Review: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2
We check out the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2 iCX 8G, and heck yeah this is not your regular one. Meet the all custom, cooled and tweaked EVGA "For-The-Win2" Edition. This SKU is a more premium version that comes with some new features, e.g. read sensors everywhere!
Read the full review here.
Windows 8 Metro browser will not support plugins including Flash
Microsoft announced that the Metro version of the Internet Explorer 10 browser in Windows 8 will be plug-in free. The desktop version will still support plug-ins but the news is likely another nail in the coffin of Flash as most web developers will want to make sure that their sites run on all platforms. More details at Building Windows 8.
Running Metro style IE plug-in free improves battery life as well as security, reliability, and privacy for consumers. Plug-ins were important early on in the web
MSI Voice controlled motherboards
MSi is apparantly working on MSI's Voice Genie, a PCIe x1 card that enables you to control your PC with your voice. BSN reports that for instance, to turn the computer on, user needs to say "MSI Big Bang Power On", and to shut it down the user only needs to say "Power Off MSI Big Bang" (in case of MSI's Big Bang motherboard).
You can also "Open Control Panel", "Open Browser" and customize the commands. For instance, you can start the computer with a customized theme such as "Open thyself Sesame" or "Warp One Engage", but bear in mind that shutting the computer down will require a reverse order of words (hence the MSI Big Bang Power On - Power Off MSI Big bang).
Intel 8-Way Multi-GPU MIC Knights Ferry demo
Intel was running a real-time ray-tracing demo of Wolfenstein at the IDF in San Francisco. According to xbitlabs to achieve this feat, the company used a 2-way Xeon server with eight Knights Ferry graphics cards.
At the Intel Developer Forum 2011, Intel Corp. showcased a system running a new version of its real-time
Port Royale 3 Teaser
Kalypso has released a teaser for the upcoming naval merchant game, Port Royale 3. Port Royale 3, will challenge players to build a trading empire, and will be coming to PC and next-generation consoles in Q2 2012.
In Port Royale 3, players will embark upon an epic adventure through the Caribbean during the turbulent 17th century where the naval powers of Spain, England, France and the Netherlands all fight for supremacy in the colonies. Players take on the role of a young captain trying to build his fortune and reputation in the new world colonies. The campaign consists of two different paths for the young protagonist to follow: adventurer and trader.
Following the path of the adventurer will lead the player on a naval conquest where they must gain notoriety through raids, piracy, bounty hunting, plundering and conquering cities as they strive to build their new Caribbean empire.
The route of the trader sees the player using their economic know-how to become the most powerful trading tycoon in the New World by setting up trade routes, building production facilities and developing cites.
In free-play mode, the player crafts a combination of the two paths, creating a unique and challenging scenario on the path to increase wealth and power.
In addition to the single-player campaign, there are robust multiplayer modes where players can go head-to-head using commercial, economic and conquest simulations to allow for fast-paced gameplay.
Features of Port Royale 3:
- Three paths to glory and fame
BioShock Infinite - TGS 2011 Gameplay Trailer
ASUS Vulcan ANC Headset review
ASUS ROG Vulcan ANC headsets are possibly the best noise-canceling headset you can buy. They combine ultimate gaming features with audiophile sound to make one kick-ass product.
The Vulcan ANC have a few surprises, not just the sleek design and the red and black color scheme. The first being that they are very comfortable, the ANC actually works, and above it all, they sound very good. They are a little pricey, but don't let that get in the way, these are one of the best headsets you can currently buy. Read the review right here.
Intel Desktop Board DX79SI Pictured
Check out the pgoto's pf the Intel Desktop Board Extreme Series DX79SI. A socket LGA2011 mobo that has eight DDR3 DIMM slots (four on either side of the socket, two DIMMs per channel).
LGA2011 supports quad-channel DDR3 memory, yielding 33% bandwidth gain over triple-channel DDR3 and 100% gain over dual-channel DDR3. Despite its large memory area, the DX79SI sticks to standard ATX board dimensions.
Gigabyte Shows X79 Motherboard Lineup at IDF
Gigabyte send over pictures of four X79 motherboard that are on display at Intel's IDF in San Francisco, you can check out the images over here.
Starting at the top we have the G1.Assassin 2 X79 and the biggest surprise here really is the re-designed heatsinks which are much less in your face than the current models. That said, Gigabyte might very well change this before the board is launching, but we'll just have to wait and see if we'll get a gun themed heatsink or not on the final boards.
Expected features include a Killer NIC, Creative X-Fi audio and 3-way SLI and CrossFireX support. We also spotted a Marvell controller for a pair of eSATAp (eSATA/USB combo) ports and a Fresco Logic USB 3.0 host controller on the board.
One feature we couldn't figure out what it's for is the blue and green button on the rear below the 4GHz overclock button, although it could be some kind of BIOS switch to select between the primary and secondary BIOS.
AMD Showcases its First 28 nm GPU
LucidLogix unveils HyperFormance for its Virtu software
Yawn -- LucidLogix presents HyperFormance, a new technology that promises higher responsiveness, improved frame rates, and sharper images:
LucidLogix demonstrated today for the first time at Intel Developer Forum 2011 (IDF) the injection of HyperFormance technology into its Virtu Universal GPU virtualization software for outstanding gaming responsiveness, visual quality and frame rates.
"Games are all about creating a suspension of disbelief and a more immersive overall lifelike experience," said Offir Remez, president and founder of Lucid. "HyperFormance technology provides a more responsive game interaction together with a clean visual image, making for a more pleasurable experience."
HyperFormance, found in the new model Virtu Universal MVP, boosts gaming responsiveness performance by intelligently reducing redundant rendering tasks in the flow between the CPU, GPU and the display. 3D games put the greatest demands on both the CPU and GPU. And as the race for higher performance on the PC and now in notebooks never ends, both CPUs and GPUs keep gaining performance. Despite more powerful microprocessors, display refresh rate remained fairly flat over the years, at 60-75Hz. The exception is found in 120Hz refresh rates for 3D stereo displays (used to produce 60 FPS for each eye). Lucid takes advantage of this disparity and eliminates redundant rendering tasks and predicts potential synchronization issues in the graphics delivery pipeline and intelligently removes and/or replaces them for better game control.
Called Virtu Universal MVP, the software includes the base features of Virtu Universal technology, which virtualizes integrated GPU and discrete GPU for best of breed functionality as well as features Virtual Vsync for no-compromise visual quality. With the added benefits of HyperFormance technology, Virtu Universal MVP improves game performance responsiveness in many ways:
- Boosts responsiveness to the game at any frame rate
- Improves gaming frame rates 30-70 percent
- Increases Vsync frame rates- up to 120 FPS and beyond
- Sharpens visual quality without tearing
Virtu Universal MVP is available to system platform manufacturers using Intel Sandy Bridge Z68/H67/H61, and other Intel integrated graphics, as well as many AMD processor-based PCs and notebooks. Virtu technology has been verified with hundreds of games and applications and can be found bundled with almost all of the world's Intel Z68 motherboards from the leading brands.
Intel McAfee DeepSAFE hardware-assisted security
Intel intro's McAfee DeepSAFE, a hardware-assisted security technology that makes use of the VT virtualization technology to deliver better protection against advanced malware and rootkits.
The threat landscape is rapidly changing to one of advanced persistent threats and stealth attacks. A new approach to security is needed to stay ahead of the cybercriminals, and today McAfee unveiled McAfee DeepSAFE. The new technology, which will help fundamentally change and reshape the security industry, was demonstrated by McAfee at Intel Developer Forum (IDF) during Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini
Scythe Mugen 3 PCG Edition
Scythe introduced the Mugen 3 PCGH Edition processor cooler:
Japanese cooling expert Scythe is hereby announcing the special edition of Mugen 3 CPU Cooler. Scythe introduced a PC Games Hardware Edition CPU Cooler already in the past. Back then Mugen 2 CPU Cooler was modified in cooperation with the editors from the German PC Magazine called PC Games Hardware. Today announced special edition of the Mugen 3 CPU Cooler was once again created in cooperation with the editors of PC Games Hardware in order to fulfill the demand of Power Users.
Outcome of the cooperation was a modified Mugen 3 CPU Cooler which was aiming for super silent noise level during operation, yet not sacrificing the high performance level. Hence main aluminum hetasink was not the target of modification instead airflow optimization was chosen. Normal version of Mugen 3 is equipped with one Scythe Slip Stream PWM Silent 120 mm axial fan where the PC Games Hardware Edition comes with the total of two Slip Stream 120 mm fans. Both Slip Stream 120 mm axial fans are constantly rotating with 800 rpm in a Push/Pull alignment, each creating total noise level of only 10.70 dBA. This dual fan setup is able to provide the required high performance level while remaining permanently silent.
Solid and safe fit of the Mugen 3 PC Games Hardware Edition CPU Cooler is assured by the F.M.S.B. (Flip Mount Super Back-Plate) mounting mechanism in 4th version. Compatibility list is includes Intel sockets LGA1155, LGA1156, T / LGA775 and LGA1366 as well as AMD sockets AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+ and the new FM1.
Scythe Mugen 3 PC Games Hardware Edition CPU Cooler is available for 37,90 EUR (excl. VAT/TAX) as of today.
Max Payne 3 Trailer
Fallout: New Vegas - Lonesome Road DLC Trailer
Download & Try out Windows 8
Logitech Wireless Touchpad
Logitech introduced its own version of Apple's Magic Touchpad for Windows running machines, which is known as the Wireless Touchpad and brings multi-touch gesture support to Microsoft's operating system.
The black five inch button-free surface can be placed anywhere near the PC as it communicates with it through a RF wireless connection, much like other devices such as wireless mice and keyboards.
Users only have to install a special dongle inside an empty USB port, a so called Unifying USB adapter, that allows consumers to use a single receiver for hooking up as much as five other Logitech wireless devices.
Once installed, Logitech's Wireless Touchpad uses some special drivers in order to bring into Microsoft's OS support for two-finger scrolling, three-finger page flip gestures, and four-finger app switches.
According to Logitech, its latest creation can provide up to four hours of battery life and an LED indicator light tells you when the touchpad is on and your batteries are running low.
The Wireless Touchpad has been designed to be used together with Windows 7, but older version of the OS should also be supported with some basic functionality.
"The Logitech Wireless Touchpad is perfect for people who want to surf the Web in a more fun and natural way," said Rory Dooley, Logitech's senior vice president and general manager of the Control Devices business unit.
"It lets Web surfers flick through websites and effortlessly scan long pages - making browsing easier than ever," concluded the company's rep.
The Logitech Wireless Touchpad is expected to be available in Europe in September 2011, for a suggested retail price of
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2 GB Graphics Card
MSI has released N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5 and N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC with double memory to provide a better gaming experience with big HD monitors.
The N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5 series graphics card is equipped with the MSI exclusive Twin Frozr II thermal design that provides 20
ASUS ROG CG8565 Gaming Desktop Photo's
Back at Computex this already was silently shown, but check out the first pictures of ASUS' latest gaming desktop under its premium Republic of Gamers banner. The PC will be called the ROG CG8565.
The all black design PC seeems stealthy and rest assured is loaded with ROG components, TPU reported the following on it:
The front door slides down revealing the front panel, with two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, audio, multi-format card reader, a Blu-ray ROM + DVD-RW combo drive, and a 3.5-inch SATA hard drive hot-swap bay. The ROG logo glows red when the system is powered on.
Under the hood, the ROG CG8565 is a Sandy Bridge-powered system. It is driven by an Intel Core i7-2600K quad-core processor, that's overclocked out of the box at 4.20 GHz. There are two higher OC presets that's selectable using the ROG panel, OC1 runs the CPU at 4.40 GHz, and OC2 runs it at 4.60 GHz. The CPU makes use of liquid cooling. In all likelihood, the motherboard is an ROG Maximus IV-class. There's 16 GB of dual-channel DDR3-1600 MHz memory.
A NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU graphics card is in-charge of graphics. An ASUS Xonar DX handles 7.1 channel sound. In terms of storage, a RAID 0 array of two 80 GB SSDs holds the operating system, while there are two 1 TB hard drives for storage, which can either be run as non-RAID disks or clubbed into RAID 0 or 1 modes. Pricing and availability information is to be announced.