ASUS sub-$50 Xonar DG 5.1 sound card
ASUS rolls out the Xonar DG 5.1, a new basic sound card for gamers on a small budget. The low-profile card features the C-Media CMI8786 Oxygen HD chipset, it offers 5.1 channel sound and supports HD (24-bit/96kHz) output with HDCP compliance. Pricing in the UK is under
UK Defense Secretary wants Medal of Honor banned
The UK Defense Secretary, Liam Fox, wants stores to ban the sale of the Medal of Honor, the popular first person shooter as a player can play as the Taliban and kill British troops. Medal of Honor, which is due to be released in October, is based on the war between allied forces and the Taliban. Players get to choose sides; either play as NATO forces or as the Taliban.
A clip on the YouTube website shows a Taliban soldier fighting in southern Helmand province, where UK forces are based.
Gamers are apparently instructed to stop the coalition "at all costs", and receive points for every allied troop they kill.
Dr Fox said: "It's shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Taliban. At the hands of the Taliban, children have lost fathers and wives have lost husbands.
"I am disgusted and angry. It's hard to believe any citizen of our country would wish to buy such a thoroughly un-British game. I would urge retailers to show their support for our armed forces and ban this tasteless product."
Inno3D launches GeForce GTX 465 Overclocked Edition
Another one implementation of the nVIDIA famous GeForce GTX 400 series sees the sun
Point of View GeForce GTX 460 768MB TGT Ultra Charged review
Point of View GeForce GTX 460 768MB TGT Ultra Charged review
The high clocks had us a little worried at first. But even at its default 820 MHz the card remains very silent and levels at acceptable temperatures.
Definitely stuff to be on the lookout for, check out the Guru3D.com review right here.
ASUS Releases ROG Rampage III Formula
The ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) Rampage III Formula brings together numerous features and advantages demanded by contemporary PC gamers. It uses the Intel X58 chipset, enabling support for some of the fastest processors available, including the i7-980X six-core CPU. Rampage III Formula also ships with ROG Connect hardware overclocking, high definition audio, GameFirst bandwidth optimization for online gaming, and a versatile power management scheme that's perfect for performance applications.
Rampage III Formula includes the trademark Republic of Gamers overclocking interface ROG Connect, which enables remote tweaking of system parameters via a USB cable on a notebook or another desktop PC. Since ROG Connect works on a pure hardware level and conducts resource-hungry monitoring on a remote console, it allows the PC being overclocked and benchmarked to attain its full potential. This is perfect for competitive tuners in search of ever-higher scores.
Supreme FX X-Fi 2 sound comes standard, with support for EAX 5.0 surround and THX TruStudio PRO music rendering. These bring out every aural detail vividly, contributing to immersive experiences while helping craft livelier, more believable environments within which gamers can gain maximum enjoyment.
To expedite online gaming, Rampage III Formula comes with GameFirst bandwidth optimization, allowing users to prioritize resources and continue downloading even while they game
AMD Cuts Desktop CPU Prices
AMD lowered prices on some of its chips, not huge price drops at all, but noteworthy. Fore example the lovely and unlocked AMD Phenom II X4 965 quad-core CPU is now available for $165, which is an awesome deal really. Have a look at our review right here.
Noteworthy, but the new decrease also stresses AMD's reluctance to drop pricing of quad-core AMD Athlon II X4 below $100 or $99.
Intel x86 server marketshare 93.5 percent
Research firm IDC reported that Intel got even more marketshare from AMD in the server market, and astonishing 93.5 percent.
According to a new market share report from IDC, Intel managed to take critical server market share from AMD, with the former company seeing a year-over-year jump from 89.9 percent last year to 93.5 percent this quarter. Meanwhile, AMD's market share dropped from 10.1 percent to 6.5 percent.
AMD's slow transition to the Opteron 6000 series, and the subsequent market share losses, are practically the mirror image of Intel's success in getting its 32nm Westmere and 45nm Nehalem EX server parts into the waiting hands of server makers who finally were ready to open their wallets and start purchasing again.
Taiwanese Girls Demo Kung Fu Rider on PlayStation Move
Okay I'd be lying if I said I posted this video really about the actually demo ... but here's a video spotlighting Taiwanese girls demoing Kung Fu Rider on Sony's upcoming PlayStation Move PS3 Motion Controller.
Kung Fu Rider (previously known as Slider) is an upcoming 2010 action video game for the PlayStation 3 developed by Japan Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for use with the new PlayStation Move controller.
Enermax Revolution85+ with 920 and 1020W
Since its market introduction, the Revolution85+ has been one of the best-selling and most awarded high-end power supplies. Now, Enermax presents two new models of the extremely successful PSU series, with an aim of affordability for a wider range of customers. The Revolution85+ 920W and 1020W are based on a new high-performance and ultra-efficient PSU layout featuring four powerful and stable 12V rails.
Hamburg, 20th of August 2010. Revolution85+ is the power supply of the premium class to own, and with good reason: Very few high-end power supplies have ever sold as successfully as the Revolution85+. It is not often that experts
Scythe Rasetsu CPU cooler
Scythe is releasing the Rasetsu, a new CPU cooler with six twisted intersected heatpipes and a Trident Multi Layer Fin (T.M.L.F.) structure that is cooled by a 120mm PWM fan with manual bandwidth adjustment.
Rasetsu combines the outstanding design of the Yasya CPU Cooler with a top-flow layout. The newly developed T.M.L.F. (Trident Multi Layer Fin) structure provides a higher intake volume, thus enabling a more efficient use of the unparallel Six Heatpipe Construction. Equipped with new "Slip Stream 120 PWM Adjustable" fan, user can manually adjust the bandwidth between 470 to 1,370 rpm and 740 to 1,900 rpm. Rasetsu using the VTMS -Versatile Tool-Free Multiplatform System for quick and safe mounting.
Rasetsu CPU Cooler
Scythe Co., Ltd. Japan
Swiftech MCW80 hybrid cooling solution for GTX 480 and 470
Swiftech introduced the MCW80 watercooling block for NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470 graphics cards. Both blocks less than $100.
The performance advantage of the MCW80 GPU cooler over full-cover water-block solutions is well known among enthusiast users: improved thermal conductivity thanks to Swiftech's Diamond Pin Matrix, and less heat dumped into the liquid cooling loop coming from memory, I/O and power mosfets since they remain air cooled. Thus, when coupled with the GTX-400 heatsinks, the combination provides a powerful cooling solution that is generally more economical than the average full-cover water-block while offering superior performance where it really counts: at the GPU level!
Another important factor in choosing this type of hybrid cooling solution is that when new graphics cards models are introduced, the Water-block itself can usually be re-used. Numerous users have testified in forums to have been keeping their MCW60 upwards of 5 years, and re-used them with several generations of graphics cards!
The GTX-400 series of heatsinks are custom Aluminum extrusions, and they are precision CNC machined to allow optimum TIM joints with the hottest components such as the voltage regulator modules, where high performance thermal grease is to be used. Less heat intensive components such as memory receive pre-applied thermal pads, as shown below.
In order to provide additional cooling in extreme overclocking/overvolting conditions, the heatsinks feature pre-drilled holes allowing the installation of an optional 80mm fans as shown below. Use of a low profile 80x15mm fan is recommended to maintain the 2-slot spacing necessary for SLI installations.
Finally, to guarantee a safe and stable assembly, a GPU stiffening frame (partl #GTX400) is included that replaces the frame built into the stock cooling solution. This bracket is important to maintain the PCB flat in the immediate area surrounding the GPU. The bracket also serves as an anchor to install the MCW80 waterblock.
CoolIT C240 ALC ECO review
CoolIT C240 ALC ECO review
We test and review the CoolIT C240 ALC ECO CPU cooler. Though these standalone kits are pretty darn good, some of you would prefer to see a product based on not just that 120mm radiator/fan size, but a dual-radiator 240mm product. CoolIT listened, learned and adapted. As such a couple of weeks ago they started selling a dual-radiator (ALC ECO 240) liquid cooling kit.
The products are all based on the ECO series, yet with that bigger radiator and two fans. This should help shave off another 5 to 10 degrees C of the processor temperature.
Read the full review right here.
Fusion-io Next-Generation ioMemory Module
Fusion-io, the pioneer of a new tier of flash-based memory (ioMemory), today announced the availability of its new ioMemory module. With support for the latest generation of MLC NAND Flash, 3X-nanometer (nm), Fusion-io is able to double the capacity of its family of products and achieve up to 1.28 terabytes (TB) of capacity from a single PCI Express card.
"We are at an inflection point in the industry where MLC technology has moved from consumer-grade products to datacenter systems, creating a much needed shift in the enterprise flash market to thinner, smaller, high capacity solutions with more than ample storage," said Joseph Unsworth, Research Director at Gartner.
Fusion's next-generation ioMemory module doubles the capacity of the company's PCI Express-based solutions. When used in concert with Fusion's newly released ioMemory Virtual Storage Layer (ioMemory VSL), the ioMemory technology delivers significant performance enhancements to achieve nearly 300,000 sustained IOPS and more efficient CPU utilization-to-work output than any other solution on the market.
Rather than impersonating a hard drive, Fusion's new ioMemory module offers an extension of the memory hierarchy for servers. Along with providing tighter integration with host systems and applications, the new ioMemory module also includes the following:
- Up to 1.28TB of capacity on a single PCI Express card
- Improved performance up to 285,000 sustained IOPS with under 25 microseconds commit latency
- Guarantees data integrity in the event of power loss
- No failure-prone batteries or super-capacitors needed to protect in-flight data
- Fusion's self-healing Flashback protection that offers Fusion's proprietary, RAID-like chip-level redundancy
- Sustained performance and endurance, even for applications that store compressed data
- Existing ioMemory deployments are field upgradable
PowerColor outs Low Profile Radeon HD 5750
TUL aka PowerColor released a new card that should interest to the HTPC community, a Low Profile Radeon HD 5750 that should be silent.
The card will have it's core running at at 700 MHz and comes with 1GB of 128-bit GDDR5 graphics memory clocked at 4,600 MHz. The card features a good 720 Stream processors, quite a lot for this class of product. I mentioned silent cooling, so that is managed by a dual-slot Arctic Cooling unit with two fans. Connectivity wise we are looking at D-Sub, DVI and DisplayPort outputs.
Intel Buys McAfee for $7.68 Billion
Intel will pay $48 per share in cash for McAfee in its biggest acquisition ever. The price represents a 60 percent premium to McAfee's Wednesday closing price. The pact is the latest in a steady stream of technology deals, including Dell Inc's (DELL.O) $1.3 billion purchase of storage company 3PAR Inc (PAR.N) earlier this week.
The McAfee deal, which caught many analysts by surprise because its marries a chipmaker and a software maker, underscores Intel's determination to continuing expanding beyond the PC market to hot businesses like mobile devices and smartphones.
But, for the moment, the biggest advantage in the deal may be Intel's ability to sell McAfee's software to PC customers. Intel supplies roughly 80 percent of the microprocessors used in PCs.
Dungeon Siege 3 Gamescom 2010 Trailer
PS3 Jailbroken ? The first PS3 Mod Chip ?
Oz retailer OzModChips.com is claiming to have cracked the previously uncrackable PS3 via a USB mod chip.
They have posted three videos to YouTube showing the alleged hack, marketed as PS Jailbreak, which purportedly is executed by plugging a $170 (Australian) USB stick into the PlayStation 3.
VLC Media Player 1.1.3 available for download
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework, that plays most multimedias files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.
- GPU and DSP decoding, depending on the platform
- Faster and more stable
- New codecs and HD codecs enhancements
- MKV, mp4 and avi improvements
- Important code cleanup and rewrite
- Interface and playlist reworked
- Completely Free
Access and demuxers:
- fixes for FTP relatives path and FTP directory support
- fix for podcasts parsing
- DVD: fix an assert error and various memory leaks
- fix NULL dereferences, as reported by FortiGuard Lab, CVE-2010-2937 / VideoLAN-SA-1004
- fix a regression where the wrong entry was played
- fix m3u playlists exports
- fix video autoresize behaviour
- Update translations for Dutch, Sinhala, Hebrew, Estonian, Spanish and Bengali
- Update of many codecs libraries, fixing bugs and improving speed