ROCCAT Studios Big and Black Mouse Pads
ROCCAT made some new mouse pads could be taking things a tad bit too far. After all, these aren't so many new models as they are revisions of the ROCCAT Taito Shiny Black Gaming Mousepad.
There are three sizes and two thicknesses, so as to meet the needs of all gamers, whether they have big or small hands.
More specifically, Mini-Size, Mid-Size and King-Sized ROCCAT Taito Shiny Black gaming Mousepads are or will be available, in 3mm and 5mm thickness.
The 3mm models should already be shipping, for prices of 9.99 Euro ($13), 14.99 ($19.51) and 19.99 Euro ($26.02), respectively. The 5mm ones will only begin to sell around the end of this month (December, 2011), for, in the same order as above, 12.99 Euro ($16.91), 17.99 Euro ($23.42) and 22.99 Euro ($29.93).
Corsair Availability Vengeance Gaming Keyboards Mice
Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced immediate retail availability of their new line of Vengeance PC gaming peripherals.
Corsair's new PC gaming peripherals line includes four new HID products: The Vengeance K60 and Vengeance K90 gaming keyboards and the Vengeance M60 and Vengeance M90 laser gaming mice. A key feature of all four of these new Vengeance Series products is the use of an aluminum structure to provide strength and durability, as well as a stunning industrial design.
"We're hardcore gamers ourselves, and with the new Corsair Vengeance line, we've developed precisely the products we always wanted." said Ruben Mookerjee, VP and General Manager of the Components Business Unit at Corsair. "They're carefully designed to give you the competitive edge you need to win."
Vengeance K60 and M60: Designed For First-Person Shooters
The Vengeance K60 gaming keyboard and the Vengeance M60 laser gaming mouse are designed for PC Gamers who specialize in First-Person Shooters (FPS). The Vengeance K60 keyboard features the predictable linear response and light touch of Cherry MX Red mechanical key switches for more agile movement and faster multi-taps. The contoured left-wrist rest plus shaped and textured WASD key caps increase comfort, even during extended gaming sessions. The K60 uses an advanced key matrix design that delivers complete anti-ghosting so no keystrokes are missed. Unlike other USB gaming keyboards that are limited to the USB-standard 6-key rollover, the K60 features a 20-key rollover and a blazing fast 1ms reporting rate (1000 reports per second).
The Vengeance M60 mouse features an enthusiast-grade 5700 DPI Avago Technologies LaserStream gaming sensor with on-the-fly resolution switching, an aluminum unibody design with adjustable center of gravity, programmable lift detection, a high-mass scroll wheel, and PTFE glide pads. A key innovation of the M60 mouse is the Sniper button, allowing an instant toggle from fast movement, high DPI-resolution mode down to a high-precision mode for more accurate aiming.
Vengeance K90 and Vengeance M90: Designed For MMO and RTS Gaming
The Vengeance K90 gaming keyboard and M90 laser gaming mouse are optimized to meet the unique needs of MMO and RTS gaming. The Vengeance K90 keyboard also features Cherry MX Red key switches, full anti-ghosting, 20-key rollover, 1ms reporting rate, and each key is individually backlit with a cool blue LED that can be adjusted to three different levels of intensity. The K90 also includes 18 dedicated macro keys that can be programmed either through software or on the fly, and with three user-selectable banks of macros you have a total of 54 independent macros available at any time. Your macros are stored in flash memory on the keyboard so you
AMD Bulldozer hotfix from Microsoft
Microsoft has rolled out a hotfix to optimize the performance of AMD's Bulldozer processors on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 based systems. The hotfix enables Bulldozer to use Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT).
This article introduces an update that optimizes the performance of AMD Bulldozer CPUs that are used by Windows 7-based or Windows Server 2008 R2-based computers. Currently, the performance of AMD Bulldozer CPUs is slower than expected. This behavior occurs because the threading logic in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2 is not optimized to use the Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT) scheduling feature. This feature was introduced in the Bulldozer family of AMD CPUs.
Note This issue may occur when you use applications that run in multiple threads.
Update: the Dutch colleagues from tweakers.net have tested the patch and the differences are less then impressive:
Zalman CNPS20LQ watercooler revealed
Zalman takes new steps in the watercooling market with the CNPS20LQ, a self-contained liquid cooler with a 120mm radiator that features a built-in reservoir. The product is designed and made by Asetek, it has a MSRP of 69.90EUR.
CNPS20LQ comes with liquid sealed water cooling solution with no further extra maintenance cost and all-in-one type with a built-in pump inside a slim water block. CNPS20LQ provides extreme cooling performance and easy installation, apart from its basic durability.
Please see the below for more detailed information.
- - Easy Installation & maintenance-free
- - Built-In pump inside the water block
- - Durable and long-lasting tubes
- - Slim water block design
- - Micro fins
- - Versatile compatibility
UPC / EAN Code: 823884202878 / 8809213763090
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier - Ghost Minute #1
CD Project vs. File-Sharers Follow-up
CD Projekt has not denied sending letters to German gamers demanding nearly 1000 euros for allegedly pirating role-playing game The Witcher 2. The company told Eurogamer: 'As you know, we aren't huge fans of any sort of DRM here at CD Projekt RED. DRM itself is a pain for legal gamers - the same group of honest people who decided that our game was worth its price, and went and bought it. We don't want to make their lives more difficult by introducing annoying copy protection systems.'
'Moreover, we always try to offer high value with our product - for example, enhancing the game with additional collectors' items such as soundtracks, making-of DVDs, books, walkthroughs, etc. We could introduce advanced copy protection systems which, unfortunately, punish legal customers as well. Instead, we decided to give gamers some additional content with each game release, to make their experience complete.'
'However,' CD Projekt added, 'that shouldn't be confused with us giving a green light to piracy. We will never approve of it, since it doesn't only affect us but has a negative impact on the whole game industry.
"We've seen some of the concern online about our efforts to thwart piracy, and we can assure you that we only take legal actions against users who we are 100 per cent sure have downloaded our game illegally.'
AMD Shipping 28nm GPUs
Advanced Micro Devices said on Tuesday that it had begun to ship its next-generation graphics processing units (GPUs) made using 28nm fabrication process at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's fabs for revenue. The company is projected to formally unveil its future graphics products at the Consumer Electronics Show early in 2012.
"We are ramping 28nm [products] with TSMC in Taiwan and shipping the products here and now. We are very excited about the products," said Rory Read, chief executive officer of AMD, during IT Supply Chain conference organized by Raymond James.
For AMD, which promised to be the first to market with 28nm GPUs for a number of times this year, it is a good news to start not only producing such graphics processors at TSMC, but also to initiate revenue shipments of the parts. While we do not know for sure, it is very likely that PC makers will be able to start shipping systems featuring Radeon HD 7000-series "Southern Islands" chips shortly after CES next month.
The next generation of standalone graphics processors from AMD and Nvidia will feature considerably improved performance per watt and while they will still belong to the DirectX 11 generation, they will bring support for numerous new features and capabilities only possible with tangibly improved performance and refined architecture.
MSI X79A-GD45 (8D)
MSI unveiled their eight DIMM version of its X79A-GD45 motherboard released last month.
The updated motherboard is called X79A-GD45 (8D) and obviously supports LGA2011 (Sandy Bridge-E) processors, and. With the 8 DIMMs the board could handle up to 128 GB of RAM (!)
The X79A-GD45 (8D) features Military Class III components (DrMOS II, Hi-C CAP, Solid CAP, Super Ferrite Choke), the mentioned eight (DDR3-2400) memory slots, two SATA 6.0 Gbps and four SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, plus three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 and two PCIe 2.0 x16 slots.
MSI's board also comes with one PCIe x1 slot, Gigabit Ethernet, four USB 3.0 ports (two on the back plate, two via a header), 7.1-channel audio, Click BIOS II (UEFI), and the OC Genie II overclocking function. The X79A-GD45 (8D) has yet to be priced but since its quad-DIMM sibling costs 195 Euro, we're thinking it will go over the 200 Euro mark.
AMD Allows Custom Radeon HD 7950 Designs
HIS Radeon HD 6450 with 2 GB and PCIe x1 Interface
Suited for compact systems, HIS' new card features a low-profile design, a blue PCB, a passive cooler, 160 Stream Processors, a 64-bit memory interface, GPU and memory clocks of 625 MHz and 1000 MHz, respectively, and three display outputs - D-Sub, dual-link DVI and DisplayPort. No word on pricing just yet.
Cooler Master kills Choiix brand name
Cooler Master sends word that it will no longer use the Choiix brand name starting January 1, 2012. Basically, all Choiix branded products will be renamed to Cooler Master. The company doesn't provide much details on why they're making the chance, but my guess is it's because few people know Choiix, while Cooler Master is a much more recognizable brand.
EA preps browser-based C&C Tiberium Alliances
EA announced Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances, a new HTML5 browser-based MMO developed by German game studio Phenomic. A release date is unknown, but gamers interested in testing the game can sign up for the beta test over here.
Command & Conquer is officially following other big franchises like Battlefield, Need for Speed and Warhammer to join the rapidly growing Play4Free family with the announcement of Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances. Tiberium Alliances is an all-new MMO-Strategy game set in the Command & Conquer Tiberium Universe. It is made by the German developer Phenomic and covers a new space for the C&C franchise -- Free 2 Play Browser Games!
While the BioWare Victory team is exclusively focused on C&C Generals 2 for 2013, you can sign up for the Tiberium Alliances Beta starting this week to shorten the wait. As the name Tiberium Alliances already suggests, it's more important than ever to form powerful alliances to fight the Mutants -- Choose your side as GDI or Nod and evolve the most powerful alliance on the planet.
AMD FX-6200 to be clocked at 3.8GHz
Turkish tech site Donanim Haber shows leaked slides that reveal AMD is getting ready to launch the FX-6200, a new six-core chip with a 3.8GHz clockspeed and 4.10GHz Turbo.
It features six cores, 6 MB total L2 cache, and 8 MB total L3 cache. Its TDP is rated at 125W. In a presentation to retailers sourced by DonanimHaber, AMD pitched the FX-6200 to have about 10% higher performance at Mainconcept HD to Flash conversion, than the FX-6100 (3.30 GHz nominal, 3.90 GHz max. turbo).
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon PC Released
Thousands of giant insects and aliens once again ravage the earth, and only the Earth Defense Force can stop them. Defend the city of New Detroit against an infestation bigger and meaner than ever before. Destroy these monsters at all costs, even if it means turning entire city blocks into rubble! Enjoy raw arcade shooter satisfaction on a gigantic modern scale. Collect over 300 weapons: assault rifles, rocket launchers, energy weapons, sniper rifles, grenade launchers and more! Play with 4 upgradeable armor types: Jetpack, Battle, Tactical, and Trooper. Experience Massive replayability through arcade style scoring, tons of weapons to collect, and multiple difficulty levels in every game mode!
In addition, the game also features a six player Survival mode that pits a human squad against a nonstop onslaught of the largest enemies the aliens have to offer. New Detroit�s giant bug problem is unavoidable, and mankind�s last hope lies with the Earth Defense Force. Defend the world from the insect invasion, even if it means blowing up the entire city as part of the extermination process.
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon and the soldiers are equipped better than ever in the latest cult classic iteration that follows in the footsteps of Earth Defense Force 2017 (Japanese Title �Earth Defense Force 3� developed by Sandlot), and Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon continues the rich history and hardcore fun of the series.
Heavy Fire: Afghanistan (PS3/Wii/PC) Teaser Video
3DMark 11 version 1.0.3
Futuremark have just released an update for 3DMark 11, the gaming benchmark for DirectX 11 PCs. The results produced by the new version of 3DMark 11 are compatible and comparable with results produced by earlier versions. This is a relatively minor update.3DMark 11 version 1.0.3 release notes
- Bullet physics library updated to 2.79 in order to improve compatibility with current and future CPUs and GPUs
- Manual GPU Selection option now available on the Help-tab
- Updated SystemInfo module to version 4.6 with improved compatibility with current and future hardware
- Improved error handling and messages
- A new
PC Buyers Guide Christmas 2011
Guru3D offers you their bi-annual PC Buyers Guide, this is the 2011 Winter edition. This article brings you a set of recommendations of products we feel are great components to build yourself a nice gaming rig. We go from low-end targated at gamers, to high-end for the enthusiast fragger.
We'll only cover the PC itself. Monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers are not included. We do this for brevity's sake, as the monitor alone would require its own guide, especially if I were to cover LCD monitors.
We target a system intended for gaming primarily while not spending heaps of money.
Check out the guide right here.
NVIDIA Kepler Is On Track is sampled
Funny that when one Manufacturer is getting news (AMD R7000) that all of the sudden the competition becomes active with little news items as well. AMD will most certainly be the first graphics card maker to release a 28nm GPU series alright, in fact the first samples are beeing seeded to press already (yes us too).
Nvidia has recently disclosed that Kepler is on track and that they have already entered into the possession of the first 28nm chip samples.