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We here at OverclockersClub love to give things away to our members, and today we have a new contest for you. Noctua, purveyors of exceptional CPU coolers, has three heat sinks to give away. If you want a chance to win either the NH-D15, the NH-U14S, or the NH-U12S, then you are in luck! Any one of these CPU coolers can help keep your system from going thermal, and just may help you get to that next level of overclocking. The rules for this contest are fairly simple: take a picture of your current heat sink in your computer and post it in the contest thread. As these are all desktop coolers, only users with desktop computers are able to enter. However, the contest is open world wide, so there are no restrictions other than the type of computer you have.

The Noctua giveaway will last for two weeks (until November 2), so there is plenty of time to enter. All entrants can have the picture either attached in their post or hosted on a file sharing website (like Imgur). If you are one of the lucky winners, you have 48 hours to respond, or else it will go to someone else. Good luck to all who enter!

October 24, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 02:23PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

As though holograms were not cool enough already, now quantum holograms may have a potential use for storing quantum information. As published in the European Physical Journal's EPJD, researchers at St. Petersburg State University have successfully retrieved information from a quantum hologram.

Holograms are a well understood means for storing optical information but have not been used before to store quantum information. Normally they store information using light intensity, but for a quantum hologram the medium that holds the information has to be able to store a quantum superposition. Superposition is a quantum phenomenon whereby quantum objects can exist in mutually exclusive states at the same time. To actually write the information onto the medium, the researchers had to be able to shape the control field in both space and time. The control field is the reference light used to write and later read information from a hologram medium.

Eventually the researchers would like to see quantum holograms used to store quantum signals but also to transform their quantum states. This ability would be useful for quantum communication and computation.

Source: European Physical Journal

Comments (0) | Posted at 01:55PM PST by CheeseMan42
Thermaltake Announces Versa H34 and H35 Mid Tower Cases

Thermaltake has announced the addition of a pair of mid tower cases to its lineup, the Versa H34 and H35, designed "specifically designed for gamers and home-computer builders." The cases feature a transparent side window, dust filters, and stress-free cable management. Up to two 5.25" drives can be installed along with three 3.5" or 2.5" drives in modular bays, with an additional two spaces for 2.5" drives behind the motherboard tray. Two 120mm fans are included with the case and the case has enough mount points to support eight 120mm or 140mm fans.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:42AM PST by gebraset
GIGABYTE Releases GA-H81M-Gaming 3 Motherboard

GIGABYTE, a pioneer in the motherboard industry, has reworked the H81M-WW micro-ATX motherboard and has officially released the GA-H81M-Gaming 3. The latest gaming motherboard from GIGABYTE is very similar to the H81M-WW, with the only notable differences being a PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slot, an improved PCH heatsink, and an Intel-made gigabit Ethernet controller. The board is being marketed at entry-level builders who are looking for a motherboard that can support inexpensive and value driven gaming components while stiff offering plenty of features.

According to the GIGABYTE website the GA-H81M-Gaming 3 motherboard is currently available for purchase, but searches on Amazon.com and Newegg fail to yield any results at the time of this writing.

Source: GIGABYTE and techPowerUp

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:17AM PST by gebraset

RiteAid, one of the largest drug store chains in the United States, is currently not accepting Apple Pay or Google Wallet payments across 4,600 stores. While Apple Pay was fully functional at RiteAid when the Apple payment system launched on Monday, it was disabled shortly afterwards for reasons that are unknown. The customer service department confirmed that payment systems that utilize tapping are currently not welcome, and a representative for the company stated that "We just can’t take it at this time." It is not known if the drug store chain has disabled all NFC payment abilities on its terminals, or if transactions from Apple Pay and Google Wallet are the only payments being blocked.

Source: TechHive

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:06AM PST by gebraset

Google has revealed that the next update to Android Wear, which is available today for compatible devices, includes support for GPS sensors and music playback. Smartwatches that have a built-in GPS sensor can now be used to track routes, distance, and speed, all without the need of a smartphone. The Android Wear update also adds music playback capabilities, allowing smartwatch users to store music on their watch and listen to it via Bluetooth headphones.

Currently, the Sony SmartWatch 3, which is available for pre-order from Verizon Wireless and will soon be on sale through Google Play, is the only Android Wear watch to feature a built-in GPS sensor. All other Android Wear smartwatches currently on the market will be able updated to include the new music playback functionality.

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:03AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

There are many chemical reactions we would like to be able to do, such as converting hydrocarbons into fuels, but the processes tend to require prohibitive amounts of energy. To overcome this issue, catalysts are used, which reduce the amount of energy needed at any one time, by adding intermediate steps. Researchers at Ames Laboratory have recently modelled the movement of particles through narrow channels, which these catalyzed reactions may someday occur in.

One way to improve catalytic reactions is to increase the surface area of the catalyst, as that provides more reaction sites. To that end, researchers are investigating using porous nanoparticles, as the channels within them have a great deal of surface area. The size of these channels is important though, because the narrower they are, the more of them can exist, but if they are too narrow, molecules will not be able to pass through them. This is why the Ames researchers have created a model of mesoporous nanoparticles to simulate how molecules will behave when passing each other, in a narrow channel.

Due to the complexity of the processes involved, the researchers called upon those experienced in theoretical chemistry and applied mathematics. The hope is to optimized the size of the pores in mesoporous nanoparticles, and thereby their performance.

Source: Ames Laboratory

Comments (1) | Posted at 08:40AM PST by gebraset

AMD has significantly reduced the cost for the majority of its APU lineup, making the CPU and GPU combination more attractive than ever for value orientated consumers. Newegg previously sold the A6-7400K for $85, the A8-6600K for $99, the A8-7600 for $110, the A10-6800K for $140, the A10-7700K for $159, and the A10-7800 for $165, but is now selling the AMD APUs for $58, $92, $92, $112, $123, and $133, respectively. The top of the line Kaveri APU from AMD, the A10-7850K, is now retailing for $143, a notable decrease from its previous $189 price tag.

Along with reduced pricing, AMD is offering APU customers a coupon code for one of three games for the rest of the month. Consumers who purchase an APU between now and the end of October will qualify Murdered: Soul Suspect, Thief, or Sniper Elite 3, with Thief and Sniper Elite 3 supporting the Mantle API from AMD.

Source: ExtremeTech

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:16AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Many of the solar cells you can find today are made of ultra-pure silicon, which is a slight problem as such silicon is energy intensive and expensive to make. It is necessary though, for solar panels to efficiently generate electricity. However, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have developed a way to create solar cells of a different geometry, made of less-pure silicon.

The new design borrows from fiber optic fabrication by coating silicon fibers in glass, and heating them both up. Once heated, the silicon will melt and the glass will soften enough that they can be stretched, forming a long, thin glass fiber with a silicon core. This process naturally purifies the silicon, be melting and re-solidifying it within the glass. These fibers can then be made into vertical rod radial-junction solar cells, with electrons in the silicon absorbing the energy from the light and being captured at the junction on the surface of the silicon. Planar solar cells, for contrast, must be made of ultra-pure silicon because of the distance the electrons must travel to reach a junction or electrode.

As this manufacturing approach is based on the technique for creating bulk silicon-core fibers, producing solar cells from dirty silicon this way would be rather cheap. The catch is that prototype has only achieved 3.6% efficiency, which is far below commercially available solar panels. Of course, that will change as the technology is further developed.

Source: Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:55AM PST by bp9801

The end of another week is upon us, with plenty of reviews to help get you to the weekend. There is a look at the MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G video card, which offers a custom cooler and factory overclock to keep you gaming longer. We have a review on the In Win D-Frame Mini case, a shrunken version of the unique D-Frame case that is catered to the Mini-ITX crowd. The Dark Power Pro 10 850W power supply from be quiet! gets put to the test to see how well the SeaSonic-built model stacks up. There's plenty more to check out too, including Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM, a mouse from Gamdias, and  performance of the new Civilization: Beyond Earth, so be sure to hit up all the links below.

Video Cards
MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G @ Bjorn3D

In Win D-Frame Mini @ TechSpot

Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2666MHz 16GB Quad Channel @ Bjorn3D

Power Supplies
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850W @ ThinkComputers

Gamdias APOLLO Extension Optical Gaming Mouse @ Bjorn3D

Civilization: Beyond Earth Performance: Maxwell vs. Hawaii, DX11 vs. Mantle @ PC Perspective

Podcast #323 @ PC Perspective

October 23, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 04:13PM PST by CheeseMan42

The latest offering from Lian Li is the PC-Q26 case designed for Mini-ITX motherboards. The brushed aluminum case has plenty of room in the interior with space for up to ten 3.5" drives and a single 2.5" drive. The side panels are easy to pop off and thumb screws make for easy assembly and maintenance. Up to three 120mm fans can be installed in the front panel with a top 120mm fan and an 80mm rear fan. Magnetic dust filters help to ensure the inside is kept nice and tidy. Graphics cards up to 190mm in length can be installed alongside CPU coolers up to 150mm in height. The PC-Q26 is available now at an MSRP of $189.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 02:12PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Traditionally a camera's zoom works by changing the distance between lenses. While this does work, it is not particularly ideal, given the size of the necessary mechanics. Adaptive zoom however uses a different approach that requires a less-bulky system, and now researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have successfully brought this technology to riflescopes.

For our eyes to focus on an object, muscles must flex a lens, causing its focal length to change. Adaptive zoom works in the same way, though the lenses are now polymers and the muscles are, in this case, piezoelectric materials. More accurately the muscles are an ultrasonic piezo motor that move a rotor and lead screw, which flex the lenses. The use of an ultrasonic motor is important as it allows the focus and zoom to be maintained, even when power is lost. When tested, this new system showed it could complete 10,000 actuations on just the power of two AA batteries.

Adaptive zoom is not a new technology, but this is the first time it has been built into a riflescope for the military with the Rapid Adaptive Zoom for Assault Rifles (RAZAR), which can change from high to low magnifications at the push of a button. The change in magnification happens quickly and does not require the user to move their hands or eyes, which could save their life in a firefight. This technology could also see use in other optical devices, such as binoculars and cell phone cameras.



Source: Sandia National Laboratories

Comments (0) | Posted at 01:23PM PST by gebraset

Microsoft has revealed that on December 1, 2014, it will be discontinuing the free Xbox Music streaming feature that is currently available on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and over the Internet. According to Microsoft, the company is focusing its efforts on making Xbox Music the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience customers, and as a result, free music streaming over Xbox Music is being retired. Users of Xbox Music who want to continue using the service will have to purchase an Xbox Music Pass, which provides access to millions of songs on a PC, phone, tablet, Xbox, and the web.

Source: Xbox Music

Comments (0) | Posted at 10:24AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

What would science fiction be without guns going pew pew with laser bullets? The question can also be, what would reality be with those bolts of energy, and researchers at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences decided to find out. The researchers filmed the laser pulses traveling down a hallway, watching for how they illuminate the area.

Of course a normal camera cannot actually film a light pulse, as light travels too quickly. To overcome this issue, the camera was connected to the laser and recorded consecutive frames for different pulses, combining them into a single film. As the physics involved does not change with each pulse, the film provides all of the information as though the camera recorded just one pulse. Those pulses, by the way, were femtosecond long and 10 terawatts in power. That high power is especially important as it allowed the pulse to create a plasma fiber in the air, as it traveled. This caused the laser to self-focus, allowing it to travel much farther without degrading.

The laser itself had a frequency in the near infrared, but as it traveled through the air, it produced a white light, which is important for potential uses of the laser. White light contains many frequencies, and if this laser were used in a LIDAR system, those frequencies could be used to measure certain elements and compounds in the atmosphere.



Source: EurekAlert!

Comments (0) | Posted at 06:29AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

A device's LCD display can easily be one of its greatest power drains, thanks to the backlight needed to actually show the image. This is not the only power draw though, as the pixels themselves require energy to maintain an image. Bi-stable displays however, can eliminate this requirement, and now researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have created a bi-stable display that can also show 3D images, as reported in The Optical Society's Optics Letters journal.

Liquid crystal displays operate by twisting the liquid crystals within each pixel, causing different amounts of polarized light to escape. Normally the twisting is controlled by an electric field, but in bi-stable displays the crystals are set in place using a flash of light. This removes the constant power draw and the electrodes to deliver the energy, allowing the displays to be thinner and more efficient. The Hong Kong researchers went a step further with their design though, by building three zones into the display with different polarizations. With the proper glasses and filters, the displayed image will be 3D to the viewer.

Before you prepare to throw out your current monitor or television, the display is far from commercially viable. Currently it is only greyscale and has a refresh rate too low to show video. The technology could still see use with ereaders and possibly in credit cards, as an added security measure.

Source: The Optical Society

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:49AM PST by bp9801

The week is winding down, but not before there are some items for you to check out. We have a review on the ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+ motherboard, which is focused on getting you the most out of your games. There is also a look at the Tt eSPORTS Captain Dracco gaming headset, with its rather nice style, large ear cups with 50mm drivers, and a flexible microphone. Wrapping up today's assortment is an article looking at small form factor PCs and how they, and specifically Intel's NUC platform, can take over the world.

ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+ @ Benchmark Reviews

Tt eSPORTS Captain Dracco Gaming Headset @ ThinkComputers

Small Form Factor the new world order @ LanOC Reviews

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:53AM PST by gebraset
ID-COOLING Launches the SE-214X CPU Cooler

ID-COOLING, a cooling solution provider focusing on thermal dissipation and fan technology research and production, has released its SE-214X CPU cooler. The latest product from ID-COOLING features a massive heatsink that incorporates four direct contact copper heatpipes, massive aluminum heatsink fins, and a unique aluminum stick, which helps support the firmness of the heatsink while ensuring continuous contact between the SE-214X and the processor. Concerning the 120mm fan attached to the heatsink, it features rubber pads within the fan frame, specially designed blades that provide massive amounts of airflow, and PWM. The SE-214X is compatible with high profile memory and includes a full set of universal mounting brackets, making it ideal for any mainstream Intel or AMD application. 

Source: Press Release

October 22, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 06:55PM PST by ClayMeow

Respawn is about to unleash its biggest update ever for Titanfall, with the highlight being an all-new four-player co-op game mode called Frontier Defense. Playable on every map, including DLC maps, Frontier Defense sees you and your team battling increasingly intense waves of AI combatants, including: "hordes of Grunts and Spectres, stealthy Sniper Spectres and Cloak Drones, explosive Suicide Spectres and Nuclear Titans, ranged Mortar Titans, and even melee-resistant Arc Titans!" You can earn and deploy stationary turrets, as well as switch loadouts at new Loadout Crates.

While Frontier Defense is the only new game mode that will be available tomorrow when Game Update Eight goes live, it's not the only new game mode that will be coming to the game over the coming weeks. Deadly Ground will arrive November 5, which sees the ground covered in deadly, electrified fog in either Hardpoint, Capture the Flag, or Marked For Death. Meanwhile, Marked for Death Pro will arrive November 26, bringing "classic round-based intensity" to Marked for Death.

While new game modes are always the most exciting additions, there's a whole lot more being added in this free update. Ranked Play will enter beta tomorrow and last at least through the month, allowing Respawn to gather metrics needed to finalize details. All Gen 10 players receive beta access along with five invites to hand out to friends, earning an additional three invites each day. Capture the Flag is getting Sudden Death, where respawning is disabled. Each primary game mode of each map now have three stars to earn, providing additional challenges. There's now a full-screen map you can pull up if the mini-map is too small for you to coordinate with your team. And much more.

Lastly, there are also a bunch of improvements and optimizations, including new graphics settings for high-end PCs: HBAO and TXAA (2x or 4x). The latter requires an NVIDIA GPU.

Source: Official Site

Comments (0) | Posted at 06:05PM PST by ClayMeow
CD Projekt RED Teases The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Opening CGI Trailer

CD Projekt RED will be debuting the opening cinematic for the highly anticipated open-world RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt this Friday during the Golden Joystick Awards. Entitled "The Trail", the trailer will be made available at thewitcher.com/thetrail following the Awards, but today, the studio released a ten-second teaser if you just can't wait that long.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on February 24, 2015.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:52PM PST by CheeseMan42

As we near the end of October and Halloween draws closer, Valve has enabled the past five Scream Fortress events in Team Fortress 2 in anticipation of this years all new event. Valve has done this in the best interest of gamers as rushing right into this years event would be equivalent to "going from an idle state of terrorlessness to a shrieking nightmare of solid 100% terror almost instantly." It's time to load up the game and take on Merasmus and the Horseless Headless Horseman while you wait to see what tricks and treats Valve has planned.

Source: Team Fortress 2 Blog

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:45PM PST by CheeseMan42
G.Skill Launches Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD

The Phoenix Blade Series is the latest solid state drive offering from G.Skill, this time built into a PCIe form factor. The drive uses four LSI SF-2281 SSD controllers in a RAID0 configuration to create a 480GB array of MLC NAND flash capable of bandwidth "up to 4 times over typical SATA3 based SSDs." The PCIe x8 interface allows for read and write speeds up to 2,000MB/s and up to 245K IOPS.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 02:17PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Batteries are a big deal and we keep creating more technologies that rely on them. Naturally we also want the batteries to last longer than they currently do. One way to potentially achieve this is with lithium anode batteries, and researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have made a discovery that could help bring those batteries out of the lab.

In theory a lithium anode battery would offer the highest known theoretical capacity, when used with an aqueous electrolyte. The problem here is that lithium and water react violently together, so something must keep them separated in the battery. What the ORNL researchers have done is identified a new separator called LLZO, which is a cubic garnet material. Unlike some other separators, LLZO is able to withstand very extreme alkaline environments, even staying stable at a pH value over 14.

This great stability can indirectly increase some battery's energy density, as some have turned to diluting the aqueous solution to keep other separators from failing. By removing the need to dilute, the battery can be smaller, bumping its energy density up.

Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Comments (0) | Posted at 11:54AM PST by ClayMeow
NeocoreGames' Deathtrap Now Available via Steam Early Access

Unveiled back in August, NeocoreGames' Deathtrap is now available for Windows PC via Steam Early Access for $19.99. Deathtrap is a tower defense game with action-RPG elements. NeocoreGames is best known for The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing series, which is an action-RPG series that has tower-defense mini-games, so the studio is already familiar with melding both genres together.

The game features three diverse classes (Mercenary, Sorceress, and Marksman), which can be leveled to 100 and feature more than 50 skills apiece. Aside from your hero, you also have access to 25 deadly traps with more than 150 trap upgrades, which you'll certainly need to tackle the 40+ different types of invaders across three races. If that's not enough, there's a map editor and monster editor with Steam Workshop support, and there's single-player, co-op, and PvP modes.

Source: Press Release and Steam

Comments (0) | Posted at 11:29AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Everybody wants to get their data faster, whether it is a game or video, the sooner it can be on their screen, the better. Of course achieving higher speeds is not easy and special technologies may be required. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have recently set a new record for transmission rate of 40 Gbps when using signals at the high frequency of 140 GHz.

To accommodate the increased bandwidth users' demand, researchers are trying to use signals of higher frequencies. The higher the frequency, the more data a signal can carry, but it is harder to send a 100 GHz or higher signal with enough power to be detected. The Chalmers researchers were able to achieve this in their laboratory though, by wielding semiconducting circuits made of indium phosphide, and will soon be discussing their work at a conference.

The uses for such high speed, wireless data transmission are obviously numerous and include such things as transmitting live cultural and sporting events to screens in high resolution, and making connections between server rooms and even within our homes, without the need for more cables. The researchers believe that in a few years they may even be able to achieve their goal of 100 Gbps wireless transmission.

Source: Chalmers University of Technology

Comments (0) | Posted at 11:26AM PST by ClayMeow
Ubisoft Launches New Far Cry 4 Experiential Website

What are you made of? That's the question Ubisoft asks with its new experiential website for Far Cry 4, "designed to test the player's reactions in a world full of unpredictability." The site offers a cinematic experience where players must complete four different rites of passage: a deadly face-to-face encounter with "An eye for an eye"; an impenetrable mind maze with "Rabbit hole"; a hypnotic trance with "Mind Blossom"; and a blindfolded sound chase with "Escape".

Each rite will be released on a weekly basis and provide players only a few seconds to make a decision to get out of an extreme situation. "Each choice they make triggers another sequence of events, pushing the user to make another choice and so on and so forth." Ubisoft claims there are up to 42 million different routes in total, which would require 100 days to explore every combination.

Most intriguing is that players' choices will be analyzed to determine their "personality", which in turn will unlock exclusive content for Far Cry 4 via Uplay. The new experience is available from the current site, but it doesn't seem to be live just yet.

Far Cry 4 is set to release on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on November 18.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 11:08AM PST by gebraset

NVIDIA has just launched the new GeForce Game Ready driver, which promises to deliver the best possible gaming experience for owners of compatible GeForce graphics cards who wish to play the latest blockbuster titles. The driver, version 344.48 WHQL, brings support for Dynamic Super Resolution, or DSR, to Kepler and Fermi desktop GPUs. The new GeForce Game Ready driver also adds support for Lords of the Fallen, Civilization: Beyond Earth, and Elite: Dangerous.

Version 344.48 WHQL of the GeForce Game Ready driver can be downloaded directly from the NVIDIA website.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 10:55AM PST by gebraset

Motorola has revealed that its flagship watch, the Moto 360, is receiving a new Android Wear update. The update consists of smart battery saving, which will automatically put the Moto 360 into ambient mode once its battery hits 15 percent, mood lighting, which adjusts the brightness of the screen while the device is charging, and timely time checks, which syncs the watch with its paired smartphone more often to ensure that the correct time is displayed. The Android Wear update for the Moto 360 also includes various user interface tweaks, bug fixes, and enhancements that pave the way for connecting Bluetooth headsets to the watch.

The new software for the Moto 360 will roll out in phases, with users able to install the software only if their phone is connected to the Internet and their watch battery is at 80 percent or greater.

Source: Motorola Blog

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:39AM PST by gebraset

Apple has launched Maps Connect, a web tool that allows small businesses to manage their listings on Apple Maps. The new tool allows business owners to edit establishment details or insert additional information into their listing, such as an email address, phone number, and website. Businesses who meet certain qualifications, including but not limited to having over 1 million visitors per year and WiFi access, can even sign up for iBeacon, an indoor proximity system from Apple. Any updates that business owners make with Maps Connect will take roughly a week to show up on Apple Maps.

While Maps Connect is currently only available for business owners within the United States, Apple is promising that it will support more countries in the future.

Source: Engadget

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:03AM PST by gebraset

Thermaltake, a leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units, has just launched several new power supply units within its Toughpower and Toughpower Grand series. The Toughpower series now includes 1000W, 1200W, and 1500W units, while the Toughpower Grand Series includes 1050W and 1200W models. Only the highest quality components have been used in both lines of Thermaltake PSUs, ensuring stable performance and unbeatable efficiency. The Toughpower and Toughpower Grand series are marketed at computer enthusiasts and gamers, with both series of PSUs featuring 80 PLUS Gold certification, high quality Japanese capacitors, a modular design, a massive and dedicated +12V output, and Haswell compatibility.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 06:47AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Some say we are in the era of big data, where massive collections of information are gathered and shared across the planet. Some of the most massive collections come from and go to research facilities, which is why unbelievably fast networks are built between them. Soon new connections will be built between the United States and Europe, delivering a capacity 340 Gbps, and the project will be managed by Berkeley Lab.

Perhaps the prime example of why this extension is needed is the Large Hadron Collider, as it can produce 30 petabytes of data a year and that value may go up over time (one petabyte is a thousand times larger than a terabyte). To be of any use, that data must be shared with other facilities for processing and study, which this new link will help with. Here in the US it will connect with the Energy Sciences Network, for distribution to US laboratories and universities, while in Europe it will connect to the GÉANT network organization with 100 Gbps links.

The goal is to have the network extension in production by January, to take advantage of the LHC current downtime for upgrades.

Source: Berkeley Lab

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