Cooler Master TPC 812 vapour chamber CPU cooler
Cooler Master has a vapour chamber CPU cooler on display at CES 2012. The TPC 812 has a copper base, six U-shaped copper heatpipes, a vapour chamber block in the middle, an aluminium fin array and a 120PWM fan.
The HSF uses the same fan bracket as the V6 and newer Hyper coolers, and supports Intel's new LGA2011 socket.
According to Cooler Master, the TPC 812 can handle over 240W of heat and performs close to or better than entry-evel single-radiator watercooling kits. Pricing is said to be around the $100 mark though, which seems quite excessive.
Samsung CES 2012 Press Conference video
Why Guru3D probably never will review Ubisoft titles anymore - Anno 2070
So it's Thursday in the 2nd week of January 2012. I Figure, hmm, it's time for a nice new VGA / graphics performance article on a game title. One of my favorite series is Anno, I still play Anno 1404 which in fact is included in our graphics card benchmark suite.
A few weeks ago the latest version of the game was released, Anno 2070. I've been playing it for a while now, and do like it despite the time it eats away ! :) Next to that, it's a good looking game as well with an updated graphics engine.
So yesterday I started working on a performance review. We know (well at least we figured we knew), that the game key can be used on three systems. That's fair, the first activation is used on my personal game rig. The second we installed on the AMD Radeon graphics test PC and the 3rd on our NVIDIA graphics test PC.
On the AMD Radeon PC we initially test the Radeon HD 7970, then to match the timedemo sequence we install the NVIDIA system, which has a GeForce GTX 580. So far it's all good, we have created a timedemo sequence, defined our image quality settings, took screenshots and the numbers for the first two cards.
For the NVIDIA setup I take out the GTX 580, and insert a GTX 590. When I now startup the game 'BAM', again an activation is required. Once again I fill out the key and now Ubisoft is thanking me with the message that I ran out of activations.
Here's what Ubisofts DRM is doing these days, they don't just verify the number of PCs you work on, nope .. they monitor hardware changes. So once we inserted that GeForce GTX 590 the hardware id # hash changed rendering our activation invalid.
What a bunch of rubbish ....
This means that if we'd like to make a VGA performance review on Anno 2070 we'd need to purchase the game seven times. Ubisoft claims that you can send an email towards their support so that the activations are reset, we did so .. yet are still awaiting reaction.
When contacting Ubisoft marketing here in the Netherlands, their reply goes like this: 'Sorry to disappoint you - the game is indeed restricted to 3 hardware changes and there simply is no way to bypass that. We also do not have 7 copies of the game for you'.
I'm sorry, but I am not about to purchase the title seven times to make a review that by default benefits Ubisoft sales.
Welcome to PC gaming Anno 2012.
Please find the results of our massive VGA performance review below on the one chart. With one hand in the air I wave to Ubisoft, more puzzled about this then anything. What do you think ?
Update monday Jan 16 - 2012:
We have been contacted by bluebyte over the weekend, the company that developed the Anno series. Our key has been pretty much unlocked allowing us to properly work on this article. To be continued ....
Above results are taken in High Quality mode AA enabled 16xAF and all settings at its highest.
Silverstone Temjin TJ04B-E
Introduced in 2004, the TJ04 has been a main stable of SilverStone
AXIOM EP125 V3 8 125 Watt Subwoofer Review
Recently, we reviewed the Axiom M3 v2 bookshelf speakers and found them to be great speaker for the price point but bookshelf speakers are only capable of reproducing the higher areas of the sonic spectrum.
Bookshelf speaker based audio systems require a subwoofer to produce the lower frequency ranges that the bookshelf speakers cannot accurate reproduce. Axiom produces a subwoofer which is said to be an excellent match sonically for the M3 speakers.
Check the review right here.
NVIDIA wanted to show kepler at CES but didn't
PowerColor show custom design 7970
All board partners release a reference Radeon HD 7970 design, PowerColor however has developed a custom version of AMD
EVGA SR-X Dual-Socket LGA 2011 Spotted
We mentioned this little puppy once or twice before, but it's been spotted and caught on camera at CES, yep the SR-X dual-socket motherboard.
With its ultra lrage form factor it offers support for not one but two LGA 2011 Intel processors Sandy Bridge-E for single-CPU setups, Sandy Bridge-EP for dual-CPU.
looking at the board you will spot 12 DDR3 memory slots allowing for up to 96 GB of RAM, two (one 8-pin and one 6-pin) power connector per CPU, six SATA and four SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) ports, seven PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots for SLI or CrossFireX configurations, PCIe disable switches.
Next to that more geeky'ness in the form of voltage read points, a debug LED, dual Gigabit Ethernet, two eSATA ports, 7.1 channel audio, Bluetooth, EVBot support, plus six USB 3.0 connectors.
The SR-X still hasn't been priced (which is prolly for the better). Neither is there an ETA for launch. But that would be alongside compatibel LGA 2011 Xeon MP processors.
85-inch 8K HD TV from Sharp
We talked about it before, but that was a 4K screen, this one is 7680 x 4320 pixels ! So that's 16x more pixels then Full HD :)
Sharp delivers an image from the future at CES 2012 by showing off a prototype of a 8K Super Hi-Vision 85" TV! With a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels this screen offers 16x more pixels than Full HD, but Sharp says it won't be available until sometime between 2020 and 2025.
With the resolution coming in at an astounding 7680 x 4320 pixels (10 bits per pixel), an uncompressed 30-minute broadcast would require about 6TB of data. The aspect ratio remains the same as with HDTV (16:9), but the framerate is set at a 60p format, while HDTV uses 24p, 30p or 60i. Out with the standard 7.1 surround sound as well. The UHDTV format supports up to a completely immersive 22.2 multichannel sound system, which was developed by NHK.
Interestingly, a 30-minute broadcast in uncompressed 8K would require about 6TB of data. Oh we so need viber Internet ...
Smaller Cooler Master Haf X spotted, the HAF XM
The chaps from TweakTown spotted the Cooler Master HAF XM at CES 2012, this is a new mid-tower version of the HAF X. More details and photos can be found over here.
The HAF XM will ship with a trio of 200mm fans, one in the front and two in the top. The top two can be removed to allow for a slim triple 120mm radiator, but does offer more room in the top cover for those who don't mind a little modding for the fittings to pass through the top of this chassis if a thicker radiator is a must. You also will find removable hard drive bays which can hold an addition six storage drives, and the back, under the 120mm exhaust fan, offers eight expansion slots for those Quad-Fire or Quad-SLI users.
ThermalTake and BMW Designworks reveal Level 10 M mouse
The design of the mouse is pretty unconventional, and I assume the price tag will be pretty high too. The immediate standout feature of the Level 10 M mouse is that it features a hollowed-out design that allows for height and angle adjustment of the mouse body. By turning a screw on the top side of the mouse, users can adjust the size and shape of the mouse, changing how it fits under the palm.
The Level 10 M mouse also features a perforated palm surface to help alleviate some of those sweaty gaming sessions with passive airflow. Click the thumbnail.
Zotac shows Mini-ITX Z77 motherboard
Zotac showed off a new Intel Z77 based Mini-ITX motherboard that is aimed at small form factor overclockers. This LGA1155 board draws power from 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors, it comes with 8-phase VRM, with a feature-rich controller, Pulse-made inductors, driverMOSFETs (DrMOS), and High-C capacitors. Ivy Bridge is supported out of the box, and the LGA1155 socket is powder-coated to prevent shrinking when subjected to subzero cooling.
The single expansion slot is a PCI-Express 3.0 x16. Storage connectivity includes two SATA 6 Gb/s, two SATA 3 Gb/s, and an mSATA slot (likely 3 Gb/s). Display connectivity only includes DVI and HDMI. General connectivity includes 8-channel HD audio, gigabit Ethernet, wireless b/g/n, and USB 3.0.
How to Not Handle LN2 ....
SWTOR - Rise of the Rakghouls trailer
Securifi Almond Wireless Touchscreen Router
A router with a touchscreen ? Hmm, I still ahve this DLINK router with LED screen that I watched at only the first day. None the less Taiwanese based Securify will release a new wireless router concept, called "Almond".
It thus is a wireless 802.11 b/g/n router with a 2.8" 320 x 240 pixel touchscreen on which you may configure it on the device
Its wireless networking component supports 300 Mbps speed with MIMO technology, supporting up to 50 clients at a time, with a range of up to 25 meters. Apart from an upstream WAN port, there are two downstream 100 Mbps Ethernet ports. Most current security standards such as WPA2, WPA, WEP are supported. Securify did not give out any more information.
Of course price info is missing, and look at that display .. they certainly had a good look at Windows 8 Metro Style ;)
OCZ Technology Buys SANRAD Inc.
OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced it has acquired SANRAD Inc., a privately held provider of flash caching and virtualization software and hardware.
"This transaction is an important step in OCZ's enterprise solid state drive strategy," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. "It significantly enhances the ability for customers to increase datacenter performance and efficiency by putting more virtual machines (VM) on a server without slowing down the VM's ability to access stored data, thus substantially lowering the overall cost of deployment. SANRAD's VXL has the ability to optimize caching strategies based on the application and support for VMware's vMotion, which sets the solution apart from others in the industry, allowing enterprises to finally realize the benefit of running a single unified virtualized environment," concluded Mr. Petersen.
"SANRAD's software is a wonderful complement to OCZ's Flash technology," said Oded Ilan, CEO of SANRAD Inc. "We are excited with the opportunity created by this unique combination between storage virtualization, caching and PCIe Flash storage. We are proud to join the OCZ development team and to establish its design center in Israel."
SANRAD was founded in 2000 and its R&D center is based in Tel Aviv, Israel. SANRAD currently sells its line of flash caching and virtualization software and hardware to storage and networking OEMs such as NEXSAN and Brocade as well as directly to the enterprise through its network of Value Added Resellers.
SANRAD transforms storage access in virtualized environments with NAND flash. Its technology allows data centers to fully leverage their flash based storage investments, extending the lifespan of the storage infrastructure and maximizing efficiency. Virtualized data centers gain the benefits of NAND flash performance while retaining the key benefits of server virtualization such as vMotion, high availability, and disaster recovery.
SANRAD's virtualization software and solutions are VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix certified and are expected to accelerate the adoption of OCZ's PCIe-based flash storage solutions in virtualized environments. These solutions include:
SANRAD's VXL software delivers SANRAD's flash caching and virtualization technology for VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix Xen into server virtualization platforms. VXL software enables efficient dynamic distribution of host-based flash resources to guest virtual machines via its application optimized cache engine. The VXL SCSI connectivity enables support of most modern operating systems including all variants of Windows, FreeBSD, Solaris and Linux servers, in contrast to other caching solutions which require an installation of an agent or driver on each VM.
VXL supports key enterprise-class storage datacenter requirements such as QoS, high availability clustering, mirroring, WAN replication, snapshots and multiple storage virtualization functions. Unlike many other virtualization and caching algorithms, VXL guarantees complete cache migration via vMotion, as cached data is treated as a virtualized storage entity and can be dynamically migrated between ESX servers along with the virtual volumes without performance loss and without powering down the server, interrupting service of the VMs.
SANRAD's StoragePro software provides comprehensive remote storage management and virtualization services and ensures simple, efficient use of storage resources for numerous connected servers. Its open, heterogeneous system architecture provides complete storage flexibility, enabling IT managers to manage a single virtual pool of storage which is critical in today's enterprise environments.
The aggregate purchase price of the acquisition was $15 million comprised of approximately 2.1 million shares of OCZ common stock that was issued on closing.
Merriman Capital, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Merriman Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX:MERR), served as OCZ's exclusive financial advisor for the transaction.
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge CPU Photo
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Microsoft outs AMD Bulldozer Performance Update Windows 7
AMD has just posted a blog announcing the availability of a scheduler update for the Windows 7 operating system. The hotfix was developed by Microsoft, based on the Windows 8 scheduler code.
Unfortunately, the performance benefits only amount to 1-2% on average, not to the 10% that AMD claims to have seen during initial testing of Windows 8. Also, not every application got a performance boost in AMD's tests, especially the heavily-threaded ones which use all 8 cores of the AMD FX-8150.
This is explainable by the fact that such programs are