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Subject: Storage | October 4, 2013 - 02:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: hybrid hdd, cache, Seagate, 2TB
Benchmarking cached HDDs can be a difficult task as they are specifically designed to cache commonly used data which results in two very different speeds for data access, the 8GB SSD and the actual HDD. The Tech Report recently met this challenge when benchmarking Seagate's first 3.5" desktop cached drive with 8GB of flash and 2TB of platter storage. When contrasting it to some of the higher end HDDs available it became apparent that the more expensive WD Black 4TB was a faster drive but as it does cost more per gigabyte it might not be the best choice for every purpose. Check out the review to see if this hybrid device is a better choice than buying both a small sized SSD and a large HDD for your own usage.
"Seagate's hybrid tech has finally been deployed in a desktop drive. The Desktop SSHD combines an 8GB flash cache with 2TB of mechanical storage. We take a closer look at how that combo holds up against standard hard drives and SSDs."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- WD's Red 4TB @ The Tech Report
- HGST Travelstar 7K1000 1TB SATA III HDD @ NikKTech
- Vantec NexStar HDD Duplicator Review @ Legit Reviews
- Do-It-Yourself Cloud Storage: WD My Cloud 2TB Review @ Techgage
- Seagate Business Storage 1-Bay 3TB NAS @ NikKTech
- RaidSonic ICY BOX IB-WRP201SD 4 In 1 WLAN Storage Station @ NikKTech
- Teratrend SST-TS431U 4-bay USB 3.0 Storage Tower @ Kitguru
- ASUSTOR AS-304T 4-bay NAS Server for Home Office Review @ Madshrimps
- Asustor AS-304T @ Legion Hardware
- Adaptec (by PMC) ASR-8885 12Gb/s PCIe RAID Adapter @ SSD Review
- ADATA XPG SX300 256GB mSATA SSD @ eTeknix
- Samsung XP941 M.2 PCIe SSD @ SSD Review
- OCZ Vertex 450 256 GB SSD @ techPowerUp
- Corsair Force LS Series 240GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- Sandisk Extreme II 240GB @ eTeknix
- Corsair Force Series LS 240GB SSD @ SSD Review
- Corsair Force LS 240GB @ Hardware.info
Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2013 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell's Small Form Factor Optiplex 9020 has an i5-4570S, 4GB of DDR3-1600 and a 320GB HDD in the base model with a variety of upgraded models available at LogicBuy. Many will be pleased to know that included in that price is an installation of 64-bit Win7 Pro with Media making it perfect for pulling HTPC duties. As it is an Optiplex you also get all the peripherals you need apart from a display, unless you choose the all in one model.
- Dell Optiplex 9020 4th-gen Core i5 "Haswell" Desktop for $719.00 with free shipping(normally $1,027.14).
- NEW! Alienware 14 "Haswell" Core i7 1080p Gaming Laptop for $1,281.55 (normally $1,349.00 - use $50 coupon code on systems $1,499 or more: 2M66J?BPVPP$F3).
- Sony Alpha SLT-A58K 20.1 MP Digital SLR Kit w/ 18-55mm Lens Bundle for $498.00 with free shipping(normally $599.00).
- LG 55LM6200 55" 1080p 120Hz 3D LED HDTV + Free Wall Mount for $1,134.00 with free shipping(normally $1,699.00 - use coupon code: LOYALTY15).
- Security Man Wall Clock Color Camera for $190.53 only (normally $240.00)
- Retro MP3 Alarm Clock for $39.95(normally $79.95)
Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2013 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: linux, rsync, crontab, backup, automation
If you have any data that is important to you then you should have a backup scheme in place, even if it is simply keeping several copies of the files on different media but for many Windows users the idea of a proper automated backup scheme is something for businesses and not home users. Then they lose some baby pictures. At that point it is common for the sad individual to buy an additional piece of equipment that backs up at the push of a button but still tends to be kept in physical proximity to the machine it is backing up.
However if you know someone who is familiar with Linux or are not scared to try something new yourself, there are tools that exist in Linux which allow you to script a complete backup of a system, or parts thereof, to a remote location automatically; no user interaction required. Techgage will take you through the wonderful world of rsync, crontab and 1ftp which are powerful tools in Linux and Unix to backup your data automatically and without constantly using huge amounts of bandwidth. Spend a bit of time with some old hardware and you should be able to build yourself a backup server or NAS for free.
"Keeping good backups of your data is important; don’t be the sucker who loses important files and has to deal with it afterwards! In this in-depth guide, you’ll learn about using rsync and lftp to transfer files, writing your own scripts and automating them, and backing up to external storage, a NAS, and a remote server without passwords."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Adobe hack sees 2.9 million customers' data stolen @ The Inquirer
- Ballmer intends to remain on Microsoft board after end of CEO gig @ The Register
- Yo, mall rats: Facebook and Cisco in Wi-Fi hookup to track your retail, social life @ The Register
- Tre: When Arduino Meets Beagle Bone @ Hack a Day
- iOS 7: Six Things Apple Got Right And Six That Are Still Missing @ Techspot
Subject: Mobile | October 4, 2013 - 12:27 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: Android, cheating, basemark x
Even if you haven't been paying attention to the world of mobile benchmarking over the past week you have likely heard about the now rampant cheating that is going on with Android testing. Device makers are doing simple detection for benchmark applications and unrealistically changing the performance attributes of the SoC (CPU and GPU) to improve benchmark scores. This does not represent the behavior that an end user would see in real-world usage but is intended only to move the device up to the top of benchmark graphs to gain attention and drive sales.
Long time PC enthusiasts will recognize this problem though thanks to the openness of the PC ecosystem that issue is largely removed as there are independent press and researchers keeping all parties honest.
Anandtech (and many other outlets) are again discussing the issue of cheating in mobile testing, even going as far as creating a chart titled "I Can't Believe I Have to Make This Table" that shows which benchmarks are being compromised by which devices and OS configurations. I highly suggest you check out the story by Anand and Brian to get more details on the state of cheating in mobile benchmarks.
The creator of one of the affected benchmarks, Basemark X, contacted the media with some interesting comments I wanted share.
It has come to our attention that Galaxy Note 3 may be targeting our benchmark, Basemark X.
Rightware’s mission is to provide trusted performance evaluation tools you can depend on. Therefore, we have produced an updated version of Basemark X that solves this issue.
I asked Tero Sarkkinen, founder of Rightware, what could be done to prevent this type of unfair performance skewing going forward.
Basically every benchmark and application out there can be targeted by a new handset or tablet and no one can really prevent it. What makes a difference is will the benchmark vendor do something about it when this is recognized.
At Rightware, we take our mission seriously and we monitor day in and day out what is going on. As in this case, we noticed that Note 3 is targeting Basemark X, we immediately provided the press with a version that the handset is not able to detect.
We get thousands of benchmark results in every day to our Power Board http://results.rightware.com and therefore we have a pretty good idea of what's going on.
In other words, we are not sticking our heads into the sand.
While the sentiment that "no one can really prevent it" is disappointing to hear, it is what we expected and what we are planning for. Sarkkinen is confident that Rightware is able to stay up on the situation and is going to keep pace with online media and analysts to make sure these hardware vendors are staying honest.
It's the best news we have seen in a sea of disappointing information on mobility benchmarking this week.
Subject: Memory | October 3, 2013 - 05:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: kingston hyper x, kingston, HyperX Genesis 10th Anniversary Special Edition, DDR3-2400, 16GB
Kingston 10th Anniversary HyperX 16GB 2400MHz brings you a DOTA 2 tourney but does it also bring performance to your PC? This 4x4 kit runs DDR3-2133 @ 11-13-13-30 or DDR3-2400 @ 11-14-14-30 which implies very good performance from these DIMMs at stock speeds. Of course Overclockers Club were not satisfied with stock speeds and with a little tweaking managed to hit DDR3-2522 @ 12-13-13-33 which was enough to give them a boost in performance without causing instability. Another feature of these DIMMs many will like is the low profile of the heatspreaders which will allow a much broader choice of CPU heatsink.
”During my testing I found that while the kit ran flawlessly at its rated speed of 2400MHz, they just did not offer a whole lot of headroom above that, even when pushing 1.75v+ through them. Seeing how running a 125MHz or 166MHz strap is a bit easier on the memory controller, I swapped to the 125MHz divider and started upping the frequency up a little at a time until reaching the maximum clock speed on the HyperX modules. I left the memory sub timings alone and controlled by the board, adjusted the primary timings to 12-13-13-33, adjusted the DRAM voltage to 1.70v, started up again, and finally reached 1260.2MHz or just over 2520MHz for a 120MHz gain in clock speed. That represents about a 5% gain from just testing and tweaking. What I found was that the Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary modules performed well even with the boosted clock speed. The low profile heat sink makes sure there are no restrictions to the CPU cooling solution used.”
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- Patriot Viper 3 Series 8GB DDR3-2400 CL10 @ Funky Kit
- ADATA XPG V2 Series 2400MHz DDR3 Memory Kit Review @HiTech Legion
- Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB DDR3-2133 @ Benchmark Reviews
- Patriot Viper III 2400MHz “Black Mamba” @ Bjorn3D
- Mushkin Blackline 997123R 16GB Review @ OCC
- ADATA XPG V2 RAM DDR3-2400 8GB Memory Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
- Gskill F3-2666C11D-8GTXD 2666MHz Dual Channel @ Bjorn3D
- Kingston HyperX Predator 16GB DDR3-2133 Kit Review @ OCIA
- ADATA XPG V2 3100MHz 8GB @ Kitguru
- Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 1866MHz 16GB @ eTeknix
- Mushkin 996996 8GB DDR3 2133Mhz Review @ OCC
- Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 2666MHz 16GB Review @ OCC
Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2013 - 02:32 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: Z87 XPower, z87, video, steam os, Steam Controller, Steam Box, steam, podcast, nuc, msi, haswell
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Subject: General Tech, Shows and Expos | October 3, 2013 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: kingston hyper x, kingston, DOTA 2, competition
Fountain Valley, CA – October 3, 2013 − Kingston Technology Company Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, will soon begin two global competitions to further show its support and commitment to the eSports and the enthusiast community. The HyperX DotA 2 League features 16 of the world’s top professional DotA 2 gaming teams battling for a large cash prize. On October 7, HyperX will begin an open global overclocking competition. The finals for both competitions will be held during 2014 International CES® in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The HyperX DotA 2 League tournament begins later this month with 16 teams competing for a total of $50,000 (USD) in prize money. An additional $40,000 will be offered to cover flight and hotel for the top four teams that advance to battle each other in Las Vegas for the championship. Each match is a best-of-three maps and all matches will be broadcast live so fans can follow the progress of their favorite team. The format and complete competition details can be found here.
Working together with HWBOT, the premier informational website for overclockers and performance enthusiasts, contestants will compete to post the highest benchmarks for Maximum Memory Frequency, Super PI and Intel® XTU. Beginning October 7, there will be an open online qualifying competition lasting four weeks. Winners will be determined weekly with the five final contestants competing in January 2014 during CES. For the finals, components will be supplied by Kingston and its partners: ASUS, Cooler Master and Intel®. Complete rules can be found here.
“The HyperX 2013 DotA 2 tournament will be epic as the best professional gaming teams in the world battle each other and fans will be able to watch every minute live online,” said Annie Leung, HyperX global strategic marketing manager, Kingston. “We are also very excited to hold an overclocking competition globally to see how far HyperX memory can be pushed. Both events will be fun and exciting for gamers and enthusiasts.”
Please visit the Kingston HyperX Website for more information.
Kingston is celebrating 25 years in the memory industry. The company was founded on October 17, 1987, and has grown to become the largest third-party memory manufacturer in the world. The 25th anniversary video can be found here along with more information, including a timeline of Kingston's history. In addition, HyperX memory is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The first HyperX high-performance memory module was released in November 2002.
Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2013 - 01:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Need an inexpensive server that won't be running heavy duty tasks? The Dell PowerEdge T110 II has a dual core Celeron G550 @ 2.6GHz, 2GB RAM and 500GB HDD with options to upgrade to a Xeon E3 and increase RAM and storage. On the other hand at this price you could load Linux onto this machine, pop in a few spare HDDs and have networked storage for a lot less than a high end Drobo or other specialized device.
- Dell PowerEdge T110 II Intel Dual-core Server for $299.00 with free shipping(normally $615.00 - use coupon code: HF9X1212V3TKTK ).
- WD My Passport 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Red for $89.00 (normally $119.99).
- Logitech K600 Windows 8/Android Tablet Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard w/ Stand for $49.49 with free shipping(normally $65.99).
- Asus VS247H-P 23.6-inch LED-Backlit Ultra-thin LCD Monitor for $129.99 with free shipping(normally $199.00 - use coupon code: EMCWXXT55).
- Sony DSC-H200 20.1MP Digital Camera Bundle for $198.00 only (normally $213.00)
- Set of Seven LED Light-Up Dice for $7.99 with free shipping.(normally $17.99)
Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2013 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: arduino, Intel, texas instruments, galileo, TRE
A telling quote to describe the Arduino community can be found in MAKE:Blog's talk with Intel CEO Brian Krzanich who relates a conversation with a developer who preferred to use Arduino boards for prototyping even when offered Intel boards for free. Today Intel has officially joined the Arduino team with the release of the Galileo which features a new 400MHz Intel Quark SoC with 256 MB of DRAM and Mini-PCIe slot, 100Mb Ethernet port, Micro SD slot, RS-232, and USB host and client ports for interfacing with the device. That puts it on even footing with the popular Raspberry Pi but with the ability to use Arduino shields and a mini-PCIe slot to open up some new possibilities which you will likely be reading about on Hack a Day after it is released.
That was not the only interesting bit of Arduino news out of the Maker Faire, Texas Instruments is also releasing the TRE which is essentially two Arduinos in one. The 1GHz Sitara AM335x processor is described as performing 100 times better than either the Arduino Leonardo or Uno and there is also a full AVR based Arduino present on the board to help process some tasks and to offer a more familiar environment to start playing with the Sitara from. According to The Inquirer you will be able to pick up a TRE sometime in the spring of next year.
"Krzanich’s own interest in Arduino was piqued when an outside developer told him about his product development project, and Krzanich asked him why he was using Arduino instead of an Intel board. Even when Kryzanich offered to make Intel products available to him at low cost or no cost, the developer said he valued the Maker community and the Arduino platform and he wasn’t willing to switch. Members of Krzanich’s team reached out to Massimo Banzi and they forged a partnership to develop the Galileo board and work together on future projects. Banzi said that he’s glad to have more resources and the scale of Intel to help the Arduino platform continue to develop new capabilities and reach new audiences."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Lies, damned lies and benchmarks @ The Inquirer
- In defence of defenestration: Microsoft MUST hurl Gates from the Windows @ The Register
- Cerberus circles BlackBerry as Canucks warn of more losses @ The Register
- Boffins offer ROUTER DEATHLIST for software-defined network builders @ The Register
- Asus RP-N53 Dual-Band Wireless N600 Range Extender @ eTeknix
- Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen @ PCSTATS
- Samsung Galaxy Gear Review @ TechReviewSource
- Rubber Band Blaster Shoots 10 Rounds a Second @ Hack a Day
Subject: Storage | October 2, 2013 - 10:42 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: western digital, wdc, WD, My Cloud, cloud storage, cloud
Imagine a device of a similar form factor to the Western Digital My Book, but instead of USB or Thunderbolt connectivity, you had a Gigabit Ethernet connection and a dual core CPU capable of handling large throughputs to your home network. Toss in some back end software and a handfull of remote access apps for various mobile devices, and you have what Western Digital calls the My Cloud:
The concept behind this is to have something similar to DropBox, with some differences. We will be diving further into the My Cloud shortly and will publish a full write-up for your viewing pleasure, but for now it seems to cover every base except for having your shared data available on mobile devices when those devices are offline (with the exception of cached copies, of course).
Full press blast afer the break:
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | October 2, 2013 - 09:03 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: amd, linux
Last week, NVIDIA published documentation for Nouveau to heal wounds with the open source community. AMD had a better reputation and intends to maintain it. On Tuesday, Alex Deucher published 9 PDF documents, 1178 pages of register and acceleration documentation along with 18 pages of HDA GPU audio programming details, compared to the 42 pages NVIDIA published.
Sure, a page to page comparison is meaningless, but it is clear AMD did not want to be outdone. This is especially true when you consider that some of these documents date back to early 2009. Still, reactionary or not, the open source community should accept the assistance with open arms... and open x86s?
I should note that these documents do not cover Volcanic Islands; they are for everything between Evergreen and Sea Islands.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 2, 2013 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Silverstone, Argon AR01
Silverstone's new Argon AR01 is the first heatsink tested on FrostyTech's new 200W test platform which will put more stress on it than you would ever encounter in a PC. It is quite thin compared to some heatsinks on the market, at 159x124x77mm and 420g it should fit inside of most systems unlike some other high end air coolers. SilverStone chose to use unique plastic tabs to mount the fan which FrostyTech were not overly impressed by as they felt that wire mounts would not create the possibility of them coming lose over time. Check out their full review to see how well it cools.
"We're throwing the new 200W Frostytech Mrk.III Intel LGA2011 test platform thermal test platform into the mix today! Silverstone's Argon AR01 is constructed around three beefy 8mm diameter copper heatpipes which are exposed at the base of the cooler. Putting the heatpipes in direct contact with the top of the processor makes for a very thermally efficient path with a minimum of thermal joint resistance."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion
- Gamer Storm Lucifer CPU Cooler @ Kitguru
- be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 @ techPowerUp
- Zalman Reserator 3 MAX Nanofluid AIO Liquid CPU Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
- Noctua 120mm NF-S12A (ULN, FLX, PWM) Fan @ Overclockers Club
- Thermaltake Chaser A31 @ LanOC Reviews
- Spire X2 6018 Chassis @ Funky Kit
- Corsair Carbide 330R Review @ OCC
- Corsair Obsidian Series 750D Full Tower @ [H]ard|OCP
- Corsair Obsidian 750D Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Corsair Obsidian Series 350D @ LanOC Reviews
- Silverstone Fortress FT04 Review: Improving the Formula? @ Techspot
- Aerocool Strike-X Xtreme Black Edition Case @ Kitguru
- Cooler Master N600 (NSE-600-KKN1) Mid-Tower Case Review @HiTech Legion
- Lian Li PC-D8000 @ techPowerUp
- Phanteks Enthoo Primo Case Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Case @ Kitguru
- Fractal Design Node 304 White SFF Chassis Review @MissingRemote
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | October 2, 2013 - 02:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, ARMA III
Forget Crysis, if you want to hammer your PC pick up ARMA III and try turning up the settings! Even an i7-3770K @ 4.8GHz and GTX 780's in SLI struggle to render this game with all the graphical bells and whistles turned on. The close up landscapes and objects are gorgeous with high quality textures but to truly get into the feel of the game you need to be able to turn up the veiw distance and number of displayed objects as you can see from [H]ard|OCP's screenshots below. [H] spent ia bit of time breaking down the best playable settings for numerous GPUs from NVIDIA and AMD as well as showing you the impact that MSAA and PPAA has on the visual quality as well as your PCs performance. If you want to show off the superiority of a high end gaming machine then this is the game for you.
"ARMA III is our focus point for today. It features a large open world environment designed on a massive continent measuring 270 square kilometers. To go along side this massive continent is a max visibility range of 20km. Combine this with ARMA III's impressive looking graphics and we have a game that demands performance."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- What Does It Meaaaaan: Half-Life 3 Trademarked @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- See CDP Explain The Mad Scope Of The Witcher 3 @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- GTA 5 Online goes live @ The Inquirer
- AMD spent as much as $8 million on EA/DICE Battlefield 4 deal @ HEXUS
- Co-op Sandbox FTL? – PULSAR Is The Most Exciting Game @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- EA SPORTS Madden NFL 25 @ Benchmark Reviews
Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2013 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: IBM, fusion-io, PCIe SSD, enterprise
IBM's F825, F1650, and F3200 Enterprise Value PCIe SSD cards will use Fusion-IO's architecture to provide their servers with a storage speed boost. Available for order as of the 22nd of this month you will be able to order these cards in sizes up to 3.2TB. One caveat mentioned at The Register is the terms of the warranty, it is only good for 1 year or the rated number of program/erase cycles, whichever comes first. High speed storage will be attractive to enterprise purchasers but having to replace the cards every year may cool their enthusiasm quite a bit.
"IBM's announcement is here, and says the Fusion-io cards are available for System x and BladeCenter servers. Users get from 825GB to 3.2TB of MLC flash per PCIe slot to accelerate apps in these servers, which no longer have to wait at the data access bus-stop for disk drive latency to send the heads to the right tracks."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Big data: You've got to spend a dollar ... to make fifty-two cents – report @ The Register
- Powerchip 30nm DRAM production hit by low yield rates @ DigiTimes
- Steam Controller: Open and Hackable? @ Hack a Day
Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2013 - 01:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With an aluminium shell just under 1" thick, just deep enough to accommodate a DVD burner, the Dell Latitude 14 E3440 is stylish and easy to carry around. Inside is a Core i3-4010U @ 1.7GHz, 4GB RAM and a 500GB Hard Drive running Windows 7 Professional. You can upgrade to an i5-4200U for an extra $130, there is no SSD option but that doesn't mean you can't put your own in there.
- Dell Latitude 14 3000 Series 4th-gen Core i3 Laptop for $589.00 with free shipping(normally $841.43).
- Toshiba Satellite L70-ABT2N22 17.3" Core i3 Laptop (Customizable) for $499.99 (normally $729.99).
- Seagate Backup Plus 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for Mac for $84.95 with free shipping(normally $129.99).
- Dell 8X External USB Optical DVD+/-RW Drive for $59.99 with free shipping(normally $79.00).
- Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 for $86.24 only (normally $99.99)
- Batman or Superman iPhone 5 Case and Earbuds for $11.99 with free shipping.(normally $27.99)
Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2013 - 02:08 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: SOMA, Frictional Games
In all seriousness, Frictional Games was probably looking around the SCP archives for inspiration. The next project from the company which brought us Amnesia and Penumbra has a redacted engineering document and a bit of Kanji in its user interface elements.
For the record, I tried looking up the symbols and I was not successful. I cannot even tell whether this is Japanese or Chinese Kanji.
Regardless, the website suggests many more reveals are on the way. The first teaser, Vivarium, shows a woman using a creepy computer while talking to someone through an earpiece. Thankfully, it is not a jump scare video (or really scary at all) but it does have a bit of NSFW language.
Still no information on when the game (which may or may not be named, "SOMA") will be released. Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, developed by The Chinese Room, was just released less than a month ago.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 1, 2013 - 06:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: air cooling, fans, corsair, AF120 LED, Air Series AF140 LED, Quiet Edition
Fremont, California — October 1, 2013 — Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC hardware market, today announced the immediate availability of the Air SeriesTM AF120 LED Quiet Edition and Air Series AF140 LED Quiet Edition high airflow PC case fans. The new fans are the only LED fans to use Corsair’s award-winning AF series impeller designs to produce higher airflow at lower noise levels. The Air Series LED fans are available in 120mm and 140mm sizes with red, white, blue, or purple LED lighting.
The Air Series LED Quiet Edition high airflow PC case fans are designed with custom-molded, ultra-thin, clear frosted blades with a sleeved bearing system and four vivid LEDs. The result is a visually striking fan which helps users build great looking PCs while delivering outstanding cooling with exceptionally low vibration, noise and turbulence. The fans are ideal for mounting at the rear or top of PC cases to exhaust heat from a PC’s CPU, graphics accelerators, and other heat generating components. The Air Series LED fans work equally well as unrestricted intake fans for areas like side panels or bottom intakes.
“Users often feel they are sacrificing quality when using LED fans,” said Xavier Lauwaert, Director of Product Marketing at Corsair. “Our new Air Series LED fans combine the proven low-noise, high-performance design of our standard Air Series fans with just the right amount of LED visual flair. Now users can enhance and customize the look of their PCs with LED fans without compromising performance.”
Air Series Specifications
Pricing, Availability, and Warranty
The Air Series LED high airflow PC case fans are available immediately from Corsair's worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers. They are backed with a limited 2-year warranty and Corsair’s excellent customer service and technical support.
Models and suggested prices are as follows:
Subject: Processors | October 1, 2013 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Intel, atom, Bay Trail, Z3000, silvermont
Silvermont has a lot of work cut out for it to get out from the shadow of its poorly performing predecessors. The new Z3000 is much more than just a low powered chip, it is Intel's first SoC aimed at taking market share from ARM. It has been out for almost a month now and so it is worth rounding up a few of the reviews to remind you of Intel's plans in the low powered mobile market as well as the new modular server market. The Tech Report benchmarked this chip running both Win8.1 and Android OSes against a variety of products powered by ARM, Snapdragon and Tegra as well as against a Core-i3 and an A4-5000 from AMD. Check out the results in their full review.
"Intel has just pulled back the curtain on the Atom Z3000 series, based on the "Bay Trail" SoC. Equipped with the potent new "Silvermont" CPU architecture, this chip is intended to challenge ARM for supremacy in tablets and convertibles. We have a first look at its architecture and performance."
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- Intel Atom Z3770 Bay Trail tablet review: Intels new tablet chip tested with Windows 8.1 and Android 4.2 @ Hardware.info
- Intel Atom Processor Z3770 Bay Trail First Look and Performance Testing @ Legit Reviews
- Overclocking The Ivy Bridge Extreme Core i7 4930K @ Ninjalane
- Intel Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition Review @ Techgage
- Intel Z87 and Haswell 24/7 OC Guide @ techPowerUp
- Intel i7-4930K & i7-4820K Ivy Bridge-E Review @ Hardware Canucks
- ntel Core i7 4960X Extreme Edition @ eTeknix
- Intel Ivy Bridge-E 4960X CPU Review (LN2 inside) @ Madshrimps
- Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
- Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics review: the end of mid-range GPUs @ Hardware.info
- Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 review: Ivy Bridge-EP for servers @ Hardware.info
- Xeon E5-2600 v2 series brings Ivy Bridge-EP to servers, workstations @ The Tech Report
Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2013 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: microsoft, azure, cloud, DoD, secure
Microsoft just picked up a big win in their battle against IBM and Amazon for a share of the Cloud now that the US Government has certified them as being secure. This is their first such certification which opens up a very large market for them and will make them more attractive to private firms as well. While most salespeople will tell you that the only thing that matters about the cloud is high availability, IT departments are far more concerned about security. High availability is assumed, if that is the only sales pitch a cloud provider gives you then you should probably stay away from them, your clients will be much happier knowing their proprietary data is secure and available as opposed to just available. Slashdot commenters await you.
"Microsoft's cloud storage platform Azure received their first government certification yesterday, less than 24 hours before the official shutdown. The certification, which grants Azure 'Provisional Authority to Operate,' should make it easier for Microsoft to compete with rivals like IBM and Amazon Web Services for government contracts. The certification signifies that the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and US General Services Administration have all deemed Azure safe from external hackers. Government cloud contracts are a lucrative market, as seen by Amazon's recent tussle with IBM over a $600M contract for a private CIA cloud."
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Subject: Graphics Cards | September 30, 2013 - 06:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: graphics drivers, catalyst 13.10, beta, windows, linux
- Includes 32-bit single GPU and CrossFire game profile for Battlefield 4
- Total War: Rome 2 CrossFire profile update
- CrossFire frame pacing improvements for CPU-bound applications
- Resolves image corruption seen in Autodesk Investor 2014
- Resolves intermittent black screen when resuming from a S3/S4 sleep state if the display is unplugged during the sleep state on systems supporting AMD Enduro Technology
- Updated AMD Enduro Technology application profiles
o Profile highlights:
- Total War: Rome 2
- Battlefield 4
- Saints Row 4
- Splinter Cell Blacklist
- FIFA 14
Resolved issue highlights:
- System hang up when startx after setting up an Eyefinity desktop.
- Permission issue with procfs on kernel 3.10
- System hang observed while running disaster stress test on Ubuntu 12.10
- Hang is observed when running Unigine on Linux
- AC/DC switching is not automatically detected
- Laptop backlight adjustment is broken
- Glxtest failures observed in log file with forcing on Anti-Aliasing
- Cairo-dock is broken
- Severe desktop corruption is observed when enabled compiz in certain cases
- glClientWaitSync is waiting even when timeout is 0
- C4Engine get corruption with GL_ARB_texture_array enabled
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