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The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 15 June 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • AMD has showed off its next-generation code-named Trinity accelerated processing unit (APU) in action, with the company claiming that the chips will be released as a mainstream solution in 2012 and is expected to be 50% faster than existing offerings;
  • NEC has reportedly claimed to have developed content addressable memory (CAM) that delivers the same non-volatile data storage performance with and without power supply;
  • HTC has backtracked on its earlier claim and is now suggesting that it might be possible to have its HTC Desire smartphone support version 2.3 of the Android operating system also known as Gingerbread;
  • WD has announced the release of its WD Nomad rugged case for its My Passport portable hard drives, which is reportedly tought enough to protect them from seven-feet drops, as well as moisture and spills;
  • Techspot has carried out a performance test on the recently-released Duke Nukem Forever game to ascertain if it really deserves the criticism it has been receiving, and
  • Nintendo's president Satoru Iwata has confirmed that the company's upcoming Wii U video game console will not be shipped with the capability to play DVDs and Blu-ray discs

Hardware News

BitFenix Shinobi Window Case Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: BitFenix's goal with the Shinobi Window was to address the budget minded gamer and provide a lot of high end features in a mid tower case. In my opinion they pulled this off brilliantly by packing thoughtful features and only making modest compromises. The fit and finish is fabulous and the case has a very solid feel with the exception of the fairly thin side panels. The soft touch finish gives the case a bit of class and combined with the nice recessed vent lines really makes a statement. Look out high priced PC case manufacturers, there is a new sheriff in town and he is gunning for you…

NVIDIA NF200 x16/x16 vs. Intel x8/x8 P67 Performanc?e Analysis
Description: Unlike most performance motherboards that by default carry only an x8 / x8 setup when SLI or CrossFire X is used, the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme offers us the NF200 chip to add more PCI-E lanes to the board. Over the last few years we've seen companies implement the chip to boards to help move the default SLI or CrossFire X setup from x8 / x8 which is offered via the Intel chipset, to x16 / x16 via the NF200 chip. When you move away from a two card setup and into a three card one, boards without the NF200 chip would run x8 / x8 / x4, while with the NF200 we're able to achieve x16 / x8 / x8 which when having so much power on hand, is extremely appreciated. ASUS do it a little differently, though, and they do it in a way that has confused people. On the Maximus IV Extreme and Extreme-Z, their P67 and Z68 boards, by default they offer x8 / x8 via the Intel chipset. It isn't until you add a third card into the mix that the NF200 chip comes in handy, because in that situation we get a x8 / x16 / x16 setup.

OCZ Technology Agility 3 240GB Solid State Drive Review @ OCIA.net
Description: The SSD technology of today is worlds better than what we had in 2009. Better understanding of the technology, mature controllers, Windows 7, SATA 6Gb/sec and even the PCI-e bus have all advanced things to a point where SSDs are coming close to mainstream adoption. Pricing is also much more attractive as evident by the drive we are looking at today, OCZ's Agility 3 240GB unit. The Agility 3 is one of three new SATA 6Gb/sec SSDs and is classified as a high-performance drive alongside the higher-end Vertex 3.

Sapphire Pure Fusion Mini E350 Review @ Rage3D
Description: AMD's Brazos platform spans mobility and the small form factor desktop. We review Sapphire's Pure Fusion Mini E350, a mini-ITX board in the TDP of an energy-efficient processor to see how it's moved on the low power and media consumption market niche.

Thermaltak?e Level 10 GT Review – XSReviews
Description: Last year Thermaltake introduced an iconic looking chassis that while it wasn’t the greatest in terms of cooling or practicality, the original Level 10 was certainly a head turner; even if it was just to look at the £500+ price tag. Now though Thermaltake have worked on the design, creating this new version known as the GT. It’s not quite as pretty and has some lumpty plastic parts, but it’s certainly still interesting. Let’s see how it turns out.

Patriot Memory VIPER Xtreme PC3-12800 CL8 6GB Kit Review
Description: The latest VIPER Xtreme Low Latency 6GB DDR3 1600MHz CL8 kit by Patriot Memory may not be the fastest of its kind but thanks to the new low-profile heatsinks it looks great and also hits the sweet spot between performance and price.

AMD's Trinity to Be at Least 50% Faster than Llano
Description: At the AMD Fusion Development Summit (AFDS), Advanced Micro Devices for the first time demonstrated its next-generation code-named Trinity accelerated processing unit (APU) in action. This is the first evidence that the chip, which will be released as AMD's mainstream solution in 2012, is already working. The product is expected to be 50% faster than existing offerings.

NEC Says Its Memory Saves Info Without Power
Description: NEC claims to have developed content addressable memory (CAM) that delivers the same non-volatile data storage performance with and without power supply.

Consumer Electronics and Software news

The move away from .Net could kill Microsoft
Description: Developers are increasingly worried that software giant Microsoft is cooling on its .Net platform. Redmond has been giving developers mixed messages on the .Net platform as talk has been hotting up on Windows 8. Now it seems that Vole is not interested in .Net any more. Microsoft appears dead keen on running HTML5 and JavaScript as its main application development tools for Windows 8 and this leaves .Net effectively high and dry. Part of this move to HTML5 and JavaScript is the PR value. It is showing the world that Microsoft is on top of things and that it can still be cutting edge.

Samsung Central Station: The Future of Laptop Docking?
Description: Back at CES 2011, Samsung showed us something that may have seemed a bit futuristic back then but which is now reality. They showed us a monitor that connects to your laptop wirelessly and on top of that, the monitor acts as a USB hub and the USB devices connect wirelessly too. Samsung calls this technology Central Station. You simply connect a small USB dongle to your laptop, take the laptop within the monitor’s range and your laptop automatically connects to the monitor and peripherals attached to it, wirelessly. You walk away and the monitor goes black. Pretty simple, right?

HTC Changes Its Mind, and Decides Gingerbread on Desire Is Possible
Description: In under 24 hours, HTC has done a complete U-turn on their former flagship Desire phone after public pressure (we assume), announcing via its UK Facebook page that "contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire." Great news for owners of the year-old phone, though we wonder how they shrunk the Sense UI down?

HTC Kingdom soars into FCC's database, WiMAX radio signals a Sprint release
Description: Up until now, all we've had to go on were leaked Blurrycam photos and a few morsels "from the inside." Now, however, HTC's going to have an awfully difficult time denying the existence of its so-called Kingdom, known to the FCC as PH44100. The filing itself doesn't reveal a whole heck of a lot beyond what we already knew — a 4.3-inch qHD display, namely — but the presence of both a CDMA and WiMAX radio assures us that it'll be heading for Sprint sooner rather than later. A qHD contender for The Now Network? Yes, please.

iPad 3 Retina Display spotted in iOS 5 beta?
Description: It seems that iOS 5 beta has let loose its fair share of goodies, and among them would be the upcoming iPad 3 (or so that is what it is called at the moment unless Apple decides to do something totally different) which is said to feature the high resolution Retina Display. Of course, those who are familiar with the iPad 2′s pre-release frenzy would have realized that the iPad 2 might have just come with a Retina Display – although that ultimately proved to be a rumor instead of fact. Having dug around in iOS 5 beta, one source out there (from Techunwrapped) did discover some images in the Twitter.framework portion of the SDK that pointed out a resolution of 1536 x 2048, which is double that of the current 768 x 1024 display found on the iPad.

WD intros Nomad case for protecting external hard drives
Description: WD on Wednesday announced the release of its WD Nomad rugged case made to house its My Passport portable hard drives. It will also protect them from drops from up to seven feet, as well as moisture and spills. The polycarbonate exterior is paired with a shock-absorbing elastomer interior.

Gaming news

Duke Nukem Forever Performance Test
Description: The Duke Nukem franchise has deep roots in PC gaming history. The trash-talking action hero made his debut some two decades ago in 1991 on MS-DOS followed by a sequel in 1993. Three years later, Duke Nukem 3D took the industry by storm. Then as you know, Duke Nukem Forever took 14 years until it finally arrived. With a mixed bag of reviews and criticism from various angles, Duke Nukem Forever's long history of controversy will not rest for now. But as usual this performance review is less about DNF's gameplay and more about showing you how the game runs on a broad spectrum of today's (and yesterday's) PC hardware.

Wii U will not play DVDs or Blu-ray, Iwata says
Description: Planning to replace that aging Blu-ray player with a Wii U? Not so fast. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata says the gaming console won't play DVD or Blu-ray discs, due to patent licensing fees.

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