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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
'Tis the season to be jolly. Another highly successful year rushes on by, with much thanks to you, our viewers. Now it's time for me to put my feet up, crack open a 'few' beers and spend some time with the folks.
On behalf of all of us here at TweakTown, we wish you a very merry christmas and a great start to 2007.