The latest happenings from around the web - May 13th, 2011
- Gigabyte Z68X UD5 B3 Review @ Overclock3D
- ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 (Intel Z68) Motherboard @ Kitguru
- Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Motherboard @ ixbtlabs
- Gigabyte Z68X-UD5-B3 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- Gigabyte G1.Assassin @ Neoseeker
- The Intel Z68 Chipset - A Polished Cougar Point Motherboard Platform @ Futurelooks
- Unlocking The AMD Radeon HD 6950 to 6970 - BIOS Flash Guide @ LegitReviews
- Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme Review @ Ultimate Hardware
Besides looking at the Outlaw chassis earlier today on our visit to BitFenix we were also given a look at their range of Alchemy multi-sleeve cables.
You think, what can be so exciting about cables? They are just cables, after all - right? Well, David from BitFenix would probably disagree with you. There is certainly a strong market for case modders and custom system builders out there and BitFenix is looking to impress them with their line of cables for all the various parts inside your PC that require power.
It would even seem like there is an art to cables. In the video above, David goes into a lot of detail about the Alchemy cables and what makes them good. If you were one of those people who thought cables were just cables, give it a watch and let us know what you think.
Earlier today I ventured back to the BitFenix labs in Taipei where we were given an exclusive look at their upcoming chassis called the Outlaw.
BitFenix launched with the monster Colossus case and has since worked its way down to smaller and more affordable options for the mass market and those on a budget. The Outlaw is the smallest case I've seen from BitFenix to date, but does small always mean not as good?
At least it seems, not in this case. From the early sample we got to see today and that you can see in the video above, there are plenty of good things happening with the Outlaw. For starters and one of the key features is that the motherboard position has been switched so that the PCI slots are up high near the top exhaust fans which should mean high-end video cards are kept cool and the case in general.
Also for such a small case, you will be pleased to hear that it will virtually fit any size video card you can imagine. Since the PCI slots are north and located in line with the optical drive bay areas, as long as you can give up one drive bay, you have loads of room to fit in a very long video card, one longer than I have ever seen anyway.
The Outlaw is set to go on sale sometime in July for the amazing price of $49 USD.
Our Download of the Day today is Any Video Converter 3.23.
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Support default video/audio settings or user customized parameters for video and audio.
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Our Deal of the Day today is the Wal-Mart - HANNSpree 42" ST42DMSB 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV - $419.
Offer: The price of HDTVs are really dropping this year. Get this HANNSpree 42" ST42DMSB 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV for just $419 with FREE site-to-store shipping! It features a Full HD 1920x1080p resolution, 120Hz refresh, 470cd/m2 brightness, 4.5 ms response, and more!
Futuremark have today released the Windows-based benchmarking program PCMark. The new version takes various features into account such as hardware acceleration for transcoding video and solid state drives, it also uses real applications and games to generate a system score. One large feature of PCMark 7 is the inclusion of stress-testing the storage-based portion of systems, it can now run tests that allow users to compare scores of systems with and without SSDs.
PCMark 7 is available in three different versions, a free version which has limited testing included and of course paid versions which let users gain access to all of the tests that are designed to give a much broader test and range of benchmarks. Go get your benchmark on!
VIA and its CPU development department Centaur have unveiled a new low-power Quad-core x86 processor. The new energy-efficient multi-core architecture has a TDP of just 27.5-watts and cranks along at 1.2GHz+ which makes it 21-percent more efficient than the closest competitor. The new VIA QuadCore processors are natively 64-bit compatible and come with additional performance features such as Adaptive Overclocking, 4MB L2 Cache and a 1333MHz V4 Bus.
Other features include VIA VT virtualization, which allows legacy software applications to be used in virtual scenarios and VIA PadLock with the Advanced Cryptography Engine which packs AES encyption. The chip is fabbed on a 40nm-based process at just 21x21mm. The processor is pin-compatible with VIA's older processors and will be featured at Computex in Taipei starting May 31st.
Superman is something very important to me, as a child I grew up with the Christopher Reeve movies and since then have been a big fan of anything Superman. I've watched Smallville for ten years now and have enjoyed the show, it has evolved into something so much better than the Freak of the Week and with introductions with actors such as the great Cassidy Freeman as Tess and Justin Hartley as Oliver, the show has really started to shine.
Out of season 7 came the departure of Alfred Gough and Miles Millar departed the show and their rule of "no tights, no flight" left too. In came maturity and an ever-growing story of Clark finally meeting his destiny of becoming Superman. At this time season greats such as Michael Rosenbaum who plays (in my opinion) the best Lex Luthor in the Superman mythos left, but, this is the big thing - he comes back for the Series Finale tomorrow night.
Another day, another SSD release... it doesn't seem to stop and I love it. OCZ today unveil their new Talos line of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSDs which are designed for enterprise applications that require ultra-fast, high capacity solutions equipped with multi-level cell (MLC) NAND. Talos brings new strength to OCZ's proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) technology to storage OEMs.
Ryan Peterson, CEO of OCZ Technology Group says:
We have experienced considerable demand for our high-capacity VCA-enabled SAS products, both with and without enhanced power fail protection. The new OCZ Talos SSD series delivers the ultimate combination of performance, scalability, and reliability. Talos series drives are tailored to meet the needs of most enterprises in a non-customer specific format, including balanced compressed and incompressible data performance and balanced read/write IOPS, all in the highest capacity SAS 6Gbps drive available today.
The future of Atom is looking rosey, Intel are touting that the new Atom-based "micro-architecture" which is codenamed "Silvermont" is due in 2013 and should be rocking a new architecture as well as a new transistor structure. Intel's new Atom when combined with the powers of 3D transistors, should push forward new levels of integration, performance and most of all power efficiency.
Silvermont will be a system-on-a-chip design just like current smartphone and tablet chips, even including Intel's upcoming Z760 processor which is a SOC design. Intel are looking to move the Atom processor road map at speeds faster than Moore's Law (here's hoping they don't get a speeding ticket) which generally states that the number of transistors that can be placed on a chip doubles roughly every two years.