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AMD polishes off Brazos with three new APUs

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 6:32 pm

While inevitably not bringing anywhere near the amount of excitement the upcoming FX-Series will once launched, AMD has just kicked out three new APUs catering to its Brazos platform - the E-450, E-300 and C-60.

 

Using AMD's Bobcat x86 architecture, all three models are dual-core, built on the 40nm process. The new top dog "Zacate" E-450 APU clocks in at 1.65GHz (where the previous top model, the E-350 ran at 1.60GHz). The integrated Radeon HD 6320 GPU has its core clocked at 508MHz and with its TurboCore tech it can be driven at up to 600MHz.

 

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THe E-300 lacks TurboCore on both its CPU and GPU components, with the CPU clock at a fixed 1.30GHz, and the Radeon HD 6310 GPU at 488MHz. As for the C-60, this is AMD's latest ultra low power APU with a TDP of only 9W (the other two are double that). The C-60 does have TurboCore technology embedded for both its CPU and GPU components. The CPU's stock clock rate is 1.00GHz, but with the help of TurboCore can head north to 1.33GHz, while the Radeon HD 6290 GPU has its core clocked at 276MHz, but TurboCore can increase it to 400MHz.

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Creative's Tactic3D Omega wireless gaming headset finally sees light of day

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 6:08 pm

After months and months of waiting following its official announcement back in January, Creative is finally getting its Tactic3D Omega wireless gaming headset shipped to stores and etailers worldwide.

 

The headset (supporting PS3, Xbox 360 and PC) while looking somewhat contemporary by design, features a steel core providing high endurance, customizabe earcups (that are illuminated while in use) and houses full spectrum 50mm drivers that promise excellent bass and crispy highs. It has an integrated volume control, mute and connection controls, as well as a detachable noise-cancelling microphone and VoiceFX functionality for live voice morphing.

 

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Creative has obtained official support from THX with several of its technologies including THX TruStudio Pro Crystalizer, THX TruStudio Pro Surround, THX TruStudio Pro Smart Volume, THX TruStudio Pro Dialog Plus and THX TruStudio Pro Speaker.

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New Alpenföhn Triglav CPU cooler holds "biggest heatpipe" record

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 4:44 pm

Euro based mob EKL is readying up a pretty beefy looking CPU cooler under its Alpenföhn brand for release early next month, the Triglav. While looking like your traditional tower-style design, it's very non traditional in the sense that it uses whopping 10mm-thick heatpipes (!!); three of them.

 

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The heatpipes are made of nickel-plated copper and make their way through 46 aluminum fins that are arranged in a turbulence-inducing pattern (improving heat dissipation, thus giving the ability to safely lower fan speed).

 

The fan included with the Alpenföhn Triglav is 120mm in size, a "Hydro Bearing" fan operating between 850 and 1500RPM via PWM (with up to 21.4dB of sound output).

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Intel's "Cedar Trail" Atom platform delayed due to DX issues

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 3:36 pm

Late last week news hit the web that Intel was pushing back its new netbook platform, Cedar Trail-M from a September release to November, with the reason given that the platform had encountered some graphics driver hiccups resulting in a failure to meet Windows 7 certification.

 

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Fast forward to the other side of the weekend and we're now finding out that there's unsurprisingly more to it than that. Where it was initially thought to be just some video decoding issues holding them back, it's actually a different, more alarming element of the driver that Intel can't rustle out at this time, one directly relating to DX9 (not a typo).

 

The story goes that while the graphics core in Cedar Trail is based around DX10.1, Intel wasn't going to have supporting DX10.1 drivers ready in time for the platform's launch as it was, so that's where (what was supposedly) easier to build DX9 drivers came into play, to give a working base for the launch until such time as Intel can produce the DX10.1 drivers.

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Skype acquiring GroupMe to provide solid group messaging services

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 2:48 pm

Word is now circulating that Dominant VOIP provider, Skype has just agreed to an acquisition of New York based start-up "GroupMe", which has been operating for about a year now.

 

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With GroupMe's recognition primarily stemming from free mobile applications that enable quick and easy group conversations, the acquisition makes sense in that it helps Skype make a firm step toward the increasingly growing business of offering group messaging services via smartphones.

 

Once the acquisition has been completed, it is said that GroupMe will continue to operate from its New York base (for the time being), working on standalone applications.

 

Tony Bates, Skype's Chief Executive Officer said :-

 

Skype and GroupMe have a shared vision of creating applications and experiences that are the daily communications choice for a billion people. We will continue to seek the top talent and technology to make that vision a reality. The GroupMe team has created an incredibly sticky group messaging experience that works across mobile devices and platforms, making this a perfect addition to the voice, video and text products in the Skype family.

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Ukrainian champions hold a cool $1M following fierce DOTA 2 battle at Gamescom

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 2:10 pm

After five days of intense competition in the International DOTA 2 Championships at Gamescom, six Ukrainian kings have emerged victorious, known as team Na'vi (yes, Avatar fans). And along with the immense pride in securing their #1 result, they also get to walk away with a cool $1M in prize money.

 

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Chinese team EHOME came in a close second, securing their runner up prize of $250,000. The remaining top six teams (out of 16 teams in total for the event) that were awarded include :-

 

1. Scythe.SG - $150,000

2. MYM - $80,000

3. (tied) M5, iG - $35,000 each

4. (tied) OK.Nirvana.int, Mith-Trust - $25,000 each

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Monday Afternoon Roundup for August 22, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 1:10 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - August 22nd, 2011

 

Systems

 

- HP Elitebook 2560p @ Techreviewsource

- Acer Revo Mini PC @ Hardware Heaven

 

Motherboard

 

- GIGABYTE X58A-OC @ Vortez

- Gigabyte G1-Killer Sniper 2 Motherboard @ Ninjalane

 

Memory

 

- Rendition RM25664BA - 2GB DDR3-1333CL9 for 6,90 Euro?! @ AU-Ja

- G.Skill RipjawsX PC3-14900 Cas 9 @ Overclockers Club

 

Audio/Media

 

- TT eSPORTS Shock One DTS 5.1 Gaming Headset by Thermaltake @ HiTechLegion

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution released in less than a day (in the U.S.)

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 12:36 pm

Although I'm sure the (many) fans are already well aware and actively watching the hours tick away to launch, this serves as a quick heads up that the much anticipated prequel to Deus Ex, Human Revolution is scheduled for release at midnight tonight (or Tuesday morning we should say) for the U.S. folks (other regions to follow soon after).

 

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution is set in the year 2027 and follows the exploits of Adam Jensen when the practice of human augmentation is still in its infancy. The developer, Eidos Montreal has been promising to deliver in spades right from the get go, hopefully making up for what was a not quite so impressive sequel, Invisible War.

 

So, what are you waiting for? If you haven't already, start pre-loading it via Steam now and get ready for action!

Download of the Day: Firefox 7.0 Beta 1

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 9:08 am

Our Download of the Day today is Firefox 7.0 Beta 1.

 

The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox sets the pace with dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable Web browsing experience for all.

 

User Experience. The enhancements to Firefox provide the best possible browsing experience on the Web. The new Firefox smart location bar, affectionately known as the "Awesome Bar," learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time.

 

Performance. Firefox is built on top of the powerful new Gecko platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product.

 

Security. Firefox raises the bar for security. The new malware and phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware to keep people safe on the Web.

 

Customization. veryone uses the Web differently, and Firefox lets users customize their browser with more than 5,000 add-ons.

 

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Deal of the Day: 2TB Buffalo Tech DriveStation Axis Black External USB 2.0 Hard Drive for $79.99 with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 7:41 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - 2TB Buffalo Tech DriveStation Axis Black External USB 2.0 Hard Drive for $79.99 with FREE Shipping!.

 

Offer: Buy.com has this 2TB BuffaloTech DriveStation Axis external USB 2.0 hard drive for $79.99 with FREE shipping.

 

2TB BUFFALO TECHNOLOGY HD-LB2.0TU2 DRIVESTATION AXIS USB 2.0 EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE DEAL

 

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