MSI Launches the Bravo EX620 Notebook

Sean Kalinich | | Nov 24, 2008 6:00 AM CST

The gang over at MSI have been busy at work in the R&D labs. First they launched a 22 inch Nettop system and now they have finally launched the Bravo EX620.

This 16" (16:9) entertainment notebook comes with quite a list of features. The Bravo EX620 was announced back in October and now will finally be available for you to grab.

MSI launched this with a Rock N Roll style launch even featuring dancing models and a raffle style giveaway.

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A-DATA joins SSD market with XPG series

Steve Dougherty | Storage | Nov 24, 2008 12:34 AM CST

The vastly growing SSD market sees the addition of a new competitor today with A-DATAs introduction of its new XPG 2.5-inch SSD series.

A-DATA joins SSD market with XPG series

Available in capacities ranging from 32 to 192GB, these drives are rated with read and write performance figures of up to 170MB/sec and 100MB/sec respectively. Along with its native SATA-II interface, a built-in mini-USB 2.0 port also allows easy access to the drive when outside of a system.

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OCZ launches Intel optimized triple channel kits

Steve Dougherty | | Nov 23, 2008 5:01 PM CST

OCZ have just introduced a new series of triple channel DDR3 kits specifically suited to the Core i7 platform. Available in both 3 and 6GB flavours, the Intel Extreme Triple Channel Memory Series have a base speed rating of DDR3-1333MHz and feature Intel XMP profiles which allow for simple and assured optimization in overclocked conditions.

OCZ launches Intel optimized triple channel kits

Base timings come in at 7-7-7-20 @ just 1.5V, leaving plenty of headroom within Intel's spec to get more out of them. They also feature OCZs Intel branded XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreaders, as seen above.

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ATi 8.12 drivers out on December 10th

Sean Kalinich | | Nov 21, 2008 9:53 AM CST

ATi, after getting beat up by driver optimizations (for 5 nVidia picked games) for the GTX 260 (216 cores), is hard at work developing its own optimizations for their 4xxx series of GPUs.

The new drivers (8.12) should hit in December and may bring the 4870 back into the lime light if things work out better than the last two releases.

Fudo has the scoop on that here.

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Foxconn Rumored to be buying Pegatron

Sean Kalinich | | Nov 21, 2008 6:05 AM CST

There are rumors that Foxconn might be getting out of the channel market.

A short while ago Foxcann had made the statement that it was giving its channel business six months to become profitable or it would close that portion down.

This is not terrible news as Foxconn's major strength lies in OEM and ODD production. They are the company that builds the iPhone, and many other electronic devices.

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Samsung Shows off 256GB SSD

Sean Kalinich | Storage | Nov 20, 2008 5:42 AM CST

If you have been following the SSD game, the one thing that tends to turn most people off from (aside from the ridiculous prices) is capacity. Considering we have games in that take up tens of Gigabytes along with ripped movies and MP3 collections of vast sizes the 40, 80 and 128GB SSDs do not have enough room to make them worth the cost.

But Samsung wants to change all of that. Today they announced the release of a 256GB SSD drive that not only outpaces all other available SSDs on the market in terms of size, but (if Samsung is to be believed) can outperform the others too.

TechPowerUp has the scoop here.

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MSI announces 22 inch Neton Nettop

Sean Kalinich | | Nov 19, 2008 7:56 AM CST

The new Nettop arena has been heating up between Asus and MSI. Both want this new and burgeoning market all to themselves and both are putting out more and more exotic systems.

MSI in an effort to corner the market on Large Screen nettop has announced a 22" (in addition to smaller systems) flavor complete with a 1920x1080 HD display and optional BluRay drive.

Although this is an amazing sounding system, I thought the idea behind these was to have a small simple system to cover internet, email and some basic work. Maybe I missed something.

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DICE Puts NVIDIA PhysX Technology in Mirror's Edge

Sean Kalinich | | Nov 19, 2008 7:32 AM CST

Ever since the birth of hardware accelerated physics we all have been waiting for a game to make use if this potentially game changing technology.

Ageia failed to bring that to us and in the process ended up being consumed by nVidia. Even under the hood of the Green Machine PhysX did not seem able to give us more than a few extra points in 3DMark Vantage.

Now it would seem nVidia is giving us what we have asked for as DICE and EA get together and prepare to launch Mirror's Edge a game that uses nVidia's PhysX to bring a new level or realism to the game world.

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Minority Report Interface Arrives

Sean Kalinich | | Nov 19, 2008 6:19 AM CST

If you saw the movie "Minority Report" the one thing that probably stuck in your head (other than how bad the acting was) was the very cool hologram screen used by Tom Cruise in the beginning of the movie. At the time I thought it would be very nice to have a setup like that.

If you were like me then your wait might be over. Oblong (a group of inventors that includes one of the advisors to the movie) have come up with an interface that is very much like the one shown in the movie. The new setup is galled g-speak and only takes a hi-res DLP projector, special gloves, a large room, and an insanely expensive infrared camera to work.

Engadget has a video and more on this here.

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AMD releases ATI Catalyst hotfix for Core i7

Cameron Wilmot | | Nov 19, 2008 3:40 AM CST

NVIDIA is about to release its new ForceWare 180.47 driver in a few hours, with many new features and tweaks for new games this holiday season, but AMD got in a little earlier.

AMD has made available an ATI Catalyst hotfix for users lucky enough to be running a new Core i7 Intel X58 system.

It is said to improve performance in Far Cry 2 (DX9 and DX10) as well as in Stalker Clear Sky (DX10 and DX10.1). It also fixes a bug in Brothers in Arms - Hells Highway - get the full details below.

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