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Games

Thats right, we all knew GTA V was special, this just goes to show how much. GTA V is the single most expensive video game in the history of the same. Its budget is even more then Hollywood Movies, second only to the highest Budget Film ever made. Lets take a look at them.

GTA V Most Expensive Video Game

GTA V Most Expensive Video Game Vs. AAA Games

Lets begin by quoting the Budget of GTA V. This is a figure that is not readily available so we will take a quote from the most authentic source we could find, according to which its 265 Million Dollars.  From there on it is an easy matter to compare the budget of GTA V to those of the rest of the game Industry.

virgin galactic logo
Industry

If you are one of those guys who think that commercial space flight won’t start in your life time, Virgin Galactic would beg to differ. Infact Virgin Galactic is launching commercial Space Flight next year bringing Space Flight to the mere mortals, albiet by technicality only.
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Virgin Galactic – Space Tourism 2014 Detailed.

Well when we said technicality, we meant it because space travel is still pretty much out of reach for us mere mortals unless you are willing to dish out $250 000 for 6 minutes of weightlessness. Thats right. The Virgin Galactic project involves you taking a ride in their space ship to space and back again. Everything including the take of and touch down will take 2.5 hours. That’s a joyride worth 30 Dollars per Second!

Intel Haswell
Hardware

We always knew Haswell’s Design was highly Modular. This will just show you how much it really is, Intel revealed upto 8 Haswell Die Configurations at the Hot Chip 25 Semi Conductor Conference. (Click to Expand)

Haswell Die Configuration

Haswell Die Configurations Intel Ivy Bridge

As you can see there 8 total die configurations for Haswell. Some portions are intentionally blacked out to stop industrial espionage.  Haswell Die Configuration shows it divided into 2 main categories, 4+3, 4+2, 4+1 and 2+3, 2+3 ULT, 2+2, 2+2 ULT, 2+1.

IFA 2013
Industry

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been unveiled at the IFA 2013 just now in Berlin. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is basically a a better evolved version of the Note II but with a range of new features such as Samsung Knox, the S Pen and most Importantly the Samsung Galaxy Gear Smart Watch. Both devices will shop sometime in October.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Specs and More Detailed

Without absolutely no more wait. The Specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Phablet:

Galaxy Note 3 specs:

  • 151.2mmx79.2mmx8.3mm
  • 5.7-inch SuperAMOLED 1080p display with 368 ppi pixel density
  • 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, or 1.9GHz Samsung Exynos Octacore depending on market
  • Android 4.3
  • 13 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32 or 64GB storage
  • MicroSDXC card storage expansion
  • Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11ac, LTE Category 4
  • 3,200 mAh battery
  • LED/IR combo
IFA 2013
Industry

This is it people Sony Xperia Z1 has officially been unveiled today at the IFA 2013 Press Conference, Berlin. The much waited Sony Xperia Z1 aka Honami has finally been revealed in all its glory. It is completely waterproof and has a working underground camera that gives beautiful results.

Sony Xperia Z1 Honami

Sony Xperia Z1 (Honami) – Full Details

Without further ado here are the details of the Sony Xperia Z1 Smartphone.

  • It is actually completely waterproof, and fully advertised as such.
Intel-Logo
Hardware

All our reports in the past point to the fact that Intel is getting ready to reveal the Atom Bay Trail-T  at the IDF (Intel Developer Forum) this month. The exact date is thought to be September 11. Intel Atom Bay Trail-T is designed to target tablets. There is also speculation that we will receiver further information about Bay Trail-M and Bay Trail-D.

Intel Bay Trail 2013

Intel Bay Trail-T to be Revealed on Sep 11, Will be Optimized for Gaming

The Intel Bay Trail-T will consist mostly of the Z3000 series. Full details of the Bay Trail-T aka Z3000 lineup here. However the more interesting update we got was the fact that Bay Trail-T will be optimized for Gaming. Thats right, Intel Atom Bay Trail-T will have 450% better 3D Gaming capabilities then the previous generation (Clover Trail). And i don’t need to tell you how high a difference that is.

Intel told us before that the Atom Bay Trail-T would be revealed somewhere between 28 August to 13 September. The IDF in Sans Fransisco will be the perfect place to do it. While the reveal of the Bay Trail-T is almost confirmed there are reports of Information about Bay Trail-D and Bay Trail-M.

Eurocom Neptune 3.0 NVIDIA Quadro K5100M
Hardware

Eurocom has recently updated its Neptune 3.0 Mobile Workstation with Nvidias Flagship GPU – the Quadro K5100M which has a staggering 8GB worth of VRam (GDDR5). The GPU is based on the Kepler architecture (GK104 Core) and features 1536 (unified) CUDA Cores. The Neptune 3.0 is arguably the most powerful mobile workstation on the planet.

Eurocom Neptune 3 with Quadro K5100M – Highest End Processing in a Mobile Workflow

NVIDIA Quadro K5100MOne things for sue, the custom built Neptune 3 laptop will target a very specific market – namely the traveling worker whos need is the highest professional grade equipment without sacrificing portability. Even from a gaming aspect the Quadro K5100M is about the best – scoring around 7000 in 3dMark 11 is second Only to the 780M GPU. That The true power of Eurocom’s Neptue 3 and the Quadro K5100m lies in DirectCompute, OpenCL, and CUDA Applications.

Heres what Eurocom’s President Mark Bialic had to say: “Eurocom Mobile Workstations help engineering companies innovate, become more efficient, productive and offer customers new services faster and at a lower cost. Being able to travel to customers and stake holders locations with capable mobile hardware is a huge advantage for our customers”

nvidia-geforce-gtx-logo
Games Hardware

That’s right, it seems that Nvidia has realized that AMD’s Game Bundles are a massive crowd-pleaser and are actually hurting its sales. So Nvidia has decided to team up with game publisher and a fruit of its new tactic is the Batman Arkham Origins game which will come bundled with selected Nvidia GeForce Cards.

NVIDIA Batman Arkham Origins Bundle

Nvidia’s Batman Arkham Origins Bundle Details

Apparently Nvidia is working in conjunction with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and WB Games Montréal to make the next installment of the hit Batman franchise the best game ever. In return we get the Batman Arkham Origins Bundle with Nvidia Cards that are ‘up to the task’.

And now the qualifying Nvidia Arkham Origins Bundle Cards: GeForce GTX 660, 660 Ti, 670, 680, 760, 770, and 780.Yes we noticed that the GTX Titan, Nvidia’s flagship isnt on the list. Though the answer is probably quite simple: anyone with budget for the Titan wont need Batman Arkham Origins Bundle promotion to tempt him to buy the Titan.

DDR4 32 GB Ram
Hardware Industry

Apparently the folks over at Samsung are getting ready to launch a new  milestone in RAM: the DDR4 32 GB RAM and 16 GB Ram Module. Though the RAM is targeted towards servers and render farms it would mean that you could have upto 128 GB of DDR4 Ram at 2667 Mhz. Needless to say that’s a lot.

DDR4 32 GB RamImage courtesy of Samsung Tomorrow

Samsung’s 2667 Mhz Ram will ship in DDR4 32 GB Ram and 16 GB Ram variants.

This high capacity DDR4 32 GB Ram Modules will be made from a 20nm process and will be aimed to ship sometime in 2014. The expected time is mid 2014. The maximum amount of ram capacity offered by current generation is 8GB. It is worth noting that current gen is made from a 30nm manufacturing process so the new gen DDR4 32 GB Ram will be more efficient then the older counterparts.

The DDR4 32 GB Ram will be the firs time that a 4GB RAM Particles are used in RAM Memory creation. The 16 GB Ram Module is expected to ship near the end of 2013, with the DDR4 32 GB Ram modules following soon after. This is a tremendous advantage in terms of RAM Capacity and Samsung Electronics will surely press the advantage.

Kingston
Hardware

Kingston SSDNow E50 is Kingstons latest, good value, Enterprise Class SSDS with a special focus on safety and security. The SSDNow E50 series has debuted including the 480GB version and other counterparts. Kingston’s SSDNow E50 series SSDs will feature an enterprise class SF-2581 controller.

Kingston SSDNow E50 Enterprise Class SSD

Kingston SSDNow E50 Series Detailed

The Kingston SSDNow E50 Enterprise Class series is mostly aimed towards corporate users who are security conscious. The SSDNow E50 series is capable of total AES 128 Bit Protection – which i might add is possibly the strongest 128 bit crypto around. SSDNoe E50 Enterprise class series has a MLC Flash Memory design and will come in 100GB, 240 GB and 480 GB Variants. It is only 7mm Thick and has the standard 2.5 Inch size.

SSDNow E50 Enterprise class SSDs have a nice combo of features. Including Power-Down Protection, 3 Year Warranty, Superior IOPS Bandwidth provision and no server bottleneck. Naturally the security is an essential part of the design. It also has DuraWrite which efficiently reduces wear and tear of the SSD by intelligent data compression without compromising data integrity.

Intel Ivy Bridge-E Pre Order Pricing
Hardware

Intel Ivy Bridge-E Pre Order Pricing has been revealed. They range from a a Pre-Order Price of 342 US Dollars to 1140 US Dollars. This is slightly more then the predicted prices leaked previously this year. The difference is as much as 150 US Dollars. Though seeing these are Pre-Order Pricing it is very likely that prices will fall dramatically in the time to come.

Intel Ivy Bridge-E Pre-Order Pricing

Pre Order Pricing – Intel Ivy Bridge-E

The Intel Ivy Bridge-E Pre Order Pricing for the Core i7-4960X is $1140. The Leaked Price was $990. The retail is without HSF as was the case with Sandy Bridge-E. Th packaging uses a grey color scheme to depict the Ultra High End Spectrum and features the Item Code “CPU-INL-BX80633i74960X”.

ultra desktop replacement pc concept u.dtr
Hardware Industry

Laptops are quickly nearing the raw power of a desktop PC (though they aren’t quite there yet), however they remain as far off to being a Desktop Replacement PC as they ever were, probably more so. The reason is multifold, ranging from bad viewing angle of the screen and keyboard, discouraging long term use to TDP and weight. Some simply prefer the desktop aesthetic over the laptop one. However the U.DTR or Ultra Desktop Replacement Concept promises to do just what its name says : Replace Desktops. Gamers who have so far sworn by their rigs, might just be in for a surprise.

What is the U.DTR (Ultra Desktop Replacement PC) Concept?

ultra desktop replacement pc concept u.dtr
The Ultra Desktop Replacemnt PC Concept is a design by Industrial Designer Marin Myftiu. He can be contacted and his Complete Portfolio can be viewed here. The complete blueprints are also present at the aforementioned link. The Ultra Desktop Replacement PC Concept is basically an ergonomic laptop design that creates a machine that will truly bridge the gap between Desktops and Laptops. The U.DTR will feature a e-paper – touch hybrid status bar, highly accessible usb ports, a perfectly angled monitor and keyboard, innovative high efficiency heat exhaust system and Hybrid – Desktop – Laptop aesthetics.

Intel Avaton (Atom SoC) Octa Core
Hardware

Intel Avaton is the 22nm Atom Processors targeted towards the low power server market. The Intel Avaton CPU SKUS have been revealed and will feature upto 8 cores in a System-on-Chip (SoC). Th Intel Avaton CPUS will be based on the Silvermont architecture and are expected to debut somewhere around Q3 2013.

Intel Avaton Atom SoC Octa Core

Intel Avaton (Atom) will Consist of 5 SKUs at Launch

The designated prefix for Intel Avaton is C. Intel Avaton will have 5 SKUS at Launch namely C2350, C2530, C2550, C2730, and C2750. They will have upto 4MB of L3 Cache and will have the SSE4 and AES instruction set.

Nomenclature of the Intel Avaton SKUs

  • Cxxxx – The first digit or prefix ‘c’ stands for Intel Avaton (Atom)
  • C2xxx – The second digit depicts the second (2013) generation
  • C235x – The third and fourth digits depict the relative performance of the Intel Avaton CPUS (Atom)
  • C2350 – The ’0′ depicts the intended micro servers target.

Since there is very little we currently know about the SKUS, only speculation is possible. We can assume that since there are only 5 SKUS in total and scaleable upto 8 cores that would mean that:

Intel-Logo
Hardware

Intel Atom SoC has been a major and rather unexpected success for Intel. So much infact that Intel finally started taking its Atom SoCs seriously with Bay Trail. Now with the upcoming successor to Bay Trail the Willow Trail and Cherry Trail, Intel is moving on to the Tick-Tock roadmap with an 8 core Avaton SoC for servers.

Intel Atom SoC Cherry Trail Willow Trail

Intel Atom SoC adopts Tick-Tock Finally with Cherry Trail and Willow Trail

It is a mark of the fact that Intel is finally taking Atom out of the sidelines that it has adopted the Tick Tock process after Bay Trail. Cherry Trail and Willow Trail will both be 14nm constructions with the usual process shrinkage and die shrinkage mechanism respectively. Cherry Trail will be the fabrication shrinkage after Bay Trail and Willow Trail will be the Die Shrinkage. The Cherry Trail is reported to be cocked at around 2.7Ghz.
Cherry Trail and Willow Trail will feature Airmont and Goldmont micro architecture respectively, which will be more efficient then current Silvermont used in Bay Trail.

Kave XTD 5.1
Hardware

ROCCAT Studios has just introduced the Kave XTD 5.1 Gaming Headset. ROCCAT Studios is a German Based  manufacturer of High Quality Audio Peripherals and are widely accepted by Audiophiles. The ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Digital was introduced at Gamescom this year in Cologne. The Kave XTD 5.1 is the successor to the original critically acclaimed ROCCAT Kave 5.1.

Kave XTD 5.1

ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Specifications and Details

The Kave XTD 5.1 was introed by ROCCAT to great acclaim at Gamescom. It won the Best Hardware Award after convincing a jury of judges. Not only that the Kave XTD 5.1 improves its predecessor and community feedback to provide a better and higher fidelity experience then before. Needless to say the Kave XTD 5.1 will not disappoint.

The Gaming Headset will feature a true 5.1 setup like its predecessor, ie the Kave XTD 5.1 contains 2 driver units in each chamber aligned at a 12 degree angle to provide highly immerse and crystal clear 5.1 surround sound. Not only that but the Kave XTD 5.1 contains a Premium Sound Card inside the control panel of the headphone to deliver unprecedented audio fidelity.



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