Intel X25-E SSDs to become more expensive
The price hike is pretty big so if you're interested in one of these disks you better get one now before the price goes up. The 32GB model will see a $85 increase while the 64GB version will see its price hiked by $170. Currently these SSDs are selling for around $380 and $720, respectively.
MSI advance replacement for Sandy Bridge motherboards
MSI will offer an advance replacement option to its customers, but apparently only in North America.
MSI has let us know that, in order to "limit downtime," it's now offering an advance replacement option to its customers in North America. That means folks who sign up on this page should have the option to get a replacement board shipped out to them before they return their existing one. The move echoes what Asus announced last week.
Additionally, MSI also revealed it's currently in the process of replacing the faulty chipset on all current boards, which implies shipments aren't much further off now. MSI motherboards with the bug-free B3 stepping will be identified by a sticker, you can see the design to the right..
F.E.A.R. 3 - Fettel Single Player Trailer
Duke Nukem Forever PC will be available via Steam
Clever, 2K Games confirmed today on their Duke Nukem Forever forums that the PC version of the long-awaited shooter will be fully-integrated with Steamworks for DRM and online play.
"Hey guys, I've been fielding many inquiries about whether or not Duke Nukem Forever is going to be on Steam and today I'm happy to clear up any outstanding rumors and questions in your mind by saying: Yes, DNF *is* using Steamworks and only Steamworks for both the single player and multiplayer components of the game. Let me know if you have any other questions about this - and stay tuned - we're keeping track of a bunch of questions you have been asking and as they are finalized, I'll be posting more about them here. "
Silicon Power V20 series SSD
Silicon Power today announces the new Velox V20 series Solid State Drive (SSD). Instantly boosting PC performances, it uses the latest SandForce controller, featuring a maximum read-speed of 285MB/s and write-speed of 275MB/s so enthusiasts can sit back and enjoy the speedy transfer rates.
Tremendous Write-Speed Improvement
AMD Catalyst 11.2 Driver download
Download AMD Catalyst 11.2 for Windows XP, 7, and Vista. This is the official AMD Catalyst 11.2 driver.
This is the official AMD Catalyst 11.2 driver. The AMD Catalyst
AMD Opteron 6100 Series 8 and 12 core processors
AMD is making bold claims: Industry
ASUS and Gigabyte receive fixed Sandy Bridge chipsets next week
Sources at motherboard makers told DigiTimes that Intel has agreed to pay the full cost of related production and shipping of defective motherboards as compensation for the SATA problem on its 6 series chipsets reported DVHardware.
The site heard that Intel will start shipping fixed B3 steppings of its 6 series chipsets to ASUS and Gigabyte next week, but these shipments will be quite small volumes. Regular supply of the Sandy Bridge chipsets isn't expected to return to normal until April.
However, because the related calculation and evaluation processes are complicated, Intel has not yet decided when it will recognize the related losses into its financial report.
The sources pointed out that the issue will seriously damage consumer demand for PCs in the first quarter, causing sales to be lower than expected.
Taiwan-based motherboard players including Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology, Elitegroup Computer System (ECS), Micro-Star International (MSI) and ASRock as well as notebook players including Acer, Lenovo and Toshiba have all announced recalls for defective devices.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play(Station) phone revealed
Sony Ericsson presented the Xperia PLAY, this is the PlayStation phone. It runs Android 2.3 and features a 4" multi-touch LCD display with 854 x 480 pixel resolution. The device features a 1GHz Snapdragon processor with Qualcomm Adreno 205 graphics and according to Sony Ericsson the hardware will deliver 60 frames per second playback and a gaming battery life of up to 5 hours and 35 minutes. The device features a slide-out PlayStation certified controller and is equipped with a 5MP digicam with LED flash, stereo speakers, Bluetooth and WiFi. The launch date is slated for next month.
The phone ships with many popular PSone and Android games pre-loaded and more than 50 additional titles from 20 game publishers will be available for purchase at launch.
Steam's Weekly Top Selling Games Feb 13, 2011
Valve has released Steam's weekly top ten best sellers list for the week ending in Feb13, 2011.
1. Test Drive Unlimited 2
3. DUNGEONS - Steam Special Edition
4. Two Worlds II
5. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution
6. Call of Duty: Black Ops
7. DC Universe Online
8. Dead Space 2
9. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
10. Dragon Age II
Intel releases Core i7 990X and new Xeons
Intel today released a new hexacore processor, the Core i7 990 Extreme. Alongside this processor Intel also released twelve new Xeon server processors.
The new 990X is the same as the 980X (3,33 GHz) with a tiny speed bump. The processor is clocked at 3,46GHz and has the usual 12MB L3-cache and 256KB L2-cache. Priced at 999 USD it will make the 980 a bit cheaper we expect.
Next to this desktop consumer processor Intel released 12 new Xeon processors of which the top model will be the X5690 and equivalent to the 990X specs yet with support for ECC memory, this puppy will be priced 1663 USD.
Intel also intro's a few E label processors which are more energy efficient at a 80W TDP.
Also, the quad-core Core i7-960, which is clocked at 3.20 GHz, is now priced at $294, displacing i7-950, and providing an alternative to Core i7-2600K, which is effectively MIA till the LGA1155 chipset issue is resolved. Anyway top get a complete picture of the new processing candy, have a look at the table below.
|Core i7-990X||6 (12)||3,46GHz||130W||-||999 dollar|
|Core i7-970||6 (12)||3,2GHz||130W||885 dollar||583 dollar|
|Core i7-960||4 (8)||3,2GHz||130W||562 dollar||294 dollar|
|Xeon X5690||6 (12)||3,46GHz||130W||-||1663 dollar|
|Xeon X5675||6 (12)||3,06GHz||95W||-||1440 dollar|
|Xeon E5649||6 (12)||2,53GHz||80W||-||774 dollar|
|Xeon E5645||6 (12)||2,4GHz||80W||-||551 dollar|
|Xeon E5607||4 (4)||2,26GHz||80W||-||276 dollar|
|Xeon E5606||4 (4)||2,13GHz||80W||-||219 dollar|
|Xeon E5603||4 (4)||1,6GHz||80W||-||188 dollar|
|Xeon E5687||4 (8)||3,6GHz||130W||-||1663 dollar|
|Xeon E5672||4 (8)||3,2GHz||95W||-||1140 dollar|
|Xeon E5667||4 (8)||3,06GHz||95W||-||1440 dollar|
|Xeon E5647||4 (8)||2,93GHz||130W||-||774 dollar|
|Xeon E5603||4 (4)||1,6GHz||80W||-||188 dollar|
|Xeon W3690||6 (12)||3,46GHz||130W||-||999 dollar|
|Xeon W3670||6 (12)||3,2GHz||130W||885 dollar||583 dollar|
|Xeon W3565||4 (8)||3,2GHz||130W||562 dollar||294 dollar|
Wireless Graphics card - KFA2 GTX 460 WDHI review
One innovative product that dropped like a bomb into the market a couple of weeks ago is the KFA2/Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 WHDI with the card transmitting a wireless signal to your HDTV. An idea that originates from Intel actually, as they also have WHDI solutions these days.
But think about it, a graphics card with no monitor connectors attached to it, yet when you look at the HDTV you see your desktop in 1920x1080P perfectly clear and fine, ... all transmitted through the air. The concept surely is miraculous and even weirder, it works surprisingly well !
You can read the entire Guru3D article right here.
Thermaltake Overclocking CPU Cooler Frio OCK
Thermaltakeintro's their newest and up to date most powerful CPU cooler, the Frio OCK.
Continuing the legacy of the original Frio cooler, the Frio OCK is yet once again setting new standards in the industry. With a whooping heat dissipation capacity of 240W this powerful cooler is clearly leading the pack. Targeting particularly power users and ambitioned overlcockers, the Frio OCK comes with six 6 mm high-efficiency heatpipes that effectively transport heat from the base into two separate cooling towers. By adopting this dual-tower design the gap between both towers increases airflow and ventilation created by the dual fans.
Arctic Freezer 13 Pro CPU Cooler
Crysis 2 PC build leaked plus response
A rather nasty punch in the face for Crytek as earlier in the weekend a version of Crysis 2 (beta build from developers) has been leaked to torrents. The build contains the entire single player campaign of the game, apparently. However, it's in debug mode and not the final build of the game.
It's currently unknown how this build got onto the net but its always sad when something like this happens as it is bound to not only affect sales of the game itself but also cause publisher to try to create more complex DRM set ups that will just upset legit consumers. Crysis 2 is set to ship on PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3 in March 2011.
The Crysis 2 Blog has an official statement from Crytek:
" Crytek has been alerted that an early incomplete, unfinished build of Crysis 2 has appeared on Torrent sites. Crytek and EA are deeply disappointed by the news. We encourage fans to support the game and the development team by waiting and purchasing the final, polished game on March 22. Crysis 2 is still in development and promises to be the ultimate action blockbuster as the series
Dragon Age 2 has gone gold
Both Bioware's Chris Priestly and Manveer Heir have confirmed that Dragon Age 2 (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Mac OS X.) has gone gold. So that means that the title is on time for its March 8th release in the US and march 11th release in the UK and Europe.
Duke Nukem screens plus Balls of Steel box set announced
Gearbox Software recently put out several fresh screenshots of the upcoming, uber-delayed shooter Duke Nukem Forever. The follow-up to 1996?
New Downloads 13-Feb-2011
There have been a couple of new updates in the past that might be interesting to you:
Media Player Classic Home Cinema v1.5 - This open Source Media Player allows you to enhance, decode and accelerate a broad span of movie formats like x.264 with GPU assisted acceleration and image quality enhancing.
NVIDIA BIOS Editor 6.0 (NiBiTor) - NiBiTor is a BIOS tweaker that supports the latest NVIDIA graphics cards, and which is updated on a regular basis.
Fraps 3.2.9 - Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology.
Sandra 2011 SP1 v17.36 - SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility.
Realtek HD Audio 2.57 audio driver - The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP, Vista, it runs under Windows 7 as well of course.