Crysis 2 PC demo released March 1
Crytek will launch a PC demo of Crysis 2 on March 1. The demo will include 2 maps, 2 modes, hours of multiplayer action, and you get to try on and master the Nanosuit. EA also said that gamers who pre-order Crysis 2 today will receive an automatic upgrade to the Crysis 2 Limited Edition, while supplies last.
Players will compete in six vs. six matches set against a war-torn Manhattan in two maps: 'Skyline', set on top of the rooftops and interiors of skyscrapers, and 'Pier 17', an open environment with limited cover. The demo also features two modes: 'Team Instant Action' pits two teams against each other as they kill as many opponents as possible to win the round and 'Crash Site,' where players will battle for control of alien drop pods, earning points by guarding their pods and keeping enemies at bay.
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Naval War: Arctic Circle Announced
AMD Hudson D3 chipset more versatile then P67
Some details on the upcoming chipset for next generation AMD processors have surfaced. The Hudson D3 chipset is to be paired with AMD's upcoming desktop Fusion processors as some of you might know, as this info shows it will bypass any current Intel chipset according to a leaked slide.
So the chipset that will be combined with Llano APUs is named Hudson. The Hudson D3 will be the high-end chipset SKU from AMD and can be compared to the current Sandy Bridge chipset and features.
Based on the comparison the AMD Hudson D3 chipset will get a luxurious 6 SATA III (6G) connectors and standard (native) four USB 3.0 ports. Intel only offers 2 SATA III ports and no USB 3.0 (they all com from extra NEC controllers).
Video output wise you can expect more flexibility as well. On the other hand what surprizes me is that we don't see an embedded Gigabit Ethernet jack, most motherboard ODMs choose a Realtek integration anyway. In fact even on H67/P67 (which has an embedded Gbit jeck) ODMs still opt a Realtek solution.
Precise specs will be revealed once Llano desktop processors, or I should say APUs, are unleashed onto the market, which according to sources should be in the 2nd quarter of this year. Have a peek at the leaked slide, courtesy of donimhaber.
Corsair Announces Enthusiast Series TX V2 Power Supplies
Corsair announced the Enthusiast Series TX V2 power supplies.
The Enthusiast Series TX V2 is the successor to the award-winning Enthusiast Series TX power supplies, which have won dozens of awards worldwide and received widespread critical and customer acclaim. The TX V2 PSUs offer improved energy efficiency, with 80 PLUS
OCZ Announces Successful Transition to 2X nm NAND Flash
OCZ Technology announces it is the first SSD manufacturer to successfully complete the transition to 2Xnm NAND flash-based storage solutions with the goal of significantly driving down the cost of client SSDs.
Shuttle Sandy Bridge based SH67H3 and SH67H7 SFFs
Shuttle intro's the XPC Barebone SH67H3 and SH67H7, two new Intel Sandy Bridge based small form factor (SFF) PCs that will start shipping by the end of March.
Shuttle Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of multi-form-factor solutions such as the world-famous XPC Mini-PC Barebones, showcases two models for Intel's new 32 nm-technology processor generation (code name: Sandy Bridge) at CeBIT 2011.
Shuttle, as the Mini-PC pioneer, is set to launch the XPC Barebone SH67H3 and SH67H7 at the end of March 2011. Both are based on the Intel H67 Express chipset and boast extremely impressive technical features to support all Intel Core 2nd generation i3, i5 and i7 processors with LGA1155. There are four DIMM slots that enable DDR3 memory support with a maximum capacity of 16 GB.
Furthermore, these Mini-PCs are able to accommodate two 3.5" drives and one 5.35" drive with the motherboard offering 2x SATA 6 Gbit/s and 2x SATA 3 Gbit/s. Additional drives can be connected externally via eSATA or via an array of USB ports. On the front and rear of the SH67H3 and SH67H7 models there are for the first time 4x USB 3.0 and 4x USB 2.0 ports as well as 2x eSATA/USB combo ports. A Gigabit-LAN interface is also provided for fast network access and data transfer.
All second-generation Intel Core processors have a built-in graphics function. At the rear of both SH67 models are two digital monitor outputs. With both HDMI and DVI-I connections, the user can run two monitors and enjoy seamless playback of HD content. The Mini-PCs deliver audio signals via S/PDIF or HDMI.
Additional graphics performance is provided by the PCI-Express 2.0 x16 port which is compatible with the latest dual-slot graphics cards. If a single-slot graphics card is used, one PCI-Express 2.0 x1 port is then available for expansion cards. The third expansion option is the Mini-PCIe port, which can be used for various applications, e.g. a WLAN module.
A 300 W, 80-PLUS-certified power supply unit ensures the compact PC is able to deliver high performance. The overall system is cooled by means of a heatpipe with a large speed-regulated fan.
"With one machine available in two different designs, consumers are able to choose their preferred option. The H3 design is more traditional and all connectors are directly available. The H7 on the other hand has a more elegant look and all connectors are elegantly hidden from view behind drive doors," states Tom Seiffert, Head of Marketing & PR at Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH. "With these new models, we are responding to the commonly expressed wish of our customers to go back to aluminium as the material for the chassis and case cover."
Shuttle's recommended retail price for the Barebone SH67H3 is EUR 239.00. For the XPC Barebone SH67H7 the recommended retail price is set to EUR 251.00 (both prices ex VAT).
Intel X25-E SSDs to become more expensive
The price hike is pretty big so if you're interested in one of these disks you better get one now before the price goes up. The 32GB model will see a $85 increase while the 64GB version will see its price hiked by $170. Currently these SSDs are selling for around $380 and $720, respectively.
MSI advance replacement for Sandy Bridge motherboards
MSI will offer an advance replacement option to its customers, but apparently only in North America.
MSI has let us know that, in order to "limit downtime," it's now offering an advance replacement option to its customers in North America. That means folks who sign up on this page should have the option to get a replacement board shipped out to them before they return their existing one. The move echoes what Asus announced last week.
Additionally, MSI also revealed it's currently in the process of replacing the faulty chipset on all current boards, which implies shipments aren't much further off now. MSI motherboards with the bug-free B3 stepping will be identified by a sticker, you can see the design to the right..
F.E.A.R. 3 - Fettel Single Player Trailer
Duke Nukem Forever PC will be available via Steam
Clever, 2K Games confirmed today on their Duke Nukem Forever forums that the PC version of the long-awaited shooter will be fully-integrated with Steamworks for DRM and online play.
"Hey guys, I've been fielding many inquiries about whether or not Duke Nukem Forever is going to be on Steam and today I'm happy to clear up any outstanding rumors and questions in your mind by saying: Yes, DNF *is* using Steamworks and only Steamworks for both the single player and multiplayer components of the game. Let me know if you have any other questions about this - and stay tuned - we're keeping track of a bunch of questions you have been asking and as they are finalized, I'll be posting more about them here. "
Silicon Power V20 series SSD
Silicon Power today announces the new Velox V20 series Solid State Drive (SSD). Instantly boosting PC performances, it uses the latest SandForce controller, featuring a maximum read-speed of 285MB/s and write-speed of 275MB/s so enthusiasts can sit back and enjoy the speedy transfer rates.
Tremendous Write-Speed Improvement
AMD Catalyst 11.2 Driver download
Download AMD Catalyst 11.2 for Windows XP, 7, and Vista. This is the official AMD Catalyst 11.2 driver.
This is the official AMD Catalyst 11.2 driver. The AMD Catalyst
AMD Opteron 6100 Series 8 and 12 core processors
AMD is making bold claims: Industry
ASUS and Gigabyte receive fixed Sandy Bridge chipsets next week
Sources at motherboard makers told DigiTimes that Intel has agreed to pay the full cost of related production and shipping of defective motherboards as compensation for the SATA problem on its 6 series chipsets reported DVHardware.
The site heard that Intel will start shipping fixed B3 steppings of its 6 series chipsets to ASUS and Gigabyte next week, but these shipments will be quite small volumes. Regular supply of the Sandy Bridge chipsets isn't expected to return to normal until April.
However, because the related calculation and evaluation processes are complicated, Intel has not yet decided when it will recognize the related losses into its financial report.
The sources pointed out that the issue will seriously damage consumer demand for PCs in the first quarter, causing sales to be lower than expected.
Taiwan-based motherboard players including Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology, Elitegroup Computer System (ECS), Micro-Star International (MSI) and ASRock as well as notebook players including Acer, Lenovo and Toshiba have all announced recalls for defective devices.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play(Station) phone revealed
Sony Ericsson presented the Xperia PLAY, this is the PlayStation phone. It runs Android 2.3 and features a 4" multi-touch LCD display with 854 x 480 pixel resolution. The device features a 1GHz Snapdragon processor with Qualcomm Adreno 205 graphics and according to Sony Ericsson the hardware will deliver 60 frames per second playback and a gaming battery life of up to 5 hours and 35 minutes. The device features a slide-out PlayStation certified controller and is equipped with a 5MP digicam with LED flash, stereo speakers, Bluetooth and WiFi. The launch date is slated for next month.
The phone ships with many popular PSone and Android games pre-loaded and more than 50 additional titles from 20 game publishers will be available for purchase at launch.
Steam's Weekly Top Selling Games Feb 13, 2011
Valve has released Steam's weekly top ten best sellers list for the week ending in Feb13, 2011.
1. Test Drive Unlimited 2
3. DUNGEONS - Steam Special Edition
4. Two Worlds II
5. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution
6. Call of Duty: Black Ops
7. DC Universe Online
8. Dead Space 2
9. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
10. Dragon Age II
Intel releases Core i7 990X and new Xeons
Intel today released a new hexacore processor, the Core i7 990 Extreme. Alongside this processor Intel also released twelve new Xeon server processors.
The new 990X is the same as the 980X (3,33 GHz) with a tiny speed bump. The processor is clocked at 3,46GHz and has the usual 12MB L3-cache and 256KB L2-cache. Priced at 999 USD it will make the 980 a bit cheaper we expect.
Next to this desktop consumer processor Intel released 12 new Xeon processors of which the top model will be the X5690 and equivalent to the 990X specs yet with support for ECC memory, this puppy will be priced 1663 USD.
Intel also intro's a few E label processors which are more energy efficient at a 80W TDP.
Also, the quad-core Core i7-960, which is clocked at 3.20 GHz, is now priced at $294, displacing i7-950, and providing an alternative to Core i7-2600K, which is effectively MIA till the LGA1155 chipset issue is resolved. Anyway top get a complete picture of the new processing candy, have a look at the table below.
|Core i7-990X||6 (12)||3,46GHz||130W||-||999 dollar|
|Core i7-970||6 (12)||3,2GHz||130W||885 dollar||583 dollar|
|Core i7-960||4 (8)||3,2GHz||130W||562 dollar||294 dollar|
|Xeon X5690||6 (12)||3,46GHz||130W||-||1663 dollar|
|Xeon X5675||6 (12)||3,06GHz||95W||-||1440 dollar|
|Xeon E5649||6 (12)||2,53GHz||80W||-||774 dollar|
|Xeon E5645||6 (12)||2,4GHz||80W||-||551 dollar|
|Xeon E5607||4 (4)||2,26GHz||80W||-||276 dollar|
|Xeon E5606||4 (4)||2,13GHz||80W||-||219 dollar|
|Xeon E5603||4 (4)||1,6GHz||80W||-||188 dollar|
|Xeon E5687||4 (8)||3,6GHz||130W||-||1663 dollar|
|Xeon E5672||4 (8)||3,2GHz||95W||-||1140 dollar|
|Xeon E5667||4 (8)||3,06GHz||95W||-||1440 dollar|
|Xeon E5647||4 (8)||2,93GHz||130W||-||774 dollar|
|Xeon E5603||4 (4)||1,6GHz||80W||-||188 dollar|
|Xeon W3690||6 (12)||3,46GHz||130W||-||999 dollar|
|Xeon W3670||6 (12)||3,2GHz||130W||885 dollar||583 dollar|
|Xeon W3565||4 (8)||3,2GHz||130W||562 dollar||294 dollar|
Wireless Graphics card - KFA2 GTX 460 WDHI review
One innovative product that dropped like a bomb into the market a couple of weeks ago is the KFA2/Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 WHDI with the card transmitting a wireless signal to your HDTV. An idea that originates from Intel actually, as they also have WHDI solutions these days.
But think about it, a graphics card with no monitor connectors attached to it, yet when you look at the HDTV you see your desktop in 1920x1080P perfectly clear and fine, ... all transmitted through the air. The concept surely is miraculous and even weirder, it works surprisingly well !
You can read the entire Guru3D article right here.