Download - HOC Crysis Warhead Benchmark v1.1.1
The HOC Crysis Warhead Benchmark is a very hard opponent against the synthetic benchmark. Many usefull options, many tweaks, many lost FPS... this tool has now been updated towards version 1.1.1
Crysis Warhead updates and refines the gameplay of the original game through a sidestory plot involving Psycho, one of previous protagonist Nomad's allies. The game is a parallel story that follows Sergeant Michael "Psycho" Sykes, a character from the original Crysis, as he faces his own trials and challenges on the other side of the island during the time period of the first game. It features new fully customizable weapons, vehicles and enemies, along with new multiplayer content. It also showcases a new, enhanced and optimized version of CryEngine 2 and is the first game developed by Crytek's Budapest studio.
- 32/64 bit Windows XP / VISTA
- The latest drivers for your graphics card
- Source: DVD or STEAM
Download click here.
StarCraft 2 to be a trilogy ?!
A lot of news has been pouring out of BlizzCon and now Blizzard is taking their StarCraft franchise to the next level. Their long-awaited game, StarCraft 2 will be a trilogy rather than one game.
StarCraft 2 will include three single-player games of which each can be played on an individual basis with an overarching story connecting them together. There will be one game for each race.
The first is Terran: Wings of Liberty and will follow Jim Raynor for non-linear gameplay. The second is Zerg: Heart of the Swarm. The last in the trilogy will be Protoss: Legacy of the Void. Each game will feature between 26-30 missions and the campaigns will feel like epic stories in and of themselves. No cliffhangers this time around, either. That is, each game will be a full product on its own.
AMD: DOJ ends probe on GPU price fixing
Late last week, the US Department of Justice officially told chipmaker AMD it has ended its antitrust investigation into the company's pricing and marketing practices and will not take any action, AMD announced on Monday. The subpoenas were issued at the end of 2006 for AMD and ATI Technologies, which was purchased by AMD earlier that year, as well as competitor NVIDIA. As the top two add-in graphics chipmakers were producing products similar in performance and pricing, industry analysts believed the two were involved in collusion and price fixing practices.
AMD got into the graphics card business in October of 2006 by purchasing Canadian ATI Technologies for $5.4 billion. At the time, ATI and NVIDIA each held about 25 percent of the graphics card market for electronic devices and have since been the top two firms offering add-in video, with Intel and other firms usually supplying only integrated graphics.
Trailer: Call of Duty: World at War
Brothers in Arms - Hells Highway VGA performance review [Guru3D]
Today a VGA performance test on Brothers in Arms - Hells Highway. Hells Highway is based on the Unreal III engine which allows some pretty decent graphics but more importantly, it'll be playable for a very wide scope of graphics cards, which we'll show you.
The game tells the story of Operation Market Garden in the country yours truly lives in the Netherlands aka Holland. It's about the besieged journey from Eindhoven to Arnhem where tremendous battles where fought.
Exactly that road, Highway 69; the road from Eindhoven to Arnhem was later nicknamed: Hell's Highway.
Check out the VGA performance review right here.
Point of View bundles BIA: Hells Highway with GeForce cards
if you are in the market for a new graphics card and BIA: Hell's highway is on your gaming wishlist, you might want to keep an eye out for a Point of View graphics card. They started to bundle this game with their graphics cards, which always boils down to awesome value for money.
Point of View, well known for its range of NVIDIA based Graphics cards, is announcing today the release of the Special Edition game bundle of Brother in Arms: Hell
Microsoft sues DHL over 20.000 damaged Xbox 360s
Spotted this one at en-gadget, good read. You know who Microsoft hates? No, not Apple. It really hates DHL.
Apparently, the delivery service has hit the folks in Redmond where it hurts: in the Xbox. It seems that 21,600 consoles were totally messed over by "impact damage, wetting, pilfering and shortage" when one of the company's freight trains derailed en route to Long Beach, California.
The big M claims that DHL refuses to compensate for the lost goods, and has filed a complaint at a US District Court in Seattle, calling for $2 million in damages and stating that the shipper "negligently breached its duties as a common carrier, handler, bailee, warehouseman, agent, or in other capabilities."
Harsh words, but really, who's to blame for this mess?
* random image of a broken xbox 360- it paints the picture well though.
Lian Li launches PC-9 chassis
Good gawd man, there's just so little news to report today. Luckily a press-release from Lian Li arrived in the good old mailbox. They released a new chassis inther the label, simple and clean. Well I always figured that was Lian Li's main theme anyway, but after you've seen 25+ Lian-Li cases .. you just don't see much difference anymore. But that might be just me though.
" Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the PC-9 midi-tower incorporating quality with a clean simple style. Standing at 209 x 435 x 488mm (W,H,D), with removable front panel around front bezels consisting
Philips amBX review [Guru3D]
Imagine playing a game with physical wind blowing on your face, the room illuminates depending on the game play monitor color tone and your desk starts to rumble in explosions. Philips made it possible with a new technology called amBX and here and now we are going to review it for you. Could this be the next big thing in the gaming experience ?
Graphics card manufacturer point of View will release a bundle kit for you guys, a graphics card, an amBX kit and Brothers In Arms: hells Highway all in one package. We'll try and show you the ins- and outs of this all new experience, but I can tell you this already, it's fun for sure.
Check out this review right here.
Seagate working to improve SSD life expectancy
Seagate is planning to enter the solid state disk market for enterprises in 2009 but before the company rolls out its first SSDs it will make sure these drives are reliable. The Tech Report writes the firm is hard at work on SSD endurance:
Seagate has no illusions about that potential hurdle, and it's already working on standards for SSD endurance. Says Seagate Marketing Development Senior Manager Rich Vignes, "There isn't really a clear way of describing endurance or life expectancy of a solid-state drive. So, we're working on that as an industry standard [through JEDEC]." Formerly known as the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council, JEDEC already develops and issues standards for system memory.
In addition to working with standards bodies, Seagate plans to use some its own special sauce to make sure its SSDs last. Vignes mentioned, "Some of the skills we've picked up along the way, to deal with imperfect media, has applicability to dealing with imperfect media on NAND." The company's efforts could spur the industry as a whole, too. "As companies like Seagate start to demonstrate field-proven reliability and endurance in enterprise applications, we'll overcome those (solid-state drive) endurance fears," he added.
Trailer: Swarm 'TGS 2008' Demo
Overclockers clock Core i7 965 easily to 4,2 GHz
Some Taiwanese overclockers had a 3,2 GHz Core i7 processor (Nehalem) in their possession . And by simply raising the multiplier towards 21 and the core voltage towards 1,72V they clocked the processor towards 4,2 GHz.
That surely doesn't suck. Unclear with what graphics card they tested it, but a 3Dmark vantage score of P25395 surely didn't suck either.
Download: Realtek HD Audio 2.06 driver
The new Realtek HD Audio 2.06 driver is available for download. Due to the UBER slow servers from Realtek we made a package containg both the XP and Vista drivers.
Realtek HD Audio Driver supports all of Realtek HD Audio Codec in Vista/WinXP/Win2000/Win2003 .
- Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
- Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
- HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
- OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista x86/x64
- Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
Due to the UBER slow servers from Realtek we made a package containg both the XP and Vista drivers, recompressed for a real small download size.
Download - Click here.
SteelSeries WoW MMO Gaming Mouse
Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333MHz)
I think I still have the DDR(1) version in a system somewhere, and admittedly, the LEDs look so cool. Lexar announced immediate availability of Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333MHz) high-performance, low-latency memory modules. These modules are the world's first high-performance DDR3 memory modules to incorporate activity-indicating Light-Emitting Diodes (LED). The LEDs on the new Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 modules are illuminated in a random pattern based on memory activity, highlighting the system memory and allowing users to visually see how intensely the memory is working. Additionally, eight blue ground-effects LEDs emit a constant glow near the motherboard memory sockets. Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 memory modules are available in 1GB and 2GB modules, or 2GB and 4GB kits.
Trailer: Grand Theft Auto IV PC
Latest NVidia GPUs used to crack WiFi
When NVIDIA claimed that CUDA on combo with a fast GPU is very powerfull to use for computing, I'm pretty sure they didn't have this in mind. An interesting article over at SC Magazine. Seems a Russian firm is using the latest NVidia GPU's to increase WiFi password recovery by 10000%. Amazing in how powerful GPU's have become in the last few years eh ?
Global Secure Systems has said that a Russian's firm's use of the latest NVidia graphics cards to accelerate WiFi
Smooth Creations Volkswagen BUS custom build PC [Guru3D]
Today something unique, a Smooth Creations Customized Volkswagen Bus PC review. You can purchase pre-build customized PCs, or of you have won the lottery, pick out your own PC and have it custom tailored.
The sky is the limit here, you pick you components from low-end to high end, regular cooling, water-cooling, single GPU or 3-way SLI/CrossfireX you name it and they make it. Ours was a Crossfire model, airbrushed in a pretty unique design.
Take a look at the photo, it really says it all.
Read the review right here.