CeBIT 2011 - Cooler Master
CoolerMaster certainly had a lot on display, and also was showing some chassis that where under NDA, expect some seriously cool stuff in Q2 ! For the stuff that we actually can talk about we setup a photo gallery.
The gallery will show the new Silent M chassis series ready for mATX / ATX motherboards, affordable and in a completely black styled design. On display was also the new GX series power supplies with a 85% efficiency rating, and as prototype that have a power supply on display which is going to be called the silent PRO Hybrid PSU. This thing could end up with a Platinum certification as efficiency ramps up towards 94%
In the cooler segment you'll see the new low-budget two heatpipe based Vortex cooler, the new Hyper 412S series with aluminum cover, a Hyper 612S series cooler and what is very interesting, a all-in-one single 120mm radiator based liquid cooling setup that hints towards Asetek and CoolIT.
This product is not final and neither does not have a name, hence the A-L2 label at the moment. Be sure to check out the copper cooling block with what seems to be weaved layers of copper for optimal cooling.
Cooling wise you'll also notice the new and huge Gemini which is intended for the USA market, likely not Europe due to 'audible' reasons.
You'll also spot some new chassis, mouse's like the Spawn and Sentinel Z3ro G and a really cool Headphone set in the CM STORM series called Sirus.
Check out the full photo-gallery right here.
CeBIT 2011 - Intel Z68 motherboards
Over at CeBIT another eye catching product series that is yet to be announced is the high-end Intel Z68 motherboard chipset.
Intel has started production of their Z68 chipset this week along with other Cougar Point SKUs like H61 and Q65. All of them are based on the new B3 stepping therefore the SATA port 2-5 issue is fixed before they hit the market. Judging from the specs, it seems Intel has catered Z68 specially for enthusiasts which allows better processor overclocking, discrete graphics support and SSD caching capability.
Partners that had them on display are amongst others, MSI and ASUS, have a peek:
CeBIT 2011 - Radeon HD 6990 spotted
We'll start reporting from CeBIT today, lot's of stuff to see this year, and many manufacturers are there. Some eye catching stuff definitely is on display. Per manufacturer we'll post a news item that is going to link to a full photo-gallery.
I wanted to show you some items in a separate news-post as well, first the Radeon Radeon HD 6990 is on display at several AMD partners, amongst them MSI. The dual-GPU card is lined up to be AMD's 2011 flagship, and MSI proudly proclaims that it's "the most powerful" unit available, the card is to be release next week.
First Battlefield 3 gameplay video
Apple iPad 2
Apple launched its second-generation iPad official!
packed with a 1GHz dual-core A5 chip and, finally, cameras, both on the front and rear. The new CPU is said to be up to twice as fast, with graphics performance up to nine times better than on the original iPad, while power requirements have been kept the same. Battery life is, consequently, unaltered, with Apple promising 10 hours. Pricing, too, has been left unchanged, starting at $499 for a 16GB WiFi-only iPad 2 and stretching up to $829 for a WiFi + 3G SKU with 64GB of storage.
Crysis 2 Multiplayer Demo Trailer
MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition OC
MSI launches the R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition OC today. This all-new graphics card is not only equipped with the latest Twin Frozr III dual fan cooling module, it also incorporates MSI's exclusive Propeller Blades technology for 20% more airflow than conventional fan designs. Under full load, the GPU core runs 11
Corsair Cerulean Blue Vengeance DDR3 Memory Kits
Corsair announced the availability of a new blue version of their award-winning Vengeance family of DDR3 memory modules.
Vengeance DDR3 memory is optimized for overclocking and compatibility, at an attractive price point. The original Vengeance modules, released to critical acclaim in November 2010, are equipped with aluminum heat spreaders anodized in Jet Black. The new modules offer performance identical to the original, with Cerulean Blue anodized heat spreaders that provide a great match with the latest 2nd generation Intel
Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0
Corsair announced the Flash Voyager USB 3.0 family of USB flash drives.
The new Flash Voyager USB 3.0 models bring SuperSpeed USB 3.0 performance to the Flash Voyager family, and share the same durable rubber housing and stylish looks that have made the Flash Voyager family a favorite of consumers looking for fast, reliable, and portable data storage. All Flash Voyager USB 3.0 models are shockproof, water-resistant, backward compatible with USB 2.0/USB 1.1, and provide easy plug-and-play compatibility with most operating systems.
"The faster read speeds offered by USB 3.0 make high-speed data storage much more convenient," said Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair. "For example, high-bandwidth videos can be viewed directly from the USB drive, so you no longer have to wait while they are copied to a hard drive or SSD."
Flash Voyager USB 3.0 USB flash drives will be available worldwide in April from Corsair's network of authorized retailers at a suggested retail price (in the United States) of $19.99 USD for the 8GB version, $29.99 USD for the 16GB version, and $69.99 USD for the 32GB version. Note that stated capacities are unformatted. For more information on Corsair Flash Voyager USB flash drives, please visit the Corsair web site.
QNAP Turbo NAS now eats 3TB drives
The QNAP NAS servers are amongst the most handy NAS units we have tested to date, a problem however was for them to accept drives bigger than 2 TB. Today they announced Hitachi (Deskstar7K3000 HDS723030ALA640) and Seagate (Barracuda XT ST33000651AS) 3TB hard drives are fully supported by the entire lineup of Intel-based and ARM-based Turbo NAS series.
QNAP users can now update the system firmware of Turbo NAS to V3.4.0 or later version and use these high capacity hard drives to enjoy a whopping of 24TB storage (8-bay desktop or rack-mounted models) for high-speed and efficient backup and storage of documents, multimedia files, and more.
QNAP has recently announced the Intel
HIS 6870 IceQ X TURBO X
HIS released a fast new Radeon HD6870
Gigabyte M8600 Wireless Macro Gaming Mouse
Gigabyte extend its Aivia peripheral series with M8600 Wireless Macro Gaming Mouse at the upcoming CeBIT. The first product from GIGABYTE
HIS Radeon HD 6970 Turbo FAN 2GB review
We have a look at a Radeon HD 6970 based on the reference design, yet the TURBO model from HIS as this R6970 comes factory clocked. Although we expected a little more in frequencies for a product tagged Turbo, this R6970 comes factory clocked at 900MHz and with a memory clock of 5,600MHz.
But ah well, we'll bring the card quite close to a nice manual overclock, and that my friends means added value on what seems to be a very interesting product. Check out the review right here.
ROCCAT Isku gaming keyboard
The ROCCAT Isku
GeForce Forceware 267.24 drivers available
This is a beta driver release from the Release 265 family of drivers (versions 265.xx to 269.xx). You can read more about this family of drivers on GeForce.com.
This driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs.
New in Release 267.24
- Adds 3D Vision support for Bulletstorm.
- Adds SLI support for Homefront.
- Improves compatibility with Dragon Age II.
- Fixes an issue where the NVIDIA control panel may not be accessible via the Windows desktop.
- Installs HD Audio driver version 22.214.171.124
- Installs PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0514
- Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
Crysis 2 Demo Download
Here's the long awaited demo for Crysis 2. You neead an account on www.mycrysis.com for multiplayer.
Matrox Announces Dual-Monitor KVM Extender
Matrox Graphics Inc. today unveiled the new Matrox Extio F2208 KVM extender, a remote graphics solution that separates the operator console (two displays plus five USB 2.0 ports for keyboard, mouse, and other HIDs) from the host system by up to 1 kilometer of fiber-optic cable. The dual-monitor Extio F2208 leverages its unique bus extension technology using a proprietary PCIe bus interface card to deliver raw, uncompressed data over the single- or multi-mode cable, enabling users to run applications at up to 2560x1600 per remote monitor with uncompromised workstation performance. Designed specifically for process control rooms, dispatch centers, and other mission-critical environments, the Extio F2208 is a stable and reliable I/O extension solution that allows the critical parts of the computer be kept in a separate, secure location.
The new Matrox Extio F2208 dual-display units join the previously announced Extio F2408 quad-display units in offering higher performance, expanded operating system support, and increased distance over the popular first generation Extio KVM extenders. Matrox Extio customers benefit from feature-rich Matrox PowerDesk desktop management software and passive cooling for silent operation and reliability, while at the same time eliminating hidden dropped frame issues experienced with compression-based KVM extension solutions.
Serious Sam 3 unveiled with new screenshots
Serious Sam 3: BFE is scheduled to launch on PC and unspecified consoles this summer, published by Devolver Digital. 16-player co-op and the usual hordes of bizarre and horrible monsters for Sam to mow down are promised, along with new enemies and melee moves.
- Frantic Arcade-Style Action - The calling card of the Serious Sam series, hold down the trigger and lay waste to a never-ending onslaught of attackers or face being overrun by Mental's savage beasts. No cover systems, no camping - it's just you and them. All of them.
- Mental's Fearsome Legions - A new battalion of unforgettable minions including the rumbling Scrapjack and towering Khnum join the legendary Headless Kamikaze, Gnaar and Sirian Werebull. Your days of mowing down zombie Nazi space pirates are over.
- Serious Melee Attacks - When an enemy slips by your wall of lead and pain, use one of the all-new innovative melee moves to drop an enemy right where they stand in the most violent way possible.
- Pure Multiplayer Mayhem - Play through the full campaign mode with up to 16 players or drop the gauntlet and let the heavy ordinance fly in versus modes like Deathmatch and Beast Hunt. This is the next level of Serious Sam multiplayer and all hell is about to break loose.
If you look at the screenshots you'll likely agree with me, the graphics look very good ..