Rosewill Hive 750 Watt PSU review
We review the Rosewill Hive 750 Watt PSU. There are vast differences in quality and price of course and a higher end enthusiasts PSU can cost a few hundred dollars. Many people are looking for good quality at a more reasonable price and this is where products like the Rosewill Hive series comes into play offering high power and features usually seen at higher price points.
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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 Extreme Edition Photos
ZOTAC uses the GK104 GPU ties it to 2 GB of high-grade Hynix GDDR5 memory chips, and paired them with a 12-phase VRM power supply.
Next to International Rectifier GaNpowIR driver-MOSFETs the VRM uses server-grade tantalum capacitors, and FPCAP multi-phase capacitors. To drive it all, ZOTAC used CHiL CHL8318 VRM controller.
The card also will come with a USB control module. Called OC+, ZOTAC will bundle the card with a front-panel OC module that probably fits into a 5.25" or 3.5" exposed drive bay, gives you hardware control, and real-time diagnostic information about clock speeds, fan speeds, and voltages. The air-cooler uses two fans to ventilate a dense aluminum fin array, which draws heat using copper heat pipes. Here a couple of photo's courtesy of expreview.
Palit JetStream series GeForce GTX 680
Palit Microsystems Ltd, the leading graphics card manufacturer, announced a brand new Jetstream series at the GeForce GTX 680 The Palit Jetstream series of graphics cards features innovative cooling and an optimized product design to deliver gamers the ultimate gaming experience. As the latest and most powerful GPU in the series, the Palit Jetstream GeForce GTX 680 Jetstream guarantees gamers cutting-edge performance and an explosive new gaming experience.
The factory overclocked Palit GeForce GTX 680 Jetstream is at boost clock 1150 MHz that is +92 MHz than the standard speed and 2GB GDDR5 memory clock is set at 6300 MHz (+292 MHz higher). Equipped with the Jetstream cooler and optimized product design, Palit GeForce GTX680 Jetstream performs 12.5% higher at 3DMark11 Xscore and average 10% higher among all hot gaming titles. In addition, Palit GeForce GTX 680 Jetstream uses 6+8 PCI-Express power connectors to gain extra power and equipped with DrMOS and 6-phase PWM to make current circuit more stable and efficient which maximum the overclocking potential. With new Jetstream thermal design features, the noise level is 9dB quieter and the temperature is 8 ?
NVIDIA Tegra 4 could be based on Kepler
Tegra 4 may be based on the Kepler architecture. According to the vr-zone information, Tegra 4 will not only beat but leapfrog the competition (Mali-T600 Serie and PowerVR SGX54x).
One subject of our discussions was Project Denver and the pace of its development, but also the development of Tegra 4 i.e. T40. As we all know, Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 use what is essentially NV4x-class GPU (GeForce 6000, 7000 Series, RSX from Sony PlayStation 3). As such, we were not surprised to hear that benchmark results are not ideal against the competiton. Truth to be told, if Imagination Technologies and ARM took one more year to beat what is an eight year old PC architecture, it would be borderline ridiculous.
According to the sources in the know, Tegra 4 will utilize a GPGPU-compliant, i.e. CUDA-compliant graphics core which is very power savvy. Since a single Kepler-based 20W GPU is enough to run Battlefield 3 with Ultra details in 1366x768 resolution, a 1W GPU should be more than good enough to run Angry Birds in current and next-gen smartphone and tablet designs. Also, with the breakthrough in smartphone i.e. superphone design, you can expect that next generation of superphones such as Motorola's Droid Razr MAXX to carry 2500-3300 mAh batteries, and that will get you both the desired thinness and long battery life.
PNY ships 2133MHz and 1866MHz XLR8 DDR3
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Scythe Grand Kama CPU cooler gets revision B
Scythe presents the Grand Kama Cross Rev. B CPU cooler:
Japanese cooling expert Scythe announcing a new revision of the Top-Flow CPU cooler Grand Kama Cross. New Rev. B of the x-shaped cooler comes with reliable quality and performance for the same price as prior version. Main improvement is the compatibility to the new enthusiast socket LGA2011 from Intel. Furthermore Socket compatibility list includes latest Intel socket LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA775, LGA1366 as well as AMD socket 754, 939, 940, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+ and FM1.
Well-proven Top-Flow design of grand Kama Cross Rev. B utilizes the created airflow to additionally cool surrounding components on the motherboard. Curved aluminum fin structure deflects the airflow, which has a positive influence on temperatures of Voltage regulator modules, chipset and RAM. Efficient airflow is achieved by the pre-assembled 140 mm axial fan. Scythe Slip Stream 140 PWM fan comes with PWN support and allows stepless fan speed adjustments from 500 to 1.300 RPM.
Grand Kama Cross Rev. B combines high performance and quality. To prevent copper base from corrosion it is nickel-plated. Fast heat transfer from the copper base to the aluminum fins is achieved by utilizing 4 copper heatpipes. Overall Dimensions (177 x 140 x 137 mm)as well as weight of 750 grams remain same with the prior version.
New Grand Kama Cross Rev. B (Model No. SCKC-2100) is available as of today for 30,50 EUR (excl. VAT/TAX).
Kinect for Windows 1.5 Arrives in May
Microsoft just announced the release of Kinect for Windows 1.5 will be hitting the shelves in late May. Version 1.5 boasts some improvements and additions, including better tracking capabilities, more languages for speech recognition and availability in 19 more countries.
Kinect for Windows 1.5 will add a few new features, including Kinect Studio, which will let developers record, playback, and debug clips of users engaging with their apps.
Microsoft also talked up the addition of a "seated" or "10-joint" skeletal system that will let apps track the head, neck, and arms of a Kinect user - whether they're sitting down or standing.
"What is extra exciting to me about this functionality is that it will work in both default and near mode," Craig Eisler, general manager of Kinect for Windows, wrote in a blog post.
Eisler also promised four new languages for speech recognition - French, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese. On that front, Kinect for Windows will also get new language packs that take into account how a language is spoken in different regions - like American vs. British English or France vs. Canadian French.
The Kinect for Windows 1.0 SDK made its debut in early February in 12 countries. The offering is intended to take the Kinect sensor technology beyond entertainment and use it for things like healthcare.
Eisler said this week that the SDK will be released in 19 more countries in the next few months. Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan will get access in late May, while Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, India, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates will come online in June.
The current version of Kinect for Windows SDK is available for download now. Hardware is also shipping, but it will set you back $249; a $149 academic version is expected later this year.
Iron Front: Liberation 1944 - Airforce Trailer
Max Payne 3 Multiplayer Gameplay Part #1
The first look at Max Payne 3 multiplayer.
Presenting the first video in a special two-part series unveiling Max Payne 3 Multiplayer. In the video above, see how Max Payne 3 Multiplayer brings the franchise's combination of highly responsive and cinematic shooting action to the realm of online multiplayer across a range of game modes, the implementation of Max's signature Bullet Time
AMD Catalyst 12.3 (8.951.0 March 8) AMD Official WHQL drivers
We have spotted the new AMD Catalyst 12.3 (8.951.0 March 8) AMD Official WHQL drivers.
Highlights of the AMD Catalyst 12.3 Windows release includes:
Full Support for AMD Radeon HD 7000 series of products
- Catalyst 12.3 now fully supports the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 and AMD Radeon HD 7700 series of products
Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 12.3 software suite for Windows 7. These include:
- AMD Catalyst Control Center startup issues/ delays have been resolved
- Tom Clancy HAWX: No longer crashes after task switching with MLAA (Morphological Anti-Aliasing) and Anti-Aliasing enabled
- Furmark Benchmark: No longer crashes when launched in High Performance mode.
- Quake 4: No longer display corruption after task switching when run in High Performance mode
- XPlane: Textures no longer exhibit flicker and corruption
- Skyrim: No longer displays flickering and texture corruption.
- Alan Wake: A system crash is no longer experienced when running the game in DirectX 9 mode with Crossfire enabled
- Far Cry 2: A random system hang is no longer experienced when running the game at high in game setting
Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst
OCZ Arowana Firmware for Indilinx Barefoot SSDs
OCZ released the Arowana Flash Translation Layer (FTL) firmware update for SSDs running Indilinx Barefoot controllers, and 34 nm NAND flash. The update was announced in May, 2011, and released for the OCZ Vertex Plus family, but it's only now that users of the original Barefoot-controlled drives get a firmware to update their drives with.
The new 3.55 firmware significantly improves sequential and random-seek performance. The screenshots below (in order) are of a Barefoot-driven OCZ Vertex drive with the old firmware (IDE), new firmware (IDE), and new fimware (AHCI). To learn more about the update, and how to go about do it to your drive, visit this page. Like most other SSD firmware updates, the process erases everything on your drive, so be sure to make a backup.
EVGA Dual-Fan Signature 2 GeForce GTX 680 Cooling
EVGA is showing their first "Signature" cooling solution, a dual-fan Signature 2 cooler. Pictured below (screesnhots are rendered btw), the cooler uses two 80 mm fans that guide air through a complex heatsink below.
The fans will spin at lower speeds and could end up being quieter. This cooler will be featured on the EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SuperClocked Signature 2.
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GeForce GTX 680 3-way SLI review
We review the GeForce GTX 680 in 3-way SLI. The boards used come from Point of View. Over the next few pages we'll tell you a bit about multi-GPU gaming, the challenges, the requirements and of course a nice tasty benchmark session. We'll have a peek at temperatures and power consumption of the GeForce GTX 680 cards in 3x SLI mode to monitor it's generated performance and look at its handicaps.
Read the review right here.
Single-Slot, Air-Cooled GeForce GTX 680 in the works
"Galaxy is working on a single-slot, air-cooled GeForce GTX 680. With a name that translates to "GeForce GTX 680 Warriors' Edition", Galaxy's card takes advantage of the fact that since very compact GK104 PCBs can be made, if dual-slot coolers are used, and since the TDP of the chip is a manageable 195W, the equation can be turned around to make long single-slot graphics cards.
Pictured below is the graphics card, with its [apparently] long cooler that protrudes beyond the length of the PCB. The cooler follows the same design principle at work in coolers of GeForce 8800 GT and Radeon HD 4850, that of a compact lateral-flow fan guiding air through a dense network of copper channels, where heat is dissipated to the air. These copper channels draw heat from a copper plate (probably vapor-chamber, in Galaxy's case), which makes contact with all hot components on the PCB, including the GPU, memory chips, and VRM. Hot air is guided out, from the top of the card. There is no further information about this card."
PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 Vortex II more Details
PowerColor is servingn new pictures of its Radeon HD 7970 Vortex II Edition graphics card. Besides providing photos, PowerColor has also confirmed that this new Tahiti-powered card will have its GPU set to 1100 MHz (up from the stock 925 MHz) and the 3 GB of on-board GDDR5 memory clocked at 5700 MHz (5500 MHz stock).
In addition to higher clocks, the HD7970 Vortex II features a dual-slot cooler with two fans (allowing for a little airflow adjustment) and three heatpipes, a backplate to speed up heat dissipation, 2048 Stream Processors, a 384-bit memory interface, a PCI Express 3.0 x16 bus interface, CrossFireX and Eyefinity support, and five display outputs (DVI x 2, HDMI x 1, mini DisplayPort x 2). The HD7970 Vortex II Edition is expected to become available next month. Its price tag is still unknown.
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Superclocked
EVGA announces immediate availability of the EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Superclocked. This card improves upon the standard GeForce GTX 680 with a new boost clock of 1113MHz, and a base clock of 1058MHz. The memory has further been tuned with a stock frequency of 6208MHz.
The GeForce GTX 680 SC also packs 1536 CUDA Cores, a 256-bit memory interface, 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, a PCI-Express 3.0 bus interface, 3D Vision Surround and SLI support, and dual-DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs.
The standard GTX 680 SuperClocked costs $519.99 while its backplate-equipped sibling goes for $529.99. Both should become available very soon.
Also available is the EVGA GTX 680 Superclocked+, this version includes the enhanced performance offered on the Superclocked card, plus a custom EVGA backplate.
Arctic Accelero Xtreme III VGA cooler released
Arctic Cooling presents the Accelero Xtreme III, a new high-end VGA cooler with five 6mm heatpipes, 84 aluminium fins and three ultra-quiet 92mm PWM fans. Capable of dissipating up to 300W, this new cooling solution promises to keep a GeForce GTX 680 at 47.6