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OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD
     Sat, Mar 10 2012 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The OCZ Vertex 3 120GB is exactly what you would expect from a Sandforce based SATA 6Gbps SSD coming out of OCZ Technology’s labs. High performance especially in the write department is the norm for the Vertex lineup, even more so than other Sandforce driven SSDs. Excellent 4K IOPS overall, while not reaching that of the MAXIOPs edition of the Vertex3 lineup of course, still is far above what one normally expects to see in an SSD. Performance in 4Ks pushed the rated specifications with Atto hitting nearly 60K IOPS in 4K writes and Crystal Diskmark’s knocking out over 80K in a 0 fill data test. Performance generally hovered around the 40K IOPs overall which is right between sustained and maximum rated capabilities of the drive according to OCZ.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION

Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB Solid State Drive
     Sat, Mar 10 2012 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"SSDs are quite pointless," my friend said before the beginning of our Engineering Economics lecture last semester. "They don't do anything besides improving your boot time. Programs don't load that much faster compared to a 7200RPM hard drive." Of course, as with most people who actually own an SSD, this is a statement you cannot resist to argue with. "That's like saying a Ferrari is not much better than a Honda Civic. Sure, you can run better 0-60 times, but other than that, you'll be driving close to the speed limit most of the time anyway." So while I am not here today to make an argument as to why it is so awesome to own an SSD, I am here to make an argument as to why it is so awesome to own -- keep reading -- two SSDs. Kingston's first SandForce SF-2281 based Kingston HyperX SSD is nothing short of impressive; combining the renowned controller with a set of high performance Intel NAND flash chips for some very impressive numbers across the board. But the story does not end here. So today, we will take a look at Kingston's SSDNow V+200 120GB SSD. Don't get confused with the SSDNow V200; the little '+' after the 'V' makes all the difference. This business oriented product, like the HyperX enthusiast drive, features a SF-2281 under the hood, along with a renewed focus on value. So how does it step up against the competition? Of course, we will have our usual battery of benchmarks in single disk configuration. But since the good people at Kingston sent over two of their 120GB drives for our review today, what's stopping us from some RAID 0 action?
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

ASRock X79 Extreme9 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 4:25P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASRock had long been content with releasing oddball motherboards that appealed to niche markets but their new X79 Extreme9 charts a completely different course. With it`s Overclocking King moniker, they are aiming directly for the enthusiast market but can it keep up with the likes of Gigabyte, ASUS and MSI? * *"
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS.COM

CeBIT 2012 - ASUS Z77 Motherboards in the Spotlight @ Vortez
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 4:04P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If ASUS is not a familiar name to you then you have indeed been living in a cave. That being said, if you have not yet seen the coming motherboards based on the cross platform LGA 1155 socket supporting both 2nd Generation and 3rd Generation Intel Core processors, then we have a treat for you."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

CeBIT 2012 - NEW Alpenföhn CPU Coolers @ Vortez
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 4:04P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Alpenföhn are held in very high regard by us at Vortez, and we were eager to see the high performance CPU coolers they would be bringing to the table in the coming year. Suffice it to say that when the time came for us to meet them at CeBIT 2012, they didn`t disappoint."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

CeBIT 2012 Exclusive - ZOTAC Showcases New ZBOX @ Vortez
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 4:04P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ZOTAC were kind enough to invite our CeBIT 2012 team into a closed door session today to view some of the new products the firm have waiting in the wings for release later this year. Unfortunately much of what was seen and heard will be under NDA for some time, but we were able to smuggle out a few images of a new pre-release ZBOX we spotted with two others officially unveiled today."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

Core i7 3820 processor review
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 4:04P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We review the Core i7 3820 processor. The chip features four computing cores with Hyper-Threading support working at 3.6GHz (3.9GHz max Turbo), 10MB of Level 3 cache memory, a quad-channel memory controller, and a built-in 40-lane PCI Express 3.0 controller. Still, the Core i7-3820 might not have its MP`s unlocked, but that doesn`t mean it cant overclock on the baseclock + it has a multiplier still capable of 43. Today we`ll test the Core i7-3820 and will see how it performs in its baseline configuration and obviously also try to overclock it a little. Read the article here"
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D.COM

 
With read and write speeds of up to 550MB/s and 500MB/s
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 4:01P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash, storage, and enthusiast computer products, today expanded their Wildfire brand of SATA III solid-state drives with the launch of its new Wildfire Pro and Wildfire SE. Driven by the SandForce® SF-2281 processor, the Patriot Memory Wildfire Pro and Wildfire SE deliver true next generation performance for amazingly fast productivity, gaming, and HD content creation. Offering high-end professional and enthusiast experiences, the Wildfire Pro and Wildfire SE are the performance flagships in Patriot Memory’s solid state drive ecosystem. With read and write speeds of up to 550MB/s and 500MB/s, the Patriot Memory Wildfire Pro and SE are designed for those who demand extreme performance to push the limits of power computing. With enhanced built-in overprovisioning while also utilizing wear leveling technologies such as DuraClass™ and DuraWrite™ , the Wildfire Pro will provide extended protection from strenuous professional applications. The Wildfire SE will also incorporates the same advance wear leveling technologies to protect against the wear and tear of high-end usage. “This launch of our second generation Wildfire Pro and Wildfire SE brings enhanced overprovisioning, wear leveling and speed to the brand family,” said William Lai, Patriot Memory’s Product Manager. “Future looking, Patriot Memory will continue innovation to deliver true enthusiast performance for demanding professional applications.”
  FULL STORY @ PATRIOTMEM

ToughTech mini-Q Encrypted Portable Drive @ TechwareLabs
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
WiebeTech a brand of CRU DataPort has released a product that is unlike any portable drive we have reviewed previously. The mini-Q is a 2.5 portable drive which has encryption built-in and uses a mini USB dongle to active the access to the drive."
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS.COM

VisionTek Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Cards in 4-Way CrossFireX
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Installing a fourth was just a natural progression and while it would`ve been nice to have our old Eyefinity setup up and running over here in my test area in Taiwan, it`s currently in retirement. Still, we`ve got our faithful 30 Dell monitor that has been serving us well for years and we`ll be able to see how single monitor 2560 x 1600 performance looks with this setup. Today we`ve got a video card from a company we haven`t heard heaps from. VisionTek has been around for ages and while we`ve looked at a nice kit of RAM from them, we haven`t seen anything in the VGA side of things yet. Since this is a HD 7970 we haven`t looked at yet the first thing we`ve got to do is check out the bundle that`s going on."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Zalman ZM-HE350u3 3.5
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Zalman ZM-HE350u3 is a USB 3.0 HDD enclosure for 3.5 inch SATA drives. Let`s look under the hood and see what this rather curvy enclosure has got."
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D.COM

[Tech ARP] Mobile CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 8.1
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 4:01P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There are so many mobile CPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the different models or even remember their specifications! Therefore, we decided to compile this guide to provide an easy reference for those who are interested in comparing the specifications of the various mobile CPUs in the market, as well as those already obsolescent or obsolete. Currently covering 707 mobile CPUs, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare up to 19 different specifications for each and every CPU! Here are the latest updates in Revision 8.1 : - Added the Intel Celeron B867 dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Celeron B815 dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Celeron B797 processor. - Added the Intel Celeron B720 processor. - Added the Intel Atom N2800 dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Atom N2600 dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Celeron U4600 dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Celeron U4505 dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Celeron U4500 dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Celeron U3600 dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Celeron U3405 dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Celeron U3400 dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Atom Z670 processor. - Added the Intel Atom Z650 processor. - Added the Intel Atom Z625 processor. - Added the Intel Atom Z615 processor. - Added the Intel Atom Z600 processor."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

TitaniumGL: A Faster Multi-Platform Graphics Driver Architecture
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 4:00P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"After first being introduced on Windows years ago, and then FreeBSD and ReactOS support added last year, this week finally marked the release of TitaniumGL for Linux. TitaniumGL is self-described as a "freeware driver architecture" and carries a goal to support OpenGL on graphics cards with broken, bad, or missing OpenGL hardware drivers. Here are some benchmarks of TitaniumGL compared to NVIDIA's binary GPU driver and the Mesa/Gallium3D LLVMpipe software rasterizer."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

The Windows 8 Power Struggle: Metro vs Desktop
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 2:05P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We've been looking forward to Windows 8's Consumer Preview for months. This, after all, is Microsoft's big chance to show what they've been working on and unveiling bit by bit for the past year; a chance to evaluate the sum total of changes and advancements baked into the next-generation operating system. We'll discuss some of the features of Metro and Desktop (aka Classic) separately, but our overall focus will be on how the two environments interact with each other. Metro, Microsoft's new UI, is bold, a dramatic departure from anything the company has previously done in the desktop/laptop space, and absolutely great. It's tangible proof that Redmond really can design and build its own unique products and experiences. Now, let's consider Desktop mode and then look at how they mesh, or don't.
  FULL STORY @ METRO

Google, Asustek co-brand 7-inch tablet PC to debut earliest in May
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 2:05P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Google and Asustek will unveil a 7-inch co-branded tablet PC as early as May, with the model targeting Amazon's Kindle Fire and to be priced at US$199-249, according to industry sources.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

TitaniumGL: A Faster Multi-Platform Graphics Driver Architecture?
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 1:58P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After first being introduced on Windows years ago, and then FreeBSD and ReactOS support added last year, this week finally marked the release of TitaniumGL for Linux. TitaniumGL is self-described as a freeware driver architecture and carries a goal to support OpenGL on graphics cards with broken, bad, or missing OpenGL hardware drivers. Here are some benchmarks of TitaniumGL compared to NVIDIA`s binary GPU driver and the Mesa/Gallium3D LLVMpipe software rasterizer."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

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