Razer Blade claims to be first true gaming laptop
Razer teased the Blade, an upcoming 17.3" gaming laptop with Intel's Core i7 2640M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M with Optimus technology, 8GB DDR3 1333MHz, 320GB 7200RPM SATA HDD, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, HD webcam, and a 60Wh battery. One of the special features is the Switchblade User Interface, it offers 10 dynamic adaptive tactile keys for easier access to in-game commands, and a multi-touch LCD that can display in-game information. The system will ship in Q4 2011, pricing is a whopping $2,799.99.
The PC industry today has never looked bleaker. The world
Trackmania 2 Canyon - Educational Video
Assassin's Creed Revelations - Animus Edition Info
- The Animus box entirely covered with lenticular lenses to faithfully reproduce the black room of the Animus
- In-depth Encyclopaedia featuring 256 pages with comprehensive entries on the major characters, events and other important aspects of the Assassin
MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 6 out for grabs
Today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities. We're happy to see MSI Afterburner is leading the overclock applications. MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 6 is ready,
Changes list includes:
- Added CHL8225 voltage regulators support to provide compatibility with future MSI graphics cards
- Improved update notification system. Now the update server contains independent info about the most recent official and beta versions instead of single unified most recent version entry before
- MSI On-Screen Display server has been upgraded to v4.2.2. New version gives you the following improvements:
- Improved video frames timestamping approach may improve smoothness of videos captured on low framerates
- "Downmix multichannel audio to stereo" option is no longer ignored and audio is no longer being forcibly downmixed to stereo
- Videos are no longer corrupted when audio capture engine fails to initialize
- Now it is possible to select audio source (any DirectSound capture device, WASAPI playback device or WASAPI capture device) in video capture properties
- Updated profiles list
- Added Japanese localization
- Added new compatibility option allowing disabling low-level access to hardware. New option replaces more complex RTCore.cfg renaming related workaround for BFBC2 Punkbuster's bug
Compro launches Megapixel, D/N, H.264, PTZ, IP570 Network Camera
Though PTZ network cameras are notexactly new anymore, they tend to be either expensive or really cheap and as such there is nothing inbetwene them. Compro releases the IP570 which will impress:
Guru3D Rig of the Month - August 2011
Each month here at Guru3D.com we feature one of you guys, your PC, your DIY project. It is quite honestly amazing how much detail and dedication you put into an PC, and every now and then it really shows. This months entry oozes in design and flamboyance.
The Rig of the Month August 2011 is simple and done very nicely. Bruno Limafrom brazil transformed one PC into something very sleek and cool looking with a little modding, of course.
Check out the article right here.
AMD A4-Series Llano Desktop Chips get pricetag
The entire Lynx/Llano release from AMD has been a decent success. Starting at the top with the A8 series processors (oh wait APUs), obviously the A6 series and now it's time that A4 series see the light of day as well.
The chips are the A4-3300 and A4-3400, being part of the same Llano platform, though with just two CPU cores each. They also have the Radeon HD 6410D graphics, which utilizes 160 shader units and runs at 600 MHz.
Speaking of clock speeds, the CPU cores themselves are set at 2.5 GHz for the A4-3300 and 2.7 GHz for the A4-3400. Furthermore, the DDR3 memory controller supports memory at 1,600 MHz, while the 1 MB of L2 cache completes the feature set of the units, more or less.
The A-Series APUs on sale have prices of $89 or more, with the A8-3850 costing the most ($135). The A4-3300 can be pre-ordered for visibly less, $73.52 to be exact (boxed), or $78.78 (tray), while the A4-3400 goes for $79.25 and $84.92, respectively.
Then again, these are early prices, and it is fairly safe to assume that official availability will bring with it a drop in the price tags, until the units ship for $65-$70.
POV sticks 4GB of VRAM on GTX 550
The clock frequency of the memory is 1.066 MHz, while the GPU (comparatively unassuming to the one above) has a clock of 900 MHz.
Meanwhile, 192 CUDA cores add to the overall feature set (they operate at 1,900 MHz), as does the 128-bit memory interface. All in all, this is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti video controller whose memory amount is four to eight times the one of regular cards.
Users will have to pay 113 Euro (only pre-orders can be placed for the moment), a price that accounts for the DVI, D-Sub and HDMI outputs and all the technologies NVIDIA is known for (PhysX, CUDA, etc.).
BitFenix Outlaw Mid-Tower Gaming Case
BitFenix is pleased to launch its latest gaming chassis. Named Outlaw, this mid-tower ATX enclosure offers premium features, innovative layout, and superior styling at a groundbreaking price point.
"We set out to design a value gaming chassis like no other on the market, and the result of that is Outlaw," says BitFenix Product Manager David Jarlestedt. "Offering features normally found on chassis twice the price, Outlaw is a gaming case that really does break all the rules."
One look at Outlaw reveals something truly unique in this segment. The motherboard tray is flipped upside down, placing the graphics card close to the top of the case. By doing so, Outlaw not only delivers enhanced cooling to graphics cards via the top fan vents, but also allows the installation of extra-long VGA cards so gamers can outfit their system with the latest firepower available.
While priced very affordably, Outlaw comes with many of the same features that are found on more expensive enclosures. On the exterior, gamers can look forward to a handsomely crafted front bezel that's coated with signature BitFenix SofTouch Surface Treatment for stain resistance and a luxuriously soft feel. Four high-speed USB 2.0 ports offer excellent connectivity, while the black coated interior and black cabling lend Outlaw an even more premium look and feel. With Outlaw, users can experience the quality and attention to detail that has garnered BitFenix nearly 200 awards worldwide.
But looking good is one thing; performing well is another. Outlaw is definitely no slouch in the cooling department. Aside from the stock 120mm fan, gamers can install up to 7 additional 120mm fans for a total of eight, and the two fan locations on the side panel can also be upgraded to 140mm fans for added airflow. For water cooling enthusiasts, two water cooling holes also come standard.
Outlaw is also designed to give users maximum expansion possibilities. With four 5.25" and four 3.5" drive bays, users have plenty of room to expand their system, and with the included 2.5" SSD mount, users can equip their Outlaw with the latest in SSD technology. Along with the seven included PCI slots, gamers have all the room they need to make their Outlaw a force to be reckoned with.
When it comes time to put their system together, users will definitely appreciate the DIY-friendly features that are included with Outlaw. A large CPU cutout makes short work of swapping CPU coolers, and thoughtful cable management features make it easy to keep your system tangle-free. All drives can be secured using easy-to-use thumbscrews for added stability and tool-free installation.
BitFenix Outlaw will be available on store shelves beginning September 2011 with an estimated MSRP of 39
Digital Storm does Cryo-TEC Cooling System
Digital Storm, the predominant name in computer system integration and engineering, proudly debuts its latest innovation in the quest to design the most superior PC on the planet: the Cryo-TEC Cooling System. Based on the Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled system developed by Digital Storm that chills liquid below 0
AMD gets new CEO
AMD has found a new CEO: Rory P. Read, Lenovo's former Chief Operating Officer.
AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Rory P. Read, 49, President and Chief Executive Officer of AMD, effective today. Mr. Read has also been appointed to the Company
EA EULA gives company free pass to scan your HDD
Rock Paper Shotgun reports the EULA of EA's Origin gaming service gives EA quite a lot of rights. It's so broad that it enables the company to scan your hard disk drive and use it to target advertisements to you:
Acer: Tablet fever already cooling down
Acer chairman JT Wang claims tablet fever is already starting to cool down and that consumers are being attracted by notebooks again, especially with the upcoming launch of ultrabooks and Windows 8.
Acer is already set to launch an Ultrabook in September with a price as low as US$799, noted Wang adding that Acer has performed surveys and discovered that consumers have a high interest in Ultrabooks.
Some players in the PC industry agree with Wang's prediction and pointed out that tablet PCs are mainly marketed for entertainment purposes, different from notebooks, which are also tools for work and learning. Therefore, once the tablet PC market reaches saturation, consumers' motivation to replace tablet PCs will be a lot lower than for notebooks, causing tablet PC sales to stagnate once volumes reach a certain level.
In addition to Acer and Asustek Computer, which plan to launch Ultrabooks in September, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard (HP) are all set to launch models in the fourth quarter of 2011 or the first quarter of 2012. Taiwan-based makers of components such as batteries, hinges and chassis have also started small volume pilot production, and are set to start mass shipments in the fourth quarter.
Acer president Jim Wong pointed out that although Ultrabooks will only account for a small portion of notebook shipments in 2011, the percentage is expected to reach 25-35% in 2012, a number close to Intel's prediction of 40% by the end of 2012.
As for Windows 8, Wang believes that the operating system will contribute a stronger sales boost to notebooks than tablet PCs and will also benefit brand vendors during the back-to-school season in 2012 as the operating system's launch date will be close to that period.
RAGE - Gearhead Vault Gameplay Trailer
Nvidia GeForce ForceWare 280.36 drivers
This is the a new 280 family driver.This driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs. This driver package also includes the 3D Vision Controller driver.
The driver is actually a new development driver supporting OpenGL 4.2 We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here. Initial experiences seem pretty good with this driver.
Rosewill Releases RK-9000 Series Mechanical Keyboards
Rosewill will launch and display brand new RK-9000 Series Mechanical Keyboard. The Rosewill RK-9000 Series Mechanical Keyboard with world-class Cherry MX Switch design provides you full with gaming response while offering the bonus of a comfortable key stroke.
Moreover, Rosewill RK-9000 Series Keyboard is equipped with both gold plated USB and PS/2 connectors to provide a long lasting high quality connection. Rosewill RK-9000 series will be available in 4 models which include Cherry MX Blue (RK-9000), Brown (RK-9000BR), Black (RK-9000BL) and Red (RK-9000RE) Switches to match any personal requirements for the keyboard.
NVIDIA 28nm mobile lineup surfaces
Codenamed N13 Series, the chips are ten in number and are divided into three categories, according to the target consumer segment.
The N13E are the Enthusiast-grade models and will arrive next year, in January (N13E-GS1) and April or May (N13E-GTX), though the samples will ship earlier (early November and early 2012, respectively). They have 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM backing them and 256-bit memory interfaces. The mainstream and low-end GPUs will arrive earlier, during this year's December in fact (2011), with the mobile parts set to appear fastest. This means that their first samples will be sent out during early October.
Their memory will be of 1 GB or 2 GB DDR3/GDDR5 and the bandwidth will be of 64 bits or 128 bits, depending on model.
All in all, the codenames are similar, in pattern, to the N12 that spawned the 500 series of adapters, though changes may still happen by the time anything is made official.
The info and specs should be taken with a grain of salt as it's nothing more then a spreadsheet filled out by someone.
Samsung kaunches Trio of Professional Series 3 Monitors
Samsung Electronics unveiled three new high-resolution desktop displays under its Professional Series 3 family, the S27A850, S24A650, S24A350T.
the 27-inch S27A850 appears to be the main draw of Samsung's new lineup. According to a machine translation of the Korean electronics giant's press release, the S27A850 reportedly features a 27-inch PLS display which boasts a wide viewing angle of up to 178 degrees, as well as 100% coverage of the entire sRGB colour space. Samsung claims that this allows the S27A850 to achieve exceptional colour reproduction, while its native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels tops off the premium S27A850's package.
On the other hand, Samsung has also announced that the new S24A650 and S24A350T monitors will feature displays that boast a viewing angle similar to that of the S27A850's, and are capable of a static contrast ratio of 3000 : 1. In addition, all three monitors will be bundled with Samsung's Eco Saving features that are reportedly capable of reducing their energy consumption by 25-50% under various circumstances.
The 27-inch S27A850 is targeted at the professional media industry, it provides the benefits of 100% sRGB colorspace coverage, LED-backlighting, and more importantly, a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. Its panel provides viewing angles of 178 degrees, horizontally and vertically. The S24A650 and S24A350T are 24-inch screens, with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. The two are capable of 3000:1 static contrast ratio, and are equipped with Samsung's Eco Saving features that reduce power consumption by up to 50%. Pricing of these three displays are unclear at this point.