MSI Big Bang P67 Marshal review
Powered by Intel's P67 chipset, the MSI Big Bang Marhal comes with MSI's latest Military Class II design that makes use of a 24 phase (!) power SFC choke setup alongside the best quality Hi-c CAP's and Japanese made solid capacitors. Added to the mix for additional PCIe lanes is a Hydra chip, which also can be utilized to combine mix and match graphics cards in a multi-GPU setup.
The board comes with 24-phase DrMOS power design, voltage monitoring points, an external overclock device called the OC dashboard, that all new EFI BIOS, dual-BIOS selectable with a simple button, and OC genie button that allows you to have say a 2500K processor run at 4200 with the flick of a switch. I'm not done though, we spot integrated audio with SoundBlaster X-Fi application (software) layer, ten SATA ports of which four are based on the all new SATA 6G. Thick heatpipe (passive and thus silent) cooling and more and more.
This board is a true hardware enthusiast dream come true, or is it ? Read it all right here.
Eizo FlexScan SX2762W-HX Monitor
Eizo has announced to sell its new IPS monitor namely, Eizo FlexScan SX2762W-HX Monitor which is based on the In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel. It is very good monitor for professional users and provides 97 per cent Adobe RGB coverage. The 27-inch display screen compatible monitor provides brightness of 270 cd/m2 and delivers 6ms second response time. Its 27-inch display screen provides resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and contrast ratio of 850:1. The latest device has an ambient light sensor which automatically adjusts brightness according to the lighting condition of the room and is able to power saving mode.
- Based on the IPS panel (In-Plane Switching)
- 27-inch display screen with resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels
- Two USB ports, DVI, DisplayPort, & Mini DisplayPort interface
- Provides 97 per cent Adobe RGB coverage
- Brightness of 270 cd/m2
- Contrast ratio of 850:1
- Delivers 6ms response time
- An ambient light sensor
- Motion sensor
The FlexScan SX2762W-HX takes has dual-link DVI, DisplayPort, and mini-DisplayPort connectors. Italso includes a USB 2.0 hub. The stand allows height, tilt, and pivot adjustments. Slated for release in the second week of February, the EIZO FlexScan SX2762W-HX comes backed by a 5-year warranty, priced at US $1533.
ASUS Lamborghini branded external HDDs
ASUS has introduced Lamborghini branded external hard disk drives. These disks measure 135.6mm x 79.7mm x 18mm and feature a glossy fingerprint-prone paint job.
There will be three editions: a 5400RPM USB 2.0 model with 500GB or 750GB capacity and also a 7200RPM USB 3.0 version with 750GB capacity. The Lamborghini logo costs a lot of money though, a report by Gizmag claims the 500GB and 750GB USB 2.0 versions will be sold for $119 and $139, respectively. The price of the USB 3.0 disk is still unknown.
Lamborghini External HDD - Run with the Bulls in Style
* Easy file management-FlexSave- Your central backup and fast sharing point just got better
* Stylish, elegant design inspired by the unique sporty look of Lamborghini supercars
* Massive 750GB storage space for every need and application
* One-click auto backup function saves and protects valuable data
* Available in both black and white color schemes for greater personal choice
MSI reveals its Intel 6-series strategy
MSI has been informed by Intel about the design issues in the Intel 6 series chipsets. According to Intel the performance of some of the Intel SATA ports on Intel 6 series products can degrade over a period of 3 years. MSI takes the quality of our products very serious, so at this moment we are investigating product batches that may be affected and, meanwhile, have stopped all shipments to our distributors and resellers. Additionally, we asked resellers to hold sales of the Intel 6 series based MSI products to customers until the issue can be resolved.
Update: Februari 2nd, 2011 with service info for customers in Europe.
Products in the market
As of the 31st of January MSI informed all our distributors, retails and reseller to stop directly the sales of Intel 6 series based products of MSI and to hold any products pending shipments to customers. No need to worry in the case that you purchased an Intel 6 series based product form MSI after the 31st of January because we will take care for you. Consumers can check the section How to get support.
We started the procedure to collect all the current stock in the market. Retailers and reseller can return their Intel 6 series MSI products they have in stock to their point of purchase (distributor) which can return the goods to the MSI distribution centers. If retailers, resellers or MSI distributors have any questions about the procedure they can contact their local MSI sales representative.
At this moment there are only a limit models in the market based on the Intel 6 series chipset. You can identify them based on the model name in the list below.
MSI Mainboards (Intel
ASUS reveals its Intel 6-series strategy
ASUS send out an open letter on how it will handle Intel's 6-series chipset recall:
Crysis 2 - Be Strong Trailer
Crytek and EA have released a new trailer for Crysis 2 titled 'Be Strong'. Meanwhile Electronic Arts Germany has posted system requirements for the game, giving folks a chance to upgrade before the March 22 release date.
Crysis 2 will require at least:
* Internet connection to play for the installation of the game and get online
* OS: XP / Vista / Windows 7
* CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz, AMD Athlon 64 X2 2Ghz or better
* 2 GB RAM
* Hard Drive: 9 GB
* DVD ROM: 8x
* GPU: nVidia 8800GT 512Mb RAM, ATI 3850HD 512Mb RAM or better
* Audio: DirectX 9.0c-compatible
* Keyboard, Mouse or the Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows
Check 'r out.
OCZ Technology Introduces ZX Series Power Supplies
OCZ Technology Group launched the ZX Series power supply series to answer consumer demand for a high-wattage solution that is also highly-efficient. The ZX Series is designed for best-in-class performance, reliability and also features 100% modular design for the ultimate customization for today
HIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X and IceQ X Turbo launched
We aldready have shown you a small bit of information on these, but HIS presents two new Radeon HD 6870 graphics cards; the 6870 IceQ X with 900MHz core and 4200MHz 1GB GDDR5 memory and the factory-overclocked IceQ X Turbo with a 920MHz core and 4480MHz memory. Both cards use a cooling solution with three heatpipes, a large aluminium fin array and a 92mm fan.
Key Features and Advantages of HIS 6870 IceQ X Series:
Faster - Make your Overclocking dream comes true!
The HIS IceQ X Turbo models are bios-overclocked out of the box, and thus brings the immersive gamers the best over-clocking potential.
AMD discusses Turbo CORE technology
AMD's John Fruehe explains Bulldozer's new Turbo CORE technology in a company blog post.
We are including a new feature in
LOTR: War in the North Black Numenorian Trailer
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a role-playing game in development by Snowblind Studios. It is based on the events taking place in the northern regions of Middle-earth in the background of the main story of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
Players will take control of a hero of the war, and will be able to play through the game alone or cooperatively with other players, with the ability adjust the percentage of experience your co-op partner receives. In a preview article of Playstation Magazine, it has been revealed that you will have certain skills that are upgradeable, characters that can be customized, and dialogue will be like Mass Effect without the moral ramifications.
Guru3D Rig of the Month - January 2011
Only one day late,
For 2011 we upped the prize that you can win a little. The winner of the months Rig of the Month will receive an OCZ Technology Z Series 1000W Modular PSU (80 plus Gold Certified) delivered for free at it's doorsteps as a nice incentive.
This months winner is Adeel Hussain AKA blade, at the age of 22 he is a CFA L2 candidate, hey as you can see we have a large and wide audience alright. The end result is a stunning looking PC built themed Transformers, Optimus Prime in particular.
Check out his rig right here.
Gigabbyte HD 6870 SuperOverclock UDV+ Graphics Card
Gigabyte is working on yet another revisioon of theor overclocked 6870. This one is the SuperOverclock UDV+ Graphics Card yet carrying the SOC branding.
Our colleagues at Techpowerup report the following: SOC graphics cards make use of top quality components and a copper-rich PCB as prescribed by the company's own Ultra Durable VGA+ specifications, and use high-end cooling.
The GV-R687SO-1GDhas clock speeds of 950/1150 (core/memory) compared over the reference speeds of 900/1050 MHz. The card uses a 10-inch long PCB that uses a stronger VRM to leave room for some overclocking. The GPU itself is hand-picked by performance binning.
The card is cooled by Gigabyte's WindForce 3X GPU cooler, which makes use of a large aluminum fin array to which heat is conveyed by copper heat pipes, ventilated by three 80 mm fans. As with every other HD 6870, there are 1120 stream processors 1 GB of 256-bit GDDR5 memory, and display connectivity that includes two each of DVI and mini-DP, and one HDMI. Gigabyte's HD 6870 SOC is expected to be priced closer to the $250 mark.
Antec CPU Cooler: KÜHLER H2O 620
Tt eSPORTS Shock One USB gaming headset
Tt eSPORTS are proud and excited to release the next edition of their Professional Shock Gaming Headsets, the "One" which is the most advanced headset in the range, which has many amazing features including DTS 5.1 Virtual Surround Sound and Dynamic 40mm Speakers that allow for high quality Bass Enhancement.
The "One" has been designed to produce immense sound quality in-game as well as being able to offer a comfortable solution for gamers with it's multiple Ear-Pad Cushions and leather headband pad to allow for multiple hours of wear for continuous periods of gaming.
The Shock "One" offers gamers a professional gaming headset with USB connectivity, a fully configurable user interface and an illuminated Tt logo so you can be the "One" who stands out in the crowd at gaming events all around the world.
When Tt eSPORTS created the Shock "One" gaming headset the idea behind the product was to fulfil the requirements of ALL professional and casual gamers who are enthusiastic about the equipment they use. The Shock "One" has been developed to enter a highly competitive market but by combining a visually fashionable design with high and exciting performance the product is sure to bring a smile to any gamer who invests.
DTS 5.1 Channel Virtual Surround Sound
Dynamic 40MM Speaker Driver with BASS Enhancement
Fully Configurable User Interface
Noise Cancelling Microphone
In-Line Volume Control Box
10 Level Adjustable Headset Band
Multiple Ear-Pad Cushions: Leather and Velvet
Gold Plated USB Connector
Driver unit: 40mm
Frequency Response: 20Hz~20 KHz
Impedance: 32 ohm
Max. input: 100mW
Cable length: 3m
Directivity: Bidirectional with noise cancellation
Impedance: 2.2 k ohm
Team Group debuts three USB 3.0 flash drives
Team Group introduced three USB 3.0 flash drives: the C101, the Color Turn and the F108. All three models are available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities. The company touts these new flash drives as the lightest USB in the industry, but unfortunately the performance isn't too exciting. The 8GB model provides a read speed of 54MB/s and a write speed of barely 15MB/s, while the 16GB and 32GB versions have the same read speed but a write speed of up to 30MB/s. Full specifications can be viewed over here.
As the digital life era arrives, more and more consumer demand for high-resolution multimedia. Limited by the transfer rate specifications, USB2.0 no longer can handle HD media processing. With this year
QNAP releases three budget NAS servers
QNAP introduced three budget NAS servers; including a single-bay, dual-bay and quad-bay model.
QNAP Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of world class NAS servers, NVR Video Surveillance Systems, and Network-based Media Players today announced the TS-x12 lineup of affordable high performance Turbo NAS servers intended for the fast-growing home and SOHO market segment. The new models utilize the latest Marvell 1.2GHz processor and include 256MB of DDRII memory and Gigabit LAN ports, offering up to 8TB of networked storage with a unique blend of solid performance, high reliability, and advanced features at very affordable price points. The TS-x12 series includes the 1-drive TS-112, 2-drive TS-212, and 4-drive TS-412.
NAS is becoming a popular addition to home networks as they solve the problem of how to centrally store and share digital content among computers in the home
Sandy Bridge chipset design flaw, Intel issues recalls
Yikes -- not good -- this is just in from several web sources and now Intel confirmed it. It seems that Intel is applying a "silicon fix" in their chipset segment. The bad news is that it is the new Intel 6 Series chipset, Cougar Point (H67/P67) which has been found to have a flaw which has something to do with the SATA controller.
Intel is indicating that the ports can "degrade over time," leading to poor i/o performance down the road. All shipments have been stopped and a fix has been implemented for new deliveries, but it sounds like recalls will be starting soon for those with this ticking time bomb silicon within. It isn't a problem right now, though, so if you own a Sandy Bridge Core i5 or Core i7 system keep computing with confidence while looking for a recall notice.
What's going on ?
Here's the thing we can confirm, the problem is to be found solely in the SATA 300 controller, the SATA 600 controllers are unaffected as well as any other added controllers on your motherboard.
On the up-to four SATA2 (SATA 300) ports in a timeframe measured over years, your performance failure rate 5% to 15% based on standard usage. The controller simply will produce more errors and as that result the controller performance thus will go down as it tries to correct it. Worst case scenario is that the overhead would get so big that your HDD/SSD would not be recognized in Windows any longer. These predictions are all based on statistical numbers though.
This is not something that can be fixed with a BIOS update, a new revision fix of the silicon is the only alternative.
Who is effected
But yeah, this likely means the replacement of all Sandy-Bridge-based motherboards, laptops, and pre-built PCs currently on store shelves or already in running in your home.
Intel said a design error in one of its chips will reduce sales and profit margins as it spends $700 million to repair and replace affected products. Currently 8 million chipsets have been distributed. Next to that Intel expects to miss $300 million in sales due to this. So that's a Billion dollar right writeoff there.
Intel on the matter
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2011 - As part of ongoing quality assurance, Intel Corporation has discovered a design issue in a recently released support chip, the Intel
Afterburner 2.1.0 Beta 7
Guru3D and MSI have been working hard on AfterBurner, today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities.
We're happy to see MSI Afterburner is leading the overclock applications, but where satisfied with what we have now, we plan to go one step beyond everybody!
MSI Afterburner 2.1.0 Beta 7 is ready, changes list includes:
- the official support of GTX 560 Ti / GT 440.
- Now Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 runtime libraries are included in distributive
- Hardware database is now configured to force fan duty cycle monitoring to be performed via slower AMD ADL SDK path on AMD RADEON 4870 X2 and 5790 series cards
- Changed way of unlocking unofficial overclocking on AMD graphics cards to make overclocking newbies think harder before enabling this functionality blindly and coming to support forums with fake bugreports
- Added alternate unofficial overclocking path allowing keeping PowerPlay active on some modern ASIC families during overclocking
- Fan control settings are now being forcibly reapplied after changing the clocks via unofficial overclocking path to bypass bug in AMD driver causin the fan control settings to be reset to defaults after programming PowerPlay table
To enable unofficial overclocking in this version it is necessary to:
- Set UnofficialOverclockingEULA field to the following text: I confirm that I am aware of unofficial overclocking limitations and fully understand that MSI will not provide me any support on it
- Set UnofficialOverclockingMode to 1 to keep PowerPlay active (may not work on old ASICs), 2 to traditionally disable PowerPlay or to 0 to temporary disable unofficial overclocking path