Free-to-Play Games on Steam
Steam News announces the arrival of free-to-play games on Steam, check it out.
Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today introduced support for Free to Play (F2P) Games on Steam with the launch of five F2P games.
Available immediately, the launch titles are Spiral Knights, Forsaken Worlds, Champions Online: Free for All, Global Agenda: Free Agent, and Alliance of Valliant Arms (AVA).
Beginning tomorrow (Weds) with Spiral Knights and concluding Sunday with AVA, each of the five launch titles will offer exclusive in-game content to those who try the "F2P game of the day" on Steam. In game transactions in all of the titles will be supported by Steam's micro-transaction backend system that is available to Steamworks partners and currently used in Valve's Team Fortress 2.
New ASRock Motherboards Based on AMD 9-Series Chipset
NEC Adds Thin, Lightweight MultiSync EX Series
NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today the addition of the 23-inch PVA panel MultiSync EX231Wp, which joins the 23-inch TN panel MultiSync EX231W. This sleek desktop monitor offers a premium-grade, performance-driven PVA panel that allows for increased viewing angle, sharp contrast ratio and ease in transporting between different locations. Ideal for multiple monitor setups, the MultiSync EX231Wp is designed for financial and corporate environments, business users on-the-go, small-scale digital signage, small-to-medium-sized business client meetings and presentations.
The MultiSync EX231Wp will be on display in NEC Display Solutions Booth No. 1901 at InfoComm 2011 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL on June 15-17.
The new MultiSync EX231Wp stands out with its true minimalist design. It features an ultra-thin bezel width (14.6mm), depth (14.2mm) and weight (9.3 pounds with stand). The LED backlighting technology allows the MultiSync EX231Wp to consume as little as 27W, making it one of the most power-efficient desktops in its size category. Additionally, the quick-release button enables stand removal and allows simple setup with the photo-frame stand (optional accessory), making the MultiSync EX231Wp an ideal business travel companion. The PVA panel provides customers with greater image quality with full high-definition resolution, high contrast ratio (3000:1 typical, 25,000:1 dynamic), excellent viewing angles (178
Intel 2013 Haswell CPUs get AVX2
Intel has confirmed that its upcoming Haswell CPU architecture will support the AVX2 instruction set which is designed to improve processor performance in integer-heavy computational applications. Intel has also posted a document online, called Advanced Vector Extensions Programming Reference, which explains the new instruction set.
AMD B0 Stepping Bulldozer CPU Benchmarked
Ok First of, revision B0 engineering sample -- AMD is already revised the chip and B2 is in production, anyway engineering samples of these chips are basis for some benchmarks as softpedia reports:
"The performance seems to be sub-par this time as these processors were designed only to allow motherboard manufacturers, and other hardware makers, to test the functionality of their products.
For starters, we are going to take a look at a series of benchmarks published by a member of the Chiphell forum, which used a 2.8GHz clocked 8-core chip that was overclocked to 3.2GHz.
The AMD processor was paired together with an Asus Sabertooth 990FX motherboard and with 4GB of DDR3-1333MHz memory, and achieved 4.60 points in CineBench R11.5 at its base frequency, where it lagged behind even the Core i7 860.
Other tests that were run include Fritz Chess and SuperPi, and these too offered disappointing results.
The second Bulldozer processor to make its way into the hands of an enthusiast user was clocked at 3.2GHz and managed to achieve 4GHz through overclocking. Despite its improved clock speeds, the chip performance seems to mimic those of the Chiphell FX processor and only manages to achieve 5.63 points in CineBench R11.5 as well as a SuperPi time of about 22 seconds.
In order to fix speed issues, AMD reportedly plans to build a new Bulldozer stepping, called B2, which should make the chips competitive with Intel's offerings".
Duke Nukem Forever does 3D Vision technology
NVIDIA announced that Duke Nukem Forever will offer support for the 3D Vision technology. Unfortunately, after waiting almost 14 years for Duke Nukem Forever to be released there's little reason to celebrate. The Duke Nukem name will lead to a lot of sales, but the game really makes you wonder what 3D Realms had been doing for all those years.
NVIDIA today announced that the year's most-anticipated PC game, Duke Nukem Forever(R), will provide full support for NVIDIA(R) 3D Vision(TM) technology, enabling gamers to experience the King and his alien-bashing antics like never before in high-quality, breathtaking, stereoscopic 3D.
Scheduled to launch in the U.S. on June 14, 2011, Duke Nukem Forever is the long-awaited follow-on to one of the most popular PC games of all time, and the developer, Gearbox Software, is pulling out all the stops to make this one memorable.
In addition to adding stunning new graphics, new alien foes, new babes, and more debauchery, Gearbox is integrating full support for NVIDIA 3D Vision technology, giving gamers an up-close and personal look into Duke's world. And, with NVIDIA(R) Surround(TM) technology, gamers can experience Duke's alien battles, beer drinking and world-saving in 3D across three full HD 1080p displays, or in 2D across three 2560x1600 displays, for a completely stunning and immersive gaming experience.
"3D Vision adds an amazing new dimension to the Duke Nukem Forever experience, virtually dropping you right into the game," said Randy Pitchford, president and CEO of Gearbox Software. "All Gearbox developers use NVIDIA graphics in development, and I use NVIDIA graphics at home. This is the closest you'll get to feeling what it's like to be the King!"
To help you get your PC cranked up and ready for Duke, NVIDIA and EVGA have teamed up to bring you Duke's "Fully Loaded Package." This special edition Duke Nukem Forever bundle includes a full PC copy of Duke Nukem Forever, an NVIDIA GeForce(R) GTX 560 graphics card by EVGA, a limited edition Duke Nukem Forever strategy guide art book and mouse pad, and a custom Duke Nukem "Radioactive" belt buckle. For more information on Duke's Fully Loaded Package, visit: http://bit.ly/mvax2v.
NVIDIA completes acquisition of Icera
NVIDIA announced today that it has completed its $367 million cash acquisition of Icera, a leading innovator of top-performing wireless modems for 3G and 4G cellular phones and tablets. Icera is now a wholly owned subsidiary of NVIDIA operating under the Icera trade name.
With the addition of Icera, NVIDIA now offers the two main processors used in smartphones -- the applications processor, in the form of the NVIDIA(R)Tegra(R) super chip, and the baseband processor, based on Icera technology. The combined offerings will help OEM customers improve their time to market and deliver the requirements of next-generation mobile computing, while approximately doubling NVIDIA's revenue opportunity within each mobile device.
Fake BF3 beta sites popping up
All the sites feature one scam or another, trying to trick you into giving up your email address, or worse. A select few are selling direct access to BF3 beta keys, while others are offering users to download a BF3 beta key generator. And we imagine, a ton of spyware bundled with it.
AC Ryan PlayOn!HD 2 1TB review
The interesting thing about the PlayOnHD series 2 media-players is that they come standard with the new and very much improved GUI but also hardware wise harbor the latest Realtek 1185 chipset, and that changes a thing or two as the performance issues we had noticed in 1080P content playback (with very high bit-rate) are now a thing of the past.
That Realtek 1185 chipset has an increased clock frequency, 500 MHz coming from 400 MHz on the original version. And it makes all the difference. Meanwhile AC Ryan started to further improve on the PlayOn!HD 2 as you'll spot a USB 3.0 slave port which you can use to quickly play back from or transfer files.
Read the full article here.
Samsung 30nm-class, 32-Gigabyte Memory Modules
Samsung Electronicsannounced that it is the first in the industry to start mass producing 32 gigabyte (GB) memory modules, essential for cloud computing and advanced server systems, using 30 nanometer (nm) class* four gigabit (Gb) DDR3 DRAM chips.
Acer orders 80,000 AMD Z-series APUs for tablet PCs
DigiTimes notes that Acer has recently placed orders for 80,000 AMD Z-series APUs for use in tablet PCs for the enterprise market. Additionally, the site reveals that MSI is also developing tablets with AMD APUs.
Acer has recently placed orders for 80,000 Z series APUs from AMD for use in tablet PCs, targeting the enterprise market, according to sources from upstream component makers. However, both Acer and AMD did not confirm the orders. In addition to Acer, Micro-Star International (MSI) is also developing tablet PC models using AMD's APU.
Since Google Android 3.0 currently still has issues which need to be resolved, while the next-generation Android operating system codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich will not appear until the end of 2011, some tablet PC vendors have decided to launch Windows 7-based tablet PCs targeting the enterprise market to maintain their shipments.
Top Gun: Hard Lock announced
Lots of trailers today, and man what a stack of announcements for PC gaming :) 505 Games today announced the reimagining of a classic with Top Gun: Hard Lock. Based on Paramount Pictures
CoD Modern Warfare 3 'Hunter Killer' mission
E3 - Renegade Ops Gameplay
ASUS ROG MATRIX GTX 580 Photo's from Guru3D LAB
That's right, it is in the building. We just received that big'ass Republic of Gamers (ROG) MATRIX GTX 580 graphics card from ASUS.
Below you can see the Republic of Gamers (ROG) MATRIX GTX 580 graphics card. The card is powered by a large 19-phase VRM that draws power from two 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors.
This beast is based on a triple slot cooling design. The card will come pre-overclocked (we may assume very high) and will allow to be voltage tweaked all the way. The card will come with 2 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 for that.
- Overclocking hardware tools like TweakIt and ProbeIt are directly embedded onto the ground-up redesigned PCB, while a Safe Mode button offers an easy reset option for worry-free overclocking.
- GPU Tweak utility provides real-time software overclocking control. The tool not only guarantees superior control over such things as clock frequency, voltage and fan speed, but also provides several handy features like in-game video recording and live firmware and drivers update
- 19-phase Super Alloy Power components provide more headroom for overclocking with a 15% performance boost, reduced running temperatures by 35
HIS Radeon 6970 ICEQ Turbo review
HIS took a blue colored PCB, plastered the R6970 GPU and two Gigs of memory on there along with a new model of the ICEQ cooler. The end result is a product that .. well how do I put it, it's not the best looking graphics card on the market alright, but with advertised cooling performance versus a silent product, a lot of people might be interested in just that.
Read the review right here.
Scythe Kaze Q12 and Kaze Q8 Fan Controllers
Scythe is announcing two new Kaze Q Series fan controller. Modern PC Chassis are getting equipped with more fans and allow mounting of additional fans in various sizes, but not every fan is adjusted to low fan speed to assure silent operation. This is where users usually wish to get their hands on to adjust each fan individually to optimum operation volume and speeds. Scythe Kaze Q8 and Kaze Q12 are aiming for exactly these purposes where the core function of controlling fans is the main focus.
Kaze Q8 is designed more compact for restricted space limitations inside a PC Case and can be therefore mounted into a common 3.5" bay. Despite the compact size up to 8 fans can be connected and controlled individually. For PC Cases with an vacant 5.25" Bay, Kaze Q12 is the perfect choice with its total of 12 fan channels for maximum utilization. Fan speed is adjusted for both models using voltage regulations for each channel separately with a control range between 5 and 12 volts. As soon as voltage is flowing over one of the channels, the corresponding channel's LED is visualizing this by illuminating in blue color. It's furthermore possible to completely turn of each fan channel if required.
Both Kaze Q8 and Kaze Q12 Fan Controllers were design to blend into every PC Chassis front panel. Hence high quality aluminum was used for the Kaze Q front panel which was brushed as well. Users have the choice between a version with silver pr black front panel to match their PC Chassis.
Kaze Q8 Fan Controller is available as of today for 16.75 EUR (excl. VAT/TAX) and Kaze Q12 Fan Controller for 23.95 EUR (excl. VAT/TAX). For more information, visit the product pages of Kaze Q12 and Kaze Q8.