Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 PSUs
Cooler Master releases its Silent Pro M2 which is a line of power supplies that focus on low noise. The SPM2 620W, SPM2 720W and SPM2 1500W PSUs should be available in retail stores for $119.99, $139.99, and $399.99, respectively.
Cooler Master, an industry leading chassis, thermal solution, peripheral, and accessory manufacturer, is proud to announce the successor to the popular Silent Pro M, the Silent Pro M2 Series. Improvements have been made to each aspect of the Silent Pro M2 power supply to ensure that it meets the broad needs of both mainstream and enthusiast users alike.
Built for quality and performance, the Silent Pro M2 Series utilizes a single powerful 12V rail that boasts a significant increase in available amperage per power supply model over its predecessors. This increased power extends to 70A with Dual 12V rails on the 1500W model. A new 3.3v DC-to-DC board increases overall energy efficiency. Utilizing newer high quality capacitors results in vastly improved hold up times of >17ms on the 1500W model.
With this, Silent Pro M2 Series can handle peak loads better than ever before by delivering power with minimal interruptions. Its new specifications include RoHS and ERP 2010 Certification for a more eco-friendly design and power efficiency. The 135mm fan has been improved by making use of a durable Hydraulic Dynamic Bearing. This increases overall fan lifespan and reduces noise. Through these numerous upgrades, Silent Pro M2 Series can handle the increasing loads of today
Arctic Cooling Accelero Hybrid for Radeon HD 7800/7900 cards
Arctic Cooling releases the Accelero Hybrid 7970 which is a new integrated liquid and air cooling solution for AMD Radeon HD 7800 and 7900 series graphics cards. It will ship on August 6th, full specifications can be viewed over here (PDF).
Intel Haswell-EP platform details
VR Zone delivers news about Intel's 2013-2014 Haswell-EP platform. This 22nm server platform may be the first to use DDR4 memory. The first and most important portion of a leaked slide reveals the arrangement of the various key components in the platform. It reveals an arrangement that is not much different from today's Sandy Bridge-EP platforms, in which n-number of CPU sockets are wired to each other using fast QuickPath Interconnect (QPI). Intel will use dual-channel QPI, which doubles bandwidth over what is available with today's enterprise platforms. Assuming each channel is clocked at 6.4 GT/s, the cumulative bandwidth would amount to 51.2 GB/s.
Each socket will have four DDR4 DRAM channels. The DDR4 DRAM specification will introduce a fundamental change in the topology of DRAM components, which will be arranged "point-to-point". Each DRAM "channel" from the memory controller will support just one DRAM module, but there will be greater scope for DRAM makers to scale up densities of the modules with advancements in technology and silicon fabrication process. Much like Sandy Bridge-EP, Haswell-EP will see a bulk of the platform's PCI-Express lane budget being care of the processors' system agents; and will require external chipset for peripheral connectivity.
Google Nexus 7 tablet now official
Lots of Google news today, Google officially announced the Nexus 7 tablet at the company's I/O 2012 conference. This 7-inch tablet is the first device to feature Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean", it's manufactured by ASUS and features NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core SoC. The IPS-based LCD display offers a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, there's a 1.2MP front camera, NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth, micro-USB connectivity, and a battery life of up to eight hours for "active use" (nine hours for video playback).
The Nexus 7 weighs 0.75lbs (340g) and is just 0.41" thick. You can pre-order the tablet at Google, it's available with 8GB and 16GB of flash memory for $199 and $249, respectively. Both models come with $25 of Google Play store credit, a free film (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), and some other free content.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean presented at Google I/O 2012
Google officially introduced Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" at the Google I/O 2012 conference. This new mobile operating system will be published by mid-July for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Xoom smartphones. One of its biggest new features is Project Butter, an effort to improve Android's performance and response time. Also new is a tweaked home screen, an improved camera app, an updated notification system, and enhanced search functions.
The whole system hums along at 60fps now, and while the difference of a few milliseconds might sound like small potatoes, it becomes glaringly apparent the moment you run Jelly Bean next to an ICS device. Animations are smoother and quicker. The CPU immediately ramps up the moment a touch is detected to ensure speedy response.
The home screen has also been tweaked, adding some nice features like dynamically resizing widgets, so you no longer have to place it, resize it then move it to where you want if there isn't enough room. If there is room, but your app icons are merely in the way, the widget will automatically push them to the side. And, in a nice, slick touch, apps and widgets can be removed by flicking them off the screen. Another extremely welcome touch is the addition of offline voice input. Now you can tap the microphone and dictate a message even with the phone in airplane mode.
Google Nexus Q lets you stream media from the cloud
The Nexus Q features a TI OMAP 4460 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB flash memory, dual-band WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, and NFC. Interestingly, the device is made in the US, by an unnamed firm in the Midwest. Google will start shipping the Nexus Q by mid-July for $299.
Nexus Q streams your favorite entertainment directly from the cloud to your living room. Just use the Google Play and YouTube apps on your Android phone or tablet to surf an ocean of music, TV, movies and music, and Nexus Q will play it all on the biggest speakers and screen in the house. There are no downloads, no syncing, no running out of space. Just the stuff you love -- at home and out loud.
Adrenaline Sniper Elite V2 Benchmark Tool Download
Rebellion has released a new benchmark tool for Sniper Elite V2. The 'Adrenaline Sniper Elite V2' Benchmark Tool offers a quick and easy way for measuring your hardware performance using Rebellion's Sniper Elite V2.
The tool is being updated regularly to fix reported bugs and does not require the full version of Sniper Elite V2 to run, meaning that it's a free benchmark tool, provided by Rebellion themselves. The benchmark tool is around 65-MB in size and can be downloaded from here.
Shootmania Storm Trailer
Shootmania is the second offering from ManiaPlanet, following the successful launch of Trackmania 2 in 2011.
GeForce 302.82 WHQL Windows 8 Driver Download
This is a WHQL-certified GeForce driver to be used only with the Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview. This driver should not be used with Windows Vista or Windows 7.
This driver offers full support for the new Windows 8 display driver model WDDM 1.2.
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
Supported cards are:
GeForce 600 series:
GTX 690, GTX 680, GTX 670, GT 645, GT 640, GT 630, GT 620, GT 610, 605
GeForce 500 series:
GTX 590, GTX 580, GTX 570, GTX 560 Ti, GTX 560 SE, GTX 560, GTX 555, GTX 550 Ti, GT 545, GT 530, GT 520, 510
GeForce 400 series:
GTX 480, GTX 470, GTX 465, GTX 460 v2, GTX 460 SE v2, GTX 460 SE, GTX 460, GTS 450, GT 440, GT 430, GT 420, 405
GeForce 300 series:
GT 340, GT 330, GT 320, 315, 310
GeForce 200 series:
GTX 295, GTX 285, GTX 280, GTX 275, GTX 260, GTS 250, GTS 240, GT 240, GT 230, GT 220, G210, 210, 205
GeForce 100 series:
GT 140, GT 130, GT 120, G 100
GeForce 9 series:
9800 GX2, 9800 GTX/GTX+, 9800 GT, 9600 GT, 9600 GSO, 9600 GS, 9500 GT, 9500 GS, 9400 GT, 9400, 9300 GS, 9300 GE, 9300, 9200, 9100
GeForce 8 series:
8800 Ultra, 8800 GTX, 8800 GTS 512, 8800 GTS, 8800 GT, 8800 GS, 8600 GTS, 8600 GT, 8600 GS, 8500 GT, 8400 SE, 8400 GS, 8400, 8300 GS, 8300, 8200 / nForce 730a, 8200, 8100 / nForce 720a
GeForce 7 series:
7550 LE, 7500 LE, 7350 LE, 7300 SE / 7200 GS, 7300 LE, 7300 GS, 7150 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7100 GS, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 620i, 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 610i, 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a
GeForce 6 series:
6800 Ultra, 6800 Series GPU, 6800 GT, 6500, 6250, 6200 A-LE, 6150SE nForce 430, 6150LE / Quadro NVS 210S, 6150 LE, 6150, 6100 nForce 420, 6100 nForce 405, 6100 nForce 400, 6100
ION LE, ION
Antec HDTV Bias Lighting Kit - hands on
A quick hands on with this one, Antec released HDTV Bias Lighting Kit last week.
You know when you have that new huge 55" LED TV and in the evening when it gets dark you can see a little LED wash / clouding on the black screen. It is a common problem these days.
Some people are very bothered by it, other not at all. It is a problem that can be fixed to a large extent by placing or pointing a light behind the screen. The visuals will change dramatically as your eyes will compensate that black level and contrast. This actually is the reason why Philips has released Ambi-light TVs initially.
Antec has a very simple solution at hand for roughly 30 USD/EUR, they took some of the brightest LEDs they could find, connect it towards the USB port of your television and when you power on, you have light. An adhesive coating on the LED strip will make it stick towards the back of the television. The LEDs will power up and down with activation of the HDTV, but should you wish to deactivate the LEDs, you can simply turn it off with an convenient on/off switch.
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AMD Catalyst 12.7 Official BETA Download
Download AMD Catalyst 12.7 Official BETA for Windows XP and 7 32 and 64-bit released 25th of June 2012.
This hotfix driver resolves the random black screen issue seen with the online game QQ Dancer
All common cards starting at series 5000 are supported. We have a support thread open over here in the forums.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 670 EX OC review
The product is a factory overclocked, custom cooled, custom designed PCB GeForce GTX 670, yes this is the EX OC edition. You can check out the full review right here.
Samsung's Series 9 Monitor Now Available
Samsung Electronics America Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, today announced that it is now shipping its award-winning Series 9 LED desktop monitor. The culmination of over five years of global market leadership in monitors, the new 27-inch Series 9 incorporates the best that Samsung has to offer, including its exclusive Natural Color Expert technology, which provides a richer viewing experience for graphic artists, photographers, designers and anyone else with a sense of style working with photos and video content.
Starting at $1,199.99, the Series 9 will be available through an exclusive prelaunch with NewEgg from June 1
SK Hynix debuts its first consumer SSDs
Following the acquisition of Link_A_Media by SK Hynix, the latter firm debuts its first consumer solid state disk.
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Zalman 1250W 80Plus Platinum PSU
Zalman has introduced the ZM1250, a new 80Plus Platinum power supply with a large 140mm silent fan and modular cabling.
It features such things as a large 140mm quiet fan, modular cabling with a large number of molex and SATA plugs. It's also compliant with ATX v2.3, SSI-EPS v2.93, and ErP Lot6 2010. The ZM1250 uses a dual rail design, 45W & 65W, with the 65W rail powering the eight 6+2 pin PCIe power connectors, two of which are fixed and six are modular. The 45W rail powers the 24 pin ATX motherboard connector and the CPU/EPS connectors, which are not modular.
AMD FX 8350 to arrive in Q3 2012
AMD is working on three new FX series chips; the 8350, 6300 and 4320. The FX 8350 is a new eight-core model with unlocked multiplier and 16MB cache, clockspeeds are still unknown but they should be higher than the FX 8150. This part is coming in Q3 2012 as fud reports today:
The FX 6300 is a six-core, basically a faster iteration of the 3.8GHz clocked FX 6200 and it
Microsoft demonstrates Windows Phone 7.8 start screen
Ben Rudolph shows off an early build of Windows Phone 7.8 running on a Nokia Lumia 900. The new start screen includes resizable tiles, bringing a whole new level of customization to your smartphone experience.
The announcement of Microsoft's Surface tablet was followed by rumors that the software giant may also be working on its own Windows Phone 8 handset, but this rumor got officially denied by a Microsoft executive:
A Microsoft executive said the company has no plans to manufacture its own company-branded smartphones, denying reports to the contrary that emerged after Redmond last week roiled the PC hardware industry by unveiling its own tablet computer.
Asked in an interview if Microsoft planned to apply that strategy to the smartphone market, Greg Sullivan, senior marketing manager for Windows Phone, said, "No, we do not."
Microsoft has revealed that hardware makers building Windows Phone 8 devices include HTC, Nokia, Samsung, and Huawei. "We have a strong ecosystem of partners that we are very satisfied with," Sullivan said Friday. Source: Information Week
Dell releases six new displays
Dell today announced the immediate availability of new displays that combine performance and value to enable customers amazing viewing experiences. The six new displays join Dell