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Reminder! Mega Weekly Giveaway: AMD Fusion Llano A75 Computer System

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jul 18, 2011 9:31 pm



This week we are going all out, hence the "mega" part of the giveaway. We have teamed up with AMD to giveaway a Fusion Llano A75 computer system. Yes, you read right!




The system includes an AMD A8-3850 (Llano) quad-core APU running at 2.9GHz along with a Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 motherboard - it's not in the picture above since it's that new! Additionally there is a Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Ultimate video card, which can be teamed up in CrossFire with the IGP from the APU, for solid gaming performance. Look here to find out where you can buy Sapphire products.


Corsair also come to the party in a big way with the inclusion of a Force Series GT 60GB 6Gb/s SSD (how does a crazy-fast maximum read speed of 555MB/s sound?!), an 8GB XMS dual-channel kit running at 2000MHz with 9-10-9-27 timings at 1.65V, a Professional Series HX750 80 PLUS Silver modular power supply and a Hydro Series H80 liquid CPU cooler. Look here to find out where you can buy Corsair products...



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App of the Day: CNN App for iPad 1.1 (iOS)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 18, 2011 6:45 pm

Our TweakTown App of the Day today is CNN App for iPad 1.1 for iPad with iOS 3.2 or later.


Just today CNN has launched version 1.1 of its app for the Apple iPad which brings with it live streaming of CNN TV (you'll need iOS 4 and above for that) as well as improved Facebook and Twitter sharing.


Experience the new CNN App for iPad. Share and comment on news & insights, watch live and breaking news video, and take yourself deeper into the stories.


Welcome to the bigger picture.



- Go beyond breaking news with top headlines, in-depth feature stories and video

- Choose your view from different navigation options; quickly scan the headlines or immerse yourself in a slideshow

- Take part in the conversation by commenting on stories and reading others' responses

- Share stories on Facebook and Twitter or via e-mail

- Save stories for offline viewing

- Watch live video streams of breaking news and other major news events


Have questions or feedback on the CNN App? E-mail us at We are always looking for suggestions on how to provide the best experience possible on your iPad.



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Monday Morning Roundup for July 18, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jul 18, 2011 5:32 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - July 18th, 2011




- Sapphire Edge HD2 Mini PC @ HiTechLegion

- Samsung RF711 Notebook @ Pureoverclock

- Llano in overtime: 1866MHz RAM & IGP-only power @ TechReport




- MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3) LGA1155 Mainboard @ XBit Labs

- ECS HDC-I @ Overclockers Club




- Contemporary Graphics Accelerators in F.E.A.R. 3 @ XBit Labs

- Benq BL2400 24" Monitor @ tbreak

- Sapphire Radeon HD 5830 Xtreme 1GB Graphics Card @ eTeknix

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AMD Llano almost hits the magic 5GHz barrier w/ liquid nitrogen

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 18, 2011 4:22 pm

We've seen some impressive overclock results out of our in-house A8-3850 sample with Shane kicking it into high gear at around 3.7GHz without too much effort - this using a trusty Corsair AIO water cooling solution on a GIGABYTE A75-UD4H.


But if you think that's pretty impressive, try this on for size :-




That aint no photoshop folks. What you can see there is 4906MHz, not too far off the magic 5GHz mark with an A8-3850 CPU. Of course, though, this couldn't have been achieved without the help of :-




Some extreme cooling measures; liquid nitrogen of course.

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Seagate's Pulsar XT.2 enterprise series of SAS 6Gbps SSDs now shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 18, 2011 3:10 pm

Following its official launch back in March, Seagate's new Pulsar XT.2 enterprise SSD family is finally starting to hit distribution channels primarily for the enterprise market looking to go faster with more reliability and security.




These 2.5" form factor SSDs come in capacities of up to 400GB, using SLC (single-level cell) NAND flash memory along with a SAS 6Gbps interface. Read and write rates are up to 360MB/sec and 300MB/sec, respectively, with random read and write performance of up to 48,000 / 22,000 IOPS.

New ULV Celeron + four more Core i7 mobile processors from Intel

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 18, 2011 2:02 pm

Doing what they do best, CPU World has fished out some fresh details on an expansion to Intel's range of mobile processor offerings. A new ULV (ultra low voltage) 32nm Celeron M model has just been released, The Celeron 787, and also four new Core i7 chips.


The Celeron 787 is just a little single core chip which clocks in at 1.30GHz with a single thread, 1MB of L3 cache, a 17W TDP and carrying a price of $107.




As for the four new Core i7s, these are scheduled to debut in Q4, comprising three quad-core variants and a dual-core one. The quad core models include the i7-2960XM Extreme Edition, i7-2860QM and i7-2760QM, with the dual-core being the i7-2640M.

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AMD Radeon HD 7000 series will use PCI-E 3.0 interface

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 18, 2011 12:44 pm

Our first tid bit of news on AMD's next generation of GPUs, the HD 7000 series has come out today with word that these will be the first PCI-Express 3.0 compliant graphics cards to hit the scene.


Using the PCI-E 3.0 x16 bus interface, they will of course be backwards compatible with the PCI-E 1.0 and 2.0/1 bus standard. It it not known at this time as to when AMD plans to launch this next generation of discrete graphics cards, so it's hard to speculate as to whether or not there will be any native PCI-E 3.0 support from AMD or Intel at the time, but as we just learned recently, there are some 3rd party vendors already gearing up with PCI-E 3.0 using their own methods.



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Deal of the Day: Samsung WEP450 Bluetooth Headset w/ 6 hrs Talk Time, Multipoint Connectivity & Noise Isolation Technology for $0.01 after Rebate with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jul 18, 2011 10:11 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Samsung WEP450 Bluetooth Headset w/ 6 hrs Talk Time, Multipoint Connectivity & Noise Isolation Technology for $0.01 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: This Samsung Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR headset with 6 hour talk time and up to 7 day standby time is just 1 cent after $20 mail in rebate (expiring 9/30/11). Shipping is also FREE.







Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Download of the Day: VLC Media Player 1.1.11

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 18, 2011 7:30 am

Our Download of the Day today is VLC Media Player 1.1.11.


VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols without external codec or program.


It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.


VLC can play:


• MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 / DivX files from a hard disk, a CD-ROM drive, and so on

• DVDs, VCDs, and Audio CDs

• From satellite cards (DVB-S)

• Several types of network streams: UDP/RTP Unicast, UDP/RTP Multicast, HTTP, RTSP, MMS, etc.

• From acquisition or encoding cards (on GNU/Linux and Windows only)




Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

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AMD says next-gen Xbox graphics will look as good as Avatar

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 18, 2011 6:00 am

We'll keep this in the rumor bin for now but director of ISV relationships at AMD, Neal Robison says that gamers have a lot to be excited about in regards to the next-generation of Xbox. Claiming that the next-gen Xbox will be capable of graphical detail from the movie Avatar. Robison also mentioned that the AI and physics capabilities of the next-gen hardware will reportedly allow every pedestrian in a game like Grand Theft Auto to have totally individual mentality.




This means that if you were to shoot a gun near someone or run them over, each NPC will react different. Gone will be the days of mob mentality where everyone acted the same, each character is capable of being an individual.


It's a bold statement, that's for sure.

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