OCZ has been one of the few SSD manufacturer’s who have been extremely successful with their Vertex SSD series of line-up. Today OCZ launched another new series of Solid State Drive called “Agility” which uses Indilinx Controller which is made from a little known Korean based company. The Controller offers superb Value for Money and provides superb read/write, random read/write speed which is not provided by any other Controller present in the market.
The “Agility” series have 64MB of DRAM cache, and have a read/write speed of 230MB/s and 135MB/s respectively. The NAND Flash memory used in the drive is rumoured to be a MLC X4 due to the low price of the drive. The MLC X4 NAND chips recently went into production from Toshiba and Sandisk. The Prices of the “Agility” series of SSD is still unknown but if rumour’s are to be believed it will cost only a few bucks more than the “Apex” Series of SSD’s from OCZ.
AMD is expected to announce a price cut next month on the HD 48xx Graphics Card series line-up. The price cut is expected to be upto 50$, thanks to the lower manufacturing costs. The Price cuts arrives before AMD is expected to launch their new Dx11 series of Graphics Card line up during the coming Summer.
Thanks to the price cut, the Price of the High-End HD4890 will go down from 249$ to 199$ while the HD4870 will retail for 149$ down from its current price of 199$. The price cut helps push the HD4850 in the <100$ range and thus making it compete with HD4770, nVidia 9xxx series. The Price Cut on HD4850 will help AMD make the HD4850 act as a subsitutue for HD4770 which is currently selling like hot cakes in the market.
It looks like AMD is trying to finish the left over stock of the HD48xx series which they have before they launch the new HD5xxx Dx11 Capable Graphics Card in the market. The 50$ price cut makes the HD 48xx price very tempting and many people who already own the HD48xx series will go in for Crossfire for a better gaming performance.
Asus during CeBIT 2009 showcased the motherboard P6X58 which had SATA-600 interface. Reports says that the same motherboard i.e. Asus P6X58 which is based on the Intel X58 Chipset was equipped with a USB 3.0 Controller manufactured by NEC. Gigabyte also showcased a motherboard which was equipped with SATA- 600 and USB 3.0 interface and was based on the Intel P55 Chipset.
Insiders say that some of the motherboard manufacturer’s are apprehensive to shift to SATA-600 Controllers because of the limited speed of PCI x1 Interface and compatibility woes. The first generation PCI interface have a speed limit of 250MB/sec which along with the fact that there is no SATA-600 compatible Hard Disk on the market make the motherboard manufacturer’s apprehensive to shift to it.
Looks like AMD is on a roll here, after yesterday’s announcement of the IstanbulOpteron Processor’s and ATI Radeon E4690, AMD today launched 2 new Dual Core CPU’s to take on Intel the Athlon II X2 250 and the Phenom II X2 550. The Athlon II X2 Processor is based on 45nm fabrication and has a TDP of 65W, down 30W from its predecessor 65nm Athlon family of CPU’s. The CPU features 2 cores running at 3GHz each and will feature 2MB of L2 cache, but there will be no L3 cache so as to differentiate the Athlon series of Processor from the Phenom branded Processor’s.
The Phenom II X2 550 Dual Core Processor has 2 Cores running at 3.1GHz each and it features an unlocked multiplier so as to facilitate overclocking and has an 80W TDP. The Phenom II X2 550 Processor features 512KB of L2 cache for each core and a 6Mb L3 cache. Both the processor’s support both DDR2 RAM’s when coupled with an AM2+ Motherboard and DDR3 RAM’s when used with an AM3 compatible Motherboard. AMD enabled the backward compatibility between AM2, AM2+ and AM3 sockets so as to keep the cost of upgrading down for its users. People who already own AM2+ Motherboards just need to update their BIOS before they can start using these processors. AMD has priced these processors to fight against Intel E4500 and E7400 respectively. The AMD Athlon II X2 250 processor’s OEM price is 87$ while the Phenom II X2 550 OEM price is 102$.
AMD is also slated to launch the Phenom II X2 545 later this month which will have a TDP of 70W.
AMD today along with the announcement of AMD Istanbul’ Server Class Processor’s also announced a new integrated GPU dubbed ATI Radeon E4690. The ATI Radeon is the first Integrated GPU in the world to support Dx 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0. The GPU has a memory of 512Mb running at 700 MHz GDDR3 and the memory interface is 128bit along with 320 shader processors. The GPU is built on the 55nm fabrication process and has inbuilt support for Display Port, and also supports Shader model v4.0 and UVD 2.0.
ATI Radeon E4690 when publically available will be the fastest ever Integrated GPU which nearly matches the performance of a discrete GPU. The ATI Radeon E4690 sets a new bar for embedded graphics performance. Blazingly fast graphics and HD video capabilities enhance the appeal of applications âˆ’ such as arcade, casino, digital signage and more. With the industry’s only embedded graphics chip that offers DirectX 10.1 and UVD 2.0 support, the ATI Radeon E4690 enables competitive advantages for AMD’s embedded customers,said Richard Jaenicke, director of integrated graphics at Advanced Micro Devices a.k.a AMD.
AMD today announced the availability of AMD IstanbulOpteron Processor’s by this week end. AMD IstanbulProcessor’s are 6-Core High end x86 Processor’s designed for Server Use. AMD’s IstanbulProcessor’s are based on AMD’s 45nm Quad Core Shangaiarchitecture. The new Processor’s are also equipped with a new technology called HT Assist’ which helps in significantly improving I/O performance by reducing the traffic generated by the processors in seeking the shortest path to the data. In layman language it means that HT assist keeps a track of the data present in the caches of CPU, Memory, and Hard disk and directly points the Core to the Data it needs, instead of allowing the processor to search for the data.
AMD Istanbulprocessors use the same socket which Shangaiuses i.e. Socket 1207. AMD reports that the Istanbulprocessors will give a 30% increase in performance per watt with an overall performance improvement of 40 to 50%. AMD also said that they beat their expectations in launching the Istanbulprocessors. AMD launched Istanbulprocessors way before Intel is expected to launch their new Nehalem Ex based CPU’s.
We hope that this new AMD Processor is free from bugs which plagued the launch of AMD Phenom Processors.
Last Year when Dell acquired Alienware it said that it won’t be killing the XPS line-up, but contradictory to their statement, Dell today finally killed the XPS line-up as far its related to powerful gaming notebooks, and also announced the All PowerfulAlienware M17x laptop which lives up to its tagline of All Powerful. The base configuration of the notebook features a GTX260M which can be upgraded to Dual GTX280M for some serious gaming horsepower. The notebook by default comes with an Nvidia 9400M G1 GPU which takes advantage of the Hybrid Power technology and helps in providing better battery life. Essentially it means that the notebook switches to 9400M G1 instead of the Monster’s Mobile GPU when are not doing any GPU intensive task. You are spoilt for choice when it comes to the Processor for this notebook with options ranging from Core 2 Duo to Core 2 Quad Extreme. You can also increase the RAM of the notebook to a maximum of 8GB.
A 1TB HDD or a 512MB SSD available in Raid 0/1 handles all your storage need. The inbuilt slot-loading Optical Drive also comes with a Blu-Ray option. There is no lack of Connectivity as the Notebook offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Ports, FireWire, eSata, Express Card Slot, and finally a memory card reader. Also by now you must have guessed it, the notebook comes with a 17screen having a resolution of 1900*1200 and a 9 Cell battery is nothing but a necessity to power this beast. Typical of Alienware, the notebook sports led lights for the extra bling.
Oh! And the base price of the machine is 1799$ and fully loaded notebook may cost twice or thrice of the base machine price.
Dell Studio 14z NotebookDell Studio 14z NotebookEven though the Netbook market is expanding rapidly Dell still thinks that there is a market for notebooks especially for those which carry a low price tag. Dell today launched the Studio 14z series of Notebook, which are thin, and offer are decently spec’ed. Prices start from 649$, which is quite good. The Notebook comes with a 14.1CCFL/W-LED (Optional) Screen, 1.3MP Cam and Wi-Fi and 8 USB Ports. A Nvidia 9400M handles the graphics department of the notebook. Surprisingly there is no Memory Card Reader and Bluetooth available by default, though you can get an Express Slot Card Reader and Bluetooth when/if you customize the notebook to your liking. Oh and yes there is no Inbuilt Optical drive though an external Blu-Ray drive is optional.
You can also increase the Hard Disk Capacity to a maximum of 500GB, which sounds useful for data storage purposes. The Laptop by default comes with a 6 Cell Battery which can be upgraded to an 8 Cell one, which will give you a battery backup of more than 6 hours if you couple it with the W-LED Screen. The Notebook is also quite slim its thickness varies from 0.79′ inch to 1.2′ inch.Dell Studio 14z Notebooks also tend to become the first consumer notebooks to offer FailSafe Theft Prevention Option. This feature protects the data present on the laptop when its gets stolen by allowing the files to be deleted when the notebook is connected to the internet.
The Notebook is currently available in 6 color’s and there is a 5$ Donation done by Dell each time someone order’s a Pink Colored notebook to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, which sounds right as Pink is the Symbolic Color of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.