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Gigabyte shows off their new Super OverClock Radeon HD 7970, sports five fans

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 16, 2012 1:30 am

If video cards these days weren't built crazily enough, Gigabyte's newest kid on the block sure is. Gigabyte's upcoming Super Overclock version of the AMD Radeon HD 7970 is looking like it'll stand out from the crowd, sporting five 40mm fans mounted on top of a triple-slot radiator.

 

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Gigabyte's GV-R797SO-3GD is surely going to be one of the hottest cards (and not in the temperature sense) when it hits, sporting a Tahiti XT-based GPU running a 384-bit memory bus backed up by 2048 stream processors. The overclocked model comes with a core clock of 1080MHz, up from the stock clock of 925MHz, and 3GB of GDDR5 memory clocking in at 5500MHz. Output-wise we find ourselves being offered two mini DisplayPorts, one gold-plated HDMI port, a single dual-link DVI port, meaning the card is capable of running four displays simultaneously.

 

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Gigabyte's SOC card uses the five fans mounted at the top of the GPU to "pul" the heated air off the radiator, which the company says reduces "hotspots" on the bottom of the card due to minimal airflow created with traditional cooler designs. What this means is that the HD 7970 SOC is totally silent below 30C, with Gigabyte's Anti-Turbulence Pull Airflow System hitting 53dB at 57C, almost 9dB quieter than a standard HD 7970 running at 64C.

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AMD slashes pricing on Radeon HD 7870, 7950 and 7970 GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 16, 2012 12:37 am

It looks like Team Red have just taken a pair of scissors to the pricing of some of their high-end Radeon HD 7000-series GPUs. Three of the cards have just received a price cut, with the new pricing to go into effect on Monday morning with online retailers. Here are some details:

 

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  • $299 for the Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition.
  • $349 for the Radeon HD 7950.
  • And $429 for the Radeon HD 7970.

 

But, it seems that a few online retailers are already doing these AMD GPUs cheap. Newegg only charges $289.99 for their cheapest HD 7870, and just $339.99 for the cheapest HD 7950. So one would think that this "new" pricing from AMD, is not that "new", and that maybe something else might happen.

 

Maybe a larger variety of cards, from more graphics card makers will receive cuts thanks to AMD's cutting of the pricing from the top? Whichever way you look at it, price cuts are win-win for customers.

Battlefield 4 teased on Origin, beta access would be included with Medal of Honor: Warfighter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 15, 2012 3:08 pm

Has Battlefield 4 just been outed? It might seem so according to the US Origin store popping up with an announcement that users who pre-order the upcoming Medal of Honor: Warfighter Digital Deluxe Edition would receive Battlefield 4 beta access.

 

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Say. What. Battlefield 4 beta access being announced this early is a double-edged sword. One one hand, it's awesome that Battlefield 4 is close, on the other hand, half of the downloadable content for Battlefield 3 hasn't even been released yet. Battlefield 4 has been mentioned by EA before, by its President Frank Gibeau, but he only uttered the words "there is going to be a Battlefield 4".

 

EA hasn't made an official comment regarding the Battlefield 4 tease, but I'm sure we'll hear more about it in the coming days, and weeks. Let's hope that they've really polished up the Frostbite 2.0 engine, and made those maps bigger, catering to the ever-increasing GPU power us PC gamers have. What are your thoughts on the matter?

MSI to enter the SSD business using SandForce-powered drives

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Jul 13, 2012 3:29 pm

MSI, who are mostly known for their motherboards, graphics cards, notebooks and other smaller product lines, have decided they're entering the SSD business with their decision today. MSI have inked a deal with LSI-SandForce as a provider for SSD controllers.

 

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MSI's website states that all "SandForce-Driven" SSDs include a column for MSI, with model numbers for the upcoming SSDs "coming soon". MSI have dabbled in SSD's before, with their super-fast GT60/GT70 gaming notebooks that sport an MSI-designed SSD RAID solution.

 

This SSD RAID solution uses SanDisk-made mSATA SSDs in a striped RAID 0 array.

 

What are your thoughts on the move into SSDs? A natural progression of business for MSI? Do you think we'll see exciting stuff from the usual motherboard- and graphics card-maker?

RumorTT: No "full retail version" of Windows 8 will be made available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 13, 2012 2:27 pm

It looks as though Microsoft is going for a big change in regards to how they'll be selling their upcoming next-gen OS, Windows 8. Previously, Microsoft had sold Windows in full retail, on retail shelves, at retail stores. This was on top of the already-available OEM system builder and upgrade versions of Windows.

 

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But, "Netcast" video show, Windows Weekly 269 carried an interview with Paul Thurrott of WinSuperSite, as well as Mary Jo Foley of AllAboutMicrosoft.com, that things are about to change. They've said that Microsoft will completely drop the full retail version of Windows 8, as anyone who wants to buy Windows for a PC that's never had Windows on before, or a newly-built PC, will just purchase the OEM system builder version.

 

The Redmond-based company has re-thought how they sell the Windows OS when it comes to upgrade pricing and availability. Anyone with a copy of Windows XP or newer on their PC is eligible for pretty decent upgrade pricing to Windows 8 at $40. This is definitely the way Microsoft need to take it, and it really shows how much they've come 180-degrees on the previous years, and their rules. People who buy PCs with Windows 7 on them now, have an even better deal: an upgrade price of just $14.99, available until next year.

Borderlands 2's latest trailer is out, takes a leaf out of The Lion King's book

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 13, 2012 10:20 am

The latest trailer for Borderlands 2 is here, sans dupstep. It actually features some groovy music from The Lion King, and doesn't really show off much in-game footage, but its good enough to whet your appetite.

 

 

It looks as though Gearbox has most definitely no left the fun of the original Borderlands, the tongue-in-cheek is still there, in glorious amounts. Considering that Borderlands really stood out from the COD clones of late, Borderlands 2 looks like it continues on the successful formula that made the first such a success.

 

Borderlands 2 hits on September 18 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Owners of the original Borderlands who buy the sequel get rewarded with "exclusive" character skins if they supply one of their old saved games.

ZTE to release an 'advanced gaming smartphone' in six days time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 13, 2012 9:24 am

ZTE have come out in the last couple of hours with a huge tease, the company used Twitter to catapult the tease, where they've said to expect "one of the most advanced gaming smartphones", where they add it will be in customers hands in just six days time.

 

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Without much information, it's hard to guess what ZTE are going to release. A totally new smartphone, a new gaming-dedicated smartphone? Something else entirely? During Mobile World Congress earlier this year, ZTE did talk about a Tegra 3-powered device.

 

Since then, this device hasn't been talked about. Maybe we're to expect a new Tegra 3-powered device from ZTE targeted toward gaming? What could ZTE do to really claim that 'advanced gaming smartphone' name?

Apple set to report record-breaking sales of their iPad, 20 million in the last quarter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 13, 2012 8:22 am

Apple is staring down the barrel of a record-breaking sales for their iPad, with sales of 20 million in the June quarter, according to one analyst. Charlie Wolf with Needham & Company issued a note to investors on Thursday, where he has increased his June iPad shipment forecast.

 

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His previous forecast was 13.5 million units, and he's increased this to a significant 20 million. Wolf does admit that his initial estimate in April was "hastily formulated", which is why his latest prediction is so much bigger. Wolf says:

 

In our view, it's only a matter of time before iPad shipments exceed iPhone shipments. The iPad is invading the business market at a much faster pace than the iPhone. In addition, the iPad will launch in China on July 20th. This should provide a significant boost in sales now that Apple is providing Chinese languages and services on its iOS platform.

 

If Wolf is correct, or even close, with his 20 million iPads sold prediction, it would be quite the achievement for Apple. Considering the same quarter last year they sold just 9.25 million, it would be a new record for iPad sales of any quarter, even beating the 15 million iPads Apple sold in the holiday shopping season of 2011.

Apple's share of U.S. PC shipments rise to 12% in Q2 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 13, 2012 7:22 am

Research firm Gartner released their preliminary personal computer shipment data for Q2 2012, which shows the increases, or decreases from various companies. Apple only had a very small year-over-year growth of 4.3-percent in the U.S., but they were the only company that saw year-over-year growth.

 

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They outperformed the overall industry and its 5.7-percent decline. Apple's share rose from 10.8-percent this time last year, to 12-percent for this year. This quarters improvement was a return to form, after two straight quarters of decline. It let Apple hold onto its third position after HP and Dell in the United States. It was Apple's second best performance over the years, following a 12.9-percent share in Q3 2011.

 

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Q3 is usually a great quarter for Apple, as its includes those great back-to-school purchases in Apple's strongest markets, and is usually their best-performing quarter. Apple didn't reach the top five vendors in the world, so it's good to see them at least enjoying some growth in the United States.

Acer Aspire One 756 gets an unboxing and hands-on, sports Intel's Celeron 877 processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 13, 2012 7:07 am

Our friends over at Netbook News have just received a shiny new Acer Aspire One 756 notebook, which is an 11.6-inch device powered by Intel's surprisingly quick Celeron 877 processor. Netbook News report that the Aspire One 756 actually scores significantly better performance than a netbook sporting an Intel Atom processor, with a Windows Experience Index score of 4.4!

 

 

They report that Windows 7 boots up in a snappy 25 seconds, and since it's priced at just $330 on Amazon, Netbook News call it "the new netbook". I concur, because at that price, for a faster machine, how can you complain?

 

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They've also provided an unboxing video, which goes into much more nitty-gritty details, if that's what you're into. They go over the Aspire One 756 and compare it to some of the previous generation Acer netbooks.

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