VR-Zone Tech News for the Geeks Nov 2011 Issue

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  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. 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
  25. 25. 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

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