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Submission + - GeForce GTX 480 BIOS Update and Cooks an Egg (

demitri writes: Hardware review website Legit Reviews has taken the heat issue of the newly released NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Fermi DX11 video card and put a positive spin on it! They slapped a piece of tin foil and tried to cook an egg on the heatsink of the GTX 480! I don't want to completely spoil the fun, but this was prompted after a BIOS update on the card failed to fix the dual monitor heat issue LR discovered! They even had some forum members create their own George Foreman Grill spoofs featuring NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang! Check it out!

Submission + - Long Time NVIDIA Partner XFX Skipping Fermi (

demitri writes: Legit Reviews has received word from XFX that they are not going to be releasing any GeForce 400 series graphics cards due to the numerous flaws of the Fermi architecture. Instead XFX has also just leaked information and images of their upcoming ATI Radeon HD 5970 dual-gpu card with higher clock speeds and 4GB of on-board memory. So instead of spending time on NVIDIA's oven, they are skipping it to release an ATI card that will out perform the GF100 cards!
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - OnLive Gaming Service Gets Lukewarm Approval (

Vigile writes: When the OnLive cloud-based gaming service was first announced back in March of 2009, it was met with equal parts excitement and controversy. While the idea of playing games on just about any kind of hardware thanks to remote rendering and streaming video was interesting, the larger issue remained of how OnLive planned to solve the latency problem. With the closed beta currently underway, PC Perspective put the OnLive gaming service to the test by comparing the user experiences of the OnLive-based games to the experiences with the same locally installed titles. The end result appears to be that while slower input-dependent games like Burnout: Paradise worked pretty well, games that require a fast twitch-based input scheme like UT3 did not.

Netflix Coming To Sony PS3 145

itwbennett writes "'Microsoft has always seemed rather enthusiastic when it comes to throwing around the word 'exclusive,' and here is another case in point,' says blogger Peter Smith. Netflix and Sony have announced that Netflix streaming is coming to the Sony PlayStation 3 as early as next month. Back in August, when Microsoft was rolling out its new dashboard update, one of the features it was talking up was Netflix streaming, says Smith, and it said, 'This exclusive partnership offers you the ability to instantly stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix to the television via Xbox 360. Xbox 360 will be the only game console to offer this movie-watching experience...' Apparently, in Microsoft parlance, 'exclusive partnership' means 'we launched it first' and not 'we inked a deal with Netflix preventing this feature from appearing on the competition's hardware.' All this is good news for PS3 owners who can now sign up to be notified of Netflix availability for their system."

Microsoft Opening Outlook's PST Format 319

protosage writes to tell us that Microsoft Interoperability is working towards opening up Outlook's .pst format under their Open Specification Promise. This should "allow anyone to implement the .pst file format on any platform and in any tool, without concerns about patents, and without the need to contact Microsoft in any way." "In order to facilitate interoperability and enable customers and vendors to access the data in .pst files on a variety of platforms, we will be releasing documentation for the .pst file format. This will allow developers to read, create, and interoperate with the data in .pst files in server and client scenarios using the programming language and platform of their choice. The technical documentation will detail how the data is stored, along with guidance for accessing that data from other software applications. It also will highlight the structure of the .pst file, provide details like how to navigate the folder hierarchy, and explain how to access the individual data objects and properties."

Submission + - Intel Launches TRIM Firmware For 34nm SSDs (

demitri writes: Intel has finally released its much anticipated firmware update that adds TRIM support for users running Windows 7 on their Gen 2 34nm SSDs! Also included is a performance tool that allows users running Windows XP and Vista to boost their SSD's performance as well! Legit Reviews has the scoop and has already run performance tests on the new firmware! Also take note that the 160GB 34nm SSD also gets an extra performance boost that puts sequential write speeds up to 100MB/sec!

Submission + - Intel Core i7-920XM Clarksfield Mobile Processors (

Justin West writes: "Today Intel has released their next generation of mobile performance platforms designed with gamers and multimedia enthusiasts in mind. Codenamed "Clarksfield," the new Intel Core i7 mobile processor paired with the PM55 Express Chipset promises to bring the latest Core technology to a mobile, performance-efficient platform! Read on to find out the full feature set and performance of Intel's latest mobile performance lineup including benchmarks!"

Submission + - AMD Demos 24 DisplayPort Monitors on a Single PC! (

Justin West writes: "Legit Reviews has just posted an article from the AMD Experience Event in Oakland, CA on the USS Hornet where AMD has just demonstrated their new Eyefinity technology by showing 24 DisplayPort monitors feeding off a single PC running 4 of their next generation DirectX 11 graphics cards! With each card supporting 6 monitors, ATI may have just set a new standard for multi-monitor capabilities on graphics cards."

Submission + - Free VoIP Service with Google Voice and Intel Atom (

Justin West writes: "Google has revolutionized the Voice Over IP world by providing a free phone number that allows a user of Google Voice to associate all of their various phone lines to a single number. Now besides the well known features of voice mail and free SMS text messages, there is another hidden gem with Google Voice that could revolutionize the telephony industry by providing free VoIP service to anyone who installs PBX in a Flash! Today Legit Reviews has step-by-step instructions on how to build an Intel Atom PBX Server and configure it to ring all of your traditional analog phones."

Submission + - Windows 7 versus Windows XP on a Netbook (

Justin writes: "Many in the industry are counting on Windows 7 to bring the netbook market to the next level. Having netbook manufacturers ship netbooks with 7+ year old Windows XP pre-installed surely deterred some from joining the ranks of households with the small, light and portable netbooks. It seems Microsoft has addressed most of the pitfalls of Windows Vista on a netbook by increasing battery life and performance to be very close to that of the lighter weight Windows XP. Legit Reviews has the full scoop of battery life and performance tests pitting Windows 7 against Windows XP on the ASUS Eee PC 1005HA Netbook."

Submission + - ASUS N81Vp Gaming Notebook - Is the time right?

demitri writes: With all the rage low-cost netbooks have been getting lately, let's not forget that there are some good deals to be had on performance notebooks. Gaming laptops are still being developed and are always improving, but with today's economy, is there anyone left ready to spend ~$1,200 on a mobile performance system? Today Legit Reviews takes an in-depth look at ASUS's pairing of a T9550 Core 2 Duo processor and ATI's Mobility Radeon 4650 in the N81Vp gaming/desktop-replacement laptop.

Submission + - ASUS Eee Top Review - Touch-Screen Atom Desktop (

demitri writes: Want a desktop PC with low power consumption, a touch screen and a small footprint? Legit Reviews has just posted up a nice thorough review of the ASUS Eee Top All-in-one desktop PC with a wide-screen touch-screen!! The article includes a variety of usability tests and benchmarks. The Eee Top was just announced in January during the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Submission + - Corsair TEC Ram Cooler

demitri writes: Legit Reviews has the scoop from Corsair on their soon to be released ThermalElectric (TEC) memory coolers for their DDR3 triple channel memory kits. They have nice pictures and a video clip to see the TEC in action and an IR temp reading!
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Black Xbox 360 Confirmed

scott666 writes: " has a story repeating the April issue of Game Informer magazine confirming the existance of the Black Xbox 360. The new console with retail for $479, and include a HDMI port, HDMI cable and 120GB hard drive. It does not include an HD-DVD drive, as has been rumored because the "format's not proven.""
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator at CeBIT

demitri writes: Legit Reviews has a quick article up on OCZ Technology's Neural Impulse Actuator that OCZ is showing off over at CeBIT this past week and the device is worth a look. Geared to improve PC productivity and gaming, the actuator uses three neural sensors that are resting on the forehead of the user to create unique commands based on the specific permutation of brain, eye and facial muscle activity. Freaked out yet?

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