AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition coming soon!

AMD have plans to release processors with the Deneb core all the way up to 4GHz stock by 2010.

We already have the ability to purchase the newest AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHz Black Edition chips, so next in line would be the logical 3.4GHz chip.

This is being branded as the Phenom II X4 965. Motherboard manufacturer ASRock already list the processor in it’s supported list of CPU’s. It confirms for us that it is indeed the Black Edition HDZ965FBK4DGI (BE) and will come with:

  • 2MB L2 Cache
  • 6MB L3 Cache
  • 45nm fabrication process

This is the standard for all of the latest CPU’s from manufacturer AMD.Rumors are telling us that have it that AMD should be releasing this processor next week, with the hope in consumers eyes that it will be the same launch price that it’s predecessor (The 955) was.
If AMD keep releasing processors this frequently, we should be seeing a processor capable of 3.8GHz stock by Christmas 2009

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Pirate Bay retrial rejected

The four men behind the popular torrent website The Pirate Bay asked recently for a retrial. Today it was heard that a Swedish court has thrown out that request.

In April 2009, the four men were found guilty of promoting copyright infringement and will face jail sentences and hefty claims for damages.

When one of The Pirate Bay’s lawyers found out that one of the judges in the case belonged to several copyright protection groups, a retrial was called for immediately.

According to the Swedish court, they commented that the judge’s activities did not sway the case decision.

Talks of why Judge Tomas Norstrom didn’t declare that he was a member of the Swedish Association for the Protection of Industrial Property and the Swedish Copyright Association are still going on.

The Pirate Bay defended itself all the way through the court hearing saying that it didn’t infringe any copyright because no pirated material are stored on their servers.

Sentencing led the four men, Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde, to one year in jail and and to also pay damages of 30m Swedish kronor (£2.3m) to entertainment companies such as Sony Music Entertainment for copyright infringement.

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Intel Core 2 price drops


For once in their existence, Intel are seeing sense with pricing and having a long think over how to stay competitive with rival’s AMD as they focus on their newest AM3 platform.

AMD have always had the edge over Intel with regards to staying competitive, sometimes offering processors equivalent to Intel’s range for up to £100 less.

New pricing from Intel sees their top of the range processors (The Core i7) staying at the same price, though their withering old Core 2 processors such as the Q9400 have dropped by a whopping $33. I know what you’re all thinking. Yes your right, Intel haven’t got a clue.

This still puts AMD in front as favorite for the budget user who wants fantastic overclocking results, stability, and the ability for high end gaming. AMD know best about that considering they make ATI GPU’s. Right?

Who knows what crazy, mad thing Intel might do next. They might hire someone who knows about the economy and who has a bit of business acumen.

Nah, probably not!

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Single PCB GTX 295s Still Very Rare!

Nvidia still has yet to ship any meaningful quantities of the new single PCB GTX 295 card to their partners, so these new cards have become rather rare. While the normal dual-PCB 295 cards are readily available the newer revision appears to be harder to track down with only a few vendors with stock. As weeks progress though, we should see more of these cards appear for sale.

The newer single PCB cards should be more stable, allowing for better clocks but as with many graphics card revisions, it often has more to do with easier, cheaper manufacturing.


These newer cards look very similar to AMD’s dual GPU offerings and the cooling performance has been enhanced due to the cooler change and better airflow. The noise levels have also dropped with the fan speed being kept at a low 1400RPM. We would have say that this new revision is nothing to worry current GTX295 owners, with prices still about the same as the two pcb version, but if you are planning on purchasing a GTX295 and overclocking, it may pay to wait a few more weeks.

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Michael Jackson dies, aged 50

 

Not hardware news, but very important none the less, especially in my life, if not many other millions of peoples lives.
It was announced yesterday that legendary entertainer Michael Jackson died at the young age of 50 after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Beverly Hills.

The singer reportedly stopped breathing on Thursday afternoon and was rushed to the UCLA medical center by paramedics. Attempts at the home of the King Of Pop and in the ambulance to to resuscitate the Jacko were made, but sadly he was pronounced dead at 2:26pm local California time (22:26 GMT).

Family members of Michael were seen arriving at the UCLA medical center, including sister Latoya and brother Jermaine. Jermaine has said; “The family request that the media please respect our privacy during this tough time. And Allah be with you Michael always. I love you.” Of course, Michael was raised as a Jehovah Witness.

The singer, born Michael Joseph Jackson in Gary, Indiana in the US on August 29th 1958, who had such hits as Bad, Beat It and Thriller got thrown into fame from a very early age and went on to be the most sucessful entertainer this world has ever known. Including winning a Lifetime Achievement Award, Entertainer of the Millenium Award and various others. Michael Jackson changed the face of music, by showing the world the music video culture.

Mr Jackson leaves behind three children, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince Michael Jackson II.

He will always have a place in my heart and will be dearly missed. He is in a better place now.

We love you Michael.


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Microsoft defend Windows 7 pricing structure


Early today we published an article featuring Microsoft’s new Windows 7 pricing structure, as well as some pictures of the box art.

A lot of concerned potential customers sparked outrage at the pricing, saying it was too expensive. US Pricing is the only indication at the moment, but expect prices in the UK and Europe to be about the same due to VAT and tax.

Microsoft have since defended its pricing for the Windows 7 computer operating system with a statement saying “The prices are about 17 per cent cheaper than Vista”. Redmond has made it clear that people who buy PCs before the new system goes on sale in October will get free upgrades.

We also commented on the fact that Microsoft will be taking a limited amount of pre-orders for Windows 7 today. Depending on the flavour of operating system, prices are starting for as little as $50.

For the average customer, an upgrade fee of $120 will be needed to be paid to upgrade their existing machines to the Windows 7 Home Premium version. This works about about $10 less than the equivalent Windows Vista upgrade.

Professional and Ultimate upgrade versions will cost $200 and $220 which has no better pricing than Vista.

Apple’s press department has commented on it’s Leopard to Snow Leopard upgrade, being the fact that it is only $30, so why is Microsoft charging so much to get people off of it’s predecessor?

If you are after a full version (not upgrade) you can expect to pay $200, $300 and $320 for Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate.

Some users will be on XP and Vista for a lot longer than expected.

 

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Windows 7 boxed and ready

The past few weeks has led to many internet discussions over the pricing structure of the eagerly anticipated operating system from software leader, Microsoft.

Windows 7′s official pricing structure and box art work has now been revealed for the general public.

The official release date for Windows 7 is October 22nd. For anyone wanting to get a sneak peak at the new operating system, you can read the previous article explaing about the release candidate version on eTeknix.com

Microsoft have also announced that a limited pre-order facility will be available at some stage throughout today (June 26th).

For existing XP and Vista customers, the upgrade sum of:

  • $119.99 – Home Premium
  • $199.99 – Professional
  • $219.99for Ultimate

Those wanting a fresh install on a full retail disc will have to find:

  • $199.99 – Home Premium
  • $299.99 – Professional
  • $319.99 – Ultimate

Anyone wishing to pre-order the new operating system will pay:

  • $49.99 for Home Premium
  • $99.99 for Professional

As this pre-order is limited, these are expected to sell in no time at all.

As manufacturer’s did with Vista, you will find that companies such as Sony, Acer and HP will be offering free upgrades from Vista, to the new Windows 7 for any systems sold on 27th June 2009 onwards.
So good news all around, apart from the fact that we’re in a recession, but Microsoft knows that………..Don’t they?

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Iron Maiden DLC for Rock Band


What an excellent coincidence that i decide to inform you about this new available DLC for Rock Band when it is actually 2 minutes to midnight.

Released on Monday 8th June, owners of an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription can now get their grubby, sore, knuckle aching mits on 12 Iron Maiden songs.

An entire albums worth of classic tracks from one of the best bands in the world will set you back 1600 Microsoft Points, which works out around £12.

If however you only have a small amount of MS points available you can purchase songs separately for 160MS points, which works out around £1.50 per track.

Available tracks are as follows.

  • Aces High (Live)
  • 2 Minutes to Midnight
  • The Trooper
  • Wasted Years
  • Powerslave
  • The Number of the Beast (Original)
  • Run to the Hills (Original)
  • Can I Play with Madness
  • The Clairvoyant
  • Fear of the Dark (Live)
  • Hallowed be Thy Name (Live)
  • Iron Maiden (Live)

If like me you were severley disappointed with the fact that ‘Rock Band: The Beatles’ was ever in the making and can’t stop thinking about ‘Why did they not make Rock Band:Iron Maiden first!?’, then this DLC is exactly what you need to distract you from any negative thoughts towards the excellent Harmonix.

Personally i would of loved to of seen ‘The Duelists’ and ’22 Acacia Avenue’ on the list other than original copies of ‘The Number of the Beast’ and ‘Run to the Hills’ as the word over played comes to mind alot.

In a perfect world though I would of actually preferred Harmonix to release the entire ‘Powerslave’ album for Rock Band, its only 8 tracks after all.

Hopefully the above will not be all that is to come for Rock Band and Iron Maiden. You never know, maybe someone from Harmonix will read this and have an epiphany to start work on Rock Band:Iron Maiden.

One can only hope.

Now please excuse me whilst i go and grab myself a pre pay MS Points card for the first time in almost a year.

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iPhone 3GS Exploit Discovered

A recent blog post by George Hoetz (GeoHotz) has put up an image of what can only be described as a new “exploit”.

This exploit is for the iPhone 3GS.

We can clearly see in the picture, that it is a modified version of iBoot. This means that he has somehow bypassed the sig check on the iBoot 596.24, which is the new one for the 3GS.

A website for the new project that he is working on is now live at http://purplera1n.com/

At the moment, only an image placeholder of what I can only assume is him leaning gracefully on a larger than life iPhone, whilst getting wet in purple rain.

Could this be the beginning of depicting the iPhone 3GS and giving the world a full jailbroken and unlocked version?

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iPhone software jailbroken and unlocked

The guys from the iPhone dev team have released the eagerly anticipated ultrasn0w software which gives the ability for users of the new iPhone 3.0 software to unlock their devices for use with other networks.

I can confirm that the iPhone 3.0 software can be jailbroken using redsn0w as I’ve personally done this on my iPhone 3G running the latest Apple software.

Users of the new 3.0 software were given many dates for the release of ultrasn0w so that they could use their iPhone with other network providers. After many days of waiting since the release of 3.0 they were given ultrasn0w.

The ultrasn0w software can also unlock iPhone’s with a 2.30.03 baseband. This was previously un-lockable.

The simple steps to unlocking your iPhone 3G are:

  • Upgrade your iPhone to the latest iPhone 3.0 software (Get it here).
  • Jailbreak your iPhone 3G using redsn0w (Get it here).
  • Run Cydia or Icy.
  • Add repository repo666.ultrasn0w.com to Cydia or Icy.
  • Search for ultrasn0w in Cydia or Icy and proceed to install it.
  • Reboot your iPhone 3G
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FUEL

Developed by Asobo Studios, and published by Codemasters (Coling McRae DiRT, Race Drive: GRID), FUEL is set to be the next best thing for competetive adrenaline junkies around the world.

FUEL lets the player race through an almost limitless environment of over 14,000 square kilometers consisting of rough and wild terrain inspired by some of americas most incredible landscapes.

With awe inspiring visuals, hardcore wilderness and extreme weather to match, FUEL will no doubt be one of the best online racing titles of 2009.

Including 75 varied vehicles to chose from such as atvs, bikes, buggies, and even muscle cars, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the harsh no boundaries race experience that awaits you.

Ever wanted to race against your friends on all terrain vehicles during a lightning storm whilst a tornado is ripping up the path ahead of you?

Then give FUEL a try and explore an epic world on an unprecendented scale.

FUEL is now available for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, with a release for Windows just around the corner.

 

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Battlefield 2: The Complete Collection

For almost 2 and a half years now I have been a dedicated player/fan of Battlefield 2142, racking up almost 1000 hours of playtime.

I personally like to think I excel with all kits and all combinations and for the majority of the time be it working with a squad of random players or plotting the enemies demise with some of you in team speak, my end round result is nearly always the same. Gold, Silver or Bronze Star.

For a long time I enjoyed this fact that I am actually brilliant at the game but recently a part of me missed the challenge that online gaming offers. I became fed up of ‘owning noobs’ as one might say.

Upon the creation of eTeknix, Maj0r St0ner, the founder of Malicious Insurgent Army, spoke to me for the first time in 6 months on X fire .We discussed the direction of eTeknix and M-I-A briefly then shortly after he went off to play Battlefield 2 with some friends.

Battlefield 2, that rings a bell. Oh yea, I remember that. It was the game that I played almost religiously for over 6 months back in 2005/2006 on my girlfriends little brothers PC.

Come to think of it, it was that very game and the experiences I had with it that eventually angled me towards Battlefield 2142 and the skill that I have with it today.

Tonight I went back to my Battlefield roots for the first time in over 3 years.

With a newly purchased copy of Battlefield 2 The Complete Collection and new account to match, I hit the likes of ‘Strike at Karkhand’ and ‘Wake Island 2007′ on largely populated servers to enjoy the original experience once more.

Weapons, gadgets, maps, rag doll technology. All are graphically inferior to those of 2142. But what Battlefield 2 lacks in visuals it more than makes up for in memories and nostalgia.

A genre defining title for the 21st century, Battlefield 2 will always remain a classic and have a place in my heart, however much I may get raped by an attack jet or team killed over a vehicle.


If you fancy venturing into this trip down memory lane with me, you can pick up the Battlefield 2 Complete Collection from Play.com for £9.99.

See you on the Battlefield soldier.

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Aliens vs Predator

“Want some Candy?”

Personally i don’t usually eat candy, but when offered by the Predator i wouldn’t like to say no just encase he rips my spine out.

The Alien however would probably snap a bit of candy up in a flash with its you know what.

In a more realistic and present reality however, they would be battling it out head to head like warriors to the death…..with some pesky Colonial Marines sticking their noses in screaming and bleeding everywhere.

You might be glad to hear that the Aliens vs Predator franchise will not only be returning to the PC but also be making its debut onto the current generation of consoles.

The game will be published by SEGA and developed by Rebellion, the original creators of the SIERRA published Aliens vs Predator 1 & 2 for the PC back in the mid 90s.

Set soon after the events of ‘Aliens’ the game we can for now only assume will be based more on the Aliens film than that of any of the Predator or AvP films.

Excellent news i say as i would of loved to see the Predator decapitate an Alien whilst Pvt.Hudson is raging with his Pulse Rifle ‘come on, you want some, come get some, oh you want some too!?…….what…the….hell……Hicks i didn’t know your mom was here?….’

“Each species has its own single player campaign, featuring skills and weapons unique to each type. And each campaign interweaves with the others stories.” Quoted from Nuts Magazine.

Take a look the Nuts magazine scan below for some more info and what seems to be some intriguing game play screen shots.


I’m sure i am one of many looking forward to battling it out with the Xenomorphs, but will it live up to its long awaited hype?

I was already disappointed with Gearbox’s pull on the release of Aliens:Colonial Marines. It was supposed to be released on 28th March this year…my birthday. Now it seems we will have to wait atleast another year for that as a release date is unconfirmed.

The first games in the AvP series were a huge success and still have a large fan base, i even almost bought AvP2 from Amazon about a year ago as i missed it so…..i wish i did now. Dammit!
Hopefully Rebellion don’t stray too far from the original game play as it was and still is excellent when compared to other, newer games. With the power of the 360/PS3 and the current generation of graphics cards by ATI & Nvidia, it should look rather brilliant, especially if those images from Nuts are anything to go by.
However……the original games seemed to be some what unbalanced.
Most never chose the Marines during online play due to a lack of speed when compared with the Alien and lack of firepower when compared to the Predator.
Cannon fodder comes to mind.
Fingers crossed though that Rebellion find a good balance of strengths and weaknesses between the 3 species and it will actually be a war this time instead of a slaughter.
A release date is still unconfirmed but a lot of people seem to think it will be in Q1/Spring 2010.
Play.com also have a release date of 26/03/2010…..2 days before my next birthday….
Definitely a worthy birthday present if its available then.
And remember…..

“They’re coming outta the walls! They’re coming outta the god damn walls!”

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Acer launches three more notebooks

Acer’s US division has announced three new notebooks to join in their product portfolio. These will be based on their “sapphire” design, also known as the Gemstone Blue. All 3 of the notebooks (Aspire AS5536, AS5739G, and AS7735Z) all feature Dolby surround sound audio, multi-gesture touchpad’s and Acer’s very own CineCrystal LED-backlit 16:9 displays. Is the world going HD?

The Aspire AS5336 includes a 15.6 inch screen, 2.1GHz clocked Athlon 64 X2 ZL-64 CPU, 3GB of memory, ATI Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics, 320GB hard drive, 8x DVD writer and Wi-Fi capable of 802.11bgn. The starting price of this model will be $599.99 USD.

The mid range Aspire AS5739G also includes a 15.6 inch screen incorporating Intel’s Core 2 Duo T655, a whopping 4GB of DDR3 1066MHz memory, Nvidia Geforce GT310M integrated graphics with an astonishing 1GB of memory, 250GB hard drive, 8x Blu-ray drive, multi-gesture touchpad and the same fantastic Wi-Fi capabilities. The starting price of this model will be $749.00 USD.

The largest of the 3 notebooks is the AS7735Z, which comes packed with a 17.3 inch screen, featuring a 2.0GHz Pentium T4200 CPU, 4Gb DDR3 1066MHz memory, GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics, 250GB hard drive, 8x DVD Super Multi drive, and the same Wi-Fi capabilities as the other notebooks.

You can expect the AS5336 and AS7735Z to be available now, whilst the AS5739G should be available nearer the end of June.

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World says Boo to Blu-Ray

Blu-Ray has now settled in and put its feet up in the multimedia world, but isn’t allowed to get as comfy as it would like to in some people’s homes.

Harris Interactive released details of a poll showing that one in ten Americans own a HD DVD player, but that only seven percent of them owned a Blu-ray player. The results from this poll included owners of Sony’s Blu-ray capable Playstation 3.

The poll was presented to 2,401 American adults, which also showed that given the choice to switch to Blu-ray from their standard format, two out of five people would prefer to wait for the prices of drives and consumables to drop before venturing into it. Only one in five were happy to replace their existing format library to this new more expensive Blu-ray format.

Milton Ellis (VP at Harris Interactive) said “Blu-ray also faces competition from alternative technologies such as cable, satellite and the Internet.” As more and more people use computers and as websites including YouTube and BBC iPlayer upgrade their systems to support larger, clearer, High Definition footage, Blu-ray is forced to taking a back seat, at least until the prices settle.

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Thermaltake V9 Black Edition Gaming Case Video Review

Thermaltake have always been known for making some of the wackiest cases, with some of the best airflow features known to man.

They always try to do things bigger and better than anyone else, usually creating some very unique and easily identified cases in the process. Generally speaking, you will not find another product on the market similar, but then the V9 Black Edition gaming case landed with us.

At first glance however, I have to admit that the V9 looks strangely like the Antec Nine Hundred.

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PowerColor goes green once again!

Two green graphics cards

PowerColor are making a statement that nVidia aren’t the only ones who care about being eco-friendly, ATI can be green too, why not I say?

We keep seeing messages from our governments to buy energy saving light bulbs, and cars with less CO2 emissions. So why shouldn’t computer components follow suit?

nVidia started the fad with their Geforce 9600 and 9800GT Green editions, as well as the introduction of Hybrid SLI. Their competitor (ATI) wanted to show that they can be as friendly to our environment too.

To do this, PowerColor has re-launched two graphics cards that will be segmented into their Go! Green series. The first two cards to adopt this will be the HD 4350 SCS and 4650 SCS3 cards.

To help aid in cooling these cards, they will be fitted with PowerColor’s famous SCS passive coolers. nVidia’s competitive 8400GS and 9500GT models are said to use 24 and 38 percent more power than ATI’s offerings.

Specifications of the new, more friendly cards include having 512MB of DDR2 memory at a speed of 800MHz and a GPU clock speed of 600MHz. Not bad for an eco-friendly set of cards.

 

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Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound Video Review

Thermal Compound or thermal paste is probably the least exciting part of any PC build, but on the other hand, is also one of the most vital. It sits between your CPU’s IHS (Integrated Heat Spreader) and the base of your heatsink. You will usually find thermal paste on your motherboard’s north and southbridge coolers and graphics card cooling as well.

Ever since the beginning of time, Arctic Silver have been the market leader in regards to thermal compounds, with their Arctic Silver 5 selling by the bucket load.

Today however, Noctua are fighting back with their very own thermal paste, hoping to take the market by storm and to put Arctic Silver in their place.

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Windows 7 Release Date


Windows 7′s release date has now been set for 22nd October 2009.

This will be the first day that customers will be able to buy the new operating system from Microsoft. The beta of Windows 7 was released in February 2009, followed by the recent release of the Windows 7 Release Candidate, which was released in May 2009.

The only step left, is to launch Windows 7 RTM.

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