Friday, March 27th 2015

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NVIDIA Readying GM200-based GeForce GTX 980 Ti

NVIDIA is preparing its second GeForce graphics card based on its 28 nm GM200 silicon, which powers the $1,000 GTX TITAN-X. There are several rumors surrounding what NVIDIA could name the card. Some sources suggest NVIDIA could name it the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, while others point at names such as the GTX 990 (to set it sufficiently apart from the smaller GM204-based GTX 980).

The SweClockers report that sides with GTX 980 Ti for the name, mentions that the card could feature the chip's full complement of 3,072 CUDA cores, but feature 6 GB of memory, compared to 12 GB on the GTX TITAN-X. The memory bus width will stay at 384-bit. NVIDIA could allow its add-in card (AIC) partners to come up with custom-design cards, and so we could expect some cards with meaty cooling solutions (that keep the chip away from its 84°C temperature-throttle), and factory-overclocked speeds, to make the GTX 980 Ti even faster than the GTX TITAN-X. NVIDIA could time its launch with AMD's launch of the Radeon R9 390X.

Source: SweClockers

Micron and Intel Unveil New 3D NAND Flash Memory

Micron Technology, Inc., and Intel Corporation today revealed the availability of their 3D NAND technology, the world's highest-density flash memory. Flash is the storage technology used inside the lightest laptops, fastest data centers, and nearly every cellphone, tablet and mobile device.

This new 3D NAND technology, which was jointly developed by Intel and Micron, stacks layers of data storage cells vertically with extraordinary precision to create storage devices with three times higher capacity than competing NAND technologies. This enables more storage in a smaller space, bringing significant cost savings, low power usage and high performance to a range of mobile consumer devices as well as the most demanding enterprise deployments.
Thursday, March 26th 2015

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SPEEDLINK Now Available in North America

Jöllenbeck GmbH is continuing to expand. Selected SPEEDLINK products are now available in North America through the wholly-owned subsidiary SPEEDLINK USA, INC. The products are available from Amazon and the electronics retail chain Fry's, among others. Owner-run Jöllenbeck GmbH from North Germany continues its growth course with its own brand SPEEDLINK in 2015. The peripheral manufacturer, who is already exporting to more than 40 countries worldwide, will also be available in North America from now on. In April, the first gaming products will be available from Amazon and in the electronics retail chain Fry's. These include the well-known MEDUSA gaming headset in different versions and the innovative gaming mouse KUDOS Z-9, which is equipped with a free app for smartphones and tablets. North America is a very attractive market for us which offers great potential in the area of PC gaming. I am convinced that we can also excite the Americans for SPEEDLINK with our innovative products", says Tim Joellenbeck, president of SPEEDLINK USA, INC.

MSI Launches Plethora of New Gaming All-in-One PCs

MSI, world leading manufacturer of gaming hardware, launches a whole pack of new Gaming All-in-One PCs, featuring the latest Intel Core i7 and i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M and GTX970M graphics. The MSI AG270 3K, MSI Gaming 24GE IPS and MSI Gaming 24GE 4K are loaded with a rich array of gaming features, specifically developed to deliver the best experience when playing games.

MSI understands that gamers need the best possible audio output quality when competing online. Therefore MSI integrated Nahimic Audio Enhancer into its newest AG270 3K and Gaming 24GE models, benefitting gaming not only with virtual surround, frequency leveler and bass boost, but also with noise reduction and voice leveler when gaming with a headphone. The MSI Gaming 24GE with IPS technology offers staggering gameplay in combination with the GTX960M GPU. The Gaming 24GE with 4K panel (3840x2160p) additionally makes for a complete PC solution for 4K video editing and encoding.

Futuremark Releases 3DMark Update with API Overhead Feature-set

Futuremark is excited to introduce our new 3DMark API Overhead feature test - the world's first independent test for measuring differences in DirectX 12, DirectX 11 and Mantle API performance. It's also the very first public application to use DirectX 12 full stop. This is cutting edge stuff! Developed with input from AMD, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and the other members of our Benchmark Development Program, the 3DMark API Overhead feature test lets you compare the performance of DirectX 12, DirectX 11, and Mantle.

The purpose of the test is to compare the relative performance of different APIs on a single system, rather than the absolute performance of different systems. The API Overhead feature test is not a general-purpose GPU benchmark, and it should not be used to compare graphics cards from different vendors. (We are working on a DirectX 12 benchmark with game-like workloads, which we expect to release soon after the public launch of Windows 10.)

DOWNLOAD: Futuremark 3DMark v1.5.884

ASRock Also Announces 970M Pro3 Micro-ATX Socket AM3+ Motherboard

In addition to the high bang-for-buck Fatal1ty 970 Performance, ASRock announced one of the very few AMD 9-series chipset based socket AM3+ motherboards in the micro-ATX form-factor, the 970M Pro3. Based on the AMD 970 chipset, and built to be priced well under $99, the 970M Pro3 supports AMD FX processors with TDP of up to 125W (that excludes FX-9000 series). Drawing power from a 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS, the board offers a 5-phase CPU VRM. Expansion slots include one PCI-Express 2.0 x16, one PCIe 2.0 x16 (electrical x4, wired to the southbridge), and one each of PCIe 2.0 x1 and legacy PCI. Storage connectivity on the 970M Pro3 includes six SATA 6 Gb/s ports. 6-channel HD audio with ELNA capacitors, gigabit Ethernet, and four USB 3.0 ports (two on the rear panel, two by header), make for the rest of its modern connectivity. The board is driven by UEFI BIOS.

ASRock Unveils Fatal1ty 970 Performance Socket AM3+ Motherboard

ASRock unveiled its newest socket AM3+ motherboard for gamers with on a budget, the Fatal1ty 970 Performance. Based on the AMD 970 chipset with SB950 southbridge, this board offers a slick feature-set for its potentially two-figure price. Built in the ATX form-factor, the board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors. An optional 4-pin Molex power connector is required, if you have two cards that rely solely on the expansion slot power. The board features a 10-phase CPU VRM, and supports 220W TDP chips such as the FX-9370 and FX-9590.

Expansion slots include two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (x8/x8 when both are populated), a third PCI-Express 2.0 x16, which is electrical x4 and wired to the southbridge, a legacy PCI, and two PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slots. Storage connectivity includes six SATA 6 Gb/s ports, and an M.2 slot (electrical PCIe 2.0 x4). Other modern connectivity includes six USB 3.0 ports (four on the rear panel, two by headers), an electrically-reinforced Fatal1ty Mouse port, ASRock Purity Sound 2 on-board audio with a 115 dBA SNR CODEC, audio-grade electrolytic capacitors, headphones amp, and ground-layer isolation, and gigabit Ethernet (Realtek-made controller). The board is driven by UEFI BIOS, and supports Windows 8.1 features such as Secure Boot and Fast Boot. Expect this board to be priced at $99.

Toshiba Develops World's First 48-Layer BiCS

Toshiba Corporation today announced development of the world's first 48-layer three dimensional stacked cell structure flash memory called BiCS, a 2-bit-per-cell 128-gigabit (16 gigabytes) device. Sample shipments of products using the new process technology start today. The BiCS is based on a leading-edge 48-layer stacking process, which enhances the reliability of write/erase endurance and boosts write speed, and is suited for use in diverse applications, primarily solid state drives (SSD).

Since making the world's first announcement of technology for 3D Flash memory, Toshiba has continued development towards optimizing mass production. To meet further market growth in 2016 and beyond, Toshiba is proactively promoting the migration to 3D Flash memory by rolling out a product portfolio that emphasizes large capacity applications, such as SSD.

SanDisk Announces 48-Layer 3D NAND

SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced that it has successfully developed its 48 layer second generation 3D NAND, also referred to as BiCS2. Pilot production will commence as planned in the second half of 2015 in the Yokkaichi joint venture facility, with meaningful commercial production targeted for 2016.

"We are very pleased to announce our second generation 3D NAND, which is a 48 layer architecture developed with our partner Toshiba," said Dr. Siva Sivaram, executive vice president, memory technology, SanDisk. "We utilized our first generation 3D NAND technology as a learning vehicle, enabling us to develop our commercial second generation 3D NAND, which we believe will deliver compelling storage solutions for our customers."

SanDisk plans to use the second generation 3D NAND technology across a broad range of solutions, from removable products to enterprise SSDs.

Icy Dock Announces ExpressCage MB324SP-B

As one of our most exciting releases to date, the ExpressCage MB324SP-B brings to you our highly consumer-friendly enclosure made for anyone that requires affordable storage density. Fit up to 4 x 2.5" SATA/SAS HDD/SSD (7mm-12.5mm) into a single 5.25" bay with the ability to hot swap for easy drive replacement and single channel SAS support (SAS host required). Tool-less drive installation makes installing your drive more simple than ever and optional bottom tray screw holes are provided for extra protection and added stability. With a strategically placed 40mm cooling fan placed behind the unit and all around ventilation, your drives will stay cooler than the Arctic. An adjustable fan speed jumper lets you choose between HIGH, LOW, or AUTO smart cooling so you can set it based on your preference. Power users and system builders alike will enjoy the space saving, tool-less and hot-swap features provided by the ExpressCage MB324SP-B.

Our ExpressCage series is the latest addition to our lineup of ICY DOCK products and is catered to system builders and power users that require much more from their 5.25" bay. The MB324SP-B utilizes that 5.25" standard bay and converts it into 4 x 2.5" hot-swappable bays with support of 2.5" SATA and SAS HDD/SSD between 7mm to12.5mm in height. Our versatile enclosure supports SATA III 6Gb/s and single channel SAS (Requires SAS Controller Card). Extremely power efficient, the ExpressCage MB324SP-B can power all 4 drives with a single 15pin SATA power connector which can free up cable clutter and simplify your system build. In addition, our active power feature keeps your enclosure powered down until a drive is inserted minimizing energy usage.
Wednesday, March 25th 2015

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EVGA Announces the GeForce GTX 980 HYBRID

Introducing the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 HYBRID, an "all in one" water cooling solution that significantly lowers the GPU operating temperature. Best of all? The water cooler is completely self-contained, with an included 120mm radiator and fan. No filling, no custom tubing, no maintenance. Just plug in and play! The EVGA GeForce GTX 980 HYBRID is available as a complete unit, or upgrade kit.

Of course, the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 HYBRID is also powered by the next-generation NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, giving you incredible performance, unmatched power efficiency, and cutting-edge features. Maxwell is the most advanced GPU architecture ever made, designed to be the engine of next-generation gaming. Inspired by light, it was designed to solve some of the most complex lighting and graphics challenges in visual computing.

Thecus Announces New Zero-Crash 5-Bay NAS, the N5810PRO

Thecus today announced its new zero-crash 5-bay NAS, the N5810PRO. Embedded with an Intel Celeron processor J1900 Quad Core 2.0 GHz SoC and Mini-UPS battery, the Thecus N5810PRO empowers users with lightning fast performance while providing impenetrable data integrity.

"In today's ever-evolving digital environment, businesses require robust storage solutions that provide premium performance with piece of mind that their data will always be secure," said Florence Shih, CEO of Thecus Technology. "The N5810PRO is designed to equip users with a comprehensive set of applications that will optimize their business environment while addressing the needs for performance and security."

MSI Announces First AMD Motherboard with USB 3.1, the 970A SLI Krait Edition

MSI, world leading in motherboard technology, is proud to announce world's first USB 3.1 featured AMD motherboard, the classy black & white 970A SLI Krait Edition. Delivering blazing fast USB performance, up to 2 times faster than USB 3.0, the new 970A SLI Krait Edition motherboard offers two USB 3.1 ports, which are fully backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices. Copying files from your external hard disk or USB pen drive will be faster than ever. Offering reliable and fast Gigabit LAN together with Nvidia SLI and AMD CrossFire support for enthusiasts looking to pair up multiple graphics cards, the new classy black & white 970A SLI Krait Edition motherboard is a testament of quality. Military Class 4 provides all the stability you need through carefully selected and thoroughly tested components and materials.

"AMD and MSI strive to deliver innovation and great products that provide cutting edge features and capabilities for all users," said Darren Grasby, AMD Corporate VP, Global Channel Sales. "We are very excited to partner with MSI on the launch of the new USB 3.1 powered 970A SLI Krait Edition Motherboard - a highly optimized, feature-rich platform that unleashes the full potential of AMD processors in a powerful solution that also delivers great value and customer experience." The 970A SLI Krait Edition motherboard perfectly caters to those AMD fans who are looking for something different in terms of design and latest specification, but desire nothing but the best in terms of features and power.

OCZ Announces 2 TB (1920 GB) Variant of its Intrepid 3000 Enterprise SSD

OCZ Storage Solutions -- a Toshiba Group Company and leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced a new series of SATA III SSDs to add to its Intrepid 3000 enterprise portfolio. The new Intrepid 3700 SSD Series delivers superior performance and I/O latency responses that dramatically improve application performance and I/O efficiencies, and supports higher storage densities up to 2TB representing OCZ's largest capacity enterprise SATA SSDs to date.

"Datacenter customers have asked for larger solid state drives that do not make any sacrifices in performance or endurance to address the need to manage the ever growing amounts of data being generated by today's computing environments," said Daryl Lang, CTO at OCZ Storage Solutions. "Our new Intrepid 3700 Series is designed to meet these market requirements for an easy to deploy solid state solution that delivers the very best balance of features, endurance, and capacity."

Kingston Announces Availability of HyperX Predator PCIe SSD

HyperX, a division of Kingston Technology, the independent world leader in memory products, today, announced the HyperX Predator PCIe SSD. HyperX Predator PCIe SSD is the highest-end SSD with the fastest speeds in the HyperX lineup.

HyperX Predator PCIe SSD offers large capacities (240GB, 480GB) and incredible speeds to take systems to the edge. Faster than SATA-based SSDs, the PCIe generation 2.0 x4 interface delivers speeds up to 1400MB/s read and 1000MB/s write for ultra-responsive multitasking and an overall faster system. It is powered by the Marvell 88SS9293 controller.
Tuesday, March 24th 2015

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OCZ Announces the Vector 180 SSD and the New SSD Guru Management Tool

OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba Group Company and the most awarded solid state drive (SSD) brand of all time, today announced the release of the next generation Vector 180 SSD series along with the all-new SSD Guru storage management solution. Worthy of flagship status, the new Vector 180 features enhanced reliability, technology, storage capacity, and superior customer support all while providing the Vector's original game-changing performance and endurance it's known for. The feature-rich SSD Guru software tool not only enables users to do routine monitoring and maintenance, but truly helps them unlock their SSD's full potential.

Designed to power today's high-end consumer systems, the Vector 180 series is optimized for hardcore gaming and data-intensive applications thanks to its powerful OCZ Barefoot 3 controller and in-house Toshiba A19nm MLC NAND flash technology. New to this particular Vector release is an advanced reliability protection feature called Power Failure Management Plus (PFM+). In the event of unexpected system power loss or instability, the PFM+ feature helps safeguard the SSD and its at-rest data.

EVGA Announces SuperNOVA GS Series Power Supplies

Introducing the EVGA SuperNOVA 650 GS and 550 GS power supplies. These power supplies take the award-winning features of the new EVGA "GS" lineup and provide them at an extremely affordable price. The EVGA SuperNOVA 650 and 550 GS power supplies offer superior performance, Gold-rated efficiency and are completely silent when under low loads. Backed by a 5 year warranty and high quality Japanese capacitors, these power supplies are the right choice for excellent efficiency, low noise levels and incredible value.

Intel to Launch Just Two LGA1150 "Broadwell" Parts

In what could be a sign of Intel being stuck with "undigested" Core "Haswell" inventories, BGA chips becoming commonplace for desktop platforms that don't see CPU upgrades, or even "Broadwell" being too short a stopgap between "Haswell" and "Skylake," the company has reportedly decided to launch just two socket LGA1150 Core "Broadwell" parts, when the silicon hits the market towards June.

Built in the 14 nm silicon fab process, "Broadwell" will bring about performance/Watt increments, and Intel doesn't appear to be in the mood to trade those in for higher clock speeds (higher performance out of the box). It's relevant to note here, that the "Broadwell" core is essentially an optical shrink of the "Haswell" CPU architecture to 14 nm, much like "Ivy Bridge" was to "Sandy Bridge," even if the silicon seating the cores itself is much different (meatier iGPU). Intel will be going in with just two parts, both of which are unlocked, for PC enthusiasts to chew on. These include the Core i7-5775C and the Core i5-5675C.

Cougar Announces the 300M Gaming Mouse

COUGAR, leading brand in the gaming hardware market, announces today the arrival of a new gaming mouse that targets the mainstream pro-level gamer. With a 4000 DPI sensor, 7 programmable buttons and a 1000Hz polling rate, COUGAR 300M Gaming Mouse offers everything a gamer might ask for. Its support for UIX, the unrivaled leader in gaming device management, sets it a further step above competitors and allows the user to unleash its full potential.

The COUGAR 300M has the successful ADNS-3090 Optical Sensor as its beating heart. With its 4000 DPI, it can provide gamers with the precision required for playing any kind of games. On top of this, the 1000 Hz polling rate and 1ms response time guarantee instant reaction, thus avoiding defeat by mouse lag situations. This precision and this quality are further enhanced by the OMRON switches used for its main buttons, which guarantee a minimum life of 5 million clicks, and the braided cable that protects the mouse-computer link.

HGST Helium-filled HDDs Achieve Field-tested 2.5 Million-hour MTBF

With more than one million helium-filled hard disk drives (HDDs) deployed, HGST, a Western Digital company today announced it has achieved a new milestone in reliability as the only manufacturer with drives field-proven and rated for two and a half (2.5) million hours mean time between failure (MTBF). Today's news demonstrates that HGST's helium HDDs are poised to become the mainstream choice for data center applications where storage density, reliability and power efficiency are paramount. Now shipping its second generation HelioSeal Platform drives, HGST is shifting its volume mix and ramping Helium production to meet strengthening customer demand across cloud and mainstream data center applications.

With strong market acceptance from the largest cloud service providers, Internet giants, OEMs and businesses around the world, including Netflix, Huawei, Inspur, HP, OVH, Starline, Buffalo, DataON, DDN and Racktop to name a few, the HGST HelioSeal Platform represents proven innovation in high-capacity HDD technology and reliability, while lowering true total cost of ownership (TCO). While there are a number of ways to increase hard drive capacity, HGST's HelioSeal platform is the only technology to provide unmatched reliability and a long-term path for delivering higher capacity storage on a standard 3.5-inch HDD form factor, while lowering power and drive temperature at the same time. All this equates to best storage density, TB-per-system weight, TB/Sq. foot and lowest watt/TB for enterprise and cloud data centers.

Toshiba Unveils new e.MMC 5.1 Compliant NAND Flash Products

Toshiba Corporation's Semiconductor & Storage Products Company today announced the launch of JEDEC e∙MMC Version 5.1 compliant embedded NAND flash memory products supporting "command queuing" and "secure write protection". The new products integrate NAND chips fabricated with 15nm process technology and are designed for application in a wide range of digital consumer products, including smartphones, tablets and wearable devices. Sample shipment of the 16GB and 64GB products start today, with 32GB and 128GB products to follow.

The new products integrate NAND chips fabricated with Toshiba's cutting-edge 15nm generation process technology with a controller to manage basic control functions for NAND applications in a single package. In October 2014, Toshiba launched the industry's first e∙MMC products supporting all mandatory features of JEDEC e∙MMC Version 5.1, which was officially issued by JEDEC on February 24, 2015. The new additions to the line-up support two optional features of e∙MMC Version 5.1, "command queuing" and "secure write protection."

Logitech Unveils its Most Advanced Wireless Mouse

Today Logitech opened up a world of new possibilities with the introduction of the Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse. Encompassing the best of Logitech's industry-leading mouse innovations into a hand-sculpted design, the MX Master is the new paradigm for precise, fast, comfortable computer navigation. For people who work across multiple screens, devices and operating systems, the new mouse is optimized for controlling this complex environment with precision.

"The Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse is a beautifully designed, customizable mouse with the versatility of control, precision and speed," said Charlotte Johs, global vice president of computer peripherals at Logitech. "The numerous navigation options and advanced features make it our best mouse ever." The latest mouse in a lineage that includes the Logitech MX Revolution and Logitech Performance MX, the Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse is perfectly sculpted for comfort, and hand-crafted for control and speed. The mouse's shape supports your hand and wrist in a natural position making it easy to enjoy a fluid experience with its well­positioned buttons and wheels.

PNY Ships an Assorted Range Of Black Series USB Flash Drives

PNY Technologies, world renowned manufacturing giant for USB and Memory products, has released a new line-up of USB flash drives named as the "Black" series. The series includes a variety of assorted range of high-quality, performance- powered pen drives that offer a fast and convenient way to back up, share, transfer and carry your files and documents. These flash drives provide enough space to store your photos, videos, music and other personal files. These simple, streamlined and stylish pen drives all are available in classic black colour, following the "Black" theme series. From cube-sized to coin-sized, capless design to capped pen drives, these drives are available in a variety of designs and models to suit your personal storage needs.

FinalWire Announces AIDA64 v5.20

Today FinalWire updated its popular system information utilities. The edition for Windows PCs has been upgraded to v5.20, and version 1.12 of the Android app has also been made available.

The Android application is off to a very good start: since its official announcement less than three weeks ago it has been downloaded almost 100,000 times. With AIDA64 for Android, freely available in the Google Play store, users of smartphones, tablets, Android TV devices and Android Wear smartwatches, running Android 2.1 or newer, can learn everything about both the hardware and the software under the hood.
DOWNLOAD: AIDA64 Extreme v5.00 Installer | ZIP Package
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