Although solid state drives have generated the lion’s share of buzz in the storage space these last few years, traditional hard drives with spinning media continue to be a mainstay of the industry and have evolved to offer higher capacities and more performance than ever before. Of course, even the fastest of today’s hard drives can’t compete with solid state drives in terms of peak transfer speeds and especially access times, but the release of the new WD VelociRaptor we’ll be showing you here today helps close the gap just a bit..
The Ivy Bridge GPU takes advantage of Intel's 22nm FinFET process to nearly double performance and enhance programmability with DX11 and OpenCL 1.1 support. The new scalable architecture features more powerful shader cores, distributed sampling pipelines, a high bandwidth L3 cache, tesselation and 4K resolution displays. Overall, Ivy Bridge should be the highest performance integrated GPU at launch and Intel's first competitive graphics offering.
The photos in our reviews often look a little too clean, and some folks seem to think they`re stock images supplied by the companies we cover. But they`re not. In his latest blog post, TR`s Cyril Kowaliski gives a tour of his homebrewed photo studio and explains how we do photography here at TR."
The first I notice in my observation of the site was the 6 Eyes fan controller. This was one of the most interesting devices on the site. The 6 Eyes does one of the basic functions of a PC and that is to keep a watchful eye on the fans in which it controls. What is even more interesting is the controller allows the user to view the status of all six fans at same time.
When compared to the Core i7-2600K the new i7-3770K wasn’t a great deal faster for the most part. Many of our real-world application tests saw very little difference in performance, such as Excel 2010, WinRAR and Photoshop CS5. That said, there were instances where the Core i7-3770K was around 10% faster, such as Fritz Chess 13. Where we saw the biggest gains was in our encoding benchmarks, here the Core i7 3770K was between 10–17% faster than the i7-2600K.
Because of this long-tail release of a CPU, we already know quite a
bit about Ivy Bridge, the new 22nm processor architecture from Intel
to be rebranded as the 3rd Generation Intel Core Processor Family.
Ivy Bridge is the "tick" that brings a completely new process
technology node as we have seen over the last several years but this
CPU does more than take the CPU from 32nm to 22nm. Both the x86 and
the processor graphics portions of the die have some changes though
the majority fall with the GPU.
stead of individually testing solid state drives i mostly prefer to wait a while and conduct a thorough comparison between all the latest models in the market. Because of that a few months ago i gathered and compared 16 of the latest and fastest SATA III solid state drives to hit the market from most manufacturers in the field. However such massive comparisons is not something one can do very often not only because of time constraints but also because we rarely see similar products getting released by many manufacturers at the same time (graphics cards excluded) and so today we our review will be focused on a single solid state drive and more specifically the latest HyperX 3k 240GB model by Kingston.
If you are white and you live in North America, chances are that you are not a part of the visible minority. That is, unless you are studying engineering here at the University of Calgary, or you are a computer power supply. While the Faculty of Engineering is dominated by Asians and most PSUs are black, a little over a year ago, NZXT decided to be brave and decided to be different -- they made a white power supply unit. The 80 Plus Gold certified NZXT HALE90 is certainly nothing short of impressive. It combines excellent performance, impeccable reliability, near silent operation, and top notch efficiency along with a sleek, unique appearance. So if the NZXT HALE90 is so distinguished from the competition, why did they resort to conformity and make the HALE82? As its name suggests, not only is it no longer over ninety percent efficient, it has also the same appearance as every other PSU. Hmm. So is distinguished excellence out, and blending in with the crowd back? Or is there more to the story? Read on to find out!"
Enermax`s latest line of PSUs is called Revolution87+, which consists of five members with capacities ranging from 550W to 1000W. All are 80 Plus certified, utilize a semi modular cabling design and are equipped with a twister bearing fan. Today we will evaluate the 850W model which can power up to three high-end VGAs along with other power hungry components."
What if you could achieve SSD-like performance without disturbing your existing operation system and data, on your inexpensive, roomy, tried and true mechanical hard drive? Enter the Crucial Adrenaline. Technically called a Solid State Cache drive, the Adrenaline is essentially the SSD component to create a hybrid drive, comprising an HDD and SSD, giving you the best of both worlds in terms of performance and storage capacity. The wave of the future? Perhaps. Can the Adrenaline meet our expectations though? Let`s find out."
Our Dell XPS 15z review unit offers excellent processor performance, and while the GT 525M GPU is not up to powering the 1080p display in today?s latest games, it does offer adequate performance at lower resolutions. These traits are enhanced by gobs of RAM and a large hard drive. On paper, it looks ahead of the pack."
AMD will be moving the AMD Radeon HD 2000, AMD Radeon HD 3000, and AMD Radeon HD 4000 Series of products to a new driver support model. We will continue to support the mentioned products in our Catalyst releases, but we`re moving their updates to a quarterly basis, whereas our AMD Radeon HD 5000 and later products will continue to see monthly updates. The Quarterly Catalyst releases will focus on resolving application specific issues and critical updates."
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and
graphics cards, today launched their long awaited 7 series motherboards designed
to deliver the ultimate performance for 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors.
Combining the world’s first Dual UEFI BIOS, a new and unique All Digital power
design, and the latest GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 4 technologies, GIGABYTE 7 series
motherboards offer an extremely compelling case for a system
“The new GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards are designed to
offer a seamless upgrade for enthusiast PC DIYers by providing specifications
and features that will be compatible with future CPUs, VGA cards, memory, SSDs,
and wireless protocols for years to come,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President
of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “It makes sense then for us to
aggressively transition to GIGABYTE Z77 and H77 motherboards so that enthusiasts
can purchase them in anticipation for the release of Intel’s highly sought after
3rd Gen Core™ processors.”
“Intel is excited to partner with
GIGABYTE on their Intel® 7 Series Chipset-based motherboard launch, “ said Zane
Ball, GM Intel Desktop Platforms. “We are pleased that these new boards support
Intel’s responsiveness technologies, including Intel® Rapid Start, Intel® Smart
Connect and Intel® Smart Response. Users will enjoy snappier performance and
quicker access to their most important applications.”
with Exclusive 3D BIOS
GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards also feature our revolutionary 3D BIOS that is
based on the exclusive GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ technology. With an updated look
and feel, this new 3D BIOS offers two distinct modes of interaction in a BIOS
environment, 3D Mode and Advanced Mode, that re-draw the traditional BIOS user
experience with a far more intuitive and graphical interface.
Exclusive All Digital Engine
Our new All Digital power design for GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards allows
users to have greater control over the power delivered to their 3rd generation
Intel® Core™ processors on the LGA 1155 socket. Using entirely digital
controllers for the CPU, processor graphics, VTT and system memory, users can
enjoy more precise power delivery to the PC’s energy sensitive components than
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 4 – Insist on an Ultra
GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards feature the latest GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 4
technology, embracing a range of exclusive technologies that guarantee DIY PC
builders the absolute best protection for their PC. Specific features prevent
common malfunction threats including humidity and moisture, electro-static
discharge, sudden power loss and high operating temperatures.
Lucid Virtu MVP
GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards feature the latest Lucid Virtu GPU
virtualization technology, Lucid Universal MVP, which improves the visual and
graphical performance of your PC. Offering switchable graphics allows the PC to
automatically switch between onboard Intel® processor graphics and a discrete
GPU depending on the application being used, Lucid Virtu MVP also features
HyperFormance technology which eliminates redundant rendering tasks to improve
frame rates and eliminate screen tearing.
Set Your Desktop Free: GIGABYTE Bluetooth 4.0/Dual Band 300Mbps Wi-Fi PCIe
GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards include an exclusive PCIe expansion
card that offers support for the latest Bluetooth 4.0 (Smart Ready) and dual
band 300Mbps Wi-Fi connectivity*. With the growing availability of affordable or
free remote mobile to PC software, such as Splashtop and Dropbox, GIGABYTE
believes that now is the time to explore and enjoy the home cloud: a personal
cloud within the secure environment of a home network where the performance and
functionality of desktop PCs can be utilized and controlled by portable cloud
GIGABYTE EZ Setup
GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards feature an exclusive EZ Setup
utility that allows users to more easily implement the latest Intel®
responsiveness technologies. Within a simple user interface, you can install and
configure Intel® Smart Response, Intel® Rapid Start, and Intel® Smart Connect.
GIGABYTE EZ Setup will automate the install procedure for each of these
technologies, reducing the procedure to a few simple clicks of your mouse.
Onboard mSATA Support
All ATX form factor GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards feature an onboard mSATA
connector* that, together with GIGABYTE’s EZ Smart Response technology, allows
users to simply and cost effectively enjoy better responsiveness from their PCs.
mSATA solid state drives have been made popular by the rapid growth of tablet
PCs, and provide a cheaper solution for smart caching because they are available
in smaller capacities than traditional SSDs.
We review the ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP. The benefits of that big cooler are plentiful though, this is a product that you will not hear whilst retaining really good temperatures, yeah it works pretty darn well in both performance and silence really. The card`s base clock frequency is set higher at default for you, at 1137 MHz with a dynamic turbo that on our sample clocks up-to 1267 MHz. The memory runs stock at 6000 MHz though. Not only will we show the performance of the GeForce GTX 680 ASUS DCU II TOP -- we`ll throw in the results for the NV GeForce GTX 680, GeForce GTX 680 GBT OC, GeForce GTX 680 MSI TwinFrz III OC and GeForce GTX 680 Palit JetStream as well. Read the review here"
Reports Digitimes; "Intel has introduced the quad-core third-generation Intel Core processor family, delivering visual and performance computing gains for gamers, media enthusiasts and mainstream users alike. Available now in high-end desktop, notebook and all-in-one (AIO) designs, the new processors are the first chips made using Intel's 22nm 3D tri-Gate transistor technology.
The combination of Intel's 3D tri-gate transistor technology and architectural enhancements help make possible up to double the 3D graphics and HD media processing performance compared with its previous generation of chips, said Intel. With as much as 20% microprocessor performance improvements and new technologies to speed the flow of data to and from the chips, the new processors further extend Intel's overall performance leadership.
The performance gains found in the new processors are due in part to the groundbreaking, three-dimensional structure of the new Intel transistors. Until today, computers, servers and other devices have used only two-dimensional planar transistors. Adding a third dimension to transistors allows Intel to increase transistor density and put more capabilities into every square millimeter of these new processors.
The third-generation Intel Core processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000 delivers up to two times better 3D graphics performance compared to the previous-generation processor. Intel HD Graphics 4000 supports Microsoft DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.1 and OpenCL 1.1. With Intel Quick Sync Video 2.0 technology built into the new processors, people can convert their videos up to two times faster than even last year's processors and up to 23 times faster than PCs just three years old. Platforms based on third-generation Intel Core processors also deliver faster data transfer capabilities made possible by USB 3.0 integrated into the Series 7 Platform Controller Hub (PCH) and PCI Express 3.0 integrated into the processor."
Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen Oct 02 | Beginners Guides Rating:
A broken or cracked LCD screen makes a laptop utterly useless, good thing
PCSTATS can show you how to replace that busted laptop screen with a minimum of fuss and for less money than a service center charges. PCSTATS will be fixing a cracked LCD screen on a Lenovo T530 ThinkPad notebook, the general procedures outlined here work for any notebook though.