driver The Daily VR Zone News Summary   29 April 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • ARM is reportedly trying its best to convinve AMD that dropping support for the x86 architecture and licensing ARM processor achitectures for use is in the latter's best interests;
  • NVIDIA has announced that support for SLI will be reintroduced in new AMD-based motherboards;
  • Panasonic launches new LUMIX cameras for the consumer;
  • The latest version of AMD's Catalyst driver, 11.4, gets stacked up against older drivers such as the 11.4 betas and last month's 11.3 driver;
  • A new trailer for the upcoming Star Wars MMORPG game, The Old Republic, has been released, this time containing information about character progression for dark siders keen on taking up the mantle of the Sith Warriors, and
  • Japan's most popular virtual idol, Hatsune Miku, has been confirmed to be getting a new DLC for her game title, Project Diva.

Hardware news

Intel SSD 510 Series 120GB Review
Description: Having surpassed some of the best SSDs we've tested, we were left to wonder if the Vertex 3 would remain unattested in the short-term. With Crucial's M4 shaping up to be a mainstream drive, who else could rise to the challenge? We may have an answer to that question today as we test the closest thing the Vertex 3 has to competition: Intel's new flagship SSD 510 Series.

Patriot LX Pro 32GB Class 10 SDHC Memory Card Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: This is not unlike the weight classes in boxing, where the categories below 200lbs are tightly defined but weight differences beyond the Heavyweight class can be widely disparate. A 210lb fighter for example will be in the same weight class as a 320lb boxer, but a 160lb fighter cannot fight a 154lb pugilist. In terms of SD speed rating, as long as a memory card can sustain a minimum write speed of 10MB/s, it is given a Class 10 rating.

TRENDnet TPL-401E2K 500Mbps Powerline Adapter Kit Review @ Real World Labs
Description: The TRENDnet TPL-401E2K is a 500Mbps, IEEE 1901 compliant Gigabit Ethernet Powerline adapter kit and although we were unable to achieve its advertised speed it still managed to outperform all similar Powerline kits we have used to date.

ARM thinks it can get AMD to drop x86, good luck with that
Description: British chip designer ARM is working on AMD to drop x86 from its line-up. ARM wants AMD to license ARM processors and use them instead of the x86 architecture. So far ARM has been quite good at persuading people to give it some ground.

ASRock reveals more about AMD's new AM3+ socket
Description: Motherboard maker ASRock has published a guide to AM3+ motherboards which lets slip a few trade secrets that AMD would not be too happy about. The guide warns that the forthcoming Socket AM3+ CPU fitted to a Socket AM3 motherboard 'may not be stable enough to provide reliable computing'. This would pour chilled water on those who would think that the AM3+ socket would be backwards compatable with any AM3 motherboard that has the necessary BIOS update.

The Kingston SSDNow V+100 96GB SSD Upgrade Bundle @Hi Tech Legion
Description: The Kingston SSDNow V+100 96GB Upgrade Bundle features everything you need to make the jump from your current spindle drive to SSD technology. At the heart of the Kingston SSDNow V+100 96GB Upgrade bundle is the 2.5” SATA II SSD featuring MLC NAND flash memory components and a Toshiba controller for blazing throughput speeds. With Read and Write throughputs rated for 230 and 180 MB/s respectively, the SSDNow V+100 is capable of application performance up to 5x that of a 5400rpm spindle HDD.

SLI Support Returning To AMD Motherboards
Description: As gamers we know how important it is to find the best price-performance ratio when building a new rig. For several years, gamers have been clamouring for us to reintroduce SLI support for AMD motherboards, and as hard as it may be to believe, SLI was first seen on AMD motherboards in fact, but as the years went by AMD’s stature as the preferred platform for gamers fell by the wayside. However, due to the increasing abundance of affordable, high performance kit across all aspects of the industry, and continued calls for the reintroduction of SLI support for AMD motherboards, we figured that now is a great time to do it. After all, we want to make sure that gamers can benefit from the new competitive CPU landscape and to ensure that their existing SLI setups can be utilised in all systems, and that new buyers can make use of NVIDIA SLI, the highest performance, most stable multi-GPU solution.

NZXT H2 Silent Classic Review @ XSReviews.co.uk
Description: NZXT broke into the case industry with their Lexa Blackline chassis, a design that quickly became a classic. Today we’re reviewing something that’s uses that moniker in its name, the NZXT Classic H2 Silent. It comes with a fancy front panel, some great fan features and sound proofing in the side panels.


Consumer Electronics and Software news

Video Chat on Your Android Phone
Description: Sometimes, the expressions on a person's face can mean much more than what they say. To help you stay in touch with your friends and family, we’re launching Google Talk with video and voice chat for Android phones. You can now video or voice chat with your friends, family and colleagues right from your Android phone, whether they’re on their compatible Android tablet or phone, or using Gmail with Google Talk on their computer. You can make calls over a 3G or 4G data network (if your carrier supports it) or over Wi-Fi.

Sony's Bloggie 3D camcorder now shipping for $249
Description: Sony's Bloggie 3D flip-style camcorder is now shipping for $249.99. The Bloggie 3D can record 1080p 3D videos via its two sensors/lenses. It also has a 2.4" glasses-free 3D LCD.

Guinness World Records(tm) confirmes that LG Optimus 2X is world's First Mobile Phone to Use a Dual-core Processor
Description: LG Electronics’ (LG) LG Optimus 2X smartphone has been confirmed by Guinness World Records™ as the world’s First Mobile Phone to Use a Dual-core Processor. This technological leap gives the LG Optimus 2X a faster, more powerful performance, and robust multimedia entertainment features.

Panasonic's latest LUMIX additions: power-packed cameras for all occasions
Description: Panasonic has unveiled four new additions to its range of esteemed LUMIX digital cameras, making for more memories of all photo-worthy occasions. The LUMIX DMC-TZ20 is the ultimate travel companion; the LUMIX DMC-FT3 allows more outdoor excitement for adventure-seekers; the LUMIX DMC-FX78 hybrid camera is the perfect answer to those who want to have it all; and the new-to-market LUMIX S-Series redefines simplicity as it adds style and smartness to the equation.

AMD Catalyst 11.4 Windows 7 Driver Analysis
Description: Unless you've been living under a rock, you would know that the release of the Catalyst 11.4s has been anticipated as one of the most significant ones from AMD in many months. We've actually been using the 11.4 driver for months in the form of the HD 6990 Beta and new models that launched after the HD 6990 carried with them slightly modified versions of the 11.4. Today, though, we've got a WHQL version and we'll of course be comparing it to the 11.3 driver which while we thought was better than the 11.2s, wasn't as much of a stand out as the 11.4 betas that we'd been using.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 Preview: Both Tablet and Netbook @ InsideHW
Description: In the torrent of tablet devices appearing on the world market, it’s increasingly difficult to spot extraordinary products. After making friends with the development version of ASUS’ Transformer tablet, you may rest assured that you won’t miss it easily. Its excellent production quality and a seamless match of its two sections, as well as a stunning user interface (Android 3.0) and extraordinary concept, all make for something to capture your attention for an extended period of time…

Chrome OS “ZGB” Netbook And Potential “Seaboard” Tablet Surface In Bug Reports
Description: Recent bug reports within the Chromium testing community have turned up a couple new devices running Chrome OS. There’s the expected netbook from Acer, different from the ZGA we saw a while back, and a mystery device referred to as Seaboard that may or may not be a Chrome OS tablet.


Gaming news

Hatsune Miku Project Diva 2.5 Announced
Description: This coming Fall, we will be seeing a new update to Hatsune Miku: Project Diva on the PSP, it is the same Project Diva 2nd that we know of but a major DLC update to version 2.5 (tentative name). The new update will consist of new songs and modules for the vocaloids. Pricing has yet to be confirmed.

Feel the Power of the Dark Side in the Star Wars: The Old Republic Sith Progression Trailer
Description: It's a safe bet hundreds of thousands of gamers will embrace the Dark side in EA's anticipated Star Wars MMO, The Old Republic, and developer BioWare does nothing to dissuade would-be Darth Vaders today with a class progression overview for Sith Warriors.