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.
E3: Far Cry 3 Press Conference
E3: Warface Trailer
E3: The Elder Scrolls Online Teaser Trailer
E3: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - Behind the Scenes Preview
MSI Computex Mpower on Display
Earlier today we already shared a snippet of info on MSI's upcoming Big bang MPower range of motherboards.
The MPower series will become available on both socket LGA1155 and socket LGA2011, the X79 MPower. From the looks of the motheboards are upgraded models Z77A-GD65 and X79A-GD65 (8D) yet with a stronger CPU VRM, more friendly warranties and a new black+yellow color-scheme, which is consistent with that of its Lightning series graphics cards (such as the R7970 Lightning).
I have some decent photo's of these motherboards for you guys, click on the thumbnails:
MSI Computex Graphics cards on Display
We already posted a thing or two about the MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning at display on Computex. The MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning is complementing the new Mpower line of motherboards (matching colors) the new N680GTX Lightning is bound to be released this month.
The card comes with 2 GB of memory, the new Twin Frozr IV cooling solution and an Unlocked Digital Power VRM, which gives users fine control over GPU, memory, and PLL (auxiliary) power domains using Guru3D's home grown Afterburner software.
I have gathered a couple of photo's for you guys on videocard at display at the MSI booth. below some photo's of the Lightning editions of the R7970 and all new GTX 680 (whis sexy !).
Click the thumbnails to go through them:
ASUS ROG MARS III spotted - dual GTX 680
Check out the dual Nvidia Kepler GK104 based MARS III, featuring an unprecedented 8GB of GDDR5 memory and a triple-fan dual slot cooler as reported by vrzone:
ASUS's ROG MARS III is decked with the trademark red and black theme of their Rampage/Maximus motherboards, and uses a triple fan heatpiped cooler within double slot form factor, a welcome change from the obtuse three-slot of their DirectCU II cards from past. There are three 8-pin PCIe connectors (implying up to a whopping 525W of power draw potential) present on the board and a red button to activate 100% fan speed for overclocking. For display outputs we get a single mini-DP port and three DVI headers. Sadly, there is only a single SLi connector which limits things up to only 4-way GPU.
The project manager on-site told us that the board we are seeing is still an early engineering sample and that they will still be making some tweaks to its PCB and cooler design before shipping sometime later this year. Since its predecessor MARS II (dual GTX 580) was one of the most expensive and elusive cards ever, we won't be too surprised if the MARS III follows suit.
ASUS ROG Launches the Maximus V Formula
Taipei, Taiwan (June 6, 2012)
ASUS ROG Matrix 7970 Graphics Card
The ASUS ROG Matrix 7970 Graphics Card just reared its multi-monitor head in Asia. The ROG (Republic of Gamers) card holds a single GPU.
Armed by a 20 phase Digital VRM the card should be a little tweking marvel. Obviously we expect the card to be factory overclocked, though any information on that has not yet been disclosed. The card will get some nifty features like VGA Hotwire, TweakIT (hardware voltage-speed control using buttons, one-push fan override), ProbeIT (voltage fan-speed monitoring points). The card will have 3GB of GDDR5 graphics memory.
Corsair launches Neutron Series solid-state drives
Cprsair launches the Neutron Series solid-state drives (SSDs), the industry's first consumer SSDs to feature the LM87800 6Gb/s SSD controller from Link_A_Media Devices (LAMD). Also available in an extreme performance Neutron GTX model, the new SSDs bring professional-grade performance and reliability to PC enthusiasts, content creators, and IT professionals.
Available in capacities of 120GB, 240GB and 480GB, Neutron Series GTX SSDs are designed with toggle NAND flash memory to deliver up to a super-high 90,000 random read and write IOPs (input/output operations per second), which speeds up data-intensive tasks like video and image editing. These drives also provide superior sequential speeds of up to 555 MB/s read and 500 MB/s write, for lightning fast file access. The standard Neutron Series models, available in 120GB and 240GB capacities, provide up to 90,000 random read IOPs and 85,000 random write IOPs with sequential speeds of up to 555 MB/s read and 370 MB/s write. i
All Neutron Series models incorporate LAMD's powerful on-the-fly error correction and advanced NAND management technologies which improve the endurance of onboard flash memory, giving the SSD's enhanced reliability and durability. The Neutron Series GTX drives also include adaptive DSP technology which maintains superior performance throughout the lifetime of the SSD. Neutron Series and Neutron Series GTX models are backed with a 5 year warranty.
Neutron Series SSDs provide impressive read and write speeds with both compressed and non-compressible data regardless of file type. This is a significant advantage compared to other SSDs on the market which offer quick load times with compressible files, but get bogged down significantly when reading compressed data such as video files.
"The Neutron Series SSDs, a strategic collaboration between Corsair and LAMD, reflects the shared commitment to performance, quality, and reliability ingrained in our companies," said Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair. "Together we've raised the standard for SSDs, and we have more exciting products on the way."
"LAMD has built our reputation engineering high-performance, high-reliability SSD controllers for mission-critical enterprise storage solutions," said Dr. Hemant Thapar, CEO of LAMD. "Now, with Corsair’s commitment to delivering innovative, high-performance SSD solutions, we are pleased to bring our advancements in SSD technology to all PC users."
The new SSDs bring broad compatibility for desktop and notebook PCs thanks to their standard 2.5
Samsung Galaxy S III review
We review the Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III, Under the motto 'three times is a charm' Samsung releases their Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. The screen of the S3 is a McDonald's super sized 4.8" Big Mac that tops even the HTC Titan II, yes, the display screen is massive.
Will this Ice Cream Sandwich powered device be all we want it to be? Check out the review here.
Acer Aspire 7600U Windows 8 All-in-one PC
Acer today unveiled the new Aspire 7600U Windows 8 all-in-one PC at Computex 2012 in Taipei. The computer provides a 64-point capacitive multitouch Full HD display and Dolby Home Theater surround sound. Too bad, there is no further info about this new all-in-one computer. The Acer Aspire 7600U is priced at between $1,599 to $2,199.