Patriot Intel Extreme Masters LE DDR3 Memory
Patriot Memory reveals the Intel Extreme Masters Limited Edition DDR3 memory:
Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash, storage and enthusiast computer products today announces the launch of the new Intel
Intel also plans SSD price cuts in August
Intel is planning to cut prices of its SSD 320, SSD 330 and SSD 520 series in August. The chip giant will cut prices by up to 37 percent, but pricing of some models like the SSD 320 series' lower-capacity models remain untouched.
The OEM price (in multi-unit quantity) of the SSD 320 300 GB is slated to go down from US $499 to $444, a 11% cut. The retail package (off-shelf) of the drive is expected to go down from $519 to $464. The SSD 320 600 GB, on the other hand, will see its OEM price drop from $1,039 to $859; and retail price from $1,059 down to $879.
The business end of these price cuts focus on SSD 520 series, the performance-segment consumer SSD family from Intel. Most popular capacity variants, such as 60 GB, 180 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB, are slated for price-cuts:
- SSD 520 60 GB: OEM price down from $99 to $89; Reseller pack down from $109 to $99 (9% cut)
- SSD 520 120 GB: OEM price down from $179 to $129; Reseller pack down from $189 to $139 (26.4% cut)
- SSD 520 180 GB: OEM price down from $269 to $189; Reseller pack down from $279 to $199 (28.6% cut)
- SSD 520 240 GB: OEM price down from $339 to $249; Reseller pack down from $349 to $259 (25.8% cut)
- SSD 520 480 GB: OEM price down from $799 to $494; Reseller pack down from $809 to $594 (37.7% cut)
Prices of Intel's newest mainstream SSD line, the SSD 330 series, are also boud for cuts. In fact the most interesting pack of cuts target this series:
- SSD 330 60 GB: Reseller pack price down from $94 to $69 (26.5% cut)
- SSD 330 120 GB: Reseller pack price down from $149 to $104 (30.2% cut)
- SSD 330 180 GB: Reseller pack price down from $234 to $154 (34.1% cut)
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed Edition
Corsair presents a windowed edition of its Carbide 300R case. Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced that the Carbide Series 300R Compact PC Gaming Case is now available in a windowed version.
First released in January, the Carbide 300R PC case has won accolades for its compact, streamlined, builder-friendly design. The new Carbide Series 300R windowed version of the case of features a side window that gives PC builders the ability to demonstrate their modding skills while also showcasing internal PC components, such as Corsair's PC performance tuned Vengeance DDR3 memory, GS Series power supplies, Hydro Series CPU coolers, and Air Series cooling fans.
The Corsair Carbide Series 300R: a compact expression of Corsair's gaming PC philosophy
Great gaming systems begin with a great case, and the Carbide Series 300R provides a remarkable number of in-demand features in an attractive, compact chassis. Builder-friendly features include three tool-free optical drive bays and four tool-free hard drive bays with integrated 2.5" SSD compatibility. There's room for high-end GPUs of up to 450mm in length, and the matte black interior incorporates Corsair's innovative cable routing system that helps keep wires and cables out of sight for a clean look and improved airflow. The 300R comes with intake and exhaust fans, with room for five additional fans including dual side-mounted fans for direct GPU cooling.
Hitman Absolution - Streets of Hope Gameplay
Steam Summer Sale 2012
Hide your wallets, the Steam Summer Sale is officially upon us. From now until July 22nd, Steam users will be able to fire up the store and scope out some incredible deals. You'll find individual games at 75% off, full collections selling for a fraction of their value and the option to vote on what should be slashed next.
Every eight hours, Valve will update a new voting option so that gamers can pick which title they'd like to see heavily discounted. Just a friendly heads up to people contemplating buying a game. If it is not one of the daily deals, do not buy it until the last day of the sale. The sale price will only go down, and many games are given an extra discount on the last day. You never know if you'll miss out on a 75% off because you were impatient. Or buy it now if you want to play it. You have to weigh your demand to play against your price :-)
NVIDIA closes forums after hack
NVIDIA has closed down their forums after they noticed supicious activities:
NVIDIA suspended operations of the NVIDIA Forums (forums.nvidia.com) last week.
We did this in response to suspicious activity and immediately began an investigation. We apologize that our continuing investigation is taking this long. Know that we are working around the clock to ensure that secure operations can be restored.
Our investigation has identified that unauthorized third parties gained access to some user information, including:
◦hashed passwords with random salt value
◦public-facing "About Me" profile information
NVIDIA did not store any passwords in clear text. "About Me" optional profiles could include a user
Toshiba to release new 10K RPM 2.5" SAS HDDs
Toshiba is about to release new 10K RPM 2.5" HDDs. The new generation Enterprise series of hard disk drives from Toshiba, AL13SEB, has been developed according to the highest reliability and performance requirements for HDD applications in the server environment.
With the AL13SEBxxx, Toshiba Storage Products Division delivers 900GB of capacity in a high-speed drive especially designed for business-critical data. The series operates at 10,500 RPM and distinguishes itself from 3.5.inch form factor competition through superior technical and power consumption specifications.
|Seek time (track to track)||
|Seek time (average)||
|Seek time (max.)||
|Average latency time||2.86 ms|
|Rotational speed||10,500 rpm|
|Interface||SAS-2.0 (6 Gbps max.)|
|Data buffer size||64MiB FIFO ring buffer|
The 2.5-inch (6.4 cm) enterprise line of HDDs offers a 6GB/s SAS interface and is made for demanding, power-conscious and data-intensive storage applications and allows critical data to be accessed whenever necessary, 24/7.
By utilizing an improved head-disk interface proximity sensor, the AL13SEB series boasts a 25 per cent increase in operating reliability rate of two million power-on hours. The series also features increased power efficiency compared to traditional 3.5-inch enterprise storage counterparts.
This new series is also available in a 3.5-inch mounting frame. This SlimFITT version (AL13SEL) is ideal for system architectures accustomed to holding traditionally large form factor enterprise devices.
Synology releases DiskStation Manager 4.1 Beta
Synology today announced the beta availability of DiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.1, which is engineered to:
- Deliver leading and robust storage solutions for virtual infrastructure
- Boost business productivity and management efficiency with evolved Cloud Station, Syslog Server and Mail Server
- Offer efficient resource allocation and powerful data sharing solutions to comply with large enterprises
Canon Pixma MG4220 All-in-one Printer
Cannon outs their new Canon Pixma MG4220 all-in-one printer features a built-in Wi-Fi technology that enables you to print and scan wirelessly from your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The all-in-one printer works in conjunction with iOS apps. The Pixma MG4220 also supports Google Cloud Print, Google Docs, Google Chrome and Picasa. You can purchase the Canon Pixma MG4220 all-in-one printer for $129.99 a pop. [Canon]
Lenovo ThinkCentre M72z All-In-One PC
Lenovo has introduced their newest all-in-one PC
Corsair 8GB DDR3 Memory Module
Deepcool Aeolus Big Frost CPU cooler
Deepcool is about to release the Aeolus Big Frost, a new HSF that looks like a simplified version of the company's Assassin cooler. The heatsink features two aluminium fin arrays, six 6mm thick copper heatpipes, a copper base and two 120mm fans in push-pull configuration.
The heatsink measures 126 x 136 x 159 mm, weighing 1,109 g (including fans). The fan pushing "fresh" air through the first fin stack is configured to spin at speeds of up to 1,300 RPM, with noise levels as high as 22.6 dBA, while the fan pulling air and conveying it to the second fin stack spins at speeds ranging in 900-1,500 RPM, with 21.4 to 32.1 dBA noise levels.
The Big Frost supports a full range of CPU socket types available in the market today, including Intel LGA2011, LGA1155/LGA1156, LGA1366, LGA775, AMD AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2, and FM2/FM1. In China, the cooler is expected to sell for 200 RMB (US $32).
SteelSeries Siberia v2 Frost Blue headset
SteelSeries presents the Siberia v2 Frost Blue Headset, a gool looking set in all white. SteelSeries the leading manufacturer of premium-quality, competitive gaming peripherals, today announced that the Siberia v2 Frost Blue Headset is now available online in the SteelSeries Web Shop for $119.99/
Mass Effect 3 - Earth DLC Coming
Bioware has announced an Earth DLC for Mass Effect 3. Available to download at no additional charge, Mass Effect 3: Earth adds three new maps based on three key cities in the galactic war - London, Vancouver and Rio De Janeiro. Players will be introduced to a whole new team of elite N7 forces who will be dispatched to protect civilization, along with an arsenal of lethal new weapons, unique upgrades, the all-new Platinum difficulty level and a brand new in-mission objective. Mass Effect 3: Earth will be available for download on July 17 on Xbox LIVE and the Origin client software and on PlayStation Network in North America on July 17 and in Europe on July 18. The entire pack will include:
- Three New Maps - With the fate of the galaxy at stake, Earth's military efforts have concentrated on three strategic locations. Defend Firebase Rio, home to the N7 training facility, along with Firebase Vancouver and Firebase London in the last stand for mankind.
- New Array of Playable N7 Characters - Step into the boots of the Alliance's most elite military unit with the N7 Demolisher Engineer, N7 Destroyer Soldier, N7 Fury Adept, N7 Sentinel Paladin, N7 Shadow Infiltrator and N7 Slayer Vanguard.
- New Powerful and Unique Weapons - Lay waste to the enemy by unlocking the N7 Piranha Shotgun, N7 Typhoon Assault Rifle and Acolyte Pistol.
- New Powerful Upgrades - Outfit your weapons with 12 new modifications and fortify your gear with 11 unique upgrades to defeat even the toughest foes.
- New Platinum Difficulty - Conquer bronze in your sleep? Take down Silver with one hand? Beat Gold without breaking a sweat? Then grab your friends and test your skills on the brand-new Platinum difficulty.
- New In-Mission Objective - Randomly occurring during waves 3, 6 and 10, this new objective will challenge teams to keep a targeted agent alive by protecting and escorting them to a designated extraction zone on each map.
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 650 Ti also inbound in August ?
NVIDIA is planning to release four new GeForce 600 series graphics cards in August; the GeForce GT 640 with GDDR4, the GeForce GT 650 Ti, GeForce GTX 660 and GeForce GTX 660 Ti. According to Videocardz.com that is:
GeForce GTX 660 / GTX 660 Ti and..
As far as the rumors go, there are three cards planned for release in August. From the mid-range segment we expect the GK106 based GeForce GTX 660 along with GTX 660 Ti, which is supposedly based on GK104 GPU. But according to the latest leaks, we might also see yet another card
Plextor M5S SSD series launched
Plextor introduces the M5S solid state disk series:
Plextor, a leading developer of high-performance digital storage equipment, announces the launch of its newest Solid State Drive (SSD), the M5S Series, featuring an enhanced and sustained read/write speed up to 73,000/70,000 IOPS. The M5S Series performs faster than its award-winning predecessors with overall enhanced performance. With its exclusive firmware technology, Plextor is proud to offer a consistent high quality and high-performance SSDs that will ensure the sustained optimal read/write speed after long periods of time and continued to excel in performances.
ASUS Xonar Phoebus soundcard review
We review the ASUS Xonar Phoebus 7.1 soundcard. Gamers are not quite as strict as the audiophile market place, we would still suggest they like to have great sound, after all a great game is just that much better with high quality surround sound or headphone based audio immersing you into the action.
We have been following the development of this product since the beginning and today we have a brand spanking new Phoebus 7.1 bundle in the Guru3D Audio Lab.
Check the review here.
AMDs Phenom II Processors to Reach End of Life
AMD is informing its partners that some of their 45nm processors have reached the end of the life, that includes five Phenom II X4 and X2 processors. The EOL date is December 2012.
The AMD 3.4 GHz Phenom II X4 965 will be EOL'ed even sooner at September 2012 followed by Phenom II X4 955 with and Phenom II X2 parts in December 2012. AMD is clearly moving away from, the SOI stack and has moved onwards tol its 32nm products.