OCZ Thumb Drive speed with eSATA Interface
The USB thumb drive is convenient. The interface is standard with most computers made in the last decade and almost guarantee to work in any platforms. The only downturn is its speed remains an area for improvement. OCZ engineer looks to break the tradition, their new line of ultra fast thumb drive has an eSATA interface instead of a conventional USB ones. The result is sensational; the new integration boasts an astonishing transfer speeds of 90MB/s in reading and 30MB/s in writing.
The OCZ Throttle eSATA drive family ranges from 8GB, 16GB to 32GB capacities. Like the USB with plug-and-play capability, the Throttle allows instantaneously data access from any computer without the need to install any additional hardware or drivers. Product availability and pricing have not yet announced.
Ghostbusters Slimer trailer HD
New 400GB Disc Could Be PS3-Compatible
It is because this is not a Blu-ray disc at all, this is a highly-condensed optical disc that the company proposed back in July and exhibited for the first time yesterday. Now Pioneer is making three new promises: the 400GB read-only disc will hit mass production sometime in 2010, rewritable versions will come through before 2012, and a 1TB version will become available within five years. The consoles you have right now will not be able to play these discs. Numerous sources have reported that the disc is compatible with Blu-ray players (and therefore PS3s) already on the market. Speaking to Edge, Pioneer said the opposite was true. "Current BD players and drives would not be able to read these discs," the company said, adding that the technology is "at this time not being proposed as a candidate for addition to the existing Blu-ray Disc format." via Edge
Mirrors Edge PC Release Date Announced
The enhanced PC port of Mirror's Edge will arrive January 13th in North America, and January 16th everywhere else. The PC version will have support for Nvidia's PhysX game physics which when turned on will allow gamers to interact with the game world on a higher level. Meanwhile PC gamers can play this 2D Flash game based on Mirror's Edge right now.
In related news, Electronic Arts and DiCE released this trailer announcing the upcoming DLC for Mirror's Edge, to be released in January. As expected it's time trial levels, but the graphical style is interesting. Word is: Promising 'no guns, no cops, and no city,' the seven downloadable Time Trial maps will hit PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in late January, priced at 800 Microsoft Points ($10). In addition, PlayStation 3 owners will receive an extra downloadable map for free [via ggmania].
Download: CPU-Z 1.49
CPU-Z is a diagnostic tool that provides information on your CPU, including: processor name and vendor, core stepping and process, processor package, internal and external clocks, clock multiplier, partial overclock detection, processor features, supported instructions sets, L1 and L2 cache information, location, size, speed, and technology.
CPU-Z is a freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system.
News and corrections
* AMD Phenom II processor.
* New Intel Core 2 models.
* Improved loading time.
* New online validation process.
* New Hall of Fame.
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GTA 4 PC quick solves and hints VGA issues
If you are one of the many running into problems with GTA 4. Here are a couple of solves you can try out:
Issue 1 - Fatal Error MMA10 on saving the game.
Possible Solution 1 - Sign out of the Rockstar Social Club, on starting the game skip the login . This allows the game to start. If you are connected to the internet, you will be prompted to login to Game For Windows Live (GFWL). If you login to this the game will save with out issues.
However if you are not connected to the internet, GFWL has an offline mode. If you try to save at your safe house, it will advise you to login. From here choose YES and the game will appear to freeze for a second, hold down the Alt and press Tab to go back to your desktop. You will see the option to sign into GFWL Offline mode, do this and then ALT + Tab back into the game. This should allow you to save, although it may take you to the beginning of the game.
Possible Solution 2 - Install .net Framework 3.5 may need to be installed first.
Issue 2 - Graphical distortion using an NVIDIA 7900 video card
Solution - Install and use the latest beta driver for the 7 series video cards. As usual we need to offer a disclaimer on using beta drivers.
- Windows XP (32 bit) - 180.70
- Windows XP (64 bit) - 180.60
- Windows Vista (32bit) - 180.60
- Windows Vista (64 bit) - 180.60
Issue 3 - General crashes/freezes
Solution - Install all the latest updates for Windows. including service packs (SP3 for XP and SP1 for Vista). Close background applications.
Cooler Master black Cosmos Limited Edition has black Z600 HSF
It's a funky looking cooler, it's just a shame that you have to buy the Cosmos case to get your hands on it, as it won't be available on its own. Hopefully Cooler Master will make an updated version of the normal Z600 with the same features.
Grand Theft Auto 4 PC Release Hunted by Bugs
If you recently bought the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV and are experiencing any minor to major difficulties, you're not alone. This is a PC release of a GTA game with the single most problems ever. The bugs have been well documented on the Steam forums, with one user compiling a list of potential fixes.
The game-loading RMN40 error can apparently be fixed in Windows XP by updating to Service Pack 3. If you are running Windows Vista, then download and install the Microsoft .NET 3.5 Framework and a reboot. A separate MMA10 error requires users to log out of the Rockstar Social Club multiplayer utility in order to play. While the missing texture problems have been attributed to corrupt graphics drivers, many users have been unable to fix the issue after a driver reinstall. The game is also restricting some users from changing their graphical settings.
Rockstar has sent out a general e-mail to fan sites to spread the word that the company is working on sorting out all the PC issues, be it audio, graphical, performance or network related. They advise anyone that is encountering difficulties to contact their local technical support helpline for advice and recommendations. These telephone numbers can be found in the game's manual. You can also refer to Rockstar's support site, which provides regularly updated technical information and solutions to common problems, including a complete list of error codes, and some advice on how to use the graphics settings.
Heroes Over Europe trailer defends the skies
AMD preps Catslyst 8.12 drivers
AMD is working hard on ATI Catalyst 8.12 drivers. Here's a little sneak preview of what the new drivers will offer. ATI Catalyst 8.12 Windows driver release include:
ATI Stream support:
With the release of ATI Catalyst 8.12 users can unlock the potential of accelerated applications enabling ATI Stream technology for millions of ATI Radeon
Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 native PCI express Low Profile
Auzentech unveiled its X-Fi Forte PCI-Express sound card. The Forte 7.1 is the first Low Profile native PCI express audio card that Auzentech has designed especially for gamers and audiophiles. Compared to the X-Fi chipset reference design, the Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 has improved circuitry and components.
"A large percentage of our customers are both gamers and audiophiles," said Stephane Bae, president of Auzentech, Inc. "Increasingly, they are requesting a low-profile sound card with 'mind-blowing' audio playback for music, movies, and games. We created the Auzen X-Fi Forte with these customers in mind."
The Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 marks the first time the Creative X-Fi Native PCI Express chipset has been available in a low-profile board, as well as the first time it has been available in a a third-party soundcard.
The Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 soundcard is scheduled for release before the end of December of 2008. The MSRP is planned at $149.99.
Download: GPU-Z 0.2.9 released
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU. GPU-Z 0.2.8 is out and it supports catalyst 8.11 & latest forceware drivers.
Here is the list of changes :
- added support for NVIDIA 9800 GT, 9600 GS/GSO, 9300 GS, Quadro FX Go1400, 9800M GTX, 9600M GT, 9650M GT, Quadro FX 770M, 9200M GS, 9300M GS, Quadro NVS 160M, G71 0x2e5
- Added support for ATI HD 4350, HD 4550, HD 4650, HD 4830, HD 4850 X2, RV670 0x9504
- Added support for Intel GM45 variant 0x2a43
- Added support for shader count reading on HD 48xx
- Changed ATI driver function call method. This should result in more accurate readings on X2 cards and non-desktop ATI devices
- Improved VGA BIOS Upload dialog. Drop down lists appropriate for your card will now be fetched from our servers to facilitate the upload process
- Corrected RV610 transistor count
Download - click here.
NVIDIA releases PhysX pack #2
NVIDIA just released PhysX pack #2 the followup to pack one with some new PhysX goodies for you to play around with. The new toys included are Warmonger, Crazy Machines 2, Dark Basic Fluids Demo, Dark Basic PhysX Soft Body Demo, TMPGENC XPRESS 220.127.116.116 Trial and Badaboom Media Converter 1.0.
I had to look real hard to find this pack @ NVIDIA but in this release:
- Two new levels for Warmonger
Guru3D PC Buyer's Guide Christmas 2008 edition
Today Guru3D offers you their annual PC Buyers Guide, the 2008 Christmas edition was just launched. This article brings you a set of recommendations of products we feel are great components to build yourself a nice gaming rig.
Mind you that I deliberately said Gaming PC there as it is our focus, that and being budget aware.
We break down this article in three segments, low-budget, mid-range and high-end. Guru3D's guide will only cover the box. Monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers are not included.
The article is located at this link. Or you can just click on the girl ;)
NZXTs Zero 2 is Full Tower Steel Chassis
A PC enthusiast would appreciate a great designed case with tool-less construction, good cooling capabilities while capable to operate in whisper quiet mode at load. NZXT has released the follow-up on highly appraised Zero series with such features. The new Zero 2 is a full tower PC case with extremely durable and sturdy chassis constructed from a 1mm steel. Like its presuccessor, the sequel features silent and massive cooling system that can be customized for up to total of 10 fans.
The NZXT Zero 2 measures 210.5 x 532 x 536mm and weighs 22.44 pounds. It features five 5.25″ drive bays, two 3.5″ drive bays and six HDD bays: a total of 13 bays with tool-less design for raid-fanatics. The unit ships with 3x 120mm fans and has room for optional 4
dual-GPU 55nm GT200 card named GeForce GTX 295?
An Asian hardware site claims the "GeForce GTX 260 GX2" dual-GPU card will be launched (as rumored) in January as the GeForce GTX 295.
If true, the card may give NVIDIA the performance crown again.
Windows worm creating massive botnet
Ivan Macalintal, a senior research engineer with Trend Micro Inc., said that the worm, which his company has dubbed "Downad.a" -- it's called "Conficker.a" by Microsoft and "Downadup" by Symantec Corp. -- is a key component in a new botnet that criminals are creating.
"We think 500,000 is a ball park figure," said Macalintal when asked the size of the new botnet. "That's not as large as some, such as [the] Kraken [botnet], or Storm earlier, but it's still starting to grow."
Last week, Microsoft warned that the worm was behind a spike in exploits of a bug in the Windows Server service, which is used by the operating system to connect to network file and print servers. Microsoft patched the service with an emergency fix it issued Oct. 23, shortly after it discovered a small number of infected PCs in Southeast Asia.
The Best Selling PC Games (week ending Nov 22)
Time for a new update from NPD, here are the top 10 selling PC games in the USA for the week ending November 22.
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $40
- Left 4 Dead / Valve / $46
- Call Of Duty: World At War / Treyarch / $50
- The Sims 2 Mansion & Garden Stuff / EA Maxis / $18
- EverQuest II: The Shadow Odyssey / Sony Online Ent. / $50
- Spore / EA Maxis / $49
- Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $50
- The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis / $20
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Collectors Ed / Blizzard / $69
- The Sims 2 Apartment Life / EA Maxis / $20