HiS preps Fanless AMD Radeon HD 7750
Sparkle Launches GTX 680, Calls It Inferno
Sparkle has finally revealed its GeForce GTX 680 iteration, dubbed Sparkle GTX 680 Inferno.
There is no custom cooler and no alterations to the performance. Of any kind. The 28nm GK104 Kepler graphics processing unit sticks to its base speed of 1,006 MHz and the GPU Boost frequency of 1058 MHz.
Likewise, the 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM have a clock speed of 6,008 MHz and a memory interface of 256 bits. Two dual-link DVI, one HDMI 1.4a and one DisplayPort controller are present.
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NVIDIA GeForce 301.40 Beta 64-bit
These are Beta drivers that are to be released. Unfortunately there is no description or changelog available as of yet. These drivers have been spotted at NVIDIAs developper website.
- GeForce Desktop (301.40) NVIDIA Certified
- DriverVer = 05/09/2012, 8.17.13.0140
- CatalogFile = NV_DISP.CAT
- Driver 301.40 is r301_07-60
Amped Wireless R20000G Wireless-N Gigabit Router
The Amped Wireless R20000G is not an ordinary wireless-N Gigabit dual band router. The device is equipped with advanced dual band 600mW wireless amplifiers and 5dBi detachable high gain antennas to provide up to 10,000 sq ft of high performance Wi-Fi coverage.
The wireless router features a 620MHz internal processor, five gigabit networking ports and the simultaneous dual band Wi-Fi technology for an interference free Wi-Fi experience. The Amped Wireless R20000G wireless-N Gigabit dual band router is priced at $179.99. [Amped Wireless]
NZXT Announces Switch 810 Special Edition Case
NZXT constantly pursues innovative ways to manufacture the best cases possible in the market. During the development of Switch 810, a lot of passion went into the design phase of this chassis and many bold decisions were made. We incorporated more than 16 features in our chassis while keeping an attractive price point consumers would find highly valuable.
We wanted to ensure that our chassis is not only a great case for you now, but can evolve with technological advances and remain up-to-date for many years to come.
Without our community's valuable feedback and criticisms, our products would not be as unique as they are today. We always aim to maintain customer satisfaction through providing high quality products at great prices, which is why we decided to release the Special Edition to feature two of the most demanded color palettes from our loyal fans: Matte Black and Gunmetal. The community voiced their opinion and we responded. This is our way of showing that NZXT cares.
The Switch 810 Special Edition is now available in Matte Black and Gunmetal at the NZXT Store, priced at $179.99 MSRP.
Xilence XQ Series Power Supplies
Xilence, global acting manufacturer of PC cooling solutions and power supply units, announced today that the new power supply units of its XQ series are now available in retail. The gold-certified 750 Watt and the platinum-certified 850 Watt model will be immediately available. A 1000 Watt platinum version is expected to come on the market at the beginning of June.
The new XQ power supply unit range is an entirely new development. These silent running units break with the usual compact block shape, featuring a sloping side with two built-in 60 mm fans. This is the visible part of the new Direct Airflow concept, which ensures noise-free work at maximum performance. Inside, the cooling unit divides the power supply into two cooling zones monitored by temperature sensors. If the temperature exceeds a certain level in one of the zones, the fan of this zone will start to rotate slowly.
The high efficiency of the power supply allows it to run mostly in silent passive mode. The fans only assist in the heat discharging process as of a load level of 20 to 30%. This device is ideal for noise-sensitive PC users, who want to enjoy the safety of an actively ventilated power supply unit. The red status LED at the rear of the power supply shows when the power supply unit is switched on. The noise level will not indicate if the unit is running or not.
The angle of the sloping power supply side was specifically adapted to ensure a better airflow to the graphics card installed directly above it. Especially when triple or quad graphics cards are fitted, the power supply unit often prevents effective cooling of the bottom graphic boards.
Another special feature is the extremely flat front connection panel of the fully modular XQ models, soldered directly to the PCB. Direct connection not only reduces the design height, but also the amount of cabling needed inside the power supply and naturally also the cables' contact resistance levels.
Automatic fitting (SMD fitting, a common feature in the manufacture of mainboards) guarantees a consistently high finishing quality. Xilence offers its customers a five-year guarantee (after registering at www.xilence.net), and on-site replacement during the first twelve months.
The Xilence XQ power supply units are now available in a 850 Watt version (platinum-certified) and a 750 Watt version (gold certified). The product range will be rounded out shortly by the introduction of gold-certified 550 W and 650 W models.
For further information on the XQ power supply series, please see: http://xqpsu.xilence.net/
Xilence XQ power supply 850 Watt (189 Euro)
Xilence XQ power supply 750 Watt (179 Euro)
Click on the thumbnails, it's the weirdest looking PSU evah :)
Arctic MC101 Series Home Entertainment Centers
ARCTIC has released its MC101 Series all-in-one entertainment centers. Featured with the latest AMD Trinity APU A10-4600M / A8-4500M and 4 GB pre- installed memory, it is made to take on any challenges at high and fast speed. With vivid 3D HD graphics delivering an ultimate visual experience made for gaming and movies.
You can immediate enjoy and share unlimited entertainment hassle-free. No need to check your storage space, MC101 series allows storage with up to 2 TB! Store everything with over 2,000,000 photos, 625,000 songs or 2,600 movies. You can simply plug- and-play these home entertainment centers with their pre- installed Windows 7 Home Premium, TV tuner and with an extensive connectivity.
Each of the MC101 home entertainment centers is only 32 mm thin with an elegant class-brushed silver aluminum finishing so that it can blend perfectly into your home, or it is well handy to bring it to your LAN party. With every detail meticulously designed, MC101 Series comes installed with the latest generation of dual passive-active cooling solution that operates in total silence, with a low- energy consumption motherboard and APU that shows love for our environment.
The MC101 Series offers home entertainment centers in Full and Barebone configuration versions to suit your needs perfectly. Each MC101 comes with a two years limited warranty with MSRP from 399 USD. You may pre-order today and shipment will start in the beginning of June.
ViewSonic VX2460h-LED Ultra-Slim 24" Monitor
ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, today announced its latest LED backlit monitor solution - the VX2460h-LED - offering the thinnest profile available for its size and class category.
Ideal for consumers, gamers, enthusiasts and discerning buyers alike, the VX2460h-LED is a sleek and stylish 24" (23.6" Vis.) ultra-slim widescreen display that pairs a 1/4" ultra-slim thickness with advanced imaging technologies to reduce eye fatigue after extended viewing.
With a Full HD 1080p resolution, 2 ms video response time provided by ClearMotiv II imaging technology and ultra-high 40,000,000 : 1 dynamic contrast ratio, the VX2460h-LED delivers superior pixel performance. Paired with dual HDMI inputs for multiple media device connections, Windows 7 certification and touch sensitive keys for convenient on-screen display setting adjustments, the VX2460h-LED delivers stunning visual performance. Additionally, this mercury-free, Energy Star 5.1 certified display is equipped with ViewSonic's ECO-mode feature which extends the lifetime of the display, while delivering energy savings of up to 40% when compared to a regular 24" monitor.
"With nearly 25 years of expertise, we are continually pushing ourselves to achieve the next level of excellence in our displays. At just a 1/4
AMD Launches the Second-Generation A-Series APUs
AMD today announced the widely anticipated launch of its 2nd-Generation AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) for mainstream and ultrathin notebooks, All-in-One and traditional desktops, home theater PCs and embedded designs.
The 2nd-Generation A-Series APU, codenamed "Trinity", is a grounds-up improved design over the previous generation, enabling a best-in-class PC mobility, entertainment, and gaming experience. New features of the product design include:
- Double the performance per watt of the previous generation;
- The AMD HD Media Accelerator with a unique set of technologies designed to optimize video quality available with premium and Internet video content, and accelerate video file conversion;
- An increase in CPU performance of up to 29 percent with higher processor speeds thanks to the next-generation AMD "Piledriver" CPU core with 3rd-Generation AMD Turbo Core technology, where power is dynamically shifted between the CPU and GPU depending on application needs, effectively providing a more responsive experience that can boost CPU frequencies to up to 3.2 GHz;
- AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series graphics for an increase of graphics performance up to 56% over the previous generation. Combined, the CPU and GPU cores deliver more than 700 gigaflops of computing performance - several times more than the fastest x86 CPUs - to boost performance of hundreds of applications;
- Up to 12 hours of battery life through CPU and GPU power enhancements, with clear battery life leadership in notebook form factors.
"The latest OEM notebooks, ultrathins, All-in-Ones and desktops based on the new AMD A-Series APU enable the best video and gaming experiences, highly responsive performance with AMD Turbo CORE, and accelerate an ever-increasing range of productivity and multimedia applications -- in sleek, stylish designs at price points that make sense," said Chris Cloran, corporate vice president and General Manager, AMD Client Business Unit. "Our 2nd-Generation AMD A-Series APU is a major step forward in every performance and power dimension, allowing users to enjoy a stunning experience without having to give up the things that matter to them most. This experience doesn't stop at mainstream notebooks. It carries over into affordable ultrathin form factors featuring the latest in AMD Radeon graphics."
The Growing AMD Accelerated Application Ecosystem
The developer ecosystem continues to gravitate to the unmatched level of compute and unique processing capabilities of the APU as more than 100 applications and games are now accelerated by AMD APUs. The 2nd-Generation AMD A-Series APU gives users superior Web-based video experience thanks to plug-ins for Google Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer 9 that make it easy for consumers to turn on AMD Steady Video technology. Recent applications that have been optimized for use on AMD A-Series APUs include Adobe Photoshop CS6, WinZip 16.5 and VLC Media Player. AMD A-Series APUs are also well-positioned to take advantage of the upcoming transition to the Windows 8 operating system.
"We are excited for the introduction of the 2nd-Generation AMD A-Series APU and are confident it will continue the great work Microsoft and AMD have done together on the A-Series APU," said Aidan Marcuss, senior director, Windows Business Planning, Microsoft Corp. "We look forward to seeing the A-Series APU in action with Windows 8 to deliver a great user experience across a variety of hardware."
For developers who want to engage in the industry's move toward heterogeneous computing, the upcoming AMD Fusion Developer Summit will offer them a unique opportunity to enhance their knowledge base. More information on AFDS can be found here.
With more than 12 hours of 'resting' battery life, AMD is now an industry leader in notebook battery-life performance. The 2nd-Generation AMD A-Series APU delivers increased levels of performance, while consuming half the power as its predecessor.
These gains can be attributed to the new power-optimized "Piledriver" CPU core, as well as to AMD Start Now technology, which is designed to maximize system responsiveness by quickly entering and exiting low power states. With AMD Start Now, the computer resumes from sleep mode in as few as two seconds and boots to the desktop in as few as 10 seconds.
In ultrathin form factors, AMD enables an uncompromised visual experience thanks to a power-efficient and premium AMD Radeon graphics engine. Consumers can expect to see ultrathin notebooks based on dual-core 17-watt and quad-core 25-watt AMD A-Series APUs. These products will be easily identifiable by aluminum-styled VISION Technology stickers at a range of competitive price points.
As more and more people turn to their computers as the hub for their entertainment, the visual aspect of computing becomes ever more important. To enhance these capabilities, AMD created the AMD HD Media Accelerator - a unique set of technologies that enable the best video quality on a PC. Key features of the HD Media Accelerator include:
- AMD Perfect Picture HD - An image, video processing and display technology that automatically makes images and video better with color vibrancy adjustments, edge enhancement, noise reduction and dynamic contrast fixes;
- AMD Steady Video Technology - A technology that enables smooth playback of jittery video content with a single button click thanks to plug-ins for popular Web browsers and multimedia applications;
- AMD Quick Stream Technology - A new technology that prioritizes video streaming on PC systems for a smooth, virtually uninterrupted video stream;
- True HD video chat with up to four people at once;
- AMD Video Converter - A video compression engine for fast conversion and sharing of media files across multiple formats and devices;
- Full decode support for H.264, MPEG-2, VC-1, MVC, DivX and WMV.
The 2nd-Generation AMD A-Series APU builds on AMD's legacy of gaming leadership with an increase in graphics performance of up to 56% over the previous generation and support for:
- AMD Eyefinity Technology - For the first time, this immersive technology is available from an APU without the need for a discrete graphics card;
- Performance-leading DirectX 11 graphics architecture and 1080p gaming a life-like level of detail;
- AMD Radeon dual graphics support that delivers a performance boost of up to 75 percent when adding a discrete graphics card to the APU. The AMD Radeon dual graphics option also offers support for DirectX 9 for older game titles, and uses new AMD CrossFire Technology Profiles for easier updates.
Availability and Technical Details
AMD has a record number of design wins with companies like Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba based on our 2nd-Generation AMD A-Series APUs and VISION Technology from AMD, with mainstream and ultrathin notebooks as well as embedded solutions, available beginning today.
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Afterburner V2.2.1 overclocking utility download
MSI announced today that its Afterburner V2.2.1 overclocking utility and its Kombustor testing utility is now available for all gamers to download worldwide.
This version supports the control of South Island and Kepler card, if you get the card, you may try to play it.
Changes list includes:
- Added reference design AMD RADEON 7850 series graphics cards support
- Added NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 series graphic cards support
- Added big editions of default and legacy skins
- Updated localizations
Inno3D GeForce GTX 670 iChill HerculeZ Graphics Card
Expreview is showing a photo of a geForce GTX 670 from inno3D called the iChill HerculesZ. The card comes with a rather HUGE modular cooler, actually the very same one used recently on the GTX 680.
The modular part is that the cooler allows you to remove the cover and three fans.
The PCB design is custom as well with a 5+2 phase VRM (instead of reference 4+2). Clock frequency wise the GTX 670 iChill HerculeZ clocks in at a 1020 MHz core with a 1098 MHz GPU Boost frequency. Again we see a manufacturer leaving the memory untouched, which is weird. A lot of performance can be found there. Display outputs include two dual-link DVI, and one each of HDMI and DisplayPort, here's a photo:
PC Power and Cooling Silencer MkII 750W PSU review
The new model PC Power & Cooling power supply is their Silencer Mk II series of PSU's. It's the 'bloke' PSU series again with a simple design, and hey -- nothing is modular so the PSU certainly is a squid inside your system with all the tentacles (wires), but yeah .. lots of you don't really care about cable management, they just want the best of the best and sure ...as you'll learn you can't really complain about the essence that is the Mk II Silence 750W power supply.
Check the review right here.
Samsung ES9500 55-inch OLED TV
We mentioned this news before, but it's now official. Samsung has unveiled the ES9500 55-inch OLED TV at the Samsung Premium TC Showcase 2012. The new OLED TV features the Smart Dual View technology that enables users to watch two different programs (2D) on one screen at the same time using the set
Gigabyte will release 3 motherboards supporting Thunderbolt
MSI just released their Z77 GD 80 with Thunderbolt, we have one on the lab actually. Gigabyte will release 3 new models of motherboard supporting Thunderbolt. For those who have been waiting, Thunderbolt will finally appear on PC desktops.
For those unfamiliar with Thunderbolt, it is a technology existing on Apple and it is by Intel. Although it didn