Three eVGA Z68 Motherboards
EVGA prepped three z68 motherboards, a micro ATX board, a regular-sized ATX model and even an EATX platform.
The Z68 FTW is the flagship, with an oversized frame that will only fit inside the biggest of computer enclosures.
It comes with six PCI Express x16 slots, along with a number of jumpers that can disable one or more of them.
This large device also comes with 12-phase PWM and a pair of 8-pin CPU power connectors, plus an angled 24-pin power plug and triple BIOS, sealing its status as enthusiast-grade product.
EVGA went ahead and threw in four DDR3-2133 memory slots, a pair of SATA 6.0 Gbps ports, four SATA 3.0 Gbps connectors, dual Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, 7.1 channel audio and eSATA, plus a debug LED and Power, Reset and Clear CMOS buttons.
With some differences, the other two motherboards share most of the above features, although the Z68 SLI Micro has a single Gigabit Ethernet port. The real difference comes in the number of PCI Express slots, two on the SLI Micro and three on the Z68 SLI.
Still, true to their names, all three support multi-GPU configurations, and this extends to CrossFireX capabilities (for AMD video boards), not just SLI (for NVIDIA cards).
The Z68 SLI has a price tag of $209.99, while the Z68 SLI Micro is listed for $159.99. Finally, the Z58 FTW has a tag of $264.99 and even sells in a bundle with the real-time CPU frequency reporting software EVGauge, as well as the voltage tweaking and temperature monitoring software ECP V4, for $299.99.
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AMD to Revive Athlon II and Sempron for Llano APUs
Earlier this year we reported that AMD plans to retire its longstanding Athlon II and Sempron brands completely from the processor market, but it now seems like the Sunnyvale-based company is interested in giving these names a new lease of life with the introduction of new chips based on the Llano architecture, as soft-pedia reported"
This information was provided by the CPU-World website, which noticed four new Athlon II and Sempron processors in Biostar's CPU support list for socket FM1 motherboards.
The first chips that we encounter are the AMD Athlon II X4 631X and X4 641X, which, just as their name suggests, pack four processing cores.
These are clocked at 2.6 GHz and 2.8 GHz, respectively, while the TDP of both CPU models is listed at 100W.
The two other chips to make their appearance, the Sempron 198X and Athlon II 221X, are dual-core processors with a TDP of 65 Watt and operate at 2.5GHz and 2.8GHz, respectively.
According to their part numbers, these last two chips come equipped with 512KB Level 2 cache per core, while their more powerful quad-core brothers have their cache increased to 1MB per core.
Judging by the designations used for the Athlon II series processors, these chips will only be released into the OEM market. No information regarding pricing or availability was made public until now.
By the end of this year, AMD is expected to launch five other Llano APUs, including the top of the line A8-3870 Black Edition chip that will feature an unlocked multiplier, 3.1GHz quad processing cores with 4MB of Level 2 cache memory, an integrated dual-channel DDR3-1866MHz controller, and Radeon HD 6550D graphics.
Currently, depending on the feature set, Llano accelerated processing units are branded as
Intel 710 Series Lyndonville SSDs Get Priced launch August
Intel's enterprise-class SSD 710 (Lyndonville) will launch in mid-August. The 100GB model will be priced in the region of ~US$650, which is nearly half of the X25-E's per-gigabyte cost. 200GB and 300GB flavours are also available and priced similarly.
Estimated Price and Price/GB
|Intel X25-E 32GB||US$370 (retail)||11.6|
|Intel X25-E 64GB||US$730 (retail)||11.4|
|Intel SSD 710 100GB||~US$650||~6.5|
|Intel SSD 710 200GB||~US$1250||~6.3|
|Intel SSD 710 300GB||~US$1900||~6.3|
Performance is not top priority for the SSD 710. Instead, Intel is aiming to provide SLC-level endurance at a reasonable price by using cheaper eMLC HET NAND. The SSD 710 also supports user-configurable overprovisioning (20%), which increases drive endurance significantly.
The SSD 710's warranty is 3 years or until a wear indicator reaches a certain level, whichever comes first. This is the first time we've seen SSD warranty limited in this manner. Oddly enough, the consumer-level SSD 320 has a longer 5-year warranty without any such limitations.
We've compiled a specifications table for those of you interested in the nitty-gritty:
|Intel X25-E||Intel SSD 710||Intel SSD 720||SandForce
|Capacities||32/64GB||100/200/300GB||200/400GB||Up to 512GB||Up to 1TB|
|Interface||SATA 3Gbps||SATA 3Gbps||PCIe||SATA 6Gbps||SATA 6Gbps|
|Flash Type||50nm SLC||25nm eMLC HET||34nm SLC||(e)MLC/SLC||(e)MLC/SLC|
|Cache||16MB||64MB||512MB||-||Up to 512MB DDR3|
|4KB Random Read||35,000 IOPS||38,500 IOPS||180,000 IOPS||60,000 IOPS||?|
|4KB Random Write||3,300 IOPS||2,400 IOPS||56,000 IOPS||60,000 IOPS||20,000 IOPS|
|100GB: 500TB (900TB)
200GB: 1.0PB (1.5PB)
300GB: 1.1PB (1.5PB)
|MTBF||2 million hours||2 million hours||?||10 million hours||?|
|Security||ATA password||AES-128||AES-256||AES-256, TCG||?|
|Warranty||3 years||3 years or when wear
level indicator E9 hits 1,
whichever comes first
The performance-oriented SSD 720 (Ramsdale) is expected to launch not long after, followed by Cherryville (successor to SSD 510) and Paint Creek (successor to SSD 310) in Q4 - via VR-Zone.
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ZG3-080D: 80x80x25mm, 2000rpm, 32.41CFM, 15.6dBA.
ZG3-120C: 120x120x25mm, 1000rpm, 52.85CFM, 10.8dBA.
ZG3-120D: 120x120x25mm, 2000rpm, 95.40CFM, 30.9dBA.
ZG3-140C: 140x120x25mm, 800rpm, 64.37CFM, 11.0dBA.
ZG3-140D: 140x140x25mm, 1500rpm, 106.84CFM, 25.4dBA.
Super Talent USB 3.0 Express ST2 flash drive launched
Super Talent presents the USB 3.0 Express ST2, a new dual-channel USB 3.0 flash drive that promises price points comparable to USB 2.0.
Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced the USB 3.0 Express ST2, a new dual channel USB 3.0 flash that hits price points comparable to USB 2.0.
As USB 3.0 begins to proliferate through the market, customers are anxious to utilize the new capabilities of these machines and get a taste of what USB 3.0 has to offer. Many are simply looking to hit speed here to fore impossible on the USB 2.0 bus, without breaking the bank. For those customers, the ST2 is perfect. Fully backward compatible to USB 2.0, the ST2 is future proof, offering excellent performance on bus the USB 2.0 or 3.0 bus.
Offering similar performance as our USB 3.0 Express DUO (67MB/s read, 24MB/s write), the ST2 now gives our customers a choice in case design. Based on our popular design recently debuted with the Express RC8, the ST2 is enclosed in a sleek aluminum housing and accented by a translucent blue plastic trim. The design characteristics offer both feature parity and a strong family resemblance. Just like the RC8, the translucent plastic features on the ST2 serve as both a means to retain the cap and it acts as a light pipe for the enclosed blue LED; even straight through the cap. Available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities, the new USB 3.0 Express ST2 is NOW IN STOCK and ready for immediate shipment. MSRP for the 8GB ST2 is $20 USD.
Measuring 70 x 18 x 8 mm, the new USB 3.0 Express ST2 is as small as many USB 2.0 flash drives and won
Unlocks And Awards in Battlefield 3
The Battlefield Blog has a new article talking about the persistence system in Battlefield 3. Battlefield games have always had a huge amount of awards and Battlefield 3 will have more than 10 times the amount found in Bad Company 2.
Service Stars challenge the hardcore
Even getting your first Service Star would be a major achievement. But keep playing, and you will be eligible for even further promotion by getting Service Stars added to your weapon skill badge, your vehicle, your kit, and your overall rank. Anytime your kill card is displayed, everyone will see exactly how experienced you are with your current equipment. The ultimate bragging right would be for a player to be awarded the rank of Colonel with 100 Service Stars attached, and to have 100 stars in all weapons, kits, and vehicles. Getting there will be a massive task
NVIDIA Kepler release is not 2011 -- Uh-Oh !
NVIDIA dismissed rumors that its Kepler GPU would launch before the end of the year. The company told press that it expects to receive early silicon later this year, but the actual product launch is planned for next year.
"Although we will have early silicon this year, Kepler-based products are actually scheduled to go into production in 2012. We wanted to clarify this so people wouldn
Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.0.5 beta 3
Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven't intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been "hijacked" (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware. Even if you don't see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.
To see a list of threats Spybot-S&D can remove, in the navigation bar at the left click on Support --> Threats. For an introduction to Spybot-S&D, please read the tutorial. If you fear incompatibility with other software you are now using, although we can assure you that there is no danger you can review our compatibility overview which lists some software whose compatibility has been analyzed. Spybot-S&D can also clean usage tracks, an interesting function if you share your computer with other users and don't want them to see what you have been working on. And for professional users, Spybot-S&D allows you to fix some registry inconsistencies and extended reports.
Some highlights of this release are:
- Improved Live Protection allowing you to block and remove detected malware.
- Global system file whitelisting for Windows XP and Windows 7.
- The personal whitelisting component has been updated.
- Improved scanning speed.
- Updated browser detection and immunization.
- Updated settings for background services.
- Added URL whitelisting and cookie protection to Google Chrome extension.
- Enhanced error reporting.
- Fixes for known memory leaks and update issues.
A list of all the application's features is also available.
Spybot-Search & Destroy 2.0.5 Beta 3 beta has a modern appearance but it isn't just the design that has changed. Discover the fast performance, enjoy the completely automated updates and new command center that will suit both new and advanced users. Our team has tested this complete new version thoroughly but there will be some bugs.
MSI Z68A GD80 G3 PCIe Gen 3.0 motherboard review
A little while ago we tested the MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3) motherboard, a product with an absolutely gorgeous design. Merely weeks later another SKU based of this model has been released, the MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3).
The G3 hints to something we have been hearing about for a while now, yes this is the debut of a PCI Express 3.0 compatible motherboard. A sincerely cool looking motherboard that is equipped with the latest gadgets, features and obviously that Z68 chipset.
Read the full review here.
Mach Xtreme Urban DDR3 DIMMs
Mach Xtreme revealed the fancy colored Urban dual-channel DDR3 kits.
Mach Xtreme Technology Inc., a worldwide leader in top performance, high reliability and user-friendly designed PC components, today unveiled Urban
G1 Sniper 2 (Z68) Photo's show up.
GIGABYTE is adding full Ivy Bridge support with PCI-E 3.0 as well as BIOS that supports the 22nm shrink of Sandy Bridge, I guess we can call this board a third generation Sandy Bridge motherboard. This board is loaded with Creative 20K2 audio with high quality Nichicon capacitors with audio amplifiers as well as Bigfoot Killer E2100 Gaming NIC. 12 Phase VRM (8+2+2)
PCI-E 3.0 slots in this order: 1x,16x,1x,8x and the board has 5 x SATA 3GB/s and 4 x SATA 6GB/s
Triple slot pacing and two PCI slots.
- 7.1 Audio Out
- 2 x USB 3.0
- 7 x USB 2.0
- 1 x eSATA/USB 2.0 port
- PS/2 Keyboard or Mouse
- OC button
- HDMI Port for QuickSync
The board's features as a whole are pretty similar to previous gen, except they have moved the layout to better suit the board. For instance I had an issue with my X58 Assassin, when I wanted to do SLI with two cards the second card would sit right on top of the front panel OC button connector, thanks sinhardware.
Here are some photo's, click the thumbnails
AMD could ship 8 million Llano APUs this year
AMD is doing well with Llano alright, Sources at motherboard makers told DigiTimes that AMD shipped about 1 million Llano APUs in June and 1.3-1.5 million units in July. Total shipments for 2011 are expected to reach 7.5-8 million units. Additionally, the site also reveals some details about AMD's upcoming chips:
The sources pointed out that AMD is pushing its 40nm-based C series (Ontario) and E series (Zacate) APUs for the entry-level market, while it is pushing 32nm-based Llano-based APUs for the mid-range to performance and mainstream markets, and is pushing 32nm AM3+ FX series (Zambezi) processors for the high-end market in the fourth quarter.
In 2012, AMD will launch a new APU series codenamed Krishna using a 28nm process from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), targeting mini PCs, and all-in-one PCs with an APU series codenamed Trinity to replace Llano for the mainstream market, adopting a 32nm process from Globalfoundries. For the high-end market, AMD will launch an APU series codenamed Komodo.
Intel grows in Q2 2011 GPU market
Jon Peddie Research published its report about the GPU market in Q2 2011. The firm says GPU shipments were up 6.3 percent sequentially while PC sales grew just 2.4 percent, and that Intel made big gains in marketshare at the expense of both AMD and NVIDIA.
Between the first and second quarters, Intel purportedly enjoyed a 19.6% surge in shipments of graphics-enabled products, while AMD and Nvidia saw respective declines of 7.3% and 5.3%. Interestingly, JPR also says that Nvidia's slice of the discrete graphics market got 30% larger in the second quarter, reportedly because of design wins in many Sandy Bridge notebooks.
The research firm also sprinkles in a bit of news about the overall graphics market, saying shipments were up 6.3% sequentially amid slower 2.4% growth in the PC market at large last quarter. JPR notes that the higher-than-expected graphics growth raises "concerns about an inventory buildup" in the latter part of the year.
Introducing The Google Hire Me Guy (video)
There are no words to describe this...just watch it :P
AMD's Bulldozer Opteron Arriving Sept. 26
Bulldozer-based Opterons will emerge on September 26. The Opteron 4200 series will feature processors with either six or eight Bulldozer coresor going by the modular design of those chips, either three or four two-core modules. Interlagos, then, becomes the new powerhouse in AMD's server lineup.
The upcoming Opteron 6200 series will have chips with 12 and 16 Bulldozer cores. Valencia is the next stage in AMD's Opteron 4000 series aimed at single-socket and dual-socket, cost-optimized, energy efficient servers. It will be succeeded in 2012 by a CPU codenamed Sepang that has up to ten Bulldozer cores.
At AMD's analyst day last November, the company described its next-generation Bulldozer core as the biggest change in x86 servers in a decade. The new processor cores offer up to 50 percent more throughput as AMD's current 12-core Opterons while sitting in the same power envelope, according to AMD, while a redesigned memory controller serves up a 30 percent boost to memory performance and a flexible 256-bit floating point unit.
AMD's 32-nanometer Bulldozer two-core modules share some components across the two cores, namely fetch and decode units, L2 memory cache, and a floating point scheduler, but each core in a module has its own L1 cache and integer unit scheduler. Each core has just one thread but by sharing some resources with another core, those threads come less expensively than they would if each Bulldozer core was an entirely stand-alone unit.
Rambo game coming next year
UK publisher Reef Entertainment has snatched up the rights to Rambo from film company StudioCanal, and plans to release a game starring the character next year for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
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eBay goes SSD and cuts storage power consumption by 78 percent
eBay switched 100TB of HDD-based storage to SSD and saw impressive gains in performance and power efficiency:
EBay ended up replacing 100TB of HDD-based storage in a single year with the SSD-based storage and saw some impressive gains and improvements from the swap. The reduction in storage rack space between the old solution and the new SSD solution was 50%. The reduction on power use was 78% and in a large data center, the reduction in power use can mean huge savings on electric bills.
While a reduction in the number of storage racks and a big reduction in power consumption are both great things, the performance is what eBay was after. The time to roll out a new VM is now five minutes compared to 45 minutes on the old system according to eBay.
The storage that eBay went to was Nimbus S-class SSD systems with HALO storage operating system. Michael Craft is manager of QA systems at eBay. Craft said, "One rack [of SSD storage] is equal to eight or nine racks of something else."
Right now, the QA division at eBay has 4,000 VMware ESX virtual servers spread across about 200 computers with half of the physical servers attached to the new SSD gear for primary storage. EBay is expecting to boost the use of the SSD storage tech down the road. The Nimbus gear replaced NetApp and HP 3PAR storage systems that used 15,000rpm HDDs. The new SSD storage systems cost about $1,000 per usable terabyte of storage.