Intel Ivy Bridge coming on Monday
It seems that Ivy Bridge processors will be released one week sooner than previously announced. Previously targeted for an April 29 announcement, Ivy bridge is now set for an April 23 introduction with Acer, HP and Lenovo expected to launch notebooks based on the new 22 nm processors.
Retailers across Europe apparently have posted Ivy Bridge CPUs ahead of their official availability as well. According to Heise.de, the models Core i7-3770K, Core i7-3770, Core i5-3570K, Core i5-3550 and Core i5-3450 have surfaced on price comparison sites for prices between 189 and 340 Euros. The website noted that Ivy Bridge processors are substantially more expensive than Sandy Bridge versions with the same clock speed. Those who can wait should probably hold off until there is a balance of supply and demand in the market.
2.5-inch HDDs for PCs on the rise
IHS iSuppli predicts desktops are set to adopt 2.5" HDDs as the All-in-One PC form factor gains favor:
Demand from all-in-one PCs combined with requirements for lower power consumption and a thinner, smaller storage alternative to existing 3.5-inch hard disc drives (HDD) will help create a viable market for 2.5-inch HDDs in desktops beginning next year.
Worldwide shipments of 2.5-inch HDDs to all-in-one PCs are forecast to reach approximately 1 million units in 2013, up from virtually zero this year, according to an IHS iSuppli Storage Space Market Brief from information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS). Shipments then will increase to 3 million units the following year and rise steadily until they hit some 7 million units in 2016, as shown in the figure below. The HDD market for all-in-one PCs will continue to be dominated by 3.5-inch discs, with shipments by 2016 estimated at 31 million units, but growth will be much slower for the segment during the same period than for 2.5-inch drives.
The 2.5-inch HDD is used widely today in a variety of products, including mobile or notebook PCs, external hard disk drives and in enterprise applications such as servers and storage systems. Their advantages over conventional 3.5-inch HDDs include a smaller form factor, lower power consumption and higher endurance.
Of late, however, the 2.5-inch drives have also become attractive and desirable for desktop PCs, especially among all-in-one computers.
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Grim Dawn gets a Kickstarter campaign
Crate Entertainment (ex-Titan Quest developers) decided to jump on the Kickstarter bandwagon and initiated a campaign for their upcoming action RPG, Grim Dawn. Crate Entertainment's goal is $280,000 and there are 31 days left until the end of their Kickstarter campaign. Below you will find the game's key features. Grim Dawn will:
- Be DRM free!
- Include robust modding tools so you can create your own worlds!
- Be faster-paced, with much more satisfying enemy hit reactions and deaths.
- Allow you to fight house-to-house as you lay waste to enemies and the former owner's furniture in the process. Break through walls to open up new areas of exploration!
- Feature a more open-world design with randomized elements that will greatly enhance replay-ability. Each play-through will be unique with 'set-piece' spawners that can turn a patch of wilderness into different types of enemy camps, a traveling merchant caravan, etc, each with their own unique art.
- If you don't want to follow the main story, you aren't forced to. Non-linear progression allows you to unlock new areas by repairing bridges, defeating enemy blockades, etc, as soon as you have the resources and power to do it. Race ahead into higher-level areas and get pwned, we'll warn you but we're not going to stop you!
- Let you combine any two of five distinct skill classes, each with multiple skill trees in which to specialize. Spend money to reclaim skill points if you're unhappy with your build.
- Have a refined loot system that drops far less junk-items, produces more uber randomized gear and ensures more consistent rewards rom hero and boss monsters.
- Immerse you in a gritty, dangerous, Victorian era fantasy world where humankind has been pushed to the brink of extinction by warring otherworldly powers.
- Give players meaningful quest choices and the ability to visually change the starting town as they help to rebuild and secure the future survival of humanity.
- Let you ally with NPC factions to earn rewards and unlock new quest lines. Be wary though, aiding one group can make another your enemy!
- Join up with friends in coop-multiplayer through online match-making or play over LAN and experience the full game together.
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Cooler Master Extreme II PSUs revealed
Cooler Master reveals its new Extreme II power supplies. The Extreme 2 series will be available in 475W, 525W, 625W and 725W editions for $49.99, $54.99, $74.99 and $94.99, respectively.
Cooler Master, an industry leading chassis, thermal solution, peripheral, and accessory manufacturer today announces its new, more powerful, Extreme 2 Series of power supplies.
Packed with Power
Operating on a powerful dual +12V rail system, the Extreme 2 Series makes itself perfectly suited for powering multiple graphics cards and other demanding system components. This is achieved through the inclusion of higher quality components and process improvements that allow for higher wattage and amperage loads that result in increasing each models overall value to our users.
Peace of Mind
The Extreme 2 Series features world-class safeguards that consist of multiple over power protections which help prevent unfortunate home electrical issues from reaching your computer system?fs vital components. Ensuring a long operating life, Extreme 2 Series power supplies include highly durable capacitors with heat resistance of up to 105?
XigmaTek GIGAS review
SFF / MicroATX cases are typically smaller than typical ATX towers. This means that although the same standard hardware is supported, it is supported in lower quantities. Typically these boxes are used as a suitable HTPC home (home-theater personal computer), but with the looks the GIGAS offers, it would make a great gaming system as well as even lengthy graphics cards, ( up-to 320mm (12.5 inches) can be installed.
Read the review here.
ADATA XPG SX900 SSD
ADATA introduces the XPG SX900, a new solid state disk with the SandForce 2281 controller:
Intel first-quarter profit $2.7 billion
Intel first-quarter profit comes in at $2.7 billionIntel announced first-quarter revenue of $12.9 billion and net income of $2.7 billion, or 53 cents per share. In the same period last year, the chip giant pulled in a profit of $3.16 billion, or 56 cents a share. For the current quarter Intel anticipates revenue of $13.6 billion, plus or minus $500 million, thereby besting analyst expectations of $13.43 billion, according to data collected by Bloomberg.
Intel Corporation today reported quarterly revenue of $12.9 billion, operating income of $3.8 billion, net income of $2.7 billion and EPS of $0.53. The company generated approximately $3.0 billion in cash from operations, paid dividends of $1.0 billion and used $1.5 billion to repurchase stock.
Windows 8 to have just three SKUs
Microsoft revealed on its Windows blog that there will be three versions of Windows 8, you can read all the details over here. For desktop PCs, laptops and tablets the software giant will have "Windows 8" and "Windows 8 Pro", while the new "Windows RT" is designed for Windows on ARM (WOA) devices.
For PCs and tablets powered by x86 processors (both 32 and 64 bit), we will have two editions: Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. For many consumers, Windows 8 will be the right choice. It will include all the features above plus an updated Windows Explorer, Task Manager, better multi-monitor support and the ability to switch languages on the fly (more details on this feature can be found in this blog post),which was previously only available in Enterprise/Ultimate editions of Windows. For China and a small set of select emerging markets, we will offer a local language-only edition of Windows 8.
Windows 8 Pro is designed to help tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals obtain a broader set of Windows 8 technologies. It includes all the features in Windows 8 plus features for encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. Windows Media Center will be available as an economical
ARM Cortex-A15 Quad-Core Hard Macro
ARM announced the Cortex-A15 Quad-Core Hard Macro. This new 28nm quad-core chip runs at 2GHz and promises a performance level in excess of 20,000DMIPS.
ARM today announced the availability of a high performance, power-optimized quad-core hard macro implementation of its flagship ARM
IKEA Uppleva furniture integrates TV, speakers and Blu-ray
IKEA has designed Uppleva, a range of home entertainment systems that feature an LCD TV, a 2.1 sound system and a Blu-ray player, all integrated into one piece of furniture. The concept eliminates the usual cable mess behind your TV, with Uppleva you'll see just two cables; the power cable and aerial.
Uppleva will come in three different designs, with a range of screen sizes starting at 24 inches. If the built-in Blu-ray player isn
The Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition Released
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MSI GeForce GTX 680 TwinFrozr III OC review
They popped a TwinFrozr III cooler on there with five thick 8mm heatpipes which should give some good cooling performance. The card comes factory overclocked though giving it a little more bite. Read the review right here.
1 TB Model Western Digital VelociRaptor
Western Digital today announced it is now shipping the new WD VelociRaptor 1 TB hard drive, the latest addition to its award-winning drive family, the largest capacity 10,000 RPM hard drive on the market today. Designed for high-performance PCs, Mac computers and professional workstations that require a balance of high performance and capacity, the WD VelociRaptor drive is a favorite among enthusiasts and creative professionals. The WD VelociRaptor will also come in capacities of 500 GB and 250 GB.
Leveraging enterprise-class mechanics to provide 24x7 durability under high-performance workloads, the new WD VelociRaptor 1 TB hard drive is geared for creative professionals who demand the ultimate SATA drive. Creative pros use write-intensive applications that manage large, dynamic files; for example, video editing and digital content creation and management, which ultimately put a strain on storage devices that utilize write-challenged NAND memory for performance enhancement. WD VelociRaptor's outstanding read and write performance across the entire disk capacity makes it a perfect match for the creative professional and enthusiast who want to optimize their tools, enhance productivity, and increase storage space at the same time.
"WD is committed to providing customers with the best performing and most reliable SATA hard drives and our WD VelociRaptor family of drives underscores that promise," said Darwin Kauffman, vice president and general manager of WD's enterprise storage. "With ever-increasing demand for greater capacity, the new 1 TB WD VelociRaptor drive delivers the ultimate combination of speed and storage for the power user."
The WD VelociRaptor 2.5-inch hard drive comes in the IcePack enclosure, a 3.5-inch mounting frame with built-in heat sink - a factory customization that fits the drive into a standard 3.5-inch system bay and keeps the powerful drive extra cool when installed in a high-performance desktop or workstation system.
Features of the WD VelociRaptor hard drives include:
- Super speed - SATA 6 Gb/s interface and 64 MB cache optimize the 10,000 RPM WD VelociRaptor.
- Higher capacity - WD VelociRaptor SATA hard drives employ Advanced Format Technology to achieve capacities up to 1 TB.
- Rock-solid reliability - Designed and manufactured to workstation standards to deliver stellar reliability in high workload environments.
- Ultra-cool operation - Consumes less idle power and uses similar active power as the previous generation WD VelociRaptor while offering greater capacity and performance.
- Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) - Optimizes operation and performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis.
- NoTouch ramp load technology - The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection when in transit.
- Environmentally conscious - In addition to being RoHS-compliant, this generation of WD VelociRaptor is also a halogen-free design.
Price and Availability
WD VelociRaptor hard drives are available now at select distributors, resellers and e-tailers, and come with a five-year limited warranty. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD VelociRaptor 1 TB (model #: WD1000DHTZ) is $319.99 USD, the 500 GB version (model #: WD5000HHTZ) is $209.99 USD and the 250 GB version (model #: WD2500HHTZ) is $159.99 USD.
AMD Radeon HD 7900 gets price cuts
AMD's Radeon HD 7900 series has received a price cut, the Radeon HD 7970 and 7950 can now be found for $479 and $399, respectively. Additionally, the site also received word that select etailers and retail partners will be offering the cards with a "Three for Free" promotion, as customers will receive Codemasters' Dirt: Showdown, Alientrap's Nexuiz, and Ubisoft's Deus Ex: Human Revolution for free.
The Radeon HD 7800 series' pricing remains the same, but the Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition should now be available for as low as $139.
Considering the the 7970 and 7950 launched at a respective $549 and $449, those price cuts are sizable. Not to mention appropriate. The 7970 should now be slightly cheaper than Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 680, which outperforms the AMD card overall and costs $499. Yes, the GTX 680 still isn't in stock at Newegg, and that spoils its competitive position somewhat
Intel Ivy Bridge gets pre-launch price cut
Intel has given some of its Ivy Bridge processors a price cut, even though the chips aren't even launched yet.
With Intel having had a hard time making up its mind with regards to when to actually launch its upcoming Ivy Bridge processors, we finally have some good news to report just ahead of the actual launch, Intel has decided to sell the new processors for less than initially expected. We've seen recent pricing details with the older prices still mentioned and although the price cuts aren't huge, any saving is a saving, right?
As you can see in the chart below, the average price cuts end up somewhere between US$7-8, not a massive amount, but considering that early price estimates were even higher, this is all good news. Do note that this is Intel's recommended customer pricing for 1,000 units and not the actual retail pricing.