The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 21 Feb 2011

 The Daily VR Zone News Summary   21 Feb 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • MSI's P67-based Big Bang Marshal motherboard gets reviewed;
  • Intel has confirmed that shipment of the silicon-corrected versions of its faulty six-series Cougar Point chipsets have commenced;
  • NEC announces world's thinnest smartphone based off Google's Android operating system;
  • Samsung has unveiled five new lenses for its NX mount;
  • Nintendo's 3DS handheld video game console gets ripped about for a little hardware CSI-ing. and
  • Jill Valantine from the Resident Evil game series shows off some spiffy-looking combos in Marvel vs Capcom 3.

Hardware News:

Lamptron FC-8 Fan Controller Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: Lamptron is a company that only a handful of consumers may be familiar with at the time of writing this; as they are a brand new company to the enthusiast scene of PC modding & gaming supplies. Lamptron already offers an impressive array of fan controllers with multiple control inputs. Today we'll be giving the FC-8 a run through an array of tests to see if their newest control really performs as good as it looks. With 30 watts per channel, will the FC-8 be the last fan controller you need to buy? Read on and we shall find out.

Crucial Ballistix Active Cooling Fan Review at Overclockers Online
Description: Crucial’s Ballistix Active Cooling Fan aims to cool down your memory by eliminating often ignored dead spots around your system memory. Easily installed and compatible all across memory makers the Ballistix Active Cooling Fan makes a great addition to any system even if low noise is important to you.

Sapphire PURE Black P67: beyond the limits of Sandy Bridge (Italian)
Description: (Machine translation) Last week we brought you the review of the motherboard X58 Sapphire Pure Black , high-performance solution in sight to the preview last CES in Las Vegas and designed the first generation of CPU based on Core i7 Socket LGA 1366. That product was a turning point for Sapphire same: always inextricably linked to the combination of AMD-ATI decides to change course and embrace competition from Intel's home, diversifying its offerings and to attract the attention of users of high-end or enthusiast.

InWin Dragon Slayer mATX case Review @ XtremeComputing
Description: InWin is not the most well known brand, at least amongst UK enthusiasts, however with the ambitions and working ethic that In Win have set out, I am looking forward to reviewing their latest PC case."

Corsair Dominator GT 2133 CL9 Review @ ocaholic
Description: The Dominator GT series is Corsairs flagship. As soon as you take a closer look at the specifications you'll see that they are very serious. Accordingly the DIMMs need only 1.5 Volt to operate at 2133 MHz with 9-10-9-27 timings.

MSI Big Bang Marshal P67 Review @ ocaholic
Description: With the Big Bang Marshal, MSI presents its absolute high-end motherboard for Intels latest Sandy Bridge processors. Therefore it comes for example with a truly sophisticated power design as well as eight PCI-Express x16 slots and numerous other features.

NZXT Phantom Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
Description: The more I played with the NZXT Phantom, the more I liked it. The white finish with its black accents really makes this case stand out from the crowd and the roomy interior was a joy to work in thanks to the excellent cable management.

Intel Begins to Ship B3 Stepping of 6-Series Core-Logic to Mainboard, Notebook Makers
Description: Intel Corp. has initiated shipments of correct versions of its Cougar Point chipset for Sandy Bridge processors. Leading manufacturers of mainboards and notebooks have reportedly received the B3 stepping of the core-logic and will be able to install it shortly.


Consumer Electronics and Software News:

Koribo Leira Wireless Keyboard @ TestFreaks
Description: Today for review I’ve got another keyboard from Koribo called the Leira. It’s a wireless keyboard that features a laptop style touchpad and a full set of multi-media keys. It’s made to be used with an HTPC, but you can use it for your desktop computer of course, but with an HTPC is where it shines surely. With the Leira you’ve got full control of your computer from a distance and quick access to all of the multi-media functions right at your fingertips.

Apple expected to update MacBook Pro line this week
Description: Apple's MacBook Pro line is due for a refresh with all the signs on the magic eight ball that is the Internet pointing to Thursday February 24 as launch day for updated MacBook Pros with Intel's latest Sandy Bridge processors. As usual, Apple has been playing its cards close to its corporate chest and hasn't confirmed (or denied) that new MacBook Pros are on the immediate horizon, but a couple of listings of unexplained MacBook Pro part numbers by retailers online may just have let the cat out of the bag before Apple has had a chance to announce the new models.

VMWare: Windows 7 Ethernet is Missing @ Computing on Demand
Description: I recently created a VM for Windows 7 and proceeded to waste hours trying to figure out why the Ethernet controller was missing from the Device Manager. Installing VMWare Tools didn't fix the issue, tracking down the correct Ethernet driver didn't help; other people that created the same Virtual Machine were not having problems (of course), just me. Fixing the problem is easier than you may think…

Veebeam HD Review @ TestFreaks
Description: Veebeam is a company that I met at last year’s Pepcom trade show and they were kind enough to send us a sample of their Veebeam HD. This device works by streaming high definition video via Wireless USB. Not to be confused with AppleTV, GoogleTV or Roku; it’s not so much a media center as a media streamer

Sony's VPL-VW90ES high-end 3D projector is now shipping for $9999
Description: Sony's VPL-VW90ES is now shipping for $9999.99 (including two pairs of active-shutter glasses). The VPL-VW90ES is Sony's first 3D projector which uses active-shutter glasses (at 240Hz). The projector is a part of Sony's Elevated-Standard (ES) family of high-end products. It uses Silicon X-tal Reflective Display (SXRDTM) technology and offers Full-HD (1080p,24fps), 1000 lumens, and a 150,000:1 contrast ratio.

The world’s thinnest smartphone from NEC is only 7.7mm thick
Description: Some pictures of NEC’s upcoming Android phone have leaked, and boy it is skinny. Some photographs of the NEC Medias recently leaked online, and it lives up to its 7.7mm thickness by being that width all the way from the top to the bottom of the phone instead of just being slim in one area (like the Xperia Arc). The phone will only weigh 105g, have a 4″ (854 x 480) display, pack an 800MHz processor, a 5.1 megapixel camera, digital TV tuner and an e-wallet function (NFC). It will run on Android 2.2 (unfortunately) and probably won’t it’s make over to the US, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed. Head here for larger images of the NEC Medias.

Samsung unveils five NX-mount lenses for its 2011 roadmap
Description: Samsung today brought out details of five lenses for the NX swappable lens system found on cameras like the NX11. The company is catering first to everyday users with an 18-200mm, f3.5-6.3 long zoom lens to cover most shooting situations with a single lens. While image stabilized, it won't have a silent autofocus system and is likely targeted at newcomers who want an all-purpose lens.


Gaming News:

Nintendo 3DS torn apart
Description: The Nintendo 3DS hasn’t even made its way to the stores yet, but it has already received a tear down, thanks to some folks who managed to get their hands on an early device and posted it up for the world to see. There’s nothing spectacular or impressive about the console’s innards, so I guess the magic happens when you actually turn it on. The Nintendo 3DS goes on sale in Japan this week, so we’ll be finding out how much of a hit this device will actually be. Head here to check out more photographs of the 3DS torn apart (unfortunately the original page is down, so you’ll have to view a Google cached version of the site).

Marvel vs Capcom 3: Jill Valentine Gameplay Video
Description: Have you been whipping out those inhumane combos in Marvel vs Capcom 3 ? Looking forward to see some Jill Valentine? Her latest gameplay video has been spotted on youtube

Agarest Senki 2 Review
Description: Fantasy RPG games are often accompanied with cute or hot looking girls, regardless if it is 2D or 3D but in Agarest Senki 2, the game woos fans who stay traditional to the visual novel and generic RPG elements that comes with lovely 2D artworks and non-complex visual gameplay.

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