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 Friday, 3-June-2011  03:36:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft have given the world a glipse of Windows 8, particularly the new user interface. Coverage on ArsTechnica, All Things D, VR-Zone and PCAuthority, thanks JD. The first thing you notice is the desktop of tiny icons PC users have been familiar with for decades, has been replaced by big, blocky "tiles", as Microsoft calls them. The idea is you'll be able to see information at a glance, without having to open up your email client, or calendar.

Vortez have a water cooling shootout. ith 4 different watercooling setups, all with different levels of complexity, we aim to see just how much extra performance watercooling has to offer.

TechSpot meanwhile checked out budget and enthusiast SSDs. To ease your pain in choosing the right SSD, we've put together a condensed list with some of what we consider the best SSDs in the market right now, basing our picks on performance and highlighting a slightly slower alternative offering a better cost per gigabyte value.

HWSecrets compared more thermal compounds. We added five more new thermal compounds to our previous roundup, for a total of 25 different thermal compounds from major brands. We also tried an "alternative" compound: lipstick.

Martin sends word that there's a CoD: Black Ops free weekend this weekend. Presumably this applies to Aussies as well? Pre-load the game now and be ready to play when the free weekend starts on Thursday, June 2nd at 10am Pacific Time. The Free Weekend of Call of DutyŽ: Black Ops will let you play the entire multiplayer portion of the base game.

Darkness sent in this 80's gaming themed video clip for a band called Goldfish, with more info here. There's a making of video too.

Sciby meanwhile spotted this real-life portal show. Clever idea! :)

Voting for May's Iron Photographer is now open. There seem to be a lot of entries this month? The official theme for the month was "Portraits but no pets" and this months poll will close at 10:00PM on Thursday 30th June 2011.

Here's a few more Computex headlines:

Day 2 Highlights on NinjaLane.
Shuttle PC and Booth Babes Day 1 on TechWareLabs.
Noctua shows off high end cooling prototypes, G.Skill & ASUS Live Extreme Overclocking and ASUS Unveils Water-Cooled ROG Gaming PC on VR-Zone.
AMD Shows Off Trinity APU based on Bulldozer, APU for Tablets, ASUS GPUTweak Software, MSI shows Gen3 PCIe, X79 Motherboard and GTX 580 Extreme and Antec intros High Current Gamer Plus PSU and Solo II Chassis on PC Perspective.
DisplayLink Unveils New USB 2.0 and 3.0 Graphics Solutions on FutureLooks.

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