PlextorM2S Series SSD with SATA III
Plextor will be launching a new solid state drive (SSD)
Intel resumes 6-series shipments for PCs not impacted by the design issue
Intel provides on update on the problems with its 6-series chipsets. The main news is that the company will resume shipments of 6 series chipsets for use only in PC system configuration that are not impacted by the design issue. In addition, Intel also reveals that new, updated 6-series chipsets are in production.
They are expected to start shipping by mid-February.
On January 31, 2011, Intel disclosed a design issue with a support chip, the Intel
Transformers 3 Trailer 2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon
In case you missed it, Paramount debuted the official Super Bowl TV spot on MichaelBay.com for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Michael Bay's third Transformers movie. We all saw that moon landing teaser trailer last year, but this time we actually get to see some real footage and it looks great ..
The cast includes many of the same: Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro; as well as: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey, Frances McDormand and Alan Tudyk. Watch the Transformers Super Bowl spot below!
Call of Juarez: The Cartel Announced
Ubisoft announced the development of Call of Juarez The Cartel, the third game in the Call of Juarez series. Developed by Techland for next-gen consoles and Windows PC, Call of Juarez The Cartel will be available worldwide Summer 2011.
Call of Juarez: The Cartel is set in present day and brings the best elements of the Wild West to a new and modern setting. As a first person shooter with an immersive and mature story, players can expect to embark on a journey like no other
OCZ Vertex 2 with 25nm NAND flash reported slower
The new OCZ Vertex 2 with 25nm NAND flash seems to be sparking a bit of a debate , let's first read OCZ on this:
Drives are now shipping with 25nm NAND. This is the next die shrink the industry has been preparing to move to. One effect of the die shrink is the traces being closer together. Because of this the NAND is not as robust as the previous generation in regards to the voltage needed for writes and erases. This made necessary a reduction in the rated P/E cycles. The most common P/E cycle rating being 3000 now instead of the previous 5000.
To still provide a drive with a reasonable life expectation the amount of NAND set aside for over-provisioning has been increased by a few GB. So, for instance on a 120GB drive, if you see an unformatted capacity of 115GB this is perfectly normal.
Any questions concerning the move to 25NM NAND as it relates to drive size should be asked in this thread. Any new threads started related to this will be closed with a link posted to this thread. Also, please remember this is the support section of the forum. If you have a suggestion or complaint about the use of 25nm NAND use the appropriate section of the forum for those posts. Any post of a non-technical nature in this thread will be removed. Thanks.
First up this, OCZ -- if you sell a 120 GB drive, people exect to get 120GB and not 115 GB, you can dwel down into the "Windows uses Binary capacity measurements 1024MiB = 1GiB" discussion, but it remains somewhat shady advertising. When you sell a 120 GB SSD, get 115 GB and then a Windows format puts it at 107GB ... that's a lot of loss we think.
Secondly due to the 25nm NAND flash memory it seems that the drive has gotten slower with uncompressible data. More info here in the thread below. So if you are planning a Vertex 2 drive, try to get the 34nm version.
BTW we expect many SSD vendors to deal with these concerns, let's wait and see how they address this.
Oh and questions to the ODMs arises here .. if things get worse and you have to compensate for life expectancy, volume size and performance, why make the transition to 25nm NAND flash anyway ?
HIS Radeon 6850 ICEQ X Turbo review
HIS recently added two new Radeon HD 6850 cards to its lineup: the IceQ X and the IceQ X Turbo. Both models are equipped with the IceQ cooler, this fansink features four heatpipes, an aluminium fin array and a central 92mm fan. According to HIS, the IceQ X will reduce temperatures by 13
Enermax NAXN value power supplies
Enermax is proud to present a brand new power supply series, NAXN, which is for both mainstream desktop PCs and advanced multiple GPU gaming systems with up to 80PLUS Bronze efficiency level.
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Canon Compact lightweight Digital SLR Rebel T3i / EOS 600D
Tthe EOS 600D sits at the top of Canon
Primal Carnage - T-Rex Development Footage
Lukewarm Media's progress on Primal Carnage looks promising so far, and if this is only the alpha then the final product should be interesting.
"This is our newest Pre-Alpha Footage of the T-Rex from Primal Carnage. All of the footage you see here is recorded from actual gameplay but is subject to a lot of change (for the better!) as our development cycle progresses. Please send this video to all your friends, twitter, facebook, forums, etc and let's spread the word for primal carnage!"
Game releases for the coming week Feb 7 Feb 14
Game releases for this week on PC, this week sees the the release of multi platform release of the trivia quiz game You Don
Detecting SATA 300 Sandy Bridge Performance Degradation
The Intel fiasco is quite the topic of a lot of discussion, if you like to try and see whether or not your SATA 300 controller on your H67/P67 motherboard is showing early signs of degradation, there in fact is an easy way.
I know a lot of you guys have HD Tune software right ? You can pick up the trial version and see for yourself. That software has a HEALTH feature and checks out several SMART features of the HDD installed. Intel estimates 5% performance degradation caused due to data transfer errors over a period of 3 years. To identify the issues starting check a HDD on both the SATA 300 and SATA 600 controller.
To the left an HDD connected at the SATA 300 controller already showing one warning, to the right the HDD on a SATA 600 controller showing no issues.
BTW we ran the test several times ourselves yet to date have not been able to reproduce an error. Thanks go out ot to lab501 for the screenshots.
AMD lowers prices of quad and hex-core CPUs
The 1055T price was slashed to $175 down from $199, while the 1090T saw a decent $30 cut as that Phenom II 1090T can be purchased now for just $205.
So yeah, you can get a pretty beefy six-core processor for give or take $200. Check the thumbnail for the updated price-chart.
Media Player Classic Home Cinema v188.8.131.5227 out
Download Media Player Classic Home Cinema v184.108.40.20627 This open Source Media Player allows you to enhance, decode and accelerate a broad span of movie formats like x.264 with GPU assisted acceleration and image quality enhancing.
Modern graphics card offer the possibility to decode partially or completely a video stream using DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA), in order to reduce CPU usage dramatically. MPC-HC includes an embedded video decoder that uses this technology, to decode x.264, H.264 and VC-1 with hardly any CPU time required.
- Added new options to always default to external subtitles, ignore embedded subtitles and to set the autoload subtitle paths
- Added support for "in24", "fl64", 8-bit "sowt", "IMA4" and "NONE" audio (old QuickTime? PCM)
- Added support for "in24", "in32", "fl32", "fl64" (both big-endian and little-endian) in .mov files
- Ticket #784, Enable ctrl+A in the MediaInfo? window
- [DVB] LCN support, added EPG current event information, offset parameter for scanning channels, added channel encryption detection for DVB-t during scan
- Added ignore encrypted channels checkbox during DVB scan
- Armenian translation
- Updated FFmpeg
- Updated MediaInfoLib? to v0.7.39
- Updated ZenLib? to v0.4.17
- Updated Little CMS to v2.1
- Updated libpng to v1.4.5
- Updated libogg to v1.2.2
- Updated libvorbis to v1.3.2
- Cleaned up and optimized code for QT PCM, small corrections in MP4Splitter
- DVB: the current channel audio stream is memorized and selected by default each time the channel is switched back
- Removed DSM Converter (use the legacy branch if you need this feature)
- Removed RoQ splitter/decoder (same as above)
Roccat double-sided Alumic gaming mousepad
Roccat announces Alumic, a double-sided gaming mousepad made from aluminium. The mousepad has a Speed and a Control surface, and ships with a gel wrist rest for increased comfort. The Roccat Alumic will be available in retail stores by the end of the month for around 39.99 EUR
MSI GeForce GTX 580 HydroGen
The graphics card will come with a factory overclock at 823MHz on the core domain, 1645MHz on the shader processors and 1536MB GDDR5 clocked at 4276MHz (stock 772/1544/4008MHz). Check out the thumbnail:
Steam 2010 Revenue roughly $1 Billion
The living proof of the fact that PC gaming works, sells and shows good profiuts with the right ditribution platform is Steam alright, According to the analyst firm Forecasting and Analyzing Digital Entertainment, LLC, more ominously known as FADE, Valve
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Trailer
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is scheduled for release on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 some time this year. The game was once due to launch before April but ended up delayed to allow time for 'further polish.'
Gigabyte on H67 and P67 recall
Gigabyte will offer replacement motherboards for all GBT motherboards with P67/H67/P65/PH67-chipsets by the end of April. Customers who have already bought a GIGABYTE Sandy Bridge motherboard may then swap their motherboards in the store where they were originally purchased.
After a period of usage the SATA 2 ports 2~5 on motherboards based on Inte