Shuttle still has some momentem happening with its once super popular XPC range of SFF PCs, releasing the new H7 5820S mini workstation today which sports one (or optionally two) Matrox M-Series graphics card(s).
The system is built around Intel's LGA1366 platform in Shuttle H7 series aluminum chassis measuring in at 32.6 x 20.8 x 19.6 cm and gives support for all LGA1366 processors right up to the Core i7-990 hexa-core model. It comes with 8 or 16GB memory, up to a 240GB SSD and 2TB HDD (you can house just one, or two drives in it), a DVD or Blu-ray writer/Combo drive and as mentioned earlier, up to two Matrox M9188 2GB graphics cards.
Intel has just released version 3.0 of its "SSD Toolbox" which sports an entirely new UI and rolls in a ton of new features.
The management and diagnostics of your Intel based SSD with this tool is now about as complete as could be with SMART status, Summary Drive Health and Estimated Life Remaining bars, used/unused capacity pie charts, diagnostics, system information summary and contextual help that integrates one-click same-page help pointers.
With SSDS typically having a limited rewrite cycle count (the amount of times data can be rewritten onto its NAND cells before it's game over and the SSD becomes a doorstep), while the cycle count equates to many, many years of use even for the all day every day user, it's still nice to have peace of mind about the rewrite cycle status.
Nuts about Batman? Going all batty about the new release action game title, Batman Arkham City? - Chances are you'll love EVGA's latest graphics card to hit the market - a Batman: Arkham City themed GeForce GTX 580.
This is a Special Edition "Superclocked" GTX580 from the company which of course is stickered up with the Dark Knight and his bat wings of glory. The card (model number 015-P3-1582-A1) is already being offered up over at Newegg at a price of $529.99 USD and while not confirmed, is likely to include a voucher for the copy of the game given that this pricing is about $30 over the standard GTX 580.
While we all impatiently hold out for the availability of Sandy Bridge-E processors and accompanying X79 motherboards post November 15th, it turns out if you're quick enough and based in China, you can get your hands on the stuff right now.
Some news posted via HWBot shows a Chinese website offering a limited supply of processors and motherboards, though there's only said to have been around 90 odd samples left, much less by the time you're reading this no doubt.
Anyhow, converting over to USD, here's what they're offering up :-
- Intel Core i7 3960X @ +/_ USD $1200
- Intel Core i7 3930K @ +/_ USD $900
- Intel Core i7 3820 @ +/_ USD $550
- MSI X79A-GD65 8D @ +/_ USD $470
- Special Bundle: i7 3930K + MSI X79-GD65 8D + Corsair H60 @ USD $1200
Our Download of the Day today is Fresh View 8.30.
Fresh View gives you the ability to organize and view multimedia files (images, audio, video). Watch movies, listen to music, and view graphics in a slide show. Image files in a folder can be displayed using a number of views, including a thumbnail view that lets you quickly see what your images are without having to open them.
You can convert graphics from one type to another, print, and even create an HTML album. This easy-to-use software supports 86 different formats (more and more added regularly).
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 8.30
- with new Hard Diagonal Smudge effect.
Deal of the Day: 8" LED-backlit Vizio VTAB1008 Android 2.3 Tablet with 1Ghz CPU, 512MB Memory etc. for $199.67 with FREE Shipping
Our Deal of the Day today is the Amazon - 8" LED-backlit Vizio VTAB1008 Android 2.3 Tablet with 1Ghz CPU, 512MB Memory, 4GB Storage, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, GPS, Front Camera, microSD, mini HDMI, MicroUSB, IR Blaster for $199.67 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: Amazon has the new Vizio 8" tablet on sale for just $199.67 with FREE shipping (MSRP: $329.00). This 8" LED-backlit capacitive multi-touch Android 2.3 tablet features 1024 x 768 resolution, 1Ghz CPU, 512MB memory, 4GB storage (plus microSD for expansion), 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth, VGA front facing camera, micro USB, mini HDMI, GPS, IR blaster (so you can use it as a remote control), stereo sound x3 (changes according to your tablet orientation), and more.
Logitech have just unveiled a new gaming keyboard and mouse in the form of the Logitech Gaming Keyboard G105 and Logitech Laser Mouse G9X, specially made for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The Logitech Gaming Keyboard G105 is the official keyboard of COD: Modern Warfare 3 and sports military-style, night-vision green LED backlighting. It also features six programmable G-keys, each with three mode states.
The Logitech Gaming Keyboard G105 also features up to 18 possible macro combinations per game, where they can allow you to perform single keystrokes or intricate multi-key combinations complete with mouse events, user-defined delays and repeating. New macros can even be recorded on the fly with the help of the Logitech Gaming Software (when installed).
Chinese search engine Baidu posted their earnings today, and they've got some very impressive results. Total revenue in Q3 rocks along at $654.7 million, an 85.1-percent increase from the same period last year, net income was up 80-percent to $295 million. Diluted earnings for Q3 were $0.84; non-GAAP earnings were for the $0.86. Robin Li, chairman and chief executive officer of Baidu says:
Baidu recorded stellar results in the third quarter driven by rapid growth in customer spending and user traffic. In particular, spending by large customers significantly outperformed our expectations as we continued to build strong relationships with high quality companies. China's search industry is still in its early stages, and as the clear industry leader we see enormous room for continuing growth as users and online marketing customers become increasingly sophisticated.
For those of you who love your SSDs like me, you'll enjoy an interesting blog piece from Corsair. It's done by long time Corsair forum member Rafael Jaimes III, or by his forum name "Synbios". He sent Corsair some documentation of SSD life testing utilizing Corsair's Force F40-A SSDs.
The submission is quite long, so I won't go into it too much (and to avoid spoilers from the results), but it goes into a very lengthy discussion about the lifespan and the general users questions on how long it will be. Because SSDs are a very new technology when compared to the now ageing mechanical platter-based tech, the number of failures of SSDs are currently quite low. But because they haven't been around as long as their competition, its hard to get a handle on what type of return rate they have.
Electronic Arts have just announced that their digital distribution platform, Origin, will now be offering third-party PC games starting in November. The first wave of publishers to sign a deal with Origin include Warner Bros., THQ and Capcom. This will bring hit titles such as Batman: Arkham City and Saints Row: The Third to Origin, with more games hitting Origin in the coming months.
Origin already has over 100 EA games in its library and adding additional publishers only cements their service into competition against Valve and their digital distribution platform, Steam. David DeMartini (shaken, not stirred, thanks), senior vice president of Origin at EA says:
Since launch, we've had overwhelming support from both publishers and developers across the gaming industry, recognizing Origin as an opportunity to deliver more of their great content straight to consumers across the globe. We're excited to welcome Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, THQ and Capcom as the first publishers to offer their games via Origin.