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HIS Mix up the HD 6970, in a good way!

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 1, 2011 1:28 am

COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: HIS are showing the new HD 6970 Mix at Computex which offers us support for three monitorswithout the need to go DisplayPort. One of the biggest issues regarding Eyefinity for people has been the need to get that DisplayPort monitor, HIS step away from this by offering us the ability to run Eyefinity via two DVI ports and HDMI.






This isn't the first time we've seen a company offer us this ability with an AMD card but I have to say that this is one of the better solutions as HIS have chosen to do it on a higher end model that has the capability of running Eyefinity in games.

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DisplayLink works its magic and extends desktop to iPad 2 over Wi-Fi

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 31, 2011 6:54 pm

COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - One of our other stops today was with DisplayLink who had a whole bunch of cool demos on display which we will get to a little later on. The first demo we are covering is one that involves the mighty scarce Apple iPad 2.



Alright, so DisplayLink is usually known for its mixed hardware and software solutions, but the demo here works purely with software and the magic of wireless. Using just a standard laptop (yes, without any tricks - Windows 7, Vista (32 and 64bit) and XP (32bit) compatible) with the free software from DisplayLink installed and the app on the iPad 2 (also works on older iPad), you are able to extend your desktop to your iPad 2 with ease.




Basically you just install the app on your iPad or iPad 2 and get the software installed on your PC and you can get access to additional display with range up to standard wireless distance. The best part of this technology is that it is free, but only for a limited time. After watching the video above, you might want to go grab it now before DisplayLink start charging for it.


This is definitely one of the coolest pieces of tech we have seen at Computex 2011 so far.

GIGABYTE AMD 990FX, Z68 Gaming and X79A-UD3 mobos detailed

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 31, 2011 6:21 pm

COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - As well as stopping by the notebook department during our GIGABYTE visit on the 36th floor at Taipei 101 today, we of course made a stop with the motherboard who had no shortage of new motherboards to show off.



Dino from GIGABYTE Australia was on hand to introduce three new boards, but kind of got a little shy when it came to the third and very new board. We got a look at their new AMD 990FX motherboard that was released today that finally brings all the big GIGABYTE features to the AMD platform in the flavor of the UD7.


Next up we also got a look at the Z68-Gaming motherboard. You might remember the previous range of gaming series motherboards from GIGABYTE based on the P65 chipset. The word was that if that range was successful and sold well, the gaming series would continue. Obviously it was a successful move by GIGABYTE to focus more on gamers and sales must have been good as we get the new Intel Z68 chipset with gaming mobo treatment from the Taiwanese mobo maker.




And finally and probably the one board that most are excited about, the upcoming Intel X79. Intel all of a sudden allowed motherboard markers to display dummy samples of their upcoming X79 mobos - of course on the same day as AMD released its new flagship chipset, the 990FX...

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GIGABYTE M2432 14-inch docking laptop gives more power at home

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 31, 2011 6:06 pm

COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Earlier on today we stopped by the GIGABYTE meeting rooms on the 36th floor of Taipei 101 where we spoke to Nick from the notebook department.



He gave us a quick rundown and hands-on with the upcoming M2432 that is due to go on sale later this summer. This is a 14-inch laptop running a Core i5 processor and it comes with all the goodies such as USB 3.0 and HDMI. It weighs in at 1.8kg and is rather thin, too.


Nothing against the notebook itself, but what really makes the package special is the included docking station that it comes with. Idea being, when you are on the road, you don't need intensive graphics so the onboard Intel HD graphics suffice and once you dock you are automatically switched over to the NVIDIA GT440 graphics. Mind you, the dock also includes HDMI and DVI output, six extra USB 2.0 ports and gigabit LAN.




Watch the video above for a good look at what is to come from the M2432 later on this year. No details on pricing at this stage of the game.

Tuesday Morning Roundup for May 31, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: May 31, 2011 3:44 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - May 31st, 2011


Computex 2011 Coverage


- Computex 2011 International Press Conference New Product Preview @ Techwarelabs

- Asus Unveils Padfone, New Notebooks and Netbooks at Computex 2011 @ Hot Hardware




- Gladiator i5 4.4GHz Z68 Bundle @ Overclock3D

- Hewlett Packard EliteBook 8560p Notebook @ Hot Hardware




- GIGABYTE P67A-UD7-B3 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

- ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX Motherboard @ HiTechLegion

- ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX Motherboard @ Overclockers Club

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OCZ impresses once again with SSDs at Computex, gets creative

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Storage | Posted: May 31, 2011 10:26 am

COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Today we stopped by the OCZ booth where in typical style we saw a whole bunch of new storage products from the company who keeps pumping out new SSDs.



First up we got a look at the Z-Drive R4 88 which is an enterprise easily out of reach for most end-users. This is a drive intended for very intensive applications and the demo OCZ had on display in a Supermicro server was pushing over ONE MILLION IOPS. Yes, you read that right.


Next up we get into the creative area and see the new RevoDrive Hybrid. As the name suggests, this is a PCI Express based SandForce SSD that comes with 60GB of flash memory. Unlike a typical SSD, that flash is not accessibile and is instead used as a cache to dramatically speed up the performance of the bundled 500GB or 1TB 2.5-inch hard drive. In the video above, you can see it hitting over 700MB/s.




And finally we finish up with the RevoDrive 3 X2. This is the newest PCI Express SSD to come out from SSD which uses the latest generation SandForce controllers to deliver an amazing 1500MB/s read speeds.

Download of the Day: PowerDVD 11.0.1719

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 31, 2011 8:20 am

Our Download of the Day today is PowerDVD 11.0.1719.


Power DVD is simply the best Blu-ray/DVD player software today. It delivers outstanding Blu-ray and DVD movie playback quality on your PC:


• NEW Unparalleled HD movie experience: The best video quality today with incomparable support for all HD video formats like AVCHD, AVCREC, MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), MPEG-2 HD and WMV-HD

• NEW HDMI 1.3 Support: HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) simultaneously transfers 8 channels of audio over a single cable


• NEW PC friendly: Play your HD movies on high or low spec CPUs.


• High-Def Home Theater Audio: Supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD


Please note: This is a commercial trial.



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Deal of the Day: Canon ImageCLASS MF3240 Multifunction Laser Printer for $84.99 with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Printers & Scanners | Posted: May 31, 2011 7:05 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the - Canon ImageCLASS MF3240 Multifunction Laser Printer for $84.99 with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: This laser multifunction machine is just $84.99 with FREE shipping! It prints at up to 21ppm (1200 x 600 dpi quality), can scan up to 9600 dpi quality (600 dpi optical), copies up to 21ppm, and faxes (Super G3).







Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Call of Duty Elite, digital platform monthly subscription service for Call of Duty announced

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 31, 2011 6:01 am

If $60 per recycled game wasn't enough, Activision Blizzard are launching an online service dubbed Call of Duty Elite that will work with the next outing in the COD universe, Modern Warfare 3 as well as future installments of the game. The monthly subscription fee will let users gain access to extra content that won't be available on discs sold in stores, including downloadable map packs that give new levels to play.



Activision hasn't announced the cost of the Elite service, but it's expected to be at the $8 per month level, which isn't too bad and would sit side by side with the pricing of a Netflix account for example. Another feature of the Elite monthly cost will be tools available to the player in the form of analyzing performance within the game, such as stats on which weapons have been the most successful in killing enemies.

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Corsair Force Series 3 SSD, 85k iOPS, 100% love

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: May 31, 2011 3:18 am

COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: Corsair has debuted their Force Series GT range of Solid State drives and they're quite the performer. First thing you see is that the drive is race car red, so very sexy. Secondly, they're available in 120 and 240GB configurations, thirdly; performance. Performance wise the drives are very, very fast. The Force Series 3 120GB is capable of 550/510MB/sec sequential read/writes with the 240GB slightly faster with 550/520MB/sec sequential read/write performance. Near SATA 6Gbps speeds from a single drive!




Now onto the goodies, if you thought that was impressive; max random 4k write provides insane results of 85k iOPS. This is the faster as OCZ's top "Max IOPS" drive - Corsair has done it again. Even they advertise it as "There's fast, and then there's fast". You tell 'em Corsair.

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