MSI GeForce GTX 680 Twin Frozr III
That said, the GPU has a base core speed of 1,058 MHz and a GPU Boost speed of 1,124 MH (dynamic overclocking technology akin to CPU's Intel Turbo Boost / AMD Turbo Core). For those who need a reminder, the reference clocks are 1,006 MHz and 1,058 MHz, respectively.
Moving on, the 2 GB of GDDR5 memory have an actual speed of 1,502 MHz and 6 GHz effective. As for connectivity, there are two dual-link DVI ports, an HDMI connector and a DisplayPort output. It has apparently been designed to perfectly fit the PCB (printed circuit board) and has two 70mm fans ventilating an aluminum fin stack. The heat is led away from the GPU and everything else that produces heat (VRM memory etc.) by five 8mm nickel-plated copper heatpipes.
All in all, the video controller isn't the strongest out there but, on the other hand, it doesn't need as much energy either, making do with two 6-pin PCI Express power connectors.
Epic Games has a PC-exclusive game in the works
The panel is still going on, but we'll be sure to chat to the Epic folks as soon as it's over.
Update: Epic Games prez Mike Capps told us after the panel that the unannounced PC project is currently underway, and that the current plans are to keep the game exclusive to the PC platform. Unsurprisingly, he wouldn't tell us anything else.
Enermax Ostrog windowed case photos
Ventilation includes one rear 120 mm fan, one 120 mm front-intake fan, provisions for one 120 mm bottom-intake fan, two top 120 mm exhaust fans, and two 120 mm side-panel fans. The utility panel has two USB 3.0 ports (standard header), two USB 2.0 ports, apart from front-panel audio jacks.
EVGA Shows Z77 FTW mainboard
EVGA delivers the Z77 FTW, a new motherboard based on Intel's Z77 chipset. Full specifications at EVGA, they're offering it for pre-order at $329.99.
The perfect combination of features and performance has arrived with the EVGA Z77 FTW motherboard. With 3rd generation Intel Core processor support, full PCI-E 3.0 and 4-Way SLI Support, this motherboard is ready for the future of high performance computing.
The EVGA Z77 FTW is engineered from the ground up for the enthusiast. Robust overclocking features and BIOS settings allow you to maximize your performance and maintain stability.
The EVGA Z77 FTW takes performance to the next level with native USB 3.0 and SATA 6G support, enabling the next generation of external devices. Features
Performance is not the end of the story. 100% native USB 3.0 and SATA 6G, 4-Way SLI on PCI-E 3.0, dual Gigabit NIC
Intel SSD to Boost Windows 8 Boot, Wake Times
Vista and Office 2007 Enter Extended Support
Within this week, Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 will enter extended support. Below is what will actually happen during this transition:
In a product's extended support phrase, Microsoft continues to provide security patches to all users, but offers other fixes -- such as reliability and stability updates -- only to organizations that have signed support contracts with the company.
Both Vista and Office 2007 will continue to run, of course: The migration into extended support does not make them inoperable. Microsoft will deliver security updates for Vista and Office 2007 until mid-April 2017.
Facebook's USD 1 Billion Investment
It is all over the web that Facebook as accuired Instagram for $1 Billion! Below is one of the reason for Instagram\'s popularity:
Instagram is a mobile-only photo-sharing app. It grew from 1 million users in January 2011 to 15 million in December 2011. It has 30 million users now.
What's great about it is that it is very fast
Google Glasses Concept
Below is a concept video of Google glasses which is a very intriguing:
Facebooks response to a subpoena
What happens if a cop sends a subpoena to Facebook asking for information about your account? What will be the response? Below is an extract of what is actually submitted:
Facebook already shares its Law Enforcement Guidelines publicly, but we
ECS Z77H2-AX Golden motherboard preview
ECS of course will offer a good variety of Z77 products as well, today we preview the Z77H2-AX, a board that is going to surprise you. Dr. Evil's 'GOOOOOOOOOLD' will continuously pop into you mind whilst browsing through this review. The Z77H2-AX is gold plated everywhere.
The motherboard of course is intended for Intel's 22nm processors that will be coming out later this year based on Socket LGA1155 however the motherboard also supports Sandy bridge processors like the Core i7 2600K. With this preview we are able to give you a closer look at the motherboard itself -- and really the pictures alone are worth it.
Read the article here.
NVIDIA GeForce 301.24 Beta Drivers Out
This is the first 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
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 OC edition review
We review the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 OC edition with WindForce cooler. Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 680 OC (WindForce) edition comes with a custom made PCB that is armed with Gigabyte's durable component selection. Cooling will be based on the latest model of their three fan WindForce cooler, which I can say works pretty darn well in both performance and silence.
You'll spot two power connectors consist out of a 6-pin and one 8-pin PCIe PEG connector giving the card a little extra breathing room for overclocking. The card's base clock frequency is set at 1071 MHz while the memory runs stock clocked.
Read the article here.
More Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 680 photos
This little gobbler is a little freaky, hence we like it. More photo's surfaced on Inno3D's upcoming iChill GeForce GTX 680, which is in fact a hybrid solution.
he card will be cooled with the help of a liquid cooling setup while fans cool down the other essential components on the PCB. The liquid cooling solution 'should' be able to keep the card at 44 Degrees C. Currently the rest of the specs are unknown, so that means we do not know the clock frequencies. Rumors are though that the clocks could be increased up-to 20% meaning a 1.2 GHz core clock on the card.
Go check some photo's:
ASUS Maximus V GENE ROG Motherboard
The ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) has launched its Maximus V Series motherboards with the Maximus V GENE. This micro-ATX powerhouse is built using the latest Intel Z77 chipset, which supports Intel's latest LGA1155 processors. Featuring full PCI-Express Gen-3 capabilities with Intel's 3rd Generation processor the Republic of Gamers team equips the Maximus V GENE with exclusive features such as the Extreme Engine DIGI+ II power control design, SupremeFX III gaming audio, Intel Ethernet with ROG GameFirst software and the newly added mPCIe Combo card.
The mPCIe Combo card is a new innovation by the ROG team, combining the twin functions of mPCIe with mSATA into a single, extensible add-in card that still allows full use of the PCI-Express slots for multi-GPU graphics. With the addition of an mSATA SSD for use with Intel Smart Response Technology or simply installing the entire OS, this frees up standard SATA ports for other uses. The combination of a standard mPCIe socket on the other side allows unique upgrades such as WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G/4G, GPS and other connectivity.
The Maximus V GENE is true to the Republic of Gamers core, as a motherboard built for overclocking. Featuring the upgraded Extreme Engine DIGI+ II that includes 8+4+2 phase (CPU, iGPU, DRAM) and precise digital power control from two DIGI+ controllers combined with ROG UEFI BIOS functions, such as the new pre-configured memory IC profiles, yield a fantastic overclocking experience for enthusiasts.
Its 10k Black Metallic capacitors offer a 5x longer lifespan with 10k hours at 105C, and 20% better low temperature endurance - specifically selected for extreme cooling scenarios. The DRAM trace layout has also been further optimized over the previous Maximus IV generation to allow even higher frequencies as well.
SupremeFX III Sound - Premium Gaming Audio That Takes SNR To The 110dB Redline
Designed to bring gamers the best possible integrated audio, the SupremeFX III sound is a wholly separate sound PCB, identified by its 'redline' adjoining the main GENE motherboard. SupremeFX Shielding technology maximizes the audio quality by further isolating the audio processing from EMI, encasing the chipset under an aluminum cap. Combined with a large 1500uF buffer capacitor to provide sufficient energy to even the loudest sounds, SupremeFX III attains a lossless audio of up to 110dB SNR.
The addition of X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity, EAX Advanced HD 5.0, Creative Alchemy and THX TruStudio PRO complete the lineup of audio technologies on offer.
Intel Ethernet, ROG GameFirst and LucidLogix Virtu MVP
Intel Ethernet and ROG GameFirst software combines up to 35% saving in CPU usage with network traffic prioritizing, while LucidLogix Virtu MVP support enables a new hybrid graphics mode that boosts overall GPU performance by up to 60%.
Princeton Bluetooth Virtual KVM
There are times when a real keyboard and mouse would make it so much easier to add information to your tablet or smartphone, yet it's generally not that easy to make this happen. Japanese Princeton seems to have a solution that would simplify this greatly in the shape of its range of PSC Bluetooth KVM's.
What Princeton has done is to take a Bluetooth 3.0 dongle, some Windows and OS X drivers and added a sprinkle of its own software to allow for remote controlling of various devices. The magic is in the software, as it allows you to use the keyboard on your PC or Mac to controller either a smartphone, a tablet or another PC or Mac depending of which version you've bought.
The neat trick is that the input devices on the PC appear as Bluetooth HID devices which are generally well supported in most modern operating systems, no matter the device. There are of course some limitations here, for example mouse input only works on Android 3.1 or later, but keyboard input is meant to work on just about any mobile device. Sadly there's no screen mirroring, so you'll still have to look at the device in question, even though you're using the keyboard and mouse/trackpad of a PC or a Mac.
At 4,980 Yen (US$61/S$77) it's not a cheap solution though, but for anyone that wants to be able to use the same keyboard and mouse wirelessly with multiple devices, it might be money well spent. The USB dongles are compatible with Windows XP and later as well as OS X 10.6 or later. Sadly they're only ever likely to be available in Japan and the software is most likely only in Japanese.
Cougar Volant mid-tower gaming case
Cougar delivers Volant, a new mid-tower case for gamers. It features a rugged appearance and has room for up to eight fans.
COUGAR, leading German PC case and power supply brand, just introduced the latest addition to their line-up of high-end mid-tower PC cases. The COUGAR Volant with its optimized ventilation, by offering enough room for 8 installable fans, is particularly targeting demanding gamers and enthusiasts. To further improve ventilation and in-case airflow, the COUGAR Volant also sports an advanced cable-management keeping the inside clean and neat. Two holes in the backside of the chassis provide access for water cooling solutions. The combination of rugged lines, metal mesh elements and glossy surface ornaments lend the all-black COUGAR Volant mid-tower its unique gaming personality. A total of 7 PCIe slots allow for multiple-graphics setups in SLI and CrossfireX modes with state-of-the-art graphics cards of up to 320 mm/12.5
ECS Z77 Black Extreme Series Motherboards
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the world's top 3 motherboard maker, today reveals their first production of Z77 Black Extreme Series - Golden Limited Edition. Available in two models, Z77H2-AX and Z77H2-A2X, they are the top-of-the-line motherboards in the ECS Black Extreme Series, which enriches the series' themed slogan -- 'My Game, My Rules'.
The ECS Z77 Black Extreme Series - Golden Limited Edition features triple-thickness gold plated connectors and has passed the strictest quality tests, giving power users the security that the gold plating won't wear out after extensive component upgrades, safe guarding the board from the threat of corrosion.
The individually-numbered, handcrafted motherboards are stunningly outfitted in cool black with dazzling gold plated key components, giving both the Z77H2-AX and Z77H2-A2X a sophisticated and classy appearance that is unprecedented in the PC motherboard industry. Key features include: ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI graphics support with next generation PCI Express 3.0 to achieve the ultimate in 3D gaming performance and visual quality, QoolTech IV visible temperature technology to protect your valuable PC components, and support for the fastest 3rd generation Intel Core processors.
To ensure maximum reliability and customer satisfaction ECS has enhanced its already stringent quality control procedures by increasing the testing cycle for each of these very special boards to three times longer than the industry standard and by raising the burn in testing temperature to 125% of the industry standard.
The Z77 Black Extreme Series boards are the first to provide full support for Intel's next-generation Ivy Bridge CPUs for cutting edge performance, but they still maintain compatibility with older socket 1155 CPUs to provide an easy upgrade path. The new Intel Z77 chipset at the heart of these motherboards is the first to include USB 3.0 support without external chips, bringing greater performance, expandability and reliability. Moreover, the Z77H2-AX and Z77H2-A2X are the first generation with official support for PCI Express 3.0 add-on card technology, to get the most out of future generations of graphics cards as well as today's most powerful models. The new Lucid Virtu MVP chip gives consumers both the high performance of add-on graphics cards and the economical power saving of integrated graphics - by switching between them seamlessly and automatically.
The Z77H2-AX is at the forefront of the performance desktop PC market with support for three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, providing astonishingly realistic high speed graphics and physics performance for the latest games and entertainment. The Z77H2-A2X has two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, as well as a mini PCI Express slot. Both models provide enormous expansion capacity with an additional 2 PCI Express 2.0 slots, and even 2 PCI slots to support older add-on cards.
The ECS Golden Edition Z77H2-AX and Z77H2-A2X both incorporate the Mini PCIe feature that provides mini SATA or mini PCIe interface in order to support Intel Smart Response / Intel Smart Connect / Intel Rapid Start technologies, enabling better power saving as well as system longevity with greater responsiveness.
ECS' Z77 Black Extreme Series - Golden Edition provides huge capacity for ultra high speed storage. The Z77H2-AX is equipped with eSATA x2 (6Gb) and SATA x6 (6Gb/s x4 + 3Gb/s x2), while the Z77H2-A2X has eSATA x1 (3Gb) with DVI output. It is worth to mention that the Z77H2-AX model features the PLX ExpressLane PEX 874 Multi-Graphics Solution Chip, effectively doubling PCI Express 3.0 support to 2x16, enabling the user to take advantage of all 3 PCIe slots and the possible combinations of x16 and x8 channel cards.
Both the Z77H2-AX and Z77H2-A2X models offer Wireless LAN, Bluetooth, USB 3.0 x6 and USB 2.0 x6 support, 3-way NVIDIA SLI or ATI CrossFireX support, EZ charger and 1 Gigabit LAN to boost stronger Internet connectivity functions and expansion ability to your computer.
For overclockers and modders, ECS' Black Extreme Series - Golden Limited Edition provides a wealth of tweaking, control and adjustment features. Solid long-life capacitors in all critical areas guard against failure even in the most challenging conditions. Triple thickness gold plating on CPU, memory and add-on card sockets ensures these two models always provide a reliable connection, even with heavy use and in hostile environments. Thor Ultra Protection guards against component damage from static electricity in dry climates. And in a sea of lookalike products, the distinctive gold and black Z77H2-AX and Z77H2-A2X boards are undoubtedly the best-looking motherboards around.
The Z77H2-AX and Z77H2-A2X models are initially available in the US market in a very limited quantity: 200 pcs. Each of these high-end Z77 Black Extreme Series - Golden Limited Edition motherboards is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity personally signed by the General Manager of ECS, emphasizing the company's determination to guarantee quality, performance and ultimate reliability to its customers.
Swiftech Officially Rolls-Out the Komodo HD7970 Waterblock for Radeon HD 7970 Cards
Swiftech announced retail sales of the Komodo HD7970 waterblock for AMD's Radeon HD 7970 graphics card.
Covering the full-length of the card to protect its fragile components, and featuring an enhanced thermal design, illuminated bridge, and a comprehensive package including single-slot PCI bracket and a back-plate, this is the most sophisticated full-cover waterblock offered by Swiftech to date. Companion accessories complete the offering with optional CrossFireX bridges and adjustable connectors for multiple card configurations.
Komodo HD7970: $154.95
XFire X2 bridge: $21.95
XFire X3 bridge: $27.95
Connectors: $4.49 to $7.95
"We took our sweet time to release this product, but in the end I think the result was worth the wait!" Said Gabriel Rouchon Swiftech's Chairman & CTA.