Review: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2
We check out the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2 iCX 8G, and heck yeah this is not your regular one. Meet the all custom, cooled and tweaked EVGA "For-The-Win2" Edition. This SKU is a more premium version that comes with some new features, e.g. read sensors everywhere!
Read the full review here.
Steam Forums got hacked
Steam's database, which contains users' personal and encrypted credit card information, has been hacked. Founder Gabe Newell sent an email to users and posted on the Steam Forum, reporting that Steam's forums were defaced on November 6. Upon investigation, he said, Valve found Steam's database had been hacked as well.
As with any account anywhere, change yours passwords on a regular basis.
Dear Steam Users and Steam Forum Users:
Our Steam forums were defaced on the evening of Sunday, November 6. We began investigating and found that the intrusion goes beyond the Steam forums.
We learned that intruders obtained access to a Steam database in addition to the forums. This database contained information including user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information. We do not have evidence that encrypted credit card numbers or personally identifying information were taken by the intruders, or that the protection on credit card numbers or passwords was cracked. We are still investigating.
Corsair SATA 3 Performance Pro SSD Line
Corsair announced the Performance Pro Series SSDs. The Performance Pro Series, designed with the Marvell SATA 6 Gb/s SSD controller, delivers an impressive ATTO Max performance of up to 515MB/s Sequential Read and 440 MB/s Sequential Write, and can sustain very similar performance when reading and writing compressed and non-compressible data, such as audio, images, and video files. Additionally, the Performance Pro Series has built-in advanced background garbage collection to allow for consistently strong performance even with operating systems that do not support the TRIM command. This integral performance optimization makes Performance Pro SSDs an ideal solution for RAID configurations, which typically do not support TRIM.
Performance Pro solid-state drives provide fast SATA III connectivity that pushes the limits of the new SATA III 6Gb/s interface. They are also backward compatible with SATA 2 3GB/s, and include an 3.5" adapter for easy installation in both laptop and desktop PCs.
"We are pleased to provide a fast SATA 3 SSD that's designed specifically for real-world performance," said Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair. "High-performance PC users work heavily with media files, and unlike some other SSDs, the Performance Pro can save, load and move music, photos and movies without significantly reduced performance. It offers consistent, reliable speed regardless of whether you're running Windows, OS X or Linux, and whether you're using a single drive or a RAID configuration."
=The new Performance Pro Series SSDs are backed by a three-year warranty and are available in 128GB and 256GB configurations from authorized distributors and retailers worldwide.
GeForce Forceware 285.79 out for grabs
A new GeForce driver is available, meet 285.79 which is an official beta release. We have a discussion thread open on this driver over here.
New in Version 285.79
- Includes several bug fixes and performance improvements for Battlefield 3.
- Fixes cases of irregular performance (stuttering) primarily seen on DirectX 10 GPUs. The fix improves the performance of both DX10 and DX11 GPUs.
- Fixes shadow map corruption seen with DirectX 10 GPUs.
- Fixes cases of black corruption lines/triangles with DirectX 10 GPUs.
- Fixes black screen during playback using Windows Media Center.
- Added or updated SLI profiles for the following games:
- Aion v3.0
- Anno 2070
- Assassins Creed: Revelations
- Need for Speed: The Run
- Payday: The Heist
- The Adventures of Tintin
- The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
- Added or updated the following 3D Vision game profiles:
- Airline Tycoon 2
Intel 2013 Haswell CPUs Get Detailed
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Radeon HD 7900 Tahiti GPUs to Arrive in January 2012
Awaited with great interest by gamers and enthusiasts alike, AMD's Tahiti graphics cores, which will most probably arrive in the company's Radeon HD 7900 product line and are expected to get released in January of 2012, according to a recent report, says softpedia:
Graphics cards based on the Tahiti GPU will come as a replacement for the company's current Radeon HD 6900 range and AMD plans to build two different SKUs of this chip, dubbed Tahiti Pro and Tahiti XT.
A dual-GPU version will also be released later in 2012, possibly until the end of Q1 2012, which will most probably be known as the Radeon HD 7990.
All three of these graphics cards will be significantly more powerful than their current counterparts, since the move to the 28nm fabrication process enabled the chip maker to improve upon the specifications of its GPUs.
In addition, both Radeon HD 7950 and Radeon HD 7970 reference designs will come with an improved cooling system that replaces the traditional vapor chamber technology used for high-end parts with a liquid chamber. AMD said during a previous event that the new cooling solution brings a series of improvements over the old technology while also being easier to manufacture.
OCZ PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III PSUs
Xigmatek Midgard II mid-tower chassis
Xigmatek debuts the Midgard II, a new mid-tower case with USB 3.0, a rubberized surface feel, a hot-swap bay, and room for up to eight fans and a 280mm radiator.
The successor of the popular Midgard Mid-Tower is getting ready to step up to the plate. Xigmatek has once again managed to fill the Midgard II with a long list of unique features for the demanding PC enthusiast. Just to name a few: USB 3.0, a rubberised surface by the name of "Leather Touch", a hot-swap bay in the top, room for up to eight fans and a 280 mm radiator - all for an unbelievably low price!
When Xigmatek presented the original Midgard in 2009 as their first chassis, it managed to capture the hearts of PC users all over the world. The reviewers praised it, the users loved it. This secret behind its continuing success is quite simple: at the time, the Midgard was at the top of its game in terms of technical aspects by offering eSATA, hard drive trays and screw-less installation methods along with the possibility to route water cooling out the back of the chassis.
On top of that, it impressed with space for a large number of fans and excellent cable management possibilities. Xigmatek was one of the pioneers behind the all black interior which has now become a standard in the industry. Even though the original Midgard offered such extensive features, it took the market by storm because of the unbeatable value. The question remains if Xigmatek is able to repeat this success with the new Midgard II. The answer is clear: YES!
On the exterior, the Midgard II utilizes the same metal mesh accents as the original Midgard, but Xigmatek goes a step further by employing a new surface material, proof that the designers have are always at the forefront of the newest developments in the case market. The top and front panels of the chassis feature this new surface by the name "Leather Touch", which resembles that of some of the best gaming mice in the world.
Behind the dust filter protected front mesh, there is space for two 120 mm fans, with one such unit being present out of the box to cool the hard drive bays. A second unit has been placed in the rear of the chassis to expel hot air out the back. Two 120 or 140 mm units may be installed in the top of the case, while the side panel also offers space for two additional fans. Lastly, there is one more spot in the floor of the Midgard II, next to the dust filter protected opening for the bottom mounted power supply. This PSU bay is lined with foam to eliminate vibrations with the help of the four rubber mounts on which the power supply rests.
The Midgard II also offers an extensive cable management system with multiple openings and clips, making a clean interior a definitive possibility, while the large hole under the mainboard tray allows for easy access to the CPU cooler backplate. In addition, the chassis also features water cooling holes and a screw-less system for the three 5.25 inch slots, while the PCI slots are secured with easy to use thumb screws.
A brand new feature is the docking station in the top panel of the chassis, allowing you to utilize the hot-swap capability of modern hard drives - including the newest ones with SATA 6Gbps. Due the dual-cover design, it can easily be equipped with 2.5 or 3.5 inch units. Op top of that the Midgard II features two current USB 3.0 along with two USB 2.0 connectors and a pair of audio connectivity. Another unique feature is the possibility to install a slimline optical drive without blocking one of the 5.25 inch bays. Xigmatek includes the appropriate tray and front cover for such a usage scenario.
The Midgard II can hold up two six 2.5 or 3.5 inch hard drives, utilizing separate hard drive trays. 3.5 inch units can be installed without the use of additional tools, thanks to the embedded metal pins in each tray, For those with extra long graphic cards up to 33 cm in length, the top cage may be removed to free up the required space.
With this long list of features, along with the Xigmatek "Mono Cool" fan controller to control up to three fans, the Midgard II manages to deliver all the attribute to become just as successful as its predecessor, while continuing to deliver an unbelievable price point.
The Xigmatek Midgard II Midi-Tower - black will be available at the end of November for a price of 69,90 Euro.
Kingston SSDNow V200 SSDs hit the market
Kingston revealed its next generation of entry-level SSDs, the SSDNow V200 series.
Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the next generation of its entry-level, budget SSDNow V Series. The SSDNow V200 helps consumers revive their current PC and extend the life of their investment. The SSDNow V200 brings value and performance to consumers who are looking for an inexpensive upgrade option to boost their computer's performance.
The SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s) SSDNow V200 is nearly twice as fast as the previous V100 SSD* (figure 1). It is also up to 20 percent less in price than its predecessor SSDNow V100 drive making it one of the best price/performance SSD solutions in the marketplace1. With better performance and a lower cost, the value-driven SSDNow V200 is perfect for cost-conscious consumers who are looking to upgrade to Flash-based, hard-drive solutions for the first time.
The SSDNow V200 is available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities as either a stand-alone drive or as an upgrade kit to make installation easy. The desktop bundle kit includes the SSD, cloning software, DVD with step-by-step installation video, cables (SATA data and power), and 3.5" hard-drive mounting brackets and hardware. The notebook bundle includes the SSD, DVD with step-by-step installation video, cloning software and a 2.5" external enclosure for easy OS and data transfer from HDD to SSD during cloning.
The World of Skyrim
New Call of Duty Confirmed for 2012
Activision has already announced plans for another Call of Duty title next year, as Modern Warfare 3 posts the largest day-one shipments in gaming history.
On top of that, Activision is promising at least two titles from Blizzard next year.
It doesn't take a seasoned industry watcher to guess that Activision's blockbuster Call of Duty series--an annualized franchise since 2005--wouldn't make it through 2012 without a new release. The publisher confirmed as much in its quarterly earnings report, adding that today's launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 boasted the largest day-one shipments in gaming history. "As we focus on 2012, we have a strong product pipeline which features a minimum of two highly-anticipated new titles from Blizzard Entertainment, including Diablo III, and a new Call of Duty game from Activision Publishing,"
Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said in a statement accompanying the publisher's quarterly report. Beyond Diablo III, Blizzard has an assortment of projects in the works, including the World of Warcraft expansion Mists of Pandaria, Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Blizzard DOTA, and a still-unannounced massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed under the code-name Titan.
Effectiveness Of Jets Vs Ground Targets In BF3
Noctua Introduces NF-F12 Focused Flow Fan
Noctua today introduced the new NF-F12 120mm Focused Flow fan. Teaming up eleven stator guide vanes with a specially conceived seven blade impeller, the NF-F12
Nvidia unveils Tegra 3
Sitecom Media Player 2TB MD-272 review
The new Sitecom Media Player comes standard with a new improved GUI, but also hardware wise harbor the latest Realtek 1185 chipset, and that changes a thing or two as pretty much any of the performance issues we had noticed in 1080P content playback (with very high bit-rate) on the previous chipset now are a thing of the past.
That Realtek 1185 chipset has an increased clock frequency, 500 MHz coming from 400 MHz on the original version. And as little as it sounds, it makes a serious difference. The HDD TV Media Player 2TB allows you to play digital films, music and photos directly on your TV with High Definition quality (1080p).
Check out the review right here.
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Core Gets Detailed, launches Nov 29
A week or two ago we heard that Nvidia's plans to release a slightly more powerful version of the GTX 560 Ti at the end of last month and recently a report has popped up online that provides a full list of specifications for the graphics chip maker's next GPU.
Compared to its older brother, the GTX 560 Ti (448 Core) will come with one of the 15 streaming modules disabled, to provide a total of 448 CUDA cores.
The rest of the core includes 56 texture units, 40 ROP units and a 320-bit memory bus connected to 1.25GB of video buffer, just as is the case with the GeForce GTX 570.
The card's operating frequencies will also mimic those of its older brother as the GPU will work at 732MHz, while the GDDR5 video buffer is clocked at 950MHz (3.80GHz effective). Together with the increased performance offered by the new graphics core, the power consumption of the card has also grown since the GTX 560 Ti 448 uses the same 0.950V to 1.100V voltage range as the GTX 570.
Other features of the GTX 560 Ti (448 Core) include support for 3-way SLI, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs. This is not the first time that Nvidia has decided to increase the shader count on one of its graphics cards as the company has also done the same with the GTX 260, which soon after its introduction received a 216 Core version.
The GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores will be officially launched on November 29 from what we heard, and its recommended price is expected to be on par with that of the original GTX 560 Ti.
New AMD Trinity APU specs leak
AMD is expected to unveil its first APUs based on the Bulldozer architecture, code named Trinity, more information about these chips making its way just recently to the Web as soft-pedia reports today:
The new Trinity pictures and slides confirm a series of other leaks that made their appearance in the last couple of weeks, but also bring a series of new details about the AMD chips.
Some of the most important of these come from a table showing the specifications of AMD's engineering sample Trinity APUs, which include either two or four Piledriver processing cores and have TDPs of 65, 100 or 125 Watts. The operating frequencies seem to vary from 2.2GHz to 3.8GHz, and with the help of Turbo Core 3.0 technology some of these APUs can even reach or go beyond the 4GHz mark.
As far as the integrated graphics is concerned, this seems to be clocked between 563MHz and 711MHz, and Turbo Core should also be able to increase these frequencies to higher values. AMD's next-generation APU combines processing cores based on the Bulldozer architecture with a VLIW4 GPU derived from the Cayman graphics used inside the Radeon HD 6900 series.
These cores will go by the name of Piledriver and, much like the current Llano APUs, lack any sort of Level 3 cache memory as AMD wanted to increase the die area available to the on-board GPU.
ENERMAX Capacious Fulmo Cases
ENERMAX is pleased to announce the new flagship tower series: Fulmo GT and Fulmo. They are the fusion of performance and style, with exceptional compatibility and ease-of-use design. This series comes in both full-tower and mid-tower sizes, each providing different configurations. The Fulmo and Fulmo GT meet different demands from advance users to performance craving enthusiasts.
A Monster Is Never Full
Fulmo GT is a HPTX MB-supported full-tower case. Its jaw-dropping volume allows massive storage of up to 14 devices, dual PSU mounts, and quad VGA cards with 425mm /16.73 inches in depth with astonishing support for 15 to 20 fans.
Newly-adopted 18cm Vegas LED fans with multi-lighting keeps you delighted by its nice effects. An integrated fan speed knob allows total control of three fans to provide dynamic thermal solution for systems under different loads. In addition, there are more than sufficient USB 3.0 ports with one external SATA dock that makes massive data transfers in no time.
Whether you are looking for a robust workstation or want to build an ice fortress for your hard-core gaming rig, Fulmo GT is definitely your answer!
No more struggling for inches
Though packed in mid-tower size, there is no compromise on its performance. Fulmo proposes a real novel solution for space restrictions, which allows up to 410mm/16.14 inches of clearance for VGA card installations, and saves struggling for inches or trade-off between HDD devices.
In addition, the Fulmo has upgradability for triple VGA cards and a total of 10 to 14 fan mounts, makes it the ideal choice to maintain pleasant temperature while keeping extreme visual experience.
Sharing the same design attributes with Fulmo GT, the Fulmo inherits the fan LED control, top USB 3.0 interface, and external SATA dock. All in all, Fulmo surpasses rivals both functionally and aesthetically.
Cooler Master Hyper 412S supports LGA2011
Cooler Master introduced its first CPU cooler with support for Intel's LGA2011 processors; the Hyper 412S. This new HSF will be available soon for 35EUR, it offers four direct-touch 6mm heatpipes, aluminium fins and a 120mm "long life" sleeve bearing fan that delivers 52.6CFM at a noise level of 22.5dBA. The cooler measures 132mm x 99mm x 160mm and weighs 609g with fan included.
Cooler Master, an industry leading chassis, thermal solution, peripheral, and accessory manufacturer brings a new CPU cooler to light, the powerful Hyper 412S CPU Cooler, which targets a delicate balance between cooling potential and noise. The Hyper 412S perform extraordinarily well while maintaining minimal noise levels.
Innovative design and materials
The Hyper 412S CPU Cooler is designed for optimum heat dissipation at low fan speeds. This is thanks to wider fin gaps and a precise heat pipe layout that directs each of their four heat pipes across CPU