Intel has just introduced the Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v2 product family (code named “Ivy Bridge-EP”), a set of processors targeted to server, storage and networking infrastructure found in datacenters. With greater efficiency and flexibility, these processors will enable the rapid delivery of services for high performance computing, cloud, and enterprise segments, and offer compelling new opportunities for telecommunications vendors.
The new Xeon product family is based on Intel’s 22-nanometer process technology, contributing to dramatic energy efficiency improvements of up to 45 percent when compared to the previous generation. The processor family also features up to 12 cores and delivers up to 50 percent more performance across variety of compute intensive workloads.
The Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family will be offered with 18 different parts which range in price from USD 202 to USD 2,614 in quantities of 1,000. Additionally, three single-socket Intel Xeon processor E5-1600 parts will be offered for workstations, which range in price from USD 294 to USD 1,080.
Silicon Power has developed various Thunderbolt storage products, including Thunder T11, Thunder T20, Thunder T30 and Thunder T50, and will showcase these products at IDF this year.
Silicon Power Thunder T11 is the lightest portable Thunderbolt SSD on the market. With the completely silent mSATA SSD and Ultra-fast speed, Thunder T11 is able to deliver great performance, and is only half the size of ordinary storage devices. Silicon Power Thunder T20 is another incredibly small Thunderbolt SSD with the use of NGFF, the smallest SSD card format in the industry. The Thunder T20 stands out with its exclusive built-in Thunderbolt cable, which enables great ease and convenience without carrying additional cables.
ADATA announced that the company’s new generation DDR4 SDRAM modules will be on display at the Intel Developer Forum 2013 (IDF13), held this year in San Francisco. Targeting server and render farm applications, the new DDR4 modules show that ADATA is once again at the front of the pack in providing new high-performance solutions to the enterprise market.
DDR4 SDRAM stands for double data rate fourth generation synchronous dynamic random-access memory, and its most notable features are faster clock frequencies and data transfer rates as compared to DDR3, as well as low power consumption. Running at just 1.2 volts, these new modules are expected to achieve transfer rates of 3.2 Gbps, at frequencies as high as 2,133 MHz, far outstripping the capabilities of previous generations of DRAM. In large scale server applications, the advantages of DDR4 will lead to lower costs and greatly improved overall system performance.
The Hadron Air is a mini-ITX case from EVGA that comes with a 500 W 80 Plus Gold power supply, two USB 3.0 ports, two 2.5”/3.5” internal bays, two 120 mm fans, a transparent side windows, and support for one slim optical drive. The case is priced at USD 189.99.
LEPA has announced the launch of a new series of power supply. The GM-MaxGold is an 80 Plus Gold product line, which ranges from 500 W to 1000 W. The BM-MaxBron is an 80 Plus Bronze line that goes from 450 W to 1000 W. Last but not at least, the LEPA MX F1 series includes models with 350 W, 400 W, and 600 W.
GM-MaxGold and BM-MaxBron series are both equipped with a hybrid modular cable design, hydraulic bearing fan, a single +12V rail, and complies with ErP Lot6 standard. The new GM-MaxGold and BM-MaxBron series carry one unique feature – the “Anti3s Q-Brick design”, which is a protective sleeve that protects power supplies from three aspects: shock, static, and slip. GM-MaxGold and BM-MaxBron comes with one red Q-Brick and one extra black Q-Brick as a gift for users to replace or swap-out as they prefer. Also, GM-MaxGold series applies DC-DC converter design, ensuring the stability of output voltage when the CPU goes into a C6/C7 sleep state, meeting the new Intel Haswell CPU standard.
This new MX F1 (115/230Vac) inherits a style and coating inspired by Formula One racing. MX F1 series (115/230Vac) provides 6+2P PCI-E connectors for 350W, 400W, and 600W power supplies to meet the requirements of power-hungry graphic cards. The MX F1 is also equipped with a hydraulic bearing fan, delivering a durable, silent, and optimal cooling performance. To better facilitate installation with bottom-mounted PSU chassis, the CPU connector cable has been lengthened to 60 cm. MX F1 series (115/230Vac) perfectly fulfills your basic computing requirements.
SteelSeries has just announced the availability of the 5Hv3 and 3Hv2 gaming headsets. Delivering tournament-grade audio, the new headsets feature custom-engineered soundscapes and the newest generation of SteelSeries audio drivers designed specifically to enhance audio performance and sound details. The H-Series can be recognized by its industrial design, solidly constructed for best-in-class durability.
The SteelSeries 5Hv3 Headset – USD 79.99
Most recognized for its tournament and award-winning, gaming audio performance and portability, the SteelSeries 5Hv2 was one of the most talked-about headsets on the tournament circuit. The new 5H now features the newest generation of SteelSeries audio drivers with a custom-engineered soundscape for clear and detailed sound without distortion.
The 5Hv3 Headset upgrades the sought-after features found in its predecessor, including:
Crystal clear communication via large, high-end microphone that retracts into the headset when not in use
New sound isolating double enclosure earcup technology with comfortable extra-padded, leather ear cushions
The double-braided nylon cable and in-line audio controls now with SteelSeries’ innovative swappable cable system for use with PC, Mac, tablets and phones
The SteelSeries 3Hv2 Headset – USD 39.99
Created for gamers who are looking to experience SteelSeries audio for the first time or without having to make a large investment, the 3Hv2 encompasses the four components that set SteelSeries audio above the rest: performance, convenience, durability, and comfort. The new 3Hv2 headset comes in a compact, foldable design making it ideal for storage or travel and an included adapter which allows for use with PC, Mac, tablets and phones.
Unlike other headsets in this price category, the durable 3Hv2 brings together its powerful, next generation SteelSeries audio drivers, extra-padded leather cushions, a retractable microphone system and in-line audio controls on the soft-rubber cable in a compact and portable headset.
Gigabyte has announced the next generation Gigabyte BRIX compact PC kit with new models featuring the latest 4th generation Intel Core processors. The new Gigabyte BRIX is available in four models, each powered by the latest ‘Haswell’ architecture CPUs, offering improved CPU and graphics performance plus native 4K display support. The new Gigabyte BRIX also features a front SPDIF jack and expanded USB 3.0 connectivity.
The updated BRIX from Gigabyte redefines the desktop PC in terms of miniaturization with a sleek chassis design that sits snugly in the palm of a hand. With compact measurements of only 29.9 mm x 107.6 mm x 114.4 mm, the BRIX is a uniquely versatile DIY PC kit available with a broad choice of processors covering a range of performance and price points.
The GIGABYTE BRIX does not hold back in terms of display connectivity, networking or raw performance, and is ideal for compact HTPC builds, as a standard desktop in the home or office, or in commercial applications such as digital signage.
Gigabyte designed the BRIX to be smaller and lighter than currently available products, with a stylish glass surface mounted on an anthracite aluminum frame. The BRIX comes complete with a Gigabyte compact form factor motherboard, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 4.0 module, VESA mounting bracket and power adapter, and requires only an mSATA SSD, SO-DIMM memory and OS.
The BRIX is available with a choice of four power-efficient, 4th Generation Intel Core processors. From a simple Internet access point to a discretely hidden multimedia station, the Gigabyte BRIX offers great flexibility for a wide range of different usage applications.
Western Digital has just announced the availability of its My Passport Slim line of portable hard drives, featuring USB 3.0 interface, a metal enclosure, and 256-bit hardware-based encryption. The included WD SmartWare Pro data protection software allows users to back up their data to their My Passport Slim and keep an extra copy in their Dropbox account for peace-of-mind. The software also lets users back up their Dropbox account to the My Passport Slim. These features make the My Passport Slim an ideal choice for protecting, storing, and enjoying digital content on the go.
Available in 1 TB and 2 TB capacities, the My Passport Slim measures scant 4.33 x 3.14 x 0.48-inches, giving mobile consumers an easy and convenient way to transport their favorite music, movies, photos and documents.
My Passport Slim portable hard drives are protected by a 3-year limited warranty and will be available from the WD store at wdstore.com as well as select retailers and distributors. My Passport Slim 1 TB has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of USD 99.99 USD, and the My Passport Slim 2 TB is USD 149.99.
Thermaltake has announced the Thermaltake Toughpower DPS 850 W/750 W, a digitally-controlled power supply with software (Thermaltake DPSApp). The implementations come with better voltage regulation to provide the system with clean and stable power.
The DPSApp is available for download on the Thermaltake website. The software enables users to digitally calculate the electricity cost, monitoring efficiency, wattage and voltage of the power supply. As the software digitally calculates the electricity cost, it can be helpful for expense control and management.
HDMI Forum has announced the release of Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification. This latest HDMI Specification, the first to be developed by the HDMI Forum, offers a significant increase in bandwidth (up to 18 Gbps) to support new features such as 4K@50/60 (2160p), which is four times the clarity of 1080p/60 video resolution; 32 audio channels; as well as dynamic auto lip-sync and extensions to CEC.
Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification, which is backward compatible with earlier versions of the Specification, was developed by the HDMI Forum’s Technical Working Group whose members represent some of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, personal computers, mobile devices, cables and components. The HDMI Forum currently has a membership of 88 companies.
Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification does not define new cables or new connectors. Current High Speed cables (category 2 cables) are capable of carrying the increased bandwidth.
The HDMI 2.0 Compliance Test Specification (CTS) is expected to be released before the end of 2013.
Microsoft has announced that its Xbox One console will be available on Nov. 22, 2013 in thirteen countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA. Many more markets will follow in 2014.
Patriot has announced the addition of three new 128 GB USB 3.0 drives to its Supersonic family, the Supersonic RAGE XT 128 GB, Supersonic Boost XT 128 GB, and Supersonic Pulse 128 GB.
The Supersonic RAGE XT 128 GB provides read speeds of up to 180 MB/s and comes in a convenient, unique all-in-one slide to connect housing. Providing transfer speeds of up to 150 MB/s, the Supersonic Boost XT 128 GB offers a water resistant rubberized design, with cap for excellent protection from the elements and heavy everyday use. Built in an all metal housing, the Supersonic Pulse 128 GB provides excellent performance and protection for budget minded consumers. With transfer speeds of up to 120 MB/s, the Supersonic Pulse is excellent for mainstream performance for those leading a busy lifestyle.
The Supersonic family offers plug and play compatibility with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac OS9, X and later. Backed by Patriot Memory's award winning customer support, the Supersonic product line carries a 5-year warranty.
Corsair has announced the immediate availability of three new USB 3.0 flash drive models: Flash Voyager GS, Flash Voyager Mini, and Flash Voyager LS.
The Flash Voyager GS drives are available in 64 GB (USD 89.99), 128 GB (USD 125.99), and 256 GB (USD 249.99) capacities. Their brushed metal housings resist scratches and fingerprints and can be attached to a key ring. Like all Corsair flash drives, they are compatible with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, with no driver installation necessary.
The Flash Voyager Mini USB 3.0 are tiny USB flash drives, measuring 1.25” (32 mm) long and equipped with a detachable key ring loop. The drives are housed in a slim, stylish, and durable brushed metal housing that protects data and resists wear and tear. It is available in 16 GB (USD 15.99), 32 GB (USD 29.99), and 64 GB (USD 49.99).
The Flash Voyager LS features a retracting design that protects their USB connectors and eliminates the need for a protective cap. They are small enough to attach to a key ring, and are fully backward compatible with USB 2.0. Their brushed metal design resists scratching and fingerprints. The drives are available in 16 GB (USD 16.99), 32 GB (USD 26.99), 64 GB (USD 46.99), and 128 GB (USD 89.99) capacities.
Made from water repellant materials, these new folios are ultra-thin and light, giving the tablet front and back protection from everyday bumps, scratches and spills.
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is expected to be available in the U.S., Europe, and in select countries in Asia beginning in October 2013, for a suggested retail price of USD 99.99. The Logitech Folio Protective Case for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, 8.0, and 7.0 are expected to be available in the U.S., Europe, and in select countries in Asia beginning in October 2013, for a suggested retail price of USD 49.99.