For years we could get our hands on lots of factory, overclocked video cards from NVIDIA, but ATI would not allow the card partners to overclock its cards. This was ok for many enthusiasts because they like to overclock their cards themselves. The catch is that overclocking the card could void the warranty so some enthusiasts preferred the factory overclocked cards.
Today we can get overclocked ATI cards directly from card partners to offer better performance right out of the box and keep the warranty intact. The latest factory overclocked ATI card comes from Club 3D and is called the Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 Overclocked Edition. The card is the same as the other HD 6850 cards on the market save the higher clock speeds on the GPU and memory. The card has a GPU clock of 820MHz and a memory clock of 4400MHz.
Home theater fans often need a bunch of different adapters and accessories to get their system working exactly how they want it to work. If you want a home theater with the same image on multiple screens for a video wall, you need some sort of splitter. Gefen has announced a new splitter called the 1:4 Splitter for HDMI with FST and 3D.
The splitter comes in white or black colors and can be wall mounted. It has a single HDMI input and four HDMI outputs. It works with HDCP for protected Blu-ray content and splits the source to four different screens with no loss in resolution or video quality. The splitter supports pass-through of 3D video and lossless audio formats.
It seems like it was just last week that Blu-ray burners were a thousand bucks and almost no one had them. Once HD DVD died off the price for Blu-ray players and drives for computers started to come down and today you can pick up a BDR for your PC pretty cheaply. Sony Optiarc has a bunch of Blu-ray drives that it offers for computer users and it has added a couple new offerings to its line.
Both of the new drives share the same features and the only difference is that one of them is packaged for retail sale and the other is an OEM drive. The drives are both half-height 5.25-inch internal optical drives that use the SATA port for connectivity. The drives can burn to single layer 6x media at 12x speed.
Most Bluetooth headsets tend to look the same with black and silver designs that are more for function than fashion. The average Bluetooth headset is fine for many of us, but there are some out there that want their headsets to work well and look really good. For these folks there are are some fashionable headsets out there such as the offerings from Jawbone that put a lot of focus on looks and functionality.
Jawbone has unveiled a new product called the Jambox that is a Bluetooth speaker and hands free system that will work with any Bluetooth device including music phones, computers, and more. The speaker has a pair of drivers and an ultra small dome that claims to make a spectrum of sound almost as wide as the human ear can hear.
Our Download of the Day today is SmartFTP 4.0.1145.0.
SmartFTP is an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client which allows you to transfer files between your local computer and a server on the Internet. With its many basic and advanced features SmartFTP also offers secure, reliable and efficient transfers that make it a powerful tool.
SmartFTP can be used for:
Web site publishing and maintenance
Upload and download of images, documents, movie and music files
Share your files with your friends and coworkers
Backups of local or remote files
SmartFTP offers these features:
Quickly rename multiple files.
Search your hard drive in the Local Browser (Windows Vista and higher)
Our Mobile App of the Day today is IMDb.
Movie and TV buffs have used the IMDb site for a long time to get information about their favorite shows and actors. The iPhone and iPad app has gotten a major facelift and a more global feel with their new features.
Everything you'd expect from IMDb on the computer is in the app: Rating movies and TV shows, entertainment news, and info on all your favorite actors and actresses are all at your fingertips. Along with a redesigned homescreen that is constantly updating and that takes advantage of the iPhone 4's Retina display, the other big addition is the inclusion of movie showtimes in 13 different countries: Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina, Chile, Australia and New Zealand. The app can now also be viewed in simplified Chinese. The app is free, so grab it on iTunes today.
The latest happenings from around the web - November 5th, 2010
- FOXCONN NT-330I Netbox @ Techpowerup
- Notebook Round-up: Room Gaming vs Portable Gaming @ InsideHW
- Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H Motherboard @ Ninjalane
- New Sandy Bridge P67A Boards Revealed in Leaked GIGABYTE Box Art @ Megatechnews
- PowerColor Radeon HD 5770 v2 @ Benchmark Reviews
- Crysis 2 being re-designed for GTX580? Expect delays @ Kitguru
- World-Exclusive: PowerColor HD 6850 PCS+ 1 GB @ Techpowerup
Google Instant, which debuted in September and offers a list of links predicting what you are searching for as you type in the Search Bar, is now moving past just the desktop platform and onto mobile devices.
Android devices running Froyo and iPhones and iPods running iOS 4 or better will be able to access a beta version of Google Instant when using Google on their mobile device. After tapping a "turn on" link below the search box when using it for the first time, Google searching will operate similarly to how it now does on the desktop version of Google. 3G and WiFi networks seem to be best for the service for now, and it can be turned off at any time.
We now may have more reasoning behind Steve Jobs' inference that Apple products will not be supporting USB 3.0 anytime soon. According to CNET's report from an industry source, Apple may be jumping past USB 3.0 to become an early adopter of Light Peak technology which is "now on track to appear in products in the first half of 2011-and likely earlier in the year than later."
Light Peak, a high speed connection capable on 10 gigabit per second data transfer, is currently in development by Intel with possible help from Apple themselves, who may have had the original idea in the first place. With Intel chipsets not expected to natively support USB 3.0 until 2012, Apple jump into a faster standard may be a shrewd move.