Corsair 60GB, 120GB and 240GB Force SSDs
Corsair presents three new Force series solid state disks, with a capacity of 60GB, 120GB and 240GB. These disks promise read speeds of up to 285MB/s, write speeds of up to 275MB/s and random 4K write performance of up to 15,000 IOPS (for the F60 and F120).
3DMark 11 details leaked
I already knew for a fact that some ODMs will show 3DMark 11 over at Computex to demo good stuff. TPU found some more info as well that leaked thourgh Plaza.fl:
Futuremark is readying the next generation of its popular 3D graphics benchmark, the 3DMark. The new version will be called 3DMark 11 (probably named after the year 2011 or DirectX 11), and will strive to be every present-generation GPU's worst nightmare (stress test). With NVIDIA's entry into the DirectX 11 generation of graphics following ATI making the new GPUs "current", 3DMark 11 will focus on the GPUs' DirectX 11 capabilities, probably exploiting new texturing and hardware tessellation features.
The benchmark will be able to push present and future GPUs to their maximum capabilities. At least one of its game tests have been known to be called "Undersea Submarine". There is no mention of NVIDIA PhysX, so it's safe to assume that the benchmark will use industry standard features which are available to all DirectX 11 generation GPUs. However, similar to a marketing deal with Sapphire for 3DMark Vantage (where a certain game test showed a futuristic vehicle with Sapphire logo on it), this version will market MSI. What's more, it will be bundled with MSI graphics cards when the software releases.
Futuremark's new 3Dmark will be released some time in Q3, 2010.
ASUS ROG Xpander enables 4-way SLI on Rampage III Extreme
If you read our quad-SLI adventure you'd have noticed we ran into a massive curiousity about the fact that Quad SLI was not supported on this board. ASUS is realing a bit of a weird -- well let me call this 'patch' in the form of the ASUS ROG Xpander. The daughter board enables 4-way SLI on Rampage III Extreme and hole shitzu man ... that looks like ... WELL you fill in the blanks.
ASUS seriously take this suggestion, next time do it right the first time. Anyway, here's the skinn as provided byt the colleagues of Nordic Hardware:
ASUS ROG Xpander is simply a PCI-Express daughter card for the ASUS Rampage III Extreme. The circuit board comes with four PCI Express x16 slots and two Nvidia NF200 PCI-Express bridges. These circuits take the 32 available PCIe 2.0 lanes of the Intel X58 chipset and expand them to 64 lanes, divided across the four PCI Express x16 slots on the daughter board. In the end this enables you to connect four graphics cards with maximal PCIe x16 bandwidth.
ASUS ROG Xpander only has one real use, to enable 4-way SLI on ASUS Rampage III Extreme. Quad-SLI with dual GTX 295 or the coming NVIDIA D12U-15 works without ROG Expander. They already have an integrated NF200 chip (also known as BR04).
The reason ASUS has designed a separate daughter board for Rampage III Extreme is that Nvidia demands that motherboards supporting 4-way SLI has to use two NF200 bridge chips, and an official 4-way license key. According to our sources this adds about $100 to an already expensive motherboard.
With Nvidia's flagship GeForce GTX 480 we have seen the ways of 4-way SLI and how it can break records like no other in the right hands. This is the reason ASUS developed ROG Xpander. The number of consumers that are interested in 4-way SLI isn't big enough to justify the added cost, but the extreme users should not have turn any other way but just upgrade to get 4-way SLI support with their ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard.
Have a look at the photo's (click thumbnbails) and watch the judge for yourself:
Judging from the information we have the reason for Rampage III Extreme not getting 4-way SLI from the start wasn't just the cost. The two bridge chips does enable higher bandwidth, but also higher latencies that most non-4-way SLI systems would be crippled by. Second generation PCIe x8 offers enough bandwidth to keep most users happy.
One of few Intel X58 motherboards that support 4-way SLI from factory is Gigabyte GA-X58-UD9 and if you compare the price with ASUS Rampage III Extreme you see the extra costs we're talking about. Gigabyte's motherboard is listed for $700 at Newegg.com, while Rampage III Extreme is listed at $380.
At the same time the Nvidia NF200 bridge chips adds 12W power consumption, each, which is actually more than some low-end graphics cards consume. On a positive note, no power will be taken from the motherboard, but all power comes through three 4-pins molex power connectors and one 6-pin PCIe connector.
Even if ASUS didn't see the point of supporting 4-way SLI from factory with Rampage III Extreme it is aware of the customers that do want 4-way SLI, and that is why ROG Xpander is expected to appear in stores in the near future.
Considering just the chips and license cost near $100 it won't be cheap, but if you can afford four GeForce GTX 480 graphics cards it's a minor problem. Courtesy to Nordic Hardware.
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
The new Lara Croft game trailer is out, the game is called "The Guardian of Light" and it's been developed by Crystal Dynamics and will be published by Square Enix, this is a spin-off the original Tomb Raider and is not part of the saga.
Powerful NVIDIA Tegra 2 Tablet at Computex
After ensuring that there were as little design similarities as possible to Apple's iPad, Foxconn made a point of pushing performance to as high a threshold as possible. As such, the configuration is based on the Tegra SoC, with a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, whose core clock is of no less than 1GHz. This CPU is backed up by one whole gigabyte of memory (1GB RAM). There are also 512MB of SLC NAND Flash memory, Bluetooth 2.1, two USB ports, a glossy capacitive multi-touch screen and a front-facing webcam.
It can already be seen that, at least in terms of hardware, Foxconn's slate outdoes the iPad quite completely. To prove it, NVIDIA even showcased, yesterday, a pre-production model running a few 3D games. What remains to be seen is how the widescreen will impact on the device's usability when not gaming. More information is bound to emerge at Computex, of course, since that is where this tablet, along with many others, will rear its head.
Lian Li's PC-8NWX, PC-7FNWX & PC-60FNWX
Lian Li releases the PC-8NWX, the PC-7FNWX, and the PC-60FNWX mid tower chassis. All three models' interiors and exteriors are made with all-black, 1.5 millimeter thick, anodized aluminum making them solid but lightweight, and easy to keep cool; not to mention beautiful. These computer case chassis also feature large, side-panel windows for easy viewingof the interior. The top panels, on all three, come with a spare 140mm fan mount. Depending on the model the two USB 3.0 ports, plus HD audio ports are on the top panel or
EVGA Hydro Copper Waterblock GTX 470 Available
If anything the GeForce GTX 470 and 480 can use cool cooling, what better option then to go with liquid cooling ?
As such eVGA released their Hydro Copper waterblock, the cooling solution was created in collaboration with Swiftech and is compatible with the GeForce GTX 470. It is composed of a base plate of chrome plated electrolytic C100 copper, a 0.6 x 0.6 mm thin pin matrix, an integrated heatpipe that connects to the power mosfet heatsink and, of course, high-flow fittings for 1/2-inch and 3/8-inch sizes. The entire mechanism is built in such a way so as to take on the heat from not just the GPU, but also the I/O chips, VREG area and the memory.
The EVGA Hydro Copper Waterblock is quite noteworthy through the fact that it is compatible with 2-way, 3-way and 4-way SLI setups. Those interested will be able to acquire it for $139.99.
Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H (AMD 890GX) review
Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H (AMD 890GX) gets tested
The AMD 890GX chipset, the first in the 800 series, with that G in GX for IGP, Integrated Graphics Product. A motherboard chipset that is based of the recently introduced AMD 785 chipset, it has been revised though and is now paired with the all new AMD SB850 Southbridge chip.
Today we'll have a look at an offering from Gigabyte, namely the 890GPA-UD3H. The motherboard is positioning itself in a somewhat more niche category with great better looks, better features and better quality components. What we are looking at is a sub 125 USD / 115 EUR product that offers more than a reference based product, yet a little less than the uber high-end gear out there.
Check out the full Guru3D review here.
Mitsubishi Intros 120 Hz Interpolated Full HD Monitor
The bro's at TPU report that Mitsubishi's latest display boast of an industry first in double-speed interpolation, a technique of combining 60 Hz images for a more fluid 120 Hz output. The RDT232WM-Z which carries this feature, is a 23-inch TN panel monitor with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, 3 ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 3W stereo speakers, and inputs which include DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI as display connectivity. It will be available in the Japanese market from June 11.
ASUS GeForce GTX 465 photo
Hexus reports a photo of what appears to be an upcoming GeForce GTX 465 graphics card from ASUS.
The card, pictured above, is said to measure 10 inches in length - which, surprisingly, makes it half an inch longer than the GeForce GTX 470.
There's a spec sheet to go with the card, and it confirms recent leaks. NVIDIA's reference design will sport a GF100 Fermi core clocked at 607MHz, an estimated 352 shaders clocked at 1,215MHz and 1GB of GDDR5 memory hooked up via a 256-bit bus and operating at an effective 3,206MHz.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 'Reveal Trailer'
F3AR Pointman Trailer
Although I do not like the title for the new FEAR game, F3AR Trailer is out and you can check out some initial things about this third part of the FEAR trilogy.
Intel 25nm NAND flash memory
Intel announced it started mass production of 25nm NAND flash memory chips, which feature double the capacity of the previous 34nm generation.
25-nanometer (nm) NAND flash memory die Intel announced today that Intel-Micron Flash Technologies are in mass production of their breakthrough 25-nanometer (nm) NAND flash memory and Intel is shipping in volume to customers. Announced in February, IMFT was the first to sample, and now to ship in production, 25nm NAND using the world's smallest, most advanced manufacturing process technology. The 8 gigabyte (GB) 25nm NAND flash memory chip measures just 167mm
Radeon HD 5970 Eyefinity 12 PowerColor
We mentioned this one before, but here's a photo. PowerColor are putting the finishing touches on a Radeon HD 5970 Eyefinity 12 graphics card! The card takes up three PCI slots and features a total of 12 mini-DisplayPort outputs.
Mach Xtreme ARMORX DDR3 memory kits
Mach Xtreme recently presented its ARMORX dual-channel DDR3 memory kits:
Mach Xtreme Technology Inc., a worldwide leader in top performance, high reliability and user-friendly designed PC components, today unveiled ARMORX
Microsoft Office 2010 GPU acceleration detailed
AMD published a blog post with some information about the new GPU acceleration features in Microsoft Office 2010, you can read it over here.
Graphics acceleration will be more useful than ever because Microsoft has added many cool new capabilities and benefits to up the visual ante of your PowerPoint presentations. These include new and improved tools for video and photo editing, dramatic new transitions, and realistic animations. Microsoft really sought to enhance dynamic content (like animations, transitions and videos) with Office 2010 and built-in graphics acceleration is the key to bringing your presentation ideas to life. Here are just a few of the new features that will benefit from graphics acceleration:
- Transform images into compelling, vibrant visuals using new and improved picture editing features such as color saturation and temperature, brightness and contrast, and advanced cropping and background removal tools, along with artistic filters such as blur, paintbrush, and watercolor.
- New slide transitions and animation effects that look similar to graphics you
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Ships
Mafia 2 Gets PhysX, 3D Vision Support
2K Games announced that all three versions of Mafia II - PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 - will use NVIDIA's PhysX physics technology with the PC version getting a 'thorough integration' of PhysX plus some APEX clothing and particle effects. In addition, Mafia II PC will support NVIDIA's 3D Vision headset for stereoscopic 3D visuals when the game hits August 24 in North America and August 27 elsewhere.
The integration of PhysX and NVIDIA APEX technology, including the APEX Clothing and Particle modules, enable the city and personalities of Empire Bay to truly come alive on Windows PC. The NVIDIA APEX Clothing module allows for more dynamic movement in clothing, making in-game characters even more realistic and reactive to environmental conditions.
With the implementation of NVIDIA APEX Particles, players are engulfed in lifelike explosions that are bigger and brighter, including weapon fragments, in-game debris and destructible environments that are amplified in both quantity and realism through the integration of APEX Particles. For example, a pistol fired into a glass pane will emit hundreds of glass shards; a shotgun blasted through a wooden landing will splinter the wood; and a Tommy Gun will chip into a brick or stone wall to methodically fracture and break it into pieces.
Mafia II for Windows PC will also be playable in full stereoscopic 3D, courtesy of NVIDIA 3D Vision* technology, which combines high-tech wireless glasses and advanced software to create an impressive element of authenticity and immersive realism. Players will be blown away by the added depth of field on display as particles and explosions come off the screen in thrilling 3D.