In today's news roundup:

  • OverClocked Inside has announced the availability of a new interactive tool on its website which allows users to determine whether their favourite CPU coolers will fit with their motherboard of choice "by moving the desired CPU heatsink fan combination virtually on the selected motherboard";
  • Hynix has found itself back it court once again, this time over a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Cascades Computer Innovation LLC, which has accused former of infringing on its DRAM patents in a range of products, including the Hynix DDR3 range, without asking for licensing permission;
  • Google has updated the Google search experience for BlackBerry 6.0 WebKit enabled devices by adding a number of enhanced search features integrated throughout the homepage and search result pages, making searching faster and easier on www.google.com, especially on touch-enabled Blackberry devices;
  • Adobe is attempting to court dissatisfied users of Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer announcing its plans to offer a such consumers a 50 percent discount on either Premiere Pro CS5.5 or CS5.5 Production Premium;
  • Word has it that several subscribers of the popular Star Wars Galaxies online game have taken action against Sony Online Entertainment by filed a class-action lawsuit against the company in a bid to prevent it from shutting down the game, and
  • The King of Fighters XIII will be heading for consoles on October 27 this year at a price for 7,140 yen in Japan (asia ver to be confirmed) but fans can expect some interesting surprises and add-ons to the console port.

Hardware news

MSI Big Bang Marshal (Intel P67 Express) Motherboard Review
Description: MSI has had an interesting couple of years. During CES 2010 we saw them show off their new line of Big Bang motherboards with Lucid Logix's Hydra chips on them. Unfortunately we saw this demo stutter through 3DMark Vantage. They were able to recover from that and managed to put out a few good boards with this package in them. We took a look at a couple of them here on TweakTown (and will probably look at more to come). Then this year at CES, we heard from one source at MSI that they were planning on using the Hydra as more of a bridge chip for adding extra PCIe 2.0 lanes on their high end boards to enable tri and quad SLI as well as Crossfire. So, the question is, where does Hydra fit into the Big Band series now?

Fit for fan – does the cooler fit on the motherboard ?
Description: n the year 2001 ocinside.de already followed the question, which CPU cooler can be used for which motherboard. With this interactive fit for fan guide one can find out exactly this with a few clicks, by moving the desired CPU heatsink fan combination virtually on the selected motherboard. The interactive fit for fan guide is a complete new development, which already contains some AMD Socket AM3/AM3+, Socket AM2/AM2+, Socket 939, Socket 754 and also older Socket A motherboards and some HSFs for each Socket. Additionally one can visit a review and check the current price of each cooler or motherboard directly after the selection.

Kingston HyperX H2O 4GB 2133MHz DDR3 Memory Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: Sick looks and integrated water cooling top off this special H2O edition from Kingston with their HyperX 4GB 2133MHz kit. Legit Reviews pushes the Kingston HyperX H2O 2133Mhz memory kit in our Sandy Bridge test bench to see if there is any more juice that can be squeezed out of it and we will show you how this DDR3 memory kit stacks up to some run of the mill 1600MHz memory.

NZXT Havik 140 CPU Cooler Review @ Vortez
Description: The Havik 140 is a completely new and fresh design to come out of NZXT’s lab. As the name instigates, it is designed to take advantage of better performing but quieter operating 140mm fans. Thermalright and Noctua have been the first to introduce such concepts and given the rising popularity of 140mm fans into the mainstream, it wasn’t long till consumers were going to see these on CPU coolers. Perhaps the closest competitor to the NZXT is the Thermalright Archon which also comes with its own 140mm fan. The Havik looks like a very traditional heatsink on initial impressions. It boasts six 6mm heat pipes, uses an aluminium and copper construction, has a densely packed laminar fin array and dimensions comparable to other towers such as the Venomous X. As such, we expect performance to be comparable. The highlight is of course the inclusion of two uniquely shaped 140mm fans, a first for tower coolers. The overall package from NZXT is a complete one but can NZXT compete outside of their comfort zone?

Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 – Layout and Design @ ocaholic
Description: With the Z68X-UD7-B3 Gigabyte presents it flagship model which supports Intels latest Sandy Bridge CPUs. This board also comes with the new color scheme which really is very nice to look at. Furthermore there is the long feature list which comes with every motherboard that is based on Intels latest Z68 chipset.

Hynix sued in DRAM patent row
Description: resh from its legal fight with patent troll Rambus, the semiconductor outfit has found itself on the receiving end of a suit filed by Cascades Computer Innovation LLC (CCI). The Korean technology company has fingered Hynix as using its DRAM patents in a range of products, including the Hynix DDR3 range, without asking for licensing permission. The patent in question is number 6,366,130, titled the "High Speed Low Power Data Transfer Scheme", which CCI claims Hynix has been "contributorily infringing".

AMD A8-3850 Lynx APU Processor @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: When AMD merged with ATI in 2006, they immediately began working on combining discrete level graphics onto the die with an x86 CPU, thus forming an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). In 2009, AMD expanded on that effort by launching VISION with the intent of shaping the performance of a PC to fit the needs of the user. Five years after the merger, AMD's design has come to fruition in desktop form. In this article, Benchmark Reviews is taking a look at the AMD A-Series A8-3850 APU.


Consumer Electronics and Software News

Improved Google Search for BlackBerry 6.0 devices
Description: Today we’ve updated the Google search experience for BlackBerry 6.0 WebKit enabled devices. We’ve added a number of enhanced search features integrated throughout the homepage and search result pages, making searching faster and easier on www.google.com, especially on touch-enabled Blackberry devices.

What WebOS Means To HP, Linux, And You
Description: In John’s review of the new HP TouchPad, he claimed that “WebOS is the real star of this show. The OS offers true multi-tasking and uses a system of “cards” and “stacks” to display active applications.” I think it’s worthwhile to remind everyone that WebOS is built atop the Linux kernel, and that has several interesting ramifications. HP has continued Palm’s dedication to user experience, and WebOS should make it abundantly clear that “Linux” need not be synonymous with “complex and arcane”. But there’s a lot more than just superficial window dressing to consider.

Creative ZiiO Multimedia Android Tablet Review on Technic3D (German)
Description: (Machine translation) The Creative ZiiO Multimedia Android Tablet arrived Technic3D. Enjoy exceptional wireless audio playback for all your music, movies, and games with the ZiiO 7-Inch Wireless Entertainment Tablet from Creative. The compact touch-screen tablet not only offers convenient mobile computing, but it also lets you stream lossless audio to Bluetooth-compatible wireless speaker systems or headphones. It features a vivid 7-inch color display as well as an HDMI-out for enjoying movies on a big-screen HDTV…

Steelseries 6Gv2 Mechanical Review @ XSReviews.co.uk
Description: Have to say, I’m a big fan of the mechanical keyboard. My personal gaming setup has a Steelseries 7G and I use a Zowie Celeritas while working. With that in mind, you can understand why I was looking forward to this review. Once again I get to spend an afternoon playing some games and typing away on another mechanical keyboard, the cut down version of my own 7G, the 6Gv2.

Razer Hydra unboxing & first impressions
Description: The Razer Hydra combines the features of a gamepad and motion controller into two ergonomically shaped controllers vaguely similar to the Wii’s Motion controller and Nunchuck combo. Each Hydra controller is similar to a large, more ergonomic Wii ‘Nunchuk’ with a thumbstick and a total of eight available buttons: 5 buttons around the base of thumbstick, as well as 1 bumper, 1 trigger, and the thumbstick itself (which can be pressed).

Adobe starts 'switcher' campaign to lure Final Cut Pro users
Description: Adobe leapt on Final Cut Pro X frustrations Friday with a new switcher promo. Anyone with a copy of Final Cut Pro or even Avid Media Composer can get a 50 percent discount on either Premiere Pro CS5.5 or CS5.5 Production Premium. The software house gave a knowing tweak to Apple that chastised it for dropping imports of the old version and traditional imports from tape.


Gaming news

Star Wars Galaxies Players File Suit Against Sony
Description: VentureBeat reports that several SWG subscribers have written in claiming that they actually filed a class-action lawsuit against SOE to prevent the company from shutting down the game. The lawsuit also centers on SOE swinging it's Ban-Hammer in the forums, and how one player was labeled as the protest "ring leader" and threatened with a permanent ban from all SOE games. Even more, SOE allegedly threatened to sue this specific "ring leader" for trying to cause "unlawful harm to the company."

The King of Fighters XIII gets release date for consoles, adds Billy Kane
Description: The King of Fighters XIII will be heading for consoles on October 27 this year at a price for 7,140 yen in Japan (asia ver to be confirmed) but fans can expect some interesting surprises and add-ons to the console port. For a start, SNK Playmore has confirmed Billy Kane as a playable character in the console ver. This has been a wait for many fans worldwide, KOF XIII will be available for PS3 and Xbox 360 on the same day.

Call of Duty convention deploys Sept. 2-3
Description: Activision is aiming to build the Call of Duty community in a big way. The publisher last month announced Call of Duty Elite, a new service for fans of the military first-person shooter series with a wealth of social networking bells and whistles. Today, Activision followed that up with the introduction of Call of Duty XP 2011, a convention it dubbed a "celebration" for the game's community.