Cooler Master Cosmos is back with a vengeance
Cooler Master is to release a new Cosmos chassis, and it is HAWT, just shown for the first time in Maximum PC's dream machine 2011 article.
Looks like its retained much of the styling I liked so much about the original one but now with a completely modern update for its cable routing, cooling, and front I/O to name a few. Also has hot swappable hard drive docks as well now. The only down side is it looks like its retained the originals rather high price, as they mention it being over $300 when it comes out. Either way anxious to see it when its officially released (thanks KingCobra).
Anyway, have a peek at the photo's. The product has not yet announced officially (though we peeked at it under NDA at Computex).
Crysis 2 DX11 VGA graphics and CPU performance benchmarks
Crysis 2 launched earlier this year I have to admit, I was a little ticked off that the game was only a DX9 title. Hence I did not even bother to purchase it. However a week and a half ago Crytek released a new 1.9 patch, that and bringing DirectX 11 towards the game. And yet another patch was released, a high-resolution texture package. The end-result even baffled a graphics monger like yours truly.
Today well be looking at game performance with a graphics card or sixteen. Next to that we'll also have a peek at CPU scaling with a handful of processors to see on what platform the game runs best.
Check out the article here.
Fractal Design ARC Midi chassis
The new Fractal Design Arc Series of cases create a niche of their own; a combination of stellar performance and cooling options with stylish, minimalistic looks and an overall understated elegance. This new Arc Series Midi Tower format offers plenty of cooling options, up to 8 fans of various sizes can be installed. Unique for its small size, it also offers room to mount a thick, dual 120mm radiator in the top panel.
Elegant top and front panels are both easily removable and pre-fitted with fan filters to ensure a dust free interior. The sleek black interior is matched and contrasted with white expansion slots and HDD trays. Similar to the Define Series, all the HDD trays are fitted with anti-vibration silicon grommets. The upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable, which enables support for even the longest graphic cards.
Tangled cables are a thing of the past as the Arc Series offers an innovative, convenient, and great looking way to hide them away. The motherboard mounting plate has rubber covered holes in which you can easily route the cables to a compartment behind the motherboard, which has more than ample storage space.
- Stylish, minimalistic front panel with alu-look
- Optimized for performance, massive cooling and water cooling support
- A total of 8(!) fan slots (2x 140mm in front, 3x 120/140 in top, 1x 120/140 in bottom, 1x 120/140 in rear, 1x 140/180mm in side panel)
- 3x 140mm fans included (1x in front, 1x in rear and 1x in top)
- Support for dual 120mm radiator in top, even thicker radiators up to 60mm in thickness
- 8x white painted HDD trays, with silicone mounting
- Upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable
- USB3 support in front panel
- Excellent cable routing and cable routing covers
- Easily removable front panel with clip on fan slots
- Extra, vertically mounted expansion slot, suitable for fan controllers or non-input expansion cards
- 8x 3,5 inch HDD trays, compatible with SSD!
- 2x 5,25 inch bays, with 1x 5,25>3,5 inch converter included
- On top of front panel: 3x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0 and Audio I/O
- No PSU included (removable filter below PSU)
- M/B compatibility: Mini ITX, Micro ATX and ATX
- 7+1 expansion slots with sleek white painted brackets
- Supports graphic card lengths up to 290mm when removable HDD-Bay is in place
- Supports graphic card lengths up to 470mm without removable HDD-Bay
- Supports CPU coolers with height of 180mm
- Supports PSU
More AMD FX-8130P Processor Surface
Yet another batch of AMD Bulldozer FX processor information and benchmarks surface. This is the AMD FX-8130P, the next high-end processor from AMD.
\\The FX-8130P was injected on a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 motherboard with 4 GB of dual-channel Kingston HyperX DDR3-2000 MHz memory running at DDR3-1866 MHz.
A GeForce GTX 580 complements the graphics. The chip was clocked at 3.20 GHz (16 x 200 MHz). Testing began with benchmarks that aren't very multi-core intensive, such as Super Pi 1M, where the chip clocked in at 19.5 seconds; AIDA64 Cache and Memory benchmark, where L1 cache seems to be extremely fast, while L2, L3, and memory performance is a slight improvement over the last generation of Phenom II processors.
GELID Launches Siberian Value CPU Cooler
They won't get any cheaper then this, not bad for the money. GELID Solutions adds a 66mm high multi compatible CPU Cooler with PWM fan to its popular SILENT product portfolio.
The Siberian with its competitive pricing contains a premium aluminum heat sink and a silent 80mm fan with GELID intelligent PWM control. The cooler offers multi compatibility for AMD & Intel latest sockets. It features a compact size and is especially suitable for HTPC and small chassis. The silent fan achieves high airflow rate and the GELID intelligent PWM Control accelerates the fan speed only when it
AMD Launches AMD Radeon HD 6990M
AMD today launched the AMD Radeon HD 6990M GPU
ADATA NH13 USB 3.0 HDD revealed
ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today announced the launch of the NH13 portable hard drive. Geared towards business and professional users, the NH13 sports a USB 3.0 interface and a classic metallic finish.
For users of netbooks and USB compatible mobile devices, the NH13
Bug causing early death of Intel 320 SSDs
The Register reports some users of Intel's 320 solid state disks are suffering from a bug in the controller that can revert the device to 8MB during a power failure:
"Poster Goose" wrote a message on 1 June, quoting from a PC Review forum:
Be wary of the new Intel SSD 320 series. Currently, there's a bug in the controller that can cause the device to revert to 8MB during a power failure. AFAIK they have not yet publicly announced it, and won't have a firmware fix ready for release until the end of July.
Batman: Arkham City - The Riddler Trailer
Super Talent Introduces DuraDRIVE SSD
Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced the introduction of the DuraDrive AT3, an SSD for demanding industrial environments. Not every computing environment is a pleasant one and some of them are down right nasty. For such environments, we have developed the DuraDrive; a line of Solid State Disks designed to perform in environments well beyond the standard consumer specifications. Containing no moving parts, an SSD naturally performs well in high-shock and high-vibration environments. This makes SSD great candidates for such installations, but temperature has always been a limiting factor. While most drives were designed to function in environments from 0
NVIDIA Delays Kepler and other GPUs
Despite Nvidia CEO Huang Jen-hsun previously saying that the company is set to announce its new 28nm GPU architecture at the end of 2011 and 22/20nm in 2013, sources from graphics card makers have pointed out that Nvidia has already adjusted its roadmap and delayed 28nm Kepler and 22/20nm Maxwell to 2012 and 2014, says DigiTimes.
The sources believe that the delay is due to unsatisfactory yield rates of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) 28nm process as well as lower-than-expected performance of Kepler.
TSMC originally expected its 28nm capacity at Fab15 to be available in the fourth quarter of 2011 and was set to start pilot production for its 20nm process technology in the third quarter of 2012.
However, TSMC's other major client Qualcomm, currently, still has not yet adjusted its 28nm process schedule and is set to launch three new products, 8960. 8270 and 8260A using dual-core Krait architecture in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Meanwhile, AMD will follow its original schedule and enter the 28nm era in the first half of 2012. The company's next-generation graphics chips Southern Island as well as Krishna and Wichita processors, which will replace the existing Ontraio and Zacate processors, and will all adopt a 28nm process from TSMC.
IntelCore i7-970 discontinued due to lack of demand
Launched at the tail end of Summer 2010, the chip runs at 3.2GHz and under 'Turbo Mode' can clock up to 3.46GHz. The 32nm part with thermal design power of 130W almost immediately received a significant price drop, and is currently being hawked for somewhere in the region of 430, if you can find it in stock.
Now Intel has announced that its Product Discontinuance Program Support for the chip began on 6 July 2011 and will end with the firm shipping the last Core i7-970 chip a year later. For boxed chips, that is to say those in retail packaging, after 27 January 2012 it'll be first come first served for remaining stocks.
Battlefield 3 release on Steam uncertain
Looks like that one of EA's biggest upcoming games, Battlefield 3, is not currently planned to be offered for sale on Steam. EA recently posted a list of digital retailers that will be selling Battlefield 3 all over the world. One major player that isn't on the list yet is Steam. At the moment, the US download retailers on the list include EA's recently launched Origin service along with many others including Direct2Drive, Impulse, and GamersGate along with the web sites of retailers like GameStop, Amazon and Best Buy.
So far EA has not confirmed why Steam is not listed as a retailer for the game. There's no doubt that Steam is bigger than Direct2Drive, GamersGate, GameStop's Impulse combined - without a doubt a huge chunk of Battlefield 3 digital sales would come from Steam. If EA is saying no to the kind of sales Steam can provide, it's pretty obvious that the conflict and disagreements (presumably due to the newly launched EA Orgin, which is similar to Steam) between EA and Valve run deep. Hopefully this will get sorted out soon, as in the end, both EA, Steam, and gamers stand to lose something.
Dragon Age 2: Legacy Gameplay Trailer
Mach Xtreme Technology MX-DS TURBO Series SSDs
Mach Xtreme Technology unveiled the 2.5
Club3D Radeon HD 6870 X2 review
Admittedly we just love that stuff. So we'll head over into the review, we'll cover a thing or two about BARTS based processors, have a closer look at the Club3D Radeon HD 6870 X2.
You can read the entire review right here.
EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Classified Graphics Card
Being very late to market this one eVGA released a GeForce GTX 570 Classified Graphics Card. It looks fairly reference based but It draws power from an 8-pin and a 6-pin power connector and has a better VRM design. The card packs 1280 MB memory on a 320-bit wide GDDR5 interface and clocks in at 975 MHz (3.90 GHz effective), churning out 156 GB/s of bandwidth.
The core is clocked at 822 MHz, and the 480 CUDA cores available are at 1644 MHz. (reference speeds are 732/1464 MHz. The display connectivity is different from the one on the reference design, it features two DVI connectors, and one each of DisplayPort and HDMI (both full-sized). Available on EVGA's online store, the GTX 570 Classified is priced at US $359.99.
Corsair H80 and H100 watercoolers launched
Corsair officially introduced its H80 and H100 watercooling solutions.