Antec Sonata IV Enclosure
FSP Group Aurum Series 80Plus Gold Certified PSUs
FSP Group, a channel brand distributor of reputed PC and server power supply manufacturer Fortron, unveiled its latest line of high-efficiency PSUs for PC enthusiasts. Named FSP Aurum (Latin for Gold), the PSUs are 80Plus Gold certified, with over 90 percent efficiency at all times.
Apart from introducing a completely new look to the series with a granite finish and gold trim; there are also two new technical developments from FSP. The first one is MIA ICTM Patent Technology for increased system safety and the second, Arrow FlowTM ventilation for improved cooling and performance.
The new series has fixed cables and is available in the following wattages: 400W, 500W, 600W or 700W.
Best-selling games of 2010
The NPD Group has released their list of the best-selling video games of 2010, across all platforms. According to the NPD Group, Call of Duty: Black Ops was the biggest selling game of 2010 (new physical retail only, including PC), pushing "more than 12 million units" out the door since its launch in November 2010.
Confuzing and irritating as heck as to why digital sales were not included.
Top 10 Best-Selling Video Games of 2010 (US)
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, PC, NDS)
2. Madden NFL 11 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP)
3. Halo: Reach (360)
4. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
5. Red Dead Redemption (360, PS3)
6. Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
7. Just Dance 2 (Wii)
8. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (360, PS3, PC)
9. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (360, PS3)
10. NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, PC)
HIS Radeon HD 6950 with 1GB GDDR5
HIS just released a HIS Radeon HD 6950 with 1GB GDDR5 launched, pretty interesting as the reference models all came with 2 GB. It might shave off a little extra money as 1 GB gDDR5 kight cost 40 USD alone.
The card uses a much smaller than reference custom PCB and features a custom cooling solution with a large fan located in the middle of the card. The card has a 800MHz core and the 1GB GDDR5 is clocked at 5000MHz. Outputs include dual-DVI, HDMI and dual Mini-DisplayPort.
Pricing is unknown, but this release is interesting as it might try to fight off with NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 560 Ti. Photo below, click the thumbnail.
MSI GeForce GTX 570 and 580 Twin Frozr II
MSI released its Twin Frozr II editions of the GeForce GTX 570 and GeForce GTX 580 graphics cards. This custom-cooler has several heatpipes, an aluminium fin array and two 80mm fans, it promises 20
KFA2 GeForce GTX 460 Razor Single Slot review
We test the KFA2 GeForce GTX 460 Razor Single Slot graphics card that is bound to delivers a very decent gaming experience. The Razor single slot solution could be interesting as a small form factor product.
Check out the full review right here.
MSI Afterburner 2.1.0 Beta 6
We're happy to see MSI Afterburner is leading the overclock applications, but where satisfied with what we have now, we plan to go one step beyond everybody!
The most exciting thing in this beta is the support of HD 6970 and HD 6950. Now you can tweak voltage of HD 6970 and HD 6950 by afterburner.
Gigabyte GTX 570 WindForce3X Graphics Card
Gigabyte adds a new WindForce3x model to its lineup, this time the Geforce GTX 570 gets the royal treatment. We tested plenty of these products already and that cooler is very impressive and silent.
The product can be found under SKU code N570OC-13I and clocks in at speeds of 780 MHz core and 1560 MHz on the 480 shader cores, against reference speeds of 732 and 1464 MHz, respectively.
The Ultra Durable VGA PCB by gigabyte makes use of quality components and 2 oz copper layer board. Other specifications are standard. Have a peek:
NVIDIA and TSMC ship 1 billionth GeForce GPU
NVIDIA and TSMC celebrate the shipment of the one-billionth GeForce chip! The milestone was reached in under 12 years and it all began with the release of the GeForce 256 (NV10) on August 31, 1999. This chip was marketed as world's first GPU, it was the first 3D acceleration chip with integrated hardware-based T&L (transform and lighting).
NVIDIA and TSMC today celebrated the shipment of the one-billionth GeForce graphics processor designed by NVIDIA and manufactured by TSMC.
Today's announcement is a testament to the popularity of GeForce graphics processors, which are recognized worldwide for exceptional performance in games, video, and nearly all forms of 3D content. Today nearly every major PC manufacturer offers systems powered by GeForce GPUs.
The partners achieved the one-billionth processor milestone in less than 12 years. This achievement reflects a shared commitment to technological excellence and a relentless pace of innovation. Through deep trust and long-term objectives, the companies have raised the bar for the ambitions and practices that have helped shape the semiconductor industry.
"Since inventing the GPU more than a decade ago, NVIDIA has driven innovation in these processors at a rate virtually unmatched in the technology industry," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer, NVIDIA. "With our close partnership with TSMC, the complexity of these devices has increased more than 1000 times, enabling enormous progress in computers ranging from handhelds and PCs to workstations and data centers."
"NVIDIA's achievement is a prime example of how close collaboration between foundry and fabless companies can benefit the consumer electronics market, the semiconductor market segment, and both companies' shareholders. NVIDIA has been a model of vision and innovation, and we highly value the long-term relationship between NVIDIA and TSMC," said Dr. Morris Chang, TSMC Chairman and CEO.
Sparkle low-profile GeForce GTS 450
Sparkle released a new low-profile GeForce GTS 450 graphics card. This model is aimed at HTPC systems, it features a 783MHz core, 1566MHz shaders and 1GB GDDR5 clocked at 3608MHz.
Exclusively on the SPARKLE GeForce GTS 450 Low Profile Graphics Card, users make the most cooling effects with Axial Fan design.
This design features dual axial fans which bring greater amount of wind volume. The unique airflow guide technology can bring the heat generated by GPU to the outside smoothly. Thanks to the axial fan design, now users can get lower working noise from the SPARKLE GeForce GTS 450 Low Profile Graphics Card, making it a ideal products for home theater enthusiasts who seek quiet operation environment.
Tests done in the SPARKLE hardware labs show that the GPU idle and full loading temperature are 4 and 1 centi-degree lower than the reference board, the idle and full loading fan working noise are 7% and 4% percent lower than the reference board. ?@ ?@
Low Profile Design
Consummately designed low profile, the PCB height of SPARKLE GeForce GTS 450 Low Profile Graphics Card is 6cm,only half the height of ordinary Graphic Cards with full profile design, which makes the SPARKLE GeForce GTS 450 Low Profile Graphics Card to be the best partners for HTPC. HTPC enthusiasts don't need to worry about the inconvenience caused by narrow space HTPC chassis and full profile designed graphics cards. With low profile design, the SPARKLE GeForce GTS 450 Low Profile Graphics Card not only can easily meet the HD video playback and DX11 gaming demand from HTPC users, but also can easily satisfy the requirements from SSF, mini-chassis and industry PCs which demand compact and practical graphic cards.
Intel announces record 2010 profit of $11.7 billion
Intel announced a record fourth-quarter profit of $3.4 billion, or 59 cents per share, on revenue of $11.5 billion. For the full year of 2010 the chip giant pulled in a profit of $11.7 billion, or $2.05 per share, on revenue of $43.6 billion. These figures exclude the EC fine and the settlement with AMD. CEO Paul Otellini says 2010 was a record year for Intel and he believes 2011 will be even better.
Analysts anticipated a fourth-quarter revenue of $11.36 billion and $0.53 earnings per share. Intel's stock (INTC) is up 2.72 percent in after-hours trading to $21.87. SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 13, 2011
InWin Dragon Rider chassis review
Let us show you an extraordinary Full tower ATX PC case beyond any design or aesthetic resemblance, the all black mighty power of the InWin Dragon Rider. A chassis with great looks, features all fitted into a well thought through concept.
This is one of the more spoken of chassis designs for a while now, definitely worth to check out or at least have a look at, you can find the Guru3D review right here.
GeForce GTX 560 to be tagged with Ti
Yep, that's right, pitted against the Radeon HD 6800 series the the GeForce GTX 560 Ti is based on new GF114 silicon, features 384 CUDA, a 256-bit GDDR5 memory interface, and a presumable core clock speeds of 820 MHz
But the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, does that ring any bells ladies and gentlemen ? Well for those that remember it, it started ion the GeForce 3 era, but how about the GeForce4 Ti 4800 SE ? or GeForce 4 Ti 4200 back in 2002/2003 ?
Late this month NVIDIA will introduce their new GeForce GTX 560 series, and for whatever reason they are resurrecting the Ti branding. This has now been confirmed with Industry sources as well as a driver entry in an .inf file.
The new graphics cards is to be released January 25th.
RaidSonic ICY BOX IB-NAS6220 NAS
The NAS6220 has space for two 3.5" SATA HDDs with up to 2 TB. All data can be made available to the home network and are thus accessible through the Samba server. Also the printer server can be shared. For the installation you don't need special IT skills. If you can use a computer you are also fine with the NAS6220.
Enermax ErPro80+ PSUs
Enermax introduced the ErPro80+, a new line of power supplies available in 350W, 400W and 500W editions. These units offer an energy efficiency of up to 86 percent, they are equipped with two +12V rails and cooling is provided by a 120mm fan. The specifications can be found at Enermax.
- 350W: Two 17A +12V rails. Cables: 4x Molex, 4x SATA, 1x PCIe
- 400W: Two 22A +12V rails. Cables: 4x Molex, 4x SATA, 2x PCIe
- 500W: Two 24A +12V rails. Cables: 5x Molex, 6x SATA, 2x PCIe
The units are already available in European webshops, the cheapest stores I could find sell the 350W, 400W and 500W versions for 54.12EUR, 67.46EUR and 85.73EUR, respectively. We'll have a review ready on the Modu82 II version next week, which has ErPro enabled as well so we'll explain a little further on what that is in that article.
Samsung debuts two portable USB 3.0 HDDs
Samsung issued a press-release announcing two new external hard disks with the USB 3.0 interface.
For those who desire portability the company has created the S2 Portable USB 3.0, this model is available in capacities of up to 1TB. The compact device has a slender appearance and features a matte finish that hides fingerprints and scratches. This model will be available in four colors: Brown Black, Noble Beige, Clay Orange and Mist Gray.
The 3.5" disk is available in capacities of 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB. The HDD has a retro aluminium design and is equipped with SafeKey to protect backup data with a password and SecretZone to create a virtual drive that encrypts data. The STORY will ship in Brown Black and Noble Beige color options.
Both USB 3.0 HDD lines will soon be available in Europe with prices starting around 79EUR (incl. VAT)
ECS H67H2-M Black Deluxe launched
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) introduces the latest Inte
F.E.A.R. 3 delayed to May 2011
Looks like F.3.A.R. (or F.E.A.R. 3 if you prefer!) will be delayed a little. The new reelase date is May 2011.