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RumorTT: Intel working on overclockable SSD

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 4:37 am

IDF 2013 - Intel showed off how to overclock an SSD today at IDF 2013 in San Francisco. While this certainly doesn't prove that they are working on releasing an overclockable SSD to the public, it certainly shows that they've been toying with the idea. The general idea is that there are several knobs inside the SSD that can be adjusted, resulting in gains of up to 25%.




When pushed, Intel Product Manager James Slattery would only say that, "Intel is not announcing an overclockable SSD product at this time." As we all know, this phrase all but confirms that Intel is working on an overclockable SSD product to be released later. While not confirmed, we'd put more than a grain of salt towards this rumor.


Despite further pushing, I was unable to get any further information about a possible product, though I expect we might start seeing K-edition SSDs that will feature unlocked "knobs" for overclockers to play around with. It's important to note that you will not want to put important data on an overclocked SSD as reliability and validity of data is not guaranteed.

OC Main Event sponsored by ASUS, Intel and Corsair caught on film

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Tweaking & Overclocking | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 4:18 am

Trace Hagan, our COD dog loving man on the ground at the Intel Developer Forum has been running around like a mad man today capturing as much content as he could, with one of the bigger events not associated with, but close to IDF is the OC Main Event sponsored by Intel, ASUS and Corsair.





The first video we have is of Charles Wirth, a blogger/overclocker from XtremeSystems. Worth overclocked his Core i7 4960X on ASUS' X79-based Rampage IV Black Edition. He has it running at 5.75GHz running Cinebench with a world-record overclock. Some nice work there, using LN2 as always.



This next video is a tease of the amount of liquid nitrogen (LN2) that the overclockers at the OC Main Event are going through. The tanks are just gigantic, and if you put them all together it would probably be enough to stop the T-1000 for a few minutes. Hasta La Vista, baby.

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ASUS unveils the X79 ROG Rampage IV Black Edition Motherboard

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 4:07 am

While in town for IDF 2013, Intel, Corsair, and ASUS teamed up to put on the OC Main Event nearby. At this event, ASUS unveiled its latest X79 motherboard to complement the newly released Ivy Bridge-E line of processors. While the details are slim, ASUS did mention that they put in 5 times the amount of work on DRAM traces and various other aspects of the board, meaning this should be one heck of a performer.



ASUS has combined the Formula and Extreme versions of their ROG line of motherboards into this beautiful motherboard, which should provide some incredible performance. As soon as we get a full spec list from ASUS, we'll be sure to tell you about it.

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Vin Diesel says Butcher Bay team 'reassembled' for new Riddick game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 3:35 am

Starbreeze Studios' The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay was a great game, but we never saw a sequel from the same developer unfortunately. It changed developer, but for the third Riddick game, the team is being 'reassembled' according to Riddick himself, Vin Diesel.




Diesel told Screen Crush during a recent interview: "We just, over the past couple of months - just this year - reassembled that team from Starbreeze that brought Escape from Butcher Bay to create the third game." This should give gamers some confidence on the third Riddick game, that's for sure.

Nokia trolls Apple over its iPhone 5C color options

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 2:30 am

We covered the Apple event today, where the Cupertino-based giant unleashed the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S smartphones. The iPhone 5C is being made available in five colors, but Nokia was quick off the bat to troll Apple, and rightly so.




The Finnish, struggling giant posted a picture on its Facebook page of its range of brightly colored Lumia range, with a logo at the top saying "imitation is the best form of flattery." If you look at the iPhone 5C range of smartphones and the Nokia Lumia range, you can see that Apple did pretty much just unleash a bunch of similar looking smartphones.




Too bad Apple don't own the patents on those colors, eh?

LSI demos new NVM Express Solution for next-gen SandForce Controllers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 12:48 am

IDF 2013 - Today LSI announced that they will be demonstrating their NVM Express Solution for Next-Generation SandForce Flash Controllers at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum. LSI says that NVMe "is an optimized, high-performance, scalable host controller interface with a streamlined register interface and command set designed for enterprise and client systems using PCI Express (PCIe(R))-based flash devices"




"Personal computing platforms, big data applications and hyperscale web and cloud datacenters are driving IT adoption of PCIe flash devices to optimize the user experience and contend with faster and more efficient access to massive amounts of data," said Thad Omura, vice president of marketing, Flash Components Division, LSI. "LSI's host NVMe driver expertise and flash controller leadership is the ideal combination to enable industry-wide, volume adoption of PCIe flash storage."


The LSI solution being demoed consistent standard drivers, target silicon and full implementation of the protocol. The demo is a test program to show a host device sending NVMe commands across a PCIe bus to LSI Target Silicon. LSI says that this demo is a major milestone in achieving NVMe host driver and target controller optimization and validation.

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Adaptec shows off their 12Gb/s Series 8 RAID Adapters at IDF 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 12:35 am

IDF 2013 - Our own Trace Hagan had the opportunity to stop by the Adaptec booth today at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum being held in San Francisco California. While at the booth, a company representative walked us through their Series 8 of RAID adapters.



Adaptec said that the Series 8 RAID cards features five different models that all feature high-port connectivity and that the 7 Series is the only cards in the industry to feature up to 16 ports on a low profile form factor card. Series 8 also features MaxCaching Plus technology.



We check out PLX's ExpressFabric proof of concept at IDF 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Networking | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 12:19 am

IDF 2013 - Today at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum we got a chance to stop by the PLX booth and talk with Larry Chisvin about the companies new ExpressFabric technology. Larry was kind enough to walk us through their new "Top of Rack" switch that allows up to 32 servers to be connected without individual NIC cards.



Larry says that the system shown in the video is just a proof of concept and that they will be releasing products based on this technology in the future. The Device will also allow for the removal of Infiniband HCAs.



GIGABYTE introduces us to their refreshed motherboards at IDF 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 12:10 am

IDF 2013 - Today at IDF 2013, GIGABYTE invited us over to their booth to talk about some of their new high-end motherboards that they are unveiling at the show. Up first is a new Z87 motherboard that features two Thunderbolt ports and a red and black color scheme.



GIGABYTE Marketing Director Colin Brix went on to show us another Z87 motherboard featuring Intel's Thunderbolt technology. Finally we were given a preview of a Sniper motherboard that will support Ivy Bridge E.



HTC One arrives in Blue as a Best Buy exclusive

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 12:00 am

A few months ago we first heard rumors that HTC was working on releasing an anodized blue version of its flagship smartphone, the HTC One, but the rumors quickly died down and appeared that a blue HTC One would never materialize . That is until today!




It's finally arrived, the Sapphire Blue HTC One has made his debut, and has been announced as an exclusive to the electronics retail giant Best Buy. Unfortunately this new blue model will only be available on a Verizon contract through Best Buy. It will retail for $199 with a two-year contract extension and features all the same hardware and specifications as the original silver and black colored HTC One.