Razer Edge Pro 256GB and Razer Edge 128GB Available Now

Razer unveiled the Razer Edge (codename: Project Fiona) at CES2013 winning the Best of Show CES 2013 and People’s Voice CES 2013 Awards. Razer Edge also won four coveted CES 2012 Awards. It’s a gaming tablet that can be played in four-modes: Tablet Mode, Keyboard Mode, Mobile Console Mode, and Home Console Mode.

Both the Razer Edge Pro Tablet (256GB) for $1,499, and the Razer Edge (128GB) for $1299 are available for pre-order. The price is staggering high, but that doesn’t stop gamers from buying one.

The Razer Blade Gaming Laptop was considered very expensive considering you can get a similar setup for less, and still about three shipping waves sold out consecutively. The Razer Edge tablet will ship on March 2013. Once that batch is sold out, the next shipping wave will go out on May 2013. If you fancy one of these, better pre-order the March wave while supplies last — which is not too long from now.

Crazy stuff! These are the tech specs for the Razer Edge Pro 256GB Tablet.

Below you can see some photos and the available optional docking mode peripherals.

Tech Specs

Specs   Razer Edge Pro  
Processor Intel Core i7 Dual core w/ Hyper Threading Base 1.9GHz / Turbo 3.0GHz  
Memory 8GB DDR3 (2x4GB 1600MHz)  
Video Intel HD4000 (DX11)
NVIDIA GT 640M LE (2GB DDR3, Optimus Technology)
 
Display 10.1” (IPS, 1366×768)
Multi-touch HD display
 
Operating System Windows 8  
Storage 128/256GB SSD (SATA-III)*  
Network Intel WLAN (802.11b/g/n + BT4)  
Others Stereo speakers
Codec supports 7.1 (via HDMI through optional Docking Station)
HD Webcam (front-facing, 2MP)
Array microphones
Dolby Home Theater v4
USB 3.0 x1 (green, SuperSpeed)
Audio jack (3.5mm, 4-pole, stereo out / mic in)

Razer Edge Docking Station (Home Console Mode)

The Razer Edge Docking Station connects your Razer Edge to a desktop display and peripherals. This docking station allows players to hook up an HDMI cable to a big screen TV (HDTV) and up to two gamepad controllers.

The docking station basically turns your Razer Edge tablet into a Game Console. It expands your tablet with 3x USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, and a MIC in/Stereo out port.

Razer Edge Gamepad Controller

The Razer Gamepad Controller for Razer Edge converts your tablet into a Mobile Console placing the tablet on a peripheral attachment that adds two analog sticks placed to the left and right of the tablet. It has a immersive vibration-feedback and direct reflective acoustics, a backlit D-Pad and action buttons. (Xinput support)

The Gamepad Controller has an optional extended battery and power adapter (sold separately).

The Keyboard Mode dock station will be available at a later time. It basically converts the Razer Edge tablet into a small laptop.

StarCraft II on the Razer Edge

Alright, I know what you are thinking. “Why not get a laptop for the same price? It’s a matter of choice. Do you want a tablet like the iPad, or the Surface but also want high-end mobile video gaming on it? Then the Razer Edge can give you that … edge. And it runs on Windows 8 (DX11). I can also hear you: “Can this piece of [beep] run my favorite video games?” get the optional keyboard mode peripheral and you can play StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, World of Warcraft, and Diablo III.

Let’s say you are a proGamer and need to travel to other countries to play against the best StarCraft II players. You want to travel light, without setting up a big system, or a heavy laptop. Bring the Razer Edge tablet, attach the keyboard docking station, or the Home Console docking station plugged into a big HDTV via HDMI. This video shows you StarCraft II on the Razer Edge using the Home Console docking station.

Kansas City Fans: Google Fiber Expanding from Jan-Mar 2013

Google has scheduled five new locations in Kansas City to get Google Fiber installed through January – March 2013. For this to happen, if you live within the locations mentioned below you must sign up and spread the word with all your neighbors to build a fiberhood.

What’s Google Fiber? One Gigabit downloads. One Gigabit Uploads. 100 times faster than your current Cable or DSL broadband speeds.

If you live in one of these fiberhoods and want Google Fiber, you must select your service plan by your deadline, listed below. Google will start installing Fiber in your area shortly after the date listed.

See the Google Map here.

  • Piper Schools — choose your plan by January 31, 2013
  • Delaware Ridge — choose your plan by February 14, 2013
  • Painted Hills — choose your plan by February 28, 2013
  • Open Door — choose your plan by February 28, 2013
  • Arrowhead — choose your plan by March 7, 2013

You can go to google.com/fiber to select any of the available plans: Gigabit + TV Plan, Gigabit Internet Plan or the Free Internet Plan.

Google Fiber Expanding More Into Kansas and Missouri

Starting today, Blizzplanet will be updating the technology channel with the latest Google Fiber news. Google Fiber is going to drastically change the face of the internet as we have known it in the past 24 years since the introduction of ADSL and Cable internet.

I think it’s important for gaming websites to talk about Google Fiber, to help make people aware of it, and to spread the word. It’s here to stay, and it’s growing and expanding.

Google Fiber has been growing at a steady pace in Kansas City bringing 1Gbps download/upload internet access to homes. That’s a blazing 75-100 times faster than Time Warner Cable’s best speeds for only $70 a month.

So far, Google Fiber is available in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Google plans to expand into:

  • Kansas City North, MO
  • Kansas City South, MO
  • Westwood, KS
  • Westwood Hills, KS
  • Mission Woods, KS

It’s unknown when the service will expand into big cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, and Chicago.

Visit the Google Fiber website often to monitor new cities coming next, and to learn more about the service. Make sure to sign up when they are searching for testers, and to spread the word in your neighborhood for more and more people to join the fiberhood.

Don’t be left out.

This is the internet video gamers really need. The end of lag and latency. Blazing fast patch downloads.

    Google Fiber installations kick off today

    The title says it all! After months of building a brand new Fiber infrastructure, we’re excited to announce that today we’re officially starting to connect homes in Kansas City to Google Fiber.

    We’ve been working in a few homes over the last few weeks to make sure we can deliver a great experience, and along the way we’ve thought a lot about what “great” might mean. We want it to take the amount of time we (and you!) think it’s going to take. We want to be able to explain what we’re doing in easy to understand language, so it makes sense to you and it’s not just tech jargon! And of course we’re aiming for “one and done”—one visit, everything working when we leave your home.

    There are two stages to getting you connected. First, we’ll pull your Fiber from the street to the side of your house; we’ve already done this for several houses in Hanover Heights. Then we’ll get in touch with you to schedule the second stage, your in-home installation. We’ve put together a short video to help you understand what to expect.

    If you live in Hanover Heights and see a new box on the side of your house (and have gotten a Google Fiber sticky note on your door), look for an email or phone call from us in the next few days to schedule an appointment. When the installer arrives, he/she will ask you about where you want your devices and then get to work.

    We’ve found that the difference between dreading an installation and feeling like you had a good experience comes down to us caring about the details that matter the most to you. For example, we’ll show up when we’re supposed to—at the start of your appointment, not somewhere in the middle. We’ll clean up any mess; each installer carries a vacuum cleaner. And we’ll answer your questions and teach you about your devices—don’t be afraid to ask us questions, or to ask us to explain something again in simpler language.

    We think that these small details can make your installation efficient, helpful and memorable. And, if you have any ideas or suggestions that would make it even better, let us know!

    Posted by Alana Karen, Director, Service Delivery, Google Fiber (source)

Here’s a nice article by Business Insider explaining what Google Fiber is and offers you.

Improve your Computer Temperature with EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler

For a long time since I built my EVGA X58 motherboard computer system (in 2008) I had wanted to get a better CPU cooler, especially with all the upgrades World of Warcraft has gotten from expansion to expansion and because intensive games like Crysis 2.

My i7-920 CPU was normally in the 78-82 degrees, with spikes of 85 — pretty bad, considering the motherboard auto-shuts at 86 degrees. During the periods of time I did not clean the interior of my computer I could probably be able to fry an egg in there.

I tried the Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, but I got unlucky with a non-working paperweight I had to eventually RMA/return.

I skipped getting another H100, because I needed to get a working computer ASAP, and didn’t want to run the risk of another RMA nor waste more delivery time. For something that costs $100, I’d expect it to work out of the box or to have been tested at the factory.

My next option was to get an EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler. Half cheaper than the Corsair H100 Extreme. The photos don’t make justice to this behemoth. It’s big and heavy.

The fan is actually 120 x 120mm (open your hand and extend your fingers wide and apart. That big is this CPU cooler.

After loading the EVGA e-Leet utility software to monitor my i7-920 CPU temperatures I was literally blown out of my shoes. I couldn’t believe the readings. Half the temperatures I always had with the previous CPU cooler.

It’s been 2-3 months since I installed this CPU cooler, and haven’t cleaned the case on purpose to take readings of a dusty computer interior. Not something safe to do, but for your benefit here we go.

These are my current CPU temperature readings with a dusty computer case: between 43-47 degrees. At the moment of these readings I have World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria set at Ultra settings for over 8 hours and Adobe Photoshop open. I’m amazed.

Of course, it’s recommended to clean your computer case at least once a month. I personally use the Metro Vacuum ED500 Electric Duster to clean up my computer. It certainly beats wasting money on compressed air cans that don’t do a great job. **Thanks to the fan who suggested that electric duster. I love it.

The EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler is compatible with Intel Socket 775, 1155,1156, 1366; or the AMD Socket 754,939, 940, F, AM2, AM3.

  • Fan Size: 120 x 120 x 25mm
  • Fan Speed: 750 – 2500 RPM
  • Fan Airflow: 26 – 84 CFM
  • Heat Pipes: 5 x 8mm Direct Touch
  • Fins: Aluminum / Wind Flow

What’s your favorite CPU cooler? Share your feedback with other players.

OUYA the Open-Source Game Console and StarCraft II eSports on the TV

A company established in Los Angeles, California started out a Kickstarter to collect money to develop an open-source game console.

They set a pledge goal of $950,000 and surprisingly it got up to 1.92 million dollars in less than 24 hours. They had surpassed the goal in only 8 hours.

Boxer8 founder Julie Uhrman explains in this video how she visualizes an open-source game console where the console is cheap, the library of games is free-to-play, and developer cost to produce games is low. Julie wants the players back to their roots. Back to their TV, in a new era where mobile gaming has flourished and dominates the market and consoles like PlayStation and Nintendo are driving developers away with the costs and difficulty and setbacks to develop for their consoles.

The key for this open-source game console to succeed are:

  • It’s based on the android platform.
  • Developers already know android development.
  • OUYA is inexpensive.
  • Game Publishers can develop games and thrive in a flexible environment.
  • Their development cost is dramatically reduced.

Ouya seeks game publishers to innovate and bring all games genres into their platform. So far Minecraft and Twitch TV have jumped onboard. This is big.

Speculation

With Blizzard Entertainment’s Next-Gen MMO Titan in the horizon, and Blizzard having its own Mobile department, it would be awesome to see Blizzard jump into the mix developing games for OUYA.

This might be the best chance to bring StarCraft II and Diablo III to the HDTV with some couching and ideas from Blizzard. Especially if OUYA integrates keyboard and mouse to their game console.

With its open-source factor, we could even see Razer innovate new Blizzard licensed products to support Blizzard games.

Twitch TV partnership with OUYA to bring video stream to the HDTV directly benefits fans. It means watching StarCraft II, and Diablo III PvP eSports straight from your TV without the need of a PC.

I can foresee Blizzard and OUYA building a great relationship if this open-source console game becomes a reality. By the looks of it, that reality looks promising. So far there are 15,392 backers signed up at OUYA’s kickstarter in less than 24 hours.

Is a Blizzard / OUYA partnership far-fetched? Not necessarily. Rob Pardo has expressed in the past his concerns about the lack of flexibility in current game consoles and the lack of a keyboard/mouse. This android-powered OUYA might be the big changer to bridge console and PC gaming development.

Anyone knows Ed Fries? He was formerly Microsoft vice-president of game publishing involved in the XBox development, and most recently the founder of FigurePrints which sells World of Warcraft character replicas created with a 3D printer. Ed Fries is involved in the OUYA game console project. Booyah! This is getting interesting.

OUYA: The Revolution will be televised

OUYA is a new game console for the TV, powered by Android.

We’ve packed this little box full of power. Developers will have access to OUYA’s open design so they can produce their games for the living room, taking advantage of everything the TV has to offer.

Best of all, OUYA’s world-class controller, console, and interface come in one beautiful, inexpensive package. All the games on it will be free, at least to try.
Great games come from great developers.

Developers can wave farewell to the roadblocks of bringing a console game to market. Anyone can make a game: every OUYA console is a dev kit. No need to purchase a license or an expensive SDK. It’s built on Android, so developers already know how it works.

That doesn’t mean OUYA is an Android port. You can create the next big title in your bedroom – just like the good old days! Who needs pants!?

OUYA could change AAA game development, too. Forget about licensing fees, retail fees, and publishing fees.

Estimated Launch: March 2013

Hardware Specs

  • Tegra3 quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB of internal flash storage
  • HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth LE 4.0
  • USB 2.0 (one) (possibly more in the future)
  • Wireless controller sporting two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button, and 3″ touchpad
  • Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich

Check out the OUYA kickstarter page.

Windows 8 Pro Hits October with Two Current Offers $39.99 and $14.99 Upgrades

Microsoft announced Windows 8 OS will be available to the public by the end of October 2012.

The company is really pushing the mass marketing campaign to facilitate Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users to jump into the Windows 8 Pro wagon with two crazy offers.

New Windows 7 PC Sales Starting Today

Did you purchase a Windows 7 PC or laptop since June 2, 2012? If you plan to buy one between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 you can download Windows 8 Pro for only $14.99 — exclusively from Microsoft here.

The Windows 8 Pro upgrade offer Q&A can be found here.

Old PCs

If you are running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, you can download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro straight from the microsoft.com website for only $39.99 — with the option to pay $15 + shipping for a physical DVD.

The downloadable Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Assistant allows you to stop/resume download, and to create your own bootable USB or .ISO file.

You can read full details of the upgrade process here.

Press Release

July 9, 2012 — Today in Toronto, Canada, at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference, Windows Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller spoke to thousands of partners from around the world. She shared some exciting new details regarding Windows that I wanted to pass along.

For the first time, we provided details on Windows 8 availability. Tami confirmed that Windows 8 is on track to Release to Manufacturing (RTM) the first week of August. For enterprise customers with Software Assurance benefits, they will have full access to Windows 8 bits as early as August. Additionally, she noted that RTM is when we’ll be turning on the commerce platform so that developers can start earning money for their apps – we’ll have more to share on the Windows Store for developers blog soon. Of course, right now with the Windows 8 Release Preview, all apps are still free for people to try.

Tami went on to say that Windows 8 will reach general availability by the end of October! This means that new Windows 8 and Windows RT PCs will be available to buy and upgrades will be available starting in October. She also mentioned that that Windows 8 will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide.

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display Arrives

The Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display has arrived. What’s so hot about this new version? The buzz is it features a Retina display packed with 5.1 million pixels supporting up to 2880-by-1800 resolution.

That’s crazy! That’s 3 million pixels more than an HDTV.

The MacBook Pro Retina is even thinner than its predecessor — extremely portable: only 0.71 inch thin and weighs 4.46 pounds.

It’s the first notebook ever to include two Thunderbolt ports. It also has two USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, FireWire 800, SDXC card slot (Photos), and an HDMI port.

The two versions of the 15-inch MacBook Pro feature an Intel Core i7 Ivy-bridge (3rd Generation 22-nm) CPU running at 2.3 GHz or 2.9 GHz depending on the model. With Turbo Boost it speeds up to 3.7 GHz.

The new MacBook Pro 15-in has a new integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 processor, plus an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M discrete processor with up to 1GB of video memory. It switches automatically when playing 3D games, editing HD video, or CAD software.

Thunderbolt is a recent technology that contains two 10-Gbps data channels — 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and 2 times faster than USB 3.0. Those Thunderbolt ports can be daisy-chained up to six devices to plug a display and other devices. There’s an HDMI port, but there’s a Thunderbolt-to-HDMI adapter (optional) for more displays.

The MacBook Pro Retina also has a FaceTime 720HD camera that can make video calls to iPad, iPhone 4/4S, and iPod Touch.

The Multi-Touch trackpad has no buttons. The trackpad itself is the button recognizing different levels of click pressure.

The battery lasts up to 7 hours on a single charge.

Another really surprising feature of the MacBook Pro Retina is the addition of a Flash drive (SSD) 256GB / 512GB. Overall, with the Retina display and the Flash Drive, Apple was able to engineer a pretty thin notebook with enough room for an extra Thunderbolt port and other options.

Setbacks: The specs don’t mention a Superdrive (DVD). Apple assumes you can use the USB 3.0 to add a drive, I guess. The RAM is integrated into the motherboard. No RAM upgrades. Both versions have only 8GB RAM. With the removal of the hard drive and the DVD drive, considering this baby is designed for Photographers, video editors, artists, etc. a boost on RAM would have been phenomenal.

Gaming

What’s the importance of this Retina Display? Gaming will look breath-taking with the amount of detail. It’s just impossible for your eyes to discern the pixels. During the Apple conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook showed off … DIABLO III on the Retina Display at around 31:40 in the video stream.

Tim Cook didn’t specify it, but it’s hinted Blizzard Entertainment might support a higher resolution to play Diablo III on the Retina Display. Currently, Diablo III only supports up to 1920 x 1080. — “And if you think it’s just all hard work, and no play — there are some great games being created for it as well. This is Diablo III — I know a few of you have played this game. You are going to see a gaming experience with this resolution unlike anything you have seen before.”– said Tim Cook. I’ll ask Blizzard if they could comment on this.

MacBook Pro with Retina Display Options

  • Apple MacBook Pro MC975LL/A 15.4-Inch – $2,194.00

    • 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor
    • 8 GB DDR3 RAM; 256 GB Flash Storage
    • 15.4-inch LED-backlit Retina Display, 2880-by-1800 resolution
    • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1GB Graphics
    • Mac OS X v10.7 Lion, 7 Hour Battery Life
  • Apple MacBook Pro MC976LL/A 15.4-Inch – $2,794.00

    • 2.6 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor
    • 8 GB DDR3 RAM; 512 GB Flash Storage
    • 15.4-inch LED-backlit Retina Display, 2880-by-1800 resolution
    • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1GB Graphics
    • Mac OS X v10.7 Lion, 7 Hour Battery Life

OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date Program

The OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date upgrade will be available at no additional charge from the Mac App Store to all customers who purchase a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller on or after June 11, 2012.

Customers must request their Up-to-Date upgrade within 30 days of purchasing their Mac computer. Customers who purchase a qualifying Mac between June 11, 2012 and the date when Mountain Lion is available in the Mac App Store will have 30 days from the OS X Mountain Lion release date to make a request.

When Mountain Lion becomes available in July, come back to this page for details on how to request your copy of Mountain Lion. — source

EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Superclocked

Gamers love to upgrade to the latest graphic cards every few years as new technologies appear, and/or economy and priorities allow.

There are a wide range of graphic card price ranges and specs, but not all can handle all types of high-end video games. In addition, most video cards before 2008 support DirectX 9, while the newest ones support DirectX 11 right-off-the-box.

All Blizzard Entertaiment games are built from the ground up to handle a wide range of low, mid and high-end video cards. If all you plan to play are Blizzard games, going for a low or mid range video card is fine as your first graphic card (if you are building your system) or if it’s an upgrade. However, if you plan to play games like Crysis 3 in the future, Farcry 3, your favorite flavor of Call of Duty, or other graphic-intensive video games — you might fall short with a low-end graphic card.

EVGA has been a personal choice since 2008. Awesome forum community where know-more-than-you overclockers are happy to answer your questions, great tech support, and the lovely 3-year warranty which covers parts and labor.

EVGA recently announced the new mid-range graphic card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 SuperClocked.

It comes in two options: 2048MB GDDR5 ($399) or 4096MB GDDR5 ($553).

EVGA seems to be the only manufacturer out there with a 4096MB GDDR version of the GTX 670 Superclocked. Something cool about this graphic card is the adaptive VSYNC (new technology) and its dual-purpose air ventilation system.

Adaptive Vsync

The Adaptive VSync (Vertical Sync) dynamically adjusts VSync depending on frame rates for smoother gaming.

Cooling

Other manufacturers add one or two axial fans to their video cards for extra cooling. However, those two-axial fans can be deceiving. All those fans do is push hot air off the video card and back into the computer case’s interior itself, increasing the overall interior ambient of your computer and suffocate the CPU and motherboard. EVGA graphic cards on the other hand have a blower system that removes the hot air from your graphic card and your computer case altogether. It’s a more efficient ventilation system.

Not only does the fan cools your video card — it’s designed to be an air blower too. Say what? Ok, basically the fan pulls-in air into the graphic card, and expels the hot air through the back-plating vent (where you connect the cords at). A rear-exhaust. It helps remove the hot air from within the computer case for a cooler ventilation lowering its whole interior-ambient around 3 celsius degrees.

Here’s a video by EVGA explaining how this new graphic card air ventilation system works in real-time:

TXAA

Get the image quality of 8X MSAA with the performance hit of only 2X MSAA. This means a smoother gaming experience without the loss in FPS normally associated with this level of eye candy.

NVIDIA SMX Engine

Brand new processing engine which delivers twice the performance/watt compared to previous generations.

At the bottom of the page, you can find links to manufacturers other than EVGA. Here are some of the specs on the EVGA GTX 670 Superclocked (4096MB GDDR5):

Performance

  • 1344 CUDA Cores
  • Base Clock: 967 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1046 MHz
  • Bus: PCI-E 3.01
  • 2-way, 3-way, 4-way SLI Ready
  • Texture Fill Rate: TBA GT/s

Memory

  • Memory Detail: 4096 MB GDDR5
  • Memory Bit Width: 256 Bit
  • Memory Clock: 6008 MHz
  • Memory Speed: 0.33 ns
  • Memory Bandwidth: 192.26 GB/s

Key Features

  • NVIDIA SMX Engine
  • NVIDIA GPU Boost
  • NVIDIA Surround
  • NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync
  • Support for four concurrent displays; two dual-link DVI connectors, HDMI and Displayport 1.2
  • Microsoft DirectX 11 with Direct Compute 5.0 Support
  • NVIDIA PhysX Technology
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready
  • NVIDIA CUDA Technology
  • PCI Express 3.0 Support
  • OpenGL 4.2 Support
  • OpenCL Support

Interface

  • PCI-E 3.0 16x
  • DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, Display-Port
  • SLI Capable

Resolution & Refresh

  • 240Hz Max Refresh Rate
  • 2048×1536 Max Analog
  • 2560×1600 Max Digital

Requirements

  • 500 watt or greater power supply with a minimum of 30 amps on the +12 volt rail. ***
  • PCI Express, PCI Express 2.0 or PCI Express 3.0 compliant motherboard with one graphics slot.
  • Two 6-pin PCI Express power connectors or four available hard disk power connectors.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 / Vista / XP

Dimensions

  • Height: 4.376 in – 111.15 mm
  • Length: 9.5 in – 241mm
  • Weight: 3 lbs

Accessories

  • EVGA Driver/Software Disc with EVGA Precision Tuning Utility
  • DVI to VGA Adapter (For DVI-I) x 1
  • 6-pin PCI-E Power Adapters x 2
  • EVGA Accessory Pack
  • User Guide

NVIDIA GTX 670 – Other Companies

People might have experience with other graphic card companies. These are the 2048MB GDDR versions of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 by other manufacturers.

New Video Card Before Diablo III?

Some fans might have in mind a thought lurking back and forth these past weeks: To get a new video card, or not.

At this point, it’s a personal choice. Blizzard Entertainment supports a wide-range of low, mid and high-end graphic cards.

According to the Minimum System Requirements, you should have a graphic card ranging:

Mac Computers

  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT
  • ATI Radeon™ HD 2600

PC Computers

  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 GT
  • ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro

This article is partially a “reality-check” call to Diablo III fans.

For Mac users: The GeForce 8600M was released on May 2007 for MacBook Pro. The ATI Radeon™ Mobility HD 2600 was released on May 14, 2007.

For PC users: the GeForce 7800 GT was released on August 11, 2005. The ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro was released on October 17, 2006.

If your video card is in this range, you are pretty much covered. Congratulations!

If this reality-check smacked you on the face, and your computer is not able to run Diablo III, then I’ll show below some current alternatives available.

For PC users, I always recommend EVGA video cards. They have a 24/7 Technical Support, 3-year Warranty, a great forum community for questions — and of course, these video cards support DirectX 11, and PhysX ready.

One solid question fans who haven’t ever bought a video card might have is whether “X” new video card is compatible with their current motherboard’s PCI slot, or if their power supply can handle it.

The latest NVIDIA and AMD RADEON cards require a minimum of PCI-E 2.0 16x and a 400 Watt power supply +12 Volt / 24 Amps. Some models may have different requirements. High-End cards (expensive ones) might require motherboards with PCI-E 3.0.

When the retail/online stores don’t have this type of info, it’s a good idea to visit the manufacturer’s website to look at the specification page (usually available as a PDF download).

Latest EVGA NVIDIA GeForce Cards

DirectX 11 supported graphic cards (released: 2011-2012)

Model Core Clock Memory Memory Bit Effective Memory Shader Clock Price
EVGA GeForce GT 520 810 MHz 1024 MB 64-bit 1400 MHz 1620 MHz $54.74
EVGA GeForce GT 440 810 MHz 1024 MB 128-bit 1600 MHz 1620 MHz $79.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 951 MHz 2048 MB 192-bit 4356 MHz 1903 MHz $169.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Superclocked 850 MHz 1024 MB 256-bit 4104 MHz 1700 MHz $189.98
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked 900 MHz 1024 MB 256-bit 4212 MHz 1800 MHz $249.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked 797 MHz 1280 MB 320-bit 3900 MHz 1594 MHz $314.99
eVGA GeForce GTX 580 SuperClocked 772 MHz 1536 MB 384-bit 4008 MHz 1544 MHz $429.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 1006 MHz 2048 MB 256-bit 6008 MHz $689.99
EVGA GeForce GTX680 SuperClocked 1058 MHz 2048 MB 256-bit 6208 MHz $659.98

Latest AMD RADEON Graphic Cards

DirectX 11 supported graphic cards (released: 2011-2012)

Model Core Clock RAM Memory Bit Memory Clock Price
XFX Radeon HD 6450 625 MHz 2GB 64-bit 800 MHz $57.99
XFX ATI Radeon HD6670 800 MHz 1GB 128-bit 1600 MHz $71.60
XFX Double D HD 7770 1000 MHz 1GB DDR5 128-bit 4.5 GHz $169.99
ASUS HD 7850 870 MHz 2GB 256-bit 4840 MHz $260.82
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 1.0 GHz 2 GB 256-bit 4.8 GHz $359.99
XFX HD 7970 Black Edition 1000 MHz 1024 MB 384-bit 5.7 GHz $539.99

Do you have a tip or suggestion for other fans searching for a new graphic card? Let us know in the comments. Your feedback is always welcome.

Cleaning Up Your Computer Before Diablo III

Many players have a computer system that may play Diablo III with no problems considering the wide range of configurations Blizzard Entertainment usually develops games for.

It doesn’t matter if you have a l33t computer, or an older system. All of these computer systems have a common enemy. An enemy more dangerous and unmerciful than Diablo, Mephisto or Baal. That enemy is [you].

That sounds harsh, but be honest. How often do you clean up your computer? This past year, I have cleaned my computer about three times. I have come to the conclusion that I need to clean it up more often than that. Once or twice a month shouldn’t hurt too much.

There is one factor that makes people decline to clean their computers. Which of these examples fits you?

  • Not everyone has a car to take the computer to a gas station to use the air blower.
  • I don’t have a car, and I’m lazy to order an air can online, or going to Radio Shack or other store to buy it.
  • Those darn air cans are too expensive.
  • I don’t have a vacuum cleaner
  • I have a vacuum cleaner, but I’m too busy and lazy.
  • I always forget.

I’m sure there are many other excuses or constraints that prevent players to clean their computer as often as they should. I’ll be nice and think these few are among the best reasons.

In my case, well, going to Best Buy or Radio Shack to buy an expensive air can ain’t too fun, and usually they don’t have enough pressure or last long enough to clean the entire computer parts.

Air cans can also give you a frostbite if not used properly.

You’d be surprised how much dust your computer might have right about now. Go ahead. Open the computer case and check it out. The computer case’s fans — those which bring air into its interior and the one that expels it out of your computer — do they have a thick crust of dust? Likely even your own hair or your pet’s hair. Everyone drops hair one way or the other throughout the month. This hair eventually lands on your floor, and it’s slowly pulled by the computer’s fans. When this hair accumulates on the outer-filters, or the grills, dust tends to clog there and prevent air from going in or out of the computer case efficiently.

This in turn makes the interior of your computer to build up internal heat that’s no longer dissipated.

Take a look at your CPU’s cooler sink and its fan. Are they full of dust and dirt lint? Some of it is also your hair — believe it or not. Check your graphic card. Do you see a crust of dust? Remove the graphic card from the PCI slot. What do you see in the graphic card’s fan? Yup, here’s the source of your video games losing FPS (frames-per-second), or graphic lag, Nvidia / ATI driver crashes, etc. etc.

A few days ago, I experienced some of those symptoms. I opened my computer case, and noticed an unusual amount of dust on the video card. The CPU fan, and the 120mm fans pulling and expelling air were also covered with hair and dust intermingled.

Using napkins to clean up is simply useless, and time consuming, and just silly. Air cans — I’m sorry, these are a waste of time and money. Air compressors can cost over $200, take a lot of space and do a lot of noise.

Pressurized air cans (known as disposable cleaning air dusters) sometimes come in packs of two or three 10-ounce cans. They range $13.59 – $19.99. Once the cans are empty, you need to replace them and need to spend more money. It’s better to invest in something more useful and lasting.

Update: A computer-savvy fan suggested to use the Metro Vacuum ED500 Electric Duster for cleaning. This cleans the computer case, the CPU cooler sink, the 120mm fans, and the graphic card in no time and thoroughly.

After cleaning the computer, I loaded EVGA Precision and the EVGA E-LEET Tuning Tool to monitor my CPU and the graphic card’s temperature.

The Intel Core i7-920 CPU was fluctuating between 83-86 degrees before cleaning the computer. After cleaning the computer you can see in the screenshot below the temperature is now 53 degrees. I’m not sure I’m comfortable with the temperature of each individual core, but overall 53 sounds good.

My EVGA NVIDIA GeForce 285 GTX Superclocked was a pancake-griddle, literally. The EVGA Precision tool was reflecting over 60-70 degrees before cleaning the computer. Now as the screenshot below shows, it’s sitting at a nice 44 degrees.

I only have a CPU cooler sink I installed a few years ago, but no VGA cooler. I’ll experiment with that soon.

For now that’s pretty good to keep a healthy computer temperature to play Diablo III, or other CPU / GPU intensive video games without worry about cooking an omelet on your graphic card.

I’ll later share some cooling solutions for graphic cards and CPUs to lower the temperatures beyond what your stock CPU cooler sink and GPU fan do. Clean your computer often. If you experience driver crashes often, that’s a sign you need to. Don’t wait until that happens.

Sanctuary needs you to slay demons.

Note: Edited the product used to clean my computer, and added the Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac suggested by a fan in our comments section. It’s a more appropriate tool to use. Here’s a video showing you the power of this blower.

Tips: You won’t want all this dust floating around indoors. Always clean the computer while outdoors and wearing a mask to cover your mouth and nose. Take a shower and change cloths afterwards. The cloths are contaminated with dust that might end up on your bed or sofa. In the comments, Marco Donghi suggests to hold the 120mm case fans, and the graphic card and CPU cooler sink’s fans before and while cleaning them to prevent them going backwards and causing damage to the rotator’s mechanical parts.