Gigabyte H55N USB3 Mini-ITX motherboard review
Gigabyte decided to up all this up a notch or two. They took the extremely small Mini-ITX form factor very serious, and each inch on this motherboard has been equipped with an component.
As such we see that the H55N-USB3 motherboard is ready for all LGA 1156 Core i3/i5 and i7 processors, it is equipped with four SATA 2 ports, a x16 PCIe Slot for high-end graphics, durable components like solid chokes and very quality capacitors, optical Toslink SPDIF output, and when paired with a Clarkdale based Core i3 or i5 processor the ability to utilize the D-SUB (VGA), DVI or HDMI connector. Oh and it's got USB 3.0 as well.
Check out the full review right here.
Razer Nostromo gaming keypad
Razer announced the Razer Nostromo gaming keypad, co-developed with Belkin and designed to give gamers the upper hand with cutting-edge ergonomics, tournament-grade controls, extreme customizability, and maximum comfort.
The Razer Nostromo features a 16-button keypad layout and form factor that is optimally designed for greater intuitive access to critical gaming commands across all game genres. For marathon gaming sessions, a soft-touch rubberized wrist pad cradles the palm and significantly reduces hand fatigue and wrist strain.
The Razer Nostromo gives players amazing key activation accuracy with its 16 fully-programmable Hyperesponse
SteelSeries MMO keyset for Shift keyboard
SteelSeries designed a MMO keyset for the Shift gaming keyboard. SteelSeries, the leading manufacturer of gaming peripherals and accessories today, introduced the SteelSeries MMO Keyset for the Shift gaming keyboard. The SteelSeries MMO Keyset transforms the Shift into a feature-rich MMO Keyboard with an intuitive, preconfigured layout of keys that are labeled for movement, communication, and emotes. The new keyset brings gamers a superior and more cost-effective keyboard option compared to buying an MMO-only keyboard.
LaCie FastKey USB 3.0 drive will go up to 260MB/s
LaCie brings the FastKey to market, a new USB 3.0 memory stick that promises data transfer speeds of up to 260MB/s. The device has a sturdy metal casing and is equipped with AES 256-bit encryption. Prices start at $149.99 for the 30GB edition but LaCie also offers 60GB and 120GB editions if you desire a bit more room for your data.
Today LaCie announces the smallest SSD USB 3.0 drive, delivering speeds up to 260MB/s
PNY 8GB DDR3 kits
PNY introduced a couple of new DDR3 modules for desktops and notebooks:
Nexus Prominent 5 chassis
Nexus shows off the Prominent 5, a new silent case with noise absorption foam, toolless installation, and silent fans. The case has an aluminum front, it has a full-black design with some orange highlights in the interior. The Prominent 5 has five exposed 5.25-inch bays and a FireWire port on its I/O panel, in addition to the USB 2.0 and eSATA port.
The chassis looks quite good really.
Sandra 2010 SP2 v17.20 released
Here you can download SiSoftware Sandra 2010 SP2 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. SANDRA will provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, ODBC Connections, USB2, 1394/Firewire, etc.
Matrox Mura Controller Board
Matrox Graphics announced their brand new Matrox Mura controller board, which the company believes will be a new benchmark for collaborative video walls. The company is already busy showing off their new creation at the InfoComm Asia 2010 event, which is taking place in the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center. And, with the device
MSI Classic Series AC1900 All-in-One PC
MSI has now added the all-new Classic series to its pre-existing Professional and Entertainment series of AIO PCs. The new Wind Top AC1900 comes equipped with a low-power and high-performance Intel dual-core processor and a 19" cinema-grade widescreen LCD. The monitor's 16:9 aspect ratio makes light work of word processing tasks. A DVD drive, webcam, speakers, and card readers are also integrated into the AC1900 to meet the needs of all users. And thanks to the proprietary MSI software which comes installed on the AC1900, people of all ages can operate the computer with ease. Setting up and using the computer is no longer a chore-just plugging in one power cable is all it takes to start up.
Ergonomic and Intuitive Design
The minimalistic appearance of the Wind Top AC1900 complements its strengths as an AIO PC. The Wind Top AC1900 takes up less space and eliminates all of the desktop wiring clutter that weighs down conventional PCs. The black-based color scheme is suitable for all kinds of interiors and the 19" widescreen display offers effective eye relief so that users don't feel tired even after extended use.
High Performance; Low Power Consumption; Super Quiet
The Wind Top AC1900 is equipped with an Intel dual-core processor and high-performance DDR3 memory. This exceptional performance, backed by 802.11 b/g Wireless LAN, allows you to freely make full use of everything the Internet has to offer. Everyday computing tasks can now be handled more smoothly and efficiently than ever.
Compared to conventional 300W PCs, Under full load, the AC1900 can reduce 63% of power consumption under full load. This translates into 840 kg of reduced carbon dioxide emissions each year, the equivalent of 187 trees, and $100 in electricity costs. In the AC1900, performance and power consumption have achieved an ingenious balance.
Owing to the latest thermal dissipation technology used in the Wind Top AC1900, regardless of whether the system is in standby or running at full speed, noise levels never exceed 36dB. This makes computing as quiet as being in a library and offers you the most comfortable working environment possible. In addition, the AC1900 conforms to the strictest green standards including Energy Star 5.0 as well as EPEAT certification from the U.S. EPA, making it a green and environmentally-friendly product.
Unsurpassed Instant Messaging
The high-definition camera, high quality microphone, and two sets of high-fidelity speakers integrated into the AIO design greatly reduces the amount of space taken up on your desktop. Video conferencing can be telecast live and record every exciting moment. Crisp picture quality and vivid colors make instant messaging even more fun!
Comprehensive I/O Interfaces
The Wind Top AC1900 provides a complete range of I/O interfaces, including a multi-card reader capable of reading data from mainstream memory card products. This allows users to directly transfer and store their information onto the AC1900 with the utmost convenience. Common commercial products such as digital cameras, digital camcorders, and MP3 players can also be connected to the AC1900 via the USB 2.0 port, and the DVD Super Multi easily plays DVDs and can be used to copy and backup important data.
AMD 16-core Interlagos platform in Q2 2011
Scheduled for production in the second quarter of 2011 and launch with widespread availability in the third quarter, AMD has revealed its latest Interlagos processor featuring up to 16 cores and four channels of DDR3 memory, ideally suited for HPC environments.
Meanwhile, AMD will release its 8-core, 2-channel processor codenamed Valencia, suited for smaller HPC clusters where power or price are significant concerns. Bulldozer, the first new server processor core technology from AMD since the introduction of the original AMD Opteron processor, features a modular design with 256-bit floating point capabilities and other features that compliment high performance computing.
GeForce GTX 570 to arrive in December + photo
More and more rumors surface that a GeForce GTX 570 graphics card in December. Additionally, the site also notes the Radeon HD 6950 and 6970 are now scheduled for December 13th.
A slightly watered-down version of the GF110, or rather chips that do not meet the GeForce GTX 580 spec, will be placed on the upcoming GeForce GTX 570. The GF110 chip on the GeForce GTX 570 will have one streaming multiprocessor disabled, bringing the total CUDA core count to 480 - the same as the outgoing GeForce GTX 480. Performance is said to be around the GTX 480's level, but with a TDP quite similar to the GTX 470. Expect 1280MB memory on the new card.
Rumored frequencies are set at 690 Mhz on the core, 1380 Mhz on the shaders and 3800 MHz on the gDDR5 memory.
Adult Star Kirsten Price Tests Kinect's Nude Filter
AMD Catalyst 10.11 Drivers Ready for Download
ATI released Catalyst 10.11 drivers. The Catalyst 10.11 driver features support for the Radeon HD 2000, HD 3000, HD 4000, and HD 5000 series graphics cards and the Radeon HD 3000 and HD 4000 series IGPs.
- Battleforge: Performance increases up to 3% on Radeon HD 5800 Series single and CrossFire configurations with anti-aliasing disabled.
PowerColor Radeon 6850 PCS+ review
PowerColor is as always never late to arrive at the party, they submitted a Radeon HD 6850 for a test here at Guru3D.com and as such we'd be more than happy to bring you a full review on one of their newest products today, the PCS+ version of the Radeon HD 6850 that comes pre-overclocked.
PowerColor clocks it at towards 820 MHz for you, and if you feel a little brave then apply some tweaks yourself as that will get you over 900 MHz quite easily. The memory as well, standard you'll need to work with a 4000 MHz (effective data rate) memory clock frequency PowerColor takes that to 4400 MHz on this product. And sure, there as well is some room left to fool around with tweaking wise.
Check out our full review here.
WarpDrive SSD Card Launched by LSI for $11,500
This is the new LSI SLP-300 acceleration card, intended for a different set of purchasers that me and
SSD prices drop while HDD prices are on the rise
DigiTimes writes prices of solid state disks have dropped 10-15 percent since early in the second half of 2010 while hard disk drive prices have seen their prices increase by up to 4-5 percent on some models in the fourth quarter. The price difference between both storage technologies is still very high though, the average SSD still costs ten times as much as traditional HDDs.
Solid State Drive (SSD) makers including Intel and Adata Technology have been gradually dropping their SSD price since early in the second half of 2010 by about 10-15% in the hopes of increasing the market penetration rate. However, hard drive makers on the other hand, have seen their prices increase in the fourth quarter.
NAND flash prices continues to drop and players including Micron, Intel, Samsung Electronics, Toshiba and Hynix are advancing into developing 20nm processes, and the related price drops of SSDs should stimulate demand for the year-end holidays.
Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed Announced
EA announced that a sequel to the popular racing sim, Need for Speed: Shift is on the way. It will be called Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed, and it'll be out in spring 2011.
The new game will retain Need for Speed Shift's serious, simulation heavy approach to racing, but will receive a graphical overhaul courtesy of a brand new engine. Need for Speed Shift 2 will also include an updated version of Autolog, the multiplayer matchmaking service used in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. The system lets players form friends lists and keep track of each other's times on different tracks.
OCZ Launches Vertex Plus & Colossus Plus SSDs
OCZ Technology announces a refresh of the renowned first generation Vertex and Colossus SSD Series. Called the Vertex Plus and Colossus Plus, the new SATA II solutions continue to implement the proven Indilinx technology while delivering significantly improved performance at their distinctively affordable price points.
OCZ continues to work diligently with the latest technology providers in flash storage with the goal of maintaining affordability for consumers that demand a faster, more responsive PC experience. Pricing and availability of the Vertex Plus and Colossus Plus series will be announced in the coming weeks.