Today the world of the internet brings you various happenings within the personal computing industry.  Some of the stories include: the fanless PSU, a rundown on the new GeForce 690, the latest Ubuntu distro, Binary Domain performance analysis, and a spectacular trailer from the upcoming indie title, Reset.

PC Hardware/Software

SilverStone Nightjar 500W Fanless Power Supply Review – PC Perspective

The SilverStone Nightjar ST50NF 500W Fanless power supply delivered excellent voltage regulation and dead silent operation.

GeForce GTX 690 Rundown – HARDOCP

It has been a little while since I got a weak in the knees for a piece of hardware, but that feeling is back with the GTX 690. I am almost getting that Voodoo II 12MB SLI feeling again! If you are one of “those guys,” you are going to want a GeForce GTX 690.

Ubuntu Precise Pangolin Pads Into Production – Linux.com

Summary for the impatient: Both desktop and server Precise Pangolin are supported for five years, rather than just three years on the desktop. Ubuntu Server gets new “big data” technologies. More interoperability support with VMware, Citrix and Microsoft Remote Desktop. More certified hardware and software. More ARM support. Not much drama, but incremental improvements and continued wooing of the enterprise, from small business to vast empires. And more evolution of consumer retail products.

The Open-Source Linux Graphics Card Showdown – Phoronix

This is a full showdown of the Core i7 3770K graphics compared to several discrete NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards when they’re using their respective open-source Gallium3D drivers. What graphics hardware is best if you want to use an open-source GPU driver?

Inside the Magnavox Odyssey2 – Hardware Secrets

The Magnavox Odyssey2, which was released as Philips Videopac G7000 in Europe and as Philips Odyssey in Brazil, was a video game console released in 1978 in the United States. (Magnavox, an American company, was owned by the Dutch giant, Philips.) For the debut of our new “Museum” section, we will dissect this video game console and explain, in-depth, how it worked.

PC Gaming

Binary Domain – PC Performance Analysis – DSOGaming

Binary Domain was well received on consoles, and we were delighted to hear that this squad-based shooter would be coming to our beloved platform. And to be honest, we were expecting more than a shoddy port. Sure, we didn’t expect to see higher-resolution textures or extra PC features but this is a really bad and poor port. Okay, we’ve seen worse ports than this but let’s face; this is a port that screams ‘consolitus’ and we know that some of you hate this word, but that’s the truth.

SWTOR Interview With Daniel Erickson – Rock Paper Shotgun

“We definitely learned a lot of cautionary lessons [from World of Warcraft] about what to watch out for and protect against if you let your players loose with a contagion. We had a pretty good idea players would spread it no matter how hard we tried to stop them, so instead we encouraged it with rewards and quests and then ran every possible scenario we could think of to make sure it didn’t create any unintended consequences.”

Diablo III Global Play FAQ – Blizzard

With Battle.net®’s Global Play functionality, you’ll have access to Diablo® III game servers in regions outside your own, making it easy to play with your friends in other parts of the world.

Reset Debut Trailer – Official YouTube

The debut trailer for our first game Reset. Everything you see in the trailer is straight from the in-game engine, no up-ressed textures, geometry or effects.

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