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Lintop 3 breaks cover packing an Intel Atom under the hood

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 8:00 pm

If you are familiar with the line of tiny computers from Lintop, you might know the Lintop 2 that debuted before that had an AMD processor inside and tiny dimensions. Lintop has unveiled the latest in its line of SFF machines and this time the rig has an Intel Atom inside. The machine is called the Lintop 3 and is nearly twice the size of the Lintop 2. The new machine measures 23.5 cm x 23.6 cm x 5.5 cm and it uses an Intel Atom processor at 1.6GHz.

 

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The machine has 1GB of RAM and that can be expanded to 2GB if wanted. It uses 2GB of flash storage and has a Gigabit Ethernet port. The machine weighs in at 3.9 pounds and has a pair of audio inputs and outputs. The machine also has VGA and DVI outputs and supports up to 1920 x 1440 resolution with 3D graphics.

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Analog Devices debuts pair of new 3D capable HDMI receivers

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 7:06 pm

Home theater is built on HDMI for the most part today. The move from multiple cables to a single cable for audio and video was huge for fans looking for an easy way to wire their home theaters and superior sound and video at the same time. Analog Devices has unveiled a couple new physically small and power sipping HDMI receivers for home theater hardware that have some nice features inside.

 

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The new receivers are the ADV7611 and the ADV7612. Both of the receiver chips support HDMI 1.4a 3D connectivity and have full 1080p resolution at 60fps support. The smaller 7611 is very compact with chip dimensions of 10mm x 10mm x 1.6mm and the 7612 measures 14mm x 14mm x 1.6mm. The footprint of the receiver chips is 50% smaller than other similar chips and use 25% less power than other chips.

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Silicon Power unveils the E20 SSD

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 6:02 pm

When it comes to SSDs, there are a ton of companies on the market that we can choose from. Silicon Power is one of the companies that seems to be offering up a new SSD every time I look around. The latest new SSD to come from the company is called the E20 and the SSD is really fast. The E20 uses a special RAM cache function to speed the drives operation and reduce bottlenecks.

 

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The SSD has a DRAM cache that enhances the read and write performance of the storage device. Silicon Power claims that the SSD is good for read speed up to 250MB/s and write speed up to 230MB/s. The write performance of the SSD is boosted further by using Windows 7 TRIM functionality. The drive uses a 2.5-inch form factor and it is offered in multiple capacities. The capacities include 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.

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Apple forces PhotoFast to end production of 256GB MacBook Air SSDs

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 5:20 pm

Apple takes no prisoners when it comes to protecting its hardware and software chokehold for Mac products. The company has taken issue to all manner of firms that were outright cloning Mac computers down to companies that were simply using its cables in other products. The most recent company to come under the gun by Apple is PhotoFast.

 

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PhotoFast offered up a cool upgrade kit offering a larger and faster SSD for the MacBook Air that debuted back in October. The product is short lived with Apple now forcing the company to stop making the SSD kit. The big rub for users of the MacBook Air is that the upgrade SSD for the machines PhotoFast offered was much faster than the factory SSD in the Air.

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Corsair launches new high-performance DDR3 RAM

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: RAM | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 5:20 pm

Corsair has announced that it has launched some new RAM that might be perfect for the next enthusiast or gaming rig you are building up. The new RAM is in the Vengeance series of DDR3 and is aimed at making for some great overclocking on current and coming Intel platforms. All of the Vengeance modules run at 1.5V.

 

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The RAM will be offered in single, dual, and triple channel modules kits and will come in capacities from 4GB up to 16GB. The entire line has the same aluminum heat spreaders of thermal performance and has a cool appearance as well. The RAM really does look good too; it reminds me of the suit in Crysis for some reason.

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Download of the Day: Fraps 3.2.4

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 10:54 am

Our Download of the Day today is Fraps 3.2.4.

 

Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with all games using DirectX or OpenGL technology. In its current form Fraps performs many tasks and can best be described as:

 

Benchmarking Software - See how many Frames Per Second (FPS) you are getting in a corner of your screen. Perform custom benchmarks and measure the frame rate between any two points. Save the statistics out to disk and use them for your own reviews and applications.

 

Screen Capture Software - Take a screenshot with the press of a key! There's no need to paste into a paint program every time you want to capture the screen. Your screen captures are also automatically named and timestamped.

 

Realtime Video Capture Software - Have you ever wanted to record video while playing your favourite game? Come join the Machinima revolution! Throw away the VCR, forget about using a DV cam, game recording has never been this easy! Fraps can capture audio and video up to 1152x864 and 100 frames per second! All movies are recorded in outstanding quality.

 

Fraps has support for Vista and DirectX 10 games. Since the Vista Desktop Window Manager (DWM) runs through DirectX you can now take screenshots and record video from the desktop just like any other game or 3D application in Vista.

 

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Deal of the Day: 11.6" Alienware M11x Gaming Laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB Memory, 160GB HD, 1GB NVIDIA Graphics, Wireless-N, Webcam and More for $549 after Coupon!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 10:12 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - 11.6" Alienware M11x Gaming Laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB Memory, 160GB HD, 1GB NVIDIA Graphics, Wireless-N, Webcam and More for $549 after Coupon!.

 

Offer: This is the best deal we've seen for an Alienware M11x gaming laptop! $549 after $200 instant discount and $50 off coupon code gets you one with 11.6" WLED WideHD TFT, overclockable 1.3Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 (overclockable to 1.73Ghz), 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 160GB hard drive, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M graphics, 1.3MP webcam, 802.11a/b/g/n wireless, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty.

 

Get the Alienware laptop. Configure it how you like. We'd suggest doubling the RAM to 4GB, since it only costs $50.

 

Use coupon code: BHW1L0MX0D?MCX for $50 off a $100+ Alienware purchase. Unknown expiration date, good while supplies last.

 

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Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 9:08 am

The latest happenings from around the web - November 30th, 2010

 

Motherboard

 

- ECS A785GM-M Socket AM3 Motherboard Unboxing Video @ eTeknix

- ECS H67H2-M Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

 

Video/Monitor

 

- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 480 AMP @ XtremeComputing

- Iiyama ProLite B2712HDS 27 inch Monitor @ Kitguru

- SPARKLE Calibre X460G Video Card @ Madshrimps

- AMD Radeon HD 6850/6870 Graphics Cards @ IXBTlabs

- PowerColor HD 6870 PCS+ 1 GB @ Techpowerup

- Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Toxic @ HT4U

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Sandisk, Sony and Nikon let their powers combine, memory card with 2TB at 500MB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 7:16 am

Right now, Compact Flash is hitting 167MB/sec with it's recently released CF6.0 specification - with Sandisk, Sony and Nikon looking forward with new tech. The trio of companies have proposed a new memory card format that switches from the PATA interface to PCI-Express.

 

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This change will have a potential data transfer rate of 500GB/sec and the second potential to extend size to 2TB. This may sound crazy now but DSLR's and camcorders are getting more complex and burst shooting RAW images and high-def video is getting quite crazy.

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Google reportedly buying Groupon for $2.5 Billion

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 6:42 am

Reports are starting to surface that Google has purchased Groupon, a popular local deals site, for around $2.5 billion. The purchase has not been made official by either party yet, but Vatornews has received the info from a "reliable source."

 

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Should this deal be legit, it was be quite an addition to Google's small business directory and programs like Google Places. This would also give Groupon the inside track against all of the copycat sites that have been popping up due to the success of their site, which has reported revenues of $50 million per month.

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