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Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Year In Review: 2008 Computer Hardware Industry Failure
"Every technology starts with a motivation, and throughout the past year Benchmark Reviews has watched the computer hardware industry follow trends that seem all too familiar of yesteryear. In this article by Executive Editor Olin Coles, the past 2008 calendar year is summarized for it's accomplishments, but the real focus is on the coming year ahead. Will 2009 be the year that component computer hardware becomes important again, or will it be relegated to a niche hobby for enthusiast?"

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ECS X58B-A Black Edition Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ECS X58B-A Black Edition motherboard was incredibly stable through all the testing, something to be expected from a major OEM manufacturer where stability is critical. Overclocking stability was also impressive with a 185MHz base clock achieved when I was expecting no overclock. Add in the inclusion of ICH10R, SLI and CrossFire support, and 6 DIMM slots and you've got a well equipped motherboard..."

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Thermaltake SpinQ Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"With the SpinQ, Thermaltake is breaking new ground in aesthetics and design. The blue LED centrifugal fan and innovative fin design make for an interesting product that is visually exciting and would be a definite asset in a windowed case. As far as cooling performance, it is as good, or better than the majority of high-end coolers on the market at stock voltages."

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Kingston HyperX TC DDR3 1600 @ Bjorn3D
"Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has been an industry leader in computer memory technology arena for as long as some people can remember. Producing high quality ram since 1987 Kingston has been in on every phase of computer memory manufacturing, worth mentioning that we can think of. Then some time back they started producing enthusiast level memory with their HyperX line. We have seen HyperX and tested HyperX and we'd have to say HyperX is some seriously great ram."

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
NZXT College Football Bowl Game Challenge @ Bigbruin.com
"NZXT is teaming up with Bigbruin.com to sponsor a College Football Bowl Game Challenge! Up for grabs are four great items from the NZXT line up, and in order to enter you just need to make your picks for seven of this season's top college football bowl games! The first of the bowl games involved is to be played on January 1st, so there is still time to enter."

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ASUS Xonar D1 PCI Audio Card Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The ASUS Xonar D1 is a 7.1 channel solution designed to fit into full sized or low profile systems, and offers exceptional audio in 3D games and home theater applications. If you are serious enough about sound to realize that the onboard solution just isn't cutting it, the Xonar D1 is worth considering. It offers great sound, appealing features, and it won't break the bank."

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AirLive WL-2000CAM IP Camera @ techPowerUp
"The WL-2000CAM is a brand new IP camera solution from AirLive. The camera is tailored for home surveillance and even has its own lights so you can use it in a dim room. Much like the other cameras from AirLive this one has wireless capabilities and can even stream video to a 3G cellphone."

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Cooler Master ATCS 840 Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Cooler Master ATSC 840 is an enthusiast-level case that may be large in stature but is also equally large in features, quality and usability. If you are in the market for a new case for your Christmas hardware goodies, I highly recommend giving this case serious consideration..."

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Great Linux Innovations Of 2008
"Last year we had looked at The Greatest Linux Innovations Of 2007, and as this year ends, we have compiled a similar list of what we believe were some of the greatest Linux innovations or achievements of 2008. Among the innovations named this year were KDE 4, NetworkManager 0.7, new hardware companies standing behind open-source support, and the Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix."

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Razer Lycosa Mirror Keyboard @ Bjorn3D
"With today's computers it's really hard to find the right balance between features and price. And with a slew of companies that offer a variety of standard, multimedia, wireless, and gaming keyboards, you really have no idea where to start looking. Many enthusiasts and gamers are really picky and stubborn when it comes to finding the right keyboard and these guys are the ones that manufacturers find are hard to win over."

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In Win NA USB/ESATA HDD Enclosure Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Leave it to the folks at In Win to provide us with an eye-catching creation to liven up your computer desk. The Na enclosure not only keeps data safe but also doubles as a well-crafted piece of art. The unique construction influenced by Chinese culture breathes new life into an external enclosure market currently flooded with monotonous designs."

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Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 XSA-00001 @ BmR
"The Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 is the jack of all trades. It contains enough programmable keys to keep the most fervent multi-tasker happy and a very precise mouse that to keep the gamer happy. Its wireless range makes it suitable for the office, conference room or even the living room. The wireless dongle is small and fits within the bottom of the mouse, making it easy to transport. How well does it work? Benchmark Reviews will fill you in on the XSA-00001 kit from Microsoft."

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Monday, December 29, 2008
AMD Releases Open-Source R600/700 3D Code
"Since earlier this year we have been waiting for AMD to release documentation and/or code on the ATI R600 series concerning 3D acceleration so that the open-source Linux drivers can begin to support the newer ATI graphics processors. It has taken longer than expected for AMD to complete and release this information, but it's now available. AMD has released the fundamental Linux code needed to begin fostering the development of an open-source R600 3D driver. Furthermore, this code also concerns the latest R700 series of graphics processors! The microcode for the newest GPUs has also been released."

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CoolIT Domino A.L.C. Advanced CPU Liquid Cooling System Review @ Tweaknews.net
"CoolIt's Domino A.L.C. kit has a lot going for it. Not only is this a turnkey system that requires no assembly or maintenance, it is easily installed, has good cooling performance and is priced competitively with higher-end air coolers."

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Sunday, December 28, 2008
In Win GD @ techPowerUp
"The In Win GD case is a unique gaming case. The case has been designed with a futuristic/robotic theme and the chassis follows this on both the front and side. The innovative VGA Turbo Cooling Solution is a great way for gamers to keep their graphics cards cool when spending hours in-game."

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Antec VERIS A/V Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"Just put the Antec A/V cooler on top of any A/V components air ventilation grid and the cooler will start to suck out the hot air out and away from the A/V component. The idea is simple enough and for $61.01 plus shipping you can have one at your door and ready to use on your precious stereo components. One of the most popular mid-range receivers today is the Onkyo TX-SR806B and at $619 plus shipping this 7.1 Channels, 130 W/Channel receiver also gets pretty hot. When spending that much money on a receiver it only makes sense to make sure that it is being properly cooled..."

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Saturday, December 27, 2008
Patriot Xporter Magnum 64GB Flash Drive @ Bjorn3D
"At one time, it was believed that the 1.44 megabytes of data that a floppy drive held was more than enough. Now we realize that this is not the case. Files keep on getting larger and there's no sign of that slowing down. This has given rise to the need for larger and larger capacity storage devices such as flash drives. Today, the largest flash drive available at larger retailers is 64 GB. Patriot has sent us their crack at making a supurb 64 GB flash drive. Will it compare to other makers' efforts in the field?"

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Friday, December 26, 2008
Intel UXA Acceleration Performance
"Subsequent to the introduction of the Graphics Execution Manager earlier this year, Intel had introduced a new acceleration architecture. UXA, or the UMA Acceleration Architecture, was developed as a temporary solution based upon the EXA architecture but with support for the kernel-driven GEM memory management. How though does the UXA performance compare to that of EXA? In this article we have ran some benchmarking looking at the Intel graphics performance."

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In Win Matrix @ Bjorn3D
"In Win has been around for as long as I can remember. Back in 2000, when I had just gotten out of the military, I bought one of their full tower server cases. I ended up having it for a few years, but after those few good years, my good old case started falling apart. So when I went looking for a new computer case it seemed like In Win had fallen off the face of the earth. I looked and looked for their products but I never could find any. Well, here it is, eight years later and In Win finds me. So, I am going to show you one of their newest additions, the Matrix computer case."

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Solid State Drive (SSD) Benchmark Performance Testing @ BmR
"In this article, Benchmark Reviews sets out to detail the performance differences between SSD products attached to the JMicron JMB322 host-based controller and the Intel ICH10R, but instead discovered a larger problem. While read and write performance can sway unpredictably between SATA controllers, the most disturbing subject is the inconsistency between test tools. One version of ATTO Disk Benchmark can record result different from another, while HD-Tach gives different results on the same version and driver. Please read more to learn of the pitfalls and perils when testing SSD's between platforms."

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Instant Boot on ASRock N7AD-SLI Motherboards @ Legit Reviews
"We forget that not too long ago, it took several minutes to get a system up and running, and sometimes you even had to change out a floppy disk to continue! Man, times have changed! ASRock has decided to help us cope with those changes by introducing a technology called Instant Boot on their nForce 740i SLI motherboard based motherboard - N7AD-SLI. ASRock says that your system can be up and running in as little as four seconds. Though we did not experience that kind of speed, it was a nice feature to work with. We put together a short little video review to show you how it works..."

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MSI X58 Platinum @ Bjorn3D
"With the introduction of the Intel's newest CPU's, Intel has also released a new chipset along with it. The X58 has proven to be an absolute power house in terms of all-out performance, and not just in gaming performance, but in anything we put it through. This X58 Platinum motherboard is just that, an MSI power house."

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008
OCZ Technology SLI-Ready 2GB DDR3-2000 Memory Kit Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The OCZ Technology SLI-Ready 2GB DDR3-2000 dual channel memory kit is almost ahead of its time. The eVGA 790i motherboard does support SLI-Ready memory up to 2000MHz, but it did have some trouble staying stable at that speed. Testing really didn't show much advantage over a ‘slower’ kit, and if you can run with tighter timings at lower speeds you may be better off."

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NZXT Whisper Full-Tower Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Finally, a chassis that is designed for the enthusiast that combines noise dampening features with expandability and storage. Introducing the Whisper silent full tower chassis from NZXT, improving upon the successful of the NZXT HU-001 chassis, the Whisper is another step up from the Hush. Featured in a large size E-ATX Full Tower, the Whisper can support up to NINE hard drives and a total of SIX 5.25"; bays with ample space for large expansion cards. 10mm dampening foams, rubber grommets, and padded PSU holder are some of the major features in silence. The NZXT Whisper is the complete solution for the enthusiast who is not willing to sacrifice silence for performance. Benchmark Reviews recently got a hold of one of these cases and I must say I'm intrigued so now let's just see if the Whisper lives up to it's name or not."

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Intel Linux Graphics Performance Q4'08
"The past year has brought several invasive changes to the Intel Linux graphics stack with the introduction of the Graphics Execution Manager for GPU memory management within the kernel, support for the Direct Rendering Infrastructure 2, and kernel mode-setting finally getting ready to enter the limelight. How though has the work this year affected the overall performance of Intel integrated graphics on Linux? In this article we have run a few benchmarks that show where the driver was at a few months ago and where it is today."

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Intel DX58SO Smackover X58 Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"The i7 series of processors accompanied by an enthusiast grade motherboard utilizing the X58 chipset were one of the most highly anticipated product releases since the Core 2 Duo. At the time of the launch Intel introduced their DX58SO motherboard affectionately nicknamed the "Smackover". The DX58SO motherboard is without a doubt the most feature laden endeavor that Intel has undertaken to date. It is not only slanted towards the the serious overclocker but it provides a bevy of BIOS related features that could easily take take Intel's latest product to the next level of performance."

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Monday, December 22, 2008
Cryostasis Benchmarking with Triple-SLI PhysX @ Legit Reviews
"Adding three EVGA GeForce GTX 280 video cards into the mix provided some interesting results as it showed that adding a dedicated PhysX card helped performance across the board. I actually expected the performance to level off at some point, but that obviously didn't happen this time around. If the Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason TechDemo benchmark utility proves to be an accurate reading for upcoming PhysX game titles it looks like dedicated PhysX cards and SLI will be the most cost effective way to get the performance you are looking for..."

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Last Minute Gift Ideas @ Digital Trends
"Between jetting off to the in-laws, preparing for the kids' winter break, reconnecting with friends and relatives, plus, you know, actually keeping the lights on and all, something had to give: Namely, any free time you'd scheduled for holiday shopping. But relax - it's not too late to still surprise that special someone in your life who adores gadgets and consumer electronics with a killer high-tech gift. Following are just a few last-minute selections sure to light up any technophile's face as much as the glow from a swank menorah or Christmas tree:"

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Seasonic M12D 850 Watt PSU @ Bjorn3D
"I've seen systems that are worth hundreds and thousands of dollars fall to poor PSU choices. I've seen one PSU kill two motherboards in a row because they thought buying a flea market PSU was a good idea. I've seen video cards that cost $300 (USD) and more die because people thought their PSU would be enough to drive the GPU. You name it I've seen it. Including a $20 dollar 650 Watt PSU burn down part of a house. Computer PSU's aren't something to skimp on."

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Sunday, December 21, 2008
ASUS EAH4870 DK TOP 512MB Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"Benchmark Reviews is no stranger to the Radeon HD 4870 and today we add one more to the ranks: the ASUS EAH4870 Dark Knight Top. This 'DK TOP' model comes equipped with ASUS' famed Dark Knight cooler and claims of a 9% performance lead over stock 4870's thanks to an impressive factory overclock. In today's review, we'll put this claim to the test and find out what kind of performance the EAH4870 DK Top brings to the table."

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Sunbeam Acrylic UFO Cube Case
"For those not interested in a sleek computer enclosure like the SilverStone Temjin TJ10, a humongous chassis like the Cooler Master ATCS 840 EATX, or a professional-oriented chassis like the SilverStone Fortress FT01, there is the Sunbeam Acrylic UFO Cube Case. The Sunbeam Acrylic UFO Cube Case is a do-it-yourself case that is made almost entirely of acrylic and will allow you to show off all of the hardware you have installed."

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Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thermaltake Toughpower 1200 Watt Power Supply @ Bjorn3D
"The question you have to ask yourself, and that we had to ask ourselves is; do I want to chance running these beasts on a power supply that isn't rated by Nvidia to drive those three beasts. Do I want to take a chance on destroying a beautiful rig, and tanking 3 uber expensive GPU's in the process? The correct answer to that question would be, no you don't."

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Friday, December 19, 2008
Sapphire HD 4870 X2 Atomic Watercooled @ techPowerUp
"Sapphire's new HD 4870 X2 Atomic Watercooled is a special edition of the popular dual-RV770 design that comes with a prefilled watercooling kit that also includes a waterbock for your processor. Being delivered in a nice aluminum case there are a load of extra accessories ranging from software to cabling - but the price tag is also outstanding: over $600."

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Sapphire Atomic HD4870 X2 2GB Watercooled Videocard Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Sure not everyone needs a watercooled videocard, but this videocard is not targeted towards the everyday gamer. This product has the crosshairs on the consumer that has the money, wants the best, wants it easily installed, and wants to game as fast as possible without the noise and bother. To me, if you can afford it, you cannot afford to turn this option down. Period....."

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Java Performance: Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows Vista
"Have you ever wondered on what operating system Java works the best? While by no means is it a conclusive multi-platform comparison, for this article we ran a number of Java benchmarks on both Windows Vista Premium and Ubuntu Linux to see how the Java Virtual Machine performance differs. In addition, when running Ubuntu we had tested Sun's official Java package as well as the OpenJDK alternative."

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nMediaPC HTPC 3000B @ Bjorn3D
"Several HTPC cases are the same width and height as a typical stereo system. The unit we are looking at today, however, is setup as a desktop computer. nMediaPC has done a pretty good job of dressing it up though, so it doesn't look out of place next to a stereo system. It actually reminds me of a powered subwoofer enclosure. With its sleek lines, ported opening on the bottom and a little LCD display, it doesn't look like a computer, at first glance. This is due to them tucking the optical drive, front panel ports, and even a card reader behind the two doors to keep everything looking nice."

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Benchmark Reviews Editors Choice Awards 2008
"Benchmark Reviews tests a lot of very good computer hardware, which is a result of our selection process for product reviews. Although it would be most ideal for a hardware review website to test each and every item sold on the retail market, it's just not feasable due to limited staff and budget. As a result, many of the products featured here are among the best consumers will find. This year Benchmark Reviews Executive Editor Olin Coles delivers his nominations for the 2008 Editors Choice Award for each category: CPU Coolers, Desktop Processors, Solid State Drives, Desktop Graphics Cards, Computer Cases, and Desktop Motherboards."

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Thursday, December 18, 2008
10 Items Your Geek Friends Don't Want for Christmas @ Digital Trends
"Tech enthusiasts are a quirky and cynical bunch - which is why shopping for them is an agonizing affair that rarely ends well. In general, most prefer to spend their time deriding the failure of products (Exhibits A and B, guilty as charged) rather than actually lusting over them. (With the possible exception of Apple fans, who will fawn over anything Steve Jobs kicks down to them from his shiny white plastic throne.) That's why, though we've given advice on techie gifts to get for family, friends and coworkers, we wouldn't touch"

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Sony alpha DSLR-A900 Review @ Digital Trends
"D-SLRs are definitely where the action is in digital photography. Sales of compact point-and-shoots may have hit a wall in this recession, but digital single-lens reflex cameras continue to do well as prices have come down and quality has gone up. The new full-frame Sony alpha DSLR-A900 is a great, albeit relatively expensive example when compared to the typical D-SLR with smaller APS-C sized sensors. This beefy camera has a 24.6-megapixel full-frame imaging device, and sells for"

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Sapphire Atomic Radeon HD4870 X2 2048MB Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The features, specifications, real world performance, and physical appearance of the Sapphire Atomic Radeon HD4870 X2 2048MB graphics card are all incredible. It is one of the highest performance cards on the market, while also probably being one of the coolest and quietest. This low noise and low heat is even more impressive when you consider that it isn't just the GPU being cooled, but the CPU and the case, too."

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Nvidia GTX-295 Fastest GPU on the Planet @ Bjorn3D
"On Thursday December 18th 2008 Nvidia announced the up and coming release of a new Hybrid GPU, the GTX-295. The GTX-295 is poised to replace the ATI 4870x2 as the fastest GPU on the planet when it releases shortly after the first of the year. The photos supplied to us of the GTX-295 are of an Nvidia reference GPU. It's almost 2 GTX-260's on one GPU, by almost we mean it's a hybrid GPU that has most of the features of a dual GTX-260, but has some improvements that resemble the GTX-280. We'll let that go until it's time for the infamous Bjorn3D table."

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Western Digital VelociRaptor Raid 0 @ Bjorn3D
"Hard drive storage has been a bottleneck point in computers for as long as most of us can remember. Solid State Drives have hit the market, but currently are so expensive for the amount of storage that you get that they just aren't feasible. When you're looking at $200 for 128 GB of storage (for a generic SSD) you're likely to keep your old slow hard drive and just drool over the SSD line of products, wishing they offered a better price performance ratio."

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2 Atomic ST-6026 @ Benchmark Reviews
"Featuring a closed-loop liquid cooled system, the Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2 Atomic ST-6026 brings workstation class cooling to the PC, enabling faster clock speeds and quieter operation - and delivering the fastest graphics performance ever seen in a single card-slot solution. Both GPU's in the Sapphire Atomic ST-6026 are clocked at 800MHz and each has 1GB of DDR5 memory clocked at 1000MHz, making a total of 2GB of video frame buffer. The streamlined single-slot liquid-cooler assembly on the graphics card evenly cools both RV770 GPU's and their associated memories - enabling this dual graphics system to run with a high level of stability even when delivering the highest levels of performance. The Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2 Atomic ST-6026 is a limited edition product, and comes packaged in a stylish aluminium case with a host of accessories aimed at the gaming enthusiast, The list of included tools include an HDMI adapter, HDMI cable, CCL UV lamp, two Sapphire USB flash drives, as well as driver and utilities software and benchmarking tools. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests Sapphire's fastest Radeon HD 4870 X2 video card against the best graphics products available."

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Jetway NC92 Atom IPC Motherboard
"If you have wanted to get your hands on an Intel Atom system but aren't interested in the netbooks that are out there, it's now relatively easy to find compatible motherboards out there to build your own Intel Atom system. Some of these motherboards even come with an Atom CPU already installed. In this article we have our hands on the Jetway NC92-230-LF, which is a mini ITX motherboard that is pre-installed with an Intel Atom N230 and offers one PCI slot, one DDR2 slot, Gigabit Ethernet, and 6-channel audio."

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Interviewing Palit Microsystem's Darren Polkowski @ Legit Reviews
"Any particular reason why a frog is the mascot of sorts for Palit? Frog is symbol of luck and prosperity in Asia. This is the reason we chose the Frog. Some people love it and some don’t. I guess you can’t win with everyone. If you look at ATI with the Gargoyle, some people thought it was too evil. So the next generation they used the metallic Minotaur, still some thought it was too menacing. Then they switched to Ruby. Was everyone happy? Nope. Some said it was too sexual...."

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Get TV/Movies, Books, Software and Games Free @ Digital Trends
"With worse economic news darkening the tickers on CNN every day and companies collapsing like cardboard boxes in the icy December wind, you might be inclined to shorten wish lists a bit this year to make for a lean Christmas. But while a little fiscal responsibility never hurt, it doesn't mean you have to come up short on gifts either. Believe it or not, volumes worth of books, games, TV shows, movies and software are all waiting to be harvested for free on the Web, if you have the patience and good sense to find them. Here are a few of our favorite - and legal - ways uncover these gems on the Web."

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Samsung Behold Review @ Digital Trends
"Samsung's Behold is an upgraded Instinct for T-Mobile, which means it offers all of Instinct's modern cell phone faculties, plus a 5-megapixel camera. But while the Instinct is well-suited for Sprint's EV-DO Rev. A 3G network, the Behold is a Ferrari running on T-Mobile's mostly EDGE go-kart network. As such, Behold is a phone for T-Mobile's full 3G future, not its present."

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PaLiT Revolution 700 Deluxe Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The PaLiT Revolution 700 Deluxe is vastly superior to the reference design used on the Radeon HD 4870 X2 when it comes to thermal performance. Currently, nearly all the other ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 cards sold are reference designs so the Revolution 700 Deluxe won't have much in the way of competition. If you are looking for a single card with no thoughts of CrossFire, the Revolution 700 Deluxe is a great option."

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College Football Bowl Game Challenge - Win Prizes From NZXT @ Bigbruin.com
"NZXT is teaming up with Bigbruin.com to sponsor a College Football Bowl Game Challenge! Up for grabs are four great items from the NZXT line up, and in order to enter you just need to make your picks for seven of this season's top college football bowl games!"

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Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme Copper Cooler @ Bjorn3D
"Heatsink coolers for computer hardware components have been around for ages now. Stock coolers are adequate for the vast majority of PC owners, and for the most part they are sufficient to get the job done. Not to mention a free cooler that comes with your CPU is still a free cooler. Yet those seeking to preserve the lifespan of their hardware or especially want to unlock untapped performance through overclocking will scoff at the notion of using a stock cooler, and rightly so."

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Noctua NH-C12P INTEL/AMD Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Performance wise, the NH-C12P is one of the best downdraft coolers available, and compares favorably with the better coolers on the market irrespective of design. In my book, the board cooling benefits of a downdraft cooler are well worth the minimal performance hit incurred. Opinions will vary on this point, and it will be up to the user to decide what's most desirable for a particular platform."

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Diamond HD 4870 1GB CrossFire Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Diamond HD 4870 1GB can take today’s latest games and blitz right through them, providing buttery smooth gaming enjoyment. At a price under $300, high end gaming never looked so good and cost so little. In the driver department I have had no problems with ATI’s 8.12’s. The inclusion of the AVIVO video converter for FREE is a welcome sight. I like that I don’t need to install third party applications or a second utility aside from the driver to do basic temperature monitoring, basic overclocking, and tweaking the fan speed..."

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NVIDIA Linux 2008 Year in Review
"Yesterday we had published our AMD Linux 2008 Year in Review where we had provided a recap of all major features introduced in their Linux driver over the past year as well as taking the time to re-benchmark every Catalyst driver released this year. We have been doing this process annually going back to 2005, and now it's time to look at the NVIDIA Linux driver releases from this year."

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Cryostasis PC Game TechDemo - Physics Benchmarking @ Legit Reviews
"It was obvious from the second we started benchmarking that the ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB graphics card that the CATALYST 8.12 drivers have not been optimized for Cryostasis. Cryostasis is part of NVIDIA's 'The Way It’s Meant to be Played' program and the game isn't due out for a couple months, so the ATI results don't mean much right now. The NVIDIA performance numbers, on the other hand, should be pretty close to what you'll see when the game hits store shelves and the numbers are solid. Adding a dedicated PhysX card to the system did improve the average frame rate, which is interesting to see considering we were using a GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 graphics card..."

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ASUS EEE PC 4G 701 Netbook Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The bottom line is that the entire series of ASUS EEE PC netbooks are pretty cool, fun, and easy to use; and the refurbished EEE PC 4G 701 netbook is no different. If you are looking for a low cost, light weight device to keep you connected when you are away from your main computer, this is a great option to consider."

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Super Talent 8GBs Flash Drive @ Bjorn3D
"These days, flash drives are a common place. I cannot think of anyone not having one on them or near their computer. They're just as common as knives and forks we have in our kitchens, and our wallets or purses that we use in our day to day lives. We use flash drives for just about everything computer related. They have even gotten so popular that even HDTV's and Car Stereos are now including the use of these wonderful devices."

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G.Skill FM-25S2S-64GB SATA-II MLC SSD @ Benchmark Reviews
"Back in November 2007, after experiencing the SuperComputing Conference SC07, finding Solid State Drives on sale anywhere was a real challenge. One year later, and online stores are offering dozens of SSD models at reasonable prices. Solid State Drives are rapidly changing the computing landscape, and many enthusiasts are using SSD technology in their primary systems to help boost performance. Benchmark Reviews has tested nearly all of the products available to the retail market in this sector, and several do well while others fall flat. It used to be that performance was the largest hurdle for SSD's, followed by stability, and later price. In this article, we benchmark test bandwidth performance on the G.Skill FM-25S2S-64GB SATA-II MLC mass storage NAND Solid State Drive and compare it against the top competition."

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Gifts for Parents and Grandparents @ Digital Trends
"Surprise: Technology isn't just a young man's game. It hasn't been for years, actually. Still, there are people that think you can't teach an old dog new tricks-especially electronically-powered ones. However, the truth is that there are plenty of advances that allow even the most inexperienced user to connect at all hours and/or make day-to-day living a whole lot easier. Want to get Mom, Dad or your grandparents to explore their inner geekdom? Here are just a few ways our elders can embrace it and enhance the family unit - and amazingly, no, not a single one even involves using The Clapper."

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Cowon O2 Review @ Digital Trends
"Cowon has a reputation for designing innovative, yet underrated digital media players, and the O2 is no exception. It's not as sexy as Apple's iPod Touch, and it doesn't come with an all-you-can eat music plan like Microsoft's Zune, but this device offers a host of features neither of its more well-known competitors can match."

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Monday, December 15, 2008
AMD Athlon X2 7750 and 5050e Dual-Core Processor Reviews @ Legit Reviews
"Both the AMD Athlon X2 5050e and the Athlon X2 7750 processors serve a place in today's market, but the roles for the two processors are clear as night and day. The AMD Athlon X2 5050e is perfect for those wanting to build a system that uses low power and has a quiet cooling solution. The thermal properties on the Athlon X2 5050e were amazing and the fact that the processor runs at just 41C under load on the factory heat sink was most impressive..."

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AMD Linux 2008 Year in Review
"Last year when publishing our AMD Year in Review article there were numerous new features to account for, including but not limited to the new OpenGL driver, support for Compiz, and the AMD Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition. This year has been another interesting year for AMD's Linux efforts on both the open and closed fronts. We are focusing on their Catalyst driver efforts in this article, which has picked up support for CrossFire, is now capable of being overclocked with OverDrive, and AMD is now delivering same-day Linux product support. In this article we will recap some of the highlights from the Catalyst driver releases this year as well as set out on a benchmarking extravaganza."

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Legit Reviews Stocking Stuffer Guide for 2008 @ Legit Reviews
"With the economy going down the tubes and layoffs in the IT industry becoming something common in the news, a good book might be in order. If you are wondering why companies are failing left and right then you need to read the book - The World Is Flat 3.0. This book is an essential update on globalization, its opportunities for individual empowerment, its achievements at lifting millions out of poverty, and its drawbacks--environmental, social, and political. The World Is Flat has a great flow to it and if you lived through the dot com boom this book will tie together everything that has happened in the last decade..."

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Tagan El Diablo Advance @ Bjorn3D
"It has been awhile since the first designer cases showed up on the market, but the battle for the best continues. Manufacturers have always tried to make a design that looks very attractive, while having unsurpassed performance. Today, Tagan has supplied us with the El Diablo A+ case, which hopes to exceed in both fields. This case combines some cool elements, like LED lights, with unsurpassed cooling. If its 360mm fan isn't big enough for you, then I am afraid your thinking way too big. That is not the only thing that is big in this case, just about every other part of this case is simply huge."

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NZXT Sentry LX @ techPowerUp
"The Sentry LX is a high-end, well constructed thermal monitoring unit, which gives you constant access to five thermal sensors and five case fans at once. It also includes a date & time display, so you can enjoy those longer gaming sessions without losing track of time."

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Vantec Aeroflow FX120 Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"If you're looking for a cooling solution that is difficult to install, has mediocre cooling performance and is annoyingly loud, the Vantec AeroFlow FX 120 is the ideal product for you. On the other hand, if you're like most PC enthusiasts, you'll want to avoid this product like the plague. The installation process has more PITA than the Greek restaurant my wife and I visited last night. Furthermore, the cooling performance is lackluster at best and the fan whines like a harpy in a Greek tragedy."

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Sunday, December 14, 2008
Gigabyte GA-EX58-EXTREME Core i7 Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"The GA-EX58-EXTREME is the latest high performance X58-Express Series motherboard from GIGABYTE, designed from the ground up to unleash the awesome power of Intel's new Core i7 processors. Equipped with a host of new features including the new QPI interface, 3-channel DDR3 support, 3-Way SLI and CrossFireX support, Ultra Durable 3 technology and the industry's most extensive range of overclocking features, the EX58-EXTREME is bringing excitement back into the high performance motherboard industry. In this article, Benchmark Reviews compares the EX58-EXTREME to Intel's DX58SO Smackover and last-generations X48T-DQ6 motherboards."

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Antec Skeleton Case @ Bjorn3D
"Every once and awhile there is a product that comes along that is so unique and original that people greet it first with shock, then with curiosity, and finally love. I believe that the Antec Skeleton case happens to be one of those products. Think of the Skeleton as the bare bones of a case. It has all of the required mounting holes and standoffs, all of the standard features that any other modern case would have; it is just missing its skin. With no side panels on this case, installing components is a breeze. Read along to see how the bones of Antec's newest case hold up when installing a system."

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Intel Atom On Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSuSE, Mandriva
"Back in September we looked at the Intel Atom performance on a few Linux distributions using the ASUS Eee PC 901, but now with new stable releases of some of the most popular distributions out in the wild, we've decided to re-conduct these tests. We are using a slightly different Atom-based system this time and we are comparing the performance on Ubuntu 8.10, Fedora 10, Mandriva 2008, and OpenSuSE 11.1."

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Tagan A+ Diablo Advance & BZ700 PSU @ techPowerUp
"Tagan is a company well known for their power supplies and in recent years have ventured into the case market. In a case market of limitless varieties see how the Tagan A+ Diablo Advance separates itself from the pack with high styling and an elaborate air cooling system that features good looks right out of the box."

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Saturday, December 13, 2008
Corsair Dominator TC DDR3 1600 (TR3X6G1600C8D-PK1) @ Bjorn3D
"When it comes to computer memory, Corsair has been at the top of enthusiasts' lists of dream parts for years. One series of kit tops that list, the Corsair Dominator. With its imposing Corsair Dual-path Heat Xchange (DHX) heat sinks, it makes its presence known from the minute you see it."

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Friday, December 12, 2008
IKONIK Vulcan 1200W PSU @ techPowerUp
"IKONIK's latest power supply comes with a whopping 1200W of output power. It offers six 6+2 PCI-Express connectors, which means it is able to handle any video card configuration you can throw at it. The efficiency of over 83% also makes it a viable choice for green computing."

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Toshiba Regza 32RV530U 32" LCD HDTV
"The cost of LCD HDTVs have dropped dramatically in recent times where it's now possible to find a moderately sized HDTV for just a few hundred dollars. With more budget brands now surfacing with their own LCD HDTVs that are even more competitively priced, it can be a bit challenging to find a LCD HDTV that is good and bargain-priced with the selection being so large. One of the LCDs we recently encountered at Phoronix was the Toshiba Regza 32RV530U. This TV is only 32"

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Gigabyte EP45T-Extreme @ Bjorn3D
"When I heard that I was going to be getting the Gigabyte EP45T-Extreme I was extremely excited. It’s been quite a long time now since I’ve gotten my hands on a motherboard designed specifically for overclocking. The last one was from DFI, back when their LanParty boards were king. My past few boards have been from MSI, and although they make quality products, their BIOS options for overclocking are somewhat limited and not what I would consider designed for advanced users."

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Cooler Master Cosmos Black Label Computer Case @ BmR
"Back in September of 2007 Benchmark Reviews tested Cooler Master's Cosmos RC-1000 full-tower computer case, and was so impressed with the fine attention to detail that it earned our Golden Tachometer Award. Then, a few month later in February of 2008, we witnessed the Cooler Master Cosmos S arrive to the scene with a darkened appearance and sport-car curves. So it's fitting then that Cooler Master offer their most revered computer case in a limited edition set. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Cooler Master Cosmos Black Label Limited Edition E-ATX full-tower computer case kit (SKU: RC-1000S-KKN2-GP), as a supplemental installment to our original comprehensive Cosmos 1000 review."

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Thermaltake Soprano Aluminum Keyboard Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The Soprano is a great keyboard for general internet surfing, email and occasional document preparation. If a larger, classier version of a laptop keyboard sounds appealing to you, then it will be a welcome addition to your home office setup for years to come."

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Thursday, December 11, 2008
10 Best Blu-ray Players @ Digital Trends
"When considering the best Blu-ray Disc players available today, we looked at audio and video quality-high-end video processing with 12-bit or 14-bit Deep Color-aiming to reproduce the most realistic picture. But a few caveats to note when doing your own research as well: · Most players now have Bonus View (a picture-in-picture capability for some discs) and BD-Live support for unlimited online special features. · Quick start is a convenience feature on some Sony and Samsung players that eliminates that interminable wait for loading discs and menus on many players. · New players from LG and Samsung offer not only Blu-ray Disc playback, but also add the ability to download Netflix movies. Samsung adds the online Pandora music player too. That having been said, following are our best choices for quality and features in terms of what's currently on the market. Although, as an honorable mention, don't forget the Magnavox NB500MG9 either, a cost-effective way for anyone to get into the Blu-ray Disc world, even on a budget. Because given the magic of high-definition, online-connected movies, well, Let's just say that, no matter which model you choose, the whole family's a winner. Go to the next page to start our list of the top 10 best Blu-ray players."

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Canon PowerShot SD880 IS Review @ Digital Trends
"Aim-and-forget cameras rule-especially this time of year! We're all for the myriad tweaks available on D-SLRs, but there's something very comforting about a camera that simply takes very good snapshots-all you have to do is put it in Auto, zoom and press the shutter. The 10-megapixel Canon PowerShot SD880 IS Digital ELPH is just such a camera and long-time DT readers know we're big fans of Canon's better point-and-shoots. And this one has a 3-inch LCD, a nice 28-112mm lens, optical image stabilization and an enhanced processor. With the holidays rolling in, with friends and family on the horizon, what better way to save memories than with some cool snapshots? Now is the SD880 the perfect holiday gift to grab those images?"

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MvixBOX WDN-2000 Network Media Server Christmas Giveaway
"One very lucky Benchmark Reviews forum member will win a MvixBOX WDN-2000 network media server for Christmas. Valued at over $289, this little dynamo is actually a capable NAS (network attached storage) appliance with multimedia tuning. To enter, visit the Benchmark Reviews Discussion Forum for details."

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MvixBOX WDN-2000 Network Media Server Christmas Giveaway
"One very lucky Benchmark Reviews forum member will win a MvixBOX WDN-2000 network media server for Christmas. Valued at over $289, this little dynamo is actually a capable NAS (network attached storage) appliance with multimedia tuning. To enter, visit the Benchmark Reviews Discussion Forum for details."

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Left4Dead GTX-280 SLI vs 4870 1GB Crossfire @ Bjorn3D
"Left 4 Dead, a revival of the FPS Horror Genre, was released on November 18th 2008, published by Valve and much to our surprise, was a DX9 game. The single player game consists of four levels where you're trying to reach a destination and get rescued. Each of the four levels has its own rescue point. While making your way to the rescue points you'll encounter hordes of Zombies, the occasional Boomer, solitary Hunters, occasional Zombie Witches, choking Smokers, and the dreaded Tank. Each has its own strategy, and their AI allows them to attack in different ways. While Zombie AI is what you'd expect from the recently dead returned to life, Boomers and Hunters have a more refined AI that allows for some strategy."

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HD Video Playback With A $20 CPU & $30 GPU On Linux
"A month ago NVIDIA had introduced the Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix (VDPAU) that brought PureVideo-like features to Linux. Our initial benchmarks of this video decoding API within NVIDIA's binary driver were quite favorable as it was able to dramatically cut down on the CPU usage when playing H.264 video files. To see how well NVIDIA's VDPAU really is though, we have carried out some more thorough testing now and our hardware consists of a CPU we purchased for $20 USD and a NVIDIA GeForce graphics card that retails for just $30. Can this very low-end hardware manage to play high definition videos under Linux?"

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Thermaltake RamOrb @ Bjorn3D
"Deep within the realms of overclocking, you will find a lot of options for cooling your system. Nothing beats cooling your components properly than a series of fans, water, and what not (phase, ln2, etc.). Most overclockers will tend to focus more on cooling than most. For example, you won’t commonly find fans covering mosfets on your memory prom or the VR’s on the backside of your motherboard. Most of the time it’s just a heatsink or heatpipe assembly that, in turn, relies on the overclocker to keep it cool. Well, welcome to the best of both worlds, because Thermaltake (TT) has copper hat-tricks for us with their RamOrb."

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Intel i7-920 Nehalem Processor Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The performance contained even within this US$300 i7-920 processor is extremely impressive for the money. One would really wonder why they would pay almost $250-$300 more for the i7-940 when this processor is beating even extremely fast quad cores from generations past. Sure some of the more expensive offerings will have their benefits when it comes to video and photo creation and editing, but for the mainstream or even the power user, this processor would be an excellent buy."

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Samsung MediaLive Media Streamer Review @ Digital Trends
"In the vast swirling ocean of digital media, getting your files out of the office and into the living room is often a chore. Apple tried heroically with the Apple TV, but it's certainly not as popular as the iPhone or the iPod - or even as the Mac itself. Now Samsung is getting into the game with the MediaLive, a device that works with Windows Media Center PCs and supports dual-band Wi-Fi (over 802.11n in both the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands). Be advised, though: While you're going to need a lot of popcorn with extra butter for this one, don't expect an entertainment experience that's always rich and pleasant."

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How to Speed up Your PC @ Digital Trends
"We've all been there - you need to get some work done, but your PC is dragging, sluggishly completing tasks, occasionally freezing, unable to handle several open apps at once. In fact, if it were going any slower, it'd be going backwards. But there is hope. Unless your system is just too old to handle current applications, there's no reason that you can't give your trusty old computer an overnight performance boost. We gathered together a list of essential tips guaranteed to squeeze a little more speed out of your underperforming desktop or laptop. Ranging from the dead simple to more complex, below you'll find a number of easy fixes with an immediate payoff to longer projects that will increase speed if you apply a little elbow grease. Check 'em out now and thank us later, when you've finally rejoined the 21st century and have enough juice to fire off an email while browsing the Web."

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NZXT Avatar Gaming Mouse Review @ Bigbruin.com
"This may be NZXT's first foray into gaming mice, but they have produced a solid initial offering. The Avatar seems to mix elements from other popular gaming mice with a bit of NZXT's own innovation to create a recommendable product. The comfort and performance of the mouse are key selling points, but the high level of customization is obviously important, too."

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MSI Radeon HD 4830 512MB OC Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"Tucked away under the cooler on the MSI Radeon HD 4830 are the eight Samsung memory ICs that make up the 512MB for the 256-bit frame buffer. Notice that the 4 + 1 phase power design uses solid capacitors and solid state chokes. This helps reduce loading and provides more stable and power and a longer lifespan. Not all the capacitors are solid state though, as the video card has five electrolytic capacitors..."

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OCZ ModXStream-Pro 600W @ Bjorn3D
"Have you ever been to the local computer store, just browsing the aisles, and you begin to make comparisons based solely on how something looks, how it's packaged, and so on? I know I'm guilty of it. You want to just spend some time looking around so you don't bother checking out the reviews first, and now you're thinking about buying that new power supply or that new motherboard because it seems like even the packaging was well thought out? To some, this may seem silly, but it happens more often than you think. What's this all about you ask? It's about the latest power supply available to us for review, the OCZ ModXStream-Pro 600W. It is certainly well packaged, but will it deliver the rock solid voltages that we're looking for?"

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Thermaltake Duorb Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Thermaltake's DuOrb CPU cooler has a lot going for it. The design itself will appeal to some enthusiasts with the need for a high performance cooler without the excessive height of some comparable coolers. In addition, the design also provides excellent clearance around the socket while enhancing cooling in the immediate area."

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008
10 Best Free Online Game Sites @ Digital Trends
"The Internet has brought us many bountiful gifts such as email, eBay and that androgynous dude who cried over Britney Spears. However, for gamers, the biggest benefit may be the cornucopia of free, wonderfully original titles created specifically for play online in any Web browser. Originally the sole bastion of lame arcade remakes and goofy parodies, cyberspace is now a place of cutting-edge independent software and unbridled creativity. Here are the top spots to visit if you've got an itchy thumb and spare time to kill."

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HP TouchSmart IQ506 Review @ Digital Trends
"Promising technology, or technology without promise? That's the question with any"

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In Win Matrix @ techPowerUp
"The In Win Matrix is a unique and extremely compact mATX enclosure. It looks good all around, thanks to a clever design and features a unique and well thought out interior. Despite its small size you can still fit in a regular graphics card and several harddisks."

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Using HDMI Audio/Video On Linux
"The last time we looked in-depth at HDMI support on Linux was last December when talking about HDMI with the ATI Catalyst Linux driver. Since then there has been improvements in a number of drivers for different hardware. In this article we have a brief overview on the status of HDMI support in the Intel, NVIDIA, and ATI Linux drivers."

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Asus Eee 1002HA Netbook Review
"Today we are looking at the new Asus Eee 1002HA netbook. The little machine is the latest in Asus' long line of Eee netbooks and brings with it some new features that netbook fans will really like at a price that fits well with the budgets of most people shopping for a new computer. Read on for all of the details on the Asus Eee 1002HA."

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Crucial DDR3 1333 Memory on X58 @ Bjorn3D
"Since the introduction of DDR3 memory a few years back, with the Core 2 Duo/Quad CPU's, along with the P35, X38, X48 , and the P45 chipsets, we, as users, have never really seen a significant increase in our memory bandwidth over using DDR2 memory. It wasn't until Intel introduced the Core i7 CPU's and the X58 chipset with their capability of handling not just Dual Channel, but Tri Channel capabilities, that we finally saw a significant bandwidth increase with our memory. But with these newer CPU's, Intel also has imposed a memory voltage limitation of 1.65 volts max to the memory modules. Intel states that going over this amount of voltage can and will damage your CPU because of the way the IMC (Integrated Memory Controller) handles the memory."

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Monday, December 8, 2008
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G1 Review @ Digital Trends
"One of the biggest digicam breakthroughs in 2008 was the announcement of the Micro Four Thirds System. What's that you say? You've never heard of it - unlike the Wall Street crash of '08 or Obama's landslide? Perhaps not, but it was big news for camera enthusiasts. In a nutshell, the system lets manufacturers build compact digicams that accept a wide variety of lenses, just like D-SLRs. Unlike popular digital single lens reflex cameras, there is no mirror mechanism, or optical viewfinder, so the new cameras are much smaller than typical D-SLRs. This is cool stuff, and we had Panasonic send us a sample of the new 12.1-megapixel Lumix DMC-G1 as soon as possible. For the record, Panasonic and Olympus are the prime movers behind the new format. In fact, they also are the key proponents of the original Four Thirds System found in current D-SLRs from the two companies; unlike the Micro Four Thirds, these cameras have mirror assemblies. We seriously doubt Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony will adopt either one. Does this new format make sense-and how does it perform? In a few clicks, you'll know the answer."

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10 Best Home Projectors @ Digital Trends
"Flat panel HDTVs are certainly popular, but to get a really big picture, you're talking really big money. At sizes over 100 inches, expect to pay five or six figures - and that's before considering the cost of the hassles associated with actually installing one of these gargantuan beasts. Home projectors, on the other hand, can offer a very large (100-inch-plus) image for under $5,000, with some 720p models actually dipping below the $1,000 mark. Throw in a projection screen and you're talking high-quality video viewing at a fraction of the price of a similarly-sized flat-panel set. Following are ten of our favorite home cinema projectors that offer excellent picture on a very large scale."

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Hiper Type R Mk-II 680W PSU @ techPowerUp
"The Hiper Type R Mk-II 680W is a unique power supply because it comes with an integrated 8-port USB hub. A ninth USB connector is dedicated to charging any USB based devices like your Iphone or Ipod, even while the PC is turned off. The PSU itself delivers excellent performance values in stability and fan noise. Efficiency is also high with 82%."

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The Top 10 Useful iPhone Apps of 2008 @ Legit Reviews
"iPhone/iPod Touch apps are all the rage and with their ease of installation, low prices (how does free sound?) and huge selection of choices, it’s no wonder why. There are apps for just about everything you can think of and a bunch more you wouldn’t have ever conceived. Some are extremely useful while others are purely fluff and fun. Many of them are very specialized (German translator anyone?) and appeal to only a small percentage of users. How about useful apps for the average Joe User? Here are my picks for the top 10 useful apps of 2008 in no particular order..."

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Cooler Master ATCS 840 EATX
"One of the exciting features that is being worked on for Ubuntu 9.04 is encrypted home directories. What this means is that at install-time for either the LiveCD or server installation (or at a point later on when creating additional user accounts), the administrator can opt to have the user's home directory encrypted. This is a step-down from the Ubuntu 7.10 install-time encryption that would encrypt the entire hard drive and just not the user's home directory, but alas, that comes with performance consequences. At the request of Canonical, we have carried out a few benchmarks showing what effect the Ubuntu 9.04 home encryption feature has on the system's overall performance."

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DFI Lanparty LT X48 T3RS @ Bjorn3D
"There are also many more advantages which will give it a performance edge over many motherboards on the market today. These include it being an Intel socket LGA775, which currently supports some of the most powerful CPU's on the market. The board has an X48 chipset, and currently the premier gaming chipset. There is also support for DDR3, the fast growing standard in RAM. DDR3 can hit much higher speeds than DDR2 memory, making it far superior. With all these specifications, this board easily classifies itself as a high end gaming board. It should compete with the best gaming boards out there, giving you unparalleled performance."

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Icy Dock MB664UEA-1S USB/Firewire HDD Enclosure Review @ Tweaknews.net
"I have to say this is one of the best enclosures I've had the opportunity to review and what won me over is Icy Dock's simple yet effective design. It actually took me longer to un-box everything than it did to install the hard drive, power it up, and begin copying files."

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HTC Touch Pro Review @ Digital Trends
"Like its smaller brother the HTC Touch Diamond, the Touch Pro adopts a decidedly angular case and HTC's own TouchFLO 3D interface, but adds on a slide-out QWERTY keyboard in an attempt to pitch the phone to more serious business users. While the sturdy keyboard certainly helps speed up data input, the phone's interface still chugs along at an unbelievably sleepy pace, which will prevent professionals from working at the speed they need to."

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Palit Revolution 700 Radeon HD 4870 X2 Video Card @ BmR
"Palit is not known for launching cutting-edge products ahead of the competition, as they can be described as the tortoise in a race against the hare. What Palit does do well is deliver a refined (read: not rushed) product to store shelves. The Palit Revolution 700 Deluxe is one such example, which offers the Radeon HD 4870 X2 with 2048 MB of GDDR5 video frame buffer and is cooled by a proprietary triple-slot thermal solution. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the AE5487XSF0545-PM9348 SKU against many of the latest high-performance graphics products available to the retail market."

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Sunday, December 7, 2008
Folding at Home Contest - Win One of Two 2GB Kingston Memory Kits @ Bigbruin.com
"In order to promote the Bigbruin.com Folding at Home (F@H) team, we're giving away a set of Kingston HyperX system memory. The winner will have their choice of either a 2GB 1150MHz DDR2 dual channel kit or a 2GB 1600MHz DDR3 dual channel kit. The contest is simple... In order to win you must first be a registered member of the Bigbruin.com forum. Entrants must then contribute at least 5000 points to the Bigbruin.com F@H team (#13848) between December 07, 2008 and December 30, 2008."

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ATP PhotoFinder Mini geotagging device reviewed in Metku.net
"With digital photographing coming more and more popular hobby all the time, people often also find themselves asking"

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Ubuntu 9.04 Home Encryption Performance
"One of the exciting features that is being worked on for Ubuntu 9.04 is encrypted home directories. What this means is that at install-time for either the LiveCD or server installation (or at a point later on when creating additional user accounts), the administrator can opt to have the user's home directory encrypted. This is a step-down from the Ubuntu 7.10 install-time encryption that would encrypt the entire hard drive and just not the user's home directory, but alas, that comes with performance consequences. At the request of Canonical, we have carried out a few benchmarks showing what effect the Ubuntu 9.04 home encryption feature has on the system's overall performance."

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Thermaltake Max ORB EX @ Bjorn3D
"Not too many people can remember the days when we didn’t have too many options for cooling a CPU. I can personally recall using many zip ties to fasten a higher speed fan on top of an OEM Intel or AMD cooler and then manipulating dip-switches and jumpers on the motherboard to bump up the FSB and voltages for a friendly 5% overclock. It didn’t take too long for several companies to get a clue, and before you knew it you had several coolers to choose from. One of those originators came to be known simply as the TT ORB. It was a low-profile, low-noise cooler that was easy to mount and use on a socket 370 CPU, and provided decent enough cooling for overclocking. It was an inexpensive pioneering achievement, to say in the least, and Thermaltake really started making a name for themselves due to their innovative philosophy."

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Saturday, December 6, 2008
Review: LapLogic G800/W800 Aerogel Extreme @ GideonTech.com
"With recent laptop prices dropping recently, there are more and more people out there replacing their desktops with laptops. To do a complete replacement, you usually end up with a behemoth of a laptop that can roast your lap during heavy use. Of course you can opt to pick up one of the netbooks to play around with, but I consider that an under-powered companion, not a total replacement. So LapLogic put together Aerogel Extreme G800/W800 to combat this heat problem. The Aerogel Extreme G800/W800 are pads that will keep your lap from overheating using technology used by the Mars Rover and Stardust interplanetary probe."

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Head-Direct RE0 Earphones @ techPowerUp
"RE0 is the name of the brand new high-end in-ear solution from Head-Direct. Despite the naming scheme, these new in-ears have very little in common with its predecessors in the RE-line of products. Actually they are one of the best sounding in-ears that we ever tested."

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Thermaltake Bigwater 780e ESA @ Bjorn3D
"Cooling your expensive CPU is an important task and the level of cooling you choose can either make or break your system performance. If you're overclocking, it can mean the difference between a minor OC and one that can give you major bragging rights. Air cooling has come a long way, but water cooling has come even farther. With CPU's running faster you get higher heat, and air is okay for some people, happy with a decent overclcok, but if you're going for the gusto, you might need a little more."

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Friday, December 5, 2008
QNAP TS-509 Pro @ techPowerUp
"QNAP's latest NAS device is built around a full featured PC. As processor a Socket775 1.6 GHz Celeron is used. Upgrading the SO-DIMM memory should be easy too since QNAP was so kind to leave a memory slot unpopulated. The new hardware greatly improves the processing power resulting in much better transfer rates over the dual Gigabit interfaces."

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Lian Li 750W Maxima Force Series Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"While I have been familiar with and impressed by cases from Lian Li for years, I did not know exactly what to expect from one of their power supplies. I assumed that the same high standards and attention to detail would be applied, and the 750W Maxima Force Series power supply confirmed that. It is a well made unit designed to serve in a variety of system configurations."

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Samsung Propel Review @ Digital Trends
"Samsung has solved the whole portrait vs. landscape form factor debate with the Propel. The Propel, officially the SGH-a767 and available from AT&T Wireless for the bargain price of $79.99, is a 2.33-inch wide slider - the perfect width for a breast pocket. By making the phone wider, there's more room for a wider screen, and a wider QWERTY keyboard, without having to turn the phone on its side. This ridiculously simple"

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OpenSolaris 2008.05 vs. OpenSolaris 2008.11 Benchmarks
"Seven months after the release of OpenSolaris 2008.05 (a.k.a. Project Indiana) its successor was finally released earlier this week. OpenSolaris 2008.11 was released on Tuesday with many updated packages and new features. To see how this new work has affected the performance of Sun's OpenSolaris operating system, we have benchmarked both releases through some different tests."

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Eagle iNeo I-NA205UE 2.5”/3.5” SATA to USB/eSATA Docking Station with Enclosure @ Bjorn3D
"Although, the 2.5’’ hard drives may not have the same performance as the 3.5’’ desktop drives, they are an excellent choice for data storage on the go. Currently, you can find 500GB of 2.5’’ SATA hard drive as cheap as $110. It’s hard to argue any other better means of portable storage. Simply put a 500GB 2.5’’ HDD to an enclosure and it’s ready to carry any data you wish to throw at it."

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Thursday, December 4, 2008
All-in-One Printers: Buying Tips @ Digital Trends
"Now here's a form of electronic convergence that really works: Rather than investing in separate machines for your home office - namely, a printer, scanner, copier and fax* -- one of the latest trends is buying a"

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Gateway FX6800-01e Gaming PC Review @ Digital Trends
"The hype surrounding Intel's new Core i7 Quad-Core processor touches down at Gateway in the form of the new FX6800-01e gaming machine, with a hot new i7 beating within. The inky-black-and-orange machine impressed us with its computational fortitude, but lost points with a messy array of trialware scattered on the new machine, some cheap construction issues, and a few odd crashes. Despite the holdbacks, it's still a lot of machine for the money, and not many other manufacturers can match the same outfit of premium hardware for the price."

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Hiper Type M 780W @ techPowerUp
"The Hiper Type M 780W is a great all-round power supply. It offers an exceptionally stable 12V line and is sufficiently quiet to not annoy you during every day PC use. Also it supports SLI or CrossFire with a high efficiency of over 83%. With a price of around $125 it is cheaper than similar products from bigger brand names."

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AeroCool AeroRacer Pro PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"It seems that over the years fans have become larger and it looks like they have finally become the same size as the case dimensions themselves. The first thing that jumps out at you when looking at the AeroCool AeroRacer Pro case is the 40cm or 15.7 inch box fan strapped to the side. At 400mm in size the fan is nearly as tall as the 410mm chassis, which makes it look like a box fan strapped to the side of the computer. Back in the early days of LAN gaming people used to improve cooling by using a household box fan, so it looks like that cooling trick finally went mainstream and a 120V electrical connection isn't needed..."

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HIS HD 4650 iSilence 4 512MB @ Bjorn3D
"-based video cards, especially those with the excellent IceQ-cooler. We have reviewed a lot of their cards here at Bjorn3d.com and overall, we've been very impressed with their quality and performance."

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EVGA GTX-280 SLI @ Bjorn3D
"We've spent several weeks with the EVGA GTX-280's we received some time ago. They've been productive weeks, full of testing, playing, and living with the EVGA GTX-280 in single card and SLI configuration and while we still have a lot of testing to do, we decided to go ahead with a Single card and SLI review. We're saving the Triple SLI review for a week or two and then we'll break it out with some of the hottest titles of the season in what's sure to be an SLI vs. Crossfire extravaganza of epic proportions."

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008
10 Best iPhone Alternatives @ Digital Trends
"High-priced plans, dropped calls and bumpy 3G connections? Now that the glimmer has faded, the iPhone is starting to fall short of its miracle status. Good thing for us there are plenty of other mobile handsets eager to step up and feed our desire for smartphone bliss."

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Real World Benchmarks Of The EXT4 File-System
"With the EXT4 file-system being marked as stable in the forthcoming Linux 2.6.28 kernel, and some Linux distributions potentially switching to it as an interim step until the btrfs file-system is ready, we decided it was time to benchmark this journaled file-system for ourselves. We ran a number of disk-centric Linux benchmarks along with several of our real-world tests from the Phoronix Test Suite to gauge how well the EXT4 file-system performance will be noticed by desktop users and computer gamers. We have compared these EXT4 results to the EXT3, XFS, and ReiserFS file-systems."

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Canon Powershot G10 Review @ Digital Trends
"As D-SLR prices continue to fall-you can get a 10-megapixel Sony A200 for $499 including a lens-the appeal of similarly-priced advanced point-and-shoot digicams dims even further. And yet, while all the imaging buzz centers on D-SLRs, fully-featured aim-and-forget cameras definitely have their place, especially for people who don't want to lug around a bulky three pounds of plastic and glass just to take a good photograph. We're not so snobby as to turn our noses up to handy point-and-shoots though, especially when there are models like the Canon Powershot G10 around. This rugged and solid digicam fits in your pocket (as long as it's a reasonably large one) and has 14.7MP - that's right, nearly 15-megapixel - resolution. In addition, the retro-looking camera has a wide-angle zoom and several cool dials that give it a rather unique feel. However, this is an almost-$500 camera, not a sub-$250 model like the pocket-sized and very popular 10MP Canon SD880 IS. So is the G10 worth the extra cash, or is an affordable D-SLR the way to go? Let's put is through its paces and find out."

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SouthWing SF605 Bluetooth Car Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
"The SouthWing SF605 Bluetooth car kit features a DSP for noise reduction and echo cancellation to make your calls sound crisp and clear. The full duplex 2-Watt speaker is designed to work well in even the noisiest of environments. We have seen Bluetooth speakerphones before and our hands-down favorite has been the BlueAnt Supertooth 3. The Supertooth 3 was an excellent performer and the speaker and noise reduction system were great. Let’s see if SouthWing’s SF605 can be crowned the new king..."

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Philips amBX Premium Kit Review
"Today we are looking at the Philips amBX Premium kit. The first time we heard of amBX is was a large system that took advantage of the heating and cooling system in your home. Philips scaled the system back significantly and is now selling it as a speaker system for PC gamers. Read on for all of the details on the Philips amBX Premium Kit."

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Thecus N4100PRO Networked Area Storage (NAS) Server @ Bjorn3D
"If you're like many small business owners, you panic and break out into a cold sweat, jump out of bed and race to the office, hoping that your employee was wrong and that the hard drive didn't really fail and that it was all a mistake. It's either that, or that it was all just a bad dream. Because if that hard drive really did fail and all of your data is gone, then your business is dead in the water. Data is priceless. But not everyone puts that much value on it."

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Zotac Nitro VGA Overclocking Controller @ techPowerUp
"Zotac's Nitro is a clever little USB gadget that puts the overclocking power of your graphics card right at your finger tips. You can also monitor temperatures and adjust the fan speeds. The best is that all this can be done on the fly, without switching out of your game or benchmark."

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Sapphire Radeon HD4830 512MB Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.com
"I am not exactly sure how I expected the Sapphire Radeon HD4830 512MB graphics card to fare during testing, but it wound up looking more like an enthusiast grade card than an entry level offering. It should be able to handle just about any game without having to sacrifice too much in terms of frame rates or settings, making it a great option for the gamer on a budget."

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How to Stream Audio & Video in your Home @ Digital Trends
"A number of easily configured products are now available that allow you to wirelessly stream audio, video and digital content throughout your home, providing you have a wireless network present. We're confident you'll find all a ready, intuitive solution for enjoying multimedia in any room, and in a way that's both fun and convenient."

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HTC Touch Diamond Review @ Digital Trends
"With a chiseled black case and stunning 2.8-inch touchscreen, the HTC Touch diamond is one the sharpest smartphones we've laid eyes on recently, both literally and figuratively. Unfortunately, HTC's glossy TouchFLO interface slapped over the tired old Windows Mobile 6.1 weighs on the phone like a ball and chain, and performance does not live up to the inviting exterior."

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Picking The Right Memory Kit For Intel Core i7 Platforms @ Legit Reviews
"I was hoping that at the end of testing one speed grade would stand out as the obvious choice, but to be honest, since the performance is close to linear that really isn't the case. With the world wide economy in a recession many consumers have a tight budget, so in the end only buy what you can afford. Also keep in mind that with processors like the Intel Core i7-920 and Intel Core i7-940 have a maximum memory speed of 1066MHz that can't be increased unless you overclock the base clock. That means the only consumers to need higher clock speed memory are those lucky enough to purchase an Intel Core i7-965 Extreme processor..."

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SilverStone Fortress FT01
"For the past sixteen months it's been difficult for us to find an ATX computer enclosure that beats the SilverStone Temjin TJ10 in terms of its build quality, design, and functionality, but SilverStone may have finally set a new precedent for desktop enclosures with the introduction of the Fortress FT01. This ATX chassis consists of a uni-body frame with origins that can be traced back to the Temjin TJ07, but with better cooling performance, dual 180mm fans, and a number of new features. It's with great pride that today we review the SilverStone Fortress FT01."

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Intel X58 Smackover - DX58SO @ Bjorn3D
"For the last six months or so, we all have been awaiting the arrival of a highly anticipated motherboard from Intel. We've all heard the rumors and we've seen all the sneek peeks, but it just wasn't enough for us. We wanted MORE. I bring you one of those most highly anticipated products from Intel, the Smackover motherboard. This motherboard is being armed with Intel's latest chipset, the X58 northbridge, and it was paired up with an already proven southbridge, the ICH10R. The X58 northbridge chipset has the capability of cross platforming GPU's from ATI's Crossfire to NVIDIA's SLi all on the same board. Fully supporting tri-channel DDR3 memory, using three sticks of memory instead of two sticks of memory, for even more memory bandwidth. The X58 chipset, supports up to 36 PCI-Express 2.0 lanes, so it is possible to have two PCIe x16 slots and one PCIe x4 slot on the same motherboard."

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Vizo mini Ninja II Notebook Cooler @ techPowerUp
"The Vizo mini Ninja II notebook cooler is the evolution of the first mini Ninja. While keeping the same design as the previous model, it also features the same great construction quality and cooling performance, but also adds an USB hub to the mix."

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Antec Veris Fusion Remote Max Premium Home Theater PC Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The Antec Fusion Remote Max is a great HTPC case. It keeps the installed system cool, is all but silent and has an outstanding software package. The fit and finish is very good, and the contrasts on the front panel treatment give the Max a look that is both distinctive and pleasing."

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Monday, December 1, 2008
Patriot Warp v2 SATA SSD PE128GS25SSDR @ Benchmark Reviews
"Solid State Drives are rapidly changing the computing landscape, and many enthusiasts are using SSD technology in their primary systems to help boost performance. Benchmark Reviews has tested nearly all of the products available to the retail market in this sector, and several do well while other come up flat. It used to be that performance was the largest hurdle, but now we're seeing that stability is a major factor. In this article, we test bandwidth performance on the Patriot Warp v2 128GB SATA-II SSD PE128GS25SSDR and compare it against the competition."

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Need for Speed Undercover for PS3 Review
"I have been a huge fan of the Need for Speed series going back to the first title in the franchise. One of the best titles in the genre was Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit back in the PS2 days. The more recent Need for Speed Most Wanted was a fan favorite as well. EA is back this holiday season with Need for Speed Undercover. The game gets back to the street racing, running form the cops roots that EA left behind with Need for Speed Pro Street. Read on for all of the details on Need for Speed Undercover."

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Asus 9800 GTX+ Dark Knight @ Bjorn3D
"What would the Dark Knight name be without a cool design to go with it? That is why Asus has painted the GPU cooler a cool black/silverish color along with a blue PCB. I feel that Asus really succeeds with the look of the Dark Knight, but can it perform just as good as the true Dark Knight? With the custom GPU cooler, Asus hopes that you will be able to overclock your heart out with this card, and thus achieve higher frame rates."

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Antec Veris Fusion Black HTPC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"Getting rid of the old tower PC case is one of the most important steps when integrating an HTPC into your home entertainment center. The sleek, elegant looks of the Antec Veris Fusion Black Media Center Case provide the perfect touch to any home theater. Even my brother walked in, stared at my home theater and asked,"

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4650 512MB OC
"We previously had looked at the ATI Radeon HD 4550 and Radeon HD 4670, but if you are looking for a graphics card that's positioned between the two and costs less, there is the Radeon HD 4650. The Radeon HD 4650 is clocked the same as the Radeon HD 4550, but is based upon the RV730PRO GPU and is able to provide a bit more processing power than the lesser RV710 solution. Sapphire though manufactures a Radeon HD 4650 graphics card that operates well beyond the reference core and memory frequencies for the RV730PRO and sells it at a very affordable price. In this article we are seeing how well the Sapphire Radeon HD 4650 512MB OC graphics card can perform under Linux."

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Patriot 128GB Warp SSD @ Bjorn3D
"With SSD's (Solid State Drive) getting more reliable, and single SSD's producing 2x Raid0 like speeds the future is indeed bright for the fledgling technology. We've spotted smaller 32GB drives for under a hundred, and more reasonable 64GB sized SSD's in the $150 (USD) range. While they aren't competing with traditional platter drives price wise yet they are blowing the older technology away when it comes to raw speed."

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Win one of 3 Sennhieser PC350 Gaming Headsets @ XtremeComputing
"It is competition time here at Xtreme again (about time too) and we have teamed up with Sennheiser to offer you a chance to win one of 3 Sennhieser PC 350 Gaming headsets that were awarded our platinum award due to their outstanding performance and comfort. This is a Global Competition so entries are welcome from all countries."

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ASUS P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition X58 Motherboard @ BmR
"After a very extensive testing phase, Benchmark Reviews will present its findings with regard to the ASUS P6T Deluxe X58 motherboard. Before getting into the meat of our review there are a few facts about the versions of this board that we'd like to share. The ASUS P6T Deluxe motherboard actually comes in two editions: 1) The P6T Deluxe edition which includes the motherboard and a bevy of accessories; and 2) The P6T Deluxe OC Palm edition which includes all of the items from the Deluxe edition plus the OC Palm device. This review will encompass not only the performance and features of the P6T Deluxe, but also those that the OC Palm monitoring interface brings to the table."

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Sony Ericsson C902 Review @ Digital Trends
"While packed with all the now-familiar cell accoutrements - music player, email, AGPS location-based services and navigation, the Sony Ericsson C902's main drawing card is its 5-megapixel camera. It takes great pictures, among the best we've seen from a camera phone, but not as good as those taken by the Kodak-equipped Motorola ZINE ZN5 from T-Mobile. Since the C902 is unlocked, though, it's priced at $549.99, around five times as much as the ZINE."

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How to Recycle Your Electronics @ Digital Trends
"The fun part about technology: Everyone loves something shiny and new, but what do you do with that mind-blowing gadget once it has lost its luster? You can throw it into the drawer or the trash, or you could do the smart thing - recycle it instead. Here's how."

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