ASUS Rampage III Extreme review
ASUS Rampage III Extreme gets tested
We test the ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard. The X58 based Rampage III Extreme is unadulterated performance, quality, versatility, some recently introduced innovation and massive overclockability.
Now with added SATA 6G and USB 3.0 controllers as well. Has ASUS built it's best motherboard ever ? Well, let's find out and see shall we ?
Clock here to read the Guru3D review.
NZXT Vulcan LAN Party Case
NZXT is ready to release the Vulcan, a new LAN case designed for micro-ATX motherboards. The chassis is roomy enough to fit a Radeon HD 5970 graphics card, and features a detachable handle for enhanced portability. It should be available for 59.90EUR from May 25th.
The micro-ATX form factor was designed with the purpose of enabling more compact PCs, without necessarily impacting on performance, and micro-ATX chassis have served LAN party goers for years. Knowing this, NZXT has unwrapped its latest model, known as the Vulcan, which tries to not only facilitate attendance to these events, but also aims to bring a dose of aesthetic value, through the use of LED fans and black coating both on the outside and inside.
Measuring 180 (W) x 422.5 (H) x 406 (D) mm and weighing 5.8kg, the new member of the Crafted Series has two exposed 5.25-inch drive bays, an I/O panel with eSATA, USB 2.0 and audio ports, and a 120mm blue LED fan on top. Cooling is enhanced by a front 120mm spinner and some extra, optional ones, including a 120mm fan on top, as well as a 200mm fan on the side and one 80/92mm at the rear. Furthermore, for those that want liquid in their rigs, the Vulcan features pre-drilled watercooling holes at the back.
NZXT's creation includes two pre-drilled holes for watercooling tubes at the back, and boasts two 120mm fans, one in front and a blue LED-equipped spinner on top. For those who want even more air cooling there is support for another 120mm fan on top, for a 200mm fan on side side panel and a 80/92mm fan at the back.
The chassis will cost only 59.90 Euro.
MSI lists of Phenom II X6 compatible motherboards
MSI published a list of its motherboards that support the six-core AMD Phenom II X6 processor, great news for most AMD series 700 owners as pretty much all motherboards are supported.
To facilitate the upgrade to AMD's next-generation processors, world-renowned mainboard and graphics card manufacturer MSI has announced that all AMD series products will be compatible with the Phenom
EVGA watercooled GeForce GTX 470 FTW
EVGA has added the Gerroce GTX 470 Hydro Copper FTW to its website.
This watercooled model features a 650MHz GPU, 1300MHz shaders and 1280MB GDDR5 clocked at 3402MHz. It will start shipping soon for $499.99.
OCZ Gold Series 4GB and 8GB dual-channel DDR3 kits
OCZ announced new 4GB and 8GB Gold Series dual-channel DDR3 memory, these kits run at 1333MHz with CAS 9 timings at 1.65V.
OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, unveils its all new
Cooler Master Vortex Plus low-profile heatsink
Cooler Master announces the Vortex Plus, a new low-profile cooling solution for mini-ITX motherboards and/or slim cases. The cooler features four direct-touch heatpipes, aluminum fins and a 92mm Blade Master PWM fan that starts at 17dBA at 800RPM. The HSF has a 84mm height and is compatible with AMD Socket AM3/AM2/940/939/754 and Intel Socket LGA1366 / 1156 / 775 processors.
Cooler Master says the Vortex Plus should be available by late June or early July for around 24.95EUR.
Cooler Master introduces Vortex Plus, a low profile CPU with four 6mm direct contact heat-pipes for maximum heat conductivity and a quiet Blade Master 92mm PWM fan making this cooler ideal for mini-ITX motherboards and/or slim casings.
Small cooler, large fan
Despite its diminutive size, the Vortex Plus features a Blade Master 92mm balanced PWM fan which starts out at a silent 17dBA at 800 rpm, but it goes all the way up to 2800 rpm if needed. Then fan is kitted out with a set of anti-vibration rubber pads that will reduce vibrations which can be caused by dust buildup on the fan blades.
Direct Contact heat pipes
Despite its low profile dimensions, the Vortex Plus feature no less than four 6mm direct contact heat-pipes. The heat-pipe design maximizes the heat conductivity and the heat is dissipated quickly by the thin blade aluminium fin heatsink.
The Vortex Plus is supplied with a wide range of mounting accessories that allows it to fit on all current motherboards and CPUs. Cooler Master has designed a custom push-pin solution for Intel motherboards which makes it easy to install and remove the Vortex Plus, as it doesn
ATI to make 28nm GPUs at GlobalFoundries
AMD confirmed that ATI will use GlobalFoundries' 28nm HKMG manufacturing process to make GPUs.
ATI, graphics business unit of Advanced Micro Devices, will use 28nm HKMG manufacturing process of Globalfoundries to make graphics processors. AMD is obliged to use Globalfoundries to make graphics chips, but the company has not disclosed any concrete plans after the contract manufacturer cancelled its 32nm bulk fabrication process.
Intel Core i7 970 to arrive soon
It was rumored before and now is fairly clear, the Core i7 970 processor will be relased soon and weirdly enough this will be a six-core processor (not a core i7 975 locked). According to a spot from the fud, Intel's Core i7 970 six-core could ship as soon as the next couple of weeks.
This six-core processor would be clocked at 3.2GHz and could carry a pricetag of
Master of Orion 2 Re-Launched
A game now defunct and glorious as was Master of Orion 2 is now re-launched under the GoG premise, for those that do not know what gog is, well, it's stands for "Good Old Games", this new modality pretends to offer for very low rates (just 6 dollars) the complete defunct game with full compatibilty for newer operating systems, the games works through DOSBox32 emulator and works beautifully even on Windows 7 and what's best, it will come totally free of DRM of any kind, you buy the game and you could downloading it every time you need it.
There are a lot of games that are launching under the gog premise and this is good news for all of us, fan's of good old days.
You can check the full articule here.
Mythos PC Game screens
Gamespot has released a couple of screens from Mythos, a new casual RPG game for PC, what's interesting about this one is that it is actually a test program designed for developers of Hellgate London to test networking functions and actually developed as a full featured game.
You can check all the screenshots here, the game is still to be announced.
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Silver HSF
Tuniq has introduced the Tower 120 Extreme Silver, it's basically the same as the Tower 120 Extreme but with a silver instead of a black color.
The high performance CPU cooler Tower 120 Extreme is esteemed as one of the best performing CPU coolers on the market with numerous awards and outstanding reviews all backing Tuniq
Lian Li to launch PC-Q06 test bench
Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd Ltd, today announces its launch of the all-new Mini-Q Series. More than just a PC case, the compact PC-Q06 supports mini-ITX motherboards on the top while protecting components in the case body. Designed for IT professionals, overclockers and the serious power users, the PC-Q06 allows easy and quick access to the motherboards and VGA cards. Lian Li once again leads the industry by offering the ultimate quality and user-friendly design on its mini tower products.
Lian Li PC-Q06 features:
- Supports Mini-ITX motherboards
- Supports ATX / Mini-ATX motherboard tray (optional)
- Standard 5.25" optical drive
- Standard 3.5
ASUS ROG Crosshair IV Formula launches
ASUS has released the scrumptious ASUS ROG Crosshair IV Formula, which now supports Dual Channel DDR3 2000MHz
on AMD Platforms as well. Here's the PR skinny:
Core principles behind the conception of the Crosshair IV Formula include meticulous attention to detail and listening to community feedback. Under the eye-catching design, the Crosshair IV Formula boasts ROG Connect for instant tweaking and monitoring of gaming rigs, user-friendly overclocking interface Turbo Key II and proprietary ASUS technologies Core Unlocker and GameFirst. All these guarantee tremendous success with top-line gaming PCs, as the new board offers exhilarating foundations to build upon.
Those bent on ruling the game have just found the new motherboard to beat
ASUS to rival with own AMD Turbo Core and Intel Turbo Boost
Quite an interesting development, though I'm not sure whatever good it will except creating a lot of confusion. TPU reports that ASUS designed its own Turbo technology comparable with AMD's Turbo Core, the ASUS Turbo Unlocker.
The technology would be more advanced than Turbo Core, since it sends every core into Boost state, rather than a limited number of cores designated as turbo cores.
What's very intersting though is that it supports several other Phenom II Black Edition series processors other than those based on the six-core Thuban or the quad-core Zosma. With single-threaded loads, the active core is given the maximum boost in clock speeds, while as multi-threaded load increases, even more number of cores enter a boost state. Boost state speeds decrease with increase in number of active cores. The technology is available on ASUS' entire range of motherboards based on the AMD 8-series chipsets. Details follow in a presentation by ASUS. It would be interesting to see if ASUS goes a step further and works out Turbo Unlocker for Intel Core i3 processors [via TPU]
Rainbow Fit-U Mouse Does Just That
Most mice are designed to fit a wide variety of hand sizes, but the results aren
Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7 motherboard spotted
Donanim Haber received some slides with lots of details about the upcoming Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7 motherboard, you can check out the pics by clocking the links:
Samsung 20nm NAND flash memory chips
Samsung send out a press release that it's the first firm to manufacture 20nm NAND chips for use in SD memory cards and embedded memory solutions.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced semiconductor technology solutions, today announced the industry's first production of 20 nanometer (nm) class NAND chips for use in Secure Digital (SD) memory cards and embedded memory solutions. Based on this cutting-edge technology, the introduction of 32 gigabit (Gb) MLC NAND will expand the company's memory card solutions for smart phones, high-end IT applications and high-performance memory cards.
Mr. Soo-In Cho, president, Memory Division, Samsung Electronics, said "In just one year after initiating 30nm-class NAND production, Samsung has made available the next generation node 20nm-class NAND, which exceeds most customers requirements for high-performance, high-density NAND-based solutions." He added, "The new 20nm-class NAND is not only a significant step forward in process design, but we have incorporated advanced technologies into it to enable substantial performance innovation."
Samsung's 20nm-class MLC NAND has a 50 percent higher productivity level than 30nm-class MLC NAND. The write performance of a 20nm-class-based, eight gigabyte (GB) and higher density, SD card is 30 percent faster than the 30nm-class NAND and it delivers a speed-class rating of 10 (read speed of 20MB/s, write speed of 10MB/s). By applying cutting-edge process, design and controller technology, Samsung also has secured reliability levels comparable to 30nm-class NAND.
Samsung Electronics first began producing 32Gb NAND with 30nm-class process technology in March 2009. Now it is shipping SD card samples to customers that are built with 20nm-class 32Gb NAND and will expand production later this year.
Memory cards based in the 20nm-class will be available from 4GB through 64GB densities
Intel Intros Core i5 680 and Pentium E5500
Intel silently introduced two new dual-core processors, the high-end Core i5 680, and the value-segment Pentium Dual-Core E5500. The first is an LGA1156 chip that runs on Intel P55, H55, H57, Q55, Q57 chipsets, while the last is an LGA775 chip that works on most recent LGA775 motherboards.
The first of the processors is the Intel Pentium E5500. As the weaker of the duo, it has a front-side bus of 800MHz, 2MB of L2 cache memory, a clock speed of 2.80Ghz and two threads. This CPU is compatible with socket LGA 775 motherboards and will be aimed at the mainstream and users from the entry-level market, as they are unlikely to afford the higher price points of Intel Core CPUs, even though the extra power usually offsets the extra costs.
Speaking of Core Series central processors, the second newcomer to Intel's desktop-aimed collection can be seen as the strongest dual core hailing from Santa Clara to date. Predictably designed for the LGA 1156 socket, it has 4 threads, 4MB L3 cache memory, integrated graphics and a thermal design power of 73W. Obviously, the clock is what makes this chip stand out, at 3.6GHz, which is higher than even that of the Core i5-670 (3.46GHz).
The Pentium E5500 is based on the 45nm manufacturing process, whereas the new Core i5 is constructed on the more advanced and energy efficient 32nm technology. They can be found with price tags of $75 and $294, respectively, and, the Core i5-680 at least, should also show up as an option on high-end desktop systems soon.