GIGAZONE G1SGS Gaming PC Chassis
GIGAZONE, a brand owned by GIGABYTE, introduced its GZ-G1SGS gaming PC chassis. The ATX mid-tower chassis is designed to maintain positive air pressure, and cool multi-GPU gaming PC hardware inside. It features all-black interiors. Drive bays include two 5.25" (with one having an aesthetic optical drive lid), and seven 3.5" bays. The motherboard tray supports ATX, micro-ATX, and mini-ITX boards, with a cutout that makes handling CPU coolers with backplates easy.
Ventilation includes two 120 mm front intake fans, one 120 mm top exhaust fan, provision for one rear 120 mm fan, and two 120 mm fans on the side-panel. The front utility panel includes HD audio front-panel jacks, two USB 3.0 ports (standard header), and two USB 2.0/1.1 ports. Measuring 190 x 490 x 465 mm (WxDxH), the case is largely made of SECC-steel and ABS plastic. Backed by a 1 year warranty, the GIGAZONE GZ-G1SGS is priced at 6,980 JPY (US $86); it will be available from April 14.
WD Launches Scorpio Blue Internal HDDs
Available in both 320GB and 500GB capacities, the WD Scorpio Blue is Western Digital
Century CRAS2U3CP USB 3.0 Cloning Dock
PC market no longer shrinking
The worldwide PC market saw a slight increase in volume during the first quarter of 2012 (1Q12) compared to the same quarter in 2011, with shipments rising 2.3%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. The results are slightly above IDC's February projections of a 0.9% year-on-year decline due to hard disk drive (HDD) supply constraints in addition to weak economic conditions, competition from other devices, and uncertainty about Windows 8.
HDD supply remained a key constraint through most of the first quarter, although PC makers generally had better access to drives than customers in the retail and distribution channels. As a result, large PC vendors were able to maintain shipments by managing inventory or absorbing price increases, while the impact to shipments from smaller PC makers was in line with expectations.
"PC market growth remained limited in the first quarter as HDD supply and other factors limited demand," said Loren Loverde, IDC vice president of Worldwide Consumer Device Trackers. "Nevertheless, history has shown that periods of slower growth are followed by recovery as improving technologies make replacements as well as new purchases increasingly compelling. As a result, we expect PC shipments to pick up significantly by the fourth quarter and beyond as HDD supply and pricing are normalized, Windows 8 is launched, and replacements pick up.
"Slow growth in the U.S. shows that despite interesting and new form factors like all-in-one (AIO) desktop PCs and Ultrabook
Medal of Honor Warfighter Gameplay Trailer
Max Payne 3 - Bullet Time Video
Bullet Time, Max's key to evening up the odds and surviving, is at the heart of Max Payne 3's gameplay. Check out the latest video in the Design and Technology Series that shows how enhancements to this signature mechanic add a new level of drama and detail to the third person shooter.
Bullet Time, Max's key to evening up the odds and surviving, is at the heart of Max Payne 3's gameplay. Check out the latest video in the Design and Technology Series that shows how enhancements to this signature mechanic add a new level of drama and detail to the third person shooter
MSI GeForce GTX 680 TwinFrozr III OC
MSI is going to release their MSI GeForce GTX 680 TwinFrozr III OC today. Looking at the board from first impressions, the PCB seems to be 100% reference. The card is equipped with 2 GB of graphics memory. The TwinFrozr III cooler has five thick 8mm heatpipes which should give some good cooling performance.
Clocks wise the reference products have a 1004 Mhz clock frequency whereas the MSI GeForce GTX 680 TwinFrozr III OC is clocked at 1058 MHz. The memory is clocked at 6008 MHz (datarate). The card comes with a HDMI, DP and two Dual-lin DVI connectors.
The card just arrived and is scheduled for a review soon. I know earlier on some photo's already leaked, but I already wanted to show you a couple of photo's on the product we shot ourselves.
Enermax KW001 Briskie Keyboard mouse combo review
Keyboard kits come in all sizes, shapes and forms .. and that's next to a gazillion of manufacturers that offers them. Surprisingly enough a few weeks ago Enermax, the guys behind the best power supplies and the brightest fans also launched a keyboard/mouse combo. Briskie is all about value and as such for 25 USD/EUR you get a mouse and what we think is a very decent wireless RF keyboard.
Click here to read the review.
Point of View Android 4.0 Tablet: ProTab 2 IPS
Point of View launches today their newest Android 4.0 Tablet: ProTab 2 IPS.
One of the most important features
Crucial Releases "000F" Firmware Update for M4 SSD
Crucial released their newest firmware update for the Crucial M4 series SSDs, "000F", introduces the following changes:
- Improved compatibility with certain SAS expanders and peripheral RAID cards.
- Improved throughput stability under extremely heavy workloads.
- Improved data protection in the event of unexpected, asynchronous power loss.
1024 x 768 monitor resolution finally overtaken
It certainly took a while but 1366 x 768 pixels overtook 1024 x 768 as the most popular screen resolution worldwide, for computers, according to the latest statistics by StatCount.
This new dominant screen resolution is a particularly important statistic for web-developers, as they can now make their designs more optimized for at least 1366 pixels-wide screens.
Believe it or not but 1920 x 1080 and 1680 x 1050 hold less than 5% of the market-share each. The growth of 1366 x 768 could have been propelled by dominance in the notebook market (across almost all market-segments), and entry-level PC monitor market.
Zotac ZBOX nano XS mini PC
Zotac reveals the ZBOX nano XS AD11 Plus, a new Mini PC that is 17 percent smaller than Zotac's previous smallest computer. Measuring just 106mm x 106mm x 37mm, this system features AMD's E-450 APU with integrated graphics, 2GB DDR3 and a 64GB mSATA SSD. The full specifications can be viewed over here.
ZOTAC International, a global innovator of graphics cards, mainboards and mini-PCs, today redefines the mini-PC form factor with the extra small ZBOX nano XS AD11 Plus mini-PC. The ZOTAC ZBOX nano XS AD11 Plus is the world
HDD prices trending down
Tech Report published an update on HDD pricing. The site compares the pricing of six HDDs since the Thai floods and noticed that prices of three models are currently falling, while pricing of the other three is holding steady.
Among the models that are still in stock, prices have fallen or held steady. One of the biggest discounts has come to the Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB, which cost $230 at the beginning of March but runs just $180 today. Our favorite desktop drive, the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB, has dropped from $160 to only $110. Samsung's EcoGreen F4 2TB also costs less now than it did in early March, although the difference there is only 20 bucks.
While those cuts are encouraging, the terabyte Caviar Black and Deskstar 7K1000.D haven't budged. The graph plainly illustrates that we're still well shy of pre-flood pricing, too. The Spinpoint F3 1TB was selling for $60 around this time last year, or a little more than half what it costs now.
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition Trailer
The chaps at Pixel Enemy spent a decent amount of time with Hawken at PAX East 2012, and spent a little over twenty minutes sharing their impressions on Youtube.
The Pixel Enemy crew had a chance to give Hawken a try at PAX East 2012. After a few playthroughs the guys sit down to talk about the state of the game and their initial impressions of this Free-to-Play Mech Shooter.
Gameplay footage from free-to-play mech combat FPS brought to you by Adhesive Games and Meteor Entertainment
Hawken is a multiplayer mech combat game. The focus is on creating an intense and enjoyable battle experience that captures the feeling of piloting a heavy war machine while keeping the action fast-paced and strategic.
Thermaltake Level 10 GT Battle Edition Chassis
Thermaltake, being the industry pioneer brand with expertise in PC power and thermal solutions, and continues to drive toward the corporate mission of "delivering the perfect user experience" in all segment of the market. Since the first debut of Thermaltake Level 10 GT back in January 2011, enthusiasts were overwhelmed by its ostentatious appearance and performance often missed the true spirit that Level 10 GT. This spring Level 10 GT has been camouflaged and transformed into Level 10 GT Battle edition to evoke the "battle" spirit of being a gamer and its true representation.
Battle is more than the game
Thermaltake began to advocate eSports at the end of 2009 in Asia, slowly expand to the rest of the world. Understood gaming is not a mindless leisure activities, it's more about the spirit of constant battling and challenge oneself in order to present a greater self which matched the spirit of Level 10 GT Battle edition. This spring, Thermaltake deploy Level 10 GT Battle Edition for game fanatics to get a closer battling experience, by camouflaged the original Level 10 GT into a military green with military print style throughout the entire chassis, realizing some of the war game base chassis mods that have been presented in the market. Not only aiding gamers to present a much personalize style as well as helping gamers to remember the sprite of Battle.
Powerful and self-assured presence
Since the first debut of Thermaltake Level 10 GT back in January 2011, enthusiasts and gamers were overwhelmed by its ostentatious appearance and performance. Since the appearance and performance is utterly preferred by the media, reviewers, and owners of Level 10 GT. Therefore the Level 10 GT Battle edition has maintained all the greatness of Level 10 GT, like the PitsStop 5 (EasySwap HDD bays), internal Superspeed USB 3.0 ports, Quadfans, Triple Colorshift, Coolflux, S.S.S (Smart Security System), Cableclear and TripleMax. Moreover the special design reinforcement Quicklink HDD accessories have also been implemented. With all the greatnesses of Level 10 GT plus the new military prints and logos making Level 10 GT Battle a distinctive battle machine for game fanatics to carry the love of their life.
Intel's 910-series of PCI Express SSDs
PCI Express is the future interface for Intel's high-end SSDs as vr-zone uncovers. The company is about to announce its new 910-series of PCI Express based SSD's, previously known as Ramsdale MLC and VR-Zone is bringing you the details ahead of the launch.
If we gaze back at the roadmap, Intel skipped its original PCI Express SSD