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VR-Zone is a leading online technology news publication reporting on bleeding edge trends in PC and mobile gadgets, with in-depth reviews and commentaries. Our inquisitive team of journalists cover ...

VR-Zone is a leading online technology news publication reporting on bleeding edge trends in PC and mobile gadgets, with in-depth reviews and commentaries. Our inquisitive team of journalists cover key international events like CES, CeBIT, MWC, Computex and local exhibitions like CommunicAsia, IT SHOW, PC SHOW, COMEX and SITEX.

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    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks.Exclusive: Gigabyte to includeWi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 withX79 motherboardsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/exclusive-gigabyte-to-include-wi-fi-and-bluetooth-4.0-with-x79-motherboards/13844.htmlOctober 31st, 2011 Gigabyte decided to go with a slightly more sensible solutionGigabyte has already had leaks with regards to some of the and one that has a bit of future proofing thrown in for goodfeatures of its upcoming X79 motherboards and today we measure. What youre looking at is a PCI Express to mini PCIhave an exclusive leak of our own, Gigabyte is going to Express adapter which takes a standard half-size mini PCIadd Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi support to its X79 Express card, in this case a card based on Atheros chips. Themotherboards. However, the company is taking a different and unusual thing with this adapter is that it has a USB pin-headerin our opinion better approach than its competitors when it that attaches to the USB pin-header on the motherboard. Thiscomes to adding support for wireless connectivity. is for the Bluetooth 4.0 part of the card, while the Wi-Fi part connects over PCI Express. Theres also a USB port on the card – a feature weve never seen before – to which you canGigabyte has already had leaks with regards to some of the attach any USB device with a standard USB connector, a neatfeatures of its upcoming X79 motherboards and today we addition that were sure plenty of people will find useful.have an exclusive leak of our own, Gigabyte is going to The Bluetooth part of the card is compatible with Bluetoothadd Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi support to its X79 3.0 + HS as well as the low power Bluetooth 4.0 standard. Formotherboards. However, the company is taking a different and now very few devices are available that supports Bluetooth 4.0,in our opinion better approach than its competitors when it although the iPhone 4S is one of the first devices out therecomes to adding support for wireless connectivity. that officially supports the standard. That said, its not meantAs weve already seen, ECS went for a pair of USB type dongles to a standard for syncing files or using Bluetooth headsets,at the rear of its X79 motherboard, although seemingly the Wi- instead its meant to connect to low power sensors or homeFi part relies on a PCB antenna connected by hardwired and automation solutions, but well see how things develop.rather messy wire to the rear I/O of the motherboard. Asushas added a proprietary raiser card for its P9X79 Deluxe whichis a custom designed USB setup as far as we can tell. Bothcompanies are also only offering Bluetooth 3.0, although thisis at least less of an issue at the moment. 1
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneWe have one minor gripe with the card, as although you canswap out the mini PCI Express card for something faster in thefuture, the way Gigabyte designed the PCI Express card meansthat youre stuck using 150Mbps Wi-Fi, as there are only twoantennas. This translates to no MIMO support which is neededto hit Wi-Fi speeds of 300Mbps or more, but hopefully this issomething well see in future revisions. The card will ship with 4 Direct Contact Heat Pipesthe X79-UD5, X79-UD7 and G1.Assassin 2, but were hopingthat Gigabyte will be selling it on its own as well, as its an easyway to add Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support to any desktop PC.First Looks: Cooler MasterHyper 412 PWM CPU Cooler(with LGA 2011 support)Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-looks-cooler-master-hyper-412-pwm-cpu-cooler-with-lga-2011-support-/13843.htmlOctober 31st, 2011 View from the topThe Cooler Master Hyper 412 PWM is one of the first aircoolers with native Socket LGA 2011 screw-type support toarrive at our test labs. We give our readers a glimpse of the newmember of our extensive heat sink collection...The Cooler Master Hyper 412 PWM CPU Cooler, weighs 538g. Wider fin gaps help to maximize cooling performance at low fan speeds 2
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone120mm Sleeve Bearing PWM Fan rated at 0.37A, 2000 RPMand 82.9CFM Additional Brackets for another 120mm fan and provided thermal paste Bolts, Nuts, Screws and Universal BracketUniversal 4-corners screw-type mounting system (better foreven mounting pressure) for all modern Intel and AMDsockets Shenzhen - The new hardware and electronics shopping Mecca? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/shenzhen--the-new-hardware-and- electronics-shopping-mecca-/13842.html 3
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneOctober 31st, 2011 electronics, mobile phone accessories, or security products, or batteries, or LED displays, and so on.Going to Tokyo or Taipei to find fancy electronics? If your localelectronics mall doesnt have what you want, or not at the priceyou want, try Shenzhens Huaqiang Road first - its likely muchcheaper with wide choices, and just a budget flight away...Huaqiang Road instead of AkihabaraFor quite a long time now, it is Far Eastern cities that havethe largest, glitziest and choicest computer and electronicsshopping malls around. While the tradition started in US andEurope long before, its here now that every major city hasa full fledge electronics district with multiple large centrescovering everything from consumer electronics to computersand components. Singapores combined Sim Lim Square +Tower may look small compared to Shanghais Xujiahui or oneof Seouls multiple digital complexes, not to mention the oldchampion, Tokyo Akihabara.However, one particular place is seemingly bound to overtakethem all. Shenzhen, the 15-million populated centre of Chinaselectronics industry and of the new 50+ million supercitystarting from Foshan and Guangzhou then continuing allthe way to Hong Kong, houses thousands of companiesmanufacturing and increasingly designing everything fromICs, display panels, flash storage to mainboards, enclosuresand of course whole systems. Being right at the source meansthat any shopping for the stuff we want would be quite directwithout too many hops, and also greater likelihood of findingsome unusual stuff.While Shenzhen and neighbouring Dongguan city have theelectronics factories and design centres spread across theirwhole municipalities, the focal area of electronics shopping,both end user and channel wise, is Huaqiang North Road(Huaqiangbeilu), a long street located in the centre of the citybetween the Luohu (Lowu) and Futian CBDs. The main street,as well as its numerous back alleys full of even more electronicsrelated bazaars, is served well by two metro lines, one of whichconnects to both the main Lowu HK border crossing and theShenzhen airport, while the other one, with a station in thenorthern part of the street, links to the Shekou internationalferry port with its direct service to HK Airport departure halls,bypassing HK immigration and the security. So, no problemsgetting there.The roughly half a mile of length of Huaqiang North road streetlevel between these two metro stations contains about a dozenelectronics malls of different sizes, with the two largest ones -SEG Plaza and the Huaqiang Electronic World - being millionsquare-ft sized gigantic establishments. SEG Plaza, topped upby a 72 storey 354 m tower. The rest of the malls, along themain street, as well as another dozen or so malls in the backalleys, focus more on specific areas, like only communication 4
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneWe focused mostly on SEG Plaza and the Huaqiang ElectronicWorld, as your exploration adventure should start from there.The lower floors are a good point to look at first, as it is aheaven for component seekers. Any kind of PCIe connector,or memory or FPGA or flash chip, or funniest wires, batteries,disk drives, even screws, you could ever think of - have a look! The higher floors will normally house the same stuff youll find on floors 4, 5 and 6 of Sim Lim Square in Singapore, or Low Yat Plaza in KL. There are all the mainboards, cases, monitors, enclosures with PSUs and such. Youll find the same high end offerings too, just like here. The difference? Many things are cheaper, especially things like enclosures and, yes, monitors. A miniITX casing with PSU here will cost you some 30 singapore dollars cash and carry, while a 24-inch 16:10 format (!) Samsung LED-backlit super slim LCD monitor will go for around S$ 250 or so. For the parts such as memories 5
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneand disks, usually the price will be slightly lower than here, October 31st, 2011but there were cases where, on the first inquiry, some vendorswill try to play too smart with high prices. Note that a littlebit of haggling is expected anyway, but only that much literally- little bit as in able to squeeze prices by maybe 10% onaverage. Electronics is quite a challenging business to makehigh margins anyway... Thought youve seen it all about ASRocks X79 lineup with the X79 Extreme7? Think again, it seems ASRock has another, more feature-rich socket LGA2011 motherboard in the works, which will top off the first wave of ASRocks motherboards compatible with Core i7 "Sandy Bridge-E" LGA2011 processors, the ASrock X79 Extreme9. This board is packed to the brim with connectivity options, a meatier VRM, and better memory expansion compared to the Extreme7. Thought youve seen it all about ASRocks X79 lineup with the X79 Extreme7? Think again, it seems ASRock has another, more feature-rich socket LGA2011 motherboard in the works, which will top off the first wave of ASRocks motherboards compatible with Core i7 "Sandy Bridge-E" LGA2011 processors, the ASrock X79 Extreme9. This board is packed to the brim with connectivity options, a meatier VRM, and better memory expansion compared to the Extreme7. The ASRock X79 Extreme9 uses strong digital PWM power circuitry that draws power from two 8-pin EPS connectors. The CPU is wired to eight DDR3 DIMM slots, unlike six on theEither way, SEG Plaza and the Huaqiang Electronic World will Extreme7. This ensures that each of the four DDR3 memorypretty much take you most of one day - the other day should channels can seat up to two DIMMs. PCI-Express expansionbe there to check the smaller malls and their oddity of things includes five PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, and an x1 slot. Onon offer. The places are so huge, there is so much on offer, and one of these slots the bundled ASRock "Game Blaster" (ifwith very special offers for things youd never think you could were reading it right) daughterboard is to be installed. Thefind - whether its a super custom cellphone enhancement, or "Game Blaster" daughterboard holds high-grade Sound Corean odd chip from days gone by, or parts for your own home 7.1 channel audio, and a gaming-grade network controller.radar - this is the next mecca for electronics afficionados. Were not entirely sure if the NIC and audio controllers are made by Killer and Creative, respectively, like on the ASUS ROG Thunderbolt.ASRock X79 Extreme9 TopsOff LineupSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asrock-x79-extreme9-tops-off-lineup/13841.html 6
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThere is plenty of SATA connectivity thanks to the use of asmany as three Marvell-made 2-port SATA 6 Gb/s controllersto supplement the X79 PCH. The X79 itself gives out two SATA6 Gb/s and four SATA 3 Gb/s ports. There are as many as four Microsoft in Japan will be retailing the Windows 7 UltimateUSB 3.0 controllers, giving out eight ports (four on the rear DSP Limited Pack Nanami Edition that comes bundled withpanel, four by headers). Apart from the network connection on a Microsoft Touch Mouse. The limited edition Touch Mousethe Game Blaster card, there is one network connection local to features a modern design with subtle tones and white andthis board, apart from Firewire, USB 2.0, and eSATA 6 Gbps. is designed by renowned illustrator, designer, art directorExpect the ASRock X79 Extreme9 to be counted among the and artist, Deanne Cheuk. On top of that, this edition alsocostliest socket LGA2011 motherboards. comes with Madobe Nanami, the special character created to promote Windows 7, who will provide video guides, as well as Windows 7 themes, three desktop wallpapers and 24 originalMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate sounds. The Windows 7 Ultimate DSP Limited Pack NanamiDSP Limited Pack Nanami Edition is scheduled to retail on 4 November. Pricing has not been established at press time.Edition retails 4 November inJapan HP announces TouchSmart620 3D Edition PC and 2311gt 3DSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-windows-7-ultimate-dsp-limited-pack-nanami-edition-retails-4-november-in-japan/13840.htmlOctober 31st, 2011 LCD monitor Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-announces-touchsmart620-3d- edition-pc-and-2311gt-3d-lcd-monitor/13839.html October 31st, 2011Microsoft in Japan will be launching a special limited packNanami edition of the Windows 7 Ultimate DSP. Aside fromthe operating system, the bundle will include the MicrosoftTouch Mouse for use with Windows 7, and some additional Seeing the popularity of 3D technology, PC giant HP hascontent. Read on. recently unveiled their latest consumer portfolio which claim to offer immersive 3D experience to consumers. The HP TouchSmart 620 3D Edition PC features an intuitive and ergonomic design with active shutter 3D glasses, while the HP 2311gt 3D LCD monitor provides improved brightness and a flicker-free 3D picture. HP TouchSmart620 3D Edition PC 7
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Cyberlink’s PowerDVD, users can convert their existing 2D content such as photos and videos into 3D content while the TriDef Ignition Game Player displays 2D games in 3D. The HP 2311gt 3D LCD monitor is available now in APJ from a starting price of around US$299. Sandy Bridge-E and X79 available for (pre-)order Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sandy-bridge-e-and-x79-available-for- pre-order/13837.html October 31st, 2011The new HP TouchSmart620 3D Edition PC offers an all-in-one hub of fun and entertainment. Users can create their own3D videos and pictures with the TouchSmart’s built-in webcamand share them with family and friends online or via the 23- With just over two weeks to the launch, Intels Sandy Bridge-inch diagonal high definition display. With the TriDef Ignition E processors are starting to appear in listings with onlineGame Player, it allows users to enjoy playing their favorite retailers around the globe. Whats even more interesting isgames in 3D. The TouchSmart620 3D Edition features an that you can pick up X79 boards – at least in some countriesintuitive and ergonomic design, can swivel up to 180-degrees – today, with several models being available for pre-order,and reclines up to 60-degrees, and allows users to adjust including Intels own two models.the display’s position for comfortable viewing of 3D contentwith the Active Shutter 3D Glasses. In addition to exclusiveHP features like LinkUp Technology and Beats Audio, the With just over two weeks to the launch, Intels Sandy Bridge-HP TouchSmart620 3D Edition also offers the latest version E processors are starting to appear in listings with onlineof the companys proprietary TouchSmart software, premium retailers around the globe. Whats even more interesting isgraphics and processors. that you can pick up X79 boards – at least in some countriesThe HP TouchSmart620 3D Edition PC is expected to be – today, with several models being available for pre-order,available from mid November in APJ from a starting price of including Intels own two models.around US$1,399.HP 2311gt 3D LCD monitorThe HP 2311gt 3D LCD monitor can deliver enhanced 3D Lets start with the CPUs, although we have a feeling that theexperience in an ultra-slim 23-inch diagonal LED backlit prices are a little bit off, as the Core i7-3930K is listed fordisplay. It features Film Patterned Retarder (FPR) technology, a steep 5,800 RMB (US$912/S$1,135) in China, £481.19 (USwhich offers a display with improved brightness and a flicker- $776/S$695) in the UK and for between 5,000 and 6,000 SEKfree 3D picture. Bundled with two pairs of passive 3D glasses, (US$784-940/S$975-1,169) in Sweden, a CPU that should inusers will also enjoy software from Cyberlink and TriDef as fact retail for around US$583 unless Intels rumoured list pricewell as a 3D movie trailer for the upcoming animated film ? is going to be a lot higher than anticipated. Its worth takingPuss in Boots from DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. With into account things like VAT here, but that only makes the 8
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonecheapest prices end up somewhere close to Intels expected list that the ones worth having will be the D stepping models whichprice. should have all the kinks worked out, but theyre not likely to arrive until much later next year. Corsair TX550M Power Supply Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/corsair-tx550m-power-supply- review/13836.html October 31st, 2011 It appears that the latest TX-M series which Corsair released a few weeks ago will be a great success for the company, as the market demand of the new units is very high and enthusiasts seem to embrace the idea of high performance, partly modular power supplies. It was only a few weeks ago that we had aThe Core i7-3960X is listed at 7,800 RMB (US$1,226/S look at the TX750M 750W unit, which offered great overall$1,525) in China, £854.39 (US$1,379/S$1,715) in the UK performance and quality for the price. Today we are goingand between 8,800 and 11,000 SEK (US$1,380-1,725/S to examine and review the performance of the TX550M, the$1,715-2,145) in Sweden which means that the Core i7-3960X weakest and most affordable power supply of the series, whichis at least in most cases a lot closer to the rumoured list price also comes only in the M (modular) variant.which were still expecting to be over US$999 which has beenIntels standard price point for its Extreme Edition models inthe past. It appears that the latest TX-M series which Corsair released a few weeks ago will be a great success for the company, as the market demand of the new units is very high and enthusiasts seem to embrace the idea of high performance, partly modular power supplies. It was only a few weeks ago that we had a look at the TX750M 750W unit, which offered great overall performance and quality for the price. Today we are going to examine and review the performance of the TX550M, the weakest and most affordable power supply of the series, which also comes only in the M (modular) variant. Manufacturer’s features and specifications · Conforms to the latest ATX12V v2.31 and EPS 2.92 standards, and is backward compatible with the ATX12V 2.2 and ATX12V 2.01 standards · A dedicated single +12V rail offers simple configuration and maximum compatibility with the latest graphics cards and other components · An ultra-quiet, 140mm double ball-bearing fan deliversWe only found the quad core Core i7-3820 listed in China excellent airflow with exceptionally low noise levels by varyingfor 3,500 RMB (US$550/S$685), a CPU which should be fan speed in response to temperatureretailing closer to US$300. Were hearing rumours that the · Complies with the European Union ErP DirectiveCore i7-3820 has been delayed further and it shouldnt arrive (2009/125/EC) so the power consumption of the wholeuntil the middle of Q1 next year now. As for the Core i7-3930K system, in either standby or off mode, can be less thanand 3960X, were hearing that Intel will offer a very limited 1W when used with a properly configured, ErP-compliantamount of CPUs in the tens of thousands, although we cant motherboarddisclose the exact figure weve been told. The reason for thisis that the current consumer SKUs are C2 stepping chips and · 80 PLUS® Bronze certified, delivering up to 85% energyIntel is already working on a C3 stepping, but were hearing efficiency under real-world load conditions 9
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone· Active Power Factor Correction (PFC) with PF value of While MasterCards contactless payment system was rolled0.99 out years ago, it was only earlier this year that the company announced the inclusion of SIM-based systems.· Universal AC input from 90~264V In a prepared statement, Andrew Bocking, Vice President,· Over-voltage, under-voltage, over-current, and short Handheld Software Product Management at RIM said,circuit protection provide maximum safety for your critical "NFC technology is making smartphones even smarter andsystem components the MasterCard certification is a significant step forward· High-quality capacitors provide uncompromised in helping transform the way we use mobile devices forperformance and reliability payments. We are working proactively with our carrier· A five year warranty and lifetime access to Corsairs partners, banks, retailers and other industry players and welegendary technical support and customer service are excited to push the boundaries of how NFC can enable new mobile experiences for BlackBerry smartphone users around· Safety Approvals: cTUVus, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TÜV, the world."CCC, C-tick The Bold 9900 and Curve 9360 are two of the latest smartphones from RIM that runs on the BlackBerry 7 OS, incorporating built-in NFC hardware. This means that a separate radio antenna will transmit the requisite paymentC orsair details wirelessly to a high-speed reader at checkout. The NFCT5 50 M radio can be switched off if desired.AC 1000-240VINPUT ~ 12A The certification from Mastercard will be a shot in the arm for 50/60Hz NFC projects around the world. Interest in NFC is increasing, and mobile devices have been tipped to spur adoption givenDC +5V +3.3V +12V -12V +5Vsb the ubiquity of phones in both developing and developedOUTPUT countries.MAX 25A 25A 45A 0.8A 3ACURRENT In Singapore, IDA and seven companies will invest S$40MAX 140W 540W 9.6W 15W million into NFC to eventually allow banks and card issuers toCOMBINED connect via a common infrastructure, as reported by ChannelWATTAGE News Asia just last week. The report mentioned selected models from Nokia, Samsung and RIM. This presumably TOTAL includes the Bold 9900 and Curve 9360. POWER: 550W @ 50°C ambient temperature Lexmark extends workgroup product line with new colour laser MFPsBlackBerry Bold 9900 and Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lexmark-extends-workgroup-product-Curve 9360 NFC smartphones line-with-new-colour-laser-mfps/13834.html October 31st, 2011gain MasterCard PayPass certSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/blackberry-bold-9900-and-curve-9360-nfc-smartphones-gain-mastercard-paypass-cert/13835.htmlOctober 31st, 2011 Lexmark has introduced two new colour laser multifunction printers (MFPs) targeted at the rapidly growing SMEs and mid-sized workgroup segment. The company says theThe BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 Lexmark X548de and X548dte colour laser MFPs delivershave become the first SIM-based smartphones to earn various high performance capabilities and advanced securitythe MasterCard PayPass certification. This means that features representative of more costly devices in the market,MasterCard is confident that the two mobile devices meet but with a smaller footprint and at an affordable price point.its functionality, interoperability and security requirements tobe certified as PayPass-approved devices. Issuing banks arehence allowed to assign a PayPass account to the SIM cardsused in the two smartphones to work with the NFC-based, ornear field communication, payment system. 10
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone October 31st, 2011 ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems) is a Taiwanese electronics firm synonymous with entry level offerings or being the motherboard OEM for brands like HP and IBM. InLexmark has introduced two new colour laser multifunction our labs today is their latest offering – the X79R-AX Blackprinters (MFPs) targeted at the rapidly growing SMEs and Extreme. Boasting a whopping 12 SATA ports, dual LAN/mid-sized workgroup segment. The company says the eSATA, Bluetooth/Wireless LAN connectivity and four PCIeLexmark X548de and X548dte colour laser MFPs delivers x16 slots for multi-GPU extravagance, we see if it has what itvarious high performance capabilities and advanced security takes to be the X79 motherboard of choice.features representative of more costly devices in the market,but with a smaller footprint and at an affordable price point. Box Front View - with a cloth string carrying handle to take it from the shops "The introduction of the X548 smart MFPs strengthensLexmarks position in a strategic growth area for ourcompany - workgroup colour laser devices," said MartyCanning, Lexmark executive vice president and president ofImaging Solutions and Services"We are committed to drivinginnovative, disruptive A4 technology with smart devices,customisable with industry-leading software and tailoredsolutions, to make our business customers more productive."Both colour laser printers come with a large 7-inch colourtouch screen that allows for intuitive navigation to accesswork?ow solutions and shortcuts. Moreover, pre-loadedapplications can be customised with tailored workflows basedon unique business needs.Advanced scanning capabilities includes the ability to scan toe-mail, scan to FTP, scan to fax, scan to network as well asscanning to a flash drive plugged into a front USB port. Theduplex automatic document feeder allows for duplex colour-scanning with a 50-sheet input capacity.On the security front, both laser printers support a variety ofuser authentication and authorization controls, while security-audit logging helps tracks and identi?es security risks. Box Behind - this is one of the most colourful and vibrant boxesA step up from the Lexmark X548de base model, the Lexmark we have in our labX548dte adds an internal hard disk drive which enables extrafeatures, as well as a 650-sheet Duo Drawer for additionalmedia handling capabilities. Sensitive data on the hard diskdrive of the X548dte is protected by means of advanced harddisk encryption.The Lexmark X548de (SG$2,449) and Lexmark X548dte(SG$3,059) are available for sale from authorised Lexmarkbusiness partners. All prices above exclude GST and otherprevailing taxes.First Looks: ECS X79R-AXBlack Extreme - The FeatureFilled X79 Dark HorseSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-looks-ecs-x79r-ax-black-extreme--the-feature-filled-x79-dark-horse/13832.html 11
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneECS X79R-AX Black Extreme Motherboard Front View -passive cooling and no flamboyant heatpipes. Find out more on the next page... MSI GT780R Gaming NotebookMotherboard Back View Review - Taking the battlefield on the road Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-gt780r-gaming-notebook-review-- taking-the-battlefield-on-the-road/13794.html October 31st, 2011 The MSI GT780R was first seen at Computex 2011, and is a 17- inch full HD gaming powerhouse, equipped with Intel Sandy Bridge Quad Core, Nvidia GTX560M for graphics, impressive 1.5 terabytes of speedy RAID-0 storage and multi-colour LED backlighted SteelSeries keyboard. We check out the firepower of this mobile tank and take it for a spin in Battlefield 3!I/O Panel (A nifty clear CMOS button, 2 eSATA 6gbps from Front of Boxa ASMedia ASM1061, Bluetooth V2.1+EDR/150Mbps Wififrom Atheros AR9271L, 4 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 from a TiTUSB7340, 2 Gigabit LAN Ports from Realtek RTL8111Econtrollers and 7.1+2 channel audio from a Realtek ALC892) Laptop Specifications 12
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Exterior of the MSI GT780R 17-inch 1920x1080 (16:9) LED DisplayManuals, Warranty and Driver CD7600mAh, 87Wh Lithum Ion Battery Brushed Metal Cover150W Power Adapter by Delta Electronics LED indicators for charging, harddisk activity and others 13
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Excellent Dynaudio Speakers on both sides, Hotkeys and a Large Power Button2 USB 2.0 on the Right Side. Our review unit came with a DVDSuper Multi driveFrom left to right: Kensington lock, Charger Hole, GigabitEthernet Port, Analog VGA, eSATA and HDMI port Obligatory StickersFrom left to right: a large vent for cooling, 2 USB 3.0 ports,Card Reader, 1 USB 2.0 port and 7.1 channel audio ports30fps@720p Camera with a Array Mic Shortened Right-Shift Key mashed together with the arrow keys - dont like this. Wed rather they do away with the numpad and have larger keys 14
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneWith the Usual WASD/Space/Ctrl/Shift keyboard gameassignment, the touchpad can get accidentally actuated by theusers hand. Fortunately, MSI has included a nifty touchpaddisable button Pictures of LG Prada K2 leaked Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pictures-of-lg-prada-k2- leaked/13830.html October 31st, 2011 The collaboration between LG and Prada started in 2006 with the first LG Prada (KE850) launched in 2007. And in 2009 in Singapore, we saw the LG Prada II (KF900). And it looks like the time has come once more as pictures of the new LG Prada K2 have been leaked online.Provided Software to change keyboard lighting colors andintensity. 15
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone AMDs Graphics segment revenues increased by 10% over Q2 2011, and 4% over Q2 2010 to $403 million. AMDs overall results were better than the forecast revisions suggested. Belkin announces new wireless routers Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/belkin-announces-new-wireless- routers/13828.html October 31st, 2011 Belkin has announced their new wireless routers which comeThe LG Prada K2 sports a slim body with a candybar form in the form of N150, N300, N600 Dual-Band and N750 Dual-factor design. It has a 4.3-inch TFT touchscreen display and Band. The routers claim to incoporate MultiBeam technologyincorporates NOVA display technology that offers over 1000 that can deliver fast speeds and fuller coverage for PCs, tablets,nits of brightness. The 1.3-megapixel camera is located above smartphones, TVs, and gaming consoles.the display, while below it are touchsensitive keys. LG Pradaseries of phones are known to only incorporate their ownproprietary OS, so dont expect it to be running Android 4.0 IceCream Sandwich though. The backlit power button, USB port,a headphone jack are on the top, while the volume controlsare on the left of the phone. The rear holds the 8-megapixelcamera with LED flash, and is probably capable of 1080pfull high definition video recording and a loudspeaker on thebottom. The LG Prada K2 claims to be powered by dual-coreprocessor and supports HSPA+ connectivity.AMDs next-gen GPUs to shipin 2011 Engineered with MultiBeam technology for maximum speedSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-s-next-gen-gpus-to-ship- and coverage, the new Belkin routers N150, N300, N600 Dual-in-2011/13829.html Band (DB) and N750 Dual-band support the proliferation ofOctober 31st, 2011 wireless devices, from smartphones and tablets to Internet TVs and gaming consoles. The exclusive technology also claims to offer higher throughput at longer distances, enabling users to connect multiple devices easily. The Belkin N600 DB and N750 DB routers also feature dual-band channels to eliminate interference and optimize performance for bandwidth-intensive applications such as high-definitionAt their last conference call for Q2 2011, AMD revealed that video streaming.28nm GPUs were on track for 2011. Moving forward to the Q3 The router chassis was specifically designed to support the2011 financial report, AMD still plans plans to ship for revenue latest MultiBeam antennas and maximize the MIMO spherethe first next-gen GPUs by the end of the year. and absolute coverage distance. While traditional routers tendAt their last conference call for Q2 2011, AMD revealed that to provide a donut-shaped coverage pattern – flat and wide –28nm GPUs were on track for 2011. Moving forward to the Q3 the new Belkin routers come in an apple-like shape to provide2011 financial report, AMD still plans plans to ship for revenue more coverage, power and speed for all online activities.the first next-gen GPUs by the end of the year. Each router features Belkin’s Easy Setup, a simple process forOf course, while shipping for revenue does not necessarily getting the router out of the box and online in three easy steps,translate to retail availability, it does mean AMD will be and pre-configured encryption settings for built-in wirelessshipping next-gen chips to their AIB partners some time in Q4 security.2011. If all goes well, we will see AMDs first Radeon HD 7000 Pricing and Availabilityproducts in either late 2011 or more likely early 2012. The Belkin N750 DB, N600 DB, N300 and N150 routers are commercially available now in Singapore at major retailers like Best Denki, Courts, Harvey Norma, Challenger, Mustafa, IT Malls and Gain City. 16
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneBelkin N750 DB Wireless Dual Band N+ Router - S$229 - Easy Setup and preset security- Wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps (2.4GHz) + 450Mbps Belkin N150 Wireless USB Adapter - S$27(5GHz) - Wireless speeds of up to 150Mbps- Simultaneous dual-band operating on 2.4GHz and 5GHzbands - Backward-compatible with 802.11a/g devices at 54 Mbps and 802.11b products at 11 Mbps- Two USB ports for more media sharing or wireless printing Belkin N300 Wireless USB Adapter - S$36 - Wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps- Self-Healing App automatically resolves potential networkproblems - Backward-compatible with 802.11a/g devices at 54 Mbps and 802.11b products at 11 Mbps- Video mover App for wireless streaming of video contentthroughout the house Belkin N600 Wireless USB Adapter - S$54 - The fastest dual-band speeds for video streaming and online- Print Zone App allows you to print from anywhere in the gaming of up to 300Mbpshome - Backward-compatible with 802.11a/g devices at 54 Mbps and- Memory Safe App automatically backs up files to your 802.11b products at 11 Mbpsexternal hard drive- Easy Setup and preset security ARM gives us a glimpse ofN600 DB Wireless Dual Band N+ Router - S$149 what to come Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/arm-gives-us-a-glimpse-of-what-to-- Wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps (2.4GHz) + 300Mbps come/13826.html(5GHz) October 31st, 2011- Simultaneous dual-band operating on 2.4GHz and 5GHzbands- One USB port for wireless printing or storage Although ARM has already announced its next gen Cortex-- Self-Healing App to automatically resolve potential network A15 core based on the ARMv7 architecture some time ago,problems the company has now unveiled some details of its upcoming ARMv8 architecture. The biggest and possibly most important- Video Mover App for wireless streaming of video content change, depending on how things move forward in thethroughout the house universe of ARM powered devices, is 64-bit support in ARMv8.- Print Zone App allows you to print from anywhere in the Although ARM has already announced its next gen Cortex-home A15 core based on the ARMv7 architecture some time ago, the company has now unveiled some details of its upcoming- Memory Safe App automatically backs up files to your ARMv8 architecture. The biggest and possibly most importantexternal hard drive change, depending on how things move forward in the universe of ARM powered devices, is 64-bit support in ARMv8.- Easy Setup and preset securityBelkin N600 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ Modem Router - S$169 The ARMv8 architecture is a major step forward for ARM,- Built-in ADSL2 + modem at least when it comes to making processors that arent necessarily the most power frugal chips out there. With a- Same features as Wireless Router clear move towards more ARM powered devices outside of the phone space, ARM needs to up its game and offer competitiveBelkin N300 Wireless N Router - S$59 processor cores on more than one level. With Windows 8- Wireless speeds of up to 300 Mbps adding ARM support and maybe even more importantly, the server market starting to show interest in ARM powered- Easy Setup and preset security servers, being able to address more than 4GB of RAM. However, ARM already supports virtual memory addresses of- Self-Healing App to detect network problems 40-bit or larger and that gives the ARMv7 architecture theBelkin N150 Wireless Router - S$45 option to support up to 1TB of RAM.- Wireless speeds of up to 150 Mbps- Wireless coverage at twice the speed of G technology Even so, a move towards 64-bit is going to be a must as operating systems, especially the ones from Microsoft, looks 17
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneset to move to 64-bit only in the future, as there simply is noneed to have separate 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Sony and Ericsson part ways,these days. Native 64-bit support should also offer better remain friendsperformance than virtual memory addressing, as the latter Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-and-ericsson-part-ways-remain-adds a performance hit. Another reason for 64-bit support friends/13825.htmlis as mentioned, servers and with todays virtualized server October 31st, 2011environments, having 64-bit memory support is going to be amust for ARM if they want to compete with the big boys.ARM will of course continue to use its current technology andfurther enhance them in the ARMv8 and well see improvedversions of TrustZone, virtualization and NEON advanced In a not entirely unexpected move, Sony is set toSIMD. What isnt mentioned are any additional features buy out Ericsson from the joint Sony Ericsson Mobilebeyond the 64-bit addition to the ARMv8 architecture, but Communications AB joint venture for a not insignificantdepending on where ARM and its partners want to take things, €1.05 billion and will turn Sony Ericsson into a wholly-well most likely see a big change when it comes to power owned subsidiary that will fall under its network-connectedefficiency and thermals, at least for high-end cores that will consumer electronics division. The two companies remainend up both consumer devices and servers. In as much as were friendly though, the deal also includes an IP cross-licensingexpecting new low-power solutions for phones and tablets, agreement and theyll also create a joint wireless connectivityARM and its partners are clearly taking the game to Intel and initiative.something is going to have to change if they want to competeon equal terms. In a not entirely unexpected move, Sony is set to buy out Ericsson from the joint Sony Ericsson MobileThat said, we doubt that well see power hungry processors Communications AB joint venture for a not insignificantbased on ARMs technology, at least not compared to x86 €1.05 billion and will turn Sony Ericsson into a wholly-based processors. There is a fine line between enough owned subsidiary that will fall under its network-connectedperformance and power efficiency and ARM is likely to have consumer electronics division. The two companies remainto cross that line to stay competitive in the long term. The friendly though, the deal also includes an IP cross-licensingeasy way to get more performance, at least in some scenarios agreement and theyll also create a joint wireless connectivityis to add more cores and this is reasonably easy to do with initiative.ARM based technology, especially if you use multiple chips Its been 10 years since Sony and Ericsson decided to teamwhich are smaller and run cooler than x86 processors. More up and create Sony Ericsson and between then and now, thecores are great, except as AMD showed with its Bulldozer mobile device market has changed and is still changing at abased FX series of consumer CPUs, having more cores doesnt rapid pace. Sony Ericsson has sadly gone from third positionalways translate to real world performance gains. On the other to a 10th position when it comes to mobile handset markethand, were not expecting to see a huge influx in cores when it share or from 8.5 percent to 1.7 percent of the global marketcomes to consumer processor designs from ARM, instead the share. Back in 2008 Sony Ericsson said that their goal wascompany is going to have to come up with some new, clever to become the third biggest mobile handset maker within theways of doing things. next five year, but instead the company dropped from fifth to 10th position since then.Of course, moving to new manufacturing technologies will Last year the company went out and said that they wantedhelp ARM and its partners to keep the power envelope down, to be number one in Android handsets and although as withfor now at least, but the next step beyond 28nm is going to take Motorola, it seems like Android has been a saviour to a degreea while, at least if the move from 40nm to 28nm is anything to for Sony Ericsson, its clear that the company is far from thego by. Yes, the foundries have roadmaps, but its worth taking market leader. Its easy to point fingers as to what went wrong,into consideration that TSMC has decided to cut its capex for but some of it has been Sonys unwillingness to use some ofthe next year or so with yet another global downturn being its brand names, most significantly the Playstation brand forexpected. This implies that we might have to live with 28nm Sony Ericsson products, at least until its generally been toochips for a bit longer than originally though. Then again, ARM little too late. The Playstation phone didnt exactly take theis only expecting to disclose its first processors based on the world with a storm, but in all fairness some of Sony EricssonsARMv8 architecture sometime next year and doesnt expect other Xperia handsets arent half bad.its partners to have any prototypes ready until 2014 which The new Sony mobile handset division which has yet to get anright now is an awfully long time away for a new processor official name – although all future handsets will only carry thetechnology. Sony brand – has a tough job ahead of it. Currently a lot of its R&D is located in Sweden, although its expected that this division will be closed down over time with most, if not all of it being moved to Japan. With tough competition from both the big Korean handset manufacturers, especially Samsung, 18
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneas well as HTC and lets not forget Apple, its clear that Sony Looking forward to Q4, AMD expects a 3% ± 2% increase inis going to have to come up with some pretty impressive revenue. AMDs shares rose by 5.05% in after hours shortlyhardware and get it out in the market in a timely fashion. after the results were announced, and an immense 14% in theWith what happened in Japan earlier this year, most of Sony last 24 hours.Ericssons handsets were delayed, some by as much as sixmonths and in an industry thats moving in leaps and boundson almost a monthly basis when it comes to new handsets, this More next-gen GPUis the kind of thing that just isnt allowed to happen. codenames revealedAs for Ericsson, well, theyll go on their merry way and Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/more-next-gen-gpu-codenames-continue to build the network infrastructure which is its revealed/13823.htmlcore competence these days and the company is also busy October 31st, 2011doing various projects involving digital content delivery whichties in nicely with its network infrastructure business. Asfor ST Ericsson, Ericssons joint venture to develop variousdevice end solutions with STMicroelectronics for handsetsand wireless modems, well, its likely to take a potential hit There have been no shortage of code name / branding leaksfrom the split from Sony, although it should be said that for next-gen GPUs in the last few weeks. To add to the list, notnone of Sony Ericssons handsets used the ST Ericsson ARM surprisingly, GK104 is in the works. This chip will form theprocessors, at least not to our knowledge. That said, wed basis for N14E mobile Quadro GPUs. On the AMD side, theexpect this business venture to continue to develop modem already reported Tahiti desktop GPU will also arrive in Woodytechnology for handsets, especially as we slowly continue to and Buzz workstation variants.move towards more LTE enabled devices where ST Ericssonhas some potentially strong solutions. There have been no shortage of code name / branding leaks for next-gen GPUs in the last few weeks. To add to the list, notThe press release doesnt go into any details about the IP cross- surprisingly, GK104 is in the works. This chip will form thelicensing deal, except to mention that it involves five essential basis for N14E mobile Quadro GPUs. On the AMD side, thepatent families. This should involve baseband technology for already reported Tahiti desktop GPU will also arrive in Woody2G, 3G and 4G networks, as well as other handset related and Buzz workstation variants.technology that Ericsson holds patents for. With regards tothe wireless connectivity initiative the press release simply As a recap, leaked drivers have already mentioned GeForcereads "Ericsson and Sony will work to drive and develop the 600 and AMD Radeon HD 7000 families. We know a bunchmarkets adoption of connectivity across multiple platforms" of AMD codenames, ranging from islands (desktop GPUs),which really doesnt explain what the two companies will be locales in London (mobile GPUs) and Chinese monuments.doing together. The deal is expected to close in January 2012 We are also aware of GK107, which is already sampling, andpending the usual regulatory and shareholder approval. will feature in N13P-LP, N13P-GS, N13P-GT and N13E-GE GeForce mobile SKUs and N14P-Q1 and N14P-Q3 mobile Quadros.AMD reports Q3 2011 resultsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-reports-q3-2011-results/13824.html GK104 is expected to be the successor to GF114, serving asOctober 31st, 2011 performance GPUs on desktops and flagship GPUs on mobile SKUs. On the mobile side, GK104 could power the successors to GTX 570M/580M, most likely codenamed under the N13E series. On the mobile workstation front, GK104 will feature in N14E-Q1, N14E-Q3 and N14E-Q5 mobile Quadro SKUs. TheseLast month AMD revised its Q3 forecasts, much to the disdain Quadro GPUs will play one segment higher than the GK107of its shareholders, with AMDs stocks taking a nosedive. As it based N14P Quadro.turns out, the forecast revisions, which suggested revenues of$1.65B were off the mark. AMD has instead reported revenuesof $1.69 billion and net income of $110 million. On the AMD front, theres no scarcity of codenames, with the most often mentioned being Tahiti. Tahiti will release on theLast month AMD revised its Q3 forecasts, much to the disdain desktop as Tahiti XT and Tahiti Pro, and also as Tahiti Woodyof its shareholders, with AMDs stocks taking a nosedive. As it and Tahiti Buzz on workstations under the AMD FireProturns out, the forecast revisions, which suggested revenues of brand.$1.65B and earnings of $80 million were off the mark. AMDhas instead reported revenues of $1.69 billion and net incomeof $110 million. While leaked code names and brandings have provided muchAMDs new CEO Rory Read announced a strong 35% increase fodder for the rumour mill in the last few weeks, little is knownin mobile business, with double digit growth in emerging about the GPUs themselves.markets like China and India. However, AMDs Q3 was marredby yield issues for Llano, being unable to meet the strongdemand. 19
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneLogitech unveils G105 Call - Multi-key input so you can use up to five keys at once toof Duty: Modern Warfare 3 perform multiple – and more complex – actions without the interference or ghosting that can occur with other keyboards.official gaming keyboardSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/logitech-unveils-g105-call-of-duty-modern-warfare-3-official-gaming-keyboard/13822.html Beats By Dr.Dre and MonsterOctober 31st, 2011 launch new Heartbeats by Lady Gaga Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/beats-by-dr.dre-and-monster-launch- new-heartbeats-by-lady-gaga/13821.html October 31st, 2011Logitech has introduced the G105 which claims to be theofficial gaming keyboard for the upcoming Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 first person shooter. It features military-style, night-vision blue LED backlighting, six programmableG-keys with three mode states; with each providing up to 18possible macro combinations per game. It was two years ago when we first saw the Monster "Heartbeats by Lady Gaga" became available in Singapore. Well, it looks like Beats by Dr. Dre and Monster have jointly unveiled the new Heartbeats in-ear headphones, designed by the pop singer-songwriter herself.The Logitech Gaming Keyboard G105, which claims to bethe official keyboard of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3,features night-vision blue LED backlighting. It also has sixprogrammable G-keys with three mode states each provide Beats by Dr. Dre and Monster have announced the latestup to 18 possible macro combinations per game.You can also addition to the line of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones,choose to record new macros on the fly, perform multiple and Heartbeats by Lady Gaga, an updated version of the popularmore complex actions without interference or ghosting. in-ear headphones. Designed by Lady Gaga, the uniquely styled in-ear headphones were inspired by leather and studsThe Logitech Gaming Keyboard G105 is available now at all and feature ultra-crisp sonic technology from the Beats byauthorised Logitech resellers at a suggested retail price of Dr. Dre products. The new Heartbeats by Lady Gaga areS$69. The G105 model that is available in Singapore will a reflection of the pop queen high-end sense of style andonly come with blue LED backlighting. The company has commitment to provide fans with the best music listeningnot confirmed if the keyboard with green LED backlighting experience.and ‘Call of Duty’ branding will be made available locally. The Heartbeats by Lady Gaga feature all-new, lightweight- Long-life, night-vision blue LED backlighting so you can design, six sets of eat tips, tangle-free cable, hard-carryingeasily locate the keys you need – even in the dark. The military case and ControlTalk, which enables iPhone and iPod musicstyle, night-vision green backlight can be set to two different playback control as well as hands-free calls with iPhone andbrightness levels – or turned off completely. many smartphones. The Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Heartbeats- Six Programmable G-keys each with three mode states, let Headphones retails for S$259 and is available at Audioyou configure up to 18 unique functions per game, including House, Alpha Audio, Best Denki, Courts, DG Lifestyle Store,single key presses or complex macros. Use the MR key to Epicentre, Farle Innovation, Gadget World, Harvey Norman,record new macros on the fly. 20
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneHMV, i Studio, iP Case, Macshop, Nubox, Orange Comm, This holiday season, two limited editions of the Arc TouchStereo and all Two Bros outlets. Mouse will be made available in white and red. The new designs will also come with unique patterns on the siliconeKey Features: "tail" portion of the mouse: The red edition will sport aGaga’s Signature Touch diamond pattern, while the white edition will come with a- Sound that transcends ordinary headphone and a fashion- maze-like pattern. Arc Touch Mouse in the new designs willforward style design by Gaga herself. be available at an estimated retail price of S$89 at all major ITUpdated Design and Style retailers from end October 2011.- Newly improved design offers smaller and lighter shape for a Touch Mousebetter in-ear fit and thinner tangle-free cord.High Performance Sound- Accurate speaker design delivers the details of today’s hottestmusic with extreme clarity and deep bass.A Fit for Every Wearer- Multiple ear-tip sizes, so you can find a perfect fit for yourears. This custom-fit seals in your music and help cut outunwanted noise.Built-in Mic for Hands-Free Calls and Online Chats- ControlTalk enables iPhone and iPod music playback controlas well as hands-free calls with iPhone and many smartphones.It even works with online voice or video chats.Microsoft launches limitededition Arc Touch Mouse andTouch Mouse The Touch Mouse is a multitouch device designed exclusivelySource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-launches-limited-edition- for Windows 7 to support clicking, flicking, scrolling andarc-touch-mouse-and-touch-mouse/13820.html swiping getures. Originally available in black, a white ArtistOctober 31st, 2011 Edition with a calligraphy-like motif designed by New York- based art director, illustrator and artist Deanne Cheuk will be exclusive to Challenger stores. It is available as of today at an estimated retail price of S$99, while stocks lasts. The original black edition is also available at all major IT retailers at S$99.Racking your brains on the perfect gifts to buy for your lovedones this upcoming Christmas season? Microsoft has launched As with the original Arc Touch Mouse and Touch Mouse, bothlimited editions of its Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse and the limited edition mice also comes with BlueTrack technologyMicrosoft Touch Mouse that may just be the perfect gift. In that allows it to track on more surfaces than conventional laseraddition, Microsoft says that every purchase of the Arc Touch and optical mice.Mouse, Explorer Touch Mouse and Touch Mouse from todaytill 31st December 2011 will come with a free exclusive PCaccessory pouch.Arc Touch Mouse First Looks: ASUS P9X79 Pro & Deluxe - Mainstream Boards, High End Features Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-looks-asus-p9x79-pro--deluxe-- mainstream-boards-high-end-features/13814.html October 31st, 2011The companys fastest-selling premium peripheral in localhistory, the slim Arc Touch Mouse snaps into an arc shape foruse, and flatten for the ultimate in portability - no more havingto deal with the added "bump" of a mouse in your laptop bag. Atouch control strip allows for controlled scrolling or hyperfastscrolling by flicking on it. Completing our three part Asus X79 Motherboard series roundup is the mainstream P9X79 Pro and P9X79 Deluxe. Like the Sabertooth X79 and the ROG Rampage IV Extreme, 21
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneboth boards did not compromise on implementing full 8 slotsof DDR3 memory expansion, and every inch of their PCBis packed with quality components for lasting reliability andunhinged performance.P9X79 Pro front view (8 DIMMs for a maximum of 64GB, PCIe3.0 x16 slots) Two SATA 6Gbps ports (white) and 4 SATA 6Gbpss ports(blue) from the X79 chipset. Like the Sabertooth X79, A Marvell 9128 provides two additional 6Gbps ports (grey) and supports pairing a mechanical harddrive with a solid state drive for SSD caching, a useful features as the X79 chipset doesnt support Intel SRT as seen on Z68 motherboards.P9X79 Deluxe - no you are not seeing double. The Deluxe hasan almost identical board layout but has an additional RealtekGigabit controller and BT GO! 3.0 with Wi-Fi connectivity. The PORT80 debug display and power/reset buttons - these life-saving features should be a must-have on any DIY retail motherboard. All ASUS X79 boards also have 64Mbit of UEFI Flash ROM, which is a requirement for the next generation Intel Ivy Bridge-E platform. Some minor PCIe switching and multiplexing going on hereI/O Panel of the P9X79 Pro (Intel 82579V Gigabit LAN,two powered eSATA (eSATAp) from an ASMedia ASM1061controller, four USB 3.0 ports from a pair of ASMediaASM1042 controllers, although two of the rear ports sharebandwidth with the two front ports courtesy of a VLI VL810USB 3.0 hub and finally audio from a Realtek ALC898 audiocodec.The BIOS reset button can also be used to update the BIOSusing a USB thumbdrive without booting the PC. 22
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Digi+ EPU (VRM) for the memory and another for the CPU. Both boards have 8+2+2+2 power phase designCPU socket area. We noticed that the whole family of ASUSX79 boards share almost the same layout over here, whichcould explain why they could implement the full 8 slots ofDIMMs even on their lower end SKUs. Accessories of the P9X79 Pro RIM delays PlayBook OS update to 2012MemOK! boot-time watchdog trigger button and plenty of Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rim-delays-playbook-os-update-PWM 4-pin fan headers (6 in total) around the motherboard to-2012/13819.html 23
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneOctober 31st, 2011 not appear to have production plans beyond 2011, a telling sign that the company is either in an internal state of chaos or has way too much unsold stock. On the other hand, given that its top competitors are using the same platform for both their smartphones and tablets offerings - think Apple iOS and the recently unveiled Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, quitting the tablet space certainly Research in Motio wont be upgrading the software on its isnt a viable option for RIM.PlayBook tablet until February 2012. The announcement wasthe latest in a string of delays following a promise by co-CEOJim Balsillie that the company will add native email and otherfeatures within 60 days of its launch earlier this year. Theupdate was subsequently pushed back to August, and then to Adata launches its XM13October. series of mSATA SSDs Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/adata-launches-its-xm13-series-of- msata-ssds/13818.html October 31st, 2011 SSD caching has as yet not take off, at least not that were aware, although some of the first Ultrabooks seems to be taking advantage of Intels SRT technology. Now Adata has announced its first mSATA SSDs which are as far as the press release is making it sound like, intended for use as hard drive"As much as wed love to have it in your hands today, weve caching SSDs.made the difficult decision to wait to launch BlackBerryPlayBook OS 2.0 until we are confident we have fully met the SSD caching has as yet not take off, at least not that wereexpectations of our developers, enterprise customers and end- aware, although some of the first Ultrabooks seems to beusers," wrote David J. Smith, SVP for BlackBerry PlayBook in taking advantage of Intels SRT technology. Now Adata hasa blog entry. announced its first mSATA SSDs which are as far as the pressSmith was quick to point out that a beta of the BlackBerry release is making it sound like, intended for use as hard drivePlayBook OS 2.0 has been launched, and is currently in closed caching SSDs.testing with some of the companys enterprise customers. Feedback and improvements from these betas will ultimatelybenefit the BlackBerry PlayBook experience, says Smith. The XM13 series of mSATA SSDs wont be breaking any speed records as far as SSDs are concerned, but theyre one uppingThe news was met with strong reactions with a scattering of OCZs Nocti series of mSATA SSDs in terms of performance.comments voicing support for RIMs decision to "get it right." The XM13 will be available in 30 and 60GB sizes and Adata is On the most part however, many readers who proclaimed rating the max sequential read performance at 280MB/s, withthemselves as BlackBerry users have voiced frustration and the read performance hitting 260MB/s. The random read andeven anger at the shifting goalposts where the availability of write performance should hit 12,500 IOPS according to Adata.promised features are concerned."Weve all be fed a pack of lies since launch of the device, Iwasted £300 on the promise of Native Email, Android Playerand DLNA by the end of summer....now 2012....when will thedelays end 2013?" wrote a frustrated user named Matt inresponse to the announcement.The decision to delay the PlayBook OS update appears toreflect a new strategy of slowing everything down in orderto release a properly polished product out the door. WhilePlayBook 1.0 was reasonably polished, it paled in several areasagainst competing tablets. Moreover, the repeated delays andmissteps are doing nothing for the confidence of existing users.Moving forward, there appears to be some apprehension aboutwhat RIM intends to do in the tablet space. A report onTechNewsWorld cited supply chain contacts that RIM does 24
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneBoth SKUs feature an unspecified Sandforce controller,although were most likely looking at something similar tothat of OCZs Nocti series, as the XM13 sports a SATA 3Gbpsinterface. Adata is suggesting that you should pair up its newmSATA SSDs with one of Gigabytes mSATA sporting Z68motherboards, although it should also be possible to upgrademSATA equipped notebooks too, at least as long as yourenot afraid of a bit of notebook DIY. No word on pricing oravailability, so its hard to tell if these mSATA SSDs will becompetitive or not.Nokia partner up with Monsterfor co-branded headsetsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-partner-up-with-monster-for-co-branded-headsets/13817.htmlOctober 31st, 2011 There will be two headsets to start with, the Purity HD stereo headset and the Purity stereo headset; of course both models carry a "by Monster" tag at the end of the product names. The Purity HD is an over ear type headset with square-ish kind of flat ear pads. The headband is foldable and features a very similar design as the Beats audio headsets. The wire has a microphone and control buttons that are compatible with Nokias new Lumia phones, although we expect that it shouldThe most surprising announcement at Nokia World 2011 work with at least any other Windows Phone 7 device. Thewasnt one of Nokias new handsets, instead it was the buttons allow for adjustment of volume and answering andannouncement that Nokia is teaming up with Monster to co- ending calls. The Purity HD headset will come in black, white,brand headsets for its phones. What makes this so interesting cyan and fuchsia for what is likely to be a steep price tag.is that HTC bought into the Beats brand, which was originallya collaboration between Monster and Dr Dre and were curiousabout what HTC will have to say about this partnershipThe most surprising announcement at Nokia World 2011wasnt one of Nokias new handsets, instead it was theannouncement that Nokia is teaming up with Monster to co-brand headsets for its phones. What makes this so interestingis that HTC bought into the Beats brand, which was originallya collaboration between Monster and Dr Dre and were curiousabout what HTC will have to say about this partnership. 25
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe Purity headset on the other hand a standard in-ear affair,although it uses the kind of flat cables that once again Monsterhas used for the Beats audio products. This is a noise insulationset or headphones and it comes with five different sized earbuds to allow for a tight seal. The rest of the features are thesame as for the Purity HD and well be seeing the Purity in thesame choice of colours as well. No word on pricing here either,but expect them to be expensive.Nokia Asha, the handsets forthe next billionSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-asha-the-handsets-for-the-next-billion/13816.htmlOctober 31st, 2011As for the new Symbian S40 6th Edition handsets announcedtoday at Nokia World 2011, its clear that Nokia is pushing for adeath of the "dumb phone" even though its hard to call the newAsha handsets smartphones, but they most definitely fall inthe feature phone category. The four new models are the Asha303, Asha 300, Asha 201 and Asha 200, of which three comeswith a full QWERTY keypad. Apparently these handsets are Starting at the bottom, we have the Asha 200 and 201, whichintended for the developing markets, or for the "next billion" are more or less the same handset, although with some minormobile users, according to Nokia. differences in terms of the internals. Neither model offers 3G connectivity with both limited to dual band GSM/EDGE. BothAs for the new Symbian S40 6th Edition handsets announced models sport a 2.4in QVGA (320x240) display, up to 64MB oftoday at Nokia World 2011, its clear that Nokia is pushing for a internal storage memory, a micro SD card slot, a 2Megapixeldeath of the "dumb phone" even though its hard to call the new camera, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, FM radio, a micro USB portAsha handsets smartphones, but they most definitely fall in and a 3.5mm headset jack. The main difference is that thethe feature phone category. The four new models are the Asha Asha 200 is a dual SIM phone, but the neat thing here is that303, Asha 300, Asha 201 and Asha 200, of which three comes the second SIM can be swapped without having to restart thewith a full QWERTY keypad. Apparently these handsets are phone. The Asha 200s have a battery rated at 1,430mAh whichintended for the developing markets, or for the "next billion" is good for up to 35 days standby or 7h talk time. Both modelsmobile users, according to Nokia. will be available in eight different colours depending on the market, with the Asha 200 expected to launch this quarter with the Asha 201 set to follow in Q1 next year with an estimated retail price of €60 (S$105) excluding tax. 26
    • October 31st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The fourth and final new handset is the Asha 303 which gets a slightly bigger capacitive 2.6-inch screen, but it retains the low QVGA (320x240) resolution. It too boosts an unspecified 1GHz processor, but the rest of the specs have been given a bump. It has 170MB of storage memory, pentaband 3G/HSPA support, a QWERTY keypad, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, a 3.2Megapixel camera, FM radio, a micro USB port with USB OTG support and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Nokia claims that the 1,300mAh battery should be good for up to 30 days standby in 2G mode or 35 days in 3G mode with up to eight and seven hours of talk time respectively. The Asha 303 will come in six different colours and it too should arrive later this quarter for about €115 (S$205), again excluding tax.Next up we have the Asha 300 which looks a lot more like atraditional “dumb phone” but the looks are deceiving in thiscase. The Asha 300 features an unspecified 1GHz processor,a 2.4-inch QVGA (320x240) resistive touch screen and quadband 3G/HSPA connectivity. It also has 140MB of internalstorage memory, a micro SD card slot, a 5Megapixel camerathat will also shoot VGA resolution vide at 25fps, Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR, FM radio with RDS, a micro USB port with USB OTGsupport and a 3.5mm headset jack. Its also the first of twoSymbian S40 devices from Nokia that will come with AngryBirds Lite pre-loaded. The Asha 300 will be available in sixdifferent colours and should arrive this quarter with a retailprice of around €85 (S$150) excluding tax. 27
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks.Asus Transformer Primebenchmarked?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-transformer-prime-benchmarked-/13877.htmlNovember 4th, 2011Weve already seen a glimpse of the internals of the Asus EeePad Transformer Prime and now it seems like benchmarknumbers have leaked, in a very peculiar way. An Androidbenchmark called AnTuTu Benchmark got updated to version2.4.2 and the company behind the benchmark has includednumbers for the Transformer Prime for comparative purposes,despite the fact that the new tablet hasnt even launched yet.Weve already seen a glimpse of the internals of the Asus EeePad Transformer Prime and now it seems like benchmarknumbers have leaked, in a very peculiar way. An Androidbenchmark called AnTuTu Benchmark got updated to version2.4.2 and the company behind the benchmark has includednumbers for the Transformer Prime for comparative purposes,despite the fact that the new tablet hasnt even launched yet.According to the version history on the Android market,AnTuTu got support for quad core processors in version 2.4 So how does the Transformer Prime perform, well, at leastand at some point after that the company got its hands on a in this specific benchmark, its blowing the competition away.Transformer Prime. According to the benchmark comparison Were a little bit suspicious about the numbers though, as thegraph, the Tegra 3 chip inside the Transformer Prime is memory performance appears to be way too high consideringclocked at 1.4GHz, a smidgen slower than the up to 1.5GHz that Tegra 3 has a single 32-bit LPDDDR2 memory interfacespeed that been thrown around earlier. and even Nvidia has stated that Tegra 3 will only have close to double the memory bandwidth. Interestingly, the graphics performance doesnt seem to be all that mind blowing, as both the 2D and 3D chunks in the graph, are no bigger than those of other high-end Android smartphones. We should find out soon enough if these numbers prove to be the real deal or not, but if its proven to be true, then Nvidia could have a real winner on its hands with Tegra 3 and for the same intents and purpose, Asus with its Transformer Prime. That said, were not sure if Android can take advantage of all this performance thats on offer, but hopefully Android 4.0 will be able to make better use of the additional cores that are on offer here. 1
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneGigabytes new 3D BIOSshown off on videoSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-s-new-3d-bios-shown-off-on-video/13875.htmlNovember 4th, 2011Its been long coming and although we didnt expect it to beshown off quite so soon, details of Gigabytes upcoming 3DBIOS – where BIOS really is UEFI – have appeared online.Back when the 6-series launched, Gigabit got a lot of criticismfor sticking with the good old BIOS for its boards, but with itsX79 motherboards, Gigabyte have been more or less forced to Lets take an example here, click on the SATA ports andmove to UEFI. you get a menu that allows you to change the settings for the SATA ports. The options are kept fairly basic in most of the options, but some of the 3D BIOS settings have moreIts been long coming and although we didnt expect it to be advanced features and theres even an overclocking menu.shown off quite so soon, details of Gigabytes upcoming 3D This is a pretty revolutionary way of accessing the BIOSBIOS – where BIOS really is UEFI – have appeared online. settings and something no-one else has done before. WellBack when the 6-series launched, Gigabit got a lot of criticism reserve judgement until we actually get to have a play with itfor sticking with the good old BIOS for its boards, but with its though, as its not easy to judge how well it works, even fromX79 motherboards, Gigabyte have been more or less forced to the video.move to UEFI. As for the advanced options, we feel Gigabyte need to makeBeyond the simple fact that Gigabyte has moved to UEFI, the things a bit easier to read, as the font used is very skinnycompany seems to have sat down and had a think about how which makes it a bit difficult to read. It also looks like Gigabytecreate an easy to access UI. For those that are worried that didnt make the best possible use of the screen real estate onGigabyte has dumbed things down, fret not, all the advanced offer, although this seems to be a common issue among all thesettings are still there, although wed go out on a limb here and graphical UEFI implementations to date. You can of coursesay that Gigabyte still need to tweak the advanced settings a still use your keyboard to navigate around if youre not keenbit. But lets go back to the new simple UI; this is really where on using the mouse. Wed suggest you have a look at the videothe 3D BIOS name comes into play. Gigabyte simply snapped to get a better idea of Gigabytes new 3D BIOS which shoulda couple of pictures of the board in question, put them in the be standard on all new motherboards from Gigabyte.UEFI and made the various components selectable. 2
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSapphire Shows Off its X79Pure Black Motherboard The Sapphire Pure Black X79 is designed for overclocking, backed by a strong power delivery and some nifty featuresSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sapphire-shows-off-its-x79-pure-black- overclockers can use to their advantage. To begin with, powermotherboard/13874.html delivery to the CPU is habdled by a 7-phase digital PWM powerNovember 4th, 2011 supply that draws power from an 8-pin EPS connector, and a 2-phase VTT circuit that uses common choke + DrMOS design. Apart from the 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS, the board also draws power from a 6-pin PCIe power connector, this is probably to stabilize PCIe slot power delivery and other power domains.Although known more for its AMD Radeon graphics cards,Sapphire always tried to make inroads to the motherboardindustry. Not that there are any major hurdles in its way, giventhat it has a cash-rich OEM (PC Partner) pulling its strings.Come LGA2011 Sandy Bridge-E HEDT platform, and Sapphireis out for its slice yet again, with the Pure Black CI7X79Nmotherboard, of which we scored some early pictures.Although known more for its AMD Radeon graphics cards,Sapphire always tried to make inroads to the motherboardindustry. Not that there are any major hurdles in its way, giventhat it has a cash-rich OEM (PC Partner) pulling its strings.Come LGA2011 Sandy Bridge-E HEDT platform, and Sapphireis out for its slice yet again, with the Pure Black CI7X79Nmotherboard, of which we scored some early pictures. There are four DDR3 DIMM slots, one per memory channel. Sandy Bridge-E packs a quad-channel DDR3 memory controller. The memory on this board is powered by a 4-phase VRM, which uses common chokes and driver-MOSFETs. 3
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone There are six USB 3.0 ports on this board, four on the rear panel, and two via internal header, all driven by ASMedia- made 2-port controllers. There are two gigabit Ethernet connection, which surprisingly, are handled by Marvell YukonSpeaking of PCIe, all the expansion slots on this board are Ultra II PCIe GbE controllers - you dont see that everyday.physical PCIe x16. Among these, three are PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Audio is care of a Realtek ALC892 HD audio CODEC, with 8+2capable, and all six are PCI-Express 3.0 x8 capable. Were not channels, optical and coaxial SPDIF outputs. Connectivity alsoquite sure what the third set of 16 PCIe lanes are wired to, includes a Bluetooth controller.but that is quite a big heatsink (board area-wise) cooling thechipset. Perhaps theres a bridge chip, too? Even if there is,we dont expect it to be NVIDIA-made. Due to some industrypolitics, Sapphire doesnt have access to NVIDIA SLI on itsmotherboards, but hey youre not missing out much, and thereare plenty of options from the Radeon camp. Moving on to the business-end of this board (overclocking), we could find many nifty features, starting with a strong VRM, a UEFI firmware with at least a basic interface yet loaded with options, consolidated voltage measurement points covering key voltage domains, some jumper-based hard overclocking, phase LEDs that give you a visual measure of phase loading,Storage connecitivy includes four internal SATA 6 Gb/s (red) and both POST LED numeric display and a fixed PC speakerports, out of which two are wired to the X79 PCH, and two to a - a nifty touch.Marvell-made SATA 6 Gb/s RAID controller; four SATA 3 Gb/ Expect the Sapphire Pure Black X79 to feature in the first waves (black) ports from the X79 PCH; and two eSATA 6 Gb/s ports of LGA2011 motherboards.on the rear panel, driven by a Marvell-made controller. Klipsch Image S4A, first for Android headphones, available now Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/klipsch-image-s4a-first-for-android- headphones-available-now/13873.html 4
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNovember 4th, 2011 November 4th, 2011This new Klipsch Image S4A claims to be the first This afternoon, Motorola Mobility unveiled the new RAZRheadphones for Android devices. Android users can download smartphone which features dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GBthe free Klipsch Control app to customize button functions of memory and runs Google Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread mobilethe single-button remote control- play, pause, answer and end operating system. The 4.3-inch phone with Super AMOLEDcalls etc. Advanced touchscreen display will be available from next week.Tat Chuan Acoustic has brought Klipsch Image S4A, firstfor Android headphones, to Singapore. Android users can The Motorola RAZR measures 7.1mm at its thinnest point anddownload the free Klipsch Control App prior to use. Once sports a 4.3-inch qHD (960x540) Super AMOLED Advancedinstalled, the headphone instantly becomes a fully functioning touchscreen display with Corning Gorilla glass. Poweredheadset for any device running the Android 2.1 or higher. With by dual-core 1.2GHz processor and runs Google Androidits single-button remote, users are able to play, pause and skip 2.3.5, the phone has a curved body with laser-cut KEVLARmusic tracks, answer and end incoming calls, and voice search. rear, stainless steel core and laminated construction that offerEach button function can be customized by users through good durability.the use of the Klipsch Control App. By simply assigning thesingle, double or three-click functionalities of the remote tothe different call and music controls, users are granted acustomized listening experience each time they plug in.Available in a sleek black finish with chrome accents, theImage S4A comes complete with four different-sized oval eartips (a small/medium dual flange design as well as small,medium and large single flange designs), a nylon zipper case,clothing clip and two-year warranty. The Klipsch Image S4Ais retailing at S$169 (inclusive of GST) and is available nowat Tat Chuan Showroom at The Adelphi #01-17, as well as allHandphone Shop and 3 Mobile outlets.Motorola Mobility bringsthe new RAZR Androidsmartphone to SingaporeSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/motorola-mobility-brings-the-new-razr-android-smartphone-to-singapore/13872.html 5
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The report also suggests NVIDIAs performance Kepler GPUs are now scheduled for a Q2 2012 release, around the release of Ivy Bridge. By that time, AMD will have quite a few of their 28nm GPUs on the market. Samsung Series 9 TA950 3D LED HDTV monitor review: As good as it looks Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-series-9-ta950-3d-led-hdtv- monitor-review-as-good-as-it-looks/13751.html November 4th, 2011At the top of the new Motorola RAZR are a 3.5mm audio jack,microUSB and HDMI connectors for charging/data transferand video output. The volume controls and power/lock button The Samsung Series 9 TA950 3D LED HDTV monitor isare on the right, while the left holds the microSD and SIM designed for both entertainment and work, and comes withcard slots. The 8-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash Smart TV features for users to navigate YouTube and socialare at the rear and is capable of recording videos at 1080p high networking services like Facebook and Twitter. So how gooddefinition. The Motorola RAZR also comes preloaded with is this 3D LED backlit monitor? Read on.MotoCast app that lets you remote access your files from yourPCs securely.The Motorola RAZR will be available from SingTel, M1 andStarHub from 11 November 2011 at a recommended retailprice of S$888.Report: 28nm AMD GPUvolume shipments in 2012Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-28nm-amd-gpu-volume-shipments-in-2012/13871.htmlNovember 4th, 2011 These days, even though LCD TVs are becoming highly affordable these days, the LCD monitors are still in demand,According to a report from Fudzilla, AMD will be able to supply especially for PC users who want a replacement or a biggernext-gen 28nm GPUs in mass quantities only in 2012. At its monitor display. Well, it is true that you can use a 32-inch orlast conference call, AMD confirmed that the next-gen GPUs larger LCD TV, but unless that TV is full high definition 1080pwill ship by the end of the year, although the actual general (1920x1080), else the screen resolution would be smallerrelease still remains a matter of speculation. than most LCD monitors. Moreover, some users may wantAccording to a report from Fudzilla, AMD will be able to even higher resolutions, like 2560x1600 pixel resolution likesupply next-gen 28nm GPUs in mass quantities only in 2012. what the Dell 30-inch 3007WFP LCD monitor offers, which isAt its last conference call, AMD confirmed that the Since only slightly smaller than a 32-inch LCD TV. Another thing toAMD will be shipping some GPUs within 2011, a launch for consider is connectivity, since not all PCs have HDMI output,at least one 28nm GPU could be possible by the end of the or LCD TVs having VGA and DVI inputs. And if you chooseyear. However, availability will be very limited in 2011 and to use the LCD TV as your PCs monitor, built-in featureswidespread availability for the same GPU will only happen in including TV tuner and analogue AV inputs would be of no useearly 2012. As expected, the reasons cited have been challenges as there is no need to use them.and yield issues with the long pending transition to 28nm at On the other hand, the LCD monitors can double up as a TVTSMC. AMD also plans to use Globalfoundries 28nm process display with their HDMI input, provided you dont mind thefor selected chips, but GloFos no better off than TSMC with smaller screen size. The Samsung TA950 is the latest in thethe 28nm transition. 6
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSeries 9 LED-backlit monitors and claims to offer both 2D Auto Volume Yesand 3D capabilities. Before we go on, lets take a look at its Levelerspecifications:- Caption (Subtitle) Yes Clock & On/Off Yes TimerSamsung Series 9 TA950 3D LED HDTV monitor Game Mode YesDisplay BLU LED Picture-In-Picture 1 Tuner PIPUltra Clear Panel Yes Sleep Timer YesVideo Screen Size 27-inch Still Picture NoResolution 1,920 x 1,080 Hotel TV Feature Hotel Mode YesPicture Engine DNIe + 3D System DTV Reception DVB-T HyperReal Engine DTV Tuner Built-in YesPanel Frame Rate 120Hz MHP / MHEG MHEG (1.0.6)Dynamic Contrast Mega DCR (version)Ratio Input & Output Audio Out (Mini YesAuto Motion Plus Yes Jack)120Hz Component In (Y/ 1Brightness 300cd/m2 Pb/Pr)Response time 3ms Composite In (AV) 1 (Common use forViewing Angle (H/ 170/160 Component Y)V) Digital Audio Out 1Audio Sound Solution Dolby Digital plus (Optical) pulse, dts2.0, SRS DVI Audio In (Mini 1 (Common use for TheatreSound HD Jack) PC Audio in)Sound output 7 watts x 2 Ethernet (LAN) Yes(RMS) Headphone 1 (Common use forWoofer No Audio out)Feature Samsung 3D Yes HDMI 23D Sound (TV) Yes PC Audio In (Mini YesWireless HeadSet No Jack)Smart@TV Yes PC In (D-sub) NoRemote Control Yes RF In (Terrestrial/ 1App Support Cable input)Extended PVR No RF In (Satellite NoAllshare (Powered Yes input)by DLNA) RS232C (AV NoConnectShare™ Yes CONTROL)(USB2.0) USB 2RUI No Design Concept / Type Metalic MaterialWiFi Built-in No (ToC or HighEPG No Glossy)Teletext (TTXT) No Front Color BlackOSD Language English Tilt YesDigital Noise Filter Yes Swivel (Left/Right) NoBD Wise Yes Mark Energy/ - Environment MarkInstaPort S Yes Power Power Supply AC100 - 240VRoom EQ , Auto Yes 50/60HzSound Calibration(ASC) Power Typical 70 watts / Consumption Max 80 wattsAnynet+ (HDMI- Yes (Max.)CEC) Power < 1.5WAuto Channel Yes ConsumptionSearch (Stand-by)Auto Power Off Yes 7
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDimension Set Size without 621.0 x 380.0 x 11.4 IT professionals for security, manageability, service and Stand (WxHxD, support. The Dell Latitude ST is available now. mm)Set Size with Stand 621.0 x 472.5 x(WxHxD, mm) 185.5Package Size 691.0 x 543.0 x(WxHxD, mm) 216.0Weight Set Weight with 5.9 Stand (kg)Package Weight 9.8(kg)Accessory 3D Glasses Yes (Bundle)Remote Control TM1060ModelBatteries (for YesRemote Control)Vesa Wall Mount Not support anySupport wall mount Dell has announced their new Latitude ST tablet PC that isSlim Gender Cable Yes designed for both mobile and IT professionals. IncorporatingANT- Cable No Windows 7 productivity in a convenient, lightweight body,Power Cable External Adapter the Latitude ST promises security, manageability, service andSignal Cable HDMI to HDMI support. The tablet PC sports a 10-inch multi-touch display(Default) Cable with a stylus for intuitive ease-of-use, and lets you access data anytime and anywhere via Wi-Fi and mobile broadbandQuick Setup Guide Yes options. The Dell Latitude ST can be tailored to specificE-manual Yes business or end user needs with certified applications andInstall CD Yes (for PC 3D professional services. It is also ideal for any organization Game S / W) where employees need to run a core set of applications in safe computing environments. Asus launches feature packed 11.6-inch U24E notebook in Japan Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-launches-feature-packed-11.6- inch-u24e-notebook-in-japan/13869.html November 4th, 2011Dell introduces LatitudeST Tablet for business,healthcare and education When it comes to notebooks, Japan seems to be getting all the cool models and now Asus has gone and launched a new 11.6-Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/dell-introduces-latitude-st-tablet-for- inch notebook in Japan and no, its not another Ultrabook, asbusiness-healthcare-and-education/13870.html the U24E features a full-fat CPU, yet still manages to weigh inNovember 4th, 2011 at 1.5kg. This is the reason why Ultrabooks are pointless, as its obviously possible to create notebooks with standard notebook CPUs without making big, heavy 15-inch or larger behemoths. When it comes to notebooks, Japan seems to be getting all the cool models and now Asus has gone and launched a new 11.6-Today, Dell Singapore unveiled their latest Latitude ST, a inch notebook in Japan and no, its not another Ultrabook, aslightweight and portable tablet PC designed both mobile and the U24E features a full-fat CPU, yet still manages to weigh in at 1.5kg. This is the reason why Ultrabooks are pointless, as its 8
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneobviously possible to create notebooks with standard notebook smaller 8.2-inch screen, although both models should have theCPUs without making big, heavy 15-inch or larger behemoths. same 1280x800 resolution.The U24E sports a Core i5-2430M processor which is clockedat 2.4GHz, but will turbo all the way up to 3GHz. It also comes Motorola has launched a pair of Android tablet in the shapewith 4GB of RAM as standard which is upgradeable to 8GB. of the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition and the two areStorage is a regular old hard drive, but Asus will offer sizes up quite different, even though the name wouldnt suggest so. Theto 750GB. Theres of course no optical drive, as this is a rather Xoom 2 should be replacing the original Xoom, as both featuresmall machine at 291x207x28mm (WxDxH) and its 11.6-inch a 10.1-inch display, whereas the Xoom 2 Media Edition has ascreen has typical notebook resolution of 1366x768 pixels smaller 8.2-inch screen, although both models should have thewhich is powered by Intels integrated HD 3000 graphics. same 1280x800 resolution.Other features include two USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 2.0port, an HDMI port, Gigabit Ethernet, a D-sub connector,a memory card reader, audio jacks, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi,Bluetooth 3.0 + HS and of course a webcam. The 6-cell batteryis rated at 6.8h and although this is where things arent as goodas some of the Ultrabooks, its not significantly less when youcompare, in fact Asus on Zenbook UX21 has a comparativelysmall battery that wont give you much more usable batterylife. The U24E is on sale in Japan now for 59,800 Yen (S$968/US$766) which seems quite reasonable for what you get. As towhen the U24E will be available outside of Japan, is anyonesguess.Motorola Xoom 2 and Xoom 2Media Edition launchesSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/motorola-xoom-2-and-xoom-2-media- The two tablets share a similar design, run Android 3.2 andedition-launches/13868.html feature gorilla glass as well as rubberised edges to improve theNovember 4th, 2011 grip. Both tablets are powered by a dual core 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 SoC which has been paired up with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi, a rear 5Megapixel camera with LED flash and a front facing 1.3Megapixel camera. Both models also has a micro USB port and a micro HDMI port, with the Xoom 2 also having a micro SD card slot, although its apparently not enabled at the moment. The Xoom 2 Media Edition alsoMotorola has launched a pair of Android tablet in the shape features an infrared transmitter which allows you to use it asof the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition and the two are a universal remote control.quite different, even though the name wouldnt suggest so. TheXoom 2 should be replacing the original Xoom, as both featurea 10.1-inch display, whereas the Xoom 2 Media Edition has a 9
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneCurrently the two models are only available in the UK andIreland, although wed expect to see broader availability overtime. Theres also a potential of a 3G model for the Xoom 2, asits already equipped with a SIM card slot, but the UK modelwill be Wi-Fi only. The Xoom 2 weighs in at 599g while thesmaller Xoom 2 Media Edition is a bit more portable at 386g.Apparently the Xoom 2 Media Edition also sports a subwoofer It looks like Nvidia has managed to shrink the size of thespeaker, although wed have to hear it to believe it. Price wise chip quite significantly compared to Tegra 2, despite doublingthe Xoom 2 will retail for £379.99 (S$780) with the Xoom 2 the core count and then some. It’s unlikely that this sameMedia Edition coming in slightly cheaper at £329.99 (S$650). chip will be used in smartphones though, as it’s still bigger than your average ARM SoC. Beyond the Tegra 3 chip, we’re looking at an unknown amount of 32-bit DDR2 or possibly LPDDR2 memory from Elpida, as the specific model number doesn’t appear on Elpida’s website. Storage comes courtesy of an eMMC chip from Hynix, in this case a 32GB chip built on 2Xnm technology that is compliant with the eMMCAsus Transformer Prime gets 4.41 standard that offers a maximum memory bandwidth ofundressed, reveals Tegra 3 104MB/s.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-transformer-prime-gets-undressed-reveals-tegra-3/13867.htmlNovember 4th, 2011The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) had kindlyposted pictures of the guts of Asus’ upcoming TransformerPrime tablet, since if you want to sell a device in the US; ithas to pass through the stringent testing of the FCC. As such,we now know not only what Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chip for tabletslook like, but also some details about the specifications of theTransformer Prime beyond the processor.The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) had kindlyposted pictures of the guts of Asus’ upcoming TransformerPrime tablet, since if you want to sell a device in the US; it Other chips spotted include Wi-Fi from Azurewave, a GPShas to pass through the stringent testing of the FCC. As such, receiver from Broadcom, audio from Realtek and a touchwe now know not only what Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chip for tablets screen controller from Atmel with support for up to 16look like, but also some details about the specifications of the simultaneous touch inputs. The tablet also appears to have aTransformer Prime beyond the processor. micro SD card slot, a built in camera with what appears to be an LED flash, an audio jack and a USB port. There’s also a custom dock connector for the keyboard dock, but it’s a bit hard to see in the pictures. The battery pack seems to take up most of the space inside the tablet and it’s rated at 25Wh 10
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneor 3,380mAh whichever you prefer. That said, we shouldn’t Continuing with tradition, Noctua is offering the new NM-have to wait too long for the Transformer Prime to launch and I2011 SecuFirm2™ mountings free of charge to new andwe should know more then. Check out the source for more existing customers, which is compatible with their whole linepictures of the internals of the Transformer Prime. of retail heatsinks. We at VR-Zone tested it on our previously reviewed NH-C14 and the new ASUS Sabertooth X79 to bring you the mounting procedures and some idea about ram clearance. The kit came in a small and glossy boxRosewill releases themonstrous Blackhawk-UltraGaming CaseSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rosewill-releases-the-monstrous-blackhawk-ultra-gaming-case/13866.htmlNovember 4th, 2011Today Rosewill released the Blackhawk-Ultra Gaming SuperTower Computer Case, a product of monstrous proportionsand loaded with features. The case can support HPTXmotherboards, two power supplies and a ludicrous number ofcooling fans; it comes with 8 LED fans pre-installed. Opening the box was akin to opening a jewellery case, quite impressive considering its free of chargeThe case also includes a full black interior with many cablerouting options, ten HDD trays and up to 43cm long GFXcards. Rosewill offers the case with a MSRP of 229.99$ USD.Noctua NM-I2011 SecuFirm2LGA 2011 Mounting Kit ReviewSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/noctua-nm-i2011-secufirm2-lga-2011-mounting-kit-review/13865.htmlNovember 4th, 2011 11
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneFool-proof instructions ASUS Sabertooth X79The mounting nuts, screws and bolts Fujitsu launches 13.3-inch LIFEBOOK SH771 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/fujitsu-launches-13.3-inch-lifebook- sh771/13864.html November 4th, 2011 With notebook manufacturers coming up with their line of thin and light portables, Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific has recently launched their 13.3-inch LIFEBOOK SH771 which claims to be the thinnest and lightest LIFEBOOK yet, with 9.5 hours runtime on a standard battery.We will be testing it on the NH-C14 top-flow heatsink 12
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneFujitsu PC Asia Pacific has announced the launch of their Mali-400 MP graphics which means that were looking atFujitsu LIFEBOOK SH771 designed for professionals and chips that are up there with the cutting edge of currentusers who want a portable laptop with good performance ARM solutions. But whats even more interesting is that theand long battery life. The LIFEBOOK SH771 claims to be company is already sampling its next generation Cortex-A9the thinnest and lightest 13.3-inch two-spindle LIFEBOOK, SoCs which will be built on 32nm and will be running at speedsweighing just 1.33kg in a sturdy magnesium alloy body that of up to 1.8GHz.can withstand up to 200kgf of force, and offers an extended As if that wasnt good enough, the company should also bebattery life of up to 14 hours. close to start sampling its 28nm Cortex-A15 based SoCs withUsers can choose between an Intel Core i7 or i5 processor with clock speeds of up to 2.5GHz and next generation PowerVR500GB 7200rpm hard disk drive and 4GB RAM for superb graphics which supports DirectX. This makes us wonder ifcomputing performance and smart multi-tasking features. The this platform might be destined for a future Nokia WindowsLIFEBOOK SH771 is also equipped with an USB Anytime tablet or not, as the companys CEO Stephen Elop has hintedCharging plus feature and a USB 3.0 port that allows you at the fact that the company might be interested in building ato effectively charge your smart phone, PlayStation Portable, Windows 8 tablet.MP3 players and other devices, without powering up the Its easy to speculate as to what may or may not happen,notebook PC. Other features include DTS Boost that can but one thing is clear unless ST-Ericsson got ahead of itself,deliver superb audio experience and clarity in sound, and Intel the Windows Phone platform is finally going to get supportWireless Display that allows users to wirelessly connect to a for better hardware than Qualcomms rather dull single corelarge screen High Definition (HD) TV for sharing of picturess offerings. Competition with regards to the phone internals isand videos with family and friends. also a good thing as its likely to finally bring out a majorThe Fujitsu LIFEBOOK SH771 is retailing from S$2,288 w/ differentiator between the various Windows Phone devices.GST and will be available from early November 2011. Hands on pictures of Gigabytes upcoming X79Nokia to move from Qualcomm motherboardsto ST-Ericsson for Windows Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hands-on-pictures-of-gigabyte-s-Phone chips upcoming-x79-motherboards/13862.html November 4th, 2011Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-to-move-from-qualcomm-to-st-ericsson-for-windows-phone-chips/13863.htmlNovember 4th, 2011In a surprising announcement it has come to light that ST-Ericsson will soon be part of the Windows Phone ecosystem VR-Zone got to spend a little bit of time with Gigabyteswhich so far has been the sole playing ground for Qualcomm. upcoming motherboard for (as we were informed by GigabyteST-Ericsson has been selected by none other than Nokia to who in turn had been instructed by Intel to tell us thatbecome its supplier of SoCs for its future Windows Phone we should call it) the Intel Core i7 processor family forhandsets. the LGA 2011 socket, otherwise known under Intels code name of Sandy Bridge-E. Weve already seen Gigabytes X79 motherboards a few times, but these are the first detailedIn a surprising announcement it has come to light that ST- pictures and as such we have a few additional snippets ofEricsson will soon be part of the Windows Phone ecosystem information to share with you.which so far has been the sole playing ground for Qualcomm.ST-Ericsson has been selected by none other than Nokia tobecome its supplier of SoCs for its future Windows Phone VR-Zone got to spend a little bit of time with Gigabyteshandsets. upcoming motherboard for (as we were informed by Gigabyte who in turn had been instructed by Intel to tell us thatThe press release issued by ST-Ericsson is short and virtually we should call it) the Intel Core i7 processor family forfree of details and if it wasnt for the fact that the company the LGA 2011 socket, otherwise known under Intels codementions its NovaThor platform, it could simply have been name of Sandy Bridge-E. Weve already seen Gigabytes X79that ST-Ericsson wouldve been selected to provide modem motherboards a few times, but these are the first detailedsolutions to Nokia, something that they offer to a lot of handset pictures and as such we have a few additional snippets ofmanufacturers. information to share with you.The NovaThor platform is an entirely different ballgamethough, especially as it reveals a lot about the future ofWindows Phone. Currently ST-Ericssons NovaThor platformonly includes dual core Cortex-A9 based SoCs, all with ARM 13
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Moving on we have the X79-UD5 and wed like to point out that the heatsink in this case is quite different to the UD3 and were not talking about the blue colour here. Due to in part the heatpipe running from the VRM to the heatsink and in part to the two different coloured materials used, Gigabyte has fitted a much thicker and more solid feeling heatsink on the UD5, even though it might not look like its anything special from the pictures. As we mentioned before, the UD5 is Gigabytes only eight DIMM board, although this is at the cost of the seventhStarting with the X79-UD3 we dont have too much new to expansion slot. We should also mention that this is there are noreport, but we know for sure that were looking at a couple of PCI Express switches on this board, as its configured in dualadditional Marvell controllers for the extra four SATA 6Gbps x16 and a single x8 slot and as there are enough PCI Expressports. Another feature we werent aware of until now is that lanes to go around, theres no need for any switches.Gigabyte has moved away from Realtek on all of its X79motherboards in favour of Intel Ethernet controllers. Thatsaid, the audio is still from Realtek, but thats more or less thenorm today, no matter what motherboard you buy with a fewexceptions. For those still using FireWire, this is also Gigabytes only X79 motherboard that supports FireWire. Youll also find an eSATAp (powered eSATA/USB combo) port around the back. As we mentioned back at the IDF preview, that blue and green button below the O.C. button around the back is in fact for manual BIOS switching. Theres also what appears to be aA third Marvell controller adds the two eSATA ports and as we small clear CMOS button here. Otherwise this board offersmentioned before, Gigabyte has moved over to Fresco Logic fairly similar functionality to the UD3.for the USB 3.0 host controllers on its X79 boards. SadlyFresco Logics four port host controller wasnt ready in time,so multiple controllers had to be used. This is also the onlyof Gigabytes X79 motherboards that lacks a heatpipe, but tomake up for it a taller heatsink has been fitted to help cool theVRM. 14
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone November 4th, 2011 Christmas is just round the corner, and Canon has come up with some gift ideas from compacrt digital cameras, video camcorders and digital SLR cameras for your friends and loved ones, be they ladies, teens or photo enthusiasts. For Ladies and TeensAMD gains CPU market share The 12.1-megapixel IXUS 230 HS is a slender and chic compactin Q3 camera which claims to be the world’s slimmest with 8x opticalSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-gains-cpu-market-share-in- zoom. With the IXUS 230 HS you can take great party shotsq3/13860.html with the Smart Auto feature that can automatically focusesNovember 4th, 2011 on the subject and the background, creating ideal scenes for each photo. Recommended retail price of the Canon IXUS 230 HS - S$399.According to Mercury Research, AMD has gained marketshare year-over-year in Q3 2011, up by 0.5% to 18.8%.Intels market share, meanwhile, dropped to 80.3%. Overallshipments were up 5% versus Q3 2010.According to Mercury Research, AMD has gained marketshare year-over-year in Q3 2011, up by 0.5% to 18.8%.Intels market share, meanwhile, dropped to 80.3%. Overallshipments were up 5% versus Q3 2010. However, sequentialmarket share increased for Intel, from 79.9% in Q2. AMDs fellfrom 19.4% during the same period. This drop is largely dueto severe supply shortages for Llano at Globalfoundries 32nmprocess. In view of this shortage, AMD chose to prioritize onthe mobile market. This lead to a higher growth in mobileshipments for AMD compared to desktops. The average CPUprice increased to $107 - the highest in five years. The Canon PowerShot S95 is a heavyweight compact withCanon Christmas Gift Ideas revolutionary HS system that makes it excellent in low-lightSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/canon-christmas-gift-ideas/13859.html situations. It features a range of features like High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode, 10-megapixel resolution, a fast f2.0 zoom and a hybrid IS system for advanced image stabilisation. In short, the PowerShot S95 is the ultimate travel companion. 15
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneRecommended retail price of the Canon PowerShot S95 - S$599.For Techies and Photo Enthusiasts The Canon LEGRIA FS406 is a user-friendly standard definition camcorder. It has a Video Snapshot and a Pre REC function to ensure users capture key moments even if record button was pressed three seconds later.Parents doThe EOS 600D is powered by an 18-megapixel high not need to worry about shaky videos of juniors since theimage quality CMOS sensor and the powerful DIGIC 4 Electronic image Stabilizer with Dynamic Mode eliminatesimage processor, allowing photos to be created into gallery shakes. Recommended retail price of the Canon LEGRIAmasterpieces even after cropping them. Choose from two kits FS406 - S$499.with different lenses to give you the look you want to achieve.With Scene Intelligent Auto feature in this camera, it candeliver full HD recording in up to 30fps. Recommended RetailPrice of the Canon EOS 600D - S$1,199 with EF S18-55 IS IIlens, and S$1,549 with EF S18-135 IS II lens. The latest Canon PIXMA MG8270 all-in-one will suit everyone’s needs from home office, to creative photo prints, copy, scanning and faxing. It features Intelligent Touch System and a 3.5-inch LCD display that provides a variety of creative printing options for digital images and high definition movie stills. The MG8270 is also enabled with PIXMA Cloud Link and can easily print photo from onlineThe Canon EOS 60D incorporates an 18-megapixel APS-C size albums, access stationery templates directly from the printer,CMOS sensor with a dynamic DiGIC 4 image processor for or print Gmail messages or Google Docs from smartphone ortaking breathtaking photos. It comes with a 3-inch wide Vari- tablet via Google Cloud Print. Recommended retail price of theAngle LCD screen, and lets you edit easily with In-camera post Canon PIXMA MG8270 - TBA.processing. Recommended Retail Price of the Canon EOS 60D- S$1,699 with EF S18-55 lens, S$2,049 with EF S18-135 lens,and S$2,199 with EF S18-200 lens. SingTel launches deF!NDFor New Parents and family digital concierge app for iPhone and Android Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/singtel-launches-def-nd-digital- concierge-app-for-iphone-and-android/13858.html 16
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNovember 4th, 2011 - Banking and finance - Business and professional services - Groceries and liquorSingapore Telecommunications (SingTel) has launched a new - Sports and recreationdigital concierge app for the iPhone and Android devices,which allows users to book cabs, make restaurant reservations, - Medical and dental servicespurchase movie tickets and even find amenities in theirvicinity easily. On top of that, deF!ND also comes with a voice - Government and organisationsrecognition feature for you to find your local food and ethnicrestaurants just by saying it out. - Arts and entertainment - Pets - Real Estate and housing - Automotive and Motorcycles - Legal services - Travel and transportation - Education - Personal services Amenities - ATMSingTel has unveiled deF!ND, which claims to be the - Bankscompanys first intelligent mobile concierge app thatintegrates local information and allows bookings of services - Clinicsthat Singaporeans find essential while on the move. The appalso has a voice recognition capability for local food and ethnic - Minimartsrestaurants and it is available at no charge from the Apple AppStore and the Android Marketplace. With deF!ND, users can - Car Repair and Servicesbook cabs, make restaurant reservations, buy movie tickets,locate ATMs, medical clinics and other essential amenities - Floristaround their vicinities, as well as find the best shopping deals,search business directories and get updates on local events. - Hospitals / Polyclinics - Laundry ServicedeF!ND search categories include: - Money ChangerTaxi BookingsFood around me - Singapore PoolsMovies - Petrol KioskBook me a restaurant - Courier and Postal ServicesBusiness directory- Food and drink - Supermarket Hot Deals- Shopping and retail - Men’s apparel and accessories- Computers and electronics - Ladies apparel and accessories- Home and garden - Beauty and Spa 17
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Samsung has launched the NX200, a new compact system- Electronics and appliances camera that delivers professional standard photography, promising an easy experience. The NX200 delivers DSLR- Children and infant wear quality imaging in a camera that is compact and easy-to- use. The camera incorporates a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS- Home and garden sensor that provides high quality image with great details. For high speed capture, the NX200 can achieve 100ms Advanced- Restaurants AF speed. With its Fast Boot and seven frames per second continuous shooting, you can rest assured not to miss a shot.Events- Featured events In addition, the camera offers a wide range ISO (100-12800) that gives natural colours and sharp details, even in dark- Performing arts environments or when capturing fast moving objects. The NX200 also features 1920x1080/30p (H.264) high definition- Fairs and festivals movie recording with stereo sound. The compact system camera is compatible with i-Function- Kids and family 2.0 lenses, which gives control to a range of parameters from the lens, providing complete focus on a shot. The NX200 is- Leisure and Sport also compatible with nine different i-Function lenses which enable toggling between shutter speed, aperture, EV, WB, and- Night Out ISO quickly and easily. With the upgraded i-Function 2.0 on the NX200, you can control six different Smart FiltersSamsung introduces NX200 and the intelli-Zoom function from the lens whilst in Lens Priority Mode. New lenses for the i-Function system includemirrorless compact system 18-200mm, 16mm, 60mm and 85mm focal lengths.interchangeable lens camera With the new Panorama function, it provides lengthened shotsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-introduces-nx200- of large objects or converts the image into 3D and brings themirrorless-compact-system-interchangeable-lens-camera/13857.html object to life. The NX200 also comes with the added SoundNovember 4th, 2011 Picture function, a snippet of sound can be recorded to a still image to include interesting memories to a shot. The Samsung NX200 (with 18-55mm i-Function 2.0 lens) is available at S$1,099. Creative Sound BlasterSamsung has introduced their new mirrorless compact systeminterchangeable lens camera, the NX200, which boasts Tactic3D Omega wirelessprofessional image quality with great ease of use. The gaming headset available nowNX200 is fully compatible with nine different i-Function Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/creative-sound-blaster-tactic3d-omega-lenses with new lenses for the i-Function system including wireless-gaming-headset-available-now/13856.html18-200mm, 16mm, 60mm and 85mm focal lengths. November 4th, 2011 Creative Technology has announced the availability of their Sound Blaster Tactic3D Omega wireless gaming headset, designed to provide superb audio quality for an immersive gaming experience. The Tactic3D Omega wireless gaming headset is now available at the Creative online store, the CREATIVE Stores outlets and authorized retailers. 18
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Biostars TPower X79 smiles for the camera Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/biostar-s-tpower-x79-smiles-for-the- camera/13855.html November 4th, 2011 There seems to be no end to the X79 motherboards that are being shown off ahead of the official launch which is now less than two weeks away and pictures of Biostars upcoming X79 board which will be called the TPower X79 has now made their way online. We dont have tons of details on this board and have to simply go with what we can deduct from the pictures,Creative Technology has announced the availability of so sadly this wont be the most detailed look at the boardthe new Sound Blaster Tactic3D Omega Wireless GamingHeadset. The Sound Blaster Tactic3D Omega Wireless GamingHeadset can connect wirelessly to an Xbox 360, PlayStation There seems to be no end to the X79 motherboards that are3, PC or Mac, and delivers superior audio quality via being shown off ahead of the official launch which is now lessa powerful FullSpectrum 50mm drivers for animmersive than two weeks away and pictures of Biostars upcoming X79gaming experience. The Sound Blaster Tactic3D Omega board which will be called the TPower X79 has now made theirWireless Gaming Headset also features a detachable noise- way online. We dont have tons of details on this board andcanceling microphone for clear voice communications. With have to simply go with what we can deduct from the pictures,the included software, PC and Mac gamers can experience so sadly this wont be the most detailed look at the board.THX TruStudio Pro audio technology to customize their own First impression of the TPower X79 is a messy board withgaming audio settings and profile. a somewhat peculiar board layout. There are a pair of redKey Features x16 PCI Express slots as well as a white one, although were not sure if the white slot is somewhat different or not. The- Award-winning wireless technology delivers low latency and markings on the board read PCI Express 2.0, rather than 3.0lack of interference with other wireless products in the home which is also somewhat strange. Theres also a pair of x1 PCI- Full Spectrum tunable 50mm audio drivers for great audio Express slots and a single PCI slot and we cant say that wereperformance sold on Biostars slot layout in this case.- Independent voice and game volume controls directly on theearcups- Optimised lightweight design for marathon game play- Detachable noise-canceling microphone allows headset to beused as great-sounding headphones- Comfortable, durable design with customisable illuminatedearcups- Includes a base station, which features a line-in to expand thecapabilities of the headset, making it ideal for use with mediastreamers, TVs or MP3 playersPricing and AvailabilityThe Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Omega Wireless GamingHeadset will be available at the Creative online store at The six white SATA ports are presumably connected to thesg.store.creative.com and The CREATIVE Stores outlets at X79 chipset, although theres no simple way of telling whichInternational Business Park, Marina Square and authorised two ports are SATA 6Gbps. Theres also a seventh SATA portdealers in Singapore from Nov 2011 onwards at the following in red just next to the main block of ports. Biostar has gonesuggested retail price S$269. overboard when it comes to power delivery with a pair of 8-pin 12V power connectors as well as a Molex connector, something overclockers might find useful though. Theyve also put a small shield over the audio codec, but theres no special components 19
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonehiding underneath the shield as seen on a different picture atthe source.The rear I/O consist of a PS/2 port, two USB 2.0 ports, noless than six USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, a Gigabit Ethernetport and 7.1-channel audio with optical and coaxial S/PDIFout. The board also has a pin header for a pair of front USB So what are we looking at here? Well, what we have here is3.0 ports and power, reset and clear CMOS buttons as well as the final version of a board that Intel showed off at IDF backa POST80 debug LED display. We dont know what USB 3.0 in September, but to which some changes have been made.controllers Biostar is using on this board, but wed guess its Intel “fixed” the SATA ports, so now there are six instead ofASMedia as it looks like theres a chip for each pair of USB 3.0 four, instead of 10, instead of SAS, all thanks to a few bugspots. Not a bad show, but not our first choice either. in the chipset. However, unlike its partners, Intel decided not to fit any additional SATA ports to the DX79SI which makes it a fairly basic motherboard considering its Intels high-endIntel leaks the DX79SI on its model. Judging by the picture, Intel did a quick fix rather thanown website re-design the entire motherboard and as such theres no space for extra SATA controllers.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-leaks-the-dx79si-on-its-own-website/13854.html In terms of slots we have three x16 PCI Express 3.0 slots andNovember 4th, 2011 its interesting that Intel actually specifies this, as the company is still busy testing compliance due to the lack of devices that supports PCI Express 3.0. Theres also a pair of x1 PCI Express slots and a PCI slot. For those looking for a board to load out with tons of memory, the DX79SI might appeal, as it has the full eight DIMMs and Intel claims 64GB/s memory bandwidth with the memory running at 2.4GHz. That said, that onlyLook what we found, Intel has been sloppy and put up works when you have four DIMMs in the blue slots, stick forinformation about its upcoming DX79SI motherboard – also more DIMMs in and the overall memory speed is reduced.known as Siler – which will be part of Intels Extreme series ofmotherboards. Its not worth getting overly excited about theDX79SI though, as Intel isnt really pushing the envelope withthis motherboard, despite it being Intels high-end X79 model.Look what we found, Intel has been sloppy and put upinformation about its upcoming DX79SI motherboard – alsoknown as Siler – which will be part of Intels Extreme series ofmotherboards. Its not worth getting overly excited about theDX79SI though, as Intel isnt really pushing the envelope withthis motherboard, despite it being Intels high-end X79 model.First wed like to apologise for the poor quality picture, butits all we managed to dig up as Intel didnt include any highresolution images. Secondly, weve included a screenshot toshow you that this is indeed from Intel itself and not from Around the back are six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, asome third party source, although the details appeared on the FireWire port and a pair of Gigabit Ethernet ports wired upcompanys mobile site, although were not sharing the URL, to Intel network chips and last but not least 7.1-channel audiobut anyone that knows how to use a search engine might be with optical S/PDIF out and a clear CMOS button. The boardable to locate the page themselves. 20
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonealso has a wide range of pin headers, but the most importantone has to be the one that adds a pair of front USB 3.0 ports.At least Intel went with a passive chipset cooler, unlike someboards weve seen, so its clear that active cooling isnt needed.Intel is also supplying a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module, as well asa mouse pad and UV reactive SATA cables with the board. Weshould have a more detailed look at the board shortly, althoughwe just wanted to get this up ASAP, as its not every day thatIntel leaks its own unreleased products.GlobalFoundries makesinterim CEO permanentSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/globalfoundries-makes-interim-ceo-permanent/13853.htmlNovember 4th, 2011Shareholders dont tend to be happy with interim managementand GlobalFoundries have now gone and made its interimCEO, Ajit Manocha its fulltime CEO. Apparently he wasntthe only choice though, but he proved himself to the boardof directors during his four months as interim CEO and waschosen from a range of candidates for the CEO position.Shareholders dont tend to be happy with interim managementand GlobalFoundries have now gone and made its interimCEO, Ajit Manocha its fulltime CEO. Apparently he wasntthe only choice though, but he proved himself to the board We meet Mr Manocha briefly at GTC Taiwan earlier this yearof directors during his four months as interim CEO and was and he came across as a charismatic person that knows whatchosen from a range of candidates for the CEO position. hes talking about, although its hard to draw any conclusionsMr Manocha has extensive background in the foundry during a lunch meeting. That said, hes got tough times aheadbusiness with past experience including the role as Executive of him, as he needs to get GlobalFoundries up and running atVP and Chief Manufacturing Officer at NXP, as Executive 100 percent capacity and get the companys 32nm and 28nmVice President of Worldwide Operations and a member of nodes working at a level where all its customers are satisfied,the Executive Management board at Spansion. He has also something were hearing isnt quite the case at the moment.worked for AT&T Microelectronics and AT&T Bell labs in the Time will tell if hes the leader GlobalFoundries has beenpast. He even holds patents for various inventions relating lacking, we can only hope as we need another strong foundryto wafer processing, so the man obviously knows what hes player beyond TSMC if for no other reason than to keep thingsgetting himself into. competitive. Intels soon to launch Z68 motherboards detailed, pictured Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-s-soon-to-launch-z68- motherboards-detailed-pictured/13852.html November 4th, 2011 Weve finally managed to dig up details of Intels upcoming DZ68PL and DZ68AF motherboards along with a couple of pictures of each of the boards. We first got wind of the new boards back in September, but then we only knew the models 21
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonenames and well do our best to fill in the rest of the detailstoday.Weve finally managed to dig up details of Intels upcomingDZ68PL and DZ68AF motherboards along with a couple ofpictures of each of the boards. We first got wind of the newboards back in September, but then we only knew the modelsnames and well do our best to fill in the rest of the detailstoday.We need to start this by correcting a small mistake from ourSeptember article, the DP67BA is in fact being replaced by theDZ68PL and the DP67DE is being replaced by the DZ68AF andas such Intel is not adding Smart Response technology to its Around the back are six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, anP67 motherboards. This was a misunderstanding on our side eSATA port, a FireWire port, a Gigabit Ethernet port – usingdue to unclear information given to us. an Intel Ethernet controller of course – and 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out. There really isnt much to this board and considering the multitude of choice, there are many betterIts really hard to follow Intels logic here, as were now nearly options to go for by now.a year into the Sandy Bridge life cycle and Intel is puttingout Z68 motherboards akin to the first generation boards that The DZ68AF follows a similar concept, although this is aarrived back in May, some six months ago. What we mean mATX board so it only has a single x16 PCI Express slot,by first generation is that neither of Intels two new boards two x1 PCI Express slots and a single PCI slot. Intel has oncefeature any kind of display connectivity, despite that both more gone for five internal SATA ports of which two are SATAboards clearly has space for the display connectors. 6Gbps. Other similarities carried over are the four internal pin headers for eight USB 2.0 ports and the single pin header for a FireWire port. The rear I/O is also identical with exactly the same port layout.As such the DZ68PL which is the ATX size board is a ratherstrange addition to Intels media series of motherboards, aswhen you think about media, you think about products thatsomehow are connected to a display. The DZ68PL is a ratherboring board with a single x16 PCI Express slot, two x1 PCIExpress slots and three PCI slots. It has five internal SATAconnectors of which two are SATA 6Gbps. The only other We just dont understand why Intel are launching these“feature” if you can call it that are four pin headers for eight products when there should be less than five months before IvyUSB 2.0 ports and a pin header for a single FireWire port. Bridge and new 7-series chipset based motherboards arrive. Its possibly that Intel has done this as the company is cutting the production of the P67 chipset as the demand is so low and 22
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneonly minor changes were needed to the PCB. Wed still havemuch preferred these new additions if theyd at least had somekind of display connectivity, since as they stand; they look out-dated before theyve even launched. Both boards should beavailable shortly. The LGA2011 socket supports upcoming Core i7 “Sandy Bridge” processors. Foxconn is using a 14-phase CPU VRM design for this board, with 2-phase VRM for the memory. There are four DDR3 DIMM slots on this board, two on either sides of the socket, one per memory channel. Expansion slotsFoxconn Quantum Force X79 include four PCI-Express x16, among which three are wired toMotherboard (Final) Pictured the CPU. The red slots are PCI-Express 3.0 x16 capable, the bottom-most slot is PCI-Express 3.0 x8 capable. The secondSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/foxconn-quantum-force-x79- black slot is electrically PCI-Express 2.0 x8, and is wired tomotherboard-final-pictured/13851.html the X79 PCH, so the board is optimal for 3-way SLI andNovember 4th, 2011 CrossFireX. There are eight internal SATA ports, four of these (color coded red) are SATA 6 Gb/s, two of these (top) are driven by the X79 PCH, the other by an ASMedia-made controller. The black ports are SATA 3 Gb/s, wired to the PCH. There are two eSATA ports on the rear-panel, driven by a JMicron-made SATA 3 Gb/s controller.Here are the first pictures of the Foxconn Quantum ForceX79 in a form that’s almost ready for market. Quantum In terms of general connectivity, you’ll get 8+2 channel HDForce is Foxconn’s brand that targets the “gamer-overclocker” audio with optical and coaxial SPDIF outputs; four USBmarket, the same one that ASUS’ Republic of Gamers, 3.0 ports (two on the rear-panel, two via standard header),Gigabyte’s G1.Killer, and ASRock’s Fatal1ty Professional powered by Renesas-made controllers; two gigabit Ethernetmotherboards target. Foxconn also has a knack of surprising connections, one controlled by an Intel-made controller, thesome (pleasantly) with the pricing of these boards compared other by Realtek-made one; and other common ports such asto others in the segment. An example of this was the company’s USB 2.0 and PS/2.Quantum Force boards based on the X58 chipset.Here are the first pictures of the Foxconn Quantum ForceX79 in a form that’s almost ready for market. QuantumForce is Foxconn’s brand that targets the “gamer-overclocker”market, the same one that ASUS’ Republic of Gamers,Gigabyte’s G1.Killer, and ASRock’s Fatal1ty Professionalmotherboards target. Foxconn also has a knack of surprising The Quantum Force X79 looks to be packing quite a fewsome (pleasantly) with the pricing of these boards compared features that benefit overclockers. To begin with, there isto others in the segment. An example of this was the company’s redundant BIOS stored in three separate, socketed EEPROMQuantum Force boards based on the X58 chipset. chips, consolidated voltage measurement points that let you manually measure voltages (using a multimeter), onboard OC tuning switches, onboard power/reset switches, clear CMOS switch on the rear-panel, and POST code speaker. Pricing is unknown, but it’s likely that the Foxconn Quantum Force X79 will be a part of the first wave of motherboards for Sandy Bridge-E. 23
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneJPR: Processor graphics/APUstake over in Q3 2011Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/jpr-processor-graphicsapus-take-over-in-q3-2011/13848.htmlNovember 4th, 2011Call them Processor Graphics, as Intel do, or Accelerated Starting next year, Google will charge US$4 for every 1,000Processing Units (APU) as per AMD, chips combining GPUs map loads on sites where traffic exceeds 25,000 map loadsand CPUs are starting to dominate overall graphics shipments. per day. According to the company, the new fees areIn Q3, as a result of Sandy Bridges massive success, intended to make sure Google Maps remains free for smallIntels jumped to a 60% market share in graphics shipment. developers. Small sites will remain unaffected since the GoogleAMD held on to 23% which NVIDIA, left without an APU Maps API will still be free for the first 25,000 views per day.competitor, dropped to 16%. However, for the big boys, they can choose to pay US$10,000+ for a Google Maps API Premier licence, which offers unlimitedCall them Processor Graphics, as Intel do, or Accelerated access, more advanced geocoding tools, tech support, andProcessing Units (APU) as per AMD, chips combining GPUs control over any advertising shown on the site. Or they canand CPUs are starting to dominate overall graphics shipments. always use OpenStreetMap, which is free and, in many partsIn Q3, as a result of Sandy Bridges massive success, of the world, much more detailed than Google Maps.Intels jumped to a 60% market share in graphics shipment.AMD held on to 23% which NVIDIA, left without an APUcompetitor, dropped to 16%. Near reflection free glassOverall, graphics shipments soared by 16.7% over Q2 2011, asis the trend for Q3. However, 16.7% is still over general trends invented Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/near-reflection-free-glass-and 18.4% over Q3 2010. invented/13846.htmlAMDs shipments increased by 9.9%, Intels by 28.5% while November 4th, 2011NVIDIAs fell by 6.2%. However, NVIDIA did note disruptivemarket share growths in the discrete markets, growing by 30%over Q2 2011. Much of this is attributed to Optimus technologyworking with Sandy Bridge notebooks. Strangely, NVIDIA alsosold IGPs to power older AMD CPUs.Google will be charging map If you, like us, hate glossy screens, then the latest development from Japan will surely interest you. Nippon Electrical Glassdevelopers for usage Co Ltd has come up with a new glass substrate that isSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-will-be-charging-map- very close to reflection free, something that should make alldevelopers-for-usage/13847.html the new "infinity display" notebooks and of course tabletsNovember 4th, 2011 and smartphones much more enjoyable to use in many environments. If you, like us, hate glossy screens, then the latest development from Japan will surely interest you. Nippon Electrical GlassIf you are a map developer who utilizes Google Maps API Co Ltd has come up with a new glass substrate that isfor your site, it seems that the search engine giant Google is very close to reflection free, something that should make allplanning to charge map developers a small fee for the usage of the new "infinity display" notebooks and of course tabletstheir service, beginning next year. and smartphones much more enjoyable to use in many environments. The new glass substrate was shown off at the FPD International convention in Japan last week and it apparently awed visitors who didnt quite know what they were looking at, or rather wasnt looking at. Its pretty clear from the picture that were looking at something which has the potential to 24
    • November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonerevolutionize the market, at least as long as device makers We cant be far from AMDs updated Llano APUs, as all of theinsists on putting sheets of glass in front of notebook screens major motherboard manufacturers have issued BIOS/UEFIto make them appear to have a slimmer bezel, among many updates for their socket FM1 motherboards for at least somethings. of the expected models. However, what weve also found are several new models that we werent aware of that will carry the Athlon II and Sempron branding. Starting at the bottom of the list, we have the dual core Sempron X2 198 which is a 2.5GHz processors, in other words, theres no graphics to be found here. It still fits the FM1 socket, has a total of 1MB of L2 cache and a 65W TDP. This should be one of the cheapest, if not the cheapest socket FM1 processor out there. Moving up a step we have the dual core Athlon X2 221 which moves the clock speed up to 2.8GHz, but with the limited information we have at hand, this is the only difference between the two. The quad core Athlon II X4 631 – a 2.6GHz part with 4MB L2 cache – is getting a faster sibling in the shape of the Athlon X4 II 641 which is clocked at 2.8.GHz, as well as a more power efficient version of itself with 65W TDP rather than the 100W TDP of the current model. No other changes appear to have been made and for now this is AMDs entire range of CPUs for socket FM1. Moving on to the new APUs we can apparently look forward to the arrival of AMDs E2-3200 which was announced whenThe process of getting the glass substrate nearly reflection AMD launched its Llano range of APUs, but never made it tofree involves some 30 layers of anti-reflective film, each being market. This is a dual core 2.4GHz processor with 1MB of L1only a few nanometres thick. This allows for 99.5 percent of cache combined with a Radeon HD 6370D GPU which has 180the light to pass through the glass and only the remaining shaders, eight TMUs and four ROPs with a graphics clock ofhalf percent causes reflection. Surprisingly regular glass has a 443MHz.fairly low reflection percentage of eight percent, but this is still The only other new model of the ones that are expected to beenough to cause the effects we all loathe. No word as to when launched by AMD before the end of the year is the A8-3870,this technology might be commercially available, but it cant which is expected to be AMDs first unlocked APU. It will alsobe soon enough in our opinion. have the fastest CPU core to date with a clock speed of 3GHz. This is of course a quad core APU and it has 4MB of L2 cache. The graphics part should be a Radeon HD 6550D, the same as the current A8-3850 and theres no indication that AMD has changed any of the specifications between the two APUsMotherboard makers in terms of clock speeds or configuration.leak upcoming AMD FM1 Other models that may or may not launch this year includes the A4-3420, A6-3420, A6-3620, A6-3670 (unlocked) andprocessors A8-3820. Apart from the A6-3670, all of these models areSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/motherboard-makers-leak-upcoming- expected to feature a 100MHz clock speed improvement overamd-fm1-processors/13845.html their current counterparts, although for some reason theNovember 4th, 2011 A6-3670 is expected to be clocked 100MHz slower than the A6-3650. AMD has only two months left of this year to get its new processors out and we doubt theyll launch them all in the run up to the Christmas season. We have a feeling some models have been pulled in favour of the upcoming Trinity based models that AMD is expected to deliver in Q1 next year.We cant be far from AMDs updated Llano APUs, as all of themajor motherboard manufacturers have issued BIOS/UEFIupdates for their socket FM1 motherboards for at least someof the expected models. However, what weve also found areseveral new models that we werent aware of that will carry theAthlon II and Sempron branding. 25
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! a snug fit. The notebook upgrade kit also comes with a USB VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication enclosure for that old mechanical drive and the desktop kit covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. comes with brackets for fitting the SSD in a 3.5-inch drive bay, as well as all the cables needed. Both kits are also supplied with drive cloning software.Kingston announces newwallet friendly SSDsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kingston-announces-new-wallet-friendly-ssds/13910.htmlNovember 9th, 2011Another day, another new SSD range offering higherperformance than the one announced the day before, oh, hangon, the new V200 series from Kingston isnt actually a high-end range of drives, instead Kingston has focused on goodenough performance at a lower price point. The companyclaims that its new V200 series will offer close to twice theperformance of its previous budget model, the V100, at a moreattractive price point. Size wise the V200 series will be available in 64, 128 and 256GB SKUs. The performance isnt going to set anyones world on fire, despite all drives featuring SATA 6GbpsAnother day, another new SSD range offering higher interfaces. The 64GB model is rated at up to 260MB/s forperformance than the one announced the day before, oh, hang sequential reads and a mere 100MB/s for sequential writes.on, the new V200 series from Kingston isnt actually a high- The 128GB model hits 300MB/s for the reads and 190MB/end range of drives, instead Kingston has focused on good s for the writes with the 256GB model featuring the sameenough performance at a lower price point. The company read speed as the 128GB model, but boosts the write speed toclaims that its new V200 series will offer close to twice the 230MB/s. That said, with the possible exception of the writeperformance of its previous budget model, the V100, at a more speed of the 64GB model, this is significantly faster than anyattractive price point. mechanical hard drive.As always with Kingston, the new V200 series comes in astandard drive only option, a desktop upgrade kit and anotebook upgrade kit. The V200 series stands a mere 7mm tall(except the 256GB model), compared to 9.5mm for standard The press release talks about "up to 20 percent lower price2.5-inch drives and as such a plastic bracket is provided with than [the] V100" series of SSDs from Kingston, although doingall the bare drives and the notebook upgrade kit to allow for a quick search online doesnt verify this. We found the 64GB 1
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonemodel on sale in Canada of all places for C$126 (S$159), time and resources to make sure we got it right by combiningwhereas the 64GB V100 retailed on the same website for a a highly efficient core with Japanese capacitors, a whispermere C$79 (S$100). The 128GB bare drive was on sale for C quiet 120mm fan, and the flexibility of modular cabling, all to$209 (S$264) and the 256GB bare drive for C$444 (S$560). create the best Silencer yet, and we are releasing this excitingThere are also plenty of other faster SSDs on sale for less, new series in a range of models up to 600W and pricingsuch as Corsairs Force 3 series of SSDs and Patriots Pyro them competitively, making the Silencer MKIII PSU’s theseries. That said, this isnt official pricing from Kingston and ideal blend of performance, features, and overall value forits possible well see different pricing in other regions. customers.”OCZ Technology releases PC Detailed Intel Haswell specsP&C Silencer MK III Power revealedSupply Series Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/detailed-intel-haswell-specs- revealed/13908.htmlSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-technology-releases-pc-p-c- November 9th, 2011silencer-mk-iii-power-supply-series/13909.htmlNovember 9th, 2011 Were still an estimated five to six months away from Intels launch Ivy Bridge, a platform which is expected toToday OCZ announced the release of the new PC Power offer slight improvements over Sandy Bridge in terms of& Cooling Silencer Mk III Power Supply Series. Although performance, although it should improve power efficiencythe mainstream character of the series might not draw the and graphics performance quite significantly. However, Intelsattention of enthusiasts, this is the very first modular design 2013 platform code named Shark Bay has now turned up oncoming from PC Power & Cooling, which is interesting all by some quite detailed slides online and it has some interestingitself. new features on offer as well as yet another performance bump. Were still an estimated five to six months away from Intels launch Ivy Bridge, a platform which is expected to offer slight improvements over Sandy Bridge in terms of performance, although it should improve power efficiency and graphics performance quite significantly. However, Intels 2013 platform code named Shark Bay has now turned up on some quite detailed slides online and it has some interesting new features on offer as well as yet another performance bump. There seems to be some changes going on at Intel with regards to platform names, as in the past, Intel has gone for different platform code names for its mobile and desktop offerings, but Haswells platform for both mobile and desktop appears to be called Shark Bay, whereas for Ivy Bridge were looking at Chief River and Maho Bay for the mobile and desktopThe first modular power supply from PC Power & Cooling is platforms respectively. As you can see from the slide below,no beast, with the series consisting of only three units with an were still looking at no more than four cores for Intelsoutput ranging from 400W up to "only" 600W. The units of the consumer platform which suggests that Intel isnt really aboutseries are clearly not designed for hardcore enthusiasts, they AMD catching up any time soon.do however have an 80Plus Bronze certification and come witha 5 year long warranty.“PC Power and Cooling has always catered to those clientsthat are looking for both performance and reliability fromtheir power management solutions and the Silencer MKIIIPSU continues that tradition and incorporates new featuressuch as a modular cable design,” said Steve Lee, Senior VicePresident of Power Management at OCZ Technology Group.“This is the first modular PC Power PSU and we spent extra 2
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Other platform features include NFC support for mobile devices, configurable TDP and LPM (Link Power Management), improved system idle states (S0ix) for the mobile platforms, vastly improved boot times and general updates and improvements to current Intel technology found on its desktop and mobile platforms. One interesting new addition is three levels of Intel graphics, currently known as GT1, GT2 and GT3. Once again the desktop parts end up with slower graphics than the mobile platforms, which we still dont quite understand as its not as if desktop users would want worse graphics performance. Its almost as if Intel is telling desktop users to go and get a graphics card. The slides are also suggesting that well see real time HD to HD video transcoding Report: AMD Tahiti in January 2012Although Haswell is a new "core" or a "tock" as Intel likes Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-amd-tahiti-in-to call it, unlike Ivy Bridge which is a 22nm trigate version january-2012/13907.htmlof Sandy Bridge or a "tick", Haswell will actually be very November 9th, 2011similar to Ivy Bridge at least in terms of the manufacturingprocess, as this is also a 22nm trigate part. Haswell will use theLGA-1150 socket for desktops and either rPGA947 or BGA1364for notebooks as we reported a few days ago. The biggestchange that were seeing beyond the new core is a move tomulti-chip packaging for the ultra-low Voltage segment, whichIntel appears to have unified into a single ULT SKU (werenot sure what the T stands for) instead of the long running AMDs long awaited next-gen 28nm GPU is finally set toULV and UL SKUs. This will make the ULT models Intels first release in January 2012, according to a report from Fudzilla.single chip performance processor, but more on this a little bit AMD announced during its latest financial conference calllater. that the first next-gen GPUs were to ship by the end of 2011. Whether this shipment was for a Dec 2011 launch or inWere of course getting a new chipset, codenamed Lynx Point, anticipation of an early 2012 remained a matter of speculation.although we dont have much in terms of details with regards The first next-gen GPUs to release is reported to be based onto new features compared to the 7-series chipsets. What the the high-performance Tahiti chip.slides do give away is that Intel has at least made one majorchange to the Shark Bay platform, theres no longer an FDI AMDs long awaited next-gen 28nm GPU is finally set tointerface, which is used for piping the display connectivity via release in January 2012, according to a report from Fudzilla.the PCH on the 6 and 7-series chipsets, again something we AMD announced during its latest financial conference call thatreported on a few days ago. Its also possible that well see the first next-gen GPUs were to . Whether this shipmentintegrated Thundebolt support, but theres no indication as to was for a Dec 2011 launch or in anticipation of an early 2012if this will be part of the Lynx Point chipset, or continue to rely remained a matter of speculation. The first next-gen GPUs toupon a separate chipset, as all the slides are informing us about release is reported to be based on the high-performance Tahitiis support for the interface. chip. Tahiti will be the direct successor to Cayman, currently powering AMD Radeon HD 6900 series. As a result, the two Tahiti SKUs are most likely to be branded as AMD Radeon HD 7970 and HD 7950 for the XT and PRO variants respectively. As expected, a dual-GPU variant combining two Tahiti chips will release later in 2012, possibly within Q1 2012. The branding is likely to be Radeon HD 7990. Thanks to TSMCs 32nm cancelation, the 40nm to 28nm transition is a significant full node shrink. Barring any major production troubles, Tahiti will thus end up significantly faster than HD 6970, and not too far away of dual-GPU HD 6990. NVIDIAs high-performance Kepler GPUs are expected release later in 2012. However, the first next-gen GPU, GK107, might release around the same time as Tahiti. 3
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneCoolermaster released theirfirst LGA 2011 cooler HTC to penetrate ChineseSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/coolermaster-released-their-first-lga-2011-cooler/13906.html market with new social networking phoneNovember 9th, 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-to-penetrate-chinese-market-with- new-social-networking-phone/13905.html November 9th, 2011Coolermaster has just released their first LGA 2011 cooler.Their new product listens to the name Hyper 412S and isa direct heatpipe contact tower cooler utilizing one or two120mm fans. It also has the option to run entirely silent byslowing the fan down at only 900RPM. HTC will be releasing a Chinese version of their Explorer budget phone in China, under the label HTC Daren. The new dedicated phone is geared towards feature integration with Renren.coms social network service, but will the new phone be able to attract Chinas increasingly social saavy population?Interestingly enough, Coolermaster went with fewer fins andlarger fin gaps in order to improve the coolers performancewith the fan running at low speeds. That ought to hurt thecoolers maximum performance as well though. HTC has announced that it will release their rebranded version of the HTC Explorer, dubbed the HTC Daren, in China. The Daren is the second of seven phones which HTC will be bringing to the Chinese mobile market in hopes of achieving a share of China’s growing mobile demands. The Taiwanese handset maker had previously partnered with Sinas Weibo micro blogging service to create a dedicated phone. This second attempt will be a tie-in with Renren.com, China’s equivalent of Facebook. This is done simply by swapping Facebook and Twitter integration for Renren, which will be powering HTC’s Friendfeed feature. Due to fact that the new social network phone is modeled from a budget mobile platform, its 480 by 300 pixel low-resolution 3.2 inch screen and 3-megapixel camera can hardly impress any power user. The Chinese mass market, however, may like the price tag of 2099RMB(US$330) without any telco contracts. The challenge, however, comesCoolermaster also improved the direct contact design, from another competitor, and it’s a tough one too.baptizing it CDC™ (Continuous Direct Contact) technology, Xiaomi Tech, a Chinese mobile startup, has been able towhich consists of side-by-side heat pipe configurations with no assemble and retail a premium level smartphone with cuttinggaps creating a perfectly smooth surface for heat conduction. edge components including a dual-core 1.5Ghz processor, 4
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone8-megapixel camera, and Android OS preloaded with the ASUS exclusive SonicMaster technology for impressive audiopopular ROM interface MIUI, all at a lower price of 1999RMB performance. And is available in 32GB and 64GB flavours,(US$315). This is all in addition to it being from a locally along with a micro SD card slot, 3.5mm combo audio jack anddesigned and manufactured phone, and therefore hold more micro HDMI port. It boasts a battery life of up to 12 hoursclout with the countrys population. and when combined with the mobile dock, it can last up to 18 hours. Unfortunately, no details on the pricing and availabilityHTC still has five cards up its sleeve. It will be interesting to see at press time.how the match between Xiaomi Tech and HTC will proceed. Display 10.1"LED Backlit screen with SuperASUS Eee Pad Transformer IPS+ (1280 x 800)Primes specifications 10 finger multi- touch, Corning®unveiled Gorilla® GlassSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-eee-pad-transformer-prime-s- Operating System Android™ 3.2specifications-unveiled/13904.html HoneycombNovember 9th, 2011 (Upgradable to Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) CPU NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Quad-core CPU Memory LP DDR2 1 GBAt the AsiaD: All Things Digital event in Hong Kong few Storage 32GB /64GB(1)weeks ago, ASUS chairman Johnny Shih showcased the ASUS EMMC + ASUSEee Pad Transformer Prime which claims to be the world’s WebStoragefirst tablet to incorporate NVIDIA Tegra quad-core mobile Wireless 802.11 b/g/n,processor. Well, it looks like the specifications of the Eee Pad Bluetooth 2.1+ EDRTransformer Prime are officially out. Camera 1.2MP (front)/ 8MP Auto-focus (rear) with LED flash, large F2.4 aperture Interface PAD: 2-in-1 Audio Mobile Dock:1x Jack (Headphone/ USB2.0 port; 1x SD Mic-in); 1x micro Card Reader HDMI port; 1x Micro SD Card Reader; 1x Internal Microphone; 1x Stereo Speaker Sensor G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, GPS Flash support YesComes in Amethyst Gray and Champagne Gold, the ASUS Multi-tasking YesEee Pad Transformer Prime, with metallic spun finish design Special Apps ASUS launcher,made of aluminium, is incredibly slim at just 8.3mm thin and @Vibe Music,weighs a mere 586g. It features NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra ASUS WebStorage,3 processor that can deliver superb experience for tablet- MyLibrary, MyNet,based multitasking, web browsing, full high definition video MyCloud, Fileplayback and gaming. On top of that, the Eee Pad Transformer manager, ASUSPrime also sports a bright 10.1-inch Super IPS+ screen with sync, SuperNote,LED backlight and Corning Gorilla glass for protection. App Locker, App Backup, TegraZone,On the front is a 1.2-megapixel camera for video conferencing Polaris® Officewhile the 8-megapixel camera at the rear comes with auto- Battery 12hours; 25Wh Li-focus and LED flash for taking brilliant pictures and full 1080p polymer Battery(2)HD video. The Eee Pad Transformer Prime is also powered by 5
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 18 hours pad with corroborated by its strong take up rate, which doubled to about dock ; 25Wh(pad) 1,000 organizations in the two months following its launch in & 22Wh(mobile Singapore. dock) Li-polymer The hype about the cloud Battery(2)Size / Weight Pad: One of the advantages offered by cloud computing is how 263*180.8*8.3mm / it allows companies without dedicated IT personnel to 586g leverage best-of-the-breed technology to level the playing field against larger competitors. Office 365 is not a product sell, Mobile Dock: asserts Fernandes, but it represents an opportunity for these 263*180.8*8~10.4mm / businesses to compete. 537g As a productivity platform, Office 365 extends the ability of small businesses to take advantage of productivity tools that they are already familiar with. To illustrate his point,Microsoft Office 365 and doing Fernandes offered the example of how some employees may not require a dedicated workstation, but could benefit fromBusiness in the Cloud having email access in order to check their leave statusSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-office-365-and-doing- or their next duty roster, for instance. In this context,business-in-the-cloud/13903.html businesses can deploy shared terminals where "kiosk" workersNovember 9th, 2011 can access messaging services for as low as US$4 per user per month. Seen in that context, it is evident that Office 365 is about providing businesses with more options than about releasing a "me-too" product. Hype aside, Fernandes says that the cloud computing marketLaunched globally at the end of June this year, Office 365 is an ambitious one where users have high expectations, a traitrepresents a radical move by software giant Microsoft to shift which he expects to drive future growth. The director viewsits premium productivity, communications and collaboration the red-hot interest in the cloud as something that will passproducts into the cloud. To find out more about Office 365, I however. "Now when people think cloud, this is like when wehave arranged to meet up with John Fernandes, the director talk about the Internet in the past. The cloud is merely anof marketing and operations of Microsoft Singapore at the enabling layer" he said, noting that "nobody talks about thecompanys local headquarters. Internet now."We spoke on topics ranging from the advantages offered by What of the IT department?the cloud as a platform, business expectations towards cloud One perennial concern about the rise of cloud computing hascomputing and how Office 365 can help smaller businesses been its potential impact on the IT department. Accordingly,change the way they do business. Always forthright in his I raised the question to Fernandes, who conceded that it isresponses, Fernandes also spoke candidly about the relative a subject of concern for IT professionals. "People in the ITrisks of outages as well as the local take-up rate for Microsofts industry have been trying to figure out their position in thislatest and grandest foray into cloud computing. (cloud) space," he said.What is Office 365? However, Fernandes suggested that the ultimate outcomeFor those not already familiar with it, Office 365 is of whether jobs will be impacted boils down to the topica comprehensive suite of services consisting of multiple of value creation. Given that the primary constrains thoseproducts such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online organizations often face pertains to cost, it is reasonable that aand Lync Online to provide services such as messaging, migration to the cloud could allow them to redirect any surpluscollaboration and communication. On the productivity front, IT resources towards projects to positively impact the bottom-Office Web Apps (OWA) let users view and edit documents line.created on desktop versions of Microsoft Office (Word, Moreover, Fernandes also pointed out those most smallExcel, PowerPoint and OneNote) using nothing more than businesses do not have an IT department in the first place;a supported web browser. Finally, an Office Professional such companies would typically task their most IT-savvyPlus option provides businesses that still require the desktop staffer as the ad-hoc IT department. In such a situation, aversion of Microsoft Office with the appropriate software cloud deployment would free the beleaguered employee tolicenses and installation files. focus more on his or her primarily work responsibilities.Underscoring the point that Office 365 was a complete All about uptimeredesign as opposed to a tweak to slap on cloud functionality, Does Microsoft have the ability to deliver a truly robustFernandes told me that Office 365 can scale from "3 to solution in the cloud? There had been a number of localized100,000" in terms of users. He ticked off how it can help and global outages since Office 365 was launched, and Ibusinesses reduce complexity, increase agility and manage wanted to know what Microsoft is doing to guarantee thetheir costs, allowing small businesses to transform the way reliability and overall uptime of its cloud offering. Fernandesthey do business. The list of advantages appears to be partially started off by acknowledging that mistakes are made in 6
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneevery company, and that outages "will happen." This is afair statement, given how every cloud service out there hassuffered some form of downtime or service disruption.On its part, Microsoft addresses availability by placing safety,privacy and maintaining of SLA (Service-level agreements) astop priorities. In addition, the company has stringent internalpolicies and certifications that go beyond the expectationsof customers. Outages are also preemptively addressed bymitigation planning and having strong resources available inthe country to support and address any outages. To top it off,Fernandes reminded me that Office 365 is really building ontop of decades of cloud experience that Microsoft has accruedover more than a decade - think Hotmail with its almost halfa billion user accounts.In closing...Interestingly, Fernandes consider one of the greatestinhibitors towards the adoption of Office 365 in Singapore and The Gobby mobile app is designed to make English figure ofthe region to be a lack of awareness. In his opinion, there speech less daunting by providing users with a quick referenceis currently so much information about the cloud that it is at their fingertips. Developed by Stealth Education, the appleading to an overload and a general reticence for businesses helps to explain the meaning of frequently used idioms into consider Office 365. everyday speech, with idioms divided into 10 useful categories,In closing, Fernandes reiterated how Office 365 can help which include Love and Romance, Work and Business, andbusinesses to collaborate in the cloud, exhorting them to Insults. Each explanation is supported with an example of howleverage the cloud to help them compete. "Your competitors it is used in context as well as an audio clip of pronunciation.may [already] be using it," cautioned Fernandes, "Use the best The app’s Chilli-O-Meter rates idioms by where and how theytechnologies for your business, dont delay. Dont wait." should be used — so users don’t end up in hot water. The lower the Chilli rating, the more you can comfortably use the phraseInterested businesses can sign up for a free 30 days trial here. in almost any situation. The highest Chilli rating is reserved for idioms which are not appropriate for formal or businessGobby iPhone and Android app environments. Gobby is completely free and is now available on the iTunes App Store and Android market.makes English idioms easy to In conjunction with the launch of the new app, Stealthunderstand Education is running ‘Gobby It Up’ contest for users in Singapore starting 3 to 30 November on its micrositeSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gobby-iphone-and-android-app- gobbytalk.tumblr.com. Each week, five weekly winners willmakes-english-idioms-easy-to-understand/13902.html walk away with Gobby Goody Bags and stand a chance ofNovember 9th, 2011 winning the Grand Prize — a 32GB+WiFi Apple iPad2 and have their winning sentences immortalised on a T-shirt that will be sold worldwide in the Gobby merchandise store. To enter the contest: 1. Download the free app from the iTunes App Store at http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/gobby/id453435084 orDeveloped by Stealth Education, this Gobby mobile app for from the Android market at https://market.android.com/Android and Apple iPhone lets you learn the frequently used details?id=com.gobbytalk/English idioms in everyday speech. And apparently, there is a 2. Choose one of the 300 Gobby phrases and use it in anationwide contest going on whereby you stand a chance to sentence (be as funny & creative as you can)win an Apple iPad 2 grand prize. 3. Email your entry togobbyitup@gmail.com with the following subject: Gobby It Up 4. Include your name, followed by NRIC or Passport No. 5. Repeat Step 1 to submit more. Entries must be sent to gobbyitup@gmail.com with the following subject: Gobby It Up. All entries should include contestant’s name, followed by NRIC or Passport No. Contestants are allowed to submit multiple entries. Terms and conditions apply. 7
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone stating that “without a real app in the App Store, people wouldApple bans researcher for say Apple wouldn’t approve an app that took advantage of thismaking security loopholes flaw.”public “Now you could have a program in the App Store like Angry Birds that can run new code on your phone that Apple neverSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-bans-researcher-for-making- had a chance to check”, Miller mentions, “with this bug, yousecurity-loopholes-public/13900.html can’t be assured of anything you download from the App StoreNovember 9th, 2011 behaving nicely.” Miller was apparently unhappy with Apple’s decision to punish him, as he tweeted: “First they give researcher’s access to developer programs; (although I paid for mine) then they kick them... for doing research. Me angry.” He has reasons to be upset, as he intended to reveal the Apple platforms have mostly been less susceptible to security security flaw at the SysCan conference in Taiwan due onbreaches, and are more trusted. That good name may now be 17November. Like it or not, Miller has successfully put a denttarnished by a recent stunt to uncover a flaw in the system in Apple’s reputation for creating well-protected platform, andwhich allows a virus loaded app to pass and made public to while this may not balance out the mobile security playingshow that the vulnerability is real. Instead of acknowledging field, it has done enough to show that lapse in vigilance canthe issue, Apples first priority was to remove the app and kick exist anywhere.him out from the Apple developers program. Review: ASUS O!Play Mini Plus Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/review-asus-o-play-mini- plus/13861.html November 9th, 2011 Smart TV is all the rage and if you want to get in on the trend you may end up ditching a fairly new LCD TV to do so. Thankfully, there are companies like ASUS out there that have a solution – ASUS O!Play Mini Plus.The security of Apple’s approval system for third party appswas publicly put to question recently when a stock trackingapp, InstaStock, written by a security researcher CharlieMiller, was discovered to have utilized a security loophole todemonstrate a weakness in Apples iOS. While harmless byitself, the app will install a malware which is obtained when theuser is connected to the Internet, giving ability to manipulatesensitive information on the device, as well as pushing bogusnotifications.While the app has been live since September, it was quicklyremoved when the security breach it was employing wasdiscovered. The creators of the iOS were also swift to showtheir unhappiness by revoking Miller’s developer license as Smart TV is all the rage and if you want to get in on thewell. trend you may end up ditching a fairly new LCD TV to doThe former NSA analyst had previously highlighted to Apple so. Thankfully, there are companies like ASUS out there thatabout a security flaw which existed since iOS 4.3 update last have a solution – ASUS O!Play Mini Plus. A strange name foryear, which allowed JavaScript code to have a higher influence a product but it isn’t the name that will necessarily sell thewith the device. Despite knowing the kind of reaction Apple product.will have, Miller proceeded to manifest this security flaw bystealthily inserting this app for cirulation in the AppSotre, 8
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneLCD TVs are coming equipped with multiple HDMI inputs butit wasnt until a few years ago youd find more than two or threeon a TV unless you bought a high-end model. With multipleHDMI inputs you can dedicate one of the HDMI ports to theO!Play Mini Plus (Mini Plus). In the event you have run outof HDMI ports you can still use the Mini Plus via the analogA/V output. It kind of defeats the purpose of having the highresolution LCD TV but if you have a setup at home like me,you may find yourself with no digital ports left. I’ve got a SonyPS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, DVD Player and the cable set-top box. All of these already command the use of four HDMIports and my computer isn’t even connected yet. Luckily theLCD TV I am using has a separate VGA port and my DVDplayer can work with the Component connector. So, I’ve gotone HDMI port left.With a high definition video signal to the TV settled I neededto worry about an additional wire for network connectivity.You can setup the Mini Plus for wireless but I prefer wired Panasonic Computer Products Europe has unveiled theconnectivity especially for devices that can be affected by the Toughpad FZ-A1, the first in its Toughpad family ofconsistency of the transmission. Streamed video is definitely professional-grade Android-powered tablets. The 10-inchsubject to latency and congested Wi-Fi signals. So, Wi-Fi Toughpad FZ-A1 is designed for mobile outdoor workersnetworking just leaves open the door for complaints when in conditions such as aviation, construction, field servicethe stream gets jerky or pixelated. The wired connectivity is and public safety. It comes with a wide range of worka Gigabit connection so it is well worth the wiring versus the accessories, such as vehicle mounting and ergonomic hands-Wireless-N speed. free holsters and the company and its partners can also provide professional services such as project management, imagingSo, why would you even need to consider the Mini Plus when and kitting.you could just as easily accomplish the same by connecting anotebook or desktop computer to the LCD TV. Well, the same The Toughpad FZ-A1 claims to incorporate the same durabilityreason why Smart TV’s are the ‘In’ thing. The Smart TV’s built- standards as the Toughbook laptops, with a MIL-STD-810Gin applications are instant-on with literally no shutdown time. rating for 120cm drops as well as an IP65 ingress protectionFlick the switch and you are good to go. This is one of the rating for resistance to dust and water. The Toughpad FZ-most compelling reasons to owning a Tablet and in my humble A1 is also rated for use in extreme temperatures. In termsopinion one of the reasons for its success but thats a different of security, the CPU in the Toughpad FZ-A1 feature astory. dedicated, tamper-proof, security processor which frees up the multi-purpose CPU core for other tasks. The security CPU core handles software and data encryption, enhanced VPN, authentication, trusted boot and device management. ThisPanasonic announces enhanced level of device security means the System on a Chip family of Toughpads will be compliant with FIPS 140-2 level 2.Toughpad FZ-A1 professional The Toughpad FZ-A1 also sports a high brightness, 10.1-inchAndroid tablet XGA, capacitive multi-touch screen with anti-glare coating.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/panasonic-announces-toughpad-fz-a1- It also offers 10 hour all day working and the battery isprofessional-android-tablet/13899.html replaceable ensuring mid-life battery upgrades. Other featuresNovember 9th, 2011 include standard Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, GPS and optional 3G mobile broadband offering up to 21Mb/ s download speeds. The Toughpad FZ-A1 will be available in spring 2012 at an estimated street price of €850 (+VAT) for the standard model, and €999 (+VAT) for the 3G model. According to Panasonic, a 7-inch tablet will be added to the Toughpad range in the second half of 2012.Panasonics Toughbooks are known for their ruggedness thatcan withstand drops, extreme weather and other roughhandling. And it seems like the company is also going the tablet Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A1way with the announcement of their new ToughPad FZ-A1, Operating System Android 3.2running on Android mobile operating system. Processor Marvell 1.2GHz dual core Storage 16GB Optional Storage Micro SD optional 32GB RAM 1GB SDRAM 9
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDisplay 500 nit, daylight viewable, Jason Miller, Manager, Research and Development, VMware, 10.1” XGA (4:3), confirmed that the critical vulnerability is not easy to exploit. capacitive multi-touch with In an email message, Miller wrote: anti-reflective "First, the network port attacked on the target treatment and built in machine must be closed. Second, a normal UDP ambient light sensor packet streamed to a vulnerable machine will notBattery Life 10 hours (Battery replaceable allow the attacker to gain access to the system. The by IT support) UDP packet must be "specially" crafted. An attackerWeight 970g will need to figure out the type of packet to send to a vulnerable machine. Finally, this vulnerabilityDrop Rating 1.2m was privately disclosed to Microsoft so there is noIngress Protection IP65 known code out in the wild at this time and MicrosoftTemperature rating –10 °C to 50 °C (operational) has not received any reports of attacks against thisInputs micro USB, micro SD, micro vulnerability." HDMI As with all security vulnerabilities, it would be folly toCamera 5-megapixel rear, 2- deliberately leave any of them unpatched. However, the megapixel front mitigating factors does mean that system administratorsConnectivity/Comms 3G, 802.11 a/b/g/n, have more time to perform proper testing as well as greater Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, GPS flexibility to stagger them for installation at the end of a workSecurity Features Hardware-level security, FIPS day. 140-2 Level 2 Duqu workaround (as SoC family), cable lock slot Security managers hoping for a patch to fix a kernel-level Windows vulnerability exploited by the Duqu Trojan were leftDimensions 266.3mm x 17.0mm x disappointed however. Its sophistication and similarity to 212.0mm the notorious Stuxnet malware has led security researchers to conclude that they originated from the same team of eliteMicrosoft fixes four bugs in hackers.simple Patch Tuesday this Citing the need for more time, Microsoft instead released a temporary workaround last week that essentially blocks offmonth access to the vulnerable DLL file used by the Win32k TrueTypeSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-fixes-four-bugs-in-simple- font-parsing engine. The utility to apply (and disable) thepatch-tuesday-this-month/13901.html workaround can be downloaded here. Additional informationNovember 9th, 2011 about the workaround can also be found in this Microsoft security advisory. Mozillas Boot 2 GeckoAs part of its strategy to stagger alternate months with fewer prototype in pipelines Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mozilla-s-boot-2-gecko-prototype-in-security updates, Microsoft this week released a lighter Patch pipelines/13891.htmlTuesday consisting of only four security bulletins - only one November 9th, 2011of which has been flagged as critical. Indeed, the assignedexploitability rating of ‘3 in spite of it being a remote-execution vulnerability also suggests that the underlying flawis not easily exploited. Mozilla has developed the open web experience with much success, and is bringing community contributions to the mobile platform. Developement road map has hit a new milestone with a working prototype round the corner, but will they strike a chord with it?Two of the other patches are tagged as 2 important, withthe final one tagged as 1 moderate. All 4 patches will impactWindows platforms and will require a reboot. 10
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Intel confirms upcoming motherboard models in marketing materials Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-confirms-upcoming- motherboard-models-in-marketing-materials/13897.html November 9th, 2011 Were not sure whats going on at Intel at the moment, but the company seems to be leaking its own products left right and centre. The company has now revealed its upcoming 7-series motherboards in some of its marketing materials and it looks like we can expect an onslaught of motherboards from Intel come Q1 next year. Were not sure whats going on at Intel at the moment, but the company seems to be leaking its own products left right and centre. The company has now revealed its upcoming 7-seriesJust a few months ago, Mozilla announced the intention motherboards in some of its marketing materials and it looksto create their own operating system with some help from like we can expect an onslaught of motherboards from IntelAndroid’s low level coding as well as Linux, dubbing it Boot 2 come Q1 next year.Gecko or B2G in short. As you can see from the picture below, the DX79SI andA recent update revealed that the OS is currently in the DX79TO will be Intels only X79 chipset motherboards andtesting phase and refining fundamental elements such as text, both fall in the Extreme category of motherboards, but thesephone and camera functions. While these elements are derived are just around the corner and whats much more interestingfrom Android and Linux, Mozilla has expressed that B2G is whats coming next year. First up we have the DZ77REshould depend as little as possible on the above mentioned (Roads End) which will be a higher-end model than the currentplatforms. DZ68BC and its rumoured to feature Thunderbolt support,What’s exciting is the prospect of a working prototype to be although well see if this becomes reality or not. Its morecompleted for demonstration of the abilities of the mobile OS affordable partner in crime is the DZ77GA (Gaspar) and bothat the end of the year or first quarter of 2012, while a retail models should feature what Intel calls Max-OC, suggestingversion may appear as soon as second quarter of next year. that theyre both very overclockable, although that might be by Intel standards.The HTML5-powered OS certainly shows great potential withsome interesting combination of ideas, such as holding and Moving down to the Media series of motherboards we have oneswiping icons to summon the associated applications, and the last Z77 chipset motherboard, the DZ77BH (Blue Hills) andoptions for either hardware or virtual buttons to support the this alongside the DZ75SL (Spur Lake) are the only other twoback and menu function. of Intels upcoming boards that features overclocking support, although in this case mid and min OC. The DZ77BH is also oneWith the aggressive and unforgiving climate in the mobile of only three boards to offer dual x8 slots for Crossfire or SLI,industry today, it may be seen either as bravery or craziness with the already mentioned Extreme boards being the otherto step into the fray now. However, consumers stand to gain two models.if Mozilla can create a viable platform which can stand upagainst the competition. As a community oriented brand namewhich champions the open web approach, a mobile platformdeveloped with this in mind will certainly has its own niche.For now, however, with a looming deadline now made public,Mozilla has a lot to prove against established mobile platformgiants such as Googles Android and Apples iOS. 11
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Patriot goes after the Mac upgrade market with new line of SSDs Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/patriot-goes-after-the-mac-upgrade- market-with-new-line-of-ssds/13896.html November 9th, 2011 Patriot Memory has launched not only three new SSDs for Apples Mac line of computers, but also a range of memory upgrade options for Mac notebooks as well as iMacs. However, were not entire sure whats Mac specific about the products apart from the stickers on the products saying so. Patriot Memory has launched not only three new SSDs for Apples Mac line of computers, but also a range of memory upgrade options for Mac notebooks as well as iMacs. However, were not entire sure whats Mac specific about the products apart from the stickers on the products saying so.Next up is the DH77SD (Sundale) which from what we can tellis going to be one peculiar board as its a mATX model with apair of mini PCIE Express slots, although one of them appearsto be an mSATA slot for SSD caching. This is followed by theDH77DF (Dry Fork) which is Intels only mini-ITX consumer7-series board and it too has a mini PCI Express slot, againmost likely used for mSATA support. Moving on we have theDH77KC (Knoll Creek) which is a standard ATX board, againwith a mini PCI Express slot an mSATA support, just like itsmATX sibling the DH77EB (EB lake). All the H77 models sportDVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity.Last, but not least we have the Executive series which consistsof motherboards for the corporate market. Here we have theDQ77MK (Moccasin Peak) which is a mATX board with USB3.0 support and dual Ethernet. It is followed by the low-profile, or as Intel likes to call them, thin mini-ITX DQ77KB The Mac Series XT as the new SSDs are called is built around(Kearnens Bend) which also sports USB 3.0. Finally we have the SandForce SF-2281 SSD processor and 60, 120 or 240GBthe DB75EN (Elkhorn Creek) which is yet another mATX of synchronous NAND flash. Patriot rates the new range ofboard with USB 3.0 connectivity, but without support for SSDs at up to 520MB/s read and up to 500MB/s write, whichIntels vPro technology and AMT 8.0. falls in line with its other high-end SSDs. Apparently whatIts at least nice of Intel to confirm its own roadmap leaks a makes these drives special is the fact that theyve been testedfew months ahead of the launch and this is also suggesting by the Apple Developer Compatibility Labs which should atthat well see the first 7-series chipset based motherboards in least in theory mean that theyre guaranteed to work in a Mac.March rather than April, since the boards are listed as arriving Interestingly Patriot is stating TRIM support in the specs,in Q1. Well just have to wait and see how things go, but although so far non Apple SSDs have not supported TRIM inhopefully there wont be any delays or chipset recalls this time OS X, so itll be interesting to see if this feature actually worksaround. with the Mac Series XT. 12
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone were not looking at a high-resolution screen as with the Asus Zenbook, instead we get stuck with a typical 1,366x768 panel. Graphics is of course handled by Intels integrated HD 3000 graphics.Patriot also launched its "Signature Apple DDR3" series of SO-DIMMs which are available in 2GB or 8GB as well as in a dual8GB pack. All the modules are clocked at 1333MHz with a CASlatency of 9, in other words fairly regular stuff. Once again,these models are certified by Apples Developer CompatibilityLab, so they should be guaranteed to work. No word on pricingor availability, but wed expect the products to roll out shortlyand most likely cost more than the PC equivalent product fromPatriot.Toshiba unveils its first Other features include Intel 802.11b/g/n with support for WiDi and in Japan you also get WiMAX. Then theres a D-Ultrabook in Japan sub connector, an HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port, a pair ofSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/toshiba-unveils-its-first-ultrabook-in- USB 2.0 ports, a pair of audio jacks, an SD card slot, ajapan/13895.html 1.3Megapixel webcam and finally a finger print reader forNovember 9th, 2011 biometric security. Toshiba claims up to 9h battery life with a 3h recharge time. The R361 weighs in at 1.12kg and measures 316x227x8.3-15.9mm (WxDxH) which Toshiba claims makes it the worlds thinnest and lightest Ultrabook to date.So far only two Ultrabooks have made it to the market, AsusZenbook and Acers Aspire S3, but now it looks like Toshibais getting ready to join in with its dynabook R631 in Japan.That said were expecting it to carry the Portégé brand outsideof Japan, as is generally the case for its ultra-thin notebooks,although we dont know the specific series as yet, but wereexpecting an announcement in a day or two.So far only two Ultrabooks have made it to the market, AsusZenbook and Acers Aspire S3, but now it looks like Toshibais getting ready to join in with its dynabook R631 in Japan.That said were expecting it to carry the Portégé brand outsideof Japan, as is generally the case for its ultra-thin notebooks,although we dont know the specific series as yet, but wereexpecting an announcement in a day or two.The dynabook R631 looks set to be ver similar to what weveseen so far from Asus and Acer and at least in Japan, Toshibawill only offer a single SKU to start with. That said, were Theres one problem with the dynabook R631 though andlooking at fairly decent spec with a 1.6GHz Core i5-2467M thats the price tag, as its up for pre-order for a whoppingCPU, 4GB of RAM which appears to be at least upgradeable 139,800 Yen (S$2,275/US$1,798) making it not just theto some degree as it consist of 2+2GB and a 128GB SSD of thinnest and lightest Ultrabook, but also by far the mostunknown brand. The R631 is a 13.3-inch model, but sadly expensive Ultrabook in the market. Itll be interesting to see 13
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonehow the international version compares in terms of cost, buthopefully itll be a bit more affordable.ASUS Eee Slate and Zenbookland in SingaporeSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-eee-slate-and-zenbook-land-in-singapore/13893.htmlNovember 9th, 2011This afternoon, ASUS Singapore unveiled the highlyanticipated Zenbook that features a sleek and stylish design,boasts two-seconds always instant on and SonicMastertechnology for superb audio experience. The companyalso launched the ASUS Eee Slate B121 tablet, designed forboth consumers and small businesses. A USB3.0 port (with USB Charger+ technology for quick charging), micro HDMI and mini VGA connectors are on the right, while the left holds another USB and headphone ports, and SD memory card reader (for the UX31E).The ASUS Zenbook sports a silver exterior with a concentriccircle design, and measures 2.8mm at the thinnest point. Itincorporates an instant-on feature that can resume the systemin approximately two seconds, and standby times of up totwo weeks. The Zenbook is available in two models - UX21Eand UX31E. The UX21E comes in the choice of Intel Corei5-2467M or Intel Core i7-2667M processsor with 4GB DDR3memory, 128GB SSD, 0.3-megapixel camera and features 11.6-inch LED backlit TFT LCD display (1366x768). Available fromtomorrow, the ASUS UX21E is retailing at S$1,398 (w/GST)and S$1,598 (w/GST) respectively.The UX31E with 13.3-inch TFT LCD display (1600x900) isavailable in Intel Core i5-2557M processor with 4GB DDR3memory and 128GB SSD, as well as Intel Core i7-2667Mwith 4GB DDR3 memory and 256GB SSD. It will be retailingatS$1,498 (w/GST) and S$1,998 (w/GST) respectively 14
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe ASUS Eee Slate B121 claims to be the most powerful tabletPC for businesses, corporate, goverment as well as consumers.It features Intel Core i5-470um processor, 12.1-inch LED-backlit WXGA capacitive and electromagnetic screen, 64GB Some highlights of the Galaxy Note:SSD, and runs Microsoft Windows 7 Professional operatingsystem. The Eee Slate B121 also comes with built-in security of • Unique mobile device that incorporates a touchscreenTrusted Platform Module (TPM) and one-year free unlimited smartphone with S Pen pen-input technologyASUS WebStorage access. The ASUS Eee Slate B121 isavailable from tomorrow 9 November at S$1,699 (w/GST). • Large size 5.3" HD Super AMOLED display at 1280x800 resolution • Thickness of only 9.65mmSamsung announces Galaxy • Powered by a beefy 1.4GHz dual-core processorNote and Galaxy Nexus in • USB 2.0 Host support (Allows for connecting of USBSingapore flash drives, mouse or keyboard)Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-announces-galaxy-note-and- • Runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)galaxy-nexus-in-singapore/13894.htmlNovember 9th, 2011Samsung today announced the availability of the Galaxy Noteand the Galaxy Nexus smartphone in Singapore. The GalaxyNote 16GB is available at S$998 in November, while the GalaxyNexus will be available at S$948 by January 2012. Both pricesare without line contract and are inclusive of GST.The Galaxy Note comes with an expansive 5.3" high-resolutionscreen that provides an immersive viewing experience. A pen-input technology called the S Pen allows users to freely captureand create ideas while on-the-go. The Galaxy Nexus is the firstsmartphone to feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Some highlights of the Galaxy Nexus: • Worlds first smartphone running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich • Features a 4.65" HD Super AMOLED display at 1280x720 resolution • One of the slimmest smartphones at 8.94mm • Powered by a 1.2GHz dual core processor 15
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • Redesigned user interface with NFC support and full web browsing experience Information censorship to be strengthened in China,Amiga returns... with an $98 supported by tech firms Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/information-censorship-to-be-Android Tablet strengthened-in-china-supported-by-tech-firms/13882.htmlSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amiga-returns...-with-an-98-android- November 9th, 2011tablet/13892.htmlNovember 9th, 2011 China seeks to increase their control of infomation across the internet, specifically social media, and claims to "stop theAmiga is one of worlds iconic brands from the dawn of modern spread of harmful infomation", according to state news agencycomputing era. In 1990s, the platform was squeezed out of Xinhua.the market thanks to the success of PlayStation from gamingperspective, and Windows PC from workstation place. If wegot a dime every time we heard that "Amiga is coming back",wed be driving a Tesla Roadster by now. About a year ago,we heard that Commodore USA is bringing the Amiga back(again), focusing on tablets this time around.Lo and behold, we received news from Bill McEwen that Amiga Chinese tech giants including Sina Corp and Alibaba tookis introducing a seven inch tablet powered by Android 2.2 part in a three-day meeting which concluded with a commonoperating system. The price of the 7" Amiga Xpedio 7MTB is consensus amongst all leaders to “conscientiously safeguardset at only $98, while the add-on USB keyboard and protective the broadcasting of positive messages online” while helpingcase raise the price to only $118. to “curb the spread of rumours online, online pornography, fraud and the illegal spread of harmful information on theThe Amiga Xpedio 7MTB is powered by VIA Technologies Internet.WM8650 ARM chip ticking at 720MHz, 256MB LPDDR2memory, 4GB embedded storage and of course, the multi- A key method is to invest in "tracking surveillance", whichtouch screen. In order to keep the price down, 7MTB comes helps to keep up-to-date with the sentiments of users ofwith resistive two-point touch-screen. You can expand the micro blog services such as "Weibo" and remove infomationstorage up to 32GB locally via MicroSD/MemoryStick/MMC unfavorable to the ruling party before it spread to local orcards. foreign news.Besides the Xpedio 7MTB, Amiga also offers Xpedio 7 MT This move may be seen as a strong response to a recent string($189) and Xpedio 10 MT ($289), which also feature Samsung exposure of events which highlights the behaviour of ChinaPV210 SoC with ARM Cortex-A8 processor ticking at 1GHz, and the government in less favourable light. These includes512MB LPDDR2 memory and 8GB of local storage, also a surveillance video footage showing a child in a hit-and-runexpandable up to 32GB. 7MT and 10MT are both equipped accident involving a van, followed by many pedestrians whowith capacitive multi-touch display. completely ignore the plight of the child, as well as a badly mismanagement of a high speed rail accident.The manufacturer is stating that the preorder prices are gooduntil November 11, 2011 with the delivery taking place before China may be seeing more enforced and official regulations asDecember 25, 2011. it will be controlled directly from the top of the governmental system, in addition to the strict regulation of infomation regulation teams for each individual service. 16
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIn addition to the regulation kept by "information control" and MP3/AAC/LPCM/WMA audio playback while viewingteams in each individual service, the government may be their photo slideshows. On top of that, it has several eco-having more official influence over censorship decisions in the friendly features such as LED backlight technology that usesfuture. less power to display images than typical CCFL technology without compromising on picture quality. An automatic on/While these are not new to the increasing web savy population, off timer also allows users to set their frames to turn offit faces strong opposition as the younger generation of the automatically when not in use after a period of time. The Sonypopulation who will probably want to retain the level of DPF-WA700 digital photo frame will be available in Januaryfreedom they had before. With over 100 million users in some 2012, pricing is not available at press time.of these services, it is easy to speculate a drastic change inreception depending on the level of censorship imposed. GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 Z68Sony unveils WA700 digital Gaming Motherboard Reviewphoto frame with online photo Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-g1.sniper-2-z68-gaming- motherboard-review/13881.htmlretrieval November 9th, 2011Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-unveils-wa700-digital-photo-frame-with-online-photo-retrieval/13890.htmlNovember 9th, 2011 Today we take a look at one of the most feature filled Z68 Sandy Bridge motherboard from GIGABYTEs G1 series of gamer oriented motherboards, the GIGABYTE G1 Sniper 2. Follow us as we put the Sniper 2 under the microscope andSony Electronics Asia Pacific has introduced their latest examine its every aspect.WA700 digital photo frames which is not only Wi-Fienabled but it comes with online photo retrieval fromFacebook and emails. It sports a 7-inch resistive touchscreenand features 1GB internal memory and card slots that supportMemory Stick Duo, SD and SDHC. Before we start looking at the G1 Sniper 2, lets take a look at the platform and its benefits to gamers over the P67 platform. To begin, it seems that GIGABYTE waited for Z68 before launching a LGA1155 based G1 series motherboard, and on top of that they gave the G1 Sniper 2 an HDMI output, something that sine of the top-end GIGABYTE boards (like the Z68X-Sony has announced their first ever Wi-Fi enabled S-Frame, UD7) lacks.in the form of the DPF-WA700. The DPF-WA700 digitalphoto frame has a 7-inch resistive touchscreen and comes with So why does that matter for gamers? Well a gamer can usehome network connectivity for easy viewing of photos. Other the Lucid Virtu switching to help lower energy costs when notfeatures include the support for AccuWeather forecasts, 1GB gaming, and any user can use D-Mode without having to useinternal memory that can store up to approximately 4,000 the HDMI output in the back which can limit resolution tophotos, and card slots supporting Memory Stick Duo, SD and 1920x1600. Another thing to realize is that most games do notSDHC formats. take advantage of SSDs, so most gamers dont want to buy the expensive 128GB or 256GB SSDs, they would rather save theThe WA700 users will also enjoy the benefit of vTuner money and put it towards a sound card or even a few games.Internet radio compatibility, AVCHD video file playback, SSD Caching (Intel Smart Response) can let that gamer slowly 17
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneupgrade to a faster storage system, while keeping their large GIGABYTE G1 Sniper 2HDD they can add a smaller and much cheaper SSD to help CPU Supportspeed up things. They dont even have to reformat to do so. Agame can easily fit into the 18-64GB cache that SSD Caching 1. Support forprovides. Z68 is a better chipset for gamers than P67 would be, Intel® Core™and generally better for users as a whole. i7 processors/ Intel® Core™ i5 processors/ Intel® Core™ i3 processors/ Intel® Pentium® processors/ Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA1155 package 2. L3 cache varies with CPU Chipset Intel Z68 Chipset Memory 1. 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory * Due to Windows 32- bit operating system limitation, when moreIntel probably should have skipped P67 and just come out than 4 GB of physicalwith the Z68 PCH. This motherboard fully supports Lucid memory is installed,Virtu GPU switching which allows for switchable graphics, but the actual memory sizeonly an HDMI port is used, so maximum resolution will be displayed will be less1920x1080 for those of you who want to use i-Mode Virtu than 4 GB.to save power. Of course D-Mode can be used on this boardwithout plugging into the HDMI output, so gamers can still 2. Dual channel memorytake advance of the faster transcoding that the Sandy Bridge architectureiGPU provides. GIGABYTE also has an Easy Smart Responce 3. Support for DDR3program which can set up the SSD Caching with the press of 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066a button, which might be to a gamers benefit if they arent a MHz memory moduleshardware enthusiast as well. 4. Support for non-ECC memory modules 5. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules Multi-GPU Support Integrated Graphics Processor: HDMI Output (1920x1600) max resolution. Support for AMD CrossFireX™/NVIDIA SLI technology Expansion Slots 1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16The Intel Z68 PCH is the main chipset on the motherboard, (PCIEX16)and there is no longer a North Bridge (IOH) and South Bridge * For optimum(ICH) like we still see on most AMD boards. performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, beSpecifications: 18
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone sure to install it in the LAN 1 x Bigfoot Killer E2100 chip PCIEX16 slot. (10/100/1000 Mbit) 2. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, Audio running at x8 (PCIEX8) * The PCIEX8 slot 1. 1 x Creative CA20K2 shares bandwidth with chip the PCIEX16 slot. When 2. Support for the PCIEX8 slot is Dolby® Digital Live and populated, the PCIEX16 DTS™ Connect slot will operate at up to x8 mode. 3. Support for X-Fi 3. 2 x PCI Express x1 slots Xtreme Fidelity® and (All PCI Express slots EAX® Advanced HD™ conform to PCI Express 5.0 technologies 2.0 standard.) 4. High Definition Audio 4. 2 x PCI slots 5. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channelStorage 1 x Marvell 88SE9172 chip: 6. Support for S/PDIF Out USB 1. 2 x SATA 6Gb/s 1. Up to 14 USB 2.0/1.1 connector (GSATA3_6, ports (8 ports on the GSATA3_7) supporting back panel, including up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s 1 eSATA/USB Combo devices connector, 6 ports 2. Support for RAID 0 and available through the RAID 1 internal USB headers) Chipset: 2 x Etron EJ168 chips: 1. Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports on the 1. 2 x SATA 6Gb/s back panel, 2 ports connectors (SATA3_0, available through the SATA3_1) supporting internal USB header) up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices FireWire GIGABYTE Unique 2. 3 x SATA 3Gb/ Features s connectors 1. Support for @BIOS (SATA2_2~SATA2_4) supporting up to 3 SATA 2. Support for Q-Flash 3Gb/s devices 3. Support for Xpress 3. 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s BIOS Rescue connector (eSATA/ 4. Support for Download USB Combo connector) Center on the back panel 5. Support for Xpress supporting up to 1 SATA Install 3Gb/s device 6. Support for Xpress 4. Support for RAID 0, Recovery2 RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10 7. Support for EasyTune * When a RAID set * Available functions in is built across the EasyTune may differ by SATA 6Gb/s and SATA motherboard model. 3Gb/s channels, the 8. Support for Dynamic system performance Energy Saver™ 2 of the RAID set may vary depending on the 9. Support for Smart 6™ devices being connected. 10. Support for Auto Green 19
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 11. Support for eXtreme 3. 4 x SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drive (X.H.D) connectors 12. Support for ON/OFF 4. 3 x SATA 3Gb/s Charge connectors 13. Support for Cloud OC 5. 1 x CPU fan header 14. Support for 3TB+ 6. 4 x system fan headers Unlock 7. 1 x front panel header 15. Support for TouchBIOS 8. 1 x front panel audio 16. Support for Q-Share headerH/W Monitoring 9. 1 x S/PDIF Out header 1. System voltage detection 10. 3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers 2. CPU/System 11. 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header temperature detection 12. 1 x serial port header 3. CPU/System fan speed 13. 1 x Trusted Platform detection Module (TPM) header 4. CPU overheating 14. 1 x clearing CMOS warning jumper 5. CPU/System fan fail 15. 1 x heatsink LED power warning connector 6. CPU/System fan speed 16. 1 x CPU overclocking control button header * Whether the CPU/ BIOS system fan speed control function is supported 1. 2 x 32 Mbit flash will depend on the CPU/system cooler you 2. Use of licensed AWARD install. BIOSBack Panel I/O Ports 3. Support for DualBIOS™ 4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM 1. 7 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b 2. 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ Bundle Software mouse port 3. 1 x CPU overclocking 1. Norton Internet Security button (OEM version) 4. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out 2. Intel® Smart Response connector Technology 5. 1 x eSATA/USB Combo 3. LucidLogix Virtu connector * Make sure the monitor cable has 6. 1 x HDMI port been connected to the 7. 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports integrated graphics port 8. 1 x RJ-45 port on the back panel. Form Factor ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 9. 5 x audio jacks (Center/ 26.4cm Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Side Speaker Out, Line In/ Mic In, Line Out) Apple looking for LED back-Internal I/O Connectors light solutions for upcoming 1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector iPad 3 with Retina display Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-looking-for-led-back-light- 2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V solutions-for-upcoming-ipad-3-with-retina-display/13889.html power connector 20
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNovember 9th, 2011Rumors have been going around as to whether Applesupcoming iPad will come with Retina display. And it lookslike the company intends to incorporate that on the tabletdevice with news reports stating that Apple is looking for newbacklight solution to maintain or strengthen the level ofbrightness. Today, Teledyne DALSA unveiled its new Icon user programmable camera series for embedded image processing applications. It features high quality, high sensitivity sensors and supports resolutions from 640x480 (VGA) to 1600x1200 in color and monochrome. It gives vision system developers power and flexibility to develop their own embedded imaging applications with the Embedded Sapera Vision SDK, a suite ofAccording to Digitimes, LED back-light unit (BLU) vendors embedded image acquisition, processing, analysis and controlhave reportedly offered Apple two alternative backlight libraries using conventional programming languages like C/Csolutions for its next-generation iPad. The sources said that ++. The Embedded Sapera Vision SDK package also featuresthe single LED light bar for the iPad 2 (1024x768 resolution) CamExpert as well as system configuration tools for easydisplay isnt able to handle the upcoming iPad 3s retina configuration, development, debugging, and deploying visiondisplay, and therefore the solution would either be using dual applications.LED light bars or keep the light bar in a single-bar form Key Features and Benefitsfactor but with two LED chips; the iPad 3 is expected to adoptLCD panels with resolutions higher than 2048x1536 pixels. - Available in resolutions of 640x480 and up to 1600x1200 inThe Apple iPad 3 is rumored to launch in March 2012 with a monochrome and colorslimmer design and minor update. - Bundled as part of the Embedded Sapera Vision SDK, Embedded Sapera Processing features highly optimized image processing primitives, Barcode, OCR, blob analysis, area andTeledyne DALSA announces geometric search and calibration toolsnew Icon user programmable - Pre-licensed to run the entire suite of Embedded Saperacamera ProcessingSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/teledyne-dalsa-announces-new-icon-user-programmable-camera/13888.html - Designed for standalone operations and to carry outNovember 9th, 2011 necessary actions with the help of onboard general purpose I/ O - Communicates with external devices, like PLC, using either Ethernet or RS232 portsMachine vision hardware and software manufacturer - Incorporates non-volatile memory to store user applicationsTeledyne DALSA has unveiled their new Icon user and can be configured to run on power up without anyprogrammable camera, though it is designed mainly for assistance from a PCOEMs. The Icon camera series features a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 and C64x+ DSP processor, Microsoft Windows CE real- - Features optically isolated inputs and outputs for reliabletime operating system and supports resolutions from VGA to operations1600 in color and monochrome. - Available in C and CS-mount versions 21
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone although we dont have any details on clock speeds here, butNo 64-bit graphics driver for in this day in age wed advice to steer clear from single coreCedar Trail, nor any DX10.1 processors unless you have a very limited budget. The new, as yet un-named Cedar Trail-M single core CPU should arrivedrivers sometime in January next year.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/no-64-bit-graphics-driver-for-cedar-trail-nor-any-dx10.1-drivers/13887.htmlNovember 9th, 2011 MSI shows off its Big Bang XPower II X79 motherboard Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-shows-off-its-big-bang-xpower-ii- x79-motherboard/13886.html November 9th, 2011If you havent kept up with our past stories about Intels CedarTrail Atom processors, then this might come as a bolt oflightning from a clear sky if you were planning on getting anew netbook later this year, as Intel has decided not to developany 64-bit drivers, nor will there be any DirectX 10.1 drivers. MSI has unveiled its top of the range X79 motherboard onDespite more than capable hardware, Intel wont be offering its Facebook page – the Big Bang XPower II – and it reallydrivers for Windows 7 64-bit, as the company has decided to is a feature packed board, but it looks like MSIs marketingre-focus its driver development efforts on Windows 8. team has run out of ideas. Why? Well, simply because MSI has borrowed heavily from Gigabytes G1 series of motherboards when it comes to the heatsink design, which in this case is alsoIf you havent kept up with our past stories about Intels Cedar very much gun inspired.Trail Atom processors, then this might come as a bolt oflightning from a clear sky if you were planning on getting anew netbook later this year, as Intel has decided not to develop MSI has unveiled its top of the range X79 motherboard onany 64-bit drivers, nor will there be any DirectX 10.1 drivers. its Facebook page – the Big Bang XPower II – and it reallyDespite more than capable hardware, Intel wont be offering is a feature packed board, but it looks like MSIs marketingdrivers for Windows 7 64-bit, as the company has decided to team has run out of ideas. Why? Well, simply because MSI hasre-focus its driver development efforts on Windows 8. borrowed heavily from Gigabytes G1 series of motherboardsIn as much as Intel has finally come up with an acceptable when it comes to the heatsink design, which in this case is alsoAtom CPU, it looks like its lack of drivers will now be crippling very much gun inspired.the platform instead of moving it forward. The motive isnt MSI appears to have packed the board to the brim withexactly clear to us, but its possible that Windows 8 is a lot features, in fact, its so full that MSI had to go for an XL-ATXcloser than anyones expecting and Intel want to put as much form factor. The Big Bang XPower II has no less than seveneffort as possible into having a fully featured driver ready for x16 PCI Express slots, although only two of them have 16 lanesMicrosofts new operating system. Intel should have its first worth of bandwidth, while the remaining five appear to bealpha driver ready early next year for Windows 8, but this is x8 slots. The labelling in this case is anything but clear, butnot really helping the current situation. Intels new CPUs dont support enough PCI Express lanes forWhats even worse is that Intel wont even have its first WHQL all the slots and we can see at least one set of switches on thecertified driver ready for the launch of Cedar Trail which board. Theres also a set of dip switches that are labelled PCI-Eexpected to happen this month, although best case Intel will CeaseFire which suggests that its possible to manually disablehave a driver ready by the very end of this month. Other at least some of the slots.features such as support for Wireless Display 1.2 and IntelSmart Connect 1.2 wont arrive until next year, so its clear thatIntel has some issues getting its drivers out in a timely manner.That said, support for Wireless Display 1.1 should be part ofthe standard drive package, if this is a must have feature foryour next netbook.For those interested in a Cedar Trail netbook with Linux,then things get even more complicated as apparently Intel hasdecided to integrate the Linux driver into MeeGo 1.2, but itsnot clear if the company will offer it for a separate download ornot. That said, Intel isnt expecting to have final drivers readyuntil the end of January next year for Linux.In related news, Intel will also be offering a single core "offroadmap" version of the mobile Cedar Trail-M processors, 22
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Around the back were looking at a PS/2 port, six USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, a FireWire port, a pair of Gigabit Ethernet jacks which appear to be utilizing two different Intel network controllers, 7.1-channel audio with optical and coaxial S/PDIF out and what appears to be a CMOS reset button. Then theres that thing about the heatsinks, people have already complained enough about Gigabytes G1 series of motherboards, but apparently MSI didnt notice this and has come up with its own gun inspired design. The VRM area is cooled by what looks like a Gatling gun, or in more modern terms, a mini gun, whereas the chipset itself has beenMoving on we have 10 SATA ports, of which six are SATA fitted with what we guess are supposed to be six rounds of6Gbps as far as we can tell, although four of those ports ammunition, although they look more like crayons to us andshould be from third party chips which arent visible due to the gold-ish colour doesnt help in this case either. The chipsetthe rather large chipset heatsink. There are also two 90 degree is connected via a flat heatpipe to a secondary heatsink whichangled connectors for four USB 3.0 ports, two pin headers for appears to be cooling little else, whereas the VRM heatsinkfour USB 2.0 ports and one pin header for a FireWire port. is connected via a heatpipe to the Gatling gun. Not the mostWere disappointed to see the old NEC/Renesas USB 3.0 host classy design and theres even a cut-out in the Gatling gun tocontrollers on this board, as theyre not quite keeping up with allow for access to the screw hole beneath it.the competition these days.Other bits of interest includes X-Fi MB2 audio, which wepresume is software based, although a piece of metal ishiding the actual audio components, measurement points forVoltages, a POST 80 debug LED display, a power, OC Genie,Multi BIOS button and a pair of buttons labelled Direct OC.MSI has also added a pair of 8-pin 12V connectors and a 6-pinpower connector in a really poor placement in front of a pairof the x16 PCI Express slots. Speaking of power, the board hasa 24-phase VRM design, plus an additional four phases for thememory. We should commend MSI for only having 4-pin fanheaders, although the location of some of them is pretty poor. As for pricing, well, wed guess MSI will be charging a pretty penny for the Big Bang XPower II, as with all the components thrown in, its not going to be cheap to make. Its clearly gunning for Asus and Gigabyte, although we think MSI has missed the mark a little bit and its sad to see that they couldnt come up with their own ideas for the heatsinks. On the plus side, MSI went with passive cooling, all x16 PCI Express slots 23
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneand eight DIMMs, something were sure will appeal to plenty the life of NAND flash by up to two times. However, the firstof potential buyers. Its a week to go until the launch, so all is generation of Indilinx controllers that will support TLC willlikely to be revealed very soon. only feature first generation nDurance technology and will as such not offer the extra life span for NAND flash.OCZ to launch TLC NAND The company is also planning some new high-performance SSD controllers for both SATA and PCI Express interfacesbased SSDs next year which are said to hit 100,000 IOPS for the enterprise marketSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-to-launch-tlc-nand-based-ssds- and 70,000 IOPS for the consumer market. Other newnext-year/13885.html additions are NVM Express based SSDs, where NVM ExpressNovember 9th, 2011 is a new PCI Express based SSD solution for the enterprise market. Judging by OCZs future plans, it looks like 2012 will be an interesting year for SSDs and we very much doubt that OCZs competitors are sitting back and let OCZ be the only company hitting these new market segments.If you still think SSDs are too expensive, then OCZ might havea solution for you come early next year, as the company isplanning to offer SSDs with TLC (three bits per cell) NAND Exclusive Look at G.Skillflash. This means that less flash memory is needed to make anSSD of the same capacity as when MLC NAND flash is being RipjawsZ Quad-Channel Kitused, much in the same way as MLC is cheaper than SLC. The Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/exclusive-look-at-g.skill-ripjawsz-quad-company also has some new Indilinx SSD controllers coming channel-kit/13884.htmlwhich will further help keeping costs down. November 9th, 2011If you still think SSDs are too expensive, then OCZ might havea solution for you come early next year, as the company isplanning to offer SSDs with TLC (three bits per cell) NANDflash. This means that less flash memory is needed to make anSSD of the same capacity as when MLC NAND flash is being In exactly a weeks time from now, Intel Sandy Bridge-E HEDTused, much in the same way as MLC is cheaper than SLC. The (high-end desktop) platform will be upon us. But Novembercompany also has some new Indilinx SSD controllers coming 14 isnt a big day just for Intel and its three new processors,which will further help keeping costs down. but an entire ecosystem of manufacturers and products thatIf the upside of using TLC NAND flash in an SSD is lower cost, are designed for Sandy Bridge-E, including motherboards,the downside is reliability, as for one, TLC NAND flash has memory, and cooling. After motherboards, memory is anotherso far only been used in various memory cards and possibly a key component. G.Skill is timing the launch of its latestfew USB flash drives, but not in a single SSD to date. On top performance-segment DDR3 memory series, RipjawsZ forof that, writing more data per cell means that each cell will Sandy Bridge-E launch. We got a rare closer look.wear out quicker. However, OCZ seems to argue that its not an In exactly a weeks time from now, Intel Sandy Bridge-E HEDTissue in consumer applications, as the company is expecting (high-end desktop) platform will be upon us. But Novemberthe TLC NAND flash life to be at least four years and by then 14 isnt a big day just for Intel and its three new processors,most consumers have upgraded their computer already. but an entire ecosystem of manufacturers and products that are designed for Sandy Bridge-E, including motherboards, memory, and cooling. After motherboards, memory is another key component. G.Skill is timing the launch of its latest performance-segment DDR3 memory series, RipjawsZ for Sandy Bridge-E launch. We got a rare closer look.In addition to that, OCZ is planning to introduce new IndilinxSSD controllers, of which the second generation that shouldarrive towards the end of next year will feature nDurance 2technology which the company claims will further increase 24
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneRipjawsZ sports a new DDR3 module design by G.Skill. It We think theres a problem area. Most X79 motherboards havemakes use of the latest performance low-voltage DDR3 chips four DDR3 modules arranged in sets of two on either sidesand uses them to its advantage, such as getting high DRAM of the socket. Few boards have eight slots with four on eitherspeeds and tight timings at acceptable DRAM voltage levels. sides. We got just one cooler in our kit, but were not sure if theThe boards shed the green PCB color for pure black, and final product will have just one. Its likely that a second coolera slightly chunky piano-black heatspreader. We have with is already on its way. In any case, G.Skill recommends the useus a F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZHD, a quad-channel DDR3-2133 of the included cooler.MHz kit that can run at its advertised speeds with timingsof 9-11-9-28T, and DRAM voltage of 1.65V. The kit consists offour matched 4 GB modules, totaling its capacity to a zesty 16GB. Although the heatspreaders look a little chunky and tall, theyre designed keeping in mind the space constraints of Sandy Bridge-E motherboards. Heres a picture of a couple of these seated on an ASUS Rampage IV Extreme X79Whats more, this kit is the ZHD variant (high performance + motherboard, with a typical high-end tower-type coolertight timings + active cooling), and includes a dual-fan cooling hanging over its head.module that latches onto a set of DRAM slots and actively coolsthe modules. 25
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone however they turned into a major player after they acquired PC Power & Cooling, a company which specialized on the field. The company currently markets three series: The premium ZX series, the ZT series which are fully modular units aiming towards enthusiasts but are more sensibly priced than the premium ZX series and the value range ZS series. Today we are hosting the first power supply review of an OCZ product in VR-Zone and the product is no other than a ZT 550W power supply. OCZ might have started off as a memory modules manufacturer but the company diversified into several other segments of the computer components market, such as CPU coolers, SSD drives and power supply units. OCZ has been marketing performance power supplies for over half a decade; however they turned into a major player after they acquired PC Power & Cooling, a company which specialized on the field. The company currently markets three series: The premium ZX series, the ZT series which are fully modular units aiming towards enthusiasts but are more sensibly priced than the premium ZX series and the value range ZS series. Today we are hosting the first power supply review of an OCZ product in VR-Zone and the product is no other than a ZT 550W power supply. Manufacturer features and specifications • Single +12V rail for efficient power distributionThanks to some early info from our friends at Maximum-Tech, • Heavy-duty protection circuitrywe know what the rest of the RipjawsZ lineup looks like: • Fully Modular Cabling System • 80-Plus Bronze Certified (85% efficient at typical load) • 140mm ball-bearing fan • Dimensions: 150 x 86 x 175mm (W x L x H) • Rated at 45°C ambient • Premium 105°C electrolytic capacitors • Erp compliant, low power usage in standby mode • Active PFCOCZ ZT Series 550W PSU • ATX 12V 2.2 Compliant MTBF: 100,000 hoursReview •Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-zt-series-550w-psu- • 5-year warrantyreview/13883.html OCZ ZTNovember 9th, 2011 550W AC 100-240V INPUT ~ 8A-4A 50/60Hz DC +5V +3.3V +12V -12V +5Vsb OUTPUTOCZ might have started off as a memory modules MAX 24A 24A 45A 0.5A 3Amanufacturer but the company diversified into several other CURRENTsegments of the computer components market, such as CPUcoolers, SSD drives and power supply units. OCZ has been MAX 140W 540W 6W 15Wmarketing performance power supplies for over half a decade; COMBINED WATTAGE 26
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone TOTAL Now in red is what the A55 chipset lacks. This includes the POWER: loss of 4 USB 3.0 ports and FIS based switching for RAID 550W arrays. There is also one other major difference, the lack of Continuous SATA 6GB/s ports. All of the SATA 6GB/s ports have been toned down to slower SATA 3GB/s ports, which might have an impact on some of the new SATA 6GB/s SSDs which actually take advantage of the higher bus speed. Of course all these downgrades do save the budget minded consumer a good bit3-way AMD A75/A55 Llano of cash. What is most notable about the A75 FCH is its ability to house so many different devices, as well as a consumer IRmotherboard shootout system which will be great for home theater systems.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/3-way-amd-a75a55-llano-motherboard-shootout/13879.htmlNovember 9th, 2011Today we take a look at three different Llano boards throughthe entire range of the AMD Fusion Lynx platform. TheAsus F1A75-V Pro, Gigabyte A75M-UD2H and ECS A55F-A areput under the microscope and through the tests to determinenot only which comes out on top, but also which fits your needsbest.AMD introduced their Lynx platform with the A75 chipset afew months ago, and since then they have also released thetoned down A55 chipset aimed at builders on a budget. Themost impressive aspect of the Lynx platform is its ability tohouse a DX11 capable GPU on-die with 4 real processor cores,and keep the TDP under 100W. Today we will take a lookat three boards in three different prices ranges, two are A75chipset motherboards and one is an A55 chipset board. Wewill focus on their build quality as well as their performance invarious benchmarks.First let’s look at the Lynx platform, as well as the differencebetween the A75 and A55 FCH (Fusion Controller Hub). ASUS GIGABYTE ECS A55F-A F1A75-V Pro A75M-UD2H CPU AMD A series AMD A series AMD A series Support & E2 series & E2 series & E2 series processors processors processors Chipset A75 A75 A55 Memory 4 x DIMM, 4 x DIMM, 4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, Max. 64GB, Max. 64GB, DDR3 DDR3 1866/1600/1333/1066 DDR3 1866/1600/133 2250(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 Non- MHz Non- MHz MHz Non- ECC, Un- ECC, Un- ECC, Un- buffered Memory buffered Memory buffered Memory On-Board 1. 1 x D- Graphics Sub port 27
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 1. 1 x D- 1. a. 1 x 2. 1 x DVI- 3. 3 x PCI 3. 1 x PCI 3. 2 x PCI Sub port D- D port, slot Express Express Sub supporting x1 slot x1 slot 2. 1 x DVI- port a D port, 4. 1 x PCI 4. 3 x PCI maximum supporting b. 1 x slot slot resolution a DVI- Multi- Supports Support for Support for of maximum D Graphics AMD AMD Dual AMD Dual 2560x1600 resolution port, Technology CrossFireX™ Graphics Graphics of supporting x 3. 1 Technology technology technology 2560x1600 a HDMI Storage 1. 6 x SATA 1. 5 x SATA 5 x Serial maximumport, 6Gb/s 6Gb/s ATA 3Gb/s 3. 1 x resolutionsupporting connectors connectors connectors HDMI of a supporting supporting port, 2560x1600 maximum up to 5 up to 5 supporting resolution SATA SATA a c. 1 x maximum HDMI of 6Gb/s 6Gb/s 1920x1200 devices devices resolution port, of supporting x 4. 1 2. (ASMedia) 2. 1 x 1920x1200 a DisplayPort, 1x eSATA maximumsupporting eSATA 6Gb/s 4. 1 x resolutiona 6Gb/s port on DisplayPort, of maximum port on the back supporting 1920x1200 resolution the back panel a of panel supporting maximum d. 1 x 2560x1600 supporting up to 1 resolution DisplayPort, of supporting up to 1 SATA 2560x1600 a SATA 6Gb/s maximum 6Gb/s device resolution device (Note 7) of 3. (ASMedia)1 3. Support 2560x1600 x SATA for RAID 6Gb/s 0, RAID (red) 1, RAIDAudio Realtek® Realtek® Realtek® 10, and ALC892 8- ALC889 8- ALC892 8- 4. Support JBOD Channel High Channel High Channel High for RAID Definition Definition Definition 0, RAID Audio CODEC Audio CODEC Audio CODEC 1, RAID 10, and 97dB SNR 108dB SNR 97dB SNr JBODLAN Realtek Realtek Realtek USB 1. Up to 1. Up to 1. Up to RTL8111E RTL8111E RTL8111E 10 USB 8 USB 12 USB chip chip chip 2.0/1.1 2.0/1.1 2.0/1.1 (10/100/1000 (10/100/1000 (10/100/1000 ports (4 ports (4 ports Mbit) Mbit) Mbit) ports on ports on (6 portsExpansion 1. 2 x PCI 1. 1 x PCI 1. 1 x PCI the back the back on theSlots Express Express Express panel, panel, back x16 slot, x16 slot, x16 slot, 4 ports 4 ports panel, one running running available available 6 ports running at x16 at x16 through through available at x16 (PCIEX16) (PCIEX16) the the through (PCIEX16), 2. 1 x PCI internal internal the 2. 1 x PCI two USB USB internal Express Express running headers) headers) USB x16 slot, x16 slot, at X8/X8 headers) running running 2. Up to 2. Up to 2. 2 x PCI at x4 at 6 USB 4 USB Express (PCIEX4) x4 (PCIEX4) 3.0/2.0 3.0/2.0 x1 slot ports ports (2 (4 ports ports on 28
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone on the the back 1 x 8-pin ATX 11. 1 x USB º 1 x Front back panel, 12V Power 3.0/2.0 panel audio panel, 2 ports connector(s) header header 2 ports available 12. 1 x IEEE available through 1 x Front º 1 x Front 1394a through the panel audio header panel header the internal connector(s) internal USB (AAFP) 13. 1 x serial º 1 x Speaker USB header) port header header) 1 x System headerIEEE 1394 None Up to 2 IEEE None panel(s) 14. 1 x º 1 x SPDIF 1394a ports parallel out header (1 on the back 1 x MemOK! port panel, 1 port button(s) header available 1 x TPU 15. 1 x through the switch(es) Trusted internal IEEE Platform 1394a header) 1 x EPU ModuleInternal I/O 1 x USB 3.0 1. 1 x 24- º 1 x 24- (TPM)Connectors connector(s) pin ATX pin ATX switch(es) header support(s) main Power Supply additional power connector 16. 1 x 2 USB 3.0 connectorº 1 x 8- clearing port(s) (19- CMOS 2. 1 x 4-pin pin ATX jumper pin) ATX 12V 12V Power 4 x USB 2.0 Connector Back Panel 1 x PS/2 1. 1 x PS/2 º 6 x USB 2.0 power connector(s) Connectors keyboard/ keyboard/ports connector support(s) º 1 x 24- mouse combo mouse º 1 x PS/2 additional 3. 5 x SATA pin ATX port(s) port keyboard & 8 USB 2.0 6Gb/s Power Supply 1 x DVI-D PS/2 mouse 2. 1 x D- connectors port(s) connector Sub port connectors 4. 1 x APU 1 x D-Sub 1 x COM º 1 x 4-pin 3. 1 x DVI- º 1 x D- fan port(s) 1x D port sub(VGA) header CPU_FAN connector(s) connector DisplayPort 4. 1 x 5. 1 x HDMI º 1 x DVI Port 7 x SATA 6Gb/ system º 1 x 3-pin 1 x HDMI port s connector(s) fan SYS_FAN º 1 x HDMI header connector 1 x eSATA 5. 1 x Port 1 x CPU Fan 6Gb/s DisplayPort 6. 1 x power connector(s) fan º 1 x 3-pin 6. 1 x º 1 x RJ45 (4 -pin) header PWR_FAN 1 x LAN optical LAN connector (RJ45) port(s) S/PDIF connector 7. 1 x front 2 x Chassis Out panel Fan º 3 x USB 4 x USB 3.0 connectorº 1 x Audio header connector(s) 2.0 headers port (1x Line 7. 4 x USB (4 -pin) 8. 1 x front support 2 x USB 2.0 in, 4x Line 2.0/1.1 panel additional 6 out, 1x Optical ports 1 x Power Fan audio USB ports 1 x Optical S/ SPDIF Out) connector(s) header PDIF out 8. 2 x USB (3 -pin) º 5 x Serial 3.0/2.0 º 1 x 9. 1 x S/ ATA 3Gb/s 6 x Audio ports Clear_CMOS PDIF 1 x S/PDIF out Out connectors jack(s) 9. 1 x button header(s) header eSATA º 1 x COM 6Gb/s 1 x 24-pin 10. 2 x USB header port EATX Power 2.0/1.1 connector(s) headers º 1 x LPT 10. 1 x RJ-45 header port 29
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 11. 6 x audio November 9th, 2011 jacks (Center/ Subwoofer Speaker Out/ Rear Right now, even after AMDs Bulldozer roll-out, Intel Speaker still seems to have quite clear processor performance Out/Side dominance on the desktop for some time to come. So, Speaker since the refinements to the existing processes, and the new Out/Line semiconductor process nodes will bring the capability to In/Line improvements, how to use them? Performance, power or price Out/ (read: integration)? Microphone)BIOS 32 Mb Flash 1. 2 x 32 º AMI BIOS The LGA1155 mainstream desktop platform already has a ROM, UEFI Mbit with 32Mb decent level of integration: 16 PCIe lanes are there on the CPU BIOS, PnP, flash SPI ROM die already (in fact, there are also 4 extra PCIe lanes on the DMI v2.0, º Support Xeon versions of LGA1155 Sandy Bridges, a rarely observed 2. Use of fact!), and of course the graphics is there too for those who WfM2.0, SM licensed Milti-language want to use it. The IO hub is relegated just to that, a bunch BIOS V2.6, AWARD BIOS Utility of general I/O interfaces connected via dedicated DMI2 lanes, ACPI V2.0a BIOS basically PCIe v2, to the CPU. So, the total is a two chip º Support 3. Support ECS M.I.B III solution. for Utility DualBIOS™ Now, the March-timeframe Ivy Bridge desktop refresh cant integrate more despite the 22 nm process migration benefit, 4. PnP 1.0a, º Support since there are limitations due to the the LGA1155 plug-in DMI 2.0, eBLU socket compatibility. Simply, the focus is on - to some extent - SM BIOS º Support performance enhancements like 20%++ per-core speed jump 2.4, eDLU after counting the slight IPC improvements and frequency ACPI gains, as well as at least double the graphics performance. But, 1.0b º Support eSF to a much greater extent, the focus will be on reduced power consumption, so that both the desktops, and especially laptops º Support eGS and ultrabooks, can gain from extra power savings for a given performance level. º Support EZ So, when extra integration isnt possible due to the socket Charger compatibility limitation, there will be some performance º Support eOC focus, but more power saving focus, in the Ivy BridgeForm Factor ATX Form Micro ATX º ATX Size, generation some six months from now. Watch for some really Factor Form Factor; 305mm*220mm lovely TDP figures there. 12 inch x 9.6 24.4cm x inch ( 30.5 cm 24.4cm x 24.4 cm ) After that, Haswell will keep the same 22 nm process in early 2013, of course with some refinements as Intel tunesPrice (USD) $120 $95 $80 up the new process over time. However, mainstream Haswell will have new sockets - LGA1150 for desktops and rPGA947Mainstream desktop CPUs & BGA1364 for the mobile market - so the door is open for more integration on-die this time. At the same time, iffuture evolution - more AMDs "Piledriver" and other coming cores dont improveperformance or just more the performance dramatically, Intel is bound to have massive performance advantage by that time still. So, what to focus onintegration? in Haswell?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mainstream-desktop-cpus-future-evolution--more-performance-or-just-more-integration-/13880.html As of now, if you rate the advancement in each category by number of +++++ from 1 to 5, the deep throats say Haswell will focus on Performance (++), Integration (+++) and Power as (+ +++)! Basically, the performance improvements are expected to be limited to increased instruction per cycle parallelism with new execution ports and better prefetching & branch handling for per-thread performance improvement, as well as AVX2 30
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneimprovements like fused multiply add (which doesnt always The massive reduction in idle power, accompanied alsospeed up things) with doubled cache bandwidth to feed all that. by noticeable reduction in full-load power for a givenThis by itself is very good and could lead to another above 20% performance level, will help Haswell also be a very verysame-clock per-core performance jump even in many current green CPU, something not usually expected from X86apps, but is still less compared to the effort put in the other processors with their awful baggage from 30 years of backwardtwo departments. After all, the other key related performance compatibility to what was, even in the 80s, considered theaspects - like the L3 cache size of 8 MB, and the dual-channel most awkward CPU architecture around - compared to theDDR3-1600++, are expected to stay the same. Motorola 68K of the day, which powered Steve Jobs first Mac then, remember? Another important thing, related to this, is that as the AVX instruction extensions with their RISC-like 3-address instruction format and much more elegant programming are expanded to integer in the Haswell generation, the next generation X86 code with AVX can in fact look less and less like X86 code, and more and more like elegant RISC code, the way PowerPC, Alpha and MIPS did it all those years ago? This would be a very smooth way for Intel (and AMD) to gradually de-emphasise the X86 baggage portion and use the extended AVX as a base of a new X86 instruction base, using those SSE registers as the main pool.On the integration front, there are system level enhancementsthat would help board and system designers get things done Why is that so important? Its not just performance or designfaster and better, and should I say cheaper, the magical word simplicity, but also power saving. Look at how well the Chinesefor the uber-thrifty Taiwanese. The voltage regulators are to be RISC CPUs, based on MIPS and Alpha respectively, performfully integrated in the CPU, greatly assisting the power design, so well even when 2 process generations behind Intel or AMD.not just the overclockers. Also, the display ports are all right They run at similar performance at least in FP, and, if youthere on the CPU die, no need to route through outside IO look at their recent supercomputers, consume far less powerhubs or such. These two changes may look minor, but actually than their X86 based US counterparts, partly because theirthey help quite a bit in the system design, even reducing the CPUs save millions of gates by not having the X86 odditiesrequired board area in the case of integrated VR, or simplifying and complexities. A future X86 PC rehash where AVX , notthe high speed video routing as HDMI and DisplayPort come old X86, is the base, and X86 is left to some compatibilityout directly from the CPU to the outside connectors, only VGA box aside, would provide the next much needed power,being routed via Lynx Point chipset. The latter now obviously performance, and parallelism scaling push for the mainstreambecomes even simpler, leaving the die area to implement more PC CPUs.USB3, SATA3 and such interfaces, including built-in Ethernet.Here, of course, extra integration means also lower costs,therefore lower end user price.The most interesting development, though, is on the power Canon Makes Hollywood Debutconsumption front here. As Intel mentioned during the past Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/canon-makes-hollywood-IDF keynotes, the idle power consumption on Haswell will debut/13878.htmlbe reduced by an order of magnitude. That doesnt benefit November 9th, 2011tablets or Ultrabooks only - it is very useful for desktops aswell, which are often left running when hundreds of millions ofcompany employees worldwide go out for their lunch breaks,for instance.This alone would be untold gigawatts of power saved at the Canon Inc. and Canon Singapore announce the Cinema EOSglobal level. And yes, you could have an iPad-sized fully System - the new professional level system introduces CanonPC-capable tablet too. And, there is more: the converged to the world of motion picture production and is sure to makeplatform power management, or Intel Power Optimizer, now waves in the industry. The system is a full range of lenses,includes new even deeper power states for further savings and Cinema EOS lens, digital video camcorder and dSLR products.rapid transitions between them due to that integrated voltageregulator. 31
    • November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneCanon Inc. and Canon Singapore announce the Cinema EOSSystem - the new professional level system introduces Canon The lenses are 4K Cinema lenses available in both EF mountto the world of motion picture production and is sure to make and PL mount, the later PL mount (Positive Lock) is anwaves in the industry. The system is a full range of lenses, industry standard for 16mm and 35mm movie cameras. TheCinema EOS lens, digital video camcorder and dSLR products. EF mount is for Canons digital SLR cameras.The announcement introduces two digital video camcorders, The reason they are referred to as 4K lenses is due to theirseven EF Cinema Lenses and a digital SLR camera, the later is optical performance, capable of delivering on high resolutionstill a concept product and still under development. digital video of 4096 x 2160 pixels. The prime lenses areWe all know that the Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR compatible with full-frame dslrs, in the case of Canon digitalcamera is the camera that brought Canon into the motion bodies that would make them compatible with the 1Ds andpicture and television industry. This vertical isnt about to go 5D bodies. Lets not forget the most recent Canon announceddie, in fact, statistics have shown that the consumption of EOS-1D X is also a full frame camera.online media content is on the rise thanks YouTube, Vimeo, The EOS C300/C300 PL (above) looks more like a mediumFlickr and a host of other online services. format camera, that would be an interesting path for Canon toHeres a break down of the products announced or introduced go down since they certainly have the know-how to producein Hollywood, California on 3 November, 2011 (Singapore, 4 huge mega-pixel sized sensors but thats a different story. TheNovember 2011). EOS C300 PL offers compatibility with industry standard PLEF Cinema Lenses glass. The camcorder sensor is equipvalent to Super 35 film and has an approximate resolution of 8.29-megapixels. • CN-E14.5 - 60mm T2.6L S EF mount The concept DSLR camera with the ability to shoot 4K vmovies • CN-E14.5 - 60mm T2.6L SP PL mount is equipped with the larger full frame CMOS sensor and it records the 4K video at a frame rate of 24P using Motion-JPEG • CN-E30 - 300mm T2.95 - 3.7L S EF mount compression. It is like a Canon EOS 5D Mark II on steroids. • CN-E30 - 300mm T2.95 - 3.7L SP PL mount Everyone is still waiting to see what the 5D Mark 2 successor is going to deliver and with the announced capabilities of the • CN-E24mm T1.5L F EF mount new 1D X the bar has been set pretty high, but 4K video will • CN-E50mm T1.3L F EF mount top the 1D X video capabilities. This begs to question if the 5D • CN-E85mm T1.3L F EF mount Mark IIs successor is going to go down the camcorder path more than the still photography path and the 1D X will take theDigital Video Camcorders EOS C300 EF mount reigns as the hybrid full-frame camera. * Cropped to APS-H equivalent size (dimensions measure • EOS C300 PL PL mount approximately 80% verticall and horizontally of a 35mm full- fram sensor) wne recording in 4K.Digital SLR Camera Pricing and Availability to be advised(under development) TBD EF mount Full Press Release from Canon Singapore: 32
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    • November 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • The result of the example, a user with the nick of eharrell says he resolved his draw is final and no battery drain issue by changing his email settings from "Push" correspondence will be to "Fetch," while others are adamant that performing a reset entertained. of network settings fixed the problem. Another user by the nick of Deannanel cast suspicion instead • All staff of Singapore on the new iOS 5 rather than a hardware problem with the new Infocomm Technology iPhone 4S. He outlined various techniques he tried in order Federation (SiTF), to reduce the problem: Singex Exhibition "I have been closing out as many apps as possible and limited Ventures Ptd Ltd, and notifications to try to preserve battery but the iPad is a real their agencies are not problem. Could it be Safari? There are tabs now instead of eligible to participate in pages. Is this somehow sucking up battery?" the draw. The concern that users have over battery life of their iPhonesOriginal Source: http://www.sitex.com.sg/content_page/ is perfectly understandable, since many have locked into heftyXmas_prizes_2011.html two year contracts in order to get their iDevices. In Singapore, at least one mobile operator has stipulated additional penalties preventing early termination of contract and more stringentSITEX 2011 @ Singapore EXPO clauses forbidding early re-contract. The strict terms areFloor Plans probably due the far higher prices that mobile operators are forced to subsidize.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sitex-2011--singapore-expo-floor-plans/13948.html Nevertheless, if you are currently on iOS 5.0 and would like toNovember 13th, 2011 update, you may do so over-the-air, which is a new capability found only in iOS 5. To initiate it, just go to the Settings App, ‘General -> ‘Software Update. Asus P9X79WS makes a brief appearance ahead of launch Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-p9x79ws-makes-a-brief- appearance-ahead-of-launch/13946.html November 13th, 2011iOS update fails to fix battery Not entirely unexpected, Asus will be launching a WS or Workproblem for some Station version of its P9X79 motherboards which is simplySource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ios-update-fails-to-fix-battery- called the P9X79WS and the first picture of the new board hasproblem-for-some/13947.html now appeared online. This model shares some basic designNovember 13th, 2011 elements with the Pro and Deluxe boards, but its pretty clear that its not intended for the same market. Not entirely unexpected, Asus will be launching a WS or Work Station version of its P9X79 motherboards which is simplyThe iOS 5.0.1 update that was supposed to resolve problems in called the P9X79WS and the first picture of the new board hasthe battery consumption of the new iPhone 4S did not appear now appeared online. This model shares some basic designto have solved the battery-drain issue for everyone. elements with the Pro and Deluxe boards, but its pretty clearA quick visit to the Apple Support Communities forum shows that its not intended for the same market.many irate posts of users complaining of the same battery The most obvious difference between the WS model and theproblems even after updating to iOS 5.0.1. consumer models is the slot configuration and the differentResolving the battery issue has been tricky affair, mainly due heasink design. The P9X79WS has no less than six x16to conflicting experiences encountered by different users. For PCI Express slots, although were not sure about the exact 3
    • November 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneconfiguration here, but were guessing that the two blue VIA Technologies on Friday released the VIA VE-900 Mini-slots are both actual x16 slots, with the black slots sharing ITX, a Mini-ITX Mainboard that the company says providesbandwidth with the blue slots whereas the white slots are an ideal platform for DIY enthusiasts keen on building theirlimited to four lanes or something similar. The board supports own Mini-ITX home desktop and media center PCs.four-way SLI and CrossFireX according to the box, so wereguessing were close to the actual slot configuration. In a prepared statement, Richard Brown, Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc said: "November 6th marked the 10 year anniversary of the Mini-ITX form factor which spurred a revolution in the modding community."The board has the standard two SATA 6Gbps ports and four Brown observed that "the VIA VE-900 delivers an affordable,SATA 3Gbps ports provided by the chipset, as well as a pair high performance Mini-ITX mainboard that will spur a newof additional SATA 6Gbps ports courtesy of a Marvell chip. wave of inspiration and innovation in the next generation ofTheres also a pin header for two front USB 3.0 ports as well enthusiasts."as two pin headers for four front USB 2.0 ports and one pin The VIA VE-900 Mainboard features a high-performanceheader each for a FireWire and serial port. The top right corner VIA Nano X2 dual core processor clocked at 1.4GHz andappears to have a Molex connector for additional power and an onboard VIA VX900 unified all-in-one media systemtheres also a POST 80 debug LED display and a power and processor. The latter provides hardware acceleration for VC1,reset button on the board. As we mentioned, the heatsinks H.264 and WMV9 HD video for the system to output videoare quite different, with a fairly peculiar design where the at resolutions of up to 1080p via without incurring a heavychipset heatsink is connected to a smaller heatsink fitted to processor loading. The systems Mini-ITX format means thewhat appears to be the power regulation for the memory by entire board measures just 17cm x 17cm, with two DIMMa heatpipe and this heatsink is then in turn connected via a sockets for support of up to 8GB of DDR3 system memory.second heatpipe to the MOSFET heatsink. Video output ports are VGA and HDMI, while the VIAAround the back were looking at a pair of PS/2 ports, eight VT1708S chip provides 5.1 Channel high definition sound atUSB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a FireWire port, a pair of 24-bit stereo with up to 192 kHz sample rates. On the rearGigabit Ethernet ports of which at least one is connected to panel I/O are standard PS/2 ports with a Gigabit LAN portan Intel chip, 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out and a and four USB 2.0 ports. Audio jacks for microphone, line-in“Easy BIOS Flashback” button that judging by the box allows and line-out rounds off the complement. Up to two hard diskyou to flash your BIOS from a USB dongle connected to the drives are supported via the integrated SATA 3.0 Gb/s hostwhite USB port at the back of the board. No word on pricing, controller, while a 32-bit PCI slot allows for a limited amountbut at least we only have to wait until Monday to find out. expansion. There are internal headers for four more USB 2.0Source: Sweclockers (in Swedish) ports. The VIA VE-900 Mini-ITX Mainboard is currently shipping, though pricing information was not available at press time.VIA releases VE-900 Mini-ITX More information about the VIA VE-900 Mini-ITX board canmainboard for DIY enthusiasts be found here.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/via-releases-ve-900-mini-itx-mainboard-for-diy-enthusiasts/13945.htmlNovember 13th, 2011 HTC embraces ICS with Ville Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-embraces-ics-with- ville/13944.html 4
    • November 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNovember 13th, 2011 A lot of media outlets posted stories based on mythical business strategy that was supposed to be revealed on November 9th, 2011. We have seen rumors about ARM processors, "the new AMD" etc. The truth is a bit different - and you might already know it.It seems that HTC has ironed out their position with Andriodsnew Ice Cream Sandwich mobile platform with this recentleak of a new phone they are working on, codenamed "Ville".This new addition to the HTC family gives a double dose ofgoodness by including the HTC Sense UI 4.0 as well, an updateto the well received OS skin. The base for all of these stories is a letter to surviving employees from Rory P. Read, AMDs CEO. The quote is as follows: "transformation work we have underway, like Project WIN, will help drive operational improvements, increase efficiencies and lower our operating costs," followed by "I will share more insights into our strategy and path forward in my upcoming Worldcast on November 9th. The question is, what Project WIN actually is. Is it "AMD ditching X86 for ARM", is it "AMD preparing to sell the company"... while it may be all of that, the reason why you havent heard a thing on November 9th was the sad fact thereHTC is reported to be preparing for an announcement of a was nothing to announce.new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone, which will also According to our sources, since Rory fired practically the wholebe the first ever to feature the HTC Sense 4.0. The official PR and Media team, and there was no person in commandannouncement of the new phone, codenamed HTC Ville, will that could talk to the press and financial analysts about theoccur at the Mobile World Congress next year in Barcelona, announced Worldcast. Project WIN is actually an accountingaccompanied by the HTC Edge, which is a recently rumored review of the company. WIN was always about laying off theQuad-core phone. 1400 employees i.e. 12% of the company. During the planningThe Ville sports a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED screen with stage, people involved pitched it as 10%, same percentagea 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon Series 4 processor running was what Intel did back in 2006. In fact, 12% was alwaysunder the hood. An 8-megapixel backside-illuminated camera planned and those extra 2% represented an additional 20% towith 1080 pixel HD video capture support will grace both the the overall layoff figure. Some of the people involved in theVille and the Edge. revision were laid off as well, a testament to how good they did their job.It is said that the new smartphone will be missing the NFCfeature as a result of its metal chassis, but on the other hand, it The purpose of the layoffs was the removal of bureaucracygives a sexy profile of just 8mm thick. The rest of its features that slowed down the innovation process inside the company,include HSPA+ and Beats audio technology, all powered by a also known as "the AMD sludge" (we heard that particular1,650 mAh battery. term coming out of employees at Markham, Sunnyvale, closed Santa Clara office and Austin). AMDs CEO wants that the company becomes a whole lot faster and efficient.AMDs Project WIN Strategy Our sources told us that the problem for this alleged strategyRevealed... Sort of is that while the laying off two thirds of marketing was "an ok move", but the company got rid of large number of engineersSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-s-project-win-strategy-revealed...- as well, with more GPU engineers than CPU staying with thesort-of/13938.html company. Sunnyvale and Markham are now GPU and ChipsetNovember 13th, 2011 centers, while Austins CPU teams got seriously cut. One of problems ahead is the fact that a certain upcoming chip got cancelled as well, but not because it underperformed, but rather because the chief architect moved to a certain semiconductor vendor that is entangled in a patent battle 5
    • November 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonewith Apple. He was joined by fellow engineers and there was and a 11.6-inch screen of 1366 by 768 pixels resolution, andnobody left to head the program. could be the reference setup for future products.At current point in time, a lot of information coming out of Samsung will likely target corporate clients first, in a bidformer and current employees sounds like doom and gloom. to fend off Apple’s efforts in that segment, as well as otherBusiness-wise, outlook is a bit different. All we can say at this Android tablet manufacturers.point is that AMD is making same executive changes as much The priority of the tech giant lies with updating the Seriesbigger companies such as Microsoft, Intel, Boeing, General 7 with Windows 8 when the OS is released, so corporateMotors and many more. Ultimately, they all came out stronger customers and consumers who own them can be assured ofin the end. Samsung’s commitments.What Rory needs is a new spark in the engineeringdepartment. Will that spark happen? Your guess is as good asours. Porsche Design unveils P9981Samsung to bring in Windows smartphone from BlackBerry8 tablet and notebook next in Singaporeyear Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/porsche-design-unveils-p-9981- smartphone-from-blackberry-in-singapore/13941.htmlSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-to-bring-in-windows-8- November 13th, 2011tablet-and-notebook-next-year/13942.htmlNovember 13th, 2011 Yesterday evening at the Porsche Design store in MarinaSamsung will be releasing new Windows 8 mobile computers Bay Sands, Singapore, the company unveiled the luxuriouswhich target working professionals next year. The products P9981 smartphone from BlackBerry that features stainlesswill spearhead the change of various devices that rely on steel frame, leather back cover, QWERTY keyboard, andWindows as their platform instead of Android. crystal clear touchscreen display. The Porsche Design P9981 is scheduled to retail in January 2012 with limited quantity.Samsung revealed in an interview that they will soon unveila few products which will integrate Windows 8 as its primaryplatform. The first amongst them will be released in thelater half of 2012, in time with Microsoft’s release of theOS itself. This adds to an already exciting series of launchesfor Windows-powered devices by various manufacturers,marking a new wave of adoption for an alternative platform toGoogle’s Android.This comes as no surprise since Samsung had already showedoff a Series 7 Slate with a functional version of Windows8 at the BUILD conference. The hardware displayed at theconference included the Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM 6
    • November 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Toshiba Singapore launches PORTEGE Z830 Ultrabook, Qosmio DX730 AIO and REGZA tablets Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/toshiba-singapore-launches-portege- z830-ultrabook-qosmio-dx730-aio-and-regza-tablets/13933.html November 13th, 2011 Toshiba Singapore has launched their new PORTEGE Z830Designed by Porsche Design, in collaboration with RIM, Ultrabook, which claims to be the world’s lightest and thinnestthe P9981 smartphone from BlackBerry sports a forged 13.3-Inch Ultrabook that weighs a mere 1.12kg. In addition tostainless steel frame, hand-wrapped leather back cover, the slim ultra-portable notebook, the company also unveiledsculpted QWERTY keyboard, and crystal clear touchscreen their new Qosmio DX730 All-in-One and REGZA AT100display. Running the latest BlackBerry 7 operating system, and AT1S0 Android tablets.the phone comes with exclusive Porsche Design user interface Toshiba PORTÉGÉ Z830(UI) and a bespoke Wikitude World Browser augmentedreality app experience. It also includes premium, exclusivePINs that help easily identify another P’9981 smartphone user.The P9981 is powered by 1.2 GHz processor and features highdefinition video recording, 24-bit high resolution graphics,and advanced sensors for new augmented reality applications.It also comes with 8GB of onboard memory and isexpandable to 40GB with a micro SD card.According to the store manager of Porsche Design Singapore,there were already over 90 preorders for the P9981smartphone and counting. However, for such a luxurious,premium phone, it would not be surprising that the company isonly bringing in very limited quantity. The local pricing is notavailable yet, though news reports state that the P9981 willretail at around US$1,700 (with GST) and will reach Singaporein January 2012. 7
    • November 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneToshiba has unveiled their PORTÉGÉ Z830 Ultrabook seriesthat boasts a mere 1.12kg and measures only 15.9mm thin.It claims to be about 20 percent lighter and 40 percentthinner than their award-winning ultraportable PORTÉGÉR830 series. The PORTÉGÉ Z830 series are powered by Toshiba Singapore Digital Products and Services Groupsecond generation Intel Core processors (Core i5 and Core i7 has launched the company’s first Android-powered tablets,variants) with DDR3 memory, which provide the performance REGZA AT1S0 and REGZA AT100. The AT100 (above pic)necessary for work and entertainment, as well as having offers a 10.1-inch diagonal LED display while the AT1S0 offersimproved power management for long battery life. Despite a 7-inch diagonal display, though both support 1280x800 pixelhaving such slim form factor, the PORTÉGÉ Z830 does not resolution in 16:10 aspect ratio.compromise on connectivity; it features Bluetooth and Wi-Ficonnectivity plus a selection of full-size ports including VGA, Preloaded with Android 3.1 Honeycomb, the AT100 isHDMI and USB ports, one of which is a USB 3.0 port. powered by Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor and comes with 1GB DDR2 RAM and internal memory of up to 32GB.The Toshiba PORTÉGÉ Z830 will retail from 24 November, It has a 5-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras,which is also the start of SITEX Show 2011, at S$1,999 for the USB2.0, mini USB, HDMI out, SD card reader and a dockingIntel Core i5 model and S$2,599 for the Intel Core i7 model. port. Other features include Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth,Toshiba REGZA AT1S0 and REGZA AT100 HSPA+ (3.5G), GPS, 3D Accelerometer, gyrometer, electronics compass and ambient light sensor. The AT1S0 runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb and incorporates similar features of its AT100 sibling - Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 1GB DDR2 RAM, internal memory of up to 16GB, 5-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras, mini-USB, micro-HDMI, micro-SD and docking port. The 7-inch AT1S0 will come with a price tag of S$799, while for those who prefer a larger display can opt for the AT100 which will retail at S$699. Yes, the 10.1-inch tablet is S$100 cheaper than the 7-inch. And both REGZA tablets should be available at the SITEX Show 2011. Toshiba Qosmio DX730 8
    • November 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone & CEO Jen-Hsun Huang reported strong demand by gamers and the professional market. As expected, the mobile business also accelerated significantly with strong demand for Optimus enabled GPUs tied to weak Sandy Bridge graphics. Looking forward to Q4 FY 2012, or the period from Nov 1st 2011 to Jan 31st 2012, NVIDIA expects revenue and gross margins to be flat. This quarter will, of course, see the release of Tegra 3 and the first GeForce 600 family GPUs. More information available at NVIDIA Press Room. New BBX phone to be RIMs saving grace? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/new-bbx-phone-to-be-rim-s-saving- grace-/13925.html November 13th, 2011<The Toshiba Qosmio DX730 is an all-in-one desktop PC thatboasts premium audio, video and computing performance.Available in Precious Black or Luxe White variations, the all-in-one PC features a large 23-inch Full high definition multi- A new phone from Research In Motion (RIM) sporting the newtouch display and comes with matching wireless keyboard BBX platform will emerge soon, and the company claims thatwith 10-key numeric keypad and matching wireless mouse. it will have functionalities which are similar to the PlayBook.With the HDMI-in port, users can connect to a game console This remains to be seen as the phone is said to only be releasedand enjoy the latest games on the PC via its bright and in the first half of 2012responsive display.The Qosmio DX730 is equipped with second generation IntelCore i5 or Core i7 processor, up to 16GB DDR3 memory, upto 2TB hard drive, one USB 3.0 port with USB Sleep andCharge, one USB 3.0 port and four USB 2.0 ports. The all-in-one PC also includes a built-in DVD SuperMulti or Blu-RayROM drive. Scheduled to retail at the SITEX Show 2011, theToshiba Qosmio DX730 is an all-in-one desktop PC will havea price tag of S$1,549 for the Intel Core i5 (black only) modeland S$1,999 for the Intel Core i7 (white only) model.NVIDIA reports strong Q3results Determined not to be left behind despite recent setbacks, Research In Motion (RIM) has announced that its nextSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-reports-strong-q3- generation superphone will be due early next year. The newresults/13939.html phone will retain the resolution of 1024 by 600 at 16:9November 13th, 2011 aspect ratio from PlayBook, all housed into neat pocket-sized package. "Look, if you build [an app] for the PlayBook, then it willNVIDIA has reported financial results for their Q3 FY2012, run on BBX. We have maintained aspect ratios, BBX alsofor the period Aug 1st 2011 to Oct 31st 2011. Compared to the has the ability to upload multiple dimension graphics …previous quarter, revenue increased by 5% to $1.07 billion, [and the standard resolutions] are the same as PlayBook,"with net income up by 17% to $178.3 million. That is also more Alec Saunders, VP of developer relations and ecosystemthan double net income compared to Q3 FY2011. development, RIM, said. The statement may imply thatNVIDIA has reported financial results for their Q3 FY2012, for alternative screen sizes and resolutions are in the works asthe period Aug 1st 2011 to Oct 31st 2011. Compared to the well, and that there are plans for future BBX phones to see theprevious quarter, r evenue increased by 5% to $1.07 billion, well recognized screen and keyboard design making its returnwith net income up by 17% to $178.3 million. That is also more shortly.than double net income compared to Q3 FY2011. Rumoured to be a 4-inch mini-tablet codenamed “Colt”Gross margins were up to 52.2%, from 46.5% in the same earlier this year, Saunders mentioned that there will be BESperiod last year. In addition to some major Tegra 2 design support, as with previous phones. This puts away previouswins - particularly in the Android tablet market - President rumours stating otherwise. "I think youre seeing an evolution 9
    • November 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneof a platform … you should not expect [BBX] to be behind the This seems to come at a time when Adobe mentioned its cutPlayBook". on their workforce by 750 employees in both Europe and US, following the layoffs already made during 2008 and 2009.While it is able to match the abilities of the PlayBook withits native email support, it may not be released before the What was once a dominant Internet support platformPlayBook 2.0, which is expected to launch in February 2012. was proven otherwise when Cupertino devices processedThe brand new OS will represent every device from BlackBerry and delivered content to users satisfactorily, and that thehenceforth, while bringing 2D and 3D gaming onboard. It also overwhelming successes of these mobile products actually ledpromises to support the new Cascades UI Framework and many content providers to reconsider and use other openAndroid apps. platforms such as HTML5 and H.264 video instead. Speculations also suggest that a major factor in Adobe’sAdobe Flash for mobile comes decision was that Microsoft and its products, namely Window Phone and Windows 8, clearly did not support Flash. It is easyto a grinding halt to infer that in view of an inevitably shrinking slice of pie,Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/adobe-flash-for-mobile-comes-to-a- Adobe decided this is the best way to cut back losses.grinding-halt/13924.html Adobe held their stand for Flash for four years thus far, andNovember 13th, 2011 while they were denied existence on iOS for that duration, support was growing steadily on Android devices, so much so that many hardware manufacturers market Flash as a feature for their products. At a time when hardware advancements have enough processing power which made Flash more viable in terms of performance, this announcement disappoints its supporters.Adobes long stand for Flashs viability comes to a conclusionwhen they announced the end of their efforts for developing On the other hand, however, mobile Flash coming to an endFlash for mobile devices. Apple iOS supporters get their victory may be a sign for a step towards a more open mobile Internetfollowing the fulfilment of Steves opinion in April 2010, but is with a better standardization of platforms, as hardware andthis victory just for Apple fans? software developers are no longer leashed to a restrictions placed by Adobe. Perhaps in the near future the utilization of HTML5 and other open platforms may indeed inspire more innovation which is truly by everyone, for everyone. Apple iOS 5.0.1 released with battery bug fix, security updates Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-ios-5.0.1-released-with-battery- bug-fix-security-updates/13932.html November 13th, 2011Adobe states that Flash will henceforth be withdrawn from allmobile platforms, and that further updates to any patches andsecurity issues will be limited after the release of version 11.1, The iOS update expected to resolve problems in the batteryfor both Android and BlackBerry Playbook. License holders consumption observed on devices such as the newly launchedwho possess the source code may develop independently, but iPhone 4S was released last night. iOS 5.0.1 arrives slightlyAdobe commented that they will no longer support newer earlier than expected; when Apple admitted earlier this monthmobile platform, web software or hardware. to "a few bugs" affecting battery life, the company had pegged the timeframe for a fix at "a few weeks."Adobe will instead put their effort into enabling developersto utilize Adobe Air 3 for integrating Flash with native apps.It will also tackle its mobile development arm with HTML5,which the late Steve Jobs had previously predicted to be moreviable. 10
    • November 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone November 13th, 2011 The new Nokia Lumia Windows 7.5 phones were unveiled at the Nokia World two weeks ago, and yesterday, the local media were treated to a showcase of the new phones. For those of you who are wondering when the Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 are going to be available, well, the company mentioned that theThe iOS 5.0.1 update can be installed over-the-air, a new phones will retail before end of year.capability found only in iOS 5. To initiate it, just go tothe Settings App, ‘General à ‘Software Update. The updateprocess worked seamlessly for me, completing in about fiveminutes. The software update will automatically reboot youriOS device when done.Unfortunately, the battery issue does not appear to be fixedfor some. Already, a number of disgruntled users have loggedon at the Apple Support Communities to complain that theirbattery is draining at the same rate.On other hand, reports from other users say the improvementin the battery life of their iPhone has been significant. ReaderDonald Kuntzman - who had an early preview of iOS 5.0.1, toldWired that:"Frankly, the difference is nothing short of amazing... To goalmost an entire day without a change in the meter readingseems unbelievable. Where before I could almost watch thebattery drain, now it doesnt move at all."Battery fix aside, the update also patched five securityvulnerabilities, including one revealed by prominent securityresearcher Charlie Miller earlier in the week. Miller hadreleased an app onto the App Store which exploited anundisclosed flaw to ‘sideload arbitrary and unauthorized codefrom external sites.Such a vulnerability would have far-reaching ramifications tothe walled-garden security of the App Store, allowing hackersto circumvent Apples strict approval process with Trojanapps. As it is, Millers stunt swiftly earned him the ire of Apple,and the company has since banned Miller from its developersprogram.Other improvements in iOS 5.0.1 include multitaskinggestures added to the first-gen iPad, improved voicerecognition for Australian users using dictation, and tweaks toresolve "some issues with Documents in the Cloud."Nokia showcases Lumia800 and Lumia 710 WindowsPhone 7.5 in SingaporeSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-showcases-lumia-800-and-lumia-710-windows-phone-7.5-in-singapore/13927.html 11
    • November 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe Nokia Lumia 800 resembles the N9 Meego-based phone physical back, Start and search buttons below the 3.7-inchat first glance, and the main differences are the preinstalled touchscreen display. Local pricing for the Nokia Lumia 710Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, the standard touch buttons (back, isnt available yet, but it was reported to have a retail price ofStart and search) below the display, and an additional camera €270 (approximately S$475), excluding taxes and subsidies.mode/shutter button on the right which is absent on the Both the Nokia Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 are scheduled to beN9. At the top holds the 3.5mm audio jack, as well as in retail stores before end of this year.microUSB and microSIM card slots. Navigating the WindowsPhone is fast, despite being powered by a 1.4 Ghz single coreMSM8255 processor. Nokia claims the battery life can last up Corsair launches Marvellto a day or more before the need to recharge, depending onusage. Other features include a 3.7 inch AMOLED ClearBlack based Performance Pro line ofcurved display, 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with Carl SSDsZeiss optics and LED flash, high definition video playback, Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/corsair-launches-marvell-based-16GB internal user memory and 25GB of free SkyDrive storage performance-pro-line-of-ssds/13931.htmlfor storing images and music. Nokia has also included their November 13th, 2011own apps such as Nokia Drive, a free, turn-by-turn navigationapp for drivers; Nokia Music that allows users to listen andpurchase their favorite songs.The Nokia Lumia 800 will be available in cyan, magenta andblack. Local pricing details have not been confirmed, though atNokia World, the phone was reported to have a retail price of€420 (approximately S$740), excluding taxes and subsidies. Were not sure how many different SSD configurations we need, but Corsair has announced its Performance Pro series based on Marvells controller. Despite the name, the Performance Pro series wont be competing with the SandForce based Force series of SSDs from Corsair when it comes to raw benchmark numbers, but with all the SandForce related firmware issues, some users are looking for alternatives and this is where the Performance Pro series seem to fit in. Were not sure how many different SSD configurations we need, but Corsair has announced its Performance Pro series based on Marvells controller. Despite the name, the Performance Pro series wont be competing with the SandForce based Force series of SSDs from Corsair when it comes to raw benchmark numbers, but with all the SandForce related firmware issues, some users are looking for alternatives and this is where the Performance Pro series seem to fit in. Corsair is currently only offering a 128 and a 256GB version of the Performance Pro series and sadly the performance isnt what wed call mind blowing with the 128GB SKU being rated at 500MB/s for sequential reads and 340MB/s for sequential writes. The 256GB SKU betters these numbers with sequential read speeds of up to 515MB/s and write speeds of up to 440MB/s, but the write performance still falls short of the 500MB/s+ were seeing from SandForce based SSDs. This is despite the fact that Corsair is using what it calls "Supercharged Synchronous NAND" in both drives.The Nokia Lumia 710 is designed for the trendy users in mindas it allows personalization with its exchangeable colored backcovers; it is available in black and white with black, white, cyan,fuchsia and yellow back covers. Like its Lumia 800 sibling,this one also incorporates 1.4GHz processor though the rearcamera is a 5-megapixel instead. The phone also comes with 12
    • November 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Its somewhat amusing when you consider how far ahead of actual product availability that ARM announces upcoming solutions, although as an IP only company ARM might not have a lot of direct competitors when it comes to its CPU cores, but todays upcoming GPU announcement is an entirely different kettle of fish. As ARM allows its partners to use whatever components and building blocks they want, ARM is competing with several companies when it comes the GPU cores in ARM based SoCs and as such the company needs to try and stay ahead of the competition. Its latest GPU related announcement is of a product that were not likely to see in products until 2013, as ARM has another GPU core that will arrive ahead of the Mali-T658 called the Mali-T604 which is the replacement of the current Mali-400. The Mali-T604 is likely to end up in the first quad core Cortex-A9 SoCs built on 32 and 28nm and is based on a new architecture that ARM calls Midgard (based on Nordic mythology) whereas the Mali-400 was part of the Utgard architecture.Whats worse is that the Performance Pro series is expensivewith a list price of US$279.99 (S$365) for the 128GB modeland an eye watering US$529.99 (S$685) for the 256GB model.This should be compared to a list price of US$264.99 for the120GB Force Series GT and US$539.99 for the 240GB version,both of which offer vastly superior performance, at least onpaper. Were scratching our heads here a little bit, especiallyas Crucials m4 SSDs can be had for US$209.99 for 128GB andUS$410.99 for 256GB, both of which should offer comparableperformance, yet somehow ends up being a lot cheaper. Wereally cant follow Corsairs pricing on the Performance Proseries, as both models seem quite overpriced if were simplylooking at the specifications, but wed have to put a drivethrough its paces before wed draw any final judgement.ARM announces the Mali-T658GPU core ARM claims that the Mali-T658 will offer up to 10 timesSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/arm-announces-the-mali-t658-gpu- the graphics performance compared to "mainstream Mali-400core/13930.html MP implementations" although the company doesnt go intoNovember 13th, 2011 any greater explanation as to which kind of implementation its referring to. The problem here is that the Mali-400 comes in single, dual and quad "core" configurations and if the Mali- T658 is 10 times as fast as what were seeing in something like Samsungs implementation of the Mali-400 MP in its Exynos then were looking at an incredibly powerful GPU, but if its compared to a simpler implementation, then it wont be quiteIts somewhat amusing when you consider how far ahead of as impressive.actual product availability that ARM announces upcoming Furthermore, ARM is claiming four times the GPU computesolutions, although as an IP only company ARM might not performance compared to the Mali-T604 which is said to offerhave a lot of direct competitors when it comes to its CPU 68GFLOPS of compute performance in whats presumed to becores, but todays upcoming GPU announcement is an entirely a four core design at high clock speeds. That said, the Mali-different kettle of fish. As ARM allows its partners to use T658 will be scalable to up to eight cores which looks prettywhatever components and building blocks they want, ARM impressive right now, but we shouldnt forget the competition.is competing with several companies when it comes the GPU Imagination Technologies PowerVR Series5XT GPU which iscores in ARM based SoCs and as such the company needs to already available can scale to 16 cores, its just a matter oftry and stay ahead of the competition. someone implementing into an ARM based SoC. 13
    • November 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone One of many reasons why touch screens arent taking off on larger screen devices is the cost and part of that cost is because a special touch screen controller with its own interface is needed. Now IDT has come up with a solution that might help to reduce the overall cost of touch screens, by taking advantage of the AUX channel in the DisplayPort interface. DisplayPort comes in two different shapes, the external connector that used to connect a PC or a notebook to a screen and eDP or embedded DisplayPort which is set to replace LVDS signalling in notebooks and tablets among other things. All DisplayPort standards have an AUX channel which in DisplayPort 1.2 got boosted to 720Mbps, up from a paltry 1Mbps in version 1.0 and 1.1. This has allowed IDT to run all the touch interface signals through the AUX channel with its latest touch new touch-over-AUX Embedded DisplayPort 1.3As far as software support is concerned, ARM is claiming that (eDP™)-based timing controller (TCON) as the company likesthe Mali-T658 will support DirectX 11, OpenGL ES, OpenVG, to call it.OpenCL, DirectCompute and Renderscript. Thats most of themajor APIs and as far as software developers are concernedthe good news here is that the Mali-T604 and Mali-T658 willuse common drivers of which the end result should be bettersoftware compatibility and a quicker and easier transition tothe new GPU core. ARM has listed Fujitsu, LG, Nufront andSamsung as its launch partners, although others are likely tofollow once we get closer to actual products.In related news, Samsung has announced that it has licensedImagination Technologies PowerVR SGX MP core technology.As to what this means in the long term will be interesting tosee, but it suggests that Samsung is trying to make sure it canoffer the best GPU core possible with whatever next generationARM based SoC the company is working on. Theres nodoubt that the ARM space is where its happening at themoment and with Windows 8 expected to end up on quite The TCON is an all-in-one solution in as much as its botha few ARM powered devices, it looks like were got quite an a touch screen controller and a timing controller for theinteresting future ahead of us when it comes to low power display itself, reducing overall component count which resultsmobile computing. in overall lower cost. Another cost saving feature by using the AUX channel of the eDP interface is that theres no longer anyIDT unveils touch screen need to run an additional USB interface to the display to act as the touch screen interface with the system and this alsocontroller that uses helps to simplify the overall system design. IDT is currentlyDisplayPort AUX channel working with partners to get its new solution into products that should hopefully appear on the market next year. The onlySource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/idt-unveils-touch-screen-controller- downside we can see at the moment is the unwillingness of thethat-uses-displayport-aux-channel/13929.html display panel makers to move away from LVDS to eDP, as thisNovember 13th, 2011 is preventing a move towards a simpler and more user friendly display interface from actually taking place. Hands on with the Fujitsu Lifebook SH771 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hands-on-with-the-fujitsu-lifebook-One of many reasons why touch screens arent taking off on sh771/13928.htmllarger screen devices is the cost and part of that cost is becausea special touch screen controller with its own interface isneeded. Now IDT has come up with a solution that might helpto reduce the overall cost of touch screens, by taking advantageof the AUX channel in the DisplayPort interface. 14