Samsung SSD 470 Bundle Includes Norton Ghost 15
Samsung is launching a new SSD 470 package with greatly enhanced user convenience features compared to the existing SSD 470 series. This July, all Samsung 470 Series SSDs will include a full copy of Norton Ghost 15.0 to greatly reduce the frustration of data migration, backup, and recovery. While the physical installation of the drive is trivial to many users, the tedious process of installing the OS, running OS updates, installing patches, reinstalling software, setting up user preferences, and migrating old data is frustrating and time-consuming. With the inclusion of Norton Ghost 15.0, the time it takes to migrate to a new SSD is reduced by up to 75 percent, meaning your new drive can be up and running in under an hour instead of nearly four.
Additionally, desktop users will benefit from the included connecting cables and new, adjustable mounting brackets. Stefanie Summerfield Head of Business Development
Intel 8-Core Sandy Bridge-EP Processors Have 150W TDP
This information was spotted in a leaked screenshot of CPU-Z that was running on a dual socket system with two Sandy Bridge-E LGA 2011 processors. The processors had a base clock speed of 3.0GHz, 20MB of Level 3 cache memory, and each one of them could process up to 16 threads simultaneously, thanks to Intel's HyperThreading technology.
The same source that provided this screenshot also has a CPU-Z picture of another Sandy Bridge-EP 8-core processor that comes clocked at 2.3GHz and has a TDP of 130W.
The Xeon E5 processor line will comprise three CPU series, dubbed E5-1600, E5-2600 and E5-4600, and all of these carry a similar feature set, but the latter are compatible with dual-socket and quad-socket motherboards.
Outside of the eight processing cores and 20MB of L3 cache, Sandy Bridge-EP chips also include up to 2 QPI links, 40 PCIe Gen3 lanes, 4 DMI 2.0 lanes, and an integrated quad-channel DDR3 memory controller that support up to three DIMMs per channel for a maximum of 96GB.
Intel's Xeon E5 processor family is expected to arrive in the fourth quarter of this year, while the first desktop Sandy Bridge-E models will be released in Q1 2012.
Sparkle Calibre X580 Captain Graphics Card has Quad-Monitor Support
Sparkle has announced the Calibre X580 Captain graphics card, one of the very few Nvidia GeForce GTX 580-based solutions to come with quad-display support.
The card uses Sparkle's proprietary MAXWIDE Multi-Monitor technology, which is seconded by three built-in Mini DisplayPort outputs and two dual-link DVI outputs. These can be used in conjunction with up to four monitors, and can span a single image over three displays simultaneously, or two divided images across 4 displays.
Outside of the high count of video outputs, the Calibre X580 Captain looks pretty much identical to most of the other GTX 580 solutions around, but flipping the card reveals a specially designed backplate, which has the role of cooling the components found on the back of the PCB.
The power delivery system has also been modified in order to accommodate hybrid capacitors, made up of Tantalum and Decoupling capacitors, while overclockers will be glad to hear that Sparkle has even added a series of dedicated voltage monitoring points.
No information regarding the operating frequencies of the graphics card is available at this time, but this is expected to come clocked higher than the 772MHz GPU and 1002MHz (4008MHz data rate) memory set by Nvidia.
Sparkle hasn't said anything about the retail price of the Calibre X580 Captain, or about its release date.
MSI Z68A-G45 ATX Motherboard
The latest one lacks PCI Express 3.0 and the DrMOS and Tantalum capacitors found on some of its peers, like the Z68A-GD55 yet be priced only 130 Euro, the rough equivalent of $223, at least according to European stores where it is up for pre-order.
The board comes with four memory slots and two PCI Express x16 slots (for graphics add-in-boards) that can work in dual x8 mode.
Additionally, MSI implemented two legacy PCI slots and three PCI Express x1 slots, plus Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports (plus another two as pin headers), a number of USB 2.0 connectors and the expected video outputs (HDMI, D-Sub, DVI and even optical and coaxial S/PDIF).
An extra difference between the MSI Z68A-G45 and its siblings, the phase count is 6 instead of 10. Power, reset and OC Genie buttons are absent, much like metering points for Voltage and angled SATA connectors.
WD enters SMB market with small office storage servers
Western Digital announced small office storage servers and has signed an OEM software agreement with Microsoft Corporation to include the Windows
Razer Mouse Bungee
Razer reveals a makeover of the Mouse Bungee, it will be available by the end of the month for 19.99EUR.
Cooler Master Cosmos is back with a vengeance
Cooler Master is to release a new Cosmos chassis, and it is HAWT, just shown for the first time in Maximum PC's dream machine 2011 article.
Looks like its retained much of the styling I liked so much about the original one but now with a completely modern update for its cable routing, cooling, and front I/O to name a few. Also has hot swappable hard drive docks as well now. The only down side is it looks like its retained the originals rather high price, as they mention it being over $300 when it comes out. Either way anxious to see it when its officially released (thanks KingCobra).
Anyway, have a peek at the photo's. The product has not yet announced officially (though we peeked at it under NDA at Computex).
Crysis 2 DX11 VGA graphics and CPU performance benchmarks
Crysis 2 launched earlier this year I have to admit, I was a little ticked off that the game was only a DX9 title. Hence I did not even bother to purchase it. However a week and a half ago Crytek released a new 1.9 patch, that and bringing DirectX 11 towards the game. And yet another patch was released, a high-resolution texture package. The end-result even baffled a graphics monger like yours truly.
Today well be looking at game performance with a graphics card or sixteen. Next to that we'll also have a peek at CPU scaling with a handful of processors to see on what platform the game runs best.
Check out the article here.
Fractal Design ARC Midi chassis
The new Fractal Design Arc Series of cases create a niche of their own; a combination of stellar performance and cooling options with stylish, minimalistic looks and an overall understated elegance. This new Arc Series Midi Tower format offers plenty of cooling options, up to 8 fans of various sizes can be installed. Unique for its small size, it also offers room to mount a thick, dual 120mm radiator in the top panel.
Elegant top and front panels are both easily removable and pre-fitted with fan filters to ensure a dust free interior. The sleek black interior is matched and contrasted with white expansion slots and HDD trays. Similar to the Define Series, all the HDD trays are fitted with anti-vibration silicon grommets. The upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable, which enables support for even the longest graphic cards.
Tangled cables are a thing of the past as the Arc Series offers an innovative, convenient, and great looking way to hide them away. The motherboard mounting plate has rubber covered holes in which you can easily route the cables to a compartment behind the motherboard, which has more than ample storage space.
- Stylish, minimalistic front panel with alu-look
- Optimized for performance, massive cooling and water cooling support
- A total of 8(!) fan slots (2x 140mm in front, 3x 120/140 in top, 1x 120/140 in bottom, 1x 120/140 in rear, 1x 140/180mm in side panel)
- 3x 140mm fans included (1x in front, 1x in rear and 1x in top)
- Support for dual 120mm radiator in top, even thicker radiators up to 60mm in thickness
- 8x white painted HDD trays, with silicone mounting
- Upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable
- USB3 support in front panel
- Excellent cable routing and cable routing covers
- Easily removable front panel with clip on fan slots
- Extra, vertically mounted expansion slot, suitable for fan controllers or non-input expansion cards
- 8x 3,5 inch HDD trays, compatible with SSD!
- 2x 5,25 inch bays, with 1x 5,25>3,5 inch converter included
- On top of front panel: 3x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0 and Audio I/O
- No PSU included (removable filter below PSU)
- M/B compatibility: Mini ITX, Micro ATX and ATX
- 7+1 expansion slots with sleek white painted brackets
- Supports graphic card lengths up to 290mm when removable HDD-Bay is in place
- Supports graphic card lengths up to 470mm without removable HDD-Bay
- Supports CPU coolers with height of 180mm
- Supports PSU
More AMD FX-8130P Processor Surface
Yet another batch of AMD Bulldozer FX processor information and benchmarks surface. This is the AMD FX-8130P, the next high-end processor from AMD.
\\The FX-8130P was injected on a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 motherboard with 4 GB of dual-channel Kingston HyperX DDR3-2000 MHz memory running at DDR3-1866 MHz.
A GeForce GTX 580 complements the graphics. The chip was clocked at 3.20 GHz (16 x 200 MHz). Testing began with benchmarks that aren't very multi-core intensive, such as Super Pi 1M, where the chip clocked in at 19.5 seconds; AIDA64 Cache and Memory benchmark, where L1 cache seems to be extremely fast, while L2, L3, and memory performance is a slight improvement over the last generation of Phenom II processors.
GELID Launches Siberian Value CPU Cooler
They won't get any cheaper then this, not bad for the money. GELID Solutions adds a 66mm high multi compatible CPU Cooler with PWM fan to its popular SILENT product portfolio.
The Siberian with its competitive pricing contains a premium aluminum heat sink and a silent 80mm fan with GELID intelligent PWM control. The cooler offers multi compatibility for AMD & Intel latest sockets. It features a compact size and is especially suitable for HTPC and small chassis. The silent fan achieves high airflow rate and the GELID intelligent PWM Control accelerates the fan speed only when it
AMD Launches AMD Radeon HD 6990M
AMD today launched the AMD Radeon HD 6990M GPU
ADATA NH13 USB 3.0 HDD revealed
ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today announced the launch of the NH13 portable hard drive. Geared towards business and professional users, the NH13 sports a USB 3.0 interface and a classic metallic finish.
For users of netbooks and USB compatible mobile devices, the NH13
Bug causing early death of Intel 320 SSDs
The Register reports some users of Intel's 320 solid state disks are suffering from a bug in the controller that can revert the device to 8MB during a power failure:
"Poster Goose" wrote a message on 1 June, quoting from a PC Review forum:
Be wary of the new Intel SSD 320 series. Currently, there's a bug in the controller that can cause the device to revert to 8MB during a power failure. AFAIK they have not yet publicly announced it, and won't have a firmware fix ready for release until the end of July.
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Super Talent Introduces DuraDRIVE SSD
Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced the introduction of the DuraDrive AT3, an SSD for demanding industrial environments. Not every computing environment is a pleasant one and some of them are down right nasty. For such environments, we have developed the DuraDrive; a line of Solid State Disks designed to perform in environments well beyond the standard consumer specifications. Containing no moving parts, an SSD naturally performs well in high-shock and high-vibration environments. This makes SSD great candidates for such installations, but temperature has always been a limiting factor. While most drives were designed to function in environments from 0
NVIDIA Delays Kepler and other GPUs
Despite Nvidia CEO Huang Jen-hsun previously saying that the company is set to announce its new 28nm GPU architecture at the end of 2011 and 22/20nm in 2013, sources from graphics card makers have pointed out that Nvidia has already adjusted its roadmap and delayed 28nm Kepler and 22/20nm Maxwell to 2012 and 2014, says DigiTimes.
The sources believe that the delay is due to unsatisfactory yield rates of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) 28nm process as well as lower-than-expected performance of Kepler.
TSMC originally expected its 28nm capacity at Fab15 to be available in the fourth quarter of 2011 and was set to start pilot production for its 20nm process technology in the third quarter of 2012.
However, TSMC's other major client Qualcomm, currently, still has not yet adjusted its 28nm process schedule and is set to launch three new products, 8960. 8270 and 8260A using dual-core Krait architecture in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Meanwhile, AMD will follow its original schedule and enter the 28nm era in the first half of 2012. The company's next-generation graphics chips Southern Island as well as Krishna and Wichita processors, which will replace the existing Ontraio and Zacate processors, and will all adopt a 28nm process from TSMC.
IntelCore i7-970 discontinued due to lack of demand
Launched at the tail end of Summer 2010, the chip runs at 3.2GHz and under 'Turbo Mode' can clock up to 3.46GHz. The 32nm part with thermal design power of 130W almost immediately received a significant price drop, and is currently being hawked for somewhere in the region of 430, if you can find it in stock.
Now Intel has announced that its Product Discontinuance Program Support for the chip began on 6 July 2011 and will end with the firm shipping the last Core i7-970 chip a year later. For boxed chips, that is to say those in retail packaging, after 27 January 2012 it'll be first come first served for remaining stocks.