Intel SSD 320 series offers 25nm NAND
Reported two weeks ago already, but Intel officially introduced its SSD 320 series. This lineup offers 25nm NAND flash memory and ships in capacities from 40GB to 600GB.
Based on its industry-leading 25-nanometer (nm) NAND flash memory, the Intel SSD 320 replaces and builds on its high-performing Intel
Dreamworld graphics engine gets server-side PhysX support
NVIDIA announced that Funcom's Dreamworld 2.5, a leading game engine for massively multiplayer online games (MMOs), is the first game to incorporate server-side NVIDIA PhysX technology.
This implementation into Dreamworld Engine 2.5 results in more than a doubling in the speed-of in-game physics processing vs. traditional client-side PhysX technology, delivering realistic collision effects within the online gaming environments.
Dreamworld 2.5 currently powers two of the world's most popular MMOs: Age of Conan and Anarchy Online, with a third, the Secret World, currently in development. The updated Dreamworld Engine 2.5 with server side PhysX is now live in Age of Conan.
"We are excited to be working closely with NVIDIA to integrate PhysX technology into our Dreamworld 2.5 engine," said Rui Casais, chief technology officer at Funcom. "Server-side collision using PhysX will allow us to add a new level of realism to our online worlds, and we look forward to implementing other enhancements as well, including NVIDIA APEX clothing and destruction, to make our games even more interactive and immersive."
Continued Casais: "We are also proud to today launch a fully rewritten render engine for Age of Conan, yielding major performance increase on high-end systems and enabling several new visual features for lower end machines. We've been collaborating closely with NVIDIA in continuously improving the quality of the Dreamworld Render engine, resulting in fully new effects such as shader-based anti-aliasing techniques now being implemented in Age of Conan. The launch of the new engine is a major milestone towards the high requirements for visual performance in virtual adventures required for The Secret World."
NVIDIA PhysX technology is the world's most pervasive physics solution for designing real-time, real-world effects into interactive entertainment titles. While the NVIDIA PhysX development environment gives developers unprecedented control over the look of their final in-game interactivity, NVIDIA APEX technology takes PhysX technology content creation to the next level. With APEX, artists can create intricate physics enabled environments: they can expand the quantity and visual quality of destructible objects; make smoke and other particle-based fluids integral to game play; and create life-like clothing that interacts with the character's body to achieve more realism in their games.
Available across all major gaming platforms, including PC, Xbox360, PLAYSTATION 3, Nintendo Wii , iOS (including iPhone, iPod, and iPad), OSX, Linux, and Android (including NVIDIA Tegra
Kingston firmware fixes serious technical issue in SSDNow V100 series
Kingston has issued a firmware update for its SSDNow V100 solid state disk series that resolves a technical issue which could result in drive failure. You can download it here.
SV100S2/64GZ, SV100S2D/64GZ, SV100S2N/64GZ
SV100S2/128GZ, SV100S2D/128GZ, SV100S2N/128GZ
SV100S2/256GZ, SV100S2N/256GZ, SV100S2N/256GZ
SV100S2/64G, SV100S2D/64G, SV100S2N/64G
SV100S2/128G, SV100S2D/128G, SV100S2N/128G
SV100S2/256G, SV100S2N/256G, SV100S2N/256G
We have discovered a technical issue with our SSDNow V100 which could result in drive failure. While we have observed this issue in only a small percentage of drives, Kingston strongly recommends that a firmware update be applied to all V100 drives to prevent possible failure.
The firmware update to fix the technical issue is available via Kingston Technical Support. As with any firmware update, we recommend that you back up your data prior to applying the firmware revision.
EK GeForce GTX 590 waterblocks
Next to Danger Den EK also reveals GeForce GTX 590 watercooling blocks, both offers a nickel-plated copper design but one has an acrylic top while the other one offers an acetal top. They're available on the company's website for 124.96EUR and 129.95EUR, respectively.
Base is made of nickel plated electrolytic copper. New cooling engine involves thin fins cut into copper, providing extreme cooling performance and excellent flow over both GPUs.
Top is made of quality cast acrylic material or black POM Acetal material. The sealing is preformed by quality rubber washers withstanding temperature range from 0 up to +80 degrees Celsius. Block is mounted with enclosed M3x8mm DIN7985 screws.
Fittings can be used on both side of the block (up and down) and 2 plugs are enclosed. Have a look, click the thumbnails.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Announced
Capcom today officially announced that Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is in development for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
Today we're officially confirming Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. In addition, we can also confirm that Resident Evil: The Mercenaries will ship with a playable demo of Resident Evil: Revelations.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City delivers a true third person team based shooter experience set within the dark and sinister Resident Evil universe and a reinterpretation of the events depicted in Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3. Zombies and Bio-Organic Weapons (B.O.W
MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 2 (2011-03-29)
We're happy to see MSI Afterburner is leading the overclock applications. MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 2 is ready, changes list includes:
- Updated Italian and Dutch localizations
- Updated MSI On-Screen Display server:
- Improved bitrate calculation in AVI file headers
- Fixed issue causing corrupted audio recording on certain combinations of audio sampling rates and video framerates (e.g. 48000Hz audio and 45 FPS video)
- Improved audio stream start implementation. Initial silence audio frames are now being physically stored in AVI file instead of defining non-zero audio stream start in AVI file header for better compatibility with some AVI editing tools
- Improved audio and video streams synchronization under Windows Vista and newer operating systems. Long periods of audio silence are no longer causing audio and video streams to run out of sync
- Now the server is waiting for 3 seconds before actually starting desktop video capture after switching Aero Glass interface off to avoid seeing interface switching progress on resulting video
- Fixed issue causing desktop video capture requests to be ignored after single desktop video capture session under certain conditions
To enable unofficial overclocking in this version it is necessary to:
- Set UnofficialOverclockingEULA field to the following text: I confirm that I am aware of unofficial overclocking limitations and fully understand that MSI will not provide me any support on it
- Set UnofficialOverclockingMode to 1 to keep PowerPlay active (may not work on old ASICs), 2 to traditionally disable PowerPlay or to 0 to temporary disable unofficial overclocking path
Corsair SP2500 speaker review
Armed with a phat sub, two satellite speakers and a very dandy LCD control DSP unit we'll today have a look at that Corsair Gaming Audio SP2500 speaker kit. It definitely surprised us away in terms of audio quality.
It is an easy to use and easy to setup kit. The control pod / DSP is the cherry on top of the cake. The speaker audio quality really is extremely good with much clarity, great mid tones and a deep, although not perfect bass provided by the subwoofer. In pale comparison to you average desktop speaker kit, this set is a mile and half away in terms of better quality and sheer capacity.
Check out the full review here.
Danger Den GeForce GTX 590 Waterblock
Danger Den released a waterblock for the GTX 590, dubbed the DD-GTX590.
The full-coverage block is made using a copper base and a smoked acrylic top and should be compatible with all the GTX 590 models that follow Nvidia's reference printed circuit board (PCB) layout. The waterblock is designed so that it would cover not only the two GF110 GPUs, but also the memory, VRM and I/O chips and should provide additional stiffness to the card as it packs some specially designed PCB contact pads.
Pricing has been established at $119.95 and the DD-GTX590 is currently in stock on the company's website.
PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 PCS++ Graphics Card
TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, today announces an advanced version of PCS+ HD6870: the PowerColor PCS++ HD6870. As an upgrade edition of award-winning PCS series, the latest product features with ultimate factory overclocked setting, clocks in at 975MHz core speed, while memory clocks in at 1150MHz, providing 8% better gaming performance with 5% less power consumed.
The PowerColor PCS++ HD6870 also takes advantage of
Koolance Water-Block for Radeon HD 6990
Water cooling expert Koolance releases its full-coverage water-block for the dual-GPU AMD Radeon HD 6990 graphics card, which was launched a little earlier this month reports tpu.
The VID-AR699 from Koolance covers the obverse side of the PCB, cooling critical components there, including the two AMD Cayman GPUs, memory chips, the 450W-capable VRM, and the PEG bridge chip. Internally, the block is partitioned into three distinct bases, one over each GPU, and one over the VRM. The portions over the GPUs feature ribbed micro-fin structures to improve heat dissipation. The three bases are conjoined by a middle-plate that channels coolant through the three bases. The block is then topped off with acetal.
The VID-AR699 measures 10.1" x 4.8 " x 0.8" (25.7cm x 12.2cm x 2cm), and weighs 2.25 pounds (1kg). Its primary material is copper with nickel-plating that minimizes corrosion over time. Its nozzle threading is standard G 1/4 BSP, though the package doesn't include nozzles. Koolance is pricing it at US $159.99 on its online store, it will be taking orders and shipping only after the 28th of this month. In related news, Koolance also announced that it's working on a full-coverage water block for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590, the VID-NX590, though there are no specifications or photos out, yet.
AMD challenges NVIDIA to prove that the GeForce GTX 590 is the fastest
Aaah, the ongoing mud-fight. NVIDIA proclaimed its GeForce GTX 590 as world's fastest graphics card, even though reviews showed that the card can't clearly beat AMD's Radeon HD 6990. Therefore, AMD challenges NVIDIA to prove that the GeForce GTX 590 really is world's best-performing graphics card:
"At AMD we pride ourselves on both the excellence of our products, and in the integrity of our messaging. Let me give you a perfect example. Two weeks ago we launched our flagship GPU, the AMD Radeon
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 590 review
Have a peek at the awesomeness that is the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 590, and then head on over to the next page where as always, we'll go a little deeper, but not too deep. We'll look at noise levels, power consumption, heat, we'll do a nice photo-shoot and heck why not... an extensive benchmark session to see where this product positions itself, especially compared to the Radeon HD 6990.
You can read the Guru3D article right here.
OCZ ships one millionth SSD
OCZ has refocused its business on solid state disks and is reaping the benefits as you have noticed. The company just announced that it has shipped its one millionth SSD:
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced that it has shipped its one millionth solid state drive.
"Solid state drives continue to represent a game-changing technology for both consumers and enterprise clients, and we are proud to achieve this milestone," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ. "But most of all, I wanted to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of our loyal customers and partners, without whom this success would not be possible."
OCZ offers a broad array of interface options for solid state drives including SATA, SAS, Fibre Channel, PCI-Express, and the proprietary High-Speed Data Link (HSDL). OCZ designs and manufactures SSD solutions to address a wide spectrum of applications from personal computers and high-performance workstations to mission critical enterprise storage arrays.
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GeForce GTX 590 and GTX 590 SLI reviews
GeForce GTX 590 review
Have a peek at the awesomeness that is the Point of View GeForce GTX 590, and then head on over to the next page where as always, we'll go a little deeper, but not too deep. We'll look at noise levels, power consumption, heat, we'll do a nice photo-shoot and heck why not... an extensive benchmark session to see where this product positions itself, especially compared to the Radeon HD 6990.
Check out the full review right here.
GeForce GTX 590 SLI review
We test SLI performance with four GPUs, that's right we place two GTX 590 graphics cards in SLI. The big question of course remains, will quad-SLI actually kick in properly ? As that is what we are talking about; rendering your games for no less than four GPUs. Bare in mind that for today's article we received a very, no extremely beta driver. Not at all optimized 100% just yet. We will offer you a taste of what's to come and what to expect in the future.
Check out the full review right here.
Forceware 267.84 Windows Vista 7 WHQL 32 and 64-bit
This driver adds support for the new GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU graphics card, including support for Quad SLI when paired with a second GeForce GTX 590 card. For 3D Vision support, you will also need to install the NVIDIA 3D Vision Controller Driver v266.21.
- Installs HD Audio driver version 220.127.116.11
- Installs PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0514
- Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.
You can discuss this driver right here in our forums.
Acer new Full HD PC monitors
Acer is pushing two new B-series PC monitors to the market that make use of vertical-alignment (VA) panel technology, and LED backlit illumination, reports techpowerup.
The Acer B243HLCOymdr is a 24-inch model, while the B273HLOymidh is the 27-inch part. Both displays feature full-HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, and 100 million to 1 dynamic contrast ratio, providing a "zero bright dot guarantee". With 8 ms response time, the B243HLCOymdr is the snappier among the two, it features 250 cd/m