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Saturday, March 31, 2007
Epson EMP-TW700 HD Projector @ TrustedReviews
"The TW700 is based on Epson’s 3LCD technology, which stands as the main rival to Texas Instruments DLP. Light from the lamp is shone though three separate high-temperature polysilicon LCD panels, a red, green, and blue, and the image then recombined before being projected outwards by the lens. There’s a cool animation of this affect on the Epson website. Epson, claims that 3LCD gives a better image than DLP, as each colour is present the whole time in the image, as opposed to DLP, which uses tiny rotating mirrors into fooling the eye that the colours are always there, leaving it susceptible to the ‘rainbow’ image that some users claim to see. I think of it as the difference between a progressive and an interlaced image, but in terms of colour."

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Hitachi 32LD9700 32in LCD TV @ TrustedReviews
"The 32LD9700 we’re looking at today sits at the top end of Hitachi’s LCD range – a fact reflected right away in its pleasingly stark, strikingly well-constructed bodywork. It’s also got the sort of connectivity that befits a flagship range, with highlights including twin HDMI support, a trio of Scarts, a PC port, component video input, plus some handy ‘multimedia’ provision in the form of a USB port for attaching digital cameras and an SD card slot for direct playback of digital photocards."

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Intel Processor Roadmap: Penryn, Nehalem and the Future @ TrustedReviews
"It wasn’t too long ago that Intel announced its next generation processors based on the 45nm process back at the end of January. Now, just two months later we’ve managed to secure an update on how this new process will feature in Intel’s future Penryn and Nehalem CPUs, while Intel also let slip some future developments in its architecture that surprised even us."

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Friday, March 30, 2007
Lian Li PC-A16b @ techPowerUp
"When it comes to cases Lian Li is one of the biggest names around. Today we take a look at the new PC-A16b case from Lian Li. Features like an adjustable HDD rack, thumb screw design, lots of room to work in a mid-tower, it's very well designed. If you're looking for a well made mid-tower with simple looks, or just a case in general; the Lian Li PC-A16 is good place to start."

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Technic3D/MS-Tech LU-380N
"The MS-Tech LU-380N external HDD Case arrived Technic3D. Technic3D will see as good it is against other HDD Cases. USB and NAS(Network Attached Storage) see you in the following Review"

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Parrot Boombox @ TrustedReviews
"The Boombox sounded far warmer and clearer compared to the muddier iPod Hi-Fi, while pushing the volume higher also resulted in impressive results with the 60W digital amplifier reducing the level of distortion. Using Bluetooth the quality was very decent too, with minor compression on the high-range the only noticeable problem and the overall clarity was more than sufficient for casual listening."

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HP LaserJet P3005x @ TrustedReviews
"The mono office laser printer is still one of HP's core products and the LaserJet P3005x is a fast and versatile member of its latest generation. It comes as standard with duplex capability and two paper trays, each of which can take a full, 500-sheet ream of paper. This means you can set it up with letterheads and follow-on sheets, and still have a multi-purpose tray for special media, such as envelopes."

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Acronis True Image Home 10 @ Bjorn3D
"Imagine if you will the following scenario: It's a Friday afternoon and you've had a long, hard week at work. You come home and after doing your honey-dos you settle in to killing as many aliens as you possibly can in your favorite game to rid yourself of the week's frustration and prepare for the glorious weekend ahead. About 15 minutes into the carnage you begin to hear a high pitched squeaking noise coming from your trusty computer. Probably a fan that you can change out later, right? You continue your activity and all of a sudden you hear a noise that is reminiscent of crunching corn flakes in a blender and your system freezes. You're a computer enthusiast and built this rig from scratch and can easily troubleshoot and fix what's wrong! Well not exactly, your hard drive has just gone from 7200 RPM to around 100 RPM and your operating system, programs, and most importantly years worth of data have just been destroyed."

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Thursday, March 29, 2007
IceMat 2nd Edition Review @ DragonSteelMods
" If you look around you'll see you have many, many choices for mousepads, it seems that they are one of the most popular items to make. You'll find them in all shapes, sizes, colors and materials, but of course they are all not created equal, there are good ones and bad ones. Today for review I have a special ! mousepad, at least to me it's special, I have always wanted to own a glass mousepad, so when Icemat said they were sending one for review I got a bit excited honestly... So today for review I have the Icemat 2nd Edition glass mousepad, but I'm not sure if you can really call it a 'pad', more like a mousing surface to be specific... anyway read on to learn more about what has to be the best mousing surface on the market today... "

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IceMat 2nd Edition Review @ DragonSteelMods
"  If you look around you'll see you have many, many choices for mousepads, it seems that they are one of the most popular items to make. You'll find them in all shapes, sizes, colors and materials, but of course they are all not created equal, there are good ones and bad ones. Today for review I have a sp! ecial mousepad, at least to me it's special, I have always wanted to own a glass mousepad, so when Icemat said they were sending one for review I got a bit excited honestly... So today for review I have the Icemat 2nd Edition glass mousepad, but I'm not sure if you can really call it a 'pad', more like a mousing surface to be specific... anyway read on to learn more about what has to be the best mousing surface on the market today..."

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Samsung LN-S2651D HDTV Review @ Digital Trends
"Samsung, a widely known, well established company with a reputation for giving its consumers top-notch products, has produced another winner in the LCD HDTV category. The LN-S2651D is a beautiful television that offers rather stunning performance for a price that won't leave you hurting. Check out the review to see if this TV should find its way into your home or office. Chances are, you'll want to get your hands on one right away."

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Rantopad Mammoth @ techPowerUp
"The Rantopad Mammoth may look somewhat normal at first glance, with its square surface, normal size and black color. This plastic pad is quite different than the traditional variants out there. The bottom features a new anti-skid surface to keep it secure during gaming while the mouse surface is great. The Mammoth is not the biggest pad out there, but it is incredibly thin and offers some mammoth performance."

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Firefox's Most Underutilized Feature at XYZ Computing
"Firefox is one of those programs that whenever there is something that you wish it could do, all you have to do is look a little harder because it probably does it. If your version doesn't do that particular thing then there probably is an extension that takes care or it. Or someone coded a fix in Greasemonkey. Anyway, the point is that the browser is an incredible platform and if you feel something needs work then there is usually someone who got there first. There are enough extensions and articles about extensions that most Firefox users have had some sort of pleasant experience like this."

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OCZ Equalizer Gaming Mouse @ techPowerUp
"OCZ's mice are called Equalizer and feature a 2500 DPI laser sensor made by Agilent technology. The mice come in two different sizes, one aimed at gaming and one made for laptop users. One of the special features that the Equalizer has is a Triple-Threat button which should fire three shots in rapid succession, besides that the button should function as a double-click button in standard Windows applications."

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EVGA nForce 680i SLI 775 A1 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews
"The eVGA nForce 680i SLI 775 A1 is a great board, from a great company. It is a board that you should look at if you are wanting the top of the line in the nVidia camp. You get full features, a full bundle, full performance as well as the full price with this one..."

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A look at Penryn, Nehalem and Intel's Future at bit-tech.net
"Say goodbye to the northbridge, because Nehalem will integrate the memory controller into the CPU core. Intel is finally ready to do what AMD has been doing for years with the K8 architecture - incorporate an on-die memory controller, to lower memory access latencies, reduce power consumption of the whole platform and make designing future motherboards far easier. This could be be a marketing nightmare for Intel's PR and the green camp is going to be rolling around the floor in fits of glee at this news, but respect to Intel for ultimately biting the bullet and making the right choice. That said, Intel was in a similar situation when it created the Pentium M and had to convince the market the MHz wasn't the only performance rating that mattered after years of preaching the contrary -- and that turned out to be one of the most successful moves for Intel in recent history."

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Google and Mozilla: Nobody Wants an OS from You @ OSWeekly.com
"For a software programmer, one of the ultimate projects that you could ever be involved with is an operating system. We're so used to building applications for the OS that the idea of actually working on the mother ship itself can seem like something that could never happen."

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The Future of Web 3.0: Part I @ OSWeekly.com
"Even those of us who have not played the"

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[News] RaidSonic ICY BOX 2.5" & 3.5" IDE HDD Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"In todays short review we will be taking a look at some portable hard drive enclosures from RaidSonic. I know you are saying,"

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tom Bihn ID Messenger Bag and Brain Cell Review @ DragonSteelMods
"  Everywhere you go these days you can see people carrying bags with their laptops in them. I've noticed that the more popular type is the Messenger style of bag, the kind that hangs off your shoulder, and that you'll see the bike messengers carrying all around. T! here are many brands to choose from, and as with anything there are cheaply made ones and there are well made ones. Today for review I have one of the well made ones, actually very well made, it is the ID Messenger Bag from Tom Bihn. This bag can be a Messenger bag alone, or can also be a laptop carrying case with the addition of the Tom Bihn Brain Cell. So this is sort of a double review, of the Tom Bihn ID Messenger Bag and the Brain Cell laptop case. Read on to learn more about one of the best bags out there today..."

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Gigabyte 3DAurora 570 @ hi-techreviews.com
"Gigabyte 3DAurora 570 Computer Case"

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Overclock3D News: Overclock3D's BIGGEST EVER Competition!!!
"After a short break in OC3D's regular run of competitions we're back again, but this time with a vengance. With over £800 of prizes up for grabs from companies like OCZ, XFX and Enermax and entry open to everyone, this is without doubt OC3D's biggest ever competition."

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[Phoronix] AMD 8.35.5 Display Driver
"Ch-ch-ch-changes... Not expecting to hear that with today's driver release? Well, we had not expected much improvement for the March ATI Catalyst Linux driver either until we saw the driver first hand. Today's 8.35.5 release has implemented one major change: a new Catalyst Control Center! AMD is eliminating the fireglcontrolpanel in favor of the brand new AMD Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition. In this review we will be looking at the new 8.35.5 display driver along with taking a very close look at this much improved control area."

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Fanotec Nodal Ninja 3 Spherical Tripod Head Review at XYZ Computing
"Spherical tripod heads, like the Nodal Ninja, do not resemble spheres. In fact, they usually have more than one straight pieces and look almost like a modern version of the navigation equipment one would find on a 17th century galleon. The “spherical” element is the concept that the tripod head holds the camera in a particular position in space that allows it to rotate about its exact entrance pupil. When this entrance pupil becomes the axis of rotation in every direction, the camera’s lens becomes a segment of a sphere. When the photographer uses the spherical tripod head to rotate the camera about its entrance pupil in between exposures, each exposure can become a curved “tile” within a digital spherical representation of the entire environment. The smaller the focal length, the larger this tile will be, so wide-angle lenses require fewer exposures to complete an entire scene."

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Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case at Modders-Inc
"Antec has put a lot of thought into their Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case; well you would have to when you make a claim like that. They did add a lot of features that LAN goers will like and use. With maximum cooling and looks a must Antec set out to make a great case, but is it the Ultimate Gamer Case?"

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Technic3D/Titan EZ-Sound Mini 2.1Speakers
"The Titan EZ-Sound Mini 2.1 Speakers arrived Technic3D. Good Sound with very small chassis? Technic3D will hear that in the following Review."

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Legion Hardware - (Arctic-Cooling Accelero S2)
"Legion Hardware"

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Rent Your Operating System @ OSWeekly.com
"Although a lot of software is free these days, unless you’re using Linux, you’re still going to have to drop some cash on an operating system upgrade. For serious technology users, the cost of upgrading isn’t such an issue because not only do we usually want the latest and greatest, but in most cases, we actually need it for work reasons. OS upgrades don’t come around all that often, and since I’d personally have to buy them regardless of the cost, I don’t really make an issue out of the price."

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Buy a Mac: Solve All Headaches @ OSWeekly.com
"I like Macs. In general, I also feel that Apple's OS X offers an outstanding product. But as I have stated in previous articles, the UI is just not for me. Then again, when looking at some very strong arguments as we see here, one can not dismiss this all that is said too easily."

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Microsoft Encourages Software Piracy @ OSWeekly.com
"It’s a very rare occurrence when you hear a company representative publicly say,"

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Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision Special Edition Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"After the successful launch of Logitech’s QuickCam Ultra Vision, the company has released a special edition of the device. Really, there isn’t any difference between the two devices at all. All the specifications and features are exactly similar to one another, except for the color scheme. The QuickCam Ultra Vision Special Edition has a black exterior, while the non-special edition has a white and silver exterior."

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Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Thanks to the high resolution lens, it’s actually fun and useful to use webcams these days. Back when webcams were first introduced, the quality was terrible, and the concept of doing video conferencing with such poor cameras was a joke. Not anymore, though. Take the Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision, for instance. It’s a 1.3-megapixel camera combined with Logitech’s in-house RightLight 2 technology and an excellent exterior."

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Spire Fourier IV CPU Cooler
"High end coolers and usually very expensive, but sometimes we found a product which is not only powerful and well designed, but also good priced. Spire Fourier IV is 100% made of copper and allow us to change its fan easily to fit our needs, and clearly overpasses the stock cooler."

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Xclio A380 Super Tower ATX Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Xclio's A380 chassis certainly lives up to its “ Super Tower ” nickname. It's a big case with huge fans and lots of room for components. The jet engine look is striking, to say the least, and the large window shows off a few of the interior components not blocked by the 25cm blue LED fan. The size and tool-free features make installation relatively easy and the cable management features make for a tidy install with little effort."

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[News] ABIT Fatality FP-IN9 650i-SLI Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Gamers of all styles will appreciate its stability, layout, and design. The Supercharged System Bus is quite the benefit which helps keep those frame rates and bandwidth up, while keeping the price down. It's really an easy choice and fills a void many gamers have been waiting for."

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Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit Review @ OCC
"After realizing the unit is not capable of customization, the second thing people have noted is"

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Thecus N2100 NAS Review
"If you are looking for a quality NAS, the N2100 from Thecus is worth your consideration. It can act as a music and photo sharing hub and even an FTP server, among others. Though, the best part might be it's price."

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Hiper HPU-4M730 730Watt PSU @ Viper Lair
"The Hiper HPU-4M730 is designed to be a no nonsense, all business, Quad SLI capable PSU that won't break the bank, and it would seem that Hiper have succeeded. While no one is saying a PC that needs 730Watts of power is great for the environment, Hiper have also done their bit for the green team and kept the packaging to a minimum as well as used recycled cardboard for the box. RoHS compliance rounds out the green side of things."

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Ideazon Reaper Gaming Mouse @ DragonSteelMods
"  If you are into gaming then I am sure you know the name Ideazon, they make some awesome gaming keyboards, and other great products as well. Today for review though I have their gaming mouse named the Reaper, and it is one great mouse. The trend in performance mice ! has been to use laser sensors, but the Ideazon Reaper uses an optical sensor, something I found a bit odd actually, since pretty much everyone else uses lasers. The Reaper features the ability to change dpi up to 1600, and has three buttons on the left side, something I haven't seen before in a mouse. The Reaper gaming mouse is a nice stylish black, and performs very well, so read on to learn more about this great little mouse..."

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Ideazon Reaper Gaming Mouse @ DragonSteelMods
"  If you are into gaming then I am sure you know the name Ideazon, they make some awesome gaming keyboards, and other great products as well. Today for review though I have their gaming mouse named the Reaper, and it is one great mouse. The trend in performance mice ! has been to use laser sensors, but the Ideazon Reaper uses an optical sensor, something I found a bit odd actually, since pretty much everyone else uses lasers. The Reaper features the ability to change dpi up to 1600, and has three buttons on the left side, something I haven't seen before in a mouse. The Reaper gaming mouse is a nice stylish black, and performs very well, so read on to learn more about this great little mouse..."

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HD DVD and Blu-ray Ripping Guide - HDCP free HD content
"It’s really quite amazing how quickly Advanced Access Content System (AACS - HD content protection for HD DVD and Blu-ray discs) got defeated, especially considering how much money the industry and Hollywood movie studios putting into protecting their HD movie content. It might not be a hack like regular DVD decryption DeCSS, but it seems very unlikely that this workaround will ever stop working as it means that all current HD DVD and Blu-ray players would either need a firmware upgrade or become obsolete when it comes to playing newer movies."

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nVidia nForce 680i LT SLI Chipset Preview Boosting Mainstream
"Unfortunately between 650i SLI and 680i SLI there is a large price gap. So if you want full-speed SLI and other performance enhancements attributed to the 680i SLI, you need to pay a premium, right? Not according to ASUS who designed a rather unique chipset which is the basis for today’s article. The P5N32 Hybrid SLI allows you to run dual full-speed SLI graphics cards on the board by combining the 650i SLI Northbridge with the 590SLI MCP Southbridge from the AMD platform chipset. Whether nVidia looked at this and though it was a good idea or had this chip in the pipeline is unknown, but today we have the beefed up 650i SLI chipset which has now been given the name nForce 680i LT SLI."

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Sapphire X1950 GT @ techPowerUp
"Sapphire's new X1950 GT is based on ATI's RV570 GPU. It comes with 256 MB of GDDR3 memory and is cheaper than the Radeon X1900 GT. Of course you can not expect performance wonders from a $140 card, but it is a great way to survive the wait for ATI's next-gen products while being able to play all the latest games."

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[News] QPAD XT-R Gaming Mouse Pad Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"While I laugh at the marketing hype, and I know I'm never going to do anything more with the metal case, that doesn't take away from the pad itself. Someone put some real thought into the XT-R. It's easy to tell the difference between all the mice I have with the Qpad. The many European reviews praising the pad might seem a bit sensationalist, but they don't lie about anything."

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PC Apex Review // Lian Li PC-343B Modular Cube Case
""The biggie-sized box is indeed impressive when gauged by its sheer size alone; but it's still pure Lian-Li. In other words, the workmanship is equally impressive. The fit and finish is absolutely impeccable. Even stretched to ludicrous proportions, Lian-Li manages to hold on to the simple elegance of design that appeals to so many."

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Adobe Creative Suite 3 Preview
"Adobe has kept many secrets about their Creative Suite 3 over the past few months, but today they are unveiling everything you need to know. This includes product lineup, pricing and bundle information and also the Photoshop Extended edition feature set."

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Sony Cybershot DSC-T100 Review @ Digital Trends
"Sony revolutionized the world of ultra-thin digicams with its very popular T series. Although Casio, Nikon, Kodak, Pentax and others try to match them, they always seem to fall a bit short. I’ve always loved the sliding front door that powers-up the camera. And although this design has been around for a few years, it’s still as fresh as ever. The DSC-T100 is the latest edition and it has a number of new features we wanted to try out including higher 8.2MP resolution, a more powerful zoom, a better processor and Face Detection--the new setting almost all camera makers are touting in 2007. Now does all this add up to something special or just more of the same? Let’s find out."

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Monday, March 26, 2007
Lognetmedia ML-903 ICON 2000DPI Laser Mouse Review @ OCC
"So the claim of"

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Review: Noctua NF-S12 & NF-R8 Fans @ GideonTech.com
"The U.L.N.A (Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor) is a power cable that has a resister in line with the fan, cutting the amount of power that the fans uses, which slows it down. If you use those, there is not a way to speed up the fan without powering it down and removing it."

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Kingwin JET eSATA/USB External Drive Enclosure Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Kingwin has updated their line up to include a new enclosure (the JET Model JT-35EU-BK) that supports a SATA hard drive that can connect via both eSATA and USB. Taking it one step further, this unit also includes a one touch back-up feature which can allow you to keep your precious data in two locations."

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ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
"ASUS M2A-VM is a socket AM2 motherboard with on-board video based on the new AMD 690G chipset, also known by its codename RS690. This is the first chipset coming from the collaboration between AMD and ATI, after AMD bought ATI. We were very curious to compare its performance to the previous on-board video solution from ATI, Radeon Xpress 1100, to its competitor, GeForce 6100 from nVidia, and also to cheap add-in video cards, like GeForce 6200. Let’s see how ASUS M2A-VM performs."

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[Phoronix] One Year With ATI X1000 Linux Support
"In less than three weeks it will have been a year since ATI Technologies had added it's Radeon X1000 family (R500) support to their Linux binary drivers. When that support was finally added it came about six months after the hardware was actually introduced to the public accompanied by the Windows Catalyst drivers. Even with this six months time that developers had to work on the Linux package, the fglrx v8.24.8 driver (the version that had introduced R500 support) resulted in ATI's flagship GPU series facing a miserable beating by NVIDIA's 7800GTX and even the GeForce 6800GT. However, a year later and what will be twelve driver releases with R500 support, how does the performance now compare? In this article we will be comparing several R500 parts to see how the performance stacks up using the latest driver."

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Corsair HX620W review @ NordicHardware
"Today we here at NordicHardware will examine a power supply made from a company that is mostly famous for its well performing RAM. I’m of course talking about Corsair. With a 620W strong power supply Corsair enters the power supply scene. Being a well reputed name on the RAM market, which falls under the category of computer components, makes power supplies not too far away."

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Legion Hardware - (OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 Reaper HPC)
"Legion Hardware"

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eVGA 680i LT SLI Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"There really isn't too much more to say about the nForce 680i LT SLI as there isn't really anything new about the product itself! NVIDIA wanted a part that would fill the void between the 680i and 650i and the 680i LT SLI does just that with a reasonable price-tag for the performance level that is offers. At $199 this board will peak the interest of many gamers that want to have a board that supports SLI Technology!"

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QPAD / EC-R mouse pad at Modders-Inc
"This mouse pad is made for everyone. It's a hard plastic mouse pad that's medium sized and has a medium rough surface which makes it great for tracking with whatever you do, whether its gaming, digital imagining, or normal home use. Not to mention it's one of the thinnest mouse pads you can find on the market."

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Technic3D/Arctic Cooling Accelero S2
"The new passiv Graphics Card Heatsink from Arctic Cooling,the Accelero S2, arrived Technic3D. Only for Midrange Cards? See you in the following Review with a MSI NVIDIA 6600 GT."

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FOXCONN 8800GTS 320mb: OverClocking Edition @ Bjorn3D
"Ever since the launch of NVIDIA’s famous 8800GTX and 8800GTS cards, even diehard ATI fans had to admit that NVIDIA was offering some very powerful graphics cards. However to the dismay of most people, NVIDIA had launched these cards at a MSRP of $600 and $450 respectively, putting them out of reach and consideration for most. Ever since then enthusiasts have demanded a more affordable DX10 part for the masses, and in turn nVidia delivered with the 320mb 8800GTS."

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Movin' On Up @ TrustedReviews
"My personal phone and mobile contract is with O2, not for any particular reason other than the fact that it was offering the best deal many years ago when I first signed up. I’ve been with O2 for a long time now, but I’m not so certain that I’ll be staying!"

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Linksys RVL-200 @ TrustedReviews
"Small businesses tired of the complexity of IPsec VPNs can take solace from the fact that a number of networking vendors have seen the light and are now delivering very affordable SSL-VPN appliances. Less than a year ago, these security products commanded top dollar prices and targeted large businesses with deep pockets but Linksys’ compact RVL-200 aims to deliver an SSL-VPN solution at a remarkably low price."

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Open Source and Linux Has No Place in OLPC @ OSWeekly.com
"I’m all about children having open and easy access to technology, and that’s been a large part of my mission in my professional endeavors. In the United States, it’s easy to forget about being thankful for how widespread technology acceptance and use is at home and in the school systems, and in general, kids have the basic tools and instruction that they need to make technology work for them."

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Palm Treo 680 Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Palm has been in the smartphone business for quite some time, and over the years, the quality of smartphones from Palm has gone up significantly. But as is the case with a lot of smartphones, they are designed to keep businesspeople as their primary focus and target market. While that’s all well and good, a lot of mainstream consumers realize the value proposition of smartphones in terms of increased productivity and easy handling of tasks. As such, smartphones are now starting to go mainstream, and Palm has just the solution for such consumers in the form the Treo 680."

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Inno3D GeForce 7900GS 256MB IChiLL Accelero S1M Graphics Card
"Inno3D’s 7900GS IChiLL Accelero S1M comes overclocked out of the box quite significantly and it utilizes a heat pipe cooling solution designed by Arctic Cooling – it’s not the best when it comes to VGA overclocking, actually it is usually downright miserable to be completely honest, although did Inno3D manage to surprise us with the first graphics card offering that we have seen from them? It clearly will be a hit or miss product, let’s continue on and see if the new iChiLL series from Inno3D is at all worth considering!"

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ASUS A8JS 14" Widescreen Notebook Review
"ASUS has a new notebook offering that is sure to please most. It includes a fast T7200 processor, NVIDIA 7700 Go graphics card and 1GB of ram. It's also very competitively priced at just under $1,500. Is it worth your consideration?"

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Lian-Li PC-C35 Black Desktop Case Review @ OCC
"A lot of us like a small, sleek computer case to get us by but such a case can be extremely hard to find. This is where Lian-Li's PC-C35 small desktop computer case comes in. It weighs in with an all brushed aluminum design, two silent 40mm fans, and a 300watt power supply. It even sports a stealthing kit so you can cover up your optical drive's unsightly color! Nice! But be warned, this case is designed for the typical mainstream user. Due to its small size, it only supports the bare minimum of computer with no extra HDD, PCI slots, and optical drives. But its small size and sleek look is perfect for the computer where performance isn't everything!"

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[News] Enermax Uber Chakra ATX Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"If tall server cases are your thing, then by all means pick up the Enermax Uber Chakra. This enclosure is not bogged down with a lot of features, but the ones it does have are perfect for both the everyday user and hard core gamer or future watercooling, as there is plenty of room to install watercooling gear"

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Ultra X-Pro 800Watt ATX Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews.net
"So how did the Ultra X-Pro 800watt power supply do? Price-wise, it's not cheap at $200, but not too expensive either. Performance is good, even with the 12v rails running on the high side. Connectivity is excellent, with plenty of legacy connectors. And, the brushed case looks good, giving the XPro the look of higher-end units. Ultra's AST technology is also a neat tool, and does its' job well."

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Golden Mars GeeDom Flash Drive and SD Memory Review @ The TechZone
"The interesting thing, though, is that many brands do not manufacture their own products, relying instead on inexpensive OEMs and ODMs to create the goods on their behalf. GoldenMars has been an OEM manufacturer for some time, and they are now ready to jump into the retail world under their own banner, rather than someone else's. GoldenMars launched their GeeDom line of Flash memory products last year, and while they're not particularly flashy (pardon the pun), they're perfectly functional.’"

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Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000 Review at XYZ Computing
"The Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000 is a high performance keyboard and mouse combination that is currently Microsoft's flagship hardware product, at least until the Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 arrives (later this year). This kit pairs Microsoft's brand new keyboard design with their top-shelf mouse, the Wireless Laser Mouse 8000. Throw in some very cool design, a lot of innovative features, and Bluetooth connectivity and Microsoft is betting they have a product that can't miss."

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Apple TV Review @ Digital Trends
"With more fanfare and consumer enthusiasm than most companies could ever hope to muster, in late 2006 Apple announced the Apple TV. The Apple TV is Apple's opening foray into the near-trillion-dollar industry of television and movie entertainment and is billed as a product that'll revolutionize the home media experience. The Apple TV, like the iPhone, represents a bold and risky move away from the controlled and perfected realm of computing and into the generic and saturated media streamer markets. Will this new $299 Apple TV be the quintessential blockbuster hit, or will it quietly struggle for survival amongst consumers with ever-soaring expectations?"

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Sunday, March 25, 2007
Overclock3D Review: Silverstone Grandia GD01S - MXR ATX/mATX HTPC Chassis
"Silverstone make great cases and particularly  nice looking media/HTPC cases. We take a look at the Grandia GD01. With it's LCD screen and sleek looks, what do we think of this sitting under our TV?"

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Saturday, March 24, 2007
[Phoronix] SAM Linux 2007
"SAM Linux is a distribution we had never heard of in the past, but with the 2007 edition of SAM coming out this week we couldn't help but to give it a try. SAM Linux is based upon PCLinuxOS and features a LiveCD with the Xfce 4.4 desktop. SAM Linux 2007 does include Beryl/XGL support, WINE, Flash 9, RealPlayer, Java, and much more. It is a clean distribution and looks extremely nice. If you're still trying to find the perfect match, SAM Linux 2007 may be worth trying out"

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Evercool Rocket V System Cooler @ DragonSteelMods
"  Today for review I have an interesting little product from our friends at Evercool, it is a system cooler and a VGA cooler as well. It includes a special PCI slot brackets to be able to install the Rocket either vertically or horizontally in your system, depe! nding which you want to cool the most. So continue on to learn more about the Evercool Rocket!"

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Evercool Rocket V System Cooler @ DragonSteelMods
"  Today for review I have an interesting little product from our friends at Evercool, it is a system cooler and a VGA cooler as well. It includes a special PCI slot brackets to be able to install the Rocket either vertically or horizontally in your system, depe! nding which you want to cool the most. So continue on to learn more about the Evercool Rocket!"

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News - Thermalright HR-07 at Overclockers Online
"The entire Thermalright High-Riser family has been a huge success. The HR-07, the latest addition to the family, easily outperformed the stock cooler much like the other High Riser products."

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CeBIT 2007: Sparkle @ techPowerUp!
"Sparkle had a number of interesting products at the show. For HTPC builders three GeForce cards with HDMI output are available now. Another new product is the Calibre 8800 GTX which runs at higher clocks than the NVIDIA reference design. Straight from their labs we saw a GeForce card with an integrated LED display that displays current temperatures."

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[News] Ultra ChillTec Thermo Electric CPU Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Wow! This is one heck of an impressive unit. I was a bit skeptical at first, as this appears to be almost identical to the Titan Amanda I reviewed several months back. It turns out that this particular cooler is far more superior in the hardware layout and cooling ability than the Amanda unit."

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[Phoronix] Tyan Toledo i965R S5180
"For years now we have been accustom to seeing Tyan motherboards in some of the best workstations and servers, but recently they have been introducing a couple FlexATX/microATX motherboards. The first microATX Tyan motherboard we had reviewed was the Tomcat i845GV S3098, which was about two years ago, while earlier this year we featured a preview of the Tomcat i945GM S3095. Now in hand today we will be reviewing the Tyan Toledo i965R S5180. The Toledo i965R is a FlexATX solution with an LGA-775 socket, one PCI Express x16 slot, two DDR2 sockets, and is powered by Intel's Q965 + ICH8 Chipset. The Tyan i965R motherboard also supports Intel's Core 2 Duo processors."

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Corsair TWIN2X2048-8500C5DF - XMS2 Dominator Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today we are looking at a DDR2 8500 kit from the new range of Dominator kits, what is so different about the Dominator series as that Corsair went out and totally redesigned the heat spreader (more on this later) they also sent over one of their memory fan coolers as well to help keep things cool."

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Friday, March 23, 2007
SnoopStick Review @ DragonSteelMods
"  A little bit ago there was a lot of gossip, and exaggeration on quite a few websites about the product I have for review today.  It is the SnoopStick from Solid Oak Software, and many people out there were saying it was for spying on people and stealing their information, well that is a ! bit far-fetched, and quite a bit distant from the actual truth of this product. In the following review you will learn in detail exactly what the SnoopStick is, does and what it is really for, so continue on if you want to know the truth about the SnoopStick, it really is a cool product even if it can't steal peoples' identities..."

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CeBIT 2007: Corsair @ techPowerUp!
"The new Corsair Survivor USB sticks are built to last. They come with a thick aluminum casing that is waterproof to up to 100m. If you are more concerned about your privacy, the Corsair Padlock Flash Drive adds a keypad to the USB stick. The stick will only power up after the right code is entered."

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Seasonic S12 Energy+ 550W Power Supply at Modders-Inc
"One of the key features consumers are looking at today when purchasing a power supply is the efficiency of the unit along with the output. The Seasonic S12 Energy + 550 power supply is the one we are looking at today. They also offer the S12 Energy + in a 650 Watt version as well. This "80 Plus" certified unit will be run through the rigorous tests done by our good friend Jonny."

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Motorstorm @ TrustedReviews
"To borrow from Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a new console in possession of ground-breaking hardware must be in want of a killer game to show it off. This game doesn’t need to be perfect, nor does it need to be revolutionary (though in some cases both are true). It simply has to show the potential of the new machine, and make anyone who sees it or plays it want to buy one. The original Playstation had Ridge Racer, the Nintendo 64 had Mario. The Xbox had Halo, the 360, Call of Duty 2 and Project Gotham 3, and the Wii had Wii Sports (and to a lesser extent, Zelda). The Playstation 3 has several contenders, but only one with the impact and appeal to do the job. Unless you’re a) blind or b) completely and utterly adverse to racing games of any form, Motorstorm will make you want a PS3."

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CeBIT 2007: Xigmatek @ techPowerUp!
"Xigmatek was present at CeBIT 2007 with some existing products and also some new and very promising products. The highlight of their coolers is the All-in-One liquid VGA cooler called the PI-UN7. They also have some new CPU coolers and some still in the design phase which all look very promising."

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PowerColor X1650 XT 256MB AGP Video Card Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The PowerColor X1650 XT 256MB AGP Video Card breathed some new life into a solid system that really only shows its age due to AGP graphics being featured. Performance in benchmarks and many games was better than expected, and showed that there really is no reason to retire a system simply due to the fact that it doesn't support PCI-Express."

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Sony PlayStation 3 @ TrustedReviews
"There’s no denying that Sony is slightly late to the table with its next generation gaming console. With Nintendo launching it’s fun filled Wii at the beginning of December 2006 and Microsoft unveiling the Xbox 360 almost a year and a half ago, Sony has managed to gift no less than two Christmas periods to Microsoft and one to Nintendo. It’s fair to say that the Wii was the big hit of the recent festive season, while the year before getting your paws on an Xbox 360 was nigh on impossible. But for the launch of the PlayStation 3 there’s no Christmas buying frenzy to help it along, and with much of the gaming public already equipped with an X360 or a Wii, or even both, has the PlayStation 3 got what it takes to make an impact at this stage?"

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abit AB9 QuadGT Fully fledged P965 motherboard
"Now under the Universal abit brand name, the bad ass attitude of ABIT is back with a vengeance. So far we have tested three motherboards under the Universal abit brand - A8N 32X, AB9 Pro and the IN9 32X SLI motherboards and they all performed quite well with the exception of the latter which failed to impressed with very poor overclocking results. Today we have a new motherboard based on Intel’s P965 chipset, the same that was used in the AB9 Pro board, but with a few updates to the design and layout. It is aimed at taking on ASUS and Gigabyte’s Crossfire dual graphics based Intel P965 motherboard - today we test the AB9 QuadGT and see if ABIT are able to produce a motherboard for your Core 2 processor which packs some punch."

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CeBIT 2007: Thermaltake @ techPowerUp!
"The amount of new releases which Thermaltake is displaying at this year's CeBIT is unbelievable. If we were to list them all here, it would take half a page. Just a few of the highlights: limited edition SwordM case, 1500W ToughPower PSU, the Power Express dedicated graphic card power supplies make a comeback and an entire new line-up of HTPC cases is shown off. This is just the tip of the ice berg, click to find out more."

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CeBIT 2007: Albatron @ techPowerUp!
"Albatron is showing off the AMD 690G ITX board up and running at their booth. You will also find an Intel P33 based mainboard with two 24 pin power connectors and a full size G35 based ATX board. The company is also letting visitors take a close look at their newest addition - DDR2 memory modules with golden chip heat spreaders."

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CeBIT 2007: Cooler Master @ techPowerUp!
"Coolermaster is showing off new models of the Mars series as well as additions to the Hyper CPU cooler line-up. There is a completely new case, design to be completely silent on display. The Elite series receives some reinforcement with four new mid tower cases. There is a six rail 1000W power supply and a few modded cases to take a look at."

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Ideazon Merc Gaming Keyboard Review @ OCC
"You may be able to remember the days when computerized gaming was very simplistic. Most games consisted of a two dimensional maze, a simple character, and a very finite mission objective. Game play was quite elementary. The only interface equipment you needed was a four-way directional joystick and a fire button. Since the development of the 3 dimensional graphics engine and hardware to support it, the game environment has taken on an unprecedented realism. This interface has had to incorporate much more complex functionality and allow the user lightning fast reaction. Your interface equipment now spells the difference between being on the top of the points standing with bragging rights or ending up in the mediocre middle of the road. To this end there are a number of manufacturers that continue to try to develop the ultimate gaming controller. Ideazon is one of those companies."

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Thursday, March 22, 2007
Thermaltake Mozart TX Review
"Are you in the market for a roomy server case? Tired of the small cases that don't offer enough room for all your bits and bobs? Today we take a look at a case that can run the gamut from HTPC to server to gaming case and gives you more room than you can shake a stick of Rambus at."

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[Phoronix] SimplyMEPIS 6.5 Release Candidate 2
"The second release candidate for SimplyMEPIS 6.5 is now available. SimplyMEPIS 6.5 RC2 replaces QtParted with GParted, improvements to the MEPIS Xconfig assistant, and a fair amount of other changes beyond the original release candidate. SimplyMEPIS is another Ubuntu-based distribution."

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MSI mPC C51PV Barebone SFF
"The mPC C51PV was completely stable during testing. We did not experience any issues using the included drivers or those downloaded directly from NVIDIA's support site. Since the system did not run hot, heat never became a factor despite the rather cramped quarters inside. Even with an AM2 4400+ and 7950 GX2 running off the small PSU, the system ran just fine."

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[News] Patriot 2GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory Kit Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"the Patriot Extreme modules can currently be found for under $200 with some rebates floating around that make the memory well worth the buy. If you're looking for a great"

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The OSI Reference Model for Network Protocols @ Hardware Secrets
"OSI is a model that is used to understand how network protocols work. Usually when we are studying how networks work this is one of the first topics on the study guide. The problem, however, is that usually people don’t understand why this model exists nor how it really works – even people that memorized the names of all the seven layers of this model to take an exam at college or a certification exam still have no clue. In this tutorial we will explain you why the OSI model exists and how it works and we will also present a quick correlation between TCP/IP and the OSI model."

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World-Exclusive: Sapphire PI-AM2RS690MHD @ techPowerUp
"Sapphire's latest motherboard is based on AMD's RS690 chipset which features integrated VGA and HDMI output onboard. The board is an excellent choice for media PC systems since it is MicroATX and supports audio via HDMI. Performance is almost equal to much more expensive RD580 motherboards, the BIOS also has a load of overclocking options."

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Technic3D/7 Days CeBIT
"800 Pics for Download, a new German Record with 5,49 Ghz Intel Core2 X6800 on the Enermax Booth and more see you on Technic3D"

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Silverstone Olympia OP650w Review - XSReviews
"Silverstone have been producing high end power supplies and chassis for years now. They are hoping to continue this run with their latest range of PSUs, the Olympias. Featuring a strong single 12v rail and a multitude of connectors and cables, can the OP650 model serve up what we are looking for? Read on to find out."

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Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000 Review at XYZ Computing
"While Microsoft currently offers a full range of mice (gaming, ergonomic, portable, etc.) their specialty has always been general use equipment. These are items that work well under almost any circumstances but are not designed with a specific purpose. Most often these are found used in the home or office environment, but some are able gamers or have other strengths. The WLM 8000 is a high-end version of the general use mouse and is not much different from a few of Microsoft's other mice. It has upgrades- like a laser sensor, Bluetooth connectivity, and a rechargeable base- but is fundamentally the same."

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24 ATI Radeon PCI-E Video Cards Benchmarked @ Legit Reviews
"Armed with the above 24 graphics cards we set off for days and days of benchmarking to bring you some performance charts that our readers could actually use to help judge on what upgrade would be the right move for them. We are also doing this for all of our NVIDIA cards, so be prepared for some big performance charts when the upcoming NVIDIA and ATI Products are released in the coming weeks."

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MSI K9AGM2-FIH @ TrustedReviews
"Based on the AMD 690G, it's the first chipset to appear from AMD since the merger with ATI. It’s designed for the AM2 socket CPU and not surprisingly then it features integrated ATI graphics, complete with AVIVO quality. What’s more it features an HDMI socket with HDCP compliancy. Combined with the small micro ATX form factor you’re looking at a very nice solution for a media centre system. MSI also has the K9AGM2-F/L, a micro ATX board based on the 690V chipset, which is the same but omits the HDMI and DVI support. MSI will also have regular ATX versions with and without HDMI – the K9AG Neo2-Digital, and the K9AG Neo-F respectively."

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EVGA 680i SLI @ Bjorn3D
"NVIDIA used to be the kings of motherboard chipsets for the AMD platform. While they did release some chipsets for the Intel platform their true focus lay on creating the best possible chipsets for the AMD CPU’s. That is until two things happened. Number one is of course the success of the Core 2 Duo from Intel. Unless you are a real Intel fanboy there is no denying that AMD used to have the CPU’s that gave the most bang for the buck for a long time. This however changed with the Core 2 Duo. Suddenly enthusiasts where starting to flock over to the Intel camp buying all sorts of Intel i965 and i975 motherboards. Naturally NVIDIA wants a piece of that cake to. The second reason is of course the fact that AMD went and bought ATI. It wouldn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that NVIDIA not necessarily would like to indirectly only support their only real competitor in the video card market."

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AMD R600 retail Radeon X2900XTX better photos immerge!
"It took a lot of convincing but we have finally been able to secure real photos of AMD’s upcoming Radeon X2900XTX graphics card based on their R600 core and codenamed Dragonshead 2. It will come with 1GB of GDDR-4 memory but other items such as clock speeds have not been confirmed yet – more details here from our previous “AMD roadmap update on R600 - details confirmed!” news story. The only thing we seemed to screw up on was the launch date, which is looking more and more likely to be sometime in May, but nobody seems to be 100% sure at this stage. The folks at AMD and ATI went to great lengths to stop pictures being leaked onto the web but with some angry partners, it was only a matter of time until something solid was discovered."

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CeBIT 2007: ASUS @ techPowerUp!
"ASUS has a huge booth at CeBIT. They are showing off the entire line-up of Notebooks, as well as the brand new Xonar D2 & D2x soundcards which finally support PCI-E x1. On top of that, you will be able to take a look at the Lamborghini notebook and the first LED back-lit sub-notebook from ASUS. New CPU coolers, fans and computer cases, as well as a 22 inch 2 ms gaming LCD with built in subwoofer round up the mix."

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CeBIT 2007: Cool IT Systems @ techPowerUp!
"Cool IT Systems is showing off their three TEC based liquid cooling systems. These are pre-assembled, pre-filled, maintenance free & high performance liquid cooling systems. This must be the most interesting cooling solution at CeBIT this year. They have teamed up with Silverstone and are showing up a large TEC based cooler which can handle anything you could throw at it."

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Thermalfly F1-IACSHA CPU Cooler Review @ Techdomain
"While being relatively new to the cooling market, Thermalfly has come up with quite a few cooling solutions that have begun to rock the boat in the industry, most of which boast a build quality that has been largely unseen for some time. Featuring four heat pipes and a near pure copper base, the F1-IACSHA is already looking like a serious contender."

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CeBIT 2007: Origen AE @ techPowerUp!
"Origen AE is redefining the type of cases used for HTPC. The company is showing off the flag ship S21T, which comes with an integrated 12.1" full HD touch screen. They are even stuffing the cases with hardware and have them up and running. A new prototype of an external touch screen LCD screen can also be tried out. The complete lineup of the S, H and X series can be found at their booth."

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World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Review @ OCC
"Let's break this up some and have a closer look at some of the new content. We will start with my personal favorite, the Blood Elves. Starting in their home city of Quel'Thalas, you can see right away the time they put into the making of this expansion. The race is simply beautiful and their starting city is a gorgeous place to spend some time working on the new skill, Jewel crafting. The only problem at the beginning was the overcrowding from all the players making their new Blood Elf Paladins, and the constant server crashes this overcrowding created. However, as the players moved farther away from the crowded areas this soon became a memory. The Blood Elves get a nice treat with their starting area, as it is a very nice improvement over other Horde areas by making it bright and spacious, well lit, and a visual treat for everyone there. This is in contrast to the usually dark and dreary looking starting areas we were all used to having to play in at the first levels. To maintain their wonderful area, they had to ally with the Horde and tap the darker side of magic to use the power of blood to revive their once majestic city."

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Trusting Microsoft: Not Going to Happen @ OSWeekly.com
"Microsoft just kills me sometimes. It's like they live in a Bat cave. I have seen convincing evidence first hand that the hack (tool), known as Paradox, does in fact, allow a user to bypass product activation with Windows Vista. Microsoft has made their position clear..."

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Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"When it comes to gaming, Razer is on the forefront, taking care of enthusiasts with amazing products. The company shines again with its newly announced Razer Tarantula gaming keyboard for gamers. This keyboard has it all, from custom profiles to stability and custom keys. But that’s not all, however."

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Web-Based Photo Services Compared @ Digital Trends
"We’ve picked out five of the more popular photo sharing and storage sites and listed them for you here in no particular order along with a basic overview of features to help you get started in choosing the best photo site for your needs."

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007
SandioTech 3DGame O' 6DOF Laser Gaming Mouse @ DragonSteelMods
"  Today for review I have a gaming mouse, yeah I know there are many of those out there, but this one is rather special. It's from a company called SandioTech, and it features the ability to use the mouse for movement, or what is called '6 degrees of freedom'. Thi! s mouse has three small joysticks, two on each side and one on the top that allow the user to use them for pretty much anything they want to as the mouse is fully programmable. The 3DGame O' mouse also features a laser sensor, with adjustable dpi up to 2000, and software that allows you to create and save profiles for games or applications as well. Read on to learn more about this unique mouse..."

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SandioTech 3DGame O' 6DOF Laser Gaming Mouse @ DragonSteelMods
"  Today for review I have a gaming mouse, yeah I know there are many of those out there, but this one is rather special. It's from a company called SandioTech, and it features the ability to use the mouse for movement, or what is called '6 degrees of freedom'. Thi! s mouse has three small joysticks, two on each side and one on the top that allow the user to use them for pretty much anything they want to as the mouse is fully programmable. The 3DGame O' mouse also features a laser sensor, with adjustable dpi up to 2000, and software that allows you to create and save profiles for games or applications as well. Read on to learn more about this unique mouse..."

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SabayonLinux 3.3 Review
"We have been a fan of SabayonLinux for quite some time, so we could not pass up a chance to tinker with their heavily anticipated new version. In addition to updated software, 3.3 brings about a new color scheme. It's also touted as being more stable, so let's put it to the test."

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Overclock3D Review: Bigfoot Networks Killer NIC & Killer K1 Network Cards
"Today we've been given the opportunity to take a look at Bigfoot Network's "Killer NIC" and "Killer K1" Gaming Network Cards. With promises of lower pings and increased FPS though its 'LLR' technology, will these card live up to their $180+ price tag."

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Geil Ultra Plus 1gb PC6400 Review - XSReviews
"Geil have been making waves in the memory market for years now and are looking to continue that trend with their latest and greatest modules, the ultra series. I have been lucky enough to receive a 1gb kit of 6400 memory from that very range. It boasts extremely tight timings and a wide range of safe voltage variation, lets see what these babies can do."

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[Phoronix] Mushkin HP-580AP Enhanced
"During our natural sub-zero overclocking event this past winter we had chose to use the Mushkin HP-580AP power supply. The Intel processor was running 133% of its rated speed, and through the entire process the power supply was providing clean and stable voltages when monitoring the rails with multiple digital multimeters. However, now we are going back to look at this Mushkin power supply and provide some additional thoughts on this 580 Watt quad-rail modular PSU."

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MSI P6N SLI Platinum nForce 650i SLI Motherboard Review
"Built with the workhorse nVidia nForce 650i SLI SPP and nVidia nForce 650i MCP chipsets (nForce 430i according to MSI), the MSI P6N SLI Platinum motherboard is compatible with all Socket 775 processors on the market; Celeron D, Pentium 4/D/XE and Intel Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Quad. It supports processors that operate on a 1333*/1066/800/533MHz FSB (*when the higher FSB processors are avialalbe), and accomodates up to 8GB of DDR2-800/667/533 memory in a dual channel configuration. The bare minimum for Microsoft Windows Vista to run smoothly is 1GB, but PCSTATS recommends starting off with at least 2GB RAM."

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Legion Hardware - (DDR2 Memory Latency Performance)
"Legion Hardware"

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QPAD / CT Mouse Pads at Modders-Inc
"What do you look for in a mouse pad/mat? Well to me, precision is the main feature to keep in mind. Size, thickness, material are all options that I can deal with. If the mouse pad/mat does not perform with precision and accuracy, it is not going to be worth much to me. Today we are going to take a look at QPAD's CT mouse pad. This specific pad is available in 2 thicknesses, and two color choices."

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ECS PN2-SLI2+ (V1.0) nForce 680i SLI Motherboard Review @ Bigbruin.com
"This motherboard comes packed with many features sure to make an enthusiast happy. The ECS PN2-SLI2+ supports the hugely popular Intel Core 2 Duo processors, along with all other socket 775 processors (even Core 2 Quad processors are supported). The board also supports SATA2 and comes with a built-in RAID controller allowing you to create RAID arrays in several configurations. Gigabit LAN (with two LAN ports) is also provided on this motherboard, as are three PCI Express slots (2 of which are capable of running modern video cards in SLI for increased performance)."

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News - Spire RocKeteer VI 600W at Overclockers Online
"The Spire RocKeteer SP-600W is a fairly well rounded power supply. While its performance isn't mind boggling or extraordinary, it does hold very well and performs very, very well. Not only does it perform well, but it also looks great! The silver sleeved wires in rubber tubing, blue molex connector and black titanium finish complement each other very well."

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CeBIT 2007: In Win @ techPowerUp!
"We may not have heard a lot about In Win in recent times, but they are back. Their new line-up of cases is incredibly original and available in a variety of colors. In Win even displays two concept mATX cases not yet in production. Gamers also have reason to rejoice - the company has a few new gamer cases: a red one with an immaculate paint job and a B2 bomber case!"

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CeBIT 2007: Hiper @ techPowerUp!
"Hiper is known for their great power supplies and they are presenting their newest 770W and 830W PSUs, which feature USB 2.0 hubs and charging over USB capability. Their high quality slim keyboards as well as incredibly slim HTPC cases are on display. Two beautiful Penthouse models are also at the booth to present the Hiper products in the best way possible."

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CeBIT 2007: EVGA & Innovatec @ techPowerUp!
"EVGA is one of the few manufacturers showing off a custom GeForce 8800 GTX using an Innovatec water block. They also have a completely water cooled nForce 680i motherboard running with two of these 8800 GTX in SLI on display. They have teamed up with Innovatec to present their newest products."

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CeBIT 2007: A-DATA @ techPowerUp!
"A-DATA has the most diverse USB memory stick line-up on display at CeBIT. You will find memory sticks from 2 GB to an amazing 16 GB at their booth. They also display various SD cards with very innovative USB adapters as well as SDHC devices. A DDR3 demo unit is actually running the upcoming memory modules to round up their display."

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CeBIT 2007: Girls @ techPowerUp!
"Over 80 pictures of pretty CeBIT booth babes. 2800x2500 high-res images are available for your viewing pleasure."

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nVidia GeForce 8800GTS 640MB vs. 1280MB in SLI mode
"We have had a look at the 320MB nVidia GeForce 8800GTS graphic card offering a few times here at TweakTown in the past - we have looked at it in its stock form, overclocked and in SLI. It’s a fantastic card and doesn’t disappoint but in our first article we mainly focused on how it compared against the 640MB in single card configuration. Today we are going to be re-focusing on this situation but when the cards are used together in SLI mode. With in excess of 1.2GB of memory on offer when the 640MB cards are enabled in SLI mode, you have to wonder are we simply at a point of overkill. Are the 640MB cards for non-SLI and the 320MB cards for SLI? These are some of the questions we hope to answer today."

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Logitech Noise Canceling Headphones Review @ Tweaknews.net
"When compared to other headphones with a similar set of features, the Logitech set is a great value for a quality product. The ability to reduce unwanted background noise is a welcome feature for anyone who travels and the detachable audio cable make them convenient to use even when not listening to music. Clear, crisp sound along with a sturdy carrying case round out a product that I can highly recommend to anyone in the market for noise canceling headphones."

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OhMiBod iPod Vibrator Review @ The TechZone
"I was quite excited to review the OhMiBod. I was even more excited when I saw the box of stuff. The packaging was just too cute! Apple would be proud. The OhMiBod is 5.5” long and 1 and 1.8” in diameter. The shaft is smooth, white plastic, and the end is chrome. I thought the chrome ends looked a bit cheap, but the rest of the craftsmanship was nice. It felt good in my hand. No rough edges or bits at all! You definitely don’t want anything with rough edges and bits down below!"

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Cooler Master Mystique 632 Case Review @ OCC
"Is it time to upgrade that old case of yours? Have you thought about the Cooler Master case line-up? If not, you should. Having used several of the Cooler Master cases in the past, I was looking forward to getting my hands on this case. From the front door assembly, to the anodized black appearance that drew me in, I knew I had to get this one. This case features 120mm fans in the front, back and a side intake. Today we will be taking an in-depth look at the Cooler Master Mystique 632."

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[News] Cooler Master Aquagate Duo Viva Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"What can I say? It's another innovative, highly configurable good performing budget cooling solution. The Coolermaster Aquagate Duo Viva is all around well made with reliable components and good looks to match. The design and jet black components give it a serious, yet unique appeal. It resembles an intentional design idea of a high tech cooling system hidden within your extreme machine."

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Palm Treo 750 Review @ Digital Trends
"The 750 is saddled with a bloated price: $399.99 with a two-year contract and including a $100 rebate, but $649.99 if you're not buying or extending your Cingular plan. Considering the $499/$599 pricing on the 4GB and 8GB iPhones due in June or the similarly-spec'd Samsung Blackjack at $199.99 w/contract or $499.99 w/o contract, it's hard to justify opting for the 750."

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[Phoronix] A Call To Action On The ATI Linux Drivers
"Many Linux users have expressed concern over ATI's Catalyst Linux drivers for various reasons, but most of these users seem to be taking the wrong approach. These users express their disapproval and seek improvements by flaming on forums, forming petitions, bombarding the BugZilla, and using the ATI feedback form. However, this isn't really effective. On Michael's Phoronix web-blog he has outlined some strategies for actively engaging ATI/AMD's OEM/ODM/AIB partners in seeking Linux display driver improvements. He also states that at least one major OEM is interested in improved Linux drivers, but they are afraid of adverse effects to the Windows Catalyst drivers."

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CeBIT 2007: 3R System @ techPowerUp!
"3RSystem is showing off a large number of cases, ranging from their top of the line M-Station with seven inch LCD to an incredibly tiny and feature packed R310. They are also showing off their brand new iCE AGE CPU cooler and the huge Poseidon water cooling system, with gold plated CPU block and a dissipation of up to 400W."

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CeBIT 2007: Sharkoon @ techPowerUp!
"Sharkoon has a small but jam packed booth. They have managed to stuff their entire case line-up, including two new full size cases - the S-Dream and Rebel 12, as well as new mid tower cases into it. There is even enough room to display the new wireless media keyboard, the complete line-up of Silent Eagle fans, Rush gaming keyboards and a total of four 5.1 surround sound headsets. All their power supplies up to 700W and accessories can also be viewed up close - including the silver Twin Drive!"

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CeBIT 2007 - OCZ's Neural Impulse Actuator @ Legit Reviews
"The OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator looks like nothing more than a head band with a wire coming out of it, but this is far from something that you'd see Maria Sharapova sporting around the tennis court. It does look sporty though and the booth babe that OCZ had modeling it seemed happy to donate her neural activity..."

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CeBIT 2007: Biostar @ techPowerUp!
"Biostar had a number of new motherboards on display. For example an AMD RS690 board that has HDMI, DVI and VGA all directly on the motherboard. Also you could see running demos of DDR3 on Intel's Bearlake P35 and the Intel G33. As direct competition to the AMD RS690 board the NVIDIA based TF7050-M2 was released."

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CeBIT 2007: OCZ Technology @ techPowerUp!
"OCZ's "Mind Control" has been one of the most debated products of this year's CeBIT. It lets you control your games with just your thoughts and a mouse. You can do actions like walk, jump, shoot or weapon changes. The demonstration has been working exceptionally well, people who tried it said you can learn it in a matter of minutes. Also on display was a very promising self-contained liquid CPU cooler and flash drives that connects to FireWire."

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CeBIT 2007: Forsa @ techPowerUp!
"Forsa is a graphic card manufacturer, selling NVIDIA based cards. The offer all the GeForce 8800 series cards as well as the complete GeForce 7 generation. All of the Series 7 cards feature silent cooling and you will not find any with reference coolers at their booth."

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CeBIT 2007: Zalman @ techPowerUp!
"Just like at CES, Zalman was showing off their 3D displays which lead to a lot of public interest. Since Zalman decided to no longer work with Fatal1ty, their high-end case line is now called ZMachines, which are also available in metal grey instead of black only. Several new coolers for CPU and GPU have been released that are designed to offer maximum performance while keeping noise down."

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nMedia 2.4GHz RF Wireless Keyboard for the Digital Lounge
"We’ve been covering some newer products lately that are aiming at a new niche market, the HTPC. Today’s offering also falls into that category, but may also be desirable to a wider market segment. Specifically, we will be taking a look at a wireless keyboard. While created for the home entertainment arena, I can see many who would find this type of product more than just a little interesting. nMedia is a company created in 2004 with the firm desire to address the entertainment center market group. We have recently taken a look at one of their HTPC enclosures and it fared well. Of course, past accolades won’t have any bearing on today’s article."

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Terratec Headset Master 5.1 USB Review @ XtremeComputing
"the first thing that I noticed about the Headset Master 5.1 was the weight of them, coming in at"

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Compro VideoMate V600 External TV Tuner - HDTV up to 1680 x 1050
"This is the heart of the newest VideoMate device. It contains the brains, chipsets and conversion electronics to make everything show up on the monitor. With the ability to handle both NTSC and PAL outputs, this device will work anywhere in the world, even when you are traveling. This already makes the V600 a step above most other contenders on the market since they generally only work well with one type of signal. Compro has also greatly enhanced the resolution that the display will work at. Usually you can consider yourself fortunate if you can get a device to display at 1024 resolution, but this latest little gem can handle display outputs of up to 1680x1050! Of course this is a widescreen format, so those without this luxury item can still get a display output of 1600x1200. Very impressive indeed!"

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Shure ES310 Sound Isolating Earphones Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"When it comes to making earphones, Shure knows what it’s doing. They are quite possibly the most consistent and quality driven earphones maker to emerge in the market, and it shows that with their rising popularity ever since the debut of their first consumer product line. Today, Shure is back with a new series, one of which we’ll be taking a look at, the SE310. The SE310 is a midrange earphones model from the SE line, but at a seriously deep price tag, you may not know it."

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Firefox Live, BoothCD, LiveKiosk Review Roundup @ OSWeekly.com
"The mission for today’s article is to find a Kiosk Live option that will fit the needs of a small bookstore that wishes to provide a free-to-use PC for their customers. My options that are currently available for this test include Portable Firefox Live, BoothCD and LiveKiosk (Free Edition)."

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Windows Vista LiveCD: A Good Choice @ OSWeekly.com
"Is it me or am I the only one confused as to why the development of something as obvious as Windows Vista Live CD was never brought up to the drawing board?"

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Mixing Politics and Linux: So Uncool @ OSWeekly.com
"Linux has developed quite a reputation since its creation. While the world was using Windows and a select few were using the Mac OS, this new operating system comes into the picture in a sly take it or leave it fashion."

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Logitech MX Revolution Wireless Laser Mouse Review @ OCC
"The MX Revolution is the third Logitech mouse that I have had the opportunity to review, the others being the G5 and the G7. While this mouse shares many characteristics with those two, there are some impressive improvements with this one, including some new technology. On the other hand, there are some areas that, in my opinion, could be tweaked a little in order for this mouse to be almost perfect."

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Monday, March 19, 2007
ULTRA ChillTec Thermo Electric CPU Cooler @ DragonSteelMods
"  Peltier, or TEC coolers have been mostly limited to the hardcore, enthusiast segment of users, the main reason being the power consumption issues of the TEC itself, lately though, there has been a trend by a few companies to bring them into the light of the mainstream. U! LTRA is one such company, they are known for many great products and innovations, so a TEC based CPU cooler would be something that you might expect from a company such as ULTRA. So, ULTRA has sent me their ChillTec CPU cooler for review today, so sit back, relax and continue on to learn more..."

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ULTRA ChillTec Thermo Electric CPU Cooler @ DragonSteelMods
"  Peltier, or TEC coolers have been mostly limited to the hardcore, enthusiast segment of users, the main reason being the power consumption issues of the TEC itself, lately though, there has been a trend by a few companies to bring them into the light of the mainstream. U! LTRA is one such company, they are known for many great products and innovations, so a TEC based CPU cooler would be something that you might expect from a company such as ULTRA. So, ULTRA has sent me their ChillTec CPU cooler for review today, so sit back, relax and continue on to learn more..."

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Windows Home Server Preview
"We have a look at the beta version of the Home Server software, which you’ll be able to purchase separately or as part of a Home Server bundle from PC makers like HP. With its combination of features and simplicity, this is one future home networking product that’s worth looking forward to."

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CeBIT 2007: Point of View @ techPowerUp!
"You may know Point Of View as they have been producing graphic cards for quite some time now. Their entire line-up features a lot more. The company booth shows off their complete line-up of cases, a slew of accessories like mouse pads, gaming and bluetooth headsets, speakers and digital picture frames. To top things off, Point Of View is displaying factory overclocked cards under the EXO brand."

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CeBIT 2007: Zotac @ techPowerUp!
"Zotac may not be a brand everyone has heard of, but they offer a great line-up of graphic cards. The company is showing off the latest GeForce 8800 based graphic cards as well as different passively cooled GeForce 7 Series cards. On top of that an nForce 570 and nForce 405 mATX board can be found at their booth."

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CeBIT 2007: Razer @ techPowerUp!
"At the Razer booth you could take a good look at their revolutionary speaker system - the Mako. It has been developed together with the engineers of THX to deliver optimum audio performance, without redecorating your whole room. The DSP output is monitored, so you can never overload the system. Also on display was the Razer Pro|Solutions keyboard which is a white styled keyboard with integrated iPod docking station."

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Zogis GeForce 7950 GT Review @ Hardware Secrets
"GeForce 7950 GT is targeted to users that want a high-end video card but don’t want or don’t have the money to buy the most high-end one like GeForce 7900 GTX, GeForce 7950 GX2 or cards from the new GeForce 8800 family. Let’s take a look on the performance of the GeForce 7950 GT model from Zogis and compare it to other video cards available."

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Optimus Mini Three Review -XSReviews
"There are several products out there that appeal directly to the nerd nation merely out of the extreme technology put into it. The Optimus Mini three is the precursor, and 'beta test' for the full Optimus Keyboard and gives you an insight into the world of OLEDs and what can be done with them. Lets have a look..."

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Logitech Alto Notebook Stand Review at XYZ Computing
"So what makes the Alto different from the rest of the notebook stands available? A quick glance will reveal most of the important details. The main one is the integrated keyboard. This is full keyboard, with number pad, built right into the Alto. (In fact the product appears in the keyboard section of Logitech's web site.) The next important thing to notice is the size- this is not a toy that slightly elevates the rear your notebook, it is a full-sized tool that is 19.1" deep when opened (9.3" deep closed). Other features include hotkeys and a USB 2.0 hub. The coolest details might just be that the fact that the unit can fold in half for traveling. It hard to call something this big "portable" but it can be moved from place to place easily and does not require external power, so it can be easily transported."

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Noctua NH-U12F CPU Cooler at Modders-Inc
"The NH-U12F is a newer version of the NH-U12, which will accept up to two 120MM cooling fans. This cooler can be rotated 90 degrees on any socket for proper alignment. The older version (NH-U12) received over 100 awards so lets see how the new version holds up."

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CellShock DDR2 1000 2GB Memory Kit @ Legit Reviews
"This Cell Shock DDR2 1000 2GB kit was a great memory kit to be introduced to. The memory modules that I was able to use were found to be of high quality and featured a unique design to the heat spreader. More specifically, it uses the ever popular Micron D9GKX memory IC's, is built on an 8 layer PCB and a well built heat spreader. It performed very well, in fact, very comparable to our Corsair ram that we tested against..."

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Mobile Phone VoIP Software Head to Head @ TrustedReviews
"Truphone is a pure voice communications application and does not cater for any other forms of communication such as IM. Setting Truphone up is very easy indeed. You send a text message with predefined content to a predefined number – the instructions are all at the Truphone linkout:http://www.truphone.com/scn/welcome.tru home page]. ... Fring is about more than just VoIP calls. You can use it to make voice calls, but you can also use your Skype, GoogleTalk and MSN Messenger accounts to engage in IM over your WLAN. It integrates these services with each other and with your GSM based contacts stored in your phone, effectively acting as a one stop shop for all your chat and voice services regardless of whether you want to use Wi-Fi or GSM and whether you want to talk or IM."

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Legion Hardware - (Arctic-Cooling Freezer 64 LP)
"Legion Hardware"

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Philips 50PF9631D 50in plasma TV @ TrustedReviews
"You only have to look at it to see it’s no plasticky cheap job, as it glistens with quality thanks to its glossy black bezel. It even sports Philips’ Ambilight technology, whereby fluorescent tubes down the TV’s sides throw out pools of light that can be coloured in sympathy with the main colour tones of the picture. What’s more, the 50PF9631D’s Ambilight system is the ‘stereo’ incarnation, whereby different colours can be emitted from each side."

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LG Shine KE970 @ TrustedReviews
"LG’s new Tri-band slider phone is called the Shine KE970, but I’m going to call it the Shine from here on in. The first thing I noted about the Shine was that it was well named. Its brushed stainless steel casing is very eye-catching. The main screen on the front of the handset at first glance looks like a mirror, which is actually a little disconcerting. When the phone’s screen isn’t active and you hold the handset up you can see yourself clearly."

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Foxconn 8800 GTS OC @ Bjorn3D
"After a great and successful launch of the G80, as covered in detail here at Bjorn3D back in November, 2006; I have in my hand yet another 8800 card to feast on – Foxconn’s 8800GTS 640MB Overclocked version."

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl @ TrustedReviews
"Set in an alternate future, S.T.A.L.K.E.R puts the player into “The Zone” – a 30 square kilometre area surrounding the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant that tragically went into meltdown in 1986. Developed by Ukrainian studio GSC Game World, the game presents a future where additional events in 2006 and 2008 led to the development of various anomalies and mutated animals. Now 2012, curiosity and greed has led humankind to once again populate the area with divergent groups putting forth their own agendas to control The Zone."

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Astaro Security Gateway 110 @ TrustedReviews
"As with many other network security companies Astaro started life with a simple Linux based product that turned a donor system into a fully fledged firewall. Its Security Gateway software still provides these features and more and the latest v7 is now available in a range of preconfigured appliances. It doesn’t look particularly pretty but the Astaro Security Gateway 110 on review is a compact package and targets small businesses with up to ten users."

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Zalman HD160XT Ultimate HTPC Case with Touch Screen Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Constructed entirely in aluminum, it comes in either a silver or black anodized finish and promises quiet cooling performance in an elegant package. It comes complete with a 7-inch LCD display, remote control and an impressive battery of software that should make building a top shelf HTPC a relatively easy task for the average enthusiast. Follow along as we take an in-depth look at the Zalman HD160XT. I think you'll be as impressed as I was with this product."

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ASUS P5N-E SLI @ Pro-Clockers
"One of the first Nvidia 650i enabled motherboards came from ASUS. The P5N-E SLI offers a low cost solution to the masses that want to build either a gaming rig or overclocking powerhouse on a tight budget. With the support of SLI, ample voltage selections and ram adjustment, you get everything you will find in the P5N32-E SLI except for dual 16x PCI-e bandwidth and super huge copper cooling sinks."

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XFX GeForce 8800GTS 320MB XXX (Factory Overclocked)
"The particular variant we are looking at is the XXX edition which has the highest core and memory speed - the other OC version from XFX is the Extreme edition which has slightly higher clock speeds than the base model but lower than XXX edition. There is also of course a default (base) model although we have seen the performance of that from the MSI GTS 320MB product offering already. Let’s continue on and see what XFX have for us package wise before we check out the card and then later its performance. It is actually worth spending more on the factory overclocked edition or is it a waste of money?"

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Overclock3D Article: Overclockers UK - Swish New Website, Same Shoddy Service?
"In the age where every other website is an online retailer, you'd think that companies would be battling for your business by offering great deals coupled with great after-sales service. However, this doesn't seem to be the case for one online shop, which despite it's new swish new website seems to still be stuck in its old ways."

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Ultra Grid Mid Tower Case Review @ OCC
"A Grid can be known as a standard method for the location of a point on a map or a model that provides the ability to perform higher throughput computing.. This Grid deals with computing but does it have the ability to help you achieve a higher throughput? Ultra has developed a computer enclosure called the Grid a mid-tower ATX tower case that features an acrylic side panel an Ultra XVS 700W modular PSU and a swing out bezel to hide what many consider unsightly drive bays. Will the Ultra Grid be functional enough to provide as implied in its name?"

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Logitech VX Revolution Laser Cordless Mouse for Notebooks Review @ The TechZone
"http://www.thetechzone.com/?m=show&id=684"Logitech VX Revolution Laser Cordless Mouse for Notebooks"

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Sunday, March 18, 2007
Top Web Mail Providers Compared @ Digital Trends
"space, addresses books and more are just a few of the features these services offer. For snapshots of some of the more popular ones out there, read on."

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Olympus SP-550 UZ Review @ Digital Trends
"We’ve all heard the jokes and seen the cute ads about how bigger is better. Since this is a decidedly G-rated site, our discussion of the biggest one out there has to do with mega-zoom digital cameras. In this case it’s the 7.1-megapixel Olympus SP-550UZ, a compact point-and-shoot digicam with an 18x optical zoom that’s equivalent to a very wide 28mm to a whopping 504mm in 35mm terms. No other model comes close to this; the very popular 6MP Canon PowerShot S3 IS and Sony CyberShot DSC-H2/H5 have 12x zooms with typical ranges of 36-432mm. For the record, Sony just announced updates to its H series, the DSC-H7 and –H9 which will have 15x optical zooms and 8MP resolution (they’re due in April for $400 and $80, respectively). Still the Olympus is the proverbial king of the hill when it comes to mega zooms and we were anxious to try it out."

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PC Apex Review // Sunbeamtech Quarterback ATX Case
""The interior of the case looks pretty standard, except for the vertical bar that goes in the middle of the case which suspends two 120mm fans. Under the floppy cage there is room for another 120mm fan; just in case four fans are not enough cooling. The Quarterback utilizes a screw-less design which allows you to install optical drives, hard drives, and PCI cards without the need for a screwdriver. One big feature that the case is lacking is a removable motherboard tray; however, the tool-less installation makes up for it a bit I think.""

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[Phoronix] Sabayon Linux v3.3 DVD
"Sabayon Linux, a LiveDVD distribution known for being based upon Gentoo and its inclusion of desktop eye-candy such as Beryl and XGL, has reached version 3.3. New in this Sabayon release is the Linux 2.6.20 kernel, X.Org 7.2 with AIGLX and Composite support, Beryl 0.2.0-rc2, updated NVIDIA and ATI drivers, and much more."

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Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard Review
"Razers Tarantula packs in a lot of action into it's slick frame. Aside from the blue LEDs, there are dual USB ports on the end, alongside a mic/headphone jack. For hardcore gamers, there is anti-ghosting capabilities and also macro keys."

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IcyDock 2.5" Firewire Enclosure @ DragonSteelMods
" We all know someone who has lost important data in the past.  That is why most IT people stress the importance of backups.  Whether you backup data, music, video, etc, it is essential to have a drive/enclosure you can trust.  The good folks at IcyDock have sent us t! he IcyDock MB124E,  which is a 2.5” ATA enclosure with Firewire 400 interface.  If the IE1394 protocol is not suitable for your system, they also make a USB 2.0 model : IcyDock MB124U.  "

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[News] OCZ Vindicator High Performance CPU Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"There have been a couple new CPU coolers released that are specifically aimed at dual core processors. Performance hasn't been really aggressive for the most part. Up until the Ultra-X, there wasn't a good extreme performer that could take a beating. Quad Core cooling is very limited as well, but we will get more coolers aimed especially for those. Till then, we have the OCZ Vindicator Ultra High Performance CPU Cooler which will be added to the lineup for dual cores. Join me for a look at the Vindicator and have a look to see if it's an actual Ultra Performer."

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Saturday, March 17, 2007
News- Cooler Master Real Power Pro 850W Contest @ Overclockers Online
"Spring is in the air and Overclockers Online wants to set you up right for some spring time overclocking! When power is needed to jump start your latest computer creation, you don’t need to look further than Cooler Master. This month we are giving away one Cooler Master Real Power Pro 850W."

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News - Lite-On LH-20A1H at Overclockers Online
"The Lite-On LH-20A1H really is a Super All Write as it comes packed with features. Not only is this drive the fastest on the market by supporting 20X DVD±Rs, Lite-On has made is possible to take regular media and either have them finish their writing process faster or do so with fewer mistakes."

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nMedia HTPC 288-BA Enclosure with L.I.S. VFE Digital Display
"Enter nMedia with an HTPC enclosure solution that has a lot in common with many stereo components. nMedia is a company that was founded in 2004 with the express purpose of feeding a new niche user group with entertainment related components, namely the HTPC. Though a newer face in the marketplace, nMedia has been making a name for themselves by supplying a variety of products specifically for this enthusiast group. Relax as we delve deeper into the nMedia HTPC 288-BA with an optional digital display included and we’ll see if this new kid on the block has what it takes to be worthy of your HTPC dollars."

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Friday, March 16, 2007
Overclock3D Review: OCZ PC2-6400 Titanium 2Gb DC Kit
"Looking for some new performance ram on a budget? We give OCZ's Titanium sticks a workout in the OC3D Labs."

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Overclock3D Review: Patriot Extreme Performance (PDC22G8500ELK) DDR2 2GB Kit
"Patriot memory may not be the easiest to get a hold of here in the UK, but that certainly doesn't mean that its not worth the effort. Today I've been given the opportunity to take a look at their top-end PC2-8500 modules. Are they worth hunting down? We find out."

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Vizo Master Panel Review at XYZ Computing
"This time around we are looking at the Master Panel from Vizo. This 5.25" bay device is designed to integrate three common drive interfaces to the front of our computer. Rather than go into your case and directly to the motherboard to access your IDE or SATA connections or to the rear I/O to reach your eSATA, you can now put these at the front of your computer. The Master Panel lines up IDE, SATA, SATA power, and eSATA across a 5.25" bay so that these can easily and quickly be accessed when you need to plug in a drive without opening up the case."

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OtterBox for iPod nano (1st Generation) Case @ DragonSteelMods
"  Apple’s iPod is the most popular mp3 player on the market.  Protecting it from falls, spills, collisions and other hazards is essential to keeping it around for the long haul.  There are many types of cases and enclosures composed from cloth to rubber ! to plastic.  Today, we will look at the iPod equivalent to full body armor - The OtterBox for iPod nano 1st Generation Case."

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OtterBox for iPod nano (1st Generation) Case @ DragonSteelMods
"  Apple’s iPod is the most popular mp3 player on the market.  Protecting it from falls, spills, collisions and other hazards is essential to keeping it around for the long haul.  There are many types of cases and enclosures composed from cloth to rubber ! to plastic.  Today, we will look at the iPod equivalent to full body armor - The OtterBox for iPod nano 1st Generation Case."

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Pertelian X2040 LCD at Modders-Inc
"We all want the information we need right at our fingertips, and we want it now. What if you could get the latest weather report, your favorite forum updates, or all the RSS feeds you can handle on a portable display? The Pertelian X2040 LCD can do that and more"

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[News] Noctua NF-S12 80mm & 120mm Fans Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Without a doubt, these are the quietest fans I have used to date. A standard enclosure can hold up to three 120mm fans generating 30dBA plus each. That makes for a very noisy situation. The NF-S12's in U.L.N.A. will generate around 1/5th of that. Just imagine these fans cooling a radiator in a watercooling setup; now that would be an ultra quiet PC."

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Ratpadz GS Review - XSReviews
"Recently we tested the Ratpadz XT model, and it unfortunately received one of the lowest marks this site has ever given. Hopefully Ratpadz other model, the GS, will get a much better reception."

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MSI Overclocked GeForce 8800 GTS 320 MB Review @ Hardware Secrets
"The new GeForce 8800 GTS with 320 MB is now the entry model for the new GeForce 8800 series and MSI launched this model, called NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD OC, which is factory-overclocked. Let’s see the performance of this new release by MSI and compare it to the standard GeForce 8800 GTS with 320 MB and also with other video cards."

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Xclio Stable Power 500W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Overall, the Xclio Stable Power 500W Power Supply is a decent unit. It has a few faults, but nothing that should stop you from considering this power supply for purchase. It offers the connections you need for a modern system, quiet operation, and as the name implies it does provide fairly 'stable power'."

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[Phoronix] The Visual History of Ubuntu
"While Debian has been around for over a decade, Gentoo for five years, and Mandriva/Mandrake for nearly nine years, in less than three years of existence Ubuntu has received the most attention and generated the greatest amount of publicity in the Linux limelight. Why is that? In this article we will be taking a look back at all of the Ubuntu releases to date and exploring how this Linux distribution has evolved so quickly over its short lifespan."

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Ultra E-Torque Black ATX Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Overall, the eTorque is a decent case for the money, but a few bad marks bring it down from a Top Rank product. The lack of case fans is something to keep in mind if you're looking at this case, the front panel door doesn't have much room for fan controllers, and the top mounted USB/FireWire jacks all take the eTorque down a few notches."

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Pretec i-Disk Diamond and i-Disk BulletProof Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today PRETEC has given us the pleasure of taking a look at there latest i-Disk Diamond and the i-Disk Bullet Proof USB sticks. Available in sizes from as little as 128MB right through to up to 2GB, these products really are setting the standard in small USB devices. With the i-Disk Diamond being touted as the smallest USB drive available and the i-Disk bullet proof claiming to be almost indestructible, this should prove interesting"

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Razer Contest
"We have all experienced being struck funny by something in a game that led to non-stop laughter. We are looking for screenshots of whatever it was that made you laugh out loud. Submit the funniest screenshot and you could win a Razer Tarantula, DeathAdder and Barracuda HP1 headset."

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Thursday, March 15, 2007
Ultra X-Pro & X-Finity 800watt Power Supplies @ OCC
"Today's technology requires more power than ever, so this is where Ultra's X-Finity and X-Pro come in, with a monstrous 800 watts. Both are extremely heavy, with dual 80MM fans and AST technology, which continues to power your fans at a low speed even after turning off your computer - a nice feature! Both the X-Finity and X-Pro are just about identical, with the X-Finity being black and having unique Flex-Force cabling and the X-Pro, silver, with sleeved cables. Even better, they're both brushed aluminium!"

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Thermaltake TMG A2, AT2 Coolers Review
"Thermaltakes slogan for their TMG cooler lineup is "Quality Life Starts With Silence." We have been pleased with the cooling performance of their products in the past, but silence and good cooling ability are two difficult things to put together. Let's take a look at how well both the A2 CPU cooler and AT2 GPU cooler perform in our tests."

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Review: Icemat Second Edition @ GideonTech.com
"Over the years, there have been a number of companies that have come out with large and solid material mouse surfaces. Not to be left in the dust, Icemat went back to the drawing board and came up with a second edition of their flagship glass mouse surface, aptly named 'Second Edition'. Now aside from being larger at 10 x 12 inches, it also comes in a variety of colors to compliment your setup."

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Thermalright High Rise HR07 memory cooler review - XSReviews
"When people think of air coolers, they think of huge tower CPU heatsinks, stylish exhaust fan setups on GPUs and miniaturised chipset fan and 'sink combos. However little effort has ever been put into memory cooling. Attemps to cool RAM in the past have been met with more ratings with tiny 40 and 60mm fans just not being upto the job. Thermalright has stepped upto the challenge with their High Rise HR07 memory coolers; lets see if they can go where others have not."

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Titan EZ Sound 2.1 Speaker System @ Pro-Clockers
"They sent us over a set of their new EZ Sound 2.1 speaker systems. There are a variety of companies producing 2.1 setups, so you may ask what could make these any different. Well here's the thing, these little speakers are the world's smallest 2.1 capable speakers. So, this means that you will no longer have to carry around a larger mobile setup (despite how good we might well look with a pimped out ghetto-blaster - Ed) or listen to your favorite music through some dinky built-in speakers. But the question remains, how do they sound? Lets find out how good the EZ Sound 2.1 speaker system really is."

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AMD roadmap update on R600 - details confirmed!
"The big daddy of them all, the Radeon X2900XTX (codenamed Dragons Head 2 in 9.5” size XTX configuration with GDDR4 memory), is due to hit shop shelves on 30th of March 2007 but it’s still unsure if they will actually make that date. Samples were already delivered to AMD’s partners last week and many companies will likely have R600 live demos on display at CeBIT. The Radeon X2900XT (codenamed Cats Eye also measuring 9.5” but with GDDR3 memory and reduced clock speeds about 15% below XTX) will hit shop shelves on 19th of April. Dragons Head 2 is actually already well into production and product will be delivered to AIB’s in just a few days from now. After a grand total of 13 revisions, it seems like AMD have finally got things right and are satisfied with production output – revision A13 it is."

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Legion Hardware - (DDR2 Memory Frequency Performance)
"Legion Hardware"

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Shure SE310 Noise Isolating Earphones @ TrustedReviews
"The SE310s use a single driver solution, but they also incorporate Shure’s Tuned BassPort technology, to increases the bass response. This is something that proved to be an issue with the Shure E4c earphones that we reviewed about a year ago – although the clarity was superb, they lacked bass, which sometimes robbed music of some of its drama. Thankfully the SE310s are a definite improvement on the E4c set, and there’s a far more balanced sound on offer."

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Samsung R20 @ TrustedReviews
"You, see it’s all very well harping on about how fantastic the Mac is, and don't get me wrong I think they're great, but when it comes down to it, price counts for a lot. This Samsung R20 is a case in point – it does the classic PC job of offering a lot more for your money than an equivalent Mac. This is particularly relevant as in designing the R20, the first of its notebooks to appear under its new Aura branding, Samsung is clearly gunning for the black MacBook."

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Connect3D X1650XT @ TrustedReviews
"In terms of raw performance the X1650 XT is a very worthy competitor to the 7600 GT and given its better texture filtering, its ability to process both HDR and AA simultaneously, and it's better connectivity options, I'd say it's the better choice of the two."

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Noctua NF-R8 (80mm) and NF-S12 (120mm) Fan Review @ OCC
"If you've been keeping up with high-end air-cooling lately, you've probably heard about the range of CPU coolers from Noctua being amongst the best heatsinks currently available. While for many of us the highest performance means the highest overclocks, the most efficient heatsinks can also be used with quiet fans to make the PC virtually (or literally) inaudible. By using silent fans around the entire case, it can be very difficult to determine whether the computer is even turned on if you can't see the power or hard drive LEDs!"

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HP L2045w Review @ Digital Trends
"When HP released the 20.1"

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Saitek GM3200 Laser Mouse @ techPowerUp
"The Saitek GM3200 may be bigger than most other gaming mice, but it is so for a reason. The customizable weight system as well as a slew of programmable buttons in two modes and an on-the-fly DPI switch make this one of the most versatile mice out there. The great paint job, bright lighting and backlit Saitek logo make this mouse perfect for modding fans and LAN party gamers."

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PowerColor Radeon X1950 Pro Extreme with Artic Cooling System Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Radeon X1950 Pro is targeted to gamers that want a high-end video card but don’t want to give an arm to buy the most expensive one – which, in the case of ATI, is Radeon X1950 XTX. What is really sweet about this model from PowerColor is that it comes with Artic Cooling’s Accelero X2 VGA cooler already assembled on the card, which is a very high-end and silent cooling solution. Let’s compare the performance of this video card with its main competitors."

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Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 Review at XYZ Computing
"Like with the Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, Microsoft tried to improve comfort and reduce strain without reinventing the device. Any departure that is too far from the norm tends to be dismissed by consumers, which is why ergonomic mice have had so much trouble catching on, but the 6000 is more of a tweak to the classic mouse than it is a reinvention. What it does is rotate your hand so that the thumb and index finger are lifted off of the desktop. This means your hand is slightly tilted and stress is relieved on the carpal tunnel and wrist. The overall effect should be improved comfort and decreased chance of a repetitive stress injury."

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X-Gene Biometric Keyboard @ DragonSteelMods
"  In this day and age when viruses, phishers and so many others are trying to steal your personal information security is something that everyone needs. Virus protection, spyware protection etc. can only get you so far, biometric security has been around for a ! while, and it uses your fingerprint for the security of your computer and its' files. While the technology has been around for quite sometime, it has been rather expensive, and out of reach for the average 'joe' consumer. X-Gene has sent me over their new Biometric Keyboard for review, it is relatively inexpensive, and offers a higher level of protection for everyone. The X-Gene Biometric Keyboard not only secures your computer with your fingerprint, but encrypts files, folders, hard drives and is integrated into Internet Explorer to protect all of your personal information as well. This keyboard has many features that you can learn about in the following review..."

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X-Gene Biometric Keyboard @ DragonSteelMods
" In this day and age when viruses, phishers and so many others are trying to steal your personal information security is something that everyone needs. Virus protection, spyware protection etc. can only get you so far, biometric security has been around for a while,! and it uses your fingerprint for the security of your computer and its' files. While the technology has been around for quite sometime, it has been rather expensive, and out of reach for the average 'joe' consumer. X-Gene has sent me over their new Biometric Keyboard for review, it is relatively inexpensive, and offers a higher level of protection for everyone. The X-Gene Biometric Keyboard not only secures your computer with your fingerprint, but encrypts files, folders, hard drives and is integrated into Internet Explorer to protect all of your personal information as well. This keyboard has many features that you can learn about in the following review... "

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NZXT Duet Case at Modders-Inc
"The NZXT Duet is a Small ATX case that would be perfect for a Home theater or Internet PC. The compact size and design allow you to fit a lot of hardware into a small space. With 2 - 5 1/4 bays, a spot for a single hard drive, and a floppy bay that can be used as and addition hard drive location, the Duet has plenty of room for the essentials. Looking for a small and compact yet versatile case? The Duet just might be the one."

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Technic3D/Crucial Ballistix PC-8000 2GB Kit
"The Crucial Ballistix PC-8000 2GB Kit arrived Technic3D. Technic3D will see as good they are with 5-5-5-15 and Overclocking against other Memory Kits on Windows Vista Ultimate. You can see 1.160 MHz in the following Review."

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Ultra Products ChillTec Thermo Electric CPU Cooler Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Ultra Products ChillTec Thermo Electric CPU Cooler is the first Peltier cooler I have ever used and I have to admit I am impressed by how well it works! Receiving an almost ten degrees Celsius drop in load temperatures can help to prolong the life of a processor, and can be a great asset while overclocking."

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CeBIT 2007 coverage from Taiwan (Part 2) Bearlake, MCP73 and 8800OC
"Yesterday we posted part 1 of our CeBIT 2007 coverage from Taiwan and as promised, we are back today with the second installment. CeBIT is still a full 24 hours away before its doors officially open and we’re back again to give you the scoop from here in Taiwan on some of the interesting products you would see if you travelled all the way to Germany for the trade show. In this part of our CeBIT coverage we include all information that was not in the first installment including things such as Bearlake chipset information and photos, a range of new consumer electronic products from MSI including photos of their upcoming nVidia MCP73 motherboard, ASUS’s new line of interesting graphics related products including XG Station and AiGuru S2 wireless skype phone and Foxconn’s highly overclocked GeForce 8800GTX, just to mention a few."

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Thermaltake Symphony Mini Liquid Cooling System Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Thermaltake has a great watercooling product here with the Symphony Mini. It is easy enough for a beginner to install yet still performs well enough that enthusiasts will be satisfied. With a price tag of over $200 USD it's definitely not the cheapest solution out there but I feel you do get what you pay for. The Mini has a nice sleek look to it although the size of the unit might be an issue for some as it is not practical to move around."

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Spire Pininfarina SP-ATX-PALU/B Enthusiasts Case @ Bjorn3D
"I think it’s a safe bet Pininfarina is better known by their many sports car designs such as the Ferrari P4/P5 and Maserati GranTurismo rather than by their computer cases. Nonetheless Spire teamed up with Pininfarina Group to design this computer chassis “with functionality, creativity and opulent style in mind”, and in my opinion came up with some very interesting results! Pininfarina’s fresh look at what the professional, stylish computer case should be has brought some great new approaches to the table, and the results should speak for themselves!"

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Windows Vista: There Are No Issues @ OSWeekly.com
"Could the resistance to Vista stems from the length of time it took to see a Microsoft upgrade from XP? Think about it, we've had XP for a very long time, since 2001, and it's 2007 now."

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 @ TrustedReviews
"There’s no doubt that GRAW2 looks eerily similar to GRAW1. I’m told that the engine has seen some enhancements, but the simple fact is that GRAW looked stunning a year ago and still looks stunning now, while GRAW2 looks the same with maybe a little, barely perceptible, extra gloss and detail."

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Linux on a Plane: What a Pain! @ OSWeekly.com
"My wife and I recently came back from a business trip from Paris, and even though we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, it was a long week of living out of a suitcase, and when we boarded the plane after twelve security checks in the airport, we were both ready to try to relax and not think about the jetlag that would result from our long flight back home."

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Fujifilm FinePix F20 @ TrustedReviews
"Launched last July at the same time as the S6500fd, the F20 is a 3x zoom compact which features a 6.1-megapixel SuperCCD HR sensor, 2000 ISO maximum sensitivity and 300-shot battery duration. In other words, it’s almost the same specification as the FinePix F30, the camera that first showed us the benefit of Fuji’s unique high-ISO capability. The F20 is currently available for under Ł110 from a number of retailers..."

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Helio Heat (Onyx Black) Phone Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Helio is an interesting service in that the company operates exclusively on its own platform. As a result, it’s particularly focused on the young demographics, and releases handsets (from Samsung) that are intuitive and very appealing. The company recently announced the Helio Heat in two colors: Onyx Black and Gold, and it goes without saying that these phones look remarkable."

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Microsoft Flight Simulator X Deluxe Game Review @ OCC
"There are select group of people, in my experience, that love a great flight simulator game. Yes, most gamers love to fly around and shoot down other planes with cannons, rockets, missiles. This game has none of that. This game I find appeals to a different group of gamers. They are, from what I have discovered in multiplayer, to be any age group and from any walk of life. These people like me have a real interest in flying. This game is best suited for someone who can enjoy sitting in a simulated cockpit and flying any type of plane in the most realistic fashion. I have found a lot of people on the multiplayer sessions to be actual pilots."

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Spotlight on Brando review
"Brando offers a wide range of special, useful and helpful technology products. Alongside the myriads of USB products are a wide selection of LED items, which will also be illuminated in this spotlight."

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Samsung SyncMaster XL20 Review At The TechZone
"On the outside the Samsung SyncMaster XL20 looks like your run of the mill 20" LCD, but on the inside there's a difference in some of the underlying technology. Rather than using a CCFL (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp) as a backlight the XL20 uses an array of that geeks favourite source of illumination, the LED. In particular, this unit uses an RGB LED that produces a very true white as well as a perfectly even backlight. This is said to produce 114% of the NTSC colour gamut. There's a full run-down on what this monitor can do on the next page as to what this monitor can do. The long and the short of it is Samsung has saddled this new backlight technology to an already super-bright 250cd/m˛ monitor with a 1000:1 contrast ratio and an 8ms pixel response time, which makes for a very exciting product that we're hoping pans out in testing."

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007
[Phoronix] Foresight LiveCD GNOME 2.17.92
"Today marks the release of GNOME 2.18.0, and to commemorate today's release we have posted some screenshots from the Foresight LiveCD 2.17.92 GNOME Release Candidate, which is designed to be a demo GNOME LiveCD. This is also Foresight's first attempt at creating a bootable CD image."

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[News] Enzotech Ultra-X CPU Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The installation methods for both AMD and Intel are very simple and easy. The EnzoTech Ultra-X cooled the Core 2 Duo better than any CPU cooler heat sink to ever come across this desktop. Its performance surpassed my most trusted CPU coolers which makes it my current number one recommendation."

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Razer Pro|Tones m250 @ techPowerUp
"Razer's new Pro Tones m250 headphones look a bit different than your average headphone. They clip on to your ears, allowing the headset to be larger than the usual ear plugs, while still being quite compact. During testing we found out that these $50 headphones can deliver amazing sound quality, no matter which type of music you listen to."

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Cooler Master iTower 930 Case Review @ Hi-Tech Reviews.com
"Cooler Master iTower 930 Case Review @ Hi-Tech Reviews.com"

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Technic3D/NesteQ NSH-1001 Armor
"The NesteQ external HDD Case arrived Technic3D. Technic3D will see as good it is against other HDD Cases. USB and NAS(Network Attached Storage) see you in the following Review"

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Asrock 4CoreDual-VSTA Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
"The 4CoreDual-VSTA from Asrock is based on the newest chipset form VIA. The PT880 Ultra is low cost way for many end users to retain usage of their older AGP video card and upgrade to PCI-e units when time and money permits. And when that time comes you can leave that AGP card in and still integrate your new PCI-e card as well. Leaving the ability to use multiple monitors."

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Intel P35 "Bearlake" Chipset Performance Preview
"While Intel does charge more for its chipsets, their development department does do a lot of work alongside their partners. While they have made some mistakes in the past (but we think just about every chipset manufacturer has had a few bad products) their current line has seen nothing but success. Now it’s time for Intel to start on its next generation of chipsets to support their bunch of upcoming Dual Core and Quad Core processors later this year and next such as Yorkfield and Wolfdale. They processors are based on 45nm technology and faster FSB and more onboard cache. These new chipsets are now dubbed the “3” series with new naming and features for each and are all based around the new Bearlake architecture. Today we are previewing the mid-range P35 chipset in the form of a pre-release product from one of our partners."

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CeBIT 2007 coverage from Taiwan (Part 1) DDR-3, SSD and R600
"We managed to get the low down on Intel’s upcoming P35 Bearlake chipset with native 1333 FSB and DDR-3 memory support. We got our first look at some brand spankin’ new DDR-3 memory modules. Albatron was showing working nVidia MXM modules along with some fancy Mini-ITX motherboards. TEAM Memory showed us 64GB and 128GB IDE and SATA Solid State drives. MSI were showing a range of new products including a portable device capable of picking up digital TV on the run. ABIT showed us a range of their upcoming Intel Bearlake motherboards and the list goes on. Put your seatbelt on for Part 1 and prepare yourself for the ride! We are bringing you this content about a full day before CeBIT Germany 2007 begins and well ahead of any other publications. Part 2 will be online March 14th covering everything else that wasn’t covered here."

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MSI 8800GTS 320mb Review - XSReviews
"MSI produce a wide range of components for the IT industry; from motherboards to MP3 players and everything in between. Today they have been kind enough to supply us with their latest version of the G80, the 8800GTS 320mb. Lets see how this card fares."

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Jetart HCA06 HDD cooler Review - XSReviews
"With CPU's under peltiers and graphics cards connected to your mains water supply, hard discs are left to sweat in the corner of your case. Heat and HDD's don't mix; you end up with a shorter life span which means more expenditure. To counter the temperature onslaught, Jetart have created a simple hard disc cooler which should end your woes..."

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All Core Duo Models @ Hardware Secrets
"Core Duo (formerly known by its codename, Yonah) is the first dual-core Intel CPU targeted to the mobile market, i.e. inside it there are two complete CPUs. Curiously it is also the first Intel processor to be adopted by Apple Computer. In this tutorial we will present the main features of Core Duo and a table with all models released to date."

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Silverstone Strider 850W modular PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"the PSU is more than adequate for a high end system and future high end systems with support for ATX 2.2 and EPS 12V, also the PSU comes with dual PCI-Express 8 pin connectors, something we will be shortly seeing appearing on cards, don't worry though there is also 4x normal 6 pin connectors for those seeking quad sli, or just wanting to run 2x8800 GTX cards"

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Reasons Why Google Will Fail With Enterprise Apps @ OSWeekly.com
"I recently discovered that Google is taking a leap into the enterprise world with their web based applications. And to Google fans, I can see where this may be seen as spectacular news. But to the skeptics, such as myself, I believe it’s going to prove difficult at best. Why the harsh outlook? Because this has been part of the Microsoft domain for so long that I don't believe that IT managers are ready to make the leap of faith that Google needs to kick start things with. Then again, Google could be closer than I initially thought..."

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Thermaltake Soprano DX Review
"Thermaltake has a case for everyone and for every price range. The Soprano is one of their less expensive ones, but you wouldn't know it by looking. In addition to it's sleek styling, it has a piano mirror coating and a brushed aluminum front panel."

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Abit AW9D Max Motherboard Review @ OCC
"Here is a quick look at the bios options that are most important to those individuals looking for an enthusiast type product. From the factory Abit gives you a 6 mhz overclock. They know their market it seems. Each of the voltages that are available to adjust have a marked impact on increasing performance, particularly the MCH and PCIe voltage."

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PC Apex Review // iOne Gemini-R16 Keyboard & Mouse Combo
""The office group has hot keys to open Word and Excel. It also has another “lock” key like number lock, when it is activated, the F1 through F12 keys become hotkeys. Those hotkeys perform functions like opening and saving documents, and keys for email functionality. The best hotkey Is F8 (spell check) you can also find other common office hotkeys like copy, paste, mark etc. on this keyboard. The internet group has the standard buttons, Home, Mail, Search etc… The multimedia buttons are all nicely grouped together. They CAN control the playback and volume of Media Player 11 and with no issues!""

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Monday, March 12, 2007
How To: Keep Your Kids Safe Online @ Digital Trends
"Being online is part of the world of every kid these days. For teenagers it’s the main way of communicating with friends (along with their cell phones), while younger ones use it for gaming (such things as Runescape, for example) and research. It’s an inescapable fact of life, and kids spend an average of 16 hours a week online – a figure that continues to rise. But how safe are they in cyberspace?"

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[Phoronix] SilverStone Sugo SG01W + ST50EF-Plus
"Prior to the SilverStone Sugo SG03 introduction, we have decided to look at the SilverStone Sugo SG01W. The SG01W is similar to the Sugo SG01 and SG01 Evolution, but the W signifies a model with two windows! Now with the SG01W you have the excellent attributes of the SG01 Evolution while having two windows for showing off your hardware as well as the innards of this chassis. Along with the Sugo SG01W we will be looking at the SilverStone Element ST50EF-Plus SC power supply."

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Legion Hardware - (The new Core 2 Duo's)
"Legion Hardware"

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Toshiba Portege M400 Tablet Review at XYZ Computing
"This review will be looking at Toshiba's Portege M400, their tablet most closely related to the M6. Looking at the two we can see that the two have much in common and despite a few changes to the components (Toshiba uses a number of different SKUs for each model, this being the M400-S4032) there is not much to differentiate one from the other. Despite the M400's seemingly bland exterior (and spec sheet), Toshiba is one the industry's more popular tablet manufacturers. Their upcoming R400 is one of the most highly anticipated tablet PCs ever and other models have strong followings. Up to this point Toshiba has not focused on innovation with their tablets so much as they have price and dependability, as we will see with the M400."

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[News] Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 ATX Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Side loading hard drive case, optical drive latches that don't get lost, quiet cooling that works. Quality workmanship, sturdy and the general opinion that it has excellent looks and lots of room for my stuff. It is definitely a high end case, and great for anyone who wants a lightweight aluminum case for Lans"

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ECS NF650iSLIT-A 650i SLI Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"ECS put together a decent board in the form of the NF650iSLIT-A. It is a board that performs wonderfully at stock settings. As you could see in our testing, the lack of being able to keep tRCD settings for the memory really only hurt performance in a few of our benchmarks. Overall, the board hung with its competition, which is quite a statement since we have it up against the likes of chipsets like the Intel 975x and Nvidia 680i, as well as a proven winner in the Asus 650i board. In fact, it beat out these boards in some of our tests, proving that ECS and this chipset are both to be commended."

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Technic3D/Cooler Master Gemin II
"The new very Big CPU Heatsink from Cooler Master,the Gemin II, arrived Technic3D. Only for Big Cases? See you in the following Review with A.C.Ryan Blackfire Fans against others CPU Cooling."

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Sapphire Radeon X1950GT Testing 256MB vs. 512MB memory
"When we had a look at the Palit Radeon X1950GT 512MB the other week, we noticed that at the higher resolutions, it would put up more of a fight against the higher clocked 256MB graphics cards, such as the Radeon X1950PRO and GeForce 7900GS. With the new Sapphire Radeon X1950GT 256MB in hand, it was clear what we wanted to find out - does the extra memory really come in handy? We saw that the cut back to 320MB on the GeForce 8800GTS had quite the impact on performance and it often mentioned that 512MB can be handy on the right card as long as it had the GPU power to back it up."

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Nokia 1110i @ TrustedReviews
"Many technophobes will tend to keep more complex phones at arm’s length fearing they might be too difficult to learn to use. And it is a fair point. Some phones will take you a little while to get to grips with, particularly if you’ve come to them from a very old or very basic model, or even no phone at all. For just this sort of person I’ve decided to take a look at Nokia’s 1110i."

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Gateway GM5066B @ TrustedReviews
"Today I’m looking at one of Gateway’s new line of PCs that ships with Windows Vista preinstalled. Being the Home Premium version of Microsoft’s latest OS, the PC has a strong emphasis on multimedia, with the inclusion of a TV tuner card and Windows Media Center remote. Also, rounding out the multimedia buzzword credentials of the PC, it conforms to Intel’s Viiv standard."

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Acer AT4220 42in LCD TV @ TrustedReviews
"The new AT4220 LCD TV from Acer is quite possibly the silliest TV we’ve ever tested. But in a good way. A very good way, in fact. For even though it weighs in at a hefty 42in from screen corner to screen corner, it’s available for the insane sum of just Ł774.80. Which we believe makes the AT4220 emphatically the cheapest 42in TV solution we’ve ever tested. Surely, though, it’s not possible for such a crazily cheap TV to actually be any good, is it?"

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Sungale Your Bluetooth Link! Car Kit Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Sungale Your Bluetooth Link! Car Kit could be just the thing for anyone looking for a low cost way to add the convenience and safety of a Bluetooth speaker phone to their car. From the time the box was opened, it was only a matter of minutes before I was making calls, and unlike many I even bothered to read (the important parts of) the manual!"

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Legion Hardware - (Thermaltake Toughpower 850w)
"Legion Hardware"

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Antec Notebook Cooler S Review @ Tweaknews.net
"At last, a notebook cooler that is actually practical. If anyone is in the market for a notebook cooling solution, your searching is over. This product is small, simple, ergonomic and actually useful. Finally someone realizes that you don't have to use a huge metal pad to cool a laptop accordingly."

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AVB USB 2.0 Mobile 4GB Drive @ Bjorn3D
"It is certainly no secret that many of the larger companies in a quest to keep their computer systems secure have chosen to give their personnel USB flash drives. These flash drives can be programmed to allow everything from minimum to full access to the company's network. Flash drives ranging in size from 256 MB to a whopping 8 GB are not limited to business use either! Think of the removable memory you use daily in your digital camera, cell phone, and PDA just to name a few. Please don't confuse flash drives with some of their mini hard drive counterparts which began to appear on the market about a year ago. NAND Flash memory is actually an EEPROM chip that stores the data electronically, has no moving parts, and is much more impervious to data loss through damage than these mini spinning disks are."

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Windows Vista: Flawed Just Like Windows Me @ OSWeekly.com
"I'll be honest here, the conclusion that Vista is comparable to Windows Me could be seen as harsh to some. However, when you stop and look at the bigger picture, it's quite possible that Mr. Null could be correct in his belief that Microsoft is basically repeating history."

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Mushkin XP2-8500 Memory Review @ OCC
"When you hear the name Mushkin, you think quality products. Today we will be looking at one of the top-of-the-line sets of performance memory made by Mushkin. This is a 2x1024MB kit rated at 1066MHz with 5-5-4-12 timings. Recently, Mushkin has started shipping all of its top line modules with EPP (Enhanced Performance Profile) programming for a truly plug and play experience."

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Intel Core2 Q6600 CPU Review Major Update @ OCC
"From all the above results, the only reason to buy the Q6600 over the E6600 would be if you do a LOT of encoding, rendering etc etc. The performance boosts for compression/decompression, and encoding is unsurpassed. However, if you're a casual gamer looking to build a new gaming rig, then I'd have to recommend the E6600. Currently, there are simply too few games that fully take advantage of SMP. Even in games that fully support SMP (Rainbow 6: Vegas), you'll only see improvements of 10-15 fps, which in my mind, isn't worth the extra cost of a quad core chip. Thankfully, with the ability to overclock these processors so easily, you will be able to milk every last drop of performance from them. The raw power that these new CPU's have to offer makes them the current crčme de la crčme. I would say my major concern about this processor would be the highly inaccurate temperature reporting that this CPU has."

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Sunday, March 11, 2007
Kingston 2GB HyperX PC2-9200 Review
"Kingston is not willing to allow other performance memory companies hog all the limelight. Their current line-up proves that point well. Today we are taking a look at their screaming fast PC2-9200 ram. Let's see how it compares to the competition."

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News - XClio Stable Power 460W and 850W at Overclockers Online
"XClio has done a great job with these two power supplies. While these two units target vastly different markets, they both perform extremely well!"

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Evercool Buffalo Heat Pipe CPU Cooler (Intel775) @ DragonSteelMods
" These days CPU Coolers come in all shapes and sizes and it seems that pretty much everyone makes them, but which ones are the best? One way to know you are getting a good CPU cooler is to get one from a company that is know for its' cooling products and that has! been around for a long time. One such company is Evercool, the name itself sounds cool, and they have sent us over their Buffalo Heat Pipe CPU Cooler for Intel LGA775 for review today. The Buffalo is an interesting mix of style and performance, so read on to learn more... "

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All Athlon 64 Models @ Hardware Secrets
"All new processors from AMD found on the stores nowadays are based on AMD’s Athlon 64 architecture, also known as x86-64 or “hammer”. In this tutorial we will list all Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX and Athlon 64 X2 models released so far and the main differences between them."

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Technic3D/Sharkoon Rush Mouse
"The Sharkoon Rush Laser Gaming Mouse arrived Technic3D. The new Mouse with a small price for Gamer? See you in the following Review with Gaming Mat XL on Technic3D"

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Saturday, March 10, 2007
[News] Bluegears 'B-Flexi' & 'B-Cool' Cooling Fans Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Bluegears fans will make nice additions to any case. The ability to change the colors of the LED's on the b-flexi is the nicest option to have on a LED fan. Some days you may want a different color or no color at all. The b-cool120 is definitely cool in the way it's able to display the RPM and case temperatures..."

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Vizo Voyager Dual Fan 3.5" HDD Cooler DragonSteelMods
"Today for review I have another product from our friends at Vizo, it is the Voyager, a 3.5”  dual fan hard drive cooler that looks very sleek and is very well made. The Vizo Voyager is made entirely out of aluminum and features two 50mm fans to help keep your ha! rd drive nice and cool, so read on to learn more about it...  "

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Vizo Voyager Dual Fan 3.5" HDD Cooler DragonSteelMods
"  Today for review I have another product from our friends at Vizo, it is the Voyager, a 3.5”  dual fan hard drive cooler that looks very sleek and is very well made. The Vizo Voyager is made entirely out of aluminum and features two 50mm fans to help ! keep your hard drive nice and cool, so read on to learn more about it..."

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Vigor Monsoon II Lite Active TEC CPU Cooling System @ Legit Reviews
"Vigor Gaming had to go back to the drawing table and make improvements to their design and find a way to cut costs on their TEC Cooler. I believe Vigor Gaming did just that with the Monsoon II Lite and they did so without hurting performance. They were able to keep the performance the same by not changing the fan, TEC or heat sink design and did away with some fluff that really wasn't needed to start with. This version is being sold at 25% less than the original and performs exactly the same..."

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NZXT Steel Duet HTPC Enclosure - Affordable Home Theater Case
"Things have changed since those days. Personal computers have not only gotten more powerful, but the ability to have them fill holes within our lives has grown. One such niche market appeared with the advent of the HTPC. While maintaining a smaller footprint, this type of modern PC still manages to keep all of the computing power of its bigger brother. As with any new market segment, products have come about to fill this new need, hence the production of HTPC enclosures such as the one we're looking at today. The NZXT Duet is one of the more inexpensive HTPC enclosures on the market, so we want to see if it has the features we want as well as the appearance to set off our home theater/media center."

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Friday, March 9, 2007
[Phoronix] Acer AL2223Wd Office
"While not our primary focus at Phoronix, in the past we had reviewed the Acer AL1714CB, AL1732 Prestige, and dual AL1715b LCD monitors. Even though Acer's LCDs are not nearly as popular as those from Dell are, we have been very fond of the models that we had looked at in the past. Being nearly a year since we looked at the AL1732 Prestige, which was a phenomenal display, we once again chased down another new Acer monitor. In this review we will be looking at the Acer AL2223Wd Office Line 22" LCD monitor. The Acer AL2223Wd monitor has a recommended resolution of 1680 x 1050 with its WSXGA+ screen and the viewing angles are 160 degrees for both horizontal and vertical. Other specifications include a 300cd/m2 brightness, 800:1 contrast ratio, and 5ms response time. Both VGA and DVI are supported. For what it's worth, this display is also Windows Vista certified."

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XFX 7600 GT Fatal1ty Video Card at Modders-Inc
"XFX recently took the 7600 GT to a new level by introducing the fastest factory clocked 7600 GT video card yet. They teamed up with Fatal1ty to create this XFX 7600 GT Fatal1ty Professional Series card. There are several companies that have done this in the past like Abit, Creative, and Zalman. The XFX 7600 GT Fatal1ty card comes in with a 650Mhz core clock, and a 1.6 Ghz memory clock straight out of the box."

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How to Upgrade Your CPU @ Hardware Secrets
"This tutorial is for people that are willing to replace their CPU by a faster one but don’t have a clue on what CPUs their system supports. In this tutorial we will list all CPU models you can install on your system without replacing your current motherboard."

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HT Omega Claro soundcard review at bit-tech.net
"As a far as a pure multimedia solution goes the Claro is superior to Creative's X-Fi. Not only is it better in terms of the actual quality of headphone and surround sound, it's also better from a software point of view, too. If you spend more time gaming than watching TV on your PC, the X-Fi is the undisputed choice. The X-Fi does EAX 3.0-5.0 and offers far more package variations that include extras like break out boxes and 5.25"

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[News] Silverstone MFP51 MCE LCD w/ Remote Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Do you happen to own a HTPC enclosure without a fancy LCD display and are perhaps lacking a MCE remote control, or you just want a fancy display on your current enclosure? Well, the folks over at SilverStone have a solution to that problem and it's the MFP51."

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Technic3D/Vizo Paragon 2,5
"The Vizo Paragon 2,5 external HDD Case arrived Technic3D. Technic3D will see as good it is against other HDD Cases."

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Foxconn N68S7AA-8EKRS2H nForce 680i Motherboard
"Intel has its own very solid P965 and 975X chipsets along with its upcoming Bearlake P35 and X38 series chipsets with DDR-3 memory support among other things and should show up in the May and June time frame. SiS has new ones coming out, VIA even has started to look into Core 2 and even AMD/ATI has chipsets currently on the market and even working on new ones for their competitors processor platform. nVidia though at this time is the biggest player for Core 2, especially for Dual Graphics SLI.

Today we are looking at another contender for the Core 2 market using the nVidia nForce 680i chipset being Foxconn with their obscurely named N68S7AA-8EKRS2H motherboard. Foxconn has been known in the past for the more budget conscious boards, not wanting to take on the big boys like MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte and the likes who really push overclocking to its limits but it seems like they mean business now and are ready for the challenge."

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Razer DeathAdder Gaming Mouse Review
"Razer has developed gaming mice for a while, but all have been ambidextrous. The DeathAdder breaks that habit to become the first Razer right-handed mouse. Aside from that, we quickly found out that the DeathAdder is one of the best looking and most comfortable mice on the market today."

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Thursday, March 8, 2007
Vizo Armada Tri-Fan Ram Cooler @ DragonSteelMods
" Our friends at Vizo have sent us another new product for review, this one is a nice accessory for all the overclockers out there. It is called the Armada Tri-Fan Ram Cooler, and as the name suggests it uses three small fans to cool your ram. Read on to learn more and check out a useful accessory for your ram... "

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HP w22 22-inch LCD Review @ Digital Trends
"HP tries to pull a quick one on the consumer with their w22 22-inch LCD monitor. Featuring an attractive 5ms response rate and a 1680x1050 resolution, the positive energy stops there. Sure the $400 U.S. price tag is attractive, but as the old saying goes “If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is” and the w22 is certainly a testament to that. Find out why you need to forget this monitor ever existed."

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SteelPad SteelSound 3H Headsets
"We all love gaming, but we don't feel like getting our pockets emptied when we are to buy a headset. SteelSound 3H are not as good as 4H and 5H, but thanks to their price tag, they seem to be a good option"

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Saitek Eclipse II Keyboard @ techPowerUp
"Saitek's Eclipse II keyboard is the successor of the Eclipse. It features three different backlight colors and some very comfortable keys for stress and pain free gaming. The layout looks a bit futuristic, while keeping the size and weight at the same level as normal keyboards. We light it up and try it out with gaming and every day work and let you know how it fares."

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PLC Ethernet Switch Netgear XE104
"There are quite a few cables around our house, but we are used to placing some more when we want to install a PC network. This, may be a fact of the past, since it is now possible to use the power line to transport data between terminals, and PLC Netgear XE104 does is well."

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Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 LP Heatsink Review
"TThe Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 LP is a low profile AMD Athlon64 heatsink for media centers, or any situation where the compact size of the computer case limits the vertical profile of the thermal solution. The heatsink is compatible with both socket 754/939/940 and socket AM2 AMD processors, and due to the low profile design constraints it features a rather unique "sandwich" design. The Freezer 64 LP stands no taller than 65mm, with two low noise 60mm fans mounted at either side of the heatsink providing all the cooling airflow. The heatsink itself is a combination of two simple extruded aluminum heatsinks, bonded together where three copper heatpipes meet."

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Enermax Liberty 500 W Power Supply
"High end power supplies should be powerful and stable, but so many good brands on the game, they shall also offer something more. The Enermax Liberty 500W does fulfill our expectations adding a modular cabling system and a great efficiency."

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EHX Expo 2007 Coverage @ TechWareLabs
"EHX has returned this year with renewed vigor. The electronic house expo has been around for quite a while. This year as was last year the expo is sponsored by many different organizations among which are Tech Home a division of CEA and CEA itself. The electronic house expo is the traditional venue where companies are able to demonstrate new technologies that range from security and wiring to audio and computing. With the advent of Microsoft Vista and Media Center we are now seeing unifying technologies arise that give home owners the ability to control everything from their audio, TV, and home lighting to their security systems and computer."

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Saitek GM3200 Gaming mouse Review - XSReviews
"In the performance market, numbers mean everything. From MHZ to megabyte, the industry revolves around extremes. Today I have the Saitek GM3200 gamers mouse which promises the fairly unnecessary DPI of 3200. Will this be enough?"

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Sytrin KuFormula SHF1 Ultra HDD Cooler Review @ hi-techreviews.com
"Sytrin KuFormula SHF1 Ultra HDD Cooler"

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Network Cabling Quiz - Part 3 @ Hardware Secrets
"A new quiz on network cabling ware has just been added to Hardware Secrets Test Your Skills section. Take this quiz and check whether your knowledge on optical fiber cabling is good enough or if you should study more."

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nMedia HTPC 288BA Case Review @ GideonTech.com
"Needless to say, the HTPC market is booming big time. With the constant drop in prices for home theatre setups, many people are looking into HTPCs to perform their multimedia duties. Not surprisingly, a lot of new companies are forming to feed this need. One of them being nMedia PC. Formed in 2004, nMedia PC is on the forefront of the HTPC boom. Based in China and the US, they manufacture pretty much all you need for your home media center. Today, we are going to take a look at their HTPC 288BA case."

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Inno3D GeForce 7900 GS iChiLL ACS6 review at bit-tech.net
"Whether or not the card is worth considering over a Radeon X1950 Pro depends on what games you’re playing and your personal preferences for ATI and Nvidia hardware and / or software. The Radeon X1950 XT 256MB is generally a much better performer at 1280x1024, but it’s also around £30 more expensive, too. At just over £100 including VAT though, the Inno3D GeForce 7900 GS iChiLL is a great buy if you’re gaming at 1280x1024 and aren’t too worried about DirectX 10 support for the time being."

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Technic3D/Cooler Master Notepal P1
"The Cooler Master Notepal P1 Notebook Cooling arrived Technic3D. Technic3D will see as good it is with the Notebook components. Only a optical Feature? See you in the following Review"

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Investigating GeForce 8800GTS 320MB SLI Performance
"What do we have today? We have a pair of GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GTS graphics cards from MSI. With the 640MB version already being discontinued, these cheaper edition cards are popping up all over the place and it was great to have a pair together in the labs. It’s not a cheap upgrade at around $900 AUD (about $680 USD) for the pair of them but if you’re looking for some serious 3D gaming performance, it could well do the trick.

We clearly felt that if we were going to test SLI 8800’s, it had to be done properly - the Dell 30” LCD with its lovely 2560 x 1600 resolution was pulled out and SLI was tested in style. Let’s not ramble on anymore and see exactly what we have here and if a pair of 8800GTS 320MB cards in SLI can do it for us."

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[News] Enermax Infiniti 720W SLI Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"This is one powerfully capable PSU that works for any personal or professional computer system. It can be applied to any home based system and can absolutely handle the job of any IT project you might have in mind. The power rails are very steady and fluctuate under a mere .07 volts during operations."

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Legion Hardware - (Inno3D iChill 7900GS)
"Legion Hardware"

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ASUS P5B Premium Vista Edition @ Bjorn3D
"If you think that we already have reviewed the ASUS P5B you are correct. I reviewed the P5B-E back in end of November 2006 and really liked it, awarding it 9 out of 10 and a Seal of Approval. So why do we review it again? Well – this time it is another variant of the P5B that we are taking a look on."

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Linspire: Give Up On Linspire 5.0+? @ OSWeekly.com
"It's a fair question, I think. Should Linspire give up Linspire 5.0+, contribute time and resources to Freespire (amongst other distribution projects) and concentrate on making Linux services the core aspect of their company? Before we try and answer this on their behalf right away, let's take a look at the current state of the market."

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XtremeMac Tango Audio Speaker for iPod Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"There are a ton of iPod accessories in the market, and they are all fundamentally similar to one another. So anytime we get a product to evaluate that’s designed for the iPod, it takes us a while to get really excited about it. Unfortunately, many of these products never really excite us for us to go ecstatic over their existence. Today, we have XtremeMac’s Tango audio speaker for the iPod, and let’s see if Tango has what it takes to go one step beyond the already millions of speakers for the iPod."

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Apple OS X + Hardware = Happy Users! @ OSWeekly.com
"Your operating system is the nerve center for all of the things that you do while on the computer. Beyond software, your OS is also in charge of dealing with internal hardware that stays attached to your computer and external hardware that comes and goes depending on how much and when you need it. To be honest, when all things are considered, it’s surprising that operating systems don’t crash more often than they do now because management of software and hardware can be a tricky thing for any operating system."

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Quest for the Non-Evil Open Source Business Model @ MadPenguin.org
"I’m sure that I have spoke of open source business models in the past - both from the user and corporate point-of-view. However, the one thing that I don't believe has been fully explored is whether there is a viable way to monetize one’s efforts, and do so in such a way that your offerings remain accessible to all."

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Neoseeker reviews OCZ's Flex XLC PC2-9200 Memory
"OCZ did an excellent job on the PC2-9200, it ran at up to 1250MHz without even water cooling! These are simply insane speeds that far exceed any spec that you would have believed even half a year ago. The natural comparison of the Flex XLC would be Corsair's high performance Dominator series. If OCZ was going for a "bigger is better" approach, then they certainly came out on top. The giant OCZ XLC heatspreaders "out-dominate" the Corsair Dominator's impressive looks, and the PC2-9200 out-overclock the XMS2's too. "

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Patriot Extreme Performance DDR2 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2-8500 RAM Review @ OCC
"These modules come with a lifetime warranty. They have black aluminum heat spreaders on them to facilitate in dispersing the heat generated. This would be especially helpful for the overclocking enthusiast in all of us. Each side of each module has a raised and brushed aluminum logo,"

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PC Apex Review // Thermaltake Extreme Spirit II Northbridge Cooler
""It's no secret that computers continue to get hotter and hotter as speeds scale higher and higher. CPU coolers have evolved from simple passively cooled aluminum heatsinks to massive towers of copper and aluminum bristling with heat pipes and fans. It's no suprise Northbridge chipsets are headed the same direction. The modest aluminum coolers of a short time ago have grown many times their original size. All copper NB coolers, with active fans, that were once considered unnecessary for anyone but the bleeding edge enthusiast have become commonplace on many boards. While these solutions are generally adequate to the task for the average user, if you plan on pushing your new Core2 Duo or AMD2 you might want to consider upgrading your Northbridge cooler. And even if you don't plan on setting records, a better cooler is a good way to insure your investment.""

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Contest: Thermaltake Armor
"We want to see the very worst of the worst computer cases currently in use. Whether you’ve botched a case mod and never repaired it, or your case has survived a fall off its desk, or it’s held together with duct tape, or else it’s just mind-numbingly bland, we want to know why we should give you a shiny new silver Thermaltake Armor case."

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Biostar VIA K8M800 Motherboard with Athlon 64 3000+ CPU Combo Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“If you are building a HTPC from scratch you have a ton of options to choose from. It really is a pain picking out all of the components and making sure they are all compatible. Well Geeks.com can help you out with that as they have a bunch of motherboard and CPU combo�s that are perfect for any application, not to mention they will save you a good bit on money. They were nice enough to send us their Biostar VIA K8M800 motherboard with Athlon 64 3000+ CPU combo.”"

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Wednesday, March 7, 2007
PMA 07 Initial Impressions
"PMA is just getting underway, but there are a slew of products that have already been announced. I am taking a look at the first eight to really catch my attention including the Nikon D40x, Canon Mark III, Olympus E-510, Lenbabies Creative Aperture kit and more."

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Mouse Pad Roundup Review @ Oz Case Modz
"Today I\'m having a look at a bunch of mousepads, all pads except the eXactMat were provided by Gamerzstuff, which was provided by Razer. Razer eXactMat, Everglide Titan DKT Monstermat, Steelpad 5L, Icemat Black 2nd Ed, Func F Series F30.R"

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Razer Pro|Tones m100 @ techPowerUp
"The Razer Pro|Tones m100 is a light-weight in-ear headphone system that is designed to give you the best music listening experience. The headphones are available in black and white, which is a perfect match for an Apple iPod. After testing these $40 headphones we come to the conclusion that they offer excellent comfort and good sound quality."

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BFG 8800GTS OC and XFX 8800GTS XXX review @ DH
"The 8800GTS 320Mb is a popular product amongst Nvidia’s partners and as a result there is a hugely varied range of cards currently available which differ greatly in specification, all trying to attract customers in what is a very lucrative segment of the graphics card market. Two manufacturers known for making variants of Nvidia cards which exceed reference specifications are BFG and XFX. Today we have a card from each manufacturer, both of these feature enhanced clock speeds, let’s see if these are good value to the end user.”"

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Lian Li C31 Case Review at XYZ Computing
"One of the hottest segments in the PC enclosure market right now is the home theater case. Home theater PCs (HTPCs) are generally placed in desktop-style (horizontal) cases that are designed to be placed in a media cabinet, often stacked with other components. In many ways the HTPC enclosure is a subsection of the desktop enclosure and there is a lot of crossover between the two styles. This review will be featuring one of Lian Li's new desktop cases, the PC-C31, or C31 for short. This aluminum case uses an extremely clean design in order to allow it to be placed right on your desktop or in at stock of AV equipment. This horizontal design is something that has largely fallen out of favor with consumers, except for with HTPCs, despite them being very useful under the right circumstances."

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Crucial Ballistix PC8000 DDR2 2gb Review - XSReviews
"Crucial are well known for their extreme Ballistix range of memory kits. In the past XSR has reviewed their PC3200 and 6400 dual channel modules. Today we have the pinnacle of Crucial Ballistix memory kits, the PC8000. Like the DDR PC4000-4800 kits of old these modules promise stable overclocks but will they deliver?"

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[Phoronix] NVIDIA 1.0-9755 Display Driver
"This morning NVIDIA released a new Linux display driver. While this driver was not the Linux 100.XX.XX driver that was expected, it was a minor update to append support for the new Quadro graphics cards. In addition, GeForce 8800 series SLI is now supported."

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Again, Pertelian X2040 USB LCD reviewed at BurnOutPC.com
"Well I was quite satisfied with the Pertelian X2040. It's an attractive alternative to a bay drive lcd like the ones Matrix orbital offer, and it's a lot cheaper as well. Don't expect too much of a character lcd because it's not that fast nor will produce any fancy graphics. It gives you the information you might miss while your gaming and it is handy if you simply want to check the weather and bits and want the information fast. You simply press the hotkey and you can scroll through the menu's of the lcd. You can even type on the lcd with your keyboard and have messages stored on the lcd. There is so much more you can do with this LCD, more than I can explain to you here! Overall it's a very nice product, for a very attractive price. My suggestions to Foresight, make the software more interesting and advanced, and make a Pertelian with a blue background, because we all love blue lights :)."

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AMD Athlon64 X2 4800+ 65nm Processor Review
"To further combat excessive power consumption, Intel redesigned its processor architecture completely. AMD on the other hand just tweaked its K8 architecture for more efficiency. The Socket AM2 Athlon64 X2 4800+ processor is one of AMD's 65 nanometer parts, moving it onto a smaller manufacturing process has helped AMD cut power consumption rates to 65W. The Athlon64 X2 4800+ idles 13W less than the X2 5000+, and 20W lower than the single core Socket 939 Athlon64 4000+. It's under load where we see the real power savings"

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Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars preview at bit-tech.net
"What C&C really needs is an injection of something new, a new set of mechanics or advances that add to the old game and complement it, rather than simply tacking on a new graphics engine and hoping that it all pulls together. Will the new Scrin race be that injection? With the revamped UI be that injection? I don't know, but I fear not. For the final verdict on C&C3, we'll just have to wait until the full game hits the shelves in a few weeks."

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The Corsair 2GB PC2-10000C5DF Dominator Memory Kit @ Legit Reviews
"The performance of the Corsair TWIN2X2048-10000C5SDF 2GB DDR2-10000 Dominator Series was nothing less than impressive. Having the ability to run CAS 3 at 853MHz, CAS 4 at 1135MHz and CAS 5 at 1314MHz makes wide range of options for enthusiasts and just happen to be some of the best timings that we have ever seen at 2.4V. I can't say enough good things about the overclocking of these modules..."

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[News] Corsair Nautilus GPU Water Blocks Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Nautilus helped achieve and maintain the test video card's highest most stable overclock by keeping the GPU and video memory down to a 46 C temperature without any noise. Performance like this is synonymous with Corsair. If you find yourself requiring this particular change of pace, then the Corsair Nautilus SLI-VGA Water Blocks is a very easy choice."

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Buffalo FSX800D2C-K1G FireStix @ Pro-Clockers (Corrected link)
"The FireStix range in bus speeds from 800MHz up to 1066. This range totally covers those that have decided to utilize an AMD or Intel processor. With its flaming red heat spreaders and high capacities, the FireStix is sure to please. So, let's now take a set of FSX800D2C-K1G for a test ride."

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NZXT Lexa Case at Modders-Inc
"The Lexa from NZXT stands out against most cases. It's futuristic looks and styling give the case a modern look that is sure to turn heads."

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Xclio A380 Super Tower Case Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Xclio A380 case is an excellent choice for anyone who likes to show off their machine to their buddies while knowing they have a superior case. To my knowledge, this is one of very few cases that has dual 25CM fans, and has to be about the baddest looking of the bunch. On top of that, it keeps your hardware cool and a maintains a fairly low noise level."

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[Phoronix] Fedora v. Ubuntu: A Performance Look
"We have compared the 32-bit and 64-bit performance of Ubuntu and started a performance comparison of Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu, but how does the performance of the upcoming Feisty Fawn release compare to that of Fedora 7? In this article we have enclosed benchmarks from Fedora Core 6, Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft, Fedora 7 Test 2, and Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Herd 5. In gaming and desktop benchmarks, which of these Linux distributions is faster? We hope to answer that question today."

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XClio StablePower 850 Watt Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews.net
"During my battery of tests, Xclio's Stablepower 850W PSU lived up to its name. They could also legitimately call it the “Silentpower,” as it performed its duties without a whisper of noise. (That name is already taken, but I couldn't help myself.) The Stablepower 850W has both stability and silence, as well as features like active PFC, 80% efficiency and a two-year warranty."

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Abit IN9 32x MAX WIFi (Nvidia 680i) Mobo Review @ XtremeComputing
"The MicroSD and the adaptors come in one plastic shock proof case, it would not withstand a heavy crush but it is good enough to avoid damage if dropped, or in the microSD thought loss... (Editors note: lol them microSD cards are very small, I lost one when it pinged out of my phone, I am sure Samsung put a pump action spring in the slot)"

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Avanquest Web Easy Professional 6 Review @ OCC
"With today's billions and billions of web pages, it's almost imperative for creators to have easy-to-use website building software. Perhaps the most well known web site creation software on the market is Macromedia Dreamweaver. For most, $400 it isn't too cost-effective. But now, VCOM has introduced their"

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Futurelooks News Flash - Antec TruePower Trio 650 Watt Power Supply Review
"Antec has been making some very stable and high quality power supplies for quite some time. This is in addition to their excellent computer case line up. Today, we check out their one of their newest power supplies, the TruePower Trio 650 to see if more power and three 12 volt rails makes a difference."

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Microsoft Zune Review @ The TechZone
"Considering that this is Microsoft's freshman foray into the world of MP3 players, we should forgive them on some of their faults. The clunkiness can be fixed with the second generation if they slim it down and maybe produce the equivalent of an iPod nano for the masses. The 30GB hard drive is a decent size, but considering that the 5.5G iPod Video is available as an 80-gigger, Microsoft should at least try to keep up. After all, both Microsoft and Apple sport Toshiba-sourced hard drives. They need to de-cripple the WiFi if they hope to use that as a selling feature. A good effort, but there is much room for improvement."

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SilverStone OP1000 Olympia 1,000w PSU Review @ OCIA.net
"First, the OP1000 features a single +12v rail that is rated at 80A (88A peak). What does this mean exactly? Many other high end power supplies feature multiple (usually 2-4) +12v rails which average 20A per rail. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, it does mean that you will need to make use of multiple rails, as to not overload a single rail. With the OP1000, you can make all of the necessary +12v connections during install without worrying about balancing the load across multiple rails."

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Tuesday, March 6, 2007
abit IN9 32X-MAX Wi-Fi Motherboard Hype Handler?
"Today we are going to put their latest board, the IN9 32X-MAX Wi-Fi, based on the still newish nForce 680i chipset designed to take Core 2 platform to the next level, can it handle this or will it fizzle out under pressure? When we first had a chance to preview this board back a few months ago, we were very excited about the possibilities with claims that the board could reach around 550MHz FSB under the right conditions but now that we have a retail sample in our labs for testing, does it stand up to the hype?

It comes with some extra features such as the AirPace Wi-Fi 802.11g wireless kit and revised digital power management but how does it stack up when we overclock?"

More information can be found here.
Microsoft Zune @ TheTechLounge
"After several weeks of daily use I've certainly formed more than one opinion about the Zune. Of course there are endless product reviews of the Zune available on the interweb, already... But with this review I'll try to not only cover the basic features and usability of Microsoft's little brown brick but my impression of the player as a whole, why and who should buy one, and if it lives up to its great white competitor."

More information can be found here.
Logitech Z-10 Interactive Speaker System Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"When looking for a desktop speaker system there are a ton of choices, you can go the cheap route or the expensive route it all depends on what you want. Today we will be looking at the Z-10 interactive 2.0 speaker system from Logitech. It has a ton of cool features that many desktop speaker systems just do not offer. These speakers might be a bit expensive at over $100, let's see if they are worth the price tag."

More information can be found here.
Nikon Coolpix L6 6.0MP Digital Camera Review
"Nikon is not known as a company to slow down their release schedule, and currently they have a huge collection of point-and-shoot cameras. Today we are taking a look at a model from their lifestyle series, the six megapixel L6."

More information can be found here.
HP TouchSmart IQ770 PC Review @ Digital Trends
"All-in-one systems are nothing new; Sony, Apple, Gateway and even Dell all have systems that integrate the monitor and PC. But with exception to Apple’s iMac, none of these systems have been particularly hot sellers. Maybe they were ahead of their time, or simply not powerful enough to be taken serious enough, after all who wants to spend money on a system that cannot last the test of time? With the wave of digital convergence upon us, it only makes sense that a home PC should leave the office and enter the family room where it can truly be used by everyone – it just has to look stylish enough to be show off. Enter the HP TouchSmart IQ770 PC, a truly powerful all-in-one entertainment system featuring an attractive touch screen display."

More information can be found here.
Cooler Master NotePal P1 Notebook Cooler @ Viper Lair
"The product itself is a simple idea, and works for most laptops you find, from 14"

More information can be found here.
Plantronics .Audio 550 DSP PC Headset Review @ Digital Trends
"While some headsets are designed to cater to specific needs – such as gaming, music, or Internet based telephone calls using VoIP – the Plantronics .Audio 550 DSP headset is the latest entry from Plantronics that tries to be a jack-of-all-trades. It attempts to bring together high quality voice, sound and gaming effects into a package that also excels for use with VoIP communication. At a retail price of $119. 95, we will take a close look at the .Audio 550 DSP headset to find out where it meets these lofty expectations and where it falls short."

More information can be found here.
Vizo Luxon Advanced 3.5 inch HDD enclosure @ techPowerUp
"The Vizo Luxon Advanced HDD enclosure is a very versatile case which gives the user complete choice what type of internal and external connection is used. The rounded corners and nice black, blue or silver exterior make this a great addition to your desktop and the performance of both USB 2.0 and eSATA is good no matter what drive is used."

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Antec Earthwatts 500w and the Akasa Greenpower 500w Reviews - XSReviews
"Unless you subscribe to the theory of a second ice age, you'll know that humans are slowly warming our planet up due to CO2 output. While computers -- probably -- play a small part in this global change, there is still an impact. Step in 80+ power supplies which promise above 80% efficiency throughout their output wattage range (20%, 50% and 100%). Today I have two such units, both rated @ 500w but from two different manufacturers."

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GMC Noblesse Muse K1 Chassis review @ DH
"Home theater personal computers have faced an explosive growth during the past few years, at a faster rate than most other consumer electronics. The most common equipment for a modern living room is not a 32” plasma TV, a projector or a 1000W Hi-If system, but a computer to control everything. The introduction of media center computers has seen the return of the desktop case and now can include new technology such as wireless, dedicated home theater operating systems and remote controls to improve the whole experience. For the gamers amongst us sometimes smaller cases commonly used for theater PC’s do not cater for high end components or do not have room for expansion and so a larger chassis is required."

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Overclock3D Review: Determinance - Mode7 Games (PC)
"Do you often get the urge to wave your sword around in a public place? If so, then Determinance - a budget sword-fighting action game, may well be what you've been waiting for."

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[News] Pertelian X2040 LCD Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Do you game and like to chat, but hate how some chat programs override the game? Or perhaps you use full screen applications, and forget to check for that important email because you were concentrating on that project. Well, the solution to those issues is here with the Pertelian X2040. This little device, about the size of a large pager and has a 4x20 character LCD screen, can be set up to display incoming emails, used with various chat programs, and so much more. I know this introduction sounds more like a commercial and not a review, but to a certain extent that's precisely what it is."

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JetArt HDD Guard Cooler @ DragonSteelMods
" When people talk about cooling their systems, the first thing that pops up is the CPU, and then the video card would be mentioned next. Most people never think of cooling a hard drive, that is one of the components that is often forgot about in the cooling loop. You have to wonder! why though, it is probably the most important part of the system, after all the hard drive is where all your data is stored, if that goes then you loose everything. Today for review I have the JetArt HDD Guard, it is a hard drive cooler that really works, and it works silently, so read on to learn more about this great product... "

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JetArt HDD Guard Cooler @ DragonSteelMods
" When people talk about cooling their systems, the first thing that pops up is the CPU, and then the video card would be mentioned next. Most people never think of cooling a hard drive, that is one of the components that is often forgot about in the cooling loop. You have to wonder! why though, it is probably the most important part of the system, after all the hard drive is where all your data is stored, if that goes then you loose everything. Today for review I have the JetArt HDD Guard, it is a hard drive cooler that really works, and it works silently, so read on to learn more about this great product... "

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Asus Commando review at bit-tech.net
"In all the Commando is a well-priced and solid motherboard with fantastic overclocking potential. Even if it doesn't provide everything you'd ever wish for from overclocking, the board's fantastic stability will more than make up for it. It's feature rich and, while it's a Republic of Gamers motherboard, it negates some of the novel extras in order to make the price more attractive.

If you're looking for a solid and very overclockable board, but don't require multi-GPU support, you can't go far wrong with the Asus Commando. Whether or not it's the best P965 board out there for your own needs will come down to personal preference, though."

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[News] GIGABYTE 3D Galaxy II Liquid Cooling System Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"WOW! That was a labor intensive install for sure, but wasn't as difficult as the instruction manual made it seem. GIGABYTE didn't leave a stone unturned on this kit: a lot of thought went into making this system upgradeable and user friendly."

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Antec 900 Advanced Gaming Case Review @ TechWareLabs
"Along with creating some of the best power supplies and accessories in the computer industry, Antec's name is perhaps best known for their stylish yet functional cases for computers. Some of their well known cases are the Sonata, the P160W known as the Anodized Aluminum Super Mid Tower , the Plus-View II and the Super LanBoy have maintained their edge in the high performance cases. Today we look at their latest powerhouse named the Antec 900."

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Asus Silent Square Pro CPU Cooler
"ASUS heatsinks have never been on the top, but airs seem to be changing for the Taiwanese company. With Silent Square pro, they have achived a powerful HSF which is not only silent, but also good looking and easy to mount."

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PowerColor X1550 SCS @ Bjorn3D
"Every now and then companies will introduce products that carry no real change except for a product name. ATI have had few of those in the past, for example X1650 PRO which is a renamed X1600 XT. This is the case here where old X1300 PRO gets new pants and inherits a new name: X1550. It's an old IHV (Independent Hardware Vendor) trick to get rid of old SKUs and bring them back into the market through various channels. Believe it or not, product naming scheme does play a major role in consumers' minds. Potential customers will think this way: X1550 > X1300. Logically, 1550 is bigger than 1300; and because bigger means better for some people, why not go and buy it? I will spoil the fun just a little. In our case X1550 = X1300 PRO and have that equality running through your brain throughout this review, period."

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March Contest, Giving Away SLI Set of XFX 8800GTS 320MB Cards @ Bjorn3D
"We are having a contest giving away a set of XFX 8800GTS 320MB cards."

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Solwise Vesenet HomePlug 3 x Ethernet Adapter @ TrustedReviews
"The Vesenet HomePlug 3 x Ethernet adapter is, as the name suggests, a HomePlug network adapter that incorporates three Ethernet ports, thus cutting out the need for an additional switch/router to distribute your network."

More information can be found here.
Olympus mju 770 SW @ TrustedReviews
"It shrugs off the worst of the British climate. Rain, sleet, snow, hail and even cats and dogs are, as the saying goes, water off a duck’s back. So thanks Olympus. Because of you I’m now sitting here dripping onto my keyboard, because I’ve just been out taking sample shots with a camera that makes Sir Ranulf Fiennes look like a stay-at-home wuss."

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Futurelooks News Flash - Nyko Gameface 360 Review
"Make your Xbox 360 what you want it to be. Nyko's Gameface gives you the ability to design an Xbox 360 faceplate with your own personal touch! Add graphics, colours, even a picture of the family dog. Sounds cool? But is it really? Let's find out!"

More information can be found here.
Jade Empire Special Edition (PC) review @ GH
"When it comes to RPGs, Bioware are without equal. They have created wonders such as the Baldur's Gate series, quite possible the best fantasy RPG ever created, as well as given tools to the community with the hugely successful Neverwinter Nights. After a brief adventure in space in the form of Knights of the Old Republic, they sought a new challenge the result of which was Jade Empire for the Xbox. While not the pinnacle of their work, it was still a great game with few flaws – one of them being its relatively repetitive gameplay. Another glaring problem, one which has been recently fixed, was the lack of a PC version. It might be worth seeing if that’s the only issue that was fixed.”"

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Legion Hardware - (Seriously Easy E6400 Overclocking Guide)
"Legion Hardware"

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Monday, March 5, 2007
Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX Review @ OCC
"Imagine you are building the ultimate computer. For the ultimate processor, you will definitely need the ultimate cooling solution. Thermaltake has seemingly headed everyone’s plea for a big monster of a cooler with this Big Typhoon VX. Founded in 1999, Thermaltake may not have been around as long as some companies, but they have secured a major foothold in the computing world. Making cases, power sources, coolers and more recently with liquid cooling, as well as other computer-related items. Their presence in the computer world is second to none and this Big Typhoon VX is the biggest and 'baddest' air cooler that they produce at present. Coming from a company with this much background, this product is bound to be a solid performer. We are about to see if the Big Typhoon VX stands up to the Thermaltake name."

More information can be found here.
How To: Migrate Your Data from XP to Vista @ Digital Trends
"Like many PC users, you’ve probably been looking at Windows Vista since its January release and wondering whether you want to take the jump and buy it. Assuming your computer can handle its demands, and your wallet or plastic can stretch to the price, it’s tempting. But there’s one vital question – can you easily migrate your data to Vista without spending days tearing out your hair? The answer, happily, is yes."

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Jetart PC Vent II @ TechDomain
"With thanks to Belowzero.net.au, TechDomain is pleased to present our latest giveaway - a Jetart SV1 PC-Vent II! The Jetart SV1 PC-Vent II is a great addition to help you remove some hot air from your case. The PC Vent features two fans whos position can be adjusted to target hot/dead spots in your case. It comes complete with mounting bracket. Entrys close 10pm AEST on the 1st April 2007."

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News - In Win F430 at Overclockers Online
"The F430 is an excellent case, boasting a bright red finish, and stylish air ducts. The whole case feels very rigid with no creaks or rattles, and it is a very pleasant case to work with because of the drive bay railing as well as the folded edges. The installation is straight forward, and the manual is very clearly laid out. The cooling performance is excellent. The only thing that separates this case and the truly high end computer cases is the lack of a motherboard tray and more space for internal hard drives. All in all, the F430 can pertain to anyone who has a passion for racing, because every time they would push the "START ENGINE" button, they would feel a rush of excitement."

More information can be found here.
OCZ 2GB Flex XLC PC2-9200 Review
"OCZ is on the top of their game, which is evident just by taking a look at their recent inventory. I will be taking a look at their latest high-end kit today, which utilize the new water-cooling capable heat spreaders."

More information can be found here.
SteelPad S&S (New Improved Surface) @ techPowerUp
"Based on the award-winning SteelPad S&S, SteelSeries has created a new mouse pad that comes with a completely new surface that is optimized to give the best compromise between low friction and best precision. We tested this $35 mousepad that comes with included Teflon and a carrying bag to see if it is really an improvement."

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Foxconn 320GTS review @ DH
"Nvidia’s 8800GTX has been a great success since it was released and currently holds the high end performance crown while we wait for ATI to unleash their forthcoming DX10 card. That said, the 8800GTX is sold around the Ł375/$500 mark putting it clearly out of the price range of many enthusiast users. There is therefore a need to release a product which will appeal to a more widespread market - those users who want great speed and features but at a more affordable price. That is where today's review product from Foxconn fits in. Retailing at Ł230/$300 with a feature set matching the higher priced GTS and GTX models, the Foxconn FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC or “8800GTS 320Mb Overclocked” looks, on paper, to be a very attractive purchase.”"

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AVC-K1 Middle Tower ATX Case review by MetkuMods
"Last year we tested two HTPC-cases made by Zalman. They were both meant to be stacked with other AV-equipment. However Media PCs do not have to be horizontal and 43 cm wide, they can also be shaped like normal midi towers. If you want to describe a media PC, you most likely focus on the special features such as remote controller and VFD-display than the size and shape of the case. According to this, the case we're about to test this time is definitely a Media PC."

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HEXUS.lifestyle - reviews :: Philips VOIP841 PC-free DECT/Skype phone - world's first review
"We were childishly excited last week to get the chance to go hands on with the Philips VOIP841 - a PC-free combined DECT/Skype phone. Happily, we can report that the phone does seem to do exactly what it says on the tin - in some cases, rather better than we'd have expected and hoped."

More information can be found here.
DDR2 Analysis: OCZ PC2-8500 Platinum @ NordicHardware
Today we see DDR2 on all performance platforms, at the same time we're seeing that DDR2 has started replacing DDR on the low end systems as well. We've earlier looked at the memory performance of AMD's AM2 platform and now it's time to examine the performance of its Intel counterpart.

More information can be found here.
Overclock3D Review: 8800GTS shootout - XFX 8800GTS "XXX" vs Gainward 8800GTS "Golden Sample"
nVidia have now allowed their AIB partners to take the G80 cards to the next level in clock speed terms. We take a look at two of the big names for nVidia and see how their overclocked cards perform

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Wireless router group test at bit-tech.net
For gamers, routers are a mixed blessing. Sure, they allow you to have multiple machines connected, doing different things - power-tasking. But with that comes inevitable problems - port issues with multiplayer games, network lag, not forgetting the fact that 802.11 wireless is notoriously unreliable and therefore not ideal for gaming.

So what should you be looking for when it comes to buying a new router? Well, here's the sad, but true fact - many 'reasonably priced' routers in the £50-60 range are notoriously unreliable. We've had hundreds of reports of cheaper Linksys, Belkin and Netgear gear conking out, and personal experience of much of this. To get reliability, you need to move slightly higher in price.

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Ratpadz XT Review - XSReviews
"Hard OCP are well known in the review industry for their popular website, and now they are trying to get into the mouse pad sector with their Ratpadz range. Today I have their XT model which promises a slick surface and a large gaming area."

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Asus M2N32 WS Professional nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
"For business applications which demand SCSI configurations, or professional grade network cards, the Asus M2N32 WS Professional has two PCI-X slots located just below the blue PCI Express x16 slot. Each 3.3V 64 bit PCI -X slot operates at 66 MHz, which means each can support a theoretical maximum bandwidth of 250MB/s. This works out to the same as a PCI Express x1 connection, but obviously the list of supported PCI-X devices is much more substantial than PCI Express x1 devices at this point in time."

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The History of Mobile Computing @ TrustedReviews
"From the immense complexity and size of Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine in the 19th century and Alan Turing’s Bombe code breaking machine in World War II, our computers have progressed beyond recognition. Cogs and gears gave way to vacuum tubes and then transistors took over. Finally, the silicon chip arrived and enabled computers to become more powerful and far smaller than anyone had ever imagined."

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HP BladeSystem c-Class - Blade Server @ TrustedReviews
"Low-profile rack servers have always been a top solution for enterprise level data centres looking to make the most out of their server room, as they offer a high processing density for a given amount of floor space. However, times move on and these very same companies have different sets of priorities now making blade servers a superior solution and here we take an in depth look at HP’s latest BladeSystem c-Class."

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[Phoronix] Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn Herd 5
"The final Herd (alpha) release is now available from Ubuntu mirrors before the beta and release candidate versions of the upcoming 7.04 Feisty Fawn release. New in Ubuntu Feisty Fawn herd 5 is artwork improvements, X.Org 7.2, improved desktop effects support, and much more."

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