Items tagged with D3

At Gamescon 2013 in Germany, Blizzard Entertainment unveiled the next chapter in Diablo 3, dubbed Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. The expansion picks up where the original game left off, in what should have been a time of peace and prosperity. The Black Soulstone is safe, the Prime Evils and the Lords of Hell are contained for the first time in millenia. Everything should be great -- right? Well, no, not so much. The game's opening trailer (embedded below) explains that when Tyrael attempted to secure the Soulstone in a secret location, Malthael, the onetime Angel of Wisdom and the current Angel of... Read more...
Bethesda Softworks, designers and distributors of normally excellent titles, are bringing out a "new" version of Doom 3, Doom 3: BFG. The new package includes "remastered" graphics (more on that gem in a moment), the Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil add-on, seven new levels thrillingly titled "The Lost Mission" and support for 3D, 5.1 surround, a checkpoint save system, some improved lighting, and the first official implementation of the Duct Tape mod, which allowed you to simultaneously see the game and shoot things. You also get Doom and Doom 2. Be still my heart. If you're one of the six people... Read more...
Diablo III isn't just a game -- it's a sequel, a social service, and a financial experiment all wrapped up in one. We've discussed the game's structure and balance in our extensive preview as well as its security problems earlier this week. The third part of the game -- the Real (Money) Auction House, or RAH -- won't debut until May 29 at the earliest and therefore won't be covered here.  Diablo III will likely go down as one of the most polarizing games of 2012. What follows is a detailed examination of the game's best attributes and a frank discussion of its failures. Diablo III: Graphics,... Read more...
Nikon announced the new FX-format D3S DSLR today. This new professional-grade camera inherits many of the quality and speed performance features from the D3. The D3S provides photographers with shutter speed and aperture freedom thanks to a base ISO sensitivity range from ISO 200 to 12,800. Expanded ISO equivalent settings up to 102,400 and a setting of ISO equivalent 100 are also available. For the first time in a Nikon FX-format flagship camera, the D3S incorporates Nikon's HD-quality D-Movie function. The D3S' broad ISO range can be used while recording HD video clips. The D3s can capture... Read more...
On Thursday Webkit, the open source browser engine that is notably used in both Safari and Chrome, announced that it is the first browser engine to fully pass the Web Standards Project (WaSP) Acid3 test. In late March Webkit announced it had achieved "most" of the Acid3 test, with the only missing issue the fact that part of the Acid3 test is that the animation during the test must be "smooth." That same month, another engine, Presto, achieved the 100/100 rendering below, but it still has not achieved "smooth" animation. As you can see in the results dialog which you receive by clicking on the... Read more...
The Core 2 Duo release has raised many eye brows as of late. HTPC users are also excited with Intel finally releasing fast and cool running chips that would work well in a Small Form Factor case. The problem with the new Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors is existing Socket T (LGA775) compatible motherboards are not compatible with the new processors due to different voltage requirements. This means the existing 945G Express based Shuttle SD31P is incompatible with new Core 2 processors. However in time for Intel's recent processor launch Shuttle has a brand new toaster-sized small form... Read more...
Good evening all! Marco here to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of Shuttle's new VIIV compliant SD36G5M XPC small form factor system. The SD36G5M may be based on the familiar G5 chassis, but Shuttle has incorporated a few new features into this system that are sure to pique your interest. Click here to check it out...  ... Read more...
  When we look at the Small Form Factor platform's relative size and shape, it is easy to see why these systems are becoming extremely popular as dedicated living room or home theater PC's. With the gradual adoption of Media Center PC's in the home, Shuttle is now trying harder than ever to ensure that those systems are small yet robust SFF systems. With the release of the new SD36G5M, Shuttle has brought to market a potent system which supports Windows Media Center and conforms to Intel's VIIV platform. Although packaged in the familiar "G" style chassis, the... Read more...
There are only a select few PC enthusiasts who like to show off their hardware more than gamers do. With all the questing, spying, and fragging going on, they still find the time to appreciate the machine that grants them such pleasure. As you know though, these days, any old box just won't do. No; something a little flashier than the mundane is needed, especially if you're headed to a big LAN Party. While we've reviewed some great cases over the years here at HotHardware, producing a case that receives a gamer's approval has it's own set of special requirements.... Read more...
Dave from Beyond3D just sent word that he's posted an article detailing the video quality improvements and performance of ATI's recent driver updates for the X1000 series. Just by experimenting with HQV and a number of HD videos, the improvements are obvious. ATI is back on the ball. "Although ATI, over recent years, have adopted a monthly official driver release schedule, at the end of 2005 ATI released an extra set of drivers, Catalyst 5.13, specifically with updates for Avivo on the X1000 series of graphics boards. These drivers were specifically... Read more...
Shuttle XPC SD31P SFF system review @ Xtreme Resources: "After the release of new CPUs and technologies, every company had to evolve their products and refresh their line-up. Shuttle was no exception too, although perhaps they had the hardest of time making the move, since they had to fit every new technology (ranging from Dual Core CPU support to SATA-II support) into a tiny box. So the masterful engineers of Shuttle designed the SD31P; an XPC claiming to be a pocket-size supercomputer, versatile and powerful enough to fit any house and office. Since Shuttle was nice enough to provide us... Read more...
When we last checked in with Shuttle back in April, we took a look at their current entry for the Intel platform, which was based on the latest chipset at the time, the i925XE.  Our introduction for that piece went something along the lines of how the SFF market typically lags behind the full-sized board market, but how Shuttle was right on the cutting edge.  Well, it's been no more than 12 weeks since we wrote that article, and Shuttle is right back in the mix with the SD31P.  The SD31P utilizes the "P" chassis, so visually speaking it should look the same on the outside... Read more...