When it comes to updating your rig, just to accommodate and dive into the pleasures of playing Battlefield 4, then there’s no thinking twice about which graphics card you should settle for. Gigabyte have released a trio of R9 200 Series cards that pay homage to the game and offer it along! This means that if you settle for the GV-R928XOC-3GD-GA, which is a Radeon R9-280X, the GV-R927XOC-2GD-GA, which is a Radeon R9-270X, or the GV-R927OC-2GD-GA, which is an overclocked (50 MHz) R9-270 graphics card from Gigabyte then you could well end up with the amazing Battlefield 4 game pack and the game in all its entirety.
ROCCAT have just announced their Limited Edition Phantom White Kone Pure Color Gaming Mouse. With all the attributes and names that have gone into baptizing this one, we also have a few good things under the hood to give gamers their dose of deserved performance. The new color is in celebration of the 5th year anniversary of the popular Kone series. It offers a 8200 DPi Pro-Aim R3 laser sensor and high quality Omron switches, just as the Kone Pure. In addition to this, gamers are spoilt with exciting features such as Easy-Shift[+], Easy-Aim and ROCCAT Talk.
The EIZO RadiForce RX850 has been annoumed in Japan and it surely packs quite a bit. Basically a 31.1-inch monitor, the display offers medical professionals 8-megapixel clarity and detail for multi-modality applications. This eliminates the need for multiple displays for monitoring and diagnosis. Images can now be viewed side by side for a more convenient means of monitoring. Additionally, the display also boasts an improved pixel pitch of 0.1704mm resulting in exceptional detailing. Some applications where the EIZO RadiForce RX850 can greatly contribute include digital mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultrasound.
Western Digital have announced what looks to be their flagship dual drive aimed at delivering maximum performance and data control for compact systems. Soon, all in one PCs, notebooks and single drive bay systems can avail of the advantageous 120 GB SSD with 1 TB Hard Drive pairing. The innovative storage packs the 2.5-inch SSD drive to offer maximum performance while managing capacity on the terabyte drive. The Black2 dual drive can be accommodated into the commonly found 9.5mm slot and connects through a single cable. It is targeted towards gamers, media professionals and PC developers. “Our customers told us they like our Solid State Hybrid Drive technology, but our tech savvy users asked for more control of where they store their data,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of WD’s Storage Technology business unit. “The WD Black2 dual drives empower our customers to enjoy SSD performance and access high capacity storage in a no-compromise package. The WD Black2 dual drive is a direct result of our interaction with our customer base through WD Labs initiatives. WD devised its beta labs program to provide an exclusive testing arena for key customers and technology influencers of existing and emerging WD storage products.”
AMD may well be stretching their arms to test the waters in the tablet market. The manufacturer plans to launch a gaming device as per one rumor, in fact, it’s already blessed with a code-name, Project Discovery. The tablet will join the race and rival with Apple, Samsung and a stream of tireless tablets that are currently leaving potential buyers confused and spoiled for choice. TechRadar reported that the Windows 8.1-based tablet has already won an accolade at CES 2014, which is yet a couple of months away.
Recently Seagate announced their all new Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS. This storage system has been specifically designed for offices or workgroups with up to 50 employees. Enabling new businesses with efficient control on access, collaboration and sharing of business data will be a huge help in their infrastructure setup. All this, while ensuring backup on one terminal is an added advantage for data safety. The Windows-based setup also makes it simpler to add new branch offices and control the data centrally. Other features include native support for Active Directory, simple data management, BitLocker encryption, a 2.13GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor to power it up, specialized power management and vibration tolerance for optimum performance and reliability. Price after the jump.
It’s fact that battery life is of criticality with most portable systems. But strangely, we see more focus on attributes such as graphics and some trivial software updations. The Toshiba Dynabook KIRA V634 comes in with the true purpose of a decent ultrabook served. Lovingly addressed ad the Kirkabook, this all new ultrabook seems to be well cut out for action. On the features front, the device will arrive with a 13” display that offers resolutions of up to 1,366 x 768 pixels, Windows 8 running tall and proud and weighing 1.12 kilograms. Ultrabooks are seemingly catching on with the portable device market. The new Dynabook may well stir finer battery performances in other upcoming variants after all.
Some may take it complacently but Nvidia never slowdown their efforts to startle the server grade populous with some rather stunning and highly capable hardware. More recent on the list is the spawn of the company’s association with IBM, the result being the Tesla K40 accelerator with 192 more cores than the previous K20x line. Supercomputing has its benchmarks and recently we have seen the surmounted much too often. Overpowering its predecessor by 40 percent in performance, the K40 comes with 12GB RAM and handle enormous data sets. The alliance between IBM and Nvidia will see more GPU-boosted supercomputing coming to enterprise-grade data center
Asus have introduced their all new silent, long-life graphics card, called the R9 270 DirectCU II. With attributes that tell of its ability to be 20% cooler and three times quieter, all while delivering a noteworthy gaming experience. It is packed with Super Alloy Power components that offer vastly improved longevity and GPU Tweak. The latter is a convenient software tool that enables maximum performance out of the GPU. As far as speed goes, there is no catching up to the amazing 975MHz core speed and the 104% level benchmark in 3DMark. The enhanced cooling is possible thanks to highly conductive copper pipes, which are put in direct contact with the cards GPU. The reduction in noise caused by buzzing and other factors also contributes to the long life of the card.
When it comes to server graphics, there’s never drawing a line. But when you have the power of the AMD FirePro S10000 on your side, you know that there will be few enterprises to draw the performance your systems pump out. The GPU delivers record breaking single and double peak precision floating point performance delivering up to 1.3 times the single and up to 7.8 times the double peak precision floating point performance as compared to any competing dual-GPU. The FirePro S10000 is touted to be the ‘world’s first professional grade graphics card to exceed one teraflop of peak double precision floating point performance – boasting an unprecedented 1.48 TFLOPS’. This could be a great boost for those seeking high-precision data, especially in fields such as Genetic Sequencing, Structural Mechanics and Reservoir Simulation. The GPU stakes its claim as being 147% more powerful than the world’s fastest super computer in 1999. Well, claims are claims, and we’re buying this one.