OCZ Octane SSD series uses Indilinx Everest controller
OCZ introduced the Octane (SATA 6Gbps) and Octane-S2 (SATA 3Gbps), two new solid state disks with the Indilinx Everest SSD controller. Both modules will start shipping on November 1, capacities will range from 128GB to 1TB but pricing is still unknown.
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs), today launched the Indilinx Everest-based Octane SATA 3.0 and SATA 2.0 SSD series, striking the ideal balance between capacity, physical size, and speed. In addition to being the world's first SSD to achieve up to a 1TB capacity in a compact 2.5 inch format, OCZ's Octane SSD series combines high-speed data transfer rates with record-breaking access times to provide a superior user experience and improved application performance.
"OCZ has reached an important milestone in the development of its own controller technology," said James E. Bagley, Senior Analyst with Storage Strategies NOW. "The high sustained performance, even with compressed files, the rapid boot feature and high access speeds using SATA 3.0 protocol puts their controller technology in the major league."
"Until now SSDs have been tailored for specific applications, forcing users into a product which maximizes performance for a narrow band of applications, but is significantly lacking in others," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. "The Octane Series solves this problem by providing the highest level of performance across varied workloads including mixed file sizes and mixed compressible and uncompressible data, all while nearly doubling NAND flash endurance."
The Octane series leverages the cutting-edge Indilinx Everest platform to deliver up to 560MB/s of bandwidth and 45,000 IOPS and is optimized for the complete spectrum of file types and sizes. In particular, the Octane's proprietary page mapping algorithms allow for steady mixed-workload performance, mirroring real world conditions across a wide range of applications. The Octane series also includes a number of advanced features unique to Indilinx, including innovative latency reduction technology, enabling both read and write access times as low as 0.06ms and 0.09ms respectively, the lowest of any commercially available SSD. This enhances application responsiveness and enables features such as "fast boot" in consumer applications.
Octane SSDs also come equipped with Indilinx's proprietary NDurance
Cooler Master Silencio 450 case launched
Cooler Master shows off the Silencio 450, a new mid-tower steel case that focuses on quiet computing. The case will be available in early November for 54.95EUR.
Cooler Master, an industry leading chassis, thermal solution, power supply, peripheral, and accessory manufacturer, today adds a new sibling to the Silencio 550, the Silencio 450.
The Silencio Series represents the best solution for sound absorption with system builds of all levels. Sound silencing foam padding seeks to severely reduce system noises produced by hard drives, numerous cooling fans, and other devices. Combine this with a solid-steel frame, vibration inhibiting rubber feet, two Cooler Master quiet-spinning fans and the Silencio 450 nearly becomes completely silent. Those that value a quiet computing space will immensely appreciate the Silencio Series.
Look beyond the modest exterior of the Silencio 450 to find a clean, intuitive, and spacious interior. Three 5.25
Fresco delivers four-port USB 3.0 controller
Hey now, more competition in the USB 3.0 market is always nice, and Fresco delivers some nice candy with its new FL1100 four-port USB 3.0 host controller.
Playstation 3D Display ships November 13
The official Playstation blog has announced that the $499 24 inch display will begin shipping to stores and to pre-orders on November 13. All of the units will include a set of 3D glasses, an HDMI cable and a free copy of the recent Playstation 3 exclusive arcade racing game MotorStorm: Apocalypse.
People who pre-ordered the display before September 30 will also get a second free PS3 game, the sci-fi first person shooter Resistance 3. Sony has also posted up an FAQ responding to some of the more popular questions from PS3 fans about the display. A full list of currently available 3D games is available here.
Modern Warfare 3 - Strike Packages BTS Video
Modern Warfare 3's all-new Strike Package system looks set to shift the game away from the lone-wolf tactics that dominate the Modern Warfare 2 online arena. Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer have released a new video explaining how the system works. If you are a lone wolf, assist or team player, there is a Strike Package tailored just for you. The above video explains many of the available rewards, and gear you can expect to unlock online.
Intel Core i7-3930K and Core i7-3960X Listed in EU
With a little less than a month to go until Intel will make official its first processors based on the high-performance Sandy Bridge-E architecture, European retailers have started listing some of these chips on their websites, the Core i7-3930K and Core i7-3960X being the first to arrive.
These two Intel processors have popped up in Sweden on the PriceSpy website. After dropping the 25% VAT tax from the price of these CPUs, it would result that the Core i7-3960X is priced at $1086 US, or about 786 Euros, while its slower brother has a retail price of $616 US (446 Euros).
Both of these prices are higher than those suggested by previous leaks, $999 and $583 respectively, but they are expected to come down once we are getting nearer to the Sandy Bridge-E release date.
Intel's initial LGA 2011 processor lineup will include three chips, all of them belonging to the Core i7 product line.
As most of you know, the Core i7-3960X is the fastest of these as the Extreme Edition part includes six processing cores with Hyper-Threading support, has a base frequency of 3.3GHz and a maximum clock speed of 3.9GHz, as well as 15MB of Level 3 cache memory.
In comparison, the Core i7-3930K, also includes six processing cores with Hyper-Threading support, but has a base operating clock of 3.2GHz, while the maximum frequency in Turbo mode is set at 3.80GHz.
Cache size has was also reduced, as the Core i7-3930K sports only 12MB of Level 3 cache memory. Intel is expected to release both of these LGA 2011 chips on November 14.
AMD Catalyst Application Profile - 11.9 CAP3
Grab the new AMD Catalyst Application Profile - 11.9 CAP3. These are the Catalyst profiles for multi-GPU support.
This release of ATI Catalyst delivers support for the latest ATI CrossFireX profiles in a separate executable file ensuring users have access to the absolute latest set of profiles installed on their PC.
Latest profiles added :
- Battlefield 3: Provides great CrossFire scaling and reduces flickering / corruption issues when running in CrossFire mode
- Red Orchestra 2
PowerColor Multimedia Streaming Solution - SlingIt
PowerColor today introduces all-new multimedia solution, SlingIt, which is designed to help centralize and distribute entertainment to various devices inside your home. SlingIt creates a gateway to wireless entertainment by offering a pair of devices that builds a bridge among multiple rooms.
Any device with HDMI connection can be supported by SlingIt. SlingIt allows users to set up easily by just plugging the transmitter to HDMI source and the receiver to HDVT, and then you can stream Youtube, play games, or share photos with your friends. SlingIt brings incredible HD experience to users with a variety media formats.
Transmit uncompressed 1080p HD/3D wirelessly without noticeable latency
SlingIt presents flexible and uncompressed 1080p wireless transmission from desktop PC or notebook to HDTV, users are available to enjoy full 1080p HD video, Blu-ray 3D playback with up to 1920 x 1080 resolution for all HDMI devices. The most important of all, SlingIt transfer HD content without noticeable latency, brings amazing lag-free home entertainment.
Support HID & IR remote control
SlingIt supports Human Interface devices (HID), for example, wireless mouse and keyboard. You can share photos, stream YouTube, play games, watch movies from PC and remote control it without moving your feet. Also with the IR support, you can make your remote controller backward, forward, pause or change channels without your device nearby.
Plug and Play
The interface design of SlingIt is very user-friendly, there
OCZ launches three modular ZT PSUs
OCZ launched the ZT series, a new line of modular power supplies with wattages of 550W, 650W and 750W. These units have a single +12V rail and offer 80Plus Bronze certification. Cooling is provided by a 140mm fan.
OCZ Technology Group, Inc., (Nasdaq:OCZ) a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and power management solutions for computing devices and systems, today unveiled the ZT Power Supply Series which offers consumers performance and stability for gaming systems and desktops. Providing high efficiency, cool operation, and a fully modular cable design, the ZT Series comes in a range of wattage options for users looking for a quality upgrade.
Noctua gives free upgrade for Intel LGA2011
Noctua announced customers of the company's CPU coolers can order a NM-I2011 kit free of charge. This mounting kit will make all Noctua coolers since 2005 compatible with Intel's upcoming LGA2011 socket. The NM-I2011 can be ordered on this page.
Continuing Noctua's tradition of supplying its customers with SecuFirm2
Leaked Catalyst driver shows Radeon HD 7000 names
A leaked Catalyst 8.91 driver (codename for Catalyst 11.11 Preview) contains references to a bunch of upcoming Radeon HD 7000 series parts. Additionally, the file also reveals some new codenames.
The relevant names are listed as follows:
AMD6778.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7000 series"
AMD68FA.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7300 Series"
AMD6850.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7400 Series"
AMD6858.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7400 Series"
AMD6859.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7400 Series"
AMD677B.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7400 Series"
AMD6772.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7400A Series"
AMD675D.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7500 Series"
AMD6742.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7500/7600 Series"
AMD6841.7 = "AMD Radeon HD 7500M/7600M Series"
AMD675B.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7600 Series"
AMD6751.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7600A Series"
AMD6840.7 = "AMD Radeon HD 7600M Series"
AMD683B.1 = "CAPE VERDE PRO"
AMD683F.1 = "CAPE VERDE PRO"
AMD6839.1 = "CAPE VERDE XT"
AMD683D.1 = "CAPE VERDE XT"
AMD6838.1 = "CAPE VERDE XTX"
AMD682F.1 = "CHELSEA PRO"
AMD6824.1 = "CHELSEA XT"
AMD682D.1 = "CHELSEA XT"
AMD6831.1 = "GREAT WALL"
AMD6821.1 = "HEATHROW PRO"
AMD6827.1 = "HEATHROW PRO"
AMD6820.1 = "HEATHROW XT"
AMD6825.1 = "HEATHROW XT"
AMD6819.1 = "PITCAIRN PRO"
AMD6818.1 = "PITCAIRN XT"
AMD6799.1 = "SI NEW ZEALAND"
AMD679A.1 = "SI TAHITI PRO"
AMD6798.1 = "SI TAHITI XT"
AMD6830.1 = "SUMMER PALACE XT"
AMD9901.1 = "TRINITY DEVASTATOR DESKTOP"
AMD9904.1 = "TRINITY DEVASTATOR LITE DESKTOP"
AMD9903.2 = "TRINITY DEVASTATOR LITE MOBILE"
AMD9900.2 = "TRINITY DEVASTATOR MOBILE"
AMD9991.1 = "TRINITY SCRAPPER DESKTOP"
AMD9990.2 = "TRINITY SCRAPPER MOBILE"
AMD6800.1 = "WIMBLEDON XT"
Right off the bat, there are a string of Radeon HD 7000, containing Radeon HD 7300, 7400, 7500, and 7600 Series. For notebooks, HD 7500M and HD 7600M are listed. Also mentioned are HD 7400A and HD 7600A Series. "A" is a new suffix and might indicate integrated graphics for APUs. For Llano, the APUs contained suffixes of G for notebooks and D for desktops.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Samsung Galaxy
Yesterday Google officially announced Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich", an upcoming update that delivers a massive redesign of the user interface and a bunch of new features.
Some of the highlights include an NFC-enabled feature called Android Beam, offline search in Gmail, new lock screen features and a fancy unlocking method called "Face Unlock," which uses facial recognition to ensure strangers can't use your phone without permission. Ice Cream Sandwich also includes enhancements in almost every native app within Android itself. The SDK is already available for Android 4.0, and the update itself will make its first public appearance on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, also unveiled tonight.
Samsung's Galaxy Nexus will be the first smartphone to feature the Google Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system. Neowin provides a list of the main specifications of this device:
- A 4.65-inch 1280 x 720 HD Super AMOLED display
- HSPA+ or LTE (depending on region)
- 1.2 GHz dual-core processor (TI OMAP 4460)
- 1 GB of RAM
- 16 or 32 GB of internal storage
- 5 MP rear camera with flash; 1.3 MP front camera
- Full HD 1080p video recording at 30 FPS; zero shutter lag
- Bluetooth 3.0 and dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- NFC and a barometer
- 8.94mm thin; 135g light
- 1,750 mAh battery
Quantum levitation demonstrated in viral video
The semiconductor (0.5micron) is coated with a sapphire crystal (500micron) layer, wrapped in plastic and chilled in liquid nitrogen. The end result is that the chilled wafer is essentially locked in space above the magnet. This works because at a normal state (warm), the magnetic field is able to penetrate freely. Cooling creates quantum trapping and the magnetic field penetrates in the form of quantum flux tubes. The quantum flux tubes are pinned in defects, locking the superconductor in space and allowing frictionless movement.
Red Orchestra 2: Rising Storm - Debut Trailer
Batman: Arkham City PhysX Trailer
Sneak Peak the X79 G1.Assassin 2 motherboard
Gigabyte shows a one of their forthcoming X79 series motherboards, with a glimpse of the GIGABYTE G1. Assassin 2 in all its glory; the first G1-Killer series board to support Intel Core processors for the 2011 socket:
Click the thumbs .. btw is it just me or is the 'gun' theme getting a little -- meh ? Motherboards for grown ups please !
Gigabye: As with all GIGABYTE G1-Killer motherboards, the emphasis is on serious gaming performance, with onboard audio and networking processors that ensure you
CM Storm Trooper review
CM Storm QuickFire Rapid mechanical keyboard launched
Cooler Master presents the CM Storm QuickFire Rapid, a new keyboard with mechanical Cherry MX switches.
CM Storm, of the Cooler Master Group, comes full circle by introducing its new line of sleek fully mechanical keyboards. A full complement of very durable and high quality CM Storm peripherals can now be had with the introduction of the QuickFire Rapid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.
Precision, Comfort, & Durability
Effortlessly melt into the smooth and clean aesthetic of the QuickFire Rapid via its laser-marked keycaps and its smooth, yet damage-resistant, rubber coating. This is complemented by a set of extra keycaps (includes a key puller) that give the keyboard an extra appeal that draws other gamers in. A response time of 1ms, in USB mode, offers gamers a necessary consistency to navigate the ever changing landscapes of their video game libraries. With the Windows Key being disabled in GAME mode, users will no longer worry about possibly losing a match from accidentally minimizing the game. Multimedia shortcuts are available to ensure that media can be controlled with ease. With N Key Rollover, users deploying the QuickFire Rapid in PS/2 mode can activate many keys on the keyboard at once with all of them registering.
High-grade Cherry MX Switches
CM Storm aims to offer the best available mechanical hardware by integrating Cherry MX switches. These provide the QuickFire Rapid with the ability to respond to, and recover from, furious button presses with almost zero lag. Vastly improve your possible gaming actions per minute by utilizing a QuickFire Rapid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard in FPS, MMO, RTS, and other games. Cherry MX Black, Brown, or Blue switches will be available based on region.
Hassle-free Travel and Cable Management
Travel without a care in the world by simply removing the included braided USB cable and storing it. While attached, the braided USB cable can be routed through cable management grooves in the back of the QuickFire Rapid. This prevents unsightly cable clutter and helps minimize risk due to a hanging cable catching a foot or leg from a loved one.
Price and Availability
The QuickFire Rapid carries a MSRP of $79.99. It will be available November 2011 at retailers and online locations that sell your favorite Cooler Master, CM Storm, and Choiix gear.