Yesterday, we previewed the resplendent ASUS ROG Rampage IV Extreme, which is targeted at the hardcore overclocking enthusiast segment. In the second of a three part ASUS X79 motherboard series, we turn our voyuering periscope to a mainstream offering – the desert camouflage themed TUF Sabertooth X79!
In the first of a three part Asus X79 Motherboard series, we introduce to our readers the flagship ASUS Republic of Gamers Rampage IV Extreme. Built and tuned by a world-class team of perfectionist engineers and megahertz thirsty overclockers from the ROG team, this new Rampage could turn out to be one of the all-time
As we wait for next-gen 28nm GPUs, NVIDIA is preparing an upgrade for the popular GeForce GTX 560 Ti. Much like the GeForce GTX 260 was upgraded to GTX 260 (216 Core) in 2008, the GTX 560 Ti is set to be revised as GTX 560 Ti (448 Core). Despite the branding, the GTX
It's been on the backdrops at this year's Computex event, where close to every motherboard maker showed off its LGA2011 wares. It had been written off after rumors spread of attrition among some of its "key" designers. Today EVGA has risen like a phoenix from the ashes. Its latest disclosure, of the EVGA Super Record
Here are some of the first pictures of MSI X79A-GD65 8D, the company's second-to-best socket LGA2011 offering, which will feature in the first wave of Sandy Bridge-E compatible motherboards. The marker "8D" brings back some old memories. It literally stands for "eight DIMMs", and was first used on the P45-8D "Memory Lover", a board that
The success of the thin, ultraportable Apple MacBook Air has indirectly prompted Intel to envision how notebook computer of the future should be like. And that notebook computer is the new Ultrabook which was recently launched by various manufacturers.
We all know the Sandy Bridge E die has a total of 8 cores and 20 MB L3 cache, in addition to dual QPI links and quad DDR3 memory channels. Since the Xeon E5 workstation and server parts will have all of them, why are the desktop ones left with only six cores and 15
It's surprising what you can find browsing compliance databases and we just happened upon a big one today. AMD's next generation chipset for its Trinity Fusion APU's have made an appearance in the USB-IF's certified product list and the USB-IF kindly revealed the chipset name, rather than putting up some kind of code name.
Contrary to the image some harbour due to the temporary Sandy Bridge overclock lock on the generic non-K parts, Intel processors are expected to be very overclock friendly in the future generations. My sources at IDF confirmed that directly, and now it might be the time to cover it in more detail…
With the mostly disappointing AMD news today, we figured we'd post some more positive news, well, that is if you care at all about routers. Asus is getting ready to revamp its entire router product range and it seems like the company got really fond of its "Black Diamond" series design as we're looking at
Zambezi is the fourth-longest river in Africa (the one with the beautiful Victoria Falls), and also the codename for the new FX series of "Bulldozer" desktop enthusiast CPUs from AMD. After months of speculation and spin about the launch date and performance numbers, the new processors have finally hit the shops and we bring you our
It is often debated that using more expensive "enthusiast-grade" memory will help application and gaming performance. We use the latest AMD FX-8150 8-core processor and ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula 990FX to find out if that holds true for the Bulldozers…
Intel has plans for the solid state drive (SSD) market that look deep into 2012. It is becoming increasingly clear that the company wants to give its SSD portfolio the breakneck product cycle its processor lineup enjoys, that of generation leaps every year or so. Looking into 2012, we see new models targeting pretty much
With 2560×1400 'retina' displays expected on Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks next year, even the 2048×1536 iPad 3 may not have the portable hi-res lead for long. But, why not 16:10 2560×1600 then instead? Makes it easier to see the photographs and documents in real proportion…
In the latest unreleased 285 BETA drivers, the expected GeForce 600 branding has surfaced. The marketing names leaked are NVIDIA GeForce 610M and NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M. The GeForce 610M is likely to be an entry level GPU while the GeForce GT 630M could very well be a GK107 SKU.
The Ultrabook is a new category of thin and lightweight ultraportable laptop (defined by Intel) that are equipped with new Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge based Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage (CULV) Intel processors, integrated graphics and SSD storage. Taiwanese manufacturer Acer has recently launched their ASPIRE S3 Ultrabook in Taipei, and VR-Zone managed to get one in for review.
We knew that Intel's Sandy Bridge-E chips were big and complicated to make, but what we didn't expect was that Intel was going to continuously keep running into problems. The current C1 stepping is apparently having problems with VT-d, not a major issue for most consumers' maybe, but it's a huge problem when it comes
ASRock is now a full-fledged motherboard manufacturer with boards targeting every market segment, from $50 office PC boards, to all-out enthusiast boards. Its upcoming socket LGA2011 lineup has one such board, one that woos budget-unconcious buyers, the X79 Extreme7.
At IDF earlier this month Intel revealed its upcoming Cactus Ridge Thunderbolt controllers, but it turns out the company is about to launch a third Thunderbolt controller and it should arrive ahead of Cactus Ridge. The yet unannounced chip is known as Port Ridge or L2210 and it's a low-cost device only controller which should
NVIDIA has engineering samples out for its first chip based on the next-gen Kepler architecture. The chip is the same as revealed by SemiAccurate last week – GK107. As suggested by the nomenclature, this isn't the flagship GK100 we are all waiting for. Instead, NVIDIA is executing a bottom-to-top release, first releasing a smaller chip,