If you're in the market for an Alienware M17x R3 or M18x, NVIDIA has an early Christmas present. The GeForce GTX 580M, one of the most powerful mobile GPUs on the market today, has received a drastic price cut at Alienware that makes it all that more justifiable to buy.
Before, the GTX 580M was a $300+ premium over the AMD Radeon HD 6990M in the M17x R3. The change in price also lines up with the M18x, where two of the GTX 580Ms in SLI is $150 more than a pair of 6990Ms in CrossFire. Performance-wise, they're pretty much equal, unless you wanted to enjoy something like PhysX for example.
But, the downfall of this price drop is that it seems to only effect Alienware-branded machines. Right now, if you're buying another brand, the HD 6990M-optioned laptops seem to be better priced, I guess we'll have to wait and see if NVIDIA drop the price of the 580Ms across the entire range, and not just exclusive to Alienware.
Earlier today, MSI shot us an e-mail with some teaser shots of their various boards. Instead of an update to that post, this motherboard deserves its own spot on the news page just because it looks like a boss.
Enter, MSI's Big Bang XPower II, which features eight DIMMs, ten SATA ports (!), a slew of PCIe ports enough to plug in eleventy million cards, X-Fi MB2 on-board, and what stands out on its military black theme, is a row of 6 bullets that make up a magazine as a heatsink. We have never seen this before, except for oh wait, Gigabyte's G1 Sniper boards, but hey, two can play at this game, right?
The increasing global shortage on hard drives from the Thailand floods is causing PC vendors who are searching for HDDs to look into gray markets, which is in turn causing hikes in gray market prices from US$45 to over US$100 for a 500GB HDD and from US$35 to US$60-70 for a 320GB model, according to Taiwan-based PC supply chain makers.
Because the HDD industry's future is unknown, vendors are looking anywhere they can to source drives to fill their inventory. DigiTimes source claims that brand vendors are going into a "panic" to fill their HDD inventory. Most have reportedly placed orders to HDD makers with combined volume already double or triple their usual demand, but since HDD makers can only reply that they have no more inventory, or cannot provide supply status, it leaves vendors with one choice: the gray market.
Square Enix's Deus Ex: Human Revolution has sailed past 2.18 million copies sold, as found out from their financial figures as part of their bi-annual financial report. It revealed a year-on-year fall in net sales of 15-percent between April and September.
Net profile for the same period was up by 115-percent to approximately £30 million, with one of those titles contributed quite a bit to it, DX:HR. The vast majority of those 2.18 million copies sold were in Europe, surprisingly.
Dungeon Siege 3 sales you ask? They're only at 820,000 units. How about Minecraft? Minecraft has an impressive 4 million sales, despite the game not even fully released yet and only in a playable beta state. It goes on sale later this month, though.
New Windows Phone available today, Microsoft do it in style featuring a 6-story "Big Windows Phone" in NYC
Microsoft don't do things small, and today was no exception. Customers can today experience new Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango), with a selection of new, sleek and stylish smartphones from HTC and Samsung starting at just $49.99. The Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash are available today at AT&T and are the latest additions to the Windows Phone portfolio, joining the HTC Radar 4G available at T-Mobile USA Inc.
Microsoft designed Windows Phone around one simple concept: People belong at the center of the phone experience. This is where Microsoft go all-out and have put real people inside a gigantic six-story phone in NYC's Herald Square to bring to life the phone's key features and experiences. Included was a life-sized "Plants vs Zombies" battle highlighted the phones rich Xbox LIVE gaming experience.
The Music + Video Hub was bought to life by the Far East Movement performing a concert for hundreds of fans, and while "connecting people" was shown by a NY-based man proposing to his girlfriend from inside the Me Tile of the giant six-story phone.
Well, Barnes & Nobile have today unveiled their latest Nook today, the Nook Tablet. Nook Tablet is designed to replace the Nook Color and sports new specs for virtually the entire tablet, including an "HD viewing experience". Hardware-wise, Nook Tablet sports a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and comes in at under a pound.
On the display side of things, it features a 7-inch 1024x600 LG IPS panel, with a near 180-degree viewing angle and is capable of playing back up to nine hours of 1080p video on a single charge. It also comes with Netflix and Hulu Plus pre-loaded and B&N are promising it comes with the deepest level of Netflix integration available on a device, all thanks to a customized app.
Barnes & Noble have put 16GB of storage into the Tablet, with up to 32GB of expansion through SD. It should be available around November 17th for $249 and will be sold through a variety of other retailers such as Best Buy, Target, Walmart, RadioShack, OfficeMax, Staples, and others.
Forget just wanting my two front teeth for Christmas, this puppy has just gone straight to the top. All I want for Christmas is OCZ's newly announced RevoDrive 3 Max IOPS solid state drive. This devil combines a proven cutting-edge PCI Express-based architecture and OCZ proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) 2.0 flash virtualization layer with premium NAND flash components that deliver exceptional 4KB random write performance of up to 245,000 IOPS, as well as increased transfer rates of 1900MB/sec reads and 1725MB/sec writes.
Daryl Lang, VP of Product Management for OCZ Technology Group says:
The new RevoDrive 3 Max IOPS solid state drives further expand on our original PCIe series, and are designed to deliver even more bandwidth for the most demanding applications. Engineered to leverage the benefits of multi-threaded processors and applications, the Max IOPS provides both the performance and features required by clients to address the most intensive workloads common in high performance computing and workstation environments.
My inbox this morning had some glorious news, a tease of the upcoming Sandy Bridge-E boards from MSI. Included, was the super high-end Big Bang XPower II board, all the way down to the smaller micro-ATX X79MA-GD45. If you like pics, there's a bunch below:
First up is the X79A-GD65 8D, which does look quite pretty. It sports various features such as the usual quad-channel DDR3, but includes THX TruStudio PRO sound, CrossFire X and SLI support. It also includes eight SATA ports and eight DIMMs if you're RAM and Storage crazy like most of us.
Our App of the Day today is Spotify for Mango for Windows Phone 7.5 or later.
During Microsoft's recent launch of Windows Phone 7.5 aka "Mango" in New York, Spotify took the chance to introduce its music streaming app for the new mobile OS update. It looks rather good from what we've seen so far.
With Spotify on your Windows Phone, you could listen to any track, any time. A whole world of music is now available for your listening pleasure.