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ASUS add 4-Way SLI support to Rampage III Extreme

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 20, 2010 12:16 pm

ASUS are doing something very different to anything we've seen before with their premium X58 offering, the Rampage III Extreme. The board in itself is nothing all that unusual for a high calibre enthusiast offering of today; all the goodies and then some are in place; albeit, the lack of additional NF200 bridge chips for 4-way SLI action is a bit of a minus if a rich geek is looking to go all out.

 

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However, that's where ASUS is doing something very different in conjunction with a separately sold ROG series product suited specifically to this motherboard which it calls the 'ROG Xpander'.

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Shuttle gives SG41J1 'Plus' XPC DDR3 support

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 20, 2010 11:26 am

Shuttle, maker of the once super popular XPC series of barebone small form factor PCs has just introduced a new version of the existing SG41J1 it called the 'SG41J1 Plus'.

 

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The Plus model is based on the same G41 Intel chipset with support for Core 2 series processors, but gives DDR3 support with capacity for up to 8GB. Shuttle will also soon be giving the option for its heat-pipe cooling system with the SG41J1 Plus in the near future.

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Lian Li roll out a few more mid-tower chassis in all-black attire

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 20, 2010 10:39 am

Lian Li have just released three new mid tower sized chassis' to market, all boasting all-black aluminum inside and out with large side panel windows.

 

The PC-8NWX, PC-7FNWX and PC-60FNWX cases are all given a similar array of features with things like tool-less installation, USB 3.0 support and the same fan size mounting areas such as the spare 140mm mounting area on the top panels. Although the PC-8NWX uses a 120mm intake fan on the front versus 140mm sized intake fans on the other two (which are blue LED fans).

 

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The PC-8NWX carries an MSRP of $169 U.S. whilst the PC-7FNWX & PC-60FNWX cases are $199 U.S. each.

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Cyberlink issue out free white paper on the 'Principles of 3D Video and Blu-ray 3D'

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 20, 2010 9:49 am

In helping roll in this new generation of 3D technology for the home, be it in the loungeroom or on a PC, Cyberlink have produced a white paper entitled 'Principles of 3D Video and Blu-ray 3D'. It answers many of the questions people are asking about 3D including how it works, when it's a good time to upgrade to supporting devices/hardware and some of the best ways to go about it.

 

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Whilst the white paper is freely available on Cyberlink's own website for download (in PDF format), the folks over at Toms Hardware analyzed it....

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Google releases open-source WebM web based video format

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: May 20, 2010 9:30 am

After acquiring On2 in the second half of last year, maker of the VP8 video codec, Googles plans were to open-source this codec eventually and they've done just that today with an official launch.

 

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Google has announced the VP8 codec as part of a new format it calls WebM, which is a container (based on Matroska) that includes both VP8 video and Ogg Vorbis audio streams.

 

The format has been designed so that it'll run well on low-power devices like netbooks, tablets and handhelds; it'll also be an option for YouTube playback which will push the adoption rate much faster. H.264 patent licensing issues aren't of concern with this as WebM is open-source and licensed royalty free under a BSD-style license.

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ASUS launches two new 3D monitors in Taipei - VG236H and PG276

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: May 20, 2010 9:11 am

 

ASUS held a smaller press conference than usual earlier today in Taipei that it used to launch a whole range of different monitors. Two that particularly interested us were the VG236H and PG276.

 

Both are 120Hz monitors and that means 3D support.

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Download of the Day: Defraggler 1.19.192

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: May 20, 2010 8:30 am

Our Download of the Day today is Defraggler 1.19.192.

 

Most defrag tools only allow you to defrag an entire drive. Defraggler lets you specify one or more files, folders, or the whole drive to defragment.

 

When Defraggler reads or writes a file, it uses the exact same techniques that Windows uses. Using Defraggler is just as safe for your files as using Windows.

 

At a glance, you can see how fragmented your hard drive is. Defraggler's drive map shows you blocks that are empty, not fragmented, or needing defragmentation.

 

• Give your hard drive a quick touch-up with Quick Defrag

• Organizes empty disk space to further prevent fragmentation

• Defragment while you sleep - and wake up with a faster PC. Set Defraggler to run daily, weekly or monthly

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Deal of the Day: Yamaha RX-V665 7.2-Channel Digital Home Theater Receiver w/ FREE Yamaha NS-P610 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System - $499.99 Shipped Free

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 20, 2010 8:26 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Yamaha RX-V665 7.2-Channel Digital Home Theater Receiver w/ FREE Yamaha NS-P610 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System - $499.99 Shipped Free!.

 

Offer: NewEgg has a great home theater combo deal here. Get the Yamaha RX-V665 7.2-Channel Digital Home Theater Receiver AND get the Yamaha NS-P610 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System for FREE!

 

First, add the Yamaha receiver to your cart. Then, checkout and use coupon code: FREEGFT518A. Expires 05/21/2010.

 

The Yamaha NS-P610 5.1ch Home Theater Speaker System should be added into your cart automatically.

 

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