Star Wars Battlefront Beta Early Access Competition with AMD and Guru3D
AMD has joined forces with Guru3D to bring you early access to the Star Wars Battlefront beta before its public release on October 8th. These codes will grant you instant access allowing you to hone your blasters and prep your AT-ATs for domination on Hoth. This competition runs in our forums.
You can join and leave your entry here. Below a little recording I made a few hours ago of the Single player Tatooine mission. Ultra image quality on a Radeon R9 380 2GB - even at a monitor resolution of 2560x1440 (WHQD) this game still runs 40 FPS on the R9 380.
Activision confirms Infinity Ward departures
In addition, this press release confirms that Infinity Ward is developing two downloadable expansions Modern Warfare 2 that will be released later this year. An all new Call of Duty game from developer Treyarch will be released in the fall of 2010 but no setting was announced. In 2011 another new Call of Duty game will be released but no developer for that game was revealed. The publisher also confirmed that yet another Call of Duty game is in the works at the newly formed Sledgehammer Games developer, formed by the former leaders of EA's Visceral Games. Sledgehammer's Call of Duty game will be an action-adventure title rather than a first person shooter but no release date was announced. In addition, Activision is chatting with a number of unnamed partners to bring a Call of Duty game to Asian countries, presumably as an online-only game [via ggmania].
CEBIT 2010 - Logitech Harmony 600 and 650 remotes
Logitech introduced two new remotes at CeBIT, the $79.99 Harmony 600 and the $99.99 Harmony 650. Both models should be available in retail storeslater this month.
Nearly all of the entertainment devices in today
Xigmatek Asgard II budget cases
Xigmatek released the Asgard II, a new all-black budget case with four 5.25" drive bays, one external 3.5" bay and six internal 3.5" bays.
There's support for up to four 120mm fans and all the expansion slots and drive bays feature tool-free installation. There are three different versions of the case, you can get it with black, silver or flashy orange accents. The Xigmatek Asgard II should be available in retail stores for around 33 EUR / 40 USD.
CEBIT 2010 - GeForce GTX 470 card spotted at CeBIT
Well there you go guys, spotted at CeBIT. The card itself. This is supposed to be a GeForce GTX 470. Click on the thumbnail to see the full photo courtesy of computerbase.
NVIDIA Forceware 196.75 Released
NVIDIA released a new WHQL driver, this Forceware 196.75.
New in Version 196.75
- Adds support for Next Generation ION.
- Adds support for GeForce GT 320, GeForce GT 330, and GeForce GT 340.
- Upgrades PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0129.
- Upgrades HD Audio driver to version 126.96.36.199 (for supported GPUs).
- Increases performance in several PC games from v196.21 WHQL. The following are examples of measured improvements. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:
- Up to 13% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with a single GPU
- Up to 30% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with SLI technology
- Up to 13% performance increase in H.A.W.X with single GPU
- Up to 15% performance increase in H.A.W.X with SLI technology
- Up to 30% performance increase in Left 4 Dead with single GPU
- Up to 28% performance increase in Left 4 Dead with SLI technology
- Adds SLI and multi-GPU support for top new gaming titles including Assassin Creed II, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Command and Conquer 4: Tiberium Twilight, Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes from Liberty City, Mass Effect 2, Napoleon: Total War, and Zombie Driver.
- Enhanced SLI support for World of Warcraft and Unigine.
- Adds override anti-aliasing support for Mass Effect 2.
- Includes numerous bug fixes.
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
NVIDIA ION2 officially launched
NVIDIA officially introduced its next-generation ION graphics processor, promising high graphics performance and high battery life for netbooks.
NVIDIA introduced the Next-generation NVIDIA(R) ION(TM) graphics processor today, which will supercharge netbooks with 10 times the graphics performance of standard netbooks(1) and enable up to 10 hours of battery life(2) thanks to NVIDIA(R) Optimus(TM) technology.
The new ION graphics processing unit (GPU) vastly outperforms basic netbook graphics by delivering rich HD media in games, movies, and Internet-based video. Unlike netbooks with Intel integrated graphics, ION netbooks have the power to play amazing HD video smoothly from sites like YouTube and support popular PC games like World of Warcraft.
The new ION netbooks also feature NVIDIA's highly acclaimed Optimus technology, which automatically selects the best graphics processor for running any given application -- seamlessly routing the workload to either an NVIDIA discrete GPU or Intel integrated graphics. The result is great battery life and superior performance when you need it.
More than 30 products featuring the new ION GPU are expected to launch by this summer including netbooks, small form factor desktops, "barebones" systems, motherboards, and discrete add-in cards. The Acer Aspire One 532G (10-inch) and ASUS 1201PN (12-inch) are expected to be the first new ION netbooks to be introduced. New all-in-one PCs powered by next-generation ION will include the ASUS EeeTop 2010PNT and Lenovo C200. Channel partners including AOpen, AsRock, Asus, Foxconn, Giada, J&W, Jetway, Pegatron, POV, Shuttle, and Zotac also plan to introduce new ION-based products soon.
Infinity Ward president leaves for unknown reasons
Netgear HD Home Theater Adapter & Ethernet Gaming WiFi-N
Netgear have outed two new wireless home networking products at CeBIT 2010 today, the High-Performance Wireless-N HD Home Theater Adapter (WNHDB3004) shown here, and the Ethernet to Wireless Adapter (WNCE2001) for easily bridging wired devices to a wireless network. The Home Theater Adapter is apparently capable of supporting multiple simultaneous Full HD 1080p streams, and comes with pre-configured security settings so that, after a single button push, the two towers are linked.
As for the frequencies it uses, there
CEBIT 2010 - Enterprise SSD range from OCZ
The company will be demonstrating the benefits that its SSD solutions can bring to the enterprise segment, with their higher speeds and compact form factor, compared with HDDs. Among the products that will be showcased are devices from the Agility 2, Vertex 2 and vertex LE series, which try to merge both productivity and low power consumption.
In addition, the company will also display the results of its ongoing efforts towards answering the need for even faster and larger drives. As such, OCZ will demonstrate, among other things, the fourth-generation design of the Z-Drive series aimed at server arrays and small business applications.
Of course, the storage solution developer will not overlook what it names
CEBIT 2010 - Corsair enters heatpipe CPU cooling market
CEBIT 2010 - EVGA W555 motherboard details
Remeber the dual-socket LGA 1366 motherbaord from eVGA ? Well two things, one there are more specs on them, and two .. we'll actually be reviewing hopefully this month. Actually we'll be sending it off to one of team Guru3D overclockers to haev some fun with the motherboard, a couple of Xeon 5500 series processors and sure .. Liquid Nitrogen. Anyway -- the upcoming EVGA W555 motherboard is obviously a new dual QPI Xeon mainboard with 4-way SLI and CrossFire support.
It has some interesting features, such as the capability to run different processor models together. You can even mix quad-core and hexa-core chips as it now seems, but they must be from the same architecture family, it's not possible to mix and match Westmere plus Nehalem processors.
* "Power Consumption Tests:
- 2.8GHz x 2 @ 1.20v w 24 threads Full Load + 12GB Rams + 1x GTX285 Classified Full Load = 535w from AC socket
2.8GHz x 2 @ 1.20v w 24 threads Full Load + 12GB Rams + 4x GTX285 Classified Full Load = 991w from AC socket
- 4.0GHz x 2 @ 1.30v w 24 threads Full Load + 12GB Rams + 1x GTX285 Classified Full Load = 766w from AC socket
- 4.0GHz x 2 @ 1.30v w 24 threads Full Load + 12GB Rams + 4x GTX285 Classified Full Load = 1,243w from AC socket
- 4.2GHz x 2 @ 1.40v w 24 threads Full Load + 12GB Rams + 1x GTX285 Classified Full Load = 913w from AC socket
- 4.2GHz x 2 @ 1.40v w 24 threads Full Load + 12GB Rams + 4x GTX285 Classified Full Load = 1,390w from AC socket"
Check out soem photo's we took earlier, you'll spot the two LGA-1366 sockets, each powered by an 8-phase digital PWM circuit. Each socket is wired to six DDR3 DIMM slots supporting triple-channel memory for that socket. The board has 7 PCIe slots and to feed them the motherboard is equipped with two NF200 (NVIDIA) bridge chips to add additional PCIe lanes. We took a couple of photo's at CES earlier this year.
Don't Use Your PS3 until they fix PSN bug
Nasty .. just nasty. If you happen to own a PS3 older than one of the slim versions Sony is actually recommending that you don't use it until they have fixed a date issue
As you may be aware, some customers have been unable to connect to the PlayStation Network today. This problem affects the models other than the new slim PS3. We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system.
- The date of the PS3 system may be re-set to Jan 1, 2000.
- When the user tries to sign in to the PlayStation Network, the following message appears on the screen;
CEBIT 2010 - Corsair Flash Voyager GTR USB Flash Drives
Corsair today announced the Flash Voyager GTR family of USB flash drives. These USB flash drives feature outstanding speed in a variety of densities.
The quad-channel architecture employed by the Flash Voyager GTR series delivers read speeds up to 34MB/s and write speeds up to 28MB/s, approaching the maximum transfer rates supported by the USB 2.0 interface. The outstanding performance numbers translate into genuine, real-world results. In the Corsair Labs, using a typical Windows 7-based PC, the Flash Voyager GTR 128GB was tested head-to-head against a 128GB USB drive from one of the world
AMD 890GX motherboard chipset review
MSI 890GXM G65 review (AMD 890GX chipset)
We test the MSI 890GXM G65. With the six-core Thuban processor slowly rearing it's head and new technologies like USB 3.0 and SATA 6G on the horizon, AMD needed another update to their motherboard chipset, to get it prepared for the 6-core lovin abut as well as bringing support for the new interfaces.
It's based on the new AMD 890GX chipset and is armed with features like USB 3.0 and SATA 6G. So without further ado let's have a peek at the all new 890GX chipset from AMD
Check out this Guru3D review here.
CEBIT 2010 - ASUS shows R5970 Ares
ASUS is showing off their ARES graphics card over at CeBIT. The card is indeed based on a dual-GPU (5970) model. ASUS would use up all available stream processors (2x1600) and then opposed to the 5970 use normal clocks.
- Normal clocks: (725/1000 MHz core/memory)
- Ares 5870 clocks: (850/1200 MHz).
Now in real-life ladies and gentlemen .. this would just be an overclocked Radeon HD 5970 or simply the R5970 in Crossfire -- but likely with some more memory and a price tag over inflated.
It will be interesting to see though as ASUS would use a custom PCB with new VRM control and much needed power phases. The card will come packed with 4GB of graphics memory and should be able to get a X14104 3DMark Vantage score.
Over at CeBIT they are showing off 3DMark scores of P23917 whereas a regular 5970 these days scores 21.000 points.
The card will have good availability (not limited) and is expected to cost a staggering 1000 EUR. Here are some photo's courtesy of tweakers.net
MSI 890GXM-G65 motherboard launches
Alongside ECS, MSI also announced their 890GX based motherboard. This is actually the motherboard we'll be using in our 890GX review, which launches tomorrow.
In addition to tailoring the latest AMD Phenom II processors, the 890GXM-G65 provides full support for the DirectX 10.1 and UVD 2.0 multimedia standards to significantly enhance high-definition audio and video effects. Along with a wide variety of output interfaces, exclusive MSI technology, and native SATA 6Gb/s and USB3.0 interfaces, the AMD 890GXM-G65 allows users to build a quality HTPC combining high performance and high stability.
OC Genie Lite: Easy Overclocking Technology
MSI has specifically equipped the AMD 800 Series with the latest OC Genie Lite easy-overclocking technology to meet the multimedia requirements of power users. By launching the BIOS Setup, consumers can use the OC Genie Lite to automatically adjust the CPU and IGP clock to enhance overall performance to 15%* in order to experience and enjoy optimal performance at your fingertips with neither special computer knowledge nor additional expense.
Superb Stability: Military Class Components
Apart from enhanced performance, the 890GXM-G65 is equipped with high-quality, military-grade electronic components, including solid state capacitors (Solid CAP) for extending mainboard life and the solid state choke (SSC) for preventing hiss from the UHF or high frequency noise in order to enhance system stability. Even during long operating hours, the system will not hang or lag due to overheating.
Fully-equipped Digital Output Connectors: HDMI & DVI
In order to fulfill consumer demands for convenience and full-featured multimedia equipment expansion, the 890GXM-G65 mainboard with the integrated ATI Radeon HD 4290 Graphics core is equipped with both a digital video interface (DVI) for digital video display and a high definition multimedia interface (HDMI) for digital video and audio output to help consumers simplify wiring connections. With only one HDMI cable, consumes can enjoy high definition video and audio at the same time to fully meet the HD multimedia demand of the next generation.
Lossless 24bit/192kHz HD Audio
Furthermore, in order to re-present the sound effects of BD videos on HTPCs, MSI has equipped the 890GXM-G65 with the latest HD Audio codec to deliver 7.1 channel surround sound effect and the ultimate live effects corresponding to the BD movies.
Highly-efficient HeatPipe Thermal Design
In addition to high standards and exceptional functions, MSI has adopted a high-efficiency HeatPipe design on the 890GXM-G65 as a total solution for the mini case HTPCs to enhance ventilation in order to maintain an average operating temperature at 52
ECS announces A890GXM motherboard series
Foremost Designs, from A to A+
ECS A890GXM-AU and A890GXM-A are powered by ATI Radeon
Thermalright Venomous-X review
Thermalright Venomous-X CPU cooler review
The Thermalright Venomous-X CPU cooler. A cooler with great looks, excellent performance and some very clever innovations. A cooler that is compatible with Intel LGA sockets 775, 1156, and 1366. The cooler is ready for the upcoming Nehalem Gulftown based processors (six-core) and also comes with something new, called the 'Pressure Vault Bracket', allowing you to decide how much pressure the cooler should have on top of that expensive processor of yours.
All in all we've got plenty to look and talk about, you can find this review at the following URL.