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  1. 1. May 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! to have a floor space measuring 300 by 100 meters. On top of VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication the three server halls, two power stations are also going to be covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. built nearby. It shouldnt be too long until we find out if this is going to be where Facebook will locate its first European data center or not.Facebook rumoured to locatenew data center in Sweden Exclusive: MSIs GTX 560Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/facebook-rumoured-to-locate-new-data-center-in-sweden/12245.html cards picturedMay 16th, 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/exclusive-msi-s-gtx-560-cards- pictured/12244.html May 16th, 2011According to Swedish newspaper NSD, Facebook is in the finalstages of making an agreement with the local city council inLuleå, the largest city in the northernmost parts of Sweden.The city of Luleå is located just south of the polar circle and hasa population of about 45,500, yet this could be where Facebook Were only hours from the official launch of Nvidias upcomingis planning to build its next data center which is said to consist GTX 560 GPU, the one without Ti on the end which is set to,of three massive server halls. well, compete with something or the other at a price point of $10-20 less than something else. Anyhow, weve gotten ourAccording to Swedish newspaper NSD, Facebook is in the final hands on a couple of pictures of MSIs upcoming N560GTXstages of making an agreement with the local city council in Twin Frozr II cards, both of which look very similar to MSIsLuleå, the largest city in the northernmost parts of Sweden. N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II, but not identical.The city of Luleå is located just south of the polar circle and hasa population of about 45,500, yet this could be where Facebook Were only hours from the official launch of Nvidias upcomingis planning to build its next data center which is said to consist GTX 560 GPU, the one without Ti on the end which is set to,of three massive server halls. well, compete with something or the other at a price point ofSo far its mostly speculation, but all the details are said to $10-20 less than something else. Anyhow, weve gotten ourbe pointing towards Facebook. The local city council is said hands on a couple of pictures of MSIs upcoming N560GTXwant to expedite the applications for the new server halls and is Twin Frozr II cards, both of which look very similar to MSIshoping to have everything approved by the end of this month. N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II, but not identical.That said, this is a big hush hush project and as such only Were not quite sure why, but MSI seems to have added atrickles of information has leaked out so far. small clamp on the rear part of the PCB that helps stabilizeEven if the server halls arent for Facebook, there are only so the GPU cooler. Oddly enough, the Ti versions dont have thismany companies that would need three server halls pulling a little addition and were not quite sure why MSI has added,massive 473 million kWh of electricity, thats said to be a years but there must be a reason for it. This is the only difference weworth of power for 16,000 houses. On top of that, the facility managed to spot between the cards, but the real difference isis said to have no less than 30 backup diesel generators, just of course inside the GPU itself.in case theres a power failure.There is still said to be a few issues that need to be looked atbefore the building permit is given, as the location chose isclose to a nature reserve among many things. The facility issaid to need somewhere between 70 to 90 employees that willhandle the 24/7 operations and each of the server halls are said 1
  2. 2. May 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Corsair has just announced its latest line of solid state drives, the Force Series 3. Using the latest SandForce SF-2281 controller, the Force Series 3 claims up to 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write speeds. The drives support SATA 3 (6Gbps) and are backward compatible with SATA 2. According to Corsair, Force Series 3 drives will be priced close to previous generation drives. Corsairs suggested retail prices for the drives are as follows: • 60GB - US$139 • 120GB - US$219 • 240GB - US$499The stock clocked card should have a core clock of 820MHz Hopefully prices will decrease further as more manufacturerswith the 336 shaders clocked at 1640MHz and the 1GB of bring new generation Sandforce drives onto the market. PricesGDDR5 memory at an effective speed of an even 4GHz. The of previous generation SSDs have dropped in tandem, whichGTX 560 GPU is said to have 32 ROPs and it retains the might be of interest to bargain hunters.256-bit memory interface. The N560GTX Twin Frozer II/OC is a little bit faster with a core clock of 870MHz whichbrings the shaders up to 1740MHz while the memory has beenoverclocked to 4080MHz. See the full press release below: Corsair announces Force Series 3 Solid State Drives New family offers SATA 3 performance for near SATA 2 pricing FREMONT, California — May 16th, 2011 — Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high- performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced the Force Series™ 3 familyBoth cards have a pair of DVI ports and a mini HDMI port and of solid-state drives.MSI supplies a mini HDMI to HDMI adapter as well as a DVI The newly announced Force Series 3 models taketo D-sub adapter with the cards. We found the N560GTX Twin advantage of the new SATA 6.0 Gb/s (SATAFrozer II/OC listed on a European online retailer for €214.12 3) interface to deliver impressive speed at an(S$380) which is only €9.16 (S$16) cheaper than the Ti version attractive price. The Force Series 3 features theand with such a small price difference, its hard to see why highest performance version of the latest-generationanyone would go for the GTX 560 over the GTX 560 Ti. SandForce SF-2281 SSD Processor with out-of-box read and write speeds of up to 550 MB/s and 520Corsair Unveils Force Series 3 MB/s respectively, and an impressive 85000K IOPS for measurably faster system response, boot timesSolid State Drives and application load times than SATA 2 solid-stateSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/corsair-unveils-force-series-3-solid- drives. All Force Series 3 models are also backwardstate-drives/12242.html compatible with SATA 2, and include an easy-to-May 16th, 2011 use 3.5” adapter to allow owners of both desktop and notebook PCs to enjoy the cool, quiet operation and enhanced system performance made possible by replacing their traditional mechanical hard drive with an SSD. “With the rapid market adoption of SATA 3, there’s strong demand for affordably priced SSDs that canMore Sandforce SF-2000 drives are appearing: Corsair has take advantage of the enhanced performance itannounced the Force Series 3 line of solid state drives. provides,” said Thi La, Vice President of MemoryEquipped with the SandForce SF-2281 controller, these SATA Products at Corsair. “Our new Force Series 3 SSDs3 (6Gbps) compatible drives are specified for up to 550MB/s provide the performance that enthusiasts demand, atread and 520MB/s write speeds. 2
  3. 3. May 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone price points approaching the current generation of the official release date for Modern Warfare 3, with November SATA 2 SSDs.” 8 being the magic date where the game will be released for sale globally. “We are pleased to have our SandForce SF-2281 driving the leading-edge performance of the Force Hardware news Series 3 family,” said Jeremy Werner, Director of G.Skill Ripjaws-X Series PC3-17000 16GB Kit Review Marketing at SandForce. “ Corsair, and its newest Description: The G.Skill Ripjaws-X PC3-17000 kit comes with Force Series 3 drives, is poised to ride the wave of four 4GB sticks carrying a default clock speed of 2133MHz SATA 3 adoption by offering compelling pricing and DDR. Im not all that big on overclocking my main machine, enthusiast-level performance.” but the ease of P67 RAM overclocking means that changing Force Series 3 solid state drives will be available the XMP Profile to 1 gives me the speeds I need without even worldwide this month from Corsair’s network of touching my CPU speed. Carrying such large modules at such authorized retailers at a suggested retail price of $139 a large speed, it comes as little surprise that the timings are USD for the 60GB model, $219 USD for the 120GB more relaxed than the black Ripjaws-X we looked at earlier in model and $499 USD for the 240GB model. Note the year. The kit weve got today comes in at 9-11-9-28-2T @ that stated capacities are unformatted and actual 1.65v. Normally I would just ignore the 2T and jump straight capacities will vary depending on the formatting to 1T, but I actually had trouble with the machine booting. and operating system used. For more information ECS HDC-I Mini-ITX Fusion Board Review @ Madshrimps on Force Series 3 solid state drives, please visit the Description: The HDC-I Fusion Board from ECS has a lot of Corsair web site. connectivity options right from the factory: Bluetooth, WiFi, About Corsair one eSATA 6GB/s along with 4 SATA III ports; two USB 3.0 ports are also offered. The "Turbo" option can be enabled in Founded in 1994, Corsair supplies high performance the BIOS and gives the system quite a noticeable boost. products purchased primarily by PC gaming enthusiasts who build their own PCs or buy ASRock Z68 Pro3 (Intel Z68) Motherboard Review pre-assembled customized systems. The companys Description: Priced at $199.99, the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 is a award-winning products include DRAM memory very well-priced product for something that let us achieve over modules, USB flash drives, power supply units, solid- 5GHz from our 2600k. Compared to the competition, its an state drives, PC headsets and speaker systems, cooling aggressive price point, but theres no doubt that some people systems and computer cases. dont even need all the features that are on offer on the Z68 Extreme4. For a whole $70 less you can pick up the ASRock Z68 Pro3 were looking at today. At $129.99 its one of the mostThe Daily VR-Zone News aggressively priced Z68 boards on the market. Are you stillSummary - 16 May 2011 getting a Z68 board that you will want, though?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--16- OCZ ZX 850W Power Supply Review at Overclockers Onlinemay-2011/12243.html Description: There is very little one could reasonable fault theMay 16th, 2011 ZX 850W power supply on. Actually there’s quite a bit of things that I do like. OCZ has put quite a bit of thought, effort and detail into this power supply. The packaging, the paint job, wires, the clean construction inside, everything speaks highly of OCZ’s efforts here and their efforts are not without results. The ZX 850W isn’t only for show.In todays news roundup: G.Skills Ripjaws-X Series Antec Sonata IV Mid-Tower Case Review @Hi Tech LegionPC3-17000 16GB memory kit, which consists of four 4GB Description: The Sonata IV from Antec is a mid-tower casesticks, each clocked at 2133MHz, gets reviewed; TSMC claims with elegant styling that promises whisper quiet operation.that it will stick to planar transistor designs for its upcoming The Antec Sonata IV is aimed squarely at the HTPC and20nm process "for the forseeable future" in the name of high end business/SOHO market where aesthetic appeal andcompatibility due to beliefs that the ecosystem, which consists silence are the most important characteristics. With a glossof design tools, IP and design kits, are not ready for Intels piano black finish and discretely styled front panel, the Sonata3D Tri-Gate transistor design yet; Panasonic has released IV can look at home in almost any environment. Included witha new app for iOS devices which allow for remote control the Sonata IV is a 620 watt Antec Neo PSU, more than enoughof its VIERA television sets via the aforementioned iOS- wattage to power for any mainstream system. The Sonata IVpowered devices; Microsoft has given its stamp of approval is versatile, with motherboard compatibility for micro-ATX,to a tool created by developer Chris Walsh that reportedly ATX, and even mini-ITX boards which are now common inallows for existing Windows Phone 7 smartphones that have HTPC builds. Inside the Sonata IV there is room for four 3.5”received grey update images from Walsh to be flashed back drives as well as one 2.5” drive. Outside is space for three 5.25”to their official firmware images needed in order to remain optical drives. The front I/O puts your most commonly usedon the official software update path; Capcom has released connections in an easily accessed area, including audio, 2 USBinstructions on what gamers should do in order to sucessfully 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0.install the Arcade Edition patch for Super Street Figher IV ontheir consoles, and Word has it that retail sources have leaked Swiftech Polaris 120 CPU Cooler Review @ OCIA.net 3
  4. 4. May 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDescription: It has been quite a while since Swiftech last card access and VIERA Connect over WiFi by simply activatingoffered a new air-cooled heatsink. Looking back through old the function within your Viera TVs menu.reviews it appears the last one may have been the MCX6400- Speedlink Strike FX Wireless Gamepad Review - XSReviewsV, circa 2004. Certainly at that time Swiftechs coolers were Description: Speedlink are a German company who arewell regarded, and they were the only ones to utilize anything well known for making budget peripherals, such as mice,like their patented Helicoid cooling pin design for base to keyboards, cables, speakers, controllers and headsets for PCs,fin heat transfer. However in more recent years Swiftech has laptops and consoles. With the Strike FX, they have created aconcentrated exclusively on liquid cooling products. You can Playstation-like wireless controller which is compatible withimagine my surprise then when I received the notice that I both Windows PCs and the PS3 itself. Read on to find out howwould be reviewing a new air-cooled heatsink from Swiftech, the Strike FX shapes up.the Polaris 120. Razer Starcraft 2 Mouse, Keyboard and Headset Review onArctic Accelero XTREME Plus GPU Cooler Review @ Real Technic3D (German)World Labs Description: (Machine translation) The Razer Starcraft 2Description: With a cooling efficiency second to none, very Spectre Mouse, Marauder Keyboard and Banshee Headsetlow noise levels and the ability to choose between PWM and arrived Technic3D. We will check all the Features and more inManual controlled fan speeds the Accelero XTREME Plus by the following Review.Arctic is the ideal choice for people who seek the best coolingsolution for their graphics card especially in time for the Sapphire Edge HD: A Compact Ionisation @ InsideHWsummer period. Description: PCs in miniature enclosures are nothing new. However, when this enclosure is merely two centimetres thick,TSMC Does Not See Triple-Gate Transistors as Economically and the graphics card in the PC NVIDIA’s ION 2, what is yourViable Solution. first thought? This might just be the new ideal candidate forDescription: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company the living room media centre? We thought the same…said that while Intel Corps 22nm manufacturing technologywith tri-gate transistors has a number of advantages, it has no Microsoft-blessed tool fixes WP7 updating for gray installsplans to implement something similar in the generations to Description: Developer Chris Walsh has put out a tool to helpcome. keep Windows Phone 7 updates going for those with unofficial versions of the Walshed tool mends NoDo installs loaded usingConsumer Electronics and Software News the ChevronWP7 hack so that they can keep receiving officialLenovo T420: The Ultimate Business Machine @ InsideHW updates from Microsoft. Unlike most unofficial firmwareDescription: Whether it’s their ultraportable PCs, business tricks, the new tool is officially sanctioned by Microsoft as amodels or workstations, Lenovo solutions are always touted way of getting the phones back on the official path.to be uncompromising solutions, with excellent quality and Gaming newsflawless product support. The ThinkPad series became well-known for the aforementioned features all the way back Capcom Explains Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Editionwhen IBM still held this company segment. Split into several Update For Consolesseries, the ThinkPad family comprises several important Description: Capcom will be releasing the critical update onsubcategories: the ultraportable X-series, the workstation W- June 7 for Super Street Fighter IV console players to upgradeseries, the accessible SL-series, the stylised Edge series, the it to the Arcade Edition (AE). The update consist of three“green” L-series, and finally, the most popular of all, the patches. Capcom’s blog quoted the following...balanced T-series. The newest representative of the T-series, Millions of Password Reset Requests Slow PSN Restoration,T420, is the one that we’ve received for testing, and its Japan Halts Restartintention was to convince us that it’s worthy of replacing one Description: Sony flipped the switch on PSN Saturday, butof the company’s best-selling models, T410… a significant chunk of the PlayStation 3 gaming populationTwo New Clues: Is This The Next iPhone? [RUMORS] is still offline. The problem? A bottleneck in the tubes asDescription: Clues about the next iPhone are piling up this millions of PlayStation Network users attempted to reset theirweekend. First an analyst gave tantalizing details of the passwords at roughly the same time. In Japan, however,upcoming iPhone, saying it’ll be called the iPhone 4S, and then Sonys home base, there is a completely different issue: thewe saw this case design in the graphic above from Asian site government is unsatisfied with Sonys new security measures.Alibaba. Is it real or just another guess at what Apple might do, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Release Date Revealedbased on rumors and mockups? Description: Whoops. The good ship Modern Warfare hasPanasonic Turns Your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch Into A sprung another leak. In this instance, our anonymous retailVIERA TV Remote Control With New VIERA Remote App sources have provided IGN with a confirmed street dateDescription: Panasonic is proud to announce its new VIERA for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Rumours have beenRemote App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is now available circulating around the web for a little while, but IGN canon the App Store. Panasonic has made watching and browsing now confirm a release date of November 8. This will almostyour VIERA TV even easier with the new VIERA Remote App. certainly be a global date.The app allows you to quickly and intuitively navigate all thetools and features on your VIERA TV including 3D settings, SD 4
  5. 5. May 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneReport: AMD A-Series mobile HP announces limited editiontops at 1.9 GHz ultra-thin LED-backlit monitorSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-amd-a-series-mobile-tops- Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-announces-limited-edition-ultra-at-1.9-ghz/12241.html thin-led-backlit-monitor/12240.htmlMay 16th, 2011 May 16th, 2011DonanimHaber has unearthed some details about AMDs top Looks like it is not just our television sets that are gettingmobile A-Series part, to be branded A8-3530MX. It will be thinner today; apparently, consumerism has dictated thatclocked at a standard 1.9 GHz, with Turbo Core up to 2.6 GHz. OEMs start shifting their efforts from producing the typicalIt features 4MB of L2 cache, as expected, with no L3 cache, robust monitors for PCs into stylish devices with dimensionsmuch like the Propus CPUs. The USP of Llano is, of course, the and looks which will make any non-tech savvy consumerpowerful GPU part - to be branded HD 6620G. It features 400 swoon over. And the latest entry to this is of premium monitorsSP, clocked at 444 MHz. is HPs new x2301 monitor, which is reportedly a mereThe APU has a TDP of 45W, which is comparable with AMDs centimeter thick.current top end CPU, but below Intels flagship 55W Corei7 Extreme. Considering the Phenom II X940 BE, AMDscurrent flagship, is clocked at 2.4 GHz, one may wonder howoptimizations and a 32nm shrink resulted in a sharp 500 MHzdownclock. If at all, the opposite would make more sense. Thecatch is that the A8 APU integrates a full fledged GPU, and45W is actually a very power efficient result for a quad coreCPU and a 400SP GPU at full load.Of course, AMD will introduce Turbo Core 2 with Llano, andwe may see the CPU part boosting to as high as 2.6 GHz if theGPU is idling.One of the major bottlenecks identified for the Fusion GPUhas always been the memory. A derivative of the HD 5500 For most enthusiasts, the desktop PC and its accompanyingseries, the A8-3530MX is powered by 1600 MHz DDR3 which peripherals that make up a complete computing system isis higher than Intels 1333 MHz support. Still, this is a fraction almost always required to be as large and clunky as possible,of the 3600 MHz GDDR5 memory in the HD 5570. The if only for the sake of amassing some geek cred from the likessharp difference in performance between the HD 5570 GDDR3 of ones non tech-savvy friends. After all, nothing can be moreedition and the GDDR5 edition suggests why upping the impressive than showing off a huge, full-tower self-built PCmemory clocks is important for the Llano APU. As part of the complete with matching hardware such as a huge monitor thatSabine platform, the A8 APU will occupy the FS1 socket, paired occupies nearly half of ones existing desk space.up with the A70M chipset. However, there will always be people who prefer to haveInterestingly, even for notebooks, dual-GPU will be enabled, hardware that appears a little more elegant and sophisticatedfor a kind of hybrid crossfire. So, adding a HD 6600M graphics as opposed to their their enthusiast-grade counterparts thatcard, for example, will see the APUs IGP and the additional are currently being sold on the market. And if you happen toGPU working in crossfire for maximum performance. belong to that group, HPs new ultra-thin LED-backlit monitorLlano will bring forth a new class of computer processors might just catch your fancy.- power efficent notebook processors with an even balancebetween GPU and CPU. While Intels mobile parts will runaway with CPU performance, we can expect the A-SeriesAPUs to offer far superior GPU performance and an overallsuperior power efficency. If you are in the market for pureCPU performance, the A-series APUs are bound to disappoint.Hopefully, AMD will cater to CPU performance needs for themobile market with mobile Bulldozer CPUs.Notebooks with A-series APUs are expected to hit retail mid-to-end June. 5
  6. 6. May 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAccording to a report published by ZDNet, the HP x2301 is ZDNet clams that the x2301 will be available for sale on Junea limited edition monitor which sports an unbelievably thin 10 onwards, although it did not make any mention as toframe that is only a mere 9.8mm thick. However, HP clearly whether the sale of this monitor will be restricted to the USdid not want to make any compromises with the x2301, and market or not. However, in the event that HP decides to releaseit shows in its specifications. Apparently, the LED-backlit 23- the x2301 for global purchase, the ultra-thin monitor can beinch monitor is capable of a native full HD resolution (1920 had for the not-so-thin price tag of US$279.99.x 1080), offers up to 72% of the color gamut and a dynamiccontrast ratio of 8000,000 : 1 (no mention of its static contrastratio). In addition, the x2301 is also reportedly capable of a Fujitsu Japan shows offlow response time of 3ms and is furnished with HPs ownBrightView technology, which is simply a marketing term used Windows 7-powered tabletto describe high-gloss, anti-reflective LCD panels which allow with built-in hardwarefor greater and more punchy colour saturation. keyboard Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/fujitsu-japan-shows-off-windows-7- powered-tablet-with-built-in-hardware-keyboard/12238.html May 16th, 2011 Tablets may be the future of computing, but suffice to say the onscreen keyboard offered by all OS developers for use on such devices leave a lot to be desired where tactile feedback and ergonomics are concerned. So what is an OEM to do to address such issues among consumers, especially among the heavy keyboard users found in business environments? Simple; you build a tablet that comes with its own built-in hardware keyboard. You know, like the one Fujitsu has here; the Fujitsu FMV LifeBook TH40/D.Of course, to make the display this thin, it should be nosurprise that HP had little choice but to move all x2301s portsdown to the monitors base, which contains options for videoinput via DVI or VGA. The tablet may be a neat little device to use for mobile computing, but like all mobile devices, it comes with its own set of compromises, of which the most notable one is centered around its lack of a hardware keyboard. As such, this makes it ill-suited as a drop-in replacement device for typists who are always on the move. Until now, that is, for Fujitsu seems to have rectified the problem for good in the form of its new tablet 6
  7. 7. May 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZonePC, the FMV LifeBook TH 40/D, which features a...yep, you The 2048MB POV GTX 560 Ti comes in two variants - Chargedgot it, a built-in hardware keyboard. and Ultracharged - featuring different overclocked frequencies for the core and the shader. Reference POV GTX 560 POV GTX GTX 560 Ti Charged 560 Ti Ti Ultracharged Core 822 MHz 860 MHz 911 MHz Frequency Shader 1645MHz 1721 MHz 1822 MHz Frequency Memory 4008 MHz 4008 MHz 4008 MHz Frequency The only downside for these two cards is most likely to be theAs with many unreleased devices, the devil lies in the details, dull, ugly green printed circuit board (PCB). Although thebut what we do know from various reports is that the tablet will green PCB nicely compliments the POV brand, it may notbe preloaded withMicrosofts Windows 7 operating system, entice most buyers.and will be powered by Intels Z670 Atom processor which Read the full article from Techpowerup.is clocked at 1.5GHz. In addition, Fujitsu claims that the See the full specifications of the card at POVs website.tablet will feature a 10-1-inch LED-backlit display, ostensiblyto further reduce the power drain on the tablet in order toallow for longer uptimes on a single charge. Last but definitelynot least, the LifeBook TH40/D is also said to feature 1GB Epic Games and Microsoftof system memory and a 120GB hard disk, and sports a releases developer videomaximum height of 17.4mm. documentary for upcomingThe Fujitsu FMV LifeBook TH40/D tablet PC will reportedlybe made available for retail in late June at the retail price Gears of War 3 gameof80,000 yen or approximately US$989. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/epic-games-and-microsoft- releases-developer-video-documentary-for-upcoming-gears-of-war-3- game/12234.htmlPoint of View launches GTX May 16th, 2011560 Ti 2GB versionSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/point-of-view-launches-gtx-560-ti-2gb-version/12236.htmlMay 16th, 2011 Gears of War 3 is still a full four months away from its global launch on September 20 this year, but that does not mean that gamers have to sit by idly and start crossing off the dates on their calendar until that day arrives. If you happen to not mind getting poisoned by sneak previews and hints about what one can expect from the game, Microsoft has got something for you: a new developer video documentary which “divulges thePoint of View has launched the 2GB version of the GTX 560 exclusive contents of the “Gears of War 3” Epic and LimitedTi, days before the official launch of the Nvidia GTX 560 Editions”. Gamers, let the “poisoning” begin.scheduled this Tuesday. Read on. As most gamers will undoubtedly know, waiting by the sidelines for a highly anticipated title to launch can be quite 7
  8. 8. May 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethe nerve-wrecking event, especially when one has not been Ironically, a quick look at Microsofts Gears of War home pageable to secure early access to the games beta channels before reveals that the aforementioned video documentary has notthey are scheduled to go permanently offline today. However, been made available for public viewing on the site yet, but weif you are the kind of gamer who thrives on getting as much are fairly certain that it will only be a matter of time before theinformation about the game before it eventually launches video is eventually published.globally, Microsoft may have just the thing for you, and itcomes in the form of a just-released video documentary for theupcoming Gears of War 3 game for the Xbox 360.Titled “Making Gears 3: Inside the Wicked Workshop”,Microsoft claims in a press release issued today that thevideo documentary will focus on Chris Perna, who is currentlyworking for Epic Games as an Art Director. According toMicrosoft, Chris will be talking about how he conceived thecharacters and settings for one of the bestselling games forMicrosofts video game console, but the real draw will haveto be the revelation of two special editions of the game,the Limited Edition and Epic Edition, with each versionboasting its own various unique and exclusive freebies thatcome bundled with the game. Erm...excuse me Microsoft? We seem to be missing a video...Touted as the must-have for fans who want to “celebrate the Last but not least, if any of the above special edition packs ofculmination” of the Gears of War trilogy, the Limited Edition Gears of War strikes for your fancy, our advice would be towill include the following: start saving now, for these special edition packs are going to be quite costly. Just so you know, the Limited Edition will be • An Octus Award Box and Octus Service Medal – Replicas retailing for US$79.99, while the Epic Edition will boast an of the honors bestowed on Adam Fenix, Marcus’s father, equally epic price tag of US$149.99. for his work on the Hammer of Dawn. • Exclusive Unlockable Adam Fenix Multiplayer Character – Each Octus Service Medal replica is engraved with a GIGABYTEs Radeon HD 6770 unique Xbox LIVE code that is the only way to unlock Adam Fenix in multiplayer. using Passive Cooling Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-s-radeon-hd-6770-using- • A fabric COG Flag – Proud colors that once flew above passive-cooling/12233.html the House of Sovereigns. May 16th, 2011 • The personal effects of Adam Fenix, including his “Last Will and Testament,” the initial Hammer of Dawn schematic, and other Fenix family mementos.For the hardcore fans...well, the job of satisfying them falls tothe aptly-named Epic Bundle. And from the looks of it, the EpicBundle is definitely the most epic of the two special editions; GIGABYTEs Radeon HD 6770 has just retailed in Japanin addition to getting all of the goodies available in the Limited and the companys GV-R677SL-1GD, the Silent Series is aimedEdition, gamers will also get to enjoy the following: at users who prefer a quiet system as the 6770 is mounted with a large heat sink (and there is no heatsink fan). Read on. • A Limited Edition Marcus Fenix Statue – Designed by Epic Games Art Director Chris Perna and expertly crafted by the artisans at Triforce, this fine PVC statue collectible makes the ultimate living room centerpiece for any true “Gears” fan. • The Art and Design of Gears of War by Tom Bissell - Through unprecedented access to the Epic Games team, acclaimed author Tom Bissell (Extra Lives) gives readers an incisive behind-the-scenes glimpse into one of the most celebrated sagas in video game history with 96 pages of interviews, photos, concept artwork and more. • Infected Omen Weapon Pack -- Custom multiplayer skins for the game’s five starting weapons; Lancer, Retro Lancer, Hammerburst, Sawed-off Shotgun, and Gnasher Shotgun. The Radeon 6770 is an improved version of the 5770. Although both uses the same core, The Radeon 6770 has an improved video playback engine, Bluray 3D support and HDMI 1.4a. 8
  9. 9. May 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAs you can see, the Gigabytes GV-R677SL-1GD has an extra support for multichannel surround sound offers a powerfulcomponent (heatsink) on the side of the card. Users will need audio experience.to take note of this to ensure that it can fit into the case HP Pavilion Slimline s5 series PCs: The HP Pavilion Slimlinebefore buying. If one has enough space in the motherboard s5 performance series PCs are conveniently sized to fitregion, a bit of customisation can be done to mount two fans seamlessly into any home environment. It can also beon the Radeon 6770 which will definitely improve the cooling. configured with a versatile range of performance features,Overclockers will love to take advantage of this. from storage to processers, to support the most demanding tasks.HP launches new Pavilion HP Pavilion HPE h8 series PCs: The HP Pavilion HPE h8consumer desktop PCs series PCs are the most powerful Pavilion PCs to date. Select models are available with up to three internal hardSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-launches-new-pavilion-consumer- drives, AMD Phenom or Intel Core i7 processors, and high-enddesktop-pcs/12232.html NVIDIA or ATI graphics cards. The PCs also support multipleMay 16th, 2011 displays so users can be more productive with up to three monitors. Pricing and availability - The HP Pavilion HPE h8 series PCs are expected to be available on May 18 in APJ at a starting price of US$599.99. — The HP Pavilion p7 series PCs are expected to be availableHP has announced their new lineup of Pavilion consumer on May 18 in APJ at a starting price of US$299.99.desktop PCs which include the p7 series, Slimline s5 seriesand HPE h8 series. The new desktop PCs are scheduled to be — The HP Pavilion Slimline s5 series PCs are expected to beavailable this month and June. available on June 15 in APJ at a starting price of US$329.99. Audio-Technica introduces new ATH-WS55 headphones and ATH-CKM77 earphones Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/audio-technica-introduces-new-ath- ws55-headphones-and-ath-ckm77-earphones/12231.html May 16th, 2011HP today announced a new lineup of HP Pavilion consumerdesktop PCs that claim to deliver the latest technologies insophisticated designs. The redesigned HP Pavilion desktops The ATH-WS55 headphones and ATH-CKM77 earphones arelook to fit anywhere from dorm-room desks to media cabinets. the latest additions to Audio-Technicas line of audio products,Versatile design, powerful features offering superb audio quality and both are available in stores now.The new HP Pavilion consumer desktop PCs are equippedwith powerful processors and graphics for superior computingexperience. Additionally, innovative technologies like BeatsAudio and HP LinkUp are now available on select models tooffer consumers the best in sound and functionality.Music lovers can enjoy their favorite music the way the artisteintended it with Beats Audio, a high-performance audiotechnology developed by HP and Beats by Dr. Dre. With HPLinkUp, users can easily view and interact with content andprograms from their notebook PC on an HP Pavilion desktopPC wirelessly via a home network.The HP Pavilion consumer desktop family includes:HP Pavilion p7 series PCs: The HP Pavilion p7 series PCsoffer generous hard drive space for photos, music and videos. Designed for bass lovers, the new ATH-WS55 is wrapped inIntegrated graphics enhance picture quality, and built-in a sleek aluminum casing with a huge 40mm driver that is capable to transport you to your music dreamscape. With a 9
  10. 10. May 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonefrequency response of 10-24,000Hz, you can feel all the beatsof your favorite dance music in this wonder kid. The ATH-WS55 also feautres a new “Bass Innovation” in the form of adual air chamber that allows better airflow for a powerful basssound.The sizzling red aluminum cap version also comes with equallyeye catching red cables. The ATH-WS55 is designed with awell-padded top headband and soft ear pads that not onlyensure comfort; but it also provides high sound isolation. TheAudio-Technica ATH-WS55 is retailing at an attractive S$148. NAVTEQ is supplying NAVTEQ map and location data for the Olympus TOUGH TG-810 compact digital camera, currently available in Singapore at a recommended retail price of S$598 (inclusive of 8GB SD card).The ATH-CKM77 is the latest addition of in-ear monitor The TG-810 features GPS functions and an electronic compassearphones to the hugely successful line of Audio-Technica to record the location data of the shot. By simply activatingearphones famed for crystal clarity. Specially designed in a the GPS functionality, the camera can display landmarks onhybrid metal casing of aluminum and stainless steel, the ATH- the monitor and identify the country/region of the shot beingCKM77 reduces unwanted vibration, making it sound better taken. Integrated within the TG-810 are NAVTEQ maps andand with less distortion. points of interest (POI) ranging from tourist destinations to ferry terminals. So users now have the ability to geographicallyThe ATH-CKM77 gives a pure and well-balanced sound, light organize their photos effortlessly, allowing them to easilyon the treble, yet managing a powerful, warm bass. The 13mm determine the precise location of where the photo was takendriver earphones are great for general listening to a wide and link it with the exact POI on the NAVTEQ map. Thisspectrum of music, from jazz to hip-hop to classical. added capability allows NAVTEQ and Olympus to deliver anWeighing at only 8g, the earphones comes together with a hard enhanced imaging experience to consumers.leather case, 4 sets of ear buds, and a cleaning cloth. The ATH-CKM77 is available only in aluminum/stainless steel versionand will be available at S$178 at selected authorized retailers. A look at Intel Z68 Platform with ASUS P8Z68-V ProNAVTEQ supplies digital map Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/a-look-at-intel-z68-platform-with- asus-p8z68-v-pro/12104.htmldata to Olympus TOUGH May 16th, 2011TG-810 compact digitalcameraSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/navteq-supplies-digital-map-data-to-olympus-tough-tg-810-compact-digital-camera/12230.htmlMay 16th, 2011 When the overclocking capabilities of a P67 chipset put together with the graphics awesomeness of the H61/H67 chipset, the Z68 platform is borned. Today, we test out the new Z68 platform from Intel specifically on the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro motherboard to see if it has got what it takes to be called the best of both worlds.NAVTEQ has announced that it is supplying the map andlocation data for the Olympus TOUGH TG-810 compact digitalcamera. This offers location-enabled imaging experiences forphotographer enthusiasts. Read on. 10
  11. 11. May 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone * Due to CPU behavior, DDR3 2200/2000/1800 MHz memory module will run at DDR3 2133/1866/1600 MHz frequency as default. Graphic Integrated Graphics Processor Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI/RGB ports - Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 HzIntel Z68 chipset was launched on the 11th May 2011 andit boasts many new features that kept hardware enthusiasts - Supports DVI with max.excited before the launch period. Equipped with this chipset, resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro motherboard, brings out the best in HzIntel Technology and exemplifies technology in the modernera. Never seen before technology such as Intel Smart - Supports RGB with max.Response Technology and LucidLogix Virtu are the latest resolution 2048 x 1536 @ 75additions to the world of PCs and we are definitely going to Hztake a look at that in the later part of this review. Maximum shared memory ofThe P8Z68-V Pro is ASUSs latest offering for the Z68 Intel 1748 MBchipset. Equipped with various state of the art technology Multi-GPU Support Supports NVIDIA® Quad-such as the use of a Digital VRM and not forgetting Turbo-V GPU SLI™ TechnologyEvo processor on the motherboard, it puts overclocking to a Supports AMD® Quad-GPUhardware level in the state of running the software in an OS. CrossFireX™ TechnologyWhat you get is a reliable and sturdy motherboard enough towork fo you to the next century. Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)CPU Intel® Socket 1155 The 2nd 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, Generation Core™ i7/Core™ black) *1 i5/Core™ i3 Processors 2 x PCIe x1 Supports Intel® 32 nm CPU 2 x PCI Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Storage Intel® Z68 chipset : 2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray * Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list 4 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), blueChipset Intel® Z68 Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 Support Intel® Smart Hz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Response Technology Memory Dual Channel Memory Marvell® PCIe SATA 6Gb/s Architecture controller : *2 Supports Intel® Extreme 2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), navy Memory Profile (XMP) blue * Hyper DIMM support JMicron® JMB362 is subject to the physical controller : *2 characteristics of individual 1 x eSATA 3G port(s), red CPUs. LAN Intel® 82579, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller * Refer to www.asus.com or Bluetooth Bluetooth V2.1+EDR user manual for the Memory ASUS BT GO! Utility QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists). 11
  12. 12. May 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAudio Realtek® ALC 892 8-Channel Music Player, Personal High Definition Audio Manager CODEC - Supports : Jack-detection, ASUS BT Turbo Remote Multi-streaming, Front Panel - Exclusive Smartphone Jack-retasking Interface supporting iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile Audio Feature : and Symbian systems - Absolute Pitch 192kHz/ 24- bit True BD Lossless Sound ASUS Exclusive Features - ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode - Blu-ray audio layer Content featuring friendly graphics Protection user interface - DTS Surround Sensation - MemOK! UltraPC - AI Suite II - Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel - AI Charger+IEEE 1394 VIA® 6308P controller 2 x IEEE 1394a port(s) - Anti Surge (2 at mid-board) - Disk UnlockerUSB Ports ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller : ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution 4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back - ASUS Fanless Design: Heat- panel, blue, 2 at mid-board) sink solution Intel® Z68 chipset : - ASUS Fan Xpert 12 x USB 2.0 port(s) (6 at back panel, black+red, 6 at ASUS EZ DIY mid-board) - ASUS Q-ShieldOverclocking Features Overclocking Protection : - ASUS Q-Connector - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall) - ASUS O.C. TunerSpecial Features ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 VRM: ASUS Digital Power Design - ASUS EZ Flash 2 - Industry leading Digital 16 ASUS Q-Design Phase Power Design - ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED) (12-phase for CPU, 4-phase for iGPU) - ASUS Q-Slot - ASUS DIGI+ VRM Utility - ASUS Q-DIMM Back I/O Ports 1 x Bluetooth module(s) ASUS EPU 1 x DVI - EPU, EPU switch 1 x D-Sub ASUS TPU 1 x HDMI - Auto Tuning, TurboV, GPU 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s Boost, TPU switch 1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s) ASUS BT GO! (Bluetooth) - Folder Sync, BT Transfer, 2 x USB 3.0 Shot & Send, BT to Net, 12
  13. 13. May 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 6 x USB 2.0 1 x ASUS USB 3.0 Bracket(s) BIOS 64 Mb Flash ROM, EFI AMI 1 x Optical S/PDIF out BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, 6 x Audio Jack(s) Multi-language BIOS,Internal I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS support(s) additional 2 USB CrashFree BIOS 3, F12 3.0 port(s) (19-pin, moss PrintScreen Function green) Manageability WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by 3 x USB 2.0 connector(s) PME, WOR by PME, PXE support(s) additional 6 USB Support Disc Drivers 2.0 port(s) ASUS Utilities 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s) ASUS Update 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connector(s) Anti-virus software (OEM version) 2 x IEEE 1394a connector(s) Form Factor ATX Form Factor 12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 2 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 - 24.4 cm ) pin) Note *1: The PCIe x16_3 slot 2 x Chassis Fan connector(s) shares bandwidth with PCIe (1 x 4 -pin, 1 x 3 -pin) x1_1 slot, PCIe x1_2 slot, USB3_34 and eSATA. The 2 x Power Fan connector(s) (3 PCIe x16_3 default setting is -pin) in x1 mode. *2: These SATA ports are for 1 x S/PDIF out Header(s) data hard drivers only. ATAPI devices are not supported. 1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s) Lazare Kaplan International 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power unveils "The Lazare Diamond connector(s) 4c" app for Apple iPhone and 1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP) iPad Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lazare-kaplan-international-unveils- the-lazare-diamond-4c-app-for-apple-iphone-and-ipad/12229.html 1 x System panel(s) (Q- May 16th, 2011 Connector) 1 x MemOK! button(s) 1 x TPU switch(es) 1 x EPU switch(es) Lazare Kaplan International (LKI) has unveiled their new "TheAccessories Users manual Lazare Diamond 4c" app for the iPhone and iPad. The app ASUS Q-Shield offers an educational insight on purchasing of diamonds and it is free to download from the Apple iTunes Store. 2 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s cable(s) 2 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s cable(s) 1 x SLI bridge(s) 1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1) 13
  14. 14. May 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneLazare Kaplan International Inc. (LKI) has recently launched This foldable prototype display allow users to maximise the“The Lazare Diamond 4C’s” app designed specifically as an screen size while minimising the device size. It did not showinteractive and educational guide to purchasing diamonds, a crease even after performing 100,000 folding and unfoldingnow available for the iPhone and iPad. Free to download in cycles although the brightness at the junction does shows a 6%iTunes, the app is a user-friendly tool for retailers, suppliers decrease in brightness. Commercialisation of this device willand consumers alike to better understand the most important take about one to two years and we can expect mobile devicescharacteristics of diamonds: Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat- and even photoframes with curved form factors incorporatingWeight. The app also includes a geographic locator that lets this new display.users identify the closest Lazare Diamond retailer.LKI was the first to cut diamonds to ideal proportions, thefirst to laser inscribe, the first to brand a diamond, and is Samsung promises Androidnow the first diamond sightholder to create a 4C’s app for 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade forthe iPhone and iPad. “The Lazare Diamond 4C’s” is a hands-on tutorial that uses interactive screens, videos and side-by- GALAXY S and GALAXY Tab Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-promises-android-2.3-side comparison to demonstrate the 4C’s and help demystify gingerbread-upgrade-for-galaxy-s-and-galaxy-tab/12228.htmldiamonds. May 16th, 2011Lazare Diamonds are exclusively sold at Larry Jewelry, locatedat Paragon (#01-21) and ION Orchard (#03-04).Samsung Advanced Instituteof Technology unveils foldabledisplay prototype Good news to GALAXY S and GALAXY Tab owners. Samsung has announced that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade willSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-advanced-institute-of- be made available for both the GALAXY S smartphone andtechnology-unveils-foldable-display-prototype/12226.html GALAXY Tab tablet device.May 16th, 2011Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology in South Koreahave designed and built a prototype of a seamless foldabledisplay that folds in half without a visible crease in the middle.Read on. Today, Samsung has announced the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) upgrade to the Samsung GALAXY S, GALAXY Tab, as well as the GALAXY Ace/Gio/Fit/mini, giving users enhanced performance and an improved user interface. 14
  15. 15. May 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe GALAXY S and GALAXY Tab are Samsung’s intelligently packs a powerful smartphone experience. It lets you maintaindesigned smart devices with 1 GHz application processors, and build connections and friendships through popular sitesgiving users an intuitive, immersive and integrated mobile like Facebook, as well as through voice and text messaging.experience. The upgrade from Froyo 2.2 to Gingerbread 2.3 You can instantly tag your friends in photos before postingoffers an even greater user experience, with features including: them on Facebook, or share your latest discoveries from the Android Market at the touch of a button. HTC Wildfire S is one of HTC’s smallest phones ever – measuring just 10.13cm long and 5.94cm wide – and boasts aFaster Performance – Multimedia content now has a lower distinctive 3.2-inch, HVGA display.CPU consumption rate, while support for more powerful 3DGraphics enables an enhanced mobile gaming experience. Create your very own smartphone experience Celebrate your individuality by choosing from a wide varietyUpgraded Usability – The user interface has been improved, of colors including pink, white and gray. The HTC Wildfireenabling faster access and control and a more intuitive user S’ home screen is fully customizable with your favorite apps,experience. Users will also benefit from improved copy-and- widgets and content, while a 5-megapixel color camera withpaste functionality. auto focus, expandable microSD memory and support for a variety of audio and video formats make for a great all-around multimedia device that slips easily into any pocket.The Android 2.3 upgrade will start with GALAXY S in the UKand Nordic countries from mid-May, and gradually rolled out Availabilityto other European markets, North America, Southeast Asia, The HTC Wildfire S will be available in ‘Bloom Pink’, ‘Silverthe Middle East Asia, Africa and rest of the world according to White’ and ‘Dark Gray’ at all mobile operators and authorizedthe regional plan. retailers at a suggested retail price of S$388 from May 2011. PSN is (finally) coming backThe upgrade will be available via Kies, Samsung’s device onlinemanagement software. Kies can be downloaded from Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/psn-is-finally-coming-back-Samsung’s corporate website (http://www.samsung.com). online/12224.html May 16th, 2011HTC launches Wildfire S inSingaporeSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-launches-wildfire-s-in-singapore/12227.htmlMay 16th, 2011 After almost a full month of waiting, PSN users will soon have their network back online - at least that is what Sony claims via their blog and facebook pages. To access the network, users are required to both upgrade their firmware and change their password. Stay tuned for one of the most legendary networkHTC Singapore has announced the launch of the new Wildfire boots in history, the success of which hopefully will not beS, based on the popular Wildfire that was launched last year. compared to that of Skynet in "Terminator 3 : Rise of theThe new Wildfire S is equipped with 600MHz processor and Machines".preloaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. "Please note that these services will take a bit of time to be turned on and rolled out to the whole region. The process has begun and some countries are being turned on now, so please be patient as we reach you.", Sony says but the company does not share which regions will be served first and how much time the complete restoration of the PSN network requires. Intel SSD 710 Series Lyndonville Slated for July Release Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-ssd-710-series-lyndonville-slated- for-july-release/12223.htmlHTC today unveiled the new HTC Wildfire S in Singapore.Building on the popularity of the HTC Wildfire smartphone,the HTC Wildfire S smartphone is affordable, compact and 15
  16. 16. May 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMay 16th, 2011 The recent leaked Intel SSD roadmap has already provided usa glimpse of whats coming up in the next few months and VR-Zone learned that 710 series codenamed Lyndonville whichuses the 25nm MLC-HET NAND flash is slated for July launch.It will come in capacities of 100GB, 200GB and 300GB not400GB as rumored earlier. Performance and pricing is notavailable at this moment. The 1.8" 320 series in capacities of Remember the horror of GeForce GTX 590 going up in smoke80GB, 160GB, 300GB is slated for July release too. while benching? Well, apparently NVIDIA has found a way to solve this issue completely without doing a quick fix through the drivers. The solution : a much needed hardware fix where the new inductors are added to the card. However, the new inductors are larger in size therefore a change to the baseplate is needed. What does it mean to the 3rd party cooling solutions especially the GTX 590 waterblocks? Probably back to the drawing board so as to conform to the revised keep outs. The revised GeForce GTX 590 cards denoted with a new -502 marking on the PCB are expected to hit the market in June. Team Group Announces SR1 and SR3 Flash DrivesThe recent leaked Intel SSD roadmap has already provided us Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/team-group-announces-sr1-and-sr3-a glimpse of whats coming up in the next few months and VR- flash-drives/12221.htmlZone learned that 710 series codenamed Lyndonville which May 16th, 2011uses the 25nm MLC-HET NAND flash is slated for July launch.It will come in capacities of 100GB, 200GB and 300GB not400GB as rumored earlier. Performance and pricing is notavailable at this moment. The 1.8" 320 series in capacities of80GB, 160GB, 300GB is slated for July release too. Taipei-based Team Group Inc. has expanded its line-up of portable flash storage solutions with the addition of the SR1Revised GeForce GTX 590 and SR3 flash drives, Measuring 67 x 22 x 13mm, the stylish drives are shaped like sports cars and feature a USB 3.0 (SR1)Cards In June or USB 2.0 (SR3) connector. The SR1 series, available inSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/revised-geforce-gtx-590-cards-in- capacities of 8Gb, 16Gb and 32Gb, offers data transfer rates upjune/12222.html to 54Mb/s (read) and 30Mb/s (write). The SR3 comes in 4Gb,May 16th, 2011 8Gb, 16Gb and 32 Gb variants, delivering read/ write speeds up to 30Mb/s and 15Mb/s. Both SR1 and SR3 flash drives, covered by a limited lifetime warranty, support power saving modes. They are expected to ship soon. TEAM GROUP PRESS RELEASE Remember the horror of GeForce GTX 590 going up insmoke while benching? Well, apparently NVIDIA has founda way to solve this issue completely without doing a quick fixthrough the drivers. The solution : a much needed hardwarefix where the new inductors are added to the card. However,the new inductors are larger in size therefore a change to thebaseplate is needed. 16
  17. 17. May 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneTeam Group Introduces the New SR1, SR3 Flash DrivesSince Team Group Inc. released the TP1023 portable hard Deepcool Preps Assassin CPUdrive, which adopts a streamline sports car design, it has Coolercreated a new trend. Following up this success, Team Group Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/deepcool-preps-assassin-cpu-schedules to display the first sports car-designed flash drive cooler/12220.htmldisks at Computex 2011. The Team SR1 SR3 carrying with May 16th, 2011exclusive “Team EZ Go” application software and come inboth USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 interfaces, respectively, are madeof the same material and streamline sports car design as theTP1023. In addition to data storage, it is perfect for showcasingpersonal zest for sports and making a statement of masculinevitality and energy. Deepcool, manufacturer and provider of various thermal products for desktops, laptops and servers, is preparing toExcellent Performance USB 3.0-SR1 unleash the high performance Assassin CPU cooler - anJust like pursuing a sense of speed on the race track, the all Alpenfohn K2 lookalike.new SR1 followed Team Group’s exclusive sports car design,blending the sports car concept into a small flash drive disk byusing a unique streamline design and curves. The high speedUSB3.0 interface breaks the USB2.0’s transfer speed limit,with a read and writes performance of over 50MBs that helpshorten the time of transferring large multimedia files andcreate better portability of Full HD videos.High cost-performance ratio USB 2.0-SR3The USB 2.0 SR3, from the same series as the SR1, has thesame sports car design, and a multiple capacity selectionranging from 4~32GB. The diverse choices and prices makesit more affordable for consumers, providing a perfect highcost-performance solution for general users or IT gadgetsenthusiasts, fulfilling everyone’s dream of owning a sports car.The USB 2.0 SR3, from the same series as the SR1, has thesame sports car design, and a multiple capacity selectionranging from 4~32GB. The diverse choices and prices makes Deepcool, manufacturer and provider of various thermalit more affordable for consumers, providing a perfect high products for desktops, laptops and servers, is preparing tocost-performance solution for general users or IT gadgets unleash the high performance Assassin CPU cooler - anenthusiasts, fulfilling everyone’s dream of owning a sports Alpenfohn K2 lookalike.car. As a leading provider of memory storage products to theconsumer market, Team Group is committed to providing thebest storage, multimedia and data sharing solutions. The nickel plated boasts a twin tower design, eight 6mm copper heat-pipes, a copper base, uniquely shaped aluminum fins, and comes with two fans. The Assassin is compatible with 17
  18. 18. May 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneall Intel LGA 775/ 1155/ 1156/ 1366 and AMD AM2/ AM2+/AM3 processors.News via [Softpedia]Genius Ships Ring MouseSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/genius-ships-ring-mouse/12219.htmlMay 16th, 2011 The Ring Mouse, bundled with a carrying case, portable USB charger and ioMedia software, is availalbe from authorizedGenius has begun shipping its Ring Mouse in North America. resellers and e-tailers at a MSRP of US$70.The unique finger-attached mouse connects to the PC via a 2.4 News via [Electronista]Ghz radio, has two buttons, an integrated rechargeable lithiumion battery, and allows users to control its movement througha 1000 DPI touch sensor. Tt eSports Readies New Meka G Unit Mechanical Keyboard Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/tt-esports-readies-new-meka-g-unit- mechanical-keyboard/12218.html May 16th, 2011 Thermaltake is preparing to update its Meka series of gaming keyboards with the introduction of the Meka G Unit - the first mechanical keyboard to feature on-board memory and individually backlit keys.Genius has begun shipping its Ring Mouse in North America.The unique finger-attached mouse connects to the PC via a 2.4Ghz radio, has two buttons, an integrated rechargeable lithiumion battery, and allows users to control its movement througha 1000 DPI touch sensor. Thermaltake is preparing to update its Meka series of gaming keyboards with the introduction of the Meka G Unit - the first mechanical keyboard to feature on-board memory and individually backlit keys. It boasts a 1.8m sleeved cable with gold-plated USB 2.0 connector, the ISS (Instant Shift System) advanced macro key shifting function (gamers can access all 60 macro keys in one profile), Cherry Black switches (with a MTBF of 50,000,000 clicks), seven multimedia keys, and a hub with two USB 2.0 ports and audio connectors. The Meka G Unit is expected to debut at Computex 2011 (May 31st - June 4th). News via [Techpowerup] 18

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