Graphics, VR World

MSI Teases TwinFrozr V Cooling Solution On Possible GeForce GTX 970

MSI Germany has teased a render of a card running the hardware vendor’s new TwinFrozr V cooling solution. While the card in question has not been confirmed to be the GTX 970, it is believed that the TwinFrozr design will launch alongside Nvidia’s upcoming video card. The render reveals a two-tone design featuring a red and black color scheme for the cooler. In the Facebook post, MSI mentioned that the new TwinFrozr V enabled cards will come with “fantastic new features”, not elaborating on what features the manufacturer will offer. From what’s known thus far, the GTX 970 will be based on the 28 nm

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Mobile Computing, VR World

First iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Do Not Indicate Sizeable Performance Gains

After months of rumors and leaks, the iPhone 6 was officially announced earlier this week. With the device set to hit retail availability a week from now, we’re starting to see first benchmark results surface of the iPhone 6. Rightware, a Finnish organization that provides benchmarking utilities, has found that there isn’t a drastic improvement in terms of performance on the iPhone 6 from its predecessor. The iPhone 5S, with its dual-core Cyclone CPU and PowerVR GX6650 GPU, managed to net a maximum benchmark score of 20253, while the iPhone 6 achieved a score of 21204, an improvement of less than 5%. In comparison, Qualcomm’s (NASDAQ:

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VR World

Thermaltake Launches Modular Mid-Tower Core V51

After launching the E-ATX compatible Core V71 chassis earlier this year and the ITX form factored Core V1, Thermaltake is launching a mid-tower variant in the series, called the Core V51. The Core V51 carries on a similar design as its larger sibling, and retains the metal mesh look. Aimed at the enthusiast segment, the Core V51 can fit in E-ATX motherboards, as well as standard ATX and micro ATX boards. Thermaltake is making a name for itself by offering a host of cooling options in its enthusiast cases, and the Core V52 is no different, with users getting the option of installing three 120

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Event, IDF 2014

Broadwell Found To Be More Than Twice As Fast As Snapdragon 800

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is betting big on Broadwell-based processors that will be used in low-power devices like tablets, and more mainstream devices like notebooks. At the IDF, Intel showed off a 12.5-inch reference design tablet running a Core M 5Y70, which features a 2 GHz dual-core 64-bit CPU, 4 MB L3 cache, dual-channel LPDDR3 memory controller and a GPU with 24 execution units and 192 stream engines. The tablet was put through Cinebench’s R11.5 multi-threaded benchmark and managed a score of 2.7, which is around 70% of that of a Core i3 4330, and significantly more than anything in the Atom line, or AMD’s Beema and Mullins

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Analysis, Mobile Computing, Opinion

Pricing Will Determine The Fate Of The iPhone 6 in Asia

After months of rumors and leaks, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now official. Boasting screen sizes of 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches respectively, the new devices represent a shift in Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) strategy as the manufacturer seeks to position itself as a viable contender in the large screen segment. An 5.5-inch iPhone would be much more alluring to consumers in emerging markets like China and India, where the average screen size is at 4.7 inches. A recent survey conducted by market research firm Jana found that consumers in emerging markets like China and India favoured devices with a screen size of at least 5

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VR World

Intel Teams Up With Fossil For Wearable Technology Products

After failing to secure any major hardware wins with its mobile processors, Intel is shifting focus to the wearable segment by announcing a collaboration with watchmaker Fossil. Although details on any upcoming products were divulged it is likely that Intel will be leveraging wearable technology from Basis, a wearable technology manufacturer that Intel acquired earlier this year. The wearable market itself is in its nascent stages, and although we saw a flurry of new device staunches at the IFA earlier this week, manufacturers are tinkering away at new form factors, like Samsung has with the Gear VR. In the smartwatch segment, the South Korean vendor

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VR World

Motorola Enlarges Moto G, Offers Same Great Value For Money

At an event in New Delhi, Motorola (NYSE: MSI) unveiled the new Moto G for the Indian market, with the device set to go on sale later today on Flipkart. Like the first-generation Moto G, the latest model offers great value for money. As is becoming the case with more and more manufacturers, Motorola has taken the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” motto with the new Moto G. Barring slight visual changes, the new Moto G is virtually identical to its predecessor. The new Moto G features a 5-inch 720p display, the only major change in terms of the hardware. The larger screen

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VR World

HP Launches An Almost Perfect Chromebook

The Chromebook market is chock full of great models, and with the introduction of Tegra K1 Chromebooks, the segment has received a much-needed boost in terms of power. After Acer (TPE: 2353) announced the first Chromebook running Nvidia’s (NASDAQ: NVDA) Tegra K1, HP is joining the fray today by announcing two models — a Chromebook 11 that features a Bay Trail CPU, and a Chromebook 14 that comes with a Tegra K1 chip. HP’s (NYSE: HPQ) Chromebook 11 seems like a much better offering, mainly due to the Celeron N2830 CPU, which is a much better processor than the ARM-based variants included in the first-gen Chromebooks. Memory has

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VR World

G.Skill Launches Ripjaws 4 DDR4 Memory Clocked At 3333 MHz

Although there are several DDR4 kits available for X99 motherboards, most modules are clocked at 2133 MHz and 2400 MHz. G.Skill is looking to remedy that with the launch of its latest memory modules, which are clocked at 3333 MHz. Dubbed Ripjaws 4, G.Skill is looking to cater to the enthusiast segment with these modules, which will be available in quad-channel variants (4x4GB). In addition to the 3333 MHz modules, G.Skill is also launching slightly lesser clocked 3300 MHz and 3200 MHz kits in 16 GB (4x4GB) configurations. The modules feature a CL timings of 16-16-16-36, which comes out to a latency of 9.6 nanoseconds.

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分析

ARM 沒有任何跡象會放慢腳步

ARM宣布對其ARMv8-A技術,簽署第50個授權合約,其中包括對64位元計算的支持簽署。 雖然ARM沒有透露迄今為止已簽署的27家公司名字,它已經提及了晶片合作夥伴,包括前十大所有銷售應用程式處理機給智慧型手機的公司,其中的九家出售平版電腦的應用程式處理器,前五名公司裡面的四家公司,提供消費電子產品的晶片,前五名公司裡面的四家公司, 提供晶片給企業網絡和伺服器,以及來自大中國區域的8大晶片廠商。總之,大部分的晶片製造商的大頭目都在名單內了。 該授權合約涵蓋ARMv8-A核心架構以及ARM在Cortex A50系列中的處理器Cortex A53和A57。該授權涵蓋的ARMv8-A架構,以及A57和Cortex A53,這意味著持證照人既可以在其SoC使用堆疊的Cortex A53或Cortex A57核心,或利用建築執照打造量身定制的核心,如Qualcomm確實有其的Krait系列處理器 目前, SoC有這些核心以提供樣品給廠商,消費者今年稍晚,也等待推出預訂的時間。HTC將於本月晚期推出的第一款64位元CPU的智慧型手機,也就是謠言滿天飛的Desire 820。SoC可能會是Qualcomm的Snapdragon615,擁有八個Cortex A53核心,有四個核心是1.8 GHz和另外四個核心是1.0 GHz。其他手機廠商同樣地會將本身的產品向64位元的流行風跟進。有趣的是,Qualcomm提供堆疊ARM核心,作為硬體廠商都聲稱,還得再等一段時間,我們才看的見Krait CPU在ARMv8-A架構上。 將CPU轉移到64位元將在性能上有來明顯的躍進,以及更多虛擬部分的應用,主要集中在大型裝置領域,如伺服器。 ARM並不依賴於某一類裝置,供應商聲稱他們的野心是要在20元美金的智慧型手機裡使用一個核心。為了促進其IoT 和可穿戴產品的研究, ARM在臺灣新竹設立CPU設計中心,這將儲備全國現有的人才。通過在地經營,ARM就能與關鍵的半導體合作夥更接近,如 MediaTek (聯發科技) 。其64位元平台是四年多以來的研究成果,所以經由創建一個工廠來製造 IoT以及穿戴式裝置的處理器,ARM正在確保關鍵的部分,不落人後,與英特爾在行動處理器市場的角色雷同。 ARM的異軍突起,一直是英特爾的心中痛,由於在硬體方面,欠缺明顯的得利,因此與矽製造商在考慮轉移離開行動處理器領域的市場。英國供應商轉向64位元之舉,將進一步鞏固其在移動處理器的行業地位。憑藉其在全球五百億的晶片設計,廠商於短時間內是不太可能看到需求會有的衰落的現象。

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Hardware, Memory & Storage Space, VR World

Kingston Launches HyperX Savage Memory Modules

Kingston has launched new memory modules in the HyperX Savage line. The modules are targeted at the enthusiast segment and will be replacing HyperX’s mid-tier Genesis line. Featuring a bright red heatspreader cast out of aluminium, the Savage line of memory modules are designed to offer high performance and reliability. With dimensions of 133.35 mm x 32.8 mm, the modules are fairly low profile and are ideal in builds that feature large CPU coolers like the Noctua NH-D15. We first saw this memory back in Taipei at Computex 2014 and were given the low-down on the company’s efforts to re-brand their three different tiers of memory into

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Event, Hardware, IFA 2014, Mobile Computing, VR World

Lenovo Announces Intel-Powered Tab S8

Being the world’s largest notebook vendor, Lenovo has a great relationship with Intel, which it is leveraging by launching a new Intel-powered tablet running Android, dubbed the Lenovo Tab S8. As the name indicates, the tablet is an 8-inch offering featuring a full-HD IPS display. With most tablets in the low-cost Android segment running Qualcomm or MediaTek hardware, Lenovo is banking on Intel’s Bay Trail architecture for the Tab S8.   Under the hood, the Tab S8 is powered by the 1.8 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 CPU, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, frontal speakers and Android 4.4 KitKat. Although there isn’t a

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Analysis

There Is No Sign Of ARM Slowing Down

ARM announced the signing of the 50th licensing agreement for its ARMv8-A technology, which includes support for 64-bit computing. While ARM did not disclose the 27 companies that have signed thus far, it has mentioned that its silicon partners include all of the top ten companies who sell application processors for smartphones, nine of the top ten application processor companies for tablets, four of the top five companies that provide chips for consumer electronics, four of the top five companies that provide chips for enterprise networking and servers along with eight silicon vendors from Greater China. In short, most of the big names in the

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VR World

ARM signs 50th Licensing Agreement For ARMv8-A Technology

ARM announced today the signing of the 50th licensing agreement for its ARMv8-A technology, which includes support for 64-bit computing. ARM did not disclose the 27 companies that have signed thus far, but has mentioned that they include all of the top ten companies who sell application processors for smartphones, nine of the top ten application processor companies for tablets, four of the top five companies that provide chips for consumer electronics, four of the top five companies that provide chips for enterprise networking and servers along with eight silicon vendors from Greater China. In short, most of the big names in the chip manufacturing industry

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分析, 評論

最佳球員: Netgear R7000

隨著Wi-Fi ac標準化問世和 Wi-Fi ac數據機在智慧型手機裡成為可用的主流,以及最新筆記本電腦的路由器提供了頻寬容量可達到1 Gb /秒的Wi-Fi ac傳輸速率已經成為標準。為路由器所生產數據器的廠商也調整達到更廣的頻寬與和更高的輸送量。博通(Broadcom)就是這領域的一個享有小成就的硬體製造商,其最近推出了BCM4709A的SoC,這個硬體是為Netgear的R7000 Nighthawk提供電源,也是該廠商在Wi-Fi AC1900的領域裡,提供的第一款產品。 硬體 R7000夜鷹(Nighthawk)在2.4GHz頻寬裡提供600Mbps,在5GHz頻寬裡提供1300Mbps,這些功能的實現是經由啟動博通BCM4360無線電動力的路由器上的256-QAM調節(博通的市場銷售名為TurboQAM)來實現的。該R7000配備了兩個Broadcom3x3 BCM4360 GB的發送器,一個用於2.4GHz頻寬,另一個用於5GHz頻寬。在2.4GHz頻寬,每個空間流可以經由TurboQAM技術,達到200Mbps的輸送量,比標準的GB發送器所提供的還多出50Mbps。這使得整體輸送量達到600Mbps的傳輸,因Wi-Fi AC1750路由器的助益而大幅增加了450Mbps。 介於Wi-Fi AC1900 和Wi-Fi AC1750等級的路由器之間的差異是,AC1750路由器通常設有的802.11ac GB收發機,在5GHz頻寬有802.11 ac GB的收發器,在2.4GHz頻寬裡可以有 802.11n 收發器,這使得廠商可以減少路由器的製造成本. Netgear R7000夜鷹(Nighthawk)從未受到該短缺的影響,因為廠商都對Wi-Fi AC1900等級的路由器瞄準了200元的目標。對此級別的投資,您將可以獲得到一個路由器具有BCM4709A 1 GHz雙核處理器,256 MB RAM,韌體有128 MB RAM快閃記憶體,以及上述的兩個GB BCM4360發送器。 路由器的設計也是被推銷為一款高階產品,擁有棱角分明的線條和霧面處理以免受污跡之苦。以285 x184×50毫米的尺寸和750克的整體重量,R7000在市場上是最寬廣和最重的路由器。夜鷹(Nighthawk)的名字來自美國空軍的F-117夜鷹,因此是戰鬥機為藍本。在棱角分明的設計和規模龐大的R7000,顯然在目前市場上,從其他路由器中脫穎而出。另一個有趣的設計是Wi-Fi的LAN和WAN的指示燈列入白光LED狀態。每當一有連接的問題時,該指示燈即刻變為橙色。 至於連線能力而言,R7000夜鷹在後端具有4GB LAN的連接埠,一個USB3.0的連接埠在前面,一個GB的WAN 連接埠,USB 2.0連接埠位於後端,以及基底的三個天線和掛鉤,使路由器可被安裝在牆壁上。考慮這樣的價位,Netgear包含諸如下游的QoS等的功能,它將R7000與類似於華碩高階路由RT-AC68U 區分開來,它提供了上游的QoS。此功能允許優先次序級的流量,使得如遊戲和視訊資料流量能夠優先於其他任務。該R7000還具備與Mac電腦的Time Machine有相容性、ReadyShareVault適用於Windows的軟體客戶端,讓用戶備份Windows機器的內容到硬碟,經由USB連接到路由器,VPN服務,FTP伺服器,內建的DLNA和iTunes伺服器。 另一項R7000夜鷹所含有的特徵是智能波束賦形+,它是無線電波技術具有標準的Wi-Fi的802.11ac,允許一個路由器,往客戶端設備的方向傳送無線電訊息。而雖然R7000是滿載著的功能,大多數用戶會有興趣想從200元裡得到一個對範圍和頻寬能具有客製化功能的路由器。 配置 配置R7000夜鷹非常簡單 – 將路由器連接到牆上的插座,插進WAN網路電纜,然後開啟單位。對於第一次配置,路由器配有預設Wi-Fi網絡,SSID還有隨盒印好的密碼標簽在路由器的基底上。一旦您登錄預設的網路,安裝的過程就移交給NETGEAR的精靈,也就是供應商設定公用程式。 您可以讓安裝精靈引導您完成配置,或自己手動更改設置。您也可以從文件中重新恢復設定的功能。如果您比較喜歡自己配置設定,您可以探索手動配置,並經由瀏覽器的界面來更改設定。該界面具有一系列的設定,允許您監控連接到網絡設備的數量,讓您管理SSID的設定,配置客體網路,設定家長監護,並經由USB通過ReadyShare來管理裝置。 一個R7000很有用的功能是經由流量儀表器來監控您傳入和傳出流量的功能。如果您的數據計劃是有限的,該設定就派上用場了,您可以經由配置路由器來改變指示燈的狀態來提醒您,您的數據限制已經很接近了。您還可以設定路由器,一旦您超過了數據限制之後,就全面禁用網絡連線。 效能 夜鷹在2.4GHz頻寬裡可達600Mbps的速度,在5GHz的頻寬可達1300Mbps的速度,這是市場上目前最快的路由器之一。然而,真正能夠測試如廣告所言那般,在2.4GHz頻寬裡的輸送量可達600Mbps的速度,您需要一個AC1900網路卡,像華碩PCE-AC68配有TurboQAM功能一樣。一旦這些都被安裝完畢之後,我們終於可以開始認真地測試夜鷹的威力了 將我們的路由器設定到Synology的NAS產品上,執行了有線連接到工作站,並在多個Wi-Fi ac賦能裝置上進行測試。首先,從NAS傳輸文件是毋庸置疑的快速,因為我們平均讀取的速度為60.45Mbps,寫入的速度為40.2Mbps。LAN到LAN輸送量為950.3Mbps,WAN到LAN則為910.6Mbps。USB傳輸也是非常快速的,因為我們設法在USB 3.0 能夠發揮凈速220.8Mbps和187.8Mbps . 即使在堅實的牆壁和其他障礙物後面25米的距離,R7000經由Wi-Fi ac 還能有 260.6Mbps的速度。將距離降低為10米,並具有清除的視線,速度立刻大幅增加至521.5Mbps,而稍微移動遠至25米,又掉回到306.6Mbps。在2.4GHz頻寬,該R7000略有搖晃,我們只有在40MHz 頻寬裡,成功地達到186.9Mbps,也就是最大傳輸量,以及在20MHz頻寬中能有 97.6Mbps的速度。除了頻寬,R7000提供相當出色的強度範圍,在測試的過程中,信號連一次也未曾顫抖過。 結論 即使非最快速,Netgear的R7000夜鷹也是目前您可以購買到速度最快的路由器之一。除了輸出量的領先,路由器還提供了相當亮麗的範圍以及一系列與其他AC1900路由器可做區別的特徵功能。如華碩RT-AC68U和Linksys WRT1900AC功能。我們發現,當串流內容是下游原位處理 QoS時,有一個很有用的功能,此刻還未有任何人提供此功能。將競爭對手的產品價格略高一籌而列入考慮範圍,229元的RT-AC68U和250美元的WRT1900AC,R7000夜鷹售價僅僅為199美元,是目前您能夠購買到最棒的路由器

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Analysis, Networking Reviews, Reviews

Top Of Its Game: Netgear R7000 Nighthawk Review

With the introduction of the Wi-Fi ac standard and mainstream availability of the Wi-Fi ac modems in smartphones and current-generation notebooks, routers that provide bandwidth to handle 1 Gbit/sec Wi-Fi ac transfer rates have become standard. Vendors that manufacture modems for the routers have also been tweaking away to achieve higher bandwidth and more throughput. One such hardware manufacturer who has enjoyed a modicum of success in this segment is Broadcom, who recently unveiled its BCM4709A SoC, which is the hardware that powers Netgear’s R7000 Nighthawk, the manufacturer’s first offering in the Wi-Fi AC1900 segment. Hardware The R7000 Nighthawk features 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band

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Networking Reviews, Reviews

Asus RT-AC87U Review: The Best Asus Can Do?

Asus has enjoyed a lot of success in the high-end router market with the last two generations of the RT-AC series in the RT-AC66U and the RT-AC68U. This summer, the Taiwanese hardware vendor is taking things to another level with the launch of the RT-AC87U, which is the first 802.11ac “Wave 2” router in the world. Wave 2 is a new set of standards that are being implemented by vendors into the 802.11 ac standard that sees the addition of new features like MU-MIMO, four spatial streams, wider channels (up to 160 MHz). MU-MIMO functionality on the RT-AC87U is delivered through a Quantenna QSR1000 4×4 802.11ac

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VR World

Back to School Buying Guide 2014: Budget Notebooks

Classrooms at schools of all types are filling up across the nation this week, as students once again return for another year of classes. As students prepare for another year of learning, retailers  slashing prices on the tools and toys that students will need to get through another school year. To help guide your back to school purchases, VR World and Bright Side of News contributors have put together a back to school guide for 2014 to help you buy the top tablets, smartphones, dorm room TVs, premium notebooks, low cost notebooks, and gaming systems for your 2014 back to school shopping. Top Five Back to School 2014 Budget Notebooks

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VR World

Back to School 2014 Buying Guide: Smartphones

  Classrooms at schools of all types are filling up across the nation this week, as students once again return for another year of classes. As students prepare for another year of learning, retailers  slashing prices on the tools and toys that students will need to get through another school year. To help guide your back to school purchases, VR World and Bright Side of News contributors have put together a back to school guide for 2014 to help you buy the top tablets, smartphones, dorm room TVs, premium notebooks, low cost notebooks, and gaming systems for your 2014 back to school shopping. Top Five

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VR World

Back to School Buying Guide 2014: Premium Notebooks

Classrooms at schools of all types are filling up across the nation this week, as students once again return for another year of classes. As students prepare for another year of learning, retailers  slashing prices on the tools and toys that students will need to get through another school year. To help guide your back to school purchases, VR World and Bright Side of News contributors have put together a back to school guide for 2014 to help you buy the top tablets, smartphones, dorm room TVs, premium notebooks, low cost notebooks, and gaming systems for your 2014 back to school shopping. Top Five Back to School 2014 Premium Notebooks

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