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AMD FM1 and FM2 packages are incompatible

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 14, 2011 2:30 am

Below, we have a picture of the AMD accelerated processing units in both FM1 and future FM2 packages, which the latter will be based on the next-generation Trinity APU. In the picture below, "Llano" FM1 APU is on the left, "Trinity" FM2 is on the right.


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Both packages are pretty much identical, with the difference between them a set of blanked pins in the sub-central portion of the pin array. The FM2 package sports 904 pins whilst the FM1 package has 1 more at 905 pins. One pin is blanked, whilst a pair of blanked pins are arranged further away from the central cutout.

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Leaked Sandy Bridge benchmarks, doesn't impress for gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 14, 2011 1:26 am

Intel's new Sandy Bridge-E flagship processor, the Core i7 3960X has been thrown through a handful of benchmarks by Chinese website The benchmarks put the i7 3960X head-to-head against the Sandy Bridge-based i7 2600K.


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Intel's Core i7 3960X will be the bees knees of the Sandy Bridge-E series, featuring 6-cores and 12 threads clocked at stock clocks of 3.6GHz and 3.9GHz when using Turbo Boost. The chip uses a maximum TDP of 130W, features 15MB L3 cache and launches on November 14.

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Weekend Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Nov 12, 2011 6:29 am

The latest happenings from around the web - November 12th, 2011




- GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD7 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

- ASUS M5A97, M5A99X, and Crosshair V Motherboard Review Roundup @ PC Perspective

- ECS A75F-M2 Socket FM1 mATX Motherboard @ Futurelooks

- MSI 990FXA GD-80 Motherboard @ Overclockers Club

- ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Intel Z68 Motherboard @ ThinkComputers

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Skyrim, reviews are insanely good. Looks like a GOTY title is here, folks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 12, 2011 4:11 am

While we can get mixed up in the David vs Goliath battle that is Call of Duty vs Battlefield, we can forget another amazing open-world RPG launched from Bethesda. No, wait, no we can't. Skyrim has been getting its fair share of press too, and while it might be able to boast of nearly half a billion in first-day sales, it can boast with its near-perfect reviews.


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It looks like its gotten 90-percent or higher in every review, without me over-exaggerating. I'll let a few quotes from some reviews convince you:




The sheer size of the adventure, both in terms of its environment and in the amount of activities available to the player, is mind-blowing.


Giant Bomb:


It's one thing when a game offers dozens of hours of gameplay; it's quite another when that gameplay is good enough you'll want to live in its world for that long.

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Sony CEO says they building "a different kind of TV set," just like Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Nov 12, 2011 3:20 am

Everyone is waiting on Apple to "reinvent" the television set, but Sony CEO Howard Stringer has recently confirmed that Sony are stepping up to battle, too. Stringer recently said during a breakfast hosted by The Wall Street Journal, that:


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There's a tremendous amount of R&D going into a different kind of TV set. We can't continue selling TV sets [as we currently do]. Every TV set we all make loses money.


Stringer said that he has "no doubt" that Steve Jobs had intentions of designing a brand-new kind of television, but also stated that "it will take a long time to transition to a new form of television". Reports have floated around that Apple would use its Siri voice control engine on their yet-to-be-announced television set, where Stringer wasn't specific on how Sony would reimagine the television set.

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iPhone 4S battery life issues gone [for some], iOS 5.0.1 intros new issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 12, 2011 2:08 am

Is this what a post Steve Jobs Apple looks like? You would think in a closed-off world that Apple keeps iOS-based products in, that these sorts of issues just wouldn't happen, but here we are. Apple says that they are still investigating battery drain issues with the iPhone 4S after some users complained that the newly-released iOS 5.0.1 update didn't solve their issues.


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Now Apple users are looking at more issues, such as microphone failures, Wi-Fi signal loss, and cellular network reception issues. Apple said in a statement to All Things Digital:


The recent iOS software update addressed many of the battery issues that some customers experienced on their iOS 5 devices. We continue to investigate a few remaining issues.

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Modern Warfare 3 breaks one-day entertainment sales records, developers beg customers for better Metacritic ratings

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 12, 2011 1:07 am

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has done it again, it has become to biggest entertainment launch of all time, smashing the previous record set by... Call of Duty: Black Ops last year. MW3 took in over $400 million in revenue in just 24 hours, selling 6.5 million copies of the game across 3 platforms in the US and UK.


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Black Ops pulled in $360 million on its opening day last year, with Modern Warfare 2 raking in $310 million in the first 24 hours. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotickt says:


We believe the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the biggest entertainment launch of all time in any medium, and we achieved this record with sales from only two territories. Other than Call of Duty, there has never been another entertainment franchise that has set opening day records three years in a row. Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise exceed worldwide theatrical box office for 'Star Wars' and 'Lord of the Rings,' two of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time.

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TechEye's Week In Review: Top Picks

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Nov 11, 2011 5:06 pm

Hello TweakTown readers. It's us again, at TechEye, here to tell you about some of the movings and shakings from the last week.


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We kicked off the week with a story about Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia fame. Wales, the Wikipedia founder, was travelling through one of the UK's airports when a customs official literally dropped her pencil with surprise. The bearded Wales was mistaken by the confused customs official who thought he was a rabble rouser called Julian Assange, of Wikileaks. He explained he wasn't and all was fine. Except with TechEye - he forced us to apologise because we mentioned something about a woman called Rachel Marsden, who was never Wales' girlfriend.


Apple took its usual approach to security this week, which is to say, it swiftly buried its head in the sand. An iOS developer unearthed a serious flaw in the App Store which meant a dodgy app could act maliciously. Developer Charlie Miller reported the problem to Apple, which thanked him by kicking him out of the iOS developer program. Apparently by pointing out a serious bug he had broken terms and conditions. He'll be showing off his findings in Taiwan soon.

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Want to see a REAL GTX 560 Ti? Colorful gets its game on with the iGame GTX 560Ti Kudan

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 11, 2011 4:23 pm

In typical standout fashion, chinese based VGA add-in board partner Colorful has come forward today introducing their latest super duper, highly modified graphics card - the iGame GTX 560Ti Kudan.


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Straight off the bat when you look at the accompanying photos of this card, you can see it's a huge step away from the norm and clearly stands right out. There might be a real lot of GTX 560Ti's on the market, but nothing quite like this one.


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Colorful has not only designed a stronger custom PCB for this card, but it also comes with a add-in card that provides additional power phases. The triple-slot cooler boasting ten heatpipes and three fans (one 90mm and two 80mm) is truly a work of art, as shown in the photos, with a chunky backplate and also coming with five detachable heatsinks (which are a part of the Air-Kit), along with paints and brushes in the Color-Kit to further customize the look of your GTX 560Ti Kudan's cooler how you see fit.

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Thermaltake launches seven new "Smart Series" PSUs

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 11, 2011 3:11 pm

A total of seven new power supplies have just entered Thermaltake's frey, all coming in under their mainstream positioned Smart series. Three of the units are modular coming in wattages of 450, 550 and 650, while the other four non-modular units give wattage options of 430W, 530W, 630W and 730W.


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The three modular units get 80Plus Bronze certification with up to 88% efficiency, whilst the non-modular models are 80Plus rated providing up to 86% efficiency. Features across the board in the new Smart series lineup include ATX 12V V2.3 compliance, active PFC, single 12V rail, whisper quiet 140mm fan and MTBF of over 100,000 hours.

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