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 Thursday, 5-June-2008  17:01:36 (GMT +10) - by DiGiTaL MoNkEY

The long awaited Call of Duty 4 Map Pack for PC has been released. The Variety Map Pack includes four new multiplayer maps as well as the v1.6 patch which adds support for the new maps, fix a server crash exploit recently reported by the community, and a few additional features and bug fixes. You can grab the patch here (296MB) on AusGamers.

Mozilla has now delivered the second and last release candidate of its upcoming browser, Firefox 3. Most of the bugs found in RC1 gone, RC2 can be downloaded from here. Firefox 3 users can just update their browser to make use of the latest update.

Shacknews reports that Crytek has revealed plans for a new Crysis episode dubbed Crysis Warhead. They have posted a teaser image on the main Crysis website, yet failed to reveal any specifics. The title could turn out to be either a full title or an expansion, and it might show up on consoles the way Crytek are going.

SilentPC have photos from Computex 08 displaying an interesting case from Antec, called the Antec Skeleton. Antec's new Skeleton chassis is meant for gamers and perpetual tinkerers. The motherboard sits on the upper level. One the lower level, a power supply, two optical drives and two hard drives can be fitted. Discussion on the forum.

Ronn Motors has begun accepting orders for its Scorpion sports car, which, according to its manufacturer, will be able produce hydrogen on-demand from an on-board water tank. They expect it to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.2 - 3.5 seconds while the quarter mile test is promised to come in the mid 10s at 130 mph. The car will be initially available with a 6-speed manual, with a 6-speed automatic following in 2009.

Extreme Tech preview the latest sound card from Creative, the X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty. This X-Fi looks totally different from any you've seen before. It's shielded to prevent any interference from nearby expansion cards. Its rear ports are colour coded, It contains a standard front-panel connector for cases with front-panel mic, headphone jacks and of course uses the PCI-Express interface. Discussion on the forum.

Tom’s hardware compare Energy-Efficient Hard Drives from well known manufactures Hitachi and Western Digital. These hard drives are not meant to break new records in performance, but they might be able to break records when it comes to storage capacity per watt of power used. Both Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and Western Digital have now released disk drives that cater to the power-conscious audience.

VR-Zone happened to spot one of NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 280 on the show floor at Computex and grabbed a couple of pictures of it, unfortunately no benchmarks yet. This is one of the cards Nvidia is expected for release soon; you can find more discussion about this here.

They also have some photos of a new case from Silverstonetek, the Silverstone Raven. The first thing you’ll notice a horizontally mounted motherboard. Utilizing their engineering base, Silverstone has meticulously made use of the convection principle, allowing hot air to escape from the top of the case instead of the back, successfully removing the potential dead zone found in usual cases.

NVIDIA has just announced their latest generation of notebook GPUs, GeForce 9M Series, and NVIDIA Hybrid SLI technology which will become available in over a hundred notebook models. Beginning this summer, GeForce 9M GPUs and Hybrid SLI, paired with AMD and Intel CPUs, will enable a new breed of notebooks and graphics experiences.

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