ADATA Premier Series DDR3-1600 8GB
ADATA today introduced new industry-leading, single piece 8GB DDR3-1600 high-density memory modules. Known for industry-high standards of quality control and meticulous device engineering, the new modules will meet and exceed expectations of customers who seek performance and quality in DRAM products.
With this launch ADATA is continuing its tradition as an industry leader in DRAM product line-up. These 8GB Premier Series DDR3-1600 single piece memory modules allow users to boost system performance over the limitations of memory slot availability.
The Premier Series 1600Mbps DDR3 240-Pin (Unbuffered DIMM) are standard pin design modules operating at 1.5 volts, with bandwidth up to 12.8 Gb/second (PC3 12800). The memory modules are made of cutting edge high density 4Gb DRAM, so they operate faster, consume less power, and hence operate at cooler temperatures. All the modules are in accordance with JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council, JEDEC Solid State Technology Association) and RoHS design and production standards, simultaneously ensuring compatibility with all computer systems adopting the same standard, and are ecologically sound products. ADATA Series memory modules come with lifetime warranty and service1, providing consumers the best protection.
- 240-Pin Unbuffered DIMM / 204-Pin SO-DIMM
- JEDEC DDR3-1600 compliance and also compatible with DDR3-1333 and lower frequency operations
- RoHS compliant
Kingmax Value DDR3-2200 MHz 4 GB Memory Modules
The new series of DDR3 quad channel overclocking module from KINGMAX is designed for optimizing the maximum performance on X79 related motherboard. The main clock rate of this series is set as 1333 MHz, but it is also available in 1600MHz, 2000MHz and 2200MHz. Intel X79 is an upgrade from the previous X58 series, thus building on the X79 platform means KINGMAX
Android 4.0 runs on an AMD tablet
We just remembered there was one last curiosity we saw at AMD's suite at CES 2012: this AMD Fusion tablet, running Android 4.0. Before you get too excited, AMD was quick to point out that this MSI WindPad 110W didn't get Ice Cream Sandwich through any effort of its own. What you're looking at is actually the work of the Android-x86 project, which very recently released a test Android 4.0 ISO for AMD Brazos-based tablets like the one above.
The good news is that if you've got such a tablet lying around the house, you can download the ROM yourself. The bad news is that AMD tells us it doesn't officially support the community's efforts here, and you shouldn't necessarily expect AMD devices to run Android in the future. The intriguing news is that if you go to the Android-x86 project's website, you can plainly see that AMD is interested in where this road might go: the company donated some development boards to the project last April, and as of October the AMD "Persimmon" platform of embedded processors
ASUS O!Play Mini Plus review
The O!Play Mini Plus TV Media Player allows you to play digital films, music and photos directly on your TV with High Definition quality (1080p) and does a thing or two more.
Read the full article right here.
Next-Gen Xbox Chip Entered Production
Microsoft apparently ordered the production of the chip that will go inside the company
Haier 55-inch 3DTV with Wireless Energy Transfer
Haier recently showcased a 3DTV with a diagonal of 55 inches and featuring the Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) technology. The company did not focus too much on spelling out each and every specification, according to a TechOn report.
Instead, it has focused on the WHDI technology and the implications it has in the long run. The WHDI technology does two things, one of which is the streaming of video content.
The other role is to power the TV wirelessly, meaning that the newcomer does not need to be plugged into anything to work. In fact, it totally lacks any and all sorts of cables, relying completely on magnetic resonance generated by a power-receiving coil.
The stand below the TV holds the power-transmitting device, though the power-receiving coil needs to rest very close to the bottom of the TV as well.
While the magnetic resonance works well enough, it needs the device to be within 8 inches of the display's bottom. This rather defeats the purpose of the wireless design, since a cable still needs to connect the power transmitter to an outlet on the wall.
Then again, even though Haier demoed the 55-inch 3D panel at CES, it did it more as proof of concept. The company has every intention of selling such TVs eventually, but not soon. Unfortunately, no sort of price was specified for it, and the availability date was withheld as well.
Alan Wake to Use Steam - February 2012
Remedy Games' critically-acclaimed title, Alan Wake, which was initially developed and demonstrated for both consoles and PCs, with the PC version being shelved, is coming to PC in February, 2012.
It is announced that the game will use Valve Steamworks as its DRM and content-distribution platform, will be available through Steam store as digital-download, and its likely hard copies will also use Steamworks.
- Dual-core Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.80 GHz
- 2 GB memory, 8 GB disk space
- DirectX 10-capable graphics card with 512 MB memory:
- o ATI/AMD Radeon 3650, 4450, 5550, 6450 or higher (per series)
o NVIDIA: GeForce 8600GT, 9500GT, GT120, GT430, GT520 or higher (per series)
- Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
- Mouse and keyboard, Xbox 360 controller supported
Corsair Shows PSU with individually sleeved cables
Seems that Corsair is working on some coolness, individually sleeved PSU cables. These cables will be released as upgrade kits for the Gold AX120, AX850/AX750/AX650, Professional Series HX, and Enthusiast Series TXM power supplies. Available in black, blue, red and white, these kits will have a MSRP of $79.99 to $99.99 as Legit review reports today:
Corsair usually makes a ton of noise when they launch new products, but for some reason the company silently launched a new product line on Facebook yesterday that went unnoticed by most tech sites. Corsair has announced individually sleeved modular cables.
When you break down the overall cost of each cable the pricing isn't out of line. NZXT offers a line of premium cables and most range from $7.99 to $9.99 each, so if you pieced together your own kit you would end up spending between $130 to $160. Corsair acknowledged that you can't buy individual cables from them right now, but that may change down the road. For example the Corsair 600T case that they had on display was running three AMD Radeon HD 7970 video cards in CrossFireX, but if you wanted to run a fourth you'd be out of cables!
VGA, DVI display interfaces to phase out in five years
Legacy VGA and DVI display ports will likely no longer be used in PCs over the next five years as newer interfaces gain in popularity, NPD In-Stat said in a study released on Thursday.
New laptops today come with the thinner HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) and DisplayPort to connect high-definition TVs, monitors or projectors. Those interfaces have made significant inroads in recent years, with growing support for them from PC makers and consumer electronics companies, said Brian O'Rourke, research director at NPD In-Stat. Intel and Advanced Micro Devices are phasing out chipset support for VGA by 2015, which could discourage PC makers from adding VGA ports. PC makers would need to add a separate chipset on the motherboard for VGA connectors, which could add to the cost of making a PC, O'Rourke said. Advanced Micro Devices has announced it would phase out chipset support for DVI by 2015.
$42 million in Megaupload assets seized in Hong Kong
The investigation by law enforcement officials on the Megaupload file sharing site went into another part of the world today. Hong Kong customs officials have announced that, working with the US Department of Justice and the FBI, they have seized assets from Megaupload in the city that are worth about $42 million.
Customs officers had also made inquiries with target individuals, including company directors, and detected about HK$330 million worth of crime proceeds of bank savings and security investment. The assets have been frozen in accordance with related ordinances. The operation is on-going.
During the investigation, it was found that the hotel rooms rented by the syndicate for office use and rest area were luxury suite rooms, which cost HK$100,000 odd per day. Besides, the room was equipped with a number of large-scale high-speed servers and large-model TV screens, which are suspected to be in connection with the case.
Space Quest 2 Remake + Patch Available
A fan-made remake of Space Quest 2 is available thanks to Indie developer Infamous Adventures. They have remade Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge from scratch, adding improvements along the way.
PC-purists need not panic, this remake is still displayed in 320x200 and boasts 16 whopping bits of color. Let's not forget about the over 4,000 lines of dialogue also included. Since then the free game has been downloaded around 20,000 times, and a new patch is now available to update it to version 1.1.
Samsung 830-Series SSD Firmware Update Could Brick SSD
Samsung has managed to build quite a reputation for itself in the SSD industry thanks to its high-quality drives that seemed to be far more reliable than their SandForce-based counterparts, but recently even Samsung has run into some troubles with its SSDs.
These were uncovered just recently by a forum user who, when trying to upgrade the firmware of its 830-series SSD to the latest version, got a BSOD that made the drive undetectable to the system.
When it contacted Samsung about this problem, the company replied that this is a common issue with the firmware update and that the only solution available is to RMA the drive.
Little is known about what causes these problems, but some users have reported that reconnecting the drive or letting it sit for a while can return it back to life.
These problems seem to appear no matter the method used for connecting the drive to the system, USB or SATA.
Samsung has introduced the 830-series of solid state drives in the second half of last year as the successor of the popular 470-series that was extremely popular among OEMs.Compared to its predecessor the 830-series delivers far better performance as is capable of reaching read transfer speeds of up to 500MB/s.
Samsung had to introduce two major changes in the 830 series SSDs in order to achieve these impressive speeds.
The first one is of course the support for the SATA 6Gbps interface, while the latter is the introduction of 2x-nm Toggle NAND Flash support, which will also help drive prices down similarly to what Intel has experienced when it switched to 25nm IMFT Flash.
AMD Radeon HD 7950 clock speeds Surfaced?
Over at DonanimHaber some gossip regarding the supposed clockspeeds of AMD's Radeon HD 7950 video card have surfaced.
The reference clock speeds of the HD 7950 will be clocked at 800 MHz, and the memory at 1250 MHz (actual), 5.00 GHz (GDDR5 effective). The HD 7950 should be a good overclocker considering the speeds it comes with. Board partners can customize the products as they please as well. Obviously unknown att this time is the number of active shader processors.
The Radeon HD 7950 is expected to be around $125 cheaper than the Radeon HD 7970, which would put it around $400 to $450. Well, it wont be much longer.
AMD Radeon HD 7900 driver 8.921.2 RC11
Download AMD Radeon HD 7900 driver 8.921.2 RC11 for windows Vista and 7 64-bit
Feature highlights of the 8.921.2 RC11 AMD Radeon
Ubisoft changes Anno 2070 DRM after Guru3D critique
Over the past week a news post of ours resulted in a lot of coverage on the web. Long story short -- while we where testing the RTS game Anno 2070 for PC (from Ubisoft) we ran into downright silly DRM copy protection issues. You may install Anno 2070 on three PCs as you get three activations. That's fair and OK we feel.
However we discovered that while swapping out NVIDIA graphics cards, each time after reinstalling a card the DRM kicked back in, rendering the game inactivated. Three strikes, an you are out.
Our news post on this went viral on the web and Ubisoft got a lot of heat due to this. After getting into contact with the game producer BlueByte our activation limitation was lifted.
By itself great, but then we ran into a judgment call we needed to make. Initially we had a hard time rethinking, should we even test Ubisoft titles anymore as the DRM protection is way too heavy. We've thought about it hard and long.
In our opinion not writing about something is the most bad thing you can do and as such we decided to continue with that article. By excluding Ubisoft from the benchmarks we'll never be able to address issues like this DRM story, and they'll continue what they are doing. In fact if we'd have excluded Ubisoft titles we never would have been able to report about this issue.
By posting an article and explaining/mentioning DRM time after time, there will be more awareness about it and in the end that message will get across to Ubisoft and the producer. In the hope that one day they'll see the light.
Secondly, BlueByte certainly do not deserve getting the heat that they do this way. This company together with the developer Ralated Designs makes such brilliant and very unique game titles. It would be such a shame if they'd get damaged in the process. I would not like to have that on our account.
That said and with the VGA performance review posted moments ago we received an email from BlueByte, the producer of the game with the following information:
Just wanted to let you know, that we now remove the graphics hardware from the hash used to identify the PC.
That means everyone should now be able to switch the GFX as many times as he/she wants.
We are very happy to see that the activation scheme has been changed for anybody and everybody who purchased and is purchasing the game, you may now swap out as many graphics cards as you want. It doesn't mean though that you can change hardware (significant hardware like motherboards) more then three times. As that protection will still will apply.
But this certainly is progress, a small success really and we are happy to see that the game industry does listen towards their user-base. Overall though BlueByte and Ubisoft should have realized earlier on that this is just not the way to go.
DRM has become an annoyance factor for end-users. And though we agree there should be a certain level of game-copy protection, DRM has evolved way too much up-to a point where the publisher slowly but steadily moves into the same level as what they are fundamentally fighting, piracy and software pirates. And you as a consumer, should be protected from a publisher sniffing and checking your PCs hardware components and demanding that you are on-line to play a game.
With this statement made I'd like to invite you to check out our Anno 2070 VGA Graphics performance review. We thank everybody that helped out and although it leaves everybody with a bitter taste in their mouth something did change on the positive side of things .. and that's progress.
What do you think about this step ? Let's us know in this thread.
Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 7950 Card Leaks
Sapphire, being one of AMD's partners on the video card market, is naturally preparing its own Radeon HD 7900 cards, one of which has become the subject of a recent information leak. Yet again, information on an unannounced product has found its way to the Internet, whether its maker intended it or not. Thanks Asder00 in our forums for this one.
Output:1 x Dual-Link DVI
1 x HDMI (with 3D)
2 x Mini-DisplayPort
GPU: 900 MHz Core Clock
28 nm Chip
1792 x Stream Processors
Memory: 3072 MB Size
384 -bit GDDR5
5000 MHz Effective
Dimension: 275(L)x115(W)x42(H) mm Size.
Anno 2070 VGA Graphics performance review
For Anno 2070 the graphics engine has been updated, the game is now DirectX 11 compatible. And as such it is time to throw a couple of graphics cards (well we can't say that nineteen graphics cards are a couple really) at it to see how well the game performs with DX11 cards Anno 2012.
Check out the article here.
Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7-3770K Overclocking
The tests run by TOPPC covered both the stock and overclocked performance of the Ivy Bridge CPU and while no exact numbers were specified it seems like, on average, the ES i7-3770K was 10% faster than the current Core i7-2600K.
Overclocking wise, the chip also had a similar performance with that of its Sandy Bridge counterparts, the highest frequency achieved with all cores active being set at 4.8GHz.
TOPPC expects these results to improve when the CPU hits retail, with 5GHz being possible with all cores active, as Lenzfire reports.
Despite the not so impressive overclocking frequency achieved, the Core i7-3770K does allow for higher DDR3 speeds to be achieved as the maximum available memory option is now 2800MHz.
The Core i7-3770K will include four computing cores with Hyper-Threading support running at a base frequency of 3.5GHz, and also support Intel