Silverstone GD07 HTPC chassis review
We review the Silverstone GD07 HTPC chassis. The Grandia GD07, an updated version which offers everything you ever wanted in for a HTPC, it's so spacious that you could even use it as a very cool desktop PC. I mean Extended ATX (EATX) sized motherboards fit (!), heck you can even throw in very long graphics cards in there as we'll show you.
Read the review right here.
Acer Aspire PREDATOR AG3620-H78F / G Gaming Desktop PC
Acer released a new gaming desktop PC, the Aspire PREDATOR AG3620-H78F / G. Specs-wise, the system sports a 3.40GHz Intel Core i7-3770 processor, an Intel B75 Express Chipset, a (and get this) GeForce GT 645 1GB graphics card, an 8GB DDR3 RAM, a 1TB hard drive, a multi-card reader, a DVD Super Multi Drive and runs on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (SP1) OS. The Aspire PREDATOR AG3620-H78F / G retails for about $1200. [Acer]
Buffalo TS5600D 6-Bay NAS Server
Buffalo is about to release their newest 6-bay NAS server, the TS5600D. Powered by a 2.10GHz Intel Atom dual-core processor, the device is equipped with a 2GB DDR3 RAM, an optional 6TB, 12TB, 18TB or 24TB of pre-installed storage, six SATA HDD bays, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 3x USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and supports for multiple RAID setups (0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 51). The TS5600D will go on sale from mid-August, prices are to be announced.
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Giada i53: Powerful Book-Sized Mini PC
Giada, a brand of Shenzhen Jiehe Technology Development, Co., Ltd, today announces the i53 Mini PC. With full HD 1080P video, high connectivity, support, and an attractive design, Giada's new book-sized i53 Mini PC is an ideal choice for home entertainment, web browsing, and document writing.
The i53 is based around Intel's Mobile HM76 Express chipset and Ivy Bridge technology platform. Even while offering great performance, this environmentally friendly PC only uses 35W.
The Giada i53 comes standard with an Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM which can provide plenty of computing performance for today's applications. The i53 is also available in Ivy Bridge i3 and i7 options.
It's an ideal home theater PC (HTPC) thanks to the included infra red remote control that allows for remote boot-up; its support for full HD 1080P video and Intel HD Audio with 5.1 channel surround sound. The i53 comes with a 500GB HDD standard allowing you to store movies and music to be played at your pleasure. This system is compliant with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Linux.
The low power consuming Giada i53 runs cool and quiet, thanks to its advanced heat control technology, including a smart temperature-controlled fan. This Mini PC makes a perfect household download station - leave it downloading all night without being troubled by noise, heat or energy costs. Its slim design lets it fit neatly into even the tiniest space.
Tiny in size, the i53 is very big on features, with many connectivity options. There are five USB connectors, including a super fast USB 3.0 socket. The i53 also provides a gigabit network socket, high speed 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, as well as HDMI and VGA video outputs. Rounding out the list of features, there's a multi-format memory card reader slot so you can easily transfer your video, photos and music to and from your camera, mobile phone, or media player.
The book-sized Giada i53 Mini PC is so small that it could easily fit into the space taken up by a single desktop PC. It weighs less than 1kg: even smaller and more portable than a laptop. This mini PC is easy to carry anywhere and plug in and set up in seconds.
Highlights for the Giada i53
- Supports 3rd Generation Intel Core CPUs
- Intel GMA HD4000 Graphics with HD 1080P video
- HD Audio and 5.1 surround sound
- Up to 4GB of memory
- SuperSpeed USB 3.0
- Uses only 35W of power
- Only 26mm (about 1 inch) high
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AMD desktop Trinity CPUs delayed to October?
DigiTimes learned that AMD delayed its desktop Trinity APUs from August to October in order to make some adjustments to the processors' designs.
Downstream motherboard makers are also rushing to make adjustments to their new motherboard projects set to release in the second half, according to sources from motherboard makers. In addition to production and design issues with the Trinity processors, AMD's previous-generation Llano processor's high inventory levels which need to be digested are reportedly one of the reasons that AMD decided to delay the launch of Trinity. However, AMD did not confirm the speculation. Many Socket FM2-based processors including A10-5800k will be delayed.
In other news the site also mentiones that three new AM3+ Vishera chips are expected in October -- In October, AMD also plans to launch three new AM3+ Vishera-based processors (Volan) including FX-8350 (125W/95W) and FX6300, with FX-4320 to be launched at a later time.
Kontron reveals Tegra 3 based desktop motherboard
Kontron has developed the KTT30/mITX, a new 170mm x 170mm Mini-ITX motherboard that's based around NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC. The board can run most distributions of Linux for ARM (including Android and Chrome OS) and should be capable of running Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 RT.
The GPU can mange 1080p displays and pbviously H264 MPEG-4 encoding/decoding acceleration.
Display outputs include HDMI 1.4a (up to 1920x1080 pixels), and LVDS 24-bit (up to 2048x1536 pixel @ 18bpp). The Kontron KTT30/mITX packs 2 GB of DDR3L memory. For storage, it has an mSATA 3 Gb/s port, two SD card slots, and a bootable eMMC slot. Two mPCIe slots and a SIM card slot (for 3G HSDPA) handle on-board expansion. System interfaces include two RS232 (serial/COM), three USB 2.0. Apart from 3G HSDPA, the board supports gigabit Ethernet. For audio, there's 2-channel analog and multi-channel digital (S/PDIF) audio outputs. The board draws power from a 2-pin DC input.
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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Full-length Trailer
"Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn" is a live-action digital series that takes fans back to the terrifying beginning of the Human/Covenant war, when the Master Chief inspired a young cadet who would eventually become a leader aboard the UNSC's greatest vessel: the UNSC Infinity.
OCZ Vertex 4 SSD review with 1.5 firmware
We retest the OCZ Vertex 4 SSD yet now with 1.5 firmware update. , again bringing more performance towards the Vertex 4 series of SSDs. And albeit the difference is not as big as the 1.4 release was, it certainly makes a difference as this article will show you. Read the article here.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 WindForce 2X Graphics Card
Gigabyte has introduced another graphics to its line-up, the GeForce GTX 670 WindForce 2X (not 3X). Codenamed GV-N670WF2-2GD, the card sports 1344 CUDA Cores, a 256-bit memory interface, a core clock of 941MHz (1019MHz Boost Clock) and a 2GB of GDDR5 memory set @ 6008MHz.
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HP LV1911 18.5-Inch LCD Monitor
There apparantly is a market left for small low-res monitors. HP has released their latest LCD monitor, the LV1911. This new 18.5-inch LED-backlight monitor provides 1366 x 768 native resolution, 600:1 contrast ratio, 200 cd/m2 brightness, 5ms response time and 90/50 degree viewing angles, and features a mini D-Sub connector. The LV1911 is available now for 9,870 Yen (about $124). [HP]
OCZ: 25nm NAND flash prices hit the bottom
OCZ CEO Ryan Petersen stated during an earnings call with financial analysts that pricing of 20/25nm class MLC NAND flash memory has bottomoted, and that in order to further boost capacities and/or reduce SSD pricing, new types of NAND such as TLC and smaller process nodes will be needed. Xbitlabs:
Demand for OCZ's solid-state drives increased by 54% year-over-year during the quarter. In fact, the company shipped over 100 thousand of Indilinx Everest 2-based products, including Vertex 4 and Agility 4, in the first quarter of its fiscal 2013. With the evident success of its SSDs in hard disk drive form-factors, OCZ now claims that solid-state storage has already become strong competitor for traditional hard drives despite of lower capacities.
"It has always been our belief that SSD prices do not need to match those of hard disk drives on a per gigabyte basis in order to drive large scale adoption of SSDs. As such, it is becoming evident that SSDs are increasingly competing with hard disk drives in cost conscious market segment, a trend that is clearly positive for the SSD industry," stated Mr. Petersen.
OCZ believes that by now the pricing of multi-level cell (MLC or 2bpc) NAND flash memory produced using 25nm/20nm-class process technologies has bottomed. As a result, OCZ claims that in order to further boost capacities of SSDs and/or reduce their pricing, new types of NAND flash memory, such as 2bpc/MLC and/or 3bpc/TLC made using thinner technologies, will need to be used for solid-state storage devices.
"Given that, we believe that pricing on 25nm NAND flash has reached its bottom and in order to drive continued price decreases on a per gigabyte basis, SSD companies need to continue to introduce support for new NAND flash nodes and new technologies, such as the upcoming 20nm and 19nm nodes and TLC," stated Mr. Petersen.
Patriot Intel Extreme Masters LE DDR3 Memory
Patriot Memory reveals the Intel Extreme Masters Limited Edition DDR3 memory:
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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)