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June 30, 2012

Nature vs Amazon Cloud – Instagram, Pinterest, Netflix Down

Anybody tried to access Instagram within the past couple hours? Get a strange error?

According to a recent post over at Forbes, Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud in North Virginia went down at 11:21 PM EST yesterday due to inclement weather in the D.C. area, taking with it many of the world’s largest web services including Netflix, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Of the many services to go down, among the first to return was video streaming giant Netflix, who as of approximately 6 hours ago at ~1:15 AM EST, came back online. At the time, Pinterest and Instagram were [...]

 
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June 29, 2012

ASUS Preparing Radeon HD 7850 DirectCU II Dragon Edition

Those fans of the awesome ASUS Direct CU II cards are in for a real treat today!

According to a recent article over at Videocardz, it seems probable that ASUS is preparing a new AMD based DirectCU II card, the Radeon HD 7850 DirectCU II Dragon Edition. What makes the dragon edition different? Well, it’s got a core clock of 910 MHz, 2GB of GDDR5 clocked at 1250MHz (5000 MHz effective). Additionally, it looks like the Dragon Edition is using a single heatsink with three large heatpipes as well (8mm perhaps?) instead of two heatsinks connected via heatpipes as seen from current generation DirectCU II coolers. It will also feature dual [...]

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June 29, 2012

Manic Weekend Giveaway with Sapphire Technology and Team EG

StarCraft II fan? Want Free Swag? Then you must check out the StarCraft II MCSL Season 7 playoffs (June 30th – July 1st). Sapphire Techonolgoy will run a Manic Weekend giveaway with Team EG on Facebook and will be giving away cool stuff like the EDGE HD3 mini PC, the HD 7870 GHz Edition graphics card and one of ten Team EG Jabba t-shirts. You can check out a quick teaser about the giveaway here!

Manic Weekend with Team EG is a special edition of Sapphire’s Manic Monday giveaway series. To enter this giveaway, simply go to  the Sapphire Technoology Facebook Page and visit the EG Manic Weekend application. Answer the questions [...]

 
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June 28, 2012

Rosewill Introduces Fortress Series 80 Plus Platinum PSUs

Press Release Rosewill Advances their Award Winning Power Supplies with the FORTRESS Series Rosewill’s First 80Plus Platinum Power Supply

Rosewill, the recipient of multiple awards for their innovative power supplies, has just released their first 80+ Platinum certified power supply. Codenamed FORTRESS, it is the first among several 80+ Platinum certified power supplies that will be added to their already distinguished line of power supplies.

With an efficiency rating up to 94%, you’ll get the maximum performance from every FORTRESS power supply which will be available in 450W, 550W, 650W, and 750W ratings. The 80+ Platinum rating translates into cooler temperatures across [...]

 
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June 28, 2012

ADATA Launches Ultimate Performance XPG SX910

Press Release Raising the Bar on Solid State Drive Reliability

ADATA™ Technology launches the XPG SX910 solid state drive, a significant broadening of the popular and powerful XPG line of storage products. The SX910 features a 7% capacity increase over common SSDs that use a SandForce controller, delivering a powerful combination of capacity and high performance with a five-year warranty.

The ADATA XPG SX910 uses new optimized firmware to maximize utilization of the NAND Flash components, allowing for full use of the available storage capacity. This zero percent over-provisioning in the design and engineering of the SX910 is implemented with [...]

 
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June 27, 2012

Razer Taipan Expert Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse Review

Balance is the Key

Earlier this month, I was pretty excited to attend E3 for the first time and while it was nice seeing all the new game announcements at the show, I just had to make it my top priority to visit the Razer booth first. After all, I admit. I’m a hardware guy. Entering the Razer booth for the first time, I noticed that there were two main products on display. The first was a mouse which at first glance looked a bit like the Imperator and the other of course was a strange joystick, LCD, numpad contraption that I had never seen before. Safe to say, I was quite intrigued by both products.

After speaking with some of the Razer representatives at the booth, I [...]

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June 27, 2012

Max Keyboard (Tesoro) Durandal G1N & Durandal Ultimate G1NL Mechanical Keyboard Review

Gaming Keyboard Fit for Battle

Not too long ago, we reviewed the Nighthawk X8 and the Nighthawk X9, which were a couple very impressive mechanical keyboards from a relatively unknown company at the time, Max Keyboard. Since our inaugural review, we’ve been following the company very closely, and when they recently told us that they wanted to introduce a couple new mechanical keyboards, the Durandal G1N and the Durandal G1NL, we were definitely ready to check them out.

As many of you know, Max Keyboard’s original offerings, the Nighthawk series, were pretty high end mechanical keyboards. Priced at near $150, the keyboards offered tons of high end features [...]

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June 26, 2012

Sapphire Unveils the FleX HD 7870 GHz Edition with Dual-X Cooler

Press Release Direct support for up to four monitors in Eyefinity

SAPPHIRE Technology has just announced the SAPPHIRE HD 7870 Flex Edition – only the second model in the highly acclaimed HD 7000 series of graphics cards based on the Graphics Core Next architecture from AMD to feature SAPPHIRE’s unique solution to multi-screen graphics.

Most graphics cards based on AMD technology require the third monitor in an Eyefinity set-up to be a DisplayPort monitor, or connected with an active DisplayPort Adapter. The SAPPHIRE FleX family can support three DVI monitors in Eyefinity mode and deliver a true SLS (Single Large Surface) work area without the need for active adapters. The [...]

 
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June 25, 2012

Seagate And DensBits Announce Strategic Agreement For Development Of Solid State Drives For Consumer And Enterprise Markets

 

Press Release Seagate Makes Equity Investment in DensBits

Seagate Technology, the worldwide leader in hard disk drives and storage solutions, and DensBits Technologies Ltd (“DensBits”) the inventor of the world’s first Memory ModemTM have announced today a strategic agreement for the development of low-cost, high-performance Solid State Drives (“SSD”) for the consumer and enterprise markets. In conjunction with the agreement, Seagate has made an undisclosed equity investment in DensBits.

Seagate and DensBits are joining forces, to develop future products that are intended to provide customers with significant cost savings, extremely [...]

 
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June 25, 2012

Lian Li Announces EATX Supported Chassis with Front Mounted PSU – PC-V750

Press Release Maximized Hardware Capabilities in a Short Full Tower

Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces a brushed aluminum EATX supported chassis with a front placed PSU – PC-V750. With the power supply placed in the front, the PC-V750 can hold the hardware that enthusiasts desire while keeping a smaller footprint.

Shorter than most EATX supporting chassis, the 440mm (17.32”) tall PC-V750 can hold up to six 3.5” hard drives with hotswap capabilities in the HDD cage with one 2.5” at the bottom of the cage. Two more 2.5” drives can be installed if only four 3.5” drives are in the cage.

For users who don’t want an optical drive, an additional 3.5” drive can [...]

 
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June 25, 2012

AMD Introduces New Low-Power AMD Embedded G-Series APU and Extends Platform Availability Through 2017

Press Release  New APU Ideal for Industrial Control, Point-of-Sale, Medical Appliance and Transportation Markets; Delivers Three Times the Performance,(i) Reduces Power Consumption by up to Seven Percent(ii) and Chip Footprint by 58 Percent(iii) Compared to AMD Geode™ LX Processor

AMD today introduced the latest entry to the AMD Embedded G-Series processor family with the AMD Embedded G-T16R Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). The AMD G-T16R is targeted at very low power, small form factor and cost-sensitive embedded designs that require a combination of x86 compatibility and graphics. The optimized design of the AMD Embedded G-T16R sips power, with [...]

 
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June 25, 2012

Creative ZiiSound D3x Wireless Bluetooth Speakers, DSx Wireless Subwoofer Review

Bluetooth, Modular and Wireless

For anyone who’s done a quick search on Amazon these days, high quality speakers with Bluetooth technology simply don’t exist. Sure, there are great Bluetooth headphones out there and even some pretty high end Bluetooth iPod/iPhone docks, but high-end Bluetooth speakers? Nope! At least not that I’m aware of.

So you can see, there’s a void in the market and Creative, being the long time leader in audio technology and a veteran developer of Bluetooth based audio products, has decided to step up to the challenge of producing such a thing.What they came up with is the ZiiSound line of modular and wireless Bluetooth [...]

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