Catering to the more budget conscious builders, Corsair has just launched a new mid-tower chassis with an associated price tag of just $99.
The Carbide Series 400R from Corsair looks to give a good balance of features and typical innovative Corsair thinking considering the aforementioned price point it is confined to. We've got a steel structured chassis here with that lovely all-black (inside and out) paint job. Being a mid tower, it can accomodate both mATX and full sized ATX motherboards.
Its front I/O panel gives convenient access to two USB 3.0 ports, a FireWire port and a pair of audio ports. The case has four 5.25-inch bays and room for six 3.5 or 2.5-inch drives internally. Cooling is handled via three 120mm fans out of the box; two mounted at the front and one at the rear. There are also fan mounting locations at the top and on the side panel to help increase airflow further.
In a bit of a turn-around of events corrosponding to Intel's much awaited high-end Sandy Bridge-E platform, it's looking like the company is really pushing to get it out as soon as possible. It wasn't all that long ago we were hearing rumours of the company taking it easy and focusing on an early 2012 launch, but the latest word brings much more pleasant news for the many of us enthusiasts eager to get our mits on it.
Slides via the folks at DonanimHaber indicate that we will witness launch on week 46 of 2011, which means right around November 15. Both a range of processors and Intel branded desktop motherboards will accompany that day's launch and should be ready for purchase immediately. We would be anticipating the big name motherboard vendors to have their first wave of LGA2011 offerings readied up at that time too.
While many have anticipated its presence in Windows 8 through several reports for a while now, Microsoft has just confirmed that the virtualization technology popular on Windows Server, "Hyper-V" will in fact be a part of its next-gen consumer level OS. This is not a feature the majority of folks using Windows 8 will be singing sweet melodies about, but for some it will no doubt be a true god send. If you're not even sure what it means or does, but are quick to sit forward in your seat and learn more, you can head over to this link for a detailed rundown.
Another interesting addition to Windows 8 talked about via the source is that of MinWin, which is essentially just the core kernel and operating system components of Windows, making it the most stripped down version of Windows possible. While it has showed up in Windows 7 and started when Vista came out, apparently for Windows 8 its role will be much more significant and purposeful, especially when combined with the powerful virtualization features of Hyper-V.
With those haunting memories going back to 9/11 almost 10 years ago, a time when those memories are most particularly vivid is just around the corner once again, marking a full decade since the horrific event in New York unfolded.
As such, in collaborating with The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Facebook will be asking members to acknowledge this time by updating their profile photos or dedicating their statuses in remembrance of all the victims who lost their lives.
Our Download of the Day today is FastPictureViewer 1.6 Build 212.
FastPictureViewer, an image viewer designed for photographers. Now with powerful workflow tools helping to automate file management duties like copy, move, delete, save-for-web and more.
Fastest RAW viewer ever. Period.
Instant zooming to 100% view, for quick sharpness checks. Best in industry!
RGB histogram, EXIF shooting data and Adobe XMP Rating/Label/Urgency instant display.
Instantaneous display of the next image in line (when computer resources allows).
Instant industry-standard Adobe XMP compatible rating and tagging.
Fast tethered shooting through MTP/PTP. Tether a Nikon D3S or D3X in 64 bit, today!
Supports most common image formats, including Adobe DNG, plus specialists formats such as OpenEXR, DDS, PNM and more, through separately installable image codecs.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 1.6 Build 212
- New photographer feature: realtime "zoom" window, with RGB eyedropper and lost highlights/shadows indicators.
- Small bug fixes.
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When the Xbox 360 and PS3 games launched, we were told it would usher in a new era of "1080p gaming", that has really never taken off. Apart from a few games, most AAA titles run at sub-HD or HD (720p) resolutions. Battlefield 3 will be no exception. DICE's rendering architect has tweeted that the game will run at 1280x704 as it saves good performance and memory for the game. While this is not surprising, I don't see how console owners can get angry at this. The consoles are 5 - 6 years old now, hardware of that day could never run games at 1920x1080 at 30fps consistently with constantly upgrading game engines and graphical details.
The tweet says "BF3 is 1280×704 on both PS3 and 360. Removing a few lines from 720p saves good performance and memory for us." It can also be seen in the picture below:
This is why it pays to have a PC that can be upgraded over time. New consoles have never needed a better excuse to be launched - come on Microsoft and Sony, do it now.
I've always wanted a pair of Marty McFly's auto-lacing shows from Back to the Future II, and it appears now I might get the chance. Nike has sent out invitations to an event being held in Los Angeles tomorrow hinting at the existence of, you guessed it, the Air Mags. The invitation included a pair of Doc's aluminum shades and a bundle of Back to the Future merchandise. Nike did patent the Mags' power laces last year, so it could be an actual release this time.
Apple's next-gen iPad 3 is set to have a "massively upgraded" battery, but will cost Apple anywhere between 20 and 30% more per unit according to Cens.com. The new battery is reported to go into production early next year and has been designed to be both thinner and lighter with a longer service life than the current iPad 2. With the iPad 3 rumored to have a higher resolution screen, this would impact battery life. Apple would be smart to combat this with an upgraded battery.
The news site says:
Therefore, iPad 3 battery module will call for advanced technologies, selling for a higher price to benefit Simplo and Dynapack for sure, especially when the two companies have had their battery packs pass the IEEE 1625 test as the only two battery makers in Taiwan for the moment.
Riding on increasing sales of iPad 2, institutional investors noted, both Simplo and Dynapack will see their sales revenues for the third quarter of this year surge 10-15% from a quarter earlier. With iPad 3 battery packs said to be delivered starting in the fourth quarter, the two companies are likely to record new highs in revenues for the quarter.
The Hard Reset demo is now available for you to download and enjoy, the PC-exclusive "old school" shooter has been getting a fair amount of press lately in the sea of console ports and console-centric game development, this is a great change to see. The demo is available through Steam, if you'd like to check it out.