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[Tech ARP] Intel To Launch Ivy Bridge Desktop Processors This Week Rev. 2.1
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 4:47P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our source has confirmed that Intel will be announcing their Ivy Bridge desktop and mobile processors this Friday, March 23, 2012! The actual release date of these processors will be ... In this update, we corrected the embargo date (AGAIN!), and added a clarification on the announcement and release dates, and what they really mean."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

[Affiliates News] G.Skill Ares F3-1600C8Q-16GAB 4x4GB DDR3 RAM Review @ APH
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 4:38P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There is a German student in my power engineering class with a very strong accent. As such, my professor likes to call him `Germany` in a humorous, good-natured way. One time, he was asked to come to the front of the class match up against another student in deriving a certain equation. Where are we doing this? Germany asked aloud. In the skies of Southern England, I blurted out, albeit somewhat silently, near the back of the room. Whether you like it or not, war and conflict between nations has always been an integral part of human history. Sure, it is terrible -- I am not going to skirt around that question as we live in relative peace here in North America. We can only thank all the people who have put their lives on the line, and continue to do so as I type this paragraph, so that we can enjoy everything we have right now. People in the past had their culture deeply integrated with armed conflicts as well. In ancient Greek mythology, Ares is the god of war and violence. According to Burkert`s book Greek Religion, Ares is a powerful Olympian who is overwhelming, insatiable in battle, destructive, and man-slaughtering (1985, p. 169). With G.Skill naming their latest line of RAM after the Greek god of war, are we to expect something that can simply blow the competition out of the water? We took a G.Skill Ares F3-1600C8Q-16GAB 4x4GB DDR3 RAM kit in this morning, and see if it really packs the power to destroy under the hood."
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS.COM

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 Graphics Card SLI Performance Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 4:29P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 Graphics Card SLI Performance Review @ HardwareHeaven.com We have already taken a look at single GPU performance and now it is time to update that article with a look at SLI, featuring ZOTAC`s version of the GTX 680 in titles such as Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3 with single screen and surround gaming as well as Stereoscopic 3D testing."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

Cyborg M.M.O.7 Mouse Review @ Hardware Secrets
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 4:25P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Cyborg already had the R.A.T. mouse line for FPS games in its catalog. Now the company releases the M.M.O.7 with basically the same R.A.T. body but aimed at MMORPGs, a game genre that has World of Warcraft as its prime example. The distinctive feature over the competition is the body, which resembles a Transformer. The M.M.O.7 has some exposed body parts and it is reshapable; that is, the user can change bits and pieces to adjust the peripheral to his or her hand. The mouse has 13 reconfigurable buttons that are able to control 78 functions, a weight adjustment system, and a sensor that reaches 6,400 dpi of resolution. First, we will describe its physical aspects and then proceed to its configuration and operation."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS.COM

Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai (PC) Game Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 4:20P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai (PC) Game Review @ HardwareHeaven.com It`s not often we review an expansion pack but we make an exception when the new content is a standalone game which offers a largely different experience to the original. This is the case with Total War: Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai which is set during the 19th Century and explores the conflict between the Japanese Imperial throne and the last Shogunate."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

Rosewill RMBP-11001 Laptop Backpack @ Techreaction.net
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 4:11P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we have the Rosewill RMBP-11001 Backpack up for review. We have always been confused with their naming scheme on most of their products, maybe it is code for ?tons of pockets laptop backpack.? This black and grey version of the backpack can hold up to a 15.6? laptop, which should be perfect for our 15.6? laptop we will be using to test it. We don?t have much else to say, honestly, it is still only a laptop backpack. Read on?"
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION.NET

NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M: Kepler Goes Mobile with Acer
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 4:03P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Typically mobile graphics launches trail their desktop counterparts by a few months, as major GPU players like NVIDIA and AMD wring out power consumption and performance from their architectures in order to accommodate the tighter thermal and power budgets of notebook form factors. However, NVIDIA has obviously been refining their new Kepler GPU architecture into its various incarnations for while now, because the company is launching a dual salvo of production silicon for both mobile and desktop graphics markets today... The fact that NVIDIA is ready with both desktop and mobile variants, in and of itself, is fairly impressive but their mobile platform demonstration vehicle may also surprise you.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

 
GeForce GTX 680 2 GB on “Kepler” Graphics Architecture
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 4:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At last the patience of beautiful graphics fans has been rewarded: Nvidia has finally rolled out their response to AMD’s “Tahiti”. And today we are proud to present a new GK104 graphics processor on “Kepler” architecture and the first graphics card based on it.
  FULL STORY @ GRAPHICS

REVIEW: ASUS Sabertooth X79 @ PureOverclock
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 4:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Premium motherboards like ASUS ` Sabertooth X79 carry a hefty price tag but their Sabertooth series has always offered robust and solid features with a bit more modest price tag. For quite some time, ASUS has branded both the Rampage and the Sabertooth series but they skipped a beat on the Z68 motherboards with the Sabertooth series. It`s back now and we`re ready to put ASUS` new addition, the Sabertooth X79 to the test. The question is: Will this bad ass looking motherboard live up to its TUF reputation? Let`s get things fired up and take a look."
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK.COM

Steelseries WoW Legendary Edition MMO Mouse Review
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 4:01P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Steelseries has a vast array of MMO and Game orientated mice on the market with this latest MMO offering being geared towards players and fans of WoW with a custom UI and paintjob the WoW Legendary edition aims high in terms of features and customization. So let’s see how well this offering from Steelseries performs."
  FULL STORY @ STEELSERIES

new discrete graphics card from NVIDIA
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 4:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Join us on Thursday, March 22nd at 12pm EST / 9am PST as we talk about a brand new discrete graphics card from NVIDIA. We will talk about performance, show off some of the new features of the card and have demonstrations from NVIDIA's own Tom Petersen! Be sure to catch it all at http://pcper.com/live
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

Patriot Wildfire (SandForce SF-2281) 4x SSD RAID Report
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 3:43P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We first saw the Patriot Wildfire back in June of 2011 and at the time it was one of the hottest new SSDs on the market. That was around 9 months ago so while no longer new, Wildfire is still competitive with, and considered one of the best on the market today. The key to Wildfire`s longevity is the Toshiba Toggle Mode flash Patriot chose to use on this SSD. Toshiba and their partner SanDisk has received a lot of press lately for their new 24nm Toggle Mode flash. The new 24nm flash has proven to be very fast, but that is about the only thing it`s proved so far. We`re still seeing issues in our labs with write performance degrading rapidly until TRIM finishes its cycle. This was not a problem on the older 32nm Toggle Mode flash, the same used on the Patriot Wildfire."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

OCZ 1000W Fatal1ty Series Power Supply @ Pro-Clockers
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 3:34P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Thank God we have companies like OCZ and many others that is dedicated to giving the consumer what they want. We have reviewed many of OCZ`s power supplies over the years and have yet to be disappointed. Today, we got a hold of their newest power unit which does boast 1000 watts of available power but that is not the only good point of this new beast. Besides all the numbers we will be talking about in the review, the cables themselves are what we like."
  FULL STORY @ PRO-CLOCKERS.COM

OC3D: Scan 3XS Vengeance GTX680 Z68 OC System Review
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 3:25P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In need of bringing your system up to day and fancy a GTX680 = based behemoth? We take a look at the Scan 3XS Vengeance Z68 OC which has a= ll you need."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCK3D.NET

Noontec A9 Review @ Vortez
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 3:16P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Whilst Noontec have a wide range of media players currently on the market, the A9 represents a new product avenue for the company: rather than developing a bespoke OS for their media player or updating previous players, the A9 utilises version 2.3.1 of Google`s Android OS. This OS is typically used in the Smartphone sector rather than set-top devices; as with smartphone manufacturers, Noontec have tweaked the 2.3.1 OS into a better fit for the hardware."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

Seagate Reaches 1 Terabit Per Square Inch Milestone in Hard Drive Storage
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 3:14P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Seagate (NASDAQ:STX) has become the first hard drive maker to achieve the milestone storage density of 1 terabit (1 trillion bits) per square inch, producing a demonstration of the technology that promises to double the storage capacity of today’s hard drives upon its introduction later this decade and give rise to 3.5-inch hard drives with an extraordinary capacity of up to 60 terabytes over the 10 years that follow. The bits within a square inch of disk space, at the new milestone, far outnumber stars in the Milky Way, which astronomers put between 200 billion and 400 billion.

Seagate reached the landmark data density with heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), the next-generation recording technology. The current hard drive technology, Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR), is used to record the spectrum of digitized data on the spinning platters inside every hard drive. PMR technology was introduced in 2006 to replace longitudinal recording, a method in place since the advent of hard drives for computer storage in 1956, and is expected to reach its capacity limit near 1 terabit per square inch in the next few years.

Hard drive manufacturers increase areal density and capacity by shrinking a platter’s data bits to pack more within each square inch of disk space. They also tighten the data tracks, the concentric circles on the disk’s surface that anchor the bits. The key to areal density gains is to do both without disruptions to the bits’ magnetization, a phenomenon that can garble data. Using HAMR technology, Seagate has achieved a linear bit density of about 2 million bits per inch, once thought impossible, resulting in a data density of just over 1 trillion bits, or 1 terabit, per square inch – 55 percent higher than today’s areal density ceiling of 620 gigabits per square inch. The maximum capacity of today’s 3.5-inch hard drives is 3 terabytes (TB), at about 620 gigabits per square inch, while 2.5-inch drives top out at 750 gigabytes (GB), or roughly 500 gigabits per square inch. The first generation of HAMR drives, at just over 1 terabit per square inch, will likely more than double these capacities – to 6TB for 3.5-inch drives and 2TB for 2.5-inch models. The technology offers a scale of capacity growth never before possible, with a theoretical areal density limit ranging from 5 to 10 terabits per square inch – 30TB to 60TB for 3.5-inch drives and 10TB to 20TB for 2.5-inch drives.

The 1 terabit per square inch demonstration extends a long line of storied technology firsts for Seagate, including:

  • 1980: ST-506, the first hard drive, at 5.25 inches, small enough to be widely deployed in early microcomputers, the precursor of the modern PC. The 5 megabyte drive cost $1,500.
  • 1992: The first 7200RPM hard drive, a Barracuda® drive
  • 1996: The first 10,000RPM hard drive, a Cheetah® drive
  • 2000: The first 15,000RPM drive, also a Cheetah hard drive
  • 2006: Momentus® 5400.3 drive, a 2.5-inch laptop drive and the world’s first drive to feature perpendicular magnetic recording technology
  • 2007: Momentus FDE (Full Disk Encryption) drive, the industry’s first self-encrypting hard drive
  • 2010: Momentus XT drive, the first solid state hybrid hard drive, combining traditional spinning media with NAND flash, to deliver speeds rivaling solid state drives (SSDs)

Seagate achieved the 1 terabit per square inch breakthroughs in materials science and near-field optics at its heads and media research and development centers in Bloomington, Minnesota, and Fremont, California.

  FULL STORY @ SEAGATE

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