Image 06S The Daily VR Zone News Summary   16 Feb 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • Nanya claims that contract prices for DDR3 memory is set to increase this month;
  • AMD's Fusion platform gets reviewed in the form of Asus's E35M1-M Pro motherboard
  • Nokia claims that the decision to go with Windows Phone is key to ensuring the company's relevancy in today's highly competitive mobile market,
  • Samsung is reportedly turning to laser technology in a bid to lower production costs of their OLED displays, and
  • Mega Biotech & Electronics has confirmed that it will be hosting a Hatsune Miku: PROJECT DIVA tournament at this year's Taipei Game Show which is due to take place this weekend.

Hardware News:

ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Motherboard Performance Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: ECS is trying to improve the image of their products by releasing high end "Black Extreme" series motherboards. The latest in the "Black Extreme" series is P67H2-A Black Extreme. Based around the Intel P67 series chipset code named "Sandy Bridge", the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme supports the latest Intel second generation Core series processors. Over the past month we have taken an in depth look at the new Intel Core Processors, Mobile Processors, and motherboards from a couple different vendors . Our focus today is going to be on the performance and feature of the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme…

Crucial Ballistix 4GB DDR3-1866 BL2KIT25664FN1869 Review at Overclockers Online
Description: Out of the box the Ballistix BL2KIT25664FN1869 kit offers great performance that should satisfy just about anyone. If this isn’t enough these Ballistix sticks offer a decent overclock while keeping the stock timings. Crucial has also put thermal sensors in these sticks so that you can monitor the temperatures with their Ballistix MOD Utility should you really want to push the limits.

OvisLink AirLive X.USB 11a/b/g/n 300Mbps Dual Band USB Adapter Review @ Madshrimps
Description: The AirLive X.USB Dual Band USB Adapter from OvisLink is an interesting looking product, with two external antennas, to provide more coverage compared to most USB adapters on the market, that feature internal antennas.

Asus E35M1-M Pro Review: A Look at AMD's Fusion Platform
Description: The Asus E35M1-M Pro motherboard we are testing today is an implementation of the AMD Fusion/Brazos platform that packs a dual-core AMD Zacate 18W processor (formally known as the E-350 APU), DirectX 11 graphics support along with USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s, making for a relatively inexpensive bundle at $140.

VisionTek Killer HD5770 Combo Card @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: The VisionTek Killer HD5770 Combo Video Card combines a Bigfoot Networks Killer E2100 NIC and a Radeon HD5770 GPU to offer a complete gaming solution that undercuts the price of buying both seperately, also combining the network controller with the video card takes more work of your CPU's shoulders allowing it to be better utilized in other areas of your games. I'm sure you are thinking that the HD5770 is probably not the most powerful GPU out there and that VisionTek could have maybe used something with a bit more grunt but this combination of technologies takes the original VisionTek HD5770 from 7.5 inches long to 10 inches long, so it makes sense for obvious reasons. Benchmark Reviews aims to provide you with an unbiased review of the VisionTek Killer HD5770 and report back our findings, keeping you informed on the latest technologies available on the market today.

Gelid Icy Vision Rev 2 Graphics Card Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
Description: Gelid has started their aftermarket cooling legacy with a strong step by releasing the Icy Vision Rev. 2. The cooler has certainly passed the performance tests and proven it's a contender. Gelid's design is adaptable, versatile, and backed up with very competitive results.

Intel Unleashes Core i7-990X, Slashes Pricing on Other High-End Chips
Description: Intel Corp. on Monday began to officially sell its new Core i7-990X six-core chip designed for those, who have no limits in terms of performance or price in mind. The new processor is currently the world's highest-performing central processing unit (CPU) for desktops and ultra-high end desktop replacement notebooks.

DRAM contract prices set to rise in February, says Nanya
Description: Contract prices for DRAM chips are expected to increase by at least 5% in February 2011, starting to gain momentum, according to Nanya Technology. The company had previously predicted that DRAM prices would start recovering as early as the first quarter.


Consumer Electronics and Software News::

Nokia CEO: Why We’re More Relevant Than Ever
Description: Facing a chorus of disapproval over its Microsoft deal, Nokia tried to switch focus today — by vowing to deliver Internet service to three billion new customers.

ASUS N73: One Step Closer to Perfection @ InsideHW
Description: ASUS has definitely decided to change their image as fast as possible and catch up with the more popular brands in terms of notebook computers. Several years back, their mobile department was all but disregarded, but things changed over time, and their notebook profits have risen on a quarterly basis. The fact that they have given notebook PCs their full attention led them from churning out average models to certain series being prestigious even when compared to their competitors.

Telekom Austria Group Launches An International Data Roaming Tariff
Description: he Telekom Austria Group is taking a major step towards the Global Village with the launch of a new international data roaming tariff, “abroadband”. The new product will allow customers to surf the net with their laptops, netbooks, tablets or smartphones in more than 50 countries around the world at a standard price of 59 cents per MB, regardless of their mobile provider. From now on, both leisure and business travelers will benefit from high-speed mobile Internet access with downloading rates of up to 7.2 Mbps along with guaranteed cost security, saving up to 80% compared to conventional roaming tariffs.

Samsung to start using laser to make AMOLEDs – that will make them cheaper and with a higher resolution
Description: It turns out that Samsung is not content with the Super AMOLED Plus displays – and are already working on the next-gen AMOLEDs. These will use a laser deposition method (LITI) – which will enable Samsung to make cheaper OLEDs that will have a much higher resolution (over 300ppi). It's also an important step towards OLED TVs commercialization:

Razer Ferox Review @ Vortez
Description: Today we will be taking a look at one of their latest products to hit the market. A portable audio solution for mobile gaming and music lovers. The Ferox speakers claim to provide great overall audio and a powerful bass. For such a small set of speakers it will be interesting to see if the Ferox live up to their reputation for being "tiny but mighty".

Eurocom High Performance Business Class Notebooks are now available in Germany
Description: Eurocom, (www.eurocom.com) the world’s leading developer of highly personalized, high-performance notebook PCs, continues their global expansion with entry into the German market. As of this month Eurocom Mobile Workstations and Mobile Servers are available in Germany. The company will sell their products via local hardware dealers and directly to consumers via their website www.eurocom.com . This strategic step will improve Eurocom's position on the global market as a provider of high-end mobile computing solutions.


Gaming News:

Mega Biotech to hold Project DIVA tournament
Description: The upcoming Gran Turismo 5 Asia tournament will not be the only highlight of the Taipei Game Show 2011 at the Taipei World Trade Center this weekend. Mega Biotech & Electronics, the Taiwanese company responsible for distributing rhythm arcade game Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Arcade in Asia, will be hosting the first-ever newcomer tournament in the show.

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: Tackling Tortuga
Description: When we went to visit Traveller's Tales for the first showing of LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean last month, we were shown a level we weren't allowed to tell you about: Tortuga, the pirate port from Curse of the Black Pearl. It was a bigger, less scripted environment to play in than the opening level, giving us a bit more room to stretch our game-evaluation legs.