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Microsoft Combining 3 Monitor 4K to Play Games, Rework 1.5 Billion Pixels Per Second

Microsoft Combining 3 Monitor 4K to Play Games, Rework 1.5 Billion Pixels Per Second

Monitor resolution of 3840×2160 pixels, aka 4K is still expensive, but it seems to have become one of the dream stuff PC users. This week Microsoft decided to show off a PC that is designed to run 3 monitors into a single 4K display using AMD Eyefinity technology.
The three monitors are the 32-inch 4K monitor Sharp PN-K321, each of which cost nearly U.S. $ 5,000 (U.S. $ 51.3 million). AMD HD7970 graphics card uses DirectCU II. After playing a racing game Dirt 3 on Windows 8 in the third screen with a refresh rate of 30Hz, Microsoft decided to run the game in 60Hz mode and three monitors combined into one display. AMD actually create a custom driver package, add two graphics cards and a custom power systems. They even expressed do not try it at home.
As a result, they were able to run the game Dirt 3 with framerate 62-67 frames per second in all three Sharp 4K monitor with a refresh rate of 60Hz setting and the overall setting in High mode except shadow detail and particles. That is, the total resolution is 11520×2160 pixels (24.9 megapixels). Multiplied by 60 fps, meaning that every second there are 1.492992 billion pixels processed fruit.

Supermicro® 12x GPU FatTwin™ and Scalable High-Performance Server, Blade, Workstation and Storage Solutions at Siggraph 2013

Supermicro® 12x GPU FatTwin™ and Scalable High-Performance Server, Blade, Workstation and Storage Solutions at Siggraph 2013

Super Micro Computer, Inc. (SMCI), a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing exhibits its lineup of systems optimized for computer graphics and interactive techniques at Siggraph 2013 in Anaheim, California this week. Server, blade, workstation and high-density storage solutions optimized for 3D, CG, VFX, render farm clusters, video wall control, VDI, CAD/CAM and advanced visualization applications will be highlighted at the show.

“Increased adoption of computer generated content and 3D visualization in media, entertainment and research fields is driving demand for higher performance computing and mass storage solutions,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “Our enterprise-class server, workstation and storage solutions support the widest range of graphics and simulation intensive applications with up to five GPUs in our SuperWorkstations, six GPUs in our 2U SuperServers, twelve GPUs in our FatTwin and twenty GPUs in our SuperBlade. With Supermicro’s 4U high-density, high-bandwidth 72 external hot-swap 3.5″ HDD storage server, instant access and high availability of even the largest files or data sets streamlines workflow and enhances productivity.”

Computing and Storage Solutions include:
SuperServers

  • SYS-F627G3-FT+ / G2-FT+ 4U FatTwin™ with 4x hot-plug nodes supporting 12x GPU or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors (3x per node). Available with front I/O and 2x 3.5″ or 6x 2.5″ hot-swap HDD bays. Features 1620W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%+) power supplies.
  • SYS-2027GR-TRF 2U SuperServer® supporting 6x GPU or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors (up to 130W TDP), up to 256GB memory and 10x hot-swap 2.5″ SATA3 HDD bays. Features 1800W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%+) power supplies and smart server management tools.
  • SYS-1027GR-TRT2+ 1U SuperServer® supporting 3x GPU or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors (up to 130W TDP), up to 512GB memory and 4x hot-swap 2.5″ SATA3 HDD bays. Features 1600W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%+) power supplies and smart server management tools.

SuperBlade®

  • 7U SuperBlade® Solution – The all-in-one SuperBlade features redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%+) power supplies and high bandwidth connectivity through network switch modules, including 56Gb/s FDR IB (SBM-IBS-F3616M), FC/FCoE (SBM-XEM-F8X4SM), 10GbE (SBM-XEM-X10SM) and 1/10GbE (SBM-GEM-X3S+). SBI-7127RG-E Blade supports 2x GPUs or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors, up to 256GB memory, 1x SSD or 1x SATA-DOM and onboard BMC for IPMI 2.0 support. 10x blades in 7U SuperBlade® chassis scale to best density (120x GPU or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors and 120x CPUs) and performance (188 TFLOPS theoretical) per 42U SuperRack®.

SuperWorkstations

  • SYS-7047AX-TRF 4U/Tower Hyper-Speed workstation features hardware and airflow optimizations to enhance the performance of dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors (up to 150W TDP). BIOS customization provides auto-recovery failsafe operation, adjustable frequencies, voltages and memory latencies. Supports up to 512GB memory, 8x hot-swap 3.5″ HDD bays, remote server management tools and features 1280W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (95%) digital switching power supplies.
  • SYS-7047GR-TRF Ultimate performance and expandability with support for up to 5x GPU or 4x Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors, up to 512GB memory and 8x hot-swap 3.5″ HDD bays. Features 1620W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%) power supplies.
  • SYS-7037A-i High-end, whisper-quiet (24db) workstation supports dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors, up to 512GB memory, 3x PCI-E 3.0 x16 expansion slots, 4x 3.5″ hot-swap HDD bays and optional 4x 2.5″ internal HDD/SDD bays.
  • SYS-5037A-i Entry-level, single processor workstation supporting Intel® Xeon® E5-1600/2600 series processors, up to 256GB memory, 2x PCI-E 3.0 x16 expansion slots, 4x 3.5″ hot-swap HDD bays and optional 4x 2.5″ internal HDD/SDD bays.

SuperStorage

  • SSG-6047R-E1R72L 4U high-density Double-Sided Storage® server features 72x 3.5″ external hot-swap HDDs with 2x internal fixed plus 2x optional external 2.5″ HDDs. Supports dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors, up to 512GB memory, 4x PCI-E 3.0 x8 expansion slots. Features triple 1280W (2+1) Platinum Level high-efficiency (95%) power supplies.

Visit Supermicro at Siggraph 2013, July 23 – 25 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Booth #321. For more information on Supermicro’s complete line of high performance computing and storage solutions, visit www.supermicro.com.

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About Super Micro Computer, Inc.
Supermicro® (SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market.

Supermicro, FatTwin, SuperServer, SuperBlade, SuperRack, Double-Sided Storage and Building Block Solutions and We Keep IT Green are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Super Micro Computer, Inc.

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ASUS PQ321Q UltraHD Monitor Review: Living with a 31.5-inch 4K Desktop Display

ASUS PQ321Q UltraHD Monitor Review: Living with a 31.5-inch 4K Desktop Display

Many consider me to be a 4K hater. The past few trade shows I’ve attended have been pushing it on consumers to replace their TVs, but I see less value in it. When it comes to a computer display, it is a different game. Unlike a 50” TV, we sit close to our monitors, even if they are 30” in size. We also have no worries about a lack of native content, since everything is rendered on the fly and native. There are no issues with the lack of HDMI 2.0, as DisplayPort 1.2 can drive a 3840×2160 screen at 60 Hz.

When it comes to 4K on the desktop, my main question is: how much difference will I see? ASUS is one of the first with a HiDPI display in the PQ321Q. While not truly 4K, it is a 3840×2160 LCD display that can accept an Ultra High Definition (UHD) signal over HDMI and DisplayPort. It also clocks in at a wallet-stretching $3,500 right now. The question is, are we seeing the future with displays here, or are we seeing a niche product?

What does 4K/UHD/HiDPI bring to the desktop? We’ve seen it for a few years now in smartphones and tablets, making their smaller screens more usable for reading and general work. My initial thought is more desktop space, as that is what it has meant before. With a 32” monitor and a pixel density this high, running it without any DPI scaling leads to a desktop where reading text is a huge pain. Instead I believe most users will opt for DPI scaling so elements are larger and easier to read. Now you have something similar to the Retina screen on the iPhone: No more desktop space compared to a 2560×1440 monitor, but one that is razor sharp and easier to look at.

To get to this pixel density, ASUS has relied upon a panel from Sharp that uses IGZO technology. IGZO (Indium gallium zinc oxide) is a material that replaces amorphous silicon for the active layer of an LCD screen. The main benefit is higher electron mobility that allows for faster reacting, smaller pixels. We have seen non-IGZO panels in smartphones with higher pixel densities, but we don’t have any other current desktop LCDs that offer a higher pixel density than this ASUS display. IGZO also allows for a wide viewing angle.

Nokia Asha Series 4 Can Now WhatsApp

Nokia Asha Series 4 Can Now WhatsApp

Nokia has released an update (update) for large-scale software Asha series phones. In this update, a series of feature phones that are able to enjoy the service WhatsApp chat application.

The series for the first time getting support WhatsApp application is Asha 305, Asha 306, dual-SIM variant of Asha 308, and Asha 310.

Thus, the Asha series is now able to use the application WhatsApp is Asha 201, 206, 300, 302, 303, 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, and 311.

In addition, this software firmware update also improves the ability of e-mail exchanges, YouTube launcher, and an increase in social experience.

Some features, such as quoted from GSM Arena, Wednesday (10/07/2013), it will be available specifically for a particular model. However, this update will be available for all the Asha phones are equipped with touch screen.

This update is available over the air (OTA). If you do not want to do the update by the way, the user can also do it through the computer using Nokia Suite application.

If you want to update by OTA, users simply go to the “Menu”, select “Settings”, “Phone”, and “Device Updates”. As a final step, select “downl.phone sw”.

Just for advice, sometimes quite large software update files. Therefore, use WiFi networks to reduce the cost of credit.

Gigabyte Launches Latest Game Keyboard K7 FORCE Stealth with Anti-ghosting feature

Gigabyte Launches Latest Game Keyboard K7 FORCE Stealth with Anti-ghosting feature

Gamers can now obtain the latest gaming keyboard option in the shopping list. The new gaming keyboards come from Gigabyte called FORCE K7 Stealth. And as a gaming keyboard, FORCE Stealth K7 is also equipped with several features gaming supporters.

The main feature on the keyboard is the anti-ghosting. This feature allows players to be able to press 7 keys simultaneously without conflict. But not all of the support this feature. There are only seven buttons, namely the Q, W, A, S, D, left Shift and Spacebar.

In addition keyboard also comes with a three-color illumination that can be arranged. Three colors are blue, green and cyan. Not only that, the keyboard buttons also have a thin structure. With so each button is pressed, aktuasinya very close distance.

Asus Memo Pad HD 7 review: Vivid screen barely outshines slow performance

Asus Memo Pad HD 7 review: Vivid screen barely outshines slow performance

The good: The Asus Memo Pad HD 7 rocks an impressively colorful screen, features a bevy of useful customization options, and comes in at a budget price.

The bad: Its performance is mediocre and the touch screen is sometimes unresponsive. The plastic build gives it a toy-like feel and it isn’t very comfortable to hold. The dull design lacks panache.

The bottom line: For those looking to save a buck, for its low price, the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 has a bevy of useful features, though there are better performing options out there.

With the Asus Memo Pad HD 7, you really get what you pay for. The HD 7 earns its low price with a lackluster design and sluggish performance. It’s not very comfortable to hold for long periods of time, and aside from being offered in a variety of different colors, lacks a coolness other tablets try hard to aspire to.

Its performance is meekly mediocre, and consistent lagging combined with a sometimes unresponsive touch screen make the tablet best suited for simple tasks like browsing and reading.

That said, the HD 7 is a refreshing upgrade from its predecessor and its best feature is the 7-inch IPS screen that displays an impressively wide range of colors which facilitate a visually richer experience than the original Nexus 7.

If you’re on a strict budget, the Asus Memo Pad is an inexpensive and functional small tablet, but if you can spare the change, a new Nexus 7 is the better choice.

Design
Even though the tablet shares similar dimensions with the Nexus 7, it’s nowhere near as sleek or comfortable in design. The tablet fits fine in one hand, even for people with smaller hands like me, yet, despite its light weight, the design doesn’t lend itself to comfortable holding over lengthy periods of time.

The back panel protrudes slightly, and the corners slightly dig into your palms when holding it in both hands, instead of the flush, smoothly curved edges of the original Nexus 7. I often found myself wanting to put the device down after using it for awhile — not because I was done using it — but because holding it became tiresome.

The Asus Memo Pad HD 7 comes in navy blue, white, hot pink, and lime green. The navy blue version is the only one that has a back with a matte finish. The dark shade of blue attracts a minimal amount of fingerprints that are only highly visible from certain angles. The back panel is smooth and comfortable to the touch but can be a bit slippery without a tight grip.

In comparison, the reflective plastic backsides of the other colors looks less chic, but its texture helps one grip the device significantly better than the matte finish does. I personally prefer a back panel with a grippier texture, like the Nexus 7 (2012), because it enhances my comfort level in a way that extends the amount of time I can hold the device.

Since they’re both made by Asus, the Memo Pad HD 7 and the Nexus 7 (2012) share similar design elements. The power button and volume rocker on the right edge look almost identical in shape, while the rear speakers are similarly located towards the bottom edge of the tablet.

The front of the tablet is typically simple, with an Asus logo on the bottom bezel and a front-facing camera on the top. There is no ambient light sensor, therefore no automatic brightness setting.

The Memo Pad HD 7’s headphone jack, microphone pinhole, and Micro-USB port are all located on the top edge, with the microSD expansion slot — which is expandable up to 32GB — around the corner on the left edge. There are no ports on the bottom edge, but the speaker sits on the bottom of the tablet’s back, keeping the 5-megapixel rear camera on top company.

Asus Application Suite
The tablet comes loaded with the Asus Application Suite and features apps that range from useful to creative. The simple additions include a calendar, to-do list, and file manager, and it comes with 16GB of Asus WebStorage cloud service for one year.

Some of the apps that are geared towards family use include App Locker, which allows you to put passwords on specific apps; Asus Artists, where you can create “paintings” or greeting cards; and Asus Story, which helps you organize your photos into albums, or as they call them, “stories.”

The tablet comes with Power Saver, a battery saving feature that comes in handy if you’re trying to squeeze the most out of a low battery.

The custom mode lets you pick the specific functions that the power-saving option affects. For example, you can set a low screen brightness for listening to music, a higher one for watching video, and no power-saving function for reading books. When enabled, it significantly helped extend the battery life when it was low and the highly customizable options.

Floating apps
One of the most interesting and useful features on the tablet is the floating menu. On the Android navigation bar, there’s a button to the left of the back button that activates the floating menu.

When activated, a small menu pops up above the navigation bar that contains a selection of floating apps that you can quickly access without having to close whatever app you’re currently using. Since the apps “float” on the screen, on top of whatever is already open, it’s almost like a multiwindow option, but they can only perform simple tasks and can’t compare to the multiwindow functions that the Microsoft Surface or some of the Samsung Galaxy tablets provide.

Floating apps are an easy way to multitask, and I liked the ability to use the browser while watching video, but not all streaming video services continue to play while a floating app is open. With the exception of a few floating apps, including the calculator and compass, Netflix did not let me use most of the floating apps while simultaneously watching video, although YouTube did.

Despite providing an easy way to multitask, the floating apps don’t have the same functionality as the fullscreen app and are limited in their capabilities; the YouTube app only shows recommended videos — you can’t search — and the Twitter app displays only one tweet at a time. There is a limited amount of floating apps, and although the floating menu is customizable, not all downloaded apps have the ability to be floating ones.

Speaker features
The Memo Pad HD 7 houses stereo speakers with Asus SonicMaster audio technology and Audio Wizard software. Although the speakers aren’t great, the number of specific audio settings are. The tablet allows you to manually adjust separate volume settings for app audio, notifications, and alarms.