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EVGA rollout the Dual GTX 560 Ti, thinks its a GTX 585

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 7, 2011 3:24 am

EVGA have just announced a GF114-powered, dual GPU card in the form of the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win. It is roughly 30-percent faster than a GTX 580 when running the Unigene Heaven benchmark. Output wise, we have three DVI connectors for NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround, as well as a mini HDMI port.




The cooler includes three fans (!), which should keep the dual-GPU card very cool. Core is clocked at 850MHz, 768 CUDA cores included, memory sits at 1000MHz, memory bandwidth at 256.6GB/sec, shaders at 1700MHz. Unfortunately, the included SLI connector is not functional and will not allow SLI with another card.

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Firefox 8 available right now ahead of the official launch on November 8th

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Nov 7, 2011 2:25 am

Firefox 8 is officially debuting on November 8th, but this is the Internet and we are cool, right? This means we can get things earlier because of our insane technical knowledge and sexy mojo, right? Well, partly. If you want to get on some Firefox 8 action, head on over to Mozilla's FTP server and grab it. That's right, it's available now.




The biggest change to Firefox 8 is it's a little more careful with add-ons, which now sets them to disabled by default and presenting upgraders a one-time dialog box to manage previously installed add-ons.


Also included is support for Twitter in the search bar, a preference to load tabs on-demand after a relaunch (something I love with Chrome) and the usual performance and stability fixes. If you're not one to live on the bleeding edge of browser versions, you can wait and let Firefox auto-update in a few days time.

Modern Warfare 3 - first 15 minutes on video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Nov 7, 2011 2:17 am

The first fifteen minutes of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are available, but get in quick because Activision will most likely take this down ASAP. I don't to spoil it for anyone, but I watched the entire thing and wow. It just looks like the previous 3 - 4 COD titles.



No improvement in graphics, movement, lightning, textures, shadows, anything. Even the text on the screen is the same. One of the stand outs for me: "You've been hit, get to cover", yes, the game even tells you that you've been shot (when shot 3 - 4 times) and tells you to get to cover. I'm not surprised at the technology in the game, but after playing Battlefield 3, this just looks so, so, so old.




Really? This is the best selling FPS franchise of all time and this is how it treats its players? Simplified, corridor shooter at best, with lame, old graphics. But, it'll sell like Jesus' finger nails at a Church function. Watch the video before its pulled, remember there's spoilers.

RumorTT: NVIDIA's next-gen Kepler GPUs to hit before Christmas?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 7, 2011 12:31 am

This is what I like to hear! With NVIDIA currently on a roll with their Tegra range and Tegra 3-powered devices starting to roll out any day now (in the form of ASUS' Transformer Prime), we now have some GeForce-related new. Rub your hands together with glee! Rumor has it that NVIDIA are flushing the channel of 500-series GPUs, and should introduce some more price cuts soon.




Price cuts on 500-series of GPUs has been happening slowly, but NVIDIA believes that their next-gen 'Kepler' GPU based on a 28nm process is ready and has a strong suspicion that AMD won't be ready with their 7000-series Radeon cards until after Santa does his rounds this Christmas. NVIDIA wants to push hard for a Christmas launch, and you won't hear any complaining from me!


NVIDIA could do a few things here, launch the 600-series before Christmas and use the promise of 'something more from NVIDIA, but it is not here just yet', to try and grab a few of those GPU fans that were leaning toward a Radeon-flavored GPU, and keep them licking that sweet, green NVIDIA pie. Then we have the bundles NVIDIA are pumping out with partners, bundling games such as Mafia II and Batman: Arkham City - this is great, and it keeps customers coming back.

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Weekend Roundup for November 5, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Nov 6, 2011 4:48 am

The latest happenings from around the web - November 6th, 2011




- ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Intel P67 Motherboard @ PC Stats

- Asus Rampage IV Extreme X79 Motherboard Preview @ eTeknix

- INTEL Z68 Round Up: ASUS vs GIGABYTE vs ASRock vs MSI - FIGHT! @ Futurelooks




- VisionTek Ultimate 6GB DDR3-1866 @ Pureoverclock

- The 48GB DDR3 Weekend! @ ThinkComputers

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Acer giving away an Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook everyday until New Years Eve

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Nov 5, 2011 10:21 am

[US residents only] Acer are using Facebook to launch a campaign where users can enter to get a free Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook. In order to enter the competition, users need to 'like' the sweepstake page and enter their relevant contact information.




International Facebook users need not apply, as this is a US-only competition. Acer will give away one Ultrabook per day all the way through to December 31st. That is a total of 60 Ultrabooks during the campaign. Pretty kick ass if you ask me! Acer are giving away the cheapest $899 model, which sports a 13.3-inch screen with a resolution of 1366x768, an Intel Core i5-2647M, 4GB of DDR3 RAM.


Also included in the Ultrabook to fill it out is a 20GB SSD with a 320GB 5400RPM HDD, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and weighs in at just 2.98lb. You can enter the competition, here.

Rainbow 6 Patriots announced, arrives in 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 5, 2011 9:28 am

Rainbow 6 series' new title has been confirmed today called Rainbow 6 Patriots and is the latest Tom Clancy first-person shooter which won't see the light of day until 2013. This marks a five-year gap in between Rainbow Six console releases as the most recent of them was Vegas 2 in March 2008.




The wait is possibly at the fault of Vegas 2, which was criticized at the time for being too similar to the original Rainbow Six: Vegas, released in November 2006. The setting for Patriots hasn't been confirmed with the only nugget of information to go on is that it "captures the reality of modern-day terrorism". The game is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal, "with the support of" Ubisoft Toronto and Ubisoft Red Storm.

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GIGABYTE X79 boards to have 3D UEFI setup program

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Nov 5, 2011 8:40 am

GIGABYTE wants to have something that is more functional than the competitions' UEFI setup programs, and this is where GIGABYTE 3D BIOS steps up and into the ring to have a swing at things. When you hit DEL at POST to load up the setup program, it starts up the 3D BIOS home screen. On the home screen, you find a 3D rotatable image of your motherboard.




Cool, right? Well, you can use your mouse to spin the board around and check it out - certain parts of that motherboard image can be clicked to open up settings related to it. Let's say you want to click on the SATA ports on that image, click it and the program will open up SATA controller settings. Clicking on the memory slots brings up the memory tuning settings window. Very, very cool.


The visual elements all look spiffy, including smooth fonts, curves and lavish use of alpha. The fine tuning pages don't look like a re-skinned, mouse-enabled version of the old interface, but now include genuine GUI elements like sliders, tickboxes, radio buttons and tabs. A video demo of this is available below:



GIGABYTE are using an AMI UEFI backend, mixed with its own patented DualBIOS technology that protects against bad flashes.

U.S. calls China the "most active and persistent" country in the world for cyber-espionage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Nov 5, 2011 7:38 am

The Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive have released a critical report labeling China as the "most active an persistent" country in the world when it comes to cyber-espionage. Oh snapz is what our VGA editor would say, and I would agree with that statement. Russia also slipped into the list, together with China are "the most aggressive collectors" of U.S. trade secrets, overall.




The purpose of the report is to highlight the increasing importance cyber-espionage plays in the undermining of both private and government interests. Robert Bryant, the U.S. Counterintelligence Executive, claims cyber-espionage is a "national, long-term strategic threat to the United States" and that "failure is not an option" when it comes to dealing with those matters. In the report, there is a special focus on the undesirable consequences stolen trade secrets may impart upon the U.S. and partner economies.

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Google intros new algorithm update, impacts 35% of searches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 5, 2011 6:24 am

Google completed their Caffeine web indexing system last year, which allows them to crawl and index the web from fresh content quickly on an enormous scale. Google have just announced that they're making quite a significant change to their ranking algorithm that impacts roughly 35-percent of searches and better determines when to give you more up-to-date relevant results for these varying degrees of freshness.




Obviously, in today's world, information is power. But information can be from today, last week, the last minute, or thirty years ago depending on the search terms. Google's algorithm needs to be able to work out if a result from a week ago about a TV show is recent, or if a result from a week ago about breaking news is too old.

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