S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat Official Web Site Launched
Continuing the game exactly were "S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl" ended, "S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat" got its own official web site now which you can find here. Using GSC Game World's own game engine, the X-Ray engine v.1.6, it is supposed to increase the graphical details of the game even further.
Besides screenshots and a few hints regarding the story, you can also find some interesting new features of the game:
- Photorealistic exclusion Zone
ASUS ROG OC Station
If you're a proud owner of ASUS's flagship ROG motherboard then here's a wonderful product for you. The ROG OC Station is a one of a kind device that grants users on-the-fly access to overclocking parameters, ROG-exclusive features, fan speeds, system information and even a photo slideshow function. To overclock your ROG board all you have to do is connect ROG OC Station to your board and change various parameters.
That's it. The pure hardware-based, bay-mounted device with a large 3-inch display takes OCing to a whole new level of ease, accuracy and sophistication, reports ASUS.
Pure hardware-based OC control
* Real-time access to system voltages, frequencies and fan speeds
* Intuitive user interface with 3" TFT-LCD display
* Temperature monitoring for critical components
* Alarm thresholds with audio alerts
* Stylish design with adjustable faceplate (tilts upward 30 degrees)
* Mounts in two 5.25-inch bays
* Seamless integration with ROG CPU Level Up and ASUS EPU-6 Engine
* Photo slideshow function
No word on pricing.
Microsoft to apply 3-app limit on Win 7 Starter?
The changes should also let users of the simplest Windows 7 build also change their desktop background, a feature that also wasn't an option in the past.
Why Microsoft would loosen its restrictions isn't mentioned in the seeming leak but may have its roots in the company's desire to maintain the control it recently gained of the netbook market. It won the market largely by heavily discounting Windows XP, eliminating most of the Linux cost advantage. Imposing major limits on the software bears the risk of steering some netbook buyers towards Linux, where those limits don't exist. Newer Linux variants like Ubuntu Netbook Remix are tailored just for the ultra-small computers.
Windows 7 Starter will nonetheless maintain some important restrictions, such as the absence of interface elements that require Aero Glass (such as "peek") and touchscreen support; as such, it's likely to increase the cost of convertible tablet netbooks and others with built-in touch.
Microsoft hasn't commented on the accuracy of the report.
Intel Bloomfield vs. Lynnfield vs. Havendale pixelized
Comparing the Socket LGA 1366 Core i7 powerhouse against the upcoming Socket LGA 1136 Core i5 mainstream processors - namely the Core i5 "Lynnfield" 45nm quad-core and the soon to be dodo Core i5 "Havendale" 45nm dual-core with embedded graphics on the CPU itself.
According to sources the first Core i5 Lynnfield processors will start being sold sometime in mid September, just in time for Windows 7 [photo's courtesy of tweaktown].
Acer launches easystrore home server
Acer on Thursday contributed its own more frugal entry into the home server space within the US through the Aspire easyStore Home Server AH340. Similar to HP's MediaSmart LX195, the easyStore runs on a 1.6GHz Atom to manage traffic to and from the server without the cost overhead of other processors. Acer's larger design, however, affords it four 3.5-inch drive bays that can take as much as 8TB of storage if completely filled.
As a Windows Home Server, the easyStore lets both Macs and Windows PCs both backup content or use the server as a central base for media; owners can access much of the content remotely and upload photos or other content while away. Despite the Microsoft focus, it supports DLNA media sharing on the home network to bring its content to a PlayStation 3 or other PCs and devices that recognize the standard.
The AH340 comes with a 1TB drive already installed as well as five USB ports and one eSATA port for adding extra storage. It should be available today for $400 (click thumbnail to enlarge photo).
EVGA X58 SLI LE and X58 SLI Micro motherboards soon
EVGA is going to introduce two new X58 motherboards targeted at new market segments. For the past six months, the EVGA X58 SLI family has lived a relatively successful life among many system builders and enthusiasts alike, and the company now wishes to broaden this lineup in an attempt to appeal the Core i7 platform to new adopters and user groups.
First on the list is the X58 SLI LE (141-BL-E757) motherboard, which will be placed directly under and priced lower than the current X58 SLI (141-BL-E758). One of the more notable features is the fact that it has four PCI-Express 2.0 slots that run at x16/x16/x8/x8, similar to the X58 SLI Classified (E760) non-NF200 model. It should be noted that the LE also features a PCI-E x1 slot directly under the top PCI-E x16 slot. This might be a problem for SLI users with audio or network cards running on the x1 interface, but it is possible to place two dual-slot cards in the second and third PCI-E slots should this be an issue. There is also a single standard PCI slot just as with the other X58 family boards.
The new X58 SLI LE will also feature a 6-phase analog PWM design with a single EPS 12v connector. In comparison, the X58 SLI features an 8-phase analog PWM design with a single EPS 12v connector while the enthusiast X58 SLI Classified features 10-phase digital PWM over dual EPS 12v connectors.
Apart from these design aspects, the LE board is very similar to the X58 SLI in its feature set. It includes six triple-channel DDR3 1600MHz slots, six SATA II 3.0Gb/s slots, an onboard LED for POST codes an temperature monitoring, but a passive heatsink rather than an active one. As stated before, the X58 SLI LE (E757) is an additional model to the X58 family that will be priced below the current X58 SLI (E758) model.
On the other hand, the company is also introducing its first enthusiast platform motherboard to compete in the micro-ATX market, the EVGA X58 SLI Micro (141-BL-E756). One of the more notable features that catches the eye is the fact that this mini board uses the same red and black color scheme found on the Classified. It features two PCI-Express x16 2.0 slots that allow for dual-slot SLI cards to be fit nicely and compactly, as well as a PCI-E x1 slot sandwiched between them and a standard PCI slot at the bottom.
The new X58 SLI Micro will also feature a 6-phase analog PWM design with a single EPS 12v connector. It has six triple-channel DDR3 1600MHz slots, six SATA II 3.0Gb/s slots, an onboard LED for POST codes and temperature monitoring, and the same passive heatsink found on the LE. Overall, this board should prove to be a good competitor to the ASUS Rampage II Gene mATX.
As far as availability goes, we are told that at least one of these new models will be available before the end of this month and the other shortly after [via en.hardspell]
NEC LCD2490WUXi2 with improved color
NEC released an updated to their LCD2490WUXi2 display today in an effort to boost the color on this 24-inch LCD display. As a part of the MultiSync 90 series, NEC hasn
Google Chrome update brings 30% faster browser
Google this afternoon launched an official update to its Chrome browser that it hopes will fight back against Safari 4 and other newer rivals. The upgrade further refines the software's distinctive java script engine and is estimated to be about 30 percent faster when using web apps and other sites that depend heavily on the code. Chrome similarly gets updates that bring it up to par with some features on other browsers, such as autofill for forms as well as a full-screen mode and the ability to remove unwanted thumbnails from the "most visited" page.
The search engine pioneer also boasts having fixed over 300 bugs and improved the general stability of Chrome. It continues to require Windows XP or Vista. Versions for Linux and Mac OS X remain in development but aren't anticipated until later this year.
In addition to its speed, Chrome is unique among browsers in assigning a program thread to each browser tab and thus preventing a crash in one from taking down the whole browser as well as speeding up browsing on multi-core computers. It also creates a "sandbox" to prevent malicious web code from easily infecting the operating system.
Spielberg predicts death of home consoles
Hollywood veteran Steven Spielberg expects to see the traditional home console die out, whilst virtual reality and 3D video games will make an emphatic comeback.
In an exclusive interview with The Guardian, Spielberg boldly stated that he forecasts the conventional video game systems to go "the way of the Dodo bird," as well as declaring his preference for PC gaming.
Modern Warfare 2 Teaser
Woot :) Check out this new teaser for the upcoming Modern Warfare 2 trailer.
So to clear some confusion, the trailer arrives May 24 and the
GSkill Falcon 128GB SSD review - It beats the OCZ Vertex ?
G.Skill has a product here that they should be very proud off, as they made a tough choice, they also are moving towards the all new Indilinx Barefoot controller inside that SSD drive. As such they can fight off the small-block size issues plaguing SSDs based on the JMicron controllers.
This product has that phat 64MB cache inside the Falcon to deal with it, and combined with Samsung NAND flash modules we reach over 250 MB/sec read speeds and get this, 190 MB/sec write speeds.
This product is as delicious as the OCZ Vertex SSD's, but cheaper at 309 USD per 128GB.
Check out the full guru3d review here.
Daily deals May 21 2009 - GPUs
For this update of daily daily deals I wanted to focus on some of the more recent graphics cards, and very snazzy sharp prizes.
- PowerColor Radeon HD 4770 Video Card - What an absolute bargain this card is. Roughly 4850 performance, and most of the card overclock really well bringing you massive bang for buck. This one is available for $99.00
- eVGA GeForce GTS 250 Video Card - I think the GTX 250 is a little underappreciated. This card is pretty much the GeForce 9800 GTX+ model and can now be found for only $119.99 and that is just a great deal.
- Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Video Card - Shortly after the 4890 was released, the price on the 4870 caved in .. you guys please bare in mind that the performance difference in-between the two is like 15% only, and I spotted this 480 for only $149.99 (!)
- BFG Technologies GeForce GTX 275 Video Card - Massive performance at a really fair price, this is what the GTX 275 offers. Here we have the BFG version with life-time warranty at $249.99 and it's worth it every penny !
Very hot deal:
- eVGA GeForce GTX 285 Video Card - to date this model has the fastest GPU on the planet and boy, did the price come down ever since the last-gen GTX 280 was released at 500 USD. This eVGA model we spotted for $299.99
IntelBurnTest v2.1 released
IntelBurnTest is an extremely stressful program that will put even the most powerful X86/X64 CPU in the world at its knees. Load temp under Linpack will be up to 22*C higher than the competing software Prime95.
A program that simplifies the usage of Intel(R) Linpack. Linpack by Intel(R) is an extremely stressful program that will put even the most pow- -erful X86/X64 CPU in the world at its knees. Load temp under Linpack will be up to 22*C higher than the competing software Prime95. This program will make usage of Linpack easier and more practical.
Updated IntelBurnTest to v2.1
- Optimized error-checking code, reduces CPU overhead
- Now displays more accurate ending time
- Simplified graphical user interface further
- Improved color of captions in the GUI
- Added ability to override the number of threads for Linpack to use (as requested by users)
- Added display of progress in the title bar
- Now outputs current time for each iteration to log file (hh:mm:ss)
- Now auto-scrolls output list to the bottom as results are outputted
- Fixed a GUI quirk
Keep in mind, use this program at your own risk. By using this program, you agree that neither I nor Intel shall be responsible for including, but not limited to: burned up CPU, fried motherboard, spontaneous room temperature increase, hair loss, or mental stress.
Download: click here.
Radeon HD 4730 surfaces
Well that didn't take long. It is reported that AMD is planning to release a new 55nm RV770 based graphics card, the Radeon HD 4730. This part is basically a cut down down version of the Radeon HD 4830 with 512MB GDDR5 memory.
The Radeon HD 4730 is an attempt to ease the supply problems of the popular Radeon HD 4770.
The thing is, this card isn't based on the 40nm RV740 part but the 55nm RV770. In fact, it is a strip down version of the HD 4830 (RV770LE) codenamed RV770CE but boosted with GDDR5 memories. However, you may not be seeing mass availability as it is only available in limited quantities for certain regions whose HD 4830 stocks have ran dry.
Check out the picture.
QNAP Unveils Atom-based SS-439 Pro Turbo NAS
QNAP announces the first 2.5" SATA HDD, 4-bay, Intel Atom-based SS-439 Pro Turbo NAS dedicated to SMB and SOHO users. Designed with Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz CPU, 1GB DDRII memory, and DOM (Disk on Module) architecture, the SS-439 Pro is the most compact, powerful, and power-saving 2.5" 4-bay NAS that supports RAID 5/ RAID 6 for highly secure data protection.
The NAS supports four 2.5" SATA hard drives which are featured with high stability, low power consumption, low vibration, and longer life expectancy. With excellent cooling and energy-saving design, the power consumption of the NAS with four hard drives installed is as low as 18W. Moreover, the SS-439 Pro supports 3 USB 2.0 ports and 2 eSATA ports for storage capacity expansion and backup destination, and advanced features such as built-in iSCSI target service (max 8 iSCSI devices) with Thin Provisioning, Online RAID Capacity Expansion, Online RAID Level Migration, AES 256-bit volume-based encryption, Wake on LAN, automatic policy-based IP blocking, instant SMS and email alert, BT and eMule download, schedule power on and power off, 2 Giga LAN ports, 4 IP cameras for network surveillance, etc.
"The SS-439 Pro is a compact, silent, and power-saving server which is ideal to work for long hours in the office. When four low power 2.5" hard drives are installed, the power consumption of the NAS is only 18W, which is almost the same as an energy-saving light bulb. It is an environment-friendly storage solution that largely saves the electricity expense of the users and minimizes pollution to the earth," says Jerry Deng, Product Manager from QNAP.
Check out out QNAP TS-439 Pro Turbo review here.
Liquid-Cooled Desk PC mod
Check this out, Desk PC mods are relatively rare, but not unseen, but they generally aim to discretely hide the computer into the furniture. Popular Mechanics
Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 Vapor-X pixelized
Photo's of the new and upcoming Radeon HD 4890 Vapor-X graphics card from Sapphire. This model has a blue PCB and uses the Vapor-X dual-slot cooler.
It is not certain wether or not the card card's core runs at 1000 MHz, and the 1 GB of GDDR5 memory at 1050 MHz (2100 MHz DDR, 4200 MHz effective) or regular clocks just yet. But check out the connectivity, 2x HDMI, sub-d and DVI. The price is yet to be announced. Click the photo to enlarge.
LG thinnest LCD is just 5.9mm thick
LG has introduced world's thinnest 42" and 47" LCD displays, the new models have a thickness of only 5.99mm.
Yeah again .. nearly 6mm (!). LG promises 120Hz refresh technology and 80% of the NTSC color gamut, up from 72% on standard models, on these, but we'll wait for them to go from the demo stand to the store shelf before revisiting the question of whether thinner and more energy efficient is actually better.
Click to enlarge the photo.