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Wednesday, October 31, 2007
MSI RX2600XT Diamond OC Edition @ Viper Lair
"The MSI RX2600XT Diamond OC Edition already comes OC'd out of the box, 850/1150Mhz for the core and memory respectively. Neither RivaTuner or Powerstrip allowed us to make any OCs that had a visible impact on performance. ATI Overdrive allowed a 6Mhz OC on the core and 21MHz on the memory."

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KDE 4.0 Beta 4 Desktop
"KDE 4.0 Beta 4 was released earlier today and it features a number of bug fixes along with cleaning up the KDE code-base and at the same time adding a few new enhancements to the KDE 4.0 feature set. The OpenSuSE-based KDE Four LiveCD was also upgraded this afternoon to version 0.6. With the changes in KDE 4.0 Beta 4 and the shear number of improvements in KDE 4.0, we have taken some screenshots from this latest testing release and have them here for your viewing pleasure."

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Incase 13" Neoprene Sleeve Review @ Digital Trends
"Neoprene Sleeve Digital Trends takes pleasure in announcing the release of our latest review: Incase 13"

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Seiko SLP 450 Printer Review @ Digital Trends
"The SLP 450 is Seiko's top-of-the line label printer, offering 300dpi thermal prints, bar coding, importing from address books, etc."

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3DConnexion SpaceNavigator Reviewed in Metku.net
"In this review we will be taking a look at 3DConnexion's six degrees of freedom controller called the SpaceNavigator. This is the latest model in 3DConnexion's product lineup and it is aimed for, like they say on the company's website:"

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I4U: Altec Lansing PT8051 Wireless Theater System Review
"Setting the system up was the easiest home theater sound system install I ever did. I connected the digital optical out from my PS3 to the rear of the Altec Lansing PT8051 Wireless Theater System and installation was done. You donít have to run one single wire with this system, though you do have to plug the front and rear speakers into an AC outlet."

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PC Power & Cooling 750 Watt Quad Silencer Power Supply @ Bjorn3D
"PC Power & Cooling has long held an almost single-minded devotion to quality first, with standards, aesthetics, and industry trends all regulated to the rather crowded back seat. That isnít to say they donít meet standards, PC P&C has typically exceeded whatever standards currently exist at the time. Their refusal to meet Intelís ATX 12V power supply specifications which call for the breaking up of the +12v rail into individual 20A limited rails is perhaps the most notable--and perhaps one of the biggest features--of the PC Power & Cooling Quad Silencer 750W."

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bit-tech Review: The Witcher
"Drawing my conclusion on //The Witcher has been difficult and was actually rather painful for me to come to and not because of my ongoing problem with RSI either. You see, I want to give //The Witcher a high score so very badly and I'd love any excuse to tell you all to go out and buy it, but there are just too many problems in the way. This is a bit of a personal conflict, because I'm a massive RPG fan and //The Witcher is exactly the type of game I love. There's an adult theme, a complicated but scalable set of mechanics to master and an epic and inventively delivered narrative -- just what gamers like I lust for. There are problems too though. Poor lip syncing, graphics which border on schizophrenic and frequent crashes and viewpoint problems -- these are noticeable enough to dissuade the majority from playing the game. //The Witcher isn't a bad game though, just an unpolished one which could have done with a little bit more thought and design work. The bugs and crashes will hopefully be eliminated in the future, but for the moment they are a semi-serious problem for the game. Basically it all comes down to the gamer. If you're a hardcore RPG gamer like myself then you'll be able to tolerate or cope with the problems and have yourself a merry old time. If you're just a RPG fledgling though or aren't sure the basic delayed-consequence system interests you though then you may do better to avoid //The Witcher for a bit. It all depends on whether or not you're really willing to sit down for a 40-hour game only to play it all over again to get different consequences -- discuss the matter in the forums."

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Easy Online Image Rotation Without Installing a Script @ Bigbruin.com
"This article will take a look at a fairly simple means of loading random images into a web browser without the need for a script. It has proven to be quite a handy little 'trick' for me, and several people have expressed interest in using it over the years. I do not claim to be the creator, but found this in use a while back with minimal documentation and decided to write it up to detail the basics."

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Creative Zen 4GB @ TrustedReviews
"Creative has come up trumps with its new, flash-based, mini media player. Pitched as a direct competitor to the iPod nano it beats it on most fronts with the one exception being that its physical controls aren't quite as nice to use. It comes in a greater range of capacities, has a larger screen and, importantly, isn't tied to iTunes or a proprietary cable for syncing and charging. It comes in at roughly the same price too, the 4GB version selling for just under £100."

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OKI B2200 Personal LED Printer @ TrustedReviews
"Even with the paper tray sticking out the back, this is a neat little personal printer. It's easy to set up and use, requires little maintenance and produces high-quality, black text print. Graphic and photographic output is not quite so good and running costs are a little higher than the norm. Overall, you should compare it with other printers in the same price bracket before making a final decision on the best machine for your needs."

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Clive Barker's Jericho @ TrustedReviews
"The design documentation was probably a great piece of work, but the minute-by-minute experience of Jericho is a let down. While the game does improve as it goes on, it's too flawed and annoying to be worth your money."

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Antec Veris Fusion Black HTPC Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Overall, the Fusion is a good choice for a HTPC chassis.†The front bezel has a very classy, A/V receiver look that will blend seamlessly amongst other home theater equipment. Having the ability to adjust fan speed is a nice feature since at the lowest setting they are practically silent while still moving enough air to keep the hardware cool.†Plenty of vibration dampening features is present on both the inside and outside of the case to additionally keep noise to a minimum, and it all works very well."

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Lian Li PC-B58 Mid-Tower Case: Non-Production Release
"Lian Li has been at the very top of the computer chassis industry for the past seven years, and they have a tradition of releasing well designed products. On very rare occasions the manufacturer builds a product that is later pulled from production, and this is one of them. Benchmark Reviews has inspected the all new PC-A58B Black Aluminum Alloy Mid-Tower ATX Case, and we won't be pulling any punches when we state our results."

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Gateway One PC Review @ Digital Trends
"The Gateway One is a super hot looking all-in-one system that gives the Apple iMac a run for its money."

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Win a Ben Heck AudioFX Pro 5+1 PC Gaming Headset @ Bigbruin.com
"Up for grabs in week nine of Bigbruin.com's Pro Football Pick 'Em is a Ben Heck AudioFX Pro 5+1 PC Gaming Headset provided by Crazy PC!"

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Glacialtech Igloo 7311 Silent Athlon64 Heatsink Review
"In this review Frostytech will be examining the Glacialtech Igloo 7311 Silent AMD Athlon 64 heatsink. Can this simple extruded aluminum heatsink keep the Athlon64-class processor below running cool? We'll soon find out..."

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ATI: Linux vs. Windows Vista
"Since AMD introduced their new Linux display driver last month, we have published a number of different articles looking at the Radeon performance across their different GPU product generations. This ATI/AMD Linux driver testing and exploration continued this month with the release of the 8.42 driver, which finally introduced AIGLX support for the fglrx driver. One area though we haven't yet analyzed is how their official Linux driver now compares to their much-optimized Windows Catalyst driver. Today, however, we will be looking just at that as we compare the ATI Radeon HD 2900XT 512MB performance under Linux and Microsoft Windows Vista."

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Zerotherm BTF92 Overclocker Edition @ techPowerUp
"Zerotherm has just announced an new all-copper CPU heatsink based on their classic "butterfly" design: the BTF92 Overclocker Edition. This heatsink features 92 copper fins, eight effective heat pipes and a shiny copper base. Add a 92mm fan with blue LEDs and a fan controller, and the BTF92 is ready to cool all the latest CPUs from both Intel and AMD."

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I4U: VIZIO 52-inch GV52L 1080p LCD TV Review
"When VIZIO became the biggest seller of HDTVs in the U.S. in Q3 of this year, I wondered how well their HDTVs performed. To answer this question today we are looking at the VIZIO GV52L 52-inch HDTV. The biggest feature of the VIZIO GV52L HDTV is definitely the price. At $2299.99 for a full 1080p HDTV with a 52-inch screen size no one can deny it is a bargain. Another fantastic feature that I really wish the other big makers of HDTVs would adopt is the four HDMI ports on the rear that the VIZIO GV52L HDTV has."

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bit-tech News: Mod of the Month - October 2007
"You can always count on Paul, aka Coolmiester, for three things - CoolerMaster cases, fantastic painting and watercooling, and (at least lately) high-end vehicles. What a shock, then, that he's at it again - this time with what is probably my favourite project of his so far: the Mercedes SLR. Well, at least a mod inspired by it... The SLR mod is being built on the incredibly versatile CoolerMaster Cosmos, which our own resident case reviewer Joe found to be quite a striking case. In fact, one look at the sleek shape of the cosmos makes it a natural fit for one of the world's top roadsters. For those who are curious, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren roadster (only $479,999 at a dealer near you!) features a supercharged V8 that generates 617 horsies and can go from 0-100kph (60mph) in about 3.5s. Excuse me while I get something to mop up my drool. Anyway, back to the mod. Coolmiester is already well underway with this next project, so perhaps we should catch up..."

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ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 Premium CPU Cooler at Modders-Inc
"The ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 shows us a different style right off the bat with its black finish on the cooling fins. Using a 120mm fan coupled with a heatpipe design, we should see some pretty decent numbers produced by the Nirvana NV120 CPU cooler."

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Technic3D/Titan Elena VGA Cooler vs. MACS m-sorceress VGA Cooler
"The Graphics Card Heatsink Titan Elena and MACS m-sorceress arrived Technic3D. Silent and very good cooling characteristics with Thermo-Electric Cooler and Heatpipe? See you in the following Review with a X1800 XT."

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OCZ Technology 4GB PC2-5400 Vista Upgrade Edition DDR2 Review @ Bigbruin.com
"PC2-5400 (DDR2 667MHz) memory is probably far from the minds of computer enthusiasts, as DDR2 and DDR3 have advanced to much higher speeds. But OCZ Technology has a PC2-5400 product that just might appeal to those with a compatible system looking for a serious upgrade in the memory department! The OCZ Technology 4GB PC2-5400 Vista Upgrade Edition DDR2 kit provides two 2GB modules rated at 5-5-5-15 timings that could easily breathe new life into a 'late model' AMD AM2 or Intel based system."

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Zerotherm Nirvana NV120 Intel/AMD CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"This time out, we'll be looking at another ZEROtherm cooler, the Nirvana NV120. It's a vertical style heatpipe cooler with a large fan, a very nice finish and an included fan speed controller. I've been impressed with the other ZEROtherm products that have come through the lab, and I expect similar results from the Nirvana. Let's see how it stands up."

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Ricoh Caplio R7 @ TrustedReviews
"Once again Ricoh demonstrates that in terms of technical ability and value for money, its cameras are among the best on the market. The Caplio R7 is an outstandingly versatile pocket compact with an unmatched list of features. It is stylish, well made, has blindingly fast performance and excellent picture quality, at a price that beats its few competitors. If it doesn't sell like hot cakes this Christmas then Ricoh needs to fire its advertising agency."

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Asus Eee PC 4G 701 @ TrustedReviews
"Refreshingly innovative and scandalously cheap, Asus' Eee PC is a great little device for those with basic needs. A great keyboard makes working on it surprisingly easy, while media playback adds a little extra to the package. Internet browsing is also a key component and though the low resolution screen lets it down somewhat, at this price it would be churlish to penalise it too greatly."

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Epson EMP-TW1000 Projector @ TrustedReviews
"On paper, Epson has put together a fearsome proposition in the EMP-TW1000. But we're sad to say that some pretty fundamental problems, especially in the black level department, mean that it doesn't even get close to delivering on its apparent potential."

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Tuniq TX-2 Thermalpaste - The new king on the block? @ XtremeComputing
"The first time I turned my computer on with the TX-2 paste, I noticed that the temperatures were better than they had been with fully Ďburnt iní Arctic Silver 5. So it would appear that the TX-2 needs little or no burn in time to reach peak performance. That is no small feat!"

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Monday, October 29, 2007
ASUS GeForce 8600GT OC Gear 256MB
"Earlier this month we looked at the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe WiFi motherboard, which featured a new technology called Express Gate that was an instant-on Linux-based desktop environment that supported a web browser and the Skype VoIP client. This motherboard also featured integrated 802.11n wireless, Intel's X38 Chipset, and a variety of ASUS AI features. However, ASUS innovations are not limited to their motherboards but certainly extend to their wide graphics card selection as well. The EN8600GT OC GEAR/HTDP/256M graphics card is based upon NVIDIA's GeForce 8600GT GPU with ASUS OC Gear. OC Gear? This is the world's first hardware-based real-time overclocking device. The PCI Express graphics card ships with a controller device that can be installed into a 5.25"

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Buffalo DriveStation TurboUSB Review @ Digital Trends
"The Buffalo Technology DriveStation TurboUSB external hard drive promises faster data transfer speeds - does it deliver?"

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Glacialtech Igloo 7222 Light Athlon64 Heatsink Review
"The Glacialtech Igloo 7222 Light heatsink is ideal for energy efficient Socket AM2 AMD processors, or older socket 754/939/940 CPUs. Its 15x70x70mm fan operates at a single speed, and is not temperature responsive. The Igloo 7222 Light has a nice tool free clip mechanism, making a reassuring positive "clip" as it locks down on the central lug of the AMD heatsink retention frame. The unit ships with a pre-applied patch of thermal compound, so installation is a breeze."

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Zerotherm Nirvana NV120 Premium @ techPowerUp
"Today Zerotherm launches the new Nirvana NV120 Premium tower style heatsink, which features a copper base and four U-shaped heatpipes with aluminum fins. Over the entire surface of the Nirvana Premium is a dark gray mirror finish like no other heatsink I have seen. Included is a 120mm blue LED fan with a fan controller to dial in the right noise level for any system. With all this style comes great performance, too."

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I4U: Razer Pro|Solutions Pro|Click Mobile Notebook Mouse Review
"Today we are looking at the Razer Pro|Solutions Pro|Click Mobile notebook mouse. This mouse has the highest sensitivity you will find on a notebook mouse of 1200dpi. The test mouse I was sent is the white version, which looks just right next to my white MacBook. Most of the notebook mice I have seen use 800 dpi sensors."

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LNVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT Video Card Preview @ Legit Reviews
"With DirectX 10 game titles like BioShock and World in Conflict already out the market knows just how good these DirectX 10 games look, but also how tough they are on modern systems. To prepare gamers for these ultra-intense, next-generation titles, NVIDIA today introduced a new graphics card that they hope will define the $199-$259 GPU segment: the GeForce 8800 GT..."

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Zotac GeForce 8800 GT @ techPowerUp
"The Zotac GeForce 8800 GT comes equipped with NVIDIA's latest G92 GPU. Unlike the NVIDIA reference design, Zotac's card is running at a higher clock of 660 MHz which gives this card a nice performance boost. With a price point of only $249 and performance that is close to the 8800 GTX, the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT is going to be one of the big sellers this year."

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ZEROtherm Hurricane HC92 CU8800 VGA Cooler at Modders-Inc
"ZEROTherm has been kicking out high end CPU and VGA coolers for a couple of years now. We have seen some great performance out of their previous products such as the BTF90 and GX815 coolers. Will their newest VGA cooler rise to the challenge of todays demanding VGA cards? We are going to see how their newest VGA cooler, the Hurricane HC92 CU8800, holds up to the heat produced by a XFX 8800 GTS."

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AMD RV670 Details Leak - DirectX 10.1 Complaint @ Legit Reviews
"Over the weekend a RV670 DX10.1 whitepaper was leaked on an ATI fan site that spilled some of the secrets of the upcoming ATI Radeon HD 3800 series. The main advantages of DirectX 10.1 include global illumination delivering lighting and shadow quality in real-time that matches the ray tracing techniques used in CG films, improved anti-aliasing techniques to clean up distracting shimmering artifacts, and tighter specifications for improved compatibility. We are sure more information about the ATI Radeon HD 3870 and ATI Radeon HD 3850 video cards will be out in a couple weeks..."

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The Past 12 Linux Kernels Benchmarked
"Taking a break from our graphics excitement last week with the release of AMD's 8.42.3 Display Driver, we have finished our largest (and most time consuming) Linux performance comparison to date. We have taken the last 12 major kernel releases, from Linux 2.6.12 to Linux 2.6.23, built them from source and set out on a benchmarking escapade. This testing also includes the Linux 2.6.24-rc1 kernel. From these benchmarks you can see how the Linux kernel performance has matured over the past two and a half years."

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Intel QX9650 Yorkfield 45nm Penryn Quad-Core Processor Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Today marks the day where Intel launched processing and overall processing design into a new and exciting era. With the new smaller 45nm manufacturing process, Intel has perfected a quad-core processor line by removing every negative trait from the QX6850 predecessor. With this new process and related processors, consumers can enjoy a cooler and more energy efficient computing experience without sacrificing speed or processor capabilities."

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Tagan TG1300-U33 In The Zone Series 1300W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The number of SATA, 4-pin drive, PCI-E (two of which are PCI-E eight pin), and Physics card power connectors will allow the user to install a large number of devices. Then consider the addition of extras like the anti-vibration gasket and the four pin power to SATA connectors, and we have a power supply that is prepared for just about any situation."

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HDR Photography: Friends Don’t Let Friends Make Boring Pictures @ Bjorn3D
"Modern photography is an evolving, exciting, and intimidating hobby that is largely treated as a convenience. Itís much easier to fire off some flash shots than it is to manipulate a scene in a truly pleasing way. To make things more difficult, in addition to a great eye for situation and concept, photographers also need powerful computers, imaging software, and some degree of technological expertise Ė all in addition to the gear inside their camera bags."

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Samsung SyncMaster 940UX USB Monitor @ TrustedReviews
"The DisplayLink technology that Samsung has embedded into the SyncMaster 940UX is truly superb, simple as that. Being able to hook up multiple screens digitally, over USB is an inspired idea, and a welcome feature for anyone who uses a notebook as their main computer."

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Navman S30 Sat-Nav @ TrustedReviews
"Despite some niggles, the Navman S30 is still a very sound choice if you're looking for decent sat-nav on a budget. Not only is it cheaper than its main competition but it also manages to pack a whole load of innovative features in, including spoken road names and junctions on major routes. It's easy to use and has good quality mapping, solid route choices, speedy performance and class-leading planning, browsing and editing tools. All this makes the S30 really stands out in a crowded and intensively competitive marketplace."

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OneClick IntelliPlug @ TrustedReviews
"The OneClick IntelliPlug is one of those ingeniously simple devices that once you've used you'll wonder how you ever lived without. It may not be the most effective way to save power and is really more of a labour saving device, than anything else, but if you have a lot of AV and IT devices around your home, I can't recommend them highly enough."

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Technic3D/ Zykon Z1 Gamer Mouse and P3 Mouse Pad
"The Zykon Z1 Gamer Mouse and P3 Mouse Pad arrived Technic3D. The new Gamer Hardware with realtime DPI switching (400-800-1600-2000 dpi)better for Gamer? Technic3D will see that in the following Review."

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Overclocking at Intel 2007 @ NordicHardware
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Apple Snubs Windows? Duh. @ OSWeekly.com
"Itís no secret that the Intel Macs can run Windows, and this has been the answer to the ongoing pleas of some users for true Windows compatibility. For the people that need and want this, itís great, but many OS X fans have decided to keep their computers free of Windows even though they have the capability to easily include it. No matter how much you hate Windows, and even though you may not install Windows now, you have to admit that itís nice to know that you can."

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Users Demand Upgrade from Vista To XP @ OSWeekly.com
"Admittedly, I find myself amused with the latest Vista sales numbers, as they seem to forget how many of those same people are disgusted once they break the seal and want to take Vista back."

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Microsoft's Growing PR Crisis @ OSWeekly.com
"You know you have problems when ex-security types from your company are dumping your product for something that might take more configuration, but also produces more options and improved media freedoms."

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Hulu to Take Down YouTube @ CoolTechZone.com
"After what seemed like forever, Hulu is finally showing signs of life with Private Beta invites going out soon to selected users. The company recently briefed reporters on the upcoming service, and the initial thoughts are amazingly positive. According to online reports, the interface is clean, advertising is relatively unobtrusive and the selection of premium content shows is on the high end. And it's expected to go up in the near future with Hulu signing more content deals. While it's going to take another few months for the general public to get access to the site, Hulu, in its entirety, is the YouTube Killer. Seriously."

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MyVu Personal Media Viewer Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Watching videos on portable video players is so old school. We bet you didn't know that, did you? Yes, all the cool kids will soon watch their movies and music videos through their eye glasses, thanks to products like MyVu's Personal Media Viewer. A number of similar products showed up last year, but they are now just starting to shine in quality."

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bit-tech Review: Intel's Core 2 Extreme QX9650 processor
"We think it's fair to say that Intel's Penryn architecture can be regarded as a success, as it offers some decent performance enhancements over existing processors, while using much less power in the process. Most of the success can be attributed to the"

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Intel Core 2 Extreme Processor QX9650 Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Intel Core 2 Extreme Processor QX9650 is proudly taking over where Conroe and Kentsfield left off - driving the steak a little deeper into the heart of AMD. AMD can only hope their upcoming Phenom processors can compete with Penryn and Yorkfield, because Intel is going full steam ahead and not looking back..."

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Sunday, October 28, 2007
Diamond xDNA - CrossFire on any chipset with any cards @ NordicHardware
"xDNA is a platform that enables you to run a CrossFire setup on any chipset, and that includes NVIDIA chipsets. You can pick pretty much any motherboard with any socket, fit it with two Diamond Radeon cards and run CrossFire on it using Diamond's xDNA technology."

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bit-tech Review: Shure SE110 Earphones
"The SE110s are a decent pair of headphones and, for the price, they're definitely worth considering and trying out if you're thinking of straying into the higher-end in-ear headphone market. The difference is definitely noticeable if you compare them to the type of headphones that most people will insist on using simply because they came packaged with their iPod. However, the SE110s aren't without problems and the feeling that the bass has been boosted artificially can taint some of the satisfaction you might derive from the earphones, especially when you could just as easily upgrade to a more expensive model. The SE210s, for example, don't have the same issues with bass and are overall a much better pair of earphones - all for just £15 more than the SE110s. Still, in terms of value and overall performance, the SE110s serve their purpose well and make a good entry level earphone even if there are better performers just a little further up the food chain. If you're looking to improve your listening experience and don't want to flash too much cash then the SE110s would be a good choice."

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Saturday, October 27, 2007
Heatpipes: The Investigation Begins [Thermalright, OCZ, Abit Heatpipes Explored]
"Since breaking open bottles of beer with heatpipes and other hardware last month at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, we have been cutting open a number of different heatpipes. In this article we have some new details to shed on heatpipes from a numbers of manufactures, including Thermalright, Thermaltake, OCZ, and Abit. These cooling mechanisms are supposed to keep our beloved PCs from overheating, but how does their manufacturing quality differ? With this article, we have plenty of pictures and videos showing you the differing qualities in heatpipes."

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The Battle For Wesnoth
"The Battle for Wesnoth is not your typical run-of-the-mill TBS game. The genre turn-based strategy, or TBS, is very self-explanatory. It is, simply put, a game where-as the game flow is broken down into turns or rounds and the game plays from there on. Although there are many other fantasy-themed titles floating around the Internet, this one does stand out of the crowd with its many intriguing features. For starters, the game offers nearly 200 forms of units along with 16 variations of races and six factions to choose from. The game allows the users to become creative and embark on their own personalized journeys. From conceiving your own units and characters to forging the worlds you dream of being in, the Battle for Wesnoth is a must-have download for any gamer out there."

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Intel Core 2 Quad Performance: FSB @ NordicHardware
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Friday, October 26, 2007
Technic3D/Plustek Book Reader
"The Plustek Book Reader arrived Technic3D. The Plustek BookReader features highly accurate OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and auto document orientation. This combination guarantees correct output for TTS (Text to Speech). You only need to press one button, and the Plustek Book Reader will convert printed text into high quality speech with a lifelike voice. Technic3D will see that in the following Review!"

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What 10,000+ People Say About Linux Graphics
"This past Sunday we started our first-ever Linux Graphics Survey that looked at the usage of X.Org display drivers, hardware, and the display features being sought after by Linux desktop users. In less than four days, we received over 10,000 survey submissions! This survey will be going on until November 21, so if you haven't yet participated you still have plenty of time to do so. But for those of you that have already taken the survey, what are the results so far? Well, below are the percentages from all of the responses collected before 10:00AM PST today. In Late November when the survey has ended, we will present the final results."

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Ultra X3 Modular PSU @ Bjorn3D
"With the recent onslaught of 1000-watt and higher power supplies from various manufacturers, it is nice to see that many still take the time to cater to the PC enthusiasts that demand quality power, maybe just not so much of it. Sure, a 1000+ watt power supply may power just about anything a power-user can throw at it, many times this amount of power is just plain over-kill. If you aren't running top-of-the-line video cards in a linked configuration, quad-core processors and terabytes of hard drive space, a power supply of 600-watt proportions may be more up your alley. If that is the case, then the 600-watt version from the Ultra Products X3 line may be just what you are looking for."

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Pentax Optio M40 @ TrustedReviews
"Pentax is well known for its ultra-slim digital cameras, and the pocket-sized Optio M40 is the slimmest of the lot. But doesn't it bear a striking resemblance to the M30, launched just six months previously? And does it take more than just a bigger sensor to make a better camera?"

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Sling Media Slingbox Pro @ TrustedReviews
"The Slingbox Pro has improved on the original in every respect. It's smarter on the outside, and smarter on the inside too. The increase in inputs adds flexibility, specifically the addition of component input. The increase in maximum quality is tangible, and platform support is good too, on Windows, Mac and some smartphones. The Slingbox Pro is a class act, and a great way of distributing your TV."

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Adobe FrameMaker 8 @ TrustedReviews
"The cheapest we could find FrameMaker 8 for is £806 for the full version or £270 for the upgrade (from previous versions of FrameMaker, only). In the US, Adobe prices the full version at around $899, so not much over half the UK price. Adobe wouldn't comment on the price difference, but the only reason we can think of for the much higher UK price is because customers are still prepared to buy it for that. FrameMaker 8 is an excellent document creation tool with some very worthwhile improvements in the latest version, but the retail pricing is outrageous. (Corporate pricing may be better - please let us know). The price must, surely, discourage its wider adoption, which is a great shame."

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A.C.Ryan AluBoxDuo LAN - ndas storage Review @ XtremeComputing
"The thing that impresses me the most about the A.C.Ryan AluBoxDuo LAN is the manual and the depths it goes into, even a novice to computer hardware could set-up the A.C.Ryan AluBoxDuo LAN. With one or two minor exceptions the manual is faultless and the software guides you through the procedures smoothly."

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Patriot PC3-15000 DDR3 1866MHz 2GB RAM Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
"Patriot's Extreme Performance Low Latency line is engineered to expand your gaming options with modules designed to operate at 1866MHz with astonishing low 8-8-8-24 timings. The Patriot High-Speed DDR3 1866MHz PDC32G1866LLK 2GB RAM kit Benchmark Reviews has tested is equipped with their Aluminum Bladed Heat Shield Technology to improve module stability and performance, while operating under extreme overclocking conditions. Engineered with quality and performance in mind, This PC3-15000 set is the ultimate solution for extreme overclockers, gamers, and PC enthusiasts."

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Thursday, October 25, 2007
JVC TH-L1 Home Theater Review @ Digital Trends
"At roughly $299 USD, the TH-l1 supports HDMI and component pass-through and has iPod and USB memory key inputs."

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I4U: Palm Z Silverlit Mini RC Indoor Airplane Review
"This little plane is the fixed wing brother to the Picco Z helicopter from last year. To charge the plane you simply press the charge connector on the plane onto the charge connector built-in to the control. There are no cables to plug in or fiddle with. There is a bit of a learning curve for the controls that lead to several crashes for me. Thankfully, the low speeds, low weights and impact resistant foam construction of the Palm Z Airplane make breaking the plane difficult."

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Akasa Revo CPU Cooler @ techPowerUp
"Akasa has just introduced a new CPU cooler called the Revo, which features their new SilentFlux technology. This cooler utilizes a bubble pump to move the heat from the base through a radiator where it can be cooled by a fan. We put the Revo to the test to see how well this new cooling technology performs."

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The ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The performance of ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv motherboard is just outstanding at default settings! This board really flies, especially when compared to the P35 boards that are represented in our test results. It is hard to believe that it performs so well up against the newer P35 boards, but the truth is, it blew them away in much of our testing. It just goes to show what can be done with a mature chipset like the Intel P965 Express!"

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Asus Blitz Formula Motherboard @ Viper Lair
"Asus have done a great job with the BIOS and it is one of the easiest we have ever used. Even the most inexperienced overclocker should be able to leave pretty much everything on automatic and achieve a very high overclock. Those who know what they are doing will have plenty to play with as the options are extensive to say the least. The BIOS offers options for storing a couple of settings profiles, plus more with a USB Flash drive or other Fat formatted storage device if you so desire, although it's a shame none of this seems to tie in with the Asus software (at least it didn't with Vista)."

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Gigabyte Triton 180 Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"For a price of $70 US, it will be difficult to find a better case than the Triton 180.†It's solidly built and roomy inside but not so large that it takes up too much desk space. Instead of using windows, lights, or other flashy things Gigabyte went for a nice and sleek, sophisticated appearance without being too plain."

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bit-tech News: UT3 beta impressions
"In terms of gameplay, the game is fantastic. Smooth, fluid and involving, the game is accessible to new players and won't overly put unfamiliar players at a disadvantage. At the same time, it encourages players to experiment and try and learn more from the game, rapidly gaining skill. Graphically the game is a marvel too; environments appear both lush and detailed without interfering or distracting from the match at hand. It's the kind of thing which shows that the game has been playtested to death. However, there are a few things which could be a problem -- mainly the lack of change. Sure, the graphics are enhanced and there are new levels, but a lot of that could have been accomplished in a smaller update. The Necris vehicles could help address our fears, but we can't really comment since we didn't get to see much of them. Basically, it's the same old / /Unreal Tournament, but with a facelift and boob-job which is well simulated in terms of bounce. Yeah, I liked that analogy too. If you liked the past games then you'll love / /UT3 and if you haven't played the past games then you'll probably still love it. If you're one of those in-between players though who's looking for something a little different or new, or with more of a focus on teamplay, then you may be better off waiting a while before you buy."

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Technic3D/The Settler 6 Rise Of An Empire
"The Game"

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Apple Keyboard Review @ Digital Trends
"The new Apple aluminum keyboard is sleek and sexy, and works great for both Mac or PC users."

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Sapphire ATI RADEON HD 2600XT at Modders-Inc
"The Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB GDDR3 supports high definition gaming on Windows Vista with DirectX 10 support, and allows the user to easily upgrade to a CrossFire configuration. The HD2600XT also brings a loaded HD feature-set with it offering support for ATI Avivo HD, HDMI connect ability, HD Audio and Blu-Ray / HD DVD decoding."

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Intel Beats AMD to Lead-Free Processors @ Legit Reviews
"Now that the flip-chip bump solder points that used to contain lead have been replaced with a copper column and lead-free solder the processors are more environmentally friendly, but this does come at a cost. The melting point of lead-tin is 183C, whereas the melting point of lead-free solders is greater than 220C. This means increased stress on the flip-chip package and more power consumption since the convection ovens need their baking temperatures increased. To manage the increased stress and survive the higher process temperatures, Intel reengineered many parts of the processor..."

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Archos 105 2GB Media Player @ TrustedReviews
"Archos' 105 isn't a bad player for the money. Just under £60 gets you an attractive, well-designed piece of kit, a reasonably-sized colour LCD screen and decent usability as well, all of which are hard to come by at this end of the market. However, it's rather basic in terms of features and is a bit of a compromise too..."

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Panasonic Press Tour Japan 2007 @ TrustedReviews
"TrustedReviews gets up close and personal with Panasonic out in Japan and finds out that the company is both big and green."

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The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass @ TrustedReviews
"The full Zelda experience in beautifully realised handheld form. A must for fans of the series, and one of the richest, deepest, most innovative games on the DS."

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Kingwin Revolution RVT-9225 Heatpipe Direct Touch CPU Cooler Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Kingwin Revolution RVT-9225 Heatpipe Direct Touch CPU Cooler looks to capitalize on a new idea in the well proven method of cooling processors with heatpipe technology. By allowing the copper heatpipes to come in direct contact with the top of the processor, one interface has been eliminated and the thermal transfer can potentially be more efficient."

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Corsair Voyager GT @ Bjorn3D
"Flash drives sure have come a long way haven't they? When they first appeared back in 2000 they carried 8MB (That's megabyte with an 'M') and could transfer only a few hundred kilobytes per second. Today's drives are faster, larger and in some cases much more exotic. They can store countless songs, movies and even be used to run applications. They have become a necessary gadget for every technology user. But amidst all the splendor that is the thumb drive there are also perils to be avoided. Flash drives are typically fragile and can't stand up to a lot of bumping and dropping. Well Corsair thinks it time to make these drives as rugged as they are useful. Designed to be durable, stylish, compact, and reliable the Voyager GT series of flash drives from Corsair sets to raise the bar for what these drives are capable of."

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bit-tech Case Mod: Dark Blade - Part 1
"Hello! I am Gianluca, also known as G69T on the bit-tech.net forums, and I am the creator of Dark Blade. Since it's been asked before, my nickname comes from my first and last initials and my year of birth - 1969. Yes, it's true that I'm an"

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Shure SE310 Canalphones Review @ Digital Trends
"The Shure SE310 headphones are some of the best we have ever had the privilege to test."

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OCZ DDR3 PC3-14400 Platinum 2 GB @ techPowerUp
"OCZ's new DDR3 1800 memory kit is geared towards early adopters, overclockers and enthusiasts that always want to have the latest and the greatest. We tested the 2 GB kit and were surprised how well balanced overclocking is. You are free to run aggressive CL5 timings at lower clocks or go full out, up to 1850 MHz."

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Win an OCZ Technology Prize Pack @ Bigbruin.com
"Up for grabs in week eight of Bigbruin.com's Pro Football Pick 'Em is a prize pack furnished by OCZ Technology consisting of a 4GB Rally2 Flash Drive, a Vindicator CPU Cooler, and a XL OCZ Technology Pwnage T-Shirt!"

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AMD 8.42 Driver Brings Fixes, AIGLX! [ATI Driver Review]
"Today it's now time where the fglrx driver reaches yet another milestone. Not only does today's release address many of the outstanding bugs for the earlier GPU generations while also introducing a few new features, but it also delivers AIGLX support! Yes, you read that right. You can finally run your ATI graphics card with the fglrx driver and run Compiz, Beryl, or Compiz Fusion without using XGL! This is coming 13 months after NVIDIA had introduced its AIGLX support, but now just days after the release of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon it's here for ATI hardware. Granted, if you were using an older ATI GPU with the open-source Radeon driver, you could have been benefiting from AIGLX already."

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AMD DTX Specification System Preview @ Legit Reviews
"Over the past ten months AMD has brought the DTX specification from a design on paper to an actual product that works. It is obvious that AMD is listening to market demands, as just this year alone they have announced low-wattage 45W desktop processor offerings and the DTX specification that will help make HTPC's smaller, cooler and quieter. Now that AMD has gotten the ball rolling industry partners such as Albatron, Asus, Cooler Master, ECS, Gigabyte, MSI, Silverstone, and Thermaltake need to pick up the DTX form factor and run with it."

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I4U: Envision L19W661 19-inch Wide LCD HDTV Review
"This small screen HDTV can be used as both your TV and a PC display. The set performs well and has good image quality. Gaming on the Envision L19W661 19-inch LCD TV was good, the response time is fast enough that not ghosting or tearing of images on screen was noticed. The on-board sound system has low power and lacks bass. The speakers provide passable sound, but lack the bass I like in my movies and games."

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bit-tech Feature: Independent Games Festival 2008
"One of the more accomplished titles to be spotted on the list is the first episode in the new series from Frictional Games, titled //Penumbra: Overture. In order to quell any nay-sayers we've been in contact with Frictional Games a bit over the last few months and we can promise both that the second episode is on its way and that we'll be getting a good look at it when it does arrive. / /Penumbra began as one of the most popular and most downloaded indie games ever and the original game was a short, self-contained tech demo which can be downloaded here if you want to get a taste for the full game. The game is the first part of a continuing series which tells the story of Philip, a physicist who gets a mysterious letter from his long-absent and supposedly dead father. Philip sets out to investigate and predictably enough gets embroiled in a survival horror situation in an abandoned bunker somewhere in snow-swept Greenland."

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Rosewill RX-358-S-SLV eSATA and USB Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Bigbruin.com
"As the first Rosewill product to be reviewed at Bigbruin.com, the RX-358-S-SLV eSATA and USB hard drive enclosure made a good first impression despite some imperfections. The eSATA performance is excellent, allowing a SATA 3Gbps drive to operate just as well as when connected directly to a SATA header on the test system's motherboard. In addition to the performance, the bundle of accessories is another big plus for this unit."

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Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd @ TrustedReviews
"OK everyone, you can stop emailing me; it's here at last, the much-requested review of the Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd. I've had more enquiries about this camera than anything else in the last few months. If everyone who's asked me about it buys one, I think I'll buy shares in Fujifilm."

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Logitech Harmony 1000 Universal Remote @ TrustedReviews
"It's a bit of a fiddle to get the perfect setup, but the sheer flexibility of what you can do with the Harmony 1000 and the ease with which such complex operations can be programmed in is to be highly commended."

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Panasonic Viera TH-42PZ70 42in plasma TV @ TrustedReviews
"Pioneer's full HD KURO sets are now hitting the shops, but crucially they will also cost substantially more than this full HD unit. Set more fairly in the context of other 40-42in TVs around the Ďjust over £1,000' price point, the 42PZ70's performance strikes us as nothing less than imperious."

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Lian Li PC-B25B Black Aluminum Mid-Tower ATX Case @ BmR
"There's a good reason as to why Lian Li has been at the very top of the computer chassis industry for the past seven years; they have upheld a tradition of producing well designed products. Just as popular for their craftsmanship, the Lian Li company has a history of ingenious application of aluminum in their products. Benchmark Reviews has inspected the all new PC-B25B Black Aluminum Mid-Tower ATX Case, and we offer a public view of our results."

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I4U: A-DATA 16GB Class 6 SDHC Memory Card Review
"Today we are looking at the A-DATA 16GB SDHC memory card. This memory card is one of the highest capacity SDHC cards that you can currently buy. The first synthetic test that I performed on the A-DATA 16GB SDHC card was with HD Tach. HD Tach showed a random access time of 0.8ms, an average read time of 18.1MB/sec and an average write time of 13.9MB/s. The A-DATA 16GB SDHC card is a class 6 SDHC card and that specification guarantees a 6MB/sec minimum transfer rate making this card significantly faster."

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Monday, October 22, 2007
HP Compaq 2510p Laptop Review @ Digital Trends
"The HP Compaq 2510p is the company's smallest and lightest laptop. It also gives Lenovo a run for their money."

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bit-tech Feature: DisplayPort - A Look Inside
"It's not often that a new display interface is introduced, but in recent times it seems like there's been more activity than we're used to. With HDMI's move into the mainstream in 2005, talk of the new DisplayPort interface has been met with a degree of negativity from consumers -- many who question the need for yet another display interface. I think a lot of that comes from people not understanding exactly what DisplayPort is all about, other than a reason to get more money out of consumers. DVI is just fine, right? And HDMI is DVI's replacement, isn't it? These are a couple of the common questions I've seen crop up since the DisplayPort 1.1 specification was approved by VESA back in April this year. At the recent Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, I had the chance to sit down with some of the people behind DisplayPort in order to get a better understanding how this is going to affect our industry. Over the course of this article, I'm going to discuss the DisplayPort specification, along with looking at where the new interface will fit into the market. Additionally, I'll also look at what might be a very viable alternative to DisplayPort in the long run, as well..."

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VVIKOO GeForce 8600 GT Turbo @ techPowerUp
"VVIKOO is a new videocard manufacturer based in Paris offering both NVIDIA and ATI cards. One of their first products is the GeForce 8600 GT Turbo, which is an overclocked version of NVIDIA's 8600 GT. The card comes equipped with a quiet Zalman cooler and offers great overclocking potential. In our testing we could increase the clocks by more than 40% over NVIDIA's reference clocks."

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ASUS P5E3 Deluxe
"Earlier this month we featured an exclusive preview of DeviceVM's SplashTop Technology, which is an instant-on Linux desktop environment that within five seconds of turning on your PC you could be inside a Firefox-based web-browser or talking with the Skype VoIP client. While more motherboards will be shipping with SplashTop shortly (as well as notebooks and desktops), the first motherboard with this embedded Linux technology is the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe. The Intel X38 Chipset was formally introduced earlier this month and that combined with SplashTop (or Express Gate, as ASUS calls it) should make for an interesting review of the P5E3 Deluxe. Other features for this motherboard include improved energy efficiency through an ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit), up to DDR3-1800 support, and integrated 802.11n WiFi."

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KDE Four Live v0.5
"The third beta of KDE 4.0 was released this past week and today the KDE folks are out with KDE Four Live v0.5, which is based upon OpenSuSE. The KDE Four Live image contains all modules for KDE 4.0, KOffice 2.0 SVN, and other cutting-edge developments with v0.5 being the KDE 3.94.1 snapshot. At Phoronix we have taken a few screenshots to share from this very attractive desktop environment."

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Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 @ Bjorn3D
"The Intel P35 has been on the market for a few months now. It is a fantastic chip and has put a huge challenge to the NVIDIAís 680i chipset, which also offers some great overclocking results and excellent features. Although, the top of the line Intelís upcoming X38 (the chipset maybe released by the time you read this review), most users may not wish to spend that insane amount of money on a motherboard while they can get a similar performance at much cheaper price. Thatís why choosing a motherboard based on the P35 or even the NVIDIA 680i chipset would make sense. Both of the chipsets have been on the market for awhile now and they have matured and run stable with excellent features and performance. Today, we will take a closer look at the Gigabyteís GA-P35-DS4 (rev. 1.2) and put it against the EVGA 680i and hopefully we can determine who would be the performance king of the $150~$200 motherboard price segment."

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Iomega StorCenter Wireless Network Storage @ TrustedReviews
"A low price for a 1TB NAS appliance although this is reflected in the modest level of features on offer. It's easy enough to install and use but performance isn't great and why the firmware upgrade removes the wireless access point mode is beyond us."

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Sony SRS-T10PC Portable Speaker Set @ TrustedReviews
"If the speakers on your laptop are too weedy for words and you're fed up of being tethered by your headphones, the USB powered Sony SRS-T10PC portable speaker set may be just perfect for you. However, the lack of battery power or auxiliary input means their uses are limited (campers and backpackers need not apply) and more powerful mains options are available for those holidaying in a hotel or self catering apartment."

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E-ten Glofiish X800 @ TrustedReviews
"Overall, the Glofiish X800 is a very capable phone. It is stuffed with features, has HSDPA, GPS and several genuinely useful interface tweaks. Battery life is excellent and the VGA screen is simply gorgeous."

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Coolmax CUQ-1200B Green Power 1200 Watt ATX Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Coolmax seems to have a very good product in its latest power supply offering. The CUQ-1200B has impressive specifications, lots of connectors on superbly sleeved cables, modular design, and top-notch efficiency. The fit and finish is excellent and the attention to detail, from the packaging to the visual aspects and manual, is impressive."

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Sunday, October 21, 2007
High-Speed DDR3 Overclocking and Review Series @ BmR
"Now that most manufacturers have tooled up for long-term DDR3 production, there are only a few companies still releasing high-performance system memory for the DDR2 platform. With the favored P35 and X38 chipsets already making waves, Intel is preparing for their upcoming launch of 4 series northbridge chipsets including the much anticipated X45. This news means that those initial DDR3 kits may as well be called generation one or some other name denoting obsolete equipment, because today Benchmark Reviews is revealing the new evolution in high-performance DDR3 kits. Our comparison review and overclocking series will feature all speeds of PC3 memory, from the outrageous XMP-enhanced high-speed 1866MHz DDR3 to the entry-level 1066MHz, and everything in-between."

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The Baby-SATA Cable Mod by Metku.net
"The idea for this mod was born when I was assembling a computer: I noticed that the distance between the motherboard's s-ata connectors and the HDD was very short and due to that I thought it would turn out really ugly if I'd just use a full length 40 cm S-ATA cable. I decided to make a custom S-ATA cable for this case - The Baby SATA was born."

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Technic3D/Spire CoolForce IV VGA Cooler
"The Graphic Card Heatsink from Spire,the CoolForce IV, arrived Technic3D. Specially designed with a universal mounting clip-mechanism. See you in the following Review with a PowerColor Radeon X1800 XT against the Accelero S1 Turbo Module (aktiv)."

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Saturday, October 20, 2007
ET: Quake Wars - NVIDIA Performance
"The Linux client for Enemy Territory: Quake Wars was released yesterday, but can you expect this Linux-native game to run with your existing hardware? In addition to this first person shooter being very multi-core friendly, it does require more graphical horsepower than any current Linux game. While there is a"

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Fanatec Headshot Controller @ techPowerUp
"The Fanatec Headshot Controller is a mouse and mousepad combination from German manufacturer Fanatec. Usually such a combo is a low quality product, but not in this case. We were surprised by the excellent build quality which is on par, if not better, with big names like Logitech and Microsoft. Also the mousepad has an incredibly smooth surface with almost no friction."

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Review: Spire Blackfin Case @ GideonTech.com
"Spire has been around in the computer world for over 15+ years and have created some items that we all use. Whether it is power supplies, cases, or modding supplies, Spire seems to have something on the market to cater to our needs. This week I received the Spire Blackfin mid-tower case to test out."

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bit-tech Preview: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare hands on
"The singleplayer is something we can talk about though and from what weíve seen itís shaping up rather excellently. The graphics are incredibly detailed and good-looking, though the smoke effects donít look nearly as impressive as they did when Call of Duty 2 came out and the RPG smoke trails are a little suspect. * *The action itself is as frantic as ever too, with grenades and tracers cutting through the sky and sending up plumes of dirt whilst your team mates scream and run around taking down the bad guys. There are a few areas where we think the gameplay could be tightened up but the overwhelming majority of the game feels crisp and cleanly put together. The key difference between / /Call of Duty 4 and the other games in the series is, on reflection, not the largely cosmetic differences between World War 2 and //Modern Warfare, but the vastly improved cinematic feel. The past //Call of Duty games have often felt grand and beautifully epic, but rarely were they truly cinematic. They felt distinctly like playing a game rather than being in a movie. This isnít true of //Modern Warfare which, with a new story and more contemporarily gritty feel, manages to feel more immersive and polished forever Ė possibly putting it forward as the best //Call of Duty game yet if the development continues like this."

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Friday, October 19, 2007
Ubuntu 7.10 + WINE vs. Windows XP
"This week's release of Ubuntu 7.10"

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AirLive Skyphone-1000 @ techPowerUp
"AirLive has a very diverse line-up. Their Skyphone-1000 is a wireless phone to be used with Skype. It makes calling other Skype users or normal numbers just as easy as with every other phone - it will even ring when someone calls you. As connection method a proprietary Bluetooth protocol is used which lets you use the phone without any corded connection."

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AeroCool AeroEngine-Plus ATX Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"The overall build was disappointing as I expected more from this case. The trademark structure of the ďengineĒ was probably the cheapest of the overall case as it was loose and seemed like it could break. What really shocked me was the fact the included case fans arenít even Aerocool fans, which is what a lot of people know Aerocool by."

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bit-tech Roundup: On our desk pt. 10
"So, today we've rounded up some of the various bits and bobs we have lying around. We've got a new SteelSeries gaming mousemat, a Corsair Flash Voyager GT, a OCZ ATV 4GB Turbo and a hardy Corsair Flash Survivor GT -- all of which we'll be testing quite thoroughly, I assure you. In fact, if we were evil journalists then we'd probably insert an evil laugh here. That's how thoroughly we tested some of the above. Enough with the boasts and claims however, let's move on and have a look at the first item from our desk."

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ASUS P5K3 Deluxe WIFI AP Edition @ Bjorn3D
"recently reviewed the ASUS P5K3 Premium motherboard. This is a motherboard where ASUSís engineers have gone all out and integrated 2 GB of good DDR3 memory directly on the motherboard. You can read my review here. As you can see in that review it was a motherboard that did a lot of things right but got docked a few points because of the limitations you get when putting expensive memory directly on the motherboard."

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Kodak EasyShare M873 @ TrustedReviews
"Kodak continues its move away from clunky plastic low-end cameras with this stylish but reasonably priced 8-megapixel, 3x zoom ultra-compact. However sometimes beauty is only skin deep, and it takes more than a pretty exterior to make a competitive camera."

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FIFA 08 @ TrustedReviews
"Though let down by some gameplay niggles and under-developed features, FIFA 08 is still an excellent and entertaining football game that has a little of something for everyone. It's not quite the killer blow, but it's another step in the right direction and if you're already a FIFA devotee, you need not be embarrassed anymore."

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HP Photosmart A826 @ TrustedReviews
"The Photosmart A826 is a lovely little machine for anybody wanting a standalone photo printer in their living room. It excels at producing photos cheaply and quickly with a minimum of fuss but even so, as £173, it's over priced."

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MSI HomePlug kit Review - Network & power sockets @ XtremeComputing
"I can remember when I first heard about the homeplug idea of using existing power lines in your house to create a network. This was a very exciting idea for me, but unfortunately the first generation of these products didnít live up to the hype, as they were only able to connect at a maximum of 14Mbit, not very fast at all. Now we have the next generation of these products and this time round they actually deliver."

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Leopards Release Date a Serious Mistake @ OSWeekly.com
"Itís not uncommon for Windows users and technology consumers in general to say that Microsoft missed out on making the most of Vista both before and after its launch. Longtime fans of Windows have changed their tone due to Vistaís inadequacies, and regular users are in many cases stuck with trying to figure out why they still canít get certain things to work within the operating system. Granted, itís not a completely horrific OS, but is that even a compliment worth accepting?"

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Open Source, Firefox and New Search Options Emerge @ OSWeekly.com
"We often take the ability to choose our default Firefox search engine for granted. By default, it's set to Google, and for most people, this is just fine. But what about queries where a typical search engine is not cutting it? Perhaps you need to try another approach with a competing search engine like Ask, in order to make sure the results you are getting are the best for your needs at the time? This is where a trip to Mozilla's search engine page comes in handy."

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RIM BlackBerry 8310 Curve Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"RIM continues to expand its 8300 Curve series, and this time, AT&T's 8300 Curve gets an update with 8310. Again, there's nothing special between the two units other than the now added GPS capability with the 8310. That's the only differentiating factor unless you count the strikingly amazing red (exclusive to US) and titanium color schemes."

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Migrating Away From Windows, But Not Ready For Linux? @ OSWeekly.com
"I hear it nearly everyday. Users who want to move from Windows, but don't feel that the short Linux learning curve is worth the effort. Fine, get a Mac, I suggest. These same users explain that it's a cost issue (Mac Mini is a cost issue?) despite the logic in them taking this path."

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Say Bye-Bye to iPod Killers, Welcome iPhone Killers @ CoolTechZone.com
"I'm depressed to be associated with the tech industry from time to time. It's so predictable, so stale, so annoying sometimes. Remember all those iPod Killers that showed up and attempted to dethrone the world's leading music player. Well, needless to say, it didn't happen, and nobody came close to demolishing the ever successful, iconic device, despite it's not-so-excellent audio quality. But enough about that. Yes, nobody cares, and people have forgotten. If anything, we are disappointingly amused at the next iPod Killer. It's old, boring news. Nothing exciting. We ought to move on, right? Perhaps not."

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Thursday, October 18, 2007
LaCie 2big Triple (2TB) Hard Drive Review @ Digital Trends
"The LaCie 2big Triple 2TB RAID hard drive has impressive features for amateurs and professionals alike."

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Apevia X-QPack 2 @ techPowerUp
"The Apevia X-QPack 2 is the successor of the original X-QPack. Notable changes include the full size 500W power supply by placing a slightly longer front cover unto the chassis. A 8 cm fan has been added in the front of the case to actively cool your memory. Apevia also added a few more colors and one with a camouflage design."

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SouthWing SH505 Bluetooth Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
"SouthWing enters the North American and US market with a sleek and stylish Bluetooth wireless headset. With a street price of under $60, the SouthWing SH505 is a solid headset that features unique controls, very good sound and voice quality, and only lacks active noise cancellation Ė a feature that most can live without at this price point..."

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OCZ Vanquisher CPU Cooler at Modders-Inc
"CPU cooling is one of the most important areas a PC user must look at when building a computer. OCZ has combined an efficient heatpipe design with a low speed fan to offer a quiet yet effective cooler option for users that does not require the use of a back plate to mount."

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I4U: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB HDD Review
"This is Seagateís first 1TB drive and is a direct competitor to the Hitachi 1TB drive. Seagateís Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB internal HDD has a 7200-RPM spindle speed and can operate with SATA 3.0Gb/s or 1.5Gb/s with NCQ. Seagate promises the average latency to be 4.16ms and the drive uses a 32MB cache. Four platters and eight heads compose the internals of the drive."

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Futuremark PCMark Vantage @ Bjorn3D
"Even since the dawn of time mankind have been chasing more power and performance. Iím pretty sure that right after pre-historic man figured out how to make spear-heads out of flint, someone started to look for a way to make it bigger and more pointed. And when the wheel was invented and put on a cart, the next day someone started to add spoilers to the cart and pimp it to look cooler and go faster. Most of us know that Charles Babbage designed ďthe Analytical EngineĒ in 1837. What most do not know is that he then started to plan the water cooling and overclocking of his design the day after. Letís face it, regardless how fast our computers are, how many cores our CPU have and whatever monster video card we buy, we are never satisfied and want more speed."

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bit-tech Review: Foxconn Mars
"The Foxconn Mars is a reasonably good board that overclocks pretty well, but it's not //outstandingly fast, particularly cheap and the core bundle is a bit off. The Quantum force is here to stay, and the Foxconn Mars is a solid first effort at an enthusiast board but it's not what it needs to be. Hopefully the company will learn from its mistakes and make an //"

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Crucial Ballistix 2GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Serious enthusiasts should be able to make good use of system memory like the Crucial Ballistix 2GB PC3-12800 DDR3. Even though things are constantly evolving, you have to assume memory with such a high frequency and tight timings should keep a modern system humming along nicely for quite a while without showing signs of age."

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Helios X5000 Network Media Player @ TrustedReviews
"Any product that can do as much as the Helios X5000 can for less than £300 is bound to be a bit of a compromise, but here things that normally suffer in other products - build quality, sound quality and picture quality - are actually very impressive."

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NEC Multisync LCD205WXM @ TrustedReviews
"A very average screen in every sense in terms of design and image quality, that's actually more expensive than then the NEC's 22in version and much so than the rest of competition. If you want to standardise on 20in screens in an office environment then it will do the job, but otherwise it's a disappointment for the price."

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MSI K9A3 CF - RD780 motherboard @ TrustedReviews
"MSI has used the RD780 chipset in a very basic CrossFire motherboard that is satisfyingly cheap but we have our reservations about the memory and graphics performance of this pre-production sample."

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Kingwin Z1 Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Kingwin has a solid performer in the Z1. Ease of use, good looks, and choice of colors adds up to a winning combination. I had no problems installing a drive, and it was immediately recognized by Windows. Driverless installation makes things easy (except for you Windows 98 usersÖÖ.címon, upgrade to XP at least, you luddites!)."

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No Linux Love for New iPods: Why You Shouldn't Care @ OSWeekly.com
"Newsflash for those of you who believe that we lost iPod support - we never had it in the first place. It's true, and frankly, the fact that Apple has decided to make themselves even more isolated in their own world is fine by me."

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AT&T Tilt Phone Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Earlier this week, we did a First Look on AT&T's Tilt and shortly after publishing our quick thoughts, it arrived on our doorstep for a full, detailed analysis. As mentioned, AT&T's Tilt is a mini notebook, and we are not just saying that because of the features it packs. The size is a key differentiating factor between Tilt and other smartphones. From Apple's iPhone and RIM's BlackBerry to Palm's Treo and Samsung's BlackJack, AT&T could've done a better job at"

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Why Users Ditch OS X for Windows @ OSWeekly.com
"Despite my continued reluctance to make the OS X plunge, I'm amazed that Windows users who are looking to upgrade their existing computers are automatically considering Vista as the best option."

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Wall Street Journal Unfairly Reviews Ubuntu @ OSWeekly.com
"I have been watching the buzz surrounding this recent WSJ piece on the usability of Ubuntu by the common user. As per critics of the reviewers, they fail to actually hear what the man is saying."

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SanDisk Sansa Clip Music Player Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"After having great success with its high-end music/media players, SanDisk is venturing into entry-level music players that can really only be defined as"

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Ubuntu Studio 7.10
"Out of all of the official Ubuntu derivatives, the version that's received the least amount of attention during the 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) development cycle looks to have been Ubuntu Studio. If you missed out on our Ubuntu Studio 7.04 coverage, where this multimedia distribution had debuted, this is a Linux distribution targeted for the multimedia folks. Whether you're into audio, video, or graphics editing, Ubuntu Studio ships with a large set of multimedia tools backed by an Ubuntu-quality GNOME desktop."

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Boynq Sabre iPod Speaker System Review @ Digital Trends
"The Sabre has a funky design, two 10 watt speakers and can push audio and video from 5G iPods to a TV set."

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Review: Logisys 550W LED Acrylic Power Supply @ GideonTech.com
"Logisys claims they are originators of the clear power supply according to their website. With this model, they plan to provide more power and visuals while keeping the noise down. Each cable is sleeved which helps their cause in cable management."

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MSI K9AG Neo2-Digital AMD 690G Motherboard Review
"MSI's K9AG Neo2 Digital has an HDMI port right at the back. That means the K9AG Neo2 Digital is ready for HTPC use right out of the box - as opposed to a DVI-to-HDMI converter, the HDMI jack signifies it has audio as well as video signals. The former can only provide the HDMI video signal."

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GetSatisfaction.com Review @ Digital Trends
"Satisfaction provides a one-stop-shop for customer support. Plain and simple."

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Sirtec HighPower RockSolid 1000W PSU @ techPowerUp
"Sirtec's new RockSolid 1000W PSU is engineered to deliver high quality stable power to your components. Its modular approach lets you start small and attach just the cables you need as your power requirements grow. For a price of only $200 you get a solid PSU that has up to six PCI-Express VGA connectors."

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I4U: Wolf King Trooper Gaming Mouse Review
"The 2,200dpi sensitivity is good and works well for general office work and gaming. Some gamers who are accustomed to the recent batch of higher sensitivity mice may find 2200 dpi to be lacking, but most gamers will find the sensitivity to be good. The drivers are nothing to be excited about and are simple and generic."

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Foxconn A690GM2MA-RS2H AMD 690G Motherboard Review
"The Foxconn A690GM2MA-RS2H motherboard is High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) compliant. HDCP s a form of Digital Rights Management developed by Intel for high definition digital video and audio content. Whether you like it or not, the HDCP signal travels through the DVI or High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) to HDCP compatible display's."

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GIGABYTE GA-G33M-S2H @ Bjorn3D
"Integrated. Among enthusiasts this has become a four letter word never to be uttered in their presence. It has come to mean lacking, underpowered and weak. But there is another side to integrated. Efficient, flexible, and simple. If you are looking to put together a home theatre PC (HTPC) then finding the right motherboard with integrated components is crucial. You don't need blazing fast graphics or the highest signal to noise ratio, that's what discrete cards are for. What you need is small, quiet and cool. That's exactly what GIGABYTE offers with their new G33 series motherboard. As if including audio and video weren't enough this board actually has an HDMI port on it. You want to talk about integrated, how about both your audio and video on one cable! Now that's what I call efficient."

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AG Neovo E-W22 22in LCD Monitor @ TrustedReviews
"There's nothing inherently terrible about the E-W22, but it's merely decent at a price that would suggest otherwise. Thus, unless you're sold on the looks alone and have the money to spare, you're far better off with HP's equally stylish but generally more impressive w2207. Lord knows, it would save you a fair few pennies."

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Cowon A2 30GB Portable Multimedia Player @ TrustedReviews
"Cowon's A2 is a highly competent all round media player. It has excellent battery life, its build quality is supreme, it is packed with as many features as you can shake a USB memory stick at, and it has very good all-round file format support. However, it faces stiff and cheaper competition..."

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Skate @ TrustedReviews
"EA comes out of nowhere to deliver the best skateboarding game around. The Tony Hawks franchise had better have something special if it's going to compete with this."

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007
GE E850 Camera Review @ Digital Trends
"The GE 850 is an 8 Megapixel camera featuring a 5X optical zoom and 3-inch LCD display."

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Chill Factor vs. Liquid Pro Thermal Paste review at Metku
"Today manufacturers offer a plethora of different kind of coolers. But the cooling power of the most efficient cooler can be hindered by the stuff between the core and the cooler's base. Silver based compounds have been around for a while, but still manufacturers come up with new ideas and products."

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Win an ECS Elitegroup AM2 Motherboard @ Bigbruin.com
"Up for grabs in week seven of Bigbruin.com's Pro Football Pick 'Em is a brand new ECS Elitegroup RS485M-M ATI RS485 Socket AM2 motherboard. RS485M-M supports AMD Socket AM2 Athlon 64 FX/Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core/Athlon 64/Sempron processors with 64-bit architecture. Features 2000 MT/s HyperTransport technology and dual-channel DDR2 800 memory support."

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Linux vs. Windows Power Usage (Benchmarks)
"Since publishing our Ubuntu power tests, where we had monitored the power consumption of the past six Ubuntu releases going back two years on a laptop, we've had repeated requests for a power comparison between Windows and different Linux distributions. Well, in this article are the first set of results from that testing. We've compared the power consumption of Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Fedora 7, and Ubuntu 7.10."

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bit-tech Feature: 64-bit - More than just the RAM
"Whether you came into this article with some of your own thoughts on the matter or with little knowledge on the subject at all, I hope that you've learned some new things about 64-bit computing. Though it is still relatively"

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Samsung S85 @ TrustedReviews
"The Samsung S85 may look a little dull, but it is a well-made camera with a useful range of features, very good performance and surprisingly excellent picture quality. It has a few odd quirks and is a bit fiddly to operate, but considering the sub-£100 price tag it represents astonishing value for money."

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Clavister Security Gateway SG12 @ TrustedReviews
"This diminutive appliance delivers the same level of security features as Clavister's enterprise level products making it remarkably powerful. However, we wouldn't recommend it as a standalone solution for small businesses as the management facilities are clearly best suited to handling deployments across multiple remote offices."

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InFocus IN76 Projector @ TrustedReviews
"It's not quite as good as its more expensive IN78 sibling, but then that's to be expected. All that really matters about the IN76 is that it doesn't just outperform every rival in its own price bracket; it completely outclasses them."

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Arctic Cooling Accelero S1: Can you say quiet and cool? @ Bjorn3D
"Noise, thatís something thatís almost unavoidable in modern computer system. Unless you are willing to spend a bundle and go through the trouble of installing watercooling setup, you are bound to have at least two fans inside the case (often more than two) keeping the components cool."

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Zalman CNPS8700 LED INTEL/AMD CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Zalman went back to their roots, so to speak, and came up with a very nice product in the CNPS8700 LED CPU cooler. While the performance isn't earth shattering, it's plenty good enough for most users, better and quieter than the OEM Intel unit, and still allows some overclocking headroom. In addition it is all packed into a relatively compact package that will appeal to users with limited case room and also for HTPC/SFF enthusiasts."

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Thermaltake DuOrb VGA Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"With ambient temperature somewhere around 26c on both days that we took results from, you can clearly see the Thermaltake clearly exceeds the stock cooler, at first I was worried when I saw the idle temps were almost identical, but under load well a whole 19c difference on the 8800GTX and in my eyes that makes this pretty special."

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AT&T Tilt Phone @ CoolTechZone.com
"After securing Apple's iPhone contract, AT&T continues to make headway in the ever growing smartphones market with Tilt, an HTC made handset exclusively for the blue wireless carrier. Running Windows Mobile 6 Professional, the first device to run the latest OS in AT&T's product line, it's a mixed bag of treats that can do everything with reservations. In fact, you could make a healthy list of features, followed by an equally healthy list of drawbacks, albeit minor ones."

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JVC NC250 Noise Canceling Headphones Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"JVC continues to expand its noise canceling headphones with a new pair to its product line, the NC250. While it's not an inexpensive pair by any stretch, comparatively, it seems to be reasonably priced. But we'll get to price points later on."

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GIMPShop Review: GIMP Made Friendly @ OSWeekly.com
"I have been successfully using GIMP for what seems like years. It's free, it's stable and once you understand the rather strange menu layout, it actually provides fantastic functionality. But the reality remains that some people are still trying to come off their Photoshop dependency, and for these individuals, the argument about how fantastic it is tends to fall on deaf ears."

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The State of Security With Web Apps @ OSWeekly.com
"With most users busy trying to secure their individual machines from execution of malicious code, it feels like most of the public have forgotten about the threat of sloppy Web applications. These days, we have become entirely too complacent with the websites we visit that run all of our applications through our Web browsers. It's just too easy to overlook the threat of buffer overflow attacks, cross site scripts being run and in some cases, URL hijacking, be it a human error and not really an exploit."

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The Confusing State of Software Installation in Linux @ OSWeekly.com
"As I anticipated, the 'colorful' e-mails came floating in quickly when I did the article on Automatix. Many readers apparently missed the point completely. Frankly, I'm not all that worried about it, since the misunderstanding presents an opportunity for us to examine the bigger issue - software installation and Linux."

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OCZ Reaper HPC PC2-9200 DDR2 1150MHz RAM Kit @ BmR
"Ever since Intel released the 3 series chipset, DDR2 has had the wind taken from its sails so that DDR3 could make waves. This was meant with the best intentions, but as DDR3 was released to the public it didn't take long for people to realize it was still too immature to compete against DDR2 in regards to performance. This put the weight of the world back on the shoulders of DDR2, which has just earned a reprieve from execution. But now that manufacturers are tooling up for DDR3 production, there are only a few names remaining on the shrinking list which are still releasing high-performance system memory for the DDR2 platform. OCZ recognizes that DDR2 has performance potential left in it, and offers the 1150MHz PC2-9200 2GB Reaper HPC OCZ2RPR11502GK DDR2 RAM Kit to Benchmark Reviews for testing."

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Monday, October 15, 2007
Gigabyte iSOLO 210 @ techPowerUp
"The Gigabyte iSOLO 210 represents the company's newest mid-range product. At a price of just under $100 it comes with a very solid aluminum and steel front, a great design and a screwless installation system. There are round openings for watercooling, as well as plenty of space, even for large graphic cards and power supplies."

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ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv
"While most of the rage these days for Intel hardware is about the P35 and X38 Chipsets, for those looking at an economically-minded motherboard that may not support all of the latest and greatest features but can still work well as a Linux desktop, Intel's P965 remains a great option. One of the motherboards fitting this criteria is the 4Core1333-Viiv from ASRock, which utilizes the Intel P965 + ICH8DH while is still compatible with Intel Core 2 Quad 1333MHz processors. Through ASRock's AGI Express, ATI CrossFire support is also possible using this budget motherboard. But how well does the ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv work under Linux? We'll tell you in this article as we do our usual compatibility and benchmarking roundabout."

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Me.dium Review @ Digital Trends
"Me.dium is a browser add-on that visualizes the activity surrounding the web page you're viewing."

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Corsair DOMINATOR Twin3X2048-1800C7D 2GB DDR3-1800 Memory Kit Review
"Ready or not here comes DDR3 memory! When dual core processors were introduced, both Intel and AMD shifted over to DDR2 quickly so their processors could get maximum bandwidth. When quad core chips are thrown into the mix, DDR2 just can't keep up."

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Tagan CS-El Diablo BM Case at Modders-Inc
"Tagan has added a new case to its A-plus product line called the El Diablo. The El Diablo two large fans, one 360mm on the side and one 250mm fan on the front. Each fan has separate VR fan speed controls, that will give you full control for optimal performance. With its tool-less design and great cooling it will make for a perfect case for the extreme gamer."

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bit-tech Review: Gigabyte Odin GT 800W Power Supply
"Gigabyte has done a fantastic job with its first power supply - it's extremely quiet, very well made, good looking and it has cool additions like molex quick release plugs, modularity, thermal probes, fan adapters, colour co-ordination (mostly) and software control. I'm genuinely finding it hard to criticise it but my natural gut reaction is"

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Antec Fusion Black 430 @ Bjorn3D
"So you're into all sorts of media. Music, movies, TV, games, Internet, etc. The list goes on and on. You have your TiVo, your DVD player, your stereo and your computer for playing games and browsing the web. If there is any space left in that living room maybe you have a couch or perhaps your prefer a lawn chair to make space for the mini-fridge for those extra long gaming sessions. There has to be a better way to do this. What about using your computer as a DVD player / music player / TiVo? Ya know that little beige box that looks like the computer case time forgot. You wouldn't be caught dead with that thing in your living room. What if there was a case that blended into your current electronic equipment seamlessly? What's that you say? You like to relax on your recliner and control everything with a remote. Antec has you covered. With their new Fusion line of cases you get a media case with a built in VFD (Vacuum Fluorescent Display) that works under Windows Media center !"

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Antazone AS-N1000 & AS-N2000 Copper Heatpipe Northbridge Coolers Review @ Tweaknews.net
"I could give the whole speech about how vital good PC cooling is these days but I am sure that most of you have heard it a million times before, suffice it to say that cooling is an inescapable aspect of any system build. However, there is one aspect of cooling frequently overlooked, the lowly Northbridge chipset."

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[SPAM] Image Stabilisation ‚Äď The Good, The Bad And The Noisy @ TrustedReviews
"Most recent digital cameras are sold on features that appear at first to be image stabilisation, but some of them are not what they claim to be. Find out the difference between the real image stabilisation systems and the imposters that can ruin your pictures."

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Sony VGC-LT1S.CEK Media Center @ TrustedReviews
"Sony's latest all-in-one is a undeniably stylish machine that's powerful, and well featured, with highlights including a Blu-ray drive and dual hybrid tuners. It's not hideously expensive for what you get either - there's no denying that this is a first class machine."

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Pocket Navigator 7 GPS Software (Europe) @ TrustedReviews
"If you're looking for sat-nav software for your new Windows Mobile smart phone this will definitely do the job. However, there are annoyances and niggles, plus there's nothing that's a big deal breaker here. It's just a shame that the truck mode isn't all it promised to be, as this may well have turned an adequate score into an award-winning one."

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bit-tech Review: Microsoft's Sidewinder gaming mouse
"Technically the Sidewinder is a good mouse and on paper it has all the features one might look for -- on the fly DPI, thumb buttons and an ergonomic design which isn't entirely uncomfortable to use. On top of this it adds a load of features which range from pseudo-useful to the downright annoying, such as the weight system and Game Explorer button. The mouse even performs quite well and I tested it across a number of games in the week I had it on my desk, including the awesome / /Team Fortress 2. However, the mouse isn't exactly the most comfortable to use and the Intellipoint software hinges on being needlessly elaborate. Some of the features, the Game Explorer button in particular, are entirely stupid and do absolutely nothing for us. The overall look of the mouse is also a bit repugnant, which makes the price even more annoying. The Sidewinder costs around £40 in the UK or $65 in the US. At that price, the Sidewinder is starting to put itself out of the market and for just a little bit more you can get a much better mouse, like the Logitech G5, or you could get a Razer Deathadder for the same price."

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Computer Forensics: Linux Style! @ OSWeekly.com
"Which OS do you think is best for computer forensics? Obviously, being as we are Linux users, we'd likely recommend admins consider using a Linux-based approach for such a task. But which applications are honestly available on this platform? Not only that, are any of them open source?"

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Apple's Wishy-Washy Stance on iPhone Hacking @ OSWeekly.com
"The version of OS X thatís running on the iPhone may be officially locked down by Apple, but that certainly hasnít prevented industrious users from cracking it open and having their way with it. Unless youíve been living under a rock, you know that the iPhone has been unlocked in a variety of ways, and many iPhone users have been very public about the fact that theyíve hacked their phones to do some pretty cool things. While the process for doing so may be a little beyond casual users at this point in time, power users are finding delight in their hacks."

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Transcribing in Linux: Easy As 1, 2, 3... @ OSWeekly.com
"I'm fairly sure that this is not open source software. My reasoning for stating this, since I have yet to see anything even close to Express Scribe, in the open source world as of yet. Much like MainActor is to those who want entry level software for decent video editing, I see Express Scribe as filling this same need, and perhaps even hitting a more important piece of the Linux puzzle."

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Logitech AudioHub Notebook Speakers Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Logitech continues to add its special touch to one product after another. Today, it's AudioHub's turn, and needless to say, we like it. Really, Logitech's Product Managers have become the tech industry's rock stars who deserve to have their autographs taken from consumers worldwide. Give it enough time, and it may just happen."

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Logitech G9 3200 dpi Laser USB Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
"Ever since I first laid my hand on the funny pointing device attached to the Apple Mac back in the forth grade, I felt that computers would always seem to be approachable. I think that most of us probably started this way, and eventually learned our way around the rest of the landscape. Times have changed, and now many of us require, nay demand, something more from our peripheral hardware than simple functions. The Logitech G9 3200 dpi Laser USB Gaming Mouse 910-000173 has arrived on the scene and Benchmark Reviews is ready to point and click... boom, head-shot!"

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Sunday, October 14, 2007
Lian Li PC-A70 @ techPowerUp
"Ever find that you never seem to have enough room in your chassis? Then it's time to get a full sized tower. Lian Li has several large towers, and now they have a new one - the PC-A70. Today we'll take a look at the new PC-A70 from Lian Li and see if it's worthy of the Lian Li brand name."

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Ubuntu's Power Consumption Tested
"For this article we've decided to not only deliver power benchmarks from Ubuntu 7.10 and Ubuntu 7.04 to compare the tickless kernel effect, but we have went back and retested all of the Ubuntu releases going back to Ubuntu 5.04, or also known as Hoary Hedgehog. With the past six Ubuntu releases we had tested the power consumption of a Lenovo laptop when running from its AC charger and off the battery, when the system was idling and then again under load. We had also monitored the temperature of the Intel Centrino mobile processor. You may be surprised by the results of Ubuntu's power usage."

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ATP Pink Petito 2 GB USB Drive @ techPowerUp
"The ATP Petito 2 GB USB stick features a solid metal shell which helps make the drive a lot more resilient to damage. We tested the pink girlie version which you either love or hate and were impressed by the excellent results it delivered. Both bandwidth and access time were among the top of all USB stick we ever reviewed."

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Saturday, October 13, 2007
NOX XTREME Moonlight @ techPowerUp
"NOX XTREME Moonlight is the name of the newest case from NOX. This case is aimed at gamers looking for a light-weight performance midi-tower. Can a case from a relatively new company even begin to compete with offerings in the same class from established companies?"

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bit-tech Preview: Assassin's Creed hands-on preview
"In fact the only real problem is the futuristic-bend on the story. On its own it would be forgiveable, but it manages to pervade itself through into absolutely every aspect of the game. Flashing clouds of binary for loading screens, streaming symbols in the middle of combat and invisible walls dotted with pseudo-scientific emblems -- these are the elements which could ruin the game's otherwise fantastic set-up. A lot of this could of course change dramatically over the next few months. These futuristic elements could be toned down or removed. It's even possible that they could be so well explained in the full version that they turn from weak points to indispensable and innovative game elements. But I'm sceptical of that possibility and I for one am going to be watching //Assassin's Creed very closely as the release date creeps forward out of the shadows. It'd be a horrible shame for this awesome game to stab itself in the throat by trying to be something it isn't."

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Friday, October 12, 2007
Nouveau Companion 28
"It's time for another issue of the Nouveau Companion, which talks about the development work done on the open-source 2D/3D NVIDIA driver over the past two weeks. Among the topics talked about in this issue include PlayStation 3 graphics via Nouveau, using TTM memory manager, and the Gallium3D architecture. A stable 2D Nouveau driver is about completed with EXA support but currently lacks an EXA implementation on the older NVIDIA hardware and there are still problems with NVIDIA's GeForce 8 hardware."

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Super Talent W1866UX2G8 DDR3-1866 Memory Review
"The Super Talent W186IUX2G8 DDR3 memory does very well, but it will be interesting to see where the lines are drawn as more DDR3 memory comes into the lab. The speeds are pretty amazing, particularly considering the standard is still in its infancy."

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Sapphire Radeon HD 2600 Pro at Modders-Inc
"Sapphire is a name that most enthusiasts know as a quality video card manufacturer. Modders-Inc is taking a look at the Sapphire Radeon HD 2600 Pro 256MB. This card not only boasts DirectX 10 gaming performance but it also supports 1080p hardware video rendering, HDMI with 5.1 surround sound through HDMI and it is Crossfire ready."

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bit-tech Feature: CrossFire Comparison - Intel X38 vs. P35
"So I'm sure that one question on your mind is //what should I buy? Well, next generation cards from AMD and Nvidia aren't far away at all if the rumours are to be believed. However, they're likely to command a premium for being new, unless they are particularly competitive with one another. If you've set your mind firmly on buying two cards then at least balance this off with an appropriate solution - there are cheaper vanilla X38 boards out there if you can't afford an Asus Blitz, and if you're already prepared to throw £200/300+ on a pair of graphics cards, investing in a decent board to pair them with should be a necessary thing to keep in mind. But remember, simply overclocking or tweaking the system for more performance will negate some of the advantages of more PCI-Express lanes and should provide a better overall performance for your everyday computing, rather than just gaming."

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Tagan ITZ 1300W & Thermaltake ToughPower 1200W
"There used to be a time where 600W power supplies were considered overkill for all but the craziest of enthusiasts, modders, and overclockers. When the 850W PC Power & Cooling unit was released a long time ago, owners regarded it as a rare gem. It was both unaffordable and overly extravagant, and virtually no system was able to stress it to the limit. But now, we are finally in the kilowatt era. Today we have two members from the kilowatt club: the Tagan ITZ 1300W and the Thermaltake ToughPower 1200W. The ITZ line Tagan's newest flagship line of power supplies meant to carry Tagan into the industry spotlight. The last Tagan power supply we reviewed was the Tagan TurboJet 1100W. Its unusual packaging and high quality finish impressed us. However, while the performance was by no means lacking, we would have a hard time claiming it to be outstanding. We shall see if this unit steps up to the challenge. Aside from the 1500W behemoth that was recently released by Thermaltake, the ToughPower 1200W is their highest-end power supply. Thermaltake power supplies have always performed well. They have never been known to be the ultimate power supplies, but their performance has been better than many brands on the market. This unit is longer than the average power supply and features a huge 14cm fan."

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Targus 15.4-Inch Corporate Traveler Laptop Case CUCT02A @ BmR
"In an age of mobile computing there is no room for compromise when it comes to comfort and reliability. The business person on the go knows all to well that cutting corners and saving a few dollars doesn't pay dividends when you are are left stranded while on a business trip. Targus has a long-standing history of insuring the corporate traveler a safe reliable storage solution for laptops, and now Benchmark Reviews has the opportunity to examine the 15.4-inch Notebook Case CUCT02A to see how well it performs under pressure."

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bit-tech Review: Portal
"Having just finished playing it, I have to admit I feel just a tiny bit unfulfilled but I put a lot of that down to having played the amazing //Episode Two first. Which would I suggest you play first out of //Episode Two and //Portal? It's hard to say. //Episode Two is a longer and more exciting game with a story which is more fluently told, but //Portal is a more cerebral and simple experience with an interesting story of its own. If I had to make a choice, I'd probably say that you're best off playing //Episode Two first and treating //Portal as your dessert. It'll be a nice breath of fresh air after you finish the main course and it'll help fill in a lot of the things you either suspect or hope about the storyline from //Episode Two, but we can't say anymore about that. //Portal is a good game and if you're a keen puzzler with a taste for action then you'll probably think it's a great game. It's not as good //Episode Two, but that's a lofty aim to be fair and even if it was the weakest part of //The Orange box then it'd still be an awesome, must-have game. And it really, really is."

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Kingston HyperX 2GB PC3-11000 DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ Bigbruin.com
"PC3-11000? That's right, PC3-11000, or 1375MHz DDR3. PC3-11000 memory seems to be a creation unique to Kingston, a leader in system memory and flash memory products that has been in business since 1987. What they have done reminds me a bit of Spinal Tap, as my initial thought was that they took a 1333MHz module and turned the dial beyond 10, right up to 11."

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Pentax Optio E40 @ TrustedReviews
"For a rock-bottom price the Pentax Optio E40 offers good build quality, elegant design and a surprisingly complete set of features. Performance is a bit on the slow side, but it will reliably take usable pictures in most lighting conditions. Where it falls down however is on final image quality, with noise problems at all ISO settings, and vignetting is also an issue."

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Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 @ TrustedReviews
"An impressive webcam that easily justifies its premium price. It can capture and record high resolution images, and gives excellent pictures and sound in video calls. Being that bit more portable than the bulky Ultra Vision, the Pro 9000 is my new favourite webcam. Also, hats off to Logitech for an excellent performance from technical support."

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Brother HL-4040CN @ TrustedReviews
"There are definite good and bad points to the HL-4040CN. The reprint and direct print functions are things we've long looked for on business printers, as they are simple to implement and very helpful to the customer. On the other hand, its lack of expandability and only average print quality count against the machine. It should be on your shortlist, but only along with representatives of its major competitors."

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XFX 8800 GTS 320 MB: Another Fatal1ty @ Bjorn3D
"Today at Bjorn3D we have the distinct pleasure of reviewing the third card to be included in XFX's Fatal1ty Professional series, the GeForceô 8800 GTS. After the success of its predecessors, this card has some big shoes to fill. XFX claims that this is the fastest 8800 GTS based card currently boasting a 30% improvement over the standard 8800 GTS 320MB card. XFX further states we can expect an astounding 15% increase in speed over all other 8800 GTS versions. The statements by XFX would lend us to believe the performance of this card should be approaching the speed of the standard 8800 GTX card, I guess we'll soon see!"

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I4U: OCZ ATV Turbo 4GB Flash Drive Review
"OCZ says the drive is water resistant but in testing, the cap was found to come off easily. Be careful with it and you will have one of the fastest drives around. To compare to the recently reviewed corsair Flash Survivor GT HD Tach numbers showed an average read speed of 23MB/sec with an average write speed of 20.6 MB/sec. That makes the OCZ ATV Turbo significantly faster than the Corsair Flash Survivor GT."

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Thursday, October 11, 2007
MSI K9AG Neo2-Digital Motherboard @ Viper Lair
"Performance-wise, the MSI K9AG Neo2-Digital often flip flopped between the GeForce 6150 equipped MSI C51PV and the 690G based MSI K9AGM2-FIH. Synthetic benchmarks still favoured NVIDIA slightly, and the application and gaming benchmarks ended in the AMD 690G's favour."

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AirLive Sky-211 USB Skype Phone Gateway @ techPowerUp
"The AirLive Sky-211 is an interesting little device, which transforms your home phone into a VoIP device, with which you can make and receive calls over the Internet using Skype. It is incredibly easy to set up and gives you all the comfort of a traditional phone combined with the benefits of a VoIP call."

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Technic3D/e-bug SLI PC
"The e-bug SLI PC arrived Technic3D. The new PC come with Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 CPU (Arctic Cooling Heatsink), 2GB Corsair Ram, 2x XFX Graphic Card 8600GTS and Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI Mainboard. For Office and Gaming very Silent? See you in the following Review."

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AI Technology Cool Silver Thermal Interface Material @ Legit Reviews
"I don't see enthusiasts running out to buy Cool Silver and stripping down their machines to switch. However, for those who are looking to build a new rig, do yearly maintenance, or swap out a cooler, I suggest giving Cool Silver a try. I know I will..."

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bit-tech Review: Half-Life 2: Episode Two
"Perhaps the greatest accolade to lay on //Episode Two at this point is for me to again acknowledge that I was wrong to bitch about the delays in the episodes. //Episode Two was worth the wait, worth every second of it. With a compelling story which is excellently told, a fantastic and proven gameplay mechanic and an utterly enthralling way of communicating with the player via digital actors like Alyx, //Episode Two is one of my favourite games ever. That's not an expression I come to lightly. You have to go play it and you have to go play it soon, but take my advice and make sure that you play it in as few separate sittings as possible. This isn't the type of game you should dip in and out of for five minutes at a time, though you easily could. This is the type of game you should spend some serious time on, exploring the world that Valve has delicately crafted for you. If ever there was a good reason for you to neglect your real life and play a computer game for hours on end then //Episode Two is it."

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OCZ Vendeta heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"In case you havenít noticed, something sets this cooler apart from practically every other cooler on the market today. It has its heatpipes exposed which allows them to make direct contact with the CPU. This should lead to very efficient cooling as it has removed the need for a solid copper base as a transition layer between the heatpipes and the CPU."

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Razer Mantis Control & Mantis Speed Mousepads Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Razer has delivered a mouse pad that does exactly what it's supposed to do Ė improve the PC gaming experience. I have been loyal to hard surface mouse pads for some time, but the Razer Mantis has changed all that.†After testing out both of the expertly engineered surfaces I can honestly say this is the best cloth mouse pad I've used and Razer was smart to offer two versions to satisfy those with different sensitivity preferences."

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D-Link DWA-652 Xtreme N Notebook Adapter (PCMCIA) @ BmR
"Wireless N is the new emerging standard in wireless networking, which provides greater range over a longer distance and extreme speed. Today at Benchmark Reviews we have the new D-Link DWA-652 Xtreme N wireless notebook adapter for testing purposes. Let us find out if the DWA-652 delivers performance as promised."

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I4U: XFX 8800 GTS 320MB Fatal1ty Video Card Review
"This card performs exceptionally well at a price just over $300 making it very affordable for most gamers. The XFX 8800 GTS Fatal1ty video card has a core clock of 650MHz, a shader clock of 1500MHz and a memory clock of 2GHz. Compare that to the XFX 8800 GTS 320MB XXX edition, the previous fastest GTS 320MB from XFX, with a core clock of 580MHz, a memory clock of 1.8GHz and a shader clock of 1500MHz."

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Mushkin HP2-6400 4GB Memory Kit @ Viper Lair
"The Mushkin HP2-6400 kit performed very well in our tests today and for the most part, performed a little better than the Corsair 6400Pro which did suffer from a 2GB capacity disadvantage. While the difference in performance between 2GB and 4GB isn't terribly large in day-to-day applications, if you're in a specialized environment, the extra ram will play dividends. This is very clear in our Photoshop and DVD tests."

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Vers 2X iPod Speaker System Review @ Digital Trends
"The Ver 2X is a chic iPod speaker system featuring a real, high quality wood enclosure."

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GIGABYTE Odin GT 800W @ techPowerUp
"GIGABYTE's Odin GT line of power supplies is the world's first PSU series that allows software control and monitoring. From within the GIGABYTE P-Tuner software you can adjust voltage levels, fan speed and get detailed monitoring info about your PSU like power draw. In addition to that we found out that the unit also has a very high efficiency of over 84% and good voltage stability."

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StreetAdvisor.com Review @ Digital Trends
"StreetAdvisor provides a place to read and write reviews on the street that you live on."

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Linux 2.6.23 Kernel Benchmarks
"The Linux 2.6.23 kernel has been released today and we have some preliminary benchmarks of the 2.6.23 kernel as we compare it to the past Linux 2.6.22 kernel. We will have more on the Linux 2.6.23 kernel once we have tested it more extensively, but the benchmarks we have ran so far include Quake 4, LAME encoding, Gzip compression, and RAMspeed. If you missed it, among the features for the Linux 2.6.23 kernel include the CFS process scheduler (Completely Fair Scheduler), a variety of virtualization improvements, on-demand read-ahead, and XFS and EXT4 file-system improvements are among the interesting changes."

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Technic3D/NZXT LeXa Redline
"The NZXT LeXa Redline is the next PC Case in the Technic3D Editorship. The new Lexa is equipped with three 120mm and one 80mm fans (running at low speeds). This NZXT also ships with USB 2.0, Firewire, and HD audio support. See you in the following Review which qualities the new Redline Gamer Case with Display presents."

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Sennheiser HD-280 Pro Headphones: Cheap Cans that Can
"Are you looking to break the aural barrier of cheap headphones without breaking the bank? Sennheiser comes to your rescue with the HD-280 Pros: great sealed headphones for discerning listeners on a budget."

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Enemy Territory: Quake Wars @ TrustedReviews
"Not just a better looking battlefield game, but one which does much to redress the outstanding problems of poor teamwork in the genre. For now, the king of this particular hill."

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Apple iPod touch 16GB @ TrustedReviews
"Of course you can dismiss the touch as an over-priced gimmick - and many people will, justifiably. Its sound quality isn't the greatest in the world and just 16GB of storage space in a device costing £265 will be more than many technological spendthrifts can stomach. But that would be ignoring the sheer software and hardware engineering genius that's gone into making this product viable - and the pleasure you'll derive from using it. Put simply, if you want to experience the cutting edge in interface design, this is the best way of doing it without saddling yourself with a £35 per month phone bill. Apple has done it again. Bravo."

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 and Premiere Elements 4 Bundle @ TrustedReviews
"Although you can buy both of these applications separately, the savings of buying the two together have meant that Adobe traditionally sells many more of the bundle than either one on its own. Of the two, Photoshop Elements has more new and enhanced features, although both are even easier for the newcomer to get to grips with than their predecessors. Neither app feels like a huge update compared to the last versions, but we still expect Adobe to sell heaps of copies of this bundle. If you don't have decent photo or video editing software, or you have an Elements bundle a few versions old, there is plenty here to tempt you."

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bit-tech Review: Team Fortress 2
"Like any multiplayer game all it really is, when all else is stripped away, is a set of rules and areas in which people come to have fun. The areas dictate where they will have fun and the rules dictate how they will have fun. By that rule, //Team Fortress 2 is simply the most concisely written rulebook we've ever seen, dispatching with all the chaff and addendums and leaving only a set of guidelines which will lead players through an assault course that finishes in multiplayer heaven. A brilliant sense of style and an established community can get you so far, and //Team Fortress 2 already has both of these. What really brings it into its own though is the sense of flow to each game and the uniting feeling that each player is somehow connected in their pursuit of victory on any given map. And by that yardstick, //Team Fortress 2 proves itself to be the title which all other multiplayer games want to be when they grow up. We love //Team Fortress 2 and it's truly a breath of fresh air in the world of online multiplayer first-person shooters but, like //World in Conflict, there is something we can't quite explain that prevents us from giving this game a 10/10 score. It's a game that we'd give 19 if we scored out of 20, it's a game you should go and buy right now if you haven't already, and it's about time I shut up so you can get on and play..."

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Moneual Lab 932B Black HTPC Case With 7 Inch Touchscreen Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Moneual Lab set out to market a high-end HTPC chassis for the discriminating enthusiast and they've got a very promising contender in the MonCaso 932B. This case has it all. The design and build quality is second to none, the software package is excellent and the feature list is very impressive, to say the least. The 932 also cools very well for an HTPC case, and is very quiet."

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Tagan CS-Monolith Mid Tower ATX Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Everyone acquainted with high-end power supplies has probably heard of the Tagan brand. Trying to build on that reputation with an expanded product line, Tagan has submitted for review their take on high-end computer cases. The Tagan CS-Monolith Mid Tower ATX Case. There has been a growing industry trend toward exotic cooling schemes. Manufacturers capitalizing on this are willing to go to any extreme to stand out in the crowd. No matter how extreme the case...as enthusiasts we benefit directly from this. Allowing for more overclocking headroom, and more powerful machines."

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Buffalo Technology LinkStation Live Review @ Digital Trends
"The Buffalo LinkStation Live is a NAS drive that supports iTunes,. Avoid this product at all costs - for now at least."

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Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (Intel X38)
"From the reviews we have published featuring Intel's P35"

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SplashTop To Splash Onto Notebooks, Desktops
"Tomorrow DeviceVM's SplashTop product will be officially unveiled but since posting our original article on this technology and later an ASUS update, we have learned some new details about this instant-on Linux desktop environment. Specifically, yesterday a private briefing was held with David Speiser (DeviceVM's VP of Marketing), Thomas Deng (DeviceVM's CTO), and Andrew Kippen (Stage Two Consulting), where new details were shed on the technical workings of SplashTop and its future."

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bit-tech Review: Inno3D GeForce 8600 GTS iChiLL Xstriker3
"At the higher price, you only have to look at the GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB's performance and measure that against its £165 asking price to realise that you'd be a mug to spend £140 on a GeForce 8600 GTS. Thankfully though, Inno3D's card isn't as expensive as other pre-overclocked 8600 GTSes and it actually comes in at a tempting price point if you're looking for an all-rounder. Where gaming is concerned, the Radeon X1950 Pro will perform as well as Inno3D's iChiLL Xstriker3 and in some cases better than it too -- you can pick one of ATI's previous generation mid-range cards for around £85 (inc. VAT). Of course, it's worth remembering that the X1950 Pro doesn't have DirectX 10 support, but we think that's a bit of a moot point and more of a checkbox feature given the performance penalty for running current games in DX10 mode. However, if you are looking at something that has all of the HD video acceleration features that are available in the current generation's mid-range hardware, you'll probably take the small performance penalty in games to compensate for the massively improved performance in HD video playback. Therefore we're not going to make an outright recommendation to buy this particular graphics card, but it's one to consider if the usage model outlined above fits you."

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Kodak EasyShare Z1275 @ TrustedReviews
"Kodak now has three 12-megapixel models in its compact camera range, and the latest one is the EasyShare Z1275. It is basically a higher resolution version of the 8-megapixel Z885 launched back in March of this year. The Z1275 features a 5x zoom lens, 2.5-inch LCD monitor and optional manual exposure. On paper at least it sounds pretty impressive."

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JVC LT-42DV8 42in LCD TV @ TrustedReviews
"With the right source material, the 42DV8 is a rival for any other flat TV out there right now. And its 100Hz engine is actually the best we've seen. It's just a pity that its black level problems mean that it only looks its best for some rather than all of the time."

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Microsoft SideWinder Gaming Mouse @ TrustedReviews
"Though the SideWinder is well featured, its numerous design issues and lack of appealing look and feel make it a disappointing return for the SideWinder brand."

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Win a Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750GB Drive @ Bigbruin.com
"Up for grabs in week five of Bigbruin.com's Pro Football Pick 'Em a brand new Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750GB USB/eSATA external hard drive. The Seagate FreeAgent Pro provides 750 glorious gigabytes of storage to let you "access your content from anywhere, share it with anyone and sync it to almost anything."

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Cooler Master Real Power Pro 1250W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Cooler Master now offers several units with power ratings in excess of 1000W. One of the latest offerings in their Real Power Pro line up 'weighs in' with a 1250W continuous power output, and the ability to hit a maximum of 1375W. Cooler Master provided one of these units for us to evaluate, and we'll do our best to load it up!"

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Gigabyte G-Pad Pro @ techPowerUp
"The Gigabyte G-Pad Pro is a notebook cooling surface, intended for 15 inchers or smaller. It features a heatsink shape, can be cooled actively if needed with the included fan and propped on the its feet. Transporting it is made easy as well, thanks to two included bags."

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Dell and The Saga of Poor Linux Support @ CoolTechZone.com
"Certainly another reason to consider when buying your Ubuntu PCs from System76 over Dell, it seems to me. Having dealt with Dell 'support' in the past, it's clear. It is the over-sized anchor on an already sinking ship."

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First Look: Microsoft Zune 2 @ CoolTechZone.com
"Microsoft's Zune has been a decent success since it's launch. While it hasn't hit sales figures that are anywhere close to Apple's iPod, it's cozying up to the number two spot in the market, which is fine. At least Microsoft is being humble. Showing humility is a nice welcome once in a while in an otherwise cocky consumer electronics industry. If for nothing else, Microsoft gets some bonus points for accepting reality right here."

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Dragon Fire LED Light Bar w/Remote at Modders-Inc
"Choosing the right lighting options for your mod can be a crucial decision. The right colors, amount and placement of lights is just as important. Today we are going to take a look at a lighting solution that covers a couple of these bases without to much effort. The DrgaonModz DragonFire Light Bar is a unique approach at a universal lighting solution."

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Monday, October 8, 2007
Oppo DV-981HD DVD Player Review @ Digital Trends
"The Oppo DV-981HD is one of the best DVD players we have seen and supports a ton of audio and video formats."

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Antec Fusion Black 430 HTPC Case review at Metku.net
"This time we have another updated case from Antec in our hands. The Fusion cases are part of Antec's Veris family and they are designed for HTPC use. They have the looks but are they up to the task?"

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Footnote.com Review @ Digital Trends
"Search through millions of images of original source documents, add comments, or post your own images on Footnote.com."

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AeroCool FP-01 Multifunction Panel @ Legit Reviews
"Today we look at AreoCoolís new 5.25 drive bay device, the FP-01. This unique little device that has just about everything one would want on the front of their case crammed into one nice package that takes up the same space as a optical drive..."

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I4U: Logitech Updated G15 Gaming Keyboard Review
"Logitech managed to significantly reduce the size of the original G15 keyboard by shaving some of the macro capability from the G15. Most gamers will never miss the G keys that Logitech shaved to get the size savings the new G15 enjoys. The typing feel is good on the Logitech G15, and virtually identical to the original G15. The G15 doesnít have the best typing feel around on a gaming keyboard, but it is good and works well for daily general PC use in addition to gaming duty."

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bit-tech News: Cyberlink talks about PowerDVD audio downsampling
"When asked why PowerDVD downsamples HD audio from both Blu-ray and HD DVD discs to 48KHz / 16-bit, Chen responded by saying that"

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New ASUS "Instant-On Linux" Details
"Following our ASUS Motherboard Ships With Embedded Linux, Web Browser article, ASUS has released a series of slides to Phoronix containing additional information about their"

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ASUS P5K3 Premium Black Pearl Special Edition
"ASUS is a company that never ceases to surprise me. It also is a company that is not afraid of taking chances and try new things. Today I am testing yet another high-end motherboard from ASUS with a twist: the ASUS P5K3 Premium Black Pearl Special Edition. As far as I know this is the first motherboard that has on-board DDR3 memory."

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bit-tech Feature: How to write... an Adventure game
"The Adventure genre is, it has long been proclaimed, a dead genre. Nobody plays them. Nobody wants them. Nobody good makes them. So go the melodramatic criers who want to get a lot of traffic on their websites by appearing controversial and 'in-your-face'. It's true that the adventure game genre has died off a bit and the world is no longer filled with point and click adventures like //Beneath a Steel Sky, Broken Sword or the computer game adaptation of my second favourite story ever, I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream. Still, just because we don't have many 'point and click' adventure games anymore doesn't mean that we don't still have adventure games as a major genre. Both //Fahrenheit and //Sam and Max are proof of that - thought it's impossible to deny that consumer interest in adventure games has declined a lot in recent years. In a world where we have photo-realistic gameplay, physics simulations and lots of really impressive explosions, why would anybody want to play a story-driven adventure game? I put the question to David Cage first."

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Alpine Blackbird PMD-B100P Sat-Nav @ TrustedReviews
"It has in-car integration potential and is pretty easy to use and control, but as a stand alone sat-nav device it isn't perfect. It's missing some core features, the 3D map view isn't clear and map browsing is sluggish. These factors, and the high price tag, ensure that it will have limited appeal."

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Panasonic ToughBook CF-52 Semi-Rugged Notebook @ TrustedReviews
"A well designed and more affordable ToughBook, if you want ruggedness but think the full fat varieties are little too much, then the CF-52 is a great option."

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Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ @ TrustedReviews
"The ReadyNAS NV+ remains one of the best desktop NAS appliances on the market as it offers a quality range of feature highly suited to personal and business use alike. It's competitively priced and our initial impressions of the next firmware release are very favourable as it promises plenty of valuable new features and a speed boost to FTP operations as well."

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ICY BOX IB-351StUS-B USB & eSATA 3.5" Enclosure @ BmR
"As with many of the products in the accessories category, such as external enclosures, ill designed and cheap are far more prevalent attributes than well designed and quality made! Here at Benchmark Reviews we've seen our share of accessory components that weren't up to snuff, so we decided to take a closer look at what appears to be an intelligently designed and quality offering from the German company RaidSonic Technology; the ICY BOX IB-351StUS-B USB & eSATA external enclosure for 3.5" hard drives."

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Sunday, October 7, 2007
Toshiba HD-A20 HD DVD Player Review @ Digital Trends
"The Toshiba HD-A20 is priced at around $300 dollars and comes loaded with features. Not bad for an HD DVD player."

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AMD Triple Core - Marketing Hype or Mainstream Killer? @ Legit Reviews
"When AMD announced they were coming out with a triple-core processor in the Phenom family of processors in Q1 2008, it caught many in the industry off guard. It turns out that AMD changed course a bit at the eleventh hour and managed to come up with an interesting gameplan to keep competitive with Intel in the months ahead..."

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bit-tech Review: John Woo's Stranglehold (PC)
"Stranglehold is a remarkable, enjoyable and appealing game to play, but there are a few problems. Although the gameplay is very immersive, mission objectives appear very arbitrary and pointless and once you've played around with all the special moves, which will take a good few hours, the situations you find yourself in become rather repetitive. This was especially true for me at the end of the third level. Instead of being sat on the edge of my seat in awe of how much I was owning; I noticed my body language had been reduced to slumping in the chair as I mowed down yet another wave of Triads."

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Saturday, October 6, 2007
ASUS Motherboard Ships With Embedded Linux, Web Browser
"The good folks over at ASUS have sent over the P5E3 Deluxe, which is based upon Intel's new X38 Chipset and continues in the usual ASUS fashion of pushing new (and often unexpected) innovations onto the motherboard. Without spoiling the review of this motherboard that will be published shortly, the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe is one of the most innovative motherboards we have seen to date and it packs one very exciting and unusual feature. Embedded onto the P5E3 Deluxe is a Linux environment that features a Firefox-rebranded web browser and the Skype VoIP client! Within five seconds of turning on this $360 USD gaming/enthusiast motherboard, you can be using Linux and surfing the Internet. On this motherboard the feature is known as ASUS Express Gate, which is powered by something called SplashTop. SplashTop is an instant-on Linux desktop being created by DeviceVM. SplashTop isn't even launching for a few more days (October 10), but in this article we have more details on this embedded Linux environment as well as screenshots and our thoughts with what will hopefully come next for this Linux environment."

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bit-tech Preview: Kane and Lynch: Dead Men
"Of course, bringing our thoughts full circle, this is something which is deliberately built into the game and is in fitting with the personality of the player. Kane, the professional killer, moves slowly throughout the game, exhibiting great finesse and picking off his targets with as little drama as possible. Lynch on the other hand is often vying for a brawl and can be heard yelling or charging forward into the thick of the battle. This again throws up more ways in which the gameplay and characters are fused together and players will no doubt start to develop odd opinions about Kane and Lynch themselves. Not only is there the obvious envy of Lynch being able to charge thoughtlessly into battle, but the added annoyances and problems caused from having to pick up the pieces and revive the poorly medicated monster."

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Thermalright HR-03 Plus @ techPowerUp
"The Thermalright HR-03 Plus performance VGA card cooler has been on the market for a while now, but is it still the king of the VGA coolers if you believe some people. In this review we put it up against the newest offering from Zalman and see which is the best cooler for your GeForce 8800 Series card at the moment."

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Technic3D/Fantec Fanbox
"The Fantec Fanbox External Hard Drive with one 2,5"

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Silverstone ST1000 Modular 1000w PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"In today's review we will be looking at as the title suggests Silverstoneís Strider modular 1000W PSU, the strider series has already proven itself to us with some solid rails as well as a decent modular system. Now with demands for more power from end users the latest incarnation of the Strider (ST-1000) will suit most needs"

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Friday, October 5, 2007
CoolerMaster HyperTX CPU Cooler at Modders-Inc
"CPU Heatsinks need to do one thing... cool. And they must do that well, else face the wrath of enthusiasts. CoolerMaster has been playing in the enthusiast space for many years, and has a good grasp on the pulse of this market segment. CoolerMaster has just introduced several new CPU heatsinks and today, Modders-Inc gets to play with the brand new HyperTX."

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Cooler Master RC-690 @ techPowerUp
"The Cooler Master RC-690 is their newest mainstream case. It combines the benefits of great aircooling, screwless design and compatiblilty with large graphic cards with solid steel construction. All this comes at a very affordable price point. The case can be had with or without a window."

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BlueAnts Z9 Bluetooth Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
"The BlueAnt Z9 contains dual microphones to work in conjunction with its onboard DSP to provide clean and clear voice quality. With its propriety software and hardware implementation, the Z9 is able to suppress both noise, static and echo from the user essentially isolating the primary sound from the voice to callers. The real-world result from all of this engineering is actually quite impressive..."

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Corsair Flash Padlock 2GB USB Drive Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Flash Padlock 2GB USB Drive performed as advertised, and as Corsair confirmed it is "not an enterprise secure device", but I have to question why a home user should expect to pay more for security features, and in the end only get marginally better security than could be available on a more typical USB flash drive? It only takes a few minutes and some basic electrical know-how to take the drive apart and bypass the lock."

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ICY DOCK MB664US-1S: 3.5\'\' Hard Drive eSATA External Storage
"One limiation of external storage is its inability to offer the same transfer speed as internal storage. This all changed with the introduction of eSATA. The eSATA has been introduced for awhile now but it has not been widely adopted until now. Today, we will be looking at ICY DOCK MB664US-1S, an external storage enclosure fitted with eSATA and USB connector. Read our review to see how this enclosure performs and our thoughts on this product."

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ICY DOCK MB664US-1S: 3.5\'\' Hard Drive eSATA External Storage
"One limiation of external storage is its inability to offer the same transfer speed as internal storage. This all changed with the introduction of eSATA. The eSATA has been introduced for awhile now but it has not been widely adopte until now. Today, we will be looking at ICY DOCK MB664US-1S, an external storage enclosure fitted with eSATA and USB connector. Read our review to see how this enclosure performs and our thoughts on this product."

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MSI NX8600GT OC Edition @ Viper Lair
"When compared to the competition, the MSI NX8600GT OC Edition certainly holds it's own well, and more often than not beats competing GPU's from the other camp, especially where anti-aliasing is concerned. It does fall behind when compared to ATI's offerings for video decoding, but it does well enough simply by virtue that the ATI offerings perform exceptionally."

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Hiper Anubis Mid Tower ATX Case HTC-1K614 @ Benchmark Reviews
"Anubis is the name of the ancient Egyptian God of Death and the name of the 1st ATX case ever from HIPER. As expected, HIPER does not come up with something usual: the HTC-1K614 is entirely constructed out of high quality 3mm thick aluminium 6063 T5 alloy, weighing in at over 23 pounds! What makes the Hiper Anubis different to the other alloy cases is in the manufacturing process. All of panels are alloy welded together creating a much stronger structure to withstand over 220lbs compared to the cheaper riveting method, where the joint not only becomes a weaker point, but allows the entire structure to bend. The Anubis mid-tower ATX case comes pre-modded with a side window and is probably the only case with a window to pass EMI testing, so is perfect for gamers and hardware enthusiasts."

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mStation 2.1 Stereo Orb iPod Dock Review @ Digital Trends
"The mStation 2.1 Stereo Orb offers up a fun perspective to the never-ending Apple iPod speaker arsenal with its spherical design."

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Thursday, October 4, 2007
Enermax Infinity 720W Power Supply Review
"Enermax is power supply brand that differentiates itself on features and appearance. Both are good qualities, but power efficiency is something it should improve upon. A power efficient PSU that is difficult to use isn't much good, and the same rings true for a unit which has all the physical qualities take care of, but isn't as power efficient as it could be."

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Fedora 8 Test 3
"There's still a month until the final release of Fedora 8, but Fedora 8 Test 3 is now available, which has a wealth of a new features. Among these new features is an Online Desktop powered via BigBoard, KDE 3.5.7 can be found on the KDE Live images, improved Live installations, improved yum performance for package management, IcedTea is now installed by default, CodecBuddy has been included for handling codecs, and improved power management. Also getting into Fedora 8 Test 3 is secure remote management capabilities for the supported virtulization paths, Eclipse 3.3, and better support for Bluetooth devices. Making Fedora even easier to become a base for derivative Linux distributions, a generic-logos software package has been made to assist in re-branding. This third test release is designed for beta testers and all willing and able Linux users are encouraged to try it out."

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Building A Solaris 10 Recovery DVD
"There was a lot of interest generated by my last article titled"

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bit-tech Preview: Team Fortress 2 beta impressions
"Graphically, as well, the game is just on another level to its contemporaries. As already mentioned, the game isn't designed to be realistic, but rather uses a mix of cel-shading and various engine tweaks created by Valve‚Äôs dev team to create environments and models that are incredibly polished. Even effects like motion blur are implemented exquisitely, giving the sensation of speed and movement, but without inducing nausea after five minutes of play like we‚Äôve found with some games recently. Let's not forget though that this is a Beta we're talking about and that the dev team still has time to iron out the few wrinkles that do crop up from time to time (namely the occasional crash to desktop)/. /TF2 will also be coming down the tubes through Valve‚Äôs infamous content delivery system, so updates should be quick and seamless. I could continue writing about the marvels of //TF2 for days, or even weeks (//perhaps you should start a bit-tech fan club? ‚Äď Ed.). Instead though, I will confine myself to stating that while //Crysis may have left us speechless with its graphical prowess, TF2 seems, to me at least, a refreshing break from the norm of multiplayer first-person shooters. I simply can‚Äôt wait for the full release and the influx of thousands more noobs ready to succumb to my baseball bat of doom. Muwhahaha!!"

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Gigabyte GA-X38T-DQ6 @ TrustedReviews
"For the time being we're unconvinced by Intel's X38 chipset and DDR3 memory but Gigabyte has done a decent job with the GA-X38T-DQ6 and it looks like it could be future-resistant for a year or two which is pretty good going in this game."

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Oono miniDAB/FM/MP3 MD-2Plus2 SE @ TrustedReviews
"The second Oono has mildly improved innards, with the increase in memory from 128MB to 2GB being the main draw. However, the new paint job can't disguise the fact that this is an unappealing looking and awkward to use device. Should you have need of its many talents though, specifically a portable recording DAB unit, and are aware of the vagaries of DAB reception, then you might be able to justify the high cost. If you only want to listen to DAB however, iRiver's B20 is a better option."

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Western Digital My Book Pro Edition II @ TrustedReviews
"The Western Digital My Book Pro Edition II is the first external hard drive we've seen that brings RAID and Firewire 800 to the desktop. It's stylish, quiet, and a breeze to use and, if all you want is data security then it's definitely worth considering. However, if you just want a large and fast external hard drive you'd be better served by a single disk solution."

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ECS G31T-M @ techPowerUp
"ECS has released the ECS G31T-M as affordable Core 2 Duo motherboard which supports the latest Quad-Core and 1333 FSB CPUs at an affordable price of less than $75. In our testing we saw that performance is on par with much more expensive high-end motherboards. The integrated Intel VGA is also a nice addition because you don't have to buy a video card for your office machine or can use it to play back video in a Media PC."

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Apple iPod Shuffle Second Generation 1Gb MP3 Player Review @ Tweaknews.net
"In the end, there isn't a whole lot I can is wrong with the iPod Shuffle. It does everything it is intended to do. When in use, you don't even notice that it is there. Hell, my aftermarket Sony headphones I use with this product weigh more than this player. The product is simple to use, has an excellent battery life and with a capacity of 200-240 songs, one song load and one charge should set you up with hours of listening enjoyment without any unneeded bulk."

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Ideazon Merc Stealth Illuminated Keyboard Review @ XtremeComputing
"Iím torn with this keyboard. To be honest, during general windows use the board frustrates the living daylights out of me. However I know that this is due to how much I rely on keyboard shortcuts for regular windows operation. But on the other hand this keyboard does more than excel at what it was designed for, gaming."

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007
A-DATA Vitesta DDR2-800 Extreme
"A-DATA has only been around since 2001, but in the past six years A-DATA has come to market with a number of DRAM memory products. Their current selection of products now range from Disney flash memory drives to desktop and notebook DDR2. For review today we have a 2GB kit of A-DATA's Vitesta DDR2-800 Extreme Edition memory. These memory modules are designed to operate at DDR2-800MHz with 4-4-4 timings or DDR2-1066MHz with 5-5-5 timings, and are backed by NVIDIA EPP support."

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HP w2408 24-inch LCD Review @ Digital Trends
"The w2408 has impressive technical specs, a 4-port USB 2.0 hub and costs a very reasonable $600 USD."

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Dremel Engraver Review
"Manufacturers of cases are aware of the usersí needs. Some of the most demanded aspects are, for instance, some information about system temperature or a roomy inside."

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Technic3D/FSP Epsilon 700 (FX700-GLN) 700W
"The FSP Epsilon 700 (FX700-GLN) 700W PSU arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review from Technic3D the next blue PSU with a very high efficiency. The FSP Epsilon 700 the same how the"

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OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 2GB 1600MHz Memory Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
"The 2GB DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600MHz) Platinum Series Kit is one of ten 2GB DDR3 memory kits (by five different memory companies), that I have been able to test in recent weeks. It is also the first 2GB DDR3 memory kit that can hit 2GHz on with full stability at 2000MHz with 8-8-8-24 timings, which has been a mark that I have been trying to reach for some time now."

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Asus P5K Deluxe WiFi-AP motherboard @ Viper Lair
"There are plenty of options in the BIOS for overclocking, and the BIOS itself is one of the easiest we have used. It's also without a doubt the easiest overclocking board we've used. Even the most inexperienced overclocker should be able to leave pretty much everything on automatic and start dialling up the FSB and achieve a very high overclock."

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Corsair VX450w @ Bjorn3D
"Why is it that in order to get quality from a product you have pay through the nose for it? What ever happened to the days when quality came as a standard and you didn't pay extra to get it? I suppose when you spend close to $700 on a video card there are certain expectations of quality that come with such a purchase but shouldn't the same apply if you're buying a power supply for $80 USD? Well my friends I can tell you that you no longer have to ask why, Corsair has the answer. Bringing the same level of quality they instill in their memory chips Corsair is determined to provide a top notch product at a bargain basement price. So while those of you who may be looking to buy 1300 watts of extreme goodness can expect a high level of quality now that same level can be found in 450 watt versions."

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bit-tech Review: Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
"Quake Wars is a great game, but it isn't without problems and we had a number of issues with the game before we got to grips with it. The first obstacle was the interface, which feels very cluttered. It's possible to remove elements or to make them more opaque, but this doesn't really solve the problem and it would have been a better idea to let users resize fonts and remove elements completely. There's only so many times I need to see"

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Corsair Padlock USB Flash Drive Review @ Tweaknews.net
"In the world of flash drives, the Padlock is unique. While in most cases it is a regular, run-of-the-mill drive, the addition of the passcode feature is a welcome addition. Passcodes are easy to set, or you can just leave the drive unlocked until you feel the need for security. Speed is about average, not super fast or deadly slow, and on par with other flash drives of its capacity."

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Sega Rally @ TrustedReviews
"Sega Rally rediscovers its roots in a glorious update of an arcade classic. Simultaneously retro and modern, it's a perfect mix of speed, spectacle and hardcore competition."

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HP Pavilion HDX9095EA Entertainment Notebook @ TrustedReviews
"With its HDX series, HP has taken the desktop replacement concept and raised the bar considerably. As such it's a very attractive machine and though the lack of a Full HD display to match its HD DVD drive may be disappointing, the superlative design and excellent performance more than make up for this failing."

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Apple iPod Classic 80GB @ TrustedReviews
"Its years at the top of the MP3 player market have resulted in a great-looking, mature product that's not only wonderfully easy to pick up and use but is also packed with features and, most importantly, is a great bargain."

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DLO HomeDock for Zune Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"DLO is at it again with a new iteration of its HomeDock series. This time, it's for Microsoft's Zune, and it's better than ever. Even better than its iPod counterpart. There isn't a substantial difference between the iPod and Zune versions, but the Zune wins hands down with a smooth interface, which was a pleasure to work with."

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iPod Touch: Can We Touch OS X? @ OSWeekly.com
"Iíve commented about it before, but Iíll say it again - Apple sure is putting OS X on a lot of devices these days. Instead of being a question of what it runs on, itís quickly becoming a question of what doesnít it run on. Of course, OS X is one of their most valuable assets, so itís only right that they use it to the fullest extent."

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Palm Centro Smartphone @ CoolTechZone.com
"Palm's latest smartphone, Centro, is meant to be a mainstream phone for users who are just switching over from a traditional phone to a smartphone. At least that's the story, according to Palm. And we are inclined to believe them. Centro is available in Ruby/Onyx colors with a sleek form factor and a somewhat Pearl-like appeal. Unlike Palm's previous conservative models, the company is definitely looking to rock the industry with a smartphone that's screams sex appeal. If the Centro doesn't excite you, then your expectations are out of sync."

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Evolution Will Make Me A Mac User @ OSWeekly.com
"I've always had a love/hate relationship with OS X and the Mac in general. Surprisingly though, I will recommend it over Windows every time for home users. Now one of the biggest hassles I have had with OS X in the past is the lack of a decent PIM client, as yet another Microsoft created clone of Outlook did nothing for me whatsoever."

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Linux Media Center PCs Review Roundup @ OSWeekly.com
"It seems like only a short time ago when the idea of running Microsoft's Media Center Edition of Windows (MCE) struck me as the best idea in the world. It gave the appearance like it did it all, but that changed as MythTV developers honed their own skills and really took the MCE platform to task. Today, MythTV remains ahead in features and even has a few small, non-US OEMs selling these boxes, ready to go."

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Starcraft 2 Video Game Preview for PC
"Many RTS gamers across the world, including the staff at Benchmark Reviews, consider Blizzard's Starcraft as one of the best RTS titles ever created. After almost 10 years, Blizzard's Battle.Net servers are still hosting thousands of dedicated players who still battle against each other and enjoy every second, despite the poor graphics and low resolution. Blizzard keeps updating and improving their servers, which is a great and rare thing for such an aging game, but it won't be long before Starcraft 2 arrives for PC."

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Bluetooth Headsets That Set You Free @ Digital Trends
"These Bluetooth headsets all offer some style coupled with some pretty unique features."

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Sunbeam UFO Acrylic Cube Case @ techPowerUp
"The UFO Acrylic Cube case from Sunbeam has a lot of unique features for a clear plastic case. The cube design is unlike other clear cases I've seen, and its compact size makes it great for smaller systems or users with space restrictions. There is a large amount of "WOW-factor" that comes with a case like this, and it is sure to turn some heads."

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Chill Innovation CP-520A4 PSU Review at Metku.net
"Chill Innovation is one of the manufacturers that have just recently entered the PSU business. This makes seeing how their new product performs even more interesting. Before power supplies, Chill Innovation have been manufacturing for example adapter cables for power supplies and anti vibration kits for hard drives."

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Technic3D/Medal of Honor Airborne
"The Medal of Honor: Airborne Game from Electronic Arts arrived Technic3D. New gameplay in the First Person Shooter with Unreal 3 Engine? All better than in the last Parts? See you in the following Review."

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Warhawk @ Bjorn3D
"It is no understatement that the Sony Playstation 3 has had a rocky start. Competing the with Xbox 360 with its excellent selection of games and the Nintendo Wii with its impressive sales, the PS3 has found itself in some kind of limbo Ė neither having the games nor the sales that you could expect from a new Playstation."

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bit-tech Review: Hiper's Anubis case
"What I originally thought was going to be an ugly, heavy and useless case has turned out to be quite a good-looking, aluminium case which is individually numbered and well designed. The performance of the case is good also and could be even better if a few extra fans were added to the case, bringing the temperatures down by a few degrees. Cost is what unfortunately brings the Anubis down a little and interested parties can expect to pay around £130 in the UK or $219 in the US. Discussion of whether this price was worth it or not was originally quite heated and the argument between Richard and I spilled over out of the office and into our / /Heroes evening. For the record, I thought the case was a bit too expensive whereas Richard thought that the aluminium construction made up for the cost. Originally, I would have continued to fight my corner on this issue, but after seeing the performance of this case in our tests I'm tempted to back down. The case could still probably do with losing a tenner or so in both markets, but it isn't something worth getting bent out of shape over and the fact of the matter is that the Anubis is a beautiful, well made aluminium case which cools down excellently. Plus, it comes with a numbered keyring! All in all, the Hiper Anubis is a brilliant case which falls easily into my list of favourite designs and performers. It's just a shame that the name still sounds a bit stupid."

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I4U: Viewsonic 42-inch N4261W 1080p LCD HDTV Review
"I also spent quite a bit of time gaming on the Viewsonic 42-inch N4261W LCD HDTV via my PS3. The TV has a response time fast enough that I never noticed any ghosting while gaming, or at any other time for that matter. The only issues I had with the Viewsonic 42-inch N4261W LCD HDTV was the lack of a third HDMI port and the on-board speakers lacking in the bass department."

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Hercules Dualpix Exchange 2MP HD Webcam
"There are a lot of choices when it comes to purchasing a webcam, but thanks to Hercules Dualpix Exchange this task has become easier than ever. Hercules packs the Dualpix Exchange with 2 Mega Pixels, a built in microphone, and their own Webcam Station Evolution SE software puts all the controls in your hands. Join Benchmark Reviews as we put Dualpix Exchange to the test."

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Monday, October 1, 2007
Win a Crucial 2GB Dual Channel Memory Kit @ Bigbruin.com
"Up for grabs in week five of Bigbruin.com's Pro Football Pick 'Em is a 2GB dual channel memory kit from Crucial. Specifics can not be provided at this point, because Crucial was cool enough to leave it open ended. You won't get stuck with a memory kit you might not be able to use, as they will work with you to select the appropriate DDR or DDR2 kit from their Crucial or Crucial Ballistix product lines."

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Western Digital Passport (250GB) Review @ Digital Trends
"The Western Digital Passport fits in the palm of your hand and offers you 250 gigs of storage for under two-hundred bucks."

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BFG Ageia PhysX Card @ techPowerUp
"BFG is one of two companies offering the Ageia PhysX card in form of a retail product. The PPU - physics proccesing unit - is an additioal processor to the GPU and CPU. It enables real life physics and interactivity within supporting games. While the first games and a high price tag upon launch did not live up to expectations, the brand new Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 and a very affordable 120 USD price tag makes this a great addition nowadays."

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Thrustmaster T-Wireless 3 in 1 Rumble Force Gamepad
"Gamepads and joysticks manufacturers have followed a common line in the last times: they tend to create multiplatform products. While it is quite difficult to have an only controller for all video consoles and even the PC, now it is possible to control most of them by means of only one device."

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Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave at Modders-Inc
"The Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave brings several nice features to the table with it at a moderate price of 89.99 USD. The keyboard is designed to offer optimal comfort for those that prefer an ergonomically styled keyboard. The laser mouse offers contoured sides and both the keyboard and mouse utilize soft rubber pads / grips."

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A-DATA PD17 2GB USB Flash Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"The PD17 is available in 1GB, 2GB and 4GB capacities. The color of our sample is champagne gold, but it seems to be pretty silver in actual color. It is also offered in elegant red and bright blue. : The A-DATA PD17 has on-par performance with average USB 2.0 flash drives and offers a sleek, modern, minimalist design..."

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ASUS Blitz Extreme
"Over the years of reviewing ASUS products we've seen a number of interesting motherboards but the one we have our hands on for review today is one of the most interesting we have ever seen. This motherboard is the ASUS Blitz Extreme and packed onto this ATX PCB is Intel's P35 Chipset with ICH9R Southbridge, dual-channel DDR3-1333 memory support, CrossFire support,"

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bit-tech Review: Asus P5E3 Deluxe WiFi @n
"We'd like to say that this is ridiculously expensive but when the Striker Extreme arrived several months ago at £230 we thought the same of that, but Asus sold them as fast as it could make them. Obviously, quite a few of you must have considered this hefty sum reasonable value for money and will probably think the same of the P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n. If you're already prepared to drop several hundred on DDR3 anyway, then your budget should already be large enough to accommodate this, and in that respect it's quite well suited, just as long as you don't short change yourself on the CPU and graphics front. This is a board for those where money is no object in your next upgrade. If you're after a good all-rounder that's packed to the gills with features, this will absolutely be the motherboard for you. For those looking for something a bit more fiscally conservative, don't worry because the Maximus and normal Deluxe should be far cheaper. So is the P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n the ultimate motherboard? Quite likely. But at the ultimate price? Most definitely."

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World in Conflict - Performance @ Bjorn3D
"I sometimes wonder what kind of computers we would use if no-one played games. It is often said that it is the games that drive the development of new and faster technology and I definitely think that is correct. Who has heard anyone talking about upgrading their computer with a new Quad-Core CPU or GeForce 8800GTX just to ďsurf fasterĒ or ďwrite documents fasterĒ?"

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Thermaltakes Toughpower 500W Modular PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"The bottom of the PSU has a 140mm fan on it, this is big. So the fan can push more air while spinning slower (compared to smaller fans). This means that it is very quiet. And with the included silicon dampener, noise will be at a minimum."

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Insignia NS-LCD32 32 Inch 720p HDTV Monitor Review
"With a 1000:1 contrast ratio and 500 cd/m≤ brightness, the Insignia 32-Inch 720p HDTV lets you view crisp, clear picture quality from your favorite movies and games. The HDMI input ensures there's no loss of picture quality when you hook up your A/V components. Join Benchmark Reviews in a detailed inspection of the Insignia NS-LCD32 Monitor."

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JVC EVERIO GZ-HD3 Review @ Digital Trends
"The JVC HD EVERIO GZ-HD3 comes packed with a 10X optical zoom and a 60GB hard drive."

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