Z68 is what we wanted all along
In reality, this is what we wanted all along. When the Intel P67 chipset launched in conjunction with the Intel Sandy Bridge desktop processors, the combination of the new architecture of the x86 processing cores and the newly revamped overclocking capability (courtesy of the enhanced Intel Turbo Boost technology) made for a lethal configuration. Without a doubt it was the highest performing platform for enthusiasts and gamers and put even more pressure on the AMD CPU division to step up its game. Intel asserted itself again as the dominant CPU vendor.
The other key feature addition to Sandy Bridge was the inclusion of some fairly high performing integrated processor graphics on the CPU die itself, NOT on the chipset. The Intel HD Graphics 3000 / 2000 far exceeds the horsepower of the integrated graphics on the Clarkdale processors but that really wasn't hard to achieve. Along with that added graphical performance was the inclusion of a very interesting feature called Intel Quick Sync that allowed specific applications to take advantage of fixed function hardware on the CPU for incredibly fast video transcoding times.
The problem was that even mainstream users that decided to use a discrete graphics card in their computer rather than depend SOLELY on the integrated graphics of the Sandy Bridge architecture, lost out on the Quick Sync feature all together. Why? The P67 chipset that supported overclocking and other "high-end" features didn't include video output support. The H67 chipset that DOES support video output does not offer overclocking functionality. And since the Quick Sync technology was only available when the integrated graphics were initialized, most of our readers that really wanted to game and use a discrete GPU from NVIDIA or AMD were out of luck.
Today's reveal of the Intel Z68 chipset finally presents a solution that combines the features of the H67 chipset with those of the P67 chipset to create the best option for Sandy Bridge system builders.
Subject: Mobile | May 7, 2011 - 08:37 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Transformer, tablet, asus
Many people were left without a shiny Asus Eee Pad Transformer upon launch day as Amazon and various online retailers' stocks were voraciously depleted. Even going so far as to being unable to fulfill some pre-orders for customers who wanted both the tablet and keyboard dock.
There have been many theories across the Internet regarding the reason for the tablet's supply shortage, ranging from simple unprecedented consumer demand to more complex component shortage and manufacturing quality control issues. Fortunately, Netbook News was able to get a statement from Asus' Headquarters in Taipei on the exact reason for the Transformer's low stock. They quote ASUSTek's spokesperson David Chang in stating "It really depends on the demand. The current demand surpasses our expectations by far."
The company is currently ramping up production of the hot tablet, and expects 300,000 units to be made available for purchase at the end of June this year. Rumors of component shortages and quality control issues were not confirmed by the spokesperson. The Asus spokesperson did; however, state that "If the demand continues to increase substantially then we will have to continue to ramp up production in order to fulfill our customers’ demand."
As more units start to hit the streets, will you be picking up your Asus Transformer?
Introduction and Design
The last three years have been great for ultraportables and netbooks. Laptops with displays below fourteen inches in size have exploded in popularity thanks not only to Intel's Atom, but also a wide selection of Intel ultra-low voltage products. Many of the laptops that we've reviewed over the past year, such as the Lenovo IdeaPad U260 and the Alienware M11x, would have been impossible prior to the release of those processors.
Mainstream laptops have enjoyed less progress, however. The 15.6" laptop remains the most popular category with consumers, but while it has enjoyed a boost in performance with the release of the original Core i series processors, issues like battery life and graphics performance remained largely unaddressed. These mainstream laptops have continued to represent a major compromise, as they've been unable to provide great battery life but also (unless supplimented with a discrete GPU) lack the chops to play any but the most basic 3D games.
According to Intel, these flaws could soon be addressed. Intel's Sandy Bridge mobile processors are nothing short of the savior of mainstream laptops. These processors not only offer the typical improvements in speed but also drastically improved integrated graphics and provide much better battery life.
Or, at least, that's what Intel says. They've said such things in the past, however - Intel's IGPs have often promised more than they can deliver. But every piece of hardware deserves a fair shake, and now it's time for Intel's Sandy Bridge to step up to the plate, appearing today in the form of the ASUS K53E. Let's see what is under the hood.
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2011 - 12:22 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: synergy, sony vaio, podcast, nvidia, gtx 460, asus, asrock, amd
PC Perspective Podcast #152 - 4/28/2011
This week we talk about the ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Motherboard, EVGA GTX460 2Win, NVIDIA Synergy, AMD quarterly earnings, Viewer questions and more!
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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, and Allyn Malventano
This Podcast is brought to you by MSI Computer, and their all new Sandy Bridge Motherboards!
Program length: 1:09:40
- 0:00:45 Introduction
- 1-888-38-PCPER or firstname.lastname@example.org
- http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
- 0:01:50 We have a new site!
- Call for writers!
- 0:04:14 Sony Vaio Y Series Review: Proving Fusion's Potential
- 0:06:46 ASUS Eee PC 1215N Review: Atom and Ion, Back Together Again
- 0:08:11 AMD Fusion Speculation for Ontario/Zacate
- 0:11:52 ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional LGA 1155 Motherboard Review
- 0:16:29 This Podcast is brought to you by MSI Computer, and their all new Sandy Bridge Motherboards!
- 0:17:20 EVGA GeForce GTX 460 2WIN 2GB dual-GPU Graphics Card Review
- 0:24:01 Just Delivered: Thermaltake Headphones
- 0:25:54 Next gen SSD controllers pushing for TLC flash
- 0:31:45 The year is looking bright for AMD
- AMD's been having a very busy start to the year
- 1Q Results generally positive, showed some good growth, and no loss
- 0:40:03 OCZ Technology Announces Vertex 3 Max IOPS Solid State Drives
- 0:43:07 NVIDIA Synergy will offer discrete and integrated GPU support on Sandy Bridge
- 0:48:40 Email from Bavarian Barbarian
- 0:53:30 Email from Josh
- 0:56:33 Email from Arkanic
- 0:59:15 Hardware / Software Pick of the Week
- Ryan: 16 cores and 24GB of memory OR Quiet computers (next to me this whole time!)
- Jeremy: Better Privacy Firefox has been killing LSOs (SupaCookies!) for over a year ... HackerTyper is amusing too but overloaded
- Josh: 2TB for $109
- Allyn: 2TB 5400 RPM (or cool 7200 RPM) / iPhone GPS tracking cache thing...
- http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
- 1:08:20 Closing
Subject: Motherboards | April 26, 2011 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: X58, rampage III, rampage 3, lga1366, ich10r, black edition, asus
Fremont, CA (April 25, 2011) - ASUS Republic Of Gamers (ROG), the most innovative and award winning enthusiast and gaming motherboard brand, is excited to introduce the Rampage III Black Edition. Team ROG is resetting the bar by which motherboards are judged by incorporating new levels of design, quality, functionality and connectivity that enthusiasts and gamers demand in current products.
Years of Refinement – Today’s Latest Technology
The Rampage III Black Edition combines the years of continued refinement and innovative design its industry leading engineering staff brings to the ROG brand into one board. Not only does the Black Edition board sport the latest design aesthetics featuring a superb layout, ultra-modern finishes, and a revised thermal cooling solution it also features incredible performance.
ASUS has always pushed the performance envelope and the limits of designs with ROG motherboards and the Black Edition is no exception. After listening closely to the gaming and enthusiast communities’ feedback and combining the expertise of ASUS’ performance gurus Peter “Shamino” Tan and Andre Yang, the Rampage III Black Edition provides the most robust and extensive BIOS, software and connectivity options available on a motherboard. It is this dedication to the user community and continual product improvements that separates ASUS ROG from the imitators.
Leading Connectivity for the Gamer and PC Enthusiast
The Rampage III Black Edition meets the needs of gamers and enthusiasts alike when it comes to expandability options. The board begins by offering dual-slot GPU spacing to optimize airflow along with (4) PCI-E x16 expansion slots. In addition the Black Edition offers a multitude of leading I/O standards such as USB 3 , SATA 6G, eSATA, Bluetooth 3.0 and 802.11N WiFi. In addition the board features both Intel Gigabit LAN and BIGFOOT Networks Killer™ NIC LAN technology for the best possible online multimedia and gaming experience. The Black Edition motherboard ensures the latest connectivity standards are available for gamers and enthusiasts alike, something the imitators are unable to offer.
Digital Power Delivery and Design – Only the Best for ROG
Like all ROG motherboards, the Rampage III Black Edition uses the latest in high quality and durable components to ensure trouble free operation and long life. Leaving the constraints of analog designs from imitating brands behind, the Black Edition takes the performance leading and award winning ASUS Extreme Engine Digi+ design of the Rampage III Extreme and pushes it even further. Utilization of a super alloy choke and a high-quality dual proadlizer design ensures extremely low ESL and ESR as well as high capacitance and current capabilities for cooler operation while gaming along with leading performance when overclocking. These superior design elements are brought together with ASUS’ other innovative designs such as ROG Connect, OC Zone and AI Suite to give gamers and enthusiasts gamers a board that stands above the rest.
Ultimate Immersion and Superior Performance
Republic Of Gamers always pushes the limits of hardware design and now takes this commitment to the next level with the ThunderBolt card. The ThunderBolt combines the award winning designs of ASUS’ Xonar audio cards as well as specifically designed high performance DAC and headphone amp for the ultimate in ear fidelity and in game positioning. In addition the ThunderBolt card integrates cutting-edge gaming technology from BIGFOOT Networks Killer™ NIC series and brings them together into one card. Plugging the Thunderbolt card into an open PCI-E slot ensures an immersive audio experience and stunning networking performance in a unique design that competing imitators do not offer.
Intel LGA1366 socket for Intel Corei7 Processor Extreme Edition / Core™i7 Processor with optimizations for Gulftown 32m based CPUs.
- Intel® X58/ ICH10R
- ROG ThunderBolt LAN/Audio Combo with High Quality AMP for headphones , Based on Xonar Audio Design and Killer™ NIC E2100 NPU (that is the add-in card you can see on the board)
- Bluetooth v3.0+HS with 802.11n WIFI Support
- Extreme Engine Digi+ - Powerful combination of analog and digital design elements for Ultimate VRM Performance
- True USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s Support.
Subject: Mobile | April 26, 2011 - 12:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: atom, ion, asus
If you hadn't noticed the pink laptop in the carousel, it is Matt Smith's newest review for PC Perspective and is right up the alley of anyone looking for an inexpensive and light mobile PC. With a 1.8GHz Atom D525 and NVIDIA ION 2 graphics it can perform light duties but is not a heavyweight in any sense of the word. Unfortunately for the 1215N, Matt has found another model that does more work for less money, read on to see which competitor beat it.
"Should you buy the Eee PC 1215N? That depends on your priorities. There are much quicker laptops of similar size priced between $100 and $200 more, and in terms of bang-for-your-buck, they make more sense. The 11.6” Acer Timeline X with the Core i3 processor is one great example. However, the ASUS Eee PC 1215N has advantages over many such competitors."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- HP Pavilion dv3 4305se Review @ t-break
- ASUS N53SV Notebook Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Nettop and Mini-ITX Buyer’s Guide @ AnandTech
- Dell XPS 15 L502x: Now with Sandy Bridge @ AnandTech
- HP Pavilion g6x Review @ TechReviewSource
- Enercell Portable Power Bank for iPod and iPhone @ Techware Labs
- Coolermaster Storm SF-19 Strike Force battles high notebook temperatures @ Madshrimps
- Arctic NC Laptop Cooler Review at Overclockers Online
- Out of the box: first look at the BlackBerry Playbook @ Ars Technica
- Creative ZiiO 7" Tablet Review @ t-break
- ASUS Eee Pad Transformer @ AnandTech
- HTC Incredible S review @ The Inquirer
- Blackberry PlayBook Initial Impressions @ t-break
- Samsung Galaxy S II - Thin @ Computing on Demand
Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Motherboards | April 25, 2011 - 03:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: p67 b3, maximus iv extreme, giveaway, contest, asus
As you can no doubt tell, PC Perspective got a HUGE and much needed facelift recently to what we are internally calling "PC Perspective v4.0". I know there are still some kinks to work out and we are actively addressing any feedback from our readers in this comment thread.
But we want to celebrate the launch of the new site in style!! Some of our site sponsors have very generously offered up some prizes for us to give out throughout the coming days...
The sixth prize is truly a killer motherboard, the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme P67 B3!
This motherboard from ASUS has just about anything an enthusiast could ask for including:
- ROG Connect: Plug and Overclock - Tweak it the hardcore way!
- ROG iDirect : Tune your PC from your iPhone or iPad now!
- RC Bluetooth: Smashes through all the barriers of conventional overclocking!
- Extreme Engine Digi+: Smashes through all the barriers of conventional overclocking!
- USB BIOS Flashback: Refresh the BIOS can never be that easy
How can you win this wonderful piece of engineering that currently sells for more than $360???
Couldn't be easier: post a comment in this post thanking ASUS for its sponsorship of PC Perspective as well as any ideas you have for the NEXT super-motherboard. What other features would you like to see from ASUS?
You should probably have a registered account or at least be sure you include your email address in the appropriate field so we can contact you!
We will pick the winners soon and move on to the next hardware that finds its way to PC Perspective offices. Good luck and thanks for reading!!
Introduction and Design
You don’t hear much about Atom these days. It’s still there, still kicking, still being stuffed inside an endless stream of netbooks. Yet it’s also not very exciting, and hasn’t created much buzz. This isn’t a case of a journalistic blind spot; Atom just hasn't been update. The original was released in 2008, but Intel hasn’t released a major performance upgrade since. By comparison, the performance of mainstream mobile laptop processors has, in some benchmarks, doubled over the same time-span. The processor performance of Atom, measured relative to the power of an average $600 laptop with a Core i3 dual-core, is actually becoming worse over time.
Yet Atom has still dominated the laptop market because of one reason; there was no other alternative. For the first time, however, that’s changing. AMD has released its Fusion APUs, and we recently reviewed two different laptops with two different versions of that technology – the single-core E-240 in the Toshiba Satellite C655D and the dual-core E-350 in the Sony Vaio Y.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 18, 2011 - 01:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nvidia, gpu, asus, amd
ASUS has released two new cards with their DirectCU II custom cooling solution and accompanying overclock. The are very different as one is a NVIDIA GTX570 and the other an AMD HD6950. [H]ard|OCP was less than impressed with the out of the box overclock of 10MHz on the GPU and simply reference speeds for the GDDR5, so they overclocked the cards to speeds much higher.
"ASUS has released two enthusiast friendly overclocking video cards: the EAH6950 DirectCU II and the ENGTX570 DirectCU II. The question is which one is better, and does overclocking these change the victor. We test each out of the box and overclocked in Lost Planet 2, F1 2010, Civilization V, and Battlefield Bad Company 2."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- PowerColor HD6850 1GB GDDR5 and PCS+ HD6870 1GB GDDR5 @ iXBT Labs
- ASUS HD 6970 Direct CUII Review @ t-break
- Sapphire HD 5830 Xtreme @ TechwareLabs
- Radeon 6950 fleX, 6870 fleX, 5850 Xtreme, 5830 Xtreme and X58 Pure Black @ HardwareHeaven
- Sapphire HD 6950 FleX 2GB @ TechwareLabs
- Sapphire HD 5830 Xtreme 1GB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers
- Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme 1GB Review @ Techgage
- Where The Open- Source AMD Driver Is At For Modern GPUs @ Phoronix
- Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 22.4 @ TechARP
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 550 Ti OC Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix
- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! Edition and Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI Tandem Performance @ X-bit Labs
- EVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified Quad-SLI Performance Review @Hi Tech Legion
- ASUS GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Overclocked @ Tweaktown
- MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II Graphics Card @ Bjorn3D
- MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II Golden Edition @ Funky Kit