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ASRock Vision 3D 2nd Gen HTPC, Sandy Bridge-powered

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 7, 2011 1:46 am

ASRock's upcoming Sandy Bridge-based HTPC, the Vision 3D 2nd Gen Series has been leaked. It sports a switchable GT540M card, 1333MHz RAM and a HDMI 1.4a port. It also comes packed with a Blu-ray drive, NVIDIA's 3D Vision, a media remote, four USB 3.0 ports and your choice of Core flavor, i3, i5 or i7. It doesn't look too bad either with the Blu-ray drive a slot-load system and audio jacks on the front also.



Tuesday Afternoon Roundup for September 6, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Sep 6, 2011 6:32 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - September 6th, 2011




- ASUS P6X58E-Pro X58 Motherboard @ OCIA

- Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z Motherboard @ Ninjalane




- Sharkoon X-tatic SP Gaming Headset @ XSReviews

- SuperTooth Disco Bluetooth Speaker @ MissingRemote

- Tritton AX120 Gaming Headset @ Hardware Heaven




- Striking Looks: Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition @ Hot Hardware

- Video Perspective: Antec SOLO II Chassis @ PC Perspective

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Poll Results - Hottest upcoming 2011 Game Release?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 6, 2011 4:37 pm

Our latest poll had over 5,500 people who answered, what is the Hottest upcoming 2011 Game Release?




With an overwhelming 42% of the votes, the winner voted by TweakTown readers for the hottest upcoming game release of 2011 was Battlefield 3.


In second place with a still respectable 17% of the votes was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and in third place with a decent 14% of the votes was Diablo III.


For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know, which platform do you use for the majority of your gaming? Let us know! Please go here to vote!

ASUS Fuses 1.65GHz E-450 APU to mATX based E45M1-M PRO Fusion board

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Sep 6, 2011 4:22 pm

ASUS has just released a new Micro-ATX sized Fusion motherboard to market of which they look to have put a solid amount of effort into. Based on the Fusion "Zacate" processor platform, the new E45M1-M PRO is in most ways similar to another in their existing Fusion line-up, the E35M1-M PRO, but this one's brains are that of the newer, faster E-450 dual-core APU.


The E-450 runs at a clock speed of 1.65GHz using two Bobcat architecture x86-64 cores with Radeon HD 6320 DX11 graphics (80 stream processors), and DDR3-1333MHz memory controller. The board itself runs measurements of 244 x 183 mm and gives a single PCI-E x16 slot, a PCI-E x1 slot and two legacy PCI slots for expansion possibilities.




ASUS has decked it with a 3-phase VRM and an EPU chip to help improve on energy efficiency. A couple DDR3 DIMM slots reside on the board and give a single channel config. The most eye catching feature is the large passive heatsink setup that manages to cover both the APU and Hudson M1 chipset. If you feel it's necessary, there is also the option of attaching a fan to it to help lower temps further.

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MSI rolling out its "Dust Removal" tech for video cards hereon

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 6, 2011 3:44 pm

Here's an innovative, yet simply executed piece of tech MSI has come up with for future graphics cards. Word has come out that MSI has been testing a new feature it's looking to help make its already kickass lineup of non-reference graphics cards stand out even more.




MSI calls it "Dust Removal Technology", which is obviously to help rid your card of a negative scenario that affects every card sooner or later - dust buildup, translating to heat buildup. MSI say that enough dust buildup can eventuate to a rise in temperatures by as much as 15c, and from personal experience I can say that's not an exaggeration. Their new founded technology is quite simple in principle really.

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ASUS CEO indicates ultrabooks could become ultra attractive by Apr'12

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 6, 2011 2:25 pm

With the ultrabook market really heating up of late, word of what ASUS has planned for this market segment by the second quarter of 2012 should ensure it's more lively again. We've seen a few pre-release Ultrabooks shown off lately from the likes of Acer, ASUS and Toshiba and they are already gathering quite a bit of attraction, but apparently ASUS will have some particularly aggressively priced Ultrabook models hit the scene in April 2012.




Digitimes reports that following the launch of 5 or 6 ultrabook models (11.6-inch and 13.3-inch variants) this coming October at tentative pricing starting at US$899 and going up, ASUS will then shift its focus onto Ivy Bridge and dish up ultrabooks based on this platform ranging from US$600-$900 for the entry-level segment; that is if ASUS' CEO Jerry Shen has his facts straight.


An Ivy Bridge powered ultra book for US$600? That oughta shake up the entire notebook market somewhat; certainly in the more entry/mid-range sectors where a similar amount of money to chunkier, heavier notebooks gets you a lighter, sleeker design without a performance or battery life trade-off.

A gathering of reports used to paint a picture of the iPhone 5

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 6, 2011 1:32 pm

While the wraps are still tightly sealed on the iPhone 5's complete official specs, many reports floating about combine to give a fair idea of what's on the cards with Apple's 5th gen smartphone.


There's still quite a bit of umm'ing and ahh'ing going on, but the folks over at Tech-Reviews help and draw a conclusion as to the most probable specs of the phone, basing their thoughts on the many reports and tid bits of info that have leaked in recent months.




As suspected for quite a while now, they believe the phone will use the new A5 dual-core CPU found in the iPad 2, a 3.7-inch display (but are hoping for a 4-inch using the latest Quantum Dot LED Technology), an 8MP camera, possibility (but not a probability) of 4G LTE support and NFC (Near field communication) Payment, a vaguely heard of, super convenient payment technology that simply requires the phone be waved in front of the counter in stores. They also acknolwedge reports that indicate Apple might be partnering with Paypal for NFC.


Of course, none of the above is confirmed and we're still waiting to get some real concrete info. But as the days tick on closer to launch, we'll no doubt start to see some more solid details emerge in advance.

Flip MinoHD M3160SEU 720p 60-Minute Pocket Digital Camcorder for $39.99 after Rebate

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 6, 2011 10:02 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Tiger Direct - Flip MinoHD M3160SEU 720p 60-Minute Pocket Digital Camcorder for $39.99 after Rebate!.


Offer: $39.99 plus shipping after $20 rebate (expiring 9/17/11) buys this Flip MinoHD camcorder with 720p (1280 x 720) recording, 60 minute capacity, USB & HDMI interfaces, 2" anti-glare color display, and 1 year warranty. Price ends 9/6/11.






Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Download of the Day: DriveImage XML 2.30

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 6, 2011 8:06 am

Our Download of the Day today is DriveImage XML 2.30.


DriveImage XML is an easy to use and reliable program for imaging and backing up partitions and logical drives.


Image creation uses Microsoft's Volume Shadow Services (VSS), allowing you to create safe "hot images" even from drives currently in use. Images are stored in XML files, allowing you to process them with 3rd party tools. Never again be stuck with a useless backup! Restore images to drives without having to reboot. DriveImage XML is now faster than ever, offering two different compression levels.


The program will backup, image and restore drives formatted with FAT 12, 16, 32 and NTFS.




Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

Deus Ex: Human Revolution gets a mod by "gibbed", removes splash screens and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 6, 2011 6:00 am

I'm sure all you Deus Ex: Human Revolution players (including me) hate the splash screens before the game loads up... Scaleform, Dolby Digital, AMD, but there's no way of disabling these screens from within the game. A modder who has done mods similar to the DX:HR one is responsible and it lets you mess with a bunch of settings. Here's what it can do:




Instantly spawn any items, like weapons, ammo, weapon mods, and consumables,

Instantly unlock any augmentations,

Disable auto health regeneration,

Auto-hack any terminal,

Infinite energy,

Infinite health,

Turn off all NPCs,

Hide the HUD,

Disable intro (this stops all the logos loading, you just see a quick wall of text, and then straight to the main menu).

And loads, loads, more.


Nifty, huh? I'll be grabbing this one and testing it out shortly! But I do love the splash screens, only because of the music... the music is so awesome.

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