Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Valve has taken the lid off of the inevitable and has officially announced they are working on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive! CS: GO features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of the classic CS content (de_dust, etc.). In addition, CS: GO will introduce new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more.
Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO).
Targeted for release via Playstation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and Steam (for PC and Mac) in early 2012, CS: GO will expand upon the team-based action gameplay that it pioneered when it was launched exactly 12 years ago (CS beta 1, August 1999).
CS: GO features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of the classic CS content (de_dust, etc.). In addition, CS: GO will introduce new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more.
"Counter-Strike took the gaming industry by surprise when the unlikely MOD became the most played online PC action game in the world almost immediately after its release in August 1999," said Doug Lombardi at Valve. "For the past 12 years, it has continued to be one of the most-played games in the world, headline competitive gaming tournaments and selling over 25 million units worldwide across the franchise. CS: GO promises to expand on CS' award-winning gameplay and deliver it to gamers on the PC as well as the next gen consoles and the Mac."
CS: GO is being developed by Valve in cooperation with Seattle-based Hidden Path Entertainment. The title is targeted for release in early 2012 and will be playable at this year's PAX Prime and Eurogamer Expo.
Acer A100 7-inch tablet arrives
Acer shows off the A100, a new 7" tablet with Google's Android 3.2 "Honeycomb" operating system. The device offers a 0.92-pound design that is sleek enough for single-handed use and offers a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. Prices start at $329.99.
Acer expands its Acer Iconia(tm) Tab line of tablets with its first 7-inch tablet - and the industry's first 7-inch tablet running Android(tm) 3.2 (Honeycomb) - in the United States and Canada. The new Acer Iconia(tm) Tab A100 features an incredibly portable sub-one pound design, a vibrant 7-inch multi-touch display, and a sleek, thin design that is comfortable to use and take virtually anywhere.
With the Acer Iconia(tm) Tab A100 tablet, customers can have a single portable device for enjoying entertainment such as games and websites as well as productivity applications such as a calendar and email. The tablet comes pre-installed with Adobe Flash Player 10.3, so Adobe Flash games and websites can be enjoyed right out of the box. In addition, the WiFi device is the ideal size for moms, families and individuals who want to stay entertained and productive, since the screen is large enough to enjoy video and other multimedia, yet the device is portable enough for comfortable single-handed use.
Weighing in at a mere 0.92 pounds and measuring only a half-inch thick, the Acer Iconia(tm) Tab A100's super-portable size makes it easy to take anywhere. The vibrant 7-inch TFT WSVGA screen displays social networking sites, photos and more in 1024x600 resolution and high-color contrast, so customers can enjoy crisp, vibrant content enhanced by a 16:10 aspect ratio and 75-degree wide viewing angle. Plus, the 7-inch capacitive touch-screen is incredibly responsive and accurate for convenient finger-tip control.
In addition, games are crisp, fast and realistic thanks to the performance technology and six-axis motion sensing gyro meter. Customers can enjoy rich and exciting Adobe-flash based Web pages, games, videos and animations with Adobe Flash Player 10.3. Thousands of additional apps can be easily downloaded from the Android Marketplace.
Save Memories, Shop Better, Stay Connected with Cameras
The Acer Iconia(tm) Tab A100 allows customers to always be ready to take photos and video on-the-go and quickly share them by email and on social media sites. Lighter than most SLR cameras, the Acer A100 has a 5MP rear-facing camera with flash, so families will know they have a great camera with them to capture all of life's fun and unexpected moments. It also records clear and detailed HD Video at 720p at 30 frames per second. Plus, the rear-facing camera can be used with many available apps to read bar-codes and QR codes for shopping and other promotions. The tablet also has a 2MP fixed-focused front-facing camera and webcam for video chats.
Android 3.2 Brings Additional Benefits for Browsing and Entertainment The Acer A100 comes installed with Android 3.2, the latest version of Honeycomb to give customers the latest in advanced mobile browsing. Customers can browse the Internet with speed and ease, even web pages built with Flash, thanks to Adobe Flash 10.3 that comes pre-loaded on the Acer A100 tablet. In addition, Android 3.2 lets customers have more control over their entire browsing experience, such as managing web pages by tabs, more advanced privacy settings, and proper sizing of apps and web pages for the 7-inch display.
Connectivity to WiFi and Other Devices
The Acer Iconia(tm) Tab A100 can quickly and easily connect to Wi-Fi networks via the integrated Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED wireless technology to access the Internet, the Android marketplace for apps and more.
Customers can enjoy their own digital content on the Acer A100 tablet by transferring files such as videos, movies and eBooks to it through the tablet's micro-USB port or by using the Micro-SD card reader that can read Micro-SD cards with a capacity up to 32GB. Plus, the integrated Bluetooth allows consumers to connect the tablet to a variety of other devices, such as headsets and keyboards.
High-Performance for Maximum Enjoyment
The Acer Iconia(tm) Tab A100 packs maximum performance into its incredibly portable size. It uses a high-performance NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM to give customers blazing fast access to multiple programs and apps at once. The Ultra Low Power GeForce(r) GPU enhances gaming, web, and multimedia for a more realistic, responsive experience.
The Acer Iconia(tm) Tab A100 provides solid uptime with a 1530 mAh Li-polymer battery for up to five hours during Internet browsing with WiFi, up to four hours during web-streamed video and up to 4.5 hours during 720p video playback.(1)
The Acer Iconia(tm) Tab A100 is available in the U.S. now at national retail stores and will be available in Canada next month. The Acer Iconia(tm) Tab A100-07u16u with 16GB of memory(2) has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $349.99 U.S and $399.99 CAD, while the Acer Iconia(tm) Tab A100-07u08u with 8GB of memory(2) has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $329.99 U.S. and $349.99 CAD.
Sandy Bridge-E to ship without CPU cooler
How many of you rely on aftermarket coolers for your CPU? We don't know anyone that thinks Intel's stock coolers are great and when details reached us of Intel not shipping coolers with its upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processors we were at first surprised, but considering the target market it makes a lot of sense.
The upcoming Core i7 processor from Intel, the 3820, 3930K and the 3960X will all ship without a cooler in the box. That said, Intel has decided to offer own brand coolers for the platform, it's just that they won't come in the box with the CPU. We can't really see why anyone would buy an Intel cooler over a third party cooler as not even Intel's high-end heatpipe cooler for its current and past Extreme Edition models were all that great. Some of the third party cooler makers will have products ready at launch, but worst case scenario, we might be looking at a cooler shortage at launch.
On top of this, we're hearing that although the rated TDP is 130W these beasts are consuming closer to 180W and that's without even overclocking them. In fact, according to PSU design guidance we've seen, Intel is telling power supply makers to make sure their Sandy Bridge-E PSUs can cope with a peak current of 23A on the 12V2 rail and based on an 80 percent or better efficiency rating of the PSU.
Intel Finalizes fix for 320 SSD series bug
Intel posted the following information on their website regarding the Intel 320 bug that many people reported. A fix is in the works and should be available soon:
Intel has reproduced, identified root cause, and developed a firmware update which addresses the Bad Context 13x Error being discussed on the Communities site and elsewhere.
The new firmware update is in final validation testing and is targeted for release on Intel
The PC turns 30 today
Today, Friday is the 30th anniversary of the first IBM PC, model number 5150.
This first "PC" ran the first version of DOS (1.0, of course), a 4.77MHz Intel 8088 processor and had a maximum RAM capacity of 512 kilobytes but came with 16KB of memory and had a base price of $1,265 being a beige box without a monitor, serial or parallel ports or even a hard disk. The IBM PC arrived years after revolutionary microcomputers like the Apple II (1977), the Commodore Pet (1977) or the Atari 800 (1979) hit hobbyists and small business.
Although the term "personal computer" had been used to describe earlier computers - such as the Commodore PET, the Apple II and the TRS-80 - the term "PC" became synonymous with "IBM clones," IBM compatible computers that ran DOS.
Because it was the first computer to have widespread consumer success, the IBM 5150 was the first computer many people ever used.
Let us your story about the first time you used a computer. Was your first computer an early IBM clone? Or were you into computers in the time of punch cards? Or perhaps the 5150 is well before your time. Let us know in the comments below or in the forums.
PhysX SDK 3.0 based game rears its head at ChinaJoy 2011
Patriot WildFire 120GB SSD review
We look at an offering from Patriot memory, they added two new SATA 3 (SATA 3 6Gs) SSDs in their WildFire lineup, the WildFire in 120GB & 240GB capacities (480GB coming as well), All SATA 3 of course.
Both drives come with the SandForce SF-2281 controller to deliver at up to 550 MBps read and 510 MBps write speeds. Check out the article here.
MSI A75A-G55 Socket FM1 Motherboard
MSI has officially announced the all-new AMD Llano series motherboard
Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. Albino 6400 DPI Gaming Mouse
Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. announced today the shipping of the Cyborg R.A.T. Albino Gaming Mouse, compatible with both PC and Mac and available for order today. A special edition of the Guinness World Records-winning R.A.T.7, the Cyborg R.A.T. Albino comes complete with an enhanced 6400DPI sensor, improved tracking capabilities and a matt Albino white finish.
AMD Might adopt Liquid Coolers for future FX CPUs
A recent report indicated that AMD has been considered when it began considering the option of equipping boxed versions of its FX CPUs with liquid coolers. The Antec Kuhler H2O 620 is given as a possible example of what AMD's customers may encounter in the future alongside enthusiast processors, though neither of the two companies commented on the issue.
The above model is a sealed liquid cooler and, though more expensive, has real advantages, such as a smaller size than that of air coolers and the fact that the heat is routed directly out of the desktop case.
All in all, should the ultimate decision be favorable, AMD's
SteelSeries Sensei Mouse comes with 32bit ARM Processor
The ARM processor installed in the Sensei allows users to set the sensitivity of the mouse from anywhere between 1 to 5,700 CPI, and is paired with an 10.8 megapixel image sensor that can capture up to 12,000 frames per second.
Thanks to this powerful configuration, the Sensei is able to record even the slightest hand movement, but users who fell the need for even greater sensitivity can also setup the mouse to function into a special
NVIDIA $151.6 million fiscal Q2 2012 profit
It is always interesting to see how well the big companies do during times of crisis. NVIDIA announced revenue of $1.02 billion and net income of $151.6 million for its fiscal Q2 2012. Adjusted income came in at 32 cents per share, while analysts had anticipated earnings of 25 cents per share on revenue of $1 billion. NVIDIA is up 18.79 percent in after-hours trading to $15.93.
NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today reported revenue of $1.02 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 ended July 31, 2011, up 5.7 percent from the prior quarter, and up 25.3 percent from $811.2 million in the same period a year earlier.
On a GAAP basis, the company recorded net income of $151.6 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2012. This includes a two-cent dilutive impact from the Icera acquisition. It compares with net income of $135.2 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the prior quarter. In the same period a year earlier, the company had a net loss of $141.0 million, or $0.25 per diluted share.
On a non-GAAP basis -- which excludes stock-based compensation, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, other acquisition related costs, and the tax impact associated with these items -- net income was $193.5 million, or $0.32 per diluted share. That compares with net income of $165.7 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, in the prior quarter, and net income of $47.6 million, $0.08 per share, in the same period a year earlier.
GAAP gross margin was 51.7 percent, a fourth consecutive record, compared with 50.4 percent in the previous quarter and 16.6 percent in the same period a year earlier. Non-GAAP gross margin, at 51.9 percent, was also a record, and compares with 50.6 percent in the prior quarter and 39.2 percent in the same period a year earlier.
"We grew solidly this quarter," said Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA president and chief executive officer. "Consumer demand for notebooks powered by our GeForce GPU, with its unique Optimus technology, resulted in record revenue for these products.
"The future of computing is mobile and visual. With Tegra's momentum and our growing GPU businesses, we are ideally positioned to lead the industry forward," he said.
Our outlook for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 is as follows:
- Revenue is expected to be up 4 to 6 percent from the second quarter
- GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins are expected to be flat
- GAAP operating expenses are expected to be in the range of $361 million to $366 million; non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to be $319 million to $321 million
- Our GAAP and non-GAAP tax rates are both expected to be 15 to 17 percent
We estimate depreciation and amortization for the second quarter to be approximately $53 million to $57 million. Capital expenditures are expected to be in the range of $25 to $35 million. Diluted shares for the third quarter are expected to be approximately 615 million.
Black Ops - Rezurrection Behind the Scenes Preview
The DLC will be available on August 23 on Xbox 360, and, given past trends, late September on PC and PS3. It will cost 1,200 Microsoft Points ($15) like the previous three map packs, but anyone who purchased the Hardened or Prestige editions (thereby granting them access to four of these five maps) will get the DLC for free.
ASUS Launches Xonar Essence One with Headphone Amplifier
With most modern audio signals stored in digital format, the ASUS Xonar team has catered to audiophiles
Samsung's First 500MB/s SATA 6Gbps SSD the PM830
Samsung has released their first SATA3 based SSD, the model carries the name PM830 and uses the SATA 6Gbps interface in order to reach transfer speeds up to 500MB/s.
Two major changes had to be introduced by Samsung in the PM830 series drives in order to achieve this impressive performance.The first one of these is course the new SATA 6Gbps interface, while the latter is the introduction of 2x-nm Toggle NAND Flash support, which will also help drive prices down similarly to what Intel has experienced when it switched to 25nm IMFT Flash.
The PM830 drives come with a proprietary Samsung controller and support for AES 256-bit encryption.Performance wise the SSD is specced at sequential read speeds of 500MB/s with sequential write speeds are listed at an impressive 350MB/s.
Well, that should be plenty alright.
The PM830 series will become available in 512GB, 256GB and 128GB volume sizes. Initial batches will go to OEMs and later on retail will see the launch.
Cubitek Magic Cube 3HDD review
Cubitek figured, heck .. it's all in our own brand name, let's design a modular chassis series under the name Magic Cube. One main chassis will be housing your motherboard and PSU, and two other smaller 'cubes' will house HDDs and Optical storage units and such. That completely overhauls the design of any regular chassis, as all of the sudden .. you have three units housing your PC.
Check out the full review here
BitFenix Merc Alpha and Beta chassis
Today, BitFenix is proud to introduce the latest entry in their critically-acclaimed lineup of gaming enclosures. Dubbed Merc, this mid-tower ATX design offers killer features and styling at an unbelievable price point, making it the ideal case for gamers on a budget.
"Packed with premium features and BitFenix design DNA, users will see that we didn't cut any corners with Merc," says BitFenix Product Manager David Jarlestedt. "From the clean yet bold design, to the black interior coating, quality black cabling, and robust connectivity, cooling and cable management features, gamers will be hard-pressed to find a better value enclosure in this segment."
Beyond the expertly crafted exterior, Merc comes equipped with the tools to get the job done. This feature-packed enclosure comes in two different versions. With its two extra 120mm fan locations up top, Merc Alpha is great for users looking for maximum cooling potential, and for those who require a more streamlined look, there's Merc Beta. Whichever you choose, Merc is ready for battle.
Small but rugged, Merc provides ample expansion possibilities, including three 5.25", seven 3.5", and one 2.5
Asus Mars II Sneak Preview, Benchmark
VR-Zone got some more info on the ASUS Mars II.
ASUS is known for taking the fastest graphics cards and making them even bigger and badder. Their last headline-grabbing attempt with a Nvidia GPU was back in 2009, when they released the dual-GTX 285 Mars.
This time round, ASUS has shoehorned two GTX 580s onto a single PCB to create the Mars II. Each GPU is clocked at 782MHz, making the Mars II even faster than the (already discontinued) GTX 590.
|GTX 580||GTX 590||Mars II|
|Memory||1.5GB||2 x 1.5GB||2 x 1.5GB|
ASUS has spared no expense here: the Mars II sports a sturdy metal shroud with two 120mm fans, and a metal backplate covers the entire rear.
However, the Mars II is considerably wider than usual, in addition to taking up three slots. Its dimensions are 13" x 6.2" x 2.5", so chances are that it will only fit into the very largest casings out there.
Three 8-pin PCIe connectors are required, and ASUS has also thrown in a 100% fan speed button. If you have too much money, you can even buy two of these and run them in quad-SLI. One NEC Proadlizer is used for each GPU.
Each GPU gets an 8-phase power delivery system, and each set of memory 2 phases, making for a total of 20 phases on a single PCB. To help cool this beast, each heatsink has four copper heatpipes.
Word has it that the Mars II will retail for a wallet-blowing S$2499 starting from late August. This is a limited edition card so only 999 units will be sold worldwide.