Netgear Stora NAS launched
Netgear released their latest home storage device, the Stora, which the company is positioning not only as a NAS backup but as a media-sharing hub. The Netgear Stora takes two 3.5-inch SATA drives and connects via gigabit ethernet; there are also two USB 2.0 ports for sharing printers or plugging in external drives. What makes it special, though, is its social network and device integration.
The Stora can be set to automatically upload images and video to Facebook and Flickr, as well as beaming them around the house courtesy of DLNA streaming. That means content shows up on PCs and Macs, together with consoles and PMPs. Netgear have also apparently made remote streaming more straightforward, so you can access media while outside of the home network.
Seagate ships 6Gbps, 2TB hard drive
Seagate today updated the Barracuda line to include the industry's first drive to use an 6Gbps SATA interface. The 2TB Barracuda XT has twice as much theoretical bandwidth as existing SATA II drives and gives the disk up to 600MBps in burst transfers. In actual speed, the drive is still fast with a 140MBps sustained transfer rate and is helped by Seagate's first use of 64MB of onboard cache for a mainstream drive.
The Barracuda XT will still support SATA II as well as original (1.5Gbps) SATA systems and should still achieve its sustained speed on those models. Seagate should ship the drive by later this week for $299.
Mobile Core i7 could be faster than Core 2 Extreme
Very soon Intel's Core i7 four-core parts for notebooks tagged under codename Clarksfield could should be much faster (clock-for clock) compared to their existing Core 2 Quad counterparts based on tests published today.
Electronista reports that although normally clocked at just 1.73GHz, the mid-range Core i7-820QM is seen in PCPro benchmarks often coming close to, matching or outperforming the 2.53GHz Core 2 Extreme that costs significantly more than the expected $750 for the newer chip.
The edge comes despite extra handicaps on the test system versus the Dell M6400 Covet used for comparison, as the Core i7 system had just half the RAM (4GB), a slower-spinning 5,400RPM hard drive and a more mainstream GeForce GT 240M graphics chip versus the workstation-grade Quadro FX 3700M in the older PC.
At the same time, the 1.73GHz processor is also much more efficient and consumes roughly half of the power of the slower-still 2GHz Core 2 Quad with a full workload. The draw is still too high for thin-and-light notebooks but, at 74W, would make it more suitable for notebooks smaller than the 17-inch Dell model.
Most of the speed jump is attributed to Turbo Boost, a feature present in all Core i3, i5 and i7 parts that improves the performance of certain tasks by dynamically shutting down unused cores and increasing the clock speed of the remaining cores. The i7-820QM runs as quickly as 3.06GHz in this mode. Hyperthreading also provides a benefit by supporting two tasks on each core, potentially supporting eight tasks at once on a quad-core chip.
Intel could launch mobile Core i7 as early as next week with 1.6GHz and 2GHz versions joining the newly tested model. Arrandale, the dual-core variant most likely to reach much thinner and less expensive notebooks, may not arrive until late this year or early in 2010.
Intel six-core Core i9 photo's
Thoughy incredibly dull to look at, as they all look the same, the first photo's of a six-core Core i9 processor surfaced over the weekend, this is the Gulftown SKU based on 32nm Intel Some of its features are:
- Twelve threads
- Socket 1366 like 45nm Bloomfield
DFI shows Hybrid motherboard
Hybrid certainly is a trendy word these days. it's stickered and labeled on everything. DFI has been working overtime in order to concoct the next great mainboard, and if this thing can really deliver as advertised, we'd say the gurus responsible for it will succeed greatly.
The Hybrid P45-ION-T2A2 motherboard can actually house a complete Atom / Ion-based system on one side, while handling a traditional Socket 775 CPU system on the other. In other words, this single motherboard can power -- let's say -- a low-power server system and your next gaming setup. At the same time! We're still waiting on a firm release date and price, but 'til then, hop on past the break for a swell demonstration vid.
Point of View Batman: Arkham Asylum LE GTX 275
Point of View has just announced the introduction of a new limited edition GeForce GTX 275. The Limited Edition 'Batman' graphics card provides users with the performance of the well-known GPU, but also with a full-version of the
Sapphire HD 5870 en HD 5850 photo's
A Japanese website posted two photo's of the upcoming DirectX 11 class Sapphire HD 5870 and 5850. The cards look a lot like the
Previous photo's as seen on the web over the past week or so. Both cards have two DVI ports, a HDMI connect and a DisplayPort connector. The cards will be launched on September the 23rd. Check out the thumbnails.
PlayStation 4 concept
While the PS3 Slim has just come out, it is doing extremely well in terms of hardware sales. Let's hope the attach rate for its software will be equally high just like the DS and all of its iterations. Well, Tai Chiem has come up with his own version of the PlayStation which he has rightly dubbed the PlayStation 4.
This concept is extremely nice to look at, but something tells us it isn't feasible engineering-wise. After all, it comes with clear material as the main choice of construction, making us wonder whether should it ever be released, will come with a disclaimer on the box, "Nice to touch, nice to hold, once broken, considered sold!" to deter the grubby fingers of curious onlookers from having a go at it.
SteelSeries Siberia v2 Headset revealed
SteelSeries introduced the Siberia v2, an updated version of the five-year old Siberia Headset. The new model has integrated control capabilities and promises better sound quality, enhanced comfort, and improved noise reduction. The SteelSeries Siberia v2 Headset will be available in November 2009.
As an upgrade to the original Siberia, the v2 sports an
Leaked Trailer The Witcher 2
There's now a comment about this on The Witcher Website: "Of course, we can't and won't try to deny the facts. The movie that appeared on the various sites yesterday presents our newest project, The Witcher 2, which we've been working on for some time. We made something about half year ago, to present the first playable version of the game." said Adam Kicinski, CEO of CD Projekt RED. "Currently we are looking for a potential publisher (or publishers) for this title, and this leak is an uncontrolled side effect of that process. For today, we are not commenting on anything that concerns the game itself." [via ggmania]
NVIDIA: DirectX 11 Won't Define GPU Sales
"DirectX 11 by itself is not going be the defining reason to buy a new GPU. It will be one of the reasons." This coming from the same company that a few years ago said that there was every reason to opt for a DirectX 10 compliant graphics card, to complete the Windows Vista experience, at a time when it was the first and only company to be out with compliant hardware. In the wake of rival AMD's ambitious Evergreen family of DirectX 11 compliant graphics cards being released, NVIDIA made it a point to tell the press that the development shouldn't really change anything in the industry.
Speaking at the Deutsche Bank Securities Technology Conference, NVIDIA's VP of investor relations said
Radeon HD 5870 1GB spotted online for pre-order
A Dutch etailer that more often has leaked prices to get some extra pageviews (I won't even name them anymore because it's getting silly really) once more leaked prices -- this time on the Radeon HD 5870 1GB. The information has been taken down, I guess ATI threatened them with no allocation for sales. But the website had the 1 GB version listed under SKU model number 21161-00-50R priced ar 319.99 EUR.
Toshiba dynadock wireless U USB docking station
Toshiba has announced a new and updated version of the dynadock called the dynadock wireless U Universal USB docking station. The name is certainly a mouthful, but there are some nice features to be had.
Those nice features are assuming you can stomach the $299 asking price of the new wireless version. The dock integrates wireless USB tech into the design to eliminate the need for a wire between your laptop and the docking station. In case you aren
Gyration offers up new Air Mouse Elite for your HTPC
One of the biggest problems with putting a computer in the living room for some users is finding a way to store and use the mouse and keyboard needed for navigation. Gyration has announced a new product today called the Air Mouse Elite that doesn
AMD six-core desktop CPU expected by mid-2010
AMD is planning to introduce a six-core desktop processor by mid-2010. This chip will aim at Intel's Gulftown, which is expected to be available in Q2 2010. AMD will be at a disadvantage though, as its chip will be 45nm while Gulftown will be 32nm.
It is likely that AMDis tweaking and optimizing Istanbul to make it more suitable for Desktop usage. AMD
Students to get Windows 7 for $30
I sometimes do not understand why Microsoft only does these things for the USA and UK. Students in the UK and US with a valid email address (an email address given by the college or university, e.g. email@example.com) will be able to purchase Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional (upgrade versions) for #30 and $30 respectively.
The offer will run until 3 January 2010 when the prices will revert to normal.
Operation Flashpoint Dragon Rising Trailer
AV123 ELT 525M 2.0 speaker kit review
The PC audio niche has exploded in recent years. The idea that audio lovers didn't need to use small plastic PC speakers seemed a revelation to some and a very basic notion to others. The addition of even modest audio gear meant for the living room seemed to easily surpass any speakers meant for PC use.
AV123 concentrates their efforts on building high quality, high end home theater gear, everything from satellite speakers, to full towers, subwoofer and ELT electronics can be found at AV123.
As such we test a complete stereo monitoring system comprised of their ELT 525 Mini-Monitors in a Cherry Finish, a Class-D speaker amplifier from Tweak City Audio and last but not least some Matrix-2 speaker cables from Ultra Link to tie the system together, breaking away from all the plastic garbage speakers available on the market today. But does it make a difference ?
Check out the full Guru3D review here.