AMD A8-3870K and A6-3670K Pre-Order
It's been mentioned a couple of times already, but it seems that AMD will launch its unlocked A8 and A6 series APUs in the FM1 package, that are geared for overclocking.
The A8-3870K is clocked at 3.00 GHz, and the A6-3670K at 2.60 GHz. The two are quad-core APUs, and differ by the core clock speeds and integrated GPUs. While the A8-3870K packs Radeon HD 6550D graphics with 400 stream processors, the A6-3670K has Radeon HD 6530D graphics with 320 stream processors. The two were listed for pre-order on ShopBLT, with the A8-3870K priced at US $143.77, and the A6-3670K at $121.50. It is expected that prices of A8-3850 and A6-3650 will drop after the launch of these two chips.
Acer HR274H 27-inch 3D LED Monitor
Acer America Corp., the number one provider of 3D displays worldwide(1), today introduced the Acer HR274H, a 27-inch 3D monitor featuring new advances in 3D technology. Featuring Acer's innovative chip-based solution, the new monitor can convert any 2D content to 3D, allowing anyone to watch their favorite movies, videos, photos and games in 3D.
With crystal clear 1920 x 1080 resolution, it is the ideal monitor for advanced 1080p full HD gaming on a PC, Blu-ray Disc console gaming, widescreen movie playback and multimedia and productivity applications.
Through a single HDMI cable connection, the HR274H monitor easily connects to any 3D-enabled PC, Blu-ray player, game console, cable set top box or camera. 3D enthusiasts can then enjoy a broad selection of high-quality 3D content, including more than 550 full-HD 1080p 3D games, more than 100 Blu-ray 3D movies and thousands of 3D videos and photos from YouTube and 3DVisionLive.com.
3D for Everyone
Acer's innovate chip based solution easily converts any 2D content to 3D in real time. There is no extra software required; the feature only needs to be enabled via the on-screen-display. This allows regular movies and traditional photos and videos to be enjoyed in a completely new way. In addition, it works with any graphics card, so popular PC games can now be viewed in eye-popping 3D.
Lightweight Polarized Glasses Reduce Eye Strain
Acer includes a set of polarized glasses that deliver vibrant 3D imagery without straining the eyes. In addition, the glasses do not require batteries and are made of composite materials for a lightweight comfortable fit, which makes viewing 3D content more convenient and comfortable than ever before.
Film-patterned retarder (FPR) technology in the Acer display and glasses enable a flicker-free 3D viewing experience. This reduces eye strain, fatigue, and headaches by separating left/right images so only one image reaches the left or right lens at a time. It also eliminates ghosting, since the display and glasses don't need to synchronize. Slightly larger than first generation 3D glasses, they provide a wider viewing area and increased external light blocking.
High quality moving images and a crystal clear viewing experience is provided through 2ms response times and an impressive 100 million:1 contrast ratio.
The Acer HR274H monitor uses LED backlight technology, minimizing environmental impact while offering superior performance and durability. White LEDs do not contain the toxic substance mercury, making them safer for the environment. They also consume less power and are more durable than CCFL lamps, resulting in big savings. It is also RoHS compliant, ENERGY STAR certified and is packaged in recyclable materials.
Pricing and Availability
The 27-inch Acer HR274H 3D LCD is available for U.S. customers at leading retailers with an MSRP of $599. It includes a three-year parts and labor limited warranty.
Verbatim Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard for Tablets
Verbatim, the global leader in data storage technology, has just announced its new Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard is now shipping to retailers nationwide. Designed to work with iPads, iPhones and other Bluetooth-enabled tablets with HID keyboard support, this thin, portable keyboard delivers a more familiar typing method to touchscreen users. By offering a quick and easy way to compose e-mails and other important documents on-the-go, the Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard enhances productivity and efficiency anywhere.
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OCZ Octane 512GB SSD review
After testing the OCZ Octane, we can only agree, the names does the product justice. The Indlinx Everest based SSD is massively impressive and can compete with the best SSDs on the market. This SATA3 version as such will deliver speeds of up to 560MB/s of bandwidth in read performance and a very nice 400 MB/sec in write performance.
Read the full review right here.
Intel Has 14nm Test Circuits Ready in Its Labs
Intel disclosed recently that the company has already finalized the very first test circuits built using the advanced 14 process technology which the chip maker plans to use for manufacturing its 2014 processors code named Broadwell, says softpedia:
The info was disclosed by Pat Bliemer, Managing Director for Northern Europe and Benelux at Intel, in an exclusive interview with the Nordic Hardware website.
According to the company
Cooler Master CM Elite 431 Plus ATX Mid-Tower
Cooler Master, an industry leading chassis, thermal solution, power supply, peripheral, and accessory manufacturer, today announced the Elite 431 Plus. This new mid-tower case brings premium case features to a mainstream price and design.
The Elite 431 Plus focuses on a classic subdued outlook with clean and attractive lines. A large windowed side panel is included to allow others to admire your new build. In addition, accent lighting from the front 120mm blue LED fan provides an extra touch to the overall look.
The Elite 431 Plus is the perfect choice for DIY computer projects on a budget. It is constructed primarily of high quality steel that lends to its strength and long-term durability. It is engineered to make it possible to upgrade to high-end components at a later date. Long graphics cards such as the AMD Radeon HD 6990 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 will fit with ease. The Elite 431 Plus also supports larger CPU Coolers such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. Easily configure the case as a home server or workstation with five 3.5
SandForce based Intel SSD 520 Series soon
In 2012, Intel will give its SSD lineup a large-scale revamp, which includes the gradual replacement of SSD 510 series with new SSD 520 "Cherryville" series. Targeting the same high-end client segment, SSD 520 will be available in a wider variety of capacities that includes 60 GB, 120 GB, 180 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB.
However the 520 is to be launched real soon with performance at 550MB/s read with 520MB/s write and 70,000IOPS at random 4k aligned write disk access.
Originally scheduled for release in November 2011, the drive has a great five year warranty and yes is SandForce 2281 based.
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Battlefield 3 PC Patch Coming December 6th
We will release an update to the PC version of BF3 on Dec 6th -- that is, Tuesday morning around 8AM GMT next week. This coincides with an upgrade of many of our central systems which will be down for some hours starting around that time.
It will be both a client update -- approximately 2GB in size -- and a server update.
The client/server combination will be incompatible with older clients/servers. All players will be prompted to download the update once it has been released. All RSP companies will begin upgrading their servers at the same time.
The client update is large because it contains most of the content for Back to Karkand. This is not ideal, so we aim to make potential DLC content in the future as optional downloads.
Fixed a problem with spawn timer now showing blue border on startup and lost spawn point
Fixed a problem where player who joined queuing on End of round got spawn screen stuck on screen, but unable to do anything with it untill next round loaded
Fixed a problem where camera would change to 3rd person on killcam when killcam was turned off in server settings
Fixed stat references on several dogtags
Fixed for surveillance ribbon not counting TUGS
Fixed a missing combat area lines on the minimap for Grand Bazaar conquest small
Moved a tank spawn in US base on Caspian Border so it would not be destroyed by a falling tree
Fixed a problem where placing C4 with the russians soldier was playing US faction VO
Fixed a problem where TV guided missiles could be shot into its own helicopter and destroy it
Fixed a problem when attempting to fire lock on weapons without a target
Tweaked the chat, it should now be a bit easier to read
Fixed several vehicles that did not properly shoot rockets and guns towards their predictive sights
Fixed the G17 Supressed Laser not working properly
AMD May Prepare Radeon HD 6930 against GTX560 Ti 448
AMD is reportedly thinking about releasing an Radeon HD 6930 GPU in order to counter the GeForce GTX 560 To 448 core.
Just like Nvidia has done with the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores, AMD also plans to use a cut back version of its most powerful GPU in existence, the Cayman graphics core, for this new card.
However, unlike its older brothers that are based on the Cayman architecture, the Radeon HD 6930 will use what according to Hardware Luxx is called the Cayman CE GPU supposed to include 1280 stream processors.
The reduction is quite significant when compared with the 1536 stream processors found in the HD 6970, but it should allow AMD to reuse a part of its Cayman GPUs that failed to pass the tests required for them to be installed in HD 6970 or HD 6950 graphics cards.
The new stream processor count should be paired together with 80 texture units, 32 ROP units , and the same 256-bit wide memory interface, which can be connected to either 1GB or 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM.
Together with the rest of the specs, the clock frequencies of the Radeon HD 6930 will also be reduced compared to those of its older brothers.
This means that the GPU will work at 750MHz, while the memory is supposed to run at 1.2GHz (4800MHz data rate).
Just like Nvidia
AMD Bulldozer has 800 million transistors less
When you do reviews on procesors, there's certain stuff you need to take for granted.
So if AMD says the processor has 2 Billion transistors .. we'll I'm not about to count them to verify really ! Yesterday AMD PR send word arround that itt is now correcting all reviewers. 1.2B is the correct count not 2B, so there's a 800 million transistor count discrepenacy.
The die area, at least, remained the same for an 8-core/4-module Bulldozer: 315 square millimeters. It is a bit strange that it took Advanced Micro Devices so long to spot the error.
We'll update the reviews soon.
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AMD releases Catalyst 11.11c performance driver
AMD Catalyst 11.11c performance driver features
Elder Scrolls Skyrim
- New in Catalyst 11.11c: Delivers AMD CrossfireX performance scaling for the AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
- Delivers AMD CrossfireX performance scaling for AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series
- Improves performance 2-7% on single GPU configurations
- Resolve corruption seen when enabling Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing on the AMD Radeon HD 6970 Series
ADATA N005 Pro USB 3.0 flash drive review
We test the 64GB version of this model, and their N005 Pro is fast for USB flash storage alright, the little fracker can get you read performance of 180MB/sec peaks while writing just under 90 MB/sec.
Read the article right here.
AMD Radeon HD 7950 and HD 7970 GPUs details
AMD is expected to release its next-generation Radeon HD 7970 and HD 7950 graphics cores based on the company
NZXT Phantom 410 mid-tower launches
NZXT delivers the Phantom 410, a mid-tower version of its Phantom case.
The original NZXT Phantom has been a huge success, spawning multiple versions in many different colors. NZXT now presents their newest case with the same genes by the name of Phantom 410. The case features the same stylish and modern looks as its bigger brethren, but at a much smaller overall size. Thus, the chassis is intended for an ATX mainboard while adding a windowed side panel to the mix.
NZXT revolutionized the case industry with the Phantom Big-Tower, which offered a daring new look - noticeably different than anything else on the market. With the unique design and a long list of features, the Pantheon Big-Tower quickly became one of the most popular cases for those looking for a stylish and modern chassis. With the Phantom 410, NZXT now offers the same beautiful design in a smaller form factor.
The obvious difference between the Phantom 410 and the original Phantom Big-Tower is the size, as it is intended for ATX, mATX and Mini-ITX motherboards. With a width of 21.5 cm, a height of 52 cm and a depth of 53.2 cm, the Phantom 410 is not only a bit smaller but also a full 9 cm shorter than the bigger Phantom.
Hidden behind the door of the Phantom 410 are thee 5.25 inch slots. In comparison the Phantom offers 5 such bays. Nonetheless, most users will find that the Phantom 410 still offers more than enough bays. On top of that, six screw-less internal 3.5 inch bays, with the ability to install 2.5 inch SSDs in each are also present within the 410 variant,
Each drive rests on separate trays which are to be pulled out from the motherboard side of the chassis, with the connectors facing away of the windowed side as well for a clean interior look. The upper hard drive cage, consisting of four bays, may be pulled out, allowing for graphic cards of up to 40 cm length to be installed. With this bay inside the chassis, there is still enough space for units with up to 30.5 cm.
A unique factor of the Phantom 410 is the ability to install a 120 on he side of the hard drive cage in the interior of the chassis. This does not only improve the air flow across the installed storage devices, but also moves much needed cool air across the graphic cards and motherboard. The fan may be tilted up to 20