Gigabyte Radeon 5870 SOC edition review
Gigabyte Radeon 5870 SOC edition review
Gigabyte's Radeon HD 5870 SOC is not 'just' a pre-overclocked card, they are really serious about it. At default this card comes clocked at a 950 MHz core and the memory is purring steady at 5000 MHz, so that's another 100 MHz on that core and another 200 MHz on the memory. We have seen faster clocked models from HIS, MSI, PowerColor, ASUS and now Gigabyte is releasing an overclocked Radeon HD 5870 as well.
Gigabyte did it properly I can already state, they overhauled the PCB, used first rate components, changed the cooling solution and badabing badaboom... there it is. The Radeon HD 5870 SOC edition graphics card.
Check out the Guru3D review right here.
ViewSonic unveils 27" VX2739wm display targets gamers
ViewSonic has expanded its range of displays with the new VX2739wm, a widescreen monitor geared for gamers. The display is claimed to be the first 27-inch 1080p panel with a fast 1ms response time. The panel also offers 100,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and SRS sound enhancement for the integrated speakers.
Users can connect source devices via HDMI, DVI or VGA connections, while a four-port USB hub is also provided. The display features an ECO mode which is claimed to reduce energy consumption by up to 35 percent.
The VX2739 is now available to pre-order for $350.
Akasa reveals Venom CPU cooler
Akasa introduced Venom, a new processor cooler for Intel LGA775/1156/1366 and AMD Socket 939/AM2/AM2+/AM3 processors. The heatsink features four direct-touch 8mm heatpipes, lots of aluminium fins and a flashy yellow 120mm PWM fan that delivers up to 83.63CFM at a noise level of 28.9dBA. Full specifications can be found over here.
Venom, this cooler is definitely rock and roll. Venom delivers ultra high performance enabling serious system overclocking. The 12cm killer Viper yellow fan uses S-Flow blades providing 30% more airflow than a standard fan at the same speed. PWM function ensures quiet operation during normal system use and performance cooling under load.
The Black cover and nickel plated heatpipes combined with the Viper yellow elements creates a striking combination which adds pazazz to any system. Four high capacity 8mm heatpipes with direct CPU contact provide rapid heat transfer from CPU to 45 aluminium fins. Anti-vibration rubber fan mounting pins provide easy installation and help to elimate a lot of fan noise. Adjustable mountings ensure full compatibility with all current AMD and Intel CPU
Super Talent: USB 3.0 drives also great at USB 2.0
The majority of performance USB 2.0 flash drives utilize dual-channel architectures. Our USB 3.0 flash drives are based on quad-channel designs and beyond. This architectural difference enables SuperTalent USB 3.0 drives to achieve a measurable performance increase even on the USB 2.0 bus.
"The multi-channel architectures we've integrated into our USB 3.0 drives enables enhanced performance even when utilized with a USB 2.0 port. Customers looking for performance flash drives now have a 'future proof' alternative. SuperTalent USB 3.0 flash drives not only provide the fastest USB 3.0 flash scores but also the best performance we have seen from the USB 2.0 port as well. It's a win/win for our customers" said Super Talent COO, C.H. Lee.
NVIDIA lowers Tesla specs for servers
The Inquirer reports NVIDIA's new Fermi-based Tesla cards run at lower clockspeeds than the desktop counterparts to reduce heat output. It seems those engineering feats were helped, in a manner of speaking, by Nvidia itself, through a decrease in the shader count and clock speeds. The latest specifications detail a 18 per cent clock decrease, coupled with a previously announced 12.5 per cent cut in the number of "stream processors" from 512 to 448, and the board tipped up drawing 10 per cent more power than previous vague estimates that had been bandied about by the firm late last year.
Given that server vendors flog their units by stressing the performance per watt per square foot metric, Nvidia's cuts in performance and increase in power won't help Appro or Supermicro shift too many of their boxes kitted out with Tesla cards.
Galaxy Custom GTX 470 out real soon
Galaxy, under their premium brand KFA2 (Karte for Action) series is soon releasing a completely customized GeForce GTX 470. I tell you, the card is looking really good. Custom everything, dual-BIOS, removable fan to clean up dust, standard overclock, lower temperatures, lower noise levels .. well that all sums it up really.
This GeForce GTX 470 has 448 CUDA cores, 1,280MB of GDDR5 memory and support for 3-way SLI multi-GPU setups and 3D Vision Surround. As for actual frequencies, the GPU operates at 625MHz, whereas the shaders and memory are clocked at 1,250MHz and 3,348MHz, respectively.
In addition to a shorter PCB (9 inches instead of 9.5), the video controller uses, obviously, a different cooling mechanism, specifically a dual-slot cooler with four copper heatpipes and a copper base. There is also a fan that can be raised, so that the heatsink can be easily dusted.
Unfortunately, the report did not exactly say what price consumers should expect this product to bear, though it shouldn't be much higher than the one demanded by the stock model (about $350). End-users need not despair, of course, considering that it shouldn't be more than a day or two before the device actually arrives in stores.
The card will also come with new overclock software called Xtreme Tuner HD, allowing voltage tweaking on the GPU.
We have this card inbound for a review. More info here.
Corsair GTX 2533MHz DDR3 Memory
Producing modules that perform at these extraordinary speeds requires an extremely meticulous, manual screening process, and each module represents the fastest thirty-two RAMs out of literally thousands of candidates. Each RAM chip is individually screened and graded for performance. The top few percent are set aside for assembly onto GTX4 modules, the balance are returned to normal manufacturing. Modules are then carefully assembled using these premium ICs, and only the fastest make the GTX grade.
Dragon Age: Darkspawn Chronicles
Gamespot did an QA article about the new and upcoming Darkspawn Chronicles DLC content for Dragon Age that will be available for PC, XBOX360 and PS3, you can check out the link for interesting information.
Ubuntu 10.04 Advanced 3D
You already saw my basic 3D desktop video of what Ubuntu can do, now it's time to see how far it can go when you tweak it, again, with nice soundtrack for you to enjoy! (also available in HD).
NEC MultiSync PA271W 27-inch 1440p Professional Display
NEC released a new professional display, the MultiSync PA271W. Its 27-inch panel has an aspect ratio of 16:9, with a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. The 10-bit IPS panel is capable of covering 97.1 percent of AdobeRGB colour space. Other important specifications include panel response time of 7 ms (GTG), static contrast ratio of 1000:1, maximum brightness of 300 cd/m
Razer Abyssus Mirror gaming mouse
Razer has been making some very nice and high-end gaming peripherals for a long time. The company is particularly well known for mice for gamers. Razer has unveiled a new mouse called the Razer Abyssus Mirror Special Edition. The mouse has a 3500 dpi 3.5G infrared sensor and an ambidextrous design. The mouse sensor promises tracking so that the gamer never loses control on the screen. The mouse has three buttons that can be tuned for rapid action.
The bottom of the mouse has hardware toggles for DPI and polling rates. DPI is adjustable to 450/1800/3500dpi and the polling rate can be adjusted from 125/1000Hz. The Mirror special edition of this mouse has a glossy black surface. The mouse can be pre-ordered for $49.99 and is set to ship on May 14.
OCZ PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II PSU
Though OCZ stopped selling the PC Power & Cooling power supplies outside Nortnern America they do announce a new model. PC Power & Cooling certainly was one of the biggest names in power supplies for computers for a long time before OCZ snapped the company up.
Power supplies from PC Power & Cooling have great reputations for performance and stability in the enthusiast market, and they still do. OCZ has announced a new addition to the PSU line from the company.
The new addition is the PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II PSU. The PSU has been redesigned for a smaller form factor and now has the 80-Plus certification for efficiency. The product uses a server-class topology and uses a single +12V rail for power efficiency and distribution.
The PSU uses a double ball bearing 135mm fan to flow air at levels that are nearly silent. The PSU is offered in several models including 650W, 750W, and 950W unit. A 500W unit with 80+ Bronze certification is also offered.
VIA Nano E-Series Mini-ITX Board with 64-bit performance
VIA today announced the new VIA EPIA-M830 Mini-ITX board. Designed specifically to meet the needs of next generation kiosk, POI and POS applications. The VIA EPIA-M830 is available in both active and passive cooling configurations.
A fanless 1.0GHz VIA Nano E-Series or performance oriented 1.3GHz VIA Nano E-Series processor is joined by the VIA VX800 media system processor providing DirectX9 integrated graphics, crystal clear HD audio and Gigabit networking. The VIA VX800 supports up to 2GB of DDR2 system memory and offers advanced video acceleration for MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV9 and VC-1 video formats, plus a VMR capable HD video processor. The VIA EPIA-M830 is designed to take the backbone of devices that offer cashless purchasing and self service infrastructures in supermarkets and gas stations as well as more secure and interactive, multimedia-rich POI, lotto and gaming machines.
Rear panel I/O includes a VGA port, an RS-232 connector (selectable to 5v/12v), four USB 2.0 ports and both line-in and lie-out jacks. On board connectors provide a wealth of options including a PCIe x4 slot, a Mini-PCIe socket, an LVDS connector (optional 240 bit dual channel panel support), two additional voltage selectable RS-232 pin headers, front audio pin-headers, PS/2, LPC and SMBUS headers and digital I/O including GPI and GPO options.
3 TB HDDs arrive this year
Apparently, Seagate will not only increase the maximum storage space, but it will also enable higher transfer speeds by means of the 6Gbps SAS interface. Known as the Constellation ES, the HDD will have a capacity of no less than 3TB and will come to replace the Baracuda ES. The latter spins at 7,200RPM and has up to 2TB of storage of its own.
In addition to the 3TB model, Seagate is supposedly also planning to make advancements on the 2.5-inch segment. Currently, the Baracuda ES 2.5-inch tops at 500GB. The Constellation will supposedly have 1TB, which means it will be the world's highest capacity compact storage device. Furthermore, the report suggests that even a new, 2.5-inch Savvio (the famed 600GB unit with a rotary speed of 10,000RPM) will be upgraded to 750GB.
The Constellation ES 3TB device should show up later this year, whereas the 2.5-inch, 1TB unit is expected to debut around the middle of 2010. Unfortunately, there is no knowing when the Savvio will come out. Of course, it should be noted that WD also intends to unleash its own 3TB unit, although it is unclear whether it will also be meant for the enterprise or if it will cater to consumer needs.
Microsoft releases IE 9 preview
Microsoft has released its IE 9 preview #2 and is touting the many improvements made over the previous releases:
Today's release builds on the first Platform Preview, delivering improvements to IE9's performance, support for standards, and hardware acceleration of HTML5. We've also updated the test drive site with a new set of developer samples to show what developers can do with GPU-powered HTML5. As part of our commitment to enabling developers to use the Same Markup the same HTML, CSS, and script on the web, we have contributed many new tests to the W3C for HTML5, as well as CSS3 Media Queries and DOM. The Developer Tools in this preview include some new features to make finding and fixing markup issues easier.
Developers should expect much more from browsers in order to deliver the graphically rich, interactive applications that HTML5 will enable. In IE9, our goal is to provide professional-grade, modern HTML5 support on top of modern hardware through Windows. The IE9 Platform Preview and the samples at the test drive site show the significant performance gains that web pages enjoy when a browser takes full advantage of the PC's hardware capabilities through the operating system.
HIS Radeon 5850 iCooler V Turbo review
HIS Radeon 5850 iCooler V Turbo review
We test the HIS Radeon HD 5850 iCooler V Turbo edition which features a custom-designed cooler that's improved from the iCooler solution HIS used one on previous generation graphics cards (last generation Radeon HD 4890). The card itself then, while the non-Turbo variants use reference AMD clock speeds of 725 MHz core and 4000 MHz memory, the Turbo model we test today, ups that number to 765 MHz and 4500 MHz respectively, brings a little more stamina to the product. The HIS R5850 V iCooler Turbo features 1 GB of GDDR5 memory, and great monitor connectivity.
You will have two DVI-D, and one HDMI and DisplayPort connector at your disposal. As added bonus HIS released a special SKU that comes with a full copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as well.
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
Lian Li Announces PC-X900 chassis
Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd. today announces its brand-new TYR series - the PC-X900 mid-tower chassis. With the hair-line brushed anodized aluminum finishing and its intelligent multi-heat zone design, the PC-X900 fits perfectly in the living room as a home theater system, as well as proving a complete thermal solution to the gamers. Lian Li once again proves its dedications in bringing a convenient and stylish life with the cutting-edge technology and tool-less design to its customers worldwide.
Dimensioned at 230 x 598 x 388mm (W.H.D.), the PC-X900 is a mid-tower chassis, an alternative choice between the smaller PC-X500 and the full-size PC-X2000 from Lian Li's product line. Net weight at 8.22kg, it includes three 5.25" optical drives, seven 3.5" hard drives separated in two cages, all with the patented tool-less design. Supporting ATX/M-ATX motherboards, the PC-X900 can hold video cards maximum of 300mm length, as well as occupying seven PCI slots and four USB 3.0 ports mounted on the top cover alongside one e-SATA HD audio port. The TYR PC-X900 is available in red, black and silver colors.
Easy Access & Spatial Design
The most convenient tool-less design is an important key feature for Lian Li's cases in 2010. Power users' requirements of building systems faster and swapping the components often have been taken into consideration. This is why the side panel of PC-X900 is transparent, and can be opened easily with the tool-less latch, the motherboard tray can be opened and CPU coolers are removable; the multimedia I/O ports are designed right on the top of the case; and the PCI add-on cards can be assembled effortlessly. When installing the 5.25" optical drive, users can simply slide the drive into the bay and close the mounting bar to secure.
The motherboard is positioned at the middle-level of PC-X900, allowing an easy access to the motherboard and more room for larger CPU coolers. There is also enough room for a 180mm long power supply at the rear of the case.
Cooling Fans & Thermal Solution
Lian Li's PC-X900 has two heat zones design to have better thermal solution and tidy up internal space. Moreover, the PC-X900 features three and two 120mm LED fans at the front and rear of the case, respectively. The fans cover the whole motherboard so they bring in cold air and remove heat effectively. There are also vents on the PCI slots, providing extra cooling to the graphics cards. The power supply unit is at the bottom of the case so that it can draw cold air in directly through the vent below. Finally, there is a fan controller in the back of the case for users to adjust the fan speed and get the best balance between silence and cooling.
Highlights for TYR PC-X900
- Supports ATX/M-ATX motherboards
- Case separated in two heat zones
- Four USB 3.0 multimedia I/O ports & one e-SATA/HD audio port
- Three 120mm LED fans at front & two 120mm LED fans at rear
- Seven PCI expansion slots
- PSU at case bottom
- Seven standard 3.5" hard drives in two tool-less HDD cages
- Three standard 5.25" optical drives
- Availability: Arriving at local distributors end of May
- MSRP for PC-X900: US$439+local VAT for A/B (silver/black), and US$499+local VAT for R (red)
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Intel demos Light Peak laptop; production by end of 2010
Intel have been showing off their Light Peak technology again, demonstrating the 10Gbit/sec connection as integrated into a new laptop by pumping out two simultaneous HD streams to a nearby HDTV. The system used a specially adapter USB cable which paired the regular electrical wires with optical cabling, while the screen itself required a separate decoding box since it lacked the necessary Light Peak port.
As for the laptop, that gets a new 12mm square chip that converts the electrical signals into light pulses. According to Intel