Minecraft not on Steam due to restrictive ToS
Notch has today revealed via his blog The Word of Notch why he is not going to be releasing Minecraft on Steam or other digital distribution platforms:
Steam is the best digital distribution platform I
ViewSonic Intros New 27-inch Monitors
ViewSonic issued two 27-inch monitors, the VG2732m-LED and VP2765-LED.
The screens are part of the gamer-oriented VG series, the VG2732m-LED has low response time of 3 ms. The VP2765-LED, on the other hand, is fine-tuned for graphics professionals, making use of an Advanced MVA (AMVA) panel, with a response time of 5 ms, and packs 2W stereo speakers.
Both displays make use of a slim bezel design, use LED-backlit illumination, full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution, 300 cd/m
Crucial M4 New 0009 Firmware Update increase Speeds by 20%
Crucial released a new firmware update by Crucial for its M4 series SATA 6 Gb/s SSDs
The update is build 0009 for the models CT064M4SSD2 (64 GB), CT0128M4SSD2 (128 GB), CT0256M4SSD2 (256 GB), and CT0512M4SSD2 (512 GB)
The update is said to increase sequential read speeds by 20%. PCMark Vantage Disk performance is also increased.
The new firmware also works to increase throughput performance, lower write latency, wider compatibility with latest chipsets (AHCI modes), and fixes various kinds of cold-boot failures. The firmware lowers SATA speed negotiation time with host controllers, resulting in faster boot.
Depending on the model, the 0009 firmware update for Crucial M4 series SSDs can be downloaded from here.
S2 Tablet Is Named Sony Tablet P
The S2 definitely stands apart by virtue of its dual-display construction, reliant on two 5.5-inch displays, one of which occupies what would otherwise be dedicated to a keyboard, were this a netbook. According to Engadget, there is now a name to go with the codename, Sony Table P in fact, its availability being scheduled for next month (September 2011).
The Tegra 2 SoC (system-on-chip) is the platform chosen to power it, while 4 GB of built-in flash storage exist as well. The obligatory card slot exists, of course, and there is even a 2 GB SD card bundled with the product, or so the report says.
Furthermore, Sony threw in 512 MB of RAM (the processor and video parts would not work without it after all), as well as a 0.2 megapixel webcam. All in all, the dual-display Tablet P has a weight of 370 grams, quite a bit less than the Tablet S (600 grams), which has 16 GB or 32 GB of storage and 1 GB of RAM.
Cedar Trail Intel Atom Chips Benchmarked
Intel is working hard on a new generation of Atom chips, but not without some problems alright.
Intel is getting closer to the time when it updates its product portfolio, even if it might not do it all at once. Among other things, there will be new E5-2600 CPUs, Poulson Itanium Server Processors, better Core series models, etc.
On that list, the Cedar Trail line has secured a spot, even though the last time anyone heard about it was when the DirectX-related issues were discovered as sofpedia reports:
Now, a new report has appeared, one that finally provides some benchmarking results, even if they aren't all that up to date as far as the program used to record them goes.
To be more specific, the Atom N2800 and N2600 ended up being analyzed by 3DMark 06 and compared to the Atom N570.
The N2600 only keeps up with the N570 in the 3DMark 06 CPU test, which is odd given the identical 1.66 GHz frequency.
Meanwhile, the N2800 is quite a bit ahead of the current-generation unit, in both CPU and GPU tests, though this does not say as much as it would have if the benchmarking suite was a more recent and demanding one, capable of really taxing the graphics.
Then again, this might all just be Intel's way of showing that it does not intend to actually bet on the graphics performance, although N2800 (aided by the PowerVR engine) still gets thrice the result of the N570.
Then again, seeing as how the GPU's clock is about three times faster, this was only to be expected.
Meanwhile, the N2600 succeeds in almost doubling the performance (the clock speed of the GPU is twice as fast as that of the previous-generation one).
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Avexir reveals four DDR3 memory series
Germany based Caseking announced the availability of four DDR3 memory lines from Avexir; Green, Budget, Standard and Blitz.
Avexir may be an unknown brand in these areas of the world, but is already present in the market since 2006. The products of the memory specialist are available immediately at Caseking. The assortment currently consists of four series - the
IBM Building 120 Petabyte Drive
Steve Conway, a vice president of research with the analyst firm IDC who specializes in high-performance computing (HPC), says IBM's repository is significantly bigger than previous storage systems. "A 120-petabye storage array would easily be the largest I've encountered," he says. The largest arrays available today are about 15 petabytes in size. Supercomputing problems that could benefit from more data storage include weather forecasts, seismic processing in the petroleum industry, and molecular studies of genomes or proteins, says Conway.
IBM's engineers developed a series of new hardware and software techniques to enable such a large hike in data-storage capacity. Finding a way to efficiently combine the thousands of hard drives that the system is built from was one challenge. As in most data centers, the drives sit in horizontal drawers stacked inside tall racks. Yet IBM's researchers had to make those significantly wider than usual to fit more disks into a smaller area. The disks must be cooled with circulating water rather than standard fans.
The inevitable failures that occur regularly in such a large collection of disks present another major challenge, says Hillsberg. IBM uses the standard tactic of storing multiple copies of data on different disks, but it employs new refinements that allow a supercomputer to keep working at almost full speed even when a drive breaks down.
When a lone disk dies, the system pulls data from other drives and writes it to the disk's replacement slowly, so the supercomputer can continue working. If more failures occur among nearby drives, the rebuilding process speeds up to avoid the possibility that yet another failure occurs and wipes out some data permanently. Hillsberg says that the result is a system that should not lose any data for a million years without making any compromises on performance.
The new system also benefits from a file system known as GPFS that was developed at IBM Almaden to enable supercomputers faster data access. It spreads individual files across multiple disks so that many parts of a file can be read or written at the same time. GPFS also enables a large system to keep track of its many files without laboriously scanning through every one. Last month a team from IBM used GPFS to index 10 billion files in 43 minutes, effortlessly breaking the previous record of one billion files scanned in three hours.
It will hold 24 million HD movies !
Thermaltake Toughpower Silver Series 80 Plus Silver Compliant PSUs
Thermaltake releases the Toughpower Silver Series 80Plus Silve, which will includes 1000W, 1200W, and 1500W along with 1350W for today?fs dynamic systems and power hungry enthusiasts. This Toughpower Silver Series high-efficient power supplies offer high-end features and exacting performance standards, but are still energy efficient and targeted at high-end users. With the proof of 80 Plus silver certification, Toughpower Silver Series power supplies stands out from the crowd and inherit the Thermaltake?fs passion to technological craft and application of life entertaining culture.
Thermaltake Eco-Vision / Efficiency with Flexitivity
Major components in a PC system are progressively consuming more wattages than before. Thermaltake not only understands the needs of gamers and enthusiasts within this forever changing PC market, as well as keeping ?gEco-Vision?h in mind, we upgraded the Toughpower 80Plus series (1000W, 1200W and 1500W) to Toughpower Silver Series (1000W, 1200W and 1500W), in order to offer enthusiasts a wider range of money saving solutions, and show our concerns for our mother nature. The upgraded Toughpower 80Plus Silver certified series promised to provide up to 91% efficiency and deliver the world?fs high-efficient performance and advanced reliability in the market. Offering 8 of PCI-E connectors and 12 of SATA connectors, the Toughpower Silver Series is ready for all current multi-GPU setups ranging from NVIDIA 3-Way/4-Way SLI to AMD CrossFireX configurations. The additional double-forward switching circuitry provides highest reliability by reducing power loss considerably, while the DC-DC converter further increases highest efficiency levels.
Still searching for a truthful power supply for your dynamic system? The robust dual+12V rail design allows excellent performance under all types of system loading, in combination with 100% 105 ?
Scythe Displaying New Products at IFA 2011
Japanese cooling expert Scythe is releasing new information and details about upcoming products exhibited at IFA 2011 in Berlin. Attendees of the consumer electronics fair IFA 2011 (Berlin, Germany) are able to checkout brand new products from Scythe. Located in the Home Entertainment hall 3.2 at booth number 116 new products are displayed with focus on the Audio segment. Three new Class D Digital Amplifiers PCI Slot Amp (SDAS-1000), 3,5 inch (8,89 cm) sized Bay Amp Pro mini 2000 (SDA35-2000) and the double-decker Kama Bay AMP SDAR-3000 will be introduced to the public.
New Top model from Scythe will be the Kama Bay AMP SDAR-3000 amplifier which is built to fit into two 5,25 inch (13,3 cm) bays of a PC Chassis. Core of this high-end amp will be the Power IC TB2924AFG from Toshiba. Hence allows connection of four different audio sources from which users can choose by switching. More convenient operation is achieved by adding an infrared remote control. Output Power is rated with 16 Watt. Further features are the retro-look analog meters with several different background light colors and one USB Power Charge connector in the front.
Second digital amp is the Bay Amp Pro mini 2000 (SDA35-2000) which can fit one 3,5 inch (8,89 cm) bay of a PC Chassis. Built-in Texas Instruments TPA3123D2 Power IC is allowing total output power of 20 Watt. It is possible to choose between RCA on the rear side of the amplifier or Line-in input on the front. While playing music from an external source built-in USB Power Charge connector allows charging the connected devices battery.
Last but not least is the by far smallest Class D amplifier from Scythe called PCI Slot Amp (SDAS-1000) which is powered by the Power IC Texas Instruments TPA3123D2. Scythe PCI Slot Amp needs to be fitted into the PCI or PCI-Express Slot of a PC and allows 3,5 Watt power output. Switches located on the PCB allow turning the amplifier into a subwoofer amplifier. In combination with the supplied knob it is possible to cut-off the high frequencies and output only low bass frequencies.
Razer Blade claims to be first true gaming laptop
Razer teased the Blade, an upcoming 17.3" gaming laptop with Intel's Core i7 2640M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M with Optimus technology, 8GB DDR3 1333MHz, 320GB 7200RPM SATA HDD, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, HD webcam, and a 60Wh battery. One of the special features is the Switchblade User Interface, it offers 10 dynamic adaptive tactile keys for easier access to in-game commands, and a multi-touch LCD that can display in-game information. The system will ship in Q4 2011, pricing is a whopping $2,799.99.
The PC industry today has never looked bleaker. The world
Trackmania 2 Canyon - Educational Video
Assassin's Creed Revelations - Animus Edition Info
- The Animus box entirely covered with lenticular lenses to faithfully reproduce the black room of the Animus
- In-depth Encyclopaedia featuring 256 pages with comprehensive entries on the major characters, events and other important aspects of the Assassin
MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 6 out for grabs
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 6 is ready,
Changes list includes:
- Added CHL8225 voltage regulators support to provide compatibility with future MSI graphics cards
- Improved update notification system. Now the update server contains independent info about the most recent official and beta versions instead of single unified most recent version entry before
- MSI On-Screen Display server has been upgraded to v4.2.2. New version gives you the following improvements:
- Improved video frames timestamping approach may improve smoothness of videos captured on low framerates
- "Downmix multichannel audio to stereo" option is no longer ignored and audio is no longer being forcibly downmixed to stereo
- Videos are no longer corrupted when audio capture engine fails to initialize
- Now it is possible to select audio source (any DirectSound capture device, WASAPI playback device or WASAPI capture device) in video capture properties
- Updated profiles list
- Added Japanese localization
- Added new compatibility option allowing disabling low-level access to hardware. New option replaces more complex RTCore.cfg renaming related workaround for BFBC2 Punkbuster's bug
Compro launches Megapixel, D/N, H.264, PTZ, IP570 Network Camera
Though PTZ network cameras are notexactly new anymore, they tend to be either expensive or really cheap and as such there is nothing inbetwene them. Compro releases the IP570 which will impress:
Guru3D Rig of the Month - August 2011
Each month here at Guru3D.com we feature one of you guys, your PC, your DIY project. It is quite honestly amazing how much detail and dedication you put into an PC, and every now and then it really shows. This months entry oozes in design and flamboyance.
The Rig of the Month August 2011 is simple and done very nicely. Bruno Limafrom brazil transformed one PC into something very sleek and cool looking with a little modding, of course.
Check out the article right here.
AMD A4-Series Llano Desktop Chips get pricetag
The entire Lynx/Llano release from AMD has been a decent success. Starting at the top with the A8 series processors (oh wait APUs), obviously the A6 series and now it's time that A4 series see the light of day as well.
The chips are the A4-3300 and A4-3400, being part of the same Llano platform, though with just two CPU cores each. They also have the Radeon HD 6410D graphics, which utilizes 160 shader units and runs at 600 MHz.
Speaking of clock speeds, the CPU cores themselves are set at 2.5 GHz for the A4-3300 and 2.7 GHz for the A4-3400. Furthermore, the DDR3 memory controller supports memory at 1,600 MHz, while the 1 MB of L2 cache completes the feature set of the units, more or less.
The A-Series APUs on sale have prices of $89 or more, with the A8-3850 costing the most ($135). The A4-3300 can be pre-ordered for visibly less, $73.52 to be exact (boxed), or $78.78 (tray), while the A4-3400 goes for $79.25 and $84.92, respectively.
Then again, these are early prices, and it is fairly safe to assume that official availability will bring with it a drop in the price tags, until the units ship for $65-$70.
POV sticks 4GB of VRAM on GTX 550
The clock frequency of the memory is 1.066 MHz, while the GPU (comparatively unassuming to the one above) has a clock of 900 MHz.
Meanwhile, 192 CUDA cores add to the overall feature set (they operate at 1,900 MHz), as does the 128-bit memory interface. All in all, this is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti video controller whose memory amount is four to eight times the one of regular cards.
Users will have to pay 113 Euro (only pre-orders can be placed for the moment), a price that accounts for the DVI, D-Sub and HDMI outputs and all the technologies NVIDIA is known for (PhysX, CUDA, etc.).
BitFenix Outlaw Mid-Tower Gaming Case
BitFenix is pleased to launch its latest gaming chassis. Named Outlaw, this mid-tower ATX enclosure offers premium features, innovative layout, and superior styling at a groundbreaking price point.
"We set out to design a value gaming chassis like no other on the market, and the result of that is Outlaw," says BitFenix Product Manager David Jarlestedt. "Offering features normally found on chassis twice the price, Outlaw is a gaming case that really does break all the rules."
One look at Outlaw reveals something truly unique in this segment. The motherboard tray is flipped upside down, placing the graphics card close to the top of the case. By doing so, Outlaw not only delivers enhanced cooling to graphics cards via the top fan vents, but also allows the installation of extra-long VGA cards so gamers can outfit their system with the latest firepower available.
While priced very affordably, Outlaw comes with many of the same features that are found on more expensive enclosures. On the exterior, gamers can look forward to a handsomely crafted front bezel that's coated with signature BitFenix SofTouch Surface Treatment for stain resistance and a luxuriously soft feel. Four high-speed USB 2.0 ports offer excellent connectivity, while the black coated interior and black cabling lend Outlaw an even more premium look and feel. With Outlaw, users can experience the quality and attention to detail that has garnered BitFenix nearly 200 awards worldwide.
But looking good is one thing; performing well is another. Outlaw is definitely no slouch in the cooling department. Aside from the stock 120mm fan, gamers can install up to 7 additional 120mm fans for a total of eight, and the two fan locations on the side panel can also be upgraded to 140mm fans for added airflow. For water cooling enthusiasts, two water cooling holes also come standard.
Outlaw is also designed to give users maximum expansion possibilities. With four 5.25" and four 3.5" drive bays, users have plenty of room to expand their system, and with the included 2.5" SSD mount, users can equip their Outlaw with the latest in SSD technology. Along with the seven included PCI slots, gamers have all the room they need to make their Outlaw a force to be reckoned with.
When it comes time to put their system together, users will definitely appreciate the DIY-friendly features that are included with Outlaw. A large CPU cutout makes short work of swapping CPU coolers, and thoughtful cable management features make it easy to keep your system tangle-free. All drives can be secured using easy-to-use thumbscrews for added stability and tool-free installation.
BitFenix Outlaw will be available on store shelves beginning September 2011 with an estimated MSRP of 39