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News Archives for January 2009

Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: January 1, 2009 @ time: 07:24AM
Author: Nemo

For those of you who aren't too bleary-eyed to read, we have a few goodies for you today. Let's kick things off with a pair Silenx GPU coolers. We also have two HTPC cases on review today. The first is the GMC Noblese AVC-K1 multimedia case. Thermaltake also has an entry with its DH104 HTPC case. There's more in the roundup so enjoy your reading. We here at OCC would like to wish you a happy and joyous New Year!

Cases
GMC Noblesse AVC-K1 'Muse' HTPC Case @ [OC]ModShop
Thermaltake DH104 HTPC Case @ RBMods

Cooling
SilenX IXG-80HA2 & IXG-3F2 @ Bjorn3D

Motherboards
ECS X58B-A Black Edition Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

Power Supplies
FSP Group Power Mod 700w Power Supply @ Virtual-Hideout

Video
Workstation Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 5.5 @ Tech ARP

Miscellany
TweakTown’s Digital Lounge Blu-ray Awards 2008 @ TweakTown


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Haemair Develops External Prosthetic Lung

Posted: January 1, 2009 @ time: 08:54PM
Author: gebraset

Hospitals often provide large machines to those who cannot breath correctly, or are not able to do so by themselves without any help. Haemair is now developing a prosthetic lung that would allow people to where it around their own waist as it helped them with their breathing. The device is said to contain to mechanical or moving parts, and can easily be maintained because of its obvious external nature. While the product is not available yet, Haemair is still developing and tweaking the final product, which it envisions as becoming a very helpful tool to people who have respiratory problems and are not by a machine that can help them.


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A-DATA Introduces SSD RAID

Posted: January 1, 2009 @ time: 08:55PM
Author: gebraset

A-DATA, the company that have brought consumers with all sorts of tech products to aid their computing needs, will be launching a product that allows solid state disk drives to be used in seven support RAID models. The company claims that a user who has two or more SSDs can use then in JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, Span, SADE33, SAFE50, or GUI, all with one click of a switch. This will allow owners of SSD drives to experience even faster speeds than they have with the new RAID setup, and the hardware that A-DATA is releasing for this to happen mounts to a 3.5-inch slot, just as a regular hard drive does. Both versions will be available around the first-quarter of this year, and the version that does not include RAID will run about $30, while the enclosure that features RAID functionality will cost around $60.


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Dell Reshapes Business Sales

Posted: January 1, 2009 @ time: 08:57PM
Author: gebraset

With Dell, along with other electronic companies, it has developed location based business practices that allow people of a certain geological area to use their technology on a somewhat different level than others. This usually isn’t one of the greatest ideas of business practices, as people get left out. But now, Dell will be moving its business sales units to a size organization instead of a geology type setup. This will allows Dell to be more in-tune with their consumer base, as it will contain a large enterprise unit, a public unit, and a small and midsize business unit. These reorganizations practices have already taken place, and will continue to align its financial reporting as always with the new and improved structure.


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: January 2, 2009 @ time: 05:00AM
Author: Nemo

When it comes to laptop storage it seems as if solid state drives are all the rage these days. But what if you need more than 32- or 64-GB of space and don't want to take out a second mortgage needed to pay for a SSD of that size? Today we get a chance to examine the WD Scorpio Black 320GB 2.5" hard drive. Home theater PC cases have been showing up in our roundup lately and today we have the Glacial Altair A381. Hard drive docks are another device that seem to be cropping up a lot and now Icy Dock has an entry in that department.

Cases
Glacial Altair A381 (iMon) @ Bjorn3D

Gadgets
Buttkicker LFE Kit @ [OC]ModShop

Storage/Hard Drives
Icy Dock MB881US-1S-1 Hard Drive Dock @ ThinkComputers
Western Digital Scorpio Black, the none-SSD Laptop HDD Upgrade @ Madshrimps

Video
NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GSO to NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Mod Guide @ Tech ARP

Miscellany
OCModShop's 2008 Year in Review @ [OC]ModShop


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New Book Explains How Sony Unknowingly Helped Microsoft

Posted: January 2, 2009 @ time: 10:25AM
Author: ClayMeow

In 2001, Sony partnered with Toshiba and IBM to create the Cell processor for its upcoming PlayStation 3 console. Sony wanted a brand new processing architecture, so the three companies committed themselves to spending $400 million over five years to design the Cell, not to mention the additional costs of building two production facilities. The target launch date for the PlayStation 3 was Christmas 2005. Little did Sony know that in late 2002, IBM would be approached by Microsoft to create the chip for its upcoming rival game console, the soon-to-be-named Xbox 360. IBM's Adam Bennett showed Microsoft the specs for the Cell processor and told IBM to create a chip based around that core. The main benefit? Microsoft avoided a bulk of the R&D cost it would have otherwise had to spend. In addition, Microsoft backed up manfacturing capacity through a third party, so when the first iteration of chips had a problem, Sony had to wait six weeks to get those first chips, whereas Microsoft didn't, thus helping Microsoft hit its target launch for the Xbox 360 in November 2005. Now you may be thinking that IBM was in breach of contract, but Sony, IBM and Toshiba all agreed that IBM would eventually sell the Cell processor to other clients. Sony probably didn't even stop to consider that such a deal would be hammered out before it was completed, nor to its primary competitor. But I'm pretty sure any companies entering into similar deals will ensure the contract clearly states "upon completion" from now on.


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Wikipedia Meets Funding Goal

Posted: January 2, 2009 @ time: 08:54PM
Author: gebraset

Just recently, Wikipedia has raised enough money to operate itself until the end of June. This money that was donated to the website will go to updating the infrastructure than mainly runs Wikipedia. Many users who use the online encyclopedia are happy to see the funds raised, because of its overwhelming popularity since users constantly refer to the website. While the initial donation goal was $6 million dollars, viewers of the website offered up a total of $6.2 million. In other related news, it seems that the website has a total of 250 millions viewers each and everyday that it is up.


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Large Notebooks May Receive Intel Atom

Posted: January 2, 2009 @ time: 08:55PM
Author: gebraset

While the Atom right now is currently found inside of both smaller screen and smaller size notebooks and netbooks, it may change in the near future. This is keeping users of larger notebooks from using the processor inside of their own computers. Gadget Mix is reporting however that Hewlett-Packard is attempting to negotiate with Intel to let them use the Atom processor in notebooks that carry a screen larger than thirteen inches. Dell already has its Mini 12 powered by the Atom chip, so it will not come to much surprise if Intel lets HP use it in their larger sized notebook personal computers.


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Nanostructures Could Improve Digital Images

Posted: January 3, 2009 @ time: 04:25AM
Author: jammin

A team of scientists lead by the University of Glasgow have been given a grant of nearly half a million pounds ($725,000) to help with the development of nanostructures that could be used on digital imaging sensors. By creating these tiny patterns or structures in the metal film on a CMOS (Complimentary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor) sensor, the sensitivity to light could be improved. That means higher quality images as well as the possibly of improved color discrimination. The project is expected to continue into 2012.


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Hardware Roundup: Weekend Edition

Posted: January 3, 2009 @ time: 04:14PM
Author: Nemo

Our weekend roundup includes a trio of cooling devices including two complete kits. The first one, the CoolIT Domino A.L.C. (reviewed by OCC here) manages to come in below $100. The second kit comes from Cooler Master and is another way to introduce water cooling to our rig with the minimum of effort. We also get a look at the NZXT Tempest case (also reviewed by OCC here).

Cases
NZXT Tempest Case @ Motherboards.org

Cooling
CoolIT Systems Domino A.L.C. Water Cooler @ Legit Reviews
Noctua NH-C12P Premium CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers
Cooler Master Aquagate Max @ Bjorn3D

Storage/Hard Drives
PromoLocker Custom VH USB Drive @ Virtual-Hideout

Video
Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 15.7 @ Tech ARP


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Ecamm Introduces New Bluetooth Webcam

Posted: January 3, 2009 @ time: 08:54PM
Author: gebraset

Called the first of its kind, the BT-1 which is designed to be Mac compatible, was debuted just yesterday. The webcam streams H.264 encoded video at a resolution of 640 x 480 as well as AAC-encoded audio at 48 kHz. While the device runs off its own wireless Bluetooth battery, it can be charged from an included USB cable and also comes with a flexible mini-tripod that allows users to change camera angles on the fly with ease. Ecamm plans to retail the device at $149.99, sometime in the area of March. The BT-1 requires Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or later to be compatible and work with the Macintosh operating system.


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Internet Explorer Loses User Base

Posted: January 3, 2009 @ time: 08:55PM
Author: gebraset

Even through Internet Explorer is still the most used internet browser and has been for some time, it is now losing its share. Net Applications has recently found that Firefox has just stepped over the twenty-one percent usage while Microsoft’s own browser has fallen below seventy percent. Even other browsers such as Chrome and Safari are experiencing gains, as the Apple browser went just over seven percent while Chrome went over one percent since it is out of beta. While users have been reporting instability with Internet Explorer 8 in Windows 7, it seems as if more users will continue to stray away from the long time browser and switch over to others that only sport more speed and compatibility, but more features.


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Windows 7 Shown To Be Extremely Fast

Posted: January 3, 2009 @ time: 08:56PM
Author: gebraset

While benchmarks have not yet been run against Vista and XP with Windows 7, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes of ZDNet did attempt to find out how it ran in some real-world tests. His research showed that the new beta of Microsoft’s operating system beat out both Windows Vista and Windows XP in multiple speed tests, while only failing at a select few. These tests include boot up time, shut down time, file maneuvers, installations, and other tasks. The test systems include a AMD Phenom 9700 setup with ATI graphics, and a Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2200 with an NVIDIA graphics chipset. While these results could be both proven and disproven in a various amount of situations, it is interesting to see how much focus the operating system team is having on performance.


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G.Skill Debuts New Memory

Posted: January 3, 2009 @ time: 08:58PM
Author: gebraset

G.Skill, manufacturer of memory for computers along with a few solid state disk drives, has announced new low latency DDR3-2000 kits known as Perfect Storm. This memory is rated at CL7 while bringing the 2,000MHz speed it comes with, unlike its other memory counterparts that were rated at both CL9 and CL8. The rated CAS latencies are at 7-8-7-20, though there is no official word yet on how loose these timings may or may not be to system overclockers. The new Perfect Storm memory kits are said to be available in 3GB and 6GB models with an outstanding G.Skill lifetime warranty.


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Phishers Target Twitter

Posted: January 4, 2009 @ time: 08:55PM
Author: gebraset

While phishing websites are always on the security list for users, the common social network site known as Twitter has recently taken a hit. The link, which tells users that they have a funny blog about themselves on Blogspot, redirects them to a phony Twitter login page that steals the user's password once the unknowing person has entered it. Once it has their password, the hoax website may use the account to send the initial link to more people that are following an account, or an account that is following other users. Both the Twitter Eng and Ops teams are aware of the problem, but to be safe, members of the site are being advised to not click on any links.


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Creative Cuts Jobs

Posted: January 4, 2009 @ time: 08:57PM
Author: gebraset

With the multimedia company experiencing a drastic amount of revenue lost recently, a staggering $19.7 million, it is cutting nearly 2,700 jobs. This is obviously in direct effect with the net loss it experienced, which is the lowest revenue in a total of five years. This has happened because of the demand for its music players falling, or so Creative is currently claiming. While the job cuts represent roughly half of the company’s work force, it still seems to be ready to deliver the Zii product or product line at the next upcoming Consumer Electronics Show, which is right around the corner.


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: January 5, 2009 @ time: 04:19AM
Author: Nemo

AMD's HD 4830 graphics card sits at the low end of the 4800 series lineup, yet shares the same RV770 core with its HD 4850 bigger brother. The MSI Radeon HD 4830 512MB OC Edition is a factory overclocked version (reviewed by OCC here) that manages to hang with its siblings, especially at lower resolutions. Areal densities on disk drives have continued to increase and Hitachi has updated its lineup of drives by squeezing 1TB of storage on just three platters in its enterprise class E7K1000 drive. Make sure you check out the rest of the reviews in today's roundup by following the links below.

Cooling
Nonaoxia Nano Fans and Koolance VID-487 GPU Water Block @ Bjorn3D

Motherboards
DFI LanParty DK 790GX-M2RS Motherboard @ Madshrimps
Gigabyte EX58-UD4P Intel X58 motherboard @ TechSpot

Mousepads
Nova Killer 2 Mousepad @ [OC]ModShop

Networking
Hawking HWRN1A Hi-Gain Wireless-300N Router @ RBMods

Notebooks
My First Netbook Experience @ Techgage

Power Supplies
OCZ Fatal1ty Series 700W Power Supply @ ThinkComputers

Storage/Hard Drives
Hitachi's Deskstar E7K1000 hard drive @ Tech Report

Video
MSI Radeon HD 4830 512MB OC Edition Graphics Card @ TweakTown


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Join the OCC Folding@home Team

Posted: January 5, 2009 @ time: 09:33AM
Author: Nemo

For the last several years Stanford University has been studying the mechanics of protein folding - or how proteins in the human body assemble themselves. As part of this research scientists are also looking at what happens when that process doesn't happen the way it's supposed to. When proteins do not fold correctly, there can be serious side effects which include many well known diseases such Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Mad Cow, CJD and ALS. Simulating the way proteins fold, though, takes massive computer resources, far beyond what would be possible using resources normally available to researchers. Stanford developed an ingenious approach to the problem by developing a distributed computing model where the computational requirements are broken down into many small pieces. Volunteers around the world download the client software from Stanford and use their computers' idle cycle times to work on the problem and return the results back to Stanford. Recent advances in processor technology and the use of stream processing on GPUs has enabled Stanford to make tremendous leaps in their research, none of which would have been possible without the participation of users around the world.

OverclockersClub is proud to be a part of that process with our Folding@home team. We are extending an open invitation for all to further Stanford's research efforts by downloading the Folding@home software from Stanford's site and be part of the OCC team (team number 12772) as we work together to better understand the role proteins play in these diseases. As a show of our commitment to the project, OCC will be running another contest sometime in February so now is the time to get those machines folding!

Click here to discuss this item in the OCC forums.


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Apple's Jobs Sheds Light on Health Issues

Posted: January 5, 2009 @ time: 11:06AM
Author: Nemo

Rumors around Steve Jobs' health have been circulating for months now. Each time a new one pops up Apple stock takes a hit. Some of those rumors have, of course, proved totally unfounded. The concern gained ground recently when Jobs decided not to give the keynote address at Macworld. Today, Jobs put investors' fears at ease by saying that doctors have finally determined the cause of his recent weight loss. The problem stems from a hormone imbalance, the remedy for which is simple, but will take some time to control. Jobs assured investors he will continue on as Apple's CEO and the board of directors voiced their full support of Jobs. Apple's stock rose more than 3 percent in early trading today.


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Seagate 7200.12 Drives Boast 500GB per Platter

Posted: January 5, 2009 @ time: 12:02PM
Author: Nemo

Seagate announced today that it's newest lineup of hard disk drives, the 7200.12 family, are shipping with the world's highest areal density of 329 Gigabits per square inch. In a 3.5" format, that works out to 500GB per platter. That allows the 7200.12 products to squeeze 1TB of capacity onto just two discs with a sustained data rate of up to 160MB/s. The previous generation of drives used three platters in a 1TB capacity model. As with the previous 7200.11 generation drives, the latest are SATA 3.0 Gbps, spin at 7,200RPM and offer 16- and 32MB of cache. The lineup currently comes in 1TB, 750GB and 500GB models.


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Suicide Threat Fails to Get WoW Account Reinstated

Posted: January 5, 2009 @ time: 12:22PM
Author: Nemo

After a 17-year old Ohio teenager was banned from World of Warcraft, he contacted Blizzard's help desk to get his account reinstated. According to reports, he told them he was suicidal and WoW was all he had to live for. Blizzard didn't reinstate the account but did call emergency services. When the police and paramedics arrived, the teen said it was all a joke and he was using the threat of suicide to get what he wanted. The police didn't find the joke all that funny and charged the teenager with a first-degree misdemeanor.


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Sync Files With Your iPhone

Posted: January 5, 2009 @ time: 05:20PM
Author: ClayMeow

If you have an iPhone, you're probably already syncing your e-mails, contacts and calendar, but what about other files? Thanks to the Soonr app, released today in the App Store, you can now sync everything from Excel documents to text documents to pictures. Soonr supports 30 file types and allows you 500MB of storage in a "personal cloud" that automatically grabs the latest versions of your files without requiring you to upload files every time. In addition, Soonr lets you preview files and even print to remote printers. Best of all, it's free to all iPhone/iTouch owners.


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Trojan Blocks Popular Torrent Sites

Posted: January 5, 2009 @ time: 05:40PM
Author: ClayMeow

A new trojan has been making its way around torrent sites called Troj/Qhost-AC, and it's unlike any virus you've probably ever encountered. There's no spyware or malware and it provides a simple message; "downloading is wrong." The trojan modifies the hosts file of your computer so that it redirects two of the most popular torrent sites, The Pirate Bay and Mininova, to yourself (127.0.0.1) and causes popups and audio messages stating that "downloading is wrong." Some people think the MPAA or RIAA may be responsible, but we'll probably never know where the trojan originated from. For those that happen to get infected, however, thankfully the fix is fairly simple.


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Seagate Drives to Feature USB 3.0 Soon

Posted: January 5, 2009 @ time: 08:53PM
Author: gebraset

This week, at the Consumer Electronics Show, Seagate along with semiconductor supplier Symwave, plan to show off their own FreeAgent external storage hard drive that features a USB 3.0 port. People attending the show are going to be, as expected, surprised at the speed that the new standard is going to deliver, as it blazes at a speed of 4.8Gbits/s. Symwave announced that it is honored to be working with Seagate to show off the new USB 3.0 speeds and plans to keep on delivering new and exciting products to consumers down the line as demand grows for high-speed storage solutions.


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Sony Speaks Of No More Restructuring

Posted: January 5, 2009 @ time: 08:54PM
Author: gebraset

Because of hard times, Sony cut jobs right before Christmas, at a total of about 8,000. According to the New York Times, who quoted Kazuharu Miura, that it had already cut 4,000 jobs throughout the world, while also terminating another 5,000 just in the country of Japan alone. The Times is reporting now that Sony’s plan to restructure is just not enough after the drop in the Japanese currency and other currency world wide. Even though it seems like major restructuring is needed for the electronics company, spokesman Atsuo Omagari is stating that they do not plan to make anymore additional restructurings plans at this current point in time.


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Pentax Shows Off Two New Cameras

Posted: January 5, 2009 @ time: 08:56PM
Author: gebraset

Even with the Consumer Electronics Show, Pentax showed off two new cameras that are known as the P70 and the E70 before hand. While both feature advanced face detection, which can detect up to 32 faces in .03 seconds, the cameras will offer different megapixels and be different sizes. The Optio P70 comes with a 12-megapixel lens, a 4x optical zoom, and a 2.7-inch screen. It can also shoot video footage at an astounding 720p quality; though will only offer a lowly 15 frames per second while doing so. The Optio E70 will be able to take pictures up to 10-megapixels, with a 3x optical zoom, and a 2.4-inch LCD screen. Neither the P70 nor the E70 cameras feature a viewfinder, and they both sell for $199.95 and $139.95, respectively.


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: January 6, 2009 @ time: 06:50AM
Author: Nemo

Things got a little busier around the web today. Let make this quick. We have a pair of full-tower cases from Xclio and Cooler Master. In the cooling department we have CPU and GPU heatsinks from the likes of Vigor, Coolink and Cooler Master. We also turned up a pair of triple-channel memory reviews for that Core i7 build you've been dreaming of. Of course there's lots more you need to see by following the links below. See? I told you it was going to be quick.

Cases
XClio 1000 Enclosure @ Virtual-Hideout
Cooler Master Stacker 832 SE @ Bjorn3D

Cooling
Vigor Monsoon III LT Dual 120mm CPU Cooler @ TweakTown
Coolink GFXChilla VGA Heatsink @ [OC]ModShop
Cooler Master Hyper Z600 Black Label Heatsink @ Frosty Tech

Gaming
Budget Gaming Part 1: The Basics @ XSReviews

Memory
Corsair Dominator 1600MHz 6GB Triple-Channel Memory Kit @ Legit Reviews
Kingston Triple Channel 1333MHz 6GB Memory Kit @ TweakTown

Notebooks
MSI Wind U100 Netbook @ HotHardware

Speakers/Headphones
Razer Moray Noise Isolating Earbud Headphones @ Tweaknews

Video
Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 15.8 @ Tech ARP

Miscellany
Audio Archiving Guide: Part 2 - CD Ripping @ Techgage


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Samsung Unveils 100GB Enterprise Class SSD

Posted: January 6, 2009 @ time: 12:14PM
Author: Nemo

Today Samsung announced its new 2.5 inch 100GB solid state drive (SSD) targeted toward data centers looking for a high-performance alternative to 15,000 RPM SCSI and SAS drives. The SS805 SSD have enhanced performance giving it a sustained read rate of 230MB/s, making it ideal for I/O intensive application such as online transaction processing and video-on-demand services. Samsung used single-level cell NAND flash memory and interleaving along with eight parallel channels along with an optimized controller to increase performance. Samsung claims that with a sustained read/write rate of 230/180MB/s that the new SSD can process IOPS 10 ten times faster than the fastest SAS on the market. Availability is sometime this quarter but no ricing details were released.


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Logitech Announces Workforce Cuts

Posted: January 6, 2009 @ time: 12:26PM
Author: Nemo

Logitech, maker of peripheral equipment such as mice, keyboards and webcams, today announced it is cutting 15 percent of its salaried workforce. Blaming the deepening economic slowdown, Logitech said it is seeing weakening demand across all geographies and channels. With customers reducing inventory levels, Logitech said it expects the situation to only worsen in the coming months and the cuts are an attempt to further reduce its cost structure in light of what they expect to be an extended downturn. Logitech employees over 9,000 people worldwide with offices in Switzerland, Asia and the U.S.


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130,000 Expected To Travel To CES

Posted: January 6, 2009 @ time: 01:22PM
Author: jammin

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held annually in Las Vegas is one of the hi-tech industries highlights of the year, giving companies the chance to show off products that will be introduced over 2009 (and beyond). Around 130,000 people are expected to travel to the show this year, which starts this Thursday 8th and runs until Sunday 11th January. Attendance last year stood at around 140,000 and considering the current economic climate a number close to that would be something of an achievement. Over 2,700 companies will be promoting their wares and Steve Ballmer will be handling the task of the opening keynote (previously delivered by Bill Gates). Naturally OCC will be attending the show again this year, bringing you information on what you can expect from the players in the PC industry. Look out for our coverage, which will start when CES kicks off later in the week.


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Text Messages Cost Next to Nothing...to Phone Companies

Posted: January 6, 2009 @ time: 07:08PM
Author: ClayMeow

Text messages used to cost five to ten cents apiece, but over the last few years, the four major U.S. wireless carriers raised it to 20 cents apiece. If you pay for an unlimited texting plan, you're probably paying anywhere from $15-20 per month. But how much is it costing the carriers? Practically nothing. Most of the costs originated from hardware and infrastructure investments, but all that occurred years ago, even before the price increase, and even then, the cost was minimal. The operating costs are even less. According to a computer science professor, "It doesn't cost the carrier much more to transmit a hundred million messages than a million." There's not much way around it for now, but the 20 price-fixing lawsuits alleging that the carriers are illegally colluding to set text messaging prices artificially high could change things.


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Skype Releases New Mac Beta

Posted: January 6, 2009 @ time: 07:25PM
Author: gebraset

Mac users that have the popular voice application installed will probably love most of the features that are in the new beta, version 2.8. In this version the ability to screenshare between machines has been added, and is not currently available in the Windows version of the software. Along with this feature, others added include contact notes, larger profile photos, quick adding of contacts, as well as chat priorities which help users organize their instant messages. While the Windows beta can be downloaded from a multitude of websites, the main area to download the Skype Mac beta from is its official website.


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LiveJournal Staff Gets Laid Off

Posted: January 6, 2009 @ time: 07:33PM
Author: gebraset

Though LiveJournal is a very popular social networking website used by many people across the world, it recently announced company layoffs. These layoffs have not been revealed totally, as a grand number is not known, but the website did reveal that its vice president Matthew Berardo is getting pushed out from his job. The headquarters, along with the servers, customer service team, legal staff, and admin staff will all stay in the United States. The global product development and design part of the site will now be based in Moscow however, and will allow the company to supposedly build a stronger business model. Some people are starting to think that the social website may go down in the future, mainly due to the related job losses.


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OCC to Participate in the 12th Annual Build Your Own PC Race for Charity at CES!

Posted: January 6, 2009 @ time: 07:40PM
Author: Nemo

One of the hottest events at CES is the Build Your Own PC Race with the winner being awarded a $10,000 check to give to his/her favorite charity. This year OverclockersClub was one of only 30 groups invited to participate and our own ccokeman will be representing us. The race will take place on the first night of CES, January 8th. Pre-race festivities begin at 5:30PM Pacific Time with the race to begin at 7:00PM PST. This year's race will be broadcast and you will be able to watch it LIVE here on OCC!! We're working on getting the live stream set up and will post more details as soon as we can. Clear your calendars and join us in cheering ccokeman on as he competes in this worthwhile cause.

Congratulation to OCC's contestant, ccokeman, for an amazing 6th place finish this year with a very respectable time of 7:18!


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SanDisk Announces New SSDs for Netbooks

Posted: January 6, 2009 @ time: 07:42PM
Author: gebraset

SanDisk, who is a major flash memory manufacturer and supplier, has announced a new set of solid state drives to be used by both system makers and end-users. The new drives are mainly for netbooks, though can be used in a variety of different situations. SanDisk is saying that their new drives are going to be perfect for the netbook market, as they offer exceptional performance, power usage, as well as a low price tag; though one has not been set yet. Disk space is going to be ranging from 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB sizes and the drives will be available in some part of February. All of the drives feature SanDisk’s own All Bit Line architecture as well.


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XFX Introduces Radeon Cards

Posted: January 6, 2009 @ time: 07:59PM
Author: gebraset

Since late last year when XFX announced that it would in fact be designing Radeon cards from AMD, people have been curiously awaiting them. Now XFX has shown off their Radeon HD 4000 series graphics cards, and while it is now delivering AMD chips to its users, NVIDIA will also be offered at the same time. The graphics card distributer states that the new Radeon graphics cards come with superior scalability, DirectX 10.1, and HDMI connectivity. While pricing has yet to be announced for the cards that they are producing, which include the HD 4870, HD 4850, HD 4830, HD 4650, and HD 4350, XFX is saying that it will offer reference designed cards, as well as those that are factory overclocked.


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AMD Introduces New Yukon Mobile Platform

Posted: January 6, 2009 @ time: 08:12PM
Author: Nemo

AMD unveiled its new Yukon mobile platform designed for the ultra-portable, lower-cost notebook market. The announcement was made in conjunction with HP who partnered with AMD on the development. HP will be introducing its new Pavilion dv2 laptop designed around the Yukon platform. While it was announced today, it will be officially launched this week at CES in Las Vegas. The platform includes AMD's new single-core Athlon Neo MV-40 processor clocked at 1.6GHz and the M690T chipset. An optional discrete ATI Radeon HD3410 graphics card can be used as well. HP's Pavilion dv2 is a 12.1 inch laptop with up to 4GB of DDR2 memory and hard drives ranging from 160GB to 500GB and will be offered at a starting price of $699. AMD has announced plans for a follow up dual-core version later in 2009.


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Psyko 5.1 Gaming Headset Wins CES Best of Innovations Award

Posted: January 6, 2009 @ time: 08:16PM
Author: Nemo

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is always an exciting time as vendors begin announcing all their newest lineup of wares. Not everything announced is worth noting though. Each year CES annoints the more noteworthy products with awards and this year Pysko Audio Labs was awarded a Psyko "Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Award" for its Psyko 5.1 Directional Audio Headphone. The Psyko headphones go beyond normal surround sound to deliver a "Perfect Room" sound experience placing the gamer right in the sweet spot. Psyko 5.1 will be available for $299.99 in early 2009.


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Lian Li Launches Two New Full-Tower Chassis

Posted: January 6, 2009 @ time: 08:49PM
Author: Nemo

Lian Li launched two new full-tower enclosures today at the CES show in Las Vegas. Fans of the clean, sleek look typical of Lian Li cases won't be disappointed as both retain the traditional simple elegance for which Lian Li is well-known. The cases, designated PC-B70 and PC-B71, are both all-aluminum with room for plenty of hard drives. The PC-B70 features a left side access HDD cage that can accept seven 3.5 inch hard disk drives secured using a removable HDD bracket with patented vibration reduction system. The PC-B71 is different, in that the lower part of the front bezel an integrated hot swappable SATA cage with a front door that locks. The HDD cage is cooled by two 140mm blue lit LED fans. The fans are filtered with removable, washable nylon filters. The cases are available now at a MSRP of $299.99US for the PC-B70 and $350US for the PC-B71.


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: January 7, 2009 @ time: 05:05AM
Author: Nemo

For the next week or so, the news is going to be dominated by announcements and events from the Consumer Electronics Show going on in Las Vegas. OCC will be there in force to cover the show. While CES doesn't officially begin until tomorrow, there are pre-show happenings and lots of new product announcements. That doesn't mean that our affiliates haven't been busy with reviews. We have a trio of cases including the NZXT Tempest (reviewed by OCC here). As for videocards our roundup gets a look at the new Asus GTX285/295 cards along with Sapphire's HD 4850 X2 (reviewed by OCC here). It's going to be busy over the next week, so make sure you check back for all the latest.

Cases

NZXT Tempest Gaming Computer Case @ [OC]ModShop
In Win Matrix Tiny Tower Micro ATX Case @ Tweak News
Antec Twelve Hundred Full Tower Case @ Bjorn3D

Gadgets
Logitech Comfort Lapdesk @ DarkVision Hardware

Monitors
Asus VK246H LCD Monitor @ RBMods

Motherboards
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard @ PCSTATS

Tradeshows/Conventions
CES 2009: CES Unveiled Pre-show Event @ Legit Reviews
Pre-CES tid bits: NVIDIA ION spotted and more @ TweakTown
ASUS at CES 2009 - All About Eee and Multi-Touch @ Techgage

Video
Leadtek WinFast PX9800GTX+ 512MB Graphics Card @ TweakTown
Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB @ Techgage
ASUS Launches New Range Of GeForce GTX 295 & GTX 285 Graphics Cards @ Tech ARP


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ECS Releases AMD Dragon Platform Motherboard

Posted: January 7, 2009 @ time: 06:07AM
Author: Nemo

In further news associated with the lead up to the official start of CES, ECS today released its A790GXM-AD3 Black Series motherboard. The board Supports the latest AMD Phenom II processors, ATI CrossFireX and dual channel DDR3 memory architecture. The new board is targeted at gamers looking the highest performance. The A790GXM-AD3 supports AMD's latest 45nm Phenom II processors and up to 32GB of DDR3 1333MHz memory. The board incorporates an ATI Radeon HD3300 integrated graphics core and ATI Hybrid Graphics technology which can provide up to 75% performance increase by enabling both the integrated graphics core and a discrete graphics card simultaneously. There are dual x16 PCI Express 2.0 expansion slots supporting ATI CrossFireX and features like ECS' BIOS utility, M.I.B. II, designed to provide various detailed tweaking options. Availability and pricing were not released.


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MySpace Comes to Televisions

Posted: January 7, 2009 @ time: 08:22PM
Author: gebraset

A user of the social networking site has always had to go onto a computer that was connoted to the internet to view their MySpace. Now, Intel and Yahoo have partnered with the popular company to allow those same people to see friend updates and access email and photo viewing from their own television. This is made possible by the widget that MySpace developed, based on an application framework known as the Widget Channel. This new widget should be able to be used on all of the modern consumer electronics that are connected to the internet, such as televisions, Blu-ray players, and even set-top boxes. The widgets are specifically designed to work with the Intel Media Processor CE3100 platform for consumer electronics devices.


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BFG Reveals Phobos

Posted: January 7, 2009 @ time: 08:31PM
Author: gebraset

With the economy in what seems to be in a downfall, BFG has just recently shown a gaming computer that is hand-built, and features literally all cream of the crop parts inside of it. Some of these include a 3.2GHz Core i7 965 Extreme Edition, 6GB of Patriot PC3-12800 DDR3 memory, an MSI Eclipse X58 motherboard, four 300GB Western Digital VelociRaptor hard drives, a 1,200W BFG power supply unit, and a contained water-cooling system for both the processor and the graphics cards. The big price of the system is obviously the major included Core i7 processor along with the hard drives, but four NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 cards running in SLI are also contributing to the price. Other than those graphic cards, BFG will also be including a GeForce GTX 285, which will act as a PhysX processor for the computer. The Elite model of the Phobos starts at a whopping $8,000, while the cheaper version such as the Advanced model sells for $5,000, and the Performance model sells at a total of $3,000.


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Best Buy Sells Cheap Used iPhones

Posted: January 7, 2009 @ time: 08:42PM
Author: gebraset

While Wal-Mart has been offering reduced pricing on its used iPhones, Best Buy has now stepped into the game and will be offering iPhones that were returned thirty days from the original purchase. Even though Best Buy has done this, they are currently claiming that its decision to begin doing so had no direct correlation with the deals that other retailers were offering, though it seems like it did in the long run. Geek Squad is also offering a two-year protection plan on the phones that can be purchased seperately, on top of the one-year warranty that Best Buy provides. The 8GB model will be sold at a price tag of $149, while the 16GB version will sell for $249, though a two-year AT&T contract will have to be purchased.


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: January 8, 2009 @ time: 02:36AM
Author: Nemo

There's nothing like the combination of CES and new product news to generate a little excitement. When the news involves the announcement of a new series of CPUs, such as the highly-anticipated 45nm Deneb core processors from AMD, the excitement level ratchets up even higher. Life goes on in the world of reviews though. Our roundup includes more news out of CES along with a host of other items which you can check out below.  You'll also want to be sure to check back tonight around 7:00PM PST to watch as OCC participates in the 12th Annual Build Your Own PC Race at CES!

Gaming
Budget Gaming Part 2: Free Games @ XSReviews

Input Devices
Razer DeathAdder 1800dpi Mouse for Mac @ [OC]ModShop

Motherboards
EVGA X58 3X SLI Motherboard @ [H]ardOCP
MSI's DKA790GX Platinum motherboard @ Tech Report
NF200 "True" 3-Way SLI Preliminary Results @ [H]ardOCP

Storage/Hard Drives
I-Star T5F-SS Hot-Swap Hard Drive Bay @ [OC]ModShop

Tradeshows/Conventions
CES 2009: ASUS - Innovation Inspired by Consumers @ Legit Reviews
CES 2009: Corsair TEC Memory Cooler and CES 2009: MSI U120/U115 Netbooks with 3.5G or WiMAX @ Legit Reviews

Video
XFX GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition @ [H]ardOCP


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Walton Chaintech APOGEE DDR2-800 2GB ECC Memory Module Acquires CMTL Certification

Posted: January 8, 2009 @ time: 03:16AM
Author: Nemo

Walton Chaintech Corporation, today announced that its APOGEE DDR2-800 2GB ECC memory modules have been awarded Computer Memory Test Laboratory (CMTL) certification. CMTL offers strict industry testing standards for memory products and this certification verifies the high stability and compatibility of the APOGEE DDR2-800 2GB ECC memory module for use in server and workstation motherboards. Made of 8-layer PCB for superior stability, APOGEE DDR2-800 2GB ECC memory modules are ideal for meeting the requirements for the heavy work load posed by servers and workstations and passed rigorous testing to ensure long hours of use.


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Hardware Roundup: AMD Phenom II X4 Edition

Posted: January 8, 2009 @ time: 03:35AM
Author: Nemo

As we reported earlier, AMD has officially announced its first round of 45nm desktop processors. The Phenom II X4 920 runs at 2.8GHz and the Phenom II X4 940 is clocked at 3.0GHz. This promises to be just the first in the lineup of Deneb core processors AMD is slated to release in 2009. The Phenom II X4 will be part of the Dragon enthusiast platform consisting of a 790GX chipset motherboard and an AMD/ATI HD 4800-series videocard. While the chipset and videocard components of the platform are familiar to users by now, the CPU component is new so read on to found out what the Phenom II X4 processors can do.

AMD Phenom II X4 940 @ OCC
AMD Phenom II Arrives – 45nm Deneb and Dragon Platform @ TweakTown
Enter The Dragon: AMD Phenom II X4 940 @ HotHardware
AMD Phenom II X4 (Deneb) 940 Launch, Review & Overclocking @ Neoseeker
AMD Dragon: AMD Phenom II X4 940 @ Bjorn3D
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Processor @ Legit Reviews
AMD Phenom II X4 940 & 920 @ TechSpot
AMD Phenom II "Deneb" @ LostCircuits
AMD's Phenom II processors @ Tech Report
AMD Phenom II X4 Model 940 Black Edition Processor @ [H]ardOCP


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Hardware Roundup: Nvidia GTX 295 Version

Posted: January 8, 2009 @ time: 09:36AM
Author: Nemo

Nvidia pulled the wraps off its latest videocard, the GTX 295. While news had already leaked about this card, now that the NDA has been officially lifted the reviews are pouring in. Briefly, the GTX 295 has a 55nm process GPU with a core clock speed of 576MHz,shader clock speed of 1242MHz and a memory clock speed of 1000MHz. Total video memory is 1792 and sports 480 processor cores. So how well does it stack up against the competition? Read on to find out.  

Nvidia GTX 295 @ OCC
Gainwards GeForce GTX 295 @ TweakTown
Asus GTX-295 (ENGTX295) @ Bjorn3D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 Unleashed @ HotHardware
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 295 Graphics Card @ TweakTown
BFGTech GeForce GTX 295 Performance Evaluation @ [H]ardOCP
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 Graphics Card @ TechARP
EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card @ Legit Reviews
BFG GTX 295 Review: Dual-GPU showdown @ Neoseeker


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Hardware Roundup: Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision Edition

Posted: January 8, 2009 @ time: 09:50AM
Author: Nemo

How many of you have tried to watch a movie in 3D while wearing those ridiculous carboard 3D glasses that consisted of one red and one blue lens that never quite fit right and would fall off your face? Occasionally you would catch a scene that looked like it might be actually in 3D, but all-in-all the whole experience was rather disappointing. Nvidia now has new technology to make the 3D gaming a thing of the present and is bringing it to the masses with the Geforce 3D Vision system. The Geforce 3D Vision is a package that allows games as well as movies and 3D images to be viewed in full stereoscopic 3D. This should bring all of the action on your favorite PC games to life, so you are no longer just a player but feel as though you are immersed in the action. The system is not for use with just new games, as Nvidia has completed profiles for well over 350 different games so that you have no worries when it comes to the games you play.

Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision @ OCC
GeForce 3D Vision @ NVNews
Nvidia 3D Vision @ Bjorn3D
NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision Glasses @ HotHardware
NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision Review - 3D Glasses for the Masses @ PCPerspective


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Nvidia Launches Three New Mobile Graphics Processors

Posted: January 8, 2009 @ time: 02:25PM
Author: Nemo

In keeping with the theme of Las Vegas where the CES 2009 is currently underway, Nvidia has just upped the ante in graphics processing power for mainstream notebooks with three new GPUs. The GeForce 100M series lineup includes the the GeForce G105M, the GeForce G110M and the GeForce GT 130M graphics processors and represent what Nvidia is calling a "significant performance increase". The GeForce G105M is over 55% faster than the previous NVDIA product in its segment, while the GeForce G110M is 35% faster than Nvidia's previous mainstream GPU. The GeForce GT 130M is around 17% faster than its predecessor. Along with greater processing power also comes support for mew advances in Nvidia's PhysX and parallel processing. Nvidia also says that the the GeForce 100M Series GPUs support the growing number of applications that use the power in the GPU's 8 to 32 processor cores for more than rendering pixels to the screen - from GPU-accelerated distributed computing applications, GPU-accelerated game physics and GPU-accelerated video conversion. Hmmm. does that mean they will support Folding@Home on these new GPUs?


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