HDD prices are dropping
DigiTimes reports prices of hard drives are down 10 to 20 percent compared to levels seen at the beginning of Q2 2010
Supply had been tight since the second quarter of 2009 causing quotes to remain at a high level until the second quarter of 2010, when Europe's bond crisis occurred and started affecting PC demand. As PC brands started downwardly adjusting their shipment forecast for the third quarter, it relatively helped relieve the shortage of hard drives and even turned the market status to over-supply, as a result, the hard drive makers started reducing their quote.
The sources noted that quotes for capacities over 500GB at the end of June had an average drop of about 20% compared to the beginning of the second quarter, while 250GB and 320GB capacities had an average drop of about 10%.
Patriot 64GB LX Series SDXC memory card
Close your eyes .. now open them again: $349.99 ! Yikes.
Patriot introduces a 64GB LX Series SDXC card. This memory card will be available for around $349.99, it offers a 5-year warranty and promises read speeds of up to 25MB/s and write speeds of up to 10MB/s.
Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash and computer peripheral solutions, today announced the immediate availability of the LX Series SDXC Memory Cards. Available in 64GB capacity, the LX Series SDXC card carries the UHS-I (Ultra High Speed
GliP: Great LED Interactive Puzzle
Check this out. Each block is made of a 8x8 RGB LED Matrix and a home-designed board based on a STM32 microcontroller running the FreeRTOS real-time operating system.
They are able to communicate through IrDA (infrared) connections and each board has four emitters and four receivers, one pair on each side. As shown, GLiP can be used as a puzzle game or the new position of a block can be automatically computed.
NASA Moonbase Alpha Available on Steam
Steam News announces the release of NASA Moonbase Alpha, a freeware game simulating the colonization of the moon. The game features accurate simulations of both NASA technologies and lunar terrains, and offers the possibility for teams to compete against each other through the use of leader boards.
NASA's Moonbase Alpha also supports voice communication, hopefully one that introduces plenty of static so it sounds like Armstrong and Aldrin talking from the Sea of Tranquility. The game is available for PC on Steam, completely for free.
Download it here.
ASUS ROG Rampage III GENE launched
ASUS launched the ROG Rampage III GENE, a new X58 based motherboard with a MicroATX form factor. Cute cute cute -- this motherboard has two PCIe x16 slots, support for SLI and CrossFireX, six DIMM slots for up to 24GB DDR3, Gigabit Intel LAN, SupremeFX X-Fi 2 audio, two USB 3.0 ports, and eleven USB 2.0 ports. Other features include ASUS' ROG Connect, Game First, CPU Level UP and MemOK!.
PC performance devotees have come to know and trust the Republic of Gamers GENE series, a lineup of microATX boards. The new Rampage III GENE takes after the successful Rampage II GENE, bringing the same insistence on hardcore performance to the space and energy saving microATX form. It
G.Skill 24GB DDR3 kit at 2000 MHZ C8
Dang (!) G.Skill launched a 24GB triple channel memory kit, 4GBx6 with a supported clock frequency of 2000 Mhz at Cas Latency 8. And it only uses 1.65 Volts.
G.Skill previously demonstrated 24GB of DDR3 at 2,000MHz CL9 during Computex 2010 earlier this month, but has again managed to push the boundaries. This super capacity kit has already attracted a large number of extreme gamers and professional users who expect higher memory capacity can improve their PC performance. G.Skill has successfully provided 24GB (4GBx6) at 2,000MHz CL8 to another high-end boundary, making it the absolute ultimate choice for the extreme users.
Enermax 800W and 900W MODU87+ Modular PSUs
These puppies are amongst my personal favorites alright. The MODU87+ series, as its name implies, is a line of high-end power supply units with a high energy efficiency (up to 92%). In fact we tested the 600 Watt version not to long ago (read here).
Enermax added new models flavored 800W and900W. Like all of its siblings, it is modular, which means end-users, enthusiasts in this case, will only use whatever cables they see fit, thus reducing cable cluttering and, consequently, improving air circulation and, of course, cooling efficiency.
The new MODU87+ is, obviously, 80+ Gold Rated and even features a Twister-bearing 13.9 cm fan. Also, it has four 12V rails. This is already a step up from the 500W, 600W and 700W models, which only come with up to three rails. Furthermore, the newcomer boasts the AC cord guard, which keeps the power cable firmly in place in order to avoid deterioration. Enermax also made a point of using the ever promising Hybrid Capacitor array, composed of solid state capacitors and Japanese electrolytic capacitors.
The Hybrid Capacitor array confers a longer than usual lifespan upon the device, which makes the 800W PSU even better suited for the enthusiast market. The product is priced at 174 Euro and is already up for order in Europe. A stronger, 900W version should show up soon, backed by the same 5-year warranty.
Good stuff alright.
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 455 somewhat confirmed
Rumors report that the so-called GeForce GTS 455 will also enabled by the GF104 GPU, the same silicon empowering the upcoming GTX 460.
Based on the fact that said rumors dub it a 'fourth card', it is most probably an extremely toned down (to avoid saying crippled) version of the 'base' GF104. It is already known that NVIDIA will eventually release products based on the GF106, another upcoming chip. What remains to be seen is whether this GTS 455 enters the stage before said products or alongside them.
Unfortunately the source Fudzilla speaks of was not exactly as productive as one may hope, since it didn't manage to uncover any sort of details on the actual specifications of this adapter. There were also only wild speculations about the so-called possibility of a GTX 475, based on a full GF104, coming out soon as well, however there is nothing to validate this hypothesis.
Angry Researchers Disclose Windows Zero-day Bug
PC World reports that an anonymous group of security researchers published last week information about an unpatched flaw in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
The flaw in Windows Vista and Server 2008 could be used by attackers to gain unauthorized access to a PC or cause it to crash. Microsoft downplayed the threat, saying that the vulnerability required an attacker to have physical access to the computer or have compromised it with another exploit. Danish vulnerability tracking firm Secunia agreed with Microsoft that the bug was relatively minor, classifying it as a "less critical" threat, the second-lowest ranking in its five-step system. According to Secunia, the bug affects fully patched versions of Windows Vista Business SP1 and Windows Server 2008 Enterprise SP1 and SP2, and possibly other editions of operating system.
CoreTemp 0.99.7.3 released
Core Temp is a compact, no fuss, small footprint program to monitor CPU temperature.<br />Now Windows Vista and Windows 7 ready!
- "Start Core Temp with Windows" feature on Windows Vista and 7.
- Taking a screenshot would not capture the whole window in Vista/7 with aero mode.
- Windows 7 taskbar Cycle mode only shows up after the first interval has elapsed.
- Overheating protection UI bug.
- The Mini-mode menu was not checked when Mini-mode was activated.
- Corrected the placement and size of the load label on Phenom based processors.
- Order of appearance of the system tray icons in Windows 7.
- The appropriate G15 menu is now checked depending on the status of the G15 plug-in.
- Added support for 12 core processors to temperature offset adjustment window
ASUS ARES Review
ASUS ARES gets tested !
We test and review the worlds fastest single graphics card on the globe, the ASUS ARES. An uber-high-enthusiast targeted product intended to create a lot of buzz and potentially to have a lot of marketing value. But face fact is also that there is a small group of end-users actually really interested it in, regardless of price and deficits. So with this round of realizing something fun, extra ordinary and sure prices very steep ASUS went back to the drawing board. They came up with a dual-GPU design solution based off Radeon 5970, but an overall better design, new PCB, higher clock frequencies on GPUs and more memory (2GB per GPU).
Then they threw improved voltage regulation management into the mix and added a new cooler with the weight of a small baby on top of the GPUs to deliver something really special.
Wanna meet the world's fastest graphics card ? You can read our full Guru3D review right here.
Asetek Liquid Cooled All-In-One PC
Asetek, the industry leading supplier of liquid cooling systems for computers, today demonstrated how liquid cooling enables all-in-one PCs to deliver performance on par with the best performing desktop systems while maintaining attractive price points & near silent operation. The sleek all-in-one (AIO) prototype features a 24" display and uses a liquid cooled Intel Core i7-920 desktop processor and nVidia GTX280M graphics card in an enclosure that, at 58mm, matches the slender profile of Apple's iMac. This prototype shows how liquid cooling overcomes the thermal limitations that have historically forced PC manufactures to use more costly, lower performance mobile processors in their all-in-one designs.
"The all-in-one segment of the desktop market is projected to see an annual growth rate of 13% over the next 5 years," said Ben Bajarin, Consumer Technology Analyst at Creative Strategies, Inc. "Achieving the full potential of this attractive form factor requires PC manufacturers to deliver greater performance at ever more attractive price points. Utilizing desktop processors in these devices is a key strategy for improving price and performance. We see liquid cooling as an enabling technology for OEMs seeking to implement this strategy."
Asetek's AIO prototype takes advantage of liquid cooling's inherent ability to efficiently capture and transport large amounts of heat to a location where it can conveniently be exhausted from the system. Heat generated by the 130W CPU and 75W graphics processor is captured within the main enclose and transported to the stand of the all-in-one. A small radiator and a pair of fans easily remove heat from the liquid and a pump returns cooled liquid to the main enclosure to capture more heat.
"Driving more performance from within thin profile computers such as all-in-ones, 1U servers, blade servers and performance notebook PCs means increasing thermal density," notes Steve Branton, Director of Marketing at Asetek. "This all-in-one prototype demonstrates one way that liquid cooling overcomes the thermal challenges that arise when squeezing high performance into thin form factors. The engineering team at Asetek continues to innovate and expand the liquid cooling options for cooling thin form factor PCs."
Magnetic Thinking Putty Makes Silly Putty Awesome Again
Ahw, who does not remember Silly Putty when you were a kid, but a few high school chemistry classes later and you realize it
ASUS boost PC speed by 37%
Researchers exploit USB flaw to steal data
If you went to your home or office computer, would you be able to tell if someone had swapped your keyboard for one exactly like it? Many people probably would not be able to. A team of researchers has shown that a shortcoming in the way USB standards work could be used to steal data.
The exploit reportedly allows just about any USB device to be used to steal data. That means anything from your keyboard to your USB pole dancer could be a data theft tool. The team claims that if for example you take the exact same keyboard someone is using on their computer and modify it to steal data and replace the existing keyboard the computer would not know anything has changed.
The exploit takes advantage of a weakness in plug-and-play functionality where the USB protocol automatically trusts what is being plugged in to report what it is correctly. The team demonstrated the hack by making a keyboard that would get data from a HDD and transmit it as a flashing light using Morse code or by making a warbling sound from the computer sound card. The team points out that they could have used other methods to send stolen data such as email.
AMD to release Faster Dual-Core Athlon II
AMD is already making rounds around the marketplace selling an Athlon II X2 dual-core unit with a clock speed of 3.2 GHz. While noteworthy, the company's plans appear to have already grown into something more. According to a report made by Fudzilla, the same entity that end up behind most of the rumors concerning new CPUs and GPUs, a 3.3GHz Athlon II Series chip is inbound.
The CPU goes by the name of Athlon II X2 265 and will overshadow the Athlon II X2 260, a 3.2GHz part with 2MB cache (1MB L3). The upcoming creature has the aforementioned higher speed of 3.3GHz, the same amount of cache memory and a TDP of 65W.
It is unknown just what price this chip will sport, but it shouldn't be too much higher than that of the 260, available for pre-order, on a significant number of online vendors, at 72.90 Euro.
According to the report, AMD will start shipping the product worldwide sometime during the third quarter of the ongoing year, probably during August. This would put the part right on track to best take advantage of the back to school period. Still, one should take this news, as any rumor, with the obligatory grain of salt, especially considering that, at the very least, launch dates often change [via softpedia].
GeForce GTX 460 listed at etailers
Though the GeForce GTX 460 is not to come out until the 12 of July some retailers decided to create hype by listing the new graphics card.
The GF104 has a major advantage over the GF100 because it is much less expensive to manufacture. As such, the video boards based on it should prove quite formidable and reasonably affordable for the performance market. Currently, it is the ASUS ENGTX460/2DIS/768MD5 that has been spotted.
Check it out here at a Dutch etailer
The ENGTX460 will measure up to the ATI Radeon HD 5850 and 5830 models. It boasts 336 shaders, 42 texture units and clock speeds of 675 MHz for the graphics processor, 900 for the memory and 1350 for the shaders themselves.
Currently, the GTX 460 has a price point of roughly 200 Euro, but it may drop once good volume availibility kicks in.
MSI 890FXA-GD70 motherboard gets tested
MSI 890FXA-GD70 motherboard gets tested
Of course we were already fond of the 890GX chipset when it got released, but the FX chipset upped the ante a tiny bit more as next to the integration of SATA6G we see an increase in available PCIe lanes allowing 890FX motherboards to become very flexible in their bandwidth needs versus component usage. PCI-Express is key in the AMD 890FX release as we get PCIe 42 lanes at our disposal. Next to that, the chipset will be paired with the SB850 which we already covered in the 890GX review, it supports up-to 14 USB 2.0, up-to six SATA 6G ports and an integrated Gigabit Ethernet controller.
This is the basis and infrastructure of your PC, the 890 FX chipset. It's that kind of flexibility that allows ODMs like MSI to make little gems motherboards out of that chipset. MSI's 890FXA-GD70 is loaded with features like the aforementioned, but also USB 3.0, automated overclock options and even five (physical) PCIe x16 slots and even core unlock functionality from within the BIOS.
You can read the full Guru3D.com review right here.