Thermaltake ARMOR A90 Mid-Tower Chassis
Thermaltake, leading DIY chassis brand, is launching their latest mid-tower chassis with 2 blue LED-fans creating a spectacular combat ambiance, the ARMOR A90. Its entirely black "bulletproof" armor design with metal mesh elements and an reinforced front door lend the ARMOR A90 an extremely stylish and powerful appearance that attracts gamers and in particular MMORPG enthusiasts. A special lock mechanism for your mouse and keyboards ensures that you'll always stay in arms.
Massive storage expansion is warranted for by 6 x 3.5", 3 x 5.25", 1 x accessible 5.25" and 1 x 2.5" HDD/SSD bays. Optimized multimedia connectivity is prodived for by a total of 4 USB 2.0 ports, of which two are located on the top and two are positioned in the front. An additional eSATA connector on the top of the case makes it most convenient to connect your mobile storage device, while the HD microphone and headset connectors in the front offer you quick and short access.
As characteristic for Thermaltake chassis, special attention had been paid to optimized ventilation and airflow. Therefore one 20 cm blue exhaust LED-fan on top and one 12 cm intake blue LED-fan in the front have already been pre-installed and increase the combat spirit with with light-effects. One more 12 cm exhaust turbo fan on the backside top further increases air circulation. For power-users and gaming enthusiasts another 12 cm fan can be installed at the side panel for VGA cooling where cooling holes are provided for. And the triangular window right next to it let your graphics card shine and allows for a look at your hardware so you can quickly check if everything is in order.
The feet elevate the ARMOR A90 high enough as to allow for improved ventilation of the bottom based ATX PSII power supply. To avoid outside dust to find its way into your power supply a removable dust filter is positioned underneath, providing users with an easy way to keep it clean. The ARMOR A90 is available for a suggested retail price of US $94.
Mach Xtreme Technology MX JET Series 2.5 SSD
Based on the new JMicron controller (with cache this time) Mach Xtreme Technology unveiled the MX JET Series 2.5
NVIDIA VP Bill Dally claims Moore's Law is dead
NVIDIA chief scientist and senior vice president of research Bill Dally argues the CPU scaling predicted by Moore's Law has hit a brick wall, and that a leap into parallel processing is necessary to keep advancing the computing industry at a rapid pace.
The good news is that there is a way out of this crisis. Parallel computing can resurrect Moore's Law and provide a platform for future economic growth and commercial innovation. The challenge is for the computing industry to drop practices that have been in use for decades and adapt to this new platform.
Going forward, the critical need is to build energy-efficient parallel computers, sometimes called throughput computers, in which many processing cores, each optimized for efficiency, not serial speed, work together on the solution of a problem. A fundamental advantage of parallel computers is that they efficiently turn more transistors into more performance. Doubling the number of processors causes many programs to go twice as fast. In contrast, doubling the number of transistors in a serial CPU results in a very modest increase in performance--at a tremendous expense in energy.
Read more over at Forbes.
Aigo N700 tablet features Tegra 2 and Android 2.1
Engadget spotted a new 7-inch tablet from Aigo. The sexy N700 features NVIDIA's Tegra 2 SoC with a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor and uses the Android 2.1 operating system. Pricing and availability is unknown.
According to new details surfacing in China, this 7-inch machine will hum along on a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor and feature NVIDIA's Tegra 2 graphics chipset. There's also 512MB of DDR2 memory, an 800 x 480 pixel multitouch display, 4/16/32GB of inbuilt storage, a USB socket, microSD slot, HDMI output, inbuilt WiFi, optional 3G WWAN, audio in / out and a 3,120mAh battery.
GeForce Forceware 197.57 for GeForce 6 to 300 series
This driver contains a recommended update for the beta release of the PC game APB. Supported products
GeForce 300 series:
315, GT 340, GT 320, GT 330, 310
GeForce 200 series:
GTS 250, GT 220, GTX 285, GTS 240, 210, GTX 280, GTX 275, GT 230, GTX 295, GT 240, GTX 260, G210, 205
GeForce 100 series:
GT 140, GT 130, G 100, GT 120
GeForce 9 series:
9800 GX2, 9400, 9300, 9800 GT, 9500 GS, 9600 GS, 9600 GSO, 9200, 9600 GT, 9300 GE, 9500 GT, 9800 GTX/GTX+, 9400 GT, 9300 GS, 9100
GeForce 8 series:
8400, 8400 SE, 8600 GT, 8500 GT, 8800 GTS 512, 8300, 8600 GTS, 8100 / nForce 720a, 8200, 8800 Ultra, 8800 GT, 8400 GS, 8600 GS, 8800 GTS, 8800 GTX, 8300 GS, 8800 GS
GeForce 7 series:
7900 GTX, 7950 GT, 7300 GS, 7500 LE, 7300 SE / 7200 GS, 7300 LE, 7100 GS, 7800 SLI, 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7150 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 610i, 7800 GS, 7600 LE, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7950 GX2, 7350 LE, 7650 GS, 7550 LE, 7900 GS, 7300 GT, 7600 GT, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 620i, 7900 GT/GTO, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7600 GS, 7800 GTX
GeForce 6 series:
6610 XL, 6600, 6500, 6150SE nForce 430, 6250, 6800 LE, 6150 LE, 6200SE TurboCache, 6800, 6200 TurboCache, 6800 Ultra, 6200 LE, 6200, 6800 XT, 6600 LE, 6150, 6800 GT, 6600 GT, 6800 XE, 6100 nForce 400, 6700 XL, 6100 nForce 420, 6600 VE, 6150LE / Quadro NVS 210S, 6200 A-LE, 6800 GS, 6100 nForce 405, 6800 GS/XT, 6100
ION LE, ION
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
GeForce Forceware 197.75 Beta for GTX 470 and 480
This is a beta driver update for GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470 .
- Recommended driver for the beta release of the PC game APB.
Compatible GeForce 400 series: GTX 470, GTX 480
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
OCZ Vertex 2 SSD review
OCZ Vertex 2 SSD review
OCZ is back to attack with a new SSD in that slowly saturating SSD storage market. Yes, the Vertex 2 is finally here. OCZ has been on a winning streak with their SSD drives ever since that started selling Indilinx controller based products The SandForce controllers will bring extensive performance equal and even higher to the Indilinx products yet without the need for additional cache memory.
And that sounds weird really ... no additional cache memory is being used to solve the random IO perf of small files. The random IO on read/write rates spotted on this Vertex 2 takes productivity to the next level as we'll show you later on.
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
MSI Big Bang XPower Gaming Series Motherboard
The MSI Big Bang-XPower is making its much anticipated debut in April of this year. MSI, a leading mainboard and graphics card maker, with over 23 years of R&D and manufacturing experience, has made its name catering to performance-hungry gamers. The Big Bang-XPower is another exceptional mainboard from the Big Bang series with astonishing performance and reliability. MSI is confident that the Big Bang-XPower will again be selling like hotcakes to users worldwide.
MSI's Big Bang-XPower mainboard is built with Military Class components that includes a Hi-c CAP (highly-conductive polymerized capacitor), Solid Cap (solid capacitor), and Icy Choke for longer lifespan, better thermal reliability, and stability. The Hi-c CAP has excellent physical properties of thermally stable, reliable, performs under stress, and lasts 8X longer than traditional solid capacitors. Icy Choke is a new generation ferrite choke that features low temperature and longer lifespan. Military Class Solid CAP lasts longer than traditional capacitors, up to 10 years of lifespan. All these Military Class components add up to a stable and long lasting mainboard that will keep running even under high stress conditions.
Ultimate Gaming Visual and Audio Experience
MSI's Big Bang-XPower is the only recommended mainboard by THQ for experiencing Metro 2033, their blockbuster survival horror FPS. The Big Bang-XPower supports both NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFireX technologies for gaming sessions powered by up to four graphics cards. This configuration enables unparalleled 3D performance, silky smooth action scenes, excellent color reproduction, and fully anti-aliased image quality. Bundled standalone Quantum Wave sound card has built-in Creative EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 and THX TruStudio PRO technology support the latest surround sound standard, to offer multi-channel in-game audio presented with digital clarity.
Extreme Power Design For Overclocking
The Big Bang-XPower features incomparable 16 Phase DrMOS PWM, which not only provides the highest power capability but also the best power efficiency. Coupled with Dual 8-pin CPU Power Connectors, Big Bang-XPower can offer the best power stability and overclocking capability for new high-end six-core CPU like Intel Core i7 980X (Codename "Gulftown"). Big Bang-XPower also supports Extra 6-pin Power Connector for graphics card. New generation graphics card draw incredible power to achieve high performance. In order to provide the best 3D performance and overclocking stability of enthusiastic Multi-GPU configuration, MSI designed exclusive extra 6-pin power connector for hardcore gamers and overclockers.
MSI's Exclusive OC Genie & OC Dashboard and V-Kit Design
The Big Bang-XPower comes with MSI's exclusive OC Genie and OC Dashboard for overclocking needs, where the CPU frequency can be automatically adjusted through the hardware and BIOS options. The XPower also features the V-Kit design to provide monitoring and adjustment capability of the CPU VCORE, VTT, DDR, and PCH voltages. Gamers can easily configure their systems without breaking a sweat.
USB3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s for Next-gen Data Transfer
The Big Bang-XPower adopts the latest USB3.0 & SATA6Gb/s specifications. USB3.0 is 10X faster than the traditional USB2.0 platform, and has the throughput to transfer a full Blu-ray movie in under a minute. SATA 6Gb/s not only doubles the bandwidth of previous SATA II protocol, but is also more reliable with better data handling commands. The Big Bang-XPower offers fast and secure data management capabilities to satisfy consumer needs.
THQ, a worldwide international American developer and publisher of video games, officially announced the MSI Big Bang-XPower as the preferred platform for Metro 2033. Metro 2033 is a THQ published survival horror FPS and is being hailed as the most graphically challenging game for top-end hardware specifications. MSI is also dedicated to building the ultimate gamers' platform that will fulfill all your wildest dreams.
PQI CoolDrive U368 USB 3.0 Flash Drive
Power Quotient International (PQI) released its latest USB flash-drive, the CoolDrive U368. Among a small, growing group, the U368 is USB 3.0 SuperSpeed compliant, and offers transfer-rates on par with hard drives, with access times comparable to those of SSDs.
Its casing is typically-shaped, measuring 90.1 x 22 x 11.1 mm, and weighing 25 g. When connected using USB 3.0, the drive offers transfer speeds of around 105 MB/s, which can be improved with the bundled TurboFlash USB software. It is available in capacities ranging from 8 GB, all the way up to 128 GB. It is backwards-compatible with USB 2.0, albeit with lower transfer-rates. Pricing and availability are yet to be known.
Windows 7 sales reach 100 million
Microsoft announced it has sold over 100 million Windows 7 licenses since the operating system was launched on October 22, 2009, making it the fastest-selling OS ever. According to Microsoft's own figures, Windows 7 is now installed on one out of 10 of world's PCs. Just six months after its release, Windows 7 is now installed on one in 10 of the world's PCs, Microsoft has confirmed.
Microsoft yesterday reported revenues of $14.5bn for the financial quarter ended 31 March and CFO Peter Klein said Windows 7 "continues to be a growth engine" - with Windows revenue up 28 per cent year-on-year.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M to arrive in June
Engadget spotted Eurocom will start shipping 17" and 18.4" mobile workstations with the GeForce GTX 480M in June.
Rushing in ahead of any announcements, Eurocom has started listing a GeForce GTX 480M part, replete with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and a $345 markup relative to ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 5870. It's not clear whether the 100W number refers to the TDP or power requirements of NVIDIA's new GPU, but it's safe to expect both to be pretty high. The MXM 3.0b interface provides a 256-bit linkup between the GPU and CPU, lending plenty of bandwidth, but it also demands plenty of PCB real estate.
The MXM 3.0b interface provides a 256-bit linkup between the GPU and CPU, lending plenty of bandwidth, but it also demands plenty of PCB real estate. As a result, Eurocom is offering the GTX 480M on its 17-inch Cheetah and Panther and 18.4-inch Leopard desktop replacements, but not on its 15.6-inch Cougar. Man, no love for the Cougars. According to the listing, we're only a month or so away from release.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Debut Teaser Trailer
reyarch's upcoming first-person shooter, Call of Duty: Black Ops. The game is hitting store shelves for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on November 14th of this year.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops visits Vietnam, The Arctic, and Cuba. One of these scenarios must take place during or after 1977, as our frame grabs clearly show a soldier using a Steyr AUG, an Austrian assault rifle released after the conclusion of the Vietnam War. A digital display is also seen displaying 2010 as the year.
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is out!
Not much hardware or gaming related but this little and powerful Linux distribution is getting some real attention, high enough to merit a news. This new version includes so much that I can't describe it all here, for starters, it is based on Linux 2.6.32 kernel and boots REAL fast, I mean, like, 8 seconds on my current PC which is way faster than my Windows 7 is booting, second, it doesn't need any kind of disk partitioning and you can installing right inside Windows (it creates a virtual hard disk inside a file in your current disk of choice and can be removed as easily as you remove a program in your add/remove software) and includes a whole lot of new things including 3D support for ATI and NVIDIA with open source drivers right from the start (you can install propietary ones later), so, let go ahead and check it out, you may be surprised!
You can even request "Free-CD's shiping" (yes, as in free-beer) right to your home totally free of charge (If you want to have the original CD/DVD with stickers in your home) or you can simply download it from the servers, including a torrent download.
G.Skill Sandforce SF-1200 based Phoenix SSD
G.Skill International Co. Ltd., manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid-state storage with solid quality, has today released its Phoenix SATA II 2.5
GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI review
Back in January we already heard that SLI performance would be outstanding with this new series and well, that definitely tickled my senses and taste buds. As a results today we'll 'finally' have a look at SLI scaling of that GeForce GTX 480.
We look at single card performance, dual-card performance and also triple (3-way) SLI performance to see how well these puppies will scale. The article will first cover SLI performance among the new GTX 480 in several configurations and games, and then we'll check a little 2-way Multi-GPU gaming in a handsome multi-GPU slaughter-fest article in the ATI versus NVIDIA kind of way to see who and what scales the best.
Check out this Guru3D article right here.
HIS debuts passively cooled Radeon HD 5550
HIS introduced the Radeon HD 5550 Silence 1GB, this low-profile model is aimed at HTPC users and features a passive double-slot cooling solution.
Today HIS is proud to announce the new HIS 5550 Silence 1GB DDR2 low-profile Graphics card, the world's first Silence 5500 series low-profile graphics card. Supporting the innovative DirectX
Hybrid PhysX Mod Package contains Trojan
It has become apparant that Hybrid PhysX Mod from NGOHQ.com posted earlier this month contained the Infostealer.Gampass trojan. I wanted to add to this that it MIGHT as well be a false positive. None the less, we say ... safety for all.
According to Symantec, Infostealer.Gampass specifically targets video game credentials, log-ins and passwords. I would recommend uninstalling this and doing a full scan on your computer.
* Update - This news-post was invalid and we are happy to report that the mod was a false positive.