Solid State Hybrid Drives will fuel the enterprise

A good read from one of our good friends over at Seagate!
Seagate just announced its latest generation Solid State Hybrid Drive (SSHD) – the 750GB Momentus XT – which made me pause and think about the potential implications throughout the enterprise. To be clear, the new Momentus XT is a client drive specifically designed for laptops. But with a 70% performance increase over its first generation model, and while also making a significant bump in capacity, there’s a lot of storage power that the Momentus XT can deliver.

Noctua introduces PWM fans

11302011This morning Notcua announced a new series of fans incorporating PWM functionality, something that Noctua fans have lacked in the past. When asked why Noctua, a company who's main focus is on introducing quiet cooling products, is just now getting into the PWM fan market this is what Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO had to say. 

"Our customers have been asking us for PWM versions of our fans for a long time, but the available PWM fan driver ICs simply weren't up to our quality standards", explains Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "With our NE-FD1, we've now got our custom-designed IC that allows us to build PWM fans that consume less power and remain quieter at low speeds."

With prices ranging from 18.90 to 24.90 USD, they won't be cheap. But I can guarentee they will be of the best quality! 

Click the link below to read the full PR.

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OCZ Technology Launches Talos 2 Enterprise SAS 6G Solid State Drive Series

11292011bOCZ is introducing their new SAS 6G enterprise SSD's. With capacitys up to 1Tb and MLA, eMLA, and SLC NAND configurations its hard not to get jealous!

“The Talos 2 SAS solid state drives expand on the original series by offering enterprise customers superior performance, reliability, and density all in a compact footprint,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ technology Group. “The Talos 2 enterprise SSDs are optimized for the most demanding storage systems and provide clients with an easy to deploy solution that vastly improves application performance over traditional SAS based HDDs.”

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NZXT's new HALE82 PSU's

11292011NZXT introduced their new HALE82 power supply line today. This series is following the previous lineup of HALE90 PSU's. The key difference between the two being their efficiency ratings. The new lineup comes in with a 80+ Bronze Certification. With prices going tome $109.99 to $139.99 (650W to 850W), I'm sure we can expect to see a few of these in budget builds this coming tax season. 

"HALE 82 is a great blend of high level efficiency, premium components, and safe, simple operation" said Johnny Hou, Founder and Product Manager at NZXT. "That coupled with NZXT's game-changing PSU service program make this a truly distinct offering for enthusiasts."

You can read the full release at the link below

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Nvidia GTX 560 Ti with 448 Cores

Today Nvidia launched a new special edition version of their GTX 560 Ti with 448 Cores. Here is an interesting quote from Legit Reviews taken from their review.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti with 448 Cores has proven to be a very interesting graphics card from both a price and performance perspective. This card performs nearly the same as a GeForce GTX 570, but costs significantly less. In some of the games we tested the overclocked MSI N560GTX-448 Power Edition actually performed better than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 reference design card, which was impressive..

Seagate Momentus XT ST750LX003 Hybrid 750GB

Seagate introduced their newest Hybrid hard drive this morning. Here is a list of all of the reviews published so you can get a good look at its performance. 

Seagate Momentus XT ST750LX003 Hybrid 750GB @OCC

Seagate's Momentus XT 750GB @ Techreport

Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Hybrid Drive Review @ Legit Reviews

Seagate Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid @ Benchmark Reviews

You can also read the full press release in the link below!

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ROCCAT WTF World Tour Giveaway

image001ROCCAT introduced a new facebook contest they are hosting that celebrated worldwide gaming while focusing on the strange, facinating, and the unexpected in the world. The contest is going until January 2012 ending in a full gaming package being given away. 

Here is how you get entered

Entry in the contest is simple: fans must submit a photo of the ROCCAT™ WTF! logo in a creative, interesting and/or mystical setting – preferably with a notable landmark in the background. Contestants can download the WTF! logo for free at Each week, ROCCAT™ will pick the three best photos and post them on the ROCCAT™ Facebook page, with each photographer winning a one-of-a-kind gaming prize package.

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Verbatim Ultra Slim Bluetooth Keyboard Available now

keyboard11282011Verbatim announced their new Ultra Slim Bluetooth Keyboard is now shipping to retailers. You can find it for as little as $49.99 on newegg right now. 

Sleek, portable keyboard delivers style, mobility and ultimate functionality – in both white and black – for iPad, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Motorola Xoom and more

You can read more about it in the following link.

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NZXT Introduces HAVIK 120

nzxt11282011NZXT introduced a new cooler called the HAVIK 120 using a similar design from the larger HAVIK 140. They discribe it as

Compact, high-performance CPU Cooler maximizes CPU efficiency with aggressive heat dissipation and eliminates noise with expertly engineered fan blades

Read the full press release at the link below

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Nvidia 3D Vision 2

IMG 4416 front frontThis weekend, Nvidia is hosting their GeForce LAN 6 on the USS Hornet in Alameda, California. The event itself runs a straight 48 hours full of gaming, activities, and exhibits. This stage is perfect for the announcement of Nvidia's 3D Vision 2, which was just revealed moments ago. Though more information is sure to be unveiled this weekend, let's take a look at the technology, and how it improves upon the graphic giant's initial pioneering last year.

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Zotac ZBOX nano AD10

Zotac just announced their palm sized mini-PC based on AMD's E-350 platform.


General details

  • ZOTAC Debuts Palm-Sized ZBOX nano AD10 series
  • AMD E-350 APU platform
  • 1.6 GHz, dual-core
  • AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics processor
  • 80 unified shaders
  • Engine clock: 500 MHz
  • ZBOX nano AD10
    • 1 x DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM slot
    • Support 1 x 2.5-inch SATA 6.0 Gb/s HDD/SSD
  • ZBOX nano AD10 Plus
    • 2GB DDR3
    • 320GB 5400RPM HDD
  • 2 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports
  • HDMI & DisplayPort outputs
  • AMD UVD technology(hardware accelerated H.264, VC-1, decode)
  • Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD: Master Audio bitstream ready
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Onboard 802.11n WiFi
  • Onboard Bluetooth 3.0 technology

Nvidia decorates new offices

NVIDIA’s Russia office recently moved into new digs in Moscow to accommodate our growing R&D team. The team works closely with game developers and so, when it came to decorating the new place, we wanted to imbue it with a strong gamer feel. To that end, uber-talented mural artist and big-time NVIDIA fan Anton Miroshnikov was selected to paint the game-testing room.  

Hit the link below to check out the cool time-lapse video (shooting one frame every 45 seconds)!

GIGABYTE Announces “Super Tuner” Contest Winners

GIGABYTE Announces “Super Tuner” Contest Winners --

-- Best GPU Overclockers on 3DMark2001 Win a GIGABYTE Z68X-UD3H Motherboard --

City of Industry, California, July, 5th 2011 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced the winners of the GIGABYTE Super Tuner contest, hosted on, a three stage contest based on GPU overclocking ability. Running from May 15th to June 15th, contestants were invited to use any GIGABYTE 6 series motherboard (aka Sandy Bridge) to reach the highest score on 3DMark2001 at each of these three stages:

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MSI sneak peak

For those of you who add some of the manufactures to your social networks this may be old news. But I did spy a few snips of an upcoming MSI motherboard that some of you may be interested in. The images didn't have any information attached with them, but we can draw a few conclusions from them. If nothing else, these are nice shots to take a look at!

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MSI North America Responds to Intel 6 Series Chipset Issue

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. – Feb. 3, 2011 – MSI Computer Corp., a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, today announced that it has stopped shipments in North America of Sandy Bridge products following Intel’s announcement of a design issue in the recently released Intel® 6 Series chipset. The company is quickly responding to this issue by working with retailers, distributors and channel partners to stop all shipments, MSI is also offering end users replacements and upgrades for the affected motherboards and notebooks respectively at its Intel® 6 Series Motherboards and Notebook Support page:

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Nvidia outlines 400M-series parts, new mobile bacon grills?

Nvidia provided a press release that documents the "Highlights" of the new 400 mobile series of parts. Apparently, the highlights do not include the TDP of the cards, as these figures were omitted. Apple and HP seem to be abstaining wholly from the 400 series release at this point. Nvidia is claiming the cards should be approximately 40% faster than the 300 series (which was just the 200 series, rebadged). It would be awesome to see the GTX 460/470 in laptops, so long as they can still use the term 'laptop'.


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ATI finally rebranded as AMD

It's long been rumoured since purchase that graphics cards wearing the ATI moniker were only going to be around so long. With AMD's pipeline rapidly advancing towards Fusion (hybrid GPU/CPU on a chip), AMD decided it was time to drop the ATI moniker. It's certainly debatable for many reasons on whether this was a good call or not. AMD is trying to keep ATI's brand familiarity alive by continuing the product line names, ie Radeon, FirePro, etc.


Intel Acquires Infineon Wireless Solution Business

Infineon, who makes baseband chips in most major phones created worldwide, as well as the beloved-Ipad, has had one of their divisions acquired by chip maker, and market monopolist Intel. Intel cites its desire to speed up the rollout of 4g/LTE as the main driver behind the acquisition. It is assuring the SEC, and eyebrows everywhere that this subsidiary will continue to operate as a 'standalone business'.


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