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Intel series 520 240GB SSD review
We review the Intel series 520 240GB SSD. They now have multiple SSDs on the market initially with their proprietary controller, then a Marvel controller, and today Intel releases the Series 520 SSDs based on SandForce, well LSI these days.
According to Intel that will increase sequential read and write performance to 520MB/s, which makes the Series 520 the fastest SSDs they have ever produced.
Read the full article right here.
AMD Expects a Major Consumer Product Company to Use Its Chips
Advanced Micro Devices revealed many things during its Financial Analyst Day, some good (like plans for a
Deep Cool Gamer Storm Assassin CPU Cooler
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Xigmatek Gigas Brushed Aluminum Micro-ATX Cube Case Announced
Xigamtek is celebrating a first with the Gigas Micro-ATX Cube, as it is their first Aluminum chassis. Even with its compact dimensions, the Gigas Cube manages to fit high-end Hardware, allowing one to easily build a potent HTPC or Gaming system. USB 3.0, space for up to 4 fans, along with a fan controller round up the list of features.
Super Talent quad-channel DDR3 kits
Super Talent introduced new quad-channel DDR3 memory with clockspeeds of 1600MHz and 1866MHz. You can get it as 4GB modules or in 16GB kits.
Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND flash solutions, today announces their Quadra series, overclocked, quad-channel DDR3 memory kits, targeted at the extreme enthusiast market.
Gamers and enthusiasts already know about Intel
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Germany Bans Apple's iCloud; iPhone 4, iPad 2 Spared From Second Ban
Germany, by far, has appeared the most willing to ban both Android and Apple products. Due to that, both sides have focused their efforts on German court. Apple has at least two suits against Motorola.
The German court is also preparing to hear new suits and countersuits between Apple and Samsung. Apple vs. HTC suits are also pending. The situation in Germany has devolved under a bewildering mess, but as far as the available information indicates, the only thing that remains officially banned at this point is the original Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- although the iCloud/MobileMe could soon join it.
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Creative HN-900 and Aurvana X-Fi 2 Noise-Canceling Headphones
Creative Technology Ltd today announced the new Creative HN-900 headphones, which utilize active noise cancellation to reduce ambient noise by up to 85 percent. The Creative HN-900 headphones also feature an in-line microphone and switch for convenient one-click voice communication on the iPhone, and 40 mm Neodymium drivers and gold-plated plugs for outstanding audio playback. Dual-mode usage allows active noise-cancellation for up to 40 hours by a single AAA alkaline battery or in passive mode without power.
Creative today also introduced the Aurvana X-Fi 2 Noise-Canceling Headphones, which utilize active noise cancellation to reduce ambient noise by up to 90 percent, and feature X-Fi audio technology for improved sound quality and a virtual surround sound effect that is ideal for watching in-flight entertainment.
The Creative X-Fi Crystalizer utilizes algorithms to make any digital audio sound better by intelligently and selectively restoring the highs and lows that were lost during MP3 or other compression. The Creative X-Fi CMSS-3D virtually transforms stereo headphone playback into the more immersive listening experience of a surround sound speaker system. Users can independently select noise cancellation, X-Fi Crystalizer, X-Fi CMSS-3D and volume with convenient controls on the headphones. All of the technologies can be enjoyed together for up to nine hours from two AAA batteries. The headphones can also be used without audio technologies in passive mode.
Technical Specifications of the Creative HN-900
- 40 mm Neodymium magnet drivers
- Frequency Response of 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz
- Noise Reduction Level of -18 dB (85%)
- Impedance of 290 ohms
- Sensitivity at 1 kHz of 100 dB/mW
- Frequency Response of 100 Hz ~ 10 kHz
- Impedance of <2.2 kohms
- Sensitivity at 1 kHz of -38 dBV/Pa
- Cable length of 1.5m detachable with inline microphone
- Approximate battery life of up to 40 hours from 1 x AAA alkaline battery.
- Product weight of 168 grams
Technical Specifications of the Creative Aurvana X-Fi 2
- 40 mm Neodymium magnet drivers
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
- Noise Reduction Level: 20 dB
- Impedance: 450 ohms (on), 72 ohms (off)
- Sensitivity (1 kHz): 105 dB/mW (on), 95 dB/mW (off)
- Oxygen-Free Copper cables
- Gold-plated connectors, including airline adapter
- 1.5m (5 ft) standard cable and 1.5m (5 ft) extension (iPhone compatible)
The Creative HN-900 noise-canceling headphones are now available at creative.com and InMotion Entertainment at the suggested retail price of US$99.99. The Creative Aurvana X-Fi noise-canceling headphones will be available in February 2012 at the suggested retail price of US$199.99.
Motherboard prices expected to increase 10% by next quarter
Thanks to increasing world market prices of copper, the major retail motherboard manufacturers are looking at increasing their motherboard prices by about 10 percent or so come April. This is bad news for Intel, as this will end up coinciding with Intel's launch of its Ivy Bridge processors and the new 7-series chipsets as vr-zone reports:
The price of copper has increased by over US$600 per tonne in only a few weeks' time and even though motherboards only use a few hundred grams of copper, the increased cost per tonne is still going to have an adverse effect on motherboard pricing. It's also likely lead to increased costs of other computer components such as high-end graphics cards which use 10 layer PCBs.
On top of everything else, wages in China are going up which is further helping to increase the cost for the motherboard makers. Even so, according to Digitimes, Asus is expecting to see an increase in motherboard shipments by 10 percent, with Gigabyte expecting an increase of as much as 20 percent in the first quarter of this year, compared to the same quarter last year.
Update: We were contacted by Gigabyte with regards to this story and the company stated that it is not expecting any increase to the pricing of its motherboards and the information posted on Digitimes is incorrect as far as Gigabyte is concerned. Gigabyte is expecting to launch its next generation of LGA-1155 motherboards at similar price points as its current LGA-1155 motherboards, depending on the feature set on offer. The company is also expecting to see improved performance of the new motherboards compared to its current range of LGA-1155 models.
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Sandra 2012 SP1c - 18.28 download
SiSoftware Sandra remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, PDAs, smart-phones and networks.
- GP (GPU/APU) Benchmarks: optimisations for APUs, both current AMD and future Intel when using complex kernels that overwhelm them. APU mode can run different kernels on CPU & GPU part, selecting the best for each device.
- Dedicated high-performance GPUs will still execute the "heavier" kernels which allow better compute core utilisation but are too large for APUs.
- File System Benchmark: reduced run-time and test file size while maintaining score quality (i.e. similar margin of error). You can test slow drives even on systems with large disk caches (i.e. large memory)
- Ranker: is finally operational after over 1 month outage due to server transfer gone wrong; most benchmark results have been restored. With 41 benchmarks and over 200,000 scores in popular benchmarks the total number or scores is somewhat large.
- Cache/Memory Latencies Benchmark: here is a public article detailing our methodology on measuring cache/memory latencies, why, what and how is measured, and how our results relate to manufacturer results.
Radeon HD 7950 Overclock Guide
We take a Radeon HD 7950 overclock it the normal way and then voltage tweaked. So that way we will demonstrate not one, but two maximum overclock conditions alongside TDP, heat, noise and performance levels.
You will notice that if you go for long lifespan a long-lived card that overclocking the old fashioned way will not disappoint. A good GHz on the GPU (default = 800 MHz) is certainly something you can achieve. However voltage tweaking will bring you towards another level alright, roughly 1150 MHz.
Read our article right here.
MSI Z77A-GD65 Ivy Bridge Motherboard Surfaces
Check out MSI's Z77A-GD65 motherboard for Ivy Bridge processors, it was shown at this year
CM Storm Trooper gets limited time price cut
Cooler Master celebrates its 20th anniversary by dropping the price of the CM Storm Trooper case from the original launch price of $189.99 to $149.99, for a limited time. Cooler Master, an industry leading chassis, thermal solution, peripheral, and accessory manufacturer today announces an exciting new offering as part of its ongoing 20th anniversary celebration.
As a part of Cooler Master
AMD reveals APU and discrete graphics roadmap
AMD revealed an updated APU and discrete graphics card roadmap yesterday at the company's Financial Analyst Day.
You can see two new System On Chip architectures, code named Kabini and Temash. Interesting is seeing AMD's next generation Sea Islands GPU architecture.
In AMD's x86 arsenal, the Trinity APU (aka the 2nd gen A Series) is made on 32 nm process technology, and features DirectX 11 graphics, two/four Piledriver cores (Piledrive is said to deliver 25% better performance than the Stars cores found in Llano APUs), and a TDP that can go as low as 17 W on mobile parts.
No information was given beyond the Sea Islands code name, expected debut is in 2013. Check out the slide: