The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 22 June 2011
In today's news roundup:
- Word has it that AMD and ARM are planning to make a common on-chip interface and interconnection where manufacters might be able to perform a 'mix-and-match' of both x86 and ARM hardware without having to deal with compatibility issues;
- High-level executives from Elpida Memory, Micron Technology and Nanya Technology reportedly have been holding frequent talks as a warm-up to some form of partnership in the future;
- Rumour has it that version 3.2 of the Android operating system has been set for a summer release this year, and that it will reportedly be the last Honeycomb release Google will be working on before jumping ship to Ice Cream Sandwich;
- NVIDIA has released a beta version of its ForceWare driver that reportedly brings SLI support to AMD's 900-series chipsets;
- Project Sora is claiming that the next version of Nintendo's bestselling Super Smash Brothers video game is not likely to be released any time soon, as the team is currently too busy with work on Kid Icarus to even think of starting development on Super Smash Brothers yet, and
- Dead or Alive: Dimensions has been reclassified "M" (Mature) by the Australian Classification Board for "violence and sexualized gameplay".
AMD Shows Off Working 16-Core Opteron "Interlagos".
Description: At the International Supercomputing Conference, Advanced Micro Devices demonstrated working machine powered by two sixteen-core AMD Opteron "Interlagos" microprocessor based on Bulldozer micro-architecture. The live public demonstration of a server version of Bulldozer happens for the first time.
AMD and ARM join forces at last
Description: Anyone watching the industry knows AMD and ARM are up to something together, it is more obvious than two teen-agers giggling when they glance at each other. What that something is is not what anyone expects though.
NZXT Havik 140 CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: Overall, the Havik 140 from NZXT is a very nice first offering. With the MSRP of $74.99 it's not to out of the question for most enthusiasts, but enough competition at that price range they will think about the purchase. It will be interesting to see where the price lands once the Havik 140 gets into the wild and places like Newegg start to carry it…
Lepa G700-MA 700W Review on Technic3D (German)
Description: (Machine translation) The Lepatek G700-MA 700W PSU arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review from Technic3D the next PSU with three +12V rails (25A), a 140mm Fan, 8x SATA hard disk connectors and 4x PCI-e 6+2-Pin. Better than Enermax PSUs?
OCZ Agility 3 SSD Tests @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: It might not seem like SSDs have been around very long, but OCZ has been a pioneer in the technology for almost four years already. They've traditionally offered several different options for performance enthusiasts, from economic yet responsive storage to premium high-speed enthusiast solid state drive solutions. While their Vertex series deliver the fastest SSD's available, the more affordable Agility family accommodates cost-conscious builders and comes available in 60-240GB capacities. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the OCZ Agility 3 SSD, model AGT3-25SAT3, which is based on the SandForce SF-2281 SATA 6GB/s controller and IMFT-branded async-NAND flash components.
ASUS P8Z68-V Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: This is evident with the ASUS P8Z68-V motherboard. The ASUS P8Z68-V shaves a little off the top to make it a much more attractive and affordable motherboard. We still get almost identical features to the V-PRO. There is the Intel Z68 Express Chipset which supports both iGPU and CPU overclocking. The LGA1155 socket supports the newest Intel Sandybridge processors. There is memory support up to 2200MHz (O.C). Max capacity tops off at 32GB. The P8Z68-V includes 16 phase power and DIP2 technology. DIP2 uses the EPU and TPU in tandem for total system control. It also allows excellent power saving and overclocking abilities. Because the P8Z68-V allows the use of the iGPU, there is support for Intel Quick Sync.
ASUS M5A99X EVO (AMD 990X) Motherboard Review
Description: At launch we looked at the Crosshair V Formula from ASUS. It's a great board, but at $239.99 US it might be a bit more money than you want to spend. In steps the M5A99X EVO from ASUS; priced at $164.99 US it might be a more attractive option for you and your bank account. At $75 US less, is the M5A99X EVO an option that people really want to look at, though? What does $75 US less get you? We'll find that out and more today as we dive into the M5A99X EVO. Outside of being part of the ROG series, the board we're looking at also carries the 990X chipset instead of the 990FX chipset we saw on the C4F.
Elpida, Micron reportedly in talks on DRAM partnership
Description: High-level executives from Elpida Memory, Micron Technology and Nanya Technology reportedly have been holding frequent talks as a warm-up to some form of partnership in the future. They are discussing how they can cooperate to compete with Samsung Electronics, the long-time market leader for DRAM memory, according to industry observers.
Consumer Electronics and Software News
Android 3.2 is Shipping This Summer
Description: As far as we know Android 3.2 isn’t all that different to the just-released Android 3.1. When it popped up in Huawei’s MediaPad announcement yesterday, the company confirmed that it was basically Android 3.1 with a friendlier attitude towards 7-inch devices. Now, thanks to the folks over at This is my next, we know a little more about it.
Nvidia Intros Beta Driver Supporting SLI on AMD 900 Series
Description: Back in April, Nvidia's Tom Peterson revealed that the company was officially supporting SLI on motherboards playing host to AMD's 9-Series chipsets. Asus, Gigabyte, ASRock, and MSI were said to be among the first motherboard manufacturers to offer SLI support, with others arriving shortly.
Steelseries Spectrum 7XB Xbox Review – XSReviews
Description: Many companies have been doing the cross over between console and PC headsets, and Steelseries are no exception. We’ve previously looked at their 5XB headset and wern’t hugely impressed. Let’s see if the revamped and bigger brother, the 7XB performs better.
Patriot Box Office Core Open Source Media Player Review @ Tweaknews
Description: The Patriot Box Office Core has proven to be an extremely versatile media player. It played all the video, audio and photo formats I tossed its way, and the various connectivity options make playing media from multiple sources quick and easy. Its compact size and near silent operation round out a solid alternative to a HTPC, especially when you consider the $80 price tag.
Ubuntu sliding in popularity
Description: Figures from Distro-watch show that the popular front of Linux, Ubuntu, is sliding in popularity. While the distro is still tops, it is starting to look like others are eating into its user base faster than Homer Simpson at an all you can eat penguin steak buffet. It is jolly easy to pin most of Ubuntu's woes on one thing – Unity. Unity was Mark Shuttleworth's attempt to make a more user friendly GUI for Ubuntu which has always looked a little too much like a Windows XP clone.
Archos unveils bare-bones Arnova 7 Android tablet, priced at $99
Description: We caught a brief glimpse of Archos' new Arnova 7 tablet when it hit the FCC last week and now, we have a few more details on the company's affordable Android-based slate. Though there's no information on its RAM or processing capacity, the latest addition to the Arnova clan boasts a seven-inch, resistive touchscreen LCD with 800×480 resolution, supports 720p HD playback, and offers 4GB of flash memory. Running on Froyo, this WiFi-enabled slab will give you access to the AppsLib store, rather than the Android Market, and won't come with any of the front- or rear-facing cameras you'd expect from higher-end products. But, then again, it's pretty hard to argue with any tablet priced at just $99. No word yet on when the Arnova 7 will start shipping, but we'll let you know as soon as we find out.
Don't Expect Smash Bros. Anytime Very Soon
Description: Want to know what the new Smash Bros. is going to be like? Well, don't ask us — and for that matter, don't ask Masahiro Sakurai, creator of the series. Despite Nintendo president Satoru Iwata's E3 announcement that the series would be hitting the 3DS and Wii U systems, Project Sora (the independent developer Sakurai heads) is so busy working on Kid Icarus: Uprising that they haven't even started thinking about Smash Bros. yet.
Dead or Alive: Dimensions reclassified in Australia
Description: Dead or Alive: Dimensions has been reclassified "M" (Mature) by the Australian Classification Board for "violence and sexualized gameplay." The game, which previously held a PG rating, recently had its status revoked for unspecified reasons.