Lian Li PC-A05FN ATX Mid-Tower PC Case
Lian Li releases an all-aluminum, high-end, mid-tower PC case available in silver or black called the PC-A05FN. With their commitment to optimizing instead of merely following convention, Lian Li's designers have positioned the PSU mount behind the front-panel at the base of the case, directly below the HDD cage. This unique design characteristic is complimented by a reversal of Lian Li's traditional front-to-back cooling scheme in order to achieve an increase in heat-dissipation within the PC-A05FN while reducing chassis size. With its chic and clean design, this computer case proudly bears all the markings of Lian Li's high-quality products and fits nicely into their list of outstanding 2011 releases.
In most of Lian Li's PC chassis front-panel fans are for intake and back-panel fans are for exhaust, but in the PC-A05FN this is reversed. At the top of the back-panel, a 120mm intake fan pulls cool air into the chassis. Hot air is expelled with the help of a front-panel, 120mm exhaust fan positioned directly in front of the HDD cage with the air escaping through venting along the side edges of the front-panel. For users who want to increase airflow, Lian Li has included a 140mm top-panel fan mount (fan not included). Additionally, designers have included a vent directly beneath the PSU mount, protected by a washable air-filter. Two rubber-lined holes on the back-panel enable LCS and venting along the back-panel also helps to keep temperatures cool, even when components have been overclocked. Also included is a fan speed control-switch mount (switch not included).
Tool-less and Anti-vibration Features
Internally, three 3.5" and two 2.5" HDDs mount using thumb-screws with rubber-suspension. Two 5.25" ODDs mount with Lian Li's tool-less design at the top of the front-panel. Directly beneath them, an external 3.5" HDD mount has been included as well. Additionally, there are eight, tool-less PCI brackets on the back-panel that can mount VGA cards as long as 280mm. Lian Li has made the PC-A05FN compatible with ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards. The power switch is located along the right edge of the front-panel right above one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, and HD Audio ports.
The all-aluminum, PC-A05FN weighs in at 4.4kg. Its dimensions are 210mm x 385mm x 500mm (W, H, D). This exceptionally designed computer chassis is sure to be a hit with users who like to be on the front lines of innovation without sacrificing quality or style. For more information, visit the product page.
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti Multiview Graphics Card
AMD steps out of BAPCo consortium says SysMark is unreliable
AMD advises customers to avoid SYSmark 12 benchmark results because the benchmark has little in common with real-world tests.
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it will not endorse the SYSmark 2012 Benchmark (SM2012), which is published by BAPCo (Business Applications Performance Corporation). Along with the withdrawal of support, AMD has resigned from the BAPCo organization.
"Technology is evolving at an incredible pace, and customers need clear and reliable measurements to understand the expected performance and value of their systems," said Nigel Dessau, senior vice president and Chief Marketing Officer at AMD. "AMD does not believe SM2012 achieves this objective. Hence AMD cannot endorse or support SM2012 or remain part of the BAPCo consortium."
AMD will only endorse benchmarks based on real-world computing models and software applications, and which provide useful and relevant information. AMD believes benchmarks should be constructed to provide unbiased results and be transparent to customers making decisions based on those results. Currently, AMD is evaluating other benchmarking alternatives, including encouraging the creation of an industry consortium to establish an open benchmark to measure overall system performance.
AMD encourages anyone wanting more details about the construction and scoring methodology of the SM2012 benchmark to contact BAPCo. For more details on AMD's decision to exit BAPCo, please read AMD's Executive Blog authored by Nigel Dessau.
Intel 22nm Ivy Bridge further delayed to March 2012
Word from DigiTimes is that Intel has decided to postpone to arrival of its 22nm Ivy Bridge processors to March 2012. These chips were originally expected by the end of this year, but the chip giant has decided to give vendors more time to sell their Sandy Bridge notebook models.
Due to Intel Sandy Bridge's 6 series chipset design flaw, Intel recalled the products in January and launched a fixed chipset in April, leaving notebook players suffering from two months of lower demand. With the notebook market also experiencing an impact from the tablet PCs, Intel has decided to slow down its pace and re-organize its lineup by delaying the launch.
NVIDIA Tegra 3 Video pops up
Here's a video that shows off what phones with NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC (Kel-El) will be capable off. Ahw, it's like 2004 all over again isn't it ? Looks good though !
Intel adds four 17W mobile Sandy Brige CPUs
Intel has released out four new Sandy Bridge laptop processors with a TDP of just 17W.
All four offerings have 17W thermal envelopes and FCBGA1023 ball-grid-array packages, so they're sure to show up in ultraportables from various manufacturers. The Celeron 847's low price should make it ripe for cheap consumer ultraportables
More Duke Nukem projects planned
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick confirmed that the company will continue to bet on Duke Nukem. While the tight-lipped CEO didn
Intel Larrabee gets reborn for super computers
Intel showed off the 22nm Knights Ferry at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg. This x86 many-core product is basically Larrabee silicon redesigned for high-performance computing.
" Intel says some of its partners at the conference showed early performance results obtained with Knights Ferry. Those partners include Forschungszentrum Juelich, CERN, the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information, and the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, which contributed a juicy quote for the press release:
OCZ injects Deneva 2 series SSD in the corporate market
OCZ Technology Grouplaunched the Deneva 2 SSD line for enterprise clients. Taking full advantage of the cutting-edge SATA 6Gb/s interface, Deneva 2 SSDs are designed for a wide range of enterprise applications including servers, cloud computing, and data centers. The Deneva 2 series delivers maximum performance while meeting the stringent reliability, security, performance and economical needs of enterprise storage environments.
"Data centers are one application where the speed benefits of a fast SSD visibly fall straight to a company's bottom line," said SSD analyst Jim Handy of Objective Analysis. "This has driven the enterprise to be the fastest-growing market for SSDs - Objective Analysis forecasts for enterprise SSD unit shipments to grow at an average annual rate of 83 percent, nearly doubling every year."
Deneva 2, the company's latest offering, features several enterprise-critical options not available in OCZ's consumer product lines, including power loss data protection, best-in-class endurance (e.g., minimal write amplification, intelligent block management and wear-leveling), and advanced encryption and ECC.
Based on SandForce SF-2000 SSD processors, the Deneva 2 series delivers up to 80,000 4KB random write IOPS and 550MB/s of potential bandwidth. Along with world-renowned performance, Deneva 2 SSDs are specifically designed to deliver superior reliability and are manufactured with the latest flash components specific to the customer's needs. In addition, the series includes enterprise-grade multi-level cell (eMLC) NAND flash technology, which offers improved endurance for write-intensive applications. Deneva 2 SSDs can also be customized, come in a wide variety of interface options including PCIe, and are available in 2.5, 3.5, and 1.8 inch form factors for use in very high density computing environments, including blade servers.
OCZ Deneva 2 solutions overcome the performance, durability, and maintenance obstacles inherent to mechanical HDD storage. OCZ's ability to provide a tailored solution ensures ultimate compatibility, reliability, and cost-savings, resulting in products that are optimized to specifically address the unique needs of enterprise clients.
Intel Core i7-980 June 26th
Word from VR-Zone is that the Intel Core i7-980 non Xtreme edition (multiplier locked) will officially be on sale from June 26th onwards replacing the current Core i7-970 processor launched nearly a year back.
Nothing has changed (still a 6-core Gulftown with 12MB cache on LGA1366 package) except a speed bump from 3.2GHz to 3.33GHz (25X multiplier). While every enthusiast is eagerly waiting for Sandy Bridge E with X79 chipset to arrive in a few months time, it is unclear if demand for such a processor for the old X58 chipset still exists. Anyway, Intel isn't killing off LGA1366 platform just yet or at least not till Waimea Bay comes along. The box part is BX80613I7980 and is expected to be priced at US$583.
Scythe Ikazuti Mainstream PC Case
Scythe is introducing the mainstream PC Chassis "Ikazuti". Scythe expands the PC Chassis portfolio by adding this midi tower model which is packed with many useful features including an optimized airflow as well as very decent overall design.
Inside and outside of Ikazuti PC Case is kept in a decent black color creating a balanced and harmonic design. Users have yet to choose of tree different front panels which are available in Black, Silver and Dark Silver. Inside the midi tower is enough space for five 5.25 inch drives as well as four 3.5 inch Hard Disks which can be easily mounted using the integrated tool-free mounting system. Hence allows users to not only mount drives fast but safe and as well as avoiding hassle.
Furthermore two of Scythes famous and awarded axial 120 mm fans from the Slip Stream 120 Series are already built in providing effectively silent operation at 800 rpm. In case this is not enough it is possible to mount up to two further 120 mm case fans in the side panel as well as another one in the top panel. In order to avoid dust intrusion Ikazuti PC Case is equipped with a dust filter in the front, bottom as well as top panel.
Mainboard Tray allows mounting of mainboards with ATX, Micro ATX, Flex ATX form factors and is equipped with holes for easy Cable Management as well as Maintenance Hole for mounting of CPU Coolers with back plate mounting systems. Further usability is achieved by including a convenient I/O Panel in the front which is hiding behind a door in the lower part of the Ikaziti front panel. Users are able to connect up to two USB 2.0-Ports, one eSATA-Port as well as one Audio-Out and one Mic-Input.
New Ikazuti PC Case is available as of today in three different front panel colors each for 58.50 EUR (excl. VAT/TAX).
Shuttle announced the XG41, a new "3-liter barebone PC" designed for Intel LGA775 processors with a TDP of up to 65W.
This 7 cm thin PC platform supports current Intel desktop processors and offers a wide array of connections.
Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH, the European subsidiary of Shuttle Inc., one of the leading developers and manufacturers of compact PC solutions such as the world-renowned XPC Mini-PC Barebones, today announces the launch of the first model of a new product line.
With a volume of approximately 3 litres, the compact XG41 fills a gap in the company's product range. It offers significantly more performance than a nettop, while taking up much less space compared to the typical Shuttle shoebox format.
The XG41, measuring 24.2 x 20 x 7.3 cm (DWH), sports HDMI and DVI-I, two Gigabit network interfaces, 6x USB, 2x COM (RS-232 + RS-232/422/485), S/PDIF and audio ports at the front and rear. The mainboard also offers 1x Mini-PCIe and 3x SATA 3 Gbit/s. This means that up to three drives can be accommodated in the case (3x 2.5" HDD or 1x Slimline ODD and 2x 2.5" HDD).
In terms of computing performance the XG41 matches that of its conventional equivalents. Its CPU LGA775 socket allows the use of Intel Core 2 processors (up to 65 W TDP). In addition, the two memory slots on the mainboard can be fitted with a total of 8 GB DDR3 RAM.
A heatpipe cooling system with large, regulated dual-fan ensures whisper-quiet operation. An external, fanless 90 W power supply unit provides the necessary power for reliable operation.
According to "The new model is ideal for versatile applications in different fields of use, for example as a powerful workstation PC, for HD playback at home or in the areas of automation and control," states Tom Seiffert, Head of Marketing & PR at Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH. "With its two network cards it easily becomes the heart of your network," he adds.
The recommended retail price of the Shuttle XG41 Barebone is EUR 159.00 (ex VAT).
AMD Llano APU specifications unveiled
OCW published details about AMD's upcoming A8, A6 and A4 APUs. These chips are expected to be released in early July 2011.
First the A8 series. There are two models in A8 series, namely the A8-3850 rated 100W 2.9GHz Quad Core. The other model is A8-3000 rated 65W, 2.7/2.4GHz (turbo Core). Both has 4MB L2 cache, 400 Radeon Cores with GPU at 600MHz. Graphics class is HD 6550D.
There are three in A6 Series, the first is A6-3650. It is a 100W, 4core at 2.6GHz. THe A6-3600 is 65W 4Core, 2.4/2.1GHz (Turbo Core). The A6-3500 is 65W 3 core 2.4/2.1 (turbo Core). All has 4MB L2 cache except A6-3500 which has 3MB. All three models have 320 Radeon Cores at 443MHz. Graphics class is HD 6530D
Lastly the A4 series A4-3400 is 65W 2 cores 2.7GHz and A4-3300 65W 2C at 2.5GHz. All A4 models have 160 Radeon Cores of HD 6410D. L2 cache is 1MB and the graphics GPU clock is 600MHz for A4-3400 and 443MHz for A4-3300.
EVGA GeForce GT 545 launched
EVGA shows off the GeForce GT 545, a new single-slot card with 144 CUDA cores. It offers a 720MHz GPU, 1440MHz shaders and 1536MB GDDR3 clocked at 1800MHz. Pricing is said to be around $150, which would be very steep tbh.
The EVGA GeForce GT 545 has hit retail stores. With this card you can accelerate the editing of your photos and HD videos and experience the most realistic DirectX 11 and NVIDIA PhysX gaming environments. 3D your PC with NVIDIA 3D Vision technology for immersive 1080p Blu-ray 3D, stunning 3D videos and photos, and over 500 intense 3D games, on your 3D Vision PC or 3D TV.
Biostar teases upcoming AMD Llano motherboards
Biostar revealed a couple of details on their upcoming motherboards for AMD's Llano APU. These boards will ship in July.
End of Nations Gameplay Video
Petroglyph and Trion have released a gameplay video for End of Nations, the upcoming MMORTS.
Watch "Combined Arms: Armor, Air, and Infantry" for a first look at just-unveiled air and infantry units.
Get a real sense of the massive scale of End of Nations as battle unfolds on the ground and in the air against the tyrannical Order of Nations in this exciting footage.
MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 4 available for download
Changes list includes:
- MSI On-Screen Display server has been upgraded to version 4.2.1. New version gives you the following improvements:
- Tuned vertex buffer usage strategy improves performance in Direct3D8 and Direct3D9 applications in raster 3D On-Screen Display rendering mode
- Fixed vertex buffer corruption bug, causing On-Screen Display to flicker randomly in Direct3D8 and Direct3D9 applications when raster 3D On-Screen Display rendering mode is enabled
- Now raster font uses managed texture instead of dynamic one to bypass broken high resolution dynamic texture pitch reporting on GTX 200 series graphics cards under NVIDIA 275.27 beta drivers
- Raster font texture size is no longer fixed. Now the server is dynamically selecting minimum possible texture size to fit selected font into it
- The skins have been changed slightly to provide more convenient raster font customization. Now raster font customization window can be open by clicking "Raster 3D" button. Holding "Ctrl" button while clicking "Raster 3D" button allows you to select pre-rendered font from bitmap file and holding "Shift" button while clicking "Raster 3D" button allows you to pre-render and save currently selected font to bitmap file
- Fixed bug causing multiple used On-Screen Display slots to overwrite each other instead of merging the slots correctly
- Added screencapture support for Direct3D10 and Direct3D11 applications using framebuffers with 10-bit RGB components (e.g. Dirt 3)
- Improved tabbed text formatting
- Now desktop video capture support and forcible Aero Glass interface toggling can
be disabled via the configuration files if necessary
- Updated profiles list
- Now SDK includes new sample code, demonstrating On-Screen Display usage from any third party application. The sample is displaying CPU usage in On-Screen Display and provides third party developers helper object for RivaTuner-styled grouped OSD text formatting
- PowerTune settings are now being forcibly reapplied after changing the clocks via unofficial overclocking path to bypass bug in AMD driver causing PowerTune settings to be reset to defaults during programming PowerPlay table
- Unofficial overclocking is now ignored for inactive ULPS enabled AMD graphics cards
Guru3D Rig Of the Month - new Vertex 3 SSD prizes !
Starting July (ROTM next month) in collaboration with OCZ we are increasing the stakes, if you enter Guru3D's Rig of the Month competition from July to December 2011 the monthly price winner will get ... an OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD (!) if you have not done so, read our review on these kick'ass SSDs right here.
In the Rig of the Month you get to submit your unusual PC. We like weird stuff, mods and cool looking PCs. It