Archive for April 2012
OCZ issued a series of firmware updates for the OCZ Vertex 3, Vertex 3 Max IOPS, Agility 3, Solid 3 and RevoDrive 3 bringing the firmware towards version 2.22
- Fixed a rare condition that may cause Windows Blue Screen error when the primary-configured drive woke up from either a SATA slumber mode or S3/S4 modes
- Fixed a rare condition that may cause Windows Blue Screen error when the drive was configured as primary with OS installed
- Fixed a corner-case issue that may cause the drive to stutter or Windows freezing screen when a media read error occurred
- Further improved robustness of Secure Erase operation to prevent possible low-level data structure corruption
- Significantly improved TRIM handling to enhance system stability
Known open issue:
Vertex 3 series, Vertex 3 Max IOPS series, Agility 3 series, Solid 3 series Known open issue:
- Formatting a RAID1 volume takes longer than expected with PMC-Sierra BR-8 HBA
The Rig of the Month April 2012 is one of these builds that you keep you eye on, all yellow all pimped. Though the innards could have been dealt with a bit more nicely, it's still a ravager of a system alright.
Check out the article here.
ASUS has introduced a new LCD monitor to its range called the VE228H. Featuring a TN panel, this new 21.5-inch LED-backlight monitor provides 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 5ms response time. Not to mention, it also comes with two built-in 1W stereo speakers and features DVI-D, HDMI and mini D-Sub connectors. The VE228H will start shipping from May 2nd for 12,800 Yen (about $158). [ASUS]
After the launch roughly a week ago Intel's new Core "Ivy Bridge" processors finally started selling in the retail channel, today.
At least six quad-core models under Core i5 and Core i7 brand extensions were listed on US retailer Newegg.com, which included the Core i7-3770K (3.50 GHz, Unlocked) at US $349.99, Core i7-3770S (3.10 GHz) at $319.99, Core i7-3770 (3.40 GHz, locked) also at $319.99, Core i5-3570K (3.40 GHz, Unlocked) at $249.99, Core i5-3550 (3.40 GHz) at $219.99, Core i5-3450 (3.10 GHz) at $199.99, and Core i5-3450S (2.80 GHz) also at $199.99.
The card will eat up 3 expansion slots in your system. The cooler itself is vapor-chamber plate, which draws heat from the GPU and memory chips. You'll spot four 8 mm-thick copper heat-pipesconnected to a huge heatsink in a closed loop where there are five 40 mm fans located.
The back side of the card is also visible pn the photo's and comes with a back-plate and four NEC Tokin proadlizers, have a peek:
Some official product photo's on the Socket 1155 based MSI Z77A-GD80 have surfaced on the web. The motherboard comes with a 22-phase VRM, Military class III components, four USB 3.0 ports, four SATA 6G / four SATA3G. You'll spot three PCIe x16 slots and four x1 slots.
The four memory DIMM slots support 2666 Mhz memory.
Gigabyte Geforce GTX 670 (GV-N670OC-2GD)comes with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory with a bus width of 256-bit. Thi listing shows that the reference Geforce GTX 670 comes with slightly slower core clock
Large SSD makers have reportedly begun to slash prices on their products. The move is logically linked to the falling price of flash memory, but there may be something else involved reports softpedia:
NAND flash memory prices will constantly go down once smaller lithography technologies start producing it and the production capacity is increased. Increased production usually means lower prices just as long as demand doesn
NVIDIA dedicated a blog article to the power consumption and power efficiency improvements of the 28nm Kepler architecture. In the article NVIDIA reveals that in the past NVIDIA worked on the design while TSMC prepared the new process technology, but that for Kepler they began working with TSMC three years before the product tape-out to optimize both the process and the design to create a more efficient GPU.
The advancement that TSMC offered was a new optimized process technology. Kepler is manufactured using TSMC
AMD\'s FX series and the A-series Llano APUs received price cuts. Here's the new price list as of 27 April, 2012:
|FX-8150||245 dollar||205 dollar||16,3 percent|
|FX-8120||185 dollar||165 dollar||10,8 percent|
|FX-6200||165 dollar||155 dollar||6,1 percent|
|FX-6100||145 dollar||135 dollar||6,9 percent|
|A8-3870K||135 dollar||115 dollar||14,8 percent|
|A8-3850||135 dollar||105 dollar||22,2 percent|
|A8-3820||129 dollar||115 dollar||10,9 percent|
|A8-3800||129 dollar||105 dollar||18,6 percent|
|A6-3670K||115 dollar||100 dollar||13 percent|
|A6-3650||115 dollar||95 dollar||17,4 percent|
|A6-3600||109 dollar||95 dollar||12,8 percent|
|A6-3500||85 dollar||75 dollar||11,8 percent|
|A4-3400||71 dollar||59 dollar||16,9 percent|
|A4-3300||66 dollar||55 dollar||16,7 percent|
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is real, and it's coming November 13th, 2012 according to Target.
IGN acquired a pre-order card for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which shows the date. The card, which lists Black Ops 2 for an Xbox 360 and PS3 release, shows the date alongside a caveat explaining that the game's release date is 'subject to change.' The official announcement of the title will be made on May 1st, so stay tuned for more.