OCZ Z-Drive R5 announed
The Z-Drive R5 features a jointly developed "Kilimanjaro" OCZ and Marvell native PCIe to NAND flash controller platform, allowing for completely scalable performance and redundancy while eliminating the need for a separate storage controller, thus reducing the cost to deploy high performance solid state storage systems in the data center.
The native PCIe Z-Drive R5 offers an intelligent, hardware-meets-software managed solution designed to dramatically accelerate database, enterprise, and virtualization applications. Combining high-performance architecture with OCZ managed software, the Z-Drive R5 provides second-to-none performance, flexibility, durability, and enhanced reliability features, allowing datacenters to rely on a PCIe-based SSD as their primary Tier 0/1 storage solution and a viable end-to-end SAN replacement.
The Z-Drive R5 is ideal for demanding computing environments and features:
- Incredible bandwidth capabilities and maximum transactional performance
- High capacities up to 12TB
- Ideal for all enterprise data types with both compressible and non-compressible files as well as large data sets
- Complete storage subsystem management with OCZ Virtualized Controller Architecture
MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 10 download
Guru3D and MSI have been working hard on AfterBurner, today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities.
Today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities. We're happy to see MSI Afterburner is leading the overclock applications. MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 10 is ready
Changes list includes:
- Added AMD Tahiti graphics processors family support
- Added core voltage control for reference design AMD RADEON 7970 graphics cards with CHL8228 voltage regulators
- MSI On-Screen Display server has been upgraded to version 4.3.0. New version gives you the following improvements:
- Added new profile settings allowing to limit the framerate independently during gaming and during videocapture. Limiting the framerate during gaming can help to reduce the power consumption as well as it can improve gaming experience due to removing unwanted microstutteing effect caused by framerate fluctuations. Limiting the framerate during videocapture can improve resulting video smoothness
- Added Vector 3D On-Screen Display rendering mode support for OpenGL applications
- Added Raster 3D On-Screen Display rendering mode support for multithreaded OpenGL applications (e.g. ID Software's Rage)
- Added workaround for AMD Direct3D driver issues causing OSD to be invisible in Direct3D8 and Direct3D9 applications when using Raster 3D On-Screen Display rendering mode
- Now unofficial overclocking can be enabled without typing in the EULA into the configuration file. In this case the EULA is displayed and you're forced to accept it during MSI Afterburner startup
5. Added power user oriented command line switches allowing to extend Overdrive clock limits on AMD graphics cards attached to Windows desktop
Radeon HD 7970 at 1278 MHz with Software Voltage [Guru3D]
As you can understand we have been really hard at work here on AfterBurner, it took a while to reverse engineer some data as AMD is not sharing it, but we now have Software Voltage activated on the Radeon HD 7970. You read it right, this is not a hardware voltage modification, but software controlled.
The results are very interesting - we got the card towards 1278 MHz on the GPU core. To mage that we needed to apply a very high 1.3V into the GPU to achieve this though. Next to that too break free from AMD's limitations we need to use the more unstable unofficial overclocking mode.
With this voltage level activated and the GPU stressed we calculated a peak power draw of 305 Watt, which is still not bad really. We all did this with the reference cooler, it was set at 70% RPM though, and that is just noisy as heck. But hey, this is to proof a point, and is not about silence. This fan RPM setting however allowed us to keep the card under 70 degrees C at 100% GPU load.
Though we did managed to run 3DMark 11 as shown below, but at this clock frequency and stage the card is not 100% stable. We do expect though with Voltage tweaking you inevitably can end up in-between 1175 and 1300 MHz on this GPU. And nearing 1.3 GHz is just downright amazing, especially when you realize that stock clock for the R7970 is 925 MHz.
Obviously if you hunt down such performance levels, really .. you'd be so much better off with liquid cooling, that in fact might result into even better overclock as well.
Have a peek at the screenshots below (you can clock on the MSI one to enlarge it). The platform used was X58 / Core i7 965 Extreme @ 3.8 GHz / Radeon HD 7970. AfterBurner Beta 2.2.0 Beta 10 will be available for download soon for the public at Guru3D.com
Update we have released the new AfterBurner Beta, download here.
Creative ZiiLabs ZMS-40 100 Core CPU
ZiiLABS, a pioneering media processor and platforms company (subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd), today unveiled its 100-core ZMS-40 StemCell Media processor optimized for Android. The ZMS-40 combines 96 of ZiiLABS' StemCell media processing cores with four 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPUs to deliver stunning multi-tasking application and media processing performance.
By doubling the number of StemCell Media processors compared to the previous ZMS-20, the ZMS-40 delivers twice the peak media performance, while running the larger array at lower clock speeds to achieve the same performance leads to greater energy efficiency and a reduction in power consumption of up to 50 percent. With 2X the performance and 2X the power efficiency, the ZMS-40 delivers ground-breaking media capabilities to handheld devices such as tablets, including ultra-high-resolution H.264 HP decoding of up to 3840x1080 for true 1080p 3D stereo, a rich and interactive desktop browsing experience, 2560x1600 (WQXGA) display resolution support, higher-quality video encoding and immersive OpenGL ES graphics and future support for High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC).
The up-and-coming HEVC standard (also known as H.265), besides other qualitative benefits, can also increase data compression ratio by up to 2X as compared to H.264. These technology wizardries are achieved by requiring many more times the computational complexity. HEVC claims to target the next generation Hi-Def TV market which can support scalable resolutions from 320x240 to 1080p with improved picture quality in terms of noise level, color and dynamic range, and all the way up to an incredible resolution of 7680x4320. Being fully programmable and with their massive parallelism, the 96 cores of StemCell Media processors can easily handle the onerous computational requirements of this new CODEC and support higher resolutions that are beyond today's display systems.
The ZMS-40 supports ZiiLABS' enhanced Android 4.0 implementation that complements the standard Android offering with a rich suite of software to exploit the massive computing power of the ZMS processor and includes support for:
- ZiiPhoto for intelligent photo browsing, 3D slide show and special photo effects,
- ZiiCamera for real-time preview and capturing of photos with 3D effects; live ultra high resolution 40 megapixel Panoramic photo capture in one sweep; and high dynamic range images,
- ZiiVideo for advanced video playback including 1080p WebM (VP8) support and trick modes (such as reverse play, frame-by-frame advance and reverse, multi-speed play and more), and skip to any part of a movie by browsing a timeline with thumbnails,
- Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi's Crystalizer and CMSS-3D audio effects.
Android 4.0 (ICS) tablets and associated design-kits based on the ZMS-40 will be showcased at the ZiiLABS suite (Venetian) in Las Vegas between 10
Jan 10th 2012 Patch Tuesday: 7 Patches On The Way
Microsoft released their Security Bulletin Advance Notification for January 2012.
This is pre-release information about the Windows patches due to be rolled out on Microsoft Update on Tuesday 10th January. In it, there is one critical and six important updates. There are three remote code execution patches (one critical); two information disclosures and one privilege escalation. There is also one "security feature bypass", which is interesting, because it's not a description seen before. It's not hard to get an idea of what this fixes, but we await the release of the official bulletins for the full description of what security feature is fixed.
All versions of Windows have patches coming up, but some of those patches don't apply to particular versions of Windows and the notification lists which Windows version gets which bulletin/patch. At the same time, Microsoft is releasing an updated version of it's Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool. More details here.
Crucial Firmware issues with M4 SSDs
Crucial is responding to the situation:
We are aware of an issue that is currently affecting a small number of users whereby their m4 causes their system to require a restart. This issue occurs after approximately 5,000 hours of actual
LSI completes acquisition of SandForce
LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced that it has completed the purchase of SandForce, Inc., the leading provider of flash storage processors for enterprise and client flash solutions and solid state drives (SSDs). With the addition of innovative flash-based storage solutions that accelerate application performance, LSI assumes a leadership position in the rapidly growing market for flash storage processors for ultrabook, notebook and enterprise SSD and flash solutions.
Lenovo reveals dual-CPU ThinkPad Hybrid X1
While the T430u isn't a radical departure, the ThinkPad Hybrid X1 is definitely something different. This 13.3" ultraportable is less than 0.6" thick, but it manages to squeeze two processors into its slender chassis. The first is your choice of Core i3, i5, and i7 CPUs, while the second is a dual-core Qualcomm chip based on the ARM architecture.
That Qualcomm chip gets 16GB of dedicated storage and a "custom Linux-based operating system" capable of handling media playback, picture browsing, and web surfing. Users are supposed to be able to switch between the Hybrid's processors with the touch of a button, and both run off the same battery. Incidentally, Lenovo claims that battery can be charged to 80% capacity in only 30 minutes.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown Announced
X-Com: Enemy Unknown will be a turn-based strategy game developed by Sid Meier's Firaxis studio and is due out this fall. The reveal describes a mix of perspectives where gameplay combines a real-time strategic view and turn-based combat. It also sounds like players will have to manage the expectations of various world leaders as well as battling the alien menace. While the shooter version of X-Com has been pushed out into 2K's 2013 financial year, gamers are being told to look for X-Com: Enemy Unknown on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC this fall. The February issue of Game Informer should be arriving in mailboxes and newsstands over the next week.
Unlike 2K Marin's previously announced XCOM shooter, which sparked tempers among longtime fans for turning its back on the series' cerebral roots, this title is a full-on strategy game that puts players in command of a global anti-alien defense force. XCOM's leader needs a worldwide perspective where threats are identified, populations reassured, and national leaders mollified but a tactical mind is just as critical considering every shot XCOM's soldiers fire on the battlefield is under the player's turn-based control.
AMD Catalyst 12.1a and new CAP release
The AMD Catalyst
AMD rebrands Radeon 6670 to 7670
AMD just silently released the Radeon HD 7670, but as expected adn rumored earlier on AMD has rebranded the HD 6670 to HD 7670, making it the same graphics card, with no changes, beside releasing it only to OEMs. Radeon HD 7670 will be mounted in HP desktops.
Radeon HD 7670 features 480 stream processors, 24 texture and 8 raster operating units. Card has 128 bit bus width for GDDR5 memory with a capacity of 0.5 or 1GB. GPU is clocked at 800 MHz and 4000 MHz for memory.
|AMD Radeon HD 7670||AMD Radeon HD 6670|
|Memory Clock||1GHz (4GHz data rate) GDDR5||1GHz (4GHz data rate) GDDR5|
|Memory Bus Width||128-bit||128-bit|
|Manufacturing Process||N/A||TSMC 40nm|
Zero Infinity with colored CPU
The colored coolers from Zero Infinity are now available for pre-order at Caseking.de. The violet fan blades and accents define the look and feel of these new cooling units. The top model by the name
Corsair Force 3 and Force GT v1.33 Firmware updates
In case you missed it, Corsair issued a pretty significant firmware update for their Force and Force GT series SSD. The firmware is at revision 1.33 with separated downloads per SSD volume size.
Corsair advises to run this update from Windows 7, and you should have AHCI mode enabled. Recommended is to upgrade only if you experience issues and obviously, be sure to make a backup regardless. Now I tried the new updates on three of my Force 3 and GT drives and the firmware did not delete any data, so my the Windows installation on these SSDs remained intact.
- Fixed a rare condition when waking from slumber mode that could cause the drive to hang. This can cause a BSoD if the drive is the primary storage boot device.
- Fixed a rarely occurring issue during S3/S4 cycling to handle marginal flash timing. This can cause a BSoD if the drive is the primary storage boot device.
- Fixed an issue during a firmware update where APM would be marked disabled in identify.
FORCE Series 3
- Force 3 60GB 1.3.3
- Force 3 90GB 1.3.3
- Force 3 120GB 1.3.3
- Force 3 180GB 1.3.3
- Force 3 240GB 1.3.3
- Force 3 480GB 1.3.3
- Force GT 60GB 1.3.3
- Force GT 90GB 1.3.3
- Force GT 120GB 1.3.3
- Force GT 180GB 1.3.3
- Force GT 240GB 1.3.3
- Force GT 480GB 1.3.3
The windows firmware utility is extremely convenient and handy to use.
Intel Atom does Quad-Core in 2013
As ARM is continuing its push on the computer market, Intel has begun to step up its own game, apparently going as far as increasing the core number on its low-end processors, reports softpedia.
Even though 2012 has only just begun, there are already rumors about what may or may not happen in 2013. Intel is the subject of the latest report, along with a certain series of CPUs (central processing units). It is said that the Atom line will start to include quad-core members next year. This would fit with the announcement made by the Santa Clara, California-based company in May, 2011.
Intel said, back then, that it would release three major updates for the Atom family of products over the following 36 months. Saltwell will be the first new batch of CPUs, based on the 32nm manufacturing process technology and due out in 2012. It will be followed by a generation codenamed Silvermont, powered itself by the 22nm/tri-gate fabrication process.
Finally, the third chip generation will bear the name of Airmont and will utilize the 14nm process. The slide uncovered by ComputerBase places the release of quad-core Atoms in 2013, suggesting they will either be late Saltwell units or early Silvermont processors.
Micro-servers, nettops and ultra-portable mobile personal computers (notebooks) are all eligible applications for them. The CPUs will have a new memory controller and likely better graphics as well, not just more processing engines. ECC memory (Error-correcting code memory) will also be supported, hence the suitability for servers. Alas, Intel did not say anything about the leak, as was expected. It is natural for companies to hold their silence in regards to unannounced products.
Cooler Master GX Lite Series Power Supplies
Cooler Master launches a new series of Power Supplies to celebrate the new year: The GX Lite series. This series, consisting of 500 W, 600 W and 700 W versions, will be placed between the GX series and the Extreme series and it is targeted at the mid-range to the upper mid-range.
Just like the GX range of Power Supplies, the Cooler Master GX Lite features one powerful +12V rail which provides plenty of power to whatever system is being used; it can easily support a dual VGA card system (both SLI and Crossfire) and has a strong resistance versus overloading. Next to this +12V rail, there are plenty of other features which make the GX Lite series a great choice.
Intelligent fan speed control - The GX Lite power supplies feature a 120 mm silent fan with built-in fan speed control to not only provide the airflow which is necessary to run a system totally cool, but also do this nearly noiseless.
Up to 88% efficiency - The entire Cooler Master GX Lite series reaches an efficiency of up to 88%. This means that the power is decently distributed to each component and not wasted in the form of heat.
Even more features - This series does not only have a high efficiency and built-in fan control, there are many more noteworthy features present in these power supplies. They include dual layer EMI filters to both reduce noise and to protect the connections by reducing the interference. There also is an active PFC/PWM controller included for further increase in efficiency and massive bulk capacitors with a hold up time of less than 17 ms to make sure the PSU can handle peak loads much better. Last but certainly not least is that the GX Lite series offer several protections like OVP and OPP to prevent damage to the system in any way.
Because of the high quality level, all the GX Lite power supplies offer a warranty of three years.
Broadcom Gigabit 802.11ac Foundation of 5G WiFi
Broadcom Corporation, a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today introduced its first family of 802.11ac (5G WiFi) chips designed for a broad range of product segments. The new IEEE 802.11ac chips are three times faster and up to six times more power efficient than equivalent 802.11n solutions. Visit Experience Broadcom @ CES for more news, blogs and multi-media from CES and www.5GWiFi.org for more information on consumer advantages of 802.11ac.
5G WiFi is the next generation Wi-Fi standard required for today's mobile and video era. Based on 802.11ac, 5G WiFi is a major evolutionary step from the existing 802.11a/b/g/n networks. Broadcom's 5G WiFi dramatically improves the wireless range in the home, allowing consumers to watch HD-quality video from more devices, in more places, simultaneously. The increased speed enables consumers to download web content from a mobile device faster and quickly synch large files, such as videos, in a fraction of the time it would take on a similar 802.11n device. Since 5G WiFi transfers the same volume of data at a much faster rate, devices enter low-power mode faster, which results in significant power consumption advantages.
Digital-content consumption is on a steep incline, with video content expected to reach approximately 90 percent of global consumer traffic, according to Cisco's 2011 Visual Networking Index Forecast. At the same time, Internet traffic is shifting rapidly from wired to wireless networks. The increased reliance on wireless networks, the explosion of video consumption and the growing number of wireless devices being used are all putting tremendous stress on legacy 802.11a/b/g/n networks. As a result, consumers are prone to experience deteriorated performance, choppy videos and slower load times.
By creating more reliable whole-home coverage, Broadcom's 5G WiFi technology overcomes the digital content and wireless device challenge. Broadcom's family of 5G WiFi solutions includes the BCM4360, BCM4352, BCM43526 and BCM43516.
- All 5G WiFi solutions from Broadcom support the following features:
- o 80 MHz channel bandwidth that is 2 times wider than current 802.11n solutions
o 256-QAM, a higher modulation scheme that increases data transfer efficiency
o Transmit and receive beamforming
o Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) Codes
o Space-Time Block Codes (STBC)
- BCM4360 supports the PCIe interface and implements 3-stream 802.11ac specifications, and reaches speeds up to 1.3 Gbps.
- BCM4352 and BCM43526 implement 2-stream 802.11ac specification to reach up to 867 Mbps. BCM4352 supports PCIe interface; BCM43526 supports the USB interface.
- BCM43516 supports USB and reaches speeds of up to 433 Mbps with its single stream 802.11ac implementation.
- Chips with the PCIe interface are ideal for access points, routers, DSL/cable gateways and PC products; chips that use USB are ideal for consumer electronics devices including televisions, set-top boxes and Blu-Ray players.
- Broadcom's new 5G WiFi chips deliver better coverage and longer battery life in a small form factor that is interoperable and compatible with existing technologies.
- o Beamforming helps steer content in the direction of the intended receiver, increasing reliability and extending range; this is well complemented by STBC and LDPC code support.
o By transferring the same volume of data at a much faster rate, devices go into a low-power mode faster than existing 802.11n solutions.
o Designed on 40nm manufacturing process, the new chips are smaller and more power efficient, giving customers more design freedom.
o Broadcom's 5G WiFi solutions work with all legacy 802.11 standards and complement other wireless technologies
Sitecom 500 Mbps homeplug Ethernet review
The Sitecom Powerline Ethernet adapters allow you to use your mains electricity circuit to transfer data, this way you can extend your network to wherever you have a free plug socket. The product we test today comes from Sitecom, their 500 Mbps plus Homeplug.
The kit provides a connection of up to 500Mbits/sec. Divide that by 8 bits and you'd in theory would be able to see transfer speeds of 62.5 Megabyte per second. In practice, however we tested the maximum net data rate is much MUCH lower, 60~100 Mbits/sec - still that is faster than Wi-Fi and sufficient enough or streaming high-definition video from say your PC with network shares to, for instance, your HTPC.
Read the review here.
Samsung 27-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) Monitor
More news from Samsung, this time for the true enthusiast gamers. At CES Samsung will launch a new 27" 27-inch PLS (Plane Line Switching) panel capable of a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.
The model is called S27A970 and comes with Samsungs new anti-glare edge-to-edge glass display, an aluminum stand and base, a response time of 5 ms, 178/178 degree viewing angles.
The screen has a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1 with a brightness of max 300 cd/m2. Two 7 Watt speakers have been built-in.
Connectivity wise you'll spot a 2-port USB 2.0 hub, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, plus a Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) enabling connectivity with MHL-supporting smartphones and tablets.
The Series 9 S27A970 is expected to become available in March priced at a rather steep $1,200.
I think that glossyness is really going to ruin the LCD .... even at the product photo you can already notice that.