MSI Explains Their “Propeller Blade” Technology

On paper they claim that it allows 20% more airflow and wider ventilation angles in contrast to traditional designs, and it can reduce temperatures of up to 21 degrees. This means longer hardware life, more overclocking potential, and of course an overall cooler PC. So one might ask how all this works? For starters, there’s the curved angle and arched edges intended to enlarge the angle of airflow direction. There are also rounded edges that lowers noise. MSI says that grooves in the specially designed propellers increase airflow range, while small arcs generate more airflow. Lastly there’s a gloss coating which serves the purpose of reducing “wind” resistance.

So how do all these tweaks and enhancements stack up? The company said their very own R6870 Hawk with Twin Frozr III ran 21 degrees cooler and 7dB quieter than a reference version. Look for MSI’s Propeller Blade technology on new Twin Frozr III and Cyclone II video cards. Hit up the clip below.


Ever Wondered How Hard Drives Worked?

Having SSDs as mainstream storage solutions is still far off these days, but having been around traditional magnetic hard drives all this time – have you actually wondered how they worked?

Well the “EngineerGuy”, Bill Hammock, posted a new video on YouTube and goes through in-depth how hard disk drives actually function. Honestly they are quite the engineering masterpiece. Make sure you hit up the video clip below.

A First Look at Windows 8’s Interface

Rumors and everything set aside, Microsoft recently demoed the upcoming version of Windows aka “Windows 8”. That’s the name that has been going around, but it appears they’re using it as a codename for the time being. The new interface is quite drastic and the company is building this version to be suitable from small to large touch screens and with the use of a keyboard/mouse or not. They say it will have more to showcase at their BUILD developer event from Sept. 13 to 16 in Anaheim, California – US.

Roundup: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590

You’d probably want to know about the specs right off the bat, so it looks like we got 1,024 CUDA cores as speculated, 94 ROPs, and 3GB of GDDR5 RAM for this card. If you’re wondering, the GTX 590 is actually two GTX 580 chips combined but with power constraints – speeds were adjusted for the components on-board to compensate. The core is at a lower 607MHz, while it’s 1.2GHz for the shaders, and the memory is clocked at 3.4GHz.

Not surprisingly, with all the performance that’s jam packed into this card, it costs the same as AMD’s single-card flagship at $699. Hate to spoil it for all you NVIDIA fans out there, but the arrival of this much anticipated card doesn’t exactly blow the HD 6990 out of the water. It actually falls slightly behind the current single-card performance leader in some of benchmarks, however props to the experts behind an astonishingly quiet cooler especially for a card that performs at this level. We got the usual links for you to go through and bonus videos below for the weekend!



AMD’s Llano Platform Outperforms Sandy Bridge in Demo

There’s been quite the buzz with AMD’s Bulldozer architecture lately, however their Llano platform is still on schedule for release this year as well. In case you guys haven’t seen the video, the results aren’t surprising with them favouring AMD’s solution. Their director of Client Technology, Godfrey Cheng, says:

“People are using more modern workloads like 3D graphics, HD video and Internet surfing in a much more prevalent manner…we all dabble with spreadsheets and word processing…but any modern x86 CPU-based PC can handle these workloads with ease.  But with these modern applications, the capacity to multitask, improve image quality and enhance power efficiency are much more important than raw x86 performance in determining how good a consumer’s experience is with a particular PC.”

“AMD’s “Llano” and Intel’s “Sandy Bridge” are roughly equal in size and transistor count…But…An analysis of the two components’ die area shows that AMD has invested much more heavily in graphics, parallel compute and video whereas Intel has invested much more of its silicon area in improving classic x86 performance.”

It’s hard to tell how both environments or workloads were exactly set up, so we’re uncertain if there’s any bias in the demo. Check out the video below (1080p toggle enabled only after playing clip) and judge for yourself.


LG E90, One of the Thinnest (LED) Monitors

A while back it was a thin bezel for their larger displays, now it’s a new race for the best “thin-and-light” monitor. LG’s new E90 seems to be just one of the thinnest out there at just 7.2mm in depth, and it also packs a 2ms response time so it’s great for games and action-packed movies. Due to the size of this particular panel, the socket and power supply for the unit had to be strategically placed on the back of the stand. In terms of energy consumption it uses 40% less power than competing models in the same category. A full specs breakdown has still to be released, nor the price but we’re uncertain if this is a concept product that showcases the company’s innovations. Check out the video below.

3DMark 11 Now Available (Finally!)

Here’s the real deal, despite the short delay Futuremark had in terms of getting everything together for the official launch. As you all may or may not be aware of, their latest benchmarking suite is designed for DirectX 11 testing and comes with six completely brand new tests. There are three versions you can choose from:

  • 3DMark 11 Basic Edition (free download, limited to the performance preset)
  • 3DMark 11 Advanced Edition (all presets, custom settings and more – $20)
  • 3DMark 11 Professional Edition (for commercial use, includes command automation and more – $995, holy!)

There are new features that are introduced in 3DMark 11, they include additional language support (German, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, and Finnish), a native DirectX 11 engine, open source Bullet Physics library, and a revamped online service. Find out more on their site here and check out all six of the test clips below (may need to adjust after playing for 1080p quality).

Futuremark 3DMark 11 Trailer

Futuremark has been releasing bits and pieces of their upcoming 3DMark 11 benchmark, and here’s a trailer for “High Temple” which we thought was really cool. This particular benchmark utilizes the DirectX 11, 3DMark 11 engine and the high-def 1080p trailier (below, defaults as 720p but can be switched by going fullscreen) features a mysterious ruined temple hidden deep inside a dense jungle. Use of tesellation is evident to be able to add the rich detail to temple carvings and foliage, and post processing delivers depth of field and other lens effects.

“The High Temple tech demo showcases the amazing real-time graphics that are possible today using readily available DirectX 11 hardware,” said Jukka Mäkinen, Futuremark CEO, “With 3DMark 11 releasing later this year and an ever increasing number of games using DirectX 11 there is a lot to look forward to for PC gamers.”

AMD Shows Off Next-Gen Llano Fushion APU

AMD’s been keeping the hype on their CPU/GPU hybrid for some time now, but we’re seeing near reality with a demo of its Llano Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). This is an all-in-one chip (prototype setup shown below), as demoed by the company, that is able to process three seperate compute-and-graphics-intensive workloads.

The Llano platform is also able to calculate value of Pi to 32 million decimal places, and decode HD video from a Blu-ray film. Sampling of these chips will hit desktops and laptops at some point in 2011. Head over here for a more detailed post on AMD’s blog, and take a look at their video below (right here) of course.

AMD Radeon HD 6870 and 6850 Arriving Friday

Word’s out, and these cards are to be officially released this Friday. Port outputs on these cards remain the same from the pictures we seen earlier, there’s the standard dual DVI, one HDMI 1.4a, and two Mini DisplayPorts.

HD 6870 - Click for a larger view

HD 6850 - Click for a larger view








What we know about power requirements so far, is that the HD 6870 would need two 6-pin PCI-E power connectors whereas the HD 6850 needs only one. There’s also a video of these cards being run on AMD’s Mecha Rampage Demo we included down below.