Zotac AMD Fusion APU Powered ZBox Mini-PC
ZOTAC supercharges energy-efficient computing with the new ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series powered by the AMD E-350 APU platform. The ZOTAC ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series combines discrete-class graphics processing with a dual processor cores for the perfect synergy of CPU and GPU that delivers a perfect digital media experience with unprecedented energy-efficiency.
AMD Radeon HD 6310 discrete-class graphics processing takes charge of all digital media processing tasks to enable the ZOTAC ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series to deliver stunning Blu-ray and smooth streaming high-definition video playback. The ZOTAC ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series is a potent casual gaming platform capable of rendering stunning 3D visuals with Microsoft DirectX 11 technology.
VIA Nano X2 Dual-Core Processor
VIA today announced its latest VIA Nano X2 processor for mainstream PC markets. Based on a 40 nanometer fabrication process, the VIA Nano X2 delivers better computational performance and improved multi-tasking ability without consuming more power.
"The VIA Nano X2 processor arrives at a time when software architectures are now optimized to for multi-thread computing," commented Richard Brown, VP International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Improvements in semi-conductor fabrication means we can now double the number of processor cores while maintaining the same low energy consumption levels that our customers are used to."
VIA Nano X2 processors are targeting a range of PC products that include desktop, all-in-one and mobile notebook designs while extending the reach of VIA's processor portfolio into multitasking and performance-oriented segments. VIA Nano X2 processors offer end-users the most optimized, power-efficient computing experience on the market today.
VIA Nano X2 Processor
VIA Nano X2 processors are built using the advanced 64-bit, superscalar 'Isaiah' architecture that powers previous single-core VIA Nano processors, adopted worldwide for a growing number of market-leading mini-note, small form factor desktop, and energy-efficient server designs.
Featuring two out-of-order x86 cores, VIA Nano X2 processors deliver up to double the performance on multi-thread optimized applications and also come with SSE4, native 64-bit support, VT CPU virtualization technology, and VIA PadLock hardware security features. VIA Nano X2 processors are also pin-to-pin compatible with previous VIA Nano, VIA C7, VIA C7-M and VIA Eden processors, facilitating easy upgrades of existing designs.
- Advanced multi-core processing
- Power-efficient out-of-order x86 architecture
- Full support for 64-bit operating systems
- High-performance superscalar processing
- Most efficient speculative floating point algorithm
- Full processor virtualization support
- Advanced power and thermal management
- VIA PadLock hardware security features
- Pin-to-pin compatibility with other VIA processors
NEC improves 23-inch MultiSync EA Series Model
NEC Display Solutions announced today the 23-inch MultiSync EA232WMi, a 16:9 model designed for corporate, financial, healthcare, engineering, CAD and other professional applications.
Replacing the popular MultiSync EA231WMi, the new MultiSync EA232WMi maintains an IPS panel for superior color, viewing angles and image quality. Additionally, it adds LED-backlit technology, which provides more energy efficiency and less power consumption, heat and carbon dioxide emissions. The display's ambient light sensor and ECO Mode can further help save energy and prolong product life.
"The MultiSync EA232WMi provides our elite IT customers with several improvements over its predecessor," said Lynn Gu, Product Manager for NEC Display Solutions. "Its LED backlight and mercury-free composition make it greener, and it is lighter in weight, consumes less power and is a recipient of TCO 5.1, the newest TCO compliance rating. We work diligently to develop products that operate hand-in-hand with its users, and the ergonomics, technologies and energy efficiency built into the MultiSync EA Series accomplish that objective."
The MultiSync EA232WMi includes the following features:
- 23-inch, 16:9, IPS panel with LED backlighting
- 1920 x 1080 full HD
- 25,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
- Advanced connectivity with DisplayPort, DVI-I and VGA
- Fully adjustable stand with 110mm height-adjust, tilt, swivel and pivot
- Integrated 4-port USB 2.0 hub
- Space-saving, down-firing speakers with audio jack
- Ambient light sensor, ECO Mode, carbon footprint meter and cost meter
- ENERGY STAR 5.0 and TCO 5.1 compliant
- EPEAT Gold
The MultiSync EA232WMi ships with a 3-year limited parts and labor warranty and will be available in January 2011 at an estimated street price of $299.
ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe Sandy Bridge Mini-ITX
The chaps over at Nordic Hardware found some pictures of the ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe. This little mobo eats Sandy Bridge processors for lunch, even the lovely Core i7 2600K processor
This Mini-ITX motherboard features the Intel H67 chipset and is equipped with SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 support. To fit all features on such a tiny board, ASUS decided to opt for two SODIMM slots instead of full-size memory slots. Other features include built-in 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth support. In Sweden the motherboard costs 1300 roughly 145EUR.
Micron RealSSD C400 with 25nm NAND
Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:MU) today unveiled a new portfolio of the industry's most advanced RealSSDTM solid-state drives (SSDs) for the fast growing flash-based notebook market. A new breed of notebooks are entering the market that have lightweight construction, snappier system responsiveness and a longer lasting battery
Samsung tests 30nm DDR4 memory
Samsung announced it has developed the first DDR4 memory modules, 30ns. Current memory can reach 1.6 Gbps, the new DDR3 class can do 2.1 Gbps Gbps at 1.2V.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in advanced semiconductor technology solutions, announced today that it completed development of the industry
Smartfish Engage keyboard is all ergonomic
Smartfish presents the Engage, a new keyboard that features an internal motor that automatically adjusts the board to create a more comfortable computing experience.
SmartFish Technologies is proud to announce the immediate availability of the Engage Keyboard, the first-ever automated keyboard designed to provide the user with the ultimate comfort typing experience. Unlike traditional keyboards that place your hands in a rigid position, the Engage Keyboard features a patented motion system that studies your typing frequency and makes subtle, comfortable adjustments periodically so your hands and wrists are never in a fixed position while you work. These changes in positioning promote the natural motion of your hands and wrists, providing the highest level of comfort possible. The intuitive and beautiful design of the keyboard allows users to immediately become an expert and enjoy the ultimate level of comfort in their computing experience.
"Most so-called 'comfort products' tend to differentiate themselves through radical forms and shapes, but they still limit movement by placing the hands and wrists in a static position." said Dr. Jack Atzmon, President and CEO of Smartfish Technologies. "Engage ensures movement in the user's typing experience which is crucial for increasing flexibility, circulation and alleviating stress and pain."
The Engage Keyboard was developed in collaboration with the country's leading Orthopedic Hospital, The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, whose mission statement is to "improve mobility and the quality of life for all." This is the Hospital's first collaboration on a consumer product in their 160-year history. A portion of our proceeds is donated to the Hospital for Special Surgery Rehabilitation Education Fund to help further research of technologies. (www.hss.edu)
It wqill be hideously expensive though, the Engage Keyboard is available now for $149.95.
Gemini Wars Announced for PC
Camel 101 issued a press release announcing its upcoming sci-fi RTS, Gemini Wars, for the PC and Mac platforms.
Gemini Wars is a Real Time Strategy Game set in space, featuring an epic campaign controlling fleets of ships in massive battles. You play as a fleet commander rising through the ranks of the United Space Federation forces. Start with a small group of frigates, and climb your way to controlling battleships, carriers and planetary bases, in huge space battles and boarding actions. Build space stations and orbital facilities to fortify your position, build your fleet, extract minerals and research upgrades. Execute boarding actions using marine special forces, and bombard your enemies with orbital long range cannons.
The game Features:
* 3 Unique factions, with different units and strategies.
* Epic single player campaign.
* Ability to control fleets of starships, space stations and planets.
* Research tree leading to powerful units and upgrades.
* Cinematic battle camera
* Multiplayer action providing endless re-playability.
* Unique gameplay providing a refreshing twist to the RTS genre.
ASUS P67 Sabertooth EFI BIOS Overview
Currently I am working on a P67 motherboard review from ASUS, the Sabertooth TUF series to be precise. New in the P67 series from ASUS is the all new EFI based BIOS. The new ASUS EFI BIOS is an Extensible Firmware Interface that complies with uEFI architecture, offering a user-friendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboard-only BIOS controls to enable a way more flexible and convenient mouse input at BIOS level.
Anyway I cooked up a little video to demonstrate the graphics BIOS, have a peek if interested. The video quality is a little average but it will certainly get the message across. The full review will follow shortly.
GeForce Forceware 266.35 Win 7 | Vista available
This is a beta driver with updated support for GeForce GTX 570 and GeForce GTX 580. Check out our forum thread for deeper info.
Supports the newly released GeForce GTX 580 and GeForce GTX 570 GPUs alongside it supports pretty much any GeForce graphics card to date.
- Increases performance for GeForce 400 Series and 500 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. the latest Release 260 drivers. The following are examples of some of the most significant improvements measured on Windows 7. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:
GeForce GTX 580:
- Up to 7% in Battlefield Bad Company 2 (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
- Up to 12% in Battleforge (SLI 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF Very High)
- Up to 11% in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (SLI 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
- Up to 7% in Dirt 2 (SLI 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
- Up to 7% in Far Cry 2 (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
- Up to 5% in Just Cause 2 (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF Dark Tower)
- Up to 5% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (SLI
AMD announced APU Era at CES
Today at the Consumer Electronics Show, AMD launched a new class of accelerated processor that combines more compute capabilities than any processor in the history of computing.
Before there's any more confusion, this seems to be a paper launch related to Notenook product only. There are no media desktop based reviews or products out there at the moment.
The AMD Fusion Family of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) incorporate
G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3 launched for Sandy Bridge
We actually have a set of these in-house and will check it out with Sandy Bridge reviews asap. But G.Skill introduces a complete lineup of RipjawsX DDR3 memory modules for Intel's new Sandy Bridge platform.
Designed specifically for Intel Sandy Bridge LGA1155 processors, and H67 and P67 motherboard platform the new RipjawsX series consists of a complete range of memory solution, from DDR3 1,333MHz, 1,600MHz, 1,866MHz, 2,133MHz, 2,200MHz to 2,300MHz. Combined with the Intel
Gigabyte G1-Killer motherboard specs surface
- X58 chipset and support LGA1366 CPUs
- Special designed - Locked and Loaded Heatpipes.
- 6x DIMM, 24GB DDR3 Memory
- Onboard Creative X-Fi 20K2 Audio Processor
- Onboard Bigfoot Networks Killer E2100 network processor with 1GB DDR2 memory.
- Nighicon high-end audio capacitors
An imposing feature of the board is its southbridge heatsink that is shaped to look like a 5.56 ammo magazine, a round sticking out of it for a more impressive look. In addition, eight SATA ports are also visible (six 3 Gb/s and two 6 Gb/s) as well as dual BIOS chips, a feature that is pretty common on Gigabyte motherboards.
The southbridge is connected together to a much larger heatsink via a small heatpipe. The audio solutions jumps out as well as that Bigfoot Killer E2100 with 1 GB memory (!), I just wonder what that last option is going to add in overall pricing. Ah well, we'll see.
G1-Killer range is going to be unveiled at CES 2011, prices starting at US $299.
USB 3.0 chip find their way into into new AMD platforms
Sources at USB 3.0 chip makers told DigiTimes that they will make a push into AMD's new Ontario and Zacate platforms. The first chipset with native USB 3.0 support is expected to be introduced in July by AMD, while Intel won't integrate it until the introduction of Ivy Bridge in January 2012.
AMD is already set to include native support for four USB 3.0 ports on its upcoming 32nm Hudson-D3/M3 chipsets, which will pair with its 32nm Llano APU targeting mid-range/high-end notebooks and desktops as well as ultra-thin notebooks, in July.
Meanwhile, since the transition to USB 3.0 will be a huge process to handle, Intel is aiming to integrate USB 3.0 functions only in high-end motherboards initially to minimize the possible risks and will gradually increase the overall penetration to 80% by the end of 2012.
MSI Sandy Bridge and Fusion based All-in-One PCs
MSI is teasing a little with All-in-One PCs from MSI based on the Intel Sandy Bridge and AMD Brazos platform. More info is expected to follow later this week at CES.
Meet the the AE2410, AE2210 and AE2050, each with the very latest silicon inside. Notebook Italia reports that the Taiwanese computer company's using Intel's new Sandy Bridge CPUs in each of its 24- and 22-inch rigs, and grabbed a low-power AMD Brazos APU for the likely budget 20-inch model -- which will reportedly still include a Blu-ray drive like its Core 2 Duo cousin. All three will sport 1080p touchscreen displays and USB 3.0 ports, but also a spiffy new feature called Super Charger that will charge attached USB gadgets even when the computer is off.
Battlefield 3 won't support Windows XP
I guess it's slowly time to move on, but many MANY people still use it. It seems that the new Frostbite 2.0 engine will be DirectX 10 and 11 exclusive, meaning no DX9 or Windows XP support.
A DICE developer Johan Andersson has tweeted: 'Frostbite 2 is primarily developed for DX11. XP & DX9 is _not_ supported, 64-bit OS is recommended. Lots of time to upgrade if you havent!' Oh well. Windows XP is almost ten years old now, expect this more and more.
PC Motion Controller by ASUS and PrimeSense
One of the companies behind the technology of Kinect, PrimeSense, has announced plans to team up with PC maker ASUS for a similar camera controller that's designed to hook up to your PC. In a nutshell, the Xtion is a PrimeSense 3D depth camera built exclusively for PC, but with an important twist -- it connects to a pair of ASUS Wavi boxes, which wirelessly streams its data between your TV and a Windows PC over the 5GHz band.
PrimeSense, the leader in sensing and recognition technologies, and ASUS, a leading enterprise in the new digital era, announced today that PrimeSense Immersive Natural Interaction
Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition review
Today two new products are launched by AMD, and here at Guru3D we'll review the fastest one. Let's have a peek first as to what AMD has got prepped for you with the right pricetag. It's that Phenom II X4 975