board The Daily VR Zone News Summary   25 May 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • Word has it that photographs of motherboards designed for use with AMD's upcoming Liano and Zambezi APUs have started leaking on the Internet;
  • OCZ is apparently planning to show off some new products at the upcoming Computex exhibition in Taipei such as its new Indilinx SATA 6.0Gbps controller, a few new RevoDrive and Z-Drive PCI-Express based SSDs and a new HDD/SSD hybrid drive;
  • After close to a month of denying it, Apple has finally admitted and confirmed what many have been suspecting – that it has seen a significant increase in the number of reports of its user base being compromised by a trojan horse that had been making its rounds in cyberspace since the beginning of May;
  • A tweet published by the US branch of Samsung's mobile business devision claims that Samsung's new Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, which is also a "replacement for another tablet with the same name", will supposedly be launching in "just a few days time";
  • Square Enix has reportedly dropped some hints on what appears to be a new massive multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) making its way to gamers this year, and
  • Take-Two Interactive has confirmed that two of its most elusive titles, Agent and Max Payne 3, are still in development.

Hardware news

Photos of next-gen AMD boards from MSI, Gigabyte leak
Description: As AMD's next-gen Llano and Zambezi processors draw closer and closer to release, pictures of matching motherboards are somehow finding their way into the wild. Today, we received some teaser photos of what looks like an MSI Socket AM3+ motherboard based on the upcoming AMD 990FX chipset:

OCZ gearing up for Computex 2011
Description: OCZ is obviously ready for the upcoming Computex 2011 and it looks like it will be an interesting one, at least as far as OCZ is concerned. OCZ apparently plans to show its new Indilinx SATA 6.0Gbps controller, some of the new RevoDrive and Z-Drive PCI-Express based SSDs and a new HDD/SSD hybrid drive.

Silicon Power SSD 60 GB V20 (Spanish)
Description: (Machine translation) Silicon Power is one of our usual Noticias3D digital pages, and back with a reminder that the field of solid state disks remains fertile ground for creativity and innovation. The SSD model that can bring us not impress too much in terms of capacity, since we have only 60 GB, but another thing is the performance that we will find out in the following article.

AMD brings FirePro cards into the VLIW4 era
Description: AMD is finally bringing their FirePro professional line into the VLIW4 era with two new cards, the V7900 and the V5900. Both are based on the ‘Cayman’ ASIC that powers the current HD69xx line of graphics cards, but the two cards end up quite different.

Rasurbo Real&Power RAPM-550 Power Supply Review @ Real World Labs
Description: With a price tag set at around 58Euros inside the EU the latest Real&Power RAPM-550 Modular power supply unit by Rasurbo may not impress with its performance but it’s without doubt an excellent alternative to all the dangerous noname units flooding the market.

ASRock 890FX Deluxe5 AMD Socket AM3+ Motherboard Review
Description: This ASRock 890FX Deluxe5 is the first AMD Socket AM3+ motherboard tested so far here at ocinside.de It is based on the AMD 890FX chipset with SB850 southbridge and is except a few points very similarly build, like the already tested ASRock 890FX Deluxe AM3 predecessor. The new ASRock 890FX Deluxe5 AM3+ motherboard has also five PCI Express slots, four USB3.0 ports, whereby two of them can be connected with the enclosed USB3.0 front panel/back panel, six SATA3 connectors provided by SB850, two additional SATA3 ports provided by a Marvel SE9120 chip, one eSATA3 connector, one conventional IDE port, Floppy port, Gigabit LAN, six analog sound connectors, digital optical and coaxial SPDIF sound output. It offers a lot of additional features like e.g. the integrated fan controller and the new UEFI BIOS, which is updated for the test to UEFI BIOS version P1.40.

Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Case Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: The Chaser MK-1 has a style a little out of the norm for Thermaltake. Most of Thermaltakes gamer cases in the past had a smooth look to them, here of recent the rugged look is starting to come out in the Armor series cases. The Chaser MK-1 has the most aggressive look thus far. With its features, size, and styling, one would assume the Chaser MK-1 is to compete with the likes of the Cooler Master HAF series…

MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition Unlocking @ Vortez
Description: It is a common misconception that MSI's 6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition cannot be unlocked because it's not a reference design. The fact is, despite sporting a fully custom PCB with Military Class II components and the epic Twin Frozr III cooler it WILL unlock to 1536 shaders.


Consumer Electronics and Software news

Apple finally admits to its fake anti-virus malware problem
Description: PRISTINE PASTEL Apple has finally admitted that Mac users have been having problems with fake anti-virus software, and will put out a software update in the next few days that should automatically find and remove the offending malware.

Panasonic Upgrades The Flagship Toughbook CF-31 With Increased Performance And Flexibility
Description: Panasonic today announced the Toughbook CF-31mk2 bringing increased performance and flexibility to its flagship ruggedized range. Designed to access applications and data in the most extreme mobile computing environments, the CF-31 has become the fully rugged device of choice for utilities, emergency services and military personnel. Whether working in adverse weather, wet conditions, underground or where space restrictions would usually hamper productivity, the CF-31 ensures that mobile workers perform to their optimum at all times. The CF-31mk2, which is available in two different models (Standard and Performance) offers increased computing power, a range of enhanced management functionality and connectivity.

TRENDnet 450Mbps Dual Band Wireless N USB Adapter Review @ Madshrimps
Description: The new Wireless N USB Adapter from TRENDnet (TEW-684UB) is Dual Band and supports the latest 450Mbps technology. Its shape is very similar to the 450Mbps Gaming Adapter, also from TRENDnet, but its much smaller and does not require extra power, coming with USB connectivity.

Samsung releases a new 3D all-in-one PC
Description: Samsung announced a new all-in-one PC, the AF315. It has a 23" LED-backlit active 3D display (with a slim 15mm bezel), Intel Core i5-2390T CPU, AMD HD6730M GPU, 4GB memory, 1TB H/D and runs Windows 7 home premium 32-bit. It also has a neat-looking remote control.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Coming in a Few Days With Android 3.1
Description: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is only a “few days away” according to a tweet from Samsung’s Mobile US account. Furthermore, as clarified in another tweet from Samsung, the new version of Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be sporting the latest version of Honeycomb AKA Android 3.1. The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is actually a replacement for another tablet in the same name, which Samsung itself thought was unworthy of competing with Apple’s iPad 2. The device sports a dual-core, 1 GHz CPU, a 10.1 inch, 1280×800 pixel screen, a 3-megapixel back camera as well as 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats, and all of that comes in a case that weighs 1.3 pounds and is only .34” thick.

Microsoft dumps Taiwanese vendors for upcoming Windows tablets?
Description: According to a report by industry insiders, DigiTimes, it appears that the Redmond giant has dropped its Taiwanese partners from the production of upcoming tablets based on its next generation Windows operating system. Microsoft has been reported about talking to NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Intel and AMD, saying they would love to see “Windows 8″-powered tablets from Samsung, HP and Dell. But apparently, Asus, Acer, HTC and other top Asian vendors were left out of the early party.

Sony upgrades VAIO S with 1600×900 screen, ups VAIO F too
Description: Sony picked Wednesday to upgrade two of its most popular notebooks. The VAIO S we just reviewed is now getting an upgrade to a 1600×900 display that turns its 13.3-inch screen into more of a desktop replacement. It also has options for two solid-state drives in a RAID stripe to give it very fast load times.


Gaming news

New Massive Multiplayer Online Title By Square Enix Coming This Year
Description: Square Enix made some quick mentions on a new massive multiplayer online title coming this year, a move which the company hopes to operate simultaneous titles to allow a stable cash flow. According to the source, there was no mention if the title is based on an existing franchise but the company hopes to make an announcement within this fiscal year.

Agent, Max Payne 3 still in development
Description: Today, Take-Two Interactive reported its earnings for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011. In a conference call afterward, executives confirmed that two of the most elusive games in its development pipeline are indeed still in the works.

Age of Conan Going Free-to-Play
Description: Age of Conan developer Funcom has announced that its low-fantasy MMORPG will be switching to a hybrid free-to-play model, akin to the sort of model used by Lord of the Rings Online, EverQuest II Extended and Champions Online. Funcom is no newcomer to the free-to-play scene, in fact they helped pioneer it in the western market when Anarchy Online switched to an advertisement-supported model in 2005.