DRAM Market Starts to Stabilize, possibly
Consumers don't have any reason to feel bad about low memory prices, but the makers of DRAM do, though they might finally be able to risk a hope, albeit a small one softpedia reports:
The past year saw DRAM prices fall almost constantly, with the few episodes of rebound far between and just enough to torment memory makers with false hopes that were invariably crushed not much later.
Cumulatively, prices of memory have fallen by roughly 50% since the start of the ongoing year (2011).
This was a direct result of the poor demand on the part of consumers, as well as of overstocked inventories due to rapid advancement to better manufacturing processes.
The fourth and final quarter of the year has arrived, however, and with it some hope, though a very faint one, to put it mildly.
Apparently, during the first half of October, DRAM prices managed not to go any lower, though staying flat wasn't an overly large improvement either.
Still, at least there is one shred of evidence that memory chips could reach some price stability, though there is also every bit of possibility that this is just another temporary reprieve.
The world economy is not doing much better than at the start of the year after all, and even China's National Day holiday went by without any spike in PC shipments.
DRAM makers cut supply a while ago and will go on producing less for some time yet, unsurprisingly.
The one glimmer of hope that exists now is that ultrabooks will sell well, taking random access memory module sales levels (and, by extension, DRAM chip shipments) upward again.
For those who want numbers, 2 GB DDR3 modules slid down 2%, selling for about $10.50 (7.64 Euro) while 4 GB, the new mainstream now, stuck to $19-20 (13.83
Iiyama ProLite 23-inch Full HD LED Monitor
Iiyama released a new 23-inch monitor, the ProLite X2377HDS. It makes use of an LED-backlit IPS panel, that can provide high contrast ratios as well as good viewing angles, of 178
OCZ Deneva 2 and Intrepid SSDs get mSATA
OCZ is preparing to launch mSATA editions of its Deneva 2 and Intrepid SSDs, both models are currently sampling to OEM customers.
These new solutions target slim servers, network security devices, but also dual drive notebooks and tablets. The mSATA-enabled Deneva 2 makes use of a SandForce controller, has 20nm-class MLC NAND Flash memory, a MTBF (mean time before failure) of 2 million hours, TRIM support, and delivers up to 80,000 random 4k write IOPS and a 550 MB/s bandwidth.
The Intrepid mSATA drives feature the Indilinx Arowana Flash Transition Layer that provides increased sequential write speeds and IOPS, and the Indilinx Ndurance Technology for enhanced endurance.
"Embedded system designers require small format, cost-effective SSD solutions that do not compromise performance or reliability. Unlike standard drives, OCZ mSATA SSDs are much smaller with no outer housing, making them an easy to deploy storage solution for mobile computing, boot modules for virtualization applications, or HDD caching, allowing for high capacities, high performance, and low power consumption in a very compact form factor.
"OCZ Deneva 2 and Intrepid mSATA solid state drives provide OEMs with the flexibility to address storage and caching requirements within innovative form factors, including embedded and dual-drive devices and blade servers," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. "These new SSDs are available in a wide range of capacities and configurations to deliver exceptional scalability, performance, and endurance, all with a compact and energy efficient design."
The mSATA industry-standard design combined with OCZ's extensive firmware support provides high levels compatibility for simplified system integration, with proprietary caching software made available to OEMs for data management appliances. OCZ Deneva 2 mSATA SSDs include key enterprise reliability features such as best-in-class endurance (e.g., minimal write amplification, intelligent block management and wear-leveling), and advanced encryption and ECC. For maximum performance, the Deneva 2 mSATA series offers 6Gbps throughput rates with up to 80,000 random 4k write IOPS and 550MB/s of bandwidth. Likewise, the OCZ Intrepid mSATA Series features Indilinx Arowana Flash Transition Layer with Hyper-Queuing, resulting in increased sequential write speeds and IOPS. The Intrepid Series also maximizes the lifespan of low-endurance flash with Indilinx Ndurance
Zalman CNPS12X high-end cooler
We have shown it a couple of times before now, but Zalman released the CNPS12X, a new high-end cooler that weighs a whopping 1kg. The cooler features six direct-touch heatpipes which convey the heat to two heatsinks that are made almost entirely of nickel-plated copper. The fins are cooled by three fans, which have a minimum noise level of 22dBA. In Europe the cooler can be found for pre-order for just under 70EUR.
Measuring 151 x 132 x 154 mm (L x W x H), and weighing exactly 1 kg, the CNPS12X uses a design that's essentially identical to that of the NH-D14 from Noctua, that of two fin stacks. It's just that the stacks here are somewhat circular in shape, and that the CNPS12X uses three fans: an intake (before the first stack), a conveyer (between the two stacks), and an exhaust (after the second stack). All three fans are 120 mm in size, and are illuminated by blue LEDs.
The fans seem to be using 3-pin (voltage) method of speed control. Supplied with the cooler are three RC5 intermediate resistors, which make the fans spin at speeds between 850 and 1100 RPM with as low as 22 dBA noise output. Without the RC5, the fans spin between 950 and 1200 RPM, with at least 24 dBA noise output.
Syndicate Single-Player Gameplay Trailer
Square Enix's new 3D engine is looking awesome
Square-Enix have been demonstrating their new graphics engine, called
Corsair High-Performance Quad Channel 32GB Memory Kit
Corsair announced a high-performance quad channel Dominator 32GB DDR3 memory kit.
The Dominator 32GB Quad Channel kit (part number CMT32GX3M4X1866C9) consists of four rigorously-screened 8GB DDR3 DRAM modules with Corsair’s patented DHX+ heatsinks. It operates at 1.5V and is designed to run at 1866MHz, with 9-10-9-27 C9 timing. Corsair has compatibility tested the new 32GB Quad Channel kit with upcoming quad channel platforms as well as current dual channel platforms.
"The new Dominator 32GB Quad Channel memory kit is designed for high-performance PC enthusiasts using the latest motherboards, whether they're overclockers, gamers, or simply want a large amount of state-of-the-art memory," said Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair. "Corsair is a market leader in high-performance memory, and we're pleased to be first to market with a high-performance 32GB quad channel kit."
The Dominator 32GB Quad Channel kit will be available in October from authorized Corsair retailers and etailers worldwide for a US MSRP of $999. To get the full story on Corsair’s complete line of high-performance Dominator DDR3 memory kits, please visit.
AMD FX 8150 - 8120 - 6100 and 4100 performance review
Yesterday AMD released the FX series Zambezi - Bulldozer based processors. Everybody has been focusing on that most high-end AMD FX 8150 processor. However there where three other processors released.
In this article we'll look at all four processors, the AMD FX 8150 - 8120 - 6100 and 4100 in a quickie performance review.
This article is nothing more then a performance overview of all four processors released yesterday. So this article is basically functions as a performance chart overview.
You can find the article here.
AMD Radeon HD 7900 GPUs Will Use Liquid Chamber Cooling
At the AMD Fusion 11 Taipei conference AMD has disclosed additional details about its next-generation Radeon HD 7000 series graphics cards, including the fact that high-end solutions will come with a new liquid chamber cooling solution.
AMD had on display such a cooler during the conference together with a slide that detailed the main differences between its cooling technology and the one utilized by its competitors in vapor chamber designs.
The technology is going to be used by all of AMD's partners who follow the reference design set by the chip maker for the Radeon HD 7900 series graphics cards.
As most of you know, AMD's upcoming Radeon HD 7000 graphics card series will be comprised of low- and mid-range solutions based on the VLIW4 architecture introduced with the Radeon HD 6900 GPU series as well as from high-end solutions in the HD 7900 range.
These will use the Next Generation Core (NGC) architecture that we have covered in a series of previous articles, so we are not going to get into this now, but the key aspect of NGC is that it will improve the performance and functionality of GPGPU computing.
According to Corporate VP & General Manager of AMD
Another 93,000 Sony accounts hacked
Sony announced hackers have breached about 60,000 PlayStation Network accounts as well as 33,000 Sony Entertainment accounts. According to details released by Sony Chief Information Security Officer Philip Reitinger, hackers obtained a large amount of user data from other companies or websites, and used a brute-force attack to hack the Sony accounts:
According to Sony, the hackers obtained a large amount of user data from other companies or websites. The hackers were attempting to sign-in to numerous accounts using ID and password pairs, and while the
Sony recalls 1.6 million Bravia TVs due to fire hazard
Blimey .. A report over at Bloomberg reports the company is forced to recall 1.6 million Bravia LCD TVs sold worldwide since 2007 because a faulty component can lead to melting and/or fire.
Sony recalled the liquid-crystal display TVs after a September incident in which a customer noticed a small fire and smoke, said Yuki Shima, a Tokyo-based spokeswoman for the world
Tablets with 2048 x 1536 screens to arrive in 2012
gen tablets may get screens with a resolution as high as 2048 x 1536 pixels reports xbitlabs.
Increasing demand for high information content and multimedia capability in mobile devices continues to drive flat panel display resolution to higher levels of pixel density. For example, the next generation of tablets may get screens with 2048*1536 resolution. As a result, the average pixel density of flat panel displays is expected to grow over the next few years.
At present panel makers are developing ultra-high resolutions, such as 2K (2048*1556) or 4K (4096*2160) for TVs and QXGA (2048*1536 pixels) for tablet PCs. According to the latest report from DisplaySearch, the average pixels per inch (PPI) of large-area (over 9.1
Battlefield 3 - Destruction Gameplay Trailer
BioWare Pulse - Special Edition
Need for Speed: The Run - European Car Trailer
Need for Speed The Run features some of the hottest cars on the planet. From the Pagani Huayra, the Lamborghini Aventador to the Aston Martin One-77, there is no shortage of power and speed for Jack in this illicit cross-country race.
It is scheduled for release in North America on November 15, 2011 and November 18, 2011 in Europe.
Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Light Turbo
Palit Microsystems Ltd today launched the factory-overclocked GTX 560 Ti Twin Light Turbo Limited Edition. Based on Fermi 2.0 architecture, GTX560Ti features boosted GPU performance and is equipped with the outstanding
Scythe Big Shuriken 2 CPU Cooler
Japanese cooling expert Scythe announces the successor of Big Shuriken CPU Cooler. Big Shuriken 2 had to undergo further development on the heatsink and axial-fan side to provide better even performance and compatibility.
Applied improvements of heatsink are not obvious at first sight because main heatsink structure was inherited from Big Shuriken (1) CPU Cooler. Total amount of copper-heatpipes was increases from four to five pieces. Curved heatpipes are connecting the nickel-plated copper-base with the two upper layers of aluminum fins. Big Shuriken (1) was equipped with a solid heatsink on top of the copper-base which has been removed in the new version.
Consequently socket mounting is no longer achieved by using VTMS mounting mechanism but the F.M.S.B. 4 (Flip Mount Super Back-Plate 4) using screws and backlpate. Socket compatibility list has been kept long as usual, including latest Intel socket LGA1155, LGA1156, T / LGA775 and LGA1366 as well as AMD socket AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+ and FM1.
New Version is furthermore equipped with a Slip Stream Slim 120 PWM axial-fan with a thickness of only 12 mm allowing the total height of Big Shuriken 2 being only 58 mm. Supplied 120 mm fan supports the PWM feature offering variable fan control between 500 and 2.000 rpm. Depending on fan speed and requirements the supplied fan is able to create airflow from 21 to 78 m
CoolerMaster CM Storm Xornet - 19.99EUR gaming mouse
Cooler Master presents the CM Storm Xornet, a new 19.99EUR budget gaming mouse.
CM Storm introduces the latest addition to its line of gaming mice, the CM Storm Xornet. Gamers focused on minimalistic designs are the inspiration behind the Xornet. It