G.Skill has shown off their latest and greatest SSD at CeBit, the Phoenix II series. Phoenix II is based on the new SandForce SF-2000 series controller which pushes the Phoenix II to the wall and posts some of the highest transfer speeds for the chipset.
550MB/sec read, 500MB/sec write. G.Skill even went as far as validating these speeds using a session of ATTO disk benchmark to get their message across. Pictures above of the benchmark and a picture below of the actual SSD. Looks like it might be time for me to retire by G.Skill Falcon SSD...
The company behind the Killer line of gaming network gear has introduced their new Killer Wireless-N laptop network adapter. Bigfoot are making claims that the Wireless-N adapter offers transfer speeds of up to five times faster than competing WiFi adapters.
Bigfoot says this will give laptop gamers an advantage over opponents who don't have a comparable networking kit as it cuts down on latency and lag. Bigfoot Networks' CEO Michael Howse also said that other wireless connections that are usually unsuitable for other online activities that are sensitive to wireless packet loss such as VoiP and HD video streaming would benefit from these new Bigfoot products.
Our Download of the Day today is Orbit Downloader 4.0.7.
Orbit Downloader, is a download manager specifically designed for the new generation Web (Web 2.0). You can use Orbit to download video/music/files from Myspace, YouTube, Imeem, Pandora, and Rapidshare, or on any site to make general downloading easier and faster.
Main Orbit Downloader Features:
Download social music, social video and streaming media
Extreme download acceleration.
Super Light: micro-sized and resource-friendly
Supports RapidShare download.
Supports IE, Firefox, Maxthon, and Opera.
Supports Metalink download.
Supports HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, MMS, RTSP and RTMP protocols.
Supports Proxy server configuration.
Supports download, pause and resume.
Provides general download management.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 4.0.7
* Fix: some errors when downloading files.
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The latest happenings from around the web - March 1st, 2011
- ASRock P67 Extreme 6 Motherboard @ Overclockers.com
- Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD5 Motherboard @ Aphnetworks
- ECS Sandy Bridge Motherboard Roundup @ Neoseeker
- Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti Super Overclock Graphics Card @ Hardware Heaven
- Sparkle ONE GTS 450 1GB OC Single Slot @ Hardware Canucks
- Samsung PN58C6400 58" Plasma HDTV @ SilentPCReview
- Diamond All-in-Wonder HD Premium 5000 @ Overclockers Club
- EVGA GTX 560 Ti SC @ Pureoverclock
Crytek and EA have released the Crysis 2 multiplayer demo early, the PC demo gives you access to two multiplayer maps: Skyline and Pier 17. There's also two game modes from the full game included.
Team Instant Action which is a deathmatch style option where your main objective is to kill as many opponents in a certain amount of time. The other mode, Crash Site, which is similar to King of the Hill modes where you fight to control alien drop pods and rack up points in the process.
MSI have been teasing their 10-inch Android based tablet for a while now but have finally shown the device off at CeBit in the form of the WindPad 100A. It's set to be a dual-core Tegra 2 based unit that will include Honeycomb.
The hardware is identical to what was seen at CES, no pricing is out on it yet but they should be hitting shelves in a store near you by the second half of the year. MSI is among a dozen or so companies offering either Tegra 2-based tablets or Honeycomb-based tablets, but most people would agree, there can never, ever be enough competition.
NVIDIA's upcoming budget bonanza card the GeForce GTX 550 Ti has been spotted in several EU retail listings, this allows us a look at pricing and specs. The GTX550 is set to be a dual-slot card based on a 40nm GF116 GPU sporting 192 CUDA cores, 32 texture units with a GPU/shader clock of 900/1800MHz. It should also carry 1GB of GDDR5 memory with a 128-bit bus and an effective speed of 4100MHz, peak power is said to be rated at 110W.
Pricing should be 160 ($220) which should put the card against the overclocked GTX460s and the Radeon HD 6870. It should be noted that it falls just below the GTX560 Ti which has double the CUDA cores and memory interface.
March is building up to be quite the month for GPU releases with both NVIDIA and AMD releasing dual-GPU based cards to impress the world. Because of CeBIT, AMD and NVIDIA partners have had the opportunity to show off their enthusiast level cards.
Sapphire has stepped up to the plate by showing off a dual Cayman-based Radeon HD 6990. Judging from the above shot, we can see the GD 6990 uses dual 8-pin power and is capable of consuming 300W of power. On the shot below we can see that it will include four DisplayPort connectors and a single DVI connector. For extra monitor support, you'll require the soon to be released DisplayPort v1.2 splitter.
It's a... SONY. It's a legal dispute. Sony are in deep water now as shipments of PlayStation 3's have been seized as LG won a preliminary injunction against Sony in a patent battle between the two companies. The ruling by the civil court of justice in the Hague means that all new PlayStation 3's have to be confiscated as they are imported into the UK and the rest of Europe for at least 10 days.
Tens of thousands of PS3's were seized by customs last week in the Netherlands, with more damage to Sony to come. If the injunction is extended it could mean PS3's vanishing off store shelves. Sony, which reportedly imports around 100, 000 consoles per week is frantically trying to get the ban lifted.