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BlizzCon 2011 - As we walked through the BlizzCon 2011 halls, we manage to spot one of the Blizzard Battle.net gaming blade servers from around the world that are going on sale for charity.
These are HP p-Class server blades that were previously used to provide Blizzard's Battle.net gaming service. This particular server was named "Eldre Thalas" and was in operation between February 22, 2005 to June 9, 2010. The plaque reads:
Blizzard Entertainment has carefully preserved and archived our retired server blades, releasing only a limited number for a noble cause. to us, this server blade is more than just hardware: within the circuits and hard drive, a world of magic, adventure, and friendship thrived. From fishing in quiet lakes to defeating Arthas in Icecrown Citadel, this blade was home to thousands of immersive experiences across the world of Azeroth and beyond. We thank you for the safekeeping of this important part of our history.
If you are interested in buying one of these unique servers that will surely only increase in value over time, you can find out more information over here. All money from sales of the servers will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Good on you, Blizzard!
BlizzCon 2011 - Our first stop at BlizzCon 2011 was at the ASUS booth where we saw a number of cool new Republic of Gamers (ROG) products.
The one that got our attention the most was the ASUS X79 demo system. We met up with Mark from Intel who was kind enough to give us a run down on the system and what it will offer. Watch now:
As many of you would know, the upcoming X79 chipset and Sandy Bridge-E processors are still under NDA, so there are only so much information that can be disclosed.
Deal of the Day: HP Elite HPE-500f Desktop Computer with 8GB Memory, 1.5TB HDD, 802.11b/g/n and More for Only $379.99
Our Deal of the Day today is the MacMall - HP Elite HPE-500f Desktop Computer with 8GB Memory, 1.5TB HDD, 802.11b/g/n and More for Only $379.99!.
Offer: Grab this quick while it's still available as it's starting to sell out at other online stores. This is a very very well equipped HP desktop comptuer that's factory refurbished and was running at LEAST a few hundred dollars more new in this configuration. Get it before it's gone.
ASUS is about to unleash a new ROG gaming rig in the form of a desktop machine which it calls the Tytan CG8565. It was first seen on radar during Computex earlier in the year, but a date of release wasn't mentioned at the time. A pre-order listing for it has just been spotted in Europe, however, indicating it to be just around the corner now.
Upon first glance the mid tower sized chassis looks to have been inspired by 'ballistic missile submarines', which was of course ASUS' intent with several of its Republic of Gamer series notebooks also running off similar design queues.
As for the most important aspect, its guts, it runs a 2nd-gen Core i5 or i7 processor on Intel's Z68, up to 32GB RAM, GeForce GTX 560 Ti or GTX 590 graphics card, DVD writer or Blu-ray combo drive and ASUS Xonar audio.
Samsung has just launched its latest all-in-one PC to market in the US which it dubs the Series 7. It is a 23-inch sized offering that is based around the Sandy Bridge platform and runs Windows 7 Home Premium. The LED backlit, 23-inch touch-enabled display is quite thin at just 16mm, giving a native 1920x1080 resolution and can be tilted by up to 90 degrees.
Meanwhile, the base that holds all the components is quite low-profile, giving a Core i3 or i5 processor, 6 or 8GB RAM, Intel IGP, 1TB 7200RPM HDD, slot-in optical drive, 4 Watt Harman stereo speaker setup, 1.3MP webcam, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and a USB 3.0 port as well as four USB 2.0 ports.
The base model will set you back $999 USD, while the higher spec'd model comes in at $1,199. The wireless keyboard and optical mouse shown in the picture is bundled with both models and they are said to become available on October 10th.
GIGABYTE has added a new 21.5-inch (1920 x 1080 w/ touchscreen) all-in-one barebone system into its lineup this week dubbed the GB-AEDT which uses Intel's H61 powered LGA1155 platform.
Measuring 531.05 x 392.48 x 69.35 mm, it makes good use of the Mini-ITX platform and gives support for up to 8GB of DDR3-1333MHz RAM, a 3.5-inch sized SATA HDD bay, a spare bay suited to a slim optical drive, mSATA connector for easy hookup of a compact SSD, 4-in-1 card reader, built-in webcam, a couple USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, Gigabit ethernet, and optional WiFi and/or TV tuner.
Pricing and availability are both yet to be disclosed on the GB-AEDT.
ASRock's upcoming Sandy Bridge-based HTPC, the Vision 3D 2nd Gen Series has been leaked. It sports a switchable GT540M card, 1333MHz RAM and a HDMI 1.4a port. It also comes packed with a Blu-ray drive, NVIDIA's 3D Vision, a media remote, four USB 3.0 ports and your choice of Core flavor, i3, i5 or i7. It doesn't look too bad either with the Blu-ray drive a slot-load system and audio jacks on the front also.
We just got done updating all three of our SBG systems. Starting off with the TweakTown Sub-lieutenant PC ($1000 USD) it gets a new CPU cooler in the form of the Xigmatek Gaia and due to popular request, we have got rid of the old HDD and replaced it with a 7200 RPM spinning drive from Western Digital.
Moving onto the TweakTown Commander PC ($2000 USD) we see the addition of new SSDs. Before we were using older SATA II drives, now we have made way for two new Corsair Force Series 3 SF-2200 SATA III SSDs in RAID 0. These drives even when not in RAID offer great performance for the price.
And finally we finish up with the TweakTown Admiral PC (Unlimited Cost) which gets an additional 3TB hard drive for increasing storage demands as well as the top-end sound card from ASUS, the Xonar Xense.
While things are a little up in the air as to what exactly is on the cards for HP following this news late last week, it hasn't stopped them releasing new models just yet, with a new all-in-one PC becoming available in stores from today under their Compaq series.
The new Compaq 8200 Elite is a business oriented all-in-one PC which uses a 23-inch LED-backlit 1920x1080 display. Packed inside is a 2nd Gen Intel Core (Sandy Bridge) processor, up to 8GB of system memory, a HDD (or optionally, SSD), webcam, SRS Premium Sound and highly efficient power supply (up to 89% efficiency).
HP backs the Compaq 8200 Elite with a 3 year warranty (honored, regardless of what becomes of the company in its volatile future) and bears a base price of $999 USD.
More news from Dell today reveals details on their next AIO (all-in-one) computer, the Vostro 360. A leaked Dell document has exposed specific info on the business-oriented machine.
The Vostro 360 will use Intel's H61 Express chipset with options for Core i3, i5, i6 or Pentium dual core processors, up to 8GB of RAM, discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M (if not sticking with the integrated graphics to save $), and choice of touch-enabled or regular display.
It will also house a DVD-RW (combo) drive, 1x3.5-inch SATA HDD, built-in webcam, 8-in-1 card reader and USB 2.0-only connectivity.