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Deal of the Day: 11.6" Alienware M11x Gaming Laptop with Intel Core i3, 4GB Memory, 320GB HD, 1GB NVIDIA Graphics, Wireless-N, Webcam and More for $699 with FREE Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 19, 2011 6:05 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - 11.6" Alienware M11x Gaming Laptop with Intel Core i3, 4GB Memory, 320GB HD, 1GB NVIDIA Graphics, Wireless-N, Webcam and More for $699 with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: It's back! $699 after $200 instant discount gets you an Alienware M11x gaming laptop with 11.6" WLED WideHD TFT, overclockable 1.3Ghz Intel Core i3 330UM, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 320GB 7200RPM hard drive, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M graphics, 1.3MP webcam, 802.11a/b/g/n wireless, 8-Cell LiOh battery (7+ hour life), Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty. Expires 8/10/11.






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Steam update includes download speed increases, also teases DoTA2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 19, 2011 4:00 am

Steam is about to update (and probably has for some) and includes some very nice tweaks which results in downloads being sped up considerably. The new tricks involve caching at the ISP level, more firewall-friendly protocols (downloads will be coming through HTTP) and probably the best feature; a system that gives incremental patch downloads instead of having to re-download big parts of the game if they become corrupt, etc.




Let's say an individual file on your hard drive was to be modified by a game update, your client would require to download the entire file. The new system supports delivering only the differences between the old and new files, meaning game updates are considerably smaller and much, much quicker. The new content system will also allow Valve to build several new features that users have asked to be included.

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer see shipments exceed 400,000 units per month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 19, 2011 3:00 am

ASUS did have a goal of 2 million tablet sales in 2011 and judging by the 400,000 shipping each and every month, it looks like that goal is nearly achieved. ASUS are expecting shipments to grow even more in Q3 2011 where it has requested its touch panel providers supply a monthly target of 400,000 units to 500,000 units during the quarter, according to sources at upstream panel suppliers, cited by DigiTimes.




On top of this, it looks as though ASUS have bigger plans for the Transformer. They've set themselves an aggressive goal of boosting tablet shipments up to as high as 4 to 4.5 million units for the second quarter of 2011. If ASUS pull this off, it'll make them enter the list of the top tablet makers.


I have one myself and I suggest anyone looking to get a tablet to definitely stop and smell the roses with the Transformer.

Battlefield 3 not coming to Steam? Say it ain't so!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 19, 2011 2:30 am

A report from a meeting between GameStop and financial research firm Baird is suggesting that (sob) Battlefield 3 will not be making its way to Steam. According to Develop, the key quote from the report that comes directly from the GameStop executives is "the upcoming EA title Battlefield 3 will be sold as a download through GameStop, but not through Steam."




This is on top of the news from a little while ago now that EA published a list of retailers for Battlefield 3 in which Steam was missing. Other digital download sites such as Gamersgate, Direct2Drive and EA's own Origin were on the list. Another GameStop executive also told Develop that Battlefield 3 will be coming to digital retailers other than GameStop. This look as though Steam is just being ignored.

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Sandy Bridge-E model numbers, clock speeds unveiled

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 19, 2011 2:00 am

The first three models of Intel's upcoming next-gen "Sandy Bridge-E" Core i7 processors has been made available. We're still going to see an Enthusiast and Performance release, Performance including BClk multiplier-unlocked six-core chips as well as locked quad-core chips. The new series is set to include the 3000 series of processor model numbering, this means that the new processors will be part of Intel's 3rd generation Core processors, even though they're based on the Sandy Bridge architecture.




Leading the CPUs will be the Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition, six-core (12 threads with HTT) has a stock clock speed of 3.30GHz with 3.90GHz Turbo Boost, features 15MB of L3 cache. This chip is expected to have a four figure price tag. This will of course have its BClk multiplier unlocked for some insane overclocking. Next we have the Core i7-3930K which is again a 6 core, 12 threaded chip with a stock clock speed of 3.20GHz and Turbo Boost speed of 3.80GHz, inclusive of 12MB of L3 cache and features an unlocked BClk multiplier.

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CNN to debut 24-hour live streaming to desktop, iOS devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 19, 2011 1:08 am

CNN are set to stream its news broadcasts to viewers through the Internet. CNN is set to make its programming available all day, everyday on desktops, iPhones and iPads as well as existing customers who are subscribers to CNN be it through cable, IP or satellite TV. CNN are also launching a new video player that offers simultaneous multi-window HD streams.




The 24-hour streaming will reportedly include both the core station and Headline News. CNN has been providing live streams to iPad users since December but this has only been for major events. Customers who subscribe to either through a provider such as Verizon, Comcast, Cox or Dish will have access to the streamed content. If you're an iPad or iPhone user, hit up the iTunes app store to download the enabling app.


CNN are also re-polishing their online viewing experience by offering up to four live streams of news and events, original video series as well as on-demand video clips with related CNN and HLN show information, both in HD.

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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