Battlefield 3: Paris Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer
EA released a new 1 minute Battlefield 3 gameplay trailer today showing multiplayer footage from the map Operation Metro, which takes place in Paris.
The FAQ / Help section of the site reveals the trial recommended computer specs. These are of course not final.
Q: What are the minimum hardware recommendations for the Alpha Trial?
A: RECOMMENDED WINDOWS PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
OS: Windows 7 or Vista (SP1)
CPU: Quadcore @ 2.0 GHz or faster
RAM: 4GB or more
Hard Drive: 7.25 GB free disk space
Video: 256 MB or greater
DirectX 10 or 11 compatible card with latest drivers (AMD 11.5 or later, nVidia 275.33 or later)
Sound: DirectX 10 or 11 compatible card
Internet: broadband connection
Note that these do not necessarily represent the requirements for the final game.
Q: Are the specs I have seen on the internet the official recommended Windows PC specs for Battlefield 3?
A: We have not announced our recommended or minimum specs so anything at this point is speculation. If you have been invited to the Windows PC version of the Alpha, the recommended specs for this particular test, and thus not reflective of the final version of the game.
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Corsair Announces New Enthusiast Series Modular PSUs
Corsair announced the Enthusiast Series Modular line of power supplies.
Enthusiast Series Modular PSUs share a platform with the award-winning Enthusiast Series TX V2 line, with the TX V2's fixed cable set upgraded to a modular cabling system consisting of an attached, fully-sleeved ATX 12V cable and a complete set of flat detachable cables that allow system builders to use only the cables they need. Enthusiast Series Modular PSUs are 80 PLUS® Bronze certified, delivering at least 85% efficiency at 50% load. Designed for reliable operation in high-performance PCs where clean, stable power is important, they are rated for full continuous power delivery at 50° C. Ultra-quiet, 140mm double ball-bearing fans deliver excellent airflow with exceptionally low noise levels by automatically adjusting fan speed in response to system temperature.
"The Enthusiast Series has long had broad appeal among demanding system builders due to its combination of exacting performance standards and affordability," said Ruben Mookerjee, VP and General Manager for Components at Corsair. "The Enthusiast Series Modular line is a great new choice for hardcore PC gamers, performance enthusiasts, and anybody else who requires stable, reliable power delivery."
Model Continuous Power Delivery US Suggested Retail Price (USD):
TX550M 550 watts $109
TX650M 650 watts $129
TX750M 750 watts $149
TX850M 850 watts $169
Enthusiast Series Modular power supplies will be available from Corsair-authorized retailers worldwide in July.
HIS Radeon 6770 ICEQX Turbo Crossfire review
AMD decided to respin and rebrand some of its graphics card, and that entails a re-launch of the existing Juniper XT (Radeon HD 5770 series) as the Radeon HD 6770 series. So yeah we look at the HIS Radeon HD 6770 ICEQ TURBO edition. A fairly interesting product series as that juniper graphics core still can flex its muscle. What we found more interesting though is to see what happens if you place two of these cards in Crossfire mode. Can 200 EUR worth of cards beat a 300 EUR costing Radeon HD 6970 ?
That's the primary question we will try and answer today as sometimes it just makes more sense to go with two GPUs. Check out the full article right here.
AMD Southern Islands and Nvidia Kepler May Use Different 28nm Processes
AMD Southern Islands and Nvidia Kepler next-generation graphics cards will reportedly be build using different TSMC manufacturing processes, which will enable the Sunnyvale-based company to release its GPUs ahead of their competitors solutions as softpedia reports today:
Initially, both of these chips were supposed to be built using the 28nm HKMG high-performance processes, but it seems like TSMC is having some issues with it and that it won't be available until the first quarter of 2012.
As a result, AMD apparently switched to 28nm HPL for Southern Islands, which is also based on the HKMG technology but is tuned for low power.
According to Chipworks, this process is what Xilinx used for its 28nm Kintex-7 FPGA device, AMD will also follow a similar route with the Radeon HD 7000 product family.
On the other side of the fence, Nvidia is apparently forced to stick with the high-performance version of TSMC's 28nm HKMG fabrication process for Kepler as their chip designs rely on high shader clock speeds, that can't be achieved by using 28nm HPL.
AMD's next generation of Radeon graphics cards will comprise three different GPUs, released under the code names of Lombok, Thames and Tahiti.
The first one of these will be based on AMD's current VLIW4 architecture, which was introduced with the Cayman core, and will power the Radeon HD 7670 and HD 7650 graphics cards.
Information about the two remaining GPUs is scarce at this time, but we do know that Thames will be used to drive the company's next generation of mainstream graphics cards, which includes the Radeon 7870, Radeon HD 7850 and Radeon HD 7790 models, while Tahiti will power the high-end Radeon HD 7970 and HD 7950.
In addition, AMD will also release a dual-GPU graphics card, based on the Tahiti core, which is known as New Zealand. All Radeon HD 7000 solutions are expected to feature PCI Express 3.0 support.
AMD to release faster Zambezi chips in early 2012
AMD is planning to introduce faster Zambezi processors in the first quarter of 2012 accrdoing to Tech Report, and by the way Zambezi is the micro-architecture behind the upcoming Bulldozer FX processors:
That refresh will reportedly include FX-8170, FX-8120, FX-6120, and FX-4120 processors. Looking at the model numbers alone, it's easy to figure out that these chips will likely be quicker than those in the launch lineup. X-bit labs says the first four Zambezi processors will be branded FX-8150, FX-8100, FX-6100, and FX-4100.
Specifications for some of the CPUs leaked out earlier this month. Word is that the FX-8150 wil have eight cores, a 3.6GHz base clock speed, a 4.2GHz turbo speed, and a 125W thermal envelope. The leading digit in FX-series model numbers apparently stands for the core count, while the last two digits represent performance. For example, the FX-4100 is said to have four cores, a 3.6GHz base speed, and a 3.8GHz peak turbo speed.
EVGA Releases a Teaser X79 Image
Now it's not like the motherboards are a big secret as there where at Computex everywhere but EVGA decided to release a teaser image for their upcoming X79 product.
You can see the LGA2011 Socket and just two DIMMs on each side which is something new. X79 reportedly comes in a quad-channel i.e. 256-bit memory controller configuration so for that you need to populate all four DIMM with memory modules. DDR3-1600 memory modules will double up to a theoretical system bandwidth of massive 50GB/s, DDR3-1866 yields 58.3GB/s and those able to run the memory stable at DDR3-2133 should achieve 66.6GB/s.
EVGA's take on the board is 8-pin CPU power, 24-pin angled power plug, nickel-plated heatpipe leading to an aluminum heatsink. EVGA reps are not saying a thing, but we expect to see this board when Intel gets its enthusiast answer to AMD Bulldozer readied - sometimes in fourth quarter 2011 (unless the rumors of the delay push the product to 2012).
From the picture provided, we can also see that EVGA has changed the placement of the Power, Reset and Clear CMOS buttons and a company official has confirmed that the motherboard will feature
Patriot readies Pyro SATA 6Gbps SSDs
Patriot's Pyro series SATA 6Gbps SSDs will soon hit retail stores. These models will be available in capacities of 60GB, 120GB and 240GB, they use the SandForce SF-2281 controller as TPU reports today.
The SSD series will become availabile in capacities of 60 GB, 120 GB, and 240 GB. The 120 and 240 GB variants will offer transfer-rates of up to 550 MB/s read, 520 MB/s write; while the 60 GB variant gives 515 MB/s read, 490 MB/s write. Similarly, the 120 and 240 GB variants offer 85,000 IOPS 4K random write performance, while the 60 GB one offers 80,000 IOPS. Backed by three-year warranties, all three variants will release in markets soon.
AMD Athlon II, Phenom II and Sempron go EOL in Q4 2011
it's been rumored before, but it looks final. AMD's Athlon II, Phenom II and Sempron lineups will reach the end of their lives in Q4 2011. As reported earlier this year, AMD has very aggressive transition plan to new desktop families of products - A-series accelerated processing units and FX-series central processing units - made using 32nm silicon-on-insulator process technology from current-gen chips in AM3 form-factor made using older process technologies and based on older micro-architectures. As a result of such transition, AMD chips will no longer have product brand-names (Athlon, Phenom, Sempron, etc.), but will carry A-series, E-series or FX-series product names.
AMD recently notified its partners that the last orders on Athlon II, Phenom II and Sempron central processing units are due in Q4 2011. After that the company will not accept any new orders on those chips and will only conduct final shipments for a quarter or two. Effectively, the processors will gradually disappear from the market.
Darksiders II - Extended E3 Trailer
OCZ Indilinx Everest series SSD controller
SSDs based on the platform will use the SATA 6Gb/s interface to offer read speeds of up to 520MB/s and writes of 410MB/s.Other highlights include 4K random write IOPS of 20,000, tier 1 MLC NAND and capacities from 64GB to 1TB.
"The new Indilinx Everest platform is a complete customizable solution that delivers superior storage performance, features, and capabilities designed to exceed the needs of the most demanding SSD applications," said Bumsoo Kim, President of Indilinx. "Combining a 6Gbps SATA Revision 3.0 host interface, a dual-core CPU, and support for the latest, most advanced NAND Flash memory technology available, Everest offers SSD manufacturers unparallel flexibility in optimizing their designs for both performance and cost."
As a true next generation solution the new Indilinx Everest platform includes a complete spectrum of enhanced capabilities including:
Supports Next Generation Flash Technologies
The Everest Platform supports state-of-the-art, Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND components and next generation three bit per cell NAND Flash. The ability to leverage Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND Flash with proprietary Everest and Indilinx Ndurance Technology provides customers with significant cost reductions associated with moving to the new process.
Advanced Architecture Optimized for High Speed and Density
The Everest Platform features the only controller to support 200 mega transfers per second (MT/s) synchronous-mode flash, up over the 166 MT/s supported by other NAND Flash controllers. Everest supports 1TB capacities in a single controller SSD design with current generation Flash components. Its innovative eight channel design with up to 16-way interleaving for maximum performance, supports full data path and power fail protection to deliver best-in-class data integrity and reliability for enterprise applications.
Everest's leading-edge design delivers high sequential speeds up to 500MB/s and is optimized for small file writes at the 8K file size with next generation page mapping technology, which increases transactional performance optimized for 4K to 16K compressed files , by matching file sizes to the 8K page size typical in newer generation NAND Flash.
Enhanced Boot Time
Indilinx's new boot time reduction algorithms can be configured to decrease system boot time by up to 50% over existing SSD controller architectures for customers that require faster boot times and an instant-on experience in their applications. This provides the real world benefits users seek from their storage solutions and enables quicker access and greater responsiveness, allowing clients to take full advantage of solid state storage as a boot device.
Indilinx Everest Platform Complete Feature-Set:
- SATA Revision 3.0
NVIDIA BIOS Editor 6.03 (NiBiTor)
NVIDIA BIOS Editor (known as NiBiTor), got updated to version 6.03 by its developer. NiBiTor is a lightweight NVIDIA GeForce/Quadro BIOS file manipulation utility that lets to fine-tune your GeForce or Quadro graphics card at the BIOS-level. Version 6.03 packs updated GPU support, some minor fixes and a redesign to support as well unknown devices in some limited way. New GPUs supported by this version are:
- Added GeForce GTX 590
- Added GeForce GTX 485M
- Added GeForce GTS 540M
- Added GeForce GTS 435M
- Added GeForce GTS 420M
- Added GeForce GTS 335M
- Added GeForce GTS 320M
- Added Quadro FX 2700M
- Updated GeForce GTX 570
"Well we have just released a new version of NVIDIA BIOS Editor (NiBiTor) software. NiBiTor is the original and definitive BIOS tweaker that supports the latest NVIDIA graphics cards, and which is updated on a regular basis. NiBiTor allows graphics card enthusiasts, or the hardcore overclockers to have full control over some advanced features and functionality found on firmware of supporting cards. And doing so users gain some extra performance, enable certain hidden features, tweaking memory latencies, provide extensive information, adapt bootup settings, changing fan speed options and/or get extra stability on their
NVIDIA based graphics accelerators which will just give them that little extra
value," adds the developer.
The GeForce GTX 560 cards are not supported, you'll need to donate money to the programmer first if you want a compatible version.
AMD A6-3650 APU processor review
After the A8 series, it's time for the A6 series. AMD recently released the A8 series APUs and though not expensive they also released APU's that are even more affordable. Currently the A8 3850 APU will cost you roughly 110 EUR. Now if you can live with a tiny bit less performance then the A6-3650 APU can be spotted for 90 EUR already.
Yep it still packs a nice 320 Shader cores... that's right. That's really a huge leap in performance for integrated graphics alright; though not as fast as the 400 SP counting 3850 of course. For those that immediately noticed it, correct -- these processors do not have a shared L3 cache. Anyway, we'll talk all about the features and architecture over the next pages of course.
So before we dive a little deeper into the performance of the processor review I wanted to quickly talk about the APU and the technology behind it.
Check out the article right here.
Turtle Beach LE Call of Duty MW3 Co-branded Headsets
Turtle Beach, pioneers and market-leaders of the gaming headset category, today announced a partnership with Activision to develop a new line of exclusively licensed, limited edition Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Ear Force headsets, custom-optimized to deliver enhanced experiences for the year's most anticipated entertainment launch. Among many planned features, these new premium headsets will be distinguished by unique sets of audio presets designed specifically by the audio teams at developers Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games in order to provide the ultimate immersion into the cinematic world of Modern Warfare 3.
The headsets will be available with compatibility across Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC; with multiple feature sets, special packages with bonus content, and price points to ensure that no player is left behind.
- Ear Force DELTA (EFD)
Storm Sirus 5.1 surround sound headset released
Cooler Master released the CM Storm Sirus 5.1 surround sound gaming headset. This product is aimed at hardcore gamers, it will start shipping in mid-August for 119.99EUR.
Boosting no less than 8 speakers (4 on each side) Sirus delivers powerful, immersive 5.1 surround sound and marks the beginning of a new range of CM Storm audio gear for gamers and audiophiles alike.
Sending shockwaves throughout the industry, Sirus delivers real 5.1 surround sound with a dedicated extra large 40mm sub driver for explosive bass sound. Thanks to no less than 6 additional 30mm drivers, each fed by a discrete audio channel, Sirus produces precise and crisp directional sounds. Combine all channels and pair it with the bundled Tactical Mixing Console and you get full 5.1 channel-adjustable, real-time 360 degree audio. In addition, Sirus is coupled with a uni-directional microphone with background noise cancellation that enables crystal clear communications with teammates to coordinate strikes or mock your enemy
Foxconn might buy ECS
Taiwan-based electronics manufacturing service provider Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) reportedly is considering to acquire motherboard maker Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) and is said that the consideration is mainly aiming at ECS' China-based retail channel subsidiary Orbbit. However, both Foxconn and ECS refuted the rumor.
Orbbit's headquarters are located in Beijing, China and has branch offices in major cities in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China and its businesses are mainly with DIY, OEM and B2C retail channels and has a complete system for marketing, logistic and after-sales services.
Source from retail channel pointed out that Orbbit has been operating in China retail market for many years, and is one of the few Taiwan-based players having retail channel capability in China, but since the company's market share is still trailing several China-based local players, even if Foxconn acquires ECS and Orbbit by a lower-than net value price, ECS's weak operation performance since 2007 may not make the transaction worth a while.
Sources from motherboard makers pointed out that ECS is one of the few subsidiaries of Tatung Group that did not suffer from losses; therefore, Tatung is not in hurry to sell it shareholding in ECS unless there is an urgent need for cash; however, Pouchen, which would welcome an exit from the IT industry, may look to sell its shareholding of ECS.
SATA 3.1 specifications have been published
The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO), the industry consortium dedicated to sustaining the quality, integrity and dissemination of Serial ATA (SATA) technology, today announced the completion of its Revision 3.1 Specification. This latest specification update includes design requirements for the SATA Universal Storage Module (USM) for portable storage applications, along with a series of enhancements for added functionality and convenience. The features included in SATA Revision 3.1 continue to extend the speed and reliability of SATA technology to a wide variety of device segments, including consumer electronics and small form factor devices.
In addition to USM, SATA Revision 3.1 includes several enhancements that help implementers take full advantage of SATA
Intel to acquire network IC provider Fulcrum
Intel Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Fulcrum Microsystems, a fabless semiconductor company that designs Ethernet switch silicon for data center network providers.
Fulcrum Microsystems designs integrated, standards-based 10GbE and 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE) switch silicon that have low latency and workload balancing capabilities while helping provide superior network speeds. Fulcrum Microsystems was founded in 1999 and is based in Calabasas, Calif.
Additional terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The agreement is subject to the approval of Fulcrum Microsystems shareholders, regulatory approval and satisfaction of customary closing conditions. It is expected to close in the third quarter of 2011.