With SATA 6Gbps not fast enough to keep up with todays SSDs, the Serial ATA International Organization had to come up with something, and quick. SATA-IO have just announced the development of a new standard that combines SATA software infrastructure with the PCI Express interface. The new standard will be called "SATA Express," and will allow manufacturers to create devices that can access the bandwidth of the PCIe slots whilst remaining compatible with existing SATA applications.
The combination of the technologies will provide 8Gb/s and 16Gb/s (one lane via PCIe 2.0 or two via PCIe 3.0) - which is a decent increase over SATA 3.0's single-channel throughput of 6Gb/s. SATA-IO is still concerned certain high-end consumer and enterprise configurations could saturate the existing 6Gb/s interface.
Our App of the Day today is Facebook Messenger for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 4.0 or later.
Mark and team launched Facebook Messenger yesterday which promises a faster way to message. It is a dedicated app (sadly only available for download in the US App Store at this stage) which make it easier to contact friends on your phone.
It has already shot to the top of the App Store list for hot new apps and is worth checking out.
Facebook Messenger is a faster way to message. Reach friends right on their phones, get and send messages fast, message everyone at once and more.
Message friends, groups of friends or anyone in your mobile contacts
Map your location, find your friends and make plans on the go
Get mobile notifications so you never miss a message
Include photos so friends can see what you're doing
A particularly interesting looking HD 6850 graphics card has been found in Japanese stores by a company unheard of to most, AFOX. It's not just the brand name and box design that stands out, though. More interestingly, this card is quite a big step away from the reference design in that it is of low-profile stature and without the need for external power.
The low profile heatsink/fan design is also a standout feature with its dual-fan aluminum setup. AFOX appears to have left the stock clock rates on the card alone, however, which are 775MHz on the core and 4000MHz on the GDDR5 memory.
Nudging closer to a still yet to be confirmed date for the release of Apple's fifth generation iPhone, website iPhone-release.com has obtained a couple of mysterious images that resemble what could well be a prototype of it.
The photos indicate a slimmer body with bigger screen, but this could also potentially be the iPhone 4S. Nothing's confirmed at this stage, so we'll just have to wait and see what comes out in the wash.
BitFenix is back in the limelight with yet another mid-tower chassis launched today that is aimed at the budget gaming crowd.
Dubbed the Merc, it comes in two variants - the Alpha and the Beta. Both cases are coated black inside and out, running measurements of 439 (H) x 190 (W) x 490 (D) mm. There is room to accomodate up to three 5.25" devices and there are seven 3.5" bays + 1x2.5" bay internally.
The top mounted I/O panel has four USB 2.0 ports, headphone and mic jacks. Both versions of the case ship with a 120mm fan at the rear, but the "Beta" model is capable of taking on another five, while the Alpha can take up to eight fans total (you can see the mounting holes and mesh grills on top in the pic).
If you're on the hunt for an aggressively priced A55 chipset motherboard, budget conscious motherboard maker ECS could well be the go with three models introduced today.
These FM1 socket motherboards, suited to the AMD A-Series APUs (Llano) include the full ATX sized A55F-A for the home/budget gamer crowd, microATX sized A55F-M2 which would be a good little base for a HTPC, and also the mATX sized A55F-M3 that looks to be more so aimed toward office desktop machines.
All three have a single PCI-E x16 slot for discrete graphics options if more VGA grunt is needed down the road, but many will find the quite capable integrated GPU core in the A-Series APUs more than decent enough for a budget build while also giving the ability to get a bit of 720p gaming in too.
Our Download of the Day today is Google Chrome 14.0.835.29 Beta.
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.
One box for everything
Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.
Thumbnails of your top sites
Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.
Don't want pages you visit to show up in your web history? Choose incognito mode for private browsing.
Google Chrome warns you if you're about to visit a suspected phishing, malware or otherwise unsafe website.
For information about alpha and developer builds, check out the Chrome dev channel here.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 14.0.835.29 Beta
* This release contains fixes for a number of issues, along with increased stability on Mac OS X Lion.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Staples - 21.5-Inch Acer WG5HP 1080p LCD Monitor for $109.99 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: Staples has the 21.5" Acer WG5HP LCD monitor with 1920 x 1080 native resolution, 50,000:1 dynamic contrast, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 5ms response, HDCP compliant DVI, VGA, and 3 year warranty for $109.99 after $60 worth of instant discounts. Shipping is FREE.
The latest happenings from around the web - August 10th, 2011
- Sapphire Pure Platinum Z68 Motherboard caught on camera @ eTeknix
- ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- Sapphire Pureblack P67 Hydra @ XSReviews
- Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Intel Z68 Motherboard & 20GB SSD @ PCStats
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 SOC @ Techspot
- Intel Rounds Out Its Ivy Bridge Graphics Driver @ Phoronix
- MSI GTX560 Ti Twin Frozer OC @ Madshrimps
Perceptive Pixel has just unveiled at this year's SIGGRAPH, an 82-inch, multi-touch, 120hz LCD. Yes, 82-inch. It is dubbed "the world's largest" of it's kind, although Perceptive Pixel does make an 88-inch DLP model. The screen itself only does 1080p, but it does power through with 120Hz and an unlimited multi-touch response time of only 1ms. All that I need to know is, where can I get one and what do I have to do to get it?