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NVIDIA promises next-gen Kepler GPU this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 4, 2011 2:14 am

There have been rumors flying about NVIDIA's upcoming next-gen Kepler-codenamed GPU for a while now, that it would be delayed until 2012 because of issues with the adaption of the 28nm-based process. But, Chris Malachowsky spoke at their GTC Workshop Japan event, saying that Kepler is still on track for launch this year. Chris was careful with wording, saying only that the parts would begin "shipping" by the end of the year which could mean a paper launch and not an actual card-in-your-hands-giving-you-sexy-times launch.

 

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Kepler is meant to deliver a threefold increase in double precision performance per watt over the previous Fermi, as well as being easier for developers to utilize GPGPU applications. Whatever, NVIDIA, just give me the damn cards now please.

Qualcomm says they'll replace dedicated consoles with mobile devices and SoCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 4, 2011 1:48 am

Smartphones and tablets are edging ever-so-close to the now ageing consoles in terms of capabilities, with the future not looking bright for the old consoles. SoC (System on Chip) creators such as NVIDIA and Qualcomm have some very powerful technology coming out and Qualcomm has gone as far as saying that future SoCs will be capable of beating current-generation consoles such as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in terms of graphics and that we'll see a move from console and PC gaming to mobile-based gaming.

 

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Their vision is to have a device such as a smartphone or tablet based on a high-end SoC, plug it into the wall or tether to a display (either wirelessly or through HDMI) and you've got a portable gaming console. Qualcomm is committed to delivering both the hardware and software support needed to bring developers to these platforms.

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Clearwire makes LTE its primary 4G format, capable of 150Mbps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Aug 4, 2011 1:28 am

Clearmax is making headlines with the news of them using LTE and LTE Advanced as their primary 4G formats. The rollout will give Clearview peak speeds of 120Mbps or more and uses the existing 2.5GHz frequencies and network that it already uses. The new 120Mbps-capable network will be LTE at first, and then upgradeable to LTE Advanced when it becomes available and hit "at least" 100Mbps.

 

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The costs of this upgrade should be quite low considering most of the network is being reused. In order to reach these speeds, Clearview had a few tricks up their sleeve such as carrier aggregation, or pooling together networks similar to what's used to get 42Mbps and 84Mbps HSPA+ on 3G. Not only is Clearview aiming for extra speed, but the upgrade should be an advantage for international access, Clearwire said. Where 2.5GHz WiMAX is mostly limited to the US, it's being used in various 4G rollouts across the world.

 

This means if it's pushed enough, Clearwire's bottom line could get much better as more equipment is made and hence sold, as it becomes more available.

AT&T says BlackBerry Touch 9810 'coming soon'

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 4:08 pm

AT&T's website now confirms that the BlackBerry Torch 9810 is "coming soon" which uses the new BlackBerry 7 operating system.

 

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The phone sports a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and 3.2-inch 640x480 capacitive touchscreen display. Internally is a 1.2GHz processor, 8GB of storage space, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS and '4G' HSPA 14.4 Mbps support. It has a microSD card slot, rear 5MP camera (with 720p video recording) and front facing VGA camera.

 

The BlackBerry Touch 9810 should be available from the telco sometime later this month.

MSI readies up new 15.6-inch GTX-570M equipped gaming notebook

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 3:06 pm

MSI has just unveiled another gaming laptop with it already showing up in a few stores and being available for pre-order elsewhere.

 

The new GT683DX laptop is a 15.6-inch sized unit using one of NVIDIA's most recent high-end mobile GPUs, the GTX 570M with 1.5GB GDDR5 memory. The rest of the default specs include a 1920x1080 Full HD display, 2nd-gen Intel Core i7-2630QM CPU, 4GB of DDR3-1333MHz memory, 1TB (500GBx2 / RAID 0) storage, 8X DVDRW, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, 2xUSB 3.0, 720p webcam, 2.1 Dynaudio sound system and a 9-cell battery.

 

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Depending on how much extra you may like to spend over the $1,600 odd base price, you can switch things up for a 120GB SSD+750GB HDD, 12GB RAM, Blu-ray drive and matt-finish display.

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OCZ's next gen Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSDs arrive - 2,800MB/sec 3.2TB model tickle your fancy?

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 1:54 pm

OCZ has today branched out its Z-Drive family of PCI Express based SSDs with its next-generation series in the Z-Drive R4, giving astonishing performance figures with up to 2,800MB/sec speeds on tap.

 

Making use of the Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA), the Z-Drive R4 uses either four or eight SandForce controllers as well as a proprietory SuperScale Storage controller from OCZ. The models using four SandForce chips are half height, while the SandForcex8 powered drives are full height cards.

 

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The Z-Drive R4 series use the PCI-E x8 interface and have TRIM/SCSI Unmap support, 128-bit & 256-bit AES encryption, using MLC (multi-level cell) NAND Flash memory chips. OCZ quotes IOPS of up to a whopping 500,000 in ideal conditions, with random 4k write performance topping out at around 410,000 IOPS.

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ZOTAC increases multi-display possibilities with new DP to dual HDMI adapters

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 12:40 pm

In a time when multi-monitor setups are more popular than ever before, ZOTAC is jumping onboard in making it easier for people to set up a multi-display output configuration that was previously not possible.

 

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These DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort to dual HDMI adapters are the first of their kind, allowing for example a single DisplayPort output on a notebook to be converted into two HDMI outputs. However, due to bandwidth limitations of the older DisplayPort 1.1a or earlier revsion, the maximum resolution possible from each of the two HDMI outputs is 1920x1080.

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Download of the Day: DAEMON Tools Lite 4.41.3

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 8:50 am

Our Download of the Day today is DAEMON Tools Lite 4.41.3.

 

With DAEMON Tools you can back up your physical CD/DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray discs into "virtual discs" or so called "disc image" files, which run directly on your hard drive. You can also work with images created by other burning programs! DAEMON Tools supports variety of image types. Use CD/DVD image converter to have one format images in your Image Catalog!

 

1. Emulate virtual CD/DVD-ROM/HD DVD and Blu-ray drives

 

DAEMON Tools Lite [Commercial] enables you to emulate up to 4 CD/DVD virtual drives on your PC. Virtual drives will appear in your OS just like real ones. Select a virtual drive then choose a disc image you want to mount. Find the created virtual drive with mounted disc image in My Computer. Start working! Looks like working with a real drive and a real disc, doesn't it? Yes, but it is much faster!

 

2. Create a disc image

 

With DAEMON Tools Lite [Commercial] you can create ISO and MDS image files from original discs inserted in physical CD/DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray drives. Or use images you have created earlier with other program. DAEMON Tools products work with variety of image types.

 

Key features

 

• creates *.iso and *.mds images;

• emulates up to 4 virtual CD/DVD drives;

• performs image mounting and unmounting;

 

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Deal of the Day: Dell XPS 8300 Desktop with 2nd Gen Intel Core i7 w/ 2 Year Warranty for $749.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 7:10 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the $749.99 after $413 instant discount & $100 stackable coupon: Dell XPS 8300 with 2nd gen 3.4Ghz Intel Core i7-2600, 8GB DDR3 SDRAM, 1TB hard drive, 16x DVD+/-RW DL, NVIDIA GeForce GT530 graphics, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 8-in-1 media card reader, THX TruStudio PC, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, 15-month antivirus, and a 2 year premium hardware warranty. Use stackable coupon code: LM?BF7P$FR9KCK expiring 8/15/11.

 

DELL XPS 8300 TOWER DESKTOP DEAL

 

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Wednesday Morning Roundup for August 3, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 5:56 am

The latest happenings from around the web - August 3rd, 2011

 

Systems

 

- iBUYPOWER Gamer Power BTS11 System @ Pureoverclock

- Patriot Box Office Core @ Techpowerup

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte Z68X-UD4-B3 - Layout and Design @ Ocaholic

- ASUS F1A75-M PRO Motherboard @ HiTechLegion

- Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H @ Pureoverclock

- Roundup: Eight Mini-ITX Mainboards for LGA1155 Processors @ XBit Labs

 

CPU & APU

 

- AMD A6-3650 Llano APU Performance Review @ Hot Hardware

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