wrs game 500x268 The Daily VR Zone News Summary   7 Feb 2011

In today's news roundup: Tom's Hardware performs a detailed breakdown of the various architetural differences between AMD's, Intel's and NVIDIA's video transcoding implementations; Intel's uncharacteristic screwup with its 6-series Sandy Bridge chipsets casts doubt of the viability of its mobile counterpart; ARM confirms that it has no interest to delve into 64-bit computing at this point of time; Cooler Master's Storm Optical gaming mouse gets reviewed; LG has reportedly commenced shipment of its new PZ550 plasma 3D TVs, and it appears that Black Rock Shooter has gotten herself a new rival with the appeareance of a White Rock Shooter in the latest trailer of Black Rock Shooter: The Game

Hardware News:

Thermaltake Max5G USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure @ TestFreaks
Description: Hard drive enclosures can be play an important role in our computer centric lives, they’re great for taking stuff with you. You can get them in big and small sizes and they certainly come in all shapes and designs. Today for review I’ve got the latest enclosure from Thermaltake called the Max5G that uses USB 3.0 so you get the best performance. The Max5G also features two 80mm cooling fans and it looks good too…

RunCore Pro V 120GB Solid-State Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: RunCore may not be a household name but they sure know how to make a quality SSD. We put their SandForce SF-1200 based 120GB Pro V drive through our battery of tests to see just how it fared against others we have tested. Have they managed to eke out more performance than others using the same controller? Take a look and see…

StarTech eSATA Standalone Duplicator Dock – SATDOCK22RE Review @ Computing on Demand
Description: When companies like StarTech start offering tools that can accomplish more than one task and do them all well, it not only saves me time, it reduces the amount of "crap" I have all over the place. StarTech has already impressed me with their S354UFER, let's see if they can keep me tuned in with their SATDOCK22RE…

Video Transcoding Examined: AMD, Intel, And Nvidia In-Depth
Description: We recently covered image quality in our review of the first desktop Brazos mini-ITX board. If you already read it, then you know there were some surprising results when we dug into the platform's image decode/encode capabilities. All else being equal, the output quality of encoded video was fairly similar in comparing Intel and AMD. Nvidia's CUDA-accelerated output was another story entirely, though. Any video we pumped through it had discernible blockiness in high-motion scenes. We'd been warned about this previously, but it took a lot of A-B comparison to realize how bad the situation really was…

Mobility Sector Updates: Waiting for Sandy Bridge and Market Analysis
Description: To say that we were caught off guard by Intel’s announcement last Monday of a flaw in their 6-series chipsets would be an understatement. Bad as that was, it’s the OEMs and system builders that are really feeling the pain—not to mention all the money Intel is losing on this “not a recall”. We’ve seen plenty of manufacturer statements about what they’re doing to address the problem, and we’ve also been talking with our notebook contacts trying to find out how the problem will impact availability…

64-Bit Support Not a Priority for ARM Today
Description: Even though ARM Holdings, which architecture powers microprocessors inside the vast majority of mobile phones, is trying to enter the market of servers, the company does not seem to have plans to add a crucial feature for such systems: 64-bit capability…

AMD drops Phenom II CPU prices
Description: AMD's main weapon in its fight against Intel has been pricing and it seems like AMD has decided to further lower its prices, at least for its Phenom II processors which all have been given a price cut recently. Some of it appears to have been done to slot in three recently launched models, while some of the price drops appear to indicate that some models might be phased out sooner rather than later…

AMD Introduces OEM Only Radeon HD 6400, 6500 & 6600
Description: AMD introduces three new AMD Radeon HD 6000 series models today, making 4 in row for the OEM market. The new Radeons include the HD 6450, HD 6550, and HD 6670. All three cards feature the Terascale 2 architecture carried over from the AMD Radeon HD 5000 series, codenamed 'Evergreen', and support AMD Eyespeed for HD3D and Blu-ray 3D playback with the new UVD 3. Both the HD 6670 and 6570 feature the same core ASIC, but differ in power usage and form factor….


Consumer Electronics and Software News:

Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate Review @ TestFreaks
Description: Metadot, the makers of Das Keyboard are well known for their mechanical keyboards. They have kindly sent Testfreaks one of their newer models for review the Model S Ultimate which is a totally blank version of the Professional Model S. Designed for the touch typist in mind, it’s blank key façade will keep most folks away from your workspace when they see the intimidating blank keyboard…

CM Storm Spawn Optical Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: When Cooler Master made a splash into the competitive gaming market with its CM Storm subsidiary in 2008, they had the sole goal of "Arming the gaming revolution." After creating successful cases and mice, CM Storm has added yet another product to its line. The CM Storm Spawn gaming mouse is aiming at the more mainstream gaming crowd by providing great features but at a more affordable price. These features include a anti drift 3500DPI sensor, Japanese Omron micro-switches, and 32KB of onboard Sentinel-X memory all of a reasonable price of $49.99. Benchmark Reviews will look if all of these features add up to a great mouse for a reasonable price or if the CM Storm Spawn is just another generic gaming peripheral in the sea of gaming peripherals…

Corsair SP2500 2.1 Speaker System Review @ Tweaknews
Description: Corsair's entry into the PC speaker market has exceeded my expectations of what a 2.1 system can do. It's evident from the build quality and high-end components that a lot of forethought was put into this product, and the end result is exceptional sound that raises the bar for every other speaker set in this price range…

Cooler Master Storm Spawn Gaming Mouse Review @ OCIA.net
Description: Today we have for review the latest CM Storm weapon of choice, the Spawn gaming mouse. Unlike its predecessors the Sentinel and Inferno, which utilized a more traditional elongated shape, the Spawn offers a wider and rounder claw-like grip. Featuring a high performance 3500 DPI optical sensor with "DPI on-the-fly" buttons, ultra precise step scroll wheel, Omron micro switches for guaranteed five million clicks and 32Kb of onboard memory to store your settings, this is one mouse set to "spawn" your gaming to a new level…

iHome iP41 Rotating Alarm Clock for iPhone & iPod Review @ Madshrimps
Description: The iP41 Rotating Alarm Clock for iPhone & iPod from iHome comes with an unique feature: the ability to flip the device in case we want to watch movies or clips and the LCD display adapts to the orientation of the device. When the internal backup battery is installed, it can retain the time settings when power outages occur…

LG's PZ550 plasma 3D TVs now shipping
Description: LG's PZ550 plasma active-shutter 3D TVs are now shipping: the 50" 50PZ550 costs $1,299 and the 60" (60PZ550) cost $1,799. These TVs support 2D to 3D conversion, Full-HD, NetCast, DLNA, Wi-Fi (via a required adapter), 600Hz max Sub-field Driving and Smart Energy Saving features.

LANCOM 1780EW-3G: Business VPN router with HSPA+ and 802.11n WLAN
Description: LANCOM Systems presents the LANCOM 1780EW-3G, the first in a new series of 3.5 and 4G cellular routers. This VPN router's integrated UMTS/HSPA+ modem uses cellular networking for broadband Internet connectivity (up to 21 Mbps download and 5.76 Mbps upload). Its 802.11n wireless LAN radio module provides completely wireless local networking at 300 Mbps…


Gaming News:

White Rock Shooter in Latest Black Rock Shooter Game Trailer
Description: The latest trailer of Black Rock Shooter: The Game was shown in Wonder Festival 2011 Winter today. The new trailer gave a sneak preview of White Rock Shooter, dressed in white with a red flame – a contrast of Black Rock Shooter’s black costume with blue flame…

Doctor Worries That 3DS Will Turn Children Cross-Eyed
Description: Doctor Worries That 3DS Will Turn Children Cross-Eyed To achieve the effect of 3D, the Nintendo 3DS fools the brain into combining two images into a single one, thereby creating the appearance of 3D. One Japanese eye doctor is worried about this…

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Enter Galactus
Description: Are you ready for an epic final boss fight? You'd better be. Check out the first official footage of this deadly cosmic foe.