Nvidia to announce next gen graphics card on March 24th
Nvidia uploaded a very short video on their YouTube channel with the announcement of an upcoming
MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 1
MSI have been working hard on AfterBurner, today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities.
We're happy to see MSI Afterburner is leading the overclock applications, but where satisfied with what we have now, we plan to go one step beyond everybody!
MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 1 is ready, changes list includes:
- Added core voltage control for reference desing AMD RADEON 6990 graphics cards with VT1556 voltage regulators
- Added core, memory and auxiliary PEXVDD voltage control for custom design MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk series graphics cards with uP6218+uP6262 voltage regulators
- MSI On-Screen Display server has been upgraded to version 4.2.0. New version gives you the following improvements:
- Added audio capture support to video capture engine. The engine supports stereo audio capture under Windows XP and both multichannel or downmixed stereo capture under Windows Vista and newer operating systems
- High-performance primary desktop video capture support for Windows XP and newer operating systems. Please take a note that currently desktop video capture is not supported under Windows Vista and newer operating systems with Aero Glass interface is enabled, please select classic interface to get it working if necessary (Aero Glass interface is now being automatically disabled by server when desktop screen capture is started and restored after finishing the capture.)
- Updated profiles list
- Changed current value and time rendering Z-order in hardware monitoring graphs renderer
- Added Simplified Chinese localization
VIA ART-5450 in-vehicle management
VIA Technologies announced the launch of its VIA ART-5450 embedded box PC system, designed to offer embedded developers the ideal system platform for today
Single-Slot, Slot-Powered Radeon HD 6850
Over at AFOX (an uknown manufacturer active in Asia) they launched unveiled a new AMD Radeon HD 6850 1 GB graphics card that actually has a a single-slot design and get this, it relies 100% on the PCI Express slot for its power.
The AF6850-1024D5S1 from AFOX features a red PCB, a black single slot cooler that covers all of the board's obverse side, and looks to feature a dense heatsink to which air is circulated by a blower.
The card clocks in at a 775 MHz core and 4000 MHz GDDR5 effective memory.
Now the math is simple, a 6850 is rated by AMD to have 127W typical max power draw and the PCIe bus delivers a theoretical maximum of 75W. That slot can push a little more, but that's way beyond specs alright. Well, spotted in Japan, the card is priced at 19,780 Yen, which converts to US $245.
France fines Google 100 000EUR over Street View privacy concerns
Well now, AFP reports France's data privacy regulator has fined Google 100,000EUR for collecting private information while gathering photos for its Street View service. CNIL, the National Commission for Information Freedom, explains it fined Google because the company gained unfair economic benefits by inadvertently capturing unencrypted private data including passwords and e-mails by picking up WiFi data via its Street View cars.
Google's lawyer for privacy issues, Peter Fleischer, responds that the search giant is profoundly sorry for having mistakenly collected data from unencrypted wireless networks.
In addition to concerns about the photos taken, Google admitted in 2010 that its specially equipped cars taking the photographs were also picking up Wi-Fi data and had inadvertently captured unencrypted private data including passwords and e-mails.
CNIL, the National Commission for Information Freedom, said Google had pledged to erase all the private data, but that it had found "that Google has not refrained from using the data identifying Wi-Fi access points of individuals without their knowledge."
The regulator said it decided to impose the fine as this constituted "unfair collection" of information under French law and it had received economic benefits from the data.
HDD industry to face supply challenges due to earthquake
Though there's of course much more important and other concern in Japan, DigiTimes reports the HDD market will face challenges due to the earthquake in Japan, because of damage to plants of HDD maker Showa Denko and of HDD substrate makers Furukawa Denko and Kobe Steel.
The global hard disk drive (HDD) industry, already facing challenges from solid state drives (SSDs), cloud computing and limitation of vertical read-write technologies, is expected to face even more challenges resulting from the March 11 earthquake in northeastern Japan, which has severely damaged the plants of local HDD component makers including hard disk maker Showa Denko, and HDD-use substrate makers Furukawa Denko and Kobe Steel. These makers have all reported damage to facilities as well as injuries of employees and have shut down their operations pending further evaluation.
Showa Denko currently has about 25% share of the global hard disk market and in addition to its plants in Japan, the company also has plants in Taiwan and Singapore that can fill in for the suspended capacity at the damaged plants in Japan. Since Showa Denko's clients Western Digital and Seagate also have a portion of their hard disk supplies from in-house production, Digitimes Research believes that the hard disk market will not see any immediate shortages.
AMD: APUs will not challenge discrete graphics cards
AMD's Neal Robison, senior director of content and application support, told X-bit Labs that APUs will definitely challenge standalone CPUs and that processors without graphics cores may cease to ecist in the future. Additionally, he also revealed that APUs will only confront low-cost systems, they will not go head-to-head with discrete graphics cards.
But while APUs will confront low-cost systems, they will not challenge and will not become part of advanced personal computers with discrete graphics cards.
"I do not think that APUs will challenge discrete GPUs on anything, but on the lowest-end systems. When you look at adding a discrete GPU that enhances performance of the graphics side, it makes a huge amount of sense as it scales [performance] on a wide amount of applications because of the rich visual experience that everybody expects now when they are actually using their computing device," added Mr. Robison.
A good example of APU integration is this.
Sharkoon debuts three T series cases
First up is the T5 Economy, this model will retail for around 40EUR and includes five 5.25" bays, five tool-free internal 3.5" bays, a front 120mm fan with blue LEDs, and a front I/O panel with four USB 2.0 ports plus audio ports.
PCMark 7 Announced For Windows 7
Futuremark announced PCMark 7 today, a new benchmark offering complete PC performance analysis for Windows 7. PCMark 7 includes 7 separate test suites combining more than 20 individual workloads covering storage, computation, image and video manipulation, web browsing and gaming.
"Hardware innovations like solid state drives (SSDs), and new form factors such as netbooks and tablets are greatly increasing the range of PC performance available to businesses and home users," said Jani Joki, Director of PC Products and Services at Futuremark. "With so much choice available, PCMark 7 is an essential and easy to use tool to test and compare PC performance accurately and reliably across a wide range of usage scenarios."
PCMark 7 provides a set of 7 suites for measuring different aspects of PC performance with a high degree of accuracy. Overall system performance is measured by the PCMark Suite. The Lightweight Suite measures the capabilities of entry level systems and mobility platforms unable to run the full PCMark suite. Common use performance is measured by the Entertainment, Creativity and Productivity scenario suites. Component performance is measured by the Computation and Storage hardware suites. The Storage suite is ideal for testing SSDs and external hard drives in addition to the system drive.
A release date has not been announced though the official website states that PCMark 7 is coming soon.
MSI E350IA-E45 - AMD APU Fusion review
We peek at the cutest mITX motherboard from MSI today, have a look at some of its performance on the CPU and GPU side of things but most of all, we'll discuss features as what these products bring to the table is just downright impressive for the money as you'll notice DDR3 support, SATA-600 support, HDMI support, gigabit Ethernet, 8-channel audio support and then the integrated dual-core processor at 1600 MHz and in that processor embedded DX11 ready graphics core.
Check the review right here.
Foxconn Quantum Force Rattler P67 Motherboard
Foxconn has launched a new addition to its Quantum Force series of gaming and overclocking motherboards called the Rattler which is based on Intel's P67 chipset. The board seems to borrow heavily in terms of features from many of Foxconn's competitors, but this is part for the course so to say.
The basics of the board include two x16 PCI Express slots where the second one shares bandwidth with the primary slot, three x1 PCI Express slots and a single PCI slot. The board also has four SATA 3Gbps and two SATA 6Gbps ports and oddly enough an IDE connector. Pin headers for six USB 2.0 ports and a FireWire port are also present, alongside power and reset buttons, manual overclocking buttons, Voltage readout points, a POST80 debug LED and what appear to be as many as three BIOS chips.
The rear I/O is made up of six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a PS/2 port, a pair of Gigabit Ethernet ports, a FireWire port, two eSATA ports and 7.1-channel audio with optical and coaxial S/PDIF out. There's also what appears to be a clear CMOS button here. Foxconn has gone for what looks like a 12+2 PWM design which is cooled by a pair of heatsinks connected with twin heatpipes. Overall this looks like a decent enough board, but not quite good enough if Foxconn is serious about making a comeback in the high-end consumer motherboard market.
AMD preps 3.70 GHz Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Processor
There are more and more signals on the web that AMD is prepping to release yet another faster clocked Phenom II X4 processor. This one would get a clock frequency of 3.70 GHz (18.5 x 200 MHz) while staying within the 125W TDP power delta.
Based on the 45 nm "Deneb" silicon, the X4 980 BE features four x86-64 cores with 512 KB dedicated L2 cache each, and a 6 MB shared cache. Compatible with AM3 and AM2+ sockets, the chip packs a dual-channel memory controller that supports DDR3-1333 MHz or DDR2-1066 MHz memory standards.
IF it happens it will likely be soon as their next-generation processors are scheduled for June already.
Cubitek ''Magic Cube'' Modular Case Series
Cubitek presents another unique case series after the successful launch of the
AT&T Acquires T-Mobile for $39 Billion
AT&T also through this acquisition will look to build out the most expansive LTE network in the US. The press release sites one of the goals of the acquisition as being
Intel 25nm SSD 320 released March 28
From the looks of it Intel will introduce its SSD 320 series on March 28th. These units feature 25nm MLC NAND flash memory and will ship in capacities from 40GB to 600GB.
* Up to 39,500 IOPS random 4 KB reads; up to 23,000 IOPS random 4 KB writes
* Full Disk Encryption via AES 128 bit Encryption Technology
* Enhanced power loss management
* 1.2M hours MTBF
Cardkey System Exploited via Android App
SiteCom adds Cloud Computing Security as option to consumer routers
Dutch based network specialist SiteCom, selling predominantly in Europe, is launching a new range of routers. The routers will be tagged under the X-series 2.0 and get 6 models labeled X1 to X6 (being the most high-end.
Next to being an easy to use high-throughput series router with the X4, X5 and X6 being the gigabit versions and that X6 having 450Mbit wireless Ethernet. There is one new feature that is rather interesting on the three gigabit routers though.
SiteCom teamed up with a popular anti-virus firm to design a new layer of protection against Malware and viruses on all your network connected components. Added software in the router will function as active packet inspection on port 80, according to SiteCom without any noticeable increased lag. Port 80 data packets are inspected based on signatures and then verified on a cloud based solution located in a EU datafarm. Pretty much in-between the router and cloud farm a proxy is active, scanning all content and webpages and downloadable content for malware, viruses and phishing.
The interesting idea here is that all devices within the network (PC, NAS even your Android phone) get an extra security layer, once something fishy is detected the request will not pass onwards to your PC, instead your browser will get a warning screen.
Should by any chance a zero-day vulnerability still get through you will need Anti-virus software on your PC to remove it, but look at the solution as an extra firewall surrounding all devices connected in your network.
The SiteCom Cloud Security feature will be free for 6 months, after which a subscription is required at the cost of 14.95 EUR per year. The most expensive X6 router will cost roughly 120 EUR.
Intel 510 SSD review
Today's product doubles the sequential read speeds, and at up to 315MB/s, more than triples the sequential write speeds of Intel