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NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 550 Ti listed at certain European e-tailers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 1, 2011 12:40 am

NVIDIA's upcoming budget bonanza card the GeForce GTX 550 Ti has been spotted in several EU retail listings, this allows us a look at pricing and specs. The GTX550 is set to be a dual-slot card based on a 40nm GF116 GPU sporting 192 CUDA cores, 32 texture units with a GPU/shader clock of 900/1800MHz. It should also carry 1GB of GDDR5 memory with a 128-bit bus and an effective speed of 4100MHz, peak power is said to be rated at 110W.


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Pricing should be €160 ($220) which should put the card against the overclocked GTX460s and the Radeon HD 6870. It should be noted that it falls just below the GTX560 Ti which has double the CUDA cores and memory interface.

Radeon HD 6990 spotted, Red Cross calls for donations due to sudden blood rush to organs worldwide

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 1, 2011 12:34 am

March is building up to be quite the month for GPU releases with both NVIDIA and AMD releasing dual-GPU based cards to impress the world. Because of CeBIT, AMD and NVIDIA partners have had the opportunity to show off their enthusiast level cards.


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Sapphire has stepped up to the plate by showing off a dual Cayman-based Radeon HD 6990. Judging from the above shot, we can see the GD 6990 uses dual 8-pin power and is capable of consuming 300W of power. On the shot below we can see that it will include four DisplayPort connectors and a single DVI connector. For extra monitor support, you'll require the soon to be released DisplayPort v1.2 splitter.


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PlayStation 3 shipments to Europe being seized after LG wins injunction against Sony

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 1, 2011 12:10 am

It's a... SONY. It's a legal dispute. Sony are in deep water now as shipments of PlayStation 3's have been seized as LG won a preliminary injunction against Sony in a patent battle between the two companies. The ruling by the civil court of justice in the Hague means that all new PlayStation 3's have to be confiscated as they are imported into the UK and the rest of Europe for at least 10 days.


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Tens of thousands of PS3's were seized by customs last week in the Netherlands, with more damage to Sony to come. If the injunction is extended it could mean PS3's vanishing off store shelves. Sony, which reportedly imports around 100, 000 consoles per week is frantically trying to get the ban lifted.

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Valve to announce "big picture" mode

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 1, 2011 12:00 am

Valve are not a company afraid of change, they've dominated digital distribution in the past near-decade or so and now are expanding out into the lounge rooms of gamers worldwide. The announcement is not detail heavy, but it does give a few facts.


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"Big picture" mode will provide "controller support and navigation designed for television interaction", it will also allow players to "enjoy Steam and their library of Steam games on more screens throughout the house." This probably means they've re-jigged the Steam interface to fit a large TV or projector setup and have it accessible via controller.

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Monday Afternoon Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 28, 2011 6:57 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - February 28th, 2011




- Turn an HP SFF Computer Into a Great HTPC @ ComputingonDemand

- Lenovo ThinkPad EDGE 13: Bleeding Edge @ InsideHW

- Intel Core i5-2400S and BH67GD Micro-ATX Motherboard @ MissingRemote




- Intel Core i7 990X Hexcore 1366 @ Overclock3D

- Intel Celeron Dual Core E3300 CPU @ BayReviews




- Bulletstorm GPU & CPU Performance In-depth @ Techspot

- ASUS HD6950 2GB DirectCU II @ Vortez UK

- Radeon HD 6990 revealed @ Kitguru

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Download of the Day: Evernote

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 28, 2011 9:12 am

Our Download of the Day today is Evernote


Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.


Stop forgetting things. Capture everything now so you will be able to find it all later.


• Tasks and to-dos

• Notes and research

• Web pages

• Whiteboards

• Business cards

• Scribbles

• Snapshots

• Wine labels


And then find them all any time across all the computers and devices you use. How does Evernote do it?


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Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

Deal of the Day: Samsung SSG-P3100M Megamind 3D Starter Kit - $177.99 Shipped Free!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 28, 2011 7:20 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the - Samsung SSG-P3100M Megamind 3D Starter Kit - $177.99 Shipped Free!.


Offer: The product page doesn't really tell you much, but a quick Google of the product model gave us these details:


You get two pairs of battery-powered Samsung 3D Active Glasses, designed to work with your Samsung 3D HDTV. The kit also includes the first three Shrek movies, all remastered in 3D.


Includes: Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third Blu-ray 3D discs - all have been re-mastered in 3D

Includes: 2 pairs Samsung 3D Active Glasses Model: SSG-3100GB

Includes: Mail-in coupon for Shrek Forever After Blu-ray 3D disc

Includes: Mail-in coupon for Megamind Blu-ray 3D disc


It's a great deal at just $177.99 shipped free! This kit typically runs over $300!


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Gmail accounts wiped for more than 100, 000 users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 28, 2011 6:31 am

Google is currently investigating a problem with the e-mail portion of its company following complaints from some of their Gmail users saying that all of their messages, attachments and Google Chat logs have vanished.


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Google issued a warning via it's App Status Dashboard saying they had been hard at work attempting to recover the lost data. "Google Mail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future," the website reads. "Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change. This issue affects less than 0.08% of the Google Mail userbase. Google engineers are working to restore full access. Affected users may be temporarily unable to sign in while we repair their accounts."

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iFixit rip apart the Apple MacBook Pro 2011 edition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 28, 2011 6:19 am

iFixit are at it again, this time ripping apart the 2011 edition of Apple's MacBook Pro. Some facts about the dissection of it show that the RAM and HDD are still user-replaceable parts, which is a good thing. The battery inside is a 77.5 watt-hour battery with Apple's claims of 7 hours of use.


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They did find a tonne of thermal paste on the CPU and GPU and noted that this may cause overheating issues in the future, so to anyone who purchases one of these new MBP's, this is something of an important note. Another surprising thing they found was one of the screws near the subwoofer enclosure had been stripped and there was also an unlocked ZIF socket for the IR sensor, tsk, tsk.

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NVIDIA's dual-GPU GTX590 expected next month, AMD hiding in the shadows ready to pounce

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 28, 2011 6:05 am

Rumor has it that NVIDIA will be the first one out of the gate with a dual-GPU for 2011. Sources close to Taiwan-based Digitimes are saying that both AMD and NVIDIA are noticing a drop in demand for low-end discrete GPUs as IGPs and especially APUs are absorbing this segment.


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The results of this? NVIDIA and AMD are looking to pump up hardware for the performance market given the shift in demand. Word is that NVIDIA is set to unveil the dual-GPU based Fermi card by the end of next month in the form of the GeForce GTX590. The GTX590 is looking to sport two GF110 cores with a total of 1024 CUDA cores, 3027MB of GDDR5 memory, dual 384-bit memory buses, 128 texture units and 96 ROPs - effectively, double the GTX580 specs.

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