OCZ to halt DRAM production completely
A while ago OCZ already announced that it would pull back from the enthusiast memory market, but in the latest Third Quarter Results OCZs Ryan Petersen, CEO mentioned that it is going to halt DRAM production completely.
In August 2010, the Company announced a strategic optimization of its memory products whereby it discontinued certain unprofitable commodity memory module products with the intent to continue only with certain high-performance memory products. However, since that time, there has been well-chronicled, continued weakness in the global DRAM markets.
Having balanced this DRAM market weakness against the capital needs of the Company's growing SSD products, the board has determined that it is in the best interests to accelerate plans to discontinue its remaining DRAM module products by the end of its current fiscal year of February 28, 2011. Accordingly, our DRAM products are now expected to have minimal, if any, sales in the next fiscal year and beyond.
Gigabyte P67A-UD4 motherboard review
Powered by Intel's P67 chipset, we'll review that stunning looking P67A-UD4 Sandy bridge ready motherboard. A motherboard that is using a 12+2 phases design cooled by passive grey heatsinks. Of course features like SATA 6G and USB 3 are available as well, and guess what, the board supports SLI and Crossfire, albeit in a x8:x8 configuration.
Check out the coolness that is the UD4 and along with it its performance and features right here in this Guru3D article.
NZXT Bunker USB Locking System
NZXT is proud to announce Bunker, an advanced USB locking device designed for USB expansion and protection of gaming accessories. Um yeah we don't get it either ... :)
Anyway, Plug in gaming mice, keyboards, and headphones and lock it with a sophisticated 20 key lock system and durable door to prevent theft at LAN parties and schools. Bunker installs easily into any open 5.25
ASUS ROG Vulcan ANC headset with active noise cancellation
Looking sweet ... ASUS presents the ROG Vulcan ANC, a new gaming headset that features active noise cancellation of up to 30dB. The headset features 40mm drivers, there's an omni-directional microphone as well as clip-on volume control and a button to mute the microphone. Pricing and availability is unknown. The Vulcan ANC has memory foam encased in 'specially selected leather', it packs 40mm drivers, and includes an omni-directional microphone.
Check it out:
AC Ryan Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2
AC Ryan continues to revolutionise the media player world with its market leading, multi award winning Playon! series of Full HD Media Players and Recorders. The Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2, the first to feature the latest 1185 media player processor from Realtek, takes the original series a class forward.
The Playon!HD2 is the next generation of network media player, taking your digital entertainment to the next level. Store all your media files centrally and securely in the built-in eco friendly, low noise, low power consumption HDD up to 2TB. The Playon!HD Mini2 is the next generation of network media streamer. Stream all your media files from your attached storage or over your network. The Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2 allow you to enjoy your media files directly in the comfort of your living room.
The Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2 make digital entertainment at home easy. Enjoy more interaction with friends through Facebook, Twitter, MSN and Skype. Play or Stream the world into your living room with the WePlayon! portal (coming soon) for the best online content. The unique and intuitive Playon! GUI2.0 allows users to navigate through all the exceptional features with ease.
Building on the success of the original world
ASUS ROG Maximus IV Extreme
The ASUS ROG Maximus IV Extreme has been spotted and explained a couple of times here at Guru3D.com already, but ASUS officially announced it.
ASUS today announced the latest Republic of Gamers motherboard, the Maximus IV Extreme, based on the recently released Intel
Intel and NVIDIA bury the hatchet
A very interesting press-release just came by, you know that Intel and NVIDIA have been arch rivals for years not, the past few years even deep into lawsuits over patens and cross license agreements. Well, Intel Corporation today announced that it has entered into a new comprehensive long-term patent cross license agreement with NVIDIA. The companies have also resolved pending litigation in Chancery Court in Wilmington, Del., ending all outstanding legal disputes between the companies.
Intel will pay NVIDIA a total of $1.5 billion in five annual installments, beginning Jan. 18, 2011. And yes, this means that NVIDIA could make Intel Chipsets again.
This agreement ends the legal dispute between the companies, preserves patent peace and provides protections that allow for continued freedom in product design,
Antec One Hundred Gamer ATX-Mid Tower Chassis
In its 25th anniversary year, Antec announced the One Hundred, its newest gaming case designed to offer PC gamers and enthusiasts an array of advanced cooling and performance options at an affordable price.
The One Hundred boasts four top-mounted USB 2.0 ports (with audio in/out,) a handy storage tray for added convenience, a sleek painted black interior and perforated front bezel that delivers maximum air intake, and a bottom-mounted power supply that isolates heat and noise. This model is also the first in Antec's gaming case series to include a standard case lock slot for integrated anti-theft protection.
The One Hundred's cooling system utilizes one top 140 mm TwoCool fan and one rear 120 mm TwoCool 2-speed switch control exhaust fan for flexible control of fan speeds to balance cooling and quiet performance, and a built-in washable air filter for quick and easy cleaning. Its eight expansion slots can accommodate multiple video cards, providing exceptional expandability, while 10 drive bays (six internal 3.5" drive bays, three external 5.25" drive bays and one internal bottom-mounted 2.5" drive bay) lend flexibility for a wide-range of builds.
"PC gamers and enthusiasts have reason to be excited with the release of the new One Hundred gaming case as it packs a host of useful features at an affordable price point," said Scott Richards, senior vice president at Antec. "With the advanced airflow, upgradeability and control options, this latest addition provides the performance capabilities that the gaming community desires."
The One Hundred supports Mini-ITX, microATX and Standard ATX motherboards and is backed by Antec's Quality 3-Year (AQ3) Limited Warranty on parts and labor. The One Hundred is available now for an estimated price of $79.95 through major retailers, e-tailers and distributors.
Intel LGA2011 Socket, X68 Express Chipset Photo
In other news, Zol.com.cn snagged a couple of photo's displaying Intel's new high-end CPU socket, the 2011-pin land grid array (LGA2011).
The new socket LGA2011 will allow 6, 8, or 12 cores per Core i7 processor, and quad-channel DDR3 memory controllers.
The new processor has four DDR3 memory channels, there's room for only one DIMM per channel on a typically-sized ATX motherboard. With this platform it seems Intel merged the northbridge component completely into the CPU package. A 32-lane PCI-Express controller is housed inside the CPU package. Anyway, have a peek of what seems to be an MSI product.
The photo's are a little iffy as apparantly everything but the socket had to be masked:
AMD 990FX Based MSI Big Bang Conqueror Motherboard Spotted
The next generationA MD chipset for the what is called Zambezi platform was spotted.
Below you can observe MSI's Big Bang Conqueror based on the all new AMD 990FX chipset. The motherboard has been fitted with the new AM3+ socket for AMD's upcoming Bulldozer architecture. (8 core, 16 MB cache processors) .
Accoirding to TweakTown The Big Bang Conqueror uses a 10-phase VRM to power the CPU. The CPU is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots for dual-channel memory. Expansion slots include three PCI-E 2.0 x16 (electrical x16/16/NC or x16/x8/x8), one PCI-E x16 (electrical x4), two PCI-E x1, and a PCI. Storage includes six internal SATA 6 Gb/s, two eSATA. Other connectivity includes USB 3.0, gigabit Ethernet, 8-channel audio with optical and coaxial SPDIF, and FireWire.
Have a peek, click on the thumbnails.
Sandisk worlds fastest high-capacity CompactFlash card
Dang .. and 128GB as well. SanDisk today announced the fastest high-capacity CompactFlash card. The SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card features 128 gigabytes (GB) of storage and up to 100 megabyte per second (MB/sec) write speeds.
With its Power Core controller and UDMA-7 interface, the card delivers the performance demanded by high-end DSLR cameras. With a set of features optimized for professional photographers and videographers, the 128GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card is ideally suited for imaging applications requiring Full HD3 1920x1080 resolution, up to 50Mbps bit rate and 4:2:2 color sampling. Up to 100MB/sec write speed enables shorter wait times and faster continuous burst shooting. Video Performance Guarantee allows for superior Full HD video recording at a sustained 20MB/sec write speed. Best-in-class quality assurance offers photographers peace of mind knowing that the card is backed by rigorous stress, shock, vibration, humidity and moisture testing procedures and a lifetime limited warranty. The SanDisk card features RTV silicone coating for added protection.
The 128GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card will be available at retailers worldwide later in Q1 2011 for approximately (and here's where you can get scared) $1,499.99
Samsung HW-D7000-Internet-Ready Integrated Blu-ray 7.1 AV Receiver
For a true theater experience at home, the Samsung Blu-ray AV Receiver-HW-D7000 is the world
Meet the Razer Switchblade
For the moment the Razer Switchblade is just a concept netbook. It may never see the light of day.
Lasers is the future of heads up displays ?
Patriot 4-bay Media Server Javelin S4
Patriot Memory debuts the Javelin Media Server
ASUS Radeon HD 6970 DirectCu II Graphics Card
Over at CES ASUS is showing of a rather huge ASUS Radeon HD 6970 DirectCu II Graphics Card.
"The EAH6970 DirectCu is perhaps the largest among the company's graphics cards that use a "direct-copper" GPU cooler in which heat pipes make direct contact with the GPU die. Such is the size of the cooler, that the card requires three expansion slots in your system. To make optimal use of the expansion brackets, ASUS wired out all TMDS links from the GPU, yielding a display connectivity consisting of two DVI and four full-sized DisplayPort 1.2 connectors.
The GPU cooler makes use of a large aluminum fin array which uses at least three 8 mm thick copper heat pipes. The aluminum fins are cooled by the airflow of two 120 mm fans. The card uses 2 GB of high-speed GDDR5 memory over a 256-bit wide memory interface, it packs 1536 VLIW4 stream processors. The card also seems to be using a 9-phase VRM that allows software voltage control. Power is drawn in from two 8-pin PCI-E power connectors" as Techpowerup reports.
Go check the photo's to get a better idea.
RUSE Getting Kinect Support
This video of a guy playing R.U.S.E. with Kinect is pretty cool looking, but I'd think it would get tiring after a while! The video was done up by Evoluce, using their own multi-touch software combined with a Kinect hack. This is actually the PC version of R.U.S.E.