OCZ Next-Gen Z-Drive R4 PCI Express SSDs
OCZ Technology announced that it plans to introduce its next-generation high-performance Z-Drive R4 PCI Express SSD during a conference call scheduled to take place on August 2nd.
Yeah I guess they are announcing announcemnts these days as well.
EA admits 3D is no winner
Games publisher Electronic Arts announced it hasn't seen enough interest in 3D gaming to warrant continued investment in this type of games:
The comment came from EA boss John Riccitiello, who told GI.biz that the company had seen 'really high returns in [social gaming] and very poor returns focusing on 3D.'
'Frankly we have not seen a big uptake for 3D gaming,' said Riccitiello. 'We have not seen a big uptake in 3DTVs in the home, at least not yet. We are not here trying to drive a market. We are here to react to what consumers are looking for.'
ASUS Eee PC X101 claims to be thinnest and lightest netbook
ASUS has launched the Eee PC X101 netbook, the world
Diablo 3 - Beta Gameplay Footage
Unlimited Detail Real-Time Rendering Technology Preview 2011
Euclideon have been working very hard:
This is just our 1 year report, after which we will probably go quiet again while we finish our work. This demo only shows what was ready at the time, we have a lot of really good stuff here but we are keeping it secret for now. (Yes grumpy forum people, we do have animation, but you'll just have to be patient.)
It's been a busy year, and all is going very well; we only have 9 people working here, but will be hiring a few more soon. We also have another piece of technology that isn't graphics, but does something game related that's also pretty clever, but we'll keep that secret for now.
We get a lot of fan mail from Germany and Brazil so I thought I'd put a link to the transcript of the video underneath just in case my accent is hard to understand.
I'd like to thank you all for your emails and kind support.
Kindest Regards, Bruce Robert Dell -- CEO Euclideon
ASUS HD 6770 DirectCu Silent Graphics Card
Another passive card will rise from ASUS land. the card is based on the AMD Radeon HD 6770 graphics processor and will be called the ASUS HD 6770 DirectCu Silent. The card's display outputs include one each of DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI 1.4a.ASUS designed a new direct-touch heatpipe based passive GPU cooler. The cooler is a large aluminum fin heatsink that uses four nickel-plated copper heat pipes, conveying heat to a large aluminum fin stack, that is longer than the card's PCB itself.
The GPU is based on on 40 nm "Juniper", the HD 6770 aka HD 5770 comed with 800 stream processors, and a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface to hold 1 GB of memory.
The core is clocked at 850 MHz, and memory at 1200 MHz (4.80 GHz effective). The card draws power from one 6-pin PCI-E power connector.
ViewSonic New 3D Vision LED Monitor
ViewSonic today released the new V3D245
Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition
Thermaltake Technology continues to fulfill the corporate mission of
Biostar TZ68K+ Socket LGA1155 Motherboard
Biostar releases a new, improved variant of its TZ68A+ socket LGA1155 motherboard, the TZ68K+. The new board looks almost exactly the same as its predecessor except for the stronger CPU VRM. The CPU is now powered by an 8-phase VRM, compared to the 4-phase VRM on the previous version. The VRM cluster north of the CPU socket has its own little heatsink as well. Apart from that, it's the same budget Z68 chipset based motherboard in the ATX form-factor that TZ68A+ was.
As far as we can tell, Biostar has only changed a single thing on the board, namely the VRM design. Biostar has moved from a 4-phase VRM design to what looks like an 8-phase design. Everything else appears to be identical, from the slot layout to the various peripheral chips used. Biostar seems to have listed a little bit too much to
Intel Ivy Bridge DDR3-2133MHz and BCLK Overclocking Support
The 2133MHz memory speed will be officially supported by at least a part of the Ivy Bridge processors scheduled to be released by Intel, and the author of the report even claims that through overclocking motherboard makers can offer speeds up to 3000MHz.
If indeed true, this could be a bold move on the part of Intel, a company that has traditionally kept away from providing official support for high memory frequencies.
Together with the increased DDR3 frequency, Intel is also reportedly bringing back BCLK overclocking, although this feature has suffered a few modifications along the way.
Unlike previous CPUs, where the BCLK could be adjusted to any speed the user wanted as long at the chip was stable at that frequency, Ivy Bridge will get a set of pre-configured values, similar in a way to the fixed FSB speeds used by pre-2000 motherboards.
Users will have the possibility to fine tune these values by 5% in either direction, meaning that selecting a 100MHz BCLK would allow overclockers to modify this speed between 95MHz and 105MHz.
Unfortunately, at this point in time, we don't know anything about the
AMD Eight-Core FX-Series Bulldozer CPUs Cost $300
AMD Confirms Eight-Core FX-Series Bulldozer CPUs Will Cost Around $300. This information was found in the
Dell launches 10 inch Streak tablet in China
News.com reports that the 10 inch version of the Streak is now on sale in the country of China. It's the third version of the Streak that Dell has launched; it has previously released 5 inch and 7 inch versions of the Streak here in the US. The 10 inch version has Google's Honeycomb Android operating system running things inside.
Its processor is a dual-core Tegra 2 processor from Nvidia and a screen resolution of 1280x800. It has both front and rear camera, an SD card slot and more inside its 1.5 pound frame. The price for the 10 inch Streak is about $465. The tablet also has an optional hardware dock that adds USB ports, an HDMI out port, an Ethernet port and more.
Metro: Last Light - Gameplay Demo: Part II
Hard Reset - Gameplay Trailer
AMD Catalyst Application Profile - 11.7 CAP1
These are the Catalyst profiles for multi-GPU support.
New profiles added with this release:
- Hydrophobia Prophecy
Guru3D PC Buyers Guide Summer 2011
Guru3D offers you their bi-annual PC Buyers Guide, this is the 2011 Summer edition. This article brings you a set of recommendations of products we feel are great components to build yourself a nice gaming rig.
Keep in mind that what we write here are recommendations, they can be controversial and subjective for you to read. Be sure to read other buyer guides from other media as well to get a complete overview on what's best suited for your specific situation.
You can select from three categories in this buyers guide. Let's quickly walk through them:
- PC Buyer
VIA Launches VL751, the Next-Gen USB 3.0 to NAND Flash Controller
VIA Labs, Inc., a leading supplier of USB 3.0 integrated chip controllers, today announced its latest USB 3.0 device controller, the VIA Labs VL751 SuperSpeed USB to NAND flash controller. The VL751 is VIA Labs' second-generation single-chip solution for USB 3.0 flash drives, and offers enhanced performance using today's popular flash memories. The VIA Labs VL751 has been certified by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) for SuperSpeed operation, ensuring high quality, seamless interoperability, and effortless backwards compatibility.
The VIA Labs VL751 features a four-channel NAND interface, doubling or even quadrupling maximum throughput over single or dual-channel designs. The second generation VIA Labs VL751 offers improved parallelization and higher efficiency through integrated pre-read and pre-write buffers, better support for popular flash memories, and a pipelined ECC engine. Cumulatively, these enhancements translate into a nearly 100% performance boost over the VIA Labs VL750 with no increase in power consumption.
"With USB 3.0 functionality being integrated into next-generation chipsets, virtually all new desktops and laptops will have USB 3.0 by early next year" said David Hsu, Associate Vice President, VIA Labs, Inc. "The VIA Labs VL751 will be important in the general broadening of the USB 3.0 ecosystem by allowing fast, large capacity flash drives of 32gb or more to be readily available and more affordable than ever."
VIA Labs VL751 USB 3.0 to NAND Flash Controller
The VIA Labs VL751 features USB mass storage class 'Bulk-Only Transport' for universal compatibility across platforms such as Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux without the need for additional drivers. Featuring a 4-channel memory controller with interleaving support, blistering fast data transfer speeds of 120MB/s or more are within reach. VIA Labs VL751 is fully compliant with the USB 3.0 specification, and is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 standards, offering class-leading performance in USB 2.0 mode with transfer speeds of up to 35 MB/s.
In addition to high performance, the VIA Labs VL751 is also designed for ease of implementation and support. Powered by advanced in-house PHYs, VIA Labs VL751 is a single-chip solution that offers outstanding signal integrity characteristics while supporting popular 2X-3X nm flash memories.
Turtle Beach Announces the Ear Force X12 Gaming Headset
Turtle Beach, the market leading pioneers of the gaming headset category, today announced the Ear Force X12 Stereo Amplified Gaming Headset for Xbox 360 and PC. The X12 features massive 50mm speakers for enhanced audio immersion along with an In-line Amplifier for precision audio control at your fingertips. With Microphone Monitoring and Variable Bass Boost included, the X12 continues the Turtle Beach tradition of delivering superior gaming audio at an affordable price.
Designed primarily for the Xbox 360, but compatible with PC, the X12 is the next generation of the bestselling and battle-tested X1, which created the console headset category in 2007, and the X11, which has been the bestselling Xbox stereo headset in history. The X12 features vastly improved sound quality and a rugged but lightweight, ergonomic design that provides gamers with an enhanced audio experience and comfort during long gaming sessions. The USB powered, the X12 never needs batteries and combines crystal-clear audio with advanced features for an attractive and affordable package no gamer can pass up.