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News Archives for March 2010

Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: March 1, 2010 @ time: 05:14AM
Author: Nemo

NZXT has a line of cases that are known for their features and reasonable prices. One of those cases is the M59 (reviewed by OCC here), a sub- $60 mid-tower case with an unique design. USB flash drives offer convenience and portability for our data but you run the risk of exposing sensitive data if the device is lost or stolen. That's where the Corsair 8GB Padlock 2 USB drive (also reviewed by OCC here) comes in with its 256-bit AES encryption designed to protect your data from prying eyes.

Cases
NZXT M59 Classic Series Mid Tower Chassis @ TweakTown
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Case @ ThinkComputers

Cooling
Editorial: 2.5 Years with the Lapinator Plus @ Virtual-Hideout

Input Devices
Roccat Arvo Gaming Keyboard @ Rbmods

Notebooks
ASUS G51J 3D 15.6" Gaming Notebook @ Techgage

Software
Windows PC-Fax Directly from Adobe Acrobat PDF @ Benchmark Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
Corsair 8GB Padlock 2 USB Flash Drive @ Legit Reviews
Patriot Valkyrie 2-Bay NAS @ Tweaknews

Miscellany
Gunnar Optiks Wi-FIVE Digital Performance Eyewear @ Legit Reviews


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Social Networking Coming to Ubuntu

Posted: March 1, 2010 @ time: 08:16AM
Author: CheeseMan42

One of the new features in the upcoming release of Ubuntu, version 10.04, is called the Me Menu. This menu will integrate several different instant messaging and social networking sites into one window. Users will be able to post status updates to their Facebook and Twitter without even opening a browser. The instant messaging functionality had already been available using the Empathy IM client found in GNOME. The social networking will be provided by Gwibber, an open source micro blogging client. Gwibber has already been available for some time, but it should see a drastic increase in use with its inclusion in the official Ubuntu distribution. This definitely appears to be an interesting application, and I look forward to trying it out.


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eReaders Receiving Upgrade Courtesy of Freescale

Posted: March 1, 2010 @ time: 04:26PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Freescale Semiconductor already has a large presence in the eReader market, powering both the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader. The company has announced a new chip that will improve these devices in several areas. The i.MX508 chip will provide boosts in speed, battery life, and the possibility to support color screens. The increase in speed will allow the devices to turn the pages of the e-books faster, rivaling the speed of turning a physical page. The reduced power draw will allow the device to operate even longer, and the chip even includes power saving modes of operation. Also worth noting is that the processor will cost less than the current generation, which should allow a price drop for consumers.


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Western Digital Releases New My Passport Studio Portable HDD

Posted: March 2, 2010 @ time: 01:17AM
Author: premiumgfx

California based storage manufacturer Western Digital, today released its new My Passport Studio ultra-portable hard drive. The My Passport Studio drive is designed with Mac users and creative professionals in mind, featuring Apple TimeMachine compatibility and pre-formatting for Mac computers.

The My Passport Studio includes a dual USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 interface, 256-bit hardware-based encryption and a feature found on previous Western Digital products: the e-label. The innovative e-label is based on e-paper technology and provides the user with information about what is stored on the drive through a custom label, the space used and remaining on the drive, as well as if the password is enabled; even when the drive is off!

The My Passport Studio is bundled with WD SmartWare software which provides data retrieval tools, security and diagnostic options, automated backup of data and a visual display to show backup progress.

The My Passport Studio comes in 320GB, 500GB and 640GB capacities and is available from US$149.99 to USD$199.99, depending on size from the Western Digital Online Store. All drives are backed by a 3 year limited warranty.


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: March 2, 2010 @ time: 05:00AM
Author: Nemo

It's a busy day on the review front and this bodes well if you're an AMD fan. First off we have reviews on the ECS A785GM-AD3 motherboard and the AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE CPU. AMD has also announced a new chipset, the 890GX, and we have a entire separate roundup devoted to the new release along with reviews on 890GX boards from ASUS and Gigabyte. NVIDIA has also launched the next generation ION GPU that includes its Optimus technology which allows a system to power down the GPU when not needed to save battery life. Today's roundup also includes a pair of reviews on solid state drives from OCZ and more, so be sure to check out all of the reviews using the links below.

Cases
Zalman Z7 Plus Computer Case @ Tweaknews
Corsair Obsidian 800D @ Bjorn3D

Cooling
Scythe Grand Kama Cross SCKC-2000 Heatsink @ Frostytech

CPUs
AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition CPU @ OverclockersHQ

Input Devices
Logitech MX-620 Cordless Laser Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews

Mobile
NVIDIA Next-Generation ION 2 Preview - Discrete GPU + Optimus @ PC Perspective
Second Generation NVIDIA ION GPU Preview @ Legit Reviews
An Insight to NVIDIAs Next-Gen ION Platform @ TweakTown
NVIDIA ION 2 Preview, Optimus Enabled @ HotHardware

Motherboards
ASUS X58 Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Preview @ Legit Reviews
ECS A785GM-AD3 motherboard @ Neoseeker

Storage/Hard Drives
OCZ Technologys Vertex 2 Pro 100GB Solid State Disk @ TweakTown
OCZ Vertex Limited Edition, Sandforce Powered SSD @ HotHardware


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Hardware Roundup: AMD 890GX Chipset Edition

Posted: March 2, 2010 @ time: 05:21AM
Author: Nemo

AMD has launched its new 890GX chipset, partially in response to Intel's Clarksdale processors and their associated H55/H57 chipsets, but also to natively support some of the newer technologies such as SATA 6Gbps with the new SB850 Southbridge. Of course, the new chipset features integrated graphics using the ATI Radeon HD 4290 with DirectX 10.1 support. Not only do we have looks at the chipset architecture, our roundup also includes reviews on motherboards from ASUS and Gigabyte that incorporate the new 890GX/SB850 setup.

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 890GX Motherboard @ OCC
Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H 890GX @ OCC
Asus M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 Motherboard Review: AMD's 890GX Chipset Makes Its Debut @ TechSpot
AMD/ATI 890GX Chipset Launch @ HardwareHeaven
AMD 890GX Chipset @ Neoseeker
ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 (AMD 890GX) Motherboard @ TweakTown
890GX / SB850 Chipset Motherboard Video Preview @ [H]ardOCP
AMD 890GX Chipset Review - SATA 6G goes native @ PC Perspective
AMD 890GX SB850 Chipset Debut: Phenom II X6 Ready @ HotHardware
A Look at AMD's 890GX Chipset @ Techgage
AMD's 890GX integrated graphics chipset @ Tech Report


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Corsair Introduces A70 and A50 CPU Coolers

Posted: March 2, 2010 @ time: 10:26AM
Author: jammin

Corsair's first venture into the CPU cooling arena was the Hydro Series H50 liquid cooler, which aimed to give you the improved performance associated with liquid cooling while remaining easy to install. Today it has launched the Air Series A70 and A50 CPU coolers, which look to provide high performance with low noise levels. The A70 will be of most interest to overclockers, with its four 8mm direct-contact heatpipes and two 120mm fans setup in a push-pull arrangement. It is a design that should be familiar to most and it will be intriguing to see if Corsair's implementation offers any performance advantages over similar competing products. The two 120mm fans are mounted with rubber studs to reduce vibration and offer selectable speeds of 1,600 or 2,000RPM.

The A50 is targeted as an upgrade from stock Intel and AMD coolers, and with three 8mm direct-contact heatpipes and a single 120mm fan it should easily provide improved temperatures at lower noise levels. You should also get a bit more overclocking headroom when compared to stock coolers. As with the A70, the 120mm fan on the A50 is mounted with rubber studs and spins at 1,600 or 2,000RPM. Both the A70 and the A50 are compatible with current socket designs from both Intel and AMD, those being LGA775, LGA1156, LGA1366, AM2 and AM3. They also come backed by a two year limited warranty.

Pricing and availability for the two coolers wasn't mentioned.


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Google Acquires Picnik

Posted: March 2, 2010 @ time: 02:28PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Google has officially acquired Picnik, a Seattle based company that allows its users to edit photos online. This will add to the expanding portfolio of “cloud” applications belonging to Google. The site is free to use, though premium memberships can also be purchased. The site is compatible with the 3 major operating systems, and can import photos from several popular sites including Facebook and Flickr. I've never used it, but have heard that it is a robust editing suite. There will be no changes to the operation of Picnik, but Google will be looking into integration with its current products.


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Opera 10.5 Gets Released

Posted: March 2, 2010 @ time: 03:28PM
Author: gebraset

Opera has continued to contend with the major internet browsing applications, including Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox as well. The program got mixed results however with the 10.2 release, since it was significantly slower than 10.1. Developers has reworked everything in the browser however, and as of its release today, are now claiming that Opera 10.5 is the fastest Windows browser to exist currently, not including any development build that are out. Opera contains a new engine known as Carakan and also features a video engine known as Vega. While users will certainly notice the major speed increase in the program, the interface will be noted as well due to it being completely redone and made to work with all the new Windows visualizations. Sadly, Opera 10.5 did not get released today for Linux and Macintosh as it always has in the past, put promises are being kept with a coming soon notion from the program developers.


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SteelSeries Unveils 7H Headset and 6Gv2 Keyboard

Posted: March 3, 2010 @ time: 01:55AM
Author: premiumgfx

SteelSeries has launched two new gaming products at CeBIT 2010 in Hanover, Germany: the 7H headset and the 6Gv2 keyboard.

First up is the SteelSeries 7H headset, which is designed for traveling gamers. The 7H features 50mm drivers to provide realistic sound in all gaming situations and two sets of changeable ear cushions; either noise isolating leather or hear-through cloth covered foam. The 7H has a black 'stealth' minimalist design and incorporates a retractable microphone on the left ear cup, in-line volume and microphone controls and a 2m extension cable. The 7H can also be dismantled into four pieces for travel convenience.

Next is the SteelSeries 6Gv2 mechanical keyboard, offering 18-carat gold-plated mechanical switches for faster reaction times and complex key combinations. Like the 7G, the 6Gv2 includes a buffer-system allowing simultaneous key presses, to let gamers perform multiple actions at once with no difficulty or "ghosting". Also featured in the 6Gv2 are media controls for fast access to volume, mute and other audio controls. The 6Gv2 lacks some high-end features of the 7G such as audio ports, USB ports and a plastic hand rest. SteelSeries claims that the 6Gv2 will last more than 10 times that of 'conventional' keyboards due to its switch lifetime of 50 million operations, compared to the 1 - 5 million keystrokes in traditional 'membrane' keyboards.

The SteelSeries 7H gaming headset will retail for around US$136 and the USB version 7H featuring virtual 7.1 channel surround sound will be available for approximately USD$177. The SteelSeries 6Gv2 mechanical keyboard will be priced at around USD$110. Both the 7H and 6Gv2 will be available in Q2 2010.


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: March 3, 2010 @ time: 04:55AM
Author: Nemo

AMD released its new 890GX chipset yesterday and we posted up links to quite a few reviews and articles. We have a couple more for you today including a look at the Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H motherboard (also reviewed by OCC here). New chipsets are not the only thing AMD has been releasing lately as the company also recently introduced the HD 5830 graphics cards and today's roundup includes a two more reviews on the cards. CeBIT 2010 has begun in Hannover, Germany and so has the coverage of pre-show press conferences along with coverage from the floor of the show.

Cooling
Top 5 Best Heatsink on Frostytech - UPDATED! @ Frostytech
Cooler Master NotePal ErgoStand @ ThinkComputers

Mobile
WildCharge Wireless Charging Pad and iPhone 3G Adapter Case @ TweakTown
Griffin TuneJuice Battery Charger @ OverclockersHQ

Motherboards
Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H Motherboard Review - AMD 890GX Chipset @ Legit Reviews
AMD 890GX @ Bjorn3D

Notebooks
Gateway EC14D07u Ultraportable Laptop @ TweakTown

Operating Systems
Take Ownership of Windows 7 and Vista Files with a Shortcut @ TechSpot

Power Supplies
CyberPower AVRLCD UPS Battery Backup for PCs @ Benchmark Reviews
Cooler Master 750 Watt GX PSU @ Bjorn3D

Speakers/Headphones
iFrogz D33 Earbuds @ OverclockersHQ

Storage/Hard Drives
Verbatim InSight Portable HDD 500GB @ Rbmods
Indilinx Barefoot Firmware Testing with the RunCore Pro IV SSD @ TweakTown

Trade Shows/Conventions
Gigabyte Media Event At Castle Oudaen @ Madshrimps
HardwareHeaven.com at CeBIT 2010 (Day One Coverage) @ HardwareHeaven

Video
AMD's Radeon HD 5830 graphics card @ Tech Report
XFX RADEON HD 5830 Video Card @ Motherboards.org


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NVIDIA Next Generation ION With Optimus Technology

Posted: March 3, 2010 @ time: 05:34AM
Author: Nemo

NVIDIA has announced its next-generation ION graphics processing unit at CeBIT that allow netbooks equipped with the chip to outperform basic netbook graphics by delivering rich HD media in games, movies and Internet-based video. ION is a discrete GPU that pairs with an Intel Atom Pine Trail CPU via the PCI Express bus and comes with its own dedicated memory. Netbooks using the new ION GPU will also feature NVIDIA’s Optimus technology which automatically selects the best graphics processor for running any given application. By routing the workload to either an NVIDIA discrete GPU or Intel integrated graphics the technology can greatly extend battery life.

NVIDIA says it expects 30 products featuring the new ION GPU to launch by this summer with products ranging from netbooks to small form factor desktops, motherboards and discrete add-in cards. The first netbooks to use the next-generation ION will be the Acer Aspire One 532G and ASUS 1201PN which should become available this April.


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Apple Goes After HTC Over Patent Infringement

Posted: March 3, 2010 @ time: 09:07AM
Author: CheeseMan42

Apple has filed a patent infringement suit against HTC, makers of several popular phones, at the International Trade Commission. The suit is in regards to the phones that run the Android OS, with 12 phones being named. Apple isn't seeking monetary compensation, but rather seeks to block the imports of the offending phones. A ban on imports would hurt HTC both financially and in market share, and without these phones Apple would see less competition. Apple claims that 10 of the 200 patents for the iPhone were violated, and another 10 were mentioned in a civil suit filed in Delaware. Several of the claims were based on OS functionality rather than hardware, and could indicate future complaints against Google.


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Western Digital Launches First Consumer SSD

Posted: March 3, 2010 @ time: 12:53PM
Author: gebraset

While Seagate and others have already pledged to enter the solid state drive market, Western Digital from the beginning has been slow about its adoption. The company has had a few trials with the enterprise market and the flash technology, and has seen some benefits in offering products to more of a wide consumer base. Due to this, the company has just released its new SiliconEdge Blue drive, which is made to tend to more of the enthusiast market while still keeping true to mainstream users. Sadly, performance was not as good as expected compared to the price when it was reviewed, but the new drive is still a decent attempt for Western Digital to offer a solid state drive to regular consumers. Hopefully the hard drive company makes more performance oriented solid state drive solutions in the future though, such as the Black series that is found on their traditional hard drives.


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AT&T's First Android Phone to Feature Yahoo Search

Posted: March 4, 2010 @ time: 04:08AM
Author: d3bruts1d

When the Motorola Backflip arrives on AT&T's network later this month, it will be the carrier's first phone powered by Google's Android Operating System. While users will have the ability to change the default internet search provider to Google, the phone comes with Yahoo as the default search provider. The Android OS is open source (Apachie License) and handset manufacturers and carriers can make their own modifications without Google's approval, such as setting the search engine.

No word yet on just how this will play into the bizarre AT&T-Apple-Google love triangle, but things have certainly been heating up lately.


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The Cake Is A Lie, But OS X May Soon Be Steam Powered

Posted: March 4, 2010 @ time: 04:40AM
Author: d3bruts1d

In a recent update to Steam, Valve's content distribution system, a number of OS X related images and other tidbits were found; Stuff that had no purpose inside of Steam unless Valve was planning on one thing, bringing the platform to OS X. That seems to be all but confirmed now as Valve sent a number of cryptic Apple themed images to different sites. An official announcement is expected next week during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

While OCC members are predominantly PC enthusiast running Windows; there have been a growing number of Mac users. Join the ongoing discussion in our forums and let us know what you think about Steam coming to OS X.


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: March 4, 2010 @ time: 04:56AM
Author: Nemo

Western Digital released its first consumer-grade solid state drive with yesterday's launch of the SiliconEdge Blue 256GB. As soon as the non-disclosure agreement expired we began seeing the first reviews appear and our roundup includes four different looks at the new drive. That's not all we have regarding SSDs as there is also a review on Marvell's 88SS9174-BJP2 SSD controller and a review covering the OCZ Vertex Limited Edition 100GB drive. Earlier this week we saw the release of AMD's new 890GX chipset and along with it several motherboards including the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 890GX (check out the OCC review here). Also in today's roundup are Thermaltake's Element V full-tower chassis (also reviewed by OCC here), continuing coverage of the CeBIT show and more.

Cases
Thermaltake Element V Full Tower Chassis @ TweakTown

Cooling
Coolermaster Hyper 101 @ XSReviews
Akasa Nero S CPU Cooler @ OverclockersHQ

CPUs
Intel's Core i3-530 - The Budget Powerhouse? @ Techgage

Mobile
Speck CorePack Fly Laptop Messenger Bag @ ThinkComputers
nitroX X835 and X735 Bluetooth Headset @ Bjorn3D

Motherboards
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AMD 890GX Motherboard @ PCSTATS
ASUS P6X58D Premium Motherboard @ Motherboards.org

Storage/Hard Drives
Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue 256GB SSD Review - WD enters the SSD market @ PC Perspective
WD SiliconEdge Blue 256GB SSD @ HotHardware
Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue 256GB Solid State Drive @ TweakTown
Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue 256GB SSD @ Legit Reviews
Marvell 88SS9174-BJP2 SSD Controller @ Benchmark Reviews
OCZ Vertex Limited Edition 100GB @ TechSpot

Trade Shows/Conventions
HardwareHeaven at CeBIT 2010 (Day Two Coverage) @ HardwareHeaven


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Google Adds Gesture Search to Android

Posted: March 4, 2010 @ time: 04:56AM
Author: d3bruts1d

Does typing a search query on your smart phone take too long? Google thinks it does, and to relieve the problem Google has introduced Gesture Search for phones running Android 2.0. Simply draw a letter on the screen, and it'll begin searching installed apps, music, contacts, and more. Draw a "M" to get a list items that contain that letter, and continue drawing letters to further narrow down the search. Simply swipe left to right to clear the query or swipe the other direction to remove the last letter.

In the past, handwriting like this required you to draw things a specific way. Google's Gesture Search appears to be a bit smarter and if your "A" and "H" looks like same, it will pull results for both. Additionally, Gesture Search will remember what you select based on your query and display those results first the next time you perform the same search.

Google Gesture Search is available from Google Labs for Android phones running 2.0 or higher and is limited to the US at this time.


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Opera Releases Native, Optimized Version of Opera Mini for Windows Mobile

Posted: March 4, 2010 @ time: 06:50AM
Author: d3bruts1d

Traditionally the Opera Mini mobile browser has relied on Java to run which has limited the number of phones that the browser could be installed on. Today, that changes for users running Windows Mobile 5 or 6 based phones with the release of Opera Mini 5 beta, a native application that has been specifically optimized for Microsoft's mobile platform while still providing the same features as the older Java based versions of Opera Mini. Features include tabbed browsing, password manager, bookmarks, and speed dial.

Of course, the big benefit to Opera Mini is that it can dramatically speed up web surfing while lowering data traffic by using Opera's servers to retrieve and render web pages and then sending back a compressed version of the web page. Opera Mini 5 can compress pages by up to 90% of the original size.

For more information, check out Opera's press release.


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Windows 7 Breaks Sales Record

Posted: March 4, 2010 @ time: 09:35AM
Author: CheeseMan42

The newest iteration of the Windows OS has sold 90 million copies since its release in October. According to Microsoft, that qualifies it as the fastest selling OS in history. Microsoft doesn't see any stop to the sales in the near future, and thinks they may start picking up soon. Most of the purchases seem to have been from individual users or small companies, with enterprise users remaining with Windows XP. Microsoft CFO Peter Klein has indicated that many enterprise customers are very interested in Windows 7, and will start to change from XP in the next year or two.


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Captions Coming to YouTube Videos

Posted: March 4, 2010 @ time: 08:51PM
Author: CheeseMan42

YouTube has announced that all of its content will soon be available to the deaf and hard of hearing through the use of an automatic captioning system. Up till now, the service was limited to content available from select partners, but will now be available to the remainder of the sites content. The speech recognition technology has been in development at Google for some time and can handle various degrees of accent variation and pronunciation, among others. The system isn't flawless, and in the given example, sim card was mistaken for salmon.


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: March 5, 2010 @ time: 05:29AM
Author: Nemo

Our Friday roundup managed to turn up a pair of CPU reviews covering the Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale processor and the AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE (check out the OCC review here). In storage we picked up some interesting articles covering NAS file system performance and TRIM-enabled solid state drives along with reviews on the Patriot Valkyrie NAS and ADATA s596 128GB SSD. Users looking to tame the noise in their rigs might want to check out the Thermaltake ISGC-300 CPU cooler (also reviewed by OCC here). There are many more reviews to check out in today's roundup so be sure to follow the links below to read all the latest from around the Web.

Cooling
Thermaltake ISGC-300 CPU Cooler @ Tweaknews

CPUs
Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale Processor Review - Low Price Performance @ PC Perspective
AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE @ Rbmods

Media Players
Masscool MP-1370S 'Media Mate' Media Player @ Legit Reviews

Memory
Kingston HyperX PC3-17066 (2133MHz) 4GB Kit @ TweakTown

Motherboards
ASUS TUF SaberTooth 55i @ Bjorn3D

Power Supplies
Thermaltake Evo Blue 650W Power Supply @ OverclockersHQ
Enermax MODU87+ 700W Power Supply @ [H]ardOCP

Storage/Hard Drives
NAS File System Tests by Thecus Explored @ TweakTown
Patriot Valkyrie NAS @ Neoseeker
Too TRIM? When SSD Data Recovery is Impossible @ Techgage
ADATA S596 128GB SSD Video Review & Benchmarks @ Motherboards.org (YouTube link)

Video
Some Fun With A 6-Screen ATI Eyefinity Configuration @ HotHardware
Gigabyte GV-567OC-1GI Radeon HD 5670 Videocard @ PCSTATS
Six-display Eyefinity rig lands in Damage Labs @ Tech Report

Miscellany
PCPer Podcast #96 @ PC Perspective
The TR Podcast 59.5: Eyefinity at Damage Labs @ Tech Report


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List of Known AMD 890FX Motherboards

Posted: March 5, 2010 @ time: 03:05PM
Author: MrAlex

Next month at the end of April AMD will be releasing their most important products for their processor division in 2010 - their enthusiast 890FX motherboard chipset and Phenom II X6 processor. AMD’s 890FX chipset, codenamed RD890 will come with four PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots one PCI-E 2.0 x4 slot which gives a total of 42 Lanes in the Northbridge itself. This will be accompanied by HyperTransport 3.0 and AMD’s SB850, which provides native support for SATA 6.0 Gbps. The chipset will only be available for Socket AM3, which means the demise of Socket AM2+ is near. At CeBIT this year, motherboard manufacturers have been showing off their latest offer and what will be available next month:
ASUS
Republic of Gamers Crosshair IV Extreme
This will be ASUS’ top-of-the-line AMD motherboard. It will contain a few electrical enhancements such as Super ML capacitors, PWM circuitry, voltage measure points and PCI-Express electrical control switches to make sure that overclockers can get the most stable overclock out of this motherboard. A few extra BIOS chips will be added as well – just in case anything goes wrong and Bluetooth iROG overclocking is available as well, so you can overclock externally (although I’m sure that most overclockers will use and prefer the BIOS). The motherboard is much larger than a standard ATX one so it is advised to have a tower chassis as this motherboard is closer to being EATX. What’s interesting to note is that this motherboard will also have an open ended PCI 1.1 x4 slot.
Republic of Gamers Crosshair IV Formula
This motherboard will be smaller than the Extreme and will lack the extra electrical features that it has. It will come with a 10+2 Phase VRM design - 10 Phase VRM for the CPU and 2 Phase for the memory. It will come with standard array of Inputs and Outputs, such as a gigabit Ethernet, FireWire, eSATA, two USB 3.0 ports and six USB 2.0 ports and 8+2 channel audio.
M4A89TD Pro
This will be ASUS’ mainstream motherboard, based on the 890FX chipset. This motherboard comes with everything that is offered with the 890FX chipset, along with two USB 3.0 ports, 10+2 Phase power design (like the Crosshair). The expansion slots are a little bit more plentiful than the Crosshairs, although they do differ in what is offered; two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 full-bandwidth slots, an open-ended PCI-E 1.1 x4, a PCI-E x1 and two PCI slots. There will also be a physical switch on the motherboard to allow the unlocking of disabled cores in some of AMD’s processors – this is probably implemented due to lack of ACC in the 890FX chipset and to potentially boost sales.
BIOSTAR
TA890FXE
This BIOSTAR motherboard will be AMD’s budget 890FX motherboard, as it comes stripped of features and only has the bare minimum on it. It will have a 5+1 Phase VRM, four PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots, two PCI slots and 7.1 channel HD audio, a gigabit Ethernet, and a FireWire port. There will be no USB 3.0 on this motherboard.
GIGABYTE
GA-890FXA-UD5
GIGABYTE’s offering isn’t anything special either coming with the usual two PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots, along with two PCI-E x1 and one PCI slots. There will also be two USB 3.0 ports and other connectivity options such as two gigabit Ethernet interfaces, FireWire and 8+2 channel audio.  There will also be a 10+2 Phase VRM.
MSI
890FXA-GD70
Not much is known about MSI’s offering yet, except that it will come with a whopping five PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots, a PCI-E x1 slot and a legacy PCI slot. MSI will also be throwing in their DrMOS, OC Genie, and APS technologies. Expected retail price is £140. That’s all we know so far.
 

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NVIDIA 196.75 Driver Alert

Posted: March 5, 2010 @ time: 07:28PM
Author: Nemo

We received this alert from NVIDIA and they have asked us to share it with our readers:
 

We are aware that some customers have reported fan speed issues with the latest 196.75 WHQL drivers on NVIDIA.com. Until we can verify and root cause this issue, we recommend that customers do not download this driver.  Instead, please stay with, or return to 196.21 WHQL drivers.  Release 196.75 drivers have been temporarily removed from our website and we also are asking our partners and others to remove temporarily this 196.75 WHQL driver as well.
 
Here’s a link for instructions on how to roll back your driver - Rollback Instructions


Click here to discuss this issue in the OCC forums.


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Portal Sequel Announced

Posted: March 6, 2010 @ time: 02:37PM
Author: CheeseMan42

This news comes as I have finally had time to play the first game, and it was great. Valve has officially announced that Portal 2 will be released, and will be available October 26 for PC and Xbox 360. Some details have begun to spring up, however. Portal 2 won't be a mere addition to the Orange Box this time, and will be a standalone game, with a standalone price tag. With a $50 price tag, the game is sure to pack in far more content than the previous game. Some of the best news comes in the form of co-op multiplayer, which could lead to puzzles being easier, or the puzzles being more difficult. It would be interesting to see Portal 2 have head to head multiplayer as well.


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Hardware Roundup: Weekend Edition

Posted: March 6, 2010 @ time: 03:39PM
Author: Nemo

For our weekend roundup we have a series of coolers reviews covering Noctua's NH-D14 and C12P-SE14 coolers (reviewed by OCC here and here) along with the Thermaltake Contac 29 Direct Touch cooler. There is also a pair of 128GB solid state drives in the weekend roundup and much more so keep reading to find out what's up in the world of reviews.

Cooling
Noctua NH-D14 and C12P-SE14 @ XSReviews
Thermaltake Contac 29 Direct Touch CPU Cooler @ Legit Reviews

Gaming
Aliens vs Predator (PC) @ GamingHeaven

Manufacturers
Interview with Adrian Thompson (Sapphire's VP of Marketing) @ HardwareHeaven

Prebuilts
Dell Inspiron Zino HD Desktop @ HotHardware

Storage/Hard Drives
A Deep Dive Into Thecus NAS Software @ TweakTown
A-DATA N002 USB 3.0 and SATA II 128GB SSD @ Motherboards.org
Kingston 128GB V Series Notebook Upgrade Kit @ Motherboards.org

Trade Shows/Conventions
CeBIT 2010 Day Three Coverage @ HardwareHeaven

Video
MSI R5770 HAWK Radeon HD 5770 Video Card @ PC Perspective

Miscellany
Top 20 Best Ever Beginners GUIDES @ PCSTATS
HotHardware and TechVi Video Podcast - Mar. 5, 2010 @ HotHardware
Halo Legends HD Movie @ TweakTown


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: March 8, 2010 @ time: 04:54AM
Author: Nemo

Fan, Airflow, Neat, Quality, User-friendly and Affordable - Fanqua. Get it? OK, so the name seems a little forced, but In Win 's Fanqua mid-tower case (also reviewed by OCC here) is a decently priced case with good cooling capabilities. Today's roundup also features a pair of motherboards including the ASUS Maximus III Extreme for Intel LGA 1156 processors and the Gigabyte H55M-USB3 with the H55 chipset for Intel Clarksdale CPUs. Check out the rest of the reviews using the links below and have a great week!

Cases
In Win Fanqua Mid Tower Chassis @ ThinkComputers

Input Devices
Gigabyte KM7580: Keyboard and Mouse Combo @ Bjorn3D

Motherboards
ASUS Maximus III Extreme Motherboard @ [H]ardOCP
Gigabyte H55M-USB3 - The Ultimate $100 H55 Board? @ Techgage

Speakers/Headphones
Arctic Cooling E361-WM Headphones @ Rbmods

Video
Sapphire Radeon HD 5830 Video Card in CrossFire @ TweakTown


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ASUS Core Unlocker Feature on M4A89GTD PRO Boards

Posted: March 8, 2010 @ time: 09:27AM
Author: Nemo

The possibility of buying a dual-core AMD Phenom II X2 processor and somehow unlocking the other cores on the processor is an intriguing idea. It's almost like getting something for nothing, as some of the X2 and X3 chips are actually Phenom II X4 processors with one or more cores disabled due either to stability issues or to meet market demand. Enthusiasts used to rely on AMD's Advanced Clock Calibration (ACC) technology to unlock the 'hidden' cores. With the release of the latest 890GX chipset, the ACC technology has been removed, so just how are we to accomplish the unlocking task using the latest boards?

OCC just reviewed the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 890GX motherboard and one of the extras tested was the Core Unlocker feature. Our reviewer was able to use this capability to automatically unlock the other two cores on a Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition processor. The board uses a hardware switch that, when engaged, intelligently scans the installed processor to determine which cores and cache can be unlocked. Of course, your results will vary based on the processor but this is a feature unique to the ASUS board and shouldn't be overlooked as an easy way to boost your system's performance.

We've already seen a couple of users have success with this feature and you can discuss this in our forums here.


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Intel's Nehalem-EX Octo-Cores Releasing End of the Month

Posted: March 8, 2010 @ time: 12:56PM
Author: MrAlex

This month Intel will be releasing their first Octo-Core Xeon server parts to go head to head against AMD’s Dodeka-Core Magny Cours Opteron. It will be manufactured on the 45nm HKMG fabrication process, coming with -if you haven’t guessed it already- 8 cores and another 8 threads, giving a total of 16 threads and a whopping 24MB of L3 Cache. This will come with 4 QPI links (mainly for use in Quad/Octo socket servers) and support for Intel’s TurboBoost technology. This will be nicely packaged with 2.3 Billion transistors.  Clock speeds, models and pricing have yet to be revealed, but fear not for they will be revealed soon.


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Intel Investigating Fake i7 Processors

Posted: March 8, 2010 @ time: 03:34PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Reports began to surface over the weekend that Newegg was selling fake i7 processors. Newegg claimed that some customers may have received demo units, but statements from Intel point to them being 100% fake. Nothing in the packaging looked legit, and most the processors appeared to just be a casting. Newegg is offering full refunds or exchanges to anyone that received a fake processor. Newegg received the processors from one of its distributors, and roughly 300 of the 2000 it received were fake. Intel encourages anyone who receives a fake processor to return it to the place of purchase or to notify law enforcement.


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Spire Releases TherMax Eclipse II CPU Cooler

Posted: March 9, 2010 @ time: 01:32AM
Author: premiumgfx

Spire has released its newest CPU cooler, the TherMax Eclipse II. The TherMax Eclipse II features five 8mm Direct Touch sintered heat-pipes and 46 stamped aluminum fins for effective cooling of high-wattage CPUs. The Eclipse II is capable of mounting two fans simultaneously for faster heat removal. It is compatible with Intel Sockets 775, 1156 and 1366 and AMD Sockets 939, 940, AM2 and AM3, making it useful in almost any system. The heat-sink is also coated in black-nickel making it look good in any case. The Spire TherMax Eclipse II comes with two BlackStar 120mm fans, eight anti-vibration fan mounts, a PCI fan control, thermal paste, a back-plate and universal Intel/AMD mounting kits. The Spire TherMax Eclipse II will be available this month retailing at a MSRP of US$52.99.


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: March 9, 2010 @ time: 04:45AM
Author: Nemo

Raidmax is a well-known maker of PC components including cases, coolers and power supplies and in today's roundup we get a chance to check out the Raidmax Skyline mid-tower chassis (also reviewed by OCC here). Users looking to gain a bit of performance boost by switching to a solid state drive for running their OS and maybe a few games should look at Kingston's 30GB SSDNow V Series Boot Drive. Our roundup also includes a review on the recently released SiliconEdge Blue solid state drive from Western Digital.

Cases
Raidmax Skyline Windowed Mid-Tower Chassis @ TweakTown

Gaming
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 GPU Performance In-depth @ TechSpot
Interview with The Creative Assembly (Total War) @ GamingHeaven

Input Devices
Steelseries Xai @ XSReviews

Monitors/TVs
Samsung PN58B650 58 Inch Plasma TV @ Tweaknews

Notebooks
ViewSonic ViewBook Pro VNB131S 13.3-inch Notebook @ TweakTown
Toshiba Satellite E205-S1904 Laptop @ HotHardware

Speakers/Headphones
iFrogz Ozone Earbuds @ OverclockersHQ

Storage/Hard Drives
Kingston 30GB SSDNow V Series Boot Drive @ Legit Reviews
WD SiliconEdge-Blue Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
Kingston SSDNow V-Series 30GB Solid State Boot Drive @ ThinkComputers

Trade Shows/Conventions
CeBIT 2010 Coverage @ Madshrimps


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Around The Forums

Posted: March 9, 2010 @ time: 06:16AM
Author: d3bruts1d

While we may be The Overclockers' Club, there is a lot more going on than just pushing our systems to the limits. Here is a few of the active discussions currently going on inside the OCC Forums:

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Cisco Planning to Change the Internet

Posted: March 9, 2010 @ time: 10:20AM
Author: CheeseMan42

Cisco has announced it will make an announcement at the close of the market today, one which the company claims “will forever change the internet.” There is plenty of speculation as to what the announcement will deal with, with some popular theories including a fiber network and internet video traffic. A Cisco rep debunked the first theory, stating that Cisco is in the business of helping others do such things, and that it has no desire to build its own network. The latter theory is supported by the acquisition of Starent Networks, which specializes in mobile phone communication. I'm hoping that the announcement will enable companies to bring cheaper high speed internet to the United States.


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Google Apps Getting Own Store

Posted: March 9, 2010 @ time: 08:21PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Google is bringing the popular concept of an app store to its Google Apps suite of online productivity software. Third party developers will be able create their own software that will integrate with the core Google Apps products. One example comes from Intuit, maker of payroll and accounting software. An interesting feature of its software is the ability of an employee to get pay stubs by simply going to their calendar. Another developer is integrating support for Gmail, calendar, and chat into its software. By having all the applications in one window, it should be able to increase productivity. This move is aimed towards business customers, and is unknown how it will affect the average internet user.


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Facebook Could Soon Give Away Your Location

Posted: March 9, 2010 @ time: 08:37PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Facebook is rumored to finally bring location information to its users. This feature has long been speculated, ever since a change to the privacy policy hinted at it. The information will only be available to those that you wish to share with, much like those inappropriate photos. The location feature will be available to third party developers through an API, and through the standard Facebook features. Other services such as Google Buzz and Twitter already have this feature, and this should be popular among Facebook users. I hope this will integrate nicely with mobile phones, as so many people use Facebook from their phones.


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Want to know the best way to bike across town? Ask Google

Posted: March 10, 2010 @ time: 12:21AM
Author: sdy284

During the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC yesterday, Google announced it was adding "the most requested addition" to Google Maps, bike directions. Now when you get directions on Google Maps, in addition to By Car, By Public Transit and Walking... You can now select Bicycling. While how useful this will be depends largely on where live, there will be several cool features. Selecting the Bicycling option will show bike-only paths, bike lanes on streets and will even calculate the estimated travel time based on hills and fatigue. Now they just need to add options to select your fitness level, because some people are less like Lance Armstrong and more like Comic Book Guy.


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Cisco lives up to their promise of changing the internet forever

Posted: March 10, 2010 @ time: 12:39AM
Author: sdy284

On Monday, Cisco announced that they were going to change the internet forever and there was a lot of speculation on what the hell they were talking about. Well we can stop speculating, Cisco introduces their CRS-3 Carrier Routing system. While the name doesn't sound that impressive, what it's actually capable of sure is. Designed for the next-generation of internet serving, the CRS-3 is capable of delivering 322 Terabits of data per second. Not quite sure how much is a Terabit? I could pull some wikipedia data, but that's pretty boring and we don't need to see a bunch of zero's and commas anyway, so I'll let Cisco explain it better:

The CRS-3 enables the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress to be downloaded in just over one second; every man, woman and child in China to make a video call, simultaneously; and every motion picture ever created to be streamed in less than four minutes.

Oh. My. God. Do want! How do you think this will change our internet experience? Discuss it in the comments


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It's all about the Benjamins for PhysX Developers

Posted: March 10, 2010 @ time: 01:04AM
Author: sdy284

If you've been keeping up with PC games as of late, there's no doubt you've noticed that more and more of them support Nvidia's PhysX technology. There's also no doubt that you've read or even experienced that some of these games make much better use of the technology than others. Well if what Richard Huddy says is true, there might be a reason why. Huddy is AMD’s senior manager of developer relations in Europe and he says that "Most game developers implement PhysX in their games not because they want to, but because it is implied by the marketing deal they have with Nvidia" and that "With the exception of Epic, don't actually want PhysX but they end up using it after all because NVIDIA pays them to." He goes even further to say "What I have seen with physics, or PhysX rather, is that Nvidia create a marketing deal with a title, and then as part of that marketing deal, they have the right to go in and implement PhysX in the game. The problem with that is obviously that the game developer doesn’t actually want it. They are not doing it because they want it; they’re doing it because they are paid to do it."

Obviously these are pretty strong words, but Nvidia doesn't exactly have a clean record. Discuss it in the comments or our forums.


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New Maps on the Way for Modern Warfare 2

Posted: March 10, 2010 @ time: 01:30AM
Author: sdy284

Well it looks like the first map pack for Modern Warfare 2 will hit Xbox Live on March 30th. And just in case you didn't know the 360 will have a one-month exclusive on the DLC as well. Robert Bowling, Creative Strategist at IW tweeted that the DLC is definitely coming for PS3 and PC, although at a later and undisclosed date. Even though I have my copy of MW2 for the 360, I'm wondering if they will release the DLC for free to PC gamers as they have in the past, or if they'll get greedy and charge them. I hope for their sake they release the DLC for free to PC gamers, with all the terrible feedback they've gotten about no dedicated servers, field of vision, etc etc if they screw up the PC version any more, they're going to lose what few fans they have left. Speak your mind in the comments or our forums.


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: March 10, 2010 @ time: 05:16AM
Author: Nemo

Having a network attached storage, or NAS, server in your home may seem like overkill to some, but as homes become more networked and users make more and more use of multimedia files, the idea really isn't all that far-fetched any more. Today's roundup includes reviews of a new NAS from Thecus, the N7700 Pro, along with the ASUS TS Mini Home Server based on the Microsoft Windows Home Server operating system. We also  get a chance to check out the Sapphire HD 5770 1GB graphics card (you can read the OCC review here). Antec is well-known for its quality cases and the P183 mid-tower chassis (also reviewed by OCC here) is another good case in the company's Performance One series of chassis.

Cases
Antec P183 Advanced Mid Tower Case @ ThinkComputers

Gaming
A List of PC Game Classics Available Free of Charge @ TechSpot

Memory
G.Skill PC3-18400 (2300MHz) PI Series 4GB Kit @ TweakTown

Mobile
TRENDNDET Laptop Backpack @ OverclockersHQ

Motherboards
ASUS P6T7 and P7P55 WS Workstation Motherboards @ PC Perspective

Storage/Hard Drives
Thecus N7700 Pro 7 Drive NAS Server @ TweakTown
Asus TS Mini Home Server @ Tweaknews

Video
Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1GB @ XSReviews

Miscellany
Xigmatek Interview with Tony Sahin @ HardwareHeaven


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PC Game software totaled ~$13.1 Billion in 2009

Posted: March 10, 2010 @ time: 10:28AM
Author: sdy284

Well here is a bit of good news. According to the PC Gaming Alliance, PC Game sales for 2009 was $13.1 Billion, up 3% from 2008's roughly $11 Billion in sales. While the sale of retail box games accounts for less than 20%, this does not mean people aren't buying games. The PCGA has said that in surveys done in North America and Europe, 70% of respondents have purchased a full game online.

This is great news for the industry and gamers alike. I don't know about you but I keep hearing more and more how the PC gaming industry is dying and the manufacturers are using poor sales as the reason for pushing ridiculous DRM down our throats (even though critics of the system got the last laugh). Hopefully with figures like these manufacturers realize that if you produce a great game, people will buy it. Making it locked down tighter than Fort Knox with your "unbeatable" DRM is just going to piss off the gamers that actually paid for the game, and then just make you look stupid when the pirates crack your DRM within hours of it's release. Drop by our forums and let us know your thoughts.


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Throw Away That Copper Heatsink... Use Plastic

Posted: March 10, 2010 @ time: 10:49AM
Author: sdy284

Well not yet, and not just any plastic. A few smart people at M.I.T (imagine that!?) have figured out, "By slowly drawing a polyethylene fiber out of a solution, using the finely controllable cantilever of an atomic force microscope, which they also used to measure the properties of the resulting fiber." Perhaps the coolest part about this is that the polymer is only conductive in one direction and is about 300 times more conductive than regular polyethylene along the direction of the fibers. Currently, they've only produced the polymer in a lab setting but they hope to scale the operation up down the road. 

This is pretty cool stuff. It will also be great to not have to hang a big heavy chunk of metal off our motherboards. I personally can't wait until the day the OCC CPU Cooling section has some metal vs plastic heatsink comparisons. What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments or forums.


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Microsoft Gains in Search, Google Still Winning

Posted: March 10, 2010 @ time: 02:29PM
Author: CheeseMan42

New search data puts Microsoft at an 11.5% share, up 3% since the launch of Bing. Much of this comes from Yahoo, which is down nearly 3% since the launch of Bing. Google has seen little movement, gaining 0.5%. Microsoft has been trying to catch Google in the search market for a long time, and should continue to see gains as it will be receiving much of the searches from Yahoo due to an agreement between the two companies. It would probably be a good thing for Google if Microsoft continued to gain, as it may help to get anti-trust regulators off its back.


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New Dell Tablet Heavy on Amazon Features

Posted: March 10, 2010 @ time: 02:30PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The new Android based tablet from Dell, the Mini 5, has had some of its features leaked from an internal document. The device will feature a 5 inch touchscreen and a 5 megapixel camera. According the leaked information, the Mini 5 will also be available in a broad array of color options. Also revealed was a potential partnership with Amazon, perhaps setting the stage for the Mini 5 to go head to head with the iPad. The tablet will feature integration with the Kindle, MP3, and Video services from Amazon. The tablet and e-Reader market is certainly beginning to heat up, and with so many options, the consumer is sure to win.


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SAMSUNG E6 to Come Into the United States Soon

Posted: March 10, 2010 @ time: 03:38PM
Author: gebraset

As the Kindle and Nook take over more of the eBook community, with even large companies such as Sony offering up their own reader, it seems like the market is more than welcome for competition. One company to get into the game is SAMSUNG, which will offer up its E6 eBook reader into the United States soon after being shown off highly in Europe, though there is not currently a release date or a price point set. The E6 from SAMSUNG will feature a 600 x 800 resolution, coupled with eight shades of gray being able to be displayed. The device also features 2GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and TTS technology, all built into the reader. It will be able to read the most common electronic document formats, and should overall be a good contender with the other options that are available, depending on the price upon release.


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Why Sony's Playstation Move is NOT a Wii-mote

Posted: March 10, 2010 @ time: 07:45PM
Author: sdy284

Well Sony has finally revealed the official name for it's motion controller: Playstation Move. While it looks suspiciously like a Wiimote, there are several discerning features. One, there are no AA batteries to die. Both controllers utilize built in rechargeable batteries that use the same mini-usb cable that the regular PS3 controllers use. Second, the Move controller does NOT have to be pointed at the TV for it to work. By using the Sony Eyetoy camera as well as built in motion sensors, the Move will continue to work even if the Eyetoy camera is blocked. Another pretty cool feature is the ability for it to recognize movement in in the Z-plane. Since the Move controller has a colored sphere on the end, the Eyetoy camera can tell if you move away (sphere gets smaller) or closer (sphere gets larger) to your TV. 

I don't know about you, but I can't stand the Wii-mote, it's jittery-ness and lack of accuracy really annoy me, it will be interesting to see how this compares. What do you think of the Playstation Move? Let us know in the comments or forums.


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ASUS ROG Series HD 5870 Matrix Graphics Card Pictures

Posted: March 10, 2010 @ time: 07:47PM
Author: Nemo

We've been provided with additional shots of the upcoming ASUS ROG HD5870 Matrix graphics card. The unit is going to be equipped with a 2GB frame buffer. From the shots of the PCB you can tell it departs from the reference design and includes beefed up VRM. It will be powered by dual 8-pin power connectors. Cooling is provided by a five-pipe direct contact heatpipe with active cooling provided by a fairly thick blower-type fan. We;re looking forward to getting our hands on one of these to test and hopefully we'll see some pricing and availability information soon.

Click here to discuss this card in the OCC forums.


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ASUS Unveils Cine5, the World's Most Compact Five-channel Speaker

Posted: March 10, 2010 @ time: 08:00PM
Author: sdy284

I'm not going to lie, I have absolutely zero experience with those "sound bars" that claim to simulate 5.1 surround sound from a single long speaker. But obviously there must be a decent market for them if ASUS decided to pour some of their resources into developing the Cine5. That being said, I think that a lot of people who want the 5.1 experience but don't want to go through the hassle of mounting speakers and running wires will be all over this. Besides, half of the people who post screenshots of their workstation always have all five speakers on their desk anyway. The Cine5 would provide a more efficient if it works as claimed, a better surround experience as well.


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Hardware Roundup: Intel Core i7 980X Edition

Posted: March 10, 2010 @ time: 10:42PM
Author: Nemo

Westmere, Gulftown, Nehalem - all the code names can get confusing, but the Intel Core i7 980X processor, codenamed 'Gulftown', is based on the 32nm Nehalem micro-architecture code named 'Westmere'. Whatever. What's under the hood are six execution cores with Hyper-Threading Technology for a total of twelve threads. Along with the increase in cores comes a bump in the L3 Smart Cache to 12MB. All this while still fitting in the LGA 1366 socket. The processor is also one of Intel's Extreme Edition CPUs with a clock speed of 3.33GHz and a price tag of around $999. So is it worth it? Read on to find out.

Intel Core i7 980X @ OCC
Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition "Gulftown" @ HardwareHeaven
Intel Core i7-980X Extreme 6-Core Processor @ HotHardware
Intel Core i7-980X Gulftown Processor @ Benchmark Reviews
Intel Core i7-980X @ Neoseeker
Intel Core i7-980X Gulftown Hexa-core Processor @ PC Perspective
Intel Core i7-980X 32nm LGA-1366 Six Core CPU @ TweakTown
Intel's Core i7-980X Extreme Edition - Ready for Sick Scores? @ Techgage
Intel's Core i7-980X Extreme processor @ Tech Report
Intel Core i7 980X Extreme 6 Core Gulftown Desktop CPU @ Motherboards.org (YouTube link)
Intel's new Gulftown Six Core CPU meets LN2 Extreme Cooling @ TweakTown
Intel I7-980X Gulftown Six Core Processor @ Tweaknews
Intel i7 980x (Extreme) @ Bjorn3D
Intel Core i7 980X 6 Core Gulftown CPU @ Motherboards.org
Intel Core i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition @ Legit Reviews


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