Xigmatek Midgard II mid-tower chassis
Xigmatek debuts the Midgard II, a new mid-tower case with USB 3.0, a rubberized surface feel, a hot-swap bay, and room for up to eight fans and a 280mm radiator.
The successor of the popular Midgard Mid-Tower is getting ready to step up to the plate. Xigmatek has once again managed to fill the Midgard II with a long list of unique features for the demanding PC enthusiast. Just to name a few: USB 3.0, a rubberised surface by the name of "Leather Touch", a hot-swap bay in the top, room for up to eight fans and a 280 mm radiator - all for an unbelievably low price!
When Xigmatek presented the original Midgard in 2009 as their first chassis, it managed to capture the hearts of PC users all over the world. The reviewers praised it, the users loved it. This secret behind its continuing success is quite simple: at the time, the Midgard was at the top of its game in terms of technical aspects by offering eSATA, hard drive trays and screw-less installation methods along with the possibility to route water cooling out the back of the chassis.
On top of that, it impressed with space for a large number of fans and excellent cable management possibilities. Xigmatek was one of the pioneers behind the all black interior which has now become a standard in the industry. Even though the original Midgard offered such extensive features, it took the market by storm because of the unbeatable value. The question remains if Xigmatek is able to repeat this success with the new Midgard II. The answer is clear: YES!
On the exterior, the Midgard II utilizes the same metal mesh accents as the original Midgard, but Xigmatek goes a step further by employing a new surface material, proof that the designers have are always at the forefront of the newest developments in the case market. The top and front panels of the chassis feature this new surface by the name "Leather Touch", which resembles that of some of the best gaming mice in the world.
Behind the dust filter protected front mesh, there is space for two 120 mm fans, with one such unit being present out of the box to cool the hard drive bays. A second unit has been placed in the rear of the chassis to expel hot air out the back. Two 120 or 140 mm units may be installed in the top of the case, while the side panel also offers space for two additional fans. Lastly, there is one more spot in the floor of the Midgard II, next to the dust filter protected opening for the bottom mounted power supply. This PSU bay is lined with foam to eliminate vibrations with the help of the four rubber mounts on which the power supply rests.
The Midgard II also offers an extensive cable management system with multiple openings and clips, making a clean interior a definitive possibility, while the large hole under the mainboard tray allows for easy access to the CPU cooler backplate. In addition, the chassis also features water cooling holes and a screw-less system for the three 5.25 inch slots, while the PCI slots are secured with easy to use thumb screws.
A brand new feature is the docking station in the top panel of the chassis, allowing you to utilize the hot-swap capability of modern hard drives - including the newest ones with SATA 6Gbps. Due the dual-cover design, it can easily be equipped with 2.5 or 3.5 inch units. Op top of that the Midgard II features two current USB 3.0 along with two USB 2.0 connectors and a pair of audio connectivity. Another unique feature is the possibility to install a slimline optical drive without blocking one of the 5.25 inch bays. Xigmatek includes the appropriate tray and front cover for such a usage scenario.
The Midgard II can hold up two six 2.5 or 3.5 inch hard drives, utilizing separate hard drive trays. 3.5 inch units can be installed without the use of additional tools, thanks to the embedded metal pins in each tray, For those with extra long graphic cards up to 33 cm in length, the top cage may be removed to free up the required space.
With this long list of features, along with the Xigmatek "Mono Cool" fan controller to control up to three fans, the Midgard II manages to deliver all the attribute to become just as successful as its predecessor, while continuing to deliver an unbelievable price point.
The Xigmatek Midgard II Midi-Tower - black will be available at the end of November for a price of 69,90 Euro.
Kingston SSDNow V200 SSDs hit the market
Kingston revealed its next generation of entry-level SSDs, the SSDNow V200 series.
Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the next generation of its entry-level, budget SSDNow V Series. The SSDNow V200 helps consumers revive their current PC and extend the life of their investment. The SSDNow V200 brings value and performance to consumers who are looking for an inexpensive upgrade option to boost their computer's performance.
The SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s) SSDNow V200 is nearly twice as fast as the previous V100 SSD* (figure 1). It is also up to 20 percent less in price than its predecessor SSDNow V100 drive making it one of the best price/performance SSD solutions in the marketplace1. With better performance and a lower cost, the value-driven SSDNow V200 is perfect for cost-conscious consumers who are looking to upgrade to Flash-based, hard-drive solutions for the first time.
The SSDNow V200 is available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities as either a stand-alone drive or as an upgrade kit to make installation easy. The desktop bundle kit includes the SSD, cloning software, DVD with step-by-step installation video, cables (SATA data and power), and 3.5" hard-drive mounting brackets and hardware. The notebook bundle includes the SSD, DVD with step-by-step installation video, cloning software and a 2.5" external enclosure for easy OS and data transfer from HDD to SSD during cloning.
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New Call of Duty Confirmed for 2012
Activision has already announced plans for another Call of Duty title next year, as Modern Warfare 3 posts the largest day-one shipments in gaming history.
On top of that, Activision is promising at least two titles from Blizzard next year.
It doesn't take a seasoned industry watcher to guess that Activision's blockbuster Call of Duty series--an annualized franchise since 2005--wouldn't make it through 2012 without a new release. The publisher confirmed as much in its quarterly earnings report, adding that today's launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 boasted the largest day-one shipments in gaming history. "As we focus on 2012, we have a strong product pipeline which features a minimum of two highly-anticipated new titles from Blizzard Entertainment, including Diablo III, and a new Call of Duty game from Activision Publishing,"
Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said in a statement accompanying the publisher's quarterly report. Beyond Diablo III, Blizzard has an assortment of projects in the works, including the World of Warcraft expansion Mists of Pandaria, Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Blizzard DOTA, and a still-unannounced massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed under the code-name Titan.
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Noctua Introduces NF-F12 Focused Flow Fan
Noctua today introduced the new NF-F12 120mm Focused Flow fan. Teaming up eleven stator guide vanes with a specially conceived seven blade impeller, the NF-F12
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Sitecom Media Player 2TB MD-272 review
The new Sitecom Media Player comes standard with a new improved GUI, but also hardware wise harbor the latest Realtek 1185 chipset, and that changes a thing or two as pretty much any of the performance issues we had noticed in 1080P content playback (with very high bit-rate) on the previous chipset now are a thing of the past.
That Realtek 1185 chipset has an increased clock frequency, 500 MHz coming from 400 MHz on the original version. And as little as it sounds, it makes a serious difference. The HDD TV Media Player 2TB allows you to play digital films, music and photos directly on your TV with High Definition quality (1080p).
Check out the review right here.
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Core Gets Detailed, launches Nov 29
A week or two ago we heard that Nvidia's plans to release a slightly more powerful version of the GTX 560 Ti at the end of last month and recently a report has popped up online that provides a full list of specifications for the graphics chip maker's next GPU.
Compared to its older brother, the GTX 560 Ti (448 Core) will come with one of the 15 streaming modules disabled, to provide a total of 448 CUDA cores.
The rest of the core includes 56 texture units, 40 ROP units and a 320-bit memory bus connected to 1.25GB of video buffer, just as is the case with the GeForce GTX 570.
The card's operating frequencies will also mimic those of its older brother as the GPU will work at 732MHz, while the GDDR5 video buffer is clocked at 950MHz (3.80GHz effective). Together with the increased performance offered by the new graphics core, the power consumption of the card has also grown since the GTX 560 Ti 448 uses the same 0.950V to 1.100V voltage range as the GTX 570.
Other features of the GTX 560 Ti (448 Core) include support for 3-way SLI, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs. This is not the first time that Nvidia has decided to increase the shader count on one of its graphics cards as the company has also done the same with the GTX 260, which soon after its introduction received a 216 Core version.
The GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores will be officially launched on November 29 from what we heard, and its recommended price is expected to be on par with that of the original GTX 560 Ti.
New AMD Trinity APU specs leak
AMD is expected to unveil its first APUs based on the Bulldozer architecture, code named Trinity, more information about these chips making its way just recently to the Web as soft-pedia reports today:
The new Trinity pictures and slides confirm a series of other leaks that made their appearance in the last couple of weeks, but also bring a series of new details about the AMD chips.
Some of the most important of these come from a table showing the specifications of AMD's engineering sample Trinity APUs, which include either two or four Piledriver processing cores and have TDPs of 65, 100 or 125 Watts. The operating frequencies seem to vary from 2.2GHz to 3.8GHz, and with the help of Turbo Core 3.0 technology some of these APUs can even reach or go beyond the 4GHz mark.
As far as the integrated graphics is concerned, this seems to be clocked between 563MHz and 711MHz, and Turbo Core should also be able to increase these frequencies to higher values. AMD's next-generation APU combines processing cores based on the Bulldozer architecture with a VLIW4 GPU derived from the Cayman graphics used inside the Radeon HD 6900 series.
These cores will go by the name of Piledriver and, much like the current Llano APUs, lack any sort of Level 3 cache memory as AMD wanted to increase the die area available to the on-board GPU.
ENERMAX Capacious Fulmo Cases
ENERMAX is pleased to announce the new flagship tower series: Fulmo GT and Fulmo. They are the fusion of performance and style, with exceptional compatibility and ease-of-use design. This series comes in both full-tower and mid-tower sizes, each providing different configurations. The Fulmo and Fulmo GT meet different demands from advance users to performance craving enthusiasts.
A Monster Is Never Full
Fulmo GT is a HPTX MB-supported full-tower case. Its jaw-dropping volume allows massive storage of up to 14 devices, dual PSU mounts, and quad VGA cards with 425mm /16.73 inches in depth with astonishing support for 15 to 20 fans.
Newly-adopted 18cm Vegas LED fans with multi-lighting keeps you delighted by its nice effects. An integrated fan speed knob allows total control of three fans to provide dynamic thermal solution for systems under different loads. In addition, there are more than sufficient USB 3.0 ports with one external SATA dock that makes massive data transfers in no time.
Whether you are looking for a robust workstation or want to build an ice fortress for your hard-core gaming rig, Fulmo GT is definitely your answer!
No more struggling for inches
Though packed in mid-tower size, there is no compromise on its performance. Fulmo proposes a real novel solution for space restrictions, which allows up to 410mm/16.14 inches of clearance for VGA card installations, and saves struggling for inches or trade-off between HDD devices.
In addition, the Fulmo has upgradability for triple VGA cards and a total of 10 to 14 fan mounts, makes it the ideal choice to maintain pleasant temperature while keeping extreme visual experience.
Sharing the same design attributes with Fulmo GT, the Fulmo inherits the fan LED control, top USB 3.0 interface, and external SATA dock. All in all, Fulmo surpasses rivals both functionally and aesthetically.
Cooler Master Hyper 412S supports LGA2011
Cooler Master introduced its first CPU cooler with support for Intel's LGA2011 processors; the Hyper 412S. This new HSF will be available soon for 35EUR, it offers four direct-touch 6mm heatpipes, aluminium fins and a 120mm "long life" sleeve bearing fan that delivers 52.6CFM at a noise level of 22.5dBA. The cooler measures 132mm x 99mm x 160mm and weighs 609g with fan included.
Cooler Master, an industry leading chassis, thermal solution, peripheral, and accessory manufacturer brings a new CPU cooler to light, the powerful Hyper 412S CPU Cooler, which targets a delicate balance between cooling potential and noise. The Hyper 412S perform extraordinarily well while maintaining minimal noise levels.
Innovative design and materials
The Hyper 412S CPU Cooler is designed for optimum heat dissipation at low fan speeds. This is thanks to wider fin gaps and a precise heat pipe layout that directs each of their four heat pipes across CPU
Sharkoon SATA QuickDeck Pro stackable HDD docking station
So in theory its slowly becoming a chassis again ? :)
Sharkoon shows off the SATA QuickDeck Pro, a stackable docking station for 2.5" and 3.5" SSD/HDD storage devices. The product offers USB 3.0 support and should be available in retail stores for around 27.99EUR.
In addition to their well-known "QuickPort" docking stations, which provide computer connection to unobstructed SATA hard drives, the Sharkoon "QuickDeck" has long been a table adapter in their product line in which data mediums are not standing upright, but rather inserted laying down. The Sharkoon QuickDeck is also immediately available in a "Pro" edition, with a USB3.0 port and stacking feet.
The Sharkoon QuickDeck offers room for SATA hard drives in both 2.5 and 3.5 in formats. The drives are simply inserted horizontally into the front and open top plastic frame. A rail fixed to the floor folds up for smaller 2.5 inch hard drives. The hard drive can be easily detached from the QuickDeck with the help of an ejection lever attached with the SATA port. External connection occurs over the fast USB3.0 port.
Small, round rubber feet on the bottom gives the QuickDeck Pro a non-slip grip. The topside is provided with matching grooves so that several QuickDecks can be stacked to save space and provide simultaneous hard drive connection. The QuickDeck is equipped with a separate power switch and blue operating LED, supports the operating systems Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit), measures 180 x 143 x 40 mm (L x W x H) and weighs 240 grams. In shipping you will find an instruction manual, power supply and USB3.0 cable.
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Chill Wireless 2.4G HTPC Micro-Keyboard
Following the release of the already popular Bluetooth based Chill KB-1BT Micro Keyboard; Danish company Chill Innovation A/S has now also launched a 2.4G RF based version optimized for HTPC (Home Theater PC), Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. The new Chill KB-1RF Micro Keyboard comes factory pre-paired with the tiny Nano USB dongle included. Just plug it in your host, and you are in control.
The wireless Chill KB-1RF Micro Keyboard can also be operated in BIOS environment etc. Furthermore it supports Wake-on-USB, so you can turn on your PC right from the Keyboard (when supported by the host)
AMD 1090FX and 1070 Chipset info leaks
A new slide leaked over at Donim Haber, this time they leak info on the upcoming AMD 1090FX and 1070 Chipsets.
In 2012 AMD is to launch the new chipset as succesor to the 900 series, alongside the second-generation Bulldozer (codenamed "Piledriver") processors.
1090FX will be designed to give out two PCI-Express x16 links, which can then drive up to four graphics cards. The 1070 has just one x16 link, which can drive up to two graphics cards. A
Interesting enough is that the 10-series chipset does not seem to support PCI Express Gen 3.0, it is highly likely that AMD's Radeon HD 7000 series graphics will support PCI-Express 3.0 interface.
The new chipset will get a new SB1050 southbridge, which outpaces Intel's 7-series chipset in terms of connectivity. SB1050 will pack an 8-port SATA 6 Gb/s RAID controller. All ports will run support 6 Gb/s data-rate. The SB1050 will get native USB 3.0 SuperSpeed controllers.
Zalman CNPS11X Performa budget HSF
Zalman is getting ready to ship the CNPS11X Performa, a new processor cooler with a V-shaped dual heatsink design. The cooler has four direct-touch heatpipes and a 120mm PWM fan with a noise level of 17dBA to 26dBA.
It weighs 450g and measures 135mm x 80mm x 154mm (L x W x H). All current processor platforms are supported, including the Intel LGA 775/1155/1156/1366/2011 and AMD Socket AM2/AM2+/AM3/FM1.
The Zalman CNPS11X Performa should ship later this month, it's currently available for pre-order in Europe for around 29EUR.
OCZ: Triple-bit-per-cell SSDs to be significantly cheaper
OCZ CEO Ryan Petersen talked about triple-bit-per-cell (TPC) NAND flash based solid state disks at last week's Needham HDD and memory conference. Petersen said these disks should arrive next year, with prices significantly lower than those of MLC-based SSDs. The downside however is the much lower redundancy of TLC flash memory, but according to Petersen this should not be a problem for the low-end servers, consumers, laptops, and retail sub-segments.
"We announce [the intention to ship] TLC-based drives! [...] People have been talking about [TLC-based SSDs] for a long time and we have now put ourselves with next-gen [Indilinx Everest] controller, which we are shipping in January, and position it for low-end servers, consumers, laptops, retail; those sub-segments that really can adopt TLC-based solutions. This is really where we can get over four years of life [of SSDs]," said Ryan Petersen, chief executive officer of OCZ at the Needham HDD and memory conference.
Triple-bit-per-cell (3bpc) NAND flash is relatively cheap in manufacturing, but its redundancy is dramatically below that of multi-layer cell [MLC, 2bpc]: around a 1000 writes (for TLC) versus 10000 writes (for MLC) and simply cannot be compared to the number of write cycles for SLC [single layer per bit] which are around 100 000.