CES: Atom D510-Powered Turbo NAS Servers from QNAP
Over at CES QNAP Systems announced the debut of its new line of Turbo NAS servers, designed to take advantage of the latest Intel Atom dual-core processor, codenamed Pineview. The four new storage solutions have also been certified as compatible with VMware's vSphere4 (ESX 4.0) virtualization platform.
"QNAP's new Business Series Turbo NAS servers really mean business" Richard Lee, president of QNAP Systems, Inc. "This new series provides businesses of all sizes a solid foundation for their network storage needs and a host of business-critical applications," Mr. Lee added.
The new lineup, which includes the TS-259 Pro, TS-459 Pro, TS-659 Pro and TS-859 Pro models, has been designed to provide the performance enabled by combining a dual-core Atom D510 processor (1.6GHz) with 1GB of DDR2 RAM. The smallest of the series, the TS-259 Pro offers support for only two 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA hard drives, while the TS-859 Pro model can be equipped with up to eight such drives.
"Businesses of all sizes require feature-rich NAS systems with scalability and interoperability to effectively manage data across the network," said Seth Bobroff, general manager, Intel Data Center Group
Arctic Sound E361
ARCTIC COOLING is going to launch the first audio product line in the marketing in late Jan 2010. Earphones will be the starter and will come later on with Headsets, Speakers, etc. The name is called ARCTIC SOUND E361-WM.
Its unique aluminium chassis and large drivers deliver deep bass and precise highs right into your ear canals. The ultra-soft silicone caps in multiple sizes block most outside noise, giving you comfort fit and undisturbed audio experience.
- Large driver coil leads to ultimate bass performance
- The precisely milled aluminium chassis transmits a perfect balance of high and low frequencies
- 3 sets of silicone caps (S, M, L) minimize ambient noise and enrich bass response
- Ultra-soft material fits gently in your ears providing hours of wearing comfort
- Gold-plated stereo plug for uncompromised signal transmission
MSI to show dual-screen e-book reader and 3D notebook
MSI's e-book reader will adopt Nvidia's Tegra processor and the company will also showcase a single-screen model at the show, the paper said. Hmmm ...
eVGA also making H55 and H57 motherboards
Looks like eVGA is going really astray from NVIDIA with Intel based motherboard. Normally focussing on the high-end segment eVGA now seems to be working on the mid-range spectrum as well. eVGA will launch both H55 and H57 motherboards.
Both motherboards are equipped with a pci-e x16-, pci-e x4- and twp pci-slots. The H55- and H57-chipsets each offer six sata ports, another two ports you will get through a Jmicron-chip controller. Each motherboard has respectively 12 and 14 USB ports (2.), gigabit Ethernet and Realtek 8 channel audio. Furthermore you'll spot VGA and DVI connectors for usage in combo with a Clarkdale processor.
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CES: Cooler Master CM 690 II & CM 690 II Advanced
Well, we've already shown you a picture on it a week or so ago but Cooler Master ofiicially intro's it's updated versions of the CM 690, the CM 690 II & CM 690 II Advanced.
The new version enhances the original CM 690 killer features with a seductive all-black interior, added capacity, superior cooling system and user-friendly design.
Full Tower Like Capacity
Categorized as a mid tower chassis, the CM 690 II is the first-in-its-class to house up to 3 cards, with the advanced edition to include a bonus card retention bracket. The internal has enough space for supporting up to 2 radiators for water cooling units. Needless to say, this chassis will have no problem fitting in larger CPU coolers such as V10 and an abundance of hard drives.
With the potential to be a graphics rendering machine, CM 690 II has a new oversized steel mesh, with filters provided on the front, top and underneath the chassis. It allows more free flowing air to pass in and out of the unit as well as protecting the fans from collecting dust. This is complemented by the ability to place up to 10 fans within the chassis. Not forgetting the enthusiasts, we have a top and bottom internal-mount radiator design for those extreme systems.
The Cooler Master quality build is also reflected in the easy-to-use features. We have enhanced the cable management with even tidier cable routing. Installing a new CPU cooler is easier now, with the newly added retaining hole and the tool-free drive bay design is now a must-have for any chassis.
CM 690 II Advanced Edition Features
The CM 690 II Advanced includes an external HDD dock, meaning you can now access files from a drive without an external enclosure or the need to open up the case. In addition, to keep your system future-proof, it also comes with a 1.8
CES: Zalman at CES
The first innovation Zalman presents at CES 2010 is the Z7 series. It is the first Zalman chassis series designed for general enthusiastic gamers that presents Zalman quality with reasonable price. The Z7 features a 120mm back fan, front HDD fan with Blue LED and a side fan with a controller connected to a LED light that changes from bright to light depending on the fan speed. Few of many other features include front side steel mesh bays with anti-dust filters, option for additional side fan and support for CPU Coolers up to 162mm.
Another new product is our final family member of the CNPS10X series, CNPS10X Performa. It is also installed in our Z7 Plus system at Zalman Suite. Our new back plate that only came with the Flex will now be included in the Performa, it supports dual 120mm fan with one fan already included in the package, rippled aluminum fins for better airflow and cooling and it will be compatible with 180mm wide cases.
Last but not least, Zalman is launching VF3000 series VGA cooler. The VF3000 series will come in two different versions; one for the ATI graphics card and the other for the NVIDIA graphics card. The high-capacity 92mm dual fan will keep the graphics card cool and the switch noise-free will keep the cooler to a minimum noise level.
We have setup a meeting with Zalman, more soon.
Photo of LGA1366 dual-socket eVGA board
A day or two ago we already reported that eVGA is working on a dual-socket (LGA 1366) motherboard. A new photo appeared.
This will be an uber high-end tweakers dual LGA-1366 motherboard based on the Intel 5500 "Tylersburg" chipset with the usual ICH10R Southbridge.
Considering you'll need SMP support the dual-socket motherboard will have to support the Xeon 5500 series. Probably, a future high-end Intel Core family CPU is released that is capable of dual-socket setups, too. The picture reveals two LGA-1366 sockets, each powered by an 8-phase digital PWM circuit. Each socket is wired to six DDR3 DIMM slots supporting triple-channel memory for that socket.
The board has 7 PCIe slots and to feed them the motherboard is equipped with two NF200 (NVIDIA) bridge chips to add additional PCIe lanes. It is now rumoured that this amazing board will also have an amazing price tag .. over 500 EUR.
HWiNFO32 version 3.34 475 Beta released
Retrieved information's are presented in a logical and easily understandable form and can be exported into various types of reports.
- Comprehensive hardware information
- System health monitoring
- Basic benchmarks
- Text, CSV and XML report formats
- Periodical updates
- For Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/Server 2003; Windows 9X/Me (limited)
The new version of the HWiNFO32 hardware information and diagnostic tool and it features:
Changes in HWiNFO32
- Fixed reporting of unused values from ATI PM2 sensor.
- Improved sensor monitoring for Supermicro series: C7SIM.
- Fixed reporting of Clarkdale/Arrandale IGP clock.
- Added ATI Mobility RADEON HD 5470, 5650/5750.
- Improved sensor monitoring for Giga-Byte series: MA74, MA78.
- Improved sensor monitoring for ASUS series: M4A77, M4A78, M4A79, M4N78, M4N82, M3A79.
- Improved sensor monitoring for ASUS series: P5B, P5GC, P5N, P5V, P5RD.
- Added support of VIA CX800/VX800/VX820 SMBus host.
- Improved ATI R6xx and R7xx I2C access and Volterra monitoring.
- Improved sensor monitoring for Intel series: D945GCZ, D945GTP, D955XBK, D955XCS.
- Added support of ADT7473 sensor on ATI GPUs.
- Improved sensor monitoring for ASRock series: 945, 965, P35, G31, X38, G41, P41, P43, G45, P45, X48, X58, P55, H55.
- Improved sensor monitoring for ASRock series: M3A, A740, A760, A770, A780, A785, A790, A880, K10, NF6, NF7G, N7A, N61, N68, N73, N7A, P5B, A230, AD410, AD510, AMCP7A.
- Added support of Volterra sensors on nVidia GPUs.
CES: AMD will intro four new CPUs in Q1
AMD released a couple of details about the hardware it plans to release in early 2010.
Of course on Intels Core i5 600 series launch date AMD talks about a 555 Black Edition CPU. AMD states that this will be the company's "fastest-ever dual-core CPU," and if the company's naming history continues to be a guide, it will be unlocked and ready for overclocking.
The Athlon II family will see three new processors: the quad-core 635, the triple-core 440, and the dual-core 255.
Also planned are further entries in the 5000-series line of DirectX 11
EA to close numerous online servers
EA has released a service update informing people still playing really old football games on PS2 and Xbox that the online servers will soon be closed for good. Time to upgrade and get with this generation people.
"Servers for the games listed below will be shut down on the indicated dates," said EA. "You may continue to play the games online up until these dates, but certain community programs may begin to close down prior to the shutdown dates."
Here's who is up for the chop:
February 2, 2010 Online Service Shutdown
UEFA Champions League 07 PC and x360
Facebreaker x360 and PS3
Fantasy Football 09 x360 and PS3
FIFA 07 PSP, PS2, PC
Fight Night Round 3 PS2
Madden 08 Wii
Madden 08 PC
Madden 09 Xbox1
Madden 09 Wii and PSP
March Madness 07 x360
NBA 07 PSP, x360
NBA 08 PS2, PSP, Wii
NBA 09 Wii - Europe only
NBA Street (2007) PS3 and x360
NCAA Football 08 PS2
NCAA Football 09 PS2
NASCAR 08 PS2
NASCAR 09 PS2
NASCAR 09 PS3 and x360 - Europe Only
NFL Tour PS3 and x360
NHL 07 PSP and x360
NHL 08 PC
Tiger Woods 07 PC
Madden 09 x360 and PS3
Madden 07 Xbox 360
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MSI announces CES VGA lineup
MSI will attend the world
Minitopz Desktop PC (Yes it is a PC)
This is a PC. There
PQI launches 64 GB USB3.0 flash drive
This PQI Cool Drive U366- first PQI USB3.0 flash drive is encased in an all aluminum shell with a clear plastic lid that can perfectly fit on the end tip so users need not worry about losing the lid. The new PQI USB3.0 features 5Gbps/sec maximum bandwidth, which is 10 times the maximum bandwidth of USB2.0. PQI
67GB Blu-ray discs on the horizon
Panasonic and Sony on Friday were revealed to have made a technology that could provide a third more space on a Blu-ray disc than existing technology. An evaluation technique known as i-MLSE (Maximum Likelihood Sequence Estimation) would better judge the optical quality when reading and writing discs, letting Blu-ray burners and readers work at up to a higher limit. The companies estimate that they could already produce 33.4GB per layer versus 25GB today and could result in a 66.8GB dual-layer disc.
Unlike some advanced Blu-ray developments, the new approach is primarily dependent on software and wouldn't need new lasers or settings to record the extra capacity, according to Tech-On. Some companies may need to upgrade the processing hardware inside their drives as the advanced correction needs extra performance to be handled in real time.
Sony is particularly hopeful that i-MLSE becomes a widespread standard and is likely to propose it to the Blu-ray Disc Association as part of the spec. The move would give Association members like Apple, Dell, LG and Samsung a new option for data backups and longer-running movies.
Lenovo intros AMD-based ThinkPad Edge, X100e
Inside the Edge, Lenovo claims a battery life of more than eight hours with the right configuration. Wireless will also be a strong point with 3G, Bluetooth and WiMAX as options alongside the standard Wi-Fi. Storage will range between 250GB and 500GB, and those who prefer Intel will still have the choice of 1.3GHz Pentium and Core 2 Duo processors.
Exact configurations aren't yet available, but Lenovo promises a starting price of just $549 with an Athlon Neo and will have 13.3-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch models. The Edge 13 is shipping now, but the Edge 14 and Edge 15 versions will only become available in spring.
The second system. the ThinkPad X100e, is Lenovo's answer to CULV-based ultraportables and uses either an Athlon Neo, Athlon Neo X2 or Turion X2 to keep it safely running underneath an 11.6-inch screen while providing faster performance than a netbook. Moving to the in-between display size gives a full-size keyboard and room for both a multi-touch trackpad and the TrackPoint nub. Like the Edge, it will have a red color option as well as 3G and Bluetooth extras.
Lenovo is already shipping the X100e and starts the range at just $449 with a 1.6GHz Athlon Neo and 160GB of storage; systems can run up 320GB of disk space in addition to faster processors and more RAM.
PT Boats: Knights of the Sea Demo
Akella Games has released a playable demo for PT Boats: Knights of the Sea, allowing you to try out their World War II naval combat game.
This free demo version of PT Boats : Knights of the Sea v1.1, released exclusively by Battlefront.com, is offering a great insight into what this unique naval simulation has to offer - the unprecedented ambient effects, water physics and other simulation details of handling a "mosquite boat" fleet, to mention a few. It is also a good test to make sure that the full game is working on your PC, so everyone is strongly encouraged to download the demo before purchase.
The demo includes 3 airplanes, 16 naval units, 3 tutorial missions, as well as a demo campaign playable from both the Allied and the Axis points of view!
Core i5 650 - 660 and 661 processor review
Core i5 650 - 660 and 661 processor review
The time has come for Intel to debut a new line of mainstream 32nm processors, which we have all learned to recognize under the codename 'Clarkdale'. The new CPUs will be aimed at the mainstream desktop PC segment and will complement the chip maker's Core i3 and Core i5 line of products.
The new Intel processor lineup will include the Core i3 530 and 540 models, as well as the Core i5 650, 660, 661, and 670, which will be featured with Hyper-Threading, 4MB of L3 cache and support for dual-channel DDR3-1333 memory. Well, that and an integrated GPU as well of course. Guru3D will put the Core i5 650, 660 and 661 to the test.
Check out the in-depth article right here.
ATI Radeon HD 5570 Pixelized
With CES in Las Vegas starting next week, ATI is likely announcing their budget graphics cards. Among them a DX 11 ready Radeon HD 5570. On a website some photo's however already leaked on this Redwood based GPU. The card you are looking at comes from the brand Unika and comes with a 128-bit memory bus an 1 GB DDR3 memory running at 1800 MHz.
Though it is unknown how many shader processors the card entails we do know that is runs at 650 MHz. The 5570 obviously is a budget card which in all its ways shows clearly (short PCB).
Our money would still be on a Radeon HD 5750 though, anyway have a peek.