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Asustek expects better business performance in 2H11
     Wed, Aug 24 2011 | 12:01P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Asustek Computer expects its performance in the second half of 2011 to be better than that of fellow Taiwan-based companies, according to CFO David Chang.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1 Review
     Wed, Aug 24 2011 | 12:00P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The IdeaPad Tablet K1 is Lenovo's first Honeycomb tablet to hit the market, though the more industrial strength ThinkPad Tablet is expected to arrive in the next couple of months. The K1 is billed as a media consumption and entertainment device built for portability and performance on the go. Honestly, that sounds like a lot of the Honeycomb tablets we've seen to date. So why should Lenovo's IdeaPad Tablet K1 grab your attention? We'll see if we can determine that for you in our hands-on experiences and performance evaluations on the pages that follow.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

AMD - Total War: Shogun 2 Contest
     Wed, Aug 24 2011 | 9:03A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In cooperation with AMD we're proud to be able to offer our readers a chance to win a free copy of Total War: Shogun 2! In order to stand a chance to win a copy, sign up to the forums and post your most heroic virtual war story. 10 lucky posters will be picked and will receive a game code!
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Antec Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System
     Wed, Aug 24 2011 | 9:02A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System from Antec comes with one unique feature: 3Dsst™, which is a suite of DSP algorithms that create a virtual surround sound experience from 2.1 stereo speakers. The subwoofer is rated 100W, and the sattelites 25W; the speaker system packs quite a punch and can be connected easily on optical to our preferred sound sources.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

TRENDnet 450Mbps Dual Band Wireless N USB Adapter Review
     Wed, Aug 24 2011 | 9:01A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new Wireless N USB Adapter from TRENDnet (TEW-684UB) is Dual Band and supports the latest 450Mbps technology. Its shape is very similar to the 450Mbps Gaming Adapter, also from TRENDnet, but its much smaller and does not require extra power, coming with USB connectivity.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Kingston X58 Triple Channel kit 2250Mhz Cas 9 Review
     Wed, Aug 24 2011 | 9:00A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At the latest MSI MOA Benelux qualifier we were allowed to play with MSI's Xpower board, some 980X ES CPUs and some pretty high specced Kingston rams. The 2250Mhz CL9 triple channel kit seemed very interesting for a spin in the Madshrimps Lab. Could these blue beauties come close to the almighty Corsair Hyper IC based GTX2s ? What's the use for such a high MHz kit for a daily user ? Is this kit Bloomfield friendly ? A lot of questions warped through my brain. Time to open the box and find some answers
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Plextor falls short with its PX-LB950UE external 12x Blu-ray writer
     Tue, Aug 23 2011 | 9:47P | Optical Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Plextor falls way short with its newest 12x External Blu-ray Writer...

"In recent weeks the talk of the town has been a sleek black external 12x Blu-ray WRITER from the folks at Plextor. The Plextor PX-LB950UE connects via USB 3.0 or eSATA cables and is capable of burning single layer Blu-ray Disk (BD) media at 12x, double layer BD media at 8x and DVD-R media at 16x speeds. In addition, it supports the playback of Blu-ray 3D movie titles. The bonus to going the Blu-ray writer route, is that BD-R media is even more useful than DVD media for archiving MASSIVE amounts of data - For ~$13 a disk, a single layer recordable BD-R disk will hold 25GB of data. "

"All is note roses with this drive; no matter what DVD software we used (Cyberlink Power DVD8/9), no matter what update we tried, now matter that Cyberlink BD Advisor v2.0.4017 gave the test system a pass, no matter that Plextor PlexUtilities scanned the disk and found it Defect free, PCSTATS could not get its official test Blu-ray movie ('10,000 BC') to play in the PX-LB950UE."
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

 
i3 vs i5 vs i7 Sandy Bridge comparison
     Tue, Aug 23 2011 | 4:02P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel started 2011 off with the official introduction to their highly anticipated Sandy Bridge processors. We had the chance to take a look at their mid-range i5-2500k and we loved it. The i5-2500k isn’t perfect for everyone, that’s why Intel has introduced a range of processors. Today we will be taking a look at their i3-2100 and i7-2600 to see how they stand in the grand scheme of things. While we do, we will retest the i5-2500k and put the three head to head to find out what the extra money gets you.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

Corsair SP2500 2.1 PC speaker system
     Tue, Aug 23 2011 | 4:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This year at CES Corsair introduced their SP2500 2.1 PC speaker system to the world. At the press conference, more than one person was a little skeptical after hearing its MSRP of almost $250. After spending a little time with the speakers during our booth tour I could see the potential, but with all of the noise on the floor at CES it can sometimes cover up the bad. Having the opportunity to get one of our own I was excited to see what it is really capable of. Let's jump in.
  FULL STORY @ CORSAIR

Sapphire HD 6950 Dirt 3 Edition
     Tue, Aug 23 2011 | 4:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At the end of May AMD announced that select video cards would include Dirt 3 Steam codes. To celebrate Sapphire recently introduced their HD6950 Dirt 3 Edition. We know it’s going to include a copy of the game Dirt 3, but what else do we have in store? If it’s anything like what we have seen in the past from Sapphire we can expect a good performing card with a cooler design unique to Sapphire. Let’s find out!
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

Graphics Card Shipments Decline 15.2% from Q1
     Tue, Aug 23 2011 | 1:27P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced estimated graphics Add-in Board (AIB) shipments and sales' market share for Q2'11. The AIB Report tracks graphics board which carry discrete graphics chips. They are used in desktop PCs, workstations and some other devices such as scientific instruments. They may be sold as after-market products directly to customers or they may be factory installed. In all cases, they represent the higher-end of the graphics industry as discrete chips rather than integrated processors.

 

Overall shipments of graphics AIBs for the quarter came in below the last quarter at 16.1 million units compared to 19.01 million for Q1'11.

 

The evolution of the graphics market has resulted in two major super-categories of graphics AIBs: those which carry Nvidia graphics chips and those which carry AMD chips. Nvidia GPU-based boards declined slightly by 0.1% from Q1, while AMD-based boards increased 0.1% for the same period. Sales of AIB products have been directly impacted by the rise of integrated CPUs from Intel and AMD, which have increasingly powerful graphics.

 

Shipments during the second quarter of 2011 behaved according to past years with regard to seasonality but were lower on a year-to-year comparison for the quarter. Q2'11 was down from the previous quarter by 15.2%, and the ten year average for the quarter is -11.2%.

 

Our forecast for the coming years has been modified since the last report, and is less aggressive on add-in boards (AIBs) due to the prolonged worldwide recession and the impact of embedded graphics on the low end.

 

The quarter in general

In terms of market share, market leader Nvidia lost share by 0.1% from Q1, 2011, while AMD's market share increased 0.1% for the same period. On a year-to-year basis AMD lost market share by 0.8% while Nvidia gained 1.1% of market share. Obviously, these are not huge moves in the market and Nvidia still leads in unit shipments.  

 

Market Share

This Quarter Market Share

Last Quarter Market Share

Market Share Change Qtr-Qtr

This Quarter Last Year Market Share

Change Yr-Yr

AMD

40.6%

40.5%

0.1%

41.4%

-0.8%

Nvidia

59.0%

59.1%

-0.1%

57.9%

1.1%

Others

0.4%

0.4%

0.0%

0.7%

-0.3%


Table 1: Market shares over time

 

 

Over 16 million AIBs shipped in Q2 2011. Nvidia was the leader in unit shipments for the quarter, elevated by double attach and GPU-compute/CUDA sales.

 

The AIB market is fueled at the high-end by the enthusiast gamer, small in volume (~3m a year) but high in dollars (average spend for an AIB ~$300). The AIB shipment volume comes from the Performance and Mainstream segments. GPU-compute is adding to sales on the high end. The Workstation Market is smaller in unit sales than the enthusiast segment but characterized by even higher average selling prices (ASPs) (average spend for an AIB ~$415).

 

For the year, the AIB market is expected to hit $13.8 billion, down 33% from 2010 due to a pull back by consumers and a gradual decline in ASP.

 

The JPR AIB report covers seven regions and reports on the value of AIB sales and units in those regions.

 

Pricing and Availability

The Q2'11 edition of Jon Peddie Research's AIB report is available now in both electronic and hard copy editions, and can be purchased for $995. Included with this report is an Excel workbook with the data used to create the charts, the charts themselves, and supplemental information. The annual subscription price for JPR's AIB report is $3,500 and includes four quarterly issues. Full subscribers to JPR services receive Tech Watch (the company's bi-weekly report), and are eligible for a 10% discount. Bundle packages are also available. For information about purchasing the AIB Report, please call 415/435-9368 or visit the Jon Peddie Research website at www.jonpeddie.com.

 

About Jon Peddie Research

Dr. Jon Peddie has been active in the graphics and multimedia fields for more than 30 years. Jon Peddie Research is a technically oriented multimedia and graphics research and consulting firm. Based in Tiburon, California, JPR provides consulting, research, and other specialized services to technology companies in a variety of fields including graphics development, multimedia for professional applications and consumer electronics, high-end computing, and Internet-access product development. Jon Peddie's AIB Report is a quarterly report focused on the market activity of PC graphics controllers for notebook and desktop computing.

  FULL STORY @ JONPEDDIE.COM

Toshiba Qosmio F750-10L Multimedia Notebook 3D
     Tue, Aug 23 2011 | 12:03P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Qosmio F750-10L, Toshiba has a multimedia notebook in its portfolio which offers a lot 2D performance paired up with an autostereoscopic 3D display and very well built peripherals. At about CHF 1'800.- (EUR 1'599.-) Toshiba has a product with a unique combination of features.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

Sapphire Pure Platinum H67 mainboard
     Tue, Aug 23 2011 | 12:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Doing a comparison with Intel’s latest 6 series chipset on a quality motherboard shows us that this Motherboard has no deficiencies that can really be improved on by Sapphire. The 1333 memory speed can be a turnoff for some but there is really not much sacrificed in that 266 MHz. Yes a benchmark will show you the deficiencies but will they make a difference in the normal operation of this board? In the end it comes down to what the manufacturer does to add value to the chipset and components that ride the buses. Did Sapphire do that? Yes I believe they did.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION

WD Scorpio Blue 1TB Notebook Hard Drive Review
     Tue, Aug 23 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today, we'll be looking at a the WD Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT 1TB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA II notebook hard drive. With a 5400 RPM drive speed, 8MB cache, and 3 GB/s SATA interface speed, the 1TB Western Digital Scorpio Blue hard drive is the largest capacity drive offered by Western Digital in the 2.5" SATA notebook standard. If you want to massive amounts of storage space in a laptop this is the drive for you!"
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Patriot Viper Xtreme & Gamer 2 DDR3 Memory
     Tue, Aug 23 2011 | 12:00P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
when testing we found that the relaxed CL10 timing of the Ballistix Sport memory made it much slower than the Patriot Gamer 2 memory which uses CL8 timing. Therefore in short we believe that the Patriot Gamer 2 is the best value DDR3-1600 memory money can buy and in fact we would go as far as to say it’s the best value 8GB DDR3 memory kit available period.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

[Tech ARP] Ducky DK9008G2 Cherry MX Brown Keyboard Review
     Tue, Aug 23 2011 | 9:12A | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Would you pay US$120 (RM 360) for a keyboard? Most people wouldn?t. Heck, they would think twice about paying more than US$30 (RM 90) for a keyboard! This review of the Ducky DK9008G2 mechanical keyboard may or may not change your mind, but we will show you why some people are willing to spend so much for a keyboard. Read on and find out!"
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

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