ASUS and Gigabyte to expand motherboard warranties
DigiTimes reports motherboard makers ASUS and Gigabyte have both lowered prices and expanded their motherboard warranty services to attract customers:
Gigabyte announced that the company will offer free repairs for all problems on Gigabyte-brand motherboards during their warranty period and if the problems are cased by the user, the company will also try to repair them for free. The company is also extending its motherboard products' four-year warranty activity to the end of 2012.
To counter Gigabyte's assault, Asustek also recently offered free repair services for user damage on its motherboards and if the motherboards are un-repairable, the company will offer a free exchange as well as free motherboard pick up and delivery.
Intel to cut Core i3 Ivy Bridge pricing?
X-bit Labs explains that that Intel slashed the pricing of some of its ultra low-voltage processors by just over 10 percent to spur adoption of ultrabooks:
All-in-all, Intel has reportedly decided to reduce the prices of its ultra low-voltage Core i3 "Ivy Bridge" central processing units in order to make ultrabooks more affordable without further cutting ODMs' profitability or using cheap cases that may eventually crack and returned to stores, which will damage reputation of ultrabooks and PC suppliers. The reduction on Core i3 ULV chips will be in $25 - $27 range, said Cody Acree, an analyst with Williams Financial Group, citing Chinese-language Commercial Times news-paper.
At present Intel has only one mobile Core i3 chip with 17W thermal design power that is suitable for ultrabooks: the model i3-3217U with two cores, 1.80GHz clock-speed, 3MB cache and Intel HD 4000 graphics core. Right now Intel sells the chip for $225, hence the $25 - $27 slash will be over 11%, which seems to be a rather significant, yet not a dramatic price-cut that changes everything.
Samsung starts selling 75-inch ES9000 smart TV
Samsung is now selling a 75" ES9000 series smart TV in South Korea for 19.8 million won, the equivalent of about $17,450!
In short, if you loved the LED-backlit display of the 55-inch model, you're going to adore the ES9000, which features the same smart TV brains alongside a retractable webcam unit housed on the top edge. The picture was pleasingly rich and sharp -- presumably due to the aforementioned backlighting and the ES series' edge-to-edge design. The bezel is a mere 7.9mm and Samsung has decided to coat the frame in a gentle Rose Gold coating which, due to the TV's slightly shady location, was a little trickier to pick out.
Colorful Shark Bionic Cooler Pictures
Colorful released pictures of its new Shark Bionic graphics card cooling, which will feature on the company's upcoming GeForce GTX 670 iGame Ares X graphics card as TPU reports today (through Expreview):
The designers seem to have opted for a more conventional-looking dual-slot cooling solution (judging by its standards, at least). The Shark Bionic cooler uses a compound heatsink design. At a nickel-plated copper GPU base, nine 8 mm-thick heat pipes of the same material make indirect contact with the GPU. The heat pipes then transport heat to three aluminum fin stacks, one directly over the GPU base, one over the VRM area, and a smaller one along the top of the card. The three are ventilated by two 80 mm fans. The design of the cooler shroud and fan blades are inspired by the shark, which work to guide the most amount of air with the least turbulence (resulting in less noise).
Radeon HD 7950 GHz Edition coming as well
To bump up perf to match the GeForce GTX 670/680 series a little better AMD recently refreshed the 7970 with a 1 GHz model.
The same is about to happen for the RadeoN HD 7950 as AMD is reportedly working on a new SKU -- the Radeon HD 7950 GHz Edition.
The refresh Radeon HD 7950 GHz Edition will be priced against the GeForce GTX 670 (around $375), will retain the core configuration of the original HD 7950, with 1,792 Graphics CoreNext stream processors, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface holding 3 GB of memory.
The difference obviously will be a higher clock likely with Turbo boost as well. Expect
Transcend SDHC Class 10 UHS-I Memory Cards
Transcend has announced a new line of SDHC Class 10 UHS-I memory cards. Available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB sizes, these ultra fast cards come with a built-in ECC function (Error Correction Code) and promise to deliver read and write speeds of up to 85MB/s and 45MB/s, respectively. Unfortunately, there
Chinavision 10.1-Inch Touchscreen USB Monitor
If you need an additional monitor, be sure to check out this new 10.1-Inch Touchscreen USB Monitor from Chinavasion.
Priced at just $184.59, this plug and play monitor (LED-backlight) provides 1024 x 600 native resolution, 500:1 contrast ratio and 250 cd/m2 brightness, and comes equipped with built-in speakers. [Product Page]
NAND flash pricing stabilizing
This is because makers of NAND flash have begun lowering output to reduce global supply and demand is expected to increase in the second half of 2012, the sources said.
Global sales of smartphones, tablet PCs and ultrabooks are expected to grow in the second half of 2012, thereby increasing demand for NAND flash used in SSDs and eMMC, the sources indicated. In addition, Intel's Ivy Bridge platform is expected to increase global penetration of USB 3.0 flash drives, especially 16GB models, and in turn demand for large-capacity NAND flash chips, the sources noted. The global penetration of USB 3.0 flash drives will reach an estimated 20% at the end of 2012, the sources estimated.
NZXT Hue RGB LED controller
NZXT releases the Hue, a 5.25" RGB LED controller. NZXT has expanded their bay devices with HUE; an LED configuration that is customizable to your liking. HUE grants you the power to select how you want to illuminate your chassis with infinite possibilities. Take charge of the RGB controls to adjust the color fade, pulsating light effects, and brightness levels of your internal LED sleeve. HUE is equipped with an on/off mode for times you may need to go stealth and possesses a unique semi-mesh design, blending flawlessly into any chassis with a mesh front panel.
- Infinite color options that you can customize to your heart
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CPU-Z 1.6.1 Download
CPU-Z is a diagnostic tool that provides information on your CPU, including: processor name and vendor, core stepping and process, processor package, internal and external clocks, clock multiplier, partial overclock detection, processor features, supported instructions sets, L1 and L2 cache information, location, size, speed, and technology.
CPU-Z is a freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system.
Changes in CPU-Z version 1.61:
- Intel CedarTrail platform
- VIA VX11 chipset
- Intel Xeon E5 processors
- Fix wrong CPU clock speed under Win8
MSI GeForce GTX 670 Power edition OC review
We review the MSI GeForce GTX 670 Power edition /OC with new TwiNFrozr IV cooler. The card comes factory overclocked, is silent and remains cool. We have the 2GB Power Edition in house which comes pre-overclocked at 1020 MHz on the baseclock and 1089 MHz (misprinted in the chart below) on the boost clock. To give the card enough frame buffer to work with the cards are equipped with 2048 GDDR5 on a 256-bits wide bus.
Let's have a peek shall we ? Read the review here.
Custom ColorFire Radeon HD 7870 Picturs and Details
ColorFire has launched a customized
AMD Radeon HD 8000 Sea Islands GPU Details
AMD is slowly but steadily preparing to launch its new series of GPUs for the winter season.
These GPUs will bear the HD 8000 series branding and are codenamed
Plextor M5S SSDs
Links International will launch a new line of SSDs from Plextor called the M5S. Available in 128GB and 256GB sizes, these 2.5-inch SSDs are packed with 25nm MLC NAND Flash memory chips, a SATA 6.0 Gbps interface, a Marvell 88SS9174 controller, a MTBF of 1.5 million hours, TRIM support and capable of delivering read/write speeds of up to 520/200 MB/s (128GB Model) and 520/390 MB/s (256GB Model), respectively.
The 128GB and 256GB models will become available from July 6th for 11,480 Yen (about $144) and 19,980 Yen (about $251), respectively. [Product Page]
GELID GC-Extreme 10g and GC-Supreme TIM
Thermal Solutions specialist GELID Solutions launches the cutting-edge "GC-Extreme" thermal compound with a net content of 10g. It contains the same material as the multi-winning "GC-Extreme 3.5g" and varies in net content only.
In comparison to the other compounds in the market the "GCExtreme" breaks all records and is most suitable for overclocking. Ultimate heat conductivity makes the "GC-Extreme" the leader of all thermal compounds. As with the other compounds of GELID Solutions the "GC-Extreme" is non-electrical conductive, non-corrosive, no bleeding and non-curing. The "GC-Extreme 10g" comes with a GELID applicator which enables an easier application. As a product of the GAMER product line the "GC-Extreme" contains 10g.
Beside the "GC-Extreme 10g" GELID Solutions introduces the "GC-Supreme" for professional users. The "GC-Supreme" is made from the purest thermal conducting materials and offers superb thermal conduction. Thanks to nano scale produced new ultra-fine molecular structure the "GC-Supreme" fills spaces more effectively than conventional materials. In comparison to other thermal compounds the "GCSupreme" provides an easier application especially with the GELID applicator. Coupled with excellent thermal conductivity for an attractive price this thermal compound makes the best choice for professionals. As a product of the SILENT product line the "GC-Supreme" contains 7g.
The "GC-Extreme 10g" and "GC-Supreme" thermal compounds are available now for a MSRP of USD 25.99 / EUR 19.99 and USD 7.2 / EUR 5.7.
One in ten Android devices ICS
Google provided an update about the Android installbase. It reveals 10.9 percent of Android users now run Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.x), while Gingerbread (2.3.x) is still the most widespread with a marketshare of 64 percent.