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AMD DX11 Cards To Support 6 Monitors As A Single Display

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By Chris Scott Barr

When most people walk into my office, the first thing they notice is that I have a lot of monitors at my desk. Two of them are for my Mac, and two for my PC. However, I’ve always thought it would be cool to have more. I’m sure you’ve all seen movies where some hacker has six ore more monitors arranged in a nice rectangle. That’s exactly what I want, and it seems that with AMD’s new DirectX11 cards, I’ll be able to do this.

Now I’m sure you’ll point out that I can hook up plenty of monitors to my Windows machine just fine. That’s true, I’ve had up to four connected at once, but it does not provide the desired effect. When I launch a game, it still only plays on a single window. However, with AMD’s Eyefinity tool, Windows will think that all of the connected monitors (up to 6) are really just one large display.

That’s right, you can have six monitors arranged in a rectangle, and when you fire up your favorite game, it will show up on all six. Of course you’ll probably have some fun in getting the game to work at the proper resolution, depending on the title. The bezels will also be a little annoying, but AMD is working with Samsung to create monitors with extra-thin bezels for this sort of purpose.

I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these cards and try this out myself. Unfortunately it sounds like you’ll need to have at least one monitor hooked up using a DisplayPort, meaning you can’t just go grab a bunch of old 17-inch monitors and go to town. Still, count me in.

VIA [ HotHardware ]

Asus Cancels USB 3.0-Equipped Motherboard

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By Chris Scott Barr

Have you been pining over that USB 3.0-equipped Asus motherboard that we showed you last week? Sure, there aren’t any peripherals that actually take advantage of the new standard, but at least you’d be prepared. At the time Asus hadn’t provided us with any pricing or availability on the board, however, now we know exactly when this baby will be shipping. That would be never.

Apparently Asus has decided to scrap the board, without really giving any reason. The only thing they mentioned was that they were working on other things. I guess maybe it is a little early to get excited about USB 3.0, but you can’t use peripherals without ports. Then again, what good are ports without peripherals? Now we’re back to the old chicken and the egg thing.

[ Tom's Hardware ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

NXZT Announces Sentry 2 Touchscreen Fan Controller

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By Chris Scott Barr

Most average computer users don’t worry too much about how hot their computer gets. That’s because they aren’t pushing their machines to their limits. Gamers on the other hand, well we tend to squeeze every drop of performance we can out of each and every part. This means keeping a careful eye on the temperature, so as not to burn up our precious parts. NZXT has provided a nice piece of hardware called the Sentry, which not only displays the temperatures of up to 5 different areas of your computer, but also allows you to control the speeds of 5 fans to compensate. Today they announced the Sentry 2, which improves upon the original design.

The new Sentry 2 has the same basic features of the original, but this time around simplifies things by integrating a touchscreen. This should make adjusting fan speeds and checking temperatures a little easier. It’s also smaller, taking up only a single 5.25” bay, as opposed to two. One of the best changes comes to the price, which will be only $30 when it goes on sale later this month.

VIA [ NZXT ]

OCZ Announces New RAM And SSD For Apple Notebooks

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By Chris Scott Barr

When it comes to laptops, there are only two things that you can really do to upgrade your hardware. That would be adding RAM and swapping out your hard drive. With the latest round of MacBook Pros, there have been some issues finding compatible RAM that isn’t direct from Apple (which is always on the expensive side). Luckily OCZ has your back on both RAM and a new hard drive for your Mac.

This week OCZ announced two new lines of RAM, and a new SSD specifically aimed at Mac users. First their “Qualified for Mac” RAM comes in DDR2 and DDR3 flavors. The DDR2 is 667MHZ PC2-5400 with a CL of 5-5-5-15. These can be found in single 2GB sticks either alone, or packaged in a pair. As for the DDR3 sticks, these are 8500 MHZ PC3-1066 with a CL of 7-7-7-20. They can also be found in single 2GB sticks, or in pairs.

OCZ also announced their new Vertex Seris Mac Edition SATA II 2.5-inch SSD. The drives boast sequential read/write speeds of 240MB/s and 170MB/s respectively, and 64MB of onboard cache. Not only will these boost the speed of your activities, but increase your battery life as well. The new Vertex SDD’s will come in 30, 60, 120 and 250GB capacities. No word on pricing or availability of these newly announced products.

[ OCZ Product Page ]

Ridgeline W200 Wrist Computer

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By Evan Ackerman

Was the Zypad WR110 not quite feminine enough for your cyclopean curves and purple hair? Here’s a wrist computer that could enhance both your productivity and your mojo. The Ridgeline W200 from Glacier Computer is a wrist wearable computer does the trick, with sleek arm-hugging curves and a magnesium alloy case that’s a comfortable 10 ounces.

Now, I have to say, this thing looks an awful lot like the the Zypad WL1000 from back in 2006. Like, an awful lot. But at least it’s got mostly up to date specs, with a 3.5″ color touchscreen, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, and various wired interfaces, running either Linux or Windows CE. As you might expect from its sporty and rugged form factor, the W200 is designed for people who want to get lost in the middle of nowhere without actually getting lost in the middle of nowhere. The batteries are hot swappable so that you’ll never lose your position, and the computer uses tilt sensors to tell if you’re actually looking at it, and if not, it powers down to idle.

I could see myself using one of these, for sure. Not because it’s in any way practical or anything… No, just so that people can see me using it and say, “wow, that guy has a wrist computer, he must be awesome.”

Price not yet set.

[ Glacier Computer ]
[ Press Release ]

Acer Recalls Predator Gaming Rigs Due To Melting Cases

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By Chris Scott Barr

It seems like PC gamers are always looking for that next hot piece of hardware (I’d know, I’m one of them), be it a new graphics card, CPU or even a whole new PC. Of course you don’t actually want something that is physically hot, since that generally leads to some major issues. Sometimes it makes a chip fail, other times it makes your freaking case melt. Never heard of a computer that got so hot that it actually started to melt the case? Let me introduce you to the Acer Predator.

Yesterday Acer issued a voluntary recall of around 215 Predator gaming PCs. Apparently some of the internal wiring insulation can become stripped and cause the wires to overheat. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website it can result in melted internal components and external casing. So far there have only been two reports of this occurring and no injuries.

[ CPSC ] VIA [ Crave ]

Psystar Further Taunts Apple By Releasing Yet Another OSX Desktop

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By Chris Scott Barr

I’ve been an avid Mac user since my dad purchased our first one back in the early 90′s. There was a period of a few years where my house was strictly PC-based. This wasn’t because I had a change of heart, but rather due to the fact that I’m a gamer, and Macs are very pricey. If you want to pick up a Mac for under a grand, you’ll have to either go with a Mac Mini, or the low-end Macbook. Either way you choose, you’re still not going to get the same amount of power as you would with a comparably priced PC.

Another option, of course is to make your own Hackintosh, which (and I speak from experience) can be a bit of a pain to initially setup. The result is a machine that runs OSX (just as well as any machine from Apple), and is more cost-effective than a real Mac. One other choice is to order a computer from Psystar. Yes, I’m talking about the company that still has an ongoing lawsuit with Apple. They’re back in the news with their third OSX-enabled offering dubbed the Open(3).

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Averatec’s AIO Is Just A Notebook With A Large Monitor

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By Chris Scott Barr

Ever since Apple popularized the all-in-one computer other companies have attempted to recreate its success. So far none have managed to create such a stir, though a few models have done well. Every now and then I see one that just looks like the company half-assed it. In that spirit, I give you the Averatec D1133.


Am I the only one that thinks they simply took a laptop, removed the screen and set a slightly larger one on top? Heck, it even looks like a rather bulky laptop base. Now you’ve got a computer that looks like a laptop, feels like a laptop, but isn’t portable like a laptop. Great. Well if you don’t mind the odd appearance, here are the specs for the D1133:

  • AMD Athlon X2 1.5Ghz
  • 18.4″ display (1680×945, 16:9) with 1.3 Megapixel webcam
  • 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD, DVD drive
  • USB 2 (4), eSATA (1), Audio in/out, 10/100 Ethernet, DVI, 4:1 flash reader, WIFI-G
  • ATI Radeon HD 3200 GPU
  • Vista Home Basic

No word yet on pricing or availability.

[ Averatec ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

Zypad WR1100 Rugged Wrist Wearable Wireless Computer

Zypad WR1100 Rugged Wrist Wearable Wireless Computer (Images courtesy Parvus & Matt Groening)
By Andrew Liszewski

The first time we brought you one of Parvus’ wearable wrist computers was waaaaay back in 2006 with their Zypad WL1000 model. While that version was targeted torwards the consumer market, their latest model, the WR1100, seems more suited for those in the military or law enforcement fields. Powered by a custom Linux OS, the WR1100 features a 3.5-inch 640×480 touchscreen with an automatic contrast mode allowing it to be used even in direct sunlight. The fiberglass-reinforced nylon/magnesium alloy case is designed to be extremely durable yet lightweight, and the unit is rugged enough to withstand water, dust, extreme temperatures and other harsh operating conditions.

Functionality-wise, the Zypad features everything from GPS to Wi-Fi to even Bluetooth and Zigbee support allowing the device to communicate with other users and other electronics while you’re ‘in the field’, wherever that may be. At 23 ounces it’s probably not the lightest thing you’ll ever strap to your wrist, but if you don’t want the hassle of digging a PDA out of your pocket while hanging off the side of a cliff, this is probably your best option. And on a side note, it’s also suitable for Leela cosplay.

[ Parvus Zypad WR1100 ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]