h67h2m1 The Daily VR Zone News Summary   03 Mar 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • AMD has reportedly contracted Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to manufacture its Hudson-series chipsets, which support the new Brazos platform;
  • Two of ECS's motherboards, the ECS H67H2-M Black Deluxe and the H57H-MUS, get reviewed;
  • Rumours about what users can expect in an upcoming 'iPad 3' have started circulating online;
  • Android pushes ahead of iOS and RIM to become the world's most widely used mobile operating system, and
  • Epic Games launches a free expansion pack for Infinity Blade while dropping off 50% of the game's retail price.

Hardware News:

AMD contracts TSMC to make Hudson chipset, says paper
Description: AMD has contracted Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to manufacture its Hudson-series chipsets, which support the new Brazos platform, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report. The paper did not name its source.

In Win Track Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
Description: With good cooling performance from the four included fans and an innovative front panel design, In Win's Track chassis is an interesting mid-tower chassis that also includes several tool-free features and a blacked-out interior and rear panel. The big 220mm side panel intake fan keeps the graphics and CPU nice and cool and also boasts blue LEDs that can be switched on or off from the panel mounted switch.

Exceleram EP3001A PC3-10666 2x2GB Memory Review @ Madshrimps
Description: The new EP3001A memory modules from Exceleram are using Powerchip Rev D 128×8 and even if the rating is PC3-10666, they are very overclockable and come at a very affordable price.

Antec P193 Review – XSReviews
Description: Antec recently announced a refresh to their performance one line of cases and they were kind enough to send a few for us to take a look at. Today we're reviewed the P193, the top of the performance pile. Let's see how it's features stack up.

Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: The Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 is Gigabyte's first attempt at the Brazos platform. The GA-E350N-USB3 is on the upper tier of the Brazos line, featuring the E350 processor. This CPU is dual core clocked at 1.6Ghz and has 1MB L2 cache. Paired on the same die is a Radeon HD 6310. This GPU is clocked at 500MHz and has 80 stream processors. On the board we get all of the usual Gigabyte features as well. There's the 2x copper PCB to reduce electrical waste and improve signal quality. Installed are 50,000hr. Japanese solid state capacitors. Gigabyte includes their 3/3/3 technology, which means USB 3.0, SATA3, and 3x powered USB ports. The extra power to the USB ports allows greater stability, compatibility, and the auto charge feature.

ASUS Rampage III Extreme Black Edition – Layout and Design @ ocaholic
Description: With the Rampage III Extreme Black Edition, ASUS is planning the next strike in the high-end gaming and overclocking market. This board will come with a lot of features like for example an additional Xonar soundcard as well as a Bigfoot Killer NIC network card. For overclockers they further refined the power design and they've also overworked the BIOS and added some new options.

Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 6GB (3x2GB) PC3-12800 Kit Review @ Bigbruin.com
Description: The Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 6GB (3x2GB) PC3-12800 kit is very stable and offers solid performance. The extra features that Crucial have added to their standard Ballistix sticks not only give the consumer more bang for the buck, but make this a very attractive kit, considering that they're priced right in line with other 1600MHz triple channel kits.

ECS H67H2-M Black Edition Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: The ECS H67H2-M Black Deluxe motherboard is a very solid board all the way through. Its performance rivaled that of the Intel P67 Burrage motherboard and at times outperformed it. We expected performance to suffer a bit while the on-board graphics were being used but that was not the case. Intel and ECS have done a brilliant job of sorting out the usability of this system….

ECS H57H-MUS (V1.0A) LGA1156 Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
Description: Designed to support latest Intel CPUs with integrated graphics and built around Intel's H57 chipset, the H57H-MUS board from ECS also features a complete bundle composed of a USB 3.0 and SATA 6G expansion card, which makes the board a future-proof powerful computing platform, in a mATX board format


Consumer Electronics and Software News:

Razer Anansi MMO gaming keyboard review at Examiner
Description: The Razer Anansi MMO gaming keyboard may not be revolutionary, but it’s still a capable (and colorful) gaming keyboard well-suited to virtually any style of PC game—MMO or otherwise.

Mobile editing in Google Docs now in 45 languages
Description: Last November, we launched the ability to edit mobile docs in English. Today we’re excited to announce that you can now edit your docs on the go in 44 more languages.

Tablets of 2011: What to Look For
Description: Last year promised to be the year of the tablet, and at least for Apple, it was indeed. The nearly ubiquitous iPad managed not only to outsell every other tablet on the market by a wide margin, it also exceeded Mac sales in the last quarter. But even if Apple is not likely to lose its throne anytime soon, competition is finally making itself present. If Android's gains in the smartphone market serve any indication it should be an interesting year for tablets as well.

OvisLink AirLive N.MINI 300Mbps Wireless-N Mini-AP review @ Madshrimps
Description: The AirLive N.MINI AP multifunctional device (Router, AP or Client) from OvisLink has very small dimensions and can be used in various situations like building a small hot-spot in an area that has only Ethernet available, or we can use it as a regular Wireless LAN adapter, connected to our computer via UTP.

iPad 2 Rumors: Which Were True & Which Will Wait for the iPad 3
Description: Since the launch of the original iPad, we’ve been keeping you apprised of rumors surrounding the iPad 2. Now that the iPad 2 has been unveiled, we can officially start speculating about the iPad 3 — because as far as the Apple rumor mill is concerned, it’s never too soon to start gossiping about gadgets.

Android Pulls Ahead, While HTC Enjoys The Ride
Description: Android in the U.S. pushed ahead of smartphone platform rivals iOS and Blackberry in January, according to Nielsen Wire, and is finding more popularity among younger consumers. That has helped HTC become the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the U.S. after Apple and Research In Motion, winning both the Android and Windows Phone 7 manufacturing race ahead of rivals Motorola and Samsung.

How It’s All Coming Together for Ubuntu as the Cloud OS
Description: Canonical, purveyor of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, is on a quest to make Ubuntu the go-to server operating system for cloud computing. If it succeeds, it will validate the stance that there is a definite place for open source in cloud computing, and it’s at the layers where differentiation might well become a non-factor in the years to come.


Gaming News:

GDC: Magicka: Vietnam – Wizards with Napalm
Description: When Arrowhead Game Studios' Magicka came out earlier this year, it took up the number one slot on a lot of digital distribution sales sites. Though it may look at a glance like a Diablo-style game, that's not an especially accurate description. The gameplay is surprisingly involved, requiring you to tap in combinations of eight magical elements and then activate them for various effects.

The challenge of remaking Azeroth
Description: Blizzard game director Tom Chilton on the tough choices that had to be made when rupturing World of Warcraft with Cataclysm, and what they got right (and what they didn't).

Epic Games Launches Free Infinity Blade Expansion, Cuts Full Game Price 50%
Description: Deals. You love 'em, we love 'em, and as such, we feel it's our duty to direct your attention to an App Store near you. Epic's award-winning touchscreen triumph, Infinity Blade, is now half-off, and a free expansion released today nearly doubles the size of the game.