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Modern Warfare 3 limited edition Xbox 360 set, available November 8th

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sep 5, 2011 at 11:30 pm CDT

Xbox, Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games have joined forces to create a Limited Edition Modern Warfare 3-themed Xbox 360. The console will be customized (as shown below) with MW3 graphics, two custom wireless controllers, a 320GB HDD, a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, as well as custom sounds when the console is turned on. On top of the bundle is a one month Xbox LIVE Gold subscription as well as an exclusive avatar that shows your friends you're the proud owner of the LE MW3-branded console.

Modern Warfare 3 limited edition Xbox 360 set, available November 8th | TweakTown.com

The console is launching on November 8 in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand for a US ERP of $399 and pre-orders are available today at participating retailers. In addition to the console itself, Xbox 360 will be releasing two limited edition accessories which will hit shelves October 11. The first is a MW3-branded Wireless Headset with Bluetooth which will be priced at $69.99 and the second accessory is the MW3-branded wireless controller at a price of $59.99.

Sony Tablet S, pre-order available now, ships on September 16th

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Sep 5, 2011 at 10:30 pm CDT

Sony's upcoming Android-powered Tablet S is now available for pre-order, with shipping on September 16. The Tablet S sports an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, a 9.4-inch 1280x800 resolution display, a 5.0-megapixel rear-facing camera, a paltry 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB storage and 1GB of RAM. It includes a Wi-Fi universal IR remote, Sony Entertainment Network with Music Unlimited, Video Unlimited and games for PS certified devices.

Sony Tablet S, pre-order available now, ships on September 16th | TweakTown.com

Pricing isn't too bad, at $499.99 and pre-orders are available right now if you're interested. Hit up the source if you want to tap some of that Sony Tablet S.

Spider Phone, Spider Phone, does whatever a laptop, tablet or gaming handheld can

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Sep 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm CDT

KT, a Korean-based telecommunications provider has unveiled a concept smartphone that can morph into a gaming handheld, a tablet or even a laptop. Dubbed 'Spider Phone', the device can mimic the abilities of Motorola's Atrix or ASUS' Padfone. The device itself can connect to various accessories that expand its capabilities. There would be a laptop dock that adds a QWERTY keyboard, an extended battery, and USB ports for adding a mouse or an external hard drive, all whilst relying on the phone itself as a touchpad.

The tablet shell also includes its own battery, as well as featuring a 10.1-inch display while adding a few slate-friendly tweaks to the UI. Finally, the gaming dock is a simple cradle with a D-pad and buttons for those who want some serious Android gaming fun. The phone itself sports a dual-core Qualcomm processor clocked in at 1.5GHz, 16GB of internal memory, a 4.5-inch screen with a 1280x800 resolution, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 3-megapixel front-facing camera, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with a KT UI overlay.

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Battlefield 3 limited to 30fps on consoles

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sep 5, 2011 at 8:21 pm CDT

DICE has confirmed that their upcoming COD killer, Battlefield 3, will be limited to 30fps on consoles. There's a mixed reaction to this, console fans are upset that they're not getting 60fps and PC fans are saying "well, if you want 60fps, you buy a PC." Considering that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was limited to 30fps on consoles and still looked great (for a console), then the next-gen Frostbite 2 engine, with much more advanced graphics, detail and destruction with more FPS than a console-tweaked Frostbite 1.5 engine that powered Bad Company 2 - is not surprising.

DICE's general manager discusses the frame rate, AI, environmental destruction and tips for success in the video below from IGN:

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System Builders Guides (SBG) get some updates

Cameron Wilmot | Computer Systems | Sep 5, 2011 at 3:49 pm CDT

We just got done updating all three of our SBG systems. Starting off with the TweakTown Sub-lieutenant PC ($1000 USD) it gets a new CPU cooler in the form of the Xigmatek Gaia and due to popular request, we have got rid of the old HDD and replaced it with a 7200 RPM spinning drive from Western Digital.

System Builders Guides (SBG) get some updates | TweakTown.com

Moving onto the TweakTown Commander PC ($2000 USD) we see the addition of new SSDs. Before we were using older SATA II drives, now we have made way for two new Corsair Force Series 3 SF-2200 SATA III SSDs in RAID 0. These drives even when not in RAID offer great performance for the price.

And finally we finish up with the TweakTown Admiral PC (Unlimited Cost) which gets an additional 3TB hard drive for increasing storage demands as well as the top-end sound card from ASUS, the Xonar Xense.

Thermalright's True Spirit CPU Cooler now shipping

Steve Dougherty | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Sep 5, 2011 at 11:48 am CDT

Thermalright is now shipping its latest CPU cooler, the True Spirit through distribution channels, which should be found in stores by the middle of the month.

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The cooler is based on a traditional tower design, measuring 133 x 52 x 160 mm and comprising 48 aluminum fins and four 6mm copper heatpipes. The included fan is 120mm in size, operating between 1000 and 1500RPM (with 19.6 to 37.4 dBA sound output).

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The cooler is compatible with all current and previous generation platforms from Intel and AMD dating back to LGA775 and AM2. Thermalright's MSRP on the True Spirit sits at the equivilent of €28.90.

Intel releases 16 new desktop and mobile processors

Steve Dougherty | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Sep 5, 2011 at 10:34 am CDT

Intel has just rolled out no less than 16 new processors this week into both the desktop and mobile spaces, which include new members to the Core, Pentium and Celeron families.

All new models are 32nm; eleven are desktop chips while the other five are for the mobile sector. The top dog in the pack of new desktop offerings is the Core i5-2320 with a clock speed of 3.0GHz, while the exorbitantly priced 2.7 GHz Core i72960XM sits atop the new pile of mobile processors.

Check out the chart below for the full rundown on all the new models :-

Intel releases 16 new desktop and mobile processors | TweakTown.com

TweakTown Android app is ready to download!

Cameron Wilmot | Apps | Sep 5, 2011 at 9:40 am CDT

We are happy to announce that TweakTown's Android content app is now ready to be downloaded from the Android Market.

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TweakTown Android app is ready to download! | TweakTown.com

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Gateway launch re-branded Acer tablet - TP Series A60

Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Sep 5, 2011 at 9:40 am CDT

In somewhat quiet fashion Acer's subsidiary Gateway looks to have released its first 10-inch Android tablet this week, the TP Series A60 with it popping up on Canada's FutureShop for sale.

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The unit is more or less a rebranding of Acer's Iconica Tab A500. It runs 3.1 (Honeycomb), weighs about 765 grams, is 1.3cm thick and uses a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 touchscreen. Powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 2 SoC (using two ARM cores @ 1GHz), it packs 1GB of RAM, 16GB of in-built storage, has an SDHC card slot, 5-megapixel rear facing camera and 2-megapixel front-facing, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, built-in GPS, a couple USB ports and a 6,520 mAh battery that is said to give it about 8 hours of operation.

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Thermaltake go Massive with new notebook cooler

Steve Dougherty | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Sep 5, 2011 at 8:34 am CDT

Often we'll see the release of yet another notebook cooler into the market that does little to stand out and impress us with anything we haven't already seen before. However, Thermaltake have stepped forward in radical fashion and announced today something that does indeed have its eye catching attributes straight off the bat.

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Appropriately dubbed the "Massive 23 GT" notebook cooler, it sports a beefy 200mm fan which can operate between 5 and 800RPM, giving up to 24 dBA of sound output. The overall unit measures 352 x 293.1 x 41.4 mm, weighing in at 907 grams and supports notebooks sized anywhere between 10 and 17 inches.

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