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Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 7:19 am

The latest roundup from around the web - January 10th, 2012.

 

AMD Radeon HD 7970 reviews:

 

Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Review - Technic3D

XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Black Edition and CrossFire Results Review - PC Perspective

PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 CrossFire Review - Hardware Heaven

HIS Radeon HD 7970 Review - Hardware Heaven

HIS Radeon HD 7970 Review - Overclockers.com

XFX R7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation Review - Benchmark Reviews

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NVIDIA announce DirectTouch technology for Tegra 3, will provide a smoother touch experience

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 6:29 am

CES 2012: Just when we thought NVIDIA's Tegra 3 was all fleshed out and even after a conference call with the company, so did I. But, NVIDIA have just unveiled at CES, "DirectTouch". DirectTouch is a Tegra 3-exclusive technology that uses the fifth companion core to improve touch detection.

 

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What does NVIDIA's DirectTouch do exactly? Well, apps that use DirectTouch will be able to have much higher touch responsiveness, and a more streamlined experience on the Tegra 3-based devices. What I find weird is that only NVIDIA are doing this.

 

What does this mean for non NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered devices? Well, they'll still have a little bit of lag. I think the DirectTouch technology is something we'd need to have a hands-on and not just an eyes-on, although a video demo will be nice.

Ford tease Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, can drive electrically for 20 miles before starting its engine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 5:24 am

CES 2012: It's not all consumer electronics to be used indoors at CES, there's also ourdoor-y type in the form of a car from Ford. Ford have just announced their 2013 Fusion, which is an all-new car packed to the rim with gadgets and tech like adaptive cruise control and comes in gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants.

 

Effiency for the mid-sized sedan ranges from 26MPG city and 37MPG highway in the gasoline variant to 44MPG city and 44MPG highway for the lithium-ion-packed hybrids. The Fusion Energi plu-in sports an estimated 100MPGe, which is 7MPGe better than the Volt and 13MPGe better than the Prius plug-in. Not only that, the Fusion is actually bigger than the two models mentioned.

 

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It can also drive for 20 miles on electricity before starting its engine, and will accelerate all the way up to 62MPH on battery power alone. This is a great feature for those who just want to duck out to the shops, or go out to dinner or see a movie.

 

Infotainment is something worth mentioning, too. It sports the latest, more-simple version of MyFord Touch which is paired with SYNC. Like the Focus Electric or C-MAX Energy, charging, heating and cooling can all be controlled remotely with MyFord Mobile.

 

Pricing hasn't been mentioned, but Ford has said it will show up in stateside showrooms later this year.

Maingear taps some of that sweet AMD Radeon HD 7970 power for its Shift, F131 and Vybe desktops

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 3:29 am

CES 2012: We all knew that when AMD launched the Radeon HD 7970, that it would find itself plugged in and abused in the best of systems and Maingear is doing just that.

 

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They've just announced that they will be offering the Radeon HD 7970 in their Shift and F131 desktops as well as the Vybe in the future. Maingear will offer the setups with CrossFireX-based configurations, which should whet the appetite of the most power-hungry users.

 

Backed up by lifetime warranty, Maingear systems also include phone support in the U.S. as well as three-year hardware warranty options. Also keep in mind that the new GCN (Graphics Core Next) from AMD can be very power-concious, by either powering the cards off (when only one is required) or down to very low idle power states. Even better value for money if you ask me.

Hands-on with new GIGABYTE T1132N notebook, tablet and desktop PC

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 3:19 am

CES 2012 - During the "Meet the Executives" event at the GIGABYTE suite here at CES we ran into Nick from the notebook department where he was kind enough to introduce us to the new T1132N. It's similar to the older T1125N except it comes with a newer and faster CPU and CPU and some other nice bits such as USB 3.0.

 

 

The device is rather unique in that it can act as a notebook, tablet and desktop PC thanks to its functionality. The screen can twist 180 degrees and pushed down to become a slate-like device and when in tablet mode it can be installed in the included dock to turn into a desktop PC. The dock comes with a DVD player (which can also be removed and connected to the system via USB) and also some additional connectors such as gigabit LAN and USB 3.0 ports.

 

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This 11.6-inch capacitive multi-touch device comes with the Intel Core i502467M processor clocked at 2.3GHz, Intel HM65 Express chipset, NVIDIA GeForce GT520M 1GB graphics and a 500GB 2.5-inch HDD.

 

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Fatal1ty makes sneaky appearance at NVIDIA CES event

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 3:16 am

CES 2012 - So as Jen-Hsun Huang gets into the gaming segment of their CES press conference, a FPS is loaded, and the camera for the big screen moves over to a couple of guys off to the side of the stage are connected via LAN, but it seems there are three actual players!

 

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As the discussion continues, Jen-Hsun Huang starts talking smack to the two individuals, and asks them why are you getting hit so much, who is doing all that damage, who is doing all the PWN'ing on this match? While this is going on, the large screen was showing the odd man out's view of his screen, and the player in question was handing out punishment with little damage to his own character.

 

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A few seconds later Jen-Hsun Huang spills the beans and informs the audience that he has enlisted the help of the World's top FPS gamer, Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel! As you can see he was sitting in the audience with a lady holding his tablet as he delivered the pain to the other two LAN combatants.

 

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One other cool thing about the time with Fatal1ty is when they brought him on stage. With the use of Splashtop on the Asus Transformer Prime, they booted Bethesda's latest title and even were able to take his level 27 character through a bit of dragon slaying in Skyrim. Of course it needed a base system to run from initially, but in the end, Fatal1ty discusses how flawless the feel and gameplay experience is with these devices...

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NVIDIA and ASUS flash 7-inch Tegra 3-powered tablet, just $249

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 2:54 am

CES 2012 - This is something that is sure to brush up some feathers over at the Apple camp, where NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang and ASUS Chairman Jerry Shen took the stage of CES at the same time and teased a 7-inch ASUS tablet.

 

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It was powered by NVIDIA's SoC, Tegra 3, and sported Google's latest Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). But, that's not the best bit. The best part of the tease is it will be sold for just $249. That is an insane price for what you'd be getting in this tablet.

 

This is the same price as the much less-specced Nook Tablet, which is a great starting point. It's an ASUS-branded product, powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 3, 7-inch screen and sports Android 4.0, oh and it's $249. That's enough to get excited about, for sure. From what Engadget were able to see, it seems to be the Eee Pad MeMO ME370T.

 

On top of those specs, it will be a WiFi-only model, and sports an 8-megapixel camera.

OCZ Z-Drive R4 RM1616's caught breaking speed limit at 13GB/s and 100k IOPS

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 2:33 am

CES 2012 - We managed to sneak into the OCZ suite here in Las Vegas before anyone else and we got a look at their range of new enterprise storage solutions and the one that stood out for me was the demo of two Z-Drive R4 RM1616 PCI-E 2.0 drives running together in RAID 0 to produce some really mind-blowing performance numbers.

 

 

The Z-Drive R4 RM1616 is not a desktop part and easily out of reach for pretty much all consumers, if you have the big bucks, this is the ultimate storage though. The drives come with no less than 16 SandForce 2500 series controllers and up to 16TB of storage capacity. In the video of the demo you can see above, OCZ had two RM1616 drives setup in one system running together in RAID 0 mode.

 

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This outrageousness is able to produce almost 13GB/s (yes - we are talking 13,000MB/s) and close enough to 100,000 IOPS with random 128k reads. And with random 4k reads IOPS hit a crazy 1.4 million IOPS and that is being limited by an Intel X79 system. With a faster computer, OCZ reckons the solution can hit up to 2 million IOPS in the 4k read range.

Gigabyte announce S1081 Windows slate and T1006M netvertible, both sport Intel Cedar Trail

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 2:28 am

CES 2012: Intel did warn us of next-gen netbooks, and well, here we are. CES is a great time to launch products and every man, and his dog knows this. Gigabyte, too. Gigabyte haven't given too many details on their two new 10-inch slates, which both sport unspecified variants of Intel's Cedar Trail. Not only were specs hush-hush, but so too were launch dates and pricing.

 

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Details that are known are the T1006M is a convertible tablet that features a 1366x768 resolution display, a USB 3.0 port, and what looks like a 3.5G modem. The S1081 on the other hand, is a normal Windows 7 business slate, and includes the choice between HDD and SSD storage, an optical trackpad for extra "precision", USB 3.0, VGA and HDMI outputs, plus the same optional multimedia dock.

 

These puppies should hit the CES floor and will be judged over and over. Also heading to the U.S. market that were announced by Gigabyte are the Booktop T1132, Booktop M2432 and P2532 gaming notebook.

Most Next Gen GIGABYTE Motherboards Will Feature Cache Options

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 2:06 am

CES 2012 - We had a little treat today while visiting GIGABITE. Colin Brix stopped by with a hand full of new motherboards right from the R&D labs. We can't say too much about them but you can start to see how these will eventually become XXX-UD3, XXX-UD5 and so on.

 

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Being the storage editor here at TweakTown I started looking closer at the storage options on these next generation motherboards. SATA III all over the place, check! Intel motherboards today are limited to just two SATA III ports but that will be a thing of the past really soon. What is even more impressive though is that most of these boards include either an mSATA or mini PCIe slot for HDD cache capabilities. We still need to determine if these boards are using mSATA or mini PCIe but will be digging for the information this evening. With OCZ showing their new Kilimanjaro, a joint OCZ and Marvell controller that uses mini PCIe 3.0 we have to wonder if mSATA is going to be replaced for Intel SRT with mini PCIe 3.0.

 

I'll update this post when I know more. Click the story to see more pictures!

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