The going rate on a 16GB USB flash drive is anywhere from $30 on the lower end up to around $80 on higher end models, and we've even spotted a pair of Kingston drives selling for just shy of $300 on Newegg. But a $10,000 USB drive? That's a first for us.
Not yet available for purchase, the exorbitantly priced USB drive comes from SolidAlliance Mnemosyne, and not only will it tax your wallet, but your mind as well. That's because the drive comes housed in an aluminum puzzle cube that must first be solved before you can get to those digital files stored inside.
"Our USB Flash Drive is similar to a puzzle where the memory is housed in the inner part of the body," Mnemosyne explains. "Without disassembling the puzzle, you will never be able to access the memory that is stored inside. And once you store your unforgettable memory there, you mush assemble the cube."
Motherboards can’t just sit quietly in your case and service your parts anymore. Today, motherboards also must advertise to the entire world that you have one badass system. Hoping to outdo all others, DFI’s LAN Party UT X58 Core i7 motherboard features a massive heat pipe appendage, called the “Flame Chiller,” that juts out the back of your case.
The idea is to transport heat from the heatsinks attached to the board’s power regulators and chipset to outside the case, where it can be cooled by the exhaust from the case. Does it work? The concept makes sense, but we’re a bit skeptical of the small contact patch the heat pipe makes with the board. The external heatsink never got hot in our tests, but we typically don’t overclock test boards far enough to overheat voltage regulators. The Flame Chiller looks cool, though!
This board’s not all about flash and panache, however. The board’s tri-SLI implementation is certainly better than on other X58 boards we’ve tested. While other boards’ x16 PCI-E slot arrangements force you to either buy a specific case enclosure or hack-saw off a portion of your videocard to get a tri-SLI configuration up and running, the LAN Party UT X58’s tri-SLI will work in most cases.
Alienware, a boutique OEM vendor who made a name for itself building high end gaming PCs offered in distinct looking cases, has just released its first monitor, the OptX AW2210, and it doesn't have any tentacles or other alienesque features protruding from the side.
"The ultimate gaming experience requires more than just a great PC," explained Frank Azor, Dell Gaming. "Alienware is building an ecosystem around our machines to give gamers the complete gaming experience."
It's not too surprising to see Alienware release a monitor, considering that Dell, an active player in the LCD display market, now owns the OEM.
The 21.5-inch widescreen TN panel boasts 1920x1080 full HD resolution, a 2ms response time, 16.7 million colors, an 80,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, two HDMi ports, four USB ports, and a titl/swivel/height adjustable stand.
Let's get this out of the way right off the bat - Asus launched its P6T7 WS SuperComputer motherboard in mid-March, so technically it's not 'new.' But there's no splitting hairs about this workstation board being one of the baddest mobos around thanks to a whopping seven PCI-E x16 slots. Yes, we said SEVEN!
While there's nothing to stop a power user from building a truly brag worthy rig with the P6T7 WS as its foundation, this motherboard was really designed for parallel computing. It's been certified for Nvidia Tesla GPU computing with support for up to three Nvidia Tesla cards and one Nvidia Quadro card. Such a configuration adds up to 960 parallel processing cores pumping out 4 freakin' teraflops of processing power, enough to qualify for a basement level supercomputer.
Other specs include RAID 0/1/5/10 support, up to 12 USB 2.0 ports (6 native and 3 USB connectors supporting an additional 6 ports), 2 eSATA 3Gb/s ports, two nForce 200 chips, three-way ATI CrossFireX and Nvidia SLI support, dual LAN ports, and more.
Taiwan-based Shuttle Inc. is mulling an entry into the notebook market, if the grapevine is to be believed. The rumor gained currency after Elitegroup Computer Systems' (ECS') ex-president of notebook business moved to Shuttle as its new president. However, the company has tried to downplay the rumor by contending that it is a bit farfetched to jump to conclusions based on the professional background of its new president. Shuttle is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of motherboards. Its product portfolio also boasts an assortment of small form factor computers and barebones.
We've long heard that good things come in small packages, and that appears to have been Cooler Master's inspiration for its SNA 95, a compact 95W power adapter for laptops. In fact, it's the "smallest 95W adapter in the world," Cooler Master claims, measuring just 2.9 x 0.7 x 5.7 inches.
The late Billy Mays (may he rest in peace) would have a field day with this one, as not only is the SNA 95 the tiniest 95W adapter you can get, but it also sports a few extras, like a USB charging port, cable management base, and nine power tips so you can use it with your iPod, smartphone, PDA, GPS, and other mobile gadgets. It also comes with a smart LED indicator.
So far, we've only spotted the SNA 95 at Sundial Micro for $70 (currently out of stock), but expect to see more retailers carrying the device in the coming weeks.
Intel made a splash in the SSD market with its MLC-based X-25M SSD, which promplty put the beat down on existing SSDs at the time, as well as Western Digital's high octane VelociRaptor, the fastest performing consumer hard drive on the planet. But that was almost a year ago, and since then, other manufacturers have leveled the playing field with high performance SSDs of their own, taking some of the luster out of the X-25M.
Word on the web, however, is that Intel will be launching a new line of SSDs based on the company's 32nm NAND flash memory. Originally planned for Q4 of this year, it looks as though the launch will come much sooner, perhaps in just a few weeks, with Intel confirming it is ahead of schedule.
So far, there aren't any details regarding the new drives, though news and rumor site The Inquirer says to expect at least 80GB, 160GB, and 320GB capacities, and possibly higher, all of which will sport a better bang-for-buck than the pricey X-25M.
Samsung this week announced the S5P6440, which is the company's latest ARM11 processor and the first to be designed using a 45nm lower power CMOS process technology.
"Today's ultra-competitive consumer electronics market demands rapid performance upgrades and effective cost reduction to continue its expansion," said Dr. Kwang-hyn Kim, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing at Samsung Electronics' System LSI division.
The new chip is based on an ARM1175 CPU core, which runs at either 533MHz or 667MHz. A 64-bit AXI bus running at 166MHz connects the core and all on-chip hardware accelerators and peripheral interfaces. In addition, the S5P6440 boasts 2Dgraphics acceleration hardware compliant with the OpenVG API standard, enabling graphical goodies like alpha blending for transparency effects, anti-aliasing, and vector graphics support.
Samsung says it has begun sampling the new ARM11 processor to key customers and will start volume shipments sometime in Q3 of this year.
Thanks to fierce competition between two GPU juggernauts and a worldwide economic recession, never has there been a better time for gamers to trade in their scratch for the latest videocard technology from either AMD/ATI or Nvidia. The price to performance ratio is at an all time high, but before we get too spoiled on falling prices for increasingly powerful GPUs, AMD has made it clear that it has no intention of duking it out with Nvidia in a price slashing war.
"Are we interested in winning share by losing money on every GPU we ship? No," said Rick Bergman, AMD's senior vice president. "We're not going to engage in that and we haven't had to."
Bergman's comments came in response to questions about what the chip maker was doing to compete with Nvidia at the low end. But according to Bergman, AMD has been able to entice OEMs with better stability and performance per dollar versus Nvidia's aggressive pricing strategy.
"If you go and look at Dell, HP, or Acer's website, you'll actually see a lot of ATI graphics at the entry level," Bergman added.
Bergman also played off any concerns AMD might have with Intel's upcoming Larrabee, while also adding that in a year from now, AMD will "have something new and exciting," but did not elaborate on what that might be.
For over a year now, Samsung's 1TB Spinpoint F1 hard drive has been a fan favorite among power users for its price to performance ratio, but the entire F1 series will soon be replaced with updated models, according to news and rumor site The Inquirer.
Reading like something out of a B-movie script, The Inq. claims to have spied some documents dangling out of a Samsung executive's briefcase.
"At the top of one of the documents, we saw an 'F1' had been crossed out and replaced with an 'F3.' At first we wondered whether Max Mosely might have cracked his legal whip down on Samsung's back, but we soon came to understand that, in fact, it was Samsung's next price list - due out in July," wrote Sylvie Barak of The Inquirer.
Without an official statement from Samsung, we can only speculate what the new line will bring to the table, but it will more than likely replace the F1 as Samsung's flagship series. In addition to upping the performance ante, the F3 could also usher in 1.5TB and 2TB capacities, both of which are missing from the F1 line.