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AMD launched the FirePro V4900 graphics card for Digital Content Creation (DCC) and Computer Aided Design (CAD) professionals at an entry-level price point.
The novelty features 1GB of 128-bit GDDR5 RAM with the bandwidth of 64 GB/s and supports Microsoft DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2 and OpenCL. Enhanced AMD Eyefinity and DisplayPort 1.2 technology enables six-screen multi-display set ups. Through AMD's relationship with workstation solution providers, AMD FirePro V4900 will be available in a range of systems from HP and others.
AMD FirePro V4900 has received certification for a variety of applications including Abaqus/CAE 6.11, ANSYS 13.0, Autodesk 2012 3D design software solutions, Bentley System's Microstation V8i, BETA CAE Systems' ANSA and mETA, CEI's EnSight, and EnSight CFD. Additionally, AMD FirePro V4900 received certification from COMSOL Multiphysics, Esri ArcGIS 9.3.1, and 10, Missler Software TopSolid 2012 CAD/CAM solutions, MSC Software, Patran and SimXpert 2011, Robert McNeel and Associates' Rhinoceros, SolidWorks Corp.'s SolidWorks 2011 and 2012 3D CAD software, SpaceClaim, Vision Numeric 3DESIGN and several solutions from Siemens PLM Software.
AMD FirePro V4900 will be available in select Dell and Fujitsu systems and HP workstations. As of November 1, 2011 it will be sold for $189 USD MSRP at select online resellers.
Seagate is streamlining its flagship family of desktop drives under a single product. The new Barracuda hard drive is designed for PCs, workstations, home and small business servers, NAS devices, direct-attached storage expansion, and home and small-business RAID solutions. Capacities of the family range from 250GB to a massive 3TB.
The simplification of the Barracuda family comes as Seagate begins volume shipments of its 1TB-per-platter Barracuda hard drive. Seagate plans to end production of its Barracuda Green drive in February 2012. Seagate analysis shows that its new Barracuda drives have a nearly identical power-consumption profile as energy-efficient desktop drives but deliver much higher performance. Barracuda XT, Seagate's fastest desktop hard drive, will be folded into the new Barracuda family and re-emerge, in name, as the company's desktop solid state hybrid drive.
The new Barracuda hard drive features a SATA 6GB/s interface, 7200RPM spin speed and up to 64MB cache. Seagate's SmartAlign technology, a feature of Seagate's Barracuda Green drives, will continue to ship with the flagship Barracuda drives to help the hard drive industry segue from the current 512-byte sector standard for hard drives to the new 4096-byte sector size. The new 4K standard enables the use of stronger error correction algorithms to maintain data integrity at higher storage densities and capacities.
Synology launched DiskStation DS212+ and DS212, two-bay NAS servers operated by DiskStation Manager. DS212+ is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses, while DS212 is suited to home and business workgroups.
Both models boast read and write speeds exceeding 109 MB/sec and 54 MB/sec respectively under RAID 1 configuration, and offer USB 3.0 support. With drive-noise damping features, both models reach a noise level of below 19.8 dBA.
DS212+ and DS212 are both equipped with one SD card slot to provide a plug-n-save solution. DS212+ provides one eSATA port as another data backup option. Hot-swappable hard drives are available in both models to facilitate system reliability. In addition to the hardware upgrades, DS212+ and DS212 are energy efficient, consuming no more than 19 watts in operation and even less than 8 watts when they hibernate.
Both models run DiskStation Manager 3.2 (DSM 3.2), the operating system of every Synology NAS Server.
Synology DS212+ and DS212 are now shipping globally.
Thermaltake will be offering free sets of cooler mounting kits to those who have purchased Bigwater 760 Plus, Frio OCK, or Frio CPU coolers (maybe Contac 30 and Contac 39 as well) prior to October 2011.
Thermaltake will also be adding the aforemetioned kits to all compatible cooler packages in both retail and e-tail stores, once the Intel Sandy Bridge-E processor launch is confirmed.
Among various physical attribute changes, the most notable difference is that there are no 'pass-through' holes for the mounting mechanism. On the LGA 1155/1156 and LGA 1366 motherboards, a mounting retention would pass through the motherboard and be retained by either plastic push pins or a variation of backplate and mounting screw combination depending upon the cooler used. With the LGA 2011 socket, the main mechanism to retain the CPU in the socket also has threaded tabs which are where the cooler will be mounted.
More information on how to get your free mounting kit is available on this page, but basically you'll have to contact the store where you've purchased the cooler, contact Thermaltake's support, or just wait and buy a cooler that already comes with such a kit.
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