Radeon HD 5970 dual-GPU launches Nov. 18th

ATI / AMD has finalized the Radeon HD 5970 spec. First and foremost, the card is scheduled to launch on the 18th, or this coming Wednesday and it will without a doubt be the fastest card for this Christmas.

It has two RV870 GPUs clocked at 725MHz, which is some 125MHz less than on the single GPU Radeon HD 5870, but both chips have kept 1600 shaders. This means that Radeon HD 5970 has 3200 shaders and comes with 2GB GDDR5 memory.

Maximum Board Power is 294W and the total GPU compute performance for the card is 4.64 TFLOPs.

PC version of COD MW2 has hacks

So much for IWNet curbing cheating. One of the main excuses that developer Infinity Ward used to explain the lack of dedicated server support for the PC release of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 was that it would be able to curb the hacks and cheating with the new system. It would appear that although it was only released a couple of days ago, the first batch of hacks and cheats are already hitting the PC version of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.

Microsoft pulls the plug on a million Xbox Live users

Microsoft has banned more than a million players from its 20 million-strong Xbox Live gaming service. The move, which effects one in every 20 Windows Live users, comes about because Redmond is convinced the users have modified their consoles to play games illegally downloaded from file-sharing sites. In a statement Microsoft said that all consumers should know that piracy is illegal and that modifying their Xbox 360 console to play pirated discs violates the Xbox Live terms of use.

No bugs in Windows 7

While other operating systems in Microsoft's stable were given security patches yesterday there was one important one that was considered still fine to run. Most people expected a few things to be found wrong with the newly released Windows 7, however there were no patches for the operating system.

Steam users lose out on Modern Warfare 2

Those people who pre-ordered a copy of Modern Warfare 2 through Steam, will be miffed that they will have to wait a few days.

Yep while the game hit the shops unofficially several days ago, Steam which should have been able to release it straight away still hasn't. Valve has delayed the availability of the online-bought Steam version until tomorrow despite the fact that the retail versions available yesterday.

HIS working on new Radeon HD 5750

HIS has revealed its new custom designed Radeon HD 5750 card that will feature stock clocks and Arctic Cooling's L2 Pro dual slot cooler previously seen on some HD 4850 cards like the recently tested Mushkin, or Sapphire's HD 4670.

The new HIS HD 5750 iCooler IV features a non-reference blue PCB, 720 stream processors and stock core and memory clocks of 700 for the GPU and 4600MHz for 1GB of GDDR5 memory.

Denser battery to be built

Arizona State University's spin off outfit Fluidic Energy plans to build a new battery with an energy density 11 times greater than that of lithium-ion batteries for just one-third the cost.

Fluidic Energy uses ionic liquids as its electrolyte, which could help it overcome some significant problems faced by previous metal-air batteries. Currently metal-air batteries have usually used water-based electrolytes, but due to water evaporation, the batteries tended to fail prematurely.

Windows 7 outsells Vista by 234% in the US

While any user who's had "the pleasure" of running Vista knows this from personal experience, NPD's statistics now shed some light on just how bad the market needed Windows 7.

The NPD Group reports the initial Windows 7 (boxed) sales figures have exceeded those of Vista by impressive 234 percent in the US. Revenue growth on the other hand wasn't that great, although 82 percent better than Vista is still nice. Such revenue is reportedly a result of pre-order discounts and a "lack of promotional activity" for the Ultimate version.

Futuremark developing 3DMark DirectX 11 version

Over the past twelve and a half years, Futuremark Corporation has undoubtedly proven itself a premium provider of benchmarking solutions for high-performance and extreme performance systems, not only targeting the demands of enthusiast communities like XtremeSystems, but also serving the demands of system builders, OEMs, professionals, and the republic of gamers worldwide.

Nvidia to launch new switchable graphics

Nvidia is currently working on a next-generation switchable graphics solution which was confirmed a while ago by Nvidia's top management. Nvidia admits that its first implementation of switchable graphics was not the nicest and neatest solution (Hybrid-SLI), but promises that its next-generation works really well and that it will give the company many design wins.

Several big Nvidia supporters such as ASUS, Acer, Dell and many others have asked Intel to get Nvidia 40nm chips inside of its designs. Thus far, we were told to expect many Calpella platform designs to have Nvidia graphics.

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