ECS Headquarters - behind the scenes of R&D
During our stay in Taiwan we had the unique opportunity to visit the ECS headquarters located in the Taipei Neihu Technology Park. We'll show awesome building photo's but then quickly move onwards towards the Research and Development department where the good stuff is designed from PCB CAD design stages, the BIOS team and actually research and development.
We have prepared some high-definition video footage as well, showing you SMT soldering, the cubicles, some test gear on the R&D floor like temperature probing and signal processing monitoring.
Check out the full article right here.
ASUS ROG MATRIX GTX 580 Graphics Card announced
Redesigned From the Ground Up for Incredible Performance
The ROG MATRIX GTX 580 series is clocked at 816MHz and features a massive 1.5GB of 4.8GHz GDDR5 memory. It comes preloaded with a variety of hardware-based tools, including TweakIt and ProbeIt for instant overclocking adjustment and measurement, plus a Safe Mode button for the instant restoration of stable settings at any time.
The ROG MATRIX GTX 580 Series has been created to deliver the ultimate in overclocking performance with its ground-up PCB redesign and exclusive 19-phase Super Alloy Power technology. This guarantees much greater overclocking headroom, with a 15% performance boost, 2.5 times longer lifespan and 35
E3 - Ubisoft announces Far Cry 3
Far Cry will go the rev 3 in 2012, Ubisoft announced it at E3. In the 3rd instalment there will be a new character introduced in what sounds like a similar storyline to the first game. Check out the embedded video above for an 8 minute walkthrough with Far Cry 3 producer Dan Hay.
When Far Cry was originally released back in 2003 it set a new benchmark for graphical quality on the PC, and scored high with critics and gamers alike. 2008?
PNY liquid cooled GTX 580 cards with Asetek cooling
PNY is working with Asetek on liquid cooled GeForce GTX 580 graphics cards. The regular model ships for $579.99, while a model with CPU cooling retails for $649.99.
PNY announced the debut of an innovative product line of Liquid Cooled Graphics Cards. PNY
Razer Star Wars: The Old Republic gaming peripherals
Razer teamed up with LucasArts to design a suite of MMO gaming peripherals with a Star Wars: The Old Republic theme. It includes a gaming keyboard, a mouse, a mousepad, and a 5.1 headset. The products will start shipping at the game's launch date.
NVIDIA PhysX 3.0 Announced
NVIDIA announced it has finalized PhysX 3.0
PysX is the world
E3 - Hitman: Absolution Trailer
E3 - Star Trek Trailer
Paramount Digital Entertainment has released, at E3, the trailer to the upcoming Star Trek game. The release, set to hit in the summer of 2012, is one of the first licensed properties to spin-off from J.J. Abram's rebooted Trek canon, as featured in the 2009 film. The game, coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, will feature an original story and "unprecedented" co-op experience, casting players as Kirk and Spock for the first time ever.
E3 - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
Corsair recalls Force 3 120GB SSDs
Currently we are testing this very same model, but of you already had the opportunity to pick up a new Force 3 (Sata3) 120GB model SSD, then .. yeah you need ro RMA it, here's Corsair on that:
Over the past several days, we have analyzed issues associated with the stability of our recently released 120GB Force Series 3 SSD. Our review has identified that a significant percentage of these drive do not operate to specifications. The solution will require changes to both the SSD firmware and the hardware components of the SSD itself.
We have stopped shipments of the affected drive, Corsair part number CSSD-F120GB3-BK, effective immediately and have implemented the following remediation plan:
- ALL users should cease using the CSSD-F120GBG3-BK drive immediately, even if you have not experienced issues of stability.
- Users may then either RETURN the drive to Corsair, at Corsair's expense, to be exchanged with a replacement drive that does meet specifications OR
- Return the drive to their place of purchase.
Corsair is committed to product quality and we want to assure our customers that this remediation plan will be implemented at no cost to you.
To return your Force Series 3 120GB SSD to Corsair, contact Corsair to ARRANGE YOUR REPLACEMENT . Corsair will pay for shipping your drive back to Corsair and will replace your drive free of charge. Estimated turnaround time is ten business days.
NOTE: CSSD-F60GBG3-BK, CSSD-F240GBG3-BK, and Force GT are NOT affected by this issue.
AMD Reintroduces FX Brand at E3
Oh what a surprize ... and to not announce this at Computex ? How weird is that ? Also remember, the FX name is announced, the processor are NOT launched, anyhow:
AMD today reintroduced the FX brand for PC processors and platforms at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). FX-branded products will be geared toward enthusiast PCs and HD entertainment aficionados. AMD also announced new members for its
3DMark 11 1.0.2 Download and Patch released
Futuremark released version 1.0.2 of 3DMark 11. The update affects mostly compatibility issues, so scores will be
fully comparable with older versions.
3DMark 11 version 1.0.2 release notes
- Bullet physics library updated to 2.78 to improve compatibility with future CPUs and GPUs
- Display scaling mode setting is now available in the Basic Edition
- SystemInfo component updated to version 4.0 for improved compatibility with current and future hardware
- Improved user messages when the benchmark run is interrupted
- Fixed wireframe mode for the Combined test with NVIDIA hardware
- Load/Save result dialog remembers the last used folder
- Correct watermark is always displayed when benchmark is launched from command line
- Command line loop switch with single test now loops without reloading
HWiNFO64 download released
HWiNFO64 is a professional hardware information and diagnostic tools supporting latest components, industry technologies and standards. These tools are designed to collect and present the maximum amount of information possible about computer's hardware which makes them suitable for users searching for driver updates, computer manufacturers, system integrators and technical experts as well. Retrieved information is presented in a logical and easily understandable form and can be exported into various types of reports.
- Comprehensive hardware information
- System health monitoring (Thermal, Voltage, Fan, Power)
- Table, Logfile, Graph, Tray, Gadget, LG LCD reporting
- Full 64-bit Application
- Text, CSV, XML, HTML, MHTML report formats
- Periodical updates
- Windows XP/Vista/Server 2003/2008/Windows 7
- Platform: 64-bit (x64 / AMD64)
- Available as HWiNFO64 SDK (Custom Client) !
SteelSeries Diablo III Peripherals
SteelSeries, a leading manufacturer of professional gaming peripherals today announced a co-branding partnership with Blizzard Entertainment on the SteelSeries Diablo III family of products. The Diablo III Mouse, Diablo III Headset, and two Diablo III QcK mousepads - Witch Doctor and Barbarian Editions, were co-designed with technology, hardware, and illumination features that support the look and feel of the third installment of Blizzard Entertainment
Scientists trap antimatter for nearly 17 minutes
Okay I'm going all Star Trek on you guys now. CERN researchers have managed to trap antihydrogen atoms for 16 minutes and 40 seconds at world's largest physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. That's roughly 16 minutes and 40 seconds longer than the first attempt in 2010, which lasted for only 172 milliseconds.
How'd they pull it off for over 16 minutes? Physicists working on the ALPHA experiment at the world's largest particle physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland "loaded" the trap by producing "anti-atoms" (sounds so Ed Wood, no?). Those anti-atoms were created in a process that involved "merging cold plasmas." Okay, so antimatter is kind of like lightning
Microsoft reveals 128-bit AES encryption based wireless keyboard
Mircosoft announced the Wireless Desktop 2000, a new wireless keyboard that protects your keystrokes with AES 128-bit encryption. The unit will be available within about a month for roughly $40. The encryption is designed to foil any attempt to intercept and decipher keystrokes coming from a wireless keyboard, giving users the option to use a wireless keyboard for convenience even when dealing with sensitive information such as passwords or credit card numbers. Although the keyboard is compatible with Macs, it offers Taskbar Favorites for Windows 7 users, allowing them to easily switch between applications.
Both the keyboard and mouse also sport features aimed at user comfort. The keyboard includes a pillow-textured palm rest, while the mouse offers an ambidextrous design. The mouse is paired to the keyboard using BlueTrack technology, which the company says ensures smooth tracking on almost any surface (apart from clear glass or mirrored surfaces).
Kingston shows its first SandForce-based SSD
Kingston just announced its first SandForce-based solid state disks, they feature a SATA 6Gbps interface and use 25nm NAND flash memory from Intel. And check out the new user configurable over provisioning option.
The specifications promise sequential read speeds of up to 525MB/s and write speeds as high as 480MB/s. Sustained random 4K read/write performance is 20,000 / 60,000 IOPS for the 120GB unit and 40,000 / 60,000 IOPS for the 240GB model, while max random 4K read/write performance is 95,000 / 70,000 IOPS and 95,000 / 60,000 IOPS, respectively.
Shipping in 120GB and 240GB capacities, the HyperX SSD is based on SandForce SF-2281 controllers featuring SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s). It allows for incredible sequential read/write throughputs of 525/480MB/s, IOPS of 40,000/60,000 (240GB), and SandForce DuraClass
Apple announces iOS 5.0
At the annual WWDC event, Steve Jobs took the stage to announce the new flagship of software suites for Mac and iDevices. Apple started off the new feature list with notifications.
Apple has removed the old notification popup system for a more inline notification system, making it less annoying when you're watching a video or playing a game. The 'notification center' will act similar to Android, where your menu swipes down, revealing alerts for all of your phone, messages, emails and more.
The notification center is even on your lock screen too. The lock screen has received a major update, allowing for notifications from apps, messages, and even listening to voice mail without having to slide to unlock the phone. iOS 5.0 also comes with 'Newsstand', a new subscription-based application that has a ton of newspaper and magazine companies on board, including New York Times, SF Chronicle, Daily Telegraph, and more. Apple introduced a new Twitter integration for iOS 5.0, making it easier for users to post photos, maps, articles from Safari and attachments with a new 'Tweet' option [via TechAmok].