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SteelSeries debut Diablo 3 products at E3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 6, 2011 7:00 pm

E3 2011 - E3 is this week and to kick things off we have an announcement from SteelSeries about their upcoming Diablo 3 themed products. SteelSeries will be releasing a Diablo 3 mouse, headset and two QcK mousepads. SteelSeries CMO Kim Rom says:


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The level of excitement for the Diablo III release is massive. When the opportunity was presented to partner up with Blizzard for a new family of co-branded peripherals, we knew that they had to be engineered for this particular type of gameplay by being both durable and able to bring out the Diablo III theme onto a player's desktop. The mouse offers both simplicity for new players and unprecedented durability that will support the series' distinctive mouse-driven gameplay, while the headset optimizes the high, spine-chilling snarls of otherworldly creatures and the booming lows of a barbarian battle cry. Together, the headset and mouse will help immerse players into the game through their extended comfort, compelling designs and high performance.

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Download of the Day: SlimCleaner 1.6

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 6, 2011 7:22 am

Our Download of the Day today is SlimCleaner 1.6.


SlimCleaner, the first software to use social networking for PC repair and optimization, combines a powerful PC cleaning engine with a community of users who provide real-time feedback to improve computer performance.


"We've turned the world of PC maintenance upside down," said Chris Cope, CEO of SlimWare Utilities. "We've thrown out the old playbook of static, centralized PC optimization and given consumers an interactive community where they can make and receive recommendations in real-time that are customized to their own individual PC."


At its core, SlimCleaner provides all the essential tools for cleaning and optimizing a PC, scanning and offering information that consumers can use to improve their machine's speed and performance, based on the collective intelligence of SlimCleaner's global community.


A Crowd-Sourced, Cloud-Based, Social Network for PC Maintenance


SlimCleaner lets consumers:


1. Clean, optimize and maintain their PCs safely with the fastest cleaning engine on the market.

2. View descriptions for items that are on their PC, see what the community thinks of those items and whether or not the community finds them useful.

3. Provide their own ratings, comments and reviews for items and applications on their PC.

4. Access multiple antivirus scanners running in the cloud.


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Weekend Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jun 6, 2011 4:47 am

The latest happenings from around the web - June 6th, 2011


Computex Coverage


- TR's Computex digest part 2: Snazzy cases, giant coolers, and X79 mobos @ Tech Report

- COMPUTEX 2011 Video Coverage - OCZ Technology Shows Off New Power Supplies and RevoDrives @ Futurelooks

- Computex Concluding Roundup @ PC Perspective

- Computex 2011 Booth Babe Edition @ Ninjalane




- ASUS NX90 Laptop @ tbreak

- Alienware M11x R3 Ultraportable Gaming Laptop @ Techwarelabs

- Fractal Design Define Mini and ECS HDC-I Fusion Motherboard @ Hardware Heaven

- The making of Damagebox 2011 @ Tech Report

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Futuremark and Palit announce Sandy Bridge-based overclocking competition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Jun 6, 2011 1:28 am

Futuremark together with Palit Microsystems, Enermax, Biostar and GEiL have launched their latest overclocking competition today. It is a two segment contest opens to performance enthusiasts across the world to anyone running an Intel Sandy Bridge-based system. The first contest is restricted to PCs with Intel's new Sandy Bridge Z68 chipset with Intel HD Graphics whilst the second competition is open to all PCs running Sandy Bridge CPUs with a Palit branded discrete GPU.


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Intel's latest Z68 Sandy Bridge chipset allows integrated graphics to be overclocked and this contest could see the fastest performing integrated graphics solution yet. In the last Futuremark overclocking contest Alva "Lucky_n00b" Jonathan achieved a 3DMark Vantage performance preset score of P3988 using a setup that was powered by an Intel Core i7-2600K processor. It will come down to someone breaking that P4000 score to see if a record can be broken.


Prize wise we have $1000 for the highest overall score in the Palit card contest and an exciting selection of goodies from Palit, Enermax, Biostar and GEiL for runners up. A complete list of prizes is available at the competition website.

Mad Catz unveils Xbox 360 wireless headphones, integrated voice chat, 5.8GHz base station

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jun 6, 2011 1:14 am

Wireless headsets on the Xbox 360 seem to only be taking off now, like somehow companies are just seeing the Xbox 360 on the shelves and decide it's a gaming platform that deserves an expensive headset. Today is no different with Microsoft teaming up with Tritton (Mad Catz) to produce a series of cobranded headsets which have unrivalled integration with the Xbox 360, including such things like on-screen battery status and a 100-percent wireless headset with both game audio and chat.


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First up we have the Warhead 7.1 and Devastator taking up the premium wireless headset spots and the entry-level wired solution coming in the form of the Detonator. All three headsets feature 50mm drivers, but it's only the Warhead 7.1 that includes support for Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and Dolby Headphones. Both the Devastator and the Detonator only support stereo audio.

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ASUS Transformer has USB host support, PS3, Xbox 360 controllers now work

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 6, 2011 12:24 am

Android 3.1 has arrived on the ASUS Transformer and included is USB host support. Not every tablet has this USB support and to slim the market down even more, the Transformers dock includes two USB2.0 ports. What does this mean? It means that the Transformer now has support for virtually any USB gamepad or accessory.



The ASUSUK Twitter account made a point out of this new function of the Transformer by saying: Eee Pad Transformer with Android 3.1 supports XBOX 360 & Playstation controllers. UK FOTA Wed am.


This is great for gaming, emulators and such. It also opens new doors for possible Transformer-exclusive gaming.

OCZ power up PSU line with new Fatal1ty and ZX models

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 5, 2011 7:45 am

Computex Taipei 2011 - OCZ have released details on two new PSU lines that will be gracing us all soon. The first is the Fatal1ty series and because real men don't use power supplies with only 3 digits, the signature power supply comes in 1000 Watt only.


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Offering 80 PLUS Gold certification, modular cables, deep-red LED fan and a five year warranty, the new 1000 Watt power supply has gamers in mind. Inside an all-black case with an ASRock Fata1ty motherboard you'd have yourself a seriously mean looking system on your hand that would offer some great performance...

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Apacer RAM big MHz down the Z68s throat

By: Shawn Baker | More News: RAM | Posted: Jun 5, 2011 7:37 am

Computex Taipei 2011 - I mean absolutely no offence to Apacer here, but when I think of performance memory, they're not a company that comes to mind. Well don't they just want to tell me how wrong I am with some unreal looking kits.


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Part of the Giant II series the new 4GB 2133MHz DDR kit offers fantastic speed with a 7-9-9-24-2T @ 1.65v setup. If that's not enough speed for you, or enough memory then the new ARES kit could be what you're after.


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Offering 16GB of DDR3 at 2200MHz DDR with a 9-11-9-27-2T @ 1.65v setup this is just a massive amount of RAM at a massive speed. If that wasn't enough for you, though, Apacer had the kit overclocked to 2233MHz DDR at their booth on the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro board.


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There's no denying that Apacer are ready to rock and roll in the high performance world with this new memory and we should hopefully be offering you a closer look at both kits in the near future.

Kingston drop the HyperX name into the SSD line with SandForce

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 5, 2011 7:22 am

Computex Taipei 2011 - I'm a huge fan of the HyperX name and with the success Kingston has had with it in the memory market, it comes as no surprise they've dropped their new SandForce SF-2281 controlled SSD drive under it.


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Kingston hit the SSD market hard and fast and has done a fantastic job of offering a good price scale when it comes to the line-up, thanks to a large variant of controllers and sizes being offered. Now the company is able to separate the men from the boys though by dropping the HyperX name down and letting people know if you're after the fastest, this is what you want.


Information is a little scarce at the moment, but you should find the drive available in both 120GB and 240GB variants. Availability is also a little unclear, but like most companies who are offering SATA III drives, we're sure Kingston will be working hard to get the drives to the market sooner rather than later. As far as we know, you should be able to see these go on sale sometime in July.


As for price it will no doubt be one of, if not the most expensive SSD in the Kingston line up. If previous experience is anything to go by, though, Kingston should be aggressive when it comes to being compared against the competition. No doubt Chris will be offering us all an in-depth look at the drive when it becomes available.

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