GIGABYTE INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today launched their highly anticipated Z68 series motherboards, based on the Intel Z68 Express Chipset and supporting the new 2nd generation Intel Core processors. Delivering the very best that Intel 6 series chipsets have to offer, including a significant performance boost with Intel Smart Response Technology, the first ever mSATA drive connectors on a standard desktop PC motherboard,and GIGABYTE's proprietary Touch BIOS technology, GIGABYTE Z68 series motherboards put users in the driver seat, allowing them to take total control over how their system operates and performs to best match their individual computing needs. 11 models are available now, with more than 9 additional models, including at least 4 mSATA versions, to be introduced in June, 2011.
"GIGABYTE is excited to introduce a complete range of Z68 Express Chipset enabled motherboards that deliver exceptional performance and a multitude of unique features like Touch BIOS and onboard mSATA that help them stand out from the crowd," commented Richard Chen, VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at GIGABYTE. " Intel has really raised the bar with the performance potential and rich feature set of the Z68 chipset, and as such, we fully expect the Z68 chipset to be the number one choice for users wanting to build their next Intel 6 series-based system."
VIA Labs, Inc., a leading supplier of USB 3.0 integrated chip controllers, announced the certification of its VL701 Low-Power USB 3.0 to SATA Bridge Controller by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) while adhering to strict power-consumption criteria for bus-powered devices. The comprehensive suite of tests conducted as part of the USB-IF Compliance and Certification Program ensures that certified products are interoperable with existing USB devices while also offering all the speed and power enhancements of the USB 3.0 specification. VIA Labs is currently the first and only company to achieve USB-IF Bus-Powered certification using a traditional hard disk drive, which draws more power than flash-based devices.
Featuring an industry-first fully-integrated 5V switching regulator, the VIA Labs VL701 Low-Power USB 3.0 to SATA Bridge is a single-chip solution that achieves the highest power efficiency while offering users transfer rates up to 10 times that of USB 2.0.
SSD Caching has become the “Hot” Storage topic of the PC industry. In the near future, motherboards based on the Intel SandyBridge (Z68) will bring SSD Caching to the desktop PC. SSD Caching boots system performance by using high-speed solid state disks to offset slower, but high-capacity hard disk drives. Once limited to enterprise server applications, SSD Caching is now within the reach of PC users. The mainstream consumer market has embraced SSD’s sub $100 models are now commonplace; ideal for caching applications.
Recently, HighPoint Technologies has launched a pair of 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 HBA’s that deliver SSD Caching solutions to any PCI-Express Platform, sharing the high-performance benefits of this technology with PC users worldwide. HighPoint SSD Caching HBA’s combine any SSD and HDD of any capacity into a single storage drive. SSD Caching Drives can be used to boot the system, host applications or simply serve as libraries for file storage and Home Media Networks. HighPoint SSD Caching HBA’s provide two distinct modes of operation: Safe-Mode stores all permanent data safely on the HDD for security, while Capacity Mode uses the space provided by each device to optimize storage and performance.
SanDisk Corporation, the global leader in flash memory cards, today announced a 64-gigabit (Gb), 2-bits-per-cell (X2) based monolithic chip made on 19-nanometer (nm) technology, the most advanced memory process technology node in the world. This latest technology enables SanDisk to produce embedded and removable storage devices with the high capacities and small form factors used in mobile phones, tablet computers and other devices.
SanDisk will sample its 19nm 64Gb X2 device this quarter and expects to begin high-volume production in the second half of 2011. At that time, SanDisk will also add 3-bits-per-cell (X3) products fabricated with the 19nm process technology to its product lineup.
"We are excited to introduce the world's smallest and lowest-cost NAND flash chips based on industry-leading 19nm process technology in our ongoing collaboration with our manufacturing partner Toshiba," said Yoram Cedar, executive vice president and chief technology officer, SanDisk. "Products based on this technology are designed to enable new applications, form factors and consumer experience that will continue to drive the flash industry to new heights."
AMD Radeon HD 6450 and 6570 Graphics Cards @ InsideHW.com
ASUS O!Play HD2 HD Media Player @ ThinkComputers.org
ASUS RT-N56U Wireless-N Gigabit Router @ Benchmark Reviews
Evercool Transformer 4+ Plus CPU Cooler @ Tweaknews
GIGABYTE Aivia M8600 Wireless Gaming Mouse @ Techgage
GIGABYTE GA-E350N-USB3 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo @ OCIA.net
GIGABYTE T1125N-CF1 11.6-inch Tablet Convertible Notebook @ TweakTown
HTC Thunderbolt Android Smartphone @ HotHardware
Razer Nostromo Gaming Keypad @ Metku.net
Thermaltake Frio - CLP0564 @ Computing on Demand
Thermaltake Max 5G USB Drive Enclosure @ Bigbruin.com
The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) today announced the first certified SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) chipsets. The A75 and A70M FCH chipsets from AMD represent a major milestone for broad SuperSpeed USB adoption among manufacturers, as built-in USB 3.0 support enables designers to seamlessly incorporate SuperSpeed USB into their systems. Certification of AMD A75 and A70M FCH chipsets provides assurance to manufacturers and consumers that the SuperSpeed USB chipsets are interoperable and comply with the USB 3.0 specification.
“The ramp of the SuperSpeed USB ecosystem has been unprecedented, and the first certified SuperSpeed USB chipsets from AMD are a momentous step in the industry,” said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President & COO. “SuperSpeed USB integration into the chipsets is a strong incentive for manufacturers to bring an even broader range of SuperSpeed USB solutions to the market.”
“The integration of SuperSpeed USB into AMD’s Fusion Controller Hubs demonstrates AMD’s commitment to providing the industry’s latest, most innovative connectivity technologies,” said Chris Cloran, AMD Corporate Vice-President and General Manager, Client Group. “AMD Fusion Controller Hubs will provide competitive performance while consuming low power with active USB 3.0 traffic for high definition video and fast connectivity with the latest SuperSpeed USB devices.”
Now-shipping to retailers worldwide: HighPoint RocketHybrid HBA’s – delivering cost-effective, high-speed hybrid storage for gamers, media professionals and PC-enthusiasts. RocketHybrid HBA’s are cutting-edge PCI-Express 2.0, SATA 6Gb’s Host Adapters, powered by Marvell’s revolutionary HyperDuo technology.
The performance benefits of SSD’s over conventional HDD’s are enticing to all, but their high cost of entry and low storage capacity keep many potential customers away. Hybrid storage resolves this dilemma – with RocketHybrid HBA’s, you can combine inexpensive SATA hard disks with fast SSD’s, into a high-performance and high-capacity storage solution. RocketHybrid HBA’s remove the dollar-per-gigabyte barriers imposed by today’s high-capacity SSD’s.
Windows operating systems will recognize hybrid storage disks as ordinary, single drives – they are simple to configure and can be used immediately.
Amazon.com, Inc. today announced the launch of Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon Cloud Player for Web and Amazon Cloud Player for Android. Together, these services enable customers to securely store music in the cloud and play it on any Android phone, Android tablet, Mac or PC, wherever they are. Customers can easily upload their music library to Amazon Cloud Drive and can save any new Amazon MP3 purchases directly to their Amazon Cloud Drive for free.
"We’re excited to take this leap forward in the digital experience,” said Bill Carr, vice president of Movies and Music at Amazon. “The launch of Cloud Drive, Cloud Player for Web and Cloud Player for Android eliminates the need for constant software updates as well as the use of thumb drives and cables to move and manage music.”
“Our customers have told us they don’t want to download music to their work computers or phones because they find it hard to move music around to different devices,” Carr said. “Now, whether at work, home, or on the go, customers can buy music from Amazon MP3, store it in the cloud and play it anywhere.”
AMD Phenom II X4 840 CPU @ Rbmods
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch @ HotHardware
Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer DDR3 PC3-12800 Memory Kit @ Madshrimps
Crucial m4 256GB SATA 6G SSD @ TweakTown
GIGABYTE Aivia M8600 Wireless Macro Gaming Mouse @ TweakTown
Patriot PBO Core HD Media Player @ ThinkComputers.org
POV GeForce GTX 590 @ TweakPC.de
SilverStone GF06 HTPC Chassis @ OCIA.net
Swiftech Polaris 120 High Performance CPU Cooler @ TweakTown
Thermalright Shaman VGA Cooler @ Tweaknews
Tt eSPORTS Black Gaming Mouse @ BCCHardware and Techgage
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro CPU Cooler @ Tweaknews
ASUS EAH6870 1GB Video Card @ ITShootOut.com
ASUS GeForce GTX 590 3GB Video Card @ TweakTown
Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler @ TweakTown
Corsair SP2200 2.1 Speaker System @ TweakTown
Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer PC3-12800 @ OCIA.net
GeForce GTX 590 vs Radeon HD 6990 @ InsideHW
Intel Core i3 2100 Sandy Bridge Processor @ Phoronix
Intel Core i5-2520QM and The Asus K53E 15-inch Notebook @ HotHardware.com
Lowepro Rezo 140 AW Camera Bag @ reviewstash.com
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews and HotHardware.com
Seagate GoFlex 1TB External Drive for Mac @ Bigbruin.com
Sentey Optimus GS-6000 Mid Tower Chassis @ TweakTown
Speck Fitted iPad Case @ ThinkComputers.org
Tt eSPORTS Shock Gaming Headset @ BCCHardware
Zalman CNPS11X Extreme CPU Cooler @ Tweaknews