Be quiet! SilentWings 2 Fan Series
"It's difficult to improve excellent things"
When be quiet! introduced the original SilentWings PC case fan series almost three years ago, it flew to the top of the 'recommended list' for serious users intent on achieving the ideal balance between silence, cooling performance and fan life. Its performance was so superior that several print and online magazines quickly named it their reference case fan. Of course, it's difficult to improve excellent things, so the pressure was really on the R&D team when it started to work on SilentWings 2. In the end, though, the pressure and hard work paid off, for they have achieved the goal of producing a clearly superior product.
No friction equals no sound
One key result is the noticeably lower noise level. SilentWings 2 uses the most advanced bearing technology on the market, called fluid dynamic bearing (FDB). The bearing essentially makes the fan float on a cushion of fluid, resulting in extremely low noise levels because there is virtually no friction to create sound. When coupled with the unique aerodynamic fan blade design be quiet! is famous for, SilentWings 2 is virtually inaudible.
"SilentWings 2 combines solid engineering, long life and incredible quietness with truly effective cooling. This unique combination of attributes not only makes it a worthy successor to original SilentWings but the superior quiet cooling solution on the market." is how Scott Richards, Global Brand Director at be quiet! announced the new series.
Over 30 years of lifetime
Another positive consequence of the new industrial grade FDB bearing technology is much longer lifetime. By eliminating direct contact between the fan shaft and the bearing, the fan lasts much longer than those with common bearings. A copper core inside the bearing makes it even more durable by improving heat transfer out of the bearing. Heavy duty lubricants also contribute to the terrific overall lifetime of 300,000 hours
180 and 360 GB OCZ Agility 3 SSDs spotted
With Sandforce 2281 controller managing the data transfersthe drive is able to read data at up to 525 MB/s and write it at a maximum of 500 MB/s. The 360 GB drive is limited to 495 MB/s when writing though.
OCZ's Agility 3 line already included members with 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB capacities. That means that the AGT3-25SAT3-180G fills the fairly big gap between the first two, while the 360 GB newcomer (AGT3-25SAT3-360G) sits comfortably between the 240GB and 480GB products.
The price for the 180 GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD is 19,000 JPY, the equivalent of $256 / 175 Euro, while the 360GB model sells for 36,000 JPY ($447 / 331.83 Euro).
Rread this review right here on Agility 3.
ADATA XPG DDR3 1600 MHz CL9 8 GB memory
ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, once again achieves a breakthrough in overclocking memory specifications with the launch of single 8GB 1600MHz CL9 and dual kit 16GB memory modules. As a market solution for 1600 MHz 8 GB low latency overclocking, the new modules support the latest quad-channel X79 platform, and meet the demands of enthusiasts for high density memory.
ADATA's Product Planning Department DRAM Project Manager Alex Wu said: "In recent years, gamers and overclockers care about more than just the pursuit of extreme performance. Energy consumption has become a major consideration when purchasing electronics." He added: "The new XPG Gaming V 2.0 1600G 8 GB single and 16GB dual kit memory modules use voltage of only 1.35V, with 9-11-9-27 timing, and are compatible with the latest X79 four-channel platform. They provide gamers with the opportunity to significantly upgrade their RAM all the way to 64 GB, in order to experience faster operation and performance of desktop computers."
In addition to high density, low-latency, low-voltage, and innovative heat conduction cooling technology, these modules are equipped with a unique heat sink and the industry's first high quality double copper 8-layer circuit board, which improves memory cooling and lowers power consumption. In addition, each chip is selected from original manufacturer 4 Gb memory chips, and put through a rigorous screening and testing program to ensure the greatest degree of stability and durability, for more peace of mind for consumers.
ADATA Series memory modules come with a lifetime warranty, providing the best protection and peace of mind.
Koolance CPU-370S series waterblock released for Intel and AMD
Koolance has finished two new waterblocks; the CPU-370SA for AMD processors and the CPU-370SI for Intel CPUs. The blocks are available on the company's website for $59.99 and $64.99, respectively. Both models are lower priced versions of the CPU-370 block and feature a nickel-plated copper microfin cold plate (0.25 mm fins, 0.30 mm channels), an o-ring sealed impingement plate, a solid acetal top, and standard G 1/4 BSP threading.
Microsoft Flight Released
The sky's the limit! Now anyone can enjoy the fun, freedom and adventure of flight. Feel the power at your fingertips as you take to the skies and launch into thrilling missions and exciting challenges over the free-to-play Big Island of Hawaii. Take off today and fly into the ever-expanding world of Microsoft Flight.
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Synology DiskStation DS1512+ NAS Server
Synology today announced DiskStation DS1512+, a 5-bay next generation NAS server for delivering high performance and scalability with complete business solutions to small and medium businesses.
"NAS severs today are expected to produce higher levels of reliability and availability. With today's introduction, Synology customers can share and access data on DS1512+ in full confidence and satisfy the productivity, versatility and reliability they demand," said Peter Chen, Product Manager of Synology Inc.
Synology DS1512+ features a passive CPU cooling technology and a fan redundancy mechanism of two user-replaceable 80 mm fans, thus eliminating a single point of failure and ensure continuous system uptime during malfunction. The dual LAN network failover support allows DS1512+ to sustain the potential of one network discontinuity while maximizing system availability at all times.
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Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview - the next milestone of the Windows operating system. This latest preview will be made available for download starting today at http://preview.windows.com. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview offers a more robust experience for testing the world's most popular operating system and is available to the widest range of people yet following the initial release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview late last year. The Developer Preview received more than 3 million downloads.
"With Windows 8, we reimagined the different ways people interact with their PC and how to make everything feel like a natural extension of the device, whether using a Windows 8 tablet, laptop or all-in-one," said Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft. "The Windows 8 Consumer Preview brings a no-compromises approach to using your PC."
At a Windows 8 Consumer Preview event in Barcelona that was attended by partners from Europe and around the world, the company shared some key new updates in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview:
- Broad range of product changes and improvements. Since the Developer Preview in September, designed to preview the programming platform, Windows 8 has progressed across every dimension. From completing the user experience for touch, keyboard and mouse to refining the development platform, the Consumer Preview improves performance, quality and reliability across all subsystems. With the added features, it represents a more complete view of the capabilities of Windows 8.
- Windows Store with new apps. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview marks the beta opening of the Windows Store, which is filled with a variety of new Metro style apps from both third-party developers and Microsoft. During the Consumer Preview, these apps are available to try and experience at no cost to users. The Windows Store will offer personalized recommendations, and Windows 8 gives users the ability to take their apps and settings with them across multiple PCs, making it easy to discover and try new apps while offering developers the greatest opportunity of any platform.
- Connecting to the cloud across Windows-based PCs and Windows Phone. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview offers seamless integration with the content people care about across their devices. An optional additional sign-on with a Microsoft account provides access to a host of features, including the ability to roam all settings, use cloud storage, communicate with email, calendar and contacts, and connect to a broad range of services. Your connection to the cloud works across your Windows-based PCs and your Windows Phones.
- Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 5. The best way to experience the Web on Windows is with Internet Explorer 10. The browser has been re-imagined to create a new experience designed specifically for Windows 8 devices. It provides an edge-to-edge user interface that is all about less browser and more Web. Fast and fluid, Internet Explorer is hardware-accelerated to enable Web performance.
- Preview of new hardware capabilities. At the event, Microsoft also showcased Windows 8 running on a wide range of new x86- and ARM-based reference hardware. This hardware will be available to select developers for trial and testing as previously announced.
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be available worldwide for download in English, French, German, Japanese and simplified Chinese languages.
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AMD lowers Phenom II and FX pricingBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 02/29/2012 08:24 PM | 0 comment(s) ]CPU Worldnotes that AMD has cut the pricing of eleven of its Phenom II and FX series processors. The cuts range from 1.9 percent to 14.8 percent.
Overall, the prices were slashed by 2% - 15% for Phenom CPUs, and by 6% - 9% for FX chips. The parts, discounted the most in absolute terms, are FX-8120, and Phenom II X4 965, 975, and 980. They have got $20 cheaper. AMD FX-6100 had modest $10 price drop, however let's not forget that this is the second drop since processor's introduction last October. The biggest relative price cut, almost 15%, was for Phenom II X4 965.
CPU model Old price New price Difference FX-6100 Black Edition $155 $145 6.5% FX-8120 Black Edition $205 $185 9.8% Phenom II X2 555 $90 $85 5.6% Phenom II X4 840 $105 $103 1.9% Phenom II X4 955 $117 $105 10.3% Phenom II X4 965 $135 $115 14.8% Phenom II X4 970 $155 $145 6.5% Phenom II X4 975 $175 $155 11.4% Phenom II X4 980 $185 $165 10.8% Phenom II X6 1055T $165 $155 6.1% Phenom II X6 1075T $181 $165 8.8%
Guru3D Rig of the Month - February 2012By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 02/29/2012 12:21 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
The Rig of the Month February 2012 once again shows style and design, the detail very nice in black, white, gold with Carbon elements. Mathieu who transformed one PC into a very unique and bling build certainly convinced us. What a nice job.
Check out the article right here.
Doom 4 leaked screenshotsBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 02/29/2012 12:18 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
AllGamesBeta posted what it claims to be leaked screenshots of Doom 4, which it also goes on to claim as being "doomed" (cancelled), citing rumors. Close to two dozen of these screenshots can be found at the source. They reveal what [could have been] the setting of Doom 4, probably of the horrors unleashed on Mars (in Doom 3 and Resurrection of Evil) finding their way to Earth.
Go check out the screenshot right here.
XSPC Razor 7970 waterblockBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 02/29/2012 12:15 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
The colleagues over at TPU received details about XSPC's new Razor 7970 waterblock for AMD Radeon HD 7970 and 7950 reference design graphics cards. The block doesn't take up an additional expansion slot, it measures 220mm x 142mm x 9mm (18mm at the ports). Most of the block is milled out of a block of copper, the VRM area is made out of aluminium and the top plate is made of CNC-cut stainless steel.
The portion of the block that's over the GPU is ridged, making copper micro-fins, that increase dissipation of heat to the coolant. The top is made of CNC-cut stainless steel. The block is ready for CrossFire setups with four G1/4″ ports, two G1/4″ plugs are included. Listed on the company's online store (currently out of stock), the XSPC Razor 7970 is priced at
OCZ launches Fatal1ty 1000W PSUBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 02/29/2012 12:14 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: OCZ), a worldwide leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and power supplies for computing devices and systems, today announced the availability of the Fatal1ty 1000 Watt power supply, the latest high-performance PSU targeted at gamers and enthusiasts that demand maximum wattage, high efficiency, and a modular cabling configuration.
Dedicated to delivering premium power solutions, OCZ
ROCCAT Savu mid-sized hybrid gaming mouse teasedBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 02/29/2012 12:12 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
ROCCAT will show off the Savu mid-size hybrid gaming mouse at CeBIT. This new peripheral promises a significantly better sensor, and should be available in retail stores from early May.
ROCCAT Studios today announced the upcoming availability of the Savu Mid-Size Hybrid Gaming Mouse
ADATA XPG SX900 claims fastest SSD in the worldBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 02/29/2012 12:11 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
ADATA claims its new XPG SX900 solid state disk will be the most powerful SSD on Earth. The new disk incorporates the SandForce SF-2281 controller and promises max sequential read/write speeds of 550/530MB/s and max random 4K write performance of up to 85,000 IOPS. The XPG SX900 serie will be avaialble in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities.
The XPG (Xtreme Performance Gear) SX900 solid state drive is an expanded capacity SSD which uses new optimized firmware to utilize greater storage capacity of the NAND Flash components. With superior NAND Flash, the XPG SX900 SSD reaches new levels of stability and performance. The drive breaks new ground in storage capacity for SSDs utilizing the SandForce 2281 controller, reaching 512GB, a 7% increase over common SSDs in the market that use a SandForce controller. This represents a milestone in ADATA
Microsoft shows IllumiShare technologyBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 02/29/2012 12:09 PM | 0 comment(s) ]Microsoft's Research labs shows off Illumishare, a new way of interacting with people on the Internet:
Seen first at Microsoft TechForum 2012, IllumiShare enables remote people to share any physical or digital object on any surface. It is a low-cost, peripheral device that looks like a desk lamp, and just like a lamp lights up a surface at which it is pointed, IllumiShare shares a surface. To do this, IllumiShare uses a camera-projector pair where the camera captures video of the local workspace and sends it to the remote space and the projector projects video of the remote workspace onto the local space. With IllumiShare, people can sketch together using real ink and paper, remote meeting attendees can interact with conference room whiteboards, and children can have remote play dates in which they play with real toys.
Diablo III: First 20 minutes gameplayBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 02/29/2012 12:07 PM | 0 comment(s) ]CVG has posted the first 20 minutes of Blizzard's upcoming dark fantasy/horror-themed action RPG Diablo 3. The game is currently schedule to launch in Q2 2012.
Sniper Elite V2 Pre-Order Bonus Let's You Kill HitlerBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 02/29/2012 12:07 PM | 0 comment(s) ]Players who pre-order Sniper Elite V2 before its May release will be given the opportunity to kill Hitler. The 'Assassinate The Fuhrer' bonus mission sees players attempt to shoot the Nazi leader as he leaves his personal train. It also comes with two bonus weapons, the Soviet SVT-40 and the German Kar 98. Sniper Elite V2 is set to release on May 4 in Europe on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.