End of Nations Gameplay Video
Petroglyph and Trion have released a gameplay video for End of Nations, the upcoming MMORTS.
Watch "Combined Arms: Armor, Air, and Infantry" for a first look at just-unveiled air and infantry units.
Get a real sense of the massive scale of End of Nations as battle unfolds on the ground and in the air against the tyrannical Order of Nations in this exciting footage.
MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 4 available for download
Changes list includes:
- MSI On-Screen Display server has been upgraded to version 4.2.1. New version gives you the following improvements:
- Tuned vertex buffer usage strategy improves performance in Direct3D8 and Direct3D9 applications in raster 3D On-Screen Display rendering mode
- Fixed vertex buffer corruption bug, causing On-Screen Display to flicker randomly in Direct3D8 and Direct3D9 applications when raster 3D On-Screen Display rendering mode is enabled
- Now raster font uses managed texture instead of dynamic one to bypass broken high resolution dynamic texture pitch reporting on GTX 200 series graphics cards under NVIDIA 275.27 beta drivers
- Raster font texture size is no longer fixed. Now the server is dynamically selecting minimum possible texture size to fit selected font into it
- The skins have been changed slightly to provide more convenient raster font customization. Now raster font customization window can be open by clicking "Raster 3D" button. Holding "Ctrl" button while clicking "Raster 3D" button allows you to select pre-rendered font from bitmap file and holding "Shift" button while clicking "Raster 3D" button allows you to pre-render and save currently selected font to bitmap file
- Fixed bug causing multiple used On-Screen Display slots to overwrite each other instead of merging the slots correctly
- Added screencapture support for Direct3D10 and Direct3D11 applications using framebuffers with 10-bit RGB components (e.g. Dirt 3)
- Improved tabbed text formatting
- Now desktop video capture support and forcible Aero Glass interface toggling can
be disabled via the configuration files if necessary
- Updated profiles list
- Now SDK includes new sample code, demonstrating On-Screen Display usage from any third party application. The sample is displaying CPU usage in On-Screen Display and provides third party developers helper object for RivaTuner-styled grouped OSD text formatting
- PowerTune settings are now being forcibly reapplied after changing the clocks via unofficial overclocking path to bypass bug in AMD driver causing PowerTune settings to be reset to defaults during programming PowerPlay table
- Unofficial overclocking is now ignored for inactive ULPS enabled AMD graphics cards
Guru3D Rig Of the Month - new Vertex 3 SSD prizes !
Starting July (ROTM next month) in collaboration with OCZ we are increasing the stakes, if you enter Guru3D's Rig of the Month competition from July to December 2011 the monthly price winner will get ... an OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD (!) if you have not done so, read our review on these kick'ass SSDs right here.
In the Rig of the Month you get to submit your unusual PC. We like weird stuff, mods and cool looking PCs. It
Realtek HD Audio 2.62 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. The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download from our servers.
This download hosted at Guru3D.com offers all the Windows XP, Vista and 7 binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Driver Package R2.62
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting:
ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC886, ALC887, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC899, ALC861VD, ALC660,
ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC670, ALC672, ALC676, ALC680, ALC221, ALC231, ALC260, ALC262,
ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC275, ALC276
2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting:
ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC886, ALC887, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC899, ALC861VC,
ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC670, ALC672, ALC676, ALC680 ALC221, ALC231,
ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC275, ALC276
3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4. OS Supporting: Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013) For Windows 2000 SP4, XP SP1, XP SP2, Server 2003 SP1.
1.) Driver :
Nvidia GeForce 275.50 driver download
This is a beta release from the Release 275 family of drivers (versions 275.xx to 279.xx).
This driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs. This driver package also includes the 3D Vision Controller driver.
This driver is identical to the GeForce 275.50 WHQL-certified release except for the following changes:
New in Release 275.50
- Enables SLI technology on SLI-certified motherboards with AMD chipsets: 990FX, 990X, and 970.
- Improves 3D Vision performance with Duke Nukem Forever with 3-way SLI and Quad SLI technology.
NVIDIA 3D Vision
- With Release 275 drivers, the 3D Vision Controller driver is now included with all GPU driver installations. This driver package includes v275.33 3D Vision Controller driver. Users are no longer required to install a separate 3D Vision Controller driver or CD driver. For more information, please view this knowledgebase article for more information.
- Added the following 3D Vision game profiles:
- Duke Nukem Forever Demo
- Mars benchmark
- Rise of the Immortals
- Rusty Hearts
- Updated the following 3D Vision game profiles
- Alice Madness Returns
Fractal Design Core 3000 review
Fractal Design released the Core 3000, an all black, quite stylish mid-tower chassis. This ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX ready tower chassis can house a pair of external 5.25-inch drive bays, for ODDs (optical disk drives) or anything else that uses that form factor of course. Then on the inside Fractal Design made sure you can house a lot of internal 3.5-inch HDDs as the bays allow six of them to be installed with the top bay being removable, which will allow you to use long graphics cards.
Check out the article right here.
Iiyama outs 20-inch ProLite Monitor in Europe
A small monitor with a small price is about the be released for Euope. It's the ProLite B2008HDS 20-inch LED-backlit LCD display that has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels.
With a response time of 2 ms, it's geared for gamers on a budget. The screen has 250 cd/m
$499 Samsung Galaxy Tab On Sale, Runs Android 3.1
It looks like Samsung was finally able to make all preparation for seriously taking the tablet market by storm, having officially launched the Galaxy Tab 10.1, loaded with the most recent version of Android, check out what softpedia reports today:
" That Samsung was eventually going to start selling its Android slate is something that has been known for months.
Of course, this means two possible price points, but with the former at $499 and the latter at $599, the range is well within iPad-threatening parameters. That said, the 10.1-inch LCD touchscreen has a native resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, while the NVIDIA Tegra 2 SoC provides the majority of all performance resources.
Samsung also threw in a 7,000 mAh battery (up to 9 hours of life) and a variety of connectivity and I/O capabilities (a 3 megapixel rear camera, a 2 megapixel front camera, WiFi, etc.), all in an 8.6 mm frame.
What's more, as consumers probably know or can guess, the feature set of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 includes Adobe Flahs support.
Finally, the Android 3.1 operating system from Google is loaded onto the device, for quick application transition and intuitive navigation.
Razer ships $80 Orochi Black Chrome Edition mobile gaming mouse
Adobe warns of new Flash Player security threat
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier - Nigeria Walkthrough
Ahw gawd .. I'm so gonna enjoy this game. Ubisoft has published a near ten minute direct feed gameplay video of its upcoming Tom Clany title, Ghost Recon: Future Solider. The video gives players a look at the active camo, weapons, gadgets and squad-based gameplay in the game.
Future Solider also uses a similar mission display to that seen in Splinter Cell: Conviction, highlighting objectives and key points in-game.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Launch Trailer
Cell debut trailer released
Guru3D Rig of the Month - June 2011
The rig of the Month June 2011 style, silence and performance are the key ingredients for the PC. A good chunk of money was spend on this Rig to get Thomas Michels his most most excellent build ever, supporting SLI and Thermaltake Level 10 alright. Meet the PC of Thomas Michels, 26 years of age.
You can check out all that coolness in the June's Rig of the Month right here.
Duke Nukem Forever press agency threatened gets sacked
Wozers .. check it out, The Redner Group, the PR team behind the US launch of Duke Nukem Forever, threatened on Twitter that reviewers who bashed the game would be blacklisted.
One staffer posted threats on the agency's official Twitter page stating the team will decide "who gets games next time" based on the venom in a reviewer's piece.
The Tweet has now been removed, replaced by a grovelling apology and the promise that individual sorry letters will be sent out to worried reviewers.
According to ArsTechnica - who managed to grab a screenshot before the original Tweet was removed - blacklisting is a common thing in the games world, and has been for years, but the activity is rarely made public like this.
Here's that tweet:
Pretty much what the PR agency was saying is this "put out good reviews, otherwise you get you'll be excummunicated". And that's of course the biggest no-go for any editor or journalist.
However, the story continues ... 2K Games has now sacked The Redner Group over the incident. 2K has since stopped doing business with The Redner Group and said, via its own Twitter feed, that it doesn't endorse or condone the comments.
'We maintain a mutually respectful relationship with the press and will continue to do so. We don't condone @The RednerGroup's actions at all,' said 2K.
That's Atomic man !
AMD: Southern Islands GPUs arrive later this year
Advanced Micro Devices confirmed on Tuesday at its AMD Fusion Development Summit (AFDS) that it would release a new breed of graphics processing units (GPUs) later this year. Apparently, AMD's code-named Southern Island graphics processing units are on-track to be launched in 2011. While it is not completely clear what kind of peculiarities of next-generation graphics processors will be revealed at the summit, it is highly likely that going forward both AMD and its arch-rival Nvidia will attempt to make GPUs more programmable and better suitable not only for graphics processing, but also for complex computing.
Later during this year AMD is projected to release its first graphics processing units made using 28nm process technology code-named Southern Islands. The SI family is projected to support DirectX 11 functionality along with architectural improvements and some new features.
Storage disk with phase-change memory
Researchers at the University of California in San Diego have developed a prototype disk drive based on phase-change memory. Full details over here.
A new type of data storage technology, called phase-change memory, has proven capable of writing some types of data faster than conventional flash based storage. The tests used a hard drive based on prototype phase-change memory chips.
Disks based on solid-state, flash memory chips are increasingly used in computers and servers because they perform faster than conventional magnetic hard drives. The performance of the experimental phase-change disk drive, created by researchers at University of California San Diego, suggests that it won't be long before that technology is able to give computing devices another speed boost.
"Phase-change chips are not quite ready for prime time, but if the technology continues to develop, this is what [solid state drives] will look like in the next few years," says Steve Swanson, who built the prototype, known as Onyx, with colleagues. It had a data capacity of eight gigabytes and went head-to-head with what Swanson calls a "high-end" 80 GB flash drive made for use in servers.
When it came to writing small chunks of data on the order of kilobytes in size, Onyx was between 70 percent and 120 percent faster than the commercial drive. At the same time, the prototype placed significantly less computational load on the processor of the computer using it. It was also much faster at reading data than the flash drive when accessing blocks of data of any size. The kind of large volume, small read and write patterns that Onyx excelled at are a hallmark of the type of calculations involved in analyzing social networks like those of Twitter, says Swanson. However, Onyx was much slower at writing larger chunks of data than its commercially established competitor.
AMD 2012 roadmap surfaces
The chaps at Bit Tech got its hands on details about AMD's 2012 processor roadmap:
" After months of secrecy, AMD has finally revealed some of its plans for the CPU market in a recent briefing, and there are some curious highlights. For example, next year will see the first ever 28nm AMD processor, meaning that AMD and its fabrication partner GlobalFoundries are keeping pace with Intel fairly well. While Intel is talking about 3D Tri-gate technology for its Ivy Bridge range of CPUs, AMD's new chips will still be fundamentally based on 28nm transistors.
While a process shrink usually leads to higher frequencies and more performance, it can also lead to lower power consumption and waste heat if the frequencies aren