Galaxy GeForce GTX 580 Multi-Display Support Pictured
check out this unreleased custom design GeForce GTX 580 graphics card by Galaxy. The card has redone display logic that gives it a total resolution of 5760 x 1080 (the MDT technology). 3x 1920 x 1080 displays can be connected to it without needing another card. Its display outputs include three mini-HDMI and a full-size DisplayPort. Display management is backed by Galaxy's in-house EZY display setting software.
The card uses a huge heatsink to which heat is fed by a number of heat pipes, and ventilated by three 80 mm fans.
OCZ Synapse Cache SSD review
While OCZ just released the Revodrive Hybrid, they now also launch a seriously fast SSD just for caching. Combined with their Dataplex cache application software and your own HDD, the combination could be just what you are looking for, all at a much better price as well with no limitations to your hardware setup.
It's armed with a SandForce 2281 controller and the means to use it, as alongside the SSD you get to use the very same cache software layer the RevoDrive Hybrid uses, Dataplex. A cache in combination with the Synapse SSD offers read speeds of up-to 550MB/s and write performance of up-to 490 MB/sec.
Read the review right here.
Kingston HyperX Genesis Kits for Quad-Channel
Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced a range of HyperX Genesis memory in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB kits to support the new Intel Sandy Bridge-E X79 quad-channel processors and X79 Express-based motherboards. Kingston HyperX Genesis is the perfect solution for enthusiasts who require 4x raw performance increases afforded by quad channel over single channel solutions.
For extreme users who require both the fastest memory and largest capacity, Kingston's 2400MHz and 2133MHz will soon be available in both 8 GB and 16 GB kits of four modules. Other HyperX Genesis memory for X79 systems include 1866 MHz and 1600 MHz frequencies in kits of four and eight, with capacities ranging from 8GB to 32GB. All of Kingston's HyperX kits have achieved Intel XMP certification and are compatible with the latest X79 motherboards from vendors such as ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI and ASRock.
"Our latest HyperX offerings are specifically made to maximize performance in Intel's new Core i7-3960X or 3930K processors with quad-channel memory support," said Mark Tekunoff, senior technology manager, Kingston. "HyperX Genesis for the X79 platform will scale new overclocking heights for extreme gamers, benchmarkers, content creators and enthusiasts."
Modern Warfare 3 sales top $775 million in first 5 days
Activision announced Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has set a net entertainment sales record by grossing over $775 million worldwide in its first five days of availability.
Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), announced today that Call of Duty
SteelSeries SRW-S1 handheld steering wheel
SteelSeries delivers a somewhat weird gaming peripheral; a handheld steering wheel without floor pedals. The Simraceway SRW-S1 is designed as an affordable, high-performance PC controller, it has a hand-controlled paddle system on the rear of the wheel and has over 20 on-wheel buttons and dials.
SteelSeries, the leading manufacturer of premium-quality, competitive gaming peripherals and Ignite Game Technologies, creators of groundbreaking auto racing platform Simraceway
Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 225MB/s
Kingston announced the DataTraveler HyperX 3.0, a new USB 3.0 flash drive that promises read speeds of up to 225MB/s and write speeds of up to 135MB/s. The device has a metal and rubberized casing and is available in capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.
Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the Kingston DataTraveler
KFA2 launches its GTX 570 MDT X4
KFA2 announced today the GTX 570 MDT X4 EX OC, the latest in the line of MDT series multi-display performance gaming graphics cards.
The KFA2 GeForce 570 MDT X4 is designed to play the latest DirectX11 games in full 1080p. Whilst the KFA2 GeForce 570 supports up to 4 monitors its main feature includes
Intel 7-Series Ivy Bridge Chipsets Details
Together with the Ivy Bridge CPUs, Intel's 7-series motherboard chipsets will form the Maho Bay desktop platform, and the chip maker plans to split this PCH range into two different groups.
The first of these will target the consumer market and includes three platform controller hubs (PCHs) dubbed Z77, Z75 and H77, which feature similar specifications apart from some minor changes.
The most feature rich chipset of the three, the Z77, will packs four USB 3.0 ports, two SATA 6Gbps, four SATA 3Gbps connectors and can split the 16 PCI Express lanes available from the CPU into a pair of x8 lanes or into an x8 + x4 + x4 configuration.
The two other PCH controllers in the consumer series will also receive support for SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0, but won't provide the same PCI Express lane flexibility, while the H77 will also drop overclocking support.
On the enterprise side of the fence, Intel's 7-series chipset lineup will be comprised out of three solutions, the Q77, Q75 and B75, all of these featuring support for Ivy Bridge integrated graphics and a legacy PCI slot.
Support for version 11 of the Intel Rapid Storage Technology will be available in both of these chipset series.
In addition to the details regarding these PCH controllers, the Intel documents published by XFastest also unveil some information regarding the Ivy Bridge processors.
Intel X79 Boards compatible with 2012 Ivy Bridge-E CPUs
The new X79 chipset is expected to be compatible with the chip maker's 2012 high-performance CPUs based on the Ivy Bridge-E architecture.
This information was provided by a user from a Chinese forum, who posted what appears to be an Intel slide which details the socket compatibility of the company's X79 chipset for LGA 2011 motherboards.
According to this slide, users who buy an X79 Express powered board will still have a use for this after the release of the Ivy Bridge-E processors, which is expected to take place next year.
While the slide doesn't go into details, it does list the current Intel DX79SI motherboard, which leads us to believe that the changes between the two platforms will be kept to a minimum enabling board makers to support Ivy Bridge-E via a simple BIOS update.
Little is known at this point in time about Ivy Bridge-E processors apart from the fact that these will be built on Intel's advanced 22nm process node, and that they will presumably use the LGA 2011 socket.
According to the same Chinese website cited above, the first Ivy Bridge-E processors are expected to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2012. The Intel X79 Express PCH was designed to support LGA 2011 processors and it includes native support for a pair of SATA 6Gbps ports, four SATA 3Gbps ports and also carries an additional 8 lane PCI Express controller.
Intel 50-core Knights Corner promises 1 teraFLOPS
Intel demonstrated Knights Corner, an upcoming 22nm "compute accelerator" that promises the deliver a double precision floating point performance of 1 teraFLOPS. The chip will be Intel's first commercially available many integrated cores (MIC) architecture product, it features 50 cores and will compete with GPUs like NVIDIA's Tesla. The launch date of this Larrabee on steroids is still unknown.
Knights Corner, the first commercial Intel MIC architecture product, will be manufactured using Intel
Titanoboa meets the Mondo Spider
Titanoboa is a reincarnation of the ancient 50ft long serpent rendered extinct by past climate change. It was built at eatART in East Vancouver, BC, Canada.
ANNO 2070 - Continuous mode trailer
ASUS TUF Sabertooth X79 review
ASUS initially had a mild success with the Sabertooth series, they carefully launched just in the USA as a tryout, yet once the concept picked up, they noticed demand worldwide. Head on over to the next page where we'll discuss the X79 chipset, the respective ASUS models. Then we'll throw a decent photo-shoot and a benchmark suite at the products and get an indication what performance is like with the Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E) and X79 Platform.
Check out the full review here.
AMD changes Some APU, CPU Prices; New Athlon II
The A4-3300 and A4-3400 see a price change as well as the A6-3500 and the FX-6100.
The six-core FX-6100 socket AM3+ processor saw a $10 price-cut, sending its price down from $165 to $155. Lastly, AMD introduced a new Athlon II processor in the FM1 package, the Athlon II X4 651, AMD's second, after Athlon II X4 631. This quad-core chip has 1 MB L2 cache per core, and is clocked at 3.00 GHz, 400 MHz higher than the Athlon II X4 631.
Mach Xtreme quad-channel Urban series DDR3
Mach Xtreme launches quad-channel Urban DDR3 for Intel's Sandy Bridge-E. Mach Xtreme Technology Inc., a worldwide leader in top performance, high reliability and user-friendly designed PC components, today unveiled Urban Series Quad-Channel DDR3 memory kits giving demanding enthusiasts exactly what they need. The kits are optimized for Intel X79 express chipset based motherboards.
Urban quad-channel DDR3 modules offer desktop users groundbreaking computing experience at an attractive price point. Featuring enhanced capacity of 4GB per module, these new high-density 16GB kits provide customers with cutting-edge memory solution that significantly increases memory space driving breakthrough gaming and digital media content creation performance of X79 based systems. Each kit is designed to work as a kit and users working with the latest operating system can keep multiple applications open or run smoothly memory intensive graphic programs. The uniquely designed lightweight heatsink is made of specially imported top grade Japanese aluminum.
Each module is 100% hand-tested for quality assurance and is backed by lifetime warranty. Coupled with an attractive price, the Urban 16GB kits are an excellent choice for your X79 upgrade.
Urban Series High-Density Quad-Channel DDR3 Memory Kits at A Glance:
- 1333MHz Quad-Channel DDR3
- Voltage 1.5V
- Density 16GB (4GB x4)
- Patented High-quality Japanese Lightweight Aluminum Heat-sink
- Certification: ROHS, WEEE, CE, FCC
- Models: MXD3U133316GQ @ 1333MHz (CL 9)
- Warranty: Lifetime
ASUS Rampage IV Formula and Rampage IV Gene
The ASUS ROG Rampage IV Formula and Rampage IV Gene will be releases soon as well, as TPU reported today:
Press shots and presentation slides of the Rampage IV Formula started making waves today. Pictures reveal the board to be standard ATX. Unlike the Extreme, Formula has just four DDR3 DIMM slots (one slot per memory channel), yet it supports all the DRAM multipliers Extreme does. The CPU is powered by a 11-phase Digi+ VRM. It is wired to four PCI-Express 3.0 (capable) x16 slots, among which two are PCI-Express 3.0 x16 capable, and all four are x8 capable, depending on the way they are populated with addon cards. Apart from these long slots, there are two PCI-E 2.0 x1. 4-way SLI and CrossFireX are supported. Storage connectivity includes four SATA 3 Gb/s (black), four SATA 6 Gb/s (red, two from the PCH, two from third-party controller), and two eSATA 6 Gb/s (also from a third-party controller).
ASUS deployed a new audio solution on this board, putting its experience with audiophile-grade sound cards to 'sound' use. The board features what's called ASUS SupremeFX III. It combines a new conventional high signal-noise ratio (high-quality/fidelity) HD Audio CODEC (probably ALC898), with an active circuit that works to eliminate EMI noises commonly found on motherboards. The circuit consists of a 1500 uF capacitor that works to dampen EMI noises, the CODEC chip is covered with an EMI shield, and the area where the CODEC is located is electrically isolated from the rest of the board. At the analog output cluster, the audio jacks are gold-plated. As a neat cosmetic touch, ASUS used its PCB printer to lay a fiber-optic trace like a wire on the topmost PCB layer, at one of its ends is a blood-red LED, this wire ends up looking a a groovy red line connecting the CODEC to the audio jack cluster and front-panel HDA header, and a glowing ROG "eye" logo. Again, this is a purely cosmetic touch.
There is one Ethernet connection, driven by an Intel-made controller. There are six USB 3.0 ports, four on the rear panel, two via header. A bunch of USB 2.0 and PS/2 combo make for the rest of the rear panel. Here, you will also find ROG connect and CMOS clear switches (can be disabled), and a BIOS flashback button that helps the UEFI BIOS recover from bad settings/flashes. It's basically a panic button.
ROG exclusives include a feature-rich ROG UEFI firmware setup program, TweakIT, ProbeIT, LN2-safe mode, Voltiminder, onboard OC switches, ROG Connect, ROG Flashback, ROG Gamefirst, and XSocket. XSocket is a unique CPU socket retention clip custom-made by ASUS, which lets you use any socket LGA1366-supporting cooler or water-block on the LGA2011 socket. Expect the ASUS Rampage IV Formula to have a sweet price.
ASUS announced Rampage IV Gene to its internal partners (and not to the general public), it is a micro-ATX motherboard for the LGA2011 platform, though it didn't talk about it much. In fact the slide detailing it had its picture blurred, and used the wrong picture for Rampage IV Formula picture. We'll try to find out more about this board in the coming days.