Alienware M11x Gets Core i3/i5/i7 gets NVIDIA Optimus
Alienware M11x was said to have been designed as the gaming alternative to the netbook industry, but Dell preferred to call it an ultraportable gaming machine.
This laptop comes with a 11.1-inch chassis and packed some of the most performance-capable components for its form factor. On that note, it appears that the small gaming rig is about to get a much-welcome upgrade that is bound to further boost up performance.
Now optional are Intel's latest Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors. This is certainly a step up from the Intel Core 2 Duo processors that were available on the initial design. In addition, it appears that users will also be able to take advantage of that unique NVIDIA Optimus technology, which is expected to increase battery life, without compromising on battery life.
The move to the latest processors should be appreciated by fans of the Alienware brand and computer enthusiasts, which will now be able to enjoy a gaming experience on a solid portable computer that comes with a stunning 11.6-inch display. The new upgrade option doesn't include the system graphics card and other components, with the machine supporting the GeForce GT 335M, up to 8GB of RAM and an option for an HDD or an SSD. Dell's Alienware M11x is now available.
OCZ Vertex 2 Pro and Vertex 2 EX enterprise SSDs
OCZ officially introduced the Vertex 2 Pro and Vertex 2 Ex, two new enterprise solid state disks with the SandForce SF-1500 controller. The Vertex 2 Pro is a new SATA II model with MLC NAND flash memory, it's available in capacities of 50GB to 400GB and offers read speeds of up to 285MB/s, write speeds of up to 275MB/s and 50,000 IOPS (4KB random write). The Vertex 2 EX on the other hand uses SLC NAND flash memory, it's available in sizes of 50GB to 200GB and promises similar performance as the Vertex 2 Pro model. Additionally, a SAS version will also be made available to clients that require this interface.
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and flash-based storage as an alternative to hard disk drives (HDDs), unveils the Vertex 2 Pro and Vertex 2 EX Solid State Drive (SSD) Series, high-performance 2.5 inch storage solutions designed for enterprise applications.
Built with the latest SandForce SF-1500 SSD processors, the Vertex 2 Pro/EX series of SSDs addresses the limitations of NAND flash memory in I/O-intensive environments and maximizes endurance and reliability. As a viable enterprise-grade, Multi-Level Cell (MLC) solution, Vertex 2 Pro features transfer rates up to 285MB/s read, 275MB/s write, and 4KB random writes up to 50,000 Input/Output per second (IOPS). Ideal for rigorous applications and workloads, the Vertex 2 EX uses Single-Level Cell (SLC) memory, which has ten times the program/erase (P/E) cycles with the same enhanced performance as the Pro edition. Additionally, a Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) version will be made available to clients making use of the interface in their storage infrastructures.
Vertex 2 Pro/EX SSDs feature several enterprise-specific features not available on the consumer product lines; both series have a built-in supercapacitor that acts as a temporary power backup in the event of sudden power loss, enabling the drive to complete its task ensuring no data loss. Vertex 2 Pro/EX also provides superior ECC protection and unique technology that mimics RAID-like protection and recovery from flash block failures on a single drive.
Furthermore, Vertex 2 Pro/EX increases the longevity of NAND flash memory with intelligent block management and wear-leveling to extend endurance and overall reliability of the device. This feature automatically stores data in an AES-128 encrypted format to prevent data extraction to maintain security of confidential information, a necessity in an enterprise environment.
Core i5 760 planned for Q3 2010
Rumors surface that there will be a faster LGA 1156 based Core i5 out in Q3. The core i5 series is the entry level Core quad-core processors series from Intel on socket 1156.
- Four x86 processing cores with support for HyperThreading technology
- Dual-channel DDR3 memory controller specified to run DDR3-1066 and DDR3-1333 modules
- Support for TurboBoost technology.
- 32 KB instruction + 32 KB data L1 cache per core
- 256 KB L2 cache per core
- Large 8 MB L3 cache shared by all 4 cores
The processor would be clocked at 2.8GHz and comes with the usual 8MB of cache, four threads and four cores. The TDP is similar to its sibling at 95W. This processor would only be a small step faster than the i5 750 which is clocked at 2.66 GHz.
Motherboard makers see 10 percent drop in revenue
DigiTimes reports first-tier motherboard makers Asustek, Pegatron, MSI and Gigabyte all saw over 10 percent on-month revenue drops in May, due to declining demand from Europa and China.
Asustek announced revenues of NT$21.84 billion (US$674.12 million) for May, down 22% on month, but up 79.71% on year. The company's combined revenues for the first five months of 2010 reached NT$124.57 billion, up 83.22% on year.
Although Asustek's president Jerry Shen previously noted that the company will see flat performance in its second quarter revenues, as Asustek's notebook, netbook and motherboard businesses are all seeing weakening demand, some market watchers believe Asustek's second quarter revenues will drop 5-10% sequentially.
Starcraft II Commercial
End of Nations Trailer + Diary
End of Nations brings real-time strategy (RTS) and massively multiplayer online (MMO) games together for a gaming experience that is a revolutionary leap forward. Armed with an array of advanced technologies, this new world order promised it would never allow another global disaster, but the price was unquestioned obedience. Benevolence quickly turned to tyranny as individual freedom and cultural identity were crushed under the tank-treads of the Order of Nations.
Revolutionaries everywhere are now banding together to challenge this totalitarian enemy in the ultimate war for the future of mankind.
Here's a trailer and developer diary for End of Nations, an MMORTS being developed by Petroglyph, which creted by veterans from the original Command & Conquer.
Intel discusses Many Integrated Core Architecture (Larrabee) (video)
If you like to know what intel is doing with its Larrabee architecure, have a look at the following video. It is a video demonstration of its Many Integrated Core Architecture at YouTube, this supercomputing architecture is based on the axed Larrabee GPU.
Be among the first to see Intel's new Many Integrated Core Architecture in action. This is a short video of the demo that was shown at International Supercomputing conference in Hamburg Germany 2010. This 32 core - 128 thread co-processor is currently still in development. This software development kit is codenamed Knights Ferry and is the first product in a line of Knights family of coprocessors.
Security Breach: 114,000 iPad Owners Exposed
WD TV Live Plus HD Media Player
In addition to Netflix, the WD TV Live Plus HD media player also enables users to stream personalized Internet content from YouTube, Flickr, Pandora, Live365, as well as the MediaFly network which includes daily podcasts from CNN, NBC, MTV, ESPN and other online content providers1. Unlike most other Netflix-capable devices, the WD TV Live Plus HD media player also lets consumers enjoy a broad variety of the digital media they already own, creating a unified entertainment experience.
The onscreen menu brings together all of the users' available media in an elegant and simple-to-navigate interface, while the network capability enables users to stream movies from PC or Mac computers, USB storage devices such as My Passport portable hard drives, My Book desktop drives, or network-attached storage such as WD's My Book World Edition and WD ShareSpace to their HDTVs. Compatible with Windows 7, the WD TV Live Plus HD media player enables the Windows 7 Play To feature so users can initiate and control the streaming of video, music or photos to the media player and home entertainment systems from any Windows 7-based PC on their network.
The WD TV Live Plus HD media player fulfills consumers' growing demand for large libraries of digital videos, photos and music. According to research firm Parks Associates, the average broadband household will see its digital media storage needs grow to nearly 900 GB by year-end 2014. And users are increasingly looking for easy ways to enjoy the content on the big screen. Parks' findings reveal that the sales of connected consumer electronics devices, such as connected TVs and digital media adapters, is expected to more than double from 57 million units in 2009 to 115 million units in 2013 (Home Networks for Consumer Electronics 2009).
Similar to the popular generations of WD TV HD media players that preceded it, the WD TV Live Plus HD media player connects directly to a users' HDTV and plays almost any file stored on a connected USB drive such as My Passport portable hard drives. The WD TV Live Plus HD media player features powerful media processing, which enables playback in Full-HD 1080p resolution. WD TV Live Plus HD media player also plays movies, music and photos stored on other popular USB devices such as digital camcorders and digital cameras.
"Netflix has become a 'must have' for consumer electronics devices," said Netflix vice president of business development Bill Holmes. "We're proud to align with WD to include Netflix on WD's groundbreaking WD TV Live Plus HD media player."
"While Netflix can be found on an increasing number of products such as Internet TVs, Blu-ray Players, video game consoles, and other stand-alone devices, the WD TV Live Plus media player is unique as it allows digital media buffs to access and play all of their own personal HD media stored anywhere on their network or USB drives. At the same time they can easily stream Netflix, Pandora, YouTube and other Internet favorites to their HDTV," said Dale Pistilli, vice president of marketing for WD's branded products group.
WD TV Live Plus HD Media Player
Features of the WD TV Live Plus HD media player include:
- Full-HD 1080p video playback and navigation with the included remote control and crisp, animated navigation menus;
- Access to thousands of TV episodes and movies to watch instantly for any Netflix member with an unlimited subscription;
- Wireless ready to support wireless network connection to your home network with an optional USB wireless adapter, which is sold separately;
- Supports a wide variety of the most popular file formats with no need to spend time transcoding;
- Play videos, music and photos from the Internet on your big screen TV and discover new music with Pandora Internet radio or listen to thousands of radio stations via Live365 Internet radio, daily podcasts from the MediaFly network including CNN, NBC, MTV, ESPN and other online content providers;
- Ethernet port for wired or WiFi connection2 to access files anywhere on the network to play movies, music, and photos from any PC or drive on a home network;
- Turns a USB drive into an HD media player and plays content from most popular USB drives, digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players that can be recognized as mass storage devices;
- Unlimited media collection, just add more USB drives for more space; Two USB ports that allow seamless media playback from multiple USB drives displayed in a single list and sorted by media type;
- Windows 7-compatible Play To feature enables users to stream Windows 7 computer files to the TV through WD TV Plus HD media player;
- Transfer files by copying, moving or deleting files stored on a USB drive, a network drive, camcorder, or a camera to the attached USB drive using the on-screen menus;
- Works with digital cameras, digital video cameras and any other digital imaging device that supports Picture Transfer Protocol;
- Advanced navigation options including thumbnail and list views, media library and search;
- Photo viewing to create custom slide shows, zoom and pan and search;
- Movie viewing with fast-forward, rewind, pause, zoom and pan, view subtitles, and search;
- Music playback with fast-forward, rewind, pause, shuffle, repeat and search; HDMI 1.3 port, composite video and component video output4 for the highest quality HDTV or home theater;
- SPDIF digital output that sends digital signals to your AV receiver for the best surround sound experience; and,
- Ultra-compact design to fit easily into a home entertainment center.
VIA EITX-3001 squeezes 1080p HD playback onto tiny mainboard
You can generally rely on VIA for a skinny mainboard with HD credentials, and their new VIA EITX-3001 doesn
NVIDIA GF104, GF106 and GF108 roadmap surfaces
In mid-July we will be seeing a "460" or "GF104" GPU from NVIDIA. It should MSRP around $230 and have very good overclocking potential. The 450 and 455, "GF106" series GPU will hitting the ground in mid-August and will be retailing at $129 - $179 price points, these GPUs will be replacing the 250 series. The 240 will be replaced in August or September by a "GF108."
The most interesting product will of course be the GeForce GTX 460. The specifications as rumored thuis far show that the GPU will make use of all the components available on the GF104, which include 240 CUDA cores, and will feature 768 MB of GDDR5 memory across a 192-bit wide memory interface. That's pretty much everything available.
OCZ StealthXStream 2 PSU series
OCZ released the StealthXStream 2, a new series of non-modular power supplies that are cooled by a 120mm fan and feature an efficiency of up to 85 percent.
Redesigned to provide higher efficiencies, quieter operation, and a sleeker updated look, the StealthXStream 2 Series offers an excellent value for performance to accompany home, gaming, or enthusiast systems.
"Three years ago we launched the original StealthXStream PSU line with the goal of delivering a power supply with the right balance of performance, features, and value," said Alex Mei, CMO at the OCZ Technology Group. "The new StealthXStream 2 is the natural evolution of this popular line and features an updated core, a sleeker more compact form factor making it easy to integrate into any chassis and plenty of stable power for dual GPU platforms, and with a complete range of models to choose customers can select the perfect wattage for their unique system configuration."
Qualified under the expertise of the Power Management division at PC Power & Cooling, the StealthXStream 2 is built for superior reliability at an extremely affordable price point. Designed for the value-minded consumer seeking quiet performance and an understated design, the StealthXStream 2 is ideal for system builders and enthusiasts who prefer a low-key PSU that even at peak loads remains virtually silent and excludes flashy LEDs to ensure it is not seen or heard. Additionally, the PSU is kept supremely cool with a newly upgraded 120mm ball-bearing fan for additional noise reduction.
Available in up to 700W configurations, the StealthXStream 2 is well-suited for driving higher end systems and provides sufficient output to power dual-GPU and CPU platforms (SLI and CrossFire Ready). Meeting all energy saving requirements, the series features 80-Plus
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Danamics LMX Superleggera (liquid metal) CPU cooler review
Danamics LMX Superleggera (liquid metal) CPU cooler review
It has been a topic of much discussion, the liquid metal based LMX CPU cooler from Danamics. With actual liquid metal inside a heatpipe loop, which is circulated by a electromagnetic pump creating flow inside the CPU cooler, touching the aluminum heat fins which are armed with two fans to quickly and easily get rid of heat. Stuff from the future? Hmm, nope... we test the real thing.
You can check out this Guru3D review right here.
ATI Southern Islands GPU still expected in 2010
AMD did not show off any new GPUs at Computex, even behind closed doors, but that Southern Islands is still on track for a 2010 launch. Chips that cannot be demonstrated in early June naturally do not come out during back-to-school (BTS) season, a crucial timeframe for computer makers and chipmakers.
But according to a news-story published by Computer Base web-site, ATI has a clear intention to release its Southern Islands this year and sometimes in the autumn, not winter. The SI family will offer higher performance compared to currently available ATI Radeon HD 5000
VisionTek Killer 2100 Gaming NIC
VisionTek partnered with Bigfoot to launch its Killer 2100 gaming network cardat $129.99 to get a couple of milliseconds less latency in their favorite online games.
VisionTek Products today announced the official launch of the VisionTek Killer
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days E3 2010 Trailer
SBK Superbike World Championship
This one has all the good graphics to be a instant classic if this superior images go hand in hand with superior gameplay, but, because the game is not out, we can only guest it's gameplay by reading this preview of the game. For all of those interested in bikes, this is a must read.