AMD FX ''Zambezi'' Processor Box-Art Revealed
Check out the first box-shots of AMD's upcoming series of high-end desktop processors, under the FX series, referred to as "Zambezi" by the company, internally. Zambezi is based on AMD's newest Bulldozer architecture that improves instruction per clock-cycle (IPC), and packs the latest industry standard instruction sets.
" AMD designed two iterations of box-art each for its FX eight-core and FX quad-core processors, pictured below. The processors look to be shipping in cuboidal paperboard boxes, very much like AMD's processors already do. The art looks very "energetic" and makes use of the AMD "arrow" motif pointing in the top-right direction. The background in each iteration is distinct, one shows splashes of red (eight-core) or orange (quad-core), the other shows flow of red/orange.
It's interesting to note that all boxes denote Black Edition with its unlocked bus multiplier feature, leading us to speculate that unlocked multiplier could be standard issue with FX series processors. Also shown is the second generation TurboCore technology support, and AMD's claim to be selling the first eight-core processor [in the consumer market]. AMD's FX processors will be released to market in June " - [TPU]
NVIDIA BIOS Editor (NiBiTor) Version 6.0.1
NVIDIA BIOS Editor (also known as NiBiTor), got updated to version 6.01 by its developer. NiBiTor is a lightweight NVIDIA GeForce/Quadro BIOS file manipulation utility that lets to fine-tune your GeForce or Quadro graphics card at the BIOS-level. Version 6.01 packs updated GPU support, some minor fixes and a redesign to support as well unknown devices in some limited way. New GPUs supported by this version are:
- GeForce GTX 560
- GeForce GTX 460 SE
- Quadro FX3800M
- GeForce GTX 480M (updated support)
- GeForce GTX 460M (updated support)
"Well we have just released a new version of NVIDIA BIOS Editor (NiBiTor) software. NiBiTor is the original and definitive BIOS tweaker that supports the latest NVIDIA graphics cards, and which is updated on a regular basis. NiBiTor allows graphics card enthusiasts, or the hardcore overclockers to have full control over some advanced features and functionality found on firmware of supporting cards. And doing so users gain some extra performance, enable certain hidden features, tweaking memory latencies, provide extensive information, adapt bootup settings, changing fan speed options and/or get extra stability on their NVIDIA based graphics accelerators which will just give them that little extra value," adds the developer.
G.Skill Sniper Memory Series Aimed at Gamers and Case Modders
G.Skill, the worldwide leading memory designer and manufacturer, has announced the newest concept and development of new Sniper series designed specifically for PC gamers and modding enthusiasts. Extensive compatibility tests are conducted on a wide range of Intel and AMD platforms, which guarantee the best performance, quality and reliability for user
ASRock Bulldozer motherboard pops up
Tech site Akiba snapped pictures of the ASRock 890GM Pro3 R2.0, a motherboard designed for AMD's upcoming Socket AM3+ "Bulldozer" processors. The board uses the AMD 890GX chipset with SB850 southbridge and is sold in Japan for 11,800 yen, which equates roughly $144 at the current currency exchange rate.
The ASRock 890GM Pro3 R2.0 offers USB 3.0 with XFast USB support, SATA 6Gbps, eSATA, one PCIe x16 slot, one PCIe x1 slot, two PCI slots, four DDR3-1866 slots, Gigabit Ethernet and 7.1 channel sound.
SW: The Old Republic - Fate of the Galaxy Trailer
BioShock 2 Protector Trials comes to PC
The Cult of Rapture community site announced that the Protector Trials DLC pack will finally be made available to download for PC port owners today - Monday. The Protector Trials download, which will be free to BioShock 2 PC owners, add six new levels as players fight off waves of Splicers in the Big Daddy suit. The DLC pack will also come with a patch for the game that will fix a few issues.
"I'm happy to announce that the Protector Trials are headed to PC on March 14th - which means that on Monday morning, you'll be downloading away and back in Rapture. (And yes, the Protector Trials are completely free!) Monday will also bring a small patch that fixes, among other things, the mouse sensitivity issues many of you have reported (the full patch notes are below.) We're still working on Minerva's Den and I'll be making a similar announcement to this one as we get closer to a firm launch date for that pack.
Thanks again for your patience, and I look forward to hearing how you fare in the Trials."
- Fixed unlocalized text in Customize Controls screen.
- Player mouse functionality no longer drops out when the Video Card Driver Warning appears.
- User.ini no longer overwritten when game loads. This should address mouse sensitivity issues as well as many v-sync option bugs.
Noctua NH-C14 CPU cooler review
Noctua NH-C14 CPU cooler review
In the long line of Noctua CPU coolers they introduced another CPU cooler, tagged with the name NH-C14, the heatpipes bent in a C shape and armed with not one, but two Noctua NF-P14 FLX 140mm fans this product is bound to keep any CPU released to date nicely cooled and chilled.
You can read the full Guru3D review right here.
Asus P6X58-E WS Workstation Motherboard
Proving the Intel X58 architecture
Swiftech Polaris 120 HSF
Swiftech shows off their first truly new air cooling product for processors in many years. Named Polaris 120, this cooler offers five 8mm direct-touch copper heatpipes and a large aluminium fin array. Airflow is provided by a 120mm PWM fan that spins at 750 to 2500RPM with a noise level between 13.2dBA and 41.5dBA.
The heatsink measures 135mm x 91mm x 152mm (W x D x H) and weighs 849g. It's compatible with Intel LGA 775/1155/1156/1366 and AMD Socket 754/939/940/F/AM2(+)/AM3 processors.
Swiftech's Polaris 120 should be available in stores this week for just under $60.
ASUS Designo ML LCD displays
ASUS today announced three LED monitors with IPS (In-Plane Switching) and VA (Vertical Alignment) panels in the award-winning, super-slim ASUS Designo ML Series. The 21.5" ML229H, 23" ML239H, and 24" ML249H all have a full range of features designed to provide an exceptional viewing experience, including 178
Panasonic SDHC UHS-I Gold 80MB/s write speed
Panasonic is pleased to introduce new SDHC UHS-I Memory Cards with read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 80MB/s. The new Gold cards, compliant with the SD Memory Card Specification Ver.3.01 (UHS104), are the ideal media for digital SLR cameras which requires high-speed write performance. The new cards will be globally introduced in April, 2011 with 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB capacities.
With the highest-level writing speed of up to 80MB/s, the new cards are perfect for high-speed consecutive shooting in HD quality with digital SLR cameras. When the new SDHC UHS-I Memory Cards are used with UHS-I supported digital still cameras, the number of consecutive shots will be increased to be twice of that of the current Gold models*3. The cards also allow for quick data transfer to a PC and can transfer data approx. 4 times*4 faster than the current Gold SDW series.
The new cards are also highly reliable and durable. Super Intelligent Controller (SICS) provides Power Failure Protection to protect data from sudden power failure, Refresh Function to extend the archival life over 10 times, and Smart Data Writing to minimize defect risk caused by intensive writing. They are also equipped with
Scythe Kama Reader Jr
Scythe revealed the Kama Reader Jr, a new memory card reader that will be sold for around 7.50EUR (excl. VAT).
The Japanese manufacturer Scythe Co. Ltd. expands its portfolio of PC accessories with a card reader called Kama Reader Jr. The Kama Reader Jr. is a compact multi-format card reader which can be installed into a 8.89 cm (3.5 inch) drive bay. It is suitable for quick reading and writing of virtually any memory card on the market. Kama Reader Jr. is also equipped with a front USB port. Kama Reader Jr. is now available for a MSRP of 7,50
Hackers figure out MS Point card algorithm and steal $1.2 million
Yesterday afternoon a website started offering free Microsoft Points. I
Shift 2 Unleashed - Dangerous Corners Trailer
Another dual-GPU Fermi card spotted
Engadget stumbled into what they think is a dual-GPU NVIDIA GeForce product that never made it. We believe the story is different. Below you can see photo's of a dual-GPU solution based on two GF104 chips (GeForce GTX 460).
"While we wait for its arrival, however, here's a sentimental look back upon 2010 and another little prototype that NVIDIA had kicking around its labs back then. Emerging over in a Chinese forum, this dual-GPU board features two GF104 chips (the same that made the GTX 460 such a winner) and a snow white PCB paintjob that makes it look utterly irresistible. We're loving the four DVI outputs and, just like you, have no idea why this card never came out, but that shouldn't obstruct the enjoyment of looking at the darn thing" - Engadget.
Now when you look closely, that's not an NVIDIA reference design whatsoever. And I'm willing to bet this card is originating from Galaxy / KFA2. Once GeForce GTX 590, not all partners in Europe will get a chance to sell these high end puppies - including Palit, Gainward, KFA2 and more. As an alternative Galaxy / KFA2 just might pump out a lower spec dual-GPU based card.
Though the photo's indicate that this card is dual GTX 460 based, it would not surprise me to see that Galaxy is working on a dual-GPU GTX560 card. Which offers a lot of performance at a far better price.
But these are just rumors of course. Anyway, have a peek at the photo's below.
Faster Renesas USB 3.0 controller released
Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the availability of its two new SuperSpeed Universal Serial Bus (USB 3.0) xHCI host controllers (part number,
Be Quiet! Releases Duo of Dark Rock CPU Coolers
Though silently introduced a month ago, yet now official Be quiet took the challenge to develop a cooler which offers excellent cooling and a near silent operation. As the company stands for maximum performance, they put a lot of effort into the development process. It took them over one year, to work out the perfect combination between performance and noise. Until the finished product there were over 40 prototypes produced and numerous scenarios were simulated.
The silent duo
As a result of all this longsome work, be quiet! presents two very special products: the Dark Rock ProC1 and the Dark Rock AdvancedC1. The two coolers are top notch and were designed for enthusiasts, just like the company's power supplies. One can see that just by the look of these products. Both coolers look really decent and strong because they are completely nickel-plated. They take advantage of the award-winning Silent Wings fans, which were already used in the newest generation of be quiet! Power supplies.
Dark Rock Advanced C1
The Dark Rock Advanced is a powerful tower-cooler using heatpipe technology. Six pipes are taking care of the heat dissipation from the massive copper base up to the 44 aluminium fins. The Dark Rock AdvancedC1 can handle CPU power losses up to 180 watts without any problems, while doing so, the 120mm fan runs at a maximum speed of 1500 rpm and creates very little noise level of only 18,8 dB. Rotation speed is automatically controlled via PWM signal.
- Single tower-layout
- Six 6mm heatpipes
- 120mm "Silent WingsPWM" fan, running at 1500 rpm
- Maximum noise level: 18,8 dB
- Maximum TDP: 180 watts
The Dark Rock Pro is a cooling-monster. It offers excellent cooling thanks to its twin tower design and two 120mm fans. Seven heatpipes spread the heat, no matter which CPU is being used or how far it
Geek creates DIY pulse laser pistol that can burn plastic
This DIY Pulse Laser Gun was built by Patrick Priebe who you might remember from the Iron Man Repulsor Light Laser Glove Project. This is what you get when you convert a ton of energy into light energy in a fraction of a second. Looks fun enough to build but I probably won