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Subject: General Tech | September 8, 2013 - 10:01 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: SFF, Intel, htpc, haswell, gigabyte brix, gigabyte
Gigabyte recently updated its BRIX line of small form factor PCs to include Intel Haswell processors, 4K display support, and additional IO port options. The new BRIX systems measure 29.9mm x 107.6mm x 114.4mm and feature a chassis constructed of anthracite aluminum with a glass top panel. The new BRIX PCs come in four SKUs, each of which comes with an Intel Haswell processor of i7, i5, i3, or Celeron varieties.
The BRIX PCs come with the case, a small Gigabyte motherboard, an Intel CPU, and a wireless module with 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 radios. Users can choose their own mSATA SSD, DDR3 SO-DIMMs (two per system, up to 16GB), and operating system. The front panel of the Haswell-powered BRIX PCs includes two USB 3.0 ports and a headphone jack that doubles as an optical S/PDIF output.
The back panel of the BRIX system includes:
- 2 x USB 3.0 ports
- 1 x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek RT8111G NIC)
2 x Video outputs:
- 1 x Mini-DipslayPort
- 1 x HDMI
- 1 x DC-in
- 1 x Kensington Lock
Internally, the BRIX PCs have one Mini-PCI-E slot, one mSATA slot, and two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots. The Mini-PCI-E slot is used by the pre-installed Wi-Fi module, however. Processor options include the Intel Celeron 2955U, Core i3-4010U, Core i5-4200U, and Core i7-4500U. At the high end, the i7-4500U is a dual core CPU with HyperThreading, 4MB cache, and clockspeeds of 1.8GHz base and 3.0GHz turbo. The i5 also has turbo boost, but only up to 2.6GHz. The Core i3-4010U has HyperThreading but no Turbo Boost while the Celeron is stripped of both Turbo Boost and HyperThreading. The chart below lists all the processor specifications.
|Processor||Core i7-4500U||Core i5-4200U||Core i3-4010U||Celeron 2955U|
|Cores / Threads||2 / 4||2 / 4||2 / 4||2 / 2|
|Clockspeeds||1.8 GHz to 3.0 GHz||1.6 GHz to 2.6 GHz||1.7 GHz||1.4 GHz|
The new Haswell-powered Gigabyte BRIX PCs include the GB-BXCE-2955, GB-BXi3-4010, GB-BXi5-4200, and GB-BXi7-4500. Unfortunately, the company has not yet released pricing or availability for the SFF devices. More informtation on the Haswell models can be found on this Gigabyte microsite.
Read more about the Gigabyte BRIX platform and how it compares to the competition here.
Subject: General Tech | September 8, 2013 - 05:19 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: HDMI 2.0, hdmi, 4k
3840 and 2160 are common numbers around this site or at least they have been over the last half year. You might be surprised to find we have been on the 4K bandwagon since 2011 when Ryan was given some time with the EIZO DuraVision FDH3601 at a vendor presentation. Sure, that $30,000 behemoth was designed for medical imaging and air traffic control stations, but it can run DiRT 3 like a champ. But, even now, 60Hz at those resolutions require at least two cables working in unison.
HDMI 2.0, recently announced, has been designed to achieve single-cable 4K at 60 progressive frames per second.
The specification maintains the same cable configuration as HDMI 1.4. Devices which support HDMI 2.0 can be connected, at full functionality, with standard "category 2" (marketing term "high speed") cables. Currently available "high speed" cables will not need to be replaced. The devices, on the other hand, must support the higher standard but that only makes sense because... well... why would you need the cable, otherwise?
HDMI 2.0 drives a higher frequency, 600MHz up from 340 MHz, to deliver substantially more bandwidth, 18Gbps up from 10.2Gbps, than HDMI 1.4. The extra bits can be used for 32 channel audio at 1536kHz sample rates as well as the aforementioned 2160p/60 video link.
A helpful feature for many home theater enthusiasts is "dynamic synchronization of video and audio streams". To my understand, this means that end-users will not need to fiddle with latency settings on their speaker systems as the devices will properly negotiate the delay themselves.
I have not been too much of a fan of HDMI licensing requirements and restrictions, but this release is definitely major version-worthy. The compliance test is expected in late 2013. The devices, however, are what most of us care about and, well, that depends on those manufacturers.
Subject: Memory | September 7, 2013 - 01:43 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: manufacturing plant, Hynix, DRAM
SK Hynix experienced a fire at one of its DRAM manufacturing plants in Wuxi, China on September 4th. Initial reports suggested that the plant would need major repairs as the large black smoke cloud above the facility appeared rather ominous. Because the plant is responsible for approximately 40% of Hynix's DRAM output (which amounts to 12% of global DRAM supply), the plant shutting down for repairs would have severely disrupted the memory market and pricing of both individual chips and memory modules.
Fortunately, the fire was much less severe than it appeared. SK Hynix recently released a statement indicating that the fire was concentrated in the air purification hardware connected to the rooftop which resulted in the large smoke plumes. There was “no material damage” to the machinery used on the manufacturing floor in the production of DRAM chips. The damage was relatively minor and the facility will resume production shortly following minor repairs.
SK Hynix manufactures DRAM and flash memory chips.
A SK Hynix spokesperson Seongae Park was quoted by Bit-Tech in stating that “we expect to resume operations in a short time period.” Also, Hynix indicated that its overall supply volume and DRAM production would not see a major drop.
This is good news for PC OEMs and enthusiasts as it means prices for the chips and resulting hardware should not spike and will stabilize sooner than originally expected.
Subject: Memory | September 6, 2013 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PC3-24800, DDR3-3100, AVEXIR
A company called AVEXIR have released a 2x4GB RAM kit of DDR3-3100 (PC3-24800)
@ 12-15-15-35. You can pick them up for a mere $2000, a discount of $8000 from the usual price! They don't do too badly in the benchmarks at TechPowerUp and did allow some overclocking above even that insane frequency. There are not too many motherboards which support this speed and these DIMMs get hot so make sure you have thought long and hard before purchasing this kit.
"I've got AVEXIR's latest high-performance Core Series 3100 MHz C12 DIMMs in for testing, and they definitely show what Avexir is capable of. Not for everyone, this blazingly fast kit will probably also make your wallet crumble to dust."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- Patriot Viper 3 Series Black Mamba PC3-19200 16GB Review @ OCC
- Kingston NaVi Limited Edition DDR3 1600MHz 8GB @ eTeknix
- G.Skill ARES 8GB DDR3-2400 CL11 @ Funky Kit
- ADATA XPG V2 2800MHz 8GB @ Kitguru
- Patriot Extreme Performance (PV38G240C0K x2) 2400MHz Viper 3 Series Memory Kit Review @ HiTech Legion
- G.Skill RipjawsX F3-2133C9Q-16GXL 2133 MHz 4x 4 GB DDR3 @ techPowerUp
- Corsair Vengeance Pro Series 16GB DDR3 1866MHz Memory Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
- Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 16GB DDR3-1866 CL10 @ Funky Kit
- G.Skill Ripjaws X 2133Mhz DDR3 RAM @ Modders-Inc
- Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 2x8GB DDR3-1600 RAM @ TechwareLabs
- Mushkin Redline - 996996 - 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-17000 Memory Kit Review @ Madshrimps
Subject: Storage | September 6, 2013 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: endurance, ssd, anvils storage utility
The Tech Report have seen some mixed results from their SSD endurance testing using Anvil's Storage Utility. There has not been any mentionable performance degradation for any of the SSDs they have been testing but Kingston's drives have shown some unpredicted behaviour. The HyperX series displayed speed increases, a slight increase in sequential reads and writes as well as random writes and a large increase in random reads. Tune in next time when they reach 100TB.
"We're testing six SSDs to see how many writes they can take before burning out and what happens to performance as the flash degrades. Today, we check in on our subjects after 22TB of writes."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Force LS 240 GB SSD @ techPowerUp
- Toshiba Q-series SSD 128/256/512 GB review @ Hardware.Info
- Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- A closer look at RAPID DRAM caching on the Samsung 840 EVO SSD @ The Tech Report
- Seagate 600 Pro 400GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Kingston HyperX Predator USB3.0 1TB Flash Drive @ eTeknix
- SMART Storage Systems CloudSpeed 1000 and 1000E Server Grade SSD @ SSD Review
- PNY storEDGE 64GB Flash Card @ SSD Review
- ADATA AXNS360E 128GB M.2 MPCIE SSD @ SSD Review
- KingSpec 1TB PCIe SSD Capable of 2.5GB/s Speeds & Simple Plug and Play @ SSD Review
- Western Digital Red 4TB review @ Hardware.Info
- Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review @ PCSTATS
- SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive & Flash Drive @ Legion Hardware
- Transcend StoreJet 25A3 @ techPowerUp
- Acronis True Image 2014 Review @ Techgage
- Asustor AS-604T 4-bay NAS @ eTeknix
- Synology DS1513+ NAS @ Kitguru
- Synology DS213j 2-Bay NAS @ eTeknix
- Synology DS213+ NAS Server Review @ Techgage
- Battle of the 4 TB NAS Drives: WD Red and Seagate NAS HDD Face-Off @ AnandTech
- Icy Dock FatCage MB155SP-B SATA Backplane Module @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2013 - 01:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Need a laptop for school but are on a tight budget? This Dell Inspiron 17 contains i3-3227U and a 500GB laptop along with 4GB DDR-1600, unfortunately shipping with a single DIMM but offering the chance of a future doubling of RAM. The fact that it won't be able to play Black Ops means you can spend more time studying.
- Dell Inspiron 17 17.3" 900p Core i3 Laptop for $399.99 with free shipping(normally $519.99).
- Dell 500GB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive for $55.79 with free shipping (normally $69.99 - use coupon code: HNQ2$W?T6M93MW).
- Asus VS247H-P 23.6-inch LED-Backlit Ultra-thin LCD Monitor for $129.99 with free shipping (normally $199.99 - use coupon code: EMCXLXR55).
- Western Digital My Net N900 HD Dual-Band Router (WDBWVK0000NSL) for $49.99 with free shipping (normally $199.99).
- Razer Banshee StarCraft II USB Gaming Headset for $52.99 only (normally $89.99).
- JVC HARX700 Precision Sound Full Size Headphones for $33.99 only (normally $59.95).
Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2013 - 01:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: servers, windows server 2012 R2, microsoft, nifty, RDMA
If you play with VM's in a Windows environment you have probably gotten quite good at using FTP as that was the easiest way to copy files or even text between two or more of your virtual machines. No more will you need to do that as the new version of Windows Server will have a shared clipboard allowing you to copy and paste not just text but also files between your VMs. They will still limit you to 64 virtual CPUs but they did add Remote Direct Memory Access which offers a huge boost in speed to your machines and for doing live migrations. Check out more at The Register.
"If you want to see a TechEd audience break into spontaneous applause – and here I am one-hundred-percent serious – give them something that they really care about. Like a shared clipboard. The people running virtual servers really did interrupt Benjamin Armstrong, Microsoft Hyper-V program manager, to applaud the simple act of being able to cut and paste text or files between VMs."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps @ The Register
- Microsoft Surface Pro 2 leaks with Intel Haswell and Windows 8.1 @ The Inquirer
- IFA 2013: Highlights from the German technology show @ The Inquirer
- Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Review @ TechReviewSource
- Fire at SK Hynix China plant sends DRAM spot prices higher @ DigiTimes
- Schneier: The US Government Has Betrayed the Internet, We Need To Take It Back @ Slashdot
- Charlie Miller Releases Open Source "Car Sabotage Toolkit" @ DailyTech
Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2013 - 11:59 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: linksys, belkin, 802.11ac, wireless router
Linksys made a showing at IFA 2013 in Berlin, Germany where it announced new 802.11ac wireless hardware under the Smart Wi-Fi series. The new lineup includes two wireless routers and a USB NIC. The highest-end model is the Smart Wi-Fi AC1900 router (also known as the EA6900).
The Smart Wi-Fi AC1900 is a dual band router powered by an unspecified dual core 800MHz processor and Broadcom 802.11ac chipset that is actually manufactured by Belkin. The router has three removable external dipole antennas, two USB ports for storage devices (one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0), four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, and one Gigabit WAN port.
Linksys rates the AC1900 at a theoretical throughput of 1300 Mbps on the 5GHz 802.11ac band and 600 Mbps on the 2.4GHz 802.11n band. The router can operate both networks simultaneously and can employ beam-forming technology to improve signal strength. The router further supports a 3x3 send and receive configuration for up to three spatial streams per direction. The 600 Mbps for wireless N is accomplished by using 256 QAM modulation which allows up to 200 Mbps per spatial stream versus 150 Mbps from the standard 64 QAM modulation used by most wireless hardware. Unfortunately, in order to see the increased speeds, the more advanced modulation needs to be supported at both ends (router and NIC). The router is backwards compatible with older 802.11n wireless cards but only new cards supporting 256 QAM will support the higher maximum throughput.
The EA6900 (Smart Wi-Fi AC1900) wireless router will be available on October 4th for around $250. Early birds can pre-order the router in order to get a $20 discount and price of $230.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 6, 2013 - 01:12 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: in win, tou, full tower, atx, tempered glass
In Win, a manufacturer of cases, power supplies, and storage drives showed off a prototype full tower ATX case at Computex 2013 that is now officially launching as a production model in limited quantities. The case, called the Tou, is constructed of a sand case aluminum frame and surrounded by tempered glass with a mirror finish.
The glass is such that when the internal case LEDs are off, the various case panels act as mirrors. However, when the internal blue LEDs are turned on, light passes through the glass and users can see the PC internals through the glass panels.
The full tower chassis is roughly rectangular with angular edges, a large mesh vent on the top panel, bottom mounted 5.25” drive bay, and two handles attached to the front panel. The front panel has two skinny vents on either side to allow the front 120mm intake fan to pull in cool air. The top panel supports 360mm water cooling radiators or three 120mm fans. Front IO includes two USB 3.0 ports and two audio ports.
Internally, the In Win Tou case supports ATX motherboards, ATX power supplies, three 3.5” hard drives, two 2.5” SSDs, and GPUs up to 380mm in length.
According to Hexus.net, the limited edition Tou case will be available soon for around $800. IT is an interesting design, and the mirrored panels are unique. I don't care for the particular angular edges and bolt pattern on the side panel, and the internal features are at a bare minimum, which is less than I would have expected from an $800 case. I'm interested to see what case modders are able to do with it though, and how enthusiasts take advantage of the mirrored glass to show off their systems.
Subject: General Tech, Systems, Mobile | September 5, 2013 - 10:25 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: yoga 2 pro, thinkpad yoga, thinkpad tablet, Lenovo, ifa 2013
One of the major themes of Lenovo's IFA product releases is the push into multi-mode computing which amounts to convertible PCs such as its Yoga series with 360-degree hinges. Two of the new multi-mode computers are the consumer focused Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro and the ThinkPad Yoga for business users. Both devices will be available later this year.
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is a 13” convertible ultrabook measuring 12.99” x 8.66” x 0.61” and weighing 3.06 pounds. The system is an update to the original Yoga, and maintains the dual hinge design that allows the display to fold all the way back into tablet mode.
The Yoga 2 Pro has a QHD+ touchscreen display with a resolution of 3200 x 1800 and 350 nit brightness. Other external features include a backlit AccuType keyboard, trackpad, stereo speakers, and a 720p webcam. There are several IO ports situated around the sides of the notebook including one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, one combo mic/headphone audio jack, one SD card slot, and one micro HDMI video output.
The convertible ultrabook is configured with an Intel Haswell Core i7 ULT processor, 8GB of DDR3L memory, a 512GB SSD, and a battery rated at 6 hours of 1080p video playback with the display at 150 nits brightness. It also comes equipped with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 radios. The Yoga 2 Pro will come pre-installed with Windows 8.1 Pro. Users can control the Yoga 2 using the touchscreen, keyboard and trackpad, voice, or motion controls. Lenovo further includes software that will automatically list Windows applications on the Start Screen depending on the mode the “multi-mode” computer is in (tablet, laptop, tent, ect).
The Yoga 2 Pro will be available in October for $1099.99 (starting MSRP).
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga
Beyond the Yoga 2 Pro, Lenovo is introducing the Yoga form factor to the business market with the new ThinkPad Yoga. The system is smaller than the Yoga 2 Pro but a bit thicker and heavier. It does make several trade-offs versus the consumer Yoga 2 Pro to integrate business-friendly features such as digitizer support. Interestingly, the two systems are priced similarly, and the starting MSRP on the ThinkPad Yoga is lower than the Yoga 2 Pro.
The upcoming ThinkPad Yoga is a 12.5” notebook with a magnesium alloy chassis that is 0.74” thick and weighs 3.48 with everything installed. Users can choose between an HD display covered by Corning Gorilla Glass or a 1920 x 1080 IPS touchscreen display with support for an optional Wacom digitizer pen. Unfortunately, there is no QHD+ option on this business-class multi-mode PC. Other features include a backlit keyboard, five button glass trackpad, stereo speakers, a 720p webcam, and “all day battery life.” Specifically, the ThinkPad Yoga is rated at 5.3 hours with an Intel Haswell i7 or 8.3 hours with an Intel Haswell i3 processor. IO on the ThinkPad Yoga includes a single audio jack (mic+headphone), SD card reader, two USB 3.0 ports, a mini HDMI video output, and a DC-in OneLink dock adapter port.
The other interesting feature that is exclusive to the ThinkPad version of the Yoga is a keyboard that uses what Lenovo calls a “lift and lock” system to secure the keyboard while the system is in tablet mode. When the display is rotated all of the way back into tablet mode, rubber bumpers and the frame around the keyboard lift up. The keyboard frame lifts up to be flush with the top of the keys. Meanwhile, the keys themselves lock into place such that they cannot be pressed down. This is a useful feature as it creates a stable base and removes the worry that keys would accidentally be pressed during a key presentation (even if the existing Yoga already ignores key presses, having a hardware lock in place gives some piece of mind).
Internally, the ThinkPad Yoga can be configured with up to an Intel Haswell Core i7 processor, 8GB of DDR3L memory, a 1TB hard drive plus 256GB SSD, large battery, and Wi-Fi, and NFC radios. The OneLink dock will allow users further expansion options by adding Gigabit Ethernet, USB ports, and additional display outputs.
The ThinkPad Yoga will be available in November starting at $949. You can find photos of the new PC at the IFA show in Berlin over at Engadget.
Which would you choose, the Yoga 2 Pro with high resolution display or the ThinkPad Yoga with Wacom digitizer and locking keyboard?
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2013 - 05:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Tesoro, gaming mouse, input, shrike
Tesoro is certainly not as well established a mouse maker as Razer and others but they seem to be aiming for the high end crowd. Their Shrike Gaming Mouse comes with three 10g weights and a single 5g to allow you to choose the most comfortable weight for your hands. There are eight buttons including the DPI switcher, which you can actually reprogram if you wish and the plastic exterior resembles brushed aluminium which is rather unique; the LEDs are not so uncommon. It can store up to 40 programmed macros on its 128KB onboard memory and is configurable up to 5600 dpi at a 1000Hz polling rate. Check out R&B Mods for more.
"Today we are taking a look at another gaming mouse from Tesoro. Up for testing is the Shrike which seems to be a tad sharper than the previous Tesoro we looked at so lets take a closer look."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- TteSports Volos MMORPG Gaming Mouse @ eTeknix
- Logitech Zone Touch Mouse T400 Review @ Techgage
- Tt eSPORTS VOLOS MOBA and MMORPG Gaming Mouse @ Kitguru
- Razer Naga 2014 @ LanOC Reviews
- CM Storm Havoc Mouse Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Attitude One A1 Vintorez Gaming Mouse @ eTeknix
- Roccat Kone Pure and XTD Gaming Mice Review @ TechwareLabs
- Tesoro Aegis Mousepad @ Rbmods
- Picking your keyboard key switch @ LanOC Reviews
- Leap Motion Review: Taking control into your own hands (kind of) @ TechSpot
- Thermaltake Meka G-Unit Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Legit Reviews
- Corsair Vengeance K95 Fully Mechanical Keyboard Review @ Madshrimps
- ErgoDox Review, an Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboard via Massdrop @ AnandTech
- CM Storm QuickFire XT Mechanical Keyboard @ Modders-Inc
- MSI GK-601 Gaming Keyboard Review @ HiTech Legion
Amazon's Kindle Matchbook Program Offers Discounted or Free E-Books for Users That Buy Physical Copies
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2013 - 05:05 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: matchbook, kindle, ebook, amazon
Amazon recently announced a new service called Kindle Matchbook. Akin to the digital and physical music album matching AutoRip service, Matchbook will offer users Kindle editions of physical books purchased from Amazon at steep discounts.
Starting in October, Matchbook will offer Kindle editions for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or for free to customers that purchased the physical version of the book new from Amazon. The company is extending the program to those books purchased from 1995 to the present, and to future purchases. The program will cover approximately 10,000 books at the time of the program's launch in October.
Notably, the Kindle Matchbook program depends on publisher support, which means that users will only be able to get the discounted ebooks if the physical book publisher allows it. Hopefully, publishers will jump on board with the program and add more books to the supported library!
Keep an eye on Amazon's homepage for more information next month.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 5, 2013 - 04:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, GTX 780 DC II OC, DirectCU II, gtx 780
With 3GB of memory ASUS' GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC card strays from the pack in terms of features and design. With new and improved DirectCU II cooling on the card, high quality chokes and 10 phase power you should be able to push far ahead of the factory overclock of 889MHz with a boost of 941MHz. You can use [H]ard|OCP's result of 1093-1145MHz core and 6.158GHz memory as a goal to try to reach, as long as you are willing to put the power sliders all the way to the right. Check out how it performs in their full review.
"ASUS revamped the DirectCU II cooling system and visual style, providing a full non-reference video card with the ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DiretCU II OC. New is the hybrid CoolTech fan providing improved airflow, and a 10mm heat pipe. We will see how this video card performs against several GPUs."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- SI GeForce GTX 770 Twin Frozr Gaming OC Edition 2GB @ eTeknix
- MSI GTX 780 Lightning 3 GB @ techPowerUp
- EVGA GTX 780 Classified Review @ Hardware Canucks
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 with Intel Core i7 4960X Benchmarks @Hi Tech Legion
- ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU MINI Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Gigabyte GTX780 WindForce OC @ Kitguru
- MSI GTX 780 N780 Lightning Video Card Review @ HiTech Legion
- ASUS GTX 780 DirectCU II OC Review @ Hardware Canucks
- MSI GeForce GTX 760 HAWK @ Bjorn3D
- MSI GTX 760 HAWK 2 GB @ techPowerUp
- Gigabyte GTX 760 WindForce OC 2GB @ eTeknix
- Club3D HD 7790 royalKing Poker Series 1GB @ eTeknix
- Gigabyte HD 7790 WindForce OC 2GB @ eTeknix
- Sapphire HD 7730 1GB GDDR5 Video Card Review @ TechwareLabs
Subject: General Tech, Mobile | September 5, 2013 - 03:39 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: tablet, s5000, Lenovo, ideatab, android 4.2
Today, Lenovo announced a new high end seven inch tablet called the IdeaTab S5000. The new tablet measures 7.9mm thick and weighs 246 grams (0.54”).
The chassis has a laser engraved “fabric feel” back cover finish and chrome accents on the side. A large 5” 1280 x 800 (350 nit) touchscreen display dominates the front of the device. A 1.8MP webcam sits above the display and a Lenovo logo is located below the display. The tablet also has a rear 5.0 MP camera.
The IdeaTab S5000 is powered by a MediaTek 8389 SoC with a quad core CPU clocked at 1.2GHz and PowerVR™ Series5XT GPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card), and a 3,450 mAh battery. The tablet is rated at 8 hours of continuous Wi-Fi web browsing or 6 hours of HD video playback. It has a OTG (On The Go) USB port allowing it to act as a host and connect to devices such as external storage. The S5000 can further be configured with HSPA+ 3G cellular connectivity.
The S5000 runs Android 4.2 and comes with Lenovo suite of customized smart apps for document and photo editing (among other things). The IdeaTab S5000 will be available in Q4 2013 for an as-yet-unannounced price.
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2013 - 03:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Avoton, c2000, Intel, Edisonville
The Tech Report picked up some technical details on the C2000 series of Avoton SoC's bound for business as Microservers or high density servers. Avoton is a true 64-bit chip and supports DDR3 and DDR3L DRAM at speeds up to 1600 MT/s and they have abandoned the FSB in favour of the crossbar style IDI that has been present in Intel's larger chips since Nehalem. They've also replaced the Southbridge with a South Complex that provides 16 lanes of PCIe 2.0 on the fastest interconnect with a data connectivity attached alongside the PCIe. That consists of pair of SATA 6Gbps, four SATA 3 ports and four ethernet controllers capable of 2.5Gbps which are capable of teaming and offering 10Gbps. Check out their article for more on the hottest thing to hit server racks that won't put you in debt for life.
"Today, Intel officially unveiled its Atom C2000-series products, based on the Avoton system-on-a-chip, so we have the opportunity to offer a little more detail about this distinctive new SoC."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Intel chases network gear and cold storage with Avoton Atoms @ The Register
- Intel shows off 'disaggregated' rack of servers, storage, and networking @ The Register
- Intel's Avoton Atoms give microservers muscle – and Xeon-class features @ The Register
- Microsoft to push own brand with help from Nokia @ DigiTimes
- OCCAT Into Street-Proof Messenger Bag @ Neoseeker
- Magellan RoadMate RV5365T-LMB GPS Navigator @ TechwareLabs
- How To Fix GDI Leaks In Internet Explorer 10 and 9 @ TechARP
- Making Asteroids Miniature @ Hack a Day
Subject: General Tech, Mobile | September 5, 2013 - 02:52 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: vibe x, smartphone, mtk 6589t, Lenovo, k900, android 4.2
Lenovo announced new mobile devices at IFA 2013 in Berlin this week including the new flagship Lenovo S960 “Vibe X” and an updated Lenovo K900 in orange or black colors. The new K900 is available now in China and the new Vibe X smartphone will be available (in China) in October.
The Lenovo Vibe X is the company's new flagship smartphone. The hardware, encased in a polycarbonate body is 6.9mm thin and weighs 121 grams. The smartphone features a 5-inch (440 pixels per inch) 1920 x 1080 IPS display covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. A 5MP front-facing webcam uses a 84-degree wide angle lens and the rear 13MP auto-focus camera has a back-illuminated sensor and LED flash.
Internal specifications include a quad core MediaTek 6589T SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, a PowerVR™ Series5XT GPU, 2GB of memory, 16GB of internal storage, and an embedded 2,000 mAh Li-Po battery. The phone runs Google's Android 4.2 operating system.
I find it interesting that Lenovo has moved away from the Intel platform for its new flagship. Unfortunately, it still is not coming to the US or Europe. Instead, the new Vibe X smartphone will be available in China in October and in other countries where Lenovo smartphones are sold around the December time frame.
In addition the IdeaPhone S960 Vibe X, Lenovo has issues a slight update to the Clover Trail+ powered K900. The phone will now be available in orange and black, which are new color options in addition to the existing silver model.
The phone is available now in China in 16GB and 32Gb capacities and will be available later this year in other countries. According to Into Mobile, the orange edition will cost users around 3,299 Yuan (which is a 300 Yuan premium over the silver SKU).
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2013 - 01:18 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: xbox one, x79, WD Red, WD, video, podcast, Ivy Bridge-E, haf stacker, cooler master, 4960x
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Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2013 - 12:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are several Haswell based notebooks on sale today, running from the $1200 base model up to one worth over $2800. This Alienware 14 sports a i7-4700MQ with a top speed of 3.4GHz, 8GB DDR3-1600 and a GT750M to power the 1366x768 screen with a 750GB HDD for storage. It also has a Killer NIC to help you out during fast paced gaming online either wired or on WiFi.
Upgrades such as a 1080p screen, Bluray, SSD storage and upgraded components are available.
- Toshiba Satellite L70-ABT2N22 17.3" Core i3 Laptop w/6GB RAM, 750GB HDD, Case (Customizable) for $499.99 with free shipping (normally $824.99).
- LG 60PN6300 60" 1080p Plasma HDTV + $150 Dell eGift Card for $799.99 with free shipping (normally $999.99).
- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 (PC/Mac DL) for $119.99 with free shipping (normally $149.99).
- Motorola Elite Flip HZ-720 Wireless Bluetooth Headset w/ NFC for $29.95 only (normally $99.00).
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 4, 2013 - 06:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Silverstone, Raven RV04
When the front of your case has a pair of 180mm fans in it you know it is big, 219x581x497mm (8.6x22.8x19.5") or as they describe it on the spec sheet, 63.2 litres, which is a lot of mineral oil. This does mean you have space for oversized coolers and massive GPUs as well as over a dozen drives of varying sizes as well as radiators for watercooling. [H]ard|OCP were not impressed with the door on this case but were quite impressed at the capabilities of what seemed at first glance to be mediocre fan filters. See what you think of the overall design as well as the functionality in their full review.
"The SilverStone Raven series of computer cases have been favorites around the HardOCP offices for years. This new Raven RV04 has a somewhat different spin, literally. Long gone is the 90 degree rotation on the mainboard which brings the Raven back into the realm of "normal" cases. SilverStone is preaching an even better thermal profile."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- SilverStone Fortress FT04 Case @ AnandTech
- Aerocool Strike-X GT Devil Red Edition Mid-Tower @ eTeknix
- Thermaltake Chaser A71 Full Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 @ Kitguru
- NZXT Phantom 530 Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Thermaltake Chaser A71 VP400M1W2N Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Spire X2.6018 Mid-Tower @ Funky Kit
- Rosewill FBM-01 Mini-Tower Case Review @ HiTech Legion
- Enermax Coenus (ECA3290A) Mid-Tower Case Review @ HiTech Legion
- Phanteks Enthoo Primo @ techPowerUp
- Cooltek Coolcube Maxi Micro-ATX/Mini-ITX Case @ NikKTech
- Thermaltake WATER3.0 Extreme Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ Techgage
- SilverStone Tundra TD02 & TD03 CPU Liquid Coolers @ [H]ard|OCP
- Which is The Best Position for a Tower CPU Cooler? @ Hardware Secrets
- be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 CPU Cooler Review @ HiTech Legion
- Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Thermalright Archon SB-E X2 CPU Cooler @ NikKTech
- Sandia Cooler: Air Bearing Heatsink Prototype Update @ Frostytech
- Gelid Black Edition Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
- be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 @ techPowerUp
- Thermaltake BigTyp Revo CPU Cooler Review @ OCC
- Scythe Mugen 4 CPU Cooler @ Funky Kit
- SilverStone SST-AR01 CPU Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
- DeepCool Gammaxx S40 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
- Scythe Ashura CPU Cooler @ Funky Kit
- SilverStone SST-AR03 CPU Cooler Heatsink @ Benchmark Reviews
- be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 CPU Cooler Mini @ eTeknix
- Enermax's white and black ETS-T40 CPU coolers @ The Tech Report
Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2013 - 05:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: total war, rome, gaming, creative assembly
The Total War series has come a long way, from campaign maps that played like a Risk game and cloned troopers in the battlefield to gorgeous landscapes with much more realistic movements and incredibly detailed units in battles. On the other hand the long awaited next installation of Rome: Total War might have gone a bit too far. It is not necessarily the obscene amount of time it takes to process the AI's turns nor the inevitable bugs that crept through the QA process; the ability to easily distribute 100MB patches has degraded every publishers QA process to a joke when you compare it to the days of dial-up. Instead it is the realization that the niggling feeling as you push the End Turn button that you have left something undone is caused by the fact that you did nothing that turn at all. The campaign map in Total War has never been fast paced nor is it meant to be, instead there had always been a million micromanagement tasks to be completed every turn whereas in this new Rome you often have nothing to do but bash on the end turn button for a few seasons.
It is as Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN comment "I feel that Total War should be a coiled armadillo rather than Rome IIs jellyfish."
"So then. I am usually in the Total War apologist camp, but not this time. I am not sure if it’s because I had a better experience with Shogun 2, or whether there’s some kind of allergy due to over-exposure going on, but Rome II rubbed me up the wrong druid."
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- Xbox One to be launched on Friday 22nd November @ HEXUS
- Mega Man creator’s Mighty No.9 smashes past Kickstarter goal @ HEXUS
- Wot I Think: Outlast @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- New Metro: Last Light DLC Crawls Rapidly Toward You @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Genetically Modified Ops: XCOM – Enemy Within @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Saints Row IV Review @ OCC
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