Eidos considering to give Lara Croft a makeover
Times Online writes Eidos is considering to give its Tomb Raider series a makeover, because the latest Lara Croft game didn't do as well as expected. One of the things Eidos is considering is to make Tomb Raider more female-friendly:
Eidos is considering revising the look and play of her Tomb Raider adventures, which may see efforts to make her more female-friendly, in an attempt to revive sales of games starring the pneumatic archaeologist.
Robert Brent, the chief financial officer of Eidos, said:
Gigabyte works on three 10-inch netbooks
Since the company's netbook products offer higher specifications than those of its competitors, prices are around US$150 higher which limited shipments to only 25,000 units last year, Ma pointed out.
Ma revealed that Gigabyte is currently adjusting its operating strategy and is hiring research and development personnel, despite the poor economy, and hopes notebook and netbook shipments will be maintained or increase slightly this year.
Of the three 10-inch netbooks, two will be designed in-house while the third will be handled by Quanta Computer. All three will be priced starting at US$400, although the company is considering a model priced below US$300 for emerging markets.
Top 10 Selling PC games USA
It's time for a new NPD chart. These are the best selling PC games in the USA for the week ending Jan 1.
Dang ... The Sims again on spot #1
- The Sims 2 Double Deluxe - Electronic Arts
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King - Blizzard
- Spore - Electronic Arts
- The Sims 2 Apartment Life - Electronic Arts
- World of Warcraft Battle Chest - Blizzard
- Fallout 3 - Bethesda Softworks
- Left 4 Dead - Valve/EA
- Call Of Duty: World At War - Activision
- World of Warcraft - Blizzard
- The Sims 2 Mansion and Garden Stuff - Electronic Arts
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OCZ jacks up Vertex 2-ssd to 550MBps
The drive is insanely fast as this internal quad raid drive can write at up to 480MB/s and read around 550MB/s, depending on the size of the files. This is specially the case with big files and in reality at this speed you might copy a 20GB file in just 41.66 seconds, and we are sure that video editing guys are going to love these numbers. In order to achieve thee speeds you will have to get to SATA 3.0, as SATA 2.0 is maxed out at 300MB/s per device. SATA 3.0 on the other hand gets you all the way to 750GB/s which will be enough even for Vertex 2.
This drive will come the market in late Q1 2009 and we reckon it will be ready for Cebit. Here is a test running with the ATTO disk benchmark.
AMD RV790 and RV740 in 40 nm March 2009
Nvidia used the still ongoing Consumer Electronics Show to establish two new high-end products, namely GTX 285 and GTX 295, and thus is back at the top. The fact that AMD will not keep it like this should be obvious, and that is why we have inquired at a, in the past very reliable AMD power, about what things AMD would able to come up against Nvidia with.
Spontaneously two names fell into this conversation: RV740 and RV790. The former is a well-known in the rumor mill, VR-Zone has already unmasked the specifications of the chip, and using the tape-out, you could also conclude that the RV740 would come in spring.
The chip will be the successor to the RV730, although it could still remain at the market some time, and will redefine AMD's middle class. In things of performance the strongest model will move up to HD 4830 and HD 4850.
Large uncertainty on the other hand about an update on the performance segment. Would AMD hold the RV770 current until the RV870 or put an update between, which is quite pushing depending on the launch of the RV870, concerning that Nvidia will send a distinctly modified GT200 in persona of the GT212 into the race in the second quarter.
The rumors included everything from a RV770 with better frequency to a RV770 that had to more SIMD units (960 SPs, 48 TMUs), and also the codenames were shuffled: Super RV770, RV775 and RV790.
According to our source, AMD's next performance chip will be called RV790, enter the market as HD 4900, and be crafted in 40 nm like RV740. There is still silence about the amount of stream processors. But we can assure that there will be more than with the RV770, so that the RV790 will not just be a half-hearted frequency update.
Both chips, RV740 and RV790, are announced for March. Though a launch within the CeBIT would be suggestible, no one wanted to determine the date yet [via hardware infos].
Storm Sniper Gaming Chassis from CM Storm
CM Storm today launched the Sniper gaming grade PC chassis, developed in cooperation with the world's leading professional gaming teams, including SK-Gaming, Team Fnatic and mousesports. The Sniper features unprecedented airflow from up to three huge fans: a 200mm blue LED fan in the front, a top exhaust 200mm LED fan and yet another optional 200mm VGA intake, all backed up by additional 120-140mm fan locations (6 in total), creating some seriously heavy duty airflow to cool all your high-end PC components.
The CM Sniper offers a built-in one-for-all fan controller, which lets you tune your airflow to find the perfect balance between thermal performance and silent operation. Integrated in the extra large control knob is a LED light switch, letting you decide exactly when to turn on the lights for a full-on gaming session, and when to chill out in the dark with your favorite movies. The Sniper gaming chassis features convenient carrying handles for fast and efficient mobilization, multi-position water cooling holes, tool free design, and great expandability for peripherals, HDDs, optical drives and function panels.Developed with elite engineering skills, and reinforced by the highest grade materials.
ATI lowers prices on Radeon 4870 X2
From now on, ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB graphics cards cost $449 (369 EUR), down $100 from the previous price of $549, which has been effective for about five months. Moreover, some partners of ATI are offering $50 mail-in rebate on Newegg.com online for their Radeon HD 4870 X2 models, which effectively makes such graphics boards available for $399.
The price drop on the Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics card comes as Nvidia Corp., the arch-rival of ATI/AMD, is gearing up to release its dual-chip graphics card named GeForce GTX 295 that is supposed to outperform the model 4870 X2.
DRAM module makers increase prices
DRAM module makers Kingston Technology, Transcend Information, A-Data Technology and Power Quotient International (PQI) have increased their prices following the recent surge in DRAM chip quotes to US$1. A-Data and PQI are expected to be able to return to profitability as a result, according to industry sources.
DRAM pricing dropped to US$0.50 in mid-December and the current quotes for effectively tested (eTT) 1Gb DDR2 of US$1 represent an increase of 100% within one month. It is possible quotes will increase to US$1.50 in the short term, the sources noted.
DRAM module prices have risen over 10% since the end of December. The highest quote for 1GB DDR2 modules on January 8 was US$10, and contract quotes for the first half of January are around US$8.50. If quotes for 1GB DDR2 modules can top US$10, DRAM contract quotes may continue to increase by up to 15-20%, the sources said.
Transcend, A-Data and PQI all indicated that the reason for the increase in module pricing was to reflect current DRAM prices. Market watchers are optimistic about module makers' first-quarter sales as a result of increasing DRAM and NAND flash prices.
A Microsoft Coffee machine .. with Windows.
Among the technologies Microsoft is highlighting in its booth at CES this year is a hardware and software platform for the next generation of more useful and flexible household objects, appliances and accessories. The Windows-based platform is the result of a collaboration between Microsoft and a recently formed company called Fugoo. Two of the concept designs featured in a video at the booth are a
QNAP new 6-bay NAS
Powered by Intel 1.6 GHz CPU, 1GB DDRII memory, the TS-639 Pro delivers superior performance for multiple business applications. Advanced RAID configurations, including RAID 0/ 1/ 5/ 6/ 5+Spare, JBOD, online RAID capacity expansion, and online RAID level migration are all supported.
The TS-639 Pro can serve as a NAS and an iSCSI target server. The built-in iSCSI target feature provides an affordable IP-SAN (Storage Area Network) alternative for SMB. The server managers can set up the NAS to expand the storage capacity for existing application servers, such as database server and mail server in an economic way. Moreover, the innovative "Virtual Space Allocation" (Thin Provisioning) feature is provided which allows the server managers to flexibly allocate the capacity of iSCSI LUN (Logical Unit Number) at the beginning regardless of the physical volume capacity.
The TS-639 Pro supports file sharing across Linux, UNIX, Mac, and Windows platforms. Different applications are supported, e.g. file server, FTP server, printer server, web server, and encrypted remote replication by Rsync. Also, windows AD (Active Directory) is supported to help create an easy-to-access environment and lower the maintenance cost. SSH login and web page SSL login enable users to transfer, store, and share data securely. Expensive though, expect roughly 1000 USD.
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Download Realtek HD Audio 2.14 Driver
The new Realtek HD Audio 2.14 driver is available for download. The binaries support Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 x64, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP, Windows XP x64.
Due to the UBER slow servers from Realtek we made a package which contains both the XP and Vista drivers. We then recompressed it with 7-zip, making the archives smaller than each individual XP or Vista download ;)
- Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
- Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
- HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
- OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista x86/x64
- Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
2.Change EAPD control method for the certain codecs.
Download: click here.
What do CPU 256 cores look like in Windows ?
Sometime between now and when we're more likely to see machines with this level of parallelism it might be an appropriate area for some UI redesign. I don't know many IT administrators or developers that have a 30" LCD monitor, okay I know one and it isn't me unfortunately.
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 group logical processors into sub groups and it would therefore make sense that the task manager be redesigned to show the performance of processors by group. Without which you'll definitely need a 30" LCD. That said however, if you can afford a 256 logical processor machine then you'll probably be able to find a few extra dollars for a large display.
Windows 7 Beta Goes Public + download links
Here are a couple of very fast direct links for you for Windows 7 beta 32-bit and Windows 7 beta 64-bit.
These are straight from Microsoft and the transfer rate right now on my download is 900Kb/sec. These are straight from Microsoft. This is a DVD ISO, which you'll need to burn on a DVD. Download the ISO, burn a DVD and start living the ultra-fantastic lifestyle of a Windows 7 user. The Beta expires August 1, 2009.
The new version has been well received by testers and certainly it looks good in demos. Gadgets can now be anywhere in the desktop rather stuck in a bar at the side but the biggest difference is in the revamped task bar.
However, I will have to wait for Microsoft to get things straightened out before I can get a working key. Here is a short video demonstrating some of the new features in Windows 7.
AMD Reveals Cloud Supercomputer, Video Games Server-side Rendering
AMD and OTOY unveiled plans for a new supercomputer they believe will revolutionize entertainment. By calculating all relevant data sever-side and then streaming the results to online devices, AMD claims the platform can bring video games and other "graphically-intensive applications" to "virtually any type of mobile device with a web browser without making the device rapidly deplete battery life or struggle to process the content."
"Imagine playing the most visually intensive first person shooter game at the highest image quality settings on your cell phone without ever having to download and install the software, or use up valuable storage space or battery life with compute-intensive tasks," teased AMD digital media and entertainment director Charlie Boswell. In the announcement, video game publisher Electronic Arts expressed its optimism, saying that it looks "forward to the new customers we can reach and the new interactive expressions that emerge from revolutionary technology like the AMD Fusion Render Cloud," and was joined on-stage by Lucasfilm, Dell and HP.
Boswell detailed another possible use, suggesting that users could watch a movie on their cell phone, then "seamlessly" continue the movie on their HDTV in full resolution when they get home. The supercomputer is also said to provide "remote real-time rendering of film and visual effects graphics." Dubbed the "AMD Fusion Render Cloud," the supercomputer will be powered by AMD Phenom II processors, AMD 790 chipsets and ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics processors. OTOY noted plans for the system to be ready by the second half of 2009, but it was unclear if OTOY was referencing its software or the supercomputer itself.
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Palit announces GTX295
Palit Microsystems, leading graphics card manufacturer, introduces the dual graphics processor: Palit GeForce GTX295. The Palit GeForce GTX295 has the power of two GTX200 GPUs in a single graphics solution that will exceed the expectations of gamers across the world as the fastest graphics card on the planet!