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Intel shares i7 3960X (Sandy E) benchmark results

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 15, 2011 10:12 am

While many will take these numbers with a grain of salt since they came direct from Intel, it's not hard to believe how strong performing Intel's Sandy E is up against its old aged X58/LGA1366 predecessor, and with the (quite disappointing) benchmarks out on Bulldozer, it only puts AMD in an even dimmer light.




Intel has shared some internal test results of its soon to be launched Core i7 3960X Extreme Edition processor; a six cored / 12 threaded beast clocked in at 3.3GHz with 15MB of cache. The results were directly compared to the top dog in Intel's current flagship platform, the Core i7 990X EE, which runs a stock clock of 3.46GHz.


A breakdown of all the results can be read via the source link below, but to summarize here, the i7 3960X looks to be about 15% quicker on average. Its best improvement was actually seen in 3DMark 11's Physics test where it bested the Core i7 990X by 36%. And throughout the tests there was one particular standout attribute; its memory benchmarks where it left the 990X for dead over and over and scored up to 111% better in some instances.


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Windows 7 overtakes XP with biggest market share worldwide

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 15, 2011 9:08 am

Right from the get go Windows 7 was looking strong out the gate and allowed Microsoft to take a quick U-turn away from the rocky road they travelled down with Vista, but it's been Windows XP that has retained the biggest impact in the OS world for MS all this time.


However, if the latest consolidation of data from StatCounter is accurate, the first half of this October has seen Windows 7 actually overtake XP in becoming the primary operating system of choice worldwide. The data was collected from over 3 million sites in total and it was discovered that Windows 7 now has a market share of over 40%, which is up from 39.04% last month.




Windows XP is still going super strong, though, with a 38.62% market share. Meanwhile, Vista continues to dwindle in third place at a far distant 11.18% market share. Trailing behind Vista in fourth is Apple with Mac OS X at 7.3%, then in fifth sits iOS at 1.1%.


With Windows 7 now making it into pole position as the leading OS of choice, it's not hard to believe that it will remain in that position for quite a long time; especially due to Windows 8 still being a ways off and needing to prove itself as the OS of choice well after its release.

ASUS revs up Cedar Trail-based Lamborghini VX6S 12.1" netbook for launch

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 15, 2011 8:10 am

ASUS' eye catching race car-inspired "Lamborghini VX6S" netbook has driven back out of the wilderness again after hearing nothing about it since Computex when it was proudly on display. This latest news pretty much lets us know it's due for release in the immediate future and also gives us the opportunity to confirm some specs.




This is a 12.1-inch sized netbook with a 1366 x 768 LED-backlit display and is based off Intel's latest Cedar Trail platform with an Atom D2700 dual-core (2.13GHz) processor. It comes with 2 or 4GB of RAM, Radeon 6470M graphics, up to 500GB mechanical HDD (reportedly a 5400RPM), 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, a couple USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output and card reader.

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Danger Den offers up the Q20 Black Series full tower case for modders

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 15, 2011 7:04 am

While not as actively present in the market these days, Danger Den is still floating about and every once in a while comes out with something fresh to regain attention. That time has come again with a new full tower chassis series launched this week dubbed the Q20 Black Series.




The case will accomodate ATX as well as BTX motherboards and is quite the beast with its dimensions of 527 x 185 x 462 mm. It looks to use an all-steel frame, while the top, bottom, front and rear acrylic grills can be had in three color options to help match it up nicely with your modding theme.


The Q20 has two exposed 5.25" bays and four 3.5-inch bays + three 2.5-inch bays internally. The front grill is designed to be removed easily with the ability to have an air filter mounted to it, and there are multiple positions throughout the case to be able to mount 120 or 140mm sized fans.

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Friday Morning Roundup for October 14, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 1:01 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - October 14th, 2011




- A roadmap for next-generation mobo firmware @ Tech Report

- MSI Z68A-GD80 G3 LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard @ PC Perspective

- Intel Sandy Bridge 4-Way Motherboard Roundup @ Neoseeker

- Sapphire A75 Pure Platinum @ Overclockers Club

- GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 @ Vortez




- AMD's Bulldozer examined @ Kitguru

- Everything You Need to Know About the HyperTransport Bus @ Hardware Secrets

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Download of the Day: Xfire 1.140 Build 44598

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 11:53 am

Our Download of the Day today is Xfire 1.140 Build 44598.


Xfire is a free tool that automatically keeps track of when and where gamers are playing PC games online and lets their friends join them easily. It works regardless of game type, server browser, or gaming service that a player is using.


Xfire combines instant messaging, a server browser, peer-to-peer file downloads, in-game messaging, screenshot and video capture and one of the most active gaming communities in the world into a small, simple package. Best of all, it's free!




The latest version includes the following changes:


Changes in Version 1.140 Build 44598


- Improved client support for both DirectX 10 and 11


Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

Deal of the Day: 13.3" LED-backlit Toshiba Satellite L735-S3210 Laptop w/ Intel Pentium B940 for $399.99 with FREE Delivery!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 11:08 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Office Depot - 13.3" LED-backlit Toshiba Satellite L735-S3210 Laptop with Intel Pentium B940, 4GB Memory, 500GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, Webcam, and More for $399.99 with FREE Delivery!.


Offer: Office Depot has the Toshiba Satellite L735-S3210 for $399.99 after $100 instant savings. This 13.3" LED-backlit LCD monitor equipped laptop comes with a 2.0Ghz Intel Pentium B940, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB hard drive, DVD+/-RW DL, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, webcam, HDMI-out, 6-cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty. Expires 10/15/11.






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Zynga to offer games through Zynga Direct, not just on Facebook anymore

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 10:08 am

Zynga have been central to Facebook's plan to take over the world by getting people obsessed about their great casual games. But now, Zynga has new plans. Zynga are planning a new gaming portal dubbed "Zynga Direct" which will host the usual Zynga games without having to go to Facebook. Even through this mammoth effort, the games will still use Facebook Connect for the multiplayer type games, allowing you to play on either Direct or Facebook without issues.




At the same time, Zynga has announced the casual medieval-themed MMO called CastleVille. They've also announced Zynga Bingo (what!), Dream Zoo, Hidden Chronicles and Mafia Wars II. Zynga just won't stop the casual gaming thing, but why would they? They produce some great games, have hundreds of millions of gamers and now are looking to branch out. Gaming is a'changin' people, we have to get used to it.


I for one, will definitely check out CastleVille, but I'll have to stop myself from being addicted to it like CityVille. Those games suck too much of my spare time away and with a near 7-month old bub at home, I can't do it anymore!

Sony's PlayStation Move has shipped 8.3 million worldwide

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 9:13 am

Sony's motion-based gaming accessory for the PlayStation 3, Move, has shipped more than 8.3 million units worldwide. Gabe Ahn, developer support engineer for Sony Computer Entertainment America has said that software wise, there have been more than 7 million Move-based games shipped in North America alone. By the end of 2011, there will be more than 80 games available, and Ahn also said that SCEA expects continued growth through the remainder of the year.



He thanks third-party publishers and name-checked EA, Activision, Capcom, Konami, as well as upcoming titles like BioShock Infinite and Ninja Gaiden 3 as examples of continued support for the Move controller. Ahn also stressed the diversity of games available for Move, from hardcore shooters such as Killzone 3 and MAG to more casual games like EyePet. Ahn also showed off a clip on "the future of gaming", which featured a Move player with a head-mounted display turning his world into an augmented reality version of Resistance.

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U.S. Judge: Samsung tablets infringe Apple patents

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 8:17 am

A U.S. Judge has said that Samsung's Galaxy tablets infringe on Apple's iPad patents, but also that Apple might have a problem establishing the validity of its patents. These comments are from U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, which came on Thursday in a court hearing on Apple's request to bar some Galaxy products from being sold in the US. Apple and Samsung are currently duking it out in 10 countries with more than 20 cases currently on-going.




Just yesterday, an Australian court barred the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from being sold in Australia. In April of this year, Apple sued Samsung in the US, saying that the South Korean-based company's Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets "slavishly" copies the iPhone and iPad. Fast-forward to July and Apple filed a request to bar some Samsung-branded products from sale in the US, including the Galaxy S 4G smartphone and Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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