OCZ PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II PSU
Though OCZ stopped selling the PC Power & Cooling power supplies outside Nortnern America they do announce a new model. PC Power & Cooling certainly was one of the biggest names in power supplies for computers for a long time before OCZ snapped the company up.
Power supplies from PC Power & Cooling have great reputations for performance and stability in the enthusiast market, and they still do. OCZ has announced a new addition to the PSU line from the company.
The new addition is the PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II PSU. The PSU has been redesigned for a smaller form factor and now has the 80-Plus certification for efficiency. The product uses a server-class topology and uses a single +12V rail for power efficiency and distribution.
The PSU uses a double ball bearing 135mm fan to flow air at levels that are nearly silent. The PSU is offered in several models including 650W, 750W, and 950W unit. A 500W unit with 80+ Bronze certification is also offered.
VIA Nano E-Series Mini-ITX Board with 64-bit performance
VIA today announced the new VIA EPIA-M830 Mini-ITX board. Designed specifically to meet the needs of next generation kiosk, POI and POS applications. The VIA EPIA-M830 is available in both active and passive cooling configurations.
A fanless 1.0GHz VIA Nano E-Series or performance oriented 1.3GHz VIA Nano E-Series processor is joined by the VIA VX800 media system processor providing DirectX9 integrated graphics, crystal clear HD audio and Gigabit networking. The VIA VX800 supports up to 2GB of DDR2 system memory and offers advanced video acceleration for MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV9 and VC-1 video formats, plus a VMR capable HD video processor. The VIA EPIA-M830 is designed to take the backbone of devices that offer cashless purchasing and self service infrastructures in supermarkets and gas stations as well as more secure and interactive, multimedia-rich POI, lotto and gaming machines.
Rear panel I/O includes a VGA port, an RS-232 connector (selectable to 5v/12v), four USB 2.0 ports and both line-in and lie-out jacks. On board connectors provide a wealth of options including a PCIe x4 slot, a Mini-PCIe socket, an LVDS connector (optional 240 bit dual channel panel support), two additional voltage selectable RS-232 pin headers, front audio pin-headers, PS/2, LPC and SMBUS headers and digital I/O including GPI and GPO options.
3 TB HDDs arrive this year
Apparently, Seagate will not only increase the maximum storage space, but it will also enable higher transfer speeds by means of the 6Gbps SAS interface. Known as the Constellation ES, the HDD will have a capacity of no less than 3TB and will come to replace the Baracuda ES. The latter spins at 7,200RPM and has up to 2TB of storage of its own.
In addition to the 3TB model, Seagate is supposedly also planning to make advancements on the 2.5-inch segment. Currently, the Baracuda ES 2.5-inch tops at 500GB. The Constellation will supposedly have 1TB, which means it will be the world's highest capacity compact storage device. Furthermore, the report suggests that even a new, 2.5-inch Savvio (the famed 600GB unit with a rotary speed of 10,000RPM) will be upgraded to 750GB.
The Constellation ES 3TB device should show up later this year, whereas the 2.5-inch, 1TB unit is expected to debut around the middle of 2010. Unfortunately, there is no knowing when the Savvio will come out. Of course, it should be noted that WD also intends to unleash its own 3TB unit, although it is unclear whether it will also be meant for the enterprise or if it will cater to consumer needs.
Microsoft releases IE 9 preview
Microsoft has released its IE 9 preview #2 and is touting the many improvements made over the previous releases:
Today's release builds on the first Platform Preview, delivering improvements to IE9's performance, support for standards, and hardware acceleration of HTML5. We've also updated the test drive site with a new set of developer samples to show what developers can do with GPU-powered HTML5. As part of our commitment to enabling developers to use the Same Markup the same HTML, CSS, and script on the web, we have contributed many new tests to the W3C for HTML5, as well as CSS3 Media Queries and DOM. The Developer Tools in this preview include some new features to make finding and fixing markup issues easier.
Developers should expect much more from browsers in order to deliver the graphically rich, interactive applications that HTML5 will enable. In IE9, our goal is to provide professional-grade, modern HTML5 support on top of modern hardware through Windows. The IE9 Platform Preview and the samples at the test drive site show the significant performance gains that web pages enjoy when a browser takes full advantage of the PC's hardware capabilities through the operating system.
HIS Radeon 5850 iCooler V Turbo review
HIS Radeon 5850 iCooler V Turbo review
We test the HIS Radeon HD 5850 iCooler V Turbo edition which features a custom-designed cooler that's improved from the iCooler solution HIS used one on previous generation graphics cards (last generation Radeon HD 4890). The card itself then, while the non-Turbo variants use reference AMD clock speeds of 725 MHz core and 4000 MHz memory, the Turbo model we test today, ups that number to 765 MHz and 4500 MHz respectively, brings a little more stamina to the product. The HIS R5850 V iCooler Turbo features 1 GB of GDDR5 memory, and great monitor connectivity.
You will have two DVI-D, and one HDMI and DisplayPort connector at your disposal. As added bonus HIS released a special SKU that comes with a full copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as well.
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
Lian Li Announces PC-X900 chassis
Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd. today announces its brand-new TYR series - the PC-X900 mid-tower chassis. With the hair-line brushed anodized aluminum finishing and its intelligent multi-heat zone design, the PC-X900 fits perfectly in the living room as a home theater system, as well as proving a complete thermal solution to the gamers. Lian Li once again proves its dedications in bringing a convenient and stylish life with the cutting-edge technology and tool-less design to its customers worldwide.
Dimensioned at 230 x 598 x 388mm (W.H.D.), the PC-X900 is a mid-tower chassis, an alternative choice between the smaller PC-X500 and the full-size PC-X2000 from Lian Li's product line. Net weight at 8.22kg, it includes three 5.25" optical drives, seven 3.5" hard drives separated in two cages, all with the patented tool-less design. Supporting ATX/M-ATX motherboards, the PC-X900 can hold video cards maximum of 300mm length, as well as occupying seven PCI slots and four USB 3.0 ports mounted on the top cover alongside one e-SATA HD audio port. The TYR PC-X900 is available in red, black and silver colors.
Easy Access & Spatial Design
The most convenient tool-less design is an important key feature for Lian Li's cases in 2010. Power users' requirements of building systems faster and swapping the components often have been taken into consideration. This is why the side panel of PC-X900 is transparent, and can be opened easily with the tool-less latch, the motherboard tray can be opened and CPU coolers are removable; the multimedia I/O ports are designed right on the top of the case; and the PCI add-on cards can be assembled effortlessly. When installing the 5.25" optical drive, users can simply slide the drive into the bay and close the mounting bar to secure.
The motherboard is positioned at the middle-level of PC-X900, allowing an easy access to the motherboard and more room for larger CPU coolers. There is also enough room for a 180mm long power supply at the rear of the case.
Cooling Fans & Thermal Solution
Lian Li's PC-X900 has two heat zones design to have better thermal solution and tidy up internal space. Moreover, the PC-X900 features three and two 120mm LED fans at the front and rear of the case, respectively. The fans cover the whole motherboard so they bring in cold air and remove heat effectively. There are also vents on the PCI slots, providing extra cooling to the graphics cards. The power supply unit is at the bottom of the case so that it can draw cold air in directly through the vent below. Finally, there is a fan controller in the back of the case for users to adjust the fan speed and get the best balance between silence and cooling.
Highlights for TYR PC-X900
- Supports ATX/M-ATX motherboards
- Case separated in two heat zones
- Four USB 3.0 multimedia I/O ports & one e-SATA/HD audio port
- Three 120mm LED fans at front & two 120mm LED fans at rear
- Seven PCI expansion slots
- PSU at case bottom
- Seven standard 3.5" hard drives in two tool-less HDD cages
- Three standard 5.25" optical drives
- Availability: Arriving at local distributors end of May
- MSRP for PC-X900: US$439+local VAT for A/B (silver/black), and US$499+local VAT for R (red)
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Intel demos Light Peak laptop; production by end of 2010
Intel have been showing off their Light Peak technology again, demonstrating the 10Gbit/sec connection as integrated into a new laptop by pumping out two simultaneous HD streams to a nearby HDTV. The system used a specially adapter USB cable which paired the regular electrical wires with optical cabling, while the screen itself required a separate decoding box since it lacked the necessary Light Peak port.
As for the laptop, that gets a new 12mm square chip that converts the electrical signals into light pulses. According to Intel
AMD Six-Core Overclocking Record, Reaches 6.8GHz
Wowzers, the Phenom II X6 seems to have broken the previous record in six-core overclocking. As shown by some screenshots and photos published by Donutshiber, the central processing unit was pushed so high that it shattered the ceiling, so to speak. In the wake of this destruction were left some images showing that the chip was just 0.2MHz short of passing the 6.8GHz threshold. The overclocker(s) installed the Phenom onto an ASUS Crosshair IV Formula motherboard.
Of course, the 6.8GHz performance was not possible through any common means and it would have been quite unfortunate for the entire configuration to suddenly catch fire. As end-users probably already suspect, it took a suitable amount of liquid nitrogen (LN2) to make sure that the processor didn't melt or explode half-way (or even earlier).
If anything, this achievement likely put the Thuban in a better light, seeing how it has, so far, been somewhat overshadowed by the Gulftown. At the very least, this record shows that most enthusiasts will never really run out of opportunities to experiment on this unit.
Corsair's Nova SSD 32GB and 256GB
Corsair is expanding its Nova Series of SSDs with two new models. The newcomers come to complete both ends of the series, in terms of capacity. The lower capacity unit has 32GB of storage space, whereas the larger one has 256GB. They are both enabled by the Indilinx barefoot SSD controller, which lets the drives reach maximum read and write speeds far above what HDDs, aided by their platter-spinning ways, can hope to ever achieve.
The 32GB Nova is slower, reading data at 195MB/s and writing at 75MB/s. These rates are already good enough, but they are dominated by those of the 256GB model. This unit has maximum read/write speeds of 250MB/s and 195MB/s, respectively.
Obviously, since SSD performance gradually decreases over time, because
NVIDIA entry-level cards scheduled for July and August
The sources noted that GeForce GTX 465 will target mainly the mid-range market with a price around US$299. The price point of the GF106 will be at about US$180, and the GF108 US$100, the sources added.
Mind you that it is not a typo, NVIDIA will in the end be naming the GeForce GTX 460 the GTX 465.
OCZ Enyo USB 3.0 SSD expected by mid-May
OCZ is expected to introduce its Enyo USB 3.0 solid state disk by mid-May. This device will ship in capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, and the faster models promises read speeds of up to 260MB/s and write speeds of up to 200MB/s. Pricing is expected to be in the range of the SandForce-based Vertex 2 SSD, likely slightly higher.
The OCZ Enyo will be available in 64, 128 and 256GB volume sizes and all three drives use MLC NAND flash memory, have 64MB of on board cache and USB 3.0 Micro B connector interface.
Since we are talking about a USB 3.0 SSD-based external drive, you can expect speeds of up to 260MB/s for read and up to 200MB/s for write, with sustained speeds of up to 150MB/s for 128GB and 256GB versions. The 64GB one will have a bit lower speeds of up to 225MB/s for read and up to 135MB/s for write with sustained write of up to 40MB/s.
Zotac GeForce GTX 480 AMP! Edition
Zotac preparing one of the first non-reference design GeForce GTX 480 graphics card, the Zotac GTX 480 amp! Edition.
If you look a little closer you can see the Zalman VF3000 GPU cooler sitting atop an NVIDIA reference design PCB. Overclocked out of the box, the amp! Edition card has clock speeds of 750 MHz (core), 1512 MHz (shader), and 950 MHz / 3800 MHz effective (memory), against reference speeds of 700/1401/924(3700) MHz. The gigantic VF3000 cooler makes the card require three expansion slots. As with every other GTX 480, the GTX 480 Amp! Edition packs 480 CUDA cores, is DirectX 11 compliant, and has 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory across a 384-bit wide interface. Zotac has not let out any more information, particularly pricing and availability.
If you like to read it, here's our review on the VF3000 cooler from Zalman.
Ubuntu 10.04 Review
As you may know, there are alternatives to windows and one of the most important these days is the recently released Ubuntu 10.04 or better called "Lucid Lynx", well, if cool 3D desktops is what you like, you may take a look at this video I made for my own review of ubuntu, surely, linux has a lot to offer for people who is tired of windows and want a change. By the way, the video is also available in HD, enjoy.
Call Of Duty 7 Black Ops
The official debut trailer for Call of Duty 7 was out on 1st May, I know is not much, I know is very short, but is all we got for now.
Starcraft II get a release date
In a video showing interviews for the Exclusive Beta of Starcraft II a developer has told the official date this game is going to be out and it is July 27 2010. Fudzilla was the first to find out, you can check the original source here.
Liquid Cooled GeForce GTX 480
Currently we are putting a GeForce GTX 480 through some cool Liquid Cooling paces. The card you see below is in fact an NVIDIA reference sample equipped with a Danger Den Liquid Cooling block.
The temperatures are insane, we dropped from 95 Degrees C to well under 50 Degrees C. As a result we have been able to easily overclock it to 900 MHz on the core / 1800 MHz on the shader domain. And all that in relative silence.
Have a peek at some photo's, I aim to have a full review ready by early next week for you guys ...
Creative Audigy Drivers 2.18.0017 Available
Creative has released new version 2.18.0017 drivers for Creative Sound Blaster Audigy series sound cards. The drivers were release on April 8, and are said to fix a number of issues. They also warn these are not to be used for Sound Blaster Audigy LS, Sound Blaster Audigy SE, or Sound Blaster Audigy Value cards.
This download is a driver providing Microsoft
Thermaltake ARMOR A90 Mid-Tower Chassis
Thermaltake, leading DIY chassis brand, is launching their latest mid-tower chassis with 2 blue LED-fans creating a spectacular combat ambiance, the ARMOR A90. Its entirely black "bulletproof" armor design with metal mesh elements and an reinforced front door lend the ARMOR A90 an extremely stylish and powerful appearance that attracts gamers and in particular MMORPG enthusiasts. A special lock mechanism for your mouse and keyboards ensures that you'll always stay in arms.
Massive storage expansion is warranted for by 6 x 3.5", 3 x 5.25", 1 x accessible 5.25" and 1 x 2.5" HDD/SSD bays. Optimized multimedia connectivity is prodived for by a total of 4 USB 2.0 ports, of which two are located on the top and two are positioned in the front. An additional eSATA connector on the top of the case makes it most convenient to connect your mobile storage device, while the HD microphone and headset connectors in the front offer you quick and short access.
As characteristic for Thermaltake chassis, special attention had been paid to optimized ventilation and airflow. Therefore one 20 cm blue exhaust LED-fan on top and one 12 cm intake blue LED-fan in the front have already been pre-installed and increase the combat spirit with with light-effects. One more 12 cm exhaust turbo fan on the backside top further increases air circulation. For power-users and gaming enthusiasts another 12 cm fan can be installed at the side panel for VGA cooling where cooling holes are provided for. And the triangular window right next to it let your graphics card shine and allows for a look at your hardware so you can quickly check if everything is in order.
The feet elevate the ARMOR A90 high enough as to allow for improved ventilation of the bottom based ATX PSII power supply. To avoid outside dust to find its way into your power supply a removable dust filter is positioned underneath, providing users with an easy way to keep it clean. The ARMOR A90 is available for a suggested retail price of US $94.