ASUS Maximus III Extreme review
ASUS Maximus III Extreme review
ASUS added a new P55 motherboard in the Republic of Gamers series motherboards, yes the Maximus III Extreme has arrived in our labs. The Maximus III Extreme is what I feel is one of the best tweaker / gamer P55 motherboards currently available in the market. Maximus III extreme will endear itself to PC enthusiasts and gamers. It supports a maximum of 16GB DDR3 memory, and has a stunning five PCIe (x16) slots: which supports single, dual, triple, and quad graphics card configurations, and supports both nVidia
Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced review
Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced review
Here we test the CM 690 II Advanced Case. The new version enhances the original CM 690 striking features with a seductive all-black interior, additional capacity, superb cooling system and user-friendly design.
And though looks can deceive, the Cooler Master CM 690 II indeed does very similar to the original, make no mistake internally there have been a good number of changes.
The original CM 690 was the building block of something better and Cooler Master certainly improved on it.
Read the full review here.
AMD's 890GX Chipset launches Next Week
Seems that AMD is prepping their AMD 890GX chipset for a release next week. the new motherboards will carry support for their upcoming six-core processors and will have native SATA3 (6G) through their Southbridge chip.
The motherboards will be compatible with AM3 processors and will feature a derivative ATI Radeon HD 42xx integrated graphics chipset, which has support for DirectX 10.1.
AMD is also reportedly planning on releasing two platforms without integrated graphics capabilities, namely the high-end 890FX and the mainstream 870 later in April.
Gigabyte new Super Overclock Series graphics cards
Gigabyte announced their new Super Overclock Series, the company claims that graphics cards launched under this brand will feature GPUs that have been cherry-picked for high performance, efficiency and reliability. The series contains GeForce GTX 260 and now Radeon HD 5870 and Radeon HD 5770 graphics cards.
GIGABYTE, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, grandly introduces a powerful new addition to its product lineup: the Super Overclock Series. All of the GPUs in this new range of high-end graphics cards have been cherry-picked for top performance, efficiency and reliability. Utilizing GIGABYTE
Check it out -- Wii mote controlled robot band
Don't care what you think or say, Wii or not, that's just impressive ! The interface turns the wiimote motions into percussion sounds, but the performer gives it all life. This shows, once again, what Joe Morello once said: that drums can be melodic instruments.
NVIDIA GTX 470 en 480 released end of March
As we kind of expected NVIDIA will be launching the GeForce GTX 470 en 480 at the end of March.
Earlier last week NVIDIA 'Twittered' that there would be a big slash 'major' announcement on Monday, and that certainly irritated a lot of people to see a link to just this page carefully hiding the release date of the new cards, Friday the 26th (USA time zone).
The Twitter page was probably not one of the best ideas NVIDIA had as a lot of people anticipated a series 400 release yesterday, it certainly irritated a lot of people to just see the product launch pushed back to the end of March.
What they literally did though, was announce an announcement. Anyway, at least we have a set date now.
Meanwhile an American online retailer listed the GeForce GTX 480 for US $699 on pre-order.
NVIDIA and it's troubled GeForce 400 series
Today I wanted to write a little 'opinionated' editorial. Typically we do not address rumors and gossip. But an accumulation of things that have been going on over at camp NVIDIA and the Internet leading us to believe things are not as they should be.
What we will tell you is that the clock frequencies on these boards surprised me, the GeForce 470 seems to be clocked at roughly 650 MHz, that's lower than I expected. And that indeed will have an effect on performance. I think it's safe to that the GeForce 470 and 480 will be worthy competitors to towards the Radeon HD 5850 and 5870. Will it be a knock-out ? I doubt it very much. But is it important for NVIDIA to deliver a knockout to the competition ? The rumors are creating a rather negative stigma for NVIDIA.
Here's our (current) take on the pending GeForce 470 and 480.
Canon 1Ds Mark IV coming this week, equipped with 32MP sensor?
32 Megapixels (!) That
Handy multi-tab power strip keeps track of your devices
Designer Soon Mo Kang has taken a simple thing as a power strip, and has turned it into something much more versatile. It
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 DirectX 11 Details
PCG Hardware interviewed Anders Gyllenberg of DICE talking about the Frostbite engine and support for DirectX 11 features used in Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Here's an excerpt:
PCGH: Are there any differences between the Console and the PC Version as far as technical or visual aspects are concerned (we know, BC2 is running with 720p and no AA on consoles)?
Anders Gyllenberg: We have added several PC specific features. Changing resolution & changing the graphical fidelity are the two obvious ones. We also have proper support for multiple aspect ratios like 4:3 and 16:10. The player has the option of activating the advanced control panel where you can set several settings such as detail levels, the AA, MSAA and HBAO. We support Dx9, Dx10 & Dx11.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - New pictures of the DX 11 game. (9)
PCGH: We also know that Bad Company 2 is featured by Frostbite Engine 1.x. Can you tell us the technical highlights of Frostbite Engine (for example SSAO, Depth of Field, Deferred Lighting or Global Illumination)? If yes can you please give examples how this rendering techniques are utilized in Battlefield Bad Company 2 (DoF while aiming for example)?
Anders Gyllenberg: The base renderer is a forward renderer. Some feature highlights would be an advanced SSAO technique called HBAO (Horizon-based Ambient Occlusion), DOF during cutscenes, particle systems optimized for huge amounts of particles, soft particle blending, and soft shadowmap filtering (DX11 only).
PCGH: Can you confirm that the PC version utilizes DirectX 11 (at GDC 2009, Johan Andersson showed some cool rendering features)? If yes, what were the deciding technical advantages of the DX11 API? In what way does it allow you to optimize or simplify the rendering process (we
No LAN support for Command & Conquer 4
The reason being, as lead designer Sam Bass put it, is because of the global player progression system. This system is "across single-player, multiplayer and skirmish and all the information is stored in a server. So if you go to another machine -- friend
G.Skill Falcon II 128GB SSD review
G.Skill Falcon II 128GB SSD test
Today we test a product from G.Skill. Their newly released SSD is called the Falcon II which is a follow up of the original Falcon Solid State Disk series. But make no mistake, it still comes with Indilinx controller, 64MB cache memory and packs a read speed of 220 MB/sec and a write speed of 150MB sec -- which makes the word 'slower' a bit of a paradox. The SSD comes with firmware revision 1819 which has full support for the TRIM-command in Windows 7.
And by using that 34nm Micron NAND memory G.Skill should be able to lower the price on their Falcon product series a little as well.
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
Volume NVIDIA GF100 products in May 2010
An interesting development, though I feel it's safe to say we can expect a launch of high-end GF100 based graphics cards somewhere next month Jen-Hsun Huang in his quarterly financial reports mentioned that the Fermi architecture aka GF100 aka NV60 aka G300 aka GT300 aka GeForce Series 400 will start playing a role in Q2 of this year. That means for NVIDIA that volume availability of a series of new products would be released at the end of April or early May, and not March as earlier expected.
It seems that the 40nm Fermi architecture keeps fighting NVIDIA somehow, likely due to yield related issues at the TSMC 40nm node. The good news is that Jen-Hsun Huang implies multiple product, and that covers the mid and high-end range but also professional products like Quadro and Tegra. So in the Q2 timeframe we certainly can expect a lot of new products being pushed out real fast.
Audiotrak Prodigy 7.1e X-Fi SoundCard
Audiotrak Prodigy 7.1e X-Fi SoundCard test
Based on Creative's PCIe X-Fi chipset, the Prodigy 7.1e keeps sound quality high and prices low for a superior value. It may be a no-frills sound card, it has features that a gamer would want like OpenAL and a stable driver, but also for audiophiles in upgradable opamps and a dedicated headphone out. Solid value.
ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 card will arrive soon
We mentioned this card several tiems already, but for the uber gamer and more likely profession users in need of massive multi-monitor setups ATI is going to release the the Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 edition, apparantly next month.
AMD will launch its new graphics adapters around the same time NVIDIA plans to release its GTX 480 and GTX 470 cards. These two models will be NVIDIA's first adapters to support DirectX 11 and will be built on the next-generation CUDA architecture known as Fermi. It is not exactly surprising to see AMD trying to take away its rival's spotlight by releasing its first Eyefinity 6 card. ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 edition is concerned, this product will make its official debut on March 11, just after the end of the show in Hannover, Germany.
VIA working on dual-GPU S3 graphics card
VIA announced it will show off the dual-GPU S3 Graphics Chrome 5400E x2 graphics card at next week\'s Digital Signage Expo 2010 in Las Vegas. This new graphics card is aimed at professional, multi-display digital signage applications as you guys know. This dual-GPU add-in-board can provide up to four independent HD video streams that can be spread over up to eight displays in total.
S3 Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced its participation at Digital Signage Expo 2010, Feb. 24 - 25, Las Vegas. Join VIA at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Hall C1-2, Booth 1240 and experience the latest technologies for next-generation signage systems, including a demonstration of the forthcoming S3 Graphics Chrome 5400E x2; a dual GPU add-in-board aimed at advanced, multi-display digital signage applications.
The S3 Graphics 5400E x2 is a highly integrated and flexible video card that features dual graphics and multimedia processors. Boasting extreme hardware acceleration of the latest HD video codecs, the S3 Graphics 5400E x2 uses S3 Graphics' PanoChrome technology to provide up to four independent HD video streams at resolutions of 1080p on up to eight displays, employing a variety of display modes and configurations.
"VIA is delighted to work with S3 Graphics to bring unique digital signage embedded products to market, highlighting our prowess in delivering the very best in power-efficient, Hi-Def digital display technologies," said Daniel Wu, Vice President, VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc.
S3 Graphics Chrome 5400E x2 - Key Features:
* Support for up to 8 simultaneous displays
* Up to 4 independent video streams
* HD screen resolutions of up to 1080p
* H.264, VC-1 and WMV-HD hardware acceleration
* Support for Span, Extended and Clone view configurations
* Built-in Genlock support for synchronized source timing
Samples of the S3 Graphics Chrome 5400E x2 will initially be available to ODM customers in the US from Q2 2010.
OCZ Vertex Limited Edion SSD
OCZ introduced the Vertex LE, a new solid state disk that promises read speeds of up to 270MB/s and write speeds of up to 250MB/s. The new SSD will only be available for a limited time in 100GB and 200GB capacities.
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (OTCBB:OCZT), a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and flash-based storage as an alternative to hard disk drives (HDDs), has unveiled the highly anticipated Vertex Limited Edition (LE). Based on a cutting-edge new architecture, OCZ
Kingston DataTraveler 310 with 256GB storage
Sheesh, that's storage alright. Kingston announced the DataTraveler 310, a new USB stick with a storage capacity of 256GB. While the capacity of the disk is truly massive, the performance doesn't sound that impressive. According to the specifications, the DataTraveler 310 will have a read speed of 25MB/s and a write speed of only 12MB/s. The product is expected to be available for $1,108.
Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of DataTraveler