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FSP Aurum Gold CM Power Supply
     Wed, Feb 22 2012 | 5:45P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
To fix one caveat of the original Aurum series, it`s non-modular cable design, FSP came to market with the Aurum CM series. The CM series is very similar to the basic Aurum series in almost every way except that it has a modular cable design with flat ribbon style cables. I have an Aurum CM here today, so let`s take a better look, shall we?"
  FULL STORY @ DREAMWARECOMPUTERS.COM

BIOS Option Of The Week - Bypass Max
     Wed, Feb 22 2012 | 5:45P | BIOS | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since 1999, we have been developing the BIOS Optimization Guide, affectionately known as the BOG. From a meager beginning of a single page, it now covers over 440 BIOS options. As old BOG readers will know, we started offering two editions of the BOG since Revision 8.0 - a simplified edition and the complete edition. Normally, the complete edition is only available to subscribers who help sponsor the development of the guide through a small fee. However, that changes today! From now on, we will post a BIOS option from the complete edition of the BIOS Optimization Guide every weekend. This week, we will be taking a look at the Bypass Max BIOS setting."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 24.1
     Wed, Feb 22 2012 | 5:45P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Covering 486 desktop graphics cards, this comprehensive comparison allows you to easily compare 22 different specifications for each and every card. If you need to find out about the specification of any card, just come over and check out our Desktop Graphics Comparison Guide. We hope it will prove to be a useful reference. We will keep this guide updated regularly so do check back for the latest updates. Here are the latest updates in Revision 24.1 : - Updated the specifications of the AMD Radeon HD 7950 graphics card. - Updated the specifications of the AMD Radeon HD 7770 graphics card. - Updated the specifications of the AMD Radeon HD 7750 graphics card. - Updated the specifications of the AMD Radeon HD 7670 graphics card. - Updated the specifications of the AMD Radeon HD 7570 graphics card. - Updated the specifications of the AMD Radeon HD 7470 graphics card. - Updated the specifications of the AMD Radeon HD 7450 graphics card. - Updated the specifications of the AMD Radeon HD 7350 graphics card."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

NAND Flash Memory - A Future Not So Bleak After All
     Wed, Feb 22 2012 | 5:45P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Even without increasing die count, each die shrink doubles capacity, so even with the Constant Die Count restriction, longevity is effectively maintained. Also, with these die shrinks have come other improvements to flash architecture ? both to increase throughput and decrease latency. Another thing sidestepped by the paper is the difference in quality of flash memory. This varies widely among manufacturers, and was highlighted in a recent presentation at the Flash Memory Summit, where several different flash memory types were tested. While some flash actually performed below spec, others performed well above it."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

ASUS GTX 560Ti 448 Cores DirectCU II 1280MB Video Card Review @ Hi Tech Legion
     Wed, Feb 22 2012 | 1:21P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ASUS GTX 560Ti 448 Cores video card sports ASUS`s DirectCU II Custom Cooler. With its 2.5 PCIe slot configuration and two 100mm fans covering a greater area of the PCB, the DirectCU II cooler provides 20% greater cooling over the reference design. The 560 Ti 448 Core from ASUS obviously gets its name change because we see a jump in the CUDA Cores over the reference design of 560 Ti, which only has 384 CUDA Cores. One of the biggest changes we see with the 448 Core GTX 560 Ti is the architecture change, moving from the GF114 to the GF110 processor, making it a closer relative to the GTX 570/580. We also see some other changes in the GTX 560 Ti 448 Core limited edition card from ASUS, such as core clock speeds, as well as a boost in speed for the memory.///"
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

MSI Reveals HD 7700 Series Dual-Fan Graphic
     Wed, Feb 22 2012 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today the internationally renowned graphics card and mainboard maker MSI released two new graphics cards. The R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC and R7750-PMD1GD5/OC feature the new Radeon HD 7700 GPU based on AMD's latest 28nm process with support for PCI Express Gen3. Core voltage adjustment is supported by the MSI R7700 graphics card. The R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC GPU core frequency can be overclocked by up to 32.4% using MSI's exclusive Afterburner graphics card overclocking utility to reach an amazing 1.35GHz*! MSI's R7700 series graphics cards also feature a customized dual-fan thermal design that effectively reduces the GPU operating temperature and ensures stable performance. Integrated support for 3D video, high-quality DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a outputs, along with AMD's exclusive Eyefinity multiple display output technologies make these the perfect choice for enthusiasts.
  FULL STORY @ MSI.COM

AMD's new Radeon HD 7770 and HD 7750
     Wed, Feb 22 2012 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"AMD's Southern Island graphics cards have been aggressively hitting the market and while there have been some driver issues, the overall reception for the new cards has been mostly positive. That's because ultimately both the Radeon HD 7970 and HD 7950 push more pixels than their HD 6000 series counterparts while also offering better performance-per-watt and overclocking headroom as well. Today Neoseeker will be examining the latest iteration of the Southern Islands family; the Radeon HD 7770 and HD 7750."
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER

 
AMD Radeon HD 7770 & 7750
     Wed, Feb 22 2012 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are checking out the latest additions to the Radeon HD 7000 series, as AMD unveils two new HD 7700 models. Both the Radeon HD 7770 and HD 7750 are targeting the sub-$200 price range, making them mainstream gaming graphics cards. Based on the same GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture as the Radeon HD 7900 series, we are expecting good things...

The Radeon HD 7750 for example might be 18% faster than the old Radeon HD 6750 (which is really just the HD 5750 that was released back in 2009), and at roughly the same price might seem like a good deal, but the HD 7750 is still slower than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti by an average of about 2%.

  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

Alienware Aurora R4 Performance Desktop Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Wed, Feb 22 2012 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Alienware Aurora R4 Performance Desktop Review @ HardwareHeaven.com Today on our test bench we have the latest performance desktop from Alienware. The Aurora R4 features many of the impressive design aspects from the previous version such as motorised top vents and liquid cooling mixed with an updated X79 chipset and the latest i7 socket 2011 CPUs. We will be taking a detailed look at the system as well as performance in synthetic and real world testing."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

REVIEW: Kingston HyperX Red 8GB DDR3-1600 @ PureOverclock
     Wed, Feb 22 2012 | 9:01A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we`re looking at a set of Kingston HyperX Limited Edition Red Series 8GB DDR3-1600 kit modules. Sporting sexy red heatspreaders, the HyperX Limited Edition Red Series would look great on all motherboards that use black and/or red aesthetics. These modules also have some excellent overclocking headroom left in the tank, so let`s take a closer look and see how fast these sticks are."
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK.COM

Charts: SSDs - update Intel SSD 520 180 Gigabyte @ ocaholic
     Wed, Feb 22 2012 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our comparison tables you find benchmark values regarding numerous SSDs. Furthermore we do not comment the benchmark values. The idea and also the goal is to present to you a market overview which helps you choose the right SSD."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

Synchronization Extensions or TSX
     Wed, Feb 22 2012 | 9:00A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Two of my personal areas of interest and expertise are speculative multithreading (SpMT) and transactional memory (or TM). Both are techniques designed to make multi-core processors and parallel programming more amenable to developers. For several years, I was the co-founder of Strandera, a start up that was developing speculative multithreading, based on transactional memory and dynamic binary translation. Strandera was a wonderful opportunity for me to meet many of the leading academic and commercial researchers in these areas and a number of x86 microprocessor architects over the last 5 years. Intel's upcoming Haswell microprocessors include transactional memory and hardware lock elision that are exposed through the Transactional Synchronization Extensions or TSX. In this article, I discuss TSX and predict the implementation details of Haswell's transactional memory and expected adoption across the industry, based on my previous experience with TM.
  FULL STORY @ REALWORLDTECH

ASUS P8H67-M Evo Intel H67 Express Motherboard Test Report
     Tue, Feb 21 2012 | 2:54P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you're looking at an Intel H67 motherboard chances are good it's because you want to run your PC on Sandy Bridge's integrated graphics core, perhaps to take advantage of the media transcoding capabilities of Intel SmartSync. The Intel HD 2000/3000 IGP is more than sufficient for everyday desktop work and even a little bit of DX10.1 gaming at light image quality settings and modest resolutions. That being said, integrated graphics are under-powered compared to even mainstream graphics card.
In this context we find it a little amusing that ASUS are selling the P8H67-M Evo motherboard as a "Quad-GPU CrossFireX" platform. The two physical PCI Express x16 2.0 slots operate at x16 and x4 mode, but who in their right mind would run two dual-GPU videocards on a microATX motherboard?
Board expansion is limited to the aforementioned PCI Express x16 2.0 slots (x16/x4), one PCI Express x1 slot and one PCI slot. The board has four RAM slots that can be installed with up to 32GB of DDR3 memory.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Seagate 500GB Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive Review
     Tue, Feb 21 2012 | 2:51P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Seagate's Momentus XT is a 2.5" notebook drive of a half-Terabyte in capacity that stands out from the crowd because it contains 4GB of SLC NAND flash. The NAND flash is used as sort of a 'fast access repository' to store commonly used data, though at 4GB, the SSD portion of this hybrid drive accounts for only 0.8% of its total storage capacity. The two platter, 7200RPM Seagate Momentus XT posts an average read latency of 11.0ms, write 13.0ms. Seagate's 3Gb/s SATA II ST95005620AS drive retails for round $156USD and requires no special drivers or software so it can be used in Intel and AMD systems, Mac and PC platforms. Additional Momentus XT drives are available in 250GB and 320GB capacities, all drives feature NCQ and low power requirements of 1.5W or less.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT 6Gb/s SATA III Hard Drive Review
     Tue, Feb 21 2012 | 2:49P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
PCSTATS will be testing out Seagate's 2TB, 6Gb/s SATA III Barracuda XT hard drive. This 3.5" desktop hard drive features an increased 64MB onboard cache where other 2TB drives only have 32MB and it supports Native Command Queing (NCQ). The Barracuda XT is the performance oriented drive in Seagate's stables, a spindle speed of 7200RPM gives it a healthy maximum sustained data rate of 138MB/s. The Seagate Barracuda XT being reviewed today uses Perpendicular Magnetic Recording technology and has a capacity of 2 TeraBytes (2,000 GB). Beneath its shiny metal exterior are four platters rotating at 7,200RPM.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

IcyDock MB994SP-4S Four-bay 2.5-inch SATA/SAS Hard Drive Rack Review
     Tue, Feb 21 2012 | 2:47P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The IcyDock MB994SP-4S is just such a unit - it packs four 2.5" HDD/SSD drives into the space of a single 5.25" DVD drive and provides unified power and supported SATA hook ups at the rear. On top of its high density convenience, all four SATA drive bays are hot swappable; without popping a side panel off , without unscrewing anything and without connecting any cables. A pair of 40mm fans built into the rack even ensures a modicum of airflow to keep drive temperatures in check.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

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