In today's news roundup:

  • Reviews of NVIDIA's latest graphics card, the GeForce GTX590, have started surfacing in cyberspace;
  • The GTX590 gets compared against AMD's Radeon HD 6990;
  • Chrome 11 will reportedly come with a new speech-to-text feature;
  • Bertrand Serlet, the guy who led the development of Mac OS X since the beginning, is leaving Apple;
  • Our sister site SGCafe has published a report on the official announcement of Asiasoft's new 3D MMORPG known as AIKA SEA, and
  • Capcom has confirmed that Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil Code: Veronica X will be released as downloadable titles in Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network.

Hardware news

Patriot G2 PC3-12800 Review @ XSReviews.co.uk
Description: Today we’re looking at some DDR3 memory from Patriot. An offering from their Gamer series, the G2 enhanced latency kit is aimed towards gamers seeking the best performance at the best price. Let’s take a closer look and find out if it’s as good as they say it is.

EVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified Dual Graphics DirectX 11 Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: The EVGA GTX 590 Classified video card consists of two GF110 GPUs on a single PCB. The EVGA GTX 590 Classified has 3,072MB of GDDR5 memory on a 768-bit memory interface equipped with 1,024 CUDA cores. Clocked higher than the stock GTX 590, the EVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified edition carries a core clock of 630 MHz and a memory clock of 3456 MHz. Despite the muscle, the EVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified runs silently with a single low RPM fan actively cooling a pair of advanced vapor chamber heatsinks and only measures eleven inches in length. For enthusiasts who want maximum performance in ultra high resolutions including 2560 x 1600 with up to 64x AA, the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Classified’s power is hard to ignore.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 Gemini Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: With 512 CUDA cores each, two independent NVIDIA GF110 GPUs join to deliver 1024 total cores of graphical processing power. There are six 64-bit memory controllers that offer 384-bit combined bandwidth per GPU, and feed 3GB of combined GDDR5 video frame buffer. All of this is said to deliver comparable performance to the Radeon HD 6990, which is good for gamers, but it does so while using less power and emitting less noise. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the GeForce GTX 590 against the AMD Radeon HD 6990 and an entire market of top-end desktop graphics solutions.

ASUS GeForce GTX 590 3GB review
Description: Just below that is an innocent looking GeForce logo, and while at first it seems a fairly standard decal, to our surprise when first powering the card we were greeted with a sleek illuminated GeForce logo. This is also used to indicate any issues with the power connections. This illuminated logo was something that was photographed last year before the GTX 580 launch, and while the card displayed was uncertain, and speculated to be the GTX 580, it didn't ship with such a decal. So we love that this distinctive feature was finally included in a production card.

GeForce GTX 590 vs Radeon HD 6990: You Want The Best? @ InsideHW
Description: Every time that a new series of graphics cards is presented, it’s merely a matter of time before multi-GPU solutions are presented to be the cream of the crop of the current product gamma. These models don’t stay on the market for long, nor do they shift sizeable amounts of units sold, obviously, having in mind their outrageous price. Besides, the power efficiency of these models isn’t exactly something to be envied on, while the ludicrous dimensions and heating is also something to account for; besides the environmental threat they pose, these cards have to be provided with a large enclosure as well. So, why even bother to make them, one may ask…

Zalman CNPS11X Extreme CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
Description: Zalman really has it going on with the new 11X Extreme. The five composite heatpipes and the innovative design allow its fan to provide some excellent cooling with very reasonable acoustics. Really, the only complaint I have about the 11X is the mounting solutions. While the cooler is very secure with this mounting scheme, I miss the ease with which most previous Zalman coolers could be installed, even inside the case.

ASUS EAH 6990 Review @ ocaholic
Description: With the EAH 6990, ASUS presents its first AMD Radeon HD 6900 series graphics card featuring two GPUs. The successor of the already very powerful Radeon HD 5970 lets us all hope for another superb graphics card with excellent performance because it's a fully functionnal dual Cayman XT (aka Radeon HD 6970) with high clock speeds. We expect really good DX11 performance and we're going to show you if the Radeon HD 6990 performs as well as an HD 6970 CrossFire setup.

Antec Nine Hundred Two v3 Review – XSReviews.co.uk
Description: Continuing our spate of Antec case revamp reviews, today we have the baby of the bunch, the Nine Hundred two v3. Sure it’s a few hundred Antec numbers below the Twelve Hundred we reviewed recently, but it’s a lot more than the P193 right? In numbers anyway. Still, featuring a new SSD slot, and a USB 3.0 port, what could go wrong?


Consumer Electronics and Software news

Chameleon X-1 gaming mouse / gamepad review: greater than the sum of its parts
Description: Manufactured by Hong Kong-based company Shogun Bros, the Chamleon X-1 may be the most innovative gaming mouse to ever grace a desktop or laptop bag. The Chameleon X-1 gaming mouse pulls triple-duty as a wireless gaming mouse, a wireless gamepad, and a media remote — and it actually handles each of those tasks pretty well.

Seagate GoFlex 1TB External Drive for Mac Review @ Bigbruin.com
Description: Once again, we are quite pleased with the overall performance of a Seagate GoFlex product. Seagate is clearly hoping the GoFlex for Mac will fill one of the only real voids left in the GoFlex lineup, and at the same time provide a product targeted directly at Mac users. While their other products do work with OS X out of the box, the others are not optimized for the Mac platform.

The Father of Mac OS X Is Leaving Apple
Description: Bertrand Serlet, the guy who led the development of Mac OS X since the beginning, is leaving Apple. He was one of the heavyweights and a legendary figure at the company, even while he wasn't well known by the general public. But why is he leaving?

Chrome 11 Beta Brings Voice-to-Text Capabilities
Description: Google has pushed Chrome 11 to the beta channel, bringing a couple of improvements, including the browser’s ability to transcribe voice to text.

Windows Phone 7 Update schedule arrives: stinks for AT&T users
Description: In a bid to penetrate the fog surrounding Windows Phone 7's updates, Microsoft has published a table to let users know where their network operator stands and get a feel for when they might actually get the update. For most, it looks like the update is out of testing and will be scheduled for release soon. Not so with AT&T, however.

Hercules XPS Diamond 2.0 USB Speakers
Description: Can a speaker be a girl’s best friend? We suppose so, if the speaker is made out of diamonds. Well, theoretically speaking, it is going to be an extremely expensive pair of speakers if this were to be true – but perhaps something like the Hercules XPS Diamond 2.0 USB Speakers might make do as a replacement.

MSI brings Fusion-based AE2050 AIO, CR650 notebook to US
Description: MSI brought two of its earliest PCs using AMD's Fusion technology to the US on Thursday. The Wind Top AE2050 headlines the group by putting AMD's 1.6GHz E-350 into a 20-inch, multi-touch all-in one. Moving to the chip cuts power use by as much as 74 percent over a typical desktop but still gives it proper 1080p playback and otherwise modern Radeon HD 6310 graphics.


Gaming news

Asiasoft Announces AIKA SEA, Prepares For Closed and Open Beta
Description: Asiasoft shows us a preview of AIKA SEA, a localised version of AIKA Online – a 3D MMORPG that focuses on the Player vs. Player (PvP) in the enchanting land of Arcan. Developed by JoyImpact, a studio under HanbitSoft, the South-east Asia version will be opening up for Closed Beta on March 31 and Open Beta on April 12.

Nintendo 3DS Available In Singapore On March 28, Midnight Launch on March 27
Description: Waiting patiently for Nintendo’s 3DS to be officially available in Singapore ? Your wait is over, well at least till next week. The latest portable gaming console from Nintendo will be available on retail beginning March 28 at a retail price of S$399. A midnight launch event be held in Funan Challenger store on March 27.

Resident Evil 4 HD Hitting PSN and Xbox Live, Resident Evil Code: Veronica X also coming.
Description: Capcom said today it will release Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil Code: Veronica X as downloadable titles on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network this Fall.