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Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 28, 2011 3:27 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - April 28th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte G1.Assassin Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- ASUS Rampage III Black Edition X58 Motherboard @ HiTechLegion

- Intel Desktop Extreme DX58SO2 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

 

Video/Monitor

 

- EVGA GeForce GTX 460 2WIN 2GB dual-GPU Graphics Card @ PC Perspective

- AMD Radeon 6790 (Barts LE) @ RBMods

- HIS 6950/6970 Fan Turbo 2GB and HIS 6850 IceQ X Turbo 1GB Graphics Cards @ ixbtlabs

- PowerColor Radeon 6670 1GB @ Hardware Heaven

- PowerColor Radeon 6670 1GB @ Pureoverclock

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Brink Get SMART Series: The Basics and Objectives

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2011 2:00 pm

Brink is not far away and now that we're getting close Splash Damage are teasing us with all sorts of new videos showing the game off. These new videos come in the form of the "Get SMART" Series. The Get SMART Series currently has two videos out, the first one called "The Basics" which obviously walks through the baby steps of the game whilst the second video is called "Objectives", I'll let you guess that one for yourself you smart cookie you.

 

 

Depth - a multiplayer game of Shark versus Diver - yes you read that right!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2011 1:00 pm

Well, isn't this an amazing find. A non-typical, original game that isn't a COD-clone. "Depth" is a game where you can choose to be the Predator or Thief. As the Predator, you're a 21-foot man-eating shark and your objective is to find and dismember divers. You get "Shark vision" which lets you experience the sights, sounds and smells of the shark's world. Track prey by the disturbances they make in the water or by the sound of their own heartbeat! As the Shark you have the ability of full-body dismemberment, tear off your victim's limbs one by one and let him bleed to death or take him out with the final bite.

 

 

As a "Thief" you obviously play a human diver and your objective is to loot wealth in the form of sunken booty on the ocean floor - the only way to do this is to outsmart the 21-foot Shark enemies that are hunting you. Take cover in dense sea-weed, wrecks or stay as quiet as possible while the Shark's are hunting for you.

Deal of the Day: Ultimate Ears SuperFi 4 Noise-Isolating Earphones (Dented Box) - $29.99 Shipped Free

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Apr 28, 2011 7:34 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Logitech - Ultimate Ears SuperFi 4 Noise-Isolating Earphones (Dented Box) - $29.99 Shipped Free!.

 

Offer: The Ultimate Ears SuperFi 4 is a noise-isolating earphone with single armature speakers. It also comes with pocket-ready hard case, silicone ear cushions (S, M, L), one set of Comply foam ear cushions, and a cleaning tool.

 

ULTIMATE EARS SUPERFI 4 NOISE-ISOLATING EARPHONES DENTED BOX SALE

 

Use coupon code: superfi4_42611 for the discount. Expires 04/29/2011.

 

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Intel's Larsen Creek SSDs leak from ASRock PDF file

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 28, 2011 5:00 am

Some juicy information has just landed in the laps of the sexy boys and girls of TweakTown, the information is in the form of Intel's upcoming Z68 Express motherboards. ASRock have an upcoming Z68 Extreme 4 motherboard out and someone has found a nice little PDF file with info, check out the pic below:

 

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The picture shows what a system is capable of if using one of these Z68-based boards with an Intel 20GB Larsen Creek solid state drive with the additional herbs that Intel sprinkle on in the form of Intel's SSD caching technology which (as the picture above shows) provides a huge performance increase for a much lower price than a standalone SSD drive. More details should be provided soon, but as this is only a leak, details are scarce.

R18+ Classification in Australia, SA Attorney-General John Rau backs the new games rating

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2011 3:34 am

A new classifications system for computer games that will "increase protection for children and provide parents with clearer guidance" will be supported by the State Government. Attorney-General John Rau has said today that he supports the Federal Government's national push to create an R18+ classification for games but he would abolish the MA15+ classification in SA.

 

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Mr Rau has been quoted saying:

 

This model will give parents greater certainty about the appropriateness of games for their children.

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Trackmania 2 trailer, looking like another winner

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2011 3:06 am

The Trackmania 2 announcement trailer is out and it is looking mighty fine! The video has some serious amounts of motion-blur added to it, but it doesn't take away the fact that the game looks ridiculously fun. Check out the trailer below!

 

 

Nadeo (the group behind the game) are remaining very quiet regarding the release date, with the only form of a release date the following words: "coming soon... very soon".

Acer launches the worlds first 27-inch, 120hz, NVIDIA 3D Vision-compatible monitor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 28, 2011 2:59 am

Acer have hit the market first with a 27-inch, Full-HD, 3D Display. Dubbed the Acer HN274H, Acer have specced it well, Full HD, 100, 000, 000:1 contrast ratio, LED-backlit, 120hz refresh rate and a 2ms response time is not too shabby at all. Yes it's not an IPS-based panel, but for the fast-motion, first-person shooter fans like myself, the 120hz gives you a semi. If that doesn't get the blood pumping, it is also (and obviously) capable of 3D with NVIDIA's 3D Vision technology.

 

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Better yet, the Acer HN274H has the IR emitter built-in! Acer are even throwing in a pair of NVIDIA 3D glasses too. Acer have also added their eColor and Adaptive Contrast Management technologies which work dynamically to (apparently) deliver ultra-sharp and realistic visuals, here I was thinking that was the GPU doing that. The monitor looks great and I would definitely love to try one of these puppies out, Acer. Might be upgrade time for my Surround Vision Alienware setup!

Windows 8: Roaming Options, syncs to Microsoft's fluffy cloud

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 28, 2011 2:50 am

Microsoft are doing a bang-up job on Windows 8, every week theres a new feature leaked and nearly every single one has sounded like a great idea and really adds to the upcoming Operating System. Today we have the "Roaming Option" which looks like it allows a user to link their Windows account to their Windows Live account.

 

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With Roaming Option, there are six types of customizations which you can move to a different computer: Personalization (Desktop background image, glass color), Accessibility (Ease of access control panel, magnifier, on screen keyboard, narrator, and speech recognition settings), Language Settings (Language profile, text prediction preferences, and IME dictionary), Application Settings (Application settings and search history), Windows Settings (Taskbar, Explorer, search, and mouse settings), and Credentials (Wireless network profiles and saved website credentials).

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AMD release Catalyst 11.4 drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 28, 2011 1:52 am

AMD have released the Catalyst 11.4 drivers for Windows with various enhancements and issues resolved. First up AMD have included enhancements to the AMD VISION Engine Control Center / AMD Catalyst Control Center with new task-based Display Management controls (which is meant to simplify the configuration of displays and display settings), a new Eyefinity setup group and AMD Catalyst update notification.

 

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There are various performance gains, which aren't too bad at all:

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