HP Becomes Platinum Member of Linux Foundation

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2012 - 11:51 AM |
Tagged: servers, linux foundation, linux, hp, hardware

The Linux Foundation announced today that PC OEM Hewlett-Packard (HP) is upgrading its membership status to Platinum – highest level of membership. HP joins Fujitsu, IBM, Intel, NEC, Oracle, Qualcomm Innovation Center, and Samsung.

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As a Platinum member, HP will have a seat on the Linux Foundation’s Board of Directors and will be able to influence the future direction of the organization. Reportedly, the OEM is making Linux a priority and is looking to further integrate the open source software into its hardware offerings. For $500,000 a year, HP will also be given priority at events like LinuxCon. HP's branding will also be on the Linux Foundation site and as sponsors at any events.

According to Jim Zemlin, the executive director of The Linux Foundation:

“With one of the richest and most recognized stories in technology, HP has a history of innovation and market success. Because of this history and innate knowledge of software development, HP understands that Linux and collaborative development can benefit its business across its product portfolio. We’re looking forward to the work we can accomplish with HP.”

It is certainly an interesting move, and hopefully one that means HP wants to commit more to the direction of Linx and its adoption on HP hardware. You can find the full press release on the Linux Foundation's website.

Finally something new for the server team from AMD

Subject: General Tech, Processors | November 6, 2012 - 01:30 PM |
Tagged: piledriver, opteron 6300, amd, Abu Dhabi

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Low power, high density server designs are very important but it is nice to see updates on the more powerful server processors as well, something quite rare so far in 2012.  AMD has finally released their Opteron 6300 family, with ten members bearing between 8 to 16 cores and all running at over 3GHz.  We don't have any reviews to offer, so the only performance benchmarks are from AMD's press releases, but you can expect more change than just an increase in frequency as this is a Piledriver based chip.  The Register has put together a high level overview of the new Opterons or you can head on over to AMD to check out the information on offer there.  Cray is already shipping servers based on these chips, with Dell and HP releasing a variety of servers in the near future.

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"Customers using big ol' fat x86 servers didn't have much to jump for joy about this year. There just isn't a lot going on. But to make things interesting, AMD is now goosing the performance of its top-end parts with the launch of its "Abu Dhabi" Opteron 6300s, which sport the "Piledriver" cores that already debuted in the FX Series of high-end desktop chips."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

Source: The Register

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).

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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)

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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).

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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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Desktops

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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).

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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