CM Storm Trooper review
CM Storm QuickFire Rapid mechanical keyboard launched
Cooler Master presents the CM Storm QuickFire Rapid, a new keyboard with mechanical Cherry MX switches.
CM Storm, of the Cooler Master Group, comes full circle by introducing its new line of sleek fully mechanical keyboards. A full complement of very durable and high quality CM Storm peripherals can now be had with the introduction of the QuickFire Rapid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.
Precision, Comfort, & Durability
Effortlessly melt into the smooth and clean aesthetic of the QuickFire Rapid via its laser-marked keycaps and its smooth, yet damage-resistant, rubber coating. This is complemented by a set of extra keycaps (includes a key puller) that give the keyboard an extra appeal that draws other gamers in. A response time of 1ms, in USB mode, offers gamers a necessary consistency to navigate the ever changing landscapes of their video game libraries. With the Windows Key being disabled in GAME mode, users will no longer worry about possibly losing a match from accidentally minimizing the game. Multimedia shortcuts are available to ensure that media can be controlled with ease. With N Key Rollover, users deploying the QuickFire Rapid in PS/2 mode can activate many keys on the keyboard at once with all of them registering.
High-grade Cherry MX Switches
CM Storm aims to offer the best available mechanical hardware by integrating Cherry MX switches. These provide the QuickFire Rapid with the ability to respond to, and recover from, furious button presses with almost zero lag. Vastly improve your possible gaming actions per minute by utilizing a QuickFire Rapid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard in FPS, MMO, RTS, and other games. Cherry MX Black, Brown, or Blue switches will be available based on region.
Hassle-free Travel and Cable Management
Travel without a care in the world by simply removing the included braided USB cable and storing it. While attached, the braided USB cable can be routed through cable management grooves in the back of the QuickFire Rapid. This prevents unsightly cable clutter and helps minimize risk due to a hanging cable catching a foot or leg from a loved one.
Price and Availability
The QuickFire Rapid carries a MSRP of $79.99. It will be available November 2011 at retailers and online locations that sell your favorite Cooler Master, CM Storm, and Choiix gear.
ADATA debuts three USB 3.0 flash drive series
ADATA introduced three USB 3.0 flash drive series. The entry-choice C103 series is available in 8GB and 16GB capacities, it offers a read speed of 90MB/s but the write speed is quite poor (10MB/s). The S102 Pro offers 8GB to 32GB capacities, 100MB/s read speed and 50MB/s write speed, while the high-end N005 Pro series offers 8GB to 64GB capacities, a read speed of 180MB/s and write speed of 90MB/s. Pricing and availability is unknown.
AMD might switch to TSMC for Future Bulldozer
German tech site ComputerBase picked up a rumor that AMD is considering to let TSMC make future Bulldozer processors.
The current Bulldozer chips are made on GlobalFoundries' 32nm process, but AMD is not happy with the quality of its former manufacturing arm as yields do not reach the desired level.
Perhaps switching some Bulldozer production to TSMC could solve some of AMD's problems, although such a move will take months, if not years to complete.
Team Group Xtreem LV and Dark DDR3 released
Team Group revealed new DDR3 kits. Press release is printed below, full specifications of each module can be found over here.
Team Group Inc.?fs memory modules have always been known for its stability and high performance among enthusiasts. In 2011, the company invests heavily to build the new Xtreem series radiating modules, and changes the packaging to a smaller volume of paper card design that is more environmental friendly. Enthusiasts would be guaranteed to enjoy the ultimate feeling of freshness and classic at the same time.
- Mainstream Team Xtreem Dark?|Steady and eye-catching
The Team Xtreem Dark series target the consumer market, and uses memory particles rigorously selected and tested by Team Group Inc. The new heat-sink has better cooling efficacy, which can speed up the dispersion of the heat generated by the particles more evenly and effectively. It can also speed up the circulation of cool and hot air within the case to reach a heat balance in the shortest amount of time to guarantee the most stable operating environment.
- Performance Team Xtreem LV?|Extreme speed
The new version of Team Xtreem LV packaging exerts Team Group?fs proud X cooling technology to the most, bringing enthusiasts an extreme performance. The X totem maximizes the cooling fin area, and when compared to ordinary over-clocking memory modules, the new Xtreem has a lower operating temperature that would satisfy enthusiasts?f pursuit of extreme over-clocking performance.
Logitech debuts Modern Warfare 3 mouse and keyboard
Logitech just presented Modern Warfare 3 branded gear; the G9X Laser Mouse and the G105 Gaming Keyboard. Both products cost $79.99.
The keyboard features six programmable G-keys, each with three mode states, so you can configure up to 18 possible macro combinations in any game you play. You can even record new macros on the fly. It features an optimized key matrix designed to let you use more keys simultaneously in FPS games, while convenient, one-touch controls give you instant access to volume, start, stop, pause, forward and back functions.
For the mouse, a gaming-grade laser offers precision at any hand speed up to 165 inches per second. On-the-fly, adjustable dpi lets you go from pixel-precise targeting (200 dpi) to lightning-fast maneuvers (up to 5700 dpi) without pausing the action, while full-speed USB delivers the performance you need with up to 1000 reports per second. The dual-mode scroll wheel features precise click-to-click, perfect for weapon selection in games. Or switch to frictionless hyper-fast scrolling to fly through long Web pages, when you
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AMD Cat 11.10 Preview 3 (8.901.2 October 16)
We have a new AMD Catalyst 11.10 Preview 3 driver available.
Preview drivers are essentially BETA hotfix drivers. The new Catalyst software suite makes your ATI/AMD Radeon graphics card (that meets minimum/recommended requirements) optimized for Battlefield3.
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
Download - click right here.
Xeon E5-2400 CPUs Specifications
In Q2 of 2012, Intel will also update its Xeon processor lineup with a series of new chips based on the high-performance Sandy Bridge-E architecture, it will target dual-socket servers and workstations.
Intel's initial batch of Xeon E5-2400 processors will include no less than 9 new models with four, six or eight computing cores and TDPs ranging from 70 to 95 Watts.
The most basic of the CPUs are the Xeon E5-2403 and E5-2407 and both of these feature a quad-core design, 10MB of Level 3 cache, an 80W thermal envelope and lack support for the Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost technologies.
Both of these technologies are enabled in the upcoming six-core parts, the E5-2420, E5-2430L, E5-2430 and E5-2440, which also get a faster DDR3-1333 memory controller, and 15MB of L3 cache.
The last three of the processors uncovered are the eight-core Xeon E5-2450L, E5-2450 and E5-2470 and all of these come with 20MB of L3 cache and support for DDR3-1600 memory.
Intel's Xeon E5-2400 processors are known under the code name of Sandy Bridge-EN and use a simpler memory controller than the rest of the Sandy Bridge-E processors.
This drops support for one of the four memory channels available to socket LGA-2011 processors and that can only drive up to 2 DIMMs per channel ,meaning that is supports a maximum of 48GB DDR3 per CPU.
The PCI Express controller has also been simplified to integrate and it now packs only 24 PCI-E lanes, compared to the 40 lanes supported by the Xeon E5-2600 CPU family.
As noted earlier, Intel is expected to launch these LGA 1356 chips in the second quarter of 2012, at an yet undisclosed price point.
Intel Ivy Bridge CPU Names and Features Revealed
Starting with the Core processor lineup, this will be split into the same i3, i5 and i7 series, but Ivy Bridge parts will carry the 3000 designation, just as is the case with the upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processors.
Pentium CPUs on the other hand, won't get the same 3000-series designation as their more powerful brothers, but will also move to a new naming scheme that used four digits instead of the usual three.
In addition to the new names, Intel has also operated a series of changes to the maximum TDP's of the processors as these now top at 77W compared to 95W in Sandy Bridge.
This TDP is common for both the high-end Core i7 and Core i5 parts, including the K-series unlocked CPUs.
The rest of the features were pretty much left unaltered so the same characteristics that made the difference between Core i7, i5, i3 and Pentium processors in Sandy Bridge SKUs are also used for Ivy Bridge parts.
Ivy Bridge is the code name used for the 22nm die shrink of the current Sandy Bridge chips and features basically the same architecture, but with a few minor tweaks and improvements.
This includes a new on-die GPU that will come with full DirectX 11 support as well as with 30% more EUs than Sandy Bridge, in order to offer up to 60% faster performance that current Core CPUs according to Intel.
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Enermax Platimax 80 Plus Platinum-Compliant PSUs Released
We actually reviewed a unit a feek or two ago, check that here.
The introduction of the international energy saving certification 80 PLUS for desktop power supplies in 2004 has significantly changed the PSU market. Efficiency has turned into the guiding theme of the following years. PSU manufacturers quickly stepped forward and developed new technologies to achieve higher and higher efficiency rates. Accordingly, the 80 PLUS organisation extended the certification system with Bronze, Silver, Gold in 2008 and finally Platinum at the end of last year.
With its own R&D team and its own PSU production, Enermax plays a leading role in the development and market introduction of energy saving PSU technologies. Series like Modu82+, Revolution85+ or Modu87+ have won the most influential international awards and set new standards in terms of performance, quality and design. Also the latest Enermax creation, the high-performance MaxRevo series, continues the success story of its predecessors.
Platimax: The King of Enermax Power Supplies
With the Platimax series, Enermax now enters a new PSU generation. Platimax already possesses the highest 80 PLUS Platinum certification. The manufacturer successfully refined the technologies of the previous PSU series and increased the efficiency to a level of over 90% between 20 and 100% load. While the Platimax models below 1kW are based on an improved version of the "Dynamic Hybrid Transformer Topology" (DHT) that has been applied in the Modu87+ series for the first time, Platimax 1200W and 1500W make use of the powerful "Full-Zone Magnetic Quadrant Transformer Design" (FMQ) of the MaxRevo series. Enermax optimized especially the cooling system, applying high-quality and performance-capable heat sinks and installing a well-arranged and well-thought layout to avoid unnecessary energy losses. Like Modu87+ series, Platimax comes with a patented RPM control that limits the fan speed at low load to 300, 600 or 900 RPM depending on the model. Combined with the smooth running Twister bearing, the power supply offers a virtually silent operation.
Powerful but Energy-Saving
All Platimax models support the latest EU regulation for PC systems, ErP Lot 6. According to that, they consume less than 0.5W in standby mode. Furthermore, the so-called "Zero Load Design" insures a stable system operation at loads below 1W. Thanks to that, users can take full advantage of the energy-saving modes of latest CPU and graphics cards (C6 State / Hybrid Mode). As usual, Enermax uses a Multi-Rail Design with three to six 12V rails depending on the model. Each rail is equipped with a separated over current protection (OCP). For systems with overclocked graphics cards or processors, Enermax will introduce the Platimax 1000W OC Edition with One-Rail Design. It provides up to 83A (996W) on one 12V rail to reach best possible clock rates and get the most power out of the hardware.
Availability and Prices
Platimax 750W, 850W and 1200W are now available. All other models will be introduced onto the market until the end of November:
- Platimax 500W (EPM500AWT): 184.90 Euro
- Platimax 600W (EPM600AWT): 199.90 Euro
- Platimax 750W (EPM750AWT): 214.90 Euro
- Platimax 850W (EPM850EWT): 259.90 Euro
- Platimax 1000W (EPM1000EWT): 299.90 Euro
- Platimax 1200W (EPM1200EWT): 344.90 Euro
- Platimax 1500W (EPM1500EGT): 389.90 Euro
NZXT Phantom Big-Tower in Orange with USB 3.0
NZXT presents the Phantom Big-Tower in orange, another special edition of the successful chassis. All new Phantoms, including this variant also come equipped with USB 3.0 connectivity. Additional features of these enclosures are a five channel fan controller with 20W load capacity on each circuit, spacious interior, lighting which may be turned off, elaborate cable management, numerous anti-vibration measures and a water cooling ready design.
The futuristic design of the NZXT Phantom makes it the perfect basis for an extravagant gaming PC as the case specialist has included unique shapes and lines which resembles that of modern high performance sports cars. A front door covers the drive bays, so that the chassis looks perfect, regardless of what type of drives you have installed. Besides the white, black, red and red/white color options, NZXT also offers a special pink variant and now the sleek black and orange version.
In terms of cooling, the NZXT Phantom manages to blend form and function perfectly, as the black mesh elements do not simply look good, but also allows access to fresh to any installed fan. To keep temperatures down, two 120 mm fans have been installed in the side panel, pushing cool air across the hard drive bays, with another one in the rear along with a large and quiet 200 mm unit in the ceiling pulling air out of the case.
Those wanting even more cooling performance can turn the interior of the Phantom into a wind tunnel by installing another 200 mm unit in the ceiling of the chassis and a 140 mm unit in the ceiling as well. In addition, one may exchange the two 120 mm units with a 200 or 230 variant. To keep things quiet, NZXT has included a high-performance fan controller with 5 channels and 20W capacity on each circuit.
Dust filters on all intake areas ensure that the interior of the Phantom stays clean and presentable and that the bottom mounted power supply life span is kept at a maximum. For drive bays, the case allows for a slew of drives to be installed as it comes with five 5.25
ASUS bundles Batman: Arkham City with some DirectCU cards
ASUS announced it's now bundling Batman: Arkham City with some of its DirectCU cards:
The ASUS DirectCU series of graphics cards is now more extensive than ever, bringing gamers worldwide cooler and better performing hardware with DirectCU thermal designs and Super Alloy Power construction. To demonstrate the smooth and solid gaming these DirectX
ASUS USB 3.0 Boost faster data transfers
ASUS announced USB 3.0 Boost, it adds UAS Protocol support to enable up to 170 percent faster data transfers.
ASUS USB 3.0 Boost adds new UAS Protocol support for improved data transfer speeds and lower CPU utilization, offering compliance with a protocol recently introduced by the USB-IF to augment data connectivity. USB 3.0 Boost enables native UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) support, as well as full backward compatibility with the traditional Bulk-Only Transport (BOT) protocol. Auto detection of connected devices ensures the most suitable protocol available is used, resulting in 170% faster data speeds compared to original USB 3.0 speeds. A dedicated USB 3.0 Turbo Mode accelerates the performance of all USB devices for an overall increase in data transfer speeds.
The benefits of UASP implementation
Initial USB 3.0 integration retained the BOT protocol of USB 2.0, in effect limiting potential transfer speeds and bandwidth even though USB 3.0 has been designed to work up to ten times faster than USB 2.0. As soon as UASP became available, ASUS made sure to begin its deployment. Compared to traditional protocols, UASP offers maximized bandwidth utilization, and can handle multiple data transfer requests at once, unlike the slower queue system of B OT, which only provides single-task command. Because of this, USB 3.0 connections working in UASP mode result in higher data speeds and lower CPU utilization. UASP clears data queues faster, translating into a smoother-operating PC.
USB 3.0 Boost goes beyond the specs
In addition to UASP compatibility, USB 3.0 Boost from ASUS includes three modes that cater to different user needs and profiles for increased flexibility. UASP Mode maximizes usage of the new protocol, Turbo Mode accelerates all USB devices, and Normal Mode operates at original USB 3.0 speeds to guarantee the best compatibility with all devices. Instant auto detection determines the best mode for any connected USB device on USB 3.0 ports, switching between UASP Mode and Turbo Mode as needed. All told, USB 3.0 Boost can accelerate data speeds by 170% with UASP mode compared to original USB 3.0 speeds. To make usage more accessible, USB 3.0 Boost comes with a friendly and intuitive interface exclusive to ASUS motherboards, helping users make the most of its full potential.
ASUS USB 3.0 Boost exceeds USB 3.0 performance
Compared to traditional protocols, UASP offers a significant speed boost, increasing data transfer expediency. UASP is also a much more efficient protocol in terms of data spread. ASUS USB 3.0 Boost makes the most of the advantages of UASP and traditional architectures, decreasing latency between the motherboard and connected devices considerably. It is the result of extensive research and prompt implementation in a wide range of new motherboard products.
- Maximus IV GENE-Z/GEN3
- P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
- P8Z68-V PRO
- P8Z68-V LE
- P8Z68-V LX
- P8Z68-M PRO
- SABERTOOTH 990FX
- M5A99X EVO
- M5A97 EVO
- M5A97 PRO
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- F1A75-V EVO
- F1A75-V PRO
- F1A75-M PRO
- F1A75-M PRO/CSM
AMD could ship 28nm GPUs in December
AMD might still be planning to introduce some 28nm GPUs in the second week of December. It's expected that these chips will be low-end to mid-range chips, and not high-end parts.
One of these sources specifically named December 06. Details on whether the launched GPU will be for the mobile (notebook) or desktop (graphics card) platforms; or even whether it will use the VLIW4 or so-called 'NextGen' compute architecture, are not known at this point.
Another source reinforced the theory that the launch will be more about symbolism than volume manufacturing for sales. It's likely that a small number of these GPUs will be manufactured, just about enough to send to OEMs for their qualification, and perhaps even the media for published performance testing.
Intel Sandy Bridge-E limited to 6 cores due to TDP
Intel's initial Sandy Bridge-E processors don't offer eight cores because this would push the TDP over 130W as vrzone reports today:
There's another reason, that may top them all though - TDP. Yes, these are really big dies, with many cores and lots of cache - not as many as the Xeon E7 - Westmere-EX - series in the same 32 nm process, but E7's 10 cores and 30 MB cache top out at 2.4 GHz only. Here, we have an expectation that the full 8 core chip should still work at just above 3 GHz right at the announcement - at least in the '3-D workstations only' 150 W version. See the number? Now, well, desktops don't really go with more than 130 W TDP per socket these days, yet the per core clock has to be higher, to justify the migration from older Core i7, and to keep the difference with the LGA1155 4-core SB chips, as well as AMD Bulldozer.
So, to get 3.3 GHz or higher core speed, and fit it all into 130W TDP, a 6 core limit sounds about right for the current C series steppings at least. A future D stepping could enable higher clocks at the same TDP, or maybe enabling all the cores too at a similar speed.
ThermalRight Archon revision gets 150mm fan
ThermalRight introduced a revision of its Archon processor cooler. The new edition features a 150mm fan instead of the original 140mm model. The cooler can be found in Europe for 52.90EUR.
The Archon heatsink measures 170 (H) x 155 (L) x 53 (W) mm and features a mirrored copper base, and six 6mm nickel plated heatpipes, while the fan is 160 by 140 by 26.5 mm, operates at 500 to 1100 RPM and has a sound output of 19 to 23 dBA.