Adata DDR3 1600+ 6GB triple channel memory kit review
We mentioned this a couple of times already, but the memory market is fierce and competitive. All manufacturers are competing with each other on some level. Some go for the crown in high-end performance, others for the most low-budget memory one can sell, and then there's mainstream. Probably the biggest market out there.
Especially with the release of Intel's Core i7 processors, a new battleground created itself. In the past weeks we tested many high-end kits in a triple channel configuration. A-Data recently released their DDR3-1600+ series memory. This review kit is in particular a 6GB kit triple channel memory kit that is rated PC3 12800 and comes with a nice CAS 8 latency and a price of just 21 USD per gigabyte.
You can find the review right here.
Phenom II X4 955 clocked at 7127 MHz
This project achieved on an ASUS M4A79T Deluxe motherboard with an underclocked ATI Radeon HD 4800 series graphics card and 4GB Apacer DDR3 memory at 833.7MHz with 7-7-7-24 timings.
update : this one looks to be a fake again *sighs*
Core i7 975 EE 3.33 GHz pricing revealed
Earlier on we already we already mentioned a pending release of the Core i7 Extreme 975 processor. The processor will very likely be released in the Computex timeframe.
The processor will run at a steady 3.33GHz, roughly 133MHz faster than its 965 Extreme predecessor. It seems that the QPI has been increased to 6,4GT/s as well.This also will be an Extreme Edition processor, meaning it will have unlocked multipliers.
The processor popped up in several webshops already at a sellng price of 999 USD and in the EU roughly 950~999 EUR is what we are seeing.
Lian Li debuts AMD branded Armorsuit PC-P50R case
Lian Li has introduced a red anodized AMD branded version of its PC-P50 case, the new model is named PC-P50R and will be available by the end of the month for around $240.
Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the ARMORSUIT SERIES PC-P50R Mid Tower chassis ideal for gaming systems. The hair-line brushed all aluminum chassis features advanced thermal dynamics, using one fan on the front (1x 120mm@1200RPM), plus dual vibration reduced top mounted fans (2x 140mm@1000RPM) and one rear 120mm@1500RPM extraction fan. The 8x PCI expansion slots enable CrossFireX and Tri-SLI graphic card setups. The chassis front face has 9x 5.25
QNAP Turbo NAS - TS-239 Pro released
QNAP, the company with the most sexy NAS devices has just released the new 2-bay Turbo NAS - TS-239 Pro which is based on Intel Atom-based architecture. Adopting the low power Intel 1.6GHz CPU, 1GB DDRII memory, and DOM (Disk on Module) architecture, the TS-239 Pro delivers outstanding system performance in data intensive environment.
QNAP Systems, Inc. today launches the 2-bay Intel Atom-based TS-239 Pro Turbo NAS with iSCSI target service for SMB and SOHO users. Adopting the low power Intel 1.6GHz CPU, 1GB DDRII memory, and DOM (Disk on Module) architecture, the TS-239 Pro delivers outstanding system performance in data intensive business environment.
The NetBench test result shows the TS-239 Pro delivers an extremely high throughput of over 350MBit/s when 20 clients are accessing the NAS simultaneously, which is 3 times faster than other NAS brands in the same class. With the support for two 2TB hard drives, hot-swappable disk trays with locks, two Giga LAN ports, three USB 2.0 ports, and two eSATA ports, the NAS has become the top-class 2-bay NAS model with the best specifications and of the highest scalability, redundancy, storage capacity, and stability in the current market. The TS-239 Pro supports Windows, Mac, Linux, and UNIX OS. Advanced features such as built-in iSCSI target service (max 8 iSCSI devices) with Thin Provisioning, Online RAID Capacity Expansion, Online RAID Level Migration, AES 256-bit volume-based encryption, Wake on LAN, automatic policy-based IP blocking, instant SMS and email alert, BT and EMule download, schedule power on and power off, two IP cameras for network surveillance are also available.
"The Intel Atom-based TS-239 Pro Turbo NAS is an excellent network storage option for small business and SOHO users who require a power-saving and silent server that has to be turned on day and night. The NAS supports two 2TB hard drives and can be configured for storage expansion or backup server of other servers with the built-in iSCSI target service. It is a high competitive alternative for setting up an IP-SAN (Storage Area Network) in a small business environment," says Jerry Deng, Product Manager from QNAP.
The TS-239 Pro is a powerful server of diversified features, e.g. network server, FTP server, web server with built-in phpMyAdmin, Joomla, MySQL/ SQLite, editable php.ini, printer server (up to 3 printers), etc. The exclusive QPKG software expansion feature enables the users to add more software applications to the NAS server such as setting up their own mail server by XDove or web page by WordPress. Moreover, the users can make use of the Surveillance Station (network surveillance) to monitor and record the video from two IP-based cameras to enhance the security of the workplace.
Microsoft Windows 7 RC Available for Download
Microsoft has opened up the floodgates today; Microsoft has published the official download page for Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC).
Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is offerred in five different language versions (English, German, Japanese, French, and Spanish) of both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 RC. Minimum system specs to run Windows 7 include:
Here's what you need to have:
- Internet access (to download Windows 7 RC and get updates)
- A PC with these system requirements:
- 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 GB RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Go my man .. and go directly to the Windows 7 RC download page.
Altec Lansing VS2620 & BXR1220 value speakers
Altec Lansing have announced new speakers in its Value Series, promising that low price doesn
AMD regains some marketshare from Intel
A new Mercury Research report on the processor market indicates AMD has regained some marketshare, the company had 20.9 percent of PC processor sales in Q1 2009, up from 17 percent in Q4 2008. Meanwhile, Intel's share of the market dropped from 82.1 percent to 78.2 percent.
This is much related to the welcomed Phenom II series processors which received very positive reviews and feedback from the community.
However, Mercury Research analysts add that the quarter was defined by inventory adjustments, so the marketshare figures do not necessarily reflect the actual state of the market or market share. The research firm says processor makers have sold off most of their excess inventory, and expects the market is ready for positive growth.
PC processor sales declined 8.3 percent in the first three months of the year compared to the last quarter of 2008, said Dean McCarron, principal of Mercury. "The quarter-on-quarter decline is only slightly worse than the average seasonal drop of 7.4 percent," McCarron said.
Notebook processors declined "far more" than desktop or server chips in the period. "Without the mobile downturn, the first quarter would have been much stronger than seasonal," he said.
Virgin Galactic's Test Flight video
If you can spend enough money soon it will be possible to go have a sub-orbital spaceflights to the paying public. Further in the future Virgin Galactic plans to offer orbital spaceflights as well.
Wired.com got its mitts on the first official cockpit video and other footage from the recent test of Virgin Mothership Eve at the Scaled Composites skunkworks operation in sunny SoCal. Scaled Composites and Virgin tend to keep the test results hush-hush but say 'several recent published articles have been sufficiently inaccurate and negative' to make them 'set the record straight.
Trailer: Fallout 3 Broken Steel
DDRdrive - a Hybrid PCI-E x1 Solid-State Drive
Interesting, the folks from a company called DDRdrive LLC introduced their DDRdrive X1.
pretty much this is a PCI-Express expansion card featuring a complete solid-state storage system designed for IOPS intensive tasks. The DDRdrive X1 is a PCIe Gen 1-based hybrid SSD, that combines 4 GB of DDR memory and 4 GB of NAND flash memory -- hence hybrid.
Both solid-state technologies work in concert to provide the superior characteristics of DRAM (speed, reliability, and longevity) with the NAND part used for backups. In terms of read/write speeds, the DDRdrive X1 is not that spectacular. Limited by the PCIe x1 interface it can "only" do about 250 MB/s in reads and 155 MB/s in writes. But it's the Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS), where X1 really shines.
A single drive can hit 300,000+ IOPS Random 512B Reads and 200,000+ IOPS Random 512B Writes. That's a massive bump in operation speed compared to practically all other solid-state drives currently in production. For comparison Fusion IO's enterprise drives are estimated at 200,000 IOPS 512B read, while other consumer SSDs are rated at about 100,000 IOPS 512B read. And those 300,000+ IOPS can be achieved with a maximum power draw of only 9.91 Watts. DDRdrive X1 can also be configured to work in striped (performance) RAID 0, mirrored RAID 1, or RAID 5 regimes.
The DDRdrive X1 is shipping now for $1495 with a 5 year limited warranty. For more information, please be sure to check this page here.
Big-Screen Kindle As Early As This Week
In case you like to read, keeping books in bookshelves can take up quite some space after a few years. Why not use one of the available eReaders, like Sony's eReader or Amazon's Kindle, to make use of their amazing storage capacities and save some space? You don't like the eReaders' small form factor and prefer reading magazines anyway? Well, then I might have some interesting news for you.
Amazon is about to introduce a new gadget just like their regular Kindle, but it is going to have the size of a standard sheet of paper: "According to people briefed on the online retailer's plans, Amazon will introduce a larger version of its Kindle wireless device tailored for displaying newspapers, magazines and perhaps textbooks.
An Amazon spokesman would not comment, but some news organizations, including The New York Times, are expected to be involved in the introduction of the device, according to people briefed on the plans. A spokeswoman for The Times, Catherine J. Mathis, said she could not comment on the company
Swiftech Komodo Water Block for GeForce GTX 285 Cards
Swiftech released a new single-slot waterblock solution for NVIDIA reference design GeForce GTX 285 graphics cards named Komodo.
The Komodo water-block is a single slot, liquid cooling solution for nVidia
Inno3D GeForce 9 E-Save graphics cards
Inno3D today launched new e-Save edition GeForce 9 graphics cards that should use up to 60 percent less power in idle mode and 40 percent less in load.
District 9 Teaser Trailer
Heh ... have you guys seens this trailer already ? It's starts out as with that old fashioned Black Hawk down feeling really .. but that certainly changes fast. Sony has finally debuted the first teaser trailer for District 9, the upcoming alien feature from first-time filmmaker Neill Blomkamp.
Speakers made from paper
Well here's something new alright. All alone in the desert or on an island ? And by any chance gor a news-paper made out of Flexspeakers ? ;)
Industrial Technology Research Institute from Taiwan has made paper-thin speakers called Flexspeakers. They will be currently sold in the dimensions of 8.5 x 11 inches sheets costing $20. They will be available in much larger sheets or even rolls. The speakers are made by layering thin electrodes and a prepolarized diaphragm between two thin sheets of paper.
The first application is to use Flexspeakers in cars and next as movie theater posters. Check out the video.
Phenom II X4 955 at 7.2GHz record is fake
Earlier this weekend a Chinese overclocking team was supposedly able to take the Phenom II X4 955 (review here) to extreme new heights, as they where able to overclock it to 7.2 GHz ...
Now that would be incredible 7127MHz, which is carried out with subzero tempratures and some liquid nitrogen cooling. According to the claims they jammed 1.95 Volts into the CPU (typically 1.1~1.2 Volts for this model).
Crazy stuff really, but yeah indeed ... way too crazy to be true. A couple of great remarks from our investigating team, chispy in our forums:
- Franck (the author of CPUz) has mentioned that CPUz 1.51 has cheat security issues with AM3 cpus.
- The users that these scores come from (especially, qooitry) have already been spotted cheating on various occasions.
- A couple of days ago a SuperPi 1M score of 9.406s at 6840MHz was submitted to ripping.org. Now this score is deleted (I will see if I get a link from the cache), but it obviously had cheat software icons on the desktop (such as cheat_super_pi_mod.exe posted by hipro a couple of years ago). Massman can confirm this.
Why the heck someone would start posting fake scores beats me. But sure .. we'll make sure everybody is aware of the fact that Chinese user 'qooitry' is an absolute frause and fake.
We discussion thread open here. How do you feel about persons posting fake claims like these ?
Jetway Hummer HA08 LF motherboard review
Today the turn goes to the folks from Jetway. A company that you do not hear often from. They are rather sizable in OEM production and deliver a lot of material towards other motherboard and graphics card 'manufacturers'. But they handle retail products as well though.
Their somewhat more exclusive motherboard series is tagged as 'Hummer' series. Which always brings a smile to my face as I immediately have to think about that big ass military car. Today we look at the Jetway Hummer HA08-LF motherboard. Armed with a lot of features, performance and an AMD 790GX chipset. There fairly little to dislike really.
You can check out this Guru3D article right here.