Friday Tech Roundup (06 September 2013): Intel demonstrate SSD overclocking tech

Intel SSD

By on September 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Welcome to the Friday Tech Roundup! Contained herein is your weekly dose of some of the best tech news from across the Internet, rounded up for your edification and entertainment. Read on for all the details on Intel’s overclocked solid state drives, how HDMI 2.0 will work, and Google’s Project Loon madness.

Intel demonstrate overclockable solid state drives at PAX Prime

PC users have been overclocking their rigs for years, it’s not a new concept. Having said that, this is the first I’ve heard of a consumer range of overclockable storage devices. Intel invited a number of lucky PAX Prime attendees to attend a demonstration of the company’s SSD overclocking technology, ahead of the public demonstration announced for the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) next month.

Dan Stoltz of Legit Reviews attended the demonstration, and reports that Intel intend to release a K-Series SKU of SSDs. Similar to Intel’s K-Series CPUs, K-Series SSDs will have unlocked parameters, allowing users to increase controller clock speed and NAND flash memory speed. During the demo, Intel overclocked an S3500 Series 480GB SSD from 474.27 MB/s read and 400.82MB/s write, to 493.38 MB/s and 431.32 MB/s respectively. It is unclear how overclocking an SSD will affect longevity, so those hoping to adopt early would do well to apply new rigour to their backup strategy.

HDMI 2.0 will transport 4K content via a single cable

HDMI Licensing, LLC has announced via press release the HDMI 2.0 specification, which shows a massive increase in bandwidth for the humble audio/video transport. According to the specification, HDMI 2.0 will increase bandwidth to up to 18Gbps, which allows support for 4K resolutions (4K@50/60, 2160p), 32 audio channels, and dual videos on one display, all transported by a single cable.  The new specification will be entirely compatible with existing HDMI cables, meaning that those with expensive cable runs built into the walls of their homes can rest easy in their investment. HDMI 2.0 is expected to be released before the end of 2013.

Google’s Project Loon to use wind currents to evenly space Internet carrier balloons

Project Loon is an apt name for Google’s seemingly ridiculous plan to use antenna-bearing balloons to provide Internet access to the remote regions of the world. Given the fact that balloons are at the mercy of the winds, it seems infeasible for users to expect to have consistent coverage, right? Dan Piponi of Project Loon has developed a simulation that outlines his proposed method for controlling the spacing of balloons in the stratosphere.

“One of the goals with Loon is to provide coverage for as many people in the world as possible,” says Piponi in the video below, “we absolutely have to have these balloons nicely spaced out over the world.” Piponi’s plan is to dynamically alter the altitude of balloons based on spacing data, thus allowing the balloons to use different wind currents to control their location relative to other balloons in the ‘flock’.

Xbox One CPU clock speed increased by 9%

Following last week’s news that the Xbox One had received a 6% increase in GPU clock speed, Microsoft Interactive Entertainment corporate vice president of marketing and strategy Yusuf Mehdi has announced that the CPU is getting a boost as well. Mehdi made the announcement during the Citi Global Technology Conference, stating that the next-gen Xbox CPU is now running at 1.75 GHz, a 9% improvement over the previous 1.6 Ghz clock speed.

“We recently just went into full production,” Mehdi said, “so we’re now producing en masse Xbox One consoles. We’ve had real good progress on the system. In fact, we just updated the CPU performance to 1.75 GHz on top of the graphics performance improvement, so the system is really going to shine [and] the games look pretty incredible.” (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft IllumiRoom is too expensive to release as a consumer product

Last year, Microsoft announced a proof-of-concept for its impressive Xbox augmented reality projection system, IllumiRoom. The project aimed to expand the visual content of a game being played on a TV into the room, by making use of a paired projector and Kinect sensor. In an unfortunate—if predictable—turn of events, Xbox One head of product planning Albert Penello told AusGamers at Gamescom that IllumiRoom is “just research,” and is too expensive to release to the public, with the cost for average consumers projected to be counted in the thousands of dollars. Take a sad last look at the IllumiRoom proof-of-concept video below.

13 comments (Leave your own)

“1.75 GHz”
My phone runs at 1.9 … what the hell… is this number supposed to impress me ?

As for 4K cables this is something I’m probably never going to use and if I ever do it’s likely 10-20 years down the track, also I’ve read more than once that standard hdmi cables can do 4k just fine. Have I been miss informed ?


And the Xbox One inches that much closer to a fiery death.



I doubt 20 years man because 8K isn’t too far off, 8K displays were shown off at this years CES 2013 and will be out by the end of 2015 for worldwide release.


Overclocking SSD’s? They are unreliable as it is! I’d much rather see Intel working out a way to increase the damn lifespan of solid state drives instead of increasing transfer rates…

Each time I install an SSD into a PC I feel like there is a live grenade just waiting to go off or playing russian roulette.


It scares me that some people are so poorly informed that they still think the Ghz rating of a processor is the only indicator of speed.
Take one freaking second to google some basic info about how a processor works.


“1.75 GHz”
My phone runs at 1.9 … what the hell… is this number supposed to impress me ?

CPU performance is more than just the “Ghz” number.
Even though Jaguar found in the consoles runs at a lower clockspeed than your phone… I would eat my hat if it was slower in synthetic benchmarks..
It’s a wider, Out-of-order design, great branch predictor, with fat caches and lots of bandwidth (Relative to your phone.)

Still, compared to my PC. (Core i7 3930K 6 cores/12 threads @ 4.8ghz) It’s laughable, but what do you expect for a cheap device? They sink most of their Power and Transistor budget into the GPU which is what drives the pretty pictures on the screen.



you can get away with running your 3930k at 4.8 in summer?


“1.75 GHz”
My phone runs at 1.9 … what the hell… is this number supposed to impress me ?

Guess you decided to post before actually doing any research. I’m not going to go into TOO many details but..

Phone CPU’s aren’t as powerful as a Computer CPU.

And I guess the main thing you’ve missed is..

1.75 GHz AMD 8 core APU (2 Quad-Core Jaguar modules)

Notice the EIGHT (8) cores. Your phone would be running a max of 2. So lets not get on the hate train because you didn’t want to spend 2 seconds checking your facts and just assuming it’s running one core (which I don’t see why on earth anyone would assume its running one core).


The Jaguar is ultimately a netbook CPU though. We’re not breaking into a new frontier of performance here.



I don’t watch TV enough to justify the cost so unless i can’t use devices with my current TV yes 20 years off.

lordapophis: CPU performance is more than just the “Ghz” number.

I’m well aware that there are more variables involved in the performance of a CPU than that.
My point was that this number is meaningless and I’m not sure what i’m supposed to think about it as a stand alone number. Due to the fact that there are alot more variables to consider here.


See above no where did I say my phone was more powerful, stop making idiotic assumptions.


Lmfao 1.75 hahaha that’s fuking weak, potatobox pile of shit. My arse has faster processing speeds than that, hope the faggot box fails so hard, pc ftw !!!!


IllumiRoom is a great idea. But it’s only needed because console FoVs are too low initially.



As stated in the news snippet: “The new specification will be entirely compatible with existing HDMI cables.”

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