AMD Brazos platform tested - The E350 APU review
AMD Fusion is here, the APU has been born. In this article we'll have a closer look at the Brazos platform, with in specific the AMD E-350 APU, a processor and GPU all in one.
For prices hovering in the 100 EUR bracket you can purchase yourself some amazing stuff, and sure let me immediately make clear that this is not high-end processor kit in terms of performance, contrary... this is net-top/ entry level performance at best.
We peek at the cutest mITX motherboard from Gigabyte, you'll notice DDR3 support, SATA-600 support, DVI/HDMI support, gigabit Ethernet, 8-channel audio support and then the integrated dual-core processor at 1600 MHz and in that processor embedded DX11 ready graphics core. Check out the full review right here.
Sharkoon Scorpio chassis with easy access to SATA HDDs
Sharkoon has expanded their PC tower product line: The new ATX, called the "Scorpio", offers diverse and practical mounting options for hard drives of various formats.
With the Scorpio, Sharkoon presents their first tower in which SSDs as well as hard drives with 2.5 inch Form Factor can be used without any special adapter frames needing to be installed: Behind the mesh drive faceplates on the completely black SECC tower are four drive bays for suitable smaller data mediums. In addition, there is space for a total of six 3.5 inch drives. Two of the six 3.5 inch mounting bays are equipped with a Fast Swap Mechanism directly on the housing front which enables the easy installation of SATA hard drives: Installed on the backside of the mounting cage is a panel with two internal SATA ports. The user only needs to open the faceplate panel, remove one of the two secured mounting frames using the locking lever, screw the hard drive to the frame and re-secure into the bay. The tower panel provides a 4-pin power supply adapter and two unregulated fan connectors beside the two SATA connectors.
In addition to the hard drives, the Sharkoon Scorpio can include up to seven extension cards and up to five 5.25 inch drives. The drives can be secured by thumbscrews thanks to the laterally adjustable mounting rails.
For a clean cable management system within the black finished interior there are several cable bays and feed-throughs provided. The main board panel also has an opening to easily mount a CPU cooler. Through the rubber protected openings on the back of the tower an e-SATA cable and two water cooler hoses can be installed. The power supply sits on the bottom of the tower over the air intake with a removable dust filter and allows, depending on the preferred ventilation, the fan to be installed in either an upward or downward position. The top I/O panel provides an eSATA and two USB2.0 ports, headphones and microphone ports as well as the Power and Reset buttons. The tower measures 508 x 210 x 503 mm (L x W x H) and weighs around 7.25 kilograms.
Sharkoon offers the Scorpio on the market in two versions which differ in the fan and front panel design. The Sharkoon Scorpio 1000 comes with a high gloss plastic front frame. The mesh design of the drive panel is broken through by the preinstalled, blue illuminated 120mm LED fan which cools the upper removable hard drives. Another 120mm fan is installed on the backside. Optionally, a 200mm or two 120mm fans can be attached to the left panel using the provided mesh grill, plus two 120mm or two 140mm fans on the top.
The front edging of the Sharkoon Scorpio 2000 consists of matte finished plastic. For hard drive cooling a blue illuminated LED fan is also preinstalled, the difference between its counterpart the Scorpio 1000 is that it features an edge length of 140mm and is mounted behind the mesh drive covers. Additionally, an 80mm fan cools the SATA hard drive in the Fast-Swap-Bays. Also, the Scorpio 2000 provides a 120mm fan in the back and pre-drilled holes for a 200mm or two 120mm fans on the left side and two 120mm or two 140mm fans on the top. The chassis will cost roughly 70 EUR.
MSI shows AMD E-350 based U270, X370 and CR650
MSI will be showing off an array of brand new, powerful display performance notebook computers, including the 15.6-inch CR650, the 12-inch Wind U270, and the 13.4-inch X-Slim X370. Eric Kuo, associate vice president for global sales, MSI Notebook, explains that these lean, mean machines are the ideal choice for active individuals. They include the Wind U270 ,X-Slim X370 ,and CR650 laptops, which pack AMD's landmark dual core E-350 processor which incorporates the AMD Radeon
Google increases security with two-step sign-in verification
Google implemented an extra, optional layer of security for Google Account users by revealed a new two-step sign-in verification process:
When enabled, users will have to enter their passwords as well as a separate code that will be sent to mobile devices before gaining access to products like Gmail or Google Docs. Google added this for Google Apps customers several months ago, but is now extending it to all users.
"There are plenty of examples (like the classic 'Mugged in London' scam) that demonstrate why it's important to take steps to help secure your activities online," Nishit Shah, product manager for Google Security, wrote in a blog post. "Your Gmail account, your photos, your private documents
Intel Sandy Bridge E-series .... for enthusiasts in Q4 2011
As if the 2600K would not be enough, X-bit Labs reported that Intel will reveal the Sandy Bridge E-series by the end of the year, this is a new enthusiast-class desktop platform that will use the LGA2011 socket.
Intel Sandy Bridge E microprocessors are specifically designed for enthusiasts, who demand maximum performance. For example, the chips will carry "extra large cache" to maximize speed of single-threaded or dual-threaded applications, quad-channel memory controller and a number of other enhancements. Sandy Bridge E chips with four or six cores will be paired with code-named Patsburg core-logic set. Platforms based on the latter will feature external base frequency generators and clock-speeds of buses like SATA or USB locked. As a result, enthusiasts will be able to boost clock-speed of microprocessors using traditional methods by increasing DMI frequencies, something that will allow them to easily and more efficiently to overclock their CPUs.
University of Groningen shows Reality touchscreen
Aaah, I am proud of this as the University is roughly 2 KM away from our offices here in Groningen - The Netherlands. For this project the students used six Optitrack v120 slim camera's which have a good sensitivity for infrared light. They used 16 cheap infrared emitters (the kind used for security systems) with a total of 1000 LED's.
The touch detection software runs on three old computers each with two camera's connected. One extra computer combines the output from the detection computers and send event data to our main visualization system.
E.Y.E. Gameplay Trailer
Thermaltake Level 10 GT
Thermaltake announced today the immediate availability of the highly anticipated Level 10 GT super gaming full-tower computer case. The Level 10 GT case, the successor to the original Level 10, the design collaboration between Thermaltake and BMW Group DesignworksUSA.
The case's announcement during 2010 CES attracted high-volume of media coverage and quickly trickled down to the PC enthusiasts and gaming communities with approvals of the Level 10 GT's breakthrough in design and innovative features.
Commenting on the Level 10 GT during the CES launch, Overclockersclub, an independent news media had this to say," This year Thermaltake upped the ante in its chassis line up with the introduction of the Level 10 GT chassis at CES. The level 10 was a piece of art in the form of a computer chassis and the level 10 GT takes all of these styling cues and puts them in a chassis that comes with improvements to the airflow through the chassis with the use of 200mm fans in addition to the 140mm rear fan. You get the latest technologies with the addition of USB 3.0 connectivity, hot swap drive bays and a fan speed control built into the switch panel. Like the original Level 10 it's the small things that are not obvious that really make this case, things like the removable fan filters, large directional airflow from the side panel fan and room for the biggest video cards out right now up to 37cm in length. The Level 10 GT is an improvement in form and function for the gamer all at a more appetizing price point."
"[Level 10 GT] is a revision of the [Level 10] that is meant to be more affordable ($269 MSRP), but still keep the same styling as the original Level 10. This case has a ton of great features. The first is that there are 5 internal hot-swappable bays, each of these bays can fit 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives. These bays are easily removed by pressing in a button on the side and sliding them out. This case is designed to be a gaming case so there is a pull out headphone holder, which is perfect for LAN parties." Commented Bob Buskirk, owner of Thinkcomputers.org.
Unmatched Cable Management - While many cases on the market claim to have cable management, it simply means those cases have enough room on the opposite side of the case to "hide" the excess cables. With Level 10 GT, users will be amazed at how well the cable management system works. Instead of hiding the cables, users can properly separate cables and channel them through the grooves strategically placed on the back of the case. When adding graphic card or hard drives, users will no longer need to untangle the power cables that had been "hidden" away. All hard drives' power connectors are pre-wired eliminating the need for rerouting. Not only does a properly cable managed computer perform better through improved airflow, but also makes the system neater.
Convertible Top-Vent 240mm Water-Cooling Design - With the popularity of performance water-cooling solution for PC, Level 10 GT features a removable top meshed panel with included true 200mm exhaust fan. Should the user wish to integrate 120mm or even 240mm water-cooling, the fan can be easily removed and the water-cooling radiator can be quickly installed. The removable top also enables easy cleaning of the dust build-up on the fan or mesh.
Hinged Side-Panel Door with Plug&Play Fan Power - For power users who frequently upgrades graphic cards, memories or simply performing maintenances, the hinged side-panel door design eliminates the hassle of having to awkwardly sliding the side-panel off. In addition, the side-mounted oversized 200mm intake fan's power connector automatically disconnects itself without any user intervention.
Hot-swappable Hard Drive Caddies - Want to add additional hard drive to boost your overall storage capacity? Need to take the hard drive out to move large amount of data? With Level 10 GT's true hot-swappable hard drive caddies, user is able to quickly remove the hard drive without having to open up the computer systems and unscrewing it from the hard drive cage. And thanks to Level 10 GT's embedded hot-swap backplane, user can remove the storage hard drive without having to shut-down the system.
Flash Player 10.2 released: Stage Video full h/w acceleration
Adobe has released Flash Player 10.2, complete with support for Stage Video full hardware acceleration. Available initially for Windows, Mac and Linux, Flash Player 10.2 promises 1080p HD streaming video playback with just 1 to 15-percent CPU load on Stage Video supported systems. Meanwhile, Adobe is promising phone and tablet Flash Player 10.2 news
ASUS updates its Sandy Bridge SATA flaw response
ASUS issued a new press release with new information on how it will handle replacements of motherboards with Intel's flawed 6-series chipsets:
ASUS has finalized initial internal discussions outlining our strategy and process to fully support our customers for the replacement or refund of products containing the affected Intel 6 Series support chipset. In addition, we have created a dedicated website that outlines our response, describes options for the return or refund of products and a workaround solution for current owners of these products. The site is located here, and contains general information, step by step directions, service registration form and contact information for our valued customers.
- Product replacements will be new products and based on current Intel schedules, they should be the same product that the customer currently owns and will be available in several weeks. ASUS will handle product replacements directly with customers currently owning the affected products outlined here - http://service.asus.com/notice/Overview.aspx#affected . If the customer is not satisfied with the free replacement service, then we sincerely ask that they contact their E-tailer or actual place of purchase for a refund now. ASUS will also cover shipping costs for customers wanting a direct replacement product. This includes standard two-way shipping for the return of affected product and the delivery of equivalent/new products.
- Although advanced RMA options are offered on our standard range of motherboards in the first year (P8P67 PRO and above) of warranty, we will extend this advanced RMA option to all products affected by this Cougar Point design error. Details of this option are available here - http://service.asus.com/notice/FAQ.aspx.
- Potential warranty adjustments or any items related to new warranty terms are still under discussion locally. In the meantime, our standard warranty and terms of service apply for any affected products shipped to customers.
- This customer care response plan is specific for products purchased in North America (USA and Canada). Other regions might have a different policies or procedures pertaining to the replacement or refund of affected products. We ask that customers outside of North America please contact their local region for instructions.
Windows 7 SP1 to arrive on February 22nd ?
A site called Win states that Microsoft will release Windows 7 SP1 RTM on MSDN on February 16th, followed by a general web release (RTW) on February 22nd. For regular consumers, SP1 will not add any new features or applications, just fixes.
Microsoft has informed close partners that SP1 has hit the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) milestone. MSDN and TechNet customers will receive the bits on February 16, followed by a general web release (RTW) on February 22. According to sources close to the matter, Microsoft sent out internal announcements to mark the RTM of Windows 7 SP1 in January. Russian site Wzor confirmed the RTM too and has leaked several versions of Windows 7 SP1 for various languages.
Microsoft has yet to announce the RTM milestone publicly. WinRumors previously asked Microsoft officials multiple times to confirm whether Microsoft had reached the RTM milestone for Windows 7 SP1 but company officials would only reply in January with
AMD benefiting from Intel chipset issues
AMD has been fielding requests from original-equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, and electronics retailers for help and product as a result of a design error in an Intel support chip, Leslie Sobon, AMD vice president of product and platform marketing.
"We have some customers and retailers who have come to us specifically as a result of Intel's chip problem," Sobon said. "Some retailers have had to take things off their shelves, so they call us to ask what they could get from our OEMs that's similar. And OEMs are asking us for product, as well."
AMD's Sobon said OEMs who have two models of a computer--one that uses an AMD chip and one that uses an Intel chip--are requesting more processors to be able to release additional models of the AMD-powered PCs. And retailers are asking AMD about what PCs are available at similar price points or screen sizes, she said.
Sobon said most of the demand is for mainstream computing chips, for notebooks costing more than $500. The company's Fusion combo chip for mainstream computers isn't expected until mid-2011, but Sobon said some customers are requesting more of its lower-end Fusion chips, as well as its older mainstream computer processors.
HIS Radeon HD 6950 Fan 1GB
HIS introduces the Radeon HD 6950 Fan 1GB GDDR5. This new edition features a 800MHz core and 1GB GDDR5 clocked at 5000MHz. Pricing is said to be around 215EUR when it becomes available on February 18th.
TODAY, Hightech Information System launches its 6950 Fan 1GB graphics card. Loaded with the 6950 GPU, the 1GB supplies you an performance at lower costs.
HIS 6950 Fan 1GB GDDR5 accelerates advanced PC gaming by running at 800MHz core clock speed and 5,000MHz memory clock speed. Loaded with1408 stream processors and high-end technology such as AMD HD3D, Eyefinity 4, EyeDefinition and EyeSpeed, the 1GB version allows our enthusiastic gamers to experience incredible performance scalability with a more affordable price.
HD3D Stereoscopic Technology
HD3D technology transmits two separate images to each of your eyes at the same time at a resolution beyond 1080p. Supported with HD3D glasses, this technological innovation comes with Stereo 3D gaming, Blu-rayTM 3D, 3rd Party Stereo 3D middleware software and 6900 Series GPU support.
The Three Pillars
Get immersed with AMD Eyefinity technology
Get amazing EyeDefinition graphics with DirectX
Scythe Gouriki 3 and Gouriki 3 Plug-in PSUs revealed
Scythe introduced six new Gouriki 3 power supplies, including three models with fixed cables and three Plug-in versions with modular cables. All units offer 80Plus Bronze certification.
The Gouriki 3 power supplies meet the 80Plus Bronze certification and reaches an efficiency of 82 to 89% at 20/50/100% load. As usual for Scythe, all components are designed for long life in accordance with Japanese standards. In addition, the Gouriki 3 series was equipped with an improved dual 12V rail, which ensures stable and interference-free operation. The 45 to 55 cm long cable strands of the plug-in, as well as the standard version are completely encased in durable, black mesh tube.
For cooling, a controlled 140 mm fan from the proven Scythe Slip Stream series is used. In addition, users have the option to connect two case fans directly to the power supply. These fans are then individually controlled by an integrated, intelligent fan controller according to the load and the temperature of the PSU. A sufficient level of security is assured due to the variety of protection circuits. Furthermore, three-year warranty is granted by Scythe on the new Gouriki 3 series.
Scythe Gouriki 3 power supply series is now available for the following MSRP:
* Gouriki 3 500 W Plug-in: 72,00 EUR (excluding VAT)
* Gouriki 3 600 W Plug-in: 79,00 EUR (excluding VAT)
* Gouriki 3 700 W Plug-in: 92,00 EUR (excluding VAT)
* Gouriki 3 500 W: 65,00 EUR (excluding VAT)
* Gouriki 3 600 W: 72,00 EUR (excluding VAT)
* Gouriki 3 700 W: 85,00 EUR (excluding VAT)
Model Name and Item Number:
* Gouriki 3 500 W Plug-In (GOURIKI3-500A)
* Gouriki 3 600 W Plug-In (GOURIKI3-600A)
* Gouriki 3 700 W Plug-In (GOURIKI3-700A)
* Gouriki 3 500 W (GOURIKI3-500A)
* Gouriki 3 600 W (GOURIKI3-600A)
* Gouriki 3 700 W (GOURIKI3-700A)
Dimensions (W x D x H): 150
ECS RMA action on Intel 6 Series Chipset Design Error
Taipei, Taiwan, Feb 10th, 2011
ASUS GTX560 DirectCU II review
The ASUS GTX560 DirectCU II or SKU name ENGTX560 TI-DCII tested today indeed comes all customized and factory overclocked, with quality grade components and a robust build the dark PCB of the GTX560 DirectCU II will carry a GPU clocked at 900 MHz and memory at 4200 MHz, both thus a nice chunk faster than reference.
have a quick peek and then head onwards into the review which you can find right here.
Intel to unveil 22nm Ivy Bridge CPUs at Computex 2011
Intel reportedly has completed the design of its 22nm Ivy Bridge processors and will showcase the new CPUs at Computex Taipei 2011 in June, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
Meanwhile, AMD has also accelerated the production of its Llano APUs and is expected to begin shipping the APUs to ODM/OEM makers in May at the earliest instead of the original schedule set in the third quarter, the paper noted.
Well, we'll wait and see, first up is CeBIT in Germany.