SteelSeries Shift features interchangeable keysets
SteelSeries announces Shift, a gaming keyboard that offers full customization and interchangeable keysets. The keyboard will be available soon for $89.99 (89.99EUR) and Shift Keysets will be sold separately for $24.99 (24.99EUR).
AMD to issue even faster six and quad cores in Q4 2010
Interesting, as I did not expect this. AMD is to introduce more high-end AM3 CPUs in the fourth quarter of this year, including a new flagship six-core chip and its fastest quad-core model, according to X-bit Labs.
Specifications of the new chips:
- Phenom II X6 1100T: six-core Thuban, 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo, 9MB cache, 125W TDP
- Phenom II X6 1065T: six-core Thuban, 2.9GHz, 3.4GHz Turbo, 9MB cache, 95W TDP
- Phenom II X4 975: quad-core Deneb, 3.6GHz, 8MB cache, 125W TDP
In an attempt to boost performance of its six-core and quad-core processors in advance of the Holiday season, AMD intends to release two new six-core processors Phenom II X6 1100T (3.30GHz), which will be the fastest chip the company has to offer and Phenom II X6 1065T (2.90GHz), which will be the highest-performance six-core offering with 95W thermal design power. In addition, the company will introduce its most powerful quad-core Phenom II X4 975 chip with 3.60GHz clock-speed. The chips are specifically aimed at the higher end of the market and will rise performance bar for AMD central processing units.
NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference Day 2 recap (video)
Counterfeit PS3 Controllers May Explode
Wow .. here's some news alright, could even be considered as some form of force feedback :) Sony issued a consumer alert today stating that certain counterfeit PS3 controllers may explode.
KFA2 outs GeForce GTX 480 LTD OC Anarchy
All new brand KFA2 is pushing the limits of the GeForce GTX 480 be releasing the LTD OC Anarchy edition. The card will get the new Acelero Xtreme Plus cooler slapped on top of the PCB making the card not only silent, yet keeps it cool under 60 Degrees C when stressed.
To spice things up a little KFA2 will factory overclock the product for you as well and fires off a 760 MHz core clock frequency at the product.
Now we have had this product in-house for a couple of days already, and it even overclocks to 900 MHz with a little voltage tweaking. Tomorrow on Friday you can expect a full blown review on what is a very interesting product.
KFA2 is a very new company you guys, visit them here
NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference Day 1 (video)
AMD to host own "IDF" conference in Taiwan
AMD will follow Intel's and NVIDIA's lead by hosting its own conference. The event will take place on October 18-20, 2010 in Taipei, Taiwan.
For as long as we can remember, AMD's way of showing up what's the latest and greatest with the company was done through two ways: Analyst Days which are usually open for only a limited amount of press, and no tech partners etc - and piggy backing off "the other big blue" when that company brings press and analysts for its IDF show in San Francisco's Moscone Center. Looking through a looking glass, that was a wise use of resources for some, but it also sent a message that AMD is an "also ran" company, rather than one of industry heavy-weights and a leader in a lot of technology fields.
In the past couple of years, AMD organized a single gathering, every year in October time in Taipei. However, this time around the company decided to evolve the event into a fully-blown conference, which is going to be hosted between October 18-20, 2010 in Taipei, Taiwan [via BSN].
GOG.com Is Not Dead, Relaunches Tomorrow!
In a conference online representatives of GOG.com confirmed that its suspected marketing ploy of closing down was just that, a marketing plot. According to an online press conference today with GoG.com reps, 98 percent of the site's code has been rewritten for the relaunch that will allow six times the amount of users and traffic compared to the old version.
The game will still offer DRM-free downloads of PC games and will still not use a download client. The relaunch will happen on Thursday at 8 am Eastern time and will add the original Baldur's Gate and its expansion pack to the service on Thursday as well for $9.99. GoG.com execs also said during the online press conference that the ultimate goal is for GoG.com to be the 'number one alternative' to the Steam download service [via ggmania].
NVIDIA Kepler is successor to Fermi - due in 2011 already
Some interesting news coming from NVIDIA. It seems that they have been hard at work on a new GPU architecture. Typically NVIDIA introduces a new architecture one every two years, they are certainly skipping a beat this time as the product might launch somewhere in 2011. According to Jen-Hsun Huang hundreds of engineers are already hard at work on new GPU architecture under codename "Kepler", expected to go to production this year and ship in 2011.
Huang noted that Nvidia doesn
LaCie 324i 24-inch P-IPS display
The screen has a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution and features a 1,000:1 contrast ratio. Outputs include DisplayPort, DVI-D, HDMI and Component, and the screen is also equipped with a three-way USB 2.0 hub and an integrated cable manager.
This model is very expensive at $1,249, and optionally offers are a hood and blue eye colorimeter.
The LaCie 324i P
Samsung Galaxy Tab promo shows why you don't wan't an iPad
Samsung has rolled the marketing ball for the Galaxy Tab. It has put up a 2 minute promo video which shows what the device can do, all with lots of happy faces and horribly satisfied customers..
The video shows other features, all titled under the "It's Go Time" slogan.
- Widgets (probably the highlight feature of Android so far)
- Google maps navigation
- Music & Videos portal
- 4 e-books apps (very cool)
- 32GB SD memory slot (yes! finally a freedom from storage tyranny)
- Stream to any monitor (yet another neat capability)
- 7 Hours battery life
- Front webcam for video chat
- Adobe Flash support for games and apps (well, surely that you won't have on the iPad).
Civilization V out and Demo Released
I know what i am doing over the weekend ! Sid Meier's Civilization V is now available in stores and also unlocked and available for people who pre-ordered via Steam. The latest in the turn-based strategy series from developer Firaxis Games and publisher 2K Games also comes with a playable demo on Steam as well. There's no word yet if there will be a stand alone demo for the game.
For the graphics freaks among us (um yea all of you) the title has a full DX11 codepath for some interesting eye-candy.
Civilization V takes this definitive strategy game series in new directions with the introduction of hexagonal tiles allowing for deeper strategy, more realistic gameplay and stunning organic landscapes for players to explore as they expand their empire. The brand new engine delivers a spectacular visual experience that brings players closer to the Civ world than ever, featuring fully animated leaders interacting with players from a screen-filling diplomatic scene and speaking in their native language for the first time. Wars between empires feel massive, as armies dominate the landscape and combat is more exciting and intense than ever before. The addition of ranged bombardment allows players to fire weapons from behind the front lines, challenging them to develop clever new strategies to guarantee victory on the battlefield. In addition to the new gameplay features debuting in Civilization V, an extensive suite of community, modding and multiplayer elements will also be available.
Sid Meier's Civilization V is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) by the ESRB and is available today on the PC for $49.99. A playable demo is now available to download for free.
Additionally, the Sid Meier's Civilization V Digital Deluxe Edition is available at participating digital distribution sites for $59.99, and the Sid Meier's Civilization V Special Edition is available at select outlets for $99.99. For more information please visit www.civilization5.com [via ggmania].
NVIDIA CUDA gets x86 supported
Jen-Hsun Huang stated over at the GPU Technology Conference that CUDA (the general-purpose computing language for NVIDIA GPUs) will be ported directly to x86 chips. The approach developed with the Portland Group will let systems without NVIDIA cards handle the code. It will work best with multi-core processors and is seen as ideal for servers.
A timetable isn't yet available for when CUDA will be ready to make the switch or which platforms will have direct access to x86. Both Mac OS X and Windows have native CUDA support and may get the added support relatively soon.
The move is potentially a hedge against universal standards. Both Microsoft's DirectCompute and the more universal OpenCL don't require a graphics chipset to run. Concepts of general-purpose computing languages came about to help calculate physics and other advanced math in parallel rather than depend solely on a single stream of code.
If you don
Zotac Quadruple-display capable graphics card
ZOTAC just announced announce the world's first Quadruple-display capable ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 graphics card. The new ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 3DP enables multi-monitor computing with up to four simultaneous displays from a single graphics card for enhanced productivity, gaming and multimedia.
The card is capable of driving up to four independent displays simultaneously with a combined resolution up to 6400x1200.Three DisplayPort connectors enable the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 3DP to support resolutions up to 4800x1200 across three independent displays for true spanned triple-monitor computing. A dual-link DVI output enables connectivity to extreme high-definition displays with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 3DP for connectivity to a single monitor at resolutions up to 2560x1600 for users without DisplayPort capable displays.
- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 3DP
- Engine clock: 710 MHz
- 336 Unified Shaders
- Shader clock: 1420 MHz
- 1GB GDDR5 memory
- 256-bit memory interface
- Memory clock: 3600 MHz
- Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands game bundle
- Dual-link DVI & 3 DisplayPort outputs
- PCI Express 2.0 interface (Compatible with 1.1)
- Microsoft DirectX 11 with Shader Model 5.0 and DirectCompute support
- OpenGL 4.0 compatible
- NVIDIA CUDA & PhysX ready
- NVIDIA SLI ready (2-way)
- NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology
- ZOTAC Boost Premium software bundle included
Though 2D might be fine, but 3D rendering at such resolutions with just the one card is a serious no-go performance wise ... let's just hope that at least SLI is properly supported with these custom resolutions. Also bare in mind thet the GTX 460 can go maximum 2-way SLI.
BenQ releases 3D gaming monitor
It is known that more and more monitors may step into the 3D world these days. Today, it
New Intel Core i3 and Core i5 dual-core chips K0 stepping
Intel has released a new K0 stepping for some of its older dual-core Core i3 and Core i5 processors, as TPU reported. The new stepping will apply a few tweaks and updates within the CPU architecture. Perhaps they OC better as well. These chips will be available on October 16.
|Core i3 530||SLBLR||SLBX7||2,93GHz|
|Core i3 540||SLBMQ||SLBTD||3,06GHz|
|Core i5 650||SLBLK||SLBTJ||3,2GHz|
Chrome 7 to be 60x faster
Somewhere somehow the speed of web browsers became a pissing contests didn't it ? Google promised that the upcoming Chrome 7 browser will be 60 times faster than Chrome 6!
Microsoft's bold claims are accurate but one has to remember the product is still in beta. Google on the other hand has a remarkable way of dishing out product updates with lightning speed. The web search giant is currently readying Chrome 7 which it claims will be 60 times faster than Chrome 6. 2D graphics performance and canvas acceleration is now available in trunk and canary builds of Chrome 7. "This system picks the best graphics API to use on each OS that Chromium supports: Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS and Linux", wrote James Robinson, Software Engineer at Google - via neowin.
It won't be long now, before we read the ciontent before even loading the homepage ;)
AMD Bulldozer samples in Q4 2010
AMD's John Fruehe revealed to TechEye that Bulldozer will start sampling in the fourth quarter of this year.
John Fruehe, director of servers at AMD, said that his company is well placed to compete with Intel in the server and workstation market and is readying a number of initiatives that wll give the big chip company a run for its money.
Fruehe, said that AMD would start to sample Bulldozer cores in the fourth quarter of this year, and would continue to use the same sockets and the same power envelopes to make it easier for companies to migrate to the newer platforms.
Although Fruehe was reluctant to discuss customer wins, he said the fact that IBM, HP and Dell used AMD microprocessors meant there was clear competition in the server marketplace.
The word on the Jesuitical AMD street is that Fusion will knock the lights out of Intel's Sandy Bridge and that is endorsed by quite a few of its partners. AMD partners are often if not always Intel partners of course.
Intel's Mooly Eden told TechEye the same day that its Sandy Bridge processors will be branded as the i3, the i5 and the i7 - Eden describes these as good, better and best, although the world knows they really represent cheap, more expensive and very expensive. Expect to be just as confused when Sandy Bridge machines come out as you are now. Likewise, AMD will roll its Fusion processors into its overall "Vision" brand. Both chip companies seem to agree that us poor little consumers will be confused if we know what the actual specs are for processors.
Intel's Eden thinks that if you're buying an i9 then you are clued up enough to know what it is you are buying, so they are obviously consumers that are thick as planks and clever consumers [via techeye].