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Basemark Halti annouced, an OpelGL ES 3.0 benchmark for your smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 6:26 am

RightWare, who are behind BrowserMark and the very popular Basemark ES 2.0, have announced the latest in their smartphone testing software: Basemark Halti, an OpenGL ES 3.0 benchmark.

 

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Basemark Halti contains two primary benchmarking scenes, in the same fashion that Basemark ES 2.0 had two scenes. This time they're named Rush and Car Race. The two tests will have triangle counts of roughly 100,000 triangles per frame, and be rendered front to back where possible.

 

First up, Rush is an action scene based on a city rooftop and its aim is to bring PC-quality game rendering. Character animation with skinning and bones, dynamic shadows and reflections, per-pixel lighting with 3 point lights, depth of field, light bloom, and SSAO are all featured in Rush.

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Dirt Showdown announced, steers away from Dirt 3's gameplay

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 5:26 am

Codemasters have just announced another Dirt game, that isn't Dirt 4, it's Dirt Showdown. It's a spin-off from the main series that is said to have more destruction and less of the speedy driving.

 

 

Dirt Showdown has all of the 'extreme events' that were in Dirt 3, but now in a spin-off series instead of being one of the features in a game that wasn't completely enjoyed. Dirt 4 will continue to concentrate on the racing side of the game.

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Hitachi unleashes new 10k RPM HDD, enter Ultrastar C10K900

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 4:27 am

Hitachi have only just unleashed some 4TB consumer hard drives, and throughout the the Thailand flood crisis, one would think we wouldn't see any new hard-drive announcements, well, you were wrong.

 

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Hitachi Global Storage Technologies have just unveiled something for the enterprise market, the Ultrastar C10K900 series. This new series comes in 300, 450, 600 and 900GB sizes, which all feature a 2.5-inch form factor, a SAS 6Gbps interface, 64MB of cache, an average seek time of 3.8 milliseconds, an average latency of 3.0ms, and an operating/idle power draw of just 5.8/3.0W. A Bulk Data Encryption option will also be available on specific models.

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Transcend let loose two new 85MB/sec-capable SDHC memory cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 3:29 am

Transcend Information Inc. have just expanded their memory card lineup with the introduction of two new products which are said to 'unleash the full potential of today's high-end digital cameras and camcorders.'

 

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The two products are 8GB and 16GB SDHC cards, which comply with the SD version 3.01 specification, have an Ultra-High Speed Class 1 (UHS-1) rating, and are capable of delivering speeds of up to 85MB/sec.

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Dell rollout LGA 2011-based Alienware Aurora desktops, plan to take over the world

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 2:29 am

Dell's Alienware team have today launched an updated Aurora gaming desktop, which is based on Intel's latest Sandy Bridge-E platform. It is known as model R4 and uses the ALX mid-tower chassis.

 

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It also features a liquid-cooled Core i7-3930K or i7-3960X, up to 32GB of RAM, up to a 2TB hard drive and/or up to a 512GB solid-state drive, and right up to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 GPU or two AMD Radeon HD 6950's in CrossFire.

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Friday Morning Roundup for December 15, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 1:33 am

The latest happenings from around the web - December 16th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte Z68XP-UD4 @ Hardcoreware

- Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7 @ Ocaholic

 

CPU & APU

 

- ASUS F1A75-M Pro @ Planet3DNow

- Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E Processor @ PC Perspective

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Nvidia's GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 graphics card @ Tech Report

- NVIDIA 2011 Driver Year In Review @ Phoronix

- AFOX GeForce GT 430 1GB LP, AFOX GeForce GT 440 D5 1GB, AFOX GeForce GTS 450 1GB, AFOX GeForce GTX 560 2GB and AFOX Radeon HD 6850 1GB LP Graphics Cards @ ixbtlabs

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Chrome 16 is now available, includes multiple profile support, more fixes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 1:27 am

Google have pushed through a new 'stable' build of their awesome Chrome browser, which offers a stand-out feature; multiple profiles.

 

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This new feature baked into Chrome allows a single instance of Chrome to handle multiple user profiles and allows easy switching between them. For those of you who use a shared PC, it enables all people on the system to use the single web browser, with multiple accounts you're able to access your personal bookmarks, apps, extensions, history and more settings.

 

Other than the multiple sign-in support, Chrome v16.0.912.63 includes Sync enhancements and the usual bug fixes. It's available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

AMD's Tahiti Pro, HD 7950 cards, don't need to be reference design from day one

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 1:12 am

AMD have changed gears when it comes to their GCN launch on January 9, as most launches have the GPU manufacturer forcing AIBs to make cards based on the reference designs for at least the first 3 months after release.

 

This is good for AMD or NVIDIA, but for manufacturers, its hard to make your reference card stand out from the crowd. At launch, the cards are all pretty much the same thing and its only months later do we see some DirectCU models from ASUS, and TwinFrozr cards from MSI, etc.

 

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But, AMD are unleashing their Tahiti Pro cards from the shackles of reference city... and SemiAccurate have heard from multiple sources that the HD 7970 will be able to sport non-reference designs from day one.

 

This will be a great thing for the launch of the HD 7000-series AMD cards, and their multiple AIB partners.

Download of the Day: Firefox 9.0 Beta 6

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 15, 2011 11:25 am

Our Download of the Day today is Firefox 9.0 Beta 6.

 

The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox sets the pace with dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable Web browsing experience for all.

 

User Experience. The enhancements to Firefox provide the best possible browsing experience on the Web. The new Firefox smart location bar, affectionately known as the "Awesome Bar," learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time.

 

Performance. Firefox is built on top of the powerful new Gecko platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product.

 

Security. Firefox raises the bar for security. The new malware and phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware to keep people safe on the Web.

 

Customization. Everyone uses the Web differently, and Firefox lets users customize their browser with more than 5,000 add-ons.

 

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AMD to release FX-6200, sits at 3.80GHz, with TurboCore speeds at 4.10GHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 15, 2011 11:24 am

AMD launched their AMD FX processor family with just a few units, two eight-core parts (FX-8150, FX-8120), a six-core product (FX-6100), and the quad-core one (FX-4100). But there's now a new processor set to hit the shelves of retailers worldwide, a six-core FX-6200 chip.

 

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The FX-6200 receives quite the speed boost compared to the FX-6100. The FX-6100 has a stock clock speed of 3.3GHz and 3.90GHz under TurboCore, but the FX-6200 puts its hard hat on and gets onto its Bulldozer with stock clocks at 3.8GHz and a TurboCore speed of 4.10GHz. AMD have a chart which shows that we should expect a 10-percent increase in performance when using MainConcept Convert HD to Flash. I look forward to seeing some real-world, gaming results.

 

Now, if AMD could just find those 800 million transistors that have gone missing...

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