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Soon but not soon enough - OCZ Vector PCIe, it's coming

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 9, 2013 11:26 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - We know it's coming and coming sometime soon but that isn't good enough when OCZ Technology teases it at CES and Computex in 2013.

 

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With two Indilinx Barefoot 3 controllers and up to 1TB of NAND flash, we know you want it too. If the PCIe version of Vector includes SCSI unmap, a form of TRIM, then we'll do back flips followed by cartwheels. Wouldn't that be a sight to see?

 

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As far as I know, this is the first back side picture of the card. All together there are 32 NAND flash chips, four DRAM buffers and two Barefoot 3 controllers. Bridging the two controllers to the PCIe 4 lane is an OCZ VCA II. This is a full height card for desktop use. When they finally come out I want six for RAID 5 in a prosumer SAN.

TweakTown Best of Computex 2013 Awards and Winners now complete!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 9, 2013 10:57 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - And like that, it's all over for another year. The entire TweakTown crew have been working around the clock bringing you the best Computex 2013 coverage, and we hope you've loved it as much as we have.

 

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We all had a sit down and discussed the last couple of awards for our Best of Computex 2013 that needed to be given out and they were some of the hardest we've had to do yet! The three categories we wanted to leave until last was the laptop/tablet, technology and gadget. We've updated our Awards and Winners page and think you should check it out!

 

Here's a little tease though, we're all gushing over ASUS' new 4K monitor.

Noctua shows world's 1st ANC CPU cooler

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 9, 2013 10:37 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - Noctua had their maybe upcoming active noise cancellation (ANC) cooler back out at Comptuex this year. We say again because we had a taste of the technology last year at Computex but this year's version is much more refined. I would say it is pretty damn close to production ready actually but that's not to say anyone can afford it.

 

 

The first thing everyone is thinking has to be why Noctua would even make a product like this to begin with. The company makes silent coolers, I've hand nearly all of them and can honestly say I don't use anything else and the reason why is because they are quiet and work better than advertised.

 

 

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What ANC gives the company is the ability to run its fans at higher RPMs and retain the silent operation that Noctua is known for. With more airflow, the coolers can dissipate more heat from the CPU, increasing the thermal capacity of the cooler. With overclocking making a comeback on Haswell even us old guys are ready to get back in the game.

GIGABYTE Z87 Motherboards with The Brix

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 9, 2013 10:09 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - Today we ran into a familiar face at the GIGABYTE Expo area. Mr. Brix himself guided us though the some of the new motherboard line up. With the new Haswell platform, GIGABYTE released roughly four new motherboards, many with features designed by Mr. Cookie himself!

 

 

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The question now is what one do I want to use for testing SSDs for 2013. With overclocking making a comeback for those of us without easy access to LN2, choosing the right board becomes even more important.

 

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MemoRight XT3 Series SSD joins the world's of Marvell and TLC together

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 9, 2013 9:23 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - MemoRight had a sizable booth this year at Computex and inside we found a product we're ready to try. To date, only Samsung has shipped consumer grade SSDs with triple-level cell (TLC) flash but that's about to change now that Toshiba has their 1Xnm TLC in production.

 

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The MemoRight XT3 Series will use a Marvell controller with MemoRight's own firmware and pair it with Toshiba's new TLC NAND.

 

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There aren't a lot of details yet but MemoRight expects performance in the 540 MB/s sequential read and 300 MB/s sequential write area. Wear-leveling will be very important with TLC NAND and MemoRight even mentions Global Wear-Leveling on the spec card. This will be an interesting one for sure.

KingFast runs RAID 0 inside a normal 2.5-inch drive with two SF-2281s at Computex 2013

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 9, 2013 8:58 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - It's been a few years now but we tested a product from a company called PhotoFast with two SF-1200 controllers. KingFast is using that idea to get to the magic 1TB mark but this time with SATA III and LSI SandForce's SF-2281 controller.

 

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The KF2510MCF03 packs two small 512GB SSDs inside standard 2.5" form factor, 9.5mm housing. A RAID controller couples the two internal drives together in RAID 0 and that's how KingFast managed to get past the SF-2281 density limitation.

 

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KingFast also had a few other products on display at the show including their SLC model that also uses a LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller.

QNAP demos scale up, scale out solutions

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 8, 2013 7:03 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - The storage market is growing rapidly and for good reason. Cloud storage is booming, but not just for consumers looking to keep family photos in two or more secure locations. QNAP had two demos and more than one product in the racks are unannounced as of this time.

 

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The first rack we looked at was titled Scale-up. In this picture we can see a 20-bay 2.5-inch form-factor model that has us quite excited. Several products in this rack connect to a central NAS via expanders. It's a good way to increase density while working with a smaller budget.

 

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With the Scale-out option, you're increasing density through full NAS products. This increases both drive count and increases compute power at the same time.

 

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We have a few QNAP rackmount systems in our lab and appreciate their versatility. A NAS is no longer a NAS when the feature set is stacked as deep as it is in these products.

QNAP brings 10GbE to the SMB market

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 8, 2013 6:36 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - We have a few stories from QNAP in the works, but this one will affect the largest number of new buyers. Until now, the 10GbE Ethernet option was available only on larger NAS systems, platforms with eight or more drives.

 

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In a bold and exciting move, QNAP has brought 10GbE to six-bay and four-bay models. The TS-670 Pro uses six drive bays and has the processing power to go with it.

 

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We're starting to see 10GbE ship on workstation and server boards, mainly from on-board Intel X540 parts. Intel X540 add-in cards are available for less than $300 if you look around for good deals. The add-in cards allow you to add 10GbE capability to any system, including desktop computers.

 

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We're using 10GbE in the office now and love the performance. Transferring files to and from the NAS with roughly a 10x increase over gigabit Ethernet not only reduces the wait time, but also increases the number of users who can comfortably connect to the NAS at the same time.

Kaspersky discovers 'most sophisticated' Android trojan yet

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 10:03 pm

Kaspersky Labs has announced the discovery of what it is calling the "most sophisticated" Android trojan yet. Kaspersky identifies the trojan as "Backdoor.AndroidOS.Obad.a" and notes that the trojan is capable of many different functions with the added ability to be extremely hard to remove.

 

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Obad.a is capable of sending SMS to premium-rate numbers, downloading other malware, sending malware over Bluetooth, and remote console commands. Obad.a makes use of code obfuscation and several previously undiscovered security holes in Android to make itself hard to remove or analyze.

 

Once it gains Device Administrator privileges, it's nearly impossible to remove:

 

One feature of this Trojan is that the malicious application cannot be deleted once it has gained administrator privileges: by exploiting a previously unknown Android vulnerability, the malicious application enjoys extended privileges, but is not listed as an application with Device Administrator privileges.

 

Google has been informed by Kaspersky of the various security holes discovered and the security company notes that the trojan only amounts to 0.15 percent of all malware infection attempts, making it a rather minor threat for now.

Google's Larry Page says privacy concerns over Glass are being blown out of proportion and it's not really that big of a deal

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 9:02 pm

Google's CEO Larry Page is once again attempting to reassure consumers that the concerns over privacy when it comes to Google Glass are unwarranted and being blown out of proportion by the media. Page said that privacy fears will fade as people become accustomed to the new technology noting that "it's not that big of a concern."

 

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He went on to compare using Glass to take an image or video in much the same way one would use their smartphone to capture a photo or video. Page said "you don't collapse in terror that someone might be using glass in the bathroom just the same as your class in terror when someone comes in with a smartphone that might take a picture."

 

This reassurance beach comes on the heels of a month of numerous privacy concerns surrounding Glass. Google has said that it will not approve apps with facial recognition features, and even had to defend itself to the U.S. Congress who wrote a letter to Google asking if Glass "could infringe on the privacy of the average American"

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