Razer StarCraft II gaming gear
With Blizzcon starting on Friday (Guru3D will be there to report from it btw), Razer announced StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty branded gaming gear, including a mouse, keyboard, gaming headset and messenger bag. These products will start shipping in November.
BlizzCon, Anaheim, Calif.
OCZ opens new fab ramps up SSD production by 100 percent
OCZ announced it will open a new SSD manufacturing plant in Taipei, Taiwan next week to increase production by over 100 percent.
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, has announced the opening of a new SSD manufacturing plant in Taipei, Taiwan slated to begin operation on Monday, October 25.
A testament to the Company's dedication to market leadership, the new facility features best of class manufacturing, as well as test and burn-in technology required by the Company's growing OEM client base. The new facility increases the Company's SSD manufacturing capacity to 140,000 units a month from 50,000 units a month internally, accommodating the growing demand for both client and enterprise OCZ SSDs.
"As our SSD revenues continue to expand, we are happy to announce our new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Taipei, Taiwan," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group. "Our new 20,000 square foot facility was set up in response to increased demand from OEMs for our Enterprise Solid State Drive products and significantly increases our monthly SSD capacity."
OCZ demonstrated exciting growth last quarter (SSD unit sales ramped from an average of 15,000 units per month in Q1'11 to over 54,000 units in August). This manufacturing expansion signifies the company's commitment to supporting its growing OEM client base.
With a complete spectrum of interfaces including SATA, SAS, Fibre Channel, PCI-Express, USB 3.0, and the proprietary High-Speed Data Link (HSDL) introduced earlier this month, OCZ anticipates demand of its current and future SSD products and continues to establish itself in both the consumer and enterprise storage markets. Thanks to the improved manufacturing capabilities of the supplementary factory, OCZ intends on meeting the market demand in the coming months.
BenQ V42 & V46 full HD LCD TV 24P Real Cinema
Nice ... BenQ today announced the release of their latest LCD TV lineups, V42-5000 (42
Men of War: Vietnam - Debut Trailer
Check out the graphics on this one, that does not look bad ! Here's the first trailer for Men of War: Vietnam. Men of War: Vietnam offers a campaign with 10 missions focusing on a team of elite special ops soldiers, and each one of them has a personality.
The unit includes Sergeant John Merrill, machinegunner Jim Walsh, sniper Sonny Armstrong, grenade launcher operator Carl Dillan and combat engineer Bill Kirby. In some missions they can count only on themselves, while in the others they act together with regular US and South-Vietnamese troops. Men of War: Vietnam is due in 2011 for PC.
Call of Duty: Black Ops PC Specs Released
Well, we didn't expect hefty requirements anyway, but still ... The PC specifications for Call of Duty: Black Ops have been released. The PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops will use Steamworks for DRM and will sort of support dedicated servers through an exclusive partnership with GameServers.com. It will be released on November 9 for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. Like Modern Warfare 2, the PC version will be $60.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Download Minimum System Requirements
- OS: Windows Vista / XP / 7
- Processor:Intel Core
Thermalright Archon cooler launches
Heatsinks keep getting bigger and bigger in size, with many different designs and shapes. The needs of larger fans on the heatsinks have evolved, from the earlier 80mm fans to today
WD launches its 3 TB HDDs
Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 photo's
AMD is allowing us to show you guys the official board photo's of the upcoming Radeon HD 6800 series already.
The actual NDA date passes at the end of this week and thus all final specifications, features and benchmarks will be published in a nice phat article here at Guru3D.com
So be patient .. more is coming real soon ;)
Radeon HD 6850 1GB:
Radeon HD 6870 1GB:
AMD Fusion APU Codenamed Llano Photo's
At the 6th Annual AMD Technical Forum & Exhibition (TFE) 2010, AMD today showcased for its ecosystem partners the first public demonstration of the forthcoming AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) codenamed
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
Changes in version 0.4.7
- Improved support for AMD Radeon HD 6850 and HD 6870
- Added support for NVIDIA GeForce GT 430, GT 420
- Fixed default clock reading on Fermi architecture cards
- Added voltage controller support for Colorful iGame GTX 460
- Added PCI Vendor detection for Colorful
- Added TMU count and die size for GF106
- Synchronization mutexes are global now
- Improved stability when running multiple instances of GPU-Z / Fixed "the driver has been marked for deletion" error
Colorful Raynor Tower chassis
Another chassis was reelased, this one is from Graphics card maker Colorful introduced the Raynor Tower mid-tower case. The case is made from SECC steel, it weighs 8kg and measures 190mm x 490mm x 510mm.
The chassis is completely black including the inside, including the tool-free drive retention knobs and the perforated expansion slot covers. There's an opening behind the CPU socket area to help you handle coolers with back-plates better, and all the holes you'll need for cable-management. Ventilation includes one 120 mm fan pre-fitted on the front-intake, there's room for one 120 mm rear fan, two 140 mm fans on the top, and two 140 mm fans on the side panel. The controls and front-panel are located on the top.
There's support for very long graphics cards and for $60 you seem to be getting quite a lot, with one of the few obvious disadvantages being the fact that only one fan is included [via TPU]
Spire Savit 6003 gaming chassis
Spire presents the Savit 6003, a new 0.6mm SECC steel case with an aluminium mesh front panel. The case will be available soon for $79.95 (59.99EUR).
Spire Corp proudly introduces the Savit 6003 pc professional and gamer case. The Savit 6003 case is the evolved model from the Savit 500. This high-end, versatile and strong chassis is further developed ensuring both maximum performance and computing satisfaction. Every element of the case has been engineered to provide maximum cooling performance. Up to four (4) LED 12cm fans placed throughout the Savit 6003 ensuring unbeatable cooling and giving this chassis a power gamer glow. The meshed aluminum front panel allows unrestricted fresh air intake which is mandatory for todays extremely hot gaming components. The Savit 6003 chassis is specifically targeting gaming enthusiasts who are planning to use high end systems with Intel or AMD multi-core micro/processors, high end series chipsets and large dual PCI clot graphics cards.
The spacious internal design enables flexible assembly and sufficient room for the installation of water-cooling. The Chassis is pre-applied with rubber grommet holes for feeding the external water-cooling tubes. In total nine (9) universal drive bays with tool-free support ensure easy and simple installation of your devices. Two drive cages with direct cooling and tool free mounting for five (5) 5.25-inch and five (5) 3.5-inch disc/optical drives provide massive storage capabilities. Additional two (2) USB connectors and one (1) eSATA connector on the front make it most convenient to connect your mobile storage or handheld device, while the HD microphone and headset connectors in the front offer you quickly multimedia access. Anti-vibration mountings and application of low speed cooling fans can make this the silent power machine you have been looking for.
* Powerful & sturdy chassis design
* Strong 0.6mm SECC Steel structure
* Cool aluminum mesh front panel
* Front-Top USB, eSATA & HDA & AC'97 SOUND connections
* Turn and lock tool-less drive and card installation
* Tool-free thumb-screw side panels
* Large Meshed side panel for active cooling of video-cards
* Four 120mm Blue LED fans, rear, front and top panel
* Optimized internal space, High efficient Air In-take
* Supports up to five 3.5 inch & four 5.25 inch devices
* Anti-vibration and tool-less drive application
* Prepared for water cooling tubes and systems
* Functional, creative and opulent design
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Cinematic Trailer
In related news, the World of Warcraft Vault has a list of items and mounts that will no longer be obtainable in the World of Warcraft in the upcoming version 4.0.3 patch for Blizzard's MMORPG - via ggmania
Steam surpasses 30 million active users mark
Valve announces that Steam has surpassed the 30 million account mark! Valve also revealed that it has recorded a 178 percent growth in Steam user accounts over the past 12 months. These users stay active, too, with over six million of them accessing Steam each day. To meet this increased load Steam has upgraded its infrastructure to run at 400Gps which, as the press release relates, is enough bandwidth to transmit the Oxford English Dictionary 92.6 times per second.
During the past 12 months the platform had year-over-year new user growth of 178%, pushing the total number of active accounts to over 30 million, with over 1,200 games now offered. Peak simultaneous player numbers were also up to over three million, with over six million unique gamers accessing Steam each day.
In addition to new user growth, Steam sales during the trailing 12 months increased by more than 200%, putting it on track for a sixth straight year of realizing over 100% year-over-year growth in unit sales. To meet this demand, the Steam infrastructure has been increased and now has ability to run at 400Gps, enough bandwidth to ship a digitized version of the Oxford English Dictionary 92.6 times per second.
The period also realized continued adoption of the Steamworks suite of publishing services in tangible and electronic versions of today's popular games. Included in many of the year's biggest releases -- such as Sid Meier's Civilization V, Just Cause 2, and R.U.S.E., with more to come during the holiday season -- Steamworks has now shipped in over 200 since the suite of services was released two years ago. In addition, the Steam Cloud (introduced in Spring 2008) has surpassed the 100 million files saved milestone.
GeForce Forceware 260.89 now WHQL
This is the final WHQL driver release from the Release 260 family of drivers. This driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, and 400-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs.
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
New in Release 260.81
New GPU Support
- Adds support for the newly released GeForce GTS 450 GPU.
- Increases performance for GeForce GTX 400 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. v258.96 WHQL drivers. The following are examples of some of the most significant improvements measured on Windows 7. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:
GeForce GTX 480:
- Up to 10% in StarCraft II (2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF Ultra)
- Up to 14% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
- Up to 16% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (SLI
NVIDIA debuts GeForce GT 440 for OEMs
NVIDIA outed another OEM card today, the GeForce GT 440, this is a new GF106-based part for the OEM market.
It features 144 CUDA cores, a 192-bit memory bus, 594MHz core, 1189MHz shaders and 1.5GB or 3GB GDDR3 memory clocked at 1600MHz or 1800MHz. The card has a single-slot cooler and features a 56W TDP. Display outputs include DVI, VGA and HDMI. NVIDIA unfortunately did not bother to send out any samples or anything, so you'll be hard pressed to find a review on it.
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GeForce Forceware 260.93 Win 7 | Vista drivers
The user feedback thus far is very good on these drivers while others have some smaller issues. As such please consider this release beta.
ASUS Rampage III Gene review
ASUS Rampage III Gene gets tested
Cute tiny and sexy .. don't we all like it ? Within that motto ASUS has it's own Gene series within the motherboard line up. Now if you put that on the X58 platform, it's called Rampage by ASUS. And then when this apocalyptic group of minions and demons called 'Republic of Gamers' aka ROG gets their hands on a product like this, you can expect improvements and extra overclock features.
The end results is is, the ASUS Rampage III Gene ROG edition.
Read the full review right here.