Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cooler Master Notepal X3 Vs Thermaltake Massive 23 LX Cooling Pads Comparison

It has been quite a heated debate regarding which cooling pad to buy this summer, which can actually take care of your overheating Laptop. We've been testing a lot of cooling pads up till now and we have shortlisted two cooling pads that not only performs well but also doesn't costs you an arm and a leg!

As you've already read from the title, the two monster cooling pads we'll be comparing are Cooler Master's Notepal X3 and Thermaltake's Massive 23 LX cooling pads. Before we present to you the results, let's take a look at the specifications of both cooling machines.

Cooler Master Notepal X3:-

  •  Mesh surface that enables the proper amount of airflow to cool down your notebook when you most need it.
  • Controllable High speed 200 mm fan with a blue LED and a hands cooler to provides a gentle breeze.
  • Works with most laptops from 15 to 17 inches
  • 2 height settings give you the right level of play so you can have it set at your ideal angle.

Thermaltake Massive 23 LX:-

  • A massive controllable 230mm fan, that is effectively quiet as possible and has an attractive blue LED.
  • Low power consumption uses a USB connection from your laptop to make it function.
  • Suitable for any laptop that’s from 10 to 17 inches.
  • Built in storage compartment comes in handy for carrying extra cables or small objects.

Here are the benchmarks for both the cooling pads on Lenovo T410:-

Further more, we tested these both coolers on Dell's Inspiron 15R SE and found out that CoolerMaster X3 worked quite great as compared with all other tested coolers.

We tested it for 15 minutes while playing Crysis 2 with and without the cooler. The X3 was our top performer, dropping our average notebook temperature from 88 degrees to 84.1 degrees. 
Without a cooler, the Dell Inspiron 15R SE's hottest spots were on the bottom of the notebook, at the upper middle and the lower left as well, both of which measured 94 degrees. With the X3, the upper middle area was only 81 degrees and the lower left 83 degrees. The keyboard temperature decreased slightly, measuring 91 without a cooler and 90 with the X3.
Our favorite feature on the X3 is the front vent, which helped keep our hands cool. This was fantastic when we used a trackpad or typed, as our hands remained cool and dry even as our notebook heated up.

UPDATE: It has been few years now since we have been using the X3 cooler. It turns out that it works great and even has become a necessity for our aging laptop (Dell's Inspiron 15R SE :P) which has experienced dusty vents. ,It proved to be really useful to prevent overheating of the laptop during normal usage!
Keeping in view all the results, Notepal X3 is the clear winner. Despite the fact that Thermaltake Massive 23 LX has a larger fan, it's airflow performance is weak which is why Notepal X3 takes the lead!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Assassins Creed 3 Release Date Declared

Ubisoft has just declared the release date of Assassins Creed 3 set for October 13th 2012, the exact date for PC, XBOX 360 and PS3 are however unclear at his moment but their release dates can be estimated to be around the mentioned date.

With the last release of Assassins Creed Revelations in November 2011, Ubisoft is not even willing to wait even a year to launch another installment in the series which raises the question that will the release date most probably get delayed when the time comes near?.

Apparently not, as the game has been in development since an astounding three years which shows a genuine possibility of the game releasing at the told time as the game has already gone under such a lengthy process of development already.

That's not all!, the Ubisoft's boss Yves Guillemot says that the latest installment in the Assassins Creed franchise would witness "the biggest launch in Ubisoft history", which given the fact that the game has been under development for so long, seems to be true enough.

The details are quite scarce at the moment about the new installment in the Assassin's creed franchise but Ubisoft has promised that the heroes of Assassin's Creed 2, Brotherhood, Revelations will be given rest indicating a brand new protagonist a chance to shine.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Rumor: Next XBOX 720 Will Come With Touch-Screen Remote Controls Like Wii U

Many speculations are being made these days regarding the upcoming gaming consoles in which the latest report by XBOX World Magazine suggests that the upcoming XBOX 720 will be used by state of the art HD Touch-Screen remote controls.

According to the print-only edition of Xbox World Magazine, the touchscreen controller might not only be used just as game controllers but also could be used as an alternative for many things :-

That touchcreen will be second only to Kinect in how you operate your console, 
It could be a remote control when you're watching TV, a browser when you're on the internet, extra buttons and information when you're playing a game or a portable display when you want to take your game with you

The Magazine states that the upcoming XBOX 720 gaming console will be priced at £399. Yup thats a lot but considering feature rich components, this just might would be what it'll take.

Looks like previous rumors regarding "Tablet-like" features might just be shaping up to be a HD Touch screen remote control , what's next ?, only time will tell.

Source :- XBOX World Magazine (print-only Edition}

Monday, February 6, 2012


It's a great new year for gaming as many of the anticipated hot titles that were supposed to come last year shifted to 2012 in-order to avoid clash between the big Franchises, leaving gamers with more relaxed options for choosing their favorite games so they can fully enjoy the game's intense experience.

Just like last year, here is the top 10 list for the most anticipated games for PC platform for the year 2012 :-



Release Date : Q4 2012

Grand Theft Auto V is being devloped by Rockstar North (UK) and will be published by Rockstar Games. First debut trailer was released last year in 2011 and hopefully this game will be released late this year. 

ANTICIPATION FACTOR: Gangsta Style Adventure to be set in Los Santos in the state of San Andreas :). 


The Darkness 2

Release Date : 7 Feb (USA), 10 Feb (Europe, Australia)

The game is being developed by Digital Extremes and will be published by 2K Games. The game's released date has delayed 2 times as it was originally scheduled to release on July 10th 2011 and then got delayed to 4th October 2011.

ANTICIPATION FACTOR : Sequel to the hit title : The Darkness (2007)


Diablo 3

Release Date : Q4 2012

An upcoming Action Role-Playing game being developed by Blizzard which takes place in the dark fantasy world of Diablo, Sanctuary.

ANTICIPATION FACTOR : Third Installment in the Famous Diablo Franchise, uses a custom 3-D engine to bring intense graphics experience loved by all.


Resident Evil 6 (Operation : Racoon City)

Release Date : March 20, 2012 (North America), March 22nd (Australia), April 26th (Japan)

An upcoming Third-Person Shooter video game being developed by Giant Six Games and Capcom.

ANTICIPATION FACTOR : 6th installment in the Resident Evil series set in the same time as in previous Resident Evil series, bringing the same horror jaw dropping experience.



Release Date: 21 Feb 2012 (USA), 24 Feb (Europe, Australia)

An FPS being developed by Starbreeze Studios and will be published by Electronic Arts.

ANTICIPATION FACTOR : Reboot Of The Original Syndicate series released in 1993. Change Of Genre from the original Tactical Shooter to an FPS (First Person Shooter) genre. (Hope we don't get disappointed by a reboot like Duke Nukem Forever).


Max Payne 3

Release Date : 29 May 2012 (USA), 1 June (Europe)

Max Payne 3 is an upcoming third-person shooter which is being developed by Rockstar (Vancouver, New Engalnd, London and Toronto) and will be published by Rockstar Games.

ANTICIPATION FACTOR : Sequel to the previous rocking Max Payne series. Continuation of the story of the broken Max Payne's life in a rich graphics setup.


Ghost Recon Future Soldier

Release Date : May 2012

Ghost Recon Future Soldier is an upcoming Tactical shooter game being developed by Ubisoft and will be also published by Ubisoft. One of the game that got shifted to 2012 instead of the original release date in 2011.

ANTICIPATION FACTOR : Set-up in a new and advanced futuristic warfare, trailers looking very promising. Impressive visuals and new way of combat (cloaks, advanced weaponry etc.)


Kingdoms Of Amalur : Reckoning

Release Date : Feb 7 2012 (North America) and Feb 10 (Europe)

An upcoming Action Role Playing game being developed by 38 Studios and Big Huge Games. Will be published by 38 Studios and EA.

Anticipation Factor : Designed by Lead designer of The Elders Scrolls 3 & 4.


Bioshock 3: Infinite

Release Date : 2012

An upcoming shooter game being developed by irrational games and will be published by 2K games.

ANTICIPATION FACTOR : Third Installment in the one of the most played game, Bioshock. Made from the tailored Unreal Engine 3, bringing impressive visuals and gameplay status.


Mass Effect 3

Release Date : 6th March 2012

An upcoming role playing game being developed by Bioware with its publisher Electronic Arts.

ANTICIPATION FACTOR : This game most undoubtedly everyone's favorite!. It's the third installment in the awesome Mass Effect Series. Sequel to both previous installments (in a sense that previous decisions would matter). New characters, and epic conclusion of Commander Shepard's journey in the Mass Effect series. Final battle with the Reaper. Chance to see Earth in the futuristic age. Impressive Multi-player option in story mode.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Mass Effect 3 New Voice Actors Cast Interview, Female Shepard Actor Also Included Along With New Actors

Mass Effect 3 is just a month away with its demo coming few days later this month and to share this anticipation, the voice actors of Mass Effect 3 sat down and spent a little time discussing the significance of their roles in the most anticipated game of this year.

All of them are the recurring actors from the Mass Effect 2, except three new characters introduced in this title in which there is the all new Female Shepard, James Vega and Diana Allers.

New addition to the cast is something which has always been longed by the Mass Effect fans and Bioware team has finally given those fans what they wanted by introducing new characters like they did in Mass Effect 2.

Judging by the current situation, their doesn't seem to be many new characters as there were in Mass Effect 2 but still new characters might show up in the final version of the game as a surprise.

Following is the video which shows the new voice actors of Mass Effect 3 :-

The cast seems to be much enthusiastic towards the launch of the most anticipated game of 2012 and sure as well are its Fans. It's good to see such actors showing up and making the game more irresistible.

It's story is looking very appealing and voice actors of the Mass Effect series have done their best to provide the ultimate experience one expects.

Incase You Have Missed :-

Mass Effect 3 Demo Release Date Declared
Mass Effect 3 Demo Contains Both Single & Multiplayer Modes

Monday, January 30, 2012

Current-Latest AMD RADEON CATALYST Version Download [28 JAN 2012]

At the moment, the latest version of AMD catalyst for both Desktop and Notebooks is 12.1 [Released: 25 JAN 2012] which is available for download via direct links provided at the end of the post.

The version includes many improvements and fixes which optimizes performance. Following are the improvements and change-log.


AMD HD3D technology support enhancement
  • Enables support for AMD HD3D technology in conjunction with AMD CrossFireX configurations
  • Delivers a new Stereo 3D mode over HDMI 1.4a connections - 1080p at 30Hz is now enabled on supported displays
 AMD Catalyst™ Control Center / Vision Engine Control Center enhancements – Application Profiles
  • AMD Catalyst™ 12.1 Preview driver enables users to create per application profiles to individually control 3D and CrossFireX settings for Direct3D applications
  • Please be sure to select the “Restore Factory Defaults” option under the Catalyst™ Control Center Preferences menu before using the new application profiles feature – this ensures there are no compatibility issues between previous drivers and the new AMD Catalyst™ 12.1 Preview driver with regards to application profiles
AMD Catalyst™ Control Center / Vision Engine Control Center enhancements – Video UI improvements
  • AMD Catalyst™ 12.1 Preview driver includes user interface enhancements to simply adjustment of video color and video quality controls 


  • The in-game mouse cursor no longer randomly disappears while playing Alien vs Predator.
  • Enemy Territory – Quake Ware will no longer experience intermittent crashes when in a 3 monitor Eyefinity™ configuration.
  • Water texture is now rendered correctly in Enemy Territory – Quake Wars
  • Dirt 2 does not exhibit stuttering when run in DirectX® 9 mode.
  • Playing Crysis 2 with in Crossfire mode no longer experiences random graphics corruption or game instability.
  • Random corruption and screen flicker is no longer observed while playing Dragon Age 2 with Tri-Crossfire enabled.
  • Lost Planet 2 no longer crashes after game launch when run in Crossfire mode.
  • Lost Planet 2 and Tom Clancy HAWX2 no longer experience random game hangs/black screens when run at high in game settings.
  • Water textures in World of Warcraft running in DirectX® 9 mode no longer appear corrupted.
  • The game “Rage” no longer experiences intermittent hangs when Crossfire is enabled.




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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Download AMD Radeon Desktop Catalyst 12.1 32-64 Bit [Direct Links]

Great news guys!, AMD has recently launched a new Desktop Catalyst version of AMD with the updated version 12.1 which contains many bug fixes and performance stability issues prevailing in the last version of the software.

This is just another reason why gamers need to stick with their AMD hardware as the Red graphic giant continuously release updated version of video drivers for their graphic card, unlike which Nvidia fails to do so.

Even though Nvidia do release updated version of their graphic card but fails to get it certified by Microsoft as its labeled "BETA" which can't be trusted with its previous stable releases. 

AMD on the other hand manages to release stable driver versions for the hardware, resulting in getting it certified. You can visit this LINK for AMD changelog.

Without further ado, following are the download links for both 32 and 64 bit systems.

Download Links :-




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