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ASUS ENGTX465/2DI/1GD5 sighted

By: Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 4:49 CDT

The third and cheapest member of the GTX 400 series of top-end graphics cards from NVIDIA is launching when Computex gets underway; that being the GTX 465.

The first images of a final retail version of the card have leaked out from ASUS, including a box shot and also confirmation of specs. NVIDIA were quick to have the information and images pulled by the source, but thankfully other sites got hold of the good stuff before this occured.

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Being one of the first GTX 465's out of the gate, the ENGTX465/2DI/1GD5 is of course a referenced designed card. It uses a quiet carbon fibre theme with a basic ASUS logo stamped on it.

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KeySonic launches another HTPC friendly wireless keyboard w/ trackball

By: Steve Dougherty | Peripherals | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 3:54 CDT

PC peripheral maker KeySonic has just added the KSK-5200 RFM wireless keyboard into its lineup this week which will attract many HTPC owners looking for a compact keyboard/mouse solution in the lounge.

This unit includes a scroll wheel and couple mouse buttons on the left, whilst on the right is a trackball, doing away with the need for a separate mouse.

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Measurements of the keyboard come in at a tidy 388 x 42 x 185 mm, quite a good size considering the additional mouse functions on the sides. KeySonic has also implemented its SoftTouch membrane technology to give silent strokes on all keys. There are 12 hotkeys on the keyboard for multimedia and internet related tasks.

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MSI working on single and dual-screen tablets

By: Steve Dougherty | Laptops | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 3:14 CDT

The folks over at T-Break spotted a couple upcoming tablets from MSI on display at the DCC event in Fujairah, UAE which kicked off yesterday.

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Whilst they were unable to get hold of any specs, what they were able to do is get a couple shots of the two tablets and ascertain that one uses a 9.7-inch capacitive touch screen with a MicroSD slot and USB port resident. It's said to be shipping with Windows 7 later on this year.

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The other tablet they saw is much more interesting with two individual screens that fold up notebook style. The screen on the bottom can be used as a keyboard or for things like two-page ebook reading. This unit is said to be running an Atom platform, also shipping with Windows 7 at launch.

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New HD 5670 cards coming with more stream processors

By: Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 2:28 CDT

A chinese website has leaked details of a significantly revised version of AMD's ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics card coming out very soon. Whilst existing HD 5670's are based on the 40nm redwood core, the new ones will use the larger Juniper core that is used on the faster HD 5750 and HD 5770 cards. It's anyones guess at this stage as to why AMD felt the need to do this to an existing model in its HD 5000 series lineup rather than making it a separate SKU. Too many defective Juniper cores, perhaps?

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Juniper gives up to 800 stream processors, but these will be cut back to 640 for the new HD 5670s. That's still a good jump on the 400 available in the redwood core, though.

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Logitech intros Wireless Desktop MK710 keyboard/mouse combo

By: Steve Dougherty | Peripherals | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 1:36 CDT

Logitech as added a new Wireless Desktop keyboard/mouse combo into its lineup this week dubbed the Wireless Desktop MK710. The biggest highlight of this combo is the far improved battery life. Logitech reports its the first in the industry to give up to three years of battery life for both the keyboard and mouse.

Logitech includes its Unifying receiver with this combo; a very tiny little thing that allows for up to six compatible Logitech wireless mice and keyboards to be connected to it at the same time.

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Other features of the Wireless Desktop MK710 include a low-profile keyboard with Logitech's Incurve keys and cushioned palm rest, small LCD dashboard that gives status for Caps Lock, Scroll Lock, Num Lock and battery life and a bunch of handy multimedia shortcut buttons.

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BFG decide to pull the plug on video card market

By: Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 0:56 CDT

Wondering why you haven't seen any new graphics cards released from BFG lately? That's because there aren't any; not now and not in the foreseeable future. The company has announced this week that it has pulled the plug on the graphics card market, but it is kicking on with a range of power supplies, notebooks and Phobos desktop gaming PCs.

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We actually predicted this might happen as far back as the beginning of 2009 following a press release from Galaxy that hinted BFG Tech's solid partnership with mass etailer Best Buy was slipping.

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Download of the Day: IsoBuster 2.8

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 0:04 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is IsoBuster 2.8.

IsoBuster is an award winning , highly specialized and easy to use CD, DVD and blu-ray (BD, HD DVD) data recovery tool.

It supports all CD / DVD / BD / HD DVD formats and all common file-systems ... Rescue lost files from a bad or trashed CD or DVD disc, save important documents, precious pictures, video from the family, your only system backup, ... IsoBuster can do it all.

No accumulated cost if you need more than one type media supported. IsoBuster is a highly specialized yet easy to use optical media data recovery tool. It supports all optical disc formats and all common optical disc file-systems.

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Wednesday Morning Roundup for May 18, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: May 18, 2010 @ 23:41 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - 19/05/2010

CPU

- AMD Athlon II X2 260 Dual Core Processor Performance @ Legit Reviews

- Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands uses up to six CPU cores @ PCGamesHardware

- AMD Athlon II X4 960T OEM CPU @ Motherboards.org

- Intel Core i7-975 EE and Core i5-750 in Contemporary Games @ XBit Labs

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New ASUS EeePC boasts USB 3.0 and Optimus technology

By: Don Lynn | Laptops | Posted: May 18, 2010 @ 22:56 CDT
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The Eee PC netbooks have been a staple of the industry since netbooks came into existence, and the ASUS Eee PC 1215 is looking to make the newest iteration even more powerful than those that came before. With USB 3.0 support for high speed data transfer and Ion graphics to support the onboard graphics you can switch between as needed, this little netbook looks to stretch the limits of what a netbook is capable of.

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