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Biostar launch their first LGA2011 motherboard, welcomes TPower X79

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Dec 30, 2011 6:26 am

Biostar have officially launched their first Sandy Bridge-E (LGA2011) motherboard, after the previously-leaked TPower X79 made the rounds a few weeks ago. We posted about it last month and now the board has been made official.

 

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The Biostar TPower X79 has the standard ATX form-factor and features support for Intel's latest LGA 2011 socket Sandy Bridge-E processors, a 9-phase power design, an 8-layer, 2 oz Copper PCB, four DDR3-2400 memory slots, and three PCI-Express x16 3.0 slots which enable Quad CrossFireX and 3-way SLI setups.

 

The TPower X79 also sports dual 8-pin EPS connectors, one PCI and two PCIe x1 slots, three SATA 3.0 Gbps and four SATA 6Gbps ports, one eSATA connector, Gigabit Ethernet, six USB 3.0 ports on the back plate, 7.1-channel audio, a debug LED, UEFI BIOS, and on-board Power, Reset and Clear CMOS buttons. The board is aimed at the enthusiast/overclocking market and should be available next month.

Galaxy enters SSD market, intros Laser GT Series SSDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 30, 2011 5:28 am

Yesterday, we had Zalman enter the market with their F1-series of SSDs and today Galaxy have marked the SSD territory with the announcement of the Laser GT Series of SSDs. Galaxy, usually known for their NVIDIA GeForce range of GPUs, have now entered the SSD market.

 

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The drive is built on the usual 2.5-inch SATA form-factor, using the SATA 6 Gb/s and are powered by the SandForce SF-2281 SSD controller. The drive offers maximum sequential transfer speeds of 550MB/sec read, 500MB/sec write, with 4k random performance of 30,000 IOPS reads, 41,000 IOPS writes.

 

It uses the MLC NAND flash with 5,000 rewrite cycle life. The 120GB model of Galaxy's Laser GT SSD should sell for around $221. It's interesting to see how many companies are launching SSDs, but this is only a good thing. With more competition, the price is going to come down much quicker, which is great.

Newegg and Amazon report their holiday best-sellers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 30, 2011 4:26 am

With Newegg in one corner as the second-largest online retailer in the U.S. and the number one destination for tech-savvy shoppers, with Amazon the top U.S. e-tailer in the other corner, both releasing their holiday best-selling item reports.

 

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Neweggs list contains:

 

Laptops/Notebooks: 15.6" Asus A53E-EH91

Televisions: Sceptre 32" 720p LCD HDTV

Video Games: Microsoft Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Bundle with Halo Reach and Fable 3

Digital Cameras: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47K 12.1 MP

Software: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

Monitors: Acer G235HAbd 23" LCD

CPUs/Processors: Intel Core i5-2500K

Motherboards: Asus P8Z68-V Pro

Hard Drives: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 3.5"

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB (2 x 4GB)

Video Cards: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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Microsoft to launch three LTE-capable Windows Phone devices next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 30, 2011 3:28 am

We should expect no less than three different LTE-capable Windows Phone devices next year. Paul Thurrott reports that all three of the LTE-capable handsets will launch only in the U.S. and only on AT&T.

 

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The plans for this news will be officially revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month. The three LTE-capable handsets are - the Nokia ACE, HTC Radiant and Samsung Mendel. Nokia's ACE handset is due on March 18, 2012.

 

Thurrott says that its still unclear whether the new LTE-based devices will come alongside a software update of some kind. There has been rumor of a "Tango" rumored to ship in early 2012, and is for low-end phones. So how that gels with a high-end feature like LTE, is anyone's guess. Windows Phone is finally getting something to fight against Apple with.

PlayStation Vita sales slump in second week, PS3 outsells the PS Vita

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 30, 2011 2:31 am

Sony's NGP, PlayStation Vita, enjoyed a first week of record sales, selling 321,400 Vita units in the first 48 hours on sale in Japan. Second unit numbers, however, are much, much lower.

 

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According to research outfit Media Create, who track the Japanese console gaming industry, Sony sold just 72,479 Vita's during the most crucial shopping week before Christmas. A huge decline of over 75-percent versus the first week.

 

The numbers were so low that the PS3 actually outsold the Vita, with the PS3 pushing 75,943 units versus the Vita's 72,479. The decline reportedly stems from inventory issues, as well as early reports of issues with the Vita. Sony was quick to refuge the allegations, which ranged from laggy gameplay to crashes.

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RumorTT: Samsung to unveil Galaxy S III in February, as well as new line of 3D devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 30, 2011 1:26 am

Apple's biggest competitor, Samsung, will reportedly launch the Galaxy S III, the successor to the most popular Android smartphone on the market, Galaxy S II, at Mobile World Congress in February. At the same time they're said to be launching a new 3D-capable range of devices in the first quarter of 2012.

 

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Almost a year after they launched the Galaxy S II, could Samsung really do it again? How could it be much better than the Galaxy S II? Well, it's expected to sport a quad-core processor and possibly even include 3D technology as Samsung look to differentiate their phone from the iPhone.

 

With 3D photo and video recording capabilities being baked into additional Samsung-branded smartphones next year, coming to a device being referred to as Galaxy S 3D, which helps users deliver 3D content to their 3D TVs. This device could be launched in Q2 2012. Right now, of course, the usual pinch of salt is required.

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Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Dec 29, 2011 1:23 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - December 29th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- HP Pavilion G6-1C77NR Laptop @ TechReviewSource

- HP Envy 14 @ Techspot

 

CPU & APU

 

- Core i7-3960X und Core i7-3930K SLI, Triple SLI Performance Analyse @ Ocaholic

- AMD Fusion A8-3870K Overclocking and Dual Graphics Performance @ Hardware Heaven

- AMD A8-3870K Black Edition @ HT4U

 

Audio/Media

 

- Samsung HW-D550 Speaker Bar @ BCCHardware

- HornetTek Fantasy Media Player @ LANOC

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Deal of the Day: Microsoft Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect for $299.99 with FREE Shipping plus $75 Amazon.com Credit!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 29, 2011 12:26 pm

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Analyst says GTA V will be 2012's 'biggest release"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 29, 2011 12:25 pm

We all know the next Grand Theft Auto outing is going to be huge, but when EEDAR's Jesse Divnich spoke to IndustryGamers as part of his feature on the top five predictions for 2012 (other than the world ending), he noted that GTA V will generate the most sales next year. and not the next Call of Duty game.

 

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He's been quoted:

 

It goes without saying that GTA V will be one of the year's biggest releases, but I will take it one step farther and say GTA V will be 2012's biggest release. Don't get me wrong, Call of Duty will undoubtedly be huge, as it is every year and it may even grow, but if I had to call what will be a photo finish race, I will go with GTA V.

 

If you consider that the couple of latest Call of Duty releases have set entertainment records, beating out movies like Avatar for profits in a certain amount of time, it's hard to believe how big Grand Theft Auto V has to be to top it. I'm sure it's going to be a great game, but Rockstar are going to need to throw GTA into an entire new universe of amazingness if they want this prediction to come true.

Intel's Ivy Bridge reportedly rolls in on April 8, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 29, 2011 11:24 am

It feels as though there's a launch from Intel every few months now, but I guess that's the benefits of a tick, tock-based release schedule. The latest news from Digitimes' Taiwanese sources is that the first batch of Ivy Bridge gear coming will include no less than 25 processors.

 

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Out of these 25 processors, 17 of them will be desktop models and the remaining 8 will be notebook/ultrabook chips. 8 chipsets will also launch, (Z77, H77, Z75 and B75 for desktops, HM77, UM77, HM76 and HM75 for mobile PCs. More Ivy Bridge-based products will also launch, including the Core i5-3470T CPU and the A77, Q75, QS77 and QM77 chipsets, which are said to be launching in May.

 

Let's talk dollars, the upcoming CPUs should cover the same spectrum as the current Sandy Bridge-based Core models, ranging from $184 to $332, while chipsets will go from $37 for the B75 to $53 for the QS77 (the Z77 desktop 'flagship' is supposed to cost $48). If you don't already know, the Ivy Bridge CPUs are manufactured on a 22nm process technology which sports Intel's 3D Tri-Gate transistors. They'll feature DirectX 11 graphics, sport the current LGA 1155 packaging which allows them to work on current, 6-Series-based motherboards.

 

All you'd need is a BIOS update which will be supplied by manufacturers. The 7-Series, which launched, will include native USB 3.0 support.

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