Wednesday, June 24, 2015

IT News Head Lines (techPowerUp) 6/25/2015


GIGABYTE Outs Cost-effective P85-Gaming 3 Motherboard
For those looking to build a gaming rig on a shoestring budget, yet want a "gamer-centric" motherboard that has good onboard audio, GIGABYTE launched just the thing - the P85-Gaming 3. This socket LGA1150 motherboard is based on Intel B85 Express chipset, and derives the "P" in its model name from the fact that it has minimal connectivity for its integrated graphics (just one HDMI port), since its target buyers use discrete graphics cards anyway. The board is built in the slim (190 mm wide) ATX form-factor, and draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors. The CPU is powered by a basic 4-phase VRM.

Expansion slots include one PCI-Express 3.0 x16, a second x16 slot that's electrical gen 2.0 x4 and wired to the PCH; and two each of PCIe 2.0 x1 and legacy PCI. Storage connectivity includes four SATA 6 Gb/s and two SATA 3 Gb/s. Its onboard audio solution features a Realtek ALC892 CODEC, backed by audio-grade electrolytic capacitors, a headphones amp, and ground-layer isolation. Gigabit Ethernet, and four USB 3.0 ports (two on the rear panel, two by headers), make for the rest of it. Expect an attractive sub-$100 price tag.

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(PR) Antec Announces TrueQuiet 120 UFO Fan Series in Europe
Antec is presenting TrueQuiet 120 UFO, an extremely quiet fan for PC housings with a highly efficient level of air circulation. Nine specially shaped fan-blades prevent swirls and their unwanted noise. Due to rubberised contact points to the housing, vibrations are being dampened efficiently. Thanks to its transparent LED ring, the TrueQuiet 120 UFO can powerfully illuminate the housing in the colours blue, green, white or red. The included rubber pins furthermore enable a tool-free installation of the fan.

Finally the TrueQuiet 120 UFO is available in Europe, bringing state-of-the-art fan technology to PC systems. This new 120-mm housing fan has been developed with a strong focus on noise reduction and performs its work almost unheard. Two ventilating speeds are available via control system: 1,000 rounds per minute at 19.9 dBA or 600 rounds per minute at almost unnoticeable 8.9 dBA.

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(PR) QNAP Adds 4-bay Models to the High-performance TVS-x71U Turbo vNAS Series
QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced the release of the new 10GbE-ready TVS-471U Turbo vNAS series, including the TVS-471U-RP and TVS-471U. Featuring high performance, scalable design, reliability and rich business applications, the TVS-471U series is designed for SMBs to ensure smooth daily file operations with low total cost of ownership. The exclusive QvPC Technology introduces more hands-on usage for directly accessing stored data, monitoring live surveillance feeds, watching multimedia, and much more with a keyboard, mouse, and HDMI display. By using Qsirch, users can quickly search through all of their files on the QNAP NAS to find specific items with better productivity.

The 4-bay rackmount TVS-471U series is powered by Intel Haswell Pentium and Core i3 processors that are capable of providing over 1,500 MB/s throughput and 128,000 IOPS for CPU-intensive tasks including Virtualization Station, serving large numbers of simultaneous connections, and 4K video playback and transcoding. Its two on-board internal cache ports enables users to install mSATA flash modules to further enhance NAS performance for IOPS-demanding applications. The storage capacity of the TVS-471U series can be scaled up to over 1PB by attaching multiple QNAP RAID expansion enclosures (REXP-1600U-RP and REXP-1200U-RP).

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AMD Does Trust its CPUs After all, to Offer Intel on Project Quantum as Options
AMD issued a statement on its upcoming Project Quantum SFF gaming desktop featuring Intel CPUs. The company clarified that it will offer both Intel and AMD processors, in the interest of consumer choice. AMD pointed out that the star-attraction in Project Quantum is the fact that it features two "Fiji" graphics processors in CrossFire configuration, to serve up graphics power unheard of, for this form-factor. Buyers will have a choice over the CPU, so if they feel that a CPU of a particular brand serves their needs better, they can make that choice.

Project Quantum will be an SFF gaming PC designed for super high resolution gaming. The company collaborated with liquid cooling majors to come up with a custom solution that cools the CPU and the two "Fiji" GPUs, over a common coolant channel, and a single large radiator. The system is split between two thermally-isolated chambers, with just coolant tubing and wiring running between the two. The bottom chamber features the mini-ITX form-factor motherboard, the dual-GPU video card, the SSD, and the power distribution PCB (PSU is external), while the top chamber is dominated by the radiator, and other liquid cooling components, such as the reservoir, pump, and a single large fan.

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(PR) QNAP Launches 2 GB RAM Variant of AMD-Powered TS-563 NAS
QNAP Inc. knows small and medium business IT storage needs well; and starting today has a new Turbo NAS offering that perfectly blends storage capacity, performance, and business productivity - the TS-563. This new 5-drive desktop NAS features up to 30 TB (with five 6 TB drives) of storage and is 10 GbE network ready. This new model also features 2 GB of DDR3L RAM (an 8 GB model was launched in May). The TS-563-2G is the second QNAP product line to be introduced; which features the AMD G-series quad-core 2.00 GHz embedded processor with its impressive, virtualization and hardware accelerated encryption capabilities.

Today's small and medium businesses need to wring every dollar of productivity out of their IT spends and that extends to storage. QNAP's Turbo NAS' have evolved into being far more than just networked storage, file/printer sharing, and backup solutions. Today they can host virtual machines without the expense of VMware, host websites, and a bevy of other business critical applications. Extend the capabilities of a QNAP NAS further with a wide range of free Apps available from 3rd party developers, right from the dashboard of the embedded QTS management interface. QNAP's brand new Qsirch search feature makes it fast and easy to find documents, videos, photos, music, and more on the NAS through natural-search terms similar to how one would use a search engine.

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AOC Releases a Pair of AMD FreeSync-Ready Gaming Monitors
AOC released a pair of high refresh-rate gaming monitors featuring AMD FreeSync, a technology that synchronizes the the display's refresh-rate to the GPU's output frame-rate, for smooth, stutter-free display output. These include the 24-inch G2460PF, and the 27-inch G2770PF. Both offer full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolutions, and are based on TN-film panels, but offer refresh-rates of up to 144 Hz, and response-time of 1 ms. Both panels offer viewing angles of 170°/160° (H/V); up to 350 cd/m² maximum brightness on the G2460PF, and up to 300 cd/m² on the G2770PF. Display inputs on both, include DisplayPort 1.2a (required for FreeSync), dual-link DVI, and D-Sub (VGA). The G2460PF is expected to be priced around $350 (including taxes), while the G2770PF is expected to go for $450 (including taxes).

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AMD Releases Catalyst 15.6 Driver for Batman: Arkham Knight
AMD released Catalyst 15.6 drivers, with optimizations for Batman: Arkham Knight. These Beta drivers, meant for Radeon R9 200 series, HD 7000 series, and HD 6000 series;(there are separate upcoming drivers for R9 300 and R9 Fury series); include performance optimizations, stability improvements for Batman: Arkham Knight, this week's big game release. The game itself has been causing problems to PC gamers, with a 30 fps cap, which can be disabled using a config file edit, but yielding stuttering and frame-skipping on both Radeon and GeForce video cards; and is expected to see a launch-day patch.
DOWNLOAD: AMD Catalyst 15.6 for Batman: Arkham Knight, for Windows 7 64-bit | Windows 7 32-bit | Windows 8.1 64-bit | Windows 8.1 32-bit

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