Guru3D Rig of the Month - June 2011
The rig of the Month June 2011 style, silence and performance are the key ingredients for the PC. A good chunk of money was spend on this Rig to get Thomas Michels his most most excellent build ever, supporting SLI and Thermaltake Level 10 alright. Meet the PC of Thomas Michels, 26 years of age.
You can check out all that coolness in the June's Rig of the Month right here.
Duke Nukem Forever press agency threatened gets sacked
Wozers .. check it out, The Redner Group, the PR team behind the US launch of Duke Nukem Forever, threatened on Twitter that reviewers who bashed the game would be blacklisted.
One staffer posted threats on the agency's official Twitter page stating the team will decide "who gets games next time" based on the venom in a reviewer's piece.
The Tweet has now been removed, replaced by a grovelling apology and the promise that individual sorry letters will be sent out to worried reviewers.
According to ArsTechnica - who managed to grab a screenshot before the original Tweet was removed - blacklisting is a common thing in the games world, and has been for years, but the activity is rarely made public like this.
Here's that tweet:
Pretty much what the PR agency was saying is this "put out good reviews, otherwise you get you'll be excummunicated". And that's of course the biggest no-go for any editor or journalist.
However, the story continues ... 2K Games has now sacked The Redner Group over the incident. 2K has since stopped doing business with The Redner Group and said, via its own Twitter feed, that it doesn't endorse or condone the comments.
'We maintain a mutually respectful relationship with the press and will continue to do so. We don't condone @The RednerGroup's actions at all,' said 2K.
That's Atomic man !
AMD: Southern Islands GPUs arrive later this year
Advanced Micro Devices confirmed on Tuesday at its AMD Fusion Development Summit (AFDS) that it would release a new breed of graphics processing units (GPUs) later this year. Apparently, AMD's code-named Southern Island graphics processing units are on-track to be launched in 2011. While it is not completely clear what kind of peculiarities of next-generation graphics processors will be revealed at the summit, it is highly likely that going forward both AMD and its arch-rival Nvidia will attempt to make GPUs more programmable and better suitable not only for graphics processing, but also for complex computing.
Later during this year AMD is projected to release its first graphics processing units made using 28nm process technology code-named Southern Islands. The SI family is projected to support DirectX 11 functionality along with architectural improvements and some new features.
Storage disk with phase-change memory
Researchers at the University of California in San Diego have developed a prototype disk drive based on phase-change memory. Full details over here.
A new type of data storage technology, called phase-change memory, has proven capable of writing some types of data faster than conventional flash based storage. The tests used a hard drive based on prototype phase-change memory chips.
Disks based on solid-state, flash memory chips are increasingly used in computers and servers because they perform faster than conventional magnetic hard drives. The performance of the experimental phase-change disk drive, created by researchers at University of California San Diego, suggests that it won't be long before that technology is able to give computing devices another speed boost.
"Phase-change chips are not quite ready for prime time, but if the technology continues to develop, this is what [solid state drives] will look like in the next few years," says Steve Swanson, who built the prototype, known as Onyx, with colleagues. It had a data capacity of eight gigabytes and went head-to-head with what Swanson calls a "high-end" 80 GB flash drive made for use in servers.
When it came to writing small chunks of data on the order of kilobytes in size, Onyx was between 70 percent and 120 percent faster than the commercial drive. At the same time, the prototype placed significantly less computational load on the processor of the computer using it. It was also much faster at reading data than the flash drive when accessing blocks of data of any size. The kind of large volume, small read and write patterns that Onyx excelled at are a hallmark of the type of calculations involved in analyzing social networks like those of Twitter, says Swanson. However, Onyx was much slower at writing larger chunks of data than its commercially established competitor.
AMD 2012 roadmap surfaces
The chaps at Bit Tech got its hands on details about AMD's 2012 processor roadmap:
" After months of secrecy, AMD has finally revealed some of its plans for the CPU market in a recent briefing, and there are some curious highlights. For example, next year will see the first ever 28nm AMD processor, meaning that AMD and its fabrication partner GlobalFoundries are keeping pace with Intel fairly well. While Intel is talking about 3D Tri-gate technology for its Ivy Bridge range of CPUs, AMD's new chips will still be fundamentally based on 28nm transistors.
While a process shrink usually leads to higher frequencies and more performance, it can also lead to lower power consumption and waste heat if the frequencies aren
Dungeon Siege III - Launch Trailer
ADATA Announces Shipments of S511 Solid State Drives
ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today announced the first shipments of its highly anticipated S511 solid state drive (SSD).
ADATA is hardly a newcomer to the SSD field; however the S511 is the company
OCZ Releases Firmware Fix for Vertex 3 and Agility 3 SSDs
Similar to A-data, Corsair and all other Sandforce 2200 series SSDs that are affected by firmware issues ranging from BSODs and BIOS detection errors to random freezes and RAID failures OCZ released a new firmware release for its high-performance Vertex 3 and Agility 3 drives.
First Intel Ivy Bridge Processor Pictures Surface
So its going to be a while before these puppies will be released (Q2 2012 actually), but some photo's of Ivy-Bridge processors have surfaced on the web. these are actually socket LGA 1155 based, similar to the current Sandy Bridge processors.
This batch is labeled QAX5, is a dual-core processor and packs 4MB of L3 cache memory. The 22nm based processor have a base frequency of 1800MHz that can turbo towards 2.4GHz and come with a TDP of 95W. The voltage of the two Ivy Bridge CPUs varies between 0.8 and 1.25 V.
It's not much too look at I know ... but click on the thumbnail to enlarge.
Windows 8 Release Date Hinted For Autumn 2012
Senate Bill Requires Consent For iPhone, Android Location Data
The Apple and Google location tracking controversy may soon be fully addressed in legislation. Ever since news of Apple?fs unencrypted storage of location data on iPhones broke, Senators Al Franken and Richard Blumenthal have been hot on their tails, summoning both Apple and Google for congressional hearings on the matter. Now the duo are submitting a bill that would require explicit consent for location data.
The bill is called the ?gLocation Privacy Protection Act of 2011?? and hopes to close any loopholes in the current federal law regarding location privacy. The proposed law will apply to both device manufacturers and app developers for smartphones and tablets.
?gOur laws do too little to protect information on our mobile devices,?h Franken said in a statement. ?gGeolocation technology gives us incredible benefits, but the same information that allows emergency responders to locate us when we?fre in trouble is not necessarily information all of us want to share with the rest of the world. This legislation would give people the right to know what geolocation data is being collected about them and ensure they give their consent before it?fs shared with others.?h
However, Apple has insisted that they do not track their customers location, and have issued an iOS update that has addressed most of the concerns. Google also responded saying that they require consent for every location service and allows users to shut them off.
EA: We did not pull Crysis 2 from Steam
A day after the PC version of Crysis 2 was pulled from sale from Valve's popular Steam download site, the sci-fi first person shooter's publisher Electronic Arts is now speaking out. In a statement to GameFront, EA stated that they had nothing to do with Crysis 2 being removed from sale from Steam:
AIDA64 updated to 1.80
FinalWire released an update of their AIDA64 Extreme Edition software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises.
The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and nVIDIA graphics processors.
The new AIDA64 release further strengthens its solid-state drive health and temperature monitoring capabilities, and implements support for the latest graphics processors from both AMD and nVIDIA.
New features & improvements
- Support for the upcoming AMD Bulldozer and Llano processors
- FMA4 and XOP optimized 64-bit benchmarks and System Stability Test
- Optimized benchmarks for VIA QuadCore processor
- GPU details for AMD Radeon HD 6970M, nVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
- Rivatuner OSD Server support
AMD Catalyst 11.6 WHQL driver download
AMM just released Catalyst 11.6 drivers.
The new catalyst WHQL drivers will bring with them support for AMD's new Fusion "Llano" A-series accelerated processing units (APUs), which embed AMD Radeon HD 6000 series GPU components. The drivers are WHQL-signed, but if you're particular about knowing what changes they bring, wait for the release notes.
AMD Steady Video
- Steady Video is currently an AMD exclusive feature based on AMD APP Technology
- By applying advanced algorithms behind the scenes, users do not have to deal with shaky or unstable video ever again!
- Capabilities scale with hardware and are end user controlled
- Image Stabilization brought to YouTube!
- Enabled through the AMD Vision Engine Control Center
- AMD Steady Video is supported on the following products:
- AMD Raedon HD 6000 Series when used in combination with an AMD CPU
- AMD E-450 and E300
- AMD A8, A6, and A4 series
- Supported in the following 3rd party players: Adobe Flash player, Windows Media player, Cyberlink PowerDVD, Corel Win DVD, ArcSoft TotalMedia Theater
- Decode Acceleration of MPEG-4 part 2 content
- AMD has enabled decode acceleration of MPEG-4 part 2 content in Microsoft video player applications (through MFT support) for all AMD Radeon 6000 Series
- The AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series and AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series of products will see the following performance gains:
- Dirt 2
AMD Trinerty APU rears its head
AMD officially unveiled its next-gen Fusion chip, Trinity, which will replace the current APU, Llano, in 2012. Trinity uses the Bulldozer APU and will drop next year; until then, of course, there
ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum review
We received that big'ass Republic of Gamers (ROG) MATRIX GTX 580 graphics card from ASUS. The Republic of Gamers MATRIX GTX 580 Platinum graphics card is powered by an extensive 19-phase VRM circuitry that draws power from two 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors. The card will come with two BIOSes, so should you mess one up you have a failsafe by pressing a button. Something interesting is on-the-fly fan RPM control, check the photo's later on for that feature.
Read the entire article here.
EK stops Nickel-Plated Water Block Production
Water-cooling major EK Waterblocks (EKWB) halted the production of nickel-plated copper water blocks. The company received several complaints from users about the nickel plating to be of substandard quality, and corroding away much faster. Nickel plating itself is supposed to work as a corrosion-resistant coating over copper. Nickel plating gives the surface of the block a chrome-like lustrous shine. EKWB, after conducting its own tests, blamed silver coils and copper sulphate additives, anti-algae agents used in public water supply. A weak defense, considering people use distilled water (battery water) in their loops, or coolants that are formulated to be less corrosive than tap water on metallic parts of the loop.
A RRTech forum member conducted a wide range of tests including microscopic imaging of a water block, revealing what he alleges to be substandard quality of nickel plating, rather than corrosion caused by bad coolant. Meanwhile, EKWB halted production and sales of nickel-plated copper water blocks.
In its latest statement, EKWB says: "As EK is looking for lasting solution for nickel plating issue (concerning corrosion because of silver coils and copper sulphate additive) we decided to halt sales of nickel plated products till solution is found and tested. Our resellers were advised to halt sales too. We cannot put users into position, that we replace products and corrosion starts again on new product. Hopefully we will find an answer and tested solution in short while. We will update you as soon as we have any news. However, If customer insists on buying EK nickel block, we offer a customer full 24 month warranty on material, manufacturing and corrosion."
AMD debuts A-series Llano APUs
AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced the next generation in mainstream consumer computing with the availability of the new high-performance AMD Fusion A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). Enabling truly immersive computing experiences in consumer notebooks and desktops, the AMD A-Series APUs enable brilliant HD graphics, supercomputer-like performance and over 10.5 hours of battery life[ii].
In an increasingly digital and visually-oriented world, consumers are placing ever-higher priorities on multitasking, vivid graphics, lifelike games, lag-free videos, and ultimate multimedia performance. To meet these needs, the AMD A-Series APUs combine up to four x86 CPU cores with powerful DirectX