Archive for April 2012

MSI Radeon HD 7870 HAWK review

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We review the MSI Radeon HD 7870 HAWK edition, a factory overclocked Radeon HD 7870 solution with room for even higher tweaks. The graphics card PCB will be utilizing an improved VRM that can take advantage of MSI's GPU-Reactor module to further condition power by 88% for more stability when overclocking.

OCZ Vertex 3, Vertex 3 Max IOPS, Agility 3, Solid 3, RevoDrive 3 2.22

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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

Issues resolved:

  • 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


Guru3D Rig of the Month - April 2012

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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.

Battlefield 3 NEED AMMO!

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heh go check it out, Just a typical Battlefield 3 moment: Out of ammo? Gladly your teammates are always there to help you... ;)

ASUS VE228H 21.5-Inch LCD Monitor

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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]

Intel Core "Ivy Bridge" Processors Start Selling

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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, 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.

More GIGABYTE GTX 680 SuperOverclock WindForce 5X photo's

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A little while ago we already reproted about this card, but coolaler posted some more photo's on this product.

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:


MSI Z77A-GD80 caught on photo

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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.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 launches -- sorta

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In what has to be the most weird product release ever in the history of NVIDIA they introduce the GeForce GTX 690.

There are no cards send to press, yet NVIDIA did launch the card through their website. As such the the GTX 690 is being unveiled and shouldn

Geforce GTX 670 Listing and photo surfaces

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Yesterday a listing for the GeForce GTX 670 was already spotted by one of our forum users, now PcCanada has just listed upcoming Geforce GTX 670 model on their pages. Factory-overclocked card is available for $415.

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

Price War in the SSD Market is Starting

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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 illustrates power savings of 28nm vs 40nm

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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 lower processor prices

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AMD\'s FX series and the A-series Llano APUs received price cuts. Here's the new price list as of 27 April, 2012:

Model Old New Dif
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
Model Old New Dif
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 revealed

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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.