Powering an iPhone with oranges (video)
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 'Demo Tutorial' Trailer
Today we release a tutorial video of the Demo map "Port Valdez" BFBC2 Demo Video with VO by me. This video is for fresh recruits to the Rush gamemode, but Vets like yourself might enjoy it too. You can catch the video at the end of the post. And speaking of the BFBC2 MP Demo, it has been very well received with around 3 million downloads to-date.
Promise SmartStor NS4600 NAS review
Promise SmartStor NS4600 NAS review
Armed with new a new GUI and priced very competitive Promise offers the SmartStor series NS4600 NAS unit with four swappable HDD bays, RAID functionality, eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet, USB (2.0) and then a heap of software functionality that blows you away completely. I mean this thing can download torrents, has an FTP server, a MySQL server, a WEB server, built-in media center, torrent download client and iTunes Server. It's compatible with all major OSes and sure of course has user and group based management as well. What an incredible clever device this is !
Check out the review here.
CineBENCH 11.5 out for grabs
CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer's performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON's award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more.he test procedure consists of two main components - the graphics card performance test and the CPU performance test.
- Main Processor Performance (CPU)
The test scenario uses all of your system's processing power to render a photorealistic 3D scene (from the viral "No Keyframes" animation by AixSponza). This scene makes use of various different algorithms to stress all available processor cores.
In fact, CINEBENCH can measure systems with up to 64 processor threads. The test scene contains approximately 2,000 objects containing more than 300,000 total polygons and uses sharp and blurred reflections, area lights and shadows, procedural shaders, antialiasing, and much more. The result is given in points (pts). The higher the number, the faster your processor.
This procedure uses a complex 3D scene depicting a car chase which measures the performance of your graphics card in OpenGL mode. The performance depends on various factors, such as the GPU processor on your hardware, but also on the drivers used. The graphics card has to display a huge amount of geometry (nearly 1 million polygons) and textures, as well as a variety of effects, such as environments, bump maps, transparency, lighting and more to evaluate the performance across different disciplines and give a good average overview of the capabilities of your graphics hardware. The result given is measured in frames per second (fps). The higher the number, the faster your graphics card.
HIS Radeon HD 5570 Fan Graphics Card
HIS unveils the HIS Radeon HD 5570 Fan 1GB DDR3, offering the most features and functionality in its class. Loaded with complete DirectX 11 support and ATI Stream technology, the Radeon HD 5570 graphics card delivers a state-of-the-art HD multimedia and gaming experience at a value price point. Built as a low-profile capable single-slot design with both ATX & low profile brackets included, it will fit into both a full-height and half-height PCI-Express Chassis, which makes the HIS Radeon HD 5570 the ultimate media center companion at a value price.
The HIS Radeon HD 5570 Series is designed to give you stunning high definition entertainment from your PC, whether Blu-ray/HD DVD discs or other HD sources. Gamers will get an uncompromising Microsoft Windows 7 experience, play the most popular games online and watch HD video with incredible realism. It also consumes less than 75 Watts under full load, eliminating the need for an external power connection and making installation extremely simple.
Digital Storm BlackOPS Core i5/i7 gaming desktops debuts
Digital Storm have launched their latest range of gaming desktops, the BlackOPS series, powered by Intel
Intel Xeon hexacore chips: $999 and in short supply?
Further details on Intel
Lian-Li PC-A77F full-tower case
Lian Li has just announced the launch of PC-A77F full-tower case. Built-up in aluminum and available in black (PC-A77FB) and silver (PC-A77FA), this new Lian Li case features 12 5
NVIDIAs Rocket Sled Demo: DirectX 11, Physics, Fluids and More
Alex Sakhartchouk, Demo Engineer at NVIDIA, explains the technologies behind NVIDIAs new Rocket Sled demo running on the new Fermi architecture. The video contains some more footage on the demo than previously has been shown before.
Now -- if we only had the card top go with the demo ...
Super Talent USB 3.0 Express Drive launched
Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced the new USB 3.0 Express Drive. Available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, this new drive supports USB 3.0 speeds of up to 125MB/s. Downloading a 600MB movie takes only a mere 12 seconds with this new drive. And the company expects to improve this performance even further in coming weeks by applying their advanced driver technology.
Measuring 62 x 37 x7.5 mm, the new Express Drive requires no separate cable and is fully backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports, at USB 2.0 speeds. Both the USB 3.0 RAIDDrive and USB 3.0 Express drive use Super Talent's patented technology and are protected under US Patent # 7457897.
Microsoft planning new Windows 7 piracy check
In the coming days, we'll be deploying a new update for Windows Activation Technologies, the set of built-in activation and validation components built into Windows 7. Called Windows Activation Technologies Update for Windows 7, this update will detect more than 70 known and potentially dangerous activation exploits. Activation exploits are sometimes called 'hacks', and attempt to bypass or compromise Windows' activation technologies. This new update is further evidence of Microsoft's commitment to keeping customers and partners secure. The update will determine whether Windows 7 installed on a PC is genuine and will better protect customers' PCs by making sure that the integrity of key licensing components remains intact.
The Update is designed to
Intel Chipset Software Installation 184.108.40.2065
The Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility installs the Windows* INF files. The INF files inform the operating system how to properly configure the chipset for specific functionality, such as USB and core PCI.
This download is intended for use with Intel Desktop Boards.
- Features Added in PV 220.127.116.115
1. Implemented workaround for a Bluetooth pairing issue
2. Implemented /v
ASUS ROG 5870 Matrix 2GB Photo's
Over at a Chinese website they obtained some cool photo's of the ASUS ROG 5870 Matrix, the card comes with a 2GB framebuffer. Apparantly it operates at 900 MHz on the core clock and memory at 4900 MHz. The card will come with voltage checkpoints to monitor the juice flowing through the card.
Apparantly it can cram 1.5v through it's pipes allowing a clock frequency of 1080 MHz.
Radeon HD 5830 Specifications out
We've already been saying more or less that you can expect a Radeon HD 5830 card soon. The card is supposed positioned in the 200~230 USD range making it widespread available and affordable for a lot of people. Personally I look forward to this product very much.
The Radeon HD 5830 performance should be inbetween the 5850 and the 5770, and as it seems it's base off the Cypress LE core. The card reportedly will come with 1280 shaders processors and a core speed of 750MHz for the GPU. Featured with 1GB of GDDR5 memory, clocked at 1000MHz, the difference between the 5830 and the 5850 shouldn't be that significant, in terms of performance. When you put the two side by side, the 5850 is featured with 1440 shaders and 72 texture units, while the GPU is set at 725MHz.
It is very likely that the PCB and cooler will be similar to the HD 5850 model.
AMD Preps 870 Chipset and business CPU
Next to the pending AMD 890 chipset release, AMD will also (as always) release a cut-down version of the chipset. The new 870 chipset will be paired with some of the more mainstream southbridge options, such as the SB600, SB700, SB710 or SB750. As far as technical specifications go, the new chipset will offer support for AM3 socket and one x16 PCI Express gen 2 slot. There's no graphics core and the chipset's TDP will stay at 13W.
In addition to the new chipset, AMD will also introduce a new, Phenom II X4 94 processor, clocked at 3.2GHz and aimed at the business segment. Thanks to the boost in speed performance, the new CPU should provide business users with an enhanced overall performance. Other features include a TPD of 95W and 8MB of cache. The processor will be made available sometime in Q2, this year, as an upgrade choice for the current Phenom II X4 B95, clocked at 3.0GHz.
Intels Sandy Bridge aimed at mainstream
Intel is planning to introduce its 32nm Sandy Bridge architecture in Q1 2011. The initial chips will not target the high-end market. The less complex models will arrive first, while higher-end models with six- and eight-cores are expected to follow later.
Sandy Bridge is the codename for a processor microarchitecture that is being developed by Intel and is the planned successor to Nehalem.The initial processors based on the new micro-architecture will not aim at the high-end market, but will still not be compatible with current mainstream infrastructure and will require new sockets and chipsets.
The first Intel Sandy Bridge chips will feature two or four cores with Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading technology as well as integrated graphics processor that will actually be on the same die as the x86 cores, according to previous reports. The chips will address mainstream market segments currently served by Intel Core i7, Core i5 and Core i3 processors, hence, there will be a lot of different models with 65W (dual-core, quad-core)or 95W (quad-core) thermal design power. The new processors will use LGA1155 form-factor and will be compatible with platforms based on the Intel 6-series chipsets code-named Cougar Point. It is noteworthy that while the new 6-series mainstream chipsets support Serial ATA-600 and some other innovations, the USB 3.0 does not seem to be a capability of the core-logic [via xbitlabs].
Intel preps just three six-core Gulftown processors
X-bit Labs heard Intel has planned only three six-core "Gulftown" processors, these chips will all be available within the next twelve months and will fit a 130W TDP.
Kingston reveals SSDNow V with TRIM support
Kingston introduced the new SSDNow V "Value" series of solid state disk with support for the TRIM command. Performance depends on the model, the 128GB version is the fastest one with read speeds of up to 200MB/s and write speeds of up to 160MB/s. The disks are sold as stand-alone, or in special notebook or desktop bundles. The stand-alone 30GB, 64GB and 128GB SSDs will be available for around $110, $208 and $362, respectively. Full specifications can be found over here.
Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it will ship its second generation SSDNow V Series solid-state drive (SSD) on February 15. Targeted for mainstream consumers and small and medium businesses, the new Kingston