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First Kal-El product will be the ASUS Transformer 2 - Apple to fight back with iKryptonite?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 18, 2011 3:00 am

Kal-El has been slightly delayed, so we won't see a launch of the chip for a few months yet, but the first tablet based on the new quad-core 40nm Tegra 3 chip, codenamed Kal-El, is going to find it's way into the next-gen ASUS Transformer 2 tablet. The ASUS Transformer has been quite popular, it has near-invincible (almost Superman-like strength?), a keyboard dock with an extra battery and impressive performance all-round. I've been loving my Transformer since I bought it.




NVIDIA CEO, Jen Hsun Huang, said at the last conference call that despite having four cores, Kal-El consumes less power than it's dual-core brother, the Tegra 2. This is a big step for NVIDIA and Huang also said that there are many companies who are working with Kal-El-based designs.

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AMD Catalyst 11.8 delivers performance increases as usual, Black Ops sees 20% increase in performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 18, 2011 2:30 am

AMD's Catalyst 11.8 drivers have had the WHQL nod of approval and performance-wise, we're seeing a decent improvement for HD 5000 and HD 6000-series owners. With a 10% boost in performance when playing Crysis 2 in DirectX 11 with anti-aliasing enabled and disabled. FEAR 3 receives up to 8% more fps with DX11 and AA enabled, 20% for Black Ops with both single and multi-GPU setups and up to as much as 30% more when AMD's morphological anti-aliasing (MLAA) is enabled through the CCC.




Catalyst 11.8 also includes an update to AMD Overdrive that includes both CPU and GPU overclocking controlers in the Vision Control Center (CPU overclocking is limited to Black Edition chips). Over 12 bug fixes, many of those used to cause BSODs, black screens and video corruption in various applications and games including 3DMark 11, StarCraft 2 and FEAR 3.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will include dedicated servers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 18, 2011 1:16 am

GamesCom 2011 - Whilst Battlefield 3 is bringing people to their knees making them beg for a quicker release date because it just looks so, bloody, awesome. Activision and Infinity Ward have had to do something to bring a little candle of light toward their behemoth franchise, Call of Duty. The next instalment, Modern Warfare 3 has now been confirmed at GamesCom 2011 to include dedicated servers.




Noah Heller, who works at Beachhead Studios on Call of Duty: Elite said to Eurogamer:


And of course we're working really hard right now on the customised version of Elite for the PC [versions of Call of Duty games], because it's an open platform and has some challenges.

Razer and EA team up for Battlefield 3-themed gaming gear

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 18, 2011 1:09 am

Razer, the world's leading high-end precision gaming brand along with EA are smashing through some serious gaming hearts right now with the announcement of the Battlefield 3 co-branded peripherals and gear line. The Battlefield 3 Collector's Edition Peripherals line includes a Razer BlackWidow Ultimate mechanical gaming keyboard, a Razer Imperator gaming mouse, Razer Scarab hard mouse mat and a Razer Onza Tournament Edition Xbox 360 controller.




Robert "RazerGuy" Krakoff, President of Razer USA says:


Everyone at Razer is eager for the day Battlefield 3 launches and we're going to be right there next to every other gamer immersed in the most hardcore military game to date. And we'll be doing it with the Battlefield 3 Collector's Edition peripherals and gear line by Razer - the best hardware to complement one of the most hotly anticipated shooters of 2011.



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Wednesday Morning Roundup for August 17, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 17, 2011 4:52 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - August 17th, 2011




- Alienware M18x Laptop @ Techreviewsource

- Dell Inspiron 620 MT @ Kitguru

- Acer AC700-1099 Chromebook Review: Cut to the Bone @ PC Perspective

- Sapphire Edge HD2 Mini PC @ ThinkComputers




- Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 Intel P67 Motherboard @ PCStats

- ASRock Z68 Professional Fatal1ty Gen.3 @ Pureoverclock

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Samsung debut Series 7 gaming notebook at GamesCom, we go hands-on

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 17, 2011 4:41 pm

GamesCom 2011 - Earlier on today at GamesCom 2011 here in Germany, Samsung held a press conference (albeit completely in German) where they debuted their newest notebook which of course considering the event is focused right toward gamers. After seeing great success with televisions and smartphones, Samsung is now trying to attack the gaming market with force.



The Series 7 gaming notebook is a 17.3-inch LED notebook using an Intel Core i7 processor, Radeon 6970M 2GB graphics, flash storage, Blu-ray optical drive, 1.5TB of HDD storage space and 16GB of DDR3 memory. The flash storage i.e. SSD is added on the motherboard itself and comes in at 8GB and is said to improve performance dramatically over a standard HDD... who woulda thought?!




Besides all the high-end desktop replacement specs, the keyboard looks pretty impressive with blue backlit keys and the gaming focused WASD keys are backlit in red. There is supposedly too some fancy cooling in play with the Series 7 notebook, but it was discussed all in German and we didn't get a chance to quiz anyone about it. It's going on sale on September 12th in Europe with a street price of 1799 Euro.

AMD FX Black Edition "Bulldozer" and 990FX Dirt 3 system demo

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 17, 2011 3:51 pm

GamesCom 2011 - Over at the ALTERNATE booth there were a bunch of partner products on display and one that quickly got our attention was a system demo by AMD.



They had a system setup running the upcoming codenamed Bulldozer eight core FX Black Edition processor on an ASUS Crosshair V Formula (AMD 990FX chipset). In the video below you get one of your first looks at a live working Bulldozer system running Dirt 3. You can see all eight cores in action too as the Windows Task Manager performance tab was open at the time.




AMD says that they are making games exceptional in their signage marketing at the booth, do you agree? Tell us below.

Wraps taken off EVGA's non reference GTX 580 Classified

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 17, 2011 3:34 pm

The final touches have been made on eVGA's upcoming super duper version of NVIDIA's flagship single GPU graphics card, the "GTX 580 Classified" and it shouldn't be too long now before it starts to hit retail channels and make its way into enthusiasts, gamers and overclockers hands.




Photos have surfaced online that depict a very bold design in all. Using an over-sized PCB, it sports a 14+3 phase PWM, three PCIe (two 8-pin + one 6-pin) power connectors, a couple NEC Proadlizer capacitors, status LEDs for voltage and headers for advanced power monitoring, a dual BIOS and native 3-way and 4-way SLI support.

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Sapphire shows flex at GamesCom with Dirt 3 and Eyefinity

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 17, 2011 3:26 pm

GamesCom 2011 Our first stop for Day 1 of GamesCom 2011 in Germany was over at the Sapphire booth where they were showcasing their range of new video cards, motherboards and mini PC systems as well as a cool AMD Eyefinity demo showing off the flex, so to speak, of their latest Flex Edition Series video card.



Setup in an interesting dual system case, Sapphire has a three screen Eyefinity setup running Dirt 3. The video card powering the show was the Radeon HD 6950 Flex Edition. This video card supports up to five outputs whereas a standard video card only usually support three.




Just as a side note, Sapphire also had some other errm... "stuff" on display of the human kind, but you'll have to wait for that.

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