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Sunday, November 30, 2008
In our second review of the day we look at the G.Skill 64GB SSD (FM-25S2S-64GB) @ Bjorn3D
"With Christmas looming and lots of people looking for presents for that special geek in their lives, we decided to take a look at one of the most affordable SSD's. Most geeks will tell you SSD's aren't worth the price for the storage you get, while at the same time, drool leaks from the corners of their mouths. It's something they probably wouldn't get for themselves, but secretly would love to have."

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Sapphire HD 4830 @ Bjorn3D
"After taking a look at my last Sapphire video card and being totally impressed, I was more than willing to take a look at their latest offering in the 4800 series family. The HD 4830 is basically a cut down version of Sapphire's HD 4850, and by doing so, Sapphire is able to offer it at a much lower price point while offering pretty close to the same overall performance, or so that's what Sapphire is saying anyways. We'll find out just how well (or bad) the card does soon enough."

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Saturday, November 29, 2008
Intel 80GB SSD (X25-M MLC) @ Bjorn3D
"Hard drives have been a big bottleneck in computer systems for quite some time now. Speeds on typical non-raid drives average somewhere between too slow and too darn slow. SSD's have been on the market for a while and prices are starting to drop. Some are becoming inexpensive enough for manufacturers to include them in laptops, and others are inexpensive enough for enthusiasts to dabble with. Initially sizes were very small, and 32GB wasn't uncommon to see running in the $500 (USD) range. We've done some scouting lately and we've seen 64GB drives from reputable manufacturers running in the $150 dollar range."

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Nerf N-Strike Vulcan EBF-25 Machine Gun Review
"Today we are checking out the Nerf N-Strike Vulcan EBF-25 machine gun. This is a fully automatic beast of a Nerf shooter that anyone who has played Nerf wars will want. If you want to feel really badass, or your kids want the baddest weapon in the Nerf arsenal, this is the ticket. Read on for all the details on the Nerf Vulcan machine Gun."

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Friday, November 28, 2008
Steam Client For Linux Confirmed
"Earlier this year we shared that Valve's Source Engine is coming to Linux after receiving some information that pointed in this direction. In addition, a year ago Valve Software was publicly looking for a senior software engineer to port Windows-based games to Linux platform. There have long been rumors and hopes among Linux users that Steam games would become natively available for Linux, but we have additional confirmation that Valve Software has ported their Steam game client to Linux. In Valve's most recent title, Left 4 Dead, there are shared Linux libraries shipping alongside this Windows game client."

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Black Friday Review of the Thermalright T-Rad 2 @ Bjorn3D
"With GPU's getting hotter and hotter, it is starting to be impossible to overclock a graphics card with a stock heat sink. This is where Thermalright comes in. They have designed what looks to be an amazing cooler. With the ability to have two 92mm fans or one large 120mm fan, it should cool much better than any stock heat sink."

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Samsung PN50A650 650 Series 50 Inch 1080P Plasma TV Review @ Tweaknews.net
"To sum this TV up, the picture quality for a mid-range TV is amazing, the connection choices can be compared to a HD buffet and the icing on the 1080p cake is that this is a great looking TV that looks a lot more expensive than its price tag."

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ASUS Radeon HD 4830 Video Card EAH4830 @ Benchmark Reviews
"After a rather disappointing HD 3000 series, ATI took the world by surprise with the HD 4000 generation of graphics cards. Since the launch of the HD 4000 series back in June, ATI has reclaimed its presence in the market and has been steadily eating away at Nvida's marketshare. Benchmark Reviews has had the opportunity to review several cards from the HD 4800 series lineup and today we look at one of the newest additions to the family: the Radeon HD 4830. This particular model, the EAH4830, comes to us from Asus and sports a custom cooler design and factory overclocked memory. We'll put it through its paces and find out how it compares to its two closest siblings; the HD 4670 and the HD 4850."

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Thursday, November 27, 2008
Future Sonics Atrio In-ears @ techPowerUp
"Future Sonics is a brand that produces some very unique in-ears. In this review we will be taking a look at their universal fit in-ears dubbed Atrio. Future Sonics emphasizes their strong bass performance - of course we put this to the test amongst other things in the review."

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Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-ray Player Review @ Tweaknews.net
"When the dust is settled and the Blu-ray movies are put away, the BD-P1500 is a very capable BD player that has the"

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Lian Li Maxima Force 750w PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"Lian Li’s Maxima Force 750W PSU is a very capable powersupply, it was hardly phased by all the load our test rig could generate and kept its voltage output strong and steady. The matt black industrial look is a great finish and didn’t have any imperfections that I could see. Lian Li have thrown on some embossed aluminium badges that compliment this look and I think it works well."

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thermaltake Toughpower QFan 650W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The aesthetics of the unit are a little bit different from the norm, but everything is well done. In use, the Toughpower QFan 650W power supply is very impressive; providing excellent voltage regulation and near silent operation. Most high quality power supplies these days aim to be quiet, but Thermaltake takes a few extra steps to guarantee it on this unit."

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Gateway P-7801u FX Edition Laptop Review @ Digital Trends
"Known in its pre-production phase as Godzilla, the Gateway P-7801u notebook lives up to its moniker by making"

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Antec Fusion Remote Black @ Bjorn3D
"Antec, a name that is quite well-known within the computer industry for its case and power supply, has recently launched Veris, a line of products targeting the Home Theater PC environment. The Veris line of products includes HTPC cases, Multimedia Sations, coolers, and enclosures."

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OCZ Reaper OCZ2RPR10664GK DDR2 Memory Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
"With DDR3 getting all the attention lately it's easy to overlook DDR2 performance memory. There are many very good reasons to consider DDR2 including but not limited to price and performance. Today Benchmark Reviews takes a look at at one potential price:performance hotshot; the OCZ Reaper HPC DDR2 1066 OCZ2RPR10664GK 4GB Memory Kit. Can it's unique cooling solution and high speed specs be enough to sway you?"

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Top Ten Best Black Friday Deals @ Digital Trends
"It takes some pretty spectacular deals to pry Americans out of their recliners late every Turkey Day and send them out into blistering cold parking lots to camp for hours, but retailers have it figured it out with Black Friday. And if you're looking to score a big-screen TV for half of what it normally runs for, get a printer bundled with your camera for free, or pick up an MP3 player for the cost of a cup of coffee, you'll be out there too. With the economy forcing consumers to pinch their pennies even more this year, and retailers trying even harder to open those cautiously held wallets, the deals are ripe for the picking. Here are a few of our favorite picks for this year."

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Blackberry Storm Review @ Digital Trends
"Enough with all the buzz about"

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Impact7 Wi-Fi Digital Photo Frame Review
"Today we are looking at a digital photo frame from eStarling called the Impact7. This frame has a low retail price of $99 and offers features like integrated Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is something you don’t often find on frames at this price. Thanks to Wi-Fi, the frame can get RSS feeds and images from social networking sites."

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Noctua NH-C12P CPU Cooler @ Bjorn3D
"Noctua is one of the newest cooling manufacturers on the market. But don't let their new face fool you. Noctua means buisness. They've already taken the cooling world by storm and they have proven to be a tough competitor when it comes to CPU coolers and fans. Today, Noctua brings us the NH-C12P CPU cooler. By utilizing a C-Type Air Flow Gap design gives this CPU cooler a lower profile. Also, it utilizes six heatpipes to better distirbute the heat across the entire surface of the CPU coolers aluminum fins. To top it off, Noctua placed an already reliable, quiet, yet powerful fan, the NH-12P 120mm fan."

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Monday, November 24, 2008
Tagan A+ Curbic Mid Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"Overall, the Tagan found a nice balance of budget building practice, style, and features. The Curbic looks very nice with the mesh front panel and blue LED fans. The case was surprisingly quiet for running two 180mm fans. On high they are very much in the range of what would be considered livable for a desktop; with the fans on low it was very quiet. The Tagan Aplus Curbic is not yet available in the US, and has an estimated MSRP of $59.99 and should be available in retail stores before the holiday. The Curbic would be a very good fit for the user who wants an inexpensive, yet a nice looking, case..."

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Ubuntu vs. OpenSolaris vs. FreeBSD Benchmarks
"Over the past few weeks we have been providing several in-depth articles looking at the performance of Ubuntu Linux. We had begun by providing Ubuntu 7.04 to 8.10 benchmarks and had found the performance of this popular Linux distribution to become slower with time and that article was followed up with Mac OS X 10.5 vs. Ubuntu 8.10 benchmarks and other articles looking at the state of Ubuntu's performance. In this article, we are now comparing the 64-bit performance of Ubuntu 8.10 against the latest test releases of OpenSolaris 2008.11 and FreeBSD 7.1."

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LeadTek WinFast GTX 260 Extreme+ @ Bjorn3D
"And so it is that Nvidia has come to answer the HD 4800 series video card onslaught from ATI with their third and latest addition to the GTX-200 series, the new and improved GTX 260 utilizing 216 stream processors (up from 196). And there's nothing crazy about that. What is crazy though is Nvidia's naming scheme. Although the new GTX 260 with increased SP's is planted firmly between the original GTX 260 and their top-of-the-line GTX 280, Nvidia has chosen to maintain the 260 designation, and instead allows vendors to provide their own naming scheme to this most recent combatant to enter into the theater of operations. LeadTek has entered the fray with the Winfast GTX 260 Extreme+."

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Silverstone NT06 Evolution Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"In conclusion, SilverStone has a great product in the NT06 Evolution cooler. Its cooling performance is surprisingly good when coupled with a quiet, low-flow fan and very good when airflow increases. I like its compactness and relatively low mass and it looks pretty good as well. With a lower cost and an improved mounting solution, the NT06 Evolution would be a excellent value, but these issues drop it back a bit in this regard."

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Sennheiser PC350 Gaming headphones Review @ XtremeComputing
"With the Gaming industry getting bigger and bigger every year most gamers out there want to get the very best out of equipment to even have the slightest advantage over there enemy and that is where Sennheiser's new headset makes its appearance. The PC 350 brings a new dimension to the gaming headset technology, a claim of never before experience of sound and quality, so let’s see what the global leader in electro-acoustics experts have put together in this headset."

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SilverStone Fortress FT01 Case SST-FT01B-W @ Benchmark Reviews
"SilverStone has a long history of designing and building fantastic looking products, and the Fortress Series is no exception, especially the SST-FT01B-W model. Benchmark Reviews has investigated a few SilverStone products up to now, and we've always come away impressed by their good looks, thoughtful design, and premium build quality. Things are definitely looking up; let's take it home and see what it can do with this premium computer case."

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Sunday, November 23, 2008
Muskin DDR3 1600 Memory @ Bjorn3D
"As DDR3 memory becomes more and more mainstay with Intel platforms, the choices we have to make get harder and harder when it comes to what will give us the best performance. Memory is one of the most critical components in our computers. If we have too little system memory, our programs are sluggish or don't open or even they hang up when they do open. If the of memory is too slow then our programs run slower because the overall response time of our operating system is not quick enough to handle a multitude of programs or multitasking."

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Saturday, November 22, 2008
Logitech G15 Keyboard
"A few months back we had looked at the OCZ Alchemy Elixir Keyboard, which was designed for gamers and was built quite nicely, but it had fallen short when it came to the multimedia keys working under Linux. Though if you are looking for an advanced keyboard that works quite well with Linux, you may want to check out the Logitech G15, which works under Linux and even with its small LCD display."

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Cooler Master ATCS 840 @ Bjorn3D
"With the ever increasing sizes of our computer components, we find ourselves trying to find that perfect chassis that can house our most prized components. Cooler Master has come up with a solution to help with our ever increasing 'larger' needs, by bringing back an old time favorite amongst us enthusists. It incorporates many new features that are needed by today's standards of cooling. Simply put, this chassis is huge. It can house some of the biggest computer components available, anything from large motherboards and long video cards, to extremely large air coolers, or for those of us who choose to do so, it can easily accommodate water cooling setups."

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Friday, November 21, 2008
Sleek-Audio Custom Earphones @ techPowerUp
"Sleek-Audio's much anticipated Custom earphones are put to the test, pitted against the usual suspects in the in-ear arena. These new Custom in-ears can be customized in any thinkable way, right from the frequency response, to the color and artwork on the shell."

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Gene Simmons AXE Guitar Game Controller for PS3 Review
"Today we are checking out the Gene Simmons Axe Game Controller for the PS3 and PS2 console. The controller works with both Rock Band and Guitar hero games. The controller is a licensed replica of the axe guitar that Kiss' Gene Simmons made famous. It is sized like the stock controllers for music games and offers a cooler looking controller for about the same price as a stock replacement."

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Nvidia Folding@Home GPU Q&A @ Bjorn3D
"Folding@home is a distributed computing project run by Vijay Pande and the Pande Group at Stanford Univerity where 'people from throughout the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world.' The Folding@home Executive Summary's stated goal is to 'understand protein folding, protein aggregation, and related diseases' by using 'novel computational methods and large scale distributed computing, to simulate timescales thousands to millions of times longer than previously achieved. This has allowed us to simulate folding for the first time, and to now direct our approach to examine folding related disease.'"

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Wolfking Warrior Xxtreme Gaming Keyboard Review @ Tweaknews.net
"With the Warrior XXtreme, Wolfking set out to improve on the already great Warrior game pad by including the ability to chat and execute commands, something that was missing from its predecessor. The type of gamer you are will determine whether or not the addition of this modified QWERTY keyboard is welcome or just in the way. It became obvious early on in my testing that RPG gamers would be the ones making use of the Warrior XXtreme's full potential."

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Thursday, November 20, 2008
Pioneer Elite Kuro Pro-111FD Review @ Digital Trends
"We get bleary-eyed checking out all the new HDTVs. Bigger, better and cheaper are this year's watchwords in a nutshell. And yet, if you walk into a decent retailer (i.e. Magnolia in your local Best Buy) and gaze over a wide expanse of higher-end flat panels, one series always stands out: Pioneer's Kuro plasma HDTV line. Consistently rated by everyone with 20/20 vision as the best available, we couldn't wait to put the new Elite Pro-111FD through its paces. Although wonderful, though, one huge drawback for the product family is the simple fact that featured selections are wildly-expensive compared to plasma market-share leader Panasonic's offerings. For example: A top-end (and very good) 1080p 50-inch Panasonic TH-50PZ850U is $2,999 and the entry-level 1080p TH-50PZ80U is $2000 (it's not too shabby either). The same-sized Kuro? Try $5,000 for a top-end Elite or"

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Travel Tips: Extending Your Laptop's Battery Life @ Digital Trends
"Sadly, as far as we've come in terms of cramming better microprocessors, sharper graphics and beefier storage into netbooks and laptop computers (including both Macs and PCs), energy management has plagued portable computing since its inception. On the bright side though, thanks to more powerful batteries, processors with clever energy management and smarter software, the situation is getting better all the time. You can help, too. Aside from lugging a spare battery, which isn't a bad idea, the following are a few tips for squeezing more juice out of your laptop."

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AMD Phenom II X4 Processor Breaks 6GHz on LN2 @ Legit Reviews
"AMD had a display set up for the media that showed overclocking performance that included air cooling, TEC/Water Cooling, Phase Change Cooling, and lastly liquid nitrogen cooling for the top end. The overclocking performance ranged from just under 4GHz to over 6GHz on the LN2 system..."

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Kingston HyperX 3GB DDR3 2GHz Triple-Channel Memory Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
"All said and done, the performance of the Kingston HyperX DDR3 2GHz 3GB triple-channel memory kit was impressive and it was great to see that it was overclocking beyond 2.1GHz with no extra voltage. Another thing that should be pointed out when it comes to performance is that no active cooling is required at 2GHz since the kit uses just 1.65V! I tested the memory inside the ThermalTake Spedo Advance chassis, which has good airflow, and when I touched the modules while playing Far Cry 2 they were just warm to the touch. Not what one would expect for some memory modules that are running at 2000MHz. It makes you wonder how fast these triple-channel kits will become in 2009 now that the Intel Core i7 platform is here."

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VIA Publishes 2D/3D Documentation, Partners With OpenChrome
"Earlier this year VIA announced they wanted to join the open-source bandwagon by establishing an open-source driver development initiative, releasing documentation and source-code, and to better engage with the Linux community at large. They have made a few small steps over the past few months, but today they have made their largest open-source contribution yet by releasing four programming documentation guides that cover the video, 2D, and 3D programming for their Chrome 9 graphics processor. In addition, they are now partnering with the community-spawned OpenChrome developers."

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Thermaltake BlacX SE Hard Drive Dock Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Thermaltake BlacX SE hard drive dock provides a convenient way to access 3.5 inch and 2.5 inch SATA drives without installing them in a computer, or in an external drive enclosure. You can swap out drives quickly and easily, and while the speed isn't what you might want for frequent, large transfers, it is quite good for USB 2.0."

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Silverstone Decathlon 1000W Power Supply (SST-DA1000) @ Bjorn3D
"How things have change over the last couple of years with the computer power supply. It used to be that 500W was all you needed to power your system, but today we find 1kW and higher power supplies in many enthusiasts' systems. Of course, this is all because of the SLI and CrossFire technologies that have taken off since they first appeared. It's is possible to find many systems with two graphic cards or even three graphics cards, and sometimes the ones with only two cards each consist of two GPU cores, bringing the total to four GPU's. These high performance graphic cards draw insane amounts of power."

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Alienware Area-51 m15x Gaming Notebook Review
"Today we are looking at the Alienware Area-51 m15x Gaming Notebook. The m15x is one of the best 15-inch gaming notebooks on the market and offers a ton of features and levels of performance typically reserved for desktop computers. If you are in the market for a gaming notebook or are looking for a great system to give the gamer on your holiday shopping list the m15x could be perfect for you. Read on for all of the details."

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Intel Core i7-920 Processor BX80601920 @ Benchmark Reviews
"Today we are releasing the third review in our Core i7 series which focuses on the features and performance of the Intel Core i7-920. The Core i7-920 is considered to be the processor for the mainstream consumer primarily because of its price to performance ratio. The i7-920 doesn't have the unlocked multipliers that its more mature sibling does, but it is still a quite capable chip with its 2.66 GHz factory clock. We intend to share all of our findings and hope after reading this review you will have a much better understanding of the Core i7 family in general and the i7-920 in specific. We also plan to go into as complete of a discussion as possible on everything you can do to enhance capabilities this porcessor brings to the table. Unfortunately we don't have a QX9770, Intel's previous "King of the Hill", to compare the i7-920 to; but we should note that in all the test results we've seen the i7-920 (model BX80601920) outperforms the QX9770 in all processor dependant tasks. So the only true competition for the i7-920 are the other members of the Core i7 family which we will be testing for comparison purposes."

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
iStarUSA xAGE-902 Dual HDD Docking Station @ techPowerUp
"iStarUSA has a new dock to add to their large stable of HDD docks, rackmount chassis, and other enclosures. The xAGE-902 Dual HDD Docking Station features a dual HDD design and no-nonsense looks. Look and see why iStarUSA's latest offering may be your next HDD docking solution."

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The Best Free Software Programs @ Digital Trends
"We've all heard the expressions"

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Blackberry Bold Review @ Digital Trends
"With every wireless device company now trying to compete with Apple's iPhone, Ontario, Canada-based Research in Motion (RIM) has decided to go another route by simply doing what it does best-sticking to its tried and true Blackberry platform. The long anticipated Blackberry Bold, exclusively from AT&T Wireless, is the latest in the evolution of the business-minded smartphone, and can be described in a few short words: Bigger, faster and stronger. While the Bold was originally slated to drop this summer, and is only just now arriving, the good news is that Blackberry lovers and newcomers alike will find that the 3G device was well worth the wait."

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Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"The V8 from Cooler Master is a very unique looking cooler that performs quite well. In the cooler world today it is getting harder to tell one tower cooler from another. This is not the case with the V8. With its crazy heatpipe bends and the fan shroud it makes the cooler stand out. Combined with the fact it really can perform, to me this makes the V8 a very attractive cooler..."

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Nvidia GTX-260 Core 216 VS ATI 4870 1GB 5 Game Shootout @ Bjorn3D
"It's that time of year again and Christmas is around the corner. The year's hottest games are about to be released and it's time to look at new Tech Toys to make your year's gaming experience the best it can be. This year we decided to go with a price point comparison of two of the best GPU's out there, the Nvidia GTX-260 Core 216 vs the ATI 4870 1 GB edition in a head-to-head 5 game Hottest Title Shootout. Both of the selected GPU's are at the same price point roughly $300 (USD). The ATI card has 1GB of memory and the Nvidia card has 896MB of memory, and it's going to matter. We're testing at uber resolutions for this shootout. The lowest resolution is 1920x1200 and the highest resolution is 2560x1600 with AA set at 4x and AF set by the game."

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Exciting Features For Ubuntu 9.04
"If all goes according to plan, the first alpha release for Ubuntu 9.04 (the Jaunty Jackalope) will be released tomorrow. It's not even been one month since the release of Ubuntu 8.10, but this first alpha release will show early signs of what we can expect to see in this next Canonical-sponsored release -- albeit many of the features are still in planning. In this article we will provide a glimpse at what Ubuntu 9.04 should hold in store to captivate Linux desktop users."

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Asus P6T Deluxe @ Bjorn3D
"Asus has always been one of the computer industry's leading innovators, being the first to field many new ideas and support new platforms. The introduction of Core i7 is no exception. Asus had initial offerings of X58 Core i7 motherboards in production before Core i7 even made market. Their early jump on the socket 1366 Core i7 platform shows heavily in the Asus P6T Deluxe. No features were overlooked, nothing was skimped on, and they fielded a fully functional, feature rich board capable of driving SLI and Crossfire on demand so that you don't have to be afraid that better motherboards will come out later. They might come out with other motherboards, but we seriously doubt any will come out better or stronger than the Asus P6T Deluxe."

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Thermaltake BlacX External Hard Drive Docking Station Review @ Tweaknews.net
"All in all, the BlacX is a fine piece of hardware. Solid construction, hot –swap capability, and good looks go a long way. Installation is a straight forward affair, with no surprises or hiccups. I was impressed by the speed over USB, though your mileage may vary."

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XFX 9800GTX+ Black Edition @ Bjorn3D
"A lot of enthusiasts set aback by the high cost of the current generation of GPU's are looking for GPU's that will still provide good FPS in demanding games, but are a little more pocket friendly. That usually means the last generation of GPU's which still provide plenty of punch, just not in the pocket. We're reviewing a single XFX 9800GTX+ Black Edition, but with the scaling improving on SLI a couple of these beauties on a 775 or 1366 socket board would yield pretty sweet results."

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XFX GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"Considering how the XFX GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition already has a significant overclock I wasn't expecting much in the way of overclocking headroom. That being said, the results were incredible. I was able to get the core up to 739Mhz, the shaders up to 1557MHz, and the memory up to 1285MHz. This was a 73MHz core overclock, 153MHz shader overclock, and a 286MHz memory overclock."

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MSI GeForce 9800GT 512MB
"For Linux desktop users interested in a mid-range discrete graphics card there are more choices than ever before with NVIDIA continuing to release new stable Linux drivers as they have done for many years while AMD this year has been making evolutionary leaps compared to their earlier state. AMD is now providing same-day support with all new products, CrossFire on Linux, OverDrive, and many other recently introduced features. NVIDIA and AMD are nearly at a feature parity and even in the past two months they both released new video APIs for Linux (PureVideo / VDPAU and X-Video Bitstream Acceleration, respectively) and they are now battling it out on Linux over performance. We recently looked at AMD's new ATI Radeon HD 4830 mid-range graphics card, but in this article we are comparing it to the NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT, courtesy of Micro-Star International."

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Sanyo R227 Internet Radio Review @ Digital Trends
"It goes without saying: Internet radio is cool, and so are Internet radios. Don't comprehend the distinction? Head to your local CE retailer and lay your hands on sweet devices like the Sanyo R227. It looks like a tabletop radio because, well it is. But the device is also Ethernet-enabled, so you can tune into thousands of Internet radio stations just as you would through your desktop browser. Or rather, it's almost that easy - but we'll get to that story in just a minute."

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Seagate Free Agent Go 320GB External Hard Drive Review @ Bigbruin.com
"If you are looking for an extremely compact and stylish portable hard drive, the new Seagate Free Agent Go series is definitely worth checking out. While the aesthetics are a strong selling point, Seagate didn't sacrifice the performance in order to produce a pretty product. It may not offer the high speed transfers available with an eSATA drive, but the USB 2.0 interface performed quite respectably during testing."

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Corsair HX1000W Power Supply @ Bjorn3D
"In this age of computers, a power supply unit is often times an overlooked part of the computer, but if you decide to cheap out and your whole system gets fried you will be hating yourself because of that decision. Often times it is hard to decide on a PSU. You don't want to waste money on getting too much wattage if you don't need to use it. But then again, you also don't want to come up short and not have enough juice to run everything in your PC. Today, Corsair brings us a 1000 watt PSU that offers spectacular reliability and plenty of power to run whatever you please. Corsair backs this PSU with an almost unheard of 5 year warranty, so you can be pretty sure that this will most likely not be the component in your system to give out during an intense gaming session."

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MotorStorm Pacific Rift for Sony PS3 Review
"Today we are looking at MotorStorm Pacific Rift for the Sony PS3. The game is the follow-up to the immensely popular MotorStorm title that hit shelves shortly after the PS3 launched. MotorStorm Pacific Rift offers many more tracks than the original along with a new vehicle and a new setting. The game is top notch and sure to be a welcome addition to any PS3 owners library."

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Cooler Master ATCS 840 Computer Case RC-840 @ Benchmark Reviews
"The most popular computer case designs get licensed out to other manufacturers all the time, so it's not surprising that Cooler Master has re-launched the ATCS 840 after their own previously modeled design. The full-tower RC-840 chassis is built on the principal of cooling performance, which is where it receives its name. ATCS stands for Advanced Thermal Cooling Solution, and the RC-840 has more than enough room inside to accomplish this task in short order. In this articles, Benchmark Reviews tests the black aluminum-alloy RC-840-KKN1-GP model and explores the various configurations gamers and enthusiasts can expect from this enclosure."

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Monday, November 17, 2008
Holiday Preview: Laptop and PC Buying Guide @ Digital Trends
"With processor, graphics and storage technologies rushing ahead at breakneck speed, this year's holiday shoppers will have more tech on tap for less money than they could have dreamed a year ago. Ultra-premium hardware that used to be reserved for dream systems, like solid-state drives, has plummeted in price, and computers that started as inexpensive toys, like netbooks, have sprouted more and more features, turning into real, viable PCs. Here are a few unique systems to make sure to check out on store shelves."

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Blackberry Pearl Flip 8220 Review @ Digital Trends
"As the first Blackberry clamshell phone ever, the Pearl Flip is designed for a specific cross-section of mobile users: Those who don't really need a full QWERTY keyboard. Note that the original Pearl, still a viable alternative, started the trend of predictive type, where the truncated keypad automatically fills in words and letters as you enter them. The good news, of course, being that The Flip is just as useful. As long as, that is, you don't mind a steep learning curve."

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ATI HD4850 Roundup with non-reference cards in Metku.net
"Today we are going to get a bit more familiar with some of the more interesting HD4850-offerings. All of these cards feature an improved cooler, higher frequencies and better performance than the reference cards."

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Oakley O ROKR Pro Bluetooth Sunglasses Review @ Legit Reviews
"When a phone call did come in, it registered quickly by pausing any music that was being played and playing a distinct ring tone. Incredibly, very few people could tell that I was on a Bluetooth headset – let alone one that was embedded in some Oakley sunglasses. Even when on the bike, the Motorola electronics did a great job of filtering out wind noise and enhancing my voice when on a call. The Oakley O ROKR Pro has to be one of the best performing Bluetooth headsets we have had the pleasure of testing..."

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Thermaltake Spedo Advance Chassis
"It has been a while since last looking at a Thermaltake chassis at Phoronix, but today we have our hands on the Spedo Advance Chassis. This full tower chassis is made of SECC steel and has seven 5.25"

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G.Skill DDR3 1600 Triple Channel @ Bjorn3D
"With Core i7 ready for the vendors, memory vendors are hitting the shelves with Triple Channel DDR3 kits in a big way. We wanted to get a few kits tested and the information out there for early adopters. The early kit we got from Samsung running at 1066MHz was just a glimpse at the future of DDR3. Bandwidth was looking great with the lower speed kit, but we wanted to see how sweet it could get."

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Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition Processor @ Benchmark Reviews
"Fear not my enthusiast brethren, in our second publication we will be covering all that you asked for and more as we review the Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition (XE). We have now had sufficient time to spend with Core i7 series and our knowledge base on these processors and their supporting components has grown exponentially. In our first article, Intel Core i7 CPU & DX58SO X58 Platform we covered most of the available information regarding both the Nehalem Technology and the architecture used with the Intel Core i7 Processor family. We will therefore not repeat that discussion, instead; our goal today is to spend most of our energy concentrating on those features and performance aspects of the Intel Core i7-965XE that have led it and its other i7 kin to be dubbed "The Fastest Processor on the Planet" by Intel."

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Sunday, November 16, 2008
Gelid Silent Spirit Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Gelid has a very worthy product in the Silent Spirit, especially for the debut offering of a new company. The Silent Spirit easily bests the performance of the OEM cooler while being noticeably quieter, even at full speed."

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Holiday Preview: MP3 Player Buying Guide @ Digital Trends
"Apple might still dominate the MP3 orchard with its new iPod Touch and Nano models, but thanks to increasing competition from forward-thinking digital music player manufacturers, several new rivals don't fall far from the tree. Better still, many up the ante with fun features like built-in FM radio tuners, voice recording options, expandable memory and wireless file transfer capabilities. Read on to find out which make both great stocking stuffers and easily justified gifts for that special someone (i.e. yourself)."

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Gateway MC7803u Laptop Review @ Digital Trends
"When luxury notebooks come to mind, few consumers are likely to rattle off"

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Kingston HyperX Triple Channel DDR3 2000 @ Bjorn3D
"To that end, we got the first kit of Triple Channel DDR3 to achieve the 2000 MHz mark. Kingston technologies fielded the first kit of Triple Channel DDR3 capable of hitting 2000MHz within the allowed 1.65v RAM memory voltage limit on Core i7. Nay sayers said it couldn't be done. We're here to tell you it has been done. Kingston knocked one out of the park with their HyperX KHX16000D3K3/3GX 3GB kit capable of running 2000MHz with the rated timings of 9-9-9-27 at 1.65v."

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Saturday, November 15, 2008
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P @ Bjorn3D
"Gigabyte has recently launched a line of motherboards featuring “Ultra Durable 3”. What is Ultra Durable, you ask? Well, it features the Ultra Durable that Gigabyte has been talking for a few years now that includes their Dynamic Energy Saver, where the motherboard will throttle down to save some power. We have previously looked at this feature with our X38 reviews (EX38-DS4 or EP35-DS4). The Ultra Durable 3 steps even further in terms of cooling of the motherboard. Gigabyte has designed the motherboard with “2oz of Copper and 2oz Copper Power and Ground layers for dramatically lower system temperature, improved energy efficiency, and enhanced stability for overclocking.” In addition, the motherboard also features Japanese Solid Capacitors, Lower RDS MOSFET, and Ferrite Core Choke."

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Leapfrog Didj Learning System Review
"Today we are looking at the Leapfrog Didj learning video game system. The game works math, reading, and other school subject for kids in grade school into video games. When it comes time for kids to learn the foundations of math and other school subjects, getting them to enjoy learning can be a challenge. Getting kids to enjoy video games isn’t really a challenge though making a game system that teaches kids like the Leap Frog Didj a good tool. Today we are looking at the Leapfrog Didj, so read on for all the details."

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Lian Li PC-V2010 Full Tower Chassis @ Bjorn3D
"Lian Li introduced the full tower PC-V2010 PC chassis early in 2008. It's almost a mirror image of their PC-V2000, but at the same time it's not. It looks strikingly similar upon first glance, but upon closer inspection, you can easily see that it's a whole different beast. And I do mean beast. The Lain Li PC-V2010 is large by any standard. I mean, it's HUGE! And it's beautiful."

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Friday, November 14, 2008
NVIDIA VDPAU Benchmarks
"Earlier today we shared that NVIDIA is bringing PureVideo features to Linux through a major update in their binary display driver. The NVIDIA 180.06 driver adds VDPAU support on Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD operating systems, with VDPAU being a set of APIs designed by NVIDIA to accelerate video decoding, provide post-processing capabilities, timstamp-based presentation of video frames, and compositing of sub-picture elements. We have now had the time to benchmark the Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix and have seen the benefits of PureVideo features finally arriving on alternative platforms."

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AMD Financial Analyst Day 2008 @ techPowerUp
"Call it being secretive, selective, being optimistic, or simply realistic, the multi-layered facet of AMD management, presented the company to market analysts and the press. There's quite some matter to decipher from the presentations held at the main sessions of the AMD Analyst Day 2008 event. We attempt to explore what AMD could have in store for you as a consumer, investor, or simply a spectator to a company showing a fair bit of resilience as it battles hostile market conditions."

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How To Play Movies on the BlackBerry Bold Using Badaboom @ Legit Reviews
"The Badaboom Media Converter was amazing to use and the fact that it completely transcodes a DVD using a bit rate of 2500kbit at a resolution of 480x320 in under 16 minutes was amazing. Two years ago it took me 3-4 hours to transcode a DVD using a bit rate of 237kbps and a resolution of 320x240! The performance gains that can be had with stream computing are obvious and I'm a big fan of using the GPU to complete tasks like transcoding. If you have an NVIDIA graphics cards that supports CUDA then this is something you have to try out to believe it..."

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NVIDIA Driver Brings PureVideo Features To Linux
"Over the course of the past few months we have been saying that the NVIDIA 180 Linux driver to be released in the fourth quarter of 2008 would hold in store a few interesting features. Well, today that closed-source driver has been released in beta form. This driver adds a new VDPAU API, which provides PureVideo-like features on Linux, adds in CUDA 2.1 support, new workstation performance optimizations, X Render improvements, and other improvements."

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Lian Li PC-A77B Full Tower Chassis Review @ Bigbruin.com
"I am definitely impressed with this Lian Li PC-A77B full tower chassis. Being a fan of simplistic yet useful design, this case has it all. The top mounted I/O ports are in a great location to access while using the computer. Lian Li has designed this case to allow you to install your components in many different configurations, which makes customizing your setup very convenient."

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Eagle Neptor ET-NPWG100 @ Bjorn3D
"Anyone old enough to remember the old arcades of the 80's would tell you the main thing that they would love to see in a console is the ability to play like they did in the arcade. There is no feeling like holding that plastic gun in your hand and crazily pulling the trigger for dear life. There are not nearly as many arcades as there once were, but what if you could have that same arcade feel in the comfort of your own home, with your own games? That is what Eagle Tech hopes to help you with. Today they have given us the chance to review their WiiPAL Infrared Shotgun attachment for the Nintendo Wii. The product certainly looks like a shotgun that was attached to arcade games of years past, but does it have that same feel? Read on to find out the answer to that pressing question."

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Sans Digital MobileNas MN4L+(B) Four Bay NAS Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Overall, the MN4L+ is a pleasure to work with. It does exactly what it should do which is to provide a stable and effective way to store files. This model in particular would be a great introductory NAS for someone new to RAID or network storage since setup is easy and the feature set isn't overwhelmingly long."

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Honeywell Altura MLX 42-inch 1080p 10-bit HDTV @ BmR
"Not all televisions are created equally, and yet most consumers are in the dark when it comes to knowing the difference. However, for those smart shoppers who keep in touch with technology, Honeywell offers a treat for home theater enthusiasts. The Altura MLX series delivers a 1080p resolution at the double-rate 120Hz display speed. The Honeywell MT-HWJCT42B2AB offers 42" of full high-definition LCD viewing with a 10-bit color gamut far superior to most all other LCD panels. Benchmark Reviews tests the performance and quality of this HDTV in this article."

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Microsoft Arc Mouse Review
"Today we are going to look at the Microsoft Arc mouse. The coolest thing about the Arc is that it folds in the middle making for a compact mouse that can be used comfortably over long periods. If you are in the market for a small mouse for your notebook that feels more like a desktop mouse in the hand the Microsoft Arc may be perfect for you."

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Thursday, November 13, 2008
Canon EOS 50D Review @ Digital Trends
"While point-and-shoot digicams muddle along without any super breakthroughs-14 megapixels? Big deal!-watching the brawl between D-SLR manufacturers is much more enjoyable. Recently, Canon, Nikon and Sony have all introduced or announced digital single-lens reflex models that are leaping ahead of last year's cameras. For example: Sony's new $3,000 A900 is the first full-frame 24.6MP model. Recently-resurgent Nikon unveiled the first D-SLR that records HD video-the $999 12.3MP D90. And, just a short time later, Canon announced the $2,699 EOS 5D Mark II, which has a 21.1-megapixel full-frame imager that also takes high-def videos. This clash of the titans is great news for photo enthusiasts who now have a wide range of D-SLRs to fit practically any desire. And, as we've said, it's also fun to watch. But frankly, it's even more enjoyable testing the devices. Case in point: We just reviewed the D90, and as a camera, it really shined. Yet when the EOS 50D came our way, we couldn't resist trying out a new 15.1-megapixel D-SLR that's a huge on-paper leap above the still-available 10MP EOS 40D. Although the 50D costs $300 more, the good news is that there's a lot extra on offer here beyond the camera's new higher-resolution sensor. So is it the D-SLR of your dreams? Hit the jump to find out."

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AMD Announces Stream Computing Will Be Mainstream @ Legit Reviews
"AMD is the top dog when it comes to gaming graphics performance right now and they are now shifting their focus to countering NVIDIA's CUDA technology. By releasing a media converter for free that supports more video formats then Elemental Technologies' $29.99 Badaboom media converter it is a great way to get things going and introduce ATI Stream Technology branding. For nearly a year now AMD has been telling us that they support open standards and that seems like it might start paying off for them come 2009..."

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Smooth Creations LANShark Gaming System Review @ Legit Reviews
"So what can we say about this beauty from Smooth Creations? For the intended audience it’s great. If you appreciate art or really want a departure from the norm for your next gaming PC, Smooth Creations' LANShark is one to keep on your short list. However the one thing I’ve left out until now is the price. At $2,537 this is not an inexpensive machine, but it really isn’t an incredible amount of money over the sum of its parts. When you consider the amount of work that’s been put in, the 1 year warranty on the parts, and the lifetime warranty on the paint (excludes scratching and chipping of course) it really isn’t a bad price if you’re in the market for a system you don’t put together yourself..."

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James Bond: The Ultimate Spy Gear and Gadget Guide @ Digital Trends
"If someone asked you to name the world's best-known secret agent, of course you'd answer back with"

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Intel X.Org, Mesa Performance In Ubuntu
"Earlier this week we had published ATI benchmarks of the open-source Mesa stack and X.Org in the Ubuntu releases going back to Ubuntu 7.04. While the open-source graphics drivers have matured a lot over the past eighteen months and many new features have been added, the ATI performance with an R430 GPU really hadn't improved in the newer releases. To see if the open-source Intel situation is any different, we have carried out similar tests with an Intel 945G Chipset across the past four Ubuntu releases."

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AT&T Pantech Matrix Mobile Phone Review
"Today we are looking at the AT&T Pantech Matrix messaging phone. If you don’t want a full-fledged smartphone, but send lots of text messages this is the handset for you. The phone is a messaging marvel and offers features that text fans will love. Read on for all of the details."

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Motorola MOTOZINE ZN5 Review @ Digital Trends
"Not all superstar partnerships turn out for the best. (See: Madonna/Guy Ritchie, Shaq/Kobe, Steve Jobs/John Scully, McCain/Palin, etc.) But Motorola, the inventor of the cell phone, and Kodak, the creator of the digital camera, can be credited with launching at least one successful team-up. Together, these manufacturers have paired to create the Motorola ZINE ZN5, which features the best digicam we've seen on a cell phone yet. Better still, the handset is priced at just $100. Keep in mind that you can hardly buy a decent digital camera for that, much less a 5MP one built into a feature-rich mobile device. Not everything in the ZN5 is popping flashbulbs, however - it's only an EDGE phone and the device's video recording and playback are less than cutting-edge. Nonetheless, we will say this: The gizmo's imperfections are all but meaningless compared to its overall value, and especially the quality photos it produces."

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Camcorder Buying Guide @ Digital Trends
"Whether you're interested in recording seasonal holidays, birthdays or vacations, it's a perfect time to invest in a camcorder to capture those once-in-a-lifetime get-togethers with family and friends. Sure, a digital camera can do the trick to immortalize precious moments, but why settle for a still and lifeless image when you can shoot video and record audio for future generations to enjoy, be it of young children ripping open presents, a birthday toast at the dinner table given by grandma and grandpa or a baby's first steps on a beach? Today's camcorders - which have gone digital, just like your camera -- are ultra-compact and can record in stunning video clarity. And, thanks to the power of modern computers, it's a cinch to edit your movie, burn a DVD or post the footage to a website such as YouTube or Facebook. If you're in the market for a new camcorder, the following are a few features to"

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Akasa Vortexx Neo @ techPowerUp
"The Akasa Vortexx Neo is a dual-slot cooler that exhausts warm air out of a computer case filling a void in today's graphics cooler market. This all in one, universal cooler is advertised to cool every component on a graphics card from the voltage circuitry to the GPU, and does so with classic dual-slot cooler looks."

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ASUS EEE PC 1000HA Netbook Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ASUS EEE PC 1000HA is a very polished and well thought out product, and I give great kudos to the design team over at ASUS for developing such a wonderful machine. it's clear that ASUS has hit a home run with this device..."

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4830 512MB
"The launch of the RV770 GPU earlier this year by AMD was quite successful. The Radeon HD 4850 and Radeon HD 4870 series feature best-in-class performance and Linux customers were greeted by an evolutionary step in ATI/AMD Linux support. Linux users with these graphics cards now have CrossFire, OverDrive, RandR 1.2, X-Video Bitstream Acceleration, and other new functionality. If you are looking for leading performance and all of the bells and whistles on the newest ATI graphics cards but at a lower cost, AMD recently introduced the Radeon HD 4830. In this article we are looking at the Sapphire Radeon HD 4830 512MB under Ubuntu Linux."

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Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB DDR3-1333 Memory Kit Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The bottom line on the Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB DDR3-1333 memory kit is that it offers great performance right out of the box, and for those looking for more, they will gladly oblige. While they may not have the highest stock speed rating, even a novice overclocker should be able to get a few hundred extra MHz out of this kit."

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Cooler Master HAF-932 Case @ Bjorn3D
"Cooler Master loves to live up to their name, and that may have been precisely the inspiration behind their High AirFlow (HAF) 932 full tower case which we will be taking a look at for this review. Airflow isn't the only thought factored into this case's design, functionality, affordability, and dare we say it, silence, was as well. The Cosmos S may certainly a beauty of a full size tower, but very few people are willing to spend $250 for a computer case and for good reason."

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Cooler Master HAF 932 @ techPowerUp
"The Cooler Master HAF 932 is a great looking case with its industrial and rugged design. It sports two 230 mm fans to cool those parts to the max. Removable hard drive trays and plenty of space for large components, all packed up inside this steel case makes for a perfect combination."

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Sapphire HD4850 512MB Video Card Review @ XtremeComputing
"ATI have done very well with the 4850 and Sapphire has done just as well with the implementation of the card and bundle. Sapphire’s 4850 can be found for around Ł110 online which while not the cheapest 4850 is one of the lower priced 4850’s out there. When combined with the decent bundle of parts and software it makes this good value for money in terms of the 4850’s out there."

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Antec MicroFusion Remote 350 Mini HTPC Enclosure @ BmR
"Home Theater Personal Computers (HTPCs) have been a steadily growing market for nearly a decade now. However, up until the past few years, if you wanted a quality HTPC case you either had to build it yourself, or modify an existing desktop case. While there is certainly some merit to building your own case, most major case manufacturers these days have their own line of cases for just this purpose. Today at Benchmark Reviews, we will look at one of the recent additions to the Antec Veris line-up: the Antec MicroFusion Remote 350 Mini HTPC Enclosure. After a thorough inspection of the exterior and interior features, we'll put it through its paces with a full range thermal performance benchmarks."

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Palit Revolution 700 Deluxe - HD 4870 X2 2048 MB @ techPowerUp
"Palit's new Revolution 700 Deluxe is the first graphics card that occupies three slots in your PC. The massive cooling assembly successfully increases overclocking performance, lowers temperature and reduces fan noise. But is that good enough to beat the AMD reference design?"

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Holiday Toy Test: Girl Tech Stylin' Studio Review
"We look at lots of toys for boys (and their dads) here and often we overlook the gadgetry for girls. Today we are going to look at the Girl Tech Stylin' Studio from Mattel. If you have a girl on your holiday list looking for something fun to do her own makeovers with, the Girl Tech Stylin' Studio could be the ticket. Read on for all the details."

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NZXT Whisper Case@Bjorn3D
"A chassis is one of the most looked over pieces of equipment we use for our computers. It not only has to be stylish, but it has to be functional, make installing computer components easy using little to no effort, be able to make cable management easy, and also dampen the fans or the noise of the components we use."

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Monday, November 10, 2008
Holiday Preview: GPS Buying Guide @ Digital Trends
"In only a handful of years, GPS systems have made the leap from pricy toys for the rich to affordable, indispensable tools for nearly everyone. Whether you drive a Toyota Tercel or a Cadillac XLR, navigation systems are an easy upgrade that will allow you to quit wasting time and gas driving around town, and get directly to your destination, every time. This year's batch of new GPS systems are some of the most flexible and affordable yet, with even more user friendly interfaces that make them appropriate for anyone."

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Xigmatek Battle-Axe VGA Cooler @ techPowerUp
"The Xigmatek Battle-Axe VGA Cooler takes the innovations from the company in the CPU cooler area and applies them to a GPU cooler. This means that you will get direct touch heatpipes and massive fans to cool that modern graphic card of yours."

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Aiptek PocketCinema V10 Mini Projector review in Metku.net
"Projectors are nothing new but the ones that you could carry inside your pockets are. Aiptek is one of the first to introduce this new technology that utilizes LED light to shrink the dimensions of the projector."

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Blu-Ray Performance - Intel X4500HD Versus Radeon 4830 Part 2 @ Legit Reviews
"Intel informed me that even though I was using the latest BIOS at the time for the Intel DG45ID motherboard that the system wasn't running properly. It seems that Blu Ray playback performance on the DG45ID motherboard with BIOS version 0075, 0079, and 0081 wasn't right as Intel accidentally broke something in the BIOS and the result was that hardware acceleration was not working. I just recently updated the BIOS on the Intel DG45ID motherboard to version 0085 (shown in the picture above) and without even checking the CPU usage I can tell that Blu-Ray performance is greatly improved..."

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ATI X.Org, Mesa Performance In Ubuntu
"Late last month we published system benchmarks of Ubuntu 7.04 through 8.10 and had found -- at least with the Intel notebook we were using -- that the performance had degraded with time. This article had then resulted in benchmarks of Fedora 7 through 10 and most recently were Mac OS X 10.5 vs. Ubuntu 8.10 benchmarks. In our original article we hadn't focused much upon the graphics tests and we were just using ATI's binary driver, but per a request from Canonical's Bryce Harrington, we have carried out some open-source graphics tests on Ubuntu 7.04 through 8.10 and we started with the ATI performance."

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Razer Moray Gaming Earbuds @ Bjorn3D
"Computer speakers are okay for when you are at home at the desktop and headphones are okay for those times when everyone at home is asleep or when the noise might bother others during routine activities. But what do you do if you don't want to lug around a set of full sized headphones but don't want to sacrifice sound quality?"

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Cooler Master HAF 932 Full-Tower ATX Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"When a product comes to market with lots of innovative features, outstanding performance and a unique look, all for a reasonable price, it's likely to be very successful. No stranger to commercial success, Cooler Master has once again raised the bar when it comes to performance and convenience in the PC chassis, while keeping the price at a very reasonable level."

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OCZ Behemoth Regulator Mousepad @ techPowerUp
"The OCZ Behemoth Regulator is a classic cloth mouse pad with ample size and good feel for the casual gamer. The price of less than 10 US Dollars should make this an interesting buy."

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Silicon Power 32GB SLC SATA-II SSD @ Benchmark Reviews
"Silicon Power is a rather unknown player in the North American marketplace, despite having numerous products available to the retail market. Not very long ago, Benchmark Reviews tested the first-generation Silicon Power SATA SSD. In that article we found ourselves torn between performance that left some room for improvement, and the press release announcement that Silicon Power had a new SATA-II SSD product ready to launch. As fortune would have it, we didn't have to wait very long to see if the marketing hype was true. In this article, the Silicon Power 32GB SLC SATA-II SSD SP032GBSSD750S25 receives benchmark testing and gets compared against a dozen other high-performance Solid State Drives."

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Sunday, November 9, 2008
Holiday Preview: Cell Phones @ Digital Trends
"Remember the good old days when you used a cell phone to call someone? Amusingly, talking seems to be among the least of the new features touted by 21st century handsets, as evidenced by the following gee-whiz models. Mind you, you'll notice we don't have prices listed on a lot of these up-and-coming devices. We're not being mysterious or lazy: Rather, cell phone prices are set by the carriers (the fine folks behind all those save-now, pay-a-kidney-later contract discounts and rebates), and phone makers don't always reveal who's going to be retailing their wares until they're about to be sold. We know these phones are coming, but in many cases, in terms of who'll be selling them and for how much, well Maybe ringing one of those psychic hotlines can help, assuming these handsets' manufacturers remembered to actually include simple dialing among a seemingly endless array of added bells and whistles."

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NZXT Guardian 921 @ Bjorn3D
"Budget PC gamers make up a fairly large part of the computer industry today, and NZXT has realized that with this case. Built off the success NZXT had with the Guardian chassis not too long ago, they used ideas from that and altered a few things to come up with the Guardian 921."

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Saturday, November 8, 2008
Sparkle GeForce 9500GT 1GB
"We've checked out ATI's Radeon HD 4550 low-end graphics card already and found it to be a nice solution for Linux users on a budget, but how does NVIDIA's competitor contend? In this review we are looking at the NVIDIA GeForce 9500GT from Sparkle. This graphics card has 1GB of DDR2 memory along with DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort connectors."

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Arctic Cooling Accelero TWIN TURO @ Bjorn3D
"The video card is one of the most overlooked pieces of our computer components when it comes to cooling it. Most people think the stock or original cooler is sufficient enough to keep this part of the computer cool. The folks over at Arctic Cooling think that the stock (original) cooler is not enough to keep the most highly in demand component of our computer system cool. So they bring us the Accelero Twin Turbo, built upon an already proven design, the Accelero. The Twin Turbo still utilizes the four copper heat pipes and large aluminum fins, but the Twin Turbo adds to this design two very quiet fans. Let's turn the page and see how this VGA cooler managed to cool a video card card already proven to run 'hot', the ATI HD 4870."

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 Dual-GPU Graphics @ Benchmark Reviews
"Sapphire is best know for taking an ATI product, and making better. It's rare that an AMD partner takes engineering into their own hands, a produces a self-made product. What's impressive is that they've decided to do so with a dual-RV770 Radeon HD 4850 X2 as their latest evolution in graphics cards. Benchmark Reviews compares performance against the GeForce 9800 GX2, CrossFireX 4850's, and the Radeon HD 4870 X2 to name a few, but add a collection of todays hottest video cards to make sure the Sapphire 11139-00-40R receives a workout."

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Friday, November 7, 2008
Razer Moray Gaming Headphones Review
"Today we are looking at the Razer Moray gaming earphones. The small and compact in-ear design makes these extremely portable. If you are looking for a set of earphones for your MP3 player or music phone, the Razer Moray may be exactly what you need. Read on for all of the details."

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Intel i7-965 XE Extreme Edition Nehalem Processor Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Intel's latest Extreme Edition processor release is not your usual bump in clock speed and a new number name tag. The new Nehalem technology is nothing less than a giant leap forward for Intel when there is no real competition in sight."

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Sapphire Radeon HD4850 X2 2048MB Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Sapphire is back again with another specialty graphics card based on a high end ATI Radeon GPU. The newly released Sapphire Radeon HD4850 X2 2048MB graphics card incorporates a pair of Radeon HD4850 graphics processors and 2048MB of GDDR3 memory on a custom PCB to create one serious looking piece of equipment."

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AMD HD4550 versus GeForce 9400GT @ Bjorn3D
"How much are you ready to spend on a video card for your computer? Depending on what type of computer user you are the figure will be very different. Computer enthusiasts like most of us reading this site probably are prepared to put a few $100 on a good card, but for a lot of people, the idea of spending more than $50-$70 simply isn’t an option."

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QNAP TS-509 Pro Gigabit 5-Bay SATA NAS Server @ BmR
"When corporate funds are tight, companies find new ways to reduce operating costs wherever they can. As a network administrator for several small and medium businesses, I'm 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. These environments have made it necessary to look for money-saving opportunities elsewhere 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 much less than before. QNAP offers many affordable NAS server solutions for every department size, and their Turbo Station TS-509 Pro delivers feature-rich functionality to the enterprise environment. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the performance of the 5-drive hot-swappable SATA Gigabit NAS server."

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Thursday, November 6, 2008
Holiday Preview: Home Audio Buying Guide @ Digital Trends
"Serious home audio enthusiasts are in luck this year: There are plenty of great new home theater-ready models just itching to tickle your eardrums for the holidays. Want to see what you'll be rocking out with well into 2009? Check out the following product gallery, and don't say we didn't warn you - these recommendations are sure to keep the good times rolling for months to come."

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Casio G'zOne Boulder Cell Phone Review @ Digital Trends
"After covering the release of Casio's G'zOne Boulder ultra-rugged mobile phone, we couldn't wait to get our hands on one for review and put Casio's rather bold claims to the test. When we finally got a chance to toss, dunk and drop it, we weren't disappointed. The Boulder passed our abuse tests with flying colors, and even more impressive, made a solid, if slightly beefy, livable everyday phone, if you're not looking for a lot of features."

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Lian Li Tyr PC-X500 @ techPowerUp
"The X500 is the shrunk version of the already awesome Tyr PC-X2000 case by Lian Li. The larger brother already blew our socks off, featuring a unique layout, great design and lots of features. We take a close look at the Tyr PC-X500 in the hopes to find the same great feature set in a more compact enclosure."

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Creative Gives In, They Open-Source Their X-Fi Driver
"The Sound Blaster X-Fi sound card driver for Linux from Creative Labs was awful. That's simply the nicest way to put it. The driver was home to many bugs, initially only supported 64-bit Linux, and it was arriving extremely late. The open-source drivers supporting the Creative X-Fi drivers have also been at a stand still. However, Creative Labs today has finally turned this situation around and they have open-sourced the code to this notorious driver. The source-code for the Creative X-Fi driver is now licensed under the GNU GPLv2."

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OCZ NIA - Will Gaming With Brain Waves Take Off?
"After spending a few weeks using the NIA on Vista Ultimate 64-bit with the new 2.001 NIA drivers, I experienced some good and bad with the NIA. I started off with the Pong game that is built into the OCZ NIA software bundle. Nice, simple and a good way to give your head a work out. In fact, after about 10 minutes of flexing my head to move the pong paddle up and down..."

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Gelid Solutions Silent Spirit CPU Cooler @ techPowerUp
"Gelid Solutions' Silent Spirit CPU cooler is a small, lightweight, high performing heatsink for both AMD and Intel CPUs (including Intel Socket LGA1366). Its four heatpipes connect to a pure copper base and an angled block of fins to cool surrounding motherboard components. The cooler is also extremely silent with Gelid's silent 9 2mm PWM fan attached."

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Mac OS X 10.5 vs. Ubuntu 8.10 Benchmarks
"Last week we published Ubuntu 7.04 to 8.10 benchmarks from a Lenovo ThinkPad T60 and had found Ubuntu's performance degraded peculiarly over the past year and a half. We then published Fedora 7 to 10 benchmarks covering the same time-frame and from the same exact Intel notebook computer, but the newer releases of Fedora were only marginally slower in a few tests. In our performance exploration of Ubuntu we now have additional tests to publish this morning. This time around we're switching out the hardware we're testing on to Intel's newer Core 2 series and we're comparing the performance of the x86 and x86_64 editions of Ubuntu 8.10 against Apple's Mac OS X 10.5.5 operating system."

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Noctua NH-U12P Intel/AMD Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"With the NH-U12P, Noctua has brought one of those rare products to the market that can provide high performance cooling while still maintaining very low noise levels. The included low noise adapters are a nice touch and definitely add value, but even at full speed the fan is one of the quietest active CPU coolers I've come across."

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Cooler Master CM 690 NVIDIA Edition Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Cooler master is well known for a wide variety of PC accessories. The line-up consists of heatsinks, power supplies, fans, external storage and cases. The companies case designs have a reputation for being visually pleasing as well as functional. Their offerings range from very basic to options that are tool less and full of cooling options. Recently Cooler Master put a new spin on an established case with the NV 690 NVIDIA Edition. This case has a certain appeal and a nice list of features.Follow along as Benchmark Reviews takes a look."

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Holiday Preview: HDTV Buying Guide @ Digital Trends
"With prices on high-definition television sets at rock-bottom lows, there's no reason you can't enjoy great home entertainment for the holidays. Enter the hottest HDTVs around for hardcore gamers, movie buffs and people who can't tear themselves away from Mad Men or the latest Giants game alike. Buy now, thank us later when (talk about a seasonal miracle) the entire clan's willingly gathered quietly in the living room for a little quality time in front of Eight Crazy Nights or, better still, It's a Wonderful Life."

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Samsung TL34HD 14MP Camera Review @ Digital Trends
"Point-and-shoot digicams have some pretty outlandish features for reasonable prices these days. Look at the new Samsung TL34HD, for example. It has a 14.7-megapixel sensor, a 3-inch touchscreen LCD, optical image stabilization, a wide-angle Schneider 3.6x zoom and takes 720p high-def videos: Not bad for around 325 clams in the real world. Samsung's not exactly Canon, Nikon or Sony, so it stands to reason that the manufacturer has to give you more than the competition. But did it deliver with this one beyond the printed specs? We'll find out soon enough."

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Leadtek GeForce GTX 260 Extreme+ 216 Shaders @ techPowerUp
"The new Leadtek GeForce GTX 260 Extreme+ comes with an increased shader count of 216 compared to 196 on the regular GTX 260. Leadtek has also overclocked the card for some free extra performance. In our testing the GTX 260 Extreme+ delivers excellent performance per Watt claiming a number one spot in the test group."

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Thermalright T-Rad2 Video Card Cooler @ Legit Reviews
"Video card vendors always seem to manufacture graphic cards that have undersized heatsinks with incredibly loud fans and that are almost as hot as the surface of the sun. One would think that after decades of building these things they'd take a hint and build reference cards with thermal solutions that are adequate for stock performance. However, due to this inadequacy many other companies have found a market to fill and Thermalright is a company with proven designs and great success. The Thermalright T-Rad2 picks up where the reference design left off..."

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ECS P45T-AD3 Black @ Bjorn3D
"It's good to see OEM motherboard manufacturers breaking away from their normal everyday routine of building motherboards with little in the way of features and absolutly zero or, at best, extremely limitied overclocking capabilites. ECS brings us their new line-up of motherboards, the 'Black Series', giving us users more flexibility and added features, while at the same time making their products still affordable. I bring you today the ECS P45T-AD3 Black Series motherboard, being armed with an already proven chipset for overclocking (Intel's P45) and including support for DDR3 1333 (natively) and up to DDR3 1600 support (overclocked). Also, it fully supports Intel's 45nm CPU's (Yorkfield and Wolfdale CPU's). Does the ECS P45T-AD3 Black Series have what it takes to keep up in marketplace already dominated by great manufacturers like Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI? Let's see what this motherboard can do, shall we?"

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ASUS Eee PC 1000H 160GB Netbook @ Benchmark Reviews
"Just over a year ago, Asus launched its Eee PC series of notebooks, prompting quick competition and innovation throughout the market. Today Benchmark Reviews looks at one of the newest additions to the Eee family, the Eee PC 1000H 160GB. Like the Eee PC 900 series, the 1000H is based on the Intel Atom platform, and features the Atom N270 processor. However, instead of an 8.9", the 1000H boasts a 10.2" screen as well as a 160GB hard drive. Perhaps the biggest improvement, though, is the use of a 6-cell battery. In this review, we'll take a closer at the Asus Eee 1000H netbook and find out how it compares to more conventional laptops."

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Holiday Preview: Digital Cameras and Camcorders @ Digital Trends
"Memories are great things. Still, it's a lot better having hard copies of events (specifically, pictures and videos) to help you relive each special moment rather than some hazy thoughts that get cloudier with each passing year. Enter 10 digital cameras and camcorders new for this holiday season that prove just the trick when it comes to documenting any occasion. Fancy yourself ready to start preserving all those heartwarming fireside chats and festive dinners for future generations to come? Snap those shutter buttons or hit record and let these great gadgets do the rest."

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Mio Moov 310 GPS Review @ Digital Trends
"Sitting near the very top of Mio's Moov line, the $250 Moov 310 occupies the most powerful and feature-rich territory in the company's otherwise budget-oriented GPS brand. Despite its affordable $250 price tag, it offers a very well-rounded feature set, friendly interface, and excellent tracking performance. As one of the first devices launches since Mio's merger with Navman, it also benefits from new and refined software from the partner company."

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OCZ Gladiator Max HDT CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"The OCZ Gladiator Max has 4 ‘U’ shaped heatpipes giving it 8 vertical pipes for dissipating heat. The fins on the Gladiator Max are quite thick and even feel sturdy. It would have to take a decent hit to bend one of the fins on this cooler. The base of the Gladiator Max has an interesting feature to it. There are 4 pillars that are part of the cast aluminum base and are connected to the first 4 fins. This should help wick heat away from the aluminum base..."

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 2048 MB @ techPowerUp
"Being priced at reasonable $419, the Sapphire HD 4850 X2 is designed to take some market share from NVIDIA's GTX 280. The card features 2 GB of GDDR3 memory and comes with a custom designed cooling solution. Even though you would expect very little overclocking from a dual-GPU card, we saw an amazing 15% performance increase from overclocking without touching any fan settings."

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ASRock G43Twins-FullHD
"Back in August we had looked at the G45-based Super Micro C2SEA with its integrated Intel GMA X4500HD graphics. The X.Org graphics performance wasn't that bad for being an Intel IGP, but Intel had also introduced the G43 Chipset with Intel X4500 (non-HD) graphics. One of the motherboards to use Intel's G43 is the ASRock G43Twins-FullHD, which we happen to be looking at today. This motherboard that pairs the Intel G43 with an ICH10 Southbridge supports both DDR2 and DDR3 system memory and its video connectors include D-Sub, DVI-D, and DisplayPort."

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22 Inch HP Debranded LCD Monitor Review @ Bigbruin.com
"This review is going to take a look at the 22 inch HP debranded DVI widescreen LCD monitor. What we have is an LCD monitor originally manufactured by HP that was rather highly regarded as a new product, and it has basically been refurbished by a third party and made available for $189.99 at Geeks.com minus the HP badging."

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Silver Power SP-600A2C @ Bjorn3D
"In days gone by, power supplies used to be the most overlooked component in the computer. I remember my early days of PC building when it was all about finding the cheapest PSU you could get your hands on and looking for 'just enough' when it came to wattage. No more, however, as the power supply market has exploded. Now we see everything from those same cheap power supplies to $500 models pushing over 1300 watts of power. Just the other day I pulled a co-worker's computer apart. It's about three years old or so and it's running a 250W power supply. I didn't even know those existed anymore! But I digress."

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"ATI has learned that being the king of graphics means you must raise the bar for performance with each product release. The Radeon HD 4850 X2 is the latest evolution in graphics cards, and ATI delivers a product nearly as grand as their Radeon HD 4870 X2. Benchmark Reviews has been fortunate to test the Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 Dual-GPU video card 11139-00-40R against a collection of todays hottest video cards available."

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Monday, November 3, 2008
HDTV Setup Guide: Improving Picture Quality @ Digital Trends
"You've made the investment in a new HDTV, but ask yourself: Are you really getting the most for your money? Something many new HDTV owners might not realize is that they likely aren't enjoying the best possible picture quality right out of the box. In fact, unbeknownst to certain users, some may not even be viewing programs in high-definition! In this short guide, we'll help you make sure that you're not only enjoying a high-def image, but also provide essential tips on eking every last bit of performance out of your HD television set."

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Slacker G2 Review @ Digital Trends
"After racking up generally positive reviews for its first-generation portable Internet radio player, but getting dinged on size by just about everyone, Slacker has tried to recreate the functionality of the original in a much smaller package with the Slacker G2. Promising a continuous feed of fresh music without the effort of selecting it yourself, the G2 delivers on bringing the online Slacker experience mobile, and in a much more reasonable size, but suffers from a terribly clunky input wheel, a sluggish interface, and pricing that makes Apple's boutique product line look cheap."

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Wayland: A New X Server For Linux
"It's no secret that much of the code-base that makes up the modern-day X.Org Server is old and in some places bloated. The X.Org Server continues to evolve and has received a number of major additions in recent times, but wouldn't a clean and lighter server that is designed around today's needs be ideal? Red Hat's Kristian Hřgsberg has started a new project, which is currently known as Wayland, and is just that: a new lightweight X Server. Wayland isn't just a rewrite of the current X Server, but instead it's a small server that is designed around some of the latest graphics technologies such as kernel mode-setting and the Graphics Execution Manager. Wayland also has its own built-in compositing manager."

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Phoronix Test Suite 1.4 "Orkdal" Released
"Phoronix Media has announced the immediate availability of its Q4'08 update to the Phoronix Test Suite, its extensible open-source platform for conducting automated testing and benchmarking by ISVs, IHVs, ODMs, OEMs, and end-users. Phoronix Test Suite 1.4 (codenamed"

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Swiftech APOGEE GTZ @ Bjorn3D
"Swiftech has been a leading innovator in the computer cooling business almost from the very beginning. And by offering the computer enthusiast nothing but the best in quality and performance, they have earned themselves a reputation that's second to none among water cooling enthusiasts. Today we're going to be looking at their newest release in their water cooling line of products, the APOGEE Extreme Performance CPU Water block. The APOGEE GTZ replaces their out going APOGEE GTX water block and it's designed to offer the end-user a high performance solution to Swiftech’s own top model."

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Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"With the Silentuium T2 ECO 80 chassis, Arctic Cooling set out to target the green, quiet-computing market segment. While this market is showing growth lately, it's still a relatively small niche, and niche products are a little tricky to review. One has to consider the compromises that are necessary in order to target the desired niche market. For example, the quiet computing crowd is perfectly willing to tolerate higher temps and even lower performance in order to achieve a near silent system. Up to a point."

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Sapphire HD 4650 OC Edition 512 MB @ techPowerUp
"Sapphire's HD 4650 Overclocked comes with a solid overclock out of the box. But during our own overclocking tests we saw an amazing untapped overclocking potential resulting in more than 20% real world performance increase. Even without overclocking this card, that's in the $70 price range, is an excellent deal considering price/performance."

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Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
"The performance numbers speak for themselves as the Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition proved itself to be more than 35% faster than the equally clocked Core 2 Extreme QX9770 processor in a number of benchmarks. This is an impressive number and one that may be higher than many expected. When overclocked the Core i7 965 was wickedly fast and ripped through performance tests faster than anything we have ever seen..."

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FarCry 2 SLI Performance Review @ Bjorn3D
"Many sites produced reviews on FarCry 2 as fast as they could. We decided to miss the initial rush of hurried reviews on FarCry 2 and SLI and opt for FarCry 2 on Core I7, specifically the 'Big Dog', the Core I7 965 Extreme. Since we've had Core I7 in hand and we've been testing for some time now, we know that it is the future of computing. People will look back at Core I7 and think, 'That's when computing really started to mature.' By waiting for the NDA to lift on Core I7 and the Intel X58 chipset, we're able to bring you a fresh look at FarCry 2, SLI, CrossFire, the X58 chipset, and Core I7 all rolled into one. You know life is good when you're setting on the hottest platform and playing the hottest game with a couple of the fastest GPU's on the planet just aching to churn out frames so fast it'll make your head spin."

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Sunday, November 2, 2008
Intel Core i7 CPU & DX58SO X58 Platform @ Benchmark Reviews
"We at Benchmark Reviews consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have been chosen by Intel as one of those review sites to showcase the Core i7 prior to its official launch. Once chosen our dilemma was how to best convey the myriad of information we ascertained to our readers. Obviously the best plan would be to release one all encompassing review of the entire product line. Because of time constraints this plan was impossible. After much deliberation we decided our best recourse was to present a series of reviews on this product line. In today's segment we will cover an overview of the technological aspects of the Core i7 processor series and the X58 motherboard that supports it. We'll test all three of the processors using a succinct series of benchmarks run a stock processor speeds and draw the necessary conclusions from their results. What else is left you might ask? Believe me when I say that's only scratching the surface. In future reviews we'll concentrate on individual product components and expound in much greater detail on that product's performance capabilities including overclocking."

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Saturday, November 1, 2008
Gunnar Optiks Shredder Computer Glasses Review
"Today we are looking at a pair of computer glasses called the Gunnar Optiks Shredder. The glasses use special lenses and coatings to reduce eye strain and associated symptoms like headache and neck pain. Gunnar makes a variety of styles to suit different needs and tastes. Each style is available in different colors and the glasses work very well."

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Palit Radeon HD 4870X2 @ Bjorn3D
"With games ramping up their requirements and with the never-ending needs of enthusiasts on the rise, it seems like everyone is looking for a more powerful GPU that offers speed they need now, and that little extra 'umph' for future proofing. Others are just looking for blazing fast frame rates with immersive graphics, while a select few are looking not only for blazing graphics performance, but a world record class GPU."

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A.C.Ryan Udock USB & eSATA docking station @ XtremeComputing
"For this review I will be taking a look at a product from a company that whilst not totally unknown unless you are into modifying your pc’s you may not have heard of as a lot, but not all, of their products are used for modifying pc’s. The item I am reviewing is a hard drive docking station the Udock from AC Ryan, yes that’s correct a docking station NOT a caddy, all will be revealed."

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