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Subject: Graphics Cards, Motherboards, Shows and Expos | June 1, 2011 - 07:57 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: computex, msi, pcie, x79, 990fx, z68
MSI had quite a showing at this year's Computex starting with a host of new motherboards based on the Z68 chipset. The most interesting of which was the new Z68A-GD80 (G3) that in addition to including all the features of the Sandy Bridge processor, SLI, CrossFire, Lucid Virtu and things like OC Genie II and Military Class Components II, is the first motherboard we have seen that integrates support for the PCI Express 3.0 specification.
MSI was able to do this by simply adhering to the already existing PCIe 3.0 specifications and claims the performance doubles from 8 GB/s up to 16 GB/s (for a x16 connection). Even though there are no PCIe 3.0 accessories or graphics cards on the market today, MSI has seen performance improvements when testing PCI Express based solid state drives like the OCZ Revo. We are eager to get this board in the hands of our storage guru and see what advantages it offers users today.
Next up is the new MSI 990FXA-GD80 motherboard based on AMD's latest 990FX chipset. We actually have one of these in the office and should have a review up shortly. With support for today's Phenom processors and tomorrow's Bulldozer-core based designs, I think the 990FX chipset will find its way into a lot of users machines.
Even further out into the future, we saw a glimpse of an MSI engineering sample for the pending Socket 2011 processors from Intel, the MSI X79A-GD65. Supporting the upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processor family and a new quad-channel memory controller, you can clearly see the 2011 socket is HUGE and requires the memory slots to be divided up on either side of it. A lot will change more than likely between now and this boards release but it is cool to see a preview of what is in store for us!
Finally, MSI did have another card in the Lightning series to show off, the N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition. This card has all the same engineering features of the previous Lightning models but adds in a couple of unique features called Smart Temp Sensor and Dust Removal.
The Smart Temp Sensor is actually a coating on the fan that changes from blue to white in appearance as the ambient temperature increases. If the inside of your chassis hits the 45C mark then the fans will be completely white and should give you an indication of system stability. My only concern is that even users with windows on their cases will have trouble seeing the fans on the graphics card cooler posted at a right angle.
The Dust Removal feature is more interesting in that it runs the fans on the Xtreme Edition in the reverse direction for the first 30 seconds of the power cycle and then return to the proper direction for cooling the heatsinks. The idea is that the 30 second reverse interval will help clear out dust from the heatsink and from the fan blades itself saving users in the long run.
Another interesting feature coming very soon to Android phone users is the ability to monitor and overclock your MSI graphics cards via an Afterburner app for your phone. This will be available this month or early in July for Android and *maybe* by the end of the year for iPhone.
Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | May 31, 2011 - 11:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: solo, PSU, high current gamer, computex, antec
While at Computex 2011 we stopped by the Antec booth to see what the company had on display for new gear going into the second half of 2011. While we of course saw Antec's line up of existing cases and power supplies, and of course the SoundScience audio options, there were a couple of new items on the floor as well.
First up was a visit with Joerg Theissen, formerly of Enermax, and a showing of the upcoming Antec High Current Gamer Plus series of power supplies. Available in a 550 watt, 650 watt and 750 watt version, the updated "Plus" series innovates by building in very high amperages in each of the various 12V rails; up to 40 amps on each! This allows the power supply to supply power to current and future graphics cards even with the smaller 550 watt PSU capacity.
The Plus series is also going with a modular system that gives the user a very flexible expansion capability. While the red and black outlets for cables fit with what most users will use, you can in fact install up to 10 HDD cables on the power supply should you need it. Antec's goal with the new High Current Gamer Plus is to make a unit that addresses both the high end performance segment customers are used to as well as lowering the price to a point where it can address a large majority of the DIY market overall.
The second new item was the Solo II chassis, a low cost design that actually includes some impressive features. Built on a combination of steel and aluminum, the Solo II is one of the first designs we have seen with built in support for the Slim ODD form factor, right out of the gate.
Inside the case you will see only a few HDD cages though for a small case it does offer support for even the largest graphics cards in this way. You will also see a cutout on the motherboard tray for rear access to the CPU the brackets as well as some other openings for improved cable management.
The front of the case opens up to reveal a pair of filtered intake fans and behind them the hard drive bays. The Solo II offers both your standard screw-less tray design as well as elastic suspension based HDD mounting options, similar to those seen in the LanBoy Air.
Even though this is going to be a low cost case (estimate $99-129), Antec has included some noise reduction material that is a form of highly compressed plastic that they claim works nearly as well as the foam substance used on the Antec P180. It is installed on both doors as well as the top of the Solo II.
Overall I have to say that the Solo II looks like a great chassis for users that don't need a gluttony of space and also have to work on a budget.
OCZ Achieves Performance Record Live At Computex, Over 1 Million 4K Write IOPS & 1.5 Million Read IOPS
Subject: General Tech, Storage, Shows and Expos | May 31, 2011 - 01:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: z-drive, PCIe SSD, ocz
TAIPEI, Taiwan - May 31, 2011 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, announces the Company has set a new benchmark of 1 million 4K write IOPS with a Z-Drive R4 equipped 3U Colfax International Server based on a Supermicro platform, which features 7.2TB of MLC storage.
As the fastest performing single server solution on the market, this Z-Drive R4 equipped platform significantly accelerates demanding transactional workloads and reduces latency across a broad array of enterprise applications.
"The Z-Drive R4 enables our data center clients to maximize performance in the industry standard 4K file size, and this achievement with Colfax International demonstrates the raw performance benefits and latency reductions that OCZ PCIe SSDs can deliver over multi-terabyte device densities in a single 3U server," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. "We are proud to enable our clients to deliver servers and storage arrays which provide the highest performance, maximum capacity, and lowest latency available to data centers today."
"We have been working closely with OCZ to create a ready to deploy server solution with both exceptional performance and reliability, all within a compact and energy efficient footprint," said Gautam Shah, President and CEO of Colfax International. "OCZ's Z-Drive PCIe SSDs add considerable performance and we are thrilled to achieve this significant 4K Write IOPS benchmark, as well as making this industry leading total solution available to our enterprise clients."
This demonstration highlighted the Z-Drive R4's ability to offer industry-leading performance and efficiency for enterprise clients seeking the benefits of SSDs over hard drives. This total solution will be available for pre-order from Colfax International in multiple built-to-order configurations, and will ship in the coming weeks following the Computex event.
Subject: Graphics Cards, Shows and Expos | May 31, 2011 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: computex, computex 2011, ocz, Intel, Ivy Bridge
You may have noticed with the new look to PC Perspective have come several new features, such as tags to group common topics together to make it easier to find them. The important tag right now is computex, which will group all of the news we have reported from Computex.
Ryan is not the only attendee of the conference, so in order to ensure you have enough information to keep you satiated over the day you can take a look at AnandTech's coverage as well. They spent time with OCZ, discussing the RevoDrive Hybrid, a standard 0.5/1TB platter based HDD and a Vertex 3 SSD on PCIe card, a form factor that Intel's SRT has made obsolete but is still interesting to see. The new PCIe based Z-Drive on the other hand can do very impressive things, the R4 88 has eight SF-2281 controllers in RAID 0! RevoDrives with TRIM support are also very nice to see. Intel talked about both the upcoming Ivy Bridge platform as well as their plans for USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt.
Stay tuned for more.
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- AMD is the fourth WARM, Windows 8 tablet partner @ SemiAccurate
- What's Killing Your Wi-Fi? @ Slashdot
- Is Fedora 15 Faster Than Ubuntu 11.04? @ Phoronix
- Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX9 Review @ TechReviewSource
- The TR Podcast 88: Exposing the midrange
- Apple drops secrecy, confirms iOS 5, iCloud on tap at WWDC 2011 @ Ars Technica
- Interview with Mark Doherty of Adobe @ t-break
- Bulldozer mobos from Asus and MSI: Sabertooth 990FX & 990FXA-GD80 @ The Tech Report
- The New Indilinx Everest SSD @ AnandTech
- A Quick Look at a 22nm Ivy Bridge Wafer @ AnandTech
Subject: Graphics Cards, Shows and Expos | May 31, 2011 - 02:41 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: computex, asus, GTX 580, mars, matrix, ROG
While also announcing a set of new motherboard at Computex 2011, ASUS was also showcasing two new graphics cards in the Republic of Gamers line based on NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 580 GPU. The MATRIX GTX580 and MARS II cards will offer a unique take on performance and engineering that haven’t been seen in the enthusiast graphics markets before.
The MATRIX GTX580 will offer support for TweakIt, ProbeIt and SafeMode overclocking capabilities at the hardware level while the GPU Tweak software will allow the user to adjust setting and monitor the card in the OS. The card is built with a 19-phase construction (!!) which should offer very impressive power efficiency as well as stability during overclocking. The cooler on the MATRIX card also promises to be 20% improved on the NVIDIA reference design.
The MARS II goes a step further by including a PAIR of GTX 580 GPUs on a single PCB offering what will likely be the fastest graphics card on the planet. The same hardware features like TweakIt and ProbeIt as well as the GPU Tweak software and the 19-phase power construction.
It looks like if you want the fastest graphics solutions available ASUS will have you covered with either the MATRIX GTX580 or the MARS II, depending on your wallet capacity.
Subject: Processors, Mobile, Shows and Expos | May 31, 2011 - 02:01 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: ultrabook, Medfield, Ivy Bridge, Intel, haswell, computex, atom
With the release of the Intel Z68 chipset behind us by several weeks, Intel spent the opening keynote at Computex 2011 creating quite a buzz in the mobility section of the computing world. Intel’s Executive Vice President Sean Maloney took the stage on Tuesday and announced what Intel is calling a completely new category of mobile computer, the “Ultrabook”. A term coined by Intel directly, the Ultrabook will “marry the performance and capabilities of today’s laptops with tablet-like features and deliver a highly responsive and secure experience, in a thin, light and elegant design.”
If this photo looks familiar...see the similarity?
Intel is so confident in this new segment of the market that will fall between the tablet and notebook that they are predicting that by the time we reach the end of 2012 it will represent 40% of Intel’s processor shipments. That is an incredibly bold claim considering how massive and how dominate Intel is in the processor field. Intel plans to reach this 40% goal by addressing the Ultrabook market in three phases, the first of which will begin with ultra-low-power versions of today’s Sandy Bridge processors. Using this technology Maloney says we will see notebooks less than 0.8 inches thin and for under $1,000.
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Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Shows and Expos | May 29, 2011 - 06:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: pcper, computex 2011, computex
It is that time of year again where the staff at PC Perspective wades through the moist air of Taipei, Taiwan to bring you the latest news, videos and updates from the world of technology and computing hardware. This marks my 10th appearance on the island of Taiwan, but Ken's first so it should be an interesting experience for both of us.
Yes, this scary girl is here again too.
This year we have a surprising amount of expected hardware to investigate starting with an onslaught of AMD-based technology. The AMD 990FX chipset will be out and about in force from the likes of ASUS, MSI, ECS and others while the Fusion APUs will be flaunted in notebooks and likely even some "surprise" Llano designs. Intel's Z68 chipset, though already launched, will still be a focus but the company will surprise many with a dramatic move into the world of mobile computing with the Atom line.
Temperatures are high but so is the excitement!!
Subject: Storage, Shows and Expos | May 16, 2011 - 04:34 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Thecus, SAN, NAS, computex
Thecus, a leading provider of Intel based NAS (Network Attached Storage) products, has announced that they will be unveiling a new XXX line powered by Intel Sandy Bridge processors and offering 10G Base T Connections at 2011's Computex in Taipei. The XXX line covers everything from 2 bay Atom powered NAS for consumer useage all the way to the new 16 bay Sandy Bridge powered NAS for enterprise use. The "XXX" stands for "Xtreme Power, Xtreme Function, and Xtreme Value," and it is their line of the best performance for the price NAS devices.
They will be unveiling an eight bay, twelve bay, and sixteen bay NAS which they have dubbed the N8900, N12000PRO, and N16000PRO respectively. The eight bay NAS will be powered by a dual core Intel i3 2120 at 3.3GHz while the twelve and sixteen bay NAS devices will be powered by a quad core Intel Xeon E3-1280 at 3.5GHz. Considering that these chips are sought after for enthusiast and workstation computers much less NAS boxes, they will be able to eliminate CPU bottle-necking and provide ample horsepower to feed all of the NAS devices' internal drives. Thecus confidently states that "these models are guaranteed to dominate the market with excellent results for consumers jues like their predecessors."
Thecus further states that their new NAS devices offer 100% availability with 10 G Base T HA and iSCSI SAN (Storage Area Network) "with absolutely no breaks or delays in service in rain, shine, or Armageddon." Their NAS boxes "finally give businesses a true alternative to messy, bulk, budget-busting servers."
Whether their claims will hold up to testing or not, Thecus certainly seems confident in their product and are not afraid to follow the adage of "go big or go home" as they partner with Intel to power their NAS boxes with the latest and greatest in CPU technology.
Subject: General Tech, Systems, Mobile, Shows and Expos | May 12, 2011 - 05:00 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: tablet, notebook, msi, computex
VR-Zone reports that MSI is gearing up for a large Computex showing, and will unveil 5 new mobile products to it's existing platforms.
Among the rumored launches are two tablets and three notebooks. On the tablet side of things, both a Tegra 2 and AMD Brazos powered tablet are in the works. The WindPad 100A will be powered by a Tegra 2 SoC and will run Android 2.3 in lieu of Honeycomb due to rumored hardware compatibilities. The AMD Brazos platform brings AMD's fusion processor and graphics to the mobile space. The WindPad 110W, the follow up to the Intel Atom powered 100W, will utilize the Brazos SoC running Windows 7.
As far as notebooks, the gaming lineup, C series, and X series will all see a refresh. The GT683 will be a 15" gaming notebook. The CX480 will update the C series with a rumored 14" form factor. Finally, MSI's thin and light notebook lineup will receive the X460.
VR-Zone further states that "MSI is also said to be losing interest in netbooks due to declining demand and is refocusing on its notebook products as the company is expecting a 10 to 15 percent growth in notebook shipments this year, not taking tablets into account."
Subject: Processors, Shows and Expos | May 12, 2011 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: VIA, Nano, quadcore, quad, centaur
VIA has been sitting pretty in a very specific peice of the computer market for quite a while now and is now being crowded by AMD and Intel working their way down to the low power market from their usual energy gobbling silicon and ARM sneaking up its performance from its traditional extremely low power consumption market. That competition has spurred VIA to develop first the dual core Nano X2 and now the QuadCore which is a pair of X2's on a single package using what was described to The Tech Report as a "side channel" of wiring between them. Still on 40nm it doesn't represent a completely new design for VIA, more a refinement of what they already produce. Check out their coverage as well as the write up Josh has finished here.
"Early this year, Via introduced its Nano X2 processor, a dual-core implementation of its Isaiah architecture built on TSMC's 40-nm chip fabrication process. Today, Via is announcing a new product, the QuadCore processor, that combines a pair of Nano X2 chips on a single package to deliver a low-cost, low-power CPU whose position in the market is fairly distinctive.
We visited Via-Centaur's Austin, Texas offices yesterday, where we chatted with Centaur Chief Architect Glenn Henry and Via marketing head Richard Brown. We came away with some fresh details on the QuadCore processor and a better sense of Via's future plans as an intriguing third-place supplier of x86-compatible PC processors."
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- VIA QuadCore Preview & Centaur Tour @ [H]ard|OCP
- VIA's QuadCore: Nano Gets Bigger @ AnandTech
- The Best Budget & Mainstream Processors @ Techspot
- Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
- Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 10.3 @ Tech ARP
- AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition AM3 Processor Review @ eTeknix
- AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Processor Review @Hi Tech Legion
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 12, 2011 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report is catching up on their writing after beating feet around Las Vegas to meet with as many vendors and manufacturers as possible. At the ASUS booth they saw several tablets and a Xonar soundcard squeezed into a thumb drive like form factor, various SandyBridge motherboards from EVGA, Gigabyte
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 11, 2011 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer is attempting a little prognostication this morning, trying to extrapolate a current state of the electronic industry from what they observed at CES 2011. Some of their predictions come from the lack of surprises at CES 2011, no earth shattering announcements were made most simply reiterated products that have already been reviewed or at least discussed in depth previous to the show. They felt Microsoft missed the point, while Google's Android ran rin
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 10, 2011 - 03:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In a Go Kart facility just off to the side of a major casino in Las Vegas there were speed records being broken that had nothing to do with lap times. MSI's latest Master Overclocking Event was taking place, the latest in a world wide series of overclocking events designed to eliminate all but the absolute best of the global overclocking community.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 10, 2011 - 12:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MAKE:Blog hit CES 2011 with a different target from the coverage you have been seeing here at PC Perspective. Instead of making a beeline for the various PC hardware vendors and mobile platform resellers, they walked through Vegas with an eye out for things the DIYer would want. From companies that sell a wide variety of measuring devices through the newest in inductive-coupled charging to some interesting new input devices, you can get a look at some of the less covered exhibits at CES 2011.
"This year, MAKE/O'Reilly author Damien Stolarz (iPhone Hacks, Car PC Hacks) agreed to be our eyes and ears on the ground at CES, scoping out hardware at the show that he thought would be of interest to makers. Here's his second installment, a tour of North Hall and the International Pavilion."
Here are some more Shows and Expos articles from around the web:
SHOWS AND EXPOS
- CES 2011: Toshiba's Tablet and Glasses-Free 3D @ AnandTech
- Two CES-announced Android Phones: Huawei IDEOS X5 and Sony Xperia Arc @ AnandTech
- CES 2011: Thermaltake @ ThinkComputers
- Super Talents Sneak Peak at the Worlds First SandForce SSD USB Flash Drive @ The SSD Review
- OCZ Opens The SSD Vault at CES @ The SSD Review
- CES 2011: Hands on With Corsair’s New Products @ Hardware Canucks
- CES 2011: MSI Demos New AM3+ Big Bang Conqueror & Lightning GPUs @ Hardware Canucks
- CES 2011: Sapphire Shows Fusion APU, HD 5570 Xtend & Set Top Box @ Hardware Canucks
- CoolerMaster @ CES 2011 @ Bjorn3D
- CES 2011 Coverage Cont @ OCC
- TechwareLabs CES Coverage: CES 2011: Spotlight Shuttle PC
- CES 2011 Day 2 Coverage: QNAP | Seagate | AOC | Antec | Xigmatek @ Tweaknews
- PowerColor @ CES2011 @ Bjorn3D
- CES 2011: Razer & Crucial @ Legit Reviews
- CES 2011: Corsair Announces 2.1 Speakers, Cases and Water Cooler @ Legit Reviews
- Hot ASUS Eee Slate video demo from CES 2011 @ SPCR
- Lenovo's exciting IdeaPad U1 @ SPCR
- AMD Fusion APUs Arrive @ SPCR
- CES 2011: Hands on with the Motorola Atrix 4G @ Legit Reviews
- CES 2011: Bigfoot Networks @ ThinkComputers
- CES 2011: EVGA Dual-GPU Video Card and MSI Overclocking @ Legit Reviews
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2011 - 10:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Along with the coverage you have been getting from PC Perspective, there are many other sites here at CES 2011. This is a rather good thing as there are so many vendors and manufacturers represented here that there is no way that the PC Perspective team could visit them all ... though we've tried.
The Tech Report had a chance to meet with EVGA, who were showing off a nVIDIA card that can only be described as "a dual-GPU, SLI-on-a-stick video card". Drop by for a look at this monster card.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 6, 2011 - 03:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gigabyte has declared war with their new G1-Killer lineup, featuring three motherboards. At the top of the lineup is the Assassin, an Intel X58 + ICH10R board.
Click on the picture for a better version of the Gigabyte Assassin.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 5, 2011 - 02:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MSI 2011 NOTEBOOKS: SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
The G Series – World’s Fastest Gaming Notebooks
The MSI R&D team worked hand in hand with world-class gamers to develop the new G Series that truly exceeds gamers’ needs. The new, powerful GT780, GT680, GE620 and GR620 notebooks will all come packed with the much anticipated second generation Intel® Core™ i7 quad core processor, and USB 3.0 ports that enable lightening fast transfer speeds and connections with external hard drives or handheld electronics.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 5, 2011 - 02:21 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, NA (January 4, 2011) - ASUS today announced four new tablet computers designed for a wide range of users and applications - The Eee Pad Slider, Eee Pad Transformer, Eee Pad MeMO and Eee Slate EP121. The new models are available with three screen sizes, and a choice of either Windows 7 Home Premium or Google Android operating systems for the ultimate in mobile flexibility and productivity.
Choice is essential when selecting innovative and technologically advanced personal computer devices.
Subject: Shows and Expos | September 14, 2010 - 06:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept.
Subject: Shows and Expos | August 16, 2010 - 03:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
QuakeCon 2010 has ended, which means it is time to see just what PC Perspective was up to in Austin, Texas. The big news was the Hardware Workshop in which about $25,000 worth of hardware and other goodies were given out to attendees of the con and you can see a video of what took place. Some of the prizes required skill and ingenuity
to win. There was more than just the giveaway taking place and there are plenty of pictures for you to perus
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