Sony Relaunch Bravia Free PlayStation 3 Offer
From 1st July - 31st July, Sony Australia will be relaunching their highly successful bonus PlayStation 3 with purchase of applicable Bravia LCD TV. Customers only need to purchase a 1080 Full HD LCD, register their details online and wait at the post box to receive their PlayStation.
The only catch this time around is that number of bonus PlayStation 3 consoles has been capped at 35,000 by Sony for the duration of the promotion, so first in best dressed.
The following models apply for the free PlayStation 3:
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Cooler Master Aquagate Max debuts in Japan
Cooler Master has listed details and images of its latest all-inclusive Liquid Cooling System to enter the Aquagate lineup; dubbed the Aquagate Max.
At the moment it would seem the Aquagate Max is only set for availability in Japan, but this could change very soon. The specs on the Japanese site are listed in English; from this information we know the unit to be ESA-certified, sporting a copper waterblock with universal mounting and a pump capable of pushing 450 litres per hour at a noise level of 23 dBA.
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ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series Hotfix quietly released
We just found out about this now and we're not sure exactly what it does to be entirely honest with you.
Dated June 20th 2008, AMD has just released a hotfix for the Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 series of graphics cards which claims that it improves overall performance and stability. The Hotfix includes the Display Driver and Catalyst Control Center.
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aqua-computer designs waterblock for GT200 cards
Quick to provide after the recent launch of NVIDIA's latest GTX 200 series of graphics cards, several companies have come forth with aftermarket waterblocks suited to these cards, including eVGA and CoolIT. German PC cooling specialist aqua-computer have just added to the selection with their new aquagrafx GTX280 water block.
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EVGA's Hydro Copper 16 Waterblock for 260/280
If you've got your heart set on picking up one of NVIDIA's new GTX 260 or 280 graphics cards and you're mighty serious about your cooling, you may like to take note of what eVGA has designed specifically for these cards in the way of its new Hydro Copper 16 waterblock.
You can get the complete rundown on the Hydro Copper 16 waterblock here.
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Sneak Peek of ASUS' HD 4850 TOP Box
Now that NVIDIA's new GT200 series cards have been unwrapped (which are unfortunately somewhat underwhelming in line of what many rumours and expectations held), the focus gets shifted onto AMD's offerings, set for launch next week.
A little birdy has allowed us a look at the boxing for ASUS' upcoming HD 4850 TOP model which is of course overclocked. The few things we can confirm from this limited information is that it sports 512MB of GDDR3 based memory and comes with a HDMI convertor for rockin' HTPC goodness.
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Auzentech to release its HDMI 1.3 audio card in Q3
Auzentech has just announced that it will begin selling its HDMI 1.3-native PCI Express audio combo card in September of this year. Personally, I can't wait for it to come out. I use my PS3 to play Blu-ray movies and it does a reasonable job however it can only send out audio via PCM and not bit stream which is an exact non downsampled audio stream.
Auzentech made the headline earlier this year when it first let news out about its plans to make an HDMI 1.3 soundcard or Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater 7.1 combo card as its being called.
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Inquirer posts GeForce GTX 280 benchmarks early
Charlie Demerjian over at the INQ also knows the pain of what it feels like for NVIDIA not to include you on a new product launch. It actually works out alright though as you get to post your scores early and have hundreds of thousands of readers come to your website.
Of course we know the same feeling too but during Computex we were suckered into signing an NVIDIA NDA, which means we have to play nice this time around or NVIDIA would quickly let its dogs out on us - even though we already have five different models in our hands - for the past week or so.
Charlie didn't sign an NDA and has been busy over the past while testing the GeForce GTX 280 against a factory overclocked GeForce 9800 GTX.
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A-DATA discusses upcoming gamer products from HQ
We spent a couple hours with A-DATA at its Taiwanese headquarters today and discussed current as well as future plans for the expanding memory company.
Cheryl Chu (Project Marketing Manager) and Steven Kuo (OC Product Manager) of A-DATA mentioned many fascinating points which suggested the future direction of the company to us. Steven was employed by A-DATA recently to take over its overclocking products and also head up a new direction for A-DATA which focuses on gaming products.
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AMD Phenom looking to be in a world of hurt
As it is, AMD are really struggling to attract much interest in their underwhelming lineup of Phenom desktop processors. The only good thing they have going for them is the pricetag, making it easier for people on a budget to become a part of the quad-core crowd.
If they think that's what's going to keep them afloat though, they'd better re-think their strategy, and very soon. Intel are planning to close the gap entirely next quarter by releasing new entry-level Core 2 Duo and Quad processors that will be as cheap as chips!
Talk of a Core 2 Quad Q8000 lineup is getting stronger, with a Q8200 offering to kick it off which sits at 2.33GHz and contains 4MB of shared L2 cache on a 1333MHz FSB. The most hurtful aspect of this as far as AMD's Phenom range go, is the price. Several asian websites are reporting that the Q8200 will come in at a mere $203, just slightly above what AMD charge at the moment for its 2.2GHz X4s/2.4GHz X3s.
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