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  1. 1. April 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! were added, but the expansion slots offered and connector VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication placements are unchanged. covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. The Firewire and Super I/O controllers are now placed near the front of the board. The MOSFET heatsinks forFirst Looks: ASUS P8Z68-V the processors voltage regulation module (VRM) have been slightly re-designed as well.PRO (Intel Z68 Express)Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-looks-asus-p8z68-v-pro-intel-z68-express-/11972.htmlApril 26th, 2011We had a visitor to our labs yesterday evening, the ASUSP8Z68-V PRO motherboard. The P8Z68-V PRO uses Intelsupcoming Z68 Express chipset, which primarily combinesfeatures present in the current P67 Express and H67 Expresschipsets. While the media is not allowed to publish reviews (ofany Z68-based product) just yet, we can still share some details Two switches at the right corner enable ASUS Energyof this new board. Processing Unit (EPU) and TurboV Processing Unit (TPU).We had a visitor to our labs yesterday evening, the ASUS The EPU is a real-time power saving and monitoring chipP8Z68-V PRO motherboard. The P8Z68-V PRO uses Intels that can detect workloads and intelligently moderate powerupcoming Z68 Express chipset, which primarily combines consumption, while the TPU will overclock the system for youfeatures present in the current P67 Express and H67 Express by raising the BCLK and processor multiplier automatically.chipsets. In this short preview, we take a look at what this new Memory power supply is regulated via a 2-phase VRM.board has to offer. There are two pairs of DIMM slots for dual-channel memory configuration.Compared to the P8P67 PRO, some components may havemoved about printed circuit board (PCB) and a few more The four light blue and two grey SATA ports are linked to the Intel Z68 Express chipset. The light blue ones support SATA 1
  2. 2. April 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone3Gbps and the grey ones SATA 6Gbps. The two dark blue SATAports are also SATA 6Gbps-capable, but they are connected toa third-party Marvell controller.A USB 3.0 front panel header, linked to an ASMedia ASM1042 ASRocks Z68 Extreme4SuperSpeed USB Host Controller, can be found to the right of motherboard smiles for thethe eight SATA ports. As ASMedia is a subsidary of ASUS, itcomes as no surprise that there are quite a number of ASMedia camera Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asrock-s-z68-extreme4-motherboard-components on the P8Z68-V PRO. smiles-for-the-camera/11976.html April 26th, 2011 Were getting very close to the launch of Z68 chipset based motherboards now and details of the first boards are already starting to arrive en masse. A picture of ASRocks Z68 Extreme4 motherboard has turned up over at TechPowerUp and were looking at a pretty feature packed board that has a couple of interesting things of note.Apart from the USB 3.0 front panel header, there are another Were getting very close to the launch of Z68 chipset basedthree sets of (blue) headers for six USB 2.0 ports and two motherboards now and details of the first boards are already(black) ones for two Firewire ports. starting to arrive en masse. A picture of ASRocks Z68Just right behind the row of headers, there are three chips. Extreme4 motherboard has turned up over at TechPowerUpThe ASMedia ASM1083 (partially hidden) is a PCI Express x1 and were looking at a pretty feature packed board that has ato 32-bit PCI bridge, Firewire is provided by VIAs VT6308P couple of interesting things of note.2-port IEEE 1394 host controller and the last one is a Nuvoton The base configuration is actually quite similar to that of AsusNCT6776F LPC Super I/O IC. P8Z68-V Pro as both boards have three x16 PCI Express slots in a dual x8 and one x4 configuration, as well as two x1 PCI Express slots and two PCI slots. Both boards also feature a pair of additional SATA 6Gbps ports as well as on-board power and reset buttons. However, things start to look up for ASRock once we take a look at the rear I/O as the Z68 Extreme4 is loaded to the brim with features here. For starters and maybe most importantly to a Z68 board is the fact that we have a DisplayPort, an HDMI port, a DVI port and a D-sub connector here, although only two of them can be used simultaneously. Then we have a PS/2 port, four USB 2.0 ports, and eSATA port, a FireWire port, two USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out and even a clear CMOS button. The only thing potentially missing here would be a Bluetooth dongle, but we can manage without it.A total of seven expansion slots here: three PCI Express x16slots, two PCI Express x1 slots and two PCI slots.Only the first PCI Express x16 slot in dark blue is capable ofthe full x16 link.; the grey colored one can provide only an x8link while the black one a maximum of x4.However, as PCI Express bandwidth from the Z68 Expresschipset is limited, the default setting in the BIOS is an x1configuration for the black slot. (First two PCI Express x16slots are connected directly to the processor.) Alternatively,the user can force x4 mode on the black slot but that willresult in the USB 3.0 front header, eSATA ports and both PCIExpress x1 slots to be disabled. 2
  3. 3. April 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneASRock has also added support for a pair of front USB 3.0 Seedonks website and after that you can access it easily via theports, just like Asus, but ASRock has gone for host controllers simple app without any need of entering IP addresses or anyfrom Etron rather than ASMedia if it makes any difference. other kind of hassle.The rest of the front connectors include three headers for sixUSB 2.0 ports (one designed to work with ASRocks SmartRemote), a FireWire header and for some reason a parallel andserial port header which we dont really think is of much useon a board like this. Were also curios about the inclusion of aPLX bridge chip as ASRock is using an ASMedia PCI Expressto PCI bridge, so the PLX bridge is intended for something todo with the PCI Express peripherals.Overall so far this looks like one of the better Z68 boards foranyone thats looking at taking advantage of the video outoptions on offer as ASRock hasnt cut any corners here. Its nothard to see why ASRock has gained the number three spot inthe motherboard market space, as the company is starting tomake some really appealing motherboards with overall good You have full camera control via the Seedonk app and it worksfeatures. with Compros PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) cameras as well. On top of that you can share your video feeds with anyone that usesCompro shows off new, easy the Seedonk app so you could actually use your IP camera as a high-end webcam as well, as the Seedonk Windows appto use home security IP also doubles as an IM client. There are of course also mobilecameras apps available for both iOS and Android based devices which mean that you can easily access your IP camera on devices thatSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/compro-shows-off-new-easy-to-use- generally dont work with well with most IP cameras. Seedonkhome-security-ip-cameras/11975.html also offers a cloud based DVR service where you can have yourApril 26th, 2011 surveillance videos stored for you. If youre concerned about your home security, or just want tobe able to check in at home from time to time over the web,an IP camera is a good way of doing this. However, most ofthem arent that easy to use unless youre tech savvy, or at leastthat used to be the case. Compro was showing off its new rangeof IP cameras for home use at Secutech and it has partneredup with a new service that makes it as easy to access your IPcameras as it is to use an online messaging service. Compro was also showing off a new model called the IP55GIf youre concerned about your home security, or just want to which supports 3G dongles for places where a wired or wirelessbe able to check in at home from time to time over the web, internet connections isnt available. The 3G connection isntan IP camera is a good way of doing this. However, most of intended to be used in lieu of an always on broadbandthem arent that easy to use unless youre tech savvy, or at least connection, but rather as a means of accessing the camerathat used to be the case. Compro was showing off its new range feed remotely when needed. As such the IP55G doesnt streamof IP cameras for home use at Secutech and it has partnered video constantly over the 3G connection as youd normally doup with a new service that makes it as easy to access your IP with an IP camera; instead it keeps the 3G connection live andcameras as it is to use an online messaging service. only streams video when accessed. The trick here is that the IP55G has a built in micro SD card slot like many of ComprosNormally using an IP camera involves accessing it remotely other cameras and you can use this as the recording media ifvia an IP address to watch the video stream, but Compro theres a need to constantly record video on an offsite locationhas teamed up with Seedonk to use its very simple utility to that lacks a broadband connection.access its cameras. The Seedonk software looks by an onlinemessaging app by all intents and purposes, although its tiedin with Seedonks online service which is also required for itall to work. The idea here is that you sign up to Seedonksonline service which offers a free basic service and a paidfor premium service. You then set up your camera once via 3
  4. 4. April 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Description: The factory-overclocked 6870 IceQ X Turbo X and HIS Radeon HD 6850 IceQ X Turbo have upgraded coolers and are meant to be the fastest 6850 and 6870 graphics cards available out of the box -- albeit at a premium price. The 6870 IceQ X Turbo X is currently retailing for $250, while the 6850 IceQ X Turbo costs $190. Being the inquisitive type, were determined to see if the extra fee is worthwhile. Sentey Arvina GS-6400B Full Tower Case Review @Hi Tech Legion Description: The Sentey Arvina is a feature packed full-tower gaming case. The Arvina full-tower case is part of Sentey’s Extreme Division line and comes in red, blue or black. The Sentey Arvina supports the latest dual-GPU video cards andCompro offers a wide range of rather compelling consumer the largest aftermarket heatsinks. To keep system componentsoriented IP cameras, of which most have features such as two- in optimal thermal condition, the Sentey Arvina comes out ofway audio (for building access usage), motion detection, micro the box with six fans pre-installed, which can be turned offSD card video recording and simple Wi-Fi upgradability via a through a fan controller at the top. Users can also connectUSB dongle. Some of the higher-end models also support IR an eSATA enclosure or a SATA HDD through an externalLEDs for night usage, power over Ethernet, H.264 video and extension on the top I/O module of the Sentey Arvina.of course PTZ, although only its top of the range model has Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 1GB DDR5 DX 11 Video Cardoptical zoom. Now if we could just think of a reason why wed Review @Hi Tech Legionneed one of these… Description: The Radeon HD 6670 looks to take over its predecessors, the 5670, position in the market. With theThe Daily VR-Zone News 6670, we get an increase in architecture that boosts computing performance. The core clock is set to 800 MHz and theSummary - 26 April 2011 memory 1GHz, 4GHz effective. Onboard memory for the HDSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--26- 6670 equals 1GB of 128-bit GDDR5. There is an increasedapril-2011/11971.html SIMD core, giving a total of 480 stream processors and 24April 26th, 2011 texture units. Similar to the previous generation, there are 32 Z/Stencil ROP units and 8 color ROP units. The 6670 has support for DX11, Eyefinity, and AMD App Acceleration. Kingston sees stable DRAM prices, slight NAND supply constraintsIn todays news roundup: ARM is reportedly next in line to Description: Contract prices for DRAM chips are set to besupport OpenCL, which means that the standard is now being flat in the current second quarter of 2011, and will likelyofficially backed by all major CPU and GPU manufacturers; trend upward in the third and fourth quarters, according toAMD hints at what might eventually be a partnership with Kingston Technology. Kingston said it has so far seen littlethe likes of ARM in its upcoming software developers impact on the worldwide DRAM industry supply chain fromconference; Sony has announced two "Sony Tablet that will the recent disasters in Japan. There are rumors of shortagesreportedly be optimized for multimedia and productivity and of manufacturing-use raw materials, such as silicon wafers,will run off Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system; The circulating in the market.Samsung Galaxy S II tablet gets reviewed; Nintendo has finally ARM jumps in to OpenCL with both CPU and GPUsannounced its Wii successor that will be unveiled in 2012, and Description: It looks like ARM is jumping aboard the OpenCLA new demo of Star Ocean showing off the games "out of this train, meaning all the major players are now behind theworld" graphics engine has been released. standard. It may not sound like all that big a deal, but it is,Hardware news OpenCL is now officially supported top to bottom.ASUS E35M1-I Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Vortez AMD Hints at Possible ARM PartnershipDescription: That drive to produce excellence no matter what Description: AMD will be holding its first software developersthe product has helped them to secure an enviable reputation conference, the AMD Fusion Developer Summit, from June 13as one of the PC worlds top manufacturers. Even the HTPC to 16. The purpose of the event is, we were told, to educatemarket is in their sights with ASUS aiming squarely at the developers how to take advantage of AMDs hardware, whichcompact home cinema market with their brand new E35M1- would be primarily its APUs. However, AMD also said thatI Deluxe. Using the ultra compact ITX form factor the board it would be releasing some information about its next-genpacks a truck load of current features like USB 3.0, SATA GPUs and how they can interact with software. The really6.0Gbps (courtesy of AMDs Hudson M1 chipset) and AMDs interesting part of this conference is the fact that AMD sendslow power Zacate E350 dual core processor. out announcements highlight one of the big keynote speakers,HIS Radeon HD 6850 & 6870 IceQ X Turbo Crossfire Review ARMs Jem Davies. Corsair Obsidian 650D review 4
  5. 5. April 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDescription: We review the Corsair Obsidian 650D. And yeah, forking the OpenOffice code base. Conflicts in the versionthey stripped away the removable front drive bays, made the numbering is causing confusion.chassis smaller and boom, the Obsidian 650D was born. A Dells New Mobile Workstations: These Are The Laptopschassis that is just as impressive as its bigger brother the 800D Youre Looking Forreally. Description: Having had the chance to check out Toshibas andConsumer Electronics and Software news HPs impending enterprise-class notebooks, more and more Im convinced spending up is the way to go when it comes toCreative Labs Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma Headset ReviewDescription: Today we are looking at the Sound Blaster Tactic buying a notebook that both looks and feels like quality. While Dells Precision notebooks are still a little boxy and arent3D Sigma, which most notably uses the companys famous quite the ladykillers the new HP EliteBooks are, theres stillSound Blaster name in order to swing attention away from something very austere and functional about them that putscompetition and towards this product. Nothing really exiting consumer-grade laptops from any manufacturer to shame. Ifwith regards to the specifications list except that Creative youre one of the people that didnt much care for Dells newhas chosen to use a large 50mm driver like much of the XPS line, these may be for you.competition. This large driver allows for greater mid rangeextension and clarity while providing an overall bigger sound Android 2.3.4 rumored adding GTalk video chat supportfrom the headset. Description: The next update for Google’s Android 2.3.4 for smartphones is rumored to be adding Google Talk with videoGoogle Gmail Speeds Up with Background Sending chat support. An alleged Samsung employee with the TwitterDescription: The concept is fairly straightforward: rather than profile @MAFiA303 has tweeted that they have used theclicking send and waiting for a message to shoot off to the feature on the Nexus S, equipped with the yet to be releasedintended recipient, you can click send and move on right away Gingerbread 2.3.4. The features is expected to be officiallywhile Google worries about getting your message through unveiled at Google’s I/O developer conference scheduled inthe wires. If any issues arise with sending the message, a the next two weeks.notification will appear at the top of the screen, prompting theGmail user to pop back and resolve the problem (e.g., wrong Gaming newsemail address, internet connection timed out, etc.). Otherwise, Nintendo Sees Profit Falling 66%, Announces Wii Successorthe user will get a notification once the message has officially For 2012been sent. Description: Nintendo posted a new financial report today,Sony Announces Optimally Designed “Sony Tablet” with and in a nutshell, things aren’t looking too good. TheAndroid 3.0 that Complements Network Services for an company’s net profit dropped a whopping 66% to $944 millionImmersive Entertainment Experience in the fiscal year that ended March 31, compared with $2.78Description: Sony Corporation (“Sony”), announces “Sony billion in the same period a year earlier. Revenue in the sameTablet” that delivers the perfect combination of hardware, time frame fell 29.3% to $12.2 billion.content and network with seamless usability for a high- Five Things That Will Surprise You About Prey 2quality, engaging entertainment experience. Based on decades Description: Bethesda Softworks recently invited membersof engineering heritage, Sony is developing two tablets with of the gaming press to Park City, Utah, where the publisherunprecedented design, including S1 (codename) which is revealed some of the games it plans to release in the comingoptimized for rich media entertainment and S2 (codename) year. Among those games was Prey 2 -- a follow-up to the long-which is ideal for mobile communication and entertainment. delayed 2006 shooter Prey, from developer Human Head. But“Sony Tablet” will become available in the global market Prey 2 isnt quite the game any of us expected. Here are the fivestarting in fall 2011. biggest surprises that Prey 2 has in store for fans.Samsung Galaxy S II - Thin @ Computing on Demand Star Ocean developers real-time graphics demo is out of thisDescription: Samsung is doing a good job at hyping us up for worldtheir Galaxy S II Android powered smart phone. The Galaxy S Description: This video shows off the new graphics engineII is impossibly thin at just 8.49 mm and still manages to pack created by Star Ocean dev tri-Ace to great effect. While nota 4.3" Super AMOLED screen. Meanwhile, the thin design based on any existing game (or future title), it does featuredoesnt look like it will inhibit processing power as the phone clever cameos by a couple recognizable characters -- and lookscomes with a Dual Core processor accompanied by 16/32GB absolutely stunning...of memory. With all the excitement surrounding the seconditeration of the Galaxy phone, I can only hope that the cellphone carriers will not cripple this as they did with the first Targus new 360-degreeseries...Open Office and Libre Office duel over versioning rotating case/stand for theDescription: During all of the fuss over Oracle’s (NASDAQ: Apple iPad 2ORCL) announcement that it intends to move OpenOffice to a Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/targus-new-360-degree-rotating-community based project, the release of OpenOffice 3.4 Beta casestand-for-the-apple-ipad-2/11973.html1 flew under most people’s radar. This is the first beta releasesince The Document Foundation split from the OpenOfficeproject, and released the competing Libre Office suite by 5
  6. 6. April 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApril 26th, 2011 6.Inforcom Technologies - Funan Ctr #04-20 7.istudio - Change Alley, Changi T3, Novena, Orchard Central, Paragon, Plaza Singapura 8.Multimedia Integrated – Funan Ctr #05-06/08 9.PK Computer - Funan Ctr #04-07Targus has launched their complete and unique range of Apple 10.South Asia Computer - Funan Ctr #03-01iPad 2 accessories including the first-of-its-kind 360-degree 11.Sprint-Cass - Changi T1 to T3rotating case/stand (THZ045AP) . The THZ045AP is a uniquestand that can be used in portrait and landscape orientations. HTC Flyer coming to Singapore in May Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-flyer-coming-to-singapore-in- may/11968.html April 26th, 2011 HTC held a media event today to unveil their highly anticipated Android tablet, the HTC Flyer. The HTC Flyer isTargus has launched their extensive and innovative range of scheduled to be available in May. Read on for the coverage.iPad2 products. The company claims to offer an enhanced andadvanced range of products for the Apple iPad 2 that comes ina gamut of silhouettes, colors, materials, functionalities.Part of the range includes the 360-degree rotating stand/case(THZ045AP). A unique dual function 360-degree rotating caseand stand.As a case, the form-fitting design securely holds iPad2. Thehard-shell exterior provides a sturdy, protective cover, whilethe microfiber faux suede interior stylishly lines and protectsthe iPad 2 against scratches.It is also a unique stand that allows presentation or use in bothportrait and landscape orientations. The two-in-one case/stand creatively frames the Apple logo and allow users to rotatethe iPad 2 vertically and horizontally inside the case. Wayne Tang, product manager of HTC Singapore, says that the company did well in 2010 with sales of 25 million handsets,The case/stand features three different viewing angles, and the which is double the figure shipped the year before, andeasily accessible ports and buttons to ensure optimal hands- revenue grew 93% while the global brand awareness grewfree viewing comfort and convenience. more than 50% as compared to 18 months ago whereby theSuggested Retail Price: S$99.90 number was 15%. Tang also introduced the new HTC Flyer, the manufacturers first Android tablet with HTC Sense.Available at "One thing that really sets HTC devices from other devices on1.Targus® Boutique - Funan Ctr #05-09 the market today, is the great experience you get with HTC2.Apple Shop @ Best Denki - Century Sq, City Sq, Compass Pt, Sense. Today, we are expanding the experience of HTC SenseGreat World City, IMM, Junction 8, Parkway Parade, Plaza from smartphone, to tablet. And with the new Sense, the HTCSingapura, Takashimaya, Vivo City Flyer features an immersive 3D user experience that brings3.Challenger - Ang Mo Kio Hub, Bedok Pt, Clementi Mall, to life, all your favorite content - weather, email and evenEastpoint, Funan Ctr, Hougang Mall, IMM, Jurong Pt, Nex, ebooks."Parkway Parade, Plaza Singapura, Sembawang, Tampines Tang then introduced the HTC Scribe technology that is1, Thomson Plaza, Tiong Bahru Plaza, United Square, Vivo incorporated the tablet which lets users take notes, drawCity, White Sands pictures, or scribble using a special Magic pen, and you can4.EpiCentre - 313 Somerset, Bugis, ION Orchard, Marina Bay save or share with friends.Sands, Suntec City, Wheelock Place In addition, the HTC Flyer will come with HTC Watch that5.Infinite - Millenia Walk #01-108, Vivo City #02-11 allows users to watch Hollywood movies on the fly and the 6
  7. 7. April 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneservice is scheduled to be available in Q4 this year. Goodnews is, the tablet which is selling next month, will come withHTC Watch Lite that enables you to watch movie trailers.The company is still negotiating with OnLive gaming, to offercloud-based gaming in Singapore. OnLive gaming is currentlyavailable in the US. The HTC Flyer comes with the magic pen that lets you write or draw on the display, even on the home page. According to HTC, the pen uses a single 4A battery. So how much is the HTC Flyer? It is priced at S$1,068 before telco subsidies. Quite expensive compared to the Motorola Xoom which run Android 3.0 and with a retail price of SThe HTC Flyer has a aluminium unibody and feels solid. It is a $888. However, the company says that the HTC Flyer will be7-inch tablet which is similar size to the Samsung Galaxy Tab upgradeable to Android 3.0 with the HTC Sense UI, though nothat was launched in November last year. word as to when the upgrade will be available. NVIDIA Quadro Success Stories Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-quadro-success- stories/11970.html April 26th, 2011 NVIDIA has a very successful Quadro line-up based onThere arent many physical buttons on the HTC Flyer. On the Fermi architecture from the very high end like Quadro 6000,right are the volume controls. 5000 and all the way down to their value solutions like Quadro 600 and 400. Today, we bring you two of the many success stories of NVIDIA Quadro and they are Mars-500 and Bandito Brothers. Mars-500 is an international virtual space expedition that simulates a manned flight to Mars. The main aims of the project are to study medical, biological, psychological, technical and organizational aspects of an actual, planned long-run interplanetary expedition, as well as train the crew. With the help of NVIDIA Quadro, they are able to simultaneously render complex landscapes, various special effects (dust storms, meteorite showers) and correctly manage moving objects like the Mars-rovers. As for Bandito Brothers, it is a L.A. based filmaker who specializes in using technology to create authentic action/adventure content. With the helpThe power button and 3.5mm audio jack are at the top, of NVIDIA Quadro, Bandito Brothers is able to edit its workwhile the 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and capable of in real-time and at full-scale resolution.capturing 720p high definition videos is at the rear. There is The future is now with NVIDIA Quadroalso a 1.3-megapixel front camera for video conferencing. NVIDIA technology delivers real-time, virtual reality for the interplanetary expedition crew of “Mars-500” 7
  8. 8. April 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone In order to fulfill take off and landing, and model the cosmonauts’ and astronauts’ activity on the Mars surface, JCSI created a 3D, interactive, 10x10 km virtual model of the Red planet’s surface, equipping one of the modules of the terrestrial experimental suite with a virtual reality modeling system.The international virtual space expedition, “Mars-500,”composed of 6 cosmonauts and astronauts from Russia, theEuropean Union and China, started on June 3, 2010, andhas just reached a new milestone this month (February 2011).Last June, the state research center of the Institute of theMedical and Biological Problems of RAS (IMPB) started a520-day international experiment, simulating a manned flightto Mars. The main aims of the project are to study medical, This powerful system utilizes a professional workstationbiological, psychological, technical and organizational aspects equipped with a pair of NVIDIA Quadro professionalof an actual, planned long-run interplanetary expedition, as graphics processing units (GPUs), which render real-timewell as train the crew. complex interactive graphics scenes on two 26”, high- resolution monitors (running at 1920?1200). Depending on the application* these monitors display control panels of moving objects, including: the takeoff and landing suite; automatic and manned Mars-rovers; 3D animated models of spacemen, and more. In addition, the display also shows information on the external environment, which reflects the main features of the Mars landscape—low natural illumination, dust storms and other atmospheric phenomena unique to Mars. “NVIDIA’s Quadro professional graphics were chosen to solve the complex problems of real-time processing and visualization of the 3D environment,” said EvgenyTo achieve these goals, NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics Chernyakov, CEO of JCSI. “The model we created is intendedsolutions, with their massively parallel processing capabilities, to simultaneously render complex landscapes, various specialhave become an important component of modeling and effects (dust storms, meteorite showers) and correctly managedisplaying the virtual reality of the flight to the ‘red planet.’ moving objects like the Mars-rovers. Chernyakov concludes, “Such problems can be solved only with a top visualization solution, such as NVIDIA Quadro. We achieved great results, pushing the limits of visualization.”The landing portion of the virtual expedition, which started240 days after the flight began last June, is one of the keyaspects of the project. When the expedition reached the near- In addition to utilizing NVIDIA Quadro pro graphics, theMars orbit on February 12th, three crewmen moved to the workstation is connected to a full-color helmet display systemtake-off and landing suite, where they carried out the landing with a ‘head attitude position sensor,’ which lets the userto the Mars surface, and will be conducting research studies feel like he’s inside a spacesuit. Various interactive tasks areon the planet the rest of this month. done with two multifunctional joysticks, including: choosing required tools, selecting soil samples, and placing scientific instruments on the field.Helping with the project is JCSI Group, Russia’s largestprovider of broadcast automation, computer graphics anddigital movie services, which also develops and deploys The cosmonauts and astronauts in orbit also took part in thereal-time, 3D visualization technologies, virtual reality and project’s Mars landing with NVIDIA 3D Vision stereoscopicindustrial design. viewing technology. A part of the content prepared for the 3D virtual reality model was copied to their notebook PCs. This is useful in providing high quality, 3D stereoscopic images to 8
  9. 9. April 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonedeliver the required level of psychophysiological stress as part the machine, as the system automatically recognizes fasterof the research study. memory speed with no further BIOS settings required. Users will notice performance gains as overclocking is automatic with the HyperX Plug and Play modules. In addition, the*3D models of virtual reality, natural effects, spacemen, rovers modules are backwards compatible with previously releasedand others were created using software from Presagis, DI-Guy, DDR3 systems on the market.CMLabs Vortex, and DiSTI. “The HyperX engineering team has been thoroughlyMARS-500 Virtual Reality (photos and video) – http:// innovative in designing a memory module that automaticallymars500.jcsi.ru/gallery.html raises performance with no overclocking steps required,” said Ann Bai, DRAM Memory Sales Director, APAC Region, Kingston. “By using JEDEC-compliant settings to createOther useful links: performance timings, enthusiasts can max out native frequencies on current Sandy Bridge systems and older DDR3 machines.”Kingston HyperX Plug andPlay (PnP) Series Announced HyperX Plug and Play is available through Kingston’s channel of authorized distributors, resellers, and retailers. KingstonSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kingston-hyperx-plug-and-play-pnp- HyperX memory is backed by a lifetime warranty and freeseries-announced/11969.html technical support. For more detailed product informationApril 26th, 2011 please visit the Kingston Web site at www.kingston.com/asia. Kingston today announced the new HyperX Plug and Play(PnP) series of high-performance enthusiast memory speciallyfor Sandy Bridge chipset in both desktop and notebooks.The memory SPD is pre-programmed with faster frequenciesof either 1600MHz or 1866MHz so when plugged in, itwill automatically play at that speeds without the need tooverclock or tune from the BIOS. Xbox 360: Portal 2 Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/xbox-360-portal-2-review/11955.html April 26th, 2011Hsinchu, Taiwan -- April 26, 2011 -- Kingston TechnologyCompany, Inc., the independent world leader in memoryproducts, today announced the new HyperX Plug and Play Portal 2 is the sequel to its acclaimed predecessor back in(PnP) series of high-performance enthusiast memory. HyperX 2007. The first-person action puzzle game has grown fromPnP are the first modules to scale the higher memory heights a single-player campaign to include a co-operative gameplaythat are a part of the second generation Intel Core i5 and i7 which is equally, if not, more challenging than the single-CPUs. The memory is programmed with faster frequencies and player campaign. How good is this game ? Let us make thewhen ‘plugged’ into a system using the Sandy Bridge chipset, jump into the portal to find outwill automatically ‘play’ at either 1600MHz or 1866MHz inboth desktop and notebook PCs.The modules are programmed using JEDEC-compliantsettings, allowing 1600MHz and 1866MHz frequency support.It is as simple as plugging in the memory and turning on 9
  10. 10. April 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone wakes you up and tries to be friendly and at most occasions, wacky. Returning to the facility will be filled with many surprises, the area is in a wreck and you will eventually run into GlaDOS, the female anatagonist in Portal 1. She calls you a monster for ruining her life but she will be put the past behind her in the name of science. The usual tests will continue with growing intensity since you had returned to be her test subject once again. Very often, she will throw junvenile insults at you using her signaturePortal 2 is available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 malevonlent tone. She bitches quite a lot as an AI but she isconsoles and PC (via retail copy and Steam) more complex than you think and you will learn to love her during the course of your game. From the story standpoint, Portal 2 is a remarkable achievement, packed with brillaint voice acting and characters (or robots) with depth. Gameplay-wise, Portal 2 puts you back in Aperature Laboratories again with a twist. Many things have changed, from a squeaking clean facility to a ruined surroudings beyond repair with crumbling walls and overgrown fauna. The Portal Gun is still your trusty companion which you will learn to use in the current dynamic environment.The console versions are published by Electronic Arts (EA)The original Portal came with 19 missions, each filled withvarious puzzles to solve before you make your escape from You dont need complicated puzzles to ramp up the difficulty,GLaDOS, an AI existance that administrates the Aperature the dynamic changes in the puzzle will often leave you stumpedLaboratories who is pretty much "omni-potent". Well, that is and pressed for time to make desperatre choices. Havinguntill you tear her piece by piece and throwing them into the said that, the new mechanics added to Portal 2 makes theincinerator. entire puzzle solving session more fun and mind-boggling as well. There are mirror cubes which can be used for redirecting lasers to unlock doors or trigger certain mechanisms. LightMany questions were left unanswered in the ending until now bridges are also the new tools of the game that can be redirected using your portal gun to reach different places.The sequel sets you in perspective with events taking place Later in the game, there is yet another but an interesting toolafter the original story, your name is Chell and returning to which you will use. They are gels or blobs of different coloursAperature Laboratories will not be a walk in the park. Your that splatter onto the floor that produce different effects.journey will be accompanied by Wheatley, a metal sphere who 10
  11. 11. April 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThere are three colours: blue, orange and white. The white gel April 26th, 2011is the most basic; it paints the surface white which allows youto create a portal. The blue gel creates a surface you can bounceoff, while orange gel grants you an acceleration boost when yourun on it. After much anticipated wait, Nikon D5100 is real and official. Product availability and prices will be announced at a later date but let us look at the official specs. Update: The Nikon D5100 is available from today, at S$1,199 with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens.The Excursion Funnel defies gravityAnother feature is the Excursion Funnel, glowing tunnels thattransports you on a straight path. They defy laws of physics intheir path so imagine the possibilites when you create a portalwith the funnel running through it. Update: The Nikon D5100 is available from today, at S$1,199 with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens.The explorable surroundings have grown larger, some of theenvironments are filled with various environmental obstacles, Nikon announces the D5100 Digital SLR camera, introducingforcing you to look around for a solution. It is amazing that new features and upgraded specifications as compared to itsValve has created incredibly made surroundings that focus predecessor.on thinking while making a well-paced story with plenty of The D5100 will come with Nikon’s latest CMOS image sensorhumour. No thanks to GlaDOS and her new dose of sarcarstic and the new EXPEED 2 image-processing engine. The updatedquotes. sensor will bump the effective megapixel count to 16.1, the same that was found in Nikon D7000. The camera adds a new High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature that captures twoYou will come to understand the events in Portal and the shots of varying exposure each time the shutter-release buttoneventual happenings in Portal 2 that brings about a surprise is pressed, and then combines the two shots into a single imageending. with a broad dynamic range.A tip to our gamers is to observe the surroundings and The D5100 another new feature known as the "Effects mode"objects carefully which gives you hints on what happened in found on the Mode selection dial which is essentially specialAperature Laboratories and also the unseen characters (Rat effects applied on images and videos. A total of sevenman) doings. You will want to try the "Zoom" function to special effects, including Selective Color and Color Sketch areobserve the far surroundings. included.The single player campaign should clock an estimated eight to Night Vision is another feature which ramps up the ISO tonine hours of gameplay, a huge leap than the original classic 102400 which enables shooting under conditions of darknessbut what happens after that ? Cooperative gameplay comes while verifying the subject and composition in the monitorinto play (this feature shoots in JPEG format and in black and white. RAW recording is not possible)Nikon D5100 Digital SLRCamera Announced Visibility has been increased with the large 3-inch displaySource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nikon-d5100-digital-slr-camera- found on the D5100 that has approximately 921k-dot high-announced/11802.html resolution that supports viewing on various angles. 11
  12. 12. April 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNikon adopts a side hinge for the vari-angle monitor thatprevents the monitor from hitting the tripod when it is openedwhile the camera is mounted on a tripod. Specification Chart Type Single-lens reflex digitalThe vari-angle monitor opens from 0 to180° to the side, and cameracan be rotated up to 90°clockwise and up to 180° counter-clockwise when it is open. Say yes to self-portraits. Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF contacts) Effective pixels 16.2 million Image sensor 23.6 X 15.6 mm CMOS sensor mage size (pixels) • 4,928 X 3,264 (L) • 3,696 X 2,448 (M) • 2,464 X 1,632 (S) File format 1) NEF(RAW), 2)JPEG, 3)NEF(RAW)+JPEG Media SD (Secure Digital) memory cards *1 SDHC, and SDXC memory cards Frame advance rate Up to 4 fps *2 ISO sensitivity ISO 100 – 6400 in steps of 1/3 EV. Can also be setAdditional Features and Functions to approx. 0.3, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent)- High-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 4 fps above ISO 6400; auto ISOand a very precise and sensitivity control availabledurable shutter unit that has passed testing for 100,000 cycles Movie Frame size (pixels) and frame rate :- Equipped with Quiet shutter-release mode for shooting in • 1,920 X 1,080, 30 p/25situations in which quieter shutter p/24 p, high/normaloperation is desired. Infrared receivers for remote control • 1,280 X 720, 30 p/25operation on the front and back of the camera enable wireless p/24 p, high/normalcontrol over the shutter from both in front of and behind thecamera (optional • 640 X 424, 30 p/25 p, high/normalML-L3 wireless remote control supported). A frame rate of 30 p (actual frame rate 29.97 fps) is- Equipped with 16 scene modes that enable the simple capture available when NTSC isof beautiful photos of the selected for video mode.desired scene with automatic optimization of camera settings 25 p is available when PAL is selected for video mode. Actual frame rate when 24 p- Built-in HDMI-CEC compatibility enables control over is selected is 23.976 fps.playback of still images and movies File format/Videousing the televisions remote control when the camera is compression:connected to a high-definition TV MOV, H.264/MPEG-4via the HDMI connector. Advanced Video Coding Audio recording device:- HD movie recording and editing Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity1Manual focus, M or S mode, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, adjustableand other settings at default values Monitor 3-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA), vari-angle low- 12
  13. 13. April 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustmentPower source Battery : One rechargeable Li- ion EN-EL14 battery AC adapter : EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5A power connector (available separately)Dimensions (approx.) 128 X 97 X 79 mm(W×H × D)Weight (approx.) 510 g without battery, memory card, or body cap The Android-powered HTC Incredible S that has made 560 g with battery and waves since its recent inception for its superb design and memory card but without mobile experience now looks set to turn the heat up on the body cap competition draped in a striking new red finish.Major supplied accessories EN-EL14 rechargeable Li- The HTC Incredible S brings the HTC Sense experience and ion battery, MH-24 battery cutting-edge innovation to its users in a simple and natural charger, AN-DC3 strap, EG- way. The red edition features the same stunning body contours CP14 audio/video cable, UC- as its sleek black counterpart that highlights the internal E6 USB cable, DK-5 eyepiece hardware makeup of the device and at the same time, provide cap, BS-1 accessory shoe better grip in-hand. The HTC Incredible S also features an cover, DK-20 rubber eyecup, 8-megapixel camera (with dual flash) that can capture high- BF-1B body cap, ViewNX 2 definition videos and crystal clear 4-inch display that brings CD-ROM images to life. • *1Not applied to Multi Media Card Pricing and Availability The red edition of the HTC Incredible is available now at all • *2Manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 s or authorized resellers at a suggested retail price of S$758 (before faster, and other settings at default values operator subsidies). • Unless otherwise stated, all figures are for a camera with a fully-charged battery operating at an ambient Logitech launches Wireless temperature of 20° C (68° F). Keyboard K270 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/logitech-launches-wireless-keyboard- k270/11966.html April 26th, 2011HTC Incredible S red edition.Now in storesSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-incredible-s-red-edition.-now-in- Looking for a new keyboard? Check out the new Logitechstores/11967.html Wireless Keyboard K270. The sleek and stylish peripheralApril 26th, 2011 incorporates Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity and features battery life of up to two years.The HTC Incredible S was on the shelves in Singapore sinceearly March, and today, the company has come up with a rededition of the popular Android smartphone. 13
  14. 14. April 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneLogitech has introduced their Wireless Keyboard K270, a sleek a vivid 1.5 metre image from as little as 0.75 metres away.keyboard that delivers Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless With the projector placed close to the wall, shadows causedconnectivity and up to two years of battery life. by tabletop objects or presenters are virtually eliminated. The short throw of the IN146, combined with its small size,With the Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity, low profile design and 2,700 lumens brightness, offers anyou will enjoy virtually no signal loss from up to 10 meters extremely versatile and portable display solution that willaway. The Logitech Wireless Keyboard K270 also delivers up work beautifully in a variety of environments and lightingto 24 months of battery life as well as auto-standby, which conditions.helps you save energy when you are not using the keyboard. Built for Long-Life at a Low CostThe Logitech Wireless Keyboard K270 also features thetiny USB receiver, which is small enough to stay in your The IN146 is future-ready with 3D capability and an HDMIlaptop. Plus, you can easily add another compatible mouse or input. It can be turned into a wireless and networked displaykeyboard — without the hassle of multiple USB receivers. with the optional InFocus LiteShow III wireless adapter,and the RS232 port allows connection to Creston, AMX or anyThe sleek, compact keyboard saves space without sacrificing other room control system. The IN146 offers years of worry-comfort while having full-size keys and a wide-curved space free operation with a long lamp life ofup to 6,000 hours, filter-bar. And Logitech’s newest keyboard offers hot keys that give free DLP technology, and 5-year limited warranty.you instant access to your favorite websites, e-mail, play/pause, volume and more. Pricing and Availability The IN146 (WXGA, 1280 x 800) model is available now withPricing and Availability a list price of S$1,399.The Logitech Wireless Keyboard K270 is now available for asuggested retail price of S$32. The Daily VR-Zone NewsInFocus unveils low cost short Summary - 25 April 2011throw projector IN146 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--25- april-2011/11961.htmlSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/infocus-unveils-low-cost-short-throw- April 26th, 2011projector-in146/11965.htmlApril 26th, 2011 In todays news roundup: Hitachi DeskStar 7K3000 3TB HDD reviewed; Commander PC gets benchmarked ; NookInFocus has introduced their latest IN146 short Color gets Froyo update and app store; Dell readies 10-Inchthrow projector that boasts widescreen resolution,HDMI tablets to fend off the Apple iPad, and Nintendo says successorconnectivity and 3D at affordable price. If you are looking for to Wii coming in 2012a projector like this one, the InFocus IN 146 is available now. Hardware news Description: Another thing that sets the Lian Li PC-A04 apart from the norm is that its limited to micro-ATX motherboards. Two or three years ago, this would have been a showstopper, but in recent times there have been some excellent uATX boards hitting the market. Description: The DeskStar 7K3000 3TB model by Hitachi GST is a real star since not only does it combine excellent single/ Raid0 performance with low temperatures and noise levels but it also comes at a bargain price. Description: The NZXT Sentry LXE is not your standard run- of-the-mill fan controller. Combining the ease of a touchscreenInFocus has announced their InFocus IN146 short throw and the flexibility of having an external controller add to itsprojector is available in Singapore. With native WXGA (1280 appeal - and not having to bend down under the desk to changex 800) resolution to project today’s widescreen notebooks and a setting is nice.high definition video without scaling, the IN146 offers big,beautiful images in tight spaces at an exceptionally low price. Description: As we treat the Commander PC as a system, we will take a slightly different approach to it than we normallyShort Throw Capabilities Offer Great Flexibility would when reviewing a video card; instead well add someThe short throw and wide resolution makes the IN146 ideal for system benchmarks into the mix.use with interactive whiteboards. It can be easily installed on a Description: Microstars latest Hawk video card is here,wall or ceiling or placed on a tabletop or media cart, projecting packing a highly overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti. 14
  15. 15. April 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneCan its enhanced PCB and cooler fend off the Radeon HD designed to offer great electrical performance at the best6950s falling prices? possible price to performance ratio. Today we are going to have a have a look at a power supply from their updated version ofConsumer Electronics and Software news the TX series, the TX850 V2 unit.Description: Barnes & Noble on Monday announced a majorupdate to its Nook Color tablet that includes access to a new • Conforms to the latest ATX12V v2.31 and EPS 2.92app store and a built-in email system for organizing Web mail standards, and is backward compatible with the ATX12Vaccounts. 2.2 and ATX12V 2.01 standardsDescription: Thats the period during which the companys • A dedicated single +12V rail offers simple configurationonline Firefox 4 download tracker climbed into the nine-digit and maximum compatibility with the latest graphicsterritory. The milestone achievement happened in just a little cards and other componentsover a month after the software was made available on March • An ultra-quiet, 140mm double ball-bearing fan delivers22. excellent airflow with exceptionally low noise levels byDescription: A leaked roadmap suggests Dell has in store two varying fan speed in response to temperatureWindows 7 tablets and a 10-inch Android Honeycomb tablet • Complies with the European Union ErP Directivefor release later this year, as the company aims to grab tablet (2009/125/EC) so the power consumption of the wholemarket share. system, in either standby or off mode, can be less than 1WDescription: Low Carbon PC aims to take this one step further when used with a properly configured, ErP-compliantby putting together eco-friendly systems that use little power motherboardbut deliver big on performance, while looking rather stylish at • 80 PLUS® Bronze certified, delivering up to 85% energythe same time. efficiency under real-world load conditionsDescription: These earphones are designed for both stereo • Active Power Factor Correction (PFC) with PF value ofplayback and as a hands free device for cell phones. The in- 0.99line remote helps the user control music playback and volumewithout having to handle one’s cell phone or mp3 player. • Universal AC input from 90~264VGaming news • Over-voltage, under-voltage, over-current, and short circuit protection provide maximum safety for yourDescription: Nintendo says the successor to the hit Wii console critical system componentswill arrive next year, but isnt saying anything about what thenew system will do. • High-quality Japanese capacitors provide uncompromised performance and reliabilityDescription: Sony has yet to determine the full scope of anattack on its PlayStation Network and Qriocity services that • A five year warranty and lifetime access to Corsairshas left more than 75 million people without access for more legendary technical support and customer servicethan four days. • Safety Approvals: cTUVus, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TÜV, CCC, C-tickPSU Review - Corsair TX850V2 Asrock released "real AM3+"Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/psu-review--corsair-tx850-v2/11964.html motherboardsApril 26th, 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asrock-released-real-am3-- motherboards/11963.html April 26th, 2011 Most motherboard manufacturers claim that their latest AM3 motherboards are AM3+ capable after a mere BIOS update.Corsair owes much of that reputation to their TX power ASRock claims that this is not the case and claims that theresupply series, which were designed to offer great electrical are no less than six reasons to buy an ASRock "real AM3+performance at the best possible price to performance ratio. motherboard".Today we are going to have a have a look at a power supply The company makes the 6 following claims regarding theirfrom their updated version of the TX series, the TX850 V2 unit. new motherboards:Not too long ago Corsair subtly diversified towards the PSU 1. The new "black" AM3b CPU socket make you recognizemarket by releasing a handful of products, yet their reputation the new AM3+ motherboard at the first sight! With the 11%grew so rapidly that today their company is one of the bigger pin hole size, it can get rid of the possible mechanicalmost respected brands in the PSU market and has tens mismatch when installing the CPU, and avoid the CPU pin-of power-related products available. Corsair owes much of bent problem.that reputation to their TX power supply series, which were 15
  16. 16. April 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone2. Thanks for the AM3+ MB 3.4 MHz Serial VID support,it provides faster link between CPU and power controller.Compare to the old AM3 MB 400 KHz link, the new AM3+ MBcan support better power management & Power saving.3. Not only meet AMDs requirements, the new AM3+ MBdesign provides efficient power supply up to 11.8% better CPUpower saving. An added bonus will be its environment-friendlyfeature.4. As we know, the lower CPU noise, the better system stability.When the system is at the same loading, the new AM3+ MBdesign improves the Vcore variation and reduces the CPUpower noise up to 22%!5. Compare to the old AM3 CPU only needs 110A current, the The main screen consists of nine main icons as well as fivenew AM3+ CPU needs higher 145A current! The New AM3+ that represent what appears to be a power button, a resetMB can satisfy the demand of 32% higher current and get rid button, an adjustment up/down button, a snapshot buttonof any power shortage issue. and one icon we cant quite figure out what it stands for, but6. With the new C.C.R. (Combo Cooler Retention Module) wed guess its a save button of some kind. The nine maindesign, the ASRock new AM3+ MB can get better cooling icons as far as we can make sense of it are for quick boot,effect for CPU, memory and power components. According hard drive settings, Q-Flash (BIOS flashing), system settings,to our test result, it makes the CPU power choke 5.4 °C @BIOS (second BIOS flashing option?), USB, power settings,cooler! Besides, the C.C.R. is backward compatible with the old download and security. That said, its just us making guessesAM3 / AM2+ CPU cooler as well. here based on Gigabytes current technology, so some of this is likely to be wrong.Gigabyte shows off first TouchBIOS screenshotsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-shows-off-first-touch-bios-screenshots/11962.htmlApril 26th, 2011Pictures of Gigabytes upcoming Touch BIOS have been postedon the unofficial Gigabyte blog as well as Gigabytes Facebookpage and theyre detailing what appears to be a Windows utility Moving on we can see that Gigabyte has put its overclockingrather than an actual graphics UEFI. In fact, if anything these settings in the Touch BIOS, although the screenshot doesntnew screenshots bring more questions with them than they give away too many details. However, it appears that you haveanswer. the option to change the colours here via an icon that wasnt on the main screen.Pictures of Gigabytes upcoming Touch BIOS have been postedon the unofficial Gigabyte blog as well as Gigabytes Facebookpage and theyre detailing what appears to be a Windows utilityrather than an actual graphics UEFI. In fact, if anything thesenew screenshots bring more questions with them than theyanswer.The logo itself is suggesting that Gigabyte is still sticking toits guns by using the Award BIOS, as so far the additionsof GPT boot and support for 2.2TB+ hard drives are thebiggest changes that UEFI has brought with it and Gigabytehas implemented both of these in their BIOS and simply calledit Hybrid EFI technology. The subtitle to the logo is just that,Hybrid EFI technology and as such were thinking that werelooking at a Windows utility for adjusting the BIOS settingshere rather than a graphics UEFI interface. 16
  17. 17. April 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe fourth and final screen shot shows the Boot Disk settingswhich actually seem to be general boot settings and not justrelated to the boot disk. The other three menu options arefairly self-explanatory as well and arent likely to hold any greatsecrets. The G.Skill kit comes in an easy-to-open blister pack and the memory modules can be comfortably popped away from the packaging.Below the main screen is a Save CMOS button, a close icon, ahelp icon, an @ icon which Gigabyte in general tends to assignfor internet updates and finally an exclamation mark whichwere not sure what its for. It should hopefully not be too longuntil all is revealed and well be pestering Gigabyte for somehands on time with whatever it is that theyre working on.G.Skill RipjawsX 1600MHz CL74GB DDR3 Kit ReviewSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/g.skill-ripjawsx-1600mhz-cl7-4gb-ddr3-kit-review/11890.htmlApril 26th, 2011 Nothing much to see on the other side; we have a short introduction about the RipjawsX series and a label affixed at the bottom right corner for you to make sure the right memory kit is in there.Having just a fast processor isnt really enough these days; a Here is a quick run through of the G.Skill kits specificationshigh-speed memory kit can provide quite a bit of performance before we proceed further.boost to your bandwidth-hungry Intel Sandy Bridge Type 240-pin DDR3platform gaming rig. VR-Zone.com finds out how much an Designed for Intel P67improvement there can be with the F3-12800CL7D-4GBXM Capacity 4GB (2 x 2GB)kit from G.Skill. Overclocking included. Speed PC3-12800 (1600MHz)G.Skill, a leading manufacturer of high performance memory, Latency CL7-8-7-24-2Nwas one of the first to introduce new memory kits designed for Voltage 1.5Vthe Sandy Bridge platform. Known as the RipjawsX, there areover twenty different configurations available for enthusiasts Registered / Unbuffered Unbufferedand gamers to choose from for their new rig. Error checking Non-ECCThis weekend, VR-Zone.com tries out the Warranty LifetimeF3-12800CL7D-4GBXM. Well, that is the SKU code, andwe shall call it the RipjawsX 1600MHz CL7 4GB DDR3 kitfor simplicitys sake. This particular kit is a matched pairof two 2GB double-sided memory modules, programmed Rumour: NVIDIA releasingand tested for 1.5V operation at 1600MHz CL7-8-7-24-2N. GeForce GTX 560 on May 17thOffering impressive specifications and excellent pricing as its Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rumour-nvidia-releasing-geforce-predecessors, it would be interesting to see if this new kit can gtx-560-on-may-17th/11959.htmlperform in the overclocking department. 17
  18. 18. April 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApril 26th, 2011 speeds of 330MB/s and write speeds of 160MB/s which is up there with full-size 2.5-inch SSDs.The GeForce GTX 560 we first heard about 4 weeks ago, isnow rumoured to release on May 17th. Not to be confused withthe GTX 560 Ti, the GTX 560 will be a direct replacement tothe GTX 460. The specifications are expected to be remarkablysimilar to the outgoing GTX 460 1GB - 7 SM enabled for 336SP, 56 TMU, a 256-bit memory interface tied to 1GB GDDR5.However, the main difference would be the core frequency, upfrom 675 MHz to over 800 MHz.Needless to say, the GTX 560 is aimed straight at the Radeon The company also offers mSATA SSDs, but these have muchHD 6870. A majority of stock-clocked HD 6870s are now lower speeds of 120MB/s for reads and 110MB/s for writes,selling in the $200-$210 range and it would thus make sense but at least the write speed compares favourably to that offor the GTX 560 to release at around the $199 price point. Intels 310 series of mSATA SSDs which top out at 70MB/s,Other details are still sketchy and theres still four weeks to go although Intel does offer much better read performance at upto May 17th so things could change. to 200MB/s depending on model. Other peculiarities that we spotted at innoDisks boothinnoDisk shows off new SSD included their new EverGreen Plus series of MLC SSDs which comes with a six year warranty. However, innoDisk suggestsproducts at Composec that this series of SSDs are best for usage scenarios whereSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/innodisk-shows-off-new-ssd-products- files of 128KB or smaller are written to the SSD which seemsat-composec/11960.html to be a very limited market. The performance figures arentApril 26th, 2011 impressive either with read speeds of 180MB/s and write speeds of a mere 55MB/s, but its not always about speed everywhere an SSD is used and were sure that there are plenty of vertical markets where this SSD would find a comfortable home. You dont have to worry if youve never heard of innoDiskbefore, as the company mostly makes solutions for theembedded market rather than the consumer market and assuch its not a company youd come in contact with regularly.During Composec last week, innoDisk was showing off someof its new storage products, including what is currentlythe worlds fastest mini PCIe DOM as well as some otherinteresting products.You dont have to worry if youve never heard of innoDiskbefore, as the company mostly makes solutions for theembedded market rather than the consumer market and assuch its not a company youd come in contact with regularly. Next up we have an SSD with a SAS 6Gbps (Serial AttachedDuring Composec last week, innoDisk was showing off some SCSI) interface, although it seems like innoDisk needs to getof its new storage products, including what is currently their hands on some much faster NAND Flash here as thisthe worlds fastest mini PCIe DOM as well as some other drive offer read speeds of 190MB/s but unless its a typo oninteresting products. the little sign, write speeds of a mere 30MB/s. That said, this is an interesting product if you take into account that Intel willAlthough a mini PCIe DOM (Disk on Module) looks identical offer native SAS support on its high-end LGA-2011 consumerto an mSATA SSD, the mini PCIe DOM uses the PCI Express platform later this year and its likely that well be seeing a lotinterface as the name implies, rather than the SATA interface. more SAS SSDs as we get closer to that launch.The downside of a PCI Express connected SSD is of coursethat most computers wont boot from it and thats pretty muchhow the mSATA standard came up. That said, innoDisk isoffering some impressive performance figures from its secondgeneration mini PCIe DOM as the company is promising read 18