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News Archives for February 2010

Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: February 1, 2010 @ time: 04:40AM
Author: Nemo

It's the beginning of another week so let's start things off with a check around the web for the latest reviews. We get a look at the NZXT Tempest EVO case (also reviewed by OCC here) to see what upgrades have been made over the original Tempest model. In the motherboard depart there are a pair of boards based on the P55 and H57 Express chipsets. Sapphire's HD 5770 Vapor-X graphics card (you can read the OCC review here) comes with an improved cooling solution as well as a slight factory overclock.

Cases
NZXT Tempest-EVO Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews

Gadgets
Arctic Cooling Univeral USB Charger @ Rbmods

Motherboards
ASUS P7H57D-V EVO (H57 Express) Motherboard @ TweakTown
ASRock P55 Extreme Intel P55 LGA 1156 Motherboard @ ThinkComputers

Storage/Hard Drives
Intel and Micron Unveil 25nm NAND Flash @ HotHardware

Video
Sapphire 5770 Vapor X @ Bjorn3D


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SAMSUNG Develops 30nm DDR3 DRAM

Posted: February 1, 2010 @ time: 11:54AM
Author: MrAlex

SAMSUNG Electronics, a provider of a wide range of products have announced the development of 30nm DDR3 DRAM in 2 Gigabit (Gb) densities. The new modules of RAM will utilise voltages from either 1.5V down to only 1.35V, for all types of computer systems, including Desktops, Laptops and Servers. "Our accelerated development of next generation 30nm-class DRAM should keep us in the most competitive position in the memory market," said Soo-In Cho, president, Memory Division, Samsung Electronics.


Another advantage of having DRAM in such a small fabrication process is that yields greatly increase by up to 60% than 40nm DDR3 DRAM, and even double the cost-efficiency of 50nm and 60nm DRAM. The claimed total reduction in power will be up to 30% less than for 50nm products and a 4 Gigabyte (GB) module will only use up to 3 Watts per hour. Soo-in Cho added, "Our 30nm-class process technology will provide the most advanced low-power DDR3 available today and therein the most efficient DRAM solutions anywhere for the introduction of consumer electronics devices and server systems." Production will start in 2H 2010.


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Thermaltake

Posted: February 1, 2010 @ time: 02:06PM
Author: Nemo

Nothing keeps on giving like a thoughtful gift of technology and what better way to celebrate this Valentine's Day than with the gift of a new computer courtesy of Thermaltake and its partners ZOTAC, Western Digital and Patriot Memory.

Thermaltake is giving away three systems based on its small form factor Element Q chassis with 200W power supply. The system makes use of the ZOTAC ION platform motherboard which combines the power of the NVIDIA ION graphics processor with Intel's Atom processor. Patriot Memory has equipped each machine with 2GB of PC2-6400 low latency memory. To top it of, Western digital is providing its Caviar Green 2TB hard drive. Each unit will also contain a DVD-RW with the only thing left for you to provide is your favorite brand of operating system. To go with the Valentine's Day theme, the Element Q cases will feature a unique paint job to remind your special someone of your love and affection.

In order to participate in the contest you need to head to the Thermaltake "Be Our Valentine" page and follow the instructions for becoming a fan of the sponsors on Facebook. The contest runs from 2/1/2010 through 2/8/2010 12PM PST and the prizes will be awarded that day with plenty of time to receive your prize by Valentine's Day. So hurry up and check out the contest page.


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: February 2, 2010 @ time: 05:23AM
Author: Nemo

If you're looking to build an Intel-based system today's roundup has the bases covered with reviews on X58, P55 and H55 chipset motherboards. SilverStone's small form factor SG05 case gets reviewed as does the NZXT Beta EVO mid-tower chassis. There's been some buzz coming from the Intel/Micron joint venture concerning its 25nm flash memory and today we have two articles that provide an inside look at production.  We also have two SSD-related articles with a guide to optimizing your solid state drive and a review on the Silicon Power M10 32GB drive.

Cases
SilverStone SG05 White Mini-ITX Case @ Legit Reviews
NZXT Beta EVO Mid Tower Case @ ThinkComputers

Motherboards
GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Motherboard @ [H]ardOCP
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 Intel P55 Motherboard @ PCSTATS
ASUS P7H55D-M EVO & Intel DH55TC @ Techgage

Notebooks
Asus UL50-V Laptop @ Rbmods
Alienware M11x Notebook @ HardwareHeaven

Operating Systems
Windows 7 System Image Disc Recovery @ Benchmark Reviews

Power Supplies
Featured i5 661 Build Part Two Cooler Master GX 750W Power Supply @ Overclockers HQ

Storage/Hard Drives
Silicon Power M10 32GB @ Viperlair
TweakTown’s Solid State Drive Optimization Guide @ TweakTown
An Inside Look at Intel and Micron 25nm Flash Memory Production @ PC Perspective
Inside Intel and Micron's 25nm NAND Fab - IMFT @ Legit Reviews
Synology DS-210J Two-Bay NAS @ Tweaknews

Miscellany
The TR Podcast 58: Tales from CES @ Tech Report
HotHardware and TechVi Video Podcast No. 7 @ HotHardware


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Apple Tries to Fix 27 Inch iMac, Again

Posted: February 2, 2010 @ time: 10:46AM
Author: CheeseMan42

Ever since Apple introduced the new 27 inch iMac, it has been plagued with problems. Notably cracked screens, yellow screens, and other graphical issues. Apple tried to fix the issue in December, but users reported that the issues that Apple hoped the firmware could fix were still affecting their systems. Firmware updates of course couldn't fix the cracked screens. Another firmware update has just been released, which Apple hopes will solve all remaining problems. I still don't get how companies can let issues that seem to happen to so many consumers out the door without catching them in testing.


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20" OLED TVs by LG Coming This Year

Posted: February 2, 2010 @ time: 11:12AM
Author: MrAlex

As we hope, OLED display devices are the way of the future. They produce higher quality images, better colours, the brightest whites and the darkest blacks. Only problem is, it’s expensive and not as profitable as LCD TFT displays are. LG plans to release 20” OLED displays in the later part of this year, with 30” displays coming in 2011 and 40” coming in 2012, although Engadget has reported that they will be coming this year as well, but we’ll have to wait and see. Soon, the largest OLED screen to be available at retail is LG’s own 15” TV.  It’s only 0.1” thick, but will come at a hefty price of $2,000 which is at least more reasonable than Sony’s $2500 11” display. Still, we can only be assured by that fact that the 20” TV will cost a whole lot more, definitely into the $3000 range, possibly even more. Stick around for hopefully some more news later on throughout the year.


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: February 3, 2010 @ time: 05:12AM
Author: Nemo

It's another busy day on the review front so let's jump right in and take a look at three reviews covering solid state drives. First up is a look at the OCZ Vertex 2 Pro featuring the Sandforce controller. We also have a pair of reviews on the Crucial RealSSD C300 SATA 6Gbps drive. Synology's new dual-bay DS210j is a great home networked storage solution. In the video arena our roundup has a pair of 1GB HD 5670 cards along with a GeForce 240 512MB card. There's lots more in today's roundup so hit the links below for all the latest from around the web.

CPUs
Intel Clarkdale CPU Overclocking With IGP Enabled - Reaching High BCLK @ Madshrimps

Gaming
Star Trek Online (PC) @ GamingHeaven

Motherboards
Featured i5 661 Build Part Three Asrock H55M mATX Motherboard and Crucial PC3 16000 DDR3 Ballistix Performance Memory @ Overclockers HQ
ASUS P7H55D-M EVO Motherboard @ Motherboards.org

Notebooks
Asus G51J Notebook Review - Mobile PC Gaming for the Mainstream @ PC Perspective

Operating Systems
Using a Thumb Drive to Install Windows 7 @ Techgage

Storage
Synology DS210j NAS @ XSReviews
OCZ Vertex 2 Pro, Sandforce Powered SSD Preview @ HotHardware
Crucial RealSSD-C300 SATA-III 6Gbps SSD @ Benchmark Reviews
Sunbeam Airbox 3.5-inch External Hard Drive Enclosure @ ThinkComputers
Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB SATA 6Gbps Solid State Disk @ TweakTown

Video
ECS GeForce GT 240 512MB GDDR5 HDMI Video Card @ Legit Reviews
MSI Radeon HD 5670 1GB Video Card in CrossFire @ TweakTown
Gigabyte 1 Gig HD5670 @ Bjorn3D

Miscellany
Tech Tip: Effortless Ways to Download Video Content from YouTube and Other Sites @ TechSpot


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Cooler Master Introduces GX-Series Power Supplies

Posted: February 3, 2010 @ time: 07:13AM
Author: Nemo

Cooler Master is introducing a new line of power supplies designed for upper- and high-end gaming systems. The Cooler Master GX Series power supplies will be offered in 550W, 650W and 750W models, although Cooler Master has said it will only offer the two latter models in the U.S. The PSUs feature a single 12V rail designed to power dual graphics card systems whether you're running a SLI or CrossFireX setup. The 750W model comes with NVIDIA SLI certification and offers four PCI Express power connectors.

The GX-series power supplies are all up to 85% power efficiency and are 80 plus rated. The units also feature bulk capacitors with a >17ms hold up time which means that the power supply will be able to handle peak loads better, low noise dual layer EMI filters that reduces noise in the power lines and an energy efficient dual mode Active PFC/PWM controller. Cooling for each unit is provided by a single 120mm fan and all are backed by a five-year warranty. Cooler Master didn't provide any pricing or availability information.


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Game Sales Down From Last Year

Posted: February 3, 2010 @ time: 03:54PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Game sales fell about 8 percent this year compared to the previous year. The data was collected from the top 3 gaming markets, the United States, Japan, and the UK. Even though the gaming sector as a whole declined, it could have been much worse if not for Modern Warfare 2, which sold nearly 12 million copies. Other top games included Wii Fit and Wii Sports Resort. The news isn't all bad, however, as a good portion of the drop in sales can be attributed to the 57% decrease in sales of PS2 games. The PS2 has been out for almost 10 years, and many gamers have likely moved on to newer consoles.


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Comcast Wants to be Cool, Rebranding as XFINITY

Posted: February 4, 2010 @ time: 05:00AM
Author: d3bruts1d

During yesterday's earnings call, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and COO Steve Burke announced that in order to rebuild the company image, they were simply going to rebrand as XFINITY. Ok, that isn't exactly how the announcement went, but it might as well. Beginning next week Comcast TV, Internet, and Digital Voice products will begin carrying the name XFINITY. Yes, you'll be seeing XFINITY TV, XFINITY Internet, and XFINITY Digital Voice. The rollout will begin in 11 markets (Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Chicago, Portland, Seattle, Hartford, Augusta, Chattanooga, parts of the Bay Area and San Francisco) with more markets to come later this year.

...XFINITY, the new brand for our technology platform and products. Simply put, XFINITY is about offering our customers more — more HD, more speed, more choice and more control over their services. XFINITY is the culmination of years of work to transition Comcast’s network and products to a platform that will now offer 100+ HD channels, 50 to 70 foreign-language channels, approaching 20,000+ VOD choices, incredibly fast Internet speeds (50 Mbps growing to 100+ Mbps) and thousands of TV shows and movies online for our customers to watch whenever and wherever they want.

Of course, the new brand is open to all kinds of interpretation. "Finity" is that for infinity or finite? Yes, yes, it is clear Comcast wants to play on word infinity in an attempt to play up the claims of having the fastest high-speed internet and offer a lot of TV channels, HD-TV options, and VOD stuff. But what is the "X" for? Expensive? Excessive? Excruciating? Extreme? Ten? Christ? Or "X" could simply represent a mathematical variable based on what a consumer is willing to pay.


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: February 4, 2010 @ time: 05:58AM
Author: Nemo

Our hardware roundup contains an interesting mix of reviews today. As part of its ongoing build series, Overclockers HQ takes a look at the Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler (you can read the OCC review here). AMD introduced five new processors last month including the Athlon II X4 635 reviewed here today (also reviewed by OCC here). Be sure to continue on with your reading by checking out all the reviews using the links below and don't miss today's separate AMD/ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics card roundup.

Cases
XClio Blackhawk Full Tower Chassis @ TweakTown

Cooling
Featured i5 661 Build Part Four Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler @ Overclockers HQ

CPUs
AMD Athlon II X4 635 2.9GHz Quad Core Processor @ Legit Reviews
Intel Previews Tera-scale Technologies for Upcoming Products @ PC Perspective

Gaming
Dark Void PhysX Gameplay Performance and IQ @ [H]ardOCP

Notebooks
MSI Wind U135 Review - An Intel Pinetrail Netbook @ Madshrimps

Power Supplies
Silverstone Strider Plus Series 850W Modular PSU @ Bjorn3D

Video
HIS Radeon HD 5750 Videocard @ Tweaknews

Miscellany
Nexus Air Duster @ XSReviews
SteelSeries Interview with Kim Rom @ HardwareHeaven
Lowepro Pro Trekker 300 AW Camera / Laptop Bag @ ThinkComputers


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Hardware Roundup: ATI Radeon HD 5450 Edition

Posted: February 4, 2010 @ time: 06:21AM
Author: Nemo

In what has become a regular event, ATI have released yet another card in its 5000-series videocard lineup. This time the target market is mainstream users and with a price hovering around $50, AMD has brought DX11 cards to the masses. With its single slot, passive heatsink design the card is also well-suited for silent applications such as a home theater PC.

Sapphire HD 5450 512MB @ OCC
ATI Radeon HD 5450: DX11 On The Cheap @ HotHardware
Sapphire Radeon HD 5450 512MB GDDR3 Video Card @ TweakTown
ATI Radeon HD 5450 512MB DDR3 Video Card @ Legit Reviews
ATI Radeon HD5450 HTPC Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
ATI's Radeon HD 5450 - The Perfect HTPC Card? @ Techgage
ATI Radeon HD 5450 @ TechSpot
ATI Radeon HD 5450 512MB GDDR3 Video Card in CrossFire @ TweakTown


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SlingPlayer Returns to iPhone

Posted: February 4, 2010 @ time: 10:40AM
Author: CheeseMan42

The SlingPlayer Mobile app, which allows users to view television streaming on their iPhone, has made its return to the iPhone. The app was originally removed after it was ruled to have violated the AT&T terms of service, and it was also an intense bandwidth hog. Sling Media made changes to the app that allowed it to stream video over 3G using less resources than it previously had. Also coming out of this announcement is the information that AT&T will soon publish a list of wireless network optimization requirements. This move is likely an attempt to provide relief to a network that many claim cannot support the iPhone.


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Facebook Celebrates 6th Birthday

Posted: February 5, 2010 @ time: 04:35AM
Author: premiumgfx

Facebook, the site which seems to never stop growing celebrates its 6th birthday today. The social networking site now boasts 400 million users, according to founder Mark Zuckerberg. Events planned for the occasion include a party at Facebook headquarters and "a handful of new things" for the site, such as a top menu and a "Windows Explorer-style" left menu. A complete list of the recent updates can be viewed here. Lets face it, Facebook is a part of many of our lives and we just wouldn't be the same without it. So here's to many more years of Facebook!


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: February 5, 2010 @ time: 05:27AM
Author: Nemo

We wrap up another week starting with coverage on Intel's processor road map and some information on the chip giant's upcoming 'Gulftown' six-core processors. Meanwhile, we have another look at AMD's recently released AMD Phenom II X4 910e energy efficient processor (also reviewed by OCC here). As long as we're on the subject of AMD, we have a look at the ECS A785GM-AD3 Black Series motherboard (you can read OCC's review here) and in case you missed our review on the Sapphire HD 5450 512MB card along with yesterday's HD 5450 roundup, there are a couple more reviews in today's roundup for you to check out.

Cases
XClio Nighthawk Case @ Rbmods
AZZA Solano 1000R Full-Tower Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews

Cooling
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme & CNPS10X Flex @ Bjorn3D

CPUs
Intel talks six-core processors, future prototypes @ Tech Report
Intel Details Upcoming Mobile and Six-Core Processors @ HotHardware
AMD Phenom II X4 910e Energy Efficient 65W Processor @ PCSTATS

Mobile
Tunewear iPhone and iPod Touch Game Handle @ Overclockers HQ

Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P Motherboard @ PCSTATS
ECS A785GM-AD3 Black Series Motherboard @ Motherboards.org
GIGABYTE SATA 6G Update - RAID 0 Just How We Like It @ TweakTown

Video
AMD's ATI Radeon HD 5450 Video Card @ [H]ardOCP
Sapphire Radeon HD5450 512MB @ HardwareHeaven

Miscellany
PCPer Podcast #92 @ PC Perspective


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Book Publishers Challenge Amazon

Posted: February 5, 2010 @ time: 07:29PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Aided by the upcoming iPad, book publishers are standing up to Amazon's pricing model for e-books. Amazon wants to have a $9.99 price point for e-books, while the publishers want to charge more. Regardless of the price Amazon will still collect 30% of the sale price. Hachette joins Macmillan as the first two publishers to follow the so called “agency model.” Rupert Murdoch of News Corp. stated that the deal worked out with Apple for iPad distribution will allow for more flexible pricing. Steve Jobs has said that publishers can set their own prices, with Apple taking 30% of the price to cover distribution costs.


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SilverStone Announces HDDBoost Hybrid Drive

Posted: February 6, 2010 @ time: 03:03AM
Author: premiumgfx

SilverStone has unveiled a new hybrid drive which claims to boost HDD performance by up to 70%. The drive connects virtually any 2.5" SSD to any 3.5" HDD to enable users to experience the benefits of both drives. The device, named HDDBoost creates a mirror of the HDD's front end data onto the SSD to allow the computer to access data in under a millisecond. This effectively combines the strengths of both drives: fast data seek times and a large capacity, accelerating the HDD by up to 70% depending on the SSD's speed, according to SilverStone. The HDDBoost hybrid drive is only available in Japan at the moment, but if it works like SilverStone says I'd expect it to be available in other countries soon. And at $50 (€37) it looks like an interesting gadget to try out.


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NZXT Unveils Premium Cables and Case Fans

Posted: February 6, 2010 @ time: 03:30AM
Author: premiumgfx

Chassis manufacturer NZXT has unveiled its latest products, premium cables and case fans. First up is the new family of premium cables, consisting of various VGA, PSU and HDD cables. All cables are sleeved in black and are designed to offer easy cable management and enhanced airflow. Next is the range of case fans which incorporate nine fins and rifle bearings for effective cooling. The fans are available in 120mm, 140mm and 200mm variants.

The Chief Designer at NZXT, Johnny Hou says
"Our new line of premium cables eliminates the need to sleeve cables on your own and provides a simple solution that will enhance aesthetics, improve cable management and increase airflow so internal temps remain low. Additionally, our new high performance fans provide our enthusiast community additional options when choosing effective airflow for their rig."

The NZXT range of premium cables and case fans will be available this month ranging between $2.99 and $14.99.


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Hardware Roundup: Weekend Edition

Posted: February 6, 2010 @ time: 09:00AM
Author: Nemo

AMD/ATI Radeon 5000-series cards continue to dominate the review world as they have since the first HD 5870 card was released last September. Today is no exception with a pair of ATI cards being reviewed including the latest member of the 5000-series lineup, the HD 5450, with this entry coming from Sapphire (also reviewed by OCC here). AMD hasn't been idle on the CPU front either with five new processors released in the last week of January. Our roundup has a look at one of those, the Athlon II X4 635, today (you can also check out the OCC review here).

Cooling
Tuniq Propeller vs. Thermalright Venemous X @ [H]ardOCP

CPUs
AMD Athlon II X4 635
@ Rbmods

Memory
G.Skill Pi Series DDR3-2200 and Eco DDR3-1600 @ HardwareHeaven

Motherboard
ASUS Maximus III Gene LGA 1156 Micro ATX Motherboard @ PC Perspective

Storage/Hard Drives
Kingston MobileLite G2 USB Card Reader @ Legit Reviews

Video
MSI Radeon HD 5770 HAWK 1GB Video Card @ TweakTown
Sapphire Radeon HD 5450 Video Card @ Motherboards.org

Miscellany
Star Trek: Generations HD Movie @ TweakTown


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: February 8, 2010 @ time: 04:37AM
Author: Nemo

When power supplies began hitting the 1KW output size, many wondered why you would need that much power, but now Ultra has a 1600W unit. That's more than the standard 120V/15A circuits in North America can handle. This unit requires a 20A circuit to reach its full potential; when plugged in via the 120 volt 15 AMP cord it operates at 1200W. EVGA has developed the GTX275 Co-op graphics card, a dual-GPU videocard that uses dissimilar GPUs to perform separate rendering and PhysX functions. There are more reviews to get your week started off so be sure to check them all out using the links listed below.

CPUs
Intel Core i5 661 Dual Core LGA 1156 Processor @ ThinkComputers

Input Devices
Microsoft Explorer Wireless Rechargeable Mouse @ Tweaknews

Monitors/TVs
Samsung PN58B850 58 inch Plasma TV @ Tweaknews

Motherboards
USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps Tested On Gigabyte P55A-UD6 @ Madshrimps

Power Supplies
Ultra X4 1600 Watt Full Modular Power Supply @ TweakTown

Storage/Hard Drives
Travel Stix - Pet Care and Travel for Dogs USB Flash Drive @ Legit Reviews

Video
Sapphire HD 5670 1 GB @ Bjorn3D
EVGA Geforce GTX275 CO-OP Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
MSI N240GT-MD512 OC/D5 @ Bjorn3D


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IBM Power7 Processors Launched Today

Posted: February 8, 2010 @ time: 12:00PM
Author: MrAlex

Today IBM has finally launched their anticipated Power7 processors. You can expect quite a punch from this new processor, especially since servers are becoming more and more demanding as time passes by. The processor is made up of 8 physical cores, which are able to execute four threads per core meaning a total of 32-Threads. This shall rival Intel’s 8-Core Xeons, which have a total of 16-Threads. This new chip contains technology from their own, old Cell processor, "We took some of that genetic material from the Cell program--ways to do floating point (calculations)--and embedded that right into the Power7 core," said Bradley McCredie. They won’t be able to be bought separately though, you’ll have to purchase them in servers directly from IBM themselves:
•  IBM Power 780: a new category of scalable, high-end servers, featuring an advanced modular design with up to 64 Power7 cores.
•  IBM Power 770: a midrange system with up to 64 Power7 cores, featuring higher performance per core than Power6 processors and using up to 70 percent less energy for the same number of cores as Power6 processors.
•  IBM Power 755: a high-performance computing cluster node with 32 Power7 cores.


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Nook E-Reader Back in Stock

Posted: February 8, 2010 @ time: 02:42PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The Nook, the e-reader from Barnes & Noble, is finally available to consumers again. The Nook had been available for purchase before now, but demand for the device caused some delays. The device is currently available and listed as in stock on the retailers website, and should be in stores sometime this week. The Nook enters the market that has long been dominated by the Kindle from Amazon, and will soon face further competition from Apple among others. The influx of devices in this sector should prove beneficial to both consumers and book publishers. The competition will likely keep prices down, while the publishers will be able to play the devices against each other to get prices they deem fair.


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iPad Getting Some Bad News?

Posted: February 8, 2010 @ time: 02:45PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The iPad had been extremely hyped and talked about before its official announcement. However, a recent poll indicates that consumers are not as interested as they once were. The survey asked 1,000 people if they had heard of the iPad. After the announcement, 70% of people indicated they were not interested in the product, up from 61% before the announcement. The number of respondents who thought they needed the iPad remained largely unchanged, but an increasing number thought they did not need one. A further turnoff to consumers was the price premium for 3G access. On top of this news, an analyst following the iPad at Credit Suisse believes Apple will drop the price early on if the early adopters do not come out. An announcement like this would put me off from buying one to get it for a lower price. Regardless, the iPad should be very popular and will find its way into many hands. There are always people who will buy the latest gadgets just to have them.


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Google Plans Universal Translator

Posted: February 8, 2010 @ time: 07:08PM
Author: gebraset

Google, the largest search engine company that also manages many other technologies, has stated that it is working on universal translator, for voice. The idea is not that new, but Google plans to be able to have the creation ready to use in a few years to come. As of now, many programmers are planning on using current voice detection software, like that seen on Android mobile devices. The problem however is when accents are used in different speaking languages, but fixes are planned to be implemented for the system in he following years upon release. Even instant translation is being expected, so users of the technology can have the new language spoken for them by a computer almost instantaneously. If this technology does in fact take off, it will be interesting to see the widespread use of it not only on vacation trips, but in phone calls across the world in everyday life, including business.


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Koolance Releases CPU-360 Water Block

Posted: February 8, 2010 @ time: 10:48PM
Author: premiumgfx

Koolance has unveiled its newest water block for CPUs, the CPU-360. The CPU-360 features an advanced microfin copper cold plate with 0.25mm fins and 0.30mm channels, in addition to an optimized flow path to maximize cooling. The cold plate is also nickel-coated to reduce corrosion. The new water block measures 4.9" x 4.9" x 0.6" (12.5cm x 12.5cm x 1.5cm) and weighs in at 411g (14.5 oz). The package does not include nozzles but is bundled with thermal paste, copper sensor tape and two universal steel mounting brackets which support Intel sockets LGA 1156, LGA 1366 and LGA 775 and AMD's AM2, AM2+ and AM3 sockets. The CPU-360 water block is available from Koolance for $84.99.


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: February 9, 2010 @ time: 05:02AM
Author: Nemo

Today's roundup is a bit on the light side as AMD released another entry in its 5000-series card lineup which drew a lot of review space today. However, that doesn't mean we're left empty-handed. In cases we have the Antec Nine Hundred Two (also reviewed by OCC here), a good solid-performing case sure to please any gamer or enthusiast. Corsair has entered the case market with its Obsidian Series 800D and has managed a home run at its first time at bat. Finally, there's the Thermaltake Level 10, a very unique approach to case design and inspired by the designers at BMW and a $700+ online retail price.

Cases
Antec Nine Hundred Two Ultimate Gaming Case @ Legit Reviews
Thermaltake Level 10 VL30001 N1Z Case @ Motherboards.org
Corsair Obsidian Series 800D Case @ ThinkComputers

Memory
Mushkin PC3-12800 6GB Kit @ Rbmods

Notebooks
Acer Aspire One 532h-2326 10.1-inch Netbook @ TweakTown

Storage/Hard Drives
Team Group Xtreem-G1 120GB Solid State Disk @ TweakTown
LiteOn Strong-Page MLC SSD LA-32M1S @ Benchmark Reviews


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Hardware Roundup: ATI Radeon HD 5570 Edition

Posted: February 9, 2010 @ time: 05:24AM
Author: Nemo

The ink's barely dry on a lot of the HD 5450 reviews as it's been less than a week since that card was released. AMD/ATI is back with another mainstream card that slots in between the HD 5450 and the HD 5670 and is slated to retail at around $75 - $80US. Built on the same 40nm process GPU used by the HD 5670 which means it has the same number of stream processors (400) but a lower 650MHz core clock. The HD 5570 also forgoes GDDR5 memory in favor of GDDR3 which, combined with the lower clock speeds, helps bring the typical power usage in around 40W. So what you get is a low-profile card with a single-slot cooling solution and AMD says you can probably expect to see passively cooled units from vendors in the future, which should draw the attention of HTPC builders.

Sapphire HD 5570 1GB @ OCC
AMD's ATI Radeon HD 5570 Video Card @ [H]ardOCP
Sapphire Radeon HD 5570 Review and Radeon Value Card Roundup @ HardwareHeaven
ATI Radeon HD 5570: Affordable DX11 GPU @ HotHardware
ATI Radeon HD 5570 @ TechSpot
Sapphire Radeon HD 5570 1GB GDDR3 Video Card @ TweakTown
ATI Radeon HD 5570 - Sub-$100 HTPC & Gaming Solution @ Techgage
Sapphire HD 5570 1 GB @ Bjorn3D
Gigabyte HD 5670 OC @ Neoseeker


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AMD Llano Sampling to Partners in the First Half of This Year

Posted: February 9, 2010 @ time: 02:31PM
Author: jammin

AMD has long talked about 'Fusion' processors integrating CPU and GPU functions in the same package. Intel has since beaten them to the punch and already has its own chips available that do just that, but that doesn't mean AMD's first hybrid part will be any less interesting. For a start, Llano will integrate a DX11 class GPU derived from the Evergreen line-up on the same die, which we can also expect to see from Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture (rather than the current two die Nehalem solution). It is difficult to see Intel offering DX11 graphics with Sandy Bridge though, so we can likely expect AMD to have an advantage when it comes to GPU performance. When it comes to the CPU, the first Llano chip will pack in four Phenom II derived cores (plus that on-die GPU), with the whole thing being built on a Global Foundries 32nm process. We can also expect to see power-gating (à la Nehalem) to reduce idle power consumption by powering down inactive cores (and maybe something akin to Intel's Turbo Boost technology?), along with other features to improve power efficiency.

AMD is aiming for operation at over 3GHz for Llano, with each core being paired with 1MB of L2 cache. It says that sampling to partners will start in the first half of this year and that we can expect OEMs to ship systems in 2011 (though when in 2011 isn't clear). That means it could be ready sometime around Intel's Q1 Sandy Bridge launch, but anything in the first half of the year would be nice to see from a competition perspective (and we all know that competition is good for all of us). You can check out more information in AMD's presentation slides over at Anandtech.


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Google Tries Social Networking, Again

Posted: February 9, 2010 @ time: 04:50PM
Author: CheeseMan42

With the immense popularity of sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace, it is understandable that Google wants to hop on the social networking bandwagon. However, Google has tried its hand at this arena before and wasn't as successful as its other ventures. The newest venture by Google was announced today, and is known as Buzz. If Google were able to create a popular site with a large following, it would be able to take advantage of the tremendous advertising potential. Google said it planned to integrate it into other products such as Wave, but integration with Facebook and Twitter won't be included.


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Rumor: Opera Mini headed to the iPhone

Posted: February 10, 2010 @ time: 05:01AM
Author: d3bruts1d

According to TechCrunch Opera Software will unveil a version of their Opera Mini browser for the iPhone next week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. While there has been no app submitted to Apple's App Store at this time, Opera has hopes that Apple will not deny "users the choice in web browsing experience." Don't get excited just yet, currently the only other web browsers Apple allows on the iPhone are WebKit based (the engine that powers Safari and Google Chrome) whereas Opera's browsers (desktop, mobile, mini, and Wii) all use the Presto engine.

Apple has been heavily criticized for their App Store policies, most recently with the rejection and removal of Google Voice apps allegedly at the request of AT&T. Other apps have been rejected for simply mimicking the functionality or existing features of the iPhone. Could we soon see a major change to the App Store, perhaps with the 3.2 or 4.0 version of the iPhone (and iPad) OS?

This will ultimately end with one of two possible outcomes.

  • If the Opera Mini app is rejected, Opera and others (Microsoft, Mozilla, and possibly Google) will file anti-trust or anti-competitive suits against Apple for locking the iPhone to WebKit only browsers. Unlike the Microsoft Windows & IE lawsuits, Apple may actually be in a better position since WebKit is open source (GNU LGPL and BSD licenses) and anyone can create a WebKit based browser and submit it to the App Store. - In fact, there should be no reason why we cannot have Google Chrome on the iPhone right now, assuming Google wanted to make it.
  • If the Opera Mini app is approved, this would signal the other players to develop their browsers for Apple's Smartphone. Mozilla could bring Fennec (mobile Firefox) and Microsoft could bring IE. As crazy as IE sounds on the iPhone, it could be possible. Microsoft already has a few iPhone apps, including a Bing Search App. Of course, even if Apple did allow other browsers on the iPhone, we most likely will never see Adobe Flash plugin support. Apple is adamant on pushing the web towards HTML5 and away from Flash.

The Mobile World Congress kicks off on February 15, 2010. Apple is not on the list of exhibitors.


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: February 10, 2010 @ time: 06:35AM
Author: Nemo

SilverStone is well-known for its cases and today's roundup includes the Grandia GD04 HTPC case. Another small form factor case is the Thermaltake Lanbox VF1000BWS for those looking for portability as well as the ability to show off their rig at LAN parties. We also get a look at the Element T case from Thermaltake (check out the OCC review here). For those of you who missed the HD 5570 roundup from yesterday, we have three more reviews for you today including one on the Sapphire HD 5570 (also reviewed by OCC here). Also in the video department is a trio of reviews on NVIDIA's new Optimus technology. What is it exactly? Check out the reviews using the links below to find out.

Cases
SilverStone Grandia GD04 Case @ Motherboards.org
Thermaltake Lanbox VF1000BWS Case @ Tweaknews
Thermaltake Element T Mid Tower Chassis @ Thermaltake

Gaming
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Preview) @ GamingHeaven

Motherboards
ASUS P7H55D-M EVO Intel H55 mATX Motherboard @ ThinkComputers

Optical Drives
ASUS Super-Multi SATA Optical Drive @ Benchmark Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
Adaptec RAID 5805Z PCI-E x1 SATA/SAS RAID Controller @ TweakTown
Maximize SSD Performance with the SSD Tweak Utility @ TechSpot

Video
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD5570 Videocard @ Tweaknews
ATI Radeon 5570 Graphics Card @ OverclockersHQ
ATI HD 5570 @ Neoseeker
NVIDIA Optimus Technology: Performance and Battery Life for your Notebook @ PC Perspective
NVIDIA Optimus Aims To Improve Battery Life on Notebooks @ Legit Reviews
NVIDIA Optimus Mobile Technology Preview @ HotHardware


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Optimus Technology Unveiled

Posted: February 10, 2010 @ time: 11:05AM
Author: gebraset

Previously, NVIDIA attempted to make a solution for mobile users to switch between discrete graphics for power and gaming, and onboard IGPs to save mainly battery. The process in doing this however was not as easy as it always should have been, with users having to close all programs that were open, make the switch, and then switch it back to the original settings before continuing afterward. This process entailed too much work for the consumer to actually use the technology often, and it was not displayed in many areas in mobile computers. The company has just let loose another type of technology that will offer the same benefits without needing any input from the user, known as NVIDIA Optimus. The new idea from the green company is now software based, with regular updates planned for in the future, and offers more of what the technology should have been from the beginning. It can now switch between discrete and onboard graphics instantly, and detect by itself when NVIDIA’s discrete graphics need to be powered up and used. All of this occurs without the user needing to do anything, optimizing time as well as battery life in the end. Intel chips, including the Intel Core i3, i5, i7, Penryn Core 2 Due and Pinetrail N4xx processors are supported to work with the NVIDIA GeForce 300M, 200M, and the ION 2 GPU. NVIDIA Optimus can be used for CUDA applications, intensive GPU tasks, and also many gaming situations, and with the technology being so advanced, it should be adopted widely for those who want and can pay for the hardware.


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ATI Radeon HD 5830 Spotted For €215

Posted: February 10, 2010 @ time: 12:39PM
Author: MrAlex

The ATI Radeon HD 5830 was expected to be released a few weeks back, but technical problems with it led to a last minute delay. We can be expecting it around the end of February or early March. Based on the Cypress LE core, it features 1280 processing cores, 60 texture units and a core clock of 750 MHz, probably to give it that extra boost in performance. It will come with the standard 1GB of GDDR5, clocked at 1000MHz with support for ATI Eyefinity. It will come with a decent amount of connectors, including two DVI ports, a HDMI port and a DisplayPort. According to the listing that the source found, it will be coming to Europe at around €215, which is around $300 – but you can expect it to be much lower in the states at around $250. Stick around for updates.


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Google Wants to Sell You Broadband

Posted: February 10, 2010 @ time: 01:16PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Google has revealed its intent to enter into the broadband market in the United States, which is falling behind much of the world in speed and pricing. The fiber-optic network from Google has a goal of 1Gbps, more speed than any residential user could need. The best news from the announcement is that Google plans to offer this service at prices comparable to much slower services currently offered. Initial plans are to offer the service to roughly 500,00 homes across the United States. Google hopes that by doing this it can further expand its offering of apps that may be more bandwidth intensive.


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Logitech Claims Three Year Battery Life for Wireless Desktop MK710

Posted: February 10, 2010 @ time: 06:21PM
Author: jammin

Our current weekly forum poll here at OCC asks our members about their mouse and keyboard preferences; wired or wireless? Those who prefer the reduced clutter of the wireless option, or who are looking for a keyboard and mouse to use with their laptop might take an interest in Logitech's latest offering. The Wireless Desktop MK710 has a claimed battery life of three years, an impressive feat if accurate. It does of course depend on how heavily you use your input devices, with Logitech basing its claims on two million keystrokes a year and unspecified mouse usage. Reducing the active mode time of the keyboard and mouse when left idle is one way that Logtiech squeezes out battery life, as well as using its tiny 2.4GHz Unifying receiver, which should be small enough for laptop users to leave connected to a USB port at all times.

You probably wouldn't want to carry around the the MK710 with you as an addition to a netbook (unless you really needed that increased typing speed potential), but it looks as though it should slip into a larger laptop bag or be useful for a desktop machine. You should expect to see it available in Europe during February and in the U.S. starting in April with an MSRP of $99.99


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Mushkin Launches New Redline DDR3 Memory Modules

Posted: February 11, 2010 @ time: 12:41AM
Author: premiumgfx

Mushkin Enhanced has launched the latest additions to its family of 'Redline' enthusiast-grade memory: two new DDR3 memory kits. The new kits run at 1600MHz (PC3-12800) and feature timings of 6-8-6-24. Both kits operate at 1.65V and include Mushkin's signature FrostByte heatsink for optimum cooling. Both models are backed by a lifetime warranty for peace of mind. The new kits come in two variants: 6GB (3x2GB) and 4GB (2x2GB), retailing for $261.99 and $174.49 respectively from Mushkin's online store.


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: February 11, 2010 @ time: 04:35AM
Author: Nemo

Noctua is an Austrian compnay becoming well known for its performance cooling products and its NH-D14 (check out the OCC review here) may be one of the best air cooling solutions around. NZXT is another manufacturer that is becoming morerecognized for its products which are well-designed cases at an affordable price with a good example being the company's Hades chassis (also reviewed by OCC here). Also in today's roundup is a selection of external storage solutions from HornetTek, LaCie and Seagate.

Cases
NZXT Hades Crafted Series Case @ OverclockersHQ

Cooling
Noctua NH-D14 HSF Review - The Best CPU Cooler Ever? @ Legit Reviews

Input Devices
Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard @ HardwareHeaven

Media Players
ASUS O!Play HDP-R1 HD Media Player @ Neoseeker

Motherboard
GIGABYTE H55M-USB3 Motherboard @ Motherboards.org

Storage/Hard Drives
HornetTek X2-RAID Dual Bay 3.5-inch eSATA/USB 2.0 Enclosure @ TweakTown
LaCie Rikiki 500GB Portable USB Hard Drive @ ThinkComputers
Seagate BlackArmor PS110 USB 3.0 External Drive @ Bjorn3D

Video
ATI 5450 512MB Videocard @ Rbmods
AMD Radeon HD 5570 and 5450 Review - DX11 HTPC Goodness @ PC Perspective
ATI Radeon HD5570 DX11 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
Nvidia brings Optimus switchable graphics to notebooks @ Tech Report


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Electronic Arts Shows Sims 3 Plans

Posted: February 11, 2010 @ time: 01:19PM
Author: gebraset

The popular selling game in the series that has lasted for quite some time, Sims 3, will be coming onto the console and handheld market. In a financial report by the gaming company, Electronic Arts plans to release Sims 3 to the masses onto consoles in the third quarter of this year, but it is not yet known when handhelds will be receiving the game. It has been stated that both handhelds as well as consoles will for sure see its publication, though it is also not yet known what exact platforms Sims 3 will be released for. As information is given by Electronic Arts down the road, more should be known about exactly what is planned for Sims 3 concerning not only the computer gaming spectrum.


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Kingston Releases more SSDNow V Series Drives

Posted: February 11, 2010 @ time: 03:00PM
Author: jammin

We reviewed one of the original Kingston SSDNow V Series drives here at OCC back in October, when it earned our gold award. Kingston will soon be shipping the second generation of drives in the series, coming in capacities of 30GB, 64GB and 128GB. As with other SSDNow drives, they aim to provide an easy upgrade process for mainstream users, so are available both as standalone drives or in bundles for desktops or notebooks. Those bundles include Acronis cloning software, an installation guide, plus mounting hardware for the desktop version or an external enclosure in the notebook version. Being second generation drives, they offer improved performance and the addition of Windows 7 TRIM support. Sequential performance numbers as per Kingston internal testing are as follows:

  • 30GB: up to 180MB/s read, 50MB/s write
  • 64GB: up to 200MB/s read, 110MB/s write
  • 128GB: up to 200MB/s read, 160MB/s write

Kingston is once again aiming to keep prices reasonable (for SSDs), with the drives starting at a MSRP of $109.99 for the 30GB standalone drive up to $377.00 for the 128GB bundle version. You should be able to pick them up from February 15th (March 1st for the 30GB version).


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Digital Storm Launches Black|OPS Gaming Desktops

Posted: February 11, 2010 @ time: 03:46PM
Author: jammin

If you frequent our forums, then you are likely the type of person who enjoys picking out components and building your own system rather than opting for something pre-built. Looking at Digital Storm's new Black|OPS range of gaming desktops might well tempt you to let someone else do the job, with it offering the latest hardware in a thoroughly tested package. According to Digital Storm, each system goes through a 72-hour stress test before it is shipped out and if you want some of your components overclocked then they can do that for you too (at a cost, naturally). Overclocked machines are still covered by a three year parts and labour warranty.

The range starts out with the Performance model, equipped with a Core i5 750, 4GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM and an NVIDIA GTX 275 for a base price of $1,709, which rises to a base price of $3,102 for the Extreme model (Core i7 960, 6GB RAM, Radeon HD 5870 and 1250W PSU). The number of customization options is extensive, including overclocking, cooling system (including H2O tube colors) and chassis mods and a healthy list of component choices. All in all you can drop upwards of $10K on an Extreme model system if you feel so inclined. That would certainly give you something mighty impressive, but maybe not the feeling of satisfaction gained by putting it together yourself (plus a considerably lighter wallet of course). Digital Storm's video, which demonstrates how its systems are put together and tested is also worth a look.


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NVIDIA DIY GeForce PC Barebones Kit

Posted: February 11, 2010 @ time: 08:36PM
Author: Nemo

NVIDIA has come up with an idea for those who feel like they could build their own computer if only they knew where to start. The company has gathered together all the necessary parts to build an Intel LGA775 system. The kit includes:

  • MSI G31TM-P21 Motherboard
  • Intel Pentium Dual Core E5300 Processor
  • GlacialTech Igloo 5058 Socket775 95W CPU Cooler
  • Corsair Value Select (2GB) 2048MB PC5400 DDR2 Desktop Memory
  • XFX GeForce 9800 GT 512MB PCIe w/Dual Link DVI Video Card
  • LG GH22NS40 22X SATA SecurDisc DVD RW Internal Drive
  • Seagate ST9250410AS Momentus 7200.4 Hard Drive
  • Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000
  • Microsoft Basic USB Optical Mouse
  • Cooler Master NV-334-KWN1-GP Elite 334 Nvidia Case
  • Ultra LS500 Lifetime Series 500W Power Supply

Also included is an easy-to-follow manual to guide the customer through the entire installation process from start to finish and also provides them a useful primer on PC technology in general. So for someone looking to get their feet wet in the PC building game, this is a good way to get started. NVIDIA has taken care of the intimidating parts selection process and all the needed hardware is included. The kits are being marketed through TigerDirect for $499.99.


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: February 12, 2010 @ time: 04:48AM
Author: Nemo

USB 3.0 SuperSpeed promises faster transfer speeds but for those without the absolute latest motherboards, the only way to gain access to the new standard is through an add-in card like the one from Vantec in our review roundup. As a community of enthusiasts we all enjoy the latest technology and strive to have the latest and greatest in computer technology to the extent that our personal budgets allow. That is especially true for gamers and multi-display setups like those enabled by ATI's Eyefinity technology have all of us drooling. The folks over at [H]ardOCP love the Eyefinity technology and have something to say about an upcoming FPS game that doesn't support multi-display technology because of the "unfair advantage" it would give a player. Check out all of the reviews in today's roundup by using the links below.

Gaming
Aliens vs Predator (Preview) @ GamingHeaven
Don't Buy Global Agenda - Editorial @ [H]ardOCP

Mobile
Is Android Taking Over? @ ThinkComputers

Monitors/TVs
LG 47LH30 47" 1080p Widescreen TV @ PC Perspective

Mousepads
Steelseries 9HD @ XSReviews

Notebooks
Hercules eCAFE EC-1000W 10.1-inch Netbook @ TweakTown
ASUS Eee PC 1005PE Netbook Review with the Intel Atom N450 Processor @ Legit Reviews
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge @ HotHardware

Optical Drives
Asus BD-Combo (Blu-Ray Combo Optical Drive BC-08B1ST) @ Bjorn3D

Speakers/Headphones
Mobi Headphonies Mobile Speaker @ OverclockersHQ

Storage/Hard Drives
Vantec USB 3.0 PCI-e Host Card w/ NexStar 3 SuperSpeed Enclosure @ TweakTown

Video
MSI R5770 HAWK Video Card @ Motherboards.org

Miscellany
PCPer Podcast #93 @ PC Perspective


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Apple Counting Down to 10 billionth iTunes Download

Posted: February 12, 2010 @ time: 10:42AM
Author: jammin

Apple's iTunes music store has played a large part redefining how we think about purchasing music. Since its launch back in April 2003, the iTunes store has shifted a huge number of tracks, reaching the 6 billion milestone back in January 2009. Now Apple is counting down to a new milestone, that of 10 billion song downloads. As a way of celebrating this, Apple is running a competition and will be awarding a $10,000 iTunes gift card once the milestone is reached. You are limited to 25 entries per day and you must be 13 or older to be eligible (you can find the full rules here). Downloading a track at the iTunes store gives you an automatic entry, though if you don't want to buy tracks to enter then you can use the entry form here. The counter is slowly edging its way toward 9.9 billion as we speak and if my calculations are correct (and they may not be, feel free to correct me), then it is possible the target could be achieved by early next month.


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Possibility of Free Kindles

Posted: February 12, 2010 @ time: 03:30PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Rumors surrounding the Kindle are pointing to Amazon giving them away for free, to those that qualify. Amazon is reportedly considering giving a free Kindle to those that subscribe to its Prime shipping service. This service costs $79 per year, and is used by frequent customers of the site. Amazon likely believes that these customers would purchase a substantial amount of books to recoup the money that would be lost giving the device away. This can be interpreted as a reaction to the upcoming iPad from Apple, which looks to challenge the dominance of the Kindle in the e-reader market.


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Apple Reportedly Lowering Prices

Posted: February 13, 2010 @ time: 10:56AM
Author: gebraset

The popular computer company has dominated the music market since its initial release of the iPod as well as iTunes.  Since that time however, multimedia elements such as television shows, movies, and more music have been added for the mass amount of consumers who use the program. With the iPad set to come out around April, Apple is now redefining its prices in order to possibly attract more customers. Television shows will be lowered shortly to just one dollar, though it is not yet known if high definition shows will cost more like they usually do. This attempt by Apple is being made to bring more customers in, especially after the report came out concerning iPad prices and the adoption of them among the tech community.


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Hardware Roundup: Weekend Edition

Posted: February 13, 2010 @ time: 09:45PM
Author: Nemo

For the weekend roundup we have another pair of ATI Radeon HD 5000-series video cards from MSI and PowerColor. Also from AMD is the Athlon II X2 255 (also reviewed by OCC here) processor released last month. Also for your weekend reading pleasure are reviews on cases, DVD/CD drives, power supplies and more, so be sure to check out the links below.

Cases
Nexus Edge @ XSReviews

CPUs
AMD Athlon II X2 255 Dual Core 3.1GHz Processor @ Legit Reviews

Gaming
Lest We Forget... Cannon Fodder @ GamingHeaven

Optical Drives
LiteON eHAU424 External DVD/CD Writer @ PCSTATS

Power Supplies
Xigmatek NRP-PC702 700W Power Supply @ HardwareHeaven

Storage/Hard Drives
Eye Fi Explore Video 4GB SDHC @ OverclockersHQ

Video
PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 1GB PCS+ OC Video Card @ TweakTown
MSI R5770 HAWK Video Card @ Motherboards.org

Miscellany

HotHardware and TechVi Video Podcast No. 8 @ HotHardware
The Office of Film and Literature Classification Friend or Foe? @ TweakTown


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Updates Come To FutureMark Software

Posted: February 14, 2010 @ time: 02:29PM
Author: gebraset

Many enthusiasts use multiple software solutions from FutureMark to benchmark their systems and show off their hardware, or the lack of it in power savings solutions and budgets computers. The company has finally supplied the large community with some updates to all of its personal computer benchmarking software, which add better graphics clock speed detection, faster loading times, as well as more compatibility with the latest processors and chips. With the faster loading times, mainly 3DMark Vantage is affected, though 3DMark06 is also seeing some of the update as well addressing loading times. Overall, the new fixes and improvements made by FutureMark are certainly welcomed, but they have been long overdue with how many users there are that use the software for benchmarks on a regular basis.


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OpenOffice 3.2 Released

Posted: February 15, 2010 @ time: 12:45AM
Author: premiumgfx

OpenOffice.org has released the latest version of its popular OpenOffice office suite: version 3.2. The new version promises faster start-up times in Writer and Calc, better support with Microsoft Office 2007 documents and the addition of comments in Impress to help improve collaboration, among others. As always, OpenOffice is an open-source project meaning it can be downloaded for free. You can download OpenOffice 3.2 here and view the full list of new features to version 3.2 here.


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: February 15, 2010 @ time: 04:46AM
Author: Nemo

Our week gets started with a bevy of reviews on storage-related products ranging from USB flash drives to multi-bay storage devices. For users needing a large amount of external storage there is the Sans Digital Tower RAID 4-bay enclosure with eSATA and USB 2.0 interfaces. For networked-attached storage our roundup has a pair of products from Ineo Technology and Patriot which both offer dual-bay RAID 0/1 storage. With SATA 6Gb/s technology showing up on the latest motherboards you're going to need a compatible hard drive such as the WD Caviar Black 1TB drive to take advantage of the new interface. Kingston's latest solid state drive is also reviewed. Take a moment to check out all the reviews using the links below.

Cases
CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition @ Motherboards.org
Raidmax Skyline Mid Tower Chassis @ ThinkComputers

Power Supplies
Seasonic X-Series 750W Power Supply @ Bjorn3D

Storage/Hard Drives
Sans Digital Tower Raid TR4UT 4-Bay Hard Drive Enclosure @ Tweaknews
A-DATA 8GB Nobility S805 USB 2.0 Flash Drive @ Legit Reviews
Ineo Technology I-NA312N1 NAS @ Rbmods
Western Digital SATA 6Gb/sec 1TB Caviar Black (WD1002FAEX) @ PC Perspective
Patriot Valkyrie 2-Bay Network Attached Storage Device @ TweakTown
Kingston SSDNow V+ Series 128GB @ Techgage


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Flash Coming to Android

Posted: February 15, 2010 @ time: 06:51AM
Author: CheeseMan42

Adobe officially announced that its Flash Player 10.1 will be coming to the Android OS. This feature should be available in the first half of this year, and will only be available for Android at that time. Additionally, Adobe also announced that AIR will be coming to Android as well. AIR will allow applications to be developed once and be run on several different operating systems. My understanding is that it is essentially a program that runs on the OS that will allow you to run programs on it, sort of like a virtual machine. By developing for this platform, developers will be able to save on costs and get their products to more users. Research in Motion is also on board with AIR, and will be getting it sometime after Android.


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