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OCZ add two more drives to the Agility 3 lineup: 180GB and 360GB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 1, 2012 8:29 am

OCZ have just added two more drives to their Agility 3 range of SSDs, with new capacities: 180GB and 360GB. The SandForce SF-2281 controller is here to help, by supporting up to eight channels, but it can also run in 6-channel mode, which is how you get the 180 and 360GB capacities.

 

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SandForce-powered drives use roughly 7-percent of the storage space for over-provisioning by default, plus possibly RAISE as well, depending on the SSD itself. These SSDs sport 192GiB and 384GiB of actual NAND on the drive. 2.5-inch drives usually sport 16GB NAND packages but in order to run in 6-channel mode you only use 12 packages (i.e. two NAND packages per channel).

 

This means, for the 180GB mode, it would have twelve 16GiB NAND packages with two 8GiB dies per package. The 360GB model just doubles the dies per NAND package, so we're left with twelve 32GiB packages, with four dies each.

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DriverTT: AMD Catalyst driver for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 1, 2012 7:28 am

If you haven't gotten those grubby mits of yours on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview that was released just hours ago, hop to it! I'm downloading it right now, but I'm restricted to an 8Mbit connection, so it'll be just under an hour for me.

 

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But, AMD have been kind enough to release some new drivers, dubbed the AMD Catalyst driver for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The driver set has full support for Windows 8's new WDDM 1.2 features. The rest of AMD's software features are also fully supported: Overdrive, CrossFire, and Eyefinity.

 

There is one downside, AMD Radeon 7000-series support, it's not included. These drivers don't support any of the GCN-based GPUs. Right now, AMD haven't even published a WHQL-certified Windows 7 driver for GCN, so we should see hopefully both of them, shortly.

 

Grab the drivers here.

Microsoft Flight is here, free-to-play and all

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 1, 2012 6:28 am

Microsoft's Flight Simulator has for a while now, been a huge boon for Microsoft. It has single-handedly been one of the truest Flight Sim's out there, with a huge following, and has pushed PC hardware to infinity, and beyond.

 

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Microsoft took another direction with Flight, and dropped the "Simulator" from its name, and went free-to-play. The game will make dosh from selling premium add-ons, including new aircraft and "adventure packs". The game is ready for download, if you'd like to get into the pilots seat.

 

Where would you like to fly to, today?

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The Avengers - Official Trailer #2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 1, 2012 6:00 am

I've just watched the new trailer to The Avengers, and holy crap it is amazing. The first trailer was good, but this had the hairs on the back of my neck well and truly standing.

 

 

The trailer shows off some insane action, and the scope and scale of the movie is shown much better in this trailer. I'm loving that they have crammed so many characters into one movie, something that could've only been dreamt of 20 years ago.

 

There are tonnes of tracking shots in the movie, one-liners should be rampant, too. I just love Robert Downey Jr playing Tony Stark. Chris Evans plays Captain America amazingly, too. It's also good to see the soon-to-be new Bourne playing Hawkeye, too.

 

One of the comments from "epicecho91" on YouTube sums it up pretty well:

 

brb, need new pants.

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People spend 136x more time on Facebook than Google+ in January

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Mar 1, 2012 5:45 am

If we listen to the latest data from comScore, Google+ users actually spent an average of 3.3 minutes per month on Google+ in January of this year. Comparing this number to Facebook, where they have an average of 7.5 hours last month, this is a whopping 136-times greater than the average Google+ visitor.

 

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Google of course downplayed the super-low numbers, claiming that their own internal data shows much higher numbers, and that Google+ is actually growing. If we look at the other comScore data, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Twitter all beat Google+ in minutes-per-month spent on the respective social networking websites. We have 17 minutes, 8 minutes, and 21 minutes for LinkedIn, MySpace, and Twitter, respectively.

 

Just 7.5 hours a month on Facebook? Well, considering I'm on the thing for 8 hours-plus per day, what am I? A super non-average Facebook user? Am I addicted? Not as much as some, I have friends and family who literally spend those 7.5 hours, in a single day, on a smartphone, and not get bored. I'm bored of Facebook in minutes, I just have it sitting in a Chrome tab, waiting for that (1) to show up and haunt me to check it out.

 

What about you?

OCZ Technology and TweakTown Join Forces to Load Your BF3 Faster

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Mar 1, 2012 4:59 am

OCZ Technology and TweakTown have teamed up to decrease your Battlefield 3 load times. TweakTown launched an Official Battlefield 3 Server and are looking forward to gaming with you! In March the TweakTown Battlefield 3 Server will track stats via Game Tracker.

 

OCZ Technology has generously provided three award winning solid state drives that will be awarded to the top three scores for the month of March.

 

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  • 1st Place OCZ Technology Vertex 3 120GB
  • 2nd Place OCZ Technology Octane 128GB
  • 3rd Place OCZ Technology Agility 3 120GB

 

Players will also need to post on the TweakTown Battlefield 3 Server Forum in the Post Your Player Name thread to be eligible. Winners will be announced in the TweakTown Battlefield 3 Server Forum on April 2nd. This is a global contest. See you on the battlefield.

 

TweakTown Battlefield 3 Server Link

 

TweakTown Battlefield 3 Forum Link

WD will swap a few HDD assets with Toshiba, edges closer to Hitachi GST merger

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 1, 2012 4:29 am

Western Digital has just announced they've reached an agreement with Toshiba Corporation to divest certain hard drive manufacturing assets in order to meet the requirements of regulatory agencies reviewing the company's close-but-not-quite-there acquisition of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST).

 

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Within the deal itself, Toshiba will acquire manufacturing and released IP from WD for 3.5-inch hard drives, as well as the firm's near-line storage unit for server application use. WD has also announced they've agreed, subject to completion of the divestiture transaction, to purchase Toshiba Storage Device Thailand (TSDT), a hard drive manufacturing facility that has not resumed operations since the 2011 Thailand floods.

 

WD plan to slide TSDT facilities and employees into existing operations in Thailand. Financially, nothing is known from these agreements, yet.

Doom 4 artwork leaked, is this the real deal?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 1, 2012 3:27 am

Rumors of Doom 4 being cancelled have once again been shot down by Bethesda Softworks, after All Games Beta publishing some information stating that the game had been cancelled, simultaneously releasing leaked screenshots that originally surfaced on 4Chan.

 

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Bethesda vice president of public relations and marketing, Pete Hines, said to Joystiq in a statement, that Doom 4 is not cancelled and that when they are ready to discuss the game and show it off, they'll let everyone know. All Games Beta opened the floodgates and have now added more screenshots to their gallery, totalling 170 images.

 

Considering that id's RAGE was not that great, personally, critically and across the world, it would be hard to have faith in this after RAGE took five-plus years to develop. id need to go back to their roots as a PC-exclusive developer and push the envelope with Doom 4 if they want their time in the lime light once more. A PC-exclusive, PC-crushing, crap-your-pants horror game is what we need right now. Doom 4 could re-spark PC's constantly-dimming light.

SimCity V to arrive in 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 1, 2012 2:41 am

Oh me, oh my. I cannot believe I'm about to type this, but SimCity V is coming. Yes, it's being worked on by the original Maxis/EA combo. Right now theres not a lot to talk about apart from some screenshots and a couple of details, but at least we know it's coming.

 

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The information has been spotted over at the NeoGAF forums, and from there, someone posted a translated post from German magazine 'GameStar'. The message gives some details, that it's currently 30-percent through development, 2013 release, Maxis is developing with EA publishing, and then we have:

 

PROS:

 

New graphics engine and road round.

Multiplayer mode.

Buildings updatable.

The various cities.

Send infographics.

The positioning of the camera …

 

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Oh boy. Color me so, so excited. I now have some questions for Maxis/EA. Is this going to be a PC-exclusive, please, yes. Secondly, is this going to be an Origin-exclusive, please, no.

 

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AMD acquires SeaMicro, wants to float into the cloud micro-server market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 1, 2012 1:24 am

AMD is entering what they're calling a 'disruptive server strategy', where they've just acquired an Intel micro-server partner, SeaMicro. Until now, SeaMicro had been building micro-servers using Intel's Sandy Bridge, or Atom-based processors.

 

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AMD have reportedly paid $344 million for SeaMicro, and is set to use them to push itself into the server market as a component, and also, hardware supplier. This is a setback for Intel, as SeaMicro's server designs were flexible enough to accommodate up to 786 Atom processors in one server.

 

SeaMicro won't even need to have any special configurations to support AMD's x86-based chips and are flexible enough to accept ARM-based chips as well as MIPS-based processors. SeaMicro and Intel were quite close, where SeaMicro had been Intel's main partner in the burgeoning micro-server market, which has been forecasted to take 10-percent of the total server market by 2015.

 

AMD CEO Rory Read has said:

 

We are accelerating AMD's transformation into an agile, disruptive innovator capable of staking a data center leadership position. The unmatched combination of AMD's processing capabilities, SeaMicro's system and fabric technology, and our ambidextrous technology approach uniquely positions AMD with a compelling, differentiated position to attack the fastest growing segment of the server market.

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