Gigabyte to launch new Poseidon case

Lars Göran Nilsson | | Oct 26, 2007 2:17 AM CDT

Although the press release hasn't been sent out as yet, we spotted the new Poseidon 310 case on Gigabyte's site today and it looks rather good. The Poseidon range is the 3DAurora's little brother and it shares many of the 3DAurora's excellent features. The design is quite appealing as well and although we're talking about a steel case here, the front is still made from brushed aluminium.

The Poseidon 310 features blue front lights, an interchangeable side panel with the option of a vented mesh or an acrylic window. It's also prepared for watercooling, especially Gigabyte's own kit. Furthermore it has a front mounted removable dust filter, anti-vibration mounts for the 120mm fans, one in the front and one in the rear, modular drive bays and tool free drive mounts.

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MSI GeForce 8800GT arrives at TweakTown

Lars Göran Nilsson | TweakTown | Oct 26, 2007 1:57 AM CDT

We've just got our first 8800GT sample and it comes from MSI. We couldn't help ourselves, we just had to post a couple of pictures of the card before we started to benchmark it. The card itself isn't anything that remarkable to look at as it follows the reference design and MSI have only added a couple of stickers.

It is also clocked at the reference speeds, 600MHz for the GPU, 1,500MHz for the shaders and 1,800MHz for the memory. However, this card should be quite overclockable and we will give this a go while test the card. Check back with us on Monday for the full review.

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Australian student boost broadband 200x

Lars Göran Nilsson | | Oct 26, 2007 1:04 AM CDT

An Australian PhD student by the name of John Papandriopoulos seems to have solved the issue of telephone copper wire being unsuitable for data communications by applying some very clever maths. He figured out that the biggest problem with telephone copper wire is the fact that you get cross talk on the lines, something which was common for voice calls back in the days before digital telephone exchanges.

His solution to the problem took over a year to complete and it is meant to reduce or even remove the crosstalk that you get on the copper wire which is shared with everyone else that connects to the same telephone exchange. This is meant to be able to boost xDSL speeds up towards 250Mbps, compared to the theoretical top speed today of about 24Mbps.

Patent applications have been filed in the US and Australia and hopefully it won't take too long for this technology to make it onto the market. Dr John Papandriopoulos also received an award for his research in the form of the Chancellor's Prize for Excellence in the PhD from the University of Melbourne.

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D-Link launches Draft-N gaming router

Lars Göran Nilsson | Gaming | Oct 25, 2007 7:53 AM CDT

Although information about the OLED equipped DGL-4500 gaming router from D-Link has already leaked out onto the web, the company has finally launched it and it looks like it might be worth it for serious gamers. Not only does it have four Gigabit LAN ports, but even the WAN port supports Gigabit speeds, which is great if you happen to have a really fast internet connection unlike most.

It also features Draft-N Wi-Fi and it has three removable antennas and D-Link has added an extra twist by allowing it to work on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz band with speeds of up to 300Mbit. There's a USB port on the back as well, but sadly this is not for external storage, nor will it function as a print server, as this is simply for Windows Connect Now profiles to be copied onto a USB flash drive.

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Sony DSC-T2 comes with 4GB of memory

Lars Göran Nilsson | RAM | Oct 25, 2007 6:45 AM CDT

Sony has just announced its latest addition to its T-series of digital cameras, the DSC-T2. It's yet another pocket camera with an 8.1 Megapixel sensor, but what makes it stand out is the fact that has 4GB of built in memory. It will also accept Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo cards just in case 4GB isn't enough for you.

On the back is a large-ish 2.7-inch touch sensitive LCD display which is used as the main controls, although there's still separate buttons for zoom and playback. This is very much a consumer camera and Sony has added easy picture and video sharing features to the camera and it even has a built in scrapbook feature.

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Fujitsu launches Blu-ray notebook

Fujitsu has just announced its latest notebook in Australia, the LifeBook N6460 and this baby packs some serious hardware. Starting from the top, well, of the spec sheet at least that is, it comes with a Core 2 Duo T7700 processor which is clocked at 2.4GHz and has 4MB of L2 cache. This is just about as good as it gets when it comes to mobile processors at the moment, although there are a couple of faster models, but we're not going to be that picky now and they would've made this notebook even more expensive.

The N6460 also comes with 2GB of DDR2 667MHz RAM, although it supports up to 4GB. Fujitsu has also fitted a 1GB Intel Turbo Memory module to the system and it has no less than two 250GB 2.5-inch SATA drives, although sadly these are most likely only 4,200rpm drives. However, the Australian Fujitsu site doesn't list the drive speeds, so we can only go with what's available on the US site.

A Blu-ray drive is also part of the package and again we have to rely in the specs from the US website which lists the drive as a single speed Blu-ray burner that will write to both BD-R, BD-R DL, BD-RE and BD-RE DL media as well as DVD+/-R at 8x and 4x for the re-writeable versions and 2x for dual layer media. Finally it will also write to CD-R at 8x and oddly enough to CD-RW at 10x, but our guess is that the CD-R writing speed is wrong. It will of course read all those format as well.

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Palit intro MCP73 IGP motherboards

Steve Dougherty | Motherboards | Oct 24, 2007 7:58 PM CDT

As many of you would now know, Palit recently entered the motherboard industry with some budget oriented motherboards designed for the AMD platform. Today they expand their lineup with a couple of new boards based around NVIDIA's MCP73 line for Intel LGA775, these being the N73V with integrated GeForce 7050 GPU, and N73PV with integrated GeForce 7100 GPU.

You can learn more about each of the boards in the announcement here, as well as the product pages on Palit's website.

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WiMAX Taiwan Forum

Lars Göran Nilsson | | Oct 24, 2007 12:20 PM CDT

This week in Taipei, both the 2007 WiMAX Forum and the IP Comm Asia show is on and TweakTown paid both shows a visit to see what was new. WiMAX is getting closer to become a reality by the day and Intel talked about it at IDF Taiwan earlier this month and there are several hundred test networks already up and running. The biggest hurdle is not the hardware implementations as you'll see from the pictures from the show, but rather to set it all up and make all the various parts and components to talk nicely with each other.

It's funny that WiMAX stands for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, since there are already issues with the various frequencies used as there's no global standard, although it seems like three different frequencies are currently being worked on, 2.3GHz, 2.5GHz and 3.5GHz. This doesn't mean that these are the only frequencies that will be used and there are talks about using the free 5GHz band as a backhaul channel for data as well as the use of a 3.3GHz spectrum in some countries.

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i-mate announces two new WM6 devices

Lars Göran Nilsson | | Oct 24, 2007 5:47 AM CDT

i-mate has announces two new Windows Mobile 6 Pro devices, the Ultimate 8502 and the Ultimate 9502. Let's start with the 8502, which is powered by a 400MHz Qualcomm processor, has 256MB of ROM and 128MB of RAM. The touch screen measures 2.6-inches and it has a standard 320x240 resolution. Apart from the rather high amounts of memory, nothing all that special so far. It's also got a 2 Megapixel camera with an LED flash, again, pretty standard.

However, this is a quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE handset which also features tri band 3G, HSDPA and HSUPA connectivity. On top of this it has 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR and A2DP support. Furthermore it has an integrated GPS, although there's no mention of what chipset is used.

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