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.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Announced
GSC Game World has announced they are developing S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is the official sequel to best-selling game series - in development now. A completely new multi-platform technology developed by GSC will make the core of the game.
"After the official sales of the series exceeded 4 million copies worldwide, we had no doubts left to start creating a new big game in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. universe. This will be the next chapter of the mega-popular game players expect from us" - said Sergiy Grygorovych, CEO of GSC Game World.
The game is scheduled for release in 2012.
Cooler Master Storm Inferno mouse review
Cooler Master Storm Inferno gets tested
We test and review the CM Storm Inferno mouse. A mouse obviously targeted at gamers, but Cooler Master diversified and refined it even a little more as it is a mouse targeted at MMO's. This gaming peripheral features a total of 11 buttons, nine of which are actually programmable, 128kb onboard memory, a Rapid Fire Tactical key and a Storm Tactics Multiplier key that gives access to 32 extra programmable outputs for macros, scripts and other unique commands. All that armed with a 4000 DPI twin laser sensor.
But is it any good ? let's find our in this Guru3D review right here.
ECS Black Series P55H-AK Sneak Peek
The ECS Black Series P55H-AK finally arrived in our lab yesterday, and I can get you guys a sneek preview with the help of some photo's. Expect a full review next week. The board is looking extraordinary good for ECS standafrds alright. ECS is pushing really hard to reach the enthusiast segment and this board certainly is a massive step forward for them.
The motherboard as it is equipped with a whole lotta stuff like USB 3.0, six SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, two eSATA connectors, dual Gigabit Ethernet and 7.1 channel audio, as well as a pair of SATA 6.0 Gbps ports and even two Super Speed USB 3.0 connectors.
As for what makes this LGA 1156-ready board unique, it has a dark color theme, 15
Logitech MK520 Wireless Keyboard Mouse Combo On Pre-Order
This full-size keyboard has a black coating and a very small Unifying receiver which enables 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity at a range of up to 10 meters. Additionally, the keyboard has low-profile Incurve keys with softly rounded edges, for a touch of style and comfort. The mouse features soft rubber side grips, to let consumers have a firmer grasp of it at all times, and, of course, the obligatory scroll wheel and two buttons.
The product loses to the keyboard in terms of battery power, being built with one that 'only' lasts for one year.
All in all, the Wireless Combo MK520 should contribute to the quality of any high-end, cable-unfriendly system, and is already up for pre-order at $56.54
ATI Southern Islands launches in October
The peeps over at DigiTimes report that AMD will do a paperlaunch of its Southern Islands GPUs in October, with product availability slated for November.
Southern Islands is the family codename for the 6000 series graphics cards whereas Evergreen was the codename for Radeon series 5000. AMD / ATI always launches with their most high-end product, so we expect the same here.