ASUS Radeon HD 6770 DirectCU Silent review
Today we look at the ASUS Radeon HD 6770 DirectCU Silent edition. An entry level product series for gamers based on a juniper graphics core that still can flex its muscle. The x-factor for this particular product however is that its completely passively cooled, what should be a relatively small card .. ends up like the USS enterprise in terms of size and design.
Check out the review here.
Battlefield 3 Sells 5 Million Units Its First Week
Electronic Arts Inc. today announced that based on internal estimates, Battlefield 3 has sold through five million units in the first week globally, making it the fastest-selling game in EA's history. The outstanding retail performance is driven by critic's reviews averaging above 85 on console and above 90 on PC.* Word-of-mouth from gamers is also driving sales
ECS Outs Intel H61 Motherboard with SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0
Since the H61 platform controller hub (PCH) doesn't come with support for USB 3.0 or SATA 6Gbps, the motherboard relies on third party controllers to deliver this functionality to its customers.
In the case of the H61H2-A2 Black Series, the two SATA 6Gbps ports present on the board are powered by an ASMedia ASM1061 chipset.
These are seconded by four SATA 3Gbps connectors driven by the Intel H61 PCH, which is also used for controlling the two PCI Express x1 as well as the two 32-bit PCI clots installed in ECS' latest creation.
In addition, the H61H2-A2 Black Series motherboard also features a full length PCI Express x16 slot for adding a discrete graphics card to the system.
A pair of DDR3 memory slots are also present and ECS states these can support up to 16GB of system memory when paired together with high-capacity 8GB DIMMs.
Moving to the board's I/O panel, we get all the basic ports and connectors that one would expect t osee in this type of motherboard, including DVI and VGA video outputs, four USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a pair of PS/2 ports and 5.1-channel audio thanks to the Realtek ALC662 HD audio codec.
An HDMI output is also provided, so users interested in building an HTPC system can go for the H61H2-A2 Black Series without any worries.
AMD's Unreleased FX-8100 CPU Makes Appearance
AMD introduced its first desktop processors based on the Bulldozer architecture on October 12, but by the end of this year the chip maker is expected to release a few other chips based on this architecture, including the FX-8100 which was just spotted in HP's Pavillion systems.
The new AMD processor is expected to be released later this quarter according to CPU World, and it include four Bulldozer modules for a total of eight computing cores.
These are coupled with a massive 8MB of L2 cache as well a with 8MB of Level 3 cache memory, while its base clock speed is set at 2.8GHz.
Like the rest of AMD's FX-Series processors, the FX-8100 also includes support for the Turbo Core technology that can automatically increase the the CPU frequency to 3.1GHz when all cores are in use or to 3.7GHz when four or fewer cores are loaded.
Support for the SSE4, AES-NI and AVX instruction sets is also featured, but the chip comes with a lower TDP that the rest of its eight-core Bulldozer siblings since it fits inside a 95W TDP.
On the HP Pavilion HPE h8z order page, the AMD FX-8100 is $80 (58 EUR) cheaper than the 8150 and the processor is also available in the Pavillion h8m desktop PC.
Foxconn Quantum Force X79 motherboard
Check out the final retail version of the Foxconn Quantum Force series X79 motherboard. The LGA2011 socket supports upcoming Core i7
Seagate simplifies HDD lineup, kills 5400RPM
Seagate has simplified its Barracuda desktop HDD lineup, from now on 1TB platters spinning at 7200RPM are the standard. The low-power 5400RPM models have been cancelled, with the company claiming that these models didn't deliver meaningful power savings for regular desktop users.
Seagate (NASDAQ:STX) is streamlining its flagship family of desktop drives under a single product that hones in on performance and big capacities to help satisfy the explosive growth in content creation and consumption by businesses and consumers worldwide. The new Barracuda
Modern Warfare 3 - New Modes & Match Customization
The all-new behind the scenes multiplayer video for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games bring you a preview of Kill Confirmed and Team Defender, two of the all-new multiplayer modes in Modern Warfare 3.
Learn how MW3 takes multiplayer customization to a whole new level: Private matches have been significantly enhanced to allow players to create new, fully customizable game modes and share those newly created game modes with friends and the community.
AMD FirePro V4900 released
AMD today launched the AMD FirePro V4900, a new entry level performance card for Digital Content Creation (DCC) and Computer Aided Design (CAD) professionals at an entry-level price point. By leveraging AMD
Gigabyte X79 Motherboard Bluetooth 4.0 & 802.11n Wi-Fi
One thing that most X79 boards don't have is support for Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi, its reported that that Gigabyte figured it would just make an add-in-board to make up for the deficit, which is really more of a PC Express to mini PCI Express adapter.
A half-sized mini PCI Express card based on an Atheros processor was equipped with an USB pin-header, meant to be attached to the USB pin-header on the motherboard.
With this to make sure the Bluetooth 4.0 connection works, the WiFi side of the equation will be left with the PCI Express connection. ECS already tried to solve this 'issue' as well, the solution involving a PCB antenna hardwired to the rear I/O, among other things.
Also, ASUS tried for a proprietary raiser card for the P9X79 Deluxe (with custom designed USB devices, apparently). Compared to those, Gigabyte's method seems somewhat more simple, even though it is limited to 150Mbps Wi-Fi (it has only two antennas). As such, no MIMO support exists (needs 300 Mbps).
The X79-UD5, X79-UD7 and G1.Assassin 2 motherboards are the ones that will ship in a bundle with the PCI Express card. Not certain if the item will sell standalone as well, but there is no reason it shouldn't.
Swiftech Unveils Apogee HD Waterblock and MCRx20 Rad
Swiftech announced the release for retail sales of their new flagship CPU waterblock, the Apogee HD, concurrently with Revision 3 of the Patent Pending MCRx20 Drive series of PC radiators.
Close to 18 months in the making, the Apogee HD was designed to surpass its predecessor the Award Winning Apogee XT in all critical areas: improved thermal performance, reduced flow restriction, new choices of colors, classic black or fashionable white, fine-tuned mounting system, lower cost, and an exclusive innovative feature that works in conjunction with the new Revision of the MCRx20 Drive PC Radiators: the Multi-port connectivity.
ThermalTake Contac 39 and Contac 30
ThermalTake adds two new processor coolers to its lineup: the Contac 39 and the Contac 30.
Thermaltake, being the industry pioneer brand in thermal solutions with the mission of
ASRock X79 boards, including Micro-ATX model
Asrock issued a press relelease showing ASRock X79 motherboards. The top-of-the-line model is the X79 Extreme9, it has eight memory slits, five PCIe x16 slots and an add-on card with Ethernet and audio.
It has eight DIMM slots and five PCI Express x16 slots, although the spacing of the x16s won't allow four double-wide graphics cards to be placed side by side. ASRock includes dual auxiliary 12V power connectors on the board, which packs an even dozen Serial ATA ports. Audio and at least some of the Extreme's network connectivity is farmed out to a PCI Express x1 expansion card that appears to be powered by Creative's new Core3D audio chip.
The X79 Extreme7 model ditches the add-in card and two DIMM slots, but adds an old-school PCI slot and has some more extensive VRM cooling. Another notch down the lineup is the Extreme4, this model has four DDR3 slots and seven expansion slots, of which three are PCIe x16 slots.
Another interesting model is the X79 Extreme4 M, this is basically a Micro-ATX version of the Extreme4.
Microsoft's Vision of the Future
Watch how future technology will help people make better use of their time, focus their attention, and strengthen relationships while getting things done at work, home, and on the go.
EA: BF3 Online Problems Almost Fixed
Electronic Arts thinks that they have fixed most of Battlefield 3
AMD Catalyst 11.10 WHQL download
The 11.10 WHQL software suite updates both the AMD display driver, and the AMD Catalyst Control Center / AMD Vision Engine Control Center. This unified driver has been updated to provide enhanced level of power, performance, and reliability.
We have a forum discussion thread open here.
- Reduces random crashing and stability encountered when playing Rage on Windows
Gelid GX-7 CPU cooler review
Gelid is a company that made a nice impression a year or two ago introducing themselves by releasing their first aftermarket CPU cooler, the 'Silent Spirit' cooler. After Gelid released that Silent Spirit and then Tranqillo CPU coolers it was time for a new model.
Progress is made and anno Q4 2011 it's time to release their third consumer grade CPU cooler. Their latest creation comes in the form of a tower cooler called GX-7 -- aimed at gamers apparently.
Read the review here.
AMD Trinity APU confirmed launch in early 2012
AMD has confirmed that the first APUs based on the next-generation Trinity core will get launched in early 2012. Thomas Seifert, senior vice president and chief financial officer of AMD, said:
Intel Releases SSD Toolbox 3.0 Software
Intel released the Solid-State Drive Toolbox 3.0 system software, which it recommends for use with its SSDs. SSDs have a limited number of times they can rewrite data onto their NAND flash cells. The most common 20-nanometer class MLC NAND flash offers around 5,000 rewrite cycles.
This software monitors your Intel SSD for performance degradation, and provides a measure of how many rewrite cycles are left, so you can plan beforehand about backing up your data and replacing it. The software also provides a suite of diagnostics for your Intel SSD. Lastly, the software can update your drive's firmware without the need for a DOS bootable disk.
Thanks Watcher for reporting this one. Grab the toolbox here.