OCZ Vertex 2 SSD review
OCZ Vertex 2 SSD review
OCZ is back to attack with a new SSD in that slowly saturating SSD storage market. Yes, the Vertex 2 is finally here. OCZ has been on a winning streak with their SSD drives ever since that started selling Indilinx controller based products The SandForce controllers will bring extensive performance equal and even higher to the Indilinx products yet without the need for additional cache memory.
And that sounds weird really ... no additional cache memory is being used to solve the random IO perf of small files. The random IO on read/write rates spotted on this Vertex 2 takes productivity to the next level as we'll show you later on.
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
MSI Big Bang XPower Gaming Series Motherboard
The MSI Big Bang-XPower is making its much anticipated debut in April of this year. MSI, a leading mainboard and graphics card maker, with over 23 years of R&D and manufacturing experience, has made its name catering to performance-hungry gamers. The Big Bang-XPower is another exceptional mainboard from the Big Bang series with astonishing performance and reliability. MSI is confident that the Big Bang-XPower will again be selling like hotcakes to users worldwide.
MSI's Big Bang-XPower mainboard is built with Military Class components that includes a Hi-c CAP (highly-conductive polymerized capacitor), Solid Cap (solid capacitor), and Icy Choke for longer lifespan, better thermal reliability, and stability. The Hi-c CAP has excellent physical properties of thermally stable, reliable, performs under stress, and lasts 8X longer than traditional solid capacitors. Icy Choke is a new generation ferrite choke that features low temperature and longer lifespan. Military Class Solid CAP lasts longer than traditional capacitors, up to 10 years of lifespan. All these Military Class components add up to a stable and long lasting mainboard that will keep running even under high stress conditions.
Ultimate Gaming Visual and Audio Experience
MSI's Big Bang-XPower is the only recommended mainboard by THQ for experiencing Metro 2033, their blockbuster survival horror FPS. The Big Bang-XPower supports both NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFireX technologies for gaming sessions powered by up to four graphics cards. This configuration enables unparalleled 3D performance, silky smooth action scenes, excellent color reproduction, and fully anti-aliased image quality. Bundled standalone Quantum Wave sound card has built-in Creative EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 and THX TruStudio PRO technology support the latest surround sound standard, to offer multi-channel in-game audio presented with digital clarity.
Extreme Power Design For Overclocking
The Big Bang-XPower features incomparable 16 Phase DrMOS PWM, which not only provides the highest power capability but also the best power efficiency. Coupled with Dual 8-pin CPU Power Connectors, Big Bang-XPower can offer the best power stability and overclocking capability for new high-end six-core CPU like Intel Core i7 980X (Codename "Gulftown"). Big Bang-XPower also supports Extra 6-pin Power Connector for graphics card. New generation graphics card draw incredible power to achieve high performance. In order to provide the best 3D performance and overclocking stability of enthusiastic Multi-GPU configuration, MSI designed exclusive extra 6-pin power connector for hardcore gamers and overclockers.
MSI's Exclusive OC Genie & OC Dashboard and V-Kit Design
The Big Bang-XPower comes with MSI's exclusive OC Genie and OC Dashboard for overclocking needs, where the CPU frequency can be automatically adjusted through the hardware and BIOS options. The XPower also features the V-Kit design to provide monitoring and adjustment capability of the CPU VCORE, VTT, DDR, and PCH voltages. Gamers can easily configure their systems without breaking a sweat.
USB3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s for Next-gen Data Transfer
The Big Bang-XPower adopts the latest USB3.0 & SATA6Gb/s specifications. USB3.0 is 10X faster than the traditional USB2.0 platform, and has the throughput to transfer a full Blu-ray movie in under a minute. SATA 6Gb/s not only doubles the bandwidth of previous SATA II protocol, but is also more reliable with better data handling commands. The Big Bang-XPower offers fast and secure data management capabilities to satisfy consumer needs.
THQ, a worldwide international American developer and publisher of video games, officially announced the MSI Big Bang-XPower as the preferred platform for Metro 2033. Metro 2033 is a THQ published survival horror FPS and is being hailed as the most graphically challenging game for top-end hardware specifications. MSI is also dedicated to building the ultimate gamers' platform that will fulfill all your wildest dreams.
PQI CoolDrive U368 USB 3.0 Flash Drive
Power Quotient International (PQI) released its latest USB flash-drive, the CoolDrive U368. Among a small, growing group, the U368 is USB 3.0 SuperSpeed compliant, and offers transfer-rates on par with hard drives, with access times comparable to those of SSDs.
Its casing is typically-shaped, measuring 90.1 x 22 x 11.1 mm, and weighing 25 g. When connected using USB 3.0, the drive offers transfer speeds of around 105 MB/s, which can be improved with the bundled TurboFlash USB software. It is available in capacities ranging from 8 GB, all the way up to 128 GB. It is backwards-compatible with USB 2.0, albeit with lower transfer-rates. Pricing and availability are yet to be known.
Windows 7 sales reach 100 million
Microsoft announced it has sold over 100 million Windows 7 licenses since the operating system was launched on October 22, 2009, making it the fastest-selling OS ever. According to Microsoft's own figures, Windows 7 is now installed on one out of 10 of world's PCs. Just six months after its release, Windows 7 is now installed on one in 10 of the world's PCs, Microsoft has confirmed.
Microsoft yesterday reported revenues of $14.5bn for the financial quarter ended 31 March and CFO Peter Klein said Windows 7 "continues to be a growth engine" - with Windows revenue up 28 per cent year-on-year.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M to arrive in June
Engadget spotted Eurocom will start shipping 17" and 18.4" mobile workstations with the GeForce GTX 480M in June.
Rushing in ahead of any announcements, Eurocom has started listing a GeForce GTX 480M part, replete with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and a $345 markup relative to ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 5870. It's not clear whether the 100W number refers to the TDP or power requirements of NVIDIA's new GPU, but it's safe to expect both to be pretty high. The MXM 3.0b interface provides a 256-bit linkup between the GPU and CPU, lending plenty of bandwidth, but it also demands plenty of PCB real estate.
The MXM 3.0b interface provides a 256-bit linkup between the GPU and CPU, lending plenty of bandwidth, but it also demands plenty of PCB real estate. As a result, Eurocom is offering the GTX 480M on its 17-inch Cheetah and Panther and 18.4-inch Leopard desktop replacements, but not on its 15.6-inch Cougar. Man, no love for the Cougars. According to the listing, we're only a month or so away from release.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Debut Teaser Trailer
reyarch's upcoming first-person shooter, Call of Duty: Black Ops. The game is hitting store shelves for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on November 14th of this year.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops visits Vietnam, The Arctic, and Cuba. One of these scenarios must take place during or after 1977, as our frame grabs clearly show a soldier using a Steyr AUG, an Austrian assault rifle released after the conclusion of the Vietnam War. A digital display is also seen displaying 2010 as the year.
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is out!
Not much hardware or gaming related but this little and powerful Linux distribution is getting some real attention, high enough to merit a news. This new version includes so much that I can't describe it all here, for starters, it is based on Linux 2.6.32 kernel and boots REAL fast, I mean, like, 8 seconds on my current PC which is way faster than my Windows 7 is booting, second, it doesn't need any kind of disk partitioning and you can installing right inside Windows (it creates a virtual hard disk inside a file in your current disk of choice and can be removed as easily as you remove a program in your add/remove software) and includes a whole lot of new things including 3D support for ATI and NVIDIA with open source drivers right from the start (you can install propietary ones later), so, let go ahead and check it out, you may be surprised!
You can even request "Free-CD's shiping" (yes, as in free-beer) right to your home totally free of charge (If you want to have the original CD/DVD with stickers in your home) or you can simply download it from the servers, including a torrent download.
G.Skill Sandforce SF-1200 based Phoenix SSD
G.Skill International Co. Ltd., manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid-state storage with solid quality, has today released its Phoenix SATA II 2.5
GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI review
Back in January we already heard that SLI performance would be outstanding with this new series and well, that definitely tickled my senses and taste buds. As a results today we'll 'finally' have a look at SLI scaling of that GeForce GTX 480.
We look at single card performance, dual-card performance and also triple (3-way) SLI performance to see how well these puppies will scale. The article will first cover SLI performance among the new GTX 480 in several configurations and games, and then we'll check a little 2-way Multi-GPU gaming in a handsome multi-GPU slaughter-fest article in the ATI versus NVIDIA kind of way to see who and what scales the best.
Check out this Guru3D article right here.
HIS debuts passively cooled Radeon HD 5550
HIS introduced the Radeon HD 5550 Silence 1GB, this low-profile model is aimed at HTPC users and features a passive double-slot cooling solution.
Today HIS is proud to announce the new HIS 5550 Silence 1GB DDR2 low-profile Graphics card, the world's first Silence 5500 series low-profile graphics card. Supporting the innovative DirectX
Hybrid PhysX Mod Package contains Trojan
It has become apparant that Hybrid PhysX Mod from NGOHQ.com posted earlier this month contained the Infostealer.Gampass trojan. I wanted to add to this that it MIGHT as well be a false positive. None the less, we say ... safety for all.
According to Symantec, Infostealer.Gampass specifically targets video game credentials, log-ins and passwords. I would recommend uninstalling this and doing a full scan on your computer.
* Update - This news-post was invalid and we are happy to report that the mod was a false positive.
Arcania: Gothic 4 Gameplay Trailer
ATI Catalyst 10.4 drivers out
ATI have just released ATI Catalyst
CoolIT Systems Cooling for AMD Phenom II X6
"AMD has raised the bar for affordable performance in the new Phenom II X6 with advanced capabilities like its Turbo Core Technology" remarked Geoff Lyon, CEO of CoolIT Systems. "ECO ALC continues to hold the highest performance to price ratio of any liquid cooler currently on the market. When you combine these computing and cooling technologies, the performance results are tremendous."
Newegg is currently offering ECO as an accessory for AMD's Phenom II X6 processors for $74.99. For more information on the ECO and the rest of CoolIT's lineup visit this page.
ASUS Ships P7F7-E WS Supercomputer Motherboard
Designed with support for Intel LGA 1156 CPUs, this mainboard merges most of the new technological standards, in order to open up new performance heights.
The P7F7-E WS Supercomputer uses a hybrid 16+3 phase VRM design and is based on the Ibex Peak 3450 chipset, which can support Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 and Xeon 3400 Series processors. Also, it comes with no less than six DDR3-2000 memory slots and, thanks to the NVIDIA NF200 bridge chips, it is equipped with four PCI Express x16 slots, capable of 2-way or 3-way SLI and CrossFireX multi-GPU configurations.
It should, however, be noted that the potential of the motherboard is unleashed when combined with the massive computing power of up to four NVIDIA Tesla cards and their CUDA Parallel Technology.
Other specifications of the platform include six SATA 3.0Gbps ports, a pair of SATA 6.0Gbps connectors, dual Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 channel audio, FireWire, DVI output and, last but definitely not least, two USB 3.0 ports. There are also a diagnostics LED, 12 USB 2.0 ports and a number of ASUS unique features such as the ASUS Xtreme Design, ASUS GPU Boost, an EPU that lowers energy consumption and even the Express Gate, an instant-on OS usable for basic tasks and web browsing.
End-users interested in analyzing this motherboard in detail will find all the information they need on the official product page. As for pricing and availability, the ASUS P7F7-E WS Supercomputer workstation motherboard is already shipping and carries a (overpriced) price tag of 330 Euro.
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PowerColor Radeon HD 5970 with 12 DisplayPort outputs
Sweet bejeezus .. I can only dream of the driver complications here. BSN reports about an upcoming custom-design Radeon HD 5970 4GB graphics card from PowerColor that features 12 mini-DisplayPort connectors.
Engineers at TUL Corporation showed a real ingenuity by taking full usage of six display pipelines inside each Cypress chip [i.e. "Hemlock"]. Their custom HD 5970 comes with 4GB GDDR5 memory of yet unspecified clocks, but the backplate reveals PowerColor linked each and every Display pipeline with mini-Display Port connectors.
As a result, we have no less than 12 mini-DP connectors on a triple-slot graphics card with a custom cooler that enables PowerColor to significantly overclock the two Cypress GPUs and the associated 4GB of GDDR5 memory.
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EK has eight waterblocks for GeForce GTX 470 and 480
EK Waterblocks has introduced eight new waterblocks, four for the GeForce GTX 480 and another four for the GeForce GTX 470. The design of each of the four models for each card is pretty much the same, there's an all-copper base model, a version with an acetal top, a nickel-plated version and also a unit with nickel-plating and acetal top.
More info at EK Waterblocks.
Fermi yields are fine, 512-core version TBA
DigiTimes had a chat with NVIDIA general manager of MCP business Drew Henry. When speaking about Fermi, Henry said rumors about yields being lower than 20 percent are completely untrue. He claims they currently have everything under control, and says they have a chance to launch a 512-core Fermi in the future.
Q: What are your comments on the rumors that Nvidia has blocked some graphics cores with problems on their GeForce 480/470 chips causing these chips to have less than 512 cores due to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC's) low yields?
A: Nvidia does not comment on unannounced products; however, we have a chance to launch a graphics chip with 512 cores in the future.
TSMC's yields for its 40nm process has met our expectations and market rumors about the yields being lower than 20% are completely untrue. We currently have everything under control.