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News Archives for November 2010

Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: November 1, 2010 @ time: 04:53AM
Author: Nemo

We have a busy roundup for you today so let's jump right in with a couple of gaming mice. First in line is the Kone + from ROCCAT. The second is the Mionix Naos 3200 (also reviewed by OCC here). If you've been looking for a slate device but weren't quite ready to pony up for a new iPad you can check out the CherryPad 7-Inch Android tablet to see what you can get for under $200. We also have several reviews on HD 6850/6870 video cards along with a look at rumors surrounding the GeForce GTX 580. There is a lot more in our roundup today, so be sure to check out all the reviews using the links below.

Cases
BitFenix Colossus E-ATX Case @ PC Perspective

Cooling
Arctic Cooling Accelero XTREME Plus VGA Cooler @ TweakTown

Input Devices
ROCCAT Kone + Maximum Customization Gaming Mouse @ Madshrimps
Mionix Naos 3200 @ LanOC Reviews

Memory
Mach Xtreme Armor 2133 CL9 @ XSReviews

Mobile
CherryPad 7-Inch Android Tablet Video @ HotHardware

Motherboards
Gigabyte H55N-USB3 LGA 1156 Mini ITX Motherboard @ PC Perspective
ASUS ROG Crosshair IV Extreme @ Bjorn3D

Notebooks
Latest in Notebooks: Fourth Quarter 2010  @ TechSpot

Power Supplies
Sparkle Computer Gold Class 850W Power Supply @ ThinkComputers

Storage/Hard Drives
G.Skill Phoenix Pro 120GB SandForce SF-1222 SSD @ Legit Reviews
StarTech's USB 3.0 docking station @ Tech Report
Seagate Momentus XT 500GB @ Techgage
2010 Thumb Drive Roundup - 16 USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 Drives Prodded and Tested @ TweakTown

Video
Quick take: 6850 and GTX 460 overclocking @ Tech Report
Lantic Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card in CrossFire Overclocked @ TweakTown
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 rumors discussed in detail @ PC Perspective
VisionTek Radeon HD 6870 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews

Miscellany
HotHardware Video Podcast - October 29, 2010 @ HotHardware


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iPhones in Europe Hit With Daylight Savings Time Bug

Posted: November 1, 2010 @ time: 08:36AM
Author: CheeseMan42

Several iPhone users in Europe have been reporting that alarms that were set were going off an hour late due to Daylight Savings Time. Apple was already aware of the bug as it happened to iPhone users in Australia a few weeks ago. The clock was updated, but the alarm wasn't. Apple had promised a software update to fix the issue after it was made aware of it after it hit Australia, but none was rolled out. For any users in North America, you may want to be careful this weekend when the continent hits DST. Some users in the United States are currently reporting that their alarms are going off an hour early. The bug doesn't appear to affect all alarms, and seems to affect those that are set to repeat, but not repeat every day.


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Android Dominates US Smartphone Market

Posted: November 1, 2010 @ time: 08:45AM
Author: CheeseMan42

Apple may be gaining in popularity worldwide, having just surpassed the Blackberry from Research in Motion, but devices running the Android OS eclipsed the iOS from Apple. Data released by Canalys showed that Android devices accounted for 43.6% of smartphone shipments in the United States in the third quarter, up 1,309% from the same time last year. This number represents devices from manufacturers in the Open Handset Alliance, including Samsung, HTC, and Motorola among others. Between all manufacturers, 9.1 million handsets were sold, while Apple sold 5.5 million devices. Apple doesn't seem to be hurting from this, as it just had its best quarter ever.


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Patriot Spices Up The Holiday Season With Themed USB Flash Drives

Posted: November 1, 2010 @ time: 03:45PM
Author: ajmatson

To give you that holiday feel when around your computers, Patriot has created two cute holiday themed flash drives just in time for the Christmas season. The first drive is shaped in the design of a snowman and offers 8GB of storage while the other is designed as a reindeer and has a 4GB capacity. Both of the drives feature a rubberized housing, USB 2.0 compatible, and will make great stocking stuffers for your friends, family, or co-workers. As an added bonus Patriot included 50 free prints with the 4GB and 100 free prints with the 8GB drives from FotoTime, perfect for printing those special holiday photos.

The 8GB drive can be found on Amazon for as low as $24.00, and the 8GB drive for $19.00 (both currently out of stock at the time of this article)


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Nintendo President Says No Price Cut is Forthcoming for the Wii

Posted: November 1, 2010 @ time: 04:42PM
Author: bp9801

Nintendo may have suffered its first loss in nearly a decade, but that apparently isn't phasing its President and CEO Satoru Iwata. He went on record to state that no price cut will be forthcoming for the Wii console, even though sales are declining for it. Perhaps the new red console will help to boost sales, but as it stands currently the console costs $200 which is the same as an Xbox 360. Nintendo needs a way to compete with the Xbox and, to me at least, a price cut is the most logical step since the Xbox 360 can do more than the Wii. However, even though Iwata said no price cut is coming, the last time he said such a thing the Wii dropped in price five months later. So it may stay at $200 currently, but I bet we'll be seeing a price cut before long.


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TomTom Launches Two New GPS Units

Posted: November 1, 2010 @ time: 07:15PM
Author: bp9801

TomTom has just launched two new GPS units today which include some new updates and features. The two units are the GO 2405 TM and the GO 2505 TM and each feature TomTom's redesigned user interface. The UI has been redesigned to be more user-friendly by allowing any destination to be routed in just a few taps on the touchscreen. TomTom developed a new, high-speed algorithm which allows for instant route planning. This means it is continuously planning your route to get you to your destination with as little traffic as possible. The touchscreen on these units is of the capacitive variety and feature a brighter display than past models. You can easily navigate with one finger or use two fingers to pinch and zoom on the maps. The GO 2405 TM features a 4.3" screen while the GO 2505 TM has a 5" screen, but if you want to forgo that then you can use your voice to operate the unit.

The TomTom GO series is available now at Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, and TomTom.com with retail store availability expected during the middle of next year. The GO 2405 TM will cost you $299 while the GO 2505 TM is $319.


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: November 2, 2010 @ time: 05:17AM
Author: Nemo

As the week continues we're pleased to bring you more reviews and articles from around the Web. We have a review on three Radeon HD 6870 video cards from Diamond, Sapphire and XFX for you to check out. Also in the video department is an article on 3D platform wars and the choices currently available to consumers. There are a couple of mid-tower chassis reviews in our roundup covering the Lian Li PC-8FI and Corsair's Graphite Series 600T chassis.

Cases
Lian Li PC-8FI @ Rbmods
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid Tower Chassis @ TweakTown

Cooling
DeepCool Ice Matrix 400 Cooler @ Tweaknews
CoolIT Omni A.L.C. GPU Cooler @ Madshrimps

Prebuilts
Smooth Creations Battlefield Phenom II X6 1090T Custom Gaming PC @ TweakTown

Software
Enhance your browsing experience using bookmarklets @ TechSpot

Storage/Hard Drives
Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 500GB (HTS725050A9A364) 2.5-inch Hard Drive @ TweakTown

Video
Diamond, Sapphire & XFX AMD Radeon HD 6870 Video Card Roundup @ Legit Reviews
3D Platform Wars: NVIDIA vs AMD vs HDTV @ Benchmark Reviews

Miscellany
TR's Fall 2010 system guide @ Tech Report


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Super Talent Launches USB 3.0 Flash Drives, Starts at $14

Posted: November 2, 2010 @ time: 12:03PM
Author: bp9801

Super Talent is aiming to make a serious dent in competitor's plans to keep USB 2.0 flash drive prices high. The company has just announced two new USB 3.0 flash drives that start at $14. That's right, a USB 3.0 flash drive for under $15. The new drives are the USB 3.0 Express Duo and come in 8 and 16GB varieties. Both are backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports, but when plugged into a USB 3.0 port the read speeds will hit 67MB/second. With USB 2.0 flash drives topping out around the 32MB/s barrier, the Super Talent USB 3.0 ones are basically doubling that speed while maintaining an excellent price point. Super Talent says there is pretty much no reason to get a USB 2.0 drive at this price and I have to agree with them.

The Super Talent USB 3.0 Express Duo flash drives will ship later this month. The 8GB model will cost you $14 while the 16GB will run you $29.


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Google Chrome Notebook Could Appear This Month

Posted: November 2, 2010 @ time: 05:19PM
Author: CheeseMan42

A report in Taiwan's Digitimes claims that a Google branded notebook sporting the Chrome OS could be on the way this month. The notebook will reportedly be produced by Inventec, with up to 70,000 units being produced. Google has previously jumped into the hardware game with the Nexus One phone, but has seen more success just licensing its OS. Google has several partners already signed on to make devices based on the Chrome OS, including Acer, Qualcomm, and Freescale. Google is hoping that it can convince consumers that the web is all they need as it tries to break into the market dominated by Windows. It will also face competition from Apple and Linux based operating systems which both have millions of users.


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Intel Allows New Company to Access 22nm Facility

Posted: November 2, 2010 @ time: 09:51PM
Author: bp9801

Remember how Intel just spent $6 to $8 billion on upgrades to its factories? Well, now the chip giant has struck a deal with a new company which will allow access to the factory's 22nm process. Achronix, a relatively new company in the semiconductor field, and Intel have announced a new deal which gives Achronix access to one of Intel's 22nm factories. Achronix will use that to produce its 22i Speedster FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) which is said to offer 300% higher performance and 50% lower power than FPGAs built on any other process. Intel is seemingly downplaying the significance of allowing another company access to its 22nm process, saying Achronix will use less than one percent of the total capacity of that factory. It is an important endeavor for Intel which could mean the deal is a way for it to test its new 22nm process. Why risk problems on your own chips when another company can iron out the kinks.


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

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

Welcome to another exciting round of articles from around the Web. The Antec LanBoy Air is an interesting open-air concept that bears little resemblance to the LanBoy cases of the past, in fact it bears little resemblance to any other cases I've seen recently. Psyko Audio attempts to bring the surround sound experience to gaming with its 5.1 Gaming Headset. In storage we have reviews covering a Corsair solid state drive and the QNAP TS-259 Pro+ NAS. Today's roundup also gathered in two reviews on motherboards based on Intel X58 chipset with the ASUS ROG Rampage III Formula and the ASUS TUF X58 Sabertooth.

Cases
Antec LanBoy Air @ XSReviews

Cooling
CoolIT Systems Omni AC-N470 A.L.C. VGA Cooler @ TweakTown

Digital Phtography/Video
Fujifilm FinePix F300 EXR Digital Camera @ Maximum CPU

Input Devices
Logitech Marathon Mouse M705 @ Techgage

Motherboards
ASUS ROG Rampage III Formula (Intel X58 Express) Motherboard @ TweakTown
ASUS TUF X58 Sabertooth @ Bjorn3D

Notebooks
Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-68U118 11.6-inch Notebook @ TweakTown

Operating Systems
The Apple Hackintosh Experience @ Benchmark Reviews

Speakers/Headphones
Psyko Audio 5.1 Gaming Headset @ ThinkComputers

Storage/Hard Drives
Corsair Force 40GB Boot Drive SSD @ Legit Reviews
QNAP TS-259 Pro+ NAS @ Tweaknews

Video
AMD Morphological AA Performance and IQ @ [H]ardOCP
Mid-Range NVIDIA GPU Battle: GTX 460 vs. GTX 470 @ HotHardware


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New Features, Updated Apps, and More Come to Facebook

Posted: November 3, 2010 @ time: 02:43PM
Author: bp9801

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a press conference today announcing several new features and updates to the popular social network site. First among them is that Facebook is tying deals and discounts from local businesses with its Places platform. Now whenever you check in to a business via Places, you can access coupons and discounts at that specific place without needing to scour the weekly ads. You can even unlock specific deals if you tag your friends when you check-in. The main purpose of the new Deals platform is to use it through the mobile apps or the mobile website. When you go to check into a business, you will be able to see which ones near you are offering discounts with a yellow icon next to the name. Simply check-in on the phone and then show it to the cashier to receive your discount.

Facebook will also be opening all of its Location APIs so that app developers can write check-ins to Facebook as well as searching the database. The goal for Places is to not have as just an app but rather as an entire platform. Loopt then demoed its own app which now has Facebook Places integrated in and will enable you to see your friends on a map as well as cross-post check-ins. In addition to that, Facebook will now have a "single sign-on" which will do away with multiple logins on mobile devices. This means that Facebook will handle the login for Zynga, Groupon, Yelp, Flixter, and BooYAH, which are launch partners for it.

Since the focus of this event was primarily mobile, Zuckerberg did announce that the mobile apps will be getting upgraded. The Android app will have an upgrade going out today to bring it more in line with the iPhone version, while the iPhone version will get an update as soon as Apple approves it. The one thing that wasn't announced was a Facebook phone which was quickly shot down.


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Thinnest External Hard Drive by Hitachi

Posted: November 3, 2010 @ time: 05:38PM
Author: CowKing

Hitachi announced the thinnest external hard drive on the planet to date yesterday, dubbed the G-DRIVE Slim. While still conforming to the 2.5 inch form factor, this measly little thing measures in at an incredible 128.6mm x 82mm x 9.9mm. To put this almost anorexic size in perspective, a regular MicroSD card, you know the kind you put in your smart phone, is 20mm in length compared to Hitachi's hard drive which is 9.9mm thick. Aesthetically, this drive is very simple with an aluminum housing, a black plastic border, and a capital "G" on the upper section for some pizzazz. The G-DRIVE Slim will have only one option for capacity at an astonishing 320GB, and will use the tried and true USB 2.0 for its interface. The drive is mainly marketed for the Apple market, although that shouldn't stop most of OCC's members from just reformating it to NTFS for their Windows machine. The G-DRIVE Slim is available for $100 in Apple stores and online.


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Several Android Devices on the Way From Archos

Posted: November 3, 2010 @ time: 05:56PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Archos has been a player in the portable device market for years, creating several tablet and personal media player, PMP, devices. Archos is finally ready to deliver on the Android devices it announced in the days before the iPad. The company has begun to ship its units to customers in the United States and across the pond in Europe. There are two models of Android tablets, one featuring a 4.3 inch screen and another with a 7 inch screen, though the larger device has a lower resolution. Both feature a 1GHz ARM processor, Android 2.2, and either 8GB or 16GB of flash memory. The larger model also features a 250GB mechanical hard drive. Also available is a 2.8 inch PMP, also featuring Froyo, for $100.


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Can You Write Like Stephen King in Just a Month?

Posted: November 3, 2010 @ time: 07:49PM
Author: El_Capitan

Have you ever thought about writing a fiction novel, but never got around to it? Maybe you have constant writer's block syndrome, or you just can't find the perfect opening sentence? National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) might be able to change all that. For the entire month of November, NaNoWriMo just wants you to write – 50,000 words worth for you wannabe Wordsworths, to be exact. That's 2,000 words per day for 25 days, or 500 words per hour for four hours a day for those 25 days. That's approximately how much Stephen King writes a day. If you're an OCC forum regular, you probably write at least 100 words wrapped up in emoticons and troll banter in a span of five minutes. Think of it this way, even if you fail, at least you started writing, right? That's all that NaNoWriMo is trying to do. At least check it out, there aren't any late fees.


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The Fate of the World Can be in Your Hands

Posted: November 3, 2010 @ time: 08:16PM
Author: El_Capitan

Remember when Han Solo said, “No time to discuss this as a committee?”  To which Princess Leia replied, “I am not a committee!”  Well, whether you believe in Global Climate Change or not, discussing it in a committee has us going nowhere. Therefore, Red Redemption has created a game called “Fate of the World” where you are the committee.  Placed in charge of protecting the Earth's resources and climate, or using global warming for your own political gain in order to destroy humanity along with our native inhabitants, you get to choose the path to its prosperity or apocalyptic end.  Ironically, if you become addicted to the game, playing it for hours on end, you'll be contributing to the latter with all that energy consumption.  Oh, the humanity!


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The Rumor Mill: Nvidia Officially Launching GTX 580 on November 9th?

Posted: November 3, 2010 @ time: 08:46PM
Author: El_Capitan

Geforce GTX580 launch on 9th Nov, sampling now -

According to the rumor mill, with credits going to Fudzilla, there have been confirmed leaks detailing Nvidia's GTX 580. There's been talk that the card has been sent to journalists for sampling and it will sport the GF110 GPU. This time, all 512 CUDA cores will be enabled... but let's just see what happens on November 9th when Nvidia officially launches the card. It's speculated that the card will be clocked at 772MHz with 512 shaders and 2200MHz memory. Additional rumors have it being more efficient than the GTX 480, with a TDP of 244W as opposed to the GTX 480's 250W of typical load power.  Maybe it's just me, but it seems these "leaks" are a pre-emptive strategy geared towards getting enthusiasts excited about a product to hold off people from buying AMD's latest 6850/6870 release. We'll probably get some "leaked" rumors of the 6950/6970 specs soon after the official Nvidia announcement.


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WiGig and VESA Team Up to Promise Wireless DisplayPort

Posted: November 3, 2010 @ time: 09:35PM
Author: bp9801

The Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig Alliance) has just announced a new partnership just months after partnering with the WiFi Alliance. The partner this time is the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) which pushes for global display standards. WiGig and VESA are teaming up to work on the next wireless display technology, this time for the DisplayPort. WiGig's technology allows for 1080p, 60Hz content to be streamed wirelessly from a computer to a big screen TV. However, the adoption rate hasn't been the highest so perhaps the new partnership between WiGig and VESA for DisplayPorts will help to reach a broader market. A lot of laptops and computers are coming with a DisplayPort as standard so, depending on when the alliance meets its goal, we should have a plethora of devices able to send content wirelessly to supporting TVs. Specifications for the new DisplayPort wireless standard is expected to be published early next year so perhaps a prototype can be shown at CES.


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: November 4, 2010 @ time: 04:36AM
Author: Nemo

We're back with another set of reviews from around the Web and we have three cases up for review today. Starting with the largest, there’s the Cooler Master HAF X full-tower case followed by two mid-tower offerings with the In Win Android and the Cooler Master 690 II Advanced. You don't usually expect a full list of features in a mATX board but ASUS breaks that stereotype with its Rampage III Gene motherboard. If you're looking for a large capacity USB flash drive you should check out the Patriot Xporter XT Rage 32GB.

Cases
Cooler Master 690 II Advanced @ XSReviews
In Win Android Computer Case @ Tweaknews
Cooler Master HAF X Case @ TechSpot

Input Devices
Quick Review: Razer Abyssus Mirror Gaming Mouse @ TweakTown

Motherboards
ASUS Rampage III Gene MicroATX Motherboard @ [H]ardOCP

Media Players/Multimedia
Air SyncHD Wireless 1080p HDMI Transmitter Kit @ Legit Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
MUKii TransImp TIP-D180U3 USB 3.0 Hard Drive Dock @ TweakTown
Patriot Xporter XT Rage 32GB Flash Drive @ ThinkComputers

Video
PowerColor Radeon HD 5770 v2 @ Benchmark Reviews

Miscellany
Blu-ray Importing: November 2010 Buying Guide @ TweakTown


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ViewSonic Launches Two New LED Monitors

Posted: November 4, 2010 @ time: 11:32AM
Author: bp9801

ViewSonic is launching two new LED monitors that feature a new motto. The motto is GO LED. GO GREEN. and it is being debuted with these two monitors. The VG36-LED series only has the two monitors currently but it should be expanded upon over the coming months. The launch models are a 22" and 24" model, the VG2236wm-LED and the VG2436wm-LED. Each feature an LED-backlit panel, 1920x1080 resolution, DVI and VGA connections, and built-in speakers. The stand for each one features a 90 degree pivot, height adjustment of 5.4", 360 degree swivel, and tilt which should leave you with a wealth of adjustment options to find that ideal position. The going green aspect means these monitors will offer energy savings up to 50% as well as Energy Star and EPEAT Gold certifications. Each monitor includes a three year warranty.

The ViewSonic VG2236wm-LED and VG2436wm-LED should both be available now. The 22" model starts at $229 and the 24" at $259.


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Mobile Skyfire Web Browser for iPhone

Posted: November 4, 2010 @ time: 11:52AM
Author: El_Capitan

How many iPhone users want to play Flash video on their mobile phones? Apparently, the answer to that only took five hours to find out after Skyfire Labs released its Skyfire Web application for the iPhone this Wednesday afternoon. The Skyfire blog wrote, "Within 5 hours, Skyfire for iPhone became the top grossing app, the third highest paid app overall and the top application in the Utilities category. Wow!"

Wow, indeed! How does it work? When a user navigates to a Web site with a Flash video, a "SkyBar" will display the video on the bottom menu.  When tapped for playback, Skyfire converts the Flash video to HTML5. However, until Skyfire's server capacity and bandwidth is expanded, the app will appear as being "Sold Out" at the app store. While we're waiting, it would be interesting to hear Steve Job's reaction to all this.


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Hulu Plus Available for All

Posted: November 4, 2010 @ time: 04:53PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Hulu Plus is the premium service from the company that offers television shows on a multitude of platforms. The service was released in late June to a limited number of people as a preview. As of today, anyone in the United States that wants the service can get it. The service costs $9.99 per month, and offers more television show choices and 720p streaming options. Users can access the service from their computer, PS3, and Apple iOS devices, among others. More platforms are planned for the future.


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: November 5, 2010 @ time: 05:07AM
Author: Nemo

The end of the week is here and that means you're going to have some time to relax and check out our Friday roundup. First let's visit the video department where we turned up three reviews on HD 6870 video cards from ASUS, MSI and VisionTek. Good things must come in threes today as we also have a trio of reviews on coolers from venerable names like Swiftech, Thermalright and Arctic Cooling. There's also a pair of reviews on media players from Western Digital and Apple. While technically classified as a pre-built computer, Zotac's Zbox real function is as an HTPC with its Blu-ray drive, dual-core  Atom processor and ION graphics. So, if you decide to classify it with the other media players, that would complete our good things comes in threes theme today.  

Cooling
Thermalright Silver Arrow Heatsink and Fan Unit @ [H]ardOCP
Swiftech H2O-320 Edge Series Liquid Cooling Kit @ TweakTown
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers

Gaming
Kinecting the Dots: Where Motion Gaming Needs to Change @ Techgage

Media Players
WD TV Live Hub Media Player w/ 1TB of Internal Storage @ Legit Reviews
Apple TV Wireless HD Media Streamer @ HotHardware

Power Supplies
Corsair GS800 800W Power Supply @ TweakTown

Prebuilts
Zotac's Zbox HD-ID34BR-U nettop @ Tech Report

Video
VisionTek Radeon HD 6870 @ Neoseeker
MSI R6870 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
Asus HD 6870 (EAH6870) @ Bjorn3D


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Cable Companies Lose 500,000 Customers Last Quarter

Posted: November 5, 2010 @ time: 10:43AM
Author: bp9801

I can't say I'm particularly surprised by this bit of news but it does seem to reflect a growing trend. According to GigaOM, cable companies lost over 500,000 subscribers last quarter with Comcast losing the most at 275,000. Time Warner was next with 155,000 lost, then Charter Communications at 63,800, and Cablevision lost 24,500. The companies blame the loses on the poor economy and competition from sources like Hulu which are offering more and more content each day. You may think this strikes the death knell for cable in general but in order to recoup the money lost by those customers, cable companies just typically raise the bill for the existing ones. Comcast shared on its third quarter earnings call that customer revenue rose to $136 a month, a ten percent increase from last year. Charter's was at $126 a month, a nine percent increase, and while Cablevision's didn't rise that much, it is still at $149 a month. Perhaps more people can begin to ditch the cable companies and find alternative means for TV programming, especially seeing the high monthly rates an average customer has.


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Dell to Move 25,000 Employees from BlackBerrys to Windows Phone 7

Posted: November 5, 2010 @ time: 01:19PM
Author: bp9801

Dell is one of the companies making a phone that will run Windows Phone 7. That phone is the Venue Pro and will launch on T-Mobile USA. However, many of Dell's employees use a BlackBerry which is made by RIM. Now, Dell is going to move 25,000 employees from a BlackBerry to its own Windows Phone 7 phone. That 25,000 is roughly one-quarter of its total work force which is a pretty significant group getting the switch. The move is due in part to help Dell save some money since it will no longer have to pay for RIM's servers as well as to show its business partners that Dell is committed to smartphones. Dell is also expected to offer a similar switch to its Android smartphones, of which there are a few already out. Perhaps in the long run Dell can get all of its employees switched over to its smartphone, be it Microsoft or Google powered, just like how Microsoft is offering all of its employees a Windows Phone 7 phone.


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T-Mobile Beats Apple At Its Own Game

Posted: November 6, 2010 @ time: 04:39PM
Author: CowKing

As I was sitting in my boxers eating Wheaties this morning while watching reruns of old cartoons, I noticed a T-Mobile ad that made me STMQ(snicker to myself quietly). In this ad we had the Apple iPhone 4 and the new T-Mobile myTouch 4G that may remind you of a certain other set of ads, but T-Mobile seems to be hitting two birds with one stone as AT&T is also playing a role in this corporate bash-fest. While it seems T-Mobile isn't really poking fun at the iPhone 4 so much as it's poking fun at AT&T for hindering the iPhone, it was definitely a pleasure to see T-Mobile parody Apple's over glorifying ads.

Have a look for yourself:


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Google Instant Search Helps Increase Revenue

Posted: November 7, 2010 @ time: 10:19AM
Author: CheeseMan42

When I first saw the new instant search feature from Google while at work, I proclaimed it the greatest thing since sliced bread. I definitely found it to be better than the previous way to search. However, Google has also seen benefits from this innovation. Reports from Marin Software and Search Engine Land indicate that clicks on Google ads and revenue are up 9% and about $5.2 million per week, respectively. Google has stated that it released the search upgrade to improve the user experience, but those figures must be good news. Another firm, LSF Interactive, contends that advertiser spending has remained unchanged.


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Gift Ideas For Gamers

Posted: November 7, 2010 @ time: 10:33AM
Author: CheeseMan42

IGN has unveiled its 2010 Holiday Buyer's Guide, featuring its picks for top games on all the modern consoles. Consumers can see recommendations for consoles, mobile systems, and the PC. Recommendations are also there for movies, comics, collectibles, and gadgets. All of the systems feature the top games of this year, as well as some of the most popular games in recent history. New games like Starcraft 2, Fallout: New Vegas, and God of War 3 are featured alongside classics such as Metal Gear Solid 4, Half Life 2, and Team Fortress 2. Looking through the guide, there should be something out there for all gamers.


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: November 8, 2010 @ time: 06:07AM
Author: Nemo

We're back at the start of a new week with plenty of items for you to check out today. In cooling, we have a review of the CoolIT Omni A.L.C. GPU cooler as well as a look at Lamptron's Touch fan controller. Our roundup located a pair of power supply reviews covering the NZXT HALE90 850W and the Corsair AX850 850W. In storage there are articles covering OCZ's RevoDrive X2 240GB PCIe solid state drive, along with Hitachi's Travelstar 320GB 2.5" hard drive.  We also have a pair reviews on 5.1 surround sound headsets including the Psyko 5.1 PC Gaming Headset and Arctic Cooling's Arctic Sound P531 5.1 Surround Sound Headset.

Cooling
CoolIT Omni A.L.C. Self-Contained Liquid GPU Cooler @ Techgag
LAMPTRON Fan Controller Touch @ Madshrimps

Gadgets
ATEN VM0404H HDMI Matrix Switch @ Virtual-Hideout
Mad Catz CoD: Black Ops ProGaming Glasses @ Benchmark Reviews

Input Devices
Steelseries 7G vs Das Keyboard Model S Professional – The Battle of the “Silent” Keyboards @ PC Perspective

Mobile
Belkin Shield Micra iPhone 4 Case @ ThinkComputers

Motherboards
Gigabyte X58A-UD5 Intel X58 Motherboard @ ThinkComputers

Notebooks
ASUS U35JC-A1 13.3-inch Notebook @ TweakTown

Power Supplies
NZXT HALE90 850W @ Rbmods
Corsair Professional Series Gold AX850 PSU @ PC Perspective

Speakers/Headphones
Psyko Audio 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset @ Legit Reveiws
Arctic Sound P531 5.1 Surround Sound Headset @ Neoseeker

Storage/Hard Drives
OCZ Technology RevoDrive X2 240GB PCIe Solid State Drive @ TweakTown
Hitachi Travelstar Z5K320 320GB 7mm 2.5-inch Hard Drive @ TweakTown
ADATA Nobility Series NH01 USB 3.0 500Gb External HDD @ Madshrimps

Video
MSI GeForce GTX 480 Lightning Video Card @ TweakTown
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 GPU Features Detailed At PDXLAN @ Legit Reviews
VisionTek 6870 @ Bjorn3D

Miscellany
PCPer Podcast #129 @ PC Pespective
HotHardware Video Podcast @ HotHardware
Back to the Future (1985) Blu-ray Movie @ TweakTown


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Toshiba Unveils Extremely Small SSD

Posted: November 8, 2010 @ time: 07:05PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Toshiba announced a new line of solid state drives today, a line that can count size as its distinguishing feature. The Blade X-gale series of SSD features a thickness of 2.2mm, 42% smaller than current mini-SATA and mSATA SSD modules. For reference, that is roughly 1/3 the thickness of current 2.5 inch drives. However, the drives will still be able to pack in up to 256GB, with smaller drives of 64GB and 128GB also available. The drives will have a SATA2 connector, with read and write speeds up to 220MB/s and 180MB/s, respectively. The drives should be a great fit for the bevy of mobile devices in use today.


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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Leaked Early

Posted: November 8, 2010 @ time: 11:37PM
Author: bp9801

Well, it isn't quite November 9th in some parts of the world, but that didn't stop CyberPower Inc. from announcing the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 video card. CyberPower issued a press release today stating its Fang EVO Black Mamba, Black Pearl, and Gamer Xtreme 3D desktop computers will be getting NVIDIA's brand new card. The Gamer Xtreme and Fang EVO lines will also have the option to upgrade to the new GTX 580. Now, the GTX 580 is packing 512 CUDA cores (which the GTX 480 was supposed to have) with a core clock of 772MHz. The card features 1.5GB GDDR5 memory at 4008MHz which will help to deliver 192.4GB/s of bandwidth. Cooling the card is a new vapor chamber design which should hopefully help keep the temps more in line than the GTX 480's cooling system. Reviews of this beast should start appearing tomorrow morning when the embargo is officially lifted, but if you want, CyberPower will allow you to add up to three of the GTX 580s into a system for the ultimate SLI rig. If you want to upgrade your own system with the GTX 580, pricing is expected to start at $499.


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: November 9, 2010 @ time: 06:11AM
Author: Nemo

If you’re not familiar with the term 'APU', you'll need to start brushing up on your nomenclature as AMD is beginning to lift the wraps off its Fusion products with a look at the Brazos platform and the accelerated processing unit (APU) code named 'Zacate' which combines CPU and GPU functionality onto a single die. Today's roundup features several articles on the architecture and AMD's platform roadmap. Also in our roundup today is a look at the Mionix Naos 3200 gaming mouse. Yesterday we got a chance to look at the OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB PCIe solid state drive and we're back today with a pair of additional reviews on this SSD. There's plenty more in our roundup today like the Corsair HS1 USB gaming headset so be sure to follow the links below for all of the reviews.

Cases
BitFenix Colossus @ XSReviews
Xigmatek Utgard Computer Case @ Tweaknews

CPUs
VIA Nano DC and VN1000 Preview - Dual Core Nanos Finally in the Pipe @ PC Perspective
A closer look at AMD's Brazos platform @ Tech Report
AMD's Low Power Fusion APU: Zacate Unveiled @ HotHardware
AMD Vision - The $399 Brazos Notebook Platform Preview @ Legit Reviews

Digital Photography/Video
Kodak EasyShare M580 14MP Digital Camera @ ThinkComputers

Gadgets
GlideTV Navigator Wireless Media Remote w/ Touchpad @ TweakTown

Input Devices
Mionix Naos 3200 Mouse @ Rbmods

Power Supplies
Seasonic X-Series: X-560 Power Supply @ [H]ardOCP

Prebuilts
ZOTAC ZBOXHD-ID34BR-U Blu-ray Mini-HTPC @ TweakTown

Speakers/Headphones
Corsair HS1 USB Gaming Headset @ Neoseeker

Storage/Hard Drives
OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB PCIE SSD @ Legit Reviews
OCZ RevoDrive X2 Review: Killer SSD Performance @ HotHardware

Video
ASUS GeForce GTS 450 1GB DirectCU TOP @ Madshrimps


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Hardware Roundup: NVIDIA GTX 580 Edition

Posted: November 9, 2010 @ time: 10:04AM
Author: Nemo

Well, if you look at your calendars you'll see that it's finally November 9. You'll also notice a nice collection of reviews on the rumored GeForce GTX 580. The GTX 580 is based on the Fermi architecture code named GF110. What NVIDIA is offering is a GPU designed to be the fastest single-GPU DX11 graphics card available with 512 CUDA cores, 16 Streaming Multiprocessors and 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory. NVIDIA has re-engineered the GF100 down to the transistor level in an effort to reduce the heat issues and increase performance per watt. In order to find out if NVIDIA succeeded, take a few minutes to read through the reviews from OCC and our affiliates.

NVIDIA GTX 580 @ OCC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 @ Neoseeker
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 GF110 Fermi Video Card @ Legit Reviews
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Performance @ Benchmark Reviews
Nvidia's GeForce GTX 580 graphics processor @ Tech Report
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB Review and SLI Testing - GF110 brings full Fermi @ PC Perspective
Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 @ Bjorn3D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580: A New Flagship Emerges @ HotHardware
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Video Card @ [H]ardOCP


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No Trip for the Cayman Cards This Year?

Posted: November 9, 2010 @ time: 05:21PM
Author: El_Capitan

With the GTX 580 officially being announced today, the next eagerly awaited news will come from AMD and its scheduled release of the HD 6970. Originally having planned to release it's "Cayman" GPU around November 22nd of this year, Taiwanese sources have reported that production has been delayed due to yield problems from the manufacturer, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. The HD 6970 is reported to have 2GB of GDDR5 memory and a 256-bit controller, which competes with Nvidia's latest, the GTX 580, which sports only 1.5GB memory. It's difficult to tell right now if this is just heresay or not, but if it's true, it might be a cold winter this year without any new power hungry GPUs to warm up the house.


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Armed Robbers Steal 100 Copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops from GameStop

Posted: November 9, 2010 @ time: 05:54PM
Author: bp9801

This bit of news is certainly surprising. Saturday night near Baltimore, Maryland, two armed robbers entered a GameStop and stole 100 copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops, the newest game in the series. The robbers also stole cash and game systems, but the major thing was the theft of four entire cases of the hotly anticipated game, which went on sale today. The GameStop in question is in the Festival in Bel Air shopping center which is located in Harford County. Police suspect the two men who stole the games and cash from that GameStop may also have stolen items from another GameStop in the county, this time in Aberdeen. The same white, late-model minivan the robbers fled in from the Bel Air store was also seen at the Aberdeen location, so odds are the men are the same. Since Black Ops wasn't launched at the time of the theft, police in the area said that if anyone is offered a copy of the game to call the local sheriff's office since it is more than likely one of the stolen copies.


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Google Announces Free Holiday Wi-Fi

Posted: November 9, 2010 @ time: 06:33PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Google is bringing back a promotion from last years holiday season. Google is joining forces with three airlines, AirTran, Delta, and Virgin America, to offer free Wi-Fi to passengers. The free Wi-Fi will be available during the period from November 20th to January 2nd. Google liked the feedback it received last year and thought it would make a nice gift this year. I have never used in-flight Wi-Fi, but it would be nice if Jet Blue were a partner in this so I could enjoy it.


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New AMD Chips to Target Mobile Platforms

Posted: November 9, 2010 @ time: 06:53PM
Author: CheeseMan42

AMD is developing new processors to target the expanding mobile market, including tablets and netbooks. This market is currently home to chips such as the Intel Atom and a variety of ARM based processors. According to several high ranking AMD employees, it could break into the market as early as next year. A little late to the party, but better late than never. The chips will be based on the Fusion architecture, the fruit of the AMD and ATI merger, and are code-named Wichita and Krishna. Fusion will combine both the CPU and GPU into one chip. The chips will feature the Bobcat CPU core, and will be able to handle 1080p video playback. As they will be built on the 28nm process, there should be significant savings over the current 40nm offerings.


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E-Book Sales Expected to Hit Nearly One Billion Dollars this Year, Three Billion in 2015

Posted: November 9, 2010 @ time: 07:27PM
Author: bp9801

There's no denying that e-readers, and by extension e-books, are getting to be quite popular. They are so popular in fact, that market research firm Forrester expects e-book sales to reach nearly one billion dollars this year alone. What's more is that number is expected to rise to nearly three billion by the year 2015. Forrester surveyed 4,000 people and found that only seven percent of them read e-books, but that seven percent accounts for a huge number of sales as 41% of the books bought are digital. However, that doesn't mean all the reading is done on an e-reader as 35% read e-books on a laptop, with 32% done on a Kindle, 15% on an iPhone, 12% on a Sony e-reader, and 10% on a netbook. Kindle users do account for a large number of sales by themselves, as 66% of all books bought by Kindle users are digital.


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Western Digital and Seagate Hit with Patent Lawsuits

Posted: November 10, 2010 @ time: 04:46PM
Author: bp9801

Western Digital and Seagate are perhaps two of the larger hard drive manufacturers in the world. Today, each one has been hit with a patent lawsuit claiming both companies are infringing on patents held by a California inventor. The inventor, Uri Cohen, sold his patents to Rembrandt IP Management a few years ago when he realized he could not afford an expensive legal battle. So now, Rembrandt is suing on his behalf. The patent infringement affects Seagate's Free Agent, Replica, Black Armor, Expansion, Barracuda, Momentus, Savvio, Cheetah, Constellation, Pipeline, DB35, and SV35 hard drives. For Western Digital, its My Book line, Elements, ShareSpace, My Passport, RE3, Caviar, and Scorpio hard drives are affected. So virtually every hard drive made by these two companies is affected by the patent infringement case.

What patents are being infringed exactly? The ones concerning low-noise toroidal thin film read/write heads that minimize magnetic interference. These heads are quite crucial for high-capacity drives since as the storage density increases, the noise and interference become more important. Both patents were filed back in 1997 by Cohen who did launch his own investigations into Seagate and Western Digital. When he could not continue the legal battle, he sold the patents to Rembrandt which is now suing both companies. Rembrandt wants a "reasonable royalty" from the two companies since each one has a good portion of the $12 billion a year hard drive business in the US.

The patent infringement case was filed in Wisconsin's Western District which is where Seagate has a facility. Depending on how the battle fares, other hard drive manufacturers may get pulled into it.


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: November 10, 2010 @ time: 05:14PM
Author: Nemo

We're back with another round of reviews and articles from around the Web. Yesterday saw the release of the GeForce GTX 580 and today's roundup has another review of the new card as well as a review of the Zotac GTS 450. We also saw articles on AMD's accelerated processing unit (APU) chips and today we have another article on the new processors.

Cases
BitFenix Survivor Mid Tower Chassis @ TweakTown

CPUs
AMD begins shipping Brazos, announces Bulldozer-based APUs @ Tech Report

Monitors/TVs
Samsung PN58C6400 58 Inch Plasma TV @ Tweaknews

Prebuilts
Maingear Shift Gaming PC with Super Stock Options @ TechSpot

Storage/Hard Drives
Patriot Inferno 120GB Solid State Drive @ ThinkComputers

Video
Zotac GTS 450 @ XSReviews
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 @ Techgage

Miscellany
Quick Review: Skin your life with GelaSkins @ TweakTown


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Kinect Drivers Beginning to Appear

Posted: November 10, 2010 @ time: 06:32PM
Author: CheeseMan42

With the recent release of the Kinect, it was only a matter of time before it would be usable on desktop systems. It didn't take long, and two drivers are already in the works. The NUI Group is working on a Windows driver and SDK to take full advantage of the Kinect functionality. They plan to release their work as open source after receiving $10,000 in donations. However, Hector Martin was able to gain access to the IR and RGB cameras within three hours, and has made his code publicly available. The functionality is pretty limited for now, but it is a great start. Follow the link for a video of it in action.


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All Four Major Networks Now Block Google TV

Posted: November 10, 2010 @ time: 07:30PM
Author: bp9801

Google has a bit of a battle ahead of itself if it wants to garner more support for its TV service. One major problem is that all four major networks now block Google TV in the US. Fox was on the fence but today it decided to block it, joining NBC, CBS, and ABC. Each network blocks Google TV by checking the Flash ID of how you are accessing one of the sites. If the Flash ID returns as one used by Google TV, then you will see a lovely box saying the content is not accessible on your device. Hulu and a few other cable channels also block Google TV from accessing the sites, so it seems viewing a legitimate TV episode on one of the Google TV devices just got that much harder.


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AMD HD 6970 Delayed?

Posted: November 10, 2010 @ time: 10:35PM
Author: bp9801

I'm sure none of you want to hear this, but it seems there may be a problem with AMD's HD 6970 video card. An insider is reporting a shortage of a component from Texas Instruments may cause the HD 6970 to be delayed from its planned November 22nd launch, not the previously reported yield issues. The component from TI is the integrated driver-MOSFET (DrMOS) which was first used on the HD 6800 series. This DrMOS is brand new so little information is known about it, but a shortage of it would mean a delay for the 6970 and most likely the 6950 as well. An interesting item is that AMD has not sent the final BIOS to its launch partners, which could be an indication it knew of the DrMOS shortage and acted accordingly. AMD is set to reveal the final launch date by the end of the week so hopefully it can keep on track. Even if the card gets released on the 22nd, there will probably be a supply shortage. I suppose we will just have to wait and see if the 6970 can be launched soon, but if not, NVIDIA can reap the benefits of its new flagship product a little longer.


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ARM Debuts New Embedded GPU Architecture

Posted: November 10, 2010 @ time: 10:39PM
Author: CowKing

Mali-T604 is ARM's latest embedded GPU technology that was unveiled today in California. Samsung will be the first of ARM's partners to get its hands on the new chip. The new GPU will be used with GPGPU(General Purpose Graphic Processing Unit) computing in mind by having extensive support for OpenCL and DirectX. The Mali-T604 comes with four shader cores and it has two to five times the number crunching ability as the current top of the line Mali-400 cores with the same clock speeds. It will have full support of DirectX11 and OpenGL ES 2.0. This new GPU will be joined with the Cortex-A15 CPU as an SoC(System-on-Chip). Don't expect to see these soon though since these are supposed to come out in the next several years. I'm just going to speculate and say 2013-2014 is usually the time frame of "the next several years".


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: November 11, 2010 @ time: 04:50AM
Author: Nemo

Call of Duty: Black Ops is out and we have an article comparing performance numbers on a pair of the latest mid-range graphics cards. We also have reviews on GeForce GTS 450 and Radeon HD 6850 cards. We have a couple of Cooler Master products being reviewed today starting with the Choiix Boom Boom portable speaker designed to provide upgraded sound for your notebook. The second product is also notebook-related and that's the NotePal U3 notebook cooler. There's also a roundup of X58 motherboards and more so be sure to check out all of the articles using the links below.

Cooling
Glacialtech Alaska CPU Cooler @ Legit Reviews
Cooler Master NotePal U3 Notebook Cooler @ ThinkComputers

CPUs
AMD Brazos and Zacate Architecture Preview - Bobcat Explored @ PC Perspective

Gaming
GoldenEye 007 Wii @ TweakTown

Input Devices
Speedlink Multitouch @ XSReviews
DIATEC Filco Majestouch N-key rollover Brown Switch Keyboard @ Madshrimps

Motherboards
High End X58 Motherboard Roundup: Asus, Gigabyte and MSI Compared, Overclocked and Dissected @ Madshrimps

Speakers/Headphones
Cooler Master Choiix Boom Boom Portable Speaker @ Tweaknews

Storage/Hard Drives
MUKii TransImp TIP-330SU-BK USB 3.0 External 3.5-inch HDD Enclosure @ TweakTown

Video
Call of Duty: Black Ops Benchmarks - GeForce GTX 460 vs Radeon HD 6870 @ Legit Reviews
MSI GeForce GTS 450 Cyclone Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
Sapphire HD 6850 : 1120 Shader vs 960 Shader @ Bjorn3D


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AMD Reveals CPU and GPU Roadmaps

Posted: November 11, 2010 @ time: 01:50PM
Author: bp9801

AMD has just revealed its plans for its future products during its annual Financial Analyst Day. The roadmaps revealed show the plans for its CPUs as well as its GPUs, some of which may surprise you. On the processor front, it looks like almost every single chip will have a DirectX11 class GPU embedded which means the Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit is for much more than just laptops. Also revealed is that Bulldozer won't be just for desktops and Bobcat won't be just for laptops. Small form factor desktops will be running off a Bobcat core, the Ontario and Zacate APUs in 2011 and the Krishna APUs in 2012. Also in 2012 will be the Bulldozer-based Trinity APUs for notebooks as well as the Bobcat-based Krishna and Wichita APUs. The Bulldozer-based ones will be for performance and mainstream notebooks while the Bobcat ones will be for everything else, including tablets. For the performance oriented desktop users, 2012 will see the release of the next generation Bulldozer-based Komodo CPUs which will pack eight cores and a DirectX11 GPU on the same die. If you're wondering, the Trinity and Komodo processors will be 32nm and the Krishna and Wichita ones will be 28nm.

On the video card side, the first quarter of 2011 will see the release of the HD 6990 which will be the dual GPU replacement for the current HD 5970. The HD 6970 and 6950 will see a release by the end of this year and then what appears to be a refresh in the first quarter of 2011, the same with the HD 6870 and 6850. What's more is that the Turks and Caicos cards will see a release in the first quarter as well, though no nomenclature was given for those other than the codename. There are also notebook versions planned for 2011, but those are mostly just codenames right now. It seems we won't have to wait much longer to see what AMD can bring to the table in the high-end segment for desktops.


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Black Ops Sells a Boatload

Posted: November 11, 2010 @ time: 06:28PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Call of Duty: Black Ops released only a few days ago, and details of its tremendous debut are now available. The game brought in $360 million in its first 24 hours on sale. The Call of Duty series continues to be a license for Activision Blizzard to print money, as Black Ops sold even better than Modern Warfare 2. Black Ops sold 5.6 million copies, while Modern Warfare 2 sold 4.7 million copies, or $310 million. That game went on to sell $550 million in its first week, and it will be interesting to see how Black Ops stacks up at the end of a week. Video games are coming on strong lately with other hits like the Grand Theft Auto and Halo series, bringing in big money for the companies that make the big hits.


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Nintendo Wants to Trademark 'It's On Like Donkey Kong'

Posted: November 11, 2010 @ time: 07:44PM
Author: bp9801

Donkey Kong is a popular ape. Ever since he debuted in 1981, he's become a pop-culture icon and is referenced in a variety of TV shows, movies, and even music. I'm sure most of you have heard or even used the phrase "It's on like Donkey Kong" in some form or another. Well, now Nintendo wants to apply a trademark to that phrase with the upcoming release of Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Wii. The phrase has a variety of meanings, including wanting to kick some behind, so it will be interesting to see if Nintendo can get it trademarked. If you are wondering, the game comes out on November 21st and Nintendo filed the trademark request with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office yesterday.


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: November 12, 2010 @ time: 04:37AM
Author: Nemo

It's the end of the week (finally) and we're here with another daily roundup of reviews and articles from our affiliates. In storage we have something new and something old. The 'new' would be OCZ's RevoDrive X2 240GB PCIe solid state drive. The 'old' is an article looking at traditional hard drives over the last 14 years. The holiday season is just around the corner and we have a review of the just released CoD: Black Ops along with a guide to the hottest games this season. We've got more, including the Super Mega CPU cooler from Prolimatech, Gigabyte's HD 6850 video card and others, so be sure to check out all of today's roundup by following the links below.

Cooling
Prolimatech Super Mega @ Tweaknews

CPUs
A Sneak Peek at AMD's First Fusion APU @ [H]ardOCP

Gaming
Call of Duty: Black Ops @ Techgage
Hottest PC games for the 2010 Holiday Season @ TechSpot

Input Devices
Quick Review: Rosewill RK-V1TP Wireless Touchpad Keyboard @ TweakTown

Memory
OCZ Blade ST 2000MHz Low Voltage DDR3 Memory @ Benchmark Reviews

Motherboards
The Return of the Mini-ITX Form Factor staring AMD @ TweakTown
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AMD Motherboard @ [H]ardOCP

Storage/Hard Drives
OCZ RevoDrive x2 240GB PCIe SSD - bigger and faster! @ PC Perspective
Unsung Heroes: 14 Years of Hard Drive Performance @ HotHardware

Video
GIGABYTE Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card Overclocked @ TweakTown

Miscellany
PCPer Podcast #130 @ PC Perspective


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ASUS Introduces the Most Powerful GTX 580 Graphics Card

Posted: November 12, 2010 @ time: 12:56PM
Author: El_Capitan

For those in tune with the reviews about the newly released GTX 580 know that it's what the GTX 480 from Nvidia should have been. ASUS is taking it a step further and allowing those who want to experience the full potential of the graphics card by introducing the exclusive "Voltage Tweak". It allows users a relatively quick and easy way to overvolt the graphics card to its limit, which ASUS is stating to be at 1157MHz. The ASUS GTX 580 starts with a factory overclock of 782MHz, so a 375MHz increase in Core Clock measures up to just under a 48% increase!


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