MSI Releases Radeon HD 7970
Leading global graphics card and motherboard manufacturer MSI today officially announces the world's first graphics cards equipped with the brand new AMD 28nm Radeon HD 7900 GPU, R7970-2PMD3G5, which is built on the latest PCI Express Gen 3 standard. MSI's R7900 series graphics cards are equipped with 3GB of high speed GDDR5 graphics memory, and also come with MSI's exclusive Afterburner overclocking utility that allows users to adjust the core voltage to increase overclocking potential.
MSI's R7900 series also features AMD's exclusive Eyefinity multi-display technology, and combined with support for next-generation DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a interfaces, stereoscopic 3D capability, and 7.1 channel lossless high quality TrueHD and DTS-HD audio formats, consumers can enjoy the highest quality audio and visual entertainment! MSI's R7900 series graphics cards have also implemented an all-solid capacitor design to guarantee stability even when working under full loads over extended periods of time.
The World's First 28nm Process PCI-Express Gen 3 Graphics Card
MSI's R7900 series graphics cards are the first graphics cards in the world to support the new PCI Express Gen 3 format. With a processor and mainboard that has PCI Express Gen 3 capability, users will be able to enjoy maximized gaming performance via the ultra-high 32GB/S bandwidth. The R7900 series graphics cards have also adopted the brand new AMD 28nm graphics chip to provide higher performance computing compared to previous generation 40nm products.
Exclusive GPU Over-Voltage Control Improves Overclocking Potential
MSI's R7970-2PMD3GD5 graphics cards are equipped with the popular Afterburner tuning software, allowing users to adjust the core voltage and improve overclocking potential. In addition, Afterburner also features bundled Predator in-game video capture, remote monitoring capabilities via mobile phone, as well as Kombustor GPU stress testing and other amazing features at no extra charge, providing an exceptional software suite for users of the HD 7000 series graphics cards.
AMD Eyefinity Multi-Display Technology Support
MSI's R7900 series graphics cards support AMD's exclusive Eyefinity multi-monitor display technology. The expanded field of view is perfect for professionals and hardcore gamers. The new MSI R7900 series cards support next-generation Display Port 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a interfaces with stereoscopic 3D capability, as well as 7.1 channel lossless high quality TrueHD and DTS-HD audio formats, providing users with the best audio and visual experience possible.
All Solid Capacitor Design Improves Durability
MSI's R7970-2PMD3GD5 has adopted all solid capacitors. The aluminum core is capable of maintaining a high degree of stability even when working under full loads over extended periods of time. With a 10-year lifespan, MSI rids users of concerns over potential crashes or delays that are caused by system hardware overheating, further providing users with the best computing experience possible.
VIA USB2Expressway Dedicated Bandwidth Technology
VIA Labs, Inc., a leading supplier of USB 3.0 integrated chip controllers, today announced its proprietary USB2Expressway Dedicated Bandwidth Technology for USB 3.0 Hubs which dramatically improves USB 2.0 performance when multiple devices are utilized. USB 3.0 Hubs featuring the technology eliminate USB 2.0 bandwidth limitations by providing full, dedicated bandwidth per port, allowing multiple USB 2.0 devices to be connected and operated at their maximum capabilities.
USB 2.0 provides 30-40MB/s of actual throughput, and this is shared across all connected devices. When multiple devices such as external hard drives, flash drives, and webcams are connected, they share available bandwidth which results in severely degraded performance. Compared to USB 2.0, USB 3.0 offers 10x more bandwidth and allows transfers as fast as 300-400MB/s. VIA Labs USB2 Expressway Dedicated Bandwidth Technology allows USB 2.0 devices to utilize USB 3.0 bandwidth, eliminating bandwidth bottlenecks and freeing each connected device to reach its maximum performance potential.
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TRENDnet 1300Mbps router and adapter
TRENDnet intros the TEW-811DR router and TEW-800MB adapter, two new devices capable of 1300Mbps mobile transfers via 802.11ac.
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today displays from 2012 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, the next generation 1300 Mbps Dual Band Wireless AC Router, model TEW-811DR, and 1300 Mbps Dual Band Wireless AC Media Bridge, model TEW-800MB.
About Wireless 802.11ac Technology
The explosion of wireless devices in the home and office coupled with high demand for HD video-based content will continue to compound wireless network loading for years to come. 802.11ac is a new wireless standard designed to meet tomorrow's extreme wireless bandwidth networking needs. The full 802.11ac specification can theoretically accommodate speeds as high as 6.8 Gbps; however the first generation of products will be rated at either 866 Mbps or 1.3 Gbps.
802.11ac uses the uncongested low interference wireless 5 GHz spectrum and is backward compatible with Dual Band 802.11n (wireless n) routers which also use the 5 GHz band. It is not compatible with standard single band wireless n devices which use the 2.4GHz band, such as most laptops and mobile devices.
802.11ac wireless coverage is similar to that of wireless n and provides whole home coverage. New Beam Forming technology further improves the ability to transmit wireless signals around physical obstacles such as masonry walls. The first generation 802.11ac devices will be released to market as early as late 2012.
About TRENDnet's 802.11ac Router
TRENDnet's 1300 Mbps Dual Band Wireless AC Router, model TEW-811DR, is a concurrent dual band router with a 450 Mbps wireless n band to network everyday mobile devices and laptops and an ultra high performance 1300 Mbps wireless band.
Gigabit ports maintain high performance wired connections. Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) integrates other WPS supported wireless adapters at the touch of a button. WMM technology prioritizes video and audio packets and Beam Forming technology improves wireless transmissions through physical obstacles.
The TEW-811DR will be available in late 2012 with an MSRP of over US $200.
About TRENDnet's 802.11ac Adapter
TRENDnet's 1300 Mbps Wireless AC Media Bridge, model TEW-800MB, connects up to four media center devices to an ultra-high speed 1300 Mbps 802.11ac network. Experience the seamless exhilaration of Gigabit wireless speeds.
Four Gigabit ports connect Internet TVs, network video recorders, media players, and more to an ultra high speed network. Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) integrates other WPS supported wireless adapters at the touch of a button. WMM technology prioritizes video and audio packets and Beam Forming technology improves wireless transmissions around physical obstacles.
The TEW-800MB will be available in late 2012 with an MSRP of approximately US $200.
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Cougar Solution mid-tower
Cougar reveals Solution, a new mid-tower gaming case with a rugged appearance, all-black coating, optimized ventilation, a PSU air filter and cable routing features.
COUGAR today announced global availability of their latest middle tower PC case focusing on attractive design and convenient every-day usage features at an affordable budget price point. The COUGAR Solution comes entirely black coated outside and inside, the honey-comb and mesh hybrid intake design creates a solid, rugged look with optimized ventilation characteristics.
As COUGAR is specifically targeting demanding enthusiast users and gamers, powerful high-end setups are always a major focus of attention when designing PC cases, power supplies or cooling fan solutions. Therefore, the COUGAR Solution offers a broad range of ventilation upgrade potential with up to 8 installable fans. But ventilation is more than just about fans. In order to optimize internal airflow, the COUGAR Solution has been created with a sophisticated, yet easy to use cable-routing in mind. The cable routing does not only ensure a clean inside of your system, but moreover allows your components to stay cool. In turn this also ensures a longer product life span.
But cooling and ventilation goes even further. The backside PCIe slots are all vented and two holes for water-cooling hoses are provided for as well. So if you are in the game for advanced gameplay and need to install multiple VGA setups, you are cool and safe with up to 320 mm of space for your graphics cards. And the extra large cutout on the motherboard backplate provides most convenient access for CPU cooler installation, so you can swap coolers on-the-fly.
As a power supply specialist, COUGAR understands best where and how to place your PSU. In the COUGAR Solution case, the power supply unit is placed on the bottom, so all motherboard, components and storage devices can be reached easily. This placement also ensures that your power supply is located at the coolest spot or your PC case, since cold air stays at the bottom, while hot air floats upwards. On top of things, the COUGAR Solution case provides for an air filter underneath the power supply, so your PSU fan stays clean and powerful.
Cumbersome installation of optical drives and HDDs are a matter of the past, as screwless-installation mechanisms make it child
Fusion-io breaks one billion IOPS barrier
In an e-peen race against competition like OCZ Fusion-io has given a technology demonstration of a server that achieves one billion input and output operations per second (IOPS) with eight ioDrive 2 Duo solid state disks.
Fusion-io today announced that it achieved one billion input and output operations per second (IOPS) in a technology demonstration conducted at DEMO Enterprise: An Evening of Innovation, in a preview of the company
Crucial ships 7mm thin M4 SSD
Crucial has introduced a 7mm thick version of its m4 solid state disk. This new model is 2.5mm thinner than typical solid state disk.
Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today introduced a 7 mm version of the award-winning Crucial m4 SSD to meet the need for thinner storage devices. With the same performance delivered by the standard 9.5 mm Crucial m4 SSD, the new ultra-slim 7 mm version supports the latest thin and light form factor laptop models, such as the Lenovo ThinkPad T420G, Acer Aspire 6920G, and new Intel-inspired Ultrabook devices.
The 7 mm Crucial m4 SSD is available in 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB capacities. The 512 GB capacity offering is one of the highest-capacity storage drives
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Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 1080p Video
Logitech today unveiled the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, making it easier than ever to capture full-HD 1080p video that's faster and smoother and performs well on more computers. The device offers breathtaking quality, allowing friends and loved ones to see and hear the real you.
"People are increasingly relying on video calling to maintain far flung connections," said Todd Walker, brand manager at Logitech. "Whether chatting with friends, family or co-workers, they want to be seen at their best through a sharp, high-quality image. The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 can provide just that as the first webcam to offer 1080p video calling, thanks to our collaboration with Skype."
The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 captures full-HD 1080p video for connecting with friends using Skype or in HD 720p for Windows Live Messenger. Thanks to H.264 advanced compression technology, you can upload full-HD 1080p video clips or 15 MP photos quickly and with one click to Facebook, Twitter or YouTube (account required). To enjoy 1080p HD video calling you'll need to download the latest version of Skype, Skype 5.7 Beta for Windows.
Logitech Fluid Crystal Technology is what sets a Logitech webcam apart. In addition to smoother video motion without annoying choppiness, you get sharper pictures, richer colors and clearer sound - so your loved ones will literally see and hear more of you - even if you don't have the newest computer on the market. The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 also features Carl Zeiss optics and a premium 20-step autofocus, Logitech's smoothest, most responsive autofocus yet. And because being heard is just as important as being seen, two mics positioned on either side of the webcam capture natural stereo audio.
The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in January 2012 for a suggested retail price of $99.99.
OCZ Z-Drive R5 announed
The Z-Drive R5 features a jointly developed "Kilimanjaro" OCZ and Marvell native PCIe to NAND flash controller platform, allowing for completely scalable performance and redundancy while eliminating the need for a separate storage controller, thus reducing the cost to deploy high performance solid state storage systems in the data center.
The native PCIe Z-Drive R5 offers an intelligent, hardware-meets-software managed solution designed to dramatically accelerate database, enterprise, and virtualization applications. Combining high-performance architecture with OCZ managed software, the Z-Drive R5 provides second-to-none performance, flexibility, durability, and enhanced reliability features, allowing datacenters to rely on a PCIe-based SSD as their primary Tier 0/1 storage solution and a viable end-to-end SAN replacement.
The Z-Drive R5 is ideal for demanding computing environments and features:
- Incredible bandwidth capabilities and maximum transactional performance
- High capacities up to 12TB
- Ideal for all enterprise data types with both compressible and non-compressible files as well as large data sets
- Complete storage subsystem management with OCZ Virtualized Controller Architecture
MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 10 download
Guru3D and MSI have been working hard on AfterBurner, today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities.
Today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities. We're happy to see MSI Afterburner is leading the overclock applications. MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 10 is ready
Changes list includes:
- Added AMD Tahiti graphics processors family support
- Added core voltage control for reference design AMD RADEON 7970 graphics cards with CHL8228 voltage regulators
- MSI On-Screen Display server has been upgraded to version 4.3.0. New version gives you the following improvements:
- Added new profile settings allowing to limit the framerate independently during gaming and during videocapture. Limiting the framerate during gaming can help to reduce the power consumption as well as it can improve gaming experience due to removing unwanted microstutteing effect caused by framerate fluctuations. Limiting the framerate during videocapture can improve resulting video smoothness
- Added Vector 3D On-Screen Display rendering mode support for OpenGL applications
- Added Raster 3D On-Screen Display rendering mode support for multithreaded OpenGL applications (e.g. ID Software's Rage)
- Added workaround for AMD Direct3D driver issues causing OSD to be invisible in Direct3D8 and Direct3D9 applications when using Raster 3D On-Screen Display rendering mode
- Now unofficial overclocking can be enabled without typing in the EULA into the configuration file. In this case the EULA is displayed and you're forced to accept it during MSI Afterburner startup
5. Added power user oriented command line switches allowing to extend Overdrive clock limits on AMD graphics cards attached to Windows desktop
Radeon HD 7970 at 1278 MHz with Software Voltage [Guru3D]
As you can understand we have been really hard at work here on AfterBurner, it took a while to reverse engineer some data as AMD is not sharing it, but we now have Software Voltage activated on the Radeon HD 7970. You read it right, this is not a hardware voltage modification, but software controlled.
The results are very interesting - we got the card towards 1278 MHz on the GPU core. To mage that we needed to apply a very high 1.3V into the GPU to achieve this though. Next to that too break free from AMD's limitations we need to use the more unstable unofficial overclocking mode.
With this voltage level activated and the GPU stressed we calculated a peak power draw of 305 Watt, which is still not bad really. We all did this with the reference cooler, it was set at 70% RPM though, and that is just noisy as heck. But hey, this is to proof a point, and is not about silence. This fan RPM setting however allowed us to keep the card under 70 degrees C at 100% GPU load.
Though we did managed to run 3DMark 11 as shown below, but at this clock frequency and stage the card is not 100% stable. We do expect though with Voltage tweaking you inevitably can end up in-between 1175 and 1300 MHz on this GPU. And nearing 1.3 GHz is just downright amazing, especially when you realize that stock clock for the R7970 is 925 MHz.
Obviously if you hunt down such performance levels, really .. you'd be so much better off with liquid cooling, that in fact might result into even better overclock as well.
Have a peek at the screenshots below (you can clock on the MSI one to enlarge it). The platform used was X58 / Core i7 965 Extreme @ 3.8 GHz / Radeon HD 7970. AfterBurner Beta 2.2.0 Beta 10 will be available for download soon for the public at Guru3D.com
Update we have released the new AfterBurner Beta, download here.
Creative ZiiLabs ZMS-40 100 Core CPU
ZiiLABS, a pioneering media processor and platforms company (subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd), today unveiled its 100-core ZMS-40 StemCell Media processor optimized for Android. The ZMS-40 combines 96 of ZiiLABS' StemCell media processing cores with four 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPUs to deliver stunning multi-tasking application and media processing performance.
By doubling the number of StemCell Media processors compared to the previous ZMS-20, the ZMS-40 delivers twice the peak media performance, while running the larger array at lower clock speeds to achieve the same performance leads to greater energy efficiency and a reduction in power consumption of up to 50 percent. With 2X the performance and 2X the power efficiency, the ZMS-40 delivers ground-breaking media capabilities to handheld devices such as tablets, including ultra-high-resolution H.264 HP decoding of up to 3840x1080 for true 1080p 3D stereo, a rich and interactive desktop browsing experience, 2560x1600 (WQXGA) display resolution support, higher-quality video encoding and immersive OpenGL ES graphics and future support for High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC).
The up-and-coming HEVC standard (also known as H.265), besides other qualitative benefits, can also increase data compression ratio by up to 2X as compared to H.264. These technology wizardries are achieved by requiring many more times the computational complexity. HEVC claims to target the next generation Hi-Def TV market which can support scalable resolutions from 320x240 to 1080p with improved picture quality in terms of noise level, color and dynamic range, and all the way up to an incredible resolution of 7680x4320. Being fully programmable and with their massive parallelism, the 96 cores of StemCell Media processors can easily handle the onerous computational requirements of this new CODEC and support higher resolutions that are beyond today's display systems.
The ZMS-40 supports ZiiLABS' enhanced Android 4.0 implementation that complements the standard Android offering with a rich suite of software to exploit the massive computing power of the ZMS processor and includes support for:
- ZiiPhoto for intelligent photo browsing, 3D slide show and special photo effects,
- ZiiCamera for real-time preview and capturing of photos with 3D effects; live ultra high resolution 40 megapixel Panoramic photo capture in one sweep; and high dynamic range images,
- ZiiVideo for advanced video playback including 1080p WebM (VP8) support and trick modes (such as reverse play, frame-by-frame advance and reverse, multi-speed play and more), and skip to any part of a movie by browsing a timeline with thumbnails,
- Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi's Crystalizer and CMSS-3D audio effects.
Android 4.0 (ICS) tablets and associated design-kits based on the ZMS-40 will be showcased at the ZiiLABS suite (Venetian) in Las Vegas between 10
Jan 10th 2012 Patch Tuesday: 7 Patches On The Way
Microsoft released their Security Bulletin Advance Notification for January 2012.
This is pre-release information about the Windows patches due to be rolled out on Microsoft Update on Tuesday 10th January. In it, there is one critical and six important updates. There are three remote code execution patches (one critical); two information disclosures and one privilege escalation. There is also one "security feature bypass", which is interesting, because it's not a description seen before. It's not hard to get an idea of what this fixes, but we await the release of the official bulletins for the full description of what security feature is fixed.
All versions of Windows have patches coming up, but some of those patches don't apply to particular versions of Windows and the notification lists which Windows version gets which bulletin/patch. At the same time, Microsoft is releasing an updated version of it's Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool. More details here.
Crucial Firmware issues with M4 SSDs
Crucial is responding to the situation:
We are aware of an issue that is currently affecting a small number of users whereby their m4 causes their system to require a restart. This issue occurs after approximately 5,000 hours of actual
LSI completes acquisition of SandForce
LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced that it has completed the purchase of SandForce, Inc., the leading provider of flash storage processors for enterprise and client flash solutions and solid state drives (SSDs). With the addition of innovative flash-based storage solutions that accelerate application performance, LSI assumes a leadership position in the rapidly growing market for flash storage processors for ultrabook, notebook and enterprise SSD and flash solutions.
Lenovo reveals dual-CPU ThinkPad Hybrid X1
While the T430u isn't a radical departure, the ThinkPad Hybrid X1 is definitely something different. This 13.3" ultraportable is less than 0.6" thick, but it manages to squeeze two processors into its slender chassis. The first is your choice of Core i3, i5, and i7 CPUs, while the second is a dual-core Qualcomm chip based on the ARM architecture.
That Qualcomm chip gets 16GB of dedicated storage and a "custom Linux-based operating system" capable of handling media playback, picture browsing, and web surfing. Users are supposed to be able to switch between the Hybrid's processors with the touch of a button, and both run off the same battery. Incidentally, Lenovo claims that battery can be charged to 80% capacity in only 30 minutes.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown Announced
X-Com: Enemy Unknown will be a turn-based strategy game developed by Sid Meier's Firaxis studio and is due out this fall. The reveal describes a mix of perspectives where gameplay combines a real-time strategic view and turn-based combat. It also sounds like players will have to manage the expectations of various world leaders as well as battling the alien menace. While the shooter version of X-Com has been pushed out into 2K's 2013 financial year, gamers are being told to look for X-Com: Enemy Unknown on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC this fall. The February issue of Game Informer should be arriving in mailboxes and newsstands over the next week.
Unlike 2K Marin's previously announced XCOM shooter, which sparked tempers among longtime fans for turning its back on the series' cerebral roots, this title is a full-on strategy game that puts players in command of a global anti-alien defense force. XCOM's leader needs a worldwide perspective where threats are identified, populations reassured, and national leaders mollified but a tactical mind is just as critical considering every shot XCOM's soldiers fire on the battlefield is under the player's turn-based control.