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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
ATI Radeon HD 4550 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ATI Radeon HD 4550 (RV710) graphics card pictured above measures in at just 6.625"

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Toxic Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"Anyone who has heard of ATI video cards has probably heard of Sapphire Technology. Sapphire is the largest producer of AMD/ATI graphics products in the world, and do far more than rebrand a product with their own label. The Radeon HD 4000 series launched with tremendous success not long ago, and Sapphire has tweaked the design to produce their own high-performance Toxic Edition of the popular Radeon HD 4870 video card. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests their graphics card against the competition to find out if a factory-overclocked model is worth the money."

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Monday, September 29, 2008
SilverStone Raven RVM01B Mouse
"While SilverStone Technology has long been known for their high-end (and very expensive) computer cases such as the Sugo and Temjin series, as of late they've begun manufacturing other computer peripherals while driving new and interesting innovations into these conventional products. Earlier this month we looked at the SilverStone Treasure TS01, which was a 2.5" SATA drive enclosure, but separating it from the other enclosure devices on the market, this one would encrypt the drive and secure it using two RFID keys. If these small keys were not exposed to the TS01, the drive enclosure would not work. Another interesting creation from SilverStone Technology is the Raven RVM01B. This here is SilverStone's first computer mouse and we are looking at it today."

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Lian-Li XB-01 Xbox 360 Case @ techPowerUp
"Lian-Li is known for their unique high-quality cases. They are now offering a chassis for the Xbox 360. The black case should finally make your console look good next to that fancy TV of yours. We pack the XB-01 with the consoles guts to see how it fares."

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Thermaltake Spedo Case @ Bjorn3D
"Once in a while a product comes along and you look at it and wonder where it's been all your life. The features you always wondered why they didn't incorporate before are all there in one spot. It doesn't happen very often that products are so feature laden that you're taken aback."

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eDimensional AudioFX Pro 5.1 gaming headset Review @ XtremeComputing
"Overall the AudioFX Pro 5.1 has really impressed me in the design and styling aspects, right the way through to the Heckendorn Original custom touches throughout the unit. You can really tell that this headset is made for the Gamer in you, with aspects that you won’t find in any other headset. The only issue I had really was the stuck on logo on the top, but I should not let that spoil my judgment should I?"

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Antec Mini P180 mATX Computer Case
"The Antec Mini P180 is a mini tower case that builds on the designs of the original P180 and P182, and puts those lessons to work in a smaller format. The smaller format comes at a price; only microATX motherboards are supported, but is that much of a penalty in the intended market segment? Benchmark Reviews is going to look at a computer case new offering from Antec that is aimed at a narrower market niche than most of their other products."

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Saturday, September 27, 2008
Corsair DHX 4GB DDR2-800MHz
"It's been a while since last looking at any Corsair memory at Phoronix, but up for review this afternoon is their latest TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX memory. This DDR2 memory features Corsair's DHX technology for cooling the memory ICs with EPP latencies of 4-4-4-12 and run at 800MHz. Like many other Corsair products, the TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX is also backed by a lifetime warranty."

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Ultimate Ears Super.fi 5 Earphones @ techPowerUp
"Ultimate Ears just released a completely new earphone dubbed the Super.fi 5. It is aimed at budget conscious earphone users looking for a good sounding, decent looking set of in-ears. The new radical design is a major leap forward compared to the old Ultimate Ears design."

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Friday, September 26, 2008
HIS HD 4670 IceQ Turbo 512 MB @ techPowerUp
"HIS' latest HD 4670 card comes equipped with the VGA Silencer made by Arctic Cooling. It also features an extra 30 MHz core clock. Even though it is factory overclocked we saw another 10% overclocking potential on both core and memory."

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Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Intel/AMD Processor Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The freezer 7 Pro from Arctic Cooling has what it takes. Up against a couple of high-performance coolers that were newer, bigger and much more expensive, the little Freezer 7 Pro held its own. Some consumers might overlook the Freezer as being dated and no longer competitive. That would be a big mistake."

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BFG GTX-260 OCX MaxCore Core 216 @ Bjorn3D
"The initial release of the GTX-2XX series of GPU's is still fresh in our memories and variants are already hitting the market. Usually we see a full blown variant and a less expensive little brother. Seldom do we see the full blown version, the little brother, then a ramped up version of the little brother. Recently NVIDIA released the GTX-260 MaxCore, a revamped version of the GTX-260 that has 216 processing cores instead of the 196 run-of-the-mill cores that the GTX-260 contains. This places the GTX-260 MaxCore smack in the middle of the GTX-260 and GTX-280 where processing cores are concerned. When we found out BFG was offering the GTX-260 OCX MaxCore in their GTX-2XX lineup, we knew we had to drive one of these beasts to see how much more performance we could get than with a normal GTX-260. Well, we've driven it like it was stolen and we have to tell you it's one heck of a ride!"

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Thursday, September 25, 2008
Vizo Ninja HS Notebook Cooler @ techPowerUp
"The Ninja HS is Vizo's newest addition the their high quality notebook cooler line-up. The unit is made of heavy duty materials, encased in a nearly indestructible paint job and featuring a USB 2.0 hub. The cooling area can also be aligned to cool your notebook where it is needed most."

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F@H - 4,500+ Points a Day with a $49 GeForce 9600 GSO @ Legit Reviews
"The EVGA e-GeForce 9600 GSO Dual-Slot Edition graphics card is the card that can be had for $49.99 with free shipping, a free 2GB USB Flash drive and the retailer is Newegg! For that price you don't get a fancy factory overclocked card, but it does come with the standard clocks - 550MHz core clock, 1600MHz memory clock (effective) and 1375MHz shaders. What makes this card so interesting from a folding perspective is that it has 96 stream processors (more than a 9600 GT), is very cheap, uses little power, produces little noise (thanks to the dual-slot cooler), and can overclock like a bat out of hell..."

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ASUS Eee PC 901 Linux Boot Performance
"With the Atom-based ASUS Eee PC 901 we have already delivered disk encryption benchmarks and a Linux distribution comparison of Xandros, Fedora, Ubuntu, and Mandriva. This Intel 1.6GHz Diamondville processor isn't the fastest, but it's performing quite well for a netbook. With netbooks and their users often on the go though, for those not using the suspend and resume mode the boot time can be equally important as the in-desktop performance. To look at this we are delivering boot performance benchmarks for the Eee PC 901 from Fedora 9, Fedora 10, Ubuntu 8.10, and Mandriva 2009."

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SAS Performance at SATA Pricing: Cost-Effective SAS RAID Controller @ Bjorn3D
"What is important when shopping for hard drives is the storage space, rotational speed, amount of cache, and of course the price. Currently, for desktop computers, 7,200 RPM SATA II hard drives are the most common type of storage. For enterprise and business, there is SAS, which stands for Serial Attached SCSI."

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OCZ DDR2 PC2-9200 Flex II 4 GB @ techPowerUp
"OCZ's PC2-9200 Flex II modules can be used with both air and watercooling. They are designed for 1150 MHz DDR2 at CL 5 with 2.1V. In our testing we could easily push the modules above DDR2-1200 without an extra voltage increase."

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Cooler Master (RC-1100) Cosmos S Case Review @ XtremeComputing
"The extremities of the case are then protected with the top handle ‘rails’ being wrapped in foam, and the bottom ‘rails’ and front panel shiny plastic covered in yet more protective plastic. I can’t quite place my finger on it, but there is something very sleek and sexy about the Cosmos S, I adore the styling and it’s a case I could easily fall in love with."

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QNAP TS-509 Pro Turbo Five Bay NAS Network Attached Storage System Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Even excellent products usually have some minor issue that I come across during a review, but it was difficult to find anything negative at all to say about the TS-509. Everything about the setup was easy, from installing drives to configuring RAID to setting up the many additional features it offers. Once it was up and running, finding what I wanted was also easy due to the neatly organized interface."

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008
JVC Everio GZ-HD40 120GB Camcorder Review @ Digital Trends
"The inexorable march away from tapes and discs has picked up steam in Camcorder Land-and this trend will continue until MiniDV and DVD home video makers take their place on the obsolete shelf next to Walkman cassette music players and analog televisions. This won't happen overnight, but it's happening right in front of our eyes as flash-based and hard disk drive camcorders win-over the public and take share from competing formats. Basically, it's the iPod Phenomenon dramatically reshaping the camcorder biz. According to industry execs, tape and DVD cam sales are dropping while the new-and definitely cooler-formats take over. Almost all of the recent releases were memory card, flash or HDD based. And many of them are high-definition. I'm a big fan of high-def hard drive camcorders because their storage capabilities can't be beat. It's great not worrying if you have enough blank tape or DVDs for saving memories. And the small size and weight of flash-based models is also a winner. Finally, a high-definition camcorder is the only way to go, even though they're much more expensive than SD ($799 USD is still about the cheapest, compared to $250 USD for MiniDV). With these preferences on the table, I was happy to test a new JVC HD Everio with a 120GB HDD. This high-def camcorder saves up to 15 hours of best-quality AVCHD video plus it performs several other unique tricks we'll disclose on the following pages. Is it worth 1,300 clams? Read on, read on."

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BFG Tech LS-680 680W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The BFG Tech line of power supplies consists of several models that offer a variety of interesting features and power ratings from 550W to 1000W. In this review we will be taking a look at the LS-680, a 680 Watt unit that features desirable items such as quad 12V rails, four PCI Express graphics card connections, and a typical efficiency of 85%."

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Charity Yard Sale @ Bigbruin.com
"Here is the scoop. I am going to sell off some of Bigbruin.com's review items at low prices, and half of the money is going to go to a charity working on a cure for the disease that hit me last year (Severe Aplastic Anemia). The terms are that I am going to give 50% off all sales to the charity. I will keep adding things to this thread and will cut a check when the sale seems to be over. Shipping is calculated separately and not included in the 50/50 split. People can pay via money order, check, or Paypal, and I will eat the Paypal fees. And if helping a charity and getting a good deal weren't enough, one person who buys something from the yard sale will be randomly selected to receive a $25 Best Buy gift card."

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IStarUsa T5F-SS 3 1/2 @ Bjorn3D
"Storage needs have changed over the years and it seems like we've seen a never ending parade of drive enclosures and docking stations. But the problem lies within the limited choices in regards to interface and capacity. USB is limited in transfer speeds but offers portability in exchange. Firewire offers speed, but not all computers are set up to handle it. E-Sata leaves you with a drive enclosure cluttering up your desk and wires trailing behind it."

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Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 Rev.2 Heatpipe VGA Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Arctic Cooling's well deserved reputation for high performance, low cost VGA cooling remains intact with the release of the Accelero S1 (Rev.2.) With great cooling performance and wide online availability at a pricepoint of $26.00 US or less, the S1 is a superb value. Outstanding support and a six (that's right, I said SIX) year warranty only make the S1 an even sweeter deal."

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WolfKing Trooper MVP Laser Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
"Pointing devices are very important to us all during every day use of a PC. Advances in technology have made them extremely accurate, quick to respond and great for gaming. The optical mouse was a great innovation and a change for the better. The advent of the laser engine gave us much more accuracy, faster response times and no more cleaning. The laser mouse has become a "must have" for any serious gamer in these current times. Benchmark Reviews has been afforded an opportunity to examine one of these devices, the Wolf King Trooper MVP Laser Gaming Mouse."

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
X.Org 7.4 Finally Released
"It's been a hell of a time getting X.Org 7.4 out the door, but this afternoon Adam Jackson has released this long-delayed update to this X system. X.Org 7.4 is arriving after the release of X Server 1.5.1 earlier in the day. Yes, it's finally here! In this article we have information on the features that make up this release along with what it's taken to get X.Org 7.4 primed for release."

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Logitech Illuminated Keyboard Review @ Digital Trends
"If Art Lebedev's Optimus Maximus keyboard has your wallet crying uncle and Saitek's Cyborg is a little loud for your tastes, Logitech's new, ultra-slim Illuminated Keyboard might be just the ticket to bring some flavor to your desk. We found it to tasteful, comfortable to type on, and well built, making it one of the best style-minded keyboards to float through our offices."

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Lian-Li Tyr PC-X2000 Gaming and HTPC Case review at Metku.net
"The case we received from Lian-Li this time is one of the newer models - Tyr PC-X2000 and it mainly aims at not only to high end HTPC use, but also to"

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ASUS Rampage Extreme X48 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Asides from the simple act of operating as a motherboard, the ASUS Rampage Extreme looks like a work of art and could almost be a coffee table centerpiece. Factor in the incredible possibilitles available with TweakIt, the discrete audio X-Fi solution, and the massive overclocking potential, it's hard to not want the board. Once again though price becomes an issue, for $400 you can purchase a board and processor. If you are in the market for the best of the best though, the Rampage Extreme is it..."

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4670 512MB
"Earlier this month the ATI Radeon HD 4600 series from AMD was unveiled as the new mid-range graphics cards derived from their flagship RV770 graphics core. The Radeon HD 4650 and Radeon HD 4670 are the two RV730-based products now available. The ATI Radeon HD 4670 may not be able to compete with the Radeon HD 4800 series in all of the tests, but at a price of under $100 USD is it worth pursuing? For this article we have our hands on the brand new Sapphire Radeon HD 4670 512MB graphics card as we test it on Ubuntu Linux to see how well it can perform in our OpenGL tests and overclock with the recently added OverDrive support."

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Rosewill RX630-S-B Xtreme Series 630W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Before the review started I didn't know what to expect from for the Rosewill RX630-S-B Xtreme Series 630W power supply. The published features and specifications were strong, and from what I had read elsewhere on the web the general opinion seemed positive. I just wasn't sure that a Rosewill power supply priced under $90 was really going to impress, and I worried that too much of that small budget had been spent on the aesthetics."

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Aerocool Hi-Tech 7 Pro @ techPowerUp
"The Aerocool Hi-Tech 7 Pro features a huge 400 mm fan which is the biggest ever seen on a computer case so far. Also included is a fan controller and thermal monitor up front. We fire the turbine up to see how that monster fan performs."

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Samsung LN-T4681F 46 Inch 1080P LED Backlit LCD TV Review @ Tweaknews.net
"At first I thought there is no way that LED technology can make up for the cost difference when compared to a standard panel lit LCD TV. Boy did the LN-T4681F take those thoughts, write them down on a sheet and paper and shred them to confetti right before my eyes."

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Apple iPod Nano 16GB Review @ Digital Trends
"Apple's latest iPod nano continues to loom over the heads of its competitors despite players with better sound and more features from companies like Sony and Microsoft. The redesigned body almost seems like a brush of nostalgia, though it definitely improves on the previous generation and keeps the device current. We're more impressed with the new firmware, which provides the best level of polish yet on Apple's non-touchscreen devices, and the on-board accelerometer adds some pizzaz to a player some consider to be getting stale."

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Monday, September 22, 2008
Danger Den Tower 26 @ Bjorn3D
"Today we take a look at another vital part of every computer, the case. It's what holds it all together. In days gone by, a case has been a matter of function over form. As time goes by however, more and more people get involved in modifying or 'modding' their computer cases; some for looks, some for performance gains. Manufacturers have certainly taken notice and it seems that every day we see another new case enter the market. LED's, side windows, and front panel cutouts have all seen increases in popularity. One of the primary concerns of modern computer enthusiasts is, and will likely remain, heat and the ways to deal with it efficiently."

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Sunday, September 21, 2008
Palit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition Video Card @ BmR
"When everyone thought AMD was sinking into a dark abyss, ATI unvieled their Radeon HD 4000 series and proved the critics all wrong. The Radeon HD 4870 is their current single-GPU flagship, and it's earned a high level of well-deserved distinction. Palit has followed-up this pattern by adding some stand-out features of their own. Benchmark Reviews tests the Palit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic edition video card from Palit. This RV770 graphics solution offers factory overclocked perfomance and a new cooling solution."

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ASRock P43R1600Twins-WiFi & P45R2000-WiFi
"Last month we looked at the EP45-DS3L and EP45T-DS3R motherboards from Gigabyte. These two Intel P45 motherboards had turned out to be great contenders as long as you are using a newer Linux distribution that ships with a very recent Linux kernel. Today though on the review block we have two new motherboards compliments of ASRock. The ASRock P43R1600Twins-WiFi and P45R2000-WiFi utilize the Intel P43 and P45 Chipsets, respectively, but the duo share the Intel ICH10R Southbridge and both feature an integrated 802.11g WiFi module along with system memory support for both DDR2 and DDR3 standards. There are also a few other extras with the ASRock P45R2000-WiFi such as ATI CrossFire support, dual Gigabit LAN, and two eSATA connectors. What's important though is whether these relatively low-cost motherboards work under Linux, and we will tell you that today."

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Saturday, September 20, 2008
Lexar FireWire 800 Compact Flash Reader @ techPowerUp
"Lexar's new FireWire 800 CF Card Reader uses the powerful interface to offer unprecedented bandwidth with allows you to optimally use the latest CF card technology. While the traditional USB interface is limited to a maximum of about 30 MB/s, the FireWire interface goes up to 100 MB/s. Clearly a difference if you move a lot of files to and from your CF card."

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GMC K2 Ebony Multi Media tower Review @ XtremeComputing
"Having previously reviewed the K1 case from GMC I was excited to get hold of their next model; the K2. In my opinion they have made the case even more attractive and the buttons on the front of the case easier to use. On the K1 I didn’t like how the bottom USB (etc) cover wasn’t spring loaded to lock shut, but on the K2 GMC have sorted that out with a much better cover system."

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Thrustmaster T-X3 Charge Hub for Sony PS3 Review
"Today we looking at a PS3 accessory from Thrustmaster called the T-X3 Charge Hub. The hub charges two PS3 controllers and adds needed USB ports to the PS3. We play lots of PS3 around my house, specifically we really like Rock Band. The problem when you have all four ports on the PS3 packed with drums, guitars and a mic is that when a normal PS3 controller goes dead, you can't even connect it to the system to use while it recharges. Thrustmaster has a product that fixes this issue called the T-X3 Charge Hub. Read on for all the details of the T-X3 Charge Hub."

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Friday, September 19, 2008
Ubuntu's BulletProofX Takes Simpler Step Forward
"Introduced in Ubuntu 7.10 was a feature known as BulletProofX, which provides a fail-safe mode that is by default used when the X server fails to properly initialize. In this original implementation, it would default back to using the VESA display driver with 256 colors and then proceed to run the displayconfig-gtk utility. While this is nice for the end-user as it keeps them from touching a terminal to debug an X server problem, for experienced users it inhibits them from easily debugging the problem. This Canonical implementation also had frustrated other users. However, with the forthcoming Ubuntu 8.10 release, it has received some much-needed improvements while making BulletProofX more simple."

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EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Video Card @ Legit Reviews
"The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 does, without a doubt, improve performance over the original GeForce GTX 260 thanks to the additional 24 shaders that have been added to the graphics card. By increasing the number of shaders from 192 to 216 (a 12.5% increase) performance improvements were seen, but no where near the 12.5% that one might expect and this is on an overclocked version of the card!"

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GlacialPower GP-AL650 650 Watt PSU @ Bjorn3D
"Have you ever found yourself in need of a decent mid-range power supply unit for your personal computer? Maybe you don't feel like you need 1200 watts of thumping power to drive the family PC? Most people really don't need one of the PSU's that's a 1000 watts or more that we see popping up all over the market. The average home computer doesn't consume nearly that much power. Heck, most enthusiast systems don't consume that much power."

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Razer Salmosa @ techPowerUp
"Razer's newest mouse is an entry level gaming device, stuffed with their awesome sensor technology at a great price point of $39. This makes it an interesting choice if you want go for a Razer mouse for the first time without spending a lot of money."

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NZXT Cryo LX Notebook Cooler Review
"Cooling a notebook computer can be a pain, especially if you use a large gaming machine that produces lots of heat. NZXT has a notebook stand called the Cryo LX that is up to the task. Many notebooks run much hotter than notebook users would prefer. It can also literally be a pain in the neck to work on a notebook for extended periods thanks to having to look down at the screen. NZXT has a product called the Cryo LX that can pull double duty by cooling the notebook and raising the screen to more comfortable levels."

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T-Mobile Sidekick 2008 Review @ Digital Trends
"Before teenagers were snapping up iPhones and BlackBerrys left and right, T-Mobile's original Sidekick was the phone to own for fashion-savvy textaholics. The latest T-Mobile Sidekick bulks up on features without bulking up on size, making it a definite upgrade and a solid value as far as we're concerned - even with the more crowded market for smartphones."

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Thursday, September 18, 2008
bit-tech News: Nvidia cuts workforce by 6.5 percent
"We have learned that Nvidia will shed 6.5 percent of its 5,500-strong global workforce---equating to approximately 360 employees---before the end of its third fiscal quarter. The job cuts come following dramatic changes to the company's business outlook during the second quarter and will be company-wide cuts. There will be job losses in all business units, in all regions -- because of this, there will be some internal reshuffling following the cuts. Although Nvidia's business outlook has changed, the company says it is still making significant progress in its key growth areas, namely with its CUDA parallel computing technology and also its Tegra system on a chip, and will continue to invest heavily in high growth opportunities."

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AMD Catalyst 8.9 Gets WINE Fix, RandR 1.2 Support
"Last month with the Catalyst 8.8 Linux driver we finally experienced CrossFire support on Linux as well as OverDrive support. This was one of the most significant driver releases of the year, but it's now time to move on as Catalyst 8.9 has just been released. This new driver update does bring a few exciting changes: the long-awaited WINE fixes, what appears to be RandR 1.2 with accelerated rotation support, and a horde of bug-fixes."

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Lexar Professional 8GB 300x UDMA Compact Flash @ techPowerUp
"Lexar is joining the frey of high-performance UDMA Compact Flash cards with their Professional 300x series of cards. We get to take a look at their 8 GB version with a big, pleasant suprise during benching."

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Cirago HS-450 Mini Bluetooth Cell Phone Headset Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Given its size, I was very impressed by the call clarity on both ends (I even called my landline to listen for myself). Is it as good as $100 headsets? Not really, but it's a definite overachiever in the bargain entry, and one you should have a good hard look at if you are in the market for a new ‘set."

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Thrustmaster Glow Saber Duo Pack NW for Wii Review
"Today we are looking at one of the coolest Nintendo Wii accessories ever, called the Thrustmaster Glow Saber Duo Pack NW. The devices are a pair of small light sabers that look like something right out of a Lucas movie. It's not often in the world of video game controllers that you see something that makes you go"

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
MSI Star Mouse GS-501 Review and revelation about OEM manufacturing in Metku.net
"MSI is not so known for its mice than for example its laptops and motherboards. Today we have their new gaming mouse in our hands. And while we talk about MSI, is this truly a MSI product?!"

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Sapphire HD 4850 512 MB 100245L Own PCB Design @ techPowerUp
"Sapphire has engineered their own version of the Radeon HD 4850 with cost and cooling in mind. The card's new unconventional heatsink looks good and keeps the card cool - far below reference design temperatures. The best of all is that the card costs only $169.99 online which makes it the cheapest HD 4850 available today."

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Corsair 4GB and 8GB Voyager Mini USB Flash Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"Corsair has done a great job on the Flash Voyager Mini and for such a small device the performance was actually better than I expected. The Corsair Flash Voyager Mini was not designed to be a speed demon, but the benchmarks showed that it wasn't all that slow. The write performance on the drives could use some work as writing 8GB of data at just over 2MB/sec does take a fair amount of time, but once you get the data written to the drive the read throughput on both the 4GB and 8GB Voyager Mini drives was great!"

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Thermaltake VI-ON USB & e-Sata Drive Enclosure @ Bjorn3D
"comes in so many different flavors it's hard to make a choice. Unfortunately, many of those choices don't include Active Cooling for the hard drive. Many of the external HDD enclosures provide the functionality you need, but are utilitarian in design and tend to 'ugly up' your desk. Not only do they raise the 'ugly' factor of your desktop, they seldom have Active Cooling for the hard working drive inside, and Active Smart Cooling is pretty much non-existent."

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XFX GTX 280 XXX Video Card Review
"Today the XFX GTX 280 XXX video card is up for review. This is the factory-overclocked version of the GTX 280 we looked at a few months back. The card shares the same features in common with the factory clocked GTX 280. Support for NVIDIA PhysX, CUDA, and HDCP are standard. Of all the versions of the GTX 280 offered by XFX, the XXX has the highest clock speeds."

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Top 20 Worst Fashion Gadgets Ever Part 1: From Bad to Atrocious @ Digital Trends
"When tech and fashion collide, it's not always pretty. In fact, sometimes, it's downright ugly - and forget about actually trying to use it. From crystal-studded USB theft magnets, to phones that look like mutated children's toys, we rounded up our top 20 techno train wrecks from companies that failed to make fashion function. This week, we scratch the surface with retro gone wrong, good ideas that turned out badly, and a certain iconic cell phone that never quite cut it."

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Zotac GeForce GTX 260 Amp² Edition 216 Shaders @ techPowerUp
"Today NVIDIA released their updated GeForce GTX 260 GPUs which come with 24 extra shaders, for a total shader count of 216. Zotac has also overclocked their card beyond the GTX 280 clock speeds which results in a card that is just 1% slower than the regular GTX 280, yet costs over $130 less."

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Cooler Master UCP 1100W PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"The wattage rating label for the PSU, as you can see on the specifications page, up to 1000W of the 1100W that this PSU can supply can be drawn from the 12v rails. That is a seriously beefy amount of 12v power. The UL number indicates that this PSU has been made by Cooler Master, which means it hasn’t been outsourced to another company and just had Cooler Master stickers thrown on it."

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Monday, September 15, 2008
AVA Direct Gaming PC Workstation Review @ Digital Trends
"AVA Direct builds custom gaming systems to order, and our review sample turned out to be the computer equivalent of a 22-ounce filet mignon paired with a $500 bottle of merlot. Not surprisingly, the $6,200 amalgamation of high-end hardware blew nearly every game we could throw at it out of the water, with build quality and attention to detail from this manufacturer to match. This specific system build doubles as both a workstation and a gaming PC which explains why Xeon processors were used."

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Lian Li PC-X500 Computer Case Review
"Today we are looking at one of the slickest PC cases to hit the market in a long time. The case is from Lian Li and is called the PC-X500. As you expect when you hear the Lian Li name, the case is of top quality. The Lian Li PC-X500 is a fantastic case, which cost more than some low-end complete PCs or notebooks at over $350. For some people that amount of money will seem like serious overkill. For the gamer looking for the ultimate PC chassis for their high-end gaming system, the Lian Li PC-X500 may be just the ticket."

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ASUS Eee PC 901 Linux Distribution Comparison
"Late last month we published our preview of the ASUS Eee PC 901 and we shared our plans for a number of benchmarks using this netbook with Intel's Atom processor. Following our Linux desktop encryption benchmarks of the ASUS Eee PC 901 and Intel Atom N270 CPU we have a performance comparison of Xandros, Fedora, Ubuntu, and Mandriva on this low-cost netbook PC."

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Sapphire Toxic Radeon HD4850 512MB Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Radeon HD4850 chipset was launched to fill a role in the middle of the graphics card market. The Sapphire Toxic Radeon HD4850 512MB graphics card stands out in this crowd of 'average' cards by offering a factory overclocked GPU and memory, as well as a cooling upgrade that keeps it cool and quiet."

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Sans Digital Mobilestor MS2UT+(B) Two Bay External Raid USB2.0/eSATA Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Tweaknews.net
"This device is a storage solution that has more to offer than an external hard drive, but without all the bells and whistles of a NAS. The option to create several different RAID arrays is a welcome feature for home users and small businesses alike who can't afford to lose data. The bright LCD screen combined with a clear, concise manual makes configuring an array a quick and easy task, even for a novice."

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Gigabyte EP45-Extreme @ Bjorn3D
"Looking for an Enthusiast level board that won't break the bank? Need to satisfy the Enthusiast side of your cravings but have a Motherboard that won't kill your electric bill? How about some 12 phase power regulation for the CPU and 2 phase power for the ram and Energy savings features you wouldn't expect on an Enthusiast board?"

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Saturday, September 13, 2008
Unigine Tropics Sets Linux OpenGL Precedence
"Back in August we shared some of what we are doing to drive new graphics benchmarks on Linux through the Phoronix Test Suite. With that, we showcased Lightsmark 2008, which was ported to Linux for integration with the Phoronix Test Suite, and Unigine Sanctuary. Unigine Sanctuary showcased the latest work from Unigine Corp, which is a Russian development studio focused on creating cross-platform middleware for virtual 3D worlds. The Unigine Sanctuary demo was stunning, but introduced with the Phoronix Test Suite 1.2"

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Friday, September 12, 2008
Home Theater Essentials @ Digital Trends
"Whether you are on a budget, or have a money tree, we have the home theater gear for you!"

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Tritton AX Micro Bluetooth Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
"The $34 Tritton AX Micro Bluetooth headset (TRI-BH200) is a solid performer that does many things well. Filtering out excessive room noise or enhancing your voice is not it’s strength at all, but if you are looking for a economical and stylish Bluetooth headset, you need to make sure you look at the Tritton AX Micro..."

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Samsung SyncMaster 305T 30-inch LCD
"If a 22"

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GIGABYTE 9800 GT - An overclocker\'s dream @ Bjorn3D
"Today we are looking at the 9800 GT from GIGABYTE. It is a mid-range offering and a re-spin of the wildly popular 8800 GT with Hybrid SLI support thrown in for good measure. We intend to compare this card to its bigger brother the 9800 GTX+ as well as the competition's HD 4850 and see where we land. For those of you looking to game on a budget I invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. We have a couple of surprises in store for you today so without any more ado, let's get to it."

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Spore Origins for iPhone Review
"Today we are checking out the new iPhone game called Spore Origins. The game has great graphics and fantastic controls. Fans of Spore on the PC will want to add the Spore Origins mobile game to their portable device. At the beginning of the game, the only customization you can make to your creature is the color of the skin. One interesting options is that you can take pictures from your album or take a picture with the iPhone camera and use it as the skin of your creature."

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SilverStone Raven SST-RVM01B Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
"As gaming and computer productivity become more refined, having the ability to fine-tune and customize the mouse movements becomes more crucial than ever. To help meet this challenge, SilverStone created the Raven gaming mouse. This brilliantly designed input device gives gamer and users unprecedented control over the mouse movement by not only utilizing a blistering fast laser sensor capable of 3200 dpi and 50G of acceleration, but also adds independent X & Y axis adjustments. With perfectly centered laser, 50-50 weight balance, carbon fiber surfacing, and a convenient thumb wheel that can perform quick task switching. Benchmark Reviews tests the SilverStone Raven SST-RVM01B 3D gaming mouse."

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Thursday, September 11, 2008
iStarUSA xAGE HDD Docking Station @ techPowerUp
"iStarUSA's xAGE-N99 HDD Docking Station is a simple, easy to use hard drive dock for 2.5" and 3.5" internal hard disks. It utilizes most of the transfer speeds that USB 2.0 has to offer and demonstrates excellent read and write speeds with a great price/performance value. For a company that has been making server and storage products for close to twenty years, iStarUSA certainly does not dissapoint."

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Logitech Illuminated Keyboard Review
"Today we are looking at the new Logitech Illuminated Keyboard. The keyboard is the first from Logitech that is backlit and not aimed at gamers. The first thing you notice about the keyboard is how thin it is. The 9.3 mm profile makes for a very flat and comfortable typing position. The PerfectStroke key system provides one of the best keyboards for typing I have ever used. The keys are very responsive, have great travel, and offer a slight click when pressed. Overall tactile feel is excellent. The typing feel is so good that the Logitech Illuminated Keyboard is now the only keyboard I type on."

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
ATI Radeon HD 4670 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics card is aimed at the mainstream market, which means those wanting to spend less than $100 on a graphics card. For that price range the Radeon HD 4670 offers some serious bang for the buck and the card that it most closely lines up with from a consumer perspective is the GeForce 9500 GT. For a user that doesn't want to worry about getting a new power supply or needing adapters the GeForce 9500 GT and Radeon HD 4670 are the two top picks that one should be looking at. After using both of the cards on the test system here on our bench it is clear that the Radeon HD 4670 raises the performance bar for what one can expect for this price range."

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Microsoft SideWinder X5 Gaming Mouse and X6 Gaming Keyboard review in Metku.net
"In this review we will be focusing on Microsoft's latest gaming peripherals. The X5 gaming mouse lends its design from the previous SideWinder Gaming Mouse. X6 Gaming Keyboard on the other hand is a completely new product. Let us find out if these newcomers can improve your gaming."

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Leadtek WinFast PX9500GT @ Bjorn3D
"Are you one of the many computer users that just can't justify spending $300 to $500 on a single video card? Or maybe you are looking for a solution for that Home Theater PC (HTPC)? Well today we're going to have a look at Leadtek's newest entry into the video card market: the WinFast PX9500 GT. This is by no means a top-of-the-line gaming card, and it was never meant to be. The 9500 GT claims to be an excellent solution for viewing HD video - we'll take a look at that today - as well as heat and power issues to see just how well this card fills the niche it was designed for."

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Pioneer DVR-116DBK DVD Burner Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today I am going to be looking at a product from a company that isn’t usually associated with the computer hardware industry. The company is Pioneer and the product is one of their new DVD rewriter’s the DVR-116DBK. Coming from a big household name like Pioneer I expect it to be cutting edge, even though Pioneer isn’t generally known for computer hardware."

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Powercolor PCS HD 4670 512 MB @ techPowerUp
"Today AMD launches their new cards based on the RV730 graphics processor. The Powercolor PCS HD 4670 we have on our testbench today comes with a dual slot heatsink which offers excellent cooling and low noise. Together with the serious gaming performance of this card, AMD has managed to successfully position their product in the sub-$100 segment."

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HIS HD 4850 IceQ4 512 MB @ techPowerUp
"HIS has just released the IceQ4 version of the AMD Radeon HD 4850. The IceQ4 cooler is a dual-slot solution which ensures low temperatures under both idle and load. Also HIS has overclocked the card which results in a nice performance boost compared to the reference design card."

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OCZ Flex II 4GB PC2-9200 DDR2 Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"The OCZ PC2-9200 Flex II 4GB memory kit steps up the game for 4GB memory kits. No longer does 4GB have to be associated with slow and loose timings. Focusing solely at the performance available, this kit really does give you the flexibility to choose between tight timings or high frequencies with appreciable read, write, and copy bandwidth across the board. Factor in the overclocking, Extended Voltage Protection, and the Xtreme Liquid Convection heatsink and you've got a well rounded memory kit..."

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PQI 8 GB Class 6 SDHC @ techPowerUp
"PQI's newest class 6 SDHC card is aimed at those looking for a cheap and fast storage card. Being a competitively priced class 6 card it is definitely worth considering if you are looking to upgrade your camera or other write intensive devices' memory."

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Thecus N3200 3-Bay SOHO Network Storage System Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Thecus N3200 3-Bay SOHO network storage system is much more than a typical network attached storage device, and is something like a Swiss Army knife of networking and storage functionality. In addition to making sure your important data is well looked after on three hard drives configured in your choice of RAID arrays, it makes sharing it locally and globally rather easy."

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Duracell Daylite LED Flashlight Review
"Today we are looking at a very good flashlight from Duracell called the Duracell Daylite LED Flashlight. The flashlight comes in three versions defined by the light output and the battery type used. The Duracell Daylite LED Flashlight has a very white beam and significantly reduced dark spots. The beam can be adjusted with more of a pinpoint beam or widened to cover more space. The Duracell Daylite LED Flashlight had a brighter and whiter beam than a large three D-cell Mag-lite I had around for comparison using the naked eye."

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Monday, September 8, 2008
Overclocking the NVIDIA GeForce Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"Overclocking can take on many forms, and experiments can range from minor product improvements to a total re-engineering project that completely alters the hardware. Because of their long history of successful product launches, NVIDIA is the most recognized name in the graphics industry. Their GeForce series of desktop graphics accelerators has become an enthusiast favorite, primarily because of excellent overclocking potential. For gamers, overclocking unlocks a hidden potential to change the graphics quality settings from medium to high without a hardware upgrade. The results are often times worth the risk, and in this article Benchmark Reviews will focus on achieving the most gain possible from any NVIDIA GeForce video card through overclocking, while using the least amount of effort."

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Intel X25-M SATA Solid State Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Intel line of Solid State Drives is certainly one of the most anticipated pieces of hardware for 2008. Intel without a doubt raised the bar with what one can expect with Solid State Drives by producing a drive that can compete with any drive on the market, be it solid state or a hard disk. The highlights of the Intel X25-M has to be the fast that it uses hardly any power, puts off little heat and the insanely fast read and access speeds. The SSD architecture looks a lot more appealing now that Intel has entered the market and I’m sure that this is only the beginning of many more exciting products to come down the pipes..."

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Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 Review @ Digital Trends
"With the introduction of the SL Series notebooks, Lenovo continues its trend of pushing the ThinkPad name out of its lofty perch and into more affordable territory. The 14.1-inch version bulks up a bit for the sake of keeping price low, but retains Lenovo's signature ThinkPad durability and feel, along with competent performance for a business machine. But some minor issues still need to be ironed out."

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Point of View GeForce 9400 GT 1024 MB Wall-E Edition @ techPowerUp
"NVIDIA's new GeForce 9400 GT Series is based on the same G96 GPU that is also used on the 9500 GT. The 9400 GT has half the shaders however, which seriously limits the uses of the card in a gaming PC. On the other hand this greatly reduces the heat output which allows a completely passive solution. Point of View differentiates their card by using 1 GB of video memory and bundling a full version of the Wall-E game."

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NZXT Khaos - Evolution of the PC chassis @ Bjorn3D
"As PCs found their way into more homes, they quickly became a staple of modern life. And like most things in modern life, what worked yesterday won't work today. This not only includes components like faster CPUs and video cards, but also fancier cases and enclosures. People grew tired of the cookie cutter beige box and wanted to express themselves through radical looking cases. Once manufacturers began to take notice and it was only a matter of time before every enthusiast was given a sea of choices when it came to picking a suitable chassis. Whether you wanted a full tower, mid-tower, or HTPC, you had plenty to pick from. Side-panel or no side panel? It's all good. Even color was no longer restricted to just beige, black or silver."

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Razer Lachesis 4000DPI Mouse
"Over the years of Razer launching new products such as the Copperhead, Barracuda HP-1, and Tarantula, we have been completely overtaken by their incredibly well-designed products -- primarily their high-end gaming mice -- and the bar they continue to raise with each new iteration of products they introduce. The Razer Copperhead was one of their best mice to have been introduced and it contained a laser sensor with 2000 DPI capabilities, but their newest mouse is the Lachesis and it uses a 4000DPI 3G laser sensor. However, with Razer having yet to provide any drivers or customization software for the advanced capabilities of this mouse on Linux, is the Razer Lachesis worth its expensive price tag?"

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Super Talent PICO - C Gold 8 gig - Limited edition Review @ XtremeComputing
"Super Talent have created a new line of tiny Flash Drives that not only offer you the best in style but also performance as well. Today we are taking a look at Super Talents new Gold PICO USB Drive. Available from 1GB, right through to an amazing 8GB, in such a tiny space which is really setting a high standard in the small USB market. Super Talent sent me the largest size available in there range of 8GB and I can’t wait to get started on this review so let’s get started shall we."

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Sunday, September 7, 2008
Star Wars The Force Unleashed Demo @ Bjorn3D
"The dark side has returned and this time we are not talking about the whiny Anakin, but a much more sinister agent of evil. You play as Darth Vader’s evil apprentice eager to prove himself. With enough midichlorians pumping through your body to move a building (insert Barry Bonds steroid joke here), you could possibly be the most powerful Jedi ever."

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Saturday, September 6, 2008
Thecus N5200BR NAS Server Review @ Legit Reviews
"The use and features of the Thecus N5200 were impressive and this is partly due to the fact that it has been on the market now for well over a year. The firmware and setup wizard have been updated a number of times over the months and my testing went without any problems. I was a little nervous when I started building the server as the Western Digital WD1500 hard drives I used were not on the HDD compatibility list provided by Thecus, but the N5200 was compatible with them!"

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Intel Atom Disk Encryption Performance
"While the ASUS Eee PC 901 doesn't have its solid-state disk drives encrypted by default, if you are storing any potentially sensitive information on this netbook -- or any mobile device for that matter -- you really should encrypt the data. When you lose a mobile device or it has been stolen, it can be a nightmare if your banking information was stored on there or even just passwords to your Internet accounts. However, what is theperformance cost for fully encrypting a hard drive on one of these Intel Atom computers? In this article we are looking at the performance impact of fully encrypting the solid-state storage versus an unencrypted LVM within Ubuntu Linux."

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Friday, September 5, 2008
Gigabyte GA-EP45T-Extreme Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Enthusiasts looking for a DDR3 board with the P45 chipset should look no further for a top tier performance motherboard. Given how DDR3 prices have plummeted lately, adopting this new platform isn't restricted to solely those who competitively benchmark or have deep pockets. The GA-EP45T-Extreme lives up to its Extreme name and gives the consumer another option in the high-end motherboard arena..."

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Vizo Mirrorbox Card Reader @ techPowerUp
"The Mirrorbox is an all-in-one card reader, able to handle every card you throw at it. It has a stylish black housing with compact dimensions and everything to get access to those holiday images on that memory card."

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Mapower MAP-TB32 Dual SATA RAID Enclosure Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Mapower MAP-TB32 dual SATA RAID enclosure is a very well constructed enclosure with a clean and appealing appearance. This enclosure's primary method of connection should be via eSATA to take full advantage of its capabilities, as its below average USB 2.0 performance is disappointing. Minor issues and poor documentation aside, performance on the SATA bus is good and gets even better when configured to operate as a RAID-0 volume."

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Razer Goliathus Speed Edition Mouse Pad @ Bjorn3D
"While Optical, Laser or Infrared mice can operate under those grueling conditions, we, and perhaps we alone, hear their cries of agony. Crying out into the glow of the LCD, 'Help us our feet hurt, Help us Help you PWN'. When Razer contacted us about testing their new Goliathus High Speed Edition Gaming Mouse Pad, we heard the cries of thousands of mice begging for relief and we were glad for the chance to be the voice of all those tortured souls."

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Thermaltake Vi-On Actively Cooled SATA/USB2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The Vi-On does exactly what an external enclosure should do – provide a cool and secure housing for that spare HDD you may have lying around. Installation takes only a few minutes and is simply a matter of snapping in the drive and then plugging it in to your PC. Both USB and a high speed eSATA interface are supported to make transferring files of all sizes a quick and easy process. For those times when portability is needed and the limited storage of a flash drive isn't enough, the Vi-On paired with a SATA HDD is a handy alternative."

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Thursday, September 4, 2008
WolfKing Timber Wolf Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"Today's PC gaming enthusiast is always on the lookout for the edge that will put him or her above other players. A performance gaming keyboard is at the top of the list of products that can certainly make a difference. Today Benchmark Reviews takes a look at what could possibly be an edge that some players are looking for, the Wolf King Timber Wolf gaming keyboard. The typical gaming keyboard is hardly more than a standard keyboard with a few enhancements. They have unnecessary software to set up profiles for multiple games, which can bring along its own issues. Multiple and fast keystroke capability are also on the list of features. Will the design of the Timber Wolf change the way you play?"

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World-Exclusive: S3 Graphics Chrome 440 GTX 256 MB @ techPowerUp
"The Chrome 440 GTX is the latest card from S3 Graphics. It features all the main bullet points like DirectX 10.1, PCI-Express 2.0, native HDMI with integrated audio, small form factor and low heat output. But is this enough to compete with the offerings from ATI and NVIDIA?"

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Is Your Linksys SD2008 Switch Overheating or Losing Connectivity? @ Legit Reviews
"If you already own the Linksys SD2008 and are having issues with it remember the switch has a limited lifetime warranty, so you shouldn't be stuck with a faulty product. The newer Linksys SD2008 v3.0 switches are more power efficient and put out far less heat than the older v2.x series that so many people are having issues with..."

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Kingston HyperX 2GB DDR3-1800 Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The kit in question features two 1GB sticks of PC3-14400 (1800MHz) DDR3 memory rated for 8-8-8-24 timings at 1.9V. While slower kits showed that they could be overclocked to perform nearly as well as this Kingston HyperX 2GB DDR3-1800 dual channel memory kit, if you are looking for plug and play performance at 1800MHz (and above), this kit is worth considering."

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OCZ Dominatrix Gaming Mouse @ techPowerUp
"The Dominatrix is OCZ's newest dive into the gaming mice market. It offers features usually found on much more expensive mice at an entry level price point and comes in a stylish blue and black color. You can store your profiles in the mouse so they are available on any PC, even without the mouse software."

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Microsoft SideWinder X6 Gaming Keyboard Review
"Today we are looking at the latest gaming keyboard from Microsoft called the SideWinder X6. This gaming keyboard has lots of unique features that gamers will love. I think that a gamer looking to get a new gaming keyboard would do well with the Microsoft SideWinder X6. It gives up the LCD of the Logitech G15, but being able to put the number pad on the left side of the keyboard will be a huge benefit for gamers who like macros. Gamers who travel to LAN parties without their normal computer may find the lack of on-board memory to be an issue. That means using the keyboard on a different computer will not provide your macros."

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Logitech V550 Nano Mouse Review @ Digital Trends
"If you're sick of dragging a sweaty finger around on your laptop's touchpad, but equally tired of toting a mouse around with your otherwise ultra-mobile machine, Logitech's V550 Nano promises to liberate you from carrying around that fist-sized plastic anchor by snapping it directly to your notebook. We found the concept surprisingly useful, and very well executed on Logitech's behalf, but your results may vary depending on how you use your notebook."

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008
A-DATA 16 GB 350x Turbo Compact Flash Card @ techPowerUp
"The new "Turbo" Compact Flash card from A-DATA raises the bar from 266x to 350x performance. It also adds Ultra DMA capability and uses SLC flash memory to attain insane speeds never seen before. If you are looking to build a solid-state HDD using CF Technology then this is one of the cards you should definitely consider."

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Phoronix Test Suite 1.2 Released
"Phoronix Media has announced the release of Phoronix Test Suite 1.2 (codenamed"

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ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+ Zone Edition Video Card @ BmR
"It used to be that if you wanted to overclock your hardware, you ran the risk of voiding a warranty. Supposing that you dared to accept that risk, your options were still limited by the cooling equipment available to you. So it stands to reason that ZOTAC is making huge strides with their ZONE series, which combines a silent liquid-cooled system to a 55nm GeForce video card. The AMP! Series is already a fan favorite because of the extreme speeds at which they are factory overclocked, and the ZONE series adds to this a dramatically improved water-cooling solution for the best performance with no worries of heat or noise. Benchmark Reviews tests the ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+ ZONE Edition G92 video card against a comprehensive collection of competitors in this article."

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Foxconn 9500GT-256FR3 @ Bjorn3D
"Since the GTX 200 series’ launch, NVIDIA has revamped their whole current line-up of graphic cards. They have shifted to 9000 series and GTX 200 series, with the GTX 200s sitting on the top of the performance bracket and the 9000 series occupying the mainstream and budget market. Their new budget card is the GeForce 9500 GT. This card will initially be manufactured with 65 nm fabrication process but soon NVIDIA will move it to the 55 nm as do all of the current NVIDIA cards."

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Skullcandy ComTi Multimedia Headphones Review @ XtremeComputing
"SkullCandy have in my opinion have a great headset here, not only does it sound good, it comes with the best warranty in the market, come on do you think any of the other brands would replace the unit at 50% of the cost if you jump up like a lunatic to celebrate and snap the cable? I think not, and you just would be silly to ignore that kind of warranty!"

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50 Review @ Digital Trends
"Some things just go together like Brad and Angelica, peanut butter and jelly, Madonna and controversy. And then there are things that aren't so buddy-buddy like digital cameras and Wi-Fi. In theory it sounds wonderful. You take your shots, find a hot spot then upload your images to friends and family. Gee, it sounds just like snapping a shot with your cell phone and zipping photos to your buddies-without tracking down a hot spot. And that's just one of the issues-who wants to spend time uploading huge digicam files while sipping a Doubleshot on Ice to those same pals or trying to see if you've subscribed to XYZ hot spot just to log-on? And then there are our"

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Guide: Mahogony USB Drive @ GideonTech.com
"I had a broken and bent USB key and I had extra wood so this seemed like the best thing to do. The original key wasn’t able to hold the PCB board within the case anymore, so whenever I pulled the key out of a USB drive the plastic housing would come off but the key would stay on. The USB connector was also bent from normal wear and tear."

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iStarUSA xAge-N99-US USB 2.0 Hard Drive Docking Station @ Legit Reviews
"Overall, I think the iStarUSA HDD dock is a great device to recover the use of dormant drives or to expand your storage options. With backups being so important, this gives you one less excuse for getting them done. Found online for less than $30, this is also a relatively inexpensive solution to your storage needs. Aside from a short power cable, I found no other flaws with the docking station and was easily able to add a variety of drives without compatibility issues and even hooked it to my Apple MacBook Pro for a quick compatibility check..."

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Zalman HD160XT Plus Premium HTPC Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"I loved Zalman's HD160XT when I got a chance to look at it in early 2007. It was hard for me to imagine that they could improve on it very much. Well, they found a way. Actually a couple of ways. I like the reorganized front panel for the improved access to the control buttons and I/O features. I also think that the change to the iMON software is an improvement, not only for its functionality, but also for the future support and updates that will be available from SoundGraph. Losing fan control and temperature monitoring is a bit of a disappointment, but the fans in the HD160XT Plus are very quiet (at 5V) anyway, and looking back, I don't think I used the temp monitor that much either."

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Monday, September 1, 2008
SteelSeries IKARI Laser and Optical Gaming Mice review in Metku.net
"As an avid FPS-gamer both of these mice were tested by playing COD4, CS:S, and TF2 to mention a few. After getting used to the shape of the mouse everything went just as it was supposed to. I found myself getting the headshots I needed, even in difficult situations. Both of the mice tracked as they were supposed to and even all of the faster movements were tracked without any jitters."

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Palit HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition 512 MB @ techPowerUp
"Palit is one of the first AMD board partners to release a custom Radeon HD 4870 version. Their new HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition comes with a completely revamped cooling assembly that features two fans to keep the card cool. Also included is a DisplayPort connector and a Turbo switch which lets you select the operating frequencies of the card. The mandatory "overclocked out of the box" is included as well."

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Stix 200 Wii-like PC Controller Review
"Today we are looking at the Stix 200 motion sensitive 2D video game controller. The Stix 200 promises to bring Wii-like controls to the PC. The Stix 200 controller itself looks very much like the Wii Remote. It has the same white color and"

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Thecus N3200 Networked Area Storage (NAS) Server @ Bjorn3D
"Even for the home user, if 'in today's networked world, digital content is truly the most precious asset', then perhaps protecting that content and providing easy access to that content is second on the list. The Thecus N3200 is a Networked Attached Storage (NAS) device that proposes to do just that by providing complete data redundancy using RAID 5. Or as Thecus puts it, 'RAID 5 Comes Home'."

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ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 Premium Review @ XtremeComputing
"I currently have a Zaward Gyre CPU cooler fitted so I will be comparing the Zerotherm Nirvana NV120 Premium against that. Once I have run the tests on the Zaward Gyre, which is a VERY capable cooler so the Zerotherm Nirvana NV120 Premium has some real stiff competition, I will then rerun the tests with the Zerotherm Nirvana NV120 Premium cooler fitted. I will also take readings from the PWMIC to see how well the coolers cool the chipset too as the case IS a multimedia case and as such has limited system cooling to keep noise to a minimum."

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Lian Li PC7B Plus II Mid-Tower Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"The name Lian Li is synonymous with quality computer cases and computer accessories. They've been in the business for over 20 years and have attained ISO 9001 certification for all of their products. They've built some reputation over the years and have received accolades from the computer industry as well as end users; but nobody is perfect. Today Benchmark Reviews will take a look at the Lian Li PC7B Plus II black aluminum mid-tower computer case and see if this reputation for quality and performance still holds true, after all these years."

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