NZXT Switch 810 Hybrid PC Case
The NZXT Switch 810 is a new chassis from NZXT. It is a large tower case with enough room on the inside for most motherboards and CPUs. Likewise, it is possible to install even the biggest CPU coolers, thanks to a large cutout on the motherboard tray that lets such things be installed without removing the platform. Moving on, up to seven HDDs or SSDs can be held by the internal HDD pull-out cages.
Furthermore, the various 5.25-inch and 2.5-inch drive bays permit tool-free installation of storage devices.
One of the so-called
Three New AMD FX CPUs Will Arrive next Month
There are three new processors, well APUs. from Advanced Micro Devices closing in on retail stores, according to Donim Haber.
They are called FX-8140, FX-6120 and FX-4150 and will probably be launched in March, 2012 (next month).
FX-4150, as the weakest of the trio, features four cores, each working at a base frequency of 3.9 GHz and a Turbo Core rating of 4.1 GHz. The second unit, FX-6120, can reach the same Turbo Core level as above, even though its six cores function at 3.5 GHz normally.
As for the FX-8140, it is a strong, 8-core central processor (4 modules) whose base frequency is of 3.2 GHz and whose maximum Turbo Core performance is of, again, 4.1 GHz.
All three newcomers draw 95W of energy, though it may be possible for the 8-core to come in a 125W variant as well.
If anything, this shows that AMD is not about to back out of the processor segment, even if it has stopped bothering with trying to outmatch Intel on the high-end front.
Finally, the FX-4150 boasts 12 MB of cache memory, while the FX-6120 comes with 14 MB and the FX-8140 has 16 MB.
Far Cry 3 - Gameplay Trailer
Millions of infected machines might go offline March 8 -
In three weeks, the FBI could knock millions of infected systems offline by disabling some DNS servers as techspot reported. In November, Estonian authorities arrested six men suspected of using "DNSChanger Trojan" malware to redirect victims to malicious websites and block them from genuine security sites that might've removed the infection. According to a report by Brian Krebs, the Trojan was on over four million computers in more than 100 countries, including 500,000 in the US -- and not just home users, either. The malware is reportedly still present on computers at half of the Fortune 500 companies and at approximately half of all federal agencies.
Come March 8, the court order allowing the feds to replace the bogus DNS servers will expire. Unless that's extended, the surrogate servers will be unplugged and millions still plagued by DNSChanger will lose Web access. Even the order is prolonged, experts worry the cleanup will take years as with Conficker.
Checking your system for DNSChanger is relatively simple. You can use ipconfig /all in the Windows command prompt to get your DNS information, which can be compared against the numbers here. The DNSChanger Working Group also provides a list of free resources that'll help you clean your machine(s).
ASRock Game Blaster audio card shows up
ASRock worked together with Creative to introduce the Game Blaster, a new audio card with Broadcom Gigabit LAN. It's a proprietary product though, it's only supported by ASRock's X79 based motherboards. Pricing and availability is unknown.
World's top 3 motherboard manufacturer, ASRock Inc., specially partners with Creative Technology Ltd, the worldwide leader in digital entertainment products for the personal computer, to introduce the most trusted sound card in mobo industry - Game Blaster!
Gamers need so much more from their rigs. ASRock Game Blaster was designed to exceed the expectations of even the most dedicated gamer. It is the first sound card coming with both Creative 7.1 CH HD Sound Core3D Audio and Broadcom Gigabit LAN in the world.
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Roccat Kulo headset with velvet donut earpads
Roccat announced its Kulo gaming headsets will now ship with a new set of earpads. We do have news for you: From now on the award-winning Kulo gaming headsets will be shipped with a new set of earpads
ASUS Essence One review
The ASUS Essence 1 is easily one of the most anticipated products to come along in the PC audio community in quite some time as many seen it as ASUS moving out of the general audio market and taking a shot at entry into the true high end audio marketplace. Can this new product offer excellent sound quality, features demanded by the external audio market and all for a reasonable price?
NVIDIA: 28nm yields not as good as anticipated
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang told investors during yesterday's earnings call that TSMC is doing fabulously with its 28nm ramp. Yields on 28nm wafers are higher at the same point in the cycle than they were for the 40nm node, but unfortunately not as good as the company was anticipating three months ago.
Huang calmly explained that TSCM is "doing fabulously" with the 28 nanometer ramp, particularly compared to the 40 nanometer processes that were used on its prior "Fermi" generation of GPUs. The yields on 28 nanometer wafers are actually higher at the same point in the cycle than they were at TSMC for the 40 nanometer node, which had its share of issues, but the yields for 28 nanometer are nonetheless not as good as the company was anticipating three months ago.
Equally significantly for Nvidia, the number of design wins it has for its "Kepler" series of embedded and discrete GPUs is higher than the design wins for the previous generation Fermi chips, so there is larger demand bumping up against constrained supply.
"We're ramping our Kepler GPUs very hard, but we could use more wafers," Huang said on the call. "Our expectation is that yields will improve, and as output increases, our costs will go down.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 SE
NVIDIA is planning to release a GeForce GTX 560 SE based on a GF114 GPU with two disabled SMs. This card would offer performance similar to the GeForce GTX 555 (OEM edition) and is aimed at derailing AMD's Radeon HD 7770. The card is anticipated to be available within weeks.
As the branding suggest, GTX 560 SE is a salvaged GF114 derivative with 2 SMs disabled for a total of 288 SP and 48 TMU. The core is clocked at 776 MHz and shaders at 1552 MHz. 1 MC is disabled, so the memory interface is 192-bit mated to 3828 MHz 1GB GDDR5 for a total bandwidth of 92 GB/s.
GTX 560 SE will offer similar performance to GTX 555 OEM and is squarely aimed at AMD's latest Radeon HD 7770. While the aging GF114 is never going to match the performance/watt ratio offered by AMD's latest 28nm GPUs, the GTX 560 SE will offer excellent performance/price value if priced around the $150 mark - much like the GTX 460 SE did towards the end of GF104's relatively short life cycle.
AMD Radeon HD 7800 in March, NVIDIA Kepler in April
Sources at graphics card makers told DigiTimes that AMD plans to release its Radeon HD 7870 and Radeon HD 7850 in the first half of March, while NVIDIA is set to introduce its Kepler GPUS in April:
Although AMD is also set to launch its highest-end Radeon HD 7990 (New Zealand), there is still no firm launch schedule.
Nvidia is expected to have at least eight models of graphics cards in April including GTX690, GTX660 and GTX640 with GK110, GK104 and GK106 cores.
Antec debuts three EarthWatts Platinum PSUs
Antec released three EarthWatts Platinum power supplies, including a 450W, 550W and 650W model that will be sold for $109.95, $119.95 and $129.95, respectively. As the product name suggests, all three units have 80Plus Platinum certification.
Antec, Inc., the global leader in high-performance computer components, announces EarthWatts Platinum, the latest in its series of power supplies. With the addition of EarthWatts Platinum, Antec has effectively upgraded the EarthWatts family of energy-conscious power supplies to the highest standard of efficiency.
With 450W, 550W and 650W models in its desktop lineup, EarthWatts Platinum ensures that environmentally-conscious corporations and energy-savvy end users alike can take advantage of the benefits of 80 PLUS
Max Payne 3 - Official Trailer #2
Free CeBIT 2012 tickets from Guru3D and OCZ
Ever wanted to go to the largest computer show in the world? You can in 2012
AMD Catalyst 12.3 RC Driver Download
AMD has today issued another graphics driver, a preview version of the Catalyst 12.3 RC which is set to come in WHQL-tagged form next month.
Recommended for 'gamers', this preview release includes all the updates of Catalyst 12.1 as well. We have a discussion on our forums iopen on these drivers right here.
AMD Catalyst Application Profile - 12.1 CAP3 Download
Grab the new AMD Catalyst Application Profile - 12.1 CAP3 release. These are the Catalyst profiles for multi-GPU support.
This release of ATI Catalyst delivers support for the latest ATI CrossFireX profiles in a separate executable file ensuring users have access to the absolute latest set of profiles installed on their PC.
Latest profiles added :
- Alan Wake: The American Nightmare - Improves CrossFire performance
HIS Radeon HD 7750 iCooler review
HIS decided to jump on the bandwagon and releases a slightly customized R7750, it's named the HIS 7750 iCooler 1GB. As you can tell from the photo below the card is all customized, a nice blue PCB and a cooler, that though eats two slots, makes the cards virtually silent. Much much better then the reference AMD design really.
The card remains 100% reference clocked though at a price of give or take 99 USD it might give it enough bite for a game or two in the lower resolutions.
Check out the review right here.
AOC Unveils 27-inch High Definition LED Monitor
AOC, the worldwide leader in monitor display technology, announces the e2752Vh, a widescreen 27-inch LED monitor that delivers stunningly crisp and impressive image quality, as well as solid performance with a two millisecond response time. Ideal for multimedia applications, the energy efficient display also features two built-in 2.5 watt speakers for SRS-quality sound and is perfectly suited for PC gaming and Home Theater environments. The e2752Vh will be available for $299.99 in April at national retailers including TigerDirect, Best Buy, Newegg and Amazon, among others.
Unfortuntaly the big mistake they made is that the monitor only has a resoluion of 1920x1080.
"This cost-effective WLED monitor cuts down on energy consumption while offering the features that power users search for in a display - an extremely fast response time, impressive image quality and a sizeable screen," said Robert Velez, AOC Marketing Manager.
The e2752Vh is able to display 16.7 million colors and offers a 2 ms response time that provides crisp, clear images even in fast action sequences while gaming or watching action films. The ultra-high dynamic contrast ratio of 20,000,000:1 reveals more depth and detail in darker scenes, while built-in speakers provide improved desktop sound. The versatile monitor is VESA 100 mm wall mount compliant, meaning that it can be used on a desktop or conveniently mounted on the wall to save space.
The monitor's slim and streamlined appearance is complemented by ergonomic, user-friendly design. The e2752Vh includes easily accessible digital and power connections that are rear-facing for direct insertion, a placement that is much more convenient than the more common downward-pointing ports. The monitor settings can be adjusted via the on-screen menu system, which is available in 14 languages including English, French and Spanish. The iMenu option also allows the user to change settings using only the keyboard and mouse, so that it is not necessary to reach up to the screen to adjust contrast, brightness and other preset modes. Other bonus features include embedded Screen+ software that divides the screen into four self-contained work areas for improved productivity, and an Off Timer that sets an alarm clock to turn off the monitor automatically.
Along with delivering strong performance, image quality and bonus features, the ENERGY STAR-compliant e2752Vh also reduces energy costs and environmental impact. The display's LED backlight is completely free of toxic Mercury, and the monitor also includes an eSaver feature that lets the user preset power conservation modes for the display when the PC is not in use. The monitor's Power Saving Mode uses 50 percent less power, and Standby Mode uses only 0.1w.
- 27" viewable image size, diagonal
- 20,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
- 2 ms GTG response time
- 16:9 Aspect ratio
- 300 cd/m
Samsung Series 9 ultra-slim laptop
Samsung showed off its second-generation Series 9 ultra-slim laptop lineup. Available in 13.3" and 15" editions, the Series 9 offers a aluminium unibody with a thickness of only 12.9mm, the Intel Sandy Bridge processor and a 1600 x 900 pixel LED-backlit display with 400 nits brightness.
Pricing starts at $1,399 and $1,499, respectively. Samsung didn't go into details about the 15-inch Series 9 model (it did mention that it weights 1.59 kg / 3.5 lbs) but it did provide a full scoop on the 13.3-inch NT900X3B-A74 notebook (priced at about $2,376 locally), saying that it packs a 1.7 GHz Core i7-2637M processor, Intel HD 3000 graphics, 4 GB of RAM, a 256 GB solid state drive, dual 1.5 W speakers, a 4-in-1 card reader, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, one USB 3.0 ports, a mini HDMI output, and a 6-cell (40 Wh) battery.