Mafia II: 'A Kick in the Head' Trailer
One of the games this year I'm looking forward to myself very much is Mafia II. 2K Games have released another new promotional video for Mafia, once again with the obligatory big band soundtrack. This time around, it's a classic Dean Martin number: 'Ain't that a Kick in the Head'.
Important to note is that all the animated action in this clip is in-engine and shows off many of the PC version's enhanced PhysX effects, in fact this will be a very PhysX bound title, and thus a good showcase for NVIDIA.
Mafia II is due for release on August 26th for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Fable 3 Cinematic Opening trailer
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 (GF106) die photographed
Over at the Asian tech site Expreview a photo of the actual GeForce GTS 450 chip popped up.
The GF106 GPU certainly has a small die, around 15.2mm and 15.7mm and the chip is marked as GF106-250-KA-A1. According to the site, two other lower-end models will be also based on GF106 , the GTS 445 and GTS 440.
The performance of the GTS 450 is expected to be similar to the GeForce GTX 260, making the card serious competition to AMD's Radeon HD 5770.
512SP GeForce GTX 480 rears its head
One more photo was spotted at expreview, a new GeForce GTX 480 model that features the full 512 shaders processors. The card has the same frequencies on core, shaders and memory as the reference GeForce GTX 480.
As the screenshot shows, the yellow tantalum capacitors cover the PCB , the card uses a 8 phase power design, as well as a 8pin+8pin power adapter; the card carries 12 GDDR5 chips going for 1536MB of memory size teamed over a 384bit memory bus;
The updated model packs dual DVI+mini-HDMI connectors. We think this model moght end up as a GeForce GTX 485.
OCZ StealthXstream 2 600W PSU review
OCZ StealthXstream 2 600W PSU gest tested
So what's the big deal with the OCZ StealthXstream 2 series you might wonder ? Well, it's all about price really. I mean if its good, then at 70 EUR-USD it should be a bargain.
You can check out this Guru3D article right here.
RAZER updates The Razer Lachesis
Razer refreshed the Lachesis. Equipped with a new 5600dpi Razer Precision 3.5G laser sensor and a customizable multi-color LED lighting system, the newly updated Razer Lachesis maintains its original form, comfort and price, while advancing power, performance and precision.
Gamers now have the choice to customize the LED lights on the mouse from a range of 16 million colors. To top it off, the Razer Lachesis allows gamers to customize those colors individually, so each of the illuminated areas can glow a different color.
The new Razer Lachesis is an upgraded replacement for the original ambidextrous mouse and is now equipped with a massive 5600dpi Razer Precision 3.5G laser sensor and nine programmable Hyperesponse buttons. Featuring 1000 Hz Ultrapolling for minimal latency, On-the-Fly Sensitivity adjustment and large, non-slip buttons, the fully loaded Razer Lachesis has all the original features that have been verified and vetted by gamers for years. With several options for complete customization including a full, multi-color LED that allows gamers to choose from 16 million glowing hues, as well as a variable dpi setting that can be adjusted in 125 dpi increments for true precision and control, the updated Razer Lachesis is the ideal option for gamers that value the art of tweaking to their exact specifications.
Price: $79.99 /
Samsung F4EG Eco Green 2TB HDD
The new model is tagged as EcoGreen F4EG and thus comes with 2TB of storage using just three platters. Samsung states that it has 19% better standby time performance and 23% lower power consumption in standby mode than the previous F3EG HDD using four platters. Each of the three platters in the F4EG has 667GB of storage.
Samsung has removed halogen compounds and BFRs from the drive systems. The HDD also has Samsung SilentSeek and NoiseGuard technology. The F4EG uses the 3Gbps SATA interface, NCQ, and has a 32MB buffer in a 3.5-inch form factor.
Dell upgrades XPS 9100 with Core i7 980X
Dell has made an update to its Studio XPS 9100 desktop PCs, they now include Intel
AMD uncovers Bulldozer details on August 24th
AMD announced it will release details about its Bulldozer architecture at the Hot Chips conference on August 24th:
So, what can you expect to see from this blog? Here is a snapshot of some of the things that we will be covering in the near future:
- Hot Chips 22 Disclosures: Each year, the Hot Chips conference brings in-depth discussion of next generation technologies. On August 24th, Mike Butler will be presenting the next generation Bulldozer architecture at the conference. (The same day we
NEC 23-inch E231W display
NEC released the E231W, a new 23" LCD display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. It will be sold for around $299.
The EPEAT Gold rated MultiSync E231W provides users with advanced features that were created to enhance the desktop computing experience and increase productivity. Its widescreen display allows users to have several applications open simultaneously, while its fully-ergonomic design includes 110mm height adjustment, tilt, swivel and pivot for improved comfort during use.
This E Series model follows in the green footsteps of its sibling, the 22" MultiSync E222W, with ECO Mode
Crysis 2 delayed to 2011
EA and CryTek have delayed Crysis 2 until the first quarter of 2011 (January till March). No reason for the delay was given, but the reason might be technical. Crysis 2 was originally scheduled to ship during this fall for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
We moved to the game to a better marketing window in the March quarter," Jeff Brown, VP of Corporate Communications told IGN. "This will also give the Crytek team more time to polish a great title.
Perhaps they are waiting on faster graphics cards to hit the market ;)
Realtek HD Audio 2.51 Driver out
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista 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 R2.51
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
ASUS releases CineVibe: The ultimate gamer's headset
Gaming, gaming, gaming
Unboxing the OCZ RevoDrive PCIe SSD
In an attempt to put something refreshing onto the market, OCZ put two SSD SandForce based controllers on a PCB, slapped a RAID controller on there and put it on a PCIe x4 slot. Interesting stuff as all of the sudden you have a PCIe SSD drive that performs 300, 400 and sometimes even at 500 MB/sec !
This PCIe x4 card takes a pair of SF-1200 controllers and RAIDs them together, giving you roughly the performance of two SF-1200 SSDs but on a single card. Through some unique component selection OCZ aims to keep costs within 10 - 20% of a single drive. Obviously you lose TRIM support and the overall performance should be no different than a pair of SF-1200s in RAID (on a good controller/chipset), but if you need PCIe this may be an option.
The 120Gb version of this storage unit just entered the trenches of Guru3D.com, here are some photo's and obviously the full review will follow soon:
GlacialTech brings Siberia into your PC case
Siberia is a vast region, with a lowest record temperature of −71.2
Logitech unveils new AlertSystem webcam series
Two new webcam devices are going to be your third eye in the house, watching you as your big brother would do. These are no mere webcams though. Both of them are able to capture either video or image using their built-in DVR (Digital Video Recorder) and providing a decent HD quality up to 720p video scale. Likely, you can monitor your indoor or outdoor home activity via your mobile smartphone and make use of this service in an hour of need. It
Point of View TGT TUNING products now ships
Point of View is outting their new overclocked graphics cards under the TGT label as we already mentioned before. They issued a press-release indicating that over-clocked POV/TGT Graphics CardsTM started shipping into the channel. Products will be widely available through the European retail channel and E-tail cannel within days.
Some of the TGT products are clocked pretty darn high, the GeForce GTX 460 Ultra Charged version comes with a 820 MHz core clock.
Point of View would also like to disclose some more details concerning the upcoming, second generation POV/TGT JetStreamTM water cooling to be implemented on the POV/TGT GeForce GTX 480
Kingston Water Cooling-Ready HyperX H2O DDR3 Memory
Kingston Technology announced the release of HyperX