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Early Friday Morning (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 22-August-2008  00:52:02 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

TweakTown visited Gigabyte HQ to check out a dummy sample of the GA-X58-Extreme motherboard. GIGABYTE's X58 Extreme lacks some features such as onboard hardware RAID and TPM (which are found on DQ6 and some other models) with the philosophy being that the Extreme range of mobos is designed purely for overclockers and high-end enthusiasts and they donít need these extra features.

Meanwhile, Bit-tech looked at another Gigabyte motherboard, the GA-EP45-DS3R. The performance is excellent once you get it in the sweet spot, although we can't really recommend the board in its current state if you want to use CrossFire - we had to dial back the memory performance really quite far, and in our stability test the graphics portion again couldn't take it, even if Prime95 continued to churn out results unhindered.

Madshrimps got their hands on a pair of OCZ DDR3 PC3-16000 Flex II Edition RAM modules. After we solved the multiplier glitch with the motherboard, the memory moved to 2Ghz without complaining. It actually felt like it was barely stretching its legs. 1.85 Volts was enough to reach 2Ghz, and though our motherboard wouldn't play getting higher, I have no doubt it is capable of more.

AirQ noticed this article about five of the world's top games developers demanding payment from 25,000 people in the UK suspected of illegally downloading computer games. This week Isabela Barwinska, an unemployed mother of two, became the first person in the UK to be ordered to pay damages to a manufacturer. She must pay more than £16,000 to Topware after downloading Dream Pinball through a file-sharing site.

Hardware Zone are wondering whether the new iPhone 3G is worth all the hype surrounding it. Even before its official launch, rumors of the iPhone's second coming were rampant. When Mr. Steve Jobs finally announced it during the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) earlier this year, the media were quick to feed on the news, and constantly generated a buzz about the phone.

These next two were spotted by Tabris. The weird one is a cat called Yoda... that has four ears, and an interesting cycling safety vest that "displays the wearer's current speed on their back in easy-to-read lighted numerals."

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