OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 review
The world of Solid State storage technology is full of surprises and the development rate is exceedingly progressive. As such we today test the OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2.
Let me just throw some numbers at you to get that tickly in your belly ; 1500 MB/s maximum read performance, or what about 1250 MB/s maximum write performance ? No that still didn't do it for you ... well what about 200.000 IOPS (4K writes) ? Yeah that is where we have arrived in the year 2011. It's insanely fast, it will be insanely expensive but it is most definitely insanely sexy.
Check out this exclusive review right here.
ECS AMD A75 Motherboards Announced
With AMD Llano APUs soon on sale ECS will have a total of three mainboards powered by the A75 chipset, for the moment at least.
They carry the names of A75F-M, A75F-M2 and A75F-A (Black Deluxe) and are of the micro-ATX form factor, except for the third one, which is of the full ATX variety.
The A75F-M features 4 DDR3 memory slots, as well as six SATA 6.0 Gbps connectors, one PCI Express x16 port (for graphics cards) and four USB 3.0 ports, plus 8 channel audio (with S/PDIF) and three display outputs (D-Sub, HDMI and DVI).
Meanwhile, the A75F-M2 has only 2 DDR3 RAM slots, the same number of USB 3.0 connectors as above, 6 SATA 6.0 Gbps ports, one PCI Express x16 slot of its own and 6 channel audio, plus HDMI and D-Sub (DVI is optional).
As for the A75F-A Black Deluxe, it has five SATA 6.0 Gbps ports, four USB 3.0 ports, one eSATA, one PCI Express x16 slot, 8 channel audio with S/PDIF and four DDR3 RAM slots.
AMD to phase out Phenom II fast
With all the new APU's and FX processors on the horizon AMD will phase out older processors fast, VR-Zone reports that the Phenom II's are the first ones to go as AMD is expecting to have phased them out entirely by Q3, although this might have been shifted by a quarter by now, since as you can see, AMD expected to have both the A-series and the new FX-series out in the market at Q2, while they're only just making that date for the A-series:
"That said it's fairly certain we can expect the Phenom II's to be gone by Q4 this year and the Athlon II's are following the same destiny, although they might still be around early next year in small quantities if there's still demand for them.
By Q1 next year, unless of course AMD decided to delay its plans by a quarter, all we're left with is the E-series at the entry-level, the A-series as AMD's main product and the FX-series being AMD's enthusiast platform having what AMD seems to expect, a similar share with the E-series of its total shipments.
The current E-series of APUs will also be phased out with the single core E-240 being the first to go in Q4, having been replaced by the dual core E-300 model in Q3. The E-350 will hang around until Q1 2012, although it's more powerful sibling, the E-450 should launch in Q3 as well and it's going to be the really interesting part to watch as although it's only 50MHz faster it will feature an improved graphics core and support for faster DDR3 1333MHz memory.
On a side note, only AMD's A-series of APU's will support Blu-ray 3D playback, so if you're planning on building an HTPC based on the E-series, think again if you want to watch Blu-ray 3D content. This includes the socket FM1 E2-3200 as well, but overall it's a minor consideration for most consumers.
Google getting Steamy ...
CVG reports Google is poised to move into the gaming market with a new division called Games at Google. Some details about the project are revealed in a job ad:
Here's the full product manager job description for Google Games: "Rare opportunity to grow a brand-new business - Games at Google! We are looking for a strategic, technical and game-loving Product Manager to drive Google's gaming strategy."
"You will design strategies for game distribution and discovery, player identity, game mechanics, and more. In addition to designing a great user experience and building out key partnerships, you will be significantly influencing Google's social platform as you work directly with a critical set of early adopters, game developers."
"Interesting and impactful decisions involving social gaming, privacy, virality, business, and technical APIs await you and the strong, passionate team of gamers you will work with."
Enermax releases U.R. VEGAS USB fan
Enermax shows off the U.R. VEGAS, a new 120mm USB fan with 18 red LEDs and 7 light effects. The fan features a special magnetic skin pad, providing mobility and flexibility by enabling you to attach it wherever you need extra cooling. The U.R. VEGAS will arrive in July for around $20.
Think outside the case. Cooling fan is no longer stationary and hidden inside the case. U.R.VEGAS breaks the rule by special designed magnetic skin pad and USB power. U.R.VEGAS provides mobility and flexibility with its magnetic skin pad. It can be attached onto case and moved easily to anywhere that needs extra cooling. With 18 LEDs, the U.R.VEGAS not only shines 4 times brighter than other fans, but also has 7 switchable lighting effects for users to enjoy the fabulous light show.
U.R.VEGAS features patented Twister Bearing, which is a magnetic bearing type that does not deteriorate from abrasion like mechanical bearings, such as Sleeve or Ball-Bearings. Twister Bearing fans have long MTBF of 100K hours and low noise. For the safety purpose, a stylish fan guard is included with the package.
- Series: U.R.VEGAS
- Size: 120mm
- Item No. UCUR12-R
- Blades centering the light to increase brightness
- 18 red LEDs
- Color: Red (color identical to skin pad and blades)
- 7 light modes
- Speed (rpm): 1250
- Noise (dBA): 21
- Airflow (CFM): 52.51
- Airflow (m3/h): 89.21
- Connector: USB connector
- Accessory: Fan guard
DirectX 11 Package Crysis 2 Video
Yesterday the DirectX 11 Tessellation Package For Crysis 2 was released, I spotted this youtube video demonstrating the new eye-candy when you use the new patch / HR texture pack. Check 'r out:
Crysis 2 DirectX 11 Update
MSI A75 series motherboards unveiled
Ahead of the NDA on Thursday a hand full of motherboard manufacturers decided to already send out the press-releases on their AMD A75 based motherboards for Llano processors.
MSI, the global innovator in mainboard and graphics cards is pleased to announce that it is launching a complete line of AMD A75 chipset based mainboards supporting the latest AMD A8, A6 and A4 APUs. AMD
Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD review
Corsair added two new SATA 3 6G SSDs to their Force lineup, the Force 3 and Force 3 GT, with the 3 as indicator for SATA 3. The difference in-between the two products is to be found in its NAND flash memory, the GT will be a notch faster in throughput as it makes use of synchronous NAND flash memory, the regular 3 models will run one gear slower, yet still incredibly fast thanks to slightly cheaper asynchronous NAND flash memory.
Both drives come with that already famous SandForce SF-2281 controller to deliver at up to 550 MBps read and 510 MBps write speeds. We check out the Corsair Force 3 120GB.
Check out the review right here.
Super Talent Announces TeraDrive PT3 SSD
Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced their next generation SSD, the TeraDrive PT3.
Featuring the SandForce 2200 processor, SATA 6 Gb/s interface, and Double Data Rate, ONFiTM flash, the new TeraDrive PT3 offers a significant leap in performance over drives offered just a few months ago. The union of these 3 new technologies has forever changed the storage landscape. Right out of the gate, this new generation SSD stretches well within the new found bandwidth promised by the SATA 3.0 bus and breaks the 500MB/s barrier in both Read and Write scores. The comparisons between SSDs and HDDs just became a little harder to justify.
The only SSD processor to compress data before writing, SandForce's unique set of technologies enables the new TeraDrive PT3 to offer enhanced performance, flash durability and data integrity. Add to that the introduction of ONFi, double data rate flash, and the SATA 6 Gb/s interface, and we have one of the largest incremental leaps in performance that the storage market has ever seen.
"To reach this level of performance, just a few months ago, required two SSDs in a RAID array. Now a new generation NAND flash and the SATA 3.0 interface have clearly moved the performance bottleneck elsewhere", Peter Carcione, SuperTalent Director of Product Marketing.
Available in capacities 60, 120, 240 and 480GB, the TeraDrive PT3 begins shipping today.
Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z Motherboard Released
ASUS has now finally released the Maximus IV Gene-Z micro-ATX motherboard that is based on Intel's Z68 chipset and is designed to run LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge processors.
The Maximus IV Gene-Z includes an important number of advanced features like AMD CrossFireX and Nvidia SLI support, ROG Connect support and an on-board Supreme X-Fi sound chip.In addition to the two PCI Express x16 slots that are required for dual-GPU setups, Asus has also included a PCI-E x4 slot.
Right next to it, users will find the on-board Power and Reset buttons as well as a BIOS debug LCD. Storage is provided by six SATA ports, two of the 6Gbps variety, and Asus has also included a USB 3.0 header which allows for two such ports to be routed to the front of the case.
Another two USB 3.0 ports can be found on the rear I/O panel along with an impressive number of USB 2.0 ports, two eSATA connectors, 7.1-channel audio with a digital S/PDIF output and a Gigabit Ethernet port.
This means that the Maximus IV Gene-Z is fully compatible with the LucidLogix Virtu on-the-fly graphics switching technology as well as Intel's Quick Sync technology. Smart Response is also supported. CPU power is delivered by a complex Extreme Engine Digi+ PWM with an 8-phase design that Asus claims it can deliver a whopping 250A of current to the processor.
The recommended retail price is set at $185 and the Maximus IV Gene-Z should reach retail store shelves soon. We have a review sample in-house btw, so expect a review anytime soon.
AMD Bulldozer Engineering Sample CPU Overclocked to 4.63GHz
It's all silent regarding AMD Bulldozer FX but but check this leak out, an FX-Series processor with an impressive 4.63GHz overclock.
The CPU that managed to achieve this feat seems to be an engineering sample of the FX-8130P and required about 1.5V in order to be stable enough to run the Super Pi benchmark at the above mentioned frequency.
The FX-8130P is supposed to be AMD's fastest desktop Bulldozer processor as it features eight processing core that are run at a base frequency of 3.8GHz. Based on the load placed on its cores, the chip can increase its frequency up to 4.2GHz thanks to AMD's Turbo Core 2.0 technology.
In addition to the four Bulldozer modules, the FX-8130P also includes 8MB of Level 2 cache memory and 8MB of L3 cache as well as an integrated dual-channel memory controller that supports DDR3-1866 modules.
Computerized Pop Stars (video)
HWMonitor 1.18 Released
In addition, it can read modern CPUs on-die core thermal sensors, as well has hard drives temperature via S.M.A.R.T, and video card GPU temperature. Special hardware monitors on power supplies serie are supported too. The program does not copy any file in any directory, neither writes in the registry.
News and corrections
- Intel SandyBridge processors support: package temperature, Core/GT power real-time power meters
- AMD Llano (K12) and Bulldozer (K15) processors support
- New sensor chip: Nuvoton NCT7802
Saints Row: The Third Trailer
ASUS Announces F1A75 Series Motherboards
ASUS today announced the launch of their new AMD A75 chipset-based F1A75 Series motherboards. Designed specially to optimize performance for the AMD Llano APUs, the F1A75 Series motherboards have exceptional overclocking capability for the versatile APU with a variety of integrated graphics built directly on the same die. This new series is also equipped with the latest ASUS-exclusive technologies and features, including the Dual Intelligent Processors 2 (DIP2) with DIGI+ VRM for precise power control, a graphical and mouse-controlled UEFI BIOS and the easy-to-use auto tuning for better performance.
New ASUS motherboard design to complement the new AMD Fusion platform
The ASUS F1A75 series are designed with the exclusive DIGI+ VRM and the most intuitive UEFI BIOS on the market. The F1A75-V EVO is the world
Scythe Mugen 3 CPU cooler
Scythe released the Mugen 3, it will be available in retail stores for 35.90 EUR, that's excl. VAT:
Japanese cooling expert Scythe is announcing today the successor of popular Mugen 2 CPU Cooler. Mugen 2 CPU Cooler was awarded many times and is well known world-wide to mainstream users, Overclocker and Enthusiasts. During the development process main focus was set on improvement of performance and mounting mechanism as well as shrinking the heatsink dimensions. New Mugen 3 CPU Cooler is ready to take on the legacy.
While optimizing the performance the whole heatsink design of Mugen 3 CPU Cooler was re-worked which resulted in creation the improved fin-structure M.A.P.S. (Multiple Airflow Pass-Through Structure). Enhancements were achieved by reducing the aerodynamic resistance as well as improving of the overall heatsink stability. Furthermore Mugen 3 is equipped with total of six high-quality copper-heatpipes where the predecessor had only five. Typical for Scythe is the excellently processed and flat surface of the copper base which was refined by a thin nickel layer to prevent corrosion.
Mugen 3 is equipped with a popular 120 mm axial fan from the Slip Stream PWM Silent series. Using the PWM function of the axial fan mainboards are able to control the fan speed between 300 and 1.600 RPM, which allows a constant airflow between 14,7 and 88,11 CFM respectively 24.98 and 149.67 m
NVIDIA and VIA also left BAPCo
Not only AMD but also VIA and NVIDIA left BAPCo due to disagreements over the scoring system of SYSmark 2012 reports xbitlabs.. That pretty much it for Bapco as it will drive a knife straight through their heart, after today nobody can ever use their software anoy longer on future generation CPUs and APUs:
Nvidia Corp. and Via Technologies confirmed on Thursday that they had quit BAPCo (Business Applications Performance Corp.) due to disagreements over the scoring system of SYSmark2012 which does not take graphics card's role into account while measuring performance in applications that are considered by many as outdated.
"We have tendered our resignation to BAPCo. We strongly believe that the benchmarking applications tests developed for SYSmark 2012 and EEcoMark 2.0 do not accurately reflect real world PC usage scenarios and workloads and therefore feel we can no longer remain as a member of the organization," said Richard Brown, a vice president at Via Technologies.
Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday officially said that it would not endorse SYSmark 2012 benchmark and will also quit BAPCo (Business Applications Performance Corp.) that developers to PC performance measurement software.
The main concern of AMD, Nvidia and Via is that BAPCo SYSmark 2012 does not utilize graphics processing units (GPUs) for general purpose computing tasks (GPGPU) and solely relies on performance of central processing units (CPUs). According to AMD, such approach is misleading as many applications nowadays take huge advantage of GPGPU technologies, including Adobe Flash 10.2 (SYSmark 2012 uses 10.1), Microsoft Office 11 (SM2012 uses Office 10), Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (SM2012 uses IE8), Microsoft Movie Maker and many others. Besides, AMD accuses BAPCo of implementing unrepresentative workloads into the benchmark in order to favour AMD's competitor Intel.
"We have resigned [from BAPCo]," said Irina Shekhovtsova, a senior spokesperson for Nvidia.
"We hope that the industry can adopt a much more open and transparent process for developing fair and objective benchmarks that accurately measure real-world PC performance and are committed to working with companies that share our vision," added Mr. Brown.