NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 SE
NVIDIA is planning to release a GeForce GTX 560 SE based on a GF114 GPU with two disabled SMs. This card would offer performance similar to the GeForce GTX 555 (OEM edition) and is aimed at derailing AMD's Radeon HD 7770. The card is anticipated to be available within weeks.
As the branding suggest, GTX 560 SE is a salvaged GF114 derivative with 2 SMs disabled for a total of 288 SP and 48 TMU. The core is clocked at 776 MHz and shaders at 1552 MHz. 1 MC is disabled, so the memory interface is 192-bit mated to 3828 MHz 1GB GDDR5 for a total bandwidth of 92 GB/s.
GTX 560 SE will offer similar performance to GTX 555 OEM and is squarely aimed at AMD's latest Radeon HD 7770. While the aging GF114 is never going to match the performance/watt ratio offered by AMD's latest 28nm GPUs, the GTX 560 SE will offer excellent performance/price value if priced around the $150 mark - much like the GTX 460 SE did towards the end of GF104's relatively short life cycle.
AMD Radeon HD 7800 in March, NVIDIA Kepler in April
Sources at graphics card makers told DigiTimes that AMD plans to release its Radeon HD 7870 and Radeon HD 7850 in the first half of March, while NVIDIA is set to introduce its Kepler GPUS in April:
Although AMD is also set to launch its highest-end Radeon HD 7990 (New Zealand), there is still no firm launch schedule.
Nvidia is expected to have at least eight models of graphics cards in April including GTX690, GTX660 and GTX640 with GK110, GK104 and GK106 cores.
Antec debuts three EarthWatts Platinum PSUs
Antec released three EarthWatts Platinum power supplies, including a 450W, 550W and 650W model that will be sold for $109.95, $119.95 and $129.95, respectively. As the product name suggests, all three units have 80Plus Platinum certification.
Antec, Inc., the global leader in high-performance computer components, announces EarthWatts Platinum, the latest in its series of power supplies. With the addition of EarthWatts Platinum, Antec has effectively upgraded the EarthWatts family of energy-conscious power supplies to the highest standard of efficiency.
With 450W, 550W and 650W models in its desktop lineup, EarthWatts Platinum ensures that environmentally-conscious corporations and energy-savvy end users alike can take advantage of the benefits of 80 PLUS
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AMD Catalyst 12.3 RC Driver Download
AMD has today issued another graphics driver, a preview version of the Catalyst 12.3 RC which is set to come in WHQL-tagged form next month.
Recommended for 'gamers', this preview release includes all the updates of Catalyst 12.1 as well. We have a discussion on our forums iopen on these drivers right here.
AMD Catalyst Application Profile - 12.1 CAP3 Download
Grab the new AMD Catalyst Application Profile - 12.1 CAP3 release. These are the Catalyst profiles for multi-GPU support.
This release of ATI Catalyst delivers support for the latest ATI CrossFireX profiles in a separate executable file ensuring users have access to the absolute latest set of profiles installed on their PC.
Latest profiles added :
- Alan Wake: The American Nightmare - Improves CrossFire performance
HIS Radeon HD 7750 iCooler review
HIS decided to jump on the bandwagon and releases a slightly customized R7750, it's named the HIS 7750 iCooler 1GB. As you can tell from the photo below the card is all customized, a nice blue PCB and a cooler, that though eats two slots, makes the cards virtually silent. Much much better then the reference AMD design really.
The card remains 100% reference clocked though at a price of give or take 99 USD it might give it enough bite for a game or two in the lower resolutions.
Check out the review right here.
AOC Unveils 27-inch High Definition LED Monitor
AOC, the worldwide leader in monitor display technology, announces the e2752Vh, a widescreen 27-inch LED monitor that delivers stunningly crisp and impressive image quality, as well as solid performance with a two millisecond response time. Ideal for multimedia applications, the energy efficient display also features two built-in 2.5 watt speakers for SRS-quality sound and is perfectly suited for PC gaming and Home Theater environments. The e2752Vh will be available for $299.99 in April at national retailers including TigerDirect, Best Buy, Newegg and Amazon, among others.
Unfortuntaly the big mistake they made is that the monitor only has a resoluion of 1920x1080.
"This cost-effective WLED monitor cuts down on energy consumption while offering the features that power users search for in a display - an extremely fast response time, impressive image quality and a sizeable screen," said Robert Velez, AOC Marketing Manager.
The e2752Vh is able to display 16.7 million colors and offers a 2 ms response time that provides crisp, clear images even in fast action sequences while gaming or watching action films. The ultra-high dynamic contrast ratio of 20,000,000:1 reveals more depth and detail in darker scenes, while built-in speakers provide improved desktop sound. The versatile monitor is VESA 100 mm wall mount compliant, meaning that it can be used on a desktop or conveniently mounted on the wall to save space.
The monitor's slim and streamlined appearance is complemented by ergonomic, user-friendly design. The e2752Vh includes easily accessible digital and power connections that are rear-facing for direct insertion, a placement that is much more convenient than the more common downward-pointing ports. The monitor settings can be adjusted via the on-screen menu system, which is available in 14 languages including English, French and Spanish. The iMenu option also allows the user to change settings using only the keyboard and mouse, so that it is not necessary to reach up to the screen to adjust contrast, brightness and other preset modes. Other bonus features include embedded Screen+ software that divides the screen into four self-contained work areas for improved productivity, and an Off Timer that sets an alarm clock to turn off the monitor automatically.
Along with delivering strong performance, image quality and bonus features, the ENERGY STAR-compliant e2752Vh also reduces energy costs and environmental impact. The display's LED backlight is completely free of toxic Mercury, and the monitor also includes an eSaver feature that lets the user preset power conservation modes for the display when the PC is not in use. The monitor's Power Saving Mode uses 50 percent less power, and Standby Mode uses only 0.1w.
- 27" viewable image size, diagonal
- 20,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
- 2 ms GTG response time
- 16:9 Aspect ratio
- 300 cd/m
Samsung Series 9 ultra-slim laptop
Samsung showed off its second-generation Series 9 ultra-slim laptop lineup. Available in 13.3" and 15" editions, the Series 9 offers a aluminium unibody with a thickness of only 12.9mm, the Intel Sandy Bridge processor and a 1600 x 900 pixel LED-backlit display with 400 nits brightness.
Pricing starts at $1,399 and $1,499, respectively. Samsung didn't go into details about the 15-inch Series 9 model (it did mention that it weights 1.59 kg / 3.5 lbs) but it did provide a full scoop on the 13.3-inch NT900X3B-A74 notebook (priced at about $2,376 locally), saying that it packs a 1.7 GHz Core i7-2637M processor, Intel HD 3000 graphics, 4 GB of RAM, a 256 GB solid state drive, dual 1.5 W speakers, a 4-in-1 card reader, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, one USB 3.0 ports, a mini HDMI output, and a 6-cell (40 Wh) battery.
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Cougar Evolution full-tower chassis
COUGAR, a leading global manufacturer of PC chassis and power supplies, today announced the launch of their COUGAR Evolution full tower PC chassis. The rugged tower is geared towards enthusiasts and gamers who demand the most out of their PC cases.
With its spacious interior offering enough room for 8 PCI cards to provide ultimate flexibility for multiple graphics solutions and up to 7 fans equipped with a unique dual-fan-set management system, the COUGAR Evolution sports excellent cooling and ventilation characteristics that are the ideal foundation for a professional gaming system packed with the highest end components.
Dual Fans For Targeted Cooling
But most outstanding is the exclusive and eye-catching fan control knob which allows for dual-fan-set management. Now gamers and enthusiasts can arrange their fans within two groups.
A typical usage scenario would be to arrange fans around the VGA cards in one group and the rest in another group; in doing so, users can easily tweak up ventilation around the most stressed components when under full load, such as heavy gaming, video editing or rendering. As soon as one goes back into normal usage the fan speed can be turned down with ease, thereby effectively maximizing cooling according to the individual needs.
Vortex Fan Turbine Blades Optimize Cooling
With the newly available COUGAR Vortex series of PC case fans, further ventilation upgrades are easily done as they also come entirely tool-less with fix pins for convenient installation. Also included with all fans of the Vortex series are built-in anti-vibration pads to reduce noise.
Vortex fans come in both 120mm and 140mm sizes with three different versions; standard Vortex with 3-pin and Hyper-Spin bearings, with 3-pin and Hydro-Dynamic Bearing and finally 4-pin PWM with Hydro-Dynamic Bearings.
Setting these fans apart from the crowd of available case fans on the market are the high Vortex Airflow innovative turbine blade that focuses the airflow in order to optimize overall cooling efficiency in combination with the patented frame that further helps to increase efficiency as well as operational silence. These unique German design characteristics make all the difference.
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On top of the COUGAR Evolution full tower chassis is a thoughtfully arranged user interface with 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 connectors and HD-audio connectivity with one microphone and one headset/speaker connector. Also conveniently located on the top of the case is a hidden hot-swap docking station for 3.5
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MSI Radeon HD 7770 OC edition review
MSI joins in on the Radeon HD 7770 release with their own custom model. They use their own custom 4-layer PCB and equipped it with a dual slot - dual fan cooler. The end result is the R7770 2PMD1GD5, we test the OC edition model. Over the next few pages we'll walk through three standard reference technology and then place our focus on the R7770 2PMD1GD5 OC. But not before you have had a peek alright.
Check the article here.