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Valve looking to enter PC hardware business

Valve looking to enter PC hardware business

Well, this is pretty interesting: a new Valve job ad pegs the Half-Life developer with an interest in jumping into the PC hardware business. The job ad calls for an Industrial Designer who will be "defining new entertainment experiences through both hardware and software." Even more interesting is what the company has to say about the current state of the PC hardware industry.

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SandForce SF-2200/2100 storage processors promise an extra hour of runtime

SandForce SF-2200/2100 storage processors promise an extra hour of runtime

SandForce is a company that produces a number of different processors that control flash storage inside an SSD or computer. These controller chips can have a huge impact on how the computer performs overall including having a major impact on speed and battery life. The company has announced new controller chips promising significantly improved battery life called the SandForce SF-2200/2100 Client Flash Storage Processors.

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Xbox 720 Durango dev kit sale gives early taste of next-gen console

Xbox 720 Durango dev kit sale gives early taste of next-gen console

A Microsoft Durango developer kit reportedly emerged on a developper forum over the weekend, commanding a sale price of $10,000. The kit, which is said to feature an Intel CPU, NVIDIA GPU, and “more than 8GB of memory”, is used for Xbox 720 development. The fact that the kit looked like a plain black PC tower running a regular debug launcher led many to believe it was nothing more than a hoax, but Digital Foundry decided to reach out to several sources and developers, discovering that the kit was in fact the real deal.

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Kingston offers new 2666 MHz RAM for Intel Ivy Bridge PCs

Kingston offers new 2666 MHz RAM for Intel Ivy Bridge PCs

Kingston has announced a new member to the HyperX RAM family aimed specifically at the third-generation Intel Ivy Bridge processor equipped PCs. The new RAM comes in several different dual channel kits certified for up to 2666 MHz frequencies. The kits are available in 16 GB, 8 GB, and 4 GB dual Channel sets.

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Gigabyte grabs Ivy Bridge CPU overclocking record at 7.032 GHz

Gigabyte grabs Ivy Bridge CPU overclocking record at 7.032 GHz

If you are a computer geek, you'll know what overclocking is all about. Overclocking is where geeks use various processes and often resort to exotic cooling to coax higher speeds and more performance out of their processors, RAM, and video cards. Gigabyte has announced that it has been able to set the record for the highest validated CPU clock speed using an Intel Core i7 3770K processor.

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Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2100 networking tech lands in Gigabyte mainboards

Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2100 networking tech lands in Gigabyte mainboards

Qualcomm purchased the networking company formerly called Bigfoot Networks a while back. Bigfoot made all sorts of networking hardware and chips that were aimed at improving the networking speed of gaming computers to make online gaming more fun. Qualcomm has announced that it is cramming the Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2100 game networking platform into some new mainboards including some from Gigabyte.

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Corsair announces 32GB 1866MHz RAM kit

Corsair announces 32GB 1866MHz RAM kit

Corsair has been in the RAM game for computer enthusiast, gamers, and mainstream users looking fro upgrades for a long time. The company also has flash drives, SSDs, and a lot of other hardware that the computer user needs. The company has announced the addition of a large capacity RAM kit for dual and quad channel mainboards.

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OCZ Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD Revealed

OCZ Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD Revealed

The folks at OCZ have today revealed their latest bit of hardware in the Z-Drive R4, running at 2,800MB/sec, over 500,000 input output operations per second with one SuperScale controller. One as in single. Then there's a dual version at 5,600MB/sec and 1.2 MILLION IOPS. These monsters are not aimed at private users, instead going for enterprise users, thusly the prices are not yet listed. You'll find that these units are available with SLC / MLC NAND flash memory, customer-chosen configurations, and functionality based on the requests of those laying down the bucks.

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MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) Intel mainboard is first with PCI Express Gen 3

MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) Intel mainboard is first with PCI Express Gen 3

MSI has announced a new mainboard that sounds really cool the board is called the Z68A-GD80 (G3) and I will just call it the G3 from here on out. The coolest feature of the G3 is that it is the first mainboard to get the PCI Express Gen 3 slots onboard. These new slots are blazing fast and are ready for the faster add-in cards that need more bandwidth for the best performance. The new slots are perfect for the PCIe SSDs on the market.

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PCI SIG working on new spec to fight Thunderbolt

PCI SIG working on new spec to fight Thunderbolt

The PCI Special Interest Group is a group people and companies behind the scenes that work on the specifications for various PCI Express specifications. The group is reportedly hard at work on a new cable specification that will compete with Thunderbolt. The PCI SIG backers claim that the PCIe specification will be more open and optimal than Thunderbolt. Apple and Intel worked together on the development of Thunderbolt making it more proprietary.

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BitFenix PC cases finally coming to the US

BitFenix PC cases finally coming to the US

I have written about the really cool BitFenix computer cases a few times now. One of the coolest cases that the company has is the Colossus with its cool design and lots of lighting. The catch for computer geeks and enthusiasts in the US was that you couldn't buy the cases here. BitFenix has announced that it will be coming to the US.

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OCZ outs new Extreme-Low Voltage and Ultra-Low voltage RAM kits

OCZ outs new Extreme-Low Voltage and Ultra-Low voltage RAM kits

OCZ made its name in enthusiast memory for computers and has continued to offer popular products in the memory market while it has expanded over the years into other things like SSDs and PSUs. OCZ has pulled the wraps off several new RAM products with some new Ultra-Low and Extreme-Low voltage RAM kits for enthusiasts.

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