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.
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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.
ThermalTake Level 10 Mouse
With the joint launch of the Level 10 M Mouse at CEBIT, Thermaltake Group and DesignworksUSA, the design subsidiary of the BMW Group, will demonstrate their idea of how to
Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Motherboard Surfaces
A MicroATX motherboard from Gigabyte just surfaced, the B75M-D3V. The interesting thing is that the product is powered by a B75 chipset and, though it can serve anyone well enough, it comes with something called Intel's Small Business Advantage software.
The mainboard will support Ivy Bridge processirs and will com at a price of $80, or 60.52 Euro. The CPU socket is wired to a pair of DIMM slots, and there is also a PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot thereas well as two PCI Express x1 slots. You can see two SATA 6.0 Gbps connectorss and four SATA 3.0 Gbps ports.
The budget board comes with two USB 3.0 ports and four USB 2.0 ports. As for the I/O panel at the back, it offers four USB 2.0 ports, a PS/2 port, two USB 3.0 ports and a parallel port, plus 5.1-channel audio, Gigabit Ethernet and video outputs (D-Sub and DVI).
MSI R7970 Lightning Graphics Card at CeBIT
The Reactor Core is seemjs to be an add-on PCB that has several tantalum capacitors. Next to the capacitors, there are blue LEDs and a round window that seems to lit up.
The card's clock frequency and pricing ... and release date are TBA.
ASUS Cedar Trail-based netbooks within weeks
DigiTimes reports that ASUS will introduce Intel Cedar Trail based netbooks sometime this month. Netbook shipments are on their way back though, last year shipments accounted for about 28-38 million units, and this year the volume is anticipated to be only 20-25 million units.
With Acer having already started selling its new Cedar Trail-based netbook, Asustek Computer also plans to launch the Cedar Trail-based Eee PC 1011CX in March, according to sources from upstream component players.
Although Intel announced that players including Acer, Lenovo, Asustek, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Samsung Electronics and Toshiba will all launch Cedar Trail-based netbooks, so far, only Acer and Asustek have confirmed they will launch products, while there is currently still no firm information about when the other vendors will launch their products.
The Razer Hydra vs Game Support
Razer together with Sixense Entertainment, the leader in precision motion technology, announce fully integrated motion gaming support for Valve's game titles including Left 4 Dead 2, Half-Life 2, and Team Fortress 2 using the Razer Hydra motion sensing controller. Future Valve titles Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will also support full motion play with the Razer Hydra.
Additionally, Sixense and Valve have now integrated Sixense MotionCreator 2.0 software with Valve's Steam gaming platform, enabling backward compatibility for motion gaming with the Razer Hydra for over 250 of the most popular titles on Steam. Now, Steam users will receive automatic motion control updates for current and future game titles, and a new in-game overlay allows gamers to view control maps for the Razer Hydra as they play.
The Razer Hydra is the world's first PC gaming-grade motion-sensing peripheral to use an electromagnetic field to track your hand movements as you hold two ultra-precise motion sensing controllers. Because the Razer Hydra tracks the position of your hands down to a millimeter and degree, saving the world in Half-Life 2, cutting down zombies in Left 4 Dead 2, and pushing the cart in Team Fortress 2 will be a highly intuitive and immersive affair.
In response to significant demand from developers, Sixense has created Mac OS and Linux versions of the Sixense SDK (Software Development Kit) for the Razer Hydra. The Mac, Linux and Windows versions are now available for download from Steam. The Sixense SDK allows developers to quickly and easily create immersive gaming experiences that take advantage of the Razer Hydra