gtx580 The Daily VR Zone News Summary   11 April 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • ASUS's GeForce GTX580 DirectCU II graphics card gets reviewed;
  • Intel is once again attempting to compete with ARM by launching the new Intel Atom Z670 processor meant for use in tablet devices;
  • Asrock's 3D-capable Vision 3D HTPC gets reviewed;
  • Windows 8 will reportedly feature both a built-in PDF reader and access to a Windows App Store;
  • The Xbox 360 version of the latest Need For Speed game, Shift 2 Unleashed, gets reviewed, and
  • Capcom has announced that the company does not have any plans to localize Ace Attorney Investigations 2 at this point of time.

Hardware news

ASUS GeForce GTX580 DirectCU II: The Ultimate Choice @ InsideHW
Description: ASUS is a company reputed for going all the way through with its ideas; once they’ve decided to create a special product (or product series, for that matter) and present it to the market, they achieve what they had in mind. This is the case with their own rendition of GeForce GTX580 DirectCU II, which has been redesigned in every way, all with the goal of separating the card from competitors in mind, with both low temperatures and overclock capabilities. Even the world-famous overclocker Shamino managed to set a record on this card; you can read more about this in a separate box. This card is aimed at users who don’t restrain from paying good money for quality and now exactly what quality means. ASUS has done their part of the job flawlessly and we really can’t say that we have anything to reproach to this card…

Seagate Constellation.2 2.5” 1TB SATA / SAS 6Gb/s HDD Review @ Real World Labs
Description: In today’s review/comparison we put the latest Seagate Constellation.2 1TB Serial ATA drive up against its Serial Attached SCSI brother for the sole purpose of determining which type of interface is faster, more reliable and most suited for your needs.

MSI GeForce GTX 580 1536MB Lightning Overclocked Video Card Review
Description: Kicking it up a notch in price and performance, the MSI GTX 580 Lightning could well be the card for you, being of course based on the high end GTX 580 GPU. The Lightning series is all about overclocking, though, so we want to find out just what this series can do for the GTX 580.

Cooler Master USNA 95 Review @ ocaholic
Description: With the USNA 95 Cooler Master has a very small multy purpose notebook power supply in its portfolio. When plugging in different tip it is possible to make the USNA 95 compatible to a very wide range of notbooks. Unfortunately it doens't support Apples Mag-Safe mechanism as well as some Dell notebooks.

Sentey GS-6400R Arvina PC Case Review @ DragonSteelMods
Description: Today for review I’ve got a PC case from a company called Sentey, it’s the GS-6400R Arvina and it’s a big case with a ton of room in it. The case has a built-in card reader and an SATA port on the top that works with the included SATA data and power cables that come with the case. The Arvina has more than enough room for the largest of video cards, along with space for five hard drives.

Thermaltake Armor A30 MATX Case Review @ Vortez
Description: Aimed primarily at LAN gamers the A30 aims to combine compact dimensions with high performance installs. A rugged and aggressive looking design is the name of the game here and will hopefully attract users of all kinds looking for the performance edge!

Thermolab Trinity CPU Cooler Review @ Real World Labs
Description: The Thermolab Trinity may be a step down from their excellent Baram 2010 but it comes bundled with a pre-installed high-speed 130mm PWM fan and at the same time it does perform quite well, not to mention it also costs less.

Intel launches Atom Z670 for tablet devices
Description: Intel has enjoyed significant success with its Atom processor in netbooks, however as tablets becomes the next big cash cow the firm is in danger of sitting back and doing nothing while ARM takes all the glory. Therefore Chipzilla's Atom Z670 processor is likely to be one of the firm's most important chips in a long time.


Consumer Electronics and Software news

QPad 5K Gaming-Mouse and HeatoN Mousepad Review on Technic3D (German)
Description: (Machine translation) The QPad "5K" Gaming-Mouse und "HeatoN" Mousepad arrived Technic3D. We will check the QPad Laser Mouse with up to 5040 cpi and 7 Buttons in the following Review on Technic3D.

Thermaltake TTeSports CONKOR and DASHER Mouse Pads Review @ Madshrimps
Description: Both TTeSports Conkor and Dasher mouse pads from Thermaltake come with simple but modern designs, and are built from high quality materials. The included carry pouches are a plus for people that go frequently at LAN Parties, but also protect them from dust accumulation.

Asrock Vision 3D HTPC @Hi Tech Legion
Description: The Asrock Vision 3D HTPC was designed to deliver cutting edge home theater technology in a compact form factor. The Asrock Vision 3D HTPC uses an Intel “Arrandale” mobile processor, paired with an NVIDIA GT 425M GPU, instead of the typical Intel Atom processor found in most pre-built HTPCs. The components of the Asrock Vision 3D HTPC are compactly housed inside a thick, heavy, anodized aluminum enclosure. A slot-loading Blu-ray or DVD drive can also be found inside, with a 2.5” 7200rpm HDD for storage and 4GB of DDR3 SO-DIMM memory, upgradeable to 8GB. The Asrock Vision 3D HTPC is not only capable of 3D media playback with 7.1 HD audio support over HDMI 1.4a, but users can also enjoy media encoding and even 3D Vision video gameplay.

Windows 8 to Have Built-in PDF Reader
Description: WinSuperSite and Within Windows have another new Windows 8 feature to share. Soon, you may no longer need to install any extra software to view that ever popular PDF format, thanks to an integrated PDF reader called Modern Reader that will ship with Windows 8

Atrio M5 Special Edition (ASE) Earphones @ TestFreaks
Description: A few years ago, almost three to be exact, I reviewed the Future Sonics Atrio M5 earphones and I found them to be an excellent product. To this day my opinion hasn’t changed of them, I still grab them first even though I’ve got many others to pick from. Future Sonics though isn’t he type of company to leave well enough alone and they just had to go an improve upon on one of the best sounding earphones on the market. Aesthetically they haven’t changed, the internal workings have been improved with a new version of their proprietary drivers that offer a wider range of frequencies and just all around better specs. The set or kit I have today is the special edition that is green, this kit features packaging made from recycled materials and a carrying case made from used rubber inner tubes.

Nokia C7: Beautiful = Forgivable @ InsideHW
Description: The C-series has always been treated by Nokia as the “entrance” category, the initial step into the phone world. Roughly translated into numbers from the previous era, the C-series would cover models marked 1xxx to 5xxx. There’s even a division within the C-series itself, with models from C5 upwards being smartphones with the Symbian operating system. The currently leading model from the C-series, namely C7, is supposedly Nokia’s last model based on the S³ platform…

Windows App Store shots allegedly leak out, already disputed
Description: Talk of an app store in Windows 8 was rekindled Monday after a post showing what's supposedly early screenshots of the portal. So far titled the Windows App Store, it would have its own dedicated portal app to browse categories and charts. Cnbeta's copy had a sidebar that would both show the installed apps as well as a way to manage the download queue.


Gaming news

Need For Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed Xbox 360 Review
Description: Just like the Shift game from two years ago, the aim of this title is to take the Need for Speed series in a more realistic direction. High speed police chases are replaced by wheel to wheel racing in proper racing cars rather than high powered exotics. You really do need to leave the old Need for Speed behind before taking Shift 2 on, as it's such a quantum shift and a few decisions that were made during its development have kept it from being a must play game.

Will There Be Only One Console in the Future?
Description: When Denis Dyack argued in favor of a "One Console Future" during the 2007 Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany, it was the first time many gamers had heard of the term. The public reaction was less than welcoming, with cries of monopoly and stagnant evolution at the forefront of counter-arguments. Nearly four years later, consoles are as divided as ever, but we're seeing some strides that suggest Dyack may have actually been right all along.

Capcom: No plans to localize Ace Attorney Investigations 2 'at this time'
Description: If you're eager to find out about the ongoing adventures of Miles Edgeworth, Dick Gumshoe, and Kay Faraday (like we are), we have some possibly distressing news to report. Capcom is currently denying any plans to localize Ace Attorney Investigations 2. During a recent "Ask Capcom" video, VP of strategic planning and business development Christian Svensson answered a question about the game pretty flatly: "The answer is 'no.' Sorry about that."