Review: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2
We check out the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2 iCX 8G, and heck yeah this is not your regular one. Meet the all custom, cooled and tweaked EVGA "For-The-Win2" Edition. This SKU is a more premium version that comes with some new features, e.g. read sensors everywhere!
Read the full review here.
SimCity - The Economic Loop: Scenario 1
Confrontation Launch Trailer
Intel Haswell-EX gets DDR4 memory
A transition to new will start by 2014, enterprise processors based on the "Haswell" microarchitecture will drive the change, according to a VR-Zone report. While client processors based on the Haswell architecture will retain current DDR3 memory standard with a possibility of higher DDR3 clock speeds, enterprise processors under the "Haswell-EX" family will feature the industry's first DDR4 memory controllers for x86. Following that, DDR4 will filter down to future client platforms. Pictured below, is a DDR4 UDIMM by Samsung.
Sources say that, while the mainstream Haswell 4-core platform will still stay on DDR3 - and nothing wrong with that, since by then DDR3 will approach 3000 speed grade - the high end Haswell-EX 4-socket plaform, with each chip having 16 or so cores, will for the first time, support DDR4 memory, in 2014. These monstrous chips, allowing upwards of 60 cores on each four socket mainboard, will bring a new meaning to a 'multi-core monster'. On the memory side, since DDR4 brings lower power consumption with 1.2v power supply, as well as better parity protection and recovery from errors, the benefits are there, even without the speed increase.
For the desktop side, the 22 nm Haswell and its 14 nm Broadwell successor would share the same LGA1150 socket, therefore both supporting DDR3 memory only, with DDR4 support likely only with their 2015 successors and a new microarchitecture at that time. So, here we have a one-year lag between high end and the low end for the new generation memory support, with the low end being the late one this time.
NVIDIA rebrands GeForce GT 620 and GeForce 605 for OEMs
NVIDIA has rebadged its GeForce GT 520 and GeForce 510 GPUs for OEM clients. The GeForce GT 520 is rebranded to GeForce GT 620 and the GeForce 510 lives on as the GeForce 605. OpenGL driver support has been updated from 4.1 to 4.2, and the cards also have a slightly different power rating.
What has changed (other than the amount of memory supported) from the previous generation cards is the maximum power draw. GeForce GT 520 and GeForce 510 both had a maximum power draw of 29W. In contrast, GeForce GT 620 has a maximum rated power draw of 30W, and GeForce 605 has a maximum rated power draw of 25W. Other than that, the cards have every sign of being remarks of the equivalent Fermi cards.
AMD Trinity 29 percent higher CPU and 56 percent higher GPU performance
A leaked marketing slide from AMD reveals the company's Trinity APU promises 29 percent higher productivity and 56 percent faster visuals than Llano. AMD claims mobile devices based on this platform can achieve a resting battery life of over 12 hours.
Apart from these, the slide claims Trinity to be optimized for Windows 8 (with AVX, AES-NI, SSE4.2, and DirectX 11.1 graphics, it could very well be). The processor is said to feature third-generation auto-overclocking technology, TurboCore 3.0. The mobile version of the chip will be designed to offer over 12 hours of resting battery-life. Lastly, there's mention of new media-acceleration features. AMD is expected to launch its new line of APUs in this quarter (before July).
Cubitek debuts five ICE series cases
Cubitek is pleased to announce their new line of chassis
Sniper Elite V2 - Cinematic Trailer
Far Cry 3 - First in-game MP footage
Aliens: Colonial Marines Videos
OCZ Vertex 4 SSD 256GB and 512GB review
We review the OCZ Vertex 4 256 and 512GB SSD. Armed with a new Indilinx Everest 2 controller this SSD is advertised as one of the fastest on the block with screaming IOPs performance. Obviously it will pack a 6Gbps SATA interface and big NAND Flash memory partitions.
This SATA3 version as such can deliver speeds of up to 535MB/s of bandwidth and 85K 4KB IOPS.
Lets have a look shall we ?
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 OC edition photo's
The first customized GeForce GTX 680 are inbound to many technology websites. The initial ones have started to arrive here at Guru3D.com as well, below some photo's of the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 OC edition.
The card comes with a custom made PCB that is armed with Gigabyte's durable component selection. Cooling will be based on the new WindForce cooler, which i can say works pretty darn well. The two power connectors consist out of a 6-pin and one 8-pin PCIe PEG connector giving the card a little extra breathing room for overclocking.
The card's base clock frequency is set at 1071 MHz while the memory runs stock. A review will follow soon.
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LaCie 5big Network 2
LaCie announced its professional 5-bay RAID server is now available in a diskless model. Now, users can get all the benefits of the 5big Network 2, designed by Neil Poulton, but with the flexibility to scale their storage and security as they desire - making it an efficient investment for resourceful professionals and small businesses alike.
With the 5big Network 2 diskless model, users can migrate from zero to five disks without data loss - reducing initial investment while ensuring a long-term solution. The 5big Network 2 diskless model provides users with flexibility. They can leverage unused drives or purchase new drives based on availability and demand. It will automatically build the RAID mode accordingly. The 5big Network 2 also offers RAID modes 5 and 6, which provide automatic, hardware-level data protection. If a single disk fails, simply replace it without turning off the appliance or losing a single byte of data.
Business owners, administrators and managers will appreciate the 5big Network 2's easy integration and user interface. They can organize a backup regimen for multiple Linux, PC and Mac workstations, and ensure all data is safe and in one place. The 5big Network 2 is compatible with Time Machine and Windows 7 Backup. Additionally, with its dual LAN ports, the 5big Network 2 supports speeds up to 70 MB/s. This ensures quick information sharing and backup speeds throughout the company.
For travel-bound employees, the 5big Network 2 features remote access. This allows them to share files anywhere with an Internet connection
Mad Catz Tom Clancys Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Products
Mad Catz Interactive announced a new range of licensed Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier products, due for release to coincide with the upcoming Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier videogame from Ubisoft, expected to launch in May 2012.
Due for release on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system from Sony, the new range of licensed products includes the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Pro GamePad and the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 7.1 Surround Sound Headset.
Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. stated, "We're excited to be a part of the Tom Clancy's franchise and look forward to the release of our range of licensed Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier products."
Gigabyte 3D BIOS with Dual UEFI BIOS
Gigabyte released a video of its new 3D BIOS that will launch with the company's LGA2011 motherboard lineup. This new interface promises a more polished, function-oriented user interface than many of Gigabyte's rivals.
Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire mechanical keyboard
Cooler Master unveils the CM Storm QuickFire, a new mechanical gaming keyboard with a MSRP of $99.99. The keyboard has Cherry MX switches and features a partial red LED backlight. There are four versions available: Cherry MX Black (strong resistance/linear feedback), Cherry MX Blue (low resistance, force feedback (click)), Cherry MX Brown (medium resistance, force feedback (bump)), and Cherry MX Red (very low resistance, linear feedback). You can find the specifications at this page.
Cooler Master, an industry leading chassis, thermal solution, peripheral, and accessory manufacturer, today announces the next incarnation of the extremely popular QuickFire Rapid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, the QuickFire Pro.
Precision, Comfort, & Durability
Featuring a smooth and clean aesthetic, QuickFire Pro includes laser-marked keycaps and a non-glossy matte finish. This is complemented by a set of extra keycaps (includes a key puller) that give the keyboard an extra appeal that draws other gamers in. A response time of 1ms, in USB mode, offers gamers a necessary consistency to navigate the ever changing landscapes of their video game libraries.
With the Windows Key being disabled in GAME mode, users will no longer worry about possibly losing a match from accidentally minimizing the game. Multimedia shortcuts are available to ensure that media can be controlled with ease. With N Key Rollover, users deploying the QuickFire Pro in either USB or PS/2 mode can activate many keys on the keyboard simultaneously. Pro gamer themed red LED lighting is present in common game keys such as WASD surrounding gaming cluster.
High-grade Cherry MX Switches
Offering the best available mechanical hardware, QuickFire Pro integrates Cherry MX switches. These provide the QuickFire Pro with the ability to respond to, and recover from, furious button presses with almost zero lag. Vastly improve your possible gaming actions per minute by utilizing a QuickFire Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard in FPS, MMO, RTS, and other games. Cherry MX Red, Black, Brown, or Blue switches availability will vary based on region.
Hassle-free Travel and Cable Management
Travel with ease by simply removing the included braided USB cable and storing it. While attached, the braided USB cable can be routed through cable management grooves in the back of the QuickFire Pro. This prevents unsightly cable clutter and helps minimize risk due to a hanging cable catching a foot or leg from a loved one.
CM Storm QuickFire Pro will be available on April, 2012.