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[H] Enthusiast Archives: January 2012Archive Listing

Tuesday January 31, 2012

Leaked AMD HD 7990 - 7870 - 7770 Launch Dates?

Sharp eyed [H] reader Jon55 spotted this "leaked" slide showing launch dates for all kinds of upcoming AMD HD 7000 series GPUs. Here's the slide in question, hit the forum link above for more details:

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Cool Techie Time-Lapse Video of the Day

I'm not really sure what it is, but I really like this video. Time-lapse videos in general are pretty cool but I think you'll agree, this one is done better than most.


AMD DX11 Leo Demo

For those of you that haven't seen it yet, AMD has posted its DX11 Leo demo for anyone with the hardware to run it. The demo weighs in at 733MB but you shouldn't have any issues getting it, the link is pretty damn speedy right now. I'll have a video posted soon for those of you that want to see more than just screenshots.

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The Leo demo showcases a real-time, DirectX® 11 based lighting pipeline that is designed to allow for rendering scenes made of arbitrarily complex materials (including transparencies), multiple lighting models, and minimal restrictions on the number of lights that can be used -- all while supporting hardware MSAA and efficient memory usage. Specifically, this demo uses DirectCompute to cull and manage lights in a scene. The end result is a per-pixel or per-tile list of lights that forward-render based shaders use for lighting each pixel. This technique also allows for adding one bounce global illumination effects by spawning virtual point light sources where light strikes a surface. Finally, the lighting in this demo is physically based in that it is fully HDR and the material and reflection models take advantage of the ALU power of the AMD Radeon HD 7900 GPU to calculate physically accurate light and surface interactions (multiple BRDF equations, realistic use of index of refraction, absorption based on wavelength for metals, etc).


The Real Cost of Being a Video Gamer

Dear Bloomberg, stick to stuff you know and leave the "real cost of being a gamer" articles to the people that actually play PC games. In return, we promise not to write any articles about Wall Street or personal finance. wink

Warren says hard-core gamers often soup up systems by adding motherboards, boosting RAM and optimizing graphics.

  • $3,333: Digital Storm Dreadnought PC with Blu-Ray & DVD Writer/Reader

  • $800: Samsung SyncMaster 27-Inch 950 Series HDTV 3D Monitor Combo with Apps

  • $170: Logitech G19 Keyboard for Gaming

  • $100: Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700

  • $80: Logitech G13 Advanced Gameboard with Joystick

  • Running Tally: $4,607


Facebook Subscribe Means Porn, Spam

Wait, where the hell do I sign up for this? big grin

When the Travel Channel's Nisha Chittal launched her public profile on Facebook Subscribe, she looked forward to connecting with a community that shared her wanderlust and passion for social media. Instead, she got sexually explicit messages, pornographic photos, and spammy, irrelevant messages from thousands of users around the world.


Patent Plaintiffs Target Facebook as IPO Approaches

Coming as a shock to absolutely no one, Facebook is fending off patent lawsuits left and right as it prepares for an anticipated $100B IPO. Hmmm, I wonder if that has anything to do with all these lawsuits? wink

As it prepares for one of the biggest IPOs ever, Facebook is coming under the same fierce attacks being waged against other big technology companies: patent lawsuits. Last year, Facebook was named as a defendant in 22 lawsuits accusing it of patent infringement, double the number from 2010, according to a Reuters analysis of court documents on legal database Westlaw, a Thomson Reuters unit.


MSI Announces the R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Graphics Card

Today, leading global graphics card and mainboard manufacturer MSI officially announces the R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC graphics card built on the latest AMD 28nm Radeon HD7950 GPU with PCI Express Gen 3 support. MSI's exclusive Twin Frozr III thermal design features dual 8cm Propeller Blade fans to achieve up to 10℃ lower GPU temperatures and 13.7dB less noise under full load!

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MSI's exclusive Afterburner overclocking software can be used to unleash the core and memory voltage potential providing up to 37.5% overclockability! The R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC uses Military Class III components include Hi-c CAP, Super Ferrite Choke and All Solid capacitors that have passed MIL-STD-810G level testing to deliver the best graphics card performance and quality to gamers. MSI further expands its R7900 with two new products, the R7970-2PMD3GD5/OC and R7950-2PMD3GD5/OC to provide the best choice for gamers.


Firebombings Blamed on Violent Video Games

I think attorneys that try to use the "violent video game" defense for their clients should be sent to jail with the defendant if they lose the case. mad

"This is someone who may be, with their own problems they have within their own head, been taken over by these games that young people play now — lots of violence, lots of meanness," Kalisch said.


Many Chinese Workers Want Those Jobs at Foxconn

As hard as it may be for most Americans to believe, apparently things are so bad in rural China that those Foxconn jobs are actually in demand. eek!

All the media coverage of Foxconn, with its harsh working conditions, long hours, child labor, and lack of workers' rights, might make it hard to believe the demand for these jobs. But, as Paul Krugman noted way back in the '90s, these factories "are a big improvement over the previous, less visible rural poverty," he wrote in an early Slate piece. Industrialization, hardships included, is a necessary step toward modernity, the argument goes.


Best Buy Closing U.S. Stores, Opening Stores In China

The bad news: Best Buy is closing more U.S. stores. The good news: The company is opening 40 - 50 new China.

Back in January, Best Buy CEO Brian "Brooks and" Dunn confirmed reports that the electronics retailer would continue to shrink the footprint of its bricks-and-mortar stores. But a recent memo sent to employees says not to worry about those shuttered outlets because Best Buy is opening up new stores — in China.


Gaming [H]eadlines

BF3 Patch Plans Summary @ Blue's News

Humble Bundle for Android Launches @ Shacknews

Hybrid is Back and Better Than Ever @ Kotaku

SoulCalibur 5 Review @ Joystiq

Thermaltake Toughpower 1500W PSU

Need a high quality, big watt PSU that has good voltage regulation, good efficiency and is relatively quiet? Then look no further than our evaluation of the Thermaltake Toughpower 1500W PSU. It has all that and more, hit the link for the complete rundown.

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Thermaltake was a leader in the field of high power computer PSUs many years ago, and in fact we still use those 1200 watt units in testing. Today we are seeing another top end Toughpower PSU enter the market, this time packing a huge 1500 watts of power supposedly at high efficiencies.