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A weekly roundup of VR-Zone.com Technology News covering facebook, google, apple, baidu, social media, PC, gadget, hardware, intel, microsoft, AMD, NVIDIA, ARM, iphone, android

A weekly roundup of VR-Zone.com Technology News covering facebook, google, apple, baidu, social media, PC, gadget, hardware, intel, microsoft, AMD, NVIDIA, ARM, iphone, android

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  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! wheat has been sorted from the chaff, leaving us with Bigfoot VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication Network’s lowest priced Killer NIC thus far. An SRP of £69.99 covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. and a market price of around £55 if you shop around; this card is now much more of an upgrade prospect for a large number of enthusiasts. How has it changed?The Daily VR-Zone News Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 and HD 6570 Video Cards ReviewSummary - 19 April 2011 Description: I hate these low to mid-range cards; its nothingSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--19- against them directly, but theyre always just so slow. Sure,april-2011/11915.html they might be great for the price etc. - but testing them is stillApril 19th, 2011 an absolute pain as theyre always so much slower than the stuff Im used to testing. The whole situation is made only worse by AMD releasing three models today, albeit were only looking at the two higher end ones of these three new models. The good news for me is that we tend to only ever look at one or two of these new models and then continue looking at the fun stuff and what people wish they could afford, but cant.In todays news roundup: Intel and AMD are reportecly AMD Radeon HD 6570 & HD 6670 Launch Review, Featuringmaking plans to go head-on against ARM in the lucrative Sapphires HD 6670 @ Rage3D.comsmartphone and tablet market; Reviews of AMDs recently Description: AMD launches the final discrete GPU in thelaunched graphics cards, the Radeon HD 6570 and HD Northern Islands line, codenamed Turks. Fitting into two6670, are starting to surface online; Apple is reportedly product lines, and two price points, we investigate how the HDrejecting Apps with Pay-per-install campaigns; Alienware 6570 and HD 6670 move things on from last years Redwoodhas announced two new gaming laptops, the M14x and cards, including a look at a nice Sapphire HD 6670 with ArticM18x, along with an updated M11x that now features more Cooling heatsink as standard.powerful, up-to-date hardware; Final Fantasy IVs creator Cooler Master Elite 343 mATX Case @ Benchmark ReviewsTakashi Tokita gives his take on the ever-popular Final Description: The enthusiast case market is replete with fancyFantasy franchise, and The latest Mortal Kombat installation cases brimming with exotic materials and features. Its nothas finally been launched in North America. unusual for builders to buy "more case than they need",Hardware news investing extra money in a case their system can grow into.Intel, AMD Will Challenge ARM in Tablets, Smartphones But sometimes all you need is a basic case: a good-qualityDescription: As the PC market slows, Intel and AMD are enclosure that will serve as a home for your componentsgearing up to take on ARM in the burgeoning tablet and in a business, "grandma computer", or other non-enthusiastsmartphone spaces, and one analyst says Intel has a strong setting. Although Benchmark Reviews does not often look atshot at gaining traction starting in 2012. cases like this, they make up the bulk of the case market. While Cooler Masters best known for its enthusiast cases (such asNoctua NH-D14 CPU "Monster" Cooler Review @ the HAF series), they serve this market as well with cases likeMadshrimps the Elite 343 mATX computer case.Description: Today we test the most high-end heatsink fromNoctua. It comes with two fans pre-equipped and will fill up AMD Radeon HD 6450 & 6570: The Line-up is Complete @all but the largest eATX cases. Dubbed the NH-D14 this beast InsideHWcomes with a 120mm AND 140mm fan which are speced for Description: Presenting the lowest segment in the productlow noise operation. Can it handle the heat of an overclocked gamma is usually the last step in presenting the newCore i7? Time to find out. generation, at least in the usual scenario. In accordance with this, AMD announced their low-end chips, Caicos and Turks,Bigfoot Networks Killer 2100 Review @ Vortez for the second quarter of the current year. These chips areDescription: The latest model, the Killer 2100 is their most reserved for the weakest models from the Radeon HD 6000streamlined product yet, focussing directly on delivering the series, which is probably the last thing that is going to becore feature, unrivalled gaming network performance. The 1
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonepresented in the following months as well, with the possible For paranoid Androids, Guardian Project offers smartphoneexception of HD 6670. These cards are intended for non-heavy securityduty users, and are mostly low-profile, so that they fit not only Description: The Guardian Project is an open source initiativeinto regular office PCs, but also HTPCs. We got two visually which aims to take advantage of Googles Android operatingsimilar models for testing; these two small Radeons, however, system to bring smartphones the same sort of security andturned out to be packing major differences under their coolers privacy that savvy users have come to expect from laptops and desktops. Featuring capabilities like full-disk encryption,Gainward GeForce GTX 550 Ti Golden/Good Sample Review secure instant messaging, and anonymous Web browsing, the@ Real World Labs project hopes to give people better control of their personalDescription: Thanks to a nice boost in clocks right from the information on mobile devices.factory the latest Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti Golden Sampleby Gainward offers an excellent value/performance ratio at Gaming newsnear silent levels. Telltale Wants Gamers to Solve Crimes in Law & Order: L.A.Consumer Electronics and Software news the Game Description: If you thought developer Telltale Games plateRazer Onza review: an excellent PC gaming companion was full with Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, The WalkingDescription: Razer’s newly released Onza Tournament Edition Dead, Fables, and Kings Quest games on its schedule... yougamepad is an excellent companion for your gaming PC, were right. Thats a heaping helping of design work. But theperfect for those games that a mouse and keyboard just aren’t studio is hungry for even more and has announced it willthe best tools for playing. give the episodic game treatment to yet another big nameUndo certain Gmail actions in your mobile browser franchise: TV cop drama Law & Order. Read More »Description: Sometimes when I’m using Gmail on my phone, A Conversation With the Creator of Final Fantasy IVI delete a message by mistake or label it incorrectly. Sure I Description: You cant help but like Takashi Tokita. Despitecan fish the message out of my Trash or remove the label and being a long-time veteran of the Final Fantasy series (he madeapply the correct one, but that takes several steps. Even just his debut with the 8-bit Final Fantasy III back in 1990), hesa few seconds is usually enough time to catch those annoying remained down-to-earth. Tokita is still with Square, and hemistakes. Now when you use the Gmail mobile web app, you’ll still works in the trenches of game design, so to speak, bringinghave a small window of opportunity to undo four key actions: both new games and old to mobile and portable systems. Asarchive, delete, add or remove a label, or move a message/ the original story director for the revolutionary Final Fantasyconversation. IV for Super NES, hes also the main man behind that gamesApple Reportely Rejecting Apps with Pay-per-install sequel The After Years, originally released for Japanese mobileCampaigns phones before being ported to WiiWare and now PSP.Description: Apple isn’t just tweaking its App Store rankings Mortal Kombat released in North Americato include more than download numbers and possibly Description: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainmentlessening the impact of incentivized pay-per-install marketing announces Mortal Kombat is now available at retailerscampaigns. It’s actually banning apps that use pay-per-install, in North America on the PlayStation 3 (PS3) computeraccording to one of the leading providers Tapjoy. entertainment system and the Xbox 360 video gameLG Optimus Pad / T-Mobile G-Slate Tablet Review and entertainment system from Microsoft. Mortal Kombat,Description: The G-Slate features a slightly smaller display developed by NetherRealm Studios and led by Mortal Kombatthan the Apples iPad and Motorolas Xoom, which makes it creator and creative director Ed Boon, is the newest chapter oflighter and thereby easier to hold to a certain extent. It also the legendary franchise, marking a triumphant return to thesports a great industrial design and can record 3D 720p HD series roots in the most epic installment to date.videos with its dual-5 megapixel cameras. All of this is poweredby a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor that hums along at1GHz, making sure that even 3D games run smoothly on its G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3-2300high-res touchscreen display. CL9 8GB Kit AnnouncedAlienware kicks out M14x and M18x, revamped M11x Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/g.skill-ripjawsx-ddr3-2300-cl9-8gb-kit-Description: Alienware as it teased last week has brought out announced/11914.htmlthree new gaming notebooks, including its first 14-inch model. April 19th, 2011The M14x has the special lighting and customization in asmaller if 6.45-pound frame. Every version comes with veryhigh-end performance for the size with a quad Core i7 and aGeForce GT 555M with either 1.5GB or 3GB of memory.iPhone radiation dock – yet another Japan-inspired deviceDescription: We’ve seen the DIY Arduino Geiger counter G.Skill today announces the world’s fastest 8GB (4GBx2)yesterday, but here is yet another Japan-inspired device, an DDR3 memory, rated at 2300MHz CL9 with only 1.65ViPhone radiation dock. This is part of the efforts involved to voltage. This ultimate memory kit will join G.Skill awardcleverly leverage the use of technology in order to help Japan winning Ripjaws-X family and will be available soon via G.Skillwith their ongoing nuclear crisis. global authorized distribution partner. 2
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Pentax unveils rainbow- coloured K-r DSLR with mouthful of a name Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pentax-unveils-rainbow-coloured-k-r- dslr-with-mouthful-of-a-name/11913.html April 19th, 2011 When it comes to churning out special, limitted editions of its DSLRs, probably no other camera manufacturer is capable ofTaipei, Taiwan?19th April 2011?G.Skill International Co. Ltd., doing what Pentax has been churning out on a semi-regularmanufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid-state basis. And it seems that the trend is not about to stop anystorage with solid quality, today announces the world’s fastest time soon, for better or for worse; the Japanese DSLR maker8GB (4GBx2) DDR3 memory, rated at 2300MHz CL9 with has just announced yet another limitted edition run of its K-only 1.65V voltage. This ultimate memory kit will join G.Skill r DSLRs which come fully decked out in...you guessed it, aaward winning Ripjaws-X family and will be available soon via bright, rainbow-coloured body. Kind of makes you wonderG.Skill global authorized distribution partner. when the fun will ever end for Pentax, no? For most camera manufacturers, choosing a suitable colour for their DSLRs is usually a no brainer. After all, DSLRs are meant to look professional (even if their users are not), and the easiest way to accomplish this is to simply make their DSLRs available in any colour the consumer wants, as long as it is black. That being said, there do exist users who are willing to pony up good money for a camera body that comes with its own splash of individuality, and it appears that no ther camera manufacturer save for Pentax knows how to pitch its products to such a niche group of pontential consumers. After all, this is the very camera manufacturer that has been known to offer countless different limited editions of its existing DSLRs that feature some of the most unusual paint jobs, and it seems that this trend is not about to stop any time soon now that Pentax has unveiled yet another limited edition of its K-r lineSince the demand of big capacity memory has grown of DSLRs. Does anyone fancy taking a stroll down the busydramatically, G.Skill R&D team has been dedicated to streets of Singapore with this particular K-r slung around yourdevelop the fastest and best performing products based on neck?4GB memory sticks continuously. Following the marvelousachievement of DDR3 1900MHz 48GB and DDR3 2200MHz16GB kits, G.Skill once again pushed the memory speedfurther and developed the industry leading memory kit. TheDDR3 2300MHz CL9 kit has passed a series of rigorous testsand guarantees the best stability and performance.“The 2300MHz RipjawsX 8GB gives you extreme speed andyou can also enjoy the big capacity simutanously. It not onlydelivers record breaking overclocking performance, but alsobroaden your choices for building up an extreme performanceworkstation and a gaming machine” said Michael Chao, seniorR&D manager at G.Skill. Accroding to Pentaxs product page, this rainbow-coloured K- r is the result of a tie-up with Tower Records Japan Inc and will be marketed as the TOWER RECORDS×PENTAX RAINBOW K-r (told you that its name is quite the mouthful). And if you are wondering why its name bears more than just a passing 3
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonesimilarity with the earlier line of limited edition TOWER This may come across as a surprise to many, but printers areRECORDS×PENTAX RAINBOW Kx DSLRs launched last not the only offerings Epson has for both its consumer andyear, the answer is simple; the rainbow-coloured K-rs are enterprise-level customers. In fact, the company which is nowsupposed to be the follow-up products to the Kxs. synonymous with its range of printing devices also sells its own line of notebook and desktop PCs, and the only reason theirFeatures and functionality-wise, there is essentially nothing non-printer product lineup is known to none but a few is thatwhich distinguishes the TOWER RECORDS×PENTAX these PCs are meant to be sold in only one market; Japan.RAINBOW K-r from a regular Pentax K-r DSLR save for thenew rainbow-coloured spash screen found in the former. However, if you thought that catering to a (relatively) small domestic market such as Japans means that a well known OEM like Epson could afford to take things easy with its existing desktop and notebook PC product lines, you could not have been further from the truth. Indeed, it appears as though Epson has got no intention of letting its notebook and desktop PC product lines stagnate, and the launch of its new Endeavor NP15 ultra-compact nettop PC is probably the best proof of that.Of course, with the TOWER RECORDS×PENTAX RAINBOW Of course, the fact that the Endeavor NP15 is being marketedK-r DSLR being a special, limited-edition run of the standard as a nettop PC essentially means that the machine is definitelyK-r, it should come as no surprise that the rainbow- not going to have the kind of power one needs for seriouscoloured K-r is not going to be the cheapest K-r available. data crunching or digital multimedia entertainment. Indeed, aIndeed, Pentaxs product page reveals that the TOWER quick look at the NP15s hardware specifications reveal someRECORDS×PENTAX RAINBOW K-r will retail with a slightly rather standard fare: processor power is provided by the dual-fatter price tag of 89,800 yen or approximately US$1,100. core Intel Atom D525 processor, while a 250GB hard diskEven then, you wil have to move fast if you fancy getting serves as the MP15s main storage medium. To top off theyour hands on one of these DSLRs, for Pentax has confirmed package, the NP15 also comes bundled with 2GB of memorythat only 300 such units will be produced for sale, and that and six USB2.0 ports, while the onboard Intel GPU providesinterested consumers have only up to July 7 to pre-order their little more than the bare minium graphical processing powercameras. needed to drive Windows Aero on the bundled WindowsIn other words, you snooze, you lose. 7 Home Premium operating system, along with some basic multimedia content. However, we should also point out that raw power has never been a key selling point for low-power devices suchEpson launches new nettop PC as netbooks and nettop PCs, and the Endeavor NP15 is noin Japan exception. In fact, the NP15s appeal stems from the fact that Epson has managed to cram every single component neededSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/epson-launches-new-nettop-pc-in- for a working PC into a highly compact casing that measuresjapan/11911.html a mere two centimeters in width. To put things in perspective,April 19th, 2011 Epson is claiming that the NP15 sports dimensions similar to that of an A5-sized filofax, and that a user could easily conceal the device by simply mounting it behind a monitor.Most people may not be aware of it, but Epson is more than justa well-known vendor of inkjet printers. In fact, the Japanesecompany also has its own line of notebooks and PCs that areavailable for sale only in the Japanese domestic market, andits desktop PC offering has just received a new addition tothe family today. How does an ultra-compact NP15 nettop PC Sounds amazing, does it not? Unfortunately, Epsons PCsound like for you? offerings are only available for sale within its domestic market, 4
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneso it goes without saying that the NP15 is one PC which most of were hearing both AMD and Nvidia are busy working on itsus will never be able to see in our local computer stores. That own desktop graphics switching implementations for the Z68being said, if you happen to have a very good Japanese friend chipset and in AMDs case most likely also for its on Fusionwho is willing to help you ship out one of these Japan-only platform.products, do make sure to have at least 29,820 yen (approx US$361) available in your bank account, as that is the price thatthe NP15 is retailing for. Asus P8Z68-V Pro shows up early on Chinese siteMSI teams up with LucidLogix Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-p8z68-v-pro-shows-up-early-on- chinese-site/11910.htmlfor some Z68 Virtu love April 19th, 2011Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-teams-up-with-lucidlogix-for-some-z68-virtu-love/11912.htmlApril 19th, 2011 Detailed pictures of one of Asus upcoming Z68 chipset based motherboards have made an appearance on a Chinese websiteMSI has announced that its going to supply LucidLogix and it gives us a pretty detailed look into what Asus hasVirtu software with its Z68 motherboards which will enable coming. The model is the P8Z68-V Pro which should beautomatic on-demand switching between the Intel IGP and a towards the upper end of Asus Z68 boards, at least judging bydiscrete graphics card. For now, LucidLogixs Virtu software its features.is the only way to go if you want to do graphics switching ona desktop system, but were hearing that this isnt going to bethe case for too long. Detailed pictures of one of Asus upcoming Z68 chipset based motherboards have made an appearance on a Chinese website and it gives us a pretty detailed look into what Asus hasMSI has announced that its going to supply LucidLogix coming. The model is the P8Z68-V Pro which should beVirtu software with its Z68 motherboards which will enable towards the upper end of Asus Z68 boards, at least judging byautomatic on-demand switching between the Intel IGP and a its features.discrete graphics card. For now, LucidLogixs Virtu softwareis the only way to go if you want to do graphics switching on The P8Z68-V Pro has a fairly standard board layout with threea desktop system, but were hearing that this isnt going to be x16 PCI Express slots of which the first two can operate in dualthe case for too long. x8 mode (the second slot is disabled if the primary slot is used in x16 mode) and the third one being a x4 slot. There are also two x1 PCI Express slots and two PCI slots. Asus has gone for Intels standard four SATA 3Gbps and two SATA 6Gbps ports and added a pair of additional SATA 6Gbps ports via a Marvell controller. Theres a front header for two USB 3.0 ports via an ASMedia host controller as well as pin headers for six USB 2.0 ports and two FireWire ports.The advantage of using LucidLogix Virtu software is that theuser has the ability to switch between Intels integrated low-power graphics and a much more powerful discrete graphicscard. Why would you want to do this? Well, for one for thepower saving, as when youre at the Windows desktop thegraphics card will be put into its lowest power state and itshould in theory save power. Secondly because of Intels QuickSync technology which allows you to speed up the time it takesto transcode and encode video as this is so far much faster thanusing any current GPU. Around the back things are a little bit unusual, as AsusMSI intends to at least initially ship Virtu with its Z68A-GD80, has dropped the PS/2 ports entirely on this board which isZ68A-GD65 and micro ATX Z68MA-ED55 motherboards, somewhat unexpected. As such the rear I/O configurationalthough were fairly certain MSI has more Z68 boards consists of six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an eSATAplanned than these three models. That said, that doesnt port, a D-sub, DVI and HDMI port, a Gigabit Ethernet port,meant that well see Virtu shipping with them as from what 5
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone7.1-channel audio jacks, an optical S/PDIF out and a Bluetooth the most likely candidate to pony up the money Samsung isdongle. asking for in a bid to increase its share of the HDD pie, simply because Western Digital would be essentially asking for an FTC investigation on itself if it were the one to do so. And just as most people have predicted, it was indeed Seagate which stepped up to the negotiating table with Samsung, and has walked away with the latters HDD business unit in exchange for the total sum of US$1.375 billion in both cash and stock options. So what does this mean for Samsung, Seagate and the end- users who are still heavily reliant on mechanical hard disks for their storage needs? Well, the fact that Samsung has received a cash injection of almost US$1.4 billion means that the Korean electronics giant now has the money it needs to invest in other profitable divisions under its banner, so end-users canOther features include power and reset buttons, Asus various expect to see more interesting consumer electronic devicesEPU, TPU and what not features that tend to be standard on being churned out from Samsungs factories in the very nearAsus boards these days. The board also uses Asus Digi+ VRM future. Also, the agreement will see Samsung adopting the useand the board appears to have a 16-phase PWM design. Overall of Seagates hard disks for a wide variety of products in itsit looks like a pretty decent design, but wed expect Asus to offerings, such as its notebook divisions.offer at least a model or two above the P8Z68-V Pro as well as On the other hand, Seagate will reportedly see a 10% increasea couple of more affordable models. in the market share of its hard disks. This figure, when added to Seagates existing market share, will result in Seagate claiming almost 40% of the global HDD market. This will putIt is official: Samsung has sold Seagate in a very good position to compete against the likes ofits hard drive business unit to Western Digital, which current owns as much as 50% of the global HDD pie. In addition, the agreement will see SamsungSeagate supplying Seagate with NAND flash, as well as extendingSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-is-official-samsung-has-sold-its- existing patent agreements currently in effect among bothhard-drive-business-unit-to-seagate/11909.html companies.April 19th, 2011 However, things are slightly different as far as the end user is concerned, simply because consumers now have lesser choices to choose from when it comes to HDD selection. With Seagate and Western Digital both owning 40% and 50% of the global HDD market respectively, this leaves Toshiba as the only otherLets face it; everybody knew that Samsung would not have major competitor left with approximately 10% of the HDDa problem finding a buyer for its hard disk business. And market. This means that there is a very real possibility of seeingmost people would also have guessed that given Samsungs a duopoly in the HDD market like the one that is currentlysmall but respectable market share in the HDD business, it present in the x86 processor market (Intel and AMD), and wewould not take too long before a buyer shows up at Samsungs can only wait and see how this is going to affect the end user.office with a bag full of cash and and offer to purchase thataforementioned business unit. Which is precisely what justhappened today; Seagate is now in the midst of combining itsown HDD business with that of Samsungs as we bring you this SingTel announces ESC andreport. exclusive distributor for SonySometimes, it does not take a genius to predict what certain Ericsson Xperia Playmajor hardware companies have up their sleeves, especially Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/singtel-announces-esc-and-exclusive-when it has got something to do with acquisitions. Sure, distributor-for-sony-ericsson-xperia-play/11908.htmlcertain acquisitions have been known to be so unexpected that April 19th, 2011not even the most accomplished speculator or business analystcould have foreseen the result (like HP purchasing Palm Inc),but there also exists deals whose outcomes are so obvious thatit makes one wonder why the companies involved did not justsimply announce the deal and get it over with.And unfortunately (or fortunately) for Samsung, its latest dealwith Seagate over the fate of its hard disk business unit was a This afternoon, SingTel announced their new cloud-basedclassic example of the latter. As most people would remember, video gaming service called ESC, and also it will be thespeculations were rife that Samsung was planing to sell off exclusive distributor for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Playthe unprofitable business unit, and that Seagate would be (formerly known as the PlayStation Phone). 6
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Today AMD unveiled is more affordable Radeon HD 6000- series graphics card with the most expensive model retailing for about US$100. We’ve got a few pictures of some of the partner boards for your viewing pleasure, alongside the specs of the new card after the break. Starting from the bottom up we have the Radeon HD 6450 and its quite a step up from the previous generation Radeon HD 5450. For starters the shader count has doubled from 80 to 160 shaders, although the ROPs, stencil buffers and texture units remain the same. The GPU still has a 64-bit memory interface, but at least the clock speeds of both the memory and GPU have been boosted so the GPU is clocked somewhere between 625SingTel today announced the launch of their cloud- and 750MHz with the memory at 533 to 900MHz (dependingbased video gaming service called „ESC? and exclusive on memory type). There will be cards with both DDR3 anddistributorship of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Android GDDR5 memory available. The MSRP for cards based on thesmartphone. Radeon HD 6450 is expected to be around US$55 (S$69).Launched in partnership with Playcast Media Systems, ESC(read as „ESCape?) is the first service in Asia to deliver on-demand high quality games directly from the „cloud? to userson TV and PC. This provides a rich and immersive gamingexperience through a one-time client download.With instant and unlimited access to 24 titles at launch froma range of genres, ESC gamers can enjoy popular game titlesfrom Atari, Capcom, Codemasters, Disney, Tell Tale Gamesand THQ. For example, Street Fighter 4, Back to the Futureand Toy Story 3 are available to customers who sign up forthe service. Each month, two to three titles will be refreshed to AMD claims 30fps+ in a wide range of titles at 1600x900ensure the line-up is current and engaging. resolution, although this appears to be mostly in older titlesESC is available to anyone with fibre or broadband such as Battlefield BC 2: Vietnam, Lost planet 2, F1 2010,connectivity of 10Mbps and above. Unlimited ESC gameplay Dragon Age 2 and WoW. That said, reviews of the card doesntstarts from S$1.99 for a One Day Pack, and S$9.99 for a month seem to confirm AMDs figures, as the Radeon HD 6450 seems(all prices inclusive of GST). As a launch special, SingTel will to be struggling at default settings in most of the games listedbe offering an unlimited free trial until 30 April 2011. by AMD. The card also supports Eyefinity for three displaysCustomers on fibre can access ESC on their television sets and here AMD clams playable frame rates at 4080x768 (thatsvia SingTel?s exCite TV service and both fibre and broadband three times 1366x768), although judging by the standardcustomers can enjoy the PC service by downloading a simple benchmarks, this doesnt seem all that likely.client.From May 2011, ESC will also be offered with SingTel?sexPress 50 fibre broadband plan at a bundled price of S$66.90 per month. With this package, customers can enjoyunlimited game play with 50Mbps fibre broadband. FromJune, customers can look forward to the exPress 50 UltimateEntertainment Pack which will bundle mio TV and games.AMD launches the Radeon HD6670, 6570, 6450Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-launches-the-radeon-hd-6670-6570-6450/11907.htmlApril 19th, 2011 On the upside AMD has added support for HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2 which means 3D stereoscopic video is supported for those interested in watching 3D movies for example. AMD doesnt offer its own custom 3D solution like Nvidia, but is instead working on support all types of 3D TVs, displays and shutter glasses. The Radeon HD 6450 also offers better performance in most games than Nvidias GeForce 7
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneGT520 which is a more expensive card and it does of course April 19th, 2011outperform Intels HD 2000 graphics. Maybe it is because Microsofts Office productivity suite is still the number one office suite of choice for most users around the world that people are always trying to nitpick on it for not being able to match up to their lofty expectations of what a proper office productivity suite is supposed to be. However, even the harshest critic may have to take a back seat with Microsofts latest Office-related offering for businesses, for Microsoft has just announced in a media event held at The Fullerton Hotel that the public beta for the business-centric cloud-productivity service, Office 365 is now live. So what newAll of the partner cards weve seen so far are variations features can businesses look forward to with Office 365? Readon AMDs reference design with slightly different coolers, on to find out more.although Sapphire appears to be the only company with a As far as Microsoft is concerned, most people are notpassively cooled card on offer. about to fault the Redmond giant for its contributions to the advancement of technology on the PC and the office productivity front, and for good reason. For one, Microsofts technological prowess in the aforementioned areas are essentially second to none, and it is thanks to the company that the Windows operating system and Office productivity suite that we take for granted everyday come bundled with various advanced features that are seemingly capable of greatly enhancing and simplifying the average users digital workflow. However, the one aspect of Microsofts pursuit for technological advancement which essentially all critics are only too keen to rat the Redmond giant out on centers around the key aspect of user experience. While Microsoft has been successful in delivering highly advanced technology to the masses, the company often falls flat on its face when it involves making the aforementioned technology easily accessible and usable for the average end-user who seeks an integrated approach to software. And this is the kind of problem Microsoft is hoping to rectify for its enterprise consumers with the introduction of the public beta for the new Office 365 productivity serviced aimed at businesses of all sizes.Microsoft announces publicbeta of Office 365 forbusinessesSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-announces-public-beta-of-office-365-for-businesses/11906.html Speaking at the event was Microsofts chief operating office, Kevin Turner, who described the new subscription-based Office 365 as the "future of productivity". Interestingly, it feels as though we had heard this catchphrase somewhere in a previous Microsoft-related event. 8
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone"Office 365 includes our latest productivity suites and "When we talk about Office 365, we have to think about whatservices. This includes Microsoft Exchange Online for businesses need. Businesses need productivity. So how do wemessaging, Sharepoint Online for collaboration and Lync improve their productivity? First, we have to enable them toonline for unified communications. All these services have communicate to people in new ways. With a big inbox, we alsobeen integrated into the main Office client application, along offer them the best way to efficiently manage their inboxes,"with the latest version of Microsofts Office Web Apps," he he said, while explaining how Outlook in Office 365 offerssaid. users full access to their working teams calanders for easier communication and planning.Turner also added that the companys strategic partnershipwith Starhub will allow it to accelerate the adoption of boththe beta and final release versions of Office 365, a fact that wasfurther elaborated on by Starhubs chief operating officer, TanTong Hai. Integration at its best in Outlook Hau also spoke on the importance of the need to be able to access ones working files regardless of their location and the type of machine they are using, especially when mobile. To"Starhub will be the go-to market partner for Microsoft and that end, Sharepoint Online Office Web Apps will allow suchOffice 365. If our business consumers ever encounter any users to access and edit their content in a web browser withproblems with the Office 365 service, Starhub will be the party the same familiar environment they have grown to familiarizethey should get in touch with. We will implement a support themselves with in Microsoft Office. And for those who are notstructure with Microsoft to ensure that customers will have a keen on using the web browser known as Internet Explorer,peace of mind when they eventually decide to migrate over to Hau has assured users that Web Apps will work perfectly fineMicrosofts cloud productivity service," he said. with alternative browsers such as Mozillas Firefox.Tan added that the upcoming nationwide fiber-optic network,along with the fact that the Office 365 servers will be installedlocally, will allow Starhub, along with other broadband serviceproviders, to deliver a better user experience to its customersutilizing Office 365.Last but not least, Microsofts product manager for theInformation Market Group, Hau Lu, gave a demonstrationof how Office 365 has integrated Microsoft Office, MicrosoftExchange Online, Microsoft Sharepoint Online and MicrosoftLync Online into a single unified environment to enhance workefficiency and productivity. 9
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneLooks so good, you cannot tell youre viewing this on abrowser until you see the Internet Explorer 9 UI Last but not least, you might be aware that Microsoft used to offer businesses another cloud-based offering known as Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite orDont want to use IE? Fret not: Web Apps will get the job done Microsoft BPOS. Unfortunately for BPOS, it seems that itswith any browser of your choice. days as an enterprise offering are numbered, as Turner has confirmed that Office 365 will now be Microsofts default offering to business users, and that BPOS will be retired in favor of Office 365. "We will have only one brand strategy, and it is all about Office 365. Thank goodness for that." he quipped. Turner also hinted that Office 365 may be ported to the ARM architecture to allow for Windows 8 and tablet compatibility. But that will probably have to wait until Office 365 is officially released and we start seeing Windows 8 shipping on both traditional PCs and tablet devices. Until then, businesses can test out the public beta of Office 365 at http:// www.Office365.com.There are slight formatting issues with the Word Web App,but we were assured that these will not carry forward to thefinal document that will be viewed on the actual Office client Glass-free 3D on the Apple iPad 2? Yes, it is possible Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/glass-free-3d-on-the-apple-ipad-2-yes- it-is-possible/11905.html April 19th, 2011 The Apple iPad 2 does not come with 3D display technology, but from the folks at Engineering Human-...and you can also get access Onenote via Web Apps. Neat, Computer Interaction Research, it is possible to achieve glass-right? free 3D effect on the tablet device. Read on for the details.Last but not least, Hau described how Lync integration inOffice 365 allows for users to initiate conversations fromwithinthe various Office 365 components available. 10
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone ChaCha, a free, real-time Q&A service provider has launched a new iPhone application with location-based features and entirely fresh user interface, making the already popular service even easier and more fun to use while on the go. In addition to the Q&A capability, the new app allows users to see live questions being asked by others in their area. This also lets ChaCha users find out whats trending in their own backyards. Additionally, users can also opt-in to nearly 100 ChaCha mobile alerts including news, weather, celebrity / entertainment news, stock quotes and more, guaranteeing that up-to-the-minute information will always be at their fingertips wherever they are.Thanks to the Avatar 3D blockbuster movie, 3D is going on ASUS Eee Pad TransformerTVs, PCs and even smartphones. But the need to use 3D glassescan be hassle for many, which is why some manufacturers preorder starts today Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-eee-pad-transformer-preorder-are going the glass-less 3D route. starts-today/11894.htmlWell, the folks at Engineering Human-Computer Interaction April 19th, 2011Research in France has managed to develop a way to bringglass-free 3D on the Apple iPad 2, which could also mean thatglass-less 3D is possible on other tablets and smartphones too.The methodology involves the tracking of the head of the userwith the devices front facing camera and perhaps also thegyroscope feature. It does not use the acelerometers though.Check out the video and see for yourself. The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is more than just an Android tablet; it comes with a uniquely designed full- size QWERTY keyboard docking station that provides ease ofChacha launches new iPhone typing and extends the devices battery life. For those of you who are waiting for this, the wait is over. Today, the companyapp with new UI and location- has announced the start of the preorder for their Eee Padbased features Transformer. Update: 100 sets of pre-order units for the ASUSSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/chacha-launches-new-iphone-app- Eee Pad Transformer had been sold out within 3 hours.with-new-ui-and-location-based-features/11904.htmlApril 19th, 2011Real-time question and answer service provider Chacha haslaunched their new iPhone app that sports a refreshed look andoffers location-based features. Besides asking questions, usercan also see "live" questions being asked in his or her vicinity. Update: 100 sets of pre-order units for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer had been sold out within 3 hours. ASUS today officially announced the start of preorder for the Eee Pad Transformer which claims to be the perfect tablet solution for both media consumption and mobile productivity. Designed to provide the most personal and seamless cloud computing experience, the innovative Eee Pad Transformer has a uniquely designed full-size QWERTY keyboard docking station that offers two USB slots, SD card reader and extends battery life up to 16 hours. It also boasts an IPS panel made from a durable, scratch-resistant glass, dual cameras and supports Adobe Flash 10.2 video playback. ASUS has 11
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonealso developed an intuitive user interface called Waveshare Description: (Machine translation)The Xigmatek Elysium iswhich hosts a variety of unique applications including MyNet, the next PC-Case in the Technic3D Editorship. The ElysiumMyLibrary and MyCloud. Enthusiast Big-Tower supports HPTX motherboards and have very much place for Cooling-Fans and a Watercooling Kit. WeThe Eee Pad Transformer is available for pre-order in will check this and many more in the following Review.Singapore today. The Eee Pad Transformer pre-order islimited to 100 sets only. Users may visit ASUS Singapore ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional Review @ ocaholicOfficial Fan page, http://www.facebook.com/asus.sg for more Description: With the P67 Profess1onal Fatal1ty, ASRock haspre-order information. a high-end Sandy Bridge motherboard in its portfolio which especially targets the gaming market. Next to a very attractivePre-order price: S$699 (incl GST) with free Docking station design the board also features three PCI-Express x16 slots andworth S$199. Pre-order begins from 18 April to 26 April and is ten SATA-Ports. Furthermore were also very curious if thislimited to the first 100 customers only. motherboard can be overclocked well. Evercool Transformer 4+ Plus CPU Cooler Review @The Daily VR-Zone News TweaknewsSummary - 18 April 2011 Description: Evercools original Transformer 4 CPU cooler, with its dual 120mm fans, 8mm copper heatpipes and directSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--18- touch design should have been a top performer in the CPUapril-2011/11448.html cooling market. It wasnt. The newer Transformer 4 PLUS,April 19th, 2011 with its higher speed PWM fans performs much better and adds socket 1156 support into the mix. In fact, the cooling is quite good and even has the cooling muscle to support some moderate overclocking. Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Mini ITX Motherboard/ CPU Combo Review @ OCIA.netIn todays news roundup: Intel has seemingly thrown in Description: After being in development since 2006, AMD wasthe towel with its Itanium architecture and has started finally able to debut their Fusion APU at the 2011 CES. Ifmoving out its engineers from the Itanium team to its you haven’t been keeping up with processing technology as ofXeon departments; ASRocks Fatal1ty P67 Professional late, APU stands for Accelerated Processing Unit and is AMD’smotherboard gets reviewed; Kyocera’s dual-touchscreen Echo CPU + GPU combo chip. Today we are going to be taking asmartphone is now officially available through Sprint in look at a motherboard / APU combo from Gigabyte, the GA-the U.S; Samsung is reportedly planning to bridge the E350N-USB3. The E350N utilizes the Brazos platform andperformance gap between a traditional desktop PC and a more specifically, the Zacate APU which features a dual-coresmartphone by aiming to launch a new smartphone fitted with Bobcat CPU operating at 1.6 GHz and AMD Radeon HD 6310a 2GHz processor core by 2012; Ridge Racer 3D for Nintendos graphics.latest portable video game console, the Nintendo 3DS, getsreviewed, and The rumour mill is claiming that Nintendos Intel Relocates Itanium Engineers to Xeon Projectsupcoming sucessor to its Wii video game console might feature Description: Intel Corps officially claims that Xeon processors"a tablet with buttons" for its controllers may offer better level of performance and availability than the companys Itanium. According to people withHardware news alleged knowledge of the matter, Intel had been specificallyThermaltake Frio - CLP0564 @ Computing on Demand reappointing engineers from the Itanium teams intoDescription: With the loud design of many products entering development of Xeon central processing units (CPUs).the market today, it seems that there has been a lack of Intel and Micron Announce 20nm NAND Flashbalance between the design and the function, whereas the Description: Intels G3 SSDs may be the new hotness, but thefunction doesnt say as much about the performance as the company announced along with Micron that it has made aappearance does. Thermaltake thinks they can regain some new, finer 20nm process technology for manufacturing NANDof my confidence by enticing me, the enthusiast, with a CPU flash memory. The new 20nm process produces an 8 GB multi-cooler that claims it can do the job and looks like it should be level cell (MLC) NAND flash device.able to without the zany design elements some have chosen toopt for over functionality. Consumer Electronics and Software newsThermaltake Max 5G USB Drive Enclosure Review @ Kyocera Echo dual-touchscreen smartphone released onBigbruin. SprintDescription: Im finding it difficult to find anything I would Description: Kyocera’s dual-touchscreen Echo smartphone isoffer up as a suggestion for the Thermaltake Max 5G USB drive now available through Sprint in the U.S. The standout featureenclosure. It supports the latest version of USB while being of the Echo is the extra screen real estate provided by thebackwards compatible to previous generations, it provides two 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen displays connected by a pivotactive cooling with dual 80mm LED fans, it has an integrated hinge that allows the device to be used in the traditional singlesupport stand, and it has an easy way to turn off the fans LEDs. screen configuration or folded out so each display can be used independently, side-by-side or combined to form a 800 x 960Xigmatek Elysium Case Review on Technic3D (German) 12
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonepixel 4.7-inch display – albeit divided by a black bar formed Description: Prey 2 is so radically different from the firstby the frame. game in terms of look, gameplay and feel that it should really be approached with entirely different expectations.Samsung Plans to Release a 2GHz Dual-Core Smartphone by Though the universe may be the same and is set to include2012 an appearance from Preys former protagonist, Tommy, thisDescription: Two years have passed since the first 1GHz isnt the straightforward sequel you may have expected fromsmartphones hit the market, and Samsung is already looking Human Head Studios.at the next big milestone in the smartphone gigahertz race: 2GHz. Such processor speed, Samsung claims, will narrow the Ridge Racer 3D Nintendo 3DS Reviewgap between a smartphone and a full-fledged desktop PC, at Description: Ridge Racer is the true form of arcade racer thatleast when it comes to data processing power. we have all come to know and love. You take control of a car, drive it as fast as you can and race to the finish, all the timeGoPro HD HERO Camera review @ OCAU overtaking cars. The Ridge Racer formula is in full effect in thisDescription: Thats right, the GoPro HD HERO is an onboard game with powerslides being the order of the day and boostor helmet camera for use in sports, wet or dry. Its the real also helping you overtake the other AI cars. If you have playeddeal too - once you are aware of these tiny cameras, you start a Ridge Racer game before, you know what this game is allseeing them everywhere, in top-level motorsports and extreme about.sports, right through to shows like Mythbusters and Top Gear.Even footage of the Chilean Mine Rescue was shot with one, Wii 2, code-named Project Cafe, will have tablet controller?and at 0:39 in this video you can see one mounted in Googles Description: Rumors peg Nintendos next console as havingself-driving car. "iPad with buttons" for a controller; Wii backwards compatibility reportedly confirmed.Tt eSPORTS Azurues Gaming Mouse Review @ VortezDescription: Tt eSports current portfolio of gaming miceincludes the Black, the Azurues and the recently announcedBlack Element. Today, Vortez will be reviewing an Samsung said to be selling itsinexpensive, no-frills ambidextrous mouse: the Azurues, hard drive businesswhich is not to be confused with Azureus, a BitTorrent client Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-said-to-be-selling-its-hard-now known as Vuze drive-business/11903.html April 19th, 2011GIGABYTE T1125N-CF1 11.6-inch Tablet ConvertibleNotebook ReviewDescription: What we have here is an 11.6" notebook thatmeasures in at 11.4" x 8.7" x 1.1" and weighs 3.8 pounds. Itsa little heftier than youd expect in an 11.6" device, but thats It wasnt long ago that Western Digital snapped updue in part to the fact that this is no ordinary notebook; its a Hitachis hard drive business to become the largest hard driveconvertible. The hinge and touch screen adds a bit of beef to manufacturer in the world, but it seems like Seagate mightthis notebook turned tablet; it would have been nice if they had have an opportunity to retake some of its lost market share,made it a little thinner to compensate. as Samsung is looking to sell its hard drive business. So far it appears to only be rumours, but if true, wed be left with onlyASUS RT-N56U Wireless-N Gigabit Router @ Benchmark two manufacturers of desktop hard drives which simply cantReviews be a good thing.Description: Stylish and router are two words that would notnormally be put together in a sentence without a negative termpreceding them somehow, but the tables are turning now as It wasnt long ago that Western Digital snapped up Hitachiswe look at the latest offering from ASUS. Today, Benchmark hard drive business to become the largest hard driveReviews brings you the ASUS RT-N56U Dual Band Wireless- manufacturer in the world, but it seems like Seagate mightN Gigabit Router. As you will see in the images that follow, have an opportunity to retake some of its lost market share,the ASUS RT-N56U certainly has an air of class about it and is as Samsung is looking to sell its hard drive business. So far itdifferent in that way from 99% of routers on offer today. appears to only be rumours, but if true, wed be left with onlyCorsair HS1 Gaming-Headset Review on Technic3D (German) two manufacturers of desktop hard drives which simply cantDescription: (Machine translation) The Corsair HS1 Gaming- be a good thing.Headset arrived Technic3D. -The circumaural, closed-back Samsungs hard drive business isnt profitable and as suchdesign offers the long-term playing comfort and immersive the company is considering its options. That said the officialmulti-channel audio that you demand as a gamer, with a word from Samsung is that its only reviewing its businessunidirectional noise-cancelling microphone that lets you be opportunities and wouldnt comment further on the matter.heard loud and clear, and audio controls that are easy to use Samsung hold about 10.7 percent of the global hard drivewithout taking your head out of the game.- We will check this market and this would allow Seagate to catch up, but notand many more in the following Review. overtake Western Digital. That is if Seagate is seriouslyGaming news considering buying Samsungs hard drive business would the opportunity arise.Prey 2 preview: Alien sequel 13
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAccording to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is looking for And as luck would have it, it seems that EVGA has heardabout US$1.5 billion which is no small sum of cash to come up the communitys concerns and has since moved to work onwith, but apparently the company might be happy with less. a B3 version of the EVGA P67 SLI. Apparently, this updated,This is still a lot less than what Western Digital agreed to pay B3 version of the EVGA P67 SLI is known internally as theHitachi, which was a sum of US$4.3 billion, although some of P67 FTW. Clearly, EVGA must think that this board, whenthat was in shares. That said, Hitachi had a market share of released, would be so full of win that it could not resist the18.1 percent at the end of last year, but that still doesnt seem to temptation of naming it as such.be worth nearly three times as much as Samsungs hard drivebusiness.If this all comes true, then it seems like well have WesternDigital, Seagate and Toshiba left which isnt good news forconsumers, as less competition tends to mean higher prices.In as much as SSDs are gaining a lot of popularity the good oldmagnetic disk drives arent going anywhere any time soon asSSDs are simply not a viable alternative when it comes to costper GB. In fact, consumers and businesses alike are storingmore and more data and unless theres a miraculous newproduct coming out in the next year or two that will combinethe performance of an SSD and the cost per GB of a hard drive,we cant see things changing any time soon. Of course, for a board to be recognized as full of win evenImage of mystery P67-based before users unbox the product and get down to fiddling around with the BIOS, it has to come with some impressiveEVGA motherboard shows up hardware specifications. And the good news is that theonline EVGA P67 FTW does have some neat features: while detailed specifications are still scarce, word has it that the P67 FTW willSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/image-of-mystery-p67-based-evga- sport a 12-phase power design, six PCIe x16 slots and of course,motherboard-shows-up-online/11899.html support for both SLI and CrossFireX.April 19th, 2011 In addition, the P67 FTW will also feature dedicated power, reset and CMOS reset buttons, along with four SATA2 ports and two SATA3 ports. Last but definitely not least, the board will come reportedly come bundled with a set of pins for the purpose of disabling the PCIe ports should the need arise. Now you know why it is called the FTW.EVGA has had a P67-based motherboard sitting around itssite for quite some time already, but it appears that hardwareenthusiasts may soon get to play with yet another P67-basedmotherboard from the likes of the aforementioned company.Apparently, an image of a new EVGA motherboard sporting Alpenfohn Readies K2 CPUa red and black colour scheme has been making its way Cooleraround the Internet recently and based on the looks of it, this Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/alpenfohn-readies-k2-cpu-particular board is designed for the overclocking-hungry DIY- cooler/11902.htmler. April 19th, 2011Most PC enthusiasts will be fully aware that EVGA alreadyhas a P67-based offering for the market for quite some timealready, and it comes in the form of the EVGA P67 SLImotherboard that was launched way back in January this year.However, like most first-generation 6-series chipsets launchedearly this year, many users were understandably concernedthat their P67 SLI may be affected with the hardware bug thatwould result in hardware degredation of the SATA2 controllerused in all Intel 6-series chipsets. German based EKL is preparing to introduce its K2 CPU Cooler, expanding its portfolio of performance CPU coolers. 14
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone SILVERSTONE PRESS RELEASE The RAVEN teams continued push to redefine and perfect the enthusiast tower chassis has resulted in yet another benchmark in the RAVEN RV03. With world-class cooling performance from the previous RAVEN chassis models retained by the included 180mm Air Penetrator fans, a rethinking of the interior layout enabled dramatic reduction in overall depth of the chassis compared to RAVEN RV02 while still matching RAVEN RV01s ability to accommodate Extended ATX motherboard and graphics cards longer than 13 inches. Cable management was also improved with a new 5cm thick hard drive compartment to allow nearly all cables to be connected behind the motherboard tray with ease. An unconventional power supply compartment located in the lower front part of the chassis further add to facilitate cable routing so anyone can assemble a pristine looking system with maximum airflow efficiency.The nickel plated cooler features two towers of uniquelyshaped aluminum fins, eight 6mm copper heat-pipes, and isequipped with two Wing Boost fans. The K2 supports up tothree fans and is expected to cost about €75.News via [Techconnect]Silverstone Announces RavenRV03B-W ChassisSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/silverstone-announces-raven-rv03b-w-chassis/11901.htmlApril 19th, 2011 Complementing the finely tuned and engineered interior, the RV03 has Champaign colored trimmings adorning an exterior with aggressive lines yet reserved profile. The stand out stylingSilverStone Technology, manufacturer of high-end computer also fully utilizes the chassiss powerful cooling ability tocases, power supplies, and other peripherals for PCs, has full effect by a set of smartly designed, dual-purpose frontupdated its line-up of Raven chassis with the release of the bezels that helps to keep the RV03 looking sharp and uniformRV03B-W. Measuring 235 x 522 x 570mm and weighing whether the user is setting up for maximum air cooling or for11.4kg, the tower case has room for up to seven 5.25" optical a silencing build.devices, ten 3.5" HDDs, two 2.5" HDDs/ SSDs, and eightexpansion cards. It also supports all motherboards (up toextended ATX), graphic accelerators longer than 13", andboasts a smart cable management system. The RV03B-W, pre-installed with two bottom-placed 180mm Air Penetrator fans(1,200RPM), accomodates up to seven 120mm fans and isavailable through authorized resellers and e-tailers at a MSRPof 117.20 Euro come 25 April 2011. 15
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • Supports Extended ATX motherboard • Supports eight expansion slots and graphics cards of any length • Mandatory cable management design for clean looking system on every build • Hard drive compartment with independent cooling zone • Upscale and aggressive styling with dual-purpose front panel bezels You can find further information about Raven RV03B-W: http://www.silverstonetek.com/raven/products/r-spec.php? model=RV03&area=usa Raven RV03B-W is available on 25.04.2011. The recommended End User price (excl. VAT): 117.20 EuroAs a trend-setter and a computer chassis engineeringshowcase, the RAVEN RV03 has few equals. However, itsadvanced features are equally accessible that anyone from EVERCOOL Unveils Worldsexperienced enthusiasts to novice users will find easy toappreciate and utilize, making RV03 the most appealing First Router Cooler Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/evercool-unveils-world-s-first-router-RAVEN chassis yet! cooler/11900.html April 19th, 2011 Taipei based Evercool has announced Dr. Cool, the worlds first cooler for routers and various IP sharing devices. Measuring 151 x 145 x 80mm and weighing 263g , the crab- like device is powered by USB/ a DC power transformer and features a 80mm fan that operates at speeds up to 2,500 RPM at 21 dBA. Prices and availability has not been announced yetSpecial Feature so stay tuned for more updates. EVERCOOL PRESS RELEASE• Revolutionary 90 degree motherboard mounting fromRAVEN RV01• Includes two Air Penetrator 180mm fans for superbperformance and quietness• Support up to seven 120mm fans for exceptional coolingflexibility• Motherboard back plate opening behind CPU area for quickcooler assembly 16
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The retractable clip design makes Dr. Cool compatible with different sizes of routers (IP sharing devices), additionally it can be used for 2.5 portable hard disks, tablet PCs, Netbooks or other accessories. The multi-clip design makes it very easy for users to install it, just place and clip. Soft pads inside the clips further secure the router or devices as well as preventing it from sliding. Dr. Cool can powered by either USB or a DC power transformer, which makes very convenient for users.Guess what is itA crab The tool for clip game Or a small UFONo, all the above answers are wrong. As its name suggests, Dr. Cool has multiple functions and just likes a Doctor has extensive knowledge in the cooling field. The reasonable price gives it a very good costperformance value.It is the new cooler launched by EVERCOOL, who is always Cooling solutions are not only limited to PC, Dr. Cool is adriven by the coexistence of both cooling and aesthetics, but suitable cooling alternative for routers and IP sharing devices.also emphasizing the usability. For video of Dr. Cool httpwww.youtube.comwatchv=Yx9bIPlr610What are the purposes of Dr. Cool?Dr. Cool is the Worlds first specialized cooler for Routersand IP sharing devices with a unique design. It was conceived Funny video of Dr. Coolwith three features in mind branding, creative aesthetics and httpwww.youtube.comwatchv=DlR8tQJsbqYeffective cooling. This last being where EVERCOOL paysspecial attention to, as well as taking into consideration usersfeedback. It has a white, delicate and compact appearance that For more details about EVERCOOL and products, pleasemakes it attractive to peoples eyes. always welcome to visit httpwww.evercool.com.twDr. Cool provides a cooling solution to address overheatingproblems. Using one 8cm long-life fan it provides sufficient Performance Graphicairflow to achieve silent cooling, effectively dissipating theheat. It also helps prevent damage caused by heat by longperiods of operation and extend the routers or IP sharingdevices life expectancy. 17
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Measuring 144 x 133 x 62mm and weighing 456g, the nickelAlpenfohn Releases Heidi 2 plated cooler boasts a copper base, four 6mm copper heat-VGA cooler pipes, aluminum fins, and is equipped with a 120mm Wing Boost spinner. The Heidi 2 is compatible* with most graphicSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/alpenfohn-releases-heidi-2-vga- accelerators in the market and is expected to ship soon.cooler/11898.htmlApril 19th, 2011 *Compatibility List AMD: Radeon HD 6850, HD 6870, HD 5870, HD 5850, HD 5770, HD 5750, HD 5670, HD 4870, HD 4860, HD 4850, HD 4830, HD 4750, HD 4670, HD 4650, HD 3870, HD 3850, HD 3690, HD 3650, HD 3450, HD 2600, X1900 and X1600 nVidia: GeForce GTX 460, GTX 200 series, GTX 250, GT 240, GT 220, GT 210, 9800 GTX+GTXGT, 9600 GT, 8800 GT GTS(G92), 8600, 8500, 8400, 7900 GTXGTGS, 7800 GTXGT, 7600,EKL is preparing to launch the Heidi 2 VGA cooler, targeting 7400, 7300, 6600overclocking enthusiasts. Turn your iPhone into a remote control, courtesy of Panasonic Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/turn-your-iphone-into-a-remote- control-courtesy-of-panasonic/11897.html April 19th, 2011 Do you happen to own an iPhone, along with any Panasonic- branded home-theatre entertainment devices in your home? If you do, Panasonics latest announcement will probably be just the thing you need to chuck out those clunky remote controls for good; this is because the Japanese electronics company has just announced the launch of three apps for the iPhone that allows users to take control of their Panasonic-branded home entertainment devices from the comfort of their smartphone. 18
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone with the DIGA Remote app: the BZT900/800/700/600, BWT500, BRT300, BWT3100/2100/1100, BW890/690, BF200, BWT3000/2000/1000, BW880/780/680, and the BW970/870/770. The third and final app that has been made available for iOS is the Panasonic Blu-ray Remote app which is only compatibleIt is always said that the fiercest domestic quarrels usually with the BDT110 Blu-ray player.has something do with ones possession of the humble homeentertainment tool known as the remote control, and it is easyto see why. With each individual having unique tastes in theircontent of choice and the remote control being the only toolthat is capable of helping viewers gain easy access to suchcontent, it should be of little surprise that the battle for the Interestingly, Panasonic made no mention about the appsremote control is often the best way to showcase ones alleged compatibility (or incomatibility) with any specific versions ofseniority (or immaturity) in the household. iOS, although it can be logically understood that users who are currently on the latest version of iOS that is supportedAnd because having a family of three or more members by their device are not likely to experience any compatibilityfighting for possession of one remote control does not sound issues with the aforementioned apps.like the best way to make use of ones time at home, Panasonichas apparently come up with a clever way to keep such More importantly, the press release also makes no referencesdomestic quarrels to a minimum; by giving every single family nor drops any hints about a future Android version of themember remote access to its home entertainment devices. But aforementioned apps, so Android users will probably have tohere lies the twist; as much as most people would have wanted sit this one out for the forseeable future.it, the Japanese electronics giant is not about to increase itsproduction costs by bundling four remote controls for eachproduct. Rather, Panasonic is taking advantage of the fact Symantec releases publicthat most people will have at least one iPhone by releasing betas for 2012 versions ofthree remote control apps for the Apple-branded smartphone,with each app aimed at enabling remote access to a specific Norton security softwarePanasonic-branded home entertainment device. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/symantec-releases-public-betas- for-2012-versions-of-norton-security-software/11896.htmlThe first app is known as the VIERA Remote, and as its name April 19th, 2011suggests, is centered around providing an iPhone with remotecontrol capabilities for Panasonics VIERA line of televisions.Of course, not every single VIERA-branded television iscompatible with the app: Panasonics press release claims thatonly the VIERA VT3, GT3, ST3 and DT3 series of televisionsets support remote control via a compatible iOS device. Norton by Symantec has released the 2012 beta versions of the award-winning Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security, which are now available for free download from the Norton beta website. The Norton 2012 betas improve on performance and protection in what are already the industry’s fastest and lightest security products. They include key security enhancements, including the ability to assess the safety and stability of an application before installation.The second app released by Panasonic is known asthe Digarimoto or DIGA Remote, and is targeted atPanasonics line of DIGA-branded DVD recorders andplayers. Much like the VIERA remote mentioned previously,the DIGA Remote app allows a compatible iOS device When it comes to purchasing a paid security software licenceto gain full remote access to a DIGA-branded DVD for a home PC, it always pays to go for established brands thatrecorders functions, such as its recording schedules have been in the market for a long time, and for good reason.and standard video playback features. According to After all, the fact that a security software vendor can maintainPanasonic, the following DVD recorders are compatible its presence in the market for such a long period of time almost 19
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonealways means that it has to be doing something right in order later time, particularly useful for consumers with limited datato stay in this line of business. plans.Needless to say, security software vendors are also required Last but definitely not least, both 2012 betas include anto keep their programs and security protocols up to date in updated user interface, which offers quick access to the Nortonorder to best protect users from the constantly evolving nature Cybercrime Index, alerting consumers to online trouble-spotsof security threats that lurk in cyberspace. And this is what and potential hazards, including the day’s most dangerousNorton by Symantec has done today with the release of the websites, the most hijacked search terms by cybercriminals,public beta for the 2012 version of two of its security softwares: as well as top scams, identity theft and spam. The free toolNorton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security. includes expert news about the most dangerous threat of the day and advice on how to stay safe online. The minium system requirements to be met should one be interested in giving the public betas of Norton AntiVirus 2012 and Norton Internet Security 2012 are as follow: Norton Antivirus 2012 Norton Internet Security 2012In a press release issued by the company, Symantec claimsthat the 2012 betas boasts improvements in performance andprotection levels "in what are already the industry’s fastestand lightest security products". In addition, the companyhas revealed that various features and tools previouslyavailable in the 2011 versions of the companys securitysoftware products have been updated to to further enhancethe user experience of the 2012 versions of its securitysoftware. Examples of such features include the reputation-based security technology Insight 3.0, while the new version Gigabyte first with Z68 boardof Download Insight is now capable of providing users in retail"with additional data they can rely on before installing an Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-first-with-z68-board-in-application". The SONAR behavioral protection system has retail/11895.htmlalso been updated to version 4; this version allows for the April 19th, 2011monitoring of "running applications for suspicious behavior toquickly detect and disable previously unknown threats".In addition, the public beta of Norton Internet Security2012 reportedly features a revamped Norton Identity Safethat boasts a streamlined interface, along with improvedlogin and form detection technology, and the capability tostore passwords in the cloud so they are accessible from Although the actual launch date is said to be the 8th of May, itany computer with Norton 360 or Norton Internet Security seems like the first Z68 board has already hit retail, at least ininstalled. Both 2012 betas enable consumers to conserve Taiwan. The board in question is the Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3bandwidth by postponing non-critical Norton activity to a which at least for the time being will be Gigabytes flagship Z68 20
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneboard. However, for those of you wanting a Z68 board with April 19th, 2011display connectivity, this is not the board youve been waitingfor.Although the actual launch date is said to be the 8th of May, itseems like the first Z68 board has already hit retail, at least in Most people may not know it, but Oracle actually sells aTaiwan. The board in question is the Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 commercial version of the OpenOffice office productivity suitewhich at least for the time being will be Gigabytes flagship Z68 that featured several proprietary components layered over theboard. However, for those of you wanting a Z68 board with free software suite in order to deliver a more complete out-display connectivity, this is not the board youve been waiting of-the-box computing experience for various users such asfor. businesses and enterprises. However, that commercial version of OpenOffice is set to be given the whole heave-ho from theThe Z68X-UD7 appears to be more or less identical to likes of Oracle themselves, for the company has announced in aGigabytes P67A-UD7, with some minor modifications. The blog post that it intends to relinquish control over OpenOfficepictures that have turned up online is of the motherboard box - by turning it into a "purely community-based project".and doesnt actually give us a good look at the board itself, buteven so, its clear a couple of things have changed. Gigabytehas most likely changed the Marvell 88SE9128 SATA 6Gbpscontroller to the 88SE9182 which features support for two PCIExpress lanes instead of one which means more bandwidthavailable for faster SSDs. This controller is already used onsome of Gigabytes other SKUs and wed expect it to be afeature of the Z68X-UD7 as well. Speak of the name OpenOffice and most people will immediately think of the free and open-source office productivity suite of the same name, which is currently the worlds second most popular office productivity suite after that of Microsoft Office. In fact, so extensive is Oracles OpenOffice productivity suite that the software even has its own fair share of forks based off its original source code, of which the commercial (and proprietary) Oracle Open Office is a good example of. Marketed directly by Oracle, it boasted several features usually absent in the free OpenOffice suite due to copyright and legal issues, such as support for various Microsoft Office-centric features and proprietary fonts. However, it seems that Oracle has decided that maintaining the proprietary Oracle Open Office is a task that involves moreOf course, one of the major advantages here is support for effort and resources that it is willing to commit to, has sinceIntels Smart Response SSD caching. Its important to note taken steps to reduce its workload by giving the open-sourcethat at least from what weve heard that Intel only guarantees a community more say in the OpenOffice project. To that end,20GB cache, so getting a large SSD for this would be somewhat Oracle has announced in a blog posting that the companypointless, at least for the time being. According to the box intends to "move OpenOffice.org to a purely community-basedSmart Response is meant to deliver up to four times the drive open source project and to no longer offer a commercialperformance compared to just using a hard drive. version of Open Office".It also looks like well finally be getting UEFI support fromGigabyte, although the company is calling it Touch BIOS andis referring to it as a Hybrid EFI technology, so well just haveto wait and see what it is. Current pricing in Taiwan is aboutNT$12,000 (S$513) which is about on par with what the P67A-UD7 sold for at launch. Its not a cheap board, but consideringits Gigabytes top-of-the-range LGA-1155 model, we wouldntexpect anything less.Oracle axes all commercialofferings of OpenOffice Indeed, a quick search for Oracle Open Office and Oracle Cloud Office on the companys website have turned upSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/oracle-axes-all-commercial-offerings- nothing, which suggests that Oracle has already taken beenof-openoffice/11893.html 21
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonehard at work behind the scenes to axe every single knowncommercial offering of OpenOffice that it used to offer. Samsung NX series camera gets firmware upgrade Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-nx-series-camera-gets- firmware-upgrade/11891.html April 19th, 2011 If you are owner of a Samsung NX series compact system camera, heres a piece of good news. The Korean manufacturer has announced firmware upgrades for their NX10 and NX100 that claims to provide enhanced features for existing customers. Samsung today announced firmware upgrades for two products within the company’s NX compact system camera range – the NX100 and NX10. The upgrade will provide enhanced features for existing customers. Following the availability of the i-Function lens feature on both models, the latest upgrades are set to make the cameras even more convenient for the photographer to use, bringing added value to Samsung’s NX range customers and putting the perfect picture at their fingertips.That being said, there is a lot about the eventual fate of Users of the NX100 and NX10 cameras can now benefit fromOpenOffice which Oracle clearly left unsaid in its official the availability of the Panorama Shot in Scene Mode, usingannouncement. For one, Screven only mentioned that the the camera’s wide angle lens to capture even more within theircompany will work with community developers to ensure landscape images. In addition, when using the 50-200mm IIthat OpenOffice remains successful without providing any lens with the cameras, they will now be able to benefit fromdetails about Oracles next course of action. Needless to say, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) which can be easily selectedquestions about governance are definitely going to be raised, by using the menu system on the camera’s screen – resultingand developers who have been burnt by Oracles hostility in a in hassle-free, crisp and clear images.number of open source projects will understandably be waryof the companys move.More importantly, the issue regarding the ownership of The firmware upgrade also includes an improved Movie Auto-the OpenOffice trademark was left un-addressed in Oracles Focus, using the latest algorithms from camcorder technologyannouncement, and this issue will definitely be a bone of to improve the steadiness of video recording when movingcontention for those who feel that the company should from subject to subject.relinquish its claim over the trademark as a sign of its goodwill.After all, most people will remember how Oracle refusedto donate the trademark to the Document Foundation, anorganization which was responsible for creating a community- It also incorporates an enhanced Contrast Auto-Focus, todriven fork of the productivity suite known as LibreOffice, and deliver clearer low contrast shots, even in low light conditions.insisted that its founding developers leave OpenOffice. With The firmware upgrade also makes these functions faster andOpenOffice now a fully community-driven project, whether quieter than ever, giving photographers the ability to takethe Document Foundation will be given the rights to use the noise-free, professional-looking still images and movies withOpenOffice trademark remains to be seen. Alternatively, it is ease.also possible that the Document Foundation may merge withthe new OpenOffice board to deliver a single office productivitysuite under the OpenOffice banner. Well, we shall wait and see. In addition, through the upgraded firmware, the NX100 and NX10 now provide the i-Function setting help guide via the camera’s display, as available on the recent NX11 model. The feature helps users take impressive shots more easily by 22
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneguiding users with explanations on different functions of thei-Function lens.The upgrades will be available from April 18, 2011for all NX100 and NX10 customers to download atwww.samsung.com.SEGA "Mega Drive Portable"shows up in Brazil According to Japanese technology website ITmedia, theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sega-mega-drive-portable-shows-up- Tectoy is also sold under various different names due OEMin-brazil/11892.html branding practices, but the console is otherwise identical toApril 19th, 2011 OEM-branded variants sold in Brazil, and is available in either a three-button (Mega Drive 1-style controller) or a six-button (Mega Drive 2-style controller). Apparently, the MD Portable will not accept any genuine Mega Drive cartridges due to size constraints. instead, game ROMs are reportedly pre-loaded into the console, and that there are about 20 different titlesMost of us who grew up in the early days of console gaming that are bundled into the retail units of the MD Portable.would fondly remember the days where Nintendos NES andSNES would go head-to-head with the likes of SEGAs MasterSystem and Mega Drive video game consoles. And while thosesystems have now found a better place in the heaven forobsolete game consoles, old-timers might probably take ashine to a new iteration of SEGAs classic Mega Drive console,which comes in the form of a portable device sold by Tectoy. An OEM version of the Tectoy MD Portable marketed as the Blaze Details about the devices hardware specifications and price are scarce, but what we do know is that the device sports a 2.8-inch display, which is rather small by todays standards considering how the PSP and DS feature significantly largerGood old SEGA. While their consoles have now moved on screens.That being said, ITmedia claims that the consoleto a better place in the heaven for obsolete video gaming features built-in support for TV-out connections, which wouldsystems, it is still common to find people talking fondly about probably be a welcome addition for gamers who want tothe companys consoles, and for good reason. After all, it recreate the authentic console-gaming experience of the earlywas SEGA which brought well-known titles such as the ever- 1990s.popular Sonic The Hedgehog, Bare Knuckles (or Streets of That being said, we should point out that ITmedia made noRage) and Golden Axe series to the forefront of video games in mention about licensing in its article, which suggests that thethe early days of the console wars. Tectoy and its OEM variants are all manufactured withoutHowever, old-time gamers who have been wanting to play SEGAs approval.some of their old Mega Drive games once again usually findthemselves resorting to ROMs and emulators, simply becauseit is almost impossible to get a hold of working consoles in AMD Radeon HD 6990good physical condition due to the age of the system. However,it seems that deliverance might have come in the form of Performance Analysis Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-radeon-hd-6990-performance-a portable video game console sold in Brazil, known as the analysis/11739.htmlTectoy MD Portable. 23
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApril 19th, 2011 NVIDIA NVIDIA AMD AMD GeForce GeForce Radeon HD Radeon HD GTX 580 GTX 590 6970 6990 CUDA 512 1024(512 x 1536 1408 Cores / 2) Stream ProcessorsIn yet another battle of GPUs, the red camp has sent their Texture 64 128 (64 x 96 88formidable Radeon HD 6990 to compete against NVIDIAs Units 2)GeForce GTX 590. Focusing on the performance of HD 6990, ROPs 48 96 (48 x 2 ) 32 32VR-Zone puts the HD 6990 up against a GTX 590 and a full-fledged GTX 580 SLI setup. Your question of "which is really Core Clock 772MHz 607MHz 880MHz 830MHzthe best graphics card in the world" will be answered in this Shader 1544MHz 1215MHz 880MHz 830MHzreview. Lastly, the AMD Radeon HD 6990 card itself is not Clockspared as we bring its core and memory speeds way beyond Memory 4008MHz 3414MHz 5500MHz 5000MHzfactory defaults. Read on for more! ClockIntroduction Memory 1536MB 3072MB 2048MB 4096MB Configuration GDDR5, GDDR5, GDDR5, GDDR5, 384-bit 384-bit 256-bit 256-bit Transistor 3 billion 6 billion 2.64 billion 5.28 billion Count Manufacturing TSMC TSMC TSMC TSMC Process 40nm 40nm 40nm 40nm TDP 244W 365W 250W 375WThe Radeon HD 6990 is the best graphics card offering fromAMD at present. Being an innovator for bringing dual GPUgraphic cards into the market, AMD knows what are thedesign limitations of a dual GPU graphics card. The HD 6990brings out the best of AMD engineering by leveraging on theteams experience. Antilles is hence born. I like to call this the magic switch. By switching from factory default 1 position to 2 , the HD 6990 can instantly transform into a Radeon HD6970 X2 with this little push! Test setupUsing two Cayman XT cores - the ones used for the RadeonHD 6970, the Radeon HD 6990 however has a lower clockedcore at 830MHz, compared to 880MHz. Memory wise, 2GBof GDDR5 memory is dedicated to each core, making it atotal of 4GB memory per card. Clocked at 1250MHz, thememory frequency is actually lowered down from the HD6970s 1375MHz. 24
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone QPAD PRESS RELEASE The world-renowned premium gaming gear company QPADOur Intel Sandy Bridge platform test bed consists of the sets a new standard in keyboard performance with thefollowing parts: MK-80 Mechanical keyboard. Targeted at pro gamers and demanding enthusiasts, this full size board boasts to bring • Intel Core i7-2600K Processor, at 4.42GHz (100.5 x 44) a new dimension to the gaming experience. This keyboard • Noctua NH-D14 is packed with state of the art technology such as individual LED:s for each key and switches plated with gold/silver alloym • ASUS Sabertooth P67 (Intel P67 Express) but its the core functionality of the board that really makes it • G.Skill RipjawsX F3-12800CL7D-4GBXM unique: The QPAD MK-80 Mechanical key technology. • Cooler Master Silent Pro M1000 PSU Unlike your average keyboard, that functions through rubber • Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB SATA HDD domes, forcing you to press each key all the way down in order for the stroke register, the MK-80 sports true mechanical • Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP LCD switches with unmatched accuracy and feel. No more pressing • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit cheap plastic bits with full-force in order to activate the keys. The QPAD keyboard will respond to your every move in an instant. • ASUS EAH6990/3DI4S/4GD5 (AMD Radeon HD 6990) • AMD Catalyst 10.4 WHQL Preview • NVIDIA Release 266.58 WHQL • NVIDIA Release 267.91QPAD Debuts MK-80Mechanical Gaming KeyboardSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/qpad-debuts-mk-80-mechanical-gaming-keyboard/11889.htmlApril 19th, 2011 Other boards normally have a short life span and wear out quickly, resulting in unresponsiveness, delays and a dull, clunky feel to the keys. For most gamers, as well as professional typists, it’s all about the feel, and that is where theQPAD, manufacturer of various gaming peripherals based QPAD MK-80 truly shines!in Sweden, has announced the MK-80 Mechanical Gaming Each key is built to last 50 million strokes, and the QPADKeyboard. Aimed at professional gamers, the keyboard MK-80 mechanical key technology provides distinct feedbackfeatures Cherry MX blue mechanical switches, individual and puts you in absolute control. The travel distance of theLED back-lit keys, four levels of illumination, anti-ghosting keys is set to 4mm with an actuation point at 2mm. Typingfunction, a gold plated USB & PS/2 connector, a MTBF or gaming on the QPAD MK-80 simulates the experience of aof 50,000,000 keystrokes, media keys, a removable wrist mouse click: you press it, you hear it and you feel it.pad, audio connectors, and two USB 2.0 ports. The MK-80,bundled with four extra orange key caps and key cap puller, is QPAD strongly recommend their board to be set up via theexpected to ship come May. PS/2 connector when possible. This will enable unlimited amount of simultaneous key presses, and since USB connected 25
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonekeyboards force your CPU to take time polling the strokes, it * Media keys: Media keys for volume control, play, pausewill also allow your computer to focus on what you want it to: and skip tracksrunning your game as fast as possible. * USB Hub: Two high speed USB 2.0 ports * Audio ports: 3.5mm Headphone-out and microphone-in jacks * Cable: 1.8 meter extra thick cable * Extras: 4 extra orange key caps and key cap puller * Dimensions: - Keyboard 44.45 x 14.48 x 2.54 cm (17.5 x 5.7 x 1 inch) - Wrist pad 44.45 x 6.1 x 1.4 cm (17.5 x 2.4 x 0.55 inch)The QPAD MK-80 comes with a two-port high-speed USBhub, 3,5mm headphone & microphone jacks and a detachable * Weight: 1.27 kg (2.8LBS)wrist pad. Four different backlight levels allow you to find theright key, day or night, in any situation. Other nifty functions * Warranty: 2 yearsinclude full N-key roll over with PS/2 or 6 key roll over withUSB, gold plated connectors for extremely low latency, mediakeys for volume, control, play, pause and skip tracks. Theboard also supports full anti-ghosting with additional PS/2plug. Gelid Launches Slim Silence I-Over all, this unique high end keyboard carries the potential to Plus CPU Cooler Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gelid-launches-slim-silence-i-plus-cpu-set a new standard in computer peripherals. cooler/11888.html April 19th, 2011 GELID Solutions has announced the Slim Silence I-Plus CPU Cooler, targeting HTPC users. Measuring 95 x 93.5x 28mm, the compact cooler boasts a copper base, aluminium fins, a sintered copper heat-pipe, and is cooled by a 75mm PWM ball bearing fan that runs at speeds of up to 2,600 RPM at 27.8 dBA. The Slim Silence I-Plus CPU Cooler, compatibleQPAD will present the MK-80 to fans, gamers, the industry, with all Intel 775/ 1155/ 1156 processors, are available throughand the world, for the very first time at Norways biggest authorized retailers and e-tailers at a MSRP of US$26/ Eurogaming convention: The Gathering, held in Hamar, Norway. 20.Features: GELID PRESS RELEASE * Key switch: Cherry MX blue mechanical switch technology * N Key Rollover: Gaming cluster with anti ghostingcapability * Key strokes: 50 million * Lightning: Individual LED backlight * Lightning features: Four levels of brightness * Connectors: Gold plated connectors for extremely lowlatency 26
  • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Thanks to the small but high performance heatpipe and a pure copper plate the “Slim Silence i-Plus” ensures a fast and efficient heat transfer from core to aluminum fins. The frameless silent fan includes a ball bearing and a GELID intelligent PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) control which ensures a silent operation at low CPU temperature and accelerates the fan speed when necessary. The “Slim Silence i-Plus” is RoHS and WEEE conform and has a warranty of 5 years. Thermal Solutions specialist GELID Solutions adds a 28mmhigh 1U ultra slim CPU Cooler with high quality heatpipe andpremium copper plate to its Silent product line. The “SlimSilence i-Plus” is especially designed to fit Intel most popularsockets such as 775/1156 and 1155. This petite cooler supportsan incredibly CPU thermal design power (TDP) up to 82Wwith a good case ventilation. ”This cooler is the perfect choice for HTPC users who are looking for a 1U sized cooler capable of cooling the latest generation of Intel core i3 and i5 CPU’s”, said Gebhard Scherrer co-founder and Sales Director of GELID Solutions Ltd. The “Slim Silence i-Plus” has a MSRP of USD 26/ Euro 20 and is available now.With a compact heatsink design for Mini ITX, Micro ATX,ATX, HTPC, Panel PC, Car PC and 1U server the “SlimSilence i-Plus” is equipped with a high performance heatpipe,premium copper plate and a silent fan. 27