The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 28 Mar 2011
In today's news roundup:
- Intel's latest line of SSDs, known as the 320 series, get reviewed;
- Crucial's m4 SSD, which has been touted to be one of the most highly anticipated SSD launches for 2011, get a little preview;
- Dell releases new notebooks in the US with a Spanish keyboard;
- Gateway has announced a new line of entry-level notebooks based off AMD's Fusion (Brazos) platform;
- The Sony vs Hotz drama gets a new twist in the form of Hotz's defense counsel claiming that much of Sony's evidence against him are factually inaccurate, and
- Valve's Steam service might eventually be extended to the mobile platform, especially for iOS and Android.
Enermax T.B. Fan-Series Review on Technic3D (German)
Description: (Machine Translation) The Enermax T.B. Fan Series arrived Technic3D. Seven 80,- 120,- and 140mm Fans for your Case or CPU-Cooling can you see in the following Review on Technic3D. The new Fan Series better than the Silence or Apollish?
Intel 320 Series 300GB SSD Review w/ 25nm Flash @ Legit Reviews
Description: As a follow-up to their very successful X25-M series of drives, Intel has launched their 320 Series drives which feature a host of new features while being driven by their own proprietary controller. With the SATA 3Gbps SSD market being so crowded, can Intel tempt consumers to look their way? See the outcome of the testing and judge for yourself.
Crucial m4 256GB SATA 6G SSD Preview and Next Gen 2×0+ GB Shootout
Description: The Crucial m4 needs little introduction since it is one of the two most anticipated SSDs of 2011. The truth is that most of you are planning on skipping the next handful of pages to get right to the benchmarks. Don't do that! Take everything you've already read about the Micron C400 / Crucial m4 and toss it out of your mind, because mumble – mumble – mumble isn't exactly accurate. Let me explain with swollen tongue.
Inno3D GTX560 Ti 1GB OC Review @ Vortez
Description: Some may remember Nvidia first using "Ti" on the GeForce 2 cards until its demise on their 4th generations of graphics cards. Representing Titanium, the cards boasting the moniker were renowned to be popular, hence Nvidia bringing the name back. The GTX560 is set to succeed the GTX460 but not replace it based on their differing price points. At $249/£200, it is meant to fit in between AMD’s HD6870 and HD6950.
Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer DDR3 PC3-12800 Memory Kit Review @ Madshrimps
Description: The Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer DDR3 PC3-12800 BL2KIT25664ST1608OB memory kit comes with two interesting features: fully customizable lighting system, along with thermal sensors that can be monitored via the M.O.D. software utility.
Thermalright Shaman VGA Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
Description: Thermalright has continued their success with the Shaman. This oversized aftermarket cooler has taken the performance charts by storm and easily claimed the top spot in our VGA testing and it is evident that Thermalright's Shaman is aimed directly at power hungry that produce equal amounts of heat.
Swiftech Polaris 120 High Performance CPU Cooler Review
Description: It looks like a few things have changed over at Swiftech since the last time I visited their site and had the pleasure of testing, and still using to this day, the H20-320 kit they introduced back in November of last year. A couple of weeks ago I started getting correspondence of this new cooler in the works from Swiftech, and to my first surprise, it’s an air cooler. Now I’m not positive you all remember the MCX series of air coolers from a few years ago. While the idea was very different, and the thinking was outside of the box in its design, the cooler had limited success, and I don’t remember it being highly recommended as were the other leaders in that day of air cooling.
Xigmatek Durin D982 Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: Weighing in at only 200gr, the Xigmatek Durin D982 is certainly no heavyweight, but small size certainly doesn’t stop the Durin from packing a punch. The Xigmatek Durin D982 is a low profile Heat Pipe Direct Touch CPU cooler, which is a very unusual combination. With two 8mm pipes directly touching the CPU and running through a 90mm aluminum fin array, the Durin D982 is capable of heat dissipation typically reserved for larger coolers.
Consumer Electronics and Software news
Apple Announces June 6 Start Date for WWDC 2011
Description: Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference will be held beginning June 6 this year at Moscone West in San Francisco. While Apple makes no mention of it in its press release, the company typically unveils its annual iPhone hardware refresh at the keynote for WWDC.
Fujitsu AH572 15.6" 3D laptop now shipping for $1,399
Description: Fujitsu's Lifebook AH572 3D laptop is now shipping in the US for $1,399. The AH572 has a 15.6" passive 3D display (it comes bundled with one pair of polarized glasses) and also a dual-lens 3D camera and a 3D blu-ray drive. Other specs include Core i5-2410 (2.3Ghz) processor and an Intel HD 3000 graphics GPU. It runs Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
Dell freshens up Inspiron M5030 with Spanish-language keyboard, claims it's first of its kind in US
Description: The Athlon-powered M5030 from Dell hardly looked like a machine that would be bearing an "industry first" label when it launched in September of last year, but now it's doing exactly that thanks to an intriguing new mod from its maker. The 15.6-incher is being released with its keyboard and Windows 7 installation customized in Spanish, neither of which would be unusual were it not for the fact that it's going to be on sale in the US. It's not exactly a vast overhaul, as only a couple of physical keys are swapped out and switching Win 7 into and out of Spanish mode can be done in the time it takes to click a mouse…
Gateway's New Notebooks for the Extreme Budget: 15.6" with AMD Fusion
Description: Gateway announced this past Moday that they're releasing to the market a trio of value-oriented desktop (well, really nettop) replacement notebooks built around AMD's Fusion platform. Brazos has been a big hit with OEMs as nearly every major manufacturer is producing machines based around it, particularly the extremely popular E-350 APU.
MobileMe to become cheaper
Description: It remains to be seen whether Apple would experience more people flocking to their MobileMe service if it were free, and perhaps Apple is testing this ground by lowering the current $99 price point to just $20 annually, at least according to the latest rumors concerning the cloud-based service. MobileMe will not stream songs like other services, instead, it will perform back-ups of individual songs that have been downloaded from iTunes, which means on paper, they can be downloaded again in the future for free to individual iDevices without having to go through the synchronization process.
Sony v. Hotz: mismatched serial numbers and sealed manuals
Description: The case of Sony Computer Entertainment LLC vs. George Hotz et al is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to bizarre filings and odd claims. Hotz's attorneys claim that he couldn't have known that Sony Computer Entertainment of America existed, since the manuals for his new PlayStation 3 remained sealed and the box only mentions Japan.
Valve's Steam Coming to Apple iOS and Android?
Description: The company is reportedly looking at possibilities in extending Steam to the iOS and Android platforms. A gaming service like Steam has done wonders on the PC and Mac; and with mobile gaming already having solid ground on the phones, PMPs and tablets, it seems only natural.
Some Nintendo 3DS users face 'black screen of death' crashes
Description: Early Nintendo 3DS buyers in the US and Europe have reported encountering sometimes serious crashing bugs. Nicknamed the "black screen of death" for the error message it brings, it simply says that an "error has occurred" and forces a hard reset. Some have only had it happen periodically, but others have been caught in a permanent loop that gives them no choice but to swap out the 3DS for a replacement.