Mafia 2 Gets PhysX, 3D Vision Support
2K Games announced that all three versions of Mafia II - PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 - will use NVIDIA's PhysX physics technology with the PC version getting a 'thorough integration' of PhysX plus some APEX clothing and particle effects. In addition, Mafia II PC will support NVIDIA's 3D Vision headset for stereoscopic 3D visuals when the game hits August 24 in North America and August 27 elsewhere.
The integration of PhysX and NVIDIA APEX technology, including the APEX Clothing and Particle modules, enable the city and personalities of Empire Bay to truly come alive on Windows PC. The NVIDIA APEX Clothing module allows for more dynamic movement in clothing, making in-game characters even more realistic and reactive to environmental conditions.
With the implementation of NVIDIA APEX Particles, players are engulfed in lifelike explosions that are bigger and brighter, including weapon fragments, in-game debris and destructible environments that are amplified in both quantity and realism through the integration of APEX Particles. For example, a pistol fired into a glass pane will emit hundreds of glass shards; a shotgun blasted through a wooden landing will splinter the wood; and a Tommy Gun will chip into a brick or stone wall to methodically fracture and break it into pieces.
Mafia II for Windows PC will also be playable in full stereoscopic 3D, courtesy of NVIDIA 3D Vision* technology, which combines high-tech wireless glasses and advanced software to create an impressive element of authenticity and immersive realism. Players will be blown away by the added depth of field on display as particles and explosions come off the screen in thrilling 3D.
GeForce GTX 4-way SLI review - Shattering Vantage Records
GeForce GTX 480 4-way SLI review - Breaking 3DMark Vantage Records
NVIDIA released a new driver for the GeForce GTX 480 cards, that new driver supports 4-way SLI on just one title ... 3DMark Vantage. And as silly as it really is, it intrigued me. You know, the fastest multi-GPU setup I created last year achieved a 26449 mark (P score 3Dmark Vantage). Now with the recently refresh of X58 motherboards, the all new Core i7 980X processor and the GeForce GTX 480 slowly becoming available we figured, frack it .. go for it.
Create an uber-PC worthy of breaking that personal 3DMark Vantage score of mine. Alongside of this all we will overclock a Core i7 980 Extreme CPU over 4600 MHz. Will we shatter 40k points in 3DMark Vantage ?
This article is about one thing and one thing only, breaking that personal record. Check out the review at the following GURU3D URL.
BFG Tech exits GPU business
Crysis 2 - Nathan Camarillo Video Interview
OCZ Fatal1ty 750W modular PSU
OCZ released a new Fatal1ty 750W PSU with modular cabling and a 135mm red LED fan. This unit features 80Plus Bronze certification but we're not really sure about the rest of the specifications. The product page and the press release claim the unit has a single +12V rail, but the product sheet on the company's website lists four +12V rails.
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: OCZ), a worldwide leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs), memory modules, and power supplies for computing devices and systems, unveils the Fatal1ty 750 Watt power supply, a new high-performance PSU targeted at gamers and enthusiasts that prefer modular cabling. OCZ is dedicated to delivering premium power solutions, and the new 750W was co-developed with Johnathan
ATI preps faster Radeon HD 5670
According to the colleagues over at Tech Report AMD is working on a new, quicker edition of its $99 Radeon HD 5670 graphics card. The new card will be based on a different chip with a slightly lower clockspeed, but with 50 percent more stream processors! The only drawback is that these cards may only be available in China, and not in other parts of the world.
Inpai's article says the Juniper-based Radeon HD 5670 will have 640 stream processors and a 750MHz clock speed, compared to 400 SPs and a 775MHz core clock for the existing part. Both cards should have 512MB of GDDR5 RAM running through a 128-bit interface. The Radeon HD 5750, by contrast, has 720 SPs and a 700MHz speed.
YouTube hits 2 billion views per day
Over seven months ago the video site clocked up one billion downloads. "I see this great growth opportunity in the online video market and we are positioning ourselves to be a leader," co-founder Chad Hurley told BBC News.
"We are a stage and we give everyone in the world an opportunity to participate and that is being a video platform for creating a solution for people to not only upload and distribute their videos on a global basis but to find and share videos."
Infinity Alpha Demo
For all of you that doesn't know about this new game/engine, Infinity is an Planetary/Galaxy engine created to generate in realtime new planets and galaxies with very high quality and almost no lag, very impressive feat, you can check out the video of the engine in action and you can get more details of the planned upcoming game here.
NVIDIA Release 256 GeForce Drivers Due Soon
Nvidia's Release 256 drivers are due to be available at Nvidia.com on May 24th 2010 though the 3D Vision Surround component is not due till late June.
The initial release will enable new SLI setup controls and improve performance on several key applications for GTX 400 GPUs reported Tom Petersen on his Blog:
" I have been talking to a lot of our customers over the last few months and many of the most enthusiastic among them are asking when we'll have our driver update to support 3D Vision Surround. We're also get the same inquiries from press folks looking to do reviews of 3D Vision Surround.
The fact is we are not ready yet
First Look: MSI Big Bang X58 Xpower
Last week the one motherboard that i have been anticipating for a long time now arrived, it's the MSI Big Bang X58 XPower.This motherboard will be reviewed real soon, but I could not keep you away from showing you at least a couple of photo's of this dreamy piece of hardware.
This new motherboard uses Intel's X58 chipset and features six PCI Express x16 slots, six DDR3 memory slots, SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0.
Obviously this mean looking piece of hardware is designed for the true hardware enthusiasts, it features 16-phase DrMOS PWM, has two 8-pin power connectors, Hi-C capacitors, an extra 6-pin PCIe power input for the PCIe slots, OC Dashboard and V-Kit. Audio is provided by a Quantum Wave audio card with 7.1 channel audio, EAX 5.0 and THX TruStudio PC Suite.
MSI throws in six (!) PCI-Express x16 slots. While the ICH10R gives out six SATA 3 Gb/s ports, an additional controller gives two 6 Gb/s ports (colour-coded white). Audio is care of a bundled PCI-Express x1 audio card called the MSI QuantumWave that includes THX TruStudio PC Suite, and support for Creative EAX 5.0 HD. Connectivity includes dual gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports next to a number of USB 2.0 ports, power-eSATA, FireWire, and a connector for the OC Dashboard module.
Here's are some photo's we took here in the Guru3D lab:
HWMonitor 1.16 Released
One of the programs we use all the time is HWMonitor. HWMonitor is a hardware monitoring program that reads PC systems main health sensors : voltages, temperatures, fans speed.
In addition, it can read modern CPUs on-die core thermal sensors, as well has hard drives temperature via S.M.A.R.T, and video card GPU temperature. Special hardware monitors on power supplies serie are supported too. The program does not copy any file in any directory, neither writes in the registry.
News and corrections
- New sensor chips : Fintek F71862, F71869, F71889, F81865, CHIL CHL8266, ITE IT8721, Analog Device ADM1033.
- Intel QST 2.0.
- Asus ROG monitoring.
- Gigabyte DES monitoring.
Game Releases this month
Tomorrow is a very special day, since all of this games will be out and ready to buy, take a look at the game titles.
- Alan Wake--X360--Microsoft Game Studios
- Attack of the Movies 3D--WII, X360--Majesco Games
- Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow--DS--D3
- Dragon Age: Origins - Darkspawn Chronicles--X360, PS3, PC--Electronic Arts
- EVE Online: Tyrannis--PC--CCP
- Fantasy Earth Zero--PC--Square Enix
- Gundemonium Recollection--PS3--Rockin' Android
- Imagine: Animal Doctor Care Center--DS--Ubisoft
- Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands--PS3, X360, Wii, PSP, DS--Ubisoft
- Red Dead Redemption--X360, PS3--Rockstar Games
- Rocket Knight--PS3--Konami
- Runaway: A Twist of Fate--PC--Focus Home Interactive
- Shrek Forever After--PS3, X360, Wii, PC, DS--Activision
- Split/Second--X360, PS3, PC--Disney Interactive
- Trauma Team--WII--Atlus Co.
Medal of Honor Preview
Gamespot did a little article about the new Medal of Honor for the PC with interesting information, you can check it out here, it seems the game will be available for the PC October 12 of 2010.
Star Wars: The Old Republic
Let's not confuse this new upcoming game with the good old "Knights of the Old Republic", even when both games are from the same studio, Bioware. This new one is almost completely focused on massively multiplayer online and promise to be a wonderful new title for the Star Wars saga, take a look at the screenshot and go ahead and check the official website.
ASUS Matrix 5870 Platinum ROG edition review
ASUS Matrix 5870 Platinum ROG edition review
Many moons have passed and ATI gave their partners the thumbs up to create little werewolves. See, when it's a full moon the R5870 turns into something geeky, extraordinary, even a bit hairy. Yes the OC editions of the Radeon HD 5870 series were unleashed. As the ASUS ROG team started to design the ASUS Radeon 5870 Matrix Platinum.
In all its ways the 5870 Matrix Platinum card needs to be extreme, so we spot a custom PCB, some extraordinary cooling, we see a 2 GB memory size, we spot a standard overclock, but most of all... the card comes with overclocking software that allows voltage tweaking on three domains within the graphics card. What makes this product series so special is that it haves been designed with the ROG team (Republic of Gamers) a small group of enthusiasts within the ASUS campus. Little red colored minions that drink LN2 and taze each other just for fun. They live by one rule only, gain the maximum performance out of a product... and do things right.
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
HP Value Widescreen Monitors
HP released three new value widescreen monitors for home/office users, the 20-inch S2031, 21.5-inch S2231 and 23-inch S2331. While the S2031 has a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels, the S2231 and S2331 are full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) compliant.
All three models feature the same dynamic contrast ratio of 15,000:1, and response time of 5 ms, and display connectivity that includes DVI and D-Sub. The S2031 has a maximum brightness of 250 cd/m
Intel Huron River Platform Optimized for 3D Blu-ray
The next-generation series of Intel CPUs will be known as Sandy Bridge and should have both higher computing as well as graphics capabilities. These chips will be part of the Huron River platform, which the Santa Clara company intends to design as especially versatile.
All inbound technologies have a knack for not being completely detailed until very late in their development, but reports and leaks will always be sure to shed some light on them. Huron River is no different, and it appears that its maker is paying heed to significantly more than just raw performance.
Sandy Bridge chips will have better graphics than current Intel Core CPUs and should be able to handle certain games and most multimedia formats. There will also be built-in support for the latest HDMI specification. In fact, it seems that the CPU maker won't leave things half done and, according to Fudzilla, it will make sure that, besides
Google Can't Sell Their Own Phones, Shuttering Web Store
Google decided to stop selling the device through their online portal and instead focus on the typical retailer channels.
"We launched Nexus One in January with two goals in mind: to introduce a beacon of innovation among Android handsets, and to make it quick and easy for people to buy an Android phone. We're very happy with the adoption of Android in general, and the innovation delivered through Nexus One. Already, a lot of the innovation that went into creating Nexus One has found its way into numerous Android handsets, like the HTC Evo 4G from Sprint and the Verizon Droid Incredible by HTC.
But, as with every innovation, some parts worked better than others. While the global adoption of the Android platform has exceeded our expectations, the web store has not. It's remained a niche channel for early adopters, but it's clear that many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from.
So today we're announcing the following changes:
More retail availability. As we make Nexus One available in more countries we'll follow the same model we've adopted in Europe, where we're working with partners to offer Nexus One to consumers through existing retail channels. We'll shift to a similar model globally.
From retail to viewing. Once we have increased the availability of Nexus One devices in stores, we'll stop selling handsets via the web store, and will instead use it as an online store window to showcase a variety of Android phones available globally. "