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Friday, October 31, 2008
Vantec NexStar 3i HDD Enclosure @ techPowerUp
"In today's market there are plenty of external hard disk enclosures to choose from, with a variety of colors, styles and features to set them apart. The Vantec NexStar 3i has some inherent qualities that definitely sets it apart from the rest. With fast read speeds and power saving features, read to find out more on how the Vantec NexStar 3i fares against the rest of the pack."

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MeWe Quad Charger Docking Station for Nintendo Wii Review
"Today we are looking at the MeWe Quad Charging Station. The device allows four Wii Remotes to be docked and converts them to rechargeable power with four new battery doors and four rechargeable battery packs. The kit is rather large, but it works very well and is perfect for the frequent Wii user to keep their controllers charged."

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ATI All-In-Wonder HD Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"Overall I feel that the ATI All-In-Wonder HD is a great card for the casual gamer that is looking to upgrade their aging video card and would like to add HD content playback to their system. The bundled software is wonderful for anyone not planning to use Vista Media Center. There is little to dislike about the card, it is very quiet in operation and under the highest HD mode of operation the system uses less than 125W. Since so little power is used the video card stays nice and cool..."

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Fedora 7 to 10 Benchmarks
"Earlier this week we published benchmarks of all Ubuntu releases from 7.04 to the release candidate and had found the performance degraded with time, at least with the test system we used. As part of our testing to explore this issue, we had repeated many of the same tests on Fedora with all of their releases going back to Fedora 7. Has Fedora's desktop performance degraded too? Read the article to find out."

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Eagle Tech ET-CS2LSU2-BK (2.5\'\' SATA To USB Enclosure) @ Bjorn3D
"Recently, we have come across a very nice external storage enclosure from Eagle Tech, the ET-CS2LSU2-BK. This is an enclosure that will house a 2.5’’ SATA hard drive. It features a USB port and a nice sleek look. Today, we will put this cool-looking enclosure to the test and see if its performance can match its elegant look."

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Thursday, October 30, 2008
Sumo Lounge SumoSac Sultan Beanbag Chair Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Looking to get comfy for a long gaming session, or to just chill in front of your TV for a Family Guy marathon? Then Sumo Lounge thinks they have just the thing that you’re looking for. Their SumoSac Sultan beanbag chair is even bigger than some of their original Sumo products, and it promises to be your new comfy chair."

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Samsung Highnote Review @ Digital Trends
"Highnote, the nom de plume of Samsung's latest Sprint phone (officially the SPH-m630), is sort of a double entendre. The clever moniker implies that the Highnote is both a musically-oriented phone and that it's a superior phone. But ironically, the thing - this EV-DO handset with access to Sprint's TV services and A-GPS - does least well is audio playback. Actually, that's not an entirely true statement - the reality is that it handles catchy tunes fine. Rather, it's the machinations you have to weed through to get to your music that strikes a sour note. On the bright side though, if you're unconcerned with music, the Highnote is an otherwise attractive, highly-customizable (albeit not great-sounding) full-featured cell phone with some clever design and interface elements. You also get it all for only $99.99 after the usual contract stipulations."

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Antec Skeleton - Open Air Case Review in Metku.net
"Skeleton really is something new in Antec's catalog. They call it an Open Air Case and it is aimed at the enthusiast market. The case has an unique design, which is designed to give lots of airflow onto the motherboard area in addition to making changing components a walk in the park. Atleast on paper the Skeleton looks great, but how does it perform in real-life?"

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Palit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition 512MB Review @ Legit Reviews
"Anyone can slap on an aftermarket heatsink and call it a day but Palit's implementation of two BIOS chips on this video card was a welcome improvement. I am notorious for killing video cards and I've had my fair share of video cards that I've bricked from bad BIOS flashes so having two BIOS chips on the card doesn't immediately render it useless after a bad flash. Palit features two BIOS profiles, one with stock clocks and one slightly overclocked. The stock clocks are 750MHz on the core and 950MHz on the memory. Palit bumps this up to 775MHz on the core and 1000MHz on the memory for a modest and safe overclock..."

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SilverPower SP-S850 Power Supply @ Bjorn3D
"There's a new entry into the U.S. computer power supply market from across the pond called SilverPower. They are being brought to us by Tagan Technology Co., USA, which shares with SilverPower the same parent company, MaxPoint. Headquartered in Germany, MaxPoint describes the SilverPower brand as being a full range and nice priced series. Hmmm. Can you say budget brand auf Deutsch? Es ist haushalt marke."

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Thecus N4100 Pro NAS Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Once again, Thecus has shown us an impressive product with the N4100 Pro. The setup process from start to finish was easy enough for a novice, but there are many additional features that advanced users will enjoy tweaking as well."

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Logitech Pure-Fi Anytime iPod Alarm Clock Review
"Today we are looking at the Logitech Pure-Fi Anytime iPod charging alarm clock. The device has dual alarms and a motion sensitive snooze function. If you are looking for a new iPod dock for the bedroom, the Logitech Pure-Fi Anytime may be perfect. All dockable iPod and iPhone models are supported and non-dockable iPod models and other MP3 players are supported via a 3.5mm jack on the rear of the device."

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Asus G50VT Gaming Laptop Review @ Digital Trends
"Asus' G50Vt rolls an impressive array of hardware into a bulky-but-inexpensive package, with a heavy-handed dose of flair smeared on top. While the style might not be for everyone, and battery life makes its wall adapter an essential umbilical cord for use, it offers a very reasonably priced and playable system for those who want to game on the go without dropping thousands on pricy boutique systems."

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Creative HS-1200 Wireless Headset review in Metku.net
"Wireless really is one of the buzz-words in the business at the moment. It seems like anything wireless is cool nowadays. Sure wireless hardware will cut down on the cable-clutter that we often find on our desks, but will this come without a cost?"

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Vidabox Premium Wireless Keyboard @ techPowerUp
"With HTPC's gaining more and more in popularity, various input devices and peripherals for them are becoming a more integral part of the market. With many options to choose from for keyboards, mice and the combination of both, it's hard to come to a conclusion on what suits the HTPC best. Vidabox may have an answer with their Vidabox Premium Wireless Keybaord w/ laser trackball as an all in one solution."

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JayBird JB-200 Bluetooth Stereo Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
"The JayBird JB-200 Stereo Bluetooth Headset is one of the best Bluetooth stereo headsets we have tried here at Legit Reviews. The JayBird engineers designed a very capable headset for those looking to keep the music going while enjoying their favorite activities..."

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AMD's X-Video Bitstream Acceleration
"In early September we shared that UVD2 and XvMC is coming to Linux and that two new library files had begun shipping with the ATI Catalyst driver: AMDXvBA and XvBAW. Earlier this month the Unified Video Decoding 2 (UVD2) support was then enabled by default in the Catalyst 8.10 driver. These video acceleration improvements to the ATI Linux driver aren't exactly end-user friendly yet, but today we have information on how those interested can begin using the X-Video Motion Compensation extension with their ATI hardware along with what the XvBA extension will provide users in regards to advanced video acceleration that is very similar to Microsoft's DirectX Video Acceleration."

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MSI HD 4670 @ Bjorn3D
"The mid-range video card segment has been booming lately compared to just a few years ago when the HD 2600 and GeForce 8600 series were launched by ATI and Nvidia respectively. There was a huge gap then between the mid-range cards and the much more expensive high-end cards. This hole is being filled currently with the ATI HD 3670 and HD 3650 along with the 8800 GS, 9600 GT, and 9600 GSO from Nvidia. Now, ATI has engineered more cards to fill this gap with the HD 4650 and the HD 4670. Today we have the HD 4670 by MSI. This card hopes to keep money in your pocket while giving you great gaming performance."

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Aerocool Aeroracer Pro Mid-Tower ATX Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"AeroCool's AeroRacer Pro turned out to be a mixed bag. I like the exterior finish treatment and the overall look of the case. The cooling performance was very good although I think a few minor tweaks could enhance the airflow while reducing audible noise. I even like the large power button with its chrome bezel and blue backlighting, but the “ENGINE START” business seems a bit gratuitous to me."

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sansa SlotMusic Player Review @ Digital Trends
"SanDisk's slotMusic Initiative attempts to resuscitate physical media by substituting microSD cards preloaded with music for conventional CDs. While the distribution network might be shaky, the $20 slotMusic MP3 player designed to work with it actually functions as an admirably simple microSD MP3 player, whether you buy your music from SanDisk or not. On the bang-for-the-buck scale, it's hard to contest a solid player cheaper than dinner or a night on the town, but more advanced users eying the player on price alone might be better off looking elsewhere."

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Scythe Kama Bay Amplifier @ techPowerUp
"The Scythe Kama Bay Amplifier is made for all of you who want to use a pair of efficient passive speakers along with your PC without having to shell out the big bucks. Priced at only € 50 this amp could easily become an integrated part of your rig offering very solid performance for its price."

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MSI N9800GT GeForce 9800 GT 512MB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"In the time I’ve had to spend with this card, I haven’t really found much to dislike about it. The card has performed well in Folding@Home and in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Of course, I didn’t try to push the card to ridiculous resolutions, as gamers that own 24” or 30” monitors probably aren’t looking at sub-$120 video card to run them. Even with Crysis Warhead, where I thought the card could stumble and fall, as many higher priced cards did with the original Crysis, the 9800GT from MSI was able to play the game fairly smoothly at 1280x1024."

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A Closer Look At Red Hat's Plymouth
"Back in July we shared Red Hat's intentions to replace RHGB with Plymouth, a new graphical boot process that is able to benefit from the latest Linux graphics capabilities. Red Hat engineers had primarily designed Plymouth around a forthcoming feature we've talked about quite a bit known as kernel mode-setting, which provides end-users with a cleaner and flicker-free boot experience. In September in The State of Kernel Mode-Setting we then shared more information on Plymouth along with a brief video. Most recently we published another video of Plymouth that shows the tighter integration between the boot process and starting the GNOME Display Manager. Today though we are looking at Plymouth and its different plug-ins along with providing a few more videos."

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Thermalright TRUE Black 120 @ Bjorn3D
"As CPU thermal output is on the increase, heatsink companies are continually seeking new and improved thermal solutions. This time, Thermalright has sent us a TRUE Black 120. The TRUE Black 120 certainly doesn't disappoint in the looks department; with its shiny black finish and admirable towering posture, it doesn't cease to amaze. But no matter how good it looks, we certainly can't forget the most important aspect of an HSF: cooling performance. So does the performance hold up to the looks? Stick around as we find out."

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WolfKing Trooper MVP Gaming Mouse Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Next time you're out shopping for a gaming mouse, definitely take the Trooper MVP into consideration. It has enough buttons and DPI levels to keep many different types of gamers satisfied, but the main advantage I found over comparable mice was comfort. The ergonomics of the mouse are exceptional which prevents cramping and other issues over long periods of use."

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Nextar M3-MX GPS Gadget Review
"Today we are looking at the Nextar M3-MX GPS unit that features maps of the US and Mexico. The device is accurate and has great maps. Even rural dirt roads and new neighborhoods were listed in the map database. GPS fixes were fast and overall accuracy is very good."

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Microsoft Sidewinder X6 Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"Over the past few years, gaming on the PC has transformed from a niche hobby to a market in and of itself. More and more gaming-grade devices come out each year. Some accessories are just hype or a means to squeeze a few extra dollars out of unsuspecting customers whereas others genuinely make the gaming experience that much better. At the same time gaming hardware has also come to be synonymous with expensive hardware as gaming hardware frequently pushes the current norms and standards to their limits of usability, functionality and style (or taste in the worst case scenario). The Microsoft Sidewinder X6 tries to be the keyboard for the gamer's gamer. It features the ability to program 90 macros using 6 proprietary buttons, the number pad, and 3 banks. It has backlighting for playing the dark, cruise control, on the fly macro programming, large knobs for volume and backlight control and audio shortcut buttons. It features keys designed for quick presses and fast action. Does it deliver? Read on and Benchmark Reviews will deliver the scoop."

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Monday, October 27, 2008
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Review @ Digital Trends
"While the MacBook Pro hasn't grown a metallic shell from its plastic roots like its tiny little brother the MacBook, the grandfather of Apple's signature notebook line hasn't grown a year older without an update, either. The Pro picks up a bigger version of the one-piece aluminum shell that little brother also gets, along with faster hardware, an LED-backlit screen, and the biggest news, an enormous multi-touch trackpad with zero exterior buttons - the whole thing depresses to act as one giant button. Read on to see why the retooled 15-inch MacBook Pro is quite possibly Apple's finest notebook yet. We can't wait to see what suprises Apple has in store for their next revision of the 17-inch MacBook Pro."

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St. Louis LAN Gaming - Warfactory LAN 2008 @ Legit Reviews
"The Warfactory LAN had 51 computers in the BYOC during the seven hours that we were on hand on Saturday. This was a little smaller than we expected as past local events had 112 people in 2004 and 72 people in 2005, but Warfactory still had a strong sponsorship of the event..."

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Ubuntu 7.04 to 8.10 Benchmarks: Is Ubuntu Getting Slower?
"With the release of Ubuntu 8.10 coming out later this week we decided to use this opportunity to explore how the performance of this desktop Linux operating system has evolved over the past few releases. We performed clean installations of Ubuntu 7.04, Ubuntu 7.10, Ubuntu 8.04, and Ubuntu 8.10 on a Lenovo ThinkPad T60 notebook and used the Phoronix Test Suite to run 35 tests on each release that covered nine different areas of the system. After spending well more than 100 hours running these tests, the results are now available and our findings may very well surprise you."

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Crucial Ballistix Tracers DDR3 1333 4 Gig Kit (2x2Gig) @ Bjorn3D
"Let's face it, DDR2 memory, while it's been a reliable product, is getting a little long in the tooth. Many of us have been looking to DDR3 for the next evolution of DDR. When the new Intel processors arrive, if you want to drive one of those bad boys, DDR3 is your only option. Though it took a while for DDR2 to be accepted and fully utilized, DDR3 is on a little faster track. When the Intel Integrated Memory Controllers in the new Nehalem chip make their entry into the market, DDR3 will come of age and be all the rage."

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Cooler Master Hyper Z600-R Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Cooler Master has a real winner in their new Hyper Z600R CPU cooler. Whether used actively, with the included 120mm blue LED fan, or passively you'll get top-notch performance and beautiful aesthetics. The X-shaped Hyper with its decorative top cover makes quite an impression and its large size and six heatpipes seem to provide the one-two punch that beats down high CPU temperatures."

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Sunday, October 26, 2008
Panasonic HDC-SD100 HD Camcorder Review @ Digital Trends
"You know the drill-HDD and flash memory-based high-def camcorders are hot as blank tape and disc models fall out of favor. Recently we reviewed two newly introduced hard disc drive editions-the JVC GZ-HD40 and Canon Vixia HG21. Now it's Panasonic's turn for a new AVCHD high-def model but this one only records to SDHC cards. Since there's no drive, disc or tape mechanism it's incredibly compact and lightweight (13.4 ounces loaded versus 19 for the HG21). And after getting a world of grief from reviewers including yours truly, the company has moved from a trio of CCD chips to three CMOS sensors. Hopefully this will bring Panasonic back into the game but there's a lot more to camcorders than imaging devices. Let's see if our friends from Osaka have something to cheer about-or if they have to go back to the drawing board."

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Lian Li PC-A7010 @ techPowerUp
"The Lian Li PC-A7010 takes many of the features found in the Armorsuite or X2000 and wraps it into a sophisticated, but understatement clean look. Every feature within the case aims for ease of use, reliability and to deliver a quiet computing experience."

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NVIDIA Delivers Beta OpenGL 3.0 Linux Driver
"The OpenGL 3.0 and GLSL 1.30 specification were released back in August during SIGGRAPH 2008. Just days later NVIDIA had delivered a beta driver for Windows that added OpenGL 3.0 functionality, but Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris users were left in the dark. Two months later though NVIDIA has now published a beta Linux driver that implements most of the latest GL/GLSL specification."

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Saturday, October 25, 2008
Atomic Bass for iPhone with Mic Review
"Today we are looking at the Atomic Bass earphones with Mic for the Apple iPhone and iPhone 3G. The headset has the same great bass as the normal Atomic Bass earphones. The difference is the inclusion of a mic for iPhone users so calls can be answered from the earphones. Overall quality for the device is top notch."

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AMD X4 9950 BE (125W) @ Bjorn3D
"On thing to note about the Phenom X4 9950 BE is that AMD has two versions of the processor with a thermal envelope of 125W and 140W. The processor we have received is actually the newer 125W version of the X4 Phenom 9950 BE with label HD995ZXAJ4BGH. There is a 140W version available on the market for about $10~$15 cheaper with the label HD995ZFAJ4BG."

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Friday, October 24, 2008
Apple MacBook 13-inch Review @ Digital Trends
"The biggest news on Apple's latest MacBook update may also be the most obvious: it's not plastic anymore. Apple has canned the old (and iconic) white MacBook look in favor of a new unibody aluminum design that makes the MacBook and its larger brother, the MacBook Pro, much tougher to distinguish now. The company has also nixed another extraneous button with the complete removal of any mouse buttons, replacing them with a mammoth touchpad that actually acts as one giant button, and pulls the same multi-touch tricks as Apple's iPhone, opening the door to all sorts of convenient shortcuts. While these major changes, along with a handful of smaller ones like an LED-backlit LCD screen, help make the notebook one of the best looking and most solid we've ever laid eyes on it, its price takes a hike accordingly as well."

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4550 512MB
"Over the past few months we have looked at several Sapphire graphics cards including the Radeon HD 4670, Radeon HD 4850 Toxic, Radeon HD 4870, and Radeon HD 4870 Toxic Vapor-X. All of these cards have performed quite well on Linux with the Catalyst Linux driver and there is even open-source support for these R700 series graphics cards, except that goes without any hardware acceleration at this time. The graphics cards introduced up to this point though haven't exactly been cheap, but ATI has now introduced their low-end graphics cards for the Radeon HD 4000 series. With Sapphire being a key ATI partner, they have of course introduced news models accordingly. What we have our hands on today is the Sapphire Radeon HD 4550 512MB, which is a PCI Express graphics card that retails for a mere $50~60 USD."

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Blu-Ray Performance - Intel X4500HD Versus Radeon HD 4830 @ Legit Reviews
"The first movie to be tested was Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. This title is MPEG-4 (H.264) and has Dobly True HD 5.1 handling the audio side of things. The Intel DG45ID motherboard with X4500HD onboard graphics needed to use the CPU more during playback as it averaged 35% CPU usage to play the movie. With the Radeon HD 4830 graphics card installed in the system the average CPU usage lowered to just 9%, which is a 74% reduction in CPU usage..."

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OCZ PC3-16000 NVIDIA SLI-Ready Edition @ Bjorn3D
"Things are about to change in desktop memory. DDR3, which has been getting a bad rap from Intel users, is about to bloom into its heyday. DDR3 memory will run on pre-Nehalem series CPU's, but it was really designed with Intel's Nehalem in mind. People who scoffed at DDR3 as not being much better than DDR2 will soon have their noses rubbed in it in a big way."

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Corsair Dominator Series 4 GB DDR2 Kit 1066 MHz CL5 @ techPowerUp
"The Corsair Dominator Series of 4 GB kits does not only manage to deliver a great overclock but also offers exceptional performance at lower speed settings, making this a kit for almost every scenario. Its attractive price of $125 is a very affordable way to get into the 4 GB club while still being able to run serious overclocks."

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Thursday, October 23, 2008
AMD Radeon HD 4830 512MB Graphics Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"AMD has done a great job bringing the Radeon HD 4000 series to market and they now offer a product at every price point available and the offerings are impressive. The AMD Radeon HD 4830 was found to be a solid performing graphics card that was able to play current game titles at decent resolutions with many image quality settings cranked up. How can you complain with the performance numbers on the Radeon HD 4830 when the price point is only $129?"

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Hot Wheels Turbo Driver Controller Review
"Today we are looking at a game controller from Hot Wheels called the Turbo Driver Controller. The controller connects with Car-Tridges that allow kids to get additional cars to race in an exclusive game for the controller. The controller can also be used to play games on HotWheels.com. Installation of the controller only requires a single USB port."

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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 260 AMP2! Edition @ Benchmark Reviews
"Well the smoke has cleared, the dust settled and most of the rumors and hype have been laid to rest with regard to the first phase of NVIDIA's launch. For the last month or so the revised editions of the GTX 200 series are beginning to appear. Today at Benchmark Reviews it is our pleasure to review the Zotac GeForce GTX 260 AMP2! Edition. This graphics solution reputedly takes the GTX 260 to the next level of performance primarily due to NVIDIA's second generation architecture coupled the addition of 24 streaming processors, upping the total to 216. We fully intend to focus all our technology and energy to either prove or disprove that allegation."

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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 260 AMP²! Edition @ Benchmark Reviews
"Well the smoke has cleared, the dust settled and most of the rumors and hype have been laid to rest with regard to the first phase of NVIDIA's launch. For the last month or so the revised editions of the GTX 200 series are beginning to appear. Today at Benchmark Reviews it is our pleasure to review the Zotac GeForce GTX 260 AMP2! Edition. This graphics solution reputedly takes the GTX 260 to the next level of performance primarily due to NVIDIA's second generation architecture coupled the addition of 24 streaming processors, upping the total to 216. We fully intend to focus all our technology and energy to either prove or disprove that allegation."

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AMD's ATI Radeon HD 4830 512M @ techPowerUp
"Today AMD launches their new HD 4830 Series. The cards come with a reduced shader count of 640 and lower clocks to fit into the $100 to $150 segment. In our testing we saw amazing overclocking of over 30% which should bring the card much closee to more expensive solutions."

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PowerColor Radeon HD 4830 512 MB @ techPowerUp
"PowerColor's new HD 4830 features the same 640 shader pipes as the AMD reference design, but comes with a big dual-slot cooler. Also new is a native HDMI output which supports HDCP and 7.1 channel audio. Thanks to a PowerColor designed PCB the card will retail about $10 cheaper than the reference design from AMD."

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Top 10 Most Overhyped Tech Products @ Digital Trends
"Blogs gush about them. PR campaigns blow millions on them. News anchors announce their arrival like they're members of state. And the rest of us suffer when they utterly fail to deliver. They're overhyped tech products, and unfortunately, we've run across quite a few of them through the years. Here are a few of our favorites, or at least, the ones we most bitterly remember."

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Apple iPod Touch 32GB Review @ Digital Trends
"With the second generation of its benchmark-setting iPod Touch, Apple has managed to move the gold standard in personal music players yet another notch forward. Though existing touch owners may not find the list of upgrades compelling enough to spur a pricy upgrade, shoppers looking for the most well-rounded, sleek and capable PMP on the market will find the second generation iPod Touch close to perfection."

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bit-tech News: Nvidia GPUs support DX10.1 features in Far Cry 2
"//The Ubisoft team wanted to enhance the anti-aliasing through the reading of the multisampled depth Z-buffers, explained Vincent Greco, Worldwide Production Technical Coordinator at Ubisoft."

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SilverStone Sugo SG04
"Last year we had looked at the SilverStone Sugo SG03 and found it to be a phenomenal successor to the Sugo SG01 Evolution and it had went on to receive our Editor's Choice Award. Since the release of the SG03, SilverStone had decided to release the Sugo SG02 in the United States, which was a budget version of the SG01 and their most affordable chassis to date. Now though SilverStone has made a few improvements to the SG03 design and they have released the Sugo SG04. The SG04 takes the same design as the SG03 but it improves the cooling potential of the case, adds a case handle, and improves a few other aspects of this case. In this article we are looking at the SilverStone SST-SG04B-H as well as the SilverStone NT06 Evolution heatsink."

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Microsoft SideWinder X5 Mouse Review
"Today we are checking out the Microsoft SideWinder X5 gaming mouse. The mouse offers nice features like programmable buttons and macro recording capability. Sensitivity for the mouse is adjustable and up to 2000 DPI. There are much more sensitive gaming mice on the market from other manufacturers, but the X5 may be a good alternative for some gamers."

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Sapphire Toxic Radeon HD4850 Videocard Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Overall, Sapphire's attempt to make an already fast card pack even more punch while keeping it cool and quiet can easily be summed to be a success. Sapphire's TOXIC HD4850 version blends a good amount of looking cool while running remarkably cool as well."

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Swiftech MCP655 (adjustable) Pump @ Bjorn3D
"Central Processing Units tend to run really hot when you're overclocking. There are some really good air cooling solutions available out there, but for some of us it's just not good enough. Wanting to squeeze every last drop of performance out of a piece of equipment drives us. Running thermoelectric solutions leads to really exhaustive moisture prevention control methods that most of us just don't want to deal with. A viable alternative to air cooling and thermoelectric cooling is water cooling."

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Thermaltake Ram Orb Memory cooler (+ Gskill DDR3 1800) Review @ XtremeComputing
"Thermaltake have sent us some of their aftermarket RamOrb RAM coolers, but the package that we were sent for this review was rather unusual, in being that Thermaltake have partnered with GSkill and the RamOrbs came installed complete with 2GB DDR3 at 1800Mhz of GSkill memory (which was a very nice realisation when it was discovered)."

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Rexus PST-3 Digital Power Supply Tester @ Legit Reviews
"Today I thought that it would be interesting to review something that doesn't get much attention, a power supply tester. This is one of those products that does not get sent out for review much, but is often used by those that work on computers for a living as it is a quick and simple diagnostic tool that can be easily used at the shop or on the road. Power supply testers have come a long way since 2005 and the days of having just a green or red LED light to tell you the status of the power supply are long gone..."

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Cooler Master UCP 1100W 88%+ Efficient Power Supply @ Bjorn3D
"Cooler Master is a well known brand when it comes to cooling products and even gained a following with cases after the introduction of the old CM Stacker chassis. With many versions launched since then, Cooler Master has recently looked to create a truly enthusiast level following that isn’t typically associated with their name. They started with the Cosmos and more recently the nice Cosmos S case that only an enthusiast would possibly be interested in (and pay full price for!), then they moved to their current range of power supplies and decided to create an entirely new model, the UCP series."

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Logitech Z Cinema Advanced Surround Sound System Review
"Surround sound is a great way to get more enjoyment out of the movies and other digital content on your PC. Some people just don’t have the room for a full surround sound system. For this type of user, the Logitech Z Cinema Advanced Surround Sound System could be perfect. The system offers surround sound without the need for rear speakers and connects to your PC with only one USB connection. Sound quality is great and the system includes a full media center remote."

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Microsoft Sidewinder X5 Gaming Mouse ARB-00001 @ BmR
"Figuring out what makes a good gaming mouse is always difficult. The mouse is definitely one of the most varied input devices around for computers. You find all sorts of different types of mice on the market for both gaming and regular usage. The biggest tenets of what makes a mouse good appear to be comfort and reliability. Enter the Microsoft Sidewinder X5 gaming mouse. This mouse goes for comfort by designing the mouse with the contours of a human hand in mind. It includes 2 customizable thumb buttons and a Vista shortcut button. It also features a laser tracking sensor that is capable of precision up to 2000 dpi with 3 custom dpi settings that you can change within the Intellitype software. We at Benchmark Reviews will give you the low down on this mouse."

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Monday, October 20, 2008
Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-ray Player Review @ Digital Trends
"HD-DVD's fatal fall at the beginning of 2008 kick-started the race to build players that meet mass demand with consumer-friendly price tags. Samsung's BD-P1500 is among the first to challenge the $400 low water mark set by the PlayStation 3 with an even lower retail price of $299. A recent update from Samsung has added BD Profile 2.0 support to the player, bringing it up to speed with its pricier competitors, and making it solid and affordable choice for average home theater buyers looking to break into Blu-ray."

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Gskill PI series 6400 DDR2 @ Bjorn3D
"With DDR3 memory becoming cheaper and getting more and more popular, it's good to see memory manufacture's like G.skill still improving DDR2 memory modules. They are making them perform better using less voltage, while also improving the cooling of DDR2 memory modules. We are going to look at a set of memory modules that fits this catagory from G.skill, the PI Black series memory PC26400 DDR2 800MHz 4-4-4-12 with 1.9 volts. So let's take a look at how well they performed."

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Cooler Master V8 Giant CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The V8 outperformed all the coolers in the comparison, although not by much in a couple of cases. Frankly, I expected a bit better performance out of a cooler of this immense size, particularly at full fan speed. But, there's no question that this is a very good cooling solution."

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Sunday, October 19, 2008
T-Mobile G1 Review @ Digital Trends
"Apple's iPhone finally has a worthy rival. The T-Mobile G1, due to go on sale Oct. 22, is the first phone to run on Google's fun, flexible and functional open source Android mobile operating system. Although the G1 is not as sleek or as well integrated as the iPhone - after all, its hardware and software come from two different places - it actually out-performs the iPhone in several ways. But the G1 is held back by T-Mobile's less than ubiquitous 3G HSDPA network and no iTunes-like universal syncing software, both solvable problems. In spite of these current deficiencies, the G1 is arguably the most facile portable device ever devised. At least, that is, until the next Android phone with upgraded software arrives."

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Nikon D90 Review @ Digital Trends
"Who would've thought? Nikon, a decidedly still image capture company, was the first to design a D-SLR that takes high-definition video. Until now, no D-SLR could capture video of any type unlike point-and-shoot digicams which have taken clips for years. This breakthrough is pretty startling. One would've thought Sony or Panasonic-true video outfits-would have blazed this trail but it was venerable Nikon of 35mm film fame. Soon after the D90 was announced, archrival Canon unveiled the EOS 5D Mark II D-SLR which also takes HD clips. This monster, due late November, is a 21.1-megapixel full frame D-SLR while the D90 is only a 12.3MP APS-C sized sensor edition. In other words, the 5D Mark II is a completely different animal and costs many times more than the $999 USD D90. (Actually it's 2.7 times more as the new 5D is $2,699 for the body only). Still-on paper--this new Nikon has many things going for it: 12.3MP resolution, 4.5 frames per second burst shooting, 3200 ISO, a nice 3-inch LCD screen as well as the ability to record 1280 x 720-pixel HD video at 24 fps. Now let's see if the D90 is a winner."

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Motorola Krave ZN4 Review @ Digital Trends
"Motorola has entered the touchscreen market (read: iPhone clone wars) with its Krave ZN4, available from Verizon. The handset's primary contribution to the cell phone technology war is its"

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Friday, October 17, 2008
Nextar I4-BC GPS Review @ Digital Trends
"Jack of all trades and master of none"

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Sunnytek Mobile Mini Backplane Review @ Legit Reviews
"With the laptop market growing in leaps in bounds over the last few years, the call for mobile external storage is sure to grow with it. SunnyTek has attempted to bridge the gap with its Mini Mobile Back Plane. As SSDs become more commonplace in laptops, the call for larger external storage will grow even more. For those early adopters of the SSD technology, we are often pigeon-held with small hard drives, which for the most part can only store the operating system, so an external hard drive is a must if you want to store more than a few documents. SunnyTek has set the bar high with its mini mobile back plane external hard drive caddy, offering many useful feature and also carrying the title of the first mobile mini back plane currently on the market..."

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OpenSolaris 2008.11 Starts Coming Together
"OpenSolaris 2008.05 had given a new face to Solaris through a vastly improved desktop experience. While OpenSolaris 2008.05 was not perfect, it was quite pleasant and a very nice first step. Sun Microsystems is now preparing for the release of OpenSolaris 2008.11 to incorporate their latest set of changes. In this article we are looking at some of the latest advancements in this pre-release."

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EVGA 790i Ultra @ Bjorn3D
"The introduction of the Nvidia 790i chip set gives new meaning to SLI. With scaling running as high as 60-70%, SLI is becoming a more attractive option. With a feature rich board, easy to set up SLI, a really sweet bundle, and easy overclocking, it's hard to overlook the 790i for true enthusiasts."

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Microsoft Explorer Mouse with BlueTrack Review
"Today we are looking at the latest mouse technology from Microsoft. The mouse is called the Microsoft Explorer Mouse and it uses the new BlueTrack sensor promising improved tracking across a variety of surfaces. The mouse is comfortable to use and uses wireless technology for connectivity. The full size design is intended for mobile users, but can be used at a desktop computer as well."

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Thursday, October 16, 2008
Honeywell Airlite 900 Bluetooth Speakerphone @ Benchmark Reviews
"These days it seems that cellular telephones are as commonplace as Starbucks, and motorists are communicating while behind the wheel. It shouldn't come as a surprise that twenty-four states currently enforce restrictions on cell phone use while driving. This is where the hands-free market has exploded, with numerous Bluetooth headsets making it to store shelves. In this article, Benchmark Reviews takes the opportunity to test drive the Airlite 900 Bluetooth speakerphone accessory by Honeywell."

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NZXT Rogue Crafted Series SFF Gaming Chassis @ Legit Reviews
"The Rogue from NZXT is a well built case. If you’re looking for a smallish cube case that can handle large video cards and a tower cooler, then the Rogue should be on the top of your short list."

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MSI Radeon HD 4850 Video Card R4850-512M @ Benchmark Reviews
"MSI takes what ATI started, and clean up a few rough edges. There's no doubting the performance potential of any Radeon HD 4850, but taming the beast within has been another story. All too often the industry produces a product a little too hot to handle, and the RV770 GPU is one fine example. Plagued with high heat output, it takes the daring minds at MSI to calm fire with ice. Benchmark Reviews has already tested the high-performance cooling options dedicated to the Radeon HD 4870: Sapphire has their Toxic and Palit has their Sonic, but it seems that the big names have overlooked the warm-blooded 4850. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the MSI Radeon HD 4850 video card R4850-512M SKU- MS-V803-285."

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008
SouthWing SH241 Bluetooth Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
"With more and more legislation being adopted across the U.S. mandating hands-free driving, it is getting more and more important for users to own some form of wired or wireless headset. At a MSRP of $40, SouthWing and AT&T are specifically targeting those who purchase devices like Apple’s iPhone, which are exclusive to AT&T, and their users who want a feature-rich Bluetooth mobile headset..."

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Canonical Publishes ATI Catalyst 8.11 Beta
"X Server 1.5 was officially released last month with X.Org 7.4, but there had been server pre-releases going back to earlier this year. Fedora 9 had even shipped with an early version version of X Server 1.5. For those using the open-source X.Org drivers, running the latest server is not a big deal, but those with ATI or NVIDIA binary drivers they sometimes can be slow in supporting the latest version. NVIDIA has supported X Server 1.5 for a number of weeks now, but ATI has yet to update their Catalyst Linux driver with such support. With Ubuntu 8.10 being released in two weeks and it's using this newest X Server, how will ATI graphics cards be supported? Well, an interesting event has occurred and we will tell you what has happened in this article."

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OCZ Gladiator Max @ Bjorn3D
"memory manufacturers in the computer market. Over the last few years though, OCZ Technology has started including other computer components to their product line such as power supplies & CPU coolers. Today I am going to show you one of their newest additions to their line-up of CPU coolers, the Gladiator Max, which uses a newer method of utilizing copper heat pipes, by making the heat pipes contact the CPU directly, that's dubbed HDT (Heatpipe Direct Touch). Let's go see how this cooler performed."

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Norco DS-500 eSata RAID Storage Array Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The bottom line is this - if you are okay with a noisy product and don't mind downloading manuals and software from the internet, the DS-500 is a fast, stable, centralized storage enclosure that will last long into the future."

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PureAudio USB-SA Sound Card Review
"Today we are looking at the PureAudio USB-SA sound card. The device plugs into a vacant USB port and improves the sound quality for notebook and desktop computers significantly. One thing that notebook computers tend to have in common is paltry sound systems. You can get some of the larger notebooks with a nice sound system, but for most mainstream notebooks or ultraportables, the onboard sound quality isn’t great. Today we are looking at a USB sound card solution to the problem of poor laptop sound called the PureAudio USB-SA sound card. Read on for all the details."

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Thermaltake V14Pro CPU Cooler CL-P0471 @ Benchmark Reviews
"Thermaltake, famed of their variety in air cooler selection, has just released their best performing CPU cooler: V14Pro. Claiming to have reached the highest cooling performance ever, the new V14Pro comes with the giant size 140mm fan, 6 copper heatpipes, and 98 extended copper fins. In this performance comparison, Benchmark Reviews tests the Thermaltake V14 Pro CPU cooler CL-P0471 against the best products available today."

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Ultrasone HFI-680 Headphones @ techPowerUp
"The newest addition to the HFI headphone lineup from Ultrasone is called the HFI-680. These new mid to high end cans should effectively fill in the gap between the old Ultrasone lineups 650 and recently launched HFI-780."

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EVGA 790i SLI FTW Digital PWM Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"If you are a DDR3 aficionado or need a fantastic SLI platform then the EVGA 790i SLI FTW Digital PWM would be a great choice. Just keep in mind the upcoming Core i7 launch. Intel Core 2 processors will still be very competitive, but those of you making a large purchase versus simply a motherboard upgrade may wish to hold off. The EVGA 790i SLI FTW Digital PWM is a fantastic board that may simply be overshadowed by the death of LGA775..."

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Toxic Vapor-X
"The ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics card arrived back in June with same-day Linux support through the Catalyst driver and there was even open-source mode-setting support. We have been very pleased with the level of Linux support for the Radeon HD 4000 series and it continues with features such as UVD2 and XvMC out on the horizon. With a few months having passed since the release of the Radeon HD 4870, we are starting to see more innovative RV770 products from ATI's partners. In August we looked at the Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 Toxic, which was a factory-overclocked Radeon HD 4850. Today we are looking at the Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Toxic, which takes the original Radeon HD 4870 to the next level with heightened frequencies and an exclusive Vapor-X cooling solution."

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Crysis Warhead PC Game Review
"Today we are checking out Crysis Warhead, the second installment in the Crysis Franchise. The game is fantastic, offering up great gameplay, good graphics, and loads of customization. Crysis was one of the most popular shooters of 2007 and it had some of the best graphics ever seen on a PC video game. In fact, the graphics were so good the vast majority of existing gaming computers had no hope of running Crysis with all the eye candy turned on at high resolutions. Today we are taking a look at the second installment of the Crysis franchise called Crysis Warhead. Is it as good as the original? Read on to find out."

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Palit GeForce 9800 GT Super+ 1GB Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"It's a great time for those in the market for a new video card, in just a few short months we've seen the debuts of over half a dozen different boards. At the high-end, high-priced segment Benchmark Reviews has showcased such great offerings from NVIDIA as the GTX 280 and ATI/AMD's HD 4870x2, while at the other end of the spectrum the mainstream budget cards releases are almost too plentiful and mediocre to mention. This brings us to today's review of the mid-range Palit GeForce 9800 GT Super+ 1GB video card NE/9800TXT302 from NVIDIA. In the recent clamor of releases NVIDIA has quietly slipped in the 9800 GT, seemingly from nowhere and without much publicity."

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Monday, October 13, 2008
Thermaltake V9 Gaming Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Well, Thermaltake's V9 gaming case is a mixed bag. The aesthetics I like a lot, and the cooling performance should support even the most demanding gaming hardware. The fans move a lot of air and are quiet enough to satisfy the vast majority of gaming enthusiasts. There are, however, some issues with the V9 that prospective buyers should be aware of. Personally, I think fit and finish is a very important aspect of a chassis review. As I mentioned earlier, I really like the finish; the fit, not so much."

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Nokia XpressMusic 5610 Review @ Digital Trends
"Nokia's audio-centric XpressMusic 5610 serves as a niche device for those who want a portable jukebox packaged in along with their phone, but without all the bulk of a full-on convergence device like the iPhone. We liked the highly practical form-factor, feel and emphasis on an easy-to-access media player, but also felt it needed some more tweaking on the software side."

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ECS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra SLI Video Card Kit @ Legit Reviews
"The ECS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hyrda SLI kit is a very innovative product that brings together SLI and water cooling very nicely. The bundle comes complete with everything you need to get started and that is very important for a kit of this size. Coming with the full version of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 video game is a nice touch as it is a $20-$30 game and not too many graphics cards come with games any longer. Installation was so simple the directions didn't even need to be used, so this kit will get you into water cooled graphics cards setup with SLI in minutes..."

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Thermaltake Toughpower 850 Watt ESA Power Supply @ Bjorn3D
"With the introduction of Enthusiast System Architecture (ESA), enthusiasts have been offered a chance to marry hardware and software like never before. Currently, on Nvidia based chipset motherboards, you can connect various components to the motherboard and through the Nvidia System Monitor the connected devices can be monitored through an easy to use customizable 3D interface."

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Pioneer Blu Ray / DVDRW (BDC-202BK) Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today I am going to be looking at another product from a company that doesn’t immediately spring to mind when talking about the computer hardware industry. The company in question is Pioneer and the product is one of their new Blu Ray / DVDRW combi drive the BDC-202BK. Coming from a household name like Pioneer I expect nothing less than the best, even though Pioneer isn’t generally known for computer hardware."

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Samsung HT-X710T Review @ Digital Trends
"With the HT-X710T, Samsung attempts to pile a DVD/CD player, FM radio, iPod dock, USB reader, Bluetooth and other goodies into one shiny wonder box, but ends up faltering a bit under the load of so many tasks. While it technically performs everything on the bullet list, we were less than blown away by its sloppy interface, lack of expandability, and the impracticality of its slick-looking new design."

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Sunday, October 12, 2008
Thermaltake Blacx Docking Station N0028USU @ Benchmark Reviews
"Every once in awhile a product comes along that makes you wonder why someone hadn't thought of it earlier. A product that makes so much sense yet is elegant in its simplicity. Today Benchmark Reviews takes a look at one such product, the Thermaltake BlacX. The BlacX is basically a very simple SATA to USB 2.0 adapter. What sets the BlacX apart from the typical cable style adapter is the docking station like design."

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ECS A790GXM-A Black Series
"Earlier this year we had looked at the ECS A780GM-A Black Series motherboard that was powered by AMD's 780G Chipset with SB700 Southbridge. This motherboard worked well with Linux and had received our approval, but since then AMD has introduced their 790GX Chipset with Radeon HD 3300 graphics and SB750 Southbridge. Elitegroup Computer Systems has introduced a new motherboard that relies upon these newest chips. The ECS A790GXM-A Black Series is this newest product and today we are looking at this motherboard at Phoronix."

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Saturday, October 11, 2008
Coosh Headset for iPod and iPhone Review
"Today we are looking at a low-cost but high-performance headset for the iPhone or iPod. The Coosh headset has a great fit with flexible silicone ear hoops and offers well rounded sound. The headset promises comfort, good sound and the ability to make and receive calls without removing the headset. Read on to see how well the Coosh headset performs."

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Friday, October 10, 2008
Tagan A+ Seenium Case @ Bjorn3D
"This brings us to the star of our review product, Tagan’s Seenium. This case is priced at $69.99 so it is aimed at budget/mainstream buyers. Despite its pricing, Tagan Seenium is not too shabby in terms of the expansion slots and its ability to help cool the internal components. Designed with the ability to install eight cooling fans (seven 120mm and one 80mm) and capable of accommodating up to five 5.25’’ devices and six 3.5’’ devices, this is a case with reasonable pricing but designed for enthusiasts in mind."

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Gelid GC-1 Thermal Paste/Compound Review @ Tweaknews.net
"When the smoke has cleared and the results are in, it is clear that Gelid's GC-1 thermal compound is indeed a thermal compound option that most system builders and tweakers should keep in mind when completing their next build. It supplies more thermal paste for less money and also comes with an applicator that will definitely come in handy for many years to come."

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Spore for PC Video Game Review
"Today we are looking at one of the most fun and enjoyable PC games I have played for a long time -- Spore. The game has a massive story line and offers so much customization possibilities that no two games will play the same. If you are a fan of video games, you have probably heard of Spore, good and bad. Read on to find out all of the details."

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Best CPU Cooler Performance - Q3 2008 @ Benchmark Reviews
"When it comes down to it, consumers that shop for aftermarket cooling products only want one thing: the very best their money can buy. It makes perfect sense, too. Since so many products flood the market every day, it all comes down to price and performance. Based on this principal, Benchmark Reviews searches out the latest CPU coolers and tests them under real-world overclocked conditions. Want to know which cooling products stand-out? This quarterly update to our Best CPU Cooler Performance series will separate the good from the bad."

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Thursday, October 9, 2008
Will Current Performance Memory Kill New Intel Core i7 CPUs? @ Legit Reviews
"All of the memory companies we talked to informed me that they will have triple channel memory kits ready when the platform would launch, but none would give a specific date when this would happen. I also didn't find one company that hurt or ruined a processor by running higher than 1.65V on the memory kits, and a good number of the above memory companies said they are testing at voltages above 1.65V. What does this mean to enthusiasts and gamers around the world? It means that everything is fine and that these new triple channel memory kits are going to be the right choice for an Intel X58 Express platform..."

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AMD's ATI Radeon HD 4550 passive 512M @ techPowerUp
"AMD's new Radeon HD 4550 comes in a passively cooled version without fan. Such a noiseless experience is crucial in media PC designs where you don't want to be distracted by any fan noise. Also included is a native HDMI and DisplayPort output for connection to your big screen. With a price of around $50 the card even offers some potential for casual gaming."

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AMD's MultiView On Linux
"Introduced in the Catalyst 8.8 Linux driver and further stabilized within Catalyst 8.9 was AMD's MultiView technology. MultiView makes it possible to use multiple GPUs on the same system not for Linux CrossFire but for driving multiple display heads. Using MultiView on Linux you can easily drive four, six, or even eight screens. In fact, up to 32 displays are theoretically supported on a single system (permitting you have enough graphics cards and PCI Express slots). MultiView also allows for OpenGL acceleration across all displays and does not rely upon Xinerama. In this article we are taking a brief look at this multi-GPU multi-monitor feature catered towards AMD's workstation customers."

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Danger Den Custom Water Loop @ Bjorn3D
"For many years, watercooling for PC's has been something that is seen as extreme. Many people look at those of us with anti-freeze running inside a computer case as being a little bit 'not quite right.' Of course, even my wife tells me I'm crazy for doing it. But then, there are those of us that understand just what all that liquid can do for you. Extreme overclocks, extreme voltages, and often a nice UV glow are all reasons those of us that have taken the plunge (so to speak) decided to do so in the first place. Besides, I enjoy getting really weird looks when I tell people that I have a radiator in my computer. Or, from those in the know, the looks of envy when you tell them just how big the radiator is, or which new blocks you just got. Competition is all part of the fun."

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Olevia/Syntax 242T FHD 42-Inch LCD 1080p HDTV @ BmR
"With analog broadcasts terminating in February, you can bet HDTVs will be a hot item this holiday season. What was once considered a luxury, is now becoming mainstream as many HDTVs are approaching the price points of their standard definition counterparts. Olevia is one such company making this a possibility. With their 2-series HDTVs, Olevia is bringing the award-winning technology of their high-end televisions to the average consumer. Today, Benchmark Reviews looks at the Olevia 242T FHD 42" HDTV. Believe it or not, this fully featured, 42" 1080p HDTV can be had for just $849.99."

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Starpex Obsidian Guitar Controller for the Sony PS3 and PS2 Review
"Today we are looking at one of the coolest additions you can make to Rock Band or Guitar Hero, the Starpex Obsidian Guitar Controller. The controller works with both the PS2 and the PS3 consoles. Today we are going to look at the Starpex Obsidian Guitar Controller for PS3/PS2. The controller is compatible with both Rock Band and Guitar Hero games. If you are tired of playing your favorite music games with junky plastic controllers, the Starpex Obsidian Guitar Controller is just what you need. Read on for all the details on the Starpex Obsidian Guitar Controller."

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Sapphire HD 4670 @ Bjorn3D
"AMD’s launch of HD 4000 series cards hit the industry with a big boom. Not only that, the HD 4870 is able to perform close to, or in some instances better than, the NVIDIA GTX 280. Also, it is selling at cheaper price than the GTX 280. So finally, the graphics war, in which NVIDIA has enjoyed dominance for awhile, is heating up again."

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Synology DS408 4-Drive SATA RAID Gigabit NAS @ Benchmark Reviews
"As a network administrator for several small and medium businesses, I am used to seeing pedestal servers with expensive Windows Server edition Operating Systems running for the sole purpose of serving files out to the workgroup or domain. Such environments has made it necessary to look for money-saving opportunities in the office environment. A few years back Network Attached Storage server hit the scene with a price tag comparable to the alternative, but the NAS products offered in today's market are far superior and cost far less than before. Synology has pioneered the NAS server into mainstream, and now offers devices to fit every range and environment from home to enterprise. Benchmark Reviews has the good fortune to performance test the 4-drive SATA Disk Station DS408 RAID NAS."

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Canon Vixia HG21 HDD Camcorder Review @ Digital Trends
"As we reported in the recent JVC GZ-HD40 review, high-definition hard disc drive and flash memory-based camcorders are arriving fast and furiously. One of the newest on the scene is the Canon Vixia HG21, a model with a whopping 120GB HDD, a 3.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, potent 12x zoom and optical image stabilization to help eliminate the shakes from your videos. What's also really great about this one is the fact it records at a very fast bit rate of 24 Mbps-almost the level of many HDV and MPEG-2 TS camcorders. In theory a faster bit rate means better video. Whether this baby delivered the goods is exactly what we wanted to discover."

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Lian Li PC-A7010 All Aluminum Full Tower Case @ Legit Reviews
"The Lian Li PC-A7010 carries a whopping $295 price tag and is most definitely a high end case. With the time I have spent with the PC-A7010 I now know why some enthusiasts covet the Lian Li cases so much. The build quality is amazing, as it should be for an investment close to $300. The SATA backplane is a nice feature. It will clean up a lot of cable clutter and make things look very nice, even though it is hidden behind the case side..."

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AMD Radeon HD 3300 / 790GX
"Back in March we looked at the AMD Radeon HD 3200 graphics with AMD's 780G Chipset and found it to be a reputable performer. Its performance was almost identical to that of the discrete Radeon HD 2400PRO graphics card and was capable of running some Linux games at a playable frame-rate. Now though AMD's top-end IGP is 790GX Chipset with Radeon HD 3300 graphics. We have been testing an AMD 790GX motherboard from Elitegroup Computer Systems for the past several weeks and today we are delivering our Linux benchmarks of this newest AMD integrated graphics processor."

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Sapphire HD 4850 Dual Slot Fansink @ Bjorn3D
"has had a rebound, starting with the 3800 series and now with the 4800 series. ATI has done a turn-around that hasn't been seen since the GeForce 6 days. They have even gone so far as to take back the performance crown from Nvidia. Today, we are privileged enough to have the Sapphire HD 4850 Dual Slot Fansink, which goes head-to-head with the Nvidia 9800 GTX. The HD 4850 takes the place of the 3870 from ATI and the 8800 GT from Nvidia in the lower high-end market."

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Wicked Lasers Sonar II Blu-ray Laser Review
"Today we are checking out one of the most expensive and cool lasers ever offered. The Wicked Lasers Sonar II produces a bright blue beam that can be seen in daylight. Lasers are cool and many of us have grown up watching movies like Star Wars where the laser is an integral part of the action. If you have ever dreamed of owning your own laser, today you can. We are going to look at the new high-end Sonar II from Wicked Lasers. This laser actually uses the same type of beam as your PS3 or Blu-ray player."

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Cooler Master Ultimate Circuit Protection UCP-900WATT Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Cooler Master's UCP 900W has performed admirably throughout several days of testing while having an attractive aesthetic finish to complete the overall product. It's quiet and stable with plenty of power, has nicely sleeved cables while providing plenty of well organized SATA and videocard connections."

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Belkin F5D8053 WiFi N Wireless Adapter @ Benchmark Reviews
"So, you say you just bought a second or even a third computer for your household and you're wondering how you're going to connect it to the Internet? Well, for one thing you'll need a router and probably a wireless adapter such as the Belkin F5D8053 N Wireless adapter, unless you plan on directly wiring it to a port on your router. Using a wireless adapter however would be the much easier and quicker way to setup access to your home network/broadband Internet connection. Benchmark Reviews has just reviewed the Belkin F5D8053 N Wireless adapter for you. Now let's see if it's something worth buying or not."

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Monday, October 6, 2008
ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"It is nice to finally see the SB750 on the same board as the 790FX chipset. The addition of the SB750 brings a performance boost to the aging 790FX, and boosts the performance of the Asus M3A79-T Deluxe to help it outscore its younger sibling, the Asus M3A78-T. It may not have been a huge jump in performance, but it was enough to make a difference in our testing, and certainly proves that the SB750 fits well with the 790FX. Performance wise, this board did just fantastically..."

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A-Data Vitesta Extreme Edition DDR2 4 GB 800+ MHz CL4 @ techPowerUp
"A-DATA's 4 GB Vitesta Extreme Edition DDR2 memory kit offers great performance at a low price of only $75. The memory can even run CL3 at the specified 800 MHz, with a small voltage increase and scales up to DDR2-1066 at CL5."

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Phoronix Test Suite Brings Benchmarking To Mac OS X
"In the Phoronix Test Suite 1.2"

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ICY DOCK MB672SKGF-B Internal SATA HDD Enclosure with LCD Display @ Bjorn3D
"Now here's the thing - I have a beautiful Antec Nine Hundred case with a single DVD drive installed in one of the 5.25' external drive bays, so the other bays remain largely unused. I've considered putting in additional optical drives, but tell you the truth, I personally just don't have any great need to do so. For looks alone I've been considering installing a fan controller or something fun with lights and gauges, but just never saw anything that I couldn't live without. Fortunately for me, ICY DOCK came along with an intriguing new product and I was given the opportunity to check it out. Not only does the ICY DOCK MB672SKGF internal 3.5' SAS/SATA HDD Enclosure look great, but it actually solves a problem I never realized I had. Now with one drive bay easily accessible in the front of my Nine Hundred case, I can easily swap out hard drives and forget about those external drives and the plethora of cables and power supplies that come with them. Let's take a closer look at !"

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Sapphire Toxic Radeon HD4870 512MB Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.com
"In terms of single GPU performance, the Radeon HD4870 set the bar pretty high, and the Sapphire Toxic Radeon HD4870 512MB graphics card had its work cut out for it to do much better. With a factory overclock of 30MHz on the GPU and 100MHz on the memory, the Toxic version generally did perform better, but not always by much."

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Thermaltake PW 850I Pro Water CPU Liquid Cooling System Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The ProWater 850i has a lot going for it. Performance is good, setup is easy, and all required parts are included along with a generous helping of accessories. The kit succeeded in keeping an AMD 5000+ Black Edition CPU cool during stress testing without all the noise associated with air cooling. As an added bonus, the tubing is UV reactive so it will look cool in a windowed case with UV lighting."

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Saturday, October 4, 2008
SageTV HD Media Extender Review
"Today we are checking out the SageTV HD Media Extender. The device streams music, photos, and video from the PC to a TV in another room. This could be a good alternative for those who want a HTPC, but don't have room in the living room to set one up. Read on for all the details on the SageTV HD Media Extender."

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Friday, October 3, 2008
A-DATA Vitesta Gaming DDR2-800 4GB Kit
"Last week we had looked at the Corsair DHX 4GB DDR2-800MHz memory, which performed and overclocked very well and featured Corsair's exclusive Dual-Path Heat Xchange cooling technology. Today though we are looking at the more mainstream A-DATA Gaming DDR2-800 4GB Kit. This memory is less expensive than Corsair's DHX memory, but has higher latencies and simple heatspreaders. As you will find from reading this article, the overclocking potential is quite limited."

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ASUS My Cinema U3100Mini USB 2.0 Digital TV Receiver @ Legit Reviews
"The ASUS My Cinema-U3100Mini is a great USB receiver at a price that is very competitive with other brands on the market today making it a value that is hard to pass up. ASUS expects these to start selling early October with an MSRP of $49.99, which isn't a bad price in all honesty. Our contacts at ASUS have informed us that they just begun shipping these out their channel customers, so it won’t get listed on Newegg and others until next week. Once they arrive they should be listed for under $50, which isn't a bad price for those that want TV on the go."

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Jazz Elite HDV-188 5MP HD Video Camera Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The bottom line on the Jazz Elite HDV-188 5MP HD video camera is that it is a cool little gadget that is fun to use. It takes good photos and makes decent videos, but the conditions seem to have to be just right. It required a bit of experimentation to master the settings and to learn the limitations of the device, but I am generally happy with it."

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CoolerMaster V8 CPU Cooler @ Bjorn3D
"In today's world, as CPU's get bigger and faster, we are finding out that not only do we want to have the fastest CPU available, but we are also wanting to gain that extra little kick by overclocking our CPU's. We also want to use an inexpensive cooling solution that will not only run quiet, but also keep our CPU's running cool without having to spend an enormous amount of money or having to spend a lot of time on setting up watercooling or phase change units. Which really leaves us only one choice left, aircooling. Aircooling is normally inexpensive and requires no real technological knowledge to set it up, while at the same time requiring the least amount of time for setting it up. Well, we may have a good canidate for that task. Today we will be looking at a new CPU cooler from Cooler Master, the V8."

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Thursday, October 2, 2008
Lachesis Razer Mouse @ Bjorn3D
"The mouse is the most essential piece of equipment of our computers. It not only allows us to easily access key areas of our Operating System, it also defines us as to who we are and how we go about doing that. Today, I am going to show you a mouse that can not only define us, but it will allow us to have even more control on how we can interact with our Operating Systems. This mouse has everything. It not only give's us the ability to make precise movements in games, but it gives us that same precision that we need in our other day-to-day tasks with our programs. You can go to extreme speed by pressing a button, as well as go from one profile to another with out ever loading a program to change that profile. With just a quick click of a button, you can go from one profile to another. This is just a start of what this great mouse can do. So, whatever your true needs are of a mouse, this mouse can and will give it to you. Today, I bring you, The Lachesis Mouse By Razer."

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6-way DDR3 Memory Roundup (CSX, Patriot, Crucial, G.SKILL, Mushkin, Corsair) in Metku.net
"Our goal was to get some of the highest-performing memory kits and pit them against each other over various different benchmarks. This time we are mainly going to concentrate on the performance of the kits, not the technology behind them. The people at CSX, Patriot, Crucial, G.Skill, Mushkin and Corsair were nice enough to join us. Now that the contenders were sorted out we can get busy..."

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Thermaltake Spedo Advance Chassis (VI90001W2Z) Review @ XtremeComputing
"Well while there are still exposed parts of the wiring visible, the end result makes the back of the case much look cleaner. It’s a mute point really, as no-one generally cares what the underside of your mobo tray looks like. But I suppose it does do what it was meant to."

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Arctic Cooling Accelero S1/S2 Turbo Module Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Arctic Cooling's Turbo Module fan kit may not be the most attractive product to come down the pike, but when combined with the excellent Accelero passive cooler, you'll have a very nearly silent VGA cooler with excellent performance at a very affordable price."

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Antec Twelve Hundred Gaming Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Antec has had great success in the computer enclosure market with several great designs ranging from mild to wild. Unless you've been living under a rock somewhere you should be familiar with one of their latter, the Antec 900, labeled as the Ultimate Gaming Case. In this article Benchmark Reviews will examine the anticipated successor; the Antec Twelve Hundred... The Unbeatable Gaming Case. With six bright LED fans and enough size to park a small hybrid car inside, could the Antec 1200 be unbeatable?"

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Samsung PN50A450 Plasma TV Review @ Digital Trends
"Big doesn't have to mean expensive. Although the high-end 1080p resolution has become the de facto standard for most HDTV buyers as prices have fallen, Samsung's PN50A450 plasma-screen TV cuts resolution down to 720p in order to offer more screen real estate for the buck. Unfortunately, this corner cutting shows in the final video quality, which looks grainy and lacks the sizzle of better sets. But those who prioritize price and size over resolution may still find this extremely affordable television to be a good value."

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Yubz Talk Mobile Bluetooth Handset Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Yubz (pronounced"

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The State of Kernel Mode-Setting
"Earlier this year Fedora 9 was the first distribution providing kernel-based mode-setting (or KMS for short). At the time there was only a kernel mode-setting driver for Intel hardware and it ended up being disabled by default. We had provided a preview of kernel-based mode-setting that showed how the system display looked when it came to the flicker-free boot experience, fast and clean VT switching, and the technical advantages this method provides over the graphics mode-setting within an X.Org DDX driver. With months having passed since our first article and Red Hat engineers working aggressively on KMS improvements for Fedora 10, we are providing another look at this technology and some of the recent advancements."

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Zalman CNPS-9300 AT CPU Cooler @ Bjorn3D
"It’s tough to create a new fan and heatsink combo that stands out in the water-based world of high-end PC cooling. Modern fans still have a lot of huff and puff, but they are no match for new, silent radiators that completely immerse components in a low-temperature environment."

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Das Keyboard Professional Premium Mechanical Keyboard Review @ Tweaknews.net
"But what if you are looking for an excellent higher quality keyboard that gives you lots of tactile click feedback, is built very well, includes a USB 2.0 hub and does all this while still looking simple and classy. If this is a keyboard that you are interested in plus you have over a $120 budget for a keyboard alone, then you might be interested in Das Keyboard's Professional keyboard. Is it worth the large pricetag? Is the click worth the cash? We will soon find out."

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OCZ Dominatrix Laser Gaming Mouse Review
"Today we are looking at the OCZ Dominatrix laser gaming mouse. The mouse is a bargain at close to $40 compared to the $80 or more that comparable gaming mice retail for. Performance is very good as well. The mouse has many of the features you expect to find on high-end gaming mice like adjustable weight and sensitivity with a much lower price. Read on to find out how well it stacks up to the other gaming mice on the market."

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