ECS H67H2-I motherboard review
We review the mini-ITX ECS H67H2-I motherboard. Pop in a Core i7 2600 and you'll have one of the fastest systems your money can get you on a 17x17cm PCB, as such we have tested this product with an everlasting smile on our faces. The H67H2-I motherboard is petit like a baby, yet oozes with features including SATA 6G, USB 3.0, a x16 PCIe slot for high-end graphics, HDMI, DVI, DSUB, 8-channel audio and all that on this passively cooled cute little motherboard.
Check that out, 17x17cm folks yet chucked full with everything. Read the full article here.
ASUS M5A Series Socket AM3+ Motherboard Lineup
If you click on the thumbnail below you'll notice a complete overview of what ASUS has in store for us when it comes to the entire ASUS M5A Series Socket AM3+ Motherboard Lineup including
You will notice three models based on AMD 970 + SB950 chipset plus all specifications. M5A97 Pro, ASUS M5A99X EVO, TUF Sabertooth 990FX and ROG Crosshair V Formula. Props go out to SweClockers for the image.
EVGA Dual Fan-Cooled GTX 580 and GTX 560 Ti Graphics Cards
It's that our colleagues from TPU noticed it really, otherwise even we would have missed it. It seems that eVGA silently snuck out two cards. EVGA released the EVGA GTX 580 DS SuperClocked and GTX 560 Ti DS SuperClocked.
Bothof these graphics cards have a dual-fan ventilated cooler. The GTX 580 DS SuperClocked comes with clock speeds of 797/1594/4050 MHz (core/CUDA cores/memory effective).
The GTX 560 Ti DS SC comes with 900/1800/4212 MHz speeds. The GTX 580 model uses a high-flow backplate. The GTX 560 Ti DS SC is priced at US $219, and the GTX 580 model at $519.
Rage - The Shrouded Gameplay Trailer
Renegade Ops Teaser Trailer
AIDA64 v1.70 released
FinalWire released AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 1.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises.
The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and nVIDIA graphics processors.
The new AIDA64 release further strengthens its solid-state drive health and temperature monitoring capabilities, and implements support for the latest graphics processors from both AMD and nVIDIA.
New features & improvements
- LGA1155 B3 stepping motherboards support
- Preliminary support for AMD
AMD lowers processor prices
The largest price drop is for the Phenom II X4 905e, is actually went from $165 to $100, with second in line the Athlon II X3 405e CPU which now retails for $72, 25.8% lower than before.
AMD's Phenom II X6-series processors also saw an interesting price drop as the 1100T Black Edition is now available for $205, compared to its previous $239 MSRP.
In addition, the Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition is now available for $185, the same price as the recently released X4 980 Black Edition which is 10 USD cheaper then at launch yesterday.
Corsair adds three Builder PSUs
Corsair introduced a trio of new Builder Series CX V2 power supplies. The Builder Series CX V2 is the successor to the current CX family of PSUs, offering 80 PLUS
Leaked slides hint on AMD Bulldozer and Llano performance
Tech Report writes leaked slides from Donim Haber give a rough indication of the performance of AMD's upcoming Llano and Bulldozer processors:
The most interesting slide of the bunch illustrates the relative performance of a number of AMD's upcoming APUs versus three different Sandy Bridge CPUs. Results are provided for 3DMark and PCMark Vantage, and things look pretty grim on the CPU front. None of the Llano-based A-Series APUs come close to matching the PCMark score of even the Core i3-2100. The lone Bulldozer example, an eight-core model, barely beats the Core i7-2600K.
Things look much better for AMD if you focus on the 3DMark scores, which show the A-Series APUs trouncing Sandy Bridge's integrated GPU. That matches yesterday's assertion that Llano's integrated graphics component will offer three times the performance of Intel's HD Graphics.
Check the slides
ASUS AMD 990X motherboard surfaces
I guess long before Computex all AMD 990X motherboards will have leaked onto the web. Here's the first one from ASUS called the ASUS M5A99X EVO, an upcoming Socket AM3+ motherboard for AMD's Zambezi processors. The motherboard has twop x16 PCIe slots and as announced by NVIDIA, will carry SLI support albeit in a 8:8 PCIe lane configuration.
The AM3+ Black socket is powered by 8-phase Digi+ VRM, cooled by a large heatsink that sits next to the northbridge heatsink.
We see six SATA 6 Gb/s ports from the SB950 southbridge and a another controller drives two additional SATA 6 Gb/s internal ports. Techpowerup reports that Other connectivity features include at least two USB 3.0 controllers made by ASMedia (ASUS subsidiary), two internal USB 3.0 ports by header (for front-panel or bracket), and probably two more ports on the rear panel. There's Realtek-made 8-channel HD audio, a gigabit Ethernet connection, and VIA-made FireWire controller.
AMD FX-Series processors natively support DDR3-1866 MHz memory standard, there are four DDR3 memory slots wired to the socket, support dual-channel memory. Click the thumbnail.
Intel Transistors use New 3-D Structure for 22nm node
Intel Corporation has announced a significant breakthrough in the evolution of the transistor, the microscopic building block of modern electronics. For the first time since the invention of silicon transistors over 50 years ago, transistors using a three-dimensional structure will be put into high-volume manufacturing.
Intel will introduce a 3-D transistor design called Tri-Gate, first disclosed by Intel in 2002, into high-volume manufacturing at the 22-nanometer (nm) node in an Intel chip codenamed "Ivy Bridge." A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter.
The three-dimensional Tri-Gate transistors represent a fundamental departure from the two-dimensional planar transistor structure that has powered not only all computers, mobile phones and consumer electronics to-date, but also the electronic controls within cars, spacecraft, household appliances, medical devices and virtually thousands of other everyday devices for decades.
The Witcher 2 Combat Overview
Mass Effect 3 Delayed
One of these games that people really dig is Mass Effect. Well it's official, Mass Effect 3 will not be released for the Christmas season this year. The latest installment of BioWare's popular mature-themed sci-fi franchise has been delayed until the first quarter of 2012.
Mass Effect 3 will be released in the first three months of 2012. The development team is laser focused on making sure Mass Effect 3 is the biggest, boldest and best game in the series, ensuring that it exceeds everyone
Intel INF Update Utility 18.104.22.1680
The Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility installs to the target system the Windows* INF files that outline to the operating system how the chipset components will be configured. The INF Update Utility is Primarily intended for Intel 6, 5, 4, 3, 900 Series Chipsets
Thermaltake eSports Chaser MKI Chassis
To present a brand new Thermaltake Group to all gamers and users, Thermaltake launches brand new e-sports chassis , Chaser MK
Seagate first to debut HDD with 1TB platters
Seagate today unveiled the world
Razer improved Goliathus mousepads
Razer announces that the Razer Goliathus has been redesigned and reinforced to ensure your soft mouse mat swiping experience is more hardcore than ever before.
Maintaining the same well-loved, speed-enhancing and control-precise features, the redesigned Razer Goliathus mouse mat delivers maximum performance to propel you to gaming stardom. Now imbued with a dense, anti-fraying and long-lasting stitched frame, your mouse mat stays sharp for consistent tournament ownage.
NVIDIA GPU marketshare keeps shrinking
The latest GPU marketshare data from Jon Peddie Research reveals NVIDIA once again lost ground to both AMD and Intel in the graphics market.
The biggest winner was Intel, but AMD didn't do too bad. In fact, JPR says AMD saw a greater increase in raw shipments than Intel (15.4% vs. 9.7%) between the first quarters of 2010 and 2011. Nvidia wasn't so lucky, purportedly suffering a 28.4% decline over the same time period. Good thing Nvidia's Tegra 2 chips are showing up in so many new tablets, because apparently, folks are giving GeForces the cold shoulder.