Best Selling Games is US for March 2009
Okay champs, you guus ready for the best selling games in the US for March 2009 ? Here are the NPD results:
- Empire: Total War / Creative Assembly / $48
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $38
- The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis / $19
- Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II / Relic / $48
- World Of Warcraft Battle Chest / Blizzard / $38
- World Of Warcraft / Blizzard / $20
- The Sims 2 Apartment Life Exp. Pack / EA Maxis / $19
- Spore / EA Maxis / $49
- World Of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Expansion Pack / Blizzard / $29
- Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst / Big Fish Games / $20
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 / EA LA / $28
- StarCraft Battle Chest / Blizzard / $20
- Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $49
- Civilization IV / Firaxis / $21 (Average)
- Empire: Total War - Special Forces Edition / Creative Assembly / $70
- The Sims 2 Pets Exp. Pack / EA Maxis / $19
- Warhammer Online: Age Of Reckoning / EA Mythic / $29
- The Sims 2 University Exp. Pack / EA Maxis / $19
- Call Of Duty: World At War / Treyarch / $50
- Diablo Battle Chest / Blizzard / $36
GeForce GTX 275 shootout BFG | Inno3D | Palit | Sparkle
A week or two ago NVIDIA announced it's latest graphics card positioned in the high-end region, called the GeForce GTX 275. The GeForce GTX 275 is a bit of a hybrid card in-between the GeForce GTX 260 and GeForce GTX 285. NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 275 in an allergic reaction to team red's product to show and flex their rendering muscle.
As such we figured to cease the moment and show you a couple of retail boards. For this article, a total of five GeForce GTX 275 graphics cards will be put to the test. We take the NVIDIA reference sample, two reference clocked products and two pre-overclocked products to see where we are at in terms of performance, cooling and features among the difference AIB/AIC partners.
Check out this Guru3D article right here.
ASUS widens GENE Pool with Second mATX Motherboard
Very quick after the release of the Rampage II GENE ASUS now unveiled Maximus II GENE - the second high-performance micro ATX motherboard that is part of the company's Republic of Gamers line-up.
Based on the Intel P45 Express Chipset, the Maximus II GENE delivers overclocking friendly environmnet for the Intel Core 2 Extreme/Quad/Duo platform. The board has four DDR2 1300/1200/1066/800/667 MHz memory slots (up to 16 GB), two PCI-Express x16 slots for CrossFire setups, 7 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports, a built-in SupremeFX X-Fi 8 channel sound from Creative and a lot more. As with the ROG Rampage II GENE, the Maximus II GENE offers a wealth of other high-end features including MemOK!, CPU Level Up, Keyboard-TweakIt, Extreme Tweaker, iROG, Loadline Calibration, LCD Poster, EPU-6 Engine, and Voltiminder LED. Also, inside the package of every motherboard, ASUS has kindly included full-version of Kaspersky anti-virus, and a license for Futuremark 3DMark06 Advanced Edition.
ASUS has not shared details on the pricing and availability of the Maximus II GENE mATX board.
AMD mobile CPU roadmap leaked
Well this is news. It seems like a few slides that were confidential to AMD got leaked out and now expreview has them on display. So long as they
Intel Q1 income down 55%, Atom sales drop
Intel on Tuesday reported its first-quarter financial information, showing a 55-percent drop in income while revenue slid 26-percent to $7.1 billion year-over-year. The company also experienced a drop in gross margin from 53 percent last year to 45.6 percent this year, explained by higher factory-underutilization charges and startup costs.
Despite the growth of the netbook segment, sales of Atom processors and chipsets fell 27 percent sequentially. In April of last year, the company was said to be experiencing a shortage of the components and less than 40 percent of the requests were being met.
Reacting to the netbook boom, other chip-makers such as AMD have developed competing products. VIA is also working on new CPUs for small portable devices, with the Nano E-series featuring a 1,333MHz front system bus speed expected to arrive soon. Qualcomm and Freescale recently announced plans to expand their ARM-based component offerings for netbooks.
Intel already shipped 32nm CPU samples
Intel CEO Paul Otellini unveiled his company has shipped thousands of 32nm Westmere processor samples to over 30 EOM customers:
Activision Blizzard and Acer Leave PCGA While Gamestop and Sony DADC Join
The PC Gaming Alliance (PCGA), "a nonprofit corporation promoting PC gaming worldwide, while providing an open forum where companies can cooperate to develop and promote solutions and activities that drive the PC gaming industry forward," lost two of its founding members, today.
Activision Blizzard, known for popular games like World of Warcraft and Call of Duty, and Acer, world's third largest computer manufacturer, both left the PC Gaming Alliance due to membership costs. Randy Stute, the non-profit organization's president, confirmed yesterday that Activision Blizzard and Acer both felt that they could not justify the expense in both money and staff to continue to be a member of the group.
"However Stute also confirmed that gaming retailer Gamestop has just joined the organization on the less expensive "Contributors" level of membership. At the moment Gamestop's membership is not listed on the PC Gaming Alliance's official web site. The most interesting new member, however, is Sony DADC which is the parent company for the SecuROM software solution that several PC game publishers use for their digital rights management set-ups. Stude said that Sony DADC wanted to join the PC Gaming Alliance to give their input on the organization's sub-committee on PC game piracy.
The PC Gaming Alliance now has only three game developers and/or publishers on the board (Epic Games, Capcom and Microsoft)."
AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHz and 3 GHz Athlon X2
AMD is brewing up some new processors. The first is to be released next week and is the Phenom II X4 955 processor (April 23rd). This part should be a 125W TDP processor with a frequency of 3.2GHz, it will be the fastest chip in AMD's lineup.
From what we heard is that the processor will be a Black Edition CPU which means unlocked. Pricing wise in the US expect roughly $300 for the CPU and in the EU
Radeon HD 4830 with 800 Shader processors surfaced
Interesting, as you guys know the Radeon HD 4830 is an affordable graphics card from AMD based on RV770LE chip which is priced at around $89.99.
Recently some weird reports surfaced on the web. See, the product should have 640 Shader processors. Yet several buyers report a full 800 stream processors much like the Radeon HD 4850/4870 has. The AIB brands involved include Powercolor, Sapphire and Triplex.
If you are one of the lucky ones, congratulatiosn .. you got a very good deal at 90 bucks.
Check out the GPU-Z screenshot, you'll also notice the RV770 and not LE, apparantly some 4830 boards simply have the 4850 GPU embedded:
OCZ Vertex 120 GB SSD review
Now taking this course makes SSDs a little more expensive then they already are, but hear me out on this one. Technology as shown today at one stage will also reach high volume and yes... then the price will go down as well, much like we have seen with the early generation SSD drives from last year.
The result? Well, the Vertex is in many ways a stunning SSD drive that wipes the floor clean with JMicron controller based SSD drives. But sheesh... this thing is fast.
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
Microsoft Sidewinder X3 gaming mouse announced
Need a gaming mouse that fits your tight budget?, you might want to consider the Microsoft Sidewinder X3. This latest mouse from the computer company offers up fairly decent specs at a fairly decent price and sometimes, that
Pioneer BDR-2203 Blu-ray writer released
Pioneer released a brand new Blu-ray writer today, which can also burn DVDs and CDs. The BDR-2203 has the ability to write to dual-layer Blu-ray discs at speeds of up to 8X. Now, I
nHancer 2.5.0 Beta 1 download out
There's a new beta out of nHancer, which apparently addresses some important Forceware 185.xx issues.
nVidia's own control panel is not always very intuitive to use. Especially the 3D rendering settings are very cryptic and difficult to navigate. Even the new control panel introduced with the 9x.xx line of Forceware drivers isn't a real improvements for these problems. nHancer is a tool to improve the usage of these features.
But it's such a powerful and handy tool, even for the average guy. So another aspect of nHancer is to improve the handling of those profiles by adding many features that the normal control panel doesn't offer at all and improving the ones that it does offer.
Download - click here.
Download: Rivatuner GPU Monitor Gadget 2.0 Released
Version 2.0 of the GPU Monitor sidebar gadget is now available. This version adds extensive user customization options.
This application is a Vista Sidebar Gadget that uses Rivatuner's low level hardware monitor for stats. I've finally released it on Microsoft's site. If your Rivatuner install is reporting back values that you would like to see in the sidebar, then install this gadget and have it easily accessible.
Values will vary depending on the model card you have and its capabilities.
Values capable of being displayed include, but are not limited to:
- GPU Usage
- GPU Temperature
- Core and Memory Clock Speed
- Fan Speed
- Frames per Second
- AND MORE
** Add CPU, RAM, HDD and additional data with RivaTuner plugins
General options and features:
- Colors: background, border, title text, default monitor title/value/units text
- Title: customize the text and icon
- Filter to remove RivaTuner's monitors from display in the gadget
- Flyout window provides additional information from RivaTuner and WMI
- Ability to reset min/max values
You can also customize each monitor's display individually:
- Colors: use default or override title/value/units text
- Bar: specify min/max limits as well as color change limits
- Choose from 10 different display styles
- Choose from 20 different icons
- Change displayed monitor title text
- Add a separator to help group similar monitors
- Copy settings from 1 monitor to another with control over what is pasted
Read the help tab in the gadget config for explicit instructions and configuration information. We have a thread open on this tool (visited by programmer) right here.
Download: click here
US Congressman Wants to Ban Download Caps
As a result of Time Warner Cable's plan to charge its customers by the gigabyte in Rochester, New York, congressman Eric Massa "called TWC's proposal to switch its 8.4 million cable broadband customers to metered internet billing an "outrageous plan to tax the American people."
Critics say usage caps will cost users more and hurt innovation on the net - especially in new video services, as subscribers begin to calorie-count their internet usage. TWC's new tiered pricing structure for its Roadrunner internet service starts at $15 for a plan that allows 1 GB a month with an overage charge of $2 per GB. (A GB of data equals about three hours of online video from Hulu.com and about half of a rented standard definition movie.) The company says bandwidth hogs need to pay their fair share and maintain that if the company doesn't get enough money to build new infrastructure, "internet brownouts" will be inevitable.
In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Massa dismissed those arguments, describing TWC as a greedy, unregulated monopoly providing a utility service. His yet-to-be-introduced bill would seek to increase competition among broadband providers and regulate monopolies, he said, though he declined to give specifics."
Particularly interesting is the fact that "Time Warner Cable's 2008 annual report shows its high-speed data costs actually declined by 12 percent to $146 million. Meanwhile its subscriber count increased by more than 10 percent to 8.4 million, and high-speed data revenues climbed to more than $4 billion.
"Congress must investigate these anti-competitive practices before they become a nationwide problem." Timothy Karr, a campaign director at the consumer advocate group FreePress, said last week.
A Massa spokesman said the text of the bill would be ready late in the week." [via Wired]
OCZ launches DDR3 modules for AMD Socket AM3
Memory maker OCZ has introduced four new DDR3 memory kits for AMD Socket AM3 systems:
- OCZ PC3-12800 Platinum AMD Edition Low Voltage (2x2GB) 7-7-7-24 @ 1.65v
- OCZ PC3-12800 Gold AMD Edition Low Voltage (2x2GB) 8-8-8-24 @ 1.65v
- OCZ PC3-10666 Platinum Low Voltage AMD Edition (2x2GB) 7-7-7-20 @ 1.65v
- OCZ PC3-10666 Gold AMD Edition Low Voltage (2x2GB) 9-9-9-20 @ 1.65v
Intel Larrabee to be huge and expensive
Bright Side of News reports the Larrabee wafer that Pat Gelsinger showed off at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing last week contains 64 Larrabee dies, each measuring around 600 square millimeters.
Intel's parallel computing chip is massive and it is guessed at that Larrabee has between 1.65 billion and 1.75 billion transistors, if correct that's about 300 million more than NVIDIA's GT200 GPU.
According to some sources, first Larrabee chips will be built using 45nm High-K Hafnium-loving process with a move to 32nm a year after. Now, if Bloomfield die [Core i7] is 263mm2 in size and is consisted out of 731 million transistors, that means that Larrabee's 600mm2 die would end somewhere in the 1.65-1.75B transistor range.
If you're not impressed at the specs of this chip, with its 12 P55C-based cores + Vector units, think again. ATI is testing 40nm manufacturing with RV740, a $99 chip featuring 826 million transistors. Intel's "test" has more than double that. However, the entrance into the world of cGPU or GPGPU won't be that easy. From the hardware side, ATI is currently shipping 959M parts  and 1.92B with their dual-GPU cards [4850X2/4870X2], nVidia ships 1.4B part for almost a year now [GTX260/275/280/285], or 2.8 billion transistor part if you count their dual-GPU part - GeForce GTX295 [via BSN].
Instinct NVIDIA Technology demo uses CUDA (video)
NVIDIA published a video of an Instinct Technology technology demo which uses NVIDIA CUDA to accelerate in-game AI effects.
The demo shows 1024 planes, each using 10 different steering mechanisms to portray realistic avoidance and flocking. Check it out.