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OWC Embraces PCIe and miniSAS

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 15, 2012 8:50 am

CES 2012 - Cameron is still in Vegas for a couple of more days but I darted back home to coach youth basketball. After spending the last two days of CES in a steak coma I'm ready to get back to work and finish up the CES coverage. The show was really good this year with more than 152,000 visitors and more than 20,000 products launched.




OWC ( was exhibiting on the show floor with a booth that was absolutely jam packed with enthusiasts. Industry insider Andy Marken from Marken Communications personally gave us the tour. The first stop of the day tipped up a little PCIe action. Here we see a new OWC PCIe SSD that uses a Marvell RAID controller and four custom SandForce SF-2281 controlled SSDs. Each SSD uses Toshiba NAND flash and different capacity sizes should be available. The capacity will ramp up quickly with four slots. The Marvell controller supports several different levels of RAID including 0,1,5 and 10. Performance will only be limited by the PCIe 2.0 4 lane link so we are expecting some amazing performance out of this product.


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Razer has some cool new toys! Razer Blade and Project Fiona

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 14, 2012 1:29 pm



CES 2012 - Here we are looking at the near $2800 Razer Blade, is the fastest PC I have ever seen boot with my own eyes first off. Beside the raw speed of this unit, there have been a few really innovative additions included. The mouse pad has been moved to the right and has LED lit function buttons that will change the operation of this multi-touch LCD mouse pad. This will allow for real time stats to be displayed, even the option to get on the net and watch game play video as the game is still on the main screen. I know that is a lot of money to pay for a mobile gaming system, but this is the coolest laptop/notebook that I have ever had the pleasure of using.




They also made something that was awarded for CES 2012, Project Fiona! This is essentially a tablet with a thick aluminum frame added to support the handles of the game pad controllers that are derived from the Hydra Nunchucks. This is still in development, and there are beta testers with new requests, and Razer is working out all of the final details still. I for one like the idea, and hopefully Fiona makes her way to store shelves, as I think there is a ton of potential here!




For those Star Wars freaks out there Razer is delivering a newly painted and backlit kit of this keyboard featuring the mouse pad of the Blade along with a Naga mouse...

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New cases from the SilverStone suite at CES

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 14, 2012 1:25 pm



CES 2012 - During my meeting with Tony at SilverStone I saw a few cases around the room that looked very familiar, yet not exactly what we have seen to date. For instance we have the chassis seen here. At first glance you are thinking this is the FT-03, and it is, but in m-ITX form factor this time! Various changes were made to the cooling system shrinking in fan diameter, as well as the entire chassis getting much smaller, offering this new solution, the FT-03 Mini.




With three of the four side panels removed you can get a look at the interior design of the FT-03 Mini, and can also now see that this chassis will use a SFX power supply to aide in keeping the overall size of this chassis to bare minimum. I was told these should be arriving sometime in March, but pricing was not discussed at this time.




I also took a look at the GD06 and reviewed it not too long ago, but I guess there were some requests that came from users in what might improve the user's experience. For instance the GD07 pictured here, near the power button is a power LED that now has a dimmer switch on it, and also has a power button lock out mechanism to disable any accidental power downs from curious children's fingers. There are also some interior changes that have been made, and I was told to expect mine soon, so that I can show you in more detail what is new there...

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What's new for ARCTIC besides the dropping of "cooling" from their name?

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 14, 2012 1:22 pm



CES 2012 - I found ARCTIC on the floor at CES and found a few coolers on display. Here we have the i30 in this image. There is an a30 model for AMD mounting which is exactly the same as this i30 model sans the mounting hardware, of course that has to be different. This four pipe cooler was in full operational speed, and both were dead silent. I just spoke with Daniel while I was in Las Vegas, and was told this cooler is in transit right now, so expect this review very soon!




On the wall behind the CPU cooler display were the new series of GPU coolers. This is a redesign of the original Twin Turbo Cooler. The Twin Turbo II has a changed heat pipe arrangement under it, but since they were mounted to the display I couldn't get a great image of it. You can tell from the top that the fan spacing has been changed, the black shroud has been increased in size, and this cooler still connects to most of the older cards, as well as a few that the original did not.




Next to the Twin Turbo II was mounted next to this new design as well. Here we have the Accelero Xtreme which is just like the one I reviewed previously, but this time is specifically designed to work with the AMD HD 7970. The main change to the cooler for this card is the addition of a few millimeters of extra copper to the base of the cooler to allow contact with the die height of these new cards...

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Deal of the Day: Newegg - Intel 320 Series 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $79.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 13, 2012 3:23 pm

Our Deal of the Day is: Newegg - Intel 320 Series 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $79.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!




Offer: Awesome price for this Intel 320 Series 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal SSD. This is an excellent way to boost your computer performance. 80GB is plenty to host your operating system, the scratch disk, and a few intensive programs.




Use coupon code: IntelSSD for the $20 discount. Expires 01/15/2012.


$50 MAIL-IN REBATE expires 01/14/2012

Download of the Day: Firefox 10.0 Beta 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 13, 2012 2:21 pm

Our Download of the Day is Firefox 10.0 Beta 4.




The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox sets the pace with dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable Web browsing experience for all.


User Experience. The enhancements to Firefox provide the best possible browsing experience on the Web. The new Firefox smart location bar, affectionately known as the "Awesome Bar," learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time.


Performance. Firefox is built on top of the powerful new Gecko platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product.


Security. Firefox raises the bar for security. The new malware and phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware to keep people safe on the Web.


Customization. Everyone uses the Web differently, and Firefox lets users customize their browser with more than 5,000 add-ons.


Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

Friday Morning Roundup for January 13, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 13, 2012 2:18 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - January 13th, 2012.




Antec P280 - Vortez News


Video cards:


Inno3D GTX560Ti 448 Core -




Bulldozer Benchmarks: AMD FX with Windows Scheduler Updates - TweakPC




GeIL Evo Corsa 16GB Quad Channel DDR3-2400 MHz CL11 - ocaholic


Media Players:


WD TV Live - t-break




Cooler Master Hyper TX3 EVO CPU Cooler - Technic3D

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Mobile App of the Day: Fish Fury for iPad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 13, 2012 1:21 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Fish Fury for iOS.




After taking over the rest of the world (and the App Store), the birds are heading towards one of the last piranha colonies. You are the only one who stand in their way!


Stop the bird invasion: eat 'em, ram them, slice 'em, whatever it takes to show 'em your 'Fish Fury'!

Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 ultrabook, sports Ivy Bridge, Windows 8 and swivels its screen to turn into a tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 13, 2012 10:21 am

CES 2012: I'm trying not to get excited for Windows 8-based notebooks, or ultrabooks, until something comes out that makes me sit back and think "Wow". Well, I think I'm getting to that point with Lenovo's ultrabook, IdeaPad Yoga 13.




Intel requires that all 13.3-inch (or smaller) ultrabooks to be, at most, 18mm thick. However, there is a provision that if the ultrabook has a touchscreen, it can be up to 20mm thick. Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 sports a touchscreen, yet measures up at just 17mm thick. Yoga 13 does all of this without losing battery life, as Lenovo rates the Yoga good for over eight hours of use.


It doesn't just sport a touchscreen, it's an IPS panel to boot. The panel features very wide viewing angles that are perfect, as the Yoga's hinge allows the display to swing open 360-degrees and can convert itself into a tablet. Once the display spins beyond 180-degrees, the keyboard turns off and you can hold the unit and interact with it just like a tablet. Yoga 13 includes a soft-touch coating on the palm rest that ensures the system is easy to hold and won't slip or scratch if you place it on something in tablet mode.

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Original Eee Pad Transformer will get Ice Cream Sandwich next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 13, 2012 9:19 am

Last week, ASUS promised the Ice Cream Sandwich update to roll out to the original Transformer, shortly after the latest Transformer Prime was updated. ASUS Singapore posted the below image, which got people excited, as you would expect.




It was then retracted, where Android Police contacted their ASUS U.S. rep so they could get everyone's stories straight, this was their response:




The Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich update is now expected for the original Transformer TF101 in early February. North America and Taiwan will experience the update first. This should make Transformer users happy, as they'll get to lick some Ice Cream Sandwich ahead of virtually the rest of the tablet market, in just over two weeks time.

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