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Sunday, August 31, 2008
SilverStone Treasure TS01 RFID Enclosure
"Over the years SilverStone has designed some astonishing ATX computer cases such as the Temjin TJ10 and the Sugo, but they haven't stopped with cases. SilverStone has introduced high-performance power supplies such as the Decathlon 800W and they have also been making disk drive enclosures such as the MS05, which is an eSATA-based enclosure. SilverStone though has introduced a new 2.5-inch disk enclosure that combines a normal USB to SATA adapter with RFID encryption technologies. If the included RFID sensor keys aren't close enough to this enclosure, the user cannot access any data off the disk as it's all encrypted. However, does the SilverStone Treasure TS01 work under Linux? We'll tell you today."

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bit-tech News: Nvidia has a QPI license
"Following a discussion with Tom Petersen, Director of Technical Marketing for Nvidia's chipset business, it became apparent that Nvidia does indeed have a QPI license to make chipsets for Intel's Bloomfield processors."

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Friday, August 29, 2008
Antec Twelve Hundred Gaming Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"Is the Twelve Hundred the “Unbeatable Gaming Case” that Antec says it is? Well, it has all the good things and corrected most, if not all, of the flaws of the Nine Hundred. If you liked the Nine Hundred, you will love the Twelve Hundred. As for the rest of us who have not been face to face with a Nine Hundred, the Twelve Hundred has a lot of nice style to it and it is very easy to work with and in. It also lends itself to be more user tailored than any other case I have used in a long while..."

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bit-tech News: Early Look: Cooler Master's Sniper chassis
"Cooler Master popped into the bit-tech offices the other day and was keen to let us in on its new brand - *Cooler Master Storm.* Cooler Master explained it was diversifying - no longer can you make one case series to suit all, and in that regard //Storm will become its brand with a focus on features for gamers. So is this another company jumping on the"

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Razer Salmosa Gaming Mouse @ Bjorn3D
"Ever been in that late night gaming session and find that mysterious red glow coming from your mouse had annoying? Tired of trying to pick from 13 programmable buttons to reload your weapon? Do you just need a Basic two button with scroll wheel mouse that gives you accuracy without all the bells and whistles to many overpriced Mice offer?"

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nMedia HTPCKB Media Center Wireless Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"Setting up an HTPC is the easy part. Making it easy to use on your TV is slightly more difficult. Controlling your HTPC is the hard part. The nMedia HTPCKB wireless keyboard and remote make controlling your HTPC that much easier. A 2.4ghz radio connection and 10m range allow you to control your computer anywhere in the livingroom without any of those pesky line of sight problems with other remotes, while keeping things simple using a driverless USB dongle to connect. Here at Benchmark reviews, we'll get the bottom line on the nMedia HTPCKB and all its wireless goodness."

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Thursday, August 28, 2008
ATI R500: Mesa vs. Catalyst Benchmarking
"With Mesa 7.1 having been released this week and the open-source R600/770 3D support just around the corner, we've taken this opportunity to see how the open-source Mesa 3D stack compares to AMD's monthly-refined Catalyst Linux Suite with the fglrx driver performs for the Radeon X1000 (R500) series. In this article are Mesa 7.1 and Catalyst 8.8 benchmarks for the Radeon X1300PRO and X1800XL graphics cards."

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Toshiba XD-E500 Review @ Digital Trends
"Just when I thought that I would probably never review a DVD player gain, Toshiba introduced their new XD-E500 1080p up conversion DVD player. Toshiba, who was one of the co-inventor's DVD technology, and also the creator of the now defunct high-definition HD DVD optical disc, is coming back to the DVD marketplace with a new upconverting DVD player. Why? While still licking its wounds from the loss of its high-definition optical disc format, Toshiba has unveiled a new video processing technology called 'XDE,' which stands for 'Extended Detail.' According to Toshiba, XDE offers enhanced picture performance from standard definition DVDs. Toshiba has also realized the folks are not quite ready to give up their DVD players just yet in favor of Blu-ray players either, and are still quite fond of their DVDs. So, the idea of XDE was born in hopes of breathing renewed life into the DVD format. The new model XD-E500, which is housed in a sleek and very slender black cabinet, is priced at $149.95 retail. I expect it to be $99 by the Holidays."

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Air Live HP-3000E 200Mbps Ethernet over Powerline Adapters @ techPowerUp
"Power Line adapters utilize the existing cables in your home to establish a network where Wifi is not an option. The Airlive HP-3000E is the company's newest offering of such a system, it promises up to 200 Mbps of bandwidth."

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NVIDIA Enables SLI on Intel X58 Chipsets For a Fee @ Legit Reviews
"NVIDIA has finally allowed for SLI to be supported on Intel chipsets, which confirms that it could have been all along if they would have allowed it. This is honestly the right move to make and NVIDIA got the announcement made before Intel releases the Intel X58 Express chipset and Bloomfield processors, which is huge...."

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Patriot Viper DDR2 1150 2 X 1 Gig Kit (PVS22G9200ELK) @ Bjorn3D
"With DDR3 slow in gaining acceptance and the lackluster price to performance ratio more people are turning to less expensive Extreme Performance Enhanced Latency DDR 2 memory. Recently DDR2 memory has attained speeds thought impossible just a short time ago. With DDR2 speeds increasing and prices remaining reasonable it's becoming an attractive option to stick with DDR2 running at speeds of up to 1200 Mhz (PC-9600) and Latencies in the Cas 5 range."

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Belkin N1 Vision Wireless N Router F5D8232-4 @ Benchmark Reviews
"If you're in the market for a new router, you will find you have a lot of choices to pick from. There are literally dozens of manufacturers producing and selling them, and they nearly all look alike too. So when shopping for a new router how does one company go about differentiating their router from a sea of others that all look alike? Well, first of all, they stand it upright, give it a sleek black glossy finish and add an LCD screen on it. Had I not seen the word "router" next to the picture of the Belkin N1 Vision (and maybe the antennas) when I first saw it, I probably would not have known what it was. It was certainly intriguing as it instantly captured my attention. Here at Benchmark Reviews we have on hand the Belkin N1 Vision wireless N router for review."

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008
ASUS Eee PC 901
"Last year ASUS had christened the Eee PC as a cost-effective but well built sub-notebook that ended up being extremely popular with more people than just computer enthusiasts. The original Eee PC 700 series had shipped with Intel Celeron hardware, a solid-state drive, and a Xandros-based Linux distribution. These units have been selling extremely well but back in June ASUS had unveiled the Eee 901 as well as the Eee 1000 series. These newer models now use Intel Diamondville-based Atom CPUs, which we have been quite fond of for their technological advances. In this article we are providing our first look at the Eee PC 901 along with a few bits of information and sharing some of our plans for the Eee Linux testing in the near future."

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Interview with Tamas Miklos / Everest @ techPowerUp
"This month's interview is with Tamas "Fiery" Miklos who is the brains behind the popular system information software Everest. He talks about his personal background, first experience with computers and how he came to make Everest."

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Ultimate Ears super.fi 5 Ear Buds Review @ Digital Trends
"Recently purchased by computer peripherals giant Logitech, Ultimate Ears has been at the forefront of the in-ear headphone revolution for years, especially with their forays in to earbuds with 2, 3, and 4 microspeakers per bud. The super.fi 5 -- not to be confused with the super.fi 5 Pro or EB models -- fills a gap in UE's lineup between the super.fi 4 and the 5 Pro, hitting the $170 price point. For an extra $20, you can get the super.fi 5vi, which has an inline module that sends/ends calls and controls music and video on some cell phones, including the iPhone."

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NVISION 08 - Keynote on Visual Computing Perspectives @ Legit Reviews
"Bernard believes that 3D technology will change the way products are created and used a demo of shopping software that allows you to see products on the store shelves without being there. He actually went as far as saying that everything we do online should be in 3D! He spoke about doing online 3D searches, which is something very interesting..."

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Games Convention 2008: Girls @ techPowerUp
"Games Convention 2008 in Leipzig, Germany is the biggest tradeshow for the Gaming Industry. So it is just normal to see loads of pretty German girls around, showcasing the latest comsole and gaming products. We took 240 photos of the sweetest girls on site. Full-res images are available in case you want to see your favourite babe every day, as desktop wallpaper."

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ECS P45T-A Black Series Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ECS P45T-A is a fantastic price/performance motherboard and I have faith that it will continue to run at stock speeds until the end of time. This board is perfect for a budget gaming board, a secondary LAN board, or even an office workstation. Couple this board with CrossFire HD4850's and 4 gigabytes of DDDR2 and you are looking at a strong gaming platform..."

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Logitech MX 1100 Cordless Laser Mouse Review
"Today we are looking at the Logitech MX 1100 Cordless Mouse. This mouse has some features you don't commonly see outside of gaming mice. The MX 1100 is the first non-gaming mouse I have seen with a switch for adjusting sensitivity. The adjustment is towards the front of the mouse, right next to the left main mouse button. The scroll wheel can be pressed for middle mouse button click. This was something several previous Logitech mice using the free-wheel scroll wheel lacked."

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Monday, August 25, 2008
Saitek Cyborg Keyboard Review @ Digital Trends
"The Saitek Cyborg keyboard lands somewhere squarely between pretty and gaudy. No, this getup is not business appropriate, but it is ironically the most aesthetically customizable keyboard we've seen. And still, it doesn't look like the kind of design you would see on an adult's desk, unless you adorn your monitor with Voltron toys. Read on to find out why we think this keyboard really needs some TLC in a number of departments."

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QPAD|UC Gaming Surface @ techPowerUp
"QPAD|UC is the name of a brand new cloth based mouse pad from QPAD. The mat is available in four different sizes and the shape is similar to that of the hard QPAD mats. It is QPAD's first attempt at making a soft cloth based mat, see how this giant performed in the review."

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Super Micro C2SEA G45
"Back in June we had looked at the Super Micro C2SBX+ motherboard, which was a workstation motherboard oriented around the Intel X48 Chipset. This was our first time reviewing a Super Micro product at Phoronix, but from the success of the C2SBX+ we decided to look at another one of their motherboards. This time around we have our hands on the Super Micro C2SEA, which is a desktop motherboard that uses the Intel G45 Chipset and provides integrated GMA X4500 HD graphics."

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NZXT Sentry LX @ Bjorn3D
"With all the advances and new releases in the computer industry this summer, it's easy to overlook the smaller things that often play excellent support roles. One of these devices in particular happens to be a fan controller. Not just any fan controller, but the NZXT Sentry LX. Today we'll have a look at whether NZXT has delivered a winning product or one that you can live without. For those of you that don't know, NZXT has been around for a few years now, focusing their efforts primarily on cases. This is the second fan controller to come from NZXT, following the Sentry 1."

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Thermalright Ultima-90 Intel/AMD Processor Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Thermalright set out to pack the performance of a 120mm cooler into a 90mm package. With the Optima-90I, it looks like they've done just that. The cooling is very good with the 90mm fan and the package is relatively compact. As always, the workmanship is outstanding the mounting is not too difficult, though a bit bothersome for AMD users."

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Sunday, August 24, 2008
NVIDIA NVISION 08 Pre-Show Coverage @ Legit Reviews
"The picture shown above with the big screen TV and the PC game title Race Driver GRID is part of the 3D Stereovision Demo that will be shown during the event. This demo shows off the new stereoscopic 3D hardware and software that has never been shown publicly before. You can play some of the hottest new games with new 3D glasses that are sycn'd with brand new Mitsubishi and View Sonic LCD displays. We took a second to try out GRID and found it to be really fun and the 3D glasses worked great and were much nicer than ones we have seen over the past year..."

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Travagans Green & Mini speakers @ techPowerUp
"Travagan's Green is a small headphone and speaker amp. It has an integrated DAC and can be hooked up to your PC via a USB cable. Besides the Green we also received a pair of 2" mini speakers. The set looks stylish, its main objective is to provide you with a good listening experience both with mini speakers and headphones."

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Saturday, August 23, 2008
Razer Piranha Gaming Headset Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Everyone that is a gamer knows that having the freedom to game whenever you want is severely limited to who you are living with or next to. Other than some special situations, both will actively object to you disemboweling your adversary with a gattlin gun at 3am in the morning with you 5.1 speaker system at gaming volume. Because of that simple problem, gamers rely on a good set of gaming headphones to span those times where our gaming audio is not appreciated by others."

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Friday, August 22, 2008
Intel E8600 Core 2 Duo Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
"6GHz was easily attainable with the E8600 having an ungodly low 1.84vcore and I was able to bench between 6100MHz and 6200MHz depending on the benchmark. Consumers with single-stage phase change systems should be able to easily hit speeds of 5200Mhz to 5500MHz as I was booting at 5500MHz around -40 Celsius with ease. This is where the E0 stepping really shines, past 5GHz it just tears everything else to shreds and makes it look easy... Article Title: Intel E8600 Core 2 Duo Processor Review @ Legit Reviews Article URL: http://legitreviews.com/article/769/1/ -- You may automatically unsubscribe from this list at any time by visiting the following URL: Mailing List Powered by Dada Mail http://www.legitreviews.com/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi/what_is_dada_mail/"

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VisionTek Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB
"Earlier this week with the release of the Catalyst 8.8 driver we were first to deliver Linux CrossFire benchmarks for the Radeon HD 4800 series along with the first OverDrive for Linux article. With our initial CrossFire for Linux article we had delivered benchmarks from the Radeon HD 4850 and Radeon HD 4870, now though we are delivering the first Radeon HD 4870 X2 benchmarks under Ubuntu Linux. In this article we have our hands on the VisionTek Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB graphics card."

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Tension Labs EAP03 Earphone Audio Processor @ techPowerUp
"Tension Labs EAP03 is the name of a brand new earphone audio processor that can boost your experience in a variety of ways. The EAP03 features a built in microphone and can sample it into the audio feed, providing you with the power to control the level of isolation you want from your earphones."

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Thursday, August 21, 2008
Student's Starter Guide to College @ Digital Trends
"Here are a few items that will make your college dorm room a popular place to be."

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ASUS Striker II NSE Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Asus Striker II NSE sports an attractive black PCB and very little color compared to many other boards. The black color lends to the overall classy feel of the board. With the first glance at the board, it is hard to miss the Fusion block system that cools the board. Asus has decided that hard core enthusiasts would like to cool off the North Bridge using their water cooling setups, and provided an easy way to do that by placing a water block on the North Bridge..."

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Why Windows XP Is Bad For Microsoft @ OSWeekly.com
"Sometime back, I stumbled upon this piece that I personally felt raised some interesting issues. Obviously by the time this article posts, these requirements may have changed, but the biggest issue concerning Redmond remains. Why is Microsoft making it so unpleasant for their customers to use the OS of their choice?"

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Syncing Smartphones In Linux: MS Exchange vs. Open Source Options Reviewed @ OSWeekly.com
"In this article, I will share how I currently keep in sync with Evolution on Ubuntu with my own Pocket PC and why I can lose a Pocket PC and the computer, but still protect my calendar data/contacts/email data. While many of you have heard of the tool I use to do this, most of you are not aware of just how accessible it truly is."

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Creative Zen Mosaic MP3 Player Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"After the launch of its Zen line of compact music players, Creative has announced another contender to take on Apple?s value-oriented iPod music player. The new checkered design is interesting, but we just aren?t too fond of it. It looks too amateur, and frankly, we expected better from Creative. Sure, other Zen music players aren?t exactly Oscars worthy in design either, but we liked them better, if for nothing else but their simplicity, than Mosaic."

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones Review @ Digital Trends
"Monster Cable and hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre teamed up on the Beats design. The result: Noise-canceling headphones that look way cooler than high-end competitors from Bose and Sennheiser. Beyond the cool factor, these headphones perform admirably for all types of music, and they can serve as a wired headset for phones with a 3.5-mm jack or adapter. The active noise cancellation, however, seems like an afterthought and keeps the headphones from achieving their potential. But we think Monster and Dre are onto something, and we look forward to improvements in future versions."

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AMD OverDrive On Linux
"When it comes to ATI hardware, one of the features we have been after for the longest time on Linux has been any overclocking support. Windows users have ATI's OverDrive at their disposal along with an arsenal of third-party utilities such as ATI Tool. NVIDIA also has various utilities for overclocking their graphics cards on Windows, but they also provide support for overclocking on Linux. Today though with the release of the Catalyst 8.8 Linux driver there is finally ATI OverDrive 5 support on Linux."

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ATI Radeon CrossFire On Linux
"Back in June we had exclusively shared that CrossFire would be coming to Linux as part of their Radeon HD 4800 series strategy. CrossFire (or CrossFire X as it's now known) allows the graphics rendering workload to be split between multiple Radeon GPUs to deliver faster performance. Meanwhile, NVIDIA's multi-GPU technology known as SLI (Scalable Link Interface) has been supported on Linux since 2005. While AMD is still working to address some issues with their ATI Linux driver, they have been working hard on new features like CrossFire. How does this feature work though on Linux and does it deliver similar performance gains to their Windows driver? Today we have a full rundown on ATI CrossFire for Linux along with benchmarks from the ATI Radeon HD 4850 and Radeon HD 4870."

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AMD Catalyst 8.8 Driver, Exciting New Features
"AMD had delivered same-day Linux support when launching the Radeon HD 4800 series this summer. This was a first for AMD when launching a major product revision that there was same-day support considering for the R500 and R600 (and earlier) generations it had taken months for any level of support on Linux. This was great to see and the Radeon HD 4850/4870 performance was terrific thanks to their new OpenGL driver introduced last September. Today AMD has announced another Catalyst driver release for Linux and this is arguably the most significant driver update since last October's release when AIGLX support was added. Catalyst 8.8 delivers CrossFire support on Linux, OverDrive overclocking support, adaptive anti-aliasing support, and other improvements."

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Thermaltake Armor+ MX VH8000BWS Mid Tower ATX Case Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Good things come in slightly smaller packages... Smaller than a full tower case, that is! A few weeks ago the Thermaltake Armor+ VH6000BWS full tower chassis was reviewed at Bigbruin.com, and the overall impression was quite positive. This time around we have the mid tower version, the Armor+ MX VH8000BWS, another solid case that houses all of the features of its larger kin, as well as some additional ones."

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Wolfking Trooper MVP Gaming Mouse @ Bjorn3D
"I am back and it is time to take a look at one of the most used yet under appreciated PC components: the mouse. I personally have always been a trackball user; I know, very taboo, but I've had a difficult time finding a mouse that felt... well, right. Even giving some well known brands a chance like, the Creative Fatal1ty 1010, Logitech MX518 and an off the beaten path Sandio 3D Gaming O mouse. Now Wolfking steps up to the challenge with their new Wolfking Trooper MVP Gaming mouse. Riding on the success of their Wolfking Warrior XXtreme Gaming Keypad, let us see if they can keep the momentum going."

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Denon AVR-2808CI Receiver Review @ Digital Trends
"Its predecessor, the AVR-2807 was one of the best midrange receivers of the last couple years. The 2808CI adds digital goodies like HDMI 1.3 and 1080p upscaling, as well as the Audyssey MultiEQ XT auto-calibration system, which tailors the amp's sound to your room acoustics. It's a complex amp to set up, and the user guide is so-so, but when you're finally done you'll be rewarded with great sound and power across three independent zones. The bottom line: You can't do better than this for around $900 USD. For a few extra bones, you can step up to the Denon's 2809CI was recently released and adds adds a few extra inputs, including an HDMI, and Audyssey Dynamic Room EQ."

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Diamond HD 4870 512MB GDDR5 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Diamond HD 4870 features some of the most current technology available on the market and sits at an easily affordable price point. The power requirements aren't anything to snuff at but for those users looking for a single-GPU card to game at 1920x1200 with high settings, the Diamond HD 4870 is an excellent option. A single HD 4870 wouldn't be able to game at 2560x1600 but the beauty of CrossFire would let you couple two or three of these cards together till you have enough graphical power..."

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Sunbeamtech Core Contact Freezer @ techPowerUp
"Sunbeam's Core Contact Freezer is a cost effective CPU cooler for AMD and Intel CPUs. Its eight heatpipes make direct contact with the processor for optimum cooling. Also included in the package is a fan controller which allows you to optimize the acoustics to your usage scenario."

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Thermaltake DuOrb Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Installing the Thermaltake DuOrb heatpipe CPU cooler on a motherboard with an open layout should be very simple thanks to the well thought out mounting hardware that will hold the cooler in place and will keep it from sliding around. As seen in the review, there could be issues installing the DuOrb on some motherboards."

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2 Video Card 100251SR @ BmR
"Technology doesn't play favorites, and when it reaches an apex there is an indifference towards who develops it. ATI has learned this lesson the hard way, having watched from the sidelines for so long that most have forgotten that AMD could be a leader in technology. The Radeon HD 4870 X2 is the latest evolution in graphics cards, and ATI has delivered something bigger than we've ever seen before. Benchmark Reviews is fortunate to test the Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2 Dual-RV770 GPU video card 100251SR against a collection of todays hottest video cards available."

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Monday, August 18, 2008
MSI Wind Laptop Review @ Digital Trends
"It's been almost a year since the original Asus Eee 701 appeared stateside, making traditional ultra-portables look fat with its size and weight, sending prices plunging with its $400 price tag, and triggering a landslide of imitators. In that time, many have tried, but few have succeeded in one upping Asus at its own game. The Wind is MSI's freshman effort in the emerging subnotebook genre, but the company has managed to run with the best of them by offering a 10-inch display, a fast and efficient Intel Atom processor, and loads of storage."

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Corsair 2GB DOMINATOR DDR3 2133MHz Memory Kit @ Legit Reviews
"The Corsair TW3X2G2133C9DF memory kit is a very impressive memory kit that was found to be 100% stable at these insane clock frequencies. Running at 2133MHz is no joke and it's still beyond what most platforms today are capable of running. To be honest the nForce 790i SLI is pushed nearly to its limits running memory this fast!"

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Gigabyte EP45-DS3L & EP45T-DS3R
"Intel's P45 Chipset was released this summer along with the P43, G43, and G45 Chipsets as the mainstream Eaglelake alternative to Intel's current flagship X48 Chipset. Though over the older X48 motherboards, the P45 has the advantages of using Intel's newer ICH10 / ICH10R Southbridge and support for up to 16GB of DDR2/DDR3 memory, which is double that of what's supported by the X48. Today we are looking at two Intel P45 motherboards compliments of Gigabyte with their EP45-DS3L and EP45T-DS3R. The EP45-DS3L and EP45T-DS3R are just two of Gigabyte's motherboards bearing the P45 Chipset but in total they have eight different motherboards using this version of the Eaglelake Chipset."

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Leadtek WinFast PX9800 GTX+ @ Bjorn3D
"Like the older card, the newer card also supports NVIDIA’s CUDA, which allows the GPU to function as a CPU for computational purposes. The latest FAH has started to take advantage of this, and the preliminary results look promising. Although the newer GTX 200 series cards have a much more powerful CUDA, the fact that you get CUDA in the 9800 GTX/GTX+ means the card will be able to utilize such power when the application is able to use CUDA."

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Thecus N5200B PRO Five Bay NAS Network Attached Storage System Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Safe, accessible mega-storage is what Thecus delivers with the N5200PRO, and they deliver it in spades! It even looks good doing it. With support for up to five terabyte drives and multiple RAID setups, this little jewel has what it takes to satisfy most any home/small business user."

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Foxconn GeForce 9500 GT G96 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"Not everyone can afford the bleeding edge of graphics hardware, and not everyone needs it. NVIDIA has already made headlines with their high-end GeForce GTX 280 video card, which offers high performance at a premium price. Most enthusiasts have seen so much coverage for the high-level graphic products that it might feel like nothing exists for the lower consumer segment. Benchmark Reviews hasn't forgotten about the entry-level enthusiast, which is why we test the Foxconn GeForce 9500 GT 256MB PCI Express video card 9500GT-256FR3 against the bigger names in this review."

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Saturday, August 16, 2008
BlueAnt Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Hands Free Car Kit Review
"Today I am back with another BlueAnt review -- this time of the Supertooth 3 hands free kit. This device is made for hands free use, attaches to the visor of your car, and can be used at your desk. Pairing the Supertooth 3 to my iPhone was a snap. As soon as you turn on the Supertooth 3 by pressing the green manual call answer button for one second, the device walks you through the pairing process. It even tells you the pairing code so you don't have to dig through the owner's manual. The device can pair to two phones at the same time and can store pairing information for up to eight devices."

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Friday, August 15, 2008
Mushkin XP2-6400 4GB CL4 Kit @ techPowerUp
"Mushkin has also jumped the 4 GB DDR2 memory bandwagon and is offering these kits at tighter than usual latencies. This kit runs at 4-4-4-12 at 2.0 - 2.1V."

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ASUS TOP 512MB GeForce 9600GT Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.com
"While the saying is that you get what you paid for, I think you might get a little extra with the ASUS TOP 512MB GeForce 9600GT. While you could easily spend three, four, or five times as much to have the latest and greatest video card, if you are satisfied with "really good" performance and a fatter wallet in the end, the ASUS TOP 512MB GeForce 9600GT is a good choice."

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BlueAnt Z9i Bluetooth Headset Review
"Today we are checking out the BlueAnt Z9i Bluetooth headset for mobile phones. The headset can pair to two different phones at a time has great call quality. The BlueAnt Z9i is an update to the BlueAnt Z9. The Z9i can pair with five devices and can connect to two phones at a time. The headset ships with small and large interchangeable ear buds, a translucent ear hook, and a rubberized adjustable ear hook. The headset is available in gloss black and soft touch red. BlueAnt also uses improved noise cancellation software to provide clear calls, and the software can be upgraded via a PC."

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Cooler Master Passive Hyper Z600 CPU Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today we are looking at their mammoth Hyper Z600, a Passive capable CPU cooler that weighs over a kilogram(!) and towers over 6” high. While my motherboard sweats nervously in a corner, at the thought of supporting this giant cooler, let’s take a look at the product packaging."

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PowerColor HD 4870 @ Bjorn3D
"A few weeks ago the world was greeted to a sight many people only read about. The sight I am referring to is the dead coming back to life. No I'm not talking about the next Robert Rodriguez joint. I am talking about the rebirth of ATI and their return to the forefront of PC gaming. In an event that took the world, and NVIDIA, by surprise ATI unleashed their HD 4800 series of cards upon us. With performance levels far surpassing the previous generation and coming in at a price reserved for lesser cards, is it any wonder ATI was able to return to their former glory overnight?"

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Thursday, August 14, 2008
Powercolor PCS HD 4850 512 MB @ techPowerUp
"Powercolor's latest HD 4850 PCS graphics card is based on the AMD HD 4850 reference design but comes with an improved cooler and slightly increased core clocks. While the overclock makes only a small performance difference, the cooler substantially improves the product. Even under load the PCS 4850 is barely audible which makes it the quietest graphics card ever tested - of all performance classes."

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Kingston HyperX 2GB PC3-14400 Memory Kit with Intel XMP @ Legit Reviews
"The Kingston HyperX KHX14400D3K2/2GX memory kit is a very nice kit of 1800MHz memory as you can see from the benchmarking results. The Micron ICs that are used on the module can easily reach 2GHz with CL8 timings and are also able to reach tight CL7 timings at 1800MHz with a slight voltage boost. Enthusiasts are looking for modules that allow them to adjust timings and overclock, which is exactly what these HyperX modules have been designed to do..."

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bit-tech News: Code of Honor 2: Conspiracy Island
"The real problem with Code of Honor 2 isn't the bad graphics, though those are the first thing anyone will notice. Poor graphics we can cope with. Not every game has to have huge polygon counts and Procedurally Generated Dynamic Mega-texture-awesomeness -- but good games do have to have / /something. They have to have a hook that can draw people in and make them want to play more. //Code of Honor 2 doesn't have that. Utterly boring and bland and far too easy in the singleplayer game, a quarter-baked and shallow experience on the multiplayer side, / /Code of Honor doesn't really do anything right and is doomed to soon reside in the bargain bin. There are two type of games to find in bargain bins though. There are old or unappreciated games that are still very much worth playing and then there's stuff that just couldn't survive in a capitalist market due to a stunning lack of worth. If you've read the review this far and still can't figure out which one we think / /Code of Honor 2 is then this is probably the game for you."

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bit-tech News: Akasa Omega system chassis
"The Akasa Omega has been a pleasure to work with from start to finish, and I feel it is without a shadow of a doubt, the single easiest case to build a system into currently available. The brilliant motherboard tray design makes such a huge difference when building your system, and for those who frequently tinker inside their machines it's of enormous advantage. The build quality throughout the Omega is equally excellent, and is a breath of fresh air after so many recent cases we've reviewed have struggled to just get panels to line up properly. However, there are some short falls, and one of them is the poor stock thermal performance. The Omega's out of the box cooling configuration is only one or two degrees better than the Mirage, and way off of other cases we've recently looked at like the Lian Li Tyr X2000. However, the stock cooling is extraordinarily quiet and as we've seen, four 120mm fans and a fanbus can happily resolve this issue, leaving you with an excellent case with high performance cooling and low noise levels. Value is one area where the Akasa Omega does struggle a little though, especially in justifying itself over its painfully similar siblings - the Akasa Eclipse-62 and the Mirage-62. The former can still be found for around £90 and the latter for a few pennies under £100. In comparison the Omega, with it's precut 120mm fan mounts and aluminium door sell for around £125, although while it's true you're getting less aluminium, you have to consider the time and effort it would take to cut the four 120mm fan mounts yourself, so we can see the justification for the higher cost. In comparison to other cases on the market, we feel you'd struggle to find such an adaptable and more importantly quiet aluminium case for similar money, and in this instance the Omega really is in a league of its own. While Akasa might not have changed a great deal between the Mirage and the Omega, there wasn't a great deal that actually needed changing. With the inclusion of extra mounts for fans or water cooling radiators, Akasa has ticked almost every box for whatever setup you might want to fit into your system, and while it might not have a pre-cut case window (although they are available separately), the Omega simply oozes class and quality. In fact, it really only slips up on its stock cooling performance. It's not showy, flashy or brash - it just gets on with the job of being your case. Simply put, the Akasa Omega is a fantastic case, and comes very highly recommended."

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Merconnet MP3 Player FM Modulator Review Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Realistically, for US$30, could you really expect more from one single product. For a small tidy sum of money, you finally will be able to play your favorite tracks in your car instead of having to spend hundreds installing a new MP3 capable deck."

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Mtron Pro 7500 32GB SATA-II SSD MSP-SATA7525 @ BmR
"Solid State Drives have become a subject of keen familiarity for Benchmark Reviews over the past year. After testing more than a dozen SSDs, I have watched the industry opinion of these cutting-edge products sway from luxury item to performance hardware necessity. While it cannot be denied that SSDs are still a pricey gadget best suited for the affluent enthusiast, there have been so many new developments that now cost is sharply on the decline while performance is continually rising. With prices being much more affordable, and performance having surpassed the best HDD products long ago, it all boils down to a good price-to-performance ratio. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the premium MSP-SATA7525 SATA-II SSD from Mtron, a company that has become the grandfather of Solid State Drives. We dispel the myths associates with SSD products, and prove that Intel's ICH10 controller is still not ready for Solid State Drive performance."

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OCZ Alchemy Elixir Gaming Keyboard Review
"One common truth for many gamers is that their budgets are tight. Gamers are always on the lookout for good, low cost gaming peripherals that actually work. Today we are looking at just such a device from OCZ called the Alchemy Elixir Gaming Keyboard. One thing I have found on every gaming keyboard that I have ever owned is that after using it 8 to 10 hours a day five days a week simply typing -- not even counting gaming -- the keys start to wear after a while. To remedy this OCZ actually includes extra key tops to replace the most commonly used keys -- including the WASD keys used for movement, the spacebar, the shift key, and the arrow keys. Extra keys are a feature I have yet to see much more expensive gaming keyboards on the market offer."

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Optimus Maximus Keyboard Review @ Digital Trends
"Thanks to a glowing array of 115 individual OLED displays fitted under its keys, Art Lebedev's Optimus Maximus is the first and only keyboard that literally morphs before your eyes. Pressing shift and watching all the letters beneath your fingers leap to caps gives you some idea what the Maximus is capable of, and why it's become one of the most hyped-up, fawned-over and generally talked-about devices on the Web. While it delivers sheer novelty value in spades, we found that its princely pricetag, layout and reliability woes may threaten its practicality as a typing device."

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XFX GeForce 9600GT XXX Edition Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The XFX 9600GT XXX Alpha Dog Edition provides a solid performance/price card that easily fits into most gamer gamer budgets. Given it's minimal power requirements and single-slot cooler, the 9600GT would be at home in the meekest OEM computer or a mid-range custom gaming computer. The XFX 9600GT XXX Alpha Dog Edition is definitely not the fastest option available on the market but it is one of the better buys when you are trying to get the best bang for your buck. If you are gaming at 1280x1024 I would highly recommend the 9600GT as a solid purchase that will hold strong for another 12 months with medium to high quality settings in current and upcoming titles..."

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Coming Soon: AMD R600 3D Documentation
"For months we have been telling you that AMD has been preparing to release their R600 series documentation as well as opening up the source-code to two of their internal software projects used for testing new graphics processor designs prior to the availability of the actual hardware. Advanced Micro Devices has yet to release their 3D programming documentation covering the R600 series (or the brand-new RV770) nor the source-code to their two internal projects (TCore and KGrids), but following several postings in our forums over the past couple of weeks and many emails inquiring about the status, today we have a brief update to share."

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Maxtor BlackArmor 160GB Encrypted Portable Drive Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The BlackArmor 160GB encrypted portable drive provides a unique twist on a rather common item. Portable hard drives are everywhere, and in general are easy ways for people to lose valuable personal or business data. Security is the key feature of this product, and if protecting your portable data is a high priority, Maxtor has made it just about fool proof."

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Sapphire Toxic HD 4850 @ Bjorn3D
"With ATI and NVIDIA both releasing monster GPU's simultaneously it's hard to find that one product that offers good performance for price. When the ATI 4870 and 4850 came out we found ourselves astonished that ATI was closing the lead between their single GPU cards and the single GPU offerings from NVIDIA."

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bit-tech News: AMD ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2
"AMD has done a great job with the Radeon HD 4870 X2 and it has snatched the crown for the fastest graphics card in the world back from Nvidia in the process. Like we've said though, it's not all rosy and there are drawbacks associated with buying a Radeon HD 4870 X2, just like there are with any other multi-GPU configuration. As long as you're prepared to accept them, then the Radeon HD 4870 X2 is well worth considering if you've got that kind of cash to throw around. The GeForce GTX 280's new price point makes it seem like an attractive buy as well, with cards starting anywhere from about £275 including VAT. If anything though, the Radeon HD 4870 X2 makes a single Radeon HD 4870 or GeForce GTX 260 look like better options [i]today[/i] because it's almost as if there's too much horsepower on tap here with AMD's new flagship card. Right now, the Radeon HD 4870 X2's most impressive performance gains can really only be seen at the lofty resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 or with high levels of Anti Aliasing at 1,920 x 1,200 -- at lower resolutions, or lower levels of AA, the gains just aren't there at all. However, given that there's a slew of new (and hopefully more graphically intense) games about to hit the shelves before Christmas, picking up a Radeon HD 4870 X2 if you've got a 24-inch widescreen doesn't seem like such a bad idea -- you can play today's games with stupidly high levels of AA and hopefully tomorrow's games at native resolution with no big compromises to image quality."

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Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Professional Review
"Today we are looking at the latest version of Nuance's dictation software called Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10. If you are looking to get your work done faster with less typing, this application is worth a look. I admit I'm not totally ready to give up my keyboard, for some applications -- like the content management systems on our website -- voice commands don't work well. Another issue for some users will be the price -- the professional version I'm testing sells for over $800. However, the standard version sells for only $99 and offers much the same functionality."

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Logitech diNovo Edge Mac Edition Keyboard Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Logitech continues to expand its portfolio of desktop keyboard and mice for the Mac, and the same holds true with the diNovo Edge. After announcing the Windows version, Logitech now offers a Mac version with its very own OS X specific keys, including the Control, Option and Command keys. The keys are well spaced, and typing is satisfying. The keyboard offers a mixture of notebook and desktop style keys, which makes for an interesting mix and a satisfying experience, as stated above."

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Ultimate Ears Triple.fi 10 Pro Earphones Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Ultimate Ears is synonymous with excellent quality that?ll send your ears into music heaven after putting them in. That continues to hold true for the company?s newly announced Triple.fi 10 earphones. The pair is designed to look attractive with Gun Metal Blue color scheme and surprisingly large earbuds. They are large enough (1-inch length, 0.5-inch width) that we have never seen anything like this before. Interesting. Then there?s the durable cable with Y separator to prevent the unit from tangling in storage or during use."

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ASUS P5E64 WS Pro X38 Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"As predicted for this year, the dizzying high prices of DDR3 have finally dropped to within reason- even edging into that of DDR2's price point. The reason for such drastic price drops is that chip makers like Micron, Samsung, Hynix, and Qimonda are currently in full swing mass production of DDR3 DRAM - increasing supply and beating demand. This excess in inventory of DDR3 means a steady supply affordable and readily available chips that have helped to spur such rapid market adoption, evident with over fifty different motherboards currently on the market that support this memory standard. Further DDR3 price drops are expected to continue into the fourth quarter and means many will be looking for quality motherboards suitable for high-speed DDR3. That being the case Benchmark Reviews thought it would be of interest to examine one of the more mature DDR3 based motherboard offerings on the market today; the ASUS P5E64 WS Professional Motherboard based on Intel's 3 series X38 Express Chipset with support for unheard of "Quad" graphics."

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Back to School Gift Guide @ Digital Trends
"School's not all about work: We've got some gear choices for between classes and after school too."

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Microsoft + Yahoo: A Scary Concept for Web OS @ OSWeekly.com
"I have to say sometimes Microsoft scares me. That may sound pitiful, but I’m not talking about being scared in the way that little kids are scared about monsters that they’re convinced are hiding in their closets or under their beds. Instead, I’m talking about a fear that stems from the unimaginable power and financial resources that Microsoft has at their disposal. All of that power and money can only go so far, and while Microsoft may have had some good intentions in the beginning, they’ve become so huge that it’s hard to believe that one side knows what the other is doing, and the result is a bloated company delivering unimpressive results."

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Could Apple Acquire Yahoo? @ OSWeekly.com
"The business world is still buzzing about Microsoft’s $44.6 billion dollar offer to buy Yahoo, and rightly so. That’s a significant deal with significant implications for the Internet that we all know and love. We still haven’t heard the final word from Yahoo about whether or not they’ll proceed to talk with Microsoft, but it’s pretty clear that they have to do something soon."

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Advice to Linux Users: Lock Down Your @ OSWeekly.com
"In another article written for OSWeekly.com, I had touched on Ubuntu Tweak and how it can cause issues when blindly used with the gconf-editor on Ubuntu. In this piece, I wanted to provide some basics on how you might create a limited user, locked down as much as you need it to be for others using your family computer."

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Is Vista Really THAT Bad? @ OSWeekly.com
"It’s hard to believe that Vista has been available for over a year, and it seems like only yesterday that we were talking about its upcoming release. Time moves quickly in the technology industry, and we all have to do the best we can just to keep up. There’s no doubt that Windows 7 is going to take some time to be released, so even though Vista has already been out for over a year, it’s still new in a lot of ways, and we’re in this thing for the long haul."

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Email Archiving: Are You Doing It? @ OSWeekly.com
"Do you do it? You know, archive those ever-important emails? One of the most disheartening feelings on the world is to discover that all of your critical email has left the building. Not due to theft, rather because of unexpected loss due to a system crash. Regardless of which platform you happen to use, unless you work or live in a managed email environment, you better have a solid back-up plan."

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Palit Radeon 4870 X2 CrossFire Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"If you want the absolute best when it comes to gaming graphics performance a pair of Radeon HD 4870 X2 cards are what you need. They are super fast graphics cards and at $549 each they aren't priced too high compared to where other cards have launched in the past few years. AMD has done a great job with these cards and they were able to take back the performance crown with the release of these cards. NVIDIA can no longer say they have the fastest graphics card and that has to hurt with NVISION just a couple weeks away..."

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Steelseries Siberia Full-Size Headset review in Metku.net
"The Siberia Full-Size Headset really is the original headset that was released by Icemat back in 2005. The only thing that has changed during these years is the logo, but why should you change a prefectly good product?"

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AMD Radeon HD 4870 X2 On Linux
"While details on AMD's high-end ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics card began surfacing last month, today this dual-GPU graphics card has formally launched and will begin shipping to retailers. The good news this time around is that this graphics card will actually be something worth looking at under Linux now that there's the needed CrossFire support on the horizon. We're not yet permitted to publish the Linux CrossFire benchmarks, but today we have a few pieces of information to share about the Radeon HD 4870 X2 on Linux."

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bit-tech News: Cooler Master Silent Pro 700W
"So, would we buy the Silent Pro 700W? It certainly takes precedent over the now ageing but still hugely popular Corsair HX series, though when you compare it to the Dark Power Pro 650W it doesn't quite cut it. Don't get us wrong though, it's still an excellent purchase if you don't want a Be Quiet!, but be prepared to throw out the craptacular rubber surround because it can survive without it. On the whole, it feels like a very good product, but one attempting to be better than it is, albeit made up by a good price."

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bit-tech News: Braid
"Braid does have a few problems despite our love for it. The oblique logic and lateral thinking that you need to learn how to apply too rapidly scales up from Easy to Murderous, for instance, and the game doesn't always do a great job of introducing the new ideas. Worse, the game doesn't even have a proper help page and there's literally no introduction to the rewinding mechanic until you die for the first time -- something you naturally spend your first go through the game trying to avoid. The combined ingenuity of the gameplay and the gentle, nostalgic brilliance of the art and writing do manage to overcome this though and it's a testament to the pacing of the game that you manage to learn all these elements without any decent manual or instruction. Cerebral and startlingly playable, / /Braid is a throwback to the forgotten world of commercial platformers and proper adventure games where the puzzles were hard, but rewarding. At times it can be too difficult for its own good, but the bulk of the game isn't weighed down by this and //Braid instead manages to float upwards, to excellence."

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6 Way Digital Photo Frame Round up @ XtremeComputing
"Today we have got something special for all you readers out there interested in getting a Photo Frame, we have got Six Digital Photo Frames to get your paws into in a round up. Which one will prove itself the best out of the Six in image quality and usability? You’ll have to read on to find out. The Six Photo Frames we have here range from a portable 1.5 inch right the way through to an 8 inch digital display that prints."

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Moneual Lab Moncaso 972 HTPC Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"This case offers just about everything one would need in a HTPC enclosure, although it comes at a steep price of around $500. For someone who is serious about building the ultimate media center system the Moncaso 972 is hard to beat."

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Sapphire HD 4870 X2 2048 MB @ techPowerUp
"Today AMD released their new HD 4870 X2 graphics cards. They are based on two RV770 GPUs on one PCB. With a total of 1600 shaders and 2 GB GDDR5 memory the card has excellent chances to achieve the goal "fastest graphics card in the world"."

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Monday, August 11, 2008
Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Review @ Digital Trends
"While Lenovo's ultra-sleek X300 may have stolen the show as the company's MacBook Air competitor back in April, the machine's astronomic price tag also left most would-be buyers pressing against the window glass like gawkers at a Maserati dealership. To fill the gap between the flagship X300 and the smaller, but far more affordable 12.1-inch X61, Lenovo released the X61's successor in July, the X200. The reworked machine has grown in width to make room for a new widescreen XGA screen, picked up Intel's latest generation Montevina mobile chip for better speed and efficiency, and stirred in some extra features and refinements as well."

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OpenGL 3.0, GLSL 1.30 Released
"From SIGGRAPH 2008, one of the premiere computers graphics conferences, the Khronos Group has announced the release of the OpenGL 3.0 API specification and the GLSL 1.30 shading language specification. This is the first major update to this cross-platform 3D programming API since the OpenGL 2.1 release two years ago. In this article we have a bit of information on these OpenGL and GLSL updates and when we can expect to see the Linux graphics scene moving to this new standard."

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Sapphire HD 4870 512 MB @ Bjorn3D
"With the recent release of the new ATI 48XX GPU's we've seen something that we haven't seen for a while: Ati GPU's in a direct head to head competition with the offerings from NVIDIA. Not only in a price for performance standpoint, like usual, but from a performance standpoint."

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OCZ Alchemy Elixir Keyboard
"When thinking of OCZ Technology what comes to mind? High-end DDR3? DDR2 with large and unique heatspreaders? Their Neural Impulse Actuator? Chances are you're thinking of them for their memory products they've been manufacturing for eight years, but not for any OCZ-branded keyboards. However, OCZ has done just that and they've introduced their very first keyboard targeted towards gamers. The Elixir Keyboard is part of OCZ's growing Alchemy series of gaming products. We're not terribly surprised that OCZ has introduced a keyboard, seeing as this company is extremely innovative and has been on the fast track since acquiring PC Power & Cooling and Hypersonic PC last year. Today at Phoronix we are checking out this first OCZ keyboard named the Elixir."

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Moneual MonCaso 972S Home Theater PC Case Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Moneaul MonCaso 972S home theater PC case is something like an all-in-one solution for those looking to build a highly function, extremely attractive HTPC. You not only get a great case with plenty of top-notch features, but you also get a multi-function remote control and an integrated seven inch touchscreen to make interacting with your system enjoyable and convenient."

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Saturday, August 9, 2008
Akasa Omega @ techPowerUp
"Akasa has taken the Mirage-62 case and has updated it using thick aluminum panels, adding air vents which also can be used for water cooling units and a stylish new front door. The mid-tower case features loads of space and some clever design choices to make it big enough for even the largest power supplies and longest graphics cards."

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Rosewill RX81-MP-SC-SLV SATA External HDD Enclosure Review
"Today we are looking at a very nice external HDD enclosure from Rosewill. The Rosewill enclosure has four connectivity options and offers very good performance. Plugging the large 1TB drive into the board was easy and once plugged in you secure the drive with four screws on the underside of the drive cage. After the drive is secure, you simply reinstall the cage in the reverse order. The complete procedure took all of ten minutes."

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Supertalent PICO Gold @ Bjorn3D
"Just think, not too many years ago you had to look to floppy disks and cd burning to put files on something you could carry with you, either for class or work or even as storage. Then came the flash drive, pen drive, removeable media, usb drive, etc... It has many names. They started out large and eventually got smaller and smaller. Today, Bjorn3D is happy to present to you the worlds smallest pen drive........ with BLING. The Super Talent 24K Gold PICO. It's about the size of a quarter and yet can hold 8GBs of information and water proof to boot. But does it really work? It is so small, and yes, I will even submerge it in water. Scary!!"

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Friday, August 8, 2008
ASUS P5E64 WS Professional
"Intel's latest performance desktop chipset is now the X48 Express, but there still is life left in the X38 Express, which was released late last year. The Intel X38 and X48 Chipsets share many of the same features including support for the latest dual-core and quad-core Intel processors, DDR3 system memory support, and 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 interfaces with there being very few differences to the end-user between these chipsets. In addition, benchmarks we have delivered from different motherboards have shown the X48 has little to no performance improvements over the older Bearlake chipset. ASUS's X38 motherboards are still very much in the market place and today we happen to be looking at one of their workstation motherboards based around the X38. The motherboard we are looking at is the ASUS P5E64 WS Professional, which ships with all of the usual ASUS innovations in addition to having four PCI Express x16 slots."

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Thermaltake NBCool T500 Notebook Cooler @ Bjorn3D
"Laptops have become compact enough to tote along just about anywhere you go. Along with that compact size comes all the heat of modern processors, and the Mobile models generally run hotter than their Desktop counterparts. This heat still needs to be removed, or it'll build up and cause a thermal shut down and damage that expensive equipment."

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NZXT Avatar Gaming Mouse @ techPowerUp
"The NZXT Avatar is the first input device from the famous case and power supply manufacturer. It offers up to 2600 DPI, clean symmetric looks and a driver software that can rival what Razer and Logitech offer."

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Thursday, August 7, 2008
Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 Toxic 512MB
"Back in June we were first to deliver Radeon HD 4850 benchmarks on Linux just after the new high-end ATI/AMD GPUs were launched. We were also successful in using the Radeon HD 4850 with an open-source driver and had exclusively shared that CrossFire support is coming to Linux along with a horde of other improvements. These new Linux features are coming soon, but today we are looking at a new Radeon HD 4850 graphics card from Sapphire Technology. The Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 Toxic 512MB ships with a performance-oriented Zalman cooler and it also comes factory overclocked."

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Assembly Summer '08 LAN/Demo event report at Metku.net
"There are some great LAN events hosted around the world each year. Here in Finland that event is the Assembly. With over 5000 participants this four day event offers a lot of lights, noise and great people."

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Thecus N5200PRO NAS @ techPowerUp
"Thecus' N5200 PRO NAS device holds up to five drives internally in any RAID configuration desired for maximum safety. With plenty of features and a modular design, when it comes to both hardware and software, it fits anyone's needs. As the N5200 PRO uses a fast 1.5 GHz CPU it has serious potential to stomp the competition."

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Thermaltake BlacX SE @ Bjorn3D
"The storage needs in computing today have grown tremendously as opposed to a few years ago. More and more people need massive storage to store a large Music or Video collection. Some just need to read through a pile of drives to see if their functional, others need the flexibility of swapping drives in and out without having to break out the tool kit and seat it in an enclosure or mount it in a chassis."

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BlueAnt Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Handsfree Speakerphone @ Legit Reviews
"For just under $100, the BlueAnt Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Handsfree Speakerphone is not only the best speakerphone system we have used, but with the addition of the Text-To-Speech function and ridiculously long battery life, it is one of the most versatile Bluetooth mobile devices we have seen..."

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abit IP35P Review - Intel® P35/ICH9 Chipset on a Budget? @ XtremeComputing
"Today we have the IP35P motherboard from abit, this board is one of the lower entries in the abit’s P35 chipset range but still has enough features to make a solid machine from it. In my experience though budget boards tend to fall at the wayside, let us hope the IP35P will change that."

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Lexar 8 GB Class 2 SDHC @ techPowerUp
"Lexar's new entry level 8 GB SDHC card is quite unique. It is both reasonably priced and offers really good performance for a "Class 2" card. Actually the card surpasses the Class 2 requirements in our testing. At around $50 quite a nice achievement."

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Samsung SC-MX10 Solid State Memory Camcorder Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Solid state memory brings a unparallel size reduction that brings the features of a standard camcorder to the market in a package that weighs half, and is half of the size of your regular MiniDV, DVD or hard drive camcorder."

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Mint 220 Wireless Digital Music Station Review
"Today we are looking at a really nice wireless digital music system that features an iPod dock called the Mint 220. The system is very easy to set up and offers great sound quality. Overall, the Mint 220 is very impressive. The sound quality from the small system is great, the price is very good at $179, and the system is very easy to set up for wireless streaming. It's hard to go wrong with the Mint 220. The only way I could see the Mint 220 being better would be if you had the option to run it from batteries for truly portable use."

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Gigabyte GA-EP45T-EXTREME P45 Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"There are two kinds of computer enthusiasts in this world: those with a personal connection to the system motherboard, and those who simply refer to the part as a computer mainboard. For overclockers, the relationship with a well-designed motherboard can mean love or hate, and no two parts are alike. The motherboard is, after all, the foundation of every computer, and the importance is central to stable system operation. No matter if you are a low-demand office worker who plugs away on letters or spreadsheets every day or if you are a high-performance hardware enthusiast who demands extreme frame rates from your video games, one component alone will determine your ability: the motherboard. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the Gigabyte GA-EP45T-EXTREME P45 Ultra-Durable 2 DES motherboard against our harsh overclocking demands."

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Fedora 10 Alpha Preview
"Fedora 9 had shipped earlier this year with kernel-based mode-setting support, an early release of NetworkManager 0.7, PackageKit integration, install-time encryption support, initial EXT4 support, the Upstart daemon, and many other improvements. Now, however, it's time start getting excited over Fedora 10. The first Alpha release of Fedora 10 (codenamed Cambridge) was released this morning. In this article we have screenshots of Fedora 10 along with some of the features you can expect when this Linux operating system ships in October."

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SilverStone Lascala LC13-E
"The last time we looked at a SilverStone Lascala chassis was back in 2006 when reviewing the SilverStone LC20M, which boasted an aluminum front panel, plenty of room for storing extra hard drives, and even a VFD panel with IR receiver. We are back today though with the Lascala series as we explore the LC13-E, which promises next-generation cooling performance, a highly compatible chassis layout, magnificent front panel design, and at a price that most can afford."

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Sapphire HD 4850 Toxic 512 MB @ techPowerUp
"Sapphire's new HD 4850 Toxic graphics card comes with a preinstalled Zalman VF-900 GPU cooler that greatly reduces the operating temperature of the card. Also the operating frequencies have been bumped quite a bit, with some additional overclocking potential left in the card."

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Sans Digital MobileSTOR MS2UTN+B @ Bjorn3D
"The need for good and reliable storage is increasing as we record more and more of our lives digitally. Whether it is important private photos, our music collections, or even our DVD-collections that have been ripped to disks - we need ways to store these files safely."

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Tagan CS Monolize Full Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"Some may look at the cooling package of the Tagan CS-Monolize and think that it is not very elegant, but more along the lines of brute force. Well sometimes a hit with a big hammer is what gets the job done, and Tagan brought a really big hammer. They stuck two fans pushing 150 CFM each in a case that only takes up 2.4 cubic feet of space. So getting fresh air into the case is not an issue..."

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OCZ ReaperX HPC 4GB PC2-6400 Memory Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
"Big as a whale and about to set sail, Benchmark Reviews brings you a review of OCZ's overclocker grade, heatpipe-equipped ReaperX HPC 4GB DDR2-800 kit OCZ2RPX800EB4GK. Outfitted with massive heatspreaders and a frankly unorthodox cooling system designed to handle voltages up to 2.2v and beyond, OCZ's ReaperX HPC kit may be just waht the die hard overclocker is looking for."

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Monday, August 4, 2008
Sapphire Radeon HD4870 512MB Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Sapphire Radeon HD4870 512MB graphics card may look just like a unit from the HD3870 series, but it is a top of the line model offering a PCI Express X16 interface, a 750MHz core clock, and 900MHz GDDR5 memory which makes things very interesting thanks to the greatly increased bandwidth (in comparison to GDDR3 and GDDR4)."

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Apple iPhone 3G Review @ Digital Trends
"The iPhone 3G is mostly what we were hoping for in the second version of the too-popular-for-itself handset. Apple addressed call quality concerns, as well as demands for a faster Web experience via 3G and corporate email support, already making it a worthwhile upgrade for many first-gen iPhone owners. And while the addition of stereo Bluetooth and Assisted-GPS are mere catch-ups to other smartphones, the new App Store boosts it way ahead. We're a little disappointed that the iPhone 3G still lacks video recording, and we'd like a user-replaceable battery and expandable storage, but overall it's a thoroughly satisfying phone and iPod."

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OCZ DDR3 1600 MHz Platinum EB Ed. 4GB Kit @ techPowerUp
"OCZ is offering a full line-up of DDR3 memory. Their Platinum Series was always known for their great price/performance ratio and this Enhanced Bandwidth kit is no different. It offers tighter timings at 1600 MHz than the competition, at a lower price point. So can it give us some serious bang for our buck?"

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ASRock X48TurboTwins-WiFi
"Over the past few months we have looked at a few different Intel X48 motherboards and all of these motherboards bearing Intel's latest chipset have worked quite well with Linux. Among these motherboards have been the ASUS P5E3 Premium, Super Micro C2SBX+, and Gigabyte X48T-DQ6. These X48 motherboards have been expensive, but now some of the budget manufacturers are introducing models at a lower cost. For just under $200 USD, ASRock has introduced the X48TurboTwins-WiFi. The ASRock X48TurboTwins-WiFi pairs Intel's X48 with the ICH9R Southbridge and offers a few extra features such as eSATA, integrated 802.11g WiFi, and IEEE-1394 Firewire."

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Zotac GeForce 9800 GTX+ (Plus) Amp! Edition @ techPowerUp
"NVIDIA's new GeForce 9800 GTX+ comes with a 55 nm CPU that runs at higher clock speeds, yet consumes less power than the original 65 nm chip. Zotac's Amp! Edition further increases the operating frequencies. Even though the higher clocks make the card faster than the ATI HD 4850, the difference is very small and probably not noticable while gaming."

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Zaward Gyre @ techPowerUp
"The Zaward Gyre looks quite interesting with the black shroud. Its unique design shows us that it is a competitor to more "known" heatsinks. Featuring a nice finish with blue LED lights, being very easy to install and having great performance, the Gyre lives up to all of its expectations."

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Noctua NF-P12+NF-B9 Quiet Fans Review @ XtremeComputing
"A lot of the time I use my computer in the late evenings when the ambient noise is very quiet in my house, so trying to keep PC noise to a minimum is important so as not to annoy me/disturb others. With testing the Noctua NF-P12+NF-B9 fans today I have been treated to a taste of really quiet computing."

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Gigabyte EP45-DQ6 Motherboard @ Bjorn3D
"The Gigabyte EP45-DQ6 features might have had a few limitations but they were far out weighed by the functionality and performance of the board. In a lot of the testing we did against the older P35 chip set Asus P5KC we saw a 30% or more performance increase with the EP45-DQ6. The Matrix Raid Array we set up on 2 hard drives and partitioned to run dual boot XP/Vista worked perfectly and provided a superior transfer rate that exceeded 100 MB/s and after things got broken in was hitting 120+ MB/s in most cases."

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App Attack! Top 15 iPhone apps @ Digital Trends
"Here are 15 iPhone apps we consider essential - they all work with the iPhone 3G, and many run on the iPod Touch and original iPhone as well."

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Sunday, August 3, 2008
SilverStone SST-TS01B RFID External Drive Kit @ BmR
"External HDD Enclosures are plentiful and cheap these days. It's tough for a manufacturer to differentiate its products in the marketplace, and the competition on price is never-ending. Silverstone Technology has introduced a new product that is completely unique in the market, with a security system that you won't see anywhere else. Instead of relying on passwords to allow access to the encrypted data on the HDD, the SilverStone SST-TS01B uses a small RFID "Key" to identify an authorized user. This is not new technology, it's in commercial use in other markets, but it's the first time I've seen it used to unlock an encrypted HDD. Benchmark Reviews has looked at some HDD enclosures in the past and they have all done what they were intended to do, but in my mind, there was something missing. None of them really stood out, in terms of features or performance. None of them said, "BUY ME" in no uncertain terms. This one does. Let's see how it performs on the bench and in daily use."

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OpenGL Benchmarking On Linux Reaches New Heights
"We have been covering the Linux benchmarking scene since 2004, but one area we have never really been satisfied with have been the OpenGL tests that are available. There are now plenty of free software games that are available for benchmarking, but with most of them being based around the open-source Quake 3 engine, they aren't that demanding upon the graphics processor. The ones generally good with stressing the graphics capabilities of the system are the id Software games (Doom 3, Quake 4, and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars) with native Linux clients. Under the workstation umbrella, there is just SPECViewPerf. On the Windows side though there are a number of OpenGL and DirectX games, tech demos, and other benchmarks. Thanks in part to the Phoronix Test Suite, however, we are starting to see a new era of OpenGL benchmarking that are able to stress the graphics card and are visually pleasing."

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NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT Video Card Preview @ Legit Reviews
"Performance aside the GeForce 9500 GT offers consumers other things like compact size, a quiet cooler and low power consumption. The fact that it doesn't need any additional power connections means that it will make for an easy upgrade for many that don't have a power supply that is able to handle more devices. These strong areas make for great selling points not to mention that the GeForce 9500 GT can run F@H and is CUDA ready for parallel applications. In the future things like GPU video transcoding will be sure to take off and the GeForce 9500 GT can..."

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Saturday, August 2, 2008
Intel Atom 230 versus VIA Nano L2100
"I'm sure a fair number of you expected the VIA Nano L2100 to come out ahead because it operates at 1.8GHz, while the Intel Atom 230 runs at just 1.6Ghz, but there is more to it than the 12.5% difference in clock frequency. The VIA Nano processor is based on superior superscalar out of order architecture, which is why it performs better than the Intel Atom processor. The VIA Nano processor beat the Intel Atom processor in every single performance benchmark we ran and that says a ton for the engineers (Centaur Technologies) who designed the Nano processor..."

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Friday, August 1, 2008
Review: EDGE DiskGO 160GB Network HDD @ GideonTech.com
"Now before you go and say"

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Tagan Monolith @ Bjorn3D
"In today's world of ultra mobility, technology companies seem almost uniformly focused on developing smaller components designed to accompany us just about everywhere. Remember the early mobile phones? For those of us old enough to remember, the first commercially available cell phone came out in 1983 - the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x. It weighed in at a hefty 28 ounces and measured 13' x 1.75' x 3.5'. Talk time was about 30 minutes, it took roughly 10 hours to recharge, and could go a whole 8 hours between between charges! And by the way, this 'little' beauty could be purchased for just shy of $4,000 U.S. when it hit the market on March 6th, 1983. What a bargain!"

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