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ASRock packs a tight punch with mini-ITX based A75M-ITX

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Aug 15, 2011 3:30 pm

Here's a lovely candidate for pairing with the SVD-NC11-4 we mentioned a little earlier, as well as being a quick eye opener for HTPC or LAN builders looking to get a compact, budget build underway. A new Mini-ITX sized A75 chipset motherboard has reached shelves in Japan from ASRock, dubbed the A75M-ITX.

 

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Japanese tech site Akiba PC has managed to get some hands on with it and ascertain what ASRock have packed onto this confined space. It's got a 4 phase power arrangement with two DDR3 memory slots, four SATA 6Gb/s ports and a dedicated x16 PCI-E slot.

 

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The I/O area doesn't look to be lacking for a board of this stature with a combo PS/2 port, four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port, both VGA and HDMI (w/ 1.4a support) display output and ASRock's XFast USB technology on tap.

 

We're yet to see it emerge in other markets, but to give you an idea on price, it's now shifting in Japan for about 8980 Yen ($116 US).

Specs on HTC Ruby looking very strong w/ 1.5GHz dual core

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 15, 2011 2:16 pm

More details, while unconfirmed, are starting to paint quite an attractive picture on HTC's T-Mobile bound 'Ruby' smart phone, which reports are indicating could be launched as early as late September.

 

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The Ruby Android handset is looking to be quite the feature packed number with rumour of a 1.5GHz dual core processor lurking inside and a 4.3-inch qHD display running a resolution of 960 x 540.

 

Other reported specs include 1GB of RAM, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0, as well as an 8 MP rear-facing camera (with dedicated, separate buttons for video and image taking) and front facing 2MP camera.

Sandy Bridge-E shipping light without a heatsink/fan

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 15, 2011 12:58 pm

It has just come to light that Intel does not intend to ship its upcoming Sandy Bridge-E (LGA2011) Core i7 processors with a heatsink/fan (HSF). Instead, Intel plans to offer the certified HSF for these processors as a separate, standalone purchase through the same retail channels.

 

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While there's no doubt some people are satisfied with, or even prefer an Intel certified cooler for these high TDP processors, Intel would be banking on the majority of the target users wanting to use third-party cooling options, as it is expected that many of the big name CPU cooler makers will have lineups of LGA2011-ready coolers readily available upon the Sandy Bridge E series launch.

 

Sandy Bridge E processors have a rated TDP of 130W, but early testing on engineering samples has proven that it can reach as high as 180W under load (and that's at stock speeds).

EOLIZE paves the way for terabytes galore in a DIY mITX based NAS

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 15, 2011 11:24 am

A newish german provider of storage products and accessories, EOLIZE has issued out a press release today detailing its new SVD-NC11-4, a compact NAS/home storage enclosure with four hot swappable 3.5-inch (2.5-inch supported) SATA drive bays, making it possible to add up to 12TB of storage space.

 

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With its dimensions of just 300 x 200 x 250 mm, this tidy little unit is designed to accept a mini-ITX based motherboard and includes a built-in 200W PSU. It ships with a 120mm (1400RPM) fan and and provides enough space to accomodate a full-size PCI or PCI-E add-in card.

 

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Download of the Day: Miro 4.0.3

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 15, 2011 9:46 am

Our Download of the Day today is Miro 4.0.3.

 

Miro is a free HD video player. It can play almost any video file and offers over 6,000 free internet TV shows and video podcasts.

 

Miro has a simple, gorgeous interface designed for fullscreen HD video. Since Miro downloads most videos, you can take your shows with you, even on an airplane. Quite simply, Miro is a better way to watch all the video you care about.

 

Unlike your browser, Miro's built for HD. The built-in Miro Guide connects you to thousands of free High Definition video shows. Miro downloads video fast and stores it on your local computer for a level of quality that is often impossible on streaming video websites (even the ones that call themselves 'HD').

 

Can't open a video? Now you can, with Miro. Miro can play virtually any type of video file - Quicktime, WMV, MPEG, AVI, XVID, and more.

 

When it comes to video podcasts, Miro goes far beyond iTunes by letting you subscribe to BitTorrent RSS feeds, with one of the fastest torrent downloaders in the world. Miro makes BitTorrent RSS dead simple-- when a new episode is available, it will download automatically and be ready to watch.

 

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Deal of the Day: Klipsch HD300 Home Theater Speaker System 5.1 Channel, Powered Subwoofer with $399 MSRP for $169.99 with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 15, 2011 9:00 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - Klipsch HD300 Home Theater Speaker System 5.1 Channel, Powered Subwoofer with $399 MSRP for $169.99 with FREE Shipping!.

 

Offer: Buy.com has the the Klipsch HD300 5.1 channel home theater speaker system including 4 satellite speakers, 1 center channel speaker, and one 6.5" 80w subwoofer for just $169.99 with FREE shipping after $220 instant discount and $10 off coupon (no code necessary). Expires 8/16/11.

 

KLIPSCH HD300 5.1 CHANNEL HOME THEATER SPEAKER SYSTEM DEAL

 

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Monday Morning Roundup for August 15, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 15, 2011 7:38 am

The latest happenings from around the web - August 15th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- Sapphire EDGE HD2 Mini PC @ Overclockers.com

- Acer Aspire 5750 Laptop @ Hardware Secrets

 

CPU & APU

 

- AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Six-Core Processor @ Hardware-Mag

- AMD A6-3650 CPU @ HT4U

- AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Quad Core APU @ HiTechLegion

 

Video/Monitor

 

- ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum @ Pureoverclock

- ZOTAC GTX580 3GB AMP2! SLI @ Vortez

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ASUS announce F1A75-I DELUXE motherboard, includes wireless USB remote control

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Aug 15, 2011 2:00 am

ASUS today have announced the launch of their new Mini-ITX motherboard based on the AMD A75 chipset, the F1A75-I DELUXE motherboard. Powered by the Fusion APU, the F1A75-I DELUXE has the power to deliver amazing graphics performance when combined with a discrete GPU for Dual Graphics capabilities. Built on the Mini-ITX format, the board is only 170x170mm and ships with a convenient wireless USB remote control that also has a full keyboard for typing on the backside.

 

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A first, for sure and something like this is a huge bonus for HTPC builders. The F1A75-I DELUXE also fills out with DIGI+ VRM, a first on a Mini-ITX board. As well as ASUS throwing in its unique UEFI BIOS, flexible and user friendly, mouse-controlled graphical user interface and ASUS Exclusive EZ mode design can help tune a HTPC easier.

 

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The F1A75-I DELUXE also includes built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet. PCI-Express 2.0 16x slot is included as well as four SATA 6Gb/s connectors, with one an eSATA port and four USB 3.0 connections.

Mozilla unleash Firefox 6 early, ahead of August 16th release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Aug 15, 2011 1:30 am

Firefox 5 only came out a short while ago and Mozilla are not slowing down. Firefox 6 final is now available for download on Mac, Windows and Linux via Mozilla FTP servers. It's not available "officially", but will be available anytime next week. Firefox 6 does not introduce any UI changes, but the new version of Mozilla's ever-so-popular web browser does include some speed improvements while using the browser, almost 20% faster in some cases verses Firefox 5.

 

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As always, because this isn't the "official" release, the final build may be updated before it gets released to the public next week. The welcome page does still say "Firefox 6 Beta" but don't let this stop you, Mozilla just hasn't updated the page yet. Go forth and grab Firefox 6! If you'd like to get your download on, I've linked to the 3 flavours of Firefox 6 below.

 

Firefox 6 for Windows

Firefox 6 for Mac

Firefox 6 for Linux

ASUS Eee Pad Slider to hit shelves in September?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 15, 2011 1:09 am

The ASUS Eee Pad Slider has become quite elusive, the Transformer has been enjoying its time on the market against the iPad, I have one myself and love it to bits over my iPad. But the Slider that is soon to become noticed on shelves is looking quite interesting too. A recent report from Notebook Italia saw a new product page and it looks like the 10.1-inch Android QWERTY-sporting tablet might actually see a September launch, in Italy.

 

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The Slider is said to be coming in both 16GB and 32GB flavors and hitting possibly price points of €479 and €599 overseas, whilst US-based customers can expect $400 and $550 models hitting shelves. It's said to be shipping with Android 3.1 with a promised 3.2 upgrade, QWERTY keypad, 1280x800 WXGA display, dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of memory, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, USB 2.0, mini-HDMI, microSD card reader, WiFi and Bluetooth.

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