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News for 2011-02-01

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* Sharky Extreme Biweekly Memory Prices
* Noctua NH-C14 review at X-bit labs
* Intel expects $1 Billion hit from chipset flaw
* Anand gets details on Intel Chipset flaw

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Intel 6-series Chip (SB) Flaw

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It's annoying news for Sandy Bridge sellers, buyers... and Intel. Intel announced today that a major flaw was found in "the 6 Series chip, code-named Cougar Point, and implemented a silicon fix. In some cases, the Serial-ATA (SATA) ports within the chipsets may degrade over time, potentially impacting the performance or functionality of SATA-linked devices such as hard disk drives and DVD-drives. The chipset is utilized in PCs with Intel's latest Second Generation Intel Core processors, code-named Sandy Bridge. Intel has stopped shipment of the affected support chip from its factories. Intel has corrected the design issue, and has begun manufacturing a new version of the support chip which will resolve the issue. The Sandy Bridge microprocessor is unaffected and no other products are affected by this issue." Click on Read More for more.

News for 2011-01-27

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* Intel 510 SSDs in Feb 2011
* AMD Catalyst 11.1 WHQL and 11.1a Hotfix - Latest video drivers w/ major improvements
* Scythe announces Universal Retention Kit 3
* LibreOffice 3.3 Final (2011-01-25) (fork/replacement for OpenOffice)
* Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid HD problems pile up

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News for 2011-01-25

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* Kingston seeking stake in SATA specialist JMicron (expect more JMicron based SSDs from Kingston)
* Super Flower first-to-market 80 Plus Platinum modular PSU
* Nvidia releases eForce GTX 560 Ti; AMD responds by dropping prices of Radeon HD 6800/6900 products
* AMD to release new driver for performance improvements to all HD 6000 series GPUs
* Scythe announces Setsugen 2 VGA Cooler
* NZXT Sentry LXE fan controller review. 5 fans with separate RPM control on a touchscreen, 5 thermal sensors, alarms.
* Asus expects motherboard prices to rise 15%, may affect video card prices as well.
* LCD monitor that draws only 5W has no separate power cord: Data and power supplied over USB.

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News for 2011-01-21

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* TechPowerUp reviews MSI HD 6850 Cyclone Power Edition (with dual mode BIOS performance/quiet)
* Western Digital Hybrid Hard Drive in the Works?
* The Quest Of Finding Linux Compatible Hardware - Phoronix.com gives an introduction to OpenBenchmarking.org
* NEC makes a mirror that checks for fever with an IR sensor

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News for 2011-01-19

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* Legit Reviews starts a 3 month real world test of the Samsung 470 SSD
* TweakTown USA SSD - The State of Solid State in 2011
* Phoronix: Intel's Linux Sandy Bridge Graphics Still Troubling

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News for 2011-01-18

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* Xbitlabs 120 mm Fan Roundup <1350 RPM
* Tbreak: Two Future of Cell Phone videos worth watching
* Antec Case Lineup gets refreshed
* Self-adhesive floor tile for case dampening
* HP showing flexible display prototype
* DigiTimes: Tablets may raise notebook LCD prices, cause component shortages
* OSF Mount allows mounting disc images as RAM drives + other useful tricks
* Majorgeeks: PowerStrip 3.89 Build 672 Final released
* NVIDIA GeForce 266.58 WHQL Driver Suite Released
* Techspot: Most anticipated games for 2011
* Techwarelabs reviews Seagate LP Green 2TB ST2000DL003-9VT166

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News for 2011-01-17

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* Socket Pin Burnout Returns to Haunt LGA1155?
* Windows 7 Services Pack 1 features?
* Some people (0.019%) are still using Windows 98 to browse the web
* SharkyExtreme Biweekly Memory Prices
* Antec Launches Sonata IV Case (with USB 3 front port)
* HIS Multiview II lets you add a 2nd - 6th monitor to a laptop that does not have DisplayPort.
* FSP Group Unveils Aurum Series 80Plus Gold Certified PSUs

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News for 2011-01-14

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* New version of RBE - Radeon BIOS Editor released v1.27
* Nearly indestructible drive enclosure shown at CES 2011
* Hardware Canucks takes another look at the Seagate Momentus XT (reviewed by SPCR in 2010)
* Acer ICONIA Touchbook (and other CES 2011 items)
* BeHardware looks at TRIM support with Marvell and AMD drivers
* WSGF - WideScreen Gaming Forum give their thoughts on CES 2011
* Windows on the verge of dropping below 90% market share
* What to do with your leftover bubble wrap to make your home warmer and quieter

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News for 2011-01-13

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* Displayport adapters add new convenience and extend capabilities
* ARM continues to steal market share from x86 and PC sales growth will slow
* Tablets will change the computer industry
* Rising tablet usage could hurt DRAM consumption
* Bulldozer performance Rumor makes the rounds
* Triple slot factory installed coolers on video cards may be a new trend
* Video card pricing comparison for 2011 January

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Corsair Builder Series Power Supplies

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For those of you who constantly search for the cheapest Power Supply the Corsair CX430 was reviewed at JonnyGURU.com recently. This should not be confused for the CX400 model SPCR reviewed in 2009

Hot ASUS Eee Slate video demo from CES 2011

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That tablets would pop up all over CES 2011 like daisies in the spring was no surprise to anyone aware of the iPad. The tablet market is expected to reach 50 million units this year, and virtually every major electronics/computer brand has at least one to vye for a piece of the pie. Industry giant Asus has three and possibly the most compelling of them for the "serious" computer user who wants one is the Eee Slate EP121-1A010M 12.1-Inch Tablet PC. As of yesterday, it was the most highly viewed computer accessory product in Amazon's catalog over the past few days. Read more to view our demo video of the Asus Eee Slate from CES.

Lenovo's exciting IdeaPad U1

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This afternoon's preview show event at CES2010 was deluged with journalists surging from one overcrowded display to another. One of the hottest tables was where Lenovo was showing a sample of its IdeaPad U1, an Intel driven Windows 7 mini-laptop with nicely curved corners whose screen detaches effortlessly into an Android-based iPad look-alike. Full details will be released tomorrow, and company reps could only provide pricing in China, where it is set at 3500CNY (US$530) for the tablet alone, and ~8000CNY(US$1200) for the combo. An earlier version was shown at CES 2010, with the tablet running Linux when undocked. The new version looks slick, fully functional, and could be a real crowd pleaser for those who want both a tablet and a notebook. * Discuss this news in the SPCR forums. *




AMD Fusion APUs Arrive

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As expected, AMD officially launched its Fusion APU platform today, the day before the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, just in time to counter Intel's Sandy Bridge barrage. The press release announcing AMD Fusion APU Era Begins lauds the graphics portion of its APU, which has...

* DirectX 11-capable graphics
* Massive parallel processing to speed application performance
* The UVD3 video acceleration block found in the new AMD Radeon™ HD 6800 Series GPUs

Gigabyte preceded AMD's announcement yesterday in unveiling the E-350 APU (Zacate) powered GA-E350N-USB3 mini-ITX all-in-one motherboard. This is obviously aimed at the base of the pyramid, unlike the Intel i5-2500K we posted our examination of 36 hours ago, but the new AMD APUs look like they have the potential to transform the sector. We expect a lively heating up of rivalry between the industry's biggest processor companies this CES. * Discuss this news in the SPCR forums. *

AMD HD 6900 Series Launch

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AMD PR has done a good job: Reviews of the Radeon 6950 and 6950 graphics card dominate today's tech news as tech web editors trot out their findings in accordance to AMD's NDA schedule. We wonder if such a concentrated salvo is better for market awareness than a slightly less intense but longer lasting barrage, given the apparently short attention span of Joe Public. Perhaps it's all just about mind-share at any given point in time. A quick scan at most of the reviews suggest the 6970 reaches parity with the nVidia GTX 570 but fails to catch the GTX 580, which remains the fastest single-chip video card on the market. The HD 6950 appears to have hit the value sweet spot, providing all the features like triple monitor support, 2GB memory and the architecture of the new Cayman chip at $299, a price point where there is no direct competition. Hit read more for the review links.

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