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Crysis 2 DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade is out

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 28, 2011 1:15 am

As promised Crytek have released the "DX11 Ultra Upgrade" patch for Crysis 2 and also the high-resolution texture pack is now available. The update intros DX11 as well as graphical improvements to not only the DX11 version of the game, but the stock DX9 version. There are three packs available, patch 1.9 enables DX11 support but there will be separate downloads on top of patch 1.9 in the form of "DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade," DX11 Tessellation Pack," and "High Res Textures."



The DX11 patches will obviously give higher-fidelity visuals, but the patch also includes graphical and performance improvements under DX9. After the patch 1.9 is installed, DX9 users will gain real-time local reflections and contacts shadows. DX11-based gamers will gain hardware tessellation, parallax occlusion mapping along with various shadow, water, particle, depth of field and motion blur enhancements.

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Download of the Day: CPU-Z 1.58

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 27, 2011 4:18 pm

Our Download of the Day today is CPU-Z 1.58.


CPU-Z is a freeware utility that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system. CPU-Z does not need to be installed, just unzip the files in a directory and run the .exe. In order to remove the program, just delete the files. The program does not copy any file in any Windows directory, nor write to the registry.




• Name and number.

• Core stepping and process.

• Package.

• Core voltage.

• Internal and external clocks, clock multiplier.

• Supported instructions sets.

• All cache levels (location, size, speed, technology).




• Vendor, model and revision.

• BIOS model and date.

• Chipset (northbridge and southbridge) and sensor.

• Graphic interface.




• Frequency and timings.

• Module(s) specification using SPD (Serial Presence Detect) : vendor, serial number, timings table.




• Windows and DirectX version.




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MSI's A75 mATX solution launches with a champion's smirk

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 27, 2011 3:13 pm

Jumping aboard the llano bandwagon ahead of the APU launch, MSI has announced its A75 powered mainboard today in the "A75MA-G55" which has been given the Military Class II treatment (comprising MSI's Hi-c CAPs, Super Ferrite Chokes and Solid caps) which both improves overall lifespan and helps in lowering power consumption as well as giving a more solid, reliable platform.





Using the mATX form factor, the board packs a good array of features for its size including enough USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps ports to keep you content, HDMI and DVI output, 7.1 channel audio and proprietory features from MSI including their UEFI based Click BIOS, OC Genie II for easy one click overclocking and i-Charger Apple friendly charging support.

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LulzSec disbands after '50 Days of Lulz'

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 27, 2011 2:07 pm

Following nearly 2 months of worldwide security mayhem which began with the breach and temporary (but painfully long) closure of Sony's PlayStation network, the hacker group responsible, "LulzSec" has indicated that it finally plans to withdraw its aggressive hacking antics and disband.




This group has certainly made quite a shattering impact in performing several high-profile security breaches and DoS attacks against the likes of Sony as mentioned, Nintendo and even the US Senate and FBI. Their hacking adventures have resulted in company costs well into the 10s of millions.

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ASRock follow suit with a lead on AMD's APU Revolution

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 27, 2011 1:10 pm

Alongside the likes of ASUS, MSI and ECS, ASRock have also launched their first Llano optimized A75 chipset motherboards ahead of the official APU launch in just a few days.


The particular boards ASRock have first let out the gate include their top-of-the-line option in the A75 Extreme6, as well as the A75 Pro4 (also a full ATX sized board) and three mATX boards in the A75 Pro4-M, A75M and A75M-HVS.




All boards of course carry support for FM1 APUs, have two or four DDR3-1866 RAM slots, and between five and eight SATA 6.0 Gbps ports depending on the board. All boards carry four USB 3.0 ports (boasting ASRock's XFast USB technology) with the exception of the Extreme6 which has six ports. Both D-Sub and HDMI outputs are resident on all models.

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Prolimatech's Megahalems is back in black

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 27, 2011 11:21 am

Prolimatach have proven several times over that they know what their doing when it comes to designing a solid air cooling solution for your hot headed CPU, with the Megahalems being worthy of sitting atop their pedestal.


With that said, the design principals behind the Megahalems have aged a little now versus what else is on the market; but rather than let this iconic name die off, they've given Megahalems a new lease of life by re-working the base design, making a few tweaks here and there and kicking it out as a new Megahalems "Black Series" edition, which as the name suggests, means you get a sexy new breed of this high end cooler in black coated attire.




While measuring in the same as the original at 130 x 158.7 x 74 mm (LxWxH) and with the same six nickel-plated copper heat pipes passing through the base, the new model sports a grainy black coating which increases surface area (vs the polished glossy type) and wider compatibility for all current as well as pre-gen AMD/Intel platforms. You also have the option of strapping one or two 120mm or 140mm fans of your choosing on the beast that is the new Megahalems Black Series.

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Deal of the Day: 27" Planar PX2710MW 1080p LCD Monitor with VGA, DVI, HDMI, 2ms Response, and 3 Year Warranty for $229.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 27, 2011 10:05 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - 27" Planar PX2710MW 1080p LCD Monitor with VGA, DVI, HDMI, 2ms Response, and 3 Year Warranty for $229.99 with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: $229.99 after a whopping $240 instant discount ($469.99 original price) gets you a 27" Planar PX2710MW 1080p LCD monitor with 1200:1 contrast, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 2ms response time GtG, VGA, DVI, and HDMI inputs, plus a 3 year warranty. Unknown expiration date, may expire at any time.







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Apple iOS 5 beta 2 is now available to developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 27, 2011 10:00 am

For iOS developers out there, iOS 5 beta 2 is now available and brings with it wireless syncing for Macs that are running iTunes 10.5 beta 2. If you want to get your iOS 5 beta 2 on, check it out and let us know what you find. Not much else to tell you about it other than it is build 9A5248d and available for the iPad 2, iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and both the iPod touch in 3rd and 4th generations.



Telstra set to launch the dual-core HTC Sensation

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 27, 2011 7:13 am

Telstra have today announced that they are set to launch the Android-powered HTC Sensation smartphone in Australia this July, exclusive to Telstra. Included i nthe HTC Sensation is a dual-core 1.2GHz chip, 4.3-inch qHD display and an 8-megapixel camera with auto-focus and dual-LED flash.




HTC Sensation will run the latest Android 2.3 software and is made from premium materials including contoured glass edging, distinct metallic speaker grills and an aluminium unibody. Full specs listed below:

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ASUS announce F1A75 Series motherboards, designed for AMD APUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 27, 2011 7:02 am

ASUS have today announced the launch of the AMD A75 chipset-based F1A75 Series motherboards. The F1A75 Series are specifically designed to optimize performance for the AMD Llano APUs, the F1A75 Series boards also sport overclocking capabilities for the APU with a variety of integrated graphics built directly into the same die.




The new series is also sporting the latest ASUS-exclusive technologies and features such as Dual Intelligent Processors 2 (DIP2) with DIGI+ VRM for precise power control, a graphical and mouse-controlled UEFI BIOS and easy-to-use auto tuning for better performance.

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