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We just reviewed the Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan Black with that magnificent WindForce cooler. And we are giving it away for free in a contest. To participate, you need to do is "Follow" our Facebook page (if you haven't already) and answer a simple question on ther corresponding Facebook item. Good Luck!
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Samsung 8000, 7000 & 6000 Series LCD HDTV pricing announced
Samsung have announced pricing and availability details for their new LCD HDTV ranges. Currently covering the LED edge-lit 6000, 7000 and 8000 series models, the screens range from 31.5-inches to 54.6-inches, with prices kicking off at $1,599.99 for the smallest Series 6000 model and rising to $3,999.99 for the top-end Series 8000.
The nine HDTVs will see a staggered release, with the first sets appearing now and then spread across April through June. The Series 6000 sets have InfoLink RSS, with ethernet connectivity, while the 7000 and 8000 models are DLNA certified with compatibility with Samsung
Chieftec launches Dragon CH-07 case
Right, that ... so not my style really. Chieftec has added the CH-07 case to its Dragon Series, this is a new chassis aimed at gamers. Full specs and more photos can be found over here.
Foxconn relocating some fabs back to Taiwan
Ealier on there was already a rumor that FoxConn will be leaving the retail market and focus solely on OEM manufacturing. Another new fact however just became apparant. DigiTimes reports the Foxconn Group plans to relocate part of its production facilities in China back to Taiwan later this year:
While endorsing the government's efforts to create more job opportunities in an attempt to rein in rising unemployment rates in Taiwan, Gou also urged the government to cultivate a more favorable business environment so that more local enterprises are willing to build their bases in the home market.
Foxconn chairman Terry Gou also said he believes the global economy won't fully recover until 2012.
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood Trailer
Gaikai To Launch OnLive Competitor
Just a few days ago, we reported about an interesting new service OnLive wants to offer winter 2009. A games on demand service, delivering the latest high-end gaming titles over home broadband Internet to the TV and entry-level PCs and Macs.
Now, it seems, there is already some competition on the horizon in the form of Gaikai. Co-founded by David Perry, well known as a game developer (Earthworm Jim, MDK, Messiah, etc.), he wrote in a blog post on his web site:
"The whole idea of playing on hardware that you don
MSN Encarta to be Discontinued
No, this is not an early April fools joke. Microsoft announced today that it is going to discontinue its MSN Encarta web sites on October 31, 2009:
"On October 31, 2009, MSN Encarta Web sites worldwide will be discontinued, with the exception of Encarta Japan, which will be discontinued on December 31, 2009. Additionally, Microsoft will cease to sell Microsoft Student and Encarta Premium software products worldwide by June 2009.
Encarta has been a popular product around the world for many years. However, the category of traditional encyclopedias and reference material has changed. People today seek and consume information in considerably different ways than in years past. As part of Microsoft
Study shows gaming can improve eyesight
A new 'Nature Neuroscience' study from the University of Rochester in the US claims that playing videogames can improve certain problems with deteriorating eyesight, such as 'lazy eye'. The research proves that games improved the subject's "contrast sensitivity"
Intel Nehalem-based Xeon processors launched
Intel officially expanded the availability of their Nehalem-based Xeon processors today. Even though it was first introduced in the Mac Pro, the processors are now available in a wider-range of products. Seventeen processors have been launched.
These new processors support HyperThreading and a Turbo Boost feature that increases clock speeds and shuts down unused cores, allowing for a serious boost in overall performance.
The Xeon 5500 ranges in price from $188 for the 1.86GHz dual-core to $1,600 for the 3.2GHz quad-core. There is also a Xeon 3500 available in three different models that range from 2.66GHz to 3.2GHz. Pricing for these ranges from $284 to $999. These Xeon processors are now available in Dell Precision systems and the HP Z800.
OCZ rolls out Neutrino DIY netbook
As you guys know OCZ already has 15" and 17" DIY notebooks. The company has added the Neutrino 10" DIY netbook to its lineup. The OCZ Neutrino gives tech enthusiasts more freedom than traditional netbooks. The DIY netbook features a Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor, Intel 945GSE chipset based motherboard, 10" display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, 802.11b/g WiFi, 1.3MP webcam with microphone, two speakers, 4-cell 2200mAh battery pack, one PCI Express 34mm Mini Card slot, Ethernet, and two USB 2.0 ports.
Press-release: Buyers can freely choose the operating system and which memory and which 2.5" HDD/SSD they put into the Neutrino. Additionally, the netbook can also be equipped with a 4-in-1 memory card reader and Kensington Lock Security device. The system weighs 2.86lbs (around 1.3kg) and measures 263mm x 185mm x 19.6-27mm.
OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, components, and systems, today unveiled the Neutrino netbook, their latest Do-It-Yourself (DIY) solution. Building on OCZ
Hoax site promising tan from computer screen gets 1 mil hits
In other hilarious news today. A website ironically claiming to offer users an all-year tan through their computer screens has received more than one million hits in two months.
It's awesome how they have the "O1, O2, O3" chart they say they combine to make "UVC rays." O2 is oxygen, O3 is ozone, and O1 doesn't even exist as a molecular formula.
Nvidia Introduces New Quadro GPUs With SLI Multi-OS
Not one, but two new announcements were made public by Nvidia, today. One reveals a new line to its series of Quadro GPUs, which mainly targets professional users, like designers.
The new Quadro GPU card "line-up also brings the introduction of NVIDIA SLI Multi-OS, a ground-breaking technology that enables, for the first time, 3D workstation virtualization on the Quadro GPU. With SLI Multi-OS, applications and users are able to optimize productivity and costs through the use of multiple Quadro GPU technologies from a single workstation in a virtualized environment. Users can also enable native SLI technology support on key partner platforms to accelerate application performance, scaling and higher image quality."
The Multi-OS is built into the FX 3800, FX 4800, and FX 5800 Quadro GPUs, which are part of the new series of Quadro GPUs:
- NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800
Is EA Rethinking Its DRM Strategy?
Maybe a first sign that Electronic Arts is rethinking its DRM strategy is the following announcement, published on its "The Sims 3" web site:
"The game will have disc-based copy protection
Nvidia could put a halt to Larrabee
The mud-fight inbetween NVIDIA and Intel repositions today. Nvidia claims that Intel uses Nvidia
WD acquires SSD maker SiliconSystems
Western Digital is feeling the heat and has made an entry into the SSD market by acquiring SiliconSystems for $65 million in cash. This company supplies SSDs for the embedded systems market and will now be known as the WD Solid-Stage Storage business unit.
Press-release: Since its inception in 2002, SiliconSystems has sold millions of SiliconDrive
ECS launches X58B-A2 Black Series for overclocking
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) launches the X58B-A2 Black Series revision 2 motherboard based on the Intel X58 Express chipset supporting the latest Intel Core i7 processors. Here's the PR snippet:
Targeting at overclocking beginners, ECS X58B-A2 stands for the most affordable high-end product without any compromise of great features. It tops every user
DTS Neural Surround Sound technology enables 7.1 audio in games
DTS was pimping their new DTS Neural Surround Sound technology at the Game Developers Conference last week, this sound technology will enable real-time 7.1 audio tracks in games on platforms like the PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii.
GDC: Project Offset clip
Intel showed of a new videos from Project Offset at GDC and it showcases the games impressive technology and graphics. It looks absolutely stunning. Check out the clouds and thunder, lightning and particles flying in the air.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 285 review | test
Here we test the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 285. A product that is clocked at reference speeds and comes with a very average bundle. With this reference based product in mind we were interested to see what we could save in terms of money if we just did not opt for an overclocked, xxx, OC, SSC and what not editions. It's interesting to see how well AIBs monetized the passion we all share; overclocking. So from that point of view it should be interesting to test the reference based product with no whistles and bells, and see if we can tweak it a little ourselves.
The trick is however, it's really affordable and as we learned .. very overclockable. Why not make your own OC model and forget about the premium price you have to pay for the pre-overclocked products ?
Click here to read the full Guru3D review.