IKONIK Ra 2000 case
IKONIK presents the Ra 2000, a new series of full-tower cases for computer enthusiasts. The case measures 220mm x 580mm x 590mm (W x H x D) and has room for six 5.25" devices, six 3.5" HDDs, and eight PCI expansion cards. On top of the case is a I/O panel with fan control knob, eSATA, 4x USB 2.0 and audio ports, and cooling is provided by up to two 120mm fans and two 140mm fans. The regular Ra 2000 features a plain gray interior, while the Ra 2000 Black has a sexy all-black interior and a slightly different fan configuration.
You can check out the full specifications over here, the standard models feature mesh side panels but transparent side panels are also available. The Ikonik Ra 2000 Black is currently shipping in Europe for around 120EUR.
Ra 2000 is a combination of SMART PLATFORM, sophisticated appearance and first-tier manufacturing quality. The tool-free installation process and expansion abilities make this case more than attractive to eyes. Its unique thermal solutions and fine details are the keys to the soul of this one-of-a-kind case.
SMART PLATFORM - the smart way to:
* Control Fan Speed
* Reduce Temperature
Raptor Gaming H3 headset
Raptor Gaming presents the H3, a new headset that will start shipping next month for 49.90EUR.
Raptor Gaming Technology introduces today its new stereo Gaming-Headset. The RAPTOR-GAMING H3 is totally optimized to the needs of PC-Gamers. Due to the light weight, the excellent stereo-sound and the noise cancelling microphone it fulfils even the highest demands of Gamers.
A truly new developed feature and world debut is the
OCZ Intrepid SSD
OCZ announced Intrepid, a new line of enterprise solid state disks with LSI MegaRAID controller qualification. You can find the specifications at OCZ's new enterprise website.
OCZ is pleased to announce the Company has become an official LSI Alliance Partner. OCZ enterprise class Intrepid SSDs are now qualified for use with LSI's MegaRAID(R) controllers, ensuring optimal compatibility, performance, and reliability.
"OCZ and LSI are both dedicated to the development of innovative, high-performance SAS/SATA solutions, and the partnership between both organizations demonstrates our shared commitment to deliver robust total solutions to our clients that address the complete spectrum of enterprise applications," stated Alex Mei, CMO, OCZ Technology Group.
LSI Corporation is the leading supplier of host-based RAID to the global PC and server markets, and MegaRAID is a popular choice of OEMs, ODMs, system integrators and resellers worldwide. Paired with the validated OCZ Intrepid line, the combination stands to deliver industry-leading solutions.
With greater durability and lower power consumption than traditional mechanical hard drives, the Intrepid Series delivers the performance needed to take enterprise applications to the next level. Intrepid SSDs also feature dedicated customization, technical, and engineering support for OEM clients.
A faster Wi-Fi format aims to eliminate most wires
Alan Wake is out!
This is a good day for some and a sad day for the PC Gaming industry, Alan Wake is out, at least it's being given to editors for reviews, a game that was the front runner for the Intel Quad-Core processors now has become an XBOX360 exclusive. If you do not have rage inside or have an XBOX360 to play with it, you can check the review here.
Street Fighter Legacy
Man, how I know you will LOVE this video?, because I do, it's an instant classic for everyone into the Street Fighter saga, it is a fan made short-film, but with very good concept and quality altogether (thank you Alemax for the news), enough talk, let's see it!
MSI 880GMA-E45 motherboard
MSI launched the 880GMA-E45, a new AMD 880 chipset based motherboard with USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps support.
In addition to supporting the latest AMD Phenom II X4 and X6 processors, the 880GMA-E45 provides full support for the DirectX 10.1 and UVD 2.0 multimedia standards to significantly enhance high-definition audio and video effects. Along with a wide variety of output interfaces, exclusive MSI technology like OC Genie, Military Class Components and native SATA 6Gb/s and USB3.0 interfaces, the AMD 880GMA-E45 allows users to build a quality HTPC combining high performance and high stability.
OC Genie: Easy Overclocking Technology
MSI has specifically equipped the AMD 800 Series with the latest OC Genie easy-overclocking technology to meet the multimedia requirements of power users. By launching the BIOS Setup, consumers can use the OC Genie to automatically adjust the CPU clock to enhance overall performance by up to 26% in order to experience and enjoy optimal performance at your fingertips with neither special computer knowledge nor additional expense.
Unleash More CPU Performance with Unlock CPU Core Technology
Some CPUs are equipped with hidden CPU cores. In a few easy steps, the MSI Unlock CPU Core technology can easily unleash a CPU
GeForce GTX 480 liquid cooling Danger Den review
GeForce GTX 480 liquid cooling Danger Den review
Here at Guru3D we've continuously been stating that the true aficionados will opt for water-cooling for this product, and we always put our money where our mouth is, thus had to bring you at least one review on a liquid-cooled GeForce GTX 480. The folks at Danger Den shipped out their most shiny nickel plated GTX 480 cooling block, and we will put that to the test. We'll have a look at the product, the installation, temperatures before and after, we'll overclock and yea... thus look at power consumption as well.
Have a peek at what we'll be assembling today... the GeForce GTX 480 with that Danger Den liquid cooling block mounted on top of it.
Check out our review right here.
Patriot to launch DDR3-2500 MHz Kits and SandForce-powered SSDs
I've got a distinct feeling that we'll be seeing a lot of 2500 MHz DDR memory kits at computex this year. Patriot is also jumping the bandwagon as they planned planning two product highlights for its Computex 2010 booth among a number of new products the company will release around that time. Jumping into the DDR3-2500 MHz bandwagon, Patriot will introduce Viper II Series Sector 5 Edition 2500MHz memory kits that come in dual-channel 4 GB and triple-channel 6 GB variants. The modules will be able to operate at 2500 MHz with relatively tight timings of 9-11-9-27T, and voltage ranging between 1.65 to 1.7V. On the solid-state drive (SSD) front, Patriot will introduce new SSDs that make use of the popular SandForce-made SSD controllers.
OCZ Agility 2 SandForce SSD
It won't be long until OCZ will start schipping their better prices Agility series under the Agility label, the Agility 2 will be equipped with a Sandforce controller.
The speed of these drives is thanks to trick as the controller itself uses part of the total storage space as a so-called spare area. As such the Agility 2 has 28 percent of its total size allocated. Reducing that area would, naturally, mean a higher available storage space, but this would also come at the cost of performance.
OCZ should soon start selling the Agility 2 Extended SSDs. These drives should be, hardware-wise, almost, if not, completely identical to the Agility 2 Series, but they will have a more recent firmware that will reduce said spare area. As such, they will only be slightly slower than their predecessors, but will store more at the same price.
To be more exact, the storage capacities of the Agility 2 Extended units will be of 60GB, 120GB and 240GB, which is 10GB, 20GB and 40GB more than those of existing devices. Of course, OCZ may decide to make some changes to the hardware itself, but this doesn't seem to be the case, at least for now.
ATI rebrands mobile DX10.1 GPUs to Radeon HD 500v series
You may mistake cards like the Mobility Radeon HD 545v for the Mobility Radeon HD 5450, but this is not the case as these new GPUs with a "v" suffix are rebrands of the Mobility Radeon HD 4000 series, they are made on a 55nm process and lack DirectX 11 support.
- Mobility Radeon HD 560v series = Mobility Radeon HD 4600 series
- Mobility Radeon HD 540v series = Mobility Radeon HD 4500 series
- Mobility Radeon HD 530v series = Mobility Radeon HD 4300 series
Gamer earns $1 million for playing perfect MLB 2K10 game
GamePro tells the story of Wade McGillberry, a casual gamer who entered 2K Sports' Major League Baseball 2K10 Perfect Game contest and won 1 million dollars after only 90 minutes of playing MLB 2K10.
Wade McGilberry isn't a professional video gamer. He isn't much of a sports gamer either. If you ask him what he's been playing lately he'll probably tell you it's Halo. But on May 2, the 24-year-old tax accountant from Semmes, Alabama won 40 times more what a professional Halo player would get for winning Major League Gaming's national championship
25 million units USB 3.0 ship sales this year
DigiTimes heard shipments of USB 3.0 driver chip shipments are expected to reach 25 million units worldwide. USB 3.0 driver chip shipments are expected to reach 25 million units worldwide, with 20 million units used in motherboards and others in notebook products, according to industry sources.
Currently, ASMedia, a subsidiary of Asustek Computer, is offering prices of US$2-3 for its USB 3.0 solution, a lot lower than NEC's solution which costs US$6-8, according to previous reports.
10GHz Processors By 2011
Intel is predicting that its microprocessors will hit 10GHz by the year 2011. In addition, it is currently working on a system bus that is 10 times faster than its upcoming 400 MHz (4*100MHz) Pentium 4 system bus, working at effective speeds of around 4 GHz.
What will we do with all that processor power? Intel is working hard to bring high-end applications to your desktop featuring much more video, speech interaction, and more complex and functional user interfaces [geek.com]
Medal of Honor Teaser Trailer
A new Medal of Honor teaser Trailer is out, the game should be finished soon and meanwhile we can only hope to see it soon, let's take a look at this teaser called "Leave a Message".
Project Offset in development!
Remember that awesome video where an archer was trying to defeat a troll, the images were beautiful and the concept was really great, at that time, it was only 1 guy doing all the work! and searching for a publisher and money to develop his project. Time has passed and aparently the guy got a team and the game is fully in-development, no signs of a publisher still, but, I assume it will be when the game is close to it's finish goal, you can see more pictures here.
Quad SLI on ASUS Rampage III Extreme is not possible
Recently we published our 3-way SLI article. The results on that test where quite flabbergasting, SLI scaling is really good for the NVIDIA GF100 based chips and under the right circumstances 3-way SLI can benefit greatly as well.
With that in mind we figured, heck why not rebuild a new system and go for Quad SLI, use that all new quad SLI driver and set ourselves a new 3DMark vantage record. Since we ran into all kinds of CPU bottlenecks we figured let's get the best of the best in house. The choice of components was as follows:
- Four GeForce GTX 480 cards
- Rampage III Extreme (has four physical x16 PCIe slots)
- Core i7 980X (six core processor)
- 6GB triple Channel OCZ Blade memory rated 2000 MHz CAS7
- Two 1200 Watt BFG power supplies
The idea for this article was to push everything to the maximum. To bypass CPU bottlenecks we'd overclock the processor on this very capable motherboard. Once we started building this rig, after unboxing we realized .. for quad-SLI with four graphics card we'd need a 4-way SLI bridge. ASUS does not deliver that bridge with their motherboards, which should have been our first hint.
We contacted some AIBs for that bridge to no avail, we contacted NVIDIA to no avail as they actually discouraged this article as quad SLI with four cards really was only intended for the hardcore overclocking scene versus 3DMark Vantage scores) which luckily we are after and thus pushed forward), then eVGA Europe was kind enough to send out the 4-way SLI bridge. Meanwhile eVGA USA got back with a curiosity, they sincerely doubted that 4-way SLI would even work with the ASUS R3E as it has no additional NF200 switch ICs embedded on the motherboard, according to eVGA the motherboard would need 2x NF200 to support 4-way.
So with 3500 EUR worth of components in our hands, we at the very least had to verify that story. And eVGA was right .. 4-way SLI is not supported on the Rampage III Extreme. We verified with Windows 7 64-bit and the dedicated GTX 480 Quad SLI driver (197.55) and also with 197.75.
What happens is that with four cards installed the driver will only assign two cards for SLI and this this will setup 2-way SLI des[pite having four cards installed. Four way SLI will simply not kick in with the R3E. So there goes our dream to shatter the 3DMark Vantage score for now (hey its a sport, forgive me for trying to reach the g-factor ;)
Now for a motherboard targeted at the uber enthusiast hardcore overclockers I have to say, this is a bit of a disappointment really.
eVGA will try and get a proper 4-way SLI X58 send out our way, so later on we do hope to bring you a nice quad-SLI article, but for now this project has halted.
Here are some photo's of the setup we had built for this article. Waddayathink ? Discuss here.
Kubuntu 10.04 with KDE
I already shown what Ubuntu can do with it's Gnome desktop and Compiz 3D effects, now is the time of Kubuntu, this is a variant of Ubuntu using the new KDE4.4 with Plasma and KWin, for KDE, the "Composite" part of the Desktop (the 3D part) is handled through KWin Desktop Effects, and since it's part of the same KDE, it's build from the scratch to work with KDE, the 3D desktop is more solid and less fancy, but KDE performance is really impressive with newest hardware. Before you see the video, I have to mention the music, which is impressive and is part of the demo "Lifeforce" from ASD and it's called "Memento Mori", aMUSiC and Leviathan really excel themselves with this track, thank you guys!.