Batman: Arkham City - Nightwing DLC Trailer
Featuring the intense melee skills of Nightwing, a.k.a Dick Grayson, the trailer showcases the character's punishing arsenal of fighting moves that can be used against Arkham City's hardened thugs.
Nightwing comes complete with his own unique gadgets and special moves, and is playable in all challenge maps in the game, as well as two additional challenge maps that are included with the pack: Wayne Manor and Main Hall. The pack also contains a bonus Animated Series Nightwing character skin.
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Corsair Carbide 500R review
Corsair went back to the drawing board and improved that 400R model towards an updated SKU, the 500R.
They added more meshed vents, a new 200 fan was added, a three step fan controller and tweaked the overall design a little as well with removable and relocatable hard drive cages allowing you to even insert a 452mm in length graphics card. But wait Dave .. there's more.
Click here for the review.
ASUS shows off their X79 motherboard lineup
ASUS today lifts a bit of the NDA on theior X79 line of motherboards, and there is some impressive stuff to be found there.
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
The Rampage IV Extreme will be the hot mamma of them all, with a finger licking digital PWM circuitry that supports heavy voltage-assisted overclocking with Vdroop control.
To the left of those you can see four switches that are on the board to enable/disable the PCIe x16 slots on the RIVE. Just below those you'll find eight voltage check points along the edge of the motherboard. These are monitoring CPU, DRAM, PCH voltages among others. The board also has a switch called 'LN2 Mode' and this is for very extreme users who want to use liquid nitrogen cooling.
The LGA2011 socket is wired to eight DDR3 DIMM slots (two per channel). CPU and memory VRM areas are located along three sides of the socket, all cooled by heatsinks that are connected by heat pipes. These VRM heatsinks share heat with the one over the X79 PCH, which is actively cooled by a fan.
Intel X79 platform is capable of supporting 40 PCIe 2.0 bi-directional lanes off the CPU and 8 more PCIe 3.0 lanes that are not bi-directional off the chipset.
This board has eight SATA ports. The four black ones are SATA II and the other four red ones are SATA III, the four black ones are all SATA II and run of the X79 chipset.
ASUS TUF Sabertooth X79
Following the R4E is the SaberTooth, the Sabertooth X79 comes with an ASUS-designed Digi+ VRM to power the CPU, which is spread across two sides of the socket (north and west). The heatsink cooling the VRM components is actively cooled by a 40 mm fan, the one over the X79 PCH is cooled by a similarly sized lateral blower, too. Like with the other two top-tier boards from ASUS' stable, this one provides eight DDR3 DIMM slots supporting quad-channel memory.
This board will feature a five year warranty in some countries and is built to last. We were told by ASUS that the X79 Sabertooth is codenamed 'TANK' internally due to how well this board is built.
ASUS P9X79 Deluxe
The P9X79 Deluxe will be loaded with features and connectivity options. To begin with, the LGA2011 socket is powered by a next-generation Digi+ VRM design by ASUS, driven by Dual Intelligent Processors III (next-generation Energy Processing Unit (EPU) chip and TurboV Processing Unit (TPU)).Among the six expansion slots, there are four PCI-Express x16 slots, and two PCIe x1. The PCH gives out six SATA ports, two 6 Gb/s (white), four 3 Gb/s (blue), the two additional 6 Gb/s ports come from a third-party controller. There are two power-eSATA ports on the rear panel. The eight USB 3.0 ports on this board are spread across as six ports on the rear-panel, and two via standard header. Other connectivity includes 8+2 channel HD audio, two gigabit Ethernet connections, USB 2.0, and Bluetooth.
This series offers an update to ASUS
LGA2011 after-market coolers in shortage?
Tthird party processor cooler makers may not be able to release their products in time for the launch of Intel's Sandy Bridge E series. The site heard the delay is caused by design issues due to the large footprint of the LGA2011 socket.
As the new processors has a larger footprint and occupies almost 1/4 of the motherboard, heatsink manufacturers have to factor in design considerations to ensure that it doesn
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti to be upgraded to 448 CUDA cores
Word out on the cyber street is that NVIDIA reportedly is preparing to ship the GeForce GTX 560 Ti (448 Core), a new card that uses the GF110 GPU instead of the GF114 from the original GeForce GTX 560 Ti.
The card is basically a GeForce GTX 570 with 1 SM disabled, and likely lower clockspeeds.
Unlike the GTX 560 Ti, which is based on a fully enabled GF114 die, the GTX 560 Ti (448 Core) will be based on the GF110 die. In essence, it is GTX 570 with 1 SM disabled, and likely underclocked. It features 14 active SMs, which include 448 SP / CUDA Cores and 56 TMUs; 320-bit memory and 40 ROPs - a very similar configuration to the old GTX 470. Along with increased performance, power consumption is expected to rise over the 384 SP GTX 560 Ti. A benefit to using GF110 means the revised 560 Ti will feature 2 x SLI connectors, enabling 3-way SLI. In terms of display outputs, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort are included. Visually, the reference GTX 560 Ti (448) is expected to look identical to the reference GTX 570.
The revised GTX 560 Ti is expected to compete with overclocked SKUs of the HD 6950 2GB, and fill in the gap between HD 6950 2GB (~$280) and GTX 570/HD 6970 (~$340). Priced right, the GTX 560 Ti (448) could be an enticing option until the next-gen GPUs hit.
Guess this new model is designed to boost holiday season sales as the next-gen GPUs aren't expected until Q1 2012, or even later if you don't want to pay top buck.
Continued growth expected for PC gaming hardware market
Jon Peddie Research announced it expects PC gaming hardware will grow at a rate of 11 percent through 2014 to $27 billion:
In 2011, over 250 million game capable home and personal use PCs will ship. To get a sense of perspective, only 220 million PS3, the Wii, and Xbox 360 consoles have shipped since the era of the modern console began in 2005.
PC gaming hardware will grow at a rate of 11% through 2014. However, the ongoing economic recession is having its effect on even the gaming market. Taking the reality into consideration, JPR has reduced its 2011 global PC Gaming hardware market estimate to US$19 billion from US$22 billion.
Nevertheless PC gaming activity (as opposed to sales) has increased in 2011 as evidenced by ongoing game sales and online activity. JPR has raised estimates of the number of people playing PC games from their previous forecast by 3% for 2011. With a base of about a half billion people who regularly engage in PC gaming, gaming is an attractive market for hardware manufacturers, many of whom consider gamers in their product design and marketing.
AMD Brazos 2.0 to arrive in Q1 2012
AMD is planning to refresh its Brazos lineup in Q1 2012 with Brazos 2.0. This new platform will feature a new chipset and higher clocked Zacate APUs. The new A68M chipset is a more energy efficient chip that cuts some features that were unnecessary for sub-notebooks, while adding RAID 0/1, native DisplayPort support, APU fan control and SD controller.
Codenamed Brazos 2.0, the platform will feature updated Zacate APUs. (Ontario/C-Series refresh is not mentioned) The E-450 will be replaced by E2-1800. Fundamentally the same chip, E2-1800 features a slight boost to 1.7 GHz, while the GPU is rebranded as HD 7340 and is clocked higher at 523 MHz and 680 MHz with Turbo. Computerbase also mentions in the possibility of a CPU turbo which will help E2-1800 differentiate itself from E-450. CPU turbo is already available on C-60 which is based on the same chip.
E-300 will be replaced by E1-1200, clocked at 1.4 GHz, up 0.1 GHz from E-300. The HD 6310 GPU will give way to HD 7310 which features an insignificant 12 MHz overclock.
Q1 2012 will also see the launch of the Brazos-T platform for tablets. This platform will feature a cut-down, optimized A55T chipset and a power optimized Hondo APU. Later in the year Brazos 2.0 will be replaced by the 28nm Wichita and Krishna APUs.
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Gigabyte shows all its X79 motherboards
Last week Gigabyte already gave you all a sneak preview of their forthcoming G1. Assassin 2 board on our facebook page, today they issued some more X79 series motherboard images.
Click on the thumbnails for nice size photo's ...
G1.Assasin X79-UD7 X79-UD5 X79-UD3
KFA2 GTX 570 MDT Photo's Leak
KFA2 are working on a new revision of the GeForce GTX 570 to spice up the Christmas season a little I guess. This is their MDT card which will launch next month. MDT stands for Multi Display Technology meaning you can game on multiple monitors with just one card.
The card will support quad 1080p displays with surround gaming up to three displays up-to 1920x1080p.
As you can see the card has DVI-D x3, Dual-link DVI x1, Mini-HDMI. We do know that the card will come overclocked straight out of the box.
Admittedly, that's a cool looking card with that custom Aluminum cooler and Black PCB. Anyway, check out the photo's we have been able to snag:
LeadTek WinFast GTX 560 Ti Hurricane Graphics Card
Leadtek Research Inc., known globally for its extreme visual graphics technology, added the new WinFast GTX 560 Ti Hurricane graphics card to the Fermi II generation family for enthusiasts. It features dual 90 mm fans, two 8 mm cooper heat-pipes, a large copper base and many fan fins equipped behind the GeForce Fermi 114 chipset, which can reduce temperature more effectively than the standard version containing only two 6 mm cooper heat-pipes from the chipset manufacture. This not only means improvements in the thermal solution but also in noise emission. Only 21 dB is measured during idle time, and even during peak time, it is just 43 dB. Leadtek will release more dual fan design graphics cards, naming them
Nexus New Prominent R Case
The Nexus Prominent R case is about to be released as a silent chassis. It's toolless installation features make it a breeze to install your components or change your set-up. The sleek professional look and materials make the case fit in anywhere.
The Prominent R have a black painted interior which is great looking. Preinstalled are two 120mm Real Silent Nexus Fan. There is noise absorption material on the side panels and isolating padding where the PSU is placed to prevent resonance, ventilation holes (and room for a fan) in the bottom of the case for air-intake and high feet (with rubber pads) keep the case elevated from the floor to make a smooth airflow possible and eliminate resonance. There is cable and fan management and on top we have an external SATA Dock, USB3.0, USB2.0, eSATA and audio connectors.
The Nexus Prominent R will be available around October 25th. BTW is it just me or does this chassis look a lot like a CM 690 II ?
ThermalTake Frio Advanced revealed for LGA2011
ThermalTake shows off the Frio Advanced, a new CPU cooler that supports all of AMD's and Intel's contemporary platforms, including the upcoming LGA2011. The cooler features five 6mm direct-touch heatpipes, an aluminium fin array, and two 130mm PWM fans with a noise level of 21 to 44dBA.
The cooler measures 130.6mm x 122mm x 159.2mm (L x W x H) and weighs 954g. Pricing and availability is unknown.
Thermaltake, the leader and pioneer in PC thermal solutions, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, with
Tt eSPORTS Saphira gaming mouse and White-Ra mousepad
Tt eSPORTS, the leader of gaming and a sub-division brand of Thermaltake, is exciting to announce SAPHIRA, world
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NVIDIA GeForce 285.62 WHQL Drivers out
The new GeForce 285.62 WHQL drivers are now available to download. Recommended for Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City and Rage, these drivers bundle together all the enhancements and updates contained within the 285.27 and 285.38 beta releases, in addition to new SLI and 3D Vision profiles for many of today
ECS X79R-AX photo surfaces
We've shown it at computex already, click here yet ECS is showing their ECS X79R-AX motherboard. The Platform is obviously intended for Socket LGA 2011 Sandy Bridge-E processors.
Have a peek, click on the thumbnail. BTW ECS is sooo totally pimping it :)