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This USB key is powered by SandForce

It's a stuck in a small body USB 3.0 SSD.

June 15, Super Talent began to ship a device that looks like a standard USB stick to the outside, but it is really an SSD inside a SandForce SF-1222 controller and four devices NAND (8 channels). Called the Express USB 3.0 TC8, the new external storage device includes a multi-channel advance SSD caching system virtual architecture and advanced wear auditing algorithm - all packed with a key USB form factor.

The company "Featuring 8 channel architecture and a virtual cache, TC8 of Express USB 3.0 system was built for speed," said. "True SSD performance comes from reading and writing simultaneously multiple channels of flash." The new TC8 has 8 channels of flash, like a full size SSD. A magnitude DSS also includes a data cache to elevate the performance of the "real world" and the TC8 is no different.  Now true performance SSD can be integrated in a portable device which is small and practical. »

Flash drive measures 93.5 x 25 x 8 mm and is encased in a sleek aluminum, sanctioned by a blue plastic translucent accents. It requires no separate cable and is fully backward compatible with USB ports 2.0 at USB 2.0 speeds. The SandForce SSD processor includes DuraClass and DuraWrite technology that improves flash durability and integrity of the data. The specifications claim that reading of sections of drive speeds up to 270 MB/s and write speeds up to 240 MB/s.

"New TC8 super Talent falling-out between flash drives and SSDs," said Director of Product Marketing of Super Talent, Peter Carcione. "Now, reliability, performance and capacity SSD can be obtained in a portable USB 3.0 flash drive."

Super Talent now offers USB 3.0 Express TC8 capacity of 25 GB, 50 GB and 100 GB. Prices are not available of this writing, but the version of 50 GB believed to retail for about 110 dollars.

Super Talent USB 3.0 Express TC8

OCZ adds IOPS line of SSD of Vertex 3 Edition

New 128 GB Vertex 3 edition of the OCZ SSD IOPS Max has a 4 KB of 75,000 IOPS random write performance.

OCZ Tuesday said added to solid state drives Max IOPS Edition to its Vertex current 3 line. Arriving in two titles, players combine controller SF-2200 of the SandForce with "prime" MLC NAND flash components to produce a 4 KB IOPS random write performance up to 75,000.

"After the successful launch of our solid state Vertex 3 SATA III 6 GB/S drives, we are pleased to present the new edition of Max IOPS,", said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. "Vertex 3 Max IOPS readers increase random write performance and the storage solution ideal for applications that require high overall work expenses and an increase in flows of IO."

Available in capacities of 120 and 240 GB, sequential drives offer read speeds up to 550 MB/s sequential write speeds up to 500 MB/s interface SATA 6 GBS. The 120 GB model performs random write 4 KB (aligned) 75,000 IOPS while the version of 240 GB wrote to 65 000 IOPS. 4 KB random reads are 35 000 IOPS and 55,000 IOPS respectively.

As for other specifications, the new edition of IOPS Max Vertex 3 discs feature a time to look for 0, 1-ms, native support for TRIM and RAID configurations and a 2 million hours MTBF. 2.5 SSD inches come also with a range of 3.5-inch adapter for mounting in the frame of your Office. All the 3 vertex series drives are backed up with a 3 year warranty, the company said.

Newegg currently sells the 120 GB model for $319.99 here. 240 GB model could not be located, but it is likely at a cost of approximately $569.99 based on the price of the original 240 GB Vertex SSD 3 listed here.

Samsung Intros 2-platter 1TB HDD for notebooks

New 2.5 inch Samsung of the, 1 TB HDD for notebooks has two trays of 500 GB each.

Wednesday evening, Samsung revealed its new 2.5 inch Spinpoint M8 internal HDD for notebooks which consists of two 500 GB drives for a total of 1 TB of storage space. Previous 1 TB Spinpoint MT2 5200RPM disc released in July 2010 features three plateaus at each 333 GB.

According to Samsung, the high density was obtained by using the advanced technology (rear) that triggers the stocking density of data per unit area, allowing the "data storage effective and practical." The overall structure of hard disk, measuring just 9.5 mm thick, was also redesigned with a reduced number of components such as disk drives and heads, and generates a 7% increase in speed of operation and the decline of 8% of the demand of top power predecessor.

"The new Spinpoint M8 line-up supports the continued growth of high density data storage density curve, especially as it raises the bar to exceed the levels of density terabyte in the mobile computing space," said C.H. Lee of Samsung, Vice President of strategic marketing for storage.

Spinpoint M8 connects via a SATA 3Gbps interface and comes packed with a 8 MB buffer memory. Samsung has also incorporated EcoSeek and NoiseGuard functions for minimal noise levels. The redesign of the structure also ensures improved shock resistance to protect the disk physical failure and data loss.

Samsung 2-Tray 1 TB Spinpoint M8 is currently in mass production and will be available worldwide at a date not disclosed for an MSRP of $129.

Update: Thanks to all for point out that we had the bad photo related to the article. Samsung sent just above the image correctly, as indicated above.

SanDisk SSD purchase Developer complacent Tech

SanDisk acquires enterprise developer SSD technology complacent 327 million.

Generally when SanDisk comes to mind, this generally means a memory or USB storage card. Most consumers are not aware that SanDisk offers a few readers of the solid state, with 60 GB and the other with 120 GB. Sector business has an even wider variety, by adding the P4 with various ways to interface, including SATA, micro SATA, mSATA, LIF and BGA and line DSSI integrated readers that are used in tablets, smartbooks, ultrathin PC and more.

But the position of SanDisk on the market of the company can get boost turbocharger, the company announced an agreement with the SSD Pliant technology developer company. Under the agreement, SanDisk will acquire the company by duplication of approximately 327 million dollars in cash and provide some "focused on equity incentives." The agreement should close at the end of the second fiscal quarter of SanDisk.

SanDisk is of course after the folding technology. The latter company sells solid state drives business ultra-high performance based on the SAS Protocol and MLC NAND Flash memory. It was also expected to release the solutions on the PCIe for high performance computing servers. The lower cost of MLC is a key element for the broad adoption of SSDs on the market of the company, the company said in a statement.

"Flash memory made significant inroads in the enterprise by dramatically increase application performance and reduction of energy consumption," said Sanjay Mehrotra, SanDisk Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We believe that the combination of innovative technology and enterprise level system expertise with high-quality, large-scale MLC memory production of SanDisk's folding is a winning proposition of value for customers."

"Our roadmap of flash technology and flash management capability will be complement the strengths of the folding and allow us to show the way to the reliability and performance in the Enterprise SSD market," Mahrotra added.

Seagate to control 40 percent of the market of the hard disk

Research firm estimates that about 652.4 million hard disks were shipped last year. Seagate shipped approximately 195,2 million units and Samsung approximately $ 66.0 million. Seagate will not be able to bridge the gap to WD now, as his rival has recently acquired Hitachi's Global storage and shipped 203.7 and 115.8 million units, leading to a market share of 50%.

The only other player left on the market is Toshiba/Fujitsu, shipped 71.7 million units, which struck a little more than 10% of the market.

"Overall, the reduction from five to three manufacturers significantly improves stability and efficiency of the hard drive industry," said Fang Zhang, IHS storage systems analyst. "However, the acquisition also signals a recognition by Seagate and Samsung that the conditions in the storage space will become more difficult in the future." The acquisition of Samsung hard drive $ 1.38 billion is widely suspected to access Seagate Samsung customers in the Asian market.

"Taken together, mergers by Seagate and Western Digital will be the key to improve the sustainability of the hard disk industry, according to IHS, demonstrating industry agile response to occurring fast"

"changes in the storage environment," says Ryan dog, researcher for memory and storage at IHS.

Kingston revealed its first SSD based on the SandForce

Kingston HyperX will use the SandForce SF-2281 controller for sequential reading speeds that can reach 525 MB/s.

This week at the Computex, Kingston has revealed its first 2.5-inch SSD using a controller of SandForce targeting enthusiasts, gamers and users of performance. Dubbed the Kingston HyperX, DSS is based on SandForce SF-2281 controllers and a SATA 6 GB/s interface and next month the ships in capacities of 120 and 240 GB.

"This launch is very exciting for us in Kingston, said Ariel Perez, Director of affairs DSS."The SandForce controller allows us to deliver high-end which are necessary for power-users, gamers and performance enthusiasts. By integrating a quality of final production controller and firmware and undergo extensive testing has been a process rigorous, but well worth the wait. By pairing latest controller of the SandForce with calculation of 25 nm Intel NAND (P/E 5 K), we have built a SSD which meets the requirements defined by real amateurs. »

As stated, the controller of the SF-2281 is paired with Intel 25 nm Compute NAND (P/E 5 K), the sequential read/write with flow rates of 525/480 MB / s and 40 000 and 60 000 (240 GB) IOPS. SandForce DuraClass technology provides best in class endurance, while Advanced wear-Leveling technology ensures that flash memory blocks are consumed at a very balanced rate. Additional features include TRIM and support S.M.A.R.T. and configurable aggregation by the user to fine-tune performance to meet the specific needs of the user.

The company said "Fans know long the Kingston HyperX mark as the leader in advanced memory". "The new SSD HyperX continues this tradition of innovation and high performance by pairing the last Intel ® 25nm SandForce controller calculate NAND (P/E 5 K) to provide the performance and endurance which require the most demanding users.

The two Kingston HyperX SSDs should ship on July 11, 2011. They be supported by a guarantee of three years and Kingston 24/7 tech support.

Sales of PC with old user data still Intact of Staples

It is the risk you take the return of the products of some type of storage solution, if its a USB key, laptop, or an Xbox 360.

CBC News reported that Staples (Business Depot) in the Canada has violated the right to privacy by wiping not full data of the customers off the coast of laptop computers and storage devices that are returned by customers.

According to the report of the Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart has carried out an audit on 17 of 300 Staples stores across the country, including 15 had devices intended to be resold which have not been entirely destroyed. These devices included desktop PCs, notebooks, memory cards and USB hard drives that supposedly already endured a wipe process and restore them before returning to the retail shelf.

But overall, the audit found 54 149 still verified devices contained information, Bank of record tax, social insurance numbers, health card number, passport numbers and left by the previous owners of additional information. Laptops have been the biggest offenders, with 17 of the 20 taking always into old data of the user.

Stoddart said that she did not have the power to impose sanctions, but it has been suggested that Staples reassess how it removes the old data. "Until our recommendation on the client data wiping is fully implemented, personal information will continue to remain at risk, and Staples will not satisfy its obligations under PIPEDA,"Stoddart report said.""

Staples followed with an official statement claiming cooperated with the Office of the Commissioner for the protection of personal information in the audit. "In addition, Staples has implemented changes that exceed the current industry practice to remove the personal data of devices memory returned," the company said, adding that it was currently testing several ways to wipe the data from the returned storage devices.

But the retailer of Office also said that crash data, which was proposed by the Office of the Commissioner for the protection of information privacy and one of the more reliable methods to eradicate the old data, is not an option, stating that the process could damage some of the devices.

Recent audit of the Stoddart is not he first time Office of the Commissioner for the protection of personal information considered complaints relating to Staples user data. She called the latest findings "particularly disappointing", given that the same problem resurfaced in 2004 and 2008, and that Staples is committed to corrective measures to resolve the problem of privacy for both.

Sounds like the United States-based Staples may need to be checked too.

Sony Vaio Z A external light peak GPU Radeon

The best of both worlds for the replacement of Targus and Office.

Sony took the veil on its new high premium notebook of range, the series Vaio Z with some quite interesting expansion options.

The Vaio Z is super-travel-loan with a weight of approximately 1.18 kg or 2.6 lbs and a thickness of 16.65 mm or just below 0.66 inch. Despite its small size, it is robust with a composition of carbon fibre.

The 13.1-inch screen has a resolution of 1600 x 900 with anti-glare coating. Various configurations include Intel Core i7 processors and SSD fast as optional battery sheet secondary storage provides up to 14 hours of use.

While the roadwarriors will love the Vaio Z for portability and the reason for speed, this book of fantasy can shine with some extra power with a docking expansion called media power dock.

Notable on the dock in media power is that it contains an AMD Radeon HD 6650M with 1 GB of DDR3 memory, which incorporates the integrated Intel Graphics 3000 HD graphics functions. The discrete GPU can be an additional three external screens with a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 through VGA and HDMI output.

More just packing a GPU, the power of the sports media as an optical drive Bay which can be specified with a Blu - ray disc or a combo of SuperMulti drive.

Power media dock has obviously large I/O requirements with the laptop, and that is facilitated by the architecture known as 'Peak of light'. Apparently, it cannot be called Thunderbolt because it uses a USB connector interface rather than the DisplayPort Apple first put in place earlier this year. When the optical on exclusive Sony cable is not plugged into the notebook, the port can function as a regular USB 3.0/2.0.

With respect to pricing, premium Vaio line not has never been good walks. Expect prices start in the range of $2 000 and in the range of $3000 depending on the configuration and the wharf of media power.


Learn on the hard disks in this video

The engineering marvel that is your hard disk.

Today we can be all about flash memory solid state for our storage needs, but there is a high chance that the majority of our data still resides on magnetic on disks.

In fact, we have relied on hard drives and magnetic genius to store our data for decades. Without storage, our computing experience would be meaningless, as unable to traverse to remember what you had a second life there.

Bill hammock, "engineerguy", has created a new video series on YouTube, and it explains simply how hard drives work. They are quite surprising pieces of engineering, even in today's world where the SSD is bleeding new advanced storage medium.

Check it out below:

New OCZ Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD achieves the Record

OCZ has defined a new 1 million 4 K write IOPS reference this week at the Computex.

Tuesday at the Computex, OCZ has alleged that he set a new benchmark for $ 4 K write IOPS 1 million and 1.5 million read IOPS with a server of single International equipped with a Z-Drive R4 88 3U Colfax.

Based on a Supermicro platform, this solution of specific server is considered the fastest on the market and this 7.2 storage TB of MLC. The PCIe-based SSD of the OCZ is a beast all by itself, packed with eight SF-2281 controllers in a RAID 0 configuration and mounted on a PCIe x 8 card. However, this particular demo used several Z - Drive R4 88 s to meet the IOPS folder.

"We have worked closely with OCZ to create a ready to deploy the solution with exceptional performance and reliability, all in an efficient footprint, compact and energy Server" said Gautam Shah, President and CEO of Colfax International. "Z - Drive PCIe SSDs to the OCZ add a great performance and we are thrilled to reach this significant reference of IOPS of write K 4, and this industry leading a total solution to our customers."

Alone, the Z - Drive R4 88 includes readings up to 2.9 GB/s and writing up to 2.7 GB/s. additional reports show that he would arrive in two flavors: the c series of capacitors of polymer for the protection of loss of power and less supply and r series which will be are equipped with the sudden loss of power protection and extra NAND set aside as a spare area.

"R4 Z-Drive enables data center customers to maximize the performance of the file size of the industry standard 4 K, and this achievement with Colfax International demonstrates the benefits of raw performance and reduction of the OCZ PCIe SSDs latency time able to provide over device multi-terabyte densities in a single 3U Server"said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. "We are proud to enable our customers to provide servers and storage arrays that offer the highest performance, capacity maximum and available in most low-latency data centers today."

OCZ stated that server demoed during the show will be available for pre-order from Colfax International in several configurations built at the request and that he will be delivered in the coming weeks after the Computex event.

OCZ shows agility 3, solid 3 SSDs

OCZ has revealed two new lines of SSDS featuring SandForce SF-2200 processor and a SATA 6 GB/S interface.

OCZ Tuesday announced two new lines of DSS caterer for speed enthusiasts looking for the best value for the performance. Called agility 3 and 3 solid, the two new SSD lines use the same MLC NAND Flash while taking advantage of the processor of the SandForce SF-2200 and interface SATA 6 GB/S to provide a super-zippy read and write speeds.

"With the increase in the availability of platforms SATA III, the demand for the latest generation DSS increased quickly," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ technology Group. "We discuss this application with new products that offer times better performance and value for consumers."

OCZ agility 3 comes in three capacities: 60 GB, 120 GB and 240 GB. Readers offer up to 525 MB/s read speeds in all areas, write speeds to 475 MB/s on the 60 GB version and write speeds reaching 500 MB/s on the models of 120 and 240 GB. The 60 GB and the functionality of disk 120 GB one random write 4 KB (aligned) to 50,000 IOPS and 240 GB performs slightly less than 45 000 IOPS.

OCZ Solid 3 comes in only two qualities: 60 GB and 120 GB. The performance of these drives are slightly lower than the agility 3 line, providing speeds of up to 500 MB/s read, write speeds up to 450 MB/s and random write 4 KB (alignment) of 20,000 IOPS. But, as the line 3 of agility, drives Solid 3 include form factor 2.5 inches, a time to look for 0 MS, RAID support, native support of pads and a 2 million hours MTBF.

According to the retailer, the Solid 3 60 and 120 GB discs cost around $152 and $267, respectively. Agility 3 60 GB, 120 and 240 GB drives cost $158, 268 and $509. Both solutions are backed up by a 3 year warranty for the ultimate client satisfaction and peace of mind, said OCZ.

Seagate reveals HDD with 1 TB Platters

Seagate Barracuda XT 3 TB HDD will be the first to use TB 1 trays company.

For those who cannot always give with the tried-and-true method in the service of the data on a silver platter, Seagate has revealed a new flagship for 3.5 inch hard disk with a density of 625 Gigabits per inch square with trays of 1 TB. The reader, planned as the "first world" for the average consumer, will be added to the line of the GoFlex Desk company during the mid-2011 and finally offered in four of storage capacity: 3 to, 2 TB, 1.5 TB and 1 TB.

"Organizations of all sizes and consumers around the world are raising digital content at the speed of light, generating the huge demand for storage of digital content of every kind imaginable," said Rocky Pimentel, Seagate Executive Vice President of global sales and Marketing. "We remain fully focused on the provision of storage capacity, speed and manageability that customers need to thrive in an increasingly digital world."

Seagate said that the first model - the Barracuda XT 3 TB HDD - will have enough storage to accommodate up to 120 movies HD 1 500 video games, thousands of photos and almost countless hours of digital music. Compatible with Mac and PC, the player will also come packaged with a NTFS for Mac pilot, to store and access files of Windows and Mac OS X computers without reformatting. Rotational speeds and other physical specifications have not been obtained.

Seagate is the first manufacturer of hard drives to bring new high drives densities to the market, Samsung was actually the first to break the barrier on the storage capacity of hard disks with a terabyte per platter areal density. The tech was presented at the CeBIT 2011 and will be used to create 2 TB hard drives with only two plateaus, the company said.

Patriot, Super Talent SSDs with SF-2200 launch

Patriot memory and Super Talent launched new SSDs with SF-2200 of the SandForce controller.

Monday, Patriot memory has stated that he now shipping the new series of forest fires SSDs featuring SandForce SF-2200 Controller. This gives the new line of 555 MB/s sequential read and up to 520 MB/s sequential write speeds when connected to a SATA 6 GB/s interface.

"Fire Patriot the fastest SSD drive, we've ever published," said William Lai, the Patriot Memory Product Manager. "Even if we are a bit behind the market, we wanted to ensure that the technology has been solid as a rock." We are confident at the leading edge of the firmware, reputation of the quality and performance second-to-no stand Patriot. »

According to Patriot, 120 and 240 GB capacities are now available with a 480 GB soon. Other features include up to 85 K 4 K random write IOPS, TRIM support, Intelligent "recycling", DuraClass and DuraWrite of technology and a 2.5-inch chassis. Readers will be delivered with the latest firmware v3.1.9 and a 2.5 inch bracket for 3.5 inch for the installation in the bays of standard hard disk.

In related news. Super Talent has announced its new series TeraDrive PT3 SSDs that also use the SandForce SF-2200 Controller. Using a SATA 6 Gbp/s connection, data rate ONFi flash Double SSD features line would give the upper hand on SSDs competitors came out a few months ago. A comparative test, see below, shows that they are capable of speeds of up to 558 MB/s read and write speeds reaching 526 MB/s.

The company "the union of these 3 new technologies (SF-2200, SATA3, DDR ONFi Flash) has changed to always storage landscape", said. "To the right of the door, this new generation that DSS extends widely in the new found bandwidth promised by the SATA 3.0 bus and breaks the 500 MB/s barrier in both read and write notes." Comparisons between SSDs and disks hard just became a little more difficult to justify. »

The new line TeraDrive PT3 is now available in capacities of 60 GB, 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB even if they are not currently available on Amazon for this entry.

Super Talent TeraDrive PT3 Benchmark

LaCie CloudBox stores data locally & in the cloud

Here is a hybrid device 100 GB that will store your files locally and in the cloud... for a fee, naturally.

Earlier this week, the LaCie revealed a hybrid network storage device that backs up data locally and the cloud. Called the CloudBox, he transfers to the departure of 100 GB of data on a (long) long period of time. After that, new and modified files are backed up on a daily basis.

"Just copy and paste your files to your CloudBox, and they will automatically be backed up online every day," reads the description of the product. "" "". It's simple: your data are saved on a local hard disk and in the cloud of dual protection. The CloudBox includes a contract a year of 100 GB online backup, which can be easily renewed. »

As it has already begun, the CloudBox connects to an existing home or corporate network. Using the provided software, consumers can save their data on the 100 GB internal hard disk device. The CloudBox then silently downloads all the data on its own, leaving the end user free to shut down the computer or play long extends from Farmville without interruption.

As noted by CNET, backup of 100 GB of data apparently will be forever. For example, a dedicated, full T1 (1.5 Mbps) connection download would take about a week to completely download the entire load. In the real world, a non-dedicated T1 connection will probably take 30 to 60 days of 100 GB download, a data value. Again, that everything is saved in the cloud, users may "set it and forget" up to what they need to recover data once more in the case of theft or damage... as long as the subscription is kept active, that is.

According to Lacie, the CloudBox presents military-grade encryption 128-bit AES. "Your password is really secure and are not stored online, so that nobody - not even LaCie - can access your online backup." What each file is encrypted with AES 128 - bit military prior to be downloaded, "the company said." "You can be confident that all your data and secure in the cloud, regardless what happens to the CloudBox itself.".

The LaCie CloudBox did not arrive here in the States of this wording, but interested consumers can head here to register for notification when it arrives. The device will be sport a pricetag $199.99, compatibility with PC and Mac machines, a guarantee of 2 years and a free subscription for one year. After this, users will need to shell to $100 per year for 100 GB cloud storage.

NVIDIA launches GeForce GTX 580 M, 570 M

NVIDIA has announced the launch of its new GPU high range for computers laptops, GeForce GTX 570 M and 580 M to replace the GTX 470 M and 485 M. These new graphics cards are based on GPU GF114 (used for the GeForce GTX 560, see this news).

The GTX 580 M is almost identical to the old 485 M except that the GPU frequency going from 575 to 620 MHz and that frequency of calculation units increased from between 1150 and 1240 MHz. Performance should increase by approximately 8%.

The GTX 570 M is more interesting as the GTX 470 M used the former chip GF104, less optimized in thermal report performance/dissipation term. The number of units of calculation passes for 288-336 and frequency increase of 550-575 MHz for the GPU and 1100 and 1150 MHz for calculation units. The frequency of 192-bit GDDR5 memory moves from 1250 to 1500 MHz. Performance should increase by approximately 20% compared to the GTX 470 M.

All usual Nvidia technologies are on supported by these new maps: DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1, CUDA, 3D Vision, PhysX, SLI and Optimus enables to improve the autonomy implementation eve of the GPU for the benefit of the GPU integrated into the processor.

Manufacturers of mobile computers have already announced models using these new mobile maps, for example, the Alienware M18x (18.4 ", GTX 580 M in SLI) in photo below, Clevo P170HM3 (17.3", GTX 580 M) and MSI GT780R (17.3 ", GTX 570 M).

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Logitech launches the G400, successor of the MX518


Logitech has just officially announced a new mouse for gamers, theoptical gaming Mouse g400.

This new mouse guard what has been the success of the GX518 for 6 years: the shape of the hull and the location of the buttons do not change. On the other hand, the optical sensor now offers a resolution doubled with a maximum resolution of 3600 dpi, the cable is also changed: it is fine and would be 25% lighter. The mouse of course always connects by USB and the response time would be 1 Ms. The G400 has eight programmable buttons that can support 10 million clicks. The G400 is compatible with the software for G-Series keyboards. Reduced friction legs polytetrafluoroethylene.

The Optical Gaming Mouse Logitech G400 will be for sale starting June 19 in Europe at a price of €44.99 TTC.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 and 275 drivers


After the GeForce GTX 560 it in January, Nvidia announced the launch of a new model, the GeForce GTX 560 (without suffix it).

This GeForce GTX 560 can in fact be seen as a GeForce GTX 460 overclockée as it is based on the GPU GF114, a minor revision of the GF104. Like the GTX 460 card has 336 processors flows and a 256-bit with 1 GB of GDDR5 memory bus. Are frequency of 810 MHz for the GPU and 1002 MHz for the memory against 675/800 Mhz for the GTX 460 of base... but it is already in the trade of the GTX 460 overclockées at close frequencies or greater than the GTX 560.

Our colleagues from the computer press were able to test this new GeForce GTX 560 models. Logically map is between the GeForce GTX 460 1 GB and GTX 560 it and becomes a direct competitor of the Radeon HD 6870 which did not really competitor to date. The GeForce GTX 560 is however not able to do better than the Radeon HD 6870, it displays an identical price (€170 for reference maps) and similar performance, which is a bit disappointing since the AMD card is on the market for several months. Nvidia card however has the advantage of more reasonable than the Radeon HD 6870 noise. Models GTX 560 overclockées as the "DirectCU II TOP" of ASUS display with performance of GeForce GTX 560 Ti (15% of frequencies GPU in addition to the 560 overclockée offset the 14% of additional units of calculation it 560).

Quote: As we supposed arrival of GeForce GTX 560 it in January, a model without this suffix was indeed provided by Nvidia, which however waited 4 months to introduce it. This equivalent to a GeForce GTX 460 overclockée will be hard since many very interesting models are already available from 150 to €220. To observe its behavior, we looked at one of the GeForce GTX best-performing 560 launch: Asus GTX 560 DirectCU TOP II.

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In the aftermath, NVIDIA announced its GeForce 275 series drivers. They provide some performance improvements: 6% in Crysis 2 (without AA), 15% in BulletStorm (AA8x) and 8% in Portal 2 (AA4x).  New features are also on the program:

Download automatic and silent profiles SLIMême thing for profiles 3D Vision that will install automatically to the avenirNouvelle graphical user interface for setting or control of the scale of the display on the output HDMI and VGA.

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AMD Catalyst 11.6

amd catalyst 11.6 graphics drivers for the month of June are to be published.

These drivers are especially dedicated to the (CPU + GPU on the same chip) Llano APU which emerge in July, they implement including the Steady Video feature to stabilize the video in real time (filmed with a digital camera for example). Unfortunately this feature is reserved only for the APU and is not available for the PC with a Radeon graphics card. 11.6 Catalyst also provide an XviD decoding in applications Microsoft type Media Center.

Improvements in performance in a few games are also on the menu: Crisys (+ 7%), F1 2010 (+ 8%), Far Cry 2 (+ 5%), HAWX (+ 8%) as well as with the engine Unigine (+ 10%).

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TDJ : CM Storm Sentinel Zero-G

Our colleague Cowcotland has recently published a test of the Zero-G the CM Storm, a wired USB mouse for players constructor Sentinel.

Equipped with a "double-laser" a resolution of 5600 DPI sensor, this mouse do 128 KB of memory and has 8 programmable buttons. A flyweight spring system also allows to vary the weight of the Sentinel Zero-G. Verdict?

"Today, it is outdated to CM Storm." This branch of Cooler Master is now well known. It is, in fact, the CM gamer part. At the time, there are what make his happiness as it is a player before the Lord. You will imagine, we are great players, perhaps not before the Lord, but what is certain, is that we are very big players. Finally, finally not as long as this, the farm, mine of nothing, it is just our long summer or winter evenings. That said, we will now talk about Zero-G. Version refresh of the Sentinel Advance, with the lack of seriousness that it offers, it should be a little help. And Yes, this is the realization of this test, test of matos, is top, but it is also a huge and inevitable loss of skill. "Poor us!"

PLS : les dalles « IPS » by Samsung

Samsung has announced a new screen, the S27A850. This 27 inch model works in 2,560 x 1,440, such as the Dell U2711 or iMac 27-inch Apple, but especially to a "new" technology, the PLS.

PLS, Plane to Line Switching, is a close technology IPS but - Samsung-, angles of view are still wider and the price is about 10% lower production. The technology therefore joined the SDI close the IPS technology. The PLS seems to have the same benefits as the IPS, and the same disadvantages: angles of view very open, much more that the TN, but also a fairly average contrast (600: 1 in the first tests).

The screen is "Edge LED", that is illuminated by side LEDs, and the response time measured in tests 7 ms. rest to see the price of this screen, which should be lower than other similar models. It is not an evil: both Dell that Apple offer 27 inches to 2,560 x 1,440 at very high prices, it is possible to buy two or three screens 27-inch 1920 x 1080 for the price of a Cinema Display or a U2711.

Hybrid mice, laser and optical, in Razer

Razer has announced two new versions for the Mamba and the Imperator. The two mice share an interesting innovation: a dual sensor. Proposed for about 10 euros more than current models, mice reach a resolution of 6 400 dpi optical sensor level and a second laser sensor will allow to define precisely the point: the distance between the mouse and the carpet.

Information that is not trivial: players making large gestures must frequently lift the mouse to put it on the carpet, and optical sensors generally continue to work at the time when the mouse is raised. The short time between the "takeoff" and the time where the sensor realizes that it is raised may sometimes involve unexpected movements, which is an embarrassment for the players.

With the laser sensor mouse disables the main sensor (optical) as soon as the mouse leaves the carpet, for greater efficiency.

The Mamba, wireless, is expected in July to €130. Usable with or without wire, she works to 6,400 ppp and supports an acceleration of 50 g. It can operate even during a trip to 5 m/s and it sends the information to the computer to 1 000 Hz. Autonomy (wireless) is 16 hours. The Imperatore, cheaper (€80), is only wireframe, but offers the same benefits.

Passionate players should find the interest, others will turn to medium range, adapted to classical use mice without exploding prices.

A screen 3D "playstation" for players

Sony has presented the CECH-ZED1, a screen "PlayStation". Scheduled for fall 2011 at a price of $500, this 24-inch screen is dedicated to the Sony console.

Sony limited the diagonal, but offers interesting: he works in 1,920 x 1,080 with PVA slab - like in many of TVs Sony - and a contrast of 5000: 1. The angles of view are very large (normal in PVA) with 176 ° in each direction and the response time is 4 ms. For lighting, it is a "edge led" system is used: LEDs placed on the sides of the screen to illuminate the slab.

Interesting point, the screen will be compatible with the 3D embossed and will be delivered with a pair of active glasses, allowing to propose 3D 1,920 x 1,080 on each eye. Small novelty, it is also possible to play two on the same screen with this screen: if it has two pairs of glasses, each player will receive its image, the console is loading synchronize players and sunglasses. It is a system closer to splittés screens that are found on the consoles of the 90's but with a complete picture for each player. Let us hope that the crosstalk (the mix of images) is low, many televisions 3D suffering from this problem. Note that the console cannot exceed the 720 p in this game mode, as in 3D.

For the rest, the screen is fairly complete at the connector level: two HDMI inputs, a YUV input, audio input, audio output and compatibility with the "Blu - ray" of Sony remote control. For sound, two speakers are integrated (3 W) and a "subwoofer" 5 w. The screen will be sold $500 with a pair of glasses and they will be also proposed only for $70. Sunglasses do in USB and Sony announced to 30 hours.

Sony screen, is compatible HDMI 1.4, could also be of interest to the PC, the PVA is rare in the computer world slabs players.

The keyboard of the hacker back, quieter

The "Happy Hacking Keybard", one of the best keyboards of the world, returned. This mechanical keyboard, very old school design, is best known for one of its variants: the keys are not silkscreened and therefore are blank of any entry. The new model, the Type-S, is faster, with more stable and quieter, keys with materials provided that the sound of typing is between 2,500 and 5,000 Hz, which allows to reduce the noise.

Available without registration, QWERTY or Japanese version, the keyboard is USB and a USB hub with two ports. Good idea, the cable is removable. The absence of a numeric keypad may interfere with the French, but those who use a US layout should not be too embarrassed. Rest the price expectations: about 30,000 yen, approximately €260. The quality has a price and Fujitsu has understood that it is a keyboard "of luxury"; the company has to sell only 2,000 this year.

Sony offers a PS3 keyboard with... a trackpoint

Sony has just announced a Bluetooth keyboard for PlayStation 3 and - originality of the product - it integrates a pointing device. And Sony, instead of proposing a trackpad as in its old keyboards, joined a rare system: a trackpoint. This device used in the computers IBM (now Lenovo) over the years is quite rare now, but it has a (large) advantage: it is compact.

For those who don't know what a trackpoint, it is a kind of miniature joystick integrated in the keyboard and the pressure and tilt sensitive. The trackpoint requires generally a little training initially, unlike a trackpad which is more intuitive, but it is generally more efficient once mastered.

For the rest, the keyboard is quite classic: compact, it is Bluetooth (such as joysticks) and integrates the majority of the usual keys. He gave up, like many wireless keyboards, keypad and integrity - in addition to the trackpoint - button "PS" to turn on and turn off the console. CECH-ZKB1JP feeds with two AA batteries and will be offered at a price of 5,000 yen (about €42).

Note that as the PlayStation works with a standard interface for keyboards and mice, the Bluetooth HID, this keyboard should be compatible with computers and smartphones.

Optimus Mini Six: the pad with 6 keys LCD

Art Lebedev has indicated that the Optimus Mini Six, a pad containing six keys LCD, entered in the production phase. It should come out at the end of the year. He also indicated that the Optimus Popularis, a full keyboard LCD keys, is now scheduled for 2012.

Optimus is a history. The Optimus Maximus, long considered one of the biggest vaporwares with Duke Nukem Forever (cf. "the OLED Optimus Maximus keyboard: vaporware 2007?") is also one of the most expensive in the world since keyboards it cost 1 €500.

Art Lebedev, the firm responsible for the project, nonetheless continues to develop similar solutions less costly. Immediately after the marketing of the Maximus, he marketed the Optimus Mini Three, a keypad with three buttons OLED. The Six Mini fits in the same line. Six keys incorporate a LCD with a resolution of 64 x 64 and everything wears the Popularis nearest design. There is currently no information on the date of availability or price of the Six Mini.

The products of the company founded by Artemy Lebedev are not intended for the general public, but niche of professionals. This is not to sell more than Logitech keyboards, but start a mode. Now remains to be seen if the manufacturers known to emboiteront way. We know that Microsoft think. He introduced a prototype with similar LCD keys (see "A keyboard LCD Microsoft keys"). The problem with this type of key is that the strike is uncomfortable and their screen needs to be a reliability. An LCD is broken is very damaging and his replacement is not easy. Art Lebedev had indeed delivered replacement keys with its Maximum to overcome this problem.

DisplayPort: screen to 33 metres

The VESA association, which manages the DisplayPort standard, has just announced that the 1.2 standard (already used in some units) was able to operate with "active" cables and that the length of the latter can reach 33 metres. Currently, it is limited at best 15 metres with current solutions.

Assets, liabilities, links

DisplayPort, one must distinguish between several things. First, the current cables are so-called "passive", that the flow is generated by the graphics card and the cable is the transmission. With "active" cable, there is a chip in the cable that will manage the transmission and adapt the power of the signal distance. The chip is usually powered by the graphics card or screen, but supplied with USB solutions are possible.

Then there is the link: the DisplayPort can reach 17 Gigabit/s of bandwidth, or about 4 times more than the DVI (limited to 3.96 Gigabit/s). This bandwidth is actually composed of several aggregated "links", which has benefits at the level of consumption: it is possible to disable the unused links to limit power. And reduce the number of links by increasing the power function allows to increase the scope of the cables. Typically, four links (the maximum) are limited to about 3 metres while with only one link (sufficient for 1,920 x 1,080) is reached 15 metres.

With the Active cables, should reach 33 metres, without that it knows the number of usable links at this distance. It is interesting in a particular case as the walls of images: as DisplayPort 1.2 allows to feed several screens, may use Active cables to place multiple displays at a distance high machine without interfering with the quality of the image (for example).

Remains to verify compatibility with existing equipment and the price of the cables.

A new TouchPad of HP for the month of August

HP is about to launch a new tablet to August, while it has marketed the first version only a few days ago in the United States. The new model will wear a bright white frame, 64 GB of storage space and a Snapdragon processor dual core faster turning at 1.5 GHz. The model of today has an ARM chip dual-core 1.2 GHz and 16 GB or 32 GB of memory, depending on the adaptations. The new model will be also compatible 4 G.

The differences are not very important. It is primarily the same TouchPad above range. One can assume that shortages have prevented him from delivering sufficient stocks at the beginning of the Tablet, which would explain output offset for this next TouchPad. HP has admitted that the stocks of its 16 GB model were very limited and it would encourage resellers to promote the 32 GB, which is more expensive, by Pre Central who published confidential documents from HP.

In the fall, HP should also deliver its Opal, a 7-inch webOS tablet. Reminder, the TouchPad has a screen of a diagonal of 9.7 inches with a resolution of 1024 x 768, such as the iPad. Rumors say that the commercial name of Opal would be the TouchPad7.

The first tests of the TouchPad Tablet fell and HP is still the way to go. It is heavier and thicker than its competitors. In addition, there is no sensor photo on the back, but the biggest problem probably comes from the operating system. WebOS has qualities. It supports flash and is compatible with very many customers mail and agendas. His management of the multitasking and system maps were his followers, like its virtual keyboard. Nevertheless, the system still has many bugs and slowdowns and lack of application it sorely lacks. Finally, many criticize him too high priced. The 16 GB version is sold $500, $ 600 for the 32 GB version. These are the same prices as the iPad 2 for a system which is even lower.

Mitsubishi : IPS, 120 Hz, 1080p

Mitsubishi, little-known for its screens, just announced RDT233WX-Z, a screen perfect for fans of 3D embossed and those who want to reactive models. This 23-inch 1080p (95 DPI) screen works to 120 Hz, with (as a bonus) a LED backlight. The slab used IPS technology and response time announced is 5 Ms.

For the rest, it is fairly conventional: angles of vision open (thank you the IPS), 350 cd/m² brightness and 900: 1 contrast (5 000: 1 dynamic). There are the usual entries: a VGA, an HDCP compatible DVI - attention, a DualLink connector is necessary to achieve 120 Hz - and two HDMI inputs, while the standard is indicated. The screen integrates two 3W speakers and proposes an analogue audio output, for those who use a HDMI entry.

Not announced prices, but the features are interesting for players, often confined to the 120 Hz TN slabs.

A signed Microsoft Tablet?

Courier de MicrosoftMicrosoft would consider market a tablet in his name by the end of 2012. She expected Windows 8 and would be designed in partnership with Texas Instrument, and Taiwanese OEMs. DigiTimes, who reported these rumors, cited sources close to the record. Redmond is refused to any comment.

It is information which is likely. Market shelves is one of the segments that allowed Apple to become the largest OEM semiconductor spending. In recent years, Microsoft has is more invested in the commercialization of platforms. He experienced great success, such as the Xbox 360 and Kinect or important chess with the Zune or the Kin.

In addition, Microsoft admitted already working on a tablet. The Courier project had been very well received by the press (see "Courier: the Microsoft Tablet") prior to be set aside. Before the success of the iPad and the arrival en masse of Android tablets, it may decide to bring its weight to popularize Windows 8. In any event, Microsoft will impose significant constraints on manufacturers who will only be able to choose the components present in a specific list. It already has the necessary relationships with wholesalers and resellers in the world with versions of Windows and to mice, keyboards, webcams, or console box. The marketing of a Tablet would be very difficult.

The only problem which, in our view, prevents Microsoft to fully engage in this activity and that puts an end to the rumours is the relationship he has with the OEM. By selling a tablet, he would compete with its partners, which is never good in terms of commercial relations. Manufacturers have already expressed their discontent with the restrictive specifications imposed by Microsoft (see "The interface of Windows 8 unveiled"). They may complain of the Redmond bars unfair advantage while they are forced to purchase licenses to the Publisher. The problem is that today ', OEMs have the choice to not leave a Windows Tablet and focus on Android which is already significantly more popular on the slates that none of the systems of Redmond. Hypothetically, the firm of Steve Ballmer might be preparing its own tablet in the event that any of its partners decided to get out a convincing model. Nevertheless, we think above all Microsoft labs working on hardware platforms that they propose to partners to facilitate their task and convince them to sell a Windows model. We seriously doubt that Microsoft might ruin its OEM relationships and give them a reason to abandon Windows 8 in favor of Android.

Synology: a NAS 12 bays for business

Want a sin offering (very) large storage capacity? Synology is here, with a model capable of 12 HDDs (currently 36 To) and expandable to 24 drives. DS2411 + is based on an Intel platform (an Atom dual core 1.8 Ghz) and includes 1 GB of RAM, with the possibility to go to 3 GB.

The casing provides two RJ45 jacks work 1 gigabit/s and - good idea - the aggregation of two harvest is possible. With a single link, the brand announce 104 MB/s to the NAS and 110 MB/s from the NAS then using two links going to 167 MB/s and 200 MB/s, high performance for this type of material. Atom requires, the announced consumption is low: 105 W according to Synology, without announcing the type of hard disk (a priori the 5,400 rpm). Note the presence of four USB ports and an Infiniband connector to connect a second housing that accepts 12 other hard drives. For hard disks, the RAID is course part, with including RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 and 6.

For the rest, the classic functions are: FTP, DLNA, server monitoring, Web server, etc. It is in Synology and firmware is very comprehensive and changes often. Remains the problem of price: approximately 1 €200. It's expensive, but the possibility of access to external data at high speed at a price.

AMD Llano: and desktop version?

We've already covered in detail the launch of the new Llano of AMD architecture. If you have not yet read dedicated article in the new APU of the caster, and specifically to their declination for laptops, the Sabine platform, we cannot advise too you to take a glance before continuing.Two weeks after products for laptops, AMD now launches its Llano APU for desktop, i.e. platform Lynx. View our previous article, we will primarily devote today record benchmarks and analysis of performance: but wait for Dual Graphics? What is the comparison to the Intel Sandy Bridge with separate graphics card? What are the effects of the performance of the memory on the games? USB 3.0 makes better or worse than the controllers cards we tested previously?Before answering these questions, do any of even a quick overview of the first APU Llano for desktop computers.

Llano: APU on a small budget

Audi must be proud (Finally, perhaps not, seen the character "entry" of these processors): AMD uses the A6 and A8 prefixes to distinguish the felt performance four first models launched today.Among these four processors, there are no surprise two A6 and A8 two. The most powerful is theA8-3850, an APU with a TDP of 100 watts, a Radeon HD 6550D graphics engine, four cores of execution (still based on the Stars architecture) each with a frequency of 2.9 GHz and 1 MB L2 cache. The Turbo Core function is not available: the only way to overcome this frequency is overclocking. Side price, AMD refers to a rate of about $135.

A6-3650 is also equipped with a TDP of 100 watts, four cores, a total of 4 MB of L2 cache and a controller taking memory supports DDR3-1866, like its big brother, but it contains a graphics engine Radeon HD 3650D and displays an a no more low frequency, namely 2.6 GHz (and again)(, the Turbo Core is not accessible). It should cost around $115; remains to be seen that this will once the conversion into euros carried out.

Freq. Base CPU
Freq. Max
L2 cache
Freq. GPU
Turbo Core

The other two models are 65 watts from the first two declensions. We note with interest that this less generous thermal envelope seems hardly handicap them:A8-3800 contains the same graphics engine, the same number of cores and the same amount of L2 cache as the A8-3850; only the frequency of the CPU portion fell to 2.4 GHz, and yet, it is offset by the Turbo Core, present this time, which allows in theory up to 2.7 GHz when the processor heats not too. AMD does unfortunately sent us any copy of this function of acceleration.Finally comes theA6-3600, also a 65 Watt model, which is different of the A6-3650 by its reduced to 2.1 GHz CPU frequency (but 2.4 GHz when the Turbo Core is active).

With the graphic part, the difference between the Radeon HD 6550D and Radeon HD 6530D is, broadly, a SIMD engine (and a reduced frequency).

Graphics processor
Radeon HD 6550D (APU A8)
Radeon HD 6530D (APU A6)

Just look at the schema of the Llano GPU portion to understand how AMD differentiates two products. Each SIMD engine contains 80 ALU and is associated with 4 texture units. by disabling a firm transforms the Radeon HD 6550D a Radeon HD 6530D.

A small loads and already a delay

While the initial launch of the Lynx (Llano to desktop) platform contained already four models, AMD has just announce that models 65 watts, i.e. the A8-3800 and the A6-3600, would be available only later, at an indefinite date. We have therefore more than two processors to test, the A8-3850 and the A6-3650, two 100-Watt models and without Turbo Core.

990FX (AM3 +): the renewal of the SLI and AMD?

As a general rule, articles devoted to motherboards and chipsets closely accompanied the release of new processors. However, AMD book us today chipset, the 990FX, but no new chip to be launched on the market. We have good news and bad news.The good news is that this new chipset remains fully compatible with the existing processors for socket AM3, as well as to support future processors for socket AM3 +, which will be based on Bulldozer architecture.the bad news is that, precisely, the Bulldozer processors are not yet ready. The chips on the B0 stepping are currently in the hands of manufacturers of motherboards, but they have already told us that performance was well below expectations and that they should achieve the next stepping that situation suits them.

Technically, you could buy a motherboard based on 990FX today and to insert a current Phenom II, but if you bavez on a Zambezi to six cores, it is really better wait a few months yet. Unless there is another reason to adopt today the new chipset?

The 990FX: identical to the 890FX, but with guaranteed compatibility

In terms of chip, the 990FX chipset is absolutely identical to the 890FX. Surprised? AMD said have been intended to indicate clearly what platforms were compatible with the future Bulldozer processors. If you see a motherboard chipset 990FX based in commerce, so you can be sure that it will be able to allow a processor + AM3 (current AM3 processors and more, of course).

In order to benefit from the capabilities of management of energy and the frequency of the Zambezi, should absolutely be a socket AM3 + (also called AM3b), 942-PIN.

 Conversely, the CPUs AM3 + can also be mounted on the AM3 motherboards, but need a BIOS update. Since the arrival (or not) will depend this update on the motherboard manufacturer, is easy to understand why AMD opted to put things clear right now.Note also that, even after to update the BIOS, the AM3 sockets will not benefit from the above features and that, if the 890FX and the 990FX both supports HyperTransport 3.0 and allow therefore with 5.2 GT/s maximum transfer rate, MSI has told us that the 990FX added support for HyperTransport 3.1, which allows to 6.4 GT/s (which, apparently, should be useful for the Zambezi to eight cores).We are not fans of the waltz of the labels, but in this case, it is actually an evil necessary. After all, it is always better to require the consumer to change socket whenever it changes of processor architecture (* hum hum * Intel). Most of the owners of motherboard socket AM3 + want more probably insert a Zambezi processor, but it's all same pleasure to see that AMD cares compatibility (and backwards compatibility) of its different generations of hardware.

The SLI, a pleasant surprise

The big news of the day however has nothing to do with socket AM3 + but with the support of the SLI. Quite frankly, nothing prevents the manufacturers of motherboards offer the SLI on their 890FX chipset based products, but it seems that none of them has the intention to do so. In practice, the SLI will be thus differentiating element to encourage players to change motherboard when they adopt the FX (Zambezi) series processor.As Intel with the Z68 Express chipset, AMD is therefore now supports ILS and the CrossFire. Better yet, the 990FX has 42 lines PCI Express, which allows each location configurations with two cards to benefit from its own link x 16 (to compare with the two bonds x 8 Intel). Do you pack however not too much about this "advantage": even with eight lines, Intel components are perfectly able to compete with AMD hardware, as evidenced by our three-part article devoted to the performance of the feature (in English) configurations.However, the 990FX has an advantage: it has so many PCI Express components of second generation that there no need to appeal to a NF200 chip to allow three graphics configurations: two motherboards we received test allow configurations of this type (x 16 / x 8 / x 8) without any problem, and configurations to four GPU cards like the GeForce GTX 590 or the Radeon HD 6990.

However, without processor AM3 + test, the output of the 990FX has for the moment only a single genuine interest: the SLI support.

 For this reason, we are going to compare the performance of a Phenom II X 4 980 to an Intel Core i5-2400 when on the couple to a pair of GeForce GTX 570 graphics cards. Difficult to imagine a more fair game: the P8Z68-V Pro motherboard is available at the same price that Asus plans to ask for the 990FX Sabertooth and Core i5-2400 costs just five euros more than the AMD Phenom II X 4 980. All other components are identical, we are therefore right to a face to face all that there is more impartial.The return of the SLI platform AMD justifies a change of motherboard? This is what we'll see!

The true cost of the graphics cards top of range

We test lot of graphics cards, but this time, we wanted a less conventional than usual approach and measure the power consumption of these devices between the time where we switch the computer, for example to read his mails or to play, and where we extinguish it.

It seemed in fact that extrapolations and estimates that everyone is usually at the start of the consumption minimum and maximum figures did not sufficiently reflect reality. Today, we therefore decided to measure the actual consumption of several graphics cards top range for a given period and different patterns of use, which seems more logical insofar as well rarely that a possessor of PC turns on his computer and start to play without ever nothing.Moreover, it is important to clearly define this "something else". As we proceed with longer tests that usually, we will take the opportunity to verify the consumption-induced by a series of software and services and compare it to the consumption at rest. Addition to the games in full screen and windowed modes, we will also analyse the influence of the video playback so that execution of D2D and D3D mode applications windowed.Our goal, of course, is to determine the actual consumption of our components, and not only consumption peak or at rest. This brings us to the heart of this article: of course, everyone knows that the most powerful graphics cards are expensive, but what the daily? Use really so much that it? A PC equipped with a high range 3D map and dedicated to the game really take influence on your electric bill at the end of the year? If Yes, how?Somehow, the tests that follow akin many mixed consumer testing that realize the automotive professionals. With the difference that we express our results in watts-hours rather than litres per 100 kilometres.

5 mechanical keyboards: the happiness for your hands

Although the choice of a keyboard is especially important, it is a device that is too often overlooked. We take for example more carefully choose a mouse.This article is dedicated to mechanical keyboards, we will begin by to review 6 the most common switches, as well as the use for which they are mainly intended. Before attacking the comparison itself, it seemed necessary to clarify a few points:

What are the different types of switches? USB or PS/2: what is the best interface?Anti-ghosting: misleading marketing and real solution

We then move on to the comparison, for which we have used a particular methodology: each of the five combined models has been used for 5 hours of play, and a Secretary was able to assess their potential seizure. Each has special needs and if it is relatively easy to find a keyboard that can respond, this same keyboard will not necessarily pleasant to use.Little initial reminder: mechanical keyboards, despite their price and their noise, have many advantages on conventional membrane keyboards. These include life without common measure (and the possibility of replacing each key individually failure), accuracy (a noise allows to understand at what point exactly the key pressure is taken into account), the return of the keys to speed faster and variable according to the proximity with the hand, and the most important : the comfort! If most are antediluvian (models IBM including), it is still possible at the present time to procure new models, with sometimes a few efforts.

OCZ RevoDrive 3: the ultimate SSD?

SSDS are both a break with the past and a category of products evolving. For users accustomed to performance today all relating to conventional hard drives, it is often unnecessary to look far to find considerably better: the simple DSS interfaced in SATA are often capable of speeds exceeding 3 GB/s. In this range, it would be difficult not to recommend the last models Crucial and OCZ and more particularly the OCZ Vertex 3.

Always in the field of SATA SSDS, we begin to find more in addition to model controller based on SandForce SF-2200, and they already announced as future reference on the subject (at least when bugs have been eliminated); the Crucial m4 is probably the least expensive product in this category. But in any event, it is clear that the ceiling is the SATA 6 GB/s is not yet close to represent a problem in the segment of desktop computers.

Of course, there are still performance enthusiasts who want more; But if the SSD 2.5 "current are not fast enough to meet your needs, you have choice to divert you the SATA and its bandwidth limited to 600 MB/s. If allow you your finances, you may have the eye on a connected to PCI Express SSD or a cluster SSD RAID connected in SATA; in both cases, you can say goodbye to the support of the TRIM on Windows. Among the models of this type (planned for workstations), the OCZ RevoDrive RevoDrive X 2 include and probably best-known, for the simple reason that they can be used as a boot drive, which is not always the case in this category.

The problem of these two products is that they are built on the same controller that the OCZ Vertex 2, while it is now on the market the 3 Vertex, appealing to the second generation and whose performance SandForce controller exceed those of the PCI Express models as is RAID. What's more natural for OCZ, therefore, renew its range and launch today its RevoDrive 3 X 2, a product based controller SF-2200 and whose announced performance are worlds away from what we have seen so far, as shown in the table below:

Vertex 2 E
RevoDrive X 2
Vertex 3
RevoDrive 3 X 2
Max sequential read throughput
Flow rate Max sequential write
Blocks of 4 KB random write

The secret of these impressive figures? OCZ indicates that the RevoDrive 3 X 2 contains a PCI Express to SAS controller (against a controller PCI - X to SATA for RevoDrive X 2) and four second generation SandForce controllers.

RevoDrive 3 X 2 is therefore to Vertex 3 RevoDrive X 2 was the Vertex 2. The names have more sense when we know that the first Vertex contained an Indilinx controller; the Vertex 2 / RevoDrive were built around a first-generation SandForce controller Vertex 3 / RevoDrive 3 were passed to the second generation of the controller.

For storage, difficult to not be enthusiastic specialists! If you saw the video online by our friends from Engadget, RevoDrive X 3 is the first consumer SSD (LSI and Fusion-io are intended for businesses and therefore are not here) to promise speeds beyond 1 GB/s.

Unfortunately, if you are specialist storage, you know also that the fastest models are also the most expensive. If a Vertex 3 is already given, the equivalent of several Vertex 3 on a PCI Express card is even more. It's clearly a performance-oriented product, and those who wish to access will pay dearly.

Things are now clearly developed, is a series of important issues. How the RevoDrive 3 X 2 manages to display astronomical performance? Is it really his promises? Fixes the compatibility problem highlighted by Chris in his article OCZ RevoDrive X 2: faster than the SSD SSD?

A Texas-based Dell Tablet

Everything is bigger in Texas, even babies. The last offspring of Dell, Texas manufacturer, is "the most powerful tablet of the market." She responded on behalf of code Peju. According to internal documents that are found on Dell Peju Insider, he wants to get a compatible model Windows 8 of 10.1 inches shipping a Core i5 processor and 4 GB of memory.It is true that the features are impressive for a tablet. Is a 64 GB SSD or 120 GB depending on the options, a screen with a resolution of 1,920 x 1 080, two USB ports, a mini VGA port, a HDMI port, a microSD slot and a 4 G, Wi - Fi g and Bluetooth module. 5 500 MAh battery would have a range of 6 to 8 hours depending on the constructor. There are finally a 1.3 Mpixel webcam in front and a sensor 5 Mpixel at the rear. The Tablet is compatible with a pen, a Bluetooth keyboard and a USB keyboard. There is also a dock offering more USB ports and a Gigabit Ethernet port.This tablet takes the market on its head and does augur anything good. It is obvious that with this kind of characteristics, Peju will be heavier and less portable than other competing models and the fact that it does not support multi-touch documents is frightening, even if must await confirmation from Dell for the net heart. HP's TouchPad has been criticized to be a little heavier and thicker that the iPad 2 which curves were much attracted. Peju should therefore be confined to a niche market.It is also one of the first Windows 8 shelves to be fleeing on the canvas and therefore ask if the configuration of Dell represents the minimum system to run the next operating system from Microsoft on a x 86 processor. It is impossible to answer this question. Remember also that Windows 8 may well turn on ARM processors and that the version for Slate should be less greedy in resources than Windows 7. This is an important detail because the heaviness of 7 on shelf is one of the main reason for his failure in this market.

The HTC Android could be banned after the victory of Apple

Last Friday, the U.S. international trade commission found that the HTC smartphones violated two patents for Apple on multimedia content processing and treatment of information from an email. Florian Mueller, an analyst for the FOSS Patents blog believes that these two technologies take root in the operating system of Google and not from HTC codes, which could be very damaging to the editor. Manufacturer of course appealed this decision and a special commission will decide on December 6, 2011. If the Taiwanese is guilty, it could prohibit the export of its terminals in the U.S. market.It is a decision that surprised, because Apple was given loser since that one of the Councillors of the ITC gave an unfavourable opinion from the firm Apple (cf. "A symbolic victory for Nokia against Apple"). Case Friday dealt the ten patent infringement which has been the subject of a complaint lodged in March 2010.The answer of HTC did not do wait. "Will vigorously fight the two remaining patents in appealing to the ITC Commissioners who will take their final decision." The manufacturer then attempted to downplay the importance of this decision by stating that it is "to one step among many others in the legal procedure".

However, the stakes of this case are huge, because it is sufficient that HTC is recognized guilty of violating one of the two patents to prohibit the sale of its terminals to the United States. The ramifications of such a decision would be equally important. Apple would have strong arguments to file a complaint against other manufacturers and in other countries.

Indeed, as suggested by several analysts, including Mr. Mueller is cited by the LA Times, the technology would be specific to Google. This means that Apple could prohibit all smartphones Android using the codes in question and that the solution is to rewrite the software considered illegal is not a simple matter because the editor will have to design a parade and deploy it to all relevant terminal before that sales can resume.The two patents that give winning Apple were filed in 1994 and 1996, i.e. well before the commercialization of smartphones, which explains their fundamental and speculation as to their scope. They have been designed for computers, but are broad enough to be applied to mobile terminals.

Reminder, manufacturers of smartphones are entangled in complex legal battles are mark industry. Apple accused Samsung of the copy, which would have pushed him to abandon the Korean for the manufacture of its processors ARM (see "TSMC would produce processors Apple A6"). In addition, Cupertino has paid an unknown amount to Nokia in exchange for the abandonment of judicial proceedings and an exchange of patents.

Microsoft has convinced HTC to pay $ 5 for each smartphone Android sold in exchange for not not the trainer in the courts. There is doubt, however, the company Apple wishes to negotiate a settlement agreement for the time being. Indeed, Redmond is now completely overtaken by the new world of mobile operating systems. It has for the moment no popular system for Tablet and Steve Ballmer admitted that sales of Windows Phone 7, who arrived later were disappointing (see "400 million Windows 7 licenses in nature"). It thus has interest to make a profit on Android. iOS is however in a position of strength and Android is a serious rival. Cupertino may prefer see terminals Android banned the market rather than receive a commission on their sales. A settlement agreement is not impossible, but it remains unlikely. Whatever happens, the disputes between the Apple and HTC are not completed. The father of iOS, laid new complaints last week against HTC believing that the firm violated five new patents on information scrolling, zooming and rotation of the screen.

The end of Windows XP in 1 000 days

About 1 000 days (995 today), Windows XP will be more supported by Microsoft. The venerable OS, released in October 2001, should have its time in 2011, but yet, it is still used on 45% of computers connected to the Internet. And on April 8, 2014, which is the (announced) date of his death.The reasons are multiple, between a Vista arrived very late to succeed him and who has not satisfied and maintained by Microsoft on netbooks to 2010, yet the system accuses his age. Indeed, the system poses problems with a lot of current technologies. On the graphic part, Windows XP does support DirectX 9 (it is at version 11) and does not support video decompression engines, which require DXVA 2.0 (and hence Vista) at least. With the DSS and the recent hard drives, Windows XP does not support GUID (and therefore restricted to 2.2), does not handle the TRIM and problems of performance with devices that use 4 KB sectors. Finally, the 64-bit system version is very perfectible and based on Windows NT 5.2, aka Windows Server 2003. Overall, Windows 7 is not really more gourmand, except on very old machines, and has a much more modern basis, without the defects of Windows Vista.

And you, are you still on Windows XP?