F.E.A.R. 2 Goes Gold
Download SmartFPS 1.10
SmartFPS is a small yet handy benchmark tool. Just download demo versions of these games for free and click one general button in SmartFPS.com. After benchmark process you are receiving quality performance results in AvgFPS (average number of frames per second) for your PC components like GPU, CPU, RAM and Mainboard. Also SmartFPS.com includes test module SmartFPS.com CPU for testing multithread performance of latest processors. Tasks selected by SmartFPS.com CPU are distinguished for very intensive CPU usage with minimal load of other system components (like RAM). SmartFPS.com CPU tests include Serious Sam 2 and WinRAR scripts that are common tasks for PC usage. New in this update Far Cry 2 support.
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Western Digital 2TB HDD is now a reality - spotted in stores
As reported a couple of times earlier, WD ahs been working on a 2 terabyte HDD. We noticed that it's now finally available. A tad pricy though at roughly 225 EUR / 250 USD. The HDD is labeled as Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EADS and comes with 4 500 GB platters. It has no less than 32MB of cache memory and a seek time of 8.9ms.
Early tests show that the driver has a read speed of 90 MBps and a write speed of 80 MBps. Not bad at all for such a large drive. Soon the competition will follow, we expect Seagate will be next.
Gigabyte launches three entry-level Chassis
Gigabyte is proud to introduce 3 new entry level model chassis GZ-X7, GZ-X8 en GZ-X9. The models support tool less installation, cable management, drive locks and other features. The X serie chassis have an excellent price/quality ratio and many possibilities.
- Stylish front panel
- Easy access front I/O array
- RoHS ready
- Tool-less assembly (Optional)
- Integrated thermal solution housing 12cm exhaust and optional intake
Download nHancer 2.4.5 (NVIDIA Profile Editor)
nHancer is a tool to improve the usage of these features. Both normal and advanced users should find nHancer to be a big step forward.
Additionally, nVidia drivers include a unique feature, that allows them to define profiles for every game, which control various image quality, compatibility and optimization aspects. But in the standard control panel, this feature is even more cryptic to use, so most people never bothered about it. 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.
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MSI gaming notebook GT 627 packs NVIDIA 9800M GS video
MSI has officially announced a new member of its MSI Gaming Notebook series, a stylish anodized brushed aluminum GT627, featuring company
Klipsch intros three home theater speaker systems
Klipsch Audio has announced the upcoming launch of three new, entry-level 5.1-channel surround-sound speaker systems. The HD Theater 1000 is the headliner, sporting five identical speakers for its five channels. Each houses two 2.5-inch fiber composite drivers and a 0.75-inch aluminum dome tweeter with a MicroTractrix Horn. The bass is reproduced by a 10-inch subwoofer with a fiber composite cone. All speakers are driven by a hybrid class D amplifier.
The mid-range offering is the HD Theater 500, which has 2.5-inch IMG drivers and a smaller 8-inch subwoofer powered by a conventional class D amplifier. The center channel speaker is unique from the four other speakers as it has a dual-woofer driver.
The HD Theater 300 shares the speakers of the 500 system, but shrinks the subwoofer further, to a 6.5-inch driver. Another difference is its magnetically shielded center channel, meant to protect CRT monitors or TVs from being distorted. All three systems can be wired into PC set-ups or can act as entry level TV entertainment additions, though they do not have a receiver that allows for the quick and easy switching of multiple sources.
The HD Theater 1000 will ship in February, while the 500 and 300 will be available some time in March. The systems will be priced at nearly $900, $600 and $400, respectively.
Seagate engineer explains Barracuda firmware issues
A Seagate engineer has given an explanation for the firmware debacle from last week. Here's a snip:
The problem with the 7200.11 series bricking, which has been in the news for the last month, was what really got the ball rolling. The Seagate employee says that is an old problem that was difficult to diagnose. A log or journal is written to in the firmware when certain events occur. If this reaches 320 entries and the drive is powered down, it will produce errors during initialization and not report information to the BIOS. Engineers quickly began work on a new firmware update to prevent this from happening.
Normally, a customer would go through the usual process of contacting customer support for the new preventative update and
There are now 1 billion of us !
Metrics firm comScore claims the global Internet audience, age 15 and older from home and work computers, has surpassed 1 billion visitors in December 2008.
Asia Pacific accounts for the highest share of global Internet users at 41.3 percent, followed by Europe at 28 percent, North America at 18.4 percent, Latin America at 7.4 percent and Middle East & Africa at 4.8 percent.
"Surpassing one billion global users is a significant landmark in the history of the Internet," said Magid Abraham, President and Chief Executive Officer, comScore, Inc. "It is a monument to the increasingly unified global community in which we live and reminds us that the world truly is becoming more flat. The second billion will be online before we know it, and the third billion will arrive even faster than that, until we have a truly global network of interconnected people and ideas that transcend borders and cultural boundaries."
The largest online nation is China (17.2%), followed by the US (16.2%), Japan (6%), Germany (3.7%), and the UK (3.6%).
comScore also provides some information about the most popular websites in the world:
The most popular property in the world in December was Google Sites, with 777.9 million visitors, followed by Microsoft Sites (647.9 million visitors), Yahoo! Sites (562.6 million visitors). Facebook.com, which has grown a dramatic 127-percent in the past year to 222 million visitors, now ranks as the top social networking site worldwide and the seventh most popular property in the world.
Monster Hacked, User Info of 4.5M People Stolen
Monster says they initiated an investigation and took corrective steps, and so far, have not detected misuse of the information. The company also says users may soon be required to change your password upon logging onto the site, but when I logged in after reading the bulletin, I was not prompted to change my password in any way.
It must also be noted that as a registered user of the site, I was not e-mailed or notified by Monster.com directly about the breach, and only found it doing my normal news-gathering rounds on the web. This is not exactly best business practice for a breach of this nature; it should be noted that Monster has a poor history of waiting before notifying users of its site of security risks.
Intel shows off Core 2 Duo E8700 specifications
If you point your browser towards Intel.com you'll notice the magic appearance of a Core 2 Duo E8700, which apparently Intel is prepping for release. The new Core 2 Duo E8700 processor will be clocked at 3.5 GHz, making it the fastest dual-core processor on the globe.
In the Xeon family there already was a 3.5 GHz processor, yet it's based on socket lga771. This new processor obviously will have a LGA 775 package. The processor will run on a1333MHz FSB, comes with 6MB L2-cache and has a 65W TDP, not bad.
SunBeamtech Acrylic HTPC chassis review [Guru3D]
A review on the SunBeamtech Acrylic HTPC chassis. A fully functional HTPC chassis, with proper cooling, front panel, UV lit fans all at a very sharp price of just 79 USD. Sunbeamtech offers their Acrylic HTPC case in two versions: a clear non-UV reagent acrylic (HTPC-T) or using a blue UV-reagent acrylic (HTPC-HUVB), the model we reviewed.
Though a Acrylic HTPC chassis might not be a logical choice for many unless you are living in Miami, at 79 USD is might make a really fine desktop chassis as well.
You can read this Guru3D review right here.
MS may owe $8.5b for misleading Vista logo
At the heart of a suit is an accusation that many of the PCs factored into the damages were given the Vista Capable logo despite lacking the graphics chipset or other hardware necessary to run all of the features in more advanced Vista versions, such as the Aero Glass interface.
Microsoft has publicly denied any attempts to mislead the public and already claims the damage values are exaggerated beyond what would be granted if the plaintiffs won the case.
However, internal Microsoft e-mail published by the court shows Microsoft as having bowed to repeated requests by Intel to certify a low-end mainboard chipset as Vista-capable despite Microsoft objections both before and after the certification took place. Intel chief Paul Otellini is believed to have met his Microsoft counterpart Steve Ballmer as part of this pressure and would thus suggest knowledge of the plan at the company's highest level
Danamics drops LM10 liquid metal cooler
Not really a surprize if I have to be honest. Danamics has given up on the LM10 cooler, which was world's first liquid-metal processor cooler. The cooler was released about two months ago but its very high price and disappointing performance made it an unattractive choice.
Danamics says the LM10 was meant as a limited edition product, and suggests a new range of high-end liquid-metal computing products are slated for later this year.
AMD Phenom II Overclocked to 6.5GHz With Liquid Helium -220C
Download FEAR 2 - Project Origin demo
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin tells the story of an escalating paranormal crisis that threatens to destroy a major American city. At the center of the calamity is the mysterious Alma, whose rage against those who wronged her triggered a chain of events that have spiraled completely out of control. Now that she has free reign, the consequences will be unimaginable.
Download the F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin demo for Windows XP and Vista
Thermaltake Element S Chassis
ThermalTake launched its Element S series cases, the S stands for silence, sophisticated, spacious, stream & speedy. The Element S case has anti-vibration and noise reduction material on the side panel, a stealth black interior, room for seven HDDs and three 5.25" devices, along with enough room for up to seven fans, including two large 230mm models.
In the beginning of a new 2009, Thermaltake presenting a whole new line of chassis
Palit launches custom GTX260 Sonic 216SP
Palit introduces their Palit GeForce GTX260 Sonic 216SP. The overclocked edition Palit GTX260 Sonic 216SP is the first custom designed graphics card that combines the innovative DUAL FAN cooling system with the high performance ad power efficiency.
Continuing the Sonic brand