Review: MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X PLUS (11 Gbps GDDR5X )
We review the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X PLUS. An all custom, tweaked and cooled better product. Lets check out the new 8 GB model from MSI, with that PLUS for dandy 11000 MHz GDDR5X graphics memory.
Read the full review here.
VIA APC is a $49 Android PC
VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient computing platforms, today unveiled the $49 APC Android PC system.
Powered by a WonderMedia ARM processor, APC integrates memory, storage, and a full set of consumer I/O features in a small footprint Neo-ITX motherboard that can be connected to a TV or monitor. The system also features a custom build of Android that has been optimized for keyboard and mouse input, and comes with a browser and a selection of preinstalled apps.
"APC brings the familiarity and convenience of Android to the PC at a US$49 price point that will open up exciting new markets and applications," said Richard Brown, VP of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Like a bicycle for your mind, APC will enable more people than ever before to explore the vast online universe."
APC is based on the new Neo-ITX form factor measuring just 17 cm x 8.5 cm and can be housed in any standard Mini-ITX or microATX chassis, providing enthusiasts with unrivaled flexibility to create new mods and DIY projects as well as ensuring rapid time to market for system integrators and OEMs utilizing the platform.
APC consumes only 4 watts when operating at idle power and 13.5 watts at maximum load. This is ten times less than a standard PC system and ensures significant power savings in large scale deployments.
APC combines an optimized version of Android with a rich hardware package to deliver the best of the internet to users. With the inclusion of hardware acceleration for the most demanding video formats, the APC delivers stunning HD quality multimedia, either streamed from sites such as YouTube or stored locally and delivers a great gaming experience on a large screen monitor or TV.
- Optimized Android OS
- HD TV support
- Hardware acceleration of the most demanding video formats
- VGA and HDMI display ports
- Four USB 2.0 ports
- One microSD slot
- One 10/100 Ethernet port
- Audio-out/ Mic-in
- VIA WonderMedia ARM 11 SoC
- 2 GB NAND Flash
- 512 DDR3 SDRAM
- 15W power adaptor
For more information about APC please visit: http://apc.io/
Cooler Master Hyper 412 Slim HSF
Early June will mark the arrival of Cooler Master's Hyper 412 Slim, a new LGA2011 CPU cooler that will be sold for around 39.95EUR.
This new HSF offers four direct-touch 6mm diameter heatpipes, an aluminium fin array and two 120mm long life sleeve bearing PWM fans with an airflow of 17.4 - 58.4CFM and a noise level of 8 - 30dBA. The cooler measures 128mm x 70mm x 160mm (without fan) and weighs 538g.
Mounting brackets are included for Intel
AMD preps low-voltage processors for Windows 8 tablets
DigiTimes reports AMD is prepping Hondo, a 40nm Bobcat based processor with a TDP of 4-5W. This chip will arrive in Q4 2012 and intends to take on Intel's Clover Trail-W CPUs in the Windows 8 tablet market.
AMD is also set to release Tamesh processors to replace Hondo in 2013 with architecture upgraded from Bobcat to Jaguar. The new CPU's performance and power consumption are both expected to be further enhanced from Hondo.
After recently announcing its Trinity processors for notebooks, AMD is ready to announce models for desktops including A10-5800k, A10-5700, A8-5600k and A8-5500. The company will then release A6-5400K and A4-5300 in the fourth quarter. All the processors are manufactured by Globalfoundries with a 32nm process.
Intel aims to cut ultrabook pricing with new batteries
In order to help reduce costs of ultrabooks, Intel is aggressively pushing two new battery solutions for these systems; the 16650 cylindrical battery and a prismatic lithium-ion battery. Full details at DigiTimes. Acer has already started adopting the 16650 battery while Lenovo's IdePad 530 uses the prismatic li-ion, albeit in limited volumes.
However, only a limited supply of the 16650 cylindrical battery is available, so prismatic lithium-ion battery will have a higher chance to success, but due to issues such as capacity and certification, vendors will not have chance to adopt prismatic lithium-ion batteries for their products until 2013.
The 16650 cylindrical battery has a diameter of 16mm and is only available from Japan-based Sanyo and China-based BAK, but due to vendors being concerned that supply is fully controlled by only two players, and BAK is unlikely to pass most vendors' certification process, there are concerns about the solution.
Although prismatic lithium-ion battery is higher in cost compared to the 16650 cylindrical battery, but the solution's size of 60mmx80mm and thickness of 5-6mm is providing a strong advantage, while the battery also has more suppliers available in the market.
JPR: Q1 2012 GPU shipments down 3.38 percent year-over-year
Market research firm Jon Peddie Research reports first-quarter graphics chip shipments declined 3.38 percent year-over-year, and 0.8 percent versus the previous quarter. AMD's shipments increased by 0.3 percent, while Intel slipped 1.3 percent and NVIDIA tumbled 4.5 percent. Full details in the PR below:
Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced estimated graphics chip shipments and suppliers' market share for Q1'12.
The news was not good. AMD was able to grow shipments over last quarter by 0.3%, in a down quarter. Intel slipped 1.3% and Nvidia declined 4.5% from the last quarter.
Although this did not shape up to be a great quarter for the suppliers, it actually wasn't as bad as it could have been. We found that shipments during the first quarter of 2012 behaved according to past years with regard to seasonality, declining from the previous quarter; however, this quarter's decline (of 0.8%) was less than the ten-year average of 3.1%. If we use graphics as an indicator, the industry seems to be recovering from the floods in Thailand.
We have modified our forecast since the last report, and it is less aggressive on both desktops and notebooks - tablets have changed the nature of the PC market. Nonetheless, the CAGR for PC graphics 2011 to 2016 is 9.8%, and we expect the total shipments of graphics chips in 2016 to be 743 million units.
Our findings include discrete and integrated graphics (CPU and chipset) for Desktops, Notebooks (and Netbooks), and PC-based commercial (i.e., POS) and industrial/scientific and embedded. This report does not include handhelds (i.e., mobile phones), x86 Servers or ARM-based Tablets (i.e. iPad and Android-based Tablets), Smartbooks, or ARM-based Servers.
The quarter in general
- AMD had a gigantic increase in shipments of its desktop APUs of 84% and a modest 2.6% decline in notebook APUs.
- This quarter, Intel celebrated its ninth quarter of shipping its Embedded Processor Graphics CPU-EPG, a multi-function design that combines a graphics processor and an x86 CPU in the same package. These devices include the Core i series, and Atom processors in PCs. Intel's desktop EPG shipments had a very strong double digit growth of 18%, and Notebooks showed a more modest 2.1%. Combined with a decrease in overall IGP chipsets shipments, Intel came in for the quarter with a -1.3% drop from Q4.
- Nvidia shipments dropped 4.5% from last quarter, partially due to the phase out of IGPs. The company will no longer report IGP shipments.
- Year to year this quarter AMD shipments declined 1.2%, Intel shipped 4.67% more parts, Nvidia slipped -26.3% in the overall market as company withdraws from the integrated segments, and VIA saw their shipments increase by 51% over last year and 148% over last quarter.
- A little over 123 million graphics chips shipped, down from 124 million units last quarter, and down from 126 million units shipped this quarter a year ago.
- Discrete GPUs increased 2.7 % from the last quarter but were down 11% from last year for the same quarter.
- Ninety three percent of Intel's non server processors have graphics, and over 79% of AMD's non-server processors have integrated graphics
Graphics chips (GPUs) and chips with graphics (IGPs, APUs, and EPGs) are a leading indicator for the PC market. At least one and often two GPUs are present in every PC shipped. It can take the form of a discrete chip, a GPU integrated in the chipset, or embedded in the CPU. The average has grown from 123% in 2001 to almost 133% GPUs per PC.
Market shares shifted for the big three, and put pressure on the smaller two, and most showed a decrease in market share as indicated in Table 1.
AMD's overall graphics market share increased 0.3% from last quarter due mostly to APU shipments. The company had a 4% increase in shipments of discrete GPUs over last quarter, and an 8% gain in notebook discrete GPUs.
Intel continues to be the overall market share leader, elevated by Core i5 EPG CPUs, Sandy Bridge, and Pineview Atom sales for Netbooks. AMD gained market share quarter-to quarter Intel and Nvidia lost share.
Nvidia has exited the integrated graphics chipset segments and it is shifting its focus to discrete GPUs. The company suffered a desktop discrete market share loss (4.3% quarter-to-quarter), and had a 5% gain in notebook discrete GPUs. Nvidia credits strong connect with new Intel Sandy Bridge notebooks for its gains.
Year to year for the quarter the market decreased. Shipments decreased to 123 million units, down 3.3 million units from this quarter last year.
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Nvidia GeForce 301.42 WHQL Driver download
This is the first WHQL-certified unified driver from the R300 family of drivers (versions 300.00 to 301.99).
GeForce R300 drivers are packed with new industry-leading, GeForce-exclusive features as well as some really nice performance increases in top games.
New in R300 Drivers:
New GPU Support:
GeForce GTX 690
GeForce GTX 680
GeForce GTX 670
GeForce GT 600-series GPUs
Leap 3D Gesture Control System
Leap Motion has proudly introduced its new Leap 3D gesture control system for hands free motion control. The company claims that the Leap 3D gesture control system is 200 times more accurate than the Microsoft Kinect motion controller.
The Leap 3D gesture control system is able to detect movements of a finger with hundredth of a millimeter accuracy. It is also more precise and responsive than a mouse or a touchscreen display. The company will release this new gesture control system in early 2013.
ASUS P8Z77-V PREMIUM Intel Thunderbolt Certified Motherboard
Next to MSI, ASUS as well released a Intel Thunderbolt certified motherboard, the P8Z77-V PREMIUM. Based on Intel Z77 chipset, this new ATX motherboard supports for LGA1155 processors and features four DDR3 DIMM memory slots (up to 32GB RAM), four PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 slots, two PCIe 2.0 x1 slot, WiFi and Bluetooth V4.0. Connectivity-wise, it has six SATA 6.0 Gbps, three SATA 3.0 Gbps, one mini-SATA 3.0 Gbps with onboard 32GB SSD, two Gigabit Ethernet, six USB 3.0, six USB 2.0, one Thunderbolt, one DisplayPort and one HDMI. Unfortunately, there
OCZ Vertex 3 Low Profile SSDs
OCZ has recently unveiled a new line of SSDs called the Vertex 3 Low Profile. Coming in 60GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities, these slim 2.5-inch SSDs (7mm thick) are equipped with MLC NAND Flash memory chips, a SATA 6.0 Gbps interface, TRIM support, a MTBF of 2 million hours and capable of delivering read/write speeds of up to 535/480 MB/s (60GB Model), 550/500 MB/s (120GB Model), 550/520 MB/s (240GB Model) and 530/450 MB/s (480GB Model), respectively. Pricing and release date are still unknown at the moment.
Koolance GeForce GTX 690 Water Block
Koolance has released a new block under SKU code VID-NX690, it is a water block that is compatible with NVIDIA's dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690.
This full cover block measures 25.40 x 12.70 x 1.91 cm, it weights 1.02 kg, and features G 1/4 BSP threading and a nickel-plated solid copper base boasting a high-performance microfin (0.5 mm) design. The VID-NX690 is currently in stock and costs $144.99.
Intel 1Gbps DOCSIS 3.0 gateway (cablemodem)
Intel sends out word that it previewed its first DOCSIS 3.0 cable gateway with 1Gbps throughput.
Intel Corporation today previewed its first DOCSIS* 3.0 cable gateway solution that is capable of 1 gigabit per second (Gbps). The Intel
Arctic Accelero Xtreme III VGA cooler is out
Arctic Cooler releases the Accelero Xtreme III, a new graphics card cooler with a copper base, 84 0.3mm thick aluminium fins, five 6mm heatpipes and three 92mm fans. Full specifications can be found over here.
ARCTIC is proud to release to you its new graphics card cooler - the Accelero Xtreme III. It is compatible with thes world's fastest single GPU along with a wide range of graphics cards. With 92 mm ultra-quiet PWM fans and five heatpipes, the Accelero Xtreme III provides an optimal cooling capacity of up to 300 Watts in total silence.
Tt eSPORTS Black Element Cyclone mouse comes with detachable fan
Personally I want mine to come with an espresso machione, but Tt eSPORTS reveals the Black Element Cyclone Edition, a new gaming mouse that comes with a detachable fan to cool your palm.
Tt eSPORTS is proud to present the World's first gaming mouse with detachable fan-device design - the BLACK Element Cyclone. A true gaming mouse that eliminates all possible situations that may occur in your gaming palm, BLACK Element Cyclone edition gaming mouse and its detachable fan-device allowing gamers to attach the fan on their familiar BLACK Element gaming mouse when gaming, and the rest leaves to Cyclone to take care of your gaming comfort and concentration.
Successful BLACK series
Back in 2010 when Tt eSPORTS BLACK gaming mouse was introduced, it was honorably selected as World Cyber Game's Official Hardware sponsor in 2010, and the world of e-Sports community began to notice Tt eSPORTS' competitive product development creativity and its futuristic industrial design.
The BLACK Element gaming mouse was then created to overwhelm e-Sports community with its two additional features: muscle power and visual effects. Its unbeatable 6500 DPI laser sensor engine and 5 amazing vibrant color choices to match gamer's preferences, are still exciting the e-Sports community and highly praised by media. In 2012, Tt eSPORTS proudly presents the BLACK Element Cyclone gaming mouse, an innovative gaming product that re-invents the mouse design. The Cyclone edition allows gamers to enjoy the same strength, same comfort, and same visual characters from its predecessor BLACK Element, but with extra cool when gaming. A true manifestation of dedicating the best gaming product development for the e-Sports community, Tt eSPORTS BLACK Element Cyclone edition is comfortable to grip and allows you to grip it while gentle breeze flowing from your fingertips to your heated palm, slowly cool down the temperature.
The result: simply fantastically amazing.
BLACK Element Cyclone is designed with detachable fan-device, and by itself is superbly created in so many respects:
Fan Speed RPM is enhanced up to 6,000.
The maxium airflow reaches to 2.7 CFM, or Cubic Feet per Minute. It is a technical measurement scale to calculate how much air is delivered from the wind source (fan device) to the directed area (fingertips and palm). Considering the close proximity between the mouse and the hand, 2.7 CFM airflow can efficiently dry-off the hand.
Cyclone's noise level is set at 21.7 dB, which is below the average environmental noise - 30dB - such as at library and the whispering noise level.
Detachable fan-device design, without compromising gamer's ultimate demands of concentration.
Hackers Targeting Diablo III Players
The reports coincided with the EU Diablo 3 servers going offline on Sunday afternoon for around four hours, preventing players from logging in (error 33). It has been suggested that the EU servers were taken offline following a SQL injection attack, but this remains unconfirmed.
Blizzard offers an Authenticator designed to provide extra security to your account. Donlan did not have the authenticator before the hack, but reports suggest accounts have been compromised even with this enabled.
One theory suggested by players on the Battle.net forum revolves around hijacking session identifiers, which would allow hackers to take over accounts without alerting Blizzard's authentication server. Again, this remains unconfirmed.
Whatever the cause, Blizzard will be keen to address the situation quickly, especially in light of the upcoming release of the real money auction house and the growing complaints from players. Blizzard said last week it was set for release at the end of the month.
OCZ Vertex 4 1.4
A short while ago we wrote an article about OCZ Vertex 4 1.4 firmware. Well it's out for grabs. The new update will bring significant performance increases to the product. If you decide to flash the firmware, remember to make a backup as this update will erase the data on your SSD.
- This is a destructive update. You MUST backup your data before performing the firmware update.
- Increased read performance at low queue depths
- Improved sequential write performance for 128GB and 256GB models
- Increased performance under specific workloads of mixed reads and writes
- Increased read performance on small file sizes (lower than 4K)
- Improved host compatibility with dated / uncommon BIOS revisions
- Improved stability when resuming from S3/S4 on older generation motherboards
AMDs Embedded Trinity Processor Launch
Advanced Micro Devices has launched the Embedded R-Series Platform, now officially. These are basically Trinity CPUs that are destined for embedded applications.
In the performance computing world, energy efficiency is mostly a new concept. The embedded market, on the other hand, is more about capability and how much performance can you get while maintaining a certain level of power consumption.
While during last week
MSI Z77A GD80 review
We review the MSI Z77A GD80 motherboard. Albeit the GD80 shares 95% of the DNA of the GD65 it comes with one feature that some of you will be very interested in, a ThunderBolt controller. So have a peek at what was just released, this is the MSI Z77A-GD80 motherboard. Onwards to the review please, click here.