Super Talent present a Storage POD enclosure featuring USB 3.0

Super Talent Technology has presented us amazing memory products and they keep doing so, more recently with the USB 3.0 Storage POD enclosure.

As of today, USB 2.0 external storage are very common, yet they are restricted in speed because of the 2.0’s limited bandwidth, so an update to the SuperSpeed 3.0 version would make a radical difference, making it easy is even better, and this is exactly what the POD sets to do.

Installation is a breeze, five minutes is just what you need; take two screws of the back, place the 2.5” (standard 9.5mm) HDD inside the rubber grommet surrounds, pop it in, screw the cover back on. Child’s play.

The rubber grommet stated above basically surrounds the HDD and protects it from any shock.

Entirely powered through the more potent USB 3.0, a blue light turns on when the drive is connected, the rubbery protection allows the tranquillity of safe data, and the larger bandwidth allows for less hassle over slow transfer.

Super Talent have provided a very thorough video explaining the installation procedure as well as the included accessories:


Already shipping now, the USB 3.0 Storage POD is priced at $29, making SuperSpeed accessible to anyone.


Nox Xtreme release the Hummer 3.0 full-tower case with USB 3.0

Nox Extreme are updating their Hummer with the 3.0 version featuring the SuperSpeed USB 3.0.

USB 3.0 is becoming more and more popular, therefore the update sees two USB 3.0 ports added to the front panel with an internal header. Along you will find two USB 2.0 ports, audio ports, two eSATA ports, as well as controls for the built-in 2-channel fan controller.

Talking about the fans, this one is the most complete case I’ve ever seen,  as the ones included are one front intake 230mm with white LEDs, one 140mm for rear exhaust, and two 140mm for top exhaust. Yet it doesn’t come with the entirety as  there is additional space on the side for another fan ranging from 180 to 230mm, or four 120/140mm as well as one 120/140mm on the bottom. Most of these fans are equipped with dust filters. All in all, this case has some good cooling potential.

Being full-tower, this case measures 610x232x520mm (HxWxD), and supports most ATX format including micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX, XL-ATX and Flex-ATX. Cut-out holes can be found all around for easy cable management, as well as the usual CPU cut-out to give easy access to the CPU cooler’s backplate.

The storage and optical compartment both feature six bays; six internal 3.5”/2.5” and six external 5.25”, all tool less. The PSU is bottom mounted, and ten expansions slots can be found, all of which equipped with a tool-less design.

With the cooling possibilities the Hummer offered, a total of four pre-cut holes can be found in the back for any cooling solution.

Already available in Europe, the Nox Xtreme Hummereme Hummer3.0 is priced at €109.90.

For more information, please refer to the official product page.


Mad Catz Detonator Xbox 360 headset launches

The worlds first officially co-branded Xbox 360 headset from Tritton and Microsoft has been released upon the world, and is compatible with a wide range of MP3 players, cell phones and audio devices.

“We are excited to be shipping the first product in our highly anticipated co-branded headset range.” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. “Releasing a co-branded range of headsets has enabled us to offer an enticing feature set and quality audio which we are certain will appeal to the passionate gamer this holiday season.”


The headset is powered by 50mm neodymium drivers also featuring a removable boom microphone and in-line audio controls for the SVM (Selective Voice Monitoring) which allows players to control whether they hear back they’re own voice and the ability to mute either game or voice volume.

The pricing is £59.99 in the UK and in the US stands at $79.99, the company also hopes to add more peripherals to the range in time for Christmas.

L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition gets PC release date

Rockstar Games have announced the release of L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition for Windows PC, Steam and OnLive in North America on the 8th of November and Europe on the 11th of November 2011, in addition to the full game users will get access to all of the DLC content console users have had including the “Nicholson Electroplating” Arson case, “Reefer Madness” Vice case, “The Consul’s Car” Traffic case, “The Naked City” Vice case and “A Slip of the Tongue” Traffic case.

The PC version includes enhance resolution and graphical detailing as well as keyboard re-mapping and gamepad functionality and has the ability to run on Nvidia 3D Vision capable systems.

System Specifications:

  • Operating System: Windows 7 / Windows Vista Service Pack 1 / Windows XP Service Pack 3 / OnLive for PC or Mac;
  • Processor: Intel Dual Core 2.2GHz to Quad Core 3.2GHz / AMD Dual Core 2.4Ghz to Quad Core 3.2Ghz;
  • RAM: 2GB to 8GB;
  • Hard drive space: 16GB;
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 512MB to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1536MB / Radeon HD 3000 512MB to Radeon HD 6850 1024MB;
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9 Compatible;
  • DVD Drive.

L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition is rated M for Mature by the ESRB and will be available at retail and digitally for $49.99 / €49.99 / £39.99.

Another IceQ from HIS based on the HD 6970

Not so long ago, HIS presented another IceQ GPU based on the HD 6870, today, HIS is adding yet another card to their series with the HD 6970 Eyefinity RTS.

Featuring the base specs of AMD’s reference design, the clock speed of 880 MHz and the 2GB of GDDR5 memory at 5.50 GHz, the most interesting feature is the RTS, abbreviation for Read To See.

RTS allows the Eyefinity one of the three monitors setup to be connected through HDMI 1.4a port instead of the mini-DisplayPort, making the hard to find dongle not required anymore, as most of the modern screens feature HDMI connectivity.

Being from the IceQ series, the HD 6970 is fitted with the series’ cooler, identical to the HD 6870 IceQ model, although as the most and very attentive eyes will have noticed, the PCB of the 6970 is longer than the 6870 (see for yourself).

The connectivity is also the same as the previous version, that is two DVI, one HDMI 1.4a and two mini-DisplayPorts.

The price and availability haven’t been announced yet.


Touch Revolution launch a 21.5 inch multi-touch monitor

Touch Revolution have launched its latest multi-touch 21.5 inch monitor to their ever expanding range, the sceen is available now in desktop and open frame options both of which have a sleak bezel-free design but at a price of $999.

“We know that many vertical markets and niche applications are poised for the leap to multi-touch technology,” said Gene Halsey, TRū Product Line Director. “OEMs, distributors and integrators have been waiting for the right combination of hardware, software and support to make this leap. Now that time is here, and Touch Revolution is ready.”


LCD Size / Type 21.5” diagonal TFT Active Matrix Panel
Net Weight (Approx.)23.1 23.1 lb
Power Supply 100 – 240V AC
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Pixel Pitch 0.294 (H) X 0.294 (V) mm
Panel Resolution (Max.) 1920 X 1080 (Full HD)
Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Brightness (Typical) 270 nits
LCD Response Time (Typical) 5ms
Viewing Angle – Horizontal (Typical) 160°
Viewing Angle – Vertical (Typical) 160°
Video Signal Input D-sub 15 pin Female (Analog)/DVI-D
Temperature – Operating 0ºC → +40ºC
Temperature – Storage -20ºC → +60ºC
Humidity – Operating 20% ~ 80% (Non-condensing)
Humidity – Storage 10% ~ 90% (Non-condensing)
Audio 2W Speaker / 2 Channels
Compliance TUV, CE, UL, CUL, FCC-B, RoHS, IPX1
Touch Technology Projected Capacitive
Touch Interface USB (Type-B)
Multi-Touch Support At least 2 unambiguous points
Maximum Report Rate 75 points per second
OS Supported Windows 7, Linux















“People are beginning to see the benefits and uses for multi-touch applications that will change how we interact with products, do business and get information,” said Mark Hamblin, CTO. “In the emerging world of multi-touch computing, users will manipulate data, images and sound in a new, highly-tactile way that promises to transform the entire experience, making it more enjoyable, more productive and more self-directed than ever before.”

Akasa Internal Cardreader with Bluetooth Review

If you look back several years, we all had Floppy Disk drives which were mostly of the 3.5″ form, and of course all cases had the 3.5″ bays at the front to take a floppy drive. Things have changed a lot since then, but not quite as much as you might expect.

While we all upgraded our optical drives from CD and then to CD-RW and eventually doing the same with the DVD format, the humble floppy disk drive did have a slow and painful death. Why would you need 1.44Mb of storage when you could use a 750Mb CD? Well Akasa have decided to take advantage of the fact that there are still lots of cases out there that have 3.5″ bays at the front, especially their own. However, instead of providing with a Floppy Disk Drive they have upgraded it to something that should be quite a bit more functional for most of you, an internal card reader. Everyone who has a camera or phone, or many other devices, will know the fun of memory cards, and while you can plug most phones and cameras into USB ports it is often a lot easier to take the memory card out and plug it into a card reader.

Akasa have as such provided us with a good array of media card support, they have gone for 6 different slots catering for all the popular brands and sub-brands of memory cards. On top of this, for extra functionality, they have added Bluetooth, which is never a cheap addition. In theory this allows you to connect your phone, headset and other devices directly to your computer without any wires.

We do however know, from experience, that Bluetooth can be very hard to get to work with a PC, and is often quite temperamental, so heres hoping Akasa have got it right.

Patriot Pyro 120GB Solid State Drive Review

Patriot have been a big contender in the memory market for quite some time and are regarded by consumers to have some of the best memory kits on the market, and with this in mind, it was only right that they would branch out into other market areas and see what the water was like. With the knowledge of memory based products behind them, Solid State Drives would seem to be the next logical step in their plan.

With a market that has so much choice in terms of speed, capacity or a mixture of both, it’s a very tough market to crack but Patriot believe they can do it by offering a drive to rival the rest, with one key factor in mind; the price.

Patriot have released a few drives onto their portfolio of products including the Inferno, Torqx 2 and PS-100, though with speed being everything in this day and age, the SATA II interface wasn’t strong enough, and this is where the drawing board came back out to develop the next generation of drives, which includes the Wildfire and Pyro. While both drives are based around the SandForce SF-2200 series controller and some of the latest MLC NAND flash memory on the market, some distinct differences can be noticed between the two product ranges. We’re not talking about the speed as the difference in that area is very minor, but instead the Pyro is marketed at what’s important to the mass market, and that simply comes down to the price.

Finding a drive that can offer a healthy balance of performance and value is always hard to find, and that’s the same with any type of product in today’s day and age, but Patriot believe the Pyro can keep up with the big boys and do it for a fraction of the cost, so of course, we were keen to get our grubby little mitts on this particular SSD to see if it really can do what it’s set out to do.

Asus introduces three new PCI-Express 3.0 motherboards based on the Z68 chipset

Asus has recently revealed three new motherboards featuring the support for the upcoming Ivy Bridge, as well as PCI-Express 3.0 (which we’ll let either MSI or Gigabyte judge if real), based on Intel’s successful Z68 chipset: the P8Z68 DELUXE/Gen3, the P8Z68-V PRO/Gen3 and the P8Z68-V/Gen3.

They have a few features in common, including the 16-phase Digi+ CPU VRM, as well as Intel’s gigabit Ethernet controller, the Lucid Virtu support and the same layout of expansion port; two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (x16/NC or x8/x8), one PCI-Express 2.0 (electrical 2.0 x4), as well as two PCI-Express 2.0 and two PCI legacy (connected to an ASMedia bridge chip).

The P8Z68 DELUXE/Gen3 is the most loaded, even the lack of display connectivity is compensated by the added gigabyte Ethernet with a Realtek 8111E controller and extra USB 3.0 port. The additional SATA and USB 3.0 ports are controlled by an added PCI-Express 2.0 bridge chip from PXL. The Lucid Virtu on the other hand only works in D-mode for a load-balancing between multiple GPUs. The other USB 3.0 uses a controller from NSC/Renesa. Also included in the features are the HD audio, Bluetooth 3.0 and the FireWire.

The P8Z68-V PRO/Gen3 has a less features in connectivity, getting rid of the Realtek-controlled Ethernet port while adding the iGPU display connectivity with DVI, HDMI an D-Sub, it also gets rid of one eSATA port.

The P8Z68-V/Gen3 has even less compared to the DELUXE, featuring the same step down as the PRO, it has two fewer SATA 6Gbps ports and lack the DTS decode feature on the HD audio CODEC.

Here is a sum up of the specs (in German, although self-explanatory, no idea where it comes from, sorry):



The price range is around $250 for the P8Z68 DELUXE/Gen3, around $200 for the P8Z68-V PRO/Gen3, while the P8Z68-V/Gen3 will most likely be under the $200 mark. No release date announce though.


Prolimatech introduces their Panther CPU Cooler

Responsible for the high-end Genesis, it only seems fair that Prolimatech releases a CPU cooler for the more mainstream market, which is what they’ve done with the Panther.

Combining the same engineering they used for the Genesis and the inspiration from the Armageddon, this cooler can only spell danger (see what I did there?).

With the same heatpipe shape as the Armageddon, only with the reduction to four 6mm pipes, they’ve been place in a row next to each other in order not to create an unwanted airflow restriction from the fan.

Entirely nickel plated for this shiny style, it’s as classy as it is practical, designed mainly for reduction in the space taken, the fins still have a large surface area for better cooling performance as well as being placed in a crossed pattern to give the Panther more robustness.

The Panther is also the only CPU cooler with a fan included, which isn’t just a cheap model to make it work, it’s a full 120mm with PWM connector which can be controlled by any modern board to keep the noise to minimum with performances at their maximum. As stylish as the cooler itself, the blades are of a transparent red with red LEDs to put some light on all this silver. The Panther is also bundled with another set of clips to add a second fan for push/pull configuration to increase the performance. Also included are the mounting brackets for both Intel and AMD CPUs with the supported sockets being 1155, 1156 and AM2, AM2+, AM3 respectively. Not to forget efficiency in the ‘contact zone’, the award winning PK-1 thermal paste comes in the package along everything else.

Now available, the Prolimatech Panther CPU cooler can be found at for only €39,99.


Sapphire presents the Pure Platinum A75P motherboard

Based on the AMD A75 chipset, as well as being a more cost-effective FM1 motherboard, Sapphire has presented their latest product with the Pure Platinum A75P.

With a more compact PCB compared to the Pure Platinum A75, some of the features from its ‘big brother’ have been taken away including the mSATA, you’re left with two DDR3 DIMM slots supporting dual-channel DDR3-1866MHz, although the PCIe x4 had beenleft open to accommodate longer PCI-E x16 card while still running at x4 speed.

Yet one thing it seems to gain is improved processor VRM design, while still using the 8-phase VRM, although with improved power conditioning components as well.

The expansions slots are composed of one PCI-Express x16 connected to the APU, one PCI-Express x16 (electrical x4) connected to the A75 FCH, three PCI-Express x1 and two legacy PCI. While the onboard display can be connected through DVI, HDMI and D-Sub. Storage, on the other hand, is composed of six SATA 6Gbps.

The rear I/O features the 8-channel HD audio, gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, while the rest is USB 2.0.

Featuring the UEFI, it’s also equipped with the ROM chip technology to protect from failed BIOS update.

The Pure Platinum A75P is expected to be the most affordable FM1 motherboard in the ATX section.


Toshiba unveil their Thrive 7″ Tablet

Toshiba have announced the news of their latest tablet to join their expanding range with the Thrive 7 inch, the device is loaded with Android 3.2 Honeycomb with a 1280×800 resolution multi-touch screen  incorporating Toshiba’s exclusive adaptive display and resolution video enhancement technologies, the device sports the dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 mobile processor and Nvidia GeForce graphics, also featuring two HD cameras, a five mega-pixel with flash on the back for picture and video taking and a 2 mega-pixel front camera for video chatting.

“This is a seven-inch tablet done right,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “The Thrive 7” Tablet is the first seven-inch tablet in the U.S. market to offer a true HD display that when combined with the selection of ports, premium audio, and a better, more robust Android experience make it a great choice for on-the-go consumers looking for a no-compromise tablet.”

The Thrive 7 inch weighs in at 0.88 pounds and with dimensions of  5.04 x 7.44 x 0.48 inches, for connectivity it host’s Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS, also including a selection of built-in ports, Mini USB, Micro HDMI and a Micro SD card slot, a built-in gyroscope offers hands-on motion control.

The Thrive comes in both 16GB and 32GB models and will be available in the US in December, an image gallery of the device can be seen here.

EA is having a $1.6m tournament on Battlefield 3 in 2012, but only with the “gold standard”

Let’s analyze this for a second; Battlefield 3 is one of the most anticipated game of the year, with computers most likely to deliver the best graphics compared to the gaming consoles, so we got that right, and nothing has changed for this.

Electronic Arts, aka EA, is teaming up with Virgin Gaming for a massive tournament on Battlefield 3 taking place in 2012, with a cash price of $1.6m, but here is where the “gold standard” is taking its place, as this tournament is only for them, in other words, just the Xbox and PS3, the PC is not getting any of the fun.

Are you kidding me? “Gold standard”? Here’s a question: what in the name of all that is gaming  is that supposed to mean?

The president of GameStop, Tony Bartel, has some kind of an answer, which was said in an interview with IndustryGamers:

“We continue to believe that the console is a strong platform and will continue to be the gold standard.”

Sure, whatever. Another revolting thing that you may want to take a look at is the availability of Battlefield 3 on Steam… which is missing, and in order to get it, you’ll have to go to EA’s own Origin platform.

The official website for the tournament states:

“The biggest, most realistic, room-shaking FPS ever demands a tournament that will always be remembered. That’s why Virgin Gaming, and EA DICE have come together to bring you an online competition you’ll be telling your grandkids about. So strap on your boots and check your magazine—when the spoils of war are this rich, you can bet things are gonna get messy.”

Either way, EA is sure to get a nice amount of selling in the PC section, yet we don’t really see the point in restricting such competition.

Anyway, you can go to the competition’s official website if you want to register because you have the so called “gold standard”…


Corsair Professional Series HX1050 Power Supply Unit Review

Corsair are widely renowned for their top-quality components ranging from RAM to cases that cater for the enthusiast market. One area where Corsair has always delivered are power supplies- Corsair has always provided high-quality units ranging from their budget Builder series all the way up the enthusiast AX-series.

Both the high and mid range PSU markets are heavily saturated with the vast majority of case manufacturers jumping on the PSU bandwagon, as a result, many manufacturers looks to sell their products with various USPs such as the NeteQ unit I reviewed a while ago that had an advanced fan control system, or units that dress to impress bringing a vast array of LEDs and unique paint jobs to the table. What I respect Corsair for is sticking to their current market and trying to beat the competition with raw performance the old fashioned way rather than coming up with ‘innovative’ ideas that turn out to be useless. Because, let’s face it, a PSU has a boring job that does not require any additional accesories to operate more effectively, it just wants to be placed into the corner of the chassis and left to do it’s job! That is exactly what Corsair have been good at for many years, providing raw power and performace that will look pretty and give you no worries for many years to come.

The unit we will be taking a look at is Corsair’s HX1050 which is the replacement for the slightly aged HX1000 and provides a slight efficiency boost as well as a completely different power delivery method which we will take a look at later. The HX1050 is an enthusiast grade product that is delivered at a lower price point than the premium AX units, but what does this unit sacrifice to lower the costs? That, we shall find out later.

Amazon reveal 4 new devices in the Kindle range

Amazon have gone all out with the news of their new range of Kindle Devices with the news of three new models of e-reader two of which are touch-screen and their new Android based Kindle Fire tablet.

The new e-readers have done away with keyboards, the cheapest model is priced at £89 ($79 in the US), it is 30% lighter at just 6 ounces and has an 18% reduction on its body size (166 mm x 114 mm x 8.7 mm) apparently able to fit in you pocket and still has a 6 inch screen, and 2GB internal memory.

There are also two versions of the new Kindle Touch, in the same vein of previous models you have the option Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi/3G, priced at $99 and $149 respectively, the touch-screens are multi-touch with improved E-ink, the dimensions are 172 mm x 120 mm x 10.1 mm and weighs in at 7.5 ounces (213 grams), a single charge can last up to 2 months and also comes with 4GB internal memory.


And finally we come to the Kindle Fire Tablet built around the Android operating system, the US have the device price at $199 but it remains to be seen how that translates to rip-off Britain, the device features a 7 inch multi-touch with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution,it comes with a dual core processor and 8GB memory, the device feature a whole new browser experience with Amazon Silk (video introduction below).


The Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch models are available in the US 15th of November and 21st of November


Intel presents two new Extreme Series board based on Z68

Intel is releasing two new desktop motherboards under the Extreme Series, both based on the Z68 chipset and supporting the LGA1155 Core processors; the DZ68ZV and the DZ68BC.

The DZ68ZV uses the same PCB as the DP67BG only by replacing the P67 PCH with the Z68. No display connectivity offered here. Using an 8-phase active-swiching/load-balancing digital PWM power circuitry for the CPU, this board is also equipped a couple of overclocking features.

Expansion is achieved through two PCI-Express 2.0 x16, three PCIe x1 and two PCI. As for storage you get two SATA 6Gbps, four 3Gbps and one eSATA 3Gbps, although one of the advantages of this board is that it supports the Intel Smart Response Technology. Other features include an 8-channel HD audio, USB 3.0 and Intel Gigabit Ethernet connector.

The DZ68BC, on the other hand, is entirely new and design for the Z68 chipset, with the entire set of overclocking features as well as the Lucid Virtu bundled, it proudly harbors the Extreme title.

With the CPU powered by an 8-phase digital PWM VRM using an improved VRM cooling solution, the expansion is composed of two PCI-Express 2.0 x16, three PCI and two PCIe x1, while storage gets four SATA 6Gbps, four SATA 3Gbps and two eSATA.

Just like the ZV version, the BC is equipped with both 8-channel HD audio and Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller, although this one features display connectivity through DVI, D-Sub and HDMI, and the IO also features USB 3.0 as well as the possibility of FireWire.

The DZ68BC comes at around $225, pretty steep for a motherboard with these features, while the price and availability of the DZ68ZV are unsure.

More are on the way, but only the names are known as of now: the DZ68PL and the DZ68AF.

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Kingston launch the Data Traveler 6000

Today saw the release of Kingstons latest ultra-secure Data Traveler 6000 USB flash drive, with Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 3 validation and 100-percent encryption, an ideal product for those that need unrivaled security for their data such as government or finacial sectors, the DT6000 has been touted as the most secure flash drive currently available on the market, the DT6000 comes with a 5 year warranty and 24/7 tech support and is available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacity.


  • FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated
  • U.S. Department of Defence Data AT Rest Tiger Team (DARTT) & USCYBERCOM approved
  • Ultra-Strong Security Architecture
    • Drive locks down after 10 intrusion attempts and encryption key is destroyed
    • No passwords stored on device or host
    • Hardware designed and assembled in the U.S.
    • United States National Security Agency Suite B set of cryptographic on Board
    • Elliptic curve cryptography
    • Secure channel communication
    • Digitally signed firmware updates using Suite B SHA-384 and ECDSA P-384
    • DT6000 can operate with AutoRun disabled
    • Enforces tamper-free AutoRun files
    • Cryptography made in the U.S.
  • Enforced Complex Password — Password is user-set with a minimum of three of the four characteristics (lowercase, uppercase, characters and numbers) required to prevent unauthorised access
  • Full Privacy — 100 percent of stored data is protected by 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) hardware-based encryption — master key recreated at logon
  • Customisable — preload content, full security policy customisation, casing options
  • Tamper-proof — physical security barrier
  • Waterproof  — protected against water damage
  • Guaranteed — five-year warranty with 24/7 customer support
  • Ruggedised — titanium-coated stainless steel casing
  • Specifications:
  • Dimensions — 3.06″ x 0.9″ x 0.47″ (77.9mm x 22mm x 12.05mm)
  • Capacities  — 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB
  • Speed — up to 11MB/s Read and 5MB/s Write
  • Compatibility — designed to USB 2.0 specifications
  • Operating Temperature — 32°F to 140°F (0°C to 60°C)
  • Storage Temperature — -4°F to 185°F (-20°C to 85°C)
  • Minimum System Requirements — USB 2.0 compliant and 1.1 compatible


Sandy Bridge-E: release date and a couple of prices

Set to launch in Q4 2011, some stating a precise date of November 14th, here are some prices and specs of three new CPUs under the Sandy Bridge-E.


Core i7 3820

The cheapest of them all, a quad-core processor featuring eight threads and a clock speed of 3.6GHz with support for turbo overclocking. The cache is equipped with 10MB and, as expected, sports the LGA2011 socket.

Coming at around $294, this is as stated the cheapest, although it’s locked and may not be that great for overcloking. Yet strangely enough, Intel presented how to overclock locked processors some time ago…why lock them in the first place?


Core i7 3930K

As all may know, or at least the ones familiar with Intel, this is an Unlocked version, indicated with the letter K. Almost double the price of the 3820, you get a six core processor with twelve threads clocked at 3.2GHz with turbo support as well, and being unlocked, we’ll see what speeds it will produce. This version is equipped with 12MB of cache and also sports the X79 and LGA2011 socket.

This unlocked version will set you back $583, which from a certain point of view, could be regarded as good, as it’s a close equivalent (on paper) of the current $1,000 i7 990X.


Core i7 3960X

Last but not least, the Extreme processor which is the replacement for its predecessor, the 990X. Featuring the common six core, twelve thread, this one is clocked at 3.3GHz instead of 3.46, although it was stated that the performances of the 3960X will be quite higher than the 990X.

Still maintaining the ‘X’ performance, it also inherits its price tag of $999.


Other than these specs, the release date hasn’t been confirmed, therefore is still a rumour.

Still remaining on the subject what do you think of these new CPUs?


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Toshiba introduces a new 23″ All-in-One desktop

The Digital Product Division of Toshiba America have recently added a new product to the line-up with a new all-in-one PC; the DX735.

Featuring a 23” touchscreen supporting 1080p HD, surrounded by a glossy black finish and an aluminium stand, this AIO can serve for either work or fun, it’s design won’t mess any of these environments, making it a versatile desktop.

It may look rather simple, but it’s packed with features, including a keyboard and a mouse, both connected through Bluetooth and pre-paired for easy setup right out of the box. Moreover the keyboard can be placed easily on the stand to save space. As for comfort, the DX735 can be rotated on its stand to allow for the best suitable position.

Used either for entertainment or work, the HDMI-In will allow you to connect any other device to use the DX735 as a screen to enjoy full HD contents. Also available in configuration is a TV tuner, to make it over more expandable. All this incredible media experience comes complete with professionally tuned by experts Onkyo stereo speakers as well as the Waves MaxxAudio sound processing for a maximum of performance to allow to sound to reach its full potential for a more enjoyable experience. Even more, you get the Sleep & Music feature, allowing you to make use of the speakers even when the PC is turned off

Configurable to a certain extent, you will be able to have either a Second Generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, as well as 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 1TB hard drive rotating at 7200RPM, two USB 3.0 one of which featuring the USB Sleep & Charge, four USB 2.0  and a built-in DVD SuperMulti drive equipped with Toshiba’s Resolution+ video upconversion technology to make the standard definition DVD ‘live up to the screen’s quality’.

The Toshiba DX735 will be available exclusively at Best Buy stores and e-store starting from October 2 for a retail price of $956.99.


PowerColor Radeon HD 6770 PCS+ Vortex II Graphics Card Review

Rewinding time to a few years ago, the Radeon 5770 took centre stage and gave AMD a great boost in sales as it took the market by storm as an affordable mid-range card that had a lot to offer for a great price point. Building on the success of that card, AMD released the next generation in the form of a 6770 offering up slightly improved features and expecting to take the market by storm in the same manner.

With Nvidia releasing the likes of the GTX 550 Ti, it was going to be a lot tougher for AMD to compete, especially at a reference level. This is why many more manufacturers on the market are investing time and money into custom coolers, custom PCB’s and faster pre-overclocked cards and PowerColor thought they’d give some of their star treatment to the Radeon 6770 by slapping their patented Vortex II cooler on board and bumping up the base clocks slightly to give that extra performance that we all crave, especially when it doesn’t cost any extra, right?

We’ve never been fans of mid-range cards, but that’s all down to the fact that the staff at eTeknix are enthusiasts through and through, but we do believe that mid-range cards have their place in the market, as not everyone has £400+ to spend on a dual GPU monster like the Radeon 6990 or GTX 590, and for the most part, cards like that would be wasted on most consumers. This is why we find manufacturers releasing these refreshed cards which give the consumer something more than your bog standard reference card.

PowerColor are keen to show off their Radeon 6770 PCS+ Vortex II graphics card, and with PowerColor being a new brand to us in the test lab, we’re keen to see what it can do and if it’s really worth the extra money for a pre-overclocked card with a fancy cooler.

Samsung’s Series 7 Laptop available for pre-order

As we make our way closer to the future Ultrabooks, Samsung’s latest Series 7 notebook is now available for pre-order.

This 15.6” laptop sports an incredible design featuring an entire aluminium casing, making it weigh only around 5 pounds and powered by Intel’s latest Core i7, ultrabook or not, it’s one hell of a beast.

Only available for pre-order at Best Buy (for now), this specific Series 7 is equipped with an Intel Core i7 2675QM processor clocked at 2.2GHz with 6MB of cache as well as 6GB of DDR3 memory. Graphics will be displayed by an AMD Radeon HD 6490 with 512MB of memory and is also equipped with Intel’s Wireless display. The storage capacity is 750GB, meaning plenty of space for your data.

As for connectivity, you get Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n as well as gigabit Ethernet LAN and Intel 4G WiMAX chipset. You’ll also find a slot-load double-layer DVD burner, two USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and HDMI and VGA outputs.

With a 8-cell lithium battery for up to 9 hours of battery time (according to Samsung), the Series 7 is on pre-order for only $880 at Best Buy, yet strangely enough, the arrival date is estimated for…last week…I think there’s a problem in there somewhere.



Disney introduce Cars 2 Appmates toys

Chance are those of you with an iPad may have reason to see even less of your beloved device if you have kids as Disney have introduced Disney Appmates mobile application toys for use on the iPad as a virtual play mat, the toy line features miniature Disney Pixar Cars 2 vehicles with sensors on the base of each toy that are recognized as a unique by an app with no cable or Bluetooth connection required. simply download the free Cars 2 Appmates app from the iTunes app store, place your favorite Appmates toy character on the screen and play.


  • Exploration – Drive around the world of Radiator Springs to discover landscapes and hidden secrets by simply placing the Cars toy character on the screen and turning it in any direction. Drive through mud and up ramps, visit friends at Flo’s V8 Café or check out your Car’s reflection, showing off your latest gear and gadgets.
  • Directed Game Play – Perform missions unique to each character. Completed missions – like helping bring a tow hook back to Mater – gain hubcaps, the virtual currency. Collect enough hubcaps to personalize each car with special features like a unique horn sound, customized tire tracks, and cool gear like a rocket launcher or spy vision goggles.
  • Racing – Rev up the action by racing against World Grand Prix opponents and your Radiator Springs friends. Five racetracks are available at launch. Race around Willy’s Butte, jump off Carburetor Mesa and roar through downtown Radiator Springs earning hubcaps in day or night races.

Disney Appmates toys are available starting October the 1st at US retailers, Apple Store, Apple Store online, Disney Store and with vehicle two-packs priced at $19.99, featuring four characters including Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater, Finn McMissile, and Holley Shiftwell, two additional characters – Francesco Bernoulli and Shu Todoroki – will launch in November and be available exclusively through Apple Store and Apple Store online.

Acer’s first AMD C-60 powered Aspire One now available

Acer’s Aspire One 522 netbook was originally released in January, but was equipped with AMD APUs less power-efficient than the update model which sees itself fitted with the low-power C-60 APU.

Featuring two x86-64 core clocked at 1 GHz with TurboCore boosting it up to 1.33 GHz, a Radeon HD 6290 takes care of the graphics with a core running at 276 MHz, and up to 400 MHz with TurboCore.

The Aspire One 522 is a 10.1” netbook fitted with a LED-backlit screen with a resolution of up to 1280×720, 1GB of DDR3 memory for the APU and a storage capacity of 320 GB. Featuring a web-cam as well as the basics for connectivity you get 10/100 Ethernet, Wi-fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 as well as a 5-in1 card reader. As for output port, you get a D-Sub as well as HDMI connection. The power is obtained from the 6-cell battery.

The Aspire One 522 netbook is now available in Europe for €279 and comes with Windows 7 Starter pre-installed.


McAfee All Access for internet devices is launched

McAfee have launched their latest security suite aimed at users with the need to protect multiple devices on multiple platforms at a price point cheaper than protecting each device on an individual basis, All Access offers the ability for consumers to secure smartphones, tablets, netbooks, PCs, and Macs, the software is priced on a single user or family basis without limiting the number of devices you can protect.

“We’re excited to launch McAfee All Access today to meet increasing consumer demand for a single solution that safeguards users’ internet-connected devices and protects their digital lifestyles,” said Todd Gebhart, co-president of McAfee. “Users now have the protection they need without having to make buying decisions for each and every one of their devices—or go through the hassle of dealing with individual licenses each time they want to add or eliminate a device. From a simple, central console, McAfee All Access uses a single subscription, eliminating all complex licensing and management issues.”

McAfee All Access costs $99.99 for individuals and $149.99 for the household version and allows consumers and families to quickly install, activate and manage essential protection for data, Internet activities, computer systems, and kids:

  • Protect Data – Backup and restore data on smartphones, tablets and PCs. Remotely locate, lock and wipe mobile devices. Misplaced smartphone at home? Make it “scream” to easily find it.
  • Safeguard Internet Activities – Block risky sites. Safely share content. Protect email and IM.
  • Secure Consumers’ Systems – Anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall protects against malware and hackers. Wireless Internet at home is also protected.
  • Monitor Kids and Teens – Parents can supervise kids’ activities including Internet and social network use, or actively filter inappropriate content including YouTube videos and explicit music lyrics.


Smartphones and tablets for Android, Symbian and Blackberry operating systems:

  • Complete anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-phishing protection – scans and cleans malicious code from inbound and outbound emails, text messages, attachments, and files.
  • Safe searching, browsing and shopping – blocks risky links within SMS, email and social networking sites.
  • Locate and track – allows consumers to view their phone’s location on a map and send an SMS to prompt its return, as well as using its remote alarm to make it “scream” so it can be easily found.
  • Remote lock and wipe features – prevents access to data, including that on memory (SIM) cards if the phone is lost.
  • Backup and restore options – preserves personal information on-demand, on a schedule, or before users wipe their missing smartphone or tablet, and helps users restore data to a new device.
  • Family protection (Android only) – ensures safe browsing on mobile devices and prevents kids’ and teens’ exposure to inappropriate content. (Available in English language version only)

Desktop, laptop and netbook PCs:

  • Complete anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-phishing tools – analyzes and blocks new and emerging threats in real time.
  • Two-way firewall – blocks hackers from accessing PCs.
  • Anti-spam tools – provides comprehensive spam blocking and email filtering.
  • Home network protection – safeguards wireless connections in the home and protects them from intruders.
  • Safe searching, browsing and shopping protection – alerts users to risky websites, blocks phishing sites and sites infected with malware. It also allows users to easily and safely shorten and share web links via Facebook and Twitter.
  • Family protection – blocks inappropriate content and programs, monitors social networking sites, offers parents age-based guidelines, monitors and records instant message conversations in addition to other features.
  • PC tools – includes file encryption, data shredder to destroy sensitive files, PC optimization tools and online back-up.


McAfee helps keep Mac users safe from intrusion by viruses, Trojans, worms, bots, and rootkits. Security essentials, such as a firewall and phishing protection also help keep Macs safe from attack, while website ratings help users determine if sites are safe or malicious.

To help safeguard kids and teens, McAfee All Access also includes family protection for Mac with features such as website blocking, usage monitoring and key word search filtering. (Family protection for Mac is offered in English language versions only)

The product is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP SP3 or higher (32-bit), Windows Vista SP1 (32- and 64-bit), Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit), and Mac OS X 10.5 or higher, and is available for download immediately in the United States at as an annual subscription.

ZOTAC expand their GT 520 lineup for older systems

Due to some systems being old, as well as newer components being more expensive, some people don’t necessarily need the latest for everything. ZOTAC, having noticed it, announced a new version of their GT 520 lineup coming with PCI and PCI-E x1 connectivity.

Pre-built systems or old systems, and even both sometimes, don’t always need to the thrown out if they still work, they just need little help, which is what the GT 520 is made for by making high definition graphics available to the older generations.

“Upgrading your graphics card is the easiest way to boost your system performance and gain new capabilities. The new ZOTAC® GeForce® GT 520 PCI and PCI Express x1 graphics cards shows that you can experience good graphics without upgrading the rest of your system,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International.

The GT 520 GPU is clocked at 810 MHz, with 48 unified shaders clocked at 1620 MHz, a total of 512MB DDR3 memory with 64-bit interface clocked at 1333 MHz, it’s not the best, but it’s just enough for the old systems with only PCI or PCI-E x1 connectivity.

Supporting both DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1, connected through DVI, HDMI or VGA output, you will be able enjoy full HD video playback, the low profile as well as the passive cooling shouldn’t bother neither in space nor in noise (PCI only). The dual simultaneous independent display support will also enable the painless upgrade of a dual monitor setup.

The only difference between the PCI and the PCI-E x1 is in the size and cooling.

The PCI is a little bit bigger due to its connectivity and is equipped with a passive cooling heatsink:


The PCI-Express x1 on the other hand is slightly smaller in shape and features a small fan for the cooling, which rest assured, shouldn’t produce too much noise:

Both of these come bundled with a smaller PCI bracket for systems with restricted brackets size, they come in pair though, which allows for the VGA to be place under (or over according to preferences) meaning you don’t loose anything.

The latest ZOTAC GeForce GT 520 PCI and PCI-Express x1 will allow more expandability to the older systems not requiring too much of an update.

A price and release date have yet to be announced.


AMD’s driver update for Battlefield 3 as well

Not long after the launch NVIDIA’s latest BETA driver optimized for Battlefield 3 beta, AMD has followed the pace with their own AMD Catalyst 11.10 Preview.

The Preview versions are basically BETA hotfix drivers, and this one optimizes the Radeon graphics card meeting the minimum or recommended requirements with a few tweaks including improved performances for both non-Anti-Aliasing and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on the HD 6000 and 5000 series for single GPU configurations, as well as the support for Eyefinity 5×1 display configurations  both in portrait and landscape on the HD 6000 and 5000 series. The Vision Engine Control Center also sees enhancements in the User Interface for the CrossfireX, GPU Overdrive and Information Center pages.

Currently available for download here, with Battlefield 3 Beta opening in a couple of days, we’ll see which of the drivers improve the best.