Left 4 Dead Expansion Revealed
Valve announced the upcoming release of the Left 4 Dead Critic's Choice expansion pack. This pack promises a completely new game mode, Survival, and two new Versus mode campaigns. There is no word on whether or not these new Versus campaigns will be completely new environments, or will simply be the release of the Versus variants of the two other existing campaigns currently found in Left 4 Dead. In addition, a special release of Left 4 Dead will arrive this Spring that contains all of this bonus content already added. PC owners should delight in the fact that the SDK is still on the way, but may be a ways away.
The first L4D DLC - dubbed the L4D Survival Pack - is due for release this spring and introduces a new multiplayer game mode entitled, Survival, plus two complete campaigns for Versus Mode. A Critic's Choice Edition of the game is also heading to retail stores this spring, and will include access to all the content introduced in the L4D: Survival Pack.
In addition, for PC gamers and aspiring developers, the first Left 4 Dead release for the Source Software Development Kit (Source SDK) will allow the creation of custom Left 4 Dead campaigns that will be discoverable via L4D's matchmaking system. The SDK update is also due for release this spring, and is free of charge to all owners of L4D on the PC.
NVIDIA GT218 40nm specs surfaced
A new rumor popped onto the web today. Thanks to a leaked GT218 card drawing which should get an overall idea what the actual card might look like. Nvidia is working on the entry level GT218 cards currently and we will probably see some samples during CeBIT in March and a launch in April. GT218 is the first 40nm based GPU from Nvidia and there are at least 4 SKUs on different PCB designs.
The chip comes in a 23mm package, it is developed in 40nm, and this is the chip that is mainly targeted for OEMs. The card should end up with a sub 22W TDP and it is meant for the entry-level market, where it should replace Geforce 9500GS and GT cards.
The card we are looking at right now is based on the P692 PCB design codenamed D10M1-30. The core is clocked at 550MHz and shader clock at 1375MHz. The card comes with 512MB of DDR3 memories onboard clocked at 800MHz on 64-bit memory interface. The number of shader processors is not revealed at this moment. The card supports Dual Link DVI, DisplayPort, VGA etc [via vr-zone]
Update: it is now said that the card will have 32 shader processors, a 64-bit memory interface, 12.8GB/s of memory bandwidth, and a 22W power envelope. Despite the specifications, the GT218 will supposedly share its host card with 512MB of GDDR3 RAM, and it will have both greater memory bandwidth and four times as many SPs as the current GeForce 8400 GS.
Download: The Last Remnant Benchmark
The Last Remnant Benchmark is up for download at Square Enix Japanese official site. The Last Remnant is a role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix. We mirrored the file towards our file-severs. Also we compressed it a better shaving off another 40 MB of the download size.
The game is directed at both Japanese and Western audiences. Though this is the ebcnhmark which shows off some eye-candy of the game, the PC version of The Last Remnant to be released on April 9, 2009.
Download - click here
Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 sound card gets DTS Interactive for Vista
Auzentech is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DTS Connect Driver for the new X-Fi Forte 7.1 sound card. The Driver is compatible with Windows Vista
The new driver must be a fresh install on a 32-bit or 64-bit edition of Windows Vista. In addition to providing DTS Connect, the new driver contains recent bug fixes to provide Multi-Channel Digital and Analog sounds, improved speed when changing modes, and enhance stability.
For details and downloads, please visit the driver download page.
- Download with DTS (for Windows Vista):
- Product Page:
In other news, Steven is working the Forte review as we speak, so we should have some good content on these products real soon.
Hiper Osiris gun metal design case photos
Hiper has introduced a gun metal version of its Osiris case.
After winning more than 25 international top-awards HIPER presents the successful midi-tower OSIRIS (HTC-1x514-A2) in a new look: Gun Metal with a brushed finish! All popular features like the construction of 100% 6063-T5 military spec alloy and the outstanding built quality remain the same. The colors to choose from are now Black, Silver and Gun Metal.
The case will be available for $179 (120EUR, excl. VAT).
ATI RV740 40nm GPU to arrive in April
It's always so funny. A week or 3-4 before CeBIT starts we always spot rumora on GPU and the latest hardware. Yesterday we mentioned the new 40nm part from NVIDIA, today we can report that ATI
Toshiba Launches 4.1in LCD Touchscreen Handset
Another Feature on the TG01 is G-sensor that basicly acts as a radar I'm still not sure what the point of this software is but i'm sure there will be software to utilise this new mobile technolog, But the thing that excites me the most is the qualcomm snapdragon chipset boosting a 1GHZ cpu I truely think toshiba are on to a real winner [via trustedreviews]
Lian Li PC-A06F mid-tower case uncloaked
Lian Li introduced a new mid-tower case named PC-A06F. The all aluminum mid-tower design features a front mounted 140mm@900RPM fan, with an additional top mounted 120mm@1000RPM extraction fan. The sleek brushed aluminum chassis is only 3.8kg in weight and the dimensions are 187 x 375 x 490 mm ( W, H, D). The traditional layout is slightly restrictive in that only small CPU heatsinks can be used, as the PSU is mounted directly over the CPU mounting region. The chassis is imbued with all the functional and user friendly design aspects users have come to expect in a Lian Li case.
Lian Li engineers have optimized the airflow to enter from the front mounted 140mm fan, and from there the airflow is split to be extracted either though the PSU or up through the top mounted 120mm extraction fan. The volume of airflow is sufficient to keep your rig cool and conveniently silent.
The chassis supports 4x 5.25
GeForce 9800 GTX+, 9800 GT to get renamed at CeBIT
It looks like it that NVIDIA is going to rename some of their product in the upcoming weeks, likely arround CeBIT (exhibition) time. As it seems the entire G92 series of GPUs is going to carry the new GTX name in an attempt to clear up and push through the entire GTX naming schema. NVIDIA will announce the
ASUS GeForce GTX 295 review (ENGTX295)
The ASUS GeForce GTX 295 tested. NVIDIA recently unleashed the GeForce GTX 295. Many manufacturers and AIBs therefore are now selling the product, and even in financial difficult time, these babies sell like cute little puppies in a pet store. One of the biggest names in the tech industry is ASUSTek computers (ASUS), and they figured .. well frock it .. and jumped that GTX 295 band wagon as well.
In this review we'll give you the grand overview on what the GeForce GTX 295 entails, we'll look at power consumption, heat, do a nice photo-shoot and obviously dig deep into game performance with the hottest titles currently available anno January 2009.
Clock here to read this Guru3D.com review
LaCie d2 Blu-ray drive 8x BR recording speed
Lacie has announced its fastest d2 Blu-ray external drive with improved 8x BR recording speed. The drive features a pair of firewire 400 and an USB 2.0 connectivity to enable HD video and data recording, rewriting, and playbacks at high speed with ease.
The drive has read and write speeds of up to 8x, achievable when using capable single-layer BD-R media and up to 2x when using BD-RE or content protected AACS BD-ROM. Effective speeds are further limited to 6x when using it over a USB 2.0 connection.
Additionally, it also records DVDs at up to 16X, CDs up to 48X, and supports dual-layer DVD recording for up to 8x, making it an excellent single burner offering for all sort of media backup at low cost-per-gigabyte.
The drive is shipping now at the cost starts at $449.99. It comes bundled with the newly revised Easy Media Creator 10 and Toast 9 Titanium software.
CalDigit ships CalDigit VR storage system
CalDigit has announced that its CalDigit VR two drive RAID storage system is now shipping. Designed with a quadruple interface, the storage system supports USB 2, FireWire400, FireWire 800, and eSATA drives. CalDigit VR comes complete with two swappable drive modules for simpler replacement and expansion, along with the ability to replace the fan if necessary. The storage device offers speeds of up to 220MB/sec in RAID, and over 110MB/sec with RAID 1 protection.
Other features include an environmental monitor that displays information on temperature, fan RPM, and hard drive health, and security capabilities that allow the device to provide password protection, and a security lock that keeps the drives in place. A temperature controled smart-fan is used to determine when the storage device needs cooling. CalDigit also comes with software that provides diagnostic reports, e-mail notifications, management and firmware-update capabilities, and monitoring of the device.
CalDigit is priced at $500 for the 1.28TB model; a 4TB model is expected to be released soon.
Download: OCCT (OverClock Checking Tool) 3.0.0
OCCT (OverClock Checking Tool) is a CPU stability testing program, 3 different test types.
- CPU = no RAM tested, alot of heat generated on the CPU, errors are usually CPU-centered
- RAM = Maximum error detection, tests the whole chain CPU-Chipset-Memory
- Mix = CPU and RAM alternated
3 tests modes
- Auto = 1h long Mix test
- Custom (Infinite) = Infinite loop of the test type of your choice
- Custom (fixed) = A test of the type of your choice, and of a duration of your choice
OCCT v3.0 will be a huge revamp of OCCT. it will include 5 tests :
- The classical OCCT CPU Test
- A CPU test based on Linpack, a library made by Intel
- A 3D test written in Direct3d with an error detection mode. First tests shows higher temperatures on the GPU than anything else ;)
- A test based on Cuda, similar to MemTest86, but for the Graphic Card memory (It will be, at first, only compatible with Nvidia cards. An ATI version, made in their own language, will be released later on).
- A Power supply test, made of a 3d test and a CPU Test. The power consumption of your computer will reach new highs. Measures shows a power consumption that is 40% higher than Crysis or 3DMark.
Download - click here.
Core i7 975 Extreme spotted and breaks world record
On XtremeSystems he claims to have his hands on Intel
Microsoft to release six versions of Windows 7
Yesterday Microsoft disclosed that it will release no less than six versions of Windows 7.
- Windows 7 Starter (limited to three apps concurrently)
- Windows 7 Home Basic (for emerging markets)
- Windows 7 Home Premium (adds Aero, Touch, Media Center)
- Windows 7 Professional (Remote Desktop host, Mobility Center, Presentation mode)
- Windows 7 Enterprise (volume license only, boot from virtual drive, BitLocker)
- Windows 7 Ultimate (limited availability, includes everything)
This information has been confirmed by Microsoft... who never listens to us. At least most consumers will only see Home Premium and Professional options at retail, which is more akin to the XP options of yore, and means WMC will be "baseline" for most PCs.
Windows 7 Starter
* Available worldwide to OEMs on new PCs
* Missing Aero UI tweaks
* Limited to 3 simultaneous applications
Windows 7 Home Basic (Vista equivalent: $200)
* Only available in emerging markets
* Missing Aero UI tweaks
Windows 7 Home Premium (Vista equivalent: $260)
* Available worldwide, to OEMs and in retail
* Includes Aero UI tweaks
* Features multi-touch capabilities
* Adds "premium" games
* Adds media capabilities (Media Center, DVD playback, DVD creation, etc.)
* Can create home network groups
Windows 7 Professional (Vista equivalent: $300)
* Available worldwide, to OEMs and in retail
* Includes all features of Premium
* Adds enhanced networking capabilities (Remote Desktop host, domain support, offline folders, etc.)
* Adds Mobility Center
* Adds Presentation Mode
Windows 7 Enterprise
* Available only in volume licenses
* Includes all features of Professional
* Adds Branch Cache
* Adds Direct Access
* Adds BitLocker
Windows 7 Ultimate (Vista equivalent: $320)
* Limited OEM and retail availability
* Includes all features of Enterprise
This information has been confirmed by Microsoft...
NVIDIA ION review | preview
One of the most popular and trendy gadgets of 2008 and 2009 are netbooks. Small, easy to carry around laptops powered by an Intel Atom processor. While an Atom based netbook is decent enough for browsing the web, listening to your favorite tunes and a little spreadsheet action, it obviously lacks that 'next level' laptop experience we've gotten accustomed to.
This is where NVIDIA today will jump in, officially announcing their ION platform. ION is NVIDIA's idea of what a netbook, HTPC or mini-PC should be like. They take the Atom processor series, and planted it onto their GF9400M chipset with embedded graphics processor.
The result are pretty baffling, as all of the sudden we can decode Blu-ray movies and high-definition content. We can transcode content over the embedded GPU, and thanks to the much faster and versatile infrastructure the GF9400G chipset offers, the overall experience is better and faster.
Guru3D has a hands on experience with NVIDIA's ION prototype mini-PC. It'll do all as described above, based on a Single Core Intel Atom 230 processor, we'll even do so on Windows Vista. Interesting technology for netbooks, mini-PCs and even HTPCs.
Let's have a look at this petite device, sized not bigger than two pears. You can read this Guru3D.com article right here.
Seagate announces 2TB hard drive
Two weeks ago Western Digital, now the turn goes to Seagate. Seagate launched its first 2TB enterprise-class disk drive as part of a new family of near-line SAS and SATA drives.
The new Constellation 2.5-in. and Constellation ES 3.5-in. drives come in Serial Attached SCSI 6Gbit/sec. or Serial ATA 3Gbit/sec. models and include a feature that allows them to shut down when not in use to save power. Seagate plans to ship Constellation ES variants with 500GB and 1TB capacities in Q3, as well. Like the 2TB flavor, these models will have 3.5" form factors, 7,200-RPM spindle speeds, and a choice of 300MB/s Serial ATA or 600MB/s serial-attached SCSI (SAS) interfaces. Seagate is also cooking up 2.5" Constellation hard drives, which will ship later this quarter with 160GB and 500GB capacities and SATA or SATA connectivity.
Point of View launches generation of Mobii mini notebook
The system is based on Intels Atom N270 CPU which combines great performance with a very high energy efficiency. In combination with a 6-cell battery of 4400mAh, the Mobii mini-notebook can be used up to 4 hours.
The crystal-clear 10.2 LED LCD screen works on a 1024x600 resolution and with a 160GB hard disk and the option to use SD, MS and MMC memory cards you