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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: September 1, 2010 @ time: 03:37AM
Author: Nemo

Today's roundup turned up a pair of reviews on the Colossus full-tower PC case from a new company called BitFenix. For extra storage and backup there's the Ineo dual-bay RAID enclosure which features a USB 3.0 interface. We also gathered up a trio of heatsinks covering offerings from well-known manufacturers including the Corsair A50 CPU cooler.

Cases
BitFenix Colossus Full Tower Chassis @ TweakTown
BitFenix Colossus Full Tower PC Case @ Legit Reviews

Cooling
SilenX EFZ-80HA2 Low Profile Heatsink @ Frostytech
Cooler Master V6 GT CPU Cooler @ Techgage
Corsair A50 Performance CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers

CPUs
AMD aims for low-power computing with Bobcat @ Tech Report

Gaming
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty @ Bjorn3D

Manufacturers
Alan Johnson CryoPC Interview @ XSReviews

Motherboards
MSI 870A Fuzion (AMD 770) Motherboard @ TweakTown

Prebuilts
Maingear F131 System Review - 6 CPU Cores, 960 CUDA Cores @ PC Perspective

Storage/Hard Drives
Ineo I-NA309D Pro Dual-Bay RAID Enclosure @ Bjorn3D

Video
ATI Radeon HD 5500 Series GDDR5 @ HotHardware


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Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Finally Official

Posted: September 1, 2010 @ time: 03:15PM
Author: bp9801

Microsoft first teased a new device a little while back and from then on it had been shown in unofficial leaks. Now Microsoft has finally made it official and has named it the Arc Touch Mouse. This is a mouse just like any other but it has a few unique features to distinguish itself from the competition. First up is the shape of the mouse. It is perfectly flat when you first open up its box and in order to use it, you bend the rear portion to form an arc. The rear features a soft rubber grip so it should be quite comfortable to hold. The front portion of the mouse features two buttons for left and right click along with a capacitive strip in the middle in the place of a scroll wheel. The capacitive strip has sensor buttons that can be used for scrolling, like the typical wheel, as well as customizable shortcuts giving you the option to launch whatever you want. The capacitive strip has some haptic feedback which will let you know when you are using it so it should be similar to a scroll wheel's feel.

The Arc Touch Mouse will launch this December for $69.95. It seems a bit weird to me to announce the mouse so far in advance so maybe there is something else planned to launch around that time. Whatever the case may be, stay tuned for more information.


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Corsair Announces HS1 USB Gaming Headset

Posted: September 1, 2010 @ time: 09:15PM
Author: bp9801

Corsair is getting set to expand its offerings by announcing the HS1 USB gaming headset today. This marks Corsair's inaugral audio offering and will fall under its Gaming Audio Series. The HS1 features 50mm drivers and an acoustically tuned sound stage which Corsair claims is great for gaming, music, and movies. The headset is a circumaural and closed-back design so it should help to block out any outside noise during an intense gaming session or big LAN parties. The ear pads use memory foam so they should cushion your head without binding or pinching your ears. The microphone is of the uni-directional, noise-canceling variety and it is on an adjustable boom. Since the headset connects via USB, Corsair employs Dolby Headphone technology to provide immersive multi-channel sound up to 7.1. The whole headset is covered by a two year warranty.

The Corsair HS1 headset should be available now though no price was given.


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: September 2, 2010 @ time: 05:31AM
Author: Nemo

Today's roundup hit the motherboard jackpot with four articles covering five different motherboards from Gigabyte, ECS and Asrock. With two P55 chipset boards on the Intel side and 870, 880G and 890GX chipsets on the AMD side, there's sure to be something of interest to everyone. We have a review of the Cooler Master Storm Inferno gaming mouse along with a look at the Mad Catz Eclipse wireless keyboard. Also in our roundup are a pair of articles covering more news from AMD about its CPU road map and the architecture of upcoming processors.

CPUs
AMD shows die of Orochi, a 32nm 8-core Bulldozer-based CPU @ PC Perspective
AMD Llano APU Displayed at GlobalFoundries Technology Conference @ PC Perspective

Gaming
Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty Reviewed @ HotHardware

Input Devices
Mad Catz Eclipse Wireless Litetouch Keyboard With Trackball @ Madshrimps
Cooler Master Storm Inferno gaming mouse @XSReviews

Motherboards
Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H and 870A-UD3 Motherboards Tested @ Madshrimps
Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 @ LanOC Reviews
ECS A890GXM-A AMD 890GX Motherboard @ Legit Reviews
Asrock P55 Extreme4 Motherboard @ TechSpot

Storage/Hard Drives
Sandforce SSD Roundup Part Deux: 120GB Patriot Inferno, Corsair Force F120, and OWC Mercury Extreme Pro @ PC Perspective
ICY DOCK MB991IK-B 2.5-inch SATA Bay Enclosure @ ThinkComputers

Video
PNY GeForce GTX 460 OC XLR8 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews


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Verizon Wireless Announces Prepaid Smartphone Data Plans

Posted: September 2, 2010 @ time: 11:56AM
Author: bp9801

Verizon Wireless has just announced new prepaid smartphone data plans which will cover pretty much every smartphone in its stable. The 3G Prepaid data package will encompass various 3G smartphone and multimedia phones for $30 a month data access. There is also a $10 a month package that gives you 25MB of data per month with a fee of 20 cents per MB overage. The $30 a month plan gives you unlimited data so it will be up to you on which plan is the best choice. The supported smartphones are the BlackBerry Curve 8350, Curve 8550, Storm 9530, Storm 2 9550, Tour 9630, Bold 9650, Palm Pre Plus, Pixi Plus,  Motorola Devour, Droid, Droid X, Droid 2, HTC Droid Eris, Droid Incredible, and LG Ally. The multimedia phones are the LG enV Touch, enV 3, Chocolate Touch, VX8360, Samsung Alias 2, Renown, Nokia Twist, and Casio Exilim.

The prepaid data plans are available in store today and online on September 28th.


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AMD to Launch DisplayPort to Single Link DVI Adapters

Posted: September 2, 2010 @ time: 12:44PM
Author: bp9801

Hot on the heels of Sapphire announcing plans to launch active DisplayPort to single link DVI adapters, AMD itself has announced plans that it will launch adapters of its own. These adapters will be very inexpensive compared to the active DisplayPort to dual link DVI adapters that go for $100 as AMD states that the single link adapters will cost no more than $30. How does that sound to get some Eyefinity action going on? Just like Sapphire's adapter, the ones by AMD are only single link to help reduce the price but that means you are limited to a resolution of 1920x1200 on the connected monitor. With an adapter costing $30, anyone will be able to run Eyefinity provided they have the room and expenses for three or more monitors. AMD is hoping more people will be able to experience Eyefinity, not just for gaming but also for enhanced productivity during office tasks.

AMD is going to have various partners, like Sapphire, sell the adapters though no launch date was announced. For a cost of $30, I think there will be many people interested in these.


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: September 3, 2010 @ time: 04:10AM
Author: Nemo

NVIDIA has released seven new GPUs for use in the mobile market and each will support the company's Optimus technology. The processors are split into enthusiast and performance categories with the former getting two processors and the latter five. Our roundup has a preview of the processors and some of the first notebooks to feature the new technology. XFX is out with its HD 5970 Black Edition, a lmited edition video card with 4GB of memory and GPU clocks of 850 MHz. There are other reviews to keep you busy reading today including a look at the Streak Android tablet from Dell, SilverStone's Strider 1500W power supply and more.

Gaming
NHL2K11 for iPhone @ Rbmods

Media Players
WD TV Live Plus Media Player @ Techgage

Mobile
Dell Streak Android Tablet @ HotHardware

Notebooks
NVIDIA's New GeForce 400M 3D Vision and Optimus Notebooks @ Legit Reviews

Power Supplies
SilverStone Strider ST1500 1500W Power Supply @ [H]ardOCP

Speakers/Haedphones
Genius HS-03U USB Gaming Headset @ Benchmark Reviews

Video
XFX HD5970 Black Edition - The world’s fastest video card? @ Bjorn3D


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Duke Nukem Forever is Back

Posted: September 3, 2010 @ time: 01:08PM
Author: bp9801

Don't say we didn't tell you so, but it seems Duke Nukem Forever is finally going to see the light of the day. At PAX today, Gearbox Software showed off a playable demo of Duke Nukem Forever to the press and general public. This marks the first time, at least to my knowledge, that a playable version of the game has ever been shown. That is not all but DNF is slated for a release either late this year or early next on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Well, I guess we can all take this title off the list of vaporware, especially once it actually releases.

Gearbox Software, makers of Brother's in Arms and Borderlands, took over development from 3D Realms late in 2009. I am hopeful Duke Nukem Forever lives up to its legacy though I am sure Gearbox can treat it well. Discuss it here or in the forums.


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Silicon Oxide Forms Memory Pathways Five Nanometers Wide

Posted: September 3, 2010 @ time: 02:17PM
Author: bp9801

Typically, as parts get smaller the amount of transistors on each part has doubled. It is a basic principle called Moore's Law and one that has been eating away at engineers lately who keep shrinking the chips in all of our hardware. However, a graduate student at Rice University has demonstrated that strands of silicon oxide, typically an insulator, can form memory pathways a mere five nanometers wide. Researchers at Rice were conducting experiments with graphite and electricity to make 10nm wide memory paths. They would apply some electricity which would break and reform the pathways with silicon oxide as the insulator.

However, graduate student Jun Yao showed that the silicon oxide was the main part as the electrodes would strip off the oxygen and leave behind tiny silicon crystals. These crystals then functioned as a switch that was either on or off depending on the amount of current going through. Now, a five nanometer width is really tiny as it is five billionths of a meter wide. This is a huge breakthrough considering flash memory cannot really get below much more than 20nm and using other conventional means, like the graphite, will only get down to 10nm. What this means for the silicon oxide is that storage solutions using a single chip in five years could be as large in volume as hard drives today. Quite the feat, no?


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Hardware Roundup: Weekend Edition

Posted: September 4, 2010 @ time: 11:26AM
Author: Nemo

Another weekend is upon us and here in the States we get to enjoy an extra day as Monday is a national holiday. That should give you plenty of time to check out our weekend roundup. Let's start off with something completely out of the ordinary - the Soundrace V10 Engine Sound Effects. I'll leave it up to you to figure what it's all about. We have another review on the Cooler Master Storm Inferno gaming mouse. In video, we have an article on a USB video capture device, another article on Nvidia's new mobile GPU lineup and a look at Sapphire's Radeon HD 5770 Flex graphics card.

Cases
Lian Li Pitstop PC-T60 Open Air Test Bench @ Legit Reviews

Gadgets
SoundRacer V10 Engine Sound Effects @ Legit Reviews

Input Devices
Storm Inferno Gaming Mouse @ LanOC Reviews

Motherboards
ECS P55H-AK LGA1156 Motherboard @ Madshrimps

Video
Compro VideoMate C200 Plus @ DarkVision Hardware
Nvidia fills out GeForce 400M lineup with seven mobile GPUs @ Tech Report
Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 Flex Graphics Card Review - Easy Eyefinity @ PC Perspective


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SD Cards to Triple in Speed by 2012

Posted: September 4, 2010 @ time: 12:01PM
Author: bp9801

Well this is surely a bit of surprising news. The SD Card Association has announced that it is working on a revision to current memory cards that will triple the speeds by 2012. This revision is being made possible because the SD Card Association realized it could add another row of pins lower than the already placed ones. The Association is still debating on how many contacts the second row will have but either way this will allow the speeds of SD cards to triple. Current SD cards have a maxium speed of 104MB/second but the actual transfer rates are slower. The new revision, simply called SD 4.0 for now, will have a maximum speed of 300MB/s which will be blistering fast for any use. This will surely be a welcome boost to users of smartphones and tablets who rely on SD cards for storage.

In addition to not knowing how many contacts to add, the Association does not know exactly what to call the new cards. The current crop of high speed cards are called UHS-I for ultra high-speed bus so it is possible these new cards will be named UHS-II. However that name is still up in the air so it could change over time. This new revision should be finished in the first part of 2011 with products, including microSD cards, hitting retail in 2012.


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Labor Day Giveaway!

Posted: September 5, 2010 @ time: 11:10AM
Author: Nemo

If you're interested in a chance to participate in the Final Fantasy 14 beta, now is your chance! Over the next two days a name will randomly be drawn from names on the IRC Channel. All you need to do is be a member of OCC from August 1st, be in IRC, and check your forum PMs to win! What will happen is a name will be randomly drawn from the channel, matched up with a member name on the forums and a PM will be sent to the winner. The winner will have 1 hour to respond to that PM in order to claim his/her prize. If the winner does not respond with in the hour, another name will be chosen at random. Don't miss out on your opportunity to enjoy the company of your fellow forum members along with a chance to win a key to participate in the FF14 beta. Check out the IRC forum thread for more information on connecting to IRC.

Happy Labor Day and look forward to seeing you in IRC!


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: September 6, 2010 @ time: 03:16AM
Author: Nemo

It's a brand new week and our roundup has produced several case reviews. Let's start off with a pair of reviews on Cooler Master's newly released HAF 912. We also get a look at the In Win Dragon Slayer mini-tower case and the AVZ test bench from Case Appeals.  Also in our roundup today is the VF3000N GPU cooler from Zalman and a 4GB DDR3 memory kit from Patriot.  

Cases
Case Appeals AVZ Test Bench @ PC Perspective
Cooler Master HAF 912 Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
In Win Dragon Slayer Case @ Tweaknews
Coolermaster HAF 912 @ XSReviews

Cooling
Zalman VF3000N GPU Cooler @ Techgage

Memory
Patriot 4GB PC3-19200 2400MHz DDR3 @ Rbmods


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Next Borderlands DLC Dated, Priced

Posted: September 6, 2010 @ time: 11:18AM
Author: bp9801

To go along with our earlier reports of the fourth DLC for Borderlands, Gearbox Software announced at PAX exactly when it would be launching. The fourth DLC, titled Claptrap's New Robot Revolution, will launch on September 28th for $9.99 for the PC, PS3, and 360. In addition to the DLC bringing forth new missions, more skill points and backpack slots, Gearbox president Randy Pitchford had a surprise up his sleeve. Around the time the DLC launches, a patch will go out that will increase the level cap by eight. This will bring the level cap up to 69 if you also have the third piece of DLC that increased the cap by eleven, however that DLC is not required for this patch as it will be released to everyone for free. This is sure to be welcome news for fans of Borderlands who have been clamoring for an increased level cap and now it will come. No word on exactly when the patch will hit that raises the level cap, but Gearbox says it will be out around the time of the fourth DLC. Also, a Game of the Year edition of Borderlands will be launching on October 12th that will include all four pieces of DLC for $59.99.


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NVIDIA GTX 460 Price Drops

Posted: September 6, 2010 @ time: 01:03PM
Author: bp9801

Remember that rumor about NVIDIA cutting prices on the GTX 400 lineup of video cards? Well, it seems it has mostly come true as the GTX 460 has experienced a price drop, albeit a small one. The GTX 460 768MB launched at $200 but now it can be had for as low as $180. The 1GB version launched at $230 and it is now down to $220, so its not that huge of a drop but it can matter. The 768MB version is now close to the range of the ATI HD 5770 so if you are deciding between the two, I'd say to spend a little bit extra and get the GTX 460 768MB. Of course, if you spend $40 more you can pick up the 1GB version and get exceptional performance across the board, but still, the 768MB version is no slouch. You can even pick up an overclocked version of the GTX 460 768MB for $190, so an extra ten dollars gets you a factory overclocked card. NVIDIA has more than enough GTX 460s to go around and hopefully with lower prices, the demand will start to catch up to the supply. For now though, if you are in the market for a new video card I'd say to take a look at the GTX 460 models and see what best suits you. Of course, if you can hold out a bit longer the AMD HD 6000 series will be out before we know it so the prices could drop even farther on the already released products.


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: September 7, 2010 @ time: 04:50AM
Author: Nemo

The just-released HAF 912 case from Cooler Master is being covered by two different sources today. There's also the Thermaltake Armor A60 mid-tower chassis as well. In storage-related items the Synology DS411+ 4-bay NAS device is reviewed as is the Corsair Force 40GB solid state drive. We have more articles you can access using the links below.

Cases
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower PC Case @ Legit Reviews
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower Chassis @ TweakTown
Thermaltake Armor A60 Gaming Mid Tower Chassis @ ThinkComputers

Gadgets
Konnet Power Pyramid @ LanOC Reviews

Input Devices
ROCCAT ARVO Compact Gamer Keyboard @ Madshrimps

Memory
G.Skill Flare F3-16000CL7D DDR3 AMD Memory Kit @ Madshrimps

Prebuilts
Zotac ZBOX HD-ID11-U Next-Generation ION Nettop @ TweakTown

Storage/Hard Drives
Synology DS411+ 4-Bay NAS @ Tweaknews
Corsair Force 40GB Solid State Drive @ TweakTown

Video
EVGA GTX 460 SC Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews


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AMD Plans to Change the Stickers on Desktops and Laptops

Posted: September 7, 2010 @ time: 04:53PM
Author: bp9801

If you buy a laptop or even a pre-built desktop, odds are you will find some company stickers on the palm rest of the laptop or the bottom part of the case. In most cases, those stickers do not come off very easily and can leave some residue or even portions behind. Some people just leave them on to avoid the hassle of trying to remove them. AMD has heard the complaints and also does not like the stickers applied to its products. AMD told The New York Times that it is planning to change the way the stickers are applied to its products or even remove them altogether. AMD hopes to gives consumers an easier time to remove the stickers or simply drop them completely from appearing on its laptops and desktops. AMD will switch over to using different stickers that should be easier to peel off sometime in 2011. For now, AMD is leaving it up to the OEMs on whether or not to include the stickers.


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Intel to Finally Support USB 3.0?

Posted: September 7, 2010 @ time: 05:29PM
Author: bp9801

Intel hasn't exactly been the best of friends with the new USB 3.0 standard as only a small amount of its motherboards have the technology. That all may change soon however, as its next motherboard design, codenamed Cougar Point, could have USB 3.0 support built right in. This is simply a rumor for now but it would be nice for Intel to actually support the new standard on all its motherboard designs. A good portion of the AMD 800 series motherboards feature USB 3.0 but Intel is pretty late to the game with some new revisions of the P55/H55 and X58 motherboards supporting it. Manufacturers have taken it upon themselves to work in USB 3.0 on Intel motherboards because the chip giant hasn't really officially embraced it. This could change in the near future on upcoming motherboards but it is pure speculation at this point. Hopefully there will be some more information forthcoming.


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: September 8, 2010 @ time: 03:58AM
Author: Nemo

You've got a fair amount of reading ahead of you today if you intend to get through all of the articles in today's roundup. There are several cases on tap today including the NZXT Tempest Evo and the Thermaltake Armor A90. Moving down the list we have Glacialtech's Igloo CPU cooler along with the Titan Fenrir EVO heatsink. In storage we have a pair of portable external hard drives for you to check out. Today's roundup also includes the USNA 95 Ultra Slim Notebook Adapter from Cooler Master and much more, so be sure to hit the links below for all the articles.

Cases
NZXT Tempest Evo @ XSReviews
Cooler Master HAF 912 @ LanOC Reviews
NMediaPC 1080P HTPC Case @ PC Perspective
Thermaltake Armor A90 Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews

Cooling
Glacialtech Igloo 5760 PWM Heatsink @ Frostytech
Zalman ZM-NC2500Plus @ LanOC Reviews
Titan Fenrir EVO TTC-NK85TZ/CS2(RB) CPU Cooler @ TweakTown

Mobile
Speedlink Leaf Easy Cover Sleeve for iPad @ Rbmods
Cooler Master USNA 95 Ultra Slim Notebook Adapter @ ThinkComputers

Motherboards
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 @ Bjorn3D

Power Supplies
Enermax Revolution85+ 1020W Power Supply @ [H]ardOCP

Storage/Hard Drives
OCZ Technology Enyo 128GB Portable USB 3.0 SSD @ Legit Reviews
Verbatim Titan XS @ Maximum CPU

Video
ECS Black GeForce GTX 460 1GB Video Card @ Tweaktown
ASUS ENGTX460 TOP 768MB Video Card @ [H]ardOCP

Miscellany
HotHardware's 2010 Back To School Shopping Guide @ HotHardware
TR's back-to-school 2010 system guide @ Tech Report


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Google Announces Google Instant Search

Posted: September 8, 2010 @ time: 02:39PM
Author: bp9801

At an event held today at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Google announced the new Google Instant search which will pull up results as you type. Now, you no longer have to type the entire word or phrase and hit Enter, you can simply start typing and results will pull up instantly. Google Instant should be available now for desktop/laptop users while mobile users will get it this fall. The service is rolling out in the US, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Russia first with more countries to follow later on. The supported browsers are Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer 8 with native browser integration to follow which possibly means that results will start appearing as you type in the address bar. Google claims that the new Google Instant is a much faster way to search the web and will theoretically save over 350 million hours a year of searching. If you happen to not like this new feature, you can turn it off by going to your Preferences page or simply uncheck the box on the search results page.



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Xbox 360 250GB Kinect Bundle Priced, Dated

Posted: September 8, 2010 @ time: 03:15PM
Author: bp9801

Remember the Xbox 360 250GB Kinect bundle that got spotted a while back? Well, Microsoft went ahead and made it official in the early hours of the morning. The Xbox 360 250GB Kinect bundle will be launching on November 4th for $399 in the US and November 10th for £300 in the UK. The bundle will be a limited edition so availabilty should not be very high, depending on the demand. The bundle will include the new slim Xbox 360, the Kinect motion controller, a regular 360 controller, and a copy of Kinect Adventures! to try out the hands-free gaming. There will of course be the 4GB Kinect bundle and standalone systems available on the launch day, now you simply have the option of getting much more storage included albeit at a higher price.


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: September 9, 2010 @ time: 04:27AM
Author: Nemo

We have a good mix of reviews and articles to share with you today. In motherboards we have a review of the MSI 870A Fuzion board being run with an AMD and NVIDIA video card in mixed mode. We also gathered two reviews on the ASUS Rampage III Extreme X58 chipset motherboard. In the power supply arena there are a couple of reviews on units from NZXT and Kingwin. We also have several CPU coolers on tap today with heatsinks from DeepCool and Prolimatech being based on air along with the Corsair H70 self-contained liquid cooling unit.

Cooling
DeepCool Gamer Storm Heatsink @ Frostytech
Corsair H70 High-Performance Hydro CPU Cooler @ [H]ardOCP
Corsair H70 Self-Contained Liquid CPU Cooler @ Techgage
Prolimatech Super Mega CPU Cooler @ Overclocker Cafe

Manufacturers
GlobalFoundries Details Plans For 2011 And Beyond @ HotHardware

Media Players
Quick Review: ViewSonic NexTV VMP75 Full HD Network Media Player @ TweakTown

Monitors/TVs
Samsung BX2350 LED Monitor @ Tweaknews

Motherboards
MSI 870A Fuzion X-Mode Testing w/ R5870 Lightning & N465GTX Twin Frozr @ TweakTown
ASUS Rampage III Extreme Intel X58 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews
Asus Rampage III Extreme @ Neoseeker

Networking
TRENDnet TEW-691GR 450Mbps WiFi-N Router @ Benchmark Reviews

Power Supplies
NZXT HALE90 850W Modular Power Supply @ TweakTown
Kingwin Lazer Gold 1000W Modular Power Supply @ ThinkComputers

Storage/Hard Drives
Budget Sub-$150 Solid State Drive Round-up @ TechSpot
A-DATA S599 128GB Solid State Drive @ TweakTown


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Microsoft and SRS Join Forces to Get 5.1 Surround on Silverlight

Posted: September 9, 2010 @ time: 12:14PM
Author: bp9801

SRS Labs, the creators of much of the surround sound technology used by us today, has just announced that it will be making its surround sound encoding and decoding technology available to users of Microsoft Silverlight. This should come as welcome news to anyone who creates or uses Silverlight as now it will have 5.1 surround sound. Microsoft and SRS joined forces to help bring SRS' surround sound tech to millions of Silverlight users and it seems the possibilities are endless for what this entails. A ton of websites that stream TV shows and movies use Microsoft Silverlight as the foundation so this opens up the door for those shows and movies to have 5.1 surround sound. Not only that, but the SRS 5.1 for Silverlight will come with a toolkit to allow developers to decode and encode seamlessly which should give a lot of content surround sound. The surround sound streaming will happen over bit rates as low as 96kbps and will work on computers, TVs, and mobile devices.


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ARM Shows Off Cortex-A15 Processor, Able to Do Quad-Core Computing at 2.5GHz

Posted: September 9, 2010 @ time: 01:09PM
Author: bp9801

ARM has just unveiled its latest processor, the Cortex-A15 MPCore, that will run at speeds up to 1.5GHz for both single and dual-core solutions. For servers, there will be a quad-core version capable of running at 2.5GHz that will also support hardware virtualization. Along with the virtualization is support for more than 4GB of memory (up to one terabyte evidently) so this new processor should be able to handle any task in the smartphone and tablet world. ARM is claiming the Cortex-A15 to be five times better performing than current smartphone processors so it will be interesting to see what all will make use of it first. The Cortex-A15 will be built on the 32nm and 28nm process at first with support for future ones, like 20nm, to be utilized when it is available. The processor is available for licensing starting today with the main partners being Texas Instruments, ST-Ericsson, and Samsung. We most likely won't be seeing any products using the new processor for a few years at least considering the Cortex-A9 just started to show up in products, but at least there will be a nice performance gain when we do get them.


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: September 10, 2010 @ time: 04:22AM
Author: Nemo

With all the reviews and articles in store for today, our Friday roundup is a great way to finish off the week. AMD has been exposing more and more information on its CPU road map and today we have an article on the Ontario and Zacate APUs. In the cooling department we have a graphics card cooler from Zalman with its VF3000A cooler along with NZXT's Sentry LXE fan controller. We also have a trio of mid-tower cases with the Cooler Master Elite 430 Black, Thermaltake A60 and Cooler Master HAF 912. We have plenty more for you to read so be sure to follow the links listed below.

Cases
Cooler Master Elite 430 Black Mid Tower PC Case @ Legit Reviews
Thermaltake Armor A60 Computer Case @ Tweaknews
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case @ TechSpot

Cooling
Zalman VF3000A VGA Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
NZXT Sentry LXE High Performance Touch Screen Fan Controller @ ThinkComputers

CPUs
AMD's Ontario and Zacate APUs Further Exposed @ PC Perspective

Input Devices
Zowie HeatON EC1 @ XSReviews

Motherboards
MSI 890FXA-GD70 @ LanOC Reviews

Notebooks
Sony VAIO VPCZ125GX 13.1-inch Notebook @ TweakTown

Operating Systems
Enabling Auto-Logon and the Administrator Account in Vista & 7 @ Techgage

Storage/Hard Drives
Patriot Inferno 120GB SSD @ Neoseeker

Video
GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5770 Silent Cell 1GB Video Card @ TweakTown

Miscellany
Lamenting the state of laptops @ Tech Report
A Look at Shane B's Upgraded TweakTown Test Systems @ TweakTown


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QNAP Announces New Turbo NAS Revision

Posted: September 10, 2010 @ time: 12:48PM
Author: bp9801

QNAP, leading manufacturer of NAS devices, has just announced a new revision to its Turbo NAS lineup. The new revision will include the new Intel Atom D525 dual-core processor running at 1.8GHz. The Turbo NAS products seeing the upgraded processor are the two-drive TS-259 Pro+, the four-drive TS-459 Pro+, the five-drive TS-559 Pro+, and the six-drive TS-659 Pro+. The Atom D525 chip, along with 1GB of RAM, will enable transfer speeds of up to 118MB/second while delivering low power consumption. Aside from the new processor, each NAS unit remains the same with support for 2.5" and 3.5" hard drives, version 3.3 of the QNAP NAS management software installed, built-in AES 256-bit encryption, and as many RAID configurations as you can possibly need. Pricing is still up in the air currently but I expect QNAP will reveal that information before long seeing as how these units are shipping this month.


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LG Shows Off Four New IPS Monitors

Posted: September 10, 2010 @ time: 01:21PM
Author: bp9801

LG has shown off some new computer monitors that all boast IPS panels. There will be four new screens in total with sizes ranging from 20 inches to 23 inches. It isn't the largest size but at least each one is benefacting from an IPS panel. The new monitors are the IPS2062T, the IPS226V, the IPS236V, and the IPS231P. All four feature LED backlighting to help generate deep blacks and even boasts a 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio with 250 nits of brightness. The latter three models, the 21.5" and the two 23" screens, all feature a 1920x1080 resolution while the 20" model has a 1600x900 resolution. All four feature a 6ms response time so these should be good to go for gaming. All four monitors will connect via VGA and DVI, with the models ending in V including HDMI as well. The IPS231P is a professional model so it will benefit from height, pivot, swivel, and tilt adjustments while the other three are fixed displays.

LG did not release any availability or pricing information but hopefuly that follows shortly.


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: September 13, 2010 @ time: 05:22AM
Author: Nemo

We have a great start to your week with a host of articles for you to check out. Let's get started with a pair of reviews on the PC-T60 PitStop test bench from Lian Li. We also have reviews covering a couple of prebuilt computers from CyberPower and V3 Gaming. Today's roundup also includes a look at the Choiix Boom Boom travel speakers, coverage from IDF 2010 and more.

Cases
Lian Li PITSTOP T60 Open Air Test Bench @ TweakTown
Lian Li PC-T60 PitStop Test-Bench @ Tweaknews

Cooling
SilenX EFZ-120HA4 Heatsink @ Frostytech

Input Devices
Rosewill RK-V1TP Multimedia Keyboard and Touchpad Combo @ Bjorn3D

Media Players
AC Ryan Playon!HD mini Media Player @ Techgage

Mobile
RUBIN Screen Protection Film for iPad @ Rbmods
Microsoft’s Street Slide @ ThinkComputers

Notebooks
Asus Eee PC 1215N Netbook @ HotHardware

Prebuilts
V3 Gaming Move 3DS Water Cooled SFF PC System @ Legit Reviews
CyberPower Gamer Dragon Phenom II X6 Gaming System @ ThinkComputers

Speakers/Headphones
Cooler Master Choiix BoomBoom Notebook Travel Speaker @ Legit Reviews

Trade Shows/Conventions
IDF 2010: Sandy Bridge offers video transcoding acceleration @ PC Perspective
IDF 2010: Intel shows off cloud-based ray tracing for games @ PC Perspective

Video
Palit GTX460 Sonic Platinum 1GB Video Cards in SLI @ Bjorn3D

Miscellany
The TR Podcast 72 @ Tech Report
The Fugitive Blu-ray Movie @ TweakTown


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Hardware Roundup: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 Edition

Posted: September 13, 2010 @ time: 05:41AM
Author: Nemo

NVIDIA has released its GTS 450 graphics card based on the GF 106 processor and we have a veritable feast of reviews covering cards from NVIDIA and some of its partners. As you can tell from the 'GTS' moniker, this card is not aimed at the enthusiast crowd, but rather for the gamer on a budget and is intended as a replacement for NVIDIA's GTS 250. In a nutshell, the GTS 450 comes with a single GPU cluster with four streaming multi-processors that house 192 CUDA cores, four polymorph engines, 32 texture units, 16 ROP units and 256KB of shared L2 cache. The card has 1GB of GDDR5 frame buffer memory coupled to a 128-bit bus. For all the details, be sure to peruse the articles linked below.

Nvidia, Asus, Inno3D GTS 450 @ OCC
MSI N450GTS Cyclone Video Card @ [H]ardOCP
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 SLI Video Card Review w/ ASUS, EVGA & MSI @ Legit Reviews
NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTS 450, Affordable DX11 Graphics @ HotHardware
Galaxy NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 1GB Review - Fermi goes lower, again @ PC Perspective
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
Galaxy GeForce GTS 450 Super OC 1GB Video Card @ TweakTown
Nvidia's GeForce GTS 450 graphics processor @ Tech Report
GeForce GTS 450 SLI Scaling Efficiency @ Benchmark Reviews
Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 SLI and Palit GTS 450 Sonic Platinum @ TechSpot
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 Review @ Neoseeker
MSI GeForce GTS 450 Cyclone 1GB Video Card @ TweakTown


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DisplayLink to Connect Via USB 3.0 to Any Device

Posted: September 13, 2010 @ time: 02:04PM
Author: bp9801

DisplayLink is going to be on-hand at the Intel Developer Forum to show off its latest breakthrough. The company will showcase how using USB 3.0 will allow it to connect any device at any resolution to its product which will open up a whole new array of displays, docking stations, and various other integrated devices. Now, DisplayLink specalizes in making chips for USB graphics, that is, connecting a display or docking station via USB in order to get a picture. Previously, you were limited in how large a resolution could be used but now with the advent of USB 3.0, that limitation will seemingly disappear. The new DisplayLink chips will be the DL-3000 and DL-1000 and will support display and network connectivity, audio, and HD video support along with properitary real-time compression technology that will fully utilize the USB 3.0 throughput. This means that multiple HD videos, large resolutions, and network data can be processed at once. This will be a dramatic increase over the USB 2.0 chips and will also enable delivery via Gigabit Ethernet ports. There will be many options to connect to a monitor or TV, including USB to HDMI, DVI, VGA, and DisplayPort. There will also be support to connect up to two HD displays at one time.

Products with the DL-3000 and DL-1000 chips will be appearing in the first half of 2011.


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Chattanooga, Tennessee to Have 1Gbps Internet at $350 a Month

Posted: September 13, 2010 @ time: 02:52PM
Author: bp9801

Now, I know what you're thinking. 1Gbps Internet service is just mind-boggingly fast. You could download a game off Steam while streaming an HD movie and probably several other things at once. The only catch is the cost and where the service is at. Chattanooga, Tennessee will be the first area in the United States to offer a 1Gbps fiber optic Internet service for the low cost of $350 a month. This service will cover the city of Chattanooga along with the rural counties surrounding it which makes up a roughly 600 square-mile area. The city's Electric Power Board, the company behind the fiber-optic connection, touts the service as "a test bed for next generation technology" and helps to bring the service in line with that of other countries, like Hong Kong and Portugal who already offer 1Gbps connections. Hong Kong offers that speed for about $26 a month but at least the US is catching up in speed. Now, the FCC wants to bring 100Mbps connections to 100 million homes in the next ten years so the Chattanooga EPB is already light years ahead of that idea. Just you need to live in or near the city to benefit from it starting today. But hey, at least those speeds are possible and will help to give Google some competition.


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Intel Sandy Bridge Processors to Launch in Early 2011

Posted: September 13, 2010 @ time: 04:42PM
Author: bp9801

We've known the Intel Sandy Bridge chips will be launching around the start of the new year and now we have some official confirmation out of the Intel Developer Forum today. Intel announced that the Sandy Bridge processors will start to ship in high volume in laptops and desktop PCs in the first part of 2011. These new processors are now being called the "2nd Generation Intel Core processors" and will all be made on the 32nm process. The Turbo Boost mode that appeared on the current Core processors has gotten a bit of tweaking for the Sandy Bridge parts. Apparently, it will work with the integrated graphics that are on the chip. So when Turbo Boost mode is enabled, not only will the processor cores increase in speed but the graphic cores will as well. Intel even says that it can exceed the recommended TDP that way when overclocking multiple cores at once, plus it can be altered to switch between overclocking the processor and the graphics.

The upcoming Sandy Bridge chips will be appearing on two entirely different sockets. Socket 1155 will see the dual and quad-core processors while socket 2011 will get the hexa and octo-core processors, and maybe some quads. So yes, like it has been said you will need a new motherboard and no, none of the processors are compatible with the current range of motherboards. The first processors launching will be on the socket 1155 platform which will be the mainstream parts and should have something for everyone.


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: September 14, 2010 @ time: 05:19AM
Author: Nemo

Intel's Developer Forum 2010 is now underway in San Francisco and we have several articles covering everything from the keynote address to new products being showcased by vendors. AMD is also using IDF 2010 to trot out some of its yet unreleased Fuzion platform CPUs to showcase them against current Intel offerings. We also have additional coverage on the NVIDIA GTS 450 video cards and more, including the Thermolab Baram 2010 and Thermaltake Silent 1156 CPU coolers.

Cooling
Thermolab BARAM 2010 Heatsink @ Frostytech
Thermaltake Silent 1156 CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers

CPUs
18W Fusion APU goes head to head with Core i5 @ Tech Report

Memory
G.SKILL 2133MHz DDR3 Pi-Series Memory Kit @ Benchmark Reviews

Motherboards
MSI 870A Fuzion A and N-Mode Testing w/ R5870 Lightning & N465GTX Twin Frozr @ TweakTown

Mousepads
ZOWIE GEAR G-TF & SWIFT Black Mouse Pads @ Madshrimps

Storage/Hard Drives
Patriot Xporter XT Rage 32GB @ Neoseeker

Trade Shows/Conventions
Live blogging the IDF 2010 keynote @ Tech Report
Intel IDF 2010 Coverage: Intel DP67BG Burrage Motherboard Pictures @ Legit Reviews
OCZ RevoDrive X2 Sneak Peek From IDF 2010 @ HotHardware
Intel Developer Forum 2010 Day 1 CEO Keynote Coverage @ HotHardware
Gigabyte dresses up Sandy Bridge in gold, blue @ Tech Report

Video
MSI GeForce GTS 450 Cyclone 1GB Video Card Overclocked @ TweakTown
Palit GeForce GTS 450 Sonic Platinum 1GB Video Card @ TweakTown


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Bing Passes Yahoo for Number Two Search Engine

Posted: September 14, 2010 @ time: 06:53PM
Author: bp9801

I am sure this isn't much of a surprise to some of you but Microsoft's Bing search engine has just passed Yahoo for number two on the list in the U.S. Number one is of course Google but now at least Microsoft is firmly in the number two spot. Bing went from 13.6% in July to 13.9% in August while Yahoo dropped from 14.3% to 13.1% in the same time frame. Google actually increased from 64.2% to 65% during that time. The combined share of Bing and Yahoo is 27% which is less than half of Google's. Now, this news is all well and good but if you remember the bit of information about how Yahoo search results are being powered by Bing, the news is slightly less important for Microsoft. However, Bing has slowly been increasing in use over the last six months while Google has gone up and done by percentage points each month. I don't think Bing will suddenly overtake Google anytime soon but at least it is growing in popularity.


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Zalman Releases ZM-SF3 Shark Fins Case Fans

Posted: September 14, 2010 @ time: 07:12PM
Author: bp9801

Zalman has just released its newest case fan, the ZM-SF3  Shark Fins. The fan is of the 120mm variety and is designed for quiet computing solutions. It has silicone pins and pads to better isolate the sound eminating from it while the fan generates between 18 and 23 dBa. The ZM-SF3 spins between 900 and 1500 RPM but no mention was made of the CFM generated.The unique aspect of the fan is the design of the blades. Each blade has one large "shark fin" on the end with four smaller ones along the edge of the blade. This should, in theory, help to generate higher CFM while maintaining quiet operation. The "shark fins" combine with Ever Lasting Quiet (ELQ) bearings to make sure everything stays quiet and gives a MTBF of 150,000 hours.

The Zalman ZM-SF3 fan should be available now for $16.99.


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: September 15, 2010 @ time: 05:09AM
Author: Nemo

Today's roundup features several articles from IDF 2010 in San Francisco including keynote address coverage and more news about Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture along with peaks at motherboards based on the P67A chipset to support those processors. In storage we get a chance to check out a Lenovo-branded SSD and a nifty little gadget from Vantec that enables you to connect to SATA drives via a USB 3.0 connection. There's plenty more in today's roundup that you can access using the links below.

Cases
ThermalTake V6 BlacX case @ DarkVision Hardware

Gaming
Mafia II @ Bjorn3D

Mobile
Speedlink Topaz Silicone Skin for iPad @ Rbmods

Motherboards
ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 AMD 890GX Socket AM3 Motherboard @ ThinkComputers

Mousepads
Zowie Gear G-RF and G-TF @ XSReviews

Prebuilts
MAINGEAR F131 P55 SLI Custom Gaming PC @ TweakTown

Storage/Hard Drives
Lenovo (Toshiba OEM) THNS128GG4BAAA 128GB Solid State Drive @ TweakTown
Vantec Nexstar CBSATA-U3 SATA to USB 3.0 Adapter @ Tweaknews

Trade Shows/Conventions
IDF 2010: SandForce Using Intel 25nm MLC Flash On SSDs @ Legit Reviews
Dell demos convertible tablet/netbook onstage at IDF @ Tech Report
IDF 2010: Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD5 and GA-P67A-UD7 Motherboards @ Legit Reviews
IDF 2010: Next-Generation Turbo Boost and Overclocking on Sandy Bridge @ PC Perspective
Intel Developer Forum 2010 Day 2 Keynote Coverage @ HotHardware

Video
NV GTX 460 1GB SLI vs. ATI HD 5850 CFX Redux @ [H]ardOCP
NVIDIA ForceWare 260.52 Performance Analysis @ TweakTown


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HTC Announces Two New Phones, New Sense Experience

Posted: September 15, 2010 @ time: 10:44PM
Author: bp9801

HTC held an event in London earlier today where it announced two new phones as well as some improvements to its Sense UI. The two new phones are the HTC Desire HD and the Desire Z. The Desire HD will be available in Europe and Asia later this year. There won't be a US version because we already have the HTC EVO which is nearly identical to the Desire HD, just the European and Asian version. The phone has a 4.3 inch touchscreen and is milled from one solid piece of aluminum so the phone should be pretty sturdy. There won't be a kickstand on it like the EVO but I suppose having a solid piece of aluminum for a phone is plenty for most people. Internally, there is a 1GHz Qualcomm 8255 Snapdragon processor powering it but no mention was made of the amount of RAM or storage. There is an eight megapixel camera on the rear that has a dual-LED flash along with 720p video recording. The sound system on the phone is powered by Dolby Mobile so you should get some pretty good sounding music out of the handset. Data access will come in the form of HSPA+ and 802.11n Wi-Fi.

The HTC Desire Z will be available in Europe and Asia at first with the US following soon after. In the US, the Desire Z will be known as the G2 and will be available through T-Mobile. The Desire Z features a pop-out QWERTY keyboard that uses these "Z" hinges to allow the phone to stay slim and give better access to the keyboard's top row. The keyboard has some customizable buttons and system-wide shortcuts to allow easy access to commonly used functions and apps. Powering the phone will be an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor and, if its like the G2, 4GB of ROM and 512MB of RAM. On the back is a five megapixel camera with flash and HD video support. Like the Desire HD, the Desire Z has HSPA+ and 802.11n Wi-Fi access for data. The Desire Z will be running the improved Sense UI though not in the US where it will have stock Android 2.2.

The improved Sense UI will have a new website as the biggest feature. HTCSense.com will have a series of dashboard-connected services for backup, security, and control of your phone. There is a new locate feature that will allow you to make the phone ring, even if its in silent mode, to allow a quicker time of finding it. If your phone is ever lost or stolen, not only can you lock the phone from the website but you can also wipe all its data to keep everything safe. Backups will be automatically handled and will backup your contacts, text messages, customizations, call history, and even data so everything on the phone will be safe. On the phone side there will be new multimedia capabilities to make it easier to capture, share, and upload content, as well as new effects and filters for the camera.


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AMD Drivers Now Appearing in Steam

Posted: September 15, 2010 @ time: 10:51PM
Author: bp9801

AMD and Valve have just announced a new partnership that is sure to appease many gamers out there. If you use Valve's Steam client and own an AMD/ATI graphics card, you can now get drivers directly through Steam. If you're a member of Steam, and many of you are, then you can set it so Steam will notify you of a new graphics card driver which will eliminate the need for us to get a download page through an Internet browser. The first Catalyst driver to appear on Steam will be the new 10.9 release with all subsequent drivers to appear as they are available. This is good news for owners of AMD/ATI video cards of which nearly a third of the 25 million Steam users are. So, since the latest Catalyst driver launched today, will you grab it through Steam?

 


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: September 16, 2010 @ time: 05:33AM
Author: Nemo

Welcome back to another round of reviews and articles from around the Web. Corsair's Graphite Series 600T mid-tower case gets reviewed along with the Antec DF-85 Dark Fleet full-tower chassis. The Intel Developer Forum 2010 finished up in San Francisco and we have more information on the Sandy Bridge architecture. It wasn't all about Intel though, as AMD had some of its latest technology on display around the corner from the convention center where IDF was held. They were showcasing their hybrid CPU/GPU processors codenamed 'Zecate' and we have an article looking at some early performance results. Be sure to stick around long enough to check out all the items linked below.

Cases
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower PC Case @ Legit Reviews
Antec DF-85 Dark Fleet Case @ Tweaknews

Cooling
SilenX EFZ-100HA1 Heatsink @ Frostytech

CPUs
AMD Zecate APU Performance Preview @ PC Perspective

Monitors/TVs
Choosing the Best LCD Panel Technology @ Benchmark Reviews

Motherboards
MSI 890FXA-G70 Motherboard @ PC Perspective

Power Supplies
Scythe Chouriki 2 1000W Modular Power Supply @ TweakTown

Software
Five Web Browsers: Which is the Fastest? @ Techgage

Storage/Hard Drives
PhotoFast GBOX Mini - SATA to USB3 Adapter @ PC Perspective
Star Wars Stormtrooper 2GB Mimobot @ ThinkComputers

Trade Shows/Conventions
IDF 2010: Sandy Bridge Revealed @ Bjorn3D

Video
Galaxy GeForce GTS 450 Super OC 1GB in SLI @ TweakTown

Miscellany
Digital Copies, Bonus DVDs and Value Packs... Oh my! @ TweakTown


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HP Rolls Out a New Monitor

Posted: September 16, 2010 @ time: 10:44AM
Author: bp9801

HP has just announced a new addition to its line of monitors, this time in the form of the 2310e. The 2310e follows up on the 2310m but improves upon it in a variety of ways. First up is an LED backlight that helps to slim down the monitor to around an inch thick. The screen is still of the 1920x1080 resolution variety but now the dynamic contrast has been upped to 8,000,000:1, though I am sure the static contrast is till 1000:1 like the previous model. The response time is 5ms which is more than enough for gamers, plus the brightness is at 250 nits so it shouldn't be overpoweringly bright in a dark room. Connectivity comes in the form of DVI-D, HDMI, and DisplayPort though oddly no VESA mount exists on the rear. If you are wondering about the "e" after the model number, that is because this monitor is eco-friendly by using mercury-free LED lighting, arsenic-free glass, and recycled plastic. The monitor is also Energy Star 5.0 certified.

The HP 2310e is expected to ship on September 29th for $289.


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Verizon Getting Set to Launch LTE in 30 NFL Cities this Year

Posted: September 16, 2010 @ time: 10:56AM
Author: bp9801

Well, it seems Verizon is serious about getting its LTE network established in quick order as it has just announced plans to get the LTE network up and running in 30 NFL cities by the end of the year. This means that 30 cities will be the beneficiary of Verizon's 4G network and will be able to surf the web on their phone or laptop using a 4G modem at fast speeds. Verizon is planning to upgrade each city's cell connection backhaul to Gigabit Ethernet which will provide the necessary bandwidth for 4G's 5-12Mbps down and 2-5Mbps up speed with 30-150ms of latency. Hopefully Verizon can pull it off in time for the NFL playoffs so the people in the NFL cities can still keep up with their team. Now, the NFL has 32 teams and Verizon is planning to roll this out in 30 NFL cities so one may think that two cities are being left off the list. However, I don't agree with that because two of the cities have two teams so in reality, there are only 30 NFL cities for the 32 NFL teams. Hopefully that is the case and a smaller city like Green Bay isn't left off the list, but some more clarification from Verizon will be needed. In any case, it seems 4G is starting to pick up steam.


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LaCie Launches Wireless Space, Combines a NAS Unit with a Wireless Router

Posted: September 16, 2010 @ time: 04:28PM
Author: bp9801

LaCie has just announced its newest product, the Wireless Space. The Wireless Space is a rather unique product in that it combines a NAS unit with a wireless router, so not only can you backup data to it but you can also use it to get online. The NAS portion comes in the form of either a 1TB or 2TB model while the wireless is handled by an 802.11b / g / n Wi-Fi access point/router. On the rear you will find three Ethernet ports to connect to computers and one Internet port to connect to a modem, plus two USB ports which should allow you to hook up even more storage space. The Wireless Space will work on both PCs and Macs, and will allow you to backup data wirelessly or wired as well as function as a uPNP/DLNA streamer. For Macs, the Wireless Space is fully compatible with Time Machine while PC users will get the Genie Timeline Software to schedule backups on their machines. The whole thing comes in a very sleek black casing so it should look pretty stylish in your home.

The LaCie Wireless Space should be available now in Europe while it will be available in the US in October. Pricing will be $229.99 for the 1TB model and $349.99 for the 2TB.


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: September 17, 2010 @ time: 04:44AM
Author: Nemo

Let's get started today with a look at the Corsair Graphite Series 600T mid-tower PC case. We also have a review covering Seagate's FreeAgent GoFlex media player along with a notebook cooler from Antec. In the video department there is a review of the AMD FirePro V9800 workstation graphics card. On the gaming side of the video card market we have an opportunity to check out a GeForce GTS 450 card from Galaxy and an article on NVIDIA APEX PhysX. Check out the rest of the reviews and enjoy your weekend.

Cases
Corsair's Graphite Series 600T enclosure @ Tech Report

Cooling
Antec Notebook Cooler 200 @ TweakTown

Media Players
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV HD Media Player @ Legit Reviews

Motherboards
Gigabyte X58A-UD7 @ Bjorn3D

Speakers/Headphones
Quick Review: ASUS CineVibe USB Gaming Vibration Headset @ TweakTown

Software
Sharing Your Thunderbird Profiles Between PCs and OSes @ Techgage

Video
AMD ATI FirePro V9800 Workstation Graphics Card @ HotHardware
NVIDIA APEX PhysX: CPU vs GPU Efficiency @ Benchmark Reviews
Galaxy GeForce GTS 450 Super OC 1GB in SLI Overclocked @ TweakTown


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Dell Launches UltraSharp U3011 IPS Monitor

Posted: September 17, 2010 @ time: 01:21PM
Author: bp9801

Well, it seems Dell isn't content to sit idly on its 30 inch displays as it has just launched the new 30" model. The new screen will be called the UltraSharp U3011 and packs in a 10-bit IPS panel to help give the best possible colors for users via Dell's new PremierColor technology. The resolution will be 2560x1600 which is standard fare for a 30" screen, and since it is an IPS panel you will have 178 degree viewing angles. The response time is down to 7ms which is just a slight improvement over the past models. The dynamic contrast ratio is at 100,000:1, the static contrast ratio stays at 1000:1, and the brightness is at 370 nits. On the rear you will find two DVI-D ports, two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort, one VGA port, Component connections, a four-port USB hub, and a seven-in-one media card reader. The screen is 100% compatible with sRGB standards and 99% with Adobe RGB, plus you can finetune the colors to your exact specifications.

The Dell UltraSharp U3011 is available now for $1,499.


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Samsung Galaxy Tab to Launch on All Four Major US Carriers

Posted: September 17, 2010 @ time: 02:03PM
Author: bp9801

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is getting closer to launch and now more details are known about where you can get it. At an event held late last night, Samsung announced that its Galaxy Tab will be available on all four major US carriers with a Wi-Fi only equipped model launching soon. The models on the cellular networks will have 3G support but no 4G at this time. Samsung still hasn't announced any price on the Wi-Fi or 3G models so that is still up in the air currently. If you recall, the Galaxy Tab will be running Android 2.2 on a 7" widescreen touchscreen at a resolution of 1024x600. The device is just about 5" wide so it should be able to fit in some coat pockets just fine. On the rear of the slate is a 3 megapixel camera with flash with a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front for video calls. The rear camera can take photos or videos that Samsung claims will be DVD quality. The Galaxy Tab has 16GB of internal storage included but you can equip it with up to a 32GB microSDHC card for even more storage space.

Also launching with the Galaxy Tab will be the Samsung Media Hub which sounds pretty similar to Apple's iTunes. The Media Hub will offer new releases and older movies for purchase or rental, plus TV shows will be available the next day after they air. You can have up to five devices play the content so long as each device is authenticated through Media Hub. No pricing was announced for rentals or purchases but Samsung said it will be competitive with content available in other stores. The first partners for Media Hub are MTV, NBC, Paramount, Universal Studios, and Warner Brothers, while Samsung will announce more partners as they come on board.


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Intel Upgrade Service to Allow Unlocking of Disabled Processors

Posted: September 19, 2010 @ time: 12:36PM
Author: bp9801

Intel and AMD have some similarities when it comes to making cheaper processors. Usually one company will take a processor and disable certain features of it to make it better fit within a particular budget. AMD usually disables a core or two and maybe some cache while Intel will remove Hyper Threading, Turbo, and even cache. On the AMD side, if you get a processor that had a core or even cache disabled, you usually run a pretty good chance to unlock it albeit with higher voltage or power consumption. Intel does not allow that on its chips but now it may. Intel is going to start a trial run of its new Intel Upgrade Service which will allow someone with a processor that has had features disabled to unlock them. However, unlike AMD which allows you to do that for free and at your own risk, Intel is going to charge for the service and will pretty much guarantee it will work. The upgrading will be done via an Upgrade Card that you can purchase which has a PIN number on it. Enter the PIN in some software on your PC and suddenly your processor will have new features. The first Upgrade Cards are going to be targeted at the Pentium G6951 and will cost $50. So yes, you are essentially paying half the cost of the processor to unlock new features on it. Once you have the Upgrade Card and unlock the features, the Pentium G suddenly becomes a Core i3 processor with a lower clock speed.

This service will be run as a trial in the US, Canada, the Netherlands, and Spain. It could prove useful for businesses who can just get the Upgrade Cards as a cheaper means of buying new components, but then this raises the question of whether or not Intel should have disabled so much on the processors and then charge a fee to unlock them. In any case, at least it is a first step in unlocking Intel processors. How do you feel about it? Sound off here or in the forums.


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: September 20, 2010 @ time: 04:04AM
Author: Nemo

It's the beginning of a new week and we have lots of article to kick things off. There are several cases in our roundup including an article on a mini-ITX build using the SilverStone SG07 case, Corsair's Obsidian 700D full-tower case and the Antec Dark Fleet DF-35 mid-tower enclosure. Halo: Reach for the Xbox 360 has been out for a bit less than a week now and we get a chance to look at the game, assuming you haven't already bought a copy. There's also a review covering the Cooler Master USNA95 Ultra Slim Notebook Power Adapter for mobile users looking for a replacement notebook power supply. That barely scratches the surface of what's in store in our Monday roundup, so take a moment to check out all the articles by using the links listed here.

Cases
Antec LanBoard @ ThinkComputers
Corsair Obsidian 700D Full-Tower Case @ Benchmark Reviews
Gigabyte's H55 Mini-ITX mobo squeezes into the Silverstone SG07 case @ Tech Report
Antec Dark Fleet DF-35 Mid Tower Case @ ThinkComputers

Cooling
Thermaltake Mobile Fan 12 USB Desktop Fan @ Tweaknews
Arctic Accelero Xtreme 5970 @ Bjorn3D

CPUs
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Processor Performance @ Legit Reviews

Digital Photography/Video
WowWee Rovio Mobile Webcam @ PC Perspective

Gaming
Halo: Reach Xbox 360 @ TweakTown

Input Devices
Brando Rii Mini Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad @ Madshrimps

Mobile
Cooler Master USNA 95 Ultra Slim Notebook Adapter @ TweakTown

Power Supplies
Nexus RX-7000 PSU @ Rbmods

Speakers/Headphones
Corsair HS1 USB Circumaural Gaming Headset @ Legit Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
OCZ Enyo 128GB USB 3.0 External Solid State Drive @ TweakTown

Trade Shows/Conventions
MSI's Master Overclocking Arena Grand Final @ Tech Report

Video
AMD FirePro V9800 4GB Professional Graphics Card @ PC Perspective
AMD Catalyst 10.9 Windows 7 Driver Analysis @ TweakTown

Miscellany
HotHardware Video Podcast - Sept. 16, 2010 @ HotHardware
The Game Blu-ray Movie @ TweakTown


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Google's Android Surpasses Microsoft in US Smartphone Market

Posted: September 20, 2010 @ time: 04:49PM
Author: bp9801

It seems Google's Android operating system is starting to really pick up steam as it has just passed Microsoft for number three in the US smartphone market. Back in April, Android was behind Microsoft by the smallest of margins and now it has overtaken Microsoft. In April, Android held 12% of the market while Microsoft had 14%. In July, Android jumped up to 17% while Microsoft dropped to 11.8% which is a 5% gain for Android in those three months compared to a 2.2% drop for Microsoft. Android still trails Apple by nearly 7% though Android is gaining ground slowly. However, both RIM and Apple dropped during those three months, the same with Microsoft. RIM dropped from 41.1% to 39.3%, a difference of 1.8%, while Apple went from 25.1% to 23.8%, a difference of 1.3%. Android was the only platform to increase during those three months so take from it what you will. Maybe Windows Phone 7 will help gain some ground for Microsoft, but then Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) will be bringing support for heavy 3D gaming so it will be anyone's guess as to what each platform 's market share will be by then.


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Facebook Rumored To Be Developing a Phone

Posted: September 20, 2010 @ time: 06:00PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Facebook is extremely popular and has millions of users around the world. What if it could find a way to get even more exposure with its users? It could accomplish exactly that if the rumors of a Facebook phone are true. It has been reported that two high level Facebook employees with extensive operating system experience are secretly working on the project, a project that most of the company doesn't even know about. Facebook would provide the software for the phone, and would seek out a hardware vendor such as HTC or Motorola to build the phone. Nothing is known for certain at this point, and it is unclear if the phone will even see a release. Speculation is that the phone would feature lower end hardware and a small price tag to increase adoption. Stay tuned for further updates.


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Google to Bring Docs Editing to iPad

Posted: September 20, 2010 @ time: 06:09PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Google announced today that users will soon be able to access and edit their Google Docs on the Apple iPad, as part of an initiative to expand the number of devices that can access the popular service. Google appears to be targeting mobile devices at this time, and had also ran successful tests on the Android OS. iPad users can currently view the Docs, but editing capability escapes them. Google also demonstrated Docs-to-Office integration which will provide better compatibility between Google Docs and Microsoft Office, and could compete with Microsoft SharePoint. I personally would like to see a nice app for Google Docs on Android sometime soon.


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