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Monday, April 30, 2007
HP Pavilion s3020n Slimline PC Review @ Digital Trends
"The HP Pavilion s3020n Slimline PC is a vertically-oriented, small form factor PC with plenty of power, good looks, and a very affordable $500 base price."

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PCLinuxOS 2007 Test 4
"After a month of server issues and other problems, this distribution is back online and with a new test release. PCLinuxOS 2007 Test 4 is the final test release and includes the Linux 2.6.18.8 kernel, KDE 3.5.6, OpenOffice.org 2.2, and other new improvements."

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Anydrive 3. CSFM07 Wireless transmitter and Card Reader with LCD @ Viper Lair
"If you're looking for a stand alone MP3 player for the money there are much better choices out there than the Anydrive, But if you are looking for a way to transmit the music from your MP3 player to an FM receiver the Anydrive is a great choice. Sure there are a lot of FM transmitters on the market but the Anydrive also provides the ability to play MP3's from other media sources not just an MP3 player."

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Nokia N80 Internet Edition Review at XYZ Computing
"Nokia has loaded the phone up with some great features like support for quad band GSM, 3G WCDMA, and 802.11g WiFi. There are two cameras in the phone, a 3 megapixel camera for photos and a secondary camera that can work with conferencing and video calls. The built in WiFi support is a huge plus for the N80, just ask any BlackBerry user and they’ll tell you they wish they could switch to WiFi when available. Many places are already covered in WiFi and you can hop from hotspot to hotspot in just about every major city. The connectivity is great, but what else does the phone have to offer?"

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XIGMATEK 082 Cooler @ techPowerUp
"Ever hear of "the point of diminishing returns", where something gets to the point where you can't improve on what you have unless you come up with a completely new idea? With air coolers, manufacturers are hitting that wall, but recently some companies have devised a new means of heat sink technology. Direct touching heat pipes - Today we take a look at Xigamtek's new cooler using this design."

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Fujifilm S5 Pro @ TrustedReviews
"Unlike other current digital SLRs, in fact unlike most other digital cameras in general, in developing the S5 Pro Fujifilm has forgone the boost in megapixels that normally accompanies a model upgrade and concentrated instead on other factors to improve picture quality, such as colour rendition, dynamic range and smoother tonal gradation."

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Hewlett Packard iPAQ 514 Voice Messenger @ TrustedReviews
"I have been very clearly briefed by Hewlett Packard that the iPAQ 514 Voice Messenger is a smartphone primarily for business users, and not a phone aimed at those who like to have the very latest features at their fingertips. Yes it runs Windows Mobile 6, which makes it something of a rarity at the moment and in this respect it is ‘state of the art’. But there are features which some consumers will turn their nose up at."

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Technic3D/Silverstone Temjin TJ09
"The Silverstone Temjin TJ09 is the next PC Case in the Technic3D Editorship. See you in the following Review which qualities the High-End TJ09 with a new Cooling concept presents."

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TeraFLOP Computing feature @ bit-tech.net
"//Current CPUs provide a few GigaFLOPs of computation power, but are very general in their application. The TeraFLOP processing units shown off by Intel, along with current generation graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia that have GPGPU (General Purpose Graphics Processing Unit) functionality, all provide computation power far in excess of CPUs but their application is much more specialised."

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Ultra ChillTEC CPU Cooler and XFX Editorial @ Legit Reviews
"In our expert opinion, it seems that the XFX Dog has rabies and is going from the furious phase that is known as 'mad dog syndrome' to the paralytic phases, which leads to drooling. From our visual diagnosis it seems that rabies would be the clear choice. By now paralysis has more than likely set in and the XFX dog has been put down, which might also be the situation for the artist that did the box design!"

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CoolIT Systems PCI Cooling Booster @ Bjorn3D
"Most of the time, the PCI expansion cards do not need any additional cooling as these components are not subject to overclocking and hence they should not overheat like the rest of the components. With the exception of the graphic card, the area around the expansion slots usually does not have any designated cooling except the heatsink and sometimes the fans attached to the cards themselves. However, this does not mean that these components do not need proper cooling and any additional cooling to the internal components is welcomed as long as it does not add too much or any noise to the overall system. Let’s see if the CoolIT’s PCI Cooling Booster can fulfill this requirement and keep the expansion cards cool."

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Sunday, April 29, 2007
APIOTEK USB SkyPhone Stylish Metal VoIP from USBGeek @ DragonSteelMods
" VoIP has become extremely popular and many companies out there are trying to take advantage of the increasing need by the consumer for VoIP related products. USBGeek sent me over a very cool and stylish VoIP phone from Apiotek for review. I'! ve got a couple other Skype, VoIP phones that I found were pretty good overall, but the one I have for review today is just excellent overall. It sounds great, is very functional and stylish. The Apiotek USB Skype/VoIP phone is very thin, only 7.5mm thick and actually made of metal. The sound quality is excellent, and overall it's the best VoIP phone I've had in my hands to date... "

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[News] ABIT IN9 32X-MAX 680i-SLI Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"As performance champions go, the 965X has had more success in the overclocking and price to performance area for many makers. Some 975X motherboards like the AW9D-MAX, have helped in regaining and setting some very good overclocking records among the enthusiasts the past few months. Half of the credit goes to ABIT's ability to release better and better BIOS revisions while the other half goes to the electronics quality. At some point though, a BIOS begins to out pace the motherboard, so it becomes necessary to update revision or chipset based motherboard. I'd like to thank ABIT for sending us one of their newest motherboards that comes prepared for speed and ready to show off in any windowed computer enclosure. So, what does their IN9 32X-MAX 680i SLI Motherboard have to offer besides good looks and frame rates? You'll just have to read on."

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Intel Core 2 Duo E6400
"We've been meaning to deliver benchmarks from the Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 for some time now, but with the new site, the upcoming Solaris hardware support, quad/octal core benchmarking, and the variety of different articles we have been working on, things have been quite hectic around here. However, with Fedora 7 Test 4 now being available, we have finally published our Core 2 Duo E6400 Linux results."

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Saturday, April 28, 2007
Vizo Shuttle 2.5" SATA HDD External Enclosure @ DragonSteelMods
"  A few days ago I took a look at a 2.5” SATA enclosure from Vantec, it was fairly decent for what it was, but it did have a couple drawbacks. Today for review I have another 2.5” SATA hard drive enclosure from our friends at Vizo, it is called the! Shuttle, and it doesn't feature an eSATA connection, only USB, which for me makes things much easier. With the eSATA connector you need to have an external power source, but with the USB connection you don't, which makes it much more portable, and to me that is more important than a few more megabytes per second of speed that the eSATA connection offers..."

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Vizo Shuttle 2.5" SATA HDD External Enclosure @ DragonSteelMods
" A few days ago I took a look at a 2.5” SATA enclosure from Vantec, it was fairly decent for what it was, but it did have a couple drawbacks. Today for review I have another 2.5” SATA hard drive enclosure from our friends at Vizo, it is called the Shutt! le, and it doesn't feature an eSATA connection, only USB, which for me makes things much easier. With the eSATA connector you need to have an external power source, but with the USB connection you don't, which makes it much more portable, and to me that is more important than a few more megabytes per second of speed that the eSATA connection offers... "

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Sam and Max: Reality 2.0 @ bit-tech.net
"In the end, Sam and Max: Reality 2.0 goes to show that in the right hands, the adventure game genre can be massaged back to life and that you can't ever have too much of a good thing. It may not be as diverse and big as some of the other episodes, but it's certainly as funny and is proof that the Sam and Max series is maintaining the same high quality humour and presentation that we've come to expect over the years."

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NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT 256MB
"The GeForce 8500GT is NVIDIA's value-priced contender in the GeForce 8 series. The 8500GT has a 450MHz core clock and 400MHz memory clock, but how is this $100 creation able to compete against other graphics cards from ATI and NVIDIA? We have our hands on the passively-cooled Gigabyte GeForce 8500GT 256MB graphics card and have run our usual Linux graphics tests along with some of our first overclocking attempts with this new solution. Without further ado, we present the world's first Linux benchmarks of the NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT."

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Friday, April 27, 2007
Scythe Infinity CPU Cooler @ DragonSteelMods
" To get peak performance from modern CPU’s requires quality cooling. The hotter the CPU gets, the higher the chance for issues to arise, especially when overclocking.  The Scythe Infinity offers excellent cooling performance at near whisper quiet levels.  "

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[News] Moneual MonCaso 932P Platinum HTPC Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Moneaul was very gracious in sending us what appears to be the most impressive looking HTPC enclosure currently available. The Moncaso 932P Platinum Enclosure is aimed at replacing and changing the image of your current entertainment center with something that proprietary audio-video companies only hope to emulate. Of course, this is just the enclosure and it's up to you to decide what goes in it. Allow me to show you why Moneual has succeeded in taking the home theater market to the next level."

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Cooler Master Gemin II CPU Cooler at Modders-Inc
"The GeminII has performed great in the test rig. It was able to generate temperatures close to the Ultra Chill Tec Cooler, which was impressive I must say."

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F.E.A.R. PlayStation 3 review @ bit-tech.net
"There's no doubt that this is a slightly shoddy port of the much-loved PC game, and whether the fault lies with Day One or with the challenges set by the exotic PS3 hardware, it's still hard to recommend a conversion that looks worse than a dated original. Hard, but not impossible, because what makes F.E.A.R. so compelling has still somehow made the transition intact. Once I'd got over the horrors of the graphics engine, I found myself completely drawn into the game, and while key sections still tested my patience more than my skills -- I practically feel like I've worked at Armacham having spent so much time in its offices and research labs -- that hasn't stopped my enjoyment."

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Lian Li PC-A16 Case
"Lian Li’s cases are unique; their manufacturing is especially neat, whereas their design is always well received. They include as well little details which make them what they actually are –quality products."

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OCZ Technology ProXStream 1000W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"OCZ Technology has been manufacturing enthusiast quality memory for many years, and they have recently expanded their presence in other enthusiast markets. Their previous power supplies have generally been met with high praise in reviews, and they have now returned with a 1000W unit of their own, the ProXStream."

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Overclock3D News: New HTPC Cases To Debut!
"Today we have an exclusive on an up and coming HTPC case manufacturer."

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Radeon HD 2900XT launch and for sale May 14 not the 2nd
"Reading around today, some over excited folk got their wires crossed and claimed AMD would be launching their upcoming R600XT on May 2nd. That’s simply not correct – Nvidia is launching the 8800 Ultra on May 2nd at a retail price of at least $999 USD but supply will be very low due to yield and pricing related issues. The word on the streets of Taipei tells us that unless Nvidia reduce their 8800 Ultra pricing, you’ll have a hard time actually buying this part."

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Corsair Flash Voyager GT 8GB @ TrustedReviews
"Recently Corsair was kind enough to drop by and hand us the 8GB version of its Flash Voyager GT, the performance edition of the range. The look of the device hasn’t changed a great deal since the original Flash Voyager, though the GT sports a black and red rubber casing as opposed to blue and black."

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Orange SPV E650 Windows Mobile Smartphone @ TrustedReviews
"The SPV E650 is based on HTC’s S710 smartphone and once again Orange is first out of the gate with a new Windows Mobile device. This comes as no real surprise considering that Orange pioneered Windows Mobile smartphones with the original SPV, and although that particular handset was pretty awful, Orange’s commitment to the Windows Mobile platform has definitely paid off."

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Technic3D/Terratec Master 5.1 USB-Headset
"The Terratec Master 5.1 USB-Headset arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review a 5.1 USB-Headset with all speakers in the Headset, no simulated. Is this better?"

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Thursday, April 26, 2007
Fedora 7 Test 4
"Today's release marks the final test release for Fedora 7 before its final release on May 24. Some of the changes making up this release includes the implementation of the new wireless stack, a 2.6.21-rc7 based kernel, and reverting away from the new Echo icon set. Fedora 7 has shaped up very nicely, but it hasn't become the Linux knight in shining armor we once sought."

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W90 Review @ Digital Trends
"The DSC-W90 seems like a nice package with its 8.1MP CCD, 2.5-inch LCD, 3x optical zoom, optical image stabilization, HD output, and sub $300 price."

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Ideazon Fragmat @ techPowerUp
"The Ideazon Fragmat rounds up the company's offerings with a unique mouse pad, which features a hard plastic surface with a thin but soft underlining. It is also available with multiple themes and is big enough for high and mid sensitivity gamers. We try the pad out and let you know if it is something for the crowd of all-round gamers."

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Zotac GeForce 8500 GT @ techPowerUp
"Zotac is a new player in the NVIDIA video card business and one of their first new cards is the GeForce 8500 GT which is based on NVIDIA's brand-new G86 graphics processor. Unlike the reference design Zotac's card is factory overclocked to a GPU clock of 700 MHz which gives the card a healthy performance boost for a price increase of about $10."

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Thermaltake Soprano DX Case Review at XYZ Computing
"The Soprano DX is one of Thermaltake midtowers and though it's exterior is quite different the interior and chassis are practically identical to that of the Bach VX. A quick glance at the Soprano would have us believe that it is quite different from a case like the Bach VX and, if you are only concerned with the exterior, this is true. The Soprano DX is has a "piano black" paint job with a thick aluminum door at its front while the Bach has a light aluminum bezel with glossy bay covers and no door. Both cases are available with or without a side window and the Soprano comes in black while the Bach is silver."

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The gradual demise of AMD What happened and what to do next?
"We have distributors, companies who import goods into each country and resell them. In the AMD heydays, those distributors that imported brands like DFI, Gigabyte and ASUS were going great guns - 939 boards where selling hand over fist - and they could not see AMD going anywhere but up. When AM2 was released, huge quantities of AM2 boards were imported based on the fact 939 systems were selling 500-, 1000- and more units a week. Distributors understand that there is a transition period, so they ordered a few hundred boards via air in order to get them within a week, and then proceeded to order a larger quantity to come in by sea; maybe 1000-units, maybe 3000-units. Based on our conversations with Aussie distributors, coming to Australia, a sea shipment is going to take about 6 weeks from Taiwan or China, by which time the distributor feels comfortable that people will be phasing out 939, and AM2 should really be beginning to pump along with their sales figures. As week 6 draws closer, however, things are not looking quite right and a large number of AM2 boards from the air shipment are still sitting in warehouses gathering dust. Oh no."

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Orange SPV M700 @ TrustedReviews
"The SPV M700 in many ways takes over where the M600 left off. Similar in size and shape, it is no surprise that coming a year on the M700 adds a raft of new features including 3G support... ...The device is dominated by its display. At 320 x 240 pixel, 65,000 colours and 2.8 diagonal inches it offers no real surprises, though it is clear and sharp."

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HP Color LaserJet CP4005n @ TrustedReviews
"If colour laser printers were sold by the kilogram, HPs Color LaserJet CP4005n would be well worth its asking price. If you ignore its 48kg weight, though, which is a good two-person lift, you start to wonder why even a workgroup printer like this one needs to be quite so massive."

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Nvidia Foxconn Geforce 8800GTX GPU
"The new graphic chip Nvidia G80 has already arrived. Its flagship, the 8800GTX, has jumped into the market with a great success. It is backed by its powerful graphics processor, the improvement of AA and AF filters, as well as the simultaneous use with HDR."

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Antec P182 Performance One case @ bit-tech.net
"The Antec P182 is a truly magnificent case and there's very little not to love about it. Its design is cool and understated just like the much-loved original and the system functions near-silently thanks to a fastidious design, even when we deliberately try to hot things up under the hood."

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Tagan i-Xeye 600 W Power Supply
"When choosing a power supply, we can find a wide range of models. Tagan tries to distance from all of them making use of Dual Transformer Technology (DTT). It consists of a dual output transformer which guarantees great stability, even under full load."

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Dude, where\'s my data? @ Bjorn3D
"I know many of you may be familiar with the idea of backing up data as it has become increasingly easy to purchase huge hard drives and DVD-burners for this purpose. But there exists a whole world of people oblivious to the idea that their data can one day disappear, never to been seen or heard from again. This is what I intend to focus on today, good backup habits and how to save your data."

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Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W Cable Management Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The Toughpower 1000W from Thermaltake is a real monster! And I mean that in a good way. With best-of-class specs and a generous feature set with configuration options and some future proofing, this baby is tough to beat. The Toughpower line represents Thermaltake's flagship PSU offerings, and the 1000W is a worthy addition, building on a tradition of power, stability and cutting edge features."

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BFG Tech GeForce 8600GTS OC Graphics Card (Factory Overclocked)
"Maybe it's the great looking box or the fact that they come with a nice little overclock, all these cards seem to have something that shines, fortunately for BFG Tech it has both the box and the overclock and so much more. We had a look at the XFX come launch day and it had a lot going for it, with a huge out of the box overclock it was destined to be king of the 8600GTS cards, unfortunately when it came to overclocking we discovered pretty quickly that the card was at its limit. With BFG Tech in hand we have a chance to see if the cheaper cards on the market are capable of still giving us the modest overclock, taking us up to the level of XFX."

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Apple Gets Active on Desktop; Productivity Takes a Hit @ OSWeekly.com
"People just can’t seem to get enough of widgets these days, and this trend is continuing to accelerate while also showing no signs of slowdown in the near future. Not only are they on websites, but they’re also becoming more of a reality on mobile phones, and they’ve been a mainstay on the computer desktop for quite some time now. Apple’s Dashboard helped to popularize the simplicity and wide range of usefulness that these widgets have to offer, and Vista’s Windows Sidebar treads on the same territory by allowing Windows users to do more on their desktops than they’ve ever been able to do before."

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Exclusive Interview: Tux500 Team @ OSWeekly.com
"As you may remember from a previously written article at MadPenguin.org, I was intrigued by the idea of a group of likeminded individuals who are taking the necessary steps to get Linux (collectively speaking) sponsored in an effort to make sure that everyone watching the upcoming Indy 500 would be aware of an alternative to Windows and OS X. The project is called Tux500 and it is one of the boldest advertising ideas involving Linux that I have ever seen."

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Motorola RAZR V3xx Platinum Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Motorola just keeps pumping out the RAZR line with no end in sight whatsoever. The V3xx Platinum is a new member of the RAZR series, available directly from AT&T. Other than the updated theme, there isn’t anything noteworthy about the Platinum edition. It’s the same old, same old. We reviewed the original V3xx a while back and came away with a decent impression of the xx series."

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Samsung SCH-u740 Review @ Digital Trends
"The Samsung SCH-u740 offers a unique dual-hinge design that lets you use the phone in both portrait and landscape mode - perfect for messaging."

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XTracPads Zoom @ techPowerUp
"The XTracPads Zoom is incredibly thin and lightweight. In fact it is thinner than the pad's own packaging. The Zoom is meant for speed and the low height should make it quite comfortable. We take a few mice for a spin and let you know if the hard surface stays in place and does the job."

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Moneual LAB MonCaso 932 HTPC enclosure @ techPowerUp
"The Moneual LAB MonCaso 932 series carries a price tag of just under $900, but features all the specifications to justify it. A 7" touchscreen LCD placed inside an incredibly solid all aluminum case, a great software and easy installation as well as the included keyboards are what you get for your money. We take a real close look at the case which costs more than most complete systems and let you know if it is worth it."

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Technic3D/CoolIT RAM Fan and PCI Cooling Booster
"The CoolIT RAM Fan and PCI Cooling Booster arrived Technic3D. Easy Installation and nice Cooling for the Summer?. See you the following Review."

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Review: Super Talent DDR2 1000 (T1000UX2G4) 2GB @ GideonTech.com
"This week I was given a chance to look over a pair of Super Talent Technology Corporation's 2GB (2 x 1GB Dual Channel) DDR2 PC2 8000 T1000UX2G4 overclocked RAM for gamers. The timings for this set of memory is a tight 4-5-4-15 - compared to the common 5-5-5-15 variety. With 20 years under the belt, Super Talent stands behind their product. All ram modules are protected with a lifetime warranty."

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[News] SAPPHIRE Pure Innovation HDMI PI-AM2RS690MHD Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"This motherboard is not intended to be a serious overclocker, but instead to be an asset to the digital home environment. What I mean by that is it's better suited as a possible HTPC or as a medium to get digital content to a device with a HDMI connection."

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Modders-Inc Anniversary Giveaway
"We are kicking it into high gear with an Anniversary Giveaway! During the month of April we will be giving away stuff at random and we have already given away lots great prizes. You could be the next winner!"

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Internal Card Reader with USB 2.0 from USBGeek @ DragonSteelMods
" Quite a few types of devices out there today use some sort of memory card to store their data on, be it music, photos, games etc.  What I've always wondered is why don't computer manufacturers include card readers as a standard feature on their ! computers. Yes some do, but most don't, so what you need to do is go and buy a separate card reader for your system like the one I have today for review from USBGeek. The Internal Card Reader with USB 2.0 is just that, a card reader with a couple extra USB ports on it, no audio ports, no firewire, none of that stuff. How many people actually use all those ports anyway? I know I don't, but I do use a card reader all the time and my USB ports. So this product is simple but yet right on with what is needed by most people. "

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Cyber Snipa S.W.A.T. Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The S.W.A.T. performs as well as any other laser mouse on the market and has a lot to offer for a reasonable $30 US – switchable 800/1600 DPI modes, seven buttons, onboard memory to save preferences, sleek looks, and a comfortable shape. As great as it performs in games it will also serve well as a mouse to use while doing basic things such as web surfing."

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Cooler Master 830 Custom and 832 cases @ bit-tech.net
"To be honest, it performs exactly the same as the 830. Primarily because the 832 is almost exactly the same. Sure, there's now support for a 230mm EPS power supply, the airflow has been supposedly improved somehow and the door looks a little different, but in reality the case seems more like an alternate version of the 830 rather than a new and improved design. Which, in our opinion, just isn't a bad thing."

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Ultra 850VA UPS @ Bjorn3D
"Computer hardwares are dedicated pieces of electronics which should definitely be treated with a great care. While many people will choose the best components that money can buy and have the best performance, yet often people overlooked one crucial piece of equipment which every computer system should have--an uninterrupted power supply (UPS). A computer should always be plugged into an UPS so when there’s a power outage, the important data will have a few minutes to be safely saved and the system can be shut down properly. An inappropriate system shut down can sometimes damage the system components and not to mention the hours of hardwork on your senior thesis could just be gone forever."

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Asus W5Fe - Windows Sideshow Notebook @ TrustedReviews
"Sideshow is a Windows Vista only technology that uses an external screen on the laptop lid to let you gain access to your email, music and other content, without having to turn on your machine... ...Asus has essentially just shoehorned the Vista Sideshow screen into the lid of an W5F - creating the W5Fe."

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God of War 2 @ TrustedReviews
"God of War 2 makes [God of War] look like Jaffe was only half-trying. If the first game was Jaffe’s Fellowship of the Ring – a signal that a previously middleweight talent has suddenly shifted into creative overdrive – this is his Return of the King: a fully-realised feast of imagination combined with sheer technical muscle. It makes a lot of so-called next-generation games seem small."

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Solid State put to the test Team 16GB 2.5-inch IDE Solid State Drive
"Several years ago companies started releasing USB pen drives which have reinvented the way stored data could be transported. USB pen drives (and other flash products, such as memory cards used in your digital camera) use NAND non-volatile flash memory, which is able to store and retain data even without power, making this type of memory very versatile. Pen drives were expensive at first release but now you can pick up a 1GB drive for just a few dollars, and flash memory prices are constantly decreasing. Not too long ago, some smart chap had the idea of replacing the aging hard disk drive bound with problems such as heat, size, weight, noise and mechanical failure with solid state technology. Instead of using a hard drive with moving parts, why not create a new type of drive, which is solid state and more reliable, using flash memory chips? It has been said that, within the next ten years, SSD (Solid State Drives) will replace the aging hard drive, and in the interim HDD / SSD hybrids are likely to increase in popularity as the storage technology of choice. Today we get our first look at SSD technology as we check out Team Group's 16GB 2.5-inch notebook solid state disk. At 16GB the drive is not a monster when it comes to total storage capacity, but as we take a look at this pre-production product it should give us a good introduction to the potential of SSD technology."

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Thermaltake LANBOX VF1000BWS mATX Case Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The rear exhaust fans draw air in through vents on either side and the top, while the intake fan helps out by pushing filtered air in through the front. Despite the dual 60mm exhaust fans and the one 90mm fan in the front, the Thermaltake LANBOX VF1000BWS mATX Case remains extremely quiet while providing sufficient cooling to the internal components."

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HP tx1000 Tablet PC Review @ Digital Trends
"The design of the HP tx1000 is meant to fuse together sleek styling and ease-of-use features, along with a tablet-enabled screen and enough horsepower to run multiple applications under Windows Vista Home Premium edition - definitely no small task. For an entertainment notebook that will be used for so many different types of activities - taking handwritten notes, watching DVDs, listening to music, web conferencing with both audio and video, playing games, and all other general productivity tasks - the physical characteristics of the notebook become extremely important. Fortunately, the tx1000 product designers did a thorough job envisioning all of these types of activities when planning the physical layout of the notebook."

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nVidia GeForce 8600 GTS - MSI and Leadtek Head2Head @ TrustedReviews
"Well, at last we no longer have to make that decision as nVidia has stepped up to the plate and announced three new DirectX10 products, the GeForce 8600 GTS, GeForce 8600 GT and GeForce 8500 GT. Priced from $229 all the way down to $89, these cards now mean that everyone has at least one DX10 capable option, whatever their budget. All we need now is for ATI to provide us with some competition! While all three cards were announced last week, nVidia has said that the 8500 GT and 8600 GT won't be available immediately and the 8600 GTS was the only card to truly 'hard launch' last week. So, today we're just taking a look at a pair of these cards."

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Canon Digital IXUS 70 @ TrustedReviews
"The IXUS 70 has, to say the least, a striking design. Apparently modelled after the original IXUS APS film camera, its shape is a very minimalist plain rectangle, with the lens, the monitor screen and all the rear panel controls mounted smoothly flush with the body. People to whom I showed the camera while I was testing it were divided pretty evenly between those who though it looked cool and stylish, and those who thought it was ugly and boring, which just goes to show that there’s no pleasing everyone."

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foneGEARs Mini Blu Bluetooth Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Mini Blu is not exactly going to turn heads when you walk down the street, nor will it get you to the front of the line at your favorite club in Miami…then again, you aren’t walking around with a phone booth on your shoulders either. However, foneGear has produced a very nice looking Bluetooth headset that is designed for people who want something small and functional."

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Technic3D/MS-Tech LC-700
"The MS-Tech LC-700 is the next Midi-Tower in the Technic3D Editorship. See you in the following Review which qualities the LC-700 with a small price presents."

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Gigabyte Aurora 570 Black Tower ATX Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Gigabyte's 3DAurora 570 chassis is the second-generation offering in this product line and a very worthy successor to the original. With many improvements over its older brother and several new features, the 570 is a high quality case that will make an excellent home for the latest maximum-effort systems an enthusiast might wish to install. It has a distinctive look, great performance and a feature list the likes of which give many chassis manufacturers a thing or two to learn."

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: Two GPUs and CrossFire on one PCB - Sapphire X1950 Pro Dual 1GB
"Yup, Sapphire's spiced things up by launching a customised Radeon X1950 Pro that doubles up on a single PCB. A speed demon or a bridge too far?"

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HIS X1050 Video Card @ Viper Lair
"The bottom line is that this is a cheap way of getting the Vista Aero interface without the need for a more expensive mid to high graphics card that would be useless for most non-gamers. If that's all you need then the HIS X1050 will serve you well, and can even provide a quiet card for HTPC duties although you will need to buy an ATI TV Out dongle separately."

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Monday, April 23, 2007
CoolIt Freezone CPU Cooler @ DragonSteelMods
"  Liquid cooling is very popular now, at one time it more of an enthusiast only cooling option, but today many companies make liquid cooling kits for the DIYers out there. The more extreme enthusiasts use TEC cooling to really lower their temps for higher overclocks. So what do you g! et when you combine TECs and liquid cooling, and a company that wants to make it much easier for everyone to have top of the line cooling? You get the Freezone from CoolIt! The Freezone combines the best of everything, liquid cooling, TEC modules and a compact, easy to install system that anyone can utilize to make their system nice and cool. I installed the Freezone in both my Intel and AMD setups and took it for a spin to see what it could do, so continue on to learn more..."

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Pioneer VSX-84TXSi Review @ Digital Trends
"We test Pioneer's flagship receiver, the VSX-84TXSi to see if this is a beast to be reckoned with. Is Pioneer's best, worth looking at?"

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Spire Rocketeer VI - SLI Series SP-600W PSU Review at Metku.net
"Few years ago no one seemed to care about the quality of their power supplies, no matter how top notch the rest of the computer system were. This wasn't too wise because a bad PSU can take all the other parts with it in case of failure. Besides having proper protections, a decent PSU also has lower ripple voltage in the output lines, which can, for example, effect the signal quality of the sound card. All together it really is worth paying for the quality."

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The Best Extensions for Thunderbird 2.0 at XYZ Computing
"The recent upgrade to Thunderbird 2.0 marked a nice evolution of the client and while it did not bring a lot of major changes it did include a few much needed tweaks. Between these changes and my general requirement of using as few extensions as possible I have found that Thunderbird does not need many extensions to get it set up properly. There are a few excellent ones out there that everyone should know about."

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[News] CFI 4-Bay eSATA Port Multiplier RAID Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"I think everyone who has anything more important than the latest round of email jokes on your system should have some sort of Raid setup, or at the very least external backups. And I see no reason not to check out the CFI B4043 to see if it fits your needs."

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Legit Reviews Message
"When it comes to the RD600 chipset, I really did expect more right out of the box. DFI included all of the tweaks that have been available on past LanParty series boards. There is likely some tweaking that can be done to get a little more out of the board, and many of the hard core tweakers would like that on this board..."

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Antec MX-1 Hard Drive Enclosure Review at XYZ Computing
"With the MX-1 Antec set out to manufacturer an enclosure for the discriminating buyer. Their stated goal was to offer the performance of an internal drive in a device that was both portable and actively cooled. Not necessarily a lofty goal, but easier said than done. There are a lot of factors that go into a product like this, including cooling protection, and connectivity, so I was interested to see how Antec's MX-1 stacked up."

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Corsair Flash Voyager 256MB
"While you may be asking yourself why we bothered to look at a 256MB flash drive, we decided to examine the Corsair Flash Voyager 256MB as it appeals to a variety of different users from those wanting to run a mini Linux LiveUSB distribution or to using this storage device for other purposes where a large storage capacity drive really isn't needed. The Flash Voyager 256MB also sells for less than $10 USD, which could make this an ideal stocking stuffer for almost any computer user. With that said, we decided to take a quick look at the CMFUSB2.0-256 today on Phoronix."

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Ultra MicroFly SX6 Case w/XVS 600 Watt PSU at Modders-Inc
"Ultra Products recently released three new versions of the MicroFly case, the BX6, MX6, and SX6. The new versions of the MicroFly still use the same basic layout and structure with a few modifications to the design. The BX6 and SX6 both have a door covering the drive bays, while the MX6's front panel is covered in mesh."

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Yuugou Japanese case mod by Greensabbath @ bit-tech.net
"After finishing my first case mod, Sangaku, I thought to myself “That was fun, but I think I’ve had enough.” Of course, while saying this, I was already simultaneously thinking of the next mod, which became “Yuugou”. A lot of things have happened while doing both mods and I like to see Yuugou as both personal and professional growth. As for which one is better, you will have to decide for yourself."

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Article: NTP Server Systems and Network Timing @ Bigbruin.com
"The Network Time Protocol, more commonly known as NTP, is a widely used Internet protocol for the transfer of time across a network. NTP is commonly used to synchronize network time clients to an accurate time source. This article describes the Network Time Protocol and provides an overview of how NTP servers utilize NTP to provide an accurate source of time to network time clients."

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ViewSonic VX2245wm Black 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor W/ViewDock Review @ Tweaknews.net
"As I personally see it, Viewsonic had great intentions to make a monitor that would be perfect for the iPod user. With the iPod dock and the integrated speakers, your iPod purchase does indeed have more functionality other than just a portable media device when you purchase this monitor. The functionality is there but there are some wrinkles that need to be pressed out...."

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Buffalo Technology TeraStation Pro II 1.0TB @ TrustedReviews
"Buffalo Technology has traditionally been a big player in the entry-level NAS appliance market thanks to its TeraStation products. The TeraStation Pro impressed with its excellent range of features and tempting price tag and now we take a look at the TeraStation Pro II, which aims to improve on the performance of its predecessor."

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Sans Digital Synology DS-107 @ Bjorn3D
"A simple server can be simply an old system that it stores the shared data or as complicated as a business oriented Server. Of course the converting an old computer to a server is probably the cheapest way to go, however, an old PC will take up a large space and it may also consumes quite a lot of power when it’s running 24/7 and maybe slightly troublesome to maintain and configure. A NAS on the other hand takes just slightly larger space than the hard drive it encloses and it obviously consumes much less power than a full PC. Lately, the price of NAS has dropped quite significantly and has trickled down to be more affordable where even a home user can benefit from having a NAS. Not only that a NAS will serve as the medium for data transfer, many current NAS are packed with features, they can also serve as a printer server, back up stations, and recently with the popularity of torrents, it can even download files without a computer. Today, we will take a look at the Synology!"

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Technic3D/Scythe Kama Meter
"The Scythe Kama Meter front panel arrived Technic3D. You can keep an eye on temperature, control your fans and set the master volume of your Computer in many colors. See you the following Review."

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Beryl: The Cool Linux UI Reviewed @ OSWeekly.com
"To this day, I still have to smile when new Linux users decide to take the plunge because they want the cool looking visual effects that Beryl offers. To some limited degree, I can understand the motivation. The stunning videos on YouTube are certainly compelling to those who have never tried to use the setup themselves. Unfortunately, there are still some valid reasons for sticking with the alternatives for the time being. Let's explore some of the issues that I have found with using Beryl."

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OS X Virtualized? No Way! @ OSWeekly.com
"Unlike some of the more"

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Thermaltake Armor VA8000 Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Thermaltake is known for its gamer oriented cases, and it’s not a surprise to see huge, rather spacious cases from the company. The Armor VA8000 is another beast of a case that’s going to wow the PC enthusiasts who are interested in expanding their components throughout the years."

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Sunday, April 22, 2007
XtremeMac Tango Review @ Digital Trends
"The XtremeMac Tango goes head-to-head with the Apple Hi-Fi. Read our review to see who wins this battle of the brawn."

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Internet radio editorial @ bit-tech.net
"With the new fees that the RIAA has dictated through its front-end the Copyright Royalty Board (let's be honest, there is no semblance of independence in the board after this), a large majority of the Internet radio stations will be bankrupted come May 15th. Of course, those that stick around will be the ones that played a low variety of songs and appealed to the widest audience for advertising dollars."

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Saturday, April 21, 2007
iMONO SD2Go SIM Card Reader from Brando WorkShop @ DragonSteelMods
" Cellphones are extremely popular as we all know, pretty much everyone has one kind or another. Quite a few cellphones, use the SIM card system, something that I like very much personally. I like being able to just pop my SIM card into another phone and off I go. I have a PDA type phone and I also have a couple 'cheapie' phones that I use when I know I'll be doing something that could damage my SmartPhone. I just pop my SIM card into the other phone and away I go with another phone. Usually your contacts are stored on the SIM card and can't be accessed unless you bought the optional, expensive data cable. Today for review Brando WorkShop sent me over a cool little card reader that not only reads memory cards, but includes that ability to read SIM cards as well, and even included software to help edit and backup all your contacts without the use of that expensive data cable... "

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NVIDIA 100.14.03 Display Driver
"We have been waiting and waiting for NVIDIA to release their new Linux display drivers and today we can report that they finally did. Sneaking out of the NVIDIA camp on Friday night was the 100.14.03 Beta driver for Linux. However, at this time there is no 100.14.03 equivalent for FreeBSD or Solaris users."

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SilverStone Sugo SG03 SFF
"The SilverStone Sugo SG03 is a SG01 on steroids and it's a sexy yet functional micro ATX chassis. You could also say the SilverStone Sugo SG03 is the Temjin TJ09 of micro ATX cases. There are a few minor details with the case that are obviously inherited from the original Sugo and the Sugo Evolution, but as a whole this is an all-new and very exciting case."

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Puzzlebox 2.0: The Second Coming case modification @ bit-tech.net
"So why build another case mod on the same theme? Just as Mr Lucas found, creating something on a budget leads to creative compromises and you lie awake at night wondering what it could have been if only more money had been available. This new mod is my way of creating a Puzzlebox the way I had originally hoped; two years ago I didn't even know stuff like a 7-inch retractable LCD touchscreen exists and CNC milling plexi sheets was an impossible dream for me."

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Friday, April 20, 2007
Vizo Sleet VGA Cooler @ DragonSteelMods
" Today I will be looking at the Vizo Sleet VGA cooler.  Vizo is the maker of the well regarded Sleet line of copper chipset coolers for video cards.  Realizing that cooling the video RAM was not enough, Vizo has released an all-in-one cooling solution for most graphics cards.  This kit fits almost all models of! video cards from ATI and NVIDIA up until the 7600 lines for NVIDIA and the x1300/x1600 series for ATI. Whether you want to cool down your VGA, tone down the noise level or add some led bling, Vizo now gives you the option in one complete kit.  Let’s get started... "

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Route 66 Chicago 6000 vs. Medion GoPal PNA465 @ TrustedReviews
"We don't normally review sat navs in Head 2 Heads, but in this instance it made perfect sense, since when we opened up the boxes we discovered they were both almost identical. This isn't a great surprise considering that so many casings are built in East Asia and then licensed to companies elsewhere, as is obviously the case here."

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Ultimate Ears triple.fi 10 Pro Earphones @ TrustedReviews
"The Ultimate Ears triple.fi 10 Pros are superb earphones in every respect. The triple driver design produces staggering sound across a wide range of music genres. The improved build quality over the super.fi 5 Pros is also a very welcome addition. But it’s the pricing that comes as the real shock here, with Ultimate Ears undercutting Shure’s triple driver SE530s by £100, and going head to head with the dual driver SE420s."

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$185 Gaming CPU's: AMD 5600+ Versus Intel E6300 @ Legit Reviews
"Since many can't afford the highest priced processors on the market we have focused on the sub $200 processors from AMD and Intel for an article that shows gaming performance between the two processors. To keep under the $200 budget we went with the $185 Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6300 and the $184 AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor 5600+. Both of these processors are under $200 and are within just a dollar of each other, so when it comes to pricing alone it's an apple to apple comparison..."

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Super Talent T1000UX2G5 2GB PC2-8000 DDR2 Memory Kit Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Super Talent T1000UX2G5 2GB PC2-8000 DDR2 Memory Kit performs great at its advertised speed of 1000MHz and fairly relaxed timings. Using more aggressive timings (4-4-4-12) allowed this memory to operated error-free up to 1075MHz, and changing the timings back to the default 5-5-5-15 allowed the memory to run stably at 1200MHz."

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PowerColor X1950 PRO SCS3 @ Bjorn3D
"G80 being out for a while, it's now AMD's turn to bring new generation of video cards. For that however, you will have to wait another month or so before we even see first R600 cards being sold. Meanwhile, AMD partners are going stiff and are seeking fresh blood to feed their customers. I would assume the madness that's going on as they can't deliver new cards thus make no money. Forget that for a while and let's move back in time to R500 era."

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Technic3D/aquacomputer aquaduct 360 XT
"The new aquacomputer aquaduct 360 XT external Watercooling with completely monitoring arrived Technic3D. The handling, low noise and cooling better than other Sets? Technic3D will see that in the following Review with a Intel QX6700 and Overclocking."

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Samsung 206BW 20 Inch LCD Display Review at XYZ Computing
"The 206BW is Samsung's 20" widescreen workhorse. It has some very nice features, but is priced to sell... this is to say that it is designed to compete with some of Samsung's more price-conscious competitors. With a current street price of well under $300, strong specifications, and Samsung's reputation, the 206BW is definitely worth looking into. The only initial issue some people are going to have with it initially is that it is not a 22 incher."

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Thursday, April 19, 2007
Phoronix To Support Solaris OS
"Our primary focus at Phoronix has been and will remain on covering the GNU/Linux hardware scene; however, the Solaris OS will become standard for use in a majority of our reviews and other hardware articles. We have been monitoring the Solaris landscape for quite some time and we see today's adoption as an important milestone for Solaris desktop users and the alternative operating system community in general. Our goal is to provide Solaris users with the most detailed information when it comes to compatibility and performance for desktop and server hardware."

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Four gaming mice tested @ bit-tech.net
"There are so many factors to get right -- form, number of buttons and the resistance they give, extra features and availability to left handed users, all of these play a part. That's even neglecting the whole wired/wireless debate that still divides this office into two viciously opposed parties who regularly come to blows. Let's face it, the mouse you use will affect everything from Minesweeper to Prey, so you may as well get it right. Thankfully, we're here to showcase some of the newest mice on the shelves so that you can be sure to steer clear of this dangerous mousetrap."

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Welcome To The New Phoronix
"In a little over a month from now Phoronix will be turning three years old, but today we have an early present for our readers and the alternative OS community. As you should be able to see right now, we have a brand new layout. This new user interface is powered by our sixth-generation content management system, PHXCMS, and it sports an overwhelming number of enhancements."

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Skype DUALphone 3088 Review @ Digital Trends
"DUALphone 3088 looks and acts like a regular phone, but also supports VoIP using Skype to give you the best of both worlds."

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XTracPads Pro @ techPowerUp
"The XTracPads Pro is a specialty mouse pad. The smooth surface and small size coupled with a great sense of accuracy make it perfect for RPG or real time strategy gamers. We take a close look at each of these attributes and its durability to see if it is the pro choice for these type of games."

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Xclio Stable Power 1000W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Xclio is working on making a name for themselves with a line of high quality cases and power supplies, and I recently took a look at one of their power supply units, the Stable Power 500W. I had mixed feelings about that power supply, as it provided solid power, but it put out a good amount of heat and the cables were unwrapped. The 1000W model Stable Power unit is geared for a different class of users, and has many features that you find on higher class power supplies."

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Overclock3D Review: Nexus NHP-2200 Northbridge Cooler
"The NHP-2200 is Nexus Technology's silent, universal answer to today's ever hotter motherboard chipsets. Let's see if it can successfully live up to its claims of effective cooling and zero noise."

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Overclock3D Review: Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 2GB DDR2 Kit
"Crucial may not currently hold the record for having the fastest DDR2 modules on the market, but that doesn't mean we can't have a go at overclocking their recently released Ballistix PC2-8500 2GB kit! Read on to find out how it performed."

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Steel Series Steelpad Qck Heavy Mouse Pad Review @ Tweaknews.net
"What can I say, it's a mouse pad, a HUGE mouse pad. It does its job and it does it well. Throughout my testing it held up to all the abuse I could throw at it, including a coffee spill, a little dabbing with a cloth and careful wiping it was good as new again. If you like cloth mouse pads and need a lot of room to move your mouse around then I can see no reason why you shouldn't get a SteelPad QcK Heavy."

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Edimax BR-6216mg MIMO XR @ Bjorn3D
"As we get more computers in our homes, the need for an easy way to connect them all to the Internet increases. While the best solution is to hook them all up to a router or switch through ethernet cables, it requires the user to have cables going around the house. If you can put the cables inside the walls there is no problem but in many houses, like mine, it is not possible which means cables outside the wall. When I suggested to my wife that we should wire up the whole house she gave me a cold stare and made it clear in no uncertain terms that this was not an option. And to be honest, she does have a point. While you do not care how it looks in an office, having cables running around the house outside the walls is not exactly pretty regardless how much you try to hide them."

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Creative GigaWorks T20 2.0 Speakers @ TrustedReviews
"At around £55 they're an absolute steal for a great set of desktop speakers that look good too. Obviously, if you're prepared to spend a lot more money, you will find better sounding speakers utilising multiple channels, but at this price the T20s represent superb value. They're more convenient than 2.1 systems, with even less wiring to deal with, and in many cases, will sound better too."

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Hotel Dusk: Room 215 @ TrustedReviews
"Think artsy French graphic novel meets A-Ha’s Take on Me video, with hand-sketched figures animated over stylised 3D backdrops, a few cool cinematic twists, and a lot of constantly shifting line-work. The colour palette is subdued, the character design is suitably gritty, and it all comes close to a perfect marriage of hard-boiled cool and visual smarts."

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Lexar JumpDrive Lightning Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Lexar’s JumpDrive Lightening is the company’s top of the line drive for people who seek decent storage on the go. The 2GB version, which we are taking a look at today, has great chrome finishing to it, almost iPod-like, that makes the drive look rather spiffy. The build quality of the JumpDrive Lightning is also impressive, and you can tell the drive is a heavyweight contender in its category. It has an amazingly solid feel to it and is protected with rubber molding to absorb the shocks that the drive may experience during unintentional drops to the floor. There’s also an opening at the end for you to secure the drive on a keychain."

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GoodBye Windows XP Forever and Ever @ OSWeekly.com
"It's actually kind of funny how the news of Windows XP being phased out was received by most people. It seems that most users are concerned that they will be completely out of luck when it comes to obtaining XP should they wish to avoid Vista for the time being. To these concerned souls, I would point out that I can still find copies of Windows 2000 Pro incase I want to avoid XP and Vista."

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ECS 965PLT-A Motherboard Intel 946GZ Chipset Tested
"ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems) has been good enough to supply us with its latest model called the 965PLT-A. While the board has “965” in its name, it does not actually feature a 965 chipset. In fact it is based on the new 946GZ chipset from Intel, designed with the new GMA 3000 graphics chip embedded in the northbridge. We plan to test this chipset to see how it performs compared to a 6200 TurboCache graphics card as well as our normal tests with the Radeon X1950Pro. So come have a look at the latest board to cross our labs."

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Gigabyte and XFX GeForce 8600GT graphics cards go head-to-head
"You find yourself wanting to get into DirectX 10 gaming but with only a 17” or 19” LCD you cannot justify spending excessive dollars on an overpowered card. If you are not a huge detail junky, and technology like AA and AF does not bother you, then even the Nvidia GeForce 8600GTS is probably overkill for you. With users like this in mind, Nvidia has come out with the 8600GT, a mid-range card at about 2/3 the price of a standard 8600GTS. A 1/3 price drop equates to AU$100 (US$80), a significant saving for anyone. Two versions are with us today, a silent passive-cooled offering from Gigabyte and an overclocked XXX version from XFX, a company who pleasantly pleased us with its 8600GTS in an earlier review."

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Lenovo ThinkPad T60p Review @ Digital Trends
"The Lenovo ThinkPad T60p is a sleek, professional looking laptop that doesn't skimp on features."

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3R System iCEAGE 120 @ techPowerUp
"It is big and it is cool - It's the iCEAGE from 3RSystem. With a 120 mm fan and new heatpipe technology that has the heatpipes as part of the contact base it sure does look promising. Today we will put the iCEAGE to the test and see if it can live up to its name. We'll take a closer look at the Direct Touch Heatpipe design, and see if it does make a difference or not."

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[Phoronix] AMD 8.36.5 Display Driver
"While not marked in the official release notes, there have been some"

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[Phoronix] OLPC XO Test Build
"We've heard a lot about the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project, which aims to provide a $100 laptop for developing nations, and we've heard a bit about its Sugar interface and other technical abilities, but recently we spent the time with QEMU and a test build of the OLPC XO operating system (Fedora based) to see how it really shapes up."

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[Phoronix] An Outcry For Improved ATI Linux Drivers
"When I heard a sharp and continuous beeping sound, I had just grabbed my mug to enjoy my evening tea with the movie I was trying to watch. Without asking any questions to my computer (implicitly or explicitly), I had put down the mug and reached for the reset button on my PC. This was the third time in 45 minutes and it had never happened before. After I had upgraded to a ATI Radeon X1650XT, things started to go awry in a very annoying fashion."

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Intel Penryn 3.33GHz Processor Benchmarks @ Legit Reviews
"The performance numbers on the Intel Wolfdale and Yorkfield processors look great, but as always remember these numbers are done on a production motherboard with slight voltage modifications and on software applications that Intel picked out. The performance difference between Yorkfield and Kentsfield seems to be roughly 5-10% clock for clock, which is a nice performance increase..."

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: Silverstone SG-03 - World Exclusive!
"We reported on this case at CeBIT last month, and as the product is nearly ready to ship, we got an exclusive opportunity to try one out. Matt Davey gives the Silverstone SG-03 a prod and a poke."

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IDF: Intel's next generation Penryn processor benchmarked @ bit-tech.net
"//Up until now, we've had no quantitative results as to how much better the next generation of CPUs in the Core 2 Duo refresh will be. It's all well and good telling you about the specifics of the improvements like Radix-16 this or Super Shuffle that, which come with the process revision of 45nm, but how does that translate into real numbers?"

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HEXUS.net - IDF 2007 :: Intel Penryn (45nm) dual- and quad-core benchmarks
"Intel's new 45nm Penryn core adds more than just a clock and FSB hike, so much so that even a dual-core Penryn is able to beat out a quad-core QX6800 under certain circumstances."

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Flexiglow Cyber Snipa Tracer Mousepad Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Anyone who is serious about gaming should take a closer look at the Tracer mouse pad. The ultra-slick surface is just the right size and performed great with both a laser and optical mouse. Movements were fast and precise without the mouse overly sliding around and because it's so thin I didn't experience wrist soreness like I have in the past with thicker pads."

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XFX 8600GTS & 8600GT XXX Editions! @ Bjorn3D
"At long last and amidst plenty of speculation there are finally midrange DX10 graphics cards out on the market, even if DX10 has yet to arrive to the party. Yesterday NVIDIA announced the launch of thier 8600GTS, 8600GT, and the 8500GT cards. The 8400-series is reportedly OEM only and is not geared for retail sales. As the 8500GT won't offer much performance anyway, that just leaves us with the 8600GTS and 8600GT for our review today."

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The iPhone Killed Leopard @ OSWeekly.com
"It’s funny how things work out sometimes. You see, not too long ago, I wrote an article where I said that we shouldn’t have been so hard on Microsoft for the Vista delays, and even though Leopard was still set for its original June release when I first wrote the article, I made the statement that I would be supportive of Apple if they decided to release the operating system later than expected in order to make sure that it’s just right. Guess what? It happened."

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Windows Vista: Welcome to Your Worst Nightmare @ OSWeekly.com
"Just when I thought I had seen it all, I discover another issue that could, at some point down the line, spell trouble for those who are interested in keeping their Vista machines safe from malware. But for the time being, it is more of a potential threat than anything immediate."

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Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Nokia’s latest device, the N800 Internet Tablet, is unique, to say the least. It’s not a smartphone, yet it can send and receive e-mail messages; it’s not a phone, yet it can make phone calls; it’s not a portable multimedia player; yet it can playback audio/video files; and it’s not a notebook, yet it can browser the web. Are you confused yet? Alright, let’s see if we can define the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet. The N800 does a lot of things, but it can’t be placed in any one of the multitude of portable categories. Nope, it’s in a category all by itself."

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[News] Razer DeathAdder Gaming Mouse Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"I chock this up as another excellent product, in an ever growing line of them. The DeathAdder is in a good price range for the average gamer, with good drivers, excellent build quality and enough features to please almost anyone."

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
5 in 1 PCMCIA Multi Card Reader from USBGeek @ DragonSteelMods
"  There are many options today for laptops, and one of them is having a built-in card reader, notice I said option there, that's because it's not a standard thing on all laptops. What do you do if you have a laptop that didn't co! me with a card reader? Well you could use a USB type reader, but then you'll loose a USB port, and if you're like me those are in use all the time for one thing of another. Today for review I have a great option that uses a free PCMCIA slot, most people don't even use their slots so why not utilize it if possible to add some functionality to your laptop? The 5-in-1 PCMCIA Multi Card Reader from USBGeek is just the thing to do this, it adds the ability to read several types of memory card while freeing up those precious USB ports."

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How To: Keep Your Identity Safe Online @ Digital Trends
"Our simple guide shows you how to keep your identity safe while browsing the web."

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Nokia 5300 XpressMusic Review @ Digital Trends
"The Nokia 5300 XpressMusic phone supports WMA, AAC and MP3 music files and features stereo Bluetooth headsets."

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Overclock3D Review: abit Fatal1ty F-I90HD Motherboard
"AMD/ATI recently released their 690G chipsets for the digital home. The Intel socket 775 version is based again on the ATI Radeon Express 1250 graphics solution, we take a look at abit's Fatal1ty F-I90HD"

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Beyond3D - reviews :: NVIDIA G84: Architecture and Video Performance
"NVIDIA unveil G84 today, and we've spent good time with a pair of boards from XFX to see what the architecture brings to the table. For the intro piece we've looked at video decoding, since arguably the most exciting bit about GeForce 8600 products is the new set of tech blocks for that purpose. We put XFX's XXX GTS through its paces with HD-DVD testing and more."

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Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS review @ bit-tech.net
"The future is potentially bright for GeForce 8600 GTS, but it's not the dead-certain we have become accustomed to in Nvidia's mid-range over the past couple of generations. In that respect, we were really treated with both GeForce 7600 GT and GeForce 6600 GT. If you're looking to upgrade from something from the GeForce 7600 or Radeon X1650 -series' (or lower), GeForce 8600 GTS is well worth considering if you're looking to jump into the realms of DirectX 10. However, if you're upgrading from anything higher, you'll be better served with a GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB. For the time being though, we'd recommend holding tight and waiting for DirectX 10 content to start showing up before jumping in with both feet. At that point, the battleground will be a lot firmer and there won't be quite so many unknowns looming."

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Technic3D/Sparkle NVIDIA 8600 GTS
"The new Sparkle NVIDIA 8600 GTS arrived Technic3D. The Graphic Card with DirectX 10 and a small price better than other Graphic Cards? Technic3D will see that in the following Review with 1920x1200 up to 1024x768."

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Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus GPU Cooler at Modders-Inc.com
"Everyone would like their graphics card to run cooler for different reasons and the stock GPU coolers do a decent job, but we always want something better. Sytrin's newest cooler, the KuFormula VF1 Plus, cools extremely well. The KuFormula VF1 Plus might take up a little more space than most coolers, but the cooling difference more than makes up for the additional space."

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NVIDIA GeForce 8600 & 8500 Preview @ techPowerUp
"Today NVIDIA announced their latest new graphics processors of the GeForce 8 Series. The new cards are called GeForce 8500 GT, 8600 GT and 8600 GTS. In our preview we examine the differences between the products and how they stack up against the last generation GeForce 7 products."

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: MSI GeForce 8600GTS - the new midrange champion
"Today the GeForce 8600GT and 8600GTS arrive and bring with them DirectX 10 support for people on a relative budget. But how much of that G80 magic remains, and what other changes has NVIDIA made to ensure it succeeds in this most crucial of market segments - the sub-£150 sector?"

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XFX 8600GT and 8600 GTS XXX Edition Video Cards @ Legit Reviews
"The XFX GeForce 8600 GT is a single slot design that requires no additional power connector for operation. This makes the board very energy efficient as it has a maximum power draw of just 43 watts. The XFX GeForce 7600 GT has a is maximum power draw of 65 watts while the GeForce 6600 GT is 70 watts. For the third generation in a row NVIDIA has been able to decrease the power consumption on their mainstream video cards while adding features and improving performance, which is amazing and something for them to brag about."

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Lexmark P450 Compact Photo Printer with CD Burner Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Instead of having to connect to a PC with a photo quality printer attached, you can make high quality photo prints where ever you have an electrical outlet. Leave the Lexmark P450 Compact Photo Printer with CD Burner in the living room, take it to the Grandparent's house, or even leave it out during a party or special event for instant memories."

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XFX 680i LT SLI @ Bjorn3D
"Several months ago the first 680i SLI motherboard first appeared on the US market. On paper this board appeared to be solution that the enthusiast community had been long awaiting to take their Core 2 Duo processors to the next level of performance. After several BIOS revisions and a less than auspicious beginning what was initially seen on paper transcended by most accounts into a fully functional, kick-ass motherboard. The vast majority of these motherboards were manufactured by NVIDIA® following a reference standard design targeting 'Hardcore Enthusiasts' and sold by a select group of partners. By now you probably know that in most cases these partners were the same partners that NVIDIA® used to market their graphics solutions. Brilliant marketing strategy if you ask me! There were, however, a few dissenters, namely: ASUS, Abit, and Gigabyte. These companies chose to follow the less traveled path and bring to market their own design using the same 680i SLI chipset."

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Logitech X-540 5.1 Surround Computer Speaker System Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Logitech's X-540 5.1 speaker system has a lot to recommend it. The speakers sound great and the fit and finish is outstanding. Logitech has done a great job of packing some excellent performance into a small package that will fit nicely on and around most people's computer station. A rich feature set and several mounting options combine with dead-simple setup to give the consumer an excellent 5.1 PC speaker system at a very reasonable price."

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XFX GeForce 8600GTS XXX nVidia's new mainstream DX10 is here!
"New graphics cards are great, especially when they are in the “affordable for most people” range. nVidia’s GeForce 8600 and 8500 series has been a long waited product. Why? Most importantly it’s the first affordable DirectX 10 capable graphics card from any company and nVidia even have Windows Vista drivers ready for the new range of cards at launch time. This product is so good for the market for two reasons - the first is that consumers who don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on a PC can now buy something that is going to offer support for the next generation of graphics (DX10 / Shader Model 4.0 with games like Crysis, Alan Wake and UT2007 coming). The second is because more people will be able to buy these GeForce 8500 and 8500 cards with it’s much more attractive price tag, game makers will have even more reason to put resources into making DirectX 10 supported games. The latter is something that is seriously lacking at the moment but the games are on their way slowly but surely."

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Apple Leopard Delayed: The Horror @ OSWeekly.com
"The news is here, Apple's Leopard is in fact, going to be delayed. The official stance is that it relates to the long awaited iPhone. Alright, that's fine. However, to be honest, I really do not see this delay hurting Apple in the slightest. Why? Because more people are anxiously awaiting the iPhone, I suspect."

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Forget Windows and OS X: Just Try Linux @ OSWeekly.com
"A number of readers have called me a Linux hater due to some straightforward points that I’ve made in previous articles. In reality, I’m not a Linux hater, and I try to make that clear as much as I can because the operating system is getting better all the time. Even so, there are two sides to every story, and while the Linux community may be jumping up and down about a certain development with their beloved OS, it’s always good to examine the other side of the story in order to gain some perspective."

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Kensington FX 500 Speaker To Go Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Here’s another iPod speaker for those of you who haven’t had enough. The Kensington FX 500 Speaker To Go is an interesting product, that’s for sure, regardless of the same old, same old concept. The FX 500 is more or less a carrying case that’s embedded with dual speakers for your iPod (or other MP3 players)."

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Monday, April 16, 2007
Thermaltake Bach VX Review at XYZ Computing
"One of Thermaltake's newest models to follow this trend is the Bach VX, an updated version of their original Bach media case. While the Bach was an HTPC case and was horizontally-oriented with a small display on the front, the VX is much more commonplace. The VX has gone vertical and has ditched the display and instead taken on a brushed metal bezel and glossy bay covers. Some of the original styling is still in place, but the VX is a very different case from the first Bach."

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Article: Test Driving Linux Using a Live CD @ Bigbruin.com
"So you've heard about Linux, and you’re itching to try it out. Why? Maybe you want to breathe some life into an older computer that can't run Windows XP or Vista. Maybe you want to stretch your technical skills a bit. Or, maybe you're just tired of Windows and need a change. A Live CD is a quick, easy, and painless way to take Linux for a test drive."

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Hitachi DZ-HS300A Hybrid HDD/DVD Camcorder Review @ Digital Trends
"Everyone loves hybrids - no matter if it's the Toyota Prius or Hitachi's newest camcorders. One can easily see the benefit of a hybrid car that gets high mileage by using gas and electric motors. The pluses of a DVD camcorder combined with a hard disc drive (HDD) are not quite as obvious or Earth-friendly. Still, the idea of recording for 110 minutes in XTRA mode on an 8GB HDD and then burning that footage onto blank, 3-inch DVDs in the same device is pretty enticing. That last step - taking video off the hard drive - is one of the biggest issues facing HDD-based camcorders. So, did Hitachi create the magic bullet or did it fire a dud? Let's check it out."

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CoolIt PCI Cooling Booster @ DragonSteelMods
" A little bit ago I took a look at a ram cooler from CoolIt systems, today for review I have something that looks similar but is made to cool your PCI cards. The CoolIt PCI Cooling Booster as it is called mounts to your PCI slots holes and directs an 80mm fan onto all your cards ! and motherboard components to help keep them cool and stable. "

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CoolIt PCI Cooling Booster @ DragonSteelMods
"  A little bit ago I took a look at a ram cooler from CoolIt systems, today for review I have something that looks similar but is made to cool your PCI cards. The CoolIt PCI Cooling Booster as it is called mounts to your PCI slots holes and directs an 80mm fan onto all your ! cards and motherboard components to help keep them cool and stable."

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Sapphire X1950 Pro Dual @ techPowerUp
"Sapphire's X1950 Pro Dual is the world's first video card that uses two ATI RV570 GPUs on a single PCB. The board comes with 2x 512 MB of GDDR3 memory for a price of $399. In our testing the card shows that it has to potential to narrow the performance gap to NVIDIA's lineup until R600 is released."

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Inno3D GeForce 7950 GT iChiLL Accelero S1M review at bit-tech.net
"At around £140 to £150 (inc VAT) it's not too expensive and it's more powerful than the PowerColor we reviewed recently for around the same price. However, like the PowerColor, this card unfortunately isn't available to buy yet. This means that you've still got the chance to check out how the mid-range DirectX 10 parts perform before making your decision. Obviously though, they will almost definitely all include fans for the first few months and games designed to make use of the additional features on the new cards won't be out for a while yet either."

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Samsung SyncMaster 275T 27 Inch LCD Monitor Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Buying an extremely large LCD monitor may seem to be an easy decision if you have the money, but gamers need not apply. This monitor is made for publishers, video editing professionals, movie enthusiasts or anyone needing a literal field of workspace to enable them to be as productive as possible. I know that after this monitor is returned to Samsung I will be purchasing one in short order. This monitor is one of those peripherals that once you have used it and gotten used to it, it is next to impossible to go back to anything smaller."

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GeIL PC2-6400 DDR2 Ultra 2GB kit @ Bjorn3D
"It's been a while (Q2, 2004) since first DDR2 modules landed in customers' motherboards. Today, most if not all modern platforms come equipped with these chips. Note that all memory standards have to be first approved by JEDEC. First company to propagate the use of DDR2 memory was Intel with their Prescott CPUs, AMD followed later on with AM2. As of now, every major IC company seems to be holding on to DDR2 bandwagon."

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Technic3D/Vizo Luxon Advanced
"The Vizo Luxon Advanced External Hard Drive Enclosure arrived Technic3D. eSATA for 3,5"

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Guide: Five Extraordinary USB Flash Drives @ Digital Trends
"USB flash drives are a dime a dozen now a days. They're cheap to make and generally inexpensive to purchase, especially as flash memory prices on the manufacturer level continue to fall. USB flash drives, for those that don't know, are essentially portable storage units that you plug into the USB port of a Windows PC or Mac so you can transfer files to and from the drive. Transfer times - especially across USB 2.0 compatible drives - are quick, and you can easily slip the thumb drive back into your pocket once you're done."

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Sunday, April 15, 2007
Ideazon Fragmat Gaming Mousepad @ DragonSteelMods
" Today on the review block I have another product from Ideazon, the Fragmat Gaming Mousepad. The Fragmat has a polymer surface on it that allows it to be used with all types of mice, and this surfaces helps reduce friction allowing your mouse to just glide across it.&nbs! p;"

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Asus P5W DH Deluxe Motherboard @ Viper Lair
"I would like to see driver updates available through Asus Update and the real potential of this board isn't discovered until you start overclocking. Standard performance isn't lacking per se, just a little behind others. Speaking of overclocking, this can be done 'ye olde' fashioned way (BIOS) or via software from Windows thanks to the supplied utilities. The Q-Connector is a big boon for those who mess around inside the PC often, and even for those who don't it's simply all round a nicer and easier way of doing things."

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Razer Pro|Solutions Pro|Type @ techPowerUp
"Razer's Pro|Type is their latest keyboard that comes in an iPod like white color with an integrated iPod docking station. The keyboard has two USB connectors to make sure there's always enough power for your keyboard and the iPod. Also included is a line-out so you can play music from your iPod directly on your home audio system."

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DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G @ NordicHardware
"There are quite a few motherboards to choose from for the Intel Socket 775, but most of them are based on Intel's P965 or 975X chipset. They have both been around for some time now and lately we've noticed the launch of a couple of new chipsets from other manufacturers. Among these we have NVIDIA 680i, 650i and ATI RD600."

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Saturday, April 14, 2007
Vizo Uranus eSATA & USB 2.0 HDD enclosure @ techPowerUp
"The Vizo Uranus looks quite different than most other HDD enclosures. The shape clearly dictates the use of the stand and the rounded corners, thick aluminum, blue color and modern label will surely look good on your desk. Vizo includes everything from eSATA bracket to special screws and screw drivers, as well as software to use with the backup function of the Uranus. We benchmark it and take a quick look at the included software, to find out if it has what it takes under that shiny aluminum shell."

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XFX GeForce 7600GT Fatal1ty 650MHz in SLI mode
"We have with us today the GeForce 7600GT Fatal1ty from XFX (the version clocked at 650MHz core as opposed to the cheaper 560MHz) which is a bit fancier when compared to our standard run of the mill 7600GT. We’re going to have a look at exactly what the cards are capable of when running in SLI but also by itself. Being a special hyped up version bearing the Jonathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel branding, they are quite a lot more expensive than regular reference style 7600GT’s but it’ll be interesting to see what type of extra performance and features we see by spending some more cash."

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Friday, April 13, 2007
A-DATA Pirates Flash Drive 2 GB @ techPowerUp
"In the past A-DATA has been making USB sticks with an official Disney license that were themed like the movie Cars, The Incredibles or Mickey. Now they added a flash drive with a Pirates of the Caribbean theme. Pirates of the Caribbean has been the best-selling movie in 2006. In addition to just the flash drive, buyers will get a set of MSN display pictures and wallpapers."

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World-Exclusive: Microsoft Razer Reclusa @ techPowerUp
"The Microsoft Razer Reclusa is the second product to be released from the two companies. While it may look quite out of this world, its functions are well placed and the Razer software rounds up the package. We take a close look at all the additional keys as well as the software behind the device and let you know if it is a steal for $60, or if we rather want to go back to our normal keyboards."

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Laptop / PC Branding at Modders-Inc
"Tired of the same'ol look and want to give that laptop / PC a little bit of your own taste. Laptop Design USA allows you to do that by branding laptops, computer towers, and accessories with your own colors, logos, and artwork."

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HEXUS.lifestyle - reviews :: Bose TriPort IE inner-ear headphones
"Day-tripper John Hill makes another journey of discovery, this time with a set of Bose TriPort IE earphones. They may go in differently but will that stop them coming out or him being indifferent?"

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Roadmaster USA Scrolling Digital License Plate Frame Review @ Bigbruin.com
"It is difficult to put the Roadmaster USA Scrolling Digital License Plate Frame into a category with many other products on the market, especially any we typically review, but it is definitely a unique, interesting idea. The LEDs are bright and easy to read, and setup is fairly simple once you give the manual a quick read."

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OKI C3530 MFP @ TrustedReviews
"Most colour all-in-one machines are inkjet-based, but there's a growing market for colour laser and LED multi-function devices; one which OKI and wants a part of. Its C3530 MFP device is a colour LED printer with a flatbed scanner mounted on top a design that makes it a full 500mm deep and the best part of that high as well."

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NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi @ TrustedReviews
"It’s been some time since Dell released its first 24in display, which broke new ground for being a 24in screen that was actually affordable and established 1,920 x 1,200 as a resolution to be aspired to. NEC is rather late to the 24in party and so has decided to go a little better and release a 26in isplay. It has a 24in unit too but the LCD2690WUXi is certainly the daddy, stuffed with almost every bit of technology that NEC could throw at it."

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SteelSeries SteelSound 4H @ Bjorn3D
"Do you attend LAN parties? Do you play games late at night where your family members and friends are sound asleep? If you do, then you must need a good headset that will not only feel comfortable but also produce clear sound so you can pinpoint your enemies’ position and defeat them in a bloody virtual battlefield. Here at Bjorn3D, we have reviewed a few headsets, the Xgear Multimedia Gaming Headset and Icemat Siberia Headphones. Today, we will take a look at another gaming headset from SteelSeries, the SteelSound 4H."

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Kensington Si750m LE (Pink) Mouse Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"We took a look at Kensington’s Si750m mouse yesterday, and today, we have a quick overview of the Si750m LE, a special edition mouse for women. There are absolutely no differences between the two mice except for their intended target market and the striking color differences. For a full review of the Si750m, please click here."

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Kensington Vo200 Internet Phone Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"The Kensington Vo200 Internet phone is basically a cell phone for your notebook. The concept of the Vo200 is to make it easy for people to work with VoIP telephony without complicated installation processes, and it accomplishes that mission well. The Vo200 is really designed for road warriors who prefer to save space, and yet still have the latest in communication devices for those international meetings via Skype or other instant messengers that support voice communication."

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Exclusive: OLPC Sugar User Interface Reviewed @ OSWeekly.com
"By now, everyone has at least heard of the noble project to bring the world of computing to children in countries where this might not normally be possible. It's been appropriately called the One Laptop Per Child project."

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Apple TV: Worlds Most Affordable Mac @ OSWeekly.com
"Have you purchased an Apple TV yet? Since I don’t even come close to having a suitable television for one, I’m going to have to regretfully pass on this product. However, I don’t even know if I would actually use it enough to warrant the investment, anyway. It seems cool, but since I don’t use iTunes for much of anything besides music, I would have to change some of my media habits for this to fit into my lifestyle."

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AcBel 500-watt LCD Power Supply with Software Monitoring
"With the advent of truly monstrous system components, however, things have changed. There are now an absolute plethora of choices when it comes to power supplies, so manufacturers have been resorting to feature sets to help bring their own product line to the top of those wish lists. There are still a lot of different power levels to choose from, but it’s becoming a race to bring you features that you just “have to have”. AcBel has been around for a while and this isn’t their first venture into the power supply arena. As a matter of fact, they have been coming up with this type of product since the mid 90s, so they certainly have some experience in the field. But can they take a product that is in abundance and give us something that isn’t on every other similar power supply on the market?"

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[News] Koolance CPU-330 & CHC-120-V10 Water Blocks Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"These blocks are designed to cool any processor with great results and will make a great addition to your current water cooling system and given the new pricing across most of Koolance's product lines, both the Koolance CPU-330 and CHC-120-V10 are excellent buys making new Koolance water cooling systems more..."

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Thursday, April 12, 2007
Review: Gigabyte 3d Rocket Cooler @ GideonTech.com
"Mission control we are clear for launch - 10, 9, 8, skip a few, 2, 1. Gigabyte sent over their 3D Rocket heat sink for me to test out. First impressions this unit gave was the size. The height alone made me a bit wary of fitting it into the case. I thought I had to cut a hole in the side panel!"

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Plantronics Pulsar 260 Review @ Digital Trends
"The Plantronics Pulsar 260 is a smartly designed stereo Bluetooth headset targeted for use with cell phones that double as MP3 players."

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Technic3D/MS-Tech LU-380N
"The Sharkoon Twindrive External Hard Drive Enclosure arrived Technic3D. A Dual Drive for 2x 3,5"

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HEXUS.tv - reviews :: Shuttle's XPC mini X 200 reviewed
"It's small, but is it perfectly formed? We take a look at the latest XPC from Shuttle, intended as a media center for your lounge."

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Happy Fish Speaker from Brando WorkShop @ DragonSteelMods
" Brando WorkShop carries my favorite types of things, gadgets of all shapes sizes and styles. Today for review I have one of their products called the Happy Fish Speaker, it is a speaker obviously, but it is in the shape of a fish and has cool lighting e! ffects as well. This product actually surprised me a bit in that it really sounds good, I was not expecting a novelty product like this to sound as good as it does... "

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Happy Fish Speaker from Brando WorkShop @ DragonSteelMods
"  Brando WorkShop carries my favorite types of things, gadgets of all shapes sizes and styles. Today for review I have one of their products called the Happy Fish Speaker, it is a speaker obviously, but it is in the shape of a fish and has cool ligh! ting effects as well. This product actually surprised me a bit in that it really sounds good, I was not expecting a novelty product like this to sound as good as it does..."

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: Inno3D iChiLL 7950GT Accelero S1M 256MiB
"Inno3D slaps on a huge heatsink and creates a zero-noise GeForce 7950GT. Find out if silence and performance go hand in hand in this HEXUS.review."

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The Killer NIC and Killer K1 Gaming Network Cards @ Legit Reviews
"After spending an evening of gaming with and without the Killer NIC and Killer K1 on both our Windows XP Pro and Windows Vista Ultimate test systems it was the unanimously agreed by all that the Killer NIC and Killer K1 is not worth the added $180-$250 cost. The Killer NIC and Killer K1 did reduce our pings and improved frame rates, but by less than 5%. The difference was so small that no one could correctly tell when the Killer NIC was or wasn't installed in our 'blind' taste test, which was rather alarming..."

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Buffalo LinkTheater Wireless - A&G @ TrustedReviews
"So, today I’m looking at Buffalo’s take on the network media player, the LinkTheater Wireless A&G. At around £150, it is £50 less than the AppleTV and far cheaper than a fully fledged Media Center but you do get what you pay for with reduced functionality and connectivity. The big question is whether the right compromises have been made."

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Icy Box 2.5 Inch Hard Drive Enclosure Review at XYZ Computing
"The Icy Box IB-266StUSD is a device that fits in a computer case's 3.5" bay. It holds a 2.5" SATA hard drive which is placed in a removable enclosure. The enclosure and it's hard drive are hotswappable because they use a external SATA connection. This means fast transfer speeds and easy access to your drive, as well as a very small enclosure. A 2.5" drive won't have the performance of a 3.5" one and is more expensive (per gigabyte), but it is much easier to transport and will generally not require external power to operate."

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007
PC Apex Review // Razer DeathAdder Gaming Mouse
""To my aesthetic sense, the DeathAdder is Razer's best looking mouse to date. It's like the anti-Logitech mouse, where Logitech generally places rubber on the sides and slick plastic on top, Razer reverses that with the Adder. As I wrote this review I found myself wanting to call it the BlackAdder which would seem appropriate considering the color scheme. I'm not sure how Rowan Atkinson and the BBC would feel about that though.""

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3R System R110 ATX Case @ Viper Lair
"The chassis is black, which while not disguising the steel nature, does make it seem more complete or more finished than bare steel. The front is plastic, black to match the rest of the case and features a mirrored fan controller/display as well as built in optical drive bay covers. Of particular note is that 3R System have included two (very quiet) 120mm fans in the intake and exhaust locations, something other manufacturers still fail to do. One particularly unique feature is the heatsink mounting system for the HDD's which does it's job quite effectively."

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Canon Powershot TX1 Review @ Digital Trends
"The new Canon Powershot TX1 is one of the smallest camcorders we have seen, and it records video in beautiful high-definition."

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Saitek GH50 Surround Sound Headset @ techPowerUp
"The Saitek GH50 may look quite normal at first glance and even though it is very light, the headset packs quite a punch. As soon as the SRS is turned on, you may never want to go back to using those normal stereo variants. We try the GH50 with games, movies and music after taking a close look and let you know if it really fares as good as it sounds."

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: Thecus N1200 NAS Media Server
"Today we're reviewing a product through which one might enjoy the delights of Hammer, Vanilla Ice, Kate Bush, and if I dare raise the level of class just little bit, Avril Lavigne. In fact, one could even enjoy a bit of Vin Diesel or Jack Bauer with this here product, if you're hard enough."

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BlackBerry 8800 Review at XYZ Computing
"The softening of the BlackBerry's edges, even in a business model like this one, is due to the influence of the Pearl. The Pearl was their first model to use the trackball and have the slick new design, an aspect that previous models lacked. A quick glance at the Pearl (aka the 8100) and then at the 8800 will reveal how closely they are related. Of course the 8800 is larger, due to the use of a QWERTY keyboard, but both are slim and stylish. Compared to the stubbier 8700, both of these phones are more attractive and prove conclusively that business does not have to be boring."

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[Phoronix] Cedega 6.0 Performance Preview **CORRECTED URL**
"For those new to Linux or the yet to be converts, Cedega is an application that emulates Microsoft's DirectX and allows the user to play a variety of games within Linux that otherwise wouldn't be possible. While Cedega is not completely open-source and requires a monthly subscription, it is based upon WINE. WINE supports a variety of games but isn't designed solely for gaming and often lacks support for some of the newer DirectX titles. In this article we compared the gaming performance of Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Linux, Linux with WINE, and Linux with Cedega 6.0."

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PowerColor Radeon X1950 Pro SCS3 passively cooled graphics card at bit-tech.net
"At a first glance, the fins on PowerColor's Radeon X1950 Pro SCS3 heatsink look a bit like some kind of grill when they're laid down flat. Maybe there's room for a bit of a fire under the heatsink fins, making it ideal for flame grilling your meat. Despite this being the case, we sadly didn't get the chance to test PowerColor's Radeon X1950 Pro SCS3 as a barbeque. Being the bunch of geeks that we are, we didn't have any streaks of bacon in the office fridge while we were testing. Hopefully, next time, we'll remember to pop to the supermarket on the way to work."

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The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles @ TrustedReviews
"The Shivering Isles is basically a self-contained side adventure to the main Oblivion collection, taking you to a whole new region with a whole new central plotline and a comprehensive change of style. Think of it as a holiday within a holiday, to be taken either when you’ve finished Oblivion’s central quests and you’re looking for something to do beside clean up all the side quests, or when you simply want a change of scene."

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[Phoronix] Cedega 6.0 Performance Preview
"For those new to Linux or the yet to be converts, Cedega is an application that emulates Microsoft's DirectX and allows the user to play a variety of games within Linux that otherwise wouldn't be possible. While Cedega is not completely open-source and requires a monthly subscription, it is based upon WINE. WINE supports a variety of games but isn't designed solely for gaming and often lacks support for some of the newer DirectX titles. In this article we compared the gaming performance of Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Linux, Linux with WINE, and Linux with Cedega 6.0."

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Samsung GX-10 DSLR @ TrustedReviews
"The GX-10 is a 10.2-megapixel high-performance digital SLR aimed at the enthusiast or semi-professional photographer. It has a number of advanced features, including built-in moving-sensor shake reduction, a two-part anti-dust system to help keep the CCD clean, a strong weatherproof body with environmental seals on all hatches, a large bright pentaprism viewfinder, 11-point autofocus system and a 22-bit A/D converter. High-speed Samsung DDR2 memory chips give it a fast 3fps continuous shooting speed with no frame limit."

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Tagan Icy Box IB-266StUSD-B 2.5" Drive Enclosure Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Utilizing both USB 2.0 and eSATA (as well as an internal SATA option) makes the Tagan Icy Box IB-266StUSD-B 2.5" Drive Enclosure ultra portable and future proof. eSATA is quickly becoming available on many systems, and will become more widely available in time. Including a USB 2.0 interface ensures it is compatible with today’s typical systems."

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Rainbow Six: Vegas @ Bjorn3D
"In general, I am not a pure action games fan, at least not the common ones that throw me into an arena / jungle / castle / whatever, fill the place up with stupid enemies, let me choose between a variety of devastating weapons and just shoot in all directions killing anything that dares moving or breathing within a few meters from me. I mean, no matter how good the graphics are, it just gets boring after the first 3 minutes or so."

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Acoustic Energy AE29-06C Bluetooth Speaker System @ TrustedReviews
"Measuring 387 x 155 x 130mm, the speakers are made up of two drivers and a centre console all clad in matt black plastic. The front of the centre console features a large silver volume/power dial, with a status light just below and Bluetooth connection button below that. On the back are the AC connection and a 3.5mm line-in for connecting non-Bluetooth enabled devices."

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Samsung SC-DC564 Camcorder Review @ Digital Trends
"All over the world, people know the Samsung name, and most people have either used or purchased a Samsung product at some point in their lives. In recent years, Samsung has had notable success in the HDTV market as well as the camcorder market. The Samsung SC-DC564, one of the newest camcorder releases, is a beautiful, miniDVD-capable unit that seems to be very budget-friendly at only $349 USD. Check out our hands-on review to see if the SC-DC564 is representative of Samsung's good name or if it'll be remembered as a shameful disappointment."

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Verbatim Store 'n' Go 4GB USB Drive @ techPowerUp
"The Verbatim Store 'n' Go memory sticks occupy the budget end of the entire Store 'n' Go series. They offer size and quality over performance and features, but have a smaller price tag than the other Store 'n' Go variants. 4GB at $30-35 may not sound bad, so we take a close look the USB stick and see if the savings are worth it."

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Thermaltake LANBOX Lite @ techPowerUp
"The Lanbox Lite is geared toward the budget minded user, while still giving you all the benefits of its more expensive Lanbox brethren. With a large price difference of around 30-40 USD and no major differences, besides the front of the case, this is an easy choice for anyone wanting an affordable small form factor case. We try it out and let you know if it is just as good as the bigger, more expensive variant."

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Technic3D/Gigabyte 3D Galaxy II
"The Gigabyte 3D Galaxy II Watercooling Set arrived Technic3D. The handling, low noise and cooling better than other Sets? Technic3D will see that in the following Review."

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Vantec NexStar3 2.5" SATA HDD Enclosure @ DragonSteelMods
"  There are many companies that offer all types of enclosures for hard drives, with the price of 2.5” HDDs coming down, the option to use one of those as an external, portable storage device is looking very good. Today for review I have the NexStar! 3 HDD enclosure from Vantec, the NexStar3 features the ability to use a 2.5” SATA HDD and interface it with either a USB connection or the faster eSATA interface. The NexStar3 is very stylish looking and includes a very nice carrying case as well, but I did run into one small problem..."

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World in Conflict preview at bit-tech.net
"The premise of the game is thus: the Cold War is still going on. The Americans are still hating on the Russians, and the Berlin Wall is still standing. The Nuke hasn't been deployed - yet - but things are heating up. The plotline is crucial to the single player campaign, unlike most RTS titles, and the exact details and the final denouement are being kept heavily under wraps by the developers. When we sat down and played the game, it was only broadly outlined to us, and the mission we played didn't impact too heavily on moving it forward."

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The V-MODA Vibe Red Roxx Earphone Review @ Legit Reviews
"The V-MODA VIBE Red Roxx headset is one of the best headsets we have used – and certainly the best we have reviewed. The frequency response and sound quality coming from these very light headsets is downright freaky. There will be many who wont appreciate the amount of bass and crisp highs that this headset produces from high quality sources, but those users will probably not know what an iPod or Zune is to begin with. Once you get the headsets fitted properly, you will truly be able to enjoy incredible sound in your own world..."

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Logitech Harmony Remote 895 Universal Remote Control @ TrustedReviews
"Logitech is soon to release its top-of-the-range Harmony 1000 unit, but while I wait to get my hands on one of those I thought I’d take a look at the next one down – the 895. What this offers over the 885 is RF – making it possible to use even without line of sight. A RF base extender is provided and IR connectors, so you can theoretically control up to eight devices from each extender."

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Overclock3D Review: Kingston HyperX PC2-9600 DDR2 2GB Kit
"Looking for some seriously fast DDR2 RAM to go with your heavily overclocked Core2Duo rig? Today we check out Kingston's overclocker-orientated HyperX PC2-9600 modules guaranteed to run at DDR2-1200."

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Modders-Inc Anniversary Giveaway
"We are kicking it into high gear with an Anniversary Giveaway! During the month of April we will be giving away stuff at random and we have already given away 5 great prizes. You could be the next winner!"

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Logisys PC Extension Station Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Logisys Computer Inc. has been around for a number of years offering a variety of computer products such as power supplies, computer cases, bay devices, and modding accessories. One of their new products, the PC Extension Station, is designed to elevate your LCD or CRT monitor and provide a storage area for your keyboard, while also providing a handful of other useful features which we will detail as we move through the review."

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NZXT Precise PRC-1000 (1000W PSU) @ Bjorn3D
"The power supply can be the one component that often gets overlooked when shopping for computer components. In the industry where bigger numbers usually means better, people often forgot that the power supply is a tricky thing as the specifications can often be misleading. A higher wattage power supply may sound like the better choice, yet if the rails don't have the amperage to back it up or is not being divided evenly among the components, then it could actually do more damage than a slightly lower wattage power supply built with high quality and stable rails. The latest nForce chipset and G80 graphics cards have put a huge demand for quality power supplies and that’s why you see many manufactures are starting to enter into the already competitive market of high end power supplies, ranging from 800W and even higher. Today, we will take a look at yet another new player in the power supply market, NZXT, who has just introduced their latest 1000W rated power supply."

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ECS NF650iSLIT-A Motherboard Much more affordable than 680i
"Today we are looking at nVidia’s mainstream SLI product designed to keep the costs down but give the customer something that is worth the money. Today we are looking at the nVidia nForce 650i SLI chipset in the form of the version 1.0 NF650iSLIT-A motherboard from ECS. Its advantage is that it is cheaper than more expensive 680i SLI and 680i SLI LT motherboards but does that make it a substandard motherboard? Let’s read on and check out the onboard features, performance and overclocking and then try and make a decision."

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OS X Less Secure Than Vista @ OSWeekly.com
"Surely this must be a typo, right? OS X less secure than Windows Vista? As it turns out, it is, but the context in which you are referring to is important. Confused yet? Perfect."

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Kensington Si750m Mouse Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"We really like Kensington’s Si750m wireless notebook laser mouse for its simplicity, which is Kensington’s way of doing things. The company believes in simplifying products to bare necessities, and it has worked rather well for them. Other than admiring the simplicity of the Si750m, there isn’t too much to talk about."

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Apple TV Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"The long awaited Apple TV is finally here, and it’s the iPod for your TV. The exterior appeal of the Apple TV is as sexy as it can be with no visible buttons whatsoever on the front. In fact, the entire product doesn’t have any buttons. The front face is integrated with the power LED and the remote sensor. That’s all. It’s the classic way of doing things for Apple with simplicity as its core design fundamental. Apple TV, as a box, is amazingly small in comparison to regular DVD players and other similar products."

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Monday, April 9, 2007
[News] OCZ 2x1GB PC2-6400 Flex XLC DDR2 Memory Kit Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"OCZ felt there was a customer base willing to pay for a good, reliable CAS Latency 4 memory kit that sports the FlexXLC RAM Sink since their flagship PC2-9200 FlexXLC Kit requires a prettier penny. After using the memory for a local INTEL sponsored LAN party, it definitely drew some very curious users looking for something new to add to their extreme gaming systems."

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Samsung SCH-u620 Review @ Digital Trends
"Along with the LG VX9400, the Samsung SCH-u620 is one of two phones compatible with Verizon Wireless' V CAST Mobile TV live TV service."

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[Phoronix] OCZ Trifecta Secure Digital Memory 1GB
"Whether you're a professional photographer or just a digital camera enthusiast, the last thing you want to run into when traveling or just away from home is forgetting or losing your memory card reader, but with OCZ's latest product you no longer need to worry. The OCZ Trifecta is a memory card that complies with Secure Digital specifications but can be inserted into any USB 2.0 port. If a Secure Digital memory card that can be inserted into a normal USB port is not enough, the OCZ Trifecta is also a microSD card! In this review we will explore the OCZ Trifecta Secure Digital 1GB as we look at how it works and seeing how it can function as a normal memory card."

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Chromed Replacement case for Nintendo Wii reviewed at Metku.net
"Boosting the appearance of computer systems is nothing new but improving the visual appearance of game consoles is just entering the main stream. As game consoles are visible part of living room decoration in many homes, getting it to match the rest of the environment is a challenge. In this review we will be looking at the first replacement case for Nintendo Wii. The I-CASE will transform your Wii to a mirror with help from Chrome."

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ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme nForce 590SLI Motherboard Review
"ECS places both an IEEE 1394b and 1394a ports on the rear I/O along with four USB 2.0 ports. In terms of connectivity, the rear I/O supports all the standard interconnects, except for a printer port. The printer port is included as a bracket along with the ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme. There are also three USB 2.0 and one IEEE 1394a internal headers available for expansion brackets."

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Ultra Products Grid Mid-Tower Case w/ 700 watt XVS Series PSU @ hi-techreviews.com
"Ultra Products Grid Mid-Tower Case w/ 700 watt XVS Series PSU"

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Aerocool Zero Degree ATX Computer Case @ Legit Reviews
"The Aerocool Zero Degree case has a nice clean outside appearance and a functional inside design that will easily accommodate water cooling setups if one should choose to go that route in the future. The 0.8mm SECC steel that is used for the Zero Degree was found to be strong and leaves you with a heavy solid case when installation is complete. If you're looking for a tool-less 'Flexi Tower' case with an upside-down ATX configuration and a side window that will make others stop and take a second look, then the Aerocool Zero Degree is well worth a look..."

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OCZ Equalizer Laser Gaming Mouse Review at XYZ Computing
"OCZ is a company that is known for its memory, but has expanded to one that more broadly caters to enthusiasts. They don't only make memory, but also power supplies, cooling equipment, and video cards, so the addition of an input device to the mix may seem strange at first, but is not that much of a jump for them. They are a company that is very much in touch with the hardware community and if they think say can make a better mouse then it is probably worth checking in to. The product in question is the Equalizer Laser Gaming Mouse. I first saw this product a couple months back at CES when it looked ready but apparently still need further development or manufacturing. The product is finally here and it is selling for about $34-40 depending on whether you get the smaller, mobile size (tested) or the large, desktop size. The two models are essentially the same, though the mobile size, as you will see, is quite small."

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QPAD XT-R mouse pad at Modders-Inc
"This mouse pad utilizes a highly durable plastic designed to give you the critical edge in control and precision. Its unique shape stretches the sweet spot, providing a wide area of movement for pinpoint accuracy."

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 - upping the ante again
"Intel slips in some more quad-core love earlier than expected. The 2.93GHz-clocked QX6800 romps through our benchmarks. See just how fast it is in this HEXUS.review."

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Shure SE530PTH Earphones Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Shure is at it again with a new line of earphones that will wow you unquestionably. We are taking a look at the company’s SE530PTH earphones, the most high-end earphones in the SE product line, and we must say they are the most amazing earphones we have ever had the pleasure of using. Of course, we said that last time when we reviewed Shure’s E series earphones, so our views may be tainted, but it happens. Some companies have a tendency to keep impressing us, and Shure is one of those few."

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Vista PC Compatibility, Lawsuit and a Total Mess @ OSWeekly.com
"Like most geeks, I love to buy computers; however, I try my best to pace myself because those credit card charges can stack up pretty quickly. Therefore, when I found myself in need of a new PC about a year ago, I decided to purchase a machine that had suitable power to last me for quite some time, and another necessity was to purchase a computer that was capable of running Vista, since I wanted to upgrade my OS once the XP replacement was out in the wild."

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Microsoft Is Innocent with Vista Sticker Lawsuit @ OSWeekly.com
"I strongly believe that no matter how much we might wish to pass the buck onto someone other than ourselves over the ready for Vista stickers, Microsoft will skate past this. Here's why: First, the stickers are actually correct. These labeled PCs do in fact run Vista as advertised. Where Microsoft goofed was not coming out with a clearer specification earlier on in regards to its meaning."

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Canon PowerShot SD1000 Review @ Digital Trends
"The SD1000 is one of the newest editions of the ELPH series that celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. The film-based original broke the design mold with its classic “box and circle” styling. Now, the SD1000 Digital ELPH has returned to these retro roots on the outside, but inside, it’s obviously a completely different breed."

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Sunday, April 8, 2007
WowWee FlyTech Dragonfly Review @ DragonSteelMods
" I might be considered old to a lot of people out there, but I'm still a kid at heart and I've always had a soft spot for any kind of RC toy, especially things that fly. I personally own an E-Flite BladeCP helicopter that is quite a bit of fun, but very hard to master, and of co! urse through my life I've had quite a few different RC toys. Today for review I have an RC Flying toy that is the first of its kind, it is from WowWee, and it's a flying Dragonfly, what makes it very special and unique is the fact that it actually flaps its wings to fly. I've got tons of pictures for you and a whole slew of movies as well of the Dragonfly in action, so continue on to learn more about a very cool toy... "

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WowWee FlyTech Dragonfly Review @ DragonSteelMods
"  I might be considered old to a lot of people out there, but I'm still a kid at heart and I've always had a soft spot for any kind of RC toy, especially things that fly. I personally own an E-Flite BladeCP helicopter that is quite a bit of fun, but very hard to master, and! of course through my life I've had quite a few different RC toys. Today for review I have an RC Flying toy that is the first of its kind, it is from WowWee, and it's a flying Dragonfly, what makes it very special and unique is the fact that it actually flaps its wings to fly. I've got tons of pictures for you and a whole slew of movies as well of the Dragonfly in action, so continue on to learn more about a very cool toy..."

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[Phoronix] Dreamlinux 2.2 RC1 Multimedia GL
"With the release of Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn happening in just a matter of days, last month at Phoronix we had presented The Visual History of Ubuntu. In that article we went back and looked at all Ubuntu releases to date to see how it has evolved over time both when it comes to the interface as well as the changes that had made up each release. Today we are doing the same for Fedora as we look back upon its history."

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Saturday, April 7, 2007
Tom Bihn Organizer Pouches @ DragonSteelMods
"  A few days ago I took a look at the Tom Bihn ID Messenger bag and the Brain Cell hard sided laptop case, today I have an optional product that compliments any Tom Bihn bag. (Actually it is three products, and in reality they can be used with any bag you own, or even wi! thout.) The products I have for review today are the Tom Bihn Organizer Pouches, they are very well made, and a cool thing about them is that they are made from the 'scrap' material left over from the manufacture of their main product line of bags. I have two of the cloth types, a medium and small size, and one that is very interesting, it is made from cork. They might be made from the 'scraps' but they are the same high quality that Tom Bihn is known for."

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Friday, April 6, 2007
[Phoronix] The Visual History of Fedora
"With the release of Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn happening in just a matter of days, last month at Phoronix we had presented The Visual History of Ubuntu. In that article we went back and looked at all Ubuntu releases to date to see how it has evolved over time both when it comes to the interface as well as the changes that had made up each release. Today we are doing the same for Fedora as we look back upon its history."

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Nuke-Z N-2000 Mousepad @ techPowerUp
"The Nuke-Z mouse pads come packaged in a black plastic tube, making it look like it houses some radioactive material. The N-2000 has the same logo printed on it. It is thick and features a smooth surface. The pad is constructed exactly like the Nuke-Z Z8 we had the pleasure of testing, thus only differs in size as it is geared toward the high sensitivity gamer. We take our mice for a spin on the N-2000 and let you know if its performance and proportions result in some great gaming performance."

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Ultra MicroFly MX6 Case w/ 600 Watt XVS PSU at Modders-Inc
"The Ultra MicroFly case is one of the most common SFF (Small Form Factor) cases on the market. It allows for the mounting of a full-size ATX PSU, while other SFF cases have to have to run a smaller PSU. We originally took a look at Ultra's MicroFly back in July of last year. Today we are going to look at one of their latest versions the Ultra MicroFly MX6."

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[News] Antec EarthWatts 500W Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"I'm no tree hugging hippie by any means but I still think we need a clean environment to live in, and I'm all for a cheaper electric bill in the end. The EarthWatts EA-500 did perform as described which is a major plus. I do hope with future releases of this type of power supply we see some higher wattage units."

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NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter is a great device for anyone who supports computers or likes to share storage devices between computers. The concept of a device that can connect IDE and SATA hard drives to USB is extremely convenient, easy to use, and there is no need for drivers on modern systems."

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Mushkin XP2-6400 4GB Kit @ Bjorn3D
"Being a Computer Product Analyst for Bjorn3D, I do my dead-level best to stay on top of the latest and greatest products being released that will be of true benefit to the computer enthusiast market to which we cater. In early January of this year, I was perusing some of the sites that were doing coverage of CES 2007. One product that really caught my eye was a 4GB kit of Mushkin DDR2 memory. The main reasons for this product's eye catching appeal were: 1) It was a 4 GB kit; 2) It had incredible timings (4-3-3-10-2T) for a memory kit that large; and 3) It had the Mushkin name on it. Computer shows such as CES are quite often used as 'consumer sounding boards' for product prototypes or those products that are still in their developmental infancy. Quite often, these products are a number of months or even longer away from an official release to the consumer market. So, I jotted the information down on my 'wish list' for future product reviews."

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Motherboard
"ASUS reckons Vista's improvements are enough to warrant a new Deluxe motherboard. Its AMD AM2-based nForce 590 is the recepient of the makeover and includes more extras you can shake a stick at."

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Thursday, April 5, 2007
SilverStone CFP51 Bay Converter Review at XYZ Computing
"SilverStone's CFP51 is a bay converter- an aluminum insert that gets three 5.25" bays and converts it into space for four 3.5" hard drives. Unlike other devices it does not have any features which allow quick access to or swapping of the hard drives, but it allows users to add four drives along with sufficient cooling for each in space that they would otherwise not be taking advantage of. The device is specially designed to match SilverStone's aluminum case design but should fit in any standard ATX with three empty bays."

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Antec/Veris Fusion @ techPowerUp
"The Antec Fusion is a fully featured HTPC case that includes a 430W power supply. The case looks more like an A/V receiver than a case. This fact makes it by far the best fitting HTPC we had the pleasure of testing so far. It completely blends in with the big volume knob, VFD and beautiful white LED. But not only the outsides of the case are unique, the inside is divided in compartments for the mainboard, power supply and hard drives. We fill the case with hardware and take a close look at all the features, hoping it delivers more than just beautiful looks at a great price point."

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Listen, Give Apple and Microsoft a Break Already! @ OSWeekly.com
"It’s no secret that Windows Vista has been available on the market for about a few months now, and it has made its mark, whatever that may be. Even though I’m still experiencing some very strange quirks with my graphics card on the operating system, I’m mostly pleased with what I’ve experienced since I picked up a copy of Vista during the first week that it was available. XP is off of my machine, and Vista is its complete successor."

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Logitech G25 Racing Wheel Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Logitech is at it again with a newly released G25 racing wheel, part of Logitech’s G series gaming product line. You know it’s going to be quite an experience as you take the G25 out of its packing. The quality of components, overall weight and a hint of style will have you smiling as you install the latest in gaming wheels sensation. The G25 gaming wheel package consists of three main components: the wheel, the pedals and the shifter, all of which are easy to install and work with."

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The Antec Nine Hundred Computer Case @ Legit Reviews
"The Antec Nine Hundred is definitely one of the best cases we have looked at and had the pleasure of using. It provides ample cooling for those of you who do not want to mess with liquid cooling and without the sacrifice of your hearing. Although we had a couple gripes about the case, these issues did not keep us from enjoying all this case had to offer..."

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Command & Conquer 3 - graphics and gameplay at bit-tech.net
"Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars is nostalgia at its best, it has to be said. It may be based on an old template, but it always was a winning formula and its potency hasn't faded. Playing it is like meeting up with an old childhood friend who has since become a very generous millionaire, it leaves you with a funny warm feeling inside and an admiration for how things have improved - even if the bulk is fundamentally the same. As a game it's definitely worth picking up so that you can pledge wave after wave of your own men to your bloody, desperate cause."

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Technic3D/Seasonic S12-500HM
"The Seasonic S12-500HM / M12-500 500W PSU arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review from Technic3D a PSU which modular cable and more us 80% efficiency?"

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ASUS EN8800GTX AquaTank @ Bjorn3D
"A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Calibre 8800GTX video card from Sparkle which uses TEC-cooling to keep the temperatures down. Using a TEC-cooler is something that has made it possible for Sparkle to overclock their card right out of the box as well. ASUS has chosen another route when it comes to finding a good cooling solution for an overclocked card. With the vide card we are reviewing today, the ASUS EN8800GTX AquaTank, ASUS has combined an 8800GTX video card with a Thermaltake Tide Water cooling device."

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Overclock3D Review: Sapphire Ultimate X1950 Pro 256mb PCI-E
"With the release of ATI/AMD's R600 graphics card range being 'slightly' delayed, we take a look Sapphire's top-of-the-range X1950 Pro based GPU. Overclocked out of the box and complete with a sexy Zalman cooler, will this be enough to keep the ATI fans loyal?"

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Wednesday, April 4, 2007
[Phoronix] Transgaming Cedega 6.0 Preview **EXCLUSIVE**
"While id Software and Epic Games are among the few major companies that are Linux gaming patrons, if you've been wanting to play such games as Battlefield 2142 or Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, you will now be able to do so starting April 14! Next week Transgaming will be introducing Cedega 6.0"

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Fujifilm FinePix F31fd Review @ Digital Trends
"The new Fujifilm FinePix F31fd is a 6.4MP camera featuring a 3X optical zoom and face detection."

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Lenovo Thinkpad Z61t Notebook Review at XYZ Computing
"This notebook resembles the rest of the Thinkpad line in most respects, but differentiates itself in a few ways. The Z series is the most consumer-friendly Thinkpad and combines popular features, like an integrated camera and widescreen display, with a reasonable price- something that is sure to go over well with buyers. The Z61t is still not ever going to be as cheap at as entry-level Dell but it currently starts are just over $1100 and has the features to justify the extra money, as well as the distinction of being a Thinkpad. If those were all not enough then it has one more surprise in store- a titanium exterior."

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[News] SunbeamTech UFO Acrylic Cube Case Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"In this article I will be reviewing the UFO Acrylic Case from Sunbeam. This case is 100% clear and comes in a low profile cube. Two levels offer easy installation of components, and it even has some extra room for watercooling gear. The UFO Acrylic Cube case also comes with two clear 120mm fans with blue LED's. If you plan on showing off your prized hardware in this clear case, I would suggest getting some hard drive enclosures and nice optical drive to compliment the other hardware, as everyone will be able to see everything."

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3R System M-Station HT-4000 @ techPowerUp
"3R System offers a full range of cases and quite a few HTPC variants. The newest such case is the HT-4000, which is a mid tower. This may be quite unusual for high quality HTPC cases, but everything found in such cases can also be found here - including the LCD, card reader and remote control. 3R System has managed to create a great, fully featured, beautiful and rock solid home theater case."

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News
"This year's CeBIT trade show wasn't quite what it was last year, and we're expecting next year to be more of the same in that respect. Even though the days of trade shows appear to be numbered, with many manufacturers choosing not to turn up, many of the world's best modders are turning up with their latest creations."

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Logitech G5 Laser Gaming Mouse Rev2 Review @ DragonSteelMods
"  How can you possibly make one of the greatest gaming mice out there better? Add another button, that's how! I'm talking about the Logitech G5 Laser gaming Mouse, which is what is up on the review block for today. Adding an additional side button to the G5! is something that was very much needed and will be welcomed by all, including me. The G5 even got a cool face lift, with an interesting texture/paint job that Logitech calls 'Cracle Blue', they added some new features in the software control panel as well, and did a bit of a change up with the weight kit as well... So, read on to learn more about the new Logitech G5 gaming mouse..."

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Logitech G5 Laser Gaming Mouse Rev2 Review @ DragonSteelMods
" How can you possibly make one of the greatest gaming mice out there better? Add another button, that's how! I'm talking about the Logitech G5 Laser gaming Mouse, which is what is up on the review block for today. Adding an additional side button to the G5 is so! mething that was very much needed and will be welcomed by all, including me. The G5 even got a cool face lift, with an interesting texture/paint job that Logitech calls 'Cracle Blue', they added some new features in the software control panel as well, and did a bit of a change up with the weight kit as well... So, read on to learn more about the new Logitech G5 gaming mouse... "

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[Phoronix] MyahOS 3.0 Tech Demo 1
"Toward the end of last week the first tech demo for the upcoming MyahOS 3.0 was released. The Myah 3.0 Tech Demo 1 LiveCD is optimized for i686 systems and is built using the Linux-Live scripts and has a lot of new packages including the Linux 2.6.20.2 kernel, GCC 4.1.2, X.Org 7.2, and Xfce 4.4."

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Toshiba HD-XE1 HD DVD Player @ TrustedReviews
"At the beginning of the year I looked at Toshiba’s first European HD DVD player, the HD-E1. The HD-E1 proved to be a very impressive piece of kit, marketed at a bargain price, especially when compared to the competing Blu-ray products at the time. Unusually however, Toshiba chose to release its entry level player before its high end machine, but now I have the flagship HD-XE1 in my possession and it’s time to find out whether it’s worth the extra cash."

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Sony Media Experience 2007 @ TrustedReviews
"The Sony Media Experience 2007 is Sony’s second in what will hopefully become a regular biennial event where the Japanese technology giant shows off all its latest products and innovations to a massed gathering of hundreds of journalists from all over Europe. The first event was held in a gorgeous chateau in the French city of Bordeaux but this time around the venue moved to the Dodecanese island of Rhodes... ...So, over the next few pages I’ll give you the low down on some of the more interesting products we were shown and hopefully give you an impression of just where Sony lies within the many fields in which it works today."

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CoolIT Systems RAM Fan @ Bjorn3D
"Every overclocker knows that heat is your worst enemy. The best components sometime just cannot cope with the excessive heat and that’s why there are tons of products on the market design to keep the components running cool. We have seen CPU coolers, after market graphics card fans, Northbridge and Southbridge fans, memory fans, and case fans. One of these components usually do not get much attention and excitement is the memory fans. Recently Corsair has offered memory with a fan pre-attached and OCZ has come up the FlexXLC Edition to provide better cooling to the RAMs. For average users who may not be able to afford these expensive RAM modules and still wans to push their system to the limit, add-on coolers provide the best bang for our buck.. Today, we will be looking at CoolIT Systems RAM Fan, a $20 memory fan that is designed to provide added cooling and may potentially help with higher overclocking."

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: GeCube vs Sapphire - Radeon X1950 Pro AGP: the must-have upgrade?
"But what happens if your motherboard's primary graphics is still based around the seemingly long-forgotten AGP slot? The choices, and by inference, the performance is far more limited. GeCube and Sapphire have taken it on themselves to design and market AGP variants of the X1950 Pro SKU. Read on to find out if the 'Pro's goodness is the expected boon for AGP."

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Thermaltake Soprano DX Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Even though there's nothing really cutting edge about it, Thermaltake has a good thing going with the Soprano Dx. The lightweight but sturdy aluminum construction along with two locks makes it practical for transporting a system to a LAN. It has a stylish look with the blue LED bar on the front panel and the included fans are quiet. Another definite plus is no tools are needed for optical, floppy, and expansion card installs.."

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ATI Catalyst 7.3 Performance Analysis (Windows XP)
"Besides performance improvements, Catalyst 7.3 sees Crossfire dual graphics enhancements for Windows Vista particularly to do with OpenGL support. Proceed with caution though, many users have been reporting BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) issues under Vista but there is a fix published over at Extreme Tech which explains how to avoid the problem, if you’re upgrading your Radeon Vista display drivers. Let’s see what the latest incarnation of the Catalyst bring us. Again we are only testing under Windows XP since still only a very small majority of our readers are using Windows Vista."

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Sanyo M1 Review @ Digital Trends
"Sanyo's M1 (available from Sprint for $199.99 USD with the usual rebates and contract restrictions) is a superior cell phone. It's light, it's relatively compact, it delivers plenty of volume for voice and ring tones, and it gets great reception. Its 2 MP camera takes surprisingly blur-free pictures, and it has a bright LCD screen that displays the numbers you're calling in such a large font that even the thickest Coke-bottle glasses wearer will be able to see. There's just one problem: Sanyo has ballyhooed the M1 as"

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Cooler Master CM Media 280 Enclosure @ Viper Lair
"With support for enough devices for a good HTPC, and the convertibility to be a good Mid-tower as well make this one case to not overlook. The CM Media 280 has sharp looks and the option for the built in VFD display with media control buttons and IR Receiver solidify its place in the HTPC case sector. Cooling performance was adequate with potential to be great. The case was nice and quiet when tied with other silent components. The iMon VFD control software works well, although lacking in customizability the built in presets allow for easy operation and cover most if not all of your display needs."

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ReadyBoost on the Run at XYZ Computing
"One of the best uses of ReadyBoost is on a notebook, where memory is expensive, sometimes hard to install, and there are not as many memory slots as on a desktop. ReadyBoost is not a replacement for additional system memory but it can help out, especially at times when your system could use more memory. The only problem with this is keeping a USB drive hanging out of the side of a laptop is a surefire way to create a problem- either by the drive catching on something and being ripped from the socket, the system being pulled to the ground after getting snagged on a passerby, maybe just getting left behind when moving your laptop from one place to another. Luckily there is solution."

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OtterBox 1920 Palm Treo Case Review @ DragonSteelMods
"  During my review of The OtterBox for iPod nano 1st Generation Case, I called it armor for your iPod. Today I will be looking at the OtterBox 1920 Palm Treo Case which can only be described as Kevlar for your PD! A Smartphone. I have used many different cases for my phones and gadgets, but this one is the most durable one I have encountered. Let’s get started and look at the features of this industrial strength case."

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Corsair Dominator 9136C5D and 10000C5DF memory reviewed at bit-tech.net
"If money is no object and you want the absolute best money can buy then there is simply no alternative available to Corsair's PC-10000 Dominator memory. It's how Corsair has targeted this memory and how we have skewed the final scores accordingly. You are simply not going to be concerned with the poor value score if you are thinking of buying either of these memory kits. But for those very few who are confused and wondering what to throw a large chunk of money at in a new system, then there are just too many other factors, like motherboard choice, that overrule any pure performance increase from just memory alone. You could make some educated buying decisions and concentrate on building a more balanced system with better-value performance increases. That's not to say you don't need performance memory, because of the cumulative effects it provides as a fundamental system resource."

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SteelPad S&S Mouse Pad at Modders-Inc
"The SteelPad has always had great products and I have always been a fan of my old SteelPad and when I heard that there was a new one released I said to myself, "How could they possibly improve on something already so awesome?"

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Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd @ TrustedReviews
"In design as well as décor the Z5fd is born for the clubbing lifestyle. Measuring a trim 92.8 X 55 X 19.4mm and weighing only 148g it’s small and light enough to qualify as ultra-compact, and will slip unobtrusively into a handbag or shirt pocket. When not in use the lens is protected by a sliding cover that doubles as the on/off switch, so it’s not going to be easily damaged if it has a close encounter with your pink Motorola RAZR or the lighter for your menthol cigarettes."

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Toshiba 2007 Product Showcase @ TrustedReviews
"It’s that time of year again where all the big consumer electronics companies announce their new lines and models. As usual I attended Toshiba’s annual product showcase, which this year moved from the lovely Down Hall to the equally lovely Hanbury Manor hotel."

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Nuke-Z Z8 Mousepad @ techPowerUp
"The Nuke-Z mouse pads come packaged in a black plastic tube, making it look like it houses some radioactive material. The Z8 has the same logo printed on it. It it thick and features a smooth surface. The 270g weight and 3.9 mm thickness may not be liked by some and loved by others. We take our mice for a spin on the Z8 and let you know if it makes us glow green with joy."

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Saitek GK200 Tactile Gaming Keyboard @ techPowerUp
"The Saitek GK200 may look like a normal keyboard, but it is geared toward gamers, who are on a budget and would like a normal sized input device. The gaming keys are a great feature while the Audio and USB 2.0 connector round up for a well balanced gaming keyboard - all for the price of a normal one."

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HEXUS.tv - guides :: Intel Centrino Pro - Robson demonstration
"So what exactly can a gig of built-in Flash memory do for your notebook? Intel gave us a sneak peek - and you will be surprised how much extra performance Intel Turbo Memory (aka Robson) can provide."

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Ultra X-Pro 600 Watt ATX Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews.net
"There's little bad I can say about the XPro 600. For a media center PC, it would be an ideal choice, both in its power and size, and in its relative silence. Plenty of connectors for legacy devices is a nice touch, and one that I would like to see other PSU makers implement. Stable voltages make for a great performer, and the glossy housing will look good in any windowed case."

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The Future of Web 3.0: Part II @ OSWeekly.com
"While Google works to separate software completely, making their offerings web-based and independent of the OS, they have missed one very important platform - the ever-evolving metaverse. Where does this leave the future of OS development? In the state of confusion, I imagine."

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Vista: A Software Pirates Nightmare? @ OSWeekly.com
"I think it’s fantastic that Microsoft has worked so hard to make sure that Windows piracy, hopefully, becomes a thing of the past. Not out of fanfare for the OS mind you, but to prevent people from stealing. After all, if free is what they are after, there are open source alternatives to replace Windows quite well."

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Monday, April 2, 2007
Supreme Commander Review @ Oz Case Modz
"I think it\'s pretty safe to say that Supreme Commander is the RTS the people have been waiting for. While most RTS games have focused on modern and historic themes, it hasn\'t been since the original Total Annihilation that a futuristic setting has been utilised in the same fashion. This straight away gives an edge over many of the games in the current market, but SupCom is much more than just robots and spaceships."

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TrekStor vibez 12GB Review @ Digital Trends
"When the TrekStor Vibez MP3 player was first announced, it was wryly described by a journalist as “being shaped somewhat like J-Lo's derriere”. In fact, TrekStor's own website features the nude silhouette of a curvy woman next to the vibez. Does this sort of advertising mean that the vibez is as sexy as some unclad hottie? Perhaps it means that you too will have naked women standing next to you if you buy the vibez. One can ponder the many messages. Seriously though, the vibez is a sleek looking MP3 player that won the coveted 2007"

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LOGiWOOD 5.1 Speaker Set Mod at Metku.net
"I was thinking of a new project; what to mod or build next after finishing the Embryo Zero case. I searched through the Internet to see what has already been done, and I realized that good worklogs about computer speaker modding do not exist. Logitech kindly supplied me with z-5500 5.1 system as a basis for this project. I think they look ok as stock, but I'm trying to transform them to look more expensive and not so"

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[Phoronix] ATIpower: ATI Linux GPU Overclocking
"When it comes to overclocking ATI Radeon graphics cards under Linux the only real option has been using rovclock. Rovclock is a Radeon overclocking utility written and developed by Sebastian Witt. This tool has been in development since 2005 but it took quite a while before the Radeon R300/R400 series was even supported. Rovclock still lacks support for the Radeon X1000 (R500) series, however, there is a new contender to the ATI Linux GPU overclocking arena and that is ATIpower. We have covered the ATIpower overclocking utility today at Phoronix."

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PIrate Bay raid investigation finished @ NordicHardware
"The report that have been published clearly states that IFPI, MPA and the American embassy had contacted the current Minister of Justice Thomas Bodström and the Secretary of State Dan Eliasson in an attempt to make them force the police into action. Although, JO has come to the conclusion that none of the two have done anything to wrong nor have they tried to influence the police or prosecutor."

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Logitech NuLOOQ Navigator Review at XYZ Computing
"Looking at the NuLOOQ Navigator it may not be immediately clear what its purpose is, but as with similar looking items, like the Griffin PowerMate or the 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator and SpaceTraveler, it is meant to complement your mouse. The device is used by your non-dominant hand in order to augment your controls- it does not replace a keyboard or mouse, but is used in conjunction with them in order to do things that a mouse alone cannot do efficiently or at all. As seen with the 3Dconnexion equipment, this type of device lends itself best to complex applications, like Adobe's Creative Suite (and the target buyers are creative professionals), but it is configurable so that it can be used under all sorts of different circumstances."

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OCZ GameXStream 700Watt Power Supply @ DragonSteelMods
"Today for review I have a product from a company that needs no introduction, OCZ Technology, pretty much everyone knows the name, from beginners to hardcore enthusiasts. When you think OCZ you think, speed, quality and power. I have the 700Watt GameXStream power supp! ly for review today, and I've found that it lives up to the excellent reputation of OCZ, and of course it handles my SLI system with ease. So continue one to learn more about this great product...  "

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Modders-Inc Anniversary Giveaway
"We are kicking it into high gear with an Anniversary Giveaway! During the month of April we will be giving away stuff at random to anyone who is a forum member. Currently we have over 25 items on the list and it continues too grow!"

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Pentax Optio M30 @ TrustedReviews
"Announced in January along with the more sophisticated T30 and the AA-powered E30, the M30 is a mid-level 7.1-megapixel ultra-compact with a 3x zoom lens, a 2.5-in 115k pixel monitor screen and a maximum sensitivity of 3200 ISO. Affordable pocket compacts have always been something of a Pentax speciality, so although it has a list price of £149 the M30 is available from several online retailers for under £125"

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Technic3D/Scythe Andy Samurai Master
"The Scythe Andy Samurai Master CPU Heatsink arrived Technic3D. The Scythe Infiniti or Mine to Big for your Case? See you in the following Review a small Version from Scythe against others CPU Cooling."

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Gigabyte N680SLI-DQ6 Motherboard nForce 680i done to perfection
"Gigabyte in true form has taken up this new chipset as part of their Dual Quad series. And while the Taiwanese motherboard group has been much slower to release their 680i product, they’ve finally done it and we quite interested to find out if the wait has been worth it or not. Labelled the N680SLI-DQ6, we can only expect the best, as only the best and brightest get the DQ6 naming treatment from Gigabyte. Let’s see if the impressive DQ6 line of motherboards continues as we shoot for the highest ever FSB overclock ever recorded in our labs."

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HEXUS.tv - interviews :: AMD LIVE! Uncovered - Part 2
"In the second part of our CeBIT 2007 tour of AMD LIVE!, we discover what the platform is really all about - sharing video with a set-top box in your lounge, including web content like YouTube."

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Purepower Express 250W @ Bjorn3D
"With each new generation of high-end video cards the demand for power just keeps growing. Not only does the separate video cards need more power, using two in SLI or Crossfire mode increases the power demand even more. It is of course possible to just buy a new more powerful PSU every time you upgrade but that is not always practical, especially if you have a PSU that you are happy with and do not want to have to replace."

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Shure SE210 Noise Isolating Earphones @ TrustedReviews
"The SE420s employed a dual driver design and produced superb sound across a whole range of music. The SE310s were considerably cheaper than the SE420s, but didn’t quite blow me away in the same manner. In fact the problem with the SE310s is that the price wasn’t quite low enough when compared to competing products, like the Ultimate Ears super.fi 5 Pros. But the SE210s that I’m looking at now could well be the best value, high-quality earphones out there."

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ZyXEL NSA-2400 NAS appliance @ TrustedReviews
"The NSA-2400 is equipped with a decent 1.3GHz Via C3 processor although this is only teamed up with 128MB of memory, which cannot be upgraded. You get a single Gigabit Ethernet port and a pair of USB 2.0 ports at the rear with a third USB port on the front panel. All three USB ports can be used for connecting external storage devices but the appliance doesn’t support sharing USB printers. On connection a USB device is automatically shared on the network with NTFS file systems restricted to read-only."

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Windows Continues to Be a Security Threat @ OSWeekly.com
"How do you rate the security that is offered by an operating system? Do you rate it by the number of threats that are out there for a particular OS at any given time, whether serious or not, or do you determine it by the speed in which these threats are patched? Depending on how you look at the issue, you may even measure how secure an operating system is by how difficult it is for nefarious individuals to create exploits."

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The Sorry State of WiFi Support with Feisty Beta @ OSWeekly.com
"I have been keeping up with most of the reviews for the new beta release of Ubuntu Feisty with great interest. As a full-time user of Ubuntu Dapper and Edgy, I’m, to say the least,"

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LG VX9400 Review @ Digital Trends
"Along with the Samsung SCH-u620, this is one of two phones that you can watch Live TV on using V CAST Mobile TV. That's live TV on your cell phone, broadcast like regular TV using a technology called FLO TV from a company called MediaFLO, a subsidiary of QUALCOMM. Of the two phones, this is the superior model and not only because of its unique (in the U.S. at least) swivel T-bar screen that swings 45 degrees perpendicular from the phone's body from portrait to landscape mode, but because it has a slightly larger screen that gives a tad-bit better TV picture. The VX9400 also runs TV longer and offers slightly speedier EV-DO service. At $199.99 US with the usual contract stipulations and rebates, it's also $50 more expensive."

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Sunday, April 1, 2007
Asus EAX1650XT Video Card @ Viper Lair
"The Asus EAX1650XT enables you to make a viable HTPC graphics solution. Great graphics output, and interconnect cables for DVI (which would include a DVI-->HDMI cable solution) and HDTV (YpbPr). The silence of the Asus cooling solution (as long as you are not Overclocking it), along with the affordable price point makes this a logical choice for such a solution. If you are seriously looking at building an HTPC, the Asus EAX1650XT should be at the top of your list."

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[News] Kingston 2GB DataTraveler Reader & 1GB ReadyFlash Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The thought of adding a media card reader into a USB flash drive is just another way to simplify our cluttered lives. With Kingston and Microsoft working together, the DataTraveler ReadyFlash was created using the next generation of memory technology. The Windows ReadyBoost feature provides users with...."

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[Phoronix] Corsair 1GB SD 133x & 2GB SD 60x
"Last January we had reviewed the Corsair Secure Digital 133x 512MB card, which was great for its time but with more and more people now using SD cards in a variety of gadgets and needing greater storage capabilities, we couldn't help but to try out some of Corsair's larger offerings. At hand today we will be looking at the Corsair 133x 1GB SD card as well as the Corsair 60x 2GB SD card. Do Corsair's flash offerings still reign supreme?"

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Build your own vaccine @ NordicHardware
"Electronic equipment will be disrupted by the magnetic radiation caused by the rain of atomic bombs and because of that scientists have been working on creating ways to store data in bacteria and also use them as batteries. Bacteria have a spooky ability to survive almost anything, making than excellent target for survival research."

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