The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 8 Feb 2011
In today's news roundup: InsideHW compares a Crossfire-d Radeon HD 4850 to a single Radeon HD 6850; Seagate's 1TB Constellation.2 ST91000640NS gets reviewed; Verizon'd CDMA iPhone appears to have all the hardware required to make it an honest-to-goodness 'world' mobile phone; Dell has refreshed its Precision line of notebooks and desktops with new hardware and Capcom's Devil May Cry 4 has been confirmed to be receiving an iOS port.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus and Hyper TX3 CPU Coolers Review @ Madshrimps
Description: Cooler Master cut a slice of the bottom of their Hyper 212 and TX2, making them direct-heatpipe-touch models. We put them through their paces on an overclocked Core i7 platform. Can these budgetfriendly cooling solutions offer a good alternative to Intel's stock cooler? How do they compare to high end, 788 gram, heatsinks? Read on to find out!
Updated Noctua NH-C14 Lower Noise Heatsink Review
Description: The Noctua NH-C14 is a big heatsink for sure, but remarkably by orienting the fans and aluminum fin stack in a top-down direction, Noctua keep the heatsinks' height to just 130mm. That's a far cry more compact than your typical 160mm tall tower heatsink, but that hasn't made the NH-C14 into a slouch….
CrossFire in Practice: Radeon HD 4850 CF vs 6850 @ InsideHW
Description: We’ve gone through all the advantages and disadvantages of SLI and Crossfire modes many times by now. We’ve even had an article on the Hydra chip present on MSI motherboards, which enables AMD and NVIDIA graphics to work in conjunction with more or less tangible results…
News – Seagate 1TB Constellation.2 ST91000640NS Review at Overclockers Online
Description: The 1TB Constellation.2 isn’t going to break any speed records with 115MB/s read and write but it brings to the table a unique set of features. Let’s start with the fact that by maintaining platter disks it makes these drives relatively affordable at just over $200 for a whopping 1TB enterprise quality space using SATA 6Gb/s interface. The 6Gb/s interface doesn’t boost the speed up too much but we do see small advantages over SATA 3Gb/s.
Corsair Hydro H70 Water Cooling Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: Although there were previous entries in the field, Corsair's Hydro Series H50 all-in-one sealed liquid cooling system was one of the first that actually worked, in the sense of being easy to install, reliable, and most importantly offering performance competitive with good air coolers while being quieter than most of them. The H50 became very popular and spurred competition from other vendors. The Corsair Hydro Series H70 improves upon the H50 design with a new pump and a much thicker radiator equipped with dual fans. It should offer significantly better performance than the H50, and Benchmark Reviews puts it to the test against a collection of air and water coolers to see how it compares.
ASUS Sabertooth P67 – Layout and Design Review @ ocaholic
Description: With the Sabertooth P67, ASUS has an Intel-P67 based motherboard in its portfolio that comes with some interesting features. Therefore very suspicious is the so called thermal shield. This plastic cover should allow an optimized airflow over the boards core components.
Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: The Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 memory kit is a great performer in every regard. Being able to overclock this memory kit easily to 1866MHz is huge! While it does not win outright in benchmarks it is narrowly behind. The results are so close that it would be tough to actually see the difference in everyday scenarios. Its true value lies in its cost per GB where at just $5 more provides double the capacity of the highest performing 2133MHz kit. It really is amazing that with the downturn in memory prices that for just $104.99 today we can get an 8GB memory kit that is Intel XMP certified to run at 1600MHz with a very low voltage, virtually guaranteeing you can hit higher speeds with a small increase in voltage. With an Intel Core i5 2500K CPU, a Corsair Vengeance memory kit, and a decently priced motherboard you would have a build that is both very overclocking friendly and an incredible performance per dollar…
Consumer Electronics and Software News:
Verizon's iPhone Could Have Been a World Phone?
Description: As they're wont to do, iFixit and 9to5Mac have (separately) torn apart the new Verizon iPhone, discovering some small changes and one big one: the Qualcomm MDM6600 chip inside. That chipset supports both GSM and CDMA transmission (HSPA+ data rates up to 14.4 Mbps) and it happens to be the one that you'll find inside a Droid Pro world phone.
Myriad Announces ‘Alien Dalvik’, Enables Android Apps to Run on Non-Android Phones
Description: Myriad Group AG (SIX: MYRN), a global leader in mobile technology having shipped over 3.7 billion software applications on more than 2.2 billion phones, today announced the launch of Myriad Alien Dalvik, enabling Android apps to run on non-Android platforms. The launch opens up the Android experience to new audiences, generating new revenue opportunities for mobile operators, OEMs and app store owners.
Windows 7 Jump Lists Fix and Tricks
Description: When Windows 7 made it out the door reactions were mixed about the operating system's revamped taskbar. Now two years later I can personally attest to the improved usability of the new bar and above all else, the magnificent implementation of jump lists. Depending on the application jump lists can be used to get 1-click functionality without recalling a minimized window, easily access common tasks or to quickly open pinned and recent documents, saving you time not having to go through a number of dialogs. In a nutshell, if you are willing to make the most of them, jump lists are a productivity godsend.
The Details of Google Honeycomb Spread
Description: Google’s Honeycomb OS went head-to-head with Apple’s “Daily News” for release parties, showing off the details of its interface for both users and developers in its Motorola Xoom press event. The battle continued in Superbowl commercials, where Google’s tablet commercials were unafraid of directly attacking the single tablet option of the iPad. As the battle for features continue, the details of Honeycomb are spreading, and both base level users and analysts are chiming in on what it will mean.
Priority Inbox in Gmail for mobile
Description: If you’ve ever cursed a phone’s tiny screen as utterly inadequate for sifting through an overflowing inbox you’ll be pleased to hear that the Gmail mobile web app now supports Priority Inbox. Priority Inbox helps combat information overload by automatically identifying your important messages so you can focus on those first. Until today it was only available on the desktop and on Android devices.
Nokia E7 smartphone finally ready for launch
Description: The Nokia E7 smartphone will arrive this week, at long last, after its launch was delayed in December. Nokia said the delay was to ensure “the best possible user experience”, which, if we consider similar delays by the company in the past, could mean that a patch was needed. A previous flagship phone, the N8, was delayed because of power problems.
Dell revamps Precision desktops and notebooks, Optiplex
Description: Dell on Tuesday focused some attention on its pro-level Precision and Optiplex systems. Its most Precision M4600 and M6600 are the most genuinely new models and also the most secretive. The two should replace the 15.6-inch and 17-inch existing workstation notebooks and are likely to use Intel's 2011 Core (Sandy Bridge) processors along with new workstation graphics and a slightly refreshed design.
More awesome than ever, Devil May Cry 4 on iPhone
Description: You probably won’t expect this, but it Capcom has done it. Yes, they have take DMC 4 onto the iphone platform. And the best part; it’s cheaper than purchasing the game for your xbox and playstations.
Ooh Shiny – Why DLC is treating gamers like idiots – XSReviews
Description: I have a problem with Downloadable Content. I've got to get it out there, it's one of my biggest bug bears. What once was a developer wanting to increase the life of it's hard worked on product, has now become a pursuit of another revenue stream, a way to milk more cash from already strapped gamers. Titbits and additives, another map, another hat, a prettier weapon, all things that are now charged for in what has become abbreviated and boiled down to one thing: DLC.
Sony seeks to ID fail0verflow PS3 hackers
Description: Sony is seeking to expand its search for incriminating information by compelling a number of high-profile websites to hand over any identifying information they may have for members of fail0verflow. Specifically, Sony is seeking identifying information for the individuals who operate under the usernames hermesEOL, kakaroto, kmeaw, waninkoko, and grafchokolo, bushing, and segher. Hector Cantero and Sven Peter, also known as Cantero and Peter, are also named in the motion.