PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 Vortex II shows itself
PowerColor's Radeon HD 7970 Vortex II has been spotted at CeBIT. This card will have a 1100MHz core (175MHz overclock) and an overclocked memory clockspeed. The cooling solution features four 8mm heatpipes, a large heatsink and two fans. Check out the photo courtesy of Computerbase.
Cooler Master Eisberg watercooling lineup shown
Cooler Master has two new watercooling products on display at CeBIT; the Eisberg 240 and the Eisberg 120. As the product names suggest, these watercooling kits offer radiators with a size of 240mm and 120mm, respectively.
Both models offer a copper radiator that is designed to be used with two fans in push-pull configuration. Included in the kit is a waterpump from German manufacturer Eheim with ceramic bearings, it has a nominal operation speed of 1500rpm and a maximum speed of 3000rpm. The cooling fluid can be refilled and the kit uses standardized fittings so you can connect third-party components. Cooler Master says the included pump is powerful enough to simultaneously serve four CPU and four GPU cooling blocks.
The Eisberg 120 is expected to cost about 130EUR while the 240 edition should have a MSRP of around 140EUR. Availability is slated for late April, and Cooler Master added that a 360mm edition should follow afterwards.
We'll have to wait for some reviews to see how it performs, but it looks like a good kit that uses quality components and offers expandability. The photo's are courtesy of tweakers.net
iPad 3/HD big new feature may be touch-feedback display
As anticipated, Apple introduced its next-generation iPad at a launch event in San Francisco. The 9.7" tablet has a faster A5X processor, 4G LTE, 5MP digicam, and a Retina screen with 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution. Interestingly, the name of the new tablet isn't "iPad 3" but "the new iPad".
Its E-Sense system creates the impression that a touchscreen has real texture, through so-called 'tixels' using electric fields via elements embedded around the edge of the screen. These tixels can make specific areas of the display feel rough or ridged, for example, in response to the image being displayed on screen. As TNW points out, perhaps the most significant element of this technology, at least as far as the new iPad is concerned, is that E-Sense 'requires no modification of the screen's surface, nor does it use moving parts', meaning that it could conceivably be integrated into Apple's new tablet without requiring substantial re-engineering of the display.
SimCity 2013 announcement trailer
Oh hell yeah -- bring it on ! Maxis presents SimCity, you can expect the game's launch in 2013.
Helicopter crashes during Top Gear shoot
I Am Alive Launch Trailer
ASUS ROG Maximus V Formula introduced at CeBIT
ASUS shows off the ROG Maximus V Formula at CeBIT, a new Intel Z77 based motherboard with 12-phase Digi+ VRM. The VRM area of the Maximus V Formula featured a heatsink with an embedded liquid-cooling channel that can be plugged into your water-cooling loop.
The board has four DDR3-DIMM slots supporting up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR3-2600+ (by OC).
You will spot two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (x8/x8 when both are populated), one PCI-Express 2.0 x4 , one PCI-Express 2.0 x16 and three PCI-Express 2.0 x1. The board embeds a PLX PCIe 2.0 bridge chip to create more PCIe lanes for onboard devices.
On the audio front we see xomething new as well, ThunderFX audio which is a high-grade DAC and AMP circuitry that's ground-isolated from the rest of the motherboard so gain you the best audio quality. You'll get one gigabit Ethernet and a dual-band WiFi module as well.
Check and click the photo.
EVGA announces Classified SR-X motherboard
EVGA introduces the Classified SR-X, a new high-end motherboard that will reportedly be sold for $648.99.
This motherboard sets a new standard for what is considered an enthusiast motherboard with dual CPU support, 4-way SLI support, SATA III 6 GB/s, SAS, USB 3.0 and more. Whether you are an extreme power user, workstation, server admin, folder/cruncher; this is the ultimate board for you. This board was designed from the ground up to support the latest and greatest in technology, and be able to complete any task you throw at it faster than you ever thought possible.
New and Key features introduced on the EVGA Classified SR-X motherboard:
- Dual 6 Phase PWM
- 100% POSCAP Capacitors
- EVGA EZ Voltage Read Points
- Onboard Clear CMOS, Power and Reset Buttons
- NVIDIA 4-Way SLI Support
- PCI-E/DIMM Disable Switches
- More Gold Content in CPU Pins
- EVGA EVbot Support
Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 1000W PSU review
The Silent Pro M2 line of power supplies come with modular cabling, a 135mm hydraulic dynamic bearing fan, copper-aluminium heatsink, single +12V rail and dual-layer EMI filter. Today we focus on the kilowatt model priced 169.90 EUR.
A very nice power supply rates 80+ silver, that comes with a modular design and one big massive whopping 12V rail, which we all like so very much. In fact that translates to 80A / 12V on our 1000W model. Part of the new spec is RoHS and ERP 2010 Certification for a more eco-friendly design and power efficiency. The 135mm fan has been improved by making use of a durable Hydraulic Dynamic Bearing.
Read the review right here.
G.SKILL DDR3 2133MHz 32GB (4x8GB) for Z77
G.SKILL is showing extreme dual channel memory kits, DDR3 2133MHz 32GB (4x8GB), compatible with the latest Z77 motherboards at CeBIT 2012.
Working closely with leading motherboard manufacturers, G.Skill is ready to provide PC enthusiasts the best dual channel memory for the upcoming Z77 motherboards. On the MSI Z77A-GD65 and ASRock Z77 Extreme6 motherboards, G.Skill has demonstrated the 32GB super size memory kits at DDR3 2133MHz ultra high speed with Intel Core i7 2600K processors.
OCZ Vertex 4 Solid State Drive spotted at CeBIT
The Vertex 4 SSD is spotted at CeBIT, the SSD storage unit is no longer based on a SandForce controller but rather on around the Indilinx Everest 2 controller. The SSD is equipped with synchronous MLC NAND Flash and will be capable of transfers speeds up-to 550 MB/sec with a dazzling 90K IOPS.
The model shown at CeBIT is showing an AS SSD run at 367/305 MB/s RW and up to 80,000 IOPS for 4k random reads for now though. It's going to be an interesting SSD series alright.
ASUS TUF Sabertooth Z77 Motherboard
Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to cancel CeBIT ourselves at the last minute, however the word out there iz Z77 alright. Check out what ASUS has been working on with the Sabertooth Z77.
It seems that the thermal armor is back, the plastic cover that functions as overlay on the motherboard. The board comes with four DDR3-DIMM slots and an all-PCIe expansion slot layout (no PCI slots anymore).
The board has two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, one PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4) and the another three PCIe x1 slots.
Storage wise you'll get two additional SATA 6 Gb/s ports next to the standard connectivity. Display outputs are DVI and HDMI. Obviously the board comes with 8-channel HD audio, Gigabit Ethernet and 6 USB 3.0 ports and a good number of USB 2.0 ports. Have a peek at the photo which is courtesy of lab501.
Corsair Accelerator Cache Drives
The Accelerator Series is designed for desktop PC users who want to give their Microsoft Windows based PC a dramatic performance boost with minimal cost and hassle. Corsair’s new line of SSD cache drives includes premium Dataplex caching software froom NVELO, for improved boot times and lightning-quick file access. After connecting an Accelerator Series SSD cache drive to their computer’s SATA port and installing the caching software provided with the drive, users will see an immediate speed boost. No drive mapping, no reinstallation of the operating system or applications, and no complex file management is needed
MSI QM77 Fanless Ivy Bridge Mini-ITX mobo
MSI outs the Intel QM77 7-series chipset, which was specially designed to be used together with the chipmaker
Gigabyte All-in-One Barebone for Gamers
The CPU (central processing unit) can be selected from a list made up for Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 models (supported by an Intel H61 Mini-ITX motherboard with LGA 1155 socket). Two DDR3-1333 memory slots are present, enabling a total of 8 GB of random access memory (RAM).
Also, a PCI Express x16 slot will hold whatever video board users decide on, even dual-slot models.
You'll spot a 2.5-inch drive dock can hold a hard disk drive or a solid state drive, depending on what buyers value more between capacity and transfer speed. That is just a bonus feature, though. The main drive goes into a 3.5-inch bay.
Other specs include a slim optical drive slot on the side, two Mini PCIe slots and a 24-inch Full HD LED-backlit LCD (1,920 x 1,090 pixels resolution) with 2-point multi-touch support. Finally, the connectivity and I/O range is composed of a 4-in-1 card reader, two USB 3.0 ports, a webcam, Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, D-Sub, HDMI and optional Bluetooth 2.1 and WiFi.
Gigabyte has not given the GB-AEGT - as the AiO is called - price and availibility is TBA.
AMD and Nuvixa team up
AMD today announced it has invested in Nuvixa, Inc., a developer of gesture-based video communication and presentation solutions, through AMD Ventures (formerly the AMD Fusion Fund program). Leveraging depth-sensing camera technologies, the Nuvixa StagePresence immersive video presentation tool extracts a presenter from virtually any background environment, and embeds their live video persona within any compatible digital desktop or slide content. Image processing enhancements only available via OpenCL and AMD accelerated processing units (APUs) create immersive performance and quality improvements that deliver close to double the frame rate1 and a more immersive experience to online audiences.
"Nuvixa is on the cutting edge of video processing technology and exemplifies why we created AMD Ventures; to foster an ecosystem that enhances the consumer and commercial computing experience," said Manju Hegde, corporate vice president, Content, Applications and Solutions at AMD. "The uniquely powerful compute capabilities of AMD APUs coupled with software solutions from companies like Nuvixa are bringing gesture-based computing and immersive video experiences beyond the conference room and into today's notebook and desktop PCs, tablets and other consumer electronic devices."
"Being selected by AMD Ventures provides us with additional financial backing to continue to innovate, and world-class technical support that enables us to fully leverage AMD's latest APU architecture," said Sanjay Patel, chief executive officer and co-founder of Nuvixa. "Together we are radically expanding what is possible with video, and offering these advanced capabilities to a vast audience of professionals, consumers and academia producing digital presentations and online video experiences for sales, training, online courses and so much more."
AMD and Nuvixa are collaborating to optimize StagePresence software on desktop and notebook PCs accelerated by OpenCL to efficiently harness the compute power of both the CPU and GPU cores in the AMD APU. With this optimization, Nuvixa StagePresence is able to achieve up to 96 percent better performance, resulting in nearly double the frame rate possible with the CPU alone. Nuvixa StagePresence enables capture of the high-resolution live video of a presenter and overlays it into any presentation or digital desktop in real time, without a green screen or special video editing software, using advanced heterogeneous computing algorithms.
AMD's product strategy synergistically combines both CPU and GPU technology to create APUs that improve user experiences through a vibrant worldwide AMD developer ecosystem. This ecosystem includes new software, hardware, business models, consumer electronic devices, intellectual property, processes, support models, and other new developments. Through AMD Ventures, AMD works with the companies in which it invests to enable differentiated solutions optimized on AMD hardware platforms.
Nuvixa, Inc. is the developer of superior gesture-enhanced video communication and presentation solutions for businesses, professionals and consumers. The company's mission is to deliver innovation in digital collaboration through merging the 'human' element with content - whether it's through video conferencing, online presentations or user-generated entertainment, for better engagement and retention. Formed in 2009, Nuvixa is a privately-held company.
Command Using a Smartphone with ROCCAT Power-Grid
German gaming peripherals manufacturer, ROCCAT Studios, has introduced a groundbreaking technology called the ROCCAT Power-Grid that - for the first time in the history of PC gaming - lets players control their games and computer with their smartphone. And, in what is surely music to the ears of many players, the Power-Grid is completely free to get started.
Connect, monitor and control - all from a smartphone
The free-to-download Power-Grid is a tool that lets gamers connect, monitor and control their game and PC in real time while staying completely absorbed in the action. The app comes standard with four control displays - or "grids". Three grids have been preloaded with a wide range of essential gaming tools
ASUS DSL-N55U Gigabit ADSL Modem Router
The ASUS DSL-N55U utilizes a powerful tri-antenna, dual-CPU design that offers the complete benefit of ADSL modem and router features in one streamlined and easy to use device. It supports simultaneous 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz transmission at up to 600 Mbps, making it an ideal choice for power users, gamers, and consumers who stream HD media regularly. Quick and simple installation gets users online complication-free, while two USB ports afford multi-role usability as a file, media, and printer server.
Two dedicated devices in one at twice the speed
Equipped with two discrete CPUs, the DSL-N55U carries out both modem and router duties in wired and wireless modes. It thus saves users the space, energy requirements, and cost of maintaining a separate ADSL modem and router. With its integrated home gateway design, the tri-antenna DSL-N55U works in dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies simultaneously, giving users access to 300 Mbps per band, or a total of 600 Mbps in bandwidth. The 2.4 GHz band can be used for normal online tasks such as web browsing, email, and social networking, while the cleaner and less congested 5 GHz band remains free for intense applications such as online multiplayer gaming and HD multimedia streaming. The DSL-N55U supports up to 300,000 concurrent data sessions, similar to other high end network products from ASUS. It therefore outperforms basic modem routers by up to a factor of 20. The three antennas combine with exclusive ASUS Ai Radar signal enhancement technology, detecting local conditions and the positions of connected devices to ensure the best possible transmission quality. Ai Radar extends coverage range by overcoming obstacles and sources of interference, and results in a more reliable signal.
EZ UI delivers ease of installation and use
The ASUS EZ UI interface auto-detects ISP settings, so a connection can be established in seconds. Users simply follow several on-screen instructions to configure their home network, with no disc or manual required. The DSL-N55U takes out the complexity from modem and router setup, and offers users the full benefit of its features within minutes of first opening the box. ASUS plans to incorporate its ASUSWRT firmware into the DSL-N55U via a live upgrade in April, offering access to multiple SSIDs, IPv6, 3G sharing, and the Download Master web-based interface. ASUSWRT was previously incorporated into the ASUS RT-N66U.
Dual USB ports enable extensive expandability
With the standardized accessibility of USB, the DSL-N55U can transform instantly into a file, media, or printer server for even greater utility and multi-role value. It comes fully DLNA-compatible for seamless integration with a variety of devices, from game consoles to set top boxes. Powered USB also serves to recharge portable devices such as smartphones and tablets.