ASUS Announced Limited 20th Anniversary Gold Edition GTX 980

We could bring the tease not long ago, that ASUS was working on a special limited edition GTX 980 for their 20th anniversary. That hard has finally been presented, and it looks like one amazing graphics card. It is the fastest GTX 980 card on the market and comes packed with just the best of features.

So let’s dive right into what the card has on features and we’re starting with the cooler. The Gold themed DirectCU II cooler has 10mm heatpipes and comes with 0dB fan technology that only spins up the fans when they’re needed. It also runs 15% cooler with three times quieter than a reference card. The DIGI+ VRM and 14-phase Super Alloy Power provide 30%-less power noise and five times greater durability and the Japanese-made 10K black-metallic capacitors also provide five times longer lifetime and 20% better temperature endurance.

The Memory Defroster is an instant defrost that lets you say goodbye to cold bugs. The Safe Mode allows you to reload your Video BIOS with just one press of a button while the Color-coded Load Indicator will allow you to see how your card is doing at-a-glance.

Now let’s get down to the specifications. The ASUS 20th Anniversary card has a base clock of 1317 MHz and a Boost clock of 1431. The 2048 CUDA cores GTX 980 has 4GB of 7GHz memory to worth with. All that performance also needs some power and the card has two 8-pin PCIe connectors to provide the up to 375W the card can draw.

The gold theme isn’t just applied to the top, the backplate features the same and it looks great.

Included in the package is also a GOLD 20th Mouse Pad as a bonus, but they didn’t show how that looks yet.

The information was released before the 1st, so this isn’t an April fools’ joke. Sadly no word on pricing or availability yet.

Thanks to ASUS for providing us with this information

Hitachi Commissioned To Build 45mph Elevator – 95 Floors In 43 Seconds Anyone?

If you’ve been lucky enough to head over to Las Vegas, there’s a strong chance that you would have experienced the speedy elevators that run up and down many of the major hotels across the city, but these are nothing compared to the even faster lifts in Taipei’s 101. From experience these lifts are simply amazing when you think about the more mundane services that we find in our major shopping centres and malls, however like everything else in today’s technology driven world, there is always the room for more speed.

Over in the Tianhe Districts of Guangzho in China work is currently underway on the CTF Finance Centre, which when completed will stand almost twice as tall as London’s Shard at a staggering 530m from ground level. Getting up to the upper floors of any skyscraper sized building is not something which we want to do in a typical average paced lift, not by far, so to get up to the 95th floor in a super quick time, Hitachi have been tasked with the job of putting together the worlds fastest elevator. Running along at a nippy 45mph, the elevator will be able to run up and down the 440m long shaft in little over 43 seconds, out pacing Toshiba’s 38mph speed in the 101.

When traveling at these speeds, there are a number of challenges that Hitachi will have to overcome – the biggest of these is the difference in air pressure. For anyone who has been in a super fast elevator you will most likely have experienced an ear popping sensation as the lift quickly changes altitude and consequently a different air pressure. To overcome this, Hitachi will automatically adjust the pressure in the carriage to compensate the ear popping sensation whilst a series of active guide rollers which will react to minute changes in the position of the guide rails, keeping the car as stable as possible. With a few additional guides and controls to keep the car on the straight and narrow in place, Hitachi hope that users will not feel as nauseous as you can sometimes feel in other fast elevators, allowing high level execs to get up to the 95th floor in seconds and to a meeting on time without feeling sick in the board room afterwards.

Construction of the CTF Finance Centre is due to finish in 2016 at which point Hitachi will become the makers of the worlds fastest lift.

Source: engadget

EVGA Tegra NOTE 7 Launched, Worlds Fastest 7″ Android Tablet

EVGA have just launched their fast as lightening Tegra NOTE 7 into Europe, with immediate availability in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, with more European countries to follow soon. This is great news for performance junkies as it packs some seriously impressive hardware that sets it a fair bit ahead of the competition in this size category.

“The EVGA Tegra NOTE 7 tablet is the perfect travelling companion – combining a lightning-fast mobile processor with a brilliant 7-inch (17.8 cm) HD display in a sleek, comfortable design. Play the latest games at full speed. Capture stunning photos. Watch HD video for up to ten hours. And listen to your favourite music with booming, room-filling NVIDIA PureAudio. It’s mobile freedom at the speed of life.” Said EVGA in a recent press release.

As you can see from the rather extensive feature set below, there isn’t much that the new tablet can’t do and when it comes to working or gaming you’ll be enjoying the benefits of the new Nvidia Tegra 4 processors. The new processor features a quad-core design for the high end stuff, while also having a 5th core that can be used to conserve power when you don’t need the tablet to run at full power. The onboard GPU features 72 cores that will be able to make easy work of even the most demanding mobile applications.

Input is taken care of by the a high quality touch scree and the addition of the only chisel tip stylus on the market, which is said to be 3x more responsive that other stylus solutions. This allows for natural writing on the screen and will no doubt prove handy for those using the device for work as well as gaming tasks.

  • Patented stylus system allows for highly sensitive variable stroke width
  • 3x more responsive than other available stylus solutions
  • Only Chisel-tip stylus on the market
  • Intuitive note taking, annotation, capturing, and sharing
  • Edit PDFs: write, save, share
  • Full lasso selection for easy editing
  • Grab images in any app, and easily share
  • Stylus support, plus finger and palm recognition

The tablet also features the new Nvidia Chimera technology, this enables always-on HDR and give s the NOTE 7 the title of being the only HDR camera in a tablet. Something that should look pretty epic thanks to the 1280×800 IPS display which is backed up by Nvidia Prism 2 display processing, which modulates the display backlight and per-pixel colour values to extend battery life up to 40%

Nvidia Chimera computational photography for Always-On HDR:

  • World’s first HDR camera in a tablet: Capture exactly what your eye sees
  • Tap-to-Track: Choose any object to track so it’s in focus when you’re ready to take the shot
  • Slow-motion: Gear down the action for drama and effect

Nvidia PureAudio for the deepest, richest tablet audio:

  • Front facing stereo speakers with a bass reflex port for true stereo sound
  • Extended frequency response 380-12 kHz – compared to typical 800-5 kHz range
  • Premium Tegra 4 audio processing for louder, cleaner, richer sound

Incredible Value:

  • The fastest, loudest, most fun tablet you can find – at an affordable price
  • Compose and create on the fly using the incredibly intuitive Nvidia DirectStylus and bundled apps
  • Astounding front-facing Nvidia PureAudio stereo sound with unique bass reflex port
  • 5 MegaPixel Always-On HDR camera
  • World’s first Always-On HDR tablet, capturing scenes exactly as your eye sees them
  • World’s first Tap-to-Track tablet, allowing automatic tracking, focus, and exposure of the object
  • VGA front camera for video chat
  • World-class Nvidia engineering (mechanical design, software, electrical, quality, over-the-air updates)
  • 7-inch (17.8 cm) 1280×800 IPS display
  • Compatibility with Built for NVIDIA Tegra wireless game controllers means console-quality gaming is available through the tablet
  • Over-the-air (OTA) update support to keep your Tegra NOTE 7 up to date

Additional Specs:

  • 16GB storage + MicroSD card slot
  • Wi-Fi 802.11n
  • 4100 mAh battery for up to 10 hours HD video playback
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • GPS, 9-axis motion with gyro, accelerometer, compass
  • Micro HDMI to connect to HDTV
  • Ambient Light sensor for backlight control
  • USB 2.0
  • 1GB RAM

I look forward to seeing more of this tablet in the coming weeks as I must admit I have a soft spot for new hardware that claims to be the fastest around.

Thank you EVGA for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of EVGA.

Researchers Achieve Fastest Data Transfer In The US

Data centers rely on being able shift huge amounts of data around on demand and as global demand for data grows larger, both in terms of the amount of data we use in our daily lives and in terms of file sizes, the need to move that data around even faster becomes more and more important.

Scientists at the University of Illinois may have found one solution, lasers. The laser devices known as VCSELs are faster, more efficient and more accurate than wired solutions, but the ones tested at the University have proven capable of transmitting data at a rate of 40 gigabits per second!

“Information is not useful if you cannot transmit it. If you cannot transfer data, you just generate garbage. So the transfer technology is very important. High-speed data transfer will allow tele-computation, tele-medicine, tele-instruction. It all depends on how fast you can transfer the information.” said Professor Milton Feng an electrical and computer engineering at the University.

Feng said that with some adjustments the laser system could operate at 60 gigabits per second. This technology could pave the way for more efficient and powerful cloud computing solutions.

Thank you Gigaom for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Gigaom.

Corsair Unleash the Vengeance Extreme – The Worlds Fastest Memory Kit

So you’re in the market for some new memory and you want a kit that’s fast? Well normally you’ll be looking at 2133MHz, or 2400MHz, if you’ve got the need for more speed then there is the option of 2666Mhz or 2800MHz. The question is though, what if this is still not enough? Well if you’re as bonkers as the R&D team at Corsair are, then there is now the option for a 3000MHz kit!

Selecting the IC’s for this extreme kit is no easy feat, and after going through the most rigorous four-stage hand-screening process that Corsair engineers have done, less than 1 in 50 ICs will make the grade and be worthy of taking home on the PCB of one of these kits.  This is not where the validation ends, once the kits have been made, they need to pass performance tests on a select group of Z77 motherboards with an unlocked Ivy Bridge CPU that has the capability to run the kits at their intended speed

“We are focused on helping enthusiasts and overclockers push the boundaries of PC performance,” said Thi La, Senior VP and GM of Memory and Enthusiast Component Products at Corsair. “Our engineering team’s hard work has led to new performance optimization techniques for memory, which we are pleased to debut in our new Vengeance Extreme memory.”

If you’re mad enough to want one of these kits, then sit down first as the price may come as a shock. An 8GB kit with timings of 12-14-14-36 will set you back a cool US$749 and will only be available for a very limited time as the hand made modules are going to be few in numbers. Don’t worry about the question of overclocking as results have already been floating about seeing one of these kits running at 3144MHz overclocked. If overclocking is your game, then Corsair do include on of Kingpin Cooling’s LN2 memory pots for taking the kits to hyper levels of speed.