Sunday Sampler [16-03-08]
After much confusion, Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 7 is on track for release in 2010. “We are currently in the planning stages for Windows 7 and development is scoped to three years from Windows Vista Consumer GA. The specific release date will be determined once the company meets its quality bar for release”.
OCZ has announced their Vendetta 2 CPU cooler. “Engineered toaggressively handle the heat produced by enthusiast systems, the Vendetta 2 builds upon the already excellent performance of the original, and delivers ultra-quiet performance courtesy of a 120mm fan mounted with anti-vibration rubber connectors to reduce excess noise.”
VR-Zone has taken a look at the Asus Striker II Extreme 790i motherboard. “With Asus engineers working their magic, we’re expecting a lot more from the Striker II Extreme than just any run-of-the-mill 790i motherboard. Nothing less than full-blown MCH abilities, cool SPP features, and not to forget, overclocking to embarrass Intel chipset motherboards. “
RivaTuner 2.08 has been released, which adds support for Catalyst 8.3, and improves G94 functionality. “What’s a graphics card tweaker without the proper tools to do so ? Exactly; Rivatuner has been updated towards version 2.08 In this release we have included a huge number of stuff to keep you busy, obviously GeForce 9600 GT & ForceWare 174.xx support is here as well.”
Tech Report has taken a deeper look at CrossFireX. “Collecting the right mix of video cards to enable three-way or four-way CrossFire X won’t be cheap, but it should be quite a bit more affordable than two or three GeForce 8800 Ultras… Over the long run, I’m not sold on the concept of lashing together multiple mid-range GPUs as a replacement for a true high-end GPU”.
Solid-State Drives this year are apparently going to hit 200MB/s, though no sign of price cuts are near. “As we recently discussed, Intel has big plans for the SSD market in 2008 that could rapidly turn today’s top-end drive into tomorrow’s midrange model. According to Intel CEO Paul Otellini, the company will launch 80GB and 160GB SSDs later this year”.
Dell has released their 20-inch UltraSharp 2009W LCD display. “The new 20-inch 16:10 widescreen monitor does up a 1680 x 1050 resolution, with 36% more pixel content than Dell’s 19-incher. The display also outperforms its budget friendly E207WFP predecessor with a 102% color gamut, 2000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 5ms response time, and four USB 2.0 ports.”
Some DirectX 10 screenshots from S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky, as well as a four minute gameplay video has surfaced, “The game is running on Windows Vista and video cards from NVIDIA’s 9 series, probably GeForce 9800 GX2. If you ask me, this game puts Crysis to shame, and most important it runs smooth!”
Finally, the Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock world record for the highest score in a single song has been smashed by a 16-year old, scoring 840,647 points in DragonForce’s “Through the Fire and Flames” on expert difficulty (footage here). “Heralding the arrival of the Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition 2008 this week, its editors held a contest in New York City that pitted the planet’s top Guitar Hero players against each other.”