Review: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2
We check out the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2 iCX 8G, and heck yeah this is not your regular one. Meet the all custom, cooled and tweaked EVGA "For-The-Win2" Edition. This SKU is a more premium version that comes with some new features, e.g. read sensors everywhere!
Read the full review here.
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.
Intel releases budget SBE Extreme Board DX79TO
The chaps over at vr-zone spotted that that Intel's Extreme motherboards are getting less and less extreme by every iteration and after a slight delay Intel's more affordable X79 motherboard, the DX79TO has arrived, but it fits more into Intel's lower-end motherboard ranges than in the extreme category in our opinion. In fact, the DX79TO is a feature stripped DX79SI, something we didn't quite expect, especially as the DX79SI wasn't exactly breaking new territory so to say.
Intel has gotten rid of the x8 PCI Express slot and in lieu of that you get a x1 slot. Gone is also the front USB 3.0 ports, the secondary Gigabit Ethernet port, two audio jacks and the optical S/PDIF out. The two lower heatinks appear to no longer be connected via a heatpipe, instead a piece of metal connects them and it's possible that Intel has removed the top PWM heatsink as it's missing in the manual, but still present in the product brief. Also missing is the bundled Wi-Fi/Bluetooth ad adapter that comes with the DX79SI.
Stripping out all of those features makes the Intel DX79TO a really poor purchase, especially as it's listed for a retail price of around US$230 i.e. not much cheaper than the DX79SI which retails for around US$260, not to mention plenty of much more feature rich motherboards from Intel's motherboard partners. It looks like Intel decided it wasn't worth putting too much effort into its X79 motherboards, possibly due to the fact that Intel isn't expecting to sell a ton of them, but the DX79TO really is a lame duck that should never have been put into production.
Chrome 16 Goes Stable
An updated 'stable build of Google's excellent Chrome browser is now available to the masses and it offers one fresh feature - multiple profiles. This addition allows a single instance of Chrome to handle several user profiles and enable easy switching between them. This is great for shared PCs as it enables people to quickly access their bookmarks, apps, extensions, history, and other settings, but it's not really suited for those who like their privacy.
Beside multiple sign-in support, Chrome 16.0.912.63 comes with Sync enhancements and multiple bug fixes. This stable build is available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
NVIDIA Opens Up CUDA by Releasing Compiler Source Code
NVIDIA today announced that it will provide the source code for the new NVIDIA CUDA LLVM-based compiler to academic researchers and software-tool vendors, enabling them to more easily add GPU support for more programming languages and support CUDA applications on alternative processor architectures.
LLVM is a widely-used open source compiler infrastructure with a modular design that makes it easy to add support for new programming languages and processor architectures. It is used for a range of programming requirements by many leading companies, including Adobe, Apple, Cray, Electronic Arts, and others.
The new LLVM-based CUDA compiler, which is enhanced with architecture support for NVIDIA's parallel GPUs, is included in the latest release of the CUDA Toolkit (v4.1), now available to the public.
"Opening up the CUDA platform is a significant step," said Sudhakar Yalamanchili, professor at Georgia Institute of Technology and lead of the Ocelot project, which maps software written in CUDA C to different processor architectures. "The future of computing is heterogeneous, and the CUDA programming model provides a powerful way to maximize performance on many different types of processors, including AMD GPUs and Intel x86 CPUs."
Enabling alternative approaches to programming heterogeneous parallel systems for domain-specific problems and future programming models will help accelerate the path to exascale computing. By releasing the source code to the CUDA compiler and internal representation (IR) format, NVIDIA is enabling researchers with more flexibility to map the CUDA programming model to other architectures, and furthering development of next-generation higher performance computing platforms.
Software tools vendors can also access compiler source code technology to build custom solutions.
"This initiative enables PGI to create native CUDA Fortran and OpenACC compilers that leverage the same device-level optimization technology used by NVIDIA CUDA C/C++," said Doug Miles, director of The Portland Group. "It will enable seamless debugging and profiling using existing tools, and allow PGI to focus on higher-level optimizations and language features."
Antec European Availability Eleven Hundred Chassis
Antec, Inc. is proud to announce the Eleven Hundred, 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
CD Projekt Allegedly Suing The Witcher 2 Pirates
CD Projekt has been hard at work sending thousand of emails to gamers who downloaded hit RPG The Witcher 2, demanding as much as $1,200 and threatening legal action against those who don't pay. After digging up some personal info on the pirates with the help of a torrent monitoring company, the emails began to fly.
Although this initially sounded quite reasonable, away from the spotlight the company followed in the footsteps of so-called copyright trolls, by signing up for a so-called pay-up-or-else scheme. CD Projekt hired a law firm and torrent monitoring company to track those who illegally downloaded and shared the game, and has been sending them hefty cash settlement proposals.
The price CD Projekt is asking through their lawyers is slightly higher than what gamers have to pay in stores, to say the least. Over the past several months thousands of alleged BitTorrent users in Germany were asked to cough up 911,80 euros ($1230) to pay off their apparent debt to the company.
As is often the case, these mass settlement schemes do not exist without collateral damage. Aside from targeting many people who indeed downloaded and shared the game without paying, CD Projekts lawyers are also wrongfully accusing people who have never even heard of the game.
After all, an IP-address doesnt identify a person, and Wi-Fi piggybacking is not unusual. But CD Projekt, who dont want to bug legitimate consumers with DRM, apparently take this collateral damage for granted.
CoD: Modern Warfare 3 Patched
Hot Fix Updates (Released):
No Recoil glitch
Infinite Laptop killstreak glitch (Stealth Bomber Glitch)
Map Exploits (Getting into trucks, under maps) Fix
Prevent Slow-mo and Super Fast lobbies
Hot Fix Updates (Releasing Today 12/12/11):
Fire rate normalization for Assault Rifles with undermounts
FMG9 Re-balancing (Nerf)
Akimbo FMG9 Re-balancing (Nerf)
Type95 Re-balancing (Nerf) - Reduce hipspread.
Fix for ACR with Red Dot / Shotgun
Fix Type 95 bug related to dropping it.
Fix map exploits on Dome
Re-balancing and Updates currently in Development and/or Discussion:
Updates to the Spawn system
Further 'lag compensation' or 'host advantage / disadvantage' updates plus ability for on-going hot fixes based on feedback.
Fix for Shotgun's with Extended Mags (Prevents them from shooting more pellets than intended)
Default :30 Round Start timer for System Link only, while looking into adjustable timer for System Link games for Competitive Play.
Options to allow System Link players to 'unlock all' for competitive play in System Link only.
Duke Nukem Forever DLC Released
AMD Catalyst 11.12 WHQL download
Alienware Aurora R4 packs hexacore Core i7
Dell Dell has launched its latest gaming PC, the Alienware Aurora, a hexacore-based powerhouse with liquid-cooling as standard and eye-catching active vents running across the top. Running a choice of Intel 3000 Core i7 processors, paired with the X79 Express chipset, quad-channel DDR3 memory and dual-graphics options each with GDDR5 memory, the new Aurora even managers to look almost subtle with its matte black case and red LED highlights.
Easy access to the internal components is a given, with the whole side-panel slotting off easily. Four hard-drive bays side side-on, with a choice of HDD or SSD storage, while there
GeForce Kepler 104 and 100 GPU Specifications Surface
Well now, 3DCenter compiled a few specifications of the GK104 and GK100. Take it witha grain of salt, they go like this:
- 640 to 768 CUDA cores
- 80 to 96 TMUs (depending on what the CUDA core count ends up being)
- 384-bit GDDR5 memory interface, 48 ROPs
- Built on the 28 nm TSMC process
- Products based on this will launch in the first quarter of 2012
- 1024 CUDA cores
- 128 TMUs
- 512-bit GDDR5 memory interface, 64 ROPs
Um yeah, that's all folks :)
Point of View Android Tablet product line with 10 ProTab2XXL
The lads at Point of View are announcing a new Android based tablet device; the 10
G.Skill 64 GB Quad-Channel DDR3-2400 memory kit
If you need some memory supersized .. look no further. G.Skill has once again pushed the DDR3 memory performance to the boundary, and successfully developed the super sized & super speed DDR3 2400MHz CL10 64GB(8GBx8) kit, exclusively for Intel X79 platform.
Every single memory module of this 2400MHz 64GB kit is hand-tested, hand-picked by G.Skill's R&D team. All the chips are highly selected and tested with G.Skill rigorous internal validation process to ensure the maximum stability, while maintaining a decent overclocking headroom. The following screen shows the super kit under memtest burning test with ASUS Rampage 4 Extreme motherboard and Intel 3960K processor.
G.Skill's new quad-channel kit is backed by a lifetime warranty.
Hitachi Ultrastar C10K900 10,000 RPM Hard Drives
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies unveiled the Ultrastar C10K900 series. This new line includes 300 GB, 450 GB, 600 GB and 900 GB HDDs which feature a 2.5-inch form factor, a SAS (Serial attached SCSI) 6.0 Gbps interface, 64 MB of cache, an average seek times of 3.8 milliseconds, an average latency of 3.0 ms, and an operating/idle power draw of 5.8/3.0 W. A Bulk Data Encryption option will also be available on specific models.
According to Hitachi, its new enterprice Ultrastar drives deliver 18% higher sequential and up to 17% higher random performance than the nearest competitor, and are perfect for Tier 1 enterprise networked storage arrays, or for blades and other rack-mounted servers.
The Ultrastar C10K900 hard drives have begun shipping in small quantities and will go into volume production in Q1 2012.
AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview Driver 32-64-bit driver
AMD would like to share a preview of AMD's 12.1 Catalyst driver. Not only does this driver raises the bar on performance and fixes a few issues, but it also introduces quite a few new features, as well as UI enhancements. You'll find the list of changes below.
AMD HD3D technology support enhancement
Enables support for AMD HD3D technology in conjunction with AMD CrossFireX configurations
Delivers a new Stereo 3D mode over HDMI 1.4a connections - 1080p at 30Hz is now enabled on supported displays.
AMD Catalyst Control Center / Vision Engine Control Center enhancements
Intel Core i5-2550K Unlocked Processor
Intel is now working on another multiplier-unlocked Sandy Bridge part, this time from the Core i5 series, namely the i5-2550K, which is expected to arrive at about the same time as AMD