Crucial Ballistix Sport, Tactical, Elite Memory in 8 GB Flavors
Crucial announced the immediate availability of 8 GB DDR3 memory modules across the Crucial Ballistix Sport, Tactical, and Elite series. By taking advantage of Micron's 4 Gb DRAM technology, the new 8 GB modules provide users with the maximum capacity, performance, and density needed to run data-and graphic-intensive applications smoothly and efficiently.
Available in low-latency DDR3-1600 MHz and DDR3-1866 MHz modules, Crucial 8 GB Ballistix modules can be installed in configurations up to 64 GB in some systems, including the new Intel X79 platforms. Additionally, the complete line of Ballistix memory features a new logo treatment and updated heat spreader designs.
The new Crucial Ballistix Sport 8 GB DDR3-1600 MHz memory module is designed to provide mainstream users and general PC enthusiasts with an affordable, reliable, no-hassle gaming experience. The Crucial Ballistix Sport series offers timing and voltages for maximum memory stability and system compatibility.
Well-suited for gamers, power users, and performance enthusiasts, the new Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8 GB DDR3-1600 MHz memory has lower latencies and features the Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) which enables easy setup. The Crucial Ballistix Tactical series provides high speeds and features a black PCB and enhanced heat spreader design for improved thermal performance.
Designed for extreme overclockers and advanced users, the new Crucial Ballistix Elite 8 GB DDR3-1866 MHz memory utilizes Intel XMP, and features a thermally efficient extruded aluminum heat spreader design, black PCBs, and integrated thermal sensors for real-time monitoring of temperature utilizing the Ballistix Memory Overview Display (M.O.D.) utility.
Crucial Ballistix memory is backed by a limited lifetime warranty and is rigorously tested to meet or exceed the high-quality performance specifications customers have come to expect from Crucial. Crucial Ballistix Sport, Tactical, and Elite memory modules are available now through select global channel partners, or directly at www.crucial.com.
OCZ next-gen Indilinx Everest controller
I've always wondered what would happen if SandForce would be bought out, which it did my LSI. And all of the sudden we see OCZ make a tremendous shift to the controller company they bought, Indlilinx.
Recently OCZ launched the Octane, which we reviewed here. But over at CES OCZ is already showing the 2nd generation Indilinx controller. The new Everest 2 controller carries codename IDX400M00-BC and is targeted to deliver sequential read/write speeds of up to 550/500 MB/s. That's a definite improvement over the current generation specially in write performance.
However the controller is specced for 90,000 4 KB random write IOPS, end of Q2 we should already see products released. Hmmz, Computex time anyone ?
Club 3D Radeon HD 7970
Club 3D today announces the immediate availability of the next generation Radeon HD 7970 card.
OCZ R4 PCIe SSD with 16 SandForce SF-2200
Chec out the OCZ's R4, which is a PCI-Express solid-state drive that comes with 16 SSDs, each driven by SandForce SF-2200 controllers.
Armed in RAID mode a VCA 2.0 capable provides each of seperated SSDs a SATA 6 Gb/s linkpassing it over a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 link. As a resulkt the R4 is capable of perfofmance up to 6,656 MB/s (megabytes per second). And if size does matter, 3.2 is a possible capacity option. Thanks PCPer.
Your wallet likely needs to be similar sized. It does make you wonder where we are going with SSD technology ...
ASUS Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire review
We test the ASUS Radeon HD 7970 in Crossfire, one of the board partners where the first to send a 2nd retail sample towards us, it's clocked standard, has a reference design and aside from a sticker it is just 100% the reference product really, with all the same top notch features, performance and technology.
With the reference card in-house, we figured well, we can replicate the entire reference review again with the frame rates showing an offset of 1% here and there, or we just take it to the next level -- multi-GPU gaming in Crossfire mode.
Read all about it right here.
Point of View Protab 2 XXL Tablet review
Today a review on the ProTAB 2 XXL 10" tablet from Point of View from their Mobi range. With a price of only 169,- EUR the specs are decent enough alright. Interesting enough for graphics, the ProTab2XXL also comes with an additional MALI-400 3D graphics chip.
Now we never heard of it before tbh, and very little can found about it on the web. But we can certainly measure it's performance and it does allow for FullHD playback. The Mali graphics chip even allows to drive a mini HDMI v1.4 port.
Check out the review here.
HIS Radeon HD 7970 Graphics Card
Hightech Information System (HIS) today announced the launch of HIS 7970 3GB. The card is the world
PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 Graphics Card
TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphic cards, today announces a breathtaking graphics solution: the PowerColor HD7970. Based on the 28nm GCN architecture, HD7970 enables the absurdly high frame rates at demanding setting while using less power and better transistor efficiency, maximizes the most astonishing gaming performance like never before.
Clocks at 925MHz core and 1375MHz memory speed, the PowerColor HD7970 can easily boost up your PC with the support of the latest PCI Express 3.0; through doubling the bandwidth per lane of previous generation, it can release the power of GPU to maximize performance while paired with the latest platform.
By utilizing AMD PowerTune technology, the PowerColor HD7970 performs a real-time power draw to enable higher clocks and faster gaming; furthermore, with advanced Microsoft DirectX 11.1 and AMD HD3D Technology support, gamers can get the realistic and lifelike 3D visual effects. It
MSI Releases Radeon HD 7970
Leading global graphics card and motherboard manufacturer MSI today officially announces the world's first graphics cards equipped with the brand new AMD 28nm Radeon HD 7900 GPU, R7970-2PMD3G5, which is built on the latest PCI Express Gen 3 standard. MSI's R7900 series graphics cards are equipped with 3GB of high speed GDDR5 graphics memory, and also come with MSI's exclusive Afterburner overclocking utility that allows users to adjust the core voltage to increase overclocking potential.
MSI's R7900 series also features AMD's exclusive Eyefinity multi-display technology, and combined with support for next-generation DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a interfaces, stereoscopic 3D capability, and 7.1 channel lossless high quality TrueHD and DTS-HD audio formats, consumers can enjoy the highest quality audio and visual entertainment! MSI's R7900 series graphics cards have also implemented an all-solid capacitor design to guarantee stability even when working under full loads over extended periods of time.
The World's First 28nm Process PCI-Express Gen 3 Graphics Card
MSI's R7900 series graphics cards are the first graphics cards in the world to support the new PCI Express Gen 3 format. With a processor and mainboard that has PCI Express Gen 3 capability, users will be able to enjoy maximized gaming performance via the ultra-high 32GB/S bandwidth. The R7900 series graphics cards have also adopted the brand new AMD 28nm graphics chip to provide higher performance computing compared to previous generation 40nm products.
Exclusive GPU Over-Voltage Control Improves Overclocking Potential
MSI's R7970-2PMD3GD5 graphics cards are equipped with the popular Afterburner tuning software, allowing users to adjust the core voltage and improve overclocking potential. In addition, Afterburner also features bundled Predator in-game video capture, remote monitoring capabilities via mobile phone, as well as Kombustor GPU stress testing and other amazing features at no extra charge, providing an exceptional software suite for users of the HD 7000 series graphics cards.
AMD Eyefinity Multi-Display Technology Support
MSI's R7900 series graphics cards support AMD's exclusive Eyefinity multi-monitor display technology. The expanded field of view is perfect for professionals and hardcore gamers. The new MSI R7900 series cards support next-generation Display Port 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a interfaces with stereoscopic 3D capability, as well as 7.1 channel lossless high quality TrueHD and DTS-HD audio formats, providing users with the best audio and visual experience possible.
All Solid Capacitor Design Improves Durability
MSI's R7970-2PMD3GD5 has adopted all solid capacitors. The aluminum core is capable of maintaining a high degree of stability even when working under full loads over extended periods of time. With a 10-year lifespan, MSI rids users of concerns over potential crashes or delays that are caused by system hardware overheating, further providing users with the best computing experience possible.
VIA USB2Expressway Dedicated Bandwidth Technology
VIA Labs, Inc., a leading supplier of USB 3.0 integrated chip controllers, today announced its proprietary USB2Expressway Dedicated Bandwidth Technology for USB 3.0 Hubs which dramatically improves USB 2.0 performance when multiple devices are utilized. USB 3.0 Hubs featuring the technology eliminate USB 2.0 bandwidth limitations by providing full, dedicated bandwidth per port, allowing multiple USB 2.0 devices to be connected and operated at their maximum capabilities.
USB 2.0 provides 30-40MB/s of actual throughput, and this is shared across all connected devices. When multiple devices such as external hard drives, flash drives, and webcams are connected, they share available bandwidth which results in severely degraded performance. Compared to USB 2.0, USB 3.0 offers 10x more bandwidth and allows transfers as fast as 300-400MB/s. VIA Labs USB2 Expressway Dedicated Bandwidth Technology allows USB 2.0 devices to utilize USB 3.0 bandwidth, eliminating bandwidth bottlenecks and freeing each connected device to reach its maximum performance potential.
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TRENDnet 1300Mbps router and adapter
TRENDnet intros the TEW-811DR router and TEW-800MB adapter, two new devices capable of 1300Mbps mobile transfers via 802.11ac.
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today displays from 2012 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, the next generation 1300 Mbps Dual Band Wireless AC Router, model TEW-811DR, and 1300 Mbps Dual Band Wireless AC Media Bridge, model TEW-800MB.
About Wireless 802.11ac Technology
The explosion of wireless devices in the home and office coupled with high demand for HD video-based content will continue to compound wireless network loading for years to come. 802.11ac is a new wireless standard designed to meet tomorrow's extreme wireless bandwidth networking needs. The full 802.11ac specification can theoretically accommodate speeds as high as 6.8 Gbps; however the first generation of products will be rated at either 866 Mbps or 1.3 Gbps.
802.11ac uses the uncongested low interference wireless 5 GHz spectrum and is backward compatible with Dual Band 802.11n (wireless n) routers which also use the 5 GHz band. It is not compatible with standard single band wireless n devices which use the 2.4GHz band, such as most laptops and mobile devices.
802.11ac wireless coverage is similar to that of wireless n and provides whole home coverage. New Beam Forming technology further improves the ability to transmit wireless signals around physical obstacles such as masonry walls. The first generation 802.11ac devices will be released to market as early as late 2012.
About TRENDnet's 802.11ac Router
TRENDnet's 1300 Mbps Dual Band Wireless AC Router, model TEW-811DR, is a concurrent dual band router with a 450 Mbps wireless n band to network everyday mobile devices and laptops and an ultra high performance 1300 Mbps wireless band.
Gigabit ports maintain high performance wired connections. Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) integrates other WPS supported wireless adapters at the touch of a button. WMM technology prioritizes video and audio packets and Beam Forming technology improves wireless transmissions through physical obstacles.
The TEW-811DR will be available in late 2012 with an MSRP of over US $200.
About TRENDnet's 802.11ac Adapter
TRENDnet's 1300 Mbps Wireless AC Media Bridge, model TEW-800MB, connects up to four media center devices to an ultra-high speed 1300 Mbps 802.11ac network. Experience the seamless exhilaration of Gigabit wireless speeds.
Four Gigabit ports connect Internet TVs, network video recorders, media players, and more to an ultra high speed network. Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) integrates other WPS supported wireless adapters at the touch of a button. WMM technology prioritizes video and audio packets and Beam Forming technology improves wireless transmissions around physical obstacles.
The TEW-800MB will be available in late 2012 with an MSRP of approximately US $200.
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Cougar Solution mid-tower
Cougar reveals Solution, a new mid-tower gaming case with a rugged appearance, all-black coating, optimized ventilation, a PSU air filter and cable routing features.
COUGAR today announced global availability of their latest middle tower PC case focusing on attractive design and convenient every-day usage features at an affordable budget price point. The COUGAR Solution comes entirely black coated outside and inside, the honey-comb and mesh hybrid intake design creates a solid, rugged look with optimized ventilation characteristics.
As COUGAR is specifically targeting demanding enthusiast users and gamers, powerful high-end setups are always a major focus of attention when designing PC cases, power supplies or cooling fan solutions. Therefore, the COUGAR Solution offers a broad range of ventilation upgrade potential with up to 8 installable fans. But ventilation is more than just about fans. In order to optimize internal airflow, the COUGAR Solution has been created with a sophisticated, yet easy to use cable-routing in mind. The cable routing does not only ensure a clean inside of your system, but moreover allows your components to stay cool. In turn this also ensures a longer product life span.
But cooling and ventilation goes even further. The backside PCIe slots are all vented and two holes for water-cooling hoses are provided for as well. So if you are in the game for advanced gameplay and need to install multiple VGA setups, you are cool and safe with up to 320 mm of space for your graphics cards. And the extra large cutout on the motherboard backplate provides most convenient access for CPU cooler installation, so you can swap coolers on-the-fly.
As a power supply specialist, COUGAR understands best where and how to place your PSU. In the COUGAR Solution case, the power supply unit is placed on the bottom, so all motherboard, components and storage devices can be reached easily. This placement also ensures that your power supply is located at the coolest spot or your PC case, since cold air stays at the bottom, while hot air floats upwards. On top of things, the COUGAR Solution case provides for an air filter underneath the power supply, so your PSU fan stays clean and powerful.
Cumbersome installation of optical drives and HDDs are a matter of the past, as screwless-installation mechanisms make it child
Fusion-io breaks one billion IOPS barrier
In an e-peen race against competition like OCZ Fusion-io has given a technology demonstration of a server that achieves one billion input and output operations per second (IOPS) with eight ioDrive 2 Duo solid state disks.
Fusion-io today announced that it achieved one billion input and output operations per second (IOPS) in a technology demonstration conducted at DEMO Enterprise: An Evening of Innovation, in a preview of the company
Crucial ships 7mm thin M4 SSD
Crucial has introduced a 7mm thick version of its m4 solid state disk. This new model is 2.5mm thinner than typical solid state disk.
Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today introduced a 7 mm version of the award-winning Crucial m4 SSD to meet the need for thinner storage devices. With the same performance delivered by the standard 9.5 mm Crucial m4 SSD, the new ultra-slim 7 mm version supports the latest thin and light form factor laptop models, such as the Lenovo ThinkPad T420G, Acer Aspire 6920G, and new Intel-inspired Ultrabook devices.
The 7 mm Crucial m4 SSD is available in 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB capacities. The 512 GB capacity offering is one of the highest-capacity storage drives
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Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 1080p Video
Logitech today unveiled the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, making it easier than ever to capture full-HD 1080p video that's faster and smoother and performs well on more computers. The device offers breathtaking quality, allowing friends and loved ones to see and hear the real you.
"People are increasingly relying on video calling to maintain far flung connections," said Todd Walker, brand manager at Logitech. "Whether chatting with friends, family or co-workers, they want to be seen at their best through a sharp, high-quality image. The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 can provide just that as the first webcam to offer 1080p video calling, thanks to our collaboration with Skype."
The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 captures full-HD 1080p video for connecting with friends using Skype or in HD 720p for Windows Live Messenger. Thanks to H.264 advanced compression technology, you can upload full-HD 1080p video clips or 15 MP photos quickly and with one click to Facebook, Twitter or YouTube (account required). To enjoy 1080p HD video calling you'll need to download the latest version of Skype, Skype 5.7 Beta for Windows.
Logitech Fluid Crystal Technology is what sets a Logitech webcam apart. In addition to smoother video motion without annoying choppiness, you get sharper pictures, richer colors and clearer sound - so your loved ones will literally see and hear more of you - even if you don't have the newest computer on the market. The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 also features Carl Zeiss optics and a premium 20-step autofocus, Logitech's smoothest, most responsive autofocus yet. And because being heard is just as important as being seen, two mics positioned on either side of the webcam capture natural stereo audio.
The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in January 2012 for a suggested retail price of $99.99.
OCZ Z-Drive R5 announed
The Z-Drive R5 features a jointly developed "Kilimanjaro" OCZ and Marvell native PCIe to NAND flash controller platform, allowing for completely scalable performance and redundancy while eliminating the need for a separate storage controller, thus reducing the cost to deploy high performance solid state storage systems in the data center.
The native PCIe Z-Drive R5 offers an intelligent, hardware-meets-software managed solution designed to dramatically accelerate database, enterprise, and virtualization applications. Combining high-performance architecture with OCZ managed software, the Z-Drive R5 provides second-to-none performance, flexibility, durability, and enhanced reliability features, allowing datacenters to rely on a PCIe-based SSD as their primary Tier 0/1 storage solution and a viable end-to-end SAN replacement.
The Z-Drive R5 is ideal for demanding computing environments and features:
- Incredible bandwidth capabilities and maximum transactional performance
- High capacities up to 12TB
- Ideal for all enterprise data types with both compressible and non-compressible files as well as large data sets
- Complete storage subsystem management with OCZ Virtualized Controller Architecture