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Wednesday, April 30, 2008
MSI P7N SLI Platinum Motherboard @ Viper Lair
"Those of you who passed on the previous generation of Intel SLI boards will be pleased that many of the issues from before seem to be gone now. While not the fastest board, the MSI P7N SLI Platinum performed well and overclocked well with some elbow grease. Stability was great."

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Cooler Master Z600 and Sphere CPU Coolers Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Everything is big with the Z600.... The height, width, weight, heatpipes, and even the thickness of the fins. It is capable of providing incredible cooling results when used with either one or two low speed 120mm fans. Adding higher speed fans might create some extra noise to live with, but I can imagine that the temperatures could be ridiculously low."

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Gateway FHD2400 24-inch Monitor Review @ Digital Trends
"PC owners, rejoice: Gateway has unveiled its latest 24"

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GlacialTech Igloo 5750 Silent CPU Cooler @ Legit Reviews
"The GlacialTech Igloo 5750 is a different design from the typical heat-pipe coolers on the market today for a number of reasons. Most obvious is that it is not a tower cooler. One of its other features worth mentioning is that it is quiet for an active cooler; at 15 dBA you would have a hard time hearing this fan inside any case. If you are looking for silence from your PC this should be on your list of CPU coolers to purchase..."

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Gigabyte AirCruiser GN-WI06N-RH
"Last month we had looked at the Gigabyte AirCruiser N300 GN-WI30N-RH 802.11n WiFi adapter. The wireless adapter uses the Ralink RT2860 chipset, which doesn't have a Linux driver in the kernel, but we were able to easily get this 802.11n wireless adapter working with Ubuntu when using ndiswrapper and the Windows driver. Today we have our hands on the Gigabyte AirCruiser N300 Dual GN-WI06N-RH, which is a PCI Express Mini-Card with dual-band 802.11a/b/gn support. How well does this Atheros-based WiFi card work on Linux? We'll tell you in this review."

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bit-tech News: Mod of the Month - April 2008
"We're going to start this month's competition off with a mod that's actually just finished its build process -- which goes a little against the standard Mod of the Month policy. However, I've been following the work of our crazy German friend FrooP since his mod, Unit: 4, first appeared on our forum over six months ago -- and since this is all about the closing of old projects, I'm glad to finally get to add it! At the time, Froop had already completed quite a bit of his project, which is based on a building from our favourite nuclear-powered game, //S.T.A.L.K.E.R.. Nonetheless, it seems as if there were, well, about six more months of work left to do on it! The completed project is really a site to behold -- extremely reminiscent of the style of our beloved friend CrimsonSky, FrooP has reconstructed an entire area from the video game, leaving you wondering whether you're looking at a model or a computer."

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Sparkle 8800GTS 512 MB @ Bjorn3D
"Skoda has run a pretty funny ad-campaign here in Sweden. The ad-movie starts with a voice telling us about Skoda’s high-tech factory. You get to see the robots that build the cars and how thorough everyone is checking everything is alright. Then at the end of the ad you just briefly see the guy who prices the cars; a clown, and the ad ends with “Skoda – built by professionals, priced by clowns”. It’s a pretty funny and clever ad-campaign. So what does that have to do with video cards? Well, I am pretty sure NVIDIA could have chosen to run a similar campaign saying “NVIDIA cards - built by professionals, named by clowns”."

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Samsung SyncMaster 245BW Widescreen LCD Monitor @ BmR
"We have spent a lot of time at Benchmark Reviews talking about video cards recently - and with good reason. The discrete graphics segment of the market is currently afire with many outstanding price-to-performance options. When we looked at the offerings from the two biggest players, the NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX and ATI/AMD HD 3870, we saw that game performance even when scaled to high resolution was simply outstanding. This begs the question; why with such low-cost entrance into owning cards capable of "high-rez" gaming, most users are still running a display of 19" or less?Monitors are arguably the most important component for users, getting more usage than any other component of a PC. The only reasonable answer would have to be cost, as until recently displays above the 19" mark have been prohibitively expensive. That's where the SAMSUNG SyncMaster 245BW enters the scene as very attractively priced 24" widescreen LCD monitor."

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Xigmatek HDT-SD964 Exposed Heatpipe Base Heatsink Review
"The Xigmatek HDT-SD964 is a potent CPU cooler because it puts four copper heatpipes in direct contact with the processor. The technique is called 'Heatpipe Direct Touch,' and for today's class of heatspreader capped processors it's one of the best means of keeping the CPU running cool."

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bit-tech News: An interview with Left4Dead writer, Chet Faliszek of Valve Software
"BT: //Valve's famous for play testing things to death -- were there any parts of Left4Dead that you thought would be a great idea at the time, but you then cut out completely? CF: Yeah, we do that kind of stuff all the time. We always joke about these companies which have these design documents full of great ideas, and there are loads of things that sound really great on paper. They sound like The Winner, but then you go to test it and it's like -- oh my God, nobody knows what the hell they're doing, what's going on, it's horrible. In fact, right now there are some things on these demo machines we're testing and we'll be getting feedback on and cutting and whatever. It's been interesting to watch some of these things with people who are good gamers too. Watching people who game at a higher level and seeing how they interact with things and what they do with it is always interesting."

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bit-tech News: Emprex NSD-1000 P2P Download Engine
"I found myself in a little love-hate relationship with the Emprex NSD-100 -- I wish it had remote access, I wish it was faster at torrenting and I wish it supported RAID 1 at the very least. However it's left me seriously considering using it for large torrent duties instead of my PC -- it's just more convenient and cost effective than leaving my 200W+ PC on all day. Coupled with just having it there to access my media whenever, it means I now don't have to get off my arse to turn on my PC, just to watch a movie. So while it's not perfect, it's certainly worth considering."

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Razer Piranha Gaming Communicator Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Gaming is where this headset shined. While the Piranha is not a surround sound headset, it did exhibit a great stereo environment. Using Call of Duty 4 as my latest game of choice, I put the Piranha through a long gaming session... I immediately noticed that there were a few details in my game I had been missing."

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I4U: Gateway P172X FX 17-inch Gaming Notebook Review
"Today we are looking at the Gateway P172X FX gaming notebook. This machine retails for $1,999 and gets graphics in the form of NVIDIA 8800M GTS. The entire machine is very heavy, not something you will want to carry in a backpack all day for sure. However, if what you are after is a gaming machine that is portable and can be taken to and from the LAN party much easier than a full desktop the Gateway P172X FX is a fantastic option. The price for the Gateway P172X FX is $1,999."

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Monday, April 28, 2008
Futuremark 3DMark Vantage @ Legit Reviews
"With the ASUS PhysX card installed on the test system the CPU Test 2 score increased to 25.73 operations a second with seven gate pairs. This also boosted the CPU score and the overall 3DMark score as you can see from the image above. The CPU score alone went up by 2177 points or 21.4%. This won't impact rankings online as the AGEIA PPU must be switched off for the results to be approved as a default result. The ASUS PhysX P1 card retails $149 plus shipping, so it was nice to see the performance boost..."

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Navigon 2100 Max GPS Review @ Digital Trends
"Dramatically-dropping cost is perhaps the biggest driver of GPS popularity since you can now buy one for $149 US, although low-end models are hard to recommend. In GPS Land, three companies dominate sales-and no, Sony, Samsung and Panasonic are not among them. Garmin, TomTom and Magellan own 80 percent of the market while others like Navigon are trying to claw their way into the top ranks. That said, we recently were sent the Navigon 2100 Max off to our testing labs to determine if it deserves to be considered a top-tier unit. Now let's take a drive."

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Gigabyte GeForce 8800 GT Turbo Force Edition Video Card @ Viper Lair
"Gigabyte customized their Gigabyte GeForce 8800 GT Turbo Force Edition by increasing the clock speeds of key areas on the card, but they did not stop there. Ultra Durable2 is a fab process they use to increase the durability and longevity of their products. Ultra Durable2 is featured on both their graphics hardware as well as their motherboards. Lower RDS (on) MOSFET Design, Ferrite core chokes, and Lower ESR Solid Capacitors are the three main components of their design. These components will create less wasted energy, lower power consumption and last longer."

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Noctua NH-U9B Low Noise Heatsink Review
"The Noctua NH-U9B is a refined take on the previously successful NH-U9 heatsink. This time around, Noctua nickel plate all copper surfaces and bundle in the super quiet NF-B9 fan - and it's not your average vaneaxial fan either. The NF-B9 is a flesh-toned fan with three key innovations; SSO bearings, vortex-control notches, and textured leading impeller surfaces."

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NZXT Tempest @ techPowerUp
"The enclosure market is a one tough cookie. From what Tempest offers, NZXT is certainly bringing an advanced feature set to the entry-level crowd or people seeking simple design. If you're on a tight budget, want to save up some money for better performing hardware and don't care about premium features like a removable motherboard tray you should check out this case."

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Modders-Inc Mod Your Mouse Contest
"Grab that mouse and mod it like there is no tomorrow. Cut it, paint it, put a window in it, do whatever it takes to win theses great prizes from XTracPads and Logitech."

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Corsair Flash Voyager GT 16GB
"For years now Corsair has been on the forefront of leading flash drive innovations, which started with their Flash Voyager series but quickly expanded into their Flash Voyager GT, Flash Survivor GT, and Flash PadLock series. We've reviewed them all and Corsair has certainly had some talented engineers working on these products from the Flash Survivor GT that withstood being submerged into the bottom of a pool, being boiled in a pot of water, and beaten by a hammer to the Flash PadLock, which has a physical lock that will present the flash drive from being mounted unless the appropriate key sequence is entered. While they continue to face new competition -- primarily from OCZ Technology, which has many different innovative flash drives as well such as the Rally 2 Turbo, ATV Turbo, and Mega-Kart -- Corsair Memory continues to excel and release new flash products. Corsair's latest additions to their Flash Voyager GT family are 16GB and 32GB editions. At hand today we are looking at the Corsair Flash Voyager 16GB USB 2.0 flash drive."

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bit-tech News: XFX Nvidia nForce 790i Ultra SLI motherboard
"We realise this board is for the enthusiast who has oodles of money to spare but we still think this motherboard is just too expensive. It doesn't offer compulsive features that has made me go"

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bit-tech News: Crisis Core: Interviewing Yoshinori Kitase
"BT: //We're ten years on now and there's been multiple Final Fantasy games since VII and yet between Dirge of Cerebus, Advent Children and Crisis Core, you've always returned to Final Fantasy VII. What is it about VII that you think makes it so popular and special? YK: Well, //Final Fantasy VII came out a time in a time of transition when the PlayStation 1 allowed for a whole new realm of games with improved audio and graphics. Also, at the time I was a much younger man. Ten years younger in fact -- though don't count me out just yet! It was a time when I had all this enthusiasm and as a young creator I wanted to try and challenge the idea of what an RPG could be. Combine with that the hardware and these new realms of possibility for creators. That combination seems to have worked because although it was hard to say how successful we were at the time, ten years later the game is still being talked about and I think we really did set a new standard. We really have a soft spot in our hearts for //Final Fantasy VII because that was when we tried to change things. It was just the right time for it."

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Cirago Micro USB Bluetooth Adapter Review @ Tweaknews.net
"This USB Bluetooth adapter from Cirago may be one of the tiniest currently on the market, but it performed admirably and exceeded my expectations. Even with the devices in different rooms I had zero connection problems between the adapter and my cell phone. The presence of other 2.4 GHz wireless signals in the house didn't cause any interference either. For a mere $25, you can't go wrong."

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Honeywell 22-Inch LCD Monitor MT-SY-HWLM2216 @ Benchmark Reviews
"Honeywell is brand new to the LCD monitor industry, which is why they called upon the expertise of SOYO. After making giant waves in the market with their 24-Inch DYLM24D6 ultra-affordable widescreen LCD, SOYO was put to work building an up-scale version with premium features. The end result of their work became the Honeywell Arius product line, which features an integrated webcam, microphone, speakers, and USB ports. The Honeywell Arius MT-SY-HWLM2216 22-Inch WSXGA+ widescreen LCD monitor boasts a quick 2ms response time. Benchmark Reviews has be fortunate enough to test this monitor in our labs, and we find out just how well it performs for hardcore gamers and casual PC users alike."

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Sunday, April 27, 2008
Akasa Gemini Notebook Cooler @ techPowerUp
"The Akasa Gemini Ergonomic notebook cooler is an all plastic unit with two 70 mm fans. Two USB ports can be found on the rear of the device, one of which is used to power the fans. Akasa has designed the notebook cooler, so that it adds ergonomic benefit to your working environment in form of a palm rest."

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Saturday, April 26, 2008
I4U: Hypersonic AG2 12.1-inch Notebook Review
"Today we are checking out an awesome thin-and-light notebook form Hypersonic called the AG2. This little notebook has tons of performance and power tucked into a small, compact design. The weight for the Hypersonic AG2 of 4.14 pounds makes it very portable and if it was a few ounces lighter it would be a major force in the ultraportable category. Watching a movie on the glossy screen was fantastic. The colors are sharp and vivid and no ghosting or tearing of images was noticed. The same glossy screen can be a drawback in some environments though thanks to lots of glare."

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Friday, April 25, 2008
Ubuntu 8.04 vs. Windows Vista Power Usage
"In Q4'07 we had looked at Ubuntu's power consumption with all of their Linux releases going back to Ubuntu 5.04. While Linux has improved in recent years when it comes to power efficiency and optimizations, more processes running on the desktop had canceled out any real power improvements. Following that article was a look at power consumption between Windows and Linux. We had used an old desktop system in that comparison and Ubuntu 7.10 was consuming the most power while idling but Fedora 8 Test 3 had consumed the least amount of power and had beat out both Windows XP and Vista. While using the desktop, however, both versions of Windows had consumed less power than Fedora and Ubuntu. With Ubuntu 8.04 LTS now available, we have decided to run another simple power comparison. This time we are using a Lenovo ThinkPad notebook and an AMD server as we see whether Ubuntu Hardy Heron or Microsoft Windows Vista consumes less power."

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Crucial Ballistix Tracer Red 800 MHz 4 GB Kit @ techPowerUp
"Crucial has updated their successful Tracer line-up with the Ballistix Tracer 4 GB Dual Channel kit. Despite stock ratings at 800 MHz with CL4 timings at 2.2V this kit is capable of reaching 1120 MHz stable at CL5 and 2.2V. In addition, the Ballistix Tracer Reds were completely stable at stock speed and timings with only 1.8V, making this a great kit for those with limited voltage options. That said, the entirely red LED accented theme and great performance from these high density 2GB modules is sure to please."

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ASUS P5K PRO Intel P35 Green ATX Motherboard Review @ Bigbruin.com
"When people think of energy efficiency they may have the misconception that it has to equate to a lack of power and excitement. In terms of automobiles, perhaps thinking that all hybrids are like a Prius. But what we have with the P5K PRO is a sporty, high performance model that just happens to have a smart design capable of saving energy."

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CoolIT Freezone Elite @ Bjorn3D
"The art of overclocking has led to many advancements throughout the computer industry. From higher quality components used on motherboards to faster RAM capable of keeping up with the CPU, overclocking is at the very heart of advancement. It is because of overclocking that we have after market coolers that can cope with the extra heat output from CPUs which brings me to the point of this article. There are many different methods for removing heat from your CPU which helps to lengthen the processor's life as well as increasing your overclocking headroom. There are high-end air coolers for the enthusiasts, water-cooling for the hardcore crowd and phase-change cooling for the extreme users. Each of these methods have distinct advantages and disadvantages. While water cooling offers lower temps than air cooling it is often an order of magnitude harder to setup and maintain. The same goes for phase-change cooling over water cooling, which brings us to the Freezone Elite from Cool!"

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bit-tech News: Making Gaming Better
"Eight: Try to buy direct Most people know that buying direct from the developer earns the dev a bigger share than buying from a store, but do you have any idea how much difference it can be? In some cases it's a tenfold difference! I've nothing against publishers and retailers, but the whole system collapses if the guys making the games don't do well. It makes a huge difference if you can buy direct, and if your favourite developer doesn't sell direct, email them and let them know you would buy direct if you could. It takes five minutes."

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bit-tech News: Working with Wireless in Linux
"However, many people will immediately say that Linux is simply not ready for the masses -- and I agree with them. What bugs me is that when asked why, I'm hearing complaints from ages past treated as present-day problems:"

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Thursday, April 24, 2008
OpenSolaris 2008.05 Gives A New Face To Solaris
"In early February, Sun Microsystems had released a second preview release of Project Indiana. For those out of the loop, Project Indiana is the codename for the project led by Ian Murdock at Sun that aims to push OpenSolaris on more desktop and notebook computers by addressing the long-standing usability problems of Solaris. We were far from being impressed by Preview 2 as it hadn't possessed any serious advantages over a GNU/Linux desktop that would interest normal users. However, with the release of OpenSolaris 2008.05"

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Phoronix Test Suite 0.4.0 Released
"Following last week's release of Phoronix Test Suite 0.3.0 and the 0.3.1 hot-fix, a surprising amount of changes have wound up in this week's development release known as version 0.4.0. In fact, there are 21 major changes in this new release not counting general development work and minor bug fixes. Among the changes are new test profiles, a number of new PTS options, PTS External Dependencies support for new Linux distributions, reworking how results are saved, and the graphs are now rendered locally when saving the results."

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Head-Direct RE1 Earphones @ techPowerUp
"Head-Direct has just released their RE1 earphones which are quite different compared to all the other in-ears on the market today. The special thing about them is that they are based around some very unique performing drivers that scale particularly well. The better your amplifier is, the better their sound, leaving the competition behind in the dust - if you have a good amp."

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Samsung SyncMaster 2263DX Dual Display @ Digital Trends
"The Samsung SyncMaster2263DX provides a more reasonable balance between screen size and price by offering an enormous 22-inch widescreen monitor coupled with a more modest 7-inch side display to handle the screen overflow. Like the heads-up display in a car, the 2263DX gives users a convenient way to keep an eye on a handful of side programs without distracting from the main task at hand."

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Alienware High Definition Media Server Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Alienware High Definition Media Server is not the Cadillac of media servers – it’s more like a Maybach. If you have to ask how much, you probably can’t afford it, but once you drive one everything else is pretty much crap. In a world that is moving towards complete home integration, Alienware has drawn first blood and set a high standard for others to beat..."

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OCZ DDR3-12800 Platinum vs. Patriot DDR3-1500 Viper @ Bjorn3D
"Recently we received two DDR3 kits, one from OCZ Technology and one from Patriot Memory. The kit from OCZ was their 4GB DDR3 12800 (DDR3 1600) Platinum Enhance Bandwidth product and Patriot sent us their 2GB Viper DDR3 15000 (DDR3 1866) kit. Both of these products were used in our recent review of the ASUS P5E3 Premium motherboard. We saw some rather interesting phenomena with both of these memory kits in that review so we have decided to review both of these kits comparatively in much more detail using the same test rig. Our goal is not only to give you a complete review of these two memory products, but to also answer the questions we alluded to in the beginning of this introduction."

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Intel QX9770 Quad Core Extreme 3.2Ghz Processor Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The QX9770 being reviewed today is Intel's latest Socket 775 Quad-Core which not only boasts the smaller 45nm manufacturing process as the QX9650, but it also ups the stock core speed by 200Mhz to 3.2Ghz, cranks up the FSB from 1333Mhz to a screaming 1600Mhz, and for good measure slaps on another 4MB of on die cache to keep all cores fed properly."

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bit-tech News: The World Ends With You
"The World Ends With You is both a fantastically imaginative and hugely derivative game as far as DS RPGs go and the whole thing feels like a teenage version of //Contact what with the intriguing art style and obsession with stickers and badges as weapons. There’s two ways to look at //The World Ends With You, if you ask us. You can look at it in terms of Square Enix and say that, as far as their history goes, //The World Ends With You is a good game, but hardly as remarkable as past titles. //Final Fantasy VII this is not. On the other hand though, if you look at this as far as the DS goes, then this is definitely one of the best RPGs the platform has seen. Yeah, it may not be the next //Final Fantasy, but it’s still a great game and the art style that runs through the game is both striking and adorable. The characters are visually arresting and some of the more powerful combos and fusion powers are really quite cool. The best thing about //The World Ends With You though is that the game manages to be both involving and accessible. There’s an awful lot of information to absorb in the first few hours of play, not least of which is the combat system, which is hugely fun and frantic but also tough to get to grips with. The game never once feels overpowering or dull though and instead pulls players in deeper, thanks to characters that players can relate to and excellent dialogue. //The World Ends With You may not quite live up the expectations of those wanting the next //Final Fantasy or //Kingdom Hearts – but those people would probably never be satisfied anyway and, as it is, //The World Ends With You is still a fantastic game that all DS gamers can easily enjoy."

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bit-tech News: Wii Fit
"I say this a lot, but it really is hard to know what to think about //Wii Fit. On the one hand it’s obviously great. The hardware has a lot going for it in the future and is just as clever as everything else in the Wii. It’ll help get lard-arses off the couch and on their feet and even if you aren’t into fitness then the game itself is still fun for a little while. Yet, on the other hand the balance board is quite expensive, it is still just another collection of minigames at the most basic level and the reality is that those lard-arses will play the game every day for about two weeks at most before going back to exercising their drinking arm. Sure, that last part is grumpy as hell, but it’s also true. There’s room for movement, but the vast, vast majority of people will vociferously defend themselves and pledge to play the Wii for hours every day – only to let themselves off because they had a hard day at work. I know. I’m one of those people. Judged on fun and ingenuity, //Wii Fit gets top marks. Judged on longevity and value though, the game suffers horribly at our admittedly grumpy hands. The decider then goes to the future of the balance board and whether the hardware can prove itself useful in upcoming games. If the support is there then the game and the hardware will flourish – but otherwise it may end up as ugly and uncomfortable as the Zapper."

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Desktop Software Still Alive @ OSWeekly.com
"As I’ve said before, developers are the lifeblood of an operating system. Without them, an operating system would be lifeless and not that exciting. Because of this, it makes sense that companies like Microsoft and Apple try their best to reach out to these developers and entice them to develop for their OS. If they can land an exclusive product, then users who want access to it will have to use their operating system, and the benefits of this are evident."

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Multi-Touch in Windows and OS X: Feeling is Believing @ OSWeekly.com
"Apple obviously made a gamble when they created a phone that forced you to touch the screen and use your fingers to accomplish certain tasks, but it appears to have paid off for them, wouldn’t you say? Gone are the days when the cell phone keypad exclusively ruled the world of mobile phones, and it’s been replaced by new interactive interfaces."

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Microsoft Bribes Users With Windows Feedback Program @ OSWeekly.com
"I will admit this right here and now, Microsoft looking to solicit honest feedback is a good thing. Not because they are trying to entice Linux users to send their thoughts, but to grasp a firmer understanding of what their users like or dislike about Microsoft products. A great idea, but the means of which Microsoft would like to gather this data has become the subject of great concern."

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Dell and Gateway's Plea for OS X Leopard @ OSWeekly.com
"There’s nothing like a new operating system release to really boost computer sales. A large number of consumers may remain completely oblivious in regard to when operating systems are released, but for those of us who have the dates scribbled on our mental calendars, we use this knowledge wisely. As a matter of fact, I was recently in the market for a new iMac, but knowing that Leopard would be released in the near future prevented me from purchasing a new computer before the OS was on store shelves."

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Motorola Z9 Phone Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"We would love to call the Z9 an innovative, new cell phone, but that wouldn?t be quite right. Unfortunately for Motorola, the company is still stuck in its past and can?t let go of its RAZR days of success. A single concept and its rehashes won?t win over the crowd every time, and Motorola is experiencing the backlash in its earnings, a decline in market share and annoyed customer base who would prefer the company to wow them again."

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Virus Protection on Leopard? I Don't Think So. @ CoolTechZone.com
"When you install a new operating system, everything on your computer tends to feel a lot fresher. Even though some of the stuff on your hard drive may be several years old, a new OS gives you a revised way to use that information. Since installing Leopard, this fresh feeling has extended to the way I view viruses and other assorted software and Internet vulnerabilities on OS X. I never really had a problem in this regard on Tiger, and now that I?ve upgraded to Leopard, everything feels even more secure. I trust the advancements of OS X and its good track record to keep my computer safe, but perhaps I shouldn?t feel that way."

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I4U: NZXT Tempest PC Case Review
"Today we are checking out a PC case from NZXT called the Tempest. The NZXT Tempest lacks some of the polish you get from much more expensive cases like you get from Cooler Master, but it offers lots for the $100 price. All the fans in the case make it louder than some you will find, but there is no denying the amount of air flow to keep your components cool. The case is also attractive with a clear side window with a blue LED fan. The case retails for around $100 making it less than half the price of my Cosmos S. While the NZXT Tempest lacks the polish of the Cosmos S, it is a very good case."

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Sun Solaris 10 5/08
"While all of the Solaris excitement at Phoronix as of late has been around Solaris Express Developer 1/08 and the forthcoming release of OpenSolaris 2008.05, today Sun Microsystems has announced the immediate release of Solaris 10 5/08. This update to their Solaris OS includes major enhancements for those running Intel hardware, a number of new features, updated applications, the introduction of Solaris OnDemand, and updated drivers."

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Edifer E3350 PC Speaker System Review @ Digital Trends
"With so many computer 2.1 speaker systems on the market today, it's easy to be turned off from anything starting at under $100. But at the Consumer Electronics show earlier this year, the buzz was all about Edifiers new E3350 lifestyle speaker systems. People were assuming that with such rich sounds, and well built speakers, they would be in the $250 or higher price range. Coming in at just $99.99, the new E3350 speaker system combines award winning design with practical affordability."

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Mushkin XP-800 AP 800W PSU @ techPowerUp
"Mushkin's new XP-800AP power supply offers enough power for even the most demanding rigs. The shiny black paint looks great and the connectors are numerous. One special feature is Rail Fusion which lets the user select if the whole PSU should run with one big rail or in Quad Rail mode."

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Gigabyte STA Thin Client
"At Phoronix we have looked at a number of Gigabyte products from their motherboards to graphics cards and even wireless adapters. However, today is our first time looking at one of Gigabyte's barebone solutions. The Gigabyte STA Thin Client, specifically the GB-STA-C7V7, is a mini-ITX solution that ships with a VIA C7 1.0GHz processor, UniChrome PRO graphics, is completely fan-free, and it's all packed in a slim yet stylized chassis. However, does the Gigabyte STA Thin Client work with Linux? We'll let you know today."

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AMD Phenom X3 8750 Triple Core Processor @ Viper Lair
"Even though the AMD Unified Video Decoder can offload CPU usage in HD playback by putting the work on the graphics processing unit, if you're running multiple tasks during HD playback, the system does struggle if it doesn't have the horse power. We don't do it often, but at times we'll be converting files into DivX for sharing, and the CPU is completely maxed out, causing dropped frames during HD playback. For the test files we used, the X3 8750 had no problems with HD and file conversion."

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AMD Phenom X3 8750 Triple-Core Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
"When it comes to performance the AMD Phenom X3 8750 performed much faster than the AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ and actually beat out the AMD Phenom X4 9600 (Running the TLB Patch) in a number of benchmarks. It was also able to perform better than the Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 and Core 2 Duo E6750 as seen in the benchmarks. Intel still has the lead when overclocking, but AMD hasn't been marketing the Phenom X3 series as enthusiasts parts. With that said, we still managed to get another 500MHz out of the Phenom X3 8750 by overclocking just the bus frequency..."

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bit-tech News: AMD's Phenom X3 8750 processor
"AMD’s Phenom X3 8750 is a good processor in isolation and one that overclocks incredibly well based on our experiences. However, the sad fact is that the three Phenom cores aren’t fast enough to see off the competition from Intel’s higher-clocked (and sometimes cheaper) dual-core processors and the sucker punch for AMD really is the Core 2 Quad Q6600. In applications where the triple core Phenom //has the potential to show its muscle, the Core 2 Quad Q6600 waltzes in and mops it up in quite spectacular fashion. It’s a shame, because we were expecting the Phenom X3 8750 to be a good value proposition for the enthusiast. However, if you’re looking to upgrade a current socket AM2 system, we’d recommend spending that little bit more and getting a quad-core Phenom – it’s absolutely worth it."

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Noctua NH-U12P CPU cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"Noctua have a justified reputation of silent, yet powerful cooling. Partnering with the Austrian Institute of Heat Transmission and Fan Technology(!) allows some serious science behind their products, and as seen in the performance of their NT-H1 thermal paste we reviewed recently it seems to work. So it is with piqued interest that I will be looking at their 120mm-fan based cooler; the NH-U12P."

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Xigmatek Red Scorpion S1283 HDT CPU Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
"Inheriting a design from the HDT-S1283 it is derived from, Xigmatek's Red Scorpion S1283 offers some additional glamour to the already market-proven cooling solution. With Nickel-plated copper heat-pipe rods and a transparent orange fan with four white LED lights, the Red Scorpion not only performs well but also looks very attractive. Benchmark Reviews has long since been a believer of the excellent performance Heat-pipe Direct Touch coolers have offered, and since the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 has been a fan favorite for almost a year it will be interesting to see how the nickel plating will impact performance."

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I4U: Digiana AudiaX DGT-301 Wireless Audio FM Transmitter Review
"If you are looking for a way to get the tunes stored on your MP3 player to play in your car today’s review can help you. We are taking a look at the Digiana AudiaX DGT-301 Wireless Audio FM Transmitter. I found the audio quality with a generic MP3 player (it won’t work with my iPhone) to be good, though volume was low compared to normal radio stations. I did find that the AudiaX DGT-301 FM Transmitter is very sensitive to where it is in regards to the radio. If I moved the transmitter literally an inch further from the radio interference was introduced. With proper positioning though there was no feedback or interference in the audio."

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Lenovo ThinkPad X300 Review @ Digital Trends
"Lenovo has released its Macbook Air"

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LiveWires T1 Custom IEMs @ techPowerUp
"LiveWires T1 is the name of some new custom earphones that cost about half of its main rivals. They are built exactly to fit your ear with additional customization options like colors. These in-ears use two balanced armatures and play in a completely different league compared to whats usually available in this price segment."

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Nesteq EECS 700 Watt Ultra Quiet Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The EECS (Enhanced Easy Connecting System) modular cables are definitely the unit's most unique design feature. Modular cables are nothing new, but the ability to customize the length, as well as what connectors are found on each cable, is definitely interesting. Installation was quick and cable management was about as easy and neat as possible."

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Diamond Radeon HD 3870 1GB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"First and foremost, if you’re playing at extreme resolutions of 2560x1600 a single ATI Radeon HD 3870 is clearly not going to cut it. It is able to provide playable frame rates in some situations but is bested by the Nvidia 8800 GTS in most of those same situations. When it comes to performance compared to a standard 3870 with 512MB, our 1GB version really didn’t show much improvement in our short battery of test, but I believe that the performance is being held back more by the actual GPU than an increase in memory bandwidth and size can help. Our testing at such a high resolution should have given the Diamond 3870 1GB a chance to shine..."

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Dark Sector @ Bjorn3D
"I am back and this time we take a plunge into the blood bath that is Dark Sector, recently released for the Xbox 360 and PS3. A third person shooter with a dark and eerie twist, Dark Sector has the potential supply hours of on the edge of your seat fun. Published by D3 Publisher of America we will be evaluating the Xbox 360 version. Time to see if Dark Sector puts out!"

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I4U: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue for Sony PS3 Review
"The game is sort of an appetizer to the full Gran Turismo 5 game due out in a year or so and it is well worth the cost of admission. In my testing I used the Logitech Driving Force wheel designed specifically for the game. The force feedback features in the game are surreal. Each car has a different steering feel and handles differently. Go into a corner and you feel when the wheel leaves the road if you get into the grass, slide and you can feel it. Jump off the throttle too fast going into a curve and you can feel the car fighting to spin on you. It’s great."

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Monday, April 21, 2008
Interview with Franck Delattre / CPU-Z @ techPowerUp
"Today we have an interview with one of the key figures in the hardware scene. Franck's CPU-Z and ClockGen applications are legendary and part of every overclocker's toolbox. He explains how he made first contact with computers and what made him write CPU-Z. Also he talks about current projects and his future."

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SilverStone Kublai KL03
"Last September we had our first encounter with the SilverStone Kublai series when reviewing the Kublai KL02. We found that the Kublai series, which is targeted at economically minded consumers, had inherited many traits from SilverStone's flagship Temjin series while costing much less. The build quality of the KL02 chassis was excellent for being a $150 case and it ended up receiving our approval. Following the success of the Kublai KL01 and KL02 cases, SilverStone has released the KL03 as another steel and aluminum chassis, but this time it comes with support for Extended ATX motherboards. In this review, we are looking at the SilverStone Kublai KL03 as we fill it up with dual AMD quad-core Barcelona processors and other high-end hardware."

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Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB SATA Hard Drive @ Legit Reviews
"The Western Digital VelociRaptor was a blast to test since it's not every day something this new and innovative comes across the test bench. The Western Digital VelociRaptor is hands down the fastest single hard drive we have ever tested and it is hard to believe that the firmware is still being improved. It will be exciting to see how much more performance Western Digital will be able to get out of the VelociRaptor before it hits retail stores in May. As it stands right now having a burst speed of over 250 MB/s and a sustained read speed pushing over 100 MB/s is enough to put a smile on our face. Just imagine running RAID 0 with a pair of these!"

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bit-tech News: Fallout 3 preview
"You should be able to tell by now that we already love how Fallout 3 is shaping up. It's grim and visceral, keeping close to the good source material and barely dealing with the lamentable spin-offs that later ruined the Fallout name. The best thing of all though is that we've barely scratched the surface of the game -- in fact, we've barely scratched the surface of the Alpha build of the game which is growing by the second. The ending, which is designed on the same branching model as in the first games, has grown further now too so that there are now around 500 endings on offer. You may think that that is too many endings. You may be right. If that's your line of thinking though then the people you should feel sorry for are the Xbox 360 Gamerscore addicts like Jamie -- Pete reckons it'll take at least three or four playthroughs to get all the achievements on offer. And yeah, that does sound daunting -- but personally I can't wait to give it a shot."

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bit-tech News: ViewSonic VX1940w 19" widescreen monitor
"Clearly the ViewSonic VX1940w is not a mass market monitor that will convince the mainstream hordes to ditch their 22-inch panels. But it could be extremely attractive for a few niche markets and for those able to divert their attention away from simple screen acreage. Obviously, it's a great solution when space is in short supply. No doubt LAN gamers will appreciate the combination of high detail, speedy pixel response and compact, travel-friendly dimensions. It also makes for a very nice low-profile secondary display with decent resolution, perhaps to compliment a large 30-inch primary panel. Of course, the VX1940w will be fighting a largely losing battle against similarly-priced 20- and 22-inchers for the attention of buyers looking to maximise screen size within their budget. And frankly, for most users we wouldn't give it a blanket recommendation over such models. But we are glad ViewSonic has decided to add it to the mix and offer something a little different."

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Gigabyte EP35-DS4: DES in Action @ Bjorn3D
"Now the current trend is focusing on energy more than ever, regardless whether to cut costs at the end of the month or the simple knowledge that over half of the United State’s energy is produced from coal, therefore lower energy consumption translates into less coal pollution. When many consumers are penny pinching wherever they can, companies like Gigabyte and ASUS have decided to begin marketing energy saving motherboards not to a niche market, but to the masses."

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Pentax K200D D-SLR Review @ Digital Trends
"Pentax makes a comeback with the new K200D D-SLR camera which turns out to be a solid performer."

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Sunday, April 20, 2008
Best Thermal Paste Application Methods @ Benchmark Reviews
"Over the past several months, I have read an unreasonable number of discussion forum posts which offer inaccurate and often times incorrect information. It's not really all that surprising to read poorly conceived information on the Internet, which seems to be a anonymous means of passing off opinion for fact. As a general rule we don't let too many things go untested, and the advice of wanna-be experts is not doing the hardware enthusiast and overclocker community any good. In this article, Benchmark Reviews dispels myth and establishes fact on the topic of proper application of Thermal Interface Material."

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Klipsch Image Earphones @ techPowerUp
"Klipsch Image is the name of a brand new set of high-end earphones. They feature a radical new design and come with an excessive bundle. Besides being extremely good looking they also have a special sound characteristic that appeals to a large crowd."

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Silverstonetek TS01B - RFID Protected HDD Enclosure review at Metku.net
"As 2,5"

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Review: Rosewill RX81-CW Enclosure @ GideonTech.com
"Rosewill decided to send over one of their 3.5"

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Saturday, April 19, 2008
A Preview Of Kernel-Based Mode-Setting
"There are many new and innovative features brewing within the X.Org development community right now -- among the many are Gallium3D, the TTM memory manager, and MPX (Multi-Pointer X) -- but one of the features that has risen towards the top of the list and delivers visible benefits to the end-user is kernel-based mode-setting. As implied by its name, kernel mode-setting involves moving the mode-setting code for video adapters from the user-space X server drivers into the Linux kernel. This may seem like an uninteresting topic for end-users, but having the mode-setting done in the kernel allows for a cleaner and richer boot process, improved suspend and resume support, and more reliable VT switching (along with other advantages). Kernel mode-setting isn't yet in the mainline Linux kernel nor is the API for it frozen, but Fedora 9 shipping next month will be the first major distribution carrying this initial support. In this article we're looking more closely at kernel mode-setting with the Intel X.Org driver as well as showing videos of kernel-based mode-setting in action."

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Friday, April 18, 2008
I4U: Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 Review
"Today we are looking at the latest wireless mouse and keyboard desktop set from Microsoft. The set is called the Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 and features an Aero-esq design. Setting up the Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 is dead easy. All you need to do is plug the transceiver in and you are ready to work in a few minutes. The proprietary 2.4GHz technology used by Microsoft claims to frequency hop when it encounters interference and seems to work well. It seems to work well since I had no issues with interference in my testing despite a variety of Bluetooth devices and other wireless items in my home."

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NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Voltmodding Article posted @ techPowerUp
"NVIDIA's Geforce 9600 GT is quite an exceptional midrange card that offers excellent overclocking potential. Since the cards run at a relatively low voltage there is some extra overclocking waiting to be unleashed by raising the card's voltages. The GPU voltage mod we present in this article uses a new method which will not be affected by the card's overvoltage protection. Also we describe an easy to do modification to increase the memory voltage."

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Phoronix Test Suite 0.3.0 Released
"Less than two weeks ago Phoronix Test Suite 0.2.0 was released, which featured a number of profile updates, improved Linux hardware detection, and incorporating other feedback voiced by the initial users of this Linux benchmarking suite. Last Saturday version 0.2.1 was then released with initial support for PTS External Dependencies, a GLMark profile, GtkPerf profile, FRAC Benchmark profile, and other fixes. Continuing in an expedited development process, Phoronix Test Suite 0.3.0 has been released this morning with a number of major changes, including new test profiles and architectural improvements."

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Intel Core 2 Quad 9300 Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
"Intel has a winner on their hands with the Core 2 Quad Q9300 processor. At $285.99 shipped to your door it is priced higher than any AMD Phenom quad-core processor, but rightly so as our benchmarking showed it out performing Phenom in every benchmark except memory bandwidth. Not too shabby for the entry level 45nm quad-core processor! Our top overclock was over 1GHz higher than the stock frequency and that pushed the final clock frequency to 3.5GHz!"

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bit-tech News: An early look at MSI's P45 and nForce 780a mobos
"During my recent trip to China and Taiwan, I not only spent time with Intel's executives at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai, but also visited several manufacturers in Taiwan on the second leg of my trip. We've already had brief looks at what Cooler Master, Lian Li and Gigabyte have in the pipeline. Today it's time to look at two soon-to-be-released motherboards from MSI, the P45 Platinum and the K9A2 Diamond. It will come as no surprise that the former is based on Intel's up and coming P45 chipset, while the latter is based on Nvidia's nForce 780a SLI chipset, whose release is imminent. Before we get onto that board though, let's have a look at the P45 Platinum."

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ASUS P5E3 Premium WIFI Ap@n @ Bjorn3D
"Today we at Bjorn3D plan to help you procrastinators out there by providing some useful facts that will help with your decision making dilemma. We will be reviewing the ASUS's top of the line X48 based P5E3 Premium WIFI-AP @n motherboard. We plan to take this review to a new limit by testing the board with both the Intel® Q6600, 65nm processor and the Intel's new X3350 Xeon 45nm Quad core processor which is said to mimic the long awaited, forthcoming 9450 processor in all respects. We will also test the board using the 64 bit version of Vista using both 2GB of high-speed DDR3 as well as 4GB of lower latency DDR3. While this presentation is first and foremost a motherboard review we hope to assist as well in providing data to help you purchase the right accessories to make it shine."

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Firefox 3 Beta Review: A Disappointment @ OSWeekly.com
"I’ve been testing the latest release of Firefox since my last article, which discussed the areas Mozilla needed to work on. Overall, it looks and feels like the last release."

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Sony AS50G Headphones Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Sony?s reasonably priced AS50G headphones will be a good alternative for those expensive pairs that you are afraid of losing and are limited for home-use only. These can be your workout headphones, thanks to their affordability and a sporty design."

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RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8120 Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"RIM just updated its Pearl product line with a few enhancements to make its consumer-friendly option even friendlier. The new 8120 from AT&T is equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and an updated camera to make it an attractive upgrade."

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Everex: The Dell of the Linux World @ OSWeekly.com
"Most people these days think of Everex as the company that’s looking to bring Linux-powered desktop PCs with their own brand of Linux to the masses. But did you know that in many ways, they are in a position to do what Dell should have done from day one into the Ubuntu deal? If Everex plays their cards right, they could quite literally take any Linux thunder away from Dell and really make a name for themselves in a relatively new market."

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Zonbu Linux Notebook Review: Part II @ OSWeekly.com
"In the last article, we talked about the new Zonbu notebook, what it features and a few of its benefits and drawbacks. However, we were far from done with our analysis, and with that, here’s part II of our Zonbu review that presents our verdict on the low cost Linux notebook."

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iPhone Competitors: What's The Point Now? @ CoolTechZone.com
"All handset makers are working on their iPhone competitors feverishly to halt its growth, but after 10 months in the market, no one has succeeded in bringing a high quality iPhone competitor. That?s not to say they won?t market them now. They will. But the question is - is there a point to launching an"

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I4U: XFX 8800 GS XXX Alpha Dog Video Card Review
"XFX introduced a new video card recently with a low price and impressive performance called the XFX 8800 GS XXX Alpha Dog. This card sells for only $119 and includes a full copy of Call of Duty 4. The performance of the XFX 8800 GS XXX Alpha Dog is within a few FPS of the stock 9600 GT that costs more. For gamers on a budget of under $150 the XFX 8800 GS XXX Alpha Dog at $119 is a great bargain. You even get a full copy of Call of Duty 4 which is still selling for around $40."

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Thursday, April 17, 2008
Super Talent Pico A 8 GB Flash Drive Review at Metku.net
"Don't panic even if the topic triggers a strong déjà vu feeling in you, because indeed we have already reviewed one Super Talent Pico A USB flash drive. The difference this time around is that now Super Talent has come up with a new model in the same product family and now the Pico series ranges from 1 GB up to 8 GB in capacity."

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Thermaltake Xaser VI VG4000BWS Super Tower Chassis Review @ Bigbruin.com
"In October 2007 Thermaltake announced that they were working on the sixth edition of the Xaser series. The latest release builds on the success of past models, and includes items such as a removable motherboard tray, 10 expansion slots, a tool-free design, Aluminum construction, e-SATA connectors, and many other features."

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Lamptron Aluminum Case Handles @ techPowerUp
"In a world where case modding is becoming increasingly more popular, Lamptron focuses on giving modders and enthusiasts alike what they are asking for in accessories. The Aluminum Case Handles that we are taking a look at today have style with their custom CNC milled design and smooth elegant finish. The aluminum construction is solid yet very light weight and will certainly please anyone who wants to add portability to their case as well as looks provided that you are willing to spend a little extra money for the quality."

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bit-tech News: rock Xtreme 770 X9000-8800 gaming notebook
"Honestly, my feelings about the rock Xtreme 770 are a bit mixed. On the one hand, the Xtreme 770 offers very good gaming performance, application performance and comes with some nice extras and a good warranty. Even the bag that comes bundled with the laptop is nice, though the laptop itself is quite heavy---but that's to be expected. On the other hand though, the battery life won't let you even get through one two hour film and I still feel that the concept of a gaming laptop is one that hasn't been explored properly yet. Just because it doesn't have a separate monitor, keyboard and speakers doesn't mean that this 17-inch beast suddenly becomes portable! In the end, for me, it's the gaming performance and overall feel of the Xtreme 770 that makes this laptop a winner -- this is a machine which feels good to use and some obvious care and attention has obviously gone into the design. rock has even spaced out the USB ports so you can fit multiple devices in without making it a squeeze. The laptop as a whole feels good to use and the gaming performance, while maybe not as good as we had hoped, is more than enough for modern gaming. It may be expensive and many //bit-tech readers may guffaw and pledge continued, undying loyalty to their desktop machines, but the reality is that the rock Xtreme 770 is a very tempting piece of kit and more than capable of any task you might care to throw at it."

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Maingear Dash PC Review @ Digital Trends
"If you are a gamer on a budget, then the Maingear Dash is the perfect PC for you. It's small quiet and affordable."

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BeleniX 0.7 OpenSolaris Desktop
"Long before Sun's Project Indiana came about, BeleniX has been one of our favorite GNU/Solaris distributions. BeleniX has been a LiveCD based upon OpenSolaris, but with yesterday's release of BeleniX 0.7 it is now a source-level derivative of the Project Indiana blend of OpenSolaris. Today we're taking a quick look at this new release."

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Mapower MAP-KC31 eSATA & USB 2.0 HDD @ techPowerUp
"The Mapower KC31CSJ HDD enclosure has almost everything a user could ask for. The sturdy build quality is complimented by a sleek aluminum finish while remaining lightweight. The performance is pleasing especially compared to more expensive enclosures out there. The passively cooled heat dissipation system ensures silent operation while working hard to get that heat away from your important data."

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Antec Mini P180 @ Bjorn3D
"design and construction, and today's examples are a nice departure from the vanilla rattle boxes of days gone by. Increased cooling capabilities, quieter operation, and style are just a few of the advances - and with these often come increased size and weight. Recognizing that many PC enthusiasts actually like to be able to move their systems, Antec has come up with a smaller, more portable case with this in mind. Enter the Mini P180 Advanced Super Mini Tower - the newest member of the Antec Performance One series of cases."

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bit-tech News: Thermaltake Toughpower 1500W PSU
"It's difficult to ascertain the value and the worth of 1,500W -- while Thermaltake makes the only one worth buying for far less than the very few competitors sell for, the value of 1,500W is certainly questionable. Even if we wanted to kit out the baddest rig under the sun, we'd still opt for other units on the market. After all, if you think you need one you're already splashing out several grand for the best hardware on the planet, so at least complement it with something that's as super high end."

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I4U: ASUS EN9600GT Top Video Card Review
"Today we are checking out another overclocked 9600 GT. This card is the ASUS EN9600GT Top. ASUS promises a 10% overclock right out of the box and provides applications to let you overclock even more. The only real sore point for me with the ASUS EN9600GT Top is that the custom heatsink makes the card very thick. You can still run the ASUS EN9600GT Top in SLI mode, but you are likely going to give up the slot right below where you put the ASUS EN9600GT Top."

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Coolink SWiF 1202 Cooling Fan at Modders-Inc
"With our comparison between the Coolink and Noctua fans, we can see that the Coolink does have a slight lead in the cooling area, but comes at the slightly louder noise level."

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NVIDIA 3-Way SLI With GeForce 9800 GTX Graphics Cards @ Legit Reviews
"Today is April 15th, 2008 and that means that it is the day taxes are due in the United States. While this is a time of stress for many Americans it shouldn't be as you might be one of the many that is expecting a substantial income tax refund this year. It turns out that over 70 percent of Americans get money back at the end of the tax year, with the average refund being close to $2,000! Rather than having those precious dollars being absorbed into your normal spending routine or being used wisely to pay off bills you could do something crazy with your refund, get three GeForce 9800 GTX graphics cards for triple SLI! Actually, with a street price of $289 plus shipping buying the graphics cards will only set you back $867. This sounds like a large amount, but keep in mind a single GeForce 8800 Ultra cost $829 when it launched back in early 2007..."

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bit-tech News: Unboxing the Asus Eee PC 900
"Another cool feature is the Macbook Air-esque (I just died inside) multi-touch trackpad, so you can use two fingers to zoom and scroll. While the scroll works in everything, the zoom function is currently limited to Works, StarSuite 8 and Adobe Reader. There's also a new OS option: Windows XP Home. That will make the extra memory and storage evaporate, although it is now open to a wealth of other software and more immediately familiar to non-Linux users. Included in the package are Microsoft Works, Intervideo DVD XPack and Sun StarSuite (databases, spreadsheet, presentation, illustration and word processing – basically a “slim” Microsoft Office). The problem with the XP version is that despite the larger screen resolution, you still have to scroll up and down the desktop - that's not ideal. // The 20GB Linux model pictured below should retail for £329 in the UK, which is only a modest increase in price considering the advantages. Our resident games expert, Joe, recently spent £250 on an Eee PC and is now regretting it – the extra screen room makes a huge difference and the added storage is a definite boon. The Windows XP version will only ship with 12GB of hard drive space but will retail for the same price. Because of this, we'd absolutely suggest buying the Linux version and then shoehorning XP into the 20GB model."

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AMD Opteron 2356 Dual Quad-Core
"When looking at the AMD Phenom 9500 under Linux, we had found this processor had posed a number of issues from kernel panics to other troubles when running Ubuntu 7.10 with the Linux 2.6.22 kernel. Once, however, upgrading to Ubuntu 8.04 with the Linux 2.6.24 kernel these problems had vanished and we were pleased by this native quad-core desktop processor from AMD. Released a month prior to the first Phenom desktop CPUs were the quad-core Opteron 2300"

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OVC TC20 Earphones @ techPowerUp
"The OVC TC20 earphones are aimed at the more budget conscious in-ear audience. Priced at only $39 they are many times cheaper than most big brand earphones. The only question is how does their sound performance stack up against the more expensive in-ears."

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I4U: Foxconn 9600 GT OC Video Card Review
"Today we are looking at the Foxconn 9600 GT OC video card. As the name implies this is a factory overclocked 9600 GT video card that offers good performance at a good price. The Foxconn 9600 GT OC performed well, but was on average 300 points lower on 3DMark06 than the other overclocked 9600 GT video cards I have tested. In the real world that performance difference equates to around 3 fps slower on average when playing video games. The difference is minimal in performance, but the Foxconn 9600 GT OC lacks a bundle whereas other cards include first rate video games as well."

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Super Talent Pico 8Gb Micro USB2.0 Flash Drive Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Once this drive is on the market in full force, I can see it becoming one of the most popular USB drives out there. It's fast, it's remarkably small, it's cheap, and its a lot of fun to show your friends how huge (sarcasm) your 8Gb drive is."

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bit-tech News: NEC AccuSync LCD24WMCX 24" widescreen monitor
"On the whole then, the NEC AccuSync LCD24WMCX has its share of problems with precise editing of photos taken in a photo studio, but it was never intended for that usage model -- NEC has a whole host of displays that deliver colour accuracy far and above this particular screen. And for most usage models---especially gaming and movie playback in particular---the LCD24WMCX will be more than adequate. Given its price point, it's quite an attractive proposition, but you must be aware of the drawbacks of the panel technology used. From our experience, it's one of the better 24-inch TN+Film displays on the market so it represents reasonable value for money for those on a tight budget. Simply put, if you're looking for a relatively cheap 1,920 x 1,200 monitor with lots of inputs to use for gaming, movie playback, Internet browsing and a bit of light image editing, the NEC AccuSync LCD24WMCX is definitely a tempting option. What it isn't though is a screen targeted at those looking for a very colour-accurate display and, if you fall into that camp, there are better PVA or MVA units on the market that will suit your needs."

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Apple Time Capsule Review @ Digital Trends
"Apple's Time Capsule combines a gigantic 1TB hard drive with a speedy wireless router that dishes out legacy B and G Wi-Fi along with the new N standard. It's an overall solid package that delivers on its promise of easy-to-use centralized storage for a home network, and its wireless performance is very good as well. The only drawbacks are that the much-touted Time Machine feature only works with OS X Leopard, setup isn't as easy as we anticipated from an Apple product, and naturally it's a bit expensive.."

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Kingwin RVT-12025 HDT CPU Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
"There are times when Benchmark Reviews will test a product that seems very similar to another that we've already reviewed, with only subtle differences separating them. A much less common occurrence is when we see the exact same product, only wearing a different name. Kingwin is fortunate then to have built their RVT-12025 HDT CPU cooler from an award-winning mold. Designed from the Heat-pipe Direct Touch technology created by Zaward, and later incorporated into the award-winning Xigmatek HDT-S1283 CPU cooler, the new RVT-12025 is a chip off the old block... a very well established block."

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Monday, April 14, 2008
Hitachi Deskstar 500GB SATA/300 7200RPM 16MB HDD @ Viper Lair
"The Hitachi came about the DeskStar lineup with their and IBM's merger, with the history behind the DeskStar (I know, I had to bring up the old stuff) I am sure IBM was not to sad to let Hitachi run with it. Obviously those issues are long gone as Hitachi has gained a stellar reputation with their iteration of the DeskStar."

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Mod Your Mouse Contest at Modders-Inc
"Grab that mouse and mod it like there is no tomorrow. Cut it, paint it, put a window in it, do whatever it takes to win theses great prizes from XTracPads and Logitech."

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Interview with Asetek CEO André Sloth Eriksen @ NordicHardware
"We got a chance to talk to Asetek CEO and founder André Sloth Eriksen and ask him some questions. Not just about how things are going at Asetek at the moment, but also about the past and his own personal view of what really happened, if he's keeping in touch with his roots and how it all started."

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bit-tech News: Early Look: Gigabyte P45-DS5 motherboard
"Gigabyte has done *a lot* to improve the P45's layout over its previous P35 board -- while we loved the DS3R, other products like the EP35-DS4 (pictured right, on the left of the two) had compatibility problems with the SATA ports. The P45-DS5 fixes this by making all the SATA ports at 90 degree angles to the edge of the board so they don't conflict with longer graphics cards. In addition to this there are now *ten* SATA ports -- four of which are from a Silicon Image chipset. While the RAID can't be combined with the new ICH10R southbridge, they all offer NCQ, ACHI and eSATA support. The Gigabyte branded JMicron chipset provides the IDE port which is still missing from ICH10, like it was from ICH9, and even though the IDE port is awkwardly placed right down the bottom of the board it shouldn't matter too much since there's oodles of SATA for optical drives. The DS5 shown here is DDR2 only and supports"

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ECS A780GM-A v1.0
"Last month we had looked at the Radeon HD 3200, which is part of the AMD 780G Chipset. In that Linux-based review we had found the performance to be admirable for being an integrated graphics processor (IGP) and it was quickly supported by the proprietary fglrx driver, aside from AMD not yet introducing the CrossFire/Hybrid Graphics Linux support. To deliver those Radeon HD 3200 benchmarks we had used the ECS A780GM-A Black and today we're publishing our full run-down on this AMD 780G motherboard that's paired with the AMD SB700 Southbridge. The A780GM-A boasts support for AMD Phenom processors, DDR2-1066 memory, PCI Express 2.0, and an HDMI port in addition to one VGA output."

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bit-tech News: Nvidia Analyst's Day: Biting Back at Intel
"Gelsinger believes that the industry needs a programmable, ubiquitous and unified architecture... like Larrabee. This is of course convenient, but he seems to forget that we've had very programmable and unified architectures ever since the launch of the GeForce 8800 GTX in November 2006. DirectX 10 was an inflection point for graphics cards, because it is the first time that shader units have become fully generalised processing 'cores'. Although it's worth remembering that they're not quite as flexible as a CPU core in their current design."

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Sapphire Radeon HD3870 X2 1GB Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The 1GB Sapphire Radeon HD3870 X2 graphics card couples the power of two HD3870 GPUs on one card to provide the muscle necessary to smoothly drive today's games with ease. And if you are a player that insists on the absolute cutting edge and top notch performance at any cost you can take advantage of CrossFireX and use two of these cards in tandem."

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HIS HD 3870 IceQ 3 Turbo @ Bjorn3D
"Since AMD bought ATI they have struggled to compete with NVIDIA for the performance crown. Instead they have chosen a different strategy by releasing GPU’s that while still fast mainly compete by offering an excellent performance and features for a low price. The HD3870 GPU is no exception and today we are testing HIS interesting HIS HD 3870 IceQ 3 Turbo."

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Rosewill RX82-U HDD Enclosure @ techPowerUp
"The Rosewill RX82-U is a USB enclosure for SATA hard disk drives featuring two easy-to-swap trays. Running in JBOD mode, each drive gets seen as its own self, so the user will see two drives if two drives are installed. More trays can be purchased and drives can be hot-swapped as needed."

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Terratec 2400 Dual TV tuner Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today I will be looking at a product from a manufacturer that I personally don’t know a great deal about, you however maybe more familiar with the name of TerraTec. The product I will be reviewing is a digital tv card the Cinergy 2400i DT. This is a dual digital tuner card, nothing special there you may think BUT this card uses a pci express x1 slot which is refreshing as, in my honest opinion, most manufacturers overlook this expansion slot."

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Thrustmaster RGT Force Feedback Pro Clutch Edition @ BmR
"If you are in the market for a new steering wheel for your PC racing games, odds are you will be looking to either Logitech or Thrustmaster. Five years ago you would have had quite a few choices to pick from, now you are limited to a handful of models from one of two companies. Today Benchmark Reviews will be taking a look at one of those options, the Thrustmaster RGT Force Feedback Pro Clutch Edition. On paper, this new wheel sounds great, but can it deliver when your trying to hold that perfect line through the corners. Let's take a closer look and find out."

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Sony alpha DSLR-A350 Review @ Digital Trends
"The new DSLR-A350 has a 14.2-megapixel imager, built-in sensor shift stabilization and loads of other goodies."

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Saturday, April 12, 2008
bit-tech News: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue
"The game is undeniably beautiful to look are but the car models are probably on a par with Forza 2 and //PGR4, not really surpassing them as you might hope. There are also a few occasions where the jaggies creep in which, given the alleged complexity of the models, you'd expect not to see. So, is //GT5 Prologue worth your money? That depends. Yes, it's half the price of other games, and yes it's the only serious racer available on the PS3 for the foreseeable future. But on the downside it doesn't ever feel really complete. The lack of progressive difficulty and the limited number of tracks means races can get a little monotonous. If you only have a PS3, then I'd recommend you get this game to tide you over until the full release comes along sometime next year. On the other hand, if you've got an Xbox 360 as well, I'd recommend that you stick with //Forza and //PGR as they'll give you more satisfaction in the meantime. As a demo, it's a great way to show us what's to come. The only problem is, it leaves you feeling unsatisfied with what you've got and impatient to wait for the final release. Should we really be paying for a demo in the first place?"

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Lian-Li Armorsuit PC-P60 @ techPowerUp
"The new Lian-Li Armorsuit PC-P60 is a very elaborate case, which is quite different from the understatement shape of their usual enclosures. Three LED fans are built into the very detailed front door and a top airduct guides air out of the case toward the back. Even though the case retails at $269 it offers a lot of premium features justifying the cost."

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Friday, April 11, 2008
I4U: Canary Wireless Digital Hotspotter HS20 Review
"Today we are looking at a very nice little gadget that will help you get connected to hot spots when you are on the road. The scanning process took about 10 seconds in my testing to turn up 6 local wireless networks. It is important to note that my notebook only found three of the local networks in its scan. A lock icon displays to show you at a glance if a network is open or closed to public access. If networks the Canary Wireless Digital Hotspotter finds are encrypted it will also tell you what encryption is in use."

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ECS A780GM-A Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"When it comes to general performance the ECS A780GM-A motherboard does great, the layout of the board is very clean and the integrated graphics was able to overclock by more than 25%, which was enough to boost gaming performance. If one is looking for an integrated board to use in an entry level system then this board is a good choice..."

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Aeneon X-Tune DDR3 1333 MHz CL8 2GB Kit @ techPowerUp
"Aeneon is entering the DDR3 market with their X-Tune brand. This series is aimed at the gamers and their first offering is set at 1333 MHz with CL8. It comes with very nice looking black heatspreaders and a unique, blue PCB"

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ASUS EAH3870 TOP Overclocked Radeon HD3870 Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.com
"As the big brother to the HD3850 TOP card I expected it to perform about 10-20% better, and in general that is about what it did. It offers solid performance in today's demanding games without draining you of the extreme amount of money that the high end cards will set you back. And while the card may be overkill for the typical home theater setup, it does offer all the features you would want there as well."

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XFX 9600GT XXX SLI @ Bjorn3D
"When NVIDIA released the G80 core in late 2006 the enthusiast world rejoiced. New levels of image quality were in reach with a single card that used to require two or more. The mainstream market anxiously awaited its share of the G80 love only to be disappointed by the lackluster 8600GT/GTS. Fastforward to last year when the world was given the G92 core. Even more peformance was to be had by enthusiasts willing to shell out the $250 or more it would take to enjoy the pleasure of gaming on a 8800GT/GTS 512. And the mainstream market waited. Only this time things would be a little different. This time the mainsteam market would not take a step back but a huge leap forward, in performance that is, not price. Finally, we were given the card that all of us could afford and not be ashamed to put in our forum sig. The 9600GT from NVIDIA was just that card. Offering levels of performance usually enjoyed by the bigger boys at a price we all can swallow placed this card into unknown t!"

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bit-tech News: Lian Li to release ten cases before Computex
"Of the cases we saw during our visit to the company's offices in Keelung City in the North East of Taiwan, there were a few that really caught our eyes. First of all, the company's new home theatre cases---the PC-C36 and PC-C37---look promising with some interesting new ideas. One complaint that Lian Li said it had from its previous HTPC cases was the support bar across the middle -- it was fixed in place. With these two new designs, the bar is removable, which will definitely make the installation process a lot easier. There are other enhancements too -- both feature a small PCB at the front that apparently allows you to boot into a Linux distro to search for (and presumably playback) media files."

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bit-tech News: AMD Phenom X4 9850, 9750 and 9550
"Those into massive multi-tasking or highly threaded applications will benefit the most from a quad-core processor, but even with AMD's massive steps forwards, we still feel the Q6600 is the slightly better purchase, regardless of the small £10 price difference. Both can be overclocked, but the Phenom X4s are much hotter and less tolerant to heat in comparison. At just over 60?C our Phenom at 2.8GHz was stable, but at just under 70?C it locked up. If you can keep it cool then it should really work for you, however even with an expensive, large and very capable ZeroTherm cooler we still couldn't keep it cool at a quite reasonable 1.45V. Admittedly 65nm Core 2 Quads are hot runners at high voltage too, but they seem to be more tolerant of higher temperatures and the Intel 65nm process seems to leak less current. What AMD is missing is a K10 dual core -- its mainstream 65nm parts //are being revamped, but slowly, and they are still based on the old K8 core so Intel is leaving them far, far behind. I don't understand it -- why push a new process technology onto the most complex parts first? Why aren't we seeing new, lower wattage, high clocked dual-core processors? Regardless of that, AMD Enthusiasts should have some fun with the Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition and it's good to see AMD"

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I4U: Panasonic Lumix L10 DSLR Camera Review
"Today we are checking out the Panasonic Lumix L10 DSLR camera. This camera is aimed at the beginner DSLR owner and is not what most would consider cheap. Overall the Lumix L10 works very well and is easy to use for the beginner the camera is aimed at. T he biggest problem with the Lumix L10 is the price. The kit I am reviewing here retails for around $1100. You can get the Nikon D80 for around the same price and in my option it is a much better camera. If the Lumix L10 was a few hundred bucks cheaper it would be a clear winner. As it is I suggest you shop around a bit, it’s not that the Lumix L10 is a bad camera, it’s actually quite good. The price is just too high in my opinion."

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Thursday, April 10, 2008
Toshiba Qosmio G45 Laptop Review @ Digital Trends
"If you're in the market for a desktop replacement notebook, but don't want a glitzy gaming machine, you could do a lot worse than Toshiba's loaded Qosmio G45-AV690. Designed to be the central hub of a digital home, it sports a lot of media-centric features including an HD DVD burner, HDMI output and it even comes with a digital cable adapter too. Sadly, it has bloatware issues and one of its primary features is its HD DVD playback capabilities, which is essentially outdated tech at this point, making it difficult to wholeheartedly recommend."

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RadeonHD 1.2 Driver Released
"It's been a long time in the making, but the xf86-video-radeonhd 1.2 driver has just been pushed out the door. RadeonHD 1.2 is the first new release for this open-source ATI R500/600 driver since December of last year. The RadeonHD 1.2 driver includes support for new AMD graphics processors, 2D XAA/EXA acceleration, and other changes."

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EK Water Blocks EK Supreme @ techPowerUp
"Today we take a look at EK Water Block's EK Supreme. This CPU waterblock features a universal mounting plate, as well as a clear acrylic top that can be lit up with two 3mm LEDs. Performance is excellent on the EK Supreme, making it truly worthy of the name "Supreme"."

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bit-tech News: Condemned 2: Bloodshot
"When you get right down to it though, these are all minor concerns at best and //Condemned 2: Bloodshot really is an excellent game that flies in the face of common game design and thrives off what makes it different. At a time when everyone else is making open-ended, sandbox games all about huge gunfights and so on, Monolith has made a fantastically scary and enthralling game which makes a point out of being linear and claustrophobic. The level of blood and guts is sure to scare many people away, but there's an audience for that stuff too and it's that gore-loving crowd which will perhaps love //Condemned 2 the most, though beneath the surface there's actually something for everyone. At times puzzling and at others utterly pant-filling, //Condemned 2: Bloodshot will shred your nerves, baffle your brain and exercise your sweat glands all in turn, making it clearly one of the most accomplished survival horror games we've ever played despite the uncomfortable multiplayer. Forget the flaws, dim the lights and up the volume for something that we can, unfortunately, only describe as 'pant-cackingly scary'."

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I4U: ASUS EN9800GX2 Top Video Card Review
"Today we are checking out a factory overclocked 9800 GX2 called the ASUS EN9800GX2 Top. The card promises 11% overclocks right out of the box. Every time I look at a 9800 GX2 I am impressed by the performance delivered by a single graphics card. The ASUS EN9800GX2 Top is the fastest 9800 GX2 that I have tested to date and has a very nice bundle with it. ASUS might not be a name you think of immediately when it comes to overclocked graphics cards, but ASUS is working on that."

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Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Logitech diNovo Mini Keyboard Review @ Digital Trends
"If you've got a Home Theater PC (HTPC), you know how awkward it can be keeping a full-sized keyboard lying around your living room. Logitech feels your pain, and has come up with a miniature wireless keyboard that doesn't take up much space but offers full control over any PC from up to 30 feet away. Its touchpad is a bit sensitive and you won't be typing a term paper on it, but for 99% of HTPC control tasks the diNovo Mini works wonderfully and is one of the most well-designed controllers we've ever tested. If you have a Playstation 3, the diNovo Mini works well with that system too."

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VSONIC R02-PRO Earphones @ techPowerUp
"VSONIC R02-PRO is the name of a reasonably priced set of earphones. They retail for around $69 which is to be considered cheap by earphone market standards. What is interesting to see is their rather different design and how they stack up against competitors from more established brands."

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LF Collaboration Summit, Austin: Day 1
"The second annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit kicked off yesterday with a variety of free software and Linux talks. The topics ranged from VIA announcing a new open-source driver strategy to pictures of MySQL executives burning their IPO prospectus information following their acquisition by Sun Microsystems. Ending off the first day of talks was a party at the QUA Bottle Lounge in downtown Austin, Texas. Here are a few pictures from the day."

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Ultra Stackables at Modders-Inc
"The Ultra Stackables are a new creation from Ultra offering the ability to stack several external devices together with a single power supply."

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Thermaltake DuOrb CPU Cooler @ Legit Reviews
"The Thermaltake DuOrb is a sharp looking, well performing cooler that should fit in just about any mid tower and up, and some mini towers. At the $65 price point this could be considered a high-end air cooler. It’s quiet, light weight, good looking, and a breeze to install. It kept up with the NV-120 really well, which says lot for the cooler..."

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Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro @ Bjorn3D
"Does that processor of yours that you just bought not too long ago seem like it is lacking in power trying to run the latest games and applications? Many people will answer yes to this question, and many PC enthusiasts will turn to overclocking in order to extend the performance life of their computer. With the added performance that is gained by overclocking, another gain is seen as well; heat. In order to keep your freshly overclocked CPU cool under its new settings, looking into aftermarket coolers should be your next step. OEM cooling solutions typically work great for stock speeds and maybe even a slight overclock, but for those users looking to gain the most from their CPU, an aftermarket cooler is definitely in order. Luckily, Arctic Cooling has provided us with their Freezer 7 Pro for Socket 775 processors to see how it holds up to the extra heat gained from overclocking."

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OCZ Vendetta 2 HPT CPU Cooler OCZVEND2 @ Benchmark Reviews
"Computer hardware is an ever-evolving industry, and since Moores law only applies to an exponentially growing transistor count then there should probably be another law for cooling. In the very recent past there have been two major trends which have accelerated the performance potential of CPU cooler. That first development was the use of heat-pipes to directly contact with the CPU surface; which resulted in the Heat-pipe Direct Touch technology. The second development is by no mean a new concept, just new to our industry in specific. For many years now heatsinks have been full of right angles, but very recently companies have begun to recognize the need to disrupt smooth airflow and reduce the laminar skin effect which allows air to travel just above the solid surface. Manufacturers like OCZ have used both of these trends in their new Vendetta 2 CPU cooler. Benchmark Reviews will see how much this effects the overall performance as we test OCZVEND2 against a large segment of competitor products."

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Nokia N95 Review @ Digital Trends
"The Nokia N95 is a wireless Swiss Army knife, with 3G support, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, infrared, and an FM radio."

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Diamond HD 3650 1024 MB DDR2 @ techPowerUp
"Diamond's latest HD 3650 card features a huge video memory of 1 GB, but uses only slow DDR2. For media PC systems an extra HDMI output has been added which natively supports HDCP and audio. We run this card through our benchmarks and check whether the extra memory can make a performance difference."

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Nokia?s Last Effort to Revive N-Gage Fails @ COolTechZone.com
"Nokia recently announced a bundle of six games for its N-Gage mobile platform to attract consumers into purchasing the otherwise bulky N-Gage device, a failure from all perspectives. It?s beyond me to understand why the global leader in handsets would continue to push a device that?s been dead since its launch day. It never received any attention, and there?s no community around it to make it worth Nokia?s while to launch a series of games as a final step before killing the platform."

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Sony DualShock 3 Controller Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"After years of wait, the ever popular DualShock controller is back for the PS3 as DualShock 3. The controller is very much like its predecessor, DualShock 2, with the same aesthetics and the true Sony-style look. But naturally, the key factor to note is the force feedback option that was missing from the original controller. As many of you remember, Sony was involved in a lawsuit with Immersion, the company that patented the force feedback technology, and as such, Sony had to skip this feature to avoid further legal ramifications."

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Zonbu Notebook Review: Part I @ OSWeekly.com
"When I first discovered that I going to receive a Beta testing review notebook from Zonbu, I was a bit skeptical. Despite being excited to try out one of their latest contraptions, I could not get my head around the challenges of a Linux notebook that was simple enough for the most casual PC user."

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Apple iCar: Could Microsoft Follow? @ OSWeekly.com
"We use operating systems like Windows and OS X when we’re at home, but when we’re out and about with our laptops, and pretty much in any circumstance on our phones, we need a replacement. We almost always have access to these operating systems, and they help us to get a lot done. One of the things that we’re seeing people do more and more is integrate computers into their cars. At first, a computer may sound like a dangerous thing to have and use in your car, but if you really think about it, the implementation does have its benefits."

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Does Leopard Deliver or Disappoint? @ OSWeekly.com
"Once I actually went from simply using OS X on certain occasions to making the switch, I never looked back. Using OS X in a casual way will surely impress you, but when you make it a part of your computing routine, the practical benefits are sure to be obvious. I started using OS X at work on an inconsistent basis when OS 9 was still around, but when OS X came out, my indifferent attitude changed to one of fascination. Where had this operating system been all my life?"

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Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
"The upcoming Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 looks to be a price versus performance winner from what we can tell from the time spent with our early sample. If the rumored price of $133 is correct and the retail versions overclock like ours did then this will be hands down one of the hottest dual-core processors this summer. Intel has perfected the 45nm process and every new processor series they release based on it exceeds our expectations. The Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 is one of those processors..."

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In Win B2 Stealth Bomber Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Regardless of whether or not you're a fighter jet enthusiast, In Win's latest offering is worthy of your next system build or simply to replace an old, boring case. It has just about every feature that one would need while maintaining a sleek, non-cluttered look just like the jet it was inspired by. Quite honestly, I can't find any real reason not to highly recommend it."

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Best CPU Cooler Performance - Q1 2008 @ Benchmark Reviews
"Benchmark Reviews strives to offer the overclocker and hardware enthusiast community solid evidence reflecting the true performance of computer products through rigorous testing and evaluation. We understand that many of our readers have been involved with other community websites for years, and take our test results personally; this was made clear to us when we released our 33-Way Thermal Interface Material Comparison article. So then after months of planning and preparation, we have worked to achieve the most complete source of test results possible, offering irrefutable test results gathered in a controlled environment. The purpose of this article is to document our findings and declare the best and top-rated CPU coolers available as of Q1 2008."

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Monday, April 7, 2008
Kingston HyperX 1GB PC2-9600 DDR2 Memory Kit Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Whether it was in benchmarks, gaming, or every day use, the Kingston PC2-9600 DDR2 kit performed well. Getting up and running at 1200MHz was easier than I expected, and the only effort required was to bump the speed up in the BIOS. Even overclocking was easy, and the test system was able to push these modules to 1280MHz by simply relaxing the tRAS value from 15 to 16."

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Apple TV 2.0 Review @ Digital Trends
"Now before we do the update, let's consider what the Apple TV is all about. When it first appeared, it was all about integrating with iTunes on your computer so that you could transfer content either wired or wirelessly from it through the Apple TV to your HDTV. By definition this required a Component output on the APPLE TV at the mini-mum for video up to 1080i resolution, with audio transferred through the RCA analog plugs or the optical out (in stereo only), or the HDMI output could be used to transmit both video and audio. The other connectors consisted of an Ethernet plug to connect to the home network (using 10/100 base) and the Internet or you could use the built-in wireless (being the faster 802.11n if you had it, or the slower 802.11b/g). There was also a security slot and a USB port which didn't do anything (and still doesn't). The Apple TV has a price tag of $229 USD for the 40GB version or $329 for the 160GB."

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Canon Vixia HF10 HD Camcorder Review @ Digital Trends
"The Canon Vixia HF10 records in high definition to 16GB of internal flash memory. You can also use your own external memory cards."

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I4U: UGOBE Pleo Robotic Dinosaur Review
"The robot has 14 servo joints for its torso, head, tail, neck and legs. Pleo also has 38-touch, sound and tilt sensors on its mouth, hear, chest, shoulders, back and feet along with 8 toe sensors. Other features include music beat detection and autonomous interaction. Pleo also has different moods including anger, boredom, playfulness, hunting, cautious, cuddling, fatigue, hunger, and more."

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Nyko Zero Wireless Controller for Playstation 3 @ Legit Reviews
"Unlike the Sony controllers, third party controllers like the Nyko don’t have built-in wireless functionality and thus need wireless adapter. Nyko has packaged a low latency USB adapter for use with the Zero controller that is a very simple to plug in and go. We didn’t notice any lag or delay with this solution at all with using the Zero which was a concern of ours as we realized that there would be a USB adapter in the mix. The Nyko Zero is powered by a NiMH rechargeable battery that in our tests gave more than 20 hours of continuous gaming. Like the original Sony controllers, you can recharge these using the USB mini like you normally would. If you need more playtime, Nyko includes a “AA” battery pack so that you can have uninterrupted p0wnage..."

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Elmor, Kinc breaks 3DMark 06 word record with ASUS EAH3870X2 TOP @ NordicHardware
" With two ASUS EAH3870X2 TOP, which sports two AMD RV670 circuits on one PCB, they had four graphics cores working together to break the world record. In the end they were able to reach 32,601 points. "

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OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 Reaper HPC 4GB Edition @ Bjorn3D
"Despite the fact that DDR3 has a slightly better performance and consumes less power compared to DDR2, it is still hard to recommend DDR3 unless you have a huge chunk of money to spend. For a far less price, one can purchase 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 instead of the more expensive 2GB (1X1GB) of DDR3. Not only is DDR3 so much more expensive compared to DDR2, in real-world, you would hardly see a major performance increase using DDR3. Of course, this could all change in the very near future as DDR3's price will drop with more motherboards on the pipeline supporting it and manufacturers ramping up the production. Until then, DDR2 is still a better choice to buy. That is why we are seeing many memory manufacturers still not giving up the DDR2 and releasing higher performance DDR2. A month or two ago, OCZ the released DDR2 PC2-8500 Reaper HPC 4GB Edition. This is one of the highest clock speed 4GB DDR2 that is available on the market. Today, join us as we put this memory to the test."

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Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Notebook mice are getting more and more popular. They offer 100% of the functionality of a standard mouse, but have it all packed into a smaller package. In addition, seeing that most laptop buyers are consumers that like to be unplugged and free to roam (hence why you buy a laptop), it is only common sense that a wireless mouse would make a smart purchase."

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Sunday, April 6, 2008
ASUS Eee 8G PC 8GB SSD Notebook @ Benchmark Reviews
"ASUS has created a huge wave in the sub-notebook & portable Internet device markets with their Eee PC. Sub-notebooks are normally wonderfully exotic looking hardware for delightfully high prices. Well, exotic until one looks at the specs. The MacBook air is a great example - it looks like a killer machine until one looks at the combination of the lackluster specs and a price that makes even the most enthusiastic Mac fan blush. As for portable Internet devices, the Nokia N series is the first that comes to mind. Granted, they are really fantastic machines with excellent screens and software, but I am a bit old school I suppose. I still want a real keyboard. The Nokia N810 is close, but like my HTC TyTN, the keyboard is good for casual data entry and not suitable for long sessions of messaging, IRC or typing out documents or spreadsheets. The Nokia and other portable devices tend to also be pretty light on specifications, unless one is willing to pay the obscene price that OQO wants for their sub-sub-notebook."

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Phoronix Test Suite 0.2 Adds New Features
"Less than a week ago we pushed out the first public release of the Phoronix Test Suite. This GPLv3 Linux benchmarking software had received a great deal of interest, but v0.1 did have a few bugs and a number of uncompleted features. Yesterday though we pushed out version 0.2 of the Phoronix Test Suite with a number of improvements, new benchmarking profiles, and other changes. In addition to noting some of the improvements made in this release, there are also other Phoronix Test Suite highlights to share from this past week."

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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC3 Review @ Digital Trends
"These in-ear headphones cancel and block noise, and they fit in your pocket."

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Saturday, April 5, 2008
I4U: Turning Point: Fall of Liberty Video Game for PC Review
"The game starts off with a lot of potential and then fails to deliver on the interesting setting for the game. Graphics are horrible, there is no method to bind keyboard commands and the game suffers from an exceptionally frustrating tendency to shutter and stop even on a very high end gaming machine."

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Friday, April 4, 2008
A Pro Modder ... Really? at Modders-Inc
"I have heard a lot talk about Pro Modders and in my honest opinion I think too much emphasis is put upon such a distinction."

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Razer Piranha Gaming Headset
"We haven't looked at a new Razer product since February of 2007 when reviewing the DeathAdder, but with products from the Copperhead to the Mantis, we have been impressed with their exceptional quality. The Razer Barracuda AC-1 did initially have some problems with Linux, but those have since been worked out with the ALSA Snd-Oxygen driver. Today up on the review block is a new Razer audio product and that is the Piranha Gaming Communicator, which is a headset designed for gamers with true-to-life audio quality and a noise-filtering microphone."

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Logitech Cordless MediaBoard Pro Keyboard for PS3 & PC @ Legit Reviews
"Not all of us are lucky enough to have a Sony Playstation 3, but most of us have a PC at home or at work. For those looking for an great all-in-on keyboard/mouse combo, the Logitech MediaBoard Pro should attract your attention. Even though the keyboard was designed for use with the Playstation, the MediaBoard has a number of features that Home Theater PC users or those wanting a cordless keyboard would love..."

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Diamond Radeon HD 3870 1GB with 512-bit bus @ NordicHardware
"But, Diamond has managed to squeeze in 1GB memory, which no other HD 3870 has, but then we haven't even touched the biggest news yet; the 512-bit memory bus. The 1GB version has eight 64-bit memory chips, and for that to work you need a 512-bit bus."

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I4U: XFX 790i Ultra Mainboard Review
"Today we are looking at the ultimate enthusiast mainboard from XFX running the new NVIDIA 790i Ultra chipset. This board brings DDR3 compatibility to NVIDIA chipsets. If you are looking for a new mainboard to build your ultimate gaming machine on, the XFX 790i Ultra is the board you want. In addition to supporting ESA it also supports Intel CPUs with FSB speeds up to 1600MHz."

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Thursday, April 3, 2008
Cooler Master CM690 @ Viper Lair
"Cooler Master has been known for making good quality cases, and the CM690 is not one to break that reputation. The CM690 is a great looking case. The overall style of the case is clean and subtle, with just enough chrome accents. The mesh front and top panels not only look classy but allow for better cooling. Size wise the case was near perfect, storing enough drives to meet my needs as well as leave some room for upgrades. The inside of the case was roomy and easy to work with, and all of the edges were nicely rolled over."

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Creative Aurvana Live Review @ Digital Trends
"The Create Aurvana Live headphones sound good and are comfortable, but they are somewhat bulky."

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Cooler Master Real Power Pro 1000W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The 1000W Cooler Master Real Power Pro is a great choice for anyone who wants to future proof their system in the power supply department. This unit should be able to handle a high end system with multiple processors and graphics cards without running up your electric bill thanks to the high efficiency and active power factor correction."

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CoolIT Systems Pure CPU Cooler @ Legit Reviews
"With the PURE being a sealed system it is ok for the fact that it is maintenance free. The downside is that it is not expandable. Another downside is that air that is trapped in the system is there forever. The unit I tested had some air trapped in it. It took a good 3 days of it sitting upright to stop gurgling. After that it was good to go, just as long as I didn’t bump the case or disturb the cooler in any way..."

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Honeywell 80 GB SecuraDrive Portable Drive @ Bjorn3D
"We were recently contacted by SOYO, a company that has its hand in designing and manufacturing many products in the consumer electronics field. It seems SOYO and Honeywell, a household name in consumer electronics, have partnered to manufacture a series of portable drives, ranging in size from 80GB to 160GB. These drives are of the mini hard drive variety as opposed to flash drives which have no moving parts and are marketed using the Honeywell name. They utilize a 1.8' drive operating at 4200 RPMs. After reading the specs we were quite anxious to review one of these little treasures. Today, after extensive testing, it is our pleasure to present our findings regarding the Honeywell 80 GB SecuraDrive™."

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OrigenAE C10 Low Profile CPU Cooler @ techPowerUp
"Most HTPC users will find that there are only a limited number of CPU coolers available to use in most HTPC cases because of their smaller size. OrigenAE created the C10 to help fill that void. The C10 has three U-shaped copper heatpipes that come in direct contact with the CPU, and 35 aluminum fins behind a standard size 70mm fan."

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I4U: Logitech diNovo Mini Keyboard Review
"This little palm-sized keyboard is the perfect device for controlling your PS3 or HTPC machine. Any HTPC user looking for something better to use with their computer who doesn’t expect to do heavy typing will want to get the Logitech diNovo Mini. It’s not cheap at about $149, but it is hands down the ideal choice for a home theater PC keyboard."

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Helio Mysto Review @ Digital Trends
"Helio is one of the few indie phone operators around, and the Mysto is the latest in its line of stylish, youth-oriented units. It is lightweight and multimedia friendly, but some will find it too focused on next-gen features and not friendly enough for day-to-day, mundane tasks like quick calls.."

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Head-Direct RE2 Earphones @ techPowerUp
"Head-Direct RE2 is the name of a completely new entry level pair of earphone. Head-Direct was until recently just a headphone and amplifier reseller, but that has changed with the arrival of the RE2s. their new earphones are among the best when it comes to price/performance, even rivaling some of the twice as expensive competition."

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Xigmatek XP-S964 & HDT-S1283 Direct Touch Heatpipe Cooler review at Metku.net
"A few years back some aftermarket cooler manufacturers introduced copper core- and full copper heatsinks to the world of CPU-cooling. Copper is better at conducting heat than aluminum, so this was a logical step forward. It's also known that heatpipes get the job done even better than pure copper ones, so why not remove the copper base completely? Now we're going to take a look at couple of coolers that do exactly that."

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Phoronix Releases Linux Benchmarking Test Suite
"Back in early February we announced that we were in the process of formalizing and releasing our internal test tools as a platform for facilitating easy to use, accurate, and reproducible Linux benchmarks based upon the testing work that we have been doing at Phoronix for the past four years. The goals with this are really to make it easier for Linux end-users to run reliable (both qualitative and quantitative) benchmarks for their own personal use, push more open-source projects to making their software more testable, and pushing hardware and software vendors for greater Linux testing based upon a standardized set of tests. Today we are very pleased to announce the first public release of the Phoronix Test Suite software, which is licensed under the GNU GPLv3, and the creation of a public database for freely sharing your test results and other information in a collaborative manner."

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Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2Gig PC2-8500 1066Mhz DDR2 Memory Kit Review @ Tweaknews.net
"After witnessing the excellent overclocking potential from this memory, it is hard to wrap your brain around the fact that this memory costs less than US$100 for a 2 Gig kit. It's cheap, it's stable, it's incredibly overclockable and for garnish has its interesting LED illumination to light up your gaming case."

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Yoggie Firestick Pico - Security via USB Review @ XtremeComputing
"The Firestick Pico™ is a portable USB mini-computer that replaces your software Firewall and protects your computer from malicious attacks before they can reach your PC. The Firestick Pico places a physical barrier between PCs and the Internet to ensure that threats never reach users’ computers. Unlike software firewalls, the Firestick Pico is based on a dedicated hardware platform."

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008
ATI HD 2400 XT 256MB Video Card Reviewed @ TheTechLounge
"It's hard to believe, but there are actually many people who don't want the trappings, and cost, of gaming hardware. Integrated graphics aren't always an option and, when they are, they use precious system resources that, for only a little extra cash, can be un-tethered. Which is exactly what an entry-level video card is supposed to do. They're not intended to play video games, and their 3D processing capacity is misleading. Good enough doesn't mean gaming; it's about low power consumption and decent features. So, for those of you looking for"

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GPS buying guide @ Digital Trends
"If we had a nickel for every time we've gotten lost on the back roads of some semi-rural state, we'd have enough money for a few beers. But if we had a good GPS with us every time, we'd never have gotten lost in the first place, saving hours of aggravation, not to mention gas money. Portable GPS devices offer an excellent and easily self-installed solution, ranging in price from about $150 to $1200. Models specific to activities like hiking, geocaching, biking, boating, and running are also available, and a handful of smartphones have built-in GPS hardware, with service for around $10 a month on top of voice and data plans. Garmin and Magellan currently dominate the GPS market; behind them are TomTom and a host of smaller companies like Pharos and DeLorme. Broader outfits like Harman Kardon and Sony also make solid systems with some useful extras."

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Gateway FX540XT PC Review @ Digital Trends
"Gateway has recently revamped its FX line of gaming desktops - internally at least. Though it looks the same as other older FX machines we've seen from Gateway, this one is easily the most powerful Gateway ever assembled, and even includes a factory-overclocked quad-core processor running at a steamy 3.66GHz. Though its performance is generally excellent, we think Gateway has pushed this machine's CPU a bit too much, as the BTX induction fan is way too loud and we were able to make it blue screen on cue. It's also puzzling to us why Gateway builds"

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Bigbruin.com 5th Birthday Party Give Away
"Bigbruin.com turns five years old on April 1st. While it might seem funny, this is not an April fools joke. There are three ways in which to win, and a total of five winners will grab a prize from the following list of items: Patriot Viper Series 2GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory Kit, ASUS EAH3870 TOP 512MB Overclocked Radeon HD3870 Graphics Card, ASUS EAH3850 TOP 256MB Overclocked Radeon HD3850 Graphics Card, CoolIT Prize Pack - USB Beverage Cooler, PCI Cooling Booster, and RAM Fan, and two $25 Best Buy Gift Cards."

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I4U: XFX 9800 GTX Graphics Card Review
"Today we are looking at a second of the new NVIDIA 9800 GTX graphics cards. The card up for review now is the XFX 9800 GTX. This card shares virtually the same specifications with the BFG 9800 GTX we looked at before. In the end the XFX 9800 GTX was so close in performance to the BFG 9800 GTX that it was a dead heat. This is to be expected since the cards are identical save the stickers on their heatsinks. What does set the XFX card apart from the BFG card is the fact that XFX includes a game with their offering. XFX provides the full version of Company of Heroes. Too bad the 9800 GTX doesn’t include Call of Duty 4 like the 9600 GT XXX Alpha Dog does."

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I4U: BFG 9800 GTX Video Card Review
"Today NVIDIA launched the new 9800 GTX graphics card and we are having a look at the BFG 9800 GTX. This card sells for a bit under $300 and has great performance. The BFG 9800 GTX has impressive performance at a price of around $299. BFG doesn’t bundle a game with its 9800 GTX like some of the other NVIDIA card partners do. However, that doesn’t take away from the performance of the BFG 9800 GTX at all. The BFG 9800 GTX is simply a fantastic performance."

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Sapphire HD 3870 TOXIC Edition at Modders-Inc
"Sapphire is always trying to figure out how to out do itself with their graphic cards and this holds true with the HD3870. Once they take a card and kick it up a notch or two they brand it with the now familiar Toxic label. Does the Sapphire HD3870 Toxic Edition live up to it namesakes?"

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XFX and Palit GeForce 9800 GTX Video Cards @ Legit Reviews
"This is by far one of the toughest cards that we have had to draw a conclusion on since we started reviewing video cards when the site started back in 2002. The GeForce 9800 GTX is not faster across the board than the GeForce 8800 GTX that came out back in 2006 as the benchmarks showed. To many readers this may be a disappointment and we'd be lying if we said it doesn't bother us too. When it comes to just raw gaming performance the GeForce 9800 GTX is more of an evolutionary advancement than revolutionary. If you are looking to play at high resolutions with high anti-aliasing it seems that the GeForce 8800 GTX is still the best choice in the majority of the game titles we looked at here today..."

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XFX 9800GTX 512MB @ Bjorn3D
"Today, April 1, 2008 less than two weeks since the 9800GX2 became reality, the 9800GTX is born. We at Bjorn3D are honored to have the opportunity to review XFX's version of the 9800GTX. The biggest question we asked ourselves before beginning this review was, is there a large enough void between the aforementioned cards to warrant the introduction of an entirely new card? Stick around we'll have the answer to this and hopefully many other of your questions in short order."

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Zotac GeForce 9800 GTX @ techPowerUp
"Today NVIDIA launches their new GeForce 9800 GTX cards. Like many products in the GeForce 8 Series they are based on the G92 graphics processor. This is also the reason why there are no real technological innovations on this $299 card."

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High-end graphics card roundup @ NordicHardware
"The graphics card market is alive and kicking, and the last two years have been quite exciting. The clock frequencies have gone through the roof, more shaders have been implemented, the manufacturing processes have been refined and the power consumption, and thus the heat dissipation, has been going up and down like a sinus wave."

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ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"On April 1st, 2008 NVIDIA will officially launch the GeForce 9800 GTX. It's been over sixteen months since the GTX series was last launched, and with such a successful debut of the 8800 GTX back in 2006 there is a lot of skepticism surrounding the new 9800 GTX. Enthusiasts may recall that the last time around NVIDIA launched their new generation of graphic cards with the GTX and GTS models, and later followed up with some mid-range offerings and one slightly faster "Ultra". This time around though, the playbook looked a lot different. First came the lower mid-level 9600 GT, and then the ultra-high level though, the playbook looked a lot different. First came the lower mid-level 9600 GT, and then the ultra-high level GeForce 9800 GX2 which utilized two G92 GPU cores. Benchmark Reviews has been fortunate enough to test the performance of ZOTAC's new GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB video card in this article, model ZT-98XES2P-FSP."

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