilities) and an eSATA connector, for use with fast external storage units. In addition, as it is the case with many of the company's boards, the 870 Extreme3 comes with the UCC (Unlock CPU Core) technology, which activates disabled cores on AMD dual-core and triple-core CPUs.
As most end-users probably know, the 8 Series of chipsets from AMD has native support for the next-generation storage interface known as SATA 6.0Gbps. Unfortunately, the Sunnyvale, California-based company can't say the same for USB 3.0.
Fortunately, however, ASRock, like some of its rivals, took matters into its own hands and, through the use of an NEC MPD720200 controller, was able to implement a couple of USB 3.0 ports for use with the various flash drives, hard drives and SSDs designed for the new standard. Other specifications of the device include 7.1 channel audio, Gigabit Ethernet, a debug LED, a FireWire Port and Power, Reset and Clear CMOS buttons.
Microsoft to plug 11 vulnerabilities on Patch Tuesday
Microsoft announced this month's Patch Tuesday will feature 11 security bulletins addressing 25 vulnerabilities in Windows and Office. For Windows there are five critical updates, three important updates and one moderate update, while Office will get two important updates.
Most of the updates are for older operating systems, Windows 7 is only affected by three out of the nine vulnerabilities that will be fixed next week.
New York destroyed by throngs of 8-bit creatures!
Hehe ... absolutely great video .. check it out :) This is Patrick Jean's new project feat. Naove New Beaters "L.A. trumpets". The video's been produced at OneMoreProd and Patrick's represented for commercial projects by DIVISION.
Mmmkay - puzzle for the oldsters,
This was all inspired (I think so) by Commodore 64 games -- the commodore logo even pops up in the video.
- Space Invaders
- Pac Man
- Donkey Kong
- Boulder Dash
Panic Attack Video
If you didn't see this video then you MUST. I put this on capital letters because this video should be rewarded as one of the most impressive FX home-made video I've ever saw in my life. It's not new, it's been published not so long ago but it just hit almost a 6 million views mark!
The guy is from Uruguay, a country close to mine (Argentina) he speaks spanish, he is Federico Alvarez and he alone directed and animated this short video, after the 3 million views mark, Sam Reimi (the one in charge of Spiderman saga) contacted Alvarez to do a full movie with a budget of 30 million. This should teach hollywood a lesson about doing cheap special effects (this guy just spend 300 dollars on transportation, provided he used his own PC) and friends.
Everything in this video is just perfect, the timing, how all start, the middle, the resolution, take a look and decide for yourself.
Geforce GTX460 in June
It seems expreview has managed to get a picture and release date of the new Geforce GTX460
This card is set to compete directly against Radeon HD5850.
It will be a Fermi design but using the default PCB of the Geforce GTX275, clock speeds, shader count and memory clocks are still unknown, take a look at the picture and some more details of this over their site.
GeForce GTX 470/480 Forceware 197.41 Released
This is NVIDIA Forceware 197.41 Win 7 | Vista (64-bit) WHQL for GeForce GTX 470 and GTX 480. This is a WHQL-certified driver update only for GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470.
- Installs PhysX system software version 9.10.0129.
- Installs HD Audio driver version 220.127.116.11.
Technology and API Support:
- Supports CUDA Toolkit 3.0. See CUDA Zone for more details.
- Supports OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language).
- Supports OpenGL 3.2.
- Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology* on DirectX 9 and OpenGL.
*Note: 3-way SLI technology and SLI multi-monitor support are only supported on Windows Vista and Windows 7.
- Release Notes (v197.13)
Control Panel User's Guide
GeForce 400 series:
GTX 470, GTX 480
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
OCZ outs the Vertex 2 and Agility 2
OCZ unveiled the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) Series. These are new enthusiast-class SSDs designed for consumers who are seeking unprecedented speed and reliability with the goal of enhancing both their daily computing experience and long-term productivity.
Pointillist Style Rendering
It seems that a new Rendering Technique has been discovered involving Pointillist Style as the Newscientist describes in their article:
AS THE artist Georges Seurat knew, a beautiful image can be created from a series of dots. Now an Australian firm hopes to use this trick to revolutionise computer graphics and make it possible to create stunning virtual worlds on relatively modest machines.
Instead of polygons, Unlimited Detail's system uses dots - billions of them - to create a "point cloud" representation of a virtual world. By selecting one point for every pixel on the display screen, it's possible to create an exquisitely detailed 3D snapshot in much the same way as a Seurat pointillist painting. Change the selection several times per second and you can move smoothly through the virtual world.
As always, the DemoScene was the first one to bring this new rendering technique to life, go ahead and take a look at this new demo called "Agenda Circling Forth"
A case for Google: Cloud and Beyond
will either fail or succeed.
The ChromeOS Site has an interesting article/debate over ChromeOS and how Cloud will change the way we look at computers, an interesting read.
Zalman 10X Performa review
Zalman 10X Performa CPU cooler tested
Zalman took note of the global crisis and is very aware of the fact that not everybody can spend 80 EUR on a CPU cooler these days.
With that in mind the went back to the drawing board, trying to uphold the quality standards their other cooler have, then came up with a new design, stripped away the more flashy and gimmicky items and bingo, a new child was born, a more budget-minded version of the say CNPS 10X Extreme, the Performa. But is it any good ?
Check out this review right here.
AMD Phenom II X6 Turbo Core Technology Detailed
AMD's Phenom II X6 series is going to have a Turbo feature much like Intel's Core i5/7 series have.
The new feature will be called turbo core and some details on it are now on the loose. Turbo Core will be able to increase the operational frequencies of three active cores by up to 500MHz if an application can't use all six. All monitoring and clock/voltage management is exclusively handled by the CPU (with no need for special drivers or software), and is triggered not by temperature, but based on operating conditions and load demand. When power consumption is below the CPU's TDP, the technology puts the three used cores in a boost-enabled P-state.
This means that, should the application demand it, those cores will be able to increase their clocks by an amount dependent on the processing workload. This approach has more than one advantage. Since cores don't need to operate at the same frequency, each will only be pushed higher if the application warrants it. This means that no power will be spent on unnecessary overclocking. Secondly, when turbo Core is in effect, the clocks of the three unused cores is reduced to 800MHz and the power they normally use is diverted to the others. This allows dynamic overclocking to be achieved without exceeding the rated thermal design power (TDP). Finally, it should be noted that the Cool
Koolance's GTX 400 LED Waterblock released
With the GeForce GTX 400 series being a hot product, liquid cooling manufacturers are jum;ping the gun and release their liquid cooled solution for the new cards.
We have the H20 version from eVGA inmbound for review, we'll also review the danger-den blocks and then koolance is also releasing blocks whihc look pretty darn nice.
Koolance has listed its specially designed VID-NX470 and VID-NX480. The VID-NX470, as its name implies, is meant for the GTX 470 and covers all the heat-generating regions of the adapter, including even the voltage regulators. It is built mainly out of copper, but it uses nickel plating and a microfin design (0.5mm fins). Furthermore, the acrylic lid is covered with a stainless-steel plate. The entire product weighs 680 grams, measures 5.9 x 14.6 x 1.6 cm, comes with G1/4-inch fittings and can be used in both single-GPU as well as multi-GPU SLI setups.
The second waterblock, the VID-NX480, is obviously intended for the more powerful GeForce GTX 480. Its shape is somewhat different from that of its sibling, but the item's overall construction is still similar, being made out of the same nickel-plated copper. Unlike the VID-NX470, however, this model also boasts a blue LED, to add style to the card.
G.Skill 2,500MHz DDR3 for Enthusiasts
You seriously have no idea how hard it is to reach 2500 MHz on DDR3 in a PC .. so your memory might be able to pull it off, but getting there ? Nearly impossible. None the less, faster is better.
Being part of G.Skills Trident series, a 4GB DDR3 dual-channel kit with a stock frequency of no less than 2,500MH was released. The kit was built in collaboration with ASUS, is meant for desktops based on Intel P55 motherboards and will work best when paired with the Intel Core-i7 860 and 870 central processing units.
The DDR3 kit was subjected to a high number of strict tests on the ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe and P7P55D-E EVO motherboards. The end-result is, according to the hardware maker,
Intel to deliver 48-core processors this summer
Intel announced it will ship a limited quantity of 48-core processors to research institutes by the end of this quarter. These chips are part of the company's terascale research project and will not be sold commercially.
Development of the processor is part of Intel's terascale computing research program. A focus area of the program is to put more cores in a single processor to enable faster computing in devices ranging from mobiles to servers.
The 48-core chip operates at about the clock speed of Atom-based chips, said Christopher Anderson, an engineer with Intel Labs. Intel's latest Atom chips are power-efficient, are targeted at netbooks and small desktops, and run at clock speeds between 1.66GHz and 1.83GHz. The 48-core processor, built on a mesh architecture, could lead to a massive performance boost when all the chips communicate with each other, Anderson said.
If you like to see what an 48 core die looks like, click the thumbnail.
New York Times: BC2 is a better game than MW2
With Bad Company 2, the Battlefield series has now matched or exceeded the Call of Duty series in each of these areas.
First, modernity. Each franchise is actually quite similar in its fictional setting. In both series you play a Western soldier confronting a menace originating from the former Soviet Union.
But Bad Company 2 allows players to use a much broader range of modern military materiel, including tanks, helicopters, Humvees and other vehicles. More important, the virtual environments in Bad Company 2 are much larger and more diverse than those in Modern Warfare 2. Multiplayer battles in Modern Warfare 2 feel like chaotic arenas with people running all over the place looking out for themselves. In Bad Company 2, teamwork and voice communication are essential; the combat environments are more interesting and feel more akin to what I imagine a modern war zone to be.
Yet the biggest leap in Bad Company 2 is in its single-player campaign. It is only six or eight hours long
Point of View ships GTX 470 and 480
Currently all NVIDIA board partners are or have been stocked with the GeForce GTX 470 and 480. Netherlands based Point of View is among the first to have these puppies shipped out to their customers.
Much like Inno3D posted a photo, it seems that their warehouse has been nicely stocked and stuffed so starting tomorrow or on Monday you can definitely expect a whole lot of GTX 470 and GTX 480 cards available on the market. Rumours are that tens of thousands boards worldwide are available.
If you had a pre-order for a Point of View card, chances are good you'll be playing with one this weekend !