SilverStone unveils Clear CMOS
Well, I know i mentioned in my articles a lot that mainboard manufacturers should included a CMOS micro-switch on the maomnboard, but this might be taking it a step too far. Anyway, SilverStone unveiled a new product that makes it possible to clear your CMOS without having to open your case. Some enthusiast motherboards already have this functionality though.
They'll probably end up charing you 15 EUR / 20 USD for it.
SilverStone SST-CLEARCMOS is designed for the overclocking enthusiasts. When installed and mounted in corresponding chassis for external use, an overclocker no longer needs to open the computer chassis to clear CMOS. The SST-CLEARCMOS is extremely useful in offering a way to quickly clear CMOS/BIOS for recovering from failed overclocking attempts, updating BIOS, or resetting BIOS for installing new devices.
Apple's MacBook Pro packs new NVIDIA GPU
Apple unleashed and updated its MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops. The specs. Apple's MacBook Pro using NVIDIA's new 9400M GPU + chipset 1-2 punch for integrated graphics, supplemented by 9600M GT switchable discreet graphics chip for heavy lifting, and pumping out those graphics over a Mini DisplayPort connector, if you'd like to supplement the LED backlit screen.
The GeForce 9400 M has 16 parallel graphics cores and 54gflops of performance. The GeForce 9400 M is five times faster than current graphics in MacBook Pros,in the real world that translates to 6x the performance. The existing NVIDIA in the current MacBook Pro has only 55% the performance of the NVIDIA GeForce 9400 M.
As expected there's an SSD option, with drive accessible underneath the battery. The 15.4-inch base model retails for $1999, with a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM and both GPUs. Step up to $2499 and you get a faster CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 320GB HDD. The 17-inch MacBook Pro comes in a similar configuration with a 2.6GHz processor, starting at $2799, but sans the redesign and GPU sweetness.
For the more budget minded Apple has dropped the price of its previous-gen MacBook to $999, and it's introduced a pair of next-gen MacBook models that look like smaller versions of the updated MacBook Pros (down to the black display frame and aluminum body). Priced at $1,299, the cheapest of the aluminum MacBooks features a 13.3" LED-backlit display, a 2GHz Core 2 Duo, GeForce 9400M integrated graphics, 2GB of DDR3 memory, and a 160GB hard drive. For an extra $300, you can get the pricier model with a 2.4GHz processor, 250GB hard drive, and keyboard backlighting. Oh, and an extra $700 will let you upgrade to a 128GB solid-state drive, as well.
Apple had two more surprises. For one, the MacBook Air is getting an upgrade to Nvidia GeForce 9400M integrated graphics, and Apple has tossed in a mini-DisplayPort connector for good measure. Also, the Mac maker has launched an iMac-style 24" desktop monitor with LED backlighting, a 1920x1200 resolution, built-in stereo speakers, DisplayPort connectivity, and a MagSafe power connector (for charging your MacBook). Those perks don't come cheap, though: Apple charges $899 for the display.
Photo courtesy of Engadget
Far Cry 2 and CC Red Alert PC gone gold
Ubisoft just announced that Far Cry 2, the open-world shooter, is done and dusted and off to manufacture. All versions ship on October 24 in Europe and October 21 in the US. Developed this time around by Ubisoft Montreal--the PC original was crafted by Crytek--Far Cry 2 will hit PS3 and Xbox 360 at $60, with the PC version coming in at $50. Additionally, those that pre-order the PC version through Valve's digital distribution platform Steam will receive $5 off.
There's a report PCGames.de translated from the French Ubisoft Shop suggesting the shooter sequel will use the much reviled SecuROM for copy protection
In other news, EA Command and Conquer Red Alert 3, the RTS sequel with something for everyone, has gone gold and is on schedule for its October 28 launch on PC. The promised Xbox 360 version of the alternate-history strategy game is still in the works and will take a little longer. It arrives on November 11.
Trailer: EA Dead Space Ships
Set five hundred years in the future, Dead Space follows the story of Isaac Clarke, a normal systems engineer, who is sent with a small repair team to restore communications aboard an immense mining ship, the USG Ishimura. Once onboard the vessel, Isaac discovers that the crew has unearthed an ancient and malevolent alien presence far beneath the planet's surface and brought it onboard. It's a living nightmare onboard the Ishimura, which has turned into a floating bloodbath, as the crew has been unspeakably mutilated and infected by an ancient alien scourge. Clarke's repair mission becomes one of survival as he fights not just to save himself, but to return the artifact to the planet at any cost.As the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Dead Space ship out to stores today, with the PC version following next week, publisher EA has issued a new trailer:
Introducing Windows 7
In case you where wondering what the 'official' name for the follow up of Windows Vista (developed under codename Windows 7) is. well the final decision has been made, Windows 7 is going to be called .. *drum-roll* .. Windows 7. Ah well, clean and simple, I kind of liked the codename anyway.
Hi there, Mike Nash here.
For me, one of the most exciting times in the release of a new product is right before we show it to the world for the first time. And that time is right now.
In a few weeks we are going to be talking about the details of this release at the PDC and at WinHEC. We will be sharing a pre-beta "developer only release" with attendees of both shows and giving them the first broad in-depth look at what we've been up to. I can't wait for them to see it.
And, as you probably know, since we began development of the next version of the Windows client operating system we have been referring to it by a codename, "Windows 7." But now is a good time to announce that we've decided to officially call the next version of Windows, "Windows 7."
While I know there have been a few cases at Microsoft when the codename of a product was used for the final release, I am pretty sure that this is a first for Windows. You might wonder about the decision.
The decision to use the name Windows 7 is about simplicity. Over the years, we have taken different approaches to naming Windows. We've used version numbers like Windows 3.11, or dates like Windows 98, or "aspirational" monikers like Windows XP or Windows Vista. And since we do not ship new versions of Windows every year, using a date did not make sense. Likewise, coming up with an all-new "aspirational" name does not do justice to what we are trying to achieve, which is to stay firmly rooted in our aspirations for Windows Vista, while evolving and refining the substantial investments in platform technology in Windows Vista into the next generation of Windows.
Simply put, this is the seventh release of Windows, so therefore "Windows 7" just makes sense.
Download - HOC Crysis Warhead Benchmark v1.1.1
The HOC Crysis Warhead Benchmark is a very hard opponent against the synthetic benchmark. Many usefull options, many tweaks, many lost FPS... this tool has now been updated towards version 1.1.1
Crysis Warhead updates and refines the gameplay of the original game through a sidestory plot involving Psycho, one of previous protagonist Nomad's allies. The game is a parallel story that follows Sergeant Michael "Psycho" Sykes, a character from the original Crysis, as he faces his own trials and challenges on the other side of the island during the time period of the first game. It features new fully customizable weapons, vehicles and enemies, along with new multiplayer content. It also showcases a new, enhanced and optimized version of CryEngine 2 and is the first game developed by Crytek's Budapest studio.
- 32/64 bit Windows XP / VISTA
- The latest drivers for your graphics card
- Source: DVD or STEAM
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StarCraft 2 to be a trilogy ?!
A lot of news has been pouring out of BlizzCon and now Blizzard is taking their StarCraft franchise to the next level. Their long-awaited game, StarCraft 2 will be a trilogy rather than one game.
StarCraft 2 will include three single-player games of which each can be played on an individual basis with an overarching story connecting them together. There will be one game for each race.
The first is Terran: Wings of Liberty and will follow Jim Raynor for non-linear gameplay. The second is Zerg: Heart of the Swarm. The last in the trilogy will be Protoss: Legacy of the Void. Each game will feature between 26-30 missions and the campaigns will feel like epic stories in and of themselves. No cliffhangers this time around, either. That is, each game will be a full product on its own.
AMD: DOJ ends probe on GPU price fixing
Late last week, the US Department of Justice officially told chipmaker AMD it has ended its antitrust investigation into the company's pricing and marketing practices and will not take any action, AMD announced on Monday. The subpoenas were issued at the end of 2006 for AMD and ATI Technologies, which was purchased by AMD earlier that year, as well as competitor NVIDIA. As the top two add-in graphics chipmakers were producing products similar in performance and pricing, industry analysts believed the two were involved in collusion and price fixing practices.
AMD got into the graphics card business in October of 2006 by purchasing Canadian ATI Technologies for $5.4 billion. At the time, ATI and NVIDIA each held about 25 percent of the graphics card market for electronic devices and have since been the top two firms offering add-in video, with Intel and other firms usually supplying only integrated graphics.
Trailer: Call of Duty: World at War
Brothers in Arms - Hells Highway VGA performance review [Guru3D]
Today a VGA performance test on Brothers in Arms - Hells Highway. Hells Highway is based on the Unreal III engine which allows some pretty decent graphics but more importantly, it'll be playable for a very wide scope of graphics cards, which we'll show you.
The game tells the story of Operation Market Garden in the country yours truly lives in the Netherlands aka Holland. It's about the besieged journey from Eindhoven to Arnhem where tremendous battles where fought.
Exactly that road, Highway 69; the road from Eindhoven to Arnhem was later nicknamed: Hell's Highway.
Check out the VGA performance review right here.
Point of View bundles BIA: Hells Highway with GeForce cards
if you are in the market for a new graphics card and BIA: Hell's highway is on your gaming wishlist, you might want to keep an eye out for a Point of View graphics card. They started to bundle this game with their graphics cards, which always boils down to awesome value for money.
Point of View, well known for its range of NVIDIA based Graphics cards, is announcing today the release of the Special Edition game bundle of Brother in Arms: Hell
Microsoft sues DHL over 20.000 damaged Xbox 360s
Spotted this one at en-gadget, good read. You know who Microsoft hates? No, not Apple. It really hates DHL.
Apparently, the delivery service has hit the folks in Redmond where it hurts: in the Xbox. It seems that 21,600 consoles were totally messed over by "impact damage, wetting, pilfering and shortage" when one of the company's freight trains derailed en route to Long Beach, California.
The big M claims that DHL refuses to compensate for the lost goods, and has filed a complaint at a US District Court in Seattle, calling for $2 million in damages and stating that the shipper "negligently breached its duties as a common carrier, handler, bailee, warehouseman, agent, or in other capabilities."
Harsh words, but really, who's to blame for this mess?
* random image of a broken xbox 360- it paints the picture well though.
Lian Li launches PC-9 chassis
Good gawd man, there's just so little news to report today. Luckily a press-release from Lian Li arrived in the good old mailbox. They released a new chassis inther the label, simple and clean. Well I always figured that was Lian Li's main theme anyway, but after you've seen 25+ Lian-Li cases .. you just don't see much difference anymore. But that might be just me though.
" Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the PC-9 midi-tower incorporating quality with a clean simple style. Standing at 209 x 435 x 488mm (W,H,D), with removable front panel around front bezels consisting
Philips amBX review [Guru3D]
Imagine playing a game with physical wind blowing on your face, the room illuminates depending on the game play monitor color tone and your desk starts to rumble in explosions. Philips made it possible with a new technology called amBX and here and now we are going to review it for you. Could this be the next big thing in the gaming experience ?
Graphics card manufacturer point of View will release a bundle kit for you guys, a graphics card, an amBX kit and Brothers In Arms: hells Highway all in one package. We'll try and show you the ins- and outs of this all new experience, but I can tell you this already, it's fun for sure.
Check out this review right here.
Seagate working to improve SSD life expectancy
Seagate is planning to enter the solid state disk market for enterprises in 2009 but before the company rolls out its first SSDs it will make sure these drives are reliable. The Tech Report writes the firm is hard at work on SSD endurance:
Seagate has no illusions about that potential hurdle, and it's already working on standards for SSD endurance. Says Seagate Marketing Development Senior Manager Rich Vignes, "There isn't really a clear way of describing endurance or life expectancy of a solid-state drive. So, we're working on that as an industry standard [through JEDEC]." Formerly known as the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council, JEDEC already develops and issues standards for system memory.
In addition to working with standards bodies, Seagate plans to use some its own special sauce to make sure its SSDs last. Vignes mentioned, "Some of the skills we've picked up along the way, to deal with imperfect media, has applicability to dealing with imperfect media on NAND." The company's efforts could spur the industry as a whole, too. "As companies like Seagate start to demonstrate field-proven reliability and endurance in enterprise applications, we'll overcome those (solid-state drive) endurance fears," he added.
Trailer: Swarm 'TGS 2008' Demo
Overclockers clock Core i7 965 easily to 4,2 GHz
Some Taiwanese overclockers had a 3,2 GHz Core i7 processor (Nehalem) in their possession . And by simply raising the multiplier towards 21 and the core voltage towards 1,72V they clocked the processor towards 4,2 GHz.
That surely doesn't suck. Unclear with what graphics card they tested it, but a 3Dmark vantage score of P25395 surely didn't suck either.
Download: Realtek HD Audio 2.06 driver
The new Realtek HD Audio 2.06 driver is available for download. Due to the UBER slow servers from Realtek we made a package containg both the XP and Vista drivers.
Realtek HD Audio Driver supports all of Realtek HD Audio Codec in Vista/WinXP/Win2000/Win2003 .
- Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
- Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, 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)
Due to the UBER slow servers from Realtek we made a package containg both the XP and Vista drivers, recompressed for a real small download size.
Download - Click here.