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Tuesday Morning Roundup for February 28, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 28, 2012 11:38 am

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 28th, 2012.

 

Cases & Cooling:

 

NZXT Havik 120 CPU Cooler - Hi Tech Legion

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition - circuitREMIX

Swiftech Apogee HD - PureOverclock

Lian Li PC-Q25 SFF Chassis - MissingRemote

NZXT HAVIK 140 CPU Cooler - Bigbruin.com

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler - eTeknix

 

Peripherals:

 

Corsair Vengeance K60 - XSReviews

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ADATA announce "the most powerful SSD on Earth", enter the XPG SX900 SSD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 28, 2012 10:24 am

ADATA are making quite the claim with their new SSD, the ADATA XPG SX900. The XPG SX900 sports SandForce's 2281 controller, which lets the storage space expand to 512GB, a 7-percent increase over most of the other SSDs on the market that sport SandForce controllers.

 

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ADATA's XPG SX900 is capable of 550MB/sec read, 530MB/sec writes, with a maximum random 4k write speed as high as 85,000 IOPS. Capacities will be found in 64, 128, 256 and 512GB. The new SSD from ADATA also supports TRIM, so there's no need to worry there.

 

On top of this, ADATA offer all purchasers of ADATA SSDs a free download of Acronis True Image HD software which allows the quick transfer of your old files to the new SSD, which significantly refuses the time-consuming process of reinstalling your operating system and various software.

NVIDIA Kepler power circuitry, 300W TDP

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 28, 2012 9:29 am

VR-Zone have an interesting piece on the power circuitry within NVIDIA's upcoming Kepler GPU, and it reveals some juicy info. First up, NVIDIA is tapping the supply chain maker Foxconn to manufacture the high-end Kepler-based GPUs, and according to sources, NVIDIA has used the strategy of switching between Flextronics and Foxconn in the past, but are now happy with Foxconn.

 

The board talked about was manufactured in Q3 of last year, which would lead us to believe that NVIDIA have had Kepler GPUs for a while now. Kepler was meant to see the light of day in 2011, with Maxwell hitting in 2013, but that won't be happening now. It's obvious that yields were low once again for NVIDIA, which is why they would've stopped from pushing Kepler cards into production. In NVIDIA's recent financial analyst call, the can-of-whoop-ass himself Jen-Hsun stated that the 28nm supply will be "constrained through the year (2012)".

 

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The diagram above shows that the board in question (GeForce GTX 670 Ti) requires a single six-pin and eight-pin power cables, which gives us 75W + 150W + 75W = 300W total, even though it should still work with just two six-pin rails. Three phases are dedicated to feed the GPU, and dual phase is for the rest of the board. VR-Zone say they'll continue to post articles covering this in the future, while I wait with anticipation.

Epic to show off Unreal Engine 4 next week, our first taste of next-gen gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 28, 2012 8:35 am

Epic Games are set to show off their next-generation gaming engine, Unreal Engine 4, at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week. Epic will unveil a preview version of it's "next-generation game technology" - Unreal Engine 4 to "select licensees, partners and prospective customers during the exhibition" according to its announcement earlier today.

 

 

Epic have already teased what is capable from the next-gen engine with their high-end Unreal Engine 3 Samaritan tech demo, with Epic's Vice President Mark Rein saying at the time:

 

It represents this beautiful vision of what we should be able to do. What's really exciting about seeing this love letter to hardware manufacturers is understanding how Unreal Engine goes from iPhone right up to the most ass-kicking PC you can buy that's hopefully representative of what the next-gen might be. And it's ready today.

 

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Another tease, is that in October of last year, company president Mike Capps revealed that he hoped that Epic's technology will influence how the next-generations of home consoles.

Samsung gets all candid, admits 'we're not doing very well in the tablet market'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 28, 2012 7:35 am

Did you feel that? Yeah, that. You know, that breath of fresh air? Oh, it was just Samsung's Product Strategy Executive, Hankil Yoon, talking the truth and not marketing spin or lies. Yoon revealed some interesting facts about Samsung's experience so far, in the tablet market by saying "honestly, we're not doing very well in the tablet market" according to a report from CNET.

 

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They are some strong, harsh, yet refreshingly honest words coming from an executive of a company who seems to be the David in this David vs. Goliath battle with Apple in the tablet market. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress, Yoon added that "the best thing to survive in the market is to kill your products, we want to stay competitive in the market". This is why we're seeing Samsung pushing their Galaxy Note, which sports a Stylus pen.

 

Samsung struggling in the traditional tablet market is making them think outside of the square, with Yoon stating that he no longer carries around physical notepads or pens, and does all of his jotting down onto his 5-inch Galaxy Note. He adds "even if the design is smaller, how you use the (Note) is totally different". Yoon also dismissed early criticism of the Galaxy Note, saying it would take some education for consumers to begin to get comfortable with the larger screen.

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Nokia 808 PureView smartphone, sports 41-megapixel camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 28, 2012 6:26 am

Yes, that's 41, forty-one, four-plus-one (and not NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC 4-PLUS-1). Nokia have announced the Nokia 808 PureView, a new smartphone which features a 41-megapixel camera, capable of 7152x5368-pixel shots.

 

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Spec-wise, it's not that great in the other areas: a 4.0-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 360x640, a 1.3GHz single-core ARM 11 chip, 512MB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSD upgradeable, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and weighs in at just 169g.

 

Surprisingly, it does not feature Windows Phone 7 as its OS. Considering Nokia more-or-less went "all-in" with Microsoft and Windows Phone, it's a huge surprise. The OS featured? Nokia's Bell OS.

Intel confirms Ivy Bridge delay, can't build a bridge to get over it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 28, 2012 5:35 am

Intel have confirmed that their next-generation, 22nm-fabbed Ivy Bridge chips will go on sale eight-to-ten weeks later than they had originally planned, according to Executive Vice-President of Intel, and chairman of Intel China, Sean Maloney.

 

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Maloney talked about the delay in his first interview to discuss Intel's business in China, where he told the Financial Times that the start of sales that sport Ivy Bridge had been pushed back from April, where he says "I think maybe it's June now". First off you "think", Sean? How can you not know this?

 

Maloney said the adjustment was due to problems with the manufacturing process, and also stated that the global launch of the new Intel-powered smartphones would follow the launch of other global launches this year. An Intel-powered Lenovo-based phone would become available in other countries four to five months after it's initial launch in China. Maloney also denied reports that Ivy Bridge was pushed back due to the over-stocked inventories of Sandy Bridge-based notebooks, citing manufacturing process issues.

Samsung's Galaxy S III set to fly-kick every other smartphone in the throat

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 28, 2012 4:20 am

Samsung's Galaxy S III has been long-rumored, the phone to get this year. BGR have come out and reported some exclusive details on Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S III, and wow, wow, WOW. Samsung's flagship Android-based phone is really set to kick some serious ass in the specs department.

 

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We should expect the Galaxy S III to sport a 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, a 4.8-inch 1920x1080p Full-HD display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and 2-megapixel front-facing camera, a ceramic case, 4G LTE and lastly, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

 

Holy heck is that a gem of a phone. If that's what we receive, it'll be a day-one purchase upgrade from me over my already-fantastic Galaxy S II. We should expect more details on this superphone over the coming weeks and months, but other than that, there's nothing more to report. I will note that the screenshot above is a mock-up from BGR, and if that's what we get, it'll look impressive. Edge-to-edge screen? Tasty.

Elpida files for bankruptcy protection, has debts of $5.5 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 28, 2012 4:20 am

Semiconductor maker, Elpida Memory Inc. have filed for bankruptcy protection according to the Japan Times. After receiving some Government-backed funding, with efforts of a rebuild failing, they've given up. Japan's sole manufacturer of DRAM had liabilities of $5.5 billion.

 

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President of the company, Yukio Sakamoto is said to resign because of this, as they file for protection with the Tokyo District Court. Elpida was founded in 1999 as NEC Hitachi Memory Inc. and have since produced DRAM products since 2000. The company also founded three wholly-owned subsidiaries, Tera Probe, which conducted wafter probe testing, Akita Elpida Memory Inc. which handled the back-end processes of DRAM production and finally, Rexchip Electronics Corp, which handled the front-end.

 

A fall in prices and the global recession of 2006 is said to have pushed them up against the wall, where they required a Government-backed loan of around $372 million. This injection of cash was used for investment and research and development, but with the strong Yen and the Thailand flooding last year, they were forced to come clean about their finances, and now the dirty laundry has aired.

RumorTT: Windows 8 will launch in Q4 2012, with the ARM-based version launching in Q2 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 28, 2012 3:24 am

Microsoft's timeframe for Windows 8 is not being discussed, and this worries not only the Bright Side of News*, but me, too. BSN* received some interesting news regarding the timeframe of Windows 8, with information pointing to all resources being poured into the x86-based version of the OS for notebooks, desktops, workstations and server, with no attention being given for the ARM-based version of Windows 8.

 

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Microsoft didn't let anyone have any hands-on time with the ARM version of Windows 8 at CES 2012, and the repeat is happening now in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress. On top of this, Qualcomm have announced they've delayed their quad-core processors from summer 2012, to Q1 2013. This could of course open the flood gates for NVIDIA and their quad-core-based Tegra 3 SoC, but it looks as though their having issues with the 28nm process and not talking about opportunities.

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