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OCZ offers up new 400GB and 480GB Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SSDs

By: Shane McGlaun | Storage | Posted: May 24, 2010 @ 10:34 CDT

OCZ pulled the wraps off its new line of Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SSDs a while back. The company also makes a full range of other SSDs. OCZ has announced a couple new capacity SSDs today.


The Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SSD series now get drives with storage capacities of 400GB and 480GB. There were 400GB versions offered when the two lines initially launched.

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PAC-MAN stays on Google for good

By: Cameron Wilmot | Gaming | Posted: May 24, 2010 @ 9:18 CDT

A few days ago Google added a PACMAN game to its front page with the Google logo embedded inside the game. It quickly gained rapid recognition and popularity online. Heck, most of the staff here at TweakTown even sat on the Google search page for once not searching, but playing the great game.


Google added PAC-MAN as its logo on the 30th anniversary of the game and due to huge popularity, the search engine giant has decided to keep it up online permanently.

Google said in a blog post, "We've been overwhelmed - but not surprised :) - by the success of our 30th anniversary PAC-MAN doodle. Due to popular demand, we're making the game permanently available at "

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A-DATA re-works its XPG 2000MHz DDR3 modules

By: Steve Dougherty | RAM | Posted: May 24, 2010 @ 7:26 CDT

A-DATA has entered the DDR3-2000MHz ring with some new "v2.0" XPG Gaming Series modules this week which are even better optimized for Intel's X58, P55 and H55 platforms, sporting 9-9-9-24 timings at 1.65v.


The new modules use improved aluminum heat spreaders with increased surface area for faster heat dissipation. Both 4 and 6GB kits are available and the kits come with lifetime warranties. Pricing isn't yet known, however.

For full details, check out the announcement here.

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eVGA readies up another X58 motherboard

By: Steve Dougherty | Motherboards | Posted: May 24, 2010 @ 6:02 CDT

eVGA is making room for yet another FTW series X58 motherboard in its already busy line-up which it calls the X58 FTW3 (SKU: 132-GT-E768-KR). We know of its existence thanks to online retailer listing it early for $342.39 on its U.S. site and $319.99 Canadian.


The listing gave a good amount of details on its specs which includes 8 phase CPU VRM, six DDR3 slots for triple channel support, three PCI-E x16 slots (running at x16, x8, x8 or x16, x16, N/A electrically as there is no additional bridge chip on this one) and carries support for 3-way SLI, 2-way SLI and CrossfireX.


The board includes both SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 support as well as giving a stack of USB 2.0 ports, a couple gigabit ethernet ports, 8 channel audio and EVBot's OC module.

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GIGABYTE first out the gate with USB 3.0 supporting mini-ITX H55 board

By: Steve Dougherty | Motherboards | Posted: May 24, 2010 @ 3:14 CDT

GIGABYTE has won the race in bringing to market the first mini-ITX form factor motherboard that features SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support.

The GA-H55N-USB3 is quite the little number for a HTPC builder if you want premium features and future-proofing in a small footprint from the get go. Despite the m-ITX size, the board packs in all the good stuff from GIGABYTE such as Ultra Durable 3, 3x USB Power, On/Off Charge for Apple devices, DES2 (energy saving), DualBIOS and the star of the show, USB 3.0 support via NEC's controller onboard.


As the model name implies, this is a H55 chipset motherboard with support for LGA-1156 Core i3 and Core i5 processors with integrated graphics. You also get a PCI-E x16 slot for your video card of choice if more graphical power is your desire.

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Amazon and ASUS team up - Kindle for PC e-book app on select ASUS units

By: Steve Dougherty | Laptops | Posted: May 24, 2010 @ 2:54 CDT

With offering a Kindle e-book software application for PCs and ASUS shifting a lot of its netbooks and notebooks through there as well, the two mobs have decided to help each other out a bit here.

As of today, select laptops and netbooks from ASUS, when purchased through will come pre-installed with Amazon's Kindle for PC application; including the Eee PC 1005PE and UL30.


This already gives food for thought on just what other discussions ASUS and Amazon are now having (Psst, Eee Pad).

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Seagate unleashes 'Hybrid' SSD+HDD Momentus XT

By: Steve Dougherty | Storage | Posted: May 24, 2010 @ 1:40 CDT

The SSD world is more competitive than ever, especially since SandForce readied up their SF-1200 mainstream controllers for manufacturers which kept pricing down whilst pushing performance to new heights; a combination that has everyone jumping on the bandwagon.

However, big gun mechanical storage maker Seagate is focusing on bringing something much different to stand out from the crowd and has been developing some SSD-threatening 'hybrid' drives for mass market.


Seagate calls it the Momentus XT which marries a traditional mechanical 2.5-inch, 7200rpm, 250, 320 or 500GB (750GB rumoured to be in the works, too) 3Gbps SATA HDD with a 4GB solid state drive (likely from Seagate's Pulsar series).

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NVIDIA prepping dual-GPU GTX 490?!

By: Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Posted: May 24, 2010 @ 0:52 CDT

With ATI's mighty HD 5970 still standing up proudly on the graphics card performance podium after more than six months, it's been a long time coming for NVIDIA to answer and while many were hoping the top dog single GPU GTX 480 would bring the goods, it falls short in many cases which isn't surprising given it's only a single GPU card.


Up until just very recently there wasn't even any real indication of NVIDIA working on a dual-GPU based GTX 400 series card, but this is obviously the most logical path to go down for NVIDIA to attempt a firm hold of the crown once again.

With Computex just around the corner, Lifting up a rock in Taiwan has shed a dim light on such a card being in the works; the GTX 490.

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Download of the Day: Skype

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: May 24, 2010 @ 0:16 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is Skype

Skype is software for calling other people on their computers or phones. Download Skype and start calling for free all over the world.

The calls have excellent sound quality and are highly secure with end-to-end encryption. You don't even need to configure your firewall or router or any other networking gear.

Additionally it doesn't just work on Windows. Skype is also for Mac OS X, Linux and PDAs using Pocket PC, with a native look and feel for each platform. Talking, sending instant messages or even file transfers work between different platforms like a charm.


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Deal of the Day: Chase Sapphire Card with No Annual Fee, 10K Bonus Points, 24/7 DEDICATED Customer Service and More for May 23, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 23, 2010 @ 23:34 CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the Chase - Chase Sapphire Card with No Annual Fee, 10K Bonus Points, 24/7 DEDICATED Customer Service and More!.

Offer: Receive 10,000 bonus points with your first purchase, earn 2 times the points for airfare bookings, 10 times the points for every dollar at select merchants, premium travel protection benefits, 24 hour 7 day a week LIVE dedicated customer service advisors, unlimited amount of points that can be earned and no annual fees! This is a card for those of you who have good credit rating but have had your current non-Chase credit card do strange things with your rewards or benefits.


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