TrackMania2 Closed Beta in July
Ubisoft sens out the words announcing that closed beta testing for Trackmania 2 Canyon will begin sometime in July.
The game will include the map editor and other tools that will also be a part of the entire Maniaplanet service that was first announced last June at E3. The first person shooter game, Shootmania, will enter beta testing "in the coming months" while the RPG game Questmania will have its beta test "at a later date."
Sony admits theft PSN user data
Things have gotten really out of hand with the Sony PSN network, after a hack on their servers. 70 million PSN users data HAS been stolen.
Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for your dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained.
Sony is warning its millions of PlayStation Network users to watch out for identity-theft scams after hackers breached its security and plundered the user names, passwords, addresses, birth dates, and other information used to register accounts.
The stolen information may also include payment-card data, purchase history, billing addresses, and security answers used to change passwords, Sony said on Tuesday. The company plans to keep the hacked system offline for the time being, and to restore services gradually. The advisory also applies to users of Sony's related Qriocity network.
Should you be affected, have a read at Sony here.
I've just posted a new Banchmark in the download section, meet FryBench, a 3D processor rendering application that hints towards CineBench. fryrender is an excellent benchmarking framework for anyone, not just for our customers or 3D users. Anyone out there, from hardware integrators or hardware reviewers to die-hard gamers.
What makes fryrender an ideal tool for CPU benchmarking? Since its conception, fryrender has been designed with the aim of being the most muscled engine in its category. As a result, and after several years of intense development, fryrender's core doesn't let a single CPU cycle be wasted. Its routines have been written to be cache efficient, and to take the maximum advantage possible of the new multi-threading capabilities present in modern CPU architectures.
Guru3D Rig of the Month - April 2011
The Rig of the Month April 2011 is not necessarily the most beautiful PC on the planet in fact it's the opposite of that, it is however unique and once submitted we couldn't help the fact that it stuck into our minds.
It's not pretty, it's not sexy, it just is exactly the opposite of what one can expect for a ROTM and sure ... it's even quite messy, but that works somehow ...
Submitted to us roughly on April's fools day the guy did win :) As such, meet Craig Fay 27 years old working for a plastic bottling company in the IT department with his crazy rig.
Check out the article right here.
Download Daum PotPlayer 1.5.27313
PotPlayer is a freeware Multimedia player. It feels like the KMPlayer, but is in active development. This software support GPU acceleration and post-processing.
Supports almost every available video formats out there. PotPlayer contains internal codecs and there is no need to install codecs manually. Other key features include WebCam/Analog/Digital TV devices support, gapless video Playback, DXVA, live broadcasting. It's been described on the Internet as The KMPlayer redux, and it pretty much is. Distinctive features of the player is a high quality playback, support for all modern video and audio formats and a built DXVA video codecs. A comprehensive video and audio player, that also supports TV channels, subtitles and skins.
Key features of Daum PotPlayer:
- Support for most audio/video formats and DVD.
- Internal DXVA video codecs (H.264/AVC, VC-1, MPEG2) and EVR (Windows 7 only).
- Hi Quality playback and low resources usage.
- Support all types of subtitling.
- Skins, logos, color themes.
- Digital TV devices support. Live broadcasting.
- and much, much more...
Kingston HyperX Plug and Play High Performance Memory
Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the new HyperX Plug and Play (PnP) series of high-performance enthusiast memory. HyperX PnP are the first modules to scale the higher memory heights that are a part of the second generation Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs. The memory is programmed with faster frequencies and when 'plugged' into a system using the Sandy Bridge chipset, will automatically 'play' at either 1600MHz or 1866MHz in both desktop and notebook PCs.
The modules are programmed using JEDEC-compliant settings, allowing 1600MHz and 1866MHz frequency support. It is as simple as plugging in the memory and turning on the machine, as the system automatically recognizes faster memory speed with no further BIOS settings required. Users will notice performance gains as overclocking is automatic with the HyperX Plug and Play modules. In addition, the modules are backwards compatible with previously released DDR3 systems on the market.
"The HyperX engineering team has been thoroughly innovative in designing a memory module that automatically raises performance with no overclocking steps required," said Mark Tekunoff, senior technology manager, Kingston. "By using JEDEC-compliant settings to create performance timings, enthusiasts can max out native frequencies on current Sandy Bridge systems and older DDR3 machines."
HyperX Plug and Play is available through Kingston's channel of authorized distributors, resellers, e-tailers and retailers. Kingston HyperX memory is backed by a lifetime warranty and free 24/7 technical support.
OK -- let the irony commence in the forums ;)
NETGEAR launches N750 Dual Band router
NETGEAR has launched a new Router which offers dual band wireless transmission at up to 750 megabits per second. Named the NETGEAR N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router, the router transmits data simultaneously over both wireless N bands with up to 450mbps in the 5Ghz band and 300mbps in the more crowded 2.4 Ghz band. In addition, the N750 offers a wide range of parental controls and even a broadband usage meter for those concerned with data caps. And with DLNA media server support, the router can handle HD video, music, and photos and stream them to any DLNA enabled television or game console on the network.
The parental controls enable for control of all devices on a network including Windows PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets. Parents can be secure in the knowledge that their kids are safely surfing the internet and prevented from visiting suspect sites. The Broadband usage meter can be set to automatically notify when data consumption is about to surpass any monthly limits set by the service provider, thereby saving on expensive data overage fees. And guests can access the Internet and the home network without access to other computers, storage drives or other devices on the home network.
But the hallmark feature is the N750
Game releases week April 25 May 2
This week sees the release of Darkspore on the 26th
GeForce GTX 560 pending release May 17th
Not to confuse with the Ti edition, NVIDIA is planning to release a GeForce GTX 560 (without the Ti) on May 17th. It's basically a cut down GeForce GTX 560 Ti with a cheaper price tag to compete with AMD a little better..
Although currently we can
Gigabyte demos Touch BIOS
Gigabyte revealed it's working on a new Hybrid EFI Touch BIOS. You can also catch a glimpse of the user-friendly GUI icons as well as a menu page.
We can only assume this feature will be introduced on some of the company's upcoming Z68 motherboards?
Asetek GeForce GTX 580 liquid cooling solution
Asetek has created a watercooling solution for NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580.
The video shows a reference GTX 580 card branded by PNY. The cooler could be to be a pre-assembled GPU water block loop that replaces the aluminum channel heatsink in the reference NVIDIA cooler. The NVIDIA reference blower is retained to cool other components such as memory and VRM, probably at low speeds.
Asetek put its GTX 580 prototype to test, by overclocking the PNY GTX 580 Enthusiast Edition to 995 MHz core, 1846 MHz CUDA cores, and 1100 MHz (4.40 GHz effective) memory. At these speeds, the GPU was able to score 1285 points at average framerate of 51 FPS in Unigine Heaven 2.0 benchmark says TPU.
It would have been clever from Asetek to NOT use Furmark in the video, as dedicated hardware and software detect the stress application and will clock down the graphics core once detected and at certain power signatures.
SETI suspended due to budget cuts
Discovery News reports the SETI project has been suspended due to budget constraints:
The SETI Institute is suspending its search for extraterrestrial radio beacons using its most advanced alien signal-seeking tool while it hunts for new sources of funding.
The privately financed group, based in Mountain View, Calif., has been using an array of radio telescopes at Hat Creek Observatory, about 300 miles north of San Francisco, since October 2007, to study stars for non-naturally occurring radio signals that could indicate the presence of a technologically advanced civilization beyond Earth.
F.E.A.R. 3 Story Arc Trailer
Corsair Obsidian 650D review
We review the Corsair Obsidian 650D. And yeah, they stripped away the removable front drive bays, made the chassis smaller and boom, the Obsidian 650D was born. A chassis that is just as impressive as its bigger brother the 800D really.
Plenty of space, all graphics cards to date fit in there (length wise), many drive bays, fan controller, USB 3.0 frontpanel support, easy to clean dust filters and a solution that is once again pretty much tool free and comes in that scrumptious all black design.
Check out the full review right here.
Dominator GT Equipped System Sets 3DMark World Records
NVIDIA Synergy to be launched at Computex
NVIDIA plans to introduce its Synergy (desktop edition of Optimus) technology at Computex. NVIDIA plans to launch their Desktop Optimus a.k.a Synergy at COMPUTEX Taipei this coming June and the best thing is that it is available freely and no license agreement is needed.
IDIA's new technology is designed specifically for Intel's Sandy Bridge desktop platform, particularly motherboards with Intel H61, H67, and Z68 chipsets (you can't access IGP with P6x). Unlike SLI, motherboard vendors needn't shell out a license fee or sign an agreement to implement the technology. A supportive motherboard will have authorization code implanted into SBIOS, much like SLI.
This technology works pretty much similar to LucidLogix's Virtu where it allows dynamic swapping between iGPU and dGPU based on the application's nature and also uses Intel Sandy Bridge Quick Sync technology while doing video transcoding jobs.
Guild Wars 2 - The Domain of the Charr Trailer
AMD Southern Islands GPU codenames found
The TC Mag reports the codenames of some of AMD's upcoming GPUs were leaked in the changelog of the latest HWiNFO32 release.
A new update to HWiNFO32 free system information tool shows the codenames of AMD's next GPUs (part of the Southern Islands).
Changes in HWiNFO32 v3.73 - Released on: Apr-18-2011:
- Added possibility to change font size for LG LCD output.
- Enhanced sensor monitoring on ASUS Sabertooth P67.
- Added AMD Llano family branding.
- Enhanced support of Panther Point chipset.
- Added support of ITE IT8771 LPC/hardware monitor.
- Enhanced sensor monitoring on ASUS E35M1-M and E35M1-I.
- Updated reporting of current memory clock on Arrandale/Clarkdale and Sandy Bridge.
- Added AMD RADEON HD 6790.
- Added support of AMD future GPUs: TAHITI, NEW ZEALAND, THAMES, LOMBOK.
- Layout/font change.
- Added reporting of GPU Clocks in Sensors.
- Fixed sensor logging CSV format.
- Fixed Apple SMC sensor values.
- Added monitoring support of uPI UP6218 and UP6266 VRs on GPU.
- Added monitoring support of CHiL CHL8214 on GPU.
- Fixed reporting of current GPU PCIe config on some machines.
- Added monitoring support of Volterra VT1556 on GPU.
- Added nVidia GeForce GT 520 (GF119).
So according to HWiNFO32 v3.73's changelog, the (likely 28nm) GPUs in question are named Tahiti, New Zealand, Thames (?) and Lombok. Unfortunately that's about it on the Southern Islands topic.