Chieftec outs 80 Plus PSUs as well
The power supply is one of the product types that most emphasize electrical efficiency. There are multiple certifications that such a PSU must earn before truly being considered green. The most relevant is the 80Plus, which deals directly with the energy efficiency of the unit. That being said, even getting the lowest certification, 80Plus Bronze, is an achievement. Chieftec knows this, which is why it has brought forth the Nitro series.
The Nitro series is made up of ten models. First off, there are six modular solutions, with output of 550W, 650W, 750W, 850W, 950W and 1,200W, respectively. Secondly, there are four non-modular models, of 350W, 400W, 450W and 500W. They all meet the ATX 2.3 standard, have a pair of 12V rails, nylon sleeves on cables and 140mm (modular) and 120mm (non-modular) fans. All spinners feature automatic speed adjustment, aided by a thermostat. As for the energy efficiency itself, all products surpass 85% and boast 80Plus bronze rating except for the 1,200W, which has 80Plus Silver rating (90.1% efficiency).
The modular units are noteworthy not just for their cable management benefits, but also for the fact that each boasts up to six 8-pin PCI Express 2.0 power connectors, as well as ten SATA connectors. Basically, these newcomers should handle most multi-GPU setups and high-end CPUs. Finally, European stores should be able to receive Chieftec's fresh creations starting with the week of January 26, 2011.
MSI shipping GX740 laptop
MSI announced the GX740 17" gaming laptop with Intel Core i7-720QM processor, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, and 1680 x 1050 pixel resolution is now available in the US for $1,399.99.
MSI Computer Corp., a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, today announced the availability of its new 17-inch GX740 gaming notebook. Armed with the Intel
OCZ Deneva enterprise SSD launched
OCZ announced Deneva, a new line of SandForce 1500 based solid state disks for enterprises. The full specifications of each model can be found at OCZ Enterprise.
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, unveils the Deneva Series Solid State Drives, a new enterprise line that is based on cutting-edge architecture that utilizes Sandforce's 1500 SSD processor with MLC and eMLC to address the performance and reliability demands of enterprise storage environments.
"Our new Deneva Series of drives are designed to improve performance and are the first to deliver Tier-0/1 Enterprise level reliability, using a range of lower cost flash technologies including eMLC and MLC in processes as low as 3xnm," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group. "Deneva SSDs deliver exceptional price to performance and reliability ratios while giving customers the freedom to design in a variety of interfaces including SATA , SAS, FC and PCIe and an assortment of form factors, giving clients the ultimate flexibility and control to address their distinct enterprise requirements."
The Sandforce-based Deneva family features several enterprise-specific options not available on OCZ's consumer product lines, including emergency power loss protection with a supercap, best-in-class endurance, and superior encryption and ECC protection. Promoting enhanced productivity for a broad range of applications, the Deneva Series provides greater performance and cost savings versus traditional hard disk drive (HDD) infrastructures. Additionally, the Deneva Series maximizes throughput with up to 285MB/s reads, 275MB/s writes, and 4KB random writes up to 50,000 IOPS.
Aside from the industry-leading performance, the Deneva Series also offers:
* Interface options (SATA, SAS, FC, PCIe)
* Wide range of available form factors (1.8", 3.5", etc.)
* Customized Firmware
* Enhanced reliability with supercap
With superior durability, efficiency, and performance over traditional mechanical hard drives, Deneva's ability to provide a custom solution with lower cost flash technologies ensures ultimate performance, reliability and superior total cost of ownership that other SSD lines cannot deliver.
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TeraDrive CT Series SSDs from Super talent
The new TeraDrive CT has a standard SATA-II 3Gbps interface. It delivers sequential read and write speeds up to 285 and 275 MB/sec respectively. Built-in Garbage Collection and TRIM support ensure sustainable performance over the life of the drive, without degradation.
The TeraDrive CT features RAISE technology for enhanced reliability and DuraWrite technology for significantly increased endurance, state-of-the-art wear leveling, bad block management, and excellent ECC with up to 24 symbols correctable per 512 byte sector. The TeraDrive CT, built with MLC NAND flash, uses new improved firmware that yields greater usable capacity than earlier 1222 based SSDs. It is offered in capacities from 60GB to 480GB.
Joe James, Director of Marketing at Super Talent stated, "The TeraDrive CT is now our fastest desktop/laptop upgrade SSD. It has an amazing feature set combined with exceptional sequential and random transfer speeds and best-in-class reliability." TeraDrive CT SSDs are available now through Super Talent resellers worldwide.
A-DATA C003 flash drive
A-DATA has released the C003, an ultra-slim USB flash drive with a funky sliding design. The flash drive has a thickness of only 7.5mm and is available in strawberry red or sparkling lavender blue color options. A-DATA ships the C003 in capabilities of 2/4/8/16/32GB but unfortunately there's no USB 3.0 support, a bit of a shame.
With the ultra-compact size and light weight, users can easily enjoy transfer experience anytime, anywhere at their precious moment. Apart from its ultra-slim size, C003 generates all practical functions from classic USB flash drives as its three hallmarks: Compact size, easy operation and price- wise. Meanwhile, the C003 is conveniently designed with a strap hole so that users could make it as a decoration or accessory hooking on to a keychain or a mobile phone. Featuring cute strawberry red and sparkling lavender blue in C003 conveys an animate impression and lasting brand value to customers through these two highly saturated colors. Hot plug-and-play ready and available in 2GB~32 GB, the C003 serves more than just a storage device but also a unique taste for fashion. C003 is born to blend a functional device into a trendy accessory with its simplicity.
Cooler Master Silent Pro GOLD 600W PSU review
The latest trend .. green, the quest for highly efficient power supplies.
Will we be impressed by this 80+ Gold certified power supply? Well, let's find out and head onward to the actual review, next page please.
Check out ther full review right here.
Microsoft Plans to Sell 5 Million Project Natal Units in 2010
First news first, Project Natal will carry the retail name 'Kinect'.
According to sources that the WSJ spoke to, Microsoft is planning for a very aggressive launch for Project Natal, and they are expecting to sell
Hitachi may spin off its SPRAM tech into a new company
EE Times reports Hitachi will reveal more information about its spin-transfer torque RAM (SPRAM) technology at next week's Symposium on VLSI Technology in Honolulu, Hawaii. Additionally, the company is reportedly considering to spinoff this division into a new company.
Japan's Hitachi (Tokyo) is also mulling plans to spinoff its SPRAM R&D efforts into a new company, but no decision has been made.
SPRAM is a next-generation MRAM. MRAM is a memory that uses the magnetism of electron spin to provide non-volatility. The technology is said to have unlimited endurance, but to date, MRAM has proven difficult to manufacture in mass volumes.
Spin transfer torque random access memory (STT-RAM) technology is a second-generation magnetic-RAM technology that is said to solve some of the problems posed by conventional MRAM structures. Avalanche, Crocus Technology, Everspin, Grandis, Hynix, IBM-TDK, Qualcomm, Renesas, Samsung, TSMC, Toshiba and others are looking at STT-RAM.
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Realtek HD Audio 2.49 Driver available for download
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Driver Package R2.49
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
Thermaltake preps V9 BlacX Edition Case
Thermaltake is introducing the world's first mid-tower chassis with integrated dual bay docking station for handy easy-swap of 3.5" and 2.5" SATA drives right from the top of the case. Users can handle data access and transfer on-the-go without the need to install their harddrives or having to add an external docking device. The color-coded (blue) USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connector in front of the case makes it most convenient to connect the latest USB 3.0 devices without having to crawl behind your case under the desk. Another USB 2.0 connector as well as HD audio microphone and earphone jacks on the top put all major multimedia connectors right in your hand's reach. The toolfree, all black Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition offers a total of 10 bays for maximum storage expansion and 7 PCI expansion slots.
As characteristic for Thermaltake chassis, special attention had been paid to optimized ventilation and airflow. Therefore one 23 cm exhaust Silent fan on top and another 12 cm exhaust TurboFan in the back warrant that heat dissipated by the CPU is immediately blown out of the case. The drive cage for five hidden 3.5" drives is rotated by 90 degrees as to allow users direct access and easiest toolless installation, while a 12 cm intake fan with blue LED light effect right in front of the cage makes sure that the harddrives are continuously cooled down at all times. The V9 BlackX Edition is also ready for liquid cooling setups with two holes for 1/2", 1/8" and 1/4" water tubes in back. Further airflow is created by 2 pre-drilled ventilation hole areas on each side panel of the case.
The feet elevate the V9 BlacX Edition high enough as to allow for improved ventilation of the bottom based ATX PSII power supply. To avoid outside dust to find its way into your power supply a removable and cleanable dust filter is positioned underneath, providing users with an easy way to keep it clean.
The V9 BlacX Edition mid-tower with the world's first dual bay top docking station chassis and USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connector will be available in August 2010 for a suggested retail price of US$ 99.
SilverStone PS05 computer chassis revealed
SilverStone has announced its latest computer chassis. The company makes all sorts of computer hardware and accessories from drive enclosures to fans. It is also the company behind that interesting HDDBOOST device that surfaced back in February.
The new PS05 chassis uses a steel body and has plastic and mesh on the front. It supports both ATX and Micro ATX motherboards. External drive bays include four 5.25?? bays and a pair of 3.5?? bays. Inside the case, you get four 3.5?? bays. The cooling system is packed with five 120mm cooling fans.
The chassis will support expansion cards up to 11?? long and has front panel USB, audio, and mic ports. This case lacks USB 3.0 up front, which has been featured on several new cases recently. Pricing and availability of the new chassis are unknown.
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2TB Hard Drives reach the $100 Barrier
Word is that 2TB drives are down as low as $100 at some etailers, that's a year and a half after first coming to market, at $250 and up. That's $100 on promotional sales, for moderate-performance drives. Over the weekend, NewEgg.com offered the Seagate LP ST32000542AS, a 2TB 5900-rpm internal SATA drive, for $99.99 to its mailing list customers. This drive falls into the energy-consious, moderate-performance part of the spectrum. Other resellers with these Seagates and with competing drives are hovering in the $105-$130 price range. Highest-performance 7200-rpm drives with 6Gb/s transfer rates are in the $200-$300 range.
These lowered prices may been helped by the recent news that 3TB drives will arrive sometime near year's end (probably). As often happens, once a product nears a round price point - just above $1,000, $500, $200, $100 - odds are you'll see a promotion or sale to push it down that last little bit. Do it enough times, and the successor to a $2,999 LCD TV is $999 three years later.
In May, for instance, Newegg had the same Seagate drive at $130, then at $130 less $20 instant rebates for mailing list customers, then at $99.99 over the weekend for its mailng list.
Intel plans faster Hexacore Core i7 990X in Q4
Intel is planning to release a faster version of the current Core i7 980 Extreme. While no specific details are known, it is more than likely that the world