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VR-Zone Tech News for the Geeks Oct 2011 Issue 2


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  1. 1. October 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIts surprising what you can find browsing compliance hard drive technology and then applied a sprinkling of salt todatabases and we just happened upon a big one today. AMDs really spice things generation chipset for its Trinity Fusion APUs have made Ok, thats not quite true, as the salt was added as a stepan appearance in the USB-IFs certified product list and the in the e-beam lithography process as this helped to produceUSB-IF kindly revealed the chipset name, rather than putting a much more defined nanostructure on the disk surface.up some kind of code name. The end result is a structured surface on the disk, whereasIn all fairness, we have very little to go at here, but as you can traditional hard drives have randomly distributed nanscopicsee from the screenshot below, the first chipset model will be magnetic "grains" (measuring around 7-8nm each) wherecalled the A85X. Wed presume that this is the replacement multiples of tens are used to store a single bit, the researchedfor the x90X series of chipsets for AMDs AM2/3 sockets and managed to create a disk where the disk surface consist ofthis suggests that we might end up seeing a higher-end and a tiny "islands" (measuring around 10nm each) instead and eachlower-end version as well. island can store a bit.So far the only feature we know that well see as part of thisnew chipset is of course USB 3.0, although we dont expectAMD to go with more than the current four ports as seen in theA75 chipset. Trinity is expected to arrive fairly early next year The method used still requires a lot of refinement, as onand judging by the fact that the reference platform has already average the researches managed to boost the storage densitypaced through the PCI-SIG as we reported earlier, it seems like from 0.5 Terrabit per square inch to 1.9 Terabit per squareAMD might actually be on track with its follow up to Llano. inch, they also managed to reach data densities as high as 3.3 Terabit per square inch. As you can see from the electronSingaporean researchers microscopy image above, the data is packed extremely dense by using this new technology. However, this is just a stepboost hard drive capacity six towards the researchers goal to hit 10 Terabit per square inch,fold with a sprinkle of salt although this isnt likely to happen overnight.Source: Currently there are two competing standards in the futuredrive-capacity-six-fold-with-a-sprinkle-of-salt/13739.html of hard drive technology, one is the bit-patterned technologyOctober 17th, 2011 used by the Singaporean researches and this is also the technology that Hitachi GST (which might soon be part of Western Digital) and something called heat-assisted magnetic recording or HAMR which is a technology Seagate is pushing for. The long of the short is that the current perpendicular drive technology is about to run out of steam once storageJudging by the latest news, the good old hard drive is far from densities of 1 to 1.5 Terabits per square inch is reached as thedead as it seems that we can expect a six fold increase in bits stored will be too small and become unstable due to thestorage capacity in the near future, at least if researched by fairly unstructured surface of the disks. HAMR is expected toSingaporean scientists end up catching on with the hard drive happen sooner than bit-patterning, although its possible thatmanufacturers. Whats surprising is that simple table salt, also this new break-through process will change all that.known as ammonium chloride is what made it all possible. Well definitely be keeping an eye on things, as in as much as SSDs are getting cheaper and the density is going up, they justJudging by the latest news, the good old hard drive is far from cant compete with hard drives in terms of cost per GB. On topdead as it seems that we can expect a six fold increase in of that were storing more data than ever, so larger hard drivesstorage capacity in the near future, at least if researched by is a must, but with 4TB drives starting to trickle out from theSingaporean scientists end up catching on with the hard drive manufacturers, it seems like we have little to worry about formanufacturers. Whats surprising is that simple table salt, also the time being at least.known as sodium chloride is what made it all possible.The development is actually two fold, as the scientists fromSingapores Institute of Material Research and Engineering Xbox Singapore unveils new(IMRE) as well as ones from Singapores Agency for Science, Kinect holiday titlesTechnology and Research (A*STAR) with some help from the Source: University of Singapore (NUS) and the Data Storage holiday-titles/13737.htmlInstitute (DSI) used bit-patterned media which is cutting edge 11
  2. 2. October 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneOctober 17th, 2011 Dance Central 2: Following up to the best-selling dance game for Kinect, Harmonix expands the full-body dance game universe with Dance Central 2, which provides new multiplayer experiences and all-new routines set to an unstoppable soundtrack, featuring Usher, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Montell Jordan and more. Meet the crews and danceToday, Xbox Singapore had a media event to showcase collaboratively with friends in Perform It! or challenge themtheir upcoming holiday titles including Kinect: Disneyland to a simultaneous head-to-head Dance Battle.Adventures, Kinect Sports: Season Two, Dance Central 2 andForza Motorsport 4 which would be available this month and Pricing: SRP S$59.90November. On top of that, the company also showed the Xbox Availability: 21 October, 2011classic Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. Forza Motorsport 4: With genre-defining controller-based racing, game-changing Kinect experiences, such as head tracking, and new social features that connect players in ways no other racing game can, Forza Motorsport 4 is transforming the racing category. Availability: 11 October, 2011 Pricing: Standard Edition: SRP S$59.90; Limited Collector’s Edition: SRP S$84.90Kinect for Xbox 360 was launched a year ago and accordingto Jimmy Khoo, director for Retail Sales and Marketing,Microsoft Singapore, it set the new Guinness world recordas the fastest-selling consumer electronics device in 60 days.Today, the company unveiled the new Kinect holiday titleswhich some were showcased at Electronic EntertainmentExpo (E3) in June this year. Titles include the Kinect:Disneyland Adventures, Kinect Sports: Season Two, DanceCentral 2 and Forza Motorsport 4.Kinect: Disneyland Adventures: This is the first title comingout of a licensing agreement between Microsoft Studios andDisney Interactive Studios, and children, parents and Disney And for those who enjoyed Xbox classic, high-definitionfans can explore Disneyland park - from Main Street U.S.A. remake of Halo: Combat Critter Country - joining Peter Pan to battle Captain Hook, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary: Created in celebration ofhigh-five Mickey Mouse or hug Snow White using their full the tenth anniversary of one of the most beloved franchisesbodies and voices. No controller required. in gaming history, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary isPricing: SRP S$59.90 a spectacularly re-mastered version of the original HaloAvailability: 15 November, 2011 campaign, bundled with some of the most beloved multiplayerKinect Sports: Season Two: The sequel to last year’s nunber- maps in Halo history reimagined for Xbox LIVE. Halo: Combatone hit for Kinect is back with more full-body action, featuring Evolved Anniversary will include a bounty of new features,six new sports: American football, golf, baseball, winter skiing, including cooperative play over Xbox LIVE, new challengesdarts and tennis. Whether you want to go for a hole-in-one in and new fiction to, throw a Hail Mary touchdown pass in American football Price: SRP S$42.90or compete against a friend during a few sets of tennis, Kinect Availability: 15 November, 2011Sports: Season Two has something to appeal to everyone.Price: SRP S$59.90Availability: 25 October, 2011Xbox and the Health Promotion Board is also collaborating topromote a fun and healthy lifestyle to Singapore families. Thepublic can get their first hands-on with Kinect Sports: Season 2at the upcoming National Healthy Lifestyle Campaign (NHLC)launch at Sengkang Community Club on Saturday 22 Oct 2011,a week before the game’s retail launch. 12
  3. 3. October 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone turning on digital zoom at magnification settings over 10x,Sony unveils worlds first both boost total magnification range from 0.9x up to binoculars with HD Electronic autofocus allows both binoculars to focus cleanly on subjects as close as 1cm away when recording in 2D ( recording, zoom, 80cm when recording in 3D).autofocus and SteadyShotSource: Separate images for left and right eyes are captured bydigital-binoculars-with-hd-video-recording-zoom-autofocus-and- a matched pair of precision G Lens optics by Sony withsteadyshot/13736.html Exmor R CMOS sensors and powerful BIONZ processors.October 17th, 2011 Independent electronic viewfinders provide clear, detailed images for left and right eyes, offering a 3D viewing experience that’s comfortable, natural and highly immersive. The binoculars are comfortable to hold for extended periods,Sony has unveiled the worlds first digital binoculars - DEV-5 thanks to the ergonomic grip area that’s coated with anand DEV-5K - which claim to offer high definition video elastomer material for comfortable handling and stablerecording, as well as 3D recording for military, security and operation. Top-mounted controls allow easy operation withprivate investigation use. Both binoculars are going to be gloved fingers, while dual buttons are provided to startavailable from November. recording instantly with either hand. As an additional refinement, both models include an on-board GPS receiver that automatically geotags video clips as you are on the move. The DEV-5 comes supplied with a rechargeable battery pack (NP-FV70) that allows up to approximately 3 hours of 2D recording on a single charge, while the DEV-5K is supplied with a high capacity rechargeable battery pack (NP-FV100) that allows up to approximately 6 hours of 2D recording. In addition, both models come with lens cover, finder cap, large eye cups, a carrying case and neck strap supplied. The new DEV-5 and DEV-5K digital recordable binoculars from Sony will be available in Singapore from November 2011 and are priced at S$2,599 and S$3,080 respectively. Quick hands on videoThe DEV-5 and DEV-5K from Sony claim to be the world’sfirst digital binoculars that can record Full high definition Colourful and affordablevideo with stereo sound. Available in two versions, theDEV-5 is the consumer version of the digital binoculars, Nokia 603 to be available inwhile the professional DEV-5K comes with the same technical Singapore in Q4specifications as the DEV-5 but also includes the AC-VQV10 Source: AC adaptor/charger, plus a high-capacity NP- be-available-in-singapore-in-q4/13735.htmlFV100 battery. October 17th, 2011The DEV-5 lets you capture precious moments that you canenjoy later on your HD television. There is also a 3D recordmode that captures the scene as thrilling stereoscopic videofootage to enjoy on your 3D BRAVIA TV, with a maximummagnification of 5.4 times in 3D mode. Similar to the DEV-5,the DEV-5K professional model lets you observe and captureincontrovertible evidence simultaneously without having to The new Nokia 603 is equipped with the latest Symbiantake your eyes off the subject. It also offers 3D recording Belle operating system and with the Nokia Luna Bluetoothas realistic stereoscopic video footage, which is suitable for headset, both aim to bring Near Field Communication (NFC)military, security and private investigation use. to mass market. The Nokia 603 smartphone and Luna Bluetooth headset are scheduled to be available in Q4 this year.Variable zoom on both models lets you scan a wide area atlow magnification before zooming in seamlessly to pinpointyour subject, like a distant golf ball or birds in the field. By 13
  4. 4. October 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone subscription plan. Singapore is one of the first markets where the MediaPad is commercially available.Nokia has announced their new colourful and affordable Nokia603 which is preloaded with the latest apps and featuringsingle-tap pairing, sharing and tag reading with Near FieldCommunication (NFC). The company also unveiled the Nokia Singapore, 13 October 2011 - The wait is finally over forLuna Bluetooth Headset to use with the Nokia 603 that lets Huawei MediaPad fans in Singapore! From 15 October 2011,user pair easily via NFC technology. Designed to appeal to the 7-inch Android Honeycomb 3.2 MediaPad will be retailingfirst time smartphone users and those upgrading from older at operators as well as selected retail stores for S$598products, the Nokia 603 offers the latest technologies and (including GST) without subscription plan. Singapore is onefeatures in a package that is extensive, affordable and unique of the first markets where the MediaPad is commerciallyto the company. available.The Nokia 603 has a seamless, compact design and has a The Huawei MediaPad is a complete entertainmentdurable 3.5-inch ClearBlack, scratch-resistant display that powerhouse driven by Qualcomm’s dual-core 1.2GHzis optimized for use even under bright sunlight. Priced at processor. Featuring a 7-inch 217 PPI capacitive touch screen,EUR200 (before taxes and subsidies), the Nokia 603 comes the MediaPad is Huawei’s smartest, slimmest and lightestpreloaded with Maps, latest social networking games and tablet yet, measuring just 10.5mm (0.4 inches) deep andapps, and the ability to capture, edit and share photographs. weighing approximately 390g (0.86 pounds).It also features the latest Symbian Belle software with up tosix customizable homescreens and dynamic live widgets for It supports 1080P full HD video playback and features a 1.3improved personalization and prioritization of your favourite megapixel front-facing camera and 5 megapixel auto focuscontent. rear-facing camera with HD video recording capabilities. With HSPA 14.4Mbps and high-speed WiFi 802.11n InternetThe Nokia 603 is available in black and white with a choice connectivity and preloaded with 3 popular games, theof back covers in six different colors: black, white, fuchsia, MediaPad doesn’t just entertain – it keeps you, yellow and blue. The Nokia Luna Bluetooth Headsetis available in black, white, fuchsia, green and cyan. Bothproducts are expected to start shipping in the fourth quarter Intel CPUs Overclocked: Sandyof 2011. Easy, Ivy Easier, HaswellHuawei MediaPad on sale Easiest! Source: for S$598 easier-haswell-easiest-/13733.htmlSource: October 17th, 2011for-s-598/13734.htmlOctober 17th, 2011 Contrary to the image some harbour due to the temporary Sandy Bridge overclock lock on the generic non-K parts, Intel The wait is finally over for Huawei MediaPad fans processors are expected to be very overclock friendly in thein Singapore! From 15 October 2011, the 7-inch Android future generations. My sources at IDF confirmed that directly,Honeycomb 3.2 MediaPad will be retailing at operators as well and now it might be the time to cover it in more selected retail stores for S$598 (including GST) without 14
  5. 5. October 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneEven with AMDs initial Bulldozer parts around now, Intel All thats missing in this story is some competition to this...seems to still hold a firm lead when it comes to easy where, oh where?"production" overclocking where, with just a small tune up,you can get an extra 20% to 30% processor performancewithout major - or any at all, if using a good board and decentcooling - impact on your systems long term reliability. For Asus launches USB 3.0 speedinstance, a typical six-core Core i7 990X runs very nicely at4.27 GHz speed everyday at just 1.28 volts, without a hitch. booster, UASP support forAnd, the K-series Sandy Bridge overclocking capabilities, even ASMediaon standard air cooling, are well known, with the new i7 2700K Source: running stable at 5 GHz with decent air cooling alone. uasp-support-for-asmedia/13732.html October 17th, 2011 So far weve only seen performance boosting software for USB 3.0 data transfer from ASRock, but now Asus has launched its own take, alongside a set of new drivers for ASMedias USB 3.0 host controllers which adds UASP support. We did a quick and dirty speed test with the new drivers to see if there was any improvement, although we didnt have a compatible Asus motherboard at hand to test the speed boosting software. So far weve only seen performance boosting software for USB 3.0 data transfer from ASRock, but now Asus has launched its own take, alongside a set of new drivers for ASMedias USB 3.0 host controllers which adds UASP support. We did a quick and dirty speed test with the new drivers to see if there was any improvement, although we didnt have a compatible AsusNow, the good seems be just getting better, as we move motherboard at hand to test the speed boosting software.forward. According to the stuff seen at the IDF, Ivy Bridge UASP or USB Attached SCSI Protocol not only brings with itCPUs decouple the main clock finally, following what the a performance boost as long as youre using a storage devicecoming Sandy Bridge - E Socket 2011 is also implementing. with UASP support, but it also offers support for commandNow, you can overclock the cores and memory without queuing and removes several software overheads. But mostworrying about affecting the I/O and PCIe clocks. But then significantly for most consumers, UASP adds support for out-comes the more interesting piece news. of-order completion of file copies. What does this mean in practical terms? Well, you can now copy files simultaneouslyA year later, in early 2013, the pinnacle of Intels 22 nm by drag and drop and theyll finish based on the file size ratherprocess show off, the initial Haswell processor, is expected than on the order you copied them as in generally the caseto go another step further, where CPU core, GPU, memory, with the Bulk Only Transfer protocol. Sadly UASP wont be aPCI and DMI ratios are all set independently here, on top of standard until Windows 8 comes out and its quite tricky tofine grain BCLK base clock available within the Lynx Point know which devices are supported and which arent.chipset. Also, due to its fully integrated voltage regulatorcircuitry for simplified platform design, more stable power Renesas was the first to support UASP for its host controllersdelivery and therefore more predictable overclocking could and has so far been the only USB 3.0 host controllerbe achieved. Add to it the expected major improvements in manufacturer to support the standard. That said, ASMediamemory DIMM layout topology, enabling great performance has support UASP on the device side for quite some time andeven with 2 DIMMs per channel without the usual penalties its ASM1051E, ASM1051U and ASM1054 SATA to USB 3.0compared to just 1 DIMM per channel. bridges all support UASP. According to Asus, the LucidPort USB300 SATA to USB 3.0 bridge also offers UASP support andNow, this would be as far as one can go in overclock this is also what the manufacturers website is stating. Beyondfriendliness on a mainstream platform, and, knowing that the SATA bridges several USB 3.0 flash drives also support UASPsources were confirming the likelihood of combined multiple and Asus is providing a list of devices that the company hasCPU and multiple GPU cores on Haswell (i.e. you could have, tested on its website (see link at the end of the article).say, 4 CPU cores and 2 GPU cores, or 2 CPU cores and 3 GPUcores chip), would create possibly the most flexible desktop -and mobile - platform Intel, or anyone else, ever had in onesocket. 15
  6. 6. October 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone maximum write speed peaked at 293.3MB/s a few times, with the average write speed hitting 242.6MB/s. Pretty impressive stuff, especially as its a free upgrade. Seagate launches the GoFlex Cinema multimedia drive Source: multimedia-drive/13731.html October 17th, 2011 Media players are hardly what wed call special these days andEven if you dont have an Asus motherboard, but an ASMedia you can get some really cheap, if albeit basic models these dayshost controller we suggest you head over to Asus and hit the that will play pretty much any file format you throw at button, as included in its USB 3.0 Boost package are Seagate has been trying to get in to the media player for quitenew ASMedia drivers as well as a new firmware and both are some time and so far the company has come up with someneeded for UASP support and will work on all ASMedia USB fairly uninspiring solutions, but its new GoFlex Cinema is a3.0 host controllers. We did a really quick Crystal DiskMark rather intriguing piece of hardware.test using the same ASM1051E bridge and Patriot WildfireSSD and although we used a different system for the testthan the one we used during our exhaustive USB 3.0 host Media players are hardly what wed call special these days andcontroller roundup, we saw improved read speeds of about you can get some really cheap, if albeit basic models these days12MB/s although the read speed was only up by about 1MB/s. that will play pretty much any file format you throw at them.Thats still a decent improvement considering that all we did Seagate has been trying to get in to the media player for quitewas flash the host controller firmware and install a new driver. some time and so far the company has come up with someAsus is making some wild claims of a 170 percent performance fairly uninspiring solutions, but its new GoFlex Cinema is aincrease in UASP mode which might be possible in some rather intriguing piece of hardware.scenarios and considering that their test setup was slightly The GoFlex Cinema is one of the smallest media players indifferent and consisted of actual file copying, we cant say the market, well; it is as long as you dont take into accountits wrong. Whats more surprising is that its Turbo software the size of the GoFlex hard drive which its attached to. Theonly offers a 127 percent improvement in the same scenario, entire setup measures 223x120x44mm and that gives you aalthough that was in BOT (Bulk Only Transfer) mode, as sizeable external hard drive available in 1TB, 2TB and 3TBapparently Asus USB 3.0 Boost software isnt compatible with sizes. Unlike Seagates previous attempts at media players theUASP. Still, if you have a device that doesnt support UASP, GoFlex Cinema relies on 3.5-inch hard drives rather than 2.5-its still a decent way of getting some additional performance inch drives. Beyond its media player features it can also beout of your USB 3.0 devices. For some reason theres also a used for copying files directly from a digital camera without the"normal" mode in the USB 3.0 Boost software in case you have need of a PC. A small remote control that doesnt look overlya device that doesnt like UASP or the boost mode. impressive is also supplied.So the takeaway here is that even if you dont have an Asusmotherboard on the list, as long as you have an ASMedia USB3.0 host controller its well worth upgrading the firmware anddrivers. Asus is currently listing 17 motherboard models thatit says are compatible with the USB 3.0 Boost software andthe new UASP drivers. We tested with a standard ASM1042based PCI Express cards and didnt run into any issues withthe new UASP drivers and several devices that we tested itwith. All were hoping for now is that all the other USB 3.0 hostcontroller makers will follow suit and launch UASP drivers fortheir host controllers.Update: We ran another quick test in HD Tune Pro 4.61 andgot an average read speed of 261.6MB/s, thats nearly 37MB/s faster than without UASP. In terms of write performance wesaw a huge increase in performance here too with an increasein the average sequential write speed of 33MB/s, although the 16
  7. 7. October 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe actual media player is a small attachment that goes on October 17th, 2011what would normally have been the bottom end of a GoFlexhard drive and it sports a mini USB port for file transfers to/from a PC, a standard USB port to which cameras or other USBstorage devices can be connected, an HDMI port, an opticalS/PDIF out, a pair of RCA audio jacks and a composite videoconnector as well as a power connector. Theres both an upsideand a downside to this. The upside is that the drive that comes This afternoon, Western Digital announced the launch ofwith the GoFlex Cinema works with other GoFlex adapters the WD TV Live, My Passport Studio and My Passport forfrom Seagate, so you can get a USB 3.0 dock to boost the speed Mac in Singapore. The WD TV Live streaming media playerwhen youre copying files from your PC. The downside is that can connect to the Internet easily via Ethernet or wireless,the GoFlex Cinema isnt sold without a hard drive, so if you and supports high definition video applications. The WDalready own a GoFlex drive, youll have to get another one to MyPassport portable hard drives come in compact form factorget the GoFlex Cinema. with high storage capacity options and are designed for use with Mac and Apple Time Machine.In terms of file support the GoFlex Cinema appears to have justabout every format in all standard resolutions supported. Itllplay back AVI (Xvid, MPEG 1/2/4, AVC, H.264), MPG/MPEG,VOB, ISO (DVD and Blu-ray), M2TS, MP4, MOV (AVC ,H.264), MKV (MPEG 2/4, AVC, H.264), FLV and ASF (VC-1,WMV9) video files as well as MP3, WAV, AAC, MKA, FLAC,WMA, APE and OGG audio files, alternatively audio combinedwith the video. Theres also support for LPCM, WMA Pro,Dolby Digital and DTS audio, although only pass through forthe multi-channel formats. Finally itll display JPEG (up to20Megapixles), GIF, TIFF, BMP and PNG images and SRT,SSA, ASS and SAMI subtitles.We cant say much about the UI as Seagate has only posted asingle screenshot on its website and even that isnt very clear.Theres multi-language support, but as to which languagesare supported seems to vary between the regions the unit issold in and currently it seems to only be available in EMEAand the details on Seagates website is as such limited to thatregion. The 1TB model retails for €99 (S$175), with the 2TBmodel only being slightly more expensive at €129 (S$229) andfinally the 3TB model at €179 (S$315). No word on when or ifSeagate is planning on launching the GoFlex Cinema outsideof Europe, but wed expect it to be available globally. Western Digital has launched their latest WD TV Live wireless streaming media player, WD My Passport Studio and My Passport for Mac portable hard drives in Singapore. The WDWestern Digital launches WD TV Live streaming media player is Wi-Fi enabled and canTV Live, My Passport Studio connect to the Internet via wireless or Ethernet connection. It features a new intuitive user interface and offers Internetand My Passport for Mac in content from services including Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Dailymotion, Spotify (available only in USA), AccuWeatherSingapore and even Shoutcast Radio. The media player also includesSource: Fun Spot Games gaming service that has games such asmy-passport-studio-and-my-passport-for-mac-in-singapore/13730.html Sudoku, Black Jack and Poker. Other features include DLNA- compatible, supports a wide variety of media formats and support any USB connected drives, digital camera, video camcorder and network drives. 17
  8. 8. October 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe WD TV Live streaming media player is available atselected retailers at S$189. Chevrolet works on next- generation EN-V concept vehicle Source: en-v-concept-vehicle/13729.html October 17th, 2011 Car manufacturer Chevrolet has announced plans to work on the next-generation EN-V vehicle that claims to be safe, is zero-emission and powered by Lithium-ion batteries. The company intends to use the EN-V vehicle for pilot programs in selected megacities around the world.The ultra-copmact WD My Passport for Mac sports an elegantMac-inspired finish and features high capacity storage optionsof up to 2TB. The WD My Passport for Mac is powered throughUSB2.0 and does not require additional cables or powersource. The WD My Passport Studio, on the other hand, has anall-metal design and offers multiple connectivity options - twoFireWire 800 and USB 2.0. It also allows users to daisy chainadditional drives or other peripherals such as high definitioncamcorders, and features encryption and password protectionsoftware.The WD My Passport for Mac and My Passport Studio areavailable at selected retailers at the following price tags:- WD My Passport Studio WD My Passport for Mac 500GB - S$169 500GB - S$119 Work on the a next-generation Chevrolet EN-V concept vehicle 750GB - S$189 750GB - S$129 was announced today, and it represents General Motors’ 1TB - S$219 1TB - S$159 vision to meet the growing demand for safe, connected, zero-emissions personal transportation. The next-generation Chevrolet EN-V could participate in pilot demonstration programs in megacities around the world to determine real- world practicality. Future EN-V concepts will carry the Chevrolet brand, Chris Perry, vice president, global Chevrolet marketing and strategy, told international and domestic media visiting Detroit in advance of Chevrolet’s Nov. 3 Centennial celebration. The award-winning EN-V, short for Electric Networked- Vehicle, is a two-seat, electric urban mobility concept that maintains the basic principle of personal mobility, while responding to congestion and environmental concerns in growing global megacities. The next-generation Chevrolet EN- V concept will add new features that customers need, such asCraig Davis, director, Sales and Marketing, Branded Product climate control, personal storage space and all-weather andGroup, Western Digital Asia Pacific Region, was at the event road condition operation. It will also retain its battery electricto talk about the new offerings from the company. propulsion, connectivity and autonomous driving capabilities. 18
  9. 9. October 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe EN-V is a zero-emissions vehicle powered by lithium-ion — in more ways than one. Peep closely and you can see thebatteries. Recharging from a conventional wall outlet using notches of the capacitive sensors embedded on top of thestandard household power enables EN-V to travel at least 40 device. Our review unit came in a standard retail box withkilometers on a single charge, acceptable for most urban trips. bundled accessories including a USB nano receiver, two AA- size batteries, base cover, USB cable and the product and setup guides.By combining GPS with vehicle-to-vehicle communicationsand distance-sensing technologies, the EN-V can be drivenmanually or autonomously. In autonomous mode, EN-V offersmobility to people who may not otherwise operate a vehicle.By leveraging wireless communications it allows drivers andoccupants to communicate hands-free with friends or businessassociates while on the go.The ability to communicate with other vehicles and withthe infrastructure could help EN-V significantly reduce thenumber of vehicle crashes and make it easier to find availableparking spaces. It could also reduce traffic congestion byautomatically selecting the fastest route based on real-timetraffic information.Microsoft Touch MouseReview: Mouse with a cleverTouchSource: 17th, 2011The Microsoft Touch Mouse was introduced in Singapore,in August this year. The stylish, elegant mouse claims to workwith Windows 7 operating system and is capable to handlescrolling, minimizing/maximizing, and docking with fingergestures. VR-Zone managed to get one for this review and seehow well the Microsoft Touch Mouse works.This Microsoft mouse should come with a warning: Swipingis addictive. This is a wireless Mouse with a different Touch 19
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  11. 11. October 20th, 2011 Published by: | Stuff for the Geeks! such as the dual analog sticks, dual cameras, and front and VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication rear touch pad are all designed to deliver the unique, powerful covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. gameplay experiences consumers have been asking for and enable new ways for users to connect with the world around them."Playstation Vita Launches The portable market is changing, and on February 22 well allFebruary 22, 2012 get a chance to see if the Vita has a fighting chance.Source: 20th, 2011 Lytro finally shows off and launches its light field camera Source: its-light-field-camera/13782.html October 20th, 2011Sony has announced that the Playstation Vita will hit thestreets on February 22, 2012 in the United States, Canada,Latin America, and Europe. The Wi-Fi model will sell for thesurprisingly reasonable price of $249.99 followed by $299.99for the 3G/Wi-Fi model. The portable market is changing, and The first pictures taken using Lytros light field technologyon February 22 well all get a chance to see if the Vita has a appeared on the web a few months back and stirred up quitefighting chance. a lot of interest in what kind of camera the company could be working on, as it all seemed a little bit too good to be true and there werent a whole lot of details to go on. Now the company has finally launched its first product which is simply called the Lytro light field camera and it doesnt look like any camera weve ever seen before. The first pictures taken using Lytros light field technology appeared on the web a few months back and stirred up quite a lot of interest in what kind of camera the company could be working on, as it all seemed a little bit too good to be true and there werent a whole lot of details to go on. Now the companySony has announced that the Playstation Vita will hit the has finally launched its first product which is simply called thestreets on February 22, 2012 in the United States, Canada, Lytro light field camera and it doesnt look like any cameraLatin America, and Europe. The Wi-Fi model will sell for the weve ever seen before.surprisingly reasonable price of $249.99 followed by $299.99 If anything, the Lytro light field camera looks a bit like afor the 3G/Wi-Fi model. CCTV camera in terms of design, albeit like a smaller designerThough my initial excitement for the device was tepid, that version. The rectangular body houses a lens at the front and achanged after spending some time with the Vita at this years comparatively tiny 1.46-inch glass covered LCD touch screenE3. It feels good in the hand, has a gorgeous 5 inches (16:9), at the back. It only has two buttons, power and shutter, as960 x 544 OLED screen, finally has dual analog sticks, and Im well as a small touch sensitive surface on the top which isinterested in the potential of the rear touch pad. used for zooming with the lens. Theres also a micro USB 2.0 port hidden under a flap at the bottom. Theres a built-inPresident and chief executive officer of SCEA Jack Trenton rechargeable battery, but theres no mention as to how manysays "PlayStation Vita will redefine traditional boundaries of pictures its good for. One very questionable design decisiongaming and blur the lines between entertainment and reality. from Lytro is the fact that the company decided to go with built Its launch will serve as a pivotal point in the history of in memory and as such you get to make do with either 8 orportable gaming and create a new fan base of PlayStation 16GB of storage space.gamers for generations to come. With its technologicalprowess and social connectivity, PlayStation Vita offers anexperience beyond anything available on the market. Features 1
  12. 12. October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe lens sports 8x optical zoom and appears to have 10 or 11lens elements. The f/2 aperture is constant across the entirezoom range which is photographically an impressive feature,but it also helps explain why the camera is 112mm long,although it only measures 41mm square. Behind the lens is thelight field sensor which sports ”11Megarays” as the companycalls it, although they dont seem to be too keen to say whatthis compares to in traditional Megapixles. Its pretty clearthat the Lytro camera doesnt shoot super high resolutionpictures, as in various videos from the launch event companyrepresentatives are talking HD video resolution and images The bad news is that currently the Lytro camera only comeswith sides of 1080 pixels. Its possible that this is a limitation with software for Mac, although the company has promisedof the technology at the moment and its also worth noting that to deliver Windows software sometime next year. On topthe camera takes square pictures. of that all images are saved in a proprietary lfp file format and it doesnt appear to be possible to export the images to standard formats if youd want to. This makes it impossible to edit the images and it also makes them fairly useless for any kind of professional use. That said, Lytro seems to be targeting the consumer market with its first camera as the company is offering a free, unlimited image hosting service that will allow the pictures to be shared to various other services such as Facebook or Twitter. It should also be pointed out that the company is only talking about online sharing of the pictures and there really seems to be little else you can do with them. This is again disappointing considering the otherwise impressive technology.Despite the peculiar camera design and somewhat Unprintable Content (Video, Flash, etc.)disappointing specifications, the technology behind thepictures you take is mind blowing. Not only can you re-focus With so many pros and cons youll have to be a true gadgetand zoom your pictures after taking them, but you can even lover or an experimental photographer to invest in one ofadjust the parallax of the images, something that has never Lytros cameras, as they dont come cheap. The 8GB modelsbeen possible to do before. On top of that all the pictures will be available in electric blue and graphite for US$399 (Syou take with the Lytro camera are 3D compatible and the $509) whit the 16GB red hot model will be going for US$499company even claims that the pictures will be compatible (S$639). We dont want to be overly pessimistic here, as wewith future display technology such as holographic displays havent actually played with one of the cameras, but it feels likeif theyre ever made. As such quite a lot of data is saved per Lytro has created a camera with very limited appeal despiteimage, the company recons each image is about 16MB in size, its obvious technological advantages over a traditional digitalsimilar to RAW images out of high-end digital cameras or camera.DSLRs. What isnt so great, at least in its current state, is thatyou cant seem to get the entire image in focus the way you can Source: Lytro, for some more examples of Lytros images,by stopping down a traditional camera lens, but hopefully this please check out their image galleryis something that will be added in the future. HP Launches new e-All-in-One Printers Source: printers/13780.html 2
  13. 13. October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneOctober 20th, 2011 HP says the Photosmart range of printers allows home users to print lab quality photos at home. According to product sheets provided by HP, the HP Photosmart 7510 has 5 individual inks system that allows for the changing specific inks for greater savings. The Photosmart 7510 comes with an automatic document feeder that can hold up to 25 loose sheets, whileHewlett Packard (HP) has launched a new series of lifestyle duplex printing capabilities helps reduce paper wastage. Wi-connected printers that the company promises will enhance Fi is also built in, with a large 4.33-inch TouchSmart screen forand redefine users home printing experience. They are running HP print Apps and printing of web content withoutthe stylish HP Envy 110 e-All-in-One printer and the HP the need for a PC.Photosmart family of e-All-in-One printers for consumers. Other printers in the Photosmart family include the HPAll e-All-in-One printers incorporate ePrint technology that Photosmart 6510 e-All-in-One and the HP Photosmart 5510 e-allows them to be customized with an email address. Printing All-in-One.can be initiated by simply sending a photo or document to theprinter via email and picking up the printed pages later. In The HP Envy 110 will be available at the recommended retailaddition, the printers come with AirPrint and HP ePrint Home price of $440 from October onwards. The HP Photosmart 7510& Biz support for app based printing from Android, iOS and will be available from November at a recommended retail priceSymbian. of $387, while the Photosmart 6510 and the Photosmart 5510HP Envy 110 e-All-in-One will be available for $307 and $261 respectively. Buyers Guide: MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition 3GB - The Fastest Single GPU for BF3? Source: xtreme-edition-3gb--the-fastest-single-gpu-for-bf3-/13772.htmlThe HP Envy 110 e-All-in-One printer features a sleek and slim October 20th, 2011design in a classy white and cream color. Elegantly designedto blend in, HP says that the printer will easily complementany room in the house. Whisper-quiet printing also ensuresthat no conversations or TV programs are ever interruptedaround the house. The Envy 110 comes with copy, scan andduplex printing capabilities, USB 2.0 and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)connectivity, as well as the ability to read memory cards such There are plenty of reasons why anyone would onlyas the Memory Stick Duo and Secure Digital/MultimediaCard. want a single graphics card in their system - limitedFinally, a 3.45 inch touchscreen makes it possible to access space in SFF motherboards/enclosures, power consumptiona wide array of HP print Apps that include Facebook Photos considerations, and input lag or framerate stuttering withto printer photos directly from your Facebook Photo album, some multi-GPU setups. Before Battlefield 3 launchesto My Recipes, which is filled with recipes from various officially next Tuesday (25th October 2011), we take amagazines. quick look on whether the MSI N580GTX Lightning XtremeHP Photosmart e-All-in-One printers Edition is best single GPU weapon for your online battlefield domination. Introduction Earlier this month, the highly anticipated Battlefield 3 multiplayer open beta introduced revolutionary new levels of DirectX 11 graphics quality and detail in the game environments, obsoleting many older hardware in the process and triggering a mad rush to upgrade to higher grades of graphics cards and CPUs in order to get comfortable and consistent framerates. As covered by our BF3 system builder guide, we mentioned that the game demands at least a 3GHz Quad Core processor such as Intels Core i5/i7 and AMDs Phenom II/FX Bulldozer 3
  14. 14. October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneclass of CPUs to not be bottlenecked by it. Scaling the numberof CPU cores/threads/modules, or overclocking the workingfrequency did not show much noticable improvement beyondthat.Things were more exciting on the GPU end though as we sawalmost linear FPS scaling when we varied the number of cards,shaders, clock speeds and memory bandwidth. GPU usage waswalling at 99% - something we havent seen in games exceptthe original Crysis and stress test burners. For example, wetested that a dual SLi setup (ultra image quality) get almost90% more FPS (~95fps) than a single card (~50fps), a tri-SLisetup get 170% more (~135fps), and a quad SLi 250% more(~175fps). Well be testing this again when the final retail gameis released, with the latest drivers. Inset of Box (with a transparent window to see the card)There are plenty of reasons why some end users andcompetitive gamers would want only a single GPU graphicscard: • Lack of space and cooling capacity in cramped small form factor cases/motherboards • Power Consumption of Multiple Cards • "Good Enough" for lower resolutions / image quality presets • Mouse Input Lag, framerate jitter and micro stuttering caused by certain bridge chips implementations and the concept of AFR (alternate frame rendering) itself which is used in both SLi and Crossfire.Today, well be doing a quick look on the MSI N580GTX Back of BoxLightning Xtreme Edition 3GB that we will be using in someof our upcoming BF3 articles. Simply put, the card in handbelongs to the pinnacle of off the shelf air-cooled gaminggraphics cards, bar multi-GPU behemoths like the NvidiaGTX590 and the AMD Radeon 6990. As the final Battlefield3 game is not released yet, we will be doing some max airoverclocking and running a few demanding benchmarks inpreparation for the main event next week..The PackagingFront of Box Accessories (PCIe 6 to 8 pin convertors, Analog to DVI dongle, SLi Bridges, Installation CD and a User Guide) 4
  15. 15. October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Asia, World Sport Group, Warner Music Group, Refinery Media, and Oak3. The partners are establishing a strong presence on YouTube to easily distribute their content and grow their audience. YouTube has also secured a masthead advertisement on the Singapore home page for opening day from local telecommunication operator, SingTel. At the launch, SingTel has expressed plans to launch a new YouTube channel and seeks to find a suitable host who could well be the next social media star on The video sharing site has also signed a licensing agreement with Composers & Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS) that allow music artists to earn revenue on YouTube. Revenue is generated when advertisements are displayed against YouTube partner’s videos. This means that under the agreement, Singaporean authors can receive payments from their associations when rights holders distribute them. For Xbox 360 owners, the company has also announced thatYouTube launches localized YouTube service will be available on the gaming console inservice in Singapore November next month. While no details are out, it should come in the form of an online update. No word as to when theSource: YouTube service will be available on other game consoles likesingapore/13779.html Sony PS3 though.October 20th, 2011Today, YouTube announced a localized service in Singapore,, which features a local interface thatallows users to search relevant videos quickly and easily; hasexpanded content from local and global partners; and offersSingaporean users opportunities to increase their exposure. According to Adam Smith, director of Product Management for YouTube Asia-Pacific, with todays launch, YouTube will be globalized to 35 countries around the world. "Every day, the 35 countries generate close to 3 billion video views on the YouTube platform, and that figure is a 50% increase of the 2 billion last year. What we see is that every single minute, there are 48 hours of videos uploaded. One of the trends we are watching very closely is how YouTube is expanding from being primarily a desktop service to one that is available wherever people are, with mobile playing anThe world’s most popular online video sharing site, YouTube, incredible part; we have over 400 million views a day on thehas made its official debut in Singapore. Singaporeans can now mobile platform. And that is important over here, in Asia" saidfind their favourite local content easily, and share them across Smith.the globe. All you need to do is go to URL orselect the location "Singapore" at the bottom of the YouTubewebsite.In conjunction with this launch, YouTube has formedpartnership agreements with top Singaporean mediacompanies such as Interactive SG, Valleyarm / Music Services 5
  16. 16. October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone October 20th, 2011 Admittedly were late on reporting this, but it seems like the camp of four port USB 3.0 host controller makers is growing quickly and about a month ago Fresco Logic quietly joined Renesas, TI and VLI with its own four port host controller. Its latest product is the FL1100 and it gets a couple of additional features over the FL1009Nikon 1 cameras, J1 and V1, Admittedly were late on reporting this, but it seems like thearrive in Singapore camp of four port USB 3.0 host controller makers is growingSource: quickly and about a month ago Fresco Logic quietly joinedsingapore/13778.html Renesas, TI and VLI with its own four port host controller. ItsOctober 20th, 2011 latest product is the FL1100 and it gets a couple of additional features over the FL1009. Fresco Logic is making a big deal about the FL1100 featuring new "hardware-based multi-stream, multi-threaded parallel processing engines" which are meant to help deliver full USB 3.0 bandwidth to each of the four ports. The chip itself is fairly big compared to the competition at 9x9mm, Renesas recentlyNikon surprised the world when the company announced launched µPD720201 measures 8x8mm and has nearly halftheir new Nikon 1 advanced mirrorless cameras with the pin count at 68 vs 119 pints for the FL1100.interchangeable lens last month - the J1 and V1. Well,apparently, the Nikon 1 cameras have just hit the shelves inSingapore and are retailing from today. As with the older FL1009, the FL1100 supports xHCI 1.0 and UASP. It also features Fresco Logics GoXtream technologyPlease note that Nikon will only carrying the Black, Pink and which the company claims minimizes latency and helpsWhite version of the Nikon 1 J1 at this point in time. protect real-time data streams when other devices are being used simultaneously. Whats new is support for hardwareFresco Logic does four ports based link power management which is still a fairly new addition to USB 3.0 and its not a feature all device supports.of USB 3.0 goodness However, USB 3.0 devices that support LPM can go into sleepSource: states if there are long periods of inactivity.usb-3.0-goodness/13777.html The final new addition is support for USB battery charging and the FL1100 supports revision 1.2 of the standard. Apparently theres also a special USB charging standard for China that isnt quite the same as the one pushed by the USB-IF, but 6
  17. 17. October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethe FL1100 can apparently auto detect which standard issupported by the device being charged and automaticallyswitch between the two standards. The reason this is needed isbecause USB devices that supports the USB charging standardwill send a handshake that informs the host controller howmuch power it wants and if this isnt initialized correctly, thenthe USB device will only get 500mA.Well have to wait and see if any of the motherboardmanufacturers picks up the FL1100, but at the moment it looksas if Gigabyte is slowly moving from Etron to Fresco Logic, atleast on its high-end motherboards. We should also take the opportunity here to clear up aIntel talks Intelligent Systems misunderstanding here with regards to Intels Digital Homeat IEDS Taipei Group. Although the DHG has been merged with the tabletSource: group, Intel didnt communicate what was going on in a cleartaipei/13776.html manner. Intel has indeed pulled its Atom CE 4000-series ofOctober 20th, 2011 SoCs out of the retail product market and as such products like Google TV and the Boxeebox wont be getting any competitors on the retail shelf. However, Intel is actively pursuing the IPTV and Cable TV market space with its CE 4000-series of Atom SoCs.Mention embedded computing and most people either leavesthe room or start yawning and this is something Intelapparently have picked up on, as the company as re-namedits embedded computing division to Intel Intelligent Systems.We spent a day at the Intel Embedded Developer Summit inTaipei and found out that the company is busy trying to makeembedded computing sexy.Mention embedded computing and most people either leavesthe room or start yawning and this is something Intelapparently have picked up on, as the company as re-namedits embedded computing division to Intel Intelligent Systems.We spent a day at the Intel Embedded Developer Summit inTaipei and found out that the company is busy trying to makeembedded computing sexy.When most of us think about embedded computing, wethink about industrial PCs and antiquated motherboards andpossibly expensive, yet out dated hardware. However, this isquickly changing as the embedded market is evolving andmoving towards more advanced solutions and were nowseeing cutting edge hardware in many embedded systems.Intel is of course pushing its Atom processors heavily into thismarket space, as theyre low power and can often be equipped In fact, Intel is making a big push into the IPTV and Cable TVwith passive cooling. That said, the company is also busy market and is working closely with several service providerspushing its Sandy Bridge processors into this market space not only on the hardware side to create devices that consumersand there were a few demos as the show that explained why. wont be ashamed to have in their homes, but also on the software side to allow the set top box makers to build software platforms that are future proof, upgradable and expandable. 7
  18. 18. October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSwedish telecom company Ericsson was on location at IEDSas well and theyre one of the bigger players out there whenit comes to delivering the connectivity between the serviceproviders and the end users. Ericsson was keen to point outthat consumers wants easy to use hardware where they donthave to sit down and read manuals to work out how to getthe most out of their set top box, but they also want a lot offunctionally and are in fact willing to pay for it. They didntspecifically promote Intels solution, but hinted at the fact that Other products on display included a rather nifty patientoffering hardware that can be easily upgraded instead of using hospital all-in-one PC which doubled up as a TV, a streamingcustom made solutions for each generation of set top boxes video player, meal ordering system, phone and maybe mostwould overall offer a better customer experience. importantly, a means for the doctor to easily access the patients records. Some other rather peculiar products on display included a set top box from Tatung with Intel WiDi, i.e. video streaming over Wi-Fi to the TV. Were not sure how much sense this makes, unless its possible to stream to another room. There was also a company showing off an Atom powered car "stereo" which will of course handle video playback, navigation and a wide range of other things such as optional internet access and what not.Not only set top boxes were on display of course, Intel alsohad several other partner demos and some of its own. Onethat caught our eye was an augmented reality demo that wasdone together with Lego. Although Intel and Lego has shownoff similar demos before, the ones weve seen on YouTube inthe past have been of simpler Lego toys, while the demo atIEDS consisted of a couple of Lego Technics products whereyou could actually interact with the demo and one of the Legokits could show at least two different trucks you could buildout of the kit. 8
  19. 19. October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone A wide range of other more traditional embedded computing products were also on display, but we wanted to show off a few that were more in line with Intels new Intelligent Systems name. In fact, Intel is expecting there to be around 15 billion “intelligent connected devices” out there by 2015, which is computers that can somehow interact with each other without any need for user input. These 15 billion devices are expected to create 35 trillion gigabytes of data by 2020 and this doesnt even take us humans into account. Embedded computing is changing and although it still has a long way to go before it becomes what wed call sexy technology that people care about,Finally a rather unusual product was on display by a Malaysian more and more of us are likely to end up with some embeddedcompany called Pradotec, an Atom Z510 powered portable technology in our homes sooner or later, if we dont alreadyePassport terminal. The HPT600 as its known as is a one of a have some.kind product so far that has been designed for border controlsaround the world and it allows passports to be easily scannedwithout the need of a larger PC. It also sports a wide range of MSI X79A-GD65 8Dwireless and wired connectivity options, a 5-inch LCD screen, Motherboard Pictureda GPS unit, USB 2.0 ports, a keyboard and even an optional Source: scanner. pictured/13775.html October 20th, 2011 Here are some of the first pictures of MSI X79A-GD65 8D, the companys second-to-best socket LGA2011 offering, which will feature in the first wave of Sandy Bridge-E compatible motherboards. The marker "8D" brings back some old memories. It literally stands for "eight DIMMs", and was first used on the P45-8D "Memory Lover", a board that featured four each of DDR3 and DDR2 slots. On the X79A- GD65 8D, however, it refers to two DDR3 DIMMs per channel, to take advantage of the quad-channel IMC of Sandy Bridge- E. Lets put this one under the looking glass. Here are some of the first pictures of MSI X79A-GD65 8D, the companys second-to-best socket LGA2011 offering, 9
  20. 20. October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonewhich will feature in the first wave of Sandy Bridge-E options includes four each of SATA 6 Gb/s and SATA 3 Gb/s.compatible motherboards. The marker "8D" brings back some There are no eSATA ports.old memories. It literally stands for "eight DIMMs", andwas first used on the P45-8D "Memory Lover", a board thatfeatured four each of DDR3 and DDR2 slots. On the X79A-GD65 8D, however, it refers to two DDR3 DIMMs per channel,to take advantage of the quad-channel IMC of Sandy Bridge-E. Lets put this one under the looking glass. Connectivity options are fairly standard. Theres 8+2 channel HD audio with optical and coaxial SPDIF outputs, one gigabit Ethernet connection, FireWire, and four USB 3.0 ports (two on the rear panel, two by internal header), a few USB 2.0 ports, and the PS/2 combo connector. The board supports 4-way SLI and CrossFireX, and quite a few overclocking options packed into the UEFI configuration utility. There are MSI exclusives such as OC Genie II.The MSI X79A-GD65 8D is a socket LGA2011 HEDT (high-end desktop) platform offering by MSI, based on the Intel Samsung and GoogleX79 chipset. The landscape photograph shows just how theboard is bursting with features. The LOTES-made LGA2011 unveils GALAXY Nexus, firstsocket is powered by what appears to be a 5+2 phase VRMconfiguration, which makes use of solid-state choles and Android Ice Cream SandwichPOSCAP capacitors. DIMM slots are arranged in two sets of smartphonefour slots, on either sides of the socket. Each of the two sets Source: wiring for two of the four DDR3 memory channels of the nexus-first-android-ice-cream-sandwich-smartphone/13774.htmlSandy Bridge-E processor. The memory is powered by a 4- October 20th, 2011phase VRM. The wait for the Google Android Ice Cream Sandwich platform is finally over. Today, Samsung and Google have jointly announced the GALAXY Nexus, which claims to be the first smartphone running the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich mobile operating system.Expansion slots include five PCI-Express x16, of which twoare PCI-Express 3.0 x16 capable, four are PCI-Express 3.0 x8capable (depends on the way theyre populated), and one isPCI-Express 2.0 x4 capable (wired to the X79 PCH). A PCI-Express 2.0 x1 makes itself comfortable in the middle. Storage 10