Sources have confirmed that the upcoming LG tablet, known as the “G Pad,” will not come with the originally rumored Snapdragon 800 processor, and will instead pack the Snapdragon 600. A few other important details about the device have been released as well, including that the tablet will have an 8.3-inch WXUGA display with 350 knit brightness and 60% color reproduction rate. It will be available in two variants including WiFi and LTE, and that the WiFi variant will be for the Korean Market, and the LTE variant will be available from Verizon Wireless. More details to come on the tablet as we approach the rumored unveiling date at IFA 2013 in Berlin.
We installed the Accelero Hybrid cooler on our GTX 680 card in just over an hour with minimal profanity.
Even if you didn’t want to overclock but were a hardcore builder, installing liquid coolers made for a fun weekend project. Those days have mostly ended, now that Nvidia has gotten its act together with regards to quiet, well-designed coolers (AMD is getting closer, but isn’t quite there yet for the high-end cards), and modern GPUs overclock quite nicely even with a stock cooler. But that hasn’t stopped Arctic Cooling from developing exotic aftermarket coolers for all of today’s high-end GPUs (Nvidia 600 and AMD 7000 series), so this month we strapped its Hybrid water-and-air cooler to a GTX 680 to see what the fuss was all about. Even though the cooler worked wonderfully, this is not a project for the faint-of-heart, as it would be tough to undo, but the gains it achieved in noise and heat dissipation were quite impressive.
The kit includes three separate pieces that must all be joined together: the water block and radiator, the cooling shroud with built-in fan, and the fan for the radiator. First, you must remove the stock cooler from your GPU, then whip out the Accelero Hybrid’s Ikea-like step-by-step instructions, and start assembling the cooler. To do so, you glue some heatsinks to your board’s VRMs, then attach the water block to the shroud, then attach the shroud to the card, then connect power for the fan and the pump. Finally, you connect the included fan to the radiator and then attach the radiator to your case’s exhaust port above the PCIe slots. Installation took us roughly one hour, though that doesn’t count leaving the card overnight for the thermal glue holding the heatsinks to dry. Overall, the instructions were easy to follow, and we had zero issues in testing, too, so we feel that means the instructions did their job, letting us install the cooler without breaking the card.
Once we had it up and running, we were astonished by the card’s noise level, or better yet, the lack of noise. It’s so quiet that you could play Crysis 3 in a library, with your case door off. Even when putting your ear next to the card under 100 percent load, you still don’t hear much except for the occasional gurgle of water moving through the tubes, and we had the card overclocked to 1,100MHz from 1,006MHz. The temperatures were also superb, hitting only 60 C under full load overclocked, compared to 85 C with the stock cooler at stock clocks. We can definitely say this cooler works as advertised, runs silent and cool, and didn’t break our GPU, nor was it difficult to assemble.
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The Huawei Ascend P6 is one of the world’s thinnest smartphones, but being so thin could cost them. Huawei believes that they could sell 10 million units of the device, but they have run into a problem. The 4.7-inch HD in-cell LCD panels used to make the phone’s screen are running out, as there is currently more demand than supply for the P6. The phone is currently priced at CNY $2688 ($440 USD), but if demand stays the same and supply goes down, that price is going to have to go higher.
The Xperia Z1 has leaked so many times already recently (we’ve even got leaks about it’s replacement next year) that we already know all it’s specs, and we were just waiting for an official name. We know it has a 5″ 1080p display that uses Sony’s amazing Triluminos technology, plus a powerful 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and a 20.7MP camera with Sony G Lens that is powerful enough to capture 4K video. With the name Z1, you can expect it’s sequel next year to be called the Z2, followed by the Z3 etc. This will give Sony some much needed flagship brand recognition. Before now, Sony gave every device a new name based on the alphabet. That had two problems. One, there are only 26 letters in the alphabet. But secondly, and more importantly, Samsung and Apple and others could market and advertise their entire range of devices in one go. Recent Apple adverts market the iPhone, rather than just the iPhone 5. Samsung advertise the Galaxy S4 family, and even before they begin marketing the S5, people will recognize it as the next Galaxy S smartphone. By uniting all their flagship devices under the Xperia Z moniker, they can market their entire range of high-end devices and build up brand recognition. With some good marketing and epic phones like the Z1, Sony may be able to battle of out with the big boys as they deserve.
The HTC Zara will pack a 4.5″ qHD display and will be powered by a 1.2GHz dual core snapdragon with two Krait cores, 1GB of RAM and an Adreno 305 GPU. It will only have 8GB of internal storage, but it will have a microSD slot unlike the One. To round things off is an 8MP camera and a 2100mAh battery, and the Boomsound speakers that are a feature of all HTC’s now. The most important part of this otherwise unremarkable phone is the Sense 5.5 UI, ahead of the Sense 5.0 in the One. Sense 5.5 is said to be layered on top of Jelly Bean 4.3, but other than that there are no details on what changes 5.5 brings. The One and One Mini will certainly get the update later in the year as well. The HTC Zara is set to become available in Q4 later this year, and based on the specs it should be priced very attractively, so if you need a budget smartphone this year, this will certainly undercut the HTC One Mini.