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Thursday, May 31, 2007
Gigabyte 965P-DQ6 Motherboard @ Viper Lair
"While there are quirks for this or that, it is something we all have become accustomed to, as no motherboard has everything we want, exactly how we want it or I would be out of a job. Gigabyte brings to the decision making process 3 things that will make it hard not to choose them over the competition: A stellar performing solution, a design that is both logical and efficient and downright good looking motherboard."

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AMD 8.37.6 Display Driver
"It was a year ago that AMD/ATI had delivered the fglrx 8.25.18 display driver, which corrected a bug causing issues with the Radeon X1000 512MB video cards, added new product support, and squashed a variety of other bugs. Well, today AMD delivered the 8.37.6 Linux display driver. Affecting this driver the most is support for X server version 1.3 and appended several other fixes along with a slight upgrade to the AMD Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition. While no AIGLX support was added or no new features introduced, the upgrade should be worth the time."

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Cyber Snipa Intelliscope Laser Gaming Mouse @ techPowerUp
"The Cyber Snipa Intelliscope gaming mouse comes at a price tag of under $25, but includes a lot of functions one would usually only find in mice twice as expensive. These include an on-the-fly DPI switch, programmable buttons and perfect left handed gamer support. The only real shortcoming is the somewhat bloated and buggy software. If you are willing to look past that, the mouse itself will certainly not disappoint."

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EVGA e-GeForce 8800 Ultra Superclocked review @ bit-tech.net
"Getting back to EVGA's card and bundle, we think that it's a good product, but it's priced out of the grasp of most early adopters, nevermind the enthusiasts that regularly read bit-tech. It just doesn't offer enough value for money over EVGA's e-GeForce 8800 GTX Superclocked card, which is over £100 cheaper. This isn't uncommon for products based on Nvidia's GeForce 8800 Ultra GPU though, because the initial cards clocked at reference speeds were priced well out of the market too. At least the price has come down a little bit, but we can't help but feel it needs to come down further still. The reference clocked GeForce 8800 Ultras start at around £470 (inc VAT) now, but we don't believe that the minuscule performance between it and EVGA's Superclocked 8800 GTX warrants a £50 price premium - £20 would be more acceptable in our book. As for EVGA's heavily overclocked GeForce 8800 Ultra that we've looked at here, we think that it needs to come down below £500 before it's going to be an attractive proposition. The current pricing structure just places it in the bracket for those with more money than sense. A shame, because that's about the only thing wrong with this product."

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Creative Travelsound Zen V Speakers
"When we go on a trip or on holiday, we sometimes miss a device which allows us to listen to the music we have stored in our player without using our earphones."

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Thermaltake Purepower RX 500W & 600W @ Bjorn3D
"The boom for SLI / Crossfire cards as well as dual core CPUs brought us a lot of new products in the power supply market. As PC components become more powerful each year, we have to keep up with the power to feed them. This statement shouldn't be taken so seriously as there are plenty of mid range products that require half the power the big boys do. Die shrinks and low power consumption technology provide less budgeted customers to enjoy very best of PC computing."

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: ASUS GeForce 8800 GTS 320 - the best buy under £200?
"AMD's DX10 powerhouse, the Radeon HD 2900 XT, has given NVIDIA something to think about, but we reckon the GeForce 8800 GTS 320 remains the best buy under £200. ASUS has a particularly attractive bundle with its effort."

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Overclock3D Content: Cell Factor Revolution
"Cell Factor is a game that I've been awaiting the final release of for some time. Showcasing Ageia's PhysX card and API, the promise of the game at early beta was good. See what we think now..."

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Gateway GT5074b @ TrustedReviews
"Inside, we find a system built around an Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 processor (which shares 4MB of internal cache between the two cores) supported by 2GB of main memory on a 1066MB front side bus. There's a 320GB SATA hard drive for all your storage needs (even if you regularly record TV programmes to it) and a 256MB nVidia GeForce 7500 LE graphics adapter, which runs cool enough not to need its own fan. In fact this machine runs commendably coolly and hence very quietly."

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Acer Aspire 5920 @ TrustedReviews
"Designed under commission by BMW Designworks, the new Aspire range utilises a ‘Gemstone’ design focus that has generated a distinctive and unique look. On the outside one can genuinely see that 'Gemstone' idea in the shape and finish. Though the notebook is obviously rectangular in shape, the subtle use of curves gives it a pleasant oval shaped quality, and the shiny pearlescent black finishes off the look beautifully. Importantly, this gives the 5920 a real sense of quality before you've even opened it up and started using it."

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CyberPower CP1350AVRLCD 1350VA 810W UPS Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"The CyberPower Systems CP1350AVRLCD UPS, designed for mid to high-end computer systems, features dynamic line conditioning and an Intelligent LCD diagnostic display. Real-time system vitals can be viewed from this display and the unit can be conveniently mounted in a workstation cabinet or directly on the desktop. The CP1350AVRLCD also guards against surges/spikes, and offers battery backup in the event of brownouts or total power loss. Benchmark Reviews tests to see just how long the 1350 compares to the competition."

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Father's Day Gift Guide @ Digital Trends
"The perfect gift for your dad this Father's Day lies somewhere between a lousy $5 tie and a million dollar space flight. But where do you go to find the perfect gift for the man that means so much, yet has everything he needs? Right here, that's where. When it comes to uber-cool Father's Day gifts, we've got your back with hand-picked outdoor gadgets, sure to coax dad out of the house so he can, at the very least, fiddle with his new gadget in the fresh air. We've also included information on where to buy, as well as pricing info to make it all easy on you. Who's your daddy?"

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Fedora 7 Prime "Moonshine"
"Out with the Core and in with the Moonshine. Fedora 7 is shipping today and marks the merge of Fedora Core and Fedora Extras along with bringing KVM virtualization into the limelight, a new installable LiveCD, a new build system, new wireless firmware, and other desktop improvements."

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Mark Shuttleworth Talks Dell, Hardware, Ubuntu 7.10 & More
"Mark Shuttleworth has flown into space on a Soyuz TM-34 and founded Thawte Consulting that later sold to Verisign for over $500 million, but he is now known most for being the founder and leader of the Ubuntu Linux distribution. In addition to Ubuntu he also established HBD Venture Capital and is involved with several other free software projects. Earlier today we had spoke with Mark Shuttleworth to discuss the latest happenings in the Ubuntu world including Dell shipping Ubuntu PCs, getting open-source drivers from hardware vendors, and what is coming down the road for Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon."

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I4U: Data Robotics Drobo Storage Robot DRO4DU10 Review
"To use Drobo all you need to do is plug the unit in, add your drives and Drobo does everything else for you. Drobo will format your drives automatically and the drives can be different makes, models and capacities."

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Adaptec RAID 3805 8-port SATA and SAS Controller Review @ Legit Reviews
"Raid10 performance was a little surprising. having 4 drives in raid10 is slightly faster than just 2 in raid0. This is likely just some experimental error. The Raid10-8 configuration however does significantly lag behind a straight raid0-4 setup. Apparently writing to all the mirrors swamped the card a bit. The space consumed by raid0-4 and raid10-8 is identical. How important is your data?"

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VIZO Sleet VGA Cooler at Modders-Inc
"Keeping your video card cool is always a must in any gamers rig. With the growing trend of the mid range video cards it seems most are coming with relatively small coolers that leave a consumer only wanting more when it comes to cooling potential. So today we are going to check out one of VIZO's Sleet VGA coolers."

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Tomb Raider: Anniversary @ TrustedReviews
"The fact that this tenth – well, nearly eleventh – anniversary remake is getting any kind of welcome at all comes down to last year’s Tomb Raider: Legend. With this ‘franchise reboot’ the team at Crystal Dynamics managed something special – they updated the stale aspects of the series and give it a new cinematic gloss without totally losing its core appeal. The fact that the same basic team – including Lara’s co-creator, Toby Gard – is behind this one-off, celebratory remake offers some hope that Anniversary might continue Ms Croft’s rehabilitation."

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Zotac GeForce 8800 GTX OC Edition @ techPowerUp
"Zotac's new GeForce 8800 GTX OC Edition comes factory overclocked with clocks of 630 MHz core and 1000 MHz memory. This is a nice increase over the standard NVIDIA clocks, especially if you consider the small $20 premium and that you don't lose your warranty. For users who are not willing to spend a lot of money for a GeForce 8800 Ultra this card seems to be a viable alternative."

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Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC2-8500 2GB DDR2 Memory Kit Review @ Bigbruin.com
"You get what you pay for". It's a phrase we hear often, but how much does this statement reflect the truth? The Crucial Ballistix Tracer product lineup is intended to satisfy those who care about aesthetics just as much as performance. So with the Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC2-8500 2GB DDR2 Memory Kit, do you get what you pay for? We'll let you be the judge."

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HEC Cougar 600 W Power Supply
"When we improve the performance of our PC or add modding elements, such as fans with LEDs or neon lights, electric consumption also increases."

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Shuttle SD39P2 Barebone @ TrustedReviews
"Shuttle is pretty much synonymous with small form factor PCs, which is hardly surprising considering it created the genre. The SD39P2 is billed as its flagship machine – it supports Intel socket LGA775 dual-core and quad-core processors including the top-end Core 2 Quad QX6800. Add-in support for up to three hard disks, including RAID 0, 1 or 5 and the ability to take a dual-slot graphics card - even a GeForce 8800 GTX, and you can see that it has the potential to be an incredibly powerful machine for either gaming or workstation use."

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Gigabyte 3D Galaxy II CPU Liquid Cooling System Review @ Tweaknews.net
"With the introduction of the 3D Galaxy II liquid cooling system, Gigabyte has given novice watercooling enthusiasts another option when deciding to “take the plunge.” This system is feature rich, expandable and great looking. It has good cooling performance as well, and addresses the motherboard cooling issues commonly overlooked by the inexperienced waterhead."

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Gaming headset head to head @ bit-tech.net
"Truth be told, it's almost neck and neck for the two headsets here. Bespectacled gamers, like me, would probably do best to avoid them both altogether and to wait for something better to appear on the market. For those that absolutely must have a set of comfortable headphone and who don't mind going sans microphone, then the Sennheiser HD 215 are our recommended headphones as they have truly huge earpieces and cushions softer than the chewy centre of a cloud. They technically count as DJ headphones, but we've found them excellent for gaming and a pleasure to wear. However, choosing out of the two gaming headsets available here is tough. The Sennheisers are excellent performers and classier lookers, but the Creative headset performs just as well and will appeal to a different market. Close as it is, we have to choose a winner and, in this case, we'd have to side with the Creative Fatal1ty headset as the removable microphone makes them a more versatile beast and a good all rounder."

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Joost, the next big step for video on demand?
"Enter Joost (pronounced Juiced), a peer to peer (P2P) program for streaming video over the internet, developed by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, the guys who originally developed Skype. The development into an invitation only Beta has gone incredibly fast, as the real development of Joost only started last year. Some 150 people have been working on getting Joost to the stage it is today and it already works incredibly well. As a video on demand service it still lacks a few things, mostly a wider array of programs, as the content is quite limited, although it depends what you are looking for. If you are lucky, you have already got Joost, or maybe one of your friends can send you an invite. If not, then you should ask if someone has it and if they can give you an invite, well, at least as long as you have a broadband connection, with unlimited bandwidth. The one downside of programs like Joost would be for those that have metered internet access , since it does eat up quite a few megabytes of your monthly allowance."

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World Exclusive: Radeon HD 2900 XT CrossFire overclocking @nordichardware
"With a completely air-cooled system Kinc managed to score 20,278 points in 3DMark 06. Both the SM2.0 and SM3.0 scores are very good for such a low CPU frequency, 7,989 and 9,449 respectively. We can also tell you that CrossFire scales well, really, really well."

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: Gigabyte's Triton 180 sub-£50 chassis packs in the features
"Gigabyte's Triton 180 chassis aims to appeal to folks on a budget. Priced at under £50 and incorporating some neat touches, find out if Gigabyte's managed to keep quality ahead of penny-pinching..."

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VIZO eSATA Uranus & Saturno HDD Enclosure Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"We are in the age of mobile data and removable media. You can see it all around us. Most industry professionals keep a portable computing device in close company, and nearly everyone carries a USB flash drive on them. Cell phones double as MP3 players, and MP3 players double as personal video devices. It seems progressive then that external hard disks are quickly becoming something more of a personal carry item as their size grows smaller. Conversely, some stylish trends have managed to give a new look to the old ideas. So whether you are a mobile power user with compact storage needs, or discerning office user who enjoys a stylish environment, VIZO offers products to satisfy both needs, and Benchmark Reviews helps you to pick the best fit between their eSATA Uranus or the SATA Saturno."

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth Headset Review @ Digital Trends
"The Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth headset promises an amazingly clear call reception, regardless of how much noise is around you."

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Mushkin HP-580 AP Power Supply @ techPowerUp
"While Mushkin is traditionally a high performance memory manufacturer they also have several power supplies in their lineup. Today we take a look at the Mushkin HP-580AP which offers 580W of power output as the name suggests. For a sub $100 price you get sleeved cables, a modular design and Rail Fusion which keeps your system stable, even if you go beyond the rated maximum load."

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Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 Intel P35 Motherboard Review
"The Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 motherboard was a pleasure to work with and if you're an enthusiast you'll love how Gigabyte places mostly everything in easy to reach locations. The large SilentPipe heatsink works very well and keeps the Intel P35 Express Northbridge, ICH9R Southbridge and MOSFETs nice and cool."

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Evesham Zieo N500-HD @ TrustedReviews
"The Evesham Zieo N500-HD conforms to the Centrino Duo certification, and pleasingly is the first notebook we've seen to feature a Turbo Memory module – in this case a 1GB one. As a result there's been a fair amount of extra testing to do, since we've tested this system with Turbo Memory enabled and disabled to get an idea of how/if it performs. Later on I'll also be taking a look at whether it improves system boot-up speed, one of the mooted improvements it should provide."

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RealIllusion CrazyTalk 4 @ TrustedReviews
"So then you’re ready to play your animation. Even in its rest-state, the portrait moves slightly and blinks occasionally, which looks quite unnerving, but that’s nothing to what happens when you click the play button. If you are of a nervous disposition, and are the kind of person who gets nightmares after watching Dr Who, then you may want to reconsider at this point, because you may run away screaming as soon as you see what it does to your face."

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Thermaltake iXoft R15ON02 Notebook Cooling Pad Review @ Bigbruin.com
"After having used a handful of notebook coolers that use rigid bodies with fans to get the job done, the iXoft is obviously the quietest, easiest to setup, most portable, and still quite effective. The somewhat mysterious and scientific nature of Thermaltake's heatshift technology makes the iXoft even more appealing, as it is just that much different than the typical cooler."

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Antec MX-1 External 3.5 @ Bjorn3D
"If you have seen one enclosure then you have probably seen them all, right? Is there anything that can make the Antec MX-1 stand above the multitude of external hard drive enclosures that litter store shelves and online merchants like blades of grass on a prairie? To fast forward to the conclusion the short answer is, yes. Unless price is the numero uno consideration the Antec MX-1 should be at the top of anyone’s shortlist. Read on to find out just what makes this enclosure so special!"

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Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC2-8500 memory kit DDR-2 not dead yet
"DDR-3 is now coming to the desktop thanks again to Intel. DDR-3 in its early form has been shown to not only outperform DDR-2 at clock for clock speeds (something DDR-2 could not do over DDR-1), but DDR-3 is able to clock higher than DDR-2 could ever dream of, in fact we managed 1500MHz DDR-3 speeds in our recent tests. Today we are stepping back from DDR-3 and looking at some DDR-2 modules from Crucial Technology. While DDR-3 is the future for Intel platforms, DDR-2 is still the mainstream product for Intel as well as the only memory technology currently supported by AMD and its Athlon 64 processors which have memory controllers on the CPU."

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Ubuntu Goes Ultraportable at XYZ Computing
"In attempt to get the most possible from the P7230 I decided to completely remove Vista in favor of Ubuntu 7.04. This popular version of desktop Linux does not have manufacturer support from Fujitsu, but has a number of advantages over Vista, including a few that will be especially important to a notebook. Basically what I wanted from Ubuntu was an operating system that was less demanding on my hardware resources and would allow me to make the most of the notebook."

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Monday, May 28, 2007
Good Work Systems Fragpedal Elite @ techPowerUp
"The Good Work Systems Fragpedal Elite gives your feet control during your favorite game. Our feet are the only part which we still do not use when sitting in front of the computer. The Fragpedal Elite give you four fully customizable buttons to use in any fashíon you would like. The included software with its own programming environment makes this possible. We give the pedals and the software a try, to see if it makes a good addition to your keyboard and mouse."

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ECS AMD690GM-M2 AMD 690G Motherboard Review
"With a retail price of $71 CDN ($65 USD, £32 GBP), you really can't go wrong with the ECS AMD690GM-M2 motherboard. Based around the AMD 690G chipset, the motherboard is compatible with all Socket AM2 processors and with the recent price drops, you can potentially build a dual core workstation or multimedia machine for less than $500 CDN!"

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Technic3D/Logitech Z-10 2.0 Speakers
"The USB Logitech Z-10 2.0 Speakers Speakers arrived Technic3D. Good Sound with very nice optics and Touch control panel? Technic3D will hear that in the following Review."

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[News] Antec P182 High Performance Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Alas, Antec is one of the very best at enclosures and part of that title comes from never accepting something just short of great. These guys are never content unless something of theirs leaves a mark or sets another standard. It is with great pleasure we show you the updated P182 Enclosure and all of its improvements. Allow me to give you the tour and offer up some new ideas that have also come from Antec. And don't be surprised if you see the concept surface amongst other makers."

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ATI Drivers: Ubuntu vs. Windows
"Yesterday we covered the graphics hardware needed to handle Beryl and on the heels of that article we are taking a quick look at another Linux versus Windows comparison for the official ATI/AMD graphics drivers. NVIDIA's Linux and Windows drivers perform about the same and in some instances the Linux binary driver even running faster, but as we have been sharing now for many months the Linux fglrx driver is handicapped for performance. Has things since improved for ATI? Well, as you'll see in this article by using the official Linux driver from ATI/AMD you can expect your frame-rate to be cut in half compared to the most recent version of the Windows Catalyst driver."

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A first look at Corsair's CM3X1024-1333C9DHX memory @ bit-tech.net
"Combine both the"

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Thermaltake TMG SL1 y Antec Spot Cool Cases Fans
"The market is being invaded with curious and sometimes quite useful cooling solutions. For many users, these gadgets can be the great solution for any problem related to high temperatures in their PC."

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Web 3.0: Malicious Code for Web 2.0 Apps @ OSWeekly.com
"To all those who still believe there is no possible way to infect a Linux or a Mac box, think again. Unlike the Easter Bunny, the rabbit included with this Open Office file is out to offer a very"

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Dell Vista Tablet PC: Why Should I Care? @ OSWeekly.com
"As most of you already know, Dell has been off to a rocky start with Microsoft's Vista and has even gone as far as to offer Windows XP to some customers because of Vista related concerns from certain customers. However, the nagging question remains: will Vista ever truly set right with Dell? The answer to this is yes. Unfortunately, its success may not happen with Dell’s existing offerings. That’s because of their recent Linux dealings; they will have to do something truly unique to get Vista back into the positive spotlight."

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Future Sonics Atrio M5 Earphones Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Future Sonics is a name that many audiophiles should be familiar with. The company, similar to Shure and Ultimate Ears, is focused on the targeted audiophile market that’s really only interested in hardcore musicians and people who adore great sound. Future Sonics’ Atrio M5 earphones is a testament to that fact, and for only $199.99, it certainly has a winner on its hands."

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iRiver S10 Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"iRiver is back with us again with another music player that’s bound to impress you. The S10 is a remarkably tiny device, and is in close competition with MobiBLU and its small media player series for the ultimate wow factor. It may be minute, but iRiver has packed a plethora of features to satisfy your digital media needs."

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An Inconvenient Truth about your PC gaming
"You thought you knew what controversy was, well we are talking it to the next level as we bring you The Inconvenient Truth... about your PC gaming! Al Gore would be proud. With our new toy, the Prova Power Analyzer WM-01, or as popular TweakTown staff like refer to it – that power thingy, it was time to get down and dirty to see what your games are doing to the environment. Are multiplayer gamers that play games based on the Source engine looking after the environment more than those playing Prey? And which game type is better, FPS or RTS? There was only one way to find out, to do our normal array of benchmarks and see what results that new super dopper power thingy gave us."

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Sunday, May 27, 2007
Synology DS207 @ techPowerUp
"Synology's latest DS207 NAS device offers enterprise grade backup capabilities with up to 2 TB of storage at an affordable price. Being able to configure RAID 0/1 and automatic backups is great for your data protection. What makes the unit more interesting for home users is that you can download files via BitTorrent without your PC being on or you can setup your own Gigabit file, web and MySQL server in just a few clicks."

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OC Team Italy does it again: 8180MHz !
"Well apparently they weren't happy with that as they've now managed to push another 179MHz to 8180Mhz. Since the multiplier is locked they had to work with the FSB and push it to an incredible 545MHz. That's a 173% overclock, with a Pentium 4!"

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Kinc and Elmor overclocks GeForce 8800 Ultra in 3DMark 06: 24,604 points @ NordicHardware
"Unfortunately, not all of the components wanted to play along, which limited Marcus and Jon somewhat, but they still managed to reach rather respectable 24604 points. This is the highest registered score at the ORB, but Kingpin has reached just more than 25,000 /.../ The processor was pushed to more than 5GHz, but unfortunately the motherboard didn't want to play along for any longer periods. This is the first time someone has pushed a quad-core (read Kentsfield) to more than 5GHz together with GeForce 8800 Ultra in 3DMark 06. Kingpin's record was set at 4880MHz."

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Revoltec Fightmouse review @ bit-tech.net
"There isn't a lot that's tremendously wrong with the Revoltec Fightmouse -- it does the job of pointing and clicking fine enough -- but the minor grievances do mount up. Sensitivity adjustment that is simply too slow to cycle through to be of any use, flimsy construction and a somewhat awkward shape kicked it back more than a single notch in our books. The software that comes bundled with the mouse is comprehensive and easy to use, but it's unfortunately let down by a product that tries to make up for what it lacks in quality by having a large quantity of features."

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GPUs & Beryl: What is Needed?
"We thought it was already clear what graphics processors and drivers work and don't work with Linux desktop eye candy such as Beryl and Compiz, but it seems based upon the number of e-mails we have been receiving along with messages in community bulletin boards that the line isn't so clear after all. For those that have never tried out Beryl, it is a compositing window manager branched from Compiz (though Beryl will merge back with Compiz soon) that provides a variety of window decorations and other desktop"

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Saturday, May 26, 2007
[News] Mushkin 4GB HP2-6400 (2x2GB) DDR2 Memory Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Yes it's true that 2GB is plenty of RAM but 4GB is twice as nice, and with the price of this kit just under $350, the question is simply answered; the performance outweighing the price. Not too many people are in the market for a 4GB kit of RAM but if you are a gamer, video editor, or looking for something to brag about...."

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Functionality not included OpEd @ bit-tech.net
"Do you remember back when you were in primary school? Ah, the calculator (and maybe the game boy, depending on age) was the most technological thing in our lives. They were so wondrous, weren't they? I glowed with pride when I could get my solar-power, 8-digit display to say"

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HEXUS.lifestyle - reviews :: Five FM transmitters for iPods and personal players
"Day-tripper John Hill climbs into his automobile, his baby beside him at the wheel, to check out five FM transmitters for use with iPods and other music players."

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Friday, May 25, 2007
BeleniX v0.6 LiveCD
"The BeleniX LiveCD that is based off of OpenSolaris with GNU applications has reached version 0.6 after some setbacks. While this release is coming out later than expected, it is based upon OpenSolaris Build 60, uses X.Org 7.2, features Compiz 0.5 for Xfce and KDE, offers usbdump integration, and sports many other improvements. BeleniX is a OpenSolaris distribution we enjoy very much and would encourage all of you experimenting with Linux or Solaris to try it out."

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Overclock3D Content: OCZ joines forces with PC Power & Cooling
"In what can only be described as a "great move", OCZ announced this evening that it has acquired Power Supply manufacturer PC Power & Cooling."

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Factory Defect.ca - the newest computer store on College St
"If you've ever been to Factory Direct on College st., I think you'll appreciate the joke that is www.factorydefect.ca. Thanks to V. for sending this one in! But in all seriousness, you wouldn't believe how many times we've been asked where the "anykey" is. Really."

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I4U: Latte BOOM Unlocked GSM Cellular Phone Review
"The Latte BOOM GSM Phone is a slider that has a boxy design that, when closed, is slightly shorter than my Motorola Razr, about an inch and a half wide and roughly twice as thick as the Razr."

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Technic3D/Jetway HD 2900 XT
"The Jetway Radeon HD 2900 XT arrived Technic3D. See you this Graphic Card with Vista Benchmarks, XP Benchmarks and 860 MHz/ 900 MHz Overclocking with Watercooling in the following Review."

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Microsoft Reclusa Gaming Keyboard Review at XYZ Computing
"As an encore to the Habu Razer and Microsoft teamed up again, this time to make a keyboard. Rather than build off of Razer's successful Tarantula keyboard, as the company did with its Pro|Type the team decided to put together something very different from it. The Reclusa is a gaming keyboard that, according to today's standards, does not look like a gaming keyboard. In fact it looks more like a media keyboard from 1998, that is at least before you turn it on. This low-key approach to gamer gear is probably a result of Microsoft's influence on the product- an attempt to broaden its appeal- so it will be interesting to see how its performance is affected by this approach."

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Ultra Products Gladiator Mid-Tower Case at Modders-Inc
"The Gladiator is a mid tower case that supports AT, baby AT, ATX, and micro ATX motherboards. The case is constructed of 1mm thick high grade steel and has a total of 10 drive bays. The Gladiator also utilizes several Tool-less features from the 5 ¼ inch drive bays to the PCI slots. The Gladiator even includes an Intel TAC compliant CPU duct and VGA vent."

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Cooler Master GeminII review @ bit-tech.net
"Arguably the most interesting comparison to be made was the performance difference between the Noctua NH-U12F, which was using only one NF-S12 fan at 600RPM, and the GeminII. The GeminII trailed the NH-U12F by almost six degrees, which doesn't bode well for the GeminII's cooling efficiency. Even though the Noctua NH-U12F has some installation headaches, we don't think that this pitfall outweighs its otherwise very good performance. I'm sure with more powerful fans, we'll see more incremental performance improvements with the GeminII, but those gains would come at the expense of noise - the same could be said about the Noctua NH-U12F, too. With the fans we've tested the heatsink with here, the Cooler Master GeminII is a reasonably good silent cooling solution, but it's not a great one."

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Plantronics Pulsar 260 Bluetooth Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
"The strength of the Plantronics Pulsar 260 headset is clearly centered on streaming music from your A2DP enabled phone. The headset clearly shows its strength when using it for stereo listening. The controls are very responsive when pausing, fast-forwarding, etc., and phone calls are seamlessly transferred..."

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Mapower MAP-AL31CS USB 2.0 + eSATA 3.5" External Enclosure Review @ Bigbruin.com
"This review of the Mapower MAP-AL31CS USB 2.0 + eSATA 3.5" External Enclosure was my first introduction to Mapower and any of their products. Although the USB 2.0 performance was respectable, the heat dissipation was good, and the drive was kept nice and quiet, I was disappointed to see that the eSATA cable was not included with the product."

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ECS NF650iSLIT-A
"Elitegroup Computer Systems is known for their array of products from desktop computers to graphics cards and motherboards. At hand today we have their NF650iSLIT-A motherboard, which is powered by NVIDIA's nForce 650i Chipset and caters toward the computer enthusiast crowd, but can it really deliver?"

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Noctua NF-S12 120mm & NF-R8 80mm Silent Case Fans Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The newest fan offerings from Noctua are real gems! They are quiet (silent, when used with the ULNA,) and move a respectable amount of air. While I hate to make generalizations about such things, these fans exhibit the high quality, innovative features and performance that products from this part of the world are famous for. Noctua has clearly set out to redefine what the future of quiet cooling will be, and if these fans are any indication, they have a very good start."

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HEXUS.net - articles :: Corsair's DDR3 lineup unmasked
"We take a brief look at the virtues of DDR3 and see just what Corsair has in-store for folks wishing to jump on the high-bandwidth bandwagon."

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: ASUS P5K Deluxe Wii?
"Let's give you our take on the ASUS P5K Deluxe motherboard - and explain how it's moved the game onwards from the forerunners, the P965 chipset and excellent P5B Deluxe."

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Fuente de alimentación HEC Win Power 550 W
"Thanks to brands such as HEC, we can have a correct power supply for our system, with a lower price with respect to other manufacturers."

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Creative Zen Stone 1GB @ TrustedReviews
"Thus, with these being more or less identical products, Creative has gone down the only path available: making it cheap. Currently the Zen Stone retails at around £30, making it more than £20 cheaper than the iPod Shuffle which can be bought for in the region of £55. For two products that share identical features this is a significant saving, and Creative’s effort doesn’t lack any style either."

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Thursday, May 24, 2007
Nexus NX-8060 600-watt True Power Modular PSU
"Back in the year 2000, a group of heat conductivity and noise reduction experts got together and formed Nexus Technology. Since that time they have become known for their cooling prowess with such products as heat pipe coolers for both processors and chipsets. With the growing diversity of the PC market, however, many companies have spread their knowledge and expertise into other areas. Such is the case with Nexus. The topic of today's discussion will be the NX8060, a 600W modular power supply that makes claims of being both stingy with your electricity (efficient) and also being very silent. With this company's background, we may be in for some pleasant surprises."

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Apevia X-QPACK2 Aluminum Case @ Viper Lair
"Compared to the first generation of X-QPack, the X-QPack2 is a better designed and better performing Micro-ATX case. The improvements design-wise is the slightly deeper chassis which gives a bit more clearance for long video cards and optical drives, and the improved performance comes from the additional cooling and higher rated power supply."

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ASUS P5N-E SLI
"The ASUS P5N-E SLI motherboard rings in at about $130 USD, which makes it substantially cheaper than many of the NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI motherboards on the market and even some of the nForce 650i motherboards. While this motherboard may be affordable, does it deliver upon the ASUS quality and innovations that enthusiasts have come to expect from their cutting edge products? Well, some of its many features include Intel Quad-Core support, NVIDIA SLI, and HD Azalia Audio."

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Ubidays 2007 coverage @ bit-tech.net
"We were lucky enough to get sneak peeks at the continuing development on games like Assassin's Creed, Haze, Splinter Cell: Conviction and //Tom Clancy's Endwar, as well as a few other titles planned for later in the year. Of course, as I found out myself when attending the event, there's no real way to gently introduce these games to you. We can only really dive right in and have a look at Ubisoft has got in store for gamers this year."

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G.Skill 2x1GB PC4200 LA Series DDR2 RAM
"Capable RAM modules are basic so as to make our PC a good and stable performer. G.Skill has reached a good place in the ranking of RAM manufacturers."

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Technic3D/aquacomputer aquagratix R600 Watercooling
"The new aquacomputer aquagratix R600 Watercooling arrived Technic3D. We will bring a Jetway HD 2900 XT with low noise and temperatures on 860 MHz/900 MHz! You can see that in the following Review."

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Pinnacle Studio Plus version 11 @ TrustedReviews
"There are three applications vying for the home video editing crown: Adobe’s Premiere Elements, Corel’s Ulead VideoStudio 11 Plus and the subject of this review, Pinnacle’s Studio 11 Plus. Now owned by Avid, a major player in professional video editing on both the hardware and software sides, Pinnacle has gleaned some of the code from more expensive Avid applications in putting together this new version."

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iLuv i9200 iPod Hi-Fi @ TrustedReviews
"The iLuv is a clear throwback to those 90s cool wall-mounted CD players with sliding doors from the likes of Nakamichi and Bang and Olufsen. You can see the discs spinning and everything! The cool bit is that at £170 it’s much cheaper than anything you’ll ever get from those companies, so if you ever wanted one of those, now’s your chance."

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Creative Zen V plus 2 GB MP3 Player
"Creative is a well-known manufacturers which always want to reach the top. With its Zen V Plus series, the brand faces its most direct competitor, the Apple nano iPod."

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OCZ Trifecta @ Bjorn3D
"Every now again a product comes along that makes you sit up and take notice. It may be the newest video card or a screaming fast CPU. But once is a very long while it is a product that is less revolutionary and more evolutionary. And so I present you with the OCZ Trifecta, the next evolution in Secure Digital memory. The OCZ Trifecta offers microSD, SD and USB 2.0 compatibility at 66x speeds (10 MB/s) all in one convenient package. With capacities up to 2 GB, the Trifecta looks to have a lot of potential. During the time I spent with this device I would test to see how it performs as a replacement for my digital camera's SD card, my cell phone's microSD card and my OCZ Rally thumb drive."

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Eledees (Wii) review@ TrustedReviews
"Here’s how it works: in the Eledees world, electricity doesn’t work according to our laws of physics, but instead is dictated by the existence of a horde of cute little electrical sprites – the titular Eledees. You’re the child of two scientists who study Eledees for a living. One night there’s a mysterious blackout emergency affecting your small town, and your parents run off to investigate, leaving you alone in a dark house with nothing but your father’s capture gun for company."

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Asus P5K3 Deluxe WiFi AP with DDR3 @ bit-tech.net
"Apart from the ton of features and excellent stability, the board doesn't offer any spectacular performance and is far more expensive than the competition, or even other Asus boards. You'd be far better off investing in //anything DDR2, rather than forcing yourself down and extremely expensive upgrade path. It will allow some future proofing, but by that time in 12-18 months, you might as well upgrade the motherboard with a newer chipset which will undoubtedly support faster DDR3 modules and newer features as well. It's a really weird situation because it's genuinely a really good board, but there's absolutely no reason to buy it."

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OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 SLi-Ready Memory at Modders-Inc
"The OCZ name is well known when it comes to memory. Offering top notch performance and outstanding overclocking capabilities, it is hard to beat. OCZ's PC2-6400 SLi-Ready memory modules are programmed to boot at 800MHz DDR2 with timings of 4-4-4 1T."

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Mushkin XP2-8500 4 GB @ techPowerUp
"Mushkin's XP2-8500 4 GB DDR2 memory is the only kit on the market that can run DDR2-1066 in a 4 GB configuration. While other manufacturers have to use CL6 @ 800 MHz, Mushkin can use CL5 @ 1066, at around 2.30 V. Having 4 GB of system memory may soon be the recommended configuration when running the memory-hungry Windows Vista. The only drawback of this memory is its price: $679."

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Samsung SyncMaster 305T 30in Monitor @ TrustedReviews
"About two years ago I looked at the 30in Apple Cinema Display and was amazed at how useful a 2,560 x 1,600 desktop display could be. At the time there wasn’t a competing product available, and the price of the panel was over £2,000. Since then, other manufacturers have got in on the 30in display act, with Dell making the biggest splash and also helping bring the price down. Now Samsung has entered the market with the SyncMaster 305T and as is usually the case with Samsung these days, it has got pretty much everything right."

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Vadim Custom Fusion LQX @ TrustedReviews
"If you ask the average person on the street who they think makes the most desirable gaming computers on the planet, they'll probably mention names like Voodoo PC and Alienware but that's where they'd be oh-so wrong. That crown is firmly held by the little known system builder from Harrow, Vadim Computers."

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DDR-2 vs. DDR-3 Memory An exhaustive look at the Intel P35 platform
"The release of the P35 chipset from Intel has marked DDR-3 memory coming to the mainstream market. While pricey at the moment and not looking all that attractive when it comes to timings, we find ourselves in the same position as at the launch of DDR-2 which came with a high price tag and pretty ordinary looking specs out of the gate. With a bunch of motherboards along with some DDR-3 memory from our friends at Corsair, we are going to dive in and have a look at exactly what an upgrade to DDR-3 is going to do for us at this point in time but is it worth jumping straight on the bandwagon right now? Maybe we should wait it out for a bit? Is the P35 a worthy upgrade from the P965? This and more will be answered as we look through a number of different setups and benchmarks in this article."

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Swiftech H2O-Apex Liquid Cooling Kit Review @ TechDomain
"Well, I really don’t know where to start, I can’t really find anything serious to complain about. The kit is one of the most complete kits I’ve installed to date, I didn’t have to run around and search for anything, it was all there (except for the distilled water). Everything fit like the instructions said and the performance was outstanding, even coming extremely close to systems at twice the price."

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VIZO Luxon Advanced 3.5 Hard Drive Enclosure a tModders-Inc
"How many times have you found yourself in a situation that you wish you had access to your files on your computer, while not at your computer? Thumb drives, CD's, and DVD's only hold so much data and can leave you sitting there wanting more. The most common solution to this problem is using an external hard drive enclosure."

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The OCZ GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"OCZ’s debut into the world of video cards makes a splash with the GeForce 8800 GTX. Though it performs great at stock speed the focus on overclocking pays off and the OCZ card lives up to its name, offering the best bang for the buck GeForce 8800 GTX we have had in our test bench yet..."

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Enermax Pandora Case review @ bit-tech.net
"Ultimately then the case is like a first house or a dilapidated shed; it may not look like much, but everything you really need is there to start with so that what it's lacking in appearance can be fixed. The new motto for the case should be;"

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Antec Performance One P182 Limited Edition @ NordicHardware
"Performance One P182 introduced some features the older P180 lacked. These contributions include pre-made and rubber-coated holes for drawing water cooling tubes through and keep the radiator on the outside, and better control of the fans. The one thing that makes the case a true Special Edition is the polished mirror surfaces and a snake light."

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Thermaltake Volcano 4005 Heat Exchanger CPU Waterblock Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Well, I was really hoping for much better cooling than I got from the Volcano. The performance isn't bad by any means, but given its massive size and $50 US price tag I would have liked to see improvement over the stock Thermaltake waterblock I was using previously. On the upside, installation was easy and three different sizes of hose connectors are included to integrate it with just about any watercooling setup."

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OCZ GameXStream 850 Watt @ Bjorn3D
"When building a computer most of the attention goes to the stars of the show including the CPU, video card, memory and motherboard. Parts that can be shown off and command a certain amount of enthusiasm. But behind all the sparkle and shine, amidst none of the fame of those items is the one piece that makes it all possible; the power supply. Without a rock solid PSU your computer would quickly turn into an unstable beast of burden that at best restarts the computer in the middle of your frag fest and at its worst, dies completely damaging your motherboard and CPU with it. A good power supply can provide your system with clean solid power helping you to achieve those massive overclocks or simply to keep your gear working for many months."

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Microsoft Product Accessibility: Getting Better? @ OSWeekly.com
"Microsoft has been working to further their attraction to the average user, and since Windows XP, the company has made some fairly significant strides in this area. Overall, Xbox 360 and Media Center have made up for any shortcomings felt in the Vista universe at this point, I think."

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The Political Hoopla Between Intel and OLPC @ CoolTechZone.com
"From what I understand, the whole point of OLPC is to create awareness of technology in third world countries and empower the next generation with collaboration and other fun uses of technology and the way it can make an impact in a child’s life. OLPC is a non-profit entity, and I admire its efforts. However, with the recent ongoings between Intel and Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of OLPC, I fail to understand the immature bickering between the two."

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OS Imitation: The Sincerest Form of Flattery @ OSWeekly.com
"One of the amusing things about people who use operating systems is that even though some of them may confidently claim that the platform they use is better than the competition, there are probably still going to be times when they covet a feature that another OS has. In fact, most of us have probably been in this situation before. Even if it’s not a specific feature, perhaps it’s the look of the platform that we want for ourselves."

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Delphi Premium Sound System Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Here’s a treat for you. We know, understandably so, how tired you are reading about iPod/music player speakers, so we decided to switch it around and review Delphi’s Premium Sound System today. Although you can still connect and play through MP3 players, its primary focus is to connect you to your radio stations and streams. It’s essentially a boom box for portable radios, such as the Samsung Helix."

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I4U: Hitachi DeskStar 7K1000 1TB 3.5 inch HDD Review
"The Hitachi DeskStar 7K1000 1TB HDD uses the familiar 3.5” form factor and spins at 7,200 rpm. The drive uses the SATA 3.0 GB/s interface, though if your mainboard doesn’t support that speed you can configure the drive to run at the older, slower SATA speed. Hitachi claims seek times of 8.5ms read and 9.2ms write and the drive uses perpendicular recording technology."

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Corsair Flash Survivor GT - The Invincible Flash Drive?
"With USB flash drives going almost anywhere, memory manufacturers have realized this and are designing products that can withstand a fair amount of abuse whether it be leaving it in the washing machine or smashing it against the table a few times. While this quality of construction is good enough for most, for those that demand the absolute best Corsair Memory has designed an ultra rugged USB 2.0 flash drive. We threw it into an eight-foot deep chlorinated pool, boiled it in water for several minutes, and even beat it with a hammer, but was the Corsair Flash Survivor GT able to cope with all of these torturous events?"

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HighSpeed PC 'Top Deck' Tech Station large @ techPowerUp
"If you are constantly changing components and playing with new hardware you sure have noticed that using a case is not the right way to do it. For years HighSpeedPC has been offering their easy to use Tech Stations that give you an open bench to work with. The new 'Top Deck' Tech Station removes one of the biggest problems of the original offering by placing the motherboard - just as the name suggests - on the top."

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Tuniq 3 Case Review at XYZ Computing
"This time around we will be focusing on the Tuniq 3, a steel mid-tower from the same people who make Sunbeam products. The Tuniq series generally has a more refined design than those from the parent company and is aimed more at consumers who prefer the looks of Lian Li to that of Thermaltake. The case is steel, not aluminum like its more expensive competition, but it has that sort of high-end flavor to it that more and more people are searching for."

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Overclock3D Content: CellShock PC2-6400 (DDR2-800) 2GB Kit
"PC2-6400 DDR2 memory capable of hitting almost DDR2-1200, and at a reasonable price? That'll be the Cellshock! Read on to find out more..."

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MNPCTech's Bulgin Switch Plate at Modders-Inc
"MNPCTech offers Pro Case Modding and Supplies, they have made an excellent name for themselves offering some of the best quality work and parts on the market. MNPCTech sent over a set of their Vandal Resistant Momentary Switches and a Bulgin Switch mounting plate for us to look at."

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Tacens Pro Series 9 dBA Fans
"Thanks to the talent of designers and engineers, we have silent coolers at our disposal, which are perfect for our HTPC or any standard PC, generally speaking."

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Intel P35 Chipset: DDR2 Versus DDR3 Memory @ Legit Reviews
"We set out to see if there was a significant difference between DDR2 and DDR3 memory on both of the Intel P35 Express based ASUS motherboards and found that there really isn't. Right now there is no clear call as to what would be better for gamers and enthusiasts as it depends on your tastes. As with all new technology it will only get better as time goes on and with memory companies hitting ~1,800MHz on the initial 512Mb DDR3 IC's it shows great promise for the new memory type."

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Intel China's Modding Expo show report @ bit-tech.net
"Celebrity endorsements are a powerful marketing tool: women spend billions on cosmetics because a movie star tells them"

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Samsung SGH-i710 Windows Mobile 5 smartphone reviewed
"Samsung is a huge electronics brand and has gained a lot of popularity in the mobile phone market, even though it cannot compete with the giants like Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Motorola, it is still quite amazing how many new models Samsung brings out each year. Today we are having a look at the SGH-i710 which is a Windows Mobile 5 powered handset. Although many Windows Mobile powered devices tend to be quite similar, Samsung has done a fantastic job to make the SGH-i710 stand out from the crowd. Although the handset we had a look at was the Chinese version, the SGH-i718, overall functionality is the same and so are all the hardware features, the main difference being the language on the handset and some applications. The SGH-i718 has been available on the Chinese market for some time, but the SGH-i710 only became available earlier this year."

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Thermaltake V1 and MaxOrb CPU Coolers Review @ Bigbruin.com
"In this review we will be taking a look at two new coolers from Thermaltake, as well as one slightly older cooler for comparison purposes. The new MaxOrb and V1 models will be put head to head, while also going up against a previous generation cooler from Thermaltake, the Big Typhoon VX."

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OCZ Reaper HPC 8500 DDR-2 Memory @ Bjorn3D
"The latest craze to hit the market over the last few months is the use of heat pipe technology to dissipate heat. This solution when properly designed and implemented coupled with good system airflow is a win-win proposition for all concerned as it is both quiet and effective at battling components' heat production. Recently this solution has transcended from the ranks of larger components such as memory sticks."

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Adobe Photoshop CS3 @ TrustedReviews
"Here we are now in May 2007, and it’s update time again. This time it’s Photoshop CS3, significantly the tenth version of the program, and the most ambitious to date. It’s also somewhat larger than that original version 1.0, since it comes on a DVD and requires 1.5GB of disk space for installation. Version 10.0 improves many existing features, adds some surprising new ones, and also greatly improves the appearance of the user interface, something which has needed doing since version 7.0."

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Loewe Modus L 37 - 37in LCD TV @ TrustedReviews
"For while I personally found the matt black finish (of the ‘anthracite’ version we tested; platinum is also available), minimalist fascia, subtle curves and robust build quality very easy on the eye, a few other folk who saw it found it actually rather bland, especially by Loewe’s own high-fashion standards. So we guess we’ll have to leave the final decision on the Modus L 37’s aesthetics down to you."

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I4U: Saitek X52 Pro Flight Control & Pro Flight Rudder Pedals Review
"The joystick portion of the X52 has a precision centering mechanism and the spring tension gives realistic feedback. Three spring loaded toggle switches are located below the joystick and can be mapped to two functions per switch. The main trigger is made from metal and is two position allowing you to control two functions from the trigger."

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Monday, May 21, 2007
3RSystem M-Station HT-1000 HTPC Chassis @ Viper Lair
"The case itself is very attractive to the eye, and designed to fit in with your existing A/V gear; something it manages with aplomb. Available in three colours, the silver model we chose fits in perfectly with its surroundings. Hardware installation needs to be thought out a little but there were no real 'gotchas' caused by the case itself. No sharp edges either, allowing for a pain free installation. The HT-1000 supports both ATX and mATX motherboards and has provision for a full ATX PSU, allowing you to build a high powered system, perhaps for some large screen gaming."

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Lian Li PC-A12 @ techPowerUp
"Lian Li continues the expansion of their Classical Series cases, and today we take a look at one of the newest editions - The PC-A12. We'll take a look at the layout and features of this case to see if it's worth its 140 USD price."

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NVIDIA 100.14.06 Display Driver
"It was exactly one month ago that NVIDIA had delivered the 100.14.03 display driver and today we are reporting on yet another new beta driver in the 100.14.xx series. This time around we have our hands on the NVIDIA 100.14.06 graphics driver, which offers improved notebook support and fixes a variety of minor bugs."

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Go Video 7" All-In-One Music and Movie System Review @ Bigbruin.com
"While I could generate a list of complaints regarding missing features (such as no headphone jack, lack of MP4/DivX support, no component input), I am really impressed by the Go Video 7" All-In-One Music and Movie System. It has a bright, vibrant screen, and a small form factor which allows it to be used in settings where larger, more traditional systems might not fit or be appropriate."

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Consumer Alert - QuickTime plays havoc with RAID in Vista!
"System is Vista Ultimate 32-bit with RAID 10 on Intel ICH8R chipset. A couple of weeks ago I tried running a .mov file using Apple QuickTime software (latest version) and that is when things started to go downhill. The file seemed very slow to load and eventually QuickTime crashed after a lot of persuasion. Once QuickTime was closed, I was notified of a RAID error through the Intel Matrix Storage Console but the same thing will happen if you reboot during the lockup as well. Thinking the worst, I promptly went about getting the affected drive replaced, naturally thinking it was dead. I got the drive replaced without any issues from the friendly chaps at Seagate, plugged it in and rebuilt the array without any issues and with everything back to normal. Just recently the exact same event occurred and I knew the chances of that exact same set of occurrences happening was extremely rare."

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Gigabyte Dual Quad Returns, P35-DQ6 motherboard is here
"Gigabyte has jumped on the P35 bandwagon already with some of its new boards being available in Taiwan for over a week, and now fully available in Australia; Gigabyte has quite a few models planned. Today's test board from Gigabyte is the P35-DQ6 that is designed around the Dual Quad architecture that made the P965-DQ6 such a performer. Does the P35-DQ6 have what it takes to follow in those footsteps? Let us find out."

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Viewsonic VX2235WM 22 Inch LCD Display Review at XYZ Computing
"On their website Viewsonic tells us that the VX2235WM is an "elegantly styled, fast widescreen". The days of LCD specialization in anything that sells for under $2000 are clearly dead and no one has done a better job of embracing this than Viewsonic. With a 5ms response time there is no doubt this these displays are fast, especially for a 22" model that sells for under $400, but the claims of elegance are up for dispute."

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First Look: Intel P35 chipset @ bit-tech.net
"The Intel P35 chipset may be an evolution but there's very little going for it if this first look at the basic performance Asus's P5K Deluxe is anything to go by. A P35 board will provide more chipset straps for overclocking as well as support for future processors and a couple of extra goodies, but investing in a P965 should give you very similar performance and certainly won't short change you."

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Overclock3D Content: Arctic Cooling Accelero S2 - Passive Graphics Cooler
"Arctic Cooling have long been the giants the graphics card air cooling and their latest set of coolers are passive, adorned with heatpipes and rather large...we take a look..."

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Technic3D/Two Worlds
"The RPG Game"

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Tyan Toledo i965R
"Back in March we shared with you a preview of the Tyan Toledo i965R motherboard. As we mentioned in the preview, the Toledo i965R features Intel's Q965 Chipset with the ICH8 Southbridge while fitting everything on a FlexATX footprint. We are back today with our compatibility report on the Tyan Toledo i965R as we share how it runs on Fedora 7, Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn, KateOS 3.6, Solaris Express Nevada, and BeleniX."

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Sony VAIO TZ Notebook @ CoolTechZone.com
"Sony, although shaky in its quality sometimes, is possibly the only company that offers cutting-edge ultra portable notebooks to its users. It’s usually the only company to have the latest technologies packed in some of the world’s thinnest designs ready to go. This time again Sony’s VAIO series expects to add a latest ultra portable notebook, the VAIO TZ, to its product line with Intel’s Core 2 Duo microprocessor, Windows Vista and a plethora of other options that should satisfy the road warrior in you."

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LG Prada: An iPhone Killer? @ CoolTechZone.com
"After Apple announced its iPhone, everybody else pretty much followed soon after. It was almost as though other companies were waiting to see how the marketplace would react to such a revolutionary design, and then release their own iPhone. Of course, it’s probably not true, and a lot of engineers ended up working overtime to complete their prototype designs in a matter of months to stay competitive against Apple."

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Why OS X is Important for Windows Security @ OSWeekly.com
"We've been told for years that OS X is believed to offer a safer platform than Windows. Even back in my Windows days, I have never argued this, as I generally believe it to be true - just look at the numbers. Then I came across an article recently exclaiming that security professionals prefer the Mac over a Windows box for their personal use. Could this be accurate?"

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When Will Operating Systems Truly Accept Outsiders? @ OSWeekly.com
"Even though Microsoft and Apple support each other’s platforms to some extent, this certainly doesn’t mean that they’re best friends forever, and it doesn’t make any sense to view them as such. When it comes down to it, each company will focus on their own platform over that of the competitor’s any day of the week, and that’s just how this rivalry of sorts is supposed to work. Unfortunately for the users, this can sometimes lead to problems and delayed solutions."

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HEC Power Master 480 W Power Supply
"Nowadays, any PC has got a great processing capacity. Due to this, power stability is crucial so as to make good use of it."

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Revoltec FightMouse, Lightboard and Gamepad @ Bjorn3D
"We have a slew of cool gaming products for your reading pleasure today. They were all introduced at this years CeBIT, annual trade show for information and telecommunications technology. The gear includes:"

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: Intel's new Bearlake P35 chipset
"We can now publish numbers on a chipset that we saw liberally paraded at this year's CeBIT show in March. We'll answer such pressing questions as whether it's a worthy upgrade from incumbent P965, how it compares to NVIDIA's nForce 680i SLI and 680i LT, and the meaning of life (OK, not the last one)."

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Overclock3D Content: Laing DDC-1T And DDC1+ Ultra Tops Shootout
"Today in the OC3D Labs we get to compare the Alphacool, OCLabs and Petra's Tech tops for the Laing DDC-1T Pro and DDC1+ Ultra pumps, in a 3 way shootout."

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Cyber Snipa Scout Webcam Review @ Tweaknews.net
"For $20, the Scout webcam is worth the purchase. It takes good still shots, decent video, and has a built in microphone. Its small size makes it ultra portable and I would have liked to see Cyber Snipa include a carrying case. It stays put when clipped onto an LCD monitor but can also stand on its own. For basic webcam functions it works great."

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Gateway C-120X Tablet PC Review @ Digital Trends
"The Gateway E-155C/C-120X represents an evolutionary step for Gateway, and features a thin design, integrated fingerprint scanner and Windows Vista."

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Sunday, May 20, 2007
Ideazon Reaper Optical Gaming Mouse @ techPowerUp
"The Ideazon Reaper is a very unique mouse with a cool red Ideazon logo, which is sure to attract some attention at dark LAN parties. Due to its shape it is unsuitable for left-handed gamers. Right handed players will find the mouse to be quite comfortable and the software is solid, with a fair amount of customization features. This all makes for a good alround gaming device."

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[News] Abit AB9 Quad GT P965 Crossfire Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"About a week ago, I had the pleasure of playing with Abit's flagship IN9 32X-MAX 680i Motherboard and mentioned the successes that the all but dead Intel 965X chipset was still causing serious waves among the enthusiasts. Well, here before me is the Abit AB9 Quad GT P965 Crossfire Motherboard which has in many forums taken the Core 2 Duo in to uncharted territory that rivals that of the 680i chipset. There are so many differences between the two chipsets, yet they have so many of the same features."

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Performance per what? OpEd @ bit-tech.net
"//While the CPU manufacturers are slowly moving in the right direction, system power requirements keep going up because of the march to reality in the GPU market – both ATI and Nvidia seem to keep gobbling up any of the power savings made by the CPU guys."

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SMC SMC2870W Wireless Bridge
"We don't normally publish reviews on networking hardware and other peripherals unless we have thoroughly tested the product internally for some time and find it to be truly great or a product that is simply a disaster. Today we have the SMC SMC2870W 802.11g Wireless Ethernet Bridge. This wireless bridge is capable of turning any wired networking device into a wireless node and can also act as an Internet Access Point along with a built-in 802.11b/g repeater. What category of righteousness does this product fall into? Well, for Linux users, the SMC bridge is falling down."

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Saturday, May 19, 2007
Gaming keyboard head-to-head @ bit-tech.net
"//So, in the end we reckon the Razer beats the Revoltec by a nose. It's by far the better of the two keyboards, with stronger build quality and a more satisfying feel overall. Plus, it just looks sleeker and a little less clunkier. It's let down by price though. In fact, the annoying thing about both of these keyboards is the price. While at first them seem to represent good value for money, with the Razer being an upper-end keyboard with an upper-end price tag and the Fightboard being a budget option with a similar price, it's not as simple as it seems."

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Kings of Quiet: Noctua NF-S12 and NF-R8 Review @ TechDomain
"The Noctua fans presented today are reasonably priced, and excellent value for the product that you get. The design benefits are obvious, with the resulting lack of noise paying testament to the high quality work and testing that Noctua has been able to produce. If you want quiet fans, then look no further, because the Noctua NF-S12 and the Noctua NF-R8 are the best."

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Friday, May 18, 2007
NZXT Adamas @ techPowerUp
"NZXT is well known for producing some very high quality components. The Adamas is constructed of 3 mm thick sheets of aluminum and only utilizes the best in materials and some very innovative engineering. A price tag of just under $200 US Dollars demands this quality as well as high expectations on compatibility and the installation process. We take a close look at every aspect of this case to let you know if it is worth it."

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Cooljag Falcon 92-CU Heatsink Review
"The Cooljag Falcon 92-Cu is identical to the Falcon 92-AL heatsink, except that it uses all copper fins where the later has fins of aluminum. Both versions use a 92mm fan that is internally illuminated with a couple green LEDs. To minimize the noise produced by the fan spinning unnecessarily fast, it is thermally controlled by a small thermistor that senses case air temperature. "

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I4U: Dell 30" UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC LCD PC Display Review
"The Dell 30” UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC LCD replaced the old 30” display that carried the same model number, minus the “-HC” designation. The new display has the same gray-to-gray response time of 12ms but improves upon the color gamut that the screen can reproduce, hence the –HC (high color) designation of the new screen."

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Lost Planet DirectX 10 impressions @ bit-tech.net
"There's no doubt about it, Capcom has come up aces with the PC version of Lost Planet. This may only be a demo we were playing with, but if the code plays this well in its un-optimised and unfinished form then we can't wait to see what the final game will look like. True, the game isn't flawless at this point; the A.I proved itself to be a foolish beast and there were a few times when clipping issues ruined otherwise gorgeous scenes of gory Akrid-slaughtering gaming."

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Technic3D/3R-Systems IceAge
"The 3R-Systems IceAge CPU Heatsink arrived Technic3D. Direct Touch Heatpipes on the Base are the Key for a new cooling concept? See you in the following Review the new IceAge against others CPU Cooler."

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AMD's Next Gen Mobile Platform: Griffin and Puma @ bit-tech.net
"AMD's future is moving from this intended platform level acceleration (an area Intel arguably already dominates) and going into simple silicon level acceleration providing a near complete one chip solution. This has to be played exactly as the market needs, because too much integration and not enough diversity will turn partners away from using AMD's solutions. However, without integration, especially of graphics and CPU processing, AMD will suffer in terms of performance."

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Intel Q965 Graphics Performance (May 2007)
"The last time we had looked at the performance of Intel's integrated graphics under Linux with their open-source driver was back in February when testing the GMA 3000 IGP using an Intel DQ965GFEKR motherboard. However, with display drivers constantly improving, we recently carried out some additional Intel Q965 graphics tests along with comparing these numbers to discrete graphics solutions from AMD/ATI and NVIDIA."

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Overclock3D Content: nVidia 8600 GTS and 8600 GT - Foxconn and XFX
"With the release of the 8600 series nVidia gives consumers some mid-range DX10 hardware to play with. We take a look at some cards from XFX and foxconn"

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Ultra Products ChillTec CPU Cooler Contest @ Bigbruin.com
"There is just about one week left to enter the PhotoChop contest... Up for grabs is a new Ultra Products ChillTec Thermo Electric CPU Cooler, as featured in a recent Bigbruin.com review. Some skill (or at least effort) will be required to win. No theme, no real guidelines... Just be creative, keep it PG-13 or milder, and leave any politics out of the thread!"

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Super Talent T800UX4GC5 @ Bjorn3D
"Not only that we see the price drop in the DDR2, the higher capacity RAM (which used to lag behind in timing and clock speed of the lesser capacity) with faster clock speed and timings are also starting to appear on the market to satisfy the enthusiasts who not only wish to have larger RAM but also need the overclocking potential. Bjorn3D has officially kicked in the 4 gig memory review with Miles’s review on the Mushkin XP2-8500 DDR2. The Mushkin’s XP2-8500 is geared toward extreme overclockers as it offers great overclocking ability but it comes with a high price tag. Today, we will take a look at the Super Talent’s T800UX4GC5, a more mainstream priced RAM that will satisfy users who wish to have 4 gigs of ram without breaking their wallets."

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Thermaltake MaxOrb Intel/AMD Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Thermaltake's flagship air cooler is definitely worth checking out if you're in the market for a heatsink. The Orbs have a solid history of being good performers and the Max Orb continues that tradition. The new design with six heat pipes and three rows of aluminum fins improve the overall performance by dissipating heat more effectively."

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I4U: XFX 8800 Ultra XXX Video Card Review
"Lots of people are comparing it to the performance of overclocked 8800 GTX cards too, which sometimes out perform the stock clocked 8800 Ultra. I can’t really speak to that since I don’t have a stock clocked 8800 Ultra to test. What I can say is that people didn’t complain so much when the overclocked 8800 GTS 320MB cards outperformed the stock 8800 GTS cards."

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Thursday, May 17, 2007
XTracPads Mad Dotz @ techPowerUp
"The XTracPads Mad Dotz try to overcome the weakest link between a mouse and the mouse pad - the glide feet. The Mad Dotz greatly reduce the friction between the two parts and make mouse movement a lot easier and increase the speed greatly. At a price of just under four US Dollars, these Dotz perform well for a limited time."

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PowerColor Radeon X1950 Pro SCS3 Silent cooling on show
"You would think that the Radeon X1950PRO would just about be discontinued, with the new mid-range graphics cards from Nvidia offering Direct X 10 and the HD 2600 just around the corner, why would you even bother looking at the AMD DX9 counterpart? Well the new Nvidia cards come with an increased price tag and do not seem to offer the punch that the last generations do in DX 9 games. If you are not looking at jumping onto the DX 10 bandwagon straight away the X1950PRO and 7900GS are still very real examples of mid-range graphics cards you would consider buying."

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[News] NZXT Zero Full Tower Aluminum Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"I must say I really like this Zero enclosure, from the way the front bezel is laid out to all the room on the inside. The exterior is black on the panels and the plastic is polished and really shines. A word to the greasy people: you will leave noticeable fingerprints. With all that said, I would feel confident in purchasing the NZXT Zero, whether it's for gaming or using all the extra room..."

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Cooljag Falcon 92-Al Heatsink Review
"The Cooljag Falcon 92-AL is an aluminum heatsink designed for use on the latest Intel and AMD processors. It has a 92mm internally illuminated which is thermally responsive (it changes speed based in case air temp.), and on the while the heatsink operates quietly. Like many heatsinks being released this year, the Falcon 92-AL is a two part deal..."

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Rainbow Lux Slim Laser Desktop Set
"Nowadays, we can find mouse and keyboard sets which allow us to avoid searching among the great amount of models which are available for these products."

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Stars Wars Series Mimobots at XYZ Computing
"Mimoco has been releasing a number of custom Mimobots from professional artists, but they recently took the USB drive world by storm when they announced a series of Stars Wars drives. The first Stars Wars series would feature drives in 1GB, 2GB and 4GB capacities featuring four iconic characters from the movies: Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, and R2-D2. The drives will not only look like a cute, cartoon version of the characters but come preloaded with bonus materials from the series, like wallpapers, icons, and trailers."

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Shuttle SS21T reviewed @ bit-tech.net
"Unfortunately Shuttle is stuck between a rock and a hard place: its XPC range is too expensive but fantastically built and the cheaper T-chassis range is larger and falls into a more saturated marketplace of equally cheap barebones. In all, it may not be the cheapest out there, but it still makes for a very capable budget system that works."

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Netgear Digital Entertainer HD EVA8000 @ TrustedReviews
"Now, Netgear has thrown its hat into the ring with its wireless Digital Entertainer HD EVA8000, a device – amazingly – that can stream HD video from your computer's hard disk or NAS box straight to your shiny new high resolution telly."

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Panasonic HDC-SD1 High Definition SD Camcorder @ TrustedReviews
"Once is a while we get to try out products that aren’t just interesting or cool but mark the start of a revolution. The Panasonic HDC-SD1 camcorder is such a device – a camcorder that can capture images at 1080i resolution without the need for tapes. It’s not the first consumer level High Definition camcorder on the market, with Sony's HDR-HD3 being its second stab at the market. However, while the HD1 and HD3 record onto MiniDV tapes the Panasonic HDC-SD1 records onto SD card."

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Vista Makes Creative Labs Dupe Linux
"If you were hoping to use a Creative X-Fi series sound card under Linux in the near future, think again. As according to Creative Labs, it was harder for them to make Microsoft Vista drivers than expected thus it took longer for them to complete. Now the X-Fi Linux drivers with EAX support have been delayed until at least the end of the year."

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Using ATI and NVIDIA Video Cards To Make A Sauna @ Legit Reviews
"Both the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 series and ATI Radeon HD 2900 series were found to have an exhaust air temperature of 49C-56C, which is enough to heat up a small office, bedroom or dorm room very quickly. It's interesting to see just how hot these cards are getting and with both ATI and NVIDIA promoting multiple GPU solutions just imagine running a pair of any of these cards is a small room for an extended period of time. It's obvious that the GPU is now the leading cause of heat in a computer system, but what can be done about it?"

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: XFX GeForce 8600 GT XXX - hardcore or not?
"XFX's hardcore GeForce 8600 GT is put through its paces. Find out if this heavily overclocked ~£100 graphics card should make it to the top of your upgrade list in this HEXUS.review."

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Albatron 8600GTS @ Bjorn3D
"Back in November 2006 everything changed with the release of a new style of video card. I say new style because it left behind everything we have come to expect from video cards at the time. Pixel and texture shaders were replaced with stream processors, no longer would you have to choose between Anti-aliasing and HDR, and picture quality would never be the same from the green team. The 8800 series had arrived and it brought with it a great many advancements in video card technology of which the most heralded was DirectX 10. It also brought with it a hefty price tag many people could not justify spending on a single component for their computer. So for some time these advancements were out of reach for many of us as we gazed upon amazing scores of 3DMark and watched as frame rates climbed ever higher. Well, now it’s time for the rest of us to have some fun! Enter the 8600 series GPU from Nvidia."

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007
GNOME 2.19.2
"GNOME 2.19.2 is the second of nine development releases leading up to GNOME 2.20.0, which is due out this September. GNOME 2.19.2 is being released today and for those of you interested in the latest changes to GNOME, we have included some screenshots taken from GNOME 2.19.2 built this afternoon with GARNOME. In the process of trying out this latest desktop environment we had run into several crashes and bugs -- GNOME 2.19.2 is not for those new to Linux."

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Maxtop 4U ICX-4830B-20BX Rackmount Chassis Review @ Bigbruin.com
"A 4U rackmount chassis such as the ICX-4830B-20BX is easy to get into and perform maintenance, making it a great choice for those on a frequent upgrade schedule. While many similar cases are designed strictly for business, this Maxtop offering provides a mix of features that would make it convenient to use at home, too."

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Technic3D/SuperTalent 1GB USB2.0 Flash Drive
"The SuperTalent 1GB USB2.0 Flash Drive arrived Technic3D. The Ready Boost for Windows Vista in the Super Talent DG-Series USB2.0 with 1GB see you in the following Review."

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ABIT AB9 QuadGT: Overclocking @ NordicHardware
"After using Gigabyte's excellent GA-965P-DS3 for a while, it felt like things could hardly get better. Abit has gotten its act together since the initial problems with the AB9 series and has launched a very competent and solid card, that in spite of the steep price can be considered worth its price if you're a fan of overclocking."

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Overclock3D Content: Silver Power GuardianX 1000w SP-1000E ATX PSU
"Just over a week ago we took a look at the impressive Silver Power 600w unit, and guess what - they're back again! But this time with a power supply packing far more punch..."

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Getting To Know DDR3 Memory Modules @ Legit Reviews
"With upcoming 333MHz FSB processors running DDR3 memory modules at 1333MHz will be a standard setting in the BIOS. To hit 1600MHz a FSB of 400MHz needs to be reached, but that is not tough to do as it would be a mild overclock. DDR2 memory modules on the market right now have been topping off around ~1320MHz, so DDR3 is starting off at the upper limits of where DDR2 starts to become unstable..."

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Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops @ TrustedReviews
"Relax, Metal Gear fans – there’s no need to be nervous. It’s all here this time. Unlike the two oddball Metal Gear Acid games, the first real Metal Gear on PSP has everything you might expect from a Metal Gear Solid. Third-person sneaking? Twisting and slightly bewildering storyline? Snake as the main character? Striking boss characters with distinctive peculiarities? Brilliant cut scenes? Gratuitous cleavage shot? Slightly silly in-jokes? All here, and just as you might expect."

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RyderMark Beta 2 Preview - Emerging competition for Futuremark?
"But what is RyderMark and what makes it different from say 3DMark06? Well, let us try to break things down. We will start with what it is not and that is a DirectX 10 benchmark. However, a DirectX 10 version should be coming out at a later stage. What it is on the other hand is rather interesting; Candella Software, the company behind RyderMark, claims that it is based on a real game engine. Now that sounds familiar, anyone want to give the guys over at Futuremark a call and see what games use their engine? Anyhow, what we have got here is a very advanced benchmark that allows you to test a whole range of new features that have so far not been available. It can test features such as Parallel Occlusion Mapping, a very advanced form of Bump Mapping and it supports 32- and 64-bit HDR Lighting with Anti-Aliasing. Furthermore it does Shader model 2.0 and 3.0, Soft Shadows, Normal Mapping, Soft Particles, Full Scene Motion Blur, Depth-of-Field, Heat Haze, Volumetric Fire and Realistic Water Physics, although we have to say that some of those features do not look that impressive, at least not on the graphics card we tested with. If you have played Supreme Commander you will think the water and fire sucks, but I guess the engine used is already getting outdated. The smoke effects did not look that amazing either."

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HEC WindMill Pro 385 W Power Supply
"We can forget about typical generic PSUs, normally full of failures. HEC is a manufacturer which creates its products considering the needs of all types of customers."

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OCZ Flex XLC 2GB DDR2-1150
"It was several months that we first had tested out the OCZ Flex XLC memory when we had used this DDR2 memory in Overclocking, The Natural Way. In this natural sub-zero overclocking expedition we had used OCZ's Flex XLC as our DDR2 memory of choice with an Abit AW9D motherboard, which was pushed to its death. However, we just wanted to share some more information on OCZ's Flex XLC PC2-9200 memory along with some benchmarks from Fedora 7."

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SteelPad S&S v2 Mouse Pad
"Steelpad, the well-known manufacturer of components for gamers, fulfills its quality standards and the compromise with its users thanks to the revision of S&S, which is, in the opinion of most people, the best gaming mousepad."

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Motorola RAZR V9 @ CoolTechZone.com
"As if we aren’t optimistic enough about Motorola’s latest product lineup, the V9 makes us even more optimistic about the success of the company’s RAZR2 series. Earlier today, we did a First Look on V8 highlighting our initial thoughts on the entry level option of the RAZR2 line, but the V9 is even better than we had originally anticipated."

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Motorola RAZR V8 @ CoolTechZone.com
"Motorola is back in the race with a new lineup of cell phones, and thankfully, they are not the same old RAZR iterations. No, Motorola is serious this time and rightfully so. One of the three models that were launched yesterday includes the V8. Do keep in mind that the company’s latest product lineup was inspired from its predecessor. However, they are certainly refreshing, and it’s great to see Motorola come back in the race after a long wait."

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Why Open Source Software is Not Good Enough @ OSWeekly.com
"The single biggest thing that’s working against Linux distributions, and even open source as a whole today is human nature pure and simple."

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WWDC '07: Exciting? @ OSWeekly.com
"It’s about that time again. Apple’s WWDC is just around the corner, and this 2007 edition promises to be a big deal if you’re at all interested in the iPhone, Leopard, or both. Speaking for myself, I can’t wait to get more information on both products, but even if you’re not an Apple fan, it’s hard to ignore the anticipation that has been built up for these products."

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Motorola RAZR V9m @ CoolTechZone.com
"Alright, well, this is interesting. The Motorola RAZR V9m is the entry level model of the three phones: V8, V9 and V9m. You would think that the V8 would takeover the entry level spot, but apparently the model numbers are assigned in an interestingly odd way. We would be interested to hear Motorola’s response to the naming scheme, as it isn’t clear. Either way, the V9m is more or less a disappointment after you look at V8 and V9."

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R @ Bjorn3D
"Was S.T.A.L.K.E.R worth waiting for all these years? Will it implement all promises given by the developers during the development time? I invite you, if you feel you’re brave enough, to put on your anti-radiation suit (some Vodka would help as well), load your Kalashnikov, put your backpack on and join me while I explore the exciting world of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl."

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Noctua NH-U12F @ techPowerUp
"Noctua's NH-U12F CPU cooler is a high-performance heatsink that uses eight heatpipes to get the heat off your processor. The included fan is of the 120 mm variant and is fairly quiet. If you need to reduce the fan noise even more you can use the included Ultra Low Noise Adapter which makes the fan almost inaudible."

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MSI PC2008 in Taipei Event Exclusive (Part 2: Upcoming Santa Rosa NB)
"Robson technology or Turbo Memory is also part of the new Centrino Duo platform, although as this is still rather expensive, it is unlikely that most notebooks will ship with a Turbo Memory module fitted. It will also be interesting to see what impact Turbo Memory has on overall system performance, as ReadyBoost did not prove to be a huge hit. Other news includes support for draft 802.11n wireless networking, again something that only higher-end models are likely to ship with. SATA 3Gb/s is part of the new ICH and this should allow for somewhat improved performance. Intel has also added support for Intel Matrix RAID, which is interesting, so we might see a lot more notebooks with twin hard drives in the near future. On the integrated graphics side of things, a new GMA has been developed, the X3100, which according to Intel offers twice the performance in 3DMark06. It also adds Vista Premium certification, HDMI support and better video playback performance for high-definition content. At the same time as Intel launched the new Centrino platform, Nvidia also announced its GeForce 8M series of graphics cards, which are mobile versions of the 8400 and 8600 series. These are already available in several Centrino Duo models from MSI as well as other manufacturers and this is the route to go down it you really intend to play games on your notebook. So let us take a look at what was on at the show."

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AMD Radeon HD 2900 XT @ TrustedReviews
"I like the Radeon HD 2900 XT, I really do. The underlying technology inherent in this card shows that the engineers at AMD are still working overtime to create efficient and effective 3D hardware, rather than just going for the brute force approach. However, when you consider that a GeForce 8800 GTS will cost you considerably less and give you very similar performance, it’s hard to recommend this latest Radeon. All I hope is that once the launch frenzy is over, the price will drop in line with nVidia’s part, and then the choice between the two will be far tougher."

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T-Mobile web 'n' walk USB modem @ TrustedReviews
"As well as looking great, it has all of the advantages of the Vodafone device too. This USB modem can not only be plugged into a Windows notebook, but also comes with Mac drivers in the box, and of course can be connected to your home desktop PC when you're not out and about. It also allows the steadily increasing number of laptop owners whose machines do not have PC card slots, to use T-Mobile's HSDPA service for the first time."

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[News] Titan Mini 2.1 Speakers Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Titan Mini 2.1 Speakers were easy to setup and use, but how much benefit do they provide? The quality was not that much above my old laptop's speakers and many newer laptops today are featuring better built-in speakers. The added burden of carrying around another set of speakers may offset the benefit, and if you use a USB port to power the speakers, you're not saving battery life either."

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R600: ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT & CrossFire @ bit-tech.net
"AMD's Radeon HD 2900 XT has some neat innovations but it ultimately falls short of our expectations. It's been a long time since we've been able to associate the word"

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Is Dell Good For Ubuntu? at XYZ Computing
"There are many upsides that come along with the Dell/Ubuntu deal. These have been widely discussed, such as hardware compatibility, user support (a mixed blessing if you have to work with Dell), the ease of purchasing a custom Linux machine, and the competitive prices that Dell can offer. During an initial consideration is seems like there are no serious downsides to this, after all up to this point there have not been many places to buy a custom computer with desktop Linux pre-installed. Even so, we have very few details on how Dell with actually go about offering Ubuntu so there might be some surprises on the way. What could go wrong with Dell offering Ubuntu? While we have high hopes for it, there are always concerns."

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Foxconn 8600 GTS Review by Metku.net
"Nvidia's high-end cards have been out for already months, but only recently they launched their middle price range of the 8-series cards. The fastest of the new cards is 8600GTS, the second is 8600GT and then there's the 8500GT. The family also contains Geforce 8400 and 8300 cards, but those are only available for OEM manufacturers."

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LG BH100 Review @ Digital Trends
"The LG BH100 is the world's first dual-format high-definition DVD player, which plays back both Blu-ray Discs and HD DVDs."

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R600 too hot for LN2 at 1230MHz! @ NordicHardware
"That's exactly what Kinc did with the Radeon HD 2900XT and with the extra cooling the nitrogen provided a new top notch result was noted in core frequency, namely 1230MHz stable enough to run a round of 3DMark 03 which makes it the highest clocked graphics processor in the world so far."

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What Happened To XGI Graphics?
"XGI Technology is still in business, but what has happened to them? We once saw hope in them for providing discrete graphics processors to take on the NVIDIA and ATI duopoly, but they have since discontinued their Volari 8 series. While they're no longer producing these desktop chips, they remain an active player in the server and embedded graphics industry -- accompanied by their open-source driver."

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DirectX 10 Benchmarking - Lost Planet: Extreme Condition @ Legit Reviews
"Yesterday we showed that ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT video card had image quality issues on Call of Juarez and today we find out that ATI has many driver issues on Lost Planet: Extreme Condition. Both of these PC game titles are DirectX 10, which is what people have been waiting many months to come out. Now the benchmarks and demos are finally available it's obvious that ATI still has a way to go on their drivers..."

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Creative Gigaworks T20 speakers @ bit-tech.net
"These are by far some of the best speakers we've had a chance to test and not only do they perform well, but they don't cost half the earth either. If you're looking for a sleek new set of speakers to go with your rig, then the Gigaworks T20 2.0 speakers should definitely be at the top of your list, especially if cost is an issue."

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Technic3D/Typhoon Sure Shot Laser Mouse
"The Typhoon Sure Shot Laser Mouse from Anubis arrived Technic3D. The new Mouse with a four-Shot function for Gamer? See you in the following Review on Technic3D"

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MSI GeForce NX8800GTX OC Liquid Water cooling vs. the 8800 Ultra
"We have not seen MSI venture to water cooled cards before and the 8800 GTX is still of a bit of an untapped market for this. Asus has an Aqua model which uses the aging Tide Water system from Thermaltake. This particular system is not too quiet, takes up a load of room, and is generally pretty inefficient. The only other company to have a water cooled card is BFG Tech but its version is a bit more hardcore, it is only for people who already have a water cooled system in their case. MSI on the other hand seems to use its own design which unlike the Tide Water looks to cool everything from the GPU to the memory and unlike the BFG Tech is an all in one system making it a good option for people who do not really know what they are doing."

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NZXT Sentry 1 Controller Panel
"NZXT thinks that offering a good range of case is not enough, so the brand has just begun producing PSUs and PC accessories, such as the Sentry 1 controller."

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A190A2-T08 19" TFT LCD Widescreen Monitor Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Overall I am extremely impressed with the performance of the A190A2-T08 19" TFT LCD Widescreen Monitor and really only have two rather small things to complain about. The first complaint is the poor quality of the built in stereo speakers and the second complaint is with the lack of an adjustable support stand/base."

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Ubuntu Studio v7.04
"Ubuntu Studio is an Ubuntu incarnation that focuses on software packages for the multimedia creation crowd. Found in Ubuntu Studio 7.04 are a horde of packages for graphic, video, and audio editing. The Ubuntu Studio theme has went black in a radical turn away from the traditional Ubuntu orange. If you are into multimedia editing and mastering, Ubuntu Studio is definitely worth checking out. In Ubuntu 7.10 all of the Ubuntu Studio packages should be available in the main Canonical repository."

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Pentax Optio W30 @ TrustedReviews
"The Optio W30 is very similar to its predecessor the W20 in many ways, not least in its price. The W30 is currently available for around £164, which is only about £10 than the current list price for the W20. It has the same 7.1-megapixel resolution, the same 115k-pixel 2.5-in LCD monitor (although now with an anti-glare coating), and the same internal 3x zoom lens. It even bears a strong physical resemblance to the W20 although it is actually a couple of millimetres bigger and about five grams heavier."

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ECS AMD690GM-M2 @ Bjorn3D
"For a long time NVIDIA’s nForce chipset was the chipset to have if you were using AMD CPU’s. True, there were some alternatives including a few chipsets from ATI, but they did not have much of a chance in pushing NVIDIA away from the AMD chipset top spot. This all changed when AMD bought ATI. While NVIDIA pledged to continue to support the AMD platform it quickly became obvious that their focus shifted to the Intel platform. This left AMD with a problem. It left them with a void. After a partner that has been providing the foundation for your CPU’s and also been a large part of the success for those CPUs leaves a void, how do you fill that void?"

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AG Neovo FotoVivo V10 7in Digital Photo Frame @ TrustedReviews
"From a design point of view it’s effortlessly stylish while remaining perfectly functional in the same breath. The jet black fascia coupled with a pure white back is a classic combination, while a simple sloped design creates a stand enabling the photo frame to sit comfortably in landscape or portrait positions. The final touch is a set of backlit touch sensitive controls on the front on the frame, which are both attractive and very easy to use."

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Evesham Solar 8600 GTS @ TrustedReviews
"As you may have guessed, the 8600 GTS in the Solar’s name refers to the graphics card which it uses and also gives you a clue as to its projected market – gamers on a budget. This assertion is backed up by the inclusion of an Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 (2.13GHz, 2MB cache, 1,066MHz FSB) CPU coupled with 2GB DDR2 RAM running at 667MHz - both midrange components. Altogether these components should be capable of playing any current games at 1,680 x 1,050 (the native resolution of the included monitor) and will be able to keep up with any games that come out within the next couple of years."

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I4U: Photoflex First Studio Product Kit Review
"All the products included in the Photoflex First Studio Product Kit are built with excellent quality. The light stands have three different sections that you can height adjust and the light heads are very easy to adjust on the stands"

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Monday, May 14, 2007
Pioneer SE-A1000 Review @ Digital Trends
"The Pioneer SE-A1000 headphones are great for watching movies or listening to music. They are lightweight and will not fatigue your ears."

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Kingwin KA-9225 and KA-9227 Heatpipe CPU Coolers Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Kingwin is a Taiwanese manufacturer of computer components that recently launched a new line of heatpipe CPU coolers. They have provided two of their newest CPU coolers for review, models KA-9225 and KA-9227, and they just might fit the bill for inexpensive, reliable cooling with a bit of style!"

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Razer Pro|Type Keyboard Review at XYZ Computing
"A lot of the initial excitement about the Pro|Type has had to do with its integrated iPod dock. The Tarantula has a modular bay that can be outfitted with a number of different accessories, like a light or speakers, and other things that can be useful to gamers. The Pro uses this space for an iPod, something that a lot of people, designers or otherwise, will be able to take advantage of. It's a bit gimmicky, but definitely useful. The dock is fully functional, so it can be used to charge or sync your iPod, as well as give you a safe place to stay put when not in use. They keyboard takes this notion a step further by including a line-out jack so that the iPod can connect to speakers without the computer."

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I4U: Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom for Sony PS3 Review
"Game play is third-person and you can choose from three characters, a mage, a warrior and a female scout. While all three characters have their own unique fighting style and moves, none of them change weapons throughout the game, which gets a bit boring."

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ATI versus nVidia -- DirectX 10 Benchmarking @ Legit Reviews
"The only playable resolution for Call of Juarez was at 1024x768 with no AA enabled. The NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX with the just released Vista 158.42 drivers was able to take the performance lead and beat out the ATI HD 2900 XT by a small margin. The differences between the NVIDIA 158.18 and 158.42 drivers was significant as they managed to pull off a 20% performance boost by the driver update. The update took NVIDIA from losing this test by ten percent to actually winning it by ten percent..."

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Cooler Master Stacker 832 at Modders-Inc
"Cooler Master has created some of the most wanted cases for the PC enthusiast. Their usage of aluminum and creativity with styles has made them one to watch to see what they will produce next. The Stacker 830 was released and quickly on its heals was the NVIDIA 830 Edition. Cooler Master kicked it up a notch and delivered the 832. How good is it, let's find out."

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AMD Phenom and Quad Core Opteron info @ bit-tech.net
"It still looks like AMD has something exceptionally powerful on paper, and finally a true competitor to Intel's Core as we peer through the glass, nose pressed against the surface, but until we get hold of one to test all bets should remain off. Intel's 1333MHz FSB quad core CPUs and eventually 45nm Penryn are due in a similar short term timeframe. So until the silicon tumbles into place, judgement should be reserved to the realms of fanboys as to who will win the next battle in the CPU war."

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Zonbu vs. MSNTV: Smackdown for the Non-PC User @ OSWeekly.com
"Many years ago, Bill Gates had a vision: a PC in every home. Understandably, this was his vision in part because of his business was heavily vested in this vision for the future. Why? Because he fully believed this would be happening in part through users running his OS, and hopefully, copies of his other software products. Flash forward to today, by and large, his dream has come true. But with one significant difference - he has to share the marketplace with others. You know Apple and the various other Linux/BSD options."

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Distro Selectors: How Accurate Are They? @ OSWeekly.com
"Nearly everyday, I have people e-mailing me with questions regarding my choice of the distributions that I highlight. Many of them feel that Ubuntu is too simplistic and that I should consider something like Gentoo. Others, however, ask me why I’m not more supportive of more entry level distributions like PCLinuxOS and Freespire."

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Apple Tech Support: Best in the Industry @ OSWeekly.com
"If you’re known as the"

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How Apple Could Kill Microsoft, Dell and HP @ CoolTechZone.com
"This a relatively old topic, but it had me thinking the other day. Now that Apple’s Boot Camp is a success and works well with Windows, the company is amazingly well positioned to takedown Microsoft, at least in the consumer space. The non-Mac addicts were always worried to leave their trusty old Windows, but there’s nothing to worry about now. You, as Windows users, can experience a brand new platform (and its joys) and use Windows at the same time."

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Technic3D/PowerColor Radeon HD 2900 XT
"The PowerColor Radeon HD 2900 XT arrived Technic3D. The new Graphic Card with R600 Chip from AMD better than the NVIDIA High-End Graphic Cards? Technic3D will see that, with Overclocking, in the following Review."

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: AMD brings it on with the AMD HD RADEON 2900 XT. Saviour or sinner?
"Today finally sees the launch of AMD's long anticipated flag-ship 3D accelerator, the AMD Radeon HD 2900 XT and Hong Kong based HIS Technology is the first AIB manufacturer out on the launch pad. Is the undeniably feature rich AMD HD RADEON 2900 XT a worthy contendor to NVIDIA's recently launched GeForce 8800 Ultra and how does it fare as a value proposition in our HEXUS.bang4buck analysyis?"

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ASUS HD 2900XT: Overclocking @ NordicHardware
"We will publish a full scale review of the HD 2900 XT up ahead, but already today we can present a lot of goodies for those who want to see some overclocking. Marcus has been resting the last couple of months, but now he's back; bigger, stronger and more beautiful than ever."

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Jetway HD2900XT @ Bjorn3D
"In addition to our big article on the whole HD2000 series, Jetway was kind enough to make sure that we would have a retail HD2900XT from them in time for the launch. In this review I have put the Jetway HD2900XT to the test to see how well it stacks up against the rivals from NVIDIA."

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HD2000 - the first GPU\'s under the AMD name @ Bjorn3D
"Maybe it is just me, but after covering video card launches for 11 years it is not always easy anymore to get excited about the new products that are being unveiled. Most of the time all we get is a bit faster clock speeds and a couple of new features. The last year however has been different. Several events have set up the stage for an interest launch of AMD's new products."

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ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT @ techPowerUp
"AMD's new flagship video card is the Radeon HD 2900 XT which is based on the brand-new R600 GPU. It comes at an amazing $399 price point and offers many unique features. While performance may not be as fast as the GeForce 8800 GTX, its price will definitely make this card a good choice for users who are looking for the best price/performance ratio."

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Sunday, May 13, 2007
AMD Radeon HD 2900XT Preview -- What's the Linux Impact?
"It's late, but it's finally here. This morning AMD will be formally announcing their long-awaited Radeon HD 2000 series, or perhaps better known as the ATI R600 GPU. The AMD Radeon HD 2000 series features DirectX 10.0 (well, for those that use Microsoft products), Avivo HD, a programmable tessellation unit, CrossFire support, and much more. This morning we have our technology preview of ATI/AMD's next generation GPUs along with what's in store for Linux and the R600 series support."

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Review: Mobile Edge Alienware Odyssey @ GideonTech.com
"Mobile Edge provides carrying cases for all computer users on the go. Their goal is to make stylish bags for him and her. They are also the ones that designed the Alienware laptop bags. I was sent the Alienware Odyssey messenger bag to review for a couple of months."

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ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT AMD's long awaited R600 DX10 GPU arrives
"Today AMD is launching an enthusiast part HD 2900 series with the HD 2900 XT, performance parts with the HD 2600 series including HD 2600 XT and HD 2600 PRO, along with value parts including HD 2400 XT and 2400 PRO. The HD 2600 and 2400 series have had issues of their own and you will need to wait a little longer before being able to buy these various models on shop shelves (July 1st). The HD 2900 XT will be available at most of your favorite online resellers as of today. Quantity is"

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Overclock3D Content: Mushkin HP2-6400 (PC2-6400) 4GB DDR2 Kit
"With 2gb becoming more of the 'norm', many people are looking into 4GB kits to satisfy their memory hungry games and applications. Today we look at Mushkin's 4GB PC2-6400 kit to see how it performs."

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Overclock3D Content: Razer Deathadder 1800dpi Gaming Mouse
"Today we put Razer's latest mouse: the Deathadder in the hands of our very own professional gamer - Chris "Ins" Buer. How does it perform compared to some of Razer's previous mice? Read on to find out..."

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CellFactor: Revolution @ bit-tech.net
"//Ultimately, CellFactor isn't up to par on its own and gamers won't really be missing out on anything if they can't play it. It shows a few things that may help to persuade some potential customers, but not enough to win over the masses. There is a promise that the PhysX card can do better, but a promise isn't enough to sell us on the idea as it is and //CellFactor will only really be of use to those with super powered PCs and even then there are better games to spend time on."

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XFX 680i LT SLI Can a graphics card builder make a good motherboard?
"Nvidia also only released one chipset in its nForce 500 series for Intel, however, since it was based on the older, poorly overclocking nForce 4 SPP northbridge, Nvidia quickly dumped 500 series for Intel, which gave birth to nForce 600i series chipsets. Today there are four chipsets in the 600i series, 680i SLI, 680i LT SLI, 650i SLI and 650i Ultra in order from high-end to value. nForce 680i SLI while offering the best features and performance also costs an arm and a leg for just the board, leaving little in the budget for a high-end CPU. Nvidia has however come to the rescue with a slightly cut down version of the 680i SLI, the LT SLI series."

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Icemat Siberia In:Ear Headset @ techPowerUp
"Icemat may be known for their mouse pads, but the company also produces some high quality audio products. We take a look at the white Icemat Siberia In:Ear headset today, which does not only look great and is built very well, but does deliver some very respectable audio performance too."

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Saturday, May 12, 2007
Pervasive Software DataRush
"Let's face it, humans are expensive. The cost of humans combined with the dominance of single-threaded applications in the market place spells trouble for companies wishing to seek the greatest return on investment for their latest multi-core servers. Pervasive Software, however, has developed an alternative for companies not wishing to spend valuable man hours on rewriting their software in order to benefit from a symmetric multi-processing environment. DataRush from Pervasive Software is a Java framework that allows software developers to quickly and easily create new or existing applications that are hyper-parallel. Pervasive's DataRush had made its debut last week at JavaOne 2007 and in this article, we have a few words about this unique framework."

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Pass the responsibility, please - OpEd @ bit-tech.net
"//Age-appropriate is an interesting adjective, isn't it? Thanks to the citizens' registry and content-guard enacted by President Jack Thompson's Indecent, Demeaning, Insensitive or Trite Act of 2020, all entertainment content has been rated as E, A, or B. E is for everyone, A is for Adult, and B is for banned. Banned content is anything that fails the IDIoT test by having more than two of the four letters, and is included in the content repository only for historical accuracy."

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Article: Home Entertainment Show 2007 Coverage @ Bigbruin.com
"The Home Entertainment Show, as the implies, is dedicated to "products ranging from loudspeakers, turntables, HDTV, home theater systems, computers, gaming consoles, imaging products and much more." The 2007 edition of the show runs from Friday May 11, 2007 through Sunday May 13, 2007, and I spent a few hours on the opening day trying to focus on the computer and gaming console portion of the show."

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Friday, May 11, 2007
MSI K9AGM2-FIH Motherboard Review Motherboard Review
"The MSI K9AGM2-FIH motherboard is a good simple mainstream platform for building an AMD Socket AM2 motherboard. For 2D tasks, like regular office work, surfing the web and the like, this motherboard is a perfectly suitable and quite inexpensive. The onboard Radeon Xpress 1250 videocard handles 2D applications just fine, and is Windows Vista Aeroglass compliant. Better still, the onboard HDMI connector allows the MSI K9AGM2-FIH to output video at 1920x1080 (1080p), HDCP content included.)"

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Technic3D/KeySonic ACK-5020U
"The KeySonic ACK-5020U Keyboard arrived Technic3D. More Modding with blue LEDs, seven hotkeys and SoftSkin coating presents Maxpoint. Technic3D will see that in the following Review."

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JavaOne 2007 Day 4: Cool Toys
"Ending off our JavaOne 2007 coverage is James Gosling's Cool Toy Show. Showcased at this event were various software and hardware products that utilize Java -- the products ranged from a Java powered meat scale to an industrial robot capable of accelerating from zero to 10Gs in roughly a second."

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Steelseries Steelpad 5L Mouse Pad at Modders-Inc
"The Steelpad 5L professional gaming mouse pad is an extraordinary mouse pad. The Steelpad 5L is not merely for professional gaming though, the pad handled every task from gaming , graphics, and office applications with no problems at all."

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JavaOne 2007: After Dark Bash - Sun knows how to party
"Not only does Sun Microsystems have some of the best and most talented engineers in the world, but they also know how to throw one hell of a party. At this year's After Dark Bash during JavaOne among the festivities were a virtual t-shirt flying contest with Duke, Battle Bots, bands with KISS and The Rolling Stones music, a girl with a grinder, Segways, an arcade, plenty of food and drink, and a lot more. We have attached some pictures from this event so you can see for yourself."

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Digital Photography Competition @ TrustedReviews
"Starting this month, we will be running a photography competition that will give you the chance to show off your best photos, and to win some very nice prizes. Each month I’ll announce a new theme and a closing date, and then you’ll have one month to take a photo on that theme. After the closing date, our panel of expert judges will pick a winner, who will receive a prize package from leading memory card manufacturer SanDisk, consisting of a superb high-speed 2GB Extreme III memory card in the format of your choice, plus a versatile 12-in-1 memory card reader."

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Lord of the Rings Online review @ bit-tech.net
"Whether the game is strong enough to defeat the mighty World of Warcraft remains to be seen, and we are somewhat doubtful that it will. //LotRO has a dedicated fanbase and is instantly recognisable as a franchise, but whether it'll attract players away from //WoW is another matter altogether. But if there ever was an MMO that could snatch the MMORPG crown from Blizzard and claim it for itself, then this is it my precious; this is it."

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Toshiba Regza 42X3030D 42in LCD TV @ TrustedReviews
"Like its predecessor, the 42X3030D is a 42in LCD TV with a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, or Full HD as many manufacturers like to call it. However, this TV will happily accept a 1080p signal – in fact Toshiba has indicated that the 42X3030D can handle 1080p 50, 60 and 24 variants, making it very versatile indeed. Of course you can still happily pump 720p and 1080i signals into the 42X3030D, and it will still do a very good job of displaying them – more on image quality later though."

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Philips Streamium WACS7000 @ TrustedReviews
"One company that's been in the wireless audio business from the very beginning is Philips, with its Streamium range of products. We reviewed its wireless-music-system-in-a-box – the Streamium WACS700/05 – over a year ago now and it has now been given an update."

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Sunbeam Quarterback @ techPowerUp
"The Sunbeam Quarterback is a midtower ATX case with tool-less drive bays and PCI slots, Core Fan system, VGA vent and a side window. The front bezel adds a door that makes the case look as muscular as a quarterback, which definitely adds to its style."

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XTracPads Ripper @ techPowerUp
"The XTracPads Ripper is the smaller brother of the Ripper XXL. The mouse pad series comes in three different sizes, all with a wide aspect ratio. The thin cloth pad is incredibly soft and comfortable, with the under-padding clinging to the table quite nicely. We give a few mice a hurl on the Ripper to see if the unique aspect ratio is just what a gamer needs."

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Xclio 188A Gaming Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The Xclio 188A is one of the best budget chassis' I've worked with. Not only is this case very classy looking, the cooling is superb and there is plenty of room inside for most systems. The 250mm fan does its job quietly and efficiently and the integrated fan speed controller is a welcome feature."

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 8300 @ CoolTechZone.com
"Alright, this is not fun. RIM recently added the BlackBerry Curve 8300 into its product mix, and what’s annoying is the updated version is now available only after a few months of the original 8800. For you 8800 users, we feel your pain. However, let’s be a little more positive. The BlackBerry Curve 8300 is the next version of the 8800 series from RIM, and interestingly enough, it combines the features from the Pearl 8100 and 8800 and turns them into a device that’s a hybrid of the two. That’s cool."

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Blackberry for Windows Mobile: A Terrible Idea @ OSWeekly.com
"I have been hearing news stories left and right explaining why the release of RIM's (Research In Motion) push e-mail service for Windows Mobile is really going to open up some doors. On the surface, this concept sounds fantastic!"

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Vista's UAC: Faith Misplaced @ OSWeekly.com
"I do not believe that there is any question that Microsoft has bent over backwards to make sure that Vista would be substantially more secure than Windows XP. And even when considering the given effort, many fear that it is simply a matter of time before malware and viruses catch up to the current state of Vista security. It's hasn't happened yet, but it will."

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The Poor State of OpenOffice.org on Mac @ OSWeekly.com
"Have you ever used software that was capable of running on multiple platforms, but after experimenting with the software on multiple platforms, you realized that you only really liked it on one of those platforms? I’ve been there. For example, Microsoft Office is currently so much better on Windows than it is on OS X. Of course, this makes sense considering that Microsoft Office and Windows are developed by the same company, but the point still applies."

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Thursday, May 10, 2007
MSI PC2008 in Taipei Event Exclusive (Part 1: Upcoming MB and VGA)
"Wednesday this week our friends at MSI had a big launch event for a wide range of new products here in Taipei and TweakTown was on the guest list of invitees. Not only did MSI launch a range of new Santa Rosa notebooks, but also on display were new motherboards and graphics cards. Due to the amount of products that were shown, the report from the event will be split up in two parts. The first will cover the motherboards and graphics cards and the next part will cover the notebooks and give an introduction to the new Centrino platform, previously known as Santa Rosa."

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Motorola MOTORIZR Z3 Review @ Digital Trends
"The MOTORIZR Z3 might have the look and feel of the RAZR or SLVR phones, but offers a cool design that slides open to reveal the keyboard."

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Biostar TF7050-M2 GeForce 7050PV Motherboard Review
"The two single largest features of the AMD 690G and nVIDIA GeForce 7050PV chipsets are native HDMI output and High Definition Content Protection (HDCP). Both chipsets are currently AMD only affairs, but with the extremely competitive pricing of AMD's Socket AM2 chips it's the perfect opportunity to build that small home theatre PC you've always wanted to have. After all it would be nice to watch all those illegally downloaded bit torrent movies on something larger than a computer monitor. If you're going to rip movies, you might as well watch them in HD, in full surround sound, and get the best bang for your buck. ;-)"

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JavaOne 2007 Day 3: Motorola
"Finishing off the platinum cosponsor sessions was Motorola's CTO talking this morning about "Platform Disturbia" for mobile devices. Motorola is actively engaged in improving the experience for end-users as well as addressing some of the current issues and fragmentation problems faced by current developers targeting mobile devices. Also demonstrated was a new prototype mobile telephone from Motorola, which we have pictures of along with the rest of the slides."

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Nexus NX-8060 80PLUS Modular Silent 600Watt Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews.net
"I have planned and built systems ranging from media centers all the way through to highly advanced application specific servers and in so doing have come into contact with more different types and brands of PSU you than you can shake a stick at. The NX-8060 is one of the best PSUs in its class that I have had the pleasure of using. The price tag is not through the roof for this specification PSU and the performance is excellent."

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Nox Urano 600 W Power Supply
"Nox has broken into the market of PSUs with its Urano Series. Its 600W model includes double connector for graphics cards and a good layout."

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Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6was a fun motherboard to review. It was quick to set up, as I have found most Intel chipset boards to be, and it was just plain easy to use. Gigabyte did a wonderful job with this board. The Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 is a wonderful update the the first release boards that Gigabyte had. The features and layout on this board are outstanding, leaving really no room for desiring anything else..."

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Corsair Flash Voyager GT Fastest USB pen drive in the world?
"Not only have the devices themselves got a lot smaller and faster, but these days there is a lot of extra functionality – such as encryption or the ability to run applications from your memory key – and you can even get ruggedized drives for those of us that have a habit of dropping things. With Windows Vista a new use for USB flash drives was introduced – ReadyBoost – and we are going to put the Flash Voyager GT to the test in that to see if it makes a difference. We will also be measuring the drive's performance in real world file copy tests and using HD Tech and comparing it against two other drives, the previous-generation Flash Voyager, and the SanDisk Cruzer Micro. So let us move on to the results and see if the Corsair Flash Voyager GT lives up to expectations."

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700W to 850W power supply group test @ bit-tech.net
"700-850W is towards the upper end of the performance mainstream sector, where people need the power to run the latest dual core CPUs as well as a couple of hard drives and high end graphics cards, possibly in a multi-GPU arrangement. Each of the PSU's power rails was loaded at 50, 75 and 100 percent to test if it could sustain what it said it was capable of. While the PSUs were under load, temperatures were also taken to determine how well they were keeping cool as they reacted to the sustained load."

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A-DATA My Flash PD16 8 GB @ techPowerUp
"The A-DATA MyFlash PD16 is a very solid and spacious USB 2.0 memory device with capacities of up to 16 GB. It features a lifetime warranty and can be used for Vista ReadyBoost. The aluminum/plastic construction makes it a bit heavier than other memory sticks, but also adds to the durability. We take an all around look and benchmark the PD16 to see if it performs as good as it looks."

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MSI shows off watercooled Radeon HD 2900XT
"At the MSI PC2008 event yesterday in Taipei MSI showed off its watercooled version of the Radeon HD 2900XT and we snapped a shot for you to ogle over for now. We’re working on the coverage of the whole event and it will be up later today. But for now, enjoy this picture of this card which has a very nice looking watercooler on it."

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MSI P35 Platinum Motherboard Retail Bearlake hit the shelves
"Now motherboards based on Intel’s P35 chipset are hitting shop shelves in Taiwan and other places around the world, we are able to start testing and providing reviews. Today we have been given the first of what we hope to be many retail boards based on the Bearlake P35 chipset. It is set to replace the Intel P965 chip as the mid-range monster with some updated features and specs such as support for upcoming 45nm Wolfdale and Yorkfield processors, PCI Express 2.0, updated ICH9 Southbridge as well as support for DDR-3 memory."

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Trendnet TV-IP400W @ TrustedReviews
"The TV-IP400W incorporates a 1/4inch colour CMOS sensor that has a maximum resolution of 640 x 480, operates at light levels as low as 2.5 lux, and can capture video at up to 30 fps. It has a 6.0mm F1.8 lens that is manually focused and has no optical zoom capability. Finally, the camera can be remotely rotated through -156/+156 degrees in the horizontal plane and -40/+40 degrees in the vertical plane."

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[News] OCZ Equalizer Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The OCZ Equalizer is a solid gaming mouse. The ease-of-use, extra buttons, and wide range of DPI settings (all in hardware) are features that one can't ignore. Additionally, the Equalizer's creature comforts such as the"

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007
ECS NF650iSLIT-A (V1.0) NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI Motherboard Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The 650i is a clipped down version of NVIDIA's current flagship chipset, the 680i. The 650i is aimed to give the masses the performance of the new architecture, while at the same time not breaking the bank. ECS was kind enough to send over one of their new motherboards that features the 650i chipset, the NF650iSLIT-A (V1.0)."

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Xbox 360 Elite Review @ Digital Trends
"Microsoft gives hardcore gamers a new system to choose from in the Xbox 360 Elite which features a large 120GB hard drive and HDMI output."

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Rainbow Round 4USB USB Hub
"Digital cameras, mobile phones and external hard disks are some of the drives we normally connect to a PC via USB. Therefore, many users make use of hubs so as to meet their connectivity needs, above all when using a laptop."

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Thinkpad T61 Preview at XYZ Computing
"Over the past few weeks there has been scattered news from tech outlets about Intel's upcoming Santa Rosa technology. Santa Rosa, which will begin to come to market this month, is the fourth generation of the Centrino platform. Along with the internal upgrades Lenovo took this chance to release a few new notebooks as well. The news, which broke before anything official was announced, was that the T series and the R series would be getting 14.1" widescreen models, the T61 and R61 respectively. The arrival of 14" widescreen T and R series systems made it clear that the Z series is being phased out and that the Rs are finally starting to catch up to the rest of the Thinkpads."

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JavaOne 2007 Day 2: Oracle
"With Oracle being a platinum cosponsor at this year's JavaOne conference, Thomas Kurian, Oracle's Senior Vice President, had took the stage for 45 minutes to show off some of their latest Enterprise Java advancements as well as announcing another code donation to the open-source community. Here are Oracle's slides from this presentation."

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Intel's Santa Rosa platform and Nvidia's GeForce 8M series mobile GPUs @ bit-tech.net
"Today, Intel is launching its next-generation Santa Rosa notebook platform, which it has been discussing ever since last year’s Spring Intel Developer Forum. Ever since the initial Centrino incarnation, which was such a massive departure from anything before it, Intel has made constant incremental improvements to its platform."

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Rainbow Duo 500 Speakers
"A PC intended for watching films and listening to music do not normally incorporate a good pair of loudspeakers, and those included in TFT monitors are usually not enough."

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Albatron GeForce 8600 GTS Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"Albatron has a great product on their hands that you can depend on. By sticking with the NVIDIA design, we are sure that this card is unlikely to fail. The Albatron GeForce 8600 GTS is a well built card devoid of all the bells and whistles that other companies make you pay extra for. For less money you get a quieter, lower heat producing, and reliable card..."

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Antec Performance One P182 @ Bjorn3D
"The Antec P182 is the newest addition to Antec's Performance One family. With a few extra enhancements that were not present on the highly popular P180, the P182 might just be your excuse to upgrade to a new case. Some great features to enhance cable management have been incorporated into this case, and those daring enough to watercool their rig will like the feature that was included just for them. Read on to see what the P182 has in store for those willing to give it a try."

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CoolIT Freezone @ techPowerUp
"The only way to get cooler temperatures than with air coolers is to use water cooling. But how do you get cooler than a water cooler without using some form of complicated exotic cooling? The answer is not very easily, until now. CoolIT has come up with a new cooler that utilizes a means of exotic cooling, yet it's designed for ease of use for the average end-user. Today we take a look at this new cooler from CoolIT and see if it really is better than any other cooler out there."

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: ECS N8600GTS-256MX+
"NVIDIA waited until last month to release its new midrange GPUs. First off the production line were the GeForce 8600 GT and GTS SKUs, promising the fullest feature-set the low side of £150. ECS, naturally, wanted in on the action and has launched its own GeForce 8600 GTS: overclocked."

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HEXUS.lifestyle - reviews :: Evesham DVD1000 player
"Invested in a swanky new HDTV display? Disappointed with DVD playback on it? Maybe its upscaling isn't up to scratch. Enter the 70 quid DVD1000 from Evesham, with its own upscaler and HDMI output."

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4GB of memory, how do you use it all? Mushkin XPS2-8500 Tested
"Back when 32-bit CPUs were first released, the first being the 386-series for the x86 architecture, registrable and accessible memory size increased up to 4GB. While you can plug 4GB into any 32-bit CPU system it will not all be addressable. Why this is, we will elaborate on later. Today we are going to give you the low-down on the whys of 4GB memory setups and how you can get beyond the 4GB limit, which is not hard with today's technology."

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Samsung Aura R70 Santa Rosa - Exlusive Preview @ TrustedReviews
"Back in March we looked at the Samsung Aura R20 notebook, which provided staggeringly good value for money, as well as a shiny black finish that belied its budget roots. Back then I was aware that there was more to come from the Aura range, and today, in line with the launch of Intel’s new Santa Rosa platform, I’m casting my eye over the new R70."

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Asus A7S – Santa Rosa - First Look @ TrustedReviews
"So after much hype and noise, Santa Rosa notebooks have finally arrived and we have two examples here in the office to look at. Riyad is casting his gaze over a Samsung, while I have in front of me a large beastie from Asus - the A7S – a large desktop replacement entertainment machine."

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AMD HD 2900XT BLACK BOX voucher pictured + 2900XTX info
"If you did not know, AMD and Valve are teaming up once again to bundle a Steam voucher in their upcoming range of HD 2900XT graphics cards. Here is some proof..."

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007
MSI K9AGM2-FIH Motherboard @ Viper Lair
"The MSI K9AGM2-FIH motherboard had a good showing from a few areas today, but it is not without some shortcomings. That being said, anyone looking to build a HTPC would be well advised to give the MSI K9AGM2-FIH some consideration. For us, the main selling point is going to be the HDCP supported HDMI interface on the motherboard. This will allow for the best potential image quality provided the display that will be used supports 1080p."

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Logitech Harmony 1000 Review @ Digital Trends
"We review Logitech's top-of-the-line remote control, the Harmony 1000 to see if Logitech's best will satisfy home theater enthusiasts."

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JavaOne 2007 Day 1: Brewin Talks
"This morning we were extremely excited to learn about Sun Microsystems' JavaFX technology, which can extend the realm of possibilities for rich Internet applications. The JavaFX family also consists of JavaFX Mobile for portable devices and cellular telephones along with JavaFX Script, which can simplify the development of rich Internet applications. This afternoon Sun's Bob Brewin (Software CTO for Sun) took the stage to talk more about JavaFX along with the future of Java. From Brewin's talk there are a few interesting points worth noting."

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JavaOne 2007 Day 1: JavaFX
"Officially kicking off JavaOne 2007 was Sun's Executive VP, Rich Green, announcing JavaFX, JavaFX Scripting, JavaFX Mobile, performance improvements coming to Java SE 6, and Java now fully entering the open-source community with the release of the OpenJDK. Showcased during this keynote were a variety of different gadgets running JavaFX, a snippet of JavaFX code, NASDAQ embracing Real Time Java, Ericsson opening some of its source-code, and "Engineers Without Borders" in conjunction with the United Nations. Here are some pictures taken during Green's JavaOne 2007 keynote address -- we'll provide more information later in the day."

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Asus EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M Geforce 8800GTS Videocard Review
"In this review PCSTATS tests the awesome Asus EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M PCI Express videocard. This Geforce 8800GTS-320 lives up to the hype, and comes with one of the best software packages available for its class. In the box is a full copy of Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, which just happens to be one of the hottest shooter titles of 2006. The game looks particularly splendid when played over the Asus EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M videocard too. Take my advice, turn up the resolution to 1600x1200 and kick in AA and AF to get the full affect."

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Samsung Q1 Ultra Preview at XYZ Computing
"Compared to the original Q1s the Ultra models will have a better battery life, due to LED backlighting on the display, as well as a smaller overall size and 1024x600 resolution. The new model also has 3.5G wireless due to the HSDPA radio on the upgraded model, as well as high resolution video conferencing, a fingerprint reader with improved data security."

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A.C. Ryan AluBoxTFX @ techPowerUp
"The A.C. Ryan AluBoxTFX is an external hard drive enclosure that allows the user to implement an IDE or SATA hard drive, utilizing the new eSATA connection for SATA drives, as well as USB 2.0 for SATA or IDE drives. And the TFX? That means “Tool Free Experience,” which is A.C. Ryan’s way of saying that the enclosure is completely tool-less in design."

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Panasonic DMR-EX77 HDD/DVD Recorder @ TrustedReviews
"Digital recorders with video upscaling are nothing new, but this hard-disk/DVD combi recorder from Panasonic is one of the first to offer 1080p upscaling, which is a real bonus if you’re fortunate enough to own a 1080p display. The beauty of upscaling recorders is that you can not only boost pre-recorded DVDs to full hi-def resolution, but also your TV recordings."

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Samsung S730 @ TrustedReviews
"The S730 is the mid-range model of the 13 camera in the S-series, which rather confusingly includes several models whose designations begin with A or D. It is a low-cost 7.2-megapixel 3x zoom camera powered by two AA batteries, and currently available for around £110. This is a pretty crowded sector of the market, with all of the major manufacturers offering something comparable."

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Corsair Dominator 8500C5DF: Overclocking @ NordicHardware
"Thanks to Micron's memory circuits, there's a lot of headroom for fiddling with memory settings to find a setting that fits the system's configuration, like FSB and CPU speed. If you can access high voltages, there's a lot of potential for overclocking these circuits far beyond their specified speeds."

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Sunbeam UFO Clear Acrylic Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"Acrylic cases have been around for some time now, but only recently have prices dropped below $100 on several of these cases. The Sunbeam UFO ACUF-T acrylic ATX cube computer case just happens to be one of these sub $100 acrylic cases as the case we are looking at today was snagged from the guys over at CrazyPC for $81.99 plus shipping. The UFO Acrylic Cube Case comes without a power supply, but does include a pair of 120mm blue LED fans to help things stay nice and cool..."

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ZEROtherm BTF90 CPU Cooler at Modders-Inc
"The ZEROtherm BTF90 is sure to catch your eye right off with its unique fin design. Don't let that scare you, oh wait it is just a friendly little butterfly."

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Overclock3D Content: SwiftTech Apogee GT CPU Water Block
"SwiftTech are very well known in the world of water-cooling. The Apogee was a great performer at an awesome price when it came out. We take a look at the newer revision - the Apogee GT and see how it stacks up"

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Overclock3D Content: Fold For Overclock3D! Do Medical Research on your PC
"Folding @ Home is a great project that Stanford University have set up that allows your PC to do medical research and help cure desease. It's easy, free and good fun to see how you do. Take a look inside..."

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Foxconn 8600 GTS @ Bjorn3D
"The 8600GTS/8600GT is actually based the G84 core, a derived version of the G80 core. Rather than going through the detail of the core, I will simply direct you to the Bjorn3D’s G80 introduction on the technology and background."

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HEXUS.tv - interviews :: Intel's CPU architects talk about Penryn, Nehalem
"Get the low-down on Intel's forthcoming Penryn and Nehalem straight from the guys who designed them - Stephen Fischer and Mark Buxton. We gave them a grilling at Intel Developer Forum in China."

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I4U: Dell W3707C 37 inch LCD HDTV Review
"The speakers on each side of the TV are removable and optional; they don’t actually come attached so you have to screw them on if you want to use them. If you always use your surround sound system while watching you might want to forgo the speakers altogether though if you do want to use the speaker’s installation is very easy. Each speaker uses a two-way, bass reflex design and has 15W of power per channel."

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Monday, May 7, 2007
CommunityOne 2007
"We began our week of JavaOne coverage this morning with some of the information shared during the CommunityOne General Session. Now that the day is winding to an end, we have some additional information to pass along on Sun's first-ever CommunityOne event. Outside of the CommunityOne General Session, other tracks throughout the day were on NetBeans, GlassFish, OpenJDK for mobile & embedded environments, OpenSolaris, Web 2.0, Startup Camp, RedMonk's un-conference, and the discussion of Linux versus Solaris."

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DataTec DS350 eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure Review
"Anyone who has ever had to move a large amount of data around a few different computer systems can definitely appreciate the usefulness of removable hard drive racks. If your computer can't handle another hard drive, or upgrading an existing drive is too much of a bother, an external hard drive is a great solution to the problem."

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JavaOne 2007 Day 0
"While JavaOne doesn't officially get underway until tomorrow, this year Sun Microsystems hosted a free day-long event called CommunityOne. Like this year's JavaOne conference theme, CommunityOne is focusing upon open possibilities and consists of a variety of different sessions to cater to one's interests. CommunityOne has been underway now for just under two hours and there is already a bit of information worth sharing."

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nVidia GeForce 8800GTS 320MB SLI Videocard Head On Comparison
"Alright, let's say you've got $600 US to spend on a kick ass videocard... or videocards. :-) What are you going to get!? The nVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX is the undisputed king of graphics cards right now, but on the next notch down the GeForce 8800GTS 320MB offers a heck of a lot of value and that's hard to pass up. Doing the math, for the price of one super high end PCI Express videocard, you could have two 8800GTSs running in SLI! This is definitely an enticing option, but which route really is the faster choice?"

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OCZ Trifecta 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"The OCZ Trifecta is a unique SD card, it features connectors for USB, regular SD and microSD at the same time. This makes the card very useful for a variety of PDAs, mobile phones and cameras because you can easily take your data with you. With a price tag of below $30 for the 1 GB version it is not too expensive as well."

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XFX GeForce 8800 Ultra XXX Uber Performance, Monster Price Tag!
"The card is nothing more than a way of sticking it to AMD and ATI - in a marketing sense - in regards to their upcoming R600 launch later this month. Much like Intel seem to be trying their very hardest to destroy AMD, Nvidia is also giving it their best shot, too. XFX’s 8800 Ultra XXX screams along at top speed leaving every other single GPU solution in the dust, there is no doubt about that. However it is safe to say that with word on the street that supply and quantities is very low, Nvidia is not expecting to sell many of these graphics cards. We have even heard from some of Nvidia’s partners in Taiwan that they do not even want to touch the tweaked G80 chip in fear that they will not sell. Nvidia believe there will be a few handfuls of ultra high-end extreme users out there that will pay the money just to have the best of the best."

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SilverStone MFP51 LCD Bay Device Review at XYZ Computing
"The SilverStone MFP51 is a front panel LCD for any PC with an empty 5.25" bay. The LCD has a 96x16 resolution and is put in a metal enclosure that can be installed in just a few minutes. Its purpose, like any front panel LCD with a similar resolution, is to display basic information about what is going on with the system as well as to display small tidbits of information from software sources."

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ZEROtherm GX815 Gamer Edition VGA Coolers at Modders-Inc.com
"Sitting down at a computer to play several hours of your favorite game will put your video card through the paces and this can cause performance drops as the card heats up. ZEROtherm has sent me a set of their GX815 Gamer Edition VGA coolers to test on my XFX 7900 GS cards in SLI."

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Technic3D/Coolermaster Aquagate Duo VIVA
"The Coolermaster Aquagate Duo VIVA Watercooling Set arrived Technic3D. We look at the handling and low noise. The Cooling better for Sli and Crossfire Cards? Technic3D will see that in the following Review."

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Spider-Man 3 for PC and Wii reviewed @ bit-tech.net
"Spider-Man 3 isn't a very good game, to put it bluntly. There's a lot to be done in the PC version, from collecting tokens to thwarting super villains, but a lot of it feels too hamfisted to be enjoyable. The camera issues that plague the PC version aren't such a big problem for the Wii, but there are still massive issues hampering the gameplay on either platform. The two versions offer different pros and cons, so it's only fair to judge the two versions separately despite the almost identical plot and engine."

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*Two Reviews Included* Zerotherm Launches Two New Cooling Products @ Tweaknews.net
"ZEROtherm's new fanless BTF95 CPU cooler is a bold move by a relative newcomer in this market. The butterfly design is somewhat kitschy, but I was pleasantly surprised by its cooling performance . I can certainly see a niche that this cooler fits into nicely. If quiet computing is your bag, then the BTF95 may be a butterfly worth collecting. The mounting solutions are superb and the manual is quite good."

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End Users Are to Blame for OS Flaws @ OSWeekly.com
"Whenever you have a problem with a certain part of an operating system, who do you usually tend to immediately place the blame on? In most cases, the blame is directed straight at the company behind the operating system, and this is the easiest way to deal with your frustration. They made it, so they should be responsible for its positive aspects and its shortcomings, right?"

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Linux to Microsoft: Lets Fight with Silverlight @ OSWeekly.com
"Sometimes, I just don't understand what the marketing departments at various companies are thinking. Take Microsoft's Silverlight project, for instance. From what they are saying, it is going to take Flash by the ears and shake the daylights out of it. Fantastic, and from the looks of the promo video, am I to also assume that we will be using translucent touchscreen computers that look like something from iRobot? Perhaps this is a video that is targeting the social and technology climate for its release date."

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Microsofts Silverlight Biased and Doomed @ OSWeekly.com
"One of the most frustrating things about running an operating system is that you’re routinely going to come across applications that don’t natively work with your primary OS. There are a lot of great programs out there, but many of them are tied to one particular operating system, and this can be a shame if you aren’t equipped to run any other operating systems. If you want to use an OS X program without the OS, then you’re especially left in the cold because virtualization of OS X isn’t allowed."

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Can Apple Last Without Steve Jobs? @ CoolTechZone.com
"What’s so scary about Apple’s continued success is the intermingling of Apple and Steve Jobs as interconnected brands that need each other to define the other’s existence. It goes without saying that Jobs has done an exceptional job at leading Apple, and the company is out of control. It’s the new Google of consumer electronics that has and will continue to take a lot of other companies by surprise; however, you have to wonder how long the success will last. To be more precise, you have to wonder how long will Apple keep up its success factor without Jobs."

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[News] ZEROtherm GX815 GPU & BTF90 CPU Coolers Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"the GX815 Extreme Gamer is an impressive cooler that really gets the job done. The fan noise wasn't even noticeable over the other gear inside the computer. As far GPU coolers go, I would have no problem recommending this unit to anyone wanting a quiet and efficient cooler"

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Sunday, May 6, 2007
MSI P6N SLI Platinum Motherboard Nvidia nForce 650i SLI returns
"Nvidia has listened, traditionally there are only one or two chipsets for each platform from Nvidia, but currently the company has four for the Core 2 platform, five if you want to count the old 590 Intel Edition. Within the 600-series there are now a total of four options; 680i SLI for the enthusiast, 680i LT for the high-end, 650i SLI for the mid-range and the 650i ultra for the vale end of the market. We have tested a motherboard from ECS, our first 650i SLI chipset, which we found to be a very good contender. Its performance was on the money, in fact it was not that far behind the 680i-series, only the SLI implementation and a few additional features are where the chipset really differs. 650i falls back on the old twin PCI Express x8 slots for its SLI setup. If you want to use SLI, your graphics cards only run at x8 speeds, this eliminates the ability to run quad-SLI."

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Overclock3D Content: EK-FC8800 GTS Full Cover Waterblock
"Today we give EK WaterBlocks' EK-FC8800 GTS full cover GPU block a workout in the OC3D Labs. How will it perform against some stiff opposition? Feel free to read on and see how it fares."

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Keyboard head-to-head @ bit-tech.net
"If we had to choose one for most users, then the Razer Pro|Type would get our vote due to its fancy buttons and macro-recording software. It's far too expensive though, more than we ever would have dreamed it might cost and for this we have to say that, of the two, the Enermax Crystal is the best. It's not strictly as good as the Pro|Type, but it has some good points of its own and won't break your bank manager's heart."

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Litrix v7.4 Linux LiveCD
"We've never heard of this Brazilian Linux distribution but decided to give it a shot with the recent release of Litrix v7.4. The Litrix LiveCD is based upon Gentoo Linux and with the new additions in v7.4 being NTFS write support, support for wireless networking, i686 optimizations, NVIDIA's binary blob pre-installed, and Beryl integration."

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Saturday, May 5, 2007
ATI Has Open-Source Drivers Too
"Since late last year the open-source Linux community has been ecstatic about the growing progress made by the Nouveau developers. Nouveau is an X.Org and FreeDesktop.org project for developing an open-source 2D/3D display driver for NVIDIA graphics cards. With NVIDIA Corporation not providing hardware specifications, this driver is being written through reverse-engineering NVIDIA's binary display driver. While the developers of Nouveau are making great strides and this driver is taking shape, the open-source ATI driver must not be forgotten."

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Friday, May 4, 2007
[News] CoolIT Systems PCI Cooling Booster and Ram Fan Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Overclockers will find the extra cooling a great benefit especially in regards to the memory modules. And extreme overclockers typically understand that reaching those insane frequencies require a few sacrifices one of which is noise. There is just no way to get around the noise if your system is dependent on good air flow..."

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Overclocking at Intel @ NordicHardware
"When we arrived at Kista and Intel we would unpack our gear and install it in Intel's temperature-controlled laboratory for some really serious overclocking. We weren't sure what kind of hardware Thomas and Intel had waiting for us, but we can assure you that we were pleasantly surprised."

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Overclock3D Content: Silver Power Blue Lightning 600w PSU
"Rock solid power, sexy looks and silence all at a budget price? Silver Power show it is possible with their Blue Lightning 600w PSU."

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Overclock3D Content: LG unveils its first 1080P Full HD range
""Life's Good" for LG, and it certainly showed when we attended their star studded launch of their first 1080P Full HD TV range last night in London."

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I4U: Razer Pro|Solutions pro|type iPod Dock Keyboard Review
"If you want to automate complex macros in Photoshop for instance you can bind everything to one single key via the Razer drivers and save the bound macros to one of ten different profiles which means you can store a total of 50 macros to the Razer pro|type keyboard. The really cool part is that you can set the Razer pro|type keyboard up to automatically start the program up that each of your profiles goes with."

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Overclock3D Content: LG unveils its first 1080P Full HD range
""Life's Good" for LG, and it certainly showed last night when we attended their star studded launch of their first 1080P Full HD TV range last night in London."

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The evga 650i Ultra 775 A1 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The eVGA 650i Ultra 775 A1 motherboard amazed us throughout the testing process here at Legit Reviews. It is hard to fathom how good a board you can actually get at the price that this board will be selling at. At the moment, we have been able to find the board at Newegg for $99 after rebate. That is just incredible! This little dynamo finds itself being priced where nothing else in the budget category will be able to stack up against it..."

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Twintech GeForce 8600 GTS @ techPowerUp
"Twintech's new GeForce 8600 GTS is based on the NVIDIA reference design using the G84 GPU. It comes with 256 MB of fast GDDR3 memory clocked at 1 GHz, the graphics processor runs at 675 MHz. This is the first DirectX 10 card for the midrange segment with its price tag of around $210."

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OCZ Technology PC2-6400 Titanium EPP-Ready Dual Channel DDR2 Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The performance of the OCZ Technology PC2-6400 Titanium EPP-Ready Dual Channel DDR2 was impressive and the enthusiast targeted features made possible through EPP were definitely welcomed. In addition to EPP, these modules support OCZ's EVP (Extended Voltage Protection), which allows the voltage to be raised to 2.3V without impacting the lifetime warranty. All in all, this is a memory kit for the present and the future."

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Asus Digital Home FrontLinker review @ bit-tech.net
"Ultimately, the FrontLinker is a solid enough product but it just doesn't bring anything new to a market already saturated with cheap card readers and iPod docks. What little it does have going for it is let down by a lack of headphone support and a breakable front panel."

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Vantec NexStar LX @ Bjorn3D
"As we get more and more computers in the homes, there is a need to be able to share data between them all. While you can solved it by simply sharing folders on each computer it quickly becomes complicated as each computer needs to be on all the time."

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: 3-way passively-cooled midrange shootout. Sapphire vs HIS vs XFX
"In the name of differentiation, larger AICs have taken it upon themselves to design and market passively-cooled cards based on popular GPUs. We have 3 such offerings today, encompassing the Radeon X1650 Pro, Radeon X1650 XT and GeForce 7600 GT SKUs from Sapphire, HIS, and XFX, respectively."

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Dell Latitude D820 business notebook
"The business section is basically divided into two series, Precision and Latitude. Precisions are more cutting edge technology, sacrificing some stability for the latest features, which might have some instability possibly caused by new drivers. Latitudes are the more conventional choice for businesses offering increased stability due to being built on a proven platform. Today we have the pleasure of reviewing the Latitude D820 series which falls into the high-end of the Latitude range and it’s our very first of many new notebook reviews here at TweakTown. While this notebook is listed under Dell's business section it actually boasts some nice features for an entertainment system, including a WUXGA display (that is 1900x1200 pixels to you and me) and HD audio."

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I4U: 24 inch NEC LCD2470WNX LCD Display Review
"Overall, the NEC 24” MultiSync LCD2470WNX is a very good LCD display that performs well in a variety of situations from movie watching to gaming and general computer use. The only thing I wished for that the NEC 24” MultiSync LCD2470WNX didn’t have was a second DVI input."

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Thursday, May 3, 2007
Ultra Products ChillTec CPU Cooler Contest @ Bigbruin.com
"It's give away time! Up for grabs is a new Ultra Products ChillTec Thermo Electric CPU Cooler, as featured in a recent Bigbruin.com review. Some skill (or at least effort) will be required to win. This is a Photo Chop contest. There are two images attached to the contest's discussion thread (click images of Dubya for full sized view), and one must be used in some way in a new creation of your own. No theme, no real guidelines... Just be creative, keep it PG-13 or milder, and leave any politics out of the thread!"

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MSI P6N SLI Platinum Motherboard @ Viper Lair
"From a performance, stability and overclocking stand point, some of it depends on the BIOS you use. At time of writing, the latest 1.22 BIOS is still beta, but if you want the most from the board, this is the BIOS revision to use if you are overclocking. Standard performance with the original BIOS is quite good, especially in the memory department. CPU performance does fall slightly behind the likes of the 975x chipset in synthetic tests, but most multimedia applications don't suffer noticeably as a consequence. Gaming performance is excellent."

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Technic3D/Revoltec Freeze Tower
"The Revoltec Freeze Tower CPU Heatsink with a a small Price arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review the Freeze Tower against others CPU Cooling."

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AMD Internal R600 overclocking tool @ techPowerUp
"AMD's internal GPU Clock Tool is the first overclocking software that really works with the new Radeon HD 2000 Series. It can manage clocks and monitor temperatures of all ATI/AMD cards, including the upcoming products that will be launched this month."

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SilverStone Grandia GD01MX HTPC Case
"Thanks to case manufacturers like Silverstone, HTPC have become very popular and accessible to the general public."

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Foxconn N68S7AA nForce 680i SLI mobo @ bit-tech.net
"Since the nForce 680i LT SLI release, you have to have something pretty damn special from a full fat nForce 680i SLI motherboard to justify the cost and Foxconn just doesn't quite have it here. It does have a very stable motherboard which is a somewhat rare commodity these days, but from an enthusiast chipset, Foxconn is only half way there supplying enthusiast performance but not enthusiast overclocking."

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[News] Antec MX-1 Actively Cooled HDD Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Antec MX-1 is not your run-of-the-mill enclosure. Most enclosures are all metal and don't include a fan or even a stand. The MX-1 is extremely lightweight and quieter than most enclosures I have used in the past. The option of using either USB or eSATA is a nice touch and keeps the MX-1 flexible while on the go."

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Abit AB9 Linux/Solaris Compatibility
"It was back in February that we originally looked at the AB9 motherboard from Abit; however, this P965 motherboard had a few problems that had prevented this motherboard from functioning well with Linux. But have things since improved for this motherboard? We now have our compatibility report for the Abit AB9 as we see if things have changed for the better or worse under Linux and Solaris."

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Creative Zen V Plus 8GB @ TrustedReviews
"In addition to its audio capabilities it can playback video, display photos, receive FM radio, record via a Line-in or internal microphone and even synchronise with your Outlook Contacts and Calendar information. If nothing else it makes for great press release material, but either way it’s difficult to deny that the Zen V Plus packs a lot into its sleek and compact casing."

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Toshiba SD-370E Upscaling DVD Player @ TrustedReviews
"You can now pick up an upscaling DVD deck for peanuts, even ones from big name brands as this £60 player from Toshiba demonstrates. The SD-370E boasts upscaling to 720p and 1080i (but not 1080p, which would have been remarkable for the money) and also boasts DivX playback, including v6 and video-on-demand (with a registration code)."

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Overclock3D Content: Sapphire X1950 Pro Dual
"ATI's AIB's are still awaiting r600 and whilst they wait many of them are filling"

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Wednesday, May 2, 2007
HP w2007 20-inch LCD Review @ Digital Trends
"HP's new w2007 20-inch widescreen display offers a vibrant picture and an attractive design that looks great in any settings."

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Mother's Day Gift Guide @ Digital Trends
"Wondering how much to spend? Studies have estimated that men will spend an average of nearly $170 USD on their mothers, whereas women are expected to spend roughly $110 USD. Of course, it's hard to put a price on a gift that will adequately communicate how much you love, respect, and appreciate your mom. As the saying goes,"

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Article: Customer Support - The Turbine Experience @ Bigbruin.com
"I have heard of problems with many of the current and past generations of MMOs (Massively Multiplayer Online games) on the market. Some of them are valid, some of them are not. Of course there is the old adage that you can't please everyone all the time, but I wonder if the developers/game operators even really try? While I can not personally speak to every MMO/Online Game out there, I can speak to Turbine's DDO (Dungeons and Dragons Online)..."

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I4U: Speed MV8 MP4 Player Review
"There are myriads of digital audio players out there. The Speed MV-8 is one of them and tries to compete with small size, broad feature offering and high quality implementation. The case of this DAP is made from metal and immediately reminded me on a Zippo lighter. The shape is also similar. Only the 2 inch color TFT screen with 65k colors and the buttons give the Speed MV-8 away."

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KDE 4.0 Live April Snapshot
"From a KDE SNV trunk snapshot on 04-18-07, we have a few KDE 4.0 screenshots to pass along today. Mind you that KDE 4.0 will not be released until later this year, but if you are interested in seeing how this desktop environment is shaping up, you can see for yourself today."

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra - top dog for now
"In the best traditions of upsetting the competitor, NVIDIA launches a faster-clocked GeForce 8800 to counteract any performance announcements for AMD's R600."

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Fujitsu Lifebook P7230 Notebook Review at XYZ Computing
"This review will be looking at Fujitsu's P7230 ultraportable. This tiny system is part of a new crop of ultraportable's that use LED backlighting in order to get great display performance while maintaining a long battery life. That is the main technological achievement of the system but it is by no means all it has going for it. The P7230 is built on an ultra mobile platform that includes an Intel Core Solo U1400 processor, an optical drive, and a 10.6" display. This smaller format factor allows for a very light weight and great portability but limits the power of the system as well as aspects that affect usability, like the size of the keyboard."

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Technic3D/Beantech BT-3045
"The Beantech BT-3045 RAID Subsystem Enclosure arrived Technic3D. Up to 5 SATA 300 3,5"

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Ultra E-Torque ATX Case at Modders-Inc
"The brushed aluminum front panel gives it a stylish and pleasing look. The E-Torque offers more than acceptable cooling utilizing two 120MM fans and the CPU duct / VGA vents. It also gives the user the 100% tool-less design, which makes installation a breeze."

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The $829 GeForce 8800 Ultra Video Card Arrives @ Legit Reviews
"The GeForce 8800 Ultra takes the world’s fastest GPU and pushes it further: with a core clock of 612 MHz, a shader clock of 1500MHz and a memory clock of 1080MHz. The GeForce 8800 Ultra costs 36% more and has a performance improvement of 10.7% over the GeForce 8800 GTX. Will consumers cough up 36% more for something ~11% faster? Only time will tell and since NVIDIA has a product that can't be beat by anything that ATI has on the market they have the ability to keep pushing prices up."

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Nvidia's GeForce 8800 Ultra reviewed @ bit-tech.net
"There’s nothing more to really say about GeForce 8800 Ultra without repeating ourselves. It’s definitely not a graphics card for everyone, but if you’re looking for the fastest graphics card on the planet and have a monitor that can show the benefits of its power, you don’t need to look much further than Nvidia’s GeForce 8800 Ultra."

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Why Apple Should Acquire AMD @ CoolTechZone.com
"Let’s face it. AMD is having quite a bit of financial problems in its race against Intel to grab more market share. Although AMD has done well, and I respect them for what they have accomplished considering the sheer difference in size between the top two chip makers, they need to be put out of their misery by a company that can either take AMD out of the Intel vs. AMD race or have enough capital to give it a significant boost."

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Get Rid of Crapware @ OSWeekly.com
"I have been noticing this horrendous trend for years - brand new PCs bundled with more shareware applications than you can shake a stick at. Even though some companies do indeed, offer straightforward Windows CDs without the extra trialware included, others still insist on giving you the Recovery CD-only option. This whole practice is outdated, annoying and sickening."

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The Desperate Need for New OS Alternatives @ OSWeekly.com
"With software, there’s room for competition, and the barriers to entry are rather small in a lot of cases. If a developer has a radical idea on how to improve a certain process and solve a problem that’s not met by other software titles, he can spend some time developing a solution, release it to the public, and if it’s good, acceptance will soon follow. This is part of what makes the software business so exciting. The principle of an open market may apply for applications, but does it also apply to operating systems? Not so much."

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Apple, Microsoft: Give Us Better OS Upgrades @ OSWeekly.com
"When you purchase software or hardware that contains software, do you think it’s reasonable to expect free updates to the software? In many cases, this does make sense, but it doesn’t always apply. For example, if a software developer releases a patch that fixes some bugs and other issues that are a part of the software that you purchased, then it’s only right that you receive that update for free. However, if the update includes new features and consists of an updated version, then you may not be entitled to the new goodies unless free updates for a certain period of time are a part of your software registration."

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Icy Dock MB448UR: 2.5\'\' IDE Removable Hard Drive Rack @ Bjorn3D
"Imagine if your laptop suddenly died due to an overheated processor or a burned out motherboard or a broken AC adapter. What are you going to do with all that precious data on the hard drive? Well, the first thing you'll probably do is panic. Then, maybe you'll kick yourself, and maybe even swear some profanity to the laptop maker. And all because you're not doing a routine backup of your data. Okay, after all that panic and all that anger is released, it’s time to find a solution to retrieve your valuable data. One solution would be to take your laptop to data recovery professionals and have them charge you an insane amount of money just to retrieve your data. Or you can just buy a laptop hard drive converter which allows you to read the hard drive data on your desktop either via the USB or IDE. Well, that’s exactly what the ICY Dock’s MB448UR comes to play."

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Hot Gadgets! Scythe 18-in-1 USB 2.0 FDD & Card Reader Combo
"So you go out and get a floppy drive and maybe even just install it for OS installations then put it away. But what if you could get some added functionality from your device? Would that make a difference? After all, floppy drives are pretty handy for BIOS flashes and hardware firmware updates too. Enter Scythe, a company that has been around since late 2002 and are well known for their cooling products. Its aim is to give the DIY crowd something workable at a reasonable price. One of Scythe's latest projects was to create a device that works with a lot of different media types but also includes the functionality of a floppy drive. Basically the YD-8V08 is a 3.5-inch device that combines a card reader (18 formats according to the marketing media) and a floppy drive. Does it all work together? Read on to see for yourself."

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3RSystem R240 "Zion" Mid-Tower Enclosure with LCD display
"One of the big selling points of this enclosure is going to be cost. With a MSRP of only US$66, this makes an excellent choice for an entry level case. Granted, it is not the best on the market, but from a price versus performance viewpoint, it does well for itself. Add in the fresh look of the front display and you have got yourself a decent find on your hands. Bottom line... If you are a budding enthusiast or are a value minded person and are looking for something that provides both serviceability and a unique look at a very reasonable price, the 3RSystem R240 may be just what the doctor ordered. If, on the other hand, you are an experienced builder or are looking for something a bit more high-end, you will be better served by looking elsewhere."

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Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Olympus Stylus 770 SW Review @ Digital Trends
"The Olympus Stylus 770 SW is waterproof down to 33ft and is tough enough to be dropped from 5ft up. But does it take good pictures?"

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Beginners Guides: 104 Tech Tips for Windows XP
"PCSTATS is pleased to present this latest installment of our Windows XP Tips collection. This guide brings you 104 ways to make using Windows XP faster, safer and more enjoyable. Combined with our first two tips articles,101 Tech Tips and 99 Performance Tweaks, PCSTATS now has over 300 of the best tips for Microsoft Windows XP assembled in one place!"

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: ASUS EN8800GTX AquaTank - the fastest in the world?
"ASUS partners up with Thermaltake to launch the ultimate GeForce 8800 GTX. The best in the business or a design that could have been executed better?"

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Overclock3D Content: OCZ Reaper HPC PC2-8500 2GB DDR2 Kit
"With heatpipe technology becoming a very popular way of passively cooling modern PC components it's no surprise that several memory manufacturers have started using this design on their modules. Today I'll be taking a look at OCZ's first memory kit utilizing this design - the Reaper HPC's."

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LapWorks Aluminum Desktop Stand @ DragonSteelMods
" Today, I will be looking at LapWorks newest product – the Aluminum Desktop Stand for Notebooks. Sure the name doesn’t roll off the tongue, but you know right away what you are getting. Let’s get started…. "

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eVGA GeForce 7600 GS 512MB Video Card @ Legit Reviews
"The EVGA 7600 GS 512MB represents a great value in add-in card graphics with a good gaming experience, great warranty, excellent build quality, and the option to upgrade the card within 3 months if you feel the need..."

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Seagate Momentus 7200.2 160GB SATA Hard Drive Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Seagate Momentus 7200.2 160GB SATA Hard Drive model ST9160823ASG offers strong performance for a 2.5" form factor drive, and manages to do so while remaining cool and quiet. The testing portion of the review confirmed the performance and low temperature operation, but what has not yet been mentioned is that the drive is very quiet. The specifications indicate that it produces between 2.5 and 2.9 bels between idle and load, and although that might not mean much to many people out there, it translates to whisper quiet."

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TRENDnet TEW-631BRP @ TrustedReviews
"The TEW-631BRP offers a quartet of switched Fast Ethernet LAN ports and its RJ-45 WAN port means you’ll be needing a separate cable or ADSL modem equipped with an Ethernet port. ADSL users who don’t want to incur the extra expense might want to check out Netgear’s DG834N, which comes with an integral ADSL2/2+ modem and can be had for only a few pounds more. The router is available for around £85, while its accompanying PC Card can be found for around £70."

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Joost: a first look @ bit-tech.net
"As it stands, the service is a great start looking for some added features before it goes prime-time. To me, this is a bit more like a late alpha than a late beta, as it is still too close to"

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SteelSound 3H Headset @ Bjorn3D
"Whether a frequent LAN goer or the family computer happens to share the bedroom, there are plenty of reasons why a good quality headset might be needed. 105mm Howitzer fire going off at 1am on a Monday morning with your window wide open and your neighbor’s bedroom about ten feet away would be an ideal example! The SteelSound 3H we have for this review is the most economical headset offered by SteelSeries. Nonetheless these are marketed as a “professional gaming headset”, therefore I will test them accordingly."

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BFG Tech GeForce 8600GTS OC - SLI Performance Analysis
"Someone asked me the other day if I thought SLI was just a marketing gimmick or a real technology that is actually worth considering. SLI is a great upgrade option for a lot of people, especially now with a large amount of SLI motherboards available for the impressive Intel Core 2 Duo processor lineup. Generally unless you are buying top of the line graphics cards like the GeForce 8800GTS or GTX, going out and buying a pair of lower-end cards for SLI is not really what we would consider good value for money. What the extra dollars equate to means that you could get a faster single card solution and not have to worry about some games not supporting SLI. The technology is best when implemented with someone buying a card like the new GeForce 8600GTS today, and then three months down the track, when they have some extra dollars, add a second card into the mix."

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I4U: Saitek Obsidian Wireless Mouse Review
"In the hand the Saitek Obsidian is wider and lower profile than typical mice such as those from Logitech. Battery life is very good with one battery lasting my entire work day, and I use the mouse very heavily. I would peg battery life at about 6 hours which is right on par with the Logitech G7 that I normally use."

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Article: Extending the Life of Your Laptop Battery @ Bigbruin.com
"Despite the ongoing evolution of battery technology, there are limits to their usage, and that leads to a discussion of ways to preserve and improve battery functionality. We can start by discussing what a battery is, how it works, and the different types of batteries in use today. Even though battery performance declines over time, it is possible to prolong per-charge and overall battery life by taking simple steps."

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