QPAD MK-85 and MK-50 mechanical gaming keyboards
QPAD introduced two new gaming keyboards with Cherry MX Red mechanical switches. Full details in the press release, the main difference between the MK-85 and MK-50 is that the latter one is a stripped down version, without backlight, programmable keys nor audio/USB connectors.
QPAD widens their product range with two brand new keyboards: the QPAD MK-85 and MK-50. Although sharing some common features, the boards still differ greatly. One offers world's first groundbreaking technology with no expenses spared, and the other attempts a break at the so sought after
Batman: Arkham City PC DirectX 11 Issues
Rocksteady is currently telling players that Batman: Arkham City should be temporarily run using DX 9 rather than DX 11. Apparently DX 11 is causing performance issues:
We have received reports of performance issues from players of Batman: Arkham City on PC. After researching the matter, we found that running the game with DX 11 is causing the performance issues. We
BioWare VGA Announcement Teaser
MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 9
Today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities. We're happy to see MSI Afterburner is leading the overclock applications. MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 9 is ready,
Changes list includes:
- Added core voltage control for reference design NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti *** cores series graphics cards
- Added core, memory and auxiliary PEXVDD voltage control for custom design MSI N560GTX-*** Twin Frozr III Power Edition series graphics cards with uP6218+uP6262 voltage regulators
- MSI On-Screen Display server has been upgraded to version 4.2.4. New version gives you the following improvements:
o Now MSI Afterburner displays captured video file time, size, per-frame compression ratio and time in the On-Screen Display next to the video capture progress indicator only when "Show own statistics" option is enabled in the server's properties
o Added power user oriented application profile setting allowing MSI On-Screen Display Server to detect runtime function offsets dynamically on each 3D application startup. This provides On-Screen Display functionality support in applications using modified Direct3D runtime libraries (e.g. FXAA injection Direct3D runtimes)
o Updated profiles list
- Added new compatibility option allowing using protected kernel mode low-level access to hardware instead of user mode one. This option can also be used to bypass Punkbuster related stability issues
- Now MSI Afterburner restores default hardware automatic fan control mode when logging off from Windows
- Now power users may enable optional single tray icon mode via the configuration file. When single tray icon mode is enabled, the primary application tray icon is being replaced with hardware monitoring tray icon(s) if monitoring in system tray is enabled and MSI On-Screen Display server's icon is not being displayed in tray when the server is loaded. Please take a note that MSI On-Screen Display server's properties are still accessible via "More" button in "OSD" tab
- Now shared control memory reinitialization is initiated by delayed fan speed readback mechanism
- Now MSI Afterburner can restart itself automatically instead of displaying restart requirement notification after changing some global compatibility options, e.g. unlocking voltage control or disabling low-level hardware access interface
- Now DirectX web setup is integrated into the installer
- Fixed critical typos in Polish language pack
Corsair Sets New Overclocking Record
Corsair announced that it has set a new world record with a memory frequency of 1733.8MHz (DDR3-3467) using Corsair Dominator GT CMGTX6 extreme-performance DDR3 memory.
World champion overclocker and Corsair employee Jake "Planet" Crimmins set the new record at Corsair's laboratory with a custom-designed, liquid nitrogen cooled PC based on an AMD FX-8150 processor and equipped with 1GB of Dominator GT extreme-performance DDR3 memory. The system was powered by a Corsair Professional Series Gold AX1200 fully modular power supply.
"Breaking overclocking world records requires skill, ingenuity, and the right equipment," said Jake Crimmins. "I've broken several records using Dominator GT memory. It's reliable, it has amazing headroom, and it's never let me down." Validation can be found here, and details of the record here.
VIA ARTiGO A1150 tiny PC
VIA released the ARTiGO A1150, a DIY PC kit with an enclosure that measures just 14.6 cm x 9.9 cm x 5.2 cm. Packed inside is a VIA Eden X2 1GHz dual-core processor.
VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the launch of the VIA ARTiGO A1150 a sub-liter dual core DIY PC kit for enthusiasts who want to taste the next generation of ultra-compact desktop computing.
The VIA ARTiGO A1150 is one of the smallest full featured DIY PC kits available today, squeezing an impressive range of features that include a 1.0GHz dual core VIA Eden
Antec Eleven Hundred Chassis
Antec debuts the Eleven Hundred case, the newest member of the award-winning Gaming Series.
The Eleven Hundred marks a new chapter in the Gaming Series with an all-new attractive design and a revamped lineup of expandability, cooling and convenience features.
Gamers seeking the highest level of performance will want to take advantage of the Eleven Hundred's support for XL-ATX sized motherboards and four-way GPU configurations -- the most expandability of any Antec chassis.
The Eleven Hundred features default 200 mm top and 120 mm rear fans and mounts for up to seven more fans for advanced GPU and hard drive cooling -- including one 120 mm intake fan behind the motherboard tray to cool the CPU. Users can also utilize the included fan power hub to connect up to four 3-pin fans to a single Molex for improved cable management.
Emphasizing ease-of-use in a gaming enclosure, Antec introduces tool-less 5.25" and 3.5" drive bays for hassle-free installation. Up to 36 mm of cable routing space and grommet-lined cable routing holes help users organize their builds while allowing for easy installation of future components. For convenient maintenance, the PSU intake & front air filters can be removed without taking off the side panel or tipping the case.
"The Eleven Hundred offers a set of features that will appeal to gamers and mainstream users alike at a very reasonable price point," said Mafalda Cogliani, Global Marketing Director at Antec. "The Gaming Series has always defined our advancement in the industry, and this case will continue that momentum."
The Eleven Hundred reaches store shelves and online retail outlets in late November in North America and early December in Europe with a MSRP of $129.95 and EUR 129, respectively.
Serious Sam 3: BFE Launch Trailer
Spec Ops: The Line Trailer
AC Ryan Veolo Review
The market is continuously changing, the biggest trend last year where tablets, Android entered the market and that certainly changed the balance of smart phones. The concept proofs that you can do a lot of stuff with very little hardware, yet it remains intuitive.
With that concept in mind AC Ryan started developing a new media hub slash player, in fact I shouldn't call it a media-player really as it is much more then that. The end product is called the Veolo. The Veolo is AC Ryan's version of a media 'HUB' powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo). Read the review here.
AMD Radeon HD 7000M GPU Series Unveiled
AMD's Radeon HD 7000-series graphics cores should make their entrance in the market not too long away from now and recently the specifications of a wide series of the mobile version of these GPUs were leaked on the Web.
On the notebook front, the HD 7000-series will be comprised of five different graphics cores addressing the needs of a wide range of users ranging from the low-end to the enthusiast sectors.
Little is known about the most powerful of these GPUs, based on the Wimbledon, Heathrow and Chelsea designs, apart from a preliminary set of operating frequencies and the memory installed, but AMD's the mid-range and entry-level solutions are a lot better documented.
According to ComputerBase, the publication who got a hold of this info, the Thames and Seymour GPUs will be used by AMD in no less than 14 mobile graphics cores from the Radeon HD 7000 series.
Of these solutions, eight are based on the mainstream Thames core and these are expected to have TDPs ranging from 15 to 25 Watts thanks mainly to the transition from the 40nm process technology to the 28nm node. The Thames GPU will actually be available in four different versions, dubbed XT, Pro, LP and LE, which will be used to power the Radeon HD 7600M and HD 7500M notebook graphics cards.
Moving to the entry-level Seymour graphics cores, these will be marketed as the Radeon HD 7400-series and all include a 64-bit memory bus. Unlike its more powerful siblings, Seymour GPUs will be manufactured using the same 40nm process technology as that of the current AMD Radeon HD 6000 GPUs.
It appears that Nvidia will go for a similar approach (paring 40nm and 28nm parts) with their GeForce 600M GPUs, which seems to suggest that both graphics chip makers have troubles with TSMC's 28nm production node.
SMSC LAN9730 Converts USB 2.0 into 10/100 Ethernet
USB and Ethernet are two different connectivity technologies, used for distinct applications, but it so happens that SMSC decided it was time the latter enjoyed the power efficiency benefits of the former.
SMSC just issued an announcement in which it reveals the LAN9730, a fully-integrated Hi-Speed Inter-Chip (HSIC) USB 2.0 to-10/100 Ethernet device.
HSIC is based on the company's patented Inter-Chip Connectivity (ICC) technology and allows the USB protocol to be delivered over short distances via LAN while still retaining software compatibility with analog USB 2.0.
The primary advantage of this so-called industry's first item is that any device requiring an Ethernet port will consume considerably less power.
LAN9730 has an integrated 10/100 physical layer and more than one power management enhancement, like Magic Packet and Link Status Change and Wake on LAN. It measures 8 x 8 millimeters and has a 56-pin QFN package. It also has a completely lead-free construction and features RoHS compliance.
In other words, it is green not just because of its low power requirements, but also because it uses few hazardous or otherwise environment-unfriendly materials. Mass production will only start at the end of January, 2012, but qualification samples and evaluation kits exist already.
Routing and placement of network connections anywhere in a developer's system should be more flexible when setting up. Finally, the cost advantage is owed to the use of a single 25 MHz crystal that drives both the USB and Ethernet PHYs reduces developer BOM cost).
AMD Radeon HD 7900 cards XDR2?
Rumors that AMD's Radeon HD 7900 may feature Rambus' XDR2 memory are growing and growing.
Apparently AMD and Rambus have had much more cordial relations with each other, than other companies the latter engaged in patent disputes with. In 2006, AMD settled outstanding disputes with Rambus by willing to pay licensing costs for certain technologies claimed by Rambus, turning a leaf in the relations between the two. What Chinese sources are suggesting now, is that AMD will design its high-end GPU (codename: "Tahiti") in a way that will let it support both GDDR5 and XDR2. Certain higher-end SKUs based on Tahiti will use XDR2, while the slightly more cost-effective SKUs will use GDDR5.
In related news, other sources told that AMD could adopt a "top-to-bottom" strategy with the high-end portion of its next-generation of products. This means that AMD could launch the dual-GPU "New Zealand" graphics card first, followed by single-GPU SKUs.
High inventory to result in tablet price cuts?
The global inventory volume of Android tablet PCs has been in a high level of 3-4 million units according to estimates by IDC, and the inventory problem will appear be significant after the 2011 year-end peak sales period, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
The high inventory level is partly due to the launch of Kindle Fire by Amazon and Nook Tablet by Barnes & Noble, the sources indicated. Chairman Richard Lee for Inventec, the ODM of Nook Tablet, indicated that the 7-inch tablet PC has gained good market response and is expected to be selling from late 2011 to early 2012.
AMD Trinity APU performance indications leaked
The guys over at TPU published some slides that reveal AMD's estimated performance of their Trinity APUs.
To begin with, AMD is promising noticeable performance improvements over the current "Llano" APU.
It spread its benchmarks across three categories: visual performance (using 3DMark Vantage), general performance (using PCMark Vantage), and parallel compute (GPGPU) performance (calculated CTP SP GFLOPs). With 3DMark Vantage, Trinity A8 (quad-core), A6 (triple-core), and A4 (dual-core) APUs are seeing a roughly 32% improvement over their respective Llano-based counterparts; with general performance, the improvement is a candid 13.8% on average; but with GPGPU performance, the improvement is a massive 56.3% on average. This could be attributed to the VLIW4 architecture. Lastly, there are notable CrossFire dual-graphics performance improvements. The slides got onto the web via donim haber btw.
AMD Catalyst 11.11a Performance Driver released
AMD released a new 11.11a Catalyst performance driver.
AMD Catalyst 11.11a performance driver features:
Batman Arkham City
- Improves DirectX 11 performance for single GPU and CrossFireX configurations
- Delivers AMD CrossfireX performance scaling
- Resolves a number of image / stability issues seen with the title:
- Fix geometry corruption, sometimes seen in Bash TV entrance
- Fix issues with Low-memory conditions on 32bit systems.
- Fix issue with extreme corruption with missing textures on 32bit systems.
- Fix memory leaks when deleting/reusing sync objects.
- Fix hitching and pausing, especially noticeable on some Quad Core systems when doing races and Stanley Express runs.
- Fix some missing shadows
Elder Scrolls Skyrim
- Improves performance 2-7% on single GPU configurations
- Resolve corruption seen when enabling Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing on the AMD Radeon HD 6970 Series
- Disables CrossFireX (to resolve negative scaling and image quality issues seen when CrossFireX is enabled)
- AMD is continuing to work on a CrossFireX solution for Skyrim
Tegra 3 Tablets Sell for in 2012 (217 Euro)
Based on what a certain report attributes to NVIDIA's leader (this one to be more precise), it won't take more than six months for media slates to drop in price by a great deal.
More precisely, by the time
AMD Radeon HD 7900 Release Dates and Pricing
Recently a leak has come to unveil the approximate release dates and prices of the series 7900 graphics cards. The source must be taken with a grain of salt, but the release schedule provided seems quite realistic.
The first Radeon HD 7000 part to arrive will the be the Tahiti XT graphics core, AMD's most powerful single-GPU solution in this series, which is expected to make its entrance in January of next year.
Tahiti Pro will follow the next month, while in March and respectively April, AMD will launch the Pitcairn XT and Pro graphics cores, two GPUs that we haven't seen mentioned before.
Pricing is set at roughly $500 (368 EUR) for the high-end Tahiti XP part, while the Pro version comes $100 (73.6 EUR) cheaper. Pitcairn cards will retail at $300 (221 EUR) and respectively $200 (147 EUR).
All the graphics cards are fabricated using TSMC