Review: MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X PLUS (11 Gbps GDDR5X )
We review the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X PLUS. An all custom, tweaked and cooled better product. Lets check out the new 8 GB model from MSI, with that PLUS for dandy 11000 MHz GDDR5X graphics memory.
Read the full review here.
NZXT Phantom 410 mid-tower launches
NZXT delivers the Phantom 410, a mid-tower version of its Phantom case.
The original NZXT Phantom has been a huge success, spawning multiple versions in many different colors. NZXT now presents their newest case with the same genes by the name of Phantom 410. The case features the same stylish and modern looks as its bigger brethren, but at a much smaller overall size. Thus, the chassis is intended for an ATX mainboard while adding a windowed side panel to the mix.
NZXT revolutionized the case industry with the Phantom Big-Tower, which offered a daring new look - noticeably different than anything else on the market. With the unique design and a long list of features, the Pantheon Big-Tower quickly became one of the most popular cases for those looking for a stylish and modern chassis. With the Phantom 410, NZXT now offers the same beautiful design in a smaller form factor.
The obvious difference between the Phantom 410 and the original Phantom Big-Tower is the size, as it is intended for ATX, mATX and Mini-ITX motherboards. With a width of 21.5 cm, a height of 52 cm and a depth of 53.2 cm, the Phantom 410 is not only a bit smaller but also a full 9 cm shorter than the bigger Phantom.
Hidden behind the door of the Phantom 410 are thee 5.25 inch slots. In comparison the Phantom offers 5 such bays. Nonetheless, most users will find that the Phantom 410 still offers more than enough bays. On top of that, six screw-less internal 3.5 inch bays, with the ability to install 2.5 inch SSDs in each are also present within the 410 variant,
Each drive rests on separate trays which are to be pulled out from the motherboard side of the chassis, with the connectors facing away of the windowed side as well for a clean interior look. The upper hard drive cage, consisting of four bays, may be pulled out, allowing for graphic cards of up to 40 cm length to be installed. With this bay inside the chassis, there is still enough space for units with up to 30.5 cm.
A unique factor of the Phantom 410 is the ability to install a 120 on he side of the hard drive cage in the interior of the chassis. This does not only improve the air flow across the installed storage devices, but also moves much needed cool air across the graphic cards and motherboard. The fan may be tilted up to 20
Corsair Vengeance DDR3 for laptops
Corsair introduced Vengeance laptop memory upgrades. Corsair
Scythe coolers get LGA2011 support
Scythe presents Rev.B editions of its Mugen 3, Mugen 3 PCGH, and Ninja 3 processor coolers. These new revisions add the necessary mounting tools for Intel's new LGA2011 platform.
All three Scythe CPU Coolers are utilizing the 4th version of Scythe's Flip Mount Super Back-Plate (F.M.S.B.) allowing firm mounting for current sockets. Mainboards which are using the Socket R (LGA2011) are already equipped with a pre-installed backplate and do not require the Scythe Flip Mount Super Back-Plate. In this case a convenient and easy mounting is accomplished by attaching four screws directly to the socket which are then fixed using a small wrench. Required screws as well as wrench are part of the accessory supplied with Scythe's Rev. B CPU Coolers.
Even though brand-new sockets are added to the compatibility list, prior sockets are still supported. Scythe is trying to keep the tradition of supporting prior sockets such as socket LGA775 and AM2 even for the new Rev. B CPU Coolers. New Scythe Revision B CPU Coolers will be available and shipped starting next week.
Suggested MSRP for the three models as following:
Mugen 3 Rev.B (SCMG-3100): 36,00 EUR (excl. VAT/TAX)
Mugen 3 Rev.B PCGH (SCMG-3PCGH): 42,00 EUR (excl. VAT/TAX)
Ninja 3 Rev.B (SCNJ-3100 ): 36,00 EUR (excl. VAT/TAX)
YouTube homepage gets overhauled
YouTube gets a new look and new features.
Take a tour of the new YouTube homepage and learn how to create your own personal, customizable YouTube channel line-up.
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Cinematic Teaser
Seasonic 1000W Platinum power supply review
Today we peek at the Seasonic 1000W Platinum series. It's 1000W, Platinum certified, incredibly silent, modular and can be spotted for just 235 EUR. Hell they even throw in a 7 year warranty. That just oozes value, features and lifespan.
A PSU loaded with features and top notch efficiency, it certainly surprised us in a very good way. Have a peek at the product and then let's head onwards into the review.
Ivy Bridge Official Benchmarks Surface
Ivy Bridge CPUs will have single threaded performance on par with the existing Sandy Bridge CPUs and will mainly deliver improvements to power consumption and integrated graphics - nothing for PC enthusiasts to get excited about.
Intel have now revealed official performance figures for IB and they look rather good. They've produced a raft of benchmarks, which reveal improvements such as 56% in ArcSoft Media Expresso, 25% in Excel 2010 and a 199% gain in the 3D Mark Vantage GPU benchmark. Unfortunately, they haven't released any benchmarks based on high performance 3D games, but it's probably safe to say that they will be similarly improved. Now, on to the benchmarks, which compare their new 3.4 GHz i7-3770 (4 cores + HT) with the current 3.4 GHz i7-2600, also with 4 cores + HT:
- +7% higher overall SYSmark 2012 score
- +14% higher overall HDXPRT 2011 score
- +15% higher Cinebench 11.5 score
- +13% better ProShow Gold 4.5 result
- +25% faster performance in Excel 2010
- +56% faster performance in ArcSoft Media Expresso
- +192% higher overall 3DMark Vantage score
- +17% faster performance in 3DMark Vantage CPU benchmark
- +199% faster performance in 3DMark Vantage GPU benchmark
The key architectural enhancements delivering these improvements are:
- Intel's new 22nm 3D Tri-Gate technology. More on this here
- Enhanced AVX acceleration
- IGP performance improved by 30% compared to its predecessor
- IGP supports DX11 and OpenCL 1.1
- PCI Express 3.0 x16 interface, including a PCI Express 2.0 x4 controller
Ivy Bridge will feature PCI Express 3.0 x16 interconnection as well as PCIe 2.0 x4 controller. In fourth, the processor will support a number of power management innovations. The CPU is made using 22nm process technology.
Intel will release its code-named Ivy Bridge central processing units for desktops in March or April, 2012.
Inno3D GTX 560 Ti 448 HyperCore Graphics Card
Inno3D released a limited-edition GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 cores, the Hong Kong-based company launched its GTX 560 Ti 448SP HyperCore graphics card.
The card featuresa custom GF110 board design by Inno3D, and a new custom design single-fan cooler. Based on the 40 nm GF110 GPU, it features 448 CUDA cores, and 1280 MB of GDDR5 memory over a 320-bit memory interface. It features slightly overclocked speeds over reference speeds; 760 MHz core, 1520 MHz CUDA cores, against reference speeds of 732/1464 MHz. The memory clock sticks to specifications, at 950 MHz (3.80 GHz effective).
The card will be available in limited quantities, and only in select North American and European markets.
Seagate Momentus XT solid state hybrid drive
Seagate ships its second-generation Momentus XT, a solid state hybrid drive for consumers and business users. It's a 750GB SATA 6Gbps HDD with 8GB SLC NAND flash memory, under typical load this design provides a significant performance boost that approaches SSD-like speeds, but under heavy stress the performance seems to break down.
Seagate (NASDAQ:STX) is now shipping the second generation of Momentus
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW and Classified
EVGA also delivers the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Classified and GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW graphics cards. The Classified edition offers a dual-fan cooler, with a 797MHz core, 1584MHz shaders and 1280MB GDDR5 memory clocked at 3900MHz.
The FTW edition has the same frequencies but a less advanced cooling solution. Pricing is $299.99 for the Classified and $289.99 for the FTW.
Lego Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3
Hehe ... oh come on, coolest video of the day ...
Take On Helicopters Demo
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Patch v1.2
UPDATE 1.2 NOTES (all platforms unless specified)
Fixed crash on startup when audio is set to sample rate other than 44100Hz
Fixed issue where projectiles did not properly fade away
Fixed occasional issue where a guest would arrive to the player
Thermaltake MS-I Snow Edition Case
Thermaltake has prepared Commander MS-I Snow Edition to take on a gratitude mission of thanking our fans for the support throughout the year of 2011 as well as with a new suit to blend into the snowy battlefield for e-Sports enthusiasts.
Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow Edition
Thermaltake Commander MS-I has made a huge blast since its first present in July 2011. This winter, with its determination and consistency, Commander MS-I is suited up with a brand-new snow look to move its way through a snowy battlefield. The Commander MS-I Snow Edition is equipped with extra-long VGA support which will hold some premium weapons (graphic cards) in the market, such as nVidia GTX590 and AMD Radeon HD6990 with ease, cable management and 12cm blue LED fan to enhance air mobility (ventilation), USB2.0 and USB 3.0(internal 19pin) front I/O slots allow direct data transfers during combat situation, and 9 drive bays grant with maximum magazine (HDD, optical drives) storability so you will never run out of resources.
Noctua Launches New PWM Fans
"Our customers have been asking us for PWM versions of our fans for a long time, but the available PWM fan driver ICs simply weren't up to our quality standards", explains Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "With our NE-FD1, we've now got our custom-designed IC that allows us to build PWM fans that consume less power and remain quieter at low speeds."
Most conventional PWM fan driver ICs put out square signals that cause sudden torque impulses. These impulses can cause minute deformations of the entire fan structure which lead to audible "clicking" noises that are especially noticeable with many common PWM fans running at slower speeds. Adopting Noctua's Smooth Commutation Drive (SCD) technology, the custom designed NE-FD1 PWM IC slows down the slew rate of the output signal in order to give a smoother, less sudden torque impulse. This way, PWM switching noises can be effectively suppressed and the fan runs even quieter, especially at low speeds.
Noctua's NE-FD1 IC was not only fine-tuned for superior quietness, it has also been carefully optimised to allow for ultra-low power consumption. As a result, the new PWM models consume 25-40% less power than their non-PWM counterparts.
All models come with Low-Noise Adaptors, 30cm cable extensions and 4-pin y-cables that allow to connect a second PWM fan to the same fan header for automatic control. Equipped with Noctua's signature SSO bearing and topped off with a 6 years manufacturer's warranty, the NF-P12 PWM, NF-B9 PWM and NF-R8 PWM are a proven premium choice for the highest demands.
Price and Availability
The new PWM models are available immediately at a recommended retail price of EUR 19.90 / USD 24.90 (NF-P12 PWM), EUR 17.90 / USD 21.90 (NF-B9 PWM) and EUR 14.90 / USD 18.90 (NF-R8 PWM).
For more information, visit the product pages of NF-P12 PWM, NF-B9 PWM, and NF-R8 PWM. To learn more about Noctua NE-FD1 PWM IC, visit this page.
Antec P280 Chassis
Antec is proud to announce the P280, the newest member of the award-winning Performance One Series. The P280 reflects the sophisticated appearance and Quiet Computing engineering of its Performance One predecessors, while offering a new set of features at an attractive price for users building with current- and next-gen hardware.
Continuing the legacy of Performance One enclosures, the P280 integrates quiet technologies such as sound-dampening steel / polycarbonate side panels, a triple-layer front door and hard drive trays with preinstalled vibration-reducing silicone grommets. Its understated aesthetics will appeal to gamers and enthusiasts who prefer a stylish, functional appearance.
Every feature in the P280, from the enlarged internal layout to the air filters & fan mounts, is included to accommodate high-end systems. Supporting up to XL-ATX sized motherboards and four-way GPU configurations, it offers a new level of expandability in the Performance One series.
Understanding the importance of convenience and ease-of-use, the P280 includes tool-less optical drive bays, 3.5
AMD 'Not Competing with Intel Anymore'
"We're at an inflection point," said AMD spokesman Mike Silverman, according to a Mercury News report. "We will all need to let go of the old 'AMD versus Intel' mindset, because it won't be about that anymore."
Speculations are that AMD simply might halt high-end processors and focus more on mobile parts like the current Llano processors. We can already see processor prices rise ...
If anything, 2011, with more than half a year of lacking an actual CEO, was a clear symptom that Advanced Micro Devices had to do something, and soon. The company has a new leader now and, sure enough, the man took some fairly drastic measures, and that includes more than this latest change in direction, as well as a branded RAM project.
The workforce also suffered, especially the PR and marketing departments (AMD axed large portions of each as part of its plan to cut total worldwide employee count by 10%).
The complicated thing about the focus on mobile is that ARM already has that well enough in hand, and NVIDIA just launched the Kal-El too. AMD may just be exchanging one headache for another with this.
3DMark for Android in 2012
Futuremark announced that it has started development of 3DMark for Android (working title), with the aim of bringing the industry standard gaming performance benchmark to Android powered tablets in 2012.
Companies involved in the manufacture of Android powered devices are invited to join Futuremark's Benchmark Development Program to play a critical role in the development of 3DMark for Android, from initial specification to final delivery.
Research groups such as Gartner and IDC are predicting explosive growth for tablets in the coming years. Undoubtedly games will be one of the key drivers of this growth as the performance and power of these lightweight devices improves. Fierce competition between Android devices means hardware manufacturers and their suppliers will need an objective, impartial and forward-looking performance reference to enable their engineers to deliver competitive products.