Futuremark together with Palit Microsystems, Enermax, Biostar and GEiL have launched their latest overclocking competition today. It is a two segment contest opens to performance enthusiasts across the world to anyone running an Intel Sandy Bridge-based system. The first contest is restricted to PCs with Intel's new Sandy Bridge Z68 chipset with Intel HD Graphics whilst the second competition is open to all PCs running Sandy Bridge CPUs with a Palit branded discrete GPU.
Intel's latest Z68 Sandy Bridge chipset allows integrated graphics to be overclocked and this contest could see the fastest performing integrated graphics solution yet. In the last Futuremark overclocking contest Alva "Lucky_n00b" Jonathan achieved a 3DMark Vantage performance preset score of P3988 using a setup that was powered by an Intel Core i7-2600K processor. It will come down to someone breaking that P4000 score to see if a record can be broken.
Prize wise we have $1000 for the highest overall score in the Palit card contest and an exciting selection of goodies from Palit, Enermax, Biostar and GEiL for runners up. A complete list of prizes is available at the competition website.
Wireless headsets on the Xbox 360 seem to only be taking off now, like somehow companies are just seeing the Xbox 360 on the shelves and decide it's a gaming platform that deserves an expensive headset. Today is no different with Microsoft teaming up with Tritton (Mad Catz) to produce a series of cobranded headsets which have unrivalled integration with the Xbox 360, including such things like on-screen battery status and a 100-percent wireless headset with both game audio and chat.
First up we have the Warhead 7.1 and Devastator taking up the premium wireless headset spots and the entry-level wired solution coming in the form of the Detonator. All three headsets feature 50mm drivers, but it's only the Warhead 7.1 that includes support for Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and Dolby Headphones. Both the Devastator and the Detonator only support stereo audio.
Android 3.1 has arrived on the ASUS Transformer and included is USB host support. Not every tablet has this USB support and to slim the market down even more, the Transformers dock includes two USB2.0 ports. What does this mean? It means that the Transformer now has support for virtually any USB gamepad or accessory.
The ASUSUK Twitter account made a point out of this new function of the Transformer by saying:
http://yfrog.com/hsqmlmej Eee Pad Transformer with Android 3.1 supports XBOX 360 & Playstation controllers. UK FOTA Wed am.
This is great for gaming, emulators and such. It also opens new doors for possible Transformer-exclusive gaming.
Computex Taipei 2011 - OCZ have released details on two new PSU lines that will be gracing us all soon. The first is the Fatal1ty series and because real men don't use power supplies with only 3 digits, the signature power supply comes in 1000 Watt only.
Offering 80 PLUS Gold certification, modular cables, deep-red LED fan and a five year warranty, the new 1000 Watt power supply has gamers in mind. Inside an all-black case with an ASRock Fata1ty motherboard you'd have yourself a seriously mean looking system on your hand that would offer some great performance...
Computex Taipei 2011 - I mean absolutely no offence to Apacer here, but when I think of performance memory, they're not a company that comes to mind. Well don't they just want to tell me how wrong I am with some unreal looking kits.
Part of the Giant II series the new 4GB 2133MHz DDR kit offers fantastic speed with a 7-9-9-24-2T @ 1.65v setup. If that's not enough speed for you, or enough memory then the new ARES kit could be what you're after.
Offering 16GB of DDR3 at 2200MHz DDR with a 9-11-9-27-2T @ 1.65v setup this is just a massive amount of RAM at a massive speed. If that wasn't enough for you, though, Apacer had the kit overclocked to 2233MHz DDR at their booth on the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro board.
There's no denying that Apacer are ready to rock and roll in the high performance world with this new memory and we should hopefully be offering you a closer look at both kits in the near future.
Computex Taipei 2011 - I'm a huge fan of the HyperX name and with the success Kingston has had with it in the memory market, it comes as no surprise they've dropped their new SandForce SF-2281 controlled SSD drive under it.
Kingston hit the SSD market hard and fast and has done a fantastic job of offering a good price scale when it comes to the line-up, thanks to a large variant of controllers and sizes being offered. Now the company is able to separate the men from the boys though by dropping the HyperX name down and letting people know if you're after the fastest, this is what you want.
Information is a little scarce at the moment, but you should find the drive available in both 120GB and 240GB variants. Availability is also a little unclear, but like most companies who are offering SATA III drives, we're sure Kingston will be working hard to get the drives to the market sooner rather than later. As far as we know, you should be able to see these go on sale sometime in July.
As for price it will no doubt be one of, if not the most expensive SSD in the Kingston line up. If previous experience is anything to go by, though, Kingston should be aggressive when it comes to being compared against the competition. No doubt Chris will be offering us all an in-depth look at the drive when it becomes available.
Computex Taipei 2011 - Like most companies Apacer have jumped on the SATA III bandwagon via the new Turbo II series. Offering up to 7x the performance of conventional 5400 RPM mechanical drives SATA III does a great job of getting us excited.
Compared to SATA II we're seeing up to twice as much performance, when you consider the amount of performance we're able to get out of SATA II, it's indeed a very cool technology for people who demand speed.
The Turbo II series will come in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB using MLC flash supporting up to sustained Read / Write times of 550 / 520 MB/s...
Computex Taipei 2011 - SSD was indeed a big thing at Computex this year with SATA III drives gaining more and more momentum as we see more and more companies jump on the SSD and SATA III bandwagon. If you're one of those people that whinge about SSD drives being too small well Memoright have come to the rescue.
Releasing a 800GB SATA II drive in the 2.5" format no longer do you have to worry about buying multiple drives to get massive amounts of storage. With In-Drive UPS, Security Erase and MLC NAND, the 800GB SSD looks like the perfect option for people who need speed, security and a large single drive...
Computex Taipei 2011 - CFI had on display the new CFI-A1018 case which does the normal stuff like support E-ATX or HPTX based motherboards. At the top of the case you're able to fit a full ITX system with power supply, hard drive and everything else you need.
Under the ITX system you're able to install a full size E-ATX motherboard that supports video cards up to 360mm long and another power supply. They've not just crammed two systems and that's it into this 78cm tall case. The feature list is massive with eight 5.25", four 2.5" and 3.5" hot swap bays and a further two hidden 3.5" bays
As many as 11 fans can be installed depending on the configuration you opt for while it also has a total of 10 expansion bays...
Computex Taipei 2011 - Apacer was showing its range of memory and SSDs, but one really cool thing we spotted was their AL830 HD media player.
The AL830 is by no means a new product, but what we saw at this year's Computex was a near finished design that adds modular storage to the device. An optional matching device can simply be attached by SATA like connectors. This shouldn't come as too much as a surprise since Apacer is primarily a storage outfit and added additional storage in this fashion makes perfect logical sense.
On the back of the media player to get a fair selection of connectors including YPbPr output, AV output, optical audio output, HDMI output, LAN, USB 2.0 input and of course AC power input.
The AL820 looks rather capable and we look forward to getting in a sample for review soon. I bet Anthony cannot wait to put it through its paces.