Section 8 Beta
Brrr, what a slow weekend. Vacation time really is upon us. If you want a taste of the Tribes-like first person shooter Section 8 you can head over to Fileplanet and download the multiplayer beta for the game.
The beta is now available to all US and Canadian players with a free Fileplanet account. Word is: "This event is a staggered beta with keys distributed first come, first served with limited access. Beta keys will be distributed on a regular schedule."
Sapphire prepares Radeon HD 4890 Vapor-X 2GB
Sapphire is planning to debut a new Radeon HD 4890 Vapor-X series graphics card with 2GB GDDR5 memory. The card is available for preorder in Europe for around 225EUR.
Next to the added memory, the ew card does not seem at all different from the regular model which comes with Vapor-X cooling solution, 800 Stream Processors, and factory overclocked frequencies - 870 MHz for the GPU and 4200 MHz for the GDDR5 memory, and sure .. the blue colored PCB.
StarCraft: First Contact Video
Windows 7 set to RTM on July 13th is Confirmed
Windows 7 was set to RTM (release to manufacturing) on July 13. Yesterday sources close to the Microsoft, who wish to remain anonymous, have confirmed to Neowin that Windows 7 is indeed set to RTM on July 13.
Don't confuse RTM and GA (General Availability), as these are two totally different phases. RTM in a nutshell is typically the final build that we will see when Windows 7 hits GA later this year (Unless, of course, there's a show-stopper bug found), but is released to manufacturers so they can work out any bugs the software may encounter with hardware devices. General availability is scheduled to launch on October 22, which will give the tech savvy world time to save up money.
So with that said TechNet, MSDN, and a few other partner connections will also be getting the RTM build on July 13. So let the countdown begin.
ThermalTake ISGC-V320 VGA cooler
ThermalTake has introduced a new dual 120mm fan VGA cooler for NVIDIA and ATI graphics cards, including the latest GeForce GTX 200 and Radeon HD 4800 models. The ThermalTake ISGC-V320 features five copper heatpipes and a large aluminum heatsink to dissipate large amounts of heat. According to the specifications, the 120mm fans deliver an airflow of 58.3CFM at a noise level of only 16dBA.
The ISGC-V320 is a true masterpiece of Thermaltake
FurMark v1.7.0 released
The rendering algorithm is highly multipass (100 passes) and each pass (or layer) uses a GLSL (OpenGL Shading Language) vertex / pixel shader to make the hairs finer and finer. To increase the fur realism, two dynamic lights are used for self shadowing. The benchmark offers several options allowing the user to tweak the rendering: fullscreen / windowed mode, MSAA selection, window size, duration. The benchmark also includes a GPU Burner mode (stability test).
This benchmark requires an OpenGL 2.0 compliant graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce 5/6/7/8 (and higher), AMD/ATI Radeon 9600 (and higher) or a S3 Graphics Chrome 400 series with the latest graphics drivers.
The startup interface allows you to tweak the benchmark features such as:
- Benchmark mode or stability test mode (for overclockers)
- Fullscreen or windowed for each type of run mode
- Window size selection (standard or custom)
- MSAA samples selection
- Benchmarking parameters: time based or frames based
- Contest Mode
- New: FurMark is now able to get detailed data from GPU-Z (if GPU-Z is running). In both Stability Test mode,
GPU-Z is used to display additional information (GPU core clock, memory clock, GPU temperature and power consumption).
In Benchmarking mode, GPU-Z is used to retrieve GPU core clock, memory clock, VDDC and VDDC current. Some data (like
VDDC and VDDC current) is only available on some graphics cards (like the GeForce GTX 280).
- New: In Benchmarking mode, you can now send your score to your Twitter account (this gadget is experimental).
- New: the main GUI is now always available so you can fire up several tests without the need to start again the application.
- New: main GUI (graphical user interface) settings are now saved and are re-used.
- New: in Stability Test mode, each GPU has now its own temperature graph.
- New: in Stability Test mode, you can enable/disable the display of information the I key.
- New: in Stability Test mode, you can enable/disable the fur rendering with the SPACE key.
- New: added new standard resolutions: 800
Motoart retro fighter-jet desk chair - kinda cool
Reclaimed from authentic, Vietnam-era fighter jets and bombers, the ejector seats are freshly padded, newly upholstered and given aluminum bases with double-wheel casters.
The fighter jet seat, above, comes from an F-4, while there
Thermaltake PW880i liquid cooling solution for the CPU
Okay forgive me the phat marketing lingo, this is a copy paste from the press release:
The Thermaltake PW880i is a powerful liquid cooling solution for the core of your PC- the CPU. With a 24cm radiator equipped with two 14cm fans, Thermaltake PW880i is the ideal device for efficient heat dissipation. The solid CPU water block is made of pure copper with delicate brazing technology. Supporting most mainstream CPU sockets such as Intel LGA1366 and AMD AM3, the PW880i sports excellent cooling performance for demanding users and overclockers alike. As the tank and pump can be placed outside the chassis it offers two practical advantages: you gain more space within the case itself and maintenance is made easier and more convenient.
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Jammie Thomas plans to appeal $2m RIAA ruling
Jammie Thomas-Rasset plans to appeal the recent court decision ordering her to pay $1.92 million in a case involving the RIAA. The legal battle has followed several twists, with the initial filing only leading to damages totaling $222,000 before the decision was thrown out. The federal jury present for the retrial, however, tacked on another $1.7 million.
"She's not interested in settling," lawyer Joe Sibley told CNET News. "That's one of the main arguments--that the damages are disproportionate to any actual harm."
Thomas-Rasset publicly refused to pay the sizable damages, as each of the 24 copyright infringements carries a price of approximately $80,000. In a separate suit, lead lawyer Kiwi Camara is going after the RIAA for allegedly violating anti-racketeering laws by intimidating defendants into accepting settlements, rather than face legal costs of a lengthy court process.
The RIAA allegedly offered to settle the first case for $25,000, although it is unclear how much the association is seeking for the retrial. Thomas-Rasset's lawyers indicated she would be unwilling to accept the terms of any settlement that required admitting guilt or paying money.
"The defendant can, of course, exercise her legal rights," said RIAA spokesman Jonathan Lamy. "But what's increasingly clear, now more than ever, is that she is the one responsible for needlessly prolonging this case and refusing to accept any responsibility for the illegal activity that two juries decisively found her liable for."
The attorneys must first file a notice of appeal before proceeding to the next step.
Apple warns of summer overheating for iPhone 3G & 3GS owners
Apple has issued a warning to iPhone customers regarding iPhone 3G and 3GS devices overheating. Sporadic reports have hit internet blogs and gadget sites this week regarding overheating issues with new iPhone 3GS models. Reports from The Telegraph suggest that dozens of users have reported overheating issues. According to some owners the device becomes so hot that it's too hot to pick up and the casing on white 3GS models has turned pink for some.
Apple hasn't officially responded to the overheating claims but earlier this week the company posted a support article warning users if the interior temperature of the device exceeds normal operating temperatures, you may experience the following as it attempts to regulate its temperature:
- The device stops charging
- Display dims
- Weak cellular signal
- Temperature warning screen appears with the message "iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it" (see image below)
Apple claims leaving the device in a car on a hot day or using it in direct sunlight for long periods of time can cause the temperature warning. According to the company using battery heavy applications such as GPS and listening to music in direct sunlight will trigger the warning.
DiRT 2 Screenshots
DiRT 2 illustrating the various off-road tracks, including Battersea, Croatia, Morocco and Utah. Look for DiRT 2 to hit PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS and PSP.
Check out the screenshots:
Arctic Cooling MX-3 thermal compound
Arctic Cooling has introduced the Arctic MX-3 thermal compound, it's a carbon microparticles compound that ships in 4g tubes. The cooling company claims this new thermal paste performs up to 2.5
EVGA X58 SLI Micro motherboard launched
We showed it to you in our Computex report already, but it's now official. eVGA launched their X58 SLI Micro, a new Micro-ATX motherboard for high-performance LAN party or HTPC systems. It's available on EVGA's website for $199.99.
PR - Now you can get the power, performance and stability of the EVGA X58 motherboards, in a compact size with the EVGA X58 Micro motherboard! This motherboard is based on the same award winning formula of the EVGA X58 motherboard lineup, but now in a mATX form factor. Perfect for any home theater or Lan Party rig!
In addition to the overclocking features that make EVGA boards unique; the EVGA X58 Micro also offers full support for 2-way SLI, 6 DDR3 memory slots and an onboard temperature monitor meaning you can get the full features and performance of a high end gaming rig, in a small space!
Power: The Intel
Sapphire Toxic HD 4890 Vapor-X review
We test the Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 Toxic Vapor-X edition graphics card. Armed with a nice vapor chamber heatpipe based cooler and with it's clock frequency locked at a steady 960 MHz, this little beast is ready for some serious gaming action.
And it doesn't stop there though, even the nice phat 1 GB graphics memory is clocked higher at 4200 MHz.
This is seriously one of the best Radeon HD 4890 cards we ever tested.
Check out our review right here.
New Smooth Creations Creation
The bro's at Smooth Creations wanted to create a new 'CPU ranking' PC so they went all wild on building a new system. Now before we continue let me also mention that we have a new Smooth Creations review lined up real soon.
But this rig .. well check it out ... Danger Den blocks and liquid cooling, BFG graphics cards, ASUS Rampage II motherboard, WDC drives in RAID, Core i7 975 at 4.3 GHz. The last thing I heard from the CEO was ' It does 35.500 points in Vantage !!'. Anyway, as always, let the photo's tell the story as we snagged some for you.
Check out the thumbnails you guys, and be amazed. That is a fairly sick build.
Learn more about Smooth Creations here.
MSI MSI 760GTM-P33 launched
MSI introduces the 760GTM-P33 professional mainboard. This mainboard is based on the 760G chipset with ATI HD3000 graphics supporting DirectX 10 and Hybrid CrossfireX. Furthermore, the 760GTM-P33 is equipped with USB Safeguard for protection against ESD damage and TPM technology for safely storing confidential data. Also, MSI's exclusive APS power saving technology ensures this mainboard of power efficiency.
The MSI 760GTM-P33 targets the professional market. Not only is this mainboard Windows 7 Ready, it is also WHQL certified. Additionally, for data security, MSI
Alienware OptX AW2210 1080p LCD display
Alienware launched a new display today that