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MSI Rolls Out 890FXA-GD70 and AMD 800 Series Motherboards

ASUS Unveils New 890FX Based Motherboards

Samsung Unveils STORY Station External Hard Drive with USB 3.0 Interface

G.Skill Adds 2000MHz CL7 DDR3 Modules to Flare Series

Lian Li Introduces PC-T60, PC-T7 Test Benches

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MSI Rolls Out 890FXA-GD70 and AMD 800 Series Motherboards

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.


  • Socket: AM3
  • Supported CPUs: Phenom II
  • FSB / Hyper-Transport Bus: up to 5200MT/s
  • Chipset: AMD RD890 + SB850
  • Memory: 4 sockets, up to 16GB of dual-channel DDR3-800/1066/1333/1600/1800/2133 (OC)
  • Expansions slots: 5 x PCIe x16 Gen2 (4x16, 1x4), 1 x PCIe x1, 1 x PCI
  • HDD: 1 x IDE, 6 x SATA 6Gb/s, 1 x SATA 3Gb/s (RAID 0/1/5/10), 1 x eSATA
  • LAN: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • TPM: 1
  • USB: 2 x USB 3.0 ports (rear panel), 6 x USB 2.0 ports (rear panel)
  • Audio ports (rear panel): 6, Coaxial SPDIF/Optical SPDIF
  • Form factor: ATX
  • Features: DrMOS, APS, CrossFire, Green Power Genie

Source: MSI

ASUS Unveils New 890FX Based Motherboards

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.


Source: ASUS

Samsung Unveils STORY Station External Hard Drive with USB 3.0 Interface

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

G.Skill Adds 2000MHz CL7 DDR3 Modules to Flare Series

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

Lian Li Introduces PC-T60, PC-T7 Test Benches

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

Daily Mailbox

  • [Tech ARP] Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 9.3
  • AMD's Phenom II X6 Six Core Processor 1090T @ TechwareLabs
  • ATi Radeon HD 5870 CrossFire vs. HD 5970 @ Hardware-Mag.de
  • Evercool HPKC-10025EA CPU Heatsink review @ APH Networks
  • Kingston SSDNow V Series 128GB Solid State Drive Review @ Bigbruin
  • AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Thuban CPU Review on Technic3D
  • Lite-On iHOS104 Blu-Ray Drive @ LanOC Reviews
  • HWBOT: AMD Thuban Temperature and Voltage Scaling
  • AMD Phenom X6 "Thuban" in detail @ HT4U.net
  • AMD Phenom II X6 1090T and ASUS Crosshair IV Formula @ Bjorn3D
  • AMD Phenom-II X6-1090T AM3 CPU Review @ Benchmark Reviews
  • Weekly Tech Update Podcast #46 - Blizzard kicks 320,000 + Macbook is 100C Hot @ BCCHardware
  • AMD Phenom II X6 1090T & 1055T Six-Core Processors Review @ Hardware Canucks
  • HIS HD 5830 Turbo Review @ Tweaknews
  • AMD Phenom II X6 1090T and 1055T Six-Core Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
  • AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition 3.2GHz Six Core CPU @ TweakTown
  • AMD Phenom II X6 1090T BE & Phenom II X6 1055T Review @ TechSpot
  • AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ ocaholic
  • AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 6-Core Processor Review @ HotHardware
  • Gainward GTS250 512MB GDDR3 "Deep Green" Video Card @ PCShopTalk
  • Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler @ Techgage
  • Asus Crosshair IV Formula AM3 Motherboard Unboxing Video @ eTeknix
  • Me Electronic's M11 Headphones @ OverclockersHQ
  • Sapphire HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Video Card Review @ Motherboards.org
  • Hands on with Blackberry 9650 and Pearl 3G @ t-break
  • Two iPad Cases from iLuv @ iGadget Life
  • Win one of three Cooler Master chassis @ Elite Bastards
  • Mionix Naos 5000 Mouse Review at Overclockers Online
  • ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe Intel P55 LGA 1156 Motherboard Review @ OCIA.net
  • Lenovo Thinkpad X100e: AMD in Thinkpad @ InsideHW
  • Corsair Flash Padlock 2 @ Rbmods
  • Testbericht: Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening @ PC-Luchs.de
  • Compro VideoMate E750 PCIe Dual DVB-T TV Card Dual Tuner Review @ Technoyard
  • Lamptron Fan Controller FC5 @ techPowerUp
  • ASRock 890GX Extreme3 AMD Socket AM3 DDR3 Motherboard Review @ OCInside.de
  • Thermalright Venomous X Heatsink Review @ Ninjalane
  • UMLan: Cooler Master CM 690 II Basic
  • 'Brink' Answers from Richard Ham @ OCModShop
  • PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 PCS+ graphic card review @ TweakPC.de
  • Asus Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Review @ ITShootOut
  • Overclockers.com - Benchmark Buffet
  • Hybrid PhysX Mod v1.03 @ NGOHQ
  • Intel Core i5 661 overclocking @ Hardwareoverclock

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