MSI QM77 Fanless Ivy Bridge Mini-ITX mobo
MSI outs the Intel QM77 7-series chipset, which was specially designed to be used together with the chipmaker
Gigabyte All-in-One Barebone for Gamers
The CPU (central processing unit) can be selected from a list made up for Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 models (supported by an Intel H61 Mini-ITX motherboard with LGA 1155 socket). Two DDR3-1333 memory slots are present, enabling a total of 8 GB of random access memory (RAM).
Also, a PCI Express x16 slot will hold whatever video board users decide on, even dual-slot models.
You'll spot a 2.5-inch drive dock can hold a hard disk drive or a solid state drive, depending on what buyers value more between capacity and transfer speed. That is just a bonus feature, though. The main drive goes into a 3.5-inch bay.
Other specs include a slim optical drive slot on the side, two Mini PCIe slots and a 24-inch Full HD LED-backlit LCD (1,920 x 1,090 pixels resolution) with 2-point multi-touch support. Finally, the connectivity and I/O range is composed of a 4-in-1 card reader, two USB 3.0 ports, a webcam, Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, D-Sub, HDMI and optional Bluetooth 2.1 and WiFi.
Gigabyte has not given the GB-AEGT - as the AiO is called - price and availibility is TBA.
AMD and Nuvixa team up
AMD today announced it has invested in Nuvixa, Inc., a developer of gesture-based video communication and presentation solutions, through AMD Ventures (formerly the AMD Fusion Fund program). Leveraging depth-sensing camera technologies, the Nuvixa StagePresence immersive video presentation tool extracts a presenter from virtually any background environment, and embeds their live video persona within any compatible digital desktop or slide content. Image processing enhancements only available via OpenCL and AMD accelerated processing units (APUs) create immersive performance and quality improvements that deliver close to double the frame rate1 and a more immersive experience to online audiences.
"Nuvixa is on the cutting edge of video processing technology and exemplifies why we created AMD Ventures; to foster an ecosystem that enhances the consumer and commercial computing experience," said Manju Hegde, corporate vice president, Content, Applications and Solutions at AMD. "The uniquely powerful compute capabilities of AMD APUs coupled with software solutions from companies like Nuvixa are bringing gesture-based computing and immersive video experiences beyond the conference room and into today's notebook and desktop PCs, tablets and other consumer electronic devices."
"Being selected by AMD Ventures provides us with additional financial backing to continue to innovate, and world-class technical support that enables us to fully leverage AMD's latest APU architecture," said Sanjay Patel, chief executive officer and co-founder of Nuvixa. "Together we are radically expanding what is possible with video, and offering these advanced capabilities to a vast audience of professionals, consumers and academia producing digital presentations and online video experiences for sales, training, online courses and so much more."
AMD and Nuvixa are collaborating to optimize StagePresence software on desktop and notebook PCs accelerated by OpenCL to efficiently harness the compute power of both the CPU and GPU cores in the AMD APU. With this optimization, Nuvixa StagePresence is able to achieve up to 96 percent better performance, resulting in nearly double the frame rate possible with the CPU alone. Nuvixa StagePresence enables capture of the high-resolution live video of a presenter and overlays it into any presentation or digital desktop in real time, without a green screen or special video editing software, using advanced heterogeneous computing algorithms.
AMD's product strategy synergistically combines both CPU and GPU technology to create APUs that improve user experiences through a vibrant worldwide AMD developer ecosystem. This ecosystem includes new software, hardware, business models, consumer electronic devices, intellectual property, processes, support models, and other new developments. Through AMD Ventures, AMD works with the companies in which it invests to enable differentiated solutions optimized on AMD hardware platforms.
Nuvixa, Inc. is the developer of superior gesture-enhanced video communication and presentation solutions for businesses, professionals and consumers. The company's mission is to deliver innovation in digital collaboration through merging the 'human' element with content - whether it's through video conferencing, online presentations or user-generated entertainment, for better engagement and retention. Formed in 2009, Nuvixa is a privately-held company.
Command Using a Smartphone with ROCCAT Power-Grid
German gaming peripherals manufacturer, ROCCAT Studios, has introduced a groundbreaking technology called the ROCCAT Power-Grid that - for the first time in the history of PC gaming - lets players control their games and computer with their smartphone. And, in what is surely music to the ears of many players, the Power-Grid is completely free to get started.
Connect, monitor and control - all from a smartphone
The free-to-download Power-Grid is a tool that lets gamers connect, monitor and control their game and PC in real time while staying completely absorbed in the action. The app comes standard with four control displays - or "grids". Three grids have been preloaded with a wide range of essential gaming tools
ASUS DSL-N55U Gigabit ADSL Modem Router
The ASUS DSL-N55U utilizes a powerful tri-antenna, dual-CPU design that offers the complete benefit of ADSL modem and router features in one streamlined and easy to use device. It supports simultaneous 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz transmission at up to 600 Mbps, making it an ideal choice for power users, gamers, and consumers who stream HD media regularly. Quick and simple installation gets users online complication-free, while two USB ports afford multi-role usability as a file, media, and printer server.
Two dedicated devices in one at twice the speed
Equipped with two discrete CPUs, the DSL-N55U carries out both modem and router duties in wired and wireless modes. It thus saves users the space, energy requirements, and cost of maintaining a separate ADSL modem and router. With its integrated home gateway design, the tri-antenna DSL-N55U works in dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies simultaneously, giving users access to 300 Mbps per band, or a total of 600 Mbps in bandwidth. The 2.4 GHz band can be used for normal online tasks such as web browsing, email, and social networking, while the cleaner and less congested 5 GHz band remains free for intense applications such as online multiplayer gaming and HD multimedia streaming. The DSL-N55U supports up to 300,000 concurrent data sessions, similar to other high end network products from ASUS. It therefore outperforms basic modem routers by up to a factor of 20. The three antennas combine with exclusive ASUS Ai Radar signal enhancement technology, detecting local conditions and the positions of connected devices to ensure the best possible transmission quality. Ai Radar extends coverage range by overcoming obstacles and sources of interference, and results in a more reliable signal.
EZ UI delivers ease of installation and use
The ASUS EZ UI interface auto-detects ISP settings, so a connection can be established in seconds. Users simply follow several on-screen instructions to configure their home network, with no disc or manual required. The DSL-N55U takes out the complexity from modem and router setup, and offers users the full benefit of its features within minutes of first opening the box. ASUS plans to incorporate its ASUSWRT firmware into the DSL-N55U via a live upgrade in April, offering access to multiple SSIDs, IPv6, 3G sharing, and the Download Master web-based interface. ASUSWRT was previously incorporated into the ASUS RT-N66U.
Dual USB ports enable extensive expandability
With the standardized accessibility of USB, the DSL-N55U can transform instantly into a file, media, or printer server for even greater utility and multi-role value. It comes fully DLNA-compatible for seamless integration with a variety of devices, from game consoles to set top boxes. Powered USB also serves to recharge portable devices such as smartphones and tablets.
ThermalTake Level 10 Mouse
With the joint launch of the Level 10 M Mouse at CEBIT, Thermaltake Group and DesignworksUSA, the design subsidiary of the BMW Group, will demonstrate their idea of how to
Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Motherboard Surfaces
A MicroATX motherboard from Gigabyte just surfaced, the B75M-D3V. The interesting thing is that the product is powered by a B75 chipset and, though it can serve anyone well enough, it comes with something called Intel's Small Business Advantage software.
The mainboard will support Ivy Bridge processirs and will com at a price of $80, or 60.52 Euro. The CPU socket is wired to a pair of DIMM slots, and there is also a PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot thereas well as two PCI Express x1 slots. You can see two SATA 6.0 Gbps connectorss and four SATA 3.0 Gbps ports.
The budget board comes with two USB 3.0 ports and four USB 2.0 ports. As for the I/O panel at the back, it offers four USB 2.0 ports, a PS/2 port, two USB 3.0 ports and a parallel port, plus 5.1-channel audio, Gigabit Ethernet and video outputs (D-Sub and DVI).
MSI R7970 Lightning Graphics Card at CeBIT
The Reactor Core is seemjs to be an add-on PCB that has several tantalum capacitors. Next to the capacitors, there are blue LEDs and a round window that seems to lit up.
The card's clock frequency and pricing ... and release date are TBA.
ASUS Cedar Trail-based netbooks within weeks
DigiTimes reports that ASUS will introduce Intel Cedar Trail based netbooks sometime this month. Netbook shipments are on their way back though, last year shipments accounted for about 28-38 million units, and this year the volume is anticipated to be only 20-25 million units.
With Acer having already started selling its new Cedar Trail-based netbook, Asustek Computer also plans to launch the Cedar Trail-based Eee PC 1011CX in March, according to sources from upstream component players.
Although Intel announced that players including Acer, Lenovo, Asustek, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Samsung Electronics and Toshiba will all launch Cedar Trail-based netbooks, so far, only Acer and Asustek have confirmed they will launch products, while there is currently still no firm information about when the other vendors will launch their products.
The Razer Hydra vs Game Support
Razer together with Sixense Entertainment, the leader in precision motion technology, announce fully integrated motion gaming support for Valve's game titles including Left 4 Dead 2, Half-Life 2, and Team Fortress 2 using the Razer Hydra motion sensing controller. Future Valve titles Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will also support full motion play with the Razer Hydra.
Additionally, Sixense and Valve have now integrated Sixense MotionCreator 2.0 software with Valve's Steam gaming platform, enabling backward compatibility for motion gaming with the Razer Hydra for over 250 of the most popular titles on Steam. Now, Steam users will receive automatic motion control updates for current and future game titles, and a new in-game overlay allows gamers to view control maps for the Razer Hydra as they play.
The Razer Hydra is the world's first PC gaming-grade motion-sensing peripheral to use an electromagnetic field to track your hand movements as you hold two ultra-precise motion sensing controllers. Because the Razer Hydra tracks the position of your hands down to a millimeter and degree, saving the world in Half-Life 2, cutting down zombies in Left 4 Dead 2, and pushing the cart in Team Fortress 2 will be a highly intuitive and immersive affair.
In response to significant demand from developers, Sixense has created Mac OS and Linux versions of the Sixense SDK (Software Development Kit) for the Razer Hydra. The Mac, Linux and Windows versions are now available for download from Steam. The Sixense SDK allows developers to quickly and easily create immersive gaming experiences that take advantage of the Razer Hydra
Halo 4 Details From The Microsoft Spring Showcase
ASUS ROG Maximus V Teased
The photo really can't be any more lame:
The website maximu tech on it's end however found some more information on the Maximux V GENE mode:
To begin with, it has an LGA1155 socket with what it seems to be an 8+3 phase Extreme Engine DIGI+ II power design, which takes power from an 8-pin connector. Next to the socket are the four DDR3 DIMM slots which support up to 32 GB of DDR3 (2600 MHz +) memory in dual channel mode. For expansion slots, we have two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots and one PCI-Express 2.0 x4 slot. It comes with a little expansion card called MPCIE Combo, this provides an extra mini-PCIe x1 slot for expansion without using those precious full PCIe slots. It supports both NVIDIA SLi and AMD Crossfire.
For storage connectivity options, we have four SATA III 6Gbps ports and two SATA II 3Gbps ports. In terms of on-board USB options, Maximus V GENE comes with two USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports for front panel. Back panel I/O has a clear-CMOS switch, mPCIe combo card, ROG connect button, four USB 2.0 ports (one for ROG connect), one SATA II 3Gbps eSATA port, four USB 3.0, one S/PDIF optical out, Intel Gigabit ethernet and 7.1 channel HD audio backed by dedicated SupremeFX III circuitry. It comes with a software called ROG Gamefirst, which prioritizes your network traffic for seamless online gaming experience. It comes with an HDMI and a DisplayPort for display connectivity.
Oh and hey, look at these screenshots (courtesy maximumtech.net):
Assassin's Creed 3 Debut Trailer
Assassin's Creed III will star Ratohnhake'ton, an Assassin with Native American and British blood. Ratohnhake'ton adopts the name Connor and takes the fight to the Templars from "the vibrant, untamed frontier to bustling colonial towns [to] the intense, chaotic battlefields" of the Revolutionary War. Gamers expecting another yearly addition to the Assassin�s Creed canon will be in for a surprise as Ubisoft confirmed that Assassin's Creed III will be powered by a brand new engine. Dubbed Ubisoft AnvilNext, the engine is said to include "breakthroughs in visual quality, character models and artificial intelligence." That'll surely come in handy when Assassin's Creed III launches for the Wii U as well, which Ubisoft also confirmed today.
Radeon HD 7870 Overclock Guide
This is a Radeon HD 7870 Overclock Guide. We'll overclock based on a mild voltage tweak. By doing so we drive the R7870 into R7900 series performance. All you need is some free software and a little time to precisely determine and pinpoint your maximum yet stable overclock. Check out the full article right here.
Asrock Z77 Extreme9 and Fatal1ty X79 Champion
The Asrock Z77 Extreme9 is a very powerful, future-proofed, highly overclockable machine and has the most overclockable configurations. It supports the Next Gen Intel Core Processor and also 4 DIMM DDR3 memory up to 2800+(OC) MHz. Digi Power provides CPU Vcore voltage more efficiently and smoothly. Advanced 8 + 4 power phase design features sturdy components and completely smooth power delivery to the CPU. The most singing specification would be the onboard PLX PEX 8747 bridge. With this, ASRock Z77 Extreme9 is able to run dual VGA cards (2-Way SLI / CrossFireX) at PCIe Gen3 x16 / x16 mode or four VGA cards (4-Way SLI / CrossFireX) at PCIe Gen3 x8 / x8 / x8 / x8 mode.
The board even provides a remarkable mini-PCIe slot that is able to work with the bundled WiFi + BT module. Users can take advantage of WiFi 802.11n and Bluetooth v3.0 with ASRock Z77 Extreme9. In addition, ASRock has a pretty good idea which is to bundle a Wi-SB box with this board. Wi-SB box combines the 2 antennas for WiFi + BT and two front USB 3.0 ports. Coupled with WiFi + BT module and ASRock Wi-SB Box, users are assured to enjoy WiFi, BT and USB 3.0 function with this overclocking genius mainboard effortlessly.
Fatal1ty X79 Champion
High-performance PC is required to fight with the game. ASRock introduces a top gaming machine
Patriot Wildfire SE and Wildfire Pro SDDS
More news from Patriot today as they launched its new Wildfire Pro and Wildfire SE. Driven by the SandForce
Patriot Supersonic Boost XT USB 3.0 Drive
Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash, storage, and enthusiast computer products today launches its new Supersonic Boost XT USB 3.0 drive. Designed and built for even the most rugged applications, the Supersonic Boost XT will feature an ultra-durable rubberized housing for extreme protection. Offering transfer speeds of up to 90 MB/s, the Patriot Memory Supersonic Boost XT will deliver excellent transfer speeds, perfect for those who rely on having fast access to their data and media while trying to manage a busy lifestyle.
Measuring in at just over 6 centimeters long and 2 centimeters wide, the Supersonic Boost XT also features a small and light form factor for superior portability. Continuing on with Patriot Memory's award winning customer service, the Supersonic Boost XT will come with a 5-year warranty.
"The Supersonic Boost XT builds on two very established Patriot Memory brands", says Meng Jay Choo, Patriot Memory's Product Manager. "Merging the ruggedness of our Xporter line with the speed of our Supersonic line, then shrinking the form factor, positions the Supersonic Boost XT to be the best choice for ultra-demanding users looking for excellent portability."
- Hi speed USB 3.0 compatible (backwards compatible to USB 2.0)
- High transfer speed, up to 90 MB/sec
- Easy plug and play functionality
- Rubberized housing for durability
- Compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac OS9, X and later
Valve May be Working on Secret Steam Box Console
Over the weekend this rumors already appeared in our forums but the Verge has the story that they're not only working on such hardware, but they plan to make Steam 'the center of an open gaming universe that mirrors what Google has done with Android.'
Valve head Gabe Newell recently told Penny Arcade 'Well, if we have to sell hardware we will' and followed that up with 'We'd rather hardware people that are good at manufacturing and distributing hardware do [hardware]. We think it's important enough that if that's what we end up having to do, then that's what we end up having to do.' Meaning they might have someone else build the box for them, but the system would run Steam, and if this all turns out to be true, it could change the entire industry.
"Apparently meetings were held during CES to demo a hand-built version of the device to potential partners. We're told that the basic specs of the Steam Box include a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GPU. The devices will be able to run any standard PC titles, and will also allow for rival gaming services (like EA's Origin) to be loaded up.
Part of the goal of establishing a baseline for hardware, we're told, is that it will give developers a clear lifecycle for their products, with changes possibly coming every three to four years. Additionally, there won't be a required devkit, and there will be no licensing fees to create software for the platform.
We're hearing that a wide variety of USB peripherals will be compatible with the boxes, though it will likely ship with a proprietary controller. It's possible that the controller will even allow for swappable components, meaning that it can be reconfigured depending on the type of game you're playing. Think that sounds odd? Well Valve filed a patent for such a device last year. "