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."
WaterField Designs now makes custom-size PC laptop sleeves.
As we all know, finding a snug case for a PC can be a challenge.
Don't settle for the handful of sizes offered by big box stores. By providing
just a few key measurements at the time of ordering, WaterField can quickly make a fitted laptop sleeve for your specific PC laptop, netbook or
ultrabook. WaterField also offers custom-fitted laptop sleeves for Apple laptop
"We make several hundred different SleeveCase sizes because PC laptops come
in so many dimensions and configurations. Too many PC users settle for a
poor-fitting, protective sleeve. Our custom sleeves are our greatest
differentiator; we can create a proper-fitting, protective SleeveCase for any
size laptop made."
Features of the SleeveCase
•High-grade, shock-absorbing neoprene padding •Domestically-produced,
ballistic nylon shell •Bottom loop to aid in easy extraction •Choice of
horizontal- or vertically-oriented case to match both messenger bags and
backpacks •Optional addition of a lightly padded flap for extra protection
•Choice of trim (grey checkered Indium or distressed brown leather)
•Optional D-rings and a strap to use as a stand-alone bag •All metal
hardware add-ons •TSA-friendly •Made entirely in the USA - San Francisco
Products of the Swedish Fractal Design Company appear on our web-site for the first time. Let’s find out how good these system cases really are. We will check out four models: Core 3000, Arc, Define R3 and Define XL.
While preparing for a certain upcoming processor launch, we`ve been spending some quality time with Intel`s DZ77GA-70K motherboard. Read on for a quick look at Intel`s latest enthusiast-oriented desktop board."
The Cooler Master HAF XM is impressive on every level. In past reviews I find at least one item on a case that is easily breakable. I didn`t feel this way at all about every part of this case. Innovations such as the X-DOCK feature and an SSD mount behind the motherboard tray are examples of how Cooler Master is thinking outside the box..."
The topic of cleaning your computer out came up last week on our forums and it got me thinking about how often I really need to clean out my computer. As it turns out it?s not very often anymore. All because of improvements in case design like fan filters. You don?t really see them on low end cases yet but they have been slowly trickling down. At CES this year we had a chance to get our hands on one of Cooler Master?s upcoming chassis, the HAF XM. A mid-range case packed with the features we have come to love from their high end HAF line. Today we are going to dig into the final product and see how it came out."
The AS SSD and Iometer benchmarks prove that the Vertex 4 is a speed devil, especially when writing. In PCMark7, the benchmark closest to real-life, the Vertex 4 is not quite as impressive and more in line with other modern Serial ATA 600 SSDs. This is not a new phenomenon. There is very little difference between most modern SSDs during normal daily use.
"On the heatsink test bench today is NZXT's Havik 120 heatsink, a tower style CPU cooler designed for Intel socket 2011/1366/1155/1156/775 and AMD socket AM2/AM3/AM3+/FM1 processors. The Havik 120 is a pretty typical tower heatsink that ships with two 120mm PWM fans (NZXT's special 'FZ' 13-blade fans) capable of each moving 75CFM per the mfgr's spec. One novel aspect of the Havik 120's design are the edges of its aluminum fins. Each fin has a blunt knife edge which helps ease airflow through the aluminium fin stack by decreasing air flow resistance."
Now having looked at the processor performance of the brand new Intel Core i7 3770K Ivy Bridge CPU, up now is our first look at the Intel HD 4000 Gen7 graphics performance for the Ivy Bridge processors under Linux. Building upon what`s turned into a huge success for Intel with their Sandy Bridge graphics with admirable performance and stable open-source Linux drivers, Ivy Bridge volleys Intel`s Linux graphics capabilities into a whole new realm for those concerned about open-source graphics drivers."
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.