L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition - Launch Trailer
Chill Wireless 2.4G HTPC Micro-Keyboard
Following the release of the already popular Bluetooth based Chill KB-1BT Micro Keyboard; Danish company Chill Innovation A/S has now also launched a 2.4G RF based version optimized for HTPC (Home Theater PC), Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. The new Chill KB-1RF Micro Keyboard comes factory pre-paired with the tiny Nano USB dongle included. Just plug it in your host, and you are in control.
The wireless Chill KB-1RF Micro Keyboard can also be operated in BIOS environment etc. Furthermore it supports Wake-on-USB, so you can turn on your PC right from the Keyboard (when supported by the host)
AMD 1090FX and 1070 Chipset info leaks
A new slide leaked over at Donim Haber, this time they leak info on the upcoming AMD 1090FX and 1070 Chipsets.
In 2012 AMD is to launch the new chipset as succesor to the 900 series, alongside the second-generation Bulldozer (codenamed "Piledriver") processors.
1090FX will be designed to give out two PCI-Express x16 links, which can then drive up to four graphics cards. The 1070 has just one x16 link, which can drive up to two graphics cards. A
Interesting enough is that the 10-series chipset does not seem to support PCI Express Gen 3.0, it is highly likely that AMD's Radeon HD 7000 series graphics will support PCI-Express 3.0 interface.
The new chipset will get a new SB1050 southbridge, which outpaces Intel's 7-series chipset in terms of connectivity. SB1050 will pack an 8-port SATA 6 Gb/s RAID controller. All ports will run support 6 Gb/s data-rate. The SB1050 will get native USB 3.0 SuperSpeed controllers.
Zalman CNPS11X Performa budget HSF
Zalman is getting ready to ship the CNPS11X Performa, a new processor cooler with a V-shaped dual heatsink design. The cooler has four direct-touch heatpipes and a 120mm PWM fan with a noise level of 17dBA to 26dBA.
It weighs 450g and measures 135mm x 80mm x 154mm (L x W x H). All current processor platforms are supported, including the Intel LGA 775/1155/1156/1366/2011 and AMD Socket AM2/AM2+/AM3/FM1.
The Zalman CNPS11X Performa should ship later this month, it's currently available for pre-order in Europe for around 29EUR.
OCZ: Triple-bit-per-cell SSDs to be significantly cheaper
OCZ CEO Ryan Petersen talked about triple-bit-per-cell (TPC) NAND flash based solid state disks at last week's Needham HDD and memory conference. Petersen said these disks should arrive next year, with prices significantly lower than those of MLC-based SSDs. The downside however is the much lower redundancy of TLC flash memory, but according to Petersen this should not be a problem for the low-end servers, consumers, laptops, and retail sub-segments.
"We announce [the intention to ship] TLC-based drives! [...] People have been talking about [TLC-based SSDs] for a long time and we have now put ourselves with next-gen [Indilinx Everest] controller, which we are shipping in January, and position it for low-end servers, consumers, laptops, retail; those sub-segments that really can adopt TLC-based solutions. This is really where we can get over four years of life [of SSDs]," said Ryan Petersen, chief executive officer of OCZ at the Needham HDD and memory conference.
Triple-bit-per-cell (3bpc) NAND flash is relatively cheap in manufacturing, but its redundancy is dramatically below that of multi-layer cell [MLC, 2bpc]: around a 1000 writes (for TLC) versus 10000 writes (for MLC) and simply cannot be compared to the number of write cycles for SLC [single layer per bit] which are around 100 000.
6k copies of Modern Warfare 3 stolen in truck heist
French news site, TFI reports that a delivery truck was hijacked and its contents of 6,000 copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 were stolen.
The truck was hijacked after a collision with a car in Cr
MSI Big Bang XPower II photo's leaked
Hummana-humman me likey. Check out some photo's of the upcoming MSI Big Bang-XPower II. Very little, to well nothing is known about this board. But just check out the design.
MSI is now also applying a bit of an ammo theme, yet by far more subtle then gigabyte has shown with their latest X79 board (at least to my opinion).
The motherboards comes with 7 PCie x16 slots and we count ten SATA ports, likely 4 SATA2 and 6 SATA3. We spot voltage check points, on board buttons and that all black design is just scrumptious really.
The board comes with 8 DIMM slots supporting up-to 64GB of memory surrounding that big LGA2011 socket for next weeks released Sandy Bridge-E series processors.
Anyway, click the thumbnails below for larger size photo's.
RevoDrive 3 Max IOPS launched
OCZ Technology launched the RevoDrive 3 Max IOPS and RevoDrive 3 X2 Max IOPS solid state drives. Designed to deliver maximum throughput in multithreaded applications, the new Max IOPS edition is an extension of the company's industry-leading RevoDrive 3 product line, supporting workstation users that require greater transactional throughput and bandwidth.
The RevoDrive 3 X2 Max IOPS series combines a proven cutting-edge PCI Express architecture and OCZ proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture
ASUS X79 Sabertooth Photo's
With roughly a week to from Intel's new Sandy-Bridge-E processor release the new X79 start to arrive here in the office. Inte's NDA is confusing as heck as to what you can and can't post. However we are free to post photo's of the new motherboards though.
Check out some photo's we took of the up and coming ASUS X79 TUF Sabertooth. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge them.
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win review
Two GeForce GTX 560 Ti cards setup in SLI offer a lot of performance for roughly 400 EUR / 450 USD, and with that in mind EVGA has started developing a custom PCB, with two GTX 560 TI GPU's on-board. With games like Battlefield 3, Skyrim and Batman: Arkham City and Crysis 2 DX11, that might be a terrific alternative in the Q4 holiday season for many.
The newfangled card is called the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win. A card with cool looks, a pair of GF114 GPUs and heck it even comes a little overclocked for ya.
Read the article here.
Intel Core i7-3930K and i7-3960X Pre-Order in the US
Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processors reared their heads in more than one online stores by now, but recently the chips were also listed in the US where a store offers its customers the chance to pre-order the upcoming Core i7-3930K and i7-3960X.
The chips were spotted by CPU-World in the online store of one e-tailer which has listed the Core i7-3930K at $609.99 (441 EUR), while its older brother, the Core i7-3960X, can be pre-ordered for $1099.99 (796 EUR).
Just as its name implies, the Core i7-3960X is the fastest of the two CPUs Intel will launch in mid-November, the X at the end of its designation informing us that it belongs in the company's Extreme Edition line.
The Core i7-3820, which Intel was expected to release together with the two SKUs detailed above, wasn't listed by the retailer which seems to confirm the rumors that state this won't actually arrive until February of 2012. All the processors are compatible with motherboards using the LGA 2011 socket and feature support for quad-channel memory.
HIS Low-Profile Radeon HD 6670
Hightech Information System (HIS) today unveiled their first twin-fan cooler equipped graphics card range, the HIS 6670 Fan 1GB. Low Profile: Ideal for Media Centers & Home Theater PCs.
Home Theater PC users, looking for that extra bit of cooling to give their system an extra edge, will be delighted with the model
Cooler Master gives free LGA2011 upgrade for Hyper 212 Plus/EVO
Cooler Master announced owners of its Hyper 212 EVO/Plus coolers will be able to get a free upgrade kit for Intel's LGA2011 socket. Details on how to obtain the product can be found at Cooler Master's LGA2011 page. Unfortunately, it appears the offer is only valid for customers from the USA, Canada and Mexico.
Cooler Master, an industry leading chassis, thermal solution, peripheral, and accessory manufacturer today extends its support for its customers. As was previously announced, Cooler Master is providing a free bracket to support LGA2011 on the Hyper 212 EVO. This will now be extended to one of Cooler Master
Firefox 8 released
The latest version bumps the release number to 8 and takes it one step closer to matching IE 9 and Chrome in who can have the higher version number. This latest release contains many fixes which you can see in the list below:
- Add-ons installed by third party programs are now disabled by default
- Added a one-time add-on selection dialog to manage previously installed add-ons
- Added Twitter to the search bar
- Added a preference to load tabs on demand, improving start-up time when windows are restored
- Improved tab animations when moving, reordering, or detaching tabs
- Improved performance and memory handling
- Added CORS support for cross-domain textures in WebGL
- Added support for HTML5 context menus
- Added support for insertAdjacentHTML
- Improved CSS hyphen support for many languages
- Improved WebSocket support
- Fixed several stability issues
A pretty OK use of Kinect !
The Gadget Show created an ultimate gaming simulator (thanks iceb) by combined several technologies. The cool thing: it relies on Kinect to work. This is what the simulator combines in order to provide the ultimate gaming experience:
- Battlefield 3 (the game you play)
- Igloo vision dome (8 projectors create a 360 degree wrap around screen)
- Omni Directional treadmill (move around in any direction freely to move the in-game character)
- Ambient light technology (light up the whole room with LED
Modern Warfare 3 Celeb Trailer
Massive Mass Effect 3 Leak for Xbox
EVGA launches GTX 560 Ti 2Win dual GPU card
EVGA today launches the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win. A card with cool looks, a pair of GF114 GPUs and heck it even comes a little overclocked for ya, as the core frequency clocks in at 850 MHz whereas a default GTX 560 Ti is ticking and tacking away at 822 MHz.
Currenrently we have this card on our test bench and we have spotted an NF200 switch chip to provide the necessary data links in-between the GPUs, and yes .. that means internally they are setup in SLI mode. The cooling system consists our of three fans, based on a heatpipe heatsink.
With games like Battlefield 3, Skyrim and Batman: Arkham City and Crysis 2 DX11, that might be a terrific alternative in the Q4 holiday season for many. More on this on Monday when we launch a full review.