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RumorTT: AMD Radeon HD 8970 coming soon?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 1:22 am

We posted a leaked Sapphire document yesterday and something I noticed were the black lines drawn through some of the details, mainly the stream processors on "Toxic ZX" and "Da Original" where it seems they had SP counts of 2304.

 

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2304 is much higher than the 2048 stock, and according to PC Perspective, if this card were to come out, with the SP's running at 1225MHz, we could expect another 35- to 45-percent increase over the stock HD 7970.

 

If this were true, this could be a product AMD are keeping back from us all, waiting for NVIDIA to strike with their Kepler hammer. AMD have always been great at moving to another, smaller process and maybe this time with how good the 7000-series cards are, they struck gold. Decided to keep the treasure map to the true power of these cards, and if they've gotten there now... we could expect an AMD Radeon HD 8970 if it's true.

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Pre-CES 2012 preview of Thermaltake coolers including Frio Extreme

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 4:37 pm

Last month we visited the Thermaltake HQ in Taipei where we stumbled upon a few products where we got the chance to film them on video in this pre-CES 2012 preview of some new cooling products from the Taiwanese company.

 

 

Starting off in the air department we have the Frio Extreme which is similar in design to past Frio series air coolers from Thermaltake, but the Extreme version which will come out sometime in Q1 2012 takes things to a whole new level being able to provide up to 250 watts of CPU cooling ability.

 

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Included on the cooler are two 120mm cooling fans and two aluminum heat blocks with six heatpipes. This cooler also comes with a new fan controller attached to it which allows you to adjust the fan speed in a small little black unit.

 

Next up we have a range of water cooling products from Thermaltake which will also be displayed at CES and go on sale by the end of Q1 2012. It is the Water 2.0 series including the Water 2.0 Performer, Water 2.0 Pro and the Water 2.0 Extreme. Some of these coolers are based on similar designs that are already out on the market since now Thermaltake and other companies use the same design as provided the same supplier.

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Download of the Day: AIMP 3.00.976

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 1:54 pm

Our Download of the Day today is AIMP 3.00.976.

 

AIMP is a free audio player with support for large number of formats and playlists. It works with multiple playlists immediately, allows creation of bookmarks and also has a playback queue.

 

• Crystal-clear sound, technology of reproduction essentially differs from Winamp and WMP

• Sensitive equalizer

• A maximum of functionality from a minimum of resources

• The minimal consumption of system resources

• Multilingual support

• Support of set of formats of audio

• Adjustment of global and local hot keys (patterns from WinAmp and WMP)

• Flexible options of the program and various covers will allow you to make A.I.M.P. completely individual

• Support of plug-ins with which help it is possible to expand opportunities of the program

• The audioconverter codes music from the most different formats in wma, mp3, wav, ogg

• Plus many more !

 

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Deal of the Day: Toshiba BDX1200 Blu-ray Disc Player for $74.99 & Free Budget Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 1:13 pm

Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - Toshiba BDX1200 Blu-ray Disc Player for $74.99 & Free Budget Shipping!.

 

Offer: Get the Toshiba BDX1200 Blu-ray Disc Player for $74.99 plus Free Budget Shipping. You can play a huge variety of different disc formats from BD, BD-R/RE, DVD, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, & even CD, CD-R/CD-RW, and file formats from AVCHD, AVI, MP3, & more! Easily play back MKV files from your USB flash drive, even. This is a great price, and the reviews most places I read were good. Definitely worth checking out for the price. Expires 1/3/12.

 

TOSHIBA BDX1200 BLU-RAY DISC PLAYER DEAL

 

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Taiwan foundries to cut prices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 12:26 pm

The world may be going through some changes, and I really think we're just beginning to scrape the surface of a real GFC, but Taiwanese foundries are talking about slicing prices by 10- to 15-percent for wafters built on mature node processes.

 

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These wafters have lower production costs, so the foundries are passing on the savings to you and me, the customer. The move is said to build consumer confidence in building their inventory after a shaky 2011 in the U.S. and European markets. DigiTimes reports that although there is slow demand for mature process manufacturing, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) continues to see orders build up for the advanced 28nm technology (such as the great Radeon HD 7970 from AMD), according to sources at non Taiwan-based chip suppliers.

 

This is only a good thing, savings on technology. It also allows vendors to buy cheaper, and pass those savings onto the customer, too. All we need now is a drop in the mid to high-end range of GPUs and I'll be happy. Give me some HD 7970's for under $500 AUD and I'll be a happy chappy.

Spotted: Gigabyte's Radeon HD 7970, sports custom-design

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 11:26 am

The first picture of a non-reference design AMD Radeon HD 7970, which comes from Gigabyte. The GV-R797OC-3GD is a factory-overclocked card, which makes use of Gigabyte's Ultra Durable VGA+ PCB and custom-design triple-fan WindForce cooler.

 

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The Ultra Durable VGA+ PCB uses a 2oz copper layer for better electrical stability and heat distribution, ferrite-core chokes, low RDS (on) MOSFETs, hand-picked high-performance GDDR5 memory chips, and more. The cooler sports a combination of heatsinks and aluminum fin arrays to feed heat from the GPU, memory, and VRM to its copper heat-pipes and ventilated by three fans.

 

Gigabyte make use of a non-reference design, using non-reference cooling assembly, but most likely a reference design PCB, except, it's red. No details on clock speeds or pricing yet.

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Diablo entered our hearts, minds, souls and mice, 15 years ago today

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 10:25 am

15 years. Fifteen years. It has been that long since Blizzard's crazy click-your-mouse-until-your-finger-drops-off Diablo came out and has since then, turned into one of the most successful PC franchises, ever.

 

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It was originally released on December 31, 1996, when I was just 13 years old and turns 15 today. Blizzard seem to be going on this celebration of 15 years with, well, nothing at all. You'd think with Diablo III to be [hopefully] released this year, there'd be more fan fare.

 

Diablo was the creation of Dave Brevik and Max and Eric Schaefer whilst they worked at Blizzard North. All three of them resigned in mid-2003 under interesting circumstances and went on to found Flagship Studios. From there, we had Hellgate: London which was the only game released and after that Max and Eric started Runic Games and released Torchlight.

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Sony starts the new year with updated Tablet S pricing, now starts at $400 for 16GB model

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 9:21 am

Sony have kicked off the new year with some new pricing on their 9.4-inch Tablet S. They've dropped the price by $100 which now puts the 16GB model at $400 and the 32GB model at $500.

 

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This price drop follows a temporary $50 price cut, which Sony announced on December 15th. This makes the tablet another $50 cheaper, which just cannot be complained about. With the new pricing, it takes it out of competition with ASUS' Transformer Prime and Apple's iPad 2.

 

It now fights alongside fellow warriors such as Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and the original ASUS Transformer, as well as both Toshiba Thrive tablets.

 

With the updated pricing, will you grab a Sony Tablet S?

RumorTT: God Of War IV to feature co-op, arrives late 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 8:24 am

In the January 2012 issue of UK magazine PSM3, they suggest that the fourth major instalment in the PlayStation-exclusive God Of War series is coming at the end of this year and will feature online co-op play.

 

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Co-op has been popular lately, with Resistance 3, Dead Island, Gears of War 3 and Portal 2 all sporting the amazing feature. Not that it's new, but it seemed to disappear when next-gen consoles and their seemingly watered-down games started coming out.

 

GoW IV's development news is nothing new, but the co-op nugget is. GoW IV will see players breaking out of Hades, with the two protagonists will be a dearly-departed Kratos and his equally undead brother, Deimos. I hope to see some more on this soon.

Nintendo, Sony and EA have all reversed decisions in supporting SOPA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 7:22 am

I must've somehow missed this in the hoopla that is New Years, but I'll make it quick. Nintendo, Electronic Arts and Sony Electronics have all followed by example of Microsoft and the Business Software Alliance by kicking the ass of support for SOPA.

 

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This is a good move, as they all know that the land of Internet people will be at their doors with pitch forks if they continued support for the Stop Online Piracy Act. All three of the companies did not make a comment on why they reversed their decision to support SOPA, but the pitch fork image I have in my head does it for me.

 

Keep in mind that not all of Sony land took their support away, with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Music Nashville all still appear on the SOPA list. Let's wait to see how this bill goes, let's all collectively hope that it does not pass.

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