ASRock Z77 lineup leaked onto web
Details of some of ASRock's upcoming Z77 motherboards appeared on the web, you can expect to see the H77M, H77 Pro4/MVP, Z77 Pro4, Z77 Pro4-M, Z77 Extreme4, Z77 Extreme6, Fatal1ty Z77 Professional and Fatal1ty Z77 Professional-M. The last three of those models have made appearances on various websites and the Z77 Extreme6 has been extensively detailed as you can see below. Vrzone:
For starters it has three x16 PCI Express ready slots, of which the first two are PCI Express 3.0 slots that will operate in dual x8 mode when both slots are in use. It's not clear as to what the third slot is, but presumably we're looking at a x4 slot here. The board also has a PCI Express x1 slot, two PCI slots and a mini card PCI Express slot
Gigabyte G1.Sniper mATX spotted
Check out Gigabyte's G1.Sniper M3, an upcoming mATX edition that shares some of the features of the G1.Sniper 3. You can check it out over here. The G1.Sniper M3 starts off with a pair of x16 PCI Express 3.0 slots, albeit both slots would as usual operate in dual x8 mode when used with a pair of graphics cards. The board also has a x16 PCI Express 2.0 slot, although it only has four lanes connected via the chipset, as well as a x1 PCI Express 2.0 slot. You only get two SATA 6Gbps and three SATA 3Gbps ports.
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CPU-Z 1.6 Download
CPU-Z is a diagnostic tool that provides information on your CPU, including: processor name and vendor, core stepping and process, processor package, internal and external clocks, clock multiplier, partial overclock detection, processor features, supported instructions sets, L1 and L2 cache information, location, size, speed, and technology.
CPU-Z is a freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system.
* Name and number.
* Core stepping and process.
* Core voltage.
* Internal and external clocks, clock multiplier.
* Supported instructions sets.
* Cache information.
* Vendor, model and revision.
* BIOS model and date.
* Chipset (northbridge and southbridge) and sensor.
* Graphic interface.
* Frequency and timings.
* Module(s) specification using SPD (Serial Presence Detect) : vendor, serial number, timings table.
* Windows and DirectX version.
We also updated the HWMonitor 1.19 download which got updated to 1.19 recently as well. Download that software here.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR announced
The new model, positioned between the EOS 5D Mark II and Canon
AMD Catalyst 12.x 8.96 February 28
This is the latest AMD Catalyst Package from the 8.96 branch with a build date of February 28th. There's no further information available just yet. For Windows Vista an 7 32 and 64-bit
Driver Packaging Version: 8.96-120228m-134331E-ATI
2D Driver Version: 8.01.01.1243
Direct3D Version: 7.14.10.0903
OpenGL Version: 220.127.116.1116
Catalyst Control Center Version: 2012.0228.2021.36392
You can discuss the drivers here.
Guru3D download mirrors here.
Corsair Vengeance K90 review
We review the Corsair Vengeance K90 keyboard. The K90 has everything the K60 has in terms of the overall basis and concept, but it adds some more features. Adjustable backlit keys, a bucket load of function 'G' keys that can be programmed as macro and a keyboard wide wrest rest all in all making the K90 superior towards the K60 in a couple of ways.
Read the article right here.
Kepler will be Unbeatable: NVIDIA
a Facebook wall post by NVIDIA Italy, which reads (in Italian, of course):
Aspettando Kepler... pazienza, pazienza, pazienza che il momento giusto arriver
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard Detailed
Z77 motherboards are to be reelased on April 8, with Ivy Bridge processors a few months later. Still, the motherboards can house a Sandy bridge processor as well. Below you can see a ASRock Z77 Extreme6 motherboard, the top of the tine product from Asrock.
It comes with the black and gold styling . The LGA1155 CPU socket is powered by a 12-phase DigiPower VRM. It is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting dual-channel DDR3 memory speeds with over DDR3-2800 MHz speeds by overclocking. Expansion slots include two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (x8/x8 when both populated), wired to the CPU; one PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x4), wired to the PCH; a PCI-Express 2.0 x1; a mini-PCIe 2.0 x1 (wireless network cards, etc.); and two legacy PCI slots.
G.SKILL shatters the memory frequency world record 3736MHz
On 27th February 2012, the highest DDR3 memory frequency record was smashed again by the well-known Swiss overclocker, Christian Ney. Using G.SKILL extreme RipjawsZ memory kit, Christian Ney has achieved the astonishing score of DDR3 3736MHz with 4GB high capacity memory stick.
Apple iPad 3 16/32GB and iPad 2 8GB March 7
Apple will introduce 16GB and 32GB iPad 3 tablets on March 7, as well as a cheaper iPad 2 with just 8GB of storage capacity.
In addition to iPad 3, Apple is also expected to unveil an 8GB iPad 2, allowing the tablet PC series to cover different segments and to defend against Windows 8-based tablet PCs, the sources noted.
Since Apple has put high hopes on its new iPad 3 and has been aggressively placing orders, iPad 3 shipments in the first quarter of 2012 are expected to double from original estimates.
The iPad 3 is expected to have a 9.7-inch Full HD QXGA panel with a resolution of 2048 by 1536 (264dpi) and its backlight module will adopt two LED light bars.
MSI GT780DX gaming laptop at 4.16GHz
MSI introduces the GT780DX, a new gaming laptop with a Core i7-2920XM Extreme Edition processor that promises a 4.16GHz clockspeed with overclocking.
Have you ever seen a high-performance notebook computer packing Intel's top-of-the-line Core i7 Extreme Edition with overclocking that blazes along at more than 4GHz? Have you ever experienced the superfast performance of a quad core gaming laptop that transfers files in less than half the time? Only the MSI GT780DX laptop, on display for a limited time, supports the Core i7 Extreme Edition, the fastest in the industry, to give you extreme system performance and cooling capabilities.
World-record smashing 4.16GHz clock speed
During Europe's Dreamhack late last year, MSI held its "Beat It!" video gaming competition and computer exhibition. MSI showed a number of MSI GT780DX gaming laptops all packing Intel's smoking limited edition Core i7-2920XM Extreme Edition processor. In this, the first dynamic demonstration of the processor in notebook computers on the market, these top-end laptops broke the 4GHz overclocking barrier. With Dreamhack over, MSI's GT780DX with Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition can be seen in activities spotlighting laptops organized by Intel and MSI in other countries. The GT780DX displayed at Dreamhack outperformed laptops with Core i7-2630QM by more than 50%!
Not only does the limited edition GT780DX zip along at 4.16GHz, when you compare it to notebooks with Core i7-2630QM, tests show that CPU performance increases by at least 43%. The CPU calculates "Super PI 32MB" a minimum of 52% faster which is very helpful for decimal number and complex multifunction calculations. For example, the time required to compress a 1GB file drops from 3 minutes 6 seconds to 2 minutes 9 seconds
Intel released Ivy Bridge-Core i5's & Core i7 specs
In a very weird move Intel today released all details on their upcoming Ivy Bridge based processors. The processors still use the Core i3, i5 en i7 branding yet names this the '3rd generation Core processors'.
The biggest changes are to be found in the die shrink and thus the move from 32nm towards 22nm. The graphics performance of the IGP will be slightly better and Intel's Turbo boost technology revision 2.0 is used.
Intel released the specs of the Core i5 and Core i7 desktop and mobile processor, Core i3 still is TBA.
Intel has been delaying Ivy Bridge because of problems in the 22nm node. You may expect the Core i5 and I7 processors around June 2012. An exact date is yet to be announced though.
The tables below show specs partially know and leaked a while ago, but these are now official from Intel. Also the documents make not of an U model with flexible TDP selector, to be controlled by OEMs in 17W, 14W and 25W. Here's an overview. Read the docs here.
|i7-3770K||4/8||3,5GHz (3,9GHz)||HD 4000||8MB||77W|
|i7-3770||4/8||3,4GHz (3,9GHz)||HD 4000||8MB||77W|
|i7-3770S||4/8||3,1GHz (3,9GHz)||HD 4000||8MB||65W|
|i7-3770T||4/8||2,5GHz (3,7GHz)||HD 4000||8MB||45W|
|i5-3570||4/4||3,4GHz (3,8GHz)||HD 2500||6MB||77W|
|i5-3570K||4/4||3,4GHz (3,8GHz)||HD 4000||6MB||77W|
|i5-3570S||4/4||3,1GHz (3,8GHz)||HD 2500||6MB||65W|
|i5-3570T||4/4||2,3GHz (3,3GHz)||HD 2500||6MB||45W|
|i5-3550||4/4||3,3GHz (3,7GHz)||HD 2500||6MB||77W|
|i5-3550S||4/4||3GHz (3,7GHz)||HD 2500||6MB||65W|
|i5-3475S||4/4||2,9GHz (3,6GHz)||HD 4000||6MB||65W|
|i5-3470||4/4||3,2GHz (3,6GHz)||HD 2500||6MB||77W|
|i5-3470T||2/4||2,9GHz (3,6GHz)||HD 2500||3MB||35W|
|i5-3450||4/4||3,1GHz (3,5GHz)||HD 2500||6MB||77W|
|i5-3450S||4/4||2,9GHz (3,5GHz)||HD 2500||6MB||65W|
|i5-3330||4/4||3GHz (3,2GHz)||HD 2500||6MB||77W|
|i5-3330S||4/4||2,7GHz (3,2GHz)||HD 2500||6MB||65W|
|i7-3667U||2/4||2GHz (3,1GHz)||HD 4000||4MB||17W|
|i7-3615QM||4/8||2,3GHz (3,3GHz)||HD 4000||6MB||45W|
|i7-3612QM||4/8||2,1GHz (3,1GHz)||HD 4000||6MB||35W|
|i7-3610QM||4/8||2,3GHz (3,3GHz)||HD 4000||6MB||45W|
|i7-3520M||2/4||2,9GHz (3,6GHz)||HD 4000||4MB||35W|
|i7-3517U||2/4||3GHz (3GHz)||HD 4000||4MB||17W|
|i5-3427U||2/4||1,8GHz (2,8GHz)||HD 4000||3MB||17W|
|i5-3360M||2/4||2,8GHz (3,5GHz)||HD 4000||3MB||35W|
|i5-3320M||2/4||2,6GHz (3,3GHz)||HD 4000||3MB||35W|
|i5-3317U||2/4||1,7GHz (2,6GHz)||HD 4000||3MB||17W|
|i5-3210M||2/4||2,5GHz (3,1GHz)||HD 4000||3MB||35W|
OCZ will show upcoming Vertex 4 SSD at CeBIT
OCZ Technology will showcase its innovative client and enterprise SSDs at this year's CeBIT tradeshow in Hannover, Germany.
With new cutting-edge technology in the client space, OCZ will display the upcoming Vertex 4 SSD Series based on the SATA 6Gbps Indilinx Everest 2 platform, revealing industry-leading performance and superior data management for all file types and sizes. OCZ will also address the growing demand for cloud computing in the enterprise space with the Z-Drive R4 CloudServ
Enermax to reveal Triathlor PSU Series at CeBIT
With series like Liberty, Modu82+ or Pro82+, Enermax has captured the PSU market. There is a simple reason behind their big popularity: They are concentrating on the bare essentials of power supply. Enermax intentionally ignored short-termed trends and focused on the basic needs and requirements of end users. Latter are looking for an endurance athlete who is able to power a PC system reliably and stably with high efficiency and over a long period of time. At CeBIT, Enermax now presents the new generation of its extremely successful mid-range class.
Triathlor: The Power Supply of the Athletic Class
Triathlor will cover the most popular wattage ranges from 350 to 700 watts and will be available as non-modular and as modular version. The new series profits from the big technological progress of the Enermax research and development department during the last years. Quality, stability, safety - in all of these three categories Triathlor will take a leading position. Therefore, the new PSU series will have a big potential to continue the line of great classics from Enermax. The market introduction is scheduled for the second half of the year 2012.
Be quiet! SilentWings 2 Fan Series
"It's difficult to improve excellent things"
When be quiet! introduced the original SilentWings PC case fan series almost three years ago, it flew to the top of the 'recommended list' for serious users intent on achieving the ideal balance between silence, cooling performance and fan life. Its performance was so superior that several print and online magazines quickly named it their reference case fan. Of course, it's difficult to improve excellent things, so the pressure was really on the R&D team when it started to work on SilentWings 2. In the end, though, the pressure and hard work paid off, for they have achieved the goal of producing a clearly superior product.
No friction equals no sound
One key result is the noticeably lower noise level. SilentWings 2 uses the most advanced bearing technology on the market, called fluid dynamic bearing (FDB). The bearing essentially makes the fan float on a cushion of fluid, resulting in extremely low noise levels because there is virtually no friction to create sound. When coupled with the unique aerodynamic fan blade design be quiet! is famous for, SilentWings 2 is virtually inaudible.
"SilentWings 2 combines solid engineering, long life and incredible quietness with truly effective cooling. This unique combination of attributes not only makes it a worthy successor to original SilentWings but the superior quiet cooling solution on the market." is how Scott Richards, Global Brand Director at be quiet! announced the new series.
Over 30 years of lifetime
Another positive consequence of the new industrial grade FDB bearing technology is much longer lifetime. By eliminating direct contact between the fan shaft and the bearing, the fan lasts much longer than those with common bearings. A copper core inside the bearing makes it even more durable by improving heat transfer out of the bearing. Heavy duty lubricants also contribute to the terrific overall lifetime of 300,000 hours
180 and 360 GB OCZ Agility 3 SSDs spotted
With Sandforce 2281 controller managing the data transfersthe drive is able to read data at up to 525 MB/s and write it at a maximum of 500 MB/s. The 360 GB drive is limited to 495 MB/s when writing though.
OCZ's Agility 3 line already included members with 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB capacities. That means that the AGT3-25SAT3-180G fills the fairly big gap between the first two, while the 360 GB newcomer (AGT3-25SAT3-360G) sits comfortably between the 240GB and 480GB products.
The price for the 180 GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD is 19,000 JPY, the equivalent of $256 / 175 Euro, while the 360GB model sells for 36,000 JPY ($447 / 331.83 Euro).
Rread this review right here on Agility 3.