New H.A.W.X. 2 benchmark not objective ?
All press that are reviewing Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 cards have received a rather interesting email from AMD today. Though we don't have it / were contacted about it by NVIDIA whatsoever, it seems that NV or Ubisoft has been distributing a a new H.A.W.X. 2 benchmark for use with upcoming reviews. AMD is actively asking not to use this benchmark that NVIDIA is pushing, alleging that the results are not objective, have a peek at what we received:
It has come to our attention that you may have received an early build of a benchmark based on the upcoming Ubisoft title H.A.W.X. 2. I'm sure you are fully aware that the timing of this benchmark is not coincidental and is an attempt by our competitor to negatively influence your reviews of the AMD Radeon HD6800 series products. We suggest you do not use this benchmark at present as it has known issues with its implementation of DirectX 11 tessellation and does not serve as a useful indicator of performance for the HD 6800 series. A quick comparison of the performance data in H.A.W.X. 2, with tessellation on, and that of other games/benchmarks will demonstrate how unrepresentative H.A.W.X. 2 performance is of real world performance.
AMD has demonstrated to Ubisoft tessellation performance improvements that benefit all GPUs, but the developer has chosen not to implement them in the preview benchmark. For that reason, we are working on a driver-based solution in time for the final release of the game that improves performance without sacrificing image quality. In the meantime we recommend you hold off using the benchmark as it will not provide a useful measure of performance relative to other DirectX 11 games using tessellation.
As always for reasons like above, amongst others, we'll stick to our benchmark suite as always, making sure that both parties have equal chances.
3DMark 11 High-Temple 1080P trailer preview
After the Deep Dive submarine level shown a while ago we have a new 3DMark 11 trailer to share with you. Created entirely with DirectX 11 and presented in 1080p the 3DMark 11 "High Temple" trailer is a glimpse of the graphics gamers can expect from DirectX 11 games in years to come.
The ruined rem ains of a lost civilization. An abandoned dig site. Secrets hidden deep in the jungle are uncovered with atm ospheric lighting and DirectX 11 tessellation.
High Temple is a demonstration of DirectX 11 technologies using the 3DMark 11 engine. It does not represent the final scope of the 3DMark 11 benchmark and does not produce a 3DMark score. There are no plans to release the High Temple tech demo to the public. The High Temple video trailer was rendered by the 3DMark 11 engine using readily available DirectX 11 hardware, captured at high resolution and then compressed into video formats suitable for the Internet. The High Temple trailer features a mysterious ruined temple overgrown by encroaching jungle. Volumetric lighting illuminates the scene with tessellation used to add rich detail to the temple carvings and the jungle foliage. Post processing delivers depth of field and other lens effects. The music is an original composition by renowned composer Pedro Macedo Camacho ...
Sitecom MD-500 Digital Media Set review
Sitecom MD-500 Digital Media Set gets tested
One of the kits Sitecom recently introduced consists out of a Gigabit router for your intra and local area network connectivity, a storage unit which Sitecom calls 'Home Storage center' will function as NAS server for all your multi-media content like photo's, music and movies.
And then a small all-in-one HTPC or TV media player as we like to call it these days. To top things off they throw in a Logitech Harmony 650 universal remote control. Aren't you just eager to see how this HTPC network platform will perform ?
Check out the full article at this direct link.
ASUS Radeon HD 6850 DirectCu OC Pictured
The EAH6850 DirectCu makes use of a non-reference design PCB by the company that makes use of high-quality components, and the VoltageTweak feature, which lets users control voltages using software.
Display connectors include two DVI, and one each of HDMI and DisplayPort. The exact clock speeds are not known. ASUS will most likely release this card on the 22nd of this month.
The card draws power from two 6-pin power connectors, unlike the reference design that needs just one. The DirectCu cooler features nickel-plated copper heat-pipes that make direct contact with the GPU, conveying heat quickly to the heatsink - via TPU / DVD4Arab.
Razer StarCraft II gaming gear
With Blizzcon starting on Friday (Guru3D will be there to report from it btw), Razer announced StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty branded gaming gear, including a mouse, keyboard, gaming headset and messenger bag. These products will start shipping in November.
BlizzCon, Anaheim, Calif.
OCZ opens new fab ramps up SSD production by 100 percent
OCZ announced it will open a new SSD manufacturing plant in Taipei, Taiwan next week to increase production by over 100 percent.
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, has announced the opening of a new SSD manufacturing plant in Taipei, Taiwan slated to begin operation on Monday, October 25.
A testament to the Company's dedication to market leadership, the new facility features best of class manufacturing, as well as test and burn-in technology required by the Company's growing OEM client base. The new facility increases the Company's SSD manufacturing capacity to 140,000 units a month from 50,000 units a month internally, accommodating the growing demand for both client and enterprise OCZ SSDs.
"As our SSD revenues continue to expand, we are happy to announce our new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Taipei, Taiwan," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group. "Our new 20,000 square foot facility was set up in response to increased demand from OEMs for our Enterprise Solid State Drive products and significantly increases our monthly SSD capacity."
OCZ demonstrated exciting growth last quarter (SSD unit sales ramped from an average of 15,000 units per month in Q1'11 to over 54,000 units in August). This manufacturing expansion signifies the company's commitment to supporting its growing OEM client base.
With a complete spectrum of interfaces including SATA, SAS, Fibre Channel, PCI-Express, USB 3.0, and the proprietary High-Speed Data Link (HSDL) introduced earlier this month, OCZ anticipates demand of its current and future SSD products and continues to establish itself in both the consumer and enterprise storage markets. Thanks to the improved manufacturing capabilities of the supplementary factory, OCZ intends on meeting the market demand in the coming months.
BenQ V42 & V46 full HD LCD TV 24P Real Cinema
Nice ... BenQ today announced the release of their latest LCD TV lineups, V42-5000 (42
Men of War: Vietnam - Debut Trailer
Check out the graphics on this one, that does not look bad ! Here's the first trailer for Men of War: Vietnam. Men of War: Vietnam offers a campaign with 10 missions focusing on a team of elite special ops soldiers, and each one of them has a personality.
The unit includes Sergeant John Merrill, machinegunner Jim Walsh, sniper Sonny Armstrong, grenade launcher operator Carl Dillan and combat engineer Bill Kirby. In some missions they can count only on themselves, while in the others they act together with regular US and South-Vietnamese troops. Men of War: Vietnam is due in 2011 for PC.
Call of Duty: Black Ops PC Specs Released
Well, we didn't expect hefty requirements anyway, but still ... The PC specifications for Call of Duty: Black Ops have been released. The PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops will use Steamworks for DRM and will sort of support dedicated servers through an exclusive partnership with GameServers.com. It will be released on November 9 for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. Like Modern Warfare 2, the PC version will be $60.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Download Minimum System Requirements
- OS: Windows Vista / XP / 7
- Processor:Intel Core
Thermalright Archon cooler launches
Heatsinks keep getting bigger and bigger in size, with many different designs and shapes. The needs of larger fans on the heatsinks have evolved, from the earlier 80mm fans to today
WD launches its 3 TB HDDs
Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 photo's
AMD is allowing us to show you guys the official board photo's of the upcoming Radeon HD 6800 series already.
The actual NDA date passes at the end of this week and thus all final specifications, features and benchmarks will be published in a nice phat article here at Guru3D.com
So be patient .. more is coming real soon ;)
Radeon HD 6850 1GB:
Radeon HD 6870 1GB:
AMD Fusion APU Codenamed Llano Photo's
At the 6th Annual AMD Technical Forum & Exhibition (TFE) 2010, AMD today showcased for its ecosystem partners the first public demonstration of the forthcoming AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) codenamed
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
Changes in version 0.4.7
- Improved support for AMD Radeon HD 6850 and HD 6870
- Added support for NVIDIA GeForce GT 430, GT 420
- Fixed default clock reading on Fermi architecture cards
- Added voltage controller support for Colorful iGame GTX 460
- Added PCI Vendor detection for Colorful
- Added TMU count and die size for GF106
- Synchronization mutexes are global now
- Improved stability when running multiple instances of GPU-Z / Fixed "the driver has been marked for deletion" error
Colorful Raynor Tower chassis
Another chassis was reelased, this one is from Graphics card maker Colorful introduced the Raynor Tower mid-tower case. The case is made from SECC steel, it weighs 8kg and measures 190mm x 490mm x 510mm.
The chassis is completely black including the inside, including the tool-free drive retention knobs and the perforated expansion slot covers. There's an opening behind the CPU socket area to help you handle coolers with back-plates better, and all the holes you'll need for cable-management. Ventilation includes one 120 mm fan pre-fitted on the front-intake, there's room for one 120 mm rear fan, two 140 mm fans on the top, and two 140 mm fans on the side panel. The controls and front-panel are located on the top.
There's support for very long graphics cards and for $60 you seem to be getting quite a lot, with one of the few obvious disadvantages being the fact that only one fan is included [via TPU]
Spire Savit 6003 gaming chassis
Spire presents the Savit 6003, a new 0.6mm SECC steel case with an aluminium mesh front panel. The case will be available soon for $79.95 (59.99EUR).
Spire Corp proudly introduces the Savit 6003 pc professional and gamer case. The Savit 6003 case is the evolved model from the Savit 500. This high-end, versatile and strong chassis is further developed ensuring both maximum performance and computing satisfaction. Every element of the case has been engineered to provide maximum cooling performance. Up to four (4) LED 12cm fans placed throughout the Savit 6003 ensuring unbeatable cooling and giving this chassis a power gamer glow. The meshed aluminum front panel allows unrestricted fresh air intake which is mandatory for todays extremely hot gaming components. The Savit 6003 chassis is specifically targeting gaming enthusiasts who are planning to use high end systems with Intel or AMD multi-core micro/processors, high end series chipsets and large dual PCI clot graphics cards.
The spacious internal design enables flexible assembly and sufficient room for the installation of water-cooling. The Chassis is pre-applied with rubber grommet holes for feeding the external water-cooling tubes. In total nine (9) universal drive bays with tool-free support ensure easy and simple installation of your devices. Two drive cages with direct cooling and tool free mounting for five (5) 5.25-inch and five (5) 3.5-inch disc/optical drives provide massive storage capabilities. Additional two (2) USB connectors and one (1) eSATA connector on the front make it most convenient to connect your mobile storage or handheld device, while the HD microphone and headset connectors in the front offer you quickly multimedia access. Anti-vibration mountings and application of low speed cooling fans can make this the silent power machine you have been looking for.
* Powerful & sturdy chassis design
* Strong 0.6mm SECC Steel structure
* Cool aluminum mesh front panel
* Front-Top USB, eSATA & HDA & AC'97 SOUND connections
* Turn and lock tool-less drive and card installation
* Tool-free thumb-screw side panels
* Large Meshed side panel for active cooling of video-cards
* Four 120mm Blue LED fans, rear, front and top panel
* Optimized internal space, High efficient Air In-take
* Supports up to five 3.5 inch & four 5.25 inch devices
* Anti-vibration and tool-less drive application
* Prepared for water cooling tubes and systems
* Functional, creative and opulent design
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Cinematic Trailer
In related news, the World of Warcraft Vault has a list of items and mounts that will no longer be obtainable in the World of Warcraft in the upcoming version 4.0.3 patch for Blizzard's MMORPG - via ggmania
Steam surpasses 30 million active users mark
Valve announces that Steam has surpassed the 30 million account mark! Valve also revealed that it has recorded a 178 percent growth in Steam user accounts over the past 12 months. These users stay active, too, with over six million of them accessing Steam each day. To meet this increased load Steam has upgraded its infrastructure to run at 400Gps which, as the press release relates, is enough bandwidth to transmit the Oxford English Dictionary 92.6 times per second.
During the past 12 months the platform had year-over-year new user growth of 178%, pushing the total number of active accounts to over 30 million, with over 1,200 games now offered. Peak simultaneous player numbers were also up to over three million, with over six million unique gamers accessing Steam each day.
In addition to new user growth, Steam sales during the trailing 12 months increased by more than 200%, putting it on track for a sixth straight year of realizing over 100% year-over-year growth in unit sales. To meet this demand, the Steam infrastructure has been increased and now has ability to run at 400Gps, enough bandwidth to ship a digitized version of the Oxford English Dictionary 92.6 times per second.
The period also realized continued adoption of the Steamworks suite of publishing services in tangible and electronic versions of today's popular games. Included in many of the year's biggest releases -- such as Sid Meier's Civilization V, Just Cause 2, and R.U.S.E., with more to come during the holiday season -- Steamworks has now shipped in over 200 since the suite of services was released two years ago. In addition, the Steam Cloud (introduced in Spring 2008) has surpassed the 100 million files saved milestone.