Intel Ivy Bridge Arrives March of 2012
The initial processor lineup will be comprised of both dual and quad-core parts for various markets, including desktop and notebooks computers.
Ivy Bridge is the code name used for the 22nm die shrink of the current Sandy Bridge chips and features basically the same architecture, but with a few minor tweaks and improvements.
This includes a new on-die GPU that will come with full DirectX 11 support as well as with 30% more EUs than Sandy Bridge, in order to offer up to 60% faster performance that current Core CPUs according to Intel.
In addition, the processor cores have also received some minor tweaks as their AVX performance was slightly increased and Intel has updated the integrated PCI Express controller to the 3.0 standard.
In the mobile version of Ivy Bridge, all these improvements are paired with a configurable TDP design, which enables the CPU to greatly surpass its maximum thermal design power when additional cooling is provided (like when placed on a notebook cooling stand).
Together with the Ivy Bridge processors, Intel will also release the Z77, Z75, and H77 consumer PCH controllers, but the CPUs will also be compatible with the current LGA 1155 chipsets used for Sandy Bridge.
Intel Launches Core i7-2700K Processor
Apart from these, it packs a dual-channel DDR3 integrated memory controller, PCI-Express root complex, and Intel HD 3000 series integrated graphics. The TDP remains consistent with many other Core i5 and Core i7 "Sandy Bridge" chips, at 95W. An interesting development here is that the pricing of Core i7-2700K didn't turn out to be what Amazon and MWave were charging for their pre-orders (around US $380), the retail price of this chip is merely $15 higher than that of the Core i7-2600K, at $332.
Battlefield 3 - TV Commercial
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - Launch Trailer
StarCraft II Heart of the Swarm Teaser
Intel 520-Series SSDs to Include SandForce Controller
With the launch of the high-performance Cherryville series of solid state drives Intel will continue the tradition started with its the 510-series SSDs and will use a third-party controller which will be built by SandForce, according to SoftPedia. The first rumors regarding Intel's plans to utilize SandForce controllers in their SSDs appeared quite some time ago.
The controller used by Intel for its 520-series solid state drives is similar to the one included in Corsair's or OCZ's SSDs.
If this report is indeed true, than Cherryville SSDs should be able to reach sequential read and write transfer rates in excess of 500MB/s, while the 4K random access performance should be rated at 85,000 IOPS.
This last number is quite a departure from the 40,000 IOPS detailed by previous reports which covered Intel's 520-series drives.
Intel designed the Cherryvile SSDs to spread the series in capacities when compared to the previous 510 Elm Crest drives, so the maximum capacity to be reached now is set at 480GB compared to the previous 250GB.
Furthermore, the Cherryville line of solid state drives will also witness the introduction of a lower 60GB model, which should be a great option for user seeking a fast boot drive for their system.
Intel's 520-series of SSDs is expected to reach retail until the end of this year, pricing is unknown.
Intel Retailers Raise CPU Prices After Bulldozer Launch
The performance bracket that AMD's FX-Series desktop processors are delivering, apparently made Intel reconsider the prices of its Core i5 and Core i7 processors, which now seem to retail for higher prices than before Bulldozer was out.
Intel has seen AMD's inability to deliver a hefty competing product as an opportunity to increase the margins of its products.
Using the Geizhals.at price comparison engines, one of the largest of its kind in the world, Bright Side of News analyzed the prices of Intel's processors both before and after the launch of AMD's FX-Series CPUs.
This way, the Website has found out that pricing for the Core i7-2600K rose from
Abee J03 mid-tower unveiled
FWow, anyone else thinking Lian-Li here ? Japanese company Abee introduced the J03, a new steel mid-tower case with aluminium panels. The case measures 427mm x 209mm x 436mm and supports Micro ATX and ATX motherboards. The design reminds me a little of Lian Li cases, but unfortunately the price tag is pretty hefty, in Germany the case is sold online for horrendous 309.90EUR.
Available in black, Abee's chassis includes two front USB 3.0 ports, two exposed 5.25-inch bays, one 2.5-inch and three 3.5-inch bays (you can install more drives, vertically, on a removable bar), two 120mm (1000 RPM ) fans (one in front, one at the rear), and has support for graphics cards up to 370mm long.
Battlefield 3 - Launch Trailer
Assassin's Creed: Revelations - No Mercy Trailer
EVGA teases with a new dual-socket motherboard
EVGA teases with an image today, on display is a dual-socket motherboard we'll call SR-3 for now. We can only assume this is X79 based, previously at Computex ASUS also already has been showing something similar under codename Danshui, read and see all about that here.
The EVGA motherboard hints to being an X79 motherboard as you can clearly see a quad channel DIMM setup surrounding each CPU socket. Looking at the socket themselves, that's indeed Socket LGA 2011.
EVGA has had good success with the limited available SR-2 in the past, our experiences with Sandy Bridge-E overclocking have been splendid thus far, we can only imagine what two can do. You'll need Xeon based SBE processors though, to support SMT/SMP properly.
Also we spot two NF200 chips allowing a chunkload of cards in SLI and PCIE bandwith on the seven x16 PCIe slots. We also spot bluetooth, for perhaps some new form of overclocking through an external device.
Anyway have a peek at the picture. Fun stuff. And have a peek at our Sr-2 review from a while ago, Beaux is da man.
Rosewill RK-9000 Mechanical Keyboard review
The Rosewill RK-9000 remains one of the best value keyboard on the market, especially now that they are available in several different types of switches. Be you gamer, typist, or some combination in between, the Rosewill RK-9000 puts one of the best mechanical keyboards out there under your fingers. We test the Rosewill against several other mechanical keyboards to find out it compares, and in the process, deep dive into the mechanical keyboard universe.
Check out the review right here.
Enermax ETD-T60 Series Top-Flow CPU Coolers
Enermax brings a breath of fresh air into the CPU cooler market
ASUS Transformer Prime tabled teased
I;m a bit late with this news, but still .. ASUS showed off the Transformer Prime tablet at the AsiaD conference. The device has a 10" screen and features NVIDIA's new quad-core Tegra 3 chip. It's unknown when the device will start shipping, ASUS head Jonney Shih revealed Ice Cream Sandwich tablets should be available by the end of the year, but he didn't share whether Transformer Prime will be released with Honeycomb to start.
It's the same one saw teased just yesterday, and Jonney affirmed that it'll ship with a quad-core NVIDIA chip, 10-inch display, mini-HDMI port, a 14.5-hour battery, an SD card slot and a top lid that looks precisely like its Zenbook line. Oh, and it's 8.3mm thick, though Jonney didn't specify as to whether that was docked or undocked (we're guessing the former!). Naturally, it'll ship with Android, and we're assuming it'll be Honeycomb to start.
OCZ Octane SSD series uses Indilinx Everest controller
OCZ introduced the Octane (SATA 6Gbps) and Octane-S2 (SATA 3Gbps), two new solid state disks with the Indilinx Everest SSD controller. Both modules will start shipping on November 1, capacities will range from 128GB to 1TB but pricing is still unknown.
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs), today launched the Indilinx Everest-based Octane SATA 3.0 and SATA 2.0 SSD series, striking the ideal balance between capacity, physical size, and speed. In addition to being the world's first SSD to achieve up to a 1TB capacity in a compact 2.5 inch format, OCZ's Octane SSD series combines high-speed data transfer rates with record-breaking access times to provide a superior user experience and improved application performance.
"OCZ has reached an important milestone in the development of its own controller technology," said James E. Bagley, Senior Analyst with Storage Strategies NOW. "The high sustained performance, even with compressed files, the rapid boot feature and high access speeds using SATA 3.0 protocol puts their controller technology in the major league."
"Until now SSDs have been tailored for specific applications, forcing users into a product which maximizes performance for a narrow band of applications, but is significantly lacking in others," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. "The Octane Series solves this problem by providing the highest level of performance across varied workloads including mixed file sizes and mixed compressible and uncompressible data, all while nearly doubling NAND flash endurance."
The Octane series leverages the cutting-edge Indilinx Everest platform to deliver up to 560MB/s of bandwidth and 45,000 IOPS and is optimized for the complete spectrum of file types and sizes. In particular, the Octane's proprietary page mapping algorithms allow for steady mixed-workload performance, mirroring real world conditions across a wide range of applications. The Octane series also includes a number of advanced features unique to Indilinx, including innovative latency reduction technology, enabling both read and write access times as low as 0.06ms and 0.09ms respectively, the lowest of any commercially available SSD. This enhances application responsiveness and enables features such as "fast boot" in consumer applications.
Octane SSDs also come equipped with Indilinx's proprietary NDurance
Cooler Master Silencio 450 case launched
Cooler Master shows off the Silencio 450, a new mid-tower steel case that focuses on quiet computing. The case will be available in early November for 54.95EUR.
Cooler Master, an industry leading chassis, thermal solution, power supply, peripheral, and accessory manufacturer, today adds a new sibling to the Silencio 550, the Silencio 450.
The Silencio Series represents the best solution for sound absorption with system builds of all levels. Sound silencing foam padding seeks to severely reduce system noises produced by hard drives, numerous cooling fans, and other devices. Combine this with a solid-steel frame, vibration inhibiting rubber feet, two Cooler Master quiet-spinning fans and the Silencio 450 nearly becomes completely silent. Those that value a quiet computing space will immensely appreciate the Silencio Series.
Look beyond the modest exterior of the Silencio 450 to find a clean, intuitive, and spacious interior. Three 5.25
Fresco delivers four-port USB 3.0 controller
Hey now, more competition in the USB 3.0 market is always nice, and Fresco delivers some nice candy with its new FL1100 four-port USB 3.0 host controller.
Playstation 3D Display ships November 13
The official Playstation blog has announced that the $499 24 inch display will begin shipping to stores and to pre-orders on November 13. All of the units will include a set of 3D glasses, an HDMI cable and a free copy of the recent Playstation 3 exclusive arcade racing game MotorStorm: Apocalypse.
People who pre-ordered the display before September 30 will also get a second free PS3 game, the sci-fi first person shooter Resistance 3. Sony has also posted up an FAQ responding to some of the more popular questions from PS3 fans about the display. A full list of currently available 3D games is available here.