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Intel's Ivy Bridge will include support for NFC, also shows off DirectX 11 gaming but fakes it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 2:27 am

CES 2012: Intel's upcoming 22nm die shrink of Sandy Bridge, dubbed, Ivy Bridge has been confirmed to bring support for Near Field Communication (NFC). Intel's Moole Eden even went as far as demoing a transaction using a laptop and PayPass-enabled MasterCard.

 

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Not only was the confirmation of NFC support for Ivy Bridge discussed, shown on-stage was a demo running DirectX 11 on the upcoming Ivy Bridge tech. Intel showed off the DirectX 11 capabilities of Ivy Bridge's HD Graphics 2500 GPU by showing off F1 2011. But, Eden cheated. He pressed play on a pre-rendered video in VLC.

 

Naughty, naughty.

 

 

In the clip above, you can clearly see that the VLC control panel pops up and the car continues to drive itself even when Eden leaves the steering wheel. Eden even stated, in front of press and financial analysts, that the demo was running live from an Ivy Bridge chip. Since the demo, Intel issued an official statement, admitting that Eden used a video "for expediency".

 

All is well though, as AnandTech saw an actual, live demonstration of F1 2011 running on an Ivy Bridge GPU and has said that it runs just fine, as the video below shows:

 

AMD Radeon HD 7970 Quad CrossFireX tested, Battlefield 3, 1080p with Ultra details - 199fps average

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 2:04 am

VR-Zone have done some testing that really gets me excited: 4-way AMD Radeon HD 7970s with Battlefield 3. Oh boy. It's time to pull out my wallet. Before we get into the thick of it, some back story. VR-Zone upgraded their CPU cooling to an XSPC RX360 kit, and clicked it at 4.8GHz (Core i7-3960X).

 

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They couldn't get any of the available overclocking tools to adjust voltages or core clocks on the HD 7970's beyond 1125MHz on the 4-way CFX setup, so they settled for AMD Overdrive to run their cards at 1100/1500MHz. First up they did some 3DMark 11 testing, with the the following results:

 

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LG intro four new IPS monitors, ranging in 23 to 27-inch, 2D to 3D conversion included

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 1:42 am

CES 2012: LG just never stop with monitor releases, where at CES 2012 they've just announced four new series of monitors, all sporting IPS-based panels for your quality, and viewing angle needs. On top of this 2D to 3D conversion is included, wow.

 

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At the top of the pack, we have the DM92 which is a 27-inch screen with slim bezels that is optimized for gaming, but there are currently no details such as refresh rates, etc. Oh, and by "thin bezels", I mean just a super-slim 1mm. Second off the rank is the 23-inch DM82 which has a "chic and futuristic design" and includes 7-watt speakers.

 

The DM52 has both 27- and 23-inch models with "versatility and efficiency", which should equate to budget pricing and lastly we have the D43 which is "optimized for cinema" with its "Super resolution" upconversion technology. At the moment, there's no full spec list, so we're unable to confirm resolutions or the pixel density compared to others. Pricing, as usual for CES is unknown but as it flies through, we'll let you know.

ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS, workstation board with support for dual Socket LGA 2011 CPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 1:11 am

CES 2011: CES is a time where technology porn is at its highest. ASUS stepped up their game by showing off their ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS motherboard which supports the soon-to-be-released Intel Sandy Bridge-EP Xeon E5 platform.

 

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As you can see in the above shot, the board looks insanely hot, sporting no less than seven PCIe slots, and eight DIMM slots. It also has ten SATA ports, and of course, dual Socket LGA 2011 support. The board is powered by a single 24-pin ATX power connector backed up by dual 8-pin connectors.

 

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Considering how feature-packed the board is already, it's surprising that on the rear panel we only see two USB 3.0 connectors. On top of using Intel PHYs and Realtek audio, there's an ASPEED AST2300 2D VGA controller and also provides management over IP. Also spotted on the board is a swappable LOTES 'X-Socket' which is also used on the X79 ROG boards and CHiL PWMs.

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Thermaltake Gets Their Bang on With New Headphones

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 12:38 am

CES 2012 - We met with Thermaltake today and will be covering them over the next couple of days. Before I dart out to meet with Seagate I wanted to show you how Thermaltake rocks your dome.

 

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There are several model names shown in the image, Dracco, Hyperion and so forth. From afar they don't look all that impressive (poor lighting for taking images at a distance). Once you get closer though the craftsmanship comes out.

 

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As you can see there are textures all over the place and these headphones all felt good on my head. On the right side we even see a big pimpin version with a gold chrome and red stitch model.

 

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Remedy says Max Payne 3 is "phenomenal"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 12:12 am

As a huge, huge fan of original two Max Payne games, I can't help but think this is pure marketing speech here, but I have my fingers crossed anyway. VG247 had a quick quote from Remedy Entertainment's Oskari Hakkinen praising Rockstar's work on the new entry into the Max Payne series, Max Payne 3.

 

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Rockstar threw a copy of Max Payne 3 over the Remedy, who made the original two games, to see if it lived up to the franchise, where Remedy said:

 

We've been blessed with being able to actually see the game and give some feedback. We've been meeting with Rockstar and looking at Max 3 - it looks absolutely phenomenal - the nice thing is we've been giving our feeling on the game but at the end of the day we don't have to do any of the heavy lifting, which is nice. Rockstar don't make bad games, so you already know it's going to be good. Just like we hope the Remedy brand is a seal of quality, you know that Rockstar's brand is a seal of quality. It's been nice to be part of the process, but we don't want to take any of the limelight. From what we've seen it's going to be absolutely fantastic.

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Mushkin Now Positioned to Compete Against OCZ in the SSD Space

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 12:01 am

CES 2012 - One of the most interesting stories to come from CES 2012 has to do with Mushkin. Mushkin is an old timer, been around this market for a long time. Remember who made the first PC-150 SDRAM? Yeah, now you get it. Well Mushkin has some new backing and they bring the two things needed to return a company to greatness, money and engineers.

 

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So how many engineers you might be wondering, let's just say enough to pull off a PCIe card with built in RAID on 2, 4 or 8 SSDs on board. All of the power requirements are handled by the main PCB and the SSDs are on daughter cards. The controller is different on all three cards but at this time they are Marvell based. Mushkin is looking at some of the new upcoming LSI controllers so nothing is set in stone at this time. Either way they go, look for this to compete on the high end enthusiast market and steer into some entry level enterprise systems.

 

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MSI Shows Next Gen Today

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 11:37 pm

CES 2012 - We missed our appointment with MSI today but that doesn't mean we missed the scoop. With other motherboard manufactures showing their nearly ready designs MSI wanted to show that they are ready to roll right now.

 

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Here we see the Z77A-GD65 with all of the heatsinks and color scheme ready to go. Everyone is very excited about this release since it should include native USB 3.0 built into the chipset and four SATA III ports. If you look at the specs there is also something quite exciting, DDR3-2667. ROCK ON!

 

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Next up is the flagship Z77A-GD80. The specs are incredible and we can't wait to see how they perform.

Mobile App of the Day: Net Master HD for iPad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 3:24 pm

Today we are introducing a new "... of the day" in the form of "Mobile App of the Day". We will have a new Mobile App of the Day which will be made up from the popular mobile OS's such as iOS, Android and Windows Mobile. This will specifically be just for smartphone and tablets, and if you notice something you'd like to be our Mobile App of the Day, send you suggestions through to me at either anthonygarreffa@tweaktown.com or news@tweaktown.com.

 

On with the Mobile App of the Day.

 

Our Mobile App of the Day is Net Master HD for iPad - just $0.99, previously $9.99!

 

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Previously $9.99, now 99¢. Net Master HD for the iPad is a professional grade network utility for non-professionals that includes essential networking tools like LAN scan, trace route, port scan, ping, and more . Get it for 99¢.

Deal of the Day: Dell Inspiron 15R notebook, 15.6-inch LED-backlit, Blu-ray Combo and more, just $664.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 2:31 pm

Our Deal of the Day today is the 15.6" LED-backlit Dell Inspiron 15R with 2nd gen Intel Core i5, 8GB Memory, 500GB HD, Blu-ray Combo, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, HD Webcam, Intel Wireless Display, and more for $664.99 with FREE Shipping!

 

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Offer: $664.99 with FREE shipping after $363 instant discount and 5% stackable coupon (takes $35 off) on this originally $1062.99 2nd gen Dell Vostro 15R laptop. This laptop features a 15.6" LED-backlit 1366 x 768 TrueLife TFT, 2nd gen 2.4Ghz Intel Core i5-2430M processor (with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.0Ghz), 8GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB hard drive, 512MB (dual) AMD Radeon HD 6470M graphics, Blu-ray Disc combo drive, Intel Centrino Wireless-N with Bluetooth 3.0, 1MP HD webcam, Intel WiDi wireless display, 6-cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty.

 

Start here for this specific laptop configuration. DELL INSPIRON 15R LAPTOP DEAL

 

Use stackable coupon code: RP6Q?41TMN8QVG for 5% off any computer from Dell Home, expiring 1/10/12 or after just 500 redemptions.

If the one above expires (or more likely, runs out of redemptions), use stackable coupon code: 4J4XPNDZ1PKR2B for the $25 off a $849+ 2nd gen Inspiron 15R laptop with Intel Core i processor discount (expiring 1/30/12), taking the price to $674.99.

 

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