Arctic Cooling unveil Accelero TWIN TURBO cooler

Steve Dougherty | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Jul 2, 2008 10:03 PM CDT

Swiss PC cooling specialist Arctic Cooling has just announced a new member to its highly popular Accelero Series of replacement cooling for graphics cards.

The new TWIN TURBO brings compatibility for the new ATI Radeon HD 4850/4870 graphics cards as well as NVIDIA's GeForce 9600GT/8800GT offerings and many others. Two whisper quiet 80mm PWM fans (connected to the VGA's existing fan header) are used on top of a large heatsink comprising four heat-pipes and 30 aluminum fins.

As a benchmark of its performance, Arctic Cooling state that a 34c drop in temperature can be seen when using the TWIN TURBO on a 9600GT that was previously running the reference cooler.

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ASUS boosts storage capacity on Eee PC 'HD'

Navin Maini | Laptops | Jul 2, 2008 2:58 PM CDT

ASUS is clearly taking no chances with its Eee PC range. The ASUS Eee portfolio has been attracting and lapping up a great deal of media coverage recently, whilst ASUS can hardly be accused of storing all its eggs in one basket.

Spreading the Eee brand thinly appears to be at the forefront of the ASUS strategy, as details of how the upcoming Eee PC 904 HD is set to differentiate from its peers, are the topic of this report from Electronista.

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NVIDIA prepares price-cuts to answer AMD's RV770

Navin Maini | | Jul 2, 2008 2:18 PM CDT

With the HD 4800 series attributing largely to AMD's invigorated prospects, competitor NVIDIA isn't taking the predicament lying down, according to this report from Fudzilla.

Having underestimated the prowess of its competitor's RV770 GPU, the Santa Clara, CA based company is attempting to deflect the recent blows it has been dealt by AMD and thinks, that it has the answer.

Apparently, NVIDIA's GTX 260 and GTX 280 solutions could see $30 and $90, shaved off their respective price tags, however as the report surmises, the beneficiary of these price cuts, will most likely be NVIDIA's partners.

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OCZ put big pressure on SSD market

Steve Dougherty | Storage | Jul 1, 2008 7:55 PM CDT

While it's taken quite a while to start seeing any form of significant decrease in the cost of owning a solid-state HDD, more so just recently we've begun to see them slide down towards the real world. One of the first signs of this came in the form of Super Talent's new MasterDrive MX SSDs, which had the top model (a 120GB variant) sitting at $699.

OCZ has now stepped in with the Core Series 2.5" SSDs which boast even more aggressive pricing with a 128GB model sitting at just $479. Other drives in the lineup include a 32GB model at $169 and 64GB at $259. Read below for OCZ's promised performance figures :-

Core series SSD drives are available in capacities of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB and deliver incredible 120-143 MB/s 80-93 MB/s read/write speeds and seek times of less than 0.35ms, making the Core series up to 10x as fast on a seek-time basis and up to 40% faster on a R/W basis that the best performing 2.5" HDDs on the market, all while consuming 50% less power. MSRPs at time of launch are USD $169, $259 and $479 for 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models respectively.

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New Eee PC models attempt to raise usability bar

Navin Maini | Laptops | Jul 1, 2008 6:05 AM CDT

ASUS is aiming to boost the usability factor of its upcoming Eee PC 904/905 models, as these images from Eee PC News portray.

As we reported yesterday, by combining an 8.9" display unit, with a larger 10" chassis, ASUS is able to make inroads by furnishing the new Eee PC models, with a larger, deemed more usable, keyboard. The larger 10" chassis is a pass down from the Eee PC 1000 that we took an exclusive inside look at recently.

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Diamond HD 4870 XOC Black Edition goes retail

Navin Maini | | Jul 1, 2008 5:24 AM CDT

Diamond Multimedia, purveyor of the HD 4870 XOC Black Edition SKU that has been the talking point of many HD 4800 series enthusiasts in recent days, is stepping up to the challenge of making the product available in the retail channel, according to a report from TechConnect Magazine.

Initially, highlighted as being exclusively available through system integrator, Smooth Creations, Diamond has perhaps been encouraged by widespread positive coverage and decided to open the floodgates, filter the HD 4870 XOC Black Edition through retail channels and thereby, quench enthusiasts' thirst.

Whilst pricing is not known at the time of going to press, cards could be available as early as next week.

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AMD turbo-charges RV770 GPU against NVIDIA

Navin Maini | | Jul 1, 2008 4:41 AM CDT

As reported by TG Daily, AMD is determined to up the ante even further, by capitalizing on the multifaceted attack it has launched against NVIDIA's GTX 260 and GTX 280 solutions.

Reports indicate that AMD is currently binning GPUs on the basis of achieving a satisfactory yield and level of performance, yet, the knowledge that the RV770 is capable of so much more, has fuelled the company to develop a 'derivative' of the RV770, known as the 'SuperRV770'.

The 'SuperRV770' will be an AIB/OEM exclusive, featuring a water cooling solution and boasting an unlocked BIOS, offering the tantalizing ability to overclock the GPU up to a, heady, 950 MHz. The GDDR5 memory won't be left out of the equation either, as it will be given a chance to polish its shine, with speeds of up to 1.2 GHz (QDR).

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