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J&W crams USB 3.0, SATA 6Gbps and Core Unlocking into Mini-ITX space

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 11, 2010 11:26 am

J&W are a quiet little motherboard maker that are proven to have talent when it comes to cramming impressive feature-sets into confined spaces.

 

Their latest number could well be their finest yet in this regard. The new Minix 890GX-USB3 has just been announced by the company and it really is quite an impressive little board with some nice future-proofing attributes.

 

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While being just Mini-ITX sized, this AMD 890GX chipset motherboard would be a terrific candidate for a HTPC or compact sleeper platform with such features as USB 3.0 support, SATA 6Gbps support and even Core unlocking support to squeeze an extra core or two out of your hindered AM3 processor.

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Seagate has a better answer for Advanced Format issues in XP and older OS's

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 11, 2010 10:22 am

In continuing advances for mechanical storage, the next big thing is the 'Advanced Format' standard which enables higher capacities to be achievable along with improved error correction. Western Digital has already rolled out some drives that use Advanced Format and other HDD makers will inevitably be following suit in the near future.

 

However, it's not a perfectly smooth transition in the industry due to an issue with older OS's (as recent as Windows XP) not supporting Advanced Format's 4096-byte sectors. Western Digital gets around this issue by providing a software solution that emulates 512-byte sectors, but the downside to that is extra preparation time and inconvenience for users wanting to quickly add a new drive to their system for access.

 

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Gelid makes a return with ICY VISION GPU Cooler

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 11, 2010 9:26 am

We've heard little from PC cooling specialists Gelid in recent times, but they're back in the spotlight once again after putting the finishing touches on their latest VGA cooler, the ICY VISION.

 

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This cooler can be mounted to a good range of cards with support for the GeForce 9800 series, GTX 200, GTX 400 as well as AMD's Radeon HD 4800 and HD 5800 series cards.

 

It looks like a well designed arrangement with a large aluminum fin array with full copper base and the assistance of five heatpipes for heat transfer. The active cooling configuration comprises a couple 92mm UV-reactive ball bearing fans; these operating at a rate of 2000RPMs with just 26 dBA of noise.

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Intel planning for even faster hexa-core i7 in Q4

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Jun 11, 2010 8:34 am

Intel's mighty Core i7-980X six-core monster has only been out for a short while, but word is beginning to circulate of an even higher performing model to push it off the podium later this year.

 

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Apparently Intel is planning for a Core i7-990X to hit town sometime in the fourth quarter of the year. This Extreme Edition chip will be 32nm manufactured with 8MB of L3 cache, unlocked multi, six cores/12 threads and a clock rate not yet confirmed, but inevitably higher than the existing 3.33GHz part and costing the Earth for ownership.

Adobe officially releases Flash Player 10.1

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 11, 2010 8:25 am

Adobe has just officially made Flash Player 10.1 available for download, so if you were ignoring any release candidates on offer previously, you can rest assured you have the final deal now.

 

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This is a very significant release of Adobe's Flash Player which carries hardware acceleration properties along with a stack of additional performance enhancements and improvements.

eXtreme PSU Calculator updated with Phenom X6 and GTX 265 entries

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 11, 2010 7:58 am

eXtreme Outer Vision's online PSU Calculator tool serves as a very useful one when one is wanting to ensure their power supply is enough to meet the demands of all the specs crammed into a particular system. It assits in helping one determine not so much just how many Watts their exact system configuration needs, but even more importantly how much amperage is required to back said Wattage up.

 

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iPhone 4G shock resistant? Not exactly....

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 11, 2010 7:48 am

You may have heard one of Apple's claims re. the iPhone 4G that its screen is much more durable and less likely to crack than the previous iPhone. The new iPhone uses aluminosilicate glass on both sides which Apple says has been chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic.

 

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Sounds great..... Now, here's the result of a 3.5-foot gravitational drop (typical height for the phone to drop if you're standing up) after just three goes :-

 

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Download of the Day: Vuze 4.4.0.6

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 11, 2010 7:25 am

Our Download of the Day today is Vuze 4.4.0.6.

 

Vuze (formerly Azureus) is a free BitTorrent client used to transfer files via the BitTorrent protocol. Vuze is written in Java, and uses the Azureus Engine. Vuze offers multiple torrent downloads, queuing/priority systems (on torrents and files), start/stop seeding options and instant access to numerous pieces of information about your torrents.

 

In addition to bittorrenting, Vuze allows you to view, publish and share original DVD and HD quality video content. You can see content through channels and categories containing TV shows, music videos, movies, video games and others.

 

If you publish your own original content through Vuze, you can charge for it and make money.

 

Please note: You must have Java installed to be able to run Vuze.

 

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Deal of the Day: Sony BDPS1000ES Single-disc black ES series Blu-ray Disc player for $199.88 with FREE Shipping for June 11, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jun 11, 2010 7:21 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Vann's - Sony BDPS1000ES Single-disc black ES series Blu-ray Disc player for $199.88 with FREE Shipping!.

 

Offer: Great price for this originally $699 Sony ES series Blu-ray disc players. This unit includes built in 802.11a/b/g/n wireless, 4GB external flash memory, 7.1 channel analog audio output, and a full 5 year warranty!

 

Get specs and info at Sony. SONY BDP-S1000ES BLU-RAY DISC PLAYER INFO

 

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Friday Morning Roundup for June 11, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jun 11, 2010 7:07 am

he latest happenings from around the web - 11/06/2010

 

Systems

 

- Packard Bell dot s2 netbook @ tbreak

- Asus G51J Core i7-720QM GTX 260M Notebook @ Madshrimps

 

Motherboard

 

- MSI Big Bang XPOWER Intel X58 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

- ECS P55H-A Motherboard @ ixbtlabs

- Gigabyte X58A-UD7 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- ASRock 890FX Deluxe3 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

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