Gemini Wars Announced for PC
Camel 101 issued a press release announcing its upcoming sci-fi RTS, Gemini Wars, for the PC and Mac platforms.
Gemini Wars is a Real Time Strategy Game set in space, featuring an epic campaign controlling fleets of ships in massive battles. You play as a fleet commander rising through the ranks of the United Space Federation forces. Start with a small group of frigates, and climb your way to controlling battleships, carriers and planetary bases, in huge space battles and boarding actions. Build space stations and orbital facilities to fortify your position, build your fleet, extract minerals and research upgrades. Execute boarding actions using marine special forces, and bombard your enemies with orbital long range cannons.
The game Features:
* 3 Unique factions, with different units and strategies.
* Epic single player campaign.
* Ability to control fleets of starships, space stations and planets.
* Research tree leading to powerful units and upgrades.
* Cinematic battle camera
* Multiplayer action providing endless re-playability.
* Unique gameplay providing a refreshing twist to the RTS genre.
ASUS P67 Sabertooth EFI BIOS Overview
Currently I am working on a P67 motherboard review from ASUS, the Sabertooth TUF series to be precise. New in the P67 series from ASUS is the all new EFI based BIOS. The new ASUS EFI BIOS is an Extensible Firmware Interface that complies with uEFI architecture, offering a user-friendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboard-only BIOS controls to enable a way more flexible and convenient mouse input at BIOS level.
Anyway I cooked up a little video to demonstrate the graphics BIOS, have a peek if interested. The video quality is a little average but it will certainly get the message across. The full review will follow shortly.
GeForce Forceware 266.35 Win 7 | Vista available
This is a beta driver with updated support for GeForce GTX 570 and GeForce GTX 580. Check out our forum thread for deeper info.
Supports the newly released GeForce GTX 580 and GeForce GTX 570 GPUs alongside it supports pretty much any GeForce graphics card to date.
- Increases performance for GeForce 400 Series and 500 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. the latest Release 260 drivers. The following are examples of some of the most significant improvements measured on Windows 7. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:
GeForce GTX 580:
- Up to 7% in Battlefield Bad Company 2 (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
- Up to 12% in Battleforge (SLI 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF Very High)
- Up to 11% in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (SLI 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
- Up to 7% in Dirt 2 (SLI 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
- Up to 7% in Far Cry 2 (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
- Up to 5% in Just Cause 2 (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF Dark Tower)
- Up to 5% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (SLI
AMD announced APU Era at CES
Today at the Consumer Electronics Show, AMD launched a new class of accelerated processor that combines more compute capabilities than any processor in the history of computing.
Before there's any more confusion, this seems to be a paper launch related to Notenook product only. There are no media desktop based reviews or products out there at the moment.
The AMD Fusion Family of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) incorporate
G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3 launched for Sandy Bridge
We actually have a set of these in-house and will check it out with Sandy Bridge reviews asap. But G.Skill introduces a complete lineup of RipjawsX DDR3 memory modules for Intel's new Sandy Bridge platform.
Designed specifically for Intel Sandy Bridge LGA1155 processors, and H67 and P67 motherboard platform the new RipjawsX series consists of a complete range of memory solution, from DDR3 1,333MHz, 1,600MHz, 1,866MHz, 2,133MHz, 2,200MHz to 2,300MHz. Combined with the Intel
Gigabyte G1-Killer motherboard specs surface
- X58 chipset and support LGA1366 CPUs
- Special designed - Locked and Loaded Heatpipes.
- 6x DIMM, 24GB DDR3 Memory
- Onboard Creative X-Fi 20K2 Audio Processor
- Onboard Bigfoot Networks Killer E2100 network processor with 1GB DDR2 memory.
- Nighicon high-end audio capacitors
An imposing feature of the board is its southbridge heatsink that is shaped to look like a 5.56 ammo magazine, a round sticking out of it for a more impressive look. In addition, eight SATA ports are also visible (six 3 Gb/s and two 6 Gb/s) as well as dual BIOS chips, a feature that is pretty common on Gigabyte motherboards.
The southbridge is connected together to a much larger heatsink via a small heatpipe. The audio solutions jumps out as well as that Bigfoot Killer E2100 with 1 GB memory (!), I just wonder what that last option is going to add in overall pricing. Ah well, we'll see.
G1-Killer range is going to be unveiled at CES 2011, prices starting at US $299.
USB 3.0 chip find their way into into new AMD platforms
Sources at USB 3.0 chip makers told DigiTimes that they will make a push into AMD's new Ontario and Zacate platforms. The first chipset with native USB 3.0 support is expected to be introduced in July by AMD, while Intel won't integrate it until the introduction of Ivy Bridge in January 2012.
AMD is already set to include native support for four USB 3.0 ports on its upcoming 32nm Hudson-D3/M3 chipsets, which will pair with its 32nm Llano APU targeting mid-range/high-end notebooks and desktops as well as ultra-thin notebooks, in July.
Meanwhile, since the transition to USB 3.0 will be a huge process to handle, Intel is aiming to integrate USB 3.0 functions only in high-end motherboards initially to minimize the possible risks and will gradually increase the overall penetration to 80% by the end of 2012.
MSI Sandy Bridge and Fusion based All-in-One PCs
MSI is teasing a little with All-in-One PCs from MSI based on the Intel Sandy Bridge and AMD Brazos platform. More info is expected to follow later this week at CES.
Meet the the AE2410, AE2210 and AE2050, each with the very latest silicon inside. Notebook Italia reports that the Taiwanese computer company's using Intel's new Sandy Bridge CPUs in each of its 24- and 22-inch rigs, and grabbed a low-power AMD Brazos APU for the likely budget 20-inch model -- which will reportedly still include a Blu-ray drive like its Core 2 Duo cousin. All three will sport 1080p touchscreen displays and USB 3.0 ports, but also a spiffy new feature called Super Charger that will charge attached USB gadgets even when the computer is off.
Battlefield 3 won't support Windows XP
I guess it's slowly time to move on, but many MANY people still use it. It seems that the new Frostbite 2.0 engine will be DirectX 10 and 11 exclusive, meaning no DX9 or Windows XP support.
A DICE developer Johan Andersson has tweeted: 'Frostbite 2 is primarily developed for DX11. XP & DX9 is _not_ supported, 64-bit OS is recommended. Lots of time to upgrade if you havent!' Oh well. Windows XP is almost ten years old now, expect this more and more.
PC Motion Controller by ASUS and PrimeSense
One of the companies behind the technology of Kinect, PrimeSense, has announced plans to team up with PC maker ASUS for a similar camera controller that's designed to hook up to your PC. In a nutshell, the Xtion is a PrimeSense 3D depth camera built exclusively for PC, but with an important twist -- it connects to a pair of ASUS Wavi boxes, which wirelessly streams its data between your TV and a Windows PC over the 5GHz band.
PrimeSense, the leader in sensing and recognition technologies, and ASUS, a leading enterprise in the new digital era, announced today that PrimeSense Immersive Natural Interaction
Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition review
Today two new products are launched by AMD, and here at Guru3D we'll review the fastest one. Let's have a peek first as to what AMD has got prepped for you with the right pricetag. It's that Phenom II X4 975
A.C. Ryan FLUXX media player announced
Oooh ooh ... is it powered by the 1.21 JigaWatts Flux Capacitor from Back to the Future ? :)
AC Ryan is set to release the FLUXX Full HD Media Player based on the Intel Atom CE4150 processor, from the CE4100 series. Here's the press-release:
The digital world in which we live demands an increasingly higher class of home entertainment. Consumers want to be connected with social media, the internet and all of their favourite content at the touch of a button. AC Ryan, powered by Intel
Guru3D Contest Winner Results 2010
Hello everyone. The past two weeks we have been running several competitions to keep you occupied during the holidays !
Christmas 2010 competitions - At 1st Christmas day we already gave away 100 3DMark 11 keys, courtesy of Guru3D and MSI. Second Christmas day we stated a logo-hunt competition.
So the logo was hidden in the GeForce GTX 570 review at page 5. We received roughly a thousand valid answers and here are the prize winners:
The Noctua NH-D14 CPU coolers have been won by:
- John Coloso
- Gary Louden
The Coolink Corator DS coolers have been won by:
- Jorge Montol
Corsair to intro SP2500 2.1 Gaming Speakers
Corsair diversified quite a bit over over the years, entering into cooling, cases, solid-state drives, and very recently, gaming headsets. The latest product from Corsair is also in the PC audio category, albeit being a 2.1 channel desktop speaker set as TPU reports today
" The Corsair SP2500 is a 2.1 channel PC "gaming speaker" set that delivers 232W (RMS) of continuous power using six Class-D amplifiers.
The set consists of an 8-inch subwoofer in a fourth-order bandpass enclosure; two satellites with 3-inch drivers and 1-inch ferrofluid-cooled silk dome tweeters. User control is care of a wired control module with knobs, buttons, and a 1.8-inch TFT-LCD color status display. Slated for launch later this week, the Corsair SP2500 2.1 gaming speaker set is said to be priced at US $259.99".
Microsoft warns of Office-related malware
Microsoft's Malware Protection Center issued a warning this week that it has spotted malicious code on the Internet that can take advantage of a flaw in Word and infect computers after a user does nothing more than read an e-mail. The flaw was addressed in November in a fix issued on Patch Tuesday, but with malicious code now spotted in the wild, the protection center apparently wants to be sure the update wasn't overlooked.
Last November, Microsoft released security bulletin MS10-087, which addresses a number of critical vulnerabilities in how Microsoft Office parses various office file formats. One of them is CVE-2010-3333, "RTF Stack Buffer Overflow Vulnerability," which could lead to remote code execution via specially crafted RTF data. A few days before Christmas, we received a new sample (sha1: cc47a73118c51b0d32fd88d48863afb1af7b2578) that reliably exploits this vulnerability and is able to execute malicious shellcode which downloads other malware.
The vulnerability can be triggered by utilizing a specially crafted RTF file with a size parameter that is bigger than the expected one. The vulnerability is present in Microsoft Word. It attempts to copy RTF data to the stack memory without validating the size, which will lead to overwriting the stack.
After executing the code in figure 1.10, the stack memory is overwritten by first part of the shellcode. The challenge for the exploit writer here is to make sure that the shellcode gets control and is executed. In this sample, one of the return addresses was overwritten by another address, which can be found in any known DLL loaded in the memory. That address contains a single piece of code, Jmp ESP, that transfer the control to the stack memory containing our first shellcode.
Galaxy anters the SSD market
The lads over at Expreview reports video card maker Galaxy will enter the solid state disk market. The company will introduce 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models but unfortunately there are no specifics about the SSD controller.
Pricing and availability are also unknown. The four Galaxy SSDs are 2.5-inch form factor,features 64M cache,supports Windows 7 TRIM.
The SSDs are supposed to deliver read and write speed of up to 240MB/s and 215MB/s respectively. They will be available with capacities of 32GB/64GB/128GB/256GB.
Sparkle GeForce GTX 570 V-Go cards
Sparkle introduced two GeForce GTX 570 V-Go series graphics cards. One model has 732/1464/3800MHz frequencies (core/shaders/memory) while the other card has 752/1504/3996MHz clockspeeds.
After the successful launch of the World's First Independent Produced GeForce GTX 580 V-Go Graphics Card, SPARKLE Computer Co., Ltd., the professional VGA card manufacturer and supplier, today announced the GeForce GTX 570 V-Go Graphics Card, becoming the world's first manufacturer who can independently produce high-end graphics cards using Fermi 2.0 architecture. "V-Go, the series is represent the independent produced graphics cards, inherit the expertise spirit on graphics cards manufacturing for 16 years" said Kevin Wang the General Manager of SPARKLE .?gWe are pleased with the new high level of SPARKLE R&D and production capabilities. As another masterpiece of V-Go series, GeForce GTX570 V-Go Graphics Cards inherit the blood of Fermi 2.0 Architecture also has a better price advantage.?h
Produced From The Reference With Reliable Quality
Since the release date, there's no independent produced GeForce GTX 570 graphics card from AIC, because the bottleneck that produce, pass the extreme rigorous test and verification conducted by NVIDIA. As NVIDIA's add-in-cards partner and global strategic partner, with the strong R&D and manufacturing capabilities, SPARKLE took the lead in passing the NVIDIA original product performance testing, thermal performance and noise testing, product reliability/compatibility testing, burn-in and a series of strict validation, to become the world's first AIC manufacturer which can self-produce the GeForce GTX570 reference boards.
Elegant Design With Predominant Performance
SPARKLE GeForce GTX570 V-Go provides the user with the perfect quality from the reference board, but also integrated with SPARKLE unique design style. The graphics card uses blue PCB design, double purple DVI-I + mini HDMI output interfaces, changing from the black PCB with the white color of output interface from the reference design, so that entire graphics card is elegant with dynamic appearance. ?@ ?@ ?@
As the world's most powerful gaming graphics card with single chip, the SPARKLE GeForce GTX570 V-Go adopts NVIDIA latest Fermi 2.0 architecture, with 480 CUDA cores, 1280MB GDDR5 high-speed video memory. SPARKLE release two version of GeForce GTX570 V-Go graphics card with standard clock and overclock. The overclock version is overclocked out of box, it boosts the core, shader and memory clocks significantly to 752MHz, 3996MHz and 1504MHz, providing up to 6.5 percent faster overall performance compare to reference. So the DX11 performance and image quality of SPARKLE GTX570 V-Go's have been improved tremendously, bringing film-like realistic to DIY gamers. The Sparkle GTX570 V-Go uses Vapor Chamber thermal cooling design, thermal cooling efficiency of this design is far more than the copper heat-pipe cooling, bringing cooling and quiet operation.
Core i5 2500K & Core i7 2600K processor review
Sandy bridge is here, today we'll put the Intel Core i7-2600K and Intel Core i5-2500K processors to the test, we will pair the 2600K processor with the Intel Desktop Motherboard DP67BG and also run a test with the Intel Core i5-2500K processor on a Intel DH67BL motherboard.
And in advance let me already state, It's not often that I am as impressed with hardware as what we've just reviewed.
You can read this Guru3D review right here.