Crysis 2 - Multiplayer Demo Announcement trailer
Crytek and Electronic Arts just announced that a multiplayer demo for Crysis 2 is available exclusively on Xbox Live starting next Tuesday (January 25th). The names for all of the six game modes are: Assault, Capture The Relay, Crash Site, Extraction, Instant Action and Team Instant Action. Additionally, there will be eight variants of those modes available. Three new map names popped up as well: Sanctuary, Parking Deck and Skyline There will be twelve maps in total.
Crysis 2 will be available for PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox 360 on March 22nd in North America and March 25th in Europe.
Modern Warfare 3 released November 2011
LA Times is reporting that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be hitting shelves this coming November 2011, despite all of the legal issues surrounding the series and Infinity Ward.
Activision has quietly tapped Sledgehammer Games, a Northern California studio, to help out with the making of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, according to people familiar with the situation. The game has not been officially announced by Activision. But the title is well into production and is expected to come out in November, the same month that the publisher has annually released a new Call of Duty installment, people with knowledge of situation said. Modern Warfare 3 will be the first game Infinity Ward has produced since the departure of of company co-founders Jason West and Vince Zampella.
People close to the matter said Infinity Ward is working closely with Sledgehammer, which is led by a team recruited away from Activision's rival Electronic Arts Inc. The two studios are equally sharing duties of producing the single-player portion of the game, the sources said.
Activision has also brought in Wisconsin-based Raven Software, which is working on the online multi-player elements for Modern Warfare 3, sources said.
Nvidia Tegra 2 goes 3D
Nvidia will be shipping a Tegra 2 3D processor this year as TechEye reports, intended for use in mobile gadgets featuring a 3D screen. The new Tegra 2 3D will be based on a Dual Cortex A9 clocked at up to 1.2 GHz, offering 5520 MIPS. According to the slide, Nvidia will start churning them out some time in the first quarter.
It can be reasoned coming mobile handsets will offer a Master Image TN-LCD display using cell parallax, a technology using the individuals cells to create a 3D effect instead of a parallax barrier, as Nintendo will be using in its 3DS console.
Master Image's Roy Taylor, a former green goblin, also explained looking at a mobile or a tablet basically kills peripheral vision, allowing the 3D effect to work its magic. It's the same in the cinema because one is plonked in front of a large screen, yet also thanks to the glasses.
Actually, its the shutter glasses which make 3D tellies function, thanks to them shutting out peripheral vision. Without the shutter glasses, the brain couldn't cope all too well with all the real life surrounding a telly with a fixed position. Taking a glimpse to the right or left would make things all wobbly and warbly. Tablet and mobile phone users will be staring at a 3D screen and always move it around in line of sight, inside the viewing cone.
This is the reason one can call Nvidia's Tegra 2 3D the real deal. It will be hitting smartphones and tablets this spring, offering new ways of earning money for companies and their shareholders, while consumers trade in their wages for pleasure and cheap thrills to be had without leaving the sofa.
Upcoming 3D tablets and phones will also pose a difficulty to Nintendo and its 3DS console, as well as Apple and its current generation of iPhones, iPods and iPads. Master Image itself has already shown off a Hitachi handset offering a slide-up 3D display.
Nintendo won't be hit so hard thanks to its strong heritage - kids, as well as some grown-ups, will love playing Mario, Zelda and third-party titles such as Resident Evil in 3D, as well as watching 3D movies on the console, such as "How To Tame Your Dragon" and "Guardians of Ga'hoole".
Nvidia's Tegra 2 3D holds the promise of being a game changing platform in the mobile arena, much to the detriment of Intel, whose Atom simply can't compete in terms of energy nor graphical performance. It seems trying to shut Nvidia out of the world of netbooks backfired, a sign of imperial hubris, letting Chipzilla fall flat on its face in a new, infant market.
MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II OC review
Today we have a new review on the Radeon HD 6950. A series (6900) that has been received with somewhat mixed feelings. Everybody expected the overall performance to be a notch higher.
As such MSI went back to the drawing board and redesigned the PCB, armed it with quality components and decided that they would need to slap a nice cooler on there. As such we see the model as tested today, running slightly above reference specification yet with the latest twin Frozr II cooler mounted on top of it.
Check out the full Guru3D article right here.
Palit releases GeForce GTX 580 with 3GB
We unfortunately can't say anything else than 3 GB is complete overkill for this card, but Palit Microsystems announces the double memory sized Palit GTX 580 3GB.
With massive 3072MB of GDDR5 memory, Palit GTX 580 3GB offers rich, realistic and explosive HD gaming performance under maximum resolution setting. Palit GTX 580 3GB is built for enthusiast gamers!
With 3072MB memory at 4020MHz, Palit GTX580 3GB provides incredible gaming performance in the hottest title such as StarCraft II even under an extreme resolution. On a 30" monitor with 2560x1600 resolution, Palit GTX 580 3GB provides 2.5X faster performance than 1GB version with 44.7 frame per second. Play with Palit GTX 580 3GB under maximum resolution, you will have a surreal experience that makes you hard to go back to anything less! Play StarCraft II with Palit GTX 580 3GB under maximum graphics setting, you can experience the excellent gaming performance!
Top notch performances with nice design, Palit GTX 580 3GB comes with dual fan and 4 video output. The dual fan cooler provides a more efficient thermal solution, whilst the 4 video output is a much friendly offering that includes a full-size HDMI, Display Port and two Dual-link DVI output. Palit GTX 580 3GB provides the best gaming experience.
Check the thumbnail, as the product has an interesting cooler alright.
Linksys E4200 dual-band 450Mbps router
Admit it, you'd buy it for the sheer looks alone. Cisco introduces the Linksys E4200, a new dual-band router capable of achieving transfer speeds of up to 450Mbps on the 5GHz band. The 802.11n router will be available in stores for around $179.99.
AMD to rename 5700 to 6700 ?
A couple of months ago this rumor already popped up, AMD would rebrand its Radeon HD 5750 and 5770 cards to Radeon HD 6750 and 6770 and that looks to be true. Word is spreading that AMD has released these cards for the OEM market, they feature a somewhat different cooler shroud and HDMI 1.4a support but other than that they're identical to the Radeon HD 5700 series.
The bassis for this is that the 6770 is based on the 40 nm Juniper silicon, with 800 VLIW5 stream processors, and 1 GB of GDDR5 memory over a 128-bit wide memory interface. The HD 6750 on the other hand has 720 stream processors. There's no information at present on when (or if) AMD plans to release this to the consumer market. Again the products seem to be OEM only.
NVIDIA Maxwell to be first GPU with ARM CPU in 2013
Mike Rayfield, general manager of mobile solutions at NVIDIA in an interview with Hexus, revealed that Maxwell (future generation IC) will be the company's first product using Project Denver. The 22nm Maxwell GPU is expected to be released in 2013, it promises big gains in computing power as well as new features that make it less dependent on the CPU.
Lastly we asked about Project Denver: the surprising announcement that NVIDIA will be designing a CPU in partnership with ARM, with a view to using it in high-end computers. We asked Rayfield to elaborate.
"As well as licensing Cortex A15, we also have an architectural license with ARM to produce an extremely high performance ARM CPU, which be combined with NVIDA GPUs for super-computing," he said. When we asked for timescales, Rayfield revealed: "The Maxwell generation will be the first end-product using Project Denver. This is a far greater resource investment for us than just licensing a design."
AMD fourth-quarter earnings good
AMD announced a fourth-quarter profit of $375 million, or 50 cents per share, on revenue of $1.65 billion. Revenue is flat year-over-year and on a non-GAAP basis, earnings came in at $106 million, or 14 cents per share, 3 cents more than the year before. Wall Street analysts expected the chip maker to post earnings of 11 cents per share on revenue of $1.63 billion.
AMD expects Q1 2011 revenue to be flat to slightly down sequentially.
Fourth Quarter 2010 Results
- AMD revenue $1.65 billion, 2 percent sequential increase and flat year-over-year
- Net income $375 million, EPS $0.50, operating income $413 million
- Non-GAAP(1,2) net income $106 million, EPS $0.14, operating income $141 million
- Gross margin 45 percent
2010 Annual Results
- AMD revenue $6.49 billion, an increase of 20 percent year-over-year
- Net income $471 million, EPS $0.64, operating income $848 million
- Non-GAAP(1,2) net income $360 million, EPS $0.49, operating income $553 million
- GAAP annual gross margin 46 percent, non-GAAP annual gross margin 45 percent
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced revenue for the fourth quarter of 2010 of $1.65 billion, net income of $375 million, or $0.50 per share, and operating income of $413 million. The company reported non-GAAP net income of $106 million, or $0.14 per share, and non-GAAP operating income of $141 million. The non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP operating income primarily excluded a net of tax gain of $236 million, and a pre-tax gain of $283 million, respectively, that the company recognized related to a patent license and legal settlement.
For the year ended December 25, 2010, AMD reported revenue of $6.49 billion, net income of $471 million, or $0.64 per share, and operating income of $848 million. Full year non-GAAP net income was $360 million, or $0.49 per share, and operating income was $553 million.
"AMD enters 2011 with significant momentum, amplified by the successful launch of our first Fusion APUs," said Thomas Seifert, CFO and Interim CEO. "I am confident we can drive profitable growth based on the strength of new products we will bring to market. Our customers recognize that Fusion APUs are at the core of delivering the world's most vivid digital experiences."
AMD shares are currently trading at $8.00 (-0.25%) in after-hours trading, after initially soaring towards $8.30.
Red Faction: Armageddon Trailer
Test Drive Unlimited 2 Has Gone Gold
Test Drive Unlimited 2 expands on the traditional racing experience providing gamers with M.O.O.R.: Massively Open Online Racing; immersing drivers in a persistent online environment and revolutionising multiplayer racing communities as players compete, team up, and share their achievements and creations online. Unlike any other driving game, TDU2 blends the open world experience with realistic vehicles and performance dynamics and for the first time, TDU2 features vehicle damage, weather effects, day and night cycles, and a brand new island to explore.
Test Drive Unlimited 2 puts the world
Cooler Master Elite 343 and 371
The products are the Elite 342 and Elite 371 the first being a mini-tower the 371 a mid-tower. The Elite 371 measures 190 by 424 by 490 mm, has three 5.15-inch ODD bays, five internal 3.5-inch HDD/SSD bays and a front panel with USB 2.0 and audio ports.
The Elite 343 has a steel body, a removable HDD cage, a pair of 5.25-inch bays and a front IO panel with the same USB 2.0 and audio options. The cases come with tool-free drive installation and uses a 120mm fan, at the rear, for heat dispersion.
The 343 is expected to cost 45 EUR and the 371 roughly 55 EUR.
PowerColor Radeon HD 6950 PCS++ Graphics Card
Okay I know the entire +++ thing is getting a little confusing, but PowerColor announced a dual mode setting design in the HD 6950 series: the PowerColor PCS++ HD6950. The PowerColor PCS++ HD6950 features a dual BIOS setting, allowing a bump in performance with factory overclocking to at 880MHz core speed and 1250MHz memory speed. The bump enables performance to increase out its own segment and maximize gaming experience like never before.
The PCS++ HD6950 also has embedded with a back up setting, easily delivering the extreme performance to tackle the game titles. Gamers can manually switch the different settings to meet their own demands.
HIS debuts two IceQ Radeon HD 6850 cards
Gigabyte 900W and 1200W 80Plus Silver PSUs
Gigabyte introduced two new high-wattage Sumo Power Silver PSUs; a 900W and 1200W model with 80Plus Silver certification (up to 88% efficiency). Both units feature modular cabling. and are ATX12V V2.3 compliant.
The products come with sleeved cabling, a 120mm blue LED-equipped fan backed and feature respectively five and six 12V rails. Pricing has yet to be announced.
Lancool First Knight cases
Lancool, a Lian Li spin-off, introduced three First Knight series mid-tower computer cases.
Lancool, maker of mid to high-end computer chassis for over twenty years, has launched three, new, mid-tower PC cases: the PC-K57, the PC-K59, and the PC-K63. Utilizing their affiliation with high-end chassis manufacturer Lian-Li, Lancool has designed all three of these PC cases with anti-vibration, tool-less installations of components, all-black SECC steel exteriors, and superior thermal performance capabilities, while providing exceptional aesthetic appeal.
The extremely sexy PC-K63's blacked-out interior is visible through a transparent side-panel window. Blue LEDs illuminate the PC-K63's two 140mm front panel fans as well as the 120mm rear panel fan. Two, top panel 140mm fans improve airflow inside the PC-K63 as well.
PC-K59 & PC-K63
Users can mount ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards in Lancool's new PC-K59 and PC-K63. Six 3.5
IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover Announced
- New aircraft: incredibly detailed true-to-life modeling of aircraft systems based on thousands of hours of dedicated research. Every single aircraft component can be damaged for realistic and immensely satisfying results.
- Flyable aircraft - Over a dozen famous and highly detailed English, German and Italian aircraft available, with all crew positions open to players. All flyable aircraft have been painstakingly researched, resulting in incredibly accurate cockpit interiors (including Spitfire, Hurricane, Messerschmitt and the Stuka).
- Non-flyable aircraft - 13 AI controlled additional aircraft are also available to allow an even more accurate and immersive experience thanks to a varied aircraft.
- Immersive game modes:
- Exciting Single-Player Campaign - The campaign thrusts the player into the middle of the battle. The player will join the British Air Force to fight the German forces and renegade pilots on his own side, or join the German Luftwaffe and take part in meticulously recreated historical battles.
- Massive multiplayer - Customizable modes range from simple deathmatch-style free-for-alls to epic, ongoing 128 player battles that can last hours, days, weeks, or even longer.
- Interactive training - Comprehensive interactive training for new players - fly a real WWII trainer plane with a computer controlled instructor through a series of training missions.
- Brand new setting - The battle will take place on a large area spanning London and southern England in the north, to Northern France and Belgium in the south. The huge map will contain thousands of historical cities, towns, roads, airfields, radar stations, ports, and industrial areas - all located exactly where they were in 1940.
- New 3D engine - Latest-gen graphics engine with DX10 and DX11 API support. Huge variety of photorealistic ground vehicles, buildings and other environmental elements recreate minute details of 1940s Europe.
- Customizable difficulty - dozens of realism options allow newcomers to the franchise to reduce the difficulty and focus on the fun while learning the ropes of being a pilot.
ECS P67H2-A motherboard review
ECS P67H2-A motherboard review
Today the turn goes to the folks from ECS who put out some serious kit on the market. ECS was also working on a few of these P67 motherboards and is making sure that both NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards work combined together. Yep, they are adding a Lucid Hydra chip like some of the competition is doing as well. Anyway, the offering tested today is the P67H2-A socket LGA 1155 motherboard which is powered by a 14-phase VRM.
An absolutely lovely to look at motherboard as this is a serious design you guys, go check out the review.