OCZ Talos SAS 6 Gb/s SSD with VCA Technology
OCZ announces the Talos series, a line of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSDs designed for enterprise applications that require ultra-fast, high capacity solutions equipped with multi-level cell (MLC) NAND. Talos brings new strength to the Company's storage lineup by expanding the availability of OCZ's proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) technology to storage OEMs.
"We have experienced considerable demand for our high-capacity VCA-enabled SAS products, both with and without enhanced power fail protection," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. "The new OCZ Talos SSD series delivers the ultimate combination of performance, scalability, and reliability. Talos series drives are tailored to meet the needs of most enterprises in a non-customer specific format, including balanced compressed and incompressible data performance and balanced read/write IOPS, all in the highest capacity SAS 6Gbps drive available today."
Talos SAS SSDs deliver incredible speed with up to 64,000 4K random IOPS and are specifically optimized for enterprise storage applications, providing clients who require substantial transactional processing with superior performance and cost-savings. Additionally, the Talos SAS interface offers the benefits of interoperability and integration with existing devices, flexibility for traditional storage environments, and the ability to scale greater amounts of drives, providing larger aggregate pools of storage. The drives also deliver world-class reliability features including superior power loss protection, endurance, encryption, and ECC protection.
Unique to OCZ products, the Talos series leverages VCA technology which provides customers with robust enterprise features including TRIM, SMART monitoring, native command queuing (NCQ), tagged command queuing (TCQ), power fail management, and wear-leveling; all within a single streamlined solution. With Talos and VCA technology, clients can now deploy an SSD solution that delivers advanced application performance, all the necessary enterprise features, and substantial power savings, at a better total cost of ownership.
To address the complete spectrum of customer applications, Talos SSDs are available in 3.5-inch form factors (2.5-inch to follow) and range from 200GB to 960GB. OCZ is now sampling Talos to strategic customers and the drives will be made available to SMB and enterprise clients through OCZ's business-to-business channel.
NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller
NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to announce Sentry Mesh, the latest in NZXT
Gartner claims SSDs to become mainstream in 2012
Gartner claims solid state disks will break into the mainstream in the second half of 2012, when pricing is expected to fall to $1 per gigabyte.
Gartner expects SSD pricing to reach $1 a gigabyte. For the math-challenged among us, that means even fairly roomy SSD boot drives will fall well below $100
Thermaltake to Unveil new Meka G at Computex
Modern Warfare 3 Details?
The chaps over at Kotaku have posted some unconfirmed details on Modern Warfare 3:
The yet-to-be announced sequel is under development by Infinity Ward, though a swath of those developers left the company in a civil-litigation uprising last year. The team is being assisted by newly minted Activision studio Sledgehammer Games, we're told. We've also heard that Raven Software may be involved.
The Call of Duty series has long alternated between two sets of stories and timelines. The games made by Treyarch have typically been set during the events of World War II, though last year's Call of Duty: Black Ops moved the setting to the Cold War of the 1960s. Starting with 2007's Modern Warfare, Infinity Ward's Call of Duties all took place in a modern day setting.
In the original Modern Warfare, a civil war breaks out in the Russia of 2011. The story continues in Modern Warfare 2, which has a terrorist attack in Russia erroneously linked to the United States. That leads Russian forces to invade the U.S. Some of the missions even feature rolling ground combat in the Washington, D.C. suburbs of Virginia and in the capital itself.
Key to the near ending of Modern Warfare 2, was the detonation of a nuclear missile in the upper atmosphere above the Mid-Atlantic, something that creates an electromagnetic pulse that destroyed all electronic equipment on both sides of the raging war in D.C. Such an event would cripple the area in the short term, essentially removing the ability to use most technology in the region as the country tries to rebuild or bring in support from other parts of the country. It also seems that it could make the story a hard one to follow in a modern day shooter.
PCMark 7 released - Download Here
PCMark 7 offers complete PC performance testing for Windows 7.
PCMark 7 is available in 3 editions: the free Basic Edition offering unlimited runs of the PCMark test suite without registration or expiry, the Advanced Edition which includes all 7 benchmark tests and the Professional Edition which unlocks all features and is the only edition licensed for commercial use.
PCMark 7 provides a set of 7 PC tests for measuring different aspects of PC performance with a high degree of accuracy. Overall system performance is measured by the PCMark test. The Lightweight test measures the capabilities of entry level systems and mobility platforms unable to run the full PCMark test.
Common use performance is measured by the Entertainment, Creativity and Productivity tests. Component performance is measured by the Computation and Storage hardware tests. The Storage test is ideal for testing SSDs and external hard drives in addition to the system drive.
MSI reveals two Z68 motherboards
We are reviewing the Z68A-GD80 as we speak, but MSI is officially announcing its feature rich models with the latest Intel Z68 (B3) Express chipset. Built with the best user experience and stability in mind, MSI
Biostar T-Series TZ68A+ mainboard
BIOSTAR MICROTECH INT'L CORP., A professional manufacturer of motherboards, introduces Intel Z68 chipset based motherboard that supports Intel 2nd generation Sandy Bridge processor family, it is special designed for advanced gamers and overclocking fans. BIOSTAR
Music Beta by Google Full Walkthrough at Google IO 2011
Spybot-Search & Destroy 2.0 Beta released
Spybot-Search & Destroy is an excellent and free to use to detect and remove spyware. A public beta of v2.0 finally surfaced.
Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven't intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been "hijacked" (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware. Even if you don't see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.
To see a list of threats Spybot-S&D can remove, in the navigation bar at the left click on Support --> Threats. For an introduction to Spybot-S&D, please read the tutorial. If you fear incompatibility with other software you are now using, although we can assure you that there is no danger you can review our compatibility overview which lists some software whose compatibility has been analyzed. Spybot-S&D can also clean usage tracks, an interesting function if you share your computer with other users and don't want them to see what you have been working on. And for professional users, Spybot-S&D allows you to fix some registry inconsistencies and extended reports.
A list of all the application's features is also available.
Spybot-Search & Destroy 2.0 beta has a modern appearance but it isn't just the design that has changed. Discover the fast performance, enjoy the completely automated updates and new command center that will suit both new and advanced users. Our team has tested this complete new version thoroughly but there will be some bugs. Remember it is a beta and as such not a replacement for the stable version 1.6.2.
ASUS P8Z68 V PRO (Intel Z68 chipset) review
Intel is closing a gap with the Z68 chipset. A chipset that has the full feature set of BOTH the H67 and P67 chipsets and then it also has a little surprise in store. With the Z68 Intel also introduces Intel Smart Response Technology, which allows you to use a SSD to cache a large volume HDD, it's a bit of a hybrid mode, a symbiosis of the two to gain on static storage performance. Next to that most Z68 motherboards will get the ability to switch in-between the processor IGP and a dedicated graphics card. That means you could use the Sandy Bridge IGP for seriously fast transcoding, yet once you want to play a game your dedicated graphics card, that 3D accelerated solution will kick in. Pretty cool stuff, in theory.
In this 24 page review we'll not just look at the motherboard, but also look at and test Intel's SSD cache technology called Smart Response Technology. Next to that we'll peek at the all new Lucid Virtu mode.
Read the full review right here.
ASUS Radeon HD 6770 DirectCu and HD 6750 Formula Graphics Cards
ASUS announced the launch of the new self-designed HD 6770 DirectCU and HD 6750 Formula graphics cards. Both are equipped with the ASUS-exclusive Super Alloy Power technology that delivers a 15% performance boost along with a lifespan that is 2.5 times longer than conventional graphics cards.
The HD 6770 DirectCU features copper pipes that are in direct contact with the GPU to offer a 20% cooler performance than reference graphics cards, while the HD 6750 Formula
YouTube will be serving Movies
The new movies will begin rolling out today with titles being added throughout the week. They will include several of the most recent releases including Inception, The King
EVGA 3 GB GTX 580 HydroCopper 2 Graphics Card
EVGA released a GeForce GTX 580 FTW HydroCopper 2 3GB GDDR5 graphics cards, the card comes with core clock frequencies of 772 MHz GPU, 1544 MHz on the shader processors, and 1002 MHz (4008 MHz effective) on the gDDR5 memory.
It's kind of weird as this 3GB model is clocked significantly lower then its 1.5GB counterpartat 850/1700/4196 MHz (core/shaders/memory effective). Then again, this design is single slot.
As you can see eVGA makes use of a SwiftechHydroCopper 2 full-coverage water block which comes pre-fitted, along with an EVGA GTX 580 backplate.
The 3 GB EVGA GTX 580 FTW HydroCopper 2 is priced at US $739.99.
Google reveals Android 3.1
ComputerWorld reports Google unveiled Android 3.1 and revealed that the next version of Android (codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich) will run on phones and tablets.
The Android 3.1 update, which begins today to Android tablet devices, includes an Open Accessory API (application programming interface) to integrate Android apps with accessories for musical equipment, exercise equipment, robotics and more. It also supports a USB host mode to allow applications to manage USB peripherals such as stereos.
At the same time, Android 3.1 allows input from mice, joysticks and gamepads, and allows developers to create home-screen widgets that can be resized. A full list of new features can be found at the Android Developers site.
Club3D debuts 1200W 80Plus Silver PSU
Club 3D B.V. announces the introduction of the 1200 Watt Switching Power Supply CSP-X1200CS as the new top of the line of its award winning Switching Power Supply Series.
The new Club 3D 1200 Watt Switching Power Supply CSP-X1200CS is a real powerhouse and allows you to combine all lately introduced hardware in your high end system and play the most powerful games without risking any lack of power.
The new CSP-X1200CS gives you the power you need with the efficiency that is required on today