Toshiba 24nm MLC flash isn't exactly breaking news, SandForce had this drive on display at IDF 2011. We did learn today that Toshiba's 24nm flash should cost less than IMFT 25nm flash so all of those SandForce SF-2281 controlled drives could become a little cheaper in 2012.
We still are scratching our heads on what performance will be like but Toshiba's 3Xnm flash with the 2281 is the current speed king on the market today. Drives like the OCZ Technology MaxIOPS, Patriot Wildfire and OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G are just a few examples that use Toshiba flash already.
I know, I know. I've posted a few rumors on the next-gen Xbox a few times now, but it seems there's just more news on it lately and especially today. Today's rumor is a bit more specific, though. Ubisoft Montreal are reportedly hard at work on 'target boxes' based on the intended specifications of the next-generation Xbox from Microsoft.
Delivery of the first iteration of genuine devkits, running custom hardware, are expected to reach studios before Christmas, which is pointing to a finalized console arriving in late 2012. Ubisoft's teams are reportedly working on PCs containing off-the-shelf components provided by Microsoft, and several other major developers such as EA are also in possession of these target boxes.
AMD is rumored to be providing Microsoft with the GPU goodness inside of the new consoles (and their target boxes).
If you think back how long it took for ATA 33 to make it to ATA 100 you'd be amazed at how quickly LSI is developing SAS 12Gb/s. Less than two years ago LSI released their first SAS 6Gb/s and a year ago they launched their second generation SAS 6Gb/s. Today LSI is showing off early SAS 12Gb/s and it's looking pretty good.
It'll be quite sometime before we see SAS or SATA drives running 12Gb/s but that isn't going to stop LSI from making use of the bandwidth. At AIS 2011 we saw first hand that LSI plans to use the bandwidth to increase performance on external arrays of disks. SAN and DAS will see higher bandwidth in early 2012.
Kingston have announced a new range of memory, the HyperX Genesis. HyperX Genesis comes in 8, 16 and 32GB kits and is designed for the quad-channel supporting Intel Sandy Bridge-E motherboards. Kingston's 2400MHz and 2133MHz will soon be available in 8 and 16GB kits.
Other HyperX Genesis kits for X79-based systems include 1866Mhz and 1600Mhz in kits of four and eight, with capacities ranging from 8 to 32GB. All Kingston HyperX kits have Intel XMP certification and are compatible with the latest and greatest X79 boards from ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI and ASRock.
The latest happenings from around the web - November 16th, 2011
- Asus G53SX Laptop @ Techreviewsource
- MSI CX640 Laptop @ tbreak
- Alienware M17x (R3) Gaming Notebook Review: It Glows! @ PC Perspective
- ASUS Sabertooth X79 Motherboard @ HiTechLegion
- GIGABYTE X79-UD7 @ SinHardware
CPU & APU
- Intel i7-3960X and Intel DX79SI @ LANOC
- Intel Core i7 3960X Extreme Edition tested @ HT4U
Our Download of the Day today is CPU-Z 1.58.9 Beta.
CPU-Z is a freeware utility that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system. CPU-Z does not need to be installed, just unzip the files in a directory and run the .exe. In order to remove the program, just delete the files. The program does not copy any file in any Windows directory, nor write to the registry.
Name and number.
Core stepping and process.
Internal and external clocks, clock multiplier.
Supported instructions sets.
All cache levels (location, size, speed, technology).
Vendor, model and revision.
BIOS model and date.
Chipset (northbridge and southbridge) and sensor.
Frequency and timings.
Module(s) specification using SPD (Serial Presence Detect) : vendor, serial number, timings table.
Windows and DirectX version.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - 55" Toshiba 55G310U 1080p ClearFrame 120Hz LCD HDTV for $798 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: Newegg has this Toshiba 55" 1080p LCD HDTV with 120hz refresh and 3 HDMI inputs for just $798 with FREE shipping.
This rumor has been around for a while, but there's some fresh news on it today. Upstream suppliers of Apple have reportedly started shipping a small volume of components for a 15-inch ultra-thin notebook model from Apple in November, and the device could be one of two things.
First, a MacBook Air, but 15-inch, or a thinner MacBook Pro. The new 15-inch ultra-thin MacBook is expected to arrive in Q2 of 2012 according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Mass shipments of the new 15-inch ultra-thin device are expected in March and could be catalogued in either the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro line.
This could be the competition to the Ultrabook line recently launched by companies such as ASUS and Acer. We'll have to wait and see.
According to a third quarter analysis performed by Gartner, Google's Android OS is actually gaining more traction. Out of 115 million smartphones shipped across the world, Android was in over 60 million of them, this accounts to 52.2-percent of all smartphones everywhere.
Android now outnumbers iPhone OS on devices sold by an amazing three-to-one ratio. In Q3 of 2011 alone, 440.5 million devices were sold, with total mobile sales increasing by 5.4-percent since this time last year. Nokia is still king of the hill by manufacturing nearly 25-percent of all mobile devices.
Samsung have become the top smartphone manufacturer with over 24 million handsets being sold in that quarter. As much as Apple gets its fair share (and in my opinion, way more news than other companies), they have such a small grasp of the market. Samsung and Nokia just completely destroy Apple in terms of Q311 units shipped, marketshare, and even in Q310 saw the same dominance by Nokia and Samsung.
While most people are engrossed in Battlefield 3, Back to Karkand is being worked on and is nearly here. There's some new gameplay videos that show off two of the new maps, Strike at Karkand and Gulf of Oman. Both videos are from PlayStation 3 footage.
The footage looks great, but is so absolutely painful to watch on console, but its good to just see footage no matter what. Some new weapons, vehicles and better destruction are shown off in the two videos. I just really hope that destruction is patched into Battlefield 3 itself.