Chinese claims success against game addiction
The Chinese government has reported that measures it has been taking to counter what it perceives as online games addiction in the country's youth has been a success.
Communicating through the state news agency Xinhua, the government said that the number of online gamers under 18 in 2008 has declined to 15 per cent of survey respondents - a 7 per cent drop from the previous year's 183 million.
China's General Administration of Press and Publication instituted the clamp down on online games in 2007, by limiting gamers to three hour sessions, and requiring them to register to each game with real names and national card numbers to ensure they are over 18.
According to the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China, the GAPP is one of China's main governmental bodies responsible for censorship, such as banning 19 dictionaries in 2003.
BFG EX-1200 Power Supply review | test
BFG today launched their new EX-1200 power supply. A beast of a PSU that is reasonably affordable. A power supply that is silent, efficient, has long cabling, is pure quality, has an ATX size chassis, is completely themed dark and perhaps after all these years might be able to replace my kilowatt PSUs. As what BFG is bringing to the table is comforting.
This 1200 Watt piece of machinery is fairly close to what I consider perfection in terms of design and requirements .. and with a price just under 250 USD, BFG might have something really special on their hands. Guru3D reviews this all new monster.
Check out the Guru3D review right here.
GeForce GTX 275 specs surface
Much like AMD with the Radeon 4890 and specification leaking all the time, it seems to be similar for NVIDIA. As you guys have heard a gazillion times already NVIDIA will release the GeForce GTX 275 as reaction to the new Radeon HD 4890 graphics card.
As it seems the card will have a full set of shader processors accumulating up towards 240, just like the GTX 285. The difference in-between these two needs to be found in the memory bandwidth as the GTX 275 will have a 448-bit memory bus.
It is now rumored that the GTX 275e the following clock frequencies:
- Core clock 633MHz
- Shader clock 1404MHz
- Memory clock 1161MHz (x2)
|GTX275||633MHz||1404MHz||2322MHz||240||448-bit||896MB||229 ~ 279 dollar|
|HD 4870||750Mhz||-||3600MHz||800||256-bit||512MB||149 dollar|
|HD 4890||850Mhz||-||3900MHz||800||256-bit||1024MB||249 dollar|
Pricing wise we expect he GeForce GTX 275 to cost roughly 229 dollar en 279 dollar. Both the Radeon HD 4890 and GeForce GTX 275 will be launched somewhere in week 2 of April 2009.
IE8 issues if immunization by Spybot-S&D is enabled
Small warning for those who are planning ti install IE8 anytime soon and have Spybot active. There are reports that IE8 will not start fast if user
Wolfenstein Web Site Launched
Just a quick heads-up for one of the few first-person shooters I am looking very much forward to being released this year. Lots of new trailers, screenshots and interesting game details about Wolfenstein can be found at the new official web site.
Currently being developed by Raven Software for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the planned release date is late July of 2009. Wolfenstein is the direct sequel of Return to Castle Wolfenstein and you're once again playing in the role of B.J. Blazkowicz to reveal the secret surrounding The Veil.
AMD GPU Havok Physics Acceleration at GDC
It's been rumored and actually announced by ATI for whay .. a year now. But as it seems, GPU-accelerated physics is turning out to be the one part of specifications AMD is working on.
NVIDIA of course did well by acquiring Ageia technologies, and its PhysX API. When NVIDIA ported the API to its proprietary CUDA GPGPU architecture they suddenly where one step in front of ATI. Though not hugely popular, PhysX is of course a significant PR-tool apart from a feature that is genuinely grabbing game developers' attention.
As a result AMD's initial reaction was to build strategic technology alliance with the main competitor of PhysX: Havok, despite its acquisition by Intel, yet now is taking it a step further.
In the upcoming Game Developers Conference (GDC) event, AMD may materialize its plans to bring a GPU-accelerated version of Havok, which has till now been CPU-accelerated. The API has featured in several popular game titles such as Half Life 2, Max Payne II, and some other Valve Source-based titles. ATI's Terry Makedon, in his Twitter-feed has revealed that AMD would put forth its
Gigabyte Radeon HD 4890 caught on camera
Funny how that always happens shortly before a product launch eh ? Due to be released in early April specs and photo's already leaked onto the web regarding the pending launch of ATI's Radeon HD 4890.
There's very little that was not revealed really. Below yhou can see photo's of Gigabyte's 4890. Again we spot a reference product armed with 1GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 3900 MHz.
The core clock frequency on this one is also 850 MHz / 256-bit, (55nm GPU) has the reference dual-slot cooler. We expect the Gigabyte Radeon HD 4890 to retail for roughly $249.
I'm slowly starting to think here that it might be wiser to just get a cheaper 1 GB 4870 and overclock it yourself, but that's just Dutch old me, of course.
GeForce GTS 250 deals 21-03-09
I was just checking up on retial prices as I regularly do to see if parties like NVIDIA indeed tell us the proper MSRP for our reviews. That's definitely the case.
The GeForce GTS 250 is now 'slowly' getting available, a fair deal really considerering the performance you get returned with that ghraphics card.
Gigabyte launches OC contest reminder
Gigabyte is organizing a big overclocking contest. Though the contest is organized globally, this news-item is really adressed to the Dutch and Belgium people. The OC contest is called Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship 2009. The contest is soimple, you need a Gigabyte motherboard and Intel chipset, you need to achieve the fastest SuperPi 4M time and submit it to them.
So if you meet the requirements, start overclocking at home, then submit your results towards Gigabyte. All you need to do is submit a screenshot of your results. The screenshots also needs to show CPU-Z validation and Core Temp.
This is of course not a regular overclocking webcontest. No, the best 3 teams of this webcontest will compete against the best 3 teams of Germany in a live contest in Eindhoven on 28th of March.
What is more exciting and challenging then a Belgium/Dutch
Evercool Transformer 4 HSF with four DTH heatpipes
Oy didn't we see this with OCZ's products ? Evercool introduced the Transformer 4 (HPJ-12025) processor cooler, this model has four heatpipes (8mm diameter) that make direct contact with the base of your processor and transfer the heat to the aluminum heatsink. At 843.5g the cooler is a heavy weight, it measures 130mm x 122mm x 160mm and supports up to two 120mm fans.
The fans are painted with bling bling paint, they are rated at 38CFM with a noise level of under 21dBA. The Evercool Transformer 4 supports most recent desktop processors from AMD and Intel, you can find more info at their site.
Gmail Lets You 'Undo' Sent Messages
Another day, another new feature in Gmail Labs. This one could be more useful than most, as it's something you probably have a reason to use with some frequency. It's called 'Undo Send,' and as the name suggests, it lets you take back a sent email, as long as you act quickly enough.
After enabling the feature, Undo Send works much like Gmail's other 'undo' features. When you send an email, you get a message confirming it has been sent, along with a link to 'Undo.' This message lasts for 5 seconds, at which point you lose the opportunity to take it back. While that might not be much time, it's probably enough to pull back emails where you forget an attachment, forget to cc someone, or catch an obvious typo.
Well, hey .. it's handy.
Bang & Olufsen intro's 103in Plasma at 100.000 EUR
NZXT launches Panzerbox chassis
NZXT is announcing the Panzerbox, a mid-tower that offers the performance of a full-tower case due to its unique design. Panzerbox features the best airflow in its class, boasting two 190mm and one 120mm fans that churn out a combined 300 CFM. The Panzerbox
Download: GeForce Stereoscopic 3D Driver 182.08
Note: You can only install this driver if you have the installed the latest GeForce Graphics drivers v182.08.
- Adds support for GeForce GTS 250.
- Adds support for Burnout Paradise Trial. Please visit the Burnout Paradise nZone.com website to download the trial version
- Fixed issue with NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D Video Player which caused the video to be compressed horizontally
- Download the GeForce 3D Vision driver
- Remove all old GeForce Stereoscopic 3D drivers as outlined in the Quick Start Guide.
- Ensure you have the latest GeForce Graphics driver v182.08 installed
- Launch the GeForce Stereoscopic 3D driver file by double clicking on it
Supporting GeForce Stereoscopic 3D Displays
- Passive polarized stereo displays
- Zalman Trimon ZM-M220W (22 inch 1680x1050)
- Zalman TriMon ZM-M190 (19 inch 1280x1024)
- Zalman HDTV LCD (1366x768)
- Anaglyph display with red/blue stereo glasses
Download - click here
Intel would 'like us dead' says AMD lawyer
After Intel accused AMD on Monday of breaching a 2001 patent cross-license agreement with Intel, AMD's top lawyer had some choice words for its bigger rival.
In a phone interview Tuesday, AMD general counsel Harry Wolin refuted Intel's claim that the AMD manufacturing spin-off Globalfoundries is not a subsidiary--and thus cannot legally use Intel intellectual property--and talked more broadly about Intel's tactics.
Intel's ultimate goal, Wolin believes, is to crush rivals into oblivion. "In their perfect world, we wouldn't exist. If they had to deal with the government every now and then, that's fine, and they're still extracting monopoly profits from the industry," he said.
Wolin doesn't buy into the oft-repeated theory that Intel needs AMD to keep the industry honest and to keep the U.S. government at bay. "I don't agree with the premise that they have to have us and they think they have to have us. I think they would absolutely like us dead," Wolin said.
The Dickensian depiction of AMD as the impoverished, distressed victim of Intel's bullying and manipulation is inaccurate and, more importantly, misses the relevant point, according to Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy. "It's nice of them to try to speak for us. AMD has been a competitor for almost 40 years in one form or another. This is not about AMD going away," he said. "This is about our rights and AMD's rights under the patent cross-license agreement."
Ashok Kumar, an analyst at investment bank Collins Stewart, said the premise of a remorselessly predatory Intel set on killing off its rivals is attention-getting but not that realistic.
"Could Intel put them out of business? Probably. But is it a likely outcome? I don't think so," he said. "Because they'll get a lot of significant push back from the OEMs (PC makers). The OEMs will essentially be making a beeline to Washington, D.C."
Intel contends this is a very localized dispute about whether Globalfoundries is a subsidiary or not, and not a manufactured issue "to distract the world from the global antitrust scrutiny (Intel) faces," as AMD said in a statement Monday. "AMD cannot unilaterally extend Intel's licensing rights to a third party without Intel's consent," said Bruce Sewell, senior vice president and general counsel for Intel, in a statement on Monday. Intel maintains the issue is that Globalfoundries is 34.2 percent owned by AMD and 65.8 percent-plus owned by Advanced Technology Investment Co., an investment company. So, in effect, Globalfoundries is not an AMD subsidiary.
Wrong, AMD says. It is not about ownership. AMD has met the conditions that qualify it as a subsidiary. "It requires that AMD originally contributed at least 50 percent of the assets. If you look at the fact that we've thrown in the German factories, we've thrown in the people, we've thrown in the technology, we've thrown in the intellectual property. I don't think there's any credible argument that says we haven't thrown in more than 50 percent of this. It says nothing about owning. It says you have to originally contribute 50 percent of the assets," Wolin said.
And what happens from here?
"Let's say the parties end up in a lawsuit at the end of 60 days," Wolin said. (Intel says it will terminate AMD's rights and licenses under the cross license in 60 days if the alleged breach has not been corrected.) "Well, you know, that lawsuit doesn't come to court for years and wouldn't come to court until well after the antitrust suit would come to court, which is currently scheduled for February of next year," according to Wolin.
Intel says the next step is mediation, where Globalfoundries is brought to the table. If this doesn't resolve the issue, then they would both be off to the races and the lawsuits would begin [source cnet].
Daily deals Mar 20 2009
So for this edition of daily deals at Guru3D I wanted to focus on motherboards for a change. There are many, they are diverse but let's run through some of the good deals shall we ?
AMD - Phenom / Phenom II
- For AMD motherboards and Phenom processors there's really only one motherboards series that applies. Your motherboard should be based on AMDs 790 chipset, LOADED with features. Check out this Asus M4A78T-E Motherboard at $139.99
- Or the MSI K9A2 Platinum AM2+/AM2 selling even cheaper at $129.99 , fair deal .. lovely motherboard in specs and aesthetics really.
- If you need to shave of the price a little further you could opt the 780 chipset, some great deals are to be found there. The ECS (Elitegroup Computers) ECS A780VM-M2 Motherboard for example, will run great, aestically less pleasing .. yet at $62.99 you just can't complain really.
Intel - Core 2 Duo/Quad
- GigaByte GA-EP45-UD3P Motherboard, one of my facvorites, Core 2 compatible LOTS of features as well. It's available for $114.99 which is just an astounding deal really.
- ASRock 4CoreDual-SATA2 R2.0 Motherboard -- if you are on a budget, check this out as it has everything you need fully Core 2 compatible and sells at merely $59.99
Intel - Core i7
- Rampage II extreme -- there can only be one the best, it's this one from ASUS. I own one myself and it is sick. The price is also sick though at $398.99
- eVGA X58 SLI Motherboard -- this offers just so much more value, great motherboard, check out our review. It's priced now at $279.00
- For the better price, check out the ECS X58BA Motherboard, we have a review on this board as well. It's available for $244.99
Check out the prices to visit the shops directly and observe the specifications and such. Guys, have a great weekend !
Acer Predator gaming PCs pose fire hazard; recalled
Samsung ships 16GB registered DDR3 sticks
The new technology is also simultaneously more efficient. The chipset uses 1.35 volts, or 20 percent less power than a 1.5-volt DDR3 stick; the 2-gigabit chips themselves use about 40 percent less power than a half as dense 1-gigabit chip.
Samsung hasn't provided pricing for the memory but does note that a less expensive, 8GB dual-inline RAM stick is also made possible for workstations and other, more conventional systems that use standard-length RAM slots.