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News Archives for January 2013

Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: January 2, 2013 @ time: 06:01AM
Author: Nemo

Self-contained liquid cooling kits offer a convenient way to introduce water cooling to your rig and today we have reviews on two different kits from Corsair and Swiftech. Another pair of reviews cover the Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M mouse and the Corsair Vengeance K90 mechanical keyboard. We also get a look at the CM Storm Scout 2 mid-tower chassis and the PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 MYST Edition video card.

Cases
CM Storm Scout 2 Case @ ThinkComputers

Cooling
Corsair Hydro H60 Watercooling System @ Frostytech
Swiftech H20-320 Elite Custom Liquid Cooling @ Bjorn3D

Input Devices
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Mouse @ Madshrimps
The Best Gaming Keyboard of 2012 @ ThinkComputers

Video
PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 MYST Edition @ [H]ardOCP


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MSI's Entry-Level FM2-A75MA-P33 Motherboard Supports Newest AMD Trinity APUs

Posted: January 2, 2013 @ time: 08:47AM
Author: edwardquilo

MSI is no stranger to churning out decent entry-level AMD motherboards, and its latest Trinity-capable FM2-A75MA-P33 looks to be a modestly compelling choice for budget builders. It uses AMD's A75 FCH chipset in tandem with a 5-phase VRM to accommodate the latest APUs. Expansion-wise, a single blue PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slot is kept company by x1 PCI-Express 2.0 and legacy PCI. Up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR3-1866 MHz memory is supported by its dual DDR3 DIMM slots. The FM2-A75MA-P33 allots six SATA 6 Gb/s ports for storage with RAID 0/1/10, aural duties managed by 6-channel HD audio, and the chipset comes with USB 3.0 SuperSpeed outputted via two rear-panel and two header ports. At an estimated $70 price, it might be easier to swallow the limited display connectivity, which is handled by dual-link DVI and D-Sub.  


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Ubuntu Coming to Smartphones

Posted: January 2, 2013 @ time: 05:26PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Ubuntu is an extremely popular Linux distribution that has found its way onto desktops and laptops everywhere. Canonical has announced on the official website that it will show off a new version of Ubuntu targeted at mobile platforms, such as smartphones, at the upcoming CES show. Ubuntu will bring with it several applications that work with the OS and simply need to be ported to work on smartphone platforms. Your phone will also be able to function as a standalone PC when connected to a docking station. Developer tools will be available to help create more applications using native or HTML5 apps.


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Google and Kia Announce Partnership to Bring Google Maps and Places to Cars this Year

Posted: January 2, 2013 @ time: 07:48PM
Author: bp9801

Google and car manufacturer Kia have announced a partnership to bring Google Maps into cars this year, starting with the 2014 Sorento. Kia will upgrade its UVO system with Maps and even Places to give drivers all the information they need in a familiar format. There's even a UVO smartphone app to allow drivers to send points of interest or destinations directly to their car, but just be sure to do that before you leave the house or office. Once you're in the car, Maps can help get you where you need and Places can show you everything nearby, like car dealerships (including the one you're at), restaurants, dentists, and more. Kia's existing music management and hands-free features are still handled by the UVO system, plus there's an improved voice recognition function.

The 2014 Kia Sorento is expected to arrive in the first quarter of this year, with other models receiving the Google upgrade as the 2014 models roll out. The UVO smartphone app should arrive in the second quarter of the year and will work on both Android and iOS.


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CTIA and MobileCon to Merge in 2014 for a 'Super Mobile Show'

Posted: January 3, 2013 @ time: 01:17AM
Author: bp9801

A new year has dawned, which means the slate of conventions, trade shows, and press events are going to be in full swing over the next twelve months. It's the same every year, however, when 2014 rolls around things will look a little different for two mobile shows. Earlier today, the Wireless Association announced CTIA and MobileCon (the enterprise version of CTIA) will be merged in 2014 to create a "super mobile show." Currently, CTIA is held in Las Vegas in the spring (May 21-23 this year) and MobileCon in San Jose in the fall (October 9-11). This upcoming merger of the two gives the consumer and enterprise worlds a better chance to see everything at once and get some excitement back, especially after the fairly quiet 2012 shows. CTIA 2014 is set for September 9-11 in Las Vegas, with the two events this year featuring "super show programs" to welcome the merger.


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: January 3, 2013 @ time: 06:13AM
Author: Nemo

In the cooling department today we picked up a review of the NZXT Respire T20 tower-style CPU cooler with exposed copper heatpipes and a single 120mm fan. If you're looking to upgrade your mouse or gaming surface, we have articles on each of these today covering the ROCCAT KONE XTD gaming mouse and the Ensis 320 aluminum mouse pad from Mionix. We also have a chance to examine the MSI Z77 MPower Big Bang motherboard and a 500GB solid state drive from Samsung.

Cooling
NZXT Respire T20 Heatsink @ Frostytech

Input Devices
ROCCAT KONE XTD Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews

Motherboards
MSI Z77 MPower Big Bang Motherboard @ PC Perspective

Mouse Pads
Mionix Ensis 320 Aluminum Mouse Pad @ Madshrimps

Storage/Hard Drives
Samsung 840 Series 500GB TLC SSD @ [H]ardOCP


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Gelid's 7 Heatpipe Black Edition CPU Cooler Unveiled

Posted: January 3, 2013 @ time: 08:55AM
Author: edwardquilo

Thermal solutions provider Gelid has readied The Black Edition, its latest CPU cooler which boasts seven power heatpipes and two 12 PWM fans. The cooler is targetted towards the high-end market, with support for up to three fan attachments. Heat transfer is managed by power heatpipes (three pieces of 8mm and four pieces of 6mm) embedded within the cooler to move rising CPU temperatures towards the aluminum fins. Gelid also designed the Black Edition's heatsink to be less resistant to airflow while providing efficient air channels. Built with high-end hardware in mind, the cooler will fit in nicely on X79 motherboards without blocking the rams.

The cooler ships with two high airflow fans (Slim 12 PWM and Silent 12 PWM) with an option to add a third 120mm fan to further reduce temps. Gelid's GC-Extreme thermal compound is included, along with mounting clips for a wide array of AMD and Intel sockets, such as AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2 and 775, 1155, 1156, 1366 & 2011. Gelid's The Black Edition cooler is available for $75, which also has a 5-year warranty thrown in for good measure. 


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Ultrasonic Scalpel Developed

Posted: January 3, 2013 @ time: 10:27AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Sound waves are, at their simplest, pressure oscillations in one media or another, though we are most familiar with that media being air as that is how we hear. They can also be used to see though, as demonstrated by sonar and sonograms, which reflect sound waves off of objects to determine what they look like. Now researchers at the University of Michigan have found a way to use sound as a non-invasive and potentially painless scalpel.

Focused sound waves have been used in hospitals before, as a means to destroy cancer cells and kidney stones, but never with great precision. Typically this technology is precise only to several millimeters, but the researchers have found a way to make it precise at the micrometer scale. Specifically the researchers are able to focus the light down to a 75 by 400 micrometer area. The researchers achieved this precision with a special lens that converts laser light to mechanical motion, which is not a new phenomenon. What is new are new are layers of carbon nanotubes and polydimethylsiloxane which together amplify the sound waves. When the laser light hits the nanotubes they heat up the polydimethylsiloxane, which expands rapidly as a result, and that amplifies the sound.

The researchers see great potential for this technology, including the potential to use it in painless procedures, by aiming around nerve cells. However this has yet to be proven possible as the technology has not yet been tested in animals.


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Xbox 720 to be Revealed at E3 2013?

Posted: January 3, 2013 @ time: 03:51PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb, the man in charge of Xbox Live has added a countdown to the upcoming E3 gaming show in June to a recent blog post, along with saying “And it’s on…”. Based on how early this countdown has been posted, it is believed to be pointing to something big. There are a variety of possibilities of what it could be, but the next generation Xbox is the popular choice. Other rumored possibilities are a second generation Kinect or an incorporation of technology from the recently acquired R2 Studios, which specialized in media-streaming and home automation.


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FTC Announces Results of Google Anti-Competitive Investigation

Posted: January 3, 2013 @ time: 08:29PM
Author: bp9801

In the middle part of 2011, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) started to investigate Google for various anti-competitive practices. Earlier today those findings were revealed, and the good news is Google gets to avoid a potentially lengthy trial. FTC Chairman John Leibowitz announced Google has reached a settlement to change parts of its business in relation to patents, online search, and advertising. In regards to the patents, Google cannot seek an injunction against a licensee if the patents "are essential to industry standards used to provide wireless connectivity and for internet-related technologies." Basically it protects smartphones, tablets, game systems, operating systems, and any other Internet-connected device or high definition video product.

Google was found to have altered its search algorithms in order to promote its services instead of competitors, specifically the Universal Search function. However, the FTC ruled those changes "could be plausibly justified as innovations that improved Google’s product and the experience of its users." The folks in Mountain View won't have to worry about that, but its AdWord program has to be changed to become compatible with the competition. FTC investigators ruled it was difficult for advertisers to manage campaigns through AdWord and the competition due to restrictions on the AdWord APIs. Google has agreed to remove those restrictions and give advertisers an easier time.

You can read the full findings at the FTC site or Google Blog; just be prepared for a ton of information.


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Samsung Shows Off New Series 7 Ultra, Refreshes Series 7 Chronos, and Drops New Series 7 Monitors

Posted: January 4, 2013 @ time: 02:26AM
Author: bp9801

CES 2013 is still several days away, but that isn't stopping companies like Samsung from revealing some new gear a little early. Samsung has shown off a brand new Ultrabook, refreshed the Chronos series, and introduced a multi-touch monitor for people running Windows 8. The new Ultrabook is part of the Series 7 Ultra line, which is a 13" model equipped with or without a touchscreen based on configuration. It's CPU can either be a Core i5 or i7, storage can be 128 or 256GB, and up to 16GB of RAM. That 13" screen is 1920x1080 and powered by a 1GB AMD HD8570M graphics chip. A backlit keyboard, JBL speakers, two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, HDMI, Ethernet, mini-VGA, and a memory card reader round out the package. No word on WiFi, but I suspect it'll be the usual 802.11b/g/n. Samsung rates the battery life at eight hours, which is probably the model without a touchscreen.

The Series 7 Chronos laptops will receive a rather nice upgrade, as the 15" model features an AMD HD8870M with RAMaccelerator technology to increase browsing and general usage by 150%. A 2.4GHz Intel Core i7 3635QM CPU, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of storage, and a 1920x1080 display should get many people salivating, while the thinner chassis (0.82 inches versus 0.94) means better portability. There's also JBL speakers, a backlit keyboard, the usual ports (two each USB 2.0 and 3.0, Ethernet, HDMI), and an optional touchscreen to round out the rest. Battery life is rated at eleven hours, which is impressive if it holds up in practice.

At last we come to the monitors, which join Samsung's Series 7 line. The 24" model is the multi-touch one, while the 27" lacks touch capabilities. That 24" version, Series 7 Touch (SC770), has a 1920x1080 panel, support for ten touch inputs, 178° viewing angles, and can tilt up to 60° for ease of use. The 27" model, Series 7 (SC750), also has a 1080p screen, but can pivot 90° to view content in landscape or portrait mode.

Samsung did not divulge when the Series 7 Ultra and Series 7 Chronos would arrive or at what price, but both models can be checked out at CES next week. The Series 7 monitors are set to arrive in the first quarter of this year, although no prices were mentioned.


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: January 4, 2013 @ time: 05:24AM
Author: Nemo

Today we get another look at the CM Storm Scout 2, a sub-$100 mid-tower case from Cooler Master. Intel has been pushing the ultrabook concept, which in the face of the tablet onslaught might seem like an uphill battle. Our roundup includes a review of Lenovo IdeaPad U410 14-inch Ultrabook that features an Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of memory. We also have reviews on the FSP RAIDER 750W power supply and a list of the top five CPU coolers for both AMD and Intel processors.

Cases
Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 Case @ TechSpot

Cooling
Top 5 Heatsink Charts Updated for January 2013 @ Frostytech

Notebooks/Tablets
Lenovo IdeaPad U410 14-inch Ultrabook @ ThinkComputers

Power Supplies
FSP RAIDER 750W Power Supply @ [H]ardOCP

Miscellany
Podcast #233 @ PC Perspective


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Ancient Cooling Techniques Adapted for New A/C Design

Posted: January 4, 2013 @ time: 10:56AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

While the development of the modern air conditioner spurred a great deal of city growth, it is hardly the first example of an air-cooling system. Indeed man has been using one method or another to change the air around us for hundreds of years, if not thousands. Now researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have combined two of these old techniques into a new technology with some interesting benefits.

One of the old ways to cool the air was to pull the heat out of it by using that energy to evaporate water. Unfortunately this method can only be applied where the air is dry and will readily absorb the water. To overcome this, the researchers added a desiccant to the setup, which dries the air before cooling it. When air first enters the Desiccant-Enhanced Evaporative (DEVAP) system it passes through channels submerged in a liquid desiccant. The channels are made out of a special membrane that will only let water permeate it, and not the desiccant or the air. The cooling part of the system then bleeds off some of the dry air to evaporate water and cool the rest of the air.

This new design is considerably simpler than the traditional air conditioner, and benefits because of it by a reduced energy requirement and safer materials involved. With 15% of the energy we generate going to air conditioning, with that amount reaching 70% on the hottest days, any increase in efficiency would be appreciated, which is why commercial and eventually residential units are already in development.

 


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New Intel Board With Lucid MVP GPU Software

Posted: January 5, 2013 @ time: 09:36AM
Author: CheeseMan42

Intel has a new motherboard targeted at budget users that is made much more powerful through the use of Lucid MVP GPU Virtualization software. The DZ75ML-45K offers support for second and third generation K-series Core processors and even offers the ability to overclock the CPU. This software from Lucid allows use of Intel QuickSync in situations where the user has on board or discrete graphics to provide better graphical performance. Intel is also the official launch partner for Lucid Virtu MVP 2.0, which will be available sometime this year.


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ROCCAT Unveils the Ryos Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Individual Key Lighting

Posted: January 5, 2013 @ time: 02:33PM
Author: bp9801

ROCCAT, like Samsung, wants to show off some new gear before CES, and this product is something that should be very interesting to PC gamers. ROCCAT has unveiled its new Ryos mechanical gaming keyboard that features individual key lighting and two 32-bit ARM Cortex processors. Those two processors help "display key functions, macros, and even health and mana bars," which should help gamers of all kinds know exactly where their character stands. An SDK is included with the Ryos to custom tailor the keyboard to each gamer's exact specifications, and according to ROCCAT, gamers are limited only by their imagination. The keyboard features 2MB of internal Flash storage to store configurations, while two USB 2.0 ports and headphone and microphone jacks adorn either corner at the top. ROCCAT allows for Cherry MX Reds, Blues, Browns, and Blacks on the Ryos, so pretty much every mechanical switch is covered.

The ROCCAT Ryos is expected to be available in the first quarter of this year, though exact date and price is unknown.


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Steam Greenlight Spotlight: Freaky Green Sunshine

Posted: January 5, 2013 @ time: 03:49PM
Author: ClayMeow

Freaky Green Sunshine is a 2.5D side-scrolling action platformer built with the Unreal Development Kit (UDK). The name refers to the light shining down from a green planet in the sky that has been orbiting Earth, which may be related to brainwashed soldiers patrolling the streets. You play as Jonas, out for revenge against the Abbage Foundation after a helicopter crashes into your living room. Along the way, you'll encounter the aforementioned soldiers, tackle typical platformer puzzles, and fight a variety of bosses and mini-bosses. To aid you in your adventure, you'll have a variety of guns, but based on the videos, it seems like you can simply shoot horizontally – this isn't a mouse-controlled shooter. At least not at this point in development.

What really struck me was the art direction. The view is pulled back farther than in most 2.5D platformers, really providing a striking amount of depth both in the foreground and background. If I were to remove the main character from the screenshots, you'd probably think it was an open-world 3D game. Realistic lighting and shadows also adds to that feel. As for the environments you'll be traversing, the game features indoor and outdoor environments, day and night, and various weather conditions to contend with.

Developer GrimArch Studios also promises "an exciting humorous story," with a script containing over 45 minutes of lines for Jonas and over 20 different characters you'll meet along the way, both minor and major in terms of their contribution to the story. Interacting with the environment, as well as clues in the environment, will help flesh out the story.

The game is still in development and you can already see marked graphical improvement in the most recent screenshots compared to older ones. The one negative right now is the audio – sound effects in the gameplay videos seem loud and often out of place, especially the landing sound after a jump or fall. That being said, I'm never one to dismiss a game because of its audio, but you can decide for yourself. EDIT: As per the developer, "they are placeholders from unreal tournament 3 (default in the engine) and have been removed/replaced by now." There is a newer video on the Greenlight page, but I liked the one below better, as it shows some of the puzzle elements.

Last week's Spotlight: Claustrophobia: The Downward Struggle. And don't forget to visit the forum thread.


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NVIDIA Unveils Tegra 4 and Project Shield at CES Press Conference

Posted: January 6, 2013 @ time: 11:35PM
Author: bp9801

NVIDIA decided to kick CES off a little early with some rather large announcements. One of the worst kept secrets in the industry was revealed, Tegra 4, while something kept entirely in the dark was shown off for the first time ever, Project Shield. Tegra 4 takes NVIDIA's mobile processor to a whole new level, with a quad-core Cortex-A15 processor plus a power-saving core, 72 GPU cores, and a built-in 4G LTE modem. That quad-core Cortex-A15 is the first one of its kind, while the power-saving core ensures the battery won't be drained when the device is in standy. The Tegra 4 is the fastest mobile processor available with web pages loading in an instant, but there is more to it than just pure speed. It allows for "one shot" HDR photography that can be applied while lining up the shot thanks to its computational photography architecture.

The real star of NVIDIA's show, however, was its new Android-powered gaming handheld: Project Shield. Project Shield has a Tegra 4 chip at its heart, with everything fitted into the controller. A 5" touchscreen at 1280x720 is attached to Shield, while the controller part has four face buttons, two bumper buttons, two triggers, a directional pad, and two analog sticks. There's also a mini HDMI port, full-size USB, microSD, and a headphone jack on the rear. At the center is an NVIDIA button surrounded by Start, Back, Volume, and Home buttons. The top corners contain a custom, bass-reflex, port tuned audio system to really get you into the action.

Project Shield functions just like any other Android device thanks to the touchsreen, so you can browse the web, chat with your friends, download apps from Google Play, watch movies, and more. Press the NVIDIA button, though,  and you're in gaming mode, with access to Android games, TegraZone games, and even PC games.

Project Shield can access your GeForce GTX-powered computer to play any installed games, even ones through Steam. The 802.11n 2x2 MIMO means near-instantenous streaming of all your games directly to Project Shield. Its HDMI port means you can hook it up to your TV and play games on the big screen. There were some slight technical difficulties during NVIDIA's press conference, but eventually Project Shield was playing games on a 4K TV.

NVIDIA and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang did not reveal when Tegra 4 or Project Shield would be available to consumers, but both products are extremely impressive. Hopefully Project Shield has an equally impressive price to go with its ability, but regardless of that, NVIDIA has fully thrown its hat in the gaming console business. The press conference can be viewed here for the next seven days once its uploaded.


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: January 7, 2013 @ time: 06:24AM
Author: Nemo

It's early January and that mean CES time and we have early coverage in the form of a podcast from one of our affiliates today. Next in line for you to check out is a pair of solid state drives from OCZ and KingFast. We also have reviews on the Fractal Define R4 mid-tower chassis and a FPS Gaming Mouse Roundup 2012 article for you to read before you go today. Enjoy!

Cases
Fractal Define R4 Mid Tower Case @ Madshrimps

Input Devices
FPS Gaming Mouse Roundup 2012 @ Madshrimps

Storage/Hard Drives
OCZ Vector 256GB Solid State Drive @ ThinkComputers
KingFast F3 Series 2.5" SATAIII SSD 240GB KF2509MCF @ Madshrimps

Trade Shows/Conventions
CES 2013 Podcast Day 1 - Everything Lenovo, NVIDIA Tegra 4 and Shield @ PC Perspective


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Upcoming Mad Catz Controllers Features Multi-Platform Support

Posted: January 7, 2013 @ time: 07:04AM
Author: edwardquilo

Early 2013 will showcase Mad Catz' GameSmart controllers which can be used across a wide range of multi-platform gaming devices. The latest gaming arsenal includes the C.T.R.L.R. wireless gamepad, the R.A.T.M. wireless gaming house, a F.R.E.Q.M. mobile headset and the M.O.U.S.9 wireless mouse, which are all designed to work seamlessly with PCs, Macs, game consoles, phones and tablets, and TVs. Utilizing what's dubbed as Bluetooth GameSmart technology, the compatibility of the contraptions are further enhanced with a Nano Dongle USB receiver. Details are yet unknown as to which game console will support the controllers, but judging by the screenshots, these new GameSmart additions will bear the unmistakable Mad Catz design. 


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Portable Air Sensors May be Coming to Cellphones

Posted: January 7, 2013 @ time: 09:09AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Though the fervor over air pollution may have decreased over the recent decades for other, more visible pollutants, the problem still exists in many areas. In these areas though, there is not necessarily a great number of monitoring stations and what data the few do collect are not always accessible to the public. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego are starting to change that though with portable sensors and cellphones.

There are many different kinds of air pollutants, but the three most common emissions are ozone, nitrogen dioxide, and carbon monoxide, so the sensors the researchers developed only monitor them. After building 20 of these sensors, they and cellphones for them to connect to, were given to 30 users to have with them for four weeks. During that time the user could check the air quality and in some case, they responded to it. For example, the users and later the researchers found, that by changing a bicycle route, even by one block, air pollution could be avoided. Also driving at another time of day than rush hour can greatly improve air quality.

While the study has ended, the CitiSense program is likely to go on as the sensors are relatively cheap and could be easily deployed to analyze air quality throughout different cities. Also it may be possible to shrink the sensor down to fit into cellphones, so users can always monitor air quality. Either way, the information gathered on where pollution-hot-spots are could do a great deal to improve the health of those exposed to it.


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High-Speed USB 3.0 To Arrive in 2014

Posted: January 7, 2013 @ time: 10:35AM
Author: EuroFight

Last year, USB 3.0 broke into the consumer market, with many newer devices featuring two or more high-speed USB 3.0 ports. In 2014, however, a new standard of USB 3.0 will push the data transfer speed to a massive 10Gbps, double the current transfer speed. The new standard will also enable the USB interface to carry more current to connected devices, opening more and more possibilities to peripheral manufacturers. This comes alongside news that USB's main competitor, Thunderbolt,  will also be upgraded from its current dual 10Gbps channels in the near future. The upcoming USB standard is not fully completed as of now, but should be finished by mid-2013, enabling it to be incorporated into products starting in late 2014.

The standard was announced by the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, comprised most notably of HP, Intel, Microsoft, and Texas Instruments. The new standard will maintain the current USB connectors, however will require an updated USB controller to take advantages of the new standard. Current SuperSpeed USB cables are also likely to be replaced, as they are not certified for speeds of 10Gbps. Despite the introduction of Thunderbolt ports into many new computers, USB remains the major standard for personal computing and it would appear it will continue that way for the foreseeable future.


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OCZ to Show PCIe Vector SSD at CES

Posted: January 7, 2013 @ time: 10:38AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For anyone looking for the fastest performing storage solution, the answer is a solid state drive with its series of chips for storing data, instead of a spinning platter and moveable heads. Typically these are connected by a SATA port, but for those who need the most speed some PCIe connected SSDs can be found, such as the OCZ RevoDrive series. Now OCZ is getting ready to unveil a new PCIe SSD solution; the Vector PCIe SSD Series.

The Vector SSD series for SATA is one of the company's workstation or high-end consumer products with its high endurance and high speed. The PCIe variant improves on those standards thanks to the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller, the increased bandwidth of the PCIe connection and other advancements. Together these features deliver the endurance and reliability for 100 GB host writes per day for five years (1826 days, counting one leap day) to Windows-based workstations, desktops, and even laptops in both full-height and half-height, 4 lane, PCIe Gen 2 formats.


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Kingston Ups the Storage Capacity to 1TB with New USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Posted: January 7, 2013 @ time: 11:19AM
Author: bp9801

Kingston is one of the leaders in all things memory-related, and that also includes Flash storage devices. This time, Kingston is doing this a little different when it comes to storage, as rather than blinding speed it's going for massive capacity. Kingston has just unveiled its DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 USB drive with a capacity of 512GB and 1TB. That's right, this USB drive is packing up to 1TB of storage, which should be plenty for even the most on-the-go individual. There's still some fast speeds too, as the DT HyperX Predator 3.0 features read speeds of 240MB/s and write speeds of 160MB/s. The drive comes in at 2.84" x 1.06" x 0.82" without the attached keyring, while it jumps to 3.49" with it. That's still plenty portable to take with wherever you go, while the zinc metal alloy casing keeps it safe from harm.

The Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 USB drive is available now in the 512GB capacity, while the 1TB drive arrives later in the first quarter. No price was mentioned, but each drive is backed by a five-year warranty and free technical support.


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ZOTAC Announces Third Generation ZBOX Mini-PC at CES

Posted: January 7, 2013 @ time: 05:17PM
Author: bp9801

ZOTAC is kicking off its CES reveals with its Third Generation ZBOX mini-PC and its refreshed mobile-on-desktop Second Generation ZBOX mini-PC. The Third Gen ZBOX (ID42) is 7mm bigger than the old one, but ZOTAC says it's "the most substantial evolution of the ZBOX since its introduction three years ago." Network connectivity is covered with dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and dual external WiFi antennas, but the internals are something else. A dual-core Intel processor at 1.1GHz and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 610 GPU combine for a powerful HTPC to decode video streams without dropping a frame. Even OpenEELC and new 10-bit formats like Hi10P are no problem for the Third Gen ZBOX.

The mobile-on-desktop Second Gen ZBOX (ID83) refresh includes an Intel Core i3 3120M CPU and HD 4000 graphics. Those new parts account for up to 75% faster video transcoding than previous generations and more than double the 3D performance of Intel HD 2500 graphics. It also has a Gigabit Ethernet port and 802.11n WiFi for any connection type.

Both ZBOX models come with an HDMI and DVI port, a 4-in-1 card reader, support for up to 16GB of DDR3 SO-DIMMs, and multiple USB ports. The ZBOX ID42 has two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, while the ID83 has four USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. The yellow USB 2.0 ports on each support high-amperage charging to get your devices juiced up faster. There's a barebones version of each ZBOX so you can install your own parts, and a PLUS version that adds in 4GB of RAM and a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive. Each one only supports a single 2.5" hard drive, but the USB 3.0 ports and Ethernet/WiFi allow for more possibilities. An MCE-compatible remote and IR receiver is included with each model, as is a VESA 75/100 mount.

There were no words on pricing and availability for either ZBOX, but expect more information soon.


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Seagate Central Shared Storage Simplifies Network Backup

Posted: January 7, 2013 @ time: 06:44PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Seagate has revealed a new network backup solution in advance of the CES trade show, Seagate Central Shared Storage. This low profile solution offers automatic backup to all networked devices and also provides the option to access the storage from devices external to the network. Seagate sought to create a backup solution that was easy to use, and created a software solution to reach this goal with compatibility for both Windows and Mac OS X systems. This solution creates a central location for all networked computers and also adds the ability to backup photos and videos from sites like Facebook. Seagate will also provide applications for several other platforms including iOS, Android, and Samsung Smart TVs. The Seagate Central Shared Storage is a 2013 CES Innovation Honoree and will be available in March. Available capacities are 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB with prices of $189.99, $219.99, and $259.99.


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Mushkin Shows Off Several Products at CES

Posted: January 7, 2013 @ time: 07:14PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Mushkin has released some teasers regarding the lineup of products that it will be showcasing at the CES trade show. Described as "its latest and most exciting range of products ever," the offerings are very diverse and span multiple product categories. The 480GB Atlas mSATA SSD uses the SandForce SF-2281 controller and was announced at the beginning of December. An updated version of the Scorpion PCIe SSD, announced at CES last year, offers improved performance over its predecessor. Mushkin will also show off the first enterprise solid state drives, a new gaming memory line, and a new USB 3.0 external drive featuring a SandForce controller.


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NZXT Launches First Fully Modular Power Supply

Posted: January 7, 2013 @ time: 07:26PM
Author: bp9801

NZXT is well known for its innovative and unique case designs, but over the years its product breadth has been expanding to cover pretty much every aspect of a computer build. There's fans, fan controllers, CPU coolers (both air and water), mice, and even power supplies. That latter category is of concern today, as NZXT has launched its first fully modular power supply with the HALE90 V2. The HALE90 V2 is 80 Plus Gold certified, with NZXT saying efficiency levels can reach as high as 90% under load. Internally there are server-grade features like "solid-bar interconnects between the main board and cable-host board," which eliminates the need for wires. The board layout has been arranged for maximum airflow, while white solder-resist provides "ten times the thermal conductivity of normal solder-resist." Externally, well, there's the fully modular cables so you only need to hook up what you need for your system. The stunning white and black color scheme provide a unique look, and the 135mm helps keep everything within operating temperature.

NZXT HALE90 V2 is available in 850, 1000, and 1200 watt capacities, with a price of $189.99, $229.99, and $269.99, respectively. The new PSUs and other products will be on display during CES this week, but no word on when it'll be available to purchase.


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Limited Edition ROG ARES II Video Card on the Way from ASUS

Posted: January 7, 2013 @ time: 07:47PM
Author: bp9801

Prepare to be blown away with pure power, as ASUS is preparing a limited edition ROG ARES II video card that is sure to shake the record books. ASUS has packed two AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition GPUs and 6GB of GDDR5 RAM onto a single card that only takes up two PCIe slots, thanks in large part to an included hybrid water cooling system. The cooling system features a closed-cycle liquid system with two 120mm fans and a radiator block that should fit on the rear of many cases. On the card is an 80mm dust-proof fan to keep "critical components" like RAM and power delivery parts cool. According to ASUS, the design allows for continuous stability under full load, with temperatures 31 °C cooler than an NVIDIA GTX 690.

As for the card itself, well, ASUS runs the two GPUs at 1050MHz base clock with an 1100MHz boost clock. The 6GB of memory runs at 6600MHz on a dual 384-bit bus, so you should be pretty well covered in the most demanding games. DIGI+ VRM helps keep power to the card stable, while the 20-phase Super Alloy Power ensures a long life even under heavy load and high temperature. Core and memory speeds, fan performance, and voltages can all be modified with the ASUS ROG Edition GPU Tweak program, which presents users with an easy-to-use interface. GPU Tweak can also be used to keep an eye on temperatures and power consumption levels, just in case you're worried things are getting a little too toasty.

There will only be 1,000 ASUS ROG ARES II video cards available, with each one coming in a custom ROG-themed case and a laser-etched serial number on the backplate to show its limited status. An 850W power supply with at least 42 amps on the 12V rail is required to run this beast, though there are PCIe adapters just in case you don't have three 8-pin PCIe cables. Four DisplayPorts, one single-link DVI, and one dual-link DVI round out the monitor connections, plus HDMI is available via an adapter. An extended Crossfire bridge is included as well just in case you want to run a second card next to this monster. The card comes in at 11.8" x 5.5" x 1.8", so it isn't too much bigger than other video cards.

No price or launch date was announced at this time for the ROG ARES II, but expect ASUS to reveal those soon.


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New Seagate Wireless Plus Mobile Device Storage Solution Announced

Posted: January 7, 2013 @ time: 09:27PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

In 2011 Seagate released its first wireless storage device to satisfy the needs of people using smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices with limited data storage. Now the company has announced the latest version of its Seagate Wireless Plus mobile storage technology which can stream data to as many as eight devices.

The device itself features a 1 TB hard drive and its own wireless network, so your mobile devices connect directly to it, instead of using an Internet connection. Powering the radio and the drive is a battery capable of lasting 10 hours, which is comparable to the battery life of many tablets and smartphones. Its compatibility is not limited to just Android and iOS devices though, as it can connect to other devices using Apple Airplay, DLNA, or an app designed specifically for Samsung devices. For a physical connection, the drive comes with a USB 3 adapter to quickly add content for later access.

The suggested retail price for the Seagate Wireless Plus mobile storage is $199.99 and is already available.


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Kingston Launches DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 Flash Drive

Posted: January 7, 2013 @ time: 09:43PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

As impressive as 1 TB of storage on a flash drive is, not everyone needs that much, which is why Kingston is launching more than just the DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 at CES. The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 3 flash drive has a similar design to the Predator, but is available in much smaller capacities.

Thanks to the USB 3 connection, the Ultimate drive can achieve read and writes speeds as high as 150 MB/s and 70 MB/s, respectively, or 30 MB/s and 20 MB/s when connected to a USB 2 port. Behind the plug is either 32 GB or 64 GB of flash storage with a five-year warranty to ensure product satisfaction.


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Valve and Xi3 to Show Off Steam Box During CES

Posted: January 8, 2013 @ time: 02:47AM
Author: bp9801

A Steam Box, a small PC designed to be hooked up to TVs to play Steam games, has been rumored for about a year now, but so far it's all just been rumors. However, that all changes as Valve and Xi3, maker of super tiny PCs, have teamed up to reveal "an integrated system that exceeds the capabilities of leading game consoles, but can fit in the palm of your hand." This tiny PC, the famed Steam Box, will be shown this week during CES at both the Valve and Xi3 booths, but until then, details are extremely limited on what's all inside the PC. Most likely it'll run on Linux, probably Ubuntu, but other than that your guess is as good as mine for now. Jason A. Sullivan, founder, president, and CEO of Xi3, had the following to say on the product:

Today marks the beginning of a new era for Xi3. This new development stage product will allow users to take full-advantage of their large high-definition TV displays for an amazing computer game experience. As a result, this new system could provide access to thousands of gaming titles through an integrated system that exceeds the capabilities of leading game consoles, but can fit in the palm of your hand.

Valve has invested heavily in Xi3, so it looks like we'll be getting a Steam Box for sure. There are more questions than answers currently, like just how powerful this computer is, what the storage is like, how consumers will respond to it, and if this is the killer app to replace consoles once and for all. As CES officially kicks off in a matter of hours, we shouldn't have too long to go to find out. Hopefully. We already have Big Picture mode and Linux support on Steam, so why not a tiny Steam Box that can do both of those and be barely noticeable in your living room? If the price is right on this Steam Box (or whatever it's officially called), will you jump in without hesitation or is the possible console-ization of PC gaming a bad thing?


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: January 8, 2013 @ time: 05:14AM
Author: Nemo

The CES 2013 trade show officially begins today, but there are always announcements beforehand and we have some coverage from our affiliates for you to check out. As usual, OCC staff members are at the show this year and we will have our own coverage for you to read. Meanwhile, you can check out the front page for plenty of product announcements from our sponsors at the show. We also have another review of the Corsair Carbide Series 200R Case and a preview of the HAWKEN Mech Combat FPS video game.

Cases
Corsair Carbide Series 200R Compact ATX Case @ [H]ardOCP

Gaming
HAWKEN Mech Combat FPS Video Game Preview @ Benchmark Reviews

Trade Shows/Conventions
CES Unveiled 2013 @ ThinkComputers
Nvidia Unveils Tegra 4 and More @ Bjorn3D
CES 2013: Thermaltake @ ThinkComputers


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Kingston Announces HyperX 10th Anniversary Edition Memory

Posted: January 8, 2013 @ time: 05:54AM
Author: Nemo

Kingston Technology announced its new HyperX 10th Anniversary Edition Memory kits at the CES 2013 show this week. The modules feature a silver heat spreader and a low-profile design to help the memory fit under oversized heatsinks found in today's performance rigs. The silver heat spreader is not just for looks though, as it offers enhanced thermal dissipation to ensure long-term stability and reliability. Geared toward enthusiasts and overclockers, the HyperX 10th Anniversary Edition Memory is Intel XMP ready and comes in frequencies up to 2400MHz and the kits are available in 8GB to 32GB capacities. The memory is backed by Kingston's lifetime warranty and will be available as DDR3 only.

Kingston also announced the finale of its StarCraft II tournament in honor of the 10-year anniversary of the HyperX product line will be held during CES 2013, with the top four winners from the online tournament being joined by two professional gamers to compete for one of four cash prizes totaling $15,000 and become the first-ever HyperX Champion.


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ASUS Unveils ROG RAIDR Express: A High-Performance PCIe SSD

Posted: January 8, 2013 @ time: 09:00AM
Author: edwardquilo

It was only a matter of time until ASUS assaulted PC gamers with enthusiast-class storage, and it's set to deliver with a PCI-Express-based SSD - the Republic of Gamers (ROG) RAIDR Express. Announced alongside the impressive Limited Edition ROG Aries II video card, the ROG RAIDR Express promises faster game loading times and transfer speeds compared to SATA-bound SSD storage, by exploiting the higher bandwidth of the PCI-Express 2.0 x4 interface. It utilizes a RAID 0 setup for its mSATA SSD sub-units in a red and black color schemed add-on card that's encased with an EMI shield, and is designed to work with both ROG and other ASUS motherboards as well. Available storage sizes have yet to be revealed, but ASUS has assured compatibility across current operating systems and chipsets. 


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Intel Announce Quad-Core Atom Chip

Posted: January 8, 2013 @ time: 12:01PM
Author: EuroFight

Intel has recently announced its plans to add a quad-core variant to its Atom series of mobile processors during a press conference at CES. The project, code-named Bay Trail, remains on the existing 22nm process used in most current Intel processors, and will be clocked at 1.2GHz. These Bay Trail processors are to be be ready in time for the 2013 holiday shopping season. Intel also demonstrated a number of tablets with the new Atom chip running the Windows 8 Operating System.

The quad-core chip is targeted at the smartphone and tablet market currently dominated by the likes of Qualcomm, Samsung, and Apple. The reference design phone Intel produced features a 3.5 inch screen and is relatively thin. Intel must make significant improvements over its current series of Atom chips before it can take on much of the smartphone and tablet market.


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Corsair Goes All Out on New Products During CES

Posted: January 8, 2013 @ time: 12:02PM
Author: bp9801

CES 2013 officially kicks off today, and Corsair is showing off a plethora of new products to entice pretty much anyone. Starting off, Corsair and recently acquired Raptor Gaming have announced the entire line of Corsair Raptor gaming peripherals is now available in the United States and Germany. The Corsair Raptor products coexist with the Corsair Vengeance ones, but the Raptor line is designed with more "conventional" materials to suit any price point. All the Raptor products are designed with gamers in mind and include many of the same features as the Vengeance line, like "anti-ghosting keys, replaceable key caps, and on-the-fly sensitivity adjustments." Raptor Gaming is based in Germany and is why that country is the other launch area with the U.S.

Next we come to the Corsair Voyager Air, "the first all-in-one mobile wireless drive, home network attached storage, USB drive, and wireless hub." The Voyager Air has up to 1TB of storage, a rechargeable battery, WiFi, Ethernet, and USB 3.0, so this drive can work just as well on the road as it can at home. Media on it can be accessed on a PC or Mac, or on Android and iOS devices with a Corsair app. Connect the Voyager Air to a home network, and content can be accessed via smart TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles, DVRs, and streaming media set-top boxes. WiFi on the drive is 802.11b/g/n with a 90' range, plus it can do double duty as a WiFi hotspot to allow computers, phones, and tablets to surf the Internet. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery can last up to seven hours between charges, with USB 3.0 performance nearly double that of similar USB drives. It can function as network attached storage by plugging it directly into a router so any Windows, Mac, or Linux computer can access it. The Voyager Air comes formated in NTFS, but Mac users can easily reformat it to HFS+ for Time Machine.

Moving right along are the Corsair Flash Voyager GT Turbo drives; the "fastest native USB 3.0 flash drives." These drives come in 32, 64, and 128GB capacities, with Corsair listing read speeds as 260MB/s and write speeds as 235MB/s. Both of those are blistering fast and are 1.7 times faster than any other USB 3.0 flash drive measured with ATTO Disk Benchmark 2.47. Windows, Mac, and Linux users can benefit from the Flash Voyager GT Turbo drives without any extra hassle, and each one is compatible with USB 2.0 just at greatly reduced speeds.

Last, but certainly not least, we come to the new Corsair Vengeance gaming products and an update to the Vengeance 2000 wireless headset. The Vengeance K95 keyboard takes what the K90 started with but puts it a whole new level. Its chassis is now black anodized brushed aluminum, every key is individually backlit with white LEDs, and the mechanical switches are all Cherry MX Reds. Eighteen macro keys can be programmed through software or on-the-fly, with macro and lighting profiles stored on the internal flash memory. The Vengeance K95 features 20 key rollover, full anti-ghosting, and a 1ms reporting rate.

The Vengeance M95 and M65 mice have an aluminum unibody chassis and a brand-new Avago Technologies ADNS-9800 LaserStream™ gaming sensor capable of 8200DPI. That new sensor provides a 30% boost in tracking resolution compared to previous mice and should feel at home on even the largest monitors. New high-precision button switches have been installed on each mouse, while each one features on-the-fly sensitivity adjustments, a high-mass scroll wheel, PTFE pads, and programmable lift detection. The Vengeance M95 is designed with MMO and RTS gamers in mind, as it features 15 programmable buttons and onboard memory to store up to six profiles. Included software allows for macros, profiles, and sensor settings to be adjusted with ease. The Vengeance M65 is for FPS gaming, and includes a large Sniper button on the side to drop DPI in an instant and an adjustable center of gravity to tailor the mouse to your exact needs.

Corsair's new Vengeance MM600 dual-sided gaming mat has a 3mm aircraft-grade aluminum base with rubber corners to keep things secure. Each side has a high-quality polymer surface to provide for a distinctive glide, with one being smooth for high-speed and the other being heavily textured for increased control. As for the Vengeance 2000 wireless headset, well, it will soon have a software update to bring Dolby Headphone 2.0 to the party for 7.1 channel surround sound. Existing users will also be able to benefit from the software update as it'll be available next month for free.

That is a truly massive amount of new Corsair products to make pretty much everyone happy. The Corsair Raptor line is available now in the U.S. and Germany, with other regions to follow in the first half of this year. The full line can be viewed at the Corsair website as it's rather large. The Voyager Air is expected to arrive in February in red and grey colors with a 500GB or 1TB capacity. The 500GB drive retails at $179.99 while the 1TB is at $219.99. Corsair Flash Voyager GT Turbo drives will also be available in February, with the 32GB starting at $49.99, the 64GB at $89.99, and the 128GB at $179.99. Each one comes with a five-year warranty. The Vengeance M65 (in military green, black, and arctic white), M95 (in black and arctic white), and MM600 should be available later this month for $69.99, $79.99, and $39.99, respectively. The Vengeance K95 ships in the early spring for $149.99.


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Valve and Xi3's Steam Box Codenamed Piston - One of Several Prototypes at CES

Posted: January 8, 2013 @ time: 02:01PM
Author: bp9801

Valve and Xi3 announced to the world that a Steam Box is on the way and will be shown at CES this week. Now, the two have shown off the Piston, one of several Steam Box prototypes at CES. The Piston is based on Xi3's X7A series, and more specifically the performance option that starts at $999. Neither Valve nor Xi3 are discussing the price of the Piston, but I'd have to imagine it'd be considerably less in order to compete with consoles. An entry-level version, the X5A, starts at $499 and runs on Linux, so that could be a potential stepping stone for the Steam Box. The hardware difference between the Piston and X7A was also not discussed, except for Xi3's chief marketing officer, David Politis, saying it'll have up to 1TB of storage and feature the company's modular components. Users will be able to upgrade the CPU and RAM for sure, and it's possible the CPU upgrade will also affect the GPU if something like an AMD A-Series APU is used.

Connectivity options on the Piston are pretty vast, as the prototype features an Ethernet port, audio in/out, S/PDIF out, four USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports with one dedicated solely for keyboards, four eSATAp (eSATA/USB combo) ports, two Mini DisplayPorts, and one DisplayPort/HDMI combo port. Valve has multiple prototypes and some "off-the-shelf PCs" at CES for demonstrations, with the prototypes described by Valve's marketing director, Dave Lombardi, as "low-cost, high-performance designs for the living room that are great candidates for Steam and Big Picture." All of this is potentially big news, so just keep it tuned for more updates.


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Seagate Reveals Additional CES Products

Posted: January 8, 2013 @ time: 02:52PM
Author: CheeseMan42

We had previously reported about two new products that Seagate revealed at CES, the Wireless Plus and Central Shared Storage solutions. Seagate is also showing off Backup Plus, introduced in June of last year, that simplifies backup for home use with the Seagate Dashboard software. The Backup Plus also allows for one click backup of Facebook and Flickr pictures. The company is also showcasing a 5mm thin 2.5" hard drive targeted at Ultrabooks and thin client devices with a storage capacity of 500GB. Rounding out the Seagate lineup will be the introduction of solid state hybrid drives for laptop and desktop systems.


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ADATA Announces XPG Gaming 2.0 Memory at CES

Posted: January 8, 2013 @ time: 03:09PM
Author: CheeseMan42

ADATA will be showing off its latest memory creation, the XPG Gaming Series V2.0 DDR3, at CES. The XPG 2600G is an update to a currently available series. The dual channel kit is available in a 16GB capacity and operates at a frequency of 2600MHz. The modules operate at 1.65 volts at CL timings of 11-13-13-35 and allow for bandwidth up to 20.8 GB/s. Senior Product Manager Ted Tsai said, “This XPG 2600G 16GB dual channel kit meets the most rigorous demands for memory density and speed. Furthermore, our specialized heat sink ensures outstanding stability even when systems are pushed to the limit, speed-wise”.


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Razer's Project Fiona is Officially Dubbed the Edge - Starts at $999

Posted: January 8, 2013 @ time: 03:23PM
Author: bp9801

Last CES, Razer introduced the world to Project Fiona, a PC gaming tablet with attached controllers. Over the year Project Fiona became a reality and Razer took to asking its fans what they wanted to see in it. An initial line of specifications was hammered out, with an estimated price between $1,299 and $1,499. Now, right about one year later, Razer has shown off its PC gaming tablet again but this time as the Edge. The Razer Edge comes in a standard and Pro flavor, with the Edge starting at $999 and the Edge Pro at $1,299. Each one has a 10.1" touchscreen with a 1366x768 resolution, an Intel Core processor, NVIDIA graphics, and Windows 8.

The Edge features a Core i5 dual-core at 1.7GHz with a 2.6GHz Turbo clock and Hyper Threading support, 4GB DDR3-1600, a 64GB SSD, and a 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE. The Edge Pro ups the processor to a Core i7 dual-core at 1.9GHz and a 3.0GHz Turbo with Hyper Threading, 8GB DDR3-1600, a 128 or 256GB SSD, and a 2GB NVIDIA GT 640M LE. Both have 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, stereo speakers, HD webcam (two megapixels front-facing), array microphones, Dolby Home Theater v4, one USB 3.0 port, and audio in/out.

What sets the Razer Edge apart from other tablets is the Gamepad Controller. The Edge docks into the Gamepad and gives users total control over their games with dual analog sticks and backlit directional pad and face buttons. There are two bumpers and a trigger on the back of each controller as well, plus there's an optional extended battery for prolonged mobile gaming. Razer has designed it to be compatible with the "hottest Games for Windows PC titles," so it looks like gaming on the go just received a huge boost.

If you're more of a tradtional mouse and keyboard gamer, Razer has you covered there with the Keyboard Dock. It has a fairly truncated shape with no trackpad, so you'll either need to connect a mouse or just use the Edge's touchscreen. An acoustic chamber on the Keyboard Dock directs the Edge's speakers through it to enhance the audio experience, plus there's an option for an extended battery with it.

Razer also has the big screen gaming crowd covered with a Docking Station able to connect to a computer monitor or TV. It adds three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out, and audio in/out to the Edge, so you can use your own mouse and keyboard with it at your desk. Connect it to a TV through HDMI though, and you can play games through Steam's Big Picture and some regular controllers. The Docking Station also charges your Razer Edge so you won't have to worry about running down the battery.

The Razer Edge and Edge Pro are available to pre-order through Razer's store, but there isn't an announced release date just yet. The Keyboard Dock, Docking Station, Gamepad Controller are all sold separately, for $199.99, $99.99, and $249.99, respectively.


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Mushkin Launches ProSpec Enterprise Class SSD Series

Posted: January 8, 2013 @ time: 03:27PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It almost seems like every company at CES has come with a new flash storage device, whether it is a USB drive, SATA SSD, or PCIe SSD, and Mushkin is no different. The company, which is well known for its memory modules and consumer SSDs, has unveiled its new ProSpec SSD series which has been designed for the enterprise customer.

Armed with a SandForce SF-2582 SSD processor the series is capable of 80 K/42 K IOPS and a sustained transfer rate of 560 MB/s. Part of how it achieves this speed is with Enterprise MLC flash (eMLC) instead of the SLC flash more often found in enterprise drives. This gain in performance is not at the expense of reliability though as there is no performance degradation over the light of the drive. The series, which ranges in capacity from 100 GB to 400 GB, supports 128-bit AES hardware encryption, TRIM wear leveling, Garbage Collection, amongst other features, and is backed by a three-year limited warranty.


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Build Your Own PC Race at CES Featuring OCC's ccokeman - Watch Live Here at 6PM PST!

Posted: January 8, 2013 @ time: 03:35PM
Author: bp9801

Tonight during CES, TigerDirect.com will hold its 15th annual Build Your Own PC Race, with 30 journalists competing against each other for the top three spots. Each spot has a different donation made to a charity of the winner's choosing, with third place at $250, second at $500, and first at $1,000. OverclockersClub.com's very own senior reviewer ccokeman, Frank Dimmick, is competing in the event, and luckily it'll be streamed so everyone can see how well he does. Frank's charity is the Leary Firefighters Foundation, which was started by actor Denis Leary in 2000 after a fire took the life of his cousin and four firefighters in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The charity event begins at 6PM PST and runs until 9PM, with the Build Your Own PC Race starting soon after. A streaming video is available below for everyone to watch and cheer on Frank. On behalf of everyone at OCC, good luck Frank!


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Gigabyte Motherboards Pushing 4K Resolution with Intel Graphics

Posted: January 8, 2013 @ time: 08:43PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

One of the technologies expected to dominate this year's CES is Ultra HD or 4K resolution. This new standard has four times the pixels of current Full HD and thereby provides some of the sharpest images you can see. Of course before you can see an Ultra HD image in all its glory, you need something able to push those pixels, and Gigabyte has come to the show prepared.

Select Gigabyte motherboards feature dual Thunderbolt connections, which are each able to support DisplayPort 1.1 connections and 2K resolutions. By using two splitters, these two ports can connect to four Full HD monitors to give you the Ultra HD experience. Driving these ports is the Intel HD4000 Graphics solution built into 3rd generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. That's right, 4K resolution on a multi-monitor setup using Intel integrated graphics, thanks to Intel Collage Technology. For those who already have the needed hardware, all you need is a driver update to be in business.


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Mushkin Announces New Stealth Series RAM

Posted: January 8, 2013 @ time: 09:16PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Mushkin has announced at CES that coming in February is its new Stealth series of memory modules. The new RAM will ship in 8 GB and 16 GB capacities at speeds as high as 2666 MHz. To keep it cool the company is using its Stiletto heat spreader in a new, all black limited edition design.

To celebrate the launch, Mushkin has partnered with Meteor Entertainment, the developers of Hawken. Starting this month, purchasing select Mushkin products from authorized partner will get you a $25 dollar game code free. Hawken itself is free-to-play but the game credits from this promotion will give you quick access to great gear.


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: January 9, 2013 @ time: 04:49AM
Author: Nemo

As promised yesterday, OCC's coverage of the first day of CES 2013 is now available for you to check out. We also have a few hardware items for you to read about including a couple of GeForce video cards with reviews of the ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II 4GB GPU and the MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition card. In cooling products, there is an article on the Respire T40 heatsink from NZXT. Don't forget to check out all the CES product announcements on the front page and be sure to watch for additional CES 2013 coverage from OCC staff members attending the show.

Cooling
NZXT Respire T40 Heatsink @ Frostytech

Trade Shows/Conventions
CES 2013: be quiet! @ ThinkComputers

Video
ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II 4GB GPU @ [H]ardOCP
MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition @ Neoseeker

Miscellany
Looking Forward in 2013 @ Computer Ed


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Leetgion EL'DRUIN Gaming Mouse Now Available

Posted: January 9, 2013 @ time: 05:14AM
Author: Nemo

Thermalright, the maker of PC CPU coolers, has a separate gaming division called Leetgion, which has just released its RPG gaming mouse named the EL'DRUIN. It features a five-way thumb pad, called the Skill Power Actions D-Pad, or SPAD for short. For the RPG player, the programmable SPAD gives the user direct access to skills without having to resort to complex button placements. The new mouse also comes with Leetgion's Omni-Tuner wheel for on-the-fly switching between profiles and DPI settings that can be set to ranges of 100 to 5000. The EL’DRUIN addresses ergonomics through the use of removable palm plates, allowing you to choose between two sizes and two different textures. The EL’DRUIN mouse is available now at a suggested retail price of US$89.95.


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Intel Ivy Bridge Y Series TDP Marketing Confusion

Posted: January 9, 2013 @ time: 12:53PM
Author: EuroFight

Earlier, during this year's CES, Intel revealed its new Ivy Bridge Y series of processors rated at 7W designed for use in low power laptops and tablets. One of the most surprising details of the new chips were the TDP (Thermal Design Power). This is particularly surprising considering the current-generation 17W Ivy Bridge chips, with the new chips representing a decrease of 10W. It has since been established, however, that the 7W quoted value is not as it may seem on the surface.

Intel has since, however, released a statement that reveals the rated TDP  of its new Ivy Bridge chips is, in fact, 13W. This is because Intel's 7W rating is based on the chips' SDP (Scenario Design Point) rating, which is a designed to represent the processor under the stress of mainstream use. SDP is not comparable to the industry standard TDP, and is unlikely to be adopted in the near future.


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Mushkin Unveils 960GB Chronos SSD

Posted: January 9, 2013 @ time: 01:47PM
Author: bp9801

Mushkin has been going all out at CES this week, with new SSDs and RAM leading the way. Today another new product has been unveiled by Mushkin in the form of a 960GB Chronos SSD. This latest addition to the Chronos line offers nearly a terabyte of storage on the SATA 6Gb/s interface and in a 2.5" form factor. No performance numbers were given, but considering the rest of the Chronos line, I expect read and write speeds near the upper range of SATA 6Gb/s. Mushkin says the 960GB drive is ideal for anyone needing high speed and high capacity, like those using CAD and other 3D software programs. It'd also be perfect for gamers who simply must have every game they own installed at once; you know who you are.

The Mushkin Chronos 960GB SSD will be available later this month, although a price wasn't mentioned at this time.


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Mushkin to Release PCIe SSD

Posted: January 9, 2013 @ time: 03:16PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

There are multiple reasons why one would want to use an SSD in their computer, and definitely high on the list is speed. Achieving these high speeds can be difficult though, as the SATA-III spec is limited to 6 Gb/s. That is why some companies are manufacturing SSDs that connect using the much faster PCIe spec, and now Mushkin has announced its own offering in that category.

The Scorpion PCIe SSD was original designed for enterprise environments and has since been improved to offer the largest storage capacity it can while still being a high performance and reliable part. When it launches it will be available in 240 GB, 480 GB, 960 GB, and 1920 GB capacities.


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New State of Magnetism Discovered

Posted: January 9, 2013 @ time: 03:19PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Magnetism is a neat phenomenon that drives many of the devices we surround ourselves with, from speakers to electric motors to hard drives. These different devices utilize the two known states of magnetism, ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism, but in the future we may find devices using a newly discovered third state. Researchers at MIT and other institutions have discovered long predicted quantum spin liquid (QSL) state of magnetism which breaks certain rules we are used to.

Ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism both are based on the spins of electrons aligning either in parallel or antiparallel, but in a QSL the spins are never locked in one direction, though the material itself is solid. This allows the spins to fluctuate like molecules within a true liquid, which led to the researchers to observing something not believed possible by all physicists; fractionalized excitations. For most matter, quantum states change by whole numbers in our equations for them, but in the QSL the researchers found a continuum of fractional states.

Potentially this new state of magnetism could be used to enhance computer data drives and may influence our understanding of superconductors. Before that happens though researchers will have to understand exactly what is happening in QSLs as no one theory describes it completely.


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