Cooler Master CM Storm Trigger review
We review the Cooler Master CM Storm Trigger mechanical keyboard. The Trigger as released under the CM Storm branding comes with a lot of features that should be appealing to you as a gamer. For example18K gold-plated ultra-low latency USB connectors, two integrated USB 2.0 ports through a HUB.
The Trigger is also a mechanical keyboard, as such is has been equipped with Cherry Black switches. These keys have a long-lived, can withstand a good beating, the stuff you as a gamer like so much.
Check the review here.
Century CRSJ535EU3 5-Bay USB 3.0 + eSATA External HDD Enclosure
Century Japan brings you their newest 5-Bay USB 3.0 + eSATA external HDD enclosure, the CRSJ535EU3. Measuring 130mm x 260mm x 185mm and weighing 3,300g, the enclosure is equipped with both USB 3.0 and eSATA connection interfaces, a built-in 60mm cooling fan and can house a total of five 3.5-inch SATA HDDs.
The CRSJ535EU3 will begin shipping from late June for 17,800 Yen (about $225). [Century]
AMD Launches Next-Gen FirePro Graphics Card
AMD today announced immediate availability of the AMD FirePro W600 professional graphics card, the company
ARM reveals the Mali-450 graphics chip
ARM shared details about the Mali-450, a new graphics processor based on the company's Utgard architecture. The Mali-450 promises twice the performance of the Mali-400 and can be scaled up to eight cores (also twice as much).
The Mali-450, which is offered as synthesizable RTL, is intended for use in entry-level and mid-range smartphones. The core, codenamed Tyr, has a common software platform with Mali-400 and provides market-leading OpenGL ES2.0 performance.
Steve Steele, senior product manager in the media processing division, said that the Mali-450 was not simply a doubling of the multicore scalability of the Mali-400. He said that tweaks had been done to the internal graphics engines "You would get better performance from the Mali-450 but it occupies slightly more area," he said.
ARM's recommendation is that for lower graphics burdens the Mali-400 with one to four cores is used while for higher performance the Mali-450 with five to eight cores is used.
There are close links between the GPU and Cortex-based CPUs playing to ARM's strength and allowing minimum transistor count in the interface, thereby further saving energy and easing time to market.
Intel Sandy Bridge to be phased out in September
Sources at notebook players revealed to DigiTimes that Intel's Sandy Bridge processors will remain in the market until September, before being gradually phased out. The site points out that Sandy Bridge chips are still popular because they're still about $67-$100 cheaper than Ivy Bridge CPUs.
With Intel releasing its new dual-core Ivy Bridge processors, the company's Sandy Bridge processors are expected to gradually be phased out of the market starting in September, according to sources from notebook players. The sources pointed out that the phase-out of Sandy Bridge processors will trigger a new wave of PC replacement in September to meet the back-to-school demand for this year with shipments from the supply chain expected to start heating up in June.
In response, Intel said it is already shipping third generation Core processors to OEM customers and expects to see systems in the market beginning from June 24. The company expects to ship over 50% more volume of third generation Intel Core units to the market in the first two quarters of production in 2012 as compared to the first two quarters of production of Sandy Bridge in 2011.
ThermalTake uses Asetek technology for WATER2.0 Extreme cooler
Asetek announced ThermalTake has picked the WaterChill2011C CPU watercooling kit for its new Water 2.0 Extreme product.
Asetek Inc., the world leading supplier of liquid cooling for the computer industry announced today that Thermaltake has selected Asetek liquid cooling technology to enable its new WATER2.0 line of All-In-One liquid cooling products. The top of the line is the WATER2.0 Extreme product which sets new records as the world
Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Launch Trailer
Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion is a stand-alone expansion that does not require players to own a previous edition of Sins of a Solar Empire. It extends the ground-breaking gameplay that has made it one of the most popular PC strategy games of all time.
Far Cry 3 - Single Player Walkthrough
OCZ Vertex 4 Firmware 22.214.171.124 download
OCZ released a new firmware update for their Vertex 4 based SSDs. The new revision 126.96.36.199 solves threefold of things. Normally you can not update the firmware if your SSD is a Windows System drive however you can download this little tool that will allow you to reflash the firmware without any dataloss (make a backup none the less).
If it ain't broke for you, then don't try to fix it.
- Improved RAID card compatibility.
- Corner case issue where drive would not resume from S3/S4 properly.
- Rare issue where some platforms would not respond correctly after a cold boot.
PhysX System Software 9.12.0507 Download
We're a but late with posting this one but you can download nVIDIA PhysX System Software 9.12.0507.
The New PhysX System Software 9.12.0507 appeared in a 302.71 GPU drivers set. Release Notes are unknown.
Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series, 100-series, 200-series, 300-series, 400-series, 500-series, and 600-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory.
- Includes the latest PhysX runtime builds to support all released PhysX content.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series, 100-series, 200-series, 300-series, 400-series, 500-series, and 600-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory.
Note: Some applications may have higher minimum requirements.
- Experience GPU PhysX acceleration in many games and demos, some of which are highlighted in PowerPack downloads here.
SandForce SF-2281 Controller Cant Do AES-256 Encryption
In ongoing quality assurance procedure, Intel has discovered an AES related limitation in their SSD 520 series solid state drives. Intel found out that the controller used in SSD 520 drives, SandForce SF-2281, can
Sony Smart Wireless Headset
The Sony Smart Wireless Headset is a universal accessory that provides wireless connection to your smartphone. The device enables you to keep up to date with notifications from your smartphone. The Sony Smart Wireless Headset reads text messages, makes phone calls and stores content on its microSD card slot. This gadget connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth connectivity. If you are interested, you can purchase the Sony Smart Wireless headset for
Link_A_Media Unveils 6 Gb/s SATA SSD Controller
And it's the one used in Corsair's new Neutron SSD (we will be checking that one out real soon).
Link_A_Media Devices (LAMD), a leader in the development of semiconductor SoC (System on Chip) solutions for the data storage market, today unveiled its flagship high-performance LM87800 SATA 6G SSD controller with proprietary eBoost technology. The highly-integrated device brings enterprise-class performance and endurance enhancement to the rapidly growing client SSD market.
Designed to deliver superior performance, the architecture deploys extensive hardware acceleration, dedicated host-side and NAND-side ARM microcontrollers and a 6 Gb/s SATA host interface, enabling the LM87800 to deliver industry-leading performance of 90K sustained random read/write IOPS and 550 MB/s sustained sequential read/write throughput. The LM87800 is fabricated on a low-power and low-leakage process technology and employs sophisticated power management techniques to achieve ultra-low power consumption.
The LM87800 features highly robust data recovery capability based on Link_A_Media Device's eBoost technology. eBoost significantly enhances the endurance of current and future generation NAND flash to bring enterprise-class reliability and lifetime to client SSDs while maintaining superior performance throughout the life of the SSD. eBoost achieves these key system objectives through the use of proprietary adaptive signal estimation techniques coupled with powerful on-the-fly error correction technology.
With 8 NAND channels supporting the high-speed ONFi 2.3 and Toggle 1 flash interfaces, the LM87800 can access up to 1 terabyte of commodity NAND flash while also cost-effectively supporting today's mainstream SSD capacities of 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB. The LM87800 supports NAND flash from all major vendors including SLC, MLC and eMLC flash families.
"We are very pleased to announce the availability of the LM87800, our flagship SATA SSD controller designed to deliver unsurpassed performance for PC and related applications," said Dr. Hemant Thapar, CEO, Link_A_Media Devices. "The feature-rich LM87800 includes our eBoost technology which significantly enhances NAND Flash endurance to enable next generation MLC Flash in enterprise-class Client SSDs."
"Link_A_Media's SSD controller has enabled us to design our fourth generation of SSDs, the Neutron Series, to reach incredible new levels of performance and reliability," said Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair. "We are extremely excited to bring this state-of-the-art SSD technology to consumers."
Featured in Corsair's groundbreaking Neutron Series SSDs, winner of the prestigious "Best of Computex 2012" award from Tom's Hardware, Corsair's Neutron are the industry's first SSDs to deploy the LM87800 controller.
Offered as a turn-key solution, the LM87800 comes complete with qualified and field-proven host interface and NAND management firmware, reference designs and documentation to enable customers to quickly design-in and bring to market leading-edge SSD products. LM87800 samples are available now.
- SATA 6G host interface
- 8 NAND channels, up to 4CE per channel
- Support for 2y-nm and 1x-nm NAND Flash from all major Flash vendors
- ONFi 2.3, Toggle Mode 1 and Legacy NAND interfaces
- Proprietary endurance improving eBoost technology
- End-to-end user data path protection
- Strong BCH ECC capability with area/power efficient decoder architecture
- Enterprise-class proven firmware for NAND management and data transport operations
- Variable NAND over-provisioning
- Efficient garbage collection and global wear leveling
- RAID/Chipkill technology
- Proven unsolicited power loss management
- Low power design
- S.M.A.R.T. support
- Microsoft Windows 7 TRIM support
Performance (using MLC NAND)
- Sequential Read: 550 MB/s
- Sequential Write: 550 MB/s
- Random Read (4KB): 90K IOPS
- Random Write (4KB): 90K IOPS
Gigabyte shows mechanical keyboard with USB 3.0
Check out Gigabyte's Aivia Osmium, a new mechanical gaming keyboard with Cherry MX red switches and a USB 3.0 hub. It's expected to become available for around $100 as tech report reported.
Behind every key on the Aivia Osmium sits a mechanical switch, Gigabyte says, including the five macro keys in the upper left corner. Next to the macro row lie two analog wheels: one to adjust the brightness of the blue backlight, and another to control the audio volume. Analog headphone and microphone jacks can be found along the right edge.
The audio ports are linked to pass-through connectors, and so is the built-in USB connectivity. USB ports are commonly found on modern keyboards, but the Osmium's are SuperSpeed-compatible. This is the first keyboard we've seen with USB 3.0.
Three new Radeon HD 7900 cards coming
AMD is working on three new Radeon HD 7900 series SKUs. This includes the dual-GPU Radeon HD 7990, the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition and the Radeon HD 7930. The 7990 is reportedly delayed until August to make it perform within "acceptable" range of the GeForce GTX 690, while the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition could be just around the corner. The 7930 on the other hand is expected after June, when NVIDIA's upper-mainstream SKUs become available.
The Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition is aimed against NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680. AMD will raise the reference clock speeds for the HD 7970.
Epic Hawken Trailer
Crysis Revival V3.9 Released
EVGA Dual GeForce GTX 680 2WIN Gemini
A dual GPU 680 baed graphcis card has been on display at Computex. The 2WIN Gemini comes with 4GB GDDR5 memory and is based on two Kepler GK104 GPUs (like GeForce GTX 690) EVGA