Hardware News and Review RoundUP november 27 2012

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For now at least, it seems that tablets are in style, and laptops are not. It will be the sales figures for this year that tell us the whole story though.

Let’s be honest, the little things that usually titillate our geek glands are unlikely to do so while we wait with bated breath for the release of some “exciting” data from NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover. The Chrome team nonetheless decided to push some new features to the Chrome OS Developer channel a few days back.

It is said that many military agencies and governments may already be using a very similar type of encryption technology. However, the information taken from the research states that the quantum keys are being sent on separate lines carrying the information to be decoded or encoded.

Review RoundUP

Cases: — BitFenix Ghost

CPU Coolers and Case Fans: — DeepCool Neptwin CPU CoolerZalman CNPS14X CPU CoolerCorsair Hydro H100i Water Cooling Heatsink

Video Cards: — MSI GeForce GTX 680 Twin Frozr III OC

Harddisks: — Seagate 1TB Back Up Plus USB 3.0 HDD

Keyboards: — AZiO Levetron Clicker

Memory: — Patriot Extreme Masters Viper 3 Limited Edition 2x4GB

Mainbords: — Sapphire Pure Platinum A85XT

Mouse: — SteelSeries Sensei RAW

Networking: — Cisco Linksys EA6500

Processors: — AMD FX-8350 4.00 GHz Eight-Core

Power Supply: — FSP Aurum Pro 1200W and LEPA G 1600W

Audio and Headsets: — Sennheiser Momentum Headphones

SSD: — ADATA SX900 128GB

Storage: — SanDisk 32GB microSDHC Card


Hardware News and Review RoundUP november 26 2012

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The Wii U is now available in North America and retails at $299 (Basic) and $349 (Deluxe) respectively. For more information on the console please visit Nintendo’s official website.

Like the initial K6, the K6-II represented outstanding value, often costing half as much as Intel’s Pentium chips. The final iteration of the K6, the K6-III, was a more complicated CPU, the transistor count now stood at 21.4 million — up from 8.8 million in the first K6, and 9.4 million for the K6-II — and incorporated AMD’s PowerNow!, which dynamically altered clock speeds according to workload. With clock speeds eventually reaching 570MHz, the K6-III was fairly expensive to produce and had a relatively short life span cut short by the arrival of the K7 which was better suited to compete with the Pentium III and beyond.

Review RoundUP

Cases: — CM Storm ReconNanoxia Deep Silence 1

CPU Coolers and Case Fans: — Reeven Vanxie CPU CoolerNZXT FX-120LB and FX-140LB Fan

Desktop PC: — Apple Mac Mini (Late 2012)ASRock Vision X

Video Cards: — Arctic Accelero Twin Turbo 690 VGA Cooler

Keyboards: — QPAD MK-50 – MK-80 and MK-85

Memory: — Kingston HyperX Beast DDR3 2400MHz 8GB Memory Kit

Monitors: — AOC i2757Fm myPlay

Mainbords: — ASUS M5A99X EVO

Mouse: — CM Storm ReconCM Storm Recon

Laptops: — Dell XPS 14

Processors: — AMD A10-5800K

Power Supply: — Kingwin Power Force 850W

Audio and Headsets: — RHA CA-200 Black Noise Isolating Headphones

SSD: — Intel Solid State Drive 335 240GBOCZ Agility 3 120GB

Storage: — ADATA DashDrive Elite HE720

Hardware News and Review RoundUP november 24 2012

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ASE COO Tien Wu said previously that demand coming from the smartphone sector would help ASE enjoy a particularly strong first quarter. ASE has guided for a shipment increase of 3-5% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The Autumn Sale ends on Nov. 26th and every day brings a new bundle of savings, so get your games today while they’re cheap!

Review RoundUP

Cases: — Fractal Design Define R4

CPU Coolers and Case Fans: — Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro CPU CoolerPhanteks PH-TC90LS Low Profile CPU Cooler

Desktop PC: — ASUS ROG TYTAN CG8890

Video Cards: — HIS Radeon HD 7750 iCooler 1GB

Memory: — AVEXIR AVD3S16001108G-2J 8GBx2 1600MHz Apple Memory Kit

Monitors: — Samsung SyncMaster T27B750

Mainbords: — ASRock A75 Pro4

Mouse: — CM Storm Recon Mouse with Skorpion BungeeRazer Taipan

Laptops: — Cyberpower X6-9120

Processors: — Intel Core i5-3470 & i5-3570K

Power Supply: — Corsair CX600W

Audio and Headsets: — Razer SW:TOR Headset

SSD: — SMART Storage Systems CloudSpeed 500Kingston 200GB SSDNow E100

Storage: — QNAP TS-469 Pro NAS

Hardware News and Review RoundUP november 23 2012

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Now the company has just launched its second Windows 8 project, Decor8. This new program offers up a way for people to change the background of the Start screen in Windows 8 to whatever they want, unlike the current default version which has just a few limited options.

Habey BIS-6922 system utilizes proprietary IceFin design, which transfers heat generated by the processor to the outer edges of the case by copper heat pipes that release the thermal energy to the IceFin blades for efficient heat dissipation. In addition, there are no vent holes to further extend the life of the system by protecting the system from dust build up.

While some analysts believe it is time for Intel to concentrate on its core businesses and stop rapid expansion on the market of chips for ultra-mobile products like tablets or smartphones, where ARM Holdings sets the rules of the game, numerous partners of the world’s largest chipmaker believe that Intel should continue with its ultra low-voltage efforts even under the new chief executive officer. Besides, many want Intel to remain focused on the channel.

“Xbox 360 has found new ways to extend the console lifecycle by introducing controller-free experiences with Kinect and re-inventing the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the lifecycle convention.”

In a bid to better serve its fabless clients from the U.S., Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. may build a new fab in the country, according to certain indirect indications and rumours. In case TSMC actually builds a multi-billion fab in the New York state, it will not only pose serious competition for Globalfoundries, but also for Samsung Semiconductor, which produces chips for Apple.

Review RoundUP

Cases: — Nexus Prominent 5Lian Li PC-7HX

CPU Coolers and Case Fans: — Silverstone HE01 Performance HeatsinkCorsair Air Series Fans

Desktop PC: — ZOTAC ZBOX nano XS AD11

Video Cards: — AMD FirePro W5000

Keyboards: — AZiO KB505U

Memory: — Patriot Intel Extreme Masters DDR3-2133 16GB Kit

Mainbords: — ASRock Z77 Extreme4Gigabyte X79-UP4Three Socket FM2 Motherboards based on A85X

Mouse: — CM Storm Recon

Mousepads: — Mionix Sargas 900

Laptops: — Acer Aspire V5-571P-6642

Processors: — AMD A10-5800K

Power Supply: — Seasonic Platinum Fanless 520W

Audio and Headsets: — CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Headset

SSD: — ADATA SP300 24GB mSATAIntel SSD 335 240GB

Storage: — Samsung 840 Series 250GBIcy Dock MB981U3S-1S HDD Docking Station

Hardware News and Review RoundUP november 22 2012

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He continued: “We are pleased to start paying our shareholders a quarterly cash dividend. We have confidence in our businesses and our continued ability to grow. Given our strong financial position and ongoing ability to generate cash, we are well positioned to continue investing in our future.”

Having recently laid off about 1,700 people — amounting to nearly 15 percent of its workforce — whispers around the offices at chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices are already focusing on another corporate reorganization that would probably include even more layoffs.

Separately, NVidia will describe a 20 Gbit/s serial die-to-die link made in 28-nm CMOS. It runs on a 0.9 V supply and has power efficiency of 0.54pJ/b. The interconnect might be part of Nvidia’s Project Denver, a still secretive family of processors merging ARM and graphics cores for everything from notebooks to supercomputers.

ODM sales — again, a harbinger of orders placed by computer sellers for future PC deliveries — this year were also weak when compared to the months leading up to Windows 7’s launch in 2009.

Review RoundUP

Cases: — BitFenix OutlawXigmatek Asgard 381

CPU Coolers and Case Fans: — Zalman CNPS9900DF Dual Tower CPU CoolerZalman CNPS9900DF Silent CPU CoolerXigmatek Centauro 600W

Video Cards: — PowerColor Radeon HD 7990 Devil13

Harddisks: — WD Red 2 TB

Memory: — Kingston HyperX Predator 16GB

Monitors: — ASUS PB278Q 27″ PLS

Mainbords: — Sapphire Pure Platinum A85XTGigabyte Z77X-UP7

Mouse: — Roccat Kone XTDTt eSPORTS Level 10 M

Networking: — D-Link DIR-865L Router

Laptops: — HP Envy x2

Power Supply: — Rosewill Fortress 750WSilverStone ST45SF-G SFX 450W

Audio and Headsets: — Steelseries Siberia V2 Counterstrike:GO Headset

SSD: — Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 7mm 240 GBKingston HyperX 3K 240GB

Storage: — RaidSonic ICY BOX IB-3640SU3 EnclosureIcy Dock MB996SP-6SB 6-Bay 2.5″ Drive Cage

Hardware News and Review RoundUP november 12 2012

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We think sourcing prices from a huge online retailer gives us more realistic figures, though—so much so that we quoted Newegg prices long before this guide got a sponsor. Dedicated price search engines can find better deals, but they often pull up unrealistically low prices from small and potentially unreliable e-tailers. If you’re going to spend several hundred (or thousand) dollars on a PC, we think you’ll be more comfortable doing so at a large e-tailer with a proven track record and a decent return policy. That vendor doesn’t have to be as big as Newegg, but it probably shouldn’t be as small as Joe Bob’s Discount Computer Warehouse, either.

The BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85S3 and A75S3 boards also feature the Charger Booster function. It is a high powered charging solution for Apple or Android devices such as iPad, iPhone and Android phones and tablets. Charger Booster Technology is able to boost the charging time to be more efficiency and faster when a mobile device is connected to the motherboard. With Charger Booster technology, you are able to charge your devices up to 42 % faster.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 5, 2012 – As big data, high-performance computing (HPC) and cloud-computing applications push the demand for real-time access of data into the zettabytes, Intel Corporation announced today its next-generation data center solid-state drive (SSD), the Intel® Solid-State Drive DC S3700 Series, designed to remove storage bottlenecks and maximize multi-core CPU performance. The Intel SSD DC S3700 Series delivers fast, consistent performance and low latencies along with strong data protection and high endurance to help IT personnel support today’s most demanding data center applications.

Intel Corp.’s demonstration of next unit of computing (NUC) ultra-small form-factor concept made a splash earlier this year and caused a huge disappointment as Intel only positioned NUC for embedded, digital signage and similar applications. However, Intel has quietly introduced two NUC barebones for consumers and will start to sell them next month in retail. Unfortunately, ultra-small, yet powerful PCs will be quite expensive.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 is starting to get some Jelly Bean love. German customers are getting the 4.1.1 update in a 300 MB package and the rest of the world should not take a long time to receive this highly anticipated update.

Review RoundUP

Cases: — CM Storm Scout 2NZXT Phantom 820Fractal Design Node 304

CPU Coolers and Case Fans: — EK Supremacy CPU Water BlockBitfenix Hydra Pro and Recon Fan ControllersThermaltake Water 2.0 Pro CPU Cooler

Video Cards: — EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SuperClocked Signature 2NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti

Memory: — Kingston HyperX Red 8GB

Mainbords: — Sapphire Pure Black 990FXASRock FM2A85X Extreme6ASRock Z77 OC Formula

Mouse: — Speedlink Kudos RS

Nettops: — Giada A51

Laptops: — Dell XPS 12

Processors: — AMD A8-5600K

Power Supply: — SilverStone ST45SF-G SFX 450WCorsair AX850i

SSD: — Intel SSD 335 240GBOCZ Agility 4 256GB

Storage: — ADATA 16GB Class 10 microSDHCVantec NST-D400SU3 NexStar USB 3.0 Dual Bay HDD Dock

Hardware news and Review RoundUP november 9 2012

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Thanks to process miniaturization and an upgraded GPU, the Adonis gets not only a boost in power but also burns through a battery a lot slower than the existing 32nm HKMG based Exynos 5250 (Cortex A15).

Chrome’s stragglers still haven’t gone away, but account for a much smaller share of its user base than they do Firefox; around 14 percent of Chrome users are on obsolete versions of the browser.

Snapping the VivoTab RT into its keyboard sidekick roughly doubles the weight and expands the system’s girth by 0.41″ (10.4 mm). Add the little rubber feet affixed to the bottom of the dock, and the system gets thicker still. However, the complete package remains easily portable. All in all, you’re looking at hefting 2.3 lbs, or just over one kilogram.

The results give Activision ATVI -1.85% some momentum leading into the holiday season — with the major launch of “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” on deck for next week.

OSRC staff primarily worked to develop the Linux support for AMD’s server processors, but they also wrote code and extensions for related desktop and notebook CPUs – for example, they looked after the code to support CPU frequency scaling for the PowerNow and Turbo Core technologies.

For the fourth quarter, Activision expects non-GAAP earnings of 70 cents per share on revenues of $2.41 billion. Moreover, Activision raised its fiscal 2012 outlook buoyed by the strong third quarter results. Activision now expects to earn $1.10 per share (up from 99 cents) on total revenues of $4.81 billion (up from $4.63 billion) for the full year.

The Chrome App Launcher is currently only available in Google’s highly experimental Chrome Canary builds (the good thing about these is that you can install them without touching your regular stable Chrome install). Even there, it’s still a bit hidden. You have to open chrome://flags and then look for the “Show Chrome Apps Launcher” option all the way at the bottom of the page.

Review RoundUP

Cases: — Lian Li PC-7HXBitFenix ProdigyCougar Challenger

CPU Coolers and Case Fans: — Noctua NF-F12 fanCooler Master TPC 800 CPU CoolerXigmatek Dark Knight II Night Hawk Edition CPU CoolerThermaltake Water 2.0 Performer LCS

Game Controllers: — Thrustmaster GPX LightBack Xbox 360 Controller

Video Cards: — TGT GeForce GTX 660 Ti Ultra Charged LLS

Harddisks: — Western Digital VelociRaptor 3 x 1TB RAID 0

Keyboards: — Thermaltake MEKA G-Unit

Memory: — Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600 2x 4GB Kit

Mainbords: — Biostar Hi-Fi Z77XMSI Z77 MPowerGigabyte Z77X-UP7Sapphire PURE Black 990FX PB-A3BRD990

Mouse: — Epic Gear MedusaROCCAT Kone XTD

Laptops: — Alienware M18x R2MSI GX60

Processors: — AMD FX-8350 4.00 GHz Eight-Core

Power Supply: — Xigmatek Centauro 600WCorsair AX850i

Audio and Headsets: — CM Storm Ceres 400 Headset

SSD: — OWC Mercury Electra MAX 3G 960GBIntel SSD 335 240GB

Storage: — QNAP TS-869 ProSynology DS213+