In today's news roundup:

  • SemiAccurate is claiming that GlobalFoundries in Dresden has already started the first production of 300mm test wafers with 28nm process technology without waiting for its customers to start testing their own designs;
  • PCEe 3.0 is seemingly starting to make its way out to consumers, for motherboard vendors Asrock, and more recently MSI, have announced their latest flagship motherboards, which carry Intel's Z68 chipset that meets the standard;
  • Canon is reportedly exploring the possibility making its entry into the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera market, with a senior executive claiming that the company could be ready to launch its first such product sometime in 2012;
  • HP has quietly released what are probably the  highest end configurations of its new AMD Fusion-based Pavilion notebooks, with the  dv6z Quad Edition boasting the use of AMD's faster Llano-based chips have clock speeds ranging from 1.4GHz quad A6-3400M through to a 1.9GHz A8-3530MX, the two extremes of which can boost to 2.3GHz and 2.6GHz respectively;
  • HCW takes a look into how the use of an SSD in Sony's PlayStation 3 will affect the console's performance as opposed to utilizing a standard mechanical hard disk for the task, and
  • Word has it that Sony is about to take a page out of Microsoft's book by giving its upcoming PlayStation 4 video game console support for full-body motion control.

Hardware news

Coolermaster GX450 vs Nexus Value 430, low-end PSUs battle @ Madshrimps
Description: Looking for a new power supply which does not cost you an arm nor leg? Today we'll be testing two value power supplies by the hand of Coolermaster and Nexus, let's see how these two settle themselves in the lower-end PSU market after they survived all of our testing methods.

ASUS M5A99X Evo Review @ ocaholic
Description: With the M5A99X Evo, ASUS has a motherboard in its portfolio which is based on the very recent AMD 990X chipset. Furthermore it features an attractive pricing and quite a lot of features. There is for example the possibility to connect up to six USB 3.0 drives. This board also features ASUS' very well though EFI BIOS.

ADATA S511 Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: ADATA knows that SandForce-driven SSDs are a win-win combination of performance and speed. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the ADATA S511 solid state drive. Based on the popular new SandForce SF-2281 SATA 6GB/s controller and fast IMFT-branded NAND flash components, ADATA claims the AS511S3 is capable of 550 MB/s read and 510 MB/s write speed with 4K random write speeds as high as 60,000 IOPS in real world testing. We test these claims, and compare performance to competing storage solid-state solutions in this review to find out which SSD is best.

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 AM3+ Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: Gigabyte is coming out of the gate with the GA-990FXA-UD5 AM3+ Motherboard. The Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 AM3+ Motherboard is feature rich and Bulldozer ready, but is still fully compatible with existing AM3 processors. Featuring amenities such as USB 3.0, 8 SATA III connections (with 3TB support), PCIe slots capable of three way CrossFire-X or Sli, and onboard HD audio, the GA-990FXA specs like an enthusiasts dream.

GlobalFoundries testing 28nm
Description: GlobalFoundries in Dresden has already started the first production of 300mm test wafers with 28nm process technology.

PCIe 3.0 mainboards start to tip up
Description: Motherboard vendors Asrock, and more recently MSI, have announced their latest flagship motherboards, which carry Intel's Z68 chipset that meets the PCIe 3.0 standard.

MSI N560GTX TI Twin Frozr Review – XSReviews
Description: There are many different companies trying to sell you GPUs out there and each one of them is trying to make themselves unique. Today we’re looking at an MSI card that does that in looks and name, the N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II. It’s got a fancy looking cooler and 560GTX TI performance. It should be a good combination, let’s see."

Antec Kühler H2O 920 CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
Description: Antec has brought another compact water cooling system to the market, the Kühler H2O 920, which comes with a bigger radiator, more powerful PWM fans in a push-pull configuration, a multicolored LED and software customization through ChillControl V.


Consumer Electronics and Software News

Windows XP becomes software Rasputin
Description: Windows XP is the Rasputin of software, and it doesn't matter if you poison, stab, pummel it or try to drown it, it's nearly impossible for Microsoft to kill. While Microsoft has managed to gain some market share with its Windows 7 operating system, it seems that 60 percent of the world's installed base still use Russia's greatest love machine, according to figures compiled by Forrester.

Mobile manufacturers eye up AMOLED
Description: AMOLED displays are growing in popularity as mobile manufacturers look for an iPhone beater. According to industry sources close to Digitimes, more smartphone brands will implement the display that has, so far, been mostly the sole plaything of Samsung.

Twitter Begins Allowing Direct Messages With Verified Accounts Sans Following Back
Description: The back-and-forth between brand reps who manage Twitter accounts and people who try to communicate with those brands might become a little less complicated. It seems no longer will verified Twitter accounts be required to follow back the Twitter users who want to send direct messages.

Another problem for Oracle's patents
Description: The validity of another Oracle patent has become doubtful in the dispute with Google about the infringement of Java patents and copyrights on Android devices. The US Patent Office and Trademark Office (USPTO) has provisionally declared all 24 claims of patent number 6,125,447 as being invalid. The USPTO based its decision on a patent that had been used in another case. This patent was granted in 1994 – three years before Sun filed its Java patent application.

Canon considering compact mirrorless camera
Description: Canon, the world's top camera-maker, is exploring the possibility of launching a mirrorless model, packing many of the capabilities of an upmarket single-lens reflex camera into a more compact body, a senior executive said.

HP starts selling Pavilion dv6z Quad Edition with Fusion
Description: HP on Monday quietly posted some of the highest end of its new AMD Fusion-based Pavilion notebooks. The dv6z Quad Edition uses AMD's faster Llano-based chips and ranges from a 1.4GHz quad A6-3400M through to a 1.9GHz A8-3530MX, the two extremes of which can boost to 2.3GHz and 2.6GHz respectively. The Fusion technology gives them graphics capable of playing 1080p video smoothly, but they can be optioned up with an unspecific dedicated AMD Radeon chipset to handle more demanding games.

ViewSonic 7x Honeycomb tablet shipping in mid August
Description: We thought that the MediaPad was first 7″ Honeycomb tablet to be released later this year, but now it looks like there are other companies in the running in the race as well. Acer and ViewSonic both have their own offerings on the way – the Acer Iconia Tab A100 and the ViewSonic 7x. The 7x has just been officially announced to have a mid-August release date, while the A100 hasn’t got a release date yet. Huawei’s MediaPad has been said to be available globally by Q3, so August sounds pretty likely as well, we’ll just have to see which one arrives first.


Gaming news

PS3 SSD Performance – SSD vs HDD on Playstation 3
Description: We've seen people toy around with expensive SSDs in the Playstation 3 before. But until now, it has only really been for experimental purposes. Now I'm not saying that everyone should go out and buy drive which would nearly double the price of the PS3. But if you spend a lot of time gaming, and want to make it a far more enjoyable experience, why not pick up a mainstream SSD for $100-200 and pop it in?

Playstation…4? With full body motion control?
Description: We should have expected this. I would think the PS3 would linger a little longer before PS4 hits us. I was wrong. More information, rumors and speculations after the break! It seems that the controller-free craze is getting out of hand! Even PS3 wants to jump on the wagon.

Drake and Sully Are Waiting: Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Beta Opens to All Today
Description: Infamous 2 buyers and PlayStation Plus subscribers have been running the Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer through its paces for the past week, and starting today, everyone else will get to join in. From now until July 14 the Uncharted 3 multiplayer beta is open to all.