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The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 15 Mar 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • A slide containing information about an NVIDIA GTX 590 has seemingly been leaked out onto the Internet;
  • Researchers from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Illinois have developed a new low-power digital memory which uses much less power than conventional memory used in PCs;
  • 3DMark Vantage 1.1.0 gets released;
  • Adobe has issued a security bulletin for a new zero-day vulnerability found in Flash;
  • Dragon's Age gets reviewed, and
  • our sister site SGCafe gets its hands on the limited edition boxset of Disgaea 4, Nippon Ichi's first sRPG game for 2011.

Hardware News:

ASUS GeForce GTX 550Ti DirectCU TOP 1GB DDR5 DX11 Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: The ASUS GeForce GTX 550Ti DirectCU TOP can be considered a "Top Sniper". The GTX 550Ti DirectCU TOP takes the 550 to the near extreme. The 550Ti is a re-built 450 to meet the needs of the newest games and gamers. Unlike the 450, the 550Ti now has a 192-bit memory interface, and, because of mixed density GDDR5 chips, still retains the 1GB size. ASUS has increased the core clock speed to 975MHz and added their DirectCU cooling solution on top.

MSI GeForce GTX 550 Ti Cyclone II Review
Description: MSI's GeForce GTX 550 Ti Cyclone II measures in at 210 millimetres in length (8.26 inches), approximately the same size as NVIDIA's reference design, and requires a minimum of 400W or greater system power supply. Cooling is provided by a custom 9cm PWM fan and cooler combination with dual heat pipes and an aluminium fin array that allows for efficient heat transfer and dissipation, especially in a well ventilated case.

New form of computer memory uses 100 times less power
Description: Researchers from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Illinois have developed a new low-power digital memory which uses much less power and is faster than other solutions currently available. The breakthrough could give future consumer devices like smartphones and laptops a much longer battery life, but might also benefit equipment used in telecommunications, science or by the military.

Evercool HPL-815EP Low Profile Cooler Review at Overclockers Online
Description: Evercool turns out a number of solid products and the HPL-815EP is no exception. It may have a less than flashy name but it gets the job done. It is a good cooler if you have limited space and have no intentions of overclocking making it a perfect choice for home theater PCs no matter your choice in processor.

Zalman ZM-F4 135mm Ultra Quiet Fan Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: The Zalman ZM-F4 is not your typical 120mm cooling fan. The Zalman ZM-F4 is a 135mm multi-purpose fan that uses standard 120mm mounting holes. Using “Advanced Sleeve” bearing, the ZM-F4 fan from Zalman spins at 900 to 1300 RPM with a noise level of 18 to 26 dBA. Since the ZM-F4 uses 120mm mounting holes, it can be used in place of a 120mm fan, whether inside a chassis or as an active cooling solution for an aftermarket heatsink. For an even quieter operation, Zalman includes silicone mounting pins and an RC56 resistor with every ZM-F4 fan package

OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB PCIe SSD Review @ Vortez
Description: Our recent trip to CeBIT revealed OCZ Technology's endeavours as they remain market leader for SSD storage solutions. They were keen to show off their revolutionary PCIe SSDs at the show, amongst the bunch, the RevoDrive X2, which is poised to steal the spotlight from the conventional SATA SSD. The RevoDrive utilises the PCIe bus allowing it to access greater bandwidth over the SATA port (even SATA-III).

GeForce GTX 590 Detalis Leaked via Slide
Description: A supposed leaked slide has reared its face online, possibly one of many taken from a Nvidia partner presentation detailing Nvidia's upcoming dual-GPU graphics card, the GeForce GTX 590. The leak arrives just after AMD launched its Radeon HD 6990 graphics card sporting dual Cayman GPUs, a dual-BIOS toggle switch, and a hefty $699 pricetag.

Consumer Electronics and Software News:

3DMark Vantage 1.1.0 Released @ NGOHQ.com
Description: 3DMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed to test the DirectX 10 performance of your graphics card. A 3DMark score is an overall measure of your system's 3D gaming capabilities, based on comprehensive real-time 3D graphics and processor tests. By comparing your score with those submitted by millions of other gamers you can see how your gaming rig performs, making it easier to choose the most effective upgrades or finding other ways to optimize your system.

Logisys MS6801 Wireless Notebook Mouse Review @ Bigbruin.com
Description: Overall I'd have to say the Logisys MS6801 was more comfortable to use than many other mini mice I have used… and perhaps it is better than some full sized mice that I have used that were just too low profile. I wouldn't go so far as to replace a full sized mouse with this at my desk, but for use on the road the balance of comfort, features, and portability are well done.

Orb TV Review @ TestFreaks
Description: Our homes have become our entertainment centers, much more than any time in the past. We have huge TVs in our living rooms and access to high quality movies and audio to keep us from leaving our houses. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Anyway, getting the media libraries from our computers to our TVs can be an expensive and a not so easy proposition. Today for review I’ve got an easy way to get your media to your TV from your computer, it’s called the Orb TV and it works over your wi-fi network to stream everything you have and more right to your TV. One of the interesting features of the Orb TV is that you can control it from your phone with a free app.

Internet Explorer 9 Released, But Should You Care?
Description: Microsoft has released IE9, the latest version of the venerable Internet Explorer browser. To check out how it compares to to its competitors, I installed it (which, unlike other browsers, required me to restart my machine) and ran it through a few different benchmarking tools.

Google to introduce NFC payment systems in New York and San Francisco?
Description: Ever since Google brought the Nexus S onto the market with NFC capabilities, they’ve been pretty quiet with the pushing of NFC-services throughout the country (other than Hotspot they haven’t been doing much). But now it looks like they’re back on track with NFC again.

Adobe Flash suffers from 'critical' new zero-day hack
Description: Adobe has published another security advisory after the discovery of a “critical vulnerability” in Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions across all major platforms including Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris and Android mobile devices. According to Adobe, the Zero-Day exploit is being deployed in the wild in “targeted attacks” through a Flash (.swf) file embedded in a Microsoft Excel file delivered as an email attachment.

Gaming News:

Dragon Age II GPU & CPU Performance Test
Description: Given our ability to fit out PCs with vastly superior hardware, it pays off when playing Dragon Age II. Right off the bat BioWare released a free high-resolution texture pack download designed exclusively for the PC version. Just as important, the game exclusively supports DirectX 11 on the PC providing cutting edge rendering features such as tessellation, additional dynamic lighting, depth of field and ambient occlusion (SSAO). When compared to DX9 we can confirm that Dragon Age II looks considerably better using the more advanced renderer.

Unboxing Disgaea 4 Limited Edition
Description: Makai Senki Disgaea 4 (??????????4) is Nippon Ichi’s first strategy RPG for 2011 and fourth in the series for the PlayStation 3. In this series, the story revolves around Valbatoze, a vampire boy and Fenrich, a boy with werewolf traits and Fuuka, a girl dressed in Prinny uniform.

Capcom donates Street Fighter IV iPhone sales to Japan quake relief
Description: Due to the Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami last Friday, many local game companies are either conserving power by shutting off online game services or donating money to help out. Capcom recently announced their relief plan on their website, and its one that involves one of their mainstay franchises.

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