Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mobile World Congress

It is the day Before Mobile World Congress News and rumors are building for instance Samsung is going to unveil a Galaxy Note 10.1.

Image Courtesy of CNET

Next is the Acer Liquid Glow. This phone will pack Android 4.0 other specs are 3.7" display 5MP camera with LED flash. The Acer liquid glow will hit the shelves in early summer this year. Its grippy body will come in three different colors - Sakura Pink, Alpine White, and Cat's-eye Black.

Source: GSMArena

Finally is the Nokia lineup of Windows phone. Nokia is going to release a cheap windows based phone. Nokia is the king of all entry level phones so this might just work. Mobile world congress also is the unveiling of the Lumia 900 worldwide edition. In other new Nokia is now the largest Windows Phone Manufacturer beating HTC.

Source: GSMArena

Stay tuned tomorrow for more update about The Mobile World Congress =D

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

 The Galaxy Tab 2. For now there are two tablets in this category which is the 10.1 and the 7.0. These tablets are running Android 4.0 out of the box. The resolution of the 10.l is similar to the original. It is powered by a 1GHz dual-core CPU and packs 1 GB of RAM. The internal storage options are 16GB and 32GB and there’s a microSD card slot on both versions. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is actually a bit thicker (9.7mm vs 8.6mm) and heavier (588g vs 560g) than the Galaxy Tab 10.1 even though the two have identical 7000 mAh batteries.

Comparison between the 10.1 and the 7.0 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

i5 3570k Benchemark

i5 3570k sample has been benched early. All of those games ran at playable frame rates with SC2 being the lowest at 29.3fps (fine for a real-time strategy title). but, compared to the entry-level  GT 240 1GB, the HD Graphics 4000 still looked fairly anemic. On average, the discrete Nvidia card pumped nearly 36% more frames with more than 60fps in all but one of the games (Far Cry at 51.6fps). EXPreview also ran 3DMark 11 to test the GPU's DX11 performance. The total score was only 1478 with frame rates largely in the single digits.

Source: Techspot

Monday, February 20, 2012

Nvidia Kelper

Taiwanese AIB partners have revealed to swelclockers that Nvidia would be launching its 28nm Kepler GK104 chip based GeForce GTX 670Ti GPU in March. Rumors of a Kepler GPU based on the GK104 core were already circulating the web, The GeForce GTX670Ti which is the successor to the GF-114 based GeForce GTX560Ti would be a performance tier arsenal from Nvidia against the AMD’s recently released HD7000 Series cards with performance levels better than Geforce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7950. A few specifications of the GK104 were also leaked earlier which show that the chip would feature 1536 Cuda Cores, 128 TMU, 32 ROPs and 2 GB 256-bit memory GDDR5, Core clock would be maintained around 950Mhz-1050Mhz. TDP ranges around 225W while expected retail price of $299 . 
Source: Wccftech

Friday, February 17, 2012

Tech Update for 17/2/2012

HP Intros the world's first 27 inch All-in-one workstation, Tuesday 14 February 2012
The Sleek and Elegant look of the Z1
This all in one has a very sleek and elegant design. The accelerated performance is featuring the Intel Xeon processors, Nvidia Quadro graphics, support for more than 1 billion colors and HP's world-class reliability. swapping parts upgrading can be easily done by users without any tools whatsoever. The new HP Z1 Workstation is expected to be available worldwide in April. Pricing starts at $1,899 in the United States.

Workstation performance without compromise
- Workstation performance. Features professional NVIDIA Quadro graphics, ECC memory, quad-core Intel Xeon processors, independent software vendor solutions and whisper-quiet acoustics.
- Tool-less chassis. Users can easily add a hard drive, upgrade memory or access the graphics card by snapping open the chassis to swap out parts.
- Workstation-class storage. Users can choose from a variety of storage types, including 7.2K and 10K SATA, SSD, optional RAID configurations, removable drives (AMO), a multiformat media card reader and optical drives including a slot-load Blu-ray Writer.
- Professional display. The 27-inch white LED diagonal display supports more than 1 billion colors and features a wide, 178-degree viewing angle and an in-plane switching (IPS) panel.
- High-fidelity audio. Front-facing dual-cone speakers and SRS Premium Sound offer high-fidelity audio.
High-definition Webcam. Have face-to-face meetings and see every detail right down to the twinkle of an eye. Also captures HD-quality video.
- HP Remote Graphics Software. Users can work remotely while still accessing the high-performance 2-D, 3-D, video and media-rich applications they count on.
- HP Performance Advisor. Reduces the time spent troubleshooting by providing a consolidated report of the workstation's hardware and software configuration that can be used to tune the workstation for specifically professional application workloads with just one click.

Source: Techpowerup

Asrock's First Industrial Motherboard

ASRock released three products which are the IMB-140, IMB-141, and IMB-142. The latter two share an identical board layout. All three models are driven by Intel Atom D2700. The IMB-140 is heavy on connectivity, it includes three serial bus ports, dual-GbE interface, D-Sub, HDMI, and LVDS display outputs, two SATA 3 Gb/s storage interfaces, legacy PCI, and a plethora of other legacy connectivity. The IMB-141 and IMB-142 have slightly slimmer connectivity load outs, the two differ only with the latter having two GbE interfaces, while the former has one. The two have more USB interfaces, and one lesser serial bus (COM) port. The two also feature a mini-PCIe apart from a legacy PCI.

Source: Techpowerup via Vr-Zone

Lenovo Ideapad U300e Ultrabook

the U300e is a 13.3-inch ultrabook that is a mere 0.7-inches thin, weighing in at 1.58Kg and sports a one-piece aluminum shell and an LED-backlit (1366 x 768) display.  The keyboard on this model is of a breathable type by harnessing Intel's Advanced Cooling Technology and there's a lovely glass touchpad implemented that complements the U300e when seen in the flesh. within the chasis is a Core i5-2467M processor with its HD 3000 graphics core in use, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD as well as a 32GB SSD. Looking around outside, there's a single USB 3.0 port, 1.3MP webcam, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, WiDi support, Gigabit ethernet, a HDMI output and a 4-cell battery that promises up to 7 hours of use.

From this point of view the lenovo ideapd looks like the macbook pro
Source: Vr-Zone

USB 3.0 to HDMI adapter

A Japanese company going by the name of Sanko has come up with a USB 3.0 to HDMI adapter. The manufacturer has stated that it's possible to use up to six of these impressively small USB3TOHD adapters in a single 6+port USB 3.0 hub without experiencing any image degradation or performance decreases. while having such a small footprint, the adapter is designed so that it can still be used with a HDMI to DVI-I single-link dongle if need be. The only real shortcoming with it is its single-link limitation, where it is confined to resolutions only up to 1920 x 1200. Meaning users with 2560 screens are out. Sanko lists support for Windows XP, Vista and 7 with the USB3TOHD and it's priced at 9,800 JPY (about US $124.30).

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

AMD 7770

Today is launch day for the Radeon 7770 and 7750. There are a few major brands which launch their reference and non reference cards. First up is ASUS,

Asus HD 7770

Asus released their Direct CU top for the HD 7770, althoug it does not have the DCU 2 top the card still performs excellent when overclocking. For this card Asus manage to ramp up the clock speed to 1020 MHz (1000MHz stock) it also has an overclock of 100MHz for the memory clock which is 4600 MHz and the 7770 has a 128-bit memory interface. the rear I/O is 1 D-sub output, 1 DVI output, 1 HDMI output and 2 Mini display ports.

Asus HD 7750

The HD 7750 from AMD is the little brother of the HD 7770. this is a single card slot and will not be availble for crossfire. this card features slightly overclocked speeds, with the core clocked at 820 MHz (800 MHz stock), and 1150 MHz (1125 MHz stock) memory. 

Source:Techpowerup, ASUS

Next ups is the XFX Radeon HD 7700 series of cards. XFX launched 9 card total for the HD 7700 series which are essentially based on two designs by the company, a single-fan Ghost Thermal Technology board, and a dual-fan Double Dissipation board, spread across both the HD 7770 and HD 7750 SKUs, and in a variety of factory-overclock bins such as Core Edition (AMD reference speeds), Black Edition (1095 MHz core for the HD 7770, TBD for HD 7750), and SuperOverclock Edition (1120 MHz core for the HD 7770, TBD for the HD 7750).

Source: Techpowerup

Sapphire HD 7770
Sapphire HD 7750
Next in line is the Sapphire cards. sapphire released 3 cards on launch day, the HD 7700 OC, the HD 7700 (stock frequencies), and a Radeon HD 7750. The HD 7770 cards use a custom design fan heatsink with an AMD reference design PCB that's colored Sapphire's signature shade of blue; while the HD 7750 card uses a fan-heatsink originally designed by Arctic Cooling, which Sapphire used on several mid-range cards in the past. The HD 7770 OC features clock speeds of 1150 MHz core, and 1250 MHz GDDR5 memory. The stock-frequency HD 7770 sticks to AMD reference speeds of 1000 MHz core, and 1125 MHz GDDR5 memory. The HD 7750 sticks to AMD reference clock speeds of 800 MHz core and 1125 MHz GDDR5 memory. Expect most common prices of $159 for the HD 7770 with a small premium for the OC model, and $109 for the HD 7750.

Source: Techpowerup

Next is the Gigabyte HD 7700 series of cards. like Sapphire Gigabyte also released 3 cards which are the Radeon HD 7770 GV-R777D5-1GD (AMD reference speeds), the Radeon HD 7770 GV-R777OC-1GD (factory overclocked speeds of 1100 MHz core, 4.50 GHz memory), and the Radeon HD 7750 GV-R775OC-1GI (factory overclocked speeds of 880 MHz core, 4.50 GHz memory). The company didn't release a reference-speed Radeon HD 7750. All three cards are based on non-reference board designs by Gigabyte, consisting of Ulra Durable VGA+ PCBs and optimized large-fan (translates to lower RPM, lower noise) fan-heatsinks.

Source: Techpowerup

Finally is MSI, they released 2 7700 series cards which are The R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC and R7750-PMD1GD5/OC. The R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC GPU core frequency can be overclocked by up to 32.4% using MSI's exclusive Afterburner graphics card overclocking utility to reach an amazing 1.35GHz*! MSI's R7700 series graphics cards also feature a customized dual-fan thermal design that effectively reduces the GPU operating temperature and ensures stable performance. Integrated support for 3D video, high-quality DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a outputs. This card also has support for next generation displays and AMD Eyefinity Multi-display technology. This also support triple overvoltage via the afterburner software.

Source: Techpowerup, MSI 7770, MSI 7750

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Biostar TZ77XE4

The Biostar TZ77XE4 is based on intel's new Z77 chipset, which for the first time incorporates tri-gate transistors manufactured using the 22-nm fab process which, for the first time, delivers a native support for the high-speed USB 3.0 interface and fast SSD caching with the Intel Smart Response Technology (SRT). Fully compatible with the second-generation Intel Core CPUs (Sandy Bridge), the new boards for the first time support the third generation Intel Core CPUs codenamed Ivy Bridge, also manufactured with the 3D-transistors using the 22-nm fab process and designed for the popular LGA 1155 socket. This board also has integrated HDMI 3D Visual interface for stereo content of various 3D formats. For the first time the BIOSTAR boards for the third-gen Intel Core CPUs fully realized the new BIOS, with the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI BIOS), which delivers high flexibility and easy setup for basic settings thanks to the intuitive graphics interface. This mobo supports up to four SATA2 drives and up to four SATA 3.0 drives with astonishing performance up to 600 MB/s (up to 4.8 Gbit/s of uncoded data) which can be arranged in the RAID 0,1,5 or 10 arrays. The boards support up to eight USB 2.0 and four USB 3.0 ports. The speedy GbE LAN interface delivers a high speed for local and external network resources. This board packs a THX TruStudio Pro technology specially developed by Creative and THX for delivering acoustic impressions usually associated with live music, movies or studio sound. Besides, for the first time the new boards feature the Puro Tone - 110 dB technology which delivers high authenticity of multi-channel sound with extremely effective noise reduction, with the SNR of 110 dB.

Source: Techpowerup

LG Monitor

LG Electronics has today announced the release (in Japan at least) of its D2500N-PN 25-inch monitor offering glasses-free 3D LG's 3D display makes use of a TN panel, comes with a built-in webcam (which tracks the user’s head movement to optimize the 3D experience), and features a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a 5 ms response time, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio (5,000,000:1 DCR), and 250 cd/m2 maximum brightness. The D2500N-PN includes DVI and HDMI connectors and is expected to become available at the end of this month priced at about 150,000 yen (~ $1,923).

Source: Techpowerup

Monday, February 13, 2012

Intel Haswell

More new about Hashwell , one of the main news about it is that Hashwell will support DirectX 11.1 (also means support for next windows OS)it will also support OpenCL 1.2, which speeds up certain GPGPU-optimized applications. More importantly, the iGPU will be designed around a new stereoscopic 3D standard called Auto-Stereoscopic 3D (AS3D), which will take the likes of Blu-ray 3D acceleration, stereo 3D photos, etc., to the masses. Currently, it takes at least an entry-level GeForce or Radeon GPU to for acceptable performance with stereo 3D.

Source: Techpowerup

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

This is Samsung's first android 4.0 ice cream sandwich tablet, this is the successor to the original Galaxy Tab and it is expected to be cheaper than the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. It comes with a 7 inch multi-touch display  with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels,this tablet also packs a dual core 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. This tablet come with a 3 megapixel rear facing camera and a 1.3 front facing camera. Other features include WiFi, Bluetooth 3.-, A-GPS and a choice of either 16GB or 32GB of built in storage plus a microSD card slot, and it will feature Android 4.0 ICS plus Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. 

Source: Geeky Gadgets via Slashgear 

Phone Tech Update for 13/2/2012

Galaxy Nexus used as a desktop computer
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich come with support for Bluetooth and USB peripherals, plus HDMI, so Chrisian Qantrell decided to see what it would be like using his Galaxy Nexus as a desktop computer. The video shows that the Nexus is connected to an external monitor and connected to an Apple keyboard and Trackpad, and he wanted to replicate desktop functions on the device without any hacking and just using normal equipment.

Source: Geeky Gadgets

Carbon Twitter for windows phone metro styled app launched
The new Carbon Twitter application also enables you to easily reply to tweets directly from within your timeline. Together with the ability to setup live tiles, enabling you to quickly keep up to date with hashtags, search and compose tweets.

Source: Geeky Gadgets

i7 3820

The i7 3820 is the most affordable processor in the LGA 2011 package, it is a 4 core 8 thread CPU with 10 mb of shared L3 cache and clocked at 3.60 GHz. Tis processor also retains the Quad channel DDR3 memory. It started selling on Japanese stores in the Akihabara electronics shopping district of Tokyo. It is priced around 25,000 JPY (US $322). The 3820 like all Sandy Bridge-E processors do not come with bundled cooling solution. The Core i7-3820 is not officially launched, though it should be unofficially supported by most socket LGA2011 motherboards based on the X79 chipset.

Specs of the i7 3820
The i7 3820

Part number and specs of the i7 3820

Source: Techpowerup

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Best Tech of The Week

Eurocom Panther 4.0 Mobile workstation/Desktop replacement based on Sandy Bridge-E
Glamour shots of the Eurocom Panther 4.0
Meet the biggest and baddest laptop out there, This is the first laptop in the world featuring the X79 express chipset and intel Core i7 and i7 Extreme. This is a workstation or gaming oriented laptop. That dosen't stop here future Intel Xeon processors will also be supported. This laptop can fit up to 4 hard drives/ SSD's in RAID 0/1/5/10. It sports a 17.3" Full HD 16:9, 1920x1080 displays, with choices of Matte, Glossy and 120Hz 3D matte. This laptop has full support for the X79 quad channel DDR3 1600MHz memory. This laptop is equipped with a Trusted Platform Module 1.2 (TPM), finger print reader and Kensington lock. For the graphics power this laptop has a few choices; for Nvidia  GTX 580M, GTX560M; Quadro 5010M, 4000M, 3000M and for AMD, HD 6990M, HD6970M all of these cards have options for CrossFire or SLI. The Panther 4.0 comes complete with a built in emitter. The 120Hz 3D signal is outputted to an external monitor via DVI-DL (DVI Dual Link) port. For audio the Panther 4.0 is equipped with 7.1 channel audio output and supports headphone, microphone, S/PDIF and Line-in jack; this laptop also comes with a 3 watt subwoofer. Expansion wise the Panther 4.0 supports ExpressCard 54/34 for external and extra I/O ports as well as a Magma ExpressBox expansion. Magma ExpressBox1 allows a user to move half-length, heat-generating, or power hungry PCI Express cards outside the computer by providing dedicated power and cooling in an external enclosure. This Laptop is fully upgradeable and supports the best in mobile technology. With this in the market at 15 March Alienware might be set aside. Pricing is yet to be announced. Additional features of the Eurocom Panther 4.0 are 2MP FHD webcam; Bluetooth and WLAN; built-in 10/100/1000Mb Base-TX Ethernet LAN (Intel 82579V); Backlit Keyboard, and THX TruStudio Pro audio system for a truly immersive experience.

Magma Express Box1

Screen17.3" LED Backlit (Options for glossy/matte and 120Hz 3D)
ProcessorIntel Core i7-3930K (6/12, 3.2GHz/3.8GHz, 12MB L3) or
Intel Core i7-3960X (6/12, 3.3GHz/3.9GHz, 15MB L3)
NVIDIA: GTX 580M, 560M; Quadro 5010M, 4000M, 3000M (Options for SLI)
AMD: HD 6990M, 6970M (Options for CrossFire)
MemoryUp to 64GB (4x16GB) DDR3-1866
StorageUp to 3x1TB (Options for SSD or hybrid drives)
Optical DriveDVD-RW, BD-RW, or fourth hard drive
Connectivity3x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0
ExpressCard 34/54
FireWire 400
DisplayPort 1.2
HDMI 1.4
Gigabit Ethernet
Audio in/out
Dimensions (WxDxH)16.8" x 11.4" x 2.5"
AvailabilityMarch 15, 2012


Left side of the  Eurocom Panther 4.0

Right side of the Eurocom Panther 4.0
Keyboard, trackpad and display of the Eurocom Panther 4.0

Source: Techpowerup, AnandTech

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