msi The Daily VR Zone News Summary   18 May 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • Technical specifications of MSI's unreleased N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition graphics card, which is expected to debut only at Computex later this month, has been published onto the Internet courtesy of an Italian website;
  • Intel's CEO has claimed that he sees no advantages in licensing ARM's processor architecture for use in the embedded space, and that the money spent in having to pay royalties to ARM could be better spent in researching for ways to further optimize the x86 architecture for use in chips which boast extremely low power consumption;
  • 10 tablet PC devices powered by INtel hardware will reporetedly be making their debut in the upcoming Computex trade exhibition held at Taipei in June;
  • Toshiba has confirmed that its latest four-inch LCD display which is capable of 367ppi will be making its way to a smartphone sometime this year, and that it will not be Apple's upcoming iPhone that will get first dibs on the new display;
  • Microsoft is offering to replace affected Xbox 360 consoles for free after a firmware update designed to enable support for a new optical disc format has ended up casuing a small number of consoles to stop working completely, and
  • Sony's woes with the PlayStation Network is set to continue after it was discovered that hackers who have gained access to compromised personal information could use the acquired information to change a legitimate subscriber's password, thus potentially barring subscribers from accessing their online accounts.

Hardware news

Zalman CPPS11X Tower CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: Zalman has for years had coolers that were a very nice balance of unique style and performance. The CNPS11X is no different; it has unique looks with solid performance, and does it quietly. The overall looks of the CNPS11X are nice. The Black Pearl nickel plating and blue LED fan gives the cooler some flare while not being overbearing. The new V or triangle design is definitely different for a tower cooler, which something that sets it apart from the crowd. Like the old barrel style coolers this can be spotted from across the room and you can know who made it…

Exclusive: MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition specs (Italian)
Description: (Machine translation) Just this morning we showed you the first photo on the card MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition . Now we have also the technical specifications of the card that the manufacturer will debut at Computex in Taipei next expected later this month.

OCZ Technology Vertex 3 SSD Form Factor: Bigger isn't Always Better
Description: When Vertex 2 and Agility 2 hit the market things changed again; Vertex 2 shipped with a higher IOPS programming and Agility 2 was shipped with the lower programming. For the most part this was an acceptable situation, but the BOM was never nailed down for Vertex 2. Eventually OCZ started playing loose and fast with the second series of these SSD products and somewhere along the line in December 2010 Vertex 2 drives started shipping with 25nm flash.

In Win BUC Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: Ever dream of a mid tower case that had four hot swap internal SATA drive bays that you could access easily? Of course the case would have to have plenty of fans for cooling, and a pass thru ventilation design for the PSU to reduce heating the internal components. And of course, you would want your mechanical drives to be noise isolated. It might also help if the case had a cool look with a back lit LED fan to kind of show it all off. Hey let's throw in water cooling holes just in case, and what would be nice is if the price was affordable. Perhaps less than a hundred bucks?

Seagate Constellation ES.2 3TB SATA 3 HDD Review @ Real World Labs
Description: Thanks to its enterprise grade build quality, blazing fast speeds and 3TB of space the latest Constellation ES.2 3TB SATA 3 hard disk drive by Seagate has simply managed to pull ahead from the competition.

Corsair Obsidian 650D Review @ Vortez
Description: Having two full tower cases within the range has certainly satisfied the high-end market but what about mid-range? Well today we will be looking at the new 650D. This is a mid-tower case, offering all the features of the 800D but in a smaller shell. Not everyone favours a full tower case, many have been waiting for this 650D – the smaller brother to the 800D.

NVIDIA Introduces New GeForce GTX 560 GPU and Faster GeForce R275 Drivers
Description: NVIDIA has introduced the GeForce GTX 560 GPU, the latest addition to the company's Fermi architecture-based product family, which brings amazing performance and enhanced features such as NVIDIA PhysX, 3D Vision, SLI and Surround technologies to this summer's hottest PC games.

Intel: There Are No Advantages in Going to ARM.
Description: Intel Corp's chief executive officer has ruled out any possibility of adopting the ARM architecture for its chips aimed at ultra-mobile devices. The company believes that instead of paying royalties to ARM, it may achieve better financial results and performance by tuning-up its x86 micro-architecture for low power consumption.


Consumer Electronics:

Acer’s A500 Is a Hefty Honeycomb Tablet on a Budget
Description: At $449, Acer’s Iconia Tab A500 is among the least expensive Honeycomb tablets available today. Acer was able to keep costs down by limiting the internal flash memory storage and eliminating the mobile broadband radio: The A500 is available in a Wi-Fi only model. While that limits where you can use the tablet, it also skips the monthly data plan requirement that often comes with a 3G or 4G tablet. So how does the A500 compare to more expensive models with mobile broadband, such as the Motorola Xoom and T-Mobile G-Slate? I spent the last two weeks with Acer’s newest Google Android tablet to find out.

Ten New Intel-Based Tablets to Be Unveiled at Computex
Description: Intel plans to introduce more than 10 new tablets at the Computex trade show, which is held from May 31 to June 4 in Taipei, the Wall Street Journal reports. Furthermore, Intel’s general manager for Asia-Pacific, Navin Shenoy, said we can expect to see more than 35 tablets based on Intel chips in 2011. The company doesn’t expect any impact from the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011, Shenoy said.

MAINGEAR Launches the Most Powerful 3D enabled 17-inch notebook Overclocked up to 4.8GHz
Description: MAINGEAR, an award-winning PC builder offering custom desktops, notebooks, workstations and media centers, adds the most powerful 17-inch 3D notebook solution to their notebook offering. PC gamers will be able to harness desktop-like power wherever they go and enjoy 3D gaming wherever they go.

Toshiba declares victory in pixel density war: 367ppi coming to a phone this year
Description: We got the lowdown on Toshiba's latest four-inch LCD a couple of days ago, and today at SID 2011 we got up close and personal with the pixel-packed display. It's one thing to read about a 367ppi screen that shows native 720p video, and it's quite another to experience it in person. We can report that it is, in fact, as awesome as it sounds — onscreen images were clear, crisp, and chromatically brilliant. Pixel density enthusiasts will also be happy to hear that Toshiba confirmed the display will make it to market this year. Of course, the rep wouldn't tell us which phone will take the iPhone 4's crown as the ppi champ, though we imagine it'll be something powered by little green bots.

The Samsung Cube Camera, Too Bizarre to Exist
Description: A recent interview with Samsung's camera division yielded some interesting bits about their lenses—but the real star was this photo of lost prototypes. The model with the three vintage-y dials is gorgeous. But the cube? Uhh. Uhhh.

Official Pictures Samsung “Hawk” – Exhibit 4G
Description: T-Mobile, starting this June 8th, will start offering its new Gingerbread Android phone, Samsung Exhibit 4G. This is going to be a mid range Android phone capable of running under T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network, up to 21Mbps. The Samsung Exhibit 4G will pack a 1Ghz processor, with a 3MP camera (back) and a VGA front camera. So you can use video calls without any problems. Also will come with Android 2.3 OS, 3G, 4G capable. It will be pre-loaded with sames like Bejeweled 2, Scrabble and Doodle Jump. Retail price for US$ 325.00. With contract? no words yet..

Android vulnerability reflects need for more timely updates
Description: Researchers say that 99.7 percent of Android users are at risk from a ClientLogin vulnerability that impacts Google's calendar and contact synchronization services. The bug has already been fixed in Android 2.3.4, but it's not clear how long it will take for the fix to reach users. It's a compelling demonstration of the need for faster Android updates, a problem that Google is working to solve.


Gaming news

2K Sports, Nexon Target Korea With Online Baseball Sim
Description: 2K Sports announced an agreement with Nexon Corporation to develop and publish a new online baseball simulation for the South Korean market. The partnership builds upon 2K Sports’ strategy to leverage its proven intellectual property and expertise, by using Nexon’s deep gaming roots in Korea to enhance its online game offerings for Asia.

Microsoft replacing older 360s damaged by new firmware update
Description: It seems that the latest Xbox 360 firmware update isn't compatible with all versions of the console, as a small number users reportedly cannot play games on their systems after updating. To make up for this, Microsoft has confirmed that it will be replacing consoles for those affected.

PlayStation Network Password Reset Exploited, User Accounts Not Safe
Description: Another day of gloom for PlayStation Network (PSN) users as reports are coming in that the password reset feature of PSN has been compromised. The exploit allows hackers to change user passwords via the PSN password reset function, using just two pieces of information – a PSN account email address and a date of birth.