ASUS Radeon 6970 DirectCU II review
Very few names in the graphics card industry have the balls to take a GPU and then redesign a completely new infrastructure around it. Amongst them ASUS as they took an Radeon HD 6970 GPU... and did just that. They designed a PCB around it, then used a rather sizable cooler and labeled the product EAH6970 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5.
Check out our full review right here.
Alpenfohn Heidi 2 GPU cooler
ASUS WAVI two-way HDMI streaming kit
ASUS has launched WAVI, the world
Battlefield 3 'My Life' Trailer
MSI GeForce GTX 580 Lightning review
They designed a new PCB loaded with features and overclock potential, slapped some really cool memory on the card and topped off that GPU with the all new Twin Frozr III cooler.
Check out the full review right here.
Intel, Micron 20 nm NAND Flash
The growth in data storage combined with feature enhancements for tablets and smartphones is creating new demands for NAND flash technology, especially greater capacity in smaller designs. The new 20nm 8GB device measures just 118mm
Mionix Zibal 60 Gaming Mechanical Keyboard
Mionix, the Swedish manufacturer of professional high-end gaming accessories today unveiled the Mionix Zibal 60, a mechanical keyboard developed for the gamer that deserves the best. "I believe it is an artform to building keyboards, that are not just for gaming but also compromise free and simple in design. The high attention to detail and subtle features are going to be loved by our loyal users
Intel Sandy Bridge based Pentium benchmark
Donanim Haber received official test results of Intel's Sandy Bridge based next generation Pentium CPUs, now please bare in mind that Intel has a tendancy to over exagarate their internal presentation slides, but still -- good stuff to see alright.
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PCMark 7 arrives on on May 3
Futuremark confirmed that PCMark
Texas Instruments four-port USB 3.0 controller
Texas Instruments launches their first USB 3.0 four-port controller with USB-IF certification. It will hit mass production in May 2011 and will be sold for $4.50, a dollar more than the two-port TUSB7320.
In addition to the four-port host controller, the TUSB7340, TI also achieved certification for its two-port host controller, the TUSB7320. These four- and two-port host controllers support such applications as notebooks, desktop computers, workstations, servers, add-in cards and ExpressCard implementations, as well as PCIe-based embedded host controllers for HDTVs, set top boxes and gaming console applications. Download datasheets, order free samples, and request evaluation modules (EVMs) here: www.ti.com/tusb7340-pr.
"The continuing certification of USB products is key to delivering a smooth and effortless experience to consumers worldwide as they purchase and interconnect their new electronic devices using SuperSpeed USB," said Jeff Ravencraft, President & COO, USB-IF. "We are pleased with the commitment Texas Instruments has made to this standard by delivering such a broad portfolio of SuperSpeed USB products, including their most recent four- and two-port host controllers."
TI continues to expand the industry's broadest portfolio of end-to-end SuperSpeed USB devices with products like these four- and two-port host controllers in addition to existing peripherals, transceivers, hub controllers, redrivers, power switches and ESD protection chips.
Host controller key features and benefits
Certified and compliant: USB-IF and Microsoft's Windows Hardware Qualification Laboratory (WHQL) standards ensure an open solution for interoperability with industry-wide peripherals and hubs for SuperSpeed USB.
Sensitivity: Receiver sensitivity of less than 50 mV differential peak-to-peak is twice as good as that required by the USB 3.0 specification, which allows better detection of weak signals for use with longer cables and eases board layout challenges.
Reduced BOM: Full state-machine architecture eliminates the need for any external storage device, such as EEPROM or Flash, saving bill of materials (BOM) costs by five percent compared to competitive solutions.
These USB-IF-certified SuperSpeed USB host controllers come in a compact WQFN package and are sampling now. They will be in volume production in May 2011, with suggested resale pricing of $4.50 for the four-port TUSB7340 and $3.50 for the two-port TUSB7320, in quantities of 1,000.
ANNO 2070 - Gameplay Trailer
DICE:BF3 has largest maps we've ever made
DICE's Patrick Bach has revealed in a recent interview (thanks BF3Blog) with Norweigan game magazine Gamer that Battlefield 3 will feature the biggest maps DICE has ever made. 'The game is still early in development, but I can tell you that Battlefield 3 will have the largest maps we have ever made'. Bach went on, pointing out that BF3 will support 64 players on PC, and it will be possible to have both jets, helicopters, tanks and infantry combat on a single map:
MSI GeForce GTX 570 TwinFrozr III Power Edition
MSI released the N570GTX Twin Frozr III Power Edition graphics card. The new graphics card not only features the latest Twin Frozr III dual fan cooling module but also exclusive Propeller Blade technology for 20% more airflow. Under full load, these reduce the GPU temperature by 18
PowerColor HD 6950 Vortex II Edition
TUL today introduced an innovative cooling technology into the HD6950 series: the PCS+ HD6950 Vortex II Edition. Featuring the PCS+ series characteristic, the latest edition has superior overclocking ability which clocks in at 850MHz core speed and 1300MHz memory speed, easily accelerating gaming machines with nearly 2.39 teraFLOPs of computing power and offering the surprising gaming experience
The PCS+ HD6950 Vortex II Edition enables users to manually adjust the fan and its physical attributes. By lifting the fan, it optimizes the air flow and taking advantage of the cooler air from the bottom of the case, balancing the ambient temperature. Furthermore, with the exclusive perforated fan design and anti-turbulence ability, enhancing the cooling efficiency and resulting in cooling down the temperature up to 20% compare to reference design.
Also, the latest solution utilizes
Zalman cooling solution for GTX580/570 - VF3000F
Zalman is pleased to inform you that they are launching another version of VF3000 series, VF3000F for GeForce GTX580/570.
In accordance with EOL of GTX470 and 480 cards as well as recent release of GTX580 and 570 cards, they have developed new RAM/FET heatsink to fit these newest VGA cards.
The updated model measures 239 (L) x 98 (W) x 51 (H) mm, weighing 430 g and has two green LED-illuminated 92 mm fans that spin at 1400-3000 RPM. A syringe of ZM-STG2 thermal paste is bundled. The new VF3000F is expected cost roughly
HIS 6790 IceQ X TURBO
HIS launches their HIS 6790 IceQ X Turbo 1GB GDDR5. Offering the HIS awarding winning cooling and overclocking technology, the new model is designed gamers to experience decent performance in gaming.
The HIS 6790 IceQ X Turbo has over-clocked its core clock to 900MHz and memory clock to 4400MHz, delivering serious high-definition gaming frame rates.
PowerColor Radeon HD 6990 LCS
Well check that out, PowerColor is working on a liquid cooled Radeon HD 6990. The card comes with a full coverage block made by EK, the EK-FC6990. The blocks would cover the GPUs, memory, IO chip and VRMs.
It's unknown if this dual-GPU monester is going to get faster factory clocks, check out the photo's. There's no word on availibility and pricing.
AMD Bulldozer launches June 7th
According to a slide, which presumably comes from a presentation by Gigabyte Technology, a major maker of mainboards, AMD will officially launch FX-series central processing unit (CPU) on June 7, 2011, right after the Computex trade-show in Taipei, Taiwan. The slide was published by ATI-Forum.de web-site reports xbitlabs:
Based on a document AMD plans to release four eight-core AMD FX8000-series chips, two six-core AMD FX6000-series microprocessors and two quad-core AMD FX4000-series central processing units (CPUs) this year. Shipments of AMD FX-series high-end desktop microprocessors will commence on the week of June 20th, 2011, the same document indicated.
The first breed of AMD FX8000, FX6000 and FX4000 currently known under Zambezi code-name will completely support all the advantages that the Bulldozer micro-architecture is supposed to bring, including new Flex FP floating point processing unit. The new chips in maximum eight-core configurations are projected - by AMD's internal documents - to offer roughly 50% performance improvement over Phenom II-series microprocessors in multimedia applications.
The Sunnyvale, California-based chip designer plans to introduce AMD 900-series chipsets compatible with Zambezi processors in Q2 2011. The Bulldozer processors, Radeon HD 6000 "Northern Islands" discrete graphics cards and AMD 900-series core-logic sets will power AMD's next-generation enthusiast-class platform code-named Scorpius. While officially only AMD 900-series chipsets and AM3+ mainboards will support the new FX-series CPUs, big mainboard makers like Asustek and MSI already plan to support those chips on current platforms, whereas Gigabyte plans to launch a line of AM3+ motherboards powered by current-gen chipsets.