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Sony shows off Move gun attachment for PS3

By: Steve Dougherty | Gaming | Posted: Jun 16, 2010 @ 8:15 CDT

Following Sony's Move E3 press release a short while ago, Sony has made available a bunch of press shots showing off its ray gun attachment for the "Move" motion controller and it sure looks funky.


The controller slides into the compartment up top and the analog "T" trigger button lines up with the trigger of the ray gun accessory. At the same time, the Move's controller buttons remain accessible via a window cut-out up top.

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Thermalright dresses Venomous X heatsink in all-black attire

By: Steve Dougherty | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 16, 2010 @ 7:14 CDT

In the same fashion as the TRUE120, Thermalright is looking to bring out an all-black version of its latest air cooling monster, the Venomous X which hit the market earlier this year. Again, it's basically the same model of cooler, but is black nickel plated from head to toe and comes with mounting kits for both AMD and Intel platforms.


A quick run back over the Venomous X's attributes; this is a cooler measuring 127 x 63 x 160 mm with a weight of 755 grams. It uses an all-copper base that is mirror finished and makes use of six 6mm heatpipes. Both 120 and 140mm sized fans can be strapped onto this cooler with the use of the included sets of fan clips and Thermalright includes its Chill Factor III thermal paste.

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eVGA adds tricked up GTX 480 SuperClocked+ to line-up

By: Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Posted: Jun 16, 2010 @ 6:36 CDT

eVGA is now listing its tricked up GTX 480 SuperClocked+ graphics card for pre-order which has quite a bit extra on tap beyond NVIDIA's reference design.


Of course, everyone would be quick to assume it comes factory overclocked, but eVGA also spent a lot of time investigating the stock cooling solution and made some improvements to it with the addition of a backplate and high airflow bracket. eVGA claims you'll see temps of up to 7c cooler versus their regular GTX 480 SC model.

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NVIDIA WHQL's 257.21 ForceWare driver

By: Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Posted: Jun 16, 2010 @ 5:30 CDT

NVIDIA has just given its latest GeForce 257.21 Driver Suite the WHQL treatment which makes it the first certified graphics driver in their 256 series. The build includes PhysX v9.10.0223 and it supports the GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300 and 400 series cards as well as the ION family.


There's a significant amount of changes and improvements with this one; a large amount dedicated to game-specific performance enhancements and more. Check out the full list below :-

• Adds support for Blu-ray 3D with NVIDIA 3D Vision technology. Learn more about the hardware and software requirements here .

• Increases performance for GeForce GTX 400 Series GPUs in several PC games. The following are examples of some of the most significant improvements measured with GeForce GTX 480. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:

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Microsoft waving $ at iPhone game devs to enhance Phone 7 gaming experience

By: Steve Dougherty | Gaming | Posted: Jun 16, 2010 @ 3:54 CDT

Rumour is beginning to circulate about a plan Microsoft was hoping to keep quiet in making Windows Phone 7 more appealing for mobile gamers. Word's gotten out that Microsoft wants to make the new platform successful not only in terms of its general user environment, but also from a gaming perspective and is going so far as to entice iPhone game developers to produce Windows Phone 7 ports for them with $$$ being waved in the air.


Whilst this could very much be a win win situation for both parties when looking at revenue potential, the issue is that WP7's underlying development environment is substantially different from that of the iPhone's, making the porting process a lot more involved than one would first think.

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Sony wants $400 for PS3 "Move" bundle....

By: Steve Dougherty | Gaming | Posted: Jun 16, 2010 @ 3:11 CDT

We've known bits and pieces about Sony's 'Move' controller for a while now. Some more specific details about it were revealed during Sony's keynote at E3 a short time ago, but unfortunately left a bit of a sour taste in the mouths of many members of the audience.

Sony seems to think that despite Mirosoft pricing its highly anticipated Kinect at under 150 bucks (making it just under $300 if you include an Xbox 360 Arcade Edition console in the deal) and Nintendo offering its Wii console with Wiimote and Wii Motion Plus for $199, $400 is still an ok asking price for its Playstation 3 Motion Bundle.


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iBUYPOWER demos another advantage of SSDs beyond performance

By: Steve Dougherty | Storage | Posted: Jun 16, 2010 @ 2:53 CDT

Most of us already know that there are more benefits to SSDs over traditional mechanical platter based storage than performance alone. Certainly for notebook/netbook users on the go, they are also more attractive due to less power consumption, meaning longer battery life from your system.

Here's another big plus which the folks at iBUYPOWER demonstrated Mythbusters style recently :-

No moving parts = much less likely to fail after some nasty shock treatment; except for when you introduce a hammer to it, that is. Although if you are intending to try your best to kill an SSD (and I can't imagine why?!) you may like to stick with a 'brand name' hammer (refer to video above).

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Download of the Day: uTorrent 2.0.3 Beta 20091

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Jun 16, 2010 @ 2:40 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is uTorrent 2.0.3 Beta 20091.

µTorrent is a small and incredibly popular BitTorrent client.

Micro-Sized Yet Feature Filled

Most of the features present in other BitTorrent clients are present in µTorrent, including bandwidth prioritization, scheduling, RSS auto-downloading and Mainline DHT (compatible with BitComet). Additionally, µTorrent supports the Protocol Encryption joint specification (compatible with Azureus and above, BitComet 0.63 and above) and peer exchange.


µTorrent was written with efficiency in mind. Unlike many torrent clients, it does not hog valuable system resources - typically using less than 6MB of memory, allowing you to use the computer as if it weren't there at all. Additionally, the program itself is contained within a single executable less than 220 KB in size.


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Deal of the Day: Panasonic HDC-TM15K 16GB Full HD Camcorder for $228.99 with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | | Posted: Jun 16, 2010 @ 2:35 CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the B&H Photo Video - Panasonic HDC-TM15K 16GB Full HD Camcorder for $228.99 with FREE Shipping!.

Offer: It's amazing how far these HD camcorders have fallen in price. B&H has this 1080i capable camcorder (and it actually takes quality video too) with 16GB of internal flash memory, SD/SDHC memory slot, 2.7" LCD monitor, 16x optical zoom, 2.1MP still image capture, and optical image stabilization for just $228.99 with FREE shipping until 6/30/10.


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Wednesday Morning Roundup for June 16, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Jun 16, 2010 @ 1:56 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - 16/06/2010


- Lenovo T410s Notebook @ BusinessComputingWorld

- Radioactive PC Plasma Mainstream Gaming System @ ThinkComputers


- Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H Motherboard @ IXBTlabs

- Two Flagship Gigabyte Mainboards: GA-P55A-UD6 and GA-P55A-UD7 @ XBit Labs

- ASRock 890FX Extreme3 @ Pureoverclock

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