Bug causing early death of Intel 320 SSDs
The Register reports some users of Intel's 320 solid state disks are suffering from a bug in the controller that can revert the device to 8MB during a power failure:
"Poster Goose" wrote a message on 1 June, quoting from a PC Review forum:
Be wary of the new Intel SSD 320 series. Currently, there's a bug in the controller that can cause the device to revert to 8MB during a power failure. AFAIK they have not yet publicly announced it, and won't have a firmware fix ready for release until the end of July.
Batman: Arkham City - The Riddler Trailer
Super Talent Introduces DuraDRIVE SSD
Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced the introduction of the DuraDrive AT3, an SSD for demanding industrial environments. Not every computing environment is a pleasant one and some of them are down right nasty. For such environments, we have developed the DuraDrive; a line of Solid State Disks designed to perform in environments well beyond the standard consumer specifications. Containing no moving parts, an SSD naturally performs well in high-shock and high-vibration environments. This makes SSD great candidates for such installations, but temperature has always been a limiting factor. While most drives were designed to function in environments from 0
NVIDIA Delays Kepler and other GPUs
Despite Nvidia CEO Huang Jen-hsun previously saying that the company is set to announce its new 28nm GPU architecture at the end of 2011 and 22/20nm in 2013, sources from graphics card makers have pointed out that Nvidia has already adjusted its roadmap and delayed 28nm Kepler and 22/20nm Maxwell to 2012 and 2014, says DigiTimes.
The sources believe that the delay is due to unsatisfactory yield rates of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) 28nm process as well as lower-than-expected performance of Kepler.
TSMC originally expected its 28nm capacity at Fab15 to be available in the fourth quarter of 2011 and was set to start pilot production for its 20nm process technology in the third quarter of 2012.
However, TSMC's other major client Qualcomm, currently, still has not yet adjusted its 28nm process schedule and is set to launch three new products, 8960. 8270 and 8260A using dual-core Krait architecture in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Meanwhile, AMD will follow its original schedule and enter the 28nm era in the first half of 2012. The company's next-generation graphics chips Southern Island as well as Krishna and Wichita processors, which will replace the existing Ontraio and Zacate processors, and will all adopt a 28nm process from TSMC.
IntelCore i7-970 discontinued due to lack of demand
Launched at the tail end of Summer 2010, the chip runs at 3.2GHz and under 'Turbo Mode' can clock up to 3.46GHz. The 32nm part with thermal design power of 130W almost immediately received a significant price drop, and is currently being hawked for somewhere in the region of 430, if you can find it in stock.
Now Intel has announced that its Product Discontinuance Program Support for the chip began on 6 July 2011 and will end with the firm shipping the last Core i7-970 chip a year later. For boxed chips, that is to say those in retail packaging, after 27 January 2012 it'll be first come first served for remaining stocks.
Battlefield 3 release on Steam uncertain
Looks like that one of EA's biggest upcoming games, Battlefield 3, is not currently planned to be offered for sale on Steam. EA recently posted a list of digital retailers that will be selling Battlefield 3 all over the world. One major player that isn't on the list yet is Steam. At the moment, the US download retailers on the list include EA's recently launched Origin service along with many others including Direct2Drive, Impulse, and GamersGate along with the web sites of retailers like GameStop, Amazon and Best Buy.
So far EA has not confirmed why Steam is not listed as a retailer for the game. There's no doubt that Steam is bigger than Direct2Drive, GamersGate, GameStop's Impulse combined - without a doubt a huge chunk of Battlefield 3 digital sales would come from Steam. If EA is saying no to the kind of sales Steam can provide, it's pretty obvious that the conflict and disagreements (presumably due to the newly launched EA Orgin, which is similar to Steam) between EA and Valve run deep. Hopefully this will get sorted out soon, as in the end, both EA, Steam, and gamers stand to lose something.
Dragon Age 2: Legacy Gameplay Trailer
Mach Xtreme Technology MX-DS TURBO Series SSDs
Mach Xtreme Technology unveiled the 2.5
Club3D Radeon HD 6870 X2 review
Admittedly we just love that stuff. So we'll head over into the review, we'll cover a thing or two about BARTS based processors, have a closer look at the Club3D Radeon HD 6870 X2.
You can read the entire review right here.
EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Classified Graphics Card
Being very late to market this one eVGA released a GeForce GTX 570 Classified Graphics Card. It looks fairly reference based but It draws power from an 8-pin and a 6-pin power connector and has a better VRM design. The card packs 1280 MB memory on a 320-bit wide GDDR5 interface and clocks in at 975 MHz (3.90 GHz effective), churning out 156 GB/s of bandwidth.
The core is clocked at 822 MHz, and the 480 CUDA cores available are at 1644 MHz. (reference speeds are 732/1464 MHz. The display connectivity is different from the one on the reference design, it features two DVI connectors, and one each of DisplayPort and HDMI (both full-sized). Available on EVGA's online store, the GTX 570 Classified is priced at US $359.99.
Corsair H80 and H100 watercoolers launched
Corsair officially introduced its H80 and H100 watercooling solutions.
Prolimatech Camouflage CPU coolers teased
Shjeesh ... that's just a design of an Asian guy overcompensating for something -- just silly -- but still cool :)
Expreview received some photos of Prolimatech's upcoming Camouflage series coolers. It includes a Megahalems and Genesis model, but except the color both parts are identical to the models already available on the market. These as such match the Sabertooth mainmboard series color wise.
Currently there are diversified CPU Coolers in the market,but the color matched schemes seem to be not so eye-catching,which always come with silver,black and copper salmon pink.However,ProlimaTech decides to make its products more personalized with the debut of its brand-new Camouflage series coolers.
This time ProlimaTech rolls out two models,they are based on the designed of Megahalems and Genesis,the color scheme is just like that of ASUS SABERTOOTH series motherboards.
The two new coolers both belong to Camouflage series,and they are called Megahalems Camouflage and Genesis Camouflage.Apart from the color,the other specs are supposed to be the same as the common one.
Check the thumbnails for a good laugh ..
iPhone 4 SLR Mount is just .. weird
Engadget reports about the iPhone SLR Mount from Photojojo, a device that will enable you to pair Canon or Nikon lenses with your iPhone 4. Why anyone would want this is beyond me, and the $190 price tag seems excessive even for Apple standards.
$190 scores you one of these aluminum bad boys, eager to pair with your multi-thousand dollar Canon or Nikon optics, bringing "powerful depth of field" and manual focus to your smartphone's itsy bitsy image sensor. You can reportedly use the new pricey mobile rig to capture photos with shallow depth of field, without the need to add one of those "unethical" $5 digital filter apps.
RAGE Behind the Scenes: The Dawn
EA explains Steam store absences
GameSpot has published a news article with a few choice quotes from a statement made by EA's head of global e-commerce, David DeMartini, on why some of their titles are not available on Steam anymore:
DeMartini stressed that EA will allow its titles to appear on any downloadable storefront, but there is a catch. The executive said, "We take direct responsibility for providing patches, updates, additional content, and other services to our players," and so insist on being allowed to "establish an ongoing relationship" with customers and contact them to inform them of new patches and available content.
"Unfortunately, if we're not allowed to manage this experience directly and establish a relationship with you, it disrupts our ability to provide the support you expect and deserve," DeMartini said. "At present, there is only one download service that will not allow this relationship. This is not our choice, and unfortunately it is their customer base that is most impacted by this decision. We are working diligently to find a mutually agreeable solution."
KFA2 Contest Win Wicked Prizes
KFA2 is organizing an original contest with some pretty kicks'ass prizes. You need to make a little video holding a KFA2 Skull mask and theme it based on your GeForce life .... The small video's are themed themed the GeForce Culture -- what's that you ask ? Well, here's KFA2 on that:
Geforce Culture is inherent in each and every one of us as an extension of society. The day to day use of technology helps us interact, communicate and express our views, which have contributed to what is now known as the 'age of freedom of information'. - the freedom to express.
The GeForce Culture competition is based on digital expression through the GPU. Create a Max 45 sec video clip of your digital culture, submissions can incorporate music, speech, visual mixing, animation, film, digital manipulation, gaming etc... the list is endless - we want you to tell us YOUR story, YOUR view and YOUR statement of your digital day to day life.
So what can you win ?
- KFA2 GTX 580 Anarchy Graphics card
HD GOPRO HD Camera
KFA2 Limited Hoodie
KFA2 Limited edition watch
- KFA2 GTX 580 Anarchy Graphics card
HD GOPRO HD Camera
KFA2 Limited Hoodie
- KFA2 GTX 570 Graphics card
KFA2 Limited Hoodie
More info and contest rules can be found here at geforceculture.com
But watch the video first ...
eVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Pics Surface
Check it out, this is the eVGA GeForce GTX 580 classified edition., Very little is know about it but it's a product along the lines of the MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme ASUS GTX 580 Platinum. The tall printed circuit board was required for installing the beefed-up power delivery circuit used for the GeForce GTX 580 Classified, which uses high-quality components and a couple of Nec/Tokkin proadlizer film capacitors for added voltage stability.
Other overclocking friendly features include three power monitoring pin headers and a series of status LEDs for the card's main voltages.
It comes with an advanced VRM circuitry alright, spot the two 8-pin and one single6-pin PCI PEG connector.
Sitecom 300N X4 WLR-4000 Wireless router review
Sitecom introduces a series of standard routers but with a twist. They tagged their mainstream range from X1, X2, X3 and a more enthusiast range from X4, X5 and X6. They are all Gigabit models, but obviously the higher the number the better the feature set. all models now come with cloud security, and that's the new feature we'll discuss later on. We test the X4 WLR-4000 model.
You can read the article right here.