The new Carbide Series 400R and 500R enclosures have been designed for PC gamers and should be as builder-friendly as the company's Obsidian Series and Graphite Series. New system builds and upgrades are fast and simple, thanks to the easy side panel access and tool-free drive installation and removal. Corsair's cable-management system also allows for clean-looking builds and improved airflow.
Both the 400R and 500R have room for 240-mm dual radiators for compatibility with the new Hydro Series H100 Liquid CPU Cooler and modular liquid cooling systems. Many additional cooling options provide for safe, reliable operation of high-performance components. The Carbide Series 400R includes three fans, with a total of four 120-mm fan mounts and six 120-mm/140-mm mounts. The Carbide Series 500R has even more cooling flexibility, including removable/relocateable hard drive cages, a multi-channel fan controller, and a 200-mm fan mounted on the side panel mesh screen for extra GPU cooling power.
Both models provide eight PCI Express slots, making them suitable for multi-GPU setups. The Carbide Series 400R can accommodate graphics cards of up to 316 mm in length, and the 500R can accept extra-long cards up to 452 mm in length by removing one of the two hard drive cages. Both also offer native SSD support (2.5-inch drives), and the front panels have two USB 3.0 connectors (with internal connection) support as well as Firewire, headphone, and microphone connectors.
The Corsair Carbide Series 400R and 500R will be available worldwide in June. The 400R will be available for a US suggested retail price of $99, and the 500R will be available for a US suggested retail price of $139.
At Computex 2011 MSI is displaying its new N580GTX Lighting Xtreme Edition that comes equipped with a new Propeller Blade fan with Smart Temp Sensor and Dust Removal technologies as well as support for Afterburner's latest Triple Temp Monitor feature.
The novelty has 832/1747 MHz GPU/shader clock rate and 4200 MHz memory clock rate. It features 2 x DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort output connectors.
A few words about these innovations:
As for MSI's proprietary Afterburner utility, it now has a new feature added to it: Triple Temp Monitor for GPU/Memory/MOSFET. Using temperature sensor chips on the graphic card, Afterburner's monitoring window can display the GPU, memory, and power supply module temperatures in real-time.
In addition to the latest Triple Temp Monitor technology, Afterburner also comes with the Predator video-capturing feature. Gamers can use Predator to record in-game video and then upload their clips to YouTube to relive their favorite moments. Other MSI-exclusive features supported by Afterburner include Triple Overvoltage, advanced fan-speed control and 5 types of overclocking profiles.
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At Computex 2011 ASUS is showcasing one of the most interesting and questionable devices at the expo. We're talking about Padfone, a hybrid of a tablet PC and a smartphone.
ASUS hasn't disclosed the complete list of specifications so far, but the idea is quite clear. Padfone features a full-fledged smartphone with a 4.3-inch screen inserted into a kind of docking station that is also a 10.1-inch tablet PC. At that, the smartphone is the core, and the tablet PC is merely an extention.
If you need to use a large screen, insert the smartphone into a special bay and Padfone will work as any other tablet PC. The smartphone is based on Google Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS, and the tablet PC shows an upscaled version of its GUI. The larger part also powers the smartphone from its battery, and features a webcam, stereo speakers and a few expansion ports. The smartphone has Micro HDMI and Micro USB ports, a 5-megapixel camera that you can also use via the tablet PC (there's a round hole in the cover for that).
Well, we've seen smartphones with docking stations offering expanded functionality (e.g. Motorola Atrix), but ASUS's solution is clearly more original. The question is whether it will be in demand, though. But the company is very optimistic: they promise that Padfone will have turned from a concept to a ready product by winter holidays (when sales peak in the U.S.), and will sell for a price similar to that of Eee Pad Transformer.
Aside from other novelties, ASUS is showcasing at Computex 2011 a motherboard concept dubbed "Project Danshui Bay" that features two CPU sockets at once: LGA 2011 and 1366.
It's not clear why these two were chosen, as they could provide two LGA 1155 or LGA 2011 sockets instead. Maybe they just wanted to attract attention to another motherboard, C1X79 EVO, designed for Sandy Bridge-E processors.
Anyway, the concept is quite large and, aside from the two sockets, has as many as 14 memory sockets and 22 SATA ports (!).
No other information has been disclosed, so perhaps Project Danshui Bay will go straight to company's museum after the expo.
Creative Technology today announced its new Sound Core3D multi-core sound and voice processor. It offers high-quality analog playback and recording and low power consumption, all integrated in a low-cost solution. Sound Core3D is available in two configurations: an HD audio configuration for PCs and an embedded configuration for consumer electronics.
The novelty is Creative's first sound and voice processor to integrate an array of high-performance digital signal processor (DSP) cores and a high-quality HD audio codec on one chip. Sound Core3D incorporates Creative's Quartet DSP with four independent processor cores, 6-channel 24-bit 102-dB digital-to-analog converters, 4-channel 24-bit 101-dB analog-to-digital converters, integrated headphone amplifier-out, digital microphone interface, S/PDIF inputs and outputs, and general purpose inputs and outputs (GPIO) — all in a compact 56-pin QFP package. Sound Core3D has been certified for Dolby Digital decoding, which is available on a product-by-product basis depending upon specific customer implementation of the chip.
Sound Core3D powers DSP algorithms to drive CrystalVoice processing, THX TruStudio Pro playback enhancement and an additional advanced audio toolbox of algorithms.
CrystalVoice features technologies for improving vocal fidelity in video conferencing, multiplayer games and online chats. It's comprised of:
THX TruStudio Pro is a suite of audio enhancements developed by the collaborative expertise of Creative and THX audio engineers to enhance games, music and movies.
Additional audio toolbox algorithms include a 10-band graphic EQ, bass management, speaker calibration, limiter, reverb and a pitch shifter.
Source: Creative Technology
G.Skill International released a new SATA 3 6Gbps SSD, Phoenix II Pro, based on the Sandforce SF-2281 controller, as well as numerous high-performance memory kits for newly released platforms.
Company's fastest 16GB RipjawsX kit for the Intel Z68/P67 platform — 16GB (4x4GB), DDR3-2300MHz, CL9-11-9-28, 1.65V.
G.Skill Flare series for the AMD 990FX platform — 16GB, DDR3-2133MHz CL9
G.Skill Trident memory kit, company's fastest for the Intel P55 platform — 8GB (2x4GB), DDR3-2400MHz, CL9-11-10-28, 1.65V.
G.Skill Trident memory kit for the Intel X58 platform — 12GB (3x4GB), DDR3-2200MHz, CL9-11-9-28.
The aforementioned Phoenix II Pro SSD based on the Sandforce SF-2281 controller with the random write speed up to 60K IOPS. It will be available in 120GB and 240GB capacities with sequential read/write speeds of up to 550/510 MB/s.
Source: G.Skill International
Apple will kick off the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software: Lion, the 8th major release of Mac OS X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple's mobile operating system which powers the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch; and iCloud, Apple's upcoming cloud services offering.
WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers. Mac developers will see and learn how to develop world-class Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. All developers can bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers.
NVIDIA announced a new addition to its 3D Vision product family: 3D Vision wired glasses based on the active-shutter technology.
The new glasses include a 10-foot USB 2.0 cable and are expected to be available from late June 2011 with the MSRP of $99.
Aside from the glasses, the company also unveiled the GeForce GTX 560M mobile GPU supporting the NVIDIA Optimus technology that improves battery life by automatically switching on and off the GPU so that it runs only when needed. It supports GDDR5 memory, has 192 CUDA cores, 1550 MHz GPU clock rate, 1250 MHz memory clock rate, up to 192-bit memory bus, and PCIe 2.0 interface. Other supported technologies include NVIDIA 3D Vision, NVIDIA PhysX and NVIDIA CUDA. The new GPUs also supports NVIDIA SLI and, in turn, is supported by the NVIDIA Verde notebook drivers.
For thin-and-light notebooks, NVIDIA also added an entry-level GeForce GT 520MX GPU to its product range. It supports DDR3 memory, has 48 CUDA cores, 1800 GPU clock rate, 800 MHz memory clock rate, and a 64-bit memory bus.
Alienware and Toshiba will be offering notebooks featuring GeForce GTX 560M and Optimus technology. ASUS, Clevo, MSI and others will be offering notebooks featuring GeForce GTX 560M. ASUS, Samsung and others will be offering notebooks featuring GeForce GT 520MX.
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