Steam surpasses 30 million active users mark
Valve announces that Steam has surpassed the 30 million account mark! Valve also revealed that it has recorded a 178 percent growth in Steam user accounts over the past 12 months. These users stay active, too, with over six million of them accessing Steam each day. To meet this increased load Steam has upgraded its infrastructure to run at 400Gps which, as the press release relates, is enough bandwidth to transmit the Oxford English Dictionary 92.6 times per second.
During the past 12 months the platform had year-over-year new user growth of 178%, pushing the total number of active accounts to over 30 million, with over 1,200 games now offered. Peak simultaneous player numbers were also up to over three million, with over six million unique gamers accessing Steam each day.
In addition to new user growth, Steam sales during the trailing 12 months increased by more than 200%, putting it on track for a sixth straight year of realizing over 100% year-over-year growth in unit sales. To meet this demand, the Steam infrastructure has been increased and now has ability to run at 400Gps, enough bandwidth to ship a digitized version of the Oxford English Dictionary 92.6 times per second.
The period also realized continued adoption of the Steamworks suite of publishing services in tangible and electronic versions of today's popular games. Included in many of the year's biggest releases -- such as Sid Meier's Civilization V, Just Cause 2, and R.U.S.E., with more to come during the holiday season -- Steamworks has now shipped in over 200 since the suite of services was released two years ago. In addition, the Steam Cloud (introduced in Spring 2008) has surpassed the 100 million files saved milestone.
GeForce Forceware 260.89 now WHQL
This is the final WHQL driver release from the Release 260 family of drivers. This driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, and 400-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs.
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
New in Release 260.81
New GPU Support
- Adds support for the newly released GeForce GTS 450 GPU.
- Increases performance for GeForce GTX 400 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. v258.96 WHQL drivers. The following are examples of some of the most significant improvements measured on Windows 7. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:
GeForce GTX 480:
- Up to 10% in StarCraft II (2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF Ultra)
- Up to 14% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
- Up to 16% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (SLI
NVIDIA debuts GeForce GT 440 for OEMs
NVIDIA outed another OEM card today, the GeForce GT 440, this is a new GF106-based part for the OEM market.
It features 144 CUDA cores, a 192-bit memory bus, 594MHz core, 1189MHz shaders and 1.5GB or 3GB GDDR3 memory clocked at 1600MHz or 1800MHz. The card has a single-slot cooler and features a 56W TDP. Display outputs include DVI, VGA and HDMI. NVIDIA unfortunately did not bother to send out any samples or anything, so you'll be hard pressed to find a review on it.
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GeForce Forceware 260.93 Win 7 | Vista drivers
The user feedback thus far is very good on these drivers while others have some smaller issues. As such please consider this release beta.
ASUS Rampage III Gene review
ASUS Rampage III Gene gets tested
Cute tiny and sexy .. don't we all like it ? Within that motto ASUS has it's own Gene series within the motherboard line up. Now if you put that on the X58 platform, it's called Rampage by ASUS. And then when this apocalyptic group of minions and demons called 'Republic of Gamers' aka ROG gets their hands on a product like this, you can expect improvements and extra overclock features.
The end results is is, the ASUS Rampage III Gene ROG edition.
Read the full review right here.
ViewSonic 24 AMD-certified 3D LED Monitor
ViewSonic has launched its first 24
Point of View Announces 920 MHz GeForce GTS 450 TGT BEAST
Point of View announces an addition to a complete product range of advanced 3D processor graphics cards based on NVIDIA
ATI Catalyst 10.9a Video Card Application Profile
DirectX 9 application updates: Multiplayer Medal of Honor CrossFire update. Darksider performance and CrossFire Anti-Aliasing update. NBA 2K11 CrossFire update
DirectX10/11 application updates: Stone Giant CrossFire update. Multiplayer Medal of Honor CrossFire update. Civ V tweak CrossFire update. Hawx2 CrossFire update. F1 CrossFire update. World of Warcraft DX11 version CrossFire update.
MoH marketing director explains 'Taliban' removal
Lost Planet 2 PC ships
AMD revenue for Q3 2010
Today AMD announced revenue for the third quarter of 2010 of $1.62 billion, a net loss of $118 million, or $0.17 per share, and operating income of $128 million. The company reported non-GAAP net income of $108 million, or $0.15 per share, and non-GAAP operating income of $144 million. Well, not as good as Intel but certainly it's decent enough.
Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus review
Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus review
The rugged looking militaristic inspired HAF series now makes a move from the big full tower chassis towards a more conventional sized mid-tower series, tagged with an attractive price of course. Sensible or conventional sized doesn't mean a small chassis lacking space though, to the contrary... the HAF 912 series makes sure that big components like lengthy high-end graphics cards easily fit into your PC, making it an attractive option for many of you.
Check out the full review right here.
Icy Dock mobile rack for 3.5/2.5 drive bay
Introducing the Icy Dock MB991IK-B 2.5" SATA/SAS Mobile Rack for use in 3.5" device bays. This product is constructed of heavy duty metal to hold up in the toughest of conditions. It includes ventilation slots on the front, back, top and bottom for maximum airflow to keep both SATA and SAS drives running cool, and an LED is placed on the front of the device to give the user drive status at all times.
The MB991IK-B also utilizes our brand new EZ Slide Mini Trays, making drive interchangeability and maintenance completely hassle free. The trays are built using full metal so that they are durable for many lifetimes, but will not weigh you down when transporting your data from system to system. And featuring a full cage design, the added top drive cover provides added protection while moving the drive. The trays are also designed to accommodate 9.5mm, 12.5mm, and 15mm drives giving you the ultimate universal 2.5" hot swap bay.
Utilizing its small form factor, The MB991IK-B is perfect for use in industrial PCs and mobile DVR systems. It is built to function in the most demanding conditions including military and law enforcement deployment, as well as manufacturing conditions such as embedded control systems and factory automation systems. The heavy metal design makes it ideal for placement in rugged environments. It also includes a key lock to safeguard sensitive data such as security recordings. It costs around 30 Euros.
US Robotics release USB3 hub
The new USRobotics USB 3.0 Product Family offers a
MSI FX700 & FR700 Stylish Looks and Multimedia
MSI reveled all-new 17.3-inch FX700 and FR700 notebook computers with soft contours and gentle lines stand out from the crowd. In addition to chrome trim around the speakers, these laptops come with chiclet keyboards that offer a unique feel, raised multipoint touchpad, and a hot key zone with a brush metal finish. The FX700 and FR700 are also sheathed in MSI
Radeon HD6870 and HD6850 are accidentally listed
Every time, the same accident happens. Someone, somewhere, lists the cards before their official release debut. Hehe, well this time it
Cayman SKUs are coming in November
It is known that new AMD Radeon HD 6000 series is going to be officially released during next week, making the first step with HD 6870. Some of you may noticed the x870 part, and get confused about the performance wise. Good to know, that HD6870 is not that hard as 5870, but it's close to the power of this almighty Radeon card. So, what
SteelSeries and Cataclysm MMO Mouse
Yesterday, we se saw the Medal Of Honor buddle, today is time for Blizzard and the new expansion of WoW, called Cataslysm. Developed for World of Warcraft