Deals for November 6th - 15.6-in Dell 15R IVB Laptop for $741

Subject: General Tech | November 6, 2012 - 12:26 PM |
Tagged: deals

Top deal

15.6" Dell Inspiron 15R 3rd Gen Core i7 Quad-core Laptop for $741.74 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $988.99 - Use coupon code ?$QNC1?HSKNR9F).

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Laptops

14" Lenovo ThinkPad T430 Ivy Bridge Laptop for $749.00 with free shipping @ Lenovo(normally $779.00).

14" Dell XPS 14 Core i5 900p Ultrabook w/ 500GB HDD + 32GB SSD for $999.99 with free shipping @ Dell(normally $1,129.99 - Use coupon code LDNXM8HBV85MW4).

Desktops

Dell Vostro 470 "Ivy Bridge" Core i5 Quad-core Desktop + 21.5" LCD Monitor for $579.00 with Free Shipping @ Dell (normally $788.00 - Use coupon code W9D06J14FX10WM).

Computer Components

Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard for $50.99 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $60 - use coupon code P83Q8GXNJK9Q0R)

22" Dell S2240L 1080p LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $149.99 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $220).

Corsair Hydro H70 CORE Liquid CPU Cooler (CW-9060002-WW) for $49.99 with shipping @ TigerDirect (normally $100).

Refurbished Linksys Dual-Band N900 4-Port Gigabit Router (EA4500) for $105 with free shipping @ Cisco (normally $200 - Use coupon code HSDISH5).

HDTVs

39" Proscan PLCD3992A 1080p LCD HDTV for $284.99 with Free Shipping (normally $400).

Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker System for $199.99 with Free Shipping (normally $250 - use coupon code: EMCJJNJ88).

Portables

Apple iPod 16GB Nano (MD475LL/A) Current Generation for $149.99 with Free Shipping @ Abt.com

Source: LogicBuy

Corsair AXi/AX PSU Refresh: AX860, AX860i, AX760, AX760i

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | November 6, 2012 - 08:00 AM |
Tagged: PSU, corsair, 80 Plus Platinum PSU

It has not been too long since Lee Garbutt reviewed Corsair’s AX1200i Power Supply. Corsair used that product to introduce their Corsair Link Dashboard to the monitoring of Power Supply performance. Lee was very impressed with the supply and gave it a Gold Award.

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Some of us are not looking to power a microwave inside our PCs. Corsair has thusly brought that feature to lower wattage PSUs with their new AX860i and AX760i. These PSUs achieve 80 PLUS Platinum certification along with the Digital Signal Processor connection to monitor. If you would rather have $30 USD instead of monitoring capabilities: each model number without the i contains the same 80 PLUS Platinum certification just without the monitoring capabilities. As an added bonus the Corsair power supplies should be very silent. The 860W power supply will shut down its fan to 0 RPM until it reaches a 60% load while the 760W will operate without fans until a 70% load.

These PSUs will be available in November and are priced: $249.99 USD for the AX860i vs. $219.99 USD for the AX860. The AX760i will be available for $229.99 USD vs. $199.99 for the AX760. Again, the i denotes the ability to be monitored by Corsair’s Link Dashboard software.

Press blast after the break!

Source: Corsair

Corsair Announces Hydro H100i and H80i Liquid CPU Coolers

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | November 5, 2012 - 08:00 AM |
Tagged: water cooling, corsair

Corsair has expanded their lineup of water coolers with the addition of the H100i and H80i products. The hook of this new product line is its ability to be monitored and adjusted by Corsair’s free Link Dashboard software. You are able to program profiles for fan speed as well as adjust lighting levels. Corsair has been moving toward this power and cooling monitoring architecture and they seem to be betting on that as their key differentiation factor.

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The cooler also boasts compatibility with just about any major motherboard out there designed for modern processors from either AMD or Intel. The H100i is based on a 240 mm radiator compare to the “double-thick” 120 mm radiator of the H80i. Both will be available in November for 99.99 USD or 119.99 USD for the H80i or H100i respectively.

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Press blast after the break.

Source: Corsair

Can a Double D beat an FTW? 7970 once again challenges the 670

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2012 - 06:13 PM |
Tagged: xfx, HD7950, double d, 7970 ghz edition

Not only is XFX's latest HD7970 a Gigahertz Edition it also bears their proprietary Double Dissipation cooler.  This not only provides efficient cooling but also gives the card top a very distinct look to go with the black PCB on the back.  The card runs at the stock speeds of a 7970 GHz edition, though with the help of AMD Overdrive [H]ard|OCP hit 1210MHz on the GPU and 6.86GHz on the memory.  In the end though that was not enough to win a recommendation from [H] as there is not much difference in the performance between this card and a customized GTX670 ... which happens to average $30 less in price.

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"With continuous AMD price drops the XFX Double D HD 7970 GHz Edition video card has dropped into line with many of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 670 cards. Find out if the XFX's Double Dissipation technology will excel this video cards overclocking potential when we put it head to head with GeForce GTX 680 and overclocked GeForce GTX 670."

Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:

Graphics Cards

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The Reviews Are In For Google's Latest Nexus 10 Tablet

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2012 - 03:47 PM |
Tagged: tablet, nexus 10, jelly bean, google, android 4.2, Android

Reviews of Google’s latest Nexus 10 tablet are starting to pop up around the web, and the results are a bit mixed -- mostly positive with the price being its saving grace. The display and inclusion of Android 4.2 is nice, but will it dethrone the iPad? It's time to find out!

As a refresher, the Nexus 10 is 10” tablet powered by a dual core ARM Cortex-A15 system on a chip. On the outside, it has a 10.055” touchscreen display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 (300 ppi, 16:10), 5MP rear camera, and a 1.9MP webcam on the front of the tablet.

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External IO includes micro USB, micro HDMI, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Internally, the Nexus 10 features a dual core Samsung Exynos 5250 SoC clocked at 1.7GHz, a Mali T604 GPU, 2GB of RAM, and either 16GB or 32GB of storage. A 9,000 mAh battery is also preset. Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and NFC radios are also included. The new tablet is also running an updated version of Jelly Bean Google has dubbed Android 4.2.

The 16GB model is listed at $399 while the 32GB Nexus 10 is $499. Both models will be available on November 13th.

What do you think of the Nexus 10?

Reviews roundup:

Deals for November 2nd - 2TB Seagate HDD for $80

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2012 - 03:42 PM |
Tagged: deals

Top deal

Seagate Barracuda 2TB Green 3.5" Hard Drive for $80 with free shipping @ Tiger Direct (normally $110 - Use this form).

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Laptops

11.6" Asus UX21E-ESL4 Core i5 Zenbook Laptop w/ 128GB SSD for $799.99 with free shipping @ Microsft Store (normally $799.99). (normally $998.99).

Desktops

Dell Vostro 470 Core i5 "Ivy Bridge" Quad-core Desktop w/ Dual 21.5" LCD Monitors for $749.00 with Free Shipping @ Dell (normally $1,047.00 – use coupon code W9D06J14FX10WM).

Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 27" Multi-touch All-In-One Desktop w/ Blu-ray, TV Tuner for $1,449.00 with Free Shipping @ Lenovo (normally $1,949.00 Use coupon code 7DAYSOFDEALS).

Computer Components

D-Link DIR-506L SharePort Go Mobile Companion Portable Wireless Router w/ Rechargeable Battery for $59.99 with free shipping @ NewEgg (normally $130 - Use coupon code EMCJNGN69).

Western Digital 2TB My Book Live Personal Cloud External Drive for $145 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $160).

Refurbished Linksys Dual-Band N900 4-Port Gigabit Router (EA4500) for $105 with free shipping @ Cisco (normally $200 - Use coupon code HSDISH5).

Refurb Linksys E2500 Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N Router for $33 with free shipping @ Cisco (normally $90 - Use coupon code HSDISH5).

EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card for $89.99 @ NewEgg (normally $120 - Use coupon code SIR75358).

HDTVs

55" Proscan PLED5529A 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV for $699.99 with Free Shipping (normally $900 - mail-in rebate: http://static.highspeedbackbone.net/rebates/TD-7466%20(US).pdf).

Accessories

Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100 20MP Digital Camera Bundle for $648 with free shipping @ BeachCamera (normally $699).

Callaway Warbird Xtreme Stand Golf Bag for $69.00 plus free shipping @ BuyDig(normally $160– use coupon codeCLUB30).

Touch Control LED Mood Light for $144.99(normally $160– use coupon codeENT2010).

Source: LogicBuy

Cross Platform 5.1 sound from Mad Catz

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2012 - 02:20 PM |
Tagged: audio, gaming headset, Mad Catz, TRITTON Pro 5.1, surround, 5.1 headset

Perhaps the most compelling reason to pick up Mad Catz's TRITTON Pro+ 5.1 headset is because it will provide you with 5.1 surround sound on both PC and consoles as they use multiple speakers as opposed to emulation software.  Along with the headset comes a physical audio decoder that allows you far more control than just changing the volume, there are delay settings, dynamic range controls and other options.  Just having all of these choices doesn't make this a great headset which is why Mad Shrimps unpackaged them for testing so head on over and see if the actual product is as good as the features imply.

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"The new, revised TRITTON Pro+ 5.1 Surround Headset from Mad Catz comes with a redesigned decoder box which features multiple options, one in-line remote for adjusting volumes on each channel, SVM, voice or Master Volume, but also a removable microphone. The shape of the headset has been also tweaked so now it is more comfortable and the cups can be rotated 90 degrees."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Audio Corner

Source: Mad Shrimps

Why talk about Win8 when you can hear about Windows Server 2012

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2012 - 12:37 PM |
Tagged: HyperV, microsoft, windows server, WS2012, vmware, virtualization

Today is launch day for WS2012, the first new Microsoft server OS many years and it brings with it a host of changes.  While advertisers talk about 'the Cloud', server admins are into virtualization and that is a big part of the update to WS2012, with Hyper-V arriving an integral feature of the new server OS and highlights Microsoft's next target.  They've demonstrated the robustness of their virtualization implementation by running Bing and TechNet on Hyper-V, something very important for a relatively new piece of enterprise software to accomplish.  The specifications are impressive, from the amount of CPUs and addressable memory which can be granted to a VM, to the virtual Level-2 switches which can be created. Of course it is not all virtuality, a new ReFS disk format and built in file deduplication make this a much more impressive upgrade than the previous Server 2003 to Server 2008.  Read more and catch some movies at The Register.

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"In 1985, Commodore held the UK launch of the Amiga 1000 at the World of Commodore Show at the Novotel in Hammersmith. Twenty-seven years later, Microsoft used the same venue to host the Technical Launch of Windows Server 2012."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

Source: The Register

Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs Trailer Released

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2012 - 08:21 PM |
Tagged: Amnesia

Indie developers like their pork chops.

The sequel to the acclaimed Amnesia: The Dark Descent has been in development by The Chinese Room in lieu of the original developers, Frictional Games. The Chinese Room is an independent game studio with close ties to the University of Portsmouth. Their first project, Dear Esther, was more of an interactive art venture than a game per se -- but exploring dim corners of an art medium is obviously something to admire.

While the original developers are still shrouding their new project, A Machine For Pigs has just received a trailer in time for Halloween.

The developers make their intentions known: they want to make you scream. They are requesting for users to send in WAVs, OGGs, or MP3s of their freaking out to piggies@thechineseroom.co.uk presumably as audio samples for the game itself.

Given that the setting is centered on late-Victorian era slaughterhouses I can let my mind wander about where the voices will be used specifically -- but I would rather not.

The game was originally set to be already released just this past October but the release date was bumped up into early 2013 for last-minute polishing. It is done when it is done, right?

Source: PC Gamer