Zotac GeForce GTX 460 AMP! Edition
Zotac released the GeForce GTX 460 AMP! Edition, a new GeForce GTX 460 with 810MHz GPU clockspeed (675MHz stock), 1620MHz shaders (1350MHz stock) and 1GB GDDR5 clocked at 4000MHz (3600MHz stock).
The card also has a non-reference cooler, features DisplayPort, and is bundled with Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands.
Patrician IV Trailer
Intel preps fastest six-core Xeon X5690 Processor
The processor will come at a sweet clock frequency of 3.46 GHz (26.0 x 133 MHz) and can Turbo to 3.60 GHz (27.0 x 133 MHz).
Other stuff remains standard, thus the QuickPath Interconnect speed is 6.4 GT/s, it supports triple-channel registered DDR3 memory with its integrated memory controller. Cache levels include 256 KB L2 cache per core, and 12 MB shared L3 cache.
A quick overclocking feat by Fitseries3 on the EVGA Classified SR-2 motherboard yielded a speed of 5 GHz making use of the high BClk multiplier. The chip is likely to carry a rated TDP of 130W. Intel may release this processor in the next quarter, either displacing the X5680 from its US $1,730 price point, or occupying a higher one.
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Intel SSD refresh 600GB X25-M
German tech site ComputerBase received details of Intel's upcoming solid state disk products as DVHardware reports:
The leaked roadmap reveals Intel's first 25nm solid state disks will arrive in Q4 2010, the 25nm X25-M "Postville Refresh" units will have higher capacity, encryption, S.M.A.R.T. support, and better performance. The 80GB model will be discontinued, the lineup now starts at 160GB and climbs to 300GB and 600GB.
In the first quarter of 2011 the X25-E will receive a 25nm "enterprise grade" MLC refresh, these new "Lyndonville" units will receive much more capacity, S.M.A.R.T. support, encryption, and enhanced write performance. While the current lineup only offers 32GB and 64GB models, the new product lineup will feature 100GB, 200GB and 400GB models.
The X25-V value lineup will receive a 25nm-based 80GB disk in Q4 2010, with a new 40GB model to follow in Q1 2011. The X18-M line will be upgraded to 25nm in early 2011, with new drives in capacities of 160GB and 300GB.
The roadmap also reveals Intel has plans to release "Soda Creek", a small form factor PCIe Full SATA SSD. These models will still use 34nm MLC, they will only be available in 40GB and 80GB sizes.
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Thecus Sells 10Gb Ethernet PCI Express Adapter
In case you figured that on ther consumer market nothing changes in the ethernet segment, think again. Thecus now sells 10Gbit/s Ethernet PCI Express Adapters.
Sparkle Calibre X480
Sparkle outs a GTX 480 graphics card with Arctic Cooling's Accelero Xtreme cooling solution. The card is slightly overclocked, the Calibre X480 has a 752MHz core (700MHz stock), 1536MB GDDR5 clocked at 3800MHz (3696MHz stock) and 1504MHz shaders (1401MHz stock).
DDR4 memory details surface
Memory makers discosed some of the first technicalities on DDR4 at the MemCon conference in Tokyo. This new memory standard is expected to be introduced in 2012, with broad availability expected by 2015.
DDR4 modules are expected to feature frequencies of 1600MHz to 4266MHz, standard modules will use 1.2V, and low-power modules will require 1.1V or 1.05V.
More details and slides can be found at PC Watch, the site has some additional details about the new "Point to Point" connections, which enables the processor to communicate with each module directly, and some info about the power consumption features. Also keep in mind that the DDR4 standard isn\'t expected to be finalized until sometime in 2011, a lot may change between now and then.
Lost Planet 2 Benchmark Download
Download the Lost Planet 2 Benchmark to measure the performance of your system and see first-hand how DirectX11.
A decade has passed since the first game, and the face of E.D.N. III has changed dramatically. Terra forming efforts have been successful and the ice has begun to melt, giving way to lush tropical jungles and harsh unforgiving deserts. Players will enter this new environment and follow the exploits of their own customized snow pirate on their quest to seize control of the changing planet.
The primary purpose of Test A is to give an indication of typical game play performance of the PC running Lost Planet 2. (i.e. if you can run Mode A smoothly, the game will be playable at a similar condition). In this test, the character
Lost Planet 2 PC Edition to be DirectX 11 title
Capcom todays announced a 15th October date for Lost Planet 2 on PC. DirectX 11 and NVIDIA 3D Vision will be supported, and you can test these features by running a preview of the game available. Recommended system specs are an Intel Core2 Quad or AMD Phenom x4 processor; NVIDIA GeForce 9800 or ATI Radeon HD4800 graphics card; and either 2GB RAM on Windows XP or 3GB RAM on Windows Vista. Windows 7 is supported.
A preview version is available starting today that has both a gameplay test and DirectX 11 benchmark mode. There are two modes: Test A gives an indication of general gameplay and movement will perform while Test B is much more demanding and will push the PC to its limits.
Blizzard Wins Lawsuit Vs. Private Servers
According to the decision, Scapegaming made $3,053,339 in "inappropriate profits", which will be rolled into the total owed to Blizzard by Scapegaming: $88,594,589. The rest of that money comes from a paltry $63,600 in legal fees, and whopping $85,478,600 of statutory damages.
This should serve as a warning to any unofficial server operators, but if you've just got to make yourself vulnerable to lawsuit by Blizzard, don't be stupid enough to attempt to profit off of your venture.
BFG Tech now in liquidation
We have mentioned this a couple of times already, but it looks like BFG now is in liquidation of it's assets and thus bankrupt. In our forums consumers are now reporting that their broken products are being sent back and not repaired.
Instead the products are returned and letters are sent out:
BFG Technologies, Inc. is winding down and liquidating its business. Unfortunately our major supplier would not support our business. As a result we are returning your graphics card without being able to repair it. We apologize for the inconvenience.
ECS P55H-AK motherboard review
ECS P55H-AK gets tested !
We test and review the ECS P55H-AK. It is with the release of this P55H-AK motherboard that ECS finally reaches a state in product development where they can address the enthusiast consumer market. A board loaded with features, great looks and quite decent overclockability. A motherboard where ECS went excessive on everything, dual GIGe Ethernet NICs, not one but two USB 3.0 controllers for 4 ports, integration of a SATA 3 (6G) controller, and even a NVIDIA NF200 bridge chip to enable three-way SLI. All in all a terrific P55 motherboard with excellent features and just really hot looks.
Check out the full Guru3D review right here.
Crytek: all future Crysis games will be in 3D
Crytek CEO Cervat Yerli revealed all future titles in the Crysis universe will be playable in 3D. The game developer will introduce 3D support with Crysis 2 and believes that 3D technology will conquer the market once the first affordable 3DTVs arrive.
"Crysis on consoles for us is pretty much taking the ground that Crysis games will be 3D now and in the future," he said. "Console gamers haven't seen [the original] Crysis yet and when we launch Crysis 2 it's kind of like a re-launch of the franchise. We want to make sure people associate the Crysis brand with 3D gaming in the future.
"But we also want to make sure that it's for a reason - we want to turn the TV as well as the monitor in to a window into a new world. Once people play in 3D the way we've demonstrated, I don't think you'll want to not play in 3D ever again."
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Gameplay Trailer
Samsung launches $6000 UN65C8000 65-inch 3D LED TV
3D TVs are expensive, but the case of Samsung
Genius MousePen M508 & M508W Tablets
Genius has unveiled two new tablets in their MousePen series. The M508 and M508W share plenty of features, the majority of them all dedicated for the tablet features, but obviously you
ASUS Eee Pad plans revealed - Android edition in March 2011 for $399
ASUS CEO Jerry Shen revealed the pricing and expected launch dates of the company's upcoming tablet lineup, as PC world reported.
The first tablet from ASUS will be the 12" Eee Pad EP121, this touchscreen device will run Windows 7 Home Premium and will feature an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. With a price tag of around $1,000 the device will not be cheap, but ASUS defends the price tag by pointing out that its 12" Eee Pad will come with a docking station with a keyboard that transforms it into a laptop computer. The Eee Pad EP121 is expected to become available in December 2010 or January 2011.
Several other tablets are expected in the first quarter of 2011, the second Eee Pad will be a 10" touchscreen model with an ARM-based processor and Windows Embedded Compact 7. This version is expected in January 2011 for $399 to $499.
The cheapest tablet from ASUS will be an Android-based Eee Pad, it's expected to debut in March 2011 for less than $399. Details about the hardware of the third Eee Pad weren't disclosed.
Asustek currently has a team of over 800 software engineers working on Android but mostly for their smartphone division. Some of those engineers will be transferred to the tablet product division, Shen said.
Crysis 2 Launches March 2011
Crysis 2 will hit the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, and will support stereoscopic 3D across all platforms.