FireStone Preamp and Big Joe IV review
FireStone Preamp and Big Joe IV review
Hailing from Taiwan, the Firestone audio company is starting to gain a lot of ground in the audio community. Looking through their current sonic line up we see audio components that seem to truly be designed for the desktop audio enthusiast offering big sound in a small footprint.
The word in the audio community is these guys don
Samsung Low-Power SLC 100 GB & 200 GB SSDs for Enterprise
There's a lot of news on the SSD front today. Samsung announced today that it is mass producing 100 and 200 gigabyte (GB) solid state drives (SSDs) for use as the primary storage in enterprise storage systems.
Lexar moves to SATA 6Gb/s with Crucial RealSSD C300 1.8 Series SSDs
Lexar Media introduced a 1.8" footprint version of the award-winning Crucial RealSSD C300 product line. The 1.8" profile, which is approximately 40% smaller than the standard 2.5" drive, provides an excellent solid-state storage option for the most portable products such as ultra-thin laptops, netbooks, and tablet PCs
Razer Ironclad mousepad is aluminum
Quite a lot of news from Razer the past week. Razer decided to introduce the Ironclad, a new high-end gaming mousepad made from anodized aluminium.
The Razer Ironclad has a 320mm x 270mm smooth sandblasted surface, it's 2.5mm thick, has a non-slip rubber base to prevent it from moving and the company claims it's compatible with all mice. It's quite expensive though, with a price tag of 59.99EUR it costs about as much as a decent gaming mouse.
OCZ to use new SandForce 2000 controller for enterprise SSDs
OCZ announced it will adopt SandForce's new SF-2000 SSD controller for next-generation Deneva solid state disks as enterprise solutions. Which is a little weird, no consumer parts based on this IC ?
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, is teaming up with SandForce
SandForce SF-2000 controller promises 500MB/s and 60k IOPS
SandForce presented the SF-2000 series controllers for solid state disks with native SATA 6Gbps support. The new lineup includes the SF-2500 and SF-2600 for enterprise SSDs and the SF-2300 for industrial storage solutions. Unfortunately, there's no word on a consumer version but the specifications of these chips definitely look impressive.
The company promises to deliver sequential read/write speeds of up to 500MB/s and lists random 4k read/write performance of 60,000 IOPS. The first disks based on SandForce's SF-200 are expected in Q1 2011.
Intel puts RAID onto future processors
Interesting news from Intel's side as it announced a new enterprise storage technology that integrated RAID functionality onto the processor.
Intel disclosed a breakthrough enterprise storage technology which combines the dependability of today
iPad Shot with Shotgun (video)
Ehmn, other then saying 'what a total waste of money' ... here's the effect of an iPad being Shot with a Shotgun. :\
Bad Company 2 Vietnam Video Interview
Jay Michaels of Pixel Enemy got a chance to speak with DICE's Community Manager, Daniel Matros, about the upcoming Vietnam expansion for Battlefield Bad Company 2.
Twintech TwinBox HL-N ION Mini PC
Twintech announced their TwinBox HL-N Series ION
NVIDIA BIOS Editor (NiBiTor) v5.8 Released
NiBiTor is a BIOS tweaker that supports the latest NVIDIA graphics cards, and which is updated on a regular basis. NiBiTor allows graphics card enthusiasts, or the hardcore overclockers to have full control over some advanced features and functionality found on firmware of supporting cards. And doing so users gain some extra performance, enable certain hidden features, tweaking memory latencies, provide extensive information, adapt bootup settings, changing fan speed options and/or get extra stability on their NVIDIA based graphics accelerators which will just give them that little extra value.
Changes in this Version
- Added GeForce GTX 460
- Added GeForce GTX 480M
This new version is build upon the logic of the previous version, with some minor fixes and a redesign to support as well unknown devices in some limited way. As always for extra features, settings and support please provide us your original BIOS, so that we can use it as reference to analyze the changes and to code the approriate support of the new video card or new features accordingly.
Gigabyte 930MHz WindForce GeForce GTS 450
Gigabyte's is releasing a GeForce GTS 450 with their new "WindForce 2X" cooler (GV-N450OC2-1GI). It is in fact already selling at Newegg for $150.
This factory overclocked card has a cooling solution with two copper heatpipes, a copper base and two large fans. Clockspeeds are 930MHz core, 1860MHz shaders and 1GB GDDR5 clocked at 4000MHz, compared to 783/1566/3600MHz on stock cards.
Enermax Revolution 85+ 1020W PSU review
Enermax Revolution 85+ 1020W PSU review
We review and test the Enermax Revolution 85+ 1020W PSU. A near perfect power supply, Enermax recently released the Revolution 85+ series, this BEAST as I like to call it has everything I just mentioned. Modular cables, it's silent, sturdy, rugged and at 220 Volts this puppy can achieve a power efficiency of 87 to 91 percent, and that is just very noteworthy.
You can check out the full review right here at at the following URL.
Razer Special Editions Naga MMO Mouse
Razer nnounced the launch of a new suite of Razer Naga Special Edition gaming mice
Samsung 31 Series LED-Backlit Eco-Friendly Monitors
Samsung Electronics America Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation, the number one worldwide brand of LCD display products, today announced the launch of a new line of 31 series LED-backlit monitors. This new line-up is an ideal option for budget-conscious users looking for the energy-saving benefits of an LED monitor in a stylish and affordable package.
WD USB 3.0 and 3 TB External Hard Drive
WD, the world's leader in external storage solutions, today introduced its new My Passport Essential portable hard drive (photo), My Passport Essential SE portable hard drive (photo), and My Book Essential external hard drive (photo). All three drive families come in a variety of capacities and offer lightning-fast USB 3.0 connectivity. Highest industry capacity is another key feature for the My Book Essential drive, which is now available in 3 TB capacity, in addition to 1 and 2 TB capacities. Equipped with WD SmartWare visual backup software for automatic, continuous backup, these drives provide users the extra space they need to store or back up all of their digital memories, such as high-resolution photos and videos, along with music and other critical files, all in one place.
The drives not only take advantage of the latest blazing-fast USB 3.0 technology, but are also fully compatible with USB 2.0 connections for those who have yet to upgrade their computers to USB 3.0. When connected to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port, consumers can transfer data at speeds up to 150 MB/s. At that rate, a two-hour HD video will transfer in as little as three minutes. The same two-hour video would take approximately 13 minutes to transfer on a USB 2.0 port.
My Passport Essential, still WD's smallest portable drive, is available in a 500 GB capacity and comes in five fun colors - Midnight Black, Cool Silver, Real Red, Pacific Blue and Arctic White (Arctic White only available in EMEA and APAC). My Passport Essential SE portable hard drives are available in 750 GB and 1 TB capacities and come in stylish black, silver, metallic blue and metallic red colors. The pocket-sized My Passport portable hard drives are powered directly through the USB cable; no separate power supply is needed.
My Book Essential, the world's number-one selling hard drive, also impresses with its small footprint, sleek design and high-capacity storage ranging from 1 TB up to a massive 3 TB. The drive is compatible with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, and uses WD SmartWare visual backup software.
"With more and more devices like the iPod touch, iPhone 4 and other smartphones adding video-capable cameras, digital video is becoming ubiquitous. Most homes already have thousands of photos and music files, increasing the need for storage around the house. Having the extra capacity to store these files and move them around quickly is becoming a big issue for many consumers around the world," said Dale Pistilli, vice president of marketing for WD's branded products group. "WD's newest line of My Book and My Passport external hard drives features the latest USB 3.0 connection technology, which more than triples the speed to transfer media files, but still works with today's USB 2.0 ports. In addition, consumers can take advantage of the highest capacity available on external hard drives with the new 3 TB My Book Essential drive."
My Book Essential external hard drives, My Passport Essential and My Passport Essential SE portable hard drives feature:
- Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 interfaces;
- Up to 3x faster transfer rates when compared to USB 2.0;
- WD SmartWare software for automatic, continuous backup;
- Password protection for privacy; and,
- Planet-friendly packaging from recycled materials which can, in turn, also be recycled.
Price and Availability
My Passport Essential portable hard drives and My Book Essential external hard drives offer a 2-year limited warranty in the U.S. and are now available at select U.S. retailers and online at wdstore.com.
MSRP for My Passport Essential portable is $99.99 USD. MSRP for My Passport Essential SE drives range from $129.99 USD to $169.99 USD. MSRP for My Book Essential drives range from $129.99 USD to $249.99 USD.
Intel 25nm X25-M SSD specifications
Details of Intel's third-gen X25-M "Postville Refresh" SSD have been published over at AnandTech. These new 25nm SSDs should deliver roughly double the capacity at the same price as the current 34nm X25-M G2 SSDs. The new disks will be available in capacities of 80/160/300/600GB and promise read speeds of up to 250MB/s (same as before) and write speeds of up to 170MB/s (vs 100MB/s on the G2). The random write performance has been significantly improved, just as the drive lifespan, while one of the new main features is support for AES-128 encryption. The only downside is the increased maximum power consumption.
The new drive uses 25nm IMFT Flash, which means we should get roughly twice the capacity at the same price. While Intel is sampling 25nm MLC NAND today it's unclear whether or not we'll see drives available this year. I've heard that there's still a lot of tuning that needs to be done on the 25nm process before we get to production quality NAND. The third generation drives will be available somewhere in the Q4 2010 - Q1 2011 timeframe in capacities ranging from 40GB (X25-V) all the way up to 600 GB [via dvhardware].
XFX no longer a partner of NVIDIA?
A rumor originating at hardOCP states that NVIDIA gave XFX the axe. One of the reasons is NVIDIA's entry into the retail market.
"NVIDIA had intended to move into direct retail in January of 2010, but that did not happen for reasons we are not aware of. Now that NVIDIA has moved into direct retail sales, I was told today that XFX is no longer an approved NVIDIA partner. "
Of course one also needs to keep in mind that XFX made a (and took a risk) choice selling AMD/ATI graphics cards last year. It's just a rumor of course, but it would not surprize us at all.