Samsung's First 500MB/s SATA 6Gbps SSD the PM830
Samsung has released their first SATA3 based SSD, the model carries the name PM830 and uses the SATA 6Gbps interface in order to reach transfer speeds up to 500MB/s.
Two major changes had to be introduced by Samsung in the PM830 series drives in order to achieve this impressive performance.The first one of these is course the new SATA 6Gbps interface, while the latter is the introduction of 2x-nm Toggle NAND Flash support, which will also help drive prices down similarly to what Intel has experienced when it switched to 25nm IMFT Flash.
The PM830 drives come with a proprietary Samsung controller and support for AES 256-bit encryption.Performance wise the SSD is specced at sequential read speeds of 500MB/s with sequential write speeds are listed at an impressive 350MB/s.
Well, that should be plenty alright.
The PM830 series will become available in 512GB, 256GB and 128GB volume sizes. Initial batches will go to OEMs and later on retail will see the launch.
Cubitek Magic Cube 3HDD review
Cubitek figured, heck .. it's all in our own brand name, let's design a modular chassis series under the name Magic Cube. One main chassis will be housing your motherboard and PSU, and two other smaller 'cubes' will house HDDs and Optical storage units and such. That completely overhauls the design of any regular chassis, as all of the sudden .. you have three units housing your PC.
Check out the full review here
BitFenix Merc Alpha and Beta chassis
Today, BitFenix is proud to introduce the latest entry in their critically-acclaimed lineup of gaming enclosures. Dubbed Merc, this mid-tower ATX design offers killer features and styling at an unbelievable price point, making it the ideal case for gamers on a budget.
"Packed with premium features and BitFenix design DNA, users will see that we didn't cut any corners with Merc," says BitFenix Product Manager David Jarlestedt. "From the clean yet bold design, to the black interior coating, quality black cabling, and robust connectivity, cooling and cable management features, gamers will be hard-pressed to find a better value enclosure in this segment."
Beyond the expertly crafted exterior, Merc comes equipped with the tools to get the job done. This feature-packed enclosure comes in two different versions. With its two extra 120mm fan locations up top, Merc Alpha is great for users looking for maximum cooling potential, and for those who require a more streamlined look, there's Merc Beta. Whichever you choose, Merc is ready for battle.
Small but rugged, Merc provides ample expansion possibilities, including three 5.25", seven 3.5", and one 2.5
Asus Mars II Sneak Preview, Benchmark
VR-Zone got some more info on the ASUS Mars II.
ASUS is known for taking the fastest graphics cards and making them even bigger and badder. Their last headline-grabbing attempt with a Nvidia GPU was back in 2009, when they released the dual-GTX 285 Mars.
This time round, ASUS has shoehorned two GTX 580s onto a single PCB to create the Mars II. Each GPU is clocked at 782MHz, making the Mars II even faster than the (already discontinued) GTX 590.
|GTX 580||GTX 590||Mars II|
|Memory||1.5GB||2 x 1.5GB||2 x 1.5GB|
ASUS has spared no expense here: the Mars II sports a sturdy metal shroud with two 120mm fans, and a metal backplate covers the entire rear.
However, the Mars II is considerably wider than usual, in addition to taking up three slots. Its dimensions are 13" x 6.2" x 2.5", so chances are that it will only fit into the very largest casings out there.
Three 8-pin PCIe connectors are required, and ASUS has also thrown in a 100% fan speed button. If you have too much money, you can even buy two of these and run them in quad-SLI. One NEC Proadlizer is used for each GPU.
Each GPU gets an 8-phase power delivery system, and each set of memory 2 phases, making for a total of 20 phases on a single PCB. To help cool this beast, each heatsink has four copper heatpipes.
Word has it that the Mars II will retail for a wallet-blowing S$2499 starting from late August. This is a limited edition card so only 999 units will be sold worldwide.
Eight DIMM slot based Gigabyte LGA 2011 Motherboards
A new picture of an upcoming Gigabyte LGA 2011 motherboard featuring eight DIMM sockets has surfaced.
This X79 chipset based motherboard is socket LGA 2011 based, once you look at the GA-6PXSVyou'll spot no less than eight DIMM memory sockets, which could enable up to 64GB of system memory to be installed in a quad-channel configuration.
Right to the left of these, Gigabyte has placed the board's expansion slots, which include a pair of PCI Express x16 slots, one PCIe x8 slot, one PCI Express x4 slot as well as a legacy 32-bit PCI slot. Both the x8 and x4 PCIe slots are open ended.
We see six 6Gbps SATA ports, driven by the X79 PCH, and the GA-6PXSV also features two SAS 6Gbps ports placed right near the board's left margin, indicating that this is a server board.
We also see USB 3.0 connectivity, support for the enterprise version of Intel's Rapid Storage Technology (IRST), and a six-phase CPU PWM with DrMOS MOSFET transistors. On the back of the GA-6PXSV, outside of the regular connectors, users will also find a pair of KVM network ports.
Check out the photo right here, click the thumbnail.
SanDisk iSSD series adopts SATA µSSD spec
SanDisk announced the adoption of the new SATA
Samsung Galaxy R uses dual-core Tegra 2
NVIDIA and Samsung Electronics announced the latest GALAXY smartphone, the GALAXY R, which sports a 4.19-inch screen, features the NVIDIA(R) Tegra(TM) 2 mobile super chip and the Android 2.3 (also known as Gingerbread) operating system.
Samsung's GALAXY smartphones are among the world's most popular handheld devices.
The GALAXY R gives more consumers the opportunity to enjoy the never-before-seen experiences enabled by Tegra, the world's first mobile processor with a dual-core CPU. The GALAXY R also features a GeForce(TM) GPU for fast Web browsing with hardware-accelerated Adobe Flash Player support, full HD video and console-quality gaming.
Using the GALAXY R, consumers can multitask efficiently, surf the Web quickly with fast-loading pages and Flash-based content and enjoy HD movies. They can also access Tegra-optimized games through the Tegra Zone app on Android Market.
"Samsung's newest super phone shows off Tegra's multimedia power, and is a great example of what consumers expect from one of the world's top phone makers," said Michael Rayfield, general manager of NVIDIA's mobile business.
The GALAXY R features:
-- Tegra 2 super chip
-- 4.19" WVGA Super Clear LCD touchscreen
-- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system
-- 720p HD video capture and 1080p Full HD playback (DivX, WMV, MP4, H.264 B/P only)
-- Built-in memory of 8GB and support for 32GB Micro SD
-- Size: 125.7 x 66.7 x 9.55 mm
-- Weight: 131 grams
The GALAXY R is available in Sweden, and is coming to other regions soon, including North & Eastern Europe, South East & West Asia, Middle East Asia, and China.
F.E.A.R. 3 Motion Capture Trailer
Day 1 Studios takes a tour of the motion-capture technology used to create the gameplay of F.E.A.R. 3. Word is: "Lead Animator Andy Konieczny explains how movement data is captured with multiple cameras and a sensor-filled suit and how the data translates to animations of different characters in F.E.A.R. 3.
Motion-capture actors Scott Sumerak and Lawrence Kern also give insight to how they prepare to take on the role of various characters in video games."
A new AMD Catalyst 11.8 preview driver out for grabs
A new AMD Catalyst 11.8 Preview Driver OpenGL 4.2 (8.88.8 August 8) for both Windows Vista and 7 32 and 64-bit is out for grabs.
AMD Catalyst Driver 11.8 early Preview Features:
Delivers performance enhancements for the AMD Radeon HD 5000/6000 Series. Includes enhancements to the AMD Catalyst Control Center. New task based Display Management controls
- Full support for the new OpenGL 4.2 specification. High-lights include
- Enhanced support for generic read-write memory and high performance atomics in shaders (EXT_shader_image_load_store and ARB_shader_atomic_counters extensions), allowing advanced graphics algorithms to be implemented.
- Increased flexibility in how texture memory is allocated and managed (ARB_compressed_texture_pixel_storage and EXT_texture_storage extensions).◦Improved control and access to geometry instancing for improved performance (ARB_transform_feedback_instanced and ARB_base_instance).
- Improvements to the OpenGL Shading Language (GLSL).◦Added control over GPU optimizations related to depth testing (AMD_conservative_depth).Build Info:DriverVer=08/08/2011, 8.880.8.00008.88.8-110808a-123505E-ATI
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
On a second note, the AMD Catalyst Application Profile 11.7 CAP2 is out as well, grab that here.
Aerocool XPredator full-tower turns white
Check out the white version of Aerocool XPredator White Edition, the chassis is expected to retail next month for around 129.90EUR. As the name suggests, the only upgrade on this model is a white paint job.
It features a front I/O panel with 3 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, Audio/Mic and eSATA ports, a built-in fan controller supporting up to six fans, tool-free installation for 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch drives and PCI cards.
There also is a motherboard tray cut-out for easy replacement of CPU coolers, four pre-drilled holes for watercooling tubes, and a side window that can hold four fans.
Aerocool's case measures 600 (H) x 234 (W) x 555 (D) mm and comes equipped with two fans, one 230 x 200 mm fan with white LEDs in front and another one with no lighting on top. Both spinners operate at 750 RPM.
SilverStone DS321 dual-bay USB 3.0 RAID chassis
SilverStone outs their new DS321, a new dual-bay RAID storage enclosure that uses USB 3.0. The enclosure is made from aluminium and has a small fan for extra cooling.
The compact design of the DS321 makes this dual-bay RAID storage enclosure one of the smallest in the market, yet it still packs a punch when it comes to flexibility and performance. Installing 3.5
GIGABYTE Entire 6 Series Ready to Support Native PCIe Gen. 3
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and computing hardware solutions today announced their entire range of 6 series motherboards are ready to support the next generation Intel 22nm CPUs (LGA1155 Socket) as well as offer native support for PCI Express Gen. 3 technology, delivering maximum data bandwidth for future discrete graphics cards.
Wanting to provide maximum upgradeability to customers, GIGABYTE has enabled native support for PCI Express Gen. 3 across the entire range of GIGABYTE 6 series motherboards, including the recently launched G1.Sniper 2 motherboard, when paired with Intel's next generation 22nm CPUs. By installing the latest BIOS for their 6 series motherboards today, users can be assured they are ready to take advantage of all the performance enhancements tomorrow's technologies have to offer.
To future proof your GIGABYTE 6 series motherboard, please download and install the latest BIOS update for your motherboard model from the GIGABYTE website.
SATA-IO standard in the works
The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO), the industry consortium dedicated to sustaining the quality, integrity and dissemination of Serial ATA (SATA) technology, today announced it is developing SATA Express, a new specification that combines SATA software infrastructure with the PCI Express (PCIe) interface. SATA Express enables the development of new devices that utilize the PCIe interface and maintain compatibility with existing SATA applications.
The technology will provide a cost-effective means to increase device interface speeds to 8Gb/s and 16Gb/s.
Solid state (SSDs) and hybrid drives are already pushing the limits of existing storage interfaces. SATA Express will provide a low-cost solution to fully utilize the performance of these devices. Storage devices not requiring the speed of SATA Express will continue to be served by existing SATA technology. The specification will define new device and motherboard connectors that will support both new SATA Express and current SATA devices.
SandForce shows SSD Built Using 24nm Toshiba MLC Flash
We just had the transition towards 25nm NANF flash, but 24 NAND flash is already arround the corner.
At the upcoming Flash Memory Summit, which is scheduled to open its gates later today in Santa Clara, California, SandForce is going to demonstrate a prototype SSD which uses 24nm MLC (multi-level cell) toggle NAND Flash chips manufactured by Toshiba.
These complement the control IC introduced by Toshiba in its 24nm toggle NAND Flash memory, which runs a special error checking and correction (ECC) algorithm on the chips without placing any burden on the host controller.
By using this technology, Toshiba claims that 24nm NAND allows for 1.9 times faster read speeds and 1.5 times faster write speeds, when compared with the current 32-nm generation devices.
According to the SandForce press release, Toshiba 24nm toggle Flash memory can operate up to 166 mega-transfers per second.
Gigabyte outs Two New WindForce 3X AMD Video Cards
Accompanied with a customized PBC and the Gigabyte WindForce 3X cooler Gigabyte outs two new Radeon HD 6870 cards. WindForce 3X, that's a heatsink and three PWM fans, plus pure copper heatpipes.
Both boards (GV-R687UD-1GD rev. 1.0 and rev. 2.0) are similar as far as performance goes, with 1,120 Stream processors, an interface of 256 bits for the 1 GB of GDDR5 VRAM (clock of 4,200 MHz) and a GPU frequency of 900 MHz. The factor that does help distinguish between them (even their PCBs are the same blue color) is the fact that the rev. 2.0 boasts ultra Durable VGA+ design (Ferrite Chokes, Low RDS (on MOSFET), NEC Proadlizer film capacitor, Japanese solid capacitors and a 2oz copper PCB).
AMD has lowered Radeon 6850 pricing in the EU
AMD has decided to lower the pricing for Radeon HD 6850 based graphics cards, which now have an MSRP of 129
Windows 8 to ditch Dolby Technologies
Dolby Labs reports that Microsoft has decided not to include Dolby technology in the upcoming release of Windows 8. This is a surprising move on Microsoft's part considering Dolby is included in Windows 7. Dolby shares fell 18% on Friday on the news. The absence of Dolby technologies in current Windows 8 builds does not inherently imply that the OS will not support DVD playback or digital surround sound. It is possible that Microsoft will choose to license these technologies from another provider. Check out what neowin had to say about it:
" So news from Dolby Laboratories
North Korean Government is Gold Farming
These hackers allegedly devised software to automatically play popular MMOs such as Lineage and Dungeon and Fighter (known in the U.S. simply as Dungeon Fighter). The group then sold this software so players can easily obtain gold and other virtual items for their online avatars, reports the Financial Times.
According to South Korean police, the organizers of the operation have accumulated over $6 million, and the NY Times reports that each member of the group was required to send $500 per month to the Pyongyang government.
The NY Times reports that other evidence also links the group to a Communist Party agency known as Office 39, which collects money for the North Korean government via drug trafficking, counterfeiting, arms sales, and other illicit activities.