Radeon HD 5450 review
Radeon HD 5450 review
ATI is paving away and completely filling and dominating every little gap in the market with a DX11 graphics card. Today ATI is launching the most budget of low-budget series graphics cards, the Radeon series 5400. In specific today we'll look at the Radeon HD 5450. A DX11 class product, with multi-monitor Eyefinity support (up-to three monitors) and a very low price -- set at just 49 USD.
Can you make a decent card for that kind of money ? Well, let's go find out.
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Corsair Expands Storage Line with 512 GB SSD
High-capacity SSDs are few in number due to the tremendous pricetage, none the less Corsair will intro a 512 GB Performance Series rather soon. Very little info is available just yet but it seems that the upcoming storage unit will get a phat 128MB cache memory and will use the 3.5-inch form factor. The device will be built with multi-level cell NAND Flash memory chips and will work on the SATA 3.0 Gbps interface. In addition, the product will come with an aluminum casing.
The read and write speeds of the drive are set at 200MB per second and 240MB per second, respectively. There's speculation that that the drive might not be built with any form of third-party PCB, so there is a chance that the SSD might turn out to be made up of two 256GB Performance Series drives in the RAID configuration. This possibility is suggested by the overall shape of the unit and the presence of two push buttons.
The upcoming Corsair Performance Series 512 SSD is mighty expensive at $1968 or 1400 Euro. We expect to see the unit at CeBIT trade show.
Patriot reveals Sector 5 DDR3 2250MHz
Patriot Memory introduced its new Sector 5 series DDR3 memory modules, the lineup features a 4GB kit with a clockspeed of 2250MHz and 9-9-9-27 timings. Designed specifically for overclockers and enthusiasts using Intel based platforms, the Sector 5 boasts an amazing 2250MHz with timings of 9-9-9-27. Individually hand tested on the Intel P55 chipset platform; the Sector 5 modules offer incredible performance for users looking to reach new heights in overclocking and benchmarking. Engineered for the gaming enthusiast and intense overclocker, the Sector 5 is one of the fastest modules on the market and will be offered as a 4GB kit (2 x 2GB modules) under the part number PVV34G2250LLK.
"Our goal is to provide the hardcore enthusiast with a performance module that is actually going to perform at the specified timing with stability", says Les Henry, Patriot's VP of Engineering. "Consumers can feel confident that what we advertise for our speeds and timing is true to the specifications. Additionally, users can expect headroom to reach faster speeds. We have been able to hit speeds over 2400MHz with these modules in our lab."
Designed with an extruded aircraft-grade aluminum heat spreader, Viper II 'Sector 5' series modules quickly dissipate heat from the modules resulting in improved stability and reliability during extreme overclocking conditions. Each module is 100% hand-tested for quality assurance and is backed by a full lifetime warranty and industry leading customer service.
Zalman MS1000-HS2 Professional chassis review
Zalman MS1000-HS2 Professional Chassis review
Zalman recently released a new chassis onto the market called MS1000-HS2, a chassis targeted at the somewhat high-end professional end-user with a grasp for style, design and functionality. The chassis offers way more than standard features though, we see sound dampening, removable drive bays, optimized cooling at low noise levels and sure just offering very versatile chassis. Next to the stylish smooth lines and lack of weird curvatures in the design you'll also spot hot-swappable drives; no less than six removable HDDs can be installed in this HS2 model.
Check out the Guru3D review right here.
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LG intros EX-series slim LED-backlit monitors
LG introduced several new ultra-slim LCD monitors in its EX-series. Each display features a 17.5mm thick bezel and LED backlighting, with a response time listed at 5ms. The LED technology is claimed to reduce power consumption by approximately 40 percent, while bringing the dynamic contrast ratio up to 1,500,000:1.
Models include the 20-inch EX205, 21.5-inch EX225, and 23-inch EX235. The monitors will initially launch in Korean markets. It is unclear if the company plans to bring the series to the North American market, though most LG displays reach the continent.
Samsung EcoGreen F3EG 2TB drives
Samsung introduced a new Green-series hard disk with a storage capacity of 2TB. The 3.5" HDD uses four 500GB platters and should be available for around $180.
Enermax reveals new Modu82+, Pro82+ LibertyECO PSUs
Enermax announced 2010 revisions of its Modu82+, Pro82+ and LibertyECO power supplies.
Enermax launches revisions of its most popular PSU series Modu82+, Pro82+ and LibertyECO. Users can identify the upgraded PSUs by looking for the "II" name affix. On the 20th anniversary of the Enermax brand, all PSUs in the Modu82+ II, Pro82+ II and LibertyECO II series will also be delivered with a special add-on: a 12cm Twister fan.
Modu82+, Pro82+ and LibertyECO belong currently to the most famous and popular PSU series on the market. With the PC demands of 2010, Enermax has now upgraded these three series with several new and attractive features.
In the face of the inevitable upgrade of many PC systems, gamers wanting high-performance DirectX11 graphics cards, require new demands of power. Enermax changed every single 6-pin PCI-Express connector to the upgraded 6+2-pin (8-pin) instead. All Enermax PSUs from 400W upwards possess at least two 6+2-pin (8-pin) PCI-Express connectors, which will be required for the new generation of DirectX11 graphics cards, coming on the market in 2010.
Everyone knows this possible situation, especially on LAN events or in crowded rooms: while sitting at the computer, someone stumbles over the AC power cord and your PC shuts off suddenly. Enermax has a remedy for this problem: a small, patented metal clip. By clamping the AC cord tightly to the PSU case, it avoids accidental shutdowns of the PC.
Extented CPU 12V Power Cable
In more and more PC cases, the power supply is installed at the bottom. As a consequence, the distance between PSU and CPU socket becomes longer, causing the 12V power cable to stretch. Therefore, Enermax has updated its PSUs by equipping all new series with 60cm CPU 12V cables. This gives users more flexibility in assembling their PC systems.
To celebrate its anniversary, Enermax will be bundling its PSUs with a free 120mm Twister case fan for a period of time. Among the models that are being upgraded are the 425W, 525W, 625W PRO82+ II, the 500W, 600W LibertyECO II, as well as the 625W MODU82+ II.
NVIDIA GF100 cards will be named GTX 470 and 480
Interesting news, NVIDIA is making a change in the branding of their upcoming GF100 based graphics cards. Initially everybody extected a GTX 360 and GTX 380, but very likely to get away from the massive rebranding stigma the mobile 300 series has, the naming schema has been changed.
In an update from NVIDIA they are now naming the official card names, GeForce GTX 470 en GTX 480:
NVIDIA Fun Fact of the Week: GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470 will be the names of the first two GPUs shipped based on our new GF100 chip!
Corsair Nova and Reactor SSDs
Corsair has a new line of SSDs in the works under the label Nova and Reactor solid state disks. The Nova is a 2.5-inch SATA 3Gbps model with 64GB or 128GB MLC NAND flash memory, 64MB buffer, 215MB/s read speeds and 130MB/s (V64 model) or 195MB/s (V128 model) write speeds.
The Reactor has similar specifications but is equipped with a mini-USB connector and 128MB cache. The 60GB model offers read speeds of up to 250MB/s and write speeds of 110MB/s, while the 120GB model promises read speeds of up to 250MB/s and write speeds of up to 170MB/s.
It's unknown which SSD controller is used by these drives. The 64GB and 128GB Nova SSDs are priced at about 163 and 308 Euro, while the 60GB and 120GB Reactor drives go for 154 and 300 Euro, respectively.
MSI to launch USB 3.0 and SATA 6G add-on cards
Much like ECS, ASUS and other MSI will also be launching a series of SATA6G and USB 3.0 add-on cards.
The Star-USB3 (USB 3.0) expansion card will be powered by NEC USB 3.0 controller chip and delivers a new standard SuperSpeed USB 3.0 performance up to 5Gbps data-transfer rate which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0 and at least 900mA current output for each port to easily access real fast external devices.
Next to that MSI will launch a USB 3.0 and SATA 6G expansion card which provides a great flexibility with its backward compatibility to USB 2.0 and earlier devices and thus supports high-speed SATA3 devices.
The new 3.0 (SATA 6 Gbit/s) standard can support a maximum of roughly 715MB/s without the encoding overhead. While even the fastest conventional hard disk drives can barely saturate the original SATA 1.5 Gbit/s bandwidth, Solid State Disk drives have already saturated the SATA 3 Gbit/s limit at 250 MB/s net read speed.
Ten channels of fast flash can reach well over 500 MB/s with new drives, so a move from SATA 3 Gbit/s to SATA 6 Gbit/s would benefit the flash read speeds. As for the standard hard disks, the reads from their built-in DRAM cache will end up faster across the new interface.
NEC PA241W 24-inch LCD for graphics pros released
NEC makes all sorts of products from projectors to desktop LCD displays for computers with lots of other products in between. Several of the LCDs that NEC offers are aimed at the professional user needing more accurate colors than the consumer does. The latest pro level LCD from NEC has debuted today called the PA241W.
The display is a 24-inch monitor aimed at the professional working with print photography, video editing, print production, and other environments where colors are critical. The new display promises 102% coverage f the NTSC color gamut and 99.3% coverage of the Adobe RGB gamut.
The display also offers a 10-bit DisplayPort interface and a USB hub. The native resolution of the screen is 1920 x 1200 with a 16:10 aspect ratio. The LCD panel is a 10-bit IPS unit with a 14-bit lookup table with support for more than a billion possible colors. Brightness is 360 cd/m2 and the screen has a 1000:1 contrast ratio. The LCD is available to ship now for $1079.
Microsoft SideWinder X4 keyboard gets 26-key anti-ghosting
Microsoft have outed their latest keyboard, and while the SideWinder X4 may not look all that distinctive compared to the rank and file of gaming
Intel Core i7-980X expected on March 16th
Ahw .. on my birthday, you reading this Intel ? :) OC Workbench stipulated some information about a couple of upcoming Intel processors that will be released later this year. This includes the Core i7-980X, a new six-core Gulftown processor with a 3.33GHz clockspeed.
- Core i7-930″ (Bloomfield, 2.8GHz, tb/3.06GHz) 2 / 28
- Core i7-980X Extreme Edition?(Gulftown,3.33GHz,tb/3.6GHz)3/16
Acer ships 23.6-inch 3D display in US
Acer announced it started shipping the GD235HZ, a new 23.6" LCD display with Full HD resolution and support for NVIDIA's 3D Vision technology. You should be able to find it in US retails stores for just under $400.
Acer America today debuts a new high-end, high-resolution display that features a 120Hz refresh rate. This display can also perform as a full HD 3D display when combined with NVIDIA 3D Vision active-shutter glasses, making it perfect for showcasing high-definition 3D games, Blu-ray movies and other multimedia.
"As 3D content becomes more widely available in popular games and videos, users desire computing products that can take advantage of these new capabilities," said Irene Chan, senior product marketing manager for peripherals, Acer America. "We are excited to offer Acer's first monitor to support 3D technology, enabling consumers to fully immerse themselves in leading-edge 3D games and movies at an affordable price."
Chan continued, "We see a strong market for 3D technology products that offer the quality and value that Acer is known for providing, as we've demonstrated with our Acer notebook with 3D technology and now with this new Acer GD235HZ display."
The new Acer 3D display becomes available at an opportune time. In its recently released 3D Display Technology and Market Forecast Report, DisplaySearch forecasts that the total stereoscopic 3D display market will grow from 0.7 million units and $902 million in revenues in 2008 to 196 million units and $22 billion in revenues in 2018, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38 percent for revenues and 75 percent for units.
Users can clearly view detailed images and crisp graphics due to the Acer GD235HZ display's 80,000:1 (ACM) contrast ratio. The Acer Adaptive Contrast Management (ACM) features advanced technology that allows users to adjust images frame by frame to optimize contrast by enhancing detail and gradation. Additionally, Acer ACM enables the new monitor to use less power and save energy while providing a superior viewing experience.
The new 23.6-inch display boasts a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1920x1080 resolution, providing excellent high-definition picture quality. Users can enjoy the clarity and precision of Blu-ray Disc high definition technology for watching movies in extraordinary detail. The 16:9 aspect ratio allows users to view high-definition digital content without image distortion that arises from incompatible aspect ratios. Additionally, the Acer GD235HZ features a rapid 2ms response times for viewing high quality moving images and a 300 cd/m2 brightness, further improving the visual performance.
Acer's unique software solutions boost usability. The eColor Management on-screen interface allows users to tailor the performance of the display, such as brightness, saturation and contrast. The Empowering Key enables users to switch between viewing scenarios and create their own to compensate for application and environmental constraints. The eDisplay Management function is a powerful color enhancement and display rotation tool.
QNAP intros two mid-range NAS servers
QNAP introduced two new mid-range NAS servers for businesses; the TS-239 Pro II (2 drive model) and TS-439 Pro II (4 drive model). Here's the press release:
QNAP Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of world class NAS servers, NVR Video Surveillance Systems, and Network-based Video Players today expanded its Turbo NAS lineup with two new mid-range NAS servers targeted at SMB and corporate customers. The new TS-239 Pro II (2 drive model) and TS-439 Pro II (4 drive model) incorporate the new Intel
10 Reasons Why Apple iPad's gonna fail
And this is according to gadgetophilia. Whilst the dust settles on Apple's recently announced iPad, it seems the hype has died down and everyone has an opinion on Apple's latest creation. In short, there is nothing that deserved the hype and the device simply sucks if said politely. Here are some reasons why this device fails:
1. No Multitasking
Do you know that if you concentrate on only one thing at a time, you can do that more efficiently than otherwise. Apple has come out with its own way to teach us that old proverb. No multitasking on iPad. Come on Apple! We want to listen to music when browsing the net or we want to download some files while we are watching a video. Earlier I said that we have little or no use of multitasking on a mobile phone due to its limited screen size but this is certainly not true for a device that is trying to replace a full fledged laptop or netbook.
2. Uncomfortable Keyboard
This was quite obvious that the iPad would have a virtual keyboard because there is no space for an actual hardware keyboard. And those who have used virtual keyboard, know that typing even an e-mail on it may be a headache and if you are a blogger or just a professional who have to type for a few hours, this is simply not the device for you. From the pictures available on the net, if you thought that you can just put the device on the table and type on the virtual keyboard like a normal keyboard, soon you'll find it impossible as the device's back is not perfectly flat and it kind of wobbles when you put it on a flat surface. This makes the virtual keyboard more difficult to use. However, you can connect a Bluetooth keyboard to the device and continue typing comfortably but then I have to say that you can also add two more wheels to your existing two wheeler to ride it like a car!
3. No WebCam
Yesterday I posted that the device should at least have an WebCam that will allow us to conduct video chat over a high speed internet connection. But Apple, with their infinite wisdom has decided that they can allow VoIP calls over 3G. We are very very pleased that you have given us your kind privilege to use the service. Oh! Apple is so generous! A cheap $400 Asus Eee PC Netbook can do VoIP or Video Chat through its WebCam but those devices are cheap anyway and Apple is obviously the synonym of glamor.
4. No Flash Support
Even if the standard smartphones have the flash support built-in their browsers nowadays, neither iPhone nor the iPod has the Flash support. And now, iPad also comes without the Flash support. The lack of Flash support in those tiny display browsers were pardonable but in a device that is going to be competing with the full fledged netbooks/laptops, this is going mean a deal breaker for many. Even the casual internet users won't forgive those gaping holes in the webpage which were supposed to be making the website more colorful. And also, forget about streaming video on webpage!
5. Ugly Adapters
You need to connect any device to the iPad? You just need to have the adapter for that device. Oh! We are so glad that we can at least connect our devices to it! Thank you Apple for your generosity to us. History will remember this.
6. Go to Apple Store for Apps
iPad can only run apps from the Apple App Store. No other Apps shall be entertained. Period.
7. No HDMI
Want to watch those nice HD Videos in your big HDTV screen when your iPad screen seems too small? No there is no HDMI to view the HD videos you've just downloaded from iTunes. And it is a sin that you thought the Apple iPad would connect to some Samsung HDTV. You shouldn't expect that Apple will allow follow any standard interface. They'll rather create an interface of their own!
We carry a spare wheel with our car. The Car can go flat. I will then replace that with my spare wheel. But forget this simple things with Apple. Touch their battery and void the warranty. They list that the battery life will last for 10 hours but I doubt if it will run for any longer than six hours. This is too low especially if we keep in mind that some netbooks(=computers) are now able to reach the 10 hour mark.
Did anyone know that such term existed before Apple declared it? Well, I guess not. The device is supposed to be unlocked and you can use any carrier with it but currently, the SIM is only available from AT&T. Therefore, don't expect to run it on any cheap T-Mobile plans because they don't have the SIM. Do you know any other carrier that uses this SIM? The answer is apparently, Ahem, No.
10. Too Big Bezel
Don't you also think that the Bezel is too big to be called a decent one?
AMD, Intel prep 6-core CPUs fast ...
The gossip on hexa-core processors just keeps survacing the web the past few weeks. Time to recap ! Both AMD and Intel are expected to release their first 6-core desktop CPUs before the end of Q2 this year.
According to DigiTimes, Intel will be going first, with their 32-nm Core i7-980X "Gulftown" CPU shipping at the end of March. DigiTimes says AMD will roll out 3 six-core "Thuban" CPUs, the Phenom II X6 1075T, 1055T and 1035T, with a quad-core Phenom II X4 960T CPU also coming out at the same time as the Thuban processors. It's believed AMD will launch the CPUs in May. Before Thuban launches though, AMD will introduce their first 8-series chipsets, with the 890FX and 890GX chipsets expected to debut in April.