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News Archives for July 2010

Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: July 1, 2010 @ time: 05:19AM
Author: Nemo

What with all the different models of video cards out these days, making a choice is harder than ever. The good thing is that there's increased competition now that NVIDIA has its GTX 400 series cards out and increased competition is good for the consumer especially when it leads to price reductions as speculated on by the Industry Dirt: Pricing Drop Incoming article in our roundup today. Also included in the video card section is a review on the PowerColor HD 5870 PCS+ graphics card (also reviewed by OCC here). In motherboards we have a pair of AMD boards along with a double dose of Corsair solid sate drives. You can find these reviews and more by following the links below.

Cases
In-Win Griffin Black Mid Tower PC Case @ Legit Reviews

Input Devices
Roccat Pyra Mouse @ Rbmods

Motherboards
Foxconn A88GM Deluxe (AMD 880G) Motherboard @ TweakTown
MSI 890FXA-GD70 Motherboard @ Bjorn3D

Small Form Factor
Shuttle SG41J1 Plus @ LanOC Reviews

Software
PlayClaw - Has FRAPS' Killer Arrived? @ Techgage

Storage/Hard Drives
Corsair Force F120 120GB SandForce Solid State Drive @ TweakTown
Corsair Reactor R60 SSD Test @ Benchmark Reviews

Video
AMD ATI Catalyst Driver Performance Comparison @ [H]ardOCP
PowerColor HD5870 PCS+ @ LanOC Reviews
NVIDIA Surround with GeForce GTX 470 Results Update @ PC Perspective

Miscellany
GlacialLight PalmSiren Dynamo 2 Multifunctional Flashlight @ Madshrimps
Industry Dirt: Pricing Drop Incoming @ PC Perspective


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Toshiba to Create Classmate Laptop

Posted: July 1, 2010 @ time: 05:25AM
Author: Dariuas

Intel has been designing computers for education for quite awhile now. These Classmate laptops have been a template for other manufacturers to help create their own version of educational laptops. Recently Toshiba announced its intention to create a version of these laptops for Japan which will be available in August. These new Japanese educational laptops will use the design from the fourth-generation of CM laptops which were shown at the CeBIT show in Germany this past March. Making use of Intel's N450 Atom processor, Microsoft Windows 7 Professional and a 10.1 inch touch screen which will rotate similar to a tablet notebook. This new leap forward for Toshiba is in line with the Japanese government's new policy to ensure that by 2015 elementary through high school students will have digital textbooks. 


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: July 2, 2010 @ time: 04:01AM
Author: Nemo

In a departure from the strictly computer-related reviews today's roundup includes the second flashlight review in as many days with the HIS Rechargeable Solar LED flashlight. The NVIDIA GTX 400-series video cards do tend to run a bit on the warmish side so can a less restrictive exhaust bracket lower temperatures enough to make a difference? Read the EVGA GTX 400 Series High-Flow Exhaust Bracket review to find out. We have a good mix of reviews today so be sure to take time to check them out using the links below.

Cases
XClio Blackhawk Color Full Tower Chassis @ TweakTown

Cooling
EVGA GTX 400 Series High-Flow Exhaust Bracket @ Legit Reviews

Media Players
AC Ryan PlayOn!HD 1TB @ XSReviews

Mobile
Choiix Power Fort Advanced @ LanOC Reviews

Motherboards
Gigabyte X58A-UD3R: USB 3.0, SATA 6G @ HotHardware

Music/Video Players
Creative Zen X-Fi Style 8GB MP3 and Video Player @ TweakTown

Prebuilts
ASRock Core-100HT Intel i3-330M HTPC @ Benchmark Reviews

Soundcards
ASUS Xonar DX2 Sound Card @ ThinkComputers

Miscellany
PCPer Podcast #111 @ PC Perspective
HIS Rechargeable Solar LED Flashlight @ Bjorn3D


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Apple Post Statement About iPhone 4, AT&T Post Cute Fish Video

Posted: July 2, 2010 @ time: 04:16PM
Author: d3bruts1d

So, you have probably heard that the iPhone 4 has some reception issues. If you haven't heard about it, you can read more about it in our past coverage here, here and here. Now, more than a week after the release of the latest iPhone, Apple has finally issued an official statement concerning the reception issues. The claim made by Apple is that it is not a hardware issue, but a problem in the formula that is used to determine signal strength. The formula which Apple called "totally wrong" may result in 4 or more bars being displayed when in actuality the signal strength is as little as two bars. This factored in with normal signal degradation that occurs when holding any cell phone results in a user seeing a drop in signal that didn't exist to begin with. Signal strength (or lack thereof) can also impact how much is lost when the device is being held. Apple plans to release an update for the iPhone's operating system within the next few weeks to correct the issue.

Apple ends the announcement with a statement reminding users that if they are not happy with their iPhone 4, they have the option to return the undamaged unit within 30 days of purchase for a full refund. 

In related news, but not quite worth its own post, Apple's US iPhone partner has started a new ad campaign titled "Rethink Possible" - not much different from Apple's old "Think Different" campaign. The first video for AT&T's new ad series has been posted to the company's Share AT&T YouTube Channel. The video, which will also air in 3D during the World Cup as well as before select 3D films, depicts a fish and well, that is pretty much it. Yeah, I'm not really sure about the odd video myself. What do you think?

Discuss the iPhone 4 and iOS 4 in the OCC Forums.


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Microsoft Invents Obvious Tech: Allows Batteries To Be Installed Any Direction

Posted: July 2, 2010 @ time: 06:40PM
Author: d3bruts1d

Have you ever been frustrated when you put brand new batteries in a device, only to find out that it didn't work? Have a device that requires batteries, but have a hard time making out which end is + and which end is -? Microsoft, of all companies, is here to make your life easier with its newest tech: InstaLoad. Simply place the batteries in your device, and forget about which way each one should be facing. It really couldn't be any simpler, and to be honest I'm surprised that no one has come up with this before. The tech should work with most of your standard, cylindrical batteries (AA, AAA, C, D). Now if Windows and IE could "insta-load." [Mashable]


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Hardware Roundup: Weekend Edition

Posted: July 3, 2010 @ time: 04:42AM
Author: Nemo

AXLE is a relative newcomer to the North American market and we're beginning to see more units being reviewed and today's roundup includes two Radeon graphics cards from the Hong Kong manufacturer, both on the budget end of the lineup. First up is the HD 5670 that replaces the reference cooler with a custom heatsink from Arctic Cooling. The second unit being reviewed is the HD 5450 (recently reviewed by OCC here) that is passively cooled and best suited for HTPC type applications. While we're talking about HTPCs, our roundup also has a review on the ASUS P7H55-D EVO motherboard (also reviewed by OCC here), a mid-range offering with onboard video options that support the integrated graphics which are found on Intel's Clarksdale processors.

Cases
Cooler Master Elite 430 Black Mid Tower Case @ ThinkComputers

Mobile
Apple addresses iPhone 4 complaints: It's the software, stupid! @ PC Perspective
LapWorks iPad Recliner @ Virtual-Hideout

Motherboards
ASUS P7H55D-M EVO (Intel H55 Express) Motherboard @ TweakTown

Notebooks
Home Theater Desktops? Bah, I Say! Why notebooks are the answer @ PC Perspective

Video
AXLE Radeon HD 5670 Video Card @ Legit Reviews
AXLE RADEON HD 5450 512MB GDDR3 Video Card @ Madshrimps


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HP Begins Palm Layoffs

Posted: July 3, 2010 @ time: 07:04AM
Author: Dariuas

We recently reported on Hewlett-Packard's plan to buy Palm for $1.2 billion. With the buyout process ended it seems there are plans to clean house with some of the redundant positions within the new organization. When something like this happens, it's only logical to cut back where you can by doing away with some roles that are already in place, like administration. There has been no official communication on where these cut backs are going to come from, or how many they plan to let go. 

Is this a smart move for HP and Palm? Head over to the forums to discuss.



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iTunes "Walled Garden" Breached; App Store Hacked, Accounts Compromised

Posted: July 4, 2010 @ time: 10:44AM
Author: d3bruts1d

Apple's app store looks to have been compromised this morning as a number of the top books in the app store belong to the same publisher. More importantly, a number of users in the US and UK have reported being charged for unauthorized app purchases. It is unknown right now exactly how many user accounts have been compromised, however it is strongly encouraged that all users change their iTunes account password immediately. Users have been posted to Twitter than they have been charged as much as $600, usually in block of $40-$50 purchases. While we expect Apple to refund all fraudulent charges, it doesn't make having the account hacked and funds withdrawn any better.

The report first surfaced when a couple of app developers first noticed that they had been bumped from their app store ranking, to be replaced with a mysterious publisher with no website. Now, 40+ of the top 50 "iTunes top paid books" are from the same publisher.

Rather than wait for your emailed receipt to see if you have been charged for anything, you can view your recent purchases in iTunes. For information on how to do that, see Apple Related's guide.


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: July 5, 2010 @ time: 04:17AM
Author: Nemo

Axle is a videocard manufacturer making inroads in the North American market and we're beginning to see more reviews surface on its products. Today's roundup includes a pair of cards which might be best suited for light gaming or HTPC applications. The first is the Axle Radeon HD 5450 (also reviewed by OCC here) followed by the Axle Geforce GT 220. One of the key features of solid state drives aside from their fast read/write speeds is the high shock tolerance which makes them ideal for applications such as notebooks and mobile devices such as the OCZ Enyo 128GB USB 3.0 portable drive.

Inpt Devices
Logitech G9x Laser Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews

Notebooks
ASUS U30Jc 13.3-inch Notebook @ TweakTown

Storage/Hard Drives
OCZ Enyo 128GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD @ Techgage

Video
Axle Radeon HD 5450 @ Rbmods
Axle Geforce GT 220 Videocard @ Tweaknews

Miscellany
Yellowstone Blu-ray Movie @ TweakTown


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Google Voice Desktop App May Never Be Released

Posted: July 5, 2010 @ time: 12:46PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Ever since I got a Google Voice account, I have found it extremely useful. The free text messages and number forwarding are great features. However, one thing I never imagined was a desktop client, but Google may be working on one. After purchasing Gizmo5, producer of VoIP software, it began to integrate Google Voice into the software. Tech Crunch was able to get its hands on a copy of the application and has posted a video of it in use. This service would actually be great for those travelling overseas. Google Voice doesn't work there, and using your cell phone in another country is rather expensive. Unfortunately, the people in charge at Google don't want to release it as they want to concentrate on web apps.


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: July 6, 2010 @ time: 05:09AM
Author: Nemo

We'll get things started today by checking out a pair of AMD processors from the Athlon II family. First up is the X3 445 3.1GHz chip followed by the quad-core X4 640 3.0GHz processor (also reviewed by OCC here). We also have a review of the NZXT Vulcan mATX gaming case along with several other reviews covering a nice range of products, so be sure to check them all out using the links below.

Cases
NZXT Vulcan @ Neoseeker

Cooling
Arctic Cooling MX-4 Thermal Compound @ TweakTown

CPUs
AMD Athlon II X3 445 3.1GHz Triple Core Processor @ Legit Reviews
AMD Athlon-II X4-640 Processor @ Benchmark Reviews

Input Devices
Razer Orochi portable gaming mouse @ LanOC Reviews

Motherboards
MSI H55M-ED55 LGA 1156 Micro ATX Motherboard @ PC Perspective

Operating Systems
Repairing a Broken GRUB 2 Boot-Loader on Ubuntu @ Techgage

Prebuilts
Dell 6-Core Studio XPS 7100 System @ HotHardware

Storage/Hard Drives
AIC MiniBOD-T082 8-Bay 2.5-inch JBOD Enclosure @ TweakTown
Super Talent USB 3.0 Express Drive Flash Drive @ Tweaknews

Video
Asus ENGTX465 (GTX-465) Voltage Tweak Edition @ Bjorn3D


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Engineer Update Coming to Team Fortress 2

Posted: July 6, 2010 @ time: 10:58AM
Author: CheeseMan42

The long awaited, final class update, is coming this Thursday. The Engineer update will offer new weapons and achievements, and maybe some new maps and hats. Valve hinted at the update in a comic posted at the end of last week, which also offers some insight into the history of TF2. The first new weapon for the Engineer has been revealed, and is an upgrade to the shotgun. It provides critical hits based on how effective your sentry was. Also introduced over the weekend was the Golden Wrench, a limited item that is produced through crafting. Discuss your thoughts on the update in the forums. I'll be busy trying to get my hands on that wrench.


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Altec Lansing Debuts New Computer Speakers

Posted: July 6, 2010 @ time: 11:14AM
Author: bp9801

If you are in the market for some new computer speakers, Altec Lansing may have something for you. The company today has announced its newest speaker system, the Octane 7, and is aiming it at desktop or laptop users who desire exceptional audio. The Octane 7, or VS4621, will be replacing the VS4121 system and hopes to deliver as good or better sound as that popular system. The Octane 7s will be a 2.1 set that features a powerful 6 1/2 inch side-firing subwoofer, down-firing 3 inch mid-range speakers, and dual 1 inch micro-drivers. The whole get up arrives in a contemporay design that has a small footprint so it should be able to fit in any location you want. The speakers also feature compatibilty with MP3, CD, and DVD players so you have a large variety of sources to use them on.

The Altec Lansing Octane 7 speakers should be available now for $79.95.


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Enermax Announces New Laptop Cooler

Posted: July 6, 2010 @ time: 11:28AM
Author: bp9801

Enermax has announced a new laptop cooler today, the Aeolus N14. The Aeolus N14 measures in at 220 x 270 x 45 mm and weighs 500 grams. The cooler is ergonomically designed, made of aluminum, and features honeycomb steel mesh, rubber stands, and two USB2.0 ports. There is a 140mm blue LED fan to help cool your laptop or netbook down, hence the N14 moniker. The fan will run at 850 RPM though no mention was made of the CFM. The Aeolus N14 will fit any laptop, netbook, or tablet up to 13.3 inches in size which to me makes it ideal for netbook users.

The Enermax Aeolus N14 should be available soon for £17.90.


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Firefox 4 Beta 1 Available Now

Posted: July 6, 2010 @ time: 04:15PM
Author: bp9801

Firefox fans rejoice as version 4.0 is now available to download in beta form. Mozilla's Firefox 4 Beta 1 just launched today for anyone interested to download from the company's site. Users of Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X can download the beta which brings with it a slew of new features that includes WebM support. Version 4.0 brings with it an overhauled visual style, a new add-on manager, and improved privacy and crash protection among the more notable features.

For the full list of new features, check out the official feature page. Since this is a beta of version 4.0 I do recommend keeping Firefox 3.x.x installed in case any add-ons do not work.


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Palit Sponsors Fermi Giveaway

Posted: July 6, 2010 @ time: 04:41PM
Author: Nemo

Palit is sponsoring a Fermi giveaway where members can qualify to win one of four video cards. Top prize consists of a Palit GTX480 graphics card. Palit is also giving away a GTX470 and a GTX465 along with a mystery prize and five complimentary prizes. The contest begins July 6 and runs through August 16th. So how do you enter? The process is simple and involves using your Facebook, Twitter or MySpace account and commenting on each site using the code phrase "I got game".  For specific instructions you can visit the Palit contest page for links to each site. The contest rules state you can only enter once for each social networking site for a total of three entries. Good luck!


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Microsoft Develops Windows Phone 7 for Mobile Devices

Posted: July 6, 2010 @ time: 09:05PM
Author: Dariuas

When it comes to the development of mass market operating systems, there is no doubt Microsoft holds the belt. With the recent battlefield taking place on mobile devices, Microsoft concedes to the fact its current mobile system is not cutting it. Windows Mobile does not have the velocity of Apple's iPhone platform, or even Google's Android base. You may recall some of this information from previous news articles

With the new push, Microsoft plans to develop Windows Phone 7, a new operating system specifically for mobile devices. Microsoft needs to bring the big guns to this fight, according to CSS Insight Analyst John Jackson.

"They have to have something out there to compete with the iPhone and Android because the future of computing is mobile. It's that simple."

Microsoft has the gaming market cornered with the Xbox 360, and with the pending release of Kinect, it would be nice to see Microsoft push their gaming style to a mobile device. While no specific details have been released, check back here as more Windows Phone 7 information becomes available.


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: July 7, 2010 @ time: 05:06AM
Author: Nemo

Solid state drives have it all over conventional drives in terms of performance and we have another review on SSDs, this time it's on the G.Skill Phoenix Pro SandForce unit. Where conventional drives excel currently is in cost/GB and today's roundup also has an article that examines the SSDs from a value perspective. Antec has its Dark Fleet full-tower chassis being reviewed along with many more which you can reach by using the included links below.

Cases
Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Full Tower Case @ ThinkComputers

Cooling
NZXT Sentry LXE Touch-Screen Fan Controller @ Techgage

Motherboards
GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD7 (AMD 890FX+SB850) Motherboard @ TweakTown

Mousepads
Razer Kabuto @ LanOC Reviews

Mobile
Android 2.2 Review: A Deep, Delicious Dive Into Froyo @ HotHardware
Latest in Smartphones: Third Quarter 2010 @ TechSpot

Storage/Hard Drives
Today's solid-state drives: The value perspective @ Tech Report
G.Skill Phoenix Pro SandForce SSD Test @ Benchmark Reviews

Video
PNY GeForce GTX 465 XLR8 Video Card @ Legit Reviews
Sapphire HD 5550 Ultimate Edition Videocard @ Tweaknews

Miscellany
Has ATX run its course? @ TweakTown


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Samsung Launches Two New Monitors

Posted: July 7, 2010 @ time: 12:01PM
Author: bp9801

Samsung is launching a couple of new monitors today that fit into a new LED series. The monitors will fit into the new 50 and 30 series and both feature an eco-friendly LED backlit display. The BX2350 and BX2335 both feature a 1080p resolution screen with a 2ms response time and a rather unique feature Samsung is calling Magic Return for the 50 series. If you use two screens for your desktop view, Magic Return will allow the desktop to be shifted to one monitor in case the second monitor unexpectedly shuts off. This way you won't lose any work since everything just gets moved over to the powered-on screen. Samsung did not say if this feature will work with a new 50 series and an older monitor or just two of the new series, but either way it sounds pretty interesting.

Availability should be immediate though no word on pricing was announced.


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Motorola Charm Official, Heading to T-Mobile

Posted: July 7, 2010 @ time: 01:56PM
Author: bp9801

It had been talked about for a few days and now Motorola has officially dropped the curtain on its latest Android device, the Charm. The Motorola Charm will be heading to T-Mobile and should be available this summer. The Charm is packing Android 2.1 with Motoblur so social networking is going to be a major selling point for this phone. The phone has a full QWERTY keyboard and a 2.8 inch touchscreen, though Motorola promises that the touchscreen will not be needed for every input because of the rear touchpad. That touchpad is dubbed the "Backtrack" and it will have a similar feature to the pad found on the back of the Motorola Backflip.

The Charm is coming with Adobe Flash Lite which will make web browsing that much nicer of an experience. On the rear of the phone is a 3 megapixel camera that uses Kodak technology which is an interesting choice but should work out just fine. There is also a second microphone on the Charm to allow for crystal clear phone calls using Motorola CrystalTalk technology.

No word on pricing was announced at this time but expect that closer to the phone's launch.


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Borders Gets into the eBook Biz, Releases Apps for Mac, PC, iOS and Android

Posted: July 7, 2010 @ time: 04:05PM
Author: d3bruts1d

Another book store has joined the eBook craze. Today Borders announced the launch of its own eBook store as well as eReading applications for iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad), Android, Blackberry as well as Mac and PC desktop clients. The books are published using the ePub format and/or Adobe PDF which make them accessible to a wide range of devices and gadgets. With the Borders eReader desktop and mobile apps you can:

 

  • browse and buy eBooks at Borders.com, where you’ll find over a million titles, including a generous selection of free books
  • search by title, author, topic, or keyword
  • make quick and easy purchases
  • access your eBook Library
  • download eBooks for offline reading
  • enjoy automatic bookmarking, print quality resolution, smooth transitions between pages and chapters, and customized fonts and type sizes

I know a while back when I polled OCC members on eReaders, the devices weren't too popular. However with Apple, B&N, Amazon and now Borders all set to battle it out in the realm of eBooks, it may be time we take another look at the devices. [Apple Related and TalkAndroid]


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: July 8, 2010 @ time: 04:35AM
Author: Nemo

You can build a fairly decent computer for $1,200 these days. For the same amount of cash you could pick up an ASUS ARES graphics card sporting dual HD 5870 GPUs running each running at a full 850MHz. Couple that with 4GB of GDDR5 memory and you've got some serious horsepower available. Also included in today's roundup are two AMD motherboards based on the 890GX and 890FX chipsets. We also picked up another review of the Cooler Master V6GT CPU cooler (also reviewed by OCC here).

Cooling
Cooler Master V6GT CPU Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews

Motherboards
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 Motherboard @ [H]ardOCP
Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7 @ Bjorn3D

Video
MSI GeForce GTX 465 Twin Frozr II Overclocked w/ Voltage Adjustment @ TweakTown
ASUS ARES Dual HD 5870 Review - The Ultimate Graphics Card @ PC Perspective
ASUS ARES 4GB Limited Edition Video Card @ Legit Reviews
Asus ARES HD 5970 4GB @ Neoseeker

Miscellany
Razer Gear Rack @ LanOC Reviews
Buying a Budget PC: DIY vs. OEM @ TechSpot


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YouTube Mobile gets a Makeover

Posted: July 8, 2010 @ time: 05:30AM
Author: d3bruts1d

Due to the increasing popularity of accessing the internet from mobile devices, YouTube has launched a revamped version of their mobile site (http://m.youtube.com). The new and improved site brings to it more features, more HTML5 video, and easier navigation. The new mobile website has been called a better experience than native YouTube apps for Android and the iPhone (Apple Related & Talk Android). So, what's new? According to Google:

  • It's really fast. 
  • The user interface incorporates larger, more touch-friendly elements, making it easier to access videos on the go. 
  • It incorporates the features and functionality you’ve come to expect from the .com site, like search query suggestions, the options to create playlists, the ability to designate “favorite,” “like” or “unlike” videos directly from your device.
  • As we make improvements to Youtube.com, you’ll see them quickly follow on our mobile site, unlike native apps which are not updated as frequently.

Google provided some interesting numbers in the same blog post where the mobile revamp was announced

  • YouTube video playback was up 160% in 2009 over the previous year. 
  • YouTube Mobile receives more than 100 million video play backs per day, that's roughly the same amount YouTube.com was getting when they were acquired by Google in 2006.
  • When YouTube mobile launched in 2007 it only had about 1,000 videos.

Give the new YouTube mobile a try, and let us know what you think about it in the comments.


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G.Skill Launches 24GB 2000MHz CL8 DDR3 Kit

Posted: July 8, 2010 @ time: 10:12AM
Author: bp9801

G.Skill, makers of fine performance memory kits, has announced the newest addition to its staple of gaming RAM, the 24GB 2000MHz CL8 DDR3 kit. This kit packs six, 4GB sticks running at an impressive 2000MHz. Not only do they run at 2000MHz but also have a CAS Latency of 8 all while running at 1.65v. This kit is aimed at users of X58 boards who demand the most performance for their money. During the recent Computex show, G.Skill showed off this kit but running with a CL of 9. G.Skill decided to push itself just a bit harder and drop that CL down to 8 which is just mighty impressive if you ask me. This kit is already garnering attention from extreme performance users who demand the most performance and highest memory capacity from their systems.

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Quanta Launches Record Number of Laptops in June

Posted: July 8, 2010 @ time: 12:26PM
Author: bp9801

Chances are you have never heard of Quanta before. If you use a laptop sold by HP, Dell, or Sony, then you are using a Quanta built laptop. Quanta has set a record high for shipments and revenue in June. The reason is contributed to smaller component shortages, like the new Intel Arrandale chips, and that customers placed orders in early June so that the laptops would ship out before July hit. The company expects things to slow down in July, but exactly how much did Quanta sell this past month? 4.8 million laptops that generated $3.1 billion in revenue. Staggering numbers really and it is the main reason Quanta is the number one laptop manufacturer in the world. The previous high was 4.3 million laptops sold which Quanta hit this past April. So long as Intel can keep up demand of its chips, I think Quanta will break yet another record before long.


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BFG Tech Officially Done?

Posted: July 8, 2010 @ time: 09:43PM
Author: bp9801

Well, this bit of news certainly strikes a heavy chord. Early reports indicated that BFG Tech was simply shutting down its graphics card division but would keep all remaining divisions open. However, new reports seem to indicate that BFG Tech is going to simply shut down entirely. From the guys at [H]ard|OCP comes some information stating that the entire power supply division has been let go. It seems like something has gone awfully wrong with BFG Tech if the entire company is going under, but take this news with a grain of salt until official confirmation hits. If it is true, it looks like now is the perfect time to RMA that card or PSU of yours.


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: July 9, 2010 @ time: 04:20AM
Author: Nemo

ASUS has released a dual HD 5870 video card called the ARES with 4GB of GDDR5 memory that is a beast of a card with a whopping $1,200 price tag to go with it. What better way to house your top-end card than in a $750 Level 10 chassis from Thermaltake (also reviewed by OCC here). If your computer budget doesn't rival the annual GDP of a third-world country, then fortunately for you we have reviews on much less expensive hardware which you can check out using the links below.

Cases
Thermaltake's Level 10 enclosure @ Tech Report
Antec DF-35 Dark Fleet Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews

Cooling
Prolimatech Armageddon @ Bjorn3D

Digital Photography/Video
Logitech HD C510 Webcam @ Rbmods

Motherboards
Biostar TA890GXB HD Micro-ATX Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

Speakers/Headphones
ASUS Cine5 5-Channel Speaker @ ThinkComputers

Video
NVIDIA GTX 280 SLI 3D Surround Experience @ [H]ardOCP
Asus ARES Dual Radeon HD 5870 4GB @ HotHardware

Miscellany
PCPer Podcast #112 @ PC Perspective


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Dragon Age 2 Coming Next Year

Posted: July 9, 2010 @ time: 12:48PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Dragon Age told the story of the Grey Warden and was a very popular RPG this past year. The sequel, Dragon Age 2, has officially been confirmed by EA and BioWare, and will be released in March 2011. In the new game, players will take control of Hawke, a new character that will provide for a new adventure. As Hawke, players will start out as a refugee, who eventually "rises to power to become the single most important character in the world of Dragon Age." The game will also feature updated graphics and a new combat system. Choices that the player makes will impact the outcome of the story, and the world of Dragon Age.


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Apple Issues Firmware Update, Can't Fix Antenna

Posted: July 9, 2010 @ time: 01:02PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Apple is developing a firmware update to fix a problem with how the iPhone determines and displays signal strength. A problem present since the original iPhone, which has resulted in displaying up to 2 more bars than it should. Apple will issue an update using an AT&T recommended algorithm, and will finally show the correct number of bars. Gizmodo has confirmed on three separate occasions that the new fix won't help with the problem that arises when holding the phone in a certain way. This issue deals with the placement of the antenna, and the physical problem can't be fixed by a software patch. A petition has been started asking Apple to issue a proper fix or give out rubber cases to insulate the antenna from the hand. So, for now at least, users will have to avoid holding the phone in a way that will block reception.


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Netgear Introduces New Line of NAS Products

Posted: July 9, 2010 @ time: 01:13PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Network Attached Storage, or NAS, products have become increasingly popular in recent years. People want to add storage and have it available to multiple computers, and they want it to work with minimal setup. The new ReadyNAS Ultra product line from Netgear, is designed to appeal to "hardcore digital enthusiasts." The Ultra line will feature Intel Atom processors, X-RAID2 functionality, and compatibility with TiVo. Users will be able to easily handle encoding, decoding, and streaming of HD content. Users aren't limited by location, either, and can stream to mobile devices anywhere. The inclusion of transcoding will ensure that the content will always have the right resolution for the device. The ReadyNAS Ultra comes in 2, 4, and 6 bay designs, with the 4 and 6 available immediately. The starting price of these units is $600 and $900, respectively.


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NTP Sues Six Companies Over Wireless E-Mail Patents

Posted: July 9, 2010 @ time: 02:27PM
Author: bp9801

Back in 2006, NTP and Research In Motion, makers of the BlackBerry, settled in court a wireless e-mail patent dispute that NTP alleged RIM violated in its BlackBerry devices. That first went into the courts in 2001 and it took five years to settle in which RIM paid NTP $612.5 million. Now, NTP has set its sights on six other companies over the same wireless e-mail patent infringement. Those six companies are Apple, Microsoft, Google, HTC, LG, and Motorola. NTP alleges that all six of them infringe on eight different patents for "delivery of electronic mail over wireless communications systems." Basically, if your cellphone notifies you of a new e-mail and allows you to read it, your cellphone is violating an NTP patent.

After its victory over RIM, NTP went on to sue AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. In those lawsuits, the US Patent and Trademark Office made a ruling that invalidated all of the patents. Last year though, the USPTO Board of Patent Appeals ruled that 67 claims in four of NTP's patents are valid which gave the company hope that the rest of its patents will also be declared valid. That hope is also enabling NTP to sue the other six companies just in case the remaining patents are validated.

Whatever will happen, it is good that NTP won that $600 million a few years ago because it looks like it will come in handy.


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ASUS Eee PC 1215N to Ship in August, Use Ion 2

Posted: July 9, 2010 @ time: 02:39PM
Author: bp9801

Remember that bit of news a few months back saying how NVIDIA Ion 2 netbooks would be shipping this summer? Well, if you didn't notice, the Acer Aspire One 532G never came and the ASUS Eee PC 1201PN did ship but lacked NVIDIA's Optimus technology to switch between the discrete chip and onboard graphics. Now, ASUS is set to launch an honest to goodness Ion 2 netbook in the form of the Eee PC 1215N. That netbook will be a 12 inch model that packs a dual-core Intel Atom D525 running at 1.8GHz and NVIDIA's Optimus which makes this netbook the Ion 2 machine to get.

ASUS says the Eee PC 1215N will ship in the U.S. around August 23rd for under $500.


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YouTube Introduces Videos in 4K

Posted: July 9, 2010 @ time: 06:17PM
Author: bp9801

I do not know how many people have anything capable of displaying a 4K video, but YouTube is not going to let an opportunity pass by. During the VidCon 2010 conference today, YouTube officially launched support for videos shot in 4K to be displayed on its website. That is right, videos up to 4096x3072 resolution will now be enjoyed on YouTube. Now, there are not too many 4K camcorders or projectors in common use so this new format will only be aimed at a select market but at least they can now enjoy a video at the massive resolution. If you want to try the 4K videos out for yourself, just select the "Original" option though be warned the bandwidth pull will be excessive.


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AMD Creates Budget Six-Core

Posted: July 10, 2010 @ time: 09:02AM
Author: Dariuas

Computer processors have come a long way in such a short time, with AMD's entry into the market coming all the way back in 1996 with the K5. Move ahead 14 years, when those single core, massive processors have been replaced by 45nm dies that run at upwards of 100x faster than previous chips. Now, enter the hexa-core processor.  Intel and AMD have both launched their own hexa-cores over the past year, but anyone who has considered six-cores to power their computer can attest, they are pretty expensive chips. Now, AMD has prepared the world for a conceivably cheaper hexa-core processor, the 1045T, the younger brother of the 1090T, running at 2.7GHz, 95W TDP, and with a 9MB cache. Slated for a September launch, there is no price tag available, but this six-core processor could be the cheap solution for budget builders looking for the latest technology.  


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Celeron is Here to Stay

Posted: July 11, 2010 @ time: 10:47AM
Author: Dariuas

Recent reports from the Taiwanese press stated that 2011 would mark the final farewell of Intel Celeron chips. The 12-year old processor was said to be removed from the lineup. However, Barry Sum, a spokesman for the company sent this rebuttal saying the report is false.

"The rumor is not true, Intel has no plan to phase out the Celeron brand in 2011. Intel Celeron processors continue to provide a low-cost computing solution for basic computing needs,"

The Celeron processor has been a staple in Intel's line up. The Celeron name has many different faces, ranging in both speed and price, anywhere from $43 each per thousand units for the two core 2.4Ghz chip, to a $100 mobile chip at 2.2GHz. Holding the trophy for being the cheapest per unit, the Celeron processor it seems will not be making its exit any time soon especially with three new chips slated to come out some time in Q3.


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Upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge Chips to be Core i3/i5/i7 2000 Series

Posted: July 11, 2010 @ time: 01:14PM
Author: bp9801

The upcoming Sandy Bridge chips from Intel will carry the Core i3/i5/i7 names just like the current Nehalem chips. However, to avoid confusion with the current lineup, Intel will add 2000 to the Sandy Bridge chips. In this way, a Core i7 930 will become a Core i7 2930. It sounds a little weird but it is probably the best solution out there. The Sandy Bridge chips will release in the first quarter of 2011 as dual or quad core chips with an IGP on the same chip. These first chips will be fitting into the new 1155 socket. The six and eight core chips will release later in 2011 and fit into the new 2011 socket. Hopefully Intel will keep the Core names simple this time so that the six and eight cores will be under Core i7, the quad cores under Core i5, and the dual cores under Core i3.

Final details on the Sandy Bridge chips should be out before the end of this year.


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: July 12, 2010 @ time: 05:02AM
Author: Nemo

We open up the week with a brief set of articles as it looks as if most reviewers' attention was drawn to the release of the NVIDIA GTX 460 graphics cards. Taking a look at motherboards we have a pair of reviews covering X58 chipset boards from Gigabyte and ASUS. For backup and extra storage in a portable format we get a chance to check out the Seagate FreeAgent Go offering 500GB of space. Not all applications require a big power supply and for a mATX HTPC application the Seasonic SS-300TFX may be just what the doctor ordered.

Gaming
Gaming on the Go: Laptop vs LAN Rig @ LanOC Reviews

Motherboards
Overclocking the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD9 + Core i7-980X with LN2 by Deanzo @ TweakTown
Asus P6X58D-E @ Bjoprn3D

Power Supplies
Seasonic SS-300TFX Power Supply @ PC Perspective

Storage/Hard Drives
Seagate FreeAgent Go @ Maximum CPU

Miscellany
3D movies and the value of entertainment @ Tech Report
Its Complicated Blu-ray Movie @ TweakTown


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Hardware Roundup: NVIDIA GTX 460 Edition

Posted: July 12, 2010 @ time: 05:24AM
Author: Nemo

When AMD introduced its Radeon HD 5000-series cards, it made a point of filling in all the price points to ensure it had all its bases covered. NVIDIA was late to the game with its Fermi-based GTX 400-series cards and it is now slowly back filling its product lineup and today announced the GTX 460 cards with the simultaneous release of offerings from several of its OEM partners. In a nutshell the GTX 460 comes in at the $200 price point to offer mid-range gaming performance for budget-conscious users. Based on the GF104 Fermi processor it comes equipped with 336 CUDA cores and 56 texture mapping units. The architecture of the GPU has been reorganized a bit as well compared to its bigger siblings. The card is being offered in 768MB ($199) and 1GB($229) versions.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 Review - GF104 and the budget Fermi @ PC Perspective
NVIDIA GeForce GTX-460 768MB Video Card and NVIDIA GeForce GTX-460 1GB Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 Debut: ZOTAC, EVGA @ HotHardware
Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum & Inno3D GeForce GTX 460 @ TechSpot
MSI GeForce GTX 460 768MB Cyclone Video Card and GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 1GB OC Video Card @ TweakTown
Nvidia's GeForce GTX 460 graphics processor @ Tech Report
Nvidia GTX-460(s) 768MB & 1GB @ Bjorn3D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 @ [H]ardOCP


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Consumer Reports Confirm iPhone 4 Antenna Issues

Posted: July 12, 2010 @ time: 02:57PM
Author: bp9801

It is no secret that the iPhone 4 has a reception problem when you hold it a certain way due to the antenna that encircles the phone. Apple even went on record stating that it is not a design flaw but rather a software problem in which a fix is being developed. Consumer Reports, however, contradicts Apple's statement by conducting a series of tests on several iPhone 4's and other phones offered by AT&T. Consumer Reports tested these phones in its RF chamber which simulates varying signal levels from all the major carriers and found that the iPhone 4 was the only phone to lose signal when held. CR even went to say that AT&T's network may not be the prime culprit but rather the antenna on the phone, as everyone but Apple suspected. A piece of tape that covers that bottom-left corner seems to be a simple and effective fix if you don't want to get a rubber case. Whats more is that Consumer Reports cannot and will not recommend the iPhone 4 until Apple issues a proper and free fix, even though the new version has the best screen and features compared to past models.


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Mach Xtreme Technology Unveils MX JET PRO Series of SSDs

Posted: July 12, 2010 @ time: 08:20PM
Author: bp9801

Mach Xtreme Technology has unveiled its newest series of solid state drives, the MX JET PRO series. The MX JET PRO series uses MLC NAND-based storage and a JMicron JMF616 controller to deliver fast performance at a hopefully affordable level. That JMF616 controller is a new offering from JMicron and MX Technology has worked closely with the company to deliver the best performance out of it. The controller is paired with 128MB of onboard cache to help deliver consistently fast performance for the entire life of the drive. The MX JET PRO series comes in 64, 128, and 256GB varieties with read speeds up to 270MB/second and write speeds up to 210MB/s. Each drive comes with a two year warranty which I still feel is rather light for an SSD.

No word on pricing or availability was announced at this time.


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OCZ Unveils High-Speed, High-Density Memory Modules

Posted: July 13, 2010 @ time: 02:56AM
Author: premiumgfx

OCZ has unveiled its latest memory offering: high-speed 4GB (4096MB) memory modules for maximum performance in demanding situations. The new DDR3 sticks run at a blazing 2133MHz, enabling users such as gamers to benefit from the best of both worlds; more memory and more speed. All modules operate at 1.65V and are AMD and Intel certified to ensure compatibility. The new modules will be available in dual-channel 8GB (2x4GB) and tri-channel 12GB (3x4GB) kits, along with cooling options ranging from the high-end Reaper HPC series to the starter Platinum series catering for all users and budgets. Every module will be backed by OCZ's lifetime warranty and technical support. OCZ has not yet disclosed any word on pricing or availability of the new modules.


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Bye-bye Blockbuster?

Posted: July 13, 2010 @ time: 04:13AM
Author: premiumgfx

Blockbuster is an iconic symbol of home entertainment not only in America, but globally too. Reaching from Brazil to New Zealand the local Blockbuster store has been a mainstay in many communities. Do you have a local Blockbuster store? I'm pretty sure you do, but in New Zealand my local store closed down silently a few years ago. According to Douglas McIntyre from 24/7 Wall St., this fate may meet Blockbuster's American retail operations as soon as next year. McIntyre included Blockbuster on his list of the "10 Brands That May Disappear in 2011." We all know that Blockbuster is far from its days of former glory, with the humble physical rental store quickly being replaced by cable, satellite, the internet and mail order DVDs. Blockbuster has over 6000 retail stores, of which 3,750 are in the United States. The closure of all these stores may sound drastic, but competitor Movie Gallery is closing more than 1200 of its U.S retail outlets. With a US$65 million loss last quarter, the future of Blockbuster is not clear but what is certain is that retail stores, the heart of the business will never be the same again.


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: July 13, 2010 @ time: 04:49AM
Author: Nemo

We'll start off at the top of the list with a pair of mid-tower cases. First up is the Fortress Series FT02 from SilverStone that has a sleek, minimalist design. The next case review covers the Aercool PGS Vs-9, a budget case with a lot of features for the price. We move next to the cooling department where we find the Zalman ZM-NC2500 PLUS notebook cooler along with the CoolIT ECO A.L.C. water cooling kit (also reviewed by OCC here). With yesterday's release of the NVIDIA GTX 460 graphics cards our roundup features several follow on reviews as well as a review on the PowerColor HD 5770 Eyefinity 5 Edition video card.

Cases
SilverStone Fortress Series FT02 Computer Case @ Tweaknews
Aerocool PGS Vs-9 Mid Tower Case @ ThinkComputers

Cooling
Zalman ZM-NC2500 PLUS Notebook Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
CoolIT ECO A.L.C. CPU Cooler @ Rbmods

Gadgets
Quick Review: NAVIGON 1400 GPS @ TweakTown

Gaming
LANOC Breaks Down the Engie Update @ LanOC Reviews

Mobile
Griffin iTrip Auto (2010 version) @ Maximum CPU

Networking
TRENDnet TEW-691GR 450Mbps Wireless Router @ TweakTown

Software
Free Alternatives to Adobe Reader for Viewing PDFs @ Techgage

Video
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB and 1GB Video Card @ Legit Reviews
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 SLI Performance Follow-up @ [H]ardOCP
PowerColor HD 5770 Eyefinity 5 Edition @ Neoseeker
Palit GeForce GTX 460 1GB Sonic Platinum Video Card @ TweakTown


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About That Consumer Reports Article And The iPhone 4 Issues

Posted: July 13, 2010 @ time: 06:17AM
Author: d3bruts1d

Yesterday Consumer Reports stated that despite the iPhone 4 scoring higher than any other smart phone to date, they could not recommend the phone based on the current reception issues. The article appears to contradict Apple's own explanation of the iPhone 4's issues, or does it? In a new editorial, I take a closer look at the Consumer Reports' article as well as the hysteria surrounding the iPhone 4. You might just be surprised.


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Intel Posts Best Quarterly Profits Ever

Posted: July 13, 2010 @ time: 01:56PM
Author: bp9801

I know all the rage these days is on tablets and smartphones but there are still plenty of people out there buying computer parts. That is never more evident then with the numbers Intel has just released for this past fiscal quarter. Intel, leading manufacturer of processors, has just had its best quarter ever with a $10.6 billion revenue that generated $2.9 billion in profit. Thats right, $2.9 billion in profit for one quarter for Intel. That profit is an increase of $445 million from last quarter and a revenue increase of $3.3 billion from last year. The majority of the recent revenue was driven by laptop and server sales as well as a 16 percent increase in Atom sales. Another thing is that the sale price of the chips went up which helped to drive up revenue since more chips at a higher price means more money for Intel.


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Microsoft Extends Windows XP Downgrade Rights to 2020

Posted: July 13, 2010 @ time: 02:51PM
Author: bp9801

Today is the day that users of Windows 2000 and Windows XP SP2 will lose official support unless they upgrade to XP SP3 or Vista/7. In a shocking move though, Microsoft has announced that users of an OEM copy of Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate can downgrade to Windows XP Professional until the year 2020. The downgrade rights would have expired early next year, possibly April 2011, but due to overwhelming usage of Windows XP by businesses, Microsoft decided to extend the rights to 2020. This only affects users of an OEM copy of Winows 7 Pro or Ultimate, that is, ones that had the OS preinstalled on their computer from a retailer. Even still, it is quite a surprising turn of events from Microsoft who originally wanted the downgrade rights to expire six months after the launch of Windows 7 so to see it extended to 2020 is just amazing. Microsoft retracted its six month plan and imposed the eighteen month one which would have expired next April.

With the downgrade rights until 2020, it is highly unlikely any hardware released then would still work with Windows XP but it is somewhat comforting to know you can downgrade for so long.


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Google Wants to Make App Creation Easier

Posted: July 13, 2010 @ time: 04:44PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Google will release a new tool on Monday designed to help make app creation for Android easier. By opening up the app creation process to those that may not have been able to create them previously, Google hopes to catch Apple in the mobile app market. The tool has been in development for over a year and has been tested by groups that would seem unlikely to be interested in developing apps. Using graphics that represent blocks of code, users are able to create a program in minimal time. Some of the programs cited could prove useful, and with a wider availability, the possibilities are endless.


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SilverStone Announces Nitrogon CPU Cooler

Posted: July 14, 2010 @ time: 03:21AM
Author: premiumgfx

SilverStone today announced the Nitrogon CPU cooler for the Intel LGA 1156 socket. The new cooler is low-profile and is designed as an entry-level heatsink replacement. The Nitrogon features a copper base and aluminum heatfins along with a 90mm cooling fan. The cooling fan can be adjusted using an onboard switch to either 1200-3000RPM or 1200-1800RPM (±10%). The cooler measures in at 93x36.5x93mm (WxHxD) and weighs a mere 310g. Although the Nitrogon bears an uncanny resemblance to the stock Intel heatsink, it is important to note that it is targeted as a replacement product for CPUs with a TDP of up to 95W. The Nitrogon NT07 series CPU cooler will be available soon for approximately US$20.


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Thermaltake Introduces Armor A60 Mid-Tower Chassis

Posted: July 14, 2010 @ time: 04:01AM
Author: premiumgfx

Thermaltake has introduced its latest chassis, the Armor A60. The Armor A60 is a mid-tower chassis and features a "world first" SideClick EasySwap HDD docking system. This system enables the user to easily hotswap 3.5" harddrives by placing it into the drive tray and sliding it into the slot until a "click" is heard. Other features include a USB 3.0, a USB 2.0 and audio connectors on the front panel, along with an eSATA connector on the top for quick connectivity. The A60 is built with cooling in mind and includes one 120mm intake fan, one 200mm and one 120mm exhaust fan respectively pre-installed for convenience. Slots allow four more fans to be installed if needed. The Armor A60 supports Micro ATX and Standard ATX motherboards, powered by a bottom-mounted ATX PS2 power supply. A removable power supply dust filter is included to help prevent dust accumulation. The chassis is finished in black both outside and inside and features a small plastic window on the side panel. The Thermaltake Armor A60 mid-tower chassis is available now for a recommended retail price of US$89.90.


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: July 14, 2010 @ time: 05:12AM
Author: Nemo

Today's roundup features a series of motherboard reviews covering Intel's P55 and X58 chipsets and several AMD 8-series boards. The release of NVIDIA's GTX 460 cards has generated quite a bit of interest as well as the inevitable comparison against AMD's HD 5000-series cards. Speaking of which, we also turned up a review of the Sapphire HD5670 Ultimate 1GB card (also reviewed by OCC here). Not all rigs need the biggest power supply out there, but for enthusiasts running multiple high-end graphics cards things change and that's were units like the Corsair AX1200W (you can check out the OCC review here) power supply come in to play.

Cooling
Nexus Disk Twin HDD Cooler @ XSReviews

Mobile
Quick Review: LASER iPad Accessories Round Up @ TweakTown

Motherboards
ASRock P55 Deluxe3 S1156 Motherboard @ Madshrimps
AMD Socket AM3 Budget Motherboard Shootout @ TechSpot
ASUS P6X58D-E Intel X58 Express Motherboard @ ThinkComputers
ASRock 880G Extreme3 (AMD 880G) Motherboard @ TweakTown

Power Supplies
Corsair AX1200 1200W Power Supply @ [H]ardOCP

Prebuilts
Zotac's Zbox HD-ID11 barebones nettop @ Tech Report

Speakers/Headphones
Psyko 5.1 Gaming Headset @ Neoseeker

Storage/Hard Drives
OCZ Vertex 2 Extended SSD Test @ Benchmark Reviews

Video
Enthusiast Graphics Card Comparison - NVIDIA and AMD head-to-head @ PC Perspective
NVIDIA Sheds Light On Lack Of PhysX CPU Optimizations @ HotHardware
Sapphire HD5670 Ultimate 1GB @ LanOC Reviews


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