The Daily VR-Zone News Summary: 13 June 2011
In today's news roundup:
- Word has it that Intel's next-generation high-end X79 chipset may support both current enthusiast-class chips in LGA1366 form-factor as well as next-generation microprocessors in LGA2011 packaging;
- Sentey's new 80 Plus Gold 850w power supply, the GSP850-SM, gets reviewed;
- Toshiba’s 10-inch tablet, which is also known as the Thrive, has been reportedly made available for pre-order either directly from the company itself or from Amazon and Office Depot;
- Apple has seemingly drawn the line for Windows support of its new iCloud services by cutting out the 10-year-old Windows XP from the list of Windows-based OSes that are compatible with it;
- Mad Catz has shown off its new Cyborg gaming lights, which are created in conjunction with ambient light specialist company amBX and are designed to augment one's gaming environment by casting ambient reactive lighting that extends and complement the colors appearing on one's screen, and
- The Xbox 360 version of Duke Nukem Forever gets reviewed.
ZOTAC GTX590 3GB Graphics Card Review @ Vortez
Description: Nvidia and AMD have taken different approaches to what their dual GPU cards represent. On the one hand, AMD rely on them for their most high end offering allowing them to focus on smaller, more efficient GPUs such that two can be placed onto one card without any significant tweaking. In essence, it works the same as crossfiring two cards without requiring the need of a compliant motherboard. Nvidia’s philosophy has always been to create the most powerful single GPU but often they have failed to compete with AMD’s dual GPU offerings (HD4870x2 vs. GTX285 or HD5970 vs. GTX480). Their recent achievement of being able to reduce power consumption and heat output of their tweaked Fermi based GF110 GPU has meant that Nvidia were once again able to pair two of them up for unmatched performance and to combat AMD’s HD6990. Afterall the GF110 GPU had already made the GTX580 the most powerful single GPU card on the market so having a graphics card with two of them on-board is recipe for success surely. And thus was born the GTX590.
ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Profession?al Motherboar?d Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: The gaming performance of the ASRock Fatal1ty Professional P67 motherboard was right on track with all of the Intel P67 offerings that we have looked at so far. In fact, it was even able to lead the pack at times. If I could change anything about the ASRock Fatal1ty Professional P67 motherboard there wouldn't be much. The only feature I would change is eliminating the IDE and Floppy headers. If this were an entry level motherboard, sure throw them on there for people looking to use the old hardware out of an existing system. The ASRock Fatal1ty Professional is aimed at the enthusiast market, and very few are going to use a floppy disk drive or an old and out-dated IDE hard drive…
PowerColor Radeon HD 6790: Affordable Gaming @ InsideHW
Description: Last month we presented Radeon HD 6790, a pretty accessible solution for gamers who don’t have a lot of money at disposal. AMD released this model with the desire to add a product to their gamma which would simultaneously be both stronger than Radeon HD 5770 and weaker than HD 6850, but also a direct competitor to GeForce GTX 550. They fulfilled this task well, as the price was perfectly positioned even on local markets, the way it was supposed to be. However, certain models, produced by the so-called “premium” partners, had a rather high price for this card, around 130€. This wouldn’t be such a big problem if HD 6850 wasn’t a mere 10€ more expensive, which rendered HD 6790 unnecessary in the value for money segment…
ASUS ENGT430 Review @ ocaholic
Description: With the ENGT430 ASUS has NVIDIAs low end GPU in its portfolio. This card is based on NVIDIAs latest Fermi architecture which has been fully overworked for the entry level market segment. Of course the performance isn't as blisteringly fast as with a fully fledged GTX 580 but never the less casual gaming should be very well possible. Another cosequence of the reduced complexity of this chips design is it's low power consumption. Compared to a high-end or even a mid-range product this low-end product needs almost no engery to operate. All these are enough reasons for us to check how well the ASUS ENGT430 performs in our benchmark parcours.
Intel's Next-Generation High-End Chipset May Possibly Support Current and Future Enthusiast Chips.
Description: Intel Corp.'s next-generation high-end core-logic known as X79 may support both current enthusiast-class chips in LGA1366 form-factor as well as next-generation microprocessors in LGA2011 packaging. In fact, according to a document seen by X-bit labs, Intel itself prepares to release two mainboards based on X79 chipset for both its present and future chips.
Sentey GSP850-SM 850w Power Supply
Description: I have gotten to know Sentey through their case division over the past few months. In that time I have looked at the Optimus and the Arvina mid-tower offerings. Today we have their 80 Plus Gold 850 watt power supply on hand for evaluation. This will be the first power supply I have looked at from them, so it will be interesting to see how they handle something besides a case.
Thermaltake Level 10 GT Full Tower Case Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: Thermaltake has taken a dip into a car modification with the Level 10 GT Full Tower Computer Case. The Level 10 GT takes its roots from the original Level 10 and adds a ton of flair and features that a computer enthusiast would need and love. The Level 10 GT meets ventilation, space, and aesthetic needs of the more advanced hardware configurations. Key features include the EasySwap PitStop 5 HDD Bays which allows easy access and handling of all HDDs in the system.
Consumer Electronics and Software news
Speedlink Xbox 360 Headset Adapter Review @ XSReviews.co.uk
Description: There are an increasing number of XBox-compatible headsets these days, both official and unofficial, all pushing benefits like improved comfort, convenience and sound quality. Speedlink have decided to move in an alternative direction, providing a universal adapter which allows the use of existing PC headsets that utilise standard 3.5mm inputs. Read on to find out how the adapter stacks up.
Toshiba Thrive Now Available for Pre-Order
Description: Toshiba’s tablet, Thrive, is now available for pre-order either directly from Toshiba or from Amazon and Office Depot. The device stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the upper echelon of Android tablets, with a 10.1-inch, 1280-by-800 pixel screen, a 1 GHz dual-core Tegra 2 CPU, dual cameras (a 5-megapixel one on the back and a 2-megapixel one on the front for video calls) and the latest version of Android — Honeycomb 3.1 — on board.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review
Description: The Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a large, wide-screen display that looks sharp and bright, and it rests inside a body that is incredibly thin and light. This 10-inch tablet weighs less than a number of smaller tablets on the market, yet it still packs a dual-core 1GHz processor and the latest version of Android 3.1 Honeycomb. There still aren't very many tablet-specific Android apps, and those that exist are not that easy to find in the Android Market, but the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is still a desirable piece of kit.
Apple Turns Back on Windows XP for iCloud
Description: Believe it or not, Apple currently has better and longer operating system support for Windows than it does for Mac OS X. While Apple's current software will only work on its operating systems from the last four years, MobileMe and iTunes still work on Windows XP from the previous decade. Of course, that's probably all because Windows XP is still the most popular operating system in the world (but) TUAW has spotted clear evidence that Apple is drawing a line with its upcoming iCloud service.
HTC reportedly using unique metal-plastic combo for phones
Description: Sources at smartphone component makers say that at least one of HTC's new smartphones will use a metal-plastic combination process developed by Taiwan-based Chenming Mold Industrial for the handset chassis. Metal cases provide greater protection, but are more difficult and expensive to manufacture and can interfere with phones' internal antenna. Chenming's Nano Molding Technology process retains the strength advantage of metal and the malleability of plastic. Chenming Chairman Mu-ho Lin has not identified clients, other than stating that the process has been certified by several first-tier handset vendors.
MimoPlug announced, works with mini USB touchscreen monitors
Description: MimoMonitors.com might be a familiar name to those who have had experience with the USB touchscreen market, and has just announced the rollout of the MimoPlug, which is actually a small Linux-based, cube-shaped “plug computer” where it was specially configured to function with the MimoMonitors family of mini USB touchscreen monitors. Measuring an extremely diminutive 4.33″ x 2.74″ x 1.9″, when it works with a Mimo mini-monitor, you will eventually end up with what could very well be the smallest, most portable, and most energy efficient Linux computer system to date.
E3 2011: Mad Catz Cyborg Gaming Light preview at PC Game Examiner
Description: One of the most interesting gaming gear products at E3 2011 wasn’t a mouse, keyboard, or a controller of any kind—it was a pair of LED ‘gaming light’ pods from gaming peripheral maker Mad Catz. The Mad Catz Cyborg gaming lights, created in conjunction with ambient light specialist company amBX, are a pair of hinged, clamshell-like pods designed to augment your gaming environment by casting ambient reactive lighting that extends and complement the colors appearing on your screen. The Cyborg gaming lights are capable of casting light from a palette of 16 million colors, and they work with any game or movie. They can also be used to enhance your music listening.
Duke Nukem Forever Xbox 360 Review
Description: Duke Nukem Forever picks up sometime after the events of Duke Nukem 3D. Duke has spent the last decade or so proving to the world how great he is by going into space, becoming an MMA champion and building a Casino. The aliens return to earth again and the president warns Duke away from attacking them. However, they are back to avenge their defeat to Duke Nukem in the previous game and this time they are taking the women as hostages.