Maxis Reveals Darkspore - Online Sci-Fi RPG
Darkspore will feature dynamic, fast-paced action as players battle across alien worlds to save the galaxy from the mutated forces of Darkspore in a four-player co-operative and full single-player campaign, as well as intense multiplayer battles. In order to defeat the malicious Darkspore, players will need to collect an arsenal of living weapons - genetic heroes with different combat abilities - and upgrade them with tens of thousands of collectible body parts and armor.
Darkspore will feature three unique classes of five different genetic hero types, with a limitless number of upgrades and customizations available through the parts players collect on each planet level. As players progress, Darkspore builds in intensity, with new planets and enemy forces requiring players to strategically select the right squad and ability combinations to succeed in their missions [via ggmania]
Corsair adds new Force series SSDs
Corsair added three new capacities in its Force Series solid-state-drives, adding 40GB, 80GB, and 160GB models to the current lineup of 60GB, 120GB and 240GB SSDs.
Corsair Force Series solid-state drives are based on the SandForce SF-1200 SSD Processor, and includes their DuraWrite technology for great read and write speeds. Unlike most other current generation solid-state drives, the unique architecture of the SF-1200 SSD Processor allows lower capacity drives to perform with nearly the same performance as larger capacity SSDs. All three Force Series models support the TRIM command, so write performance is maintained over time.
Sequential Read Max
Sequential Write Max
The three new additions to the Force Series SSDs from Corsair have a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price in the United States of $129.99 for the 40GB, $229.99 for the 80GB, and $449.99 for the 160GB version. The new models are expected to begin shipping worldwide in August.
All Corsair SSDs are backed by a three-year warranty. Check out Guru3D's Force 120 review right here.
Guru3D's EVGA SR-2 article
Let me give you guys a little progress update on our eVGA SR-2 article. Beaux is working hard on compiling data and testing. This dual socket motherboard will be tested at three stages, air, liquid-cooling and liquid nitrogen.
Currently we are at stage two, liquid cooling. And with a bit of luck stage three Liquid Nitrogen tests will be completed this week. Beaux had to wait on the H2O blocks + some extra pots where needed for the LN2 tests as the man, the legend himself, will use seven! LN2 pots, two for the CPUs, one for the chipset and four for the four GeForce GTX 480 graphics cards ;)
The results this far and the photo's we took are short from amazing. Even on air or for that matter liquid cooling this setup is pulling numbers that are ridiculous.
Take Sandra for example, the CPUs at 4.6 GHZ produce awesome numbers
- A Phenom II X6 1090T would produce 70k Gips
- A core i7 975 would produce 88k Gips
- A Core i7 980X would produce 126k Gips
- Beaux smoking rig at this moment produces 395k Gips (!)
For this setup we now use two Xeon X5680 processors, each with 6 cores and this 12 threads. Giving this system 12 physical cores and 24 hyperthreaded. A lot of software, including the most benchmarks can't even deal with that many cores.
Here's a couple of photo's for your viewing pleasure. Click on the thumbnails to have a peek.
Thermalright VRM G2 for GeForce GTX 480
Thermalright has added the VRM G2 heatsink for the GeForce GTX 480 to its website. The cooler features:
- Proprietary through holes on fins for efficient ventilation Soldered fins to copper base (nickel plated) to make effective contact
- Options to install 80 x 25mm or 80 x 15mm fans.
- Supports nvidia GTX 480 only
- Two nickel-plated heatpipes to reduce oxidation effect, maintaining top performance for long term usage.
- Features an all copper base and soldering technology that has each heatsink fin soldered to the heatpipes for a definite contact in producing high efficiency rate of heat transfer.
The cooler fits nVidia GeForce GTX 480 Only.
Scythe Chouriki 2 power supplies
The Japanese cooling specialist Scythe starts officially the sales of the new Chouriki 2 Power Supply Series. These power supplies are characterized by their high efficiency of up to 90% and comply to the 80Plus Silver certification. Chouriki 2 series is available with 650, 750, 850 and 1,000 watts. The customers have also the choice between a plug-in version with cable management for more comfort and a standard version with soldered cable strands.
As usual for Scythe, all components meet Japanese standards and are designed for long life. This is supported by a variety of build-in protection circuits (OCP: Overcurrent Protection, OVP: Overvoltage Protection, OPP: Overpower (Overload) Protection, SCP: Short Circuit Protection, UVP: Undervoltage Protection, OTP: Overtemperature Protection). Scythe also grants a five-year warranty on all Chouriki 2 PSUs. The attractive brushed steel surface makes a fine impression which makes this PSU to be visually attractive and blend into your PC case without any disturbance.
For cooling, a controlled 135 mm fan from the proven Scythe Kama Flex series is used. The high-quality S-FDB (Sony Fluid Dynamic Bearing) bearing can guarantee for a long life time of up to 120,000 hours MTBF, as well as very low noise. An integrated fan control ensures that the fan speed is adjusted individually according to the load and the temperature of the power supply. At the back of the power supply, a special honeycomb structure ensures the optimum air flow.
The Scythe Chouriki power supply series is now available in stores at the suggested retail prices below.
Chouriki 2 650W - 91,50 EUR / 121.00 USD (excl. VAT)
Chouriki 2 750W - 100,00 EUR / 131.00 USD (excl. VAT)
Chouriki 2 850W - 116,00 EUR / 163.00 USD (excl. VAT)
Chouriki 2 1000W - 129,00 EUR / 175.00 USD (excl. VAT)
Chouriki 2 650W Plug-In - 99,00 EUR / 132.00 USD (excl. VAT)
Chouriki 2 750W Plug-In - 108,00 EUR / 144.00 USD(excl. VAT)
Chouriki 2 850W Plug-In - 125,00 EUR / 176.00 USD (excl. VAT)
Chouriki 2 1000W Plug-In - 135,00 EUR / 185.00 USD (excl. VAT)
Alice: Madness Returns Announced
EA and Spicy Horse Games announced Alice: Madness Returns, a sequel to American McGee's Alice. The game follows Alice on a journey through a wildly corrupted and shattered Wonderland to uncover the truth behind her haunted past and tortured psyche. In this journey, players will romp through highly-detailed elaborate worlds, encounter a cast of off-beat characters and engage in epic battles with deadly weapons and sinister villains. Alice: Madness Returns will be available in 2011 for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Alice: Madness Returns takes place 10 years after the conclusion of the original game, with Alice struggling to recover from the emotional trauma of losing her entire family in a fatal fire. After spending a decade institutionalized in an insane asylum, she is finally released to the care of a psychiatrist who just may be able to help her conquer the nightmarish hallucinations that still haunt her. Alice embarks on a mission to root out the true cause of her family
Starcraft II Wings of Liberty GPU graphics performance
Starcraft II Wings of Liberty GPU graphics performance
We have a look at Starcraft II Wings of Liberty GPU graphics performance. With no less than 13 graphics cards we see how well this soon to be released game behaves in terms of image quality and frame rates.
We have a peek at overall performance in four common monitor resolutions. We'll grab a few current and last generation graphics cards to see if we'd run into any performance issues whatsoever.
- GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB
- GeForce GTX 260 SP216 896MB
- GeForce GTX 285 1792MB
- GeForce GTX 460 1024MB
- GeForce GTX 460 768MB
- GeForce GTX 470 1280MB
- GeForce GTX 480 1536MB
- Radeon HD 4770 512MB
- Radeon HD 4870 1024MB
- Radeon HD 5770 1024MB
- Radeon HD 5830 1024MB
- Radeon HD 5850 1024MB
- Radeon HD 5870 1024MB
We'll test with thirteen graphics cards from ATI and NVIDIA. Click here to read this Guru3D.com article.
Point of View launches OC line of products
In the past Point of View already had their EXO line of overclocked products. Back from the dead and molded into a new form Point of View is to release a TGT Series are hand selected high end models of individually overclocked Graphics Cards.
There will be 2 different models of POV/TGT TUNED graphics cards to start with.
The POV/TGT CHARGED version
The CHARGED version is the version that is clocked faster then the standard out of the box graphics card. This version is using clock speeds that are already pretty amazing.
The POV/TGT ULTRA CHARGED version
The ULTRA CHARGED version are carefully selected graphics cards that can reach top speeds and still using the standard cooler. This top model can reach incredible high performance speeds right out of the box. All carefully tested by the TGT team to make sure you will be fascinated.
The POV / TGT water cooled editon
The dream of every gamer is of course a water cooled edition. The POV/TGT team is of course also developing a watercooled edition. We will keep you informed as soon as we are ready to release these versions as well.
- TGT-460-A2-768-C GTX460-768MB Charged Core 780Mhz / Memory 3800Mhz
- TGT-460-A2-768-UC GTX460-768MB Ultra Charged Core 820Mhz / Memory 4000Mhz
- TGT-460-A2-1024-C GTX460-1024MB Charged Core 780Mhz / Memory 3800Mhz
- TGT-460-A2-1024-UC GTX460-1024MB Ultra Charged Core 820Mhz / Memory 4000Mhz
- TGT-470-A1-1280-C GTX470-1280MB Charged Core 650Mhz / Memory 3500Mhz
- TGT-470-A1-1280-UC GTX470-1280MB Ultra Charged Core 680Mhz / Memory 3500Mhz
- TGT-480-A1-1536-C GTX480-1536MB Charged Core 730Mhz / Memory 3800Mhz
- TGT-480-A1-1536-UC GTX480-1536MB Ultra Charged Core 760Mhz / Memory 3800Mhz
Intel drops prices on several Processors
Next to the introduction of a couple of new processors Intel also dropped prices on several products.
The new Core i7 970 is positioned at 885 USD, unfortunately that's higher then we all expected. Then if we take the Core i7 870, that processor will see a huge price drop, really 48% it drops as it will now cost 294 USD coming from 562 USD. Added will be a more energy efficient model, the 870S priced at 351 USD (82W TDP).
In the lower spectrum things do not change that much but the 2.8 GHz Core i5 760 obviously was introduced, it's price will be 205 USD.
Two Pentium processors E6600 and E5500 will each drop roughly 105 in price to 75 and 64 USD respectively.
Last but not least, good news for server admins and overclockers, the 2.93 GHz Xeon X3470 at a 95W TDP will drop a staggering 44% in price from 589 USD towards 328 USD.
Intel to settle FTC lawsuit in NVIDIA's favor
There's this long and on-going mud fight inbetween Intel and NVIDIA, the result of that is the lack of new nForce motherboards that support the latest Intel processors really as Intel is blocking NVIDIA in any way possible. There are some new developments though, as Electronista reported yesterday.
Intel may settle the FTC antitrust lawsuit in a way that favors NVIDIA, sources said Monday. The strategy would follow some of the elements of the truce with AMD extend these to graphics chipsets. These could include preventing Intel from intimidating companies into avoiding NVIDIA graphics or knowingly designing code or hardware to perform poorly.
The remedy would also address an NVIDIA-specific complaint regarding unfair bundling, Reuters said. It could address accusations of Intel hampering Ion sales by forcing the CPU designer to offer fair pricing when its processors and graphics are bundled together. Intel allegedly dropped pricing on the combination of an Atom chip and the matching chipset so low that it became impractical to use Ion for all but high-end systems where cost wasn't a factor.
Unlike AMD's deal, Intel would avoid a payment to settle the case.
Neither Intel nor FTC volunteered to comment. The settlement could partially address the countering Intel and NVIDIA lawsuits over graphics licensing. Intel has claimed that NVIDIA's license for chipsets doesn't allow it to produce chipsets for processors with integrated graphics, such as the Core iX series, but NVIDIA has insisted that Intel is intentionally dishonoring its license to bar NVIDIA from fairly competing with faster, more advanced graphics.
Intel's effect on NVIDIA is believed to have forced many of the design decisions behind Apple's recent lineup. The Mac producer has a long-term deal with NVIDIA but can't use more recent Intel chips in its smaller computers; the choice led to the 13-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro models, as well as the Mac mini, using upgraded Core 2 Duos for the sake of the much faster NVIDIA components.
ASUS outs 3D LCD monitor
With the release of their VG236H Monitor ASUS now jumps in the 3D segment as well. This is 23" monitor that will be selling at arather steep 589 USD, but the good news is that it includes a 3D Vision kit at that price.
LCD display has a refresh rate of 120 Hz allowing a smoot 60Hz per eye, and does so at a nice 1920 x 1080 resolution. We can't complain about the response time either, 2ms. As for connectivity to video output devices, the ASUS implemented DVI and HDMI inputs.
AMD's profit might drop in Q3 due to competition
For the third quarter, Nvidia has recently launched its GeForce GTX 460 GPU and is set to launch GeForce GTS 455 and 450 GPUs in August and an entry-level GF100-based GPU in September, according to previous reports.
Although AMD is already preparing next-generation DirectX 11 products, since details are unlikely to be fully planned out until October, and AMD currently does not have plans for new product launches in the third quarter, the company is likely to offer price cuts to compete against Nvidia's new products, which should reduce its profits, the sources noted.
ADATA JMicron JMF616-based S596 Turbo SSD
ADATA released the S596 Turbo. This SSD comes with the new JMicron JMF616 controller which packs 128MB DDR2 cache. The results should be a stutter free SSD with read speeds of up to 260MB/s and write speeds of up to 210MB/s.
ADATA Technology Co., Ltd., the worldwide leader in DRAM memory and Flash application products, today introduced S596 Turbo, the first Solid State Drive (SSD) using JMicron JMF616 controller on earth. Not only has the speed of S596 promoted, the stability has also strengthened. The ADATA S596 Turbo leads the SSD industry into a whole new era.
Flexible Dual Interface
In terms of the interface, the ADATA S596 Turbo equips SATA II and mini-USB dual interface, providing greater convenience and flexibility. The SSD can be used either as an external portable storage, or as an installed disk in laptop. Furthermore, with a 3.5" converter, the S596 Turbo can be installed in desktop PC. The brushed aluminum chassis of the S596 Turbo is designed for fast heat dissipation, while bringing impressive elegant demeanor.
JMicron JMF616, the Next-generation Controller Chip
In addition to the DDR2 128M cache buffer, the S596 Turbo utilizes next-generation controller, providing read speed up to 260MB per second, while write speed up to 210MB/S, which is 20 % higher than its former model S596. The firmware supports Windows 7 TRIM command, which significantly shortens the boot-up time. In addition, because of the new controller, the stability of S596 Turbo is largely raised, ridding users of sudden standstill during data transmission. The S596 Turbo supports Static wear-leveling technology, which extends the SSD's life. The S596 Turbo satisfies different needs with 32G / 64G / 128G / 256G storage capacity.
Users of ADATA SSDs are able to download Norton Internet Security 2010 (60-day trial) for free and experience enhanced mobility and security with just few mouse clicks away. All ADATA SDDs are backed by 3-year product warranty.
GeForce Forceware 258.96 WHQL released
This is a WHQL-certified release from the Release 256 family of drivers (versions 256.xx to 259.xx). This driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, and 400-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs. Learn more about Release 256 drivers here .
New in Release 258.96
- Adds support for GeForce GTX 460.
- Adds support for NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround technology. Learn more about this technology including the hardware and software requirements here.
- Adds additional performance increases for GeForce GTX 400 Series GPUs in several PC games (these improvements are in addition to the previously reported Release 256 improvements). The following are examples of some of the most significant improvements measured with GeForce GTX 480. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:
- Up to 11% in Aliens vs. Predator (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF
MSI GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone OC 1024MB review
MSI GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone OC 1024MB tested
We test and review the MSI GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone OC with 1024MB graphics memory. The Cyclone GTX 460 OC model flexes the GPU muscle all the way up towards 725MHz, the shaders to 1500 MHz and the GDDR5 to 3600 MHz (effective).
Built with military class components to last you a long time, meanwhile they slapped the Cyclone edition cooler on top of this board. Let's have a peek at what MSI offers with the N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5/OC
Check out the full review right here.
AMD Tapes Out First "Bulldozer" Microprocessors
The colleagues over at xbitlabs report that upcoming Bulldozer processors have been taped out. AMD hopes to begin sampling of the chips with customers shortly and initiate mass production sometimes in 2011.
The architecture will be used in chips manufactured using the 32-nm process. The company scheduled a 16-core chip code-named Interlagos for release in 2011. Bulldozer is AMD's first properly new processor architecture since the Athlon 64 of 2003. Every AMD chip since then has been a variation on that theme. A tweak here, an added core or floating point unit there, perhaps. But basically the same design.
The "tape out" means that the artwork for the photomask of a circuit is sent to manufacturing.
Based on the information provided by AMD it will feature eight x86 processing engines with multithreading technology, two 128-bit FMAC floating point units, shared L2 cache, shared L3 cache as well as integrated memory controller. AMD also states that the new CPU will feature
Core i5-760 CPU is out for sale
The Core i5 750 processor is probably the best Core based quad-core processor from Intel available on the market in terms of value. As it seems Intel just outted the Core i5 760.
The Lynnfield based processors can be seated onto a socket LGA 1156 motherboard and though precisely the same as its little brother, it is now clocked at 2.80 GHz, which is an okay improvement over the 2.66 GHz of the Core i5-750.
the chip comes with 8 MB of L3 cache and, of course, the integrated dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. Other specifications include a QPI of 4.8 GT/s and a TDP (thermal design power) of 95 W.
The product is priced at $209.99 whereas the 750 costs 195 USD.
Steam is releasing Alien Swarm for free
Today Steam is releasing Alien Swarm, which will cost you nothing.
Two years ago, Valve hired a group of modders behind the popular Unreal Tournament 2004 co-op mod called Alien Swarm as ggmania reports. The team has since contributed to popular games such as the Left 4 Dead Series and Portal 2, but on the side, they were hard at work on a Source version of Alien Swarm, and the fruits of their labor will be released on Monday