AMD to release Catalyst drivers through Steam
AMD that future releases of the Catalyst driver wil also become available through Steam. Gamers with Radeon HD cards will receive automatic notifications in Steam when new drivers are available for their graphics card.
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its collaboration with Valve to deliver ATI Catalyst
Microsoft LifeCam Studio HD webcam
Microsoft has all sorts of peripherals to its name with lots of mice, keyboards, and webcams to choose from. The company has unveiled its latest webcam called the LifeCam Studio that offers up to 1080p resolution and lots more. Microsoft says the camera is the next best thing to being there when you want to video chat with someone.
The camera has a sensor that is twice as large as the sensor on 720p webcams and can adapt to changing light conditions for optimum performance. The camera is also fully compatible with video chat for Windows Live Messenger 11. The camera has a swivel mount that lets it pan 360-degrees for optimum placement and an elongated hood.
Other features include TrueColor technology to make colors accurate and lifelike in different lighting conditions. Microsoft also uses ClearFrame technology that helps provide smooth video in low light. The LifeCam Studio will sell for $99.99
Kingston AnnouncesUSB 3.0 Flash Drives
Kingston announced it is shipping its first USB 3.0 Flash drive. The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Flash drive takes advantage of the faster USB 3.0 specification that has up to ten times the data transfer rates of the current USB 2.0 specification.
The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 has a read speed of 80 MB/sec. and a write speed of 60MB/sec. It is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities. The combination of speed and size makes it ideal for data backup or fast transferring of large files including music, photos and videos. To ensure backwards compatibility, Kingston is also including a Y cable as some USB 2.0 ports require it to initialize USB 3.0 drives.
PowerColor adds power supplies
PowerColor widens up their product lineup with power supplies. The lineup includes modular 850W and 1000W units with 80Plus Bronze certification and also 500W and 600W fixed-wire models with 80Plus certification.
OCZ new ultra-low and extreme-low voltage DDR3 kits
OCZ issued some new ultra-low and extreme-low voltage DDR3 memory kits.
OCZ unveils new Ultra-Low Voltage (ULV) and Extreme-Low Voltage (ELV) high-speed DDR3 desktop memory, providing the optimal balance of performance and power efficiency in one solution. Committed to staying ahead of the curve, OCZ is offering enthusiast-grade memory that complies with the latest JEDEC "DDR3L" low-voltage standards which ensures that system RAM runs cooler and more efficiently during intensive multi-tasking, gaming, and productivity applications.
"We are pleased to announce a complete range of low-voltage memory offerings designed for the latest crop of energy efficient platforms," said Eugene Chang, Vice President of Product Management. "In the past, lower voltage meant lower performance, but now with our extreme-low voltage optimized memory, consumers don't have to sacrifice high performance to also achieve energy savings."
Developed for next generation platforms, OCZ Platinum ELV solutions run at only 1.35 volts and are the choice counterparts for leading-edge performance and reliability, meeting the demand for high-speed memory to function farther below the upper voltage threshold of Intel
Corsair offers new PSU line
Corsair announced its GS (Gaming Series) power supply lineup. These PSUs have a single +12V rail and feature a shiny LED fan. The Corsair Gaming Series Power Supplies are a good price-performance solution for building or upgrading a gaming PC.
The Gaming Series PSUs feature a single +12V rail, providing up to 65A of reliable, continuous power for multi-core gaming PCs with single or multiple graphics cards. The ultra-quiet, dual ball-bearing fan automatically adjusts its speed according to temperature, so it will never intrude on your music and games. Tri-color LEDs illuminate the transparent fan blades with blue, red, or white at your command; they can be turned off at the press of a button. (The GS600 features only blue LEDs). The entire family is 80 PLUS certified to deliver 80% efficiency or higher at normal load conditions, generating a minimal amount of excess heat.
Treyarch to charge for Black Ops dedicated servers
Treyarch has announced that it will charge users to create dedicated servers in the upcoming Call of Duty game, Black Ops. Servers are already available for pre-order. According to the GameServers pre-order page, players wishing to purchase a dedicated server will be required to shell out $14.95 a month for an 18 maximum player limit on ranked servers. Unranked servers will cost $0.99 a month per player up to maximum of 24 players.
There are fees for teamspeak support, and discounts for 3, 6 or 12 month prepays. User-rented servers will give their owner the ability to kick, ban, and configure at will, according to Treyarch community manager Josh Olin. Ranked servers, however, will have fewer options as these matches have criteria that can't be fiddled with by users. Call of Duty: Black Ops is set to hit store shelves on November 9 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and PC [via ggmania]
Adobe Flash-Player is hacked!
A critical vulnerability is released in the wild, infecting and exploiting all kind of platforms, from Windows and Linux to Mac OSX and Android smartphones. The vulnerability known as CVE-2010-2884 exists in Adobe Flash Player 10.1.82.76 and affects all previous versions, including Acrobat Reader. The malicious attacker can buffer overflow your system, causing a common crash, while he can take control of your computer
DisplayLink USB 3.0 takes major step toward any device
DisplayLink Corp., the market share leader with more than three million USB graphics users worldwide, today provided a glimpse at its new SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) chip platform for next generation displays, docking stations and other integrated devices to be showcased next week at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, California, in booth #948.
The new DisplayLink single-chip family, DL-3000 and DL-1000 series, includes integrated display and networking connectivity, high performance audio and HD video support, as well as third generation DisplayLink adaptive real-time compression technology that dynamically manages bandwidth, taking full advantage bi-directional throughput of SuperSpeed USB. This means multiple full HD videos, high resolution graphics and networking data can be processed simultaneously, while also substantially increasing today's HighSpeed USB (USB 2.0) graphics performance and enabling graphics delivery over gigabit Ethernet.
Leadtek releases GTS 450 Extreme
Gigabyte joins the dark side of PCB
Gigabyte joins the dark side by replacing their traditional blue colored PCB of their motherboards with black and gold midtones. The company chose IDF 2010 to exhibit their two new motherboards for Intel Sandy-Bridge processors, called P67A-UD5 and P67A-UD7. Both mainboards feature the heart of a new P67A chipset, which is an update ready to boost Sandy-Bridge performance.
Looking carefully, we see dual powered 24-phase PWM and gold black heatsinks around the socket area. As more powerful and expensive motherboard, the UD7 signs in cutting edge technologies, such as the still-coming USB 3.0 support and better overclockability over the other models. But, both products still use NF200 chip, so gamers and enthusiasts have to deal with the limitation of two graphics cards only
GeForce GTS 450 SLI review
GeForce GTS 450 SLI gets tested
We test GeForce GTS 450 cards setup in SLI. See doubling up to two cards gives you 384 Shader processor and two 1024MB memory partitions. For a card that is marketed as 1600x1200 card things now change, if you like to game up-top say 1920x1200 and stick to 4xAA or 8xAA then SLI might be an interesting alternative in terms of value for money.
The article will also functions as a 1:1 comparison to the Radeon HD 5770 setup in two way CrossfireX.
Have a peek, have a read, you can find the article right here.
Arctic Releases MX-4 Thermal Compound
ARCTIC introduces a new thermal compound, ARCTIC MX-4, which features a new formula that guarantees exceptional heat dissipation from components and maintains the needed stability to push your computer system to its maximum. Similar to the performance of existing and acclaimed ARCTIC MX-series, ARCTIC MX-4 continues to be overclocker
Intel shows ray-traced Wolfenstein (video)
Research project Wolfenstein: Ray Traced gets demonstrated inside Intel Labs in Santa Clara, CA. See the highly detailed chandelier model with near realistic glass reflecting and refracting with amazing clarity. Also see a shiny car reflect movement from its surroundings, and other potential game-play enhancing features. The demo setup consists of four machines using Intel's Knights Ferry card as rendering server that feeds a small laptop with the stunning visualizations playing at a high frame rate.
NVIDIA GeForce ForceWare 260.63 ready for download
This is the first driver release from the Release 260 family of drivers . This driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, and 400-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs.
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
New in Release 260.63
New GPU Support
- Adds support for the newly released GeForce GTS 450 GPU.
- Increases performance for GeForce GTX 400 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. v258.96 WHQL drivers. The following are examples of some of the most significant improvements measured. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:
GeForce GTX 480:
- Up to 10% in StarCraft II (2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF Ultra)
- Up to 14% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
- Up to 16% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (SLI
Sandra 2010 SP2 v16.67 released
Here you can download SiSoftware Sandra 2010 SP2 which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers and networks. SANDRA will provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, ODBC Connections, USB2, 1394/Firewire, etc.
GeForce Forceware 260.61 Windows XP VISTA and 7
NVIDIA just outted a new ForceWare driver, supporting pretty much any GeForce and Tesla graphics cards. Right now we do not have a specific changelog available but will post this as soon as possible.
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
GeForce GTS 450 review roundup
GeForce GTS 450 review roundup
Today we test and review the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450. Not just one, in fact we'll put at least ten of these cards to the test. The GeForce GTS 450 is a lower segment mid-range graphics card armed with DirectX 11 compatibility and comes with one full gigabyte of graphics memory.
Our review will cover the following cards:
- ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCu TOP
- ECS GTX 450 Black
- eVGA GTS 450 FTW
- Gigabyte GTS 450 OC
- Inno3D GTS 450 Freezer
- KFA2 GTS 450 LTD OC
- MSI N450GTS Cyclone
- NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 reference
- Palit GTS 450 Sonic Platinum
- Sparkle Calibre X450G
The GTS 450 is targeted at gamers with a set budget in mind. Decent performance at a reasonable price. NVIDIA themselves find this card ideal for gamers who play their games with a monitor up-to a resolution of roughly 1600x1200.
You can read all about it right here at this URL.