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AMD Phenom II X4 975 BE & 840 Quad-Core Processors
Review | January 4, 2011
Today AMD is releasing two new processors for the main-stream market. First up is a new top-end quad-core, the 3.6 GHz Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition. The X4 975 BE is simply a 100 MHz speed bump over the already familiar X4 970 BE with no other design changes. The second new processor is a budget quad-core, the 3.2 GHz Phenom II X4 840.
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T BE Hex-Core Processor
Review | December 7, 2010
We saw back in September AMD released six new CPUs to add to their product mix. Today AMD is showcasing three new processors, including a new flagship model, the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition. The other two processors are a Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition, and an Athlon II X3 455. All three of these processors are simply 100 MHz speed-bumps over previous top-end models.
AMD Phenom II X6 1075T & X4 970 BE & X2 560 BE Processors
Review | September 21, 2010
About five months ago AMD made a ground-breaking announcement with their first pair of Phenom II X6 hex-core desktop processors. Today AMD is releasing six new processors to add to their existing mix of Phenom II & Athlon II models. The most notable of these new processors is a mid-range hex-core, the Phenom II X6 1075T, priced almost in between the existing two X6 models. The quad-core Phenom II X4 970 BE is also a welcome addition.
ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe Motherboard
Review | September 14, 2010
With the mid-range 1156 socket becoming ever so popular, ASUS is bringing their offering to the table. The ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe motherboard has a great feature set including USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s. This coupled with their TurboV EVO overclocking package and Hybrid 48 phase power, this board should really shine. ASUS has taken the P55 chipset and added some extras of their own to take this motherboard to the next level.
SilverStone Grandia GD05 SFF HTPC Chassis
Review | July 14, 2010
HTPCs are gaining popularity among computer system builders. With digital movies, and the streaming media market growing every day more and more people want a computer hooked to their television for entertainment. They don’t want an ugly computer sitting in their living room either. Enter the Silverstone Grandia GD05. This beautiful chassis combines sleek lines with a black brushed aluminum finish to bring computing into your living room.
Friday May 24th, 2013
| Electronic Arts plans to release games on the current generation of consoles until at least 2017.
That's according to the company's CFO Blake Jorgensen (via Gamespot), who made the announcement earlier this week at the Stifel 2013 Technology Conference in New York.
While no further details were given, Jorgensen did talk about the company's exclusive Star Wars deal, and even teased that it may revive older franchises such as Battlefront.
Posted By CybrSlydr @ 3:09 PM
Thursday May 23rd, 2013
| Coming in 2014 to both current and next-gen consoles, Dying Light feels like a zombie action game through the lens of DICE’s parkour classic Mirror’s Edge. The pessimist in me assumes that we’ll never see another Mirror’s Edge game from EA, so the prospect of another developer building upon the concept of first-person free-running is certainly exciting. Much like the 2008 cult hit, the initial moments of the Dying Light demo I saw placed an emphasis on building momentum, finding open paths throughout the environment, and trying to reach your destination in as efficient a manner as possible.
I thought this might pique the interest of those of you who enjoy Mirror's Edge.
Posted By CybrSlydr @ 8:59 AM
| Thursday, May 23, 2013
NVIDIA today introduced the GeForce® GTX™ 780 GPU, the latest evolution in elite-class GPUs, which delivers jaw-dropping performance and silky smooth visuals for the next generation of PC gaming titles -- including Call of Duty: Ghosts, Watch Dogs and Battlefield 4.
In addition, NVIDIA has released to production the NVIDIA GeForce Experience™ software, which delivers to GeForce gamers the industry's best gaming drivers, advanced features and optimal playable settings (OPS) with the convenience of single click operation.
Designed for gaming enthusiasts, the GeForce GTX 780 boasts a massively powerful Kepler GPU with 2,304 cores and 3GB of high-speed GDDR5 memory -- each 50 percent more than its predecessor.(1)
The GeForce GTX 780 supports NVIDIA's latest array of gaming technologies, including PhysX® and NVIDIA TXAA™, while the newest GeForce drivers reduce frame time variations to provide smoother frame delivery and a richer overall experience. And for those gamers who demand the very best, NVIDIA SLI® technology -- the industry's preeminent multi-GPU solution -- scales to deliver even higher levels of performance.
"The GeForce GTX 780 delivers the fastest frame-rate and smoothest animation at a value never before seen in PC gaming," said Scott Herkelman, general manager of the GeForce business unit at NVIDIA. "This level of performance allows gamers to become fully immersed into a game the way the developers originally intended."
To satisfy gamer demands for greater customization and overclocking options, the GeForce GTX 780 includes NVIDIA GPU Boost™ 2.0 technology, which automatically increases the GPU's clock speeds for enhanced performance, while adding temperature target and fan controls, as well as extra over-voltage headroom and optimizations for advanced water-cooling solutions.
A high-quality cast exterior aluminum frame and high-efficiency vapor chamber cooling -- the most sophisticated thermal solution NVIDIA has created -- contribute to the exotic design of the card. With GeForce GTX 780, form meets function with uncompromising acoustic performance as well for near silent gaming operation.
"The GeForce GTX 780 thermal solution is the most sophisticated we've ever created," said Andrew Bell, vice president of engineering at NVIDIA. "The human ear detects not just sound intensity, but also sudden variations in noise levels. For this reason, we created brand new adaptive temperature controllers to reduce unnecessary fan speed variations and deliver beautifully silent operation. This makes the GeForce GTX 780 an awesome choice for powering enthusiast-class PCs including desktop gaming towers as well as the new breed of sexy, small form-factor PCs."
Easy Optimization With NVIDIA GeForce Experience
Available exclusively to GeForce gamers, the beta version of NVIDIA GeForce Experience software has been used by more than 1.5 million people since the beginning of the year. Now released to production, GeForce Experience is the perfect complement to the GeForce GTX 780's raw horsepower.
GeForce Experience automatically configures the 3D setting for each game to ensure the best experience based on the system configuration. It notifies gamers of software updates and automatically installs GeForce Game Ready™ drivers so gamers can maximize the performance of their GeForce GPUs and enjoy the latest PC games the day they are released.
Availability and Pricing
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 GPU is available now from the world's leading add-in card suppliers, including ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac. Partner participation will vary by region. Pricing is expected to start at $649.
The GeForce GTX 780 will also be sold in fully configured systems from leading U.S.-based system builders, including AVADirect, Cyberpower, Digital Storm, Falcon Northwest, Geekbox, IBUYPOWER, Maingear, Origin PC, Puget Systems, V3 Gaming and Velocity Micro, as well as other system integrators outside North America.
For more information on how GeForce GTX GPUs are dramatically changing the way games are played, visit www.geforce.com. The NVIDIA Flickr page hosts the entire lineup of GeForce product photos.
Since 1993, NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) has pioneered the art and science of visual computing. The company's technologies are transforming a world of displays into a world of interactive discovery -- for everyone from gamers to scientists, and consumers to enterprise customers. More information at http://nvidianews.nvidia.com and http://blogs.nvidia.com.
(1) Compared to the GTX 680 GPU released in March 2012.
Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, statements as to: the impact, benefits and availability of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 GPUs and the impact and benefits of NVIDIA GeForce Experience software are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: global economic conditions; our reliance on third parties to manufacture, assemble, package and test our products; the impact of technological development and competition; development of new products and technologies or enhancements to our existing product and technologies; market acceptance of our products or our partners' products; design, manufacturing or software defects; changes in consumer preferences or demands; changes in industry standards and interfaces; unexpected loss of performance of our products or technologies when integrated into systems; as well as other factors detailed from time to time in the reports NVIDIA files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, including its Form 10-Q for the fiscal period ended April 28, 2013. Copies of reports filed with the SEC are posted on the company's website and are available from NVIDIA without charge. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.
© 2013 NVIDIA Corporation. All rights reserved. NVIDIA, the NVIDIA logo, GeForce and GeForce Experience are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated. Features, pricing, availability and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Source: nVidia Newsroom
Posted By CybrSlydr @ 8:40 AM
Wednesday May 22nd, 2013
| FIFA 14 is built using a brand new next-gen game engine… which the PC version won’t use.
The football game will on PS4 and Xbox One use the fancy new EA Sports Ignite engine which delivers a host of improvements involving opponent AI and animation.
But despite the fact that the new generation of consoles basically ARE PCs, EA will not be using the EA Sports Ignite engine on the platform.
"Clarification for the PC related questions earlier," EA Sports FIFA community manager Rob Hodson confirmed on Twitter. "EA Sports Ignite will power FIFA 14 on Xbox One and PS4, not PC."
FIFA 13 marked an important year for PC gamers because it was the first time that development of the PC build had caught up with consoles and brought it into line with Xbox 360 and PS3. That this trend won’t continue this year is a crushing disappointment to PC gamers.
Fingers crossed for FIFA 15.
Son of a... Let's see if I can cancel my pre-order.
Posted By CybrSlydr @ 7:39 AM
| Following up on today’s Xbox One announcement, EA has provided the first details about its next-gen plans, including news that a next-gen version of Need for Speed and the first concrete information about its Star Wars licensing deal will be shown at E3.
In a blog post titled “The Wait is Over” on EA’s official site, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau referenced the various EA titles announced for Xbox One today -- NBA Live 14, FIFA 14, UFC, Madden NFL 25 and Battlefield 4 -- and also confirmed that EA’s E3 briefing on June 10th “will be a showcase of next-generation games like Battlefield 4, Need For Speed, a full range of EA Sports games and a first look at our plans for the Star Wars partnership with Disney.”
Posted By CybrSlydr @ 6:40 AM
Tuesday May 21st, 2013
The next Xbox is called Xbox One. It'll be out later this year. It won't be always-online, but it will restrict used games. Oh, and the next Call of Duty has a dog.
That's just a smidgeon of the news we got at Microsoft's big event in Seattle today, which touted the new Xbox and all of its features and capabilities. We didn't get to see a lot of games during the live reveal, but we did hear about how Microsoft hopes to take over our living rooms, and how the next Xbox will let you have a "relationship" with your television.
Microsoft touted how you'll be able to use gestures and voice control to interact with the new system. "Xbox, on" starts up the machine. "Xbox, watch TV" will open up your television. This is all possible thanks to Kinect 2.0, which ships with Xbox One.
Microsoft also introduced a feature called Snap Mode, for multitasking while watching television. You can use Skype, for example, to chat with friends while viewing something, or you can say "Xbox, show fantasy" to see your fantasy basketball stats while watching LeBron James score.
There's a feature called "Xbox Trending" that shows what television is currently popular on Xbox Live. "This is the beginning of truly intelligent TV," Microsoft says.
As for what's under the hood: 8GB RAM, Blu-ray, USB 3.0, WiFi direct, "silent" operation. 500 GB HDD. There's also a Blu-ray player.
There are bound to be naysayers but the new Xbox One will be great. It will revolutionize how we interact with our games, TVs, and media as a whole.
Sure whiners will complain about a lack of backwards compatibility, but the PS4 isn't backwards compatible either. Yet no one seemed to care.
People will complain about licensing games vs. "ownership". If you think you owned any of the games you paid for in the past you're sorely mistaken. This isn't really any different than how it is handled with steam/origin yet people are all up in arms.
The new Kinect interface gives great way to communicate with no only friends and family via Skype, but also to interact with your console without fumbling for remotes and/or controllers. (but kwiksilver Z0mg t3h G0vernment is spying on us with the camera in my kinect now!!1) Guess what if they are going to do it, they already are with your cellphone.
The fact that it integrates with cable boxes and other content providers via an HDMI *input* is amazing. It is literally running multiple OS's that can be swapped instantly.
It looks like this device will also make for an amazing media powerhouse. Between the integrated blu-ray player (I can hear you complaining now about how blu-ray is dead), and all of the streaming services that XBox already has, plus the ones that are yet to come, I am very excited.
New franchises and new exclusives to be released at E3 is huge. A lot of people were worried that because Bungie (the originators of the Halo franchise) was going cross platform with their latest title Destiny that Microsoft was losing out on exclusive titles. I am willing to bet at E3 there will be a whole new round of excitement
This is a PC forum, so of course PC gaming is the master race, and the specs of the new Xbox are so much worse than your already amazing ivy bridge E 24 core, 128gb of ram, quadfire AMD 9990's blah blah blah. This is a device for your casual games, and the "everyman" who can't build a gaming rig every few months.
Posted By kwiksilver @ 11:47 PM
Sunday May 19th, 2013
LG's got quite a bit in store for us this week at SID's annual display exhibition in Vancouver. In addition to that 55-inch curved OLED TV we first heard about last month, the company will be demonstrating a very nifty 5-inch OLED panel. Created for mobile devices, the display is constructed of plastic, making it both flexible and unbreakable -- certainly a welcome quality when it comes to smartphone design.
Posted By DarkTower87 @ 10:44 PM
Details of the next-gen GeForce GPU from NVIDIA are here, as well as a release date: May 23. Fudzilla were privvy to some leaked slides, which points to the GTX 780 featuring 2304 CUDA cores and an 863MHz base GPU clock. The GeForce GTX 780 will feature NVIDIA's GPU Boost 2.0 that will ramp the GPU clock speed up to 900MHz.
We should expect the GTX 780 to come with 3GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6000MHz coupled with a 384-bit memory bus. Power wise, the GTX 780 is going to require both 6- and 8-pin PCI-Express power connections and has TDP of 250W. Connectivity options include two dual-link DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs.
The GeForce GTX 780 reference card will use the same cooler that is featured on the GTX Titan, and should keep noise levels down to around 40-45 dBA. This means the reference GTX 780 will be much quieter than the GTX 680. We should expect the GeForce GTX 780 to be around 25% to 50% faster than the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, except for Tomb Raider, where the AMD will excel against most GeForce GPU's.
Read more at TweakTown
25% faster than the 7970GE is a little too high considering Titan is around 32% faster than it and 43% faster than the 680. I'm guessing the 780 is around 20% faster than the 680 and even less than the 7970GE.
Worthy card if the price is 599 and your coming from a 580/6900 series other than that i can't see it worth the price of admission when it's going to be trumped with new architecture six months later with Volcanic Islands and Maxwell.
Posted By Blackops_2 @ 3:15 AM
Friday May 17th, 2013
| Layoffs have hit Trion Worlds. IGN sources suggest that well over half the company has been let go, with some suggesting numbers as high as 80%.
The San Diego studio -- where development of MMO Defiance took place -- is said to have been hit the hardest. A source suggests that employees are being escorted out of the building and that senior leaders from various Trion teams may not receive severance due to "undelivered services." Another source tells us the layoffs were at all studios, "mostly Defiance support staff and dev staff."
A Trion representative confirmed the layoffs and provided the following statement to IGN:
"To best position Trion in a rapidly changing industry, we have reorganized our teams and are expanding our free to play offering. With Defiance, we delivered a great game that more than one million gamers registered to play and continue to enjoy. As we progress from launch to ongoing development of the game, we are adjusting our staffing levels to deliver new content and improved features. RIFT, and our other titles in development, were unaffected by these changes. We are very much looking forward to the free to play release of RIFT and are excited by the other new titles currently in development."
This is the second recent round of layoffs at Trion, following layoffs from the Rift development team in December. Earlier this week, Trion announced that Rift will soon transition to a free-to-play model.
If anyone with additional knowledge of the situation would like to contact us, submit a news tip.
Hope AT wasn't part of this. :(
Posted By CybrSlydr @ 4:03 PM
Thursday May 16th, 2013
| Ubisoft reported earnings for its 2013 fiscal year today, commenting on each of its franchises and its plans for the next generation of consoles. For fiscal 2013 (which ran from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013), Ubisoft reports that revenue was up 18% to €1.256 billion (roughly $1.614 billion), compared to €1.061 billion euros last year. Profits were also up to €913 million (roughly $1.17 billion) compared to €718 million last year.
“The expertise and talent of our teams enabled Ubisoft to manage the year’s difficult market conditions and the drop in the casual segment remarkably well,” said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. “In addition, the success of Far Cry 3 confirmed our strong comeback in the major segment of shooter games. We began fiscal 2012-13 with two major franchises: Assassin’s Creed and Just Dance. Twelve months later, we have substantially extended our reach by establishing Far Cry as another major franchise, building upon the great potential for our newest brand, Watch Dogs, and making our online/digital segment an increasingly significant part of our business. The steady rise in our operating and financial performance during the last three years is the direct result of the long-term investments we have made, with the continued development of our creative capacity and the bolstering of our expertise in online activities.”
Guillemot pointed to the continued success of its franchises, noting that more than 12.5 million copies of Assassin’s Creed III have been shipped to retailers to date, joining 6 million copies of Far Cry 3 and 8.5 million units of Just Dance 4. Ubisoft noted that online and digital sales increased by a staggering 86% compared to fiscal 2012 and that sales from core games were up 60%.
Looking ahead, Ubisoft expects big things from the next generation of consoles, with Guillemot “extremely excited by the new experiences it will provide to gamers.” Before the end of fiscal 2014, Ubisoft will announce two new AAA games, though it has suspended production of 1666 from Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets.
“A new console cycle is beginning and it will offer players an unrivalled experience,” Guillemot said. “They will see a major leap in quality with an extraordinary level of immersion as well as the incorporation of all of the innovations developed in recent years in online and social games, giving players the opportunity to create their own experiences and share them within their communities. In order to reap the full benefit of the strong growth expected from the launch of these new consoles, we are integrating into our next blockbusters all of the expertise we have built up over recent years through our online games such as Settlers Online, Trackmania, Howrse and Trials Evolution, as well as our online services platform Uplay which offers us a strategic link with players. Our experience in connected gaming, the quality of our brands and our ability to regularly release major titles, will be vital strengths for capturing new market share and will serve as key growth drivers for the coming years.”
Ubisoft expects even higher sales next year, though it is conservatively expecting Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag to sell fewer units than Assassin’s Creed III and Watch Dogs to sell less than Assassin’s Creed in 2007. Aside from Black Flag and Watch Dogs, Ubisoft’s upcoming release slate in 2013 includes South Park: The Stick of Truth and Rayman Legends.
Posted By CybrSlydr @ 10:06 AM
| In rather unexpeced news, today EA has announced it will no longer use or enforce the "online pass" system it has championed in recent times for used EA titles.
"Online pass" refers to the requirement in many titles that if the owner has a second hand package, they must pay an additional fee to play the game online. This system has been stifling and hampering second hand sales across the gaming sphere since its introduction in 2010.
The change is said to be an enfored one from player pressure, though EA's recent brace of "Worst Company in the US" awards may have a lot to do with the decision. This may be seen as an attempt by EA to cure its image problem in the eyes of its customers.
Electronic Arts is discontinuing a controversial program that stifled trade in second-hand games.
The Online Pass program locked many titles meaning second-hand games could only be played if a person also bought a code from EA to unlock the title. Some of EA's most popular games, including Battlefield 3, Dead Space and Madden NFL, used Online Pass. The company said it had decided to end the program partly because players did not like it.
It should also be noted that EA are not the only publisher to use this system, and it remains to be seen if others in the industry will follow suit.
Posted By lexandro @ 5:27 AM
| The bill would end the era of tax-free Internet shopping. During the debate, senators offered examples of consumers who examine products in stores and then shop online to avoid paying sales tax. The pretext? Why fairness of course. “This bill is about fairness,” said Senator Mike Enzi, a Wyoming Republican and co-sponsor of the measure. “It’s about leveling the playing field between the brick-and-mortar and online companies.”
Ok not the newes of news, but worth reading
Posted By Odanez @ 2:28 AM
Tuesday May 14th, 2013
Mobile gamers rejoice, for AMD hasn't forgotten about you. On the contrary, the Sunnyvale chip designer just unveiled its Radeon 8970M, which AMD claims is the fastest laptop GPU on the entire planet. And not only is it smoking fast, it's also more efficient than previous designs, which means you can expect longer battery life, according to AMD.
AMD's 8000M series falls into three different tiers, including Mainstream (Radeon 8500M and 8600M Series), Performance + Gaming (Radeon 8700M and 8800M Series), and Enthusiast (Radeon HD 8900 Series). The 8970M part being launched today sits at the top of the mobile GPU totem pole and boasts 1,280 stream processors, an 850MHz engine clock (900MHz with boost), and 1,200MHz memory. That translates into 2304 GFLOPS of single precision compute power and 144 GFLOPS of double precision compute power.
Posted By DarkTower87 @ 11:34 PM
It doesn't matter if you're sitting pretty with a single Nvidia-based graphics card or rocking multiple GeForce parts in SLI, you should see better framerates in Metro: Last Light (launches tomorrow) after applying Nvidia's latest beta driver, version 320.14. Also included in the newest driver release are all of the performance optimizations and SLI profiles found in the recent 320.00 beta release, which benefits games such as Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, GRID 2, Tomb Raider, and several others.
Posted By DarkTower87 @ 10:02 AM
One of the worst kept secrets rattling around Microsoft's campus is Windows Blue, the forthcoming update to Windows 8 that addresses users' bugbears about the revamped OS. However, like Picasso before it, Microsoft has decided to end its Blue Period by officially renaming the software with the more staid Windows 8.1. Tami Reller, the CMO and CFO ot Microsoft's Windows Division made the big reveal during JP Morgan's Technology, Media & Telecom Conference.
Posted By DarkTower87 @ 9:59 AM
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