MSI unveiled its 890FXA-GD70 and AMD 800 series mainboards. 890FXA-GD70 features AMD's latest SB850 Southbridge chipset support and server-grade, Military Class specifications. Also included is the OC Genie intelligent overclocking utility, designed by MSI especially for the AMD platform, and the Unlock CPU Core function.
The 890FXA-GD70 (check the price at Amazon) also fully supports the latest generation USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s transfer technologies. In addition, the environmentally conscious and economical DrMOS design is also included (on selected models only).
The MSI 890FXA-GD70 and AMD 800 series mainboards (including 890GX/880G/870) all fully support the Unlock CPU Core function, not only boosting CPU performance, but also saving money by letting you buy a triple-core CPU instead of a quad-core one. BIOS updates for the next generation AMD Phenom II X6 CPU can also be fully supported.
The MSI 890FXA-GD70 and AMD 800 series mainboards features server-grade "Military Class" components. Certified by the Department of Defense, these components ensure that you are using the highest grade components to power your board. Hi-c CAP (highly-conductive polymer capacitor), Solid CAP (solid capacitor), and Icy Choke (low-temperature inductors) enhance product lifespan, heat-resistance, and stability.
To meet the overclocking requirements of gamers, the MSI 890FXA-GD70 and AMD 800 series mainboards have MSI's proprietary OC Genie automatic overclocking utility built in. Consumers don't need a deep knowledge of computing concepts and configurations. By utilizing the BIOS interface to allow automatic adjustment of the CPU clock, CPU performance may increase by 26% or probably more, MSI claims.
In a few easy steps, Unlock CPU Core can unleash CPU's hidden cores. When unlocking 2 cores to 4 cores, CPU performance increases by over 104%, MSI promises.
Both ROG Crosshair IV Formula and M4A89TD PRO (available for pre-order at Amazon) feature the AMD 890FX chipset and support ASUS's proprietary Core Unlocker and Turbo Unlocker features that offer on-demand overclocking and performance boosts.
Turbo Unlocker represents the next step in performance tuning from ASUS. Designed for AMD Black Edition and 6-core processors equipped with an unlockable multiplier, it intelligently adjusts CPU clock speeds with one-click input from users to attain more computing power. When running single-core optimized applications, Turbo Unlocker dynamically adjusts resources and ensures higher performance on dedicated cores. For multi-threaded applications, all cores work to deliver the highest performance available. Performance gains occur dynamically and instantly based on actual system conditions.
Using a switch on both new motherboards, Core Unlocker is an ASUS prorietary feature that leads to performance gains through the activation of latent CPU cores. One press sets Core Unlocker going as it scans the CPU for additional cores and puts them to work.
Both ROG Crosshair IV Formula and the M4A89TD PRO boast native USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s support. The motherboards feature two USB 3.0 ports each.
Samsung Electronics yesterday announced the fastest external hard drive yet in its STORY Station product portfolio, Samsung STORY Station 3.0 with the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface.
The SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface offers a maximum transfer rate of 5 gigabits per second (Gbps) compared to 480 megabits per second (Mbps) in USB 2.0. The new interface is backward-compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 interfaces.
The STORY Station 3.0 drives are available in densities from 1TB to 2TB (HX-DTA10EB, HX-DT015EB, HX-DT020EB). Preloaded software includes Samsung Auto Backup, SecretZone and SafetyKey for data encryption and password protection.
The STORY Station line-up is the winner of an iF award 2009 in the product design category. The minimalistic design was inspired by retro electronics and combines a grey, brushed aluminum casing with the logo stenciled in red. The casing materials are RoHS-compliant, and the ventilation slits facilitate even heat dissipation to ensure reliable performance.
The STORY Station 3.0 features three energy-saving modes including idle, sleep and suspend. The standby power level meets requirements for the European Union EuP (Energy Using Products) Directive for Standby Regulation.
The Samsung STORY Station 3.0 drives will be available globally in April, 2010 backed up a three-year warranty.
Source: Samsung Electronics
Following the release of DDR3-1800MHz modules, G.Skill International today launched the 2000MHz CL7-9-7-24 1.65V 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 kits with Flare series heatsinks.
The new kits have passed the series of internal tests at G.Skill, with validation currently on ASUS M4A89TD PRO motherboard (AMD 890FX chipset) to ensure compatibility, stability and performance.
Source: G.Skill International
Following the launch of PC-T1 Spider Edition, Lian Li Industrial today launched two additional PITSTOP test benches: PC-T60 and PC-T7. Designed for DIY users, the PC-T60 ATX/Mini-ATX Test Bench and PC-T7 Mini-ITX Test Bench are hand-made in simple and innovative design.
PITSTOP PC-T60 and PC-T7 are meant for standard ATX/Mini-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards, respectively. At 351 x 330 x 400 mm and 1.8kg, the PC-T60 series is slightly bigger and heavier than the PC-T7 (231 x 210 x 39 5 mm and 1.0kg). For future upgradability and services, both PC-T60 and PC-T7 are designed to use standard PC components, including standard 5.25" optical drives, standard 3.5" hard drives, standard ATX PS/2 power supply units. The handle design also makes these PITSTOP test benches convenient to carry. Both series are available in red, black and silver colors.
To secure heavy graphic cards, both models are equipped with PCI card holders. For the PC-T60 series, there are two additional aluminum handles for installation of two extra 2.5" HDD drives.
The T60-1 and T7-1 are optional fan cooler racks intended for the PC-T60 and PC-T7 cases, respectively. They can be easily installed on motherboard tray, allowing to attach dual 120mm/140mm fans for additional air-flow. All motherboard trays are laser pre-cut for optional installation of USB and multimedia port connector cables.
Source: Lian Li Industrial
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