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Mushkin Announces 'Ridgeback' Heatsink for Redline
Mushkin announced the release of 'Redline Ridgeback', a new variation on a heatsink that has become a staple in the high-performance and overclocking communities. Because of its aggressive yet sleek design and incredible heat dissipation qualities, enthusiasts the world over have demanded the Ridgeback heatsink for their memory cooling needs. Now, this exciting piece of technology has been prepared for Mushkin's world-renowned Redline Series with an engaging and strong blood-red appearance.
"The Ridgeback Project has been an exciting project for both myself and our marketing department. Because of Ridgeback's success, we wanted to offer the cooling technology with a sharp new look, and to give customers new aesthetic options. Case modders and system builders now have a striking new look available to them when using Ridgeback. Redline has always been Mushkin's premier memory line, and we're happy to add Ridgeback to its mix. Our new blood-red Ridgeback heatsinks scream 'performance' and offer it in every respect."
AMD Northbridge and Southbridge chipset roadmap leaked
TechPowerUp found a couple of slides that detail AMD's chipset plans until mid-2011. The charts reveal several new chipsets like the 980G, 990FX, 990X, 970 northbridges and the SB950 and SB920 southbridges.
"AMD's upcoming "Bulldozer" architecture based processors that use a new socket type, the AM3+, are slated for Q2, 2011. To complement its launch, AMD will be launching the 9-series chipset series, consisting of four kinds of desktop chipset. The lineup starts with the AMD 990FX, the high-end 4-way CrossFireX-ready chipset, geared for high-end motherboards. Next up, is the 990X. This discrete graphics chipset is also ready for CrossFireX, but has just 16 PCI-Express 2.0 lanes to spare for graphics, platforms based on this will feature two PCI-Express x16 slots which reconfigure to electrical x8 slots when both are populated."
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NZXT Phantom Full Tower review
We review the NZXT Phantom. Absolutely stunning in many ways as the design is simply great, the features are grand and then the extras still need to kick in. What about a 5-fold fan controller connected to a plethora of pre-equipped fans? Yep, a fan controller in the chassis, something we have been requesting for years.
The NZXT Phantom is a full tower case with an excess of room for just about anything you'd like to install in there.
Check out the full review right here.
OCZ High-Performance 'Xtreme Thermal Exchange' and Blade 2 DDR3 Memory
OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, unveils new Xtreme Thermal Exchange (XTE) and Blade 2 high-speed desktop memory, providing the optimal balance of blazing DDR3 performance and cooling efficiency in one solution. Committed to staying ahead of the curve in the high performance segment of the memory market, OCZ is offering high-end memory that keeps pace with intensive overclocking, gaming, and other high-productivity computing environments.
Noctua NH-C14 Premium Cooler
Noctua today officially introduced its new NH-C14 CPU cooler. Sporting an exquisite, uniquely flexible 140mm dual fan setup of two Noctua NF-P14, the NH-C14 is a highly customisable, premium-class top-flow solution that further boosts the renowned quiet cooling performance of the company's much acclaimed NH-C12 series.
"Our NH-C12 coolers are renowned to rank among the most capable top-flow cooling solutions on the market, so we're truly proud to offer a further substantial improvement in quiet cooling performance with the new NH-C14", says Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "This model really closes the gap to good tower coolers while being much lower in height and ensuring better component cooling."
The NH-C14's six heatpipe c-type design with two NF-P14 FLX 140mm fans brings top-flow cooling performance to a new level while maintaining a much lower profile than today's tower-style coolers and providing excellent airflow over RAM modules and near-socket mainboard components.
The two supplied NF-P14 premium fans can be installed on top and underneath the fin-stack to configure the cooler for maximum performance in dual fan mode and either lower profile or maximum component clearance in single fan modes. Run with a single NF-P14 fan underneath the fin-stack and with the top fan removed, the NH-C14 measures only 105mm in height, which makes it ideal for use in smaller enclosures and HTPC applications. Run with a single fan on top, the NH-C14 provides a full 65mm of clearance for chipset coolers or RAM modules with high heat-spreaders.
Topped off with a tube of Noctua's award-winning NT-H1 thermal compound, Low-Noise and Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptors (U.L.N.A.) as well as the professional SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system (LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775, AM2, AM2+ and AM3), the NH-C14 forms a complete quality package for the highest demands.
Zalman outs budget CNPS5X CPU Cooler
Another CPU cooler is about to enter the market, this time from Zalman called the CNPS5X. Supporting both Intel (LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775) and AMD (AM3, AM2+, AM2) processors, the cooler comes equipped with a copper base, three 8mm copper heatpipes and a 92mm fan that works at 1400 to 2800 RPM. heat pipes converge at a copper CPU base. The 92 mm fan is nested inside the aluminum fins. It spins at 1400~2800 rpm, with a rated noise level of 20~32 dBA. Together, the CNPS5X measures 127(L) x 62(W) x 134(H) mm, weighing 320 g. Installation is made easy by push-pins for Intel sockets, and a fixed clip for AMD sockets, requiring no access to the back of the motherboard.
The CNPS5X will become available in December for 26.90 Euro (about $37).
Beer keg casemod
The dude took an old, beat up Anheuser-Busch keg and cut some windows into the thing. He then cut the bottom off so he could slip those PC components inside and powered coated the whole thing black. After the powder coating was done some chrome trim went on to finish the bling.
Inside the keg PC the dude added some blue lights. It won
Intel Z68 Express chipset details
The chipset, which is said to include integrated Intel HD graphics with support for both digital and analogue outputs, is designed to offer performance overclocking features for Sandy Bridge processors according to the slide leaked by a member of the Chiphell forums.
According to the slide, the chipset will allow for 'performance over clocking of processor, memory, and processor integrated graphics,' with Intel clearly hoping to capture the performance enthusiast market with this revision.
Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced NVIDIA Edition
Well now, last week Cooler Master presented an NVIDIA-themed HAF X case and this week the company presents the CM 690 II Advanced NVIDIA Edition. This new model is based on the CM 690 II Advanced but features a green-black color scheme, with an NVIDIA logo in the front panel and a side window shaped in the form of NVIDIA's logo.
The chassis also has a green LED front fan. This NVIDIA Edition will be available soon for 110EUR, which is about 20EUR more than the CM 690 II Advanced Window Edition. The chassis measures 214.5 x 511.8 x 528.8 mm in size at a wight of 9.19 kg.
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GeForce Forceware 263.09 WHQL
For those that missed them earlier last week, we had posted GeForce Forceware 263.09 WHQL drivers. NVIDIA now started hosting these officially. Check out our forum thread for deeper info.
- Installs HD Audio driver to version 126.96.36.199.
- Includes PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0514.
- Supports DirectCompute with Windows 7 and GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language) for all GeForce 8-series and later
- Supports OpenGL 4.1 for GeForce 400 series and later GPUs.
- Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
The driver holds an entire build including the latest PhysX and 3D Vision drivers.
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T listed in etail
AMD is apparantly soon releasing a new AMD Phenom II X6 processor, this one is tagged 1100T. Compared to the previous flagship 1090T this model will have a slightly increased clock speed and Turbo Core frequency at 3.3GHz (100Mhz higher than the 1090T), the Turbo Core frequency being rated at 3.7GHz.
AMD managed to retain the same 125 TDP for the 1100T. The processor is a Black Edition and thus has an unlocked multiplier. The current listing is priced at 276 EUR.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 480 SOC review
Oh dear, did they just miss the boat? We review the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 480 SOC. This card is labeled under SKU code GV-N480SO-15I and comes with Dual BIOS technology, a SOC Default BIOS and one LN2 BIOS selectable by pressing a simple LED based button.
A card that seems a little out of place released right after the GTX 580 launch. But yeah, as our review will show, the card really is remarkably good, roughly as fast as the GTX 580.
Check out the full review right here.
Viking Modular 8GB High-Density DDR3 Modules
Viking Modular Solutions announced its DDR3 8GB Very Low Profile (VLP) Registered DIMM is available for immediate qualification. Suitable for the most demanding environmental conditions, this high-density VLP RDIMM is optimal for Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers in the telecommunications, enterprise, cloud and embedded computing markets that need the benefit of high density in a very low profile form factor.
Viking Modular is a leader in creating innovative DRAM packaging solutions that offer excellent signal integrity and thermal management. This latest DDR3 8GB VLP RDIMM uses mainstream 2Gbit DDR3 DRAM to deliver a cost effective, reliable, high-density solution, ideally suited for blade servers, storage bridge bay (SBB), AdvancedTCA (ATCA) and multiple space constrained high performance computing environments.
Built with Viking Modular's patent-pending BGA stacking technology, the DDR3 8GB VLP RDIMM features include:
- Superior Thermal Performance: -40 degrees C to 85 degrees C
- PC3-6400 to PC3-10600
- DDR3-1333 240-pin VLP Registered DIMM (w/Thermal Sensor)
- JEDEC Standard MO-269
- Thermal sensing energy management
- Low voltage option (1.35 and 1.5V options)
- Ruggedized enhancements
- Meets SWaP military COTS requirements
"Viking Modular continues to be at the forefront of developing leading DRAM packaging and stacking capabilities," said Adrian Proctor, Vice President of Marketing for Viking Modular Solutions. "This new DDR3 8GB VLP RDIMM allows our OEM customers in the enterprise server, storage and embedded markets the flexibility to upgrade new or existing platforms to maximum memory capacities."
Viking Modular Solutions is a product division of Sanmina-SCI. As a leading electronics manufacturing services provider, Sanmina-SCI continues to provide its OEM customers with cutting-edge technological development, industry certified manufacturing facilities and the benefits of a global supply chain with long standing, strategic partnerships.
Arctic Sound Series 2.1 Speakers
The ARCTIC S series 2.1 Speakers bring best audio quality for all needs. Dive into pure sound and make your PC to a real multimedia system. The speakers in the ARCTIC SOUND S Series features excellent sound quality with rich bass and clear highs. High fidelity drivers along with quick and precise responding driver coils play your music the way it is thought to be played.
The sleek and contemporary designs of these metallic-looking speakers blend seamlessly into any media center environment and emphasize your modern lifestyle. The different sizes will fit into either limited areas or spacious environments. All of the speakers are integrated with volume, bass, and treble controls, either on one of the satellites or on a control pod. Tweaking those settings with turning knobs are at user
Apache: Air Assault PC Released
Apache: Air Assault is a new combat flight simulation game based on the Apache AH-64D Longbow attack helicopter. The player takes on the role of three distinct Apache crews that each deal with what at first appears to be localized enemy activity, but eventually reveals itself to be part of the larger plan. The gameplay intercuts back and forth between the three crews as the action and stakes escalate.
Apache: Air Assault features 16 multi-stage missions involving air and ground strike operations off the coast of Africa, the mountains of the Middle East and the jungles of Central America, each meticulously created using high resolution map data from real-world satellite photography. Apache helicopters are some of the most sophisticated combat aircraft on the planet