Impact of Thailand Flooding to Affect HDD Supply Into 2013
You sometimes raise your eyebrowse to the validity of things like these, wouldn't manufacturers try and keep prices inflated as high as possible for a ling timeframe ? Anyway, the recent severe flooding in Thailand has raised havoc with the hard disk drive supply chain with manufacturer Western Digital being the hardest hit.
The situation was so dire that last month analysts were predicting the situation would last well into 2012. Now, analysts at research firm IDC are pushing that out into 2013. While the worst of the situation is expected to ease up after February 2012, things are now predicted to return to normal sometime in 2013. Lenovo is now informing its corporate customers it is out of 7,200-rpm drives and will be forced to begin substituting alternative models such as 5,400-rpm drives.
It is estimated that Western Digital lost an estimated 75% of its production capacity due to the flooding. Some of the flooded production facilities have been drained and are starting to come back online with others, mostly in the south of Thailand, are still underwater.
Half-Life 2 Mod Trailer - City 17: Episode 1
Command & Conquer: Generals 2 Announced
EA revealed at last night's VGAs the new Command & Conquer Generals 2, and the rebranded BioWare Victory (formerly EA Victory) has been named the developer.
Sentiments about the original Generals game were mixed, thanks to gameplay tweaks that set it apart from the core series. The new C&C Generals, due out some time in 2013, will utilize the Frostbite 2 engine, which recent EA titles like Battlefield 3 and NFS The Run also took advantage of.
Darksiders 2 - Death Teaser Trailer
Awakened by the End of Days, Death, the most feared of the legendary Four Horsemen, embarks upon a quest to restore mankind, and redeem his brothers name. Along the way, the Horseman discovers that there are far worse things than an earthly Apocalypse, and that an ancient grudge may threaten all of Creation Can DEATH really become mankinds savior? Darksiders II follows the exploits of DEATH, one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, in a weaving tale that runs parallel to the events in the original Darksiders game. This epic journey propels DEATH through various light and dark realms as he tries to redeem his brother WAR, the horseman who was blamed for prematurely starting the Apocalypse in Darksiders.
Cooler Master Cosmos II Launches in January
Cooler Master teases its Cosmos II. The successor to the distinctive Cosmos case will be released within roughly 23 days, just before CES 2012.
Now this chassis is going to be the bomb, and I'll be happy to report that our sample arrives next week already (for the review of course). Below some photo's of a Cooler Master Cosmos II prototype Yellow Paint- Dream Machine with Custom Paint.
OCZ Petrol Indilinx SATA 6.0 Gbps Solid State Drives
OCZ is working real hard on a new lineup next to their SandForce based products, the Indilinx based Octane already was showing promising numbers.
But here's a new model coming into town real soon, it's called the Petrol and is the 2nd line of Indilinx based products from OCZ, a product with asynchronous MLC memory making the product slightly slower, yet likely way more affordable then the previous one.
The Petrol drives feature a 2.5-inch form factor, a SATA 6.0 Gbps interface, and make use of the NDurance technology technology which increases the life span of NAND flash memory by as much as 2 times.
The Petrol models also have 25nm asynchronous MLC (multi-level cell) NAND Flash memory (the Octane line uses synchronous MLC NAND), a MTBF of 1.25 million hours, TRIM support, and are backed by a three-year warranty. The Fastest Petrol will have a read speed of 370 MB/sec with 250 MB/writes. The 128GB model though will be severely slower in write performance at 135MB/sec.
Have a peek at the spec sheet.
AMD Catalyst Application Profiles 11.11 CAP3 (December 7)
These are the latest Catalyst profiles for multi-GPU support.
This release of ATI Catalyst delivers support for the latest ATI CrossFireX profiles in a separate executable file ensuring users have access to the absolute latest set of profiles installed on their PC.
Latest profiles added :
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Improves CrossFire performance
- Saints Row 3 (DirectX 9 version): Improves CrossFire performance
- Serious Sam 3: Improves CrossFire performance
- Java Control Panel: Fixes black screen corruption seen on single and multi GPU configurations when Anti-Aliasing is forced on through the Catalyst Control Center
Radeon HD 7800 Pitcairn February, 2012
Codenamed Pitcairn, the Radeon HD 7800 series board, or boards since there are two of them, will show up in February next year (2012). More precisely, Pitcairn will likely be released during the week of February 20, right after the Chinese New Year. The two cards are probably going to bear the names of Radeon HD 7850 and Radeon HD 7870.
NVIDIA will be doing something similar, so there is bound to be just as much, if not more, competition next year. After Pitcairn, AMD may launch a new dual-GPU flagship to replace the Radeon DH 6990, during CeBIT, in March.
Logic suggests the name of HD 7990, but that is still unconfirmed, just like the rest of this report of course.
AMD Next-Gen FX-Series CPUs released Q3 2012
In the third quarter of the following year, AMD seems to prepare the introduction of its next-generation FX-Series processor, code named Vishera, which is expected to make the transition to the Piledriver cores as soft-pedia reports today:
When compared with the first-generation Bulldozer cores, that are used for the current FX-Series processors, Piledriver is expected to bring a 10-15 percent increase in performance/Watt, as AMD revealed right after the launch of the FX-8150 & Co.
The added performance will come from IPC improvements like structure size increases (about one third of the total performance), and power optimizations that reduce the overall consumption of the CPU.
The latter will also enable AMD's Piledriver core to reach higher frequencies at a constant TDP. Vishera CPUs will continue to be manufactured by GloFo using the 32nm process and will include 4 Piledriver modules for a total of eight processing cores, which is less than the 10-core that were expected from the now canceled Komodo chips.
The good news is that Vishera will use the same AM3+ socket as AMD
More AMD Tahiti 7900 pics surface
Not long after the first pictures of AMD's Tahiti leaked website VR-zone have a more detailed shot of Tahiti's PCB, which reveals more details. The 12 memory chips are clearly visible, confirming the 384-bit memory bus. It also offers a first glimpse at the Tahiti die.
The card most likely features 1.5 GB GDDR5. The 5+1 phase PWM is also visible. Most importantly, we get the first glimpse of the Tahiti die. It is rotated by 45 degrees and covered by a partial heatspreader. However, the die itself is exposed to the heatsink. Tahiti is a big chip - at first glance a similar size to Cayman. However, it is still visibly much smaller than NVIDIA's previous flagships, GF100/GF110 or GT200/GT200b, so AMD continues to dismiss NVIDIA's big die strategy.
The card features 2x CF connectors as well as the dual BIOS switched introduced with the HD 6900 series.
There is a crucial difference from the previous one - this sample consists of 2 x 6-pin PCI-e connectors, as opposed to the 8-pin + 6-pin configuration previously captured. This could suggest that this is either an advanced production ready sample, or Tahiti Pro, or HD 7950, which should feature a lower TDP than Tahiti XT / HD 7970. This card thus has a TDP somewhere between 150W and 225W.
Hitachi 4TB HDD spotted in stores
Under SKU code HDS5C4040ALE630 and probably part of the Deskstar 5K series, the 4TB drive has yet to be announced by Hitachi but it can be found on sale in Japan, priced at 26,800 yen (~ US $ 345 / 259 Euro).
Hitachi's 4 TB hard drive has 32 MB of buffer memory, a SATA 6.0 Gbps interface and makes use of the CoolSpin technology, which means its four platters operate at around 5900 RPM.
Corsair Performance Pro 256GB SSD review
Corsair made a wise decision as well, they will not stick to just one SSD based controller, and as such they just launched the Performance Pro series SSDs. In 128GB and 256GB capacities these drives will be unleashed just before the Christmas season is starting.
This SATA3 version as such will deliver speeds of up to 515MB/s of bandwidth in read performance and a very nice 440 MB/sec in write performance (sequential).
Honestly, after I managed to do the first series of tests I was still a little flabbergasted, this SSD is incredible. Read the full article here.
Intel to Halt LGA 1366 CPUs, Including Core i7-990X
Intel announced that by the end of the next year it will halt shipments of a wide series of 900-series processors, including the six-core i7-990X.
The chip maker has announced its decision through a Product Change Notification (PCN) document and covers five Core i7-900 series processors using the LGA 1366 socket.
The chips in question are the box and tray versions of the Core i7-980, i7-960, i7-950, i7-930 as well as those of the Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition.
Customers can place orders for these chips until June 29 of 2012. The last shipments of tray CPUs will be sent out towards those who have placed orders on December 7, 2012, while boxed processors will be shipped as long as supplies last.
While definitely important, Intel
AMD Tahiti Radeon HD 7900 Photo Surfaces on web
It was on the Beyond 3D forums that a photograph emerged of what is most likely the Radeon HD 7970, based on a 28nm GPU.
The first Southern Islands 28nm GPUs will be launched in January, 2012 (next month) and should be given attention during CES (Consumer Electronics Show).
Moving back to the device in the photo, it has 12 memory chips, which implies a memory interface of 384 bits, something that AMD or ATI GPUs never showed before.
Also, the SIG approved 6-pin + 8-pin configuration of cables powers each of the two adapters, which implies that any one of those things can consume up to 300 W. Interestingly enough, the PCB has all it needs for two 8-pin connectors too (up to 375W of power).
Zalman sells Radeon HD 6000 cards
It's that TPU reported it otherwise I would not have know it, apparantly Zalman has entered the graphics card market with a Radeon HD 6870, Radeon HD 6850 and Radeon HD 6770. Pretty tame cards though, with no custom coolers or other exclusive features.
The company is now an AMD Radeon add-in board (AIB) partner, and started its lineup off with some upper-mainstream models. It makes perfect sense for Zalman to enter this business, as it holds some expertise with high-end graphics card cooling solutions. Zalman can source PCBs from any of the major foundries such as PC Partner, Hightech Information Systems, or TUL, and assemble its coolers on top of them.
Left 4 Dead Fan Film Teaser
Bill Gates Might Return To Microsoft?
A article from Fortune surfaced just today (12/8), discussing the possible rumor of Bill Gates returning to the helm of Microsoft. According to Fortune a prominent chief executive heard from someone close to Gates that he might be contemplating such a move.
The company's stock price has been a thorn in Ballmer's side for a decade. At the end of 1999, Microsoft's best year for market price, shares were at almost $60. When Ballmer took over as chief executive in January 2000, the stock was still over $50. With the burst of the tech bubble, Microsoft's stock dropped steeply and hovered around $25 area through much of the decade, excepting a short rally above $35 in late-2007 and a dip under $20 during the 2008 financial crisis. Ballmer dumped much of his stock during the decade and Bill Gates gradually left daily operations. (Gates' last full day was in June 2008.) During that time, the stock stayed flat as competitors such as Oracle (ORCL) and Apple (AAPL) saw huge gains in their share price.
Could Gates goose the moribund stock price? Possibly. Any CEO turnover tends to jumpstart improvement in a company's stock price, says Jarrad Harford, finance professor and chair at the University of Washington's Foster School of Business in Seattle. According to Harford, investors anticipate the company's value under new management even before the executive actually takes over. (New CEOs have about a year before his or her imprint needs to be visible to investors.) "There's a lot of frustration among investors with Steve Ballmer," adds Ed Maguire of CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets. "Some is merited, some may not be. But there's certainly a perception that Ballmer is responsible for the under-performance of the stock."
Analysts say that whoever is in charge at Microsoft will face serious headwinds -- even Gates. Under Ballmer, the company picked itself up after the disastrous Windows Vista, launching Windows 7 successfully. Now, it is preparing Windows 8, which the company hopes will launch it into tablets. But it must draw developers to its platforms and duke it out with with Amazon (AMZN), Apple and Google. "There are very few examples of where returning founders had to come from behind in their certain market," warns Kirk Materne of Evercore Partners, which carries out investment banking services for Microsoft. "Gates was great at Microsoft when Microsoft was the dominant player." Even Gates, Materne warns, would face challenges.