The ASRock Technical Support forum is now open and ready for posts!
Please welcome Sean from ASRock who will be at the forum to answer your tech questions related to all ASRock products.
When posting questions, please provide as much info as possible such as full system specs, what operating system and drivers you are using and please describe your problem as full as possible.
This is also an area you can discuss upcoming ASRock products and we will also conduct giveaways and competitions in here from time to time as well. ASRock may also share early BIOS updates and drivers with you here as well.
Did you get a surprise loading TweakTown for your first time today?
Join us in welcoming our new 2010 design refresh. It's pretty similar to what we had before, except the top header part of the website has been completely redesigned for a more modern look. We also designed it to have a better user experience with better placed and less advertising banners.
Our latest videos are featured at the top of the site just under the revamped navigation menu area. At the very top left of the site you can see a running total of how many articles, news posts and forum members we have. Just under that too is the revamped search box.
In our previous design we had two tedius skyscraper banners running down the left side, now that side is completely clean and one of those skyscraper banners has been moved to the right side. Next to that banner we have also introduced a 'Hot Products' section which shows you which products are in most demand by TweakTown readers based on the amount of clicks to buy them.
This is just a start - we will continue rolling out new features and additions moving forward, stay tuned and we hope that you enjoy the new design!
Let us know your thoughts about the new layout in the comment section below!
TweakTown is growing. We attribute some of that growth to our decision to diversify our content in the past. We will continue to offer all sorts of new types of content for the general technology consumer.
We are looking to hire new staff and contributors to help us expand into the following new content areas:
1) Workstation, server and enterprise computing
2) Home Theater
3) Mobile devices (cell phones, tablets and MIDs)
4) Peripherals (mice, keyboards, gaming hardware and so on)
We are looking one for person to fill each of the four new sections. You will be responsible for all of our content in that category, that's how things work here. You will receive all of the latest toys and hardware to play with, put through hell testing and give your opinion to hundreds of thousands of readers. It doesn't matter where you are based, this is the Internet and you can work anywhere there is a computer, power and Internet access. However, it will be to your advantage if you have a good quality digital camera for photos, and even a video camera capable of HD resolutions for video content.
We are looking for people with firstly plenty of experience, knowledge and interest in one of the above categories. Previous writing experience will give you an upper hand, but it is not required. We will provide a content template for you and teach you all of the ropes at the start, as you find your way.
Polish up your resumes folks and send them over to me along with a little history about yourself, where you are based and anything else you think will be useful in helping us make a choice. My email can be found on this page.
After reading a story from Ars Technica discovered by way of Elite Bastards, I thought it may be worth chiming in on the subject of Internet ad blocking in this day and age and how it harms the websites you frequently visit.
Ars Technica recently published an article titled 'Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love' and as a long time tech site owner, I naturally found it very interesting. The article basically starts off by mentioning that one of the editors recently discovered how its ad blocker audience didn't fully realize how blocking ads affected the sites that they love. If you are an ad blocker, I encourage you to read on for my take on the situation.
As Ken Fisher from Ars mentioned, many people believe that if they don't click ads, banners, text links and the like, there is no harm in blocking the ads. This couldn't be any further from the truth, though. While TweakTown does run programs that pay CPC (cost per click), the majority of our ads are based around CPM campaigns. That means we are paid a set rate for every 1000 views of any particular ad. While obviously advertisers prefer as many clicks on their ads as possible, we still get paid that set amount no matter if it gets clicks or not.
A year or so ago we experimented with an ad blocker script that used some fancy coding to detect ad blockers and effectively stop them working and in turn display our ads. We ran this script for a couple weeks as a trial, but eventually due to audience complaints and other issues, we took it down. However, during that trial, we had many other tech site owners contact us and ask us for the script for their own websites. It just goes to show you that your beloved websites that you visit are aware of the issue and that great lengths may be taken to fight back.
Fight is really the wrong word, as we appreciate every visitor to our website. However, in the future, you may want to consider white listing the websites that you love. TweakTown has several full time staff and a long list of part time staff and contributors and add in the cost of our several servers and all other costs; it isn't cheap to run a website with bi-daily high quality content. We aren't asking you to uninstall your ad blocking software, as it is totally your choice to run them, but rather be more selective with which sites that you block. We wouldn't like to force a subscription model onto our readers as we believe that online content should be free, but if the ad blocking trend continues, it makes that notion harder and harder to maintain.
Food for thought people and feel free to engage in discussion below. I will personally respond.
We have just updated our System Builders Guide to assist you in making the right choices if you're looking to build your next desktop system in the near future.
Depending on your budget, we have the Sub-lieutenant PC at a thousand bucks USD. If you're looking for something more serious, we have the Commander PC which will set you back 2K. But if you're one of the lucky few where money's no objective, there's the Admiral PC which gives you the best of everything, albeit at a price tag only few could swallow.
We hope the above guides serve in helping you build that system you've been longing for to get your gaming fix. Happy building!
CES 2010 - Breaking!
Our very own Chris has just been confirmed as the winner of the Build Your Own PC Race for charity 2010.
More to come!
It's hard to imagine 12 months has gone since 2009 rolled over and we now look onward to a new decade. Over the past 12 months we've seen TweakTown continue to grow in all areas with a heavy focus on expanding the amount of content we have along with the diversity of it. But of course, without you, our loyal readers, we wouldn't be much at all. So we would like to thank you all for putting a bit of time aside each day or week to check out what's happening in the computer world.
On behalf of the team at TweakTown, we wish you all a fantastic New Year and enjoy the rest of your holiday break with your new toys or whatever else it is that has helped put a smile on your face this holiday season.
We hope you've enjoyed what TweakTown has had to offer you over the past 12 months and we look forward to bringing you all another year's worth of new and exciting coverage throughout 2010.
Time to bring on 2010 with a BANG! Peace out.
Well, it's that time of the year again where we all have the perfect excuse to wind ourselves down and spend quality time with the family (and of course, ourselves!). 2009 was definitely another big step forward for TweakTown with a broader range of coverage and style thanks to further growth within our team and focus on delivering premium quality content to the people that matter most, you guys!
Time to take a breather for a few days and give ourselves a pat on the back for another successful year, along with a big thanks to you guys for sticking around and supporting us of course. Things will naturally slow down on the site for a bit over the next few days, with a repeat slowdown to occur as the new year comes around. But don't worry, we'll of course be back with bigger bells on come Jan 4 2010.
On behalf of the TweakTown team, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and enjoy whatever goodies Santa has abound with your name on them. Let's all look forward to another exciting year come 2010, beginning with the fun and frills of CES early into the new year.
In our most recent poll, we asked our readers what they thought is the most exciting new or upcoming technology.
We ran the poll for a little longer than usual compared to our previous polls and as a result, we got more votes than usual. Over 7,500 people voted.
Out of all of the options, our readers are most excited about the upcoming Fermi DX11 GPU based video cards from NVIDIA taking the most votes at 21%.
Next up and at a fairly close second with 18% of the votes, our readers voted for Ultra Fast and Larger Capacity SSDs. In third place with 14% of the votes was the recently launched ATI Radeon HD 5970 dual GPU video card from AMD.
Forth place was interesting in that it was tied by three different contenders - Windows 7, DX11 computer games and 2160p next-gen ultra HD video. 3D Monitors, Movies, Games and the like got 7% of the votes and interest for Multi-Touch Displays, Next-gen Netbooks and Alternative OS like Google Chrome OS wasn't very high.
Thank you for taking the time to vote. It allows us to see which technologies you are most interested in and what we will take more time to cover. On the same token, it also tells us areas where we need to improve our content coverage.
For the actual numbers, go here.
In our latest poll, we want to know who you think makes the best Solid State Disk drives? Let us know! Please go here to vote!
Long time TweakTown readers will remember our "SBG" or System Builders Guides section that was a popular feature on our website some years ago.
It was retired for reasons I cannot exactly remember right now, but we are very happy to announce that as of today SBG v2 is up and running! It looks and works much better than the first version of the past.
For one, from our prospective, it is much easier to update and maintain using our swish back-end system - that may be one of the reasons the first version was taken offline. The second, from a user point of view, the pricing is dynamic and updates in real-time. Unfortunately not all products are listed on PriceGrabber (our price search engine partner), so some of the prices are added in manually, but many are updated dynamically providing you with the latest information.
We have three systems in the SBG:
TweakTown Sub-lieutenant PC - for this one our system recommendations are based on building the best PC for a limited price of around $1000 USD.
TweakTown Commander PC - and for this one our system recommendations are based on building a mid-range computer system that provides the best bang for buck up to $2000 USD.
TweakTown Admiral PC - and finally the big daddy! Our Admiral PC represents the best desktop computer system you can build without any cost constraints.
We hope you enjoy the return of SBG and that it proves useful with your next system build!
Well folks, hasn't this been a long time coming?
We've had our little spot on the Internet for 10 years now posting loads of quality daily technology content and we have finally got our act together and put together a proper newsletter, for lack of originality - we're calling it the "TweakTown Weekly Newsletter".
We've actually had the idea to put out a weekly newsletter for a year or more now, but as things go, we've been incredibly busy working on a whole bunch of various projects simultaneously, but we are here now and now I've got to say something interesting, before you delete this email.
So, the purpose of our Weekly Newsletter is to highlight our hottest content of the week, we'll also include our favorite Download of the Day and Deal of the Day for the week. We'll let you know what is happening behind the scenes in this spot. We'll remind you of our Weekly Giveaway.
If it increases in popularity enough, we may even add in some exclusive newsletter-only content such as a short review. For now, please send us all your tips and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You know, over the last few days we have told you why we think the new Zune HD is going to give Apple a run for its iPod Touch money. However, most of that has been very speculative. We are sure many of you are wondering where we are getting that idea from.
Well wonder no longer, today the FedEx guy brought us something to make us smile and to let us really tell you how the Zune HD will fare against the iPod Touch. This new toy was a 16GB Zune HD Black.
We received this from the gang over at NVIDIA. They are very excited about this new PMP as it has their own little sweet heart, the Tegra, under the hood. This new SoC is very versatile and powerful. Over the next few days we are going to be giving this a nice run around the block to see exactly how it performs versus an iPhone 3G S (the closest we have on hand to a new iPod Touch).
Until then enjoy these shots taken with a slightly green looking iPhone 3G S.
In our review of the ASRock X58 Extreme we had a few issues with memory; most notably with our kit of Kingston KHX160003K3/3GX. For some reason we could not get that RAM to post. Well this started a series of e-mails between ASRock and TweakTown.
We tried a different BIOS and still could not get the board to post with that kit of memory in the board. Well today an ASRock Engineer actually stopped by our lab In Orlando, FL to take a look at the board and at the setup.
This is an impressive move by a mainboard company and the first time a company engineer has actually wanted to physically see the issue. I am very used to getting a new product or trouble shooting over the phone or through e-mail but a personal visit is something altogether different.
The engineer in question was named William Yu; William was quick to let me know it was not just the board that he was there to see, but he also wanted to meet me and to see the testing setup. I was unable to reproduce the exact issues I was having with the original BIOS and setup but William did let me know that ASRock was very concerned with making sure issues like this are addressed.
He also asked me about expectations from mainboards in general and was very interested in hearing our input on board layout design, overclocking and performance.
I have to say that any company that would be willing to make this effort certainly has my respect. The X58 in question is also running much better with the latest BIOS P130 than it was. I have been able to cold boot the Kingston KHX160003K3/3GX kit several times and was even able to run some tests through it. More importantly I was able to boot this kit using both of the XMP profiles (1866 and 2000).
We just concluded a design contest over at 99designs (a great tool for getting new logos etc made) and we are pleased to show you our brand new TweakTown award logos.
We'll be implementing these on the site shortly.
This new design is just the beginning of what's to come.
After a good couple months of planning, consideration and execution, we are very pleased to welcome you to the brand new TweakTown web design for 2009!
So, what do you think? - We are very satisfied with the end result and much kudos needs to go to our head developer Justin who was responsible for a great part of what you now see.
We still have a lot of work to do - Justin is going to start working on a much more improved custom made publishing back-end as of now and once that is done, you, as our readers, will begin to see a whole series of new features and sections introduced over the following months.
Our lips are sealed for the moment, but we are quite sure it will help TweakTown grow even more and also provide a lot more value and entertainment to the site for you; more so just than articles and reviews.
Another step that we have decided to make in the very near future is to merge TTGamer into TweakTown, resulting in your primary source for all the latest in gaming news and reviews as well as regular technology content and I.T. news.
For now, life goes on and you can expect the same level of high quality technology content along with much more of it.
It should be noted that there may be a few small teething problems to come with the new design, but we will be dealing with any potential issues or bugs very promptly over the next few days.
Stay safe and thanks for reading!
On behalf of the large and growing team at TweakTown, I want to wish you all a very big Merry Christmas as well as a safe, happy and prosperous New Year for 2009!
As it is time for our annual break and time to take it easy for a little, news and content will slow down over the next couple of weeks. We will still post new items for you to read, but it will just be slower than usual. You should all be spending time with your family and friends anyway!
Again, Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!
Over the past few months we've (namely our kick ass developer Justin) been making many changes to our servers and back-end. Now that most of those changes are complete, we are set to roll out a whole bunch of features to the front-end, that is, stuff that you guys can actually see and use.
In our last re-design we implemented the ability to change font size and that was really popular. Now we have just rolled out the ability to adjust the width of the site. We did this due to the fact that most of our readers according to our server logs run a wide screen resolution which could probably accommodate one or two extra TweakTown designs in the same window for the lucky readers using large LCD monitors.
Now you can easily adjust the site width by clicking the buttons at the top left of the site under the logo. You don't need to refresh the page and it will remember your selection.
This is just the first of the visible changes you will see to TweakTown and we are busy working on many new features that will be rolled out over the following months.
I normally wouldn't review a theatrical release for TweakTown, but for Indiana Jones, I will make an exception.
For franchise fans, there will be two burning questions.
Is it as good as the originals? :-
Yes, and no. It's better than Temple of Doom, but inferior to Raiders and Last Crusade.
Is Harrison Ford too old for this shit? :-
Nope. He looks pretty damn good for his age and I didn't disbelieve his stunts.
I've always been a pretty big fan of Indiana Jones and I have followed the progress of the latest installment, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull with great interest. It's great to see such a legend back on the silver screen, like catching up with an old friend. I particularly enjoyed one nod to Raiders, which I won't spoil here. Suffice to say it near made me defecate myself in nerd-dom.
Crystal Skull works best when it sticks to the Indiana Jones formula. One particular sequence which has Jones stuck in a Nevada test site that is just about to go nuclear; is a blast, pardon the pun.
Unfortunately, the rollicking fun start soon gets bogged down in talky disposition, and as the film progresses I find myself having less fun. Action sequences that should be rousing, end up not knowing when to stop (the jungle car chase) and the puzzle solving and plot building mechanisms soon disintegrate into meaningless babble. This is just not how an Indiana Jones film should be.
Ultimately, I came out of the film not knowing what to think. It certainly takes the franchise in a new direction, but one in which my level of disbelief, on a few fronts, is stretched past my limit. What's more, I also can't put this down to a 'too high expectations' boat, because they weren't really that high.
Where Indiana Jones does succeed however, is that it at least looks like an Indiana Jones film. Despite many of the crew having retired, or not being available, Spielberg and Lucas have done a great job emulating the look of the originals, from the occasional use of soft focus, to the camera work, to the sound effects (yes, the Wilhelm scream has been bought out of retirement too). It's also great that John Williams returns to provide the score, even if he does fail to introduce any really memorable audio cues.
When it's all said and done, I still for the most part enjoyed this latest outing. Despite my issues with the film, I look forward to adding it to my Blu-ray collection later this year (make a big-ass Blu-ray boxset for Christmas '08 guys), and I would still like to see a fifth installment, so long as they can make another film more befitting the status of the talent available, and the name of the franchise.
We've just got our first 8800GT sample and it comes from MSI. We couldn't help ourselves, we just had to post a couple of pictures of the card before we started to benchmark it. The card itself isn't anything that remarkable to look at as it follows the reference design and MSI have only added a couple of stickers.
It is also clocked at the reference speeds, 600MHz for the GPU, 1,500MHz for the shaders and 1,800MHz for the memory. However, this card should be quite overclockable and we will give this a go while test the card. Check back with us on Monday for the full review.
TweakTown takes on Computex Taipei 2007 with huge media presence
TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Friday June 1st 2007 - TweakTown, one of the worlds's most respected and trusted online computer publications in Asia and the world is set to make a big splash at Computex Taipei 2007. TweakTown will host a one of a kind media party on Monday evening attended by top media and manufacturers. The party will be assisted by a demonstration machine running DDR-3 memory at over 2000MHz on an Intel P35 motherboard. Cool new hardware and software will be given away to members of the press as they celebrate the beginning, of what many say, is the most important computer trade show in the world.
TweakTown will rock the socks off Hall 1 as it showcases a highly overclocked liquid nitrogen system featuring Intel Core 2 QX6850 quad-core processor, Intel P35 DDR-3 based GIGABYTE GA-P35T-DQ6 motherboard, Corsair DDR-3 1333MHz DHX memory and GIGABYTE Radeon HD 2900 XT in Crossfire. OCZ power the show with their ProXStream 1000-watt power supply. The booth will be joined by famous guest Taiwanese overclocker Coolaler who will take things to the absolute limit, live at the show, for all to see. World record holders might want to hold onto their hats, as we attempt to break records!
After asked for comment, Mr. Cameron Wilmot, managing director of TweakTown Pty Ltd said, "We are extremely excited about our much anticipated events at Computex Taipei 2007. We will make a stunning impression with our events. We will show the world that we mean serious business and that we are growing rapidly. We are completely thrilled with the response and look forward to an exciting week in spectacular Taipei!"
TweakTown has no doubt entered into uncharted waters this year at Computex Taipei by building on its Taiwanese branch office established late 2005. It sees the importance of such events since no other media company has endeavored such projects in the past. TweakTown is setting the true benchmark at Computex Taipei 2007 for media worldwide with not just regular live daily show coverage but also with extra events that improve the show experience and also increase TweakTown awareness at a worldwide level.
If attending Computex Taipei 2007 please visit the TweakTown booth at Hall 1, A211 (media area). Further, feel free to visit us online at http://www.tweaktown.com for our regular high quality daily leading technology content and news. If you are into technology, it is the place to be online and also offline this week during Computex Taipei 2007. Ad sales can be reached at email@example.com for further information.
In our part of the world, there are only several hours left in year 2006 and it's just about time to start the celebrations!
2006 has been a fantastic year for TweakTown - besides pumping out plenty of exciting and regular content, our new office in Taiwan has allowed us to expand even further with exclusive looks of new products from here in Taipei and also allowed us to work much closer with all the major computer manufacturers such as Gigabyte, ABIT, GeCube, ASUS, OCZ, DFI and many others.
Expect the same in 2007 but just much more of it. And besides that, you can expect content focusing on consumer electronics and PC and console gaming, just to name a couple. TweakTown has long been an international mainstream online computing magazine operating for eight years but 2K7 will mark the year for us to move into different areas and languages, covering Asia to begin with.
So, to all of our Chinese friends, Shin Nian Qi Le and to everyone else, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Look forward to big things from us in 2007 but now it's time to crack open the first beer and get the celebrations under way! All the best and be safe during the holidays! We'll be back in business in a few days.