Game sales up 41 percent in July
1. NCAA Football 2009 (360): 398,000 2. Wii Fit (Wii): 370,000 3. Guitar Hero: On Tour (DS): 310,000 4. Wii Play (Wii): 284,000 5. NCAA Football 2009 (PS3): 243,000 6. Soul Calibur IV (360): 219,000 7. Mario Kart Wii (Wii): 175,000 8. Rock Band (Wii): 166,000 9. Soul Calibur IV (PS3): 156,000 10. Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution (360): 148,000
BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX and 8800 GT OCX review - Guru3D
BFG is in the house with their latest weapons of mass gaming. They recently altered something in their product line-up and released the "OCX" series of products. Typically any manufacturer has it's normal baseline product, then an OC (overclock) products and in the case of BFG, they added an "X".
Well X marks the spot, and OCX obviously is short for Overclocking eXtreme. So we picked up two of their OCX models and see what the difference is all about and have a look at their BFG 9600 GT OCX and GeForce 8800 GT OCX.
Read the article here.
Download: HOC Unreal Tournament 3 Bench v1.3
HardwareOC Unreal Tournament 3 Benchmark -- Unreal Tournament 3 (UT3) is a first-person shooter and online multiplayer video game by Epic Games and is the next installment of the Unreal series after Unreal Tournament 2004. The third generation Unreal Engine was designed for DirectX 9/10 PCs, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Its renderer supports many advanced techniques including HDRR, per-pixel lighting, and dynamic shadows, and builds upon the tools available in previous versions of the engine.
- Windows XP / VISTA
- The latest drivers for your graphics card
- v1.3 patch
- Fixed resolution from 640
Trailer: Far Cry 2 - Jackal Trailer
A lot of trailers are being released at this moment. Could be related to the Games Convention in Leipzig that will start later this week, where Guru3D will be as well.
Gametrailers have posted 'Never-before-seen gameplay' trailer for Far Cry 2, upcoming first person shooter to be published by Ubisoft and is the sequel to Far Cry. The game is looking pretty hot, can't wait to test it at GC.
Radeon 4870 X2 - First waterblocks spotted
The first water-cooling blocks for the Radeon HD 4870 X2 can be spotted on the web. First up is Danger-Den with their R700 waterblock. It should be available pretty soon and hopefully can effectively help cool off the pair of RV770 GPUs. No word on pricing or anything else:
The second set we spotted, actually our forum admin has a serious eye on these, comes from EKWaterblocks. And I have to tell you, that's a sexy looking waterblock for real. These should be available at the 21st of August.
Trailer: Brothers in Arms Video Team Work
VIA EPIA N700 Nano-ITX motherboard released
Taipei, Taiwan, 15 August 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA N700 Nano-ITX board, designed as a complete solution for compact industrial PC and embedded automation devices. Featuring a 1.5GHz VIA C7 or 500MHz VIA Eden processor, the VIA EPIA N700 is the first Nano-ITX board to feature the latest VIA VX800 media system processor, offering system designers the perfect balance of ruthless miniaturization and uncompromising functionality.
Compact, yet user friendly, the VIA EPIA N700 uses additional onboard ports to make system design of compact PCs easier; two S-ATA ports, a Gigabit LAN port, a COM port, two USB 2.0 ports and a VGA port are provided, with additional COM, LVDS and IDE support available through onboard pin-headers. With the VX800 offering an integrated DX9 graphics core and excellent hardware accelerated video playback, this compact, low heat, power-efficient board is the ultimate solution for designing low heat, compact systems.
The VIA EPIA N700 is the lowest profile Nano-ITX board ever. The addition of onboard VGA, USB, COM and Gigabit network ports on this compact board helps to reduce cluttered cabling, adding improved air-flow for enhanced stability in always-on systems and a further reduced system foot-print. The VIA EPIA N700 requires only a single 4-pin power cable as its sole power source, again saving space, while the external CMOS battery allows flexible, efficient placement within the chassis.
The VIA VX800 Media System Processor
The VIA EPIA N700 is equipped with the latest VIA VX800 media system processor, an all-in-one, highly integrated digital media IGP chipset featuring the latest video, graphics and connectivity performance in a single chip. Measuring just 33x33mm, the VIA VX800 features an integrated VIA Chrome 9
Trailer: Bionic Commander
Capcom released a new trailer of Bionic Commando. This action game will be available by the end of October for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. On a re3cent NVIDIA press presentation we saw a live demop, and it was pretty interesting. This game will take advantage of GPU-accelerated PhysX on NVIDIA GeForce 8 and higher graphics cards.
Download GeForce ForceWare 177.89
At Siggraph NVIDIA launched yet another driver, this one with OpenGL 3.0 support, the 177.89 is dated August 12 (the 177.83 is dated August 2nd) and works with GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9 and GTX 200 series cards.
This release doesn't come bundled with PhysX software but you can download the 8.08.01 version from this page. Overall this seems to be a widely supported driver which ahs been showing some good results. Check out our forums thread for more user experiences.
WD updates its VelociRaptor hard drive
Western Digital has started shipping its new backplane-compatible WDVelociRaptor hard drive, the latest generation of its popular 10,000 RPM SATA WD VelociRaptor series of drives. The new backplane version of the WD VelociRaptor is specifically designed for 3.5-inch drive-based servers, PC and Mac computer enthusiasts and professional workstations that require the need for a backplane structure.
A favorite among enthusiasts, the WD VelociRaptor comes packed with twice the capacity and a 35 percent performance increase and runs 35 percent cooler over the previous "Raptor" generation. WD VelociRaptor drives are designed and manufactured to business-critical, enterprise-class standards to provide enterprise reliability in high duty cycle environments. The design results in the highest available reliability rating of any SATA drive at 1.4 million hours MTBF.
Yamaha to unveil first Blu-ray player
Yamaha waited for the HD format war to see who'd win, and thus now is Yamaha getting ready to jump into the Blu-ray market with its BD-S2900 player, according to a leaked report, pre-empting the player's expected release at the CEDIA show at the start of September. The unofficial specifications have the BD-S2900 compatible with the Profile v1.1, allowing users to view extra BonusView content without turning to their PC's Blu-ray drives, capable of 1080p/24fps HDMI video output, and upscaling of standard DVDs.
The player will also sport an SDHC-compatible SD Card slot for quick viewing of photos and movies captured on digital cameras and camcorders. For clean integration into a home theater set-up, the S2900's design will mimic that of the company's flagship A/V receivers, while an RS-232C serial port integrates it with home automation gear.
On the audio side, the 192kHz / 24-bit audio DAC will deliver high-quality digital sound, while Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, as well as Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio will be supported.
Pricing is not official, but is expected to be in the $1,200 range, while availability pegged at soon after CEDIA.
NVIDIA shows interactive GPU raytracer
NVIDIA this week announced it will be demonstrating the first fully interactive GPU-based ray tracer. The NVIDIA-developed tracer is running on four of the company's next-generation Quadro GPUs set in Quadro Plex 2100 D4 Visual Computing System. It is capable of three bounce linear scaling rendering at up to 30fps at resolutions of 1920x1080. The demonstration features linear scaling rendering of a complex, two-million polygon image of a car, the Bugatti Veyron, pictured, that is anti-aliased.
Ray tracing allows generating images by tracing the path of light through pixels in an image plane, resulting in high levels of realism, as it's capable of creating shadows, reflections and refractions in real time.
NVIDIA did not reveal how much the Visual Computing System cost, or when or if it would be available to customers. The Qudro Plex, will cost $10,750 for the entry model, it launches this fall.
Microsoft first with native Blu-ray support
Microsoft on Friday tipped its hand and revealed itself as the first major operating system developer to incorporate more complete Blu-ray support into its platform. A test version of Microsoft's Feature Pack for Storage will give Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Server 2008 the option of burning Blu-ray discs directly from the operating system, averting the need for a third-party app record to the larger storage format.
Upgrading with the Storage patch will also add the ability to lock down removable storage with a certificate or password to prevent the theft of secure material and will also add new forms of Smart Card support for government workers and others that depend on the standard to access networks and data.
The update is still in the beta stage and isn't yet known to have a set completion date, though the scale of the release suggests a comparatively near-term launch.
Microsoft's approach gives it an inroad into more secure workplaces and should also speed the rate of adoption for Blu-ray hardware, whose costs have often remained elevated due partly from a need to bundle third-party software. Linux, Mac OS X, and other operating systems lack both burning and playback support without third-party tools.
Crucial System Scanner
[QUOTE]The Crucial System Scanner is a freeware tool that scans your computer for what type and how much RAM it currently has in it and what your options are for installing more RAM.
Although the makers of this tool intended for it to be used to so you can buy the right type of RAM in their brand (Crucial). Its a really handy way to find out what type of RAM a certain motherboard can take. This tool can be an absolute godsend with laptop motherboards than tend to be a little sensitive to what type of RAM they can take.
Once run, this tool will very quickly open a command window, close it, pause for about 5 seconds and launch your browser with the results.[/QUOTE]
Force3D going for a Freeze with DTH
Force3D, a manufacturer of ATI graphics cards just issued a press release in which they announce custom cooled ATI Radeon 4870 products. The cooling method is called "Freezer DTH" and should allow for clock speeds up-to 800 MHz. DTH stand for Direct Touch heatpipe andf should cool a nice 33% better than the reference coolers from ATI.
The DTH (Direct Touch Heatpipe) adapts new technology in which the heatpipe is contacted with the GPU directly. The heatpipe absorbs heat from the GPU, cooling performance should really be excellent.
Guru3D Rig of the Month August 2008
Each month we here at Guru3D.com we choose a rig of the month. Guru3D's Rig of the Month - August 2008 is ' Le PC' from Ann le who build a pretty normal PC (for Guru3D standards) yet did a real nice water-cooling job.
"I will make it short and simple, my name is Le, 27 years old and currently working as a system admin for a training facility center. I
NVIDIA slips GTX 280 GX2 rumor
A statement made by NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang during the firm's fiscal Q2 2009 earnings sparked rumours that the graphics firm might be working on a dual-GPU card with two GeForce GTX 280:
Hans Mosesmann -- Jen-Hsun, a couple of questions; the way NVIDIA introduced GPUs into the marketplace, a single GPU at the high-end and you cascade going forward into higher volume segments -- has that strategy changed in relation to what AMD has done here with their strategy?
Jen-Hsun Huang -- As, you might recall, we were actually the world
OCZ intros faster Core V2 solid state disks
Sunnyvale-based OCZ on Thursday unveiled new Core Series V2 SATA II 2.5-inch SSD drives, offering users speedy 170 Megabyte-per-second read and 98 Megabyte-per-second write times, with much larger sizes. The drives represent a continued effort for OCZ to supply SSD drives to consumers at more affordable prices. While OCZ neglected exact prices from its release, it said that the new Core Series V2 drives cost half of what comparable products do, while offering sizes of up to 250GB.
They announced their Core Series V2 2.5" solid state disks with higher storage capacity and improved performance. The new drives will be available in 30GB, 60GB, 120GB and 250GB capacities.