phenom The Daily VR Zone News Summary   28 June 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • NVIDIA has announced the availability of its new mobile GeForce GPU, the GT580M, which the company claims is the fastest mobile GPU ever made;
  • AMD's first processor to sport its "Zosma" core, the Phenom II 960T, has been spotted for sale in Japan in spite of the fact that the chip was originally launched as an OEM-only model and as such was extremely difficult to find off the retail shelves;
  • Sony has unveiled the latest addition to its VAIO Z series of notebooks, which weighs a mere 1.2 kg , measures16.65 mm thin, sports a 13.1-inch screen capable of a 1600 x 900 resolution and boasts a full-voltage Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU along with a solid state drive;
  • LaCie has unveiled the latest additions to its LaCie Porsche Design line of portable hard disks, which come in the form of the P9220 (mobile) and P9230 (desktop) and boast the use of a premium scratch-resistant casing;
  • Sony claims its recent security woes were caused by fact that hackers took offense to the way the company attempted to protect its video game content, and
  • Rumour has it that Odin Sphere, which is a jRPG game,  will getting a HD port and that the game will most likely be downloadable off either the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live.

Hardware news

Patriot Gauntlet USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure @ Review the Tech
Description: Up for review today I’ve got an external hard drive enclosure from patriot Memory called the Gauntlet. This hard drive enclosure is essentially a solid piece of aluminum that will not only protect the drive inside, but will help to keep it cool as well. The Gauntlet features a USB 3.0 connection for fast read and writes, but it also has a backup button on it to allow you to instantly backup your data to the external drive.

News From NVIDIA: The World's Fastest Notebook GPU, The GeForce GTX 580M, Is Available Now & Has Been Benchmarked
Description: Following the successful launch of the GTX 560M last month, NVIDIA is now introducing the GeForce GTX 580M, the world's fastest notebook GPU. Supporting DirectX 11, PhysX and 3D Vision, the 580M notebooks can happily deal with whatever is thrown their way, as our benchmarking article shows.

Patriot Wildfire 120GB Solid State Drive Review
Description: Little Jimmy is now here and Team SandForce can start the game. This game is played on websites, e-tail and retail outlets all over the country. For me, SSDball is more exciting than any sport I watch on TV because I've got front row seats on the first base line. All of the action happens right in front of me and this season is going to be exciting.

AMD's Zosma core spotted in Japan
Description: AMD's first processor to sport its "Zosma" core, has gone on sale in the Land of the Rising Sun. The Phenom II 960T, was introduced in the third quarter of 2010, a few months after the launch of 6-core Phenom IIs. However it was only launched as an OEM model and it was jolly hard to find one anywhere.

DDR4 Memory Now Projected to Debut in 2014, But Ramp Up Rapidly.
Description: It took over three years for DDR3 dynamic random access memory (DRAM) to take off and become dominating type of memory and it looks like it will remain on the market till at least 2015 as the debut of DDR4 is now delayed till 2014 and even with rapid ramp of the latter shipments will crossover only sometimes in 2015 (more likely later).

Engineering sample Zambezi overclocked to 4636 MHz (Russian)
Description: (Machine translation) Frequency characteristics of processor performance in the Zambezi Socket AM3 + still covered with a secret , known only authentically about their ability to automatically accelerate by up to 1 GHz . The situation is exacerbated by rumors that it was unsatisfactory frequency potential processors Zambezi current revision caused the delay of their appearance on the market. In such conditions it is difficult to determine how representative in terms of frequency potential appearing on the Web screenshots engineering samples of processor performance Socket AM3 +.

AMD's Llano A8-3850 to cost US $135
Description: We managed to get our hands on what appears to be an official price for the upcoming quad-core desktop Llano part that should hit retail/e-tail just a day before the Independance Day, or simply, Sunday 3rd of July.


Consumer Electronics and Software news

Apple starts selling a Thunderbolt cable, RAID systems to use it with
Description: Admittedly there aren’t many peripherals that use Thunderbolt, or many Macs that have Thunderbolt ports, but as Apple gears up for a whole slew of new Thunderbolt-enabled computers, a bunch of new peripherals are also in the pipeline. And in order to tap that opportunity, Apple introduced a new Thunderbolt cable today, available in the online store for $49.

Sony takes wraps off new ‘ultra-mobile’ VAIO Z Series with Power Media Dock
Description: Sony has taken the wraps off its new VAIO Z Series at a press event in Europe. Weighing in at 1.2 kg (2.64 lb) and measuring 16.65 mm (0.65 in) thin, the “ultra-mobile” notebook PC sports a 13.1-inch, 1600 x 900 pixel, anti-reflective display and packs a full-voltage Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU along with solid state drive. Designed for users who don’t want to choose between desktop power and notebook portability, the VAIO Z Series also comes with a Power Media Dock that connects to the notebook via a “Light Peak” optical cable to add quad monitor support, an optical drive, extra connectivity options and AMD Radeon HD graphics.

Maingear Titan 17 Notebook Review
Description: Our evaluation system consists of an Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition processor, a hexa-core desktop CPU operating at 3.46 GHz. Other notable hardware includes a 17.3” LED-backlit display running at 1920 x 1080, two Nvidia GeForce GTX 485M graphics cards, 6GB of Kingston DDR3-1333 memory, a 120GB Intel 510 solid state drive, a 750GB Western Digital 7200 RPM hard drive, a Blu-ray optical drive, Bigfoot Killer Wireless-N Ultimate network adapter and integrated Bluetooth technology, all running under Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

PCTV Nanotech T2 Review @ XSReviews.co.uk
Description: PCs are no longer the domain of purist business and gamer types, they have a myriad of functions and come in a variety of fifferent shapes and sizes. Today I’m reviewing a product that brings TV watching to your laptop, netbook or desktop via a simple USB plugin. Let’s see if its as good as similar products we’ve reviewed in the past.

LaCie Shows Off New Porsche USB 3.0 HDDs
Description: USB 3.0 offers faster data transfers so it seems fitting that LaCie enlisted the help of a company like Porsche to design its new USB 3.0 hard drives. Building on an eight-year-old relationship with Porsche Design, the company today celebrated the addition of the P9220 (mobile) and P9230 (desktop) HDDs to its P9000 line of electronics.

Opera lands its Swordfish browser
Description: Plucky web browser firm Opera has released version 11.50 of its software, and warned the opposition that it is about to make a big splash on the web.


Gaming news

Sony says it was only hacked because it tried to protect its content
Description: Embattled entertainment firm Sony claims it was only hacked because it tried to protect its video game content. Sony CEO Howard Stringer, who faces calls for his resignation over the hacking incidents, spoke at a shareholders' meeting where he tried to explain why Sony was the main victim of the recent spate of hacker attacks.

Odin Sphere To Get High Definition Port ?
Description: Treat this as a rumor but if sources are correct, one of the nice RPGs from Japan will getting a HD port. Odin Sphere, originally from PS2 is made by Atlus and launched back in 2007. There is not much information as of now but based on the source, the game is likely a download on either PlayStation Network or Xbox Live.

Dungeons and Dragons: Daggerdale lands on PC
Description: Atari has announced that Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale is now available for the PC. We didn't really like the hack-and-slash title, calling it "a terrible use of Wizards of the Coast's timeless license" (ouch), but hey, maybe you're a huge completist and absolutely must play through anything and everything having to do Forgotten Realms. If that's the case, you can pick up the game for $14.99 at a fine e-tailer near you.