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TigerDirect partners with companies to build PC to auction and benefit the National MS Society

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 6:04 pm

It's nice when companies do things that benefit the community at large. This time it is TigerDirect's turn to do something for the greater good. They have partnered with Corsair Memory and EVGA to build a killer gaming PC which is currently being auctioned off at eBay. 100% of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the MS Society to continue driving the fight against Multiple Sclerosis.

 

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It's for a good cause, and it's a pretty amazing computer. I highly encourage you to take a look at it and throw in a bid. The auction is available here.

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ADATA caught almost breaking speed limit with 2666MHz Ivy Bridge RAM

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: RAM | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 5:57 pm

Yesterday we visited the friendly folks at the ADATA headquarters here in Taipei where we were introduced to some new products. The one product we want to focus on right here is its upcoming Intel Ivy bridge memory kit for the new Z77 Express platform.

 

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The new Gaming Series RAM from ADATA is rated at 2666MHz DDR3 and comes in a capacity of 32GB which is four 8GB modules in dual-channel mode since that is what Z77 motherboards support. The timings at this rather high memory speed come in at 12-13-13-35 at 2T. ADATA is said to be working with ASUS to bring the cache latency time down from 12 to 11 before this memory kit actually makes it way to the market.

 

As you can see in the picture above, the memory at this stage of development requires active cooling to operate 100% stable. It's not sure at this stage if ADATA will bundle a memory cooler with their RAM or if they can figure out how to make it run stable without active fan cooling and just the passive installed heat spreaders.

 

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The ASUS Z77 Ivy Bridge system was able to complete a 32M run of Super PI in 12 minutes and 16 seconds with this speedy 32GB memory kit installed from ADATA.

China to go ahead with 'National Processor Architecture', anyone's guess as to which one

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 5:34 pm

China is looking to define a national standard processor architecture, sources say. If this project is successful, it could be that the new standard would be a requirement in any project that seeks government funding, such as a computer purchases for a school. More important, which architecture will they select?

 

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There are at least 5 architectures that are up for consideration. The Chinese government could also create their own, or extend an existing one. It's somewhat unlikely that they would define their own, especially by committee. You have to realize that a new architecture hasn't been defined here in the West in over two decades.

 

Officials of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology held the initial meeting of the so-called China National Instruction Set Architecture initiative in March. They hosted representatives from about 20 China organizations, which included communications giants Huawei and ZTE as well as a number of academic groups.

 

China would prefer to have its own IP rather than paying a foreign company to license it. "I got the impression it's a matter of months," before the processor group chooses a national standard, said Robert Bismuth, vice president of business development at MIPS Technologies. "I actually think this will happen," Bismuth added. "Longsoon is really launching in systems into the government sector."

 

More as it comes.

Mega Kingston Weekly Giveaway including SSD, HyperX RAM, pen drives and more

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 5:26 pm

This week we have teamed up with Kingston Technology again who are giving away some more amazing prizes including the following.

 

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For this giveaway there will be no less than six lucky winners (yes, 6!) who have the chance to take home one of these brilliant Kingston products listed below, which we know you would all love to win.

 

DataTraveler Micro 16GB, microSDHC card Class 10 8GB, HyperX KHX1866C9D3T1BK2/8GX memory kit, HyperX KHX1866C11D3P1K2/8G memory kit, SSDNow V+200 SATA 3 2.5-inch 60GB SSD and a DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 64GB pen drive.

 

Read the full post with a click of the link below to find out how to enter!

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Announcing the G.SKILL CUP, an extreme overclocking contest at HWBOT in May

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 4:26 pm

Following up the release of G.SKILL's new extreme TridentX DDR3, they have announced a new overclocking competition that will be running on HWBOT during the month of May. We would like to give our readers the announcement and rules so that they can enter and win the awesome prizes that are being offered. They are giving away 13 8GB RAM kits and 1 32GB RAM kit.

 

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The competition will start May 1 and runs until May 30. The even consists of three different stages which all start May 1. You must use G.SKILL RAM to participate in all stages. Full rules and details are below along with the link to the event page. If you enter, let me be the first to wish you good luck. I wish I had G.SKILL RAM so that I could participate.

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Samsung says 'No point in waiting to launch a product'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 3:31 pm

In an exclusive interview with Simon Stanford, Samsung's VP of telecommunications and networks for UK and Ireland, TechRadar picked up some interesting pieces of information. The most interesting one, as far as I'm concerned, is that Samsung doesn't like the way the tech world works in cycles around tech shows.

 

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Samsung, apparently, is much more interested in announcing a product and then launching it shortly after that announcement. Due to this new revelation, the Samsung Galaxy SIII could be on shelves before the end of May. The interview did not outright name the successor to the Galaxy SII, but it seemed pretty clear that it was coming.

 

"Traditionally the industry works in cycles around an event, meaning there's usually quite a period of time between announcement and period of launch. Commercially, you have to question that; plus it presents a challenge by putting you in a position where everyone knows what you're up to," he said.

 

And in terms to the Galaxy SIII, he had this to say: "In terms of any successor to the S2, that will be hosted at separate event in due course. Whatever it is, and whatever it's going to be. As it stands, nothing exists. This is all should any successor be announced." So nothing exists right now, eh?

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Nintendo reports first annual loss in 30 years

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 1:59 pm

It's that time of year where many companies report their Q1 financial results, or if you're Nintendo, you report your entire fiscal year. Nintendo reports its finances only once a year (annually) as opposed to 4 times like most companies (quarterly). This report is the first time in 30 years that Nintendo has reported a loss.

 

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A lot of this is due to the financial climate that is affecting everyone worldwide. Additionally, the gaming market has changed as of late, due to the availability of high quality, free, mobile games. The 3-way struggle between Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony hasn't exactly helped the market either. While competition is good, it does cause companies to lower prices to compete, sometimes below cost.

 

In August, Nintendo was forced to cut the price of the 3DS by 40%. A cut that big is never good for the bottom line. Between the price cut, and a few popular new 3D games such as Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land, they managed to sell 13.53 units last fiscal year. This time around they hope to sell 18.5 million.

 

Now, the financial results. Ninteno said it suffered a net loss of ¥43.20 billion in the fiscal year ending March 31st whereas last year they recorded a profit of ¥77.62 billion. Also, they recorded an operating loss of ¥37.32 billion with revenue dropping by 36% to ¥647.65 billion yen. They really are depending on a successful WiiU launch, which is expected later this year.

Portal 2 "Perpetual Testing Initiative" level creator arriving for PC, Mac in May

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 9:31 am

Valve are set to release a free Portal 2 DLC pack dubbed "Perpetual Testing Initiative" for PC and Mac which is due to hit on May 8. Valve have said you'll be able to "easily create, share, and play Portal 2 puzzles" with the new DLC.

 

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The new level creator will let you publish maps directly to Steam. Yes! Other players from there, will be able to browse, vote, and download user-created maps to play in their own versions of the game.

 

There's not much more on this until May 8, but you can sure it will be featured as our Download of the Day.

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