When it comes to video cards there are two big companies that most gamers choose from - NVIDIA and ATI/AMD. For a long time the cards to get were offerings from NVIDIA for many enthusiasts, though ATI is coming on strong with some of its recent cards offering good performance at a good price. Zotac is an NVIDIA card partner and has announced the availability of a factory overclocked video card called the GTX 460 AMP! Edition.
The new video card has 20% higher clock speeds than your average GTX 460 card. The video card has 1GB of RAM and has a core clock of 810MHz with 336 unified shaders and a shader clock of 1620MHz. The card also has a memory clock of 4000Mhz for the 1GB of GDDR5 graphics memory it sports.
In the market for a new AV receiver to manage all your home theatre gear? cnet Australia has posted up a bit of a guide on what to look out for in some of the new models rolling out.
AV receivers tend to only see minor adjustments/additions across consecutive updated models, certainly at a slower rate to the likes of flat panels and Blu-ray players, but there are a number of new features that are becoming available on some of the new AV receivers coming out this year which you may or may not need.
Cnet's guide talks about 3D compatibility, Audio Return Channel, Standby pass-through, Dolby Pro Logic IIz and more to give you an idea on whether or not you should be looking for a receiver with one or more of these new features.
The IPTV market in Australia is about to see another expansion with Sony Australia hooking up with Yahoo!7 to provide PS3 console users additional television content via Yahoo!7's PLUS7 catch-up TV service, set to commence at the end of this month.
This will make available many popular series' that air on the station including Home and Away, How I Met Your Mother, Cougar Town, Heroes and more. This is in addition to a large amount of content already available for viewing through ABC iView, VidZoneTV (a music video service) and videos on demand via the PlayStation Network Video Delivery service.
While movies and computer games are forced to be submitted to the Australian Classification Board as part of their release, the vast world of mobile phone apps and games are allowed to bypass this classification process.
The labor Party has caught onto this 'loophole' as they put it, and believe it needs to be addressed. As it stands now, the Classification Board charges up to $2040 for a computer game to gain classification. Fines are handed to those who breach classification, which can reach up to $25,000.
Along with several other major ISPs in the country, including Telstra and Internode, iiNet has just revamped its line of broadband plans and claims it has brought the first plan down under with a whopping Terabyte of included quota.
The heavy 1TB plan will become available as of this coming Friday. The 1TB is split down the middle with 500GB offered during on-peak and 500GB off-peak. The cost of this monster plan is much lower than you'd have otherwise thought, too. The plan will cost between $99.95 and $119.95 a month, depending on whether ADSL1, ADSL2+ or naked DSL is chosen and if you bundle the plan with a telephone service.
Our Download of the Day today is Google Earth 126.96.36.1997.
Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.
Google Earth's features include:
See global changes with decades of historic imagery
If you've ever wondered how your neighborhood has changed throughout time, Google Earth now gives you access to the past. With a simple click, check out suburban sprawl, melting ice caps, coastal erosion, and more.
Dive beneath the surface of the ocean
In the new ocean layer, you can plunge all the way to the floor of the sea, view exclusive content from partners like BBC and National Geographic, and explore 3D shipwrecks like the Titanic.
Track and share your paths with others
Take placemarks a step further and record a free-form tour in Google Earth. Simply turn on the touring feature, press record, and see the world. You can even add a soundtrack or narration to personalize the journey.
Deal of the Day: 24" Samsung LCD Equipped Dell Vostro 230 Slim Desktop with Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB Memory, 320GB HD, DVD Burner, and More for $499.99 plus $8 Shipping!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - 24" Samsung LCD Equipped Dell Vostro 230 Slim Desktop with Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB Memory, 320GB HD, DVD Burner, and More for $499.99 plus $8 Shipping!.
Offer: $499.99 after a big $311 instant discount gets you this Dell Vostro 230 Slim Tower Desktop with 2.93Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 w/VT, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 320GB hard drive, 16x DVD+/-RW DL, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit, 15-month antivirus, a 1 year warranty, plus a 24" (23.6" viewable) Samsung 2494LW 1080p LCD monitor with MagiColor (it's listed at the bottom of the "My System Details" section along the right, and also shows up in your cart), expiring 8/18/10 or while supplies last. Even shipping is discounted to just $8.
The latest happenings from around the web - August 18th, 2010
- ASUS AT3IONT-I Deluxe Atom 330/nVidia ION Motherboard @ ThinkComputers
- GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H AMD 880G Motherboard @ Legit Reviews
- Jetway MA3-880GP Socket AM3 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
- ASRock X58 Extreme3 @ Pureoverclock
- Gigabyte Radeon HD 5770 Super Overclock @ Hardware Canucks
- ATI HD5550 and HD5570 GDDR5 @ LANOC
Sony has obviously taken offense to the fact that some are looking at smartphones as a gaming platform. After last week's demo at QuakeCon of Rage on the iPhone4, it seems Sony is not-so-subtly firing a shot across Apple's bow with their latest commercial.
This is a bit odd after Sony's own announcement not too long ago that they are developing an Android "gaming" phone. Maybe they're just planning on making the PSP able to make phone calls? It better be "built for big boy games" or this may come back to haunt them.
Halo, Castlevania, and Guitar Hero were among the familiar names mentioned when Microsoft announced today their full list of launch titles for the Windows Phone 7 version of Xbox Live. Over sixty games are on the docket for the WP7 version of Xbox Live Marketplace.
Microsoft also showed off a big set of features for XBox Live's WP7 integration including full avatar integration, messaging, friends lists, and achievements. Every game will have a try-before-you buy demo available which is excellent for those of us who don't like to plop down hard earned cash for games we end up hating.