VidaBox vCase3 Premium HTPC chassis review
VidaBox vCase3 Premium HTPC chassis tested
This chassis is a low profile mATX HTPC chassis with a great design at a reasonable price. Simple, basic, handy -- these are all keywords that apply to the overall design and looks of the vCase3 Premium. Especially in an era where we see form factors change a lot, a chassis like this in the living room can help out a lot. It blends in with the rest of your components really well, it can house the latest mATX motherboards.
You can pop in a regular ATX power supply and well... you are good to go. Whether it is entry-level, mid-range or even if you pop in say a high-end ASUS Maximus II Gene with Core i7 870 processor -- it's all possible with this HTPC chassis.
You can read this Guru3D review right here.
More GeForce GTX 400 photo's hit the web
With the release of Fermi aka GT100 based GeFiorce 400 series graphics cards getting closer we see more and more photo's leak onto the web. This time arround it's Computer Base stripping the product completely naked. You can see both the GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470.
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GeForce GTX 470
Onkyo 3D-compatible A/V range with HDMI v1.4
Onkyo have released a range of new home A/V equipment that offers HDMI v1.4 connectivity and 3D video support. The new line-up includes a pair of full-sized receivers, the TX-SA578 and the TX-SA608, a pair of mini-systems, the BASE-V30HDX and BASE-V20HDX, and a 2.1-channel sub/speaker system, the HTX-22HDX.
The TX-SA608 and TX-SA578 support seven channels of 190W and 160W respectively, along with Audyssey 2EQ, Audyssey Dynamic Volume and
G.Skill to release Phoenix SSD
More SandForce based SSD announcements. This time arround it's G.Skill noting that they will be releasing a brand new SandForce controller based Phoenix SSD series. The product is already on display at CeBIT where we'll head out to today.
TRIM capability helps preserve the performance and reliability of the SSD over time. When the drive is idle, the TRIM erases deleted data that would otherwise take up many write cycles, ultimately reducing the data-transfer rates by a great deal. TRIM also reduces fragmentation.
G.Skill's new line of Phoenix solid state drives is built with multi-level cell (MLC) NAND Flash memory chips.
Corsair SandForce-based Force SSDs official
We mentioned these a couple of times already next to the newly released Nova and Reactor SSDs, but the Force series is now official as well. Corsair's Force series are SandForce-based SSDs. These 2.5" disks will be available later this month in 100GB (F100) and 200GB (F200) MLC NAND flash capacities, they have a SATA 3Gbps interface and promises read speeds of up to 285MB/s and write speeds of up to 275MB/s.
By utilizing the state-of-the-art SandForce SF-1200 SSD processor combined with MLC flash memory, the Corsair Force Series of solid-state drives deliver outstanding performance figures of up to 280MB/sec read and 260MB/sec write. In addition, these drives feature class-leading random read/write performance. The highly innovative SandForce DuraClass Technology also delivers unparalleled write endurance and error correction features.
Point of View Mobii Core i3 miniPC
Point of View has introduced the Mobii Core i3 miniPC, a new mini-ITX system with the Intel H57 chipset and Intel Core i3-530 (2.93GHz) processor. Other features include up to 4GB DDR3 1333MHz memory, a 320GB or 500GB SATA HDD, 8x DVD burner, and Windows 7 Home Premium.
The new Mobii Core i3 miniPC uses a mini-ITX mainboard with Intel
BFG pulls out of Europe
Earlier last year Guru3D was already informed about the fact that BFG Tech's Europe division was not performing well enough in a saturated and difficult market. As such last year the decision was made for BFG to pull out of the European market and focus on North America.
You guys probably have noticed that if you where on the market for a BFG card in the EU that they where really hard to find. Yesterday we received notice from the BFG EU press department that they have left BFG as a result of this, making this a somewhat formal announcement. BFG will no longer be active in the European Market.
It is still unclear how current warranties and upgrade programs are affected by this.
What an incredible loss for the European channel, as BFG produced amongst the most best quality products on the market, and especially their OC and Liquid cooled graphics cards are just brilliant.
Take a good look at the photo below, you won't see these products in Europe any longer.
Bodar Shattering a World Record Overclocking - Video
Yesterday Guru3D.com overclocker Bodar was able to crush the 3DMark 06 world record for team Guru3D, check out that post some screenshots and photo's here. We told you guys that we'd show a little video on the complete experience, have a look at Bodar performing his LN2 session.
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Auzen X-Fi Bravura 7.1 review
Auzen X-Fi Bravura 7.1 gets tested
As such Auzentech has released the brand new X-Fi Bravura 7.1 to be reviewed by the Guru3D audio lab. Giving us a chance to run it through our testing regimen and have a listen with our reference audio gear. Without further delay let
Kingston HyperX LoVo DDR3 memory kits launched
Kingston announced HyperX LoVo DDR3 memory modules that require only 1.35V (low voltage) or 1.25V (ultra-low voltage).
Kingston Technology Co., Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of the world's first ultra-low voltage memory running at 1.25 volts at 1600MHz. The new offering is part of the new Kingston
Point of View reveals Mobii Movie Theater notebooks
Point of View has introduced 11.6" and 13.3" Mobii Movie Theater netbooks. These systems feature the Intel Atom N450, Intel NM10 + GMA 3150 chipset, 2GB DDR2, 250GB HDD, 4-in-1 memory card reader, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, HDMI and two USB 2.0 ports. The company says these netbooks feature a built-in HD video accelerator which enables playback of Full HD video.
The heart of these newest family members is the Intel Atom N450 CPU. While it has been the standard CPU for mostly netbooks up to 10.2
Arctic Cooling preps HD 5970 cooler, also Fermi
Check out Arctic Cooling's Radeon HD 5970 cooling solution, and heard that the company is working on a cooling solution for Fermi. The cooler for the HD 5970 will be used by AIBs for their upcoming HD 5970 OC 4GB card .
Another confirmation is that AC is working on theor cooling design for a GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) and likely GTX 470 cooler that is quieter and cools better than the NVIDIA reference design heatsink. Based on NVIDIA's expected launch schedule (end of March), the Accelero Xtreme for GTX 480 hopfully will be available in volume around the same time you will see NVIDIA's new card come to store shelves near you.
AC has a reputation for awesome cooling at a silent noiselevel. One downside, that design will certainly eat up at least three PCIe slots !
NVIDIA Optimus can hot-swap graphics cards
Optimus technology, we discussed it earlier on. One of the things we didn't know yet is that Optimus enables you to pull discrete graphics cards out of a running notebook, and put them back in later when you need some more power for a graphics-intensive application. This works because Optimus electrically shuts off components in your notebook:
The benefit of electrically shutting off components in your notebook, including the GPU, is that it extends battery life. Compared to a standard notebook with a discrete GPU Optimus can extend battery life up to 2x*. The benefit of immediately turning it on again is, of course, that you get all the graphics and processing capabilities of the GPU at a moment
Team Guru3D shatters 3DMark 06 World Record 39k points!
Our in-house overclocker Bodar finally did it, he was able to crush the 3DMark 06 world record for team guru3d! We have some photos of before and after. Bodar managed an amazing score of 39349 points, which in fact is a new world-record as measured on hwbot.
Bodar also managed a P score of 44015 points(!) in 3DMark Vantage. And to top it off, he crushed some 3DMark03 numbers while he was at it -- That score ended up being 182,000 points. And apparently that was without really overclocking the graphics cards at all.
To be able to achieve all is he cooled down the processor with LN2 and started some serious overclocking. The processor used was a Intel Xeon W3680 (six-core) clocked towards roughly 5400 MHz on 1.8 Volts. Motherboard used was the Gigabyte X58A-UD7. Here are some validation links on his earlier 40k attempts.
On the graphics card side Bodar used a Radeon HD 5970 card in combo with two Radeon 5870 cards all clocked at 850 MHz with 4800 MHz on the v-memory. Very nice. Later on we'll have a video available of the LN2 overclocking process. For now here are some photo's and screenshots.
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CEBIT 2010 - MSI brings HYDRA to mainstream
In an attempt to further explore the possibilities of Lucid's HYDRA MSI is going to release AMD 870 based motherboards with this extra chip. If you have no idea about what HYDRA is and does, please read our Fuzion motherboard review.
Due to the large amount of driver issues we are surprised to see MSI push through with this technology. At CEBIT MSI is showing a 870A-GD60 Hydra motherboard which apparently will not be much more expensive than the regular 870 motherboard.
The AM3 socket is powered by a 10-phase DrMOS based VRM. The CPU connects to four DDR3 DIMM slots for dual-channel memory. It connects to the AMD 870 northbridge over the HyperTransport 3.0 interface. Its lone PCI-E 2.0 x16 port is taken up by the Hydra Engine chip located between the two PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots. Other expansion slots include three PCI-E x1, and one PCI
The board also supports USB 3.0 and SATA 6G. It is not yet known when this motherboard will retail. Again a photo courtesy of Tweakers.net, later this week we'll snag some photo's ourselves over at CeBIT.
CEBIT 2010 - GeForce GTX 480 PCB photo
More and more photo's on GeForce GTX 470/480 surface on the web. Today we spot a GeForce GTX 480 all nekked to the bare bone PCB, which reveals quite a lot of information really.
When we look at the GPU, the GF100 (GTX 480) uses the same package as the GT200 and G80. We spot 12 memory chips which are on a 384-bit wide memory interface. The GPU is powered by a 6-phase vGPU circuit then we spot a 2-phase Memory circuit. Power is drawn from an 8-pin and a 6-pin power connector. Monitor connectivity shows two DVI-D, and a mini HDMI connector. The PCB is roughly as long as reference GeForce GTX 280 cards. For the GTX 470 we know that the reference design board is expected to have 1536 MB (1.5 GB) of memory. Photo's are courtesy of tweakers.net
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SteelSeries 6Gv2 gaming keyboard
SteelSeries introduced the 6Gv2, a new gaming keyboard with mechanical switches. It promises quicker reaction times, more actions per minute and much higher durability than standard keyboard. The keyboard will soon start shipping a rather steep $99.99.
SteelSeries, the leading manufacturer of gaming peripherals and accessories, today, during CeBIT in Hanover, Germany, introduced the SteelSeries 6Gv2 keyboard. Designed with 18-karat gold-plated mechanical switches, the keyboard offers quicker reaction times and advanced key combinations for more Actions Per Minute and a lifetime more than 10 times that of conventional keyboards.
Like the SteelSeries 7G, the new keyboard utilizes a powerful buffer-system created specifically for gaming, supporting as many simultaneous key presses as there are keys on the keyboard. The
Micron gears up for sub-25nm NAND
Micron is prepping itself to advance its NAND flash process technology to sub-25nm nodes in 2011. Micron Technology is set to advance its NAND flash process technology to sub-25nm nodes in 2011, and is gearing up the development of NAND memory supporting ONFI's soon-to-be available specification called EZ-NAND, according to Kevin Kilbuck, director of NAND market development for Micron.
According to Micron's NAND flash process roadmap, the company expects to enter the sub-25nm technology era in 2011 about one year after mass production of 25nm-made products in mid-2010. The memory maker also looks to develop its charge trap flash (CTF) technology, a replacement option for the current mainstream floating-gate NAND technology.
In terms of applications, Micron has offered managed NAND portfolio that supports the eMMC standard for handset and GPS navigator applications, Kilbuck said. eMMC solutions, seen as an alternative to NOR flash, provide a standard interface specification that minimizes the need for host software to accommodate process node migrations and different chipmakers' NAND flash devices.
Micron is also vying for a piece of the market for portable and consumer electronics applications. Kilbuck revealed the company's plan to introduce new NAND solutions that will feature the EZ-NAND specification. The new chips will operate more like storage media, with an 8Gb device capable of storing 2,000 songs or 7,000 photos like a DVD storage.
ONFI recently announced it has begun work on the new technology specification, which is expected to be completed in the mid-2010 timeframe. EZ-NAND is to build ECC (error checking and correction) into the NAND die rather than the system, which will remove the burden of the host controller to keep pace with the fast-changing ECC requirements of NAND technology.