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Friday Morning Roundup for February 17, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 3:37 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 17th, 2012.

 

GPUs:

 

AMD Radeon HD 7770 - Reference design vs. XFX - TweakPC

HIS Radeon HD 7750 1GB Graphics Card - eTeknix

HIS Radeon HD 7750 1GB iCooler - HEXUS.net

AMD Radeon HD 7770 and Radeon HD 7750 - HT4U.net

AMD Radeon HD7770 - Technic3D

 

Peripherals:

 

Enermax Briskie Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Bundle - KitGuru

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Deal of the Day: HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition 15.6" Laptop PC for $759.99

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 2:20 pm

Our Deal of the Day is HP Home & Home Office Store - HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition 15.6" Laptop PC w/ 1920x1080, Intel Core i5-2450M, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 7470M - $759.99 Shipped Free!

 

HP's new $200 off $1,099+ STACKABLE coupon code gets you this HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition Laptop PC with some amazing specs for just $759.99 shipped! Check it out:

 

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2nd Gen Intel Core i5-2450M Processor - 2.5 GHz to 3.1 GHz

1GB AMD Radeon HD 7470M GDDR5 Discrete Graphics [HDMI, VGA]

8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)

750GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive

15.6" Full HD HP Anti-glare LED (1920 x 1080)

SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support

HP TrueVision HD Webcam w/Integrated Digital Microphone

HP SimplePass Fingerprint Reader

Intel 802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth

 

Use coupon code: NBU8677 for the $200 off $1,099+ STACKABLE discount. Expires after 1500 uses or on 02/19/2012.

 

HP PAVILION DV6T 15.6 INCH INTEL CORE I5-2450M FULL HD 1920X1080 LAPTOP PC SALE

 

Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Mobile App of the Day: Portals 2D for Windows Phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 1:30 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Portals 2D for Windows Phone.

 

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Can you think with portals? Open a gateway to a new and exciting type of game, this Portal-inspired platformer will test your portal-toting, cake loving avatar in a world where even your existence is tested. Beautiful HD graphics, wonderful sounds, ingenious gameplay, and silky smooth animations make this game a must have.

 

Now you're thinking with portals.

 

Update 1.2: Fixed some bugs, added robots, doors, buttons and grinders, improved graphics, added more levels, tweaked controls.

Samsung Galaxy 7.0 Plus N starts shipping in Germany, gives evil stare to Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 12:20 pm

Samsung have avoided more lawsuits when it comes to their Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus N, where it has now launched in Germany on Tuesday, albeit, quietly. The changes in the new tablet are the telltale top and bottom borders that German courts have allowed for release, as they aren't "copying" Apple's "technology".

 

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The new Tab 7.0 Plus N 16GB Wi-Fi version is quite expensive, rolling in at 499 euros ($656) with tax, as well as it's 3G brother at 569 euros ($748) with HSPA+ inside. The new 7-inch Galaxy Tab's are the first Samsung 7-inch tablets to arrive in Germany since the original Galaxy Tab launched nearly 18 months ago now. Samsung did unveil the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in Germany, but were forced to rip it away from the IFA floor because Apple objected to the similarity before it had even had time to hit retail shelves.

 

Samsung's designs sold everywhere else, bar Germany, until final verdicts in relevant trials. Apple successfully argued that the all-black, all-flat front design was too close to design rights for the iPad, and needed to change.

 

That last part I find ridiculous, how many all-black, all-flat tablets are there on the market? It's like Apple only see Samsung tablets and nothing else on the market.

Download of the Day: K-Lite Codec Pack 8.40 (Full)

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 12:19 pm

Our Download of the Day is the K-Lite Codec Pack 8.40 (Full).

 

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The K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files.

 

With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the popular audio and video formats and even several less common formats.

 

The K-Lite Codec Pack has a couple of major advantages compared to other codec packs:

 

It is updated frequently. So it is always up-to-date with the newest and/or best components.

All components have been carefully selected for specific purposes. It is not just a random bunch of stuff thrown together.

It is very user-friendly and easy to use.

The installation is fully customizable, meaning that you are able to install just those components that you really want.

The customization abilities even go beyond the component level. Some components are able to handle multiple formats. You can specify exactly which components should handle which formats. The pack can thus be fully tweaked to your own specific needs and preferences.

Uninstallation removes everything that was installed by the pack. Including all registry keys.

It is extremely easy to make a fully customized unattended installation with the integrated wizard.

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PlayStation Vita gets the iFixit teardown

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 8:24 am

iFixit are great, they truly are. Most people in the technology industry love to know how thinks work, and what is inside of them, and iFixit know this. They've got the latest and greatest Sony portable gaming system, PlayStation Vita, and have torn it apart.

 

Spec-wise, the PS Vita sports a 4-core ARM Cortex-A MPCore Processor, 4-core SGX543MP4+ GPU, 512MB of RAM backed up with 128MB of VRAM, a 5-inch OLED Touchscreen running a 960x544-pixel qHD display with 24-bit color, and rear capacitive multi-touch pad, front and rear 0.3-megapixel VGA cameras and two analog joysticks.

 

Now that we have those detailed specs out of the way, have a quick look at the innards of the PS Vita:

 

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To check out the full teardown, click here for the PlayStation Vita teardown.

Max Payne 3's Official Trailer #2 is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 7:25 am

The latest trailer to Max Payne 3 is here, where it unveils more of Max's story. It seems as though whilst under Max's protection, Rodrigo Branco's wife, Fabiana, is kidnapped. Max then goes on a journey of slow-mo, gun-slinging, bodycount-crazy fest, where he uncovers the truth and returns her to safety.

 

 

All while dodging bullets from lawless stress gangs, ruthless paramilitary units, and of course, his own personal demons. The latest trailer is made from all in-game graphics, and I think it's actually looking worse than previous teases of the game.

 

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I really expect this to be, sadly, a console port, without much being put into the PC version. I could be wrong, but from what I've seen, it's very console-centric, where the first two Max Payne games were PC-exclusive. However, I'll still be grabbing this game, just because it's Max Payne. Bring it on! Max Payne 3 arrives for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on May 15, 2012 in North America, and on May 18, 2012 in Europe. The PC version doesn't arrive until May 29, 2012 in North America, and June 1, in Europe.

DriverTT: AMD also release Catalyst Application Profiles 12.1 CAP 3, includes improved Alan Wake CrossFire performance and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 6:35 am

Just a few minutes ago we reported of the AMD Catalyst 12.1 pre-certified drivers, but the good news didn't stop there. AMD were also kind enough to release the Catalyst Application Profiles 12.1 CAP 3 which includes a bunch of profiles for some newly-released games.

 

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First up we have Alan Wake, which gets "improves CrossFire performance", Syndicate which receives both single-GPU and CrossFire performance improvements, Darkness 2 gets just improved CrossFire performance. Lastly, we have Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, which gets improved CrossFire performance for the AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series to avoid negative scaling at low resolution and finally, Natural Selection 2, where the 12.1 CAP 3 fixes shadow map flickering issues that are seen when CrossFire is enabled.

 

You can get all dirty with the Catalyst Application Profiles 12.1 CAP 3, here.

DriverTT: AMD Catalyst 12.1 Pre-Certified drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 6:30 am

For those of you who don't want to dilly-dally waiting for the WHQL-certified drivers from AMD, you can jump on these newly-released drivers. They come in the form of the Catalyst 12.1 pre-certified drivers, and support the Radeon HD 2000, HD 3000, HD 4000, HD 5000, HD 6000, and HD 7000 Series cards.

 

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They include quite the handful of support, features and enhancements, as listed below:

 

Windows 7 and Windows Vista support for the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series

 

- Enables support for Windows 7 64-bit/32-bit and Windows Vista 64-bit/32-bit

- Windows XP support will be made available in AMD Catalyst 12.4

 

Super Sampling Anti-Aliasing is now available for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications

 

- Supported on the AMD Radeon HD 7900 and 7700 Series

- Users can now enable Super Sample Anti-Aliasing and Adaptive Anti-Aliasing through the AMD Catalyst Control Center for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications

- Applications must support in game Anti-Aliasing for the feature to work (Forced on Anti-Aliasing through the Catalyst Control Center is not supported for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications)

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NVIDIA preps GeForce GTX 560 SE, wants to tango with AMD's Radeon HD 7770

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 5:26 am

NVIDIA rebrands again, and is set to release the 6th member of the desktop GTX 560 family, which will enjoy giving presents to the following GPUs on Christmas: GTX 560 Ti, GTX 560, GTX 560 Ti (OEM), GTX 560 (OEM) and GTX 560 Ti 448 Core.

 

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But, the GTX 560 SE seems to fall in line more with the OEM GTX 555 than those GPUs. The GTX 560 SE is made from a GF114 derivative, but with 2 SMs disabled which brings it to a total of 288 SP and 48 TMU. Core clocks will be placed at 776MHz, with shaders placed at 1552MHz. 1 MC is disabled, which gives the GTX 560 SE a memory interface of 192-bit, with 3828MHz 1GB GDDR5 with a total bandwidth of 92GB/sec.

 

The new GTX 560 SE is expected to offer performance similar to that of the GTX 555 OEM, and is looking to go into the ring against the quite-amazing AMD Radeon HD 7770. It will be priced quite competitively, at the $150-mark, but won't match AMD's amazing performance/watt ratio.

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