HDD revenue at record level thanks to high prices
Research firm iSuppli reports sales of hard disk drives totaled $9.6 billion in the first quarter of the year, a new record thanks to higher average selling prices since the Thai floods severely disrupted the HDD production chain. The record revenue occurs even though shipments fell from 174 million units in Q3 2011 to 145 million units in Q1 2012. iSuppli believes it will take until Q3 2012 before HDD production will recover to pre-flood shipment levels.
The global hard disk drive (HDD) industry surged to record revenue in the first quarter, thanks to higher average selling prices that compensated for the wreckage and loss in shipments left by the October floods in Thailand, according to an IHS iSuppli Storage Market Brief report from information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS).
HDD revenue for the first quarter reached $9.6 billion, an industry high that bested the previous record of $9.3 billion in the first quarter of 2010. The rise in HDD revenue occurred even though shipments during the first quarter of 145 million units were less than the 174 million units of the third quarter last year, just before destructive floods in October damaged a wide swath of HDD factories located in Thailand. A full recovery to pre-flood shipment levels is not expected until the third quarter, one full year after the disaster.
AMD FirePro W9000 dual-GPU card aka 7970 ?
There's a good impression of what a 7990 or 7970 X2 could look like. 4Gamer published some nice shots of the FirePro W9000 dual-GPU card that was briefly shown at AMD's Fusion Developer Summit, you can view the pictures over here.
This upcoming workstation card features two Tahiti GPUs, it promises 4 teraflops of single-precision and 1 teraflop of double-precision floating point performance. The W9000 comes with 6GB GDDR5 memory, uses two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors and features a cooling solution with three 90mm fans.
Thunderbolt tested with 2x SSD in RAID0 on ASUS P8Z77 vPro
We test the new Thunderbolt connector with 2x SSDs in RAID0 with the help of the ASUS P8Z77 vPro Thunderbolt motherboard and the LaCie Little Big Disk which has two Intel 320 SSDs. We RAID-0 them to stripe and check out if the 10 Gbps Thunderbolt connection can keep up.
You can read all about it right here.
Intel "Ivy Bridge" Core i3 Processors ship 24th June
Intel Corp reiterated Thursday that the entry-level model of its new Ivy Bridge processors will begin shipping as soon as this month, following media reports that the products are scheduled for delivery in August.
"The Intel 3rd-generation Core i3 processor will be available after June 24," Intel's Taiwan branch said in a statement.
The company also reiterated its earlier announcement made a year ago at Computex 2011 that it planned to shift 40 percent of the consumer notebook market to Ultrabooks by the end of 2012, saying that this goal has not changed.
The clarification came a day after local media reports said that the shipping date of the faster Intel Core i5 and i7 processors had been delayed from May to June 3, while the entry-level Core i3 processors are scheduled for delivery in August.
Taiwan's Acer Inc. said it has revised its forecast for the penetration rate of the company's Ultrabooks because of the one-month delay in the Core i5 and i7 processors, while the global economic prospects remain gloomy, according to the reports.
AMD Kaveri APU promises 1 teraflops
AMD announced that Kaveri, its third-generation APU, is set to deliver a computing performance of 1 teraflops. Kaveri is expected to be released in 2013. At the AMD Fusion Developer Summit, AMD stated that the Kaveri APU will have at least 1 TFLOPS of total compute performance. The Trinity APU that was just released is currently rated at 726 GFLOPS.
This is around a 38% performance improvement, which shows the heterogeneous architecture AMD has adopted is headed in the right direction. Kaveri will be the first APU with true shared, unified address space between the CPU and GPU.
Kingston SSDNow V200 SSDs get firmware update and price cut
Kingston issued a firmware update for its 64GB and 128GB SSDNow V200 SSDs that fixes bugs and improves drive performance, you can download it over here. Additionally, Kingston also cut the MSRP of its SSDNow V200 disks by as much as 40 percent.
Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced a new firmware update for the 64GB and 128GB SSDNow V200 that increases performance and fixes known bugs. Kingston
AMD FirePro W9000 to offer 4 teraflops
AMD CTO Mark Papemaster teased the next-generation FirePro W9000 workstation card at the final day of AMD's Fusion Developer Summit 2012. Full details of this card will follow at SIGGRAPH in August 2012, but for now we know that the card offers 4 teraflops of single-precision and 1 teraflops of double-precision computing power.
This is the first time we saw a three fan, an enthusiast configuration
Logitech G600 MMO gaming mouse offers 20 buttons
Logitech shows off the G600 MMO gaming mouse, a new highly customizable mouse with 20 buttons. It will ship in July for $79.99.
Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) introduced the latest addition to its popular G-Series gaming lineup: the Logitech
GeForce 302.80 Windows 8 WHQL Drivers Out
Download NVIDIA GeForce 308.80 Windows 8 WHQL drivers.
This is a preview GeForce driver to be used only with the Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview.
This driver should not be used with Windows Vista or Windows 7. This driver offers full support for the new Windows 8 display driver model WDDM 1.2.
GeForce 600 series:
GTX 690, GTX 680, GTX 670, GT 645, GT 640, GT 630, GT 620, GT 610, 605
GeForce 500 series:
GTX 590, GTX 580, GTX 570, GTX 560 Ti, GTX 560 SE, GTX 560, GTX 555, GTX 550 Ti, GT 545, GT 530, GT 520, 510
GeForce 400 series:
GTX 480, GTX 470, GTX 465, GTX 460 v2, GTX 460 SE v2, GTX 460 SE, GTX 460, GTS 450, GT 440, GT 430, GT 420, 405
GeForce 300 series:
GT 340, GT 330, GT 320, 315, 310
GeForce 200 series:
GTX 295, GTX 285, GTX 280, GTX 275, GTX 260, GTS 250, GTS 240, GT 240, GT 230, GT 220, G210, 210, 205
GeForce 100 series:
GT 140, GT 130, GT 120, G 100
GeForce 9 series:
9800 GX2, 9800 GTX/GTX+, 9800 GT, 9600 GT, 9600 GSO, 9600 GS, 9500 GT, 9500 GS, 9400 GT, 9400, 9300 GS, 9300 GE, 9300, 9200, 9100
GeForce 8 series:
8800 Ultra, 8800 GTX, 8800 GTS 512, 8800 GTS, 8800 GT, 8800 GS, 8600 GTS, 8600 GT, 8600 GS, 8500 GT, 8400 SE, 8400 GS, 8400, 8300 GS, 8300, 8200 / nForce 730a, 8200, 8100 / nForce 720a
GeForce 7 series:
7950 GX2, 7950 GT, 7900 GTX, 7900 GT/GTO, 7900 GS, 7800 SLI, 7800 GTX, 7800 GT, 7800 GS, 7650 GS, 7600 LE, 7600 GT, 7600 GS, 7550 LE, 7500 LE, 7350 LE, 7300 SE / 7200 GS, 7300 LE, 7300 GT, 7300 GS, 7150 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7100 GS, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 620i, 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 610i, 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a
GeForce 6 series:
6800 XT, 6800 XE, 6800 Ultra, 6800 Series GPU, 6800 LE, 6800 GT, 6800 GS/XT, 6800 GS, 6800, 6700 XL, 6610 XL, 6600 VE, 6600 LE, 6600 GT, 6600, 6500, 6250, 6200 TurboCache, 6200SE TurboCache, 6200 LE, 6200 A-LE, 6200, 6150SE nForce 430, 6150LE / Quadro NVS 210S, 6150 LE, 6150, 6100 nForce 420, 6100 nForce 405, 6100 nForce 400, 6100
ION LE, ION
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers over here.
AMD Catalyst 12.x (9.00 June 12) Unofficial BETA
This is a MAIN branch, so it is the latest available right now. Support for Win 7 and 8, Vista support seems to be dropped.
Supported cards: HD5000 and onwards.
Swichable graphics support.
Lots of Mobile products are supported as well.
Application profiles changes vs 12.6 cap1:
Alan Wake Modified
Witcher 2 Modified
Test Drive Ferrari Legends Modified
TJ3: Myths and Heroes Added CFX Profile
And would you look at this: new cards ID:
AMD6823.2 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD6823.3 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD682B.2 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD6823.4 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD6821.2 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD6820.2 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD682B.3 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD6823.5 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD6821.3 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD6820.3 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD682B.4 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD6823.6 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD6821.4 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD6820.4 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD6820.5 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD6821.5 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD6821.6 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD6820.6 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD6823.7 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M Series"
AMD6820.7 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M Series"
AMD6821.7 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M Series"
AMD682B.5 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M Series"
AMD6823.7 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M Series"
AMD6820.7 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M Series"
AMD6821.7 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M Series"
AMD682B.5 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M Series"
AMD6823.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD682B.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD6821.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD6820.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 8800M"
AMD6600.1 = "MARS (6600)"
AMD6601.1 = "MARS (6601)"
AMD6602.1 = "MARS (6602)"
AMD6603.1 = "MARS (6603)"
AMD6606.1 = "MARS (6606)"
AMD6607.1 = "MARS (6607)"
AMD6620.1 = "MARS (6620)"
AMD6621.1 = "MARS (6621)"
AMD6623.1 = "MARS (6623)"
AMD6610.1 = "OLAND (6610)"
AMD6611.1 = "OLAND (6611)"
AMD6631.1 = "OLAND (6631)"
AMD6660.1 = "SUN (6660)"
AMD6663.1 = "SUN (6663)"
AMD6667.1 = "SUN (6667)"
AMD666F.1 = "SUN (666F)"
AMD Desktop Trinity APUs Delayed
AMD's second generation of APU's called Trinirty where being showcased on Computex show floor but it looks like its availability has been delayed. APU
EIZO FORIS FS2333 Gaming PC Monitor
Eizo Nanao Corporation today introduced the FORIS FS2333, a 23-inch full high-definition (1920 x 1080 native resolution) home entertainment monitor. The FORIS FS2333 is designed for gaming as well as other leisure activities such as watching movies and editing photos. It features all-new tone mapping technology called "Smart Insight" with five settings for RTS (real time strategy) and FPS (first person shooter) games that EIZO co-developed with Fnatic, one of the world's leading professional esports teams.
Smart Insight automatically identifies dark areas of an image and improves visibility. Important details in the shadows such as the location of an opponent become easier to spot so gamers can react more quickly. Because Smart Insight uses tone mapping, it improves visibility in dark areas while preserving image details without reducing contrast. This is a significant improvement over conventional gaming monitors which attempt to achieve improvements in visibility by applying gamma correction uniformly across the image resulting in blur and low contrast in dark areas.
The FORIS FS2333 comes with two other "Smart" technologies called Smart Resolution and Smart Detection. Smart Resolution is EIZO's own super-resolution technology that analyzes an image for noise and blurring and then corrects the blur without accentuating the noise. This feature is "Smart" because it adjusts only those areas where it is needed. It even distinguishes skin tones and text from other content and optimizes how they are displayed. Smart Detection identifies where on the screen a video or game is being played and applies super-resolution processing to sharpen the image while leaving other areas untouched.
The FORIS FS2333 uses an IPS panel and a mercury-free LED backlight. The IPS panel offers vivid display of color and wide 178
Prolimatech Black Series Genesis CPU Cooler
Prolimatech, the master of cooling is going a step further after the success of the Prolimatech Megahalems by presenting another revolution in CPU cooling with the limited edition Prolimatech Black Series Genesis. Besides the immaculate quality - which is present across their entire product line-up - the Black Genesis sets new standards in cooling capability and cool looks.
Prolimatech continues the trend set by the Megahalems and Super Mega by utilising two separate towers, but instead of placing them next to each other, they have been rearranged for maximum performance. The large array of cooling fins can hold up to three 120 or 140 mm fans, two of which can be installed right out of the box with the included mounting materials. Besides keeping the CPU cool, the construction allows for direct air flow across critical areas like the memory and power phases of the system.
Due to the innovative construction, Prolimatech manages to raise the bar and cool down the CPU even more. Adding to the excellent performance, Prolimatech has included additional black mounting screws to add further contact pressure, which translates into even lower operational temperatures. The use of these screws is intended for experienced users, which aim to get the most out of the cooling solution, as the pressure surpasses the Intel specifications.
Overclockers will be happy to hear that Prolimatech continues the trend and allows for complete choice of fans, as none are supplied with the cooler. This enables every user, regardless of their preferences or needs, to select the right models to equip the Black Genesis. Even when only using a single 120 or 140 mm fan, the Black Genesis manages to cool the CPU and keep the noise level at a minimum.
The Prolimatech Black Genesis also features broad compatibility as it ships with an AMD mounting kit intended for all modern sockets like AM2, AM2+ and AM3. Intel users will also be able to mount the cooler with the included kit for Socket 775, 1155, 1156, 1366 and 2011. To enable the most efficient transfer of heat between the CPU and Black Genesis cooler, Prolimatech supplies their high-performance PK-1 thermal paste, while a sturdy backplate guarantees a stable hold, taking the strain off the mainboard and socket.
The Prolimatech Black Series Genesis is available for pre-order with a price tag of
AMD Kaveri APU to have true shared memory
AMD revealed at its Fusion Developer Summit that Trinity's successor, Kaveri, will have true unified memory between the CPU and the GPU as VR Zone reports:
After the show, a source confirmed that Kaveri will be a true Southern Islands GCN part in the GPU department, without any remnants of the HD6XXX VLIW-4 architecture, and that the Steamroller CPU core parts there would solve a couple of remaining major drawbacks of the Piledriver architecture.
Whether it includes - finally - each core getting its own FPU and instruction scheduler, or something else like common L3 cache for CPU and GPU, non existent till now, was not answered. The point is, Intel's Haswell desktop with supposedly vastly improved graphics (GT3, 40EUs and 64MB cache) - but likely no such high level enhancement like true shared memory - will be out at the same time. So, getting out Kaveri as early as possible should be an imperative for the AMD APU time.
Whether it includes - finally - each core getting its own FPU and instruction scheduler, or something else like common L3 cache for CPU and GPU, non existent till now, was not answered. The point is, Intel's Haswell desktop with supposedly vastly improved graphics (GT3, 40EUs and 64MB cache) - but likely no such high level enhancement like true shared memory - will be out at the same time. So, getting out Kaveri as early as possible should be an imperative for the AMD APU time. And, yes, since the sockets are changed everytime, how about quad memory channel option this time, as DDR4 support is too early then, yet more bandwidth is needed for the GPU at least?
Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 16GB dual-channel kit
Corsair now ships the CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9, a new dual-channel memory kit consisting of two 8GB DDR3 modules that run at 1600MHz with 9-9-9-24 timings at a voltage of 1.5V. The kit uses Corsair's Vengeance heatsink and has a MSRP of $135.
AMD desktop Trinity APU details revealed
Details about AMD's upcoming Trinity APUs for desktop PCs have surfaced at tech report, they feature Piledriver CPU cores, updated graphics and higher clockspeeds. The site says the first All-in-One PCs with Trinity will arrive this month.
All the CPUs feature quad cores (two modules), 4MB of L2 cache, and support for DDR3 memory speeds up to 1866MHz. The chips slip into AMD's FM2 socket, which means new motherboards will be required. Overclockers will want to pay attention to the K-series models, which feature unlocked multipliers.
While the A10-5800K's 4.2GHz Boost clock is impressive, that probably won't be enough to match the CPU performance of Intel's dual-core Ivy Bridge processors. We've already seen the Core i7-3770K dominate the FX-8150, an eight-core Bulldozer part that also peaks at 4.2GHz. It seems unlikely Trinity's per-clock performance improvements will be substantial enough to close the gap.
WRC 3 Debut Trailer
SimCity Announce Trailer Insider's Look
Oooh Gawd ... I want this soo bad :)
Official GDC 2012 extended Insider's Look announce trailer for SimCity by EA Maxis. SimCity is an online city building simulation game from Maxis Studios. It is the quiessential city builder franchise that started a genre. SimCity is back and bigger than ever with a new 3D world to create and control and multi-player to play with your friends for the first time.