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Sapphire want to bring their famous Vapor-X cooler to the CPU cooling market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 3:36 am

Sapphire's Vapor-X coolers are somewhat of a huge deal in the GPU community, reviewers and users love them, because of their great performance, and noise levels. It seems Sapphire want to see CPU coolers sporting the Vapor-X technology, and have now shown off a new cooler at CeBIT, which should hit mass production in the near future.

 

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The Vapor-X cooler, at first glance, does not look different from many other big CPU coolers we see from Cooler Master or Thermaltake. It features four heatpipes running from the base of the cooler to the fins on the heatsinks, as well as sporting two 120mm fans and various bits of plastic shrouding to make the cooler look, well, cool.

 

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So far, this is no different to most other coolers, except the vapor chamber. Rather than use a standard metal plat for the base of the cooler itself, Sapphire have chosen to use a vapor chamber, to which the heatpipes are attached. Again, this itself isn't unique, as Asetek have been here before a few years ago, but in their case, the vapor chamber was directly connected to the heatpipes, and thus, too sensitive to how to the cooler was installed.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 can overclock... itself!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 2:22 am

I bet you read that title, and thought "haha, yeah right", well, strap yourself in ladies and gentlemen. NVIDIA's 28nm-based Kepler GK104 GPU is being shown around the Game Developers Conference, as we speak, with Heise.de citing people it spoke to at CeBIT.

 

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Let's do this: some models of the GeForce 600-series from NVIDIA will introduce a load-based clock speed-boost feature, similar to Intel's Turbo Boost, where the GPU will ramp up clock speeds to the GPU when it senses heavy loads. If there's a stressful scene to render, the GPU overclocks itself, gets through the scene, and goes back down to stock speeds. Wow.

 

This ensures that the GPU has higher minimum and average frame rates, which is a great thing to see. Another thing to point out, is the GK104 does actually sport 1,536 CUDA cores, which should give it a definite kick up the bum for number-crunching scenarios, such as shading, post-processing, and GPGPU-based work. But, the CUDA cores don't automatically give you super amounts of performance, unfortunately.

 

It's said to give the GTX 680 a 10-percent (or so) advantage of AMD's Radeon HD 7970 in Battlefield 3 for example, but be roughly 10-percent slower than the HD 7970 in 3DMark 11. Something else worth pointing out is that the GeForce GTX 680 will launch this month, and not be a paper-launch. Small quantities will be made available, and through just select AIC partners. Quantities should start building up over the later months.

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iOS 5.1 brings 4G support to the iPhone 4S, in a trolltastic kinda way

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 1:34 am

iPhone 4S owner longing for some super-speedy 4G LTE action? Well, you're in luck, in a way! With the "new iPad" announcement, came the iOS 5.1 software update, with some people already installing it and finding some nuggets of info within the update.

 

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For those with the iPhone 4S, you can download iOS 5.1 which gives you 4G LTE, kinda. The iOS 5.1 software update adds the capability to display a 4G logo, where the 3G logo usually sits. But, it doesn't do anything other than look pretty.

 

It simply branding the current technology as 4G, even though it was 3G yesterday. Are Apple trolling their customers, making them think updating to iOS 5.1 automagically transforms their just-yesterday-this-was-3G to omfg-I-have-4G! No, no it doesn't. You still have 3G, and I have no idea why this is showing up. At the moment, its only AT&T that shows this, it doesn't show up in other firmwares, according to Jailbreak Nation.

 

Thanks to my mate Daniel for pointing this news out to me!

Corsair puts their foot on the Accelerator, releases new Accelerator Series SSDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 1:03 am

Corsair have just released a new range of SSD series today, the Accelerator. The drive is aimed for caching purposes, and even comes bundled with NVELO's DataPlex caching software. Corsair had shown off the Accelerator series at CES 2012, but the drive has not been made available until today.

 

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The Corsair Accelerator series is available in three sizes: 30, 45 and 60GB. The drive doesn't need to be super-large, as its only used as a cache drive, so it only stores the most frequently accessed data. Caching is aimed toward average users as utilizing two separate drives can be a bit hard for the novice user, whereas advanced users want total control over their data.

 

Keeping the price of the drive down is important, as it will attract more buyers, especially those who don't yet own an SSD drive. The new drive sports a SATA 3Gbps interface, which Corsair chose to keep the price down. The drives come in two different specs, with two different controllers between the 30GB (SandForce SF-2141 controller) and the 45/60GB drives with the SandForce SF-2181 controllers.

 

The only difference between these two controllers is the SF-2181 supports up to 8 channels, where the SF-2141 is limited to jut 4 channels.

Everyone wrong - not iPad 3 or iPad HD, "The new iPad" called just that

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 7, 2012 7:29 pm

So, the Apple just got done with its iPad press event and we were all wrong on the naming.

 

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It's not going to be called the iPad 3 or the iPad HD as many thought it would be named. Instead Apple is just going with "The new iPad".

 

This is a bit of a surprise and it's sure to confuse customers, but Apple must know better than us. It's probably not a massive surprise as the iPod never had version numbers and neither did Macs or MacBooks for that matter.

 

The new iPad will start at $499 for the Wi-Fi 16GB version and go all the way up to $829 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + 4G version. The old iPad will just be available in 16GB Wi-Fi and 16GB Wi-FI + 3G for $399 and $529 respectively, quite a drop over the old prices.

Apple's new iPad also gets 4G LTE high-speed mobile internet access

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 7, 2012 6:41 pm

Apple aren't wasting any time with this event and not boring us with facts and figures. We already saw that the new iPad will get Retina Display, but it will also get 4G LTE high-speed internet access.

 

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For comparison, the iPad 2 has 3.1Mbps on EV-DO and 7.2 Mbps on HSPA and the new iPad will get 21Mbps on HSPA+, 42Mbps on HSDPA and a massive 73Mbps on supported LTE networks. According to Engadget, Verizon, Rogers, Bell, Telus and AT&T will be the LTE partners.

 

In addition the new iPad can be a personal hotspot like the iPhone 4, but it will still depend on if your carrier supports it or not.

Apple's new iPad gets high-def Retina Display just as expected, still no name

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 7, 2012 6:29 pm

Apple just announce the new iPad several minutes ago and as everyone expected it will come with Retina Display, you know... the same high quality display as found in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s.

 

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To be precise, it comes with a 2048 x 1536 resolution which equates to 264 pixels per inch. Yep, it is higher than a standard 1080p HD resolution and should offer splendid image quality just as claimed by Apple.

 

Apple are still calling this device the "new iPad", still no official name yet. iPad 3 or iPad HD - what do you think?

New Apple TV supports 1080p and the UI is 1080p as well

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 7, 2012 6:18 pm

Apple has just started talking about Apple TV changes at its iPad event that's happening right now and one of the first announcements regards Apple TV.

 

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It is getting an update to support 1080p TV episodes and the user interface is also getting an update to 1080p as well. The new Apple TV will be going on sale next week for $99 and you can order it today, well once the Apple store opens again, probably shortly after this event finishes up.

 

We'll post more as it comes in.

Wednesday Morning Roundup for March 7, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 7, 2012 2:36 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 7th, 2012.

 

Storage:

 

Intel 240GB Series 520 SSD - t-break

 

Motherboards & CPUs:

 

MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) LGA 2011 ATX Motherboard - PC Perspective

Intel Core i7-3820 Extreme Edition CPU - Benchmark Reviews

 

Cases, Cooling & PSUs:

 

Kingwin Lazer Platinum 1000 W - techPowerUp

Antec Three Hundred Two Mid-Tower Chassis - TweakTown

Cougar Evolution Mid Case - XtremeComputing

Silverstone SG08 - Overclock3D.net

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TweakTown jobs up for grabs for people in San Francisco and Taipei

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Mar 7, 2012 2:02 pm

We have two job positions up for grabs for one person based in San Francisco and Taipei.

 

The San Francisco position is for a part time news poster. He or she should have past experience in this area and be prepared to go to tech events in the Bay area and around the US.

 

The Taipei position is for a full time native Chinese speaker with a good to high level of the English language. He or she will work on an upcoming project here at TweakTown involving translating English content to Chinese and creating unique content in Chinese. They should also have a high level understanding of computers and technology and previous tech writing experience would be a major plus.

 

If you are interested in either of the positions or may know someone who is, please email all applications to camwilmot at tweaktown dot com along with your CV.

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