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Intel Sandy Bridge SATA issue and the Aussie Flood Dream System

Cameron Wilmot | Computer Systems | Tue, Feb 1 2011 3:00 AM CST

Last night you probably heard all the news about Intel only just discovering an issue with the Sandy Bridge chipset. We are using the GA-P67A-UD7 motherboard in the Aussie Flood Appeal Dream System and that is one of the many affected products on the market.

Intel Sandy Bridge SATA issue and the Aussie Flood Dream System | TweakTown.com

The issue of degrading performance and possibly even data corruption over time is seen when using the SATA II ports on motherboards that are powered by the Intel P67 chipset. The Intel SATA III ports are not affected, nor are the SATA ports powered by the two Marvell 88SE9128 chips that are featured on the GA-P67A-UD7.

The Dream System comes with a total of five drives: two Corsair Force F120 120GB SSDs and three Western Digital Black 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s HDDs. Our solution to dodge the problem altogether is running both Corsair SSDs on the SATA III ports (still in RAID 0) and two out of the three Western Digital hard drives on the Marvell controlled SATA ports. As for the third drive from WD, Thermaltake has stepped up to the plate once again and is throwing in one of their Max 5G USB 3.0 external hard drive enclosures. We did intend on adding in a high-end PCI-E RAID controller to take care of this issue, but all of the PCI Express x16 slots are accounted for by use of the three SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6970 2GB video cards in lovely Crossfire.

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Sandy Bridge "Cougar Point" chipset has design flaw, recalls imminent

Shane McGlaun | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Mon, Jan 31 2011 10:46 AM CST

D'oh. It appears that the new Intel Sandy Bridge chipset has a flaw that can't be fixed with firmware or software. The issue has required a silicon redesign to fix and some systems shipped before the issue was discovered meaning that there are some Sandy Bridge machines in the wild already that will suffer from the issue.

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As far as silicon issues go, it could be worse. The affected machines will continue to work, the issue is with the SATA controller and performance will degrade over time. That means that while your rig might be fast right now, a year or so down the road things could be totally different with IO performance.

Intel is seeing some significant recalls in its future. The chipmaker has reduced expected revenue by $300 million to fix the issue and make the new version of the chipset design. The issue is specifically with the Intel 6 Series chipset known as Cougar Point. The total cost to repair and replace materials and systems on the market already is expected to hit $700 million. Intel doesn't expect the chipset issue to significantly impact its full year revenue. Intel expects to resume P67 chipset shipments in late February and meet full demand by March or April.

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ASRock becomes world's third largest branded motherboard maker

Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards | Sun, Jan 30 2011 9:13 PM CST

ASRock has now surpassed ECS and MSI in motherboard shipments for 2010. Impressive. ASRock shipped eight million retail motherboards last year and are set to become quite the thread in the high-end market.

ASRock becomes world's third largest branded motherboard maker | TweakTown.com

ECS and MSI each shipped roughly seven million retail motherboards last year, but with large OEM orders either company would suffer from losing their market position to ASRock. ASRock still has quite the hill to climb to catch up to Gigabyte and Asus with 18 million and 21.6 million boards sold last year respectively.

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Logitech Australia offering 100% cash back on selected purchases!

Anthony Garreffa | Peripherals | Sun, Jan 30 2011 8:32 PM CST

Logitech Australia has just announced that consumers are able to get a 100% cash back offer on selected Logitech products. During the month of February, Australian consumers can get a full cash back on various Logitech products. Logitech has set a $300, 000 budget for returning the cost of the purchase back to the customer.

Logitech Australia offering 100% cash back on selected purchases! | TweakTown.com

When customers purchase a participating product they will be directed to a website to lodge a claim and will be reimbursed for the full amount of the product. Five separate claims per household.

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Windows misses sales mark; tablets and mobile devices possibly to blame

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Fri, Jan 28 2011 9:10 PM CST

After reporting a net income of $6.63 billion in their reports of the second fiscal quarter, not too many companies would be able to say that they had not hit their goals. But when you're Microsoft there's a different standard, even that amount of loot has a few things on the inside that could show downward trends.

Windows misses sales mark; tablets and mobile devices possibly to blame | TweakTown.com

The biggest winner for Microsoft was their Entertainment Division, which handles the Xbox 360 and the Kinect which helped that division grow its earning by 55%. The downward trend for Microsoft was actually their Windows OS, which missed their forecasts by nearly $300 million despite selling over 300 million licenses for Windows 7. The emergence of tablets and smartphones are cutting into the sales of products like netbooks and even PCs along with the Windows licenses that go with them.

While Windows grossed over $5 billion in revenue, there was a 30% drop in sales compared to a year ago. Then again, Windows 7 was a lot fresher product then. Microsoft is banking on Windows Phone 7, which is reporting high customer satisfaction rates, continuing to grow and products like Office which saw a 24% rise in revenue over last year, to pick up some of the slack that Windows is leaving.

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NewerTech offers new eSATA to USB 3.0 adapter

Shane McGlaun | Storage | Fri, Jan 28 2011 2:00 PM CST

NewerTechnology is one of the companies that seems to have an adapter to make just about anything fit into the USB port. The latest adapter from the company is one that will let you take your eSATA external HDD and adapt it to fit into a USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port. The USB 3.0 use will make the data transfers much faster than eSATA is capable of. The adapter is called the eSATA to USB 3.0 Adapter.

NewerTech offers new eSATA to USB 3.0 adapter | TweakTown.com

This thing will be great if you have an external HDD that you use for backing up lots of data that has only eSATA connectivity. You can hook the HDD and adapter to your USB 3.0 port and get much faster transfer of data. You can also use the adapter to plug that eSATA only external HDD into a USB 2.0 drive in a pinch.

The adapter doesn't provide power for your eSATA HDD so you will need to plug it into the wall outlet. The adapter kit does ship with the USB 3.0 cable you need, but you will have to provide your own eSATA cable. You should have the cable for eSATA and power already. The adapter is shipping right now for $29.95.

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Intel purchase of McAfee gets approval by EU regulators

Shane McGlaun | Business, Financial & Legal | Fri, Jan 28 2011 10:04 AM CST

It's hard to keep up with all the goings on in the tech world. The proposed purchase of security firm McAfee by Intel first surfaced back in the summer of 2010. The deal didn't get the nod in the US until December. While the US was eyeing the purchase, the EU was as well.

Intel purchase of McAfee gets approval by EU regulators | TweakTown.com

Intel has now received the approval it needs in the EU to complete the purchase. The deal will cost Intel $7.68 billion and will let the chipmaker integrate its processors much more tightly with security software. Before the EU would approve the deal, Intel had to put some commitments in writing.

The commitments included an agreement to allow other security software makers access to the same hardware McAfee has access to, and to allow other hardware makers to be supported by McAfee. Specifically AMD is to have access. The deal is expected to complete this quarter.

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ASRock and Fatal1ty Taipei launch event video

Cameron Wilmot | Motherboards | Fri, Jan 28 2011 4:26 AM CST

Earlier on today ASRock and Fatal1ty held a joint launch event in Taipei at the at Y17 Taipei Youth Center to officially launch their relationship as well as the P67 Professional gaming motherboard to local press.

We already went over in detail about Fatal1ty's P67 motherboard in an exclusive interview with the man himself back in early December last year. You can watch that here to refresh your memory if it needs, err refreshing.

After some presentations by ASRock, Intel and others as well as a highlight of some of the top features of Fatal1ty's P67 motherboard by Johnathan himself, we got down to the business end of the show. The business we are talking about here is of course gaming. ASRock gathered together four top Taiwanese gamers (I think they were from what I gathered) and put them up against Fatal1ty playing Counter-Strike 1.6.

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If I recall, most gamers only managed to get one kill against Fatal1ty and it was first to five kills. I am sure if I got the chance to get up there on stage, I would have easily got to five kills before Fatal1ty.......... right? Well, we'll never know. Hah!

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Giada AMD Fusion A50 and several more nettops break cover

Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Thu, Jan 27 2011 10:12 AM CST

Some think the nettop and netbook market are dead thanks to the tablets like the iPad. That isn't quite true just yet, there are still a lot of consumers that are shopping for these machines and there are a lot of computer makers still adding new machines to their lines. Giada has announced that it has launched four new nettops for 2011.

Giada AMD Fusion A50 and several more nettops break cover | TweakTown.com

The new machines include the Giada A50 with AMD Fusion, the Giada i50 with a Core i3 or i5 CPU inside, and the N50 with Atom and ION 2 power. Another larger line of nettops called the D2301 was also announced using Core processors and ION 2 graphics.

The other machines all share the same chassis. The A50 is the rig in the pic here and it has a single DDR3 RAM slot, a 2.5-inch HDD bay, WiFi, and Bluetooth is optional. It also has HDMI output, VGA out, and a single USB 3.0 port along with four USB 2.0 ports. The machine measures in at 190 x 150 x 25mm. The i50 packs in a Core i3-330UM CPU or an upgrade Core i5-430UM CPU and HD graphics along with 320GB of storage, WiFi and a lot more. The only change for the D50 is the sub for the Atom D525 CPU and ION 2 graphics.

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Next-generation PSP announced by Sony at live Tokyo event

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Thu, Jan 27 2011 6:10 AM CST

Sony's big event in Tokyo went down last night while most of those in the Americas were sleeping and the big announcement was the official unveiling of the next generation PSP handheld gaming device. Codenamed the NGP for now, this bad boy going to be a beast under the hood: A quad-core ARM Cortex 9 processor, WiFI and 3G data connectivity, GPS, a 5 inch OLED touchscreen, and a rear mounted touchpad are just the beginning of the specs that were shown off at the event.

Next-generation PSP announced by Sony at live Tokyo event | TweakTown.com

Five key concepts were given as the platform for the next PSP: Revolutionary User Interface, Social Connectivity, Location-based Entertainment, Converging Real and Virtual (augmented) Reality. A Playstation Move inspired accelerometer and fully capable dual analog sticks will help make this a move fully PS3-like experience, and a touchscreen on the back that lines up exactly with the front screen offers a little something new in game control.

According to those on the scene demos of games like Little Big Planet and Uncharted on the NGC were pretty smooth and looked just as good as their PS3 counterparts. There's even dual cameras and an electronic compass integrated into the device for even more device flexibility. Sony's planning on the NGP being ready for the holiday season of 2011, so you're going to have to be good all year so Santa will drop one of these in your stocking. Hit the Source Link for some demo videos and more from Engadget.

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