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The Overclocker hits Issue 12

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Tweaking & Overclocking | Posted: Dec 16, 2010 12:15 am

The Overclocker has released Issue 12. Issue 12 covers the GOOC (Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship) as well as the usual news, previews and reviews.


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Inside there are reviews of the OCZ Revo Drive 120GB, Gigabyte's HD6850 and also their GTX460 as well as a review of the Asus branded GTX580.

Pioneer unveils the first BDXL optical drive

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 8:00 pm

It hasn't been that long ago that the first Blu-ray optical drives were landing for computers. I remember the first one I read about was in the thousand-dollar range. Technology has changed drastically since the drives were first unveiled and today you can get a handful of Blu-ray drives for the price of one of the early offerings.


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Pioneer has announced a new optical drive that is an internal 5.25" optical drive that is designed to read and write to discs using the new higher-capacity BDXL format. The optical drive can also write to normal Blu-ray media, DVD, and CDs as well. The new BDXL discs are capable of storing 128GB of data on a BDR-QL disc and up to 100GB on a BD-R TL disc. The optical drive uses the SATA interface.


The drive ships with as single BD-R XL 100GB disc and has tech to protect disc and improve playback quality on recorded media. The tech includes Limit Equalizer to improve RF signals generated when reading Blu-ray discs. Disc Vibration Stabilizer protects discs from warping during the write process. The BDR-206MBK is available right now for $199.

XFX launches new Radeon HD 6970 and HD 6950 video cards

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 7:10 pm

Today marked the official launch of the AMD Radeon HD 6970 and 6950 video cards. With the cards officially on the market, the card partners have been tossing out their branded offerings today and reviews have been pouring in of the new video cards. If you are an XFX fan, the company has unveiled its 6950 and 6970 video cards.


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The XFX 6970 video card has 2GB of GDDR5 RAM and supports AMD HD3D technology among other things. The card has HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort connectivity. The GPU clock is 880MHz and the memory is clocked at 5500MHz. The memory interface is 256-bit and the card uses a dual slot design.


The HD 6950 from XFX supports the same main features and connectivity with different clock speeds. The 6950 has the same 2GB of RAM with a clock speed of 5000MHz. The GPU clock for the 6950 is 800MHz and the memory interface is 256-bit. This card is a dual slot offering as well. These cards should be popular with gamers preferring AMD parts.

3-in-1 iPad Camera Connection Kit adds memory card reader and USB to iPad

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 6:02 pm

I think that most Apple gadget users will agree that there are some changes that we would like to see made to the devices. Apple is so locked down that the company doesn't include what is seen as basic functionality by most of the tech world. That means the iPad and iPhone lack SD or microSD card slots and there is no USB port on the iPad.




The only way to get USB on your iPad has been to the official iPad Camera kit that can be hard to find. A company called MIC Gadget has announced a new 3-in-1 Camera Connection Kit that takes a step further than the official Apple adapter. It has USB like the Apple product and has a microSD card slot and a SD card slot as well.


Those memory card slots mean you can move data to and from the iPad directly from your memory card. You can get the cool adapter that plugs into the Apple charge and sync port for $29.90 in black or white colors. The device is up for pre-order only now with shipments to start after Christmas according to the web store for MIC Gadget.

Mark Zuckerberg nabs Person of year Honor from TIME

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 5:12 pm

I'm not a reader of TIME Magazine. The last time I picked an issue up was when I was in the doctor with my kid and that issue was 27 years old. TIME magazine picks a person of the year each year without much in the way of an explanation of what good the person has actually done according to some.




This year Facebook leader and creator Mark Zuckerberg got the nod. I guess I can get behind this a bit considering the dude just gave have his personal fortune to charity. I can see the reasoning for the choice a bit; Facebook has changed the way that we interact.

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Biostar unveils TP67XE mainboard for LGA1155

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 4:02 pm

Biostar is a name that lots of enthusiasts out there will know. The company has unveiled the latest mainboard in its line up and this board is called the TP67XE. It supports Intel LGA1155 socket processors like Sandy Bridge parts and uses the Intel P67 chipset. The mainboard is packed with lots of other features as well.


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Other features of the mainboard include USB 3.0, SATA 3, Bio-Remote 2, and THX Theater sound. The board also uses Charge Booster tech for charging up your Apple hardware like the iPad or iPhone. The board also uses a new heat sink design and has a 10-phase CPU power supply along with a pair of 8-pin aux power connectors for the CPU to allow for more power and extreme overclocking.

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Poll Results - Are you going to upgrade to the Intel Sandy Bridge platform?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 3:36 pm

Over 1,200 people voted on our previous poll and we asked, are you going to upgrade to the Intel Sandy Bridge platform?


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Only 16% of TweakTown readers said that they would be upgrading to the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge platform early next year.


A massive 42% of our readers said that they are happy with their current hardware setup and 18% of our readers are not sure who this "Sandy" person is we are talking about. Second place with 24% of the votes was the preference of waiting and reading the reviews first.


For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know, what do you want most these holidays? Let us know! Please go here to vote!

New NanoLED TVs coming from LG

By: Don Lynn | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 5:35 am

LG is teasing two new lines of HDTVs that will feature their Nano Lighting Technology. This technology embeds the LEDs in a thin film behind the LCD screen to take away the disadvantages of edge-lit TVs while keeping the price point reasonable compared to fully backlit LED versions. The TVs will also make use of LG's new Micro Pixel Control, which is an improved local dimming feature to improve darker scenes.


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The LW9500 and LW7700 will sport a 480Hz and 240Hz refresh rate respectively and both will have an "Anti-Reflection Panel" that is most likely for glare reduction. Full 3D support is also incorporated via active shutter glasses. Sizes will start at 47 inches and work their way up to 60 inches. No specifics on price or release date at this point.

Download of the Day: K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 6.66

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 5:32 am

Our Download of the Day today is K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 6.66.


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.


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AMD Radeon HD6900 review roundup!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 5:03 am

AMD's Radeon HD6900 series has officially launched, a few websites leaked out results early but now the NDA has lifted and the flood gates are officially gushing out with news.


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The card is getting a lot of buzz everywhere and stock is plentiful compared to other launches lately. Below we have a list of various review sites with our sick and sexified Shane Baxtor leading the way with our in-house TweakTown review:

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