Kingston SSDNow V100 128 GB Benchmarks


Hello fellas !  I received a review unit of Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB.Installed Windows 7 on it,and tons of other programs/3rd party softwares.I am really impressed by it’s amazing speeds.The SSD is blazingly fast,Windows 7 installation took 12 minutes,it boots in 8 seconds,Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 installed in just 55-60 seconds.Same goes for Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Time for some benchmarks now !

TEST BENCH CONFIGURATION

Motherboard Intel DG31 PR
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E5200 @2.53 Ghz
RAM 2Gb Kingston DDR2
Graphics MSI ATI Raedon HD 4670 1GB
Power Supply Cooler Master Extreme Series Power Plus 460w
CPU Cooler – Stock-
OS Windows 7 32 Bit Ultimate

Kingston SSDNow V100 128 GB Details.


ATTO.

It’s a very old,yet a very popular benchmarking tool.It is great for RAID HDD setups.The test was run with the default runs of 0.5kb through 8192kb transfer sizes while the total length being 256mb.

AS-SSD.

It is a comparatively new benchmarking tool,for the SSD’s.In fact,JUST for the SSD’s.It’s very simple to use,accurate,free,and has a screenshot feature too.

CrystalDiskMark 2.2

It’s a small,handy utility for measuring sequential and random read/write speeds.Supports only NCQ (Native Command Queuing),while it has a QD (Queue Depth) of 32 in it’s latest version.

HD Tune

is a hard disk utility with many functions. It can be used to measure the drive’s performance, scan for errors, check the health status (S.M.A.R.T.), securely erase all data and much more.

That’s all for now.Real world Tests coming soon !

Get Honeycomb theme for Chrome

Android fan  ? Using chrome  ? Then check out the new chrome theme which is based on Android’s new OS specifically made for tablets : Honeycomb.

@romannurik (developer of this theme) from twitter today posted about it.

It looks great and I am using it.Apparently I am not much of a tweak/theme guy,and like to keep things simple,but I like this one since it’s a nice dark theme.

Wanna try it out ? Get it from chrome webstore.

Get Ubuutnu 11.04 Countdown widget for Android

Eagerly waiting for Ubuntu 11.04 to release ? Well that tells how much  Ubuntu addict you are ! Grab this android app,which just displays basic text stat on the number of days ‘until release’.

Neat

via : (OMG ! UBUNTU! )

Razer Onza Xbox 360 Controller – Resistance is Futile

Razer unveils  it’s wired controller Onza for XBOX.The controller has 2 variations,one the standard version,another tournament version.the Razer Onza Tournament Edition offers superior customizability with adjustable resistance analog sticks,while the standard version features backlit “Hyperesponse” face buttons, ana an improved d-pad and two extra programmable shoulder buttons.That what makes it different from the ordinary 360 controllers and Onza.With the addition of 2 additional bumpers you can actually program 2 buttons which prove to be a saver in many titles.

Twist the analog sticks in one direction to make them more resistant for steadier control, or twist in the opposite direction for quicker, fluid movements. Boom! He’s dead. Boom! She’s dead. You’re just too fast; nothing’s stopping you when you have an Onza in your hands.

Onza has made a smart move by bringing in the wired controllers for tournaments which means no lag time,and exact precision.

 

 

Features :

* 2 Adjustable resistance analog sticks
* 2 Multi-Function Buttons (MFB)
* 4 backlit Hyperesponse action buttons
* Precision D-Pad
* Non-slip rubber surface
* Quick release USB connector
* 15 foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable
* Approx. size in mm: 109(L) x 154(W) x 60.5(H)

The standard Onza will sell for $40, while the Tournament Edition will set back the realprofessionals $50.

( Source: Image, Razer)

Acer’s 4.8 incher ‘phoneblet’

Well Acer‘s brought the phonebelt,that is mixture of phone and a tablet.It’s being powered by 1GHz Snapdragon processor.Acer confirmed that this hybrid which is 100% phone + 100% tablet would come to US in April and would be running  Froyo or Honeycomb.The display is pretty huge (4.8 inch) and boats of its unique 1024 x 480-resolution, 21:9 aspect ratio display ,but then don’t complain cause it’s a Phonebelt ! (We’ve got another thing for 2011,that other manufacturers would be busy copying  throughout the year  *sigh* )

Let’s wish Acer luck,and please wish me too so that I can  have my own Android that I desperately WANT.

Motorola Xoom Preview

Motorola‘s first ever tablet XOOM is spiced up with the latest Android 3.0OS,Honeycomb .This slate is headed to Verizon in Q1 2011 and will be upgradeable to 4G in Q2.

Motorola XOOM Features

The device looks sexy on paper and otherwise too.

Source : Motorola

Install OS X 10.6.6 update to take advantage of Mac App Store

Apple has launched Mac App Store,today and comes bundled with OSX 10.6.6 update.

The Mac App Store features 1000’s of apps at the moment.To gain access to Mac App Store,you’ll need to update it to 10.6.6 first via Software Centre.

The new Build 10J537 features “developer support for fetching and renewing App Store receipts,” with a focus on Bonjour, Dock, OpenGL, Printing and Spotlight.

Once updated you’ll find the App Store in the Software Update option in your Apple menu.Also the Mac App Store will bring automatic installation and updating of applications,similar to iOS app store. OSX 10.6.6 is only available to those who have the latest Snow Leopard edition of the OS

In other Mac App Store news, 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple has informed developers that the forthcoming storefront will not accept demos, trial versions or betas, instead encouraging developers to post those versions on their own websites. (yeah,legacy of iOS store)

The Mac OS X 10.6.6 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. It also includes the Mac App Store, the best way to discover and buy new apps for your Mac. The Mac App Store, a new application you’ll find in the Dock, includes the following features:

  • Discover Mac apps: Browse featured apps, top charts, and categories, or search for something specific. Read detailed app descriptions and user reviews, and flip through screen shots.
  • Buy and install: Easily purchase apps with your iTunes account.  Apps install in one step and are quickly available from the Dock.
  • App updates: The Mac App Store keeps track of all your purchased apps and notifies you when free updates are available

So what are you waiting for ? Get downloading and tell us your experience about it

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Microsoft unveils Touch Mouse,for Windows 7 at CES

Microsoft has unveiled it’s Touch Mouse,for Windows 7,which  allows you to click, flick, scroll and swipe easily without the need for any buttons.This device has brought gesture control to even those who don’t have a touchscreen.The mouse is available for pre order and would be available by May 2011,for $80.It  supports different multi touch gestures,few of gestures shown in the video are pinch to zoom,flicks,panning.It also packs Microsoft’s BlueTrack technology, which means that it could work on carpets, wood, etc.The design looks sexy,and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

In the box you get a Microsoft Touch Mouse,USB nano transceiver(ahh no Bluetooth ! ) and 2 AAA alkaline batteries.

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Most anticipated games of 2011

2011 would be madness.So many cool titles coming up,the year’s gonna surely rock.But there would be many sequels coming up,lack of new games,storyline would be surely missing except likes of Brink and Rage,who don’t have any prequels.

Okay so here’s the list

BRINK

An upcoming first-person shooter video game postponed two times and now expected to release in the first quarter of 2011. It offers team-based multiplayer missions with authored narratives, persistent player characters and an approachable nature. Brink story plot description is the battle of two sides Resistance andSecurity, in the utopian city called The Ark, a floating city surrounded by the waters of a flooded Earth. The Ark was designed as a prototype of environment friendly city, with renewable assets and no contamination, sizable to support 5,000 residents. However, due to many refugees entering the city from other parts of the world, its population has grown ten times greater, due to not enough resources resulting in the city being on the verge of a civil war.

Diablo III

Diablo III is an upcoming dark fantasy/horror-themed action role-playing game developed by Blizzard, making it the third installment in theDiablo franchise. The game, which features elements of the hack and slash and “dungeon roaming” genres, was first announced on June 28, 2008, at Blizzard’s World Wide Invitational in Paris, France.

Diablo III is similar in style to its predecessor, Diablo II. The proprietary engine will incorporateHavok physics and feature destructible environments with an in-game damage effect. The developers are aiming to make the game run on a wide range of systems, and have stated thatDirectX 10 will not be required. Diablo III will use a custom 3D game engine in order to present an overhead view to the player, in a somewhat similar way to the isometric view used in previous games in the series. Enemies will utilize the 3D environment as well, in ways such as crawling up the side of a wall from the depths into the combat area.

As in Diablo II, multiplayer games will be possible using Blizzard’s Battle.net service, with many of the new features developed for StarCraft II also available in Diablo III. Players will be able to drop in and out of sessions of co-operative play with others.

Test drive Unlimited 2

est Drive Unlimited 2 (officially abbreviated as TDU2) is an upcoming racing video game developed by Eden Games and published byAtari. It will be the sequel to Test Drive Unlimited and the tenth game in the series.

On 3 March 2010, Atari announced that Test Drive Unlimited 2 would be released in the fourth quarter of 2010. The release date was later announced to be 8 February 2011 for North America and 11 February for Europe.

There will be a storyline in Test Drive Unlimited 2 to follow for the player. To progress through the game, the player has to earn experience points to level up through the 60 levels. These points can be earned via 4 categories:

  • Competition (racing, completing challenges)
  • Social (making friends in the game, race against other people, joining clubs)
  • Discovery (discover all roads, take photographs of specific locations, find all car wrecks)
  • Collection (buy cars, houses, furniture, clothing)

There are an additional 10 Levels available to those who acquire the TDU2 Casino Online DLC/Pre-order Bonus, these levels are achieved within the casino itself.

Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 will be the upcoming third and final game in the Mass Effect trilogy of video games developed by BioWare, and published by Electronic Arts with a tentative release date of “Holiday 2011” (referring to the November-January holiday season).The game will be released simultaneously on Microsoft WindowsXbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.

The game’s director, Casey Hudson, commented that Mass Effect 3 “will be easier [to develop] because we don’t have to worry about continuity into the next one,” and that the game’s development will follow a timeframe similar to that of Mass Effect 2 Decisions will still be imported from the two previous titles to Mass Effect 3, as to keep continuity within the series.Hudson also said in an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show that BioWare is already at work on Mass Effect 3. Mass Effect 3 will complete the story arc of Commander Shepard, and will pull in over 1,000 variables from Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 to shape how players experience the final chapter.

Star Wars the Old Republic

Members of the two main factions—the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire—will have different moralities; the project’s key focus is to differentiate between the player’s faction and morality.Each faction will contain different classes, each with a distinct backstory and a branching storyline affected by players’ moral choices.Classes will also be exclusive to one faction or the other.All eight of the classes have been confirmed: the Bounty HunterSith WarriorImperial Agent, and Sith Inquisitor for the Sith Empire; and the TrooperSmugglerJedi Knight, andJedi Consular for the Galactic Republic. Although each class will have a distinct storyline, they will be integrated with the game’s overall arc. The Old Republic will also use cover mechanics for the first time in MMO gameplay

Unlike traditional MMOs, classes in the Old Republic are not limited to the typical archetypes (healer, tank, melee dps, ranged etc…). Bioware has stated that each class will support on-the-fly customization that will allow any class to fill any role within a party, eliminating the need to spam channels in search of a specific class needed to fill a role within a group, which can delay or outright stop parties from completing group quests. While each class in The Old Republic will still favor a certain play style (be it ranged, melee, or otherwise), customization combined with companion characters will make for having a class be able to tackle many different situations, with or without the support of other player characters, and without requiring specific other classes in order to move forward.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (previously Deus Ex 3) will be the third game in the first-person role-playing game Deus Ex series, and aprequel to the original game. It is being developed by Eidos Montreal.

Warren Spector and Harvey Smith, the creative directors behind the first two games, are not attached to the project.

In the Deus Ex games, augmentations are body modifications that allow the user superhuman abilities. While augmentations in the first two games were nanotechHuman Revolution is set prior to both and instead features mechanical augmentations. These will be divided into four types: Combat, Stealth, Technology and Social. Using social skills, social augmentations, and stealth a player is able to play through the whole game killing only the bosses.

Every enemy squad will have an identifiable squad leader who will direct the team’s actions. If the leader is killed, the squad falls into disarray. Enemies will also react to subtle player decisions, such as a change in behaviour or weapons, etc.

Portal 2

Portal 2 is an upcoming first-person action/puzzle video game, developed by Valve Corporation. It is the sequel to the critically acclaimed 2007 video game Portal and was announced on March 5, 2010, following a week long alternate reality game based on new patches to the original game. Though initially slated for release in the last quarter of 2010, the game is scheduled for release during the week of April 18, 2011 for both retail and Steam-enabled versions for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X, and retail versions, distributed byElectronic Arts, for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms.

In Portal 2 the player returns as Chell, having been in stasis for several hundred years while GLaDOS and the rest of the Aperture Science facility has fallen into disrepair. Chell is awakened by one of GLaDOS’s personality cores, and inadvertently wakes GLaDOS; GLaDOS is immediately displeased at Chell’s return and begins testing her again through numerous chambers as she rebuilds the dilapidated facility.Portal 2 continues to challenge the player through numerous platforming and physics-based puzzles using the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device (ASHPD, also dubbed the “portal gun”), a device that can create a temporary hole between any two flat surfaces. Other gameplay elements are added to Portal 2 including tractor beams, laser redirection, and special paint-like gels, taken from theIndependent Games Festival-winning DigiPen student project Tag: The Power of Paint, that imparts special properties to objects it touches such as increased momentum. Portal 2 also includes a two-player co-operative mode, each player-character a robot that has become self-aware from GLaDOS’ influence, and requires the players to work together with their own portal guns to complete each level.

Rage

Rage (stylized as RAGE) is a first-person shooter in development by id Software. It will use the company’s new id Tech 5 engine.The game was first shown as a tech demo on June 11, 2007, at Apple’s WWDC,and was officially announced on August 2, 2007, atQuakeCon. On the same day, a trailer for the game was released by Gametrailers.com.

The user plays as a member from an Ark (a world-wide movement which took scientists and other significant people, and froze them underground in cryo-pods so they could rebuild Earth) but then the player comes to realize that his Ark has malfunctioned and that he is the only survivor. Apparently this environment is perfectly suited to the rough-and-tumble dune buggy racing seen in games likeMotorStorm, as that sort of gameplay will be an important feature of Rage. Players will have the ability to augment their cars with various items and upgrades they can gain by completing races, but the game is not specifically a racing title, as available trailers of the game have shown some first-person shooter content as well.

Max Payne 3

Max Payne 3 is an upcoming third-person shooter video game in the Max Payne franchise developed by Rockstar Vancouver and will be published by Rockstar Games for Microsoft WindowsXbox 360 and PlayStation 3. This is the first game in the series not to be developed by Finnish game developer Remedy Entertainment and not being written by series creator Sam Lake.

The game was originally scheduled for release in late 2009. However, it was pushed back to 2010 alongside several other Take-Two Interactive franchises in order to “benefit from having more development time.” In June 2010, the game was again pushed back to 2011.On December 21, it was not present on the 2011-2012 calender year, and was pushed back again.

Infamous 2

Infamous 2 is an upcoming 2011 open world video game for the PlayStation 3 video game console developed by Sucker Punch Productions and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The game is the sequel to the 2009 video game Infamous and may feature support for the PlayStation Move motion controller.The game follows the events of Infamous with Cole MacGrath as the main protagonist again. The game is set in a new city called New Marais, a New Orleans-inspired city, which Cole heads to in order to enhance his electrical powers further.[3] The game begins with Cole fighting the Beast in Empire City, barely escaping with his life. Cole, along with his friend Zeke, flees to New Marais to prepare for his inevitable encounter with the Beast; this is the location where the Ray Sphere was created. Cole encounters the Militia, a shadowy group led by a man named Bertrand, and the Corrupted, horribly mutated beings affected by the Ray Sphere. The Militia has taken over New Marais in an attempt to keep all superpowered or abnormal things away. Cole encounters Wolfe, one of the men involved in the Ray Sphere’s creation. Cole will combat the Corrupted and Militia, explore New Marais, and learn about himself, Kessler, and The First Sons along the way while gaining new abilities to confront the Beast.

Other Worthy Mentions:

Batman Arkham City

Doom 4

Valkyria Chronicles III: Unrecorded Chronicles

Crysis 2

METAL GEAR SOLID: RISING

DRAGON AGE II

GTA 5

Hitman 5

Source for content : http://www.wikipedia.org/

Play Angry Birds on your PC Now

Envied iphone users all because you couldn’t get to play Angry Birds,and neither you had Android to play it ? Well now you can play it on your PC ! w00t.The Rovio team has just released Angry Birds into the Intel AppUp store.

Angry Birds costs $9.99/£5.99/€7.99 to download in the Intel AppUp center. To purchase Angry Birds for Windows 7 and XP operating systems, head to www.appup.com, and get the Intel AppUp center.

For a limited time, Angry Birds will be available at the special promotional price of $4.99 in the Intel AppUp center.

The game initially includes 195 levels packed with hours and hours of gameplay. Customers can expect free updates and additional levels to the game. In addition to this, there will be unique enhancements not found in the mobile version, free of charge.

Earlier it was released only for Finland,but now the rest of world can too finally enjoy it.Purchasers will also get upgrades, just as the mobile versions have:

The sad part : Not for Mac OSX,and it may come for Ubuntu too,but till now it hasn’t 😦

Though if you have never played the game,and have Windows,it’s high time that you start the game and let us know your thoughts on it.