Corsair F100 Force SSD review
Corsair F100 Force SSD review
Thus far we have tested a handful of SandForce based products, and though the first series with the initial SF-1500 controller did bite us a little in the toosh, the SF-1200 controller based products where showing really interesting gains in performance.
The SandForce based products by all means are not little wonders and miracles in each and every segment, but on some levels they make a distinct difference oppose to JMicron and Indilinx products. So today the turn goes to Corsair. To fall into clich
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 80 PLUS Gold Certified PSUs
Thermaltake Technology, leading DIY computer components and power supply brand, today announced the latest addition to the popular "Toughpower" line of high-end PC power supply units, the Toughpower Grand Series. Its grandiose looks with a classy black finish make a clear statement through sheer appearance: this is quality pure. The proprietary 14cm dual-ball-bearing flower-shaped fan provides optimized ventilation for the inside components of the Tougherpower Grand unit. Being 80 PLUS Gold certified users don't just get a guaranteed eco-friendly PSU with more than 90% efficiency at 50% load and a 0.95 active power factor correction (PFC), but the electricity bill will noticeably drop as well. By virtue of their high-efficiency, the Toughpower Grand 650W (750W peak) and 750W (850W peak) models are ideally suited for high-end gaming and enthusiast PCs powering multi-core processors in combination with multi-GPU setups.
For demanding mission-critical environments and applications, industrial-grade components are indispensible and are being tested 24/7 at 50
Asus O!Play HD2 Media Player to support USB 3.0
The Asus O!Play HD2 supports the playback of a wide array of multimedia formats and is the world's first media player to support USB 3.0 for ten times faster data transfers compared to current USB 2.0-based players.
It is equipped with a large capacity 3.5" hard disk drive and NAS support, allowing it to store and stream multimedia files without any hassle. The O!Play HD2 also comes preinstalled with Opera browser, delivering live online streaming of over 20,000 radio stations. Users can now perform Google searches, visit Facebook, news websites such as CNN.com and BBC.co.uk, and download photos from Picasa/Flicker
Vapor Chamber Chills Inno3D's GTX 465
The vapor chamber cooler that Inno3D plans on taking advantage of will, predictably, take up two PCI slots, will boast five or six heatpipes and will be equipped with a ball bearing fan with a rotary speed between 1000RPM and 4200RPM (rotations per minute). All in all, it should weigh about 420 grams. The first product to feature it is reportedly going to be a special version of the GeForce GTX 465, dubbed GTX 465 VapourX. There is no telling when this device shows up though, but it will be interesting to see how much lower the operational temperatures actually drop.
Unfortunately, that product's pricing and availability details are just as unknown, though the fact that a working prototype is already on display seems to suggest a possibly shorter time of arrival to market.
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Intel not going for USB 3.0 until 2012
Gigabyte confirmed Intel's USB 3.0 chipset will be delayed until 2012. There's no reason given. It claims to have shipped one million USB 3.0 boards already. Other USB 3.0 chips are coming on the market, cheaper than NEC's.
There are some very unhappy vendors here in Old Taipei these days and it's the chip giant Intel that they're blaming. A large number of the local manufacturers are launching USB3.0 peripherals in the halls of the Computex show but they have a bit of a problem.
The first problem is that there are only a few motherboards that support USB 3.0 - Asus has plenty, Gigabyte has quite a few, and so does Asrock.
But Intel is unlikely to release a chipset capable of supporting USB 3.0 until the end of this year, and that's creating such frustration amongst some of the manufacturers that they're contemplating taking matters into their own hands and attempt to put together some kind of standard that will cover most eventualities.
See the new IBM System x3650 M3 ExpressIf, for example, you're the maker of a case you need to be in a position to be sure just where the gubbins in the case is going to go and what it's going to do. The uncertainty has one certainty to it at least. It's going to cost quite a few peripheral and case makers a lot of grief which translates, here in Old Taipei, to money
Deus Ex: Human Revolution E3 Trailer
F.E.A.R 3. - E3 Trailer
G.Skill Phoenix Pro SSD
The Phonix Pro manages an impressive 285MB/s and 275MB/s when reading and writing, respectively. Such transfer rates are possible because of a custom firmware and the very popular SandForce SF-1200 SSD controller. Essentially the most widespread among solid state drives, this controller enables 4KB random writing performance of up to 50,000 IOPS. This comes in addition to TRIM support.
The G.Skill Phoenix Pro SSD is made out of MLC (multi-level cell) NAND Flash memory chips and will, at the very least, come in a 120GB version sometime this month.
Computex DFI halts LANparty motherboards
More motherboard news from Computex, DFI let us know that they have stopped developing the enthusiast class LANparty motherboards.
LANParty motherboards are known and reputed for their high class style and tweakabilty. it seems that in 2009 the LANParty division made a rather substantial loss resulting in closing down that segment. DFI's focus will be more profitable motherboards from now on.
It will certainly be a loss for the industry, then again it will create more headroom for other companies.
Sapphire took part of eVGAs mobo design team
Two days ago we reported that there was a rumor 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 that EVGA had not dismissed its motherboard team.
More facts have now gathered an we now know for a fact that three employees within eVGA's motherboard R&D team have left eVGA. Now the spicy thing here is that Sapphire hired these guys. Not at all classy. Sapphire will be utilizing the new employees to design motherboards for AMD's upcoming Fusion APU.
We have no idea how big eVGA's internal design team really is, that it is a big blow to their head is obvious though. Peter Tan, otherwise known as Shamino (hardcore overclocker) still is with eVGA and continues to lead the design team. Hopefully eVGA can pick up where they left odd real soon, as they absolutely make brilliant motherboards for the enthusiast crowd.
NVIDIA BIOS Editor 5.6 (NiBiTor)
NiBiTor (short for NVIDIA BIOS Editor) received its latest update. Version 5.5 of the program includes support for new GPUs and limited experimental support for new unknown GPUs. Apart from supporting new GPUs, the new version also includes its usual load of minor bug fixes that improve stability and usability.
Changes in this Version:
- Added GeForce GTX 480
- Added GeForce GTX 470
ASUS GeForce GTX 480 Voltage Tweak edition review
ASUS GeForce GTX 480 Voltage Tweak edition review
To compensate the deficits that NVIDIA enforced on the GTX 400 series, the ODM and AIBs had to be creative, they need to be on the lookout for some new features that make this product more interesting, we call that creating incentive.
ASUS though, stuck to the reference design. They figured .. let's heat it up a little more. And as such they have released their ENGGTX480 series GeForce GTX 480 cards, with GPU voltage control. And the end result is quite interesting with 850 MHz on the core. Interesting ? Read all about it in this article.
Read the full Guru3D review right here.
Some seriously cool stuff - eVGA SR2 Quad SLI
Guru3D afficionado, David from the USA is one of these true Guru's who's spending a lot of time, effort, blood, sweat and dough on his hardware. Yesterday I received an email from him showing the intense kit he bought this time arround.
Check this out, he was able to secure a SR2 board from eVGA, popped two Xeon 5680 processor on there, got himself a little bit of high frequency memory and then added four GeForce GTX 480 cards which he equipped with Koolance LCS blocks.
Really, the only thing you can say here is .. holy bejeezzzus, (click on thumbnail please).
Later on yesterday he contacted us again, his CPU's where already purring steadily at 4 GHz and he made thius little video which I wanted to show you guys.You have NEVER seens Cinebench render that fast with 24 threads, Amazingf stuff David! Check out the video.
Computex - ECS shows P67 and then some more
- Support 32nm LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge processor
- support DDR3-2600 memory
- provide quite a few overclocking features
- USB 3.0 ports
- two SATA 6.0 Gbps
- four SATA 3.0 Gbps connectors
- Gigabit Ethernet
- 7.1 channel audio
- debug LED
We also spotted the recently introduced H55H-I actually already introduced here at Guru3D.com, a great mobo with excellent features at a very fair price. Mini-ATX, this little motherboard has it, it's packed and loaded with features. Pop on a Clarkdale based processor like the Core i3 or Core i5 series and you can use it's HDMI, DVI of DSUB graphics connector. Audio ? No worries the embedded Realtek ACL 8982 eight channel audio codec will happily output to analog or coaxial or optical TOSLINK S/PDIF connectors, need USB ? Well, the rear panel has six of them, need SATA2 ? Here we spot four ports and one eSATA, dual channel memory ? Yep supported, up-to 1600 MHz and in the end if you do not want to use the embedded graphics from the processor, then you can even pop in a full x16 PCIe graphics card and make a wicked gaming rig out of this incredibly handy H55H-I motherboard.
This very cute lady here is holding a P55H-AK motherboard from the Black Series. A new model board part of the P55 family that supports Intel Socket LGA-1156 processors with thanks to the Intel P55 Express chipset. The P55H-AK will be ECS' top gaming board with lots of bells and whistles to boost performance.
It supports full speed SLI and Crossfire by way of the included NVIDIA NF200 chipset that provides additional PCI Express lanes. Adding to the gaming side, ECS also uses the Realtek ALC899 chip for what they call excellent audio and they have also worked with Creative to add in Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 support.
ECS added not one, but two NEC USB 3.0 controllers providing four USB 3.0 ports
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Computex - Gigabyte Plans Faster GeForce GTX 470 SOC
Word is that Gigabyte is workign hard on a new faster clocked GeForce GTX 470 in their SOC series. A picture of what the upcoming GeForce GTX 470 Super Overclock will look like was spotted at Computex, as well as part of the basic specification sheet. As the name suggests, it should have a wider set of clock tweaking and voltage modifying options, though the extent to which modifications will be possible remains unclear.
The engineering board pictured has, of course, a blue printed circuit board (PCB). A 12-phase power design is implemented, which means that current should circulate more smoothly and in higher quantities. The memory interface and number of CUDA cores will remain the same as those on the reference card, at 320 bits and 448 cores respectively. This also goes for the video output options, represented by dual-DVI ports and a mini HDMI connector.
Computex - ADATA shows SATA 6G SSD
S501 is A-Data's first solid state drive with SATA 6.0Gbps connection. The MLC based S501 boasts a cache memory of 128MB. The Marvell controller is able to utilize these resources to push read and write speeds to 350MB/s and 200MB/s, respectively. It seems though that this product isn't exactly meant for the consumer segment, being better suited for the enterprise market, in applications such as data centers and servers.
Regardless of the market segments it will be meant for, end-users will have to wait a while before getting a chance to buy A-Data's new storage unit, though exact pricing and availability details have not been disclosed. When shipments do start, however, variety, at the very least, won't be an issue, as there will be 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and even 512GB versions on shelves.