Intel prepares 720, 710 and 520 SSD series
Engadget got its hands on details of Intel's SSD plans.. They managed to obtain this leaked roadmap listing the potential additions, and we're afraid to ask how much the new kings of the hill might cost -- the "Ramsdale" SSD 720 Series uses up to 400GB of SLC NAND in a PCI Express card form factor, and the "Lyndonville" SSD 710 series with a similar quantity of enterprise-grade MLC flash. There's also a direct successor to the current top-of-the-line in the "Cherryville" SSD 520 Series, which will stretch all the way up to 480GB and down to 64GB in Q4 of this year, as well as Paint Creek, which seems destined for boot drives with only 80GB and 40GB capacities to choose from.
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Intel not working on hardware-based antivirus
Weird, despite earlier claims McAfee CEO David DeWalt denied his company is embedding antivirus technology:
When Intel Corp. acquired antivirus software company McAfee many believed that the world's largest maker of chips will embed certain exclusive security algorithms directly into its chips, something that will boost competitive qualities of Intel's processors and reduce other software and semiconductor companies' abilities to compete. Even though McAfee does not deny that there will be unique security technologies, there will be no hardware-based antiviral programs.
"We are not embedding anything into the silicon. What we are doing is utilizing features that exist today with the technologies McAfee has to secure the stack in a way that has never been done before. [...] What people do not realize is Intel has already innovated security capabilities into the hardware. That
SLI Support Returning To AMD Motherboards
Due to the increasing abundance of affordable, high performance kit across all aspects of the industry, and continued calls for the reintroduction of SLI support for AMD motherboards, NVIDIA figured that now is a great time to do it.
Due to demand, NV are pleased to announce that SLI is being licensed by the world
Sandra 2011 SP2 v17.50 out for grabs
Here you can download SiSoftware Sandra which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers and networks.
SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility.
- Fix: Incorrect CPU frequency displayed on Sandy Bridge in Turbo Mode; benchmark scores are not affected. The displayed speed was updated twice.
- Fix: Incorrect CPU frequency displayed on Phenom II/Fusion in Turbo Mode*; IMC and Memory speed were also affected: benchmark scores are not affected. The displayed speed was not updated at all.*
- Improvement: Multi-threaded Memory Bandwidth on Fusion*; score has doubled (~3.3GB/s) though short of what AMD "suggests". No better solution has been found yet.
- Update: Large memory pages support re-added to the Memory Bandwidth, Cache & Memory Bandwidth and Multi-Core Efficiency benchmarks: please use Options to disable "Use Large Memory Pages" to use native memory pages.
- Update: GUI reference list colour-matched to the graphs which finally allows you to identify which result corresponds to which value in the graph.
- External Fix: GPGPU Crypto benchmarks work with the latest 266.xx nVidia drivers even in older Sandra versions.
- Fix: Minor various fixes for Windows 7/2008 R2 SP1 RTM. Again SP1 is *required* for AVX support, and no still no idea whether Vista or XP will also be updated.
SANDRA will provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
MSI Radeon HD 6700 Series with Free Video Capture Feature
MSI releases three new graphics cards based on the AMD Radeon HD6000 architecture: The R6770-MD1GD5, R6750-MD1GD5 and R6750-MD512D5. All of the new MSI R6700 series graphics cards support the latest version of MSI's exclusive Afterburner overclocking software with the Predator video capture function.
Gamers can enhance their usage experiences by capturing in-game videos and sharing them with friends over the web! MSI's latest R6700 graphics cards are equipped with 8cm PWM fan to offer better heat dissipation, and Military Class II concept components for extreme stability and durability2. MSI R6700 series adopt HDMI 1.4a connectivity for the latest in 3D video support, and 7.1 channel lossless high-quality TrueHD and DTS-HD sound.
In addition, the MSI R6700 series cards support Blu-ray 3D hardware decode and AMD's exclusive HD3D technology. The new AMD HD6700 graphics cards released by MSI provide the most fun and excitement, qualifying it as the best choice on the market.
MSI Exclusive Video Capture Feature for Free
MSI's professional overclocking utility, Afterburner V.2.1.0, comes with the proprietary Predator video capture feature. Users can now capture in-game video directly to their hard drive in their preferred video format, audio encoding, and video quality. Anyone can become a director by editing their own movies and uploading them to websites such as YouTube to share their 'gaming show' with the entire world. Bundled free with MSI graphics cards, the Afterburner overclocking utility, as well as the newly added Predator video capture function, provides gamers with an offer they can't afford to miss out on.
8cm PWM Fan & Military Class II Components
MSI's R6700 graphics cards are equipped with 8cm PWM cooling fan to provide larger airflow for better heat dissipation. Users can change its fan-speed via MSI's exclusive overclocking utility Afterburner based on GPU temperature, allowing total control over graphics card utility. MSI R6770-MD1GD5 comes with Super Ferrite Choke (SFC) for a 30% increase in GPU current flow, and solid capacitors for longer lifespan. The R6750 series even adopts Hi-c CAP to offer 8 times lifetime compared to traditional capacitors. By using the highest quality components available, these cards provide customers with absolute peace of mind.
HDMI 1.4a Output and Blu-ray 3D hardware decode
The new HDMI 1.4a connectivity offered supports 3D video and can also carry 7.1 channels of audio in lossless high-quality TrueHD and DTS-HD audio formats, providing consumers with the most complete audio visual experience. Supporting AMD's exclusive HD3D technology and Blu-ray 3D hardware decode, users can playback latest 3D Blu-ray movies easily with the MSI R6700 series graphics cards. These all-new MSI graphics cards feature the latest DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1 next-generation graphics standards for the best in video and audio fidelity, delivering everything on an enthusiast's wish list.
HIS HD 6770 and HD 6750 Fan Graphics Cards
After the 6790 was launched just weeks ago HIS now launches the HIS 6770 & 6750 Fan 1GB GDDR5, delivering a stunning HD gaming and computing experience with complete DirectX 11 support and a broad array of advanced graphics, display and memory technologies.
Loaded with core speed at 700MHz and memory speed at 4,600MHz, the HIS 6750 transfers serious high-definition gaming frame rates. The HIS 6770 supplies the same 1GB GDDR5 but a higher core clock at 850MHz and memory clock at 4,800MHz, fulfilling the needs of our Power Gamers who desire an incredible gaming experience on the latest and most demanding titles.
The Three Pillars
- AMD Eyefinity Technology - Feel truly in the game with AMD Eyefinity technology, an immersive experience that expands your game across up to five displays. Welcome to surround sight.
- DirectX 11 Evolved Technology - Play the latest DirectX 11 games in amazing detail with AMD Radeon HD 6700 Graphics. With winning performance, advanced technologies and full DirectX 11 support, you
Foxconn AMD Fusion APU based NT-A3500 Nettop
Foxconn, the world leading manufacturer of computer components and systems, today announced incredible performance results for the new NT-A3500 Barebone
Google Launches Chrome 11
Google today launched the stable release version of Chrome 11. The updated browser brings numerous bug fixes and security enhancements, plus a brand new logo. Google has been releasing new versions of Chrome almost every six weeks since last summer and have listed over 3.700 changes made with this latest stable release.
Some of the Chrome 11 changes include bug fixes in cloud printing, new hardware accelerated 3D CSS, updated security of its built-in version of Adobe Flash, and user agent string changes that bring it in line with the changes made in Firefox 4. The browser update also addressed 25 security vulnerabilities, 15 of which were ranked as high.
However, the feature that Google highlighted was a new speech input function implemented with HTML 5. The new feature works seamlessly with Google Translate to provide speech-to-text capabilities. Newly embedded on the translate page is a microphone icon, which you can click to speak your input that converts into text. It appears to only work with English at this time. Chrome 11 is ready for download now for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Intel Ivy Bridge chipsets will have USB 3.0 and PCIe 3.0
Detals about Intel's 7-series chipsets were leaked. The next generation of LGA1155 processors will feature PCI-Express 3.0 bus to connect with graphics cards. PCI-Express 3.0 doubles bandwidth over PCI-Express 2.0, and comes with a number of new features
It is believed that next year in Q1 we all will see Intel release its first 22nm processors (codename Ivy Bridge) which will be compatible (BIOS update is required) with current 6 Series LGA1155 motherboards but will also work with the upcoming 7 Series line-up (X79 excluded).
Now, we may only be in April but Intel has already compiled for its partners some slides detailing the features of the 7 Series chips and those slides have found their way online. As seen below, Intel plans to introduce three chips (Z77, Z75 and H77) for consumer systems and three (Q77, Q75 and B77) for business PCs, but we'll focus on the former category as that's what you'll see on most retail boards.
Go check the thumbnail with the slides, some pretty interesting info is in there alright.
AMD and MulticoreWare Team optimize OpenCL AMD Fusion APUs
AMD and MulticoreWare Team announced they will cooperate to help developers optimize the use of OpenCL for AMD's Fusion APU.
AMD today announced a new collaboration with MulticoreWare, a leader in software solutions and tool development for multi-core and heterogeneous computing environments, to deliver an advanced set of tools for OpenCL
F.E.A.R. 3 pushed back to June 21
Publisher Warner Bros Interactive has confirmed that its horror-themed shooter F.E.A.R. 3 has suffered another delay and will now be released on June 21.
Previously announced for March 22, 2011, we have confirmed with a Warner Bros. representative that those looking for supernatural pregnancy scares will have to wait until May. So far, Best Buy is the only major retailer reflecting the change.
We want to make sure we're prepared for those earth-shattering Alma contractions, but WBIE isn't currently sharing a more specific due date.
Witcher 2 Combat trailer
AMD Catalyst 11.4 out for download
Download the latest AMD Catalyst 11.4 drivers as ATI just released them.
Enhancements to the AMD VISION Engine Control Center / AMD Catalyst Control Center
- New task based Display Management controls
- Simplifies the configuration of displays and display settings
- New Eyefinity setup group
- Setting up an Eyefinity group has never been easier
- AMD Catalyst update notification (found within the Information Center)
- This feature notifies users that new AMD Catalyst software packages are available
GPU Compute enhancements:
- The OpenCL runtime (included in AMD Catalyst 11.4) includes performance enhancements supporting zero-copy on APUs and increased performance for PCIe transfers between a CPU and discrete GPU.
A number of performance enhancements are seen with the AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series and AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series:
- Call of Duty Black Ops
Intel series 320 SSD review
A product that offers performance somewhere in-between SATA 2 based Indilinx and SandForce 1200 based products, but at a more attractive price, at least that is the theory.
The dynamic is interesting as the performance results today of the 320 series SSD will seem "so 2010", but it's an interesting concept as with cheaper memory, you can increase in volume size hence the review today is based on a dashing 300 GB SSD.
Read the full review here.
Crucial m4 SSD Higher Capacities and Faster Performance
Lexar Media announced the immediate availability of Crucial m4 solid-state drives in capacities ranging from 64GB to 512GB. Designed for both business customers and general consumers, the Crucial m4 SSD product line incorporates Micron's industry-leading 25-nanometer (nm) NAND flash technology in a 2.5" form factor. Like its Crucial RealSSD C300 predecessor, the Crucial m4 also supports the SATA 6Gb/s interface, opening up the data path between the host processor and the SSD, and resulting in improved overall system responsiveness, including faster boot times and application loads.
The new Crucial m4 SSD reaches read speeds of up to 415 MB/second, a 17 percent increase over its predecessor. Likewise, write speeds on the new 512GB capacity have demonstrated increases up to 260MB/s, a 20 percent boost over the fastest C300 drive1. Ideal for client computing, Crucial m4 SSD products provide benefits for notebooks, desktops, workstations, and industrial applications, including low power consumption, lightweight construction, and resistance to shock and vibration.
"The new Crucial m4 SSD builds on the enormous success of its predecessor, the Crucial RealSSD C300. As a subsidiary of Micron Technology, we're in the unique position of leveraging Micron's NAND development and manufacturing expertise for our Crucial branded SSDs," said Robert Wheadon, worldwide senior product manager. "These next-generation m4 SSDs offer customers higher capacities and even greater performance at affordable prices."
Competitively priced at US$129.99 for a 64GB SSD; US$249.99 for a 128GB SSD; US$499.99 for a 256GB SSD; and US$999.99 for a 512GB SSD, the Crucial m4 SSD product line is backed by a three-year warranty and available now at www.crucial.com/ssd, or through leading channel partners worldwide.
- Next-generation Crucial m4 SSD
New Belkin Routers soon
Belkin has just released a new line of high-performance routers, with Multi-Beam technology. The routers promise a larger coverage area, and some also feature an automatic data backup app. The N150, N300, and N600 DB routers are available in the US now, and start at $34.99 for 150 Mbps wireless speed.
The higher end N+ router, N750 DB, will be available next month for $129.99, along with the N450 N+ router. The N750 DB and N600 DB are dual band devices, which
OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS SSD launched
OCZ introduced the Vertex 3 Max IOPS, a new solid state disk that promises up to 75,000 random 4KB write IOPS.
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today unveiled a new addition to the highly-awarded Vertex 3 SATA III Series. The Vertex 3 Max IOPS edition drives extend the company
ASRock shows AM3B socket
ASRock shows the AM3b socket, claiming it's the first motherboard maker to ready motherboard that use real AM3+ sockets. They claim AM3b offers several enhancement, for thicker pins and better ampage which equals better overclocking.
AM3+ is the socket that has been designed for upcoming AMD FX series "Zambezi" processors based on the "Bulldozer" architecture. ASRock highlighted the benefits of opting for its AM3+ motherboards. In the process, it ended up disclosing quite some technical information about AM3+, and why AMD designed it in the first place, when apparently AM3 can run Zambezi with a BIOS update.
AM3+ sockets can be identified by "AM3b" written on the socket, and have wider pin-holes (0.51 mm vs. 0.45 mm of AM3). It is possible that future (retail?) versions of the CPU, if not the engineering samples doing rounds, could use packages with thicker pins that are incompatible with AM3.
Check out some of the slides to get a little more detail ...