Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z Motherboard Released
ASUS has now finally released the Maximus IV Gene-Z micro-ATX motherboard that is based on Intel's Z68 chipset and is designed to run LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge processors.
The Maximus IV Gene-Z includes an important number of advanced features like AMD CrossFireX and Nvidia SLI support, ROG Connect support and an on-board Supreme X-Fi sound chip.In addition to the two PCI Express x16 slots that are required for dual-GPU setups, Asus has also included a PCI-E x4 slot.
Right next to it, users will find the on-board Power and Reset buttons as well as a BIOS debug LCD. Storage is provided by six SATA ports, two of the 6Gbps variety, and Asus has also included a USB 3.0 header which allows for two such ports to be routed to the front of the case.
Another two USB 3.0 ports can be found on the rear I/O panel along with an impressive number of USB 2.0 ports, two eSATA connectors, 7.1-channel audio with a digital S/PDIF output and a Gigabit Ethernet port.
This means that the Maximus IV Gene-Z is fully compatible with the LucidLogix Virtu on-the-fly graphics switching technology as well as Intel's Quick Sync technology. Smart Response is also supported. CPU power is delivered by a complex Extreme Engine Digi+ PWM with an 8-phase design that Asus claims it can deliver a whopping 250A of current to the processor.
The recommended retail price is set at $185 and the Maximus IV Gene-Z should reach retail store shelves soon. We have a review sample in-house btw, so expect a review anytime soon.
AMD Bulldozer Engineering Sample CPU Overclocked to 4.63GHz
It's all silent regarding AMD Bulldozer FX but but check this leak out, an FX-Series processor with an impressive 4.63GHz overclock.
The CPU that managed to achieve this feat seems to be an engineering sample of the FX-8130P and required about 1.5V in order to be stable enough to run the Super Pi benchmark at the above mentioned frequency.
The FX-8130P is supposed to be AMD's fastest desktop Bulldozer processor as it features eight processing core that are run at a base frequency of 3.8GHz. Based on the load placed on its cores, the chip can increase its frequency up to 4.2GHz thanks to AMD's Turbo Core 2.0 technology.
In addition to the four Bulldozer modules, the FX-8130P also includes 8MB of Level 2 cache memory and 8MB of L3 cache as well as an integrated dual-channel memory controller that supports DDR3-1866 modules.
Computerized Pop Stars (video)
HWMonitor 1.18 Released
In addition, it can read modern CPUs on-die core thermal sensors, as well has hard drives temperature via S.M.A.R.T, and video card GPU temperature. Special hardware monitors on power supplies serie are supported too. The program does not copy any file in any directory, neither writes in the registry.
News and corrections
- Intel SandyBridge processors support: package temperature, Core/GT power real-time power meters
- AMD Llano (K12) and Bulldozer (K15) processors support
- New sensor chip: Nuvoton NCT7802
Saints Row: The Third Trailer
ASUS Announces F1A75 Series Motherboards
ASUS today announced the launch of their new AMD A75 chipset-based F1A75 Series motherboards. Designed specially to optimize performance for the AMD Llano APUs, the F1A75 Series motherboards have exceptional overclocking capability for the versatile APU with a variety of integrated graphics built directly on the same die. This new series is also equipped with the latest ASUS-exclusive technologies and features, including the Dual Intelligent Processors 2 (DIP2) with DIGI+ VRM for precise power control, a graphical and mouse-controlled UEFI BIOS and the easy-to-use auto tuning for better performance.
New ASUS motherboard design to complement the new AMD Fusion platform
The ASUS F1A75 series are designed with the exclusive DIGI+ VRM and the most intuitive UEFI BIOS on the market. The F1A75-V EVO is the world
Scythe Mugen 3 CPU cooler
Scythe released the Mugen 3, it will be available in retail stores for 35.90 EUR, that's excl. VAT:
Japanese cooling expert Scythe is announcing today the successor of popular Mugen 2 CPU Cooler. Mugen 2 CPU Cooler was awarded many times and is well known world-wide to mainstream users, Overclocker and Enthusiasts. During the development process main focus was set on improvement of performance and mounting mechanism as well as shrinking the heatsink dimensions. New Mugen 3 CPU Cooler is ready to take on the legacy.
While optimizing the performance the whole heatsink design of Mugen 3 CPU Cooler was re-worked which resulted in creation the improved fin-structure M.A.P.S. (Multiple Airflow Pass-Through Structure). Enhancements were achieved by reducing the aerodynamic resistance as well as improving of the overall heatsink stability. Furthermore Mugen 3 is equipped with total of six high-quality copper-heatpipes where the predecessor had only five. Typical for Scythe is the excellently processed and flat surface of the copper base which was refined by a thin nickel layer to prevent corrosion.
Mugen 3 is equipped with a popular 120 mm axial fan from the Slip Stream PWM Silent series. Using the PWM function of the axial fan mainboards are able to control the fan speed between 300 and 1.600 RPM, which allows a constant airflow between 14,7 and 88,11 CFM respectively 24.98 and 149.67 m
NVIDIA and VIA also left BAPCo
Not only AMD but also VIA and NVIDIA left BAPCo due to disagreements over the scoring system of SYSmark 2012 reports xbitlabs.. That pretty much it for Bapco as it will drive a knife straight through their heart, after today nobody can ever use their software anoy longer on future generation CPUs and APUs:
Nvidia Corp. and Via Technologies confirmed on Thursday that they had quit BAPCo (Business Applications Performance Corp.) due to disagreements over the scoring system of SYSmark2012 which does not take graphics card's role into account while measuring performance in applications that are considered by many as outdated.
"We have tendered our resignation to BAPCo. We strongly believe that the benchmarking applications tests developed for SYSmark 2012 and EEcoMark 2.0 do not accurately reflect real world PC usage scenarios and workloads and therefore feel we can no longer remain as a member of the organization," said Richard Brown, a vice president at Via Technologies.
Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday officially said that it would not endorse SYSmark 2012 benchmark and will also quit BAPCo (Business Applications Performance Corp.) that developers to PC performance measurement software.
The main concern of AMD, Nvidia and Via is that BAPCo SYSmark 2012 does not utilize graphics processing units (GPUs) for general purpose computing tasks (GPGPU) and solely relies on performance of central processing units (CPUs). According to AMD, such approach is misleading as many applications nowadays take huge advantage of GPGPU technologies, including Adobe Flash 10.2 (SYSmark 2012 uses 10.1), Microsoft Office 11 (SM2012 uses Office 10), Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (SM2012 uses IE8), Microsoft Movie Maker and many others. Besides, AMD accuses BAPCo of implementing unrepresentative workloads into the benchmark in order to favour AMD's competitor Intel.
"We have resigned [from BAPCo]," said Irina Shekhovtsova, a senior spokesperson for Nvidia.
"We hope that the industry can adopt a much more open and transparent process for developing fair and objective benchmarks that accurately measure real-world PC performance and are committed to working with companies that share our vision," added Mr. Brown.
CPU-Z 1.58 released
CPU-Z is a freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system. Download it here.
CPU-Z is a diagnostic tool that provides information on your CPU, including: processor name and vendor, core stepping and process, processor package, internal and external clocks, clock multiplier, partial overclock detection, processor features, supported instructions sets, L1 and L2 cache information, location, size, speed, and technology.
CPU-Z is a freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system.
Changes in CPU-Z version 1.58:
- AMD FX "Bulldozer" processors family (K15).
- AMD Llano processors family (K12).
- Intel Sandy Bridge-EP processors preliminary support.
Mushkin Blackline Ridgeback 2000 MHz DDR3 8GB review
Mushkin offers their dual-channel Blackline Ridgeback in 8GB kits at $125 (USD), and to spice that up .. it is offered as a 2000 MHz kit, with granted not the most sexy timings but at a CAS latency of 9 versus 2000 MHz versus two 4GB high-density DDR3 modules.
At 125 USD , and that's 15.6 USD per GB, you can understand that this kit might be a nice alternative to low latency 1333 and 1600 MHz kits. Muskin even tops that off by a lifetime warranty on this product so all in all that can't be a bad deal, no Sir.
Read the article right here.
Apacer Announces ARES DDR3-2133 MHz Dual Channel Memory Kit
The newly-unveiled ARES DDR3-2133 8GB dual channel memory kit provides the highspeed and capacityon the Intel P67 and Z68 Sandy Bridge platforms and is backwards compatible with existing the P55 platform. It runs at CL9-11-9-27 with 1.65 voltage, using advancedprocess 256Mb x 8chips, which are screened and tested withthe advanced test fixture and programs under diversified parameters of voltage and time sequences.
ARES DDR3 series uses a copper heat pipe cooler containing heat transfer liquid that turns into vapor by absorbing the heat of thermal-conductive copper heat pipe and transfers the vapor onto the large red heat dissipation fin through capillarity and phase transition technology.This efficient thermal design helps deliver optimum overclocking memory performances while maintaining cool temperatures.
Apacer has been consistently working with partners to develop faster memory for the latest platforms, andall of Apacer DRAM module is backed up by a lifetime warranty.
36-inch Monitor From EIZO Packs 4096 x 2160 Pixels Resolution
Eizo monitor with 4096x2160 pixels
Many PC users are begging for higher resolution displays and Eizo is here to deliver
LaCie Announces CloudBox Secure Local Device
LaCie announced the first implementation of hybrid storage technology by combining the best of local and secure online storage
Google first to receive one billion visitors per month
Research firm ComScore claims Google is the first to receive over one billion unique visitors in a single month.
One billion people worldwide visited Google in May, the first time ever that a site has drawn that many visitors in one month, according to data from ComScore.
The number of unique visitors to Google's sites rose by 8.4 percent from 931 million a year ago to just over a billion--1,009,699,000 to be more exact.
Across the world, market researcher ComScore said yesterday, Google saw its greatest numbers in India and South Africa, which accounted for 14.3 percent and 13.5 percent of its visitors, respectively. The lowest numbers were in South Korea and China, which accounted for 0.7 percent and 0.8 percent of total worldwide visitors, respectively.
PCI Express 4.0 to offer double the performance
The PCI Special Interest Group (PC-SIG) announced there will be one more PCI Express standard before having to make the switch from copper to optical interconnects. The PCI Express 4.0 standard is expected to arrive around 2015 and promises 16 gigatransfers per second, double as much as the PCI Express 3.0 standard.
"The initial report we got yesterday is a PCI Express 4.0 is feasible--we have to work out the details, but it is feasible," said Al Yanes, president of the PCI SIG, speaking in a press briefing at the group's annual developers conference.
A exploratory group including members from AMD, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Intel are conducting simulations using chip, channel, packet and socket data. They have determined throughput of at least 16 GT/s is possible and are expected to deliver a final report before the end of the year.
"We think we can eke out one more turn of the crank out of copper, so we are not looking at optics yet," said Ramin Neshanti, chairman of the PCI SIG's serial communications working chair.
It took the PCI SIG about four years to hammer out its 8 GT/s PCIe Gen 3 spec which required new signal encoding and equalization schemes. The Gen 4 spec should take a similar period, but this time the focus will be less on silicon and more on the board-level channels through which signals pass, Neshanti said.
Specifically, Gen 4 will probably be limited to distances of about eight to 12 inches compared to 20 inches for Gen 3. Engineers wanting longer reaches will need to use repeaters, a potential growth area for PCIe silicon.
The Gen 4 boards may need to use new materials, via designs and backwards-compatible connectors designed for improved signal integrity to reduce impedance discontinuities. "We think we have achieved about as much as we can scaling silicon," said Neshanti who also serves as an I/O standards manager at Intel.
That's a big shift for the PCIe community which has not previously required major changes of board makers. Typically the PCI SIG has thrown its hardest problems to chip makers such as AMD, Intel, NEC and others to ease problems for its less technically sophisticated supply chain among high volume PC board and system makers.
Nevertheless, some significant silicon shifts are ahead. Transceivers for Gen 3 were the first to use techniques to massage signals, adopting single-tap decision feedback equalization (DFE).
L.A. Noire arriving on PC this fall
Publisher Rockstar today announced that Team Bondi's 1940s detective thriller L.A. Noire will be released for PC this fall. he press release promises that not only will the PC release feature 3D support and 'improved graphical enhancements' but it will 'run on a wide range of PCs':
Developed by Rockstar Leeds and built to run on a wide range of PCs, L.A. Noire's robust feature customization includes keyboard remapping and gamepad functionality to both optimize and customize performance and user experience. Along with increased fidelity and improved graphical enhancements, the PC version will also feature 3D support for an even greater sense of interaction and immersion within a painstakingly detailed 1940s Los Angeles.
Originally developed by Team Bondi in conjunction with Rockstar Games, L.A. Noire is a crime thriller set in post World War II Los Angeles. As Detective Cole Phelps, players must search for clues, interrogate suspects and chase down criminals to solve a series of cases based on real world incidents. As he rises through the ranks of the LAPD, Phelps comes face-to-face with the corrupt heart of Los Angeles: from fallen starlets to double-dealing police officers and the vast reaches of the criminal underworld and finally, the darkness of his own personal demons.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Game Trailer
Enermax flagship PSU series MaxRevo launched
Enermax extends it's PSU portfolio with the new heavy-hitting high-performance series MaxRevo with 1.350 and 1.500W. The new series fulfils not only the requirements of the directive "SSI Power Supply Design Guide" for servers, but it is designed especially for Multi-GPU systems and industrial PCs, as well as high-performance workstations. Equipped with six stable and highly efficient 12V rails this power supply delivers more than enough power for all modern server and high-end systems. A full modular cable management and further technological innovations top this high-end power supply off.
Enermax enters the heavyweight class with its new MaxRevo. It is a new high-performance series with numerous technological innovations of the premium manufacturer. For instance the "Copper-Bridge Array" transmission technology replaces the traditional wires and pass the signal straight and with lower resistance. The result is: up to three percentage increase of the voltage regulation and higher efficiency for clean and stable DC output.
Enermax has optimized the topology of the successful Modu87+ and Pro87+ series and could reduce further energy losses by this way. The patented high magnetic power density transformer replaces the Multiple-Transformer-Design (two and more transformers), which was up to now necessary in these wattage classes, and ensures more space inside the power supply. As a result it comes up much better air circulation. Together with the higher efficiency and the reliable Enermax Twister bearing fan it guarantees silent cooling.
The new FMQ-Design (Full-Zone Magnetic Quadrant Transformer Design ensures usage of four quadrants of the transformer instead of until now only one) makes a peak efficienncy of up to 94 percentage (80 PLUS