Dark Souls 3 Trailer Reminds Us Why We Love Fantasy Games

Fantasy games are some of my favourite games. Being faced with unknown powers and abilities lets you use your imagination as you conquer dragons, dungeons and even gods. The Dark soul games are one such series that want’s you to feel everything about fantasy, and the latest Dark Souls 3 trailer reminds us just why we love fantasy games.

Starting with a selection of lore, reminding you about how the world came to be you are quickly thrown into a series of clips outlying that this isn’t your everyday happy green fantasy world. In the world of Dark Souls, darkness and fire are what rule the world, something you’ll constantly be fighting to survive against.

With a whole different level of graphics and characters and creatures that look like something out of a fantasy film, how long will you last when you face the inevitable creatures that seek to end your life?

With hordes of skeletons, dragon-like creatures, skeleton knights and giant worms after you, it will take everything you have to survive as the trailer reminds you that you walk among the accursed.

Set for release on April 12th, fans everywhere will be looking to grab the next game in the Dark Souls trilogy and after that trailer, we can’t blame them.

Vantablack – The New Blackest Material Ever!

A few years ago, Surrey NanoSystems revealed they had created a carbon nanotube-based material capable of reflecting only 0.035% of light, making it the blackest material ever made. Now, Vantablack is back and darker than ever, this new version of Vantablack is so absorbent that no-one knows how much light gets absorbed because Surrey’s spectrometer’s can’t measure it!

While it may be called Vantablack, it is not really black, or even any colour at all, instead it is a complete absence of colour due to the material absorbing all light that hits it. Created using a ‘forest’ of carbon nanotubes, the light, is reflected into the cavities in the tubes and converted into heat, instead of being reflected back. The result is stunning, especially when shown side-by-side with other materials.

In a demonstration video released by Surrey NanoSystems, they demonstrate the new Vantablack’s light absorbing properties using a laser pointer shone at it. As the pointer passes from the surrounding material onto the sample, the light completely disappears. Another video from Surrey shows Vantablack facing off against other dark materials, black paint and the best black available for space applications, with the winner being clear.

The real-world uses for such a material are countless, especially for military and space applications where it could coat stealth craft, especially if it also contains radar-absorbant properties too. Unfortunately, if you want to use it for art, you’re out of luck, with Anish Kapoor currently holding exclusive rights from Surrey Nanosystems for usage of the material in art.

be quiet! Dark Rock TF CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Today is a fantastic day, as we’ve got the latest and hopefully one of the greatest be quiet! CPU coolers on the eTeknix test bench. I am of course talking about the new Dark Rock TF (top flow) CPU cooler and if our previous reviews of be quiet! products is anything to go by, we should be in for a real treat today.

“One of the hardest things to do in a compact PC is quietly cool a high-performance CPU even in extreme overclocking conditions. The top-flow cooler Dark Rock TF with be quiet!’s famous silent technology offers a perfect solution to this challenge.” – be quiet!

be quiet! as the name would suggest, as focused on ultra-quiet components, whilst still offering high-end cooling performance, exceptional build quality and sleek aesthetics; pretty much everything you could ever want from a PC component. The new Dark Rock TF looks set to continue the trend, with the addition of their new 135mm Silent Wings 3 fans, dual heat sinks, six heat pipes with aluminium caps and a whole lot more.

  • Extremely high 220W TDP cooling performance
  • Dual dark nickel-plated heat sinks with anti-vibration rubber inserts
  • Six high-performance 6mm heat-pipes with aluminum caps
  • Two virtually inaudible SilentWings® 135mm PWM fans (max. 26.7dB(A))
  • Fans equipped with durable fluid-dynamic bearing and smooth 6-pole motor
  • Space-saving single fan assembly also supported
  • Brushed aluminum covers
  • Compatible with all current Intel® and AMD sockets
  • 3-years manufacturer’s warranty
  • Product conception, design and quality control in Germany

“Dark Rock TF offers the best performance-to-noise ratio for compact PC systems. It strikes the perfect balance between cooling and serenity with absolutely no compromise in silence and performance.” – be quiet!

The packaging is really nicely designed and keeps in theme with other products in the be quiet! range.

All major specifications and details are on the box, handy for checking compatibility if you’re looking at this cooler in a retail store.

Exceptional efficiency has been used with packaging the cooler, not space is wasted and there are protective folds and boxes placed to ensure it stays in one piece until it’s ready to be used.

The cooler is packed is thick foam blocks to keep it free from damage.

Whilst the component box is snug between the tower coolers to help prevent them from bending.

In the component box, you’ll find a durable metal backplate, which has two foam strips pre-applied to prevent motherboard damage. You’ll also find all the fitting screws and plates needed for all major socket types, fan clips, thermal paste, a fan cable splitter and the instruction booklet.

The Silent Wings 3 fans are 135mm and come fitted with 4-pin PWM connectors.

Each fan is fitted with their new 6-pole motor, fluid-dynamic bearings, has a max speed of 1400rpm and be quiet! say that it’ll only hit 20.8 dBa at max speed!

First impressions of the cooler as very good indeed, this thing looks absolutely stunning and you can tell they’ve put a lot of thought into the design of every little detail. The cooler has six 6mm high-performance heat pipes which start pass through the bottom mounting plate, then up and through the larger heat sink.

Here you can better see the dual heat sink design, with space on the top for one fan and one more between the heat sinks. Dual fans will make this cooler pretty tall, but be quiet! say you could only install the interior fan if you needed to save space.

Each side of the lower section has the be quiet! logo on the side, a nice little touch and I think it looks pretty cool.

Here you can see that four of the six heat pipes pass through to the lower heat sink for additional cooling while the remaining two heat pipes end just after the CPU mounting block. The top of the large heat sink has been treated with a brushed aluminium panel and heat pipe caps, further adding to the premium look of the cooler.

The fans are mounted directly onto the larger heat sink and to help reduce unwanted vibration and noise, there are two rubber strips mounted down each side.

The mounting plate is polished to a mirror-like shine and it’s big enough to provide a good level of contact on a wide range of CPUs.

The mixture of aluminium and dark nickel-plated construction looks great and without a doubt, this is one of the nicest looking coolers I’ve ever seen.

Meet the Electric Nissan Leaf that Glows in the Dark

See that up there. That’s not computer generated imagery. That’s the real deal. While we know that you can have glow in the dark paint jobs on cars these days, we’ve never seen one quite like that. The sad thing though, you can’t buy it.

Nissan has produced a car that uses a very special glowing paint quite unlike those less-effective ones you may have seen before. This clever paint goes by the name of Starpath and will apparently last 25 years before losing its glowing ability.

While it would be great for on-the-road visibility, unfortunately this car is a one-off promotional vehicle, so you can’t buy one. However, you can see it in action in the video bellow.

Source: The Verge

Stealth Action Game “DARK” Out Now, New Trailer Released

DARK, the vampire-themed take on the stealth-action genre from Kalypso Media is out now across UK and Export retail stores for Xbox 360 and PC. The PC version is also available for purchase and download via Steam and other digital distribution channels. To celebrate the launch, Kalypso Media is taking fans deeper into the world of DARK with an action-filled new launch trailer and a graphic novel style backgrounder fact sheet.

DARK is a stealth action game with RPG elements that lets you slip into the role of the ultimate killer… a vampire. Stalk your enemies from the shadows then use powerful vampire abilities to attack and silently dispose of them! The exciting story of DARK immerses you in a world full of blood and darkness in which the hunter can become the hunted at any time. As you unravel the mystery behind the omnipresent and powerful global conglomerate, Geoforge, you must continually improve your character by developing powerful skills to aid you in remaining unobserved, or silence those unfortunate enough to take too keen an interest in you.

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Thank you DARK for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of DARK Facebook.

Kalypso Announces 3D And Oculus Rift Support For DARK On Windows PC

Kalypso Media have just announced that their upcoming vampire stealth-action game, DARK, will feature support for both 3D via supported televisions, and through conventional Anaglyph (red/blue glasses) 3D. Even more exciting is that DARK will support the upcoming Oculus Rift virtual-reality head-mounted display on Windows PC. For those gamers without a 3D TV or Oculus headset, you can still enjoy DARK in 3D by simply using the classic stereoscopic (red/blue) 3D lenses on a standard monitor! With these additional visual support options for DARK, you will be able to hunt your enemies and unleash stunning vampire powers in magnificent 3D and virtual reality!

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DARK is a stealth action game with RPG elements that lets you slip into the role of the ultimate killer… a vampire. Stalk your enemies from the shadows then use powerful vampire abilities to attack and silently dispose of them! The exciting story of DARK immerses you in a world full of blood and darkness in which the hunter can become the hunted at any time. As you unravel the mystery behind the omnipresent and powerful global conglomerate, Geoforge, you must continually improve your character by developing powerful skills to aid you in remaining unobserved, or silence those unfortunate enough to take too keen an interest in you.

Thank you DARK for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of DARK.

BeQuiet Product Updates At CeBIT 2013

We have a sit down with Aaron from BeQuiet to see what’s new in their product lineup. Three new items are on show this time round with a non-modular PSU, entry level fan and new heatsink.

Following the trend that was set last year, we can only sit and have a beer with Aaron during the busy day as he takes us through the new items that are on show in the Planet Reseller at CeBIT.

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