GeForce GTX 670 on preorder
One of our forum users from the Philippines noticed that a webshop has the GeForce GTX 670 on pre-order. The card is a Gainward GTX 670 and comes with 2GB of graphics memory apparaantly ties to a 256-bit memory bus. The memory is GDDR5.
The card is priced at Php 19990 which is approximately USD 420. Considering that is aa pre-order price we might look at prices below 400 USD duroing launch.
ECS Z77H2-AX motherboard review
We review the ECS Z77H2-AX motherboard which screams gold and features. The Z77H2-AX is gold plated everywhere. The changes for Z77 primarily can be found in native USB 3.0 support as well as an upgrade towards PCie gen 3 PCIe x16 slots.
ECS however really pimped out the motherboard with a lot .. seriously LOT of extra's with even embedded WIFI and Bluetooth.
Read the review right here.
Sony DA5700ES AV Receiver
Sony today unveiled its new AV receiver in the form of the STR-DA5700ES. Crafted using premium grade materials and precision engineered audio components, the AV receiver features a 7.2 channel surround sound, which is expandable to 9.2 channel surround using a pair of additional front height speakers.
The STR-DA5700ES AV receiver is equipped with six HDMI inputs, two HDMI outputs and a USB DAC to connect the device to your PC using a USB cable for play various types of audio files. Other features include a network connectivity for wireless entertainment, a 3D capability and a Full HD upscaling for analogue input devices. The Sony new AV receiver will be launched in November 2012. Too bad, there is no info on pricing at this time. [Sony]
Netgear R6300 802.11ac Wi-Fi Router
Netgear has proudly introduced the R6300 Wi-Fi router, which is claimed to be the world
AMD forced to cut prices as Ivy Bridge arrives
X-bit Labs shared some more details about AMD's price cuts since the arrival of Intel's Ivy Bridge lineup. The AMD FX-8150 is now available for $215 (down from $245), while the FX-6200 fell from $165 to $149.
Advanced Micro Devices has quietly slashed pricing of its top-of-the-range eight-core AMD FX-8150 central processing units and adjusted pricing of some other chips in the light of the Intel Core i-series "Ivy Bridge" product launch. The eight-core flagship offering from AMD can now be obtained starting at $215 in the U.S.
AMD FX-8150 Black Edition (3.60GHz/4.20GHz, eight cores, 16MB total cache, 125W TDP, AM3+ form-factor) microprocessor officially costs $245 in 1000-unit quantities, but at present it can be acquired starting from $215 in the U.S. and starting from
Club 3D Radeon HD 7870 joker card
Club3D shows off the Radeon HD 7870 Joker, a new model that will start shipping in the second week of May. The card features a custom cooling solution but sticks to the stock clockspeeds, it has a 1000MHz core and 2GB GDDR5 clocked at 4800MHz.
Club 3D proudly presents the Club 3D Radeon
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nVIDIA Inspector Tool Version 188.8.131.52 Download
The nVIDIA Inspector Tool is basically an nVIDIA only GPU-Z utility but with a decent OverClocking feature and you can set your clocks and fan speeds. Orbmu2k has released this program, which seems to NVIDIA graphics cards and offers information on tools for GPU and memory clock speed, GPU operating voltage and fan speed increase.
This is a quite simple user interface with an application that will rely entirely NVIDIA drivers, so there is reason to be downloaded from NVIDIA's website WHQL-certified driver. The program offers roughly the same information as the GPU-Z program, but with a few extra spice box.
- fixed wrong bandwidth calculation for GDDR3
- added invalid bios detection
- added some vendorids
- finally fixed trilinear optimization setting 1 = off / 0 = on
- changed prerenderlimit setting for 0 (is now app controlled since 300.xx)
- minor changes in default value handling
- updated some settings constants for 300.xx drivers
- added CLI param "-restartDisplayDriver" (Vista/Win7 only)
ASUS Maximus V GENE Z77 motherboard review
We review the ASUS Maximus V GENE Z77 Motherboard. a smaller motherboard (mATX) yet a product that just oozes with dandy features and overclock potential. Next to the tweaking possibilities this is a ROG (Republic of Gamers) motherboard, and means extra enthusiast features alright.
Next to the tweaking possibilities this is a ROG (Republic of Gamers) motherboard, and means extra enthusiast features alright. New FAN Xpert 2 FAN regulation has now been embedded, we spot Smart DIGI+ Technology (Smart DIGI+ Key & Smart CPU Power Level), USB 3.0 Boost and the lovely USB BIOS Flashback (simply insert a USB stick with firmware, press a button and boom your mobo firmware was flashed). Very complete -- very small, read all about it right here.
Brando USB 3.0 Quadruple SATA HDD Dock
Online store Brando has started selling the USB 3.0 Quadruple SATA HDD dock. The device can hold four 2.5-inch/3.5-inch SATA HDD/SSD with up to 3TB of storage capacity. The new SATA HDD dock supports the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface with up to 5.0Gbps of data transfer rate and the eSATA interface with up to 3Gbps of data transfer rate. It is backward compatible with USB 2.0/1.1. In addition, the Brando USB 3.0 Quadruple SATA HDD dock also features hot swap functions. [Product Page]
iiyama ProLite T2234MC 21.5-Inch Multi-Touch LCD Monitor
iiyama has just dropped their latest multi-touch LCD monitor
Intel 8-series "Lynx Point" Chipset Models
With Ivy Bridge announcedlets take a look at next year's motherboard chipsets for the Shark Bay platform, as reported by vrzone:
Intel's upcoming LGA-1150 Haswell CPUs will be quite different from the current Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge CPUs and Intel will as such have to offer a range of suitable chipsets to go with these changes and so far we've only known the new chipsets as Lynx Point.
As you might already have been able to deduct, Intel is simply moving to the 8-series of chipsets. No big models changes have taken place and as such the desktop platform will get the Z87, H87 and Z85 models for your average consumer, as well as the Q87, Q85 and B85 chipsets for the various corporate and SMB platforms. There's also the C228 chipset for Intel's LGA-1150 based Xeon processors which is the replacement for the C216 chipset.
One thing that is changing compared to the current line-up is that the Z85 chipset will lack support for RAID, something that might not be a great loss, but it's nonetheless a peculiar change. Intel is also updating its Rapid Storage technology in the 8-series chipsets and give the user some basic control over the hard drives/SSDs. Simply put there will be three different settings, power efficiency, maximum performance or a balanced setting. Another new addition is Fast Boot which is a sneaky feature that allows the system to detect the boot drive quicker and as such help improve the overall Boot experience. However, this only works if there's an Intel SSD in the system, which almost sounds like an anti-competitive feature.
We'll be doing some more digging to try and find out some additional details about what else is new with Intel's 8-series chipsets. We're already expecting additional USB 3.0 ports and a full set of SATA 6Gbps ports according to earlier leaks, but we don't know which chipsets will get what features at this point in time.
PowerColor reveals Radeon HD 7870 Eyefinity 6
PowerColor introduces the Radeon HD 7870 Eyefinity 6, a new graphics card that simultaneously supports up to six displays. The card has a 1000MHz core clockspeed, 2GB GDDR5 memory clocked at 4800MHz and six mini-DisplayPort outputs.
TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, today releases the only HD7870 graphics solution which can support up to 6 displays simultaneously: the PowerColor HD7870 Eyefinity 6. The latest edition optimizes multi-display Eyefinity technology, enabling up to six monitors to be operated from one card through its six mini display port onboard design. This unique feature allows gamers to enhance productivity to get more things done at once, also delivering the most vivid HD gaming experience with wider view.
Flexible display configurations
The HD7870 Eyefinity 6 clocks in at 1000MHz core speed and 1200MHz of memory speed; with 2GB GDDR5 onboard memory, the latest edition allows more bandwidth for demanding DirectX
NVIDIA Tegra 3 specifications revealed
Details about three of NVIDIA's upcoming Tegra 3 SoCs have appeared on the web, and also notes that the first handset with Tegra 4 (aka Wayne) will be available towards the end of the year. Wayne is based on the ARM A15 architecture and will be announced at or around Computex in June. Full details over here.
The AP37 which is a faster version of the AP33 which is currently found in most high-end Tegra 3 handsets. As you can see, clock speeds are set to be increased, but sadly we don't have an exact figure although nVidia is targeting 1.7GHz for the high-end parts with the possibility of some slower 1.5GHz parts. Note that the 1.7GHz speed is only likely to be single core clock speed, but we haven't managed to confirm this.
The GPU performance is also said to be boosted by about 25 percent and this has simply been done to be able to drive higher resolution displays as the market moves towards full HD and beyond for high-end tablets and smartphones. Yes, you did read that correctly, smartphones are expected to get 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 displays this year and we know of at least two, if not three panel makers that are already busy churning out displays and it's likely that there are even more companies working on it as we speak...
AMD A10-4600M performance details
An infographic from AMD Korea reveals details about the performance of the A10-4600M, an upcoming 32nm Trinity APU.
It has four x86-64 cores spread across two "Piledriver" architecture modules, 4 MB of total cache (2x 2 MB), CPU clock speeds of 2.30 GHz (3.00 GHz TurboCore), and integrated Radeon HD 7660G graphics that has 384 VLIW4 stream processors, and GPU core speed of 685 MHz. The chip integrates a PCI-Express 2.0 root complex, and dual-channel DDR3-1600 MHz integrated memory controller.
CPU performance isn't mentioned, instead AMD focuses on GPU performance.