Mafia 2 Developer Diary Talks Technology
Gigabyte launches GeForce GTX 470 SOC edition
Gigabyte introduces a more powerful addition to its Super Overclock Series: GTX 470 SOC (GV-N470SO-13I). The GV-N470SO-13I also features WINDFORCE 3X, a 14 phase PWM design, OC Guru graphic card smart tuner and voltage read point.
The card comes at default with a 700 MHz core clock, a Shader Clock 1400 MHz and a Memory Clock of 3348 MHz (effective).
WINDFORCE 3X features 3 ultra quiet PWM fans. The special inclined triple-fan design effectively minimizes the flow of turbulence between three fans. With a unique vapor chamber, WINDFORCE 3X is able to transfer heat from the hot spot to the cool spot as thermal energy becomes evaporated to the surrounding air. By capillary action, the condensed liquid droplets circulate back to the base of chamber. The cycles of evaporation and condensation enhance heat dissipation for greater cooling efficiency. Moreover, WINDFORCE 3X is equipped with three copper heat pipes to strengthen the speed of heat dissipation.
GV-N470SO-13I has incredibly pure power. It is compatible with ATX standard length PCB. 14 phase PWM design includes 12 for GPU, 2 for memory. Standard GTX 470 graphics card has five power phases whereas GIGABYTE
Dell to release U3011 -- 30-inch IPS monitor
Early pictures of the monitor emerged on the net earlier this week without any further details. However, we now know that the monitor will feature a color precise calibrated 10-bit H-IPS panel from LG.Display.
The panel has a massive 2560x1600 resolution in 16:10 format, and 1000:1 contrast ratio (10000:1 dynamic), 7 ms (g2g) response time, and 270 cd/m2 brightness. The IPS panel has a color depth of 1.07 billion colors. Dell U3011 also comes pre-calibrated from the factory just like U2410H and U2711H.
Dell U3011 has analogue D-SUB (VGA), 2x DVI, component, 2x HDMI and Displayport. The design is similar to the U2410H and U2711 which also means that you can expect tilt, height, swivel and pivot adjustment. Dell U3011 - or U3011H
MSI GeForce GTX 460 HAWK gets uncovered - reaches 1 GHz !
MSI GeForce GTX 460 HAWK gets pixelized
Oh dear, a little birdie just flew in with some information and photo's. Looks like the MSI GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone release was just a prologue. As you guys know the GeForce GTX 460 is a big success in terms of value for money. On launch date we have seen a couple of customized boards already.
The originally clocked 675MHz product overclocks well, Roughly 800 MHz is very normal and with a little voltage tweaking 900 MHz is manageable. I just received a screenshot and PCB photo though of the MSI GeForce GTX 460 HAWK edition.
This product will come with a custom PCB, from the looks of it follows the Military class component selection with the supa-dupa chokes and quality capacitors. The card comes with a single SLI connector thus allowing 2-way SLI and has two 6-pin power connectors to obtain its running juice from.
If you look at the tiny connectors to the right, these are voltage monitor points where you can tap voltage lines like GPU and memory. Though unconfirmed I can already say that the cooler will come with the TwinFrzr II cooler.
notice that this card has eight chips thus is the slightly more difficult to overclock 32 ROPs 1024MB version.
The second screenshot shows that this product is reaching a 1000 MHz core frequency and 2000 MHz shader clock frequency already, that's a pretty gnarly overclock alright. We can't wait to have this product in the lab once it will be released. Latest rumors indicate late August / early September.
Click on the thumbnails to see it all in detail ...
NZXT HALE90 Power Supplies
NZXT intros the HALE90 Power Supply line consisting of wattages including 550W, 650W, 750W, 850W, and 1000W. The lineup was built from the ground up specifically customized for gamers and enthusiasts and offers incredibly efficient operation that will meet the needs of even the most power hungry enthusiasts.
Corsair Hydro H70 officially launched
Mentioned a couple of days ago already, but now officialy released, the Hydro H70 watercooling kit, it's compatible with the latest CPUs from both Intel and AMD.
PR - The Hydro Series H70 CPU cooler is an evolution of the award-winning Hydro Series H50, with several significant upgrades that enable it to deliver even greater cooling performance. These upgrades include a double-thickness (50mm) radiator with higher heat-exchanging capacity and a pump/cold plate unit with increased efficiency. The H70 also features two 120mm speed-switchable cooling fans in a push-pull configuration to provide increased airflow at low noise levels.
"Thanks to the H70, you no longer need a fin array the size of a small shoebox to cool aggressively overclocked CPUs," stated John Beekley, VP of Technical Marketing at Corsair. "The H70 stands toe-to-toe with any CPU cooler on the market, and does it with less noise, easier installation, and support of nearly every ATX-compatible case."
Like the wildly popular H50, the Hydro Series H70 provides the benefits of water cooling in a sealed and pre-filled unit, with no maintenance required. The low profile cold plate is extremely space efficient, and is very low in mass compared to heat pipe based solutions, putting less stress on the system's motherboard. The H70 includes mounting hardware for most common AMD and Intel CPUs, and, unlike some competitive CPU coolers, includes all necessary fans for high performance operation.
The Corsair Hydro Series H70 CPU Cooler is available immediately from Corsair's worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers. It is supplied with a two year warranty, and is backed by Corsair's legendary customer service and technical support.
Prices have not been mentioned, but expect a pricetag of roughly 100 UER.
Cooler Master CM Storm Inferno mouse released
Cooler Master introduces the CM Storm Inferno, a new 4000 dpi twin-laser sensor mouse designed for MMO gamers. The gaming peripheral features a total of 11 buttons, nine of which are programmable, 128kb onboard memory, a Rapid Fire Tactical key and a Storm Tactics Multiplier key that gives access to 32 extra button outputs for macros, scripts and other unique commands. The Cooler Master CM Storm Inferno will start shipping after mid-August for 49.95EUR.
A little bit sooner than expected we are proud to announce the CM Storm Inferno. CM Storm is set to take the gaming world by storm, giving you the edge over the competition. The Inferno, armed with a 4000 DPI twin laser sensor, 128kb of onboard Sentinel-X memory and the brand new Storm Tactics Multiplayer key will evoke your killer instinct.
Accuracy in movement is just as important in an MMO as it is in a FPS game and that
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 ;)