Zalman VF3000N VGA cooler review
Zalman VF3000N VGA cooler
It's no secret that hardware runs hot these days. And that created a gap in the graphics card market as the ODMs always will try and put an affective yet cheap cooler on top of your graphics card. A couple of names out there have perfectly interesting solution, Artic Cooling for example makes some really good VGA coolers. But then there's always Zalman, they recently released their VF3000 series graphics card coolers for both (VF3000A) ATI's latest 4000/5000 series graphics cards and the VF3000N cooler for the GeForce GTX 260,275,280 and 285.
Over the next few pages we'll startup a large photo-session where we'll guide you through the product, its installation and then of course temperature and sound-pressure measurements. Have a peek at the prepped and finished card which just had a majestic makeover as it is mounted with a Zalman VF3000N cooler.
You can read this Guru3D article right here.
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AMD Samples Fusion Llano Chips, Readies Ontario
Advanced Micro Devices has been working on its own CPUs with integrated graphics circuits, called APUs (accelerated processing units), as part of its Fusion technology, and plans to release the first line of products based on it by next year. These parts will take on the existing Intel Core chips and the upcoming Sandy Bridge processors, which should come out around the same time.
The Llano APU will be part of the Sabine platform, will be constructed using the 32nm manufacturing process technology and will boast four x86 cores with speeds of over 3.0GHz and power consumption of 2.5W to 25W. High-end dual-core variations will have thermal design powers (TDPs) between 35W and 59W in total, whereas mainstream versions will stay at 30W. Also, like the Thuban six-core chips, the Llano APUs will be able to dynamically scale their clocks and voltages, as allowed by the TDP, when not all cores are being utilized. As for the actual graphics processor, it will be something equivalent to the company's HD 5000 series, which means that the Fusion chips will support DirectX 11.
The other major family of Fusion-based processors is known as Ontario and is based on the bobcat architecture. Also, according to the Sunnyvale, California-based company, they will be single-threaded with out-of-order execution and will consume even as little as under 1W. Ontario processors will supposedly feature 90% the performance of current mainstream solutions and be half as large.
Icy Dock MB561US-4S-1 Quad Bay SATA enclosure
Icy Dock reveals the MB561US-4S-1, a new quad-bay SATA enclosure with USB 2.0 and eSATA support.
Introducing the MB561US-4S-1 Quad Bay SATA External Enclosure featuring USB and eSATA Port Multiplier, and newly added, User Defined Fan Settings with Smart Cooling Technology.
We have taken our tried and true multi bay, the MB561US-4S, and added new features to further enhance your complete storage experience. Using all the features that you know and love, we have upgraded the 80mm cooling fan to allow the user to choose the speed of the fan, or to select
Infected XP owners left unpatched
Overclocking GeForce GTX 470 with extra GPU voltage
Overclocking GeForce GTX 470 with extra GPU voltage
Of course there's another card, the GeForce GTX 470. Last Friday we finished up an internal build of MSI's AfterBurner 1.6.0 beta 5 and here we where able to successfully implement voltage adjustment for the GTX 470 cards as well. With an additional voltage we where able to push the GPU close to 775 MHz on the core and roughly 1548 MHz on the shader processor domain.
Check out this Guru3D article right here.
Phenom II X4 960T could be unlocked into a Phenom II X6
It is reported that the new AMD Phenom II X4 "T" series processors are these quad-core chips, here's the thing .. they can be unlocked into six-core chips if you're lucky.
According to various sources, the new Phenom II X4
Cooler Master debuts HAF 922 Red Limited Edition
Ohhoohhoo .. heck no ... Cooler Master has introduced the HAF 922 Red Limited Edition case, this special edition of the HAF 922 has a red exterior, red/black interior and a side window. The company says the case will only be available in very limited quantity for $149.99.
Cooler Master unleashes an Special Limited Edition of the critically acclaimed HAF 922 which transforms your machine into beast. The HAF 922 Special Limited Edition adds racing red to the exterior and is coated with all Black interior. The acrylic see-through side panel, representing great power and toughness to compliment the revolutionary High Air Flow structure to enhance and protect any hardware.
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SandForce SF-1200 controller to get capped firmware
Interestingly, end-users with firmware version 3.0.5 will not get the same performance as seen in reviews, because the 3.0.1 release candidate firmware used on the review samples did not have this performance cap in place. SandForce reportedly introduced the performance cap to fix a known reliability issue that could result in a dead disk.
Not all SandForce SF-1200 based SSDs will be equal though, OCZ has a closer relationship with SandForce than other firms, they've committed a lot of resource to the company, and therefore they will get access to a faster revision of the SF-1200 firmware.
Corsair is currently shipping SSDs with the 3.0.1 firmware, but the company claims it has circumvented the reliability issue by disabling the power saving feature that caused it. AnandTech has investigated this claim and testing seems to back this up as the power consumption of Corsair's Force 100GB is 1.25W during a sequential write test, while the OCZ Vertex LE 100GB uses only 0.95W.
Corsair could keep shipping the faster 3.0.1 firmware, but if users ever have to upgrade they will lose performance.
Now we get to the other problem. The performance of 3.0.1 is the same as OCZ
Overclocking GeForce GTX 480 with extra GPU voltage
Overclocking GeForce GTX 480 with extra GPU voltage
Yesterday we released an update of AfterBurner, we implemented and thus added voltage control for the 470/480 cards in MSI AfterBurner revision 1.6.0 beta 4 and upwards. Now as you guys probably know the default clock frequency for the GeForce GTX 480 is 700 MHz on the core, 1400 MHz on the shader domain and 3700 MHz on the memory.
With an additional voltage we where able to push close to 850 MHz on the core. The first group of people that will really benefit from what we'll show you today are the people that opt a liquid cooled GeForce GTX 470 or 480. Well read the next couple of pages with a step-by-step guide and then we'll show some results based on our overclock experience.
Check out this Guru3D article right here.
PowerColor PCS++ HD5870
PowerColor finally released their PowerColor PCS++ HD5870 graphics card. This Radeon 5870 comes with a standard pretty and sexy overclock of 950 MHz on the core and 4800 MHz on the memory. The cooler is heatpipe based with four pipes and a 92mm fan.
Despite the huge overclock on the core, it's a little surprising to see that PowerColor left the memory frequency untouched. The graphics card will be available starting April the 20th and will carry a price tag of 449 USD.
Corsair Padlock 2 review
Corsair Padlock 2 tested - It's secure !
It does this by adding a 256-bit hardware encryption layer over your data protected by a numeric key, a pin code which you can enter very conveniently on the storage device itself. Very handy .. very secure.
Check out the review right here.
Lian Li mini Spider Case
The chassis also lacks fan holders. Fortunately, the spider's abdomen was, at least, spacious enough to fit a standard size ATX power supply. Basically, those that like to test different parts in a unique way or simply like to have a giant arachnid next to them will find a use for the PITSTOP PC-T1.
It will eventually make its appearance by the end of May, in the red version seen at CeBIT (for $123), as well as incarnations colored black and silver ($108).
AMD Phenom II X6 T1090 BE overclocked to 6292.46MHz
An overclocker named Luca has managed to overclock AMD's upcoming six-core Phenom II X6 T1090 BE processor to 6292.46MHz.
The 1090T is stock clocked at 3.2GHz and LN2 cooling was used to keep the processor nicely chilled down. Luca used an Asrock 890GX board and 1GB of Kingston memory to pull off this impressive feat.
AMD makes profit again
AMD announced a first quarter profit of $257 million, or 35 cents per share, on revenue of $1.57 billion. This compared to a loss of $416 million, or 66 cents per share, on revenue of $1.18 billion in the same period the year before. Adjusted net income was $63 million, or 9 cents per share, which is significantly better than Wall Street analysts' expectations of a loss of 3 cents per share on revenue of $1.5 billion.
For the current quarter AMD expects revenue to be down seasonally. Despite better than expected results, AMD shares have plunged 5.51 percent to $9.60 in after-hours trading.
AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced revenue for the first quarter of 2010 of $1.57 billion, net income of $257 million, or $0.35 per share, and operating income of $182 million. The company reported non-GAAP net income of $63 million, or $0.09 per share, and non-GAAP operating income of $130 million.
Corsair Dominator GTX1 OCed to 2906MHz
Romanian matose has overclocked Corsair's Dominator GTX1 DDR3 memory to a whopping 2906MHz with the help of some dry ice, after taking it to 2666MHz first with nothing but air cooling.
However, in typical pro overclocker fashion, he wasn't satisfied there and decided to take things to the next level. It was time to strap some dry ice to the platform and see how far the ceiling could rise with the modules, if much at all.
Thankfully, it certainly turned out worthwhile with an incredible CPU-Z validated clock rate of 2906MHz, showing just what kind of headroom these highly impressive modules have in reserve when in the right hands.
Intel Light Peak doubles USB 3.0 speed
There's probably a very good reason why Intel is trying to stall chipset support for USB 3.0, they'd like it much more if they could control the market with their own patents and licenses. But that doesn't mean they have something really interesting in their hands though.
Intel unveiled Light Peak technology, with which they hope to ultimately replace the profusion of different cables sprouting from today's PCs with a single type of fiber-optic link.
"We hope to see one single cable," Perlmutter said, adding that one thing getting in the way of smaller laptops is the profusion of cable ports around the systems' edges.
This prototype PC has the Light Peak controller and optical connector that sends signals down a single white optical cable. It will reach 100 gigabits per second in the next decade, said Jason Ziller, Intel's director of optical input-ouput program office, in an interview. The company envisions Light Peak as a replacement for the cables that currently lead to monitors, external drives, scanners, and just about anything else that plugs in to a computer. A PC could have a number of Light Peak ports for different devices, or a connection could lead to a hub--perhaps an external monitor--with multiple connections of its own, Ziller said. It's not clear how much the technology will cost or how many years it will take to become mainstream. And wireless communication technology--Intel itself has promoted Ultra-Wideband (UWB) for years--offers the attraction of getting rid of some cables altogether.
The Light Peak technology handles multiple communication protocols at the same time, with quality-of-service provisions to ensure high-priority traffic such as video get preferred treatment, he said.
Intel's Dadi Perlmutter traces the Light Peak cable from a PC to a monitor on the other side of the stage. Light Peak can traverse distances up to 100 meters. The cables themselves are durable, Ziller said: "You can tie a knot in it and it'll still work." Intel has a lot of clout in the computing marketplace, but building support for a radical new connection that could replace DVI, DisplayPort, USB, Firewire, HDMI, and any number of other connections would require broad industry support. Intel's taking the usual approach to tackling that problem:
"We're working with the industry to standardize it," Ziller said. Intel has been briefing other companies for "the last few months," and now is trying to get the standards process started in earnest with partners including companies in the computing, consumer electronics, and telephone handset markets, he said. Ziller wouldn't say who else is participating in the effort, but Intel published a statement of support from Sony, which has a lot of clout of its own in many markets. "Sony is excited about the potential for Light Peak technology that Intel has been developing, and believe it could enable a new generation of high-speed device connectivity," said Ryosuke Akahane, vice president of Sony's Vaio Business Group.
So will Light Peak become a universal port? "Intel's long-term vision is you could get to that," Ziller said.
ASUS Rampage III Extreme arrives
During CeBIT it was already on display and recently is was announced, the ASUS Rampage III Extreme is a wicked Intel X58 chipset based motherboard alright. The Rampage III Extreme can use LGA1366 processors, has four PCI Express x16 slots, which are managed by an NVIDIA NF200 bridge chip, and it supports DDR3 memory.
What interests a lot of the enthusiast users is the native implementation of SATA 6.0Gbps and USB 3.0, which means that performance enthusiasts will have all bases covered if they decide to buy this mainboard. The device even includes overclocking features, as well as the now-infamous capability of being overclocked via Bluetooth.
Other specifications of the upcoming monster board include Gigabit LAN, eSATA and Firewire connectivity, USB 2.0 ports and 7.1 channel audio. The rest of the details should become available soon enough, since official pictures usually mean that the formal introduction of a product is not too far off.
Check out some official photo's we just took in the lab, we hope to have a review ready by next week.