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Unigine adds 3D support and OpenGL 4.0 to Heaven

By: Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Posted: May 25, 2010 @ 7:20 CDT

Unigine's Heaven Benchmark tool is a popular one being built around DirectX 11 and taking advantage of all the fancy features the latest graphics cards offer. The developers have just rolled out version 2.1 which brings two significant adjustments with it along with some general stability fixes and improvements.

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The first one is support for OpenGL 4.0 which is an API that technologically rivals DX11. 2.1 will use all of the advanced features OGL4 is capable of (incl. hardware tessellation).

The other change is that stereoscopic 3D is also now available for people with supporting equipment. There are now several stereo 3D viewing modes selectable such as Analygraph, separate images, 3D Vision, and iZ3D.

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ASUS pairs up with Seagate - adding Momentus XT hybrid drives into G73Jh-A3 notebook

By: Steve Dougherty | Storage | Posted: May 25, 2010 @ 6:40 CDT

As many of you know, Seagate launched their first hybrid HDD/SSD-type storage solution for consumers yesterday under its Momentus XT series. These new drives are based on traditional high-performance (7200rpm) 2.5-inch mechanical hard drives, but include a technology Seagate calls Adaptive memory which will move the most accessed files into a much faster solid state flash area for optimal performance that improves over time.

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Hitachi Maxell demo a 50 Terabyte tape

By: Steve Dougherty | Storage | Posted: May 25, 2010 @ 5:10 CDT

Hitachi Maxell has harnessed perpendicular magnetic recording technology to design an LTO-class tape with a super sized 50TB of capacity. A demo was constructed by Hitachi together with the Tokyo Institute of Technology to show it fully functional.

It's a highly impressive achievement given that the raw capacity of the highest-capacity LTO tape roadmapped to date is 12.8TB.

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Whilst it's very unlikely it will be mass marketed with identical principles to how Hitachi achieved 50TB here, it's a sign of what is possible when partnering certain technologies together and using carefully selected materials and methods to push the boundaries significantly.

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Intel gives better performance + battery life w/ new 32nm low voltage CPUs for ultra-thin notebooks

By: Steve Dougherty | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: May 25, 2010 @ 4:28 CDT

Intel has just introduced a new family of ultra-low voltage Core series processors for ultra-thin (0.8 to 1-inch thick) laptops. These new Core series processors are based on their 32nm package, featuring Hyper Threading, integrated graphics and Turbo Boost on select models.

Intel claims these processors be capable of delivering up to 32% better performance over their predecessors whilst chewing through less power (around 15% more efficient) for longer battery life.

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The new line-up starts with the Celeron U3400 running at 1.06GHz with two cores / two threads and 2MB of cache, said to cost $134. A notch up from there is a Pentium branded model in the U5400 running at 1.2GHz with two cores / two threads and carrying 3MB of cache.

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Team thinks green with latest Elite series DDR ULV modules

By: Steve Dougherty | RAM | Posted: May 25, 2010 @ 3:42 CDT

Team Group is thinking green with its latest release of Elite series DDR3 memory modules. These are rated to run at speeds of 1333MHz with timings of 9-9-9-24 whilst only requiring 1.35v to do so reliably.

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The modules come in both 2 and 4GB kits (as well as being available singularly) and are supported by lifetime warranties.

For further details, you can find Team's announcement here.

Download of the Day: ClamWin 0.96.1

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: May 25, 2010 @ 2:34 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is ClamWin 0.96.1.

ClamWin is a Free Antivirus program for Microsoft Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003 and Vista. ClamWin Free Antivirus comes with an easy installer and open source code. You may download and use it absolutely free of charge. It features:

• High detection rates for viruses and spyware;

• Scanning Scheduler;

• Automatic downloads of regularly updated Virus Database;

• Standalone virus scanner and right-click menu integration to Microsoft Windows Explorer;

• Addin to Microsoft Outlook to remove virus-infected attachments automatically.

Please note that ClamWin Free Antivirus does not include an on-access real-time scanner. You need to manually scan a file in order to detect a virus or spyware.

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Deal of the Day: Canon SD1200 10MP Digital Camera for Only $139 with Free Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | | Posted: May 25, 2010 @ 2:10 CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - Canon SD1200 10MP Digital Camera for Only $139 with Free Shipping.

Offer: A great price on what was once one of Canon's top point and shoot cameras. You get a 2.5" rear display, 10MP resolution, and the usual Canon quality. $40 off comes in the from a coupon code: $$CW65LP$9J328 (watch the coupon folks, please be sure to copy and paste this one carefully - expires 5/27/10 or after 400 uses)

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