Our Download of the Day today is CCleaner 3.09.1493.
CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)
Cleans the following:
Windows - Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.
100% Spyware FREE
In a repeat of what we saw two years ago when AMD launched the HD5000 series and slipped down to the slender 40nm process, it seems as though AMD will beat NVIDIA to the punch again and have 28nm GPUs by the end of the year. AMD let slip that they'll have 28nm GPUs in the following quote:
We also passed several critical milestones in the second quarter as we prepare our next-generation 28-nanometer graphics family. We have working silicon in-house and remain on track to deliver the first members of what we expect will be another industry-leading GPU family to market later this year. We expect to be at the forefront of the GPU industry's transition to 28-nanometer.
There has been a rumor of the Beta of Diablo 3 for release this summer, reportedly it'll hit in time for Blizzcon 2011 or the upcoming Blizzard press tour. Blizzard has been keeping quiet and not contributing to the community speculation and rumors, until now. Of course a little icon may be jumping the gun a bit, but this is Diablo 3 we're talking about. People have noticed Diablo 3 beta icons on both the EU and US portals of Battle.net.
Should we get excited? I think we should.
This is something I have covered in my editorials, forums and Facebook, that games should be created and developed on the much more powerful PC platform and scaled down to consoles that are no way near as fast. Instead of being developed on ageing hardware and then ported across to PC where they don't scale up in graphics or use DX11 properly, or multi-GPU setups properly, etc.
DICE have come out and said that the biggest difference between the PC and console versions are shown in the multiplayer side of things, down from 64 players on PC to just 24 on consoles. DICE studio head, Patrick Bach says:
The biggest difference between the PC and console version of Battlefield 3 is that we have 64 players on PC and 24 players maximum on console. The rest is more or less the same: we use the same engine, the same technology, the same animation system, the same lighting system. Our aim is to give the player the exact same experience and not try to dumb down the console version. If you want the same quality of game, I would say it's really, really hard. We tried to get more players in [to the console version] but then you need to scale down all the graphics, scale down all the destructibility, and sometimes you need to scale down all the map sizes. Everything is a compromise on: where do you cut?
Announced on MajorNelson's blog, the new remote for the Xbox 360 will be available in November at a cost of $19.99. Also announced is a Bluetooth-based gaming headset which will set you back $59 and in the below video, Major Nelson himself shows it off. The Headset will also be available in November. The new media remote features a redesigned look and is no longer white, featuring a black design with stylish buttons, it kind of looks like the Boxee Box remote actually.
Verizon Wireless announced on Tuesday that it is set to offer Samsung's 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Thursday, July 28th. The new 4G LTE model will come in both 16GB and 32GB models and will have pricing of $529 and $629, respectively. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 hardware remains unchanged, sporting a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 802.11 b/g/n/ Wi-Fi, a 10.1-inch 1280x800 resolution display, 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera which can be used for video chat.
Customers will have the option of various Verizon data plans starting at $30 for 2GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB. For the full press release, check out the source.
The latest happenings from around the web - July 26th, 2011
- Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Multiview Video Card @ Hardware Secrets
- ASUS RoG GTX 580 Matrix Platinum @ Hardware Canucks
- XFX HD6870 Black Edition Crossfire @ Kitguru
- Head-Direct HiFiMAN HE-300 Headphones @ Techpowerup
- SteelSeries Siberia Neckband Headset @ XSReviews
- SteelSeries 7H iPhone Headset @ Vortez
- SteelSeries Siberia V2 for PS3 @ Overclock3D
We've now a little more concrete substance on the release date for AMD's highly anticipated FX series processors (formally known as Bulldozer). Industry sources are indicating that the upcoming FX series processors will hit stores on September 19th, with AMD launching two 8-core models in the FX-8100 and FX-8150 as well as a 6-core model (the FX-6100) and a 4-core one (FX-4100).
The two charts above give more detailed specifications on both the aforementioned launch parts as well as the second wave of incoming FX processors to hit the market in the first quarter of next year. We're also starting to hear that all models in the upcoming FX series lineup will be unlocked.
Silverstone has outed a new accessory for storage devices today which is essentially a stripped down type of external storage enclosure, part aluminum part plastic, that makes for easy switching between HDDs on your desktop.
The SD01 external hard drive pad, as SilverStone call it, can take both 2.5 and 3.5" sized drives using either the SATA or SAS 3/6Gbps interface. Dimensions of the pad come in at 195 (L) x 121.5 (W) x 31.5 (H) mm with a weight of just 180g.
ASRock seem to be pumping out an astonishing number of feature packed motherboards these days, with most of them looking quite respectable indeed and select models even getting some additional support from Mr. Fatal1ty these days. Gone are the days when everyone was so fast to think ASRock was all about budget level 'dodgey' offerings any enthusiast wouldn't go near.
If you're not up to date on the type of quality assurance and attention to detail ASRock has peaked at these days, just check out the large batch of ASRock motherboard reviews here at TweakTown over the past few months. Our picky motherboard reviewing extraordinaire Shane generally finds they're leaps and bounds ahead compared to years past.
Having said that, ASRock has just dished up another very attractive board for those looking to build a compact high performance system or HTPC. Their new Z68M-ITX/HT was revealed to the world today which is a mini-ITX motherboard using the Intel Z68 chipset. As far as we're aware, only two other Z68 based mini-ITX offerings are currently on the market, both of which are from ZOTAC.