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Crucial Ballistix pimps their RAM with Thermal Sensors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 12:32 am

Crucial have just added Thermal Sensors to their Ballistix line of memory - the memory comes in two-flavors. The first being the DDR3-1866MHz capable, available in 2GB and 4GB dual-channel kits, with triple-channel 6GB kits also available.




Secondly, they have the DDR3-2133MHz available in 2GB and 4GB dual-channel kits. The new memory incorporates a new thermally improved design and a built-in thermal sensor. The new kits are also compatible with Crucial's recently announced Crutial Ballistix Active Cooling Fan.

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Intel, AMD and system builders to finally push VGA off a cliff by 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 12:12 am

Sitting down? Hopefully you are because this news is a little shocking - Intel has teamed up with AMD, yes... teamed up. They've also joined up with Dell, Lenovo, Samsung and LG to phase out the VGA and LVDS display connectors by 2015.




HDMI and DisplayPort will be pushed up to default connections (which is being pushed now). AMD has said that it will discontinue VGA and LVDS outputs from most of it's products by 2013 following this by a complete stop by 2015.

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Unreleased Alienware M17x pictured running next-gen Intel Sandy Bridge chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 12:05 am

Intel doesn't pull the curtain back on Sandy Bridge until next month, but production on products has been underway for a little while now and various products are leaking out with the new chips inside.




Enter, Alienware M17x. Benchmarks are looking good with 3DMark 06 results showing 2GHz Core i7-2630QM machine running Intel's integrated graphics scored 15,940, while a 2.2GHz i7-2720QM with AMD Radeon HD 6900M graphics scoring 20,155 marks, and a 2.3GHz i7-2820QM chip paired with a GeForce GTX 460M GPU did 16,957.

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RunCore 3.5" SSD packs in tons of storage

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 8, 2010 8:12 pm

Almost all of the SSDs on the market today are packed inside small 2.5" cases. That is all fine and good if you are building up a mobile machine or a SFF rig, but if you want more performance out of a desktop PC with lots of open 3.5" bays, 2.5" SSDs are not ideal. RunCore has launched a new and very awesome SSD that uses a 3.5" form factor. The reason for the 3.5" size is more space for storage.




The new SSD packs in a full terabyte of storage capacity. RunCore says that the small 2.5" SSD simply is too small to put in enough flash storage for all the storage that your average user needs on a desktop. I can attest that tiny 60GB or smaller SSDs are more trouble than they are worth for many computer enthusiasts.


The massive 1TB SSD uses the SATA III 6Gb port for connectivity and is blazing fast. The SSD promises performance of over 500MB/s. The large number of flash chips inside the SSD are divided in two groups. That means that inside the single enclosure is a pair of SSDs and each has its own Sandforce 1200 controller. The dual SSDs inside mean that you can switch the SSD to RAID support for data mirroring. The read performance of each SSD is 285MB/s and write is 275MB/s. Pricing and availability are unknown, but this thing will be crazy expensive. I expect it to be well into the thousand dollar range or higher.

NVIDIA announces major mainboard firms license SLI for Sandy Bridge mainboards

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 8, 2010 7:00 pm

We all know that the Intel Sandy Bridge processors are on the horizon and with the parts will come the need for a new mainboard if you plan to upgrade. NVIDIA has issued a press release today that notes most major mainboard makers have licensed its SLI technology to put into their Sandy Bridge boards. The companies include Intel, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, and EVGA.




The SLI tech is licensed to use on the SLI-certified P67 mainboards. "The combined processing prowess of Sandy Bridge and NVIDIA SLI technology will provide consumers with the building blocks for the ultimate gaming PC platform," said Joel Christensen, General Manager of Intel Client Board Division at Intel Corporation. "Both NVIDIA and Intel continue to share a combined passion for furthering the PC as the definitive platform for gaming, and this combination will surely be attractive to anyone building or purchasing a brand new PC in 2011."

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Refurbished limited edition Polaroid instant cameras for sale

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: Dec 8, 2010 6:04 pm

Growing up everyone I knew had one of the Polaroid instant cameras. My parents have photo albums of my youth that are packed with photos that came shooting out of the font of one of those instant cameras. My grandmother was always walking around shooting photos with the camera. The sound will forever be associated with Christmas for me and my cousins and I would fight over who got to shake the pic until it developed.




I was among the many who were disappointed when the cameras were discontinued. If you have fond memories of the camera, you can get a very limited edition run of refurbished units right now that work and everything. The cameras come from Photojojo and have been polished to look and work just as if they were new.


My mom had one of those rainbow ones when I was a kid and later bought the block one with the pop up flash. If you have these old cameras sitting around, you could make some serious Christmas cash. Photojojo is selling the 660 Sun for $200 and it comes with a pack of film too. When you need more film, you can get new packs of film for $20 to $23 with eight exposures.

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Disney Interactive Studios launches Tron: Evolution video game

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 8, 2010 4:06 pm

Tron was the coolest film ever when I was a kid and the movie is still really cool. I spent many a Saturday in the arcade in the mall playing the Tron video game when I was a kid. I loved the light cycle game and the one where the face was inside all the swirling tiles you had to destroy. I recall there were several different games you could play on the arcade game, but I forget what the others were now. Disney Interactive Studios has announced a new Tron: Evolution video game to go with the flick launching this month.




The game is on every game console and on Windows as well. Not surprisingly considering it's based on what will be one of the biggest flicks of the year, the title is offered in a few versions for other game systems. On the Xbox 360 and PS3, it will sell for $59.99, which is the typical price of a new game. The Wii Version is $49.99 and is called Tron: Evolution - Battle Grids. The DS and PSP versions are $39.99 and the Windows game is $29.99.

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iPad 2 inbound in February says rumor

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 8, 2010 4:00 pm

The Apple iPad is selling in droves and is taking a bunch of sales away from the computer market. The wild popularity of the tablet has meant that for a while it was very hard to find. Now that production has ramped up the iPad is easy to find in all sorts of locations. The tablet is selling very well and as Apple fans are apt to do, new rumors are already swirling about the next installment of the iPad dubbed the iPad 2.




According to the rumor, the iPad 2 will be landing at the end of February of 2011. The rumor also claims that Foxconn will have in the area of 400,000 to 600,000 iPad 2 units ready to ship at that time. To add a rumor within a rumor the source cited by Redmond Pie claims that the iPad 2 was supposed to land in January, but firmware testing has pushed the launch to February.

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OnLive Viewer iPad app allows you to view games in action

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 8, 2010 3:48 pm

OnLive has been making quite a name for themselves in the cloud-based gaming arena and now a new service is out there for those who would rather watch than play. The new OnLive viewer app for the iPad allows members to pick games currently running on their servers and watch the action anywhere.




Actually playing games via the iPad is still in development and won't hit until next year, but this free app will give you a taste of what games could look like on the tablet. You can add new friends, chat, and rank "Brag Clip" gallery highlights from other members. A similar Android app is in the works as well. Check out the demo at the Source Link.

Google's CR-48 Chrome OS laptop shipping from Inventec

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 8, 2010 3:39 pm

Google's new Chrome OS is a whole lot closer to getting its test drive today. Inventec has begun shipping the CR-48 testing laptop to Google and reports show that the number coming is around 60,000.




This laptop, which comes unbranded, will be divvied out by Google to the lucky beta testers they choose who either signed up through their site or scored one through various other means. There's no branding on this sleek little 12.1" device that comes in all black. Retail models are expected to hit in mid-2011 from Acer and Samsung, provided there's no delays in the current timeline.