CES: Cooler Master CM690 II spotted
Just announced and spotted at the Cooler Master CES suite in the Aria hotel in Las Vegas is of course the new CM690 II. I can tell you, looking closer at it, it really is pretty cool chassis. A review unit will head our way soon. D\For now two photo's showing the chassis and that incredibly handy HDD docking bay on top of the chassis. The chassis pretty much it will be a makeover of the CM 690. The new design looks a little more sturdy and comes in an all black design, which definitely is a trend these days.
Check out the outer right photo, totally handy that HDD port for quick access to say a backup or something.
CES: OCZ demos USB 3.0 External SSD
One of the more funky gadget to have and see I guess. This little bugger is a USB 3.0 ready SSD. Not just that, it's an external device hence the USB connection. Now I'm sure that by 2011 we'll all finally have broader USB 3.0 implementations on mainstream motherboards but the bandwith certainly does look good. Check out the thumbnails for a photo and performance screenshot.
Check the thumbnails. To the most right you can see performance of the external USB 3.0 SSD reaching like 200 MB/sec on this prototype.
CES: OCZ shows 2300 MHz Reaper memory
With all the SSD technology going on lately you'd nearly forget that OCZ is primarily selling memory of course. Over at the CES suite they have a demo system, running all new 2300 MHz Reaper DDR3 DIMMs. We are not quite sure anymore, but I think it was CAS9 though. The photo is kinda cool, but yeah that memory is covered all the way alright. Soweeh !
Click the thumbnail for a photo (with that memory covered unfortunately).
CES: OCZ preps new Silencer
Here over at CES in the ARIA hotel OCZ technology has a suite demonstrating some of their new products. Among others we spotted a pending release of a new PC Power & Cooling PSU. Check it out, this baby is 950 Watts, much bigger and likely silent fan and it's now marked as the new MK II model. Of course there again one massive phat single 12v rail plus this model will be up-to 88% efficient. Nice stuff for the high-end freaks -- um yeah that's us ;) Check out the photo we took.
CES: Patriot has Sandforce based SSDs planned
Much like OCZ just announced, Patriot memory will be releasing Sandforce based controllers as well. The random IO of these drives is really good, interestingly enough the these SSDs do not have big fat cache memories like the Indilinx 64MB caches that are tied to most common SSDs. More interestingly, the Sandforce drives performance with small files should be as good as Indillinx with cache memory. Peak transfer speeds will hover at 250 MB/sec read and 220 MB write.
Anyway, here are two models soon to be released by Patriot.
ASUS announces H55 and H57 motherboards
ASUS issued a press release to announce a new series of motherboards based on the Intel H55 and H57 chipsets. The ASUS P7H57D-V EVO, P7H55D-M EVO, and P7H55-M PRO motherboards will be available at leading online retailers starting on January 7th 2010.
The ASUS P7H57D/P7H55 Series supports the new Intel
MSI Big bang Fuzion (Lucid Hydra) review
MSI Big bang Fuzion (Lucid Hydra) review
The big deal about the Big Bang mainboard is that the board has that Lucid Hydra 200 chip that allows it to support multiple video cards of different brands and models at once. This in theory would allow you get the extra performance from your old video card and you new card even if one is NVIDIA and the other is ATI, The Hydra 200 is a real-time distributed processing engine that acts as an intelligent graphics load balancer.
Check out Guru3D's full review here.
Silicon Power Xpower DDR3 memory
Silicon Power announces the new Xpower DDR3 overclocking series memory module. Complete with dual (2GBx2) and tri-channel (2GBx3) packs, it is available in DDR3-1600, 1800, 2000, 2133 MHz variants.
Completely compatible with Intel quad-core Core i5 and Core i7 platforms, Xpower DDR3 modules use ?goblique groove manufacturing process?h and pure aluminum heat sink to resolve heat dissipation issues. In addition, Xpower DDR3 applies 1.65V to maintain high speed and stability to meet the needs of enthusiasts and gamers.
The oblique groove heat sink design of Silicon Power?fs Xpower DDR3 overclocking series increases the heat dissipation area of the heat sink and can provide up to twice the heat dissipation ability over standard heat sinks. In addition, the Xpower DDR3 series use 8-layered PCBs and new fly-by topology design for more efficient commands, addresses, control signals, and clocks signals. It also supports On-DIE Termination (ODT) to dramatically reduce unwanted reflection signals and maximize speed. Silicon Power insists on using original memory modules and FBGA packaging for better heat dissipation and accurate data transfer.
- Memory module type: Xpower DDR3 Memory
- Pins: 240Pin Long-DIMM
- Frequency: DDR3-1600MHz / 1800MHz / 2000MHz / 2133MHz
- ECC function: Unbuffer Non-ECC Memory
- Capacity: 4GB(2GBx2) / 6GB(2GBx3)
- Flash module spec.: 128Mx8 (bit) (single module capacity)
- Operating voltage: 1.65 V
- Cas Latency: 8 (1600MHz) / 9 (1800/2000/2133MHz)
- Warranty: Lifetime warranty
New generation of heat sink featuring ultra efficient heat dissipation
- Oblique groove heatsink to increase surface areas on top and bottom
- All aluminum heatsink for maximum heat dissipation. It effectively reduces up to 6~10 degrees under load. Fashionable gold alloy look for futuristic looks
Status / temperature
Windows XP in idle mode
CES: Iomega ScreenPlay Director HD Media Player
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/07/2010 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
Iomega will announce at CES their latest ScreenPlay device - the ScreenPlay Director HD Media Player. This feature-rich HD media player makes it a snap to browse through your home network for content that can be viewed on the TV, while incorporating the Roxio CinemaNow entertainment platform that allows consumers to buy or rent movies and access other premium entertainment right off the Internet in the comfort of your living room (or wherever else you decide to place the TV).
Featuring full 1080p high definition playback at 24fps and up to 1TB of storage space for your media files, the DivX Home Theatre-certified ScreenPlay Director HD Media Player also supports a range of the most popular codecs and file typs including H.264, WMV and MKV among others. Working with both PC and Mac platforms, the ScreenPlay Director is DLNA compatible and Wi-Fi ready as well. Interested? It will be out in the US later this month for $249.
WD worls on next-gen VelociRaptor to counter SSDs
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/07/2010 06:38 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
Now it certainly is getting more serious ! DailyTech reports Western Digital is working on a next-generation VelociRaptor hard disk that will compete against solid state disks on capacity and price. WDC has decided that it is time for a refresh in order to push its capacity advantage further, and is currently developing its fifth generation Raptor.
It will also be a 10k RPM drive, but will utilize advances in areal density to achieve a 600GB capacity with two platters. The new drive will also have "a significantly larger cache", but our source won't specify whether it was 32MB or 64MB. The best part will be the pricing, as it will launch at close to the original launch price of the 300GB VelociRaptor. A new single platter 300GB version will follow later on.
CES: Mad Catz shows four new Cyborg mice
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/07/2010 06:36 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
Mad Catz has introduced four futuristic-looking Cyborg mice, full details and specifications can be found over here. These new gaming peripherals will start shipping in Spring 2010, with prices ranging from $49.99 to $129.99.
Connect Your PC To Your TV Wireless
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/06/2010 02:24 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
Hooking your PC up to your living room TV isn
New Sony VAIO Z to get quad-speed SSD and backlit keys
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/06/2010 05:00 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
Being a Vaio Z owner myself this certainly caught my attention. Sony's upcoming Z11 notebook could have one of the fastest notebook storage drives ever if the rumor is true that is.
Although the 13.1-inch notebook already promises to be fast through a regular 128GB solid-state drive, it's now believed by Engadget to be getting a "Quad SSD" that would emphasize speed. It would combine four SSDs in a RAID stripe and run extremely quickly, copying a 1GB file in just 4 seconds; a typical 5,400RPM hard drive takes 25 seconds.
The four-way technology would also contribute to sheer capacity as the Z would have either 256GB (4x64GB) or 512GB (4x128GB) of space. Besides the enhanced storage, the notebook may also be Sony's first in at least that line to get a backlit keyboard, reinforcing its image as an alternative to the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Sony holds its CES keynote on Wednesday and is expected to unveil the new VAIO, along with a range of other models, at the same time as it readies the Z.
Logitech might be working on Android device
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/06/2010 04:57 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
Quite extraordinary, but not surprizing. Logitech's recent job postings suggest the company may be working on an Android-based device. The Freemont, California office is currently seeking a "super-star engineer" to join as an Android applications developer for an embedded Linux system. The prospective employee will help work on a user interface for web-based streaming media.
Although the listing does not provide many details of the upcoming product, the device is a project from Logitech's Digital Home Group. The offer does suggest, however, that the upcoming product is expected to hit the market "a year from now."
G.Skill Ultimate DDR3 Memory Modules at 2400 MHz
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/06/2010 04:39 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
G.Skill International, manufacturer of spiffy performance memory and high performance solid-state storage, has today released its ultimate DDR3. At 2,400MHz CL9 and 2,000MHz CL6, these ultra high frequency memory modules are available in standard 4GB (2GBx2) memory kits and are specifically tailored for Intel P55 chipset and LGA1156 CPUs.
The 2,400MHz CL9 memory modules are the fastest commercially available memory product in the world, allowing overclocking enthusiasts to reach unprecedented levels of performance to achieve the ultimate PC.
In addition, G.Skill has also announced a series of ultra low latency DDR3 2,000MHz memory kits, including an extreme CL6, followed by CL7, CL8 and CL9, which perfectly match current Intel Core i5 750 and Core i7 860, 870 CPUs.
To ensure reliability with performance, G.Skill has worked with performance mainboard companies to ensure the best stability and compatibility. All new G.Skill memory modules require the latest mainboard BIOS version for best results, and the compatible mainboard list is shown on product section in G.Skill's official website.
The upcoming specs are listed in the following from:
Wireframe Lamborghini Koenig Countach For £40,000
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/05/2010 02:22 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
Oh I was not talking about a 3D computer object. This literally is a 'real' wireframe model. It was originally created back in 2008, but Benedict Radcliffe is now hoping to sell his wireframe Lamborghini Koenig Countach sculpture for a mere
Samsung to sell ten million LED TVs this year
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/05/2010 02:16 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
Wowzers. I didn't know that LEDS is growing to become this popular. Samsung aims to nearly quadruple its sales of light emitting diode (LED) TVs in the global market to around 10 million units this year. In order to meet this goal, Samsung plans to expand its lineup of production models to eight categories, ranging from 19 to 65 inch screens, from the current three categories of 32-55 inch screens.
More than half of Samsung
VIA Single Chip USB 3.0 Hub Controller
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/05/2010 02:10 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
It's good to see VIA pop up in the news avery now and then. VIA will demonstrate USB 3.0 connectivity, the VIA VL810 SuperSpeed Hub Controller at CES. This device is touted as "the industry
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