ASRock X58 Extreme3 gets reviewed!
ASRock X58 Extreme3 gets tested !
If you want an X58 based platform and want to enjoy USB 3.0 and SATA3 6G, there really are no affordable alternatives on the market, until now that is. ASRock has released a new X58 motherboard. It's loaded with extra features yet comes with SATA3 and USB 3.0. It is up-to date, has some nice extras, and get this... will cost only 165 EUR or roughly 189 USD.
That price alone sparked my interest for sure as this board would need to really blow if it's not worth that money. So today we'll have a look at the more budget conscious ASRock X58 Extreme3 motherboard, and dude .. it's pretty darn good really.
Check out the ful Guru3D review right here.
Computex - Zalman launches new CNPS CPU cooler
Going back to the original design, Zalman launched the CNPS9900 Max CPU cooler. The cooler has the round butterfly design that many so appreciate. it gow a bit of extra attention though as a high performance composite heatpipe is now applied.
Zalman claims the cooler can deal with an impressive 280W Q Max. The cooler comes with a Quiet 135mm FDB (Fluid Dynamic Bearing) LED Fan which is PWM Fan Speed Controlled.
The cooler itself has nicely Black-Pearl Nickel Plating making it look really nice. Along with the cooler you'll receive some Super Thermal Grease ZM-STG2 Included. Have a peek.
Computex - Galaxy Customizes everything with a GPU on it
Earlier today we've already shown you that Galaxy is working on a dual-GTX 470 Fermi (single PCB) based graphics card. That prototype definitely looks interesting, however, Galaxy has brought along some very impressive gear and is working on all kinds of new innovations to bring their products at the very least customized to a next level. Let's walk through some of the extraordinary gear they have on display shall we ?
BTW, you can click on all photo's to see a high-resolution photo.
So in the photo below you can see a Galaxy GeForce GTX 470 card, if you look a little closer though, you'll notice that it has two GPUs, the smaller one is in fact a simple GeForce GT 240 GPU and it's there for PhysX. Cards like these are not new, eVGA has shown a similar product in the GTX 200 series last year called Co-Op. Whether or not this product will make it to market, we doubt a little bit but it surely shows something new and different.
The following photo is showing a fully customized GeForce GTX 480. Custom PCB, custom cooling. The cooler has a vapor chamber in order to keep the temperatures at much better levels compared to NVIDIA's reference cooler, have a peek. Admittedly, that is one good looking card.
The next photo (below) shows something new and refreshing as well. It seems like that all mid-range and faster graphics cards these days are based on a dual-slot design, hogging much space. Below you can see the Galaxy GTX 470 Razor. This in fact is a single slot design. Considering that the GTX 470 is a card that runs very hot, we are a little skeptical about it's performance and noise levels. But never judge a book by it's cover they say.
The two photo's below are all about monitoring your graphics card. To the left you can see Galaxy's "Magic Box HD" which will display essential registers and values coming from your graphics cards like temperatures and fan RPM.
To your right you can see an iPhone with a new Galaxy applications. Their Xtreme Tuner software will come with a new application. With the help of your phone you can now access data like retrieved from your graphics card like temperatures, driver revision, BIOS revision. It does go one notch further, as you can overclock directly from your iPhone as well.
Computex - MSI Booth Tour
In this post a couple of photo's showing you what a presentation booth looks like at Computex. When you hit the thumbnails you can see the MSI booth from the Nangang fair ground. MSI is showing a lot of gear, obviously the MSI X58 XPower is on display, their latest and seriously greatest motherboard ever. (we reviewed it here).
Next to that they have a handful of affordable Hydra motherboards on display, which we told you about yesterday already.
Two motherboards are planned for release very soon. One based on AMD's 870 chipset and one on Intel's P55 chipset. The AMD 870 based motherboard with Hydra chip will go through life as the Fuzion 870A. The addition of 'A' means the board both USB3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gbit / s on board, the latter due to the SB850 Southbridge. Two PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots can accommodate a mix of so many video cards. The 870A board offers support to the new hexacore Phenom II X6 processors from AMD and also has a feature that can unlock disabled cores. The new update will get an OC Genie button for automated overclocking. The board will be equipped with military class components, DrMOS chips and components while contributing their bit to stability.
The Fuzion P55A, also with USB3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gbit / s on board, it will be the cheaper version of the Big Bang to Fuzion. With a P55 chipset and LGA1156 socket it can house i3/i5/i7 Core processors. This board comes with two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots. OC Genie, DrMOS, button are standard here as well. MSI's Fuzion 870A will cost approximately
eVGA to leave Europe ?
An interesting rumor comes from Hardocp today, apparantly the manager responsible for EU activies was fired. This could indicate that eVGA is leaving Europe, right after BFG left here as well. The person involved here is Hans-Wolfram Tismer and granted, i met him a couple of times when active at eVGA and Gainward is a bit iffy. It might just be the fact that he's leaving eVGA for other resons.
" Joe Darwin of EVGA explained, that "EVGA is not closing its European operations." Joe would however confirm that Wolfram was no longer with EVGA European operations, but he would not use the word "fired" to describe Wolfram's leaving. Our thoughts on this are that EVGA keeping its European operations open without Wolfram is akin to cutting the head off a snake and expecting the rest of it to survive; the body might still be moving, but is it really "alive?" Wolfram was the lifeblood of EVGA's EU operations.
It was also reported to us that EVGA had "dismissed its entire Taiwan motherboard team," and this would signal "no more motherboards coming from EVGA." Talking to Joe Darwin on this topic he laughed it off and told us that EVGA had not dismissed its motherboard team.
While the truth is not to the surface yet on the details about these rumors, it is sure that something is happening behind the scenes at EVGA. Wolfram leaving EVGA Europe is a "big deal" for the company. It will be interesting to see how that plays out, but replacing Wolfram is likely not going to be an easy exercise. As for EVGA's motherboard business, I am not sure the rumors we are hearing are fully accurate, but I would guess that something is surely playing out.
Joe Darwin's closing statement with us was that EVGA is doing "business as usual."
Update - minutes after posting this news eVGA submitted the following statement:
EVGA planning to give European operation a boost
Amsterdam, Netherlands and M
Computex - Galaxy Dual GeForce GTX 470 Fermi spotted
This is a dual GeForce GTX 470 card located at the premisis of Galaxy technology, meaning that two Fermi dies reside on the same board, along with the necessary circuitry and an apparently beefed up apportionment of GDDR5 RAM as well. Measuring in at 12 inches long, this prototype is being shown off at Computex by add-in board partner Galaxy -- probably just to prove that the mammoth undertaking is even possible.
You'll be forgiven for mistaking it for one of 3dfx's final ill-fated productions, and with a requirement for two 8-pin power connectors and a doubling of the standard 470's 215W TDP, this dualie card sure looks set for a similar future of pretty pictures and no retail viability.
Mind you this is a Galaxy prototyp, not a model design from NVIDIA. Click on the image for a large photo ;)
Affordable MSI Hydra motherboards show at Computex
As we all know next to ASUS real soon, MSI already offers Lucid Hydra based motherboards. Hydra allows you to combine ATI and NVIDIA graphics cards or a combo of the same brand yet different series.
Back at CES MSI already hinted that new motherboards would be equipped with that chip, and right now at Computex they are showing what is is to be an affordable motherboard with Lucid Hydra 200 chip. Two motherboards are planned for release very soon. One based on AMD's 870 chipset and one on Intel's P55 chipset.
The AMD 870 based motherboard with Hydra chip will go through life as the Fuzion 870A. The addition of 'A' means the board both USB3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gbit / s on board, the latter due to the SB850 Southbridge. Two PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots can accommodate a mix of so many video cards. The 870A board offers support to the new hexacore Phenom II X6 processors from AMD and also has a feature that can unlock disabled cores. The new update will get an OC Genie button for automated overclocking. The board will be equipped with military class componentns, DrMOS chips and components while contributing their bit to stability.
The Fuzion P55A, also with USB3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gbit / s on board, it will be the cheaper version of the Big Bang to Fuzion. With a P55 chipset and LGA1156 socket it can house i3/i5/i7 Core processors. This board comes with two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots. OC Genie, DrMOS, button are standard here as well.
MSI's Fuzion 870A will cost approximately
Computex - new Intel Atom Processor Plans, Products Outlined
Intel Corporation unveiled new products and features based on its low-power Intel Atom processor family, including plans to further differentiate the popular netbook category and expand into several new market segments beyond its growing PC, laptop and server businesses.
In the past 45 days, Intel and its Atom processor has entered a variety of markets beyond the more than 50 million Intel-based netbooks sold in the past 2 years. Intel announced a processor and MeeGo* software win with Chinese carmaker HawTai Automobile for a future in-vehicle-infotainment platform; a greater than 50-times lower platform idle power reduction with Intel's next generation Atom processor platform for handheld devices including smartphones; and a collaboration with Google*, Sony* and Logitech* to deliver a new Smart TVs experience powered by Intel Atom CE products and running Android*-based Google TV*.
Intel recently unveiled the future System on Chip (SoC) Atom-based "Tunnel Creek" that, for the first time, will allow other companies to connect their own custom silicon to Intel's SoC product. The Intel Atom processor also powers the Intel Reader, and the company has received more than 3,000 non-PC design inquiries - most new-to-Intel potential customers - ranging from fish finders to golf carts.
During his keynote, David (Dadi) Perlmutter, executive vice president and co-general manager, Intel Architecture Group, touched on these and other Intel efforts, which included showing off the world's thinnest netbook running on the upcoming mobile dual-core "Pine Trail." At just 14mm, the razor-thin "Canoe Lake" innovation platform runs cooler and is 50 percent thinner than any other netbook consumers can find on the market today. In addition, Perlmutter showed a range of other Intel Atom-based devices spanning energy efficient blade servers, retailing systems, presentation projectors and multiple tablets.
"Intel believes the strength of the Atom franchise can help consumers realize the true potential for a common experience to enable the compute continuum," said Perlmutter. "With platforms ranging from compact and portable netbooks, to Smart TV experiences and innovative tablets designs, Intel Architecture is driving innovative products based on a unique 'port of choice' software strategy."
3DMark11 Video in 1080p
For those of you who are freaks of quality and want to appreciate the newest 3DMark11 "Deep Sea" demo in full quality, here is the same video but in 1080p uploaded in FutureMarkTV, the Futuremark's Youtube Channel.
Computex - Cooler Master launches new PSUs
High-end computers are getting more and more demanding when it comes to power requirement. The latest top of the range graphics cards from both ATI and Nvidia are demanding more power than ever before and the latest flagship motherboards are equally demanding once you start pushing the limits of your system by overclocking it. As such Cooler Master deemed it right to release the new Silent Pro Gold series power supplies. The new batch comes with a nice 90 percent power efficiency under load at 220V, which gains it an 80 Plus Gold certification.
The Silent Pro Gold series features an entirely new design with several innovative and patented technologies. Cooler Master has created HTT
VLC Media Player 1.1.0 RC download
For those interested, earlier in the weekend VLC Media Player 1.1.0 RC was released to the public. This (free) videplayer has the advantage of utilizing your GPU to accelerate all kinds of encoded movies like MKV.
- GPU and DSP decoding, depending on the platform
- Faster and more stable
- New codecs and HD codecs enhancements
- MKV, mp4 and avi improvements
- Important code cleanup and rewrite
- Interface and playlist reworked
- Completely Free
- MPEG (ES,PS,TS,PVA,MP3)
- AVI - MPEG-1/2, DIVX (1/2/3), MPEG-4 ASP, DivX 4/5/6, XviD, 3ivX D4
- ASF / WMV / WMA - WMV 3 / WMV-9 / VC-1 1, 2 1 1, 2 1 1 WMV 1/2
- MP4 / MOV / 3GP - Sorenson 1/3 (Quicktime)
- OGG / OGM / Annodex
- Matroska (MKV) - H.261 H.263 / H.263i H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
- Real - Real Video 1/2
- WAV (incuding DTS)
- Raw Audio: DTS, AAC, AC3/A52
- Raw DV
- FLV (Flash)
- Standard MIDI / SMF
Samsung Spinpoint HD203WI 2TB HDD review
So I was building a new NAS storage unit shortly ago for the office with the main reason to really increase storage volume for cloned drive backups. When I started browsing on the web to see what 1 TB, 1.5 TB and 2 TB HDDs cost these days, I was a little shocked. If you go high in volume and can forfeit on performance a little, you can purchase a GB for 6 cents (EUR) these days. But does it perform at the very least reasonably ?
Check out the Guru3D review here.
EVGA preps X58 SLI3 and X58 Classified3
I'm hogging this one of the colleagues of TPU, but eVGA is preparing a new rounf of X58 motherboards. eVGA is ready with two new boards, the EVGA X58 SLI3 and X58 Classified3. With this release they are making a move to USB 3.0 and SATA 6G as well.
While being based on essentially the same board design as the X58 SLI LE and X58 Classified, these boards have feature updates which include USB 3.0, and SATA 6 Gb/s. Both these features use 3rd party controllers from NEC and Marvell, and are available in 2-port forms. For existing users of X58 SLI LE and X58 Classified, EVGA developed its own 2-port USB 3.0 addon card. Check out the thumbnail for a little mroe info, courtesy of tpu.
Computex - MSI shows Golden Edition GeForce GTX 465
Doing it a little different MSI has a Golden Edition GeForce GTX 465 on display at Computex. This card uses an copper GPU heatsink, complete with copper fins, base, and heat pipes, and a copper-colored cooler shroud.
Expect this card to be quite costly (whould it ever reach the market). Well, it is a lot of bling-bling alright, but we like that :)
Silicon Power Armor A80 USB 3.0 portable hard drive
Silicon Power has unveiled a new external portable hard drive called the Armor A80. The new HDD uses a USB 3.0 interface and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 as well. The HDD is rugged, meets US military standards for drop survivability, and is water resistant to IPX7 standards.
The HDD can be submerged in water up to a meter deep for as long as 30 minutes without any damage. The USB 3.0 connectivity allows the driver to support up to 5Gbps of data transfer. Other features include a LED light to show drive activity and an integrated USB cable that tucks into the side of the drive chassis.
The drive measures 139 x 96 x 18mm and weighs 270g. The drive gets all the power it needs directly from the USB port so no AC adapters are needed. The drive is offered in 640GB, 500GB, or 320GB and it comes in blue color. Pricing and availability are unknown.
Computex - Corsair product announcements
Corsair made a couple of announcements today announcing three new products, let's have a look at them.
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Computer
Corsair announced the Graphite Series
Computex - ASUS working on X58 Lucid Hydra based mobo
Romanian site Lab501have been able to grab a few early snapshots of what ASUS will show this year. Spotted there is X58-based motherboards, one that adopts the now-famous Lucid Hydra chip. Part of the ASUS Republic of Gamers series, the new board will enable consumers to mix Intel's high-end Core i7 processors with graphics cards from both NVIDIA and ATI.
Details lack, from the looks of it, the board is only featured with two PCI-e X16 graphics slots, which means the number of combinations available with this board is rather limited. Still, we're pretty sure you'll get the ASUS ROG Connect feature that is available for all of ASUS's latest high-end boards, as well as a number of other technologies, specifically tailored to meet the requirements of computer and overclocking enthusiasts.
Should you like to learn a thing or two on hydra, we reviewed the X58 Hydra Fuzion MSI board earlier this year, check that article here.
Click on the thumbnail if you like to see a full-size photo of this motherboard.
CoolIT A.L.C now with selection of radiators
Consumers like more choice alright and as such CoolIT is expanding its Eco ALC series of water cooling kits with options. As you have been able to read here on Guru3D.com (review here) this set is normally bundled with a 120 mm radiator, but now there is also a 80 mm, 92 mm and 240 mm version availble as well.
The new Eco watercooling kit are for both beginners and advanced users, CoolIT said. The Eco 80 and Eco 92 are primarily intended for compact systems, while the Eco 240 and Eco 240 DualHead are targeted at high-end systems. The only difference between the four new sets is as said the radiator. The pump, the CPU block, hoses, the coolant and the included fan (s) in each option remains identical.
Eco CoolIT watercooling solutions, do maintenance free and come with a universal mounting kit for Intel LGA775, AMD Socket LGA1156 and LGA1366 and AM2 (+) and AM3.
|Eco A.L.C 80||Eco A.L.C 92||Eco A.L.C 240||Eco A.L.C 240 Dual Head|
|Radiator||104 x 80 x 25 mm||125 x 92 x 29 mm||275 x 122 x 27 mm||275 x 122 x 27 mm|
|Fan(s)||1 * 80 mm, 2400 tpm||1 * 92 mm, 1800 tpm||2 * 120 mm, 1900 tpm||4 * 120 mm, 1900 tpm|
|Pump||60 x 48 x 30 mm||60 x 48 x 30 mm||60 x 48 x 30 mm||2 * 60 x 48 x 30 mm|
|Pump speed||1,5 liter/minute||1,5 liter/minute||1,5 liter/minute||1,5 liter/minute|
|CPU-blok||55 x 91,5 x 51,4 mm||55 x 91,5 x 51,4 mm||55 x 91,5 x 51,4 mm||2 * 55 x 91,5 x 51,4 mm|
|Tubing L||280 mm||280 mm||280 mm||280 mm|
More info here