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Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Dec 7, 2010 2:54 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - December 7th, 2010

 

CPU

 

- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Processor @ eTeknix

- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Processor @ Vortez UK

- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T BE Hex-Core Processor @ ExtremeOverclocking

 

Video/Monitor

 

- LG W2340 23" Monitor @ RBMods

- Zotac GeForce GTX 580 @ Ultimate Hardware

- Zotac GTX 570 @ tbreak

- 3DMark 11 Overview @ HiTechLegion

 

Audio/Media

 

- ASUS O!Play HD2 HD Media Player @ Legit Reviews

- Corsair HS1 Headset @ Hardware Secrets

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3DMark 11 Test Demos for your viewing pleasure

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 7, 2010 2:00 pm

3DMark 11 is go!

 

Futuremark were kind enough to send over six videos before the launch which showcase the different tests in the new 3D benchmark.

 

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We have uploaded them to our YouTube channel and embedded them below for your viewing pleasure:

 

 

3DMark 11 Graphics Test 1

 

 

View the rest here.

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Win a copy of 3DMark 11 Advanced Edition!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 7, 2010 1:33 pm

Futuremark are about to take the covers off their latest version of 3DMark in under one hour.

 

It's technically still under NDA, so we cannot talk about it too much at this stage. We will have a preview of it online real soon though, so stay tuned for that!

 

UPDATE: here is our preview!

 

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Futuremark were kind enough to give us two 3DMark 11 Advanced Edition copies to giveaway to our readers. If you want to win a copy, all you have to do is reply to the comments of this news post. Click the "Post a Comment" button or just scroll down a little depending on where you are viewing.

 

We will contact the winners in a couple hours with your Advanced Edition license key. Good luck!

Lsdmeasap at it again - breaks 3000MHz Memory Speed with Mushkin & GIGABYTE

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: RAM | Posted: Dec 7, 2010 10:50 am

Our lovely and friendly GIGABYTE Tech Support forum admin Lsdmeasap has been at it again and has managed to achieve something pretty special.

 

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Using a set of Mushkin Radioactive DDR3-2000 3 x 2GB memory modules and a GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD6 motherboard, he has been able to push the RAM well above spec and hit the mighty 3000MHz DDR zone. Actually, the exact speed he was able to reach was 3025.80MHz at timings of a pretty decent 9-12-9-31 considering the extreme memory speed.

 

Using a RAM cooling block that is usually designed for water cooling, Lsdmeasap instead used some dry ice and sent the memory down to a chilly minus 41 degrees Celsius. You can see the results and all the pictures over at this forum thread. Nice work again Lsdmeasap!

Download of the Day: PowerArchiver 11.70 RC2

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 7, 2010 9:52 am

Our Download of the Day today is PowerArchiver 11.70 RC2.

 

PowerArchiver offers hundreds of features, yet remains easy to use, small and fast. Novice users will find a familiar interface complete with tutorial and detailed help, while more experienced users can take advantage of full Explorer integration, multiple encryption methods and advanced compression algorithms.

 

Here is a brief list of some of the key features found in PowerArchiver:

 

• Preview Window

• Full Windows Vista Support

• Superior ZIP Support

• 7-Zip Compression

• Multiple Formats Support Including ISO

• New Queue System (Add/Extract/Backup) and PowerArchiver Starter

• Unmatched Security

• Automated Backups

• Guaranteed Compatibility and Explorer Integration

• Compression Profiles

• Useful Tools

 

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The latest version includes the following changes:

 

Changes in Version 11.70 RC2

 

- Auto complete support in Extract and Select folders

- Extract to filename/ option in Extract window

- Improved help system

 

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RumorTT: iPad 2 to start shipping from Foxconn in February?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 7, 2010 6:31 am

Oooh - DigiTimes is pushing out some chinese-whispers that local component makers are claiming Foxconn has been notified that it must ship Apple's "iPad 2" within the next 100 days.

 

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DigiTimes is reporting that Apple's plan to start mass production in January had to be pushed because of ongoing firmware testing. Even though it starts shipping in February that does not mean your grubby little tablet wanting hands will be able to purchase it then. The original iPad was announced in January, began US shipment in April and was on shelves in May.

Consumer Reports readers: The iPhone's great; AT&T, not so much

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 7, 2010 6:03 am

Consumer Reports did a pretty large survey of 50,000 of their readers to get an idea of the state of cell phone service and usage in the U.S. and got some interesting results. Consumer Reports famously withheld a recommendation from the iPhone 4 due to antenna issues, but their readers overwhelmingly disagreed. 98 percent of owners were happy with their phone, although their service was a different story.

 

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According to the report, AT&T "scored below average in every attribute except web access and texting." U.S. Cellular, one of the nation's smaller carriers, scored the highest overall, followed by Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. With smartphones becoming more the rage, the obvious gripe across the board no matter the carrier was cost; it was the top complaint at Verizon which got fairly high marks everywhere else.

Amazon and OnLive looking to join the subscription streaming market

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 7, 2010 5:44 am

Movie and TV streaming services are big business these days, and two more companies look to be jumping into the fray. Internet bigdog Amazon and smaller startup OnLive reportedly have their eyes on the streaming market, if in slightly different ways.

 

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Amazon, who already offers their On Demand service, is looking to get into streaming with a service bundled with an Amazon Prime account that will stream TV shows and movies. Amazon is already in with TiVo, Roku, and Google TV so it wouldn't be a stretch to think they would have a pretty solid platform to start on when going this route. OnLive, currently a game subscription service, looks to offer a similar subscription based plan but would be on a bit smaller scale. One of OnLive's major financial backers is a little company you may have heard of: Time Warner's Warner Bros. Access to their enormous lineup of content would be a great starting point for OnLive's plans to cut into the Netflix dominated streaming scene.

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Google's E-bookstore goes live

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 7, 2010 4:52 am

Google's long awaited e-bookstore has finally gone live. Google E-books will be bringing over three million titles to any web-browsing capable device in the U.S. with a large selection of free titles.

 

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Foregoing the previous name of Google Editions, Google E-books allows customers to purchase titles from either their store or independent sellers that wish to advertise with Google. Apps for Android, iPhone, and iPad to read Google e-books are available as well and content will sync across any device you own; even allowing you to put down a book on one device and pick up at the same page on another device.

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