SteelSeries debuts three gaming mice
SteelSeries, the leading manufacturer of premium-quality, competitive gaming peripherals, today at the start of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, introduced a new line-up of gaming peripherals. Kicking off the mouse category for SteelSeries in 2012 is the SteelSeries Kana, also known as the Designed by Gamers mouse; and two editions of the new version of the SteelSeries Kinzu, the SteelSeries Kinzu v2 and SteelSeries Kinzu v2 Pro Edition. The SteelSeries Kana mouse was introduced to SteelSeries fans in the Designed by Gamers Campaign as Mouse 1.1, which gave more than 300,000 gamers the design choice and where 60,000
Corsair Accelerator Series solid-state cache SSDs
The Accelerator Series is designed for desktop PC users who want to give their Microsoft Windows based PC a dramatic performance boost with minimal cost and hassle. Corsair's new line of SSD cache drives includes premium caching software from NVELO, for improved boot times and lightning-quick file access. After connecting an Accelerator Series SSD cache drive to their computer's SATA port and installing the caching software provided with the drive, users will see an immediate speed boost. No drive mapping, no reinstallation of the operating system or applications, and no complex file management is needed — the Accelerator Series SSD cache drive works in tandem with the customer's existing hard drive to provide optimized performance. Customers may see an improvement in file read/write speeds of up to 5x their current hard drive performance after installing a Corsair Accelerator Series SSD cache drive.
"Our new Accelerator Series SSD cache drives have compelling price points and provide one of the most economical solutions for a quick system performance boost that doesn't require manual drive reconfiguration," said Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair.
"It's ideal for consumers and enthusiasts who'd like to improve their PC's speed without investing the time and cost into a complete PC upgrade. There's no complex configuration involved, and their PC will work as it always has
Corsair Obsidian Series 550D and Carbide Series 300R
Corsair today announced the builder-friendly Obsidian Series® 550D ultra-quiet premium case and the compact Carbide Series 300R gaming case.
The Corsair Obsidian Series 550D: Cool and quiet
The Obsidian Series 550D offers a revolutionary combination of noise reduction and a wide array of choices for customizing cooling. The rugged steel and brushed aluminum chassis comes with two 120mm intake fans and one 120mm exhaust fan. Additional fan mounting points are provided for up to ten fans total, including locations for dual side-mounted fans for drawing air directly onto GPUs, and top fan mounts spaced for radiator compatibility. Unused hard drive cages can be removed to improve airflow, and Corsair's cable routing system allows wires and cables to be tucked behind the motherboard and out of the airflow path.
The front panel and side panels are fully lined with noise damping material, as well as the covers for the side and top intake mounts. The innovative use of noise-damped covers minimizes unused fan intakes causing increased audible system noise. Noise is further reduced through the use of silicone mounts on the fans and hard drive bays. Even the front air intakes are angled for improved noise reduction.
The 550D provides eight expansion slots with room for GPUs of up to 450mm in length, a CPU backplane cutout for easy installation and upgrade of CPU heatsinks, a fully-painted matte black interior, six tool-free hard drive bays with removable caddies with integrated 2.5" SSD support, and four tool-free optical drive bays. Other high-end features include magnetically-mounted dust filters and side panels that open with the touch of a button. The diamond-cut aluminum front control panel houses two high-speed USB 3.0 connectors and audio connectors.
The Corsair Carbide Series 300R: a compact expression of Corsair's gaming PC philosophy
Great gaming systems begin with a great case, and the Carbide Series 300R provides a remarkable number of in-demand features in an attractive, compact chassis. Builder-friendly features include three tool-free optical drive bays and four tool-free hard drive bays with integrated 2.5" SSD compatibility. There's room for high-end GPUs of up to 450mm in length, and the matte black interior incorporates Corsair's innovative cable routing system that helps keep wires and cables out of sight for a clean look and improved airflow. The 300R comes with intake and exhaust fans, with room for five additional fans including dual side-mounted fans for direct GPU cooling.
"Inexpensive, compact cases often fall short in builder-friendly features, airflow, or the cosmetic features that make great gaming PCs really stand out," continued Mr. Mookerjee. "The Carbide Series 300R hits the mark for an affordable, enthusiast-quality compact PC case. Its innovative features will be appreciated by both seasoned system builders and PC gamers who are taking the leap and building their first system from scratch."
Pricing and Availability
The Obsidian Series 550D and Carbide Series 300R are backed by a two-year warranty and are expected to be available in February from Corsair's worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors at a US suggested retail price of $159 USD for the Obsidian Series 550D, and $89 USD for the Carbide Series 300R.
Plextor M3 Pro Series SSD
Plextor has announced the M3 Pro SSD series over at CES, that improve upon the specs of the M3 SSD series introed by the company in the first part of December 2011.
The M3 Pro series SSDs use the regular 2.5-inch form factor, but with a new 7mm thin profile, and will be released in three capacities providing 128GB, 256GB and 512GB of storage space. At the heart of the solid state drives stands Marvell
ASUS ROG Phoebus Sound Card Pictured
ASUS is working on a new soundcard as it seems, the ASUS's new ROG Xonar Pheobus sound card, which is a PCIe 118db SNR standalone offering. Also on display was the ROG 'ThunderFX' USB powered audio breakout box (sequel to the R3E-Black Edition's Thunderbolt), to be bundled with a planned special edition of the ROG Rampage IV Formula.
The primary DAC for headphone/front-out channel of the ROG Phoebus is TI-BB PCM1792A. The ROG Xonar Pheobus (god of music and light) is a standalone product rated at 118db SNR at its regular outputs and has a dedicated amplifier for driving up to 300ohm headphones. Also included in the package is a volume control/wire extender for gaming headsets
High quality gold plated jacks are used at the I/O panel - Over at the bottom right, you can see the C-Media DSP which is normally used on the other high end boards like Xonar STX. On the board a Realtek ALC889 codec is used though, which we guess handles the headphone output and microphone input.
Also spot a 6-pin PCIe power connector. The card is covered up with a EMI shield. This card won't be cheap alright.
Enermax Revolution87+ - The New Gold Class
The successful Enermax Modu87+ has found a worthy successor: Revolution87+ continues the outstanding power supply series. It carries over the main advantages of its predecessor such as the forward-looking, highly efficient Dynamic Hybrid Transformer Topology or the leading fan speed control that ensures a silent operation. On the other hand, Revolution87+ profits by the technological progress of Enermax engineering. Partially, the new power supplies already follow the path-breaking technology of the Enermax flagship series Platimax ensuring an extremely high efficiency and rock stable voltages.
Enermax engineers have refined the proved Dynamic Hybrid Transformer Topology of the Modu87+ series and come out with fabulous 87 to 93 percent efficiency at 20 to 100 percent load beating even some Platinum models in the market. Revolution87+ has been tested by the international 80 PLUS
Patriot PBO Alpine Android-based media player
Patriot presents the PBO Alpine, a new Android-based media player solution. Pricing and availability isn't mentioned.
Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash, storage, and enthusiast computer products, today expanded its media player ecosystem with the introduction of its new PBO Alpine media player. Offering the flexibility and functionality of the Android platform, the PBO Alpine will make the leap into the next generation of home media players.
The PBO Alpine is powered by an ARM926 Processor which will support HD video output in full 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second. Providing entertainment right out of the box, the PBO Alpine will come preloaded with iRadio, iTV, YouTube, Picasa, and a fully functional web browser. For enthusiast buyers, the PBO Alpine will offer support for user developed Apps that can be side-loaded for custom functionality.
ASUS ROG Rampage IV GENE X79 mATX Gaming Board
Rampage IV GENE continues the legacy of Republic of Gamers motherboards by delivering gamers with enhanced performance that places a premium on fidelity and speed. SupremeFX III
Multiple AMD Radeon Drivers 11.12 and 12.1
Over the past few days multiple new AMD Radeon drivers have surfaced in our forums. Some official, others not.
Here a small recap,
- Yesterday asder00 spotted this official AMD Catalyst 11.12 (8.921.2 January 4) [HD7000] update./ Obviously it is the currenbt build 11.12 driver yet not with family 7000 support. You can find info here.
- There is also a new AMD Catalyst 12.x driver with build / date 8.95 - January 03 2012. This is an unofficial released driver that can be found here.
- Then there is of course the AMD Catalyst 12.1a (8.930.10 January 2) AMD Official BETA, which you can grab here.
- And finally there's one AMD Catalyst 12.x (8.94 January 03) Unofficial BETA which can be found here.
Please read up the forum threads what driver will be the most interesting for you. Are you in Crossfire mode ? Then you need to install the latest AMD Catalyst Application Profile - 11.12 CAP2 as well, download here.
Core i7 3820 Launch on February 13
Asus Transformer Prime TF700T with 1920x1200 Display
While the Transformer Prime is slowly getting available Asus has been developing an updated version of the tablet, dubbed the TF700T, that will sport a new 1920x1200 high-resolution display and improved wireless performance.
The new Prime was presented by the Taiwanese company at this year
Koolance HD7970 Water Cooling Block
Koolance reelased their full cover VID-AR797 for the Radeon HD 7970.
This product is for AMD reference layouts only. It will not fit video cards that have been changed from the reference spec.
The Koolance VID-AR797 is a full coverage video block for water cooling AMD Radeon HD 7970 cards in single and multi video card configurations. It utilizes a high-performance microfin (0.5mm) design made of solid copper with anti-corrosive nickel plating. Nozzle threading is standard G 1/4 BSP. For CrossFire configurations, Koolance connect nozzles are also available.
Ozone Gaming Radon Opto Mouse
Radon Opto has a powerful Avago 3090 optical sensor with up to 3500 dpi resolution, more than enough to achieve extreme accuracy. These levels of resolution combined with the internal capability of optical technology to recognize the work surface with a high level of detail, offer an excellent response especially in FPS (First Person Shooter).
ASUS shows Z9PE-D8 WS dual-socket 2011 mobo
Performance zealots will remember the ASUS Z7S WS which went head on with then Intel 'Skulltrail' D5400XS Xeon luxury gaming platform (using dual unlocked QX9775 chips), but since then ASUS has done nothing of that sort, leaving EVGA with the iconic SR-2 to mop up things in the Xeon 55xx/56xx era, as vrzone reports today.
This is about to change with the imminent launch of the Sandy Bridge-EP Xeon E5 platform, and the ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS may well be the followup that power hungry gamers and high frequency traders are looking for.
ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS is a dual Socket 2011 motherboard designed for the upcoming 'Sandy Bridge-EP' Xeon E5s, featuring 8 DDR3 dimm slots and 7 PCIe slots in a SSI CEB form factor
Seven of the PCIe slots have actually 8 lanes worth of solder points only - which makes sense as each CPU has 40 PCIe Gen 3 lanes only.
Intel Z77 rears its head - MSI
MSI is displaying upcoming socket LGA1155 motherboards based on Intel's Z77 chipset, obviously for the next-generation "Ivy Bridge" Core processors.
MSI's Z77 motherboards are engineering version, not final design ones. They have two on display, the mid-range Z77-GD65, and more high-end Z77-GD80.
The Z77-GD80 can house two graphics cards and has a 14-phase VRM for the CPU. There are three long PCIe slots on the board, two slots are PCIe 3.0 capable. Ther are four 6 Gb/s SATA ports, USB 3.0, Intel Thunderbolt, and monitor connections that include DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI; 8-channel HD audio, GbE, and eSATA.
The Z77-GD65 is the more mainstrem version and comes with a 9-phase VRM for the CPU, it has two PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16/NC or x8/x8), one PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4, wired to PCH), and four PCIe 2.0 x1. Its connectivity might lack Thunderbolt.
MSI also is showing GUS (graphics upgrade system), an external graphics card enclosure. This box connects to a host PC/Mac using Thunderbolt (essentially PCIe 2.0 x4), and internally has a PCIe x16 slot and related power delivery circuitry. It draws power from an external source. We've seent hese things in the past and the latency always has been an issue. But I'm sure we'll test it when ready though ... photo's are courtesy of HWC.
MSI Nighthawk and Raptor Interceptor cases
MSI send out word that it has launched two computer cases. Pictures or specifications aren't available yet though.
MSI, the world's premiere computer hardware and systems manufacturer, today announces a new line of computer cases aimed at PC enthusiasts that will be exclusively distributed by Pro-Com Products in North America. The Interceptor Series is designed to meet the rigorous demands of overclockers and gamers, yet provides extensive functionality and flexibility for everyday users.
Two models will premiere in the black steel ATX mid tower designs - the Nighthawk and the Raptor.
Key features of MSI's new Interceptor series include:
- Advanced Thermal Air Flow for superior cooling and maximized ventilation with ball-bearing and LED fans; supports additional cooling options for safe, reliable operation of high performance components.
- Tool-less drive bay and expansion setup allows users to quickly and easily upgrade their PC.
- 3-Year Warranty for longevity akin to existing MSI Military Class series of products.
Both models boast seven (7) expansion slots, making them ideal for multi-GPU settings and accommodate high end graphics cards up to 12.2in/310mm in length. An Included USB 3.0 port and pre-installed 12-in-1 front panel card reader provides quick access to all popular storage formats.
"We are proud to continue expanding on the higher standard inspired by MSI's award-winning Military Class series of products," said Rajiv Kothari, Director of Product Management at Pro-Com Products. "The brand-new Interceptor series' combination on functionality, design, and value will surely appeal to all types of passionate PC builders." Availability and Pricing
The Interceptor series will be readily available by the end of December in North America at authorized retailers and e-tailers. The Nighthawk has an MSRP of $79.99 and the Raptor has an MSRP of $59.99.
Marvell native PCIe SSD controller
Marvell delivers the 88NV9145, world's first modularly scalable native PCIe SSD controller to hit mass production:
Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL), a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, today announced the Marvell