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EVEREST v5.50 Is Now Available

Creative Introduces Zen X-Fi Style, ZEN Style Portable Media Players

G.Skill Rolls Out DDR3 2500MHz Dual-Channel Memory Kit

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GIGABYTE Unveils HD 5870 Super Overclock Series Graphics Card

AOpen launches the Nagas pro gaming chassis

EVEREST v5.50 Is Now Available

Lavalys EVEREST, a complete PC diagnostics software utility, has reached version 5.50. New features include:

  • Support for the latest processors, including Intel's Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7.

    Provides detailed information on CPU features support and clock speed monitoring for the latest processors from AMD, Intel and VIA. Fully optimized cache, CPU and FPU benchmarks with HyperThreading and Turbo Boost support. Utilization of the hardware accelerated AES data encryption features on capable Intel and VIA processors.

  • Preliminary support for the upcoming hexacore Intel Core i7-980X.

    Multi-threaded benchmarks to utilize 6 cores and 6 additional virtual cores of the upcoming Intel Core i7-980X "Gulftown" and Intel Xeon "Westmere" processors. CPU AES benchmark with hardware supported acceleration to deliver blazing data encryption performance.

  • BIOS settings listing on capable Asus and Intel motherboards.

    Detection of various BIOS settings under Windows without the need to reboot into BIOS Setup. Available BIOS values include FSB, BCLK and memory clock settings, CPU ratio, voltage adjustments as well as data drive strength detection.

  • GPU information for the latest ATI Radeon HD 5000 graphics accelerators.

    Video adapter properties detection on the latest DirectX 11 capable ATI graphics accelerators including clock measurement, shader processor count, OpenGL details. Information on all available GPGPU devices using Stream, CUDA, Direct3D Compute Shader, and OpenCL interfaces.

  • Optimized hardware monitoring support for Logitech G19 LCD keyboard.

    Full support for the 320x240 true-colour LCD display of the Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard to display temperatures, voltage values and cooling fan speeds. Flexible adjustments to individually configure all items displayed on the LCD. Now with custom bitmap placement and optimized communication protocol to use less system resources while monitoring.

The version 5.50 is available at the official download page.

Source: Lavalys

Creative Introduces Zen X-Fi Style, ZEN Style Portable Media Players

Creative Technology today announced the release of the Creative ZEN X-Fi Style and the Creative ZEN Style series of portable media players.

The Creative ZEN X-Fi Style portable media player brings the sound quality of Creative ZEN X-Fi2 to a new level of affordability - in an updated player with a stylish form factor. The novelty supports X-Fi Crystalizer that is claimed to restore the lost details of music you're listening to. Moreover, X-Fi Expand is called to make you feel like listening to a pair of high-end speakers, not headphones.

Note that FM radio and movies will also be processed by the X-Fi technology.

Creative ZEN X-Fi Style features:

  • Bright 2.4-inch TFT display, 320 x 240 pixels, 262K colors;
  • Size, weight: 83.6 x 48.7 x 11.7mm, 56 g;
  • X-Fi technology;
  • PAL/NTSC output (via A/V cable; sold separately);
  • Up to 25 hours of audio, up to 5 hours of video playback;
  • FM radio (32 stations), alarm clock, calendar, contact, task list, voice recorder, album art;
  • 8GB (S$159), 16GB (S$199), 32GB (S$249);
  • Audio formats: P3, WMA (DRM9), WAV (IMA-ADPCM), Audible4, AAC (non-protected (.M4A) from iTunes Plus), FLAC (up to 1.1Mbps);
  • Image formats: JPEG, BMP (TIFF, GIF, PNG to be converted with bundled software);
  • Video formats: up to 640x480 pixels, WMV9, MPEG4-SP, DivX 4/5 and XviD (XviD encoded files are playable if they are encoded as standard MPEG-4 Simple (SP) or Advanced Simple Profile (ASP) without GMC and QPEL support);
  • 5-band equalizer, 8 presets;
  • Built-in speaker;
  • Playback of downloaded RSS feeds;
  • USB 2.0 interface, charges via PC-USB or ZEN USB power adapter (sold separately);
  • Available in black and white for the 8GB, 16GB and 32GB models. Also available in red for the 8GB and 16GB models exclusively at www.creative.com/shop.

In turn, the Creative ZEN Style series comprises the Creative ZEN Style 100 and Creative ZEN Style 300. The latter has all the features of the former and is further enhanced with a built-in speaker and FM radio.

Creative ZEN Style 100/Creative ZEN Style 300 features:

  • Bright 1.8-inch TFT display, 128x160 pixels, 64K colors;
  • Size, weight: 79.5 x 40 x 13.6 mm, 44 g;
  • Up to 32 hours of music playback from a single charge (@128kbps MP3);
  • 4GB (S$89/S$109), 8GB (S$119/S$139), 16GB (S$159/S$179);
  • Audio formats: MP3, WMA (DRM9), WAV (IMA-ADPCM), Audible4;
  • Image formats: JPEG (BMP, TIFF, GIF, PNG converted to JPEG by means of supplied software);
  • Video formats: converted AVI (CMV, requires a corresponding codec on PC);
  • 5-band equalizer, 8 presets, Bass Boost, Smart Volume, Restrict Volume;
  • Built-in speaker, FM radio (32 stations) (Creative ZEN Style 300 only);
  • Alarm clock, calendar, contact, task list, voice recorder, album art;
  • User key to bind a favorite function to;
  • USB 2.0 interface, charges via PC-USB or ZEN USB power adapter (sold separately);
  • Available in black (Creative ZEN Style 300). Available in black for the 4GB model and in black, white and blue for the 8GB and 16GB models (Creative ZEN Style 100).

The Creative ZEN X-Fi Style and Creative ZEN Style series of portable media players will be available from end April 2010 onwards at sg.store.creative.com.

Source: Creative

G.Skill Rolls Out DDR3 2500MHz Dual-Channel Memory Kit

G.Skill International today announced its ultimate extreme performance Trident series DDR3 memory kit rated at 2500MHz which is specifically designed in cooperation with ASUS for Intel Core i7-860/870 processors. According to the press release, this new memory kit has passed numerous strict tests on ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe and P7P55D-E EVO motherboards.

Source: G.Skill International

Daily Mailbox

  • Corsair Nova V128 Solid State Drive Test @ Benchmark Reviews
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB SATA 6G Hard Drive @ TweakTown
  • GIGABYTE M8000 Xtreme Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ Hardware Canucks
  • ROCCAT Vire - mobiles gaming-headset Review @ TweakPC
  • Booq Mamba Sling Laptop bag and Python Skin M Sleeve Reviews @ OverclockersHQ
  • Watching The 2010 Masters Tournament in 3D with NVIDIA 3D Vision @ Legit Reviews
  • Cougar S550W PSU @ Rbmods
  • Thermaltake Wing RS 301 Case Review @ Motherboards.org
  • Cooler Master GX-750W: Powerful but Accessible @ InsideHW
  • 16gb Clickfree Traveler Automatic Backup Solution @ TestFreaks
  • Corsair Obsidian 700D Big-Tower Review on Technic3D
  • TRENDnet High Speed PC and Mac Share Cable (TU2-PMLINK) @ PCShopTalk
  • Metro 2033 (PC) @ GamingHeaven.net
  • [Tech ARP] The Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 3.5
  • Testbericht: Teufel Concept B 200 USB @ PC-Luchs.de
  • NZXT Hades @ Bjorn3D
  • System Update Re-Enables Hard Drives on Banned Xbox 360 Consoles @ NGOHQ
  • CoolerMaster Choiix Air-Through Stash Notebook Cooler @ OCModShop
  • Damnation Game Review @ ocaholic
  • Noctua NH-D14 Heatsink @ LanOC Reviews
  • AMD ATI FirePro V8800 Workstation Graphics Card Review @ HotHardware
  • Zalman ZM-MFC1 Five Channel Fan Controller Review @ Tweaknews
  • Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Gaming Keyboard Reviewed in Metku.net

GIGABYTE Unveils HD 5870 Super Overclock Series Graphics Card

GIGABYTE introduced a new addition to its Super Overclock Series, a HD 5870 SOC graphics card (GV-R587SO-1GD). To qualify for Super Overclock Series, a GPU must go through GIGABYTE's GPU Gauntlet Sorting (a series of tests and tuning procedures) and it must have an Ultra Durable VGA or a VGA+ printed circuit board.


  • GPU: ATI Radeon HD 5870
  • Core clock: 950MHz (std. 850MHz)
  • Mem clock: 5000MHz (std. 4800MHz)
  • Memory: 1GB GDDR5
  • Memory bus: 256-bit
  • Interface: PCIe 2.1
  • Outputs: DisplayPort, HDMI, 2 x Dual-Link DVI

One feature of Ultra Durable VGA+ is the use of proadlizers. GIGABYTE uses five NEC proadlizers, also known as film capacitors, to provide current capacity up to 5000uF, as well as extremely low ESL/ESR, for superb overclocking ability. Five times the regular capacitance indicates the amount of electric energy stored is fivefold. By placing five proadlizers around GPU, electric currents are able to be charged and discharged rapidly to support superb overclocking activity. The quintupled proadlizers transmit more stable power even under heavy load.

The graphics card features an dual inclined fan with four heat pipes claimed to improve cooling performance and reduce noise.

The list of proprietory software includes:

  • OC Guru utility that allows users to adjust various graphics card parameters and fan speed;
  • Voltage Read Point that allows changing voltages without messing with the card itself.

GIGABYTE's Super Overclock Series includes GTX 275, GTX 260, HD 5870 graphics cards and will soon include HD 5770.


AOpen launches the Nagas pro gaming chassis

AOpen has launched the Nagas professional gaming chassis line that includes Nagas G6, a high-end chassis designed for Micro-ATX and ATX motherboards; Nagas G5, an efficient and economic solution; and Nagas G3, an SFF case. In addition, the Nagas range comes with optional computer gaming peripherals, such as DDR3 memory cooling fans, gaming keyboards and mice.

The Nagas G6 chassis has power supply unit mounted on the bottom. The chassis can accommodate up to six system fans. It also has space for two high-end graphics cards working in NVIDIA SLI or ATI Crossfire configuration. Nagas G6's removable rack can house up to nine 5.25" drive bays.

A wavy front panel with dust filter. A USB/Audio/e-SATA connector and a multi-purpose shelf on top. Hooks for mouse and headset.
A multi-purpose shelf for small gadgets. A 12cm fan (standard) on top, room for another 12cm fan (optional). Screwless assembly. A stylish side cover.
High-quality black coating. Screw position marks simplify motherboard installation. Screwless drive racks. Removable, adjustable 3.5" drive racks with 12cm front fans.
A removable 3.5" to 5.25" drive bay adapter. Four rotating clips for cable management. A dust filter behind bottom airflow intake holes. Screwless assembly.
Screwless back brackets. Water pipe holes for liquid cooling systems.  

The Nagas G3 is a µATX/mini-ITX small desktop chassis. It provides space for one 5.25" and three 3.5" drives and can also accommodate high-end graphics cards (27cm long). To improve cooling, users can install two 8cm fans on both sides of the enclosure and mount an external power supply on the back. The stylish chassis also has a bright red "breathing" LED for more visual appeal.

Two silver bars imitating fangs. Bottom airflow intake holes can accommodate two 8cm fans. Removable drive racks. Antivibration rubber padding. Space for 8cm fans on both sides of the enclosure.
Screwless back bracket. PSU can be installed on the back for better heat dissipation.  

The Nagas G5 µATX/ATX desktop enclosure also has PSU-on-the-bottom design, a metal-mesh front panel for improved air intake and a side cover with TAC2.0 venting holes. The enclosure can accommodate two graphics cards for NVIDIA SLI or ATI Crossfire configurations.

  Pre-drilled pipe holes for liquid cooling systems. Screwless assembly.
Four rotating clips for cable management. Built-in dust filters.  

Source: AOpen

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