G.Skill extends Warranty on most niche SSDs
In order to provide a better service for its customers, G.Skill has extended the warranty to 3 years for all Phoenix series SSD, Including Phoenix and the latest Phoenix Pro drives. For the consumers who have already purchased any G.Skill Phoenix series SSD, G.Skill will also provide 3 years warranty service too.
All G.Skill SSD solutions now come with 3 years warranty and the G.Skill Technical team is always ready to provide consumers with complete technical support via online forums, telephone and email.
Check out our Phoenix SSD review here.
Thermaltake outs USB 3.0 HDD docking bay
Hmmmz, definitely interesting. Thermaltake introdced a USB 3.0 SuperSpeed docking station, two actually, one for all 2.5"? and 3.5"? HDDs, making it more convenient and easy to transfer large documents, pictures or movies between hard drives and computers.
With support for hard drives of up to 2 TB capacity the Thermaltake BlacX 5G offers utmost storage convenience and flexibility for people on the move and those with huge data archives. Backward compatibility with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 increase usage scenarios to even migrate data from older systems and make them available on the latest USB 3.0 SuperSpeed devices. The easy plug & play installation warrants for operation with Windows systems as well as Mac OS, while the premium shielded data cable does not only guarantee increased data safety but also boosts transfer rates up to 5.0 Gbps with USB 3.0 compatible devices.
The compact BlacX 5G (ST0019) sports dimensions of barely 73 (H) x 136 (W) x 88 (D) mm making it easy to place anywhere near or on your computer. It is already bundled with USB 3.0 SuperSpeed data transfer cable and a power cord for immediate use.
The BlacX 5G is available for an MSRP of US$ 49.99
MSI R5670 Cyclone 1G review
MSI R5670 Cyclone 1G gets tested
We test the MSI R5670 Cyclone 1G. This is a sub 100 USD graphics card that certainly is not a card with a lot of muscle, but for low-level and not too demanding gaming, it can suffice. MSI decided to redesign the board a little bit, slapped a Cyclone cooler on the GPU, ditched their high-end 'military class' components on it, equipped it with some faster memory and bam... you've got yourself a product that can be tweaked into the stratosphere.
1GHz ?! Not an issue my dear Watson. Here's the ling to this Guru3D article.
Enermax debuts LibertyECO II 720W PSU
Enermax announced the LibertyECO II 720W modular power supply. The modular Liberty-series has been a global power supply bestseller for the last 5 years. On the 20th anniversary of the Enermax brand, the recently updated LibertyECO II has carried this success forward, and now Enermax expands its range to include a new 720-Watt-model specifically designed for gamers and hardware-enthusiasts who demand high-performance. LibertyECO II 720W is available from today at your local retailer. All PSU
Cooler Master V6GT CPU cooler with built-in LED strip
I was recently talking to Cooler Master about a review on this cooler due soon. Cooler Master introduced the V6GT, a new high-end cooler with a nickel-plated copper base, six 6mm heatpipes and a large aluminium fin array that is cooled by two 120mm DynaLoop bearing PWM fans that deliver between 34.02CFM and 93.74CFM at a noise level of 15dBA to 38dBA.
The Cooler Master V6GT combines a new thinking in CPU cooler design, yet doesn
SD memory cards to get performance indication symbols
Not a bad idea really. The SD Association announced new high-speed performance symbols for SDXC and SDHC memory cards:
The SD Association announced today two new high-speed performance symbols for the fastest SDXC and SDHC devices and memory cards. The first symbol identifies products with bus-interface speeds up to 104 Megabytes per second for greater device performance. The second symbol identifies SD memory cards and products with a performance option allowing real-time video recording.
The sheer variety of high-performing, feature-rich devices has dictated the need for a wide variety of SD memory card speeds and capacities to maximize device performance and meet consumer expectations. With more than 2.5 billion SD memory cards in the market today, the new high-speed performance capabilities will co-exist with earlier SD memory cards still used by consumers, as those cards are still interoperable with the newest host devices. New SD memory cards and devices bearing the following new performance symbols may now begin entering the marketplace:
* The new Ultra High Speed (UHS) symbol can be found exclusively on SDXC and SDHC products. SDXC or SDHC products with the UHS-I symbol offer the fastest bus-interface speeds available today, capable of supporting data transfer speeds up to 104 Megabytes per second. UHS-I quadruples the existing maximum possible speed of 25 Megabytes per second. UHS bus interfaces are backwards compatible. SDXC UHS-I and SDHC UHS-I memory cards achieve greatest performance when paired with a UHS-I device and allow consumers to record HD resolution videos, plus perform other simultaneous recording functions.
* The new UHS Speed Class symbol can be found exclusively on SDXC UHS-I and SDHC UHS-I products. UHS Speed Class 1 designates SD memory cards and products with a performance option designed to support real-time video recording. This symbol will be found on SDXC UHS-I or SDHC UHS-I memory cards. Consumers can realize the full potential of recording real-time broadcasts and capturing videos using a digital video camera by pairing their devices with UHS Speed Class 1 memory cards.
* The existing Speed Class symbols for non-UHS SD, SDHC and SDXC products are Class 2, Class 4, Class 6 and Class 10. They refer to the minimum write speed performance of the memory card. The symbols may be found on memory cards and devices, including video and digital cameras.
For greatest performance, users should pair their devices with the corresponding SD memory card. The Association has created two videos to show best uses for the variety of SD memory cards available today; to view, visit www.sdcard.org/videos. The Association also offers an online resource, www.sdcard.org/cardchoice, for users to explore the variety of SD memory cards types for new and existing devices.
"The world-leading SD memory card standard has increased the value, usefulness and longevity of consumer electronic products by allowing consumers to easily upgrade their devices to meet their needs and budgets," said Paul Ritchie, executive director of the SD Association. "The new high-speed symbols are designed to make it easier for consumers to take advantage of the massive storage and incredible speeds offered in SDXC and SDHC products."
HTML 5 Speed Test: IE9 vs. Chrome 6
DownloadSquad put together a video showing hardware accelerated canvas rendering on IE9 and Chrome 6. HTML 5 will enable web designers to use cleaner, neater code, we can remove most div tags and replace them with semantic HTML 5 elements. As websites adopt the new HTML 5 elements we will see far greater consistency in terms of the HTML used to code a web page on one site compared to another. This will make it far easier for web designers and web developers to immediately grasp how a web page is structured even if they are brand new to it.
BioWare: The PC is 'made for gaming'
Bioware has told CVG that the PC is 'made for gaming' - and that there is 'no question' over whether it will continue to lead development of its games on the format.
Bioware designer and writing director Daniel Erickson said that the PC's interface was "less restrictive" than console equivalents.
"Every two or three years we hear the announcement of fantasy being dead, PC gaming being dead and RPGs being dead," he said. "And yet, all of the biggest games that ever come out - that set the records - are nearly always PC games, and a lot of them are fantasy games.
"The biggest game in the world is a fantasy, PC, RPG MMO. We all know the drawbacks of PC. We all scream at our boxes and try to make stuff work. But at the same time, the interface is made for games. The mouse/keyboard interface allows so much less restriction [than console].
GeForce ForceWare 258.19 WinXP - 7 - Vista driver
NVIDIA has a new series 258 drivers out on the web, this is revision 258.19 which carries support for a large amount of GeForce graphics cards.
The 258.19 driver includes the PhysX system software, the HD audio 126.96.36.199 driver, and has support for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300 and 400 (GTX 465 too) series desktop cards, and the ION GPUs.
A specific change log will follow later on. We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
Sapphire fanless Radeon HD5670
In Greek, Sapphire means sappheiros, which is a beautiful blue and sometimes dark red gemstone. In computer industry, Sapphire means quality graphics chip-maker and is AMD
AMD Fusion to consume just only 9W TDP
AMD Fusion is a new approach to processor design and software development, delivering powerful CPU and GPU capabilities for HD, 3D and data-intensive workloads in a single-die processor called an APU. APUs combine high-performance serial and parallel processing cores with other special-purpose hardware accelerators, enabling breakthroughs in visual computing, security, performance-per-watt and device form factor. It is expected by developers to release appropriate optimized software drivers to utilize this AMD Fusion APU technology.
So far, Advanced Micro Devices is working on next-generation mobile chip architecture code-named Ontario. This architecture will be used in chips manufactured using the 40-nm process embedded in integrated graphics processing unit and all iterations should use DDR3 memory system technology. This chip aims either at graphics or chipsets but there is no any reference for CPU implementation so far.
The latest information we manage to gather indicates an amazing low power consumption profile decreased to just only 9W TDP (Thermal Design Power) with graphics enabled. Apparently, this implies that Ontario will possibly target at Intel
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 exposed
As we told you a couple of months ago, another one DirectX11 based graphics card from NVIDIA may release Fermi-based performance, probably sometime during the next month. NVIDIA is working on their new upcoming graphical processor unit, code-named GF104, that promises a high overclocking headroom for enthusiasts. Prospective expectations want forthcoming GeForce GTX 460 and Fermi-empire strike back to reclaim their lost benchmarking crown from today AMD/ATI
MSI debuts GeForce GTX 470 and 465 Twin Frozr II cards
MSI released the GeFroce GTX 465 Twin Frozr II, GeForce GTX 465 Twin Frozr II Golden Edition and GeForce GTX 470 Twin Frozr II graphics cards. The GeForce GTX 470 Twin Frozr II features a 607MHz core, 1215MHz shaders and 1280MB GDDR5 clocked at 3348MHz, while the GeForce GTX 465 Twin Frozr II model has a 607MHz core, 1215MHz shaders and 1GB GDDR5 clocked at 3206MHz. The Golden Edition features the same specifications but has a full-copper design.
We are putting the GTX 465 through testing paces as we speak, a full review with extensive overclocking will be posted next week. We can already tell ya .. it's pretty darn good.
MSI, the world's leading graphics card and mainboard manufacturer, today launches two of its latest graphics cards, N470GTX and N465GTX Twin Frozr II which are based on MSI's unique Twin Frozr II thermal design. MSI also revealed its limited N465GTX Twin Frozr II golden edition graphics card which adopts the full copper design. The cards are powered by NVIDIA's advanced GeForce GTX 400 GPU and support NVIDIA technologies such as 3D Vision Surround, PhysX and CUDA etc and boast MSI's Twin Frozr II thermal design. As compared to the reference graphics cards, MSI's latest offerings show a reduction in noise by 21.5dB and heat by 16?
AMD Bulldozer architecture to be revealed in August
AMD is working on a new x86 chip architecture code-named Bulldozer. The architecture will be used in chips manufactured using the 32-nm process. The company scheduled a 16-core chip code-named Interlagos for release in 2011. Bulldozer is AMD's first properly new processor architecture since the Athlon 64 of 2003. Every AMD chip since then has been a variation on that theme. A tweak here, an added core or floating point unit there, perhaps. But basically the same design.
Not so for Bulldozer. It's a genuinely novel architecture. Novel enough, in fact, to make describing it something of a semantic assault course.
Instead of traditional execution cores, Bulldozer chips will be made up of one or more "modules". Each module packs a pair of integer units and a single shared floating-point resource. The latter is actually a pair of 128-bit FMACs, but lets not get ahead of ourselves.
AMD will disclose more details about its forthcoming code-named Bulldozer micro-architecture at Hot Chips conference in late August. Potentially, micro-architectural details may reveal projected performance of the forthcoming multi-core central processing units.
In the program of the Hot Chips conference AMD itself describes Bulldozer core as
ATI FireStream 9370 and 9350 outted
ATI unleshes a couple of new FireStreamprofessional graphics cards. The FireStream 9370 and 9350, two new GPGPU computing beasts based on the Radeon HD 5870 architecture.
With up to 2.64 TFLOPS of compute power, the new AMD FireStream accelerators are ideal for HPC, cloud and enterprise-scale deployments that require advanced performance for handling today
Power management technology could boost SSD write speed to 4.2Gbps
A university research group and Toshiba Corp jointly developed a power supply technology that can enhance the write speed of SSDs (solid state drives) by 60% to 4.2 Gbps compared with existing SSDs.
The research group is led by Ken Takeuchi, associate professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems, Graduate School of Engineering of the University of Tokyo.
The new technology dynamically and optimally controls power supply in accordance with the number of NAND flash memories operating in parallel. It is target at the "3D SSD," which three-dimensionally stacks the components of, for example, a NAND flash memory.
The research group and Toshiba announced the details of the technology at 2010 Symposium on VLSI Circuits, which took place from June 16 to 18, 2010, in Honolulu, Hawaii (thesis number: 22.4).
This time, the research group and Toshiba aimed to solve this problem by using a power supply system equipped with a boost converter that was developed by Takeuchi, etc in February 2009 (See related article). The power supply system consists of a coil, high-voltage switch and boost converter control circuit. Among them, the boost converter control circuit was greatly improved.
In an SSD, multiple NAND flash memories are operating in parallel. And the number of chips operating in parallel (the number of channels) changes according to the state of data writing, etc. The former power supply system developed by Takeuchi, etc supplies a certain amount of electricity, regardless of the number of channels.
With this method, when the number of channels exceeds a certain level, it becomes impossible to supply electricity needed for writing data (about 20V) to each chip. Therefore, it limits the number of channels to 15 or less, capping the write speed of SSDs at 2.6Gbps.
According to the results of actual measurements and simulations, the new method enables to increase the number of channels to up to 24, which is 1.6 times more than before, in the high-speed mode, the research group and Toshiba said. As a result, the write speed can be improved by up to 60% to 4.2Gbps. When the low-speed mode is applied, the electricity supply required to boost the voltage of a chip can be reduced by 32%, they said. More here
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Club3D Radeon HD 5550 Overclocked Edition
In the wake of leading edge technology, there is always a turbulent sea of opportunity both for manufactures, partners and consumers. That