rodea2 The Daily VR Zone News Summary   24 January 2011

In today’s daily news roundup: Kingston’s SSDNow V100 128GB SSD Solid State Drive and ASUS’s P8P67 Deluxe motherboard get reviewed; enterprising hackers have found a way to dual boot HTC’s HD2 smartphone with both Windows Phone 7 and Android operating systems; Acer stakes its profitability on a shrinking netbook market; Evil Ryu and Oni Akuma have been confirmed to be part of the Super Street Fighter IV character roster in the arcade port and a promotional video of Sonic’s creator Yuji Naka’s latest original title, Rodea the Sky Soldier, has been released.

Hardware News

ZOTAC GTX 580 Review @ Vortez
Description: After a year of anguish trying to compete with AMD in both price and performance, Nvidia have finally managed to gain much needed ground in the market. Their most recent additions to their range of cards are the GTX570 and GTX580, aimed at the upper echelon of consumers wanting extreme levels of raw performance no matter the price. The GF110 GPU on which the two cards are based has been successful in more than just the performance department. The chip has tamed Nvidia's wild ways and delivered reduced noise, thermals and lower power consumption. Not only has it proven to be a worthy successor to the older GF100 GPU but it also competes favourably with AMD's offerings, who are famed for their cool running, low power draining graphics cards…

Putting Memory Latency into Perspective @ OCIA.net
Description: As memory standards have changed over the years one thing has remained constant: the confusion that arises when trying to compare different memory speeds and timings. It's been drilled into our heads again and again that faster speed is good, but so are lower timings, and unfortunately those two ends seem to move in opposite directions. The higher the memory goes in frequency, the greater number of cycles spent waiting before reading from or writing to it. Invariably the question always arises, which is better for my system?

Lancool First Knight PC-K63 Computer Case Review @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: Recently Lancool launched three new cases in the First Knight series aimed at the gaming market and Benchmark Reviews has the Lancool First Knight PC-K63 computer chassis on hand for testing. The PC-K63 is entirely tool free and has a fully painted black interior, the motherboard standoffs come pre installed and thumbscrews are used where there is no tool free mechanism. Patented tool free solutions are; tool free PSU clamp, tool free HDD/SSD rubber mounting grommets and an excellent HDD/SSD mounting cage, tool free ODD latch mechanism and finally tool free PCI backplane clamps. The Lancool First Knight PC-K63 case has a massive transparent window and very! bright LED fans that light up the inside while they cool your components. In the back is a very good cable routing solution that will help advanced and novice PC builders alike to easily route cables out of sight…

ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Review @ Hardwareoverclock.com
Description: After the Core i7 2600k review we’ll show you the used board, the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe. In the article you can see the new EFI bios, the overclocking features and the actually bugs. Also 2 videos has been uploaded…

Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB SSD Solid State Drive Review @ Tweaknews
Description: To sum it up, the Kingston SSDNow V100 may not be the fastest SSD out there, but it's still a very competitive product in this quickly expanding market. If you're looking for a simple upgrade method that will result in a big step up in performance, than look no further…

Gigabyte P67A-UD7 Review @ ocaholic
Description: With the P67A-UD7 Gigabyte presents it flagship model which supports Intels latest Sandy Bridge CPUs. Very nice is that Gigabyte chose to change the color design of their high-end desktop motherboards which turned them into some of the most beautiful boards available now. Furhtermore we're also very curious how this motherboard will perform…

Thermaltake Armor A30 Mini Tower Case Review
Description: Most mini towers claim to be designed with both gaming and HTPC use in mind, but the Thermaltake Armor A30 makes no such promise. Instead, it is strictly a gaming chassis designed for LAN party goers. We feel gamers will be attracted to the Armor A30's near shoebox-sized design that can accommodate high-end hardware such as the AMD Radeon HD 5970, today's largest consumer graphics card. The Armor A30's proposition is made even more compelling when you consider the number of powerful microATX motherboards available these days that support high-end Core i5, Core i7 and Phenom II X6 processors. Read on…


Consumer Electronics and Software news:

Sony’s Cloud-Based Qriocity Music Service Debuts In France, Germany, Italy And Spain
Description: Sony has just announced that Qriocity, the strangely named cloud-based digital music service it aims to rival Apple's iTunes with, is now immediately available in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The service, which is apparently called “Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity” in full, made its debut in the UK and Ireland in December 2010, and provides users with access to a catalogue of millions of songs from labels like – surprise – Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and EMI Music as well as several independent labels and publishers.

Super Talent SuperCrypt – fast and safe with USB 3.0 and AES (German)
Description: (Machine Translation) USB flash drives were in time not only getting bigger, but faster and faster. Eventually, the stick would hit the limit of USB 2.0. With the adoption of specifications for USB 3.0, it was clear that it will not take long before USB sticks appear for the new version. Such we would like to now look at it. In particular, it is the Super Talent SuperCrypt, which however is not just a USB stick…

Why You Might Want to Wait for a 4G Phone
Description: If you're getting pretty excited about all the new speedy, 4G phones coming out right now, you're probably thinking of picking one up. Tech blog Tested reminds us that it's still a new technology, and you may be better off waiting.

Windows Phone 7 three months on: a retrospective
Description: I stand by my original assessment. This is a great platform that fundamentally works well. The Metro user interface is fast and elegant, the applications that are most important to me—e-mail, Bing, and the browser—work well, and the hardware is generally pretty decent. It remains a release that Microsoft should be proud of. However, not every early impression was accurate. Some things that seemed like problems at the time turned out to be not such a big deal. Other things that I thought I would use often have for one reason or another fallen by the wayside…

HTC HD2 can now dual-boot Windows Phone 7 and Android, promises to love them equally
Description: You've seen Windows Phone 7 and Android both ported to the stately HTC HD2, now how about having them on the same device at the same time? Well, not literally at the same time, that'd be all sorts of confusing, but the restless souls over at xda-developers have figured out multiple ways to install both WP7 and Android on the HD2 while using the same SD card. We've looked at them and none of the methods seem particularly trivial or, you know, easy, but then what would be the point of a dual-boot solution if everyone could just up and do it?

Acer aims higher with netbook sales
Description: Acer is keeping their fingers crossed that there will be a winner in the world of netbooks – what was once so promising seems to be in a decline, and the Taiwanese computer manufacturer has every intent to preserve its netbook sales simply by hoping that other companies fail first. This is a very dangerous tactic that Acer is applying, but it might be crazy enough to work…

Phase One outs IQ digital backs with 80 megapixels, USB 3.0
Description: Phase One today pushed the limits of medium format cameras on Monday by launching its new IQ series digital backs. The trio moves the baseline for resolution and starts at 40 megapixels for the IQ140, moving up to 60.5 megapixels for the IQ160 and an unprecedented 80 megapixels for the IQ180…


Gaming news:

Evil Ryu and Oni Akuma spotted in Super Street Fighter IV Arcade (Videos Added)
Description: Many fans are hoping that Evil Ryu and Oni Akuma will be playable characters in Super Street Fighter IV but Capcom has not metioned anything about it until now. The Arcade Edition of Super Street Fighter IV will be getting these 2 characters and their ultra combos are as follows:

GAMES Kadokawa GAMES releases new promotional video for upcoming "Rodea The Sky Soldier" (Japanese)
Description: (Machine translation) "Professional Rodea machine in the Sky" was conducted recently Kadokawa GAMES "Kadokawa GAMES 2011 kickoff conference" ( related article ) were presented at the work. Development is "Sonic the Hedgehog," the creator of Mr. Naka Hiroshi ?Gake is led by the propeller, the scenario is "Tales" series and is known for the real Takumi Shima Wataru is responsible…

Silent Hill: Downpour Gets Wet
Description: Konami has unleashed a monsoon of screenshots as it details Silent Hill: Downpour, the next installment in the long-running survival horror series. Having taken a brief sabbatical from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 – in which time the impressive Silent Hill: Shattered Memories released on the Wii – Downpour marks a return to the HD consoles.