Crysis Wars Patch 1.3; Ten Days of Free Play
Spotted this one at ggmania today, and submitted by Watcher. If you're seeking system-killing eye candy but don't care for single-player gameplay, then you're in luck. Starting today, gamers can take advantage of this great offer by registering online at www.mycrysis.com and by downloading Crysis Wars.
After registration, players will receive a unique key generated on the site that will be saved to their profile, allowing them to play on all online multiplayer servers from Friday, December 19th at 9:00 AM PT to December 28th at 11:59 PM PT. The free sample period comes hand-in-hand with the 1.3 multiplayer patch, which reportedly adds two new official maps and fixes problems with custom assets in downloaded maps. Speaking of updates for games with "Cry" in the name, Ubisoft has released a 1.02 patch for Far Cry 2. This update adds a number of multiplayer tweaks and fixes.
The Hunter Teaser Trailer
Avalanche Studios and Emote Entertainment seek to change to the way hunting sim games are played with an online and FREE experience in The Hunter for the PC.
Oh and guys, the graphics engine on this game is looking really good. Check it out.
New AMD layoffs - this time EMEA staff
We've just learned that one week before Christmas AMD again is enforcing another round of layoffs. EMEA = Europe, Middle East and Africa. From what we heard 100 of the roughly 250 people that still where active at AMD EMEA have been fired, with around 20 going from Germany alone two weeks ago and around 15 of the UK operation given the bad news last week.
It's weird, because things are finally picking up and Phenom II is looking pretty good, despite that more and more people are getting fired.
When you look at the layoffs accumulated, you'll notice that two fifths of AMDs workforce now was fired. That's a horrendous number and you start to wonder with how much people AMD can actually run their business ?
My thoughts are with the people who learned they have been made redundant this week.
G.Skill DDR3 Gold 6GB Triple Channel kit review [Guru3D]
We take a 2x3= 6GB DDR3 memory kit rated at 1600 MHz from the good people at G.Skill.
G.Skill is known not to be fighting with the uber-low latency timings based memory, making their product really fast but not enthusiast products. The benefit you'll find back in the sales price though. Of course with the more expensive memory you'd achieve maybe a 2000 MHz clock frequency which the G.Skill kit won't do .. but as our tests will show, it wasn't at all afraid of 1866 MHz either though.
Check out our review here.
Tomorrow 18 December ...
Hercules announces DJ Control Steel deck
The DJ Control Steel can be used with other DJing software programs that use MIDI instructions. The new Hercules deck is compatible with Windows XP and Vista 32- and 64-bit, as well as Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5. The digital mixer will be available on December 22nd, priced at nearly $300.
Cryostasis PhysX video
AMD quad-core Prupos sampled, arrives in Q2 2009
Mafia II - Spike VGA World Premier Trailer
Aah, I want this game so badly. Think you can get away from the mafia, think again :P
DFI LP JR X58-T3H6 MicroATX Board
DFI is prepping a microATX board based on Intel X58 chipset slated for release in January 2009. The PCB is black in colour and has 6 layers measuring at 245x245mm size. With 6 phase digital PWM design, it supports the LGA1366 processors from 4.8 to 6.4GT/s QPI. There are 6 DIMM slots on the board to allow up to 24GB DDR3-800/1066/1333 memories and two PCIe x16 slots for 2-way SLI and Quad Crossfire.
Other features include 1 x PCIe x4, 1 PCI slot, 6 SATA ports configurable with RAID 0/1/0+1/5, one IDE port, 12 USB ports, Realtek ALC889 HD Audio, Marvell 8053 GbE LAN. There are 7 fan connectors onboard with EZ-On (Power) and EZ-Touch (Reset) switches and a Software Debug LED. The BIOS features CMOS Reloaded, Voltage Tuning for Vdimm, Vnb, Vcore, Vsb, VHT, 1MHz FSB frequency tuning and adjustable CPU multiplier, ABS technology system.
Besides, the motherboard also includes 7 fan connectors onboard with EZ-On (Power) and EZ-Touch (Reset) switches, as well as a Software Debug LED. The BIOS of the mobo features CMOS Reloaded, Voltage Tuning for Vdimm, Vnb, Vcore, Vsb, and VHT. In addition, it sports 1MHz FSB frequency tuning and adjustable CPU multiplier, as well as the ABS technology system.
The DFI microATX motherboard has been added by the manufacturer to its LanParty family of X58-based mobos that support Intel's next-generation Core i7 processors. There is no specific information on the exact launch date, availability, or price, yet we won't have to wait too long for the company to announce the new details.
Corsair works on exclusive Dominator GT kit
Corsair is working on a new Core i7 memory-kit, which obviously boils down to low voltage and low latencies. The kit will consists of three 2GB modules that'll hit 2,000MHz at just 1.65V with low latencies of 7-8-7-20.
And surely that's damn fast. I noticed that the DIMMs will have a red stripe on them, much like canon's most exclusive L series lenses. The product code will be TR3X6G2000C7GT and the price while TBA, will be be very high.
AMD and XFX Announce Technology Partnership
Some pretty shocking news today, just in from AMD: SUNNYVALE, Calif. December 15, 2008 AMD today announced that XFX is now an official AMD technology partner, joining the elite group of successful AMD add-in-board (AIB) partners. XFX plans to provide new products based on the award-winning ATI Radeon HD 4000 series GPUs to cconsumers, beginning in early 2009.
Cyber E Sport intros scrolling Orbita Mouse
The three-axis mouse has adjustable top and side shell buttons, while the scrolling body can be spun freely or adjusted slowly like a volume control knob in a high-end home theater system.
The Orbita Mouse has an integrated lithium-ion rechargeable battery. The mouse will begin shipping in January, and is priced at $100.
Virgin Launches UK's Fastest Broadband Internet
Nice speed ... Brittish television and telephony company Virgin Media Inc said Monday it is launching the U.K.'s fastest broadband Internet service. The company, which operates in the U.K. but is U.S.-listed, launched 50 megabit broadband Monday, which will allow albums to be downloaded in 11 seconds and films in just over three minutes.
The service will cost as much as GBP51 a month for new subscribers, or GBP35 a month when taken with a phone line, the company said. At a press conference in London Monday, Chief Executive Neil Berkett said that, by the end of the year, 40% of its customers will have access to the new high-speed broadband, and by summer 2009 all of the 12.6 million homes covered by its fiber optic network will have access to the service.
"Customers need and want faster broadband and are willing to pay for a great service," Berkett said. "In November 2008, at the beginning of what we all know are tough economic times, over 55% of our customers are paying for premium 10 megabit of 20 megabit broadband."
He added that Virgin Media has the ability to expand to provide up to 200 megabit broadband in future.
Top 10 PC Games December
We'll keep posting these as well .. it's just interesting to follow week by week. Here are the best selling PC games in the USA for the week ending December 6.
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $36
- Spore / EA Maxis / $40
- The Sims 2 Deluxe / EA Maxis / $9
- Call Of Duty: World At War / Treyarch / $44
- Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $34
- The Sims 2 Apartment Life Exp. Pack / EA Maxis / $15
- Grand Theft Auto IV / Rockstar Games / $38
- Left 4 Dead / Valve / $48
- Far Cry 2 / Ubisoft Montreal / $48
- The Sims 2 Mansion & Garden Stuff Exp. / EA Maxis / $19
Grand Theft Auto IV Patch #1
- A fix to the crash after legal screen that some German customers were reporting.
- Numerous improvements to the video editor: Smarter naming of videos, improved rendering quality, better fx during replays.
- Fix to bowling while using certain sensitive mice.
- Fix for ATI 1900 shadows.
- Overall savings to memory.
- Graphic improvements to particle systems and mirrors.
- Multiplayer character settings are preserved.
- Support for DirectInput controllers.
Intel preps Socket H1 for mainstream Core i7
It will be a long time before they are introduced, in fact Q3 of 2009 is the word on that. But Intel is prepping yet another processor socket. We mentioned this in our Core i7 review already but Intel plans Socket H1 for mainstream Core i7 processors. The mainstream products that will go with is will be Havendale and for the quads, Lynnfield. The new socket is needed because the mainstream processors will not have a triple channel memory controller but a dual-channel controller and as such has less pins.
Socket H1 is in fact also known as Socket 1160/1156. This means that current Core i7 processors on LGA 1366 will not be compatible with the new Socket model. So mainstream Core i7 processors are coming .. but they for sure are far away, meaning that Core 2 Duo and Quad processors will be arround for much longer.
Point of View bundles Prince of Persia 08
Prince of Persia is one of the oldest and most well-known gaming franchises in PC history. Being found in 1989, the original game series was renewed by Ubisoft in 2003 with an all new concept and gameplay. The Sands of Time trilogy is still considered one of the best gaming franchises in modern gaming.
Now in 2008; from the game studio that brought us the Sands of Time trilogy and Assassin