The latest happenings from around the web - February 16th, 2011
- Asus E35M1-M Pro Review: A Look at AMD's Fusion Platform @ Techspot
- HP Touchpad Tablet hands-on @ tbreak
- Zotac Zbox HD-ID40 Plus @ PC-Luchs
- Archos 101 Internet Tablet (Android) @ Hardware Heaven
- Intel Demos Sandy Bridge Virtualization, Security and KVM Features: VPro On Lenovo's New ThinkPad T420 @ Hot Hardware
- Jetway NF96FL-510-LF Mini-ITX Motherboard @ eTeknix
- ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional Socket 1155 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
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Rumor has it AMD is for sale, with the rumors circling around AMD's stock rose by roughly 5-percent on Monday. Wedbush Securities analyst Patrick Wang said "there is no management team there" and he is right. CEO Dirk Meyer was forced out last month, COO Bob Rivet and strategy chief Marty Seyer last week.
That's quite the loss for AMD all at once which leaves AMD with a large buyout target on it's back. Adding to the rumor-mill is Dell are interested in AMD. Dell could do with the acquisition as it would distance itself from the cold, corporate world that is Hewlett Packard, Lenovo and other rival system-builders.
A new video has just been posted to YouTube which shows off the upcoming GIGABYTE X58A-OC, a motherboard dedicated solely to overclocking. It has many unnecessary features stripped from the board creating a platform that is ideal for ultra high clock speeds.
HiCookie, resident extreme overclocker at GIGABYTE, posted the above video which showcases his upcoming X58A-OC. Teamed up with Intel's latest 990X Extreme Edition processor and LN2 he managed to go past 7GHz all without using a keyboard or mouse. Demonstrated was the OC Touch feature which utilizes buttons on the motherboard to increase the bus speed of processor.
Suffice to say, if you are an overclocker trying to hit extreme speeds, the X58A-OC is looking like the motherboard for you.
NVIDIA is really pushing their Tegra line and for a good reason - it quite simply kicks arse. NVIDIA's currently sampling a quad-core Tegra chip that is going by an internal name of Kal-El (otherwise known as The Son of Krypton, aka, Superman).
Kal-El will most likely turn into NVIDIA's Tegra 3 once it hits the market, but is capable of quite a bit of muscle. It was shown off by NVIDIA running a 2560 x 1440 stream that was being decoded on a developmental device, scaled down to the slate's native resolution of 1366 x 768 and also displayed on a 30-inch display pushing 2560 x 1600 - the workload was being handled in real time, all by Kal-El.
In amongst the leak of Crysis 2 and the inevitable tears of rage Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli would've had this week, he has stepped out into the spotlight that is the internet to release a statement.
He assures everyone that PC gaming is still very important and will always be important to Crytek (that must be why the Xbox 360 had an exclusive multiplayer demo) and that they are still focused on delivering a great gaming experience to our true and honest fans. He says that he hopes everyone enjoys Crysis 2 as they think it's their best PC game yet.
INQ and HTC are hard at it releasing "Facebook phones" but Twitter will not be joining the fight with their own "Twitter-branded" phone. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said at the Mobile World Congress that although 40-percent of all tweets come from mobile phones, Twitter does not want it's own handset.
Costolo said he'd like to see deeper Twitter integration on mobiles, but at somewhat of a limit: "I believe there is a need [to better integrate] Twitter in existing platforms for phones, but not for a Twitter-branded smartphone," he told an audience of people more used to seeing operators, handset makers and network vendors than they are social media juggernauts keynoting the event.
February has rolled along and with it comes another driver release from AMD for their Radeon graphics cards. AMD has changed its Catalyst AI texture filtering scheme as well as some new tessellation controls for 5000 and 6000-series Radeon cards.
AMD haven't stopped there, Radeon HD 5000-series owners are now able to access morphological anti-aliasing. AMD has also let users have the chance to change video quality settings for Blu-ray 3D media playback on 6000-series GPU's. COD: Black Ops performance is also increased for 5000-series owners, by 11% with anti-aliasing and anistrophic filtering enabled. Disabling anti-aliasing and anistrophic filtering will gain 4-percent in performance for Batman: Arkham Asylum.
For the second week in a row, the TweakTown System Builders Guides have been updated with some pretty significant changes.
Besides the usual round of price updates for the products that don't have their prices updated automatically, the TweakTown Sub-lieutenant PC ($1000 USD) is the first to get the treatment. Out is the OCZ memory since it is out of stock and may never return due to the recent announcement of OCZ quitting the RAM business during CES. In its place is a Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Dual Channel Kit. Yes, 8GB of RAM now in the TweakTown Sub-lieutenant PC!
Moving onto the TweakTown Commander PC ($2000 USD), the previous set of Logitech speakers have been removed since they are no longer being sold and in place of them is the Logitech Z506 75 watts RMS 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers. A really solid choice considering the price range we have to play with in this system for this component.
And finally we meet up again with the TweakTown Admiral PC (Unlimited Cost).
Our Download of the Day today is WinPatrol 20.0.2011.0.
WinPatrol alerts you to hijackings, malware attacks and critical changes made to your computer without your permission. As a multipurpose support utility, WinPatrol replaces multiple system utilities with its enhanced functionality.
WinPatrol was the pioneer in using a heuristic behavioral approach to detecting attacks and violations of your computing environment. Traditional security programs scan your hard drive searching for previously identified threats. WinPatrol takes snapshots of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that occur without your knowledge.
You'll be removing dangerous new programs while others prepare to update their definition/signature data files.