3DMark 11 is go!
Futuremark were kind enough to send over six videos before the launch which showcase the different tests in the new 3D benchmark.
We have uploaded them to our YouTube channel and embedded them below for your viewing pleasure:
3DMark 11 Graphics Test 1
View the rest here.
Futuremark are about to take the covers off their latest version of 3DMark in under one hour.
It's technically still under NDA, so we cannot talk about it too much at this stage. We will have a preview of it online real soon though, so stay tuned for that!
UPDATE: here is our preview!
Futuremark were kind enough to give us two 3DMark 11 Advanced Edition copies to giveaway to our readers. If you want to win a copy, all you have to do is reply to the comments of this news post. Click the "Post a Comment" button or just scroll down a little depending on where you are viewing.
We will contact the winners in a couple hours with your Advanced Edition license key. Good luck!
Our lovely and friendly GIGABYTE Tech Support forum admin Lsdmeasap has been at it again and has managed to achieve something pretty special.
Using a set of Mushkin Radioactive DDR3-2000 3 x 2GB memory modules and a GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD6 motherboard, he has been able to push the RAM well above spec and hit the mighty 3000MHz DDR zone. Actually, the exact speed he was able to reach was 3025.80MHz at timings of a pretty decent 9-12-9-31 considering the extreme memory speed.
Using a RAM cooling block that is usually designed for water cooling, Lsdmeasap instead used some dry ice and sent the memory down to a chilly minus 41 degrees Celsius. You can see the results and all the pictures over at this forum thread. Nice work again Lsdmeasap!
Our Download of the Day today is PowerArchiver 11.70 RC2.
PowerArchiver offers hundreds of features, yet remains easy to use, small and fast. Novice users will find a familiar interface complete with tutorial and detailed help, while more experienced users can take advantage of full Explorer integration, multiple encryption methods and advanced compression algorithms.
Here is a brief list of some of the key features found in PowerArchiver:
Full Windows Vista Support
Superior ZIP Support
Multiple Formats Support Including ISO
New Queue System (Add/Extract/Backup) and PowerArchiver Starter
Guaranteed Compatibility and Explorer Integration
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 11.70 RC2
- Auto complete support in Extract and Select folders
- Extract to filename/ option in Extract window
- Improved help system
Deal of the Day: BenQ 14MP Digital Camera Digital Camera for with 720p HD Video Capabilities for $52.99
Our Deal of the Day today is the On Sale - BenQ 14MP Digital Camera Digital Camera for with 720p HD Video Capabilities for $52.99!.
Offer: This 14MP resolution BenQ C1450 digital camera comes with a 2.7" color LCD, 3x optical zoom, and can take 720p video. It's just $59.99 plus shipping.
Oooh - DigiTimes is pushing out some chinese-whispers that local component makers are claiming Foxconn has been notified that it must ship Apple's "iPad 2" within the next 100 days.
DigiTimes is reporting that Apple's plan to start mass production in January had to be pushed because of ongoing firmware testing. Even though it starts shipping in February that does not mean your grubby little tablet wanting hands will be able to purchase it then. The original iPad was announced in January, began US shipment in April and was on shelves in May.
Consumer Reports did a pretty large survey of 50,000 of their readers to get an idea of the state of cell phone service and usage in the U.S. and got some interesting results. Consumer Reports famously withheld a recommendation from the iPhone 4 due to antenna issues, but their readers overwhelmingly disagreed. 98 percent of owners were happy with their phone, although their service was a different story.
According to the report, AT&T "scored below average in every attribute except web access and texting." U.S. Cellular, one of the nation's smaller carriers, scored the highest overall, followed by Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. With smartphones becoming more the rage, the obvious gripe across the board no matter the carrier was cost; it was the top complaint at Verizon which got fairly high marks everywhere else.
Movie and TV streaming services are big business these days, and two more companies look to be jumping into the fray. Internet bigdog Amazon and smaller startup OnLive reportedly have their eyes on the streaming market, if in slightly different ways.
Amazon, who already offers their On Demand service, is looking to get into streaming with a service bundled with an Amazon Prime account that will stream TV shows and movies. Amazon is already in with TiVo, Roku, and Google TV so it wouldn't be a stretch to think they would have a pretty solid platform to start on when going this route. OnLive, currently a game subscription service, looks to offer a similar subscription based plan but would be on a bit smaller scale. One of OnLive's major financial backers is a little company you may have heard of: Time Warner's Warner Bros. Access to their enormous lineup of content would be a great starting point for OnLive's plans to cut into the Netflix dominated streaming scene.
Google's long awaited e-bookstore has finally gone live. Google E-books will be bringing over three million titles to any web-browsing capable device in the U.S. with a large selection of free titles.
Foregoing the previous name of Google Editions, Google E-books allows customers to purchase titles from either their store or independent sellers that wish to advertise with Google. Apps for Android, iPhone, and iPad to read Google e-books are available as well and content will sync across any device you own; even allowing you to put down a book on one device and pick up at the same page on another device.
The Verizon/iPhone rumors have been spinning for quite a while now and here's another one to throw into the mix. Verizon's not only looking to score the iPhone when it (supposedly) ends its exclusivity with AT&T next year, but also are looking to pay Apple to keep the phone out of their competitor's hands.
According to Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu, "We are hearing that [Verizon] does not want iPhone, the hottest selling smartphone, available on T-Mobile USA and/or Sprint and may be willing to pay for exclusivity to itself and AT&T." With the iPhone garnering 14.1 million shipments in the September quarter, it's gonna be apricey proposition to get Apple to keep the iPhone away from as many carriers as possible.