ASUS Shows Z77 Wolverine Motherboard has 40-Phase VRM
ASUS is having a good line-up of intrigueing component hardware at Computex, the Z77 Wolverine motherboard is also one of them. The concepr Intel Z77 based motherboard looks a little like the P8Z77 series but with one big difference, is has 40 power phases (!) for the CPU.
You really need to seek for the real advantages with that many phases, but more phases mean less power load per phase which means lower operating temperature. ASUS Z77 Wolverine has no heatsink mounting holes for the VRM heatsinks which means that it can operate without any cooling. There is an 8-pin EPS power connector for CPU.
There is no information about when this motherboard will hit market or if it will see the market at all.
Sony VAIO VPCJ249FJ All-In-One PC
Sone will be releasing an new AIO PC. The VAIO VPCJ249FJ is powered by a 2.80GHz Intel Core i7-2640M processor, this space-saving machine sports a 21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD display, an 8GB DDR3 RAM, an HDD tuner x wave 2TB, a webcam, an SD card slot, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 + HS and runs on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (SP1) OS (w/ Office Home and Business 2010, Adobe Photoshop with the Elements 10).
The VAIO VPCJ249FJ will start shipping from June 9th for around 180,000 Yen (about $2,303). [Sony]
G.SKILL Showcasing Largest & Fastest DDR3 Memory
RunCore debuts 2.5-inch 7mm Pro VI SSD
RunCore introduced their new Pro VI 2.5-inch 7mm solid state disks.
RunCore, the leading manufacturer of high-performance and rugged solid state drives (SSDs), today introduced their new Pro VI 2.5in 7mm SSD for Ultrabooks, offering higher and more stable performance than previous 7mm SSDs.
According to latest results of various research institutions, it is estimated that more than a million Ultrabooks will be bought within 2012 as the retail price is expected to drop into the $799 to $899 range. Recently SSD pricing has already been declining, encourageing PC suppliers to use SSDs in their products, in particular Ultrabooks. In addition to the Pro V Ultra SSD, RunCore once again introduce another new 7mm SSD
Max Payne 3 First PC Patch - resolves stuttering
Rockstar has released the first patch for the PC version of Max Payne 3. This patch addresses the '0MB of video memory' issues, resolves stuttering on some video cards, fixes reported issues of game locked in incorrect aspect ratio, fixes issues of mouse acceleration affecting aiming and adds a commandline option to disable mouse acceleration. The patch will be auto-downloaded next time you start the game and you can view its complete changelog below:
Fixed reported issues with needing service packs, compatibility with incorrect OS.
- Fixed a range of issues which could have led to crashes on startup and in-game.
- Fixed reported issues of audio dropouts when no audio device was plugged in, or when the headphones/speakers disconnected while in game.
- Fixed reported issues of mouse being sluggish, especially in prone and Shootdodge. Increased top end range of mouse sensitivity, but kept the slider from 1-10, allowing the user more range in their sensitivity setting.
- Fixed reported issues of mouse acceleration affecting aiming
- Included commandline option to disable mouse acceleration, -nomouseaccel (In a future update, this will be added as an option in the Mouse Controls menu).
- Fixed reported issues of game locked in incorrect aspect ratio, or alt-entering and having incorrect aspect ratio. Added commandline option for locked aspect ratio as commandline option -aspectratio width:height (ie. -aspectratio 4:3 / -aspectratio 16:9) In a future update, this will be added as an option in the Graphics menu.
- Fixed reported issues of the video card reporting having 0MB of video memory available. Users unable to adjust Graphics options because of this (Also helps fix stuttering on some video cards).
Star Wars 1313 - Extended Gameplay Trailers
Square Enix Reveals Tech Demo Agni's Philosophy -
HIS Radeon HD 7970 X2 video card
HIS showed off its brand new AMD Radeon HD 7970 X2 video card reports tweaktown. The graphics card comes with a new design cooler called IceQ X2 cooler that will have to pull a trick or two to deal with the two onboard GPUs. The cooler is big alright, it will eat away three card slots but obviously it will return a heap of gaming performance alright.
If you browse through the photo's then you'll spot a a total of three 8-pin power connectors.So the PCIE slot delivers 75 Watt and then the three 8-pin connectors each can deliver 150 Watt, yep that's 525 Watt available to feed the card.
On the conectivity O side of things there you'll spot four mini DisplayPort connectors and a DVI connector.
ASUS ZEUS: X79 Motherboard With On-Board Dual GPU
ASUS ZEUS is a concept product to show off ASUS
Corsair Flash Voyager Slider USB 3.0 Flash Drives
Corsair is proud to bring you their newest line of USB 3.0 flash drives, the Flash Voyager Slider. Coming in four different storage capacities: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, these plug-and-play flash drives feature a capless design, a retractable USB 3.0 connector and support for major operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models are priced at $12.99, $17.99, $29.99 and $64.99, respectively. [Corsair]
Razer Taipan Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse
Razer, the world leader in high performance gaming hardware, today introduced the Razer Taipan, an ambidextrous gaming mouse that sets a new standard for versatility, form and function. Over its storied history, Razer has placed itself at the forefront of the video gaming industry by combining cutting-edge technology with ergonomic research. The Razer Taipan is the latest expression of the brand's unique approach to engineering and design, the culmination of the years of diligence and validation from the brand's e-Sports professionals.
Razer's ergonomic scientists collaborated with top e-Sports athletes from professional gaming teams such as Empire, Frenetic Array, Mousesports, Quantic, Rox.Kis and Type II Gaming, to pinpoint the optimal shape, weight, and balance required in an ambidextrous mouse at the highest levels of gameplay. Its symmetrical shape with narrow footprint and arched back make it comfortable for a wide variety of players. The weight distribution of the mouse has also been tweaked for the most optimal grip profile.
Powered by Razer's new 8200 dpi 4G Dual Sensor System, the Razer Taipan slips an unfair advantage into the hand that wields it. The mouse combines laser and optical sensors that are not only responsive and precise, but also allow Z-axis tracking and liftoff cutoff customization to ensure that aim is always true.
"We have designed the Razer Taipan with the goal of offering pro gamers the best weapon to achieve victory in the competitive world of e-Sports," said Robert 'RazerGuy' Krakoff, president of Razer USA. "The Razer Taipan is engineered to deliver an astounding 8200 dpi 4G Dual Sensor System to provide gamers with the fastest mouse tracking, enhanced ambidextrous ergonomics and Razer Synapse 2.0 support. Anything is possible with the Razer Taipan."
About the Razer Taipan Gaming Mouse:
With an all-new 8200 dpi 4G Dual Sensor System, the Razer Taipan is armed with laser and optical sensors that accurately calibrate to any surface for exceptional pinpoint tracking. Whether you are a right-hander or a south-paw, palm or fingertip-grip user, with Razer's improved ambidextrous ergonomics, expect maximum comfort and reduced fatigue over long periods of gaming. Fight longer as your foes rage-quit in exhaustion.
The Razer Taipan, driven by Razer's intuitive proprietary software, Synapse 2.0, the world's first cloud-based storage software for gaming peripherals, automatically syncs users' custom profiles and settings on a virtual server. This relinquishes the need to set up the Razer Taipan at tournaments and LANs and allows for easy porting and setting replication to a new Razer gaming mouse. Strike fear into the hearts of your foes, a triumphant victory is at-hand with the Razer Taipan.
Price: US $79.99 / EU euro 79.99
- Ambidextrous form factor
- 8200 dpi 4G Dual Sensor System
- Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
- Nine (9) programmable Hyperesponse buttons
- 1000 Hz Ultrapolling/1 ms response time
- Up to 200 in. per sec./50 g acceleration
- 2.1 m/7 ft. braided fiber cable
- Approximate Size : 124 mm/4.88 in. (length) x 63 mm/2.48 in. (width) x 36 mm/1.42 in. (height)
- Approximate Weight: 95 g/0.21 lb.
AMD E-Series APUs Set the High Bar for Notebook Battery Life
AMD today announced the launch of its latest AMD E-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) platform. Designed for essential notebook and desktop personal computers which meet basic performance needs at accessible price points, the 2012 AMD E-Series APU enables long battery life and a best-in-class entertainment and media experience, while striking a balance between energy efficiency and unique innovations for brilliant high definition (HD) entertainment.
NVIDIA shows off the new Dawn
Ten years later, at last Dawn has found a new home. In A New Dawn, the demo starts not with the main character, but with a sweeping overview of a lush rainforest. Ferns gently sway in the moonlight, vines sprawl across an ancient tree, and budding flowers cast a gentle glow on the surrounding bark. As our character comes into view, we find her swinging on a vine in her new tree home. The tree is rendered to the finest level of detail using DirectX 11 tessellation. At its peak, over four million triangles are used to showcase Dawn's environment. The downloadable demo of A New Dawn will be released on GeForce.com later this month and you'll need a GeForce GTX 690 or two GTX 600 series GPUs to fully experience the demo...
Windows 8 shaping up to be unmitigated disaster
WSJ writer John Dvorak wrote a skeptical article about Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system. Echoing criticism from journalists around the web, Dvorak notes the new operating system is based on the pipe dream that the unsuccesful Windows Phone user interface will turn into a success on the tablet, to such an extreme that people will demand it on desktops. Dvorak goes as far as to say that Windows 8 could be an unrecoverable disaster for the company:
He reiterates the idea that the Metro desktop is more useful, and wanted, on a smartphone or tablet rather than a PC. He points the issues with trying to use one GUI across every platform and the issues that not everyone will want that unification. Am I the only one that finds fingerprints on my screen to be rather annoying?
The potential for this OS to be an unrecoverable disaster for the company is at the highest possible level I've ever seen. It ranks up there with the potential for disaster that the Itanium chip presented for Intel Corp. It's that bad. I have no idea why Microsoft would take such an enormous gamble on its cash cow like this. Incremental changes were a theme at Redmond, Wash.; this is a radical departure.
What is this departure based on? It's based on the pipe dream that the unsuccessful user interface used by Windows Phone will turn into a success on the tablet - to such an extreme that people will also demand it on the desktop, so all the platforms can have the same look and feel.