Valve Announces Million Dollar Dota 2 Tournament
Valve has just announced a million dollar Dota 2 tournament called 'The International.' This will be the first time the game is shown publicly and sixteen teams will compete for a $1,000,000 cash prize. Hit the link for all the info.
August 1, 2011 - Valve today announced The International. This tournament will be the first time Dota 2 is shown in public, and will take place August 17th -21st at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.
The International features the 16 best Dota teams in the world competing in the Dota 2 Championships through a group stage, double elimination playoff format over the course of Cologne's five-day trade show.
The tournament will be broadcast in four languages (Chinese, German, Russian, and English) free of charge. The winning team will receive $1 million.
"The International is the first public Dota 2 event and will give the tens of millions of gamers playing Dota around the world their first look at the new game," said Gabe Newell, president and founder of Valve. "I have had the good fortune to watch the competitors as they prepare for the tournament, and the level of play is extraordinary."
Dota 2 will be available for the PC and Mac later this year. For more information on Valve and its games click here.
Need for Speed The Run Limited Edition Announced
KFA2 GeForce GTX 560 Ti MDT x5 review
Connecting three or four monitors to one GeForce GTX 560 Ti is not possible ? Well sure it is. Check out the latest MDT x5 offering from KFA2, allowing you to game with multiple monitors on just the one card.
They implemented the feature as a broad test on the GeForce GTX 560. This card as tested today actually comes with six display output connectors of which four are mini-HDMI, one DVI and one Display port connector. The card supports 2 / 3 / 4 monitors in span mode and 2x2 in stack mode over the HDMI connectors.
Read the article right here.
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
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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