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

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

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    • May 3rd, 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.Seagate announces 1TB perplatter hard drivesSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/seagate-announces-1tb-per-platter-hard-drives/12046.htmlMay 3rd, 2011 Seagate is asking for $299.99 (S$369) for the 3TB version, while the two platter 2TB is priced at $199.99 (S$246). Seagate also announced that it will have a 1.5TB and 1TB version of the Barracuda XT, although no pricing was announced. Retail If youve been waiting for a triple-platter 3TB hard drive, then pricing is already a lot lower than Seagates asking price andwe have good news, your wait is over as Seagate has as the first weve spotted the 3TB drive for $229.99 (S$283) and the 2TBhard drive manufacturers announced 1TB per platter drives. model for $159.99 (S$197), although the difference is thatThe new Barracuda XT series will the home for the new 347GB the drives Seagate sells directly comes bundled with a SATAper square inch 1TB platter disks. cable, a power splitter, mounting screws and some software. That said, we dont really think thats worth the extra moneyIf youve been waiting for a triple-platter 3TB hard drive, then compared to buying a bare drive, but even the retail kits canwe have good news, your wait is over as Seagate has as the first be had for a lot less than the MSRP.hard drive manufacturers announced 1TB per platter drives.The new Barracuda XT series will the home for the new 347GBper square inch 1TB platter disks. Razer Goliathus Mouse MatThe Barracuda XT series does of course feature SATA 6Gbps Redesigned and Reinforcedinterface, 64MB of cache, a 7,200rpm spin speed and all the Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/razer-goliathus-mouse-mat-usual features youd find on a modern high-end hard drive. redesigned-and-reinforced/12045.html Seagate claims a sustained data transfer of 138MB/s with a May 3rd, 2011random read seek time of 8.5ms. Hardly impressive comparedto modern SSDs, but bear in mind that the largest model canstore a massive 3TB. Razer announces that the Razer Goliathus has been redesigned and reinforced with a dense, anti-fraying and long-lasting stitched frame. Price: Omega – US $14.99 / EU €14.99, Standard – US $19.99 / EU €19.99, Alpha – US $24.99 / EU €24.99, Extended – US $34.99 / EU €34.99. Availability: May 2011 Full Press Release 1
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone With its anti-fraying stitched frame, the edges last longer, giving you the freedom to tear your opponent to shreds, and not your mouse mat. Price: Omega – US $14.99 / EU €14.99 Standard – US $19.99 / EU €19.99 Alpha – US $24.99 / EU €24.99 Extended – US $34.99 / EU €34.99 Availability:Carlsbad, Calif. – 3 May, 2011 – Razer, the world’s leading Razerzone.com – May 2011high-end precision gaming brand, is proud to announce that Worldwide – May 2011the Razer Goliathus has been redesigned and reinforced toensure your soft mouse mat swiping experience is morehardcore than ever before. Product Features: Heavily textured weave for maximum mouse controlMaintaining the same well-loved, speed-enhancing and Anti-fraying stitched frame extends mat durabilitycontrol-precise features, the redesigned Razer Goliathusmouse mat delivers maximum performance to propel you to Pixel-precise targeting and trackinggaming stardom. Now imbued with a dense, anti-fraying and Rubber base for a secure grip on smooth surfaceslong-lasting stitched frame, your mouse mat stays sharp for Mat Dimensions (mm)consistent tournament ownage. Space-efficient (Omega): 270 x 215 x 3 Mid-sized (Standard): 355 x 254 x3“The only thing wearing down should be your enemy,” saidRobert “RazerGuy” Krakoff, President Razer USA. “The Razer Large-sized (Alpha): 444 x 355 x 3Goliathus is our pride and joy when it comes to soft mats, Desktop Length (Extended): 920 x 294 x 3designed with professional gaming-validated weaves for anexceptional mouse swiping experience. Now with anti-frayedges, you can go forth and frag even harder, worry-free.” MSIs 990FX and 970 chipset boards make brief EuropeanAbout the Razer Goliathus Control Edition Mouse Mat: appearance Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-s-990fx-and-970-chipset-boards- make-brief-european-appearance/12044.html May 3rd, 2011 Details of three of MSIs upcoming AM3+ motherboards have appeared on a European price comparison website and some of the specifications of three different models have turned up. On top of that we now know what these three models will cost, at least in Euroland and for what its worth, the boards seem to be pretty competitively priced, especially against Intel based motherboards.The Razer Goliathus Control Edition gaming-grade mouse mattakes your mouse’s superb precision up a notch by having itmatched with the mat’s specially textured weave capable of Details of three of MSIs upcoming AM3+ motherboards haveregistering even the smallest of movements. This gives gamers appeared on a European price comparison website and somean unprecedented level of targeting and tracking accuracy, of the specifications of three different models have turned up.while maintaining a perfectly controllable yet consistent glide. On top of that we now know what these three models will cost, 2
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneat least in Euroland and for what its worth, the boards seem to May 3rd, 2011be pretty competitively priced, especially against Intel basedmotherboards.Starting from the bottom we have the 970A-G45 which shouldbe one of the more basic AM3+ boards from MSI with the 900-series chipset. As the name gives away, this board sports theAMD 970 northbridge and the SB950 southbridge. The board These days there are four major Taiwanese motherboardhas two PCI Express x16 slots, although as far as were aware, makers and then we have Biostar and Jetway somewhere downthe 970 chipset doesnt support split PCI Express lanes, so the bottom-end of the market. That said, Biostar has had somewed guess the second x16 slot only has four lanes worth of success with the overclocking crowd and now details of its firstbandwidth. There are also two PCI Express x1 slots and two Z68 based motherboard and although we cant say that this isPCI slots. As with the SB850, the SB950 supports six SATA a board wed rush out to buy.6Gbps ports and various RAID modes.Around the back were apparently looking at six USB 2.0 ports, These days there are four major Taiwanese motherboardtwo USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and 7.1-channel audio, makers and then we have Biostar and Jetway somewhere downbut thats all we know so far. Internal connectors are meant to the bottom-end of the market. That said, Biostar has had someadd two more USB 3.0 ports and another six USB 3.0 ports. success with the overclocking crowd and now details of its firstSadly we dont have any pictures of any of the boards, so we Z68 based motherboard and although we cant say that this iscan only go with whats been listed by the price comparison a board wed rush out to buy.site. Cost wise the 970A-G45 is listed at €82.10 (S$159) inGermany. The TZ68A+ is so for the most spartan Z68 weve seen to date. In fact, we have a feeling we wont see another Z68 boardNext up we have the 990FX-GD65 which again as the name that has so few features from anyone else. That said, weregives away is based on the 990FX northbridge and again the hopefully looking at a really affordable Z68 board and it shouldSB950 southbridge. This board has two full PCI Express x16 be more than adequate for most users. On a brighter note,slots, three PCI Express x1 slots and two PCI slots. Again were Biostar has at least added a trio of display connectors aroundlooking at six SATA 6Gbps ports with RAID support. The rear the back which consists of an HDMI, DVI and VGA port. TheI/O is the same, with two USB 3.0 ports, six USB 2.0 ports, only other ports around the back is a PS/2 port, two USB 2.0Gigabit Ethernet and 7.1-channel audio. Internally the board ports, two USB 3.0 ports (via an ASMedia host controller), ahas pin headers for four additional USB 2.0 ports, but we have Gigabit Ethernet port and three audio jacks for 5.1-channela feeling there will be at least one for a pair of additional USB audio.3.0 ports as well. This board is listed at €124.43 (S$227), againin Germany. The board layout is pretty clean if somewhat uninspiring with a pair of x16 PCI Express slots where the second one is a x4 slotFinally we have the 990FX-GD80 which is the top of the rather than being a switchable slot, a single x1 PCI Express slotrange board and it too has the 990FX/SB950 chipset setup. and two PCI slots. To Biostars defence this does at least meanHowever, this board has no less than four x16 slots and wed there are no blocked slots, nor any shared bandwidth from thedare to wager that when all are in use they operate at x8 mode. chipset, so anything you plug in will work as intended withoutTheres also a pair of PCI Express x1 slot and a single PCI slot. on-board features being disabled. The board has the standardOnce again we have six SATA 6Gbps ports with RAID support, four SATA 3Gbps and two SATA 6Gbps ports, but these arealthough at least this time around we know that theres support sadly not angled, although its not likely that any of them willfor two internal USB 3.0 ports, as well as four USB 2.0 ports be blocked by an add-in card.and a FireWire port. Around the back were looking at two USB3.0 ports, six USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port, Gigabit Ethernet The board also has a power and reset button, oddly high-endand 7.1-channel audio. This is also the most expensive of the features on what is otherwise looking like a fairly basic board.three boards at €171.97 (S$314). There are also three headers for an additional six USB 2.0 ports, as well as a serial and parallel port header on the board.We did find a fourth model as well, the 990FX-GD70, but One of the more disappointing features, or lack thereof, is thewe havent managed to track down any kind of specifications fact that Biostar has only fitted a single 4-pin PWM fan headerfor this model. However, we did find a price and it ends up and its for the CPU fan and even so there are only two other fanbetween the GD65 and GD80 price wise, much as expected, at headers on the board which seem stingy. The power regulation€158.13 (S$288). So far it looks like MSI has a pretty decent circuitry is also very basic which what appears to be a 4+1-line-up of AM3+ boards coming and well make sure to bring phase design. In as much as this is good enough, it doesntyou all the detail of the new boards from Computex, if not inspire a lot of confidence in the overclocking potentials forbefore. this board. Still, at the end of the day, it all comes down to cost and this better be a cheap board is its not going to do well.Biostars TZ68A+ motherboardleaks ahead of launchSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/biostar-s-tz68a-motherboard-leaks-ahead-of-launch/12043.html 3
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneONFI 3.0 forces Intel to moveto BGA NAND packagingSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/onfi-3.0-forces-intel-to-move-to-bga-nand-packaging/12023.htmlMay 3rd, 2011 If youve ever seen a picture of an opened SSD or the inside ofan SD card, youll have noticed that the NAND Flash chips usedare of the TSOP (Thin Small-Outline Package) variety, i.e. an Its possible that by the time that Intel moves to ONFIoblong chip with small pins of the short ends. TSOP is a fairly 3.0 for its lower-end NAND Flash products well see anstandard packaging for a wide range of computer ICs, but it entirely different kind of packaging used for the NAND Flash,seems like more advanced technology will soon see it passed something thats a bit more affordable than BGA. Cost is ofinto the history books as far as NAND Flash is concerned. the essence and Intel knows that, but with increasing demands for faster NAND Flash the chip makers dont have a choice but to move to faster NAND Flash interfaces such as ONFIIf youve ever seen a picture of an opened SSD or the inside of 3.0 which offers chip level speeds of up to 400MB/s. Intelsan SD card, youll have noticed that the NAND Flash chips used current products use a DDR-200 interface, while ONFI 3.0are of the TSOP (Thin Small-Outline Package) variety, i.e. an uses an NV-DDR2 interface which has been designed to workoblong chip with small pins of the short ends. TSOP is a fairly better with NAND Flash. Its just a shame that in the SSDstandard packaging for a wide range of computer ICs, but it market space its the enterprise section that gets the fast newseems like more advanced technology will soon see it passed toys to play with first and not the consumers, but if you haveinto the history books as far as NAND Flash is concerned. enough cash, you could always splash out on some enterprise grade hardware for home.According to Intels NAND Flash roadmaps were looking at amove towards BGA (Ball Grid Array) packaging as TSOP isntadvanced enough to handle the higher speeds required by new Gigabytes Z68X-UD5 andNAND Flash interfaces such as ONFI 3.0 (Open NAND FlashInterface). As such, all of Intels enterprise level NAND Flash Z68X-UD4 motherboardsis already being transitioned to BGA packaging, both SLC andMLC products. For now the consumer (Intel refers to it as detailed Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-s-z68x-ud5-and-z68x-ud4-client) end of the market remains at TSOP as its far cheaper motherboards-detailed/12042.htmlto produce, but wed expect things to look different come next May 3rd, 2011year. Were definitely getting close to the launch of Intels Z68 chipset and more details of Gigabytes upcoming boards have turned up on the internet. Not only have we found pricing of the three high-end boards, but the Z68X-UD5 and Z68X-UD4 have been given a thorough going over in a detailed preview, of course without benchmarks as Intel dont condone benchmark figures ahead of a launch.Intel is planning to move its 20nm NAND Flash SLC and MLC Were definitely getting close to the launch of Intels Z68products to ONFI 3.0 towards the end of this year, but as chipset and more details of Gigabytes upcoming boards haveyou can see from the slide, this is likely to be its enterprise turned up on the internet. Not only have we found pricing ofproducts. That said, the same roadmap also has a 20nm ONFI the three high-end boards, but the Z68X-UD5 and Z68X-UD42.2 product on it, but this is likely to also be a TSOP package. have been given a thorough going over in a detailed preview, ofIntel is also looking at increasing the capacity per chip in course without benchmarks as Intel dont condone benchmarkthe enterprise NAND chips, but the consumer level products figures ahead of a launch.remains at the same capacity, at least for now. 4
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe Z68X-UD5 is pretty much the same motherboard as the At the rear the Z68X-UD4 has a PS/2 port, seven USB 2.0P67A-UD5 with the exception of the chipset of course. In fact, ports, two USB 3.0 ports, one eSATAp (USB/eSATA combothe boards are so similar that if it wasnt for the red ports with power), one eSATA, a Gigabit Ethernet port, FireWirearound the back on the Z68X-UD5 and the silk screen on the port and 7.1-channel audio with optical and coaxial S/PDIFboard with the model name, we wouldnt be able to tell the two out. The same Australian retailer is listing this board for aboards apart. If this is a good or a bad thing is a matter of what pretty affordable AU$239 (S$320) which looks like a muchyoure after in terms of features, but its pretty clear that theres better deal compared to the Z68X-UD5, despite the somewhatno real reason to get the P67A-UD5 any more, especially as the peculiar board layout and lack of one expansion slot that mightprice difference appear to be minimal. In fact, the Z68X-UD5 not be to everyones liking.has already appeared on an Australian online retailer priced at For those of you that are looking at going for the high-endAU$319 (S$427) and the same company stocks the P67A-UD5 Z68X-UD7 we can let you know that the price of this boardfor AU$305 (S$408). In as much as this is a price premium, is AU$399 (S$534), once again from the same Australianwere sure it wont last for long. retailer. Wed expect these boards to be slightly cheaper in the US of course and its worth keeping in mind that the US dollar is now worth less than the Australian dollar. For detailed pictures of all three board models, hit the link below. More pictures: Lab501 The Daily VR-Zone News Summary - 3 May 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--3- may-2011/12038.html May 3rd, 2011The Z68X-UD4 on the other hand is nothing like the P67A-UD4, instead this looks like the P67X-UD4 which was shownoff at CeBIT but never launched. We cant say were overly In todays news roundup: NVIDIAs GeForce GTX 590 getskeen on the board layout, as Gigabyte has made a few peculiar pitted against AMDs Radeon HD 6990 to determine whichchoices here. For starters the 16-phase VRM is taking up an companys hardware is capable of offering the better triple-unusual amount of space on the PCB and this means you end display gaming experience; AMDs Phenom-II X4-980 BEup losing the first expansion slot. The slot layout consists of a processor gets reviewed; Apple has updated its iMac line ofpair of x16 slots in a dual x8 configuration when both are used, all-in-one PCs to include Intels Sandy Bridge platform, newtwo x1 PCI Express slots and two PCI slots. graphics cards and the recently announced Thunderbolt port;On the other hand, the Z68X-UD4 has an additional two SATA RIMs latest BlackBerry 7 OS has been confirmed to lack legacy6Gbps ports beyond the two supplied by the Intel chipset, support, which means that older BlackBerry handsets havewhich is also two more than the Z68X-UD5 which seems very officially reached a dead end with regards to software updates;odd. Gigabyte has also fitted a pair of Etron USB 3.0 host Videos of Atelier Merurus prologue and parts of the titlescontrollers to the board, rather than using VLI USB 3.0 hubs gameplay has started showing up on major video streamingand a single Renesas chip as per the Z68X-UD5. This means sites such as Youtube, and Rumour has it that Nintendothat youll actually be able to get better performance out of is ready to launch a Wii Select line of heavily discountedeach of the four USB 3.0 ports, although you do lose out on an bestselling titles for its video game console.additional four ports compared to the Z68X-UD5. Hardware news SandForce SF-2141 Controller & Intel Z68 Chipset: Destined to be Together? Description: Today we are going to play a brief game of connect the dots with information that is publically available. We are going to mix two parts of facts and one part speculation. The pinch of speculation has been verified by two sources and in the media world that gives it enough validity to go to print so to speak. The overall picture will be a little cloudy, but I think enough of a silhouette will pass through to give us a close representation of whats to come. The good ole "Things That Might Be Happening, but What Do I Know? Triple Monitor Gaming: GeForce GTX 590 vs. Radeon HD 6990 Description: By utilizing three monitors games can become roughly 3x more demanding as the graphics card is required to 5
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonerender an overwhelmingly higher number of pixels. Whereas Description: The ASUS Maximus IV Extreme is the latestwe commonly test graphics cards at single monitor resolutions Republic of Gamers motherboard for the Intel socket 1155of 1680x1050 (22”), 1920x1200 (24”) and 2560x1600 (30”), mainstream platform. The ASUS Maximus IV Extremetoday we are taking these and adding two more LCD features an updated sleek heatsink design, Extreme Enginemonitors for effective resolutions of 5040x1050, 5760x1200 DIGI+, DDR3-2200 (OC) support and 3-way SLI/CFX. Theand 7680x1600. Maximus IV Extreme also boasts a wealth of overclocking options, including onboard debugging tools and switches asAMD Phenom-II X4-980 BE Processor @ Benchmark Reviews well as remote overclocking controls via Bluetooth devices orDescription: As is common with AMD CPUs, the next in through a laptop. In order to achieve 3-way SLI/CFX support,the Phenom-II X4 Black Edition series is being released; the the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme is equipped with an NVIDIAPhenom-II X4-980BE HDZ980FBK4DGM. The X4-980BE NF200 chip located where the Northbridge is typically placed.will take over as AMDs flagship quad-core processor and guess The new B3 version of the Maximus IV Extreme has 10 USBwhat, it is 100MHz faster than the current quad-core king 3.0 ports including two at mid-board for front panel supportat 3.7GHz. Without surprise the Phenom-II X4-980BE will as well as four SATA 6Gb/s ports for high speed connectivitybe released at the same price the X4-975BE was released in options.January 2011 with an MSRP of $195. And because we arejust that reliable, Benchmark Reviews is here to give you the Consumer Electronics and Software newsrun down on the Phenom-II X4-980BE to show you how it Apple updates the iMac: Thunderbolt I/O, quad-core andstacks up against its younger brothers and the similarly priced more(though slightly more expensive) Core i5-2500K. Description: Apples desktop lineup has typically pushed usersGigabyte H67A-UD3H ATX Review @ OCIA.net requiring plenty of fast I/O towards the Mac Pro - but the latestDescription: The majority of users that select an H67- iMac refresh has broken the tradition. While quad-core Sandyequipped board do so to take advantage of Intel HD graphics Bridge CPUs and faster ATI Radeon HD GPUs are welcomed,built into Sandy Bridge processors and thus, wont be using its the addition of Thunderbolt ports (one in the 21.5-inch anda high-end graphics card or really any other add-in cards. two in the 27-inch) that really ups the ante for a number ofBuilds where a Micro ATX board would be suitable include professional users.home theater PCs and small form factor builds where a small Adobe CS5.5 Available for Download Nowfootprint is needed. A quick check at Newegg revealed only Description: Adobe has just broken the seal on Creative Suitethree full size ATX H67 boards, one of them being the board 5.5, the latest installment of its design and developmentwe are taking a look at today, the Gigabyte GA-H67A-UD3H. software. Of course, the new release brings the usual round-upHIS Radeon HD 6790 1GB IceQ X Turbo Video Card Review of improvements and tweaks, but the fireworks in CS5.5 lie inDescription: Just before the launch of the HD 6790, HIS the suite’s new HTML5 and mobile app-specific capabilities.emailed us and asked if we wanted to get a sample of the Cooler Master NotePal Infinite Evo Duo Silent Fan Notebooknormal version, or if we were happy to wait a couple of extra Cooler Review @Hi Tech Legionweeks for the IceQ X Turbo one. Since we had a reference Description: Cooler Master is ready to release their newest lineclocked card already on the way and the IceQ X and Turbo of NotePal coolers, starting with the NotePal Infinite Evo Duoseries being two great ones, it was a no brainer and we chose to Silent Fan Notebook Cooler. The Infinite Evo adds a bit of stylewait. Well, the card finally arrived and we got a chance to put and high performance and an excellent price. The design usesit through its paces to see what this new mid-range card was a unique U-shape airflow method that intakes with two 80mmable to offer. Being part of the IceQ X and Turbo series means fans. Fans can be controlled by a speed control wheel on theweve got both an upgraded cooler and an overclock on offer. side by the USB power connection. The top of the Evo is madeAntec KUHLER H2O 920 Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler Review of a high quality aluminum pad that has a sand-spray finish. ItDescription: Since I caught wind of the H2O 620, I assumed is USB powered and includes a 3 port USB 2.0/1.1 hub. There isthe "fat radiator" version was already in the works. Why not also an ergonomic design angle for optimal viewing and typing.keep up with the Jones if you are already basically mimicking There is support for 12" to 17" laptops.a product already on the shelf is my take, and I was right, well, Plantronics Gamecom X40 Xbox headset Review @sort of. Antec did release the thicker radiator design with the XSReviews.co.uk920 moniker, and we are about to take an up close look at not Description: Recently we visited Gadget Show Live 2011 andonly the cooler, but the software that comes shipped along with while our article on that event did quite well, this one did a lotthis new cooler from Antec. better. Despite that however, the real highlights of the eventThermaltake ToughPower Grand 850W Power Supply Review are checking out the hardware and one company was kind@ Real World Labs enough to let us test a lot of it. Not only that, but PlantronicsDescription: The latest addition in Thermaltake’s ToughPower were such fans it seems that they plied us with their entireseries called the Grand comes with an 80 Plus Gold range of Xbox headsets. Needless to say, we had to find biggerCertification, high quality components, rock solid rail stability, bags. That aside though, today we test the first of this lineup,elegant design and a rich bundle. the Gamecom X40.ASUS Maximus IV Extreme P67 Motherboard Review @Hi Blackberry 7 OS abandons old handsetsTech Legion Description: RIM has two Blackberry smartphones on the way, under the banner of the Blackberry Bold 9900 and the 6
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneBlackberry Bold 9930. Theyll sport its new OS, Blackberry Joining the Intel Z68 club is MSIs Z68A-GD80. We take a7, which will not be available as an upgrade to customers peek at the features with which MSI hopes to make its boardwith older devices. The long-rumoured mobiles will sport an stand out from the rest."iconic design" with a touch screen, RIM predictably says, Several of the MSI Z68A-GD80s features are prominentlyshipping with Blackberrys new operating system, Blackberry advertised on its box, including of course the assurance that7. Blackberry 7 does not have legacy support so users with you are getting the trouble-free stepping of the chipset.older handsets will be stuffed if they want to run the improvedsystem.OS X Lion to bring iOS-style uninstalls for Mac appsDescription: If you thought that the iOS method of uninstallingapps was awesome, you’re going to love OS X Lion. Thelatest developer version of the operating system revealed thatit features the same uninstalling method as iOS for appspurchased from the Mac App Store. Users just click and holdonto an app’s icon, and it will start to wobble just like how itdoes on iOS. Then users can click on the X icon that appearson the top left corner to delete the app.Google Nexus One gets Android 2.3.4 earlyDescription: Android 2.3.4 software for the Nexus Onesmartphone is now available for download as an early build The Z68 PCH is passively cooled, which should come as nothat will require some bug fixes (ZIP). It will also arrive in surprise given that the TDPs of Intels recent chipsets have alla more finished version over the air anytime now, however. come in under 10 watts. The CPU power delivery system, onUnlike the version of the software for the Nexus S, no support the other hand, gets a more elaborate cooling solution.exists for the Google Talk video and voice chat features.Gaming newsHector Badge of Carnage Review at PC Game ExaminerDescription: Hector: Badge of Carnage marks a turn for theruder and cruder for Telltale Games. Although good for a fewlaughs for the boob and fart joke crowd, the games bleak andsoulless story doesn’t quite hold up to Telltale’s other offerings.Put the kids to bed before you play this one folks.Atelier Meruru Prologue and Gameplay Videos releasedDescription: Have a look at Gust’s Atelier Meruru through thisprologue and gameplay videos. The prologue which is fourminute long tells the background story of of the Arland seriesstarting from Rorona and Totori. The gameplay video showssome world exploration though there is no battle. The MSI Z68A-GD80 provides 12-phase power to the CPURumor: Wii Select budget line launching this month using MSIs DrMOS system. DrMOS uses integrated circuitsDescription: After only four and a half years, it looks like that combine the MOSFET and its driver into a single chip,Nintendo is finally ready to introduce a line of budget titles in which MSI claims achieves 96% efficiency. By reducing theNorth America. Kotaku reports that the "Wii Select" line will number of phases active when the system is not under load,launch alongside the newly discounted Wii, which is rumored power consumption can also be reduced. The number of activeto drop to $150 two weeks from now. The first titles reported to phases is indicated by a row of LEDs along the top edge of thebe part of the $20 lineup include The Legend of Zelda: Twilight motherboard.Princess, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Super Sluggers andWii Sports.First Look: MSI Z68A-GD80Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-look-msi-z68a-gd80/12035.htmlMay 3rd, 2011 The memory and chipset each get 2-phase power. There is also an additional PCIe 6-pin power connector, which MSI claims 7
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonewill improve the overclocking capabilities of installed graphicscards. Known as the KX 370, KX 420 and KX 470, GIGABYTE claims that the KX series of PSUs are compliant with the ATX 12V v2.0 specifications set forth by Intel and feature aNext, well be looking at the onboard features and expansion 120mm cooling fan, along with protection from over-voltage,options offered by this motherboard. over-current and short-circuits to ensure system stability. In addition, the KX series of PSUs are reportedly capableGIGABYTE shows off new of providing over 78% efficiency and a MTBF of over 100,000 hours.entry-level PoweRock PSUsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-shows-off-new-entry-level-powerock-psus/12036.htmlMay 3rd, 2011Need an entry-level PSU for use in building a cheap PC? Well,leave it to GIGABYTE to deliver the goods once again witha new addition to its value-oriented PoweRock line of powersupplies. Known as the PoweRock KX series, these PSUs areavailable in three different ratings, all of which happen to belower than 500w. After all, we did mention that these PSUswere designed to be used on entry-level PCs, no?When it comes to having an extensive lineup of PSUs availablefor the enthusiast with an entry-level PC, few can match whatGIGABYTE has offer with its PoweRock and PoweRock EXlines of PSUs. However, it would seem that GIGABYTE is The hardware specifications of the PSUs are as follow:not content with merely having two product lines for the PoweRock KX 370entry-level market, for the Taiwanese company has silentlyintroduced three new additions to its lineup of entry-levelPSUs, all of which will be sold under the PoweRock KXbranding. PoweRock KX 420 8
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone platform will take place two weeks after the Asia release - on 26th June.PoweRock KX 470 Judging by AMDs hectic schedule for June, the FX-Series and Lynx platform (A-Series for desktops) will release sometime in July. After several years of anticipation, Fusion and Bulldozer are finally about to release in the next 2 months. June and July will undoubtedly be two of the most important months in AMDs history. LG launches new Xnote notebooks in Korea Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-launches-new-xnote-notebooks-in-Once again, we should point out that the PoweRock series korea/12034.htmlof PSUs are designed to be used only by entry-level systems, May 3rd, 2011and the just-launched KX-series is no exception to the rule.Therefore, if you are in need of a PSU to power a siblingsPC that sees most of its uptime performing tasks such asgunning meatbags down on Crysis 2, the KX-series of PSUs aredefinitely not the ones you are looking for. Now that high-performance, ultra-thin notebooks are fastReport: AMD to announce A- gaining popularity among consumers for their portability andSeries, FX-Series in June visual appeal, it would make sense that OEMs are starting to funnel more of their resources into churning out suchSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-amd-to-announce-a-series-fx- notebooks in a bid to gain a greater share of the notebook pie.series-in-june/12037.html Of course, LG is not about about to let itself get left behind inMay 3rd, 2011 the competition; the Korean company has just announced in a press release that it has launched two new additions to its Xnote line of ultra-thin notebooks - the P430 and P530 series. And yes, they are powered by Intels Sandy Bridge platform.AMDs extraordinary schedule for June kicks off at Computex If LGs new notebooks could talk, wed wager that the first2011, Taipei, where AMD A-Series will be announced, words they would probably say will be something along thealongwith the VISION 2011 branding. AMD 900 Series lines of "Move over, Macbook Air", and for good reason. Afterchipsets will also be announced. These three announcements all, ultra-thin notebooks boasting full-power processors arewill be held on June 1st. Fast forward to the next week, and starting to gain popularity among road warriors who needE3 2011 - AMD will announce the FX-Series brand and logo, portability and performance bundled together in a singlealongwith the AM3+ platform - on June 7th. package, an offering which only Apples Macbook Air couldThese announcements will be shortly followed by the Asia fulfil back then. However, times have since changed, andrelease of the Sabine platform (A-Series for notebooks), LG is seemingly keen to wrest back marketshare from thearound the same time as the AMD Fusion Developer Summit. competition with two new introductions to its ultra-thin XnoteLlano will be formally announced for the rest of the world on line of notebooks, namely the P430 and the P530 series.June 14th at AMDs 2011 Client Launch Event. Both the Sabine(notebook) and Lynx (desktop) platforms for A-Series will beannounced. Finally, the the worldwide release of the Sabine 9
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone May 3rd, 2011 Okay, maybe equating a mundane device such as a tablet PC to the principle known as love might be stretching it a little bit, but it is quite hard to see it any other way, especially when the company responsible for marketing this little device has a name which makes a reference to the word love. That beingAccording to the press release issued by LG, the P430 will said, does anybody fancy a five-inch ACHO tablet, all deckedbe available in three different models, each with differing out in a brilliant white plastic body?hardware specifications. At the top end of the scale is the Just when one thought that the tablet wars could not haveP430-KE7BK, which boasts an Intel Core i7-2620M processor gotten any fiercer, out comes OEMs with a new breed of tabletsclocked at 2.7GHz (3.4GHz under TurboBoost), 8GB of that skirt the fine line between that of a smartphone and amemory and a 720GB hard disk. The mid-range configuration tablet PC. With screens no smaller than the three-inch displaysis provided by the P430-KE4BK, which utilizes a (slightly) used by most smartphones but also no larger than five inches,weaker Core i5-2410M processor clocked at 2.3GHz (2.9GHz such mini-tablets can either be seen as the best or worst ofunder TurboBoost), 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard both worlds, and are mostly aimed that users who want thedisk. Lastly, the P430-KE3UK offers users a Core i3-2310M versatility of a tablet in a pocketable form factor.processor clocked at 2.1GHz, 4GB of memory and uses thesame 500GB hard disk found in the P430-KE4BK. In addition, And apparently, the idea of having a pocketable tablet hasall three models of the P430 will feature a 14-inch widescreen seemingly started to catch on on China. Indeed, reports havecapable of a native resolution of 1366 x 768, a gigabit Ethernet confirmed that a new mini-tablet device has been reported toport, an 802.11bgn compliant WiFi card and an NVIDIA be making its rounds in Chinas domestic tablet market, andGeForce GT520M graphics card which supports the Optimus is currently being sold under the ACHO brand name, with aswitchable graphics technology. model number of C902.On the flip side, the 15-inch P530 series of notebooks have notbeen officially unveiled yet, although LG claims in its pressrelease that the P530 series will be made available at a future As it was for the case of the seven-inch C901 released beforedate after the P430 hits retail shelves some time in the early it in the later part of 2010, ACHO is making no attemptparts of May this year. Lastly, we are as clueless about pricing to produce an iPad/iPhone/Galaxy /(insert name of device)details as you are, simply because LG made no mention of such lookalike, a trait seldom found in most Chinese domesticdetails on its press release, so we can only wait and see. designs. In addition to its original design, the ACHO C902 is also fitted with a Rockchip RK2818 processor which is reportedly clocked at 1GHz, utilizes a five-inch touchscreenIn China, love comes in the display capable of a native 800 x 480 resolution. and will comeform of a five-inch tablet with version 2.2 of the Android operating system pre-installedSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/in-china-love-comes-in-the-form-of-a- into the it. Also, word has it that the C902 will feature built-infive-inch-tablet/12032.html support for 3G and WiFi, along with hardware accelerated HD movie playback at up to 720p. Unfortunately, no price for the C902 has been revealed, although it is speculated that ACHO may price the C902 anywhere between 399 - 499 yuan (approx US$61-75) 10
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone HPs vice president for marketing in Asia Pacific and Japan, Robin Seow, claimed that HP has always been taking a strongHP partners with Branded Ltd interest into the music and digital entertainment segments.to bring "Music Matters LIVE "HP has a very simple mission: to connect with our targetwith HP" to Singapore audience out there. Music plays a very important role in connecting to the audiences. Two years ago, we started aSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-partners-with-branded-ltd-to- partnership that has resulted in the creation of Beats Audio,bring-music-matters-live-with-hp-to-singapore/12030.html a technology which delivers studio-quality sound for users toMay 3rd, 2011 enjoy music the way songwriters and composers intend it to be," he said. Seow also claimed that Music Matters LIVE With HP event will be a very meaningful platform where talents from all over the world can utilize HPs technology and create music for others to enjoy. To that end, he cited success stories such as AliciaDo the words Music Matters ring a bell? If it does, chances Keys and JJ Lin, both of whom are users of HPs Beats Audioare you will have much to look forward to come 26 - 28 technology.May this year. An Asia Pacifics pioneer music industry event Last but not least, Universal Music Group Internationalshas been confirmed to be heading down to Clarke Quay at president for South East Asia, Sandy Monterio, spoke aboutsunny Singapore to "bring digital entertainment, music and the importance of talents familiarizing themselves with thelive music industries together under one roof for the first time trends of digital entertainment that will be touched upon inin Asia". And to top things off, HP is going to be a major two companion events, Digital Matters and Music Matters (notplayer at Music Matters; the company has partnered up with to be confused with Music Matters LIVE With HP).Branded Ltd to offer its expertise in high-quality audio toaspiring talents and artists. "Every change in the music industry was actually pre-empted (in Digital Matters and Music Matters). Universal is survivingMmusic lovers will probably be looking forward to what is because we paid attention to these changes. Those executivesabout to take place in Singapore come 26 May this year, for who didnt pay attention...well, they are no longer in theBranded Ltd has announced that Singapore will be playing business," he quipped.host to the popular Music Matters LIVE with HP musicindustry event this year. In addition to that, HP is also hopping The Music Matters LIVE With HP music event is organisedon board the event to expand its Beats Audio technology to by Branded Ltd and is slated to be held at various venues"bands and music enthusiasts to pursue and achieve their all over Clarke Quay for three days, starting from 26 Maypassion for music". this year. Branded Ltd has also confirmed that more than 40 bands will be taking part in this years Music Matters LIVE 11
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneWith HP, along with local talents such as 53A, Jack & Rai and keeps your earphones looking and sounding good — whetherTypewriter. you’re exercising or commuting to work. And the new Ultimate Ears earphones come with a carrying pouch that easily fitsMusic fans interested to know more about Music Matters Live into your pocket or your bag while you’re on the go. Plus, youWith HP can hit up the Music Matters home page here. can use your earphones with your iPod, MP3 player or any laptop with a 3.5 mm jack. To express your personal style, theLogitech launched Ultimate Ultimate Ears 200s are available in purple, grey or blue.Ears 100, 200 and 200viearphones and headsetsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/logitech-launched-ultimate-ears-100-200-and-200vi-earphones-and-headsets/12028.htmlMay 3rd, 2011Logitech has launched their new Ultimate Ears 100 and 200 Ultimate Ears 200vi Noise-Isolating Headsetearphones and headset that claim to deliver secure noise-isolating fit with distinctive patterns and colors for the trendy For your iPhone or Blackberry, the new Ultimate Ears 200viusers. The Ultimate Ears are available in stores now. Noise-Isolating Headset offers an integrated microphone and a 3.5 mm jack (volume control functionality not available withToday, Ultimate Ears, a product unit of Logitech, has BlackBerry devices.) For iPhone users, the on-cord controlsintroduced the Ultimate Ears 100 Noise-Isolating earphones, let you switch seamlessly between music and phone calls withthe Ultimate Ears 200 Noise-Isolating earphones and the the push of a button, and give you the ability to pause songs,Ultimate Ears 200 vi Noise-Isolating headset in five distinctive adjust volume and take phone calls all without taking yourpatterns and three colors. smartphone out of your pocket. Pricing and Availability The suggested retail price for all variations of the Ultimate Ears 100 Noise-Isolating Earphones is S$25. The suggested retail price for the Ultimate Ears 200 Noise-Isolating headphones and Ultimate Ears 200vi Noise-Isolating Headset is S$39 and S$49 respectively. Samsung launches GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0, and HMX-Q10 camcorder Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-launches-galaxy-s-wifi-4.0-Ultimate Ears 100 Noise-Isolating Earphones and-5.0-and-hmx-q10-camcorder/12027.htmlUltimate Ears latest earphones offer 24dBs of noise isolation, May 3rd, 2011giving comfortable, secure fit that helps block outside noiseand envelop you in sound. Plus, every set of Ultimate Ears 100Noise-Isolating Earphones comes with four soft ear cushions— from XXS to M — to guarantee a comfortable fit.Featuring artwork from well-known graphic album artistChuck Anderson and images from established Rock Starphotographer Greg Watermann, the Ultimate Ears 100 Noise- Samsung Korea has announced their new GALAXY S WiFi 4.0Isolating Earphones’ five new genre-based styles allow you to and 5.0 smart players that offer users entertainment on theexpress your musical style. move. In addition, the company has also launched the full high definition HMX-Q10 camcorder, which is retailing in storesUltimate Ears 200 Noise-Isolating Earphones now.The Ultimate Ears 200 Noise-Isolating Earphones deliver 26 Samsung today launched GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and thedBs of noise isolation, so you can really get in the zone. With GALAXY S WiFi 5.0. Featuring 4- and 5-inch screenfive pairs of soft silicone ear cushions, you won’t have to worry sizes respectively, both can deliver the powerful applicationabout getting the right fit. A durable, sweat-resistant design experiences as the original GALAXY S. The two versions give 12
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneusers an unrivalled entertainment experience through a cleardisplay, a swift 1GHz processor and the Android 2.2 Froyoplatform. The GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 will be first available inRussia and will be gradually rolled out in other countries. The - HD Video & Images: A camera lets you shoot and share yourGALAXY S WiFi 5.0 will be first available in Switzerland. life, capturing high-quality video or still images. The Samsung GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 support DivX HD, allowing high- definition video playback; Support for various codec standardsThe GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 claim to deliver rich including MPEG4, H264, DivX, XviD, WMV codecs ensuressmartphone experiences of the GALAXY S smartphone. With you can enjoy huge catalogues of content from all over the web.video communications via VoIP services and rich video andmusic entertainment with multi-codec support, the SamsungGALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 will keep users constantlyentertained. - Audio excellence: The Samsung GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 Smart Player put entertainment at its core, designed to deliver the best possible audio and video experience. Samsung SoundAlive technology provides unrivalled sound quality,Key Features: with deeper bass and greater tone articulation.- Display: The clear display makes web surfing and multimediaviewing a joy. Enjoy movies, favourite TV shows, photosand web-browsing anywhere. Samsung’s latest mDNIe image - Enhanced Memory Capability: Packed with generous 8/16engine technology ensures that video and images look GB memory, plus mircoSD slot and powered by a powerfulstunning. 1GHz for an industry leading performance, the GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 are equipped to handle any user demand.- Android 2.2 Froyo: The GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 featurethe Android operating system, with possible upgrade option to2.3 Gingerbread. Sony hit by hackers again Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-hit-by-hackers-again/12025.html May 3rd, 2011- Application Customization: With access to over 150,000 appsavailable on Android Market, the Samsung GALAXY S WiFi4.0 and 5.0 are fully customizable smart devices. IntegratedGPS support further expands the capabilities of the device, In addition to the theft of over 70 million account details fromletting you benefit from Google’s map services and directory Sonys PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, hackersapplications. have also stolen the personal information and credit card details of users from another Sony network. Read On.- Google Mobile Services: Enjoy premium Google services suchas Gmail, Google Talk and YouTube. Utilize voice recognitiontechnology to search with Google faster than ever on theInternet.- Samsung Social Hub: Your entire social life in yourhand. Simultaneously post messages and pictures on Flickr,Facebook, and Twitter using Samsung’s Social Hub. Theintegrated address book provides the ultimate command &control station for the most popular SNS services. Synchronize While Sony is still recovering from the fallout of its Playstationyour personal calendar with friends, family, and the latest network and Qriocity services being compromised, there isevents. more bad news. Sony has just announced that hackers may have stolen the personal information of 24.6 million Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) users. Sources claim that 12,700 credit card details were stolen in this attack. All of Sony Online- VoIP Voice & Video Calls: The GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 Entertainments games services have been taken offline.utilize cost-effective video and voice communications services.The Qik application allows video chat which can be shared over An advisory on the SOE website has stated that the stolensocial network services. credit card information are from an oudated 2007 database. 13
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe notice assures consumers that the main database has notbeen compromised.Sony Online Entertainment is best known for its MMORPGs(Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) such asEverquest, Everquest II and DC universe online. Unfortunately, little else about Ice Cream Sandwich has been revealed save for the information that had been previouslyIt is official: Honeycombs announced months ago: that Ice Cream Sandwich will featuresuccessor will be known as the best of both worlds by incorporating elements of both Gingerbread and Honeycomb. Also, word has it that Ice CreamIce Cream Sandwich Sandwich will be the first version of Android that is designedSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-is-official-honeycomb-s-successor- to work well with both smartphones and tablets with largerwill-be-known-as-ice-cream-sandwich/12026.html displays, but we shall wait for the final build to be releasedMay 3rd, 2011 before making any judgements. That being said, we cannot help but feel the need to satisfy a certain craving for ice cream right now... The Daily VR-Zone News Summary - 2 May 2011We have danced around the issue for quite some time, but Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--2-nothing beats having the official word (or endorsement) to may-2011/12016.htmlconfirm (or deny) what we have already suspected. As it May 3rd, 2011turns out, Google has unintentionally confirmed that the nextAndroid release will go by the name of Ice Cream Sandwichafter sending off an email about various bugfixes in the Linux-based operating system for smartphones and tablets. In todays news roundup: AMD has lanched a new embedded MCM video card, the AMD Radeon E6760, which is reportedly derived from the companys mobile 6700M series GPUs; GIGABYTE has introduced yet another factory- overclocked version of the Radeon HD 6970 graphics card, the GV-R697OC2-2GD, otherwise known as the HD 6970 WindForce-3X OC2; Research In Motion (RIM) has officially unveiled its latest addition to the BlackBerry line of corporate- centric smartphones, the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930; Nokia has announced that its flagship Symbian smartphone, the Nokia N8, will soon be made available in a pink version and is said to come bundled with the Anna upgrade for the operating system pre-installed; Sony is taking steps to resume its PlayStation Network services after it has been taken offline due to security compromises, and GameSpy talks about itsIt has long been speculated that the first version of the Android experience with two classes in the upcoming Star Wars: Theoperating system to be released after Honeycomb will be Old Republic MMORPG - the Bounty Hunter and the Imperialnamed after the ice-cold dessert that many people from all Agent.over the world know and love, and for good reason. After all, Hardware newshints about an ice cream-based release have been dropped byvarious developers working on the operating system, and ice MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti HAWK Video Card Reviewcream does start with the letter I. Which, as we all know, is Description: As much as I love the recently looked at Lightningdirectly after that of Honeycombs H. cards from MSI, their high price tag continues to let us know that theyre not for everybody. This is ultimately where theAnd as it turns out, it seems that the speculations were correct HAWK series comes in to the picture. Essentially the HAWKafter all, for an internal email sent by Android developer series is very similar to that of the Lightning when it comes toRomain Guv has essentially confirmed what everybody had what MSI want to achieve, but instead of aiming for the fastestbeen suspecting all this while; that the next version of Android card overall like they do with the Lightning, they aim for thewill indeed be known as Ice Cream Sandwich. fastest at the easier to swallow mid-range price point. Intel Core i7 990 X Review @ ocaholic 14
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDescription: With the Core i7 990 X Intel has a new flagship in Consumer Electronics and Software newsits portfolio. Therefore they decided to increase the multiplyer Apple to Roll Out New iMacs?by one step which results in a clock speed of 3.46 GHz. Thanks Description: At last, Apple will refresh its line of iMac all-to this CPUs six cores and twelve threads one can expect it to in-one computers, adding the latest Intel Core i5/i7 “Sandyget the performance crown. Bridge” architecture and that new Thunderbolt port, accordingDIY Guides: How To Install/Remove Intel Socket 1366 CPU @ to reliable sources.PCSTATS Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Shock Spin Gaming Headset ReviewDescription: PCSTATS receives a good deal of questions from @Hi Tech Legionreaders who dont know how to install an Intel Core i7 CPU Description: Thermaltake has a new addition to the gamerinto a fresh motherboard, or upgrade a socket 1366 processor audio market with the Tt eSPORTS Shock Spin gamingto a faster model. We thought wed run off a quick DIY Guide headset. The Shock Spin puts a bit of style in the mundaneillustrating the procedure for installing a socket 1366 CPU for headset market. Amongst the Shock Spins looks are somethe benefit of our readers. good features as well. Driving the sound are two neodymiumXigmatek Loki SD963 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech.com magnet speakers for enhanced performance. There is anDescription: On the test bench today is Xigmateks mid- optional in line volume controller. Instead of an attachedcompact Loki SD963 heatsink. The Xigmatek Loki SD963 mic on the Shock Spin, it is included separately. For comfortstands 134mm tall, weighs 430 grams, comes equipped with a there is an auto adjusting rubber head strap and ergonomic92mm fan mounted on rubber vibration absorbing fan posts shaped velvet ear cushions. The input is a 3.5mm connectorand will support a second 92mm fan if desired (not included). which means it can be used with compatible devices as wellOver the next few pages Frostytech will tell you if the Xigmatek as the computer. Thermaltake offers 3 colors; Shining White,Loki SD963 heatsink is worth its weight in aluminum, or junk Diamond Black, an Royal Red.for the recycling bin. Lets begin. Logitech G27 Racing Wheel Review @ Real World LabsEnermax Hoplite Midi Tower PC Case Review @ Real World Description: Higher quality materials, improved dual force-Labs feedback motors, 900-degree wheel rotation, improvedDescription: With an impressive range of features, high build response and RPM/Shift indicator LEDs are just some ofquality and a very tempting price tag the latest Hoplite midi the improvements found on the latest G27 Racing wheel bytower by Enermax is proof enough that theyve got what it Logitech compared to its predecessor, the award winning G25.takes to also dominate the PC Case market. Beginners Guides: Understanding and Creating Batch FilesAMD Launches Radeon E6760: The Next Embedded Radeon Description: Batch files can save time by automating specificDescription: Lately we’ve been working on expanding our GPU actions taken on the computer down to one simple click.coverage to include more GPUs that arent directly sold to They can also potentially hide damaging code, so a goodconsumers discretely or as part of a package. Up until now understanding of what they are, how they work, and how towe’ve mostly focused on 4 classes of GPUs: Desktop, Mobile/ create your own, is crucial to todays IT force.IGP, High Performance Computing (HPC), and we’ve spent Watch How the Police Raid a Cellphonesome time dabbling with System on a Chip (SoC) GPUs for Description: Everyone knows the cops have tools to get insidesmartphones/tablets/netbooks. This range of products mostly your phone. But what do they do? They suck your iPhonescovers the different GPUs seen in consumer products and in entire soul in 15 minutes. With one single click. This is whatcommercial supercomputing, but there is still a large gap in it looks like.there for non-consumer business uses. This is the embeddedmarket, and today we’re expanding our GPU coverage to BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 officially unveiledinclude those GPUs. Description: RIM has officially unveiled the latest addition to their lineup of BlackBerry Bold phones. Called the BlackBerryElpida drops some 30nm DDR3 info Bold 9900/9930, it will be RIM’s thinnest BlackBerry phone toDescription: Elpida just announced that their 30nm DRAM date. The Bold 9900/9930 will finally make the transition to aprocess is ramping up, and the release has a bunch of goodies touchscreen phone. For all you dedicated QWERTY keyboardburied in it. 30nm production has been in process for a while lovers, don’t worry, RIM hasn’t gotten rid of them, the Boldnow, but the details have not been widely dispersed. 9900/9930 will still have one and this time RIM claims it’sGigabyte Intros Faster HD 6970 OC2 WindForce3X Graphics their best keyboard to date.Card Nokia N8 to come in pink with Symbian Anna updateDescription: Gigabyte rolled out its second factory- Description: Nokia has announced a pink version of itsoverclocked custom-design Radeon HD 6970 graphics card flagship Symbian phone, the Nokia N8. It will come preloadedmodel, the GV-R697OC2-2GD, or the Gigabyte HD 6970 with the Symbian Anna update, at around the same time as theWindForce-3X OC2. The card makes use of the same exact update will become available to all other N8 users.Ultra Durable VGA+ PCB used on the GV-R697OC-2GD, aswell as the WindForce-3X cooler, but comes with higher clock Gaming newsspeeds of 920 MHz core and 1375 MHz (5.50 GHz GDDR5 Sony to Resume PlayStation Network Services, Says “Noeffective) memory; compared to 900/1375 (5500) MHz on the Evidence” Credit Card Info StolenGV-R697OC-2GD, and 880/1375 (5500). In all three cases, Description: Sony will resume some PlayStation NetworkGigabyte didnt tinker with memory clock speeds. services and beef up its security nearly two weeks after a hacker 15
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneattack forced Sony to shut it down. The company made the May 3rd, 2011announcements during a press conference in Tokyo. Kaz Hirai,Sony’s executive deputy president and the likely successorto CEO Howard Stringer, started by offering “our deepestand sincerest apologies” for the outage of the PlayStationnetwork, as well as apologizing to customers whose personalinformation has been compromised.The Interrogation Room: Star Wars: The Old Republic As always, everyone wants to cash in on the latest trends inDescription: We got a chance to play the first 10 levels of Star the industry and in this case were talking about SSD caching.Wars: The Old Republics Bounty Hunter and Imperial Agent If youre not thinking about upgrading to Intels Z68 chipsetclasses -- and we got a peek at the upcoming MMOs space but like the sound of SSD caching technology, then HighPointcombat as well. Is it better than the prequel films? Hell, what might just have what you want in the shape of its RocketHybridisnt? 122x series of HBAs (Host Bus Adapter). This is a family of two dainty PCI Express x1 cards which offers pretty much the same functionality as Intels Z68 chipset, except you can fit it to anyWorldwide OS Market Grew to system with a PCI Express x1 slot in it.$30.4 Billion in 2010, Gartnersays. As always, everyone wants to cash in on the latest trends inSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/worldwide-os-market-grew-to-30.4- the industry and in this case were talking about SSD caching.billion-in-2010-gartner-says./12024.html If youre not thinking about upgrading to Intels Z68 chipsetMay 3rd, 2011 but like the sound of SSD caching technology, then HighPoint might just have what you want in the shape of its RocketHybrid 122x series of HBAs (Host Bus Adapter). This is a family of two dainty PCI Express x1 cards which offers pretty much the same functionality as Intels Z68 chipset, except you can fit it to any system with a PCI Express x1 slot in it. The two cards are the RocketHybrid 1220 and 1222 withAs we all already know, Microsoft is still the biggest company the only difference being that the 1220 has two internalfor PC operating systems, at least according to the amount SATA ports and the 1222 has two external eSATA ports. Bothof revenue it generates. A new study from Gartner Research cards sport Marvells 9130 controller which does all the hardreports that Microsoft had $23.848 billion in revenue from work. However, unlike Intels Smart Response technology, theits OS business in 2010 which gave it a 78.6 percent share of Marvell 9130 controller isnt limited to using small-ish sizethe entire worldwide OS market for that year. Overall, Gartner SSDs for the chaching. That said, looking at HighPoints ownsaid in its press release earlier this week that worldwide numbers, it doesnt seem to make too much of a difference ifrevenue for OS software came in at $30.4 billion, which... youre using a large SATA 6Gbps SSD or a smaller size SATA...was an increase of 7.8 percent compared to 2009. While 3Gbps SSD, as the end result appears to be close to the same.Microsoft still has a commanding lead in OS revenue, thereport did say that Apples Mac OS was the fastest growing inrevenue in 2010 in terms of the client based OS business. TheMac OS grew by 15.8 percent that year and with revenues of$580 million. Even with that growth the Mac OS only has a 1.7percent market share of the Client based OS systems. Overallthe client OS section of the business grew by 9.3 percent in2010 while server based OSs grew its revenue by 5.7 percent.IBM and HP were the number two and three companies inworldwide OS revenue, respectively, in 2010. IBM owns threeOSs and showed the highest growth with its AIX OS with 9.2percent growth. HPs HP-UX OS shows a 3.2 percent growthin 2010. Red Hats version of Linux is the biggest in the overallLinux server market. Its revenues went up to $592 million in The Marvell 9130 controller is of course SATA 6Gbps2010, an 18.2 percent growth and a whopping 58.2 percent compliant and HighPoint claims that its controllers with anshare of the entire Linux server OS market. SSD and HDD in caching mode offers 80 percent of the performance youd get from just using the SSD on its own. There are two different modes available, safe which caches onHighPoint announces SSD the SSD and then copies the data onto the HDD, or capacitycaching RAID card which stores the data across the two drives in a sort of RAIDSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/highpoint-announces-ssd-caching-raid- 0 mode.card/12022.html 16
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAt US$59.99 we cant say that we think it offers great value for The portable DVD is effortless to set-up and comes completemoney, but wed expect prices to come down fairly quickly, as with CyberLink Media Suite pre-loaded. Users are notified ofsomething like this needs to be about $40 or less before it will the drives current status by LED lights, blue indicating thatgain any real popularity. At least it offers a way for owners of DVD drive is ready and red showing that the DVD powermotherboards without SSD caching to get their hands of one supply is low.of the two selling points of the Z68 chipset without having tobuy a new system. The sleek, smart design combined with the ease-of-use and portability makes the new DVD drive the ideal optical storage device for any consumer says Paul Hudson, Sales Director forBuffalo Ships New Portable Northern Europe at Buffalo Technology. The portable DVDDVD Drive drive is the latest Buffalo product to transform into the new stylish design and we welcome it to the family.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/buffalo-ships-new-portable-dvd-drive/12021.htmlMay 3rd, 2011 The Portable DVD is available for purchase immediately at leading outlets such as Amazon.co.uk, Misco.co.uk, and dabs.comBuffalo Technology has begun to ship its latest external DVD Key Featuresdrive. The compact device features integrated USB cables, aLED Power Indicator (power supply stability), Bus Power LED • USB Bus Powered - No additional power supply required(power supply sufficiency), and supports up to 8x speeds for • Integrated USB Cables - USB cables snap to the chassisDVD+/-R Read/ Write. It is backed by a two year warranty and for easy mobilitycomes bundled with CyberLink Software. • LED Power Indicator - LEDs indicate power supplyBUFFALO PRESS RELEASE stabilityBuffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, • Includes CyberLink Software for writing data content todevelopment, and manufacturing of storage and wireless CD-Rs and DVDsnetworking solutions, is today announcing a stylish and • 8x DVD+/ -R Read/ Writeconvenient design for its optical storage range. • Bus Power LED lets you know when the power supply is short • Easy set-upThe compact and sleek portable DVD device will allow users towatch DVDs and burn data to CDs/ DVDs at their convenience, • Warranty - 2 yearsanytime anywhere. The drive is powered by integrated USBcables which snap to the chassis for easy mobility, contributingto the compact design. The lightweight and slim drive fits Plextor Launches PX-LB950UEcomfortably into any travel bag, making it an ideal product forlaptop and netbook users on-the-go. External 12X Blu-Ray Writer Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/plextor-launches-px-lb950ue- external-12x-blu-ray-writer/12020.html May 3rd, 2011 Plextor has announced the PX-LB950UE External 12X Blu- Ray Writer, expanding its Blu-ray lineup. Dubbed the "fastest Blu-ray writer available in the market today", it features both USB 3.0 and eSATA connectors, a 8Mb buffer, Lightscribe technology support, and writes single-layer (SL) Blu-ray discs/ dual-layer (DL) BD-R media at speeds up to 12x/ 8x. The PX-LB950UE comes bundled with PlexUTILITIES and can be purchased from authorized distributors and retailers at a MSRP of US$239.99. PLEXTOR PRESS RELEASE 17
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZonePlextor, a leading developer and manufacturer of high- May 3rd, 2011performance digital media equipment, announces the newestaddition to its Blu-ray lineup with the new PX-LB950UEexternal 12X Blu-ray Writer – the fastest Blu-ray writeravailable in the market today. This drive features thelatest superspeed USB3.0 and eSATA connections, providingbandwidth for high data transfer rate. NZXT has announced its FS-200 LED fans, targeting modders.Supplied with advanced Blu-ray and DVD playback software Available in red, green, and blue LED lights, these 200mm fansand recording applications, the PX-LB950UE offers a full Blu- boast rifled bearings, sleeved cables, a MTBF of 40,000 hours,ray HD experience. The drive is designed to provide smooth eleven blades, and operate at speeds between 500 to 900 RPM.and quiet HD Blu-ray movie playback with excellent soundreproduction and a crystal clear picture quality. This drive alsosupports 3D playback and is able to convert 2D contents tosimulate 3D effects. NZXT has announced its FS-200 LED fans, targeting modders. Available in red, green, and blue LED lights, these 200mm fans boast rifled bearings, sleeved cables, a MTBF of 40,000 hours, eleven blades, and operate at speeds between 500 to 900 RPM.“We are excited to offer a transportable all-in-one blu-ray device to consumers,” said Christine Hsing, MarketingManager at Plextor. “The PX-LB950UE lets you connect to anycomputer with USB or eSATA connection making access toBlu-ray technology a breeze.”In addition, the PX-LB950UE is developed with a lowvibration system, eliminating most vibrations. It has a large8MB buffer ensuring an enhanced writing accuracy at highspeed. The PX-LB950UE also features a special chassis, whichchannels the airflow, cools the motors, improves performanceand extends the lifetime of the drive.The PX-LB950UE comes with Plextor’s very ownPlexUTILITIES, a comprehensive disc and drive analysis tool.This drive is also LightScribe enabled.The 12X External Blu-ray Writer, PX-LB950UE, is availablenow with the suggested MSRP of $239.99.NZXT Unveils FS-200 LED FansSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nzxt-unveils-fs-200-led-fans/12019.html 18
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone performance. The Patriot Torqx 2 series enables users to boost performance of existing desktops and notebooks to achieve maximum performance with SATA II 3.0 Gb/s interfaces. By combining a cutting-edge newSSD controller with high- performance 3x-nm NAND flash memory, the Patriot Torqx 2 SSDs achieve up to read speeds up to 270MB/s for a noticeable performance boost with daily computing tasks. Write speeds up to 230MB/s ensure the Patriot Torqx 2 series can write virtually as fast as it reads for lightning-fast software installations and large-file creation.The FS-200 LED fans, bundled with 2-pin headers and Molexconnectors, are available from major resellers and e-tailers ata MSRP of US$18 come end May. “We recognize there are a lot of users with desktops andPatriot Releases Torqx 2 SSD notebooks that want the SSD performance experience but lack SATA III 6.0 Gb/s compatibility to fully take advantage of ourSeries higher-end drives,” says Meng Jay Choo, Patriot Memory’sSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/patriot-releases-torqx-2-ssd- Flash Memory Product Manager. “With the new Patriot Torqxseries/12018.html 2 series, we are able to deliver a significant performance boostMay 3rd, 2011 at attractive prices.” The Patriot Torqx 2 series incorporates TRIM technology to ensure the drive always maintains maximum performance with compatible operating systems. The Patriot Torqx 2 ships this week in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB andPatriot Memory, manufacturer of high performance memory 256GB capacities with a 2.5-inch form factor.modules and flash products, has launched the Torqx 2 seriesof SSDs. The 2.5" drives, based on a new SSD processor General details(probably JMicron), feature 3x-nm NAND flash memory, aSATA II interface, TRIM technology support, 128Mb cache, a • New Patriot Torqx 2 series SSDsMTBF of 1,500,000 hours, and deliver data transfer speeds up • 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacitiesto 270Mb/s (read) and 230Mb/s (write). Available in 32Gb, • SATA II 3.0 Gb/s interface64Gb, 128Gb and 256Gb capacities, the Torqx 2 is expected tostart shipping in early May. • Supports TRIM technologyPATRIOT PRESS RELEASE • Up to 270MB/s read • Up to 230MB/s writePatriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performancememory, NAND flash, storage and enthusiast computerproducts, today announces the new high-performance Torqx2 – a new SSD that delivers the perfect balance of price and 19
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone support via a Renesas chip and the early P67X boards used anGigabyte reveals its Z68 Etron USB 3.0 host controller, but the Z68X-UD7 retained itsmotherboard models Renesas chips, so were going to have to wait for the officialSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-reveals-its-z68-motherboard- word from Gigabyte here. At least that wait is only about amodels/12015.html week away, as Intel is expected to launch the Z68 chipset onMay 3rd, 2011 the 8th which is a Sunday, so its likely that well find out about the new boards either then or on the Monday. Report: AMD Llanos IGP branded Radeon HD 6550 Earlier today Gigabyte posted a download page for its Touch Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-amd-llano-s-igp-branded-BIOS utility and to our surprise also supplied a list of all of its radeon-hd-6550/12013.htmlupcoming Z68 chipset based motherboards. It looks like the May 3rd, 2011company is getting ready to unveil no less than 11 new models,although as we already know, some of them will be very similarto its P67 boards in terms of layout and looks. Oh, yes, wealmost forgot, to use the Touch BIOS utility, at least for now,you need a Z68 chipset based motherboard.Earlier today Gigabyte posted a download page for its Touch DonanimHaber has posted some details about the GPUBIOS utility and to our surprise also supplied a list of all of its component of AMDs upcoming APU - Llano, to be brandedupcoming Z68 chipset based motherboards. It looks like the AMD A-Series. The top part, AMD A8-3550 features a quadcompany is getting ready to unveil no less than 11 new models, core CPU and a Radeon HD 6550 GPU with a TDP of 100W.although as we already know, some of them will be very similar The GPU features 400 SP with a clock speed of 594 MHz.to its P67 boards in terms of layout and looks. Oh, yes, we AMD will also market a Hybrid Crossfire like feature, wherealmost forgot, to use the Touch BIOS utility, at least for now, the Llano APU can be crossfired with a Turks GPU - HD 6570you need a Z68 chipset based motherboard. or HD 6670 - to form a combined solution branded RadeonThe board we already knew about and which has already been HD 6690.on sale in some parts of the world is the Z68X-UD7. This Llano offers a very different approach to Sandy Bridge. Ais then followed by the Z68X-UD5, Z68X-UD4, Z68X-UD3P, sizeable portion of the Llano die is dedicated to the GPU.Z68X-UD3R and Z68X-UD3. We have a feeling that all of Its 400 SP will offer vastly superior GPU performance eventhese boards are very similar to Gigabytes P67 counterparts, compared to Intels top HD 3000 12 EU graphics. However,although for whatever reason it seems like Gigabyte has Sandy Bridge is expected to lead in CPU benchmarks. Fordecided to colour most of the I/O ports on its new boards red gaming, theres no doubt Llano is set to offer an excellent valueand this would be one of the major changes in terms of the proposition.aesthetics. Microsoft releases tool to simplify development on Windows Phone 7 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-releases-tool-to-simplify- development-on-windows-phone-7/12012.html May 3rd, 2011 Everyone knows that the size of its online app repository is one of the biggest factors that decides whether an operatingNext up we have the Z68A-D3 (a non ultra durable 3 board system designed for use on a highly mobile, networked devicejudging by the model name), the Z68X-UD3H (with HDMI such as a smartphone or slate PC will be able to hold its ownport?), the Z68A-D3H (again missing ultra durable 3, but most against the likes of the competition currently available on thelikely with HDMI) and finally the Z68MX-UD2H and Z68MX- market. And with Microsofts Windows Phone 7 being widelyD2H, two mATX boards (the latter without ultra durable 3, considered as a late entry to the competition, it is only prudentboth most likely with HDMI). that growing its app repository is one of Microsofts priorities in order to ensure the attractiveness of its platform. So whatWere not quite sure what the difference between the X and is the Redmond giants answer to that problem? Simple: tothe A in the model name, as the A used to signify USB 3.0 20
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonerelease an API which supposedly makes it easier for Androidand iOS developers to port their apps over to the Windows Makers To Demo Intel X79Phone 7 ecosystem. Boards at COMPUTEX 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/makers-to-demo-intel-x79-boards-at- computex-2011/12011.html May 3rd, 2011There is no denying that Microsoft has been gathering quitea fair bit of positive reviews in the press for doing manythings right in recent years, especially when one considers Since Intel Z68 Express chipset is coming out aroundthe fact that major software applications such as Windows 7, the corner, motherboard makers has turned their attention toOffice 2010, Windows Phone 7 and Internet Explorer 9 were the X79 Express chipset and planned to showcase the boardsall released to major fanfare. This is especially true for the during COMPUTEX Taipei 2011. If you are lucky enough, youcase of Windows Phone 7 where, in spite of its lack of age can catch some running demos somewhere. Intel X79 boardsas compared to the other two major smartphone operating will be ready as early as August and Sandy Bridge-E processorsystems on the market, has been praised by many for its well about a month after. Lets take a closer look at what this highthought-out user interface, remarkable performance and more end desktop chipset and Sandy Bridge-E processor have toimportantly, tightly integrated services with the Windows Live offer.and Xbox Live ecosystems.However, as impressive as Windows Phone 7 may be, it stillcomes with its own set of shortcomings, and its rather smallapp repository known as the Windows Marketplace is probablythe biggest flaw, especially when it is common knowledgethat the number of downloadable apps available can makeor break an entire mobile platform. Clearly, Microsoft isaware of the problem, and has since moved to court Androidand iOS developers with the release of a Windows Phone 7Interoperability website, which contains a set of tools and APIsthat are reportedly designed to make it easier for them tofamiliarize themselves with the Windows Phone 7 platform. Since Intel Z68 Express chipset is coming out around the corner, motherboard makers has turned their attention to the X79 Express chipset and planned to showcase the boards during COMPUTEX Taipei 2011. If you are lucky enough, you can catch some running demos somewhere. Intel X79 chipset is codenamed Patsburg-HEDT PCH and its processor is codenamed Sandy Bridge-E and together they form the Waimea Bay platform, a two-chip solution. Intel X79 boards will be ready as early as August and Sandy Bridge-E processor about a month after.In addition to the downloadable tools and APIs needed Lets take a closer look at what this high end desktop chipsetto craft a working application on the Windows Phone 7 and Sandy Bridge-E processor have to offer.operating system, the Windows Phone 7 Interoperabiitywebsite also contains other developer-centric resources. For Sandy Bridge-E CPU Feature Overviewexample, white papers and information on various othersubjects, such as the porting of apps from iOS to Windows • Up to 6 cores and 12 threadsPhone 7, Human Interface guidelines to adhere to during • 32-KB instruction and 32-KB data L1 cache per coredevelopment, and code samples are available as well. If that • 256-KB shared instruction/data L2 cache per corehas gotten the developer in you interested, the WindowsPhone 7 Interoperability website can be reached at http:// • Up to 15 MB L3 cache (up to 2.5 MB per core) sharedwindowsphone.interoperabilitybridges.com/ among all cores • Up to 40 PCIe Gen 3 Lanes (2x16 & 1x8) • 4 lanes of DMI2/PCI Express 2.0 interface • 4 Channels DDR3-1600 (1 DIMM per Channel) 21
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 (thermal control is the only limiter) • 130W TDP • LGA2011 SocketSandy Bridge-E comes in 3 SKUs : • Sandy Bridge Extreme Edition : 6 cores / 12 threads, 3.3GHz clock, 15MB L3 cache (2.5MB per core), Max. OC • Sandy Bridge E : 6 cores / 12 threads, 3.2GHz clock, 12MB L3 cache (2MB per core), Max. OC • Sandy Bridge E : 4 cores / 8 threads, 3.6GHz clock, 10MB L3 cache (2.5MB per core), Limited OCIntel X79 Express Chipset (Patsburg-HEDT) Overview Patty Bullion, a mother-of-three lives in Lester, Alabama, near the border with Tennessee. Fortunately, her area was spared • 10 SATA 6Gbps ports with SAS capability from the devastating effects of the tornado. Patty Bullion watched as the wind blew debris right into her backyard. • 4 SATA 3Gps ports family photos, a diploma, baby pictures, yearbook pages from • PCIe 3.0 x4 uplink for dedicated storage bandwidth a town miles away started accumulating in her backyard. • 8 PCIe 2.0 lanes It was then that she felt that these items were memories which • 14 USB 2.0 ports ought to be reunited with their owners and hence she setup a page on Facebook. "Pictures and Documents found after the • Integrated Gigabit Ethernet MAC (Lewisville PHY) April 27, 2011 Tornadoes," has been "liked" by nearly 50,000 • Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise 3.0 people in just hours after it was setup. o SAS RAID support (0/1/10) Bullion said that at least 40 items have been returned to their owners so far. o SAS Expander support SATA RAID support (0/1/10/5) COMPUTEX Dates : May 31 to o Write Journaling June 4 2011 (Register Now!) o o Open Source Linux support Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/computex-dates--may-31-to- • 100MHz BCLK june-4-2011-register-now-/12007.html • Supports processor, memory and chipset overclocking May 3rd, 2011 • Supports Intel Extreme Tuning Utility 3.0 (XTU) May 31st – June 3rd 2011 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM June 4th 2011 9:30 AM.– 4:00 PM COMPUTEX TAIPEI • 8-layer PCB, 2oz copper recommended is going all out to stage an amazing ICT extravaganza with 1,800+ exhibitors to use 5,200+ booths that targets a record- breaking 36,000+ international buyers. Registration forDigital Lost and Found , buyers and media is now officially opened! Upon completinga Meaningful Way to use the Pre-Registration form, all buyers will receive a BUYER’S BADGE and an Official Directory of all the firms taking partFacebook in COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2011. And upon arrival in Taiwan, theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/digital-lost-and-found--a-meaningful- organizer will send you a special illustrated Taiwan Touristway-to-use-facebook/12010.html Map to your hotel room.May 3rd, 2011 ASUS E35M1-M PRO Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-e35m1-m-pro-review/11549.html May 3rd, 2011After tornados hit Alabama in the U.S., many homes have beendestroyed. For the survivors, losing precious memories addsinsult to their injuries. A lady has found an excellent use forFacebook, digital "lost and found". Read on. In this review, we will be looking at another AMD Brazos platform motherboard from ASUS, the E35M1-M PRO. This board is pretty much the same as the E35M1-I DELUXE which 22
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonewe reviewed not too long ago, less the WiFi feature and with SLI will be reintroduced in new AMD-based motherboards;an additional number of expansion slots. Does a larger form Panasonic launches new LUMIX cameras for the consumer;factor translate to better performance? How will it fair against The latest version of AMDs Catalyst driver, 11.4, gets stackedits smaller counterpart? Lets find out! up against older drivers such as the 11.4 betas and last months 11.3 driver; A new trailer for the upcoming Star WarsIn this review, we will be looking at another AMD Brazos MMORPG game, The Old Republic, has been released, thisplatform motherboard from ASUS, the E35M1-M PRO. This time containing information about character progression forboard is pretty much the same as the E35M1-I DELUXE dark siders keen on taking up the mantle of the Sith Warriors,which we reviewed not too long ago, less the WiFi feature and and Japans most popular virtual idol, Hatsune Miku, has beenwith an additional number of expansion slots. The E35M1- confirmed to be getting a new DLC for her game title, ProjectM PRO here today has a mATX form factor, compared to Diva.the DELUXEs Mini-ITX. Does a larger form factor translateto better performance? How will it fair against its smaller Hardware newscounterpart? Lets find out! Intel SSD 510 Series 120GB Review Description: Having surpassed some of the best SSDs weve tested, we were left to wonder if the Vertex 3 would remain unattested in the short-term. With Crucials M4 shaping up to be a mainstream drive, who else could rise to the challenge? We may have an answer to that question today as we test the closest thing the Vertex 3 has to competition: Intels new flagship SSD 510 Series. Patriot LX Pro 32GB Class 10 SDHC Memory Card Review @Hi Tech Legion Description: This is not unlike the weight classes in boxing, where the categories below 200lbs are tightly defined but weight differences beyond the Heavyweight class can be widely disparate. A 210lb fighter for example will be in the same weight class as a 320lb boxer, but a 160lb fighter cannot fight aSimple packaging design for the ASUS E35M1-M PRO. 154lb pugilist. In terms of SD speed rating, as long as a memory card can sustain a minimum write speed of 10MB/s, it is given a Class 10 rating. TRENDnet TPL-401E2K 500Mbps Powerline Adapter Kit Review @ Real World Labs Description: The TRENDnet TPL-401E2K is a 500Mbps, IEEE 1901 compliant Gigabit Ethernet Powerline adapter kit and although we were unable to achieve its advertised speed it still managed to outperform all similar Powerline kits we have used to date. ARM thinks it can get AMD to drop x86, good luck with that Description: British chip designer ARM is working on AMD toA long list of features here, including ASUS Energy Processing drop x86 from its line-up. ARM wants AMD to license ARMUnit (EPU), USB 3.0 support, HDMI output and the use of only processors and use them instead of the x86 architecture. Sosolid capacitors. far ARM has been quite good at persuading people to give it some ground. ASRock reveals more about AMDs new AM3+ socket Description: Motherboard maker ASRock has published aThe Daily VR-Zone News guide to AM3+ motherboards which lets slip a few tradeSummary - 29 April 2011 secrets that AMD would not be too happy about. The guide warns that the forthcoming Socket AM3+ CPU fitted toSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--29- a Socket AM3 motherboard may not be stable enough toapril-2011/12005.html provide reliable computing. This would pour chilled waterMay 3rd, 2011 on those who would think that the AM3+ socket would be backwards compatable with any AM3 motherboard that has the necessary BIOS update. The Kingston SSDNow V+100 96GB SSD Upgrade BundleIn todays news roundup: ARM is reportedly trying its best to @Hi Tech Legionconvinve AMD that dropping support for the x86 architecture Description: The Kingston SSDNow V+100 96GB Upgradeand licensing ARM processor achitectures for use is in the Bundle features everything you need to make the jump fromlatters best interests; NVIDIA has announced that support for your current spindle drive to SSD technology. At the heart of 23
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethe Kingston SSDNow V+100 96GB Upgrade bundle is the 2.5” memories of all photo-worthy occasions. The LUMIX DMC-SATA II SSD featuring MLC NAND flash memory components TZ20 is the ultimate travel companion; the LUMIX DMC-FT3and a Toshiba controller for blazing throughput speeds. With allows more outdoor excitement for adventure-seekers; theRead and Write throughputs rated for 230 and 180 MB/s LUMIX DMC-FX78 hybrid camera is the perfect answer torespectively, the SSDNow V+100 is capable of application those who want to have it all; and the new-to-market LUMIXperformance up to 5x that of a 5400rpm spindle HDD. S-Series redefines simplicity as it adds style and smartness to the equation.SLI Support Returning To AMD MotherboardsDescription: As gamers we know how important it is to AMD Catalyst 11.4 Windows 7 Driver Analysisfind the best price-performance ratio when building a new Description: Unless youve been living under a rock, you wouldrig. For several years, gamers have been clamouring for us know that the release of the Catalyst 11.4s has been anticipatedto reintroduce SLI support for AMD motherboards, and as as one of the most significant ones from AMD in many months.hard as it may be to believe, SLI was first seen on AMD Weve actually been using the 11.4 driver for months in themotherboards in fact, but as the years went by AMD’s stature form of the HD 6990 Beta and new models that launched afteras the preferred platform for gamers fell by the wayside. the HD 6990 carried with them slightly modified versions ofHowever, due to the increasing abundance of affordable, the 11.4. Today, though, weve got a WHQL version and wellhigh performance kit across all aspects of the industry, and of course be comparing it to the 11.3 driver which while wecontinued calls for the reintroduction of SLI support for AMD thought was better than the 11.2s, wasnt as much of a standmotherboards, we figured that now is a great time to do it. out as the 11.4 betas that wed been using.After all, we want to make sure that gamers can benefit from Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 Preview: Both Tablet andthe new competitive CPU landscape and to ensure that their Netbook @ InsideHWexisting SLI setups can be utilised in all systems, and that new Description: In the torrent of tablet devices appearing on thebuyers can make use of NVIDIA SLI, the highest performance, world market, it’s increasingly difficult to spot extraordinarymost stable multi-GPU solution. products. After making friends with the development versionNZXT H2 Silent Classic Review @ XSReviews.co.uk of ASUS’ Transformer tablet, you may rest assured that youDescription: NZXT broke into the case industry with their won’t miss it easily. Its excellent production quality and aLexa Blackline chassis, a design that quickly became a classic. seamless match of its two sections, as well as a stunning userToday we’re reviewing something that’s uses that moniker in interface (Android 3.0) and extraordinary concept, all makeits name, the NZXT Classic H2 Silent. It comes with a fancy for something to capture your attention for an extended periodfront panel, some great fan features and sound proofing in the of time…side panels. Chrome OS “ZGB” Netbook And Potential “Seaboard” TabletConsumer Electronics and Software news Surface In Bug Reports Description: Recent bug reports within the Chromium testingVideo Chat on Your Android Phone community have turned up a couple new devices runningDescription: Sometimes, the expressions on a persons face Chrome OS. There’s the expected netbook from Acer, differentcan mean much more than what they say. To help you stay from the ZGA we saw a while back, and a mystery devicein touch with your friends and family, we’re launching Google referred to as Seaboard that may or may not be a Chrome OSTalk with video and voice chat for Android phones. You tablet.can now video or voice chat with your friends, family andcolleagues right from your Android phone, whether they’re on Gaming newstheir compatible Android tablet or phone, or using Gmail with Hatsune Miku Project Diva 2.5 AnnouncedGoogle Talk on their computer. You can make calls over a 3G Description: This coming Fall, we will be seeing a new updateor 4G data network (if your carrier supports it) or over Wi-Fi. to Hatsune Miku: Project Diva on the PSP, it is the sameSonys Bloggie 3D camcorder now shipping for $249 Project Diva 2nd that we know of but a major DLC update toDescription: Sonys Bloggie 3D flip-style camcorder is now version 2.5 (tentative name). The new update will consist ofshipping for $249.99. The Bloggie 3D can record 1080p 3D new songs and modules for the vocaloids. Pricing has yet to bevideos via its two sensors/lenses. It also has a 2.4" glasses-free confirmed.3D LCD. Feel the Power of the Dark Side in the Star Wars: The OldGuinness World Records(tm) confirmes that LG Optimus 2X Republic Sith Progression Traileris worlds First Mobile Phone to Use a Dual-core Processor Description: Its a safe bet hundreds of thousands of gamersDescription: LG Electronics’ (LG) LG Optimus 2X smartphone will embrace the Dark side in EAs anticipated Star Warshas been confirmed by Guinness World Records™ as the MMO, The Old Republic, and developer BioWare does nothingworld’s First Mobile Phone to Use a Dual-core Processor. This to dissuade would-be Darth Vaders today with a classtechnological leap gives the LG Optimus 2X a faster, more progression overview for Sith Warriors.powerful performance, and robust multimedia entertainmentfeatures.Panasonics latest LUMIX additions: power-packed camerasfor all occasionsDescription: Panasonic has unveiled four new additions to itsrange of esteemed LUMIX digital cameras, making for more 24
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone i7-2630QM processor should make things a little bit moreMSIs GX780 gaming notebook interesting alongside the fact that MSI has added four SO-has SteelSeries keyboard and DIMM slots, so the GX780 can pack up to 16GB of DDR3 memory. Add to that the option of fitting a pair of hard drivesmore ranging from a pair of 320GB 5,400rpm drives to a couple ofSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-s-gx780-gaming-notebook-has- 750GB 7,200rpm drives, or why not a couple of user upgradedsteelseries-keyboard-and-more/12006.html SSD drives?May 3rd, 2011These days there are quite a few so called gaming notebooksto choose from on the market, ranging from fairly affordableprices to really insane prices. MSIs new GX780 model is likelyto end up in the expensive category, although not the insanelyexpensive category. That said, the GX780 looks set to be worththe asking price, at least if its as good as MSIs older GT6x0-series of notebooks. Other more rudimentary features include an optical drive (Blu-ray optional), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet,These days there are quite a few so called gaming notebooks Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, a memory card reader and a 720pto choose from on the market, ranging from fairly affordable webcam. Connectivity options include an HDMI 1.4 port, a D-prices to really insane prices. MSIs new GX780 model is likely sub port, three USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an eSATAto end up in the expensive category, although not the insanely port and three audio jacks. Overall, were so far looking at aexpensive category. That said, the GX780 looks set to be worth very decent notebook in terms of pure specifications, but thisthe asking price, at least if its as good as MSIs older GT6x0- isnt even the selling points of the GX780, something whichseries of notebooks. may come as a surprise.The GX780 is a massive 17.3-inch notebook which weighs inat a not entirely inconsiderable 3.9kg which makes it more ofa luggable computer than an easy to bring with you notebook.That said, this includes a 9-cell battery, but not the 120Wpower adapter that youll also have to bring with if youre goingto want to get any kind of game time out of it. Then again,its still going to weigh far less than any comparable desktopsystem with a screen, so the tradeoff is pretty reasonable if thisis the kind of system youd want. For starters, MSI has teamed up with SteelSeries to design a unique gamer specific keyboard for the GX780, or at least thats the marketing spiel and as we have yet to see the notebook or try out the keyboard, well reserve our judgment as to how good the keyboard is as a gaming keyboard. However, it does have a couple of unique features, the first one being what MSI calls the keyboard LED manager, or KLM. This allows the user to set the colour of the keyboard backlight LEDs and theres no less than 29 different colours to choose from. If this still isnt good enough, then a combination of theThe large screen means that you can also get a decent colours can be set up for various segments of the keyboards,resolution panel and MSI will offer the GX780 with either a or they can be set to circulate in either a "breathing mode" or1600x900 or a 1920x1080 LED backlit panel. Were not sure a "wave mode".if the GeForce GT 555M with 1GB of GDDR5 graphics memoryis going to be enough to drive the full HD display as this 96shader GPU doesnt appear to have the oomph needed for thelatest games at high resolution. At least the quad core Core 25
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone a GT780 and hopefully well see a bit more powerful graphics card in it, although there are no details as to when it will arrive. ASUS Eee Pad Transformer available in Singapore next week Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-eee-pad-transformer-available-in- singapore-next-week/12003.html May 3rd, 2011For whatever reason, MSI also went through the trouble tomove the Windows key to the right hand side of the spacebar to prevent it to be accidentally pressed during gameplay.Oddly enough the Fn key is left in its place and this can at leastin theory cause just as much of a problem on a notebook if Remember the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer preorder news lastpressed in combination with the wrong key. The keyboard also week whereby 100 units of the tablet was sold out within threesupports 10 keys to be pressed simultaneously which should hours? Well, this afternoon, ASUS Singapore held a mediabe more than enough for your average gamer, although its not event to officially launch the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. Andclear if this is across the entire keyboard or as is sometimes the you can get your hands on one from 3 May, next week.case, limited to a selection of keys per area of the keyboard.MSI also claims that the GX780 keyboard offers better tactilefeedback than your average notebook keyboard with a "solidrebound" to make for an overall better gaming experience. Bernard Wen, business operation manager, ASUS, said that the company has hit their historical high in Singapore for the revenue and number of shipment for notebooks and netbooks in Q1 this year.Then theres the speakers. If youve heard the speakers in "It was quite sudden that tablet PC has become popular amongMSIs GT6x0 series notebooks, then youll know what were end users. We are coming with this new product, with the aimtalking about, if you havent, well then lets us explain. MSI to give more choices for consumers when they are out to buyteamed up with a Danish speaker specialist called DynAudio a tablet PC with more functionalities. We dont try to developfor the original GT660 notebook and the audio quality of the a tablet PC with one model to sell throughout the year. Wespeakers are as far as weve experienced unprecedented for shorten the product life cycle but provide more range for thea notebook. In all fairness, a 15.6-inch notebook has a lot of consumers to choose from."space for speakers and a 17.3-inch notebook has even more The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer that will be selling next weekspace, but even compared to the Bang Olufsen speakers in is a Wi-Fi only model, but according to Wen, the companyAsus monster N90JC notebook, the DynAudio speakers are in will bring in the 3G model in the coming months. The 16GBa league of their own. model will retail at S$699, while the 32GB model (comingWe dont want to go out on a limb here and say that the GX780 in third week of May) will sell at S$799. The 16GB Eee Padwill be the greatest gaming notebook ever, as we dont have Transformer with docking station will be selling at S$799the faintest idea as to how it performs, but we have a feeling during this promotional period (U.P. S$898).that itll be a very compelling product for the price. If itsanything like the GT6x0 series then it should be one to add toyour shortlist if youre looking for a gaming notebook of theslightly larger kind. Apparently MSI is also planning to release 26
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSerene Chiew, country manager of ASUS Singapore, gave The Eee Pad Transformer feels extremely solid, unlike somea demonstration on the various features of the Eee Pad of the tablets on the market which gave a plasticky feel. ItTransformer. is powered by Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, features a 10.1-inch (1280x800) display, 5-megapixel rear and 1.2-megapixel front cameras, and runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb.The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer comes with anoptional docking station which offers the keyboard forconvenience of typing messages and touchpad for moving theonscreen cursor. The docking station also charges the tablet The power and volume control buttons are located at the top.when it is docked. The tablet also comes with mini HDMI, audio jack and docking connector port. A certain smartphone review: LG Optimus 2X the power Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/a-certain-smartphone-review-lg- optimus-2x-the-power/11920.html May 3rd, 2011On the right of the docking station holds the memory cardreader and a USB port. The opposite side holds the power and Most die-hard traditionalists who swear by their notebookUSB connectors. and desktop PCs will disagree wholeheartedly, but the truth is the rapid advancement of processor technology has resulted in what was formerly nothing more than a simple, low- powered telecommunications device evolving into the mobile computing tool of choice for many. And with smartphones now sporting hardware specifications that are seemingly capable of giving entry-level PCs like netbooks and nettops a run for their money, there is no better time like now to see just how capable they can be with the right hardware. Which is exactly what we 27
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneare going to do for this review with the worlds first dual-core HDMI support Output only via mini-HDMIsmartphone, the LG Optimus 2X. Wireless connectivity Bluetooth 2.1, SmartShare via DLNA, WiFi (802.11b/g/n) JCE unveils high definition mobile social game "Rule the Sky" for Apple iPad Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/jce-unveils-high-definition-mobile- social-game-rule-the-sky-for-apple-ipad/12002.html May 3rd, 2011The next time you are out on the streets or commuting onpublic transport, spend a few minutes to study the peoplearound you and one should come to the (very late) conclusionthat the old dumbphone of yesteryear is well on its way toextinction in todays digital world. Which would make perfect JCE has announced their first mobile social game, "Rule thesense if one stops to think about it; after all, being constantly Sky", in US two weeks ago. And the company has launched theconnected to the online world 24 hours a day and seven days high definition version of the game for the Apple iPad. "Rulea week is now a necessity, and any tool that can achieve that the Sky" is available for download in the Apple Store.need is definitely going to be highly sought after by both the JCE has announced the launch of the high definition versionsocial networker and the busy professional. of ‘Rule the Sky,’ the first mobile social game which wasThat being said, not all smartphones are capable of bringing introduced on 14 April for iPad in the United States throughthe power of the Internet to the user without making some Apple Store.compromises in experience, and that is the reason OEMsfind themselves caught in the race for superior performancein the form of up-to-date hardware and enhanced user ‘Rule the Sky’ is a mobile social network game which youinterfaces. Needless to say, the LG Optimus 2X is no can play with friends, moving around their islands with theexception; after all, this was the worlds first smartphone to primary concept of cultivating ‘Flotia,’ your own island floatingfeature a powerful NVIDIA Tegra system-on-a-chip (SoC) that in the sky. It has charming graphics that give the impressionsupposedly promised users a whole dollop of awesomeness. of an animation and the game is highly acclaimed by usersBut is having high-end hardware all that is needed to make the across the world.smartphone a better tool for satisfying ones needs? We shallsee.Before that, here is a quick list of the LG Optimux The new version of ‘Rule the Sky,’ which is optimized for the2Xs technical specifications for your reference: 9.7-inch wide display, can uniquely sharpen details of graphicsLG Optimus 2X P990 as the screen is enlarged, maximizing its strength. And it addsTechnical Specifications to the fun of the game as users can enjoy high definitionBundled Operating System Android 2.2 (Froyo), with graphics in wider display. upgrade path to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)Processor and Chipset NVIDIA Tegra 2 with dual- Now that its versions for iPhone and iPad became available core processor clocked at through Apple Store in the United States, the version of ‘Rule 1GHz the Sky’ for Android phones will be launched globally soon.Frequency Bands UTMS Tri-band, HSDPA 10.2 On its global launch, the company will add German, FrenchDisplay 4" TFT 16M (800 x 480) and Spanish language versions to the existing Korean, English, WVGA Chinese and Japanese versions.Cameras 8.0-megapixel Rear-Facing Auto-Focus Camera + 1.3- megapixel (wide) Front- Facing Camera The version of ‘Rule the Sky’ for iPad can be downloadedMemory and SD card support 8GB internal memory + by searching ‘Rule the Sky’ (either in Korean or English) support for microSD cards of after accessing to Apple Store in the United States and other up to 32GB countries (except Korea and Brazil). 28
    • May 3rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Consumer Electronics and Software news Description: The BlackBerry PlayBook is RIMs entry intoFor the ‘Rule the Sky’ for iPad, visit (http://itunes.apple.com/ the burgeoning tablet market that is currently dominated byapp/rule-the-sky-for-ipad/id432449974?mt=8) Apple. It faces a stiff competition from the iPad and the various Android tablets that are just now coming to market. Does RIMThe Daily VR-Zone News have what it takes to compete at this level of consumer tablet?Summary - 28 April 2011 Description: The rumor mill is adding more fuel to the reports that Apple is prepping its own online music and media storageSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--28- service with news that the company allegedly purchased theapril-2011/11998.html icloud.May 3rd, 2011 Description: The launch of Apples iPhone 4 in a white casing generated a long line of Chinese customers outside one of the companys stores in Beijing on Thursday. Description: With their latest 5.1 USB Surround Headset featuring high build quality and near excellent audio reproduction Sandberg is going up against the best in the fieldIn todays news roundup: AMD bringing Microsoft to their but can their offering stand up to the challenge?recently announced Fusion Developer Conference makes Description: The factor that seperates out the Razer Chimaerasense. ARM? The ASUS Rampage III Black Edition X58 from most other headsets is that it’s wireless. To enable thismotherboard is ripe with overclocking features and exclusive Razer have created a pretty fancy looking wireless transmittergaming technologies ; BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet review. that stands tall in an inverted T shape of glossy black plastic.Does RIM have what it takes to compete at this level ofconsumer tablet? Apple has allegedly purchased the icloud. Is Description: When Kate Middleton and Prince William kissthe company prepping its own online music and media storage on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Friday afternoon, allservice ?. Duke Nukem Forever is coming to Singapore on 10 bloody hell could break loose online.June 2011. Get teady to kill some aliens; and Valve plans to Gaming newslaunch Portal 2 DLC this summer . Description: It has been a 15-year wait but soon, the wait willHardware news be over. Duke Nukem Forever will be launching in SingaporeDescription: AMD bringing Microsoft to their recently on 10 June 2011 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windowsannounced Fusion Developer Conference makes sense. ARM? PC.Well, it gives a nice insight into where AMDs Fusion Description: If the stellar campaign and cooperative modeAPU strategy could take them, powered by a heterogeneous werent enough, players will have another reason to revisitcompute platform: OpenCL. action title Portal 2 this summer.Description: When USB 3.0 was announced it seemed natural Description: Its the engine thats powered some of the best offor USB flash drives to take advantage of the additional gaming for 20 years - so lets take a look back at the history ofbandwidth. Mach Extreme Technologies is a new company iD Tech.that is looking to make a name and they are doing so with theirMX-GX USB 3.0 thumb drives.Description: The Rampage III Black Edition comes in mutedred and mostly black colored layout but keeps the aggressiveROG styling. The Rampage III Black Edition is ripe withoverclocking features and exclusive gaming technologies,including the ASUS Thunderbolt LAN/Audio card combo,Extreme Engine DIGI+, BCLK Enhance, QPI/PCIe Tuning,GPU DIMM Post, etc.Description: Crocus announced that they have successfullydeveloped their 2nd generation MRAM products, using SVTCTechnologies production ready tools. The company says thattheir MRAM technology can be scalable to 90nm, 65nm andsmaller, and offers high speed, reliability, and reduced powerconsumption.Description: Equipped with 8 expansion slots, the PC-V1020will support SLI and Crossfire allowing 305mm (12") graphicscards, the PC-V1020 also has a removable motherboard tray,support for lots of storage options and 3 preinstalled coolingfans - 120mm and 140mm. 29
    • May 5th, 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.Sony Ericsson announces theXperia mini and mini proSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-announces-the-xperia-mini-and-mini-pro/12077.htmlMay 5th, 2011 But where things really counts is in the internals and here Sony Ericsson has pulled out all the stops, at least as far as the CPU is concerned and we’re looking at a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU here, although we’re not sure which specificRumours about an Xperia X10 mini pro2 have been circulating model, as Sony Ericsson doesn’t tend to mention this in itsfor a while and today Sony Ericsson announced no less than press releases. We’re also looking at 512MB of RAM this time,two new mini handsets, the Xperia mini and the Xperia mini although you only get a paltry 320MB of storage memory. Thatpro, of which the latter ended up being rumoured handset in said, Sony Ericsson throws in a 2GB micro SD card in the boxquestion. However, the rumours turned out to be not quite which is better than nothing.spot on this time around, which is a good thing as it happensas Sony Ericsson’s new handsets have more on offer than the Other features of note include the rear 5 Megapixel camerarumours suggested. with 720p video recording, an f2.6 lens and of course auto focus, an LED flash/video light and a ton of software features like touch to focus. There’s also a front facing VGA cameraRumours about an Xperia X10 mini pro2 have been circulating for video calls for those that care about it. Then there’s offor a while and today Sony Ericsson announced no less than course Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, aGPS, FM radio, USB connectivity,two new mini handsets, the Xperia mini and the Xperia mini DLNA support and a 3.5mm audio jack. Nothing really out ofpro, of which the latter ended up being rumoured handset in the ordinary there, but everything you’d expected to find on aquestion. However, the rumours turned out to be not quite modern smartphone is accounted for.spot on this time around, which is a good thing as it happensas Sony Ericsson’s new handsets have more on offer than therumours suggested.Let’s start with the main difference between the two handsets,the Xperia mini pro has a slide-out QWERTY keyboards, theXperia mini doesn’t. With that bit over, we can carry on tothe rest of the details. Both handsets have a 3in display witha resolution of 480x320 pixels with capacitive multi-touchand scratch-resistant mineral glass. This might seem a bit onthe small side, but it’s an upgrade over the Xperia X10 mini/pro, both of which only had a 2.55in screen with 320x240resolution. Sony Ericsson has kitted out both handsets with Android 2.3, although it has a custom UI which will be familiar to users of 1
    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSony Ericsson’s previous mini phones with four icons in thecorners of the screen. Both models are fully HSDPA/HSUPAcompatible, although once again no details as to which speedsare supported were provided. Sony Ericsson claims a talk timeof up to 5h 40min on 2G and 5h 25min on 3G for the Xperiamini pro and 4h 30min on 2G and 3G for the Xperia mini,although oddly enough both models have the same 1200mAhbattery which makes this seem odd.The Xperia mini pro measures 92x53x18mm (HxWxD)and weighs in at 136g while the Xperia mini measures88x52x16mm (HxWxD) and weighs in at 94g. Both models willcome with a wired headset, a 2GB micro SD card, a micro USBcable and a charger. The Xperia mini will be available in black,white, blue and pink, while the Xperia mini pro will come in "Radio is the oldest broadcast media, over hundred years,black, white, pink and turquoise. Sony Ericsson is hoping to and it still connects in ways that other media dont. Samsunghave both models out in retail sometime in Q3. has been an incredible friend along this journey and this is just the beginning. This is version 1.0. RADIOactive provides proprietary stream the lowest possible quality bitrate withSamsung and RADIOactive the highest possible quality sound. We also built in a lot ofintroduced SONAR radio social features (including Facebook etc)." remarked Andrew Crother, founder and managing director of RADIOactive Ptestreaming Android App Ltd.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-and-radioactive-introduced-sonar-radio-streaming-android-app/12075.htmlMay 5th, 2011This evening, Samsung and RADIOactive Pte Ltd announcedthe new mobile radio streaming app, SONAR. SONAR will bepreloaded on all new Samsung mobile devices and available onthe Android market. The SONAR app is preloaded on the latest Samsung mobile devices and available on both Android and BADA platform. Aside from playing from the Internet radio, you can also share the songs on Facebook, Twitter and even via email.Listeners can also receive regular updates on lifestyle news on music, fashion and events, and even vote for their favorite songs."What is Samsung doing with SONAR? Samsung Mobile hasalways been known as a hardware company; we make greatphones. But nowadays, the competition isnt about phonesanymore. Its about the stuff that goes into phones, theapplications, content and services that these phones can helpyou in your daily life. SONAR is an Internet radio stationand ash a lot of cool things inside," said Winston Goh, productmarketing at Samsung Asia . On the Samsung Wave Bada phone, the SONAR has the same user interface as the Android version. SONAR is available for downlaod from facebook.sonar.sg for all Android and Bada mobile devices. 2
    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneHere are some more pics of the Samsung ladies:- connection to provide "a standardized way of connecting chips inside a smartphone or computer"; Rumour has it that RIM is working on a 10-inch variant of its PlayBook tablet; LG has reportedly declined an invitation to join an independent licensing and patent group for Blu Ray technology due to its intentions of pursuing litigation on the matter; Nintendo has confirmed that the Wii will indeed be given a price cut which will take effect later this month on May 15, and EA claims that the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG should be ready for an official launch any time between July and December this year. Hardware news The Best Budget & Mainstream Processors Description: Choosing a CPU platform is usually the first thing you do when building your own computer. If youve been following our reviews and always-fresh desktop PC buying guide you probably already have a good idea of the current landscape: Intel introduced their Sandy Bridge processors at the beginning of the year, bringing unparalleled performance and improved power consumption, while AMD has little to compete with above the $125 mark -- though that might change soon. OCZ Technology Vertex 3 120GB Retail Solid State Drive Review Description: We plan to see a huge number of SandForce 2000 Series SSDs this year. SandForce has added even more partners in 2011, Intel being one of them. Even though Big Blue will take a shot at fame with a SandForce 2000 Series product, the Vertex 3 will still be the benchmark in which all others are compared. OCZ has dominated the consumer SSD market for the last several years and transitioned from a company making several products into a company whose primary role is solid state drives. AMD Radeon HD 6770/6750 Rebranding @ Rage3D.com Description: April 28 saw the Retail launch of the AMD Radeon HD 6770 and 6750, using the Juniper GPU core from the HD 5770 and 5750. Yep, it is a technology update using rebranded cards for that ever-so important Blu-ray 3D compatibility. We have some thoughts on the whys and wherefores on such a move, and try to find a ray of light in this dark, foreboding move.The Daily VR-Zone News Xigmatek Pantheon Mid Tower Chassis ReviewSummary - 5 May 2011 Description: The history of the continual burning and damage to the building play into this review in an odd way, so I willSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--5- continue on the path that the Pantheon name might still bemay-2011/12076.html guarded by these Roman gods. The package I received fromMay 5th, 2011 Xigmatek looks like it had the wrath of something inflicted on it during shipping; I can only hope at this point that the chassis inside is in fair enough condition to show you what the chassis offers... Crucial Ballistix Sport PC3-12800 8GB Kit Review Description: Weve got a few kits well be looking at over the coming weeks, but the first one comes from Crucial today andIn todays news roundup: Techspot draws up a list of what it is part of the much loved Ballistix series. This ones a littlehas identified as the "best budget and mainstream processors" different, though. Within the Ballistix series weve seen otherwhich casual enthusiasts should look out for when assembing series start up like the Tracer one. Today were looking at thetheir own DIY PC; USB 3.0 may soon be given a huge boost new Ballistix Sport series and it will be interesting to see whatin market adoption, thanks to the introduction of a new exactly is on offer from the kit here today.standard which will see the interface being used as an internal 3
    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneUSB 3.0 to Debut as Chip Interconnect That is, unless they want to work with LG, which is noticeablyDescription: USB, which is the most popular standard for absent from the gang.connecting peripherals to PCs is now also going inside the box. Plantronics Gamecom X95 Xbox Review - XSReviewsA brand new specification, still under development, will, by the Description: Plantronics are perhaps known for their moreend of the year, allow USB 3.0 to be used a a standardized way professional line of audio equipment, bluetooth headsets andof connecting chips inside a smartphone or computer. other business orientated gadgets that make the suits feel likeADATA Launches New BN Series Energy Efficient Power they’re anything but the uncool people that they are. However,Supply recently Plantronics have decided to do away with this imageDescription: ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer and branch out into the gaming sector. We saw their firstof high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash outing in our recent review of the x40 headset which did veryapplication products, today announced the launch of its latest well indeed.series of power supply for personal computers. The BN Series F-Browser brings Flash to iOSis targeted towards consumer and professional users who are Description: Right now, if you want to watch Flash videoslooking for economical solutions in energy efficient power. on your iOS device, you look for an alternative website thatCorsair Updates its Builder Series Power Supplies contains iOS-friendly video, you use an alternative browserDescription: Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of such as Skyfire, or you jailbreak your iPhone and install appshigh-performance components to the PC gaming hardware that let it happen. Retina Software has just announced themarket, today announced it has updated the Builder Series launch of their new web browser – called F-Browser (wewith new CX V2 models. assume the F in its name is supposed to mean Flash).Consumer Electronics and Software news Acer 7-inch Iconia A100, A101 to arrive May 14 Description: Acer’s 7-inch Iconia A100 and A101 Android 3.0RIM Working on a 10-Inch Version of PlayBook Tablet (Honeycomb) tablets are set to arrive May 14. The devices,[RUMOR] which are already up for pre-order in the UK, come with eitherDescription: RIM plans to release a 10-inch version of a 3G + Wi-Fi (A101) or Wi-Fi-only (A100) configurations.its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet at the end of 2011, Boy Both devices run the Tegra 250 dual-core Cortex A9 processorGenius Report claims quoting multiple anonymous sources. clocked at 1GHz matched with 512MB of RAM and incorporateNo further details are known about the upcoming tablet, 8GB of memory expandable with microSDs.except for the increased screen size compared to the originalPlayBook’s screen, which measures 7 inches. Gaming newsCreative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma Gaming Headset Nintendo Will Slash Wii Price to $150 This MonthReview Description: Nintendo will officially drop the price of its WiiDescription: It was really only a matter of time before Creative, game console from $199.99 to $149.99, effective May 15.the creators of the legendary Sound Blaster line of soundcards, Details of the price drop — including the effective date —designed and manufactured a THX certified gaming headset leaked online last month and retailers like Amazon, Best Buycapable of competing with units far surpassing its price tag. and Toys R Us lowered the price on the console to $169.99 two weeks ago.Ultimate Ears 100 In-Ear Headphones Review @ Tweak.dkDescription: Ultimate Ears specializes exclusively in Section 8: Prejudice review by PC Game Examinerproducing headphones. They have in their chosen everything Description: TimeGate Studios’ Section 8: Prejudice (releasedfrom cheap headphones for 30 dollars, and almost luxurious May 4th) is an outstanding follow up to the original game andversions in price ranges up to and even above 800 dollars. well worth a spot on your roster of favorite multiplayer FPSToday we look at one of their cheap versions and see how (first person shooter) games. Best of all, its only $15.much sound you can get out of a set of in-ear headphones Star Wars: The Old Republic should launch this year - EAfor under 60 dollars. In-ear does as its name says that you Description: BioWares sci-fi MMORPG should launchhave the headphones inside the ear like earplugs. Series called between July and December, says EA Games president; EAUltimate Ears 100, where Logitech has been involved in over CFO says theres an "outside" chance for further delay.and develop. It is also possible to buy Ultimate Ears 100 onLogitechs website, but much more on this later. Now letsjump into it and look at these little headphones. Heisei To Show AndroidLG dodges Blu Ray patent group because it still wants tolitigate Powered Media Players atDescription: It seems LG is dodging joining an independent COMPUTEXlicensing company for patents essential to Blu-ray Disc Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/heisei-to-show-android-powered-products because it wants to keep litigating. Cyberlink media-players-at-computex/12074.htmlannounced that it had joined forces with Hitachi, Panasonic, May 5th, 2011Philips, Samsung and LG arch-rival Sony to form One-Blue,LLC. The idea of the consortium is to help companies inthe industry with a patent licensing service. Under the "one-stop shop" banner, potential licensees wont have to handle At computex 2011, HEISEI will show entire solution series.problems or approach respective patent owners individually. 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    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonedesigned for universal applications and long-term operation;Full-functioned IPC series equipped with different assembly GIGABYTE To Unveilfor all kinds of usage; Self service photo KIOSK, FT-8000 is Notebooks, Booktops andwith the thoughtful accessories built in, particularly supportedUSB 3.0. The latest media player HMH-701SK with android Slate at COMPUTEX 2011systems, not only plays High-definition media files, but also Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-to-unveil-notebooks-supports multitudes of Android apps. booktops-and-slate-at-computex-2011/12073.html May 5th, 2011After experienced successful showcase at CES and Cebit 2011, GIGABYTE is thrilled to introduce a fantastic lineup ofHEISEI expected to further displayed at Computex to share innovative notebook computers at COMPUTEX 2011. Excitingbrilliant concepts and innovative technology. Just feel free to products to be showcased include the P2532 3D and Fulljoin us. HD multimedia notebooks, the S1080 slate pc, the Booktop™Complete Solutions Offered T1125P, the Booktop™ M2432, as well as several other outstanding models.At computex 2011, HEISEI will show entire solution series.All-in-one touch POS terminals with Intel® technology aredesigned for universal applications and long-term operation;Full-functioned IPC series equipped with different assembly GIGABYTE is thrilled to introduce a fantastic lineup offor all kinds of usage; Self service photo KIOSK, FT-8000 is innovative notebook computers at COMPUTEX 2011. Excitingwith the thoughtful accessories built in, particularly supported products to be showcased include the P2532 3D and FullUSB 3.0. HD multimedia notebooks, the S1080 slate pc, the Booktop™ T1125P, the Booktop™ M2432, as well as several otherFurthermore, HEISEI could also offer the most satisfying and outstanding models.flexible ODM/OEM solutions. Our engineering and technicalknowledge in-house enhance products from design through P2532production. What you want is what we make, let HEISEI beyour best partner!Plentiful Computer Peripheral with USB 3.0 technologyHEISEI have made great progress in USB 3.0 field. We couldoffer all kinds of devices for your needs: Card Reader, HDDEnclosure, Host Add-on Card, Hub and Bridge. The mostdesirable products as HUU-304V3, 3 ports USB 3.0 internalhub to expand your ports and make you experience superspeeddata transfer rate. External card reader HRU-306RT withcharming checkout support five slots can accept up to 30types of media. Moreover, HPU-343VL/ HPU-344VL 4 PortsUSB 3.0 PCI Express Adapter with high-performance let usersconnect to computers well. At computex, we will show moreflexible choices for you! The P2532 is the first 15.6" multimedia notebook designedEntertainment Innovation in Media Player by GIGABYTE’s R&D team. Featuring a powerful quad-A technology breakthrough in media player has been achieved. core 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7 2630QM 2.0-2.9GHzThe latest media player HMH-701SK with android systems, processor with Intel® Turbo Boost, the P2532 delivers blazingnot only plays High-definition media files, but also supports fast performance. The notebook is equipped with numerousmultitudes of Android apps. Likewise, you can make online cutting-edge features to make it an extraordinary choice forentertainments for you requirements with best sound and multimedia enjoyment. The NVIDIA® GeForce® GT550Mimage effects on browser. Just Androidlize your TV and enjoy with 2GB VRAM provides an outstanding graphics experienceit anytime, anywhere! and has Optimus™ technology that optimizes performance for longer lasting battery life. The P2532V features NVIDIA’s 3D Vision™, which provides an extraordinary visual experience that is perfect for consuming 3D media. The P2532N sports 5
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    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The ZiiSound Dx series revolutionises the home audio system. In this revolutionary new system, wireless speakers connect independently to stereo Bluetooth devices such as the iPhone, Blackberry, Android phone, iPad or Creative ZiiO tablet, and can also be configured so more speakers are connected wirelessly to form a multi-channel home audio system. The ZiiSound Dx series also features renowned apt-X audio technology for outstanding sound quality. Unlike with traditional speaker systems, users will no longer need to purchase a fixed speaker configuration for a specific use in the home. Creative’s one-piece pure wireless modular speakers let users upgrade from a single speaker to a larger configuration by simply adding more speakers wirelessly. Flexible Placement The built-in flexibility to add or subtract speakers means the same system can have many uses. Users will now be able to create different speakers systems – ideal for music, movies andThe M1005 features an Intel® Atom™ N570 dual core games – for different rooms throughout the home. Examplesprocessor and is a premier choice for netbook computing. include a one-piece speaker for bedside music listening, a 2.1The M1005 comes with GIGABYTE’s unique docking station, speaker system for bedroom or study room for games or musicwhich allows the netbook to be placed vertically on a desk listening, and a 3.1 speaker system for living room music,saving space and providing a useful desktop experience with movies and game audio entertainmentthree additional usb ports and a VGA port. The dockingstation also includes other excellent features, including a Key Features of the ZiiSound Dx Series of Pure Wirelesspower button and a dedicated button that lets users check the Modular Speakers:battery status without undocking the computer. ZiiSound D5x (Flagship modular wireless speaker system)Creative introduces eight newproducts for the month of MaySource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/creative-introduces-eight-new-products-for-the-month-of-may/12071.htmlMay 5th, 2011Four wireless Bluetooth speakers, an MP3 player sporting aZEN-like design, and three sets of Bluetooth headsets. Andjust in case you are wondering; no, we have not lost ourmarbles and gone off rambling about random audio-related • Works with all smart devices and mobile phones that arehardware for the consumers. Rather, these are new products stereo Bluetooth compatible*which Creative will be introducing for the local market. Read • Easily upgradable for more compelling audio - allowson to find out more. wireless linking to additional ZiiSound D5x wirelessCreative Redefines Home Audio with ZiiSound Dx Series of speaker modules and ZiiSound DSx wireless subwoofersPure Wireless Modular Bluetooth Speakers • High quality wireless audio with apt-X codecIntroduces a Paradigm Shift in the Home Audio Listening • Precision volume control when used with the includedExperience BT-D5 Bluetooth transmitterSINGAPORE – 5 May 2011 – Creative Technology Ltd today • Efficient digital amplifiers and world class tuning deliverannounced the launch of a brand new category of wireless striking accuracy and detail like no otherspeakers, the ZiiSound Dx series of pure wireless modular • Allows link to ZiiSound DSx wireless subwoofer for deepspeakers. The ZiiSound Dx series consists of the ZiiSound D5x bass capability or more ZiiSound D5x speakers for stereowireless one-piece speaker, ZiiSound D3x wireless one-piece or surround applicationsspeaker and ZiiSound DSx wireless subwoofer. • Charges the iPhone or iPod while playing**Flexible Configuration 7
    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • One-piece construction to minimise vibrations for the • Works with ZiiSound D5x or ZiiSound D3x for purest audio experience extended deep bass capability Incorporates Creative’s Symmetrically Loaded Acoustic Module (SLAM) for that • Integrated AUX-In for other audio devices signature deep, tight and fast bass*Bluetooth A2DP compliant devices • Robust wireless technology allows limitless flexibility in**Via BT-D5 Bluetooth Transmitter subwoofer placementZiiSound D3x Pricing and Availability The ZiiSound D5x and the ZiiSound DSx will be available at the online store at sg.store.creative.com from end June 2011 onwards, and at The CREATIVE Stores at International Business Park and Marina Square, and authorised dealers in Singapore from mid July 2011 onwards at the following suggested retail prices: Creative ZiiSound D5x wireless modular speaker: S$399.00 Creative ZiiSound DSx wireless modular subwoofer: S$199.00 The ZiiSound D3x will be available at the online store at sg.store.creative.com from August 2011 onwards, and at the CREATIVE Stores at International Business Park and Marina • Affordable one-piece wireless modular speaker system Square, and authorised dealers in Singapore from end August made for smaller rooms 2011 onwards at the following suggested retail price: • Works with all smart devices and mobile phones that are Creative ZiiSound D3x wireless modular speaker: S$199.00 stereo Bluetooth compatible* • Easily upgradable for more compelling audio - allows wireless linking to additional ZiiSound D3x wireless Gigabyte G1. Assassin wins speaker modules and ZiiSound DSx wireless subwoofers COMPUTEX Taipei Design and • High quality wireless audio with apt-X codec Innovation Award • Efficient digital amplifiers and world class tuning deliver Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-g1.-assassin-wins-computex- striking accuracy and detail like no other taipei-design-and-innovation-award/12072.html • Allows link to ZiiSound DSx wireless subwoofer for deep May 5th, 2011 bass capability or more ZiiSound D3x speakers for stereo or surround applications • One-piece construction to minimise vibrations for the purest audio experience GIGABYTE today announced that the G1. Assassin • Integrated AUX-In for other audio devices motherboard has received the ‘Design and Innovation’ award from TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade and Development*Bluetooth A2DP compliant devices Council), the organizers of Computex 2011, in cooperationZiiSound DSx with iF International Forum Design. The GIGABYTE G1.Assassin motherboard is the first ever motherboard product to be awarded the coveted ‘Design and Innovation’ award, and was selected as the best example of unique component design, addressing the needs of elite gamers, a growing niche within the PC gaming market. • Modular wireless subwoofer that works with the ZiiSound D5x and ZiiSound D3x 8
    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneTaipei, Taiwan, May 4th 2011 – GIGABYTE INC., a leadingmanufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, todayannounced that the G1. Assassin motherboard has receivedthe ‘Design and Innovation’ award from TAITRA (TaiwanExternal Trade and Development Council), the organizers ofComputex 2011, in cooperation with iF International ForumDesign. The GIGABYTE G1.Assassin motherboard is the firstever motherboard product to be awarded the coveted ‘Designand Innovation’ award, and was selected as the best exampleof unique component design, addressing the needs of elitegamers, a growing niche within the PC gaming market. According to a report published by Akihabara News, the“At GIGABYTE we are both excited and proud to accept SENS-240 is more of a hybrid tablet than a full-fledgedthis award as recognition from our peers in the industry navigational device in that it is designed to be operatedfor the work we have done in developing the unique alongside Samsungs Android-powered smartphones andG1.Assassin motherboard,” commented Richard Chen, VP of tablets. Apparently, when paired together via Bluetooth, theWorldwide Sales and Marketing at GIGABYTE. “This accolade SENS-240 is reportedly capable of serving as an externalunderlines our commitment to offering elite gamers and display for the paired smartphone or tablet, in addition to itsystem builders the absolute best PC gaming experience still fulfilling its primary role as a navigational tool.possible, delivering unique features you simply cannot find on In addition, Akihabara News also claims that the SENS-240any other motherboard product.” is powered by a powerful 1.43GHz CPU (manufactured by Samsung, no less) that is capable of displaying 3D Maps as wellSamsung introduces new as handling playback of media files. Furthermore, the device features a seven-inch display which sports a native resolutionSENS-240 navigational tablet of 800×480, 256MB of RAM, a USB 2.0 Host and an SD Cardin Korea slot. Last but definitely not least, Samsung claims that the SENS-240 can be remotely controlled by its Android-poweredSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-introduces-new-sens-240- smartphones and tablets, although we really should point outnavigational-tablet-in-korea/12069.html that drivers would be better off keeping their hands on theMay 5th, 2011 steering wheel and not on their digital toys when driving on the roads.To date, we have got tablets on the market that are capable of Chrome Canary: now singingperforming all kinds of tasks, such as making calls, performing its way to Mac OS Xgeneral computing tasks, playing games and even serving as Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/chrome-canary-now-singing-its-way-software equalizers for audio-related purposes. But to release to-mac-os-x/12068.htmla tablet that is specially designed for navigational purposes? May 5th, 2011That is exactly what Samsung has done with its new SENS-240navigational tablet that has just been launched in Korea.Everybody knows the drill: if you want the convenience ofbeing able to perform general purpose computing tasks whileon the move, you go for a device such as a smartphone or atablet. On the other hand, if you only want a device to performa very specific task, you get a specialized gadget that does its Remember Chrome Canary for Windows? You know, thatdesignated task properly. However, leave it to Samsung to do highly experimental and unstable browser which Google waswhat no other OEM has done: to release a tablet device that, inviting Windows users to play around with, but only if theyinstead of being the general purpose device it is intended to be, were ready to deal with the frequent issues that are boundis designed to serve only one purpose: navigation. Such is the to occur while using it? Well, it seems that Google is keennature of Samsungs new SENS-240 navigational tablet, which on attracting more guinea....I mean, more adventurous, IT-was reportedly launched in Korea today. savvy users to help test out its unstable browser builds, and has even roped in OS X users to join the party. Yes, you are reading it correctly: Chrome Canary is now available for the Mac platform. 9
    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone May 5th, 2011 The Macbook Air may be one of the better looking notebooks available on the market today, but consumers who crave an Apple-branded, ultrathin notebook that features a screen sizeEver since Chrome Canary for Windows was released, which is neither 11 inches or 13 inches are essentially out ofadventurous Mac users had to look on in jealousy while luck. However, it would seem that such consumers will have atheir Windows-using counterparts were able to download little more choice if they head down to China: in addition to theand install pre-development builds of the Google Chrome 10-inch Macbook Air that was unveiled last week, the countrybrowser. And their frustration is understandable; unlike the is also getting another unofficial addition to its Macbook Airopen-source development channel known as Chromium, users family with the release of a 14-inch version of the ultrathinof Chrome Canary had the luxury of having various extras notebook.present in the stable Chrome releases baked into their Canary You really got to love China, especially in times like this. Everybuilds, such as the built-in Flash plugin. In addition, Canary so often, an established OEM will unveil new notebooks thatalso has the distinction of being the only bleeding edge version are aimed at eliciting the "Ooos" and "Ahhs" from design-of Chrome that is officially recognized by Google, a status not conscious consumers, but the fever dies down the momentgranted to the open-source Chromium development builds. they realize that the beautiful notebooks sitting in front ofFortunately, it seems that Mac users will no longer have to feel them does not come with the right specifications needed forleft out when it comes to enjoying the latest, most bleeding- the job. Which, for the most part, seems to describe Applesedge version of the Chrome browser Google has to offer, for Macbook Air notebooks perfectly, considering that they areGoogle has officially open up a Mac tree for its Canary browser only available in screen sizes of 11 inches and 13 inches. Andbuilds. Indeed, a quick look at the documentation in Chromes this is where China comes in to offer a solution for users whoEarly Access Release Channels indicate that OS X is now a crave the design of a Macbook Air but desire a machine withsupported platform. a larger display; by introducing its own version of a 14-inch Macbook Air.That being said, the same restriction found in the Windowsversions of Canary apply to the OS X ports: this means that Like most of the Chinese clones we have covered here onCanary cannot be designated as a default browser, and for VR-Zone, the 14-inch Macbook Air knockoff utilizes an Intelobvious reasons. After all, this build is designed to be used only Atom N455 processor clocked at 1.66GHz, so suffice to sayby a very specific group of people that are keen on living on the performance is definitely not going to be the notebooks sellingbleeding edge of technology and do not mind having to deal point. However, what you do get is a machine which bears awith various major or minor issues that may crop up during very close resemblance to the real Macbook Air (save for thethe course of usage. Also, one should remember that Apple colour scheme, of course), sports 1GB of DDR2 memory, atakes issues with software that could potentially cause Macs HDMI-out port, a built-in card reader, a 250GB mechanicalto crash; surely you will not want to see Chrome banned from hard disk and a 3000mAh battery pack. What, you thought thefuture versions of the Mac OS X operating system, no? Chinese manufacturers would be nice enough to throw in an SSD for you? Sorry, but that is just not going to happen.14-inch Macbook Air showsup in ChinaSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/14-inch-macbook-air-shows-up-in-china/12067.html 10
    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The Clash of the Titans - Gigabyte G1.Assassin Reviewed Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-clash-of-the-titans--gigabyte- g1.assassin-reviewed/11945.html May 5th, 2011 Targetted at gamers, the G1.Assassin Motherboard is an extremely popular product in the market. Today, the G1.Assassin Motherboard is put side by side with one of their competitors and we will find out just which of the two is better. Get ready for some cold-blooded action from the G1.Assassin as he shows us how its done. Introduction The G1 Killer, as the name suggests, is Gigabytes first series of motherboard aimed solely at professional gamers. The G1 Killer comes in 3 flavours, namely the Assassin, Sniper and Guerrilla. +1 to Gigabyte for renaming the motherboards into something much cooler and easier to remember since generic naming styles such as "GA-H67MA-UD2H-B3" are a pain to say out.That being said, it seems that the 14-inch Macbook Airdoes come with a little extra toy thrown in by the vendor,and it comes in the form of a small remote control thatcan be used for various media-related tasks, such as volumeadjustment and shutting down the notebook. No informationabout pricing has been revealed but hey, this is China we aretalking about; just how expensive can it get? Fighting through the late game, the G1.Assassin will be one tough guy to handle. With a large market tending towards the newer P67 platform, is there still space in the market for any new X58 motherboards? We all know that the X79 will be arriving in the 4th Quarter this year. Would you go for the newer and more efficient sandy bridge architecture or the current high end nahalem architecture? If you already have an affection towards the Sandy Bridge platform, the Assassin and other G1.Killer motherboards may change your mind. 11
    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone motherboard itself. A total of 8 USB 3.0 ports are just overkill but you wont find anyone complaining. Bigfoot Killer E2100 Network Processing Unit sure explains to you why gamers have to get their hands on this state of the art equipment. To read up more about the features, view pages 4 and 5. Screens that can be crumpled Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/screens-that-can-be- crumpled/12066.html May 5th, 2011The G1.Assassin is one huge motherboard in terms of size. E-ink technology is featured in Amazons kindle and manyIt has a XL-ATX form factor which may not fit into most other reading devices. Its claim to fame is that contentmid tower cases. So do make sure that your case fits the displayed on such screens are highly readable in a wide array ofmotherboard of size 345mm x 262mm before purchasing this lighting conditions, just like ordinary paper. The company hasproduct. managed to bring their technology one step closer to becomingSpecifications truly paper-like. Read On.CPU Support Up till now, E-inks technology is mainly found only in reading Intel® Core™ i7 Processors devices. But that is set to change, E-ink has come up with aCPU Socket LGA1366 product that can be crumpled like real paper. This new screenQPI/FSB 4.8GT/s, 6.4GT/s has the same display qualities as the original E-ink technology.Chipset X58+ICH10R Possible applications for this screen which can be crumpledGraphics Interface 4*PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot (2x16, includes re-usable envelopes, clothing and even banners. Its 2x8) flexibility allows it to be used in much more applications thanMemory Type 4*PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot (2x16, before. 2x8) 3 Channel DDR3 E-ink displays are said to use 60% less energy than traditional 2200/1600/1333MHz displays. Apart from saving energy, being almost identicalMemory DIMM 4*PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot (2x16, to paper makes it more likely for consumers to consider e- 2x8) 3 Channel DDR3 ink as a viable alternative to paper products. Reducing our 2200/1600/1333MHz dependency on wood derived products reduces our impact on 6*DDR3 (Max 24 GB) the environment.Expansion Slots 2*PCI-Ex1+ 1*PCIATA connector 2* SATA 6Gb/s+6* SATA 3Gb/s+ 1*Power eSATA Intel announces worldsSATA RAID (front bezel) RAID 0,1,5,10, JBOD first 3D Tri-Gate transistorsUSB 3.0 8 (4 front, 4 rear) technology for processors Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-announces-world-s-first-3d-tri-USB 2.0 8 (4 front, 4 rear) gate-transistors-technology-for-processors/12064.htmlAudio Creative HW audio 20K2 May 5th, 2011Front audio headphoneamplifierNichicon MUSE capacitorLAN Bigfoot Killer™ 2100HW OC botton Yes (front bezel) When Intel said that they had a major, groundbreakingFeatures & Software 16 power phase, Dual announcement to make on Wednesday, we were betting on Power, 3 way SLI™, 4 the assumption that the chip giant had magically come up way CrossFire™ X, Driver with new processor designs that will eventually translate MOSFET, X-Fi, EAX, Dolby, to better performance for enthusiasts. As it turns out, we DTS, 3TB+ HDD,On/Off were not entirely wrong after all; Intels groundbreaking charge, USB 3.0,USB 3x announcement did in fact center around silicon transistor power, Smart6, UD3,DES2 technology. Apparently, the chip giant has managed to find a way to produce 3D transistors for its processors, and IvyAfter looking at its specifications, youll understand why its Bridge will be the first set of chips to make use of the new 3Dno ordinary motherboard. For the first time, a high end Tri-Gate transistors.Audio chipset, the Creative 20K2 is used and built into the 12
    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNot too long ago, Intel promised to deliver a "most significanttechnology announcement of the year" during a press eventthat was to be held on Wednesday (yesterday). Needless tosay, this has gotten many speculating about what the "mostsignificant technology announcement" would be, althoughmany were betting on Intel releasing details about someunprecedented breakthrough in its development of Ivy Bridge.As it turns out, they were not exactly wrong either. Indeed,Intels announcement was indeed directly related to Ivy ASUS expected to launchBridge, although it was on a much lower level than what mostwould have expected it to be. Apparently, Intel has successfully Tegra 3-powered tablets thismanaged to perfect its 3D transistor technology known as Tri- yearGate for high-volume production, and this technology will be Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-expected-to-launch-tegra-3-incorporated into Ivy Bridge, as well as future versions of the powered-tablets-this-year/12063.htmlAtom processor. May 5th, 2011 NVIDIAs Tegra system-on-a-chips (SoCs) may have only just started to see the light of the day in consumer devices such as smartphones and tablets, but it would appear that more OEMs are now turning to the graphics semiconductor giant for their chip supply due to Tegras impressive performance. And apparently, ASUS is not about to stop at NVIDIAs Tegra 2 SoC for its tablets; word has it that the Taiwanese OEM will be oneAccording to Intels press release, Tri-Gate "represent(s) of the first few companies to make use of NVIDIAs upcominga fundamental departure from the two-dimensional planar Tegra 3 SoC for its future offerings.transistor structure" as most processors were fabricated with It is only recently that mobile communication devices such2D transistors prior to Intels perfection of Tri-Gate. By as smartphone and tablets have started adopting the use ofutilizing a 3D transistor design for its processors, Intel claims NVIDIAs Tegra 2 SoC for their processing needs, but eventhat the company is now in the position to extend Moores then, it would appear that some OEMs may have alreadyLaw for the forseeable future, as the laws of physics would gotten a head start over their competitors where futurehave made any development on the 22nm die shrink of Sandy versions of the Tegra SoC may be concerned.Bridge impossible without a complete redesign due to physicallimitations. Apparently, word has it that ASUS is currently well on its way in developing at least three more tablet PCs this year.In addition to allowing Intel to proceed with its development According to a report posted by DIGITIMES, the Taiwaneseon the 22nm process, the chip giant is also claiming that OEM has plans for a 10-inch Eee Pad Slider EP102 and seven-the 3D Tri-Gate transistors will allow its chips to achieve inch Eee Pad MeMo EP71 in the next three months, but it is the"unprecedented power savings and performance gains". This third and unnamed tablet that has gotten our attention. Thisis reportedly due to the transistors design allowing for is because the report claims that the unnamed tablet will beoperating at "lower voltage(s) with lower leakage". By Intels making use of NVIDIAs Tegra 3 SoC, which has been toutedown estimations, Tri-Gate transistors provide up to 37% more as the worlds first SoC to posses a quad-core CPU.performance than the conventional transistor designs used inits 32nm process, but consume less than half the power. 13
    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone a smartphone catered exclusively for the fairer sex may be one of odder developments to take place in the smartphone market And yet, here we are today with news about a supposed ladies-centric smartphone, made by none other than HTC, and powered by Googles Android operating system. Wonderful; so when will the guys be able to get their hands on a real mens smartphone? With almost every single smartphone on the market today sporting various design elements that are clearly intended to score points with the female crowd, some might be under the impression that the smartphone market is starting to experience a shift in target audience. After all, most ladies immediate priority when choosing a smartphone often has something to do with looking refined and sophisticated in front of their colleagues and peers. At least, that is until they start fiddling with their smartphones to find out how to perform the most basic of functions, since the instructional manual is always unceremoniously tossed out within the first six hours of the purchase. Still, it would seem odd that any OEM will attempt to put its revenues on the line by designing a smartphone that is meant to be used only the ladies, if only because the smartphone market is still fairly gender neutral at this point. However, HTC looks set to tip that status quo soon: rumour has it that the Taiwanese smartphone OEM is designing a special smartphone for Verizon that is almost designed entirelyAs most people probably know by now, the Tegra 3 SoC, when around a ladys needs and desires. And the name of thisreleased, will probably be the most powerful SoC to grace the smartphone? The HTC Bliss.insides of a tablet or smartphone. However, the SoC is slatedonly for a Fall 2011 release, whereas ASUS is gearing up fora May-July launch for its tablets. If we take into considerationthat the Tegra 3-powered version will probably be released acouple of months later in order to give the EP102 and EP71some shelf time on the market, an August or September launchfor a Tegra 3 tablet puts it right in sync with NVIDIAs officialrelease date, which suggests that ASUS may have securedlaunch partner rights for Tegra 3s release.No pricing about either tablet has been revealed, althoughDIGITIMES claims that the EP102 will be powered by anNvidia Tegra 2 processor, while the EP71 will use a QualcommCPU.Rumour: HTC working onAndroid-powered smartphonefor the ladies?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rumour-htc-working-on-android-powered-smartphone-for-the-ladies-/12061.html According to a report published by a website known as This IsMay 5th, 2011 My Next..., ?HTC has been holding focus groups with women between the ages of 20 and 30 in order to find out more about what makes a smartphone tick for the ladies. As a result, it should be of no surprise that the HTC Bliss features various design elements that are designed solely for their comfort, among many other things. This Is My Next...? claims that the Blisss design could essentially be described as the result "ifWith almost every single smartphone out on the market today the Desire S and the Desire Z were to mate"; with the Blissbeing designed in such a way that would appeal more to being about half a centimeter thinner than the Desire Z, butthe ladies than the tough, macho-looking guys, talking about without the dedicated keyboard. In addition, the back of the 14
    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneBlisss body will have a rubber pad built into it to allow for easy May 5th, 2011gripping.On the software side, This Is My Next... ?is claiming that theBliss will come preloaded with various software vital for aladies physical and mental well-being. And by that, we meanthat the Bliss will be preloaded with apps that reportedly In todays news roundup: A budget gaming PC built to a costcompare shopping prices among different malls, along with of US$599 gets built and tested to see if it has the juice neededthe all-important calorie counter. Which is perfectly fine: we to perform as one; ASUSs mATX motherboard, the P8H67-Mall know that the fine ladies are devout supporters of retail Evo, which is said to offer an attractive price-to-performancetherapy and fine figures. Furthermore, HTC is reportedly ratio, gets reviewed; A recently-discovered patent dating backbundling in a different set of calming wallpapers into the to 2009 has ignited suspicions that Steve Jobs may be lyingBliss, whatever that means. about Apples policy with regards to collecting location dataLastly, word has it that the HTC Bliss will also have its own from iPhone users; Xobni for Outlook, an inbox plugin offeringset of ladies-centric accessories up for grabs. First up the list social intelligence and relationship management inside emailis apparently an intelligent wireless charging dock with built- messages, is opening an app store to users and developers;in speakers that automatically switches the Bliss into alarm Steam is currently having an EA Week promotion wheremode when docked, with the second accessory being a "square- selected EA titles will be put up for grabs at heavily discountedshaped" in-car speaker system that supports voice recognition. prices for each day of the week, and Rumour has it that theHowever, the last accessory is by far the most interesting Wiis successor will be using yet another proprietary opticalone, and it comes in the form of a cube-shaped strap-on disc format capable of storing up to 25GB of data, utilize SDaccessory that automatically glows when calls or messages are cards as its main media for data storage due to the consolereceived by the Bliss. In many ways, this little companion lacking a built-in HDD, and feature a resolution cap of up tocube resembles some of the radiowave stickers that start 1080i.flashing in a variety of colours when it detects the presence of Hardware newsradio waves transmitted by cell phones. $599 Gaming PC Built and Tested Description: When NVIDIA launched the GTX 550 Ti, it was interesting to see in their slides that they made mention of how it was the perfect model to build a $599 US gaming PC. As someone who has more power than I need in video and just about every other component of my system, I really found myself wondering, could we build a $599 US PC? Xigmatek Pantheon Case Review on Technic3D (German) Description: (Machine translation) The Xigmatek Pantheon is the next PC-Case in the Technic3D Editorship. The Pantheon Tower supports ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards and have place for eight Cooling-Fans and a Watercooling Kit. We will check this and many more in the following Review. Patriot 32GB Supersonic USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ Madshrimps Description: The latest high performance Supersonic USB 3.0 Flash Drive from Patriot Memory features Quad Channel Technology and has exceeded our expectations in terms ofAs we have mentioned before, news about the HTC Blisss write speeds, managing to beat all other previously tested USBexistance is still a rumour at this point of time, and it is very 3.0 similar products.possible that this information about the Bliss could end up ASUS P8H67-M Evo Review @ ocaholicas nothing more than an elaborate hoax. But until the official Description: With the P8H67-M EVO ASUS has an mATXconfirmation (or denial) comes, one cannot help but wonder if motherboard in its portfolio which tries to win customersthe HTC Bliss will spawn with it a new wave of smartphones hearts with an attractive price performance ratio. Wether thisspecially tailored for the sophisticated uptown lady. As for board is able to convince or not thats what we will show onus...well...we will hang on to the hope that macho-looking the following pages.smartphones for the guys will start appearing on the marketsoon. Xigmatek Elysium Super Tower Review @ Tweaknews Description: So, youre unsatisfied with your current full- tower case? Not enough room? Too plain? Well, XigmatekThe Daily VR-Zone News may have the answer. Their new Elysium is one of the largest chassis on the market and will even support the huge SR-2Summary - 4 May 2011 (HPTX) platform. With room for two power supplies andSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--4- a whopping ten expansion bays, the hardware choices aremay-2011/12055.html virtually limitless and the front drive bays will support eight 15
    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonehard drives and up to five ODDs at the same time without Logitech Ultimate Ears 100 Noise Isolating Earphones Reviewmodification. Description: Logitech are super veterans of the PC industry and have basically covered every type of audio product andAntec One Hundred Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews PC peripheral known to man. And its initially here that weDescription: The Antec One Hundred computer case is touted must plead ignorance to the success Logitech have been havingas "the gaming case that delivers high-end features at a price all over the world with their Ultimate Ears product range.that wont break the bank." Many gamers (and non-gamers) Because put simply, we had never heard of Ultimate Ears untilwill purchase cases with sexy exteriors, only to find that the the 100 series were delivered to us.functionality and performance of the case are significantlyhindered. For experienced users, a gaming case brings certain 16GB Zune HD drops to $169, edging closer to EOL?expectations, such as the need for good cooling, ease of use for Description: With Windows Phone 7 offering full Zuneinstall and re-installation of components, proper placement functionality and then some, the new mobile OS has clearlyof USB ports and audio jacks, as well as several other factors. created a surplus of lower-capacity Zune HD devices, causingBenchmark Reviews will take the Antec One Hundred for a Microsoft to respond with a rather significant price drop.spin and you can decide if it meets your criteria for a good Typically, a discount would indicate an imminent refresh, buteconomy gaming case. we doubt thats the case here. The 16GB Zune HD has shaved off $30, to $169.99, and you can now grab the 32GB versionAMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Processor Review @Hi for $199.99 -- the same price you would have paid for the 16Tech Legion gig before the drop, and nearly $100 less than the $299 youllDescription: With the new Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition spend on a 32GB iPod touch. The 64GB model is holding fastCPU, AMD has upped the speed for their existing AM2+/AM3 at $349.99, but with a $70 plunge on the mid-capacity model,platform. The Phenom II X4 980BE clocks in with a stock you might have just enough cash left over for that tattoo youvespeed of 3.7Ghz, making it the fastest out of the box clock always dreamed of.speed AMD currently offers. With an unlocked multiplier, thePhenom II X4 980BE also invites you to explore overclocking iPhone 5 will miss June and July, says AT&T representativeand see just how much more speed you can get. The Phenom Description: The next iPhone will indeed miss the standardII 980BE also sports a full 2MB L2 cache and 6MB L3 cache. June-July release schedule, an AT&T customer representativeIn the AM3 platform, the onboard memory controller is able claims. The statement was made after one customer noticedto take full advantage of DDR3 memory up to PC3 10600. that his eligibility for a subsidized upgrade had been delayed by over five months, and contacted AT&T for an explanation.HIS Radeon 6870 IceQX Review - XSReviews "Apple has informed us that they do not plan to release theDescription: Just to keep things fresh and prevent you all from iPhone in the June to July timeframe, though there will begetting bored with all the headset reviews we’ve been putting a newer version in the future," part of the representativesout recently, here’s something a bit more internal,a GPU from response reads.HIS. This is the IceQX variant of their HD 6870 Graphics cardfrom AMD. Gaming newsConsumer Electronics and Software news Pilotwings Resort Nintendo 3DS Review Description: Pilotwings as a series is an interesting one. FirstApple patent application indicates Jobs may have lied launched on the Super Nintendo system, the game is eitherDescription: The ongoing kerfuffle over Apple devices derided or loved by each gamer with a Nintendo console. Theallegedly tracking their users locations has taken yet another fact is that the older games were hard, incredibly hard in fact;turn. It all started on April 20th, when tech bloggers Alasdair so difficult that you could get stuck for hours on end withAllan and Pete Warden reported their discovery that iPhones nothing to do just trying to beat one challenge. However, forand 3G iPads running iOS4 were supposedly maintaining many gamers that is what made the game so appealing anda stealth file of locations that the devices had traveled to when we heard that it was coming to 3DS with 3D graphics– with their users. Apple responded on April 27th, stating we were excited. However, we also had a worry that giventhat the devices were simply anonymously contributing to a the casual market that Nintendo now targets, it would bedatabase of local Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers, that helped to toned down and unfortunately this is only the beginning of itstriangulate the phones location faster than GPS alone. Now, problems.however, a just-discovered patent application filed by Apple in2009 has some people doubting that claim. It is a EA Week On Steam Description: It is a EA week on Steam as a variety of selectedXobni Opens App Store for Outlook games from the publisher will be going on crazy sale. Today isDescription: Xobni for Outlook, an inbox plugin offering a Need for Speed sale, you can get Need for Speed: Undercoversocial intelligence and relationship management inside email for just $2.50! If you want to lay out a bit more (but stillmessages, is opening an app store to users and developers not very much), Need for: Speed Shift and Hot Pursuit areTuesday. The Xobni Gadget Store allows users to pick available for $6.80 and $14.99, respectively. (prices are all inand choose from nearly 20 free and paid applications USD)to add to their Outlook experience. At launch, the storeincludes gadgets from notable productivity, CRM, social media Wii Successor Lacks a Hard Drive, Includes 8GB Internaland collaborative-focused companies including Dropbox, Storage - ReportEvernote, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Salesforce CRM, Description: Nintendo will officially detail its successor to theChatter and Yammer. Wii in just over a months time at E3. In the meantime we have 16
    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneto continue parsing through rumors about every aspect of the and MSI has even managed to squeeze in a reset and a powersystem. The latest such report from Kotaku suggests Nintendo button.will again eschew hard drives with its new console and instead Around the back we have a PS/2 port, four USB 2.0 ports,offer 8GB of internal, flash-based storage. a FireWire port, two USB 3.0 ports, 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out, a Gigabit Ethernet port and mostMSIs Z68MA-ED55 poked and importantly to some, as this is a Z68 board, a D-sub, DVI and HDMI port. For such a tiny board were quite impressed byprodded on Chinese site the fact that MSI has somehow managed to squeeze in whatSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-s-z68ma-ed55-poked-and- appears to be a 10-phase PWM design and this board is alsoprodded-on-chinese-site/12060.html using tantalum capacitors all around the CPU socket.May 5th, 2011We almost missed this one, but it turns out that MSIsupcoming mATX Z68MA-ED55 has made a well-documentedappearance on a Chinese website with no less than four pagesworth of pictures of it. This is also one of the first mATX Z68boards weve seen, in fact; its the only other board apart fromASRocks Z68 Pro3-M. We have a feeling that the Z68MA-ED55 is going to be anWe almost missed this one, but it turns out that MSIs expensive mATX board, but its packed to the brim withupcoming mATX Z68MA-ED55 has made a well-documented features, although we wouldve liked to have seen a pin headerappearance on a Chinese website with no less than four pages for a pair for front USB 3.0 ports as well, but beggars cant beworth of pictures of it. This is also one of the first mATX Z68 choosers as they say. The board has already been listed on aboards weve seen, in fact; its the only other board apart from European price comparison engine, but sadly no-one seems toASRocks Z68 Pro3-M. be supplying any kind of pricing as of yet.MSIs Z68MA-ED55 appears to be a higher-end mATX boardcompared to ASRocks Z68 Pro3-M, least not based on the factthe MSIs board has a pair of x16 slots. That said; youd need First picture of Asus M5A99Xa case with at least five expansion slots if youd want to takeadvantage of both slots while using dual-slot graphics cards. EVO motherboard Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-picture-of-asus-m5a99x-evo-The board also has two PCI Express x1 slots, but as this is a motherboard/12059.htmlmATX this is where the expansion slots end. May 5th, 2011 As far as leaks goes, AMD has managed to keep things secret about its upcoming AM3+ platform pretty quiet, but were finally starting to see a few leaks here and there from its partners ahead of Computex. The first picture of Asus upcoming M5A99X EVO board has just made an appearance and it looks like were in for a treat if this is what a mid-range AM3+ board looks like. As far as leaks goes, AMD has managed to keep thingsThe Z68MA-ED55 has been designed with overclockers in secret about its upcoming AM3+ platform pretty quiet, butmind and MSI has added features like its OC Genie and were finally starting to see a few leaks here and there fromreadout points for various board Voltages, a feature usually its partners ahead of Computex. The first picture of Asusonly seen on higher-end ATX boards from MSI. As things are upcoming M5A99X EVO board has just made an appearancea little bit cramped on a mATX board we have to make do and it looks like were in for a treat if this is what a mid-rangewith the standard four SATA 3Gbps and two SATA 6Gbps ports AM3+ board looks like.that the chipset provides. Other on-board features include fourUSB 2.0 headers for a total of eight ports, a FireWire header In all fairness, the picture is from and odd angle and we cant really see what I/O ports the board has which is a bit of a 17
    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneshame. Even so, we can make out a lot of the details of the theres a good possibility that this board will hit retail beforeboard and form a good opinion about whats on offer. Due the new AM3+ CPUs are available.to the slightly odd placement of the 990X chipset the firstexpansion slot is missing which isnt exactly a fantastic start,but at least it only gets better from here. Asus kicks off DigitonThe slots consists of three x16 slots, with the primary and Motherboard City competitionsecondary slots sharing bandwidth in a dual x8 mode when Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-kicks-off-digiton-motherboard-both are in use due to chipset limitations and the third slot city-competition/12058.htmlmost likely being a x4 slot. There are also two x1 PCI Express May 5th, 2011slots and a single PCI slot. AMDs chipsets still support PCI, sotheres no need for a bridge chip that takes up a PCI Expresslane on AM3+ boards. If you think you have what it takes to figure out how to build your own virtual city based on Asus motherboard technology, then make sure you swing by Asus Digiton Motherboard City game for a chance to win one of 20 Sandy Bridge motherboards over the next two months. If you think its going to a breeze to enter this competition, than think again, as its a lot more challenging than it sounds. If you think you have what it takes to figure out how to build your own virtual city based on Asus motherboard technology, then make sure you swing by Asus Digiton Motherboard CityInterestingly Asus has gone with the new, more compact CPU game for a chance to win one of 20 Sandy Bridge motherboardscooler retention mechanism ASRock was showing off back at over the next two months. If you think its going to a breezeCeBIT. As with all motherboards with AMDs SB950 were to enter this competition, than think again, as its a lot morelooking at six native SATA 6Gbps ports, although Asus has challenging than it sounds.added another two ports via a third party controller whichlooks like its from ASMedia, but it could very well be a Marvell Lets start with the prizes. From now until the second of Junechip, as the angle of the picture doesnt reveal the text on the you have the chance to win one of two P8Z68-V Pro boards,chip. one of three P8P67 Pro boards or one of five P8P67 LE boards. The from the third of June until the first of July you can winOther on-board features include a front USB 3.0 header one of two P8Z68 Deluxe boards, one of three P8P67 Procourtesy of an ASMedia host controller, three headers for an boards or one of five P8P67 LE boards. However, to be eligibleadditional six USB 2.0 ports, a header for a FireWire port from to enter the prize draw you need to score an overall score ofa PCI based VIA FireWire controller and a serial port header. 36,000 points in the Digiton Motherboard City game.Its also clear that the board has an audio and Gigabit Ethernetcontroller from Realtek, although as to what exact models, wedont know.As for the rear ports its pretty safe to say that were looking at7.1-channel audio, at least a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a FireWireport, a selection of USB 2.0 ports, maybe a PS/2 port, anEthernet port, a CMOS reset button, most likely some form ofS/PDIF outputs and maybe an eSATA port as well. Of course,most of these are standard features today, but some of themare at least given judging by the chips on the board.The 8-phase PWM design seems to take up a fair bit of spaceon the board thanks to its straight layout and this also appearsto be one of the reasons that the chipset is located so far downon the board. Were not sold on the heatsink designs either, but From first onset the game looks like a simple affair, there aremore specifically the MOSFET heatsink appears to be taking eight different Asus motherboard technologies represented atup a lot of space and might block larger CPU coolers. Otherwise the bottom of the screen and clicking them will make little stickthe board has pretty much all of the standard Asus features figures appear that start doing various things, mostly involvingyoud expect, such as EPU, TPU and MemOK. Well have to constructing buildings. However, as simple as this may sound,wait a bit longer for pricing and the full details of the board, but you need to combine the various motherboard technologies the right way to hit the high score which is required to enter 18
    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethe competition. The screen shot below shows what the final 256GB SSD, not a tiny 20GB like Intels upcoming Larsencity should look like. Creek SSD.The different technologies also interacts with each other as you Beyond SSD caching we might also be seeing support forbuild them, so to be able to hit a score of 36,000 you need to switchable graphics, although so far Apple hasnt hinted atmake sure all of the upgrades are done in the right order, or any kind of support for Intels Quick Sync technology, but itsyoull end up with some that arent upgraded enough for the possible that this is also one of the reasons why Apple wenthigh score to be reached. It might not be a game of skill as such, with the Z68 chipset. From a cost perspective, the Z68 chipsetbut youd be surprised by the un-logical logic behind the game isnt much more expensive than the H67 or P67, but unlessand taking into consideration that weve tried pretty hard to Apple is considering taking advantage of the SSD cachingbeat the game already, but failed miserable, we can only wish functionality, the company could just as well have gone withyou the best of luck. the H67 chipset. Also seen in the pictures is Intels Thunderbolt chip and this isApples new iMacs uses a rather large chip, about the size of a CR2032 battery. Were curious though; does the 27-inch iMac feature two of theseIntels Z68 chipset chips, or only one thats shared between the two ports? ItsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-s-new-imac-s-uses-intel-s-z68- also surprising to see that Apple is using WD Caviar Blue hardchipset/12057.html drives in the iMac, as these are budget hard drives and wed atMay 5th, 2011 least expect the Caviar Green considering the cost of an iMac. Oh and if you were thinking of doing some DIY upgrading of your iMac, forget about it unless you dont mind voiding your warranty, as you have to pop the display panel off to get to the bits inside. You got to love iFixit, its barely a day since Apple announcedits Sandy Bridge based iMacs and we already have a full Sandy Bridge-EP CPU hitsteardown of the 21.5-inch iMac. Although much of the bits Ebay, can be yoursinside didnt hold any real surprises, we almost choked on Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sandy-bridge-ep-cpu-hits-ebay-can-be-our dinner when we read “Intel BD82Z68 Platform Controller yours/12056.htmlHub”. Yes, the new iMacs sports Intels yet to launch Z68 May 5th, 2011chipset, something we really didnt expect to find in an iMac.You got to love iFixit, its barely a day since Apple announcedits Sandy Bridge based iMacs and we already have a fullteardown of the 21.5-inch iMac. Although much of the bitsinside didnt hold any real surprises, we almost choked onour dinner when we read “Intel BD82Z68 Platform ControllerHub”. Yes, the new iMacs sports Intels yet to launch Z68 Were still at least four to five months from Intels launch ofchipset, something we really didnt expect to find in an iMac. the Sandy Bridg-EP Xeon series of processors, but if you have enough cash to spare, you can own one today. The CPU wasOf course, specs like chipset and CPU models used is one of listed on Ebay earlier today and judging by the pictures andthose things that Apple doesnt share with the general public, details posted by the seller; this is the real genuine deal.but unless iFixit messed up and wrote down the wrong chipsetmodel, this is interesting in more than one way. For starters, Were still at least four to five months from Intels launch ofApple could add support for SSD caching via a future software the Sandy Bridge-EP Xeon series of processors, but if you haveupdate and there are iMac models on sale with both an SSD enough cash to spare, you can own one today. The CPU wasand a hard drive, although in this case were talking a huge listed on Ebay earlier today and judging by the pictures and details posted by the seller; this is the real genuine deal. 19
    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe CPU is of course an Engineering Sample or ES CPU as May 5th, 2011theyre also known as and its not intended for general usage.That said, what we appear to be looking at here is a XeonE5-4600 or E5-2600 series CPU. Why? Well, simply becauseits an LGA-2011 part and these CPUs will end up in one or theother Xeon family depending on how many sockets the CPU DonanimHaber has leaked a series of information regardingsupports (4600 series for quad socket, 2600 series for dual AMDs upcoming FX (Bulldozer) and A (Llano) processors.socket). The seller on the other hand seems to think hes got a AMDs next-gen line-up is almost identical to the leaksCore i7 Extreme Edition CPU for the X79 chipset, but this isnt in March, both for FX-Series and A-Series. Performancelikely to be case here. benchmarks arent a novelty either - with previous leaks pegging FX 8 Core CPUs as 50% faster than current gen Phenom II X6 1100T. The new benchmarks are PCMark Vantage and 3DMark Vantage. In PCMark Vantage, the FX 8-Core CPU matches improves by ~30% over the Phenom II X6 1100T and matches the Core i7 2600K. We have in the past seen the PCMark Vantage to be less multi-threaded oriented, with the i7 2600K regularly edging out Gulftown 6-core CPUs. The same affects the A-Series quad core APUs which simply cant keep up with Intels dual core i3-2100 CPU.The CPU is labelled Q19D ES 1.60GHz which is again speakingvolumes for this being a Xeon CPU rather than a high-endconsumer desktop part. The information provided by the sellerclaims that this is an 8 core 16 thread part and the sameseller has offered a similar model, Q19J which is also a 1.6GHzpart, but presumably with 6 cores and 12 threads. The Q19Jpart is said to have 15MB L3 cache which sounds about right,although were not sure if these CPUs are for dual or quadsocket systems. As expected, the Llano APUs are very strong in 3D Mark Vantage, offering performance several times that of Core i3 2100, and even the i7 2600K. The entry level A4 APU is able to double the performance of the HD 2000 graphics integrated in i3 2100. Unusually, AMD have decided to add HD 6670s to the Phenom II X6 and FX 8-core configs, but not the competing i7 2600K platform, so the 3D Mark Vantage benchmarks proves to be a little meaningless for Bulldozer. Of course, consumers will hope that this means the FX 8100 will be priced lower than Core i7 2600K. In regards to the previous leaks showing ~50% improvementThe 8 core CPU is listed for US$1,359.99 (S$1,675) while oddly over the 1100T, so why is the FX 8 core CPU not appearingenough the 6 core CPU was listed for US$1,699.99 (S$2,093), as strong in these latest benchmarks? It is simply because PCa steep price indeed for both of them. Either CPU will of course Mark Vantage has never been known to be a heavily threadedalso need a motherboard based on the C600 series chipset benchmarks. We can expect the FX 8100 to offer incredible(also known as Patsburg) to work properly, something that performance in multi-threaded applications, while it maywere not likely to see until Computex at the end of this month. lag behind the Core i7 2600 in less threaded applications. Unfortunately for AMD, a great many applications still dont fully utilize 8 threads. The same goes for the Fusion APUs -AMD FX-Series / A-Series GPGPU acceleration hasnt caught up as much as AMD wouldVantage Benchmarks Leaked have hoped, for daily applications.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-fx-series-a-series-vantage- FX-Series and A-Series are both set to release in the June-Julybenchmarks-leaked/12054.html timeframe, with official announcements in June. 20
    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMicrosoft rolls out "7392"update for Windows Phone 7Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-rolls-out-7392-update-for-windows-phone-7/12053.htmlMay 5th, 2011Microsoft may have been in the spotlight for the wrong reasonsrecently with regards to the rate software updates were beingdelivered for its Windows Phone 7 platform, but it wouldappear that the Redmond giant is doing its best to put all ofthat behind it as soon as possible. And what better way to doso than to release yet another software update that fixes a fewsecurity flaws, as well as delivering a little bonus at the sametime? Interestingly, it would seem that Microsoft is also using the "7392" update as a means of delivering the previous "No Do" updates that were reportedly never delivered to many consumers over various "carrier testing" issues. Indeed, the "7392" updates description does mention that applying the patch will also result in the device gaining access to various other features that may have been missed in previous updates. This has also been backed up by Microsoft, which claims that all Windows Phone 7 updates are cumulative by nature, and that the update packages will usually come bundled with previous updates as well. That being said, it would appear that not all Windows PhoneHere is a tip from us: if you have a smartphone that utilizes 7-powered handsets will be getting some "7392" love fromMicrosofts Windows Phone 7 operating system, today will Microsoft, for MobileTechWorld is claiming that the update isbe a good day to dive into the Settings menu in the OS and only available for download on HTC, LG and Samsung Focusfire up a search for any downloadable updates that may be smartphones, at least for the time being. Well, you cannotavailable for the device. Apparently, word has it that the expect Microsoft to please everyone, no?Redmond giant has already started rolling out a new WindowsPhone 7 update for consumers. However, unlike the previous"No Do" updates which were centred around adding new Kinneir Dufort shows offfunctionality to the OSs limited feature set, the new update, concept smartphone withwhich is currently known as "7392", is aimed at patching aknown security vulnerability with certain " fraudulent third- upgradeable hardwareparty digital certificates". Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kinneir-dufort-shows-off-concept- smartphone-with-upgradeable-hardware/12050.html May 5th, 2011 The idea of if it aint broke, dont fix/change it may sound great for users who do not take very kindly to the idea of junking away working electronic devices just because they are obsolete by todays standards, especially when one takes into consideration the amount of electronic waste produced today. And with smartphones being discarded like trash as soon as a new model is released, it is only prudent that someone would eventually step in to do something about it. Which is exactly 21
    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonewhat a design company has done with its concept design May 5th, 2011for a smartphone that features...wait for it...user-upgradeablehardware. Yep, you read that right.We all love smartphones for their extensive capabilitiesand extremely mobile physical packages, but for most DIYenthusiasts, they can also be a source of endless frustration. NEC Asia Pacific has introduced two new additions to theAfter all, most users often find themselves trashing their M series of short throw projectors, namely M300XS andworking smartphones in favor of new models as soon as they M300WS. Both projectors offer 3000 lumens brightness andare released. Needless to say this results in unnecessary claim to deliver crisp images to screens and whiteboards.wastage, especially when of some of the newer smartphonesout there are usually nothing more than juiced up versions oftheir predecessors.Fortunately, it seems that a design firm has taken notice of thecurrent state of affairs and has moved to introduce its solutionto the problem. Unlike most smartphones that are limited toonly firmware updates, Kinneir Dufort looks set to buck thattrend with its new concept smartphone, the Revive, whichallows for easy upgrading of the smartphones hardware. Youknow, just like what we always do on our PCs. Singapore, May 5, 2011 – NEC Asia Pacific has announced its M series digital short throw projectors with the 3000- lumen M300XS and M300WS. Accommodating standard and widescreen needs, the M series projectors deliver strong images to screens and whiteboards (includinginteractive) from less than 1.1 metres away. Ideal for standard-sized classrooms and corporate conference rooms with limited AV space, the M300XS and M300WS short throw models are portable projectors that offer unique features like a virtually maintenance-free filter and 0.47:1 throw ratio for easier installation on a wall above the screen or whiteboard. Replacing the NP610S and NP510WS projectors,And by hardware upgrades, we are not referring to the act the eco features in the M Short Throw Series include ECOof swapping out the smartphones battery pack or microSD mode technology for extended lamp life, quick start (3 tocard and slotting in a new one. Instead, Kinneir Dufort has 4 seconds), autopower on via the RGB input connector andconfirmed that almost every aspect of the Revives hardware, direct power-off with no coolingrequired after shutdown.such as the processor and even the internal memory, are fair The M300XS and M300WS include the following features:game for upgrades, and the video below tells it all. Well, maybeexcept for the display; apparently, that is the one component - Short throw distance of 0.55 to 1.1 metreswhich does not get the same treatment. - 3,000 lumens in XGA and WXGA native resolutions, respectively Unprintable Content (Video, Flash, etc.) - Lamp life up to 5,000 hoursAs stated, the Revive is still in the concept stage ofdevelopment, so whether this device will ever see the light - HDMI, dual computer, S video, video and USB inputsof day out of Kinneir Duforts offices remains a mystery.That being said, if the Revive does ever become a reality, - USB Viewer allows users to present without the use of awe can foresee lines of DIY enthusiasts queueing up for it. computer by displaying images stored as .jpg from an optionalAfter all, nothing beats being able to have your own unique USB memoryand futureproof smartphone customized right down to thehardware level, no? - Virtual Remote Tools (DDC/CI) allows users to control the projector directly from a computer without the need forNEC introduces new M series additional control cablesshort throw projectors - Variable audio-out to connect the projector to an externalSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nec-introduces-new-m-series-short- speaker and control the volume with the projector’s remotethrow-projectors/12051.html control 22
    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone- Wireless transmission of an image to the projector without engine), it looks like the software giant may gain a larger sharethe need for external components is achieved using Image of the mobile search pie in the near future.Express Lite- 10-watt speaker Osama lives! Well...in the form- Windows Vista and Windows 7 compatibility of online malware... Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/osama-lives-well...in-the-form-of- online-malware.../12048.html- ECO mode allows for multiple settings dependent upon May 5th, 2011the brightness required in the application and power savingsdesired by the user- Carbon savings meter calculates the positive effects ofoperating the projector in ECO Mode, which is encouraged byan optional message at startup Even in death, the name of one of the worlds most infamous terrorist still continues to haunt the world. This time, itPricing appears that Osama bin Laden is back to wreck havoc on theM300XSProjector - S$1,999 lives of millions of people worldwide...by attempting to trickM300WSProjector - S$1,999 less tech-savvy Internet users into visiting websites designed to exploit security flaws in various online technologies, or even downloading malware packages disguised as must-haveRIM collaborates with information about the terrorist. And just when you thoughtMicrosoft to bring Bing on you have seen the last of Osama bin Laden, too...BlackBerry devices So you rejoiced upon hearing the breaking news broadcast that the worlds most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden,Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rim-collaborates-with-microsoft-to- had finally met his maker after a joint US-Pakistani strikebring-bing-on-blackberry-devices/12047.html force laid waste to the compound he was taking refuge at.May 5th, 2011 However, it may seem that the celebrations may have taken place a little soon, for Osamas shadow has remained behind to haunt millions of users from all over the world...in the form of malware that is rapidly being disseminated through the depthsDont be surprised if your newly purchased BlackBerry devices of cyberspace.are loaded with Microsoft Bing as the default search engine. According to various security analysts, Osamas death hasWell, that is only because Research in Motion and Microsoft become a hot topic in online searches, a fact which has ledhave recently announced the collaboration to bring the search many malware authors to take advantage of the resultingengine to the BlackBerry platform. public curiosity in various ways. To date, at least three known methods of tricking users into downloading malware disguised as media content of Osamas dead body have surfaced. The first method is by far the oldest but most popular method, and it involves sending malware packages through email for unsuspecting users to download and infect their PCs with. The second method is a little more social in nature, as it takes advantage of peoples need to social network online by putting up links of malware-infested sites on the popularResearch in Motion had a special guest speaker at the online social networking tool known as Facebook and invitingBlackBerry World, and it was Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. readers to visit the links.Ballmer was there to announce the partnership with RIM andto have Bing as the default search engine on BlackBerry mobiledevices. No doubt, this would surely benefit Microsoft, thoughit is not known what RIM is going to get out of this.Microsoft has been aggressively promoting their Bing searchengine on various platforms such as Yahoo!, games like AngryBirds and also bringing Bing Streetside to other parts of theworld. It was speculated that Apple may use Bing as the defaultfor iPhone, but that didnt happen.With BlackBerry devices being rolled out with Bing as defaultsearch engine, and Nokia coming up with their WindowsPhone 7 smartphones (naturally with the Microsofts search 23
    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe third known method in the wild is a little moresophisticated but subtle; it involves compromising reputablemedia sources and putting links to various exploit kits toredirect unsuspecting users into getting themselves infected. JPR: Graphics shipments up,This method is by far the most insidious of the three, as mostpeople wil not be expecting a malware infection from visiting NVIDIA market share down inan established source of information online. Q1 11And lest you start thinking along the lines of oh-i-dont-use- Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/jpr-graphics-shipments-up-nvidia-Windows-so-Im-safe, we should probably point out that well- market-share-down-in-q1-11/12049.htmlknown anti-malware software vendor Kaspersky has revealed May 5th, 2011that some of the Osama malware used to infect PCs have beenspecifically crafted for the OS X operating system. Of course,the quality of the scare tactics used by the Mac-centric malwareleave a lot to be desired, but it does not change the fact thatmalware authors have started taking note of OS X as a viableplatform to carry out attacks on. Either way, the golden ruleregarding online content applies, regardless of a users choice Despite a 5% decline in overall PC shipments in Q1 2011, theof operating system: if in doubt, junk it. GPU industry saw a healthy 10.3% boost in Q1 2011. Intel gained more ground, aided by Sandy Bridge, with a market share of 54.4%. AMD came in second at 24.8% while NVIDIA saw a sharp drop in market share to 20.0%. In addition, while AMD and Intel posted 14.2% and 13.3% growth over Q4 2010, NVIDIA saw a decline of 1.7%. Of course, AMD and Intel have started shipping Fusion / EPG products with integrated graphics while NVIDIAs main stronghold is still discrete graphics. In terms of year-to-year, NVIDIA has experienced negative growth of 28.4%, while AMD has sharply gained 15.4%. This results in a market share drop of 28% to 20% since Q1 2010 while a gain of 21.5% to 24.8% for AMD, overtaking NVIDIA 24
    • May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneduring 2010. Intel has experienced a steady 9.7% growth aswell, once again at the expense of NVIDIA.Interestingly, the average of GPUs per PC has grown from115% in 2001 to 145% today - and many computers have twoGPUs today, an integrated and a discrete.The GPU industrys results have been surprisingly positive,given the doom-and-gloom surrounding overall PC shipments.With Q2 and Q3 finally bringing mainstream Fusion APUs,AMD is likely to see further growth, building upon theirimpressive results in the last one year. 25
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! In all fairness this is more of a flaw from Intels side, as VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication the company simply hasnt created a platform that provides covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. enough PCI Express bandwidth, a re-occurring problem when it comes to Intels mass-market platforms. The other three PCI Express lanes from the chipset are in this case taken up by twoASRock jumps the gun, USB 3.0 host controllers and one SATA 6Gbps controller. Itslaunches Z68 boards early not an ideal situation for anyone intending to use any kind of PCI Express x1 or PCI expansion cards as well as all three PCISource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asrock-jumps-the-gun-launches-z68- Express x16 slots, as 500MB/s isnt all that much bandwidth toboards-early/12118.html go around once you start dividing it up between three differentMay 9th, 2011 things, if not more. For some very odd reason, ASRock has decided to bundle a 3.5mm audio cable with the Z68 Extreme4 as well, althoughIt looks like ASRock has had itchy fingers and has launched seemingly neither of the other two boards get one in the box. Atits Z68 boards a little bit on the early side, as all three of its least all three boards will be supplied with Lucid Logixs VirtuZ68 boards are now listed on its website alongside a dedicated graphics switching software which should be a boon to some.portal for the boards. Weve already covered the boards in Also supplied is a copy of CyberLinks MediaEspresso 6.5, butpretty good detail, but we missed a couple of things worth sadly this is only a trial version which is limited to 30-days orpointing out. 50 conversions to H.264. For those of you interested in getting an idea of what these boards cost, we can help out with that as well. All three boardsIt looks like ASRock has had itchy fingers and has launched are already listed for sale in the UK with the Z68 Extreme4its Z68 boards a little bit on the early side, as all three of its listed for £145 (S$293), the Z68 Pro3 for £135 (S$273) and theZ68 boards are now listed on its website alongside a dedicated Z68 Pro3-M for £125 (S$252). Were fairly certain that theseportal for the boards. Weve already covered the boards in arent the final board prices, as the difference between thepretty good detail, but we missed a couple of things worth models; especially the Z68 Extreme4 is simply just too small.pointing out.For starters, ASRock is making a big deal out of the PLXPEX8608 PCI Express switch on the Z68 Extreme4, although Exclusive: Intels Cedarviewwere not quite sure what the fuss is about. As the Z68Extreme4 has a third x16 slot (x4 electrically) the PLX switch Atom to sport PowerVRhas make do with a single PCI Express lane from the chipset graphicswhich is then split between the two x1 PCI Express slots, the Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/exclusive-intel-s-cedarview-atom-to-Gigabit Ethernet controller and the PCI bridge chip. ASRock sport-powervr-graphics/12117.htmlclaims that this is better than solutions where things are May 9th, 2011disabled when you add a card in the third x16 slot and thatmight very well be the case, but were not sure wed be willingto trade down the performance of everything else on themotherboard for it. Unlike the current desktop and netbook Atom CPUs, Intels next generation of “full fat” Atom processors wont be using Intel graphics, instead the company has extended its licensing with PowerVR and well be seeing an SGX545 graphics core in these new Atom processors. This is actually quite a significant step for Intel as it indicates a move away from its own graphics IP for the entire Atom series of CPUs. 1
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Quick hands on with theUnlike the current desktop and netbook Atom CPUs, Intelsnext generation of “full fat” Atom processors wont be using Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3Intel graphics, instead the company has extended its licensing Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/quick-hands-on-with-the-gigabyte-ga-with PowerVR and well be seeing an SGX545 graphics core in z68x-ud3h-b3/12116.htmlthese new Atom processors. This is actually quite a significant May 9th, 2011step for Intel as it indicates a move away from its own graphicsIP for the entire Atom series of CPUs.The good news is that this should at least in theory significantlyboost the performance of the GPU in the upcoming Atomprocessors, although PowerVRs SGX545 isnt exactly a cuttingedge GPU design these days. It is in fact similar to what Intelcalls the GMA 500 or GMA 600, both of which are based There has been some "concern" from Gigabytes competitorson PowerVRs SGX535 graphics core. New features include that the company wasnt going to offer any Z68 motherboardsDirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0 support (the GPU is capable of with display connectivity, in fact, some of its competitors haveOpenGL 3.2, but Intel seems to only go as far as 3.0) as well been so "concerned" that theyve sent out material stating thisas hardware accelerated video decoding for MPEG-2, MPEG-4 to media in certain parts of the world. Well, it turns out thatpart 2, VC1, WMV9 and the all-important H.264 codec. it couldnt be further from the truth and yesterday you saw the GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 and today we have a few hands onWere looking at different clock speeds depending on if its a pictures of the GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 for your ogling pleasure.desktop or mobile CPU and the desktop CPUs will have theGPU clocked at 640MHz while the mobile CPUs will have itclocked at 400MHz. At worst this is about twice as fast as There has been some "concern" from Gigabytes competitorsPowerVRs original 200MHz clock speed that it expected the that the company wasnt going to offer any Z68 motherboardsSGX545 to be clocked at. At 200MHz PowerVR promised a fill with display connectivity, in fact, some of its competitors haverate of 40 million triangles/s and 1Gpixles/s using a 64-bit bus. been so "concerned" that theyve sent out material stating thisSo far we can only guess as to how itll perform in one of Intels to media in certain parts of the world. Well, it turns out thatnew Atom processors. it couldnt be further from the truth and yesterday you saw the GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 and today we have a few hands on pictures of the GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 for your ogling pleasure. In fact, we were told by Gigabyte that theyre confident to grab something close to 80 percent of the Z68 motherboard market at launch, with or without having display connectivity on its boards. Thats a pretty bold figure, although considering that Gigabyte has already unveiled it will have no less than 11 different boards to choose from once the Z68 chipset launches. On the other hand, Gigabyte isnt exactly going to be the only company launching boards this week, so itll be interesting to hear if the company manages to reach its goal in the end or not.Intel has also boosted the graphics support and not onlysupports single channel 24-bit LVDS for notebook/netbookdisplays with a resolution up to 1440x900, but also eDP1.1 which means all current and future notebook/netbookdisplays are supported. On the external side of things werefinally getting a couple of digital options to supplement thegood old D-Sub connector with HDMI 1.3a and DisplayPort 1.1support.Memory support is still limited to single channel, but Intelhas decided to boost the capacity to 4GB across the boardand some CPUs will also support DDR3 1067MHz memory.Pretty much everything else remains the same as far as were But enough talk about market share, lets take a look at theaware right now, but were fairly certain things will continue board. The Z68X-UD3H is Gigabytes only full ATX board withto change before the launch sometime later this year and display connectivity at launch as far as were aware, with theno, it wont be at Computex unless Intel manages to pull off more affordable Z68A-D3H set to follow somewhat later downsomething spectacular. the line. Its a fairly feature rich board and we cant see too many users complaining about whats on offer. The slot layout is pretty standard with two x16 PCI Express slots that operate 2
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonein dual x8 mode when both are in use, three x1 PCI Express of their case accessories, the Baymaster S, which promises toslots and two PCI slots. make the 3.5” bay of your computer case useful again. Akasa is a company with a very wide products range, with most of them focus around computer cases, accessories, power and cooling products. Today we are going to have a look at one of their case accessories, the Baymaster S, which promises to make the 3.5” bay of your computer case useful again. Akasa is an old and very well known company; their group launched back in 1997 and they have been releasing retail products since 2000. The Baymaster S, which we will review today, is an upgrade of the highly successful Baymaster whichThere are headers for two USB 3.0 ports (via an Etron was not released more than a year ago. Their only differencecontroller), eight USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port and a serial is that the new Baymaster S features USB 3.0 support, whichport. Gigabyte has added a pair of extra SATA 6Gbps ports to makes a world of difference in terms of performance.the board, although you only get seven ports in total, as oneof the Intel SATA 3Gbps ports have been used as an eSATAport. The VRM design is of a 6+1 type and were not sold on Manufacturer’s features and specificationsthe heatsink which is held in place by two push-pins, but thatsreally a minor issue. • 2.5” SATA HDD / SSD dockAround the back we have four USB 2.0 ports, a PS/2 port, twoUSB 3.0 ports, a FireWire port, the aforementioned eSATA • Super speed USB 3.0 connectionport, a Gigabit Ethernet port, 7.1-channel audio with optical S/ • 4-slots memory card readerPDIF out and a full set of display connectors which includesD-Sub, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. • Choice of fascia color • Hot Swappable for quick HDD docking • All capacity HDD supported • SDXC supported Application 3.5" PC bay Memory card slots 4 Memory card types Memory Stick (MS Pro, MS Pro Duo, Magic Gate,On the downside this isnt going to be a super cheap board Extreme, Ultra)as weve found it listed online already for US$179 (S$221). Secure Digital (SDXC, SDHC,The Z68A-D3H is a fair bit cheaper at around US$138 (S SD, Ultra, Extreme, Elite Pro,$170); although we still dont know what features Gigabyte has High Speed, MMC, MMCdropped apart from using a standard PCB (read less copper per Mobile)layer). On a side note we also spotted pricing for the Z68MA-D2H, Gigabytes budget mATX Z68 board which was listed for Extreme Digital (X card, TypeUS$131 (S$162). H, Type M) M2 (Memory Stick MicroReview : Akasa Baymaster S M2)Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/review--akasa-baymaster-s/12114.htmlMay 9th, 2011 microSD (microSDHC, High Capacity) Interface HDD Docking: USB 3.0 ( 2.0/1.1/1.0 compatible ) Card reader: USB 2.0 (1.1/1.0 compatible) Data transfer rate HDD docking: up to 5Gb/sAkasa is a company with a very wide products range, with most (USB 3.0) and 480Mb/s (USBof them focus around computer cases, accessories, power and 2.0)cooling products. Today we are going to have a look at one Card reader: up to 480 Mb/s 3
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneLED indication Power On, Card In & Data get my hands on one to review. How will it compare to its big Transfer brother, the Dragon Rider? Would it make a good candidatePower mode USB powered for your next build? Well read on to find out more.PC connection Internal USB motherboard G.Skill Sniper Series PC3-12800 8GB Kit Review header, USB3.0 A male Description: While out of the box the G.Skill Sniper Series connector kit were looking at today comes with only a 1600MHz DDRSupported OS Windows 2000 / XP / clock, it does carry with it a 7-8-7-24-1T @ 1.6v setup. These VISTA / 7 are some tight timings which are made only better by the factPlug & Play Supported 1.6v is required and not the typical 1.65v. Being a new series also means weve got a new heatsink design. The Sniper SeriesProduct code AK-ICR-10U3 carries with it a heatsink that resembles, well, a sniper rifle. Its not a bad looking heatsink and the crosshair like bits on each end add a nice touch.The Daily VR-Zone News Sapphire Pure Black P67 Hydra Motherboard ReviewSummary - 9 May 2011 Description: While Sapphire did a good job with the X58 chipset, we indeed wondered how theyd go when it came to theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--9- newer P67 one. While most will argue that the X58 is the muchmay-2011/12115.html better platform with Triple Channel memory and proper x16 /May 9th, 2011 x16 lane setups, the P67 platform brings a breath of fresh air into the computer rooms of budding overclockers and general enthusiasts everywhere thanks to its great overclocking ability on the Intel i7 2600k processor. With some extremely strong options already available, the question is, should the PureIn todays news roundup: Acers LED-backlit, twisted- Black P67 Hydra from Sapphire be one we should look at?nematic, 3D-capable monitor, the HN274H, gets reviewed; Well, theres only one way to find out, but before we look at theAntecs latest addition to its HCP line of power supply units performance side of things lets first have a much closer lookor PSUs, the Antec HCP-1200, gets reviewed; A fundamental at what exactly the board has to offer.flaw in the design of most existing graphics APIs used toenable GPU-accelerated graphics processing on PCs have led Sentey Black Box Series BX1-4284 Mid Tower Case Review @to the discovery of several low-level security holes in the newly Bigbruin.comannounced WebGL stack for browsers; Electrical engineers in Description: Sentey wants to be considered among theKorea have reportedly found a way to charge a cellphone by premium do-it-yourself brands, and with the Black Box Seriesutilizing sound energy found in ambient noise and standard BX1-4284 mid tower case they are well on their way. Versionphone conversations; Sony has officially confirmed that the 2.1 of their black series case certainly didnt disappoint.company has no intention of restoring its online PlayStation We were immediately impressed with the fit-and-finish ofNetwork services until it has fully tested and verified the the overall build and the implementation of the tool-lessintegrity of the new security measures implemented to prevent functionality.such occurances from happening again, and Rumour has it Cooler Master Elite 371 Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviewsthat Microsoft may be attempting to steal some of Nintendos Description: Not too long ago all custom computer buildsthunder at the upcoming E3 by announcing its own successor where done using beige boxes. Unlike their mass-built cousins,to the Xbox 360 at the event as well. these cases had very few externally defining features. In theHardware news last five years, this has changed with many cases having very useful features or being very showy. Sadly, this has come atAcer HN274H 27-inch 120Hz 3D Monitor Review @Hi Tech price, and with each year the costs of computer enclosuresLegion have risen. Cooler Master has addressed these rising costs withDescription: The Acer HN274H 3D Monitor is a widescreen the Elite series of cases and with its newest addition the Elitemonitor with an LED backlit Twisted-Nematic panel. The Acer 371. Priced for only $49.99, Benchmark Reviews determinesHN274H 3D Monitor has a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz at if the Elite 371 has everything that is needed in cases or if toothe native resolution of 1920x1080. Users who have multiple many corners have been cut for the sake of cost.devices can make use of the Acer HN274H’s four HDMI 1.4ports as well as the Dual-Link DVI port for 3D entertainment. Antec HCP-1200 Watt Power Supply ReviewAt the back of the Acer HN274H, there is a VGA port as well Description: Antec is arguably the most well-known nameas an Audio-in jack for use of the built-in speakers. The 3D in the computer power supply industry and rightfully so.Vision emitter is also built into the top front bezel of the Acer Theyve been around since 1986 and have provided qualityHN274H so it is ready to be used with the bundled 3D Vision power supplies, cases, cooling products and more that fit theglasses right out of the box after the user installs the latest need of just about any type of build for both businesses andNVIDIA 3D Vision drivers. consumers. Over the last few years weve seen a large refresh in many of Antecs product lines, especially their power supplies.In-Win BUC Review Today we are taking a look at the Antec High Current ProDescription: In Win recently released their new BUC mid- 1200W power supply, the highest output PSU offered in thetower case to their DESTINY-Lite series. I was lucky enough to new HCP series. 4
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneG.Skill RipjawsX 2133 MHz review (German) Description: Were still not sure whats stylistic about SmartDescription: (Machine translation) The G.SKILL RipjawsX Card readers, fingerprint scanners and TPM modules, but you4GB DDR3-2133 CL9 Memory-Kit arrived Technic3D. wont find them in many slates, so if youve been consideringTechnic3D will see as good they are on Windows 7 64 Bit, the Fujitsu Q550 -- which has one of each -- todays your luckyUbuntu 10.10 and the Gigabyte X58-UD7 Mainboard. You can day. The Oak Trail-powered Windows 7 tablet with a 10.1-inch,see 2.133MHz (1,65V) with 9-10-9-28 (2T) and more in the 1280 x 800 IPS screen is ready for US pre-orders today, withfollowing Review. $729 bringing you the base model with a 30GB solid state drive and a two-cell rechargeable battery. $849 upgrades the slateConsumer Electronics and Software News to 62GB of storage and four cells worth of swappable Lithium-Security flaws in new WebGL technology put PCs and data at ion joy, while both sport front and rear cameras, HDMI out, arisk bootable USB 2.0 port, a full-size SD slot and dual-band 802.11Description: Researchers at Context Information Security, an a/b/g/n WiFi. Lets just hope the UI is a tad more optimizedinternational security consultancy, have uncovered serious than last time.security flaws in the new WebGL technology that creates Gaming news3D graphics in a browser with the same speed and detailas hardware-accelerated PC games and applications. Context Razer Onza Tournament Edition Review - XSReviewssays that design level security issues give potentially malicious Description: Hardcore PC gamers will certainly be noweb pages low level access to graphics cards that could provide strangers to Razer and their gaming peripherals. Foundeda ‘back door’ for hackers and compromise data stored on in 1998 to create the Boomslang mouse, the company hasinternet-connected machines. exclusively worked on PC peripherals until 2009, when they announced the first of a new range of console accessories: theEssential Windows 7 Tweaks: Part 3 @ Computing on DemandDescription: Every person has different tastes when it comes Razer Chimera 5.1 gaming headset and the Razer Onza, anto their installation of Windows. Through the years that have XBox 360 controller. Read on to find out how the Onza stacksbeen many things that I do right off the bat when getting up against the official Microsoft variants.my install "just right". In the XP days, the first thing I would PSN Security Still Being Tested, Waiting Continuesdo was to stretch the taskbar, enable Quick Launch, add Description: As one would expect following a debacle likean address bar, unlock it, then move those around a bit. If whats happened with the PlayStation Network, Sony hasmy taskbar wasnt set up this way, I HATED IT... in fact, I made security its top priority. As such, that means it wont justwould move other peoples around when I worked on their throw PSN back online without thoroughly testing the strengthcomputers! Windows 7 is no different for me, however, the of PSNs infrastructure. In other words, the waiting continueslist isnt as exhaustive yet. We covered Part 1 and Part 2 of a after 16 days.multipart series, here is Part 3 Rumor: Microsoft Preparing to Announce Xbox 360 SuccessorAmazon Cloud Player Quietly Begins Working On iOS Devices! at E3 in JuneDescription: Back in March, alongside the roll out of Amazon’s Description: Nintendo plans to unveil its Wii successor atnew cloud-based music upload/player service, we noted one E3 in June, and according to one report, it might not beglaring problem: it didn’t work on iOS devices. You might the only console maker revealing next gen hardware onthink this had to due with Flash or another technology that iOS gamings biggest stage. UK publication Develop is reportingwasn’t compatible with, but it wasn’t. It looked like something that Microsoft could be preparing to counter Nintendoselse was simply blocking it from working. Well, good news. Project Cafe with its Xbox 360 successor at E3.That’s no longer the case.Korean technology could power phones by talkingDescription: Electrical engineers in Korea have created a Xperia arc smartphone headsmethod of recharging a cellphone by sound. This could for Japan, gets a name changeinclude ambient noise, music or even speech so a userhaving a conversation would charge the battery, UK daily The in the process Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/xperia-arc-smartphone-heads-for-Telegraph reported this weekend. The louder the noise, the japan-gets-a-name-change-in-the-process/12112.htmlmore electricity flows into the battery as well. May 9th, 2011Windows Phone 7 Mango: more features leakedDescription: Earlier today, we reported about what newfeatures the Windows Phone 7 Mango update would bring,well it turns out that it wasn’t the last of what has beenrevealed. A Chinese website called Cnblogs.com has leaked The Xperia arc may have had its time in the headlines for anew footage of what WP7 Mango will be bringing. Even though while already, but for reasons unknown, the Android-poweredthe images from the site have been removed, the folks over smartphone produced by Sony Ericsson has yet to see the lightat LiveSide.net managed to save the images before they were of day in Japan, in spite of the joint venture between Ericssontaken down. and Japans electronics giant. That is all set to change though:Fujitsus Stylistic Q550 business slate up for US pre-orders, apparently, Sony Ericsson has confirmed that the Xperia arcstarting at $729 will get its day in the Japanese market...with a few Japanese- centric tweaks, of course. Read on to find out more. 5
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Silicon Power to showcase next gen. memory products at Computex 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/silicon-power-to-showcase-next-gen.- memory-products-at-computex-2011/12110.html May 9th, 2011The Xperia arc may be a popular smartphone in its own right,but chances are most people will be raising a few eyebrowsupon learning of the fact that the smartphone has yet tobe introduced to the Japanese market. After all, the generalsentiment is that the Xperia arc is a Sony Ericsson product,which in turn is a joint venture between Ericsson and one of During COMPUTEX, SILICON POWER is going to displayJapans most powerful electronics company; as such, Japan a full range of next generation products such as the latestshould be entitled to first dibs on any new Sony Ericsson phone "chameleon" Blaze series USB 3.0 flash drive, military-gradethat leaves the factory. external hard drive Armor A15 series, Stream S20 PHDHowever, it would seem that Japanese keen on getting their that is designed in semblance with Italian sports car withown Xperia arc smartphone may not have to wait long, as Sony super fast speed, Diamond D10 features classic checkeredEricsson has announced a similar smartphone will indeed design bringing stylish and elegant looks, CF600X memorybe released for the Japanese market, along with a slightly cards with 64GB , USB3.0 card reader, overclocking memorydifferent name. Say, would you happen to fancy an Xperia modules with unique heat sink design as well as new SSDsacro? using SandForce controllers. From May 31st to June 4th, 2011 SILICON POWER is going to participate in 2011 Taipei COMPUTEX and express vivid and bright spirit bringing visitors absolutely new feeling! With the mission of creating unique experience for users SILICON POWER will present a full range of memory products at the exhibition, including the various memory cards that have already won trust and recognition among consumers. Besides high speed performance and wide range of storageAccording to Sony Ericsson, the new Xperia acro will come capacities SILICON POWER memory cards also have thebundled with key features such as a 4.2-inch Reality Display, space for users to mark the card with own labeling wordsa Mobile BRAVIA Engine, "Exmor R for mobile" technology to easily find the most beautiful shots. Moreover, SILICONthat supposedly allows for low-noise images captured by the POWER is going to demonstrate a wide variety of USBacros 8.1-megapixel camera, and Android 2.3 preloaded into flash drives and portable hard drives featuring various styles,it. However, it does not change the fact that we are essentially no matter what the consumers strive for - higher securitydescribing the specifications of Xperia arc, of which the acro is and protection, fashionable looks or sporty style, they canessentially a carbon copy. easily express individual style with the full range of SILICON POWER storage devices. If you would like to witness allStill, the Xperia acro does come with a couple of features that the vibrant and unique products, welcome to visit SILICONwere not present in the Xperia arcs global release; for one, the POWER booth at 2011 Taipei COMPUTEX.acro sports mobile TV functionality which allows for viewing oflive TV broadcasts, as well as an infrared port for data sharingbetween devices over short range distances. Last but not least, SILICON POWER Nangang Exhibition Hall (Booth number?Sony Ericsson claims that the Xperia acro will feature a mobile J608, J616, J708, J716)wallet that allows consumers to use their smartphone to "payfor a wide range of digital and hard goods", which suggests thatusers of the Xperia acro may get to play with NFC technologywhen the phone hits retail shelves in Japan from summer During COMPUTEX SILICON POWER with its new andonwards. vivid brand image is going to display a full range of next generation products. Driven by innovation new products are meant to change consumer technology life. You are welcomed to experience all that at SILICON POWER booth! Total upgrade to USB 3.0 for super-speed data transfer 6
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone use the latest controller Sandforce and demonstrate high speed performance!USB 3.0 interface moves towards popularization, its featuresbandwidth that is 10 times the bandwidth of traditionalinterface. SILICON POWER being a leading manufacture With the mission of creating unique consumer experienceintroduces new super-speed UFD, PHD and card readers. SILICON POWER will exhibit key products in newHigh resolution videos, photos, music and other files are demonstration area. Please visit SILICON POWER booth andtransferred at extremely high speeds! experience new vibrant products and the latest technology trends! Jabra FREEWAY review: your hands or the freeway Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/jabra-freeway-review-your-hands-or- the-freeway/12087.html May 9th, 2011The latest "chameleon" Blaze series USB flash drive has frontdesign pattern using heat-sensitive ink; at the time when usersexperience super-fast data transfer color of the pattern will Like it or not, most owners of mobile phones are now slaveschange and make file transfer more unique and more fun. to their devices, and it shows. Now that workiing schedules have become tighter and workers are expected to be able to answer work-related phone calls regardless of time, locationThis time SILICON POWER is going to announce new addition and occasion, it would make sense that the need to be alwaysof award winning military-grade external hard drive series! connected has reached the point whereby even an activity suchBesides shock proof features of Armor A15 has LED indicators as driving now has to play host to the act of answering a phoneof capacity usage that let users to check available capacity at call. So how can drivers safely deal with calls while ensuringa glance! that their hands remain on the wheel at all times? Simple; they use a wireless in-car, voice-controlled speaker system, like the FREEWAY which we have here from Jabra.Meeting needs of personal style expression SILICON POWERintroduces Stream S20 PHD that is designed in semblancewith Italian sports car with super fast speed combiningpowerful performance and style! Diamond D10 features classiccheckered design bringing stylish and elegant looks for usersto enjoy high performance and experience new technologycombined with fashion.Professional photographers and amateurs would be interestedin new upgrade of CF600X memory cards with 64GBthat enables photographers to exploit their potential to themaximum and enjoy exciting high-definition moments. Inaddition to high-speed memory cards SILICON POWER willdisplay USB3.0 card reader that not only supports majority of Everybody knows that the mobile phone is one ofmemory cards but also reads SDXC UHS-I high-speed cards; the most important gadgets for maintaining constantmoreover, it allows high-end memory cards to demonstrate telecommunication in todays highly connected world.their transfer speeds! However, it is also an open secret that the easy accessibility that comes with a mobile phone can also be seen as the biggest curse to ever befall man. And this is especially true if oneUpgrade DRAM?SSD meeting gamer needs considers how phones are now being left on 24 hours a day forSILICON POWER overclocking memory modules with unique all 365 days in the year, simply because one can never knowheat sink design have already received wide recognition when an emergency phone call willcome in.among gamers and overclocking fans. This time at SILICON Unfortunately, this has also resulted in people forming anPOWER is going to present new heat sink design that addiction to their mobile phones up to the point where onesignificantly improves thermal dissipation. In addition Solid would commonly find anxious mobile phone owners yappingState Drives (SSD) meant to enhance computer performance or typing away on the mobile phones even while driving, in 7
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonespite of its obvious illegality. This is where Jabras FREEWAY the Data Storage Products Area (1F / NANGANG Exhibitionin-car speaker comes in; a nifty device which allows users to hall).remotely control their mobile phones with nothing more thanvoice commands, thus eliminating the need for fiddling withtheir handsets while on the move (and keeping themselves on You will be able to sample the latest storage technology at MXthe right side of the law). So how does the FREEWAY fair? VR- booth. Static and live demos are planned showcasing the mostZone puts it to the test. recent SATA3 SSDs, high-end USB 3.0 pendrives, low-latency overclocking DDR3 memory. In addition you will be able toBefore that, a quick introduction of the Jabra FREEWAYs find out more about MX Industrial SSD solutions in a specialspecifications is in order: designated area showcasing a wide variety of interfaces, formJabra FREEWAY Bluetooth factors and capacities.in-car speaker specificationsBluetooth version v2.1 + EDR specification COMPUTEX at A Glance:Supported Bluetooth profiles A2DP 1.2, AVRCP 1.0, HFP (Hands Free Profile v1.5), • Event: COMPUTEX 2011 (Taipei, Taiwan) HFP (Headset profile), PBAP • When: May 31st – June 4thSupported modes EDR (2 and 3 Mb), SCO, eSCO, Sniff mode • Where: NANGANG Hall 1FOperating range Up to 10m • Booth: K0202 (Data Storage Products Area)Maximum number of paired Up to 8 devices or 2 active atdevices the same timeBattery life Up to 14 hours talktime, up to HP introduces new stylish 20 days standbyMicrophones SLR = 16 dB +/- 3 dB laptops and convertible tablet 2 x 4mm Omni-directional in Singapore microphone Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-introduces-new-stylish-laptops-Speakers 300 - 18.000 Hz and-convertible-tablet-in-singapore/12106.html RLR = 0 dB +/- 3 dB May 9th, 2011 1 x 4 Ohm / 2 x 6 OhmCOMPUTEX :Mach Xtreme todemo SATA3 SSDs and Low HP has introduced their new laptops and convertible ProBook 5330m, the EliteBook 2560p and 2760p, and ENVY14 BeatsLatency Memory edition notebook PC. The new mobile computers will beSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/computex-mach-xtreme-to-demo- available from mid May to June.sata3-ssds-and-low-latency-memory/12109.htmlMay 9th, 2011 You will be able to sample the latest storage technologyat MX booth at Nangang Hall 1F, K0202. Static and livedemos are planned showcasing the most recent SATA3 SSDs,high-end USB 3.0 pendrives, low-latency overclocking DDR3memory. In addition you will be able to find out more aboutMX Industrial SSD solutions in a special designated areashowcasing a wide variety of interfaces, form factors andcapacities.Taipei, Taiwan—May 9, 2011— Mach Xtreme Technology Inc., Today, HP unveiled their sleek and ultra-portable notebooka leading provider of top performance, user-friendly designed PCs and a convertible tablet PC that aim to deliver enhancedPC components and solid state drives for industrial solutions, mobile experience for users on the move. The new productsinvites you to visit us at COMPUTEX 2011. The exhibition include the HP ProBook m-series and EliteBook p-seriesis one of the world’s largest gathering of IT manufacturers, models, and the refreshed HP ENVY14 Beats Editiondistributors and system integrators of industrial PCs. MX will Notebook PC.showcase its complete retail and industrial product line-up in HP ProBook 5330m – thin, stylish and affordable 8
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDesigned for business professionals who want style,performance and affordability, the HP ProBook 5330mmeasures less than 1-inch thick, and weighs approximately1.8kg. Besides a 13.3-inch diagonal HD screen, it also hasa backlit keyboard, making it easier to type in low-lightenvironments.The new ProBook is powered by the latest second-generation Intel Core i5 and i3 dual-core standard voltageprocessors delivering solid performance, includes the InfineonProfessional TPM Package for enhanced hardware-based datasecurity. Optional Intel vPro technology is also availableto improve security and remote manageability for on-the-goprofessionals. HP ENVY 14 Beats Edition Notebook PC The HP ENVY14 Beats edition notebook PC features HP CoolSense 2.0 technology and utilizes advanced hardware and intelligent software for a noticeably cooler notebook. The HP CoolSense 2.0 automatically adjusts and delivers optimum level of comfort according to the user’s personal preferences. It also comes with the second-generation Intel Core processors and an updated clickpad with integrated buttons. The premium machine boasts a precision-etched metal alloy case with a 14.5-inch diagonal, HD BrightView Infinity LED display for an eye-popping viewing experience and Beats Audio for richer, more detailed sound. Pricing and availabilityHP EliteBook 2560p and 2760p – light, powerful and travel- - The HP ProBook 5330m starts at US$799 and is expected toready be available in mid May.In a stylish platinum finish, the HP EliteBook 2560p and - The HP EliteBook 2560p starts at US$1,299 and is expectedEliteBook 2760p tablet PC are ideal for enterprises and users to be available in late May; the HP EliteBook 2760p starts atwho need a rugged and highly mobile notebook. The HP US$1,399 and is expected to be available in mid May.EliteBook 2560p sports a thin, clamshell form factor, 12.5- - Pricing and availability for the HP 2560p Docking Station ininch LED-backlit HD 16-inch x 9-inch display. Despite its APJ will be announced at a later date.small size, users can take advantage of the EliteBook’s opticaldrive for added on-the-go convenience. Offering the same - The ENVY14 Beats Edition Notebook PC starts at US$1,799functionality as a conventional business notebook along with and is expected to be available from 10 June.the flexibility of a writing tablet, the HP EliteBook 2760pallows for pen use or finger touch. Biostar to demo AMD 900Both EliteBook models offer second-generation Intel Core i7or i5 dual-core processors, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Series Gaming PCs atand vPro technology, allowing for enhanced performance and Computex 2011responsiveness. They also feature full-size 7200 RPM hard Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/biostar-to-demo-amd-900-series-drives and Solid State Drives (SSDs). gaming-pcs-at-computex-2011/12108.htmlThe new ProBook and EliteBook notebooks also offer HP’s May 9th, 2011full proprietary innovations, including HP QuickWeb 3.0, HPPower Assistant, HP Connection Manager, HP ProtectToolsand HP Fingerprint Sensor.Docking solutions for a customized workspaceThe new HP 2560p Docking Station makes it easy for businessprofessionals to maintain the connectivity and comfort of Biostar will be at Nangang Exhibition Hall - 4thnotebook usage while working from a fixed station. The Floor, L1317a and you’ll find the newest product launchdocking station offers four USB ports, eSATA, DisplayPort from Intel, AMD and Nvidia, as well as BIOSTAR Cloudand VGA ports for added connectivity to peripherals and Operation product portfolios. Visitors will find a “iCafe Area”compatibility with an array of video devices. where they have teamed up with Thermaltake to show off BIOSTAR gaming PCs built by Intel Z68/P67/H67 and AMD 990FX/970X/A75 chipset motherboards. Biostar also plans to showcase a complete line-up of compact, all-in-one, cost 9
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneeffective motherboards that perfectly designed for “Home in early Q3. The dual-Barts card is expected to be revealed atEntertainment PC”. Computex, in three weeks time. Each GPU consists of 1GB GDDR5. The surprise is the power configuration - 2 x 8-pin. Considering the Radeon HD 6870s TDP of 150W, this suggests that the PowerColor board is either very overclocking friendly or features overclocked Barts GPUs. Either way, the dual-Barts board will be no slouch,Taipei, Taiwan - May 9, 2011 - Biostar Microtech Int’l Corp. a outperforming the likes of HD 6970 and even the GTX 580processional manufacturer of Motherboard, Graphic Card and in most benchamrks. Of course, it will be no match for theEmbedded solutions, once again has its sights set on making GTX 590 or HD 6990. Considering a Radeon HD 6870 sellsa big splash at Computex 2011 between May 31st to June 4th in the ~$200 range, this card has the potential to undercutin Taipei, Taiwan. the GTX 580 significantly, while offering better performance. Pricing it lower than $400 will likely cannibalize HD 6970 sales, however.In recent years, Biostar motherboard has successfully buildup its reputation known as “the best performance and value Visually, the card is very long - possibly in the 11" range. Themotherboard provider”. This year at Computex, we’d like two GPUs are much closer to each other than on the HD 6990,to invite you visit us at “Nangang Exhibition Hall - 4th suggesting PowerColor is not opting for the middle fan design.Floor, L1317a”; you’ll find the newest product launch from The card is unnamed and this leaves a branding dillemma.Intel, AMD and Nvidia, as well as BIOSTAR Cloud Operation Initially, the rumour mill had previously decided to call dual-product portfolios. Barts the HD 6890. However, in terms of performance, HD 6980 wil be more accurate.With the focus and success in specific PC applications, The dual-Barts cards will be followed by dual-GF114 in Q3.visitors will find a “iCafe Area” where we strategic alliance While the GF114 based solution might end up faster, it will usewith Thermaltake to show off BIOSTAR gaming PCs built a lot more power and likely cost more.by Intel Z68/P67/H67 and AMD 990FX/970X/A75 chipsetmotherboards. Meanwhile, we also showcase a complete line-up of compact, all-in-one, cost effective motherboards that AT&T set to launch Samsungperfectly designed for “Home Entertainment PC”. Infuse 4G smartphone in US Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/at-t-set-to-launch-samsung-infuse-4g- smartphone-in-us/12105.html May 9th, 2011Powercolor Barts/6800 Dual-GPU PicturedSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/powercolor-barts6800-dual-gpu-pictured/12107.htmlMay 9th, 2011 If you think smartphones with 4-inch displays are quite huge for the hand, wait till you see the new Samsung Infuse 4G. The Infuse 4G sports a giant 4.5-inch screen and AT&T will be retailing this smartphone in US soon.SemiAccurate have leaked a pictured of Powercolor Dual-GPUboard based on Barts / 6800. Both dual-Barts and dual-GF114are on the cards (no pun intended), with a release scheduled 10
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone even some decent overclocking. What really caught our eye though was the three x16 slots of which two are switchable in dual x8 mode and the third one being a x4 slot. In theory you could run three graphics cards in this board, but at least two of them would have to be single slot cards. Theres also a single x1 PCI Express slot available.AT&T has announced the Samsung Infuse 4G, which the telcooperator claimed to be its fastest HSPA+ smartphone yet. Thesmartphone is AT&Ts only HSPA+ phone certified at HSDPACAT 14 (downlink, 14 Mbps) and HSUPA CAT 6 (uplink, 6Mbps). Moving on we have a header for two front USB 3.0 ports via anMeasuring 8.99mm thin, the Samsung Infuse 4G is powered Etron host controller, no less than five headers for 10 USB 2.0by 1.2GHz processor and sports a huge 4.5-inch Super ports, seven SATA ports of which three are SATA 3Gbps andAMOLED Plus touchscreen. It runs Android 2.2 (Froyo) four are SATA 6Gbps and for some reason a serial port header.and features 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 2GB MicroSD card Around the back we have four USB 2.0 ports, another two(expandable up to 32GB). USB 3.0 ports using another Etron controller, an eSATA port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a PS/2 port, 7.1-channel audio withThe Samsung Infuse 4G will be available in AT&T stores and optical S/PDIF out and a set of four display ports consisting ofonline on 15 May at US$199.99 with a two-year contract. a D-Sub, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.Exclusive: Gigabyte GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 picturesSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/exclusive-gigabyte-ga-z68mx-ud2h-b3-pictures/12102.htmlMay 9th, 2011 Overall an impressive mATX board and its so far only the third mATX Z68 board weve seen to date. It compares well in terms of features with both MSI and ASRock and we can see this being a popular choice for those that are looking for a compact gaming rig. The board is already listed with some online retailers in Italy for around €140 (S$249) which seems a little bit on the pricey side, but you do get a lot of features forWere now merely days from the Z68 chipset launch which will your money and its on par with what ASRocks Z68 Pro3-M isofficially take place on the 11th, but the leaks keep on coming listed for. Only a few more days to go now…and we can now as first publication show a couple of picturesof Gigabytes upcoming mATX Z68 board, the GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3. The board is actually quite unusual for a mATX First Look: MSI Z68A-GD80board and its packed to the brim with features, in fact, wed (Updated)daresay that its one of Gigabytes best Z68 boards. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-look-msi-z68a-gd80- updated-/12035.html May 9th, 2011Were now merely days from the Z68 chipset launch which willofficially take place on the 11th, but the leaks keep on comingand we can now as first publication show a couple of picturesof Gigabytes upcoming mATX Z68 board, the GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3. The board is actually quite unusual for a mATXboard and its packed to the brim with features, in fact, weddaresay that its one of Gigabytes best Z68 boards. Joining the Intel Z68 club is MSIs Z68A-GD80. We take aIt might not have the most advanced VRM design with a 6+1 peek at the features with which MSI hopes to make its boardsetup, but this should still be plenty for a mATX board and 11
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonestand out from the rest. (Updated with BIOS pictures & SSD will improve the overclocking capabilities of installed graphicscaching preview!) cards.Several of the MSI Z68A-GD80s features are prominentlyadvertised on its box, including of course the assurance thatyou are getting the trouble-free stepping of the chipset. Next, well be looking at the onboard features and expansion options offered by this motherboard.The Z68 PCH is passively cooled, which should come as nosurprise given that the TDPs of Intels recent chipsets have all EKL Releases New VGA Cooler Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ekl-releases-new-vga-come in under 10 watts. The CPU power delivery system, on cooler/12100.htmlthe other hand, gets a more elaborate cooling solution. May 9th, 2011 German based EKL has launched the Alpenfohn Peter, expanding its portfolio of performance VGA coolers. Measuring 253.8 x 44 x 100mm and weighinh 590g, the nickel plated cooler boasts a copper base, twelve 6mm copper pipes, 84 aluminum fins, and supports up to four 140mm fans (with a PCI mounting bracket). The Alpenföhn Peter, bundled 30 small heatsinks (for components on the graphic card), is compatible with most graphic accelerators out in the marketThe MSI Z68A-GD80 provides 12-phase power to the CPU today and will be available come 18 May at a MSRP of 54.90using MSIs DrMOS system. DrMOS uses integrated circuits Euro at www.caseking.de.that combine the MOSFET and its driver into a single chip, EKL PRESS RELEASEwhich MSI claims achieves 96% efficiency. By reducing thenumber of phases active when the system is not under load,power consumption can also be reduced. The number of activephases is indicated by a row of LEDs along the top edge of themotherboard. The cooling specialist Alpenföhn presents the successor of the Heidi VGA Cooler. The new cooler called Alpenföhn Peter utilizes twelve heatpipes and offers a much larger cooling areaThe memory and chipset each get 2-phase power. There is also than the Heidi. In addition, the fan rail allows for up to fouran additional PCIe 6-pin power connector, which MSI claims fans to be installed, so that the Peter is capable of dissipating 12
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneup to 420 Watt of heat. For a clean look, the entire surface ofthe VGA cooler has been Nickle plated.Modern graphic cards are very complex pieces of engineering,always pushing the envelope in speed, power consumption andthermal design power (TDP). In addition to this, graphic cardshave to be cooled while keeping the cooling unit within theconstrains of one or two PCI slots, so that it does not block anyadditional expansion slots of the mainboard. To generate therequired cooling performance in such tight quarters a noisyhigh speed fan tends to be the only option. An aftermarket cooler like the Alpenföhn Peter in turn is capable of taking on up to 420 Watt, making it the perfect fit for many high-end graphic cards like the AMD RADEON HD6970 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580. To guarantee the best compatibility, the Alpenföhn Peter includes various mounting materials which are to be placed on the underside of the cooler. Such a system also makes the Peter future-proof as it can be installed on upcoming cards by simply acquiring the newest mounting brackets. Twelve Nickle plated, copper heatpipes with a diameter of 6 millimeters guarantee the most efficient transport of heat from the GPU to the cooling fins of the Peter. 84 such Aluminum fins take the heat and pass it on to the surrounding air. This effect is catalyzed with the optional fans. To keep the strain of such the cooler on the mainboard to a minimum, Alpenföhn has included a mounting rail to hold these fans in place. This rail is attached to the PCI slots and can take up to four 140 mm fans. In such a configuration, two of the cooling units will be placed right above the cooling fins, while the other two are attached facing the side of the heatsink. These are especially effective with cases which feature an opening in the side panel to allow for fresh air to be pulled into the case. You are also free to install smaller fans - if your chassis does not offer enough space for example. Due to this system of customization, the user is free to create a unique configuration to suit the requirements. This allows for users who prefer silence as well as overclockers to pick their desired fans to cool the Alpenföhn Peter within their system. At launch, Caseking will be offering eight different cooler & fan bundles for the various needs and application scenarios. Besides the Alpenföhn Peter, the user will also receive a set of 30 small heatsinks, which are intended to cool the various components on the graphic card. A mix of different shapes and sizes guarantees the utmost compatibility. The Alpenföhn Peter - Universal High-End VGA Cooler will be available in mid May, for a price of 54.90 Euro at www.caseking.de. Various bundles containing the Alpenföhn Peter and between two and four fans, for both silent and performance applications will also be available from Caseking at that time. An overview of the various bundles can be found at www.caseking.depeter. A detailed compatibility list can be 13
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneviewed in the product description of the Alpenföhn Peter on important parts of Intels GPU. This means that transcoding/the Caseking website. encoding using the Intel GPU will be available on the P8Z67 Deluxe without the need of the display connectors.Exclusive: Asus P8Z68 Deluxe Want some more ROG series info? Well, ok then, were going to be nice and share what little we know. The first board will beand P8Z68-V specs leaked called the Maximus IV Extreme-Z and we have a feeling thatSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/exclusive-asus-p8z68-deluxe-and- this will just be a Maximus IV Extreme with the Z68 chipsetp8z68-v-specs-leaked/12099.html instead of the P67 chipset. The other board is a new additionMay 9th, 2011 and its a mATX board called the Maximus IV Gene-Z and its most likely going to launch at Computex. We might end up with display connectors on this board as its a brand new product, so fingers crossed for something different here. Once again it simply comes down to patience being a virtue, at least if you really want to get an ROG Z68 board. Intel SSD 311 Series LarsonThere has already been a fair few previews of Asus upcomingP8Z68-V Pro board, including our own preview of the board,however not much has been know about Asus other upcoming Creek Pictured and PricedZ68 boards, at least not until now. Surprisingly it appears that Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-ssd-311-series-larson-creek-Asus is only set to launch a total of three Z68 boards next week, pictured-and-priced/12097.htmlalthough the company is planning a pair of ROG boards for a May 9th, 2011slightly later launch according to launch details weve seen.There has already been a fair few previews of Asus upcomingP8Z68-V Pro board, including our own preview of the board,however not much has been know about Asus other upcomingZ68 boards, at least not until now. Surprisingly it appears thatAsus is only set to launch a total of three Z68 boards next week,although the company is planning a pair of ROG boards for a Information about Intel new SSD 311 Larson Creek 20GB hasslightly later launch according to launch details weve seen. creeped out last week and now we saw some photos of thisStarting with the P8Z68-V, we have a "feature light" version of SLC based SSD floating around the internet and even gotthe P8Z68-V Pro in essence, so the board lacks FireWire and benchmarked. As mentioned, Intel is going to pair this up withthe two extra SATA 6Gbps ports. Asus has also removed the their Z68 Express chipset to be launched on May 11th andbundled USB 3.0 bracket, but kindly left the extra two ports in we have already gone through in detailed about Intel Smartplace. Otherwise the feature set is more or less the same, with Response Technology, a hard drive caching algorithm which isthree x16 slots that work in dual x8 more for the first two and part of the Intel Rapid Storage Technology v10.5the last one is either a x4 or a x1 slot. You still get HDMI, DVIand D-Sub connectivity, Intel Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth, 7.1-channel audio, an eSATA port and of course two rear USB 3.0ports. Information about Intel new SSD 311 Larson Creek 20GB has creeped out last week and now we saw some photos of this SLC based SSD floating around the internet and even got benchmarked. As mentioned, Intel is going to pair this up withThe P8Z68 Deluxe on the other hand is a reworked P8P67 their Z68 Express chipset to be launched on May 11th andDeluxe so it lacks the display connectors. On the other hand we have already gone through in detailed about Intel Smartit had dual Gigabit Ethernet and four SATA 6Gbps ports Response Technology, a hard drive caching algorithm which isports as well as a bundled drive bay adapter for two USB part of the Intel Rapid Storage Technology v10.53.0 ports. Interestingly, Asus has still managed to make thisboard work with Lucid Logix Virtu software, although only inwhats known as d-mode, but it should allow for access to the 14
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThere are two form factors available for SSD 311 series; 2.5" May 9th, 2011SATA and 2.5" mSATA. The key features of these SSDs are asfollow : When it rains, it pours and the leaks about AMDs upcoming 900-series of AM3+ chipsets are now appearing on a daily basis. A detailed spec sheet of Asus six upcoming AMD 900- series chipset motherboards have tipped up on a Swedish website and although we have no idea what any of the boards except the already leaked M5A99X EVO will look like, we do at least know what features theyll come with. When it rains, it pours and the leaks about AMDs upcoming 900-series of AM3+ chipsets are now appearing on a daily basis. A detailed spec sheet of Asus six upcoming AMD 900- series chipset motherboards have tipped up on a Swedish website and although we have no idea what any of the boards • Intel® X25-M SSD 80GB performance with the except the already leaked M5A99X EVO will look like, we do convenience of a single drive letter (C:) at least know what features theyll come with. • SATA 3Gb/s (SATA Revision 2.0) So first up we have three AMD 970 boards, all three are full • 20GB capacity, 2.5” 9.5mm and mSATA ATX boards and all three has a pair of x16 slots configured • Up to 60% performance improvement over a desktop in x16 and x4 mode. The entry level model is the M5A97 7200 rpm hard drive which has a 4+2 VRM design and it has six SATA 6Gbps ports and three headers for six USB 2.0 ports as far as internal • Built with Intel 34nm SLC Compute NAND Flash connectors are concerned. Around the back were looking at Memory – higher performance, endurance two USB 3.0 ports, six USB 2.0 ports, 7.1-channel audio and • Compatible with Intel 6 Series Express Chipsets: Z68, Gigabit Ethernet. This board doesnt feature Digi+VRM , but HM67, QM67 has all of the other common Asus features. Next up we have the M5A97 Pro and Evo, both featuring a 6+2Last but not least, the Intel SSD 311 Larson Creek 20GB is phase Digi+ VRM design, six intenral SATA 6Gbps ports, threeexpected to cost you around USD119 and expect availability at headers for six internal USB 2.0 ports and the EVO modellaunch. also has an internal pin header for two USB 3.0 ports and a FireWire port. Around the back we have two USB 3.0 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, two eSATA ports, Gigabit Ethernet and 7.1-channel audio with the EVO board also sporting a FireWire port. The M5A99X EVO weve already seen thanks to the leaked image on Thursday, although it seems like we got a couple of specs slightly wrong. It turns out that the board has two internal SATA 3Gbps ports, not two SATA 6Gbps ports as we thought. It also has a rear eSATA and an eSATAp (powered eSATA/USB combo port), but the rest was pretty much spot on except the VRM design which is 6+2 rather than 8 phases.Asus AMD 900-seriesmotherboard specs unveiledSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-amd-900-series-motherboard-specs-unveiled/12098.html 15
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneOn the high-end side we have the TUF Sabertooth 990FX glimpse into what AMDs Fusion motherboards for the FM1which as the name gives away is based on the 990FX chipset. socket will have to offer.Here were looking at an 8+2 Digi+ VRM design, four x16 PCIExpress slots in a dual x16 or x16 plus dual x8 and a x4 slot.Internally we again have six SATA 6Gbps ports, two SATA3Gbps ports, headers for four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0ports and a FireWire port. Around the back the board has twoUSB 3.0 ports, 10 USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA, one eSATAp,Gigabit Ethernet, a FireWire port and 7.1-channel audio.Special features includes a return of Asus CeraM!X heatsinks,the TUF Thermal Radar, the various TUF components and arange of other more or less important stuff.Finally we have the ROG Crosshair V Formula which asexpected is the top of the range board, which is another 990FXboard. We have the same slot configuration here as on theTUF board with four x16 slots in either dual x16 or x16 plus As you can see from the picture, AMDs test board doesntdual x8 and one x4 slot. On-board connectors consist of seven exactly look like a retail board and it has a lot of test pointsSATA 6Gbps ports and two front USB 3.0 ports. Around the for oscilloscopes and other types of test equipment. However,back we have four USB 3.0 ports, 12 USB 2.0 ports, although what we can see is that the board has native USB 3.0 supportone of them is dedicated to ROG connect, one eSATAp 6Gbps thanks to the internal USB 3.0 header so this is most like anport, Intel powered Gigabit Ethernet and 7.1-channel audio FCH A75 based board. As it should be, its a single chipsetwith SupremeFX X-Fi 2. This board will also ship with Asus board, although it appears that the FCH A75 requires activeROG ThunderBolt and comes with all the usual ROG features cooling which is somewhat disappointing. That said, hopefullyyoud expect to find. a larger passive cooler will be enough on retail boards, or atOverall a pretty decent line-up of boards, well just have to wait least thats what were hoping for.and see what the final boards look like. Its anyones guess what The board clearly has an HDMI, DisplayPort and D-subthese boards will be priced at, but were hearing rumours of connector and it should also have a pair of rear USB 3.0 portssome very and we mean VERY competitive pricing on AMDs alongside what wed guess are four USB 2.0 ports, a Gigabitupcoming AM3+ CPUs in as much as youll get an eight core Ethernet port, six audio jacks and what appears to be a verticalAMD CPU for about the same price youd pick up a Core i7 eSATA connector. The slots on the board appears to be a single2600K. That sounds like a pretty good bargain to us, especially x16 PCI Express slot, two open ended x4 PCI Express slots, aas most of the other CPUs will be priced lower than that. mini PCI Express slot and a PCI slot, as well as a x1 PCI Express slot located at the centre of the board.Exclusive: AMDs FM1 desktop Surprisingly the board has a very small VRM design with whattest board pictured looks like a 3+2 phase design. Considering that the APUs will have a pretty powerful GPU inside them, we expected a moreSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/exclusive-amd-s-fm1-desktop-test- advanced VRM design. Apart from that there isnt much to say,board-pictured/12096.html the board has four DIMM slots, five internal SATA connectorsMay 9th, 2011 and a lot of pin headers that we cant really make out what theyre for. One final note would be the CPU retention, or the lack of one. There appears to be space for one that would be similar to the AM3+ split design weve seen from ASRock and Asus, but were just going to have to wait and see what AMD comes up with.Weve seen pictures of the FM1 socket, the FM1 CPUs and eventhe mobile test board from AMD, but what we have for you The Daily VR-Zone Newstoday is the first picture of AMDs FM1 desktop test board.Please keep in mind that this is not an indication of what final Summary - 6 May 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--6-production motherboards will look like, nor does it represent may-2011/12094.htmla final product by any means, but what it does give us is a May 9th, 2011glimpse into what AMDs Fusion motherboards for the FM1socket will have to offer.Weve seen pictures of the FM1 socket, the FM1 CPUs and eventhe mobile test board from AMD, but what we have for youtoday is the first picture of AMDs FM1 desktop test board.Please keep in mind that this is not an indication of what finalproduction motherboards will look like, nor does it representa final product by any means, but what it does give us is a 16
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIn todays news roundup: Two of AMDs entry level graphics and amped up clock speed, all while maintaining a dual slotcards, the Radeon HD 6670 and HD6650, which are targeted design and familiar form factor. So how does this performfor the sub-US$100 market and designed to be used for OEM against NVIDIAs reference design, and what features does itPCs and builders of HTPCs, get reviewed; Sillverstones mATX bring to the table? Lets fire up our test bench and find out!chassis, the SST-FT03B gets reviewed; ESET has released Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl Review @ Hardware-beta versions for its two flagship products - ESET Smart Factory (German)Security 5 BETA and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5 BETA; Apple Description: (Machine translation) Fractal Design, a Canadahas seemingly neglected to patch the untethered jailbreak based company in Sweden, the manufacture of elegant,exploit in redsn0w that was available in iOS 4.3.2 for the functional and yet attractively priced dedicated computerrecently released iOS 4.3.3, thus essentially allowing the same hardware. In the field of computer case you can findexploit to be used in iOS 4.3.3 once again; Sony claims that simple and elegant models, but to convince the intelligentit has evidence to back its claims that the attacks carried and thoughtful details. Fractal Design has become a largeout on its PlayStation Network servers, as well as the theft portfolio, which with various products such as Power supplies,of customers personal data, were the work of Anonymous accessories boasts diverse media and fans. The divisionmembers, and Word has it that the beta keys distributed for computer case for some time also in range of the Swedishthe previous version of Lucent Heart will reportedly work with company. The company was able to settle with the Midi-Towerthe upcoming closed beta of the game as well. "Define R2" quite convincing. Now you have refills and withHardware news the "Define R3" introduced the successor to this body, which boasts a number of improvements over the Define R2. It isSilverStone SST-FT03B Micro ATX Chassis Review therefore simple, but it should convince the intrinsic values??.Description: When I think of the Fortress naming fromSilverStone, I first think full tower and the design CM Storm Enforcer Mid Tower Chassis Review @ OCIA.implementations that both previous FT0x versions had. The Description: The CM Storm Enforcer is the latest case in theFT01 was ahead of its day and offered wire management, great Cooler Master “Storm” series of products and the second oneair flow, tool-free features, and a very sexy to look at exterior. we will be reviewing (the first was the CM Storm Sniper backThe second reincarnation of the Fortress was the FT02, which in early 2009). Our first glimpse of this case was in the Coolertook the FT01 and the Raven and mixed them up to make a Master suite at CES 2011. Unlike the "ultra mid tower" Stormpretty awesome case with a ninety degree motherboard tray Sniper, this is a mid-tower offering aimed at budget gamersalignment, while keeping most of the original ideas. Externally and enthusiasts.the FT02 was far superior to the sleek lines of the FT01 with AMD Radeon HD 6670 1GB and HD 6570 512MB GDDR5its redesigned all aluminum exterior... DirectX11 Video Card Review @Hi Tech LegionSapphire Radeon HD 5850 and HD 5830 1GB Xtreme Video Description: The Radeon HD 6670 and HD 6570 video cardsCards Review are based on AMD’s 40nm “Turks” GPU. The Radeon HD 6670Description: Im not sure what word I would use to describe and HD 6650 are entry level cards aimed at the sub-$100what came to mind when I heard that Sapphire was going price point. Both the Radeon HD 6670 and HD 6570 haveto be re-releasing the HD 5850 and HD 5830 to the market. 480 Stream processors, 24 texture units, 8 ROPs and comeFirst I wondered, why? - But the answer to that would be with a 128-bit memory interface. The Radeon HD 6670 clocksnothing more than excess cores that need to go. Next, I was a in at 800MHz and is equipped with 1GB of GDDR5 memorybit surprised and shocked because I felt it was more of a step at 4000MHz while the Radeon HD 6650 has a 650MHz corebackwards than anything else. The thing is, though, if the price clock with either 512MB of fast GDDR5 or 1GB of DDR3and performance is good, why not buy one? - Both models which consumes less power. The new HD6670 and HD6570were very good over 12 months ago, but the HD 5830 never series Turks-GPUs were designed to continue AMD’s leadsold. People didnt like the 30 naming scheme and it was never in providing low-cost high-definition playback and DirectX11really accepted... support, perfect for OEM systems and HTPC builds.ASUS Sabertooth TUF Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews GIGABYTE G1.Assassin Motherboard @ OCAUDescription: The Sandy Bridge B3 revision motherboards are Description: The GIGABYTE G1.Assassin includes a full arrayout and ready to go. ASUS has already re-released all of their of connections including eight USB 2.0 ports, four beingprevious motherboards under the new revision. Youve seen USB 3.0 ports with blue highlights, separate PS2 keyboardour reviews of other ASUS P67 motherboards, and Benchmark and mouse connectors, gigabit Ethernet connectivity via theReviews is now bringing you a look at the ASUS Sabertooth Bigfoot Networks Killer E2100 network processor, as well asP67 B3 Rev 3.0 motherboard with its TUF Thermal Armor and one coaxial and optical S/PDIF connector and a set of fivemilitary grade components. We have a good idea where the analogue 3.5mm outputs driven by Creatives SoundBlaster X-benchmark scores will fall, and we dont expect any surprises Fi digital audio processor integrated onto the motherboard.there. But every motherboard is a little different. In this article, Consumer Electronics and Software newsBenchmark Reviews is focusing on the ASUS Sabertooth P67,what it brings to the table, and how that compares with other Bluetooth Headset Comparison @ Real World LabsP67-Express motherboards. Description: Follow us as we put three of the markets current bestselling Bluetooth wireless headsets through various testsGIGABYTE GTX 580 Super Overclock @ OCAU in an effort to check all their unique features to see which theDescription: Upon arrival we noticed that it was a completely overall best solution is.redesigned beast from the cooling, PCB design, power circuitry 17
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneESET Launches BETA Versions of ESET Smart Security 5 Description: The wait is almost as the next closed beta forand ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5 with Enhanced Technology and Lucent Heart will set to launch on May 12 and ends on MayFeatures 26. The good news is the previous beta keys that were givenDescription: ESET has announced the launch of BETA away will work in this beta as long you registered your beanfunversions of its flagship products ESET Smart Security 5 account that time. Those with beta keys will get a cute Leo Petand ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5. ESET, which has pioneered upon joining.protection against malware since 1992, invites all PC users Mega Man Legends 3 Prototype Versions Barrett introducedusing the Windows operating system to join in the testing of in new mediathese new products. ESET Smart Security 5 BETA and ESET Description: New screens and brief videos of Mega ManNOD32 Antivirus 5 BETA are available for free download at Legends 3 Prototype Version outline the abilities of the newESET.com. playable character, Barrett. Like his ability to star in a MegaAntec Sound Science rockus 3D Speaker System Review @ Man game despite not being Mega Man.DragonSteelModsDescription: Antec created the soundscience subsidiary todistinguish these products from their widely known business Corsair Releases Buildermodel of PC cases and power supplies. Their first audioproduct from the soundscience brand is the rockus 3D which Series CX V2 PSUs Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/corsair-releases-builder-series-cx-v2-is a 2.1 system designed to create a virtual 3D sound stage. psus/12095.htmlIntroduced at the $249 price point they seem to be going after May 9th, 2011the higher end 2.1 speaker systems especially designed for PCuse.Arctic C1 Portable Universal Charger Review at OverclockersOnlineDescription: The Arctic C1 portable universal charger comeswith an integrated solar panel to keep your mobile devicescharged up on the go. With the price of electricity on the rise, Corsair has updated its Builder Series of PSUs with thedo your part and save the environment with this solar charger. introduction of the CX V2 models, targeting mainstream users.How well does it work? Read on for details. Available in 430W, 500W and 600W capacities, these 80 plusVerbatim Wireless Mini Travel Mouse Review @ certified PSUs are non-modular, have PFC, sleeved cables,DragonSteelMods a single 12V rail, a MTBF of 100,000 hours, and variousDescription: Up for review today I’ve got a tiny little mouse voltage/ power/ circuit protections. The Builder Series CX V2from Verbatim aptly named the Mini Travel Mouse. The are covered by a three year warranty and available from majormouse is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The retailers and e-tailers at MSRPs of US$49 (CX430 V2), US$64Travel Mouse is wireless and you can stow the receiver right (CX500 V2), and US$74 (CX600 V2).inside of the mouse itself. If you’re in the need of a very small CORSAIR PRESS RELEASEand portable mouse then this is what you want. This thing isprobably the smallest mouse I’ve ever seen. Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-redsn0w untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.3.1 works with 4.3.3, performance components to the PC gaming hardware market,still no iPad 2 support today announced it has updated the Builder Series withDescription: Apple released iOS 4.3.3 on Wednesday, but as new CX V2 models. The Builder Series CX V2 is theit did with 4.3.2, neglected to patch the untethered jailbreak successor to the current CX family of PSUs, offering 80exploit in redsn0w 0.9.6rc9 (since updated to rc15). Looks like PLUS certification and European Commission Energy-Relatedthats a hat trick for the iPhone Dev Team. The hack works Product (ErP) directive compliance for guaranteed efficiencywith most devices (even the Apple TV), but theres still no and low standby power consumption. The warranty on the CXsolution for iPad 2 owners -- were sure that the underground V2 PSUs has been increased to three year s, one year longerpowers that be are hard at work searching for holes that Apple than the original Builder Series models.overlooked.Gaming news Builder Series CX V2 power supplies are designed for entry-Sony claims Anonymous hacked it level to midrange home system builds and desktop PCDescription: Sony is blaming the loose hacking outfit upgrades, providing a great value along with low noise andAnonymous for bringing down its networks and stealing dependable, continuous power delivery.personal information. Hauled before a Congressionalsubcommittees inquiry into the massive data breach of itsPlayStation Network, Sony claims to have evidence that thoseresponsible are part of the infamous international hacktivistcollective that brands itself "Anonymous."Previous Lucent Heart Beta Keys Will Work With UpcomingBeta 18
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Gigabyte Readies Pure Classic Series Portable Hard Drives Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-readies-pure-classic-series- portable-hard-drives/12093.html May 9th, 2011 Gigabyte is preparing to release its Pure Classic series of portable hard drives. Measuring 120 x 81 x 14mm and weighing 150g, the 2.5" hard drives are available in USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 models. Gigabyte is preparing to release its Pure Classic series of portable hard drives. Measuring 120 x 81 x 14mm and weighing 150g, the 2.5" hard drives are available in USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 models."The Builder Series CX PSUs have been an integral partof Corsairs PSU business, offering home system buildersand hobbyists Corsair quality and reliability at attractiveprices," said Ruben Mookerjee, VP and General Manager forComponents at Corsair. "Low cost of operation and trouble-free performance are highly desired features at every pricepoint and today we are proud to offer even better efficiency anda longer warranty with the new Builder Series CX V2 PSUs."Availability and PricingCorsair Builder Series CX V2 power supplies will be availablein May from Corsair-authorized retailers worldwide. TheCX600 V2 will be available for a US suggested retail price of$74 USD. The CX500 V2 will be available for $64 USD, andthe CX430 V2 will be available for $49 USD. 19
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Much like the CM Storm SF-19 Strike Force, its gaming oriented cousin; the Notepal Infinite EVO redefines its genre. It provides an exciting new outlook on laptop cooling design and performance. A unique implementation of a beautiful sand-blast finish across its aluminum cooling pad and bold curves lend to this new avant-garde design aesthetic. This form is obtained while still providing a comfortable and ergonomic workspace.These stylish drives feature a matt finish and are bundledwith a leather pouch. Available in 320Gb, 500Gb, 640Gb, and750Gb capacities, the Pure Classic portable hard drives arecovered by a three year warranty.News via [Techpowerup]Cooler Master Unveils NotePalInfinite Evo Laptop CoolerSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cooler-master-unveils-notepal-infinite-evo-laptop-cooler/12092.htmlMay 9th, 2011Cooler Master has expanded its notebook cooling solutionswith the addition of the NotePal Infinite EVO. Measuring 410x 310 x 61mm and weighing 1.2kg, the stylish cooler supportslaptops up to 17" in size and features an aluminum frame, two80mm fans running at speeds up to 1,400 RPM, a fan speedcontroller, and three USB 2.0 ports. The NotePal Infinite EVOis available from authorised resellers and e-tailers at a MSRPof US$49.99.COOLER MASTER PRESS RELEASECooler Master introduces an exciting new mobile work of art.It will send reverberations throughout the industry with itsstriking tech-chic design, comfort and performance. This newmasterpiece is the Cooler Master Notepal Infinite EVO LaptopCooler. 20
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone May 9th, 2011 PQI, one of the worlds largest storage and memory device manufacturers, has launched the Intelligent Drive U819V. Measuring 31.5 x 14.8 x 7.3mm and weighing 3.6g, the tiny flash drive features a USB 3.0 interface and is touted to be the "worlds smallest USB 3.0 traveling disk". Available in 4Gb, 8Gb, 16Gb and 32Gb capacities, they are covered by a lifetime warranty and comes in "ivory white" and "midnight black". PQI PRESS RELEASE PQI leads the industry with its exclusive release of the worlds smallest USB 3.0 traveling disk. The Intelligent Drive U819V is the solution to bulky traveling disks and thick USB 3.0 transfer interfaces. PQI applied COB encasement technology to USB 3.0 interface and overcame the transmission overheating problem after continuous research and improvements. At the same time, PQI solved the data reading problem caused by high-frequency noise while creating the lightest, thinnest, shortest, and smallest USB 3.0 traveling disk. The 3 centimeter disk delivers high performance and allows users to experienceTwo powerful 80mm blower fans aggressively pull cool air high speed transmission like never before.through rear intakes and redistribute it the various "hotzones" found beneath a laptop. These powerful blower fans areentirely adjustable based on a user’s preference via a fan speed PQIs Intelligent Drive U819V traveling disk has a sleek andcontroller dial. Its innovative cool air delivery system allows simple look featuring clean lines and smoothly curving trim,the Notepal Infinite EVO to reliably cool laptops up to 17". creating a seamless, unitary exterior. The disks glossy exterior coating in ivory white and midnight black gives off a beautiful,It is not enough to simply cool a laptop; this laptop cooler glittering silvery radiance. Additionally, there is a specialexpands upon the functionality of a connected laptop. It LED display at the tip that flickers when data is being read.achieves this by utilizing an integrated three port high speed Furthermore, with user experience in mind, PQI has comeUSB 2.0 hub. Users now have the choice of connecting many up with a cap retention design. The complimentary, squaredifferent external devices all at once. These connected devices shaped, transparent soft rubber not only serves as a cell phoneoften can cause an eyesore in the form of cable clutter, but the ornament but also attaches to the end of the disk. WhenNotepal Infinite EVO accounts for this by providing USB cable the cap is removed from the Intelligent Drive U819V, it canmanagement to rein in and secure the mess of cables. be inserted into the transparent rubber. This exclusive cap retention design is unusual, funny, and charming.A notebook cooler of this quality and ability would often beexpected to carry an increased price, but it seemingly defiesreason to carry a mere $49.99 MSRP. Expect to see thebeautifully designed Notepal Infinite EVO Laptop Cooler atyour favorite retail and e-tail stores soon.PQI Announces Worlds TiniestUSB 3.0 Flash DriveSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pqi-announces-world-s-tiniest-usb-3.0-flash-drive/12091.html As user demand for high quality multimedia increases, the rise of the USB 3.0 transmission interface offers the greatest transmission speed of up to 5 Gbps/sec, which is 10 times 21
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonefaster than USB2.0 (480 Mbps/sec). USB 3.0 significantly industrial types. More than 100 models of Tablet PCs expectedreduces the time required for data transmission, reduces to exhibit during COMPUTEX.power consumption, and is downward compatible with USB2.0. Also, the stable current of USB 3.0 prevents dataloss caused by current instability. Being energy-saving and For consumer level tablets, we can expect different type ofenvironmentally friendly makes USB 3.0 the best choice in designs from manufacturers like Lian He, Acer, Asustek,an age that demands ever increasing storage capacity. For the Nvidia, MiTAC, ECS, Compal, VIA Technologies and vTion.latest information about PQI, please visit PQIs global websiteat http://www.pqigroup.com. To choose from PQIs entire lineof products, please visit PQIs shopping site. There are also high end tablets aiming at commercial clients where its functions of software and hardwareProduct Specifications are specifically designed and focused on the recreation entertainment sector. Manufacturers such as Intel, AMD, • Capacity: 4GB - 32GB Microsoft, Acer, Asustek, Lian He, FIC and other companies are said to exhibit high-end Tablet PCs. As for business type • Dimensions: 31.5 x 14.8 x 7.3 mm of tablets, manfuactuers will include office prgrams such as • Weight: 3.6g ± 1g Word, Excel and Powerpoint and also an external keyboard. • Interface: USB 3.0 / 2.0 compatible • Warranty: Lifetime warranty Industrial Tablet PCs is an new entrant to the market and sports specialized features such as anti-shock, dustproof, water resistant and other tough features depending onMore than 100 models of the specific environmental demand. We can expect designs from IEI, Arbor, Winmate, DT Research, Sambest, Aplex,Tablet PCs at COMPUTEX Samwell, Spacewizard and others.TaipeiSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/more-than-100-models-of-tablet-pcs-at-computex-taipei/12090.html GeIL to launch new EpicGearMay 9th, 2011 Gaming Series at COMPUTEX Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/geil-to-launch-new-epicgear-gaming- series-at-computex/12089.html May 9th, 2011 According to a report from Computex.biz, there will be a widevariety of tablet pcs to be displayed at COMPUTEX Taipei 2011from ultra-thin type, ultra-light type, consumers, business and GeIL plans to launch a new gaming line-up known asindustrial types. More than 100 models of Tablet PCs expected EpicGear at Computex Taipei 2011. One of the products fromto exhibit during COMPUTEX. For consumer level tablets, we the gaming series known as Meduza will be live on display andcan expect different type of designs from manufacturers like is likely to be a gaming mouse. Also, GeIL plans to showcaseLian He, Acer, Asustek, Nvidia, MiTAC, ECS, Compal, VIA new Thortech 92% efficiency Platinum Plus PSU with iPowerTechnologies and vTion. Meter as well as new generation of memory cooling fan, the EVO Cyclone II. There will be live demonstration for the highly clocked GeIL DDR3 EVO CORSA series on Intel Z68 based board as well.According to a report from Computex.biz, there will be a widevariety of tablet pcs to be displayed at COMPUTEX Taipei 2011from ultra-thin type, ultra-light type, consumers, business and 22
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneGeIL plans to launch a new gaming line-up known as EpicGear The company has announced its latest family of chipsets theat Computex Taipei 2011. One of the products from the gaming QHS7xx family which offers 802.11n speeds of up to 600Mbit/series known as Meduza will be live on display and is likely s on the 5GHz band. All of its products are dual band, but theto be a gaming mouse. Also, GeIL plans to showcase new idea is that you use the 5GHz band for video streaming and theThortech 92% efficiency Platinum Plus PSU with iPower Meter much more common 2.4GHz band for computers and variousas well as new generation of memory cooling fan, the EVO handheld devices and what not. Quantennas chipsets also useCyclone II. There will be live demonstration for the highly a technology known as beamforming which further helps theclocked GeIL DDR3 EVO CORSA series on Intel Z68 based signal to reach where it might otherwise not reach. This is extraboard as well. helpful when living in a large home, or in one with multiple floors.Shuttle to display new XPCs The only slight snag in this is that there arent a lot of 5GHz Wi-Fi video receivers out there and so far youve had to buyand Slim PCs at COMPUTEX a two kit set with a transmitter and a receiver to make useSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/shuttle-to-display-new-xpcs-and-slim- of Quantennas technology, making it all a bit expensive forpcs-at-computex/12088.html the average consumer. Sadly this isnt likely to change anyMay 9th, 2011 time soon, but Quantenna is working with a wide range of Wi- Fi device makers to try and get its technology into them. As At the Computex, Shuttle will the Quantenna chipsets work just fine inside a regular router,be introducing its highly-anticipated new product line- the companys new, more affordable QHS710 will hopefullyup includes Sandy Bridge XPCs, 1-liter and 3-liter Slim find its way into some standard dual-band routers, whereasPCs, as well as all new All-in-One PCs. Vertical Market the more expensive QHS715 will still be reserved for moresolutions includes point-of-sale, digital signage, kiosk, and advanced video streaming solutions. We should hopefully bemore exciting applications. For OEM business, Shuttle seeing some Quantenna based products come Computex aswill showcase new products based on it’s New Ecosystem we know the company is working with several Taiwaneseincluding the complete product line of consumer, commercial manufacturers to put its technology into their products.and education market. The latest technology and softwareintegration for tablet PCs and notebooks will be unveiled at theshow. Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic & GTX 560 Ti ReviewQuantenna announces new Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/palit-geforce-gtx-560-ti-sonic-- gtx-560-ti-review/12052.html4x4 MIMO Wi-Fi chipset May 9th, 2011Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/quantenna-announces-new-4x4-mimo-wi-fi-chipset/12082.htmlMay 9th, 2011 A wide array of GTX 560 Ti card designs have popped up from Nvidias partners. In this feature, we will be looking at PalitsThese days most people with a broadband internet connection GeForce GTX 560 Ti and GTX 560 Ti Sonic.at home have some kind of Wi-Fi router, however not all of Sometime back we reviewed Nvidias GeForce GTX 560 Ti,these are equal as it goes and there are many things that successor to the GTX 460. The GTX 560 Ti is positionedmake them work differently well. Quantenna is an interesting below the GTX 570, and competes with AMDs HD6870. Palitcompany that so far havent had a real breakthrough, but the has sent us both its vanilla GTX 560 Ti as well as a factorycompany is making 4x4 MIMO Wi-Fi chipsets which allows for overclocked Sonic edition.streaming of HD video, in fact, multiple streams of HD videoover a standard Wi-Fi network.These days most people with a broadband internet connectionat home have some kind of Wi-Fi router, however not all ofthese are equal as it goes and there are many things thatmake them work differently well. Quantenna is an interestingcompany that so far havent had a real breakthrough, but thecompany is making 4x4 MIMO Wi-Fi chipsets which allows forstreaming of HD video, in fact, multiple streams of HD videoover a standard Wi-Fi network. 23
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe Sonic card gets a ~10% core/shader overclock, and a ~5%memory overclock - hardly the most adventurous speeds weveseen. Hopefully our own overclocking efforts will yield betterresults. Both cards come with a two year warranty. AMD AMD NVIDIA NVIDIA Palit NVIDIA Radeon Radeon GeForce GeForce GeForce GeForce HD HD GTX GTX GTX GTX 6950 6870 570 560 Ti 560 Ti 460 SonicStream 1408 1120 480 384 336ProcessorsTexture 88 56 60 64 56UnitsROPs 32 32 40 32 32 Yes, you heard right. This is the HaiPad (sounds similar to the Apple tablet device). The 7-inch tablet runs the GoogleCore 800MHz900MHz732MHz822MHz900MHz675MHz Android 2.2 mobile operating system, weighs 400g, is poweredClock by 1GHz Samsung CPU and features 512MB RAM and 4GBShader 800MHz900MHz 1464MHz644MHz 800Mhz 350MHz 1 1 1 internal memory. If thats not sufficient, it also has a microSDClock card slot too.Memory1250MHz050MHz 1 950MHz 1002MHz050Mhz900MHz 1 You can play your favorite games on the 800x400 capacitiveClock touch screen, or via a Playstation-style joypad that youMemory2048MB 1024MB 1536MB 1024MB 1024MB can plug to the micro USB port. With a PlayStation emulatorConfiguration GDDR5, GDDR5, GDDR5, GDDR5, GDDR5, app for Android, you can have hours of enjoyment with 256-bit 256-bit 320-bit 256-bit 256-bit old school games including Street Fighter, Super Mario orTransistor 2.64 1.7 billion3 billion 1.95 1.95 Resident Evil, although you have to make do with the 7-inchCount billion billion billion screen.Manufacturing TSMC TSMC TSMC TSMC TSMC On top of that, you can use the HaiPad for video chat, ebookProcess 40nm 40nm 40nm 40nm 40nm reading, web browsing and messaging on the tablet device. TheTDP 200W 151W 220W 170W 160W HaiPad is available from 850 Yuan (US$130.85) to 1150 Yuan (US$177) depending on the shop.Gaming on the 7-inch HaiPad Apple iPad 3 to feature 3DAndroid tablet display?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gaming-on-the-7-inch-haipad-android- Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-ipad-3-to-feature-3d-tablet/12085.html display-/12084.htmlMay 9th, 2011 May 9th, 2011 With the Apple iPad 2 (above pic) recently made its way hereThe Android tablet is designed to provide web browsing, social to Singapore, rumours have already started on the upcomingmedia, ebooks, gaming and multimedia playback for the users. iPad 3 tablet. According to sources, it looks like the iPad 3 mayBut it looks like some chinese manufacturers are position the be incorporating a 3D display for viewing 3D content.tablet as a portable gaming device/home console. Read on. 24
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneRumors have it that the upcoming Apple iPad 3 tablet will able to stream certain content which Intel simply refers to asfeature a 3D display, though it has not been confirmed “premium content” which we presume is anything with HDCPif that would require the 3D glasses or the display itself encryption. For the full details of what hardware and softwareis the glassless 3D type. According to RCR Wireless blog, the you need to make all this work, hit the link below.rumor was tipped off by a Hollwood insider close to the bigmovie studios. It isnt at all surprising that the iPad 3 will havesuch feature since 3D content are getting popular ever since Cooler Masters new Silenciothe movie Avatar and companies coming up with 3D content,3D TVs and even smartphones with glassless 3D capabilities. 550 chassis on sale ahead ofIt is still too early to tell how different the 3D feature of the iPad launch Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cooler-master-s-new-silencio-550-3 will be. Currently on the market, the LG Optimus Pad claims chassis-on-sale-ahead-of-launch/12080.htmlto be able to record videos in 3D, and output via HDMI port to May 9th, 2011a 3D TV. The BlackBerry PlayBook can output stereoscopic 3Dvisuals to a larger display. But with the iPad 2 just launchedrecently in Asia, we probably wont see the iPad 3 anytimesoon.Intel updates WiDi drivers,adds 1080p support, HDCP Cooler Master will unveil a wide range of new products at Computex in a few weeks time and one up its upcoming casesprotection has not only gone on sale, but its already been leaked to aSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-updates-widi-drivers- degree by Cooler Master Europe whos running a competitionadds-1080p-support-hdcp-protection/12081.html where you can win one of three Silencio 550 chassis. This isMay 9th, 2011 an entirely new product in Cooler Masters line-up of products and as far as were aware the first low-noise case from the company. Cooler Master will unveil a wide range of new products at Computex in a few weeks time and one up its upcoming cases has not only gone on sale, but its already been leaked to aIf youve got a recent Intel powered notebook with an Intel degree by Cooler Master Europe whos running a competitionnetwork card in it, theres a big chance that you have WiDi where you can win one of three Silencio 550 chassis. This issupport in your notebook without even knowing about it. That an entirely new product in Cooler Masters line-up of productssaid, youd need a little box that hooks up to your TV to take and as far as were aware the first low-noise case from theadvantage of video streaming over Wi-Fi, but so far HDCP company.protected content hasnt been possible to stream. Well, thatwas until today when Intel launched new drivers which solved Weve managed to cobble together bits and pieces about thethat problem. new case and it looks like Cooler Master has a good mid-range case here. The Silencio 550 is as mentioned Cooler MastersIf youve got a recent Intel powered notebook with an Intel first attempt at a low-noise chassis and as such its fittednetwork card in it, theres a big chance that you have WiDi with noise dampening foam. The case as a door covering thesupport in your notebook without even knowing about it. That front drive bays and this, alongside both of the side plates aresaid, youd need a little box that hooks up to your TV to take covered in the foam.advantage of video streaming over Wi-Fi, but so far HDCPprotected content hasnt been possible to stream. Well, thatwas until today when Intel launched new drivers which solvedthat problem.As a technology, WiDi is pretty cool as it uses standard Wi-Fitechnology to stream video up to 1080p resolution; dependingon the box on the receiving end as first generation WiDi boxesare limited to 720p. The new drivers do not only add supportfor HDCP 2.0 content from DVD and Blu-ray discs, but alsofrom copy protected online content. Guess what? That ties innicely with Intels Intel Insider video streaming service whichallows you to download and stream HD video over the internet,well, at least as long as you live in the right country.The new drivers also add better support for Intels new HD The overall chassis design looks a fair bit like the good oldgraphics 3000 series and H.264 hardware encoding. Its worth Antec P183, although the similarities are only skin deep. Thenoting that you need a CPU with Intel HD graphics 3000 to be 25
    • May 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSilencio 550 sports three 5.25in drive bays, seven 3.5in drivebays and one 2.5in drive bay. Judging by the internal picture,four of the 3.5in drive bays can be removed to make spacefor extra-long graphics cards. At the rear were looking at astandard seven expansion slots.To allow for some airflow the door has cut-outs in the sideswhich allows for air to be pulled in while the foam still helpsto keep the noise level down. Cooler Master has fitted a pairof 120mm 800rpm low noise fans and theres space for a thirdfan. The PSU is bottom mounted and theres a large cut-outon the motherboard tray for easy access to the rear of the CPUcooler. There doesnt seem to be too many options for puttingcables behind the motherboard tray, at least not judging by thepictures weve managed to dig up.The front ports consist of a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, apair of audio jacks and surprisingly an SD card reader. Oneof the external drive bays have been taken up by an X-dockhard drive hot-swap caddy which is yet another nice additionas far as features are concerned. Overall this looks like a prettysweet case and we found it for sale in the UK for £72.98 (S$148) which seems like a pretty decent price as well. Oh andif you live in Europe and want a chance to win one, hit the linkbelow. 26
    • May 11th, 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.Google announces partnerChromebooksSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-announces-partner-chromebooks/12169.htmlMay 11th, 2011 Other parts of the specifications include dual band Wi-Fi, optional 3G (most likely cost option), an HD webcam, two USB 2.0 ports, a memory card reader a pair of audio jacks andNot entirely unexpected, Googles first Chromebook partners surprisingly an HDMI port. Theres also a "full size Chromewill be Acer and Samsung and both companies have a model keyboard" and the Acer Chromebook is using an Acer "floatingthat will go on sale in the US on the 15th of June. Surprisingly island" type keyboard and it also has an "oversize fully-the two models are quite different in terms of not only in terms clickable trackpad". The battery is said to be good for up toof features, but also cost. In fact, the only similarity is the fact 6h of continuous usage, not a huge surprise considering this isthat theyre both black and running Googles Chrome OS. pretty much a netbook and the whole thing weighs in at a very portable 1.34kg.Not entirely unexpected, Googles first Chromebook partners Samsungs Chromebook on the other hand is slightly largerwill be Acer and Samsung and both companies have a model at 12.1-inches its surprisingly using a 16:10 display withthat will go on sale in the US on the 15th of June. Surprisingly 1280x800 resolution. Maybe this is a good way of getting ridthe two models are quite different in terms of not only in terms of old stock? Were looking at another unspecified dual coreof features, but also cost. In fact, the only similarity is the fact Atom CPU here and once again no mention of memory orthat theyre both black and running Googles Chrome OS. storage capacity. As with the Acer, the Samsung sports dual- band Wi-Fi, optional 3G, an HD webcam, two USB 2.0 ports,Acers Chromebook is an 11.6-inch netbook as far as the a memory card reader, but seemingly only a single audio jackspecifications goes, as at its core is an unspecified dual core and a "mini-VGA port" which is kind of frustrating.Atom processor. For whatever reason theres no mention ofsystem memory or storage space, although we wouldnt expecteither to be particularly huge, especially as the Cr-48 onlycame with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The screen shouldhave a resolution of 1366x768 pixels as far as we can tell, buttheres no explicit mention of the resolution apart from it being"HD". 1
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSamsung has gone for a chiclet keyboard design and onceagain an "oversize fully-clickable trackpad". The battery lifein this case has been upped to 8.5h which is pretty decent,although the weigh has also gone up a little bit to 1.48kg.Design wise the Samsung looks nicer that the Acer on thepictures, but were somewhat sold on the HDMI port and thesmaller size and lighter weight of the Acer.Where the Acer really wins though is on price, as it shouldretail for US$349 (S$432), although this is without 3G,whereas the Wi-Fi only Samsung model is US$429 (S$531)with the 3G model going for $499 (S$618). Its worth keepingin mind that at least in the US, owners of a Chromebookget 100MB of 3G data free every month for two years fromVerizon, although an unlimited day pass is a steep US$9.99 (S The DZ68DB is part of Intels media series of motherboards$12) and 1GB of DATA is $20 (S$25) a month, with 3GB for rather than the extreme series. Intel should be launching theUS$35 (S$43) and 5GB for a massive US$50 (S$62) a month. DZ68BC at a later stage though and this is part of the extreme series and should end up taking the top LGA-1155 board position ahead of the DP67BG. Were somewhat mystified byIntel Z68 gets official, own the DZ68DB as we cant really see this board having muchbrand motherboard too appeal unless you fall in the category of users that needs the power of a graphics card once in a while. However, in this caseSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-z68-gets-official-own-brand- it would be wiser to spend your money on an H67 board.motherboard-too/12168.htmlMay 11th, 2011 So what we have here is a board that has a pretty good rear I/O layout with six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports (via a Renesas host controller), a FireWire port, Intel Gigabit Ethernet (of course), an eSATA port (from the chipset), 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PIDF out and last, but not least, a DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI port. Intel has obviously decided to drop all types of legacy connectors here with no PS/2 or D-subIn case you havent been paying attention to whats going on connectors in sight.in the motherboard market for the past week or so, today isthe official launch of Intels Z68 chipset (note. This entirelydepends on what time zone you live in). Weve already coveredmany of the motherboards announced today, but Intel does ofcourse still have a line of its own motherboards and alongsidethe new chipset announcement, the company also launchedthe DZ68DB motherboard.In case you havent been paying attention to whats going onin the motherboard market for the past week or so, today isthe official launch of Intels Z68 chipset (note. This entirelydepends on what time zone you live in). Weve already coveredmany of the motherboards announced today, but Intel does ofcourse still have a line of its own motherboards and alongside However, the board itself doesnt impress much and as athe new chipset announcement, the company also launched matter of fact, this might as well have been a mATX board asthe DZ68DB motherboard. the lower half of the PCB is almost void of components. Its also interesting that on what should be a high-end board forThe Z68 chipset doesnt really hold any secrets by now and a company that has removed PCI support from its chipset; weIntel didnt really seem to make much of a fuss about the have a board with no less than three PCI slots. The board alsowhole launch. The interesting thing will be to see how many has a single x16 PCI Express slot and two x1 PCI Express slots.people will consider spending US$100 (S$124) for the Intel There are three SATA 3Gbps and two SATA 6Gbps ports on the311 series SSD designed for Intels Smart Response technology. board and not very much else apart from a set of four headersYou could of course use any SSD, but the faster the better for an additional eight USB 2.0 ports spread around the board.really. Its somewhat surprising that Intel only launched on The VRM design is also very basic and by the looks of it weremotherboard today though and its not even their high-end looking at a 4+1 phase design.models. Price wise the board is listed with one retailer in the US for about US$135 (S$167) which is pretty decent, but considering the uninspiring board layout, wed pick something else to be honest. That said, as with so many other Z68 boards, Intel does 2
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonesupply a copy of Lucid Logix Virtu software with the board Intel will exhibit a range of mobility products and technologieswhich is at least something. at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) Nangang Exhibition Hall from May 31-June 4.In related news, Digitimes reports that top tier Taiwanesemotherboard makers are expecting to ship 350,000-400,000Z68 motherboards before the end of May. Gigabyte is expected DATES:to be shipping the bears share of this and it might turn outthat the companys claim of an 80 percent market share will Opening Ceremony:come true, as Asus in only expecting to ship 30,000 boards and Tue.-Fri., May 31-June 3 (9:30 a.m-6 p.m.)MSI and ASRock will only managed 15,000 together, if wereto believe Digitimes numbers. Sat., June 4 (9:30 a.m-4 p.m.) WHERE:Intel to Showcase Latest Intel Exhibition Showcase at ComputexTechnology on Mobile Booth M0410Computing at COMPUTEX TWTC Nangang, 4F (Address: No. 1, Jingmao 2nd Rd., Nangang District, Taipei2011 City, Taiwan)Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-to-showcase-latest-technology-on-mobile-computing-at-computex-2011/12167.htmlMay 11th, 2011 PRESS ACTIVITIES: Computex Opening Keynote Tuesday, May 31, 2-3 p.m. (Reception: 1:30–2 p.m.) Intel is hosting a series of events over at COMPUTEX Speaker: Sean M. Maloney, executive vice president andTaipei 2011 to unveil and showcase its latest hardware and general manager of Intel Architecture Groupsoftware technology innovations spanning a spectrum ofmobile personal computing devices. Intel will exhibit a range TICC, 3F Plenary Hallof mobility products and technologies at the Taipei World (Address: No. 1, Xin-yi Rd., Sec. 5, Hsin-yi District, Taipei City,Trade Center (TWTC) Nangang Exhibition Hall from May 31- Taiwan)June 4. PC Client Event Grand Hyatt Hotel, 3F, Ballroom A (Address: No. 2, Song Shou Rd., Hsin-yi District, Taipei City, Taiwan) PC Client Event Post-Keynote Press Q&A Session Grand Hyatt Hotel, Crane Room, 3/F Intel Speaker:Intel Corporation is hosting a series of events to unveil Shmuel (Mooly) Eden, vice president and general manager ofand showcase its latest hardware and software technology PC Client Groupinnovations spanning a spectrum of mobile personalcomputing devices. Netbooks and Tablets Event: Companion Computing Gets PersonalIntel’s presence at Computex 2011 will kick off with the Wednesday, June 1, 3-5 p.m. (Reception time: 3-3:30 p.m.)opening keynote address by Sean Maloney, executive vicepresident and general manager, Intel Architecture Group, at Grand Hyatt Hotel, 3F, Ballroom Athe Taipei International Convention Center (TICC), 3F PlenaryHall, on May 31. Netbooks and Tablets Event Post-Keynote Press Q&A Session Grand Hyatt Hotel, Crane Room, 3/F Intel Speakers: 3
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDouglas L. Davis, vice president and general manager of CPUs have a 65W TDP and 2MB L3 cache. The graphics clockNetbook and Tablet Group on these models start at 850MHz with a turbo clock of 1GHz.Douglas W. Fisher, vice president and general manager of No word on a launch date or pricing as yet, but its possibleSystems Software Division that theyll arrive alongside the Pentium G CPUs which are expected to launch on the 22nd of May. The Celerons should be priced below US$64 (S$79) as thats the expected price ofIntel Booth Guided Tour for Media the Pentium G620.Thursday, June 2, 10-11 a.m.Booth M0410 The Daily VR-Zone NewsTWTC Nangang, 4F Summary - 11 May 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--11-Computex Taipei Executive Speech 2011 may-2011/12165.html May 11th, 2011Speaker: Boyd A. Davis, vice president of Intel ArchitectureGroup and general manager of Data Center GroupMarketing TICC, 3F, Banquet HallSource : http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2011/05/10/media-alert--intel-at- In todays news roundup: AMD has admitted that it is willingcomputex-taipei-2011 to reconsider its x86 everywhere strategy if market conditions change drastically, in spite of it having no intention to licenseIntels Celeron G440, G530 ARM technologies for use in producing ARM processors at this point of time; ASUS has announced the launch of two new self-and G540 specs are out designed graphics cards, the Radeon HD 6770 DirectCU andSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-s-celeron-g440-g530-and-g540- HD 6750 Formula; Motion Computings enterprise-centricspecs-are-out/12166.html CL900 tablet is finally available for ordering in the US at theMay 11th, 2011 starting price of US$899; Microsoft has reportedly sent at least two employees packing from its offices over the alleged leak of the beta builds of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system, making it one of the more high-profile sacking cases to occur over at Redmond; Square Enix has announced a Dragon Quest Wii collection which will consist of the original Famicom versions of Dragon Quest I, Dragon Quest II, andIn the midst of Intels Z68 chipset launch, details have Dragon Quest III, and their respective Super Famicom (SNES)emerged of three upcoming budget CPUs from Intel, its first G- versions, specifically Dragon Quest I & II and Dragon Questseries Celeron CPUs. What were looking at here are one single III, and Fans of Portal 2 can now start modding the game andcore CPU and two dual core CPUs which will be Intels new creating their own test puzzles now that Valve has released theentry level Sandy Bridge processors and a step down from the official game authoring tools for downloadsoon to launch Pentium G-series of CPUs. Hardware news Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Mid Tower Chassis ReviewIn the midst of Intels Z68 chipset launch, details have Description: A couple months back I took a look at the Cooleremerged of three upcoming budget CPUs from Intel, its first G- Master Test Bench V1.0, but it seems like it has been a whileseries Celeron CPUs. What were looking at here are one single since I had a look at a case from CM. The last couple of casescore CPU and two dual core CPUs which will be Intels new I looked at were the HAF-X, CM690II and the Storm Sniper.entry level Sandy Bridge processors and a step down from the The Sniper had some very cool features and a style all its own,soon to launch Pentium G-series of CPUs. keeping most of what made those cases a success while adding a fair bit of individualism to this new concept. AestheticallyThe most basic model will be known as the Celeron G440 and this case looks like no other I have seen and almost looks likethis is a 35W TDP single core 1.6GHz CPU with 2MB L3 cache. the case is in motion with the rounded design and stamped inThis almost seems too basic by todays standards and we have designs in the steel.a hard time seeing anyone being interested in buying this CPU.It has a claimed graphics clock of 650/1000MHz in standard/ Kingston X58 Triple Channel kit 2250Mhz Cas 9 Review @turbo mode. Madshrimps Description: At the latest MSI MOA Benelux qualifier we wereNext up we have the dual core Celeron G530 and G540 where allowed to play with MSIs Xpower board, some 980X ES CPUsthe only difference is clock speed, as the G530 is clocked at and some pretty high specced Kingston rams. The 2250Mhz2.4GHz whereas the G540 is a smidgen faster at 2.5GHz. Both CL9 triple channel kit seemed very interesting for a spin in the 4
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMadshrimps Lab. Could these blue beauties come close to the Google Finally Delivers On Promise Of Admin-Free Chromealmighty Corsair Hyper IC based GTX2s ? Whats the use for Frame Installs For IEsuch a high MHz kit for a daily user ? Is this kit Bloomfield Description: Today at Google I/O in San Francisco, Googlefriendly ? A lot of questions warped through my brain. Time to developers Amit Joshi and Alex Russell took the stage atopen the box and find some answers a breakout session to announce an important milestone: a version of Chrome Frame that doesn’t require admin rights toEK Water Blocks EK-FC580 GTX Nickel @ install. While this might not jump out at you as a huge thing,Hardwareoverclock.com it’s big news for millions of users stuck working at offices orDescription: The summer is not so far away, also the high schools with older machines where admins won’t allow themtemperatures of the hardware components, specially the video to upgrade to newer, modern browsers. And some 30 percentcard. A great alternative will be a water cooler, for example the of these users were not even able to install plug-ins for IE. NowEK Water Blocks EK-FC580 GTX Nickel. This cooler has an there’s a way around that with the new dev build of Chromeextreme high flow path design and unique increased cooling Frame. You can install this within IE without needing adminsurface over GPU keeps all your graphic cards components access.cool even at highest graphical loads and over clock. We havetested this sample on a GTX 570 in a comparison between Adobe Takes Wowza to Court Over Flash Patentsother alternative VGA coolers. Description: Adobe is taking Wowza Media to court, suing it for patent infringement related to its Flash Media Server.GIGABYTE Z68X UD4 Review @ Vortez Adobe filed its lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for theDescription: So what do we get from GIGABYTE if the video Northern District of California last week, alleging patentoutputs aren’t present? Well with the Z68 chipset we have the infringement, false advertising and unfair competition.new Touch BIOS, SSD caching and we have been told – betteroverclocking. So today we will be putting the Z68-UD4 on our Google To Lease Chrome Laptops for $20/Monthtest bench and putting it through its paces within synthetic and Description: Google will begin leasing Chrome laptops for $20gaming benchmarks in order to reveal to our readers whether per month in a “student package” that includes both hardwarethere is any great advantage of moving to this new chipset over and access to online services, a senior Google executive hasP67. reportedly told Forbes. The report aligns with earlier rumors that Google would begin offering Chrome OS-based notebooksEthernet Aims for Terabit for between $10 and $20 per month this summer. TheDescription: IEEE 802.3 – among friends know as Ethernet official announcement is expected to hit the wire sometime– has formed a working group to look beyond 100 Gbps Wednesday.speed. Currently the group is soliciting input at expects toreport some time next year. There is, however already a divide Motion Computings CL900 tablet now available for order,between power users and silicon suppliers. End customers like starting at $899Facebook and Google cannot wait to get a higher speed version Description: Its been a while since we first laid eyes uponof Ethernet and is lobbying for 1 Tb/s as soon as 2013. They this rugged little guy, but Motion Computings CL900 tabletare countered by silicon suppliers who would like to move to is finally available for orders, starting at $899. Designed400 Gbps in the first instance. with enterprise markets in mind, the 2.1-pound Windows 7 slate runs on a 1.5GHz Intel Oak Trail Atom Z670 processorOCZ IBIS 240GB Review @ ocaholic and rocks a 10.1-inch, 1366x768 multi-touch display thatsDescription: If you take a look at the SSD market, searching for shielded in Corning Gorilla Glass. Seated atop that displaya really powerful product, then youll definitely take the OCZIBIS into account. With a throughput of 740 MB/s read and is a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, with a 3.0-megapixel sensor keeping watch over the backside. Boasting a thickness720 MB/s write this drive shows serious throughput rates and of 15.5mm, the device also offers up to 2GB of RAM (along withalso the claimed 120000 IOPS are massive. a 30GB or 62GB SSD), promises a battery life of up to eightAMD May Reconsider Its Opinion About ARM Processors . hours and houses a USB port, SD card slot and Bluetooth 3.0Description: Advanced Micro Devices does not close the doors module.to ARM and may reconsider its x86 everywhere strategy if Lenovo spoils own ThinkPad X1s May 17 launch with videothe market requirements change drastically. Even though the Description: Lenovo effectively pre-announced the ThinkPadcompany is not working on a deal to license ARM technologies, X1 on Wednesday with a video (below). The minute-longAMD admits that its vision is generally similar to ARMs when ad was short on details but confirmed the backlit, spill-it comes to heterogeneous multi-core computing. resistant keyboard and Gorilla Glass screen. The PC builderASUS announces self-designed Radeon HD 6770 DirectCu and also pledged a May 17 release date.HD 6750 Formula graphics cards Microsoft Employees Fired Over Windows 8 LeaksDescription: ASUS announced the launch of the new self- Description: The recent leaks of Windows 8 suggests that theredesigned HD 6770 DirectCU and HD 6750 Formula graphics are sources within Microsoft that are letting out copies of thecards. Both are equipped with the ASUS-exclusive Super Alloy work-in-progress operating system. According to a well knownPower technology that delivers a 15% performance boost along leak tracker, as characterized by WinRumors, Microsoft haswith a lifespan that is 2.5 times longer than conventional fired two employees that the company believed to be leakinggraphics cards. the beta builds.Consumer Electronics and Software news Gaming news 5
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSquare Enix announces Dragon Quest Wii collectionDescription: With the Dragon Quest franchise being insanelypopular in Japan, it was only a matter of time before publishersSquare Enix formally announced that a collection of the seriesearlier games is in the works. According to the official site, saidcollection will be released on the Wii and will contain all fivepast titles on one disk. The games on the collection are theoriginal Famicom versions of Dragon Quest I, Dragon QuestII, and Dragon Quest III, and their respective Super Famicom(SNES) versions, specifically Dragon Quest I & II and DragonQuest III. Unlike Microsofts Surface and Surface 2 tabletop PCs whichSoulCalibur V Announced were available in 30-inch and 40-inch touchscreen displays,Description: At a press conference in Dubai just now, Namco Pioneers WWS-DT101 boasts a gigantic 52-inch displayofficially announced SoulCalibur V. While no details were that is capable of full HD resolutions, thus making it therevealed just yet, the game is slated for a 2012 release. We do largest known tabletop PC known to exist today. However,know that more info and a teaser trailer will be coming soon, in Pioneers case, bigger does not necessarily translate toso stay tuned for those. better; while Microsofts 40-inch Surface 2 multitouch displayAlright Modders, Lets Get Modding: Valve Releases Portal 2 supported up to a maximum of 50 simultaneous contactAuthoring Tools points, the WWS-DT101 is only capable of recognizing up toDescription: Admit it: while playing through Portal 2, you 10 contact points at any time.couldnt help but devise your own devious test lab puzzle. That being said, do you remember the little demonstrationWell, now is your chance to make that turret-bot filled vision made by Microsoft which showed off how users can place dataa reality. Valve has released the Portal 2 Authoring Tools on storage devices on Surface and its contents would spill ontoSteam. the display for easy collaboration? Well, it would seem that Pioneer has been hard at work in replicating this function inCant afford Microsofts the WWS-DT101. Which, in hindsight, makes perfect sense when one takes into account that the WWD-DT101 is meantSurface? Try Pioneers WWS- to be used as a digital conference system, and the ability to share files by simply sliding them around a tabletop PCsDT101 alternative instead display is definitely a huge time saver, no matter how one looksSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/can-t-afford-microsoft-s-surface-try- at it. However, Pioneer has once again managed to one-uppioneer-s-wws-dt101-alternative-instead/12164.html Microsofts Surface by adding tablets such as iPads to the listMay 11th, 2011 of supported devices in its collaboration process, as shown in the image below:A long, long time ago in a news posting made way, way backin January, we spoke a little about Microsofts new Surface2 tabletop PC and how it could potentially change the waybusinesses handle their digital collaborating needs. As it turnsout, there is a new contender in the tabletop PC game todaywhich is supposedly capable of performing the same tasks asMicrosofts Surface, and it comes in the form of Pioneers newWWS-DT101 discussion table PC that was launched today inJapan.Microsofts Surface tabletop PC is definitely one of the moreinteresting PCs out there to exist in the market today, andwe are sure that Apple and Google will be hard pressed tocome up with a suitable product to compete against it ifMicrosoft was willing to release the product for sale to end- What is more amazing though, is the fact that Pioneer, likeusers instead of limiting its purchase to enterprise customers. Microsoft before it, was able to pull off such features usingHowever, it would seem that Microsoft is about to face some nothing more than the standard PC software and hardware tocompetition in its own market segment very soon, thanks power the tabletop PC. Yes, you read that correctly; hiddento the introduction of Pioneers own tabletop PC, the WWS- under that pretty and flashy-looking user interface is the sameDT101, which is supposedly capable of performing the same Windows 7 operating system that we all know and love today,functions as Surface. while the giant touchscreen is powered by none other than a standard Intel Core i7 processor paired with 6GB of system RAM. 6
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAs is the case with most enterprise products, Pioneer has that is not x86 or x86-64 based. Therefore, it should be ofchosen not to set a fixed price on the WWS-DT101. Instead, the no surprise that the VersaPro Touch VT will be poweredcompany has seemingly adopted an open pricing model for by Intels Atom processor. To be more specific, it will bethe tabletop PC, which suggests that the WWS-DT101s pricing Intels recently-launched Z670 Oak Trail processor that willmay vary based on the results of negotiations between Pioneer be providing the computational horsepower needed to runand its prospective clients. The PC is expected to start shipping Windows 7 smoothly on the NEC VersaPro Type VT. Clockedin late July, so there should be plenty of time for customers to at 1.5GHz, Intel claims that the Z670 processor has beenstart making their way to the negotiation tablet with Pioneer. specially designed for use on tablets and is supposed to be capable of supporting 1080p video playback with some help from the onboard Intel GMA 600 graphics core; asNEC unveils Atom-powered such it should be powerful enough to support a desktop-tablet running Windows 7 for grade operating system like Windows 7 without any major performance hiccups.business users In addition, NEC has also announced that the VersaPro TypeSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nec-unveils-atom-powered-tablet- VT sports a 10.1-inch touchscreen display that has a nativerunning-windows-7-for-business-users/12159.html resolution of 1280 x 800, is pre-loaded with the 32-bit versionMay 11th, 2011 of Windows 7 Professional, and will feature a user-removable battery pack. Last but definitely not least, the company also claims that the tablet utilizes a 64GB SSD for data storage purposes and can be used with a docking station to provide a desktop-esque experience for the user, as shown in the image below:Mention the words tablet PC to most consumers and chancesare the mental image they will conjure about such a deviceis one that runs on ARM processors and comes preloadedwith an operating system that is anything but MicrosoftsWindows. While that may be true in the consumer space, itwould appear that things are notably different in the enterprisespace; apparently, there is enough demand for tablets runningon Windows 7 for NEC to justify rolling out its own Windows-powered tablet for business users. Japan, meet NECs VesaPro The NEC VersaPro Type VT is expected to be available forType VT slate PC. purchase by business users in summer, with the pricing to be confirmed at a later date.Lets not deny it; Windows 7 is an astounding operatingsystem that works wonders on almost any PC available on themarket today. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the relatively high Icy Dock Debuts USB 3.0 EZ-hardware requirements and touch-unfriendly user interface ofits OS means that Windows 7 is essentially a no-go as far as DOCKconsumer tablets are concerned, especially when touchscreen Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/icy-dock-debuts-usb-3.0-ez-computing is starting to become mainstream for highly mobile dock/12163.htmldevices. May 11th, 2011However, things are usually different in the enterprise space,and based on the looks of it, tablets loaded with Windows 7are apparently doing well enough in various areas for OEMs tojustify their continued production. More importantly, it seemsthat NEC is keen to carve out a slice of the business tabletmarket for itself as well, having just launched its own Windows7-powered tablet, the VersaPro Type VT, today in Japan. Icy Dock has released the MB881U3-1SA, a USB 3.0 docking station supporting one 2.5" and 3.5" SATA/ IDE HDDs and SSDs. It features a USB 3.0 interface, removable aluminum stand for mobility, and works with both PC & Mac systems. The easy to use MB881U3-1SA is bundled with a low profile power adapter for 3.5 drives and is expected to hit store shelves soon. ICY DOCK PRESS RELEASEAs most of us will undoubtedly know by now, Windows isincapable of running on any other processor architecture 7
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Shuttle Announces SX58H7 Pro LGA1366 Mini PC barebone Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/shuttle-announces-sx58h7-pro- lga1366-mini-pc-barebone/12162.html May 11th, 2011Introducing Icy Docks new MB881U3-1SA USB 3.0 2.5 &3.5 SATA and IDE hard drive adapter with docking station Shuttle has unleashed the XPC Barebone SX58H7 Pro,functionality. Icy Dock has taken another one of its tried and targeting gamers on the lookout for high-performance SFFtrue products and taught it some new tricks. It features the desktops. Measuring 326 x 208 x 189mm, the stylish barebonenew USB 3.0 interface for up to a 5 Gbsec transfer rate. The comes in a black aluminum enclosure and boasts an X58MB881U3-1SA is perfect for any DIY user or IT Professional motherboard, four DDR3 memory slots (up to 16Gb), dualin need of a quality hard drive adapter. The hard drive adapter PCI-Express x16 slots (for SLI/ CrossFireX), four SATA ports,will work with both 3.5 & 2.5 SATA drives and IDE drives and three drive bays, two Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, I.C.E.use them on a USB 3.0 interface. (Integrated Cooling Engine) heatpipe technology, a 80-PLUS certified 500W PSU, audio connectors, two USB 3.0 andThe 2.5 SATAIDE drives can be powered with the USB cable eight USB 2.0 connectors. The XPC Barebone SX58H7 Pro isalone. A small power adapter is included for faster or bigger available from major retailers and e-tailers now at a MSRP of2.5 hard drives or 3.5 hard drives. Using the USB 3.0 interface EUR 444.00 (excl. VAT).will maximize not only the SATA drives but also the IDE drives SHUTTLE PRESS RELEASEreadwrite speeds not found on other USB 2.0 products. TheMB881U3-1SA will accept almost any size of 2.5 3.5 IDE andSATA hard drives.Product Features • Perfect hard drive adapter with docking station functionality in USB 3.0 speeds. • USB bus power for 2.5 drives. • Low profile power adapter for 3.5 drives. • Detachable docking platform to use while on the go. • Compatible with both 2.5 & 3.5 SATA hard drives and supports hot swap. Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH, the European subsidiary of • Compatible with both 2.5 & 3.5 IDE hard drives. Shuttle Inc., one of the leading developers and manufacturers • Supports USB 3.0 connection for maximum of compact PC solutions such as the world-renowned XPC performance. Mini-PC Barebones, today launches its 2011 model with • Plug & Play USB 3.0 with backwards capabilities to Intel X58 Express chipset and support for all Intel Core i7 USB 2.0 for quick connection processors (LGA1366). • for any computer system. The Shuttle XPC Barebone SX58H7 Pro cuts an elegant figure • User friendly screw-less and tool-less design just plug with a black aluminium chassis, case and front panel. It also in the hard drive and play. boasts two heatpipe cooling systems – ideal for ensuring optimal heat dissipation and high stability. • Exposed working HDD stands in the air vertically for fast heat radiation. • Aluminum alloy stand is detachable for portable use. Owners of this powerpack have a choice to fit either two single- slot graphics cards or one dual-slot graphics card. Two PCIe- • Designed for PC & Mac systems. x16-2.0 slots offer an enormous bandwidth and a separate Mini-PCIe-x1 slot allows the installation e.g. of a WLAN module. 8
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone for DVD-R+R DL and DVD+RW, 6x for DVD-RW, 48x for CD- R, and 24x for CD-RW".A further important innovation is the provision of external andinternal ports to the latest standards. Shuttles SX58H7 Prohas 2x USB 3.0 (up to 5 Gbits) and 2x SATA 6 Gbits. External Lite-on, manufacturer of numerous OEM PC parts, hasstorage media and internal drives (hard disks or SSDs) can introduced the eHBU212 external Blu-ray writer in Europe.now run at maximum speed. In addition, at the front and rear The writer boasts a USB 3.0 interface, 8Mb of cache memory,are 8x USB 2.0, 2x eSATA and 1x eSATAUSB 2.0 ports as LightScribe support, Smart-Burn and Smart-X technologies,well as eSATA power supply. Two 1000 Mbit network cards on and support write speeds up to "12x for BD-R, 8x for BD-Rthe mainboard of the SX58H7 Pro offer maximum reliability DL, 2x for BD-RE (DL), 16x for DVD-R+R, 12x for DVD-RAM,or maximum data transmission speed. The teaming function 8x for DVD-R+R DL and DVD+RW, 6x for DVD-RW, 48xenables the activation of failover or load balancing. for CD-R, and 24x for CD-RW". The eHBU212, bundled with CyberLinks Blu-ray Suite, can be pre-ordered from selectedWith the 80-PLUS-certified 500 W power supply unit, a resellers and distributors at a MSRP of €165.maximum configuration with 6-core processor, 16 GB DDR3 News via [Techconnect]RAM, one or two modern graphics cards and three drivesis possible at any time. A comparable configuration waspresented live at CeBIT 2011 and silenced the skeptics. ADATA Announces New PSU Series Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/adata-announces-new-psu-The technical possibilities offered here within a space series/12160.htmlmeasuring just 32.6 x 20.8 x 18.9 cm are simply astounding, May 11th, 2011states Tom Seiffert, Head of Marketing & PR at ShuttleComputer Handels GmbH. Although wed be hard pushed towin an energy-saving competition with the SX58H7 Pro, in theperformance per cm³ category this PC is streets ahead of itsrivals.The XPC Barebone SX58H7 Pro is available now. Shuttles Taipei based ADATA Technology, the world’s 2nd largestrecommended retail price is EUR 444.00 (ex VAT). vendor of DRAM Modules, has unveiled the BN series of PSUs. These 80 Plus Bronze certified units feature active PFC and comply with the European Energy Using Products DirectiveLite-on Unveils USB 3.0 Blu- (EuP) and The American Energy Star 5.0 standard. Availableray Writer in 400W, 450W, 500W and 550W capacities, they can be purchased from authorized retailers and e-tailers now.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lite-on-unveils-usb-3.0-blu-ray-writer/12161.html ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-May 11th, 2011 performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today announced the launch of its latest series of power supply for personal computers. The BN Series is targeted towards consumer and professional users who are looking for economical solutions in energy efficient power.Lite-on, manufacturer of numerous OEM PC parts, has With 80 Plus Bronze certification, the BN series offer up tointroduced the eHBU212 external Blu-ray writer in Europe. 85% efficiency, while the 95% Active Power Factor CorrectionThe writer boasts a USB 3.0 interface, 8Mb of cache memory, (PFC) minimizes power loss. The series comes in four wattageLightScribe support, Smart-Burn and Smart-X technologies, models to meet a wide range of individual user needs, andand support write speeds up to "12x for BD-R, 8x for BD-R DL, all models meet both the European Energy Using Products2x for BD-RE (DL), 16x for DVD-R+R, 12x for DVD-RAM, 8x Directive (EuP) and The American Energy Star 5.0 standard. 9
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe units run quietly and emit extremely low levels of capacitive touchscreen display is 3D-capable and boasts ainterference. native qHD resolution of 960 x 540. However, the company neglected to mention the exact version of Android that the phone will be shipping with, although the image above seemsAn interesting aesthetic touch on what is often a bland system to suggest that the SH-12C may be getting some (heavily-component is the patented design pattern on the laminated customized) Gingerbread love right out of the box instead ofsteel shell. The innovative surface coating process yields an the older Froyo.attractive textured appearance. That being said, it would seem that the dual 3D cameras situated at the SH-12Cs rear might just happen to be the smartphones real draw. Capable of capturing images at aAvailability remarkably high resolution of eight megapixels, the dualADATA BN Series power supply units are now distributed cameras can also be used to capture 3D HD videos at thethrough selected distributors and resellers. maximum resolution of 720p. Last but not least, Sharp did not provide any informationSharp introduces 3D AQUOS about the smartphones price in its press release, but sufficePhone SH-12C for Japan to say a smartphone that boasts both a 3D camera and a 3D- capable display is definitely not going to be the most affordableSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sharp-introduces-3d-aquos-phone- mobile communications device on the market. However, thesh-12c-for-japan/12158.html company did mention that the SH-12C will be released forMay 11th, 2011 retail in Japan on May 20 via NTT DoCoMo. As for the rest of the world...well, lets just say that watching pigs grow wings and fly would be a good way to pass the time while waiting for the SH-12C to show up on the shelves.Granted, mobile phones with 3D-capable displays are not the StarHub and M1 announcenorm yet, but it is only a matter of time before more OEMsstart hopping onto the bandwagon and rolling out devices iPad 2 offering; SingTel unveilsthat will see 3D-enabled smartphones eventually becoming iPad 2 price and availabilitythe new mainstream. However, those who prefer to live their Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/starhub-and-m1-announce-ipad-2-digital life on the bleeding edge of technology would probably offering-singtel-unveils-ipad-2-price-and-availability/12156.htmltake delight in the fact that there is a new player in the market May 11th, 2011for 3D-capable smartphones, and it comes in the form ofSharps new AQUOS Phone SH-12C.Smartphones sporting 3D-capable displays are more of anovelty than a mobile communication tool today due to the factthat consumer, carrier and software support for such devices Earlier this week, StarHub and M1 have announced that theyis still at its infancy. However, it is also widely understood would be offering the Apple iPad 2, though there have been nothat the world is slowly but surely moving towards 3D, and word on the pricing and availability. Today, SingTel unveiledthat it is only a matter of time before such smartphones their iPad 2 offering, the price and its availability.eventually take their place as the new standard mobilecommunication tool. And it will seem that Sharp is lookingto accelerate the adoption rate of 3D-enabled smartphoneswith the announcement of its own 3D smartphone, the AQUOSPhone SH-12C. SingTel has announced it will offer iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G in Singapore on May 14, this Saturday. The telco operator will offer iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G models with select tariff plans on a two-year contract, as well as a range of attractive data plansNot much about the SH-12C has been revealed by Sharp; for iPad 2 without a contract.indeed, the only thing we know about the SH-12C is that it has Here are the data plans:-both rear and front-facing cameras, is (obviously) preloadedwith Googles Android operating system, while the 4.2-inch 10
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Acording to the press release issued by Panasonic, the 14-inch Toughbook CF-53 is packs a multitouch-capable touchpad that is 25% larger than the ones found on previous versions of the Toughbook and an "adjustable backlit keyboard" that is meant to assist users who often use their notebooks under poor lighting conditions. Additional features present on the CF-53 include the use of a spill-resistant keyboard, a "high-definition LED display" and the ability to survive 30-inch drops on six faces unscathed, due to it passing nine MIL-STD-810G tests. Finally, the CF-53 will come standard with USB 3.0, VGA and HDMI ports and an SDXC card reader, along with anPanasonic announces integrated 3G modem from Qualcomm.its latest addition to the However, the CF-53s real draw stems from the fact that it isToughbook family - the CF-53 powered by Intels Sandy Bridge platform, and Panasonic has confirmed that the CF-53 will be available in three differentSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/panasonic-announces-its-latest- configurations. The US$1,599 model is due for shipment inaddition-to-the-toughbook-family--the-cf-53/12157.html August and will feature an Intel Core i3-2310M processorMay 11th, 2011 clocked at 2.1GHz, a 320GB mechanical hard disk with a platter speed of 5400rpm along with 2GB of memory. The i5 model, on the other hand, costs US$1,899 and is expected to start shipping in June. It will pack an Intel Core i5-2520M vPro processor clocked at 2.5Ghz (3.2Ghz on TurboBoost), a high-performance mechanical hard disk with a platter speed of 7200rpm and 320GB of storage and 4GB ofPanasonics Toughbooks make for popular notebook PCs memory. In addition, a touchscreen-capable version of the i5among military and business users for obvious reasons, but model is available, although it will only start shipping in Julymost consumers who desire a notebook with bleeding-edge and will set consumers back by US$2,449.hardware usually tend to shy away from them because oftheir last-gen specifications. However, this is all set to changewith Panasonics newest addition to the Toughbook family, the A sneak peek at Asussemi-rugged CF-53, which is powered by...yep, Intels SandyBridge platform. Looks like good things really do come to those Maximus IV Gene-Zwho have the patience to wait, after all. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/a-sneak-peek-at-asus-maximus-iv- gene-z/12153.htmlMost of us are slaves to our notebooks when it comes to May 11th, 2011being productive while on the move, but more often that not,the cheap notebooks which most of us use as our primarymobile workhorse are seldom, if ever designed to handlethe abuses of the outside world. In fact, it would not be anexaggeration to claim that an accidental mishap that involvesphysical trauma is more than sufficient to see screen, bodyand battery part company from the device that was previouslycalled a notebook. In fact, such mishaps are the main reason Asus unveiled a tiny picture of its Maximus IV Gene-Z inrugged notebooks like the Panasonic Toughbook are in such its Z68 motherboard announcement, but it didnt really givehigh demand among careless professionals, and leave it to away a lot of details. However, VR-Zone can now offer somePanasonic to delight Toughbook fans with its latest addition to more detailed pictures of the board, albeit we have as yet notthe lineup - the semi-rugged CF-53. managed to get hold of a decent picture of the entire board. On the other hand, the pictures we have do give a good idea of 11
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonewhat the board has to offer in terms of hardware features andtheyre a lot more detailed than the first picture.Asus unveiled a tiny picture of its Maximus IV Gene-Z inits Z68 motherboard announcement, but it didnt really giveaway a lot of details. However, VR-Zone can now offer somemore detailed pictures of the board, albeit we have as yet notmanaged to get hold of a decent picture of the entire board.On the other hand, the pictures we have do give a good idea ofwhat the board has to offer in terms of hardware features andtheyre a lot more detailed than the first picture. The board also has a set of Voltage readout points for overclockers and of course X-Fi 2 SupremeFX audio. We cant really tell how many power phases the board has, but wed hazard a guess at something like a 12-phase design judging by the size of the heatsinks. Overall a pretty decent little board with plenty of features, although what remains is the one question we all would like to know, how much is it?First up weve got a larger picture of the one supplied with thepress release which still isnt all that detailed, but a lot betterthan the tiny one weve seen so far. Its clear from this picture In related news, Asus has also confirmed via its Asus ROGalone that the board has a single HDMI port, but lets have a forums that well be seeing the Maximus IV Extreme-Z at acloser look shall we? later stage, alongside the P8Z68 Deluxe and the P8Z68. Lian Li releases new casing Cowry PC-U6 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lian-li-releases-new-casing-cowry-pc- u6/12148.html May 11th, 2011Although the close-up we have of the rear ports doesntreveal everything, its clear that we have one special USB 2.0port here, most likely for Asus ROG Connect. Theres also aCMOS reset button around the back and beyond that it lookslike we were pretty much spot on, even based on the tinypicture provided alongside the announcement. The Ethernetcontroller is from Intel, and it has two ASMedia USB 3.0 host Very often, we see computer cases in the shape of the dullcontrollers. looking cuboid, but Lian Lis latest Cowry PC-U6 casing is set to dispel the conventional looks. Read on.Around the front we were also spot on, although its now clearthat the board also has a pair of pin headers for four USB 2.0ports. Theres also a POST80 debug LED and a power andreset button at the bottom of the board. Interestingly the PCIExpress x4 slot is open ended, so on theory a full-length cardcould be fitted to it. 12
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneFrom a designers point of view, the Cowry PC-U6 certainlyscored a few points. Its design is sleek and really stands outfrom other regular cases. Although it is a mid tower chasis, the At the Google I/O conference, the company has announced thespecifications show that it can only mount Micro-ATX / Mini- new Android mobile operating system (Ice Cream Sandwich),ITX motherboards. This is probably why they only included 2 and revealed that the next Nexus smartphone will be launchedx 140mm intake fans by the side of the case. in Q4 this year. Andy Rubin, senior vice president of Mobile at Google, said that the next Nexus smartphone can easily run Android "Ice Cream Sandwich" platform. This means that the Nexus phone will only be ready closer to the end of this year. From the current development of smartphones, it would be no surprise if the Nexus phone incorporate dual-core processor. It is anyones guess whether Sony Ericsson would be the manufacturer tasked to make the new Nexus smartphone, seeing HTC and Samsung had already made one for Google. The biggest feature of the next version of Android mobile operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich, is that it will support both tablet and smartphone devices. Google wants to fulfil "One OS Everywhere", be it on the smaller screen smartphonesLian Li have included dust filters within the casing for easy or the tablets with larger displays.cleaning and a tool-less system for easy mounting. There isalso a little knob for the fan control found at the back of thecase. Its SRP is estimated to be US$349 (S$430). Updated:Gigabyte reveals Z68See the full specifications and introductory video of the CowryPC-U6 Case at the Lian Li website. board with mSATA connector Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/updated-gigabyte-reveals-z68-board- with-msata-connector/12151.htmlNew Nexus phone will May 11th, 2011incorporate Android "IceCream Sandwich" platformSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/new-nexus-phone-will-incorporate-android-ice-cream-sandwich-platform/12150.htmlMay 11th, 2011 Heres a surprise, Gigabyte is going to have more Z68 motherboards and well be seeing boards with an mSATA connector on them which will accept mSATA SSDs. Talk about spoiling it on the day of the launch of the much anticipated Z68 motherboards. Well, ok, its not that big of a deal, but its a neat feature and we can see other board makers follow suite.At the recent Google I/O conference in San Francisco, thesearch engine giant has revealed that the next Nexus Android Heres a surprise, Gigabyte is going to have more Z68smartphone is scheduled to launch in Q4 this year and will motherboards and well be seeing boards with an mSATArun the new Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The question is, connector on them which will accept mSATA SSDs. Talk aboutwill Sony Ericsson be the next manufacturer to build the phone spoiling it on the day of the launch of the much anticipated(after HTC and Samsung)? 13
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneZ68 motherboards. Well, ok, its not that big of a deal, but its May 11th, 2011a neat feature and we can see other board makers follow suite.The mSATA connector was developed for tablets and thinand light notebooks, but it works just as well on a desktopmotherboard. Its pretty much a mini PCI Express connector,although rather than having PCI Express and USB interfaces, It is old news that the next version of the Android operatingit does as the name suggests have a SATA interface. This allows system will be known as Ice Cream Sandwich (hmm, yummy)for extremely small, but standardised SSDs to be installed in and that it will supposedly be released to OEMs sometimesmall devices, yet more flexibility compared to soldering the in Q4 this year. But in spite of that, Google has somehowchips onto the PCB or using a non-standard connector or SSD. managed to push out an update for its tablet-centric build of Android known as Honeycomb in its Google I/O 2011 keynote address before it gets merged with Gingerbread to form Ice Cream Sandwich. So what can consumers look forward to the first major update to Honeycomb?Gigabyte has so far only provided a single picture via itsFacebook page of the new board and it doesnt reveal much atall about the board itself. The SSD in question is the mSATA Honeycomb-totting tablets are still few and far between on theversion of Intels Larsen Creek SLC SSD, also known as the 311 market, but it is clear that Google is trying its best to fix theseries. major bugs and issues that have been reportedly found on itsWhat details we can see from the board is that it has at least tablet-centric build of the Android operating system. However,one x16 PCI Express slot and the mSATA connector is located it seems that Google may have outdone even itself this time,between it and the CPU socket which is a somewhat unusual now that it has finally taken the wraps off what is essentially aplace to fit anything beyond a x1 PCI Express slot. Of course major update for tablets running on Honeycomb in its Googlethe model name has been handily cropped out of the picture I/O 2011 developer conference held at San Francisco.as well, so all we know for a fact is that its a Z68 board.Interestingly though, the blue PCB is suggesting that this isan entry-level motherboard, as Gigabytes higher-end boardshave black PCBs these days. That said, it could just be that thisis a prototype on the blue PCB and final boards will have ablack PCB.Update: Gigabyte has now announced the model names ofthe board with the mSATA connector and there will befour models, all launching sometime in June. The modelsare the Z68XP-UD3, Z68XP-D3, Z68AP-D3 and Z68P-DS3suggesting that all four models are fairly far down in Gigabytesrange as well as lacking display connectivity. On top of that themodel names give away that all three boards are full size ATXboards of which only one is part of the Ultra Durable 3 series, According to various reports, one of the major refinementsi.e. the other three models dont have 2oz copper layers in the made to Honeycomb in version 3.1 is centred around thePCBs. The P in the model names are obviously an indicator operating systems user interface. Google claims that thefor the mSATA connector. Wed expect to see the boards on updated user interface in Android 3.1 is now more intuitivedisplay at Computex. and efficient for consumers to use, due to the implementation of various features such as improved transitions between theGoogle unveils Android 3.1 at system and installed apps, while the Launchers animations have been tweaked to allow for "a smoother and fasterGoogle I/O 2011 transition to and from the Apps list". In addition, theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-unveils-android-3.1-at-google- user interface in Android 3.1 now features consistent audioio-2011/12147.html feedback, while the ability to resize widgets has also been added to the mix. 14
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAnother new feature which Google was quick to boast of inAndroid 3.1 is its newfound compatibility with a wide range ofUSB accessories. Examples of such accessories include digitalcameras, keyboards, computer mice and even that controllerfrom your favourite video game console. However, Google wasquick to add that its support for USB accessories is greatlydependant on the components used in the correspondingdevices, and that Android support for these devices is purelyup to the manufacturers discretion.Last but not least, the other new features present inAndroid 3.1 includes a faster web browser with an improveduser interface, an updated Gallery app which supports theimporting of images directly from digital cameras via PTP ,the introduction of new features for WiFi connectivity, such Specificationsas WiFi Lock and Preferred Network Offload and a new CPU AMD Dual-Core ProcessorMovies app which allows users to rent movies directly from the E-350Android Market. Chipset AMD Hudson M1 FCH (A50) Graphics Integrated AMD Radeon HD 6310 Memory 2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM, Max. 8 GB, DDR3 1066/800 SDRAM Expansion Slots 1 x PCIe x16 slot (x4 bandwidth) 1 x Mini PCI Express x1 slot Storage 4 x SATA 6GbpsThe Motorola XOOM will be the first tablet to receive the 1 x eSATA 6GbpsAndroid 3.1 update, which will be rolled out to owners of the Audio VIA VT1708B 8-channel Highdevice by as early as today. Also, word has it that the GoogleTV Definition audio CODECis slated to receive the update some time in summer, although Network Atheros AR8151 PCIe Gigabitthere is no word on when non-XOOM tablets will be able LANto obtain the update. And with Ice Cream Sandwich due forrelease in the fourth quarter of 2011, it seems that Android 3.1 Realtek RTL8188CE 802.11b/will be the first and last major update for Honeycomb before g/n (single antenna with rearboth the tablet-optimized and smartphone-optimized versions bracket included)of Android are unified back into a single common release. Rear Panel I/O 1 x RJ45 LAN connector 1 x Audio port (Line-in,4x Line-out, SPDIF out)ECS HDC-I Review 1 x D-sub(VGA)Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ecs-hdc-i-review/12031.html 1 x DVI PortMay 11th, 2011 6 x USB 2.0 2 x USB 3.0 1 x Bluetooth 3.0 adapter 1 x HDMI Port 1 x eSATA 6GbpsWe take a look at the latest AMD Brazos motherboard from 1 x S/PDIF Out (optical)ECS. Featuring USB 3.0, WiFi and Bluetooth, how well does 5 x Audio jacksthe ECS HDC-I compare with the other E-350 motherboards Internal I/O Connectors and 1 x CPU Fan connectorreviewed so far? HeadersTo date, weve looked at MSIs and Asus AMD E-350 1 x Chassis Fan connectormotherboards. Today well be adding another board to the 4 x USB 2.0 headerclub, ECS HDC-I. 1 x Front panel audio headerECS may be better known for no-frills solutions targeted at 1 x Chassis Intrusionconsumers on a budget, but the ECS HDC-I doesnt seem to fit connectorthis mold. Instead, its list of features looks to be on par with Form Factor Mini-ITX (170x170mm)the others weve seen so far. 15
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone No mirrors glossy coatings for these panels (matte anti-glare is here to stay), and the monitors will accept DVI-D and DisplayPort connections. All three models will be pushed outDell to release UltraSharp of the door by the end of the year, with the U2412M (orU2412M / U2412HM, U2312HM U2412HM) expected to appear first in Q3.and U2212HM soonSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/dell-to-release-ultrasharp-u2412m-u2412hm-u2312hm-and-u2212hm-soon/12134.htmlMay 11th, 2011 Hotels.com introduces two new apps for iPhone andDell regularly refreshes its high-end LCD products Android phones Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hotels.com-introduces-two-new-apps-approximately every one year and a half. Recent product for-iphone-and-android-phones/12146.htmllistings and driver releases on Dells support site reveal that May 11th, 2011the replacement for the UltraSharp U2410, the U2412M (orU2412HM), is on track for a Q3 2011 release, along with twoother smaller-sized models, the U2312HM and U2212HM. Hotels.com has recently introduced two new smartphone apps for the iPhone and Android phones. The apps lets users log in to their account, search for their accomodation options and do their booking.Last week, the folks over at HKEPC unearthed a monitor drivermeant for Dells upcoming high-end 24-inch UltraSharp LCD,which will be called the U2412M, according to the filename.This week however, FlatpanelsHD and TFT Central have both Hotels.com, a hotel booking website, has launched two newsuggested that the U2412M will be called the U2412HM, and smart phone applications for the Apple iPhone and AndroidDell will be replacing the current U2311H and U2211H with the phones. The two new applications, which are availableU2312HM and U2212HM respectively too around the same in over 30 languages, allow users to search and booktime frame as the 24-incher. from over 135,000 hotels around the world, with 20,000TFT Central went on to explain that the H in the model accommodation deals.name signifies a 16:9 screen aspect ratio, and the M an e-IPS The apps act as an extension of the Hotels.com website,panel classification. It is suggested that the new U2412HM 24- allowing travellers to log in as either a guest, or create aincher will use an e-IPS panel, move away from the 16:10 Hotels.com account from inside the app. User can searchformat and adopt a more common 16:9 ratio and native for accommodation options, browse two million user reviews,resolution of 1920 x 1080. Also, the use of White-LED (W- access hotel deals and book and manage their choices.LED) backlighting in the new monitor would mean revertingto a standard NTSC gamut. The ‘sign in once’ feature, which applies to both apps, automatically remembers previous users’ log in details toNext, the smaller-sized 23-inch and 21.5-inch models will be avoid hassle of the need to log in every time. Even without areplaced with the U2312HM and U2212HM. These two e-IPS data connection, all past and future bookings can be accessedpanels will be W-LED backlit, have a 16:9 aspect ratio and anative display resolution of 1920 x 1080. 16
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonedisplaying a hotel address, phone number and map with just Other accessories include a carrying bag and velcro strips forone touch. cable management. The CSP-X1200CB has 80-Plus® Silver certification and highly durable & reliable 105°C and 85°C capacitors.Club 3D introduces 1200W See the full specifications at the Club 3D website.Power Supply Nikon announcesSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/club-3d-introduces-1200w-power-supply/12137.htmlMay 11th, 2011 discontinuation of COOLPIX S4100 and S6100 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nikon-announces-discontinuation-of- coolpix-s4100-and-s6100/12145.html May 11th, 2011Club3Ds has introduced the CSP-X1200CB 1200W powersupply. Aimed at enthusiasts, it supports multiple graphicscards and has a semi modular design. It also features a 135mmfan to ensure ample cooling. Today, Nikon has issued a statement that they will be discontinuing their COOLPIX S4100 and S6100 compact digital cameras. The reason is due to issues with production and supplies. Read on for the official world wide announcement.Club 3D has announced its latest power supply, the CSP-X1200CB. This 1200W behemoth is aimed at hardware andoverclocking enthusiasts intending to run multiple graphicscards and high-end processors. Nikon has decided not to embark on sales of the COOLPIX S6100 and COOLPIX S4100, which were announced on February 9, 2011. Though these two models were announced in February, it has been determined that steady production and supply of these models will be difficult. For this reason, sales of the two cameras have been discontinued in Asia. We sincerely apologize to all those affected by this decision, and especially to those who had intended to purchase the camera, as well as our retailers and others whose business will be affected by the inconvenience this decision may cause. ZiiLABS announces new ZMS-20 and ZMS-40 media processors for Android Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ziilabs-announces-new-zms-20-and-The CSP-X1200CB has four dedicated +12V rails capable of zms-40-media-processors-for-android/12143.htmldishing out a total of 40A/1020W. There are sufficient PCIe May 11th, 2011power connectors for multiple graphics cards. A semi modulardesign reduces cable clutter, and a 135mm fan keeps the powersupply cool even under load. When Creative launched its ZiiO tablet last year, many techies were understandably more interested in the unique ZiiLabs 17
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonestemcell processor that was being used to supply the ZiiOs the chips is expected to be carried out sometime in the thirdprocessing power, as opposed to being interested in the tablet quarter of 2011. Unfortunately, the company made no mentionas most average consumers would be. As it turns out, ZiiLABS about details on expected sampling and shipment dates for theis not content with having only one processor to compete in ZMS-40, only claiming that the detailed specifications for thethe highly competitive ARM space, for the company has just chip will be made available at a later date.announced two new additions to its processor lineup today. The full specifications for the ZMS-20 StemCell mediaCreatives ZiiO tablet may not have the sleek finish and smooth processor are as follow:curves that form an integral part of most mainstream tablets ZMS-20 Key Featuresdesign elements today, but Creative sure did manage to getsome heads turning when the ZiiO was first launched. After all, • Dual 1.5GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores with Neonproviding the ZiiOs processing power was a unique ZiiLABSZMS-08 media processor which utilized a StemCell media • ZiiLABS flexible Stemcell media processing capabilitiesprocessor, as opposed to the other typical ARM-based chips o Low-energy SIMD architecture for highsupplied by many other companies which utilized Mali or performance media accelerationNVIDIA GPUs. o 48 x 32-bit floating point media processing coresHowever, it is clear that ZiiLABS has not been standing still for 26GFlops of computewith StemCell while other companies such as Qualcomm, o High Profile H.264 video playback at 1080p@30fpsSamsung and NVIDIA were basking in the limelight with theirnewer, more powerful SoCs. In fact, the company seems set o Wide range of accelerated video codecs includingto compete head-on in the high-performance segment of the H.264, VC1 and VP8market with its new ZMS-20 and ZMS-40, which it touts as o High Definition, low latency video conferencingthe most powerful additions to the Zii line of energy-efficientmedia processors. o Optimised OpenGL ES 2.0 for robust 3D graphics acceleration and application compatibility o Accelerated OpenCL 1.1 (desktop profile) integrated into Android NDK o High Dynamic Range (HDR) Image Processing o High-quality Text-to-Speech and Voice Recognition o 150 MPixel/sec image processing o Adobe Flash 10 acceleration o Integrated HDM1 1.4 with 3D stereo support • 1GB addressable memory o DDR2/3 at 533 MHz for low-costAccording to the official press release. the ZMS-20 andZMS-40 media processors have been specially engineered for o LPDDR2 for maximum memory bandwidth andthe high-resolution tablet computing markets, and it clearly low-powershows. ZiiLABS claims that the ZMS-20 media processor o 64-bit wide memory bussports a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 MPcore pocessor clocked • Quad independent video controllers supporting 24-bitat 1.5GHz, but it is the graphics-related portion of the ZMS-20 displays and camerasthat takes the cake. Indeed, the ZMS-20 boasts 48 StemCellprocessing cores that are designed to deliver "stunning 1080p • 3V3 and 1V8 I/O’s reduce peripheral power consumptionhigh profile video playback, immersive OpenGL ES 2.0 3D • Dual USB 2.0 HS OTG (Host/Peripheral) controllersgraphics, HD video calling and a rich desktop browsing with PHY for low system costexperience including Adobe Flash Player", and is expected toperform up to eight times faster than the existing ZMS-08 • Three independent SDIO/MMC controllerssystem-on-a-chip used in Creatives ZiiO tablets. • Extended battery life with robust Dynamic PowerOn the other hand, ZiiLABS did not release any specifications Management and Instantaneous Onfor its quad-core ZMS-40 SoC. However, the company claims • Xtreme Fidelity X-Fi audio effectsthat the ZMS-40 will be clocked at the same speed of theZMS-20 at 1.5GHz, and will feature 96 StemCell cores for • Enhanced Security: 256-bit AES (Advanced Encryptionhandling graphical and media-related tasks, thus bringing the Standard) and TrustZonetotal number of processing cores available in the ZMS-40 toan unheard-of number of 100.Last but not least, ZiiLABS has confirmed that the ZMS-20SoC is now available for sampling, and volume shipment of 18
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Biostar has just announced the Biostar TZ68A+ motherboardOver 23,000 BitTorrent users using the Intel Z68 chipset. Features include Biostarsmay face legal actions from exclusive BIO-Remote2 and Charger Booster utilities, a 5- phase power supply design with 100% solid capacitors, andillegal downloads Lucid Virtu GPU Virtualization.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/over-23-000-bittorrent-users-may- Biostar has just announced its Z68 motherboard. Theface-legal-actions-from-illegal-downloads/12141.html Biostar TZ68A+ features Biostars exclusive BIO-Remote2 andMay 11th, 2011 Charger Booster utilities. Biostar has also engineered a 5- phase power supply design with 100% X.D.C solid capacitors.Yes, you read right. Another lawsuit has been filed againstillegal Bit Torrent downloaders, and approximately 23,000 ofthem in the US. This could well be the biggest downloadingcase in US to date. The TZ68A+ has onboard HDMI, DVI and VGA outputs. It supports Lucid Virtu GPU Virtualization, allowing the user to take dynamically switch between Intel HD Graphics and a discrete GPU for different tasks.According to online reports, over 23,000 users in the USmay face lawsuits for illegal Bit Torrent movie downloads.Apparently, a federal judge has allowed the U.S. CopyrightGroup, a plaintiffs organization formed by indy filmproducers, to force ISPs to unveil the IP addresses of every userwho illegally downloaded the film.To top it all, these file sharers were found to have downloadedthe 2010 movie "The Expendables" starring popular actionstars like Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Dolph Lundren and Jason The Biostar TZ68A+ also features USB 3.0 support and six-Statham. This could be the largest illegal-downloading case channel HD Audio. Six SATA ports (including two SATAin U.S. history. The 23,000 BitTorrent users may have to 6Gbps ports) are available for use with Intels SSD cachingdecide whether to pay the Copyright Group several thousand feature.dollars to settle or face possible damages of up to $150,000per infringement.Biostar Reveals Z68MotherboardSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/biostar-reveals-z68-motherboard/12144.htmlMay 11th, 2011 See the full press release below: BIOSTAR announces new Z68 motherboard - “TZ68A +” Taipei, Taiwan, May 11, 2011 - BIOSTAR MICROTECH INTL CORP., A professional manufacturer of motherboards, introduces Intel Z68 chipset based motherboard that supports Intel 19
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 2nd generation Sandy Bridge processor family, markets respectively. These lower cost alternatives will also it is special designed for advanced gamers and use the SandForce SF-2200 controller found in OCZs top-end overclocking fans. BIOSTAR “TZ68A+”, the only Vertex 3. solution supports both built-in graphics and external overclocking among Intel Sandy Bridge processors; it is also equipped with Lucid Virtu GPU Virtualization – a dynamic switching between built-in processor graphics and high-end 3D performance discrete graphics cards. Moreover, it also fully supports Intel Smart Response Technology – enabling SSD like performance with HDD capacity. BIOSTAR “TZ68A+”, is ATX form factor with black color PCB design; it adopts Intel’s latest Z68 B3 stepping chipset and BIOSTAR exclusive BIO- The Agility 3 is available in 60GB, 120GB and 240GB sizes, Remote2 & Charger Booster utilities. For the on board while the Solid 3 is available only in 60GB and 120GB sizes. power supply, “TZ68A+” uses a 5-phase power supply The 60GB option is targeted for use as a boot drive. For best design with 100% X.D.C solid capacitor. performance, OCZ recommends that the drive be used with a SATA 6Gbps controller. Both drives come with a 3-year warranty. For the memory, “TZ68A+” provides 4 DIMM We have quoted below OCZs specifications for 120GB drives slots supporting dual-channel DDR3 2133 (OC) and across its three SSD product lines: features a one-phase power supply independently. For storage, it provides 4 x SATA2 and 2 x SATA3 disk Solid 3 120GB Max Performance interfaces. For the extended slots, “TZ68A+” provides • Max Read: up to 500MB/s 2 x PCI-E x16 2.0 display card slots, supporting dual- card mode. Furthermore, various IO interfaces are • Max Write: up to 450MB/s available including 2 x USB2.0, 2 x USB3.0, PS/2, • Random Write 4KB (Aligned): 20,000 IOPS HDMI+DVI+HDCP, RJ45, and 6 channel HD audio outputs. Agility 3 120GB Max Performance • Max Read: up to 525MB/s About BIOSTAR Group • Max Write: up to 500MB/s BIOSTAR was established in 1986, ranked Top 20 • Random Write 4KB (Aligned): 50,000 IOPS most valuable international Taiwanese brand in 2008 with an estimate brand value of US$ 46 million. Vertex 120GB Max Performance BIOSTAR has enriched its competence in the design and manufacture of motherboards, and will continue • Max Read: up to 550MB/s serving its customers with the best quality and • Max Write: up to 500MB/s services. • Random Write 4KB (Aligned): 60,000 IOPSOCZ Announces New Value See the full press release below:SSDs: Agility 3 & Solid 3 OCZ Technology Announces the Agility 3 and Solid 3 SATA IISource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-announces-new-value-ssds-agility-3--solid-3/12142.htmlMay 11th, 2011 New SSDs Deliver SATA 6Gbps Speeds with Outstanding Balanc SAN JOSE, CA?May 10, 2011?OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (NasdOCZ has updated its range of solid state drives (SSD) with theAgility 3 and Solid 3. These are targeted at the mainstreamand budget markets, and will also use the SandForce SF-2200 ?With increased availability of SATA III platforms, the decontroller found in OCZs top-end Vertex 3.OCZ has updated its range of solid state drives (SSD) with theAgility 3 and Solid 3, targeted at the mainstream and budget Agility 3 and Solid 3 SSDs feature the leading-edge SandFo 20
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone you answer, the greater the opportunity to win. One lucky fan will be drawn from each theme category. The six lucky Available in a new boot-drive size 60GB capacity as well as 120GB and able to options, Agility 3 and SolidBooth winners will be 240GB collect their prizes at the MSI 3 SSDs fea (#L607) during Computex 2011. These prizes include the MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) mainboard, MSI 560GTX-Ti Hawk graphics card, Kingston 2133/4GX (Genesis XMP Special Grey Series) http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-agility-3-sata-iii-2-5-ssd.htmlhttp://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-solid-3-sata-iii-2 Memory and Tt eSPORTS Gaming Acessories. Don’t forget to invite your friends to join!Great prizes for MSI Fans at Adobe launches PhotoshopComputex 2011 Touch apps for the Apple iPad Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/adobe-launches-photoshop-touch-Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/great-prizes-for-msi-fans-at- apps-for-the-apple-ipad/12138.htmlcomputex-2011/12140.html May 11th, 2011May 11th, 2011 Adobe has launched their new Photoshop Touch apps, MSI hosts the “Star Fans Come To Meet” event on the designed for the Apple iPad tablet device - Adobe ColorMSI Fan Club Facebook Fanpage from May 11 - May 26 in Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav. The apps are available fororder to connect with fans. Join MSI Fan Club and answer the purchase on the Apple App Store.questions on the event page, and you will have the opportunityto win the great prizes from MSI at Computex 2011. Theseprizes include the MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) mainboard, MSI560GTX-Ti Hawk graphics card, Kingston 2133/4GX (GenesisXMP Special Grey Series) Memory and Tt eSPORTS GamingAcessories.Leading mainboard and graphics card manufacturer MSIhosts the “Star Fans Come To Meet” event on the MSI Fan ClubFacebook Fanpage from May 11 - May 26 in order to connectwith fans. Join MSI Fan Club and answer the questions on theevent page, and you will have the opportunity to win the greatprizes from MSI at Computex 2011. Adobe has announced the availability of their new Adobe Photoshop Touch apps – Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav – for the Apple iPad. The apps were developedA major IT event in Taiwan, Computex 2011 will take place in using the Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit (SDK)Taipei from May 31 - June 4. As a leading IT manufacturer to demonstrate the potential for new interaction betweenin the world, MSI will undoubtedly take part in this great IT Photoshop and tablet devices.occasion. At Computex 2011, MSI will display its mainboards Adobe Color Lava for Photoshop, Adobe Eazel for Photoshopand graphics cards in six different themes for consumers to and Adobe Nav for Photoshop offer fun and interactivelearn about the new technology and product features of 2011. experience of touch devices with the power and precision of Photoshop by enabling users to create custom color swatches,MSI Fan Club provides consumers with the latest product paint directly onscreen and drive popular Photoshop toolsinformation on Facebook, and now it has organized the “Star from tablet devices.Fans Come To Meet” event during Computex 2011 for fans to Photoshop is a part of the recently announced Adobe Creativeget the latest information on MSI products and even win great Suite 5.5 product family, enabling designers and developersprizes from the MSI booth. to create for popular and emerging smartphone and tablet platforms. Current Photoshop CS5 owners can download a free update to enable new interaction between Photoshop andBe sure to visit the MSI Fan Club site, and answer the tablet devices.questions related to the six thematic sites to win greatprizes from MSI Fan Club and other leading componentmanufacturers at Computex 2011. The more the questions 21
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone- Adobe Color Lava allows creatives to use their fingertips to in its tenth revision and engineers again gave their best for thismix colors on the iPad, creating custom color swatches and new edition. It comes with a 80-Plus-Platinum certification,themes to transfer back into Photoshop. which guarantees the highest possible efficiency and is still very rare within the market.- Adobe Eazel takes advantage of cutting-edge paintingtechnology by letting digital artists create rich realisticpaintings with their fingertips, and introduces a new kind of Revised Dark Rock coolers und new SilentWings fansinteraction between “wet” and “dry” paints. These paintingscan then be sent directly to Photoshop CS5 for compositing or Even in cooling, theres a lot to come from be quiet!. Thoughfor taking the artwork further. the German brand just launched into the CPU cooler market, they already present new models in Taipei. There will be- Adobe Nav increases workflow efficiency by letting users revised Dark Rock coolers with new 135mm fans as well as twoselect and control Photoshop tools using the iPad as the input new coolers. The very popular SilentWings fans will have ansurface, customize the toolbar, browse and zoom in on up to update to and will surprise the public with their new abilities200 open Photoshop files, or easily create new files. and look.- Adobe Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit (SDK)enables developers to build tablet applications that interactwith Photoshop from Android, BlackBerry PlayBook and iOS Third Attack Attempt On Sonydevices. PlayStation Network Thwarted Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/third-attack-attempt-on-sony-COMPUTEX : be quiet! to playstation-network-thwarted/12133.html May 11th, 2011unveil new line of PSUs,SilentWings Fans and CPUCoolersSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/computex--be-quiet-to-unveil-new-line-of-psus-silentwings-fans-and-cpu-coolers/12135.htmlMay 11th, 2011 Another bad day for Sony? CNET is actually claiming that Sony managed to thwart the would-be hackers and stopped a third attack, but it’s all thanks to them! "CNET has learned that our publication of the group’s plan be quiet! will attend this years Computex in Taipei and may have caused Sony to secure the remaining servers thispresent ten new exclusive products. Updates and extensions group claims it had access to, shutting off any avenuesof existing models can as well be expected as some brand new for another attack.", the company said. And continues: "Onproducts. The highlights are the new Straight Power and Dark Thursday we reported that a group of hackers believedPower Pro models, the extension of the SilentWings fan family to be involved in the intrusion on PlayStation Networkand new CPU coolers with 135mm fans. was planning yet another attack on Sony, this time on an unspecified company Web site, with the goal of posting any information they could find somewhere online. The hackers said at the time that they were planning another wave of cyberattacks against Sony in retaliation for its handling of the PlayStation Network breach. An observer of the Internet Relay Chat channel used by the hackers told CNET about the hackers plans."be quiet!, Germanys marketleader for computer power "Apparently Sony saw that article because the last server thatsupplies, will attend this years Computex in Taipei. The I could access is offline now…its probably (sic) being patchedcompany uses this event as a stage to present ten new exclusive like the other servers. There goes our window."products. Updates and extensions of existing models can as Sony has shut down PSN, Qriocity, and Sony Online whilewell be expected as some brand new products. The highlights it does a total rebuild of the security systems. Overall,are the new Straight Power and Dark Power Pro models, the the personal information of more than 100 million Sonyextension of the SilentWings fan family and new CPU coolers customers has been exposed in the breach. Sony has promisedwith 135mm fans. to compensate customers with free ID theft monitoring, as well as free content and 30 days of free access to the premium version of PSN.Dark Power Pro P10 and Straight Power E9Looking at power supplies, visitors can get a look at the newversions of the Dark Power Pro and Straight Power series,which will set new efficiency and performance records, whenthey are releases. The top model, called Dark Power Pro P10 is 22
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneReview : Akasa Helix Although a little bit on the early side, Asus has announcedNotebook Cooler its Intel Z68 chipset based motherboards without giving awaySource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/review--akasa-helix-notebook- too much information. Currently the only board listed oncooler/12132.html the manufacturers website is the P8Z68-V Pro, although theMay 11th, 2011 announcement did at least give us an early glance at the Maximus IV Gene-Z, Asus ROG mATX board. The picture of the board is tiny and its hard to make out a lot of details, but from what we can see its clear that the Maximus IV Gene-Z has a pair of PCI Express x16 slots as well as a single x4 slot. The space between the x16 slots is taken up by what mostly appears to be capacitors. There are no additional SATAAkasa first started off in 1997, making them one of the first ports on this board, so the 4+2 SATA 3Gbps/6Gbps standardhigh performance computer cooling solutions manufacturers. Intel chipset ports is all you get. The board appears to have aToday Akasa has diversified into other market areas but the front header for a pair of USB 3.0 ports as well which is a nicecompany still offers a great range of cooling related products. addition.Today we are going to review a simple but interesting product,the Helix aluminium notebook cooler. What makes the Helixspecial is......not the aluminium body but that it features a massive 20cmfan which is still powered from a single USB port.Application 17" - 15.6" Notebooks / MacBooksMaterial Aluminium facia panelOutline dimension 380 x 296.5 x 54mmFan dimension 200 x 200 x 20mmFan speed High speed 800 RPM, low speed 500 RPMFan air flow 63.7 CFMFan air pressure 0.44mm H2OVoltage rating 5V DCUSB cable 600mm Around the back we can see a PS/2 port, what appears to beWeight 910g eight USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a pair of eSATA ports,Available colours Anodized black or brushed a Gigabit Ethernet port, an HDMI port and 7.1-channel audio aluminium with optical S/PDIF out. The board will come with Lucid Logix Virtu graphics switching software in the box, but apart fromProduct code AK-NBC-31BK , AK- that we dont know much else about the board. Hopefully it NBC-31AL wont be too long until we have more details on this board and Asus other upcoming Z68 products.Asus announces its Z68boards ViewSonic launches theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-announces-its-z68- ViewPad 4 and V350 in Taiwanboards/12131.html Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/viewsonic-launches-the-viewpad-4-May 11th, 2011 and-v350-in-taiwan/12130.html May 11th, 2011Although a little bit on the early side, Asus has announcedits Intel Z68 chipset based motherboards without giving awaytoo much information. Currently the only board listed on On Tuesday, ViewSonic launched two new smartphones,the manufacturers website is the P8Z68-V Pro, although the although the company prefers to call one of them a tabletannouncement did at least give us an early glance at the for some reason. Apparently ViewSonic has an arbitrary limitMaximus IV Gene-Z, Asus ROG mATX board. that devices with screens 4-inches and below are smartphones, whereas devices with screens 4.1-inches and above are tablets. 23
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAs such we have the ViewPad 4, 4.1-inch "tablet" and the V3503.5-inch smartphone.Earlier today ViewSonic launched two new smartphones,although the company prefers to call one of them a tabletfor some reason. Apparently ViewSonic has an arbitrary limitthat devices with screens 4-inches and below are smartphones,whereas devices with screens 4.1-inches and above are tablets.As such we have the ViewPad 4, 4.1-inch "tablet" and the V3503.5-inch smartphone. Overall the ViewPad 4 ticks most of the boxes it should tick to be a competitive Android smartphone, although for whatever reason ViewSonic decided to launch it with Android 2.2, but promises that itäll work with 2.3 without mentioning an actual date when the upgrade would become available. At least ViewSonic refrained from messing around too much with Android and itäs pretty much a stock build with a few extra apps thrown in, which is a good thing in our opinion.The ViewPad 4 is actually a pretty decent handset, evencompared to most competitors as it sports a 1GHz QualcommMSM8255 SoC which has been paired up with 512MB of RAMand 2GB of storage memory. Add to this an 800x480 4.1-inch capacitive touch screen, a 5 Megapixel camera with LEDflash that shoots 720p video, a VGA resolution front camera,802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS, every sensoryou could ever need, a micro SD card slot and even a microHDMI port and you got a pretty decent handset. The design of the handset itself is somewhat unusual with the silver part at the bottom with the ViewSonic logo on it. The tiny, side mounted power button is another strange design quirk and we can see this becoming a potential long term problem, as the one button you donät want to stop working on you is the power button. All said and done, it comes down to the price and ViewSonic has priced the ViewPad 4 at in Taiwan a very competitive NT$14,900 (S$641) which is all things considered more affordable than its competitors. Microsoft agrees to buy Skype for $8.5B Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-agrees-to-buy-skype-However, it doesnät stop there though, as ViewSonic has for-8.5b/12129.htmlkitted out the ViewPad 4 with a tri-band WDCMA radio which May 11th, 2011supports the 900, 1900 and 2100MHz frequencies and offersHSDPA speeds of up to 14.4Mbit/s. Thereäs of course supportfor quad band GSM as well, just in case. The battery is ratedat 1,400mAh which is said to last up to 400h in standby. Thehandset measures 122x66x10mm (HxWxD) and weighs in at Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy the143g. popular Internet telephone service Skype SA for $8.5 billion in the biggest deal in the software makers 36-year history. Buying Skype gives Microsoft access to a user base of about 170 million people who log in to Skype every month, using 24
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethe Internet and Skype usernames as a complement to thetraditional phone network and its phone numbers.Microsoft said it will marry Skypes functions to its Xbox gameconsole, Outlook email program and Windows smartphones. The Daily VR-Zone NewsAll of these platforms already have other options for Internet Summary - 10 May 2011calling, but the addition of Skype users would expand their Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--10-reach, making them more useful. may-2011/12128.html May 11th, 2011Microsoft said it will continue to support Skype on othersoftware platforms.The sellers include eBay Inc. and private equity firms SilverLake and Andreessen Horowitz.Skype users made 207 billion minutes of voice and video callslast year. Most of that usage is free calling from computer to In todays news roundup: Preview of the new GIGABYTE Z68-computer, which has made it difficult for the service to make UD4 motherboard with subtle undertones of matt grey on themoney since entrepreneurs Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis heatsink ; ASUS P8Z68-VPro is the manufacturers flagshipstarted the company in 2003. An average of about 8.8 million model regarding Intels upcoming Z68 chipset, and itcustomers per month, or just over 5 percent of the user base, gets reviewed; Adobes three Photoshop CS5 companionpay to use Skype to call out to the regular phone network. applications for iPad -- Adobe Ezel, Nav and Color Lava -- are now available for purchase on the App Store; Next week, youllThe vast majority of paying Skype users is in Europe, where be able to use your Paypal account to purchase content onhigh country-to-country rates for traditional phone calls make your Xbox 360 system; Sony has delayed the relaunch of itsSkype more popular than in the U.S., where state-to-state online PlayStation video game network, and If you enjoyed thecalling is cheap. Thor movie and plans to get the game, read on for the God ofSkype is the largest provider of international calling services Thunder review .in the world, surpassing any single phone company, according Hardware newsto research firm TeleGeography. Description: While the original Tempest was a very wellSkype lost $7 million on revenue of $860 million last received case, NZXT did not rest on their laurels and madeyear, according to papers that the company has filed since some improvements creating the Tempest EVO. This case isannouncing its intentions last summer to launch an initial designed with the PC enthusiast and/or gamer in mind.public offering of stock. The IPO was later put on hold. Skypeslong-term debt, net of cash, was $544 million at the end of Description: Deepcool has added an addition to the array2010. of thermal compounds out there, and it isn’t one to be overlooked. While not being the absolute best out there, theThe Skype takeover tops Microsofts biggest previous Z5 still has lots to offer, especially for anyone looking toacquisition — a $6 billion purchase of the online ad service replace their stock thermal compound with something that canaQuantive in 2007. offer much better performance, at a very reasonable price. It’sMicrosoft said Skype will become a new business division estimated to be roughly $10 for the 3 gram tube.headed by Skype CEO Tony Bates, who will report directly to Description: GIGABYTE redesigned their motherboards thisMicrosoft CEO Steve Ballmer. year with the introduction of Sandy Bridge and now endorseAlthough it makes billions from its computer software, a stealthy black paintjob on all major ports, sockets and lanesMicrosoft has been accustomed to losing money on the with subtle undertones of matt grey on the heatsink.Internet in a mostly futile attempt to catch up to Google Inc. in Description: The Black Element looks to be a strong contenderthe lucrative online search market. Microsoft got so desperate in the world of gaming. It has a ton of features that any gamerthat it made a $47.5 billion bid to buy Yahoo Inc. three years would love to have. The main features push it towards a goodago, but withdrew the offer after Yahoo balked. Yahoo is now MMO or RTS gamer mouse.worth about half of what Microsoft offered. Description: Today we are looking at a chassis that may be aMicrosoft can well afford to buy Skype: On March 31, it had a mid tower, but takes traits from a couple of the later cases Icash hoard of $50.2 billion. just looked at; the Dragon Rider, and Dragon Slayer chassisMicrosoft would be Skypes second large-company owner. exteriors. You will soon see the similarity in the exterior, alongEBay bought Skype for $2.6 billion in 2005, but its attempt to with a cool little lockable door on the side to give access to yourunite the phone service with its online shopping bazaar never hard drives..worked out. It wound up selling a 70 percent stake in Skype to Description: The P8Z68-VPro will be ASUS flagship modela group of investors led by private equity firms Silver Lake and regarding Intels upcoming Z68 chipset. Therefore its able toAndreessen Horowitz for $2 billion 18 months ago. score with a long featurelist. But first of all we will check out ifBesides eBay, Silver Lake and Andreessen Horowitz, Skypes it is able to convince from a layout and design perspective.other major shareholders are Joltid and Canada Pension Plan Description: The V.REX L-1200 is yet another temptingInvestment Board. product by 3R System and although it doesn’t bring anything 25
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonenew and not already seen with their cases still it does feature HP Singapore had unveiled the new TouchSmart 610 all-in-way more room for cable management, USB 3.0 ports, 5 pre- one PC in March, and we at VR-Zone managed to get one ininstalled fans, top 3-way fan controller and the latest version for review. So is this all-in-one PC as good as other full desktopof their HDD noise killer 2. systems? Read on.Consumer Electronics and Software newsDescription: Adobes three Photoshop CS5 companionapplications for iPad -- Adobe Ezel, Nav and Color Lava -- arenow available for purchase on the App Store.Description: Sources say Sony Music and Universal provedto be bottlenecks for the cloud-based service, which allowsusers to upload music to a personal online storage locker,from where they can stream and download files to Internetconnected devices.Description: Firefox 4s share shot up 11% the first day afterMozilla started offering users the upgrade last week, andclimbed 30% in four days.Description: Next week, youll be able to use your Paypal The desktop PC has evolved over the years fromaccount to purchase content on your Xbox 360 system. the rectangular tower to trendy chassis designs, and nowMicrosoft reportedly plans to begin rolling out a new update we have the all-in-one systems whereby the hardwareto the Xbox 360 on May 19, and one of the biggest changes will components are usually incorporated to the back of thebe the addition of Paypal. display. No more fuss about those medium tower chassis and not to mention, an all-in-one PC helps to save space in yourDescription: Epson has created a well-rounded projector with home or office too.the EX7200. It has versatile connection options that make itideal for both corporate and home environments. The ability Introduced in 2007, the HP TouchSmart series comprisedto use the remote control as a wireless mouse comes in handy, of tablet PC laptops and touchscreen all-in-one desktopwhile support for USB drives to view JPG images allows quick computers and the TouchSmart 610 is the latest addition to theviewing of photos. family and boasts a 23-inch HD wide LCD touchscreen display. Yes, it has a touchscreen that lets you draw and write onwithDescription: Although physically sizeable, Samsung Sens your finger.R540 isn’t too heavy, which means that it’ll sit in anyone’slap or on a desk just as easily. The production quality is Before we move on, heres a quick look at the HPsmarvellous, there are no screeches or “breathing room”, specifications:-everything fits nicely and gives an impression of firmness and HP TouchSmart 610reliability. CPU Intel Core i3-560 @ 3.33GHzGaming news Memory 4GB DDR3 RAM (Up toDescription: Sony has delayed the relaunch of its online 8192MB)PlayStation video game network. It had previously said the Hard disk 1TB SATA (Up to 2TB)network would resume normal operations by the weekend. Screen 23-inch HD wide LCDDescription: The first part of Mileena and Kitanas story Graphics AMD Radeon 5570focused on the mythology of the series. This second part Display resolution 1920x1080delivers more centralized action and character. Connectivity 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi,Description: Thor: God of Thunder hammers out an 10/100/1000BaseTexperience that is absolutely awful in every way. LAN, 6x USB 2.0, headphone, microphone, 6-in-1 cardHP TouchSmart 610 Review: A readerstylish and smart all-in-one PC OS Windows 7 Home PremiumSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-touchsmart-610-review-a-stylish- 32-bitand-smart-all-in-one-pc/12062.htmlMay 11th, 2011 Nufront shows off new high- performance, ARM Cortex A9- based SoC Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nufront-shows-off-new-high- performance-arm-cortex-a9-based-soc/12127.html 26
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMay 11th, 2011 acceleration for full HD videos as well as integrated controllers for SATA2, USB2, Ethernet and other standard I/O ports. On top of that, Nufront has reportedly tested the NuSmart 2816 SoC by using it to power a tablet of its own making which features an 8-inch display and runs off Android 3.0. According to reports, the tablet was easily outperforming even NVIDIAsNufront has been touting an overclocked, ARM Coretx A9- Tegra 2 SoC, which is recognized as one of the fastest SoCsbased SoC that runs at the blazing speed of 2GHz for quite available today.some time already, but it is only now that the company hasstarted to show off the aforementioned SoCs capabilities whenused to power a tablet. So what does Nufronts overpoweredSoC has to offer for tablet devices, besides its unheard-ofspeeds? Read on to find out more.A long time ago, way back in September last year, acompany known as Nufront showed off what was essentially asuperpowered version of a System-on-a-chip (SoC) based offthe ARM Cortex A9 microarchitecture. Known back then as theNuSmart 2815, the SoC boasted various unique features suchas its use of a dual-core processor and an unheard-of speed of2GHz, all at a puny power consumption of 2w.Fast forward to the present, and it appears that Nufront hasbeen hard at work in further refining the NuSmart 2815 it No information about the NuSmart 2816s power consumptionshowed off back then, and its results come in the form of what has been revealed, although it is very possible that the chipappears to be the direct successor of the NuSmart 2815 - the is not expected to be significantly power-hungrier than theNuSmart 2816 SoC. Which, once again, has been based off the NuSmart 2815, which had a rating of a mere 2w, due to bothARM Cortex A9 microarchitecture. the 2816 and 2815 having many features in common. More importantly, Nufront has been keeping quiet about when its first batch of NuSmart 2816 chips will be ready for sampling (if at all), so suffice to say there is a distinct possibility that the NuSmart 2816 may never see the light of day outside of China. But if it means anything, it would seem that the NuSmart 2816 will be built off a 40nm process. Microsoft announces Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-announces-windows-azure- toolkit-for-ios/12125.html May 11th, 2011*image is for illustration only If Steve Ballmers little dance and "developers, developers,While very little detail was known about the NuSmart 2815 developers" chant made onstage years ago was anything towhen it first saw the light of day, Nufront has apparently go by, it should be no surprise that Microsoft clearly ranksreleased significantly more information about its NuSmart developers high on their list of people they need to spare no2816 SoC and its various capabilities. Like its predecessor, expense in pleasing. And from the looks of it, it seems thatthe NuSmart 2816 is capable of breaking the maximum clock Microsofts love for developers have not faded in the slightestspeed limit of 1.5GHz specified by ARM due to Nufront bit even after so many years; apparently, in an effort to winhaving signed a licence agreement with ARM which gives more developers for its Windows Azure cloud platform, thethe company the right to make its own modifications to the software giant is willing to show some love to its competitorsprocessor. As such, the NuSmart 2816 is capable of attaining by porting its Windows Azure Toolkit to both iOS and Android.clock speeds ranging from 1.6GHz to 2.0GHz, thus making itthe fastest A9-based SoC to exist. It is an open secret that Microsoft loves developers a lot. Or at least, Steve Ballmer does, especially if one remembersIn addition to its high clock speeds, the NuSmart 2816 that it was Ballmer himself who broke into a little dance andalso comes with various other features built into it. These started chanting "developers, developers, developers" in onefeatures include an integrated multi-core 2D/3D graphics of his presentations many years back. Fast forward to theprocessor, 64bit DDR2/3-1066 memory controller, hardware present, and it would seem that the software giants love for developers has not diminished in the slightest bit over the 27
    • May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneyears. In fact, the company is still actively trying to court evenmore developers for its Windows ecosystem, and its latest actinvolved attempting to sway mobile developers into creatingapps for its Windows Azure cloud platform by releasing itsWindows Azure toolkit for Apples iOS operating system.According to the blog posting made on the Windows Azureblogs in MSDN, the Windows Azure toolkit is aimed at"enabling developers to build native experiences on multipleplatforms using Windows Azure", and the release of theiOS version of the toolkit is "the next step in the process".The iOS toolkit will contain various resources such as acompiled Objective C library needed to work with servicesrunning in Windows Azure, as well as the full sourcecode for the aforementioned library (along with an Xcodeproject file), sample iOS applications and the all-importantdocumentation.If the developer in you is interested in getting this toolkit foryour iOS-powered device and giving it a go, do take note thatMicrosoft is not making the toolkit available for download inthe form of a tarball. Instead, developers will have to head overto Github to pull the required libraries needed for use at thefollowing links:Furthermore, Microsoft has revealed that it is working hardto extend the same love to Android developers as well. Andto prove it, the software giant showed off a screenshot of pre-release version of the Windows Azure toolkit running on theAndroid emulator provided by Googles Android SDK, with thefinal release build slated for a June release 28
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • May 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! Description: The latest Toshiba Enterprise class MBF2450RC VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication 2.5 inch SAS hard disk drive is not only power friendly but covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. it also delivers impressive read/write speeds thanks to a rotational speed of 10k thus offering the same performance levels as the best 3.5 inch 7200RPM drives currently availableThe Daily VR-Zone News in the market.Summary - 19 May 2011 ASUS GeForce GTX 560 1GB DirectCU II TOP Video CardSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--19- Reviewmay-2011/12285.html Description: Ive become quite a fan of the new GTX 560May 19th, 2011 thanks to the aggressive price tag NVIDIA have chosen to go with. At $199 US its a fantastic valued card and combined with the fact NVIDIA have let its partners go a little crazy straight away with the model helps make the launch more interesting than others. Today well be looking at the ASUS version of the card which carries the DirectCU II label, which we know meansIn todays news roundup: VIA Technologies has claimed that it were going to be looking at an awesome cooler while the TOPhas no imeediate intentions to enter the lucrative smartphone label thats also present lets us know were going to have quiteand tablet market, in spite of having had years of experience the overclock out of the box."in developing low-power x86 chips for various devices; HIShas released the new HIS 6790 Fan 1GB GDDR5 graphics card Mobile Monitor Field Monitor Pro 15.4-Inch Portable LCDwhich is said to be feature core clock speeds of 850MHz and Monitor Reviewmemory clock speeds of 4200MHz; Microsoft has released a Description: With the introduction of the laptop, the mobilestrongly worded statement criticising Intels comments about office was created. You could take your show on the road andthe ARM ports currently in development for Windows 8, get some serious work done. Of course, you still had somecalling them "inaccurate" and "misleading"; Overclockers have limitations. Even today you have limitations; unless you wantachieved yet another worlds first with Motorolas XOOM to carry around a laptop that weighs 10-15 pounds you aretablet by successfully pushing the tablets built-in processor stuck with a small screen size. Fortunately, you do not have toto a respectable speed of 1.6GHz, or 100MHz faster than buy a gigantic laptop or one with an extended screen that willthe previous world record of 1.5GHz; Anarchy Reigns release cost you an arm and a leg. Mobile Monitor Technologies hasdate has been delayed from the intended Q3 2011 time something that can help to overcome this limitation; the Fieldframe to January 2012 instead, and Rockstar Games is Monitor Pro.apparently blaming Sonys 3.61 firmware update as the cause MSI N560GTX Ti Hawk Video Card @ Benchmark Reviewsfor PlayStation3 consoles shutting down upon gameplay for its Description: NVIDIA have completely blown away theirrecently-launched title, L.A Noire, although it appears to have previous generation GPUs with the introduction of the GTXbacked off from such claims. 5xx line up and while they are good enough at stock speeds,Hardware news its normal for AIB partners to push these GPUs to their limits. MSI have tweaked the GeForce GTX 560Ti to 950MHz GPU /ASUS Radeon HD 6870 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews 1050MHz Memory, given it the Hawk moniker, slapped onDescription: There is nothing better than a video card that a Twin Frozr III cooler and sent it out into the wild to showstays fast while it runs cool. There is nothing worse than video the world what it is made of. Price wise the MSI N560GTX-lag because your graphics card is too hot. ASUS has come up Ti Hawk will obviously set you back more than a referencewith an innovative way to try and keep our cards running the GTX 560Ti but in return it delivers stellar performanceway they should. The ASUS Radeon HD 6870 Direct CU Video and excellent cooling capability. Benchmark Reviews aims toCard was made with these concerns in mind. Does it live up to provide you with an unbiased review of the MSI N560GTX-Tiour expectations? You are going to have to take a look inside Hawk and report back our findings, keeping you informed onto see. the latest technologies available on the market today.Toshiba MBF2450RC 450GB SAS HDD Review @ Real WorldLabs 1
    • May 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVia Remains Serious About Low-Power PCs, Uncertain About users are presently affected, as the flaw hits users who areUltra Mobile presently on any version of the OS lower than the most recentDescription: Via Technologies, once the worlds largest 2.3.4 – So basically anyone who doesnt have an updatedsupplier of core-logic sets, said that it expected its partners Nexus One or Nexus S.to introduce solutions based on its dual-core and quad-core Motorola XOOM overclocked, breaks previous record withalready in May, 2011. In spite of the fact that the company has 1.6GHz speedbeen on the market of low-power applications, it does not have Description: The Motorola XOOM had experienced animmediate intentions to enter the market of smartphones. overclocking experience which we covered at the end ofHIS 6790 Fan 1GB GDDR5 released February this year, touching 1.5GHz while taking on theDescription: HIS released the HIS 6790 Fan 1GB GDDR5 mantle of a new record. Well, some months have passed, andgraphics card, delivering an array of advanced technologies while the Motorola XOOM did not burn up the sales charts, itto demanding gamers. Running core clock speeds of has gone under the scrutiny of at least one person who thinks840MHz and memory clock speeds of 4,200MHz, the new that the tablet could be pushed beyond 1.5GHz in terms ofmodel provides dramatic visual and gaming experience speed, touching a respectable 1.6GHz this time around.at an affordable price. The new model is equipped with Microsoft took its own turn at driving computer sales withAMD’s Eyefinity technology, AMD’s EyeSpeed technology a new promo. Anyone buying a Windows 7-based PC worthand is second-generation DirectX® 11-ready. The overall $699 or higher will get an Xbox 360 Arcade 4GB system forconfiguration delivers spectacular visual and gaming free without needing a rebate. Online shops for Microsoft andexperience, making it the ultimate solution for performance other PC builders will give the Xbox to anyone buying usinggamers. a .edu e-mail address, but Best Buy and Microsoft Stores willConsumer Electronics and Software news take student IDs. Description: Microsoft took its own turn at driving computerUnfazed by Facebook, Google Rolls Out Social Search Globally sales with a new promo. Anyone buying a Windows 7-based PCDescription: Google will roll out its somewhat controversial worth $699 or higher will get an Xbox 360 Arcade 4GB systemSocial Search feature to 19 more languages next week, the for free without needing a rebate. Online shops for Microsoftcompany has announced on its official blog. Launched back and other PC builders will give the Xbox to anyone buyingin October 2009, Social Search is a feature that combines using a .edu e-mail address, but Best Buy and Microsoft Storesregular search results with publicly available data created by will take student IDs.your friends’ social media activities. Gaming newsPatriot Memory 32GB LX Pro Class 10 SDHC Card Review @Bigbruin. There Will Be Blood in Alice: Madness ReturnsDescription: As more and more professional devices are Description: Alices mind is in ruins in American McGeesmoving to SDHC, having a high end card like the Patriot upcoming Wonderland re-imagining, transforming herMemory LX Pro provides the ability for fast speed and fantastical sanctuary into a nightmare. Gamers can get a goodresponse time when taking photos or recording HD video. The idea of just how dark things will get in the intro cinematic forcomfort of knowing that your card can react as quickly as you Madness Returnscan on the moments that count the most is unprecedented. Anarchy Reigns delayed until 2012Eurocom launches line of the most powerful Optimus Description: Gamers wishing to bust some heads with eitherNotebooks Ever MadWorlds Jack Cayman or the Black Baron in PlatinumDescription: The Eurocom Optimus line are performance- Games latest will need to wait a little longer. According to anoriented business and gaming-friendly notebooks based update on Anarchy Reigns Japanese website, the game is nowon Intels Sandy Bridge technology with discrete NVIDIA slated for a January 2012 release date instead of its original Q3GT 555M graphics and longer battery life thanks to 2011 time frame.NVIDIA Optimus™ Technology. NVIDIA Optimus technology Rockstar Blames PS3 Firmware For Overheating Beforeintelligently optimizes your notebook PC, providing the Backtrackingoutstanding graphics performance you need, when you need it, Description: An item on Rockstar Games support site aboutall the while extending battery life for longer enjoyment. They PlayStation 3 systems shutting down while playing L.A. Noireare built around the Intel Huron River HM 65 platform and pegged the 3.61 firmware update as the cause of the problems.support Intel’s mobile line of Sandy Bridge Core i7, i5 and i3 That support page has since been pulled, raising the questionprocessors. of whether that really is the source of such issues.Microsoft tells Intel to wind neck in on Windows 8Description: Just after Intel decided to spill the beans on howdifferent versions of Windows 8 will clash with ARM chip Cooler Master set to unveil aarchitecture, Microsoft has called the comments “inaccurate”and “misleading”. wide range of new products at99% of Android Phones Vulnerable to Data Leak; Google Computex 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cooler-master-set-to-unveil-a-wide-Working on Quick Fix range-of-new-products-at-computex-2011/12287.htmlDescription: Researchers in Germany have uncovered asecurity flaw in Android. Frighteningly, 99 percent of Android 2
    • May 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMay 19th, 2011 designed to works with Apples various tablets and phones. Well bring you more details from the show, both from Cooler Masters booth and from the product launch that Cooler Master will be having on the Wednesday, so make sure you check back with us for all the coverage from Computex.Ah, the first Computex press releases are starting to come in MSIs Big Bang Conquerorand one of the first companies to gives us a glimpse at what renamed 990FXA-GD80will be on display during the show is Cooler Master. This year Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-s-big-bang-conqueror-things will be a little bit different though, as the center stage renamed-990fxa-gd80/12286.htmlof Cooler Masters booth will be taken up by entries to its May 19th, 20112011 case mod competition, as Cooler Master has flow in a fewselected system to display during Computex. But fear not, thecompany has plenty of products to show off as well and werefairly certain that far from everything has been revealed in thepress release. If the increase of leaks of upcoming motherboards is anAh, the first Computex press releases are starting to come in indicator of something, then it would be that we’re very closeand one of the first companies to gives us a glimpse at what to Computex and with just over a week to go, MSI’s upcomingwill be on display during the show is Cooler Master. This year 990FXA-GD80 has made an appearance alongside a prettythings will be a little bit different though, as the center stage comprehensive spec sheet. MSI showed off a board called theof Cooler Masters booth will be taken up by entries to its Big Bang Conqueror 990FX board back at CES, but it appears2011 case mod competition, as Cooler Master has flow in a few that this is actually the 990FXA-GD80 now, which makes usselected system to display during Computex. But fear not, the wonder if MSI has something even more extreme in its line-company has plenty of products to show off as well and were up, or if the company has killed off the Big Bang brand.fairly certain that far from everything has been revealed in thepress release. If the increase of leaks of upcoming motherboards is anSo what can we look forward to? Well, for starters Cooler indicator of something, then it would be that we’re very closeMasters CM Storm brand will be showcasing a special edition to Computex and with just over a week to go, MSI’s upcomingversion of the Enforcer carrying a custom AMD design, 990FXA-GD80 has made an appearance alongside a prettycustomized lights and a see through side panel. Then theres comprehensive spec sheet. MSI showed off a board called thethe Sirius 5.1-channel gaming headset which really looks like Big Bang Conqueror 990FX board back at CES, but it appearsits going to be something special compared to whats out that this is actually the 990FXA-GD80 now, which makes usthere today, as it packs multiple speakers that are promised wonder if MSI has something even more extreme in its line-to deliver a real surround-sound experience and theres also a up, or if the company has killed off the Big Bang brand.control unit that lets you control the individual speakers. It’s surprising how little has changed in the six months sinceNext up we have a new series of PSUs called the Silent Pro CES, although it’s a little bit hard to see if MSI has made anyHybrid which will come with a front panel control unit which real changes to the PCB from the pictures that leaked alongsideallows for manual control not only over the 135mm fan in the the specifications. This is of course and AMD 990FX boardPSU, but also for up three standard 12V case fans. The PSU with the SB950 and the board has a 8+2 PWM design goodhas a single +12V rail and can deliver up to 98A of Power for 140W CPUs. MSI claims support for DDR3 memory up to(depending on the model) and its 80Plus Gold certified. 2133MHz, although not officially of course.Were also looking a few other new products, for exampleChoiix will be displaying a few new Power Fort products 3
    • May 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone May 19th, 2011 Z68 has been stealing all the limelight lately. But for those who want a piece of the Sandy Bridge action for cheap, there exists a lesser known chipset by the name of H61. We pair up the ECS H61H2-M with a Core-i3 2100 to find out if this is a viable budget alternative to H67/P67. Today, well be looking at the ECS H61H2-M, a micro-ATX motherboard from ECS using the Intel H61 PCH.The slot layout consists of four x16 PCI Express slots, of whichthe second and fourth slots are only used in four x8 mode, In case you were wondering, H61 is the cheapest Sandy Bridgealthough due to the board layout it’s not possible to use more compatible PCH currently available.This chipset doesnt reallythan three dual slot cards at once. There are also two x1 PCI have a direct predecessor from the LGA 1156 era - though itExpress slots and a single PCI slot. MSI hasn’t added any brings to mind G41 from LGA 775 days.additional SATA ports, so the standard six SATA 6Gbps ports Chipset Feature Comparisonis what you have to make to with. The board also has a niftyangled front mounted USB 3.0 pin header as well as at least P67 H67 H61two pin headers for an additional four USB 2.0 ports and one CPU PCIe 1 x16 PCIe 2.0 1 x16 PCIe 2.0 1 x16 PCIe 2.0pin header for a FireWire port. Lanes or 2 x8 PCIe 2.0 USB 2.0 14 14 10 SATA 3Gbps 4 4 4 SATA 6Gbps 2 2 0 RAID Yes Yes No Compared to H67, H61 loses two SATA 6Gbps ports, four USB 2.0 ports as well as RAID support. When you look at it, things arent actually that bad. 10 USB ports should be sufficient (theres always USB hubs), and users on a budget probably dont need SATA 6Gbps. Needless to say, CPU overclocking isnt possible with H61.Around the back we have a pair of PS/2 ports (really MSI?), Most H61 motherboards are in the micro-ATX form factor forfour USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, two eSATAp ports reasons of cost, and the simple fact that budget motherboards(combo USB/eSATA), a FireWire port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, dont usually squeeze in a whole lot of features. Lets take a7.1-channel audio with optical and coaxial S/PDIF out and a closer look at the H61H2-M from ECS.clear CMOS button. Overall this is a decent enough board, butfor a flagship product it feels like MSI hasn’t quite gone all theway, especially not compared to what we’ve already seen thatAsus has coming.ECS H61H2-M ReviewSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ecs-h61h2-m-review/12103.html 4
    • May 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneCanon Expo 2011 kicks off inShanghaiSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/canon-expo-2011-kicks-off-in-shanghai/12276.htmlMay 19th, 2011The Canon Expo 2011 is officially opened today, and markedthe last stop of the Canon Expo global tour following the Asias superstar Jackie Chan was at the ribbon-cuttingevents which took place in New York, Paris and Tokyo ceremony with Fujio Mitarai, chairman and CEO of Canonduring September-November last year. VR-Zone brings you Group; Jing Dunquan, vice chariman of The Chinese Peoplesthe coverage. Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, vice chairman of Sino-Japan Friendship Association; Tsuneji Uchida, president and COO, Canon Group; Jane Le, president and chairman of Le Bao Minh, Vietnam; Irwan Kamdani, president director, PT DataScript, Indonesia; and Hideki (Howard) Ozawa, managing director of Canon Inc., president and CEO, Canon (China), to officiate the opening of the Canon Expo 2011 at Shanghai International Convention Center. Chan was appointed the publicity ambassador of the Canon Expo 2011.Hideki Ozawa, managing director of Canon Inc., president andCEO, Canon (China), gave an opening speech and said that itwas a prompt time for the company to have this type of big,comprehensive global expo for the Asian region."Asia is becoming the worlds new economic centre and itsgrowth have become the power engine of the global economy.It is for sure Asian market have become bigger and it is thereason why it is important to the contribution to Canonsgrowth. By taking the opportunity of this expo, we would liketo let you know of what Canon is all about and also to give ouragreement to strengthen our business in Asia," Ozawa said. The Canon Expo 2011 in Shanghai is presented to visitors in the shape of a luxury cruise ship. The “Canon Imaging Voyage”, and various exhibition areas are designed to be reminiscent of a cruise ship, including the “Main Deck” and “Captain’s office”. Sony Introduces Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-introduces-memory-stick-pro-hg- duo-hx/12284.html May 19th, 2011 5
    • May 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAvailable in 8Gb, 16Gb and 32Gb, the Memory Stick PRO-HG May 19th, 2011Duo HX memory cards from Sony have a maximum transferrate of up to 50 Mb/s - the fastest in the world. Kingston Digital, independent world leader in memory products, takes mobility a step further with the launch of its DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 flash drives. Kingston Digital, independent world leader in memoryAvailable in 8Gb, 16Gb and 32Gb, the Memory Stick PRO-HG products, takes mobility a step further with the launch of itsDuo HX memory cards from Sony have a maximum transfer DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 flash drives.rate of up to 50 Mb/s - the fastest in the world. It is basedon the HX Engine controller, operates at 2.7V - 3.6V, andworks with "Handycam camcorders, as well as with the Sony-branded digital cameras like the NEX-5". The Memory StickPRO-HG Duo HX, covered by a 10 year warranty, is expectedto start shipping soon.News via [Techconnect] Measuring 73.70 x 22.20 x 16.10mm, the stylish device deliversIn Win Announces Commander data transfer rates up to 100 Mb/s (read) and 70 Mb/sII Series PSUs (write) on USB 3.0 devices. The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2, covered by a five year warranty, can be purchased fromSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/in-win-announces-commander-ii- major retailers and e-tailers at MSRPs of US$77 (16Gb), USseries-psus/12283.html $116 (32Gb) and US$213 (64Gb).May 19th, 2011 News via [Techconnect] Cooler Master Unveils NotepalAvailable in 750W, 850W and 1200W variants, the second LapAirgeneration Commander PSUs are ATX 12V 2.31 and EPS 12V Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cooler-master-unveils-notepal-2.91 compliant, have an efficiency of up to 88%, modular lapair/12281.htmlcables, four 12V rails, and are cooled by a 135mm fan. May 19th, 2011Available in 750W, 850W and 1200W variants, the secondgeneration Commander PSUs are ATX 12V 2.31 and EPS 12V2.91 compliant, have an efficiency of up to 88%, modularcables, four 12V rails, and are cooled by a 135mm fan. Pricesand availability has not been announced yet so stay tuned formore updates. Cooler Master has announced the Notepal LapAir cooler,News via [Techpowerup] adding on to its line-up of cooling solutions for notebooks and netbooks. Measuring 430 x 316 x 56mm and weighing 1.2kg, itKingston Unleashes features a topside anti-slip rubber mat, a sponge base, niches for storing cables, and is cooled by a 80mm fan that runs atDataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 speeds of up to 1,650 RPM.Flash DriveSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kingston-unleashes-datatraveler-ultimate-3.0-g2-flash-drive/12282.html 6
    • May 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 1) Price - In a perfect world, price would scale with clockspeed. But this isnt always the case across brands. 2) Memory Size - A few manufacturers are offering 2GB versions of the GTX 560. The performance difference, however, will not be evident except at very high resolutions (think 2560 x 1600) or with anti-aliasing turned up. 3) Cooler - Having a good heatsink fan allows higher overclocks. Some manufacturers reuse the same heatsink across differently clocked models - If you get the cheaper model and overclock it yourself, chances are that you can match or even surpass the more expensive model. 4) Clockspeed - For Nvidia GTX 560, having a higherCooler Master has announced the Notepal LapAir cooler, clockspeed in core frequency, shader frequency and memoryadding on to its line-up of cooling solutions for notebooks and frequency will get you better performance in games. However,netbooks. Measuring 430 x 316 x 56mm and weighing 1.2kg, it one need not be so concerened in getting the highestfeatures a topside anti-slip rubber mat, a sponge base, niches overclocked edition GTX 560 as you can do it easily with thefor storing cables, and is cooled by a 80mm fan that runs at help of Nvidia System Tools or other overclocking utilitiesspeeds of up to 1,650 RPM. provided by the manufacturers. 5) Warranty - The longer, the better. Note that the prices listed are estimates based on a search of online stores. After rebates and other discounts, your mileage may vary. Variants which we could not find in stores have no price listed. ASUS Brand Type Core Shader Memory Memory Link (MHz) (MHz) (MHz) Size ASUS GTX 810 1620 4008 1GB 560 DirectCuThe Notepal LapAir supports all laptops/ netbooks up to GTX 850 1700 4200 1GB17" (in size) and is available from selected distributors and 560resellers at a MSRP of US$29.99. DirectCu II OCNews via [Softpedia] GTX 925 1850 4200 1GB 560Which GTX 560 to choose? DirectCuSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/which-gtx-560-to-choose-/12260.html II TOPMay 19th, 2011 GTX 560 DirectCu GTX 560 DirectCu GTX 560 DirectCu II OC II TOP ASUS has three variants of the GTX 560, all of which has aThe recently released Nvidia GTX 560 comes in various forms. memory size of 1GB. ASUS GTX 560 DirectCu is the basicDifferent brands offer different clockspeed, coolers and also model which follows the clockspeed of the reference Nvidiamemory size. How do you decide which one to get? GTX 560. The DirectCu II models are overclocked versions and have a different heatsink fan compared to the DirectCuNvidia is banking heavily on overclocked versions of the GTX models.560 to combat AMD. Most of their partners have at least onespecial edition, with some even forgoing the reference GTX EVGA560. Brand Type Core Shader Memory Memory LinkThe card with the highest overclock out of those listed here is (MHz) (MHz) (MHz) SizeZotacs GTX 560 AMP! edition, which pushes the core clock to EVGA GTX 810 1620 4008 1GBa whopping 950MHz and the memory to 4400MHz. 560The key factors to look out for are: GTX 850 1700 4104 1GB 560 Superclocked 7
    • May 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone GTX 850 1700 4008 2GB equalizers for decent audio. So what can the average Joe expect 560 2048MB from Creatives new products? Read on to find out... Superclocked Remember the story we published some time back in 2010 where Creative claimed that the preferred mode of entertainment for most consumers is centred around the GTX 560 GTX GTX 560 2048MB need to "go wireless", and that this trend will gain enough 560 Superclocked Superclocked momentum to be the only form of digital entertainment in time? Well, it turns out that Creative had a lot more in mind EVGA has three different types of GTX 560. One is the than just simple tablet devices and wireless speakers. In fact, basic GTX 560 which follows the reference Nvidia GTX 560 the company believes so strongly in the potential of wireless clockspeed. The other two are the overclocked versions of the digital entertainment that it has refreshed its entire lineup of GTX 560 1GB and 2GB models. wireless entertainment tools with new features to "redefine home audio experience for consumers" while ensuring that GAINWARD they do not have to end up smashing the piggy bank to do so. Brand Type Core Shader Memory Memory Link Speaking at a media event held at the Intercontinental (MHz) (MHz) (MHz) Size Singapore to announce the companys new wirelessGAINWARDTX G 822 1644 4040 1GB entertainment devices was Eugene Chong, Creative 560 Technologys manager for marketing, who talked about its Golden new ZiiSound Dx series of Pure Wireless Modularity Bluetooth Sample speakers for consumers. GTX 822 1644 4040 1GB 560 Phantom GTX 810 1620 4008 2GB 560 2048MB GTX 560 GTX 560 Phantom GTX 560 2048MB Golden Sample GAINWARD has three models as well. It has the 2GB version which runs at the default frequency. The other two 1GB versions have the same clockspeed, a slight overclock from Claiming how most wireless speaker systems still require 810MHz (core) to 822MHz. However, they have a different set users to fiddle with the connecting wires used for each of cooler. The Phantom have 2 smaller fans concealed within speaker, Ching explained how Creative was able to completely the heatsink. do away with such cables by implementing "robust wireless technology" in its new ZiiSound Dx series of modular Creative announces launch of Bluetooth speakers. new wireless speaker systems Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/creative-announces-launch-of-new- wireless-speaker-systems/12277.html May 19th, 2011 Cables are the nemesis of neat freaks who cannot stand the idea of having any form of foreign material cluttering their otherwise spotless desks, right? Well, the good news is that "What we have done in the ZiiSound Dx series of wireless Creative has been hard at work in eliminating all traces of speakers is to give each speaker the ability to link up to each those pesky cables in its speaker lineup, and its latest line of other without the need for connecting wireless. This gives wireless speakers introduced today in a media event held at the users the new-found flexibility of adding on speakers, piece by Intercontinental Singapore is probably the best proof of how piece, all without the need to deal with cables or invest in a new one does not need to rely on copper wires and cumbersome home speaker system," he claimed, while likening the speakers 8
    • May 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneto audio LEGO building blocks that can be linked wirelesslyto form up to a 3.1 configuration.In addition, Chong also announced the introduction of variousnew wireless products such as the new one-piece D80Bluetooth speakers, the ZEN Style M300 portable mediaplayer and its new WP-series headphones which feature an"invisible mic" for use in most communication devices. Creatives WP-250 wireless Bluetooth headphones...Creatives new D80 wireless Bluetooth speakers. And just sowe make it clear, that coloured speaker grille you see is NOTuser replaceable. ...along with the WP-350...The Creative ZEN Style M300 portable media player. Noticeits size in comparison to a typical smartphone as shown below: ...and finally, the WP-450. Last but not least, Creatives resident acoustic engineer Tan Lip Hwee was also at the event to demonstrate the ease at which typical consumers can link up the various components of the ZiiSound Dx modular Bluetooth speakers wirelessly, as well as its remarkable audio quality its drivers and subwoofers were capable of churning out in tandem. 9
    • May 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The arrival of Z68 means that enthusiasts can finally make full use of their K-series processors capabilities. Of course, the Z68 also gets x8/x8 CrossFire/SLi like the P67, which is better than the x16/x4 setup of H67. USB and SATA support remains idential to the P67/H67, which means well see manufacturers breaking out the USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps controllers once again. In our preview of MSIs Z68 motherboard, we touched briefly on the limitations posed by the eight PCIe lanes that Z68 supplies. This is a problem mainly on the more expensive models where the peripheral devices have to fight for lanes with a PCIe x4 slot. Some manufacturers have opted to simply disable certainThat being said, we really should point out that the products devices if this third slot is occupied, while others are using athat were announced in todays press release are identical to bridge chip to share one lane among several devices. The latterthe ones which we had put in in a previous news posting option is certainly the preferable one, though using a bridgeexactly two weeks ago. As such, if you want to know more about chip raises costs. Regardless, this is something you should takeCreatives new range of wireless entertainment products , do note of when choosing a motherboard.feel free to hit up the link here for details about their pricingand release dates. The last (and most extravagant) option, which you will only see on the most pricey of Z68 motherboards, is to use a NF200 bridge chip to split the 16 lanes coming from the CPU into 32Intel Z68: The Best of Both lanes, freeing up all the PCH lanes for peripheral use. If its anyWorlds comfort, the upcoming X79 should not have this problem as the CPU alone provides enough lanes that manufacturers willSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-z68-the-best-of-both- not have to dangle the third PCIe slot off the PCH.worlds/12101.htmlMay 19th, 2011The Z68 combines the best of both worlds, letting youoverclock your processor and still make use of Intel QuickSync. Throw in a few extra goodies, and is this the platform toget your hands on? Or should hardcore enthusiasts just waittill X79?When H67 and P67 were launched, you couldnt always haveyour cake and eat it. It was a choice between being able tooverclock and making use of HD Graphics (and Quick Sync).This awkward situation was best exemplified by the K-series The other noteworthy feature of Z68 is Smart Responsechips, which could only either unlocked multipliers or HD Technology (a.k.a. SSD caching). This brings to mindGraphics 3000. Silverstones HDDBoost from 2010. SRT is different, however, in that it uses the SSD to cache both reads and writes. Well examine SRT in detail soon, but first lets take a look at some Z68 motherboards. Challenger Launches Windows Experience Zone in Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/challenger-launches-windows- experience-zone-in-singapore/12278.html May 19th, 2011 10
    • May 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneEnter Singapores first Windows Experience Zone (WEZ) rightat Challenger Funan, a unique retail zone that brings thecomplete PC buying experience to every consumer in this 24-hour operations store. What is in store in this unique zone ?More after the jump Coming soon, a 100-inch multi-touch screen will also become operational in the coming months to let customers interact and discover more about Windows PCs and software.The launch of the Singapores Windows Experience Zone(WEZ) happened today, graced by Loo Theong Thye, CEO COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2010Challenger Technologies Limited; Mitchell L .Koch, corporatevice president of worldwide retail sales and marketing group, Roundups Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/computex-taipei-2010-entertainment and devices division, Microsoft Corp and roundups/12275.htmlJessica Tan , managing director, Microsoft Singapore. May 19th, 2011The launch celebration is joined by participating vendors -Acer, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba who will be offering great dealsof their PC models to Challenger members while stocks last. VR-Zone will be compiling roundups for Computex Taipei 2011 in the following categories: 1. Motherboards and Graphics Cars 2. Casings and Power Supplies and Coolers 3. Memory and Storage and SSDs 4. Mobile Devices and Laptops/Netbooks and Tablets 5. PC Peripherals 6. Displays 7. Networking Stay Tuned!The WEZ, located at Challenger Funan will showcase a Sharp successfully developsselection of PCs, laptops and in the future, mobile devices.The zone will showcase devices in different categories such as worlds first 85-inch LCD panelWork, Play and Learn and will also host training workshopsand hands-on sessions.. Tech advisors in the WEZ also known compatible with Super Hi-as Microsoft Captains will be there to provide advice to Visionconsumers. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sharp-successfully-develops-world-s- first-85-inch-lcd-panel-compatible-with-super-hi-vision/12274.htmlAn appointment can also be made with the Microsoft Captain May 19th, 2011for a session to walk you the purchase process and how tomaximize the use of your PC with Windows 7, Windows LiveEssentials, Office 2010 and other popular software. The current full HD resolutions of 1920 x 1080 may be the end-all resolution for most home, commercial and industrial uses, but leave it to Japan to raise the glass ceiling once again in digital display technology. Apparently, Sharp has 11
    • May 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonemanaged to successfully develop a gigantic 85-inch LCD panelthat is compatible with Japans domestic Super Hi-Vision Google opens website forvideo format technology, which allows for video output at Japanese to remember townsthe extremely high resolution of 33 megapixels. With displayresolutions like this, who needs yesteryears full HD display lost in the recent earthquaketechnology? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-opens-website-for-japanese-to- remember-towns-lost-in-the-recent-earthquake/12273.htmlIf what people say about obstacles being stepping stones to May 19th, 2011ones eventual success is true, it would seem that Sharp hasbeen a firm believer of this saying, and that today is the day theJapanese company has finally overcome the odds to produceyet another worlds first. Apparently, Sharp has managedto successfully develop the worlds first LCD display that is Googles informal corporate motto of "Dont be evil" may havecompatible with the countrys proposed Super Hi-Vision next- been mocked by many in the industry, but there can be nogeneration television broadcast format, a feat that it has touted denying that the search giant has been known to do the rightto worlds first for direct display LCD panels. things for its consumer base most of the time, barring a few isolated exceptions. That being said, it seems that Google has taken its "Dont be evil" motto to the next level...by launching a new website that is aimed at helping the Japanese to remember the towns that they have lost as a result of the recent earthquake that levelled much of northern Japan.For those who are not in the know, Japans Super Hi-Vision It is always said that memories are as timeless as the universebroadcast format is capable of delivering media content at an itself, but there will always be times that people will wishextremely high resolution of 7680 x 4320 or approximately 33 that they had some physical memento to hold on to as proofmegapixels, which in turn is almost 16 times greater than that that they had indeed gone through certain experiences in life.of full HD. However, in order to cram that many pixels into a After all, memories can only be timeless if they are actuallysingle LCD display, Sharp apparently had to settle for a display remembered, and suffice to say humans today are probablythat measures no lesser than 85-inches, a dimension which one of the most forgetful species on Earth, having have to relyeffectively limits its usefulness to commercial and industrial on both physical and digital tools to assist in the recollectionsettings. of various life experiences.That being said, Sharp definitely appears to have high hopes Apparently, Google is all too aware of the situation, and hasfor its new Super Hi-Vision compatible panel, claiming that since moved to ensure that the towns that were deemed lostthe use of its UV2A*2 LCD technology coupled with the in the recent earthquake that leveled much of northern Japanperformance levels of the Super Hi-Vision video display does not fade into folklore and obscurity any time soon.format will allow for the playback of "ultra-detailed, super- To that end, the search giant has launched a new websitehigh-quality images capable of "immersing the viewer in a known as "Mirai-e-no-kioku", which aims to preserve thevirtual-reality-like experience". Nice. memories most Japanese have of the aforementioned townsNow, all that remains is to wait for Sharp to successfully before they were lost to Mother Natures wrath. Quite fittingly,develop smaller versions of its Super Hi-Vision displays for use "Mirai-e-no-kioku", when translated, describes the cherishingin consumer-grade television sets so that we can all enjoy some of memories for the future.UHDTV goodness from the comfort of the living room sofa.Brief specificationsScreen size: 85 inches (approx. 1.9 x 1.05 m)Pixel count: 7,680 (H) x 4,320 (V) pixelsBrightness: 300 cd/m2Gradation: 10 bits for each RGB color 12
    • May 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone from the truth; apparently, word has it that Japan is now facing what appears to be the first confirmed case of a trojan gaining access to stored data on a smartphone, and that this problem is only set to become worse as the popularity of such devices continues to grow. Smartphones are supposed to be inherently safer than PCs when it comes to having to deal with nasty stuff such as malware, right? After all, most consumers would rationalize that since virtually no smartphone on the market today runsIn order to do so, Google is actively seeking the contributions on Windows, they should theoretically be safe from the likes ofof both photographs and video footage shot in the various virus and trojans that plague the entire Windows ecosystem.quake-devastated areas from the public. The files collectedby Google will then be made available for public viewing. In Unfortunately for consumers, it seems that their idea of aaddition, Google will reportedly archive the contributions in completely malware-free ecosystem for smartphones and theirits data centre to ensure that the the memories of those areas accompanying operating systems is about to come to an abruptwill never be forgotten for a long time to come. end. Apparently, industrial sources have confirmed that Japan is the latest entry in a long list of countries to have officiallyLastly, Asahi.com claims that Google has also received confirmed the existence of malware-infected smartphones,requests for the long-term archival of data of the area that was and are warning that such malware could potentially becomecollected by Googles Street View vehicles and satellites before widespread within the country.the quake struck, and that an official for Google has reportedlyclaimed that the company is indeed considering the storage According to a report published by The Yomiuri Shimbun,of aforementioned information in its servers "for as long as the malware that was discovered in Japan is believed topossible". have originated from a popular app known as Isshoni Training: Training with Hinako, which features an anime character giving "demonstrations on proper muscle trainingFirst confirmed case of techniques". Apparently, the pirated copy of the app contains a trojan which, when installed, allows an outsider to gain accesssmartphone trojan infection to a users private information such as location data, phoneshows up in Japan book contacts and email messages, as well as making remote phone calls.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-confirmed-case-of-smartphone-trojan-infection-shows-up-in-japan/12272.htmlMay 19th, 2011Thought that the sleek and flashy little smartphone youcurrently hold in your hands in the answer to getting awayfrom the nasty world of malware that has been plaguing PCsin all shapes and sizes? Well, you could not have been further 13
    • May 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe Yomiuri Shimbun also quoted security research firm In fact, the southbridge heatsink is identical to the one usedSymantec as claiming that the number of smartphone malware on the Sabertooth i55 and X58 and the CeraM!X heatsinksinfections in Japan is set to increase, simply because the are also back. The board has an 8+2 power regulation designcommon platform offered by the operating systems used as revealed in the specifications and once again were seeingto power the handsets makes it easy for programmers to the new split CPU retention mechanism. Due to the extendeddesign malware that can target a wide range of devices, length of the PWM circuitry the top slot has been sacrificed asboth domestically and globally. However, conventional mobile the northbridge is also located here, just below the CPU socket.phones are not affected, simply because they make usedomestically-developed technology which is incompatiblewith mobile systems found in other parts of the world.That being said, if it is of any consolation, there are no knownreports of hackers actually making use of the aforementionedtrojan-infected app to actively steal and exploit sensitivedata from consumers for their own personal gain. Still, ifanything, this report will probably serve as a very good wake-up call to consumers who are still under the impression thattheir smartphones are happily living in the La-la Land ofcyberspace.Asus TUF Sabertooth 990FX As such, the board has four x16 PCI Express slots and agets pictured single x1 PCI Express slot and one PCI slot. The x16 slots areSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-tuf-sabertooth-990fx-gets- configured in dual x16 or one x16 and two x8 with the grey/pictured/12271.html black slot being a x4 slot. Beyond the native six SATA 6GbpsMay 19th, 2011 ports, Asus has also added a pair of SATA 3Gbps ports, good enough for an optical drive or an older hard drive.About two weeks ago the specifications of Asus upcoming900-series AM3+ boards leaked and today the first pictures ofthe new TUF Sabertooth 990FX appeared on the web courtesyof a Chinese website. The board design is a bit of a flash backto Asus first TUF board, the TUF Sabertooth i55 and theboard has very little in common with the more recent TUFSabertooth P67 which is kind of surprising.About two weeks ago the specifications of Asus upcoming Asus has gone for a pair of ASMedia ASM1042 USB 3.0 host900-series AM3+ boards leaked and today the first pictures of controllers, one of the two rear ports and one for a front pin-the new TUF Sabertooth 990FX appeared on the web courtesy header. One thing that the leaked spec sheet didnt give awayof a Chinese website. The board design is a bit of a flash back is that all of the fan headers bar one (thats a total of five) areto Asus first TUF board, the TUF Sabertooth i55 and the 4-pin fan headers which mean that PWM controller fans willboard has very little in common with the more recent TUF work properly. Beyond that theres little to say about the board,Sabertooth P67 which is kind of surprising. 14
    • May 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneas weve already seen the full specifications, although if youre The other peculiar thing about this board is the location ofinterested in some more pictures, hit the source link. the chipset, as traditional two-chip designs meant that the northbridge was close to the CPU socket, with the southbridge being located towards the lower front half of the board. InJetways un-named 990X this case, Jetway has put the two right next to each othermotherboard leaks and fitted a rather large heatsink on the two. The only real advantage of doing this is that theres no obstruction in frontSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/jetway-s-un-named-990x- of the expansion slots, but in general this has never been anmotherboard-leaks/12269.html issue on most motherboards.May 19th, 2011 The expansion slots consist of two x16 PCI Express slots, although as this board uses the AMD 990X chipset, were looking at a dual x8 configuration when both slots are in use. The board also has two x1 PCI Express slots, a PCI slot and unusually a mini PCI Express slot as well. Due to the unusual board layout, Jetway has lost two expansion slots which isJetway isnt exactly a huge player in the consumer somewhat disappointing, but not something that most peoplemotherboard market these days, although the company seems are going to find to be a great concern.to be doing reasonably well in mainland China and now a The board also has six SATA 6Gbps ports, although theyrepicture of its upcoming AMD 990X motherboard has leaked located unusually far up the board. Theres also a single IDEon a Chinese website. Its not clear if this is a model limited to port or possibly a floppy connector, its a bit hard to tellthe Chinese market, or if well be seeing broader availability, from the picture. Wed also dare to guess that the board hasbut its an interesting board in at least a couple of ways. pin-headers for at least another six USB 2.0 ports. Around the back the board has a pair of PS/2 ports, six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, 7.1-channelJetway isnt exactly a huge player in the consumer audio with coaxial S/PDIF out and what appears to be a clearmotherboard market these days, although the company seems CMOS button. Overall were not blown away by this board,to be doing reasonably well in mainland China and now a but then again, if the price is right were sure itll find a homepicture of its upcoming AMD 990X motherboard has leaked somewhere.on a Chinese website. Its not clear if this is a model limited tothe Chinese market, or if well be seeing broader availability,but its an interesting board in at least a couple of ways. CUPP Computing to demoThe leaked picture isnt very high resolution, so its difficultto see some of the details. However, a couple of interesting PunkThis Hybrid PC module atthings that stand out straight away is the location of the power Computexregulation circuitry and the chipset. The PWM is located at Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cupp-computing-to-demo-punkthis-the top of the board, rather than between the CPU socket and hybrid-pc-module-at-computex/12268.htmlthe rear I/O ports and in part this is possible because Jetway May 19th, 2011has gone for what looks like a simple 4+1 design. However,in doing so, Jetway also had to rotate the CPU retentionmechanism by 90 degrees. The effect of this is that certainCPU coolers, specifically some models with heatpipes mightnot work as well as intended, as the heatpipes might end upthe wrong way around. If youve never heard of CUPP Computing, dont despair, as the company has as yet not launched a single product. However, CUPP Computing will be showing off its new PunkThis Hybrid PC module at Computex in less than two weeks time and it really could change the way that we use our notebooks. If youve never heard of CUPP Computing, dont despair, as the company has as yet not launched a single product. However, CUPP Computing will be showing off its new PunkThis Hybrid PC module at Computex in less than two weeks time and it really could change the way that we use our notebooks. CUPP Computing has already shown off some early prototypes of its Hybrid PC solution and those prototypes were based