Enermax Hoplite with hot-swap HDD dock
I dunno what is going on with chassis designs these days, to me that is not a good looking chassis. But then again, I dunno what you think about it.
Enermax cooked up the Hoplite, a new steel mid-tower ATX case with an all-black design and a fancy 120mm Vegas LED intake fan with light control button. The case measures 493mm x 200mm x 490mm and is available in three different versions, each model has support for up to five fans, four 5.25" devices, six 3.5" disks including two hot-swappable bays (only five for the ECA3222), two 2.5" SSDs (four for the ECA3222) and seven expansion slots.
The ECA3222 is the most advanced model, it has a top-mounted docking station for 2.5/3.5" SSD/HDDs, USB 3.0 ports in the I/O panel, and it also supports graphics cards with a length of up to 330mm (max 315mm for the ECA3220/3221). Other enthusiast features include a cut-out for easy access to the CPU heatsink, quick-release bay covers, enhancements for cable management, dust filters, tool-free installation and three holes for watercooling tubes.
The Hoplite ECA3222 model is reportedly available in Japan for the equivalent of $154.
List of hardware failure rates
An interesting post was found at French Hardware.fr as they published a list of computer hardware failure rates, you can check it out over here. It's in French but with the help of Google's Translator it shouldn't be too hard to understand, each page gives failure rates for the most popular brands and also provides failure rates for specific components.
The data originates from a large French e-tailer, it covers returns created before October 2010 for hardware sold between October 1, 2009 and April 1, 2010. The brand failure rates are compiled using a minimum sample of 500 sales, while model failure rates are calculated using a minimum sample of 100 sales.
In the motherboard market there doesn't seem to be a lot of difference between manufacturers:
- Gigabyte 2,33% (contre 2,36%)
- MSI 2,44% (contre 2,54%)
- ASUS 2,49% (contre 3,05%)
- ASRock 2,71% (contre 2,21%)
The memory market shows quite a different story, especially OCZ dropped the ball as its failure rate increase more than doubled compared to the last report.
- Kingston 0,30% (contre 0,37%)
- Crucial 0,93% (contre 0,78%)
- Corsair 1,41% (contre 1,66%)
- G.Skill 2,73% (contre 1,53%)
- OCZ 6,76% (contre 2,76%)
The HDD is likely one of the most critical components in your computer, in this category Maxtor received the best ranking:
- Maxtor 1,04% (contre 1,73%)
- Western Digital 1,45% (contre 0,99%)
- Seagate 2,13% (contre 2,58%)
- Samsung 2,47% (contre 1,93%)
- Hitachi 3,39% (contre 0,92%)
SSD failure rates are also listed and although you usually hear that SSDs are more durable than HDDs the numbers show a different story. Only Intel SSDs seem to score significantly better than HDDs.
- Intel 0,59%
- Corsair 2,17%
- Crucial 2,25%
- Kingston 2,39%
- OCZ 2,93%
ZOtax releases three ION-ITX motherboards
Zotac introduced the ION-ITX R, S and T series with Intel's dual-core Atom D525 (1.8GHz) and NVIDIA's ION2 GPU. All three models feature passive cooling.
Aerocool Rs-4 mid-tower gaming case
Aerocool has released the Rs-4, a new mid-tower gamer case made from 0.6mm SECC steel. The black chassis has a red interior and is equipped with a top-mounted handle for easy transporting.
I can imagine a red/black theme motherboard like the Asus ROG series in there fit really well. The Rs-4 measures 475mm x 200m x 475mm (H x W x D), it has room for four 5.25" devices and features two HDD cages (one is removable). Two fans are included and the RPM can be controlled via a fan knob at the top of the case. A 5-in-1 memory card reader has been integrated into the case and the I/O panel features two USB 2.0 ports, eSAtA and headphone + microphone ports. Unfortunately, there's no USB 3.0 support.
The Rs-4 has two pre-drilled holes for watercooling tubes. It will start shipping in Europe this week for 79.90EUR.
Battlefield 3 Unveiling March 1st
EA today confirmed that it will host an unveil event for Battlefield 3 on March 1st during GDC in San Francisco. Battlefield 3 is expected to ship in 2011.
The publisher confirmed to the media it will host an unveil event for the game on Mar. 1, 2011, taking place during the week of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Additionally, EA says it will also have new game announcements as well as hands-on time with many upcoming titles, including: Shadows of the Damned, Alice Madness Returns, Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning, and Crysis 2.
Those who purchased the Limited Edition of Medal of Honor this past fall received an invitation to the Battlefield 3 beta. Details about the beta's release date have not been announced.
OCZ to halt DRAM production completely
A while ago OCZ already announced that it would pull back from the enthusiast memory market, but in the latest Third Quarter Results OCZs Ryan Petersen, CEO mentioned that it is going to halt DRAM production completely.
In August 2010, the Company announced a strategic optimization of its memory products whereby it discontinued certain unprofitable commodity memory module products with the intent to continue only with certain high-performance memory products. However, since that time, there has been well-chronicled, continued weakness in the global DRAM markets.
Having balanced this DRAM market weakness against the capital needs of the Company's growing SSD products, the board has determined that it is in the best interests to accelerate plans to discontinue its remaining DRAM module products by the end of its current fiscal year of February 28, 2011. Accordingly, our DRAM products are now expected to have minimal, if any, sales in the next fiscal year and beyond.
Gigabyte P67A-UD4 motherboard review
Powered by Intel's P67 chipset, we'll review that stunning looking P67A-UD4 Sandy bridge ready motherboard. A motherboard that is using a 12+2 phases design cooled by passive grey heatsinks. Of course features like SATA 6G and USB 3 are available as well, and guess what, the board supports SLI and Crossfire, albeit in a x8:x8 configuration.
Check out the coolness that is the UD4 and along with it its performance and features right here in this Guru3D article.
NZXT Bunker USB Locking System
NZXT is proud to announce Bunker, an advanced USB locking device designed for USB expansion and protection of gaming accessories. Um yeah we don't get it either ... :)
Anyway, Plug in gaming mice, keyboards, and headphones and lock it with a sophisticated 20 key lock system and durable door to prevent theft at LAN parties and schools. Bunker installs easily into any open 5.25
ASUS ROG Vulcan ANC headset with active noise cancellation
Looking sweet ... ASUS presents the ROG Vulcan ANC, a new gaming headset that features active noise cancellation of up to 30dB. The headset features 40mm drivers, there's an omni-directional microphone as well as clip-on volume control and a button to mute the microphone. Pricing and availability is unknown. The Vulcan ANC has memory foam encased in 'specially selected leather', it packs 40mm drivers, and includes an omni-directional microphone.
Check it out:
AC Ryan Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2
AC Ryan continues to revolutionise the media player world with its market leading, multi award winning Playon! series of Full HD Media Players and Recorders. The Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2, the first to feature the latest 1185 media player processor from Realtek, takes the original series a class forward.
The Playon!HD2 is the next generation of network media player, taking your digital entertainment to the next level. Store all your media files centrally and securely in the built-in eco friendly, low noise, low power consumption HDD up to 2TB. The Playon!HD Mini2 is the next generation of network media streamer. Stream all your media files from your attached storage or over your network. The Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2 allow you to enjoy your media files directly in the comfort of your living room.
The Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2 make digital entertainment at home easy. Enjoy more interaction with friends through Facebook, Twitter, MSN and Skype. Play or Stream the world into your living room with the WePlayon! portal (coming soon) for the best online content. The unique and intuitive Playon! GUI2.0 allows users to navigate through all the exceptional features with ease.
Building on the success of the original world
ASUS ROG Maximus IV Extreme
The ASUS ROG Maximus IV Extreme has been spotted and explained a couple of times here at Guru3D.com already, but ASUS officially announced it.
ASUS today announced the latest Republic of Gamers motherboard, the Maximus IV Extreme, based on the recently released Intel
Intel and NVIDIA bury the hatchet
A very interesting press-release just came by, you know that Intel and NVIDIA have been arch rivals for years not, the past few years even deep into lawsuits over patens and cross license agreements. Well, Intel Corporation today announced that it has entered into a new comprehensive long-term patent cross license agreement with NVIDIA. The companies have also resolved pending litigation in Chancery Court in Wilmington, Del., ending all outstanding legal disputes between the companies.
Intel will pay NVIDIA a total of $1.5 billion in five annual installments, beginning Jan. 18, 2011. And yes, this means that NVIDIA could make Intel Chipsets again.
This agreement ends the legal dispute between the companies, preserves patent peace and provides protections that allow for continued freedom in product design,
Antec One Hundred Gamer ATX-Mid Tower Chassis
In its 25th anniversary year, Antec announced the One Hundred, its newest gaming case designed to offer PC gamers and enthusiasts an array of advanced cooling and performance options at an affordable price.
The One Hundred boasts four top-mounted USB 2.0 ports (with audio in/out,) a handy storage tray for added convenience, a sleek painted black interior and perforated front bezel that delivers maximum air intake, and a bottom-mounted power supply that isolates heat and noise. This model is also the first in Antec's gaming case series to include a standard case lock slot for integrated anti-theft protection.
The One Hundred's cooling system utilizes one top 140 mm TwoCool fan and one rear 120 mm TwoCool 2-speed switch control exhaust fan for flexible control of fan speeds to balance cooling and quiet performance, and a built-in washable air filter for quick and easy cleaning. Its eight expansion slots can accommodate multiple video cards, providing exceptional expandability, while 10 drive bays (six internal 3.5" drive bays, three external 5.25" drive bays and one internal bottom-mounted 2.5" drive bay) lend flexibility for a wide-range of builds.
"PC gamers and enthusiasts have reason to be excited with the release of the new One Hundred gaming case as it packs a host of useful features at an affordable price point," said Scott Richards, senior vice president at Antec. "With the advanced airflow, upgradeability and control options, this latest addition provides the performance capabilities that the gaming community desires."
The One Hundred supports Mini-ITX, microATX and Standard ATX motherboards and is backed by Antec's Quality 3-Year (AQ3) Limited Warranty on parts and labor. The One Hundred is available now for an estimated price of $79.95 through major retailers, e-tailers and distributors.
Intel LGA2011 Socket, X68 Express Chipset Photo
In other news, Zol.com.cn snagged a couple of photo's displaying Intel's new high-end CPU socket, the 2011-pin land grid array (LGA2011).
The new socket LGA2011 will allow 6, 8, or 12 cores per Core i7 processor, and quad-channel DDR3 memory controllers.
The new processor has four DDR3 memory channels, there's room for only one DIMM per channel on a typically-sized ATX motherboard. With this platform it seems Intel merged the northbridge component completely into the CPU package. A 32-lane PCI-Express controller is housed inside the CPU package. Anyway, have a peek of what seems to be an MSI product.
The photo's are a little iffy as apparantly everything but the socket had to be masked:
AMD 990FX Based MSI Big Bang Conqueror Motherboard Spotted
The next generationA MD chipset for the what is called Zambezi platform was spotted.
Below you can observe MSI's Big Bang Conqueror based on the all new AMD 990FX chipset. The motherboard has been fitted with the new AM3+ socket for AMD's upcoming Bulldozer architecture. (8 core, 16 MB cache processors) .
Accoirding to TweakTown The Big Bang Conqueror uses a 10-phase VRM to power the CPU. The CPU is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots for dual-channel memory. Expansion slots include three PCI-E 2.0 x16 (electrical x16/16/NC or x16/x8/x8), one PCI-E x16 (electrical x4), two PCI-E x1, and a PCI. Storage includes six internal SATA 6 Gb/s, two eSATA. Other connectivity includes USB 3.0, gigabit Ethernet, 8-channel audio with optical and coaxial SPDIF, and FireWire.
Have a peek, click on the thumbnails.
Sandisk worlds fastest high-capacity CompactFlash card
Dang .. and 128GB as well. SanDisk today announced the fastest high-capacity CompactFlash card. The SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card features 128 gigabytes (GB) of storage and up to 100 megabyte per second (MB/sec) write speeds.
With its Power Core controller and UDMA-7 interface, the card delivers the performance demanded by high-end DSLR cameras. With a set of features optimized for professional photographers and videographers, the 128GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card is ideally suited for imaging applications requiring Full HD3 1920x1080 resolution, up to 50Mbps bit rate and 4:2:2 color sampling. Up to 100MB/sec write speed enables shorter wait times and faster continuous burst shooting. Video Performance Guarantee allows for superior Full HD video recording at a sustained 20MB/sec write speed. Best-in-class quality assurance offers photographers peace of mind knowing that the card is backed by rigorous stress, shock, vibration, humidity and moisture testing procedures and a lifetime limited warranty. The SanDisk card features RTV silicone coating for added protection.
The 128GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card will be available at retailers worldwide later in Q1 2011 for approximately (and here's where you can get scared) $1,499.99
Samsung HW-D7000-Internet-Ready Integrated Blu-ray 7.1 AV Receiver
For a true theater experience at home, the Samsung Blu-ray AV Receiver-HW-D7000 is the world
Meet the Razer Switchblade
For the moment the Razer Switchblade is just a concept netbook. It may never see the light of day.