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1120 Shaders on our and others AMD Radeon HD 6850

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 22, 2010 5:34 pm

Word has quickly started to get around regarding the AMD Radeon HD 6850 carrying with it 1120 Shaders. This afternoon when I was testing for my HD 6850 OC article, I noticed that in GPU-Z my HD 6850 was listed as 1120 Shaders. When I realized I double checked the video card to see if it was actually the HD 6850 and it was.


I had a look at my Sapphire card and noticed that it also showed 1120 Shaders. With the version of GPU-Z being brand new, I put it down to nothing more than a software error since both cards showed it. It's becoming widespread that the cards actually have all 1120 Shaders enabled.


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While it doesn't skew our opinion of the HD 6850, it does affect the overall performance. At the moment, though, we don't have a BIOS for the HD 6850 that's only 960 Shaders. Next week when everyone starts to get back to work, namely AMD and its partners we've got samples from, we will speak to them about the situation.


What we want to really find out is can we enable 1120 Shaders on all HD 6850s. We will keep everyone in the loop regarding this and let you know what's going on. Who knows we could be making the 1120 Shader HD 6850 BIOS public next week.


It has got us wondering, though, marketing stunt by AMD? You can kind of imagine it. Oh, people found out about the HD 6850 being able to have all the Shaders unlocked, how terrible the value looks so much better and it makes NVIDIAs cards look worse. Who knows? CONTINUED...

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Nintendo unveils red Mario Wii bundle and DSi XL bundle

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 22, 2010 5:02 pm

The gaming world has many iconic characters that have been part of some of the most important video games around. A few of these iconic characters include fan favorites like Pac-Man and Mario. Nintendo has been celebrating the 25th birthday of Mario all year long and has offered some cool facts about the game and is offering up some cool new bundles of hardware for Mario fans.




The latest hardware bundles include special edition glossy red Wii and DSi XL game systems. The red Wii bundle includes a glossy red console, the new Super Mario Bros. Wii game, a red Wii Remote Plus controller with built-in Motion Plus capability, a red nunchuk, and the Wii sports game that typically comes with the Wii. The coolest part is that the special edition console has a price that is affordable at $199.99 while supplies last.

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Microsoft is set to relaunch browser-based Games for Windows on demand service

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 22, 2010 4:02 pm

If you are a big fan of PC gaming and aren't a fan of having to schlep down to the local game store when you need a new title, Microsoft has made a new announcement you might be interested in. The software giant is set to relaunch its Games for Windows Marketplace offering online access to games via a web browser.




The updated service will offer a streamlined experience that Microsoft built from the ground up for performance and ease of use for gamers. Users will be able to access the service online from anywhere they can get internet access. The store will have fast downloads, fewer clicks to purchase a game, and the ability to redownload games that are purchased if needed.

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Hulu Plus subscription may go half price for launch

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 22, 2010 3:04 pm

I have never tried Netflix's streaming content service. I have been on the company's mail order DVD program before and ended up cancelling when the movies I wanted never showed up. I am more interested in streaming content now when I miss a show than going and trying to rent it or waiting for a rerun and when Hulu announced its Plus subscription service I was interested. The price was a bit steep though at $9.99 monthly for access to shows from most of the major networks and older shows that are no longer on TV.


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Hulu has been running a beta of the subscription offering for a while now ironing out all of the kinks before the official launch and getting ready to take the service to the general public. AllThingsD reports that sources have told it that Hulu is considering a much more palatable price for the subscription service. The $9.99 price is apparently hard for the beta users to stomach so Hulu is said to be eying a new price tag of $4.95 per month.

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Download of the Day: Picasa 3.8 Build 117.16

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 22, 2010 9:44 am

Our Download of the Day today is Picasa 3.8 Build 117.16.


Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organized.


Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa makes it a snap to share your pictures, you can email, print photos home, make gift CDs, instantly share your images and albums, and even post pictures on your own blog.


The latest version includes Web Albums (along with other improvements), but requires that you request an account from Google.


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The latest version includes the following changes:


Changes in Version 3.8 Build 117.16


Now available in 38 languages.


Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

Deal of the Day: Dell Vostro 3500 Laptop with 15.6" Display, Core i3, 2GB of Memory, 250GB Hard Drive, DVD+/-RW and More for $539 and Ships Tomorrow

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 22, 2010 9:08 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - Vostro 3500 Laptop with 15.6" Display, Core i3, 2GB of Memory, 250GB Hard Drive, DVD+/-RW and More for $539 and Ships Tomorrow!.


Offer: All of the configurations feature the Intel Core i3 processor and give you the option of some nicely configured laptops for just a bit more from the $539 starting price. Or just choose the features you want right off the bat. This is a new page for Dell all designed to make it easy for you to find what you want.


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Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

AMD Radeon 6850 and 6870 reviews ahoy!! - Round 2

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 22, 2010 9:02 am

The aftershocks of the big BooM from AMD and its HD 6000 series launch continues :-


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- Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card @ :D

- AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card @ :D

- HIS Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card in Crossfire @ :D


- Radeon HD 6850: Grinding Diamonds @ InsideHW

- AMD 6870 Disassembly Guide @ AtomicMPC

- HIS Radeon HD 6870 1 GB @ Techpowerup

- ASUS Radeon HD 6850 Direct CU 1 GB @ Techpowerup

- HIS Radeon HD 6850 1 GB @ Techpowerup

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We're hiring - MySQL and PHP Web Coder and Developer

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Oct 22, 2010 8:49 am

Listen up! We are hiring. We are looking for a USA or Taiwan (must speak English) based MySQL and PHP coder and developer with very strong skills and experience in this area.


The position is either full time or part time and you would be contracted for a certain amount per month with an initial three month trial. And you also get to work from home.


We have many jobs waiting to be completed and a bunch of new projects and website features in the plans. If you also have web design talent, that won't hurt at all either.


If you are interested in signing up for the position, please contact me and send along your CV along with any other relevant details. If you are selected, you will be required to complete a small sample task first to prove your work.

Friday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 22, 2010 8:40 am

The latest happenings from around the web - October 22nd, 2010




- Asus P6X58D-E: Contemporary and Relatively Inexpensive LGA1366 Mainboard @ XBit Labs

- MSI G31TM-P35 motherboard @ Motherboards-reviews




- Dell LEDs the way with their new range of LED backlit LCD displays @ eTeknix

- Farewell to ATI: Radeon HD 5000 Graphics Card Family Roundup @ XBit Labs

- MSI N480GTX Lightning Review @ Overclock3D

- 3DMark 11 Preview @ LostCircuits




- Xtreamer Pro Media Player @ CDRInfo

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Atheros Hybrid Wired/Wireless system gives you network access anywhere in the home

By: Don Lynn | More News: Networking | Posted: Oct 22, 2010 5:46 am

Sometimes living in a big house makes getting wireless signal to all corners of the placea real pain, or you've got a room where you want a computer but no way to run the internet without drilling holes or buying a wireless card. Networking is getting quite a bit simpler thanks to Atheros' Hybrid Networking System.


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The router gives you standard fare: 802.11 Wifi, Ethernet, all the usual goodies. The Homeplug AV powerline networking is where it gets interesting. Simply by plugging in the AC adapter, you've instantly got extended wireless signal and even an Ethernet port for network access on a non-wireless capable machine. No word on cost yet for this fun little device, but it is expected to ship by the end of the year.

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